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!Toyotomi Clan

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[[folder:Toyotomi Hideyoshi]]
!!UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi
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-->Voiced by: RyotaroOkiayu (Japanese), Creator/ChristopherSabat (anime)

->''"Nothing can escape the grasp of my hand!"''

Introduced in ''[=SB2=]'', Hideyoshi is not the little monkey other fictions portray him as. He's a frickin' gorilla-sized man [[note]]which is funny because the real Hideyoshi was short even by the average height of the age[[/note]], completely ruthless and will stop at nothing until Japan is conquered. However, behind his ruthless attitude, [[WellIntentionedExtremist he harbors a goal to reinforce Japan and make it a strong and prosperous nation]].

He used to be friends with Maeda Keiji, but eventually received a series of HumiliationConga by [[ManipulativeBastard Matsunaga Hisahide]], which caused him to be DrunkWithPower and become the ruthless guy he is today. He's assisted in his endeavors by his strategist Hanbe.
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* AdaptationDyeJob: Depending on the games/anime, his hair is either brown or gray (and sometimes a mixture). This opens up countless questions about his age.
* {{Badass}}
* CoolHorse: When mounting a horse, the regular white horse is switched out for a massive black charger.
* CurbStompBattle: In the anime, all his fights against the heroes are very one-sided [[spoiler:until Masamune cuts him down in the climax following a HeroicSecondWind.]]
* TheCorrupter: He convinces [[spoiler:Katsuie]] to follow his example and throw away all deeper emotional attachments in order to become a king [[spoiler:in his anime route]], which leads him to [[spoiler:kill Oichi before allowing himself to be killed by Yoshiteru]].
* DeathEqualsRedemption: Possibly the case in the anime. At least Keiji seems to think so.
** Made more apparent in the English dub.
--> '''Hideyoshi''': "Your little friend delivered this (Nene's charm) to me, but I am no longer worthy of having it...[[TearJerker do me the honour of holding onto it for her, Keiji."]]
* DrunkWithPower
* ExtremityExtremist: He's a fist-fighter like Ieyasu. However, while Ieyasu focuses on punches, Hideyoshi's fighting style puts more emphasis on brute force and grappling.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Raoh]]. He even has a special mount that's basically Kokuoh.
* AFatherToHisMen: He cares deeply for his subordinates, which is one of the reasons he is able to inspire intense loyalty to him. [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating Nobunaga's]] terrible treatment of his troops is the main reason why Hideyoshi was so opposed to him in ''[=SB2=]''.
** Even Sakon admitted that within the army Hideyoshi's especially nice to him.
* GeniusBruiser: He hits hard and he's far from dumb.
* GrappleMove: His specialty. Almost all of his regular moves are grapples of some sort and can be chained together to slam the enemy around repeatedly.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Can pick up hapless {{mooks}} and use them as weapons to crush other hapless mooks. His moveset in ''4'' is almost entirely based around using his opponents as impromptu bludgeoning weapons.
* HotbloodedSideburns: Aren't they magnificent?
* InvulnerableKnuckles: As a [[RequiredSecondaryPowers Required Secondary Power]] to his [[SuperStrength titanic strength]].
* IRegretNothing: Hideyoshi tells Keiji in [[spoiler:Keiji's drama route]] that he doesn't regret killing Nene and allowing himself and Keiji to distance themselves from each other, as they became the men that they are now.
* JapanesePronouns: 'Ware'
* KilledOffForReal: Major plot point of the third game, since it was necessary to set Sekigahara into motion. He returns in the fourth game [[HandWave due to it being]] [[ContinuityReboot set in a parallel universe]].
* [[spoiler:[[KillItWithFire Killed With Fire]]: In Ieyasu's drama route in ''[=SB4=]''. He's holding Matsunaga above the ground, apparently victorious - Matsunaga retaliates by suicide nuking Hideyoshi from point blank range in front of Keiji and Ieyasu, effectively turning Hideyoshi into a grilled corpse]]. Keiji doesn't take it well ''at all''.
* LargeAndInCharge: Easily the biggest character in the game. The anime takes this to extremes with having him nearly 4 times the size of Masamune (though this is hilariously inconsistent).
* {{Leitmotif}}: In the anime, called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_xuT6iPLio This is a Fight To Change the World]]". The composer must have been challenging himself to outdo Nobunaga's.
* LightIsNotGood: He is a light elemental but is obsessed with power, albeit quite [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned]].
* LoveIsAWeakness: [[spoiler:Why he decided to kill Nene.]]
* MetronomicManMashing: One of the new moves he gains in his return as a playable character.
* MightyGlacier: His moves are focused on crushing the enemies with brute force.
* NeckLift: It's one of his moves. He pulls it out repeatedly in the anime, mostly against Masamune.
* NobleDemon: Sort of. Hideyoshi may be ruthless to those against him, however, if they're supporting him, he treats them well. No wonder Hanbe and Mitsunari are slavishly loyal to him. Also, despite Hideyoshi's ruthless tactics, he's truly kind to those who don't stand in his way or purposefully pose a threat to him, which is shown mostly in ''Heroes'' - he speaks respectfully to Matsu and Toshiie in Versus mode and even sincerely asks for Matsu's forgiveness when she brings up Keiji; he brags about his friend Hanbe almost as much as he talks about strength; he's one of the few people to show kindness to Oichi in his story mode and even has constant friendly banter with Keiji if he decides to choose him as an ally.
* NoSell: In the anime, most characters' attacks simply have no effect on him.
* OminousLatinChanting: Hideyoshi's anime {{leitmotif}}. It's actually a mix of English and German (contrasting with Nobunaga's German), but it's used in the exact same manner.
* OnlyFriend: In the fourth game he claims that Hanbe is the only friend he has and will ever need. [[spoiler:To the extent that when Hanbe dies, Hideyoshi insists he won't make friends with anyone else ever again.]]
* ParrotExposition: Plays this to Hanbe in the anime during strategy talks.
* PetTheDog: His attitude towards Hanbe. In ''[=SB3=]'', Ieyasu reveals that Hideyoshi [[spoiler:thought of Hanbe as he lay dying]]. It's enough to make Keiji forgive him.
** One tie-in manga depicts Hideyoshi rescuing a boy who'd been tied up and left to die of starvation. [[spoiler:That boy grew up to be Mitsunari.]]
** ''[=SB4=]'' shows that Hideyoshi treated Mitsunari very well and thought of him in high regards.
* PowerFist: It's a wonder [[YourHeadASplode his opponent's heads don't just explode]]...
* [[StabTheSky Punch The Sky]]: Does this for an introduction in the anime, causing the clouds above him to part and a ray of light to shine down while the rest of the battlefield are stuck under an overcast sky... WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic
* RapidFireFisticuffs: His final move in ''2'', which had him do a ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''-esque series of punches. Considering his size and attitude, this has likened him to Raoh. This was dropped in the fourth game since punching is now Ieyasu's gimmick, though he replaces it with a [[Franchise/StreetFighter Shun Goku Satsu]]-style attack.
* RedBaron: The Supreme King.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Interestingly, they appear to be brown in flashbacks, so they could represent his change from good to bad.
* SpinningPiledriver: One of his new moves in 4. His new Basara Art ends with a powered up version.
* StartOfDarkness: He was actually born normal. Damn that [[ManipulativeBastard Hisahide]].
** It's implied by Hanbe and Hideyoshi himself that even if he hadn't met Hisahide, he would have eventually awakened to his current beliefs along the line - his encounter with him was just the impetus.
* VerticalMechaFins: And he's not even a mecha. Well, maybe mecha-sized.
* VisionaryVillain: Hideyoshi is driven by his vision for a stronger Japan.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He wishes to unite the people and together make Japan into a world-wide power.
* [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer When All You Have Is Punching]]: Showcased in the anime. Hideyoshi has a very, shall we say, ''hands-on'' approach to dealing with things.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Completely loses it after his "humiliation", sacrificing emotions (and his own ''wife'' Nene) for strength.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Uses mostly grappling moves, such as powerbombs, piledrivers and chokeslams.
* VillainousFriendship: A Type I with Hanbe. It's hard to tell who's worse at times.
* YourSizeMayVary: Can be just OneHeadTaller than someone, and be on par with Tadakatsu in the same scene.
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[[folder:Takenaka Hanbe]]
!!Takenaka Hanbe
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-->Voiced by: AkiraIshida (Japanese), Chris Cason (anime)

->''"Just one more step until the dream can be fulfilled."''

Hideyoshi's right hand man. A cold, cruel genius who enjoys taking people out with his WhipSword and looking fabulous. Suffers from [[IncurableCoughOfDeath tuberculosis]].
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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: To Kanbe, evidently.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Delivers one of these to Keiji in the fourth game.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBookworm: Often seen reading in the anime.
** BadassCape: And fabulous too!
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: In [[spoiler:the anime]], he commits suicide in the face of imminent defeat by Kojuro. In the [[spoiler:''Samurai Legends'']] manga he does the same against Yukimura, except this time he attempts TakingYouWithMe.
* {{Bishounen}}: Even ''[[ProudBeauty Kyogoku]] [[ItsAllAboutMe Maria]]'' says that she would rather not do anything to damage Hanbe's face. This puts him up there with '''[[AmbiguousGender Kenshin]]''' in terms of prettiness.
** Driven home even further in the ''Cross'' manga, where in one chapter Hanbe and Kenshin have a duel as Hideyoshi and Kasuga watch and ''argue'' about who is the most graceful.
* BloodFromTheMouth: A result of his illness. Varies in quantity from the realistic to the absurd.
* CastingAShadow
* ChessmasterSidekick: Hanbe would probably be clever enough to outwit the more-brawn-than-brains Hideyoshi if he wanted to, but remains devoted to his dream. Together, they have both the brawn and the brains.
* CombatPragmatist: As he puts it, he hasn't got the time to play nice, which frequently leads to InTheBack.
-->Honour's all well and good, but there simply wasn't time for it tonight.
* {{Determinator}}: Considering Hanbe's a dying man yet still manages to run the show on very little sleep and kick serious ass on the battlefield, he does pretty well for himself.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:He dies in Mitsunari's arms in ''Bloody Angel''. After Mitsunari stabbed him.]]
** In his drama route in ''Sengoku Basara 4'', Hanbe dies in Mitsuari's arms while HoldingHands...[[spoiler:after Mitsunari cuts him down for seemingly betraying the Toyotomi. Hanbe was just teaching him a lesson before he succumbed to his illness.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: He first met Hideyoshi after the latter stormed and took his castle ''single-handedly''.
* TheDragon: Though he's technically a strategist, Hanbe still poses a big threat on the battlefield and will readily fight for or alongside Hideyoshi.
** CoDragons: He and Mitsunari are regarded as Hideyoshi's right and left hand men respectively. Mitsunari is still Hanbe's protege though.
* EvilerThanThou: The only person capable of making [[TheChessmaster Motonari]] squirm.
* GlassCannon
* HairFlip: More than once. It's so pretty, who can blame him?
* HomoeroticSubtext: He's completely selfless when it comes to Hideyoshi, would do anything to please him and great admires what he does.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Subverted as it's more or less confirmed to be tuberculosis, since that's what his historical self died of.
* JapanesePronouns: 'Boku'
* KickTheDog: Usually defeating people isn't enough - he'll manipulate then and make their lives a misery, just because he can.
* KilledOffForReal: For the third game, along with Hideyoshi, although his death is only mentioned in passing. Like Hideyoshi, he returns in the fourth game due to the whole "parallel universe" thing.
* TheLastDance: Vows to bring Hideyoshi to the top of Japan before tuberculosis claims him. It's explained in ''3'' that he eventually did make him ruler, and died peacefully soon afterwards.
* MaskPower: And it really serves no visible purpose other than to look cool.
* MilesToGoBeforeISleep: His time is short, and he's gonna devote every second of it to putting Hideyoshi in charge of Japan.
* MoralityPet: To Hideyoshi, who treats him with utmost respect and kindness.
* PurpleEyes: Which some, combined with his white hair and pale complexion, have taken as signs of albinism.
* RealMenWearPink: Appears to wear lipstick, though by ''[=SB4=]'' it's less noticeable.
* SmugSnake: He can hold his own in a fight, but when things don't go his way his smugness is lessened somewhat.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: His name is spelt "Hanbee" in kana, which ''Samurai Heroes'' romanised as "Hanbe". However, the anime dub used "Hanbei" instead.
* TheStrategist: Implied to be the cleverest of the lot, save from the fact that his illness somewhat limits his capabilities.
** He successfully besieged Inabayama Castle with only ''sixteen'' men before he even met Hideyoshi, and that was five years before the Siege of Odawara, some time after [[spoiler:Hideyoshi killed Nene]]. That's right, he was practically only pushing ''20'' at the time.
* TheSvengali: Hanbe seems to be the one who actively takes charge of Mitsunari, and, while it's hinted he does care for him, he also exploits his loyalty and encourages brutality, treating him as a tool to further his plans.
* TragicVillain: All his actions are motivated by genuine devotion to Hideyoshi and desire for a stronger world, and on top of being doomed to die young he's forced to see his talents go to waste, often without knowing if the dream was ever achieved.
* WhipSword: His primary weapon. He can switch between whip variations and sword variations of his attacks.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Of a different kind to Mitsuhide - rather than bloodthirsty, Hanbe is just unscrupulous.
* XanatosSpeedChess: Things aren't going according to his plan? No matter, he's got a scheme for ''every'' possible outcome. Invoked in the ''Samurai Legends'' manga where he hands Hideyoshi a whole stack of "contingency plans" he made for him.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: The number itself differs greatly between the games, anime, and manga etc. From when he starts coughing blood, he seems to have anything from a few weeks to potentially a few years.
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[[folder:Nene]]
!! Nene

->''"Keiji, it's not like that... don't blame him."''

Hideyoshi's deceased wife, who was also friends with Keiji in the past. [[spoiler:Hideyoshi was the one who killed her.]]
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* DisposableWoman: Basically existed to create a rift between Hideyoshi and Keiji.
* FeminineWomenCanCook: Hideaki mentions enjoying her cooking.
* FirstLove: Hideyoshi was hers. She was Keiji's.
* JustFriends: She and Keiji, who apparently never told her how he felt.
* TheLostLenore: For Keiji at least. Hideyoshi, not so much. [[spoiler:Though the anime implies he still loves her.]]
* LoveMartyr: It's implied she went willingly to her death for love of her husband.
* PosthumousCharacter: Appears in two separate flashbacks (one in the game, one in the anime), but is mentioned by Keiji often and has a big effect on him.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Hideyoshi isn't much to look at, while flashbacks show Nene to be quite beautiful and delicate.
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[[folder:Ishida Mitsunari]]
!!UsefulNotes/IshidaMitsunari
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-->Voiced by: Creator/TomokazuSeki (Japanese), Creator/TroyBaker (English)

->''"Lord Hideyoshi, grant me the cruelty to make them suffer!"''

Playable character in ''Sengoku Basara 3''. A fanatically loyal subordinate of Hideyoshi, he does not take Hideyoshi's defeat well and swears revenge on Ieyasu. The fastest character in the series so far, he uses a nodachi in the style of iaidou, similar to Kenshin.
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* AnimeHair
* {{Angrish}}: On more than one occasion, he just dissolves into snarling "I'll kill you!" over and over again. Lampshaded by Kanbe:
--> '''Kanbe:''' [[SarcasmMode "Such a pretty mouth on you."]]
* AxCrazy: In his less stable moments Mitsunari displays an almost complete disregard for human life, and may even burst into laughter when cutting down everything that moves.
* {{Badass}}
* BadBoss: In contrast with Hideyoshi, Mitsunari tends to rely more on fear and intimidation when dealing with subordinates and is not above screaming death threats or beating them into submission, though he treats friends like Yoshitsugu well enough.
* BerserkButton: The primary one is Ieyasu (mentioning him is bad enough, let alone allying with him), with his other one being those who "disrespect" the memory of Hideyoshi (mere irreverence earns a death threat while straight-up insults will have him drop everything to butcher said culprit). Worst of all is betrayal, which is absolutely unforgivable in his eyes.
* BirdRun: When running in his SuperMode. [[CutlassBetweenTheTeeth He holds his blade in his teeth]].
* BladeSpam: His preferred method of attacking.
* BossSubtitles: "Mitsunari Ishida - Out for Blood"
* BreakoutCharacter: He was introduced as a new poster boy, but his startling popularity vastly outstripped the main character, Ieyasu, and has resulted in him getting his own spin-off manga.
** Mitsunari was revealed as one of the main characters of ''Sengoku Basara 4'', thus beating out several much more established characters like Yukimura.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Masamune's entire red story in ''[=SB3=]'' is a revenge-driven rampage against Mitsunari for defeating and humiliating him. Mitsunari doesn't even remember who he is.
** Turned on its head in Mitsunari's blue story, which is a revenge-driven rampage against Masamune for [[FelonyMisdemeanor insulting Hideyoshi once]]. Masamune doesn't think that to be a very big deal.
* CastingAShadow
* CoupDeGrace: His "Decapitation" Super Art. Enemy gets grabbed, pushed to floor, gets scabbard poked in face, Mitsunari draws sword, head leaves body time. One of the most long-winded attacks in the game, but hideously damaging (overkill versus practically everything except bosses) and [[AwesomeButImpractical an undeniably awesome-looking way to finish a fight]]. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation Don't ask us how anyone you finish with his move subsequently stand up again in the following cutscenes.]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: After Hojo makes the suicidal mistake of insulting Hideyoshi and Hanbe to his face, Mitsunari threatens to [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon sew his eyelids shut, cut him to pieces and eat his heart]]. Whether he goes through with this is left up to the gamer's imagination...
* CurbStompBattle: In the backstory of ''Sengoku Basara 3'', Mitsunari's encounter with Masamune during the Siege of Odawara was one of these. Mitsunari doesn't even remember having done it.
* CutlassBetweenTheTeeth: He carries his sword and/or sheath in his mouth when using ziplines and his Basara Attack.
** Attempts this against [[spoiler: Nobunaga]] in the movie, as his arms are injured, and successfully slices his neck open.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: If his flashbacks from the manga ''Bloody Angel'' are anything to go by, this was the case before he met Hideyoshi.
* DeadpanSnarker: Possibly not even aware when he does so.
--> '''Motonari:''' "Tell me, where does all that rage come from?"
--> '''Mitsunari:''' "I don't know what you mean."
** It's more common (and deliberate) in the fourth game when he's dealing with Sakon.
--> '''Sakon:''' "Concentrate, Mitsunari-sama! Concentraaaaaaaaaaate!"
--> '''Mitsunari:''' "If you died, all of my distractions would disappear."
* DeathSeeker: Of a kind. Says that he died along with Hideyoshi, and wishes to take revenge on Ieyasu ASAP so it can finally end.
--> "Go ahead, kill me, leave me to die in a pool of my own blood!"
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Has practically none beyond "kill Lord Hideyoshi's enemies". In the [[spoiler:red story]], he suffers a VillainousBreakdown when he realizes he had nothing but his (now-fulfilled) vengeance. In the [[spoiler:blue one]], he decides to follow in Hideyoshi's footsteps and conquer the world, all to spite those who called him an unworthy successor to Hideyoshi.
* {{Determinator}}: The only thing that can give him pause is [[spoiler:the knowledge Yoshitsugu and Motonari went behind his back in Motochika's green route.]]
-->'''Yoshitsugu:''' "It is useless to try to force us to retreat. Mitsunari will ''never'' retreat."
* DoesNotKnowHowToSayThanks: Part of what makes him a VillainousDemotivator. Even when someone pleases him, he's unable to properly express it and only ends up acting more jealous towards them because they've become valuable.
* EtTuBrute: If there's one thing he can't stand, it's betrayal. And unfortunately he experiences a lot of it.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: If he finds out about [[spoiler:Yoshitsugu and Motonari's role in the destruction of Shikoku]], he's so disgusted that he [[spoiler:ends his campaign on the spot and [[PleaseKillMeIfItSatisfiesYou offers himself up for execution]]]]. He also shows disgust toward betrayal. [[spoiler:Although that doesn't stop Motonari from double-crossing him, Yoshitsugu AND Motochika in Motonari's blue path]].
* {{Expy}}: Of [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Vergil]]. His fighting style is very similar to Dark Slayer. It's to the point that people [[http://images.wikia.com/capcomdatabase/images/9/98/SB3_Mitsunari_Ishida_with_Vergil_color_scheme.jpg modded]] Mitsunari's costume to match Vergil's color scheme in the 3rd game. Also, Vergil's costume is DLC in the 4th game.
* FallenAngel: WordOfGod describes him as such, and his alternate outfit has a pair of wings adorned on the back. It's never revealed if he was good or not before meeting Hideyoshi, or if he was always so messed up, so it's difficult to interpret.
* FirstNameUltimatum: Most definitely not played for comedy.
* FlashStep: He's so quick, he literally disappears from sight before attacking, re-appearing only after the damage is done.
** He's even fast enough to ''force the camera to chase him'', if you play him correctly.
* FriendOrFoe: Mitsunari's emotional frailty gives him a ''terrible'' tendency to do this in the fourth game, to the point where [[spoiler:he kills Sakon and even Hanbe in ''their respective stories''. Both expose how Mitsunari isn't in control of his feelings.]] Just goes to show how far he will go for Hideyoshi.
* GlassCannon[=/=]FragileSpeedster: He's the fastest character in the series (capable of outrunning horses in his SuperMode) and has a lot of reach and attack speed, but his damage per hit is low (then again he'll be doing a ''lot'' of it) and he can't take a hit.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom[=/=]RedEyesTakeWarning: His final skill "Reverence" turns him into a demonic being covered in darkness and with burning crimson eyes. Also, when [[spoiler:Kanbe]] takes over Osaka Castle in the third game the camera zooms in on Mitsunari to show his eyes turning red.
* GreenEyes: Normally. He's notably the only character in the series with green eyes. Maybe representing his envy of Ieyasu.
* HairTriggerTemper: To the point of near-psychosis. Sometimes you only have to be standing there and it pisses him off enough to try and decapitate you.
* [[spoiler:HeelRealization]]: In the movie, followed by a [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]].
* [[ShesGotLegs He's Got Legs]]: Long and slender, as the anime and ''particularly'' the third manga like to [[FemaleGaze emphasize]].
* HomoeroticSubtext: Sometimes he seems to have admired Hideyoshi just a little much. Key point, referring to him as "my everything".
* IaijutsuPractitioner: And his raw attack speed beats Kenshin into the ground.
* IgnoredEpiphany: He's aware that Kanbe is quite undeterred by having a giant friggin' ball attached to him and is conspiring against him, yet he never thinks to keep an eye on Osaka Castle. Did he honestly expect him to NOT snatch it?
* JapanesePronouns: 'Watashi'
* KnightTemplar[=/=]BlackAndWhiteInsanity: Unlike Yoshitsugu, Mitsunari genuinely believes himself to be in the right and that those around him (except Yoshitsugu) are vile sinners for having denied Hideyoshi. He also believes that since his revenge is justified it must be done honourably - see EvenEvilHasStandards above.
* KubrickStare: Well, his hair does get in the way.
* LaughingMad: [[spoiler:After finally killing Ieyasu.]] However he quickly realises that he has just destroyed his only reason for living and has a heart-rending mental breakdown.
** He can also be heard laughing in the background during Magoichi's blue ending. [[spoiler:This time without the associated breakdown.]]
* LeanAndMean: He apparently ForgetsToEat, so it's no surprise he's so skinny. He's also lightweight, which probably helps augment his brutal attack speed.
* LeeroyJenkins: His idea of tactics boils down to "charge in and kill as many as you can".
* LimpAndLivid: More or less his default state of existence; he often moves as if half-asleep while screaming his lungs out. His "Reverence" Super Art cranks this up even further.
* {{Lunacy}}: Has a fair amount of symbolism involving the moon to contrast Ieyasu's sunniness, noticeably in the crescents that his slashes take the form of, and the prevalence of the moon in his castle stage. Plus the fact he's insane.
* [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya My Name is Ishida Mitsunari]]: Very much the case with his ''[=SB3=]'' story mode. Though with a great deal more angst.
* NoSocialSkills: Thus he is BrutallyHonest and has NoSenseOfHumour.
* OffWithHisHead: His preferred method of execution.
* OneManArmy: Probably the most notable example in the series - he cleared Masamune's army all by himself in the Siege of Odawara before [=SB3=].
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Is revealed to feel this way about Ieyasu. [[spoiler:Hisahide decides that the greatest despair he can inflict on Mitsunari is to rob him of his revenge by killing Ieyasu.]]
* PerpetualFrowner: He only smiles properly once in the entire third game, [[spoiler:and that was in Yoshitsugu's imagination]].
** Yet oddly enough he sports a PsychoticSmirk in the opening movie.
* PsychoSupporter: To Hideyoshi, who is effectively God as far as Mitsunari is concerned.
* PureIsNotGood: During Mitsunari's short cameo in the anime season two, Kenshin describes him as disconcertingly pure.
* RedBaron: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Dark King/The Great Malevolence]] (King of Misfortune in Japanese). In flashbacks he's known as Toyotomi's Left Arm.
* TheRemnant
* RevengeBeforeReason: Revenge is all that matters - his health, his clan, his duties, his allies, nothing else is worth thinking about until he's delivered retribution.
* TheRival[=/=]ArchEnemy: Towards Ieyasu.
** [[spoiler:Averted in the movie. Where he does give up his desire to avenge his lord.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Both his campaigns. His red one is against (surprise, surprise) Ieyasu, while his blue one is against Masamune [[FelonyMisdemeanor because he off-handedly insulted Hideyoshi]].
* SayMyName: "'''IIIEEEEYAAAASUUUU!!!'''"
** And "'''DAATEEE MAASAAAMUUUNEEEEEE!!!'''" in the movie...
* {{Sleepyhead}}: He suffers from insomnia, and as a result (according to Yoshitsugu) tends to conk out in random places. The second infiltration of Osaka Castle has him sleep through most of the stage before Yoshitsugu decides to wake him up by telling him [[BerserkButton an ally of Ieyasu's has arrived]].
* SpamAttack: In contrast to Ieyasu, who uses {{Charged Attack}}s. Although not as good at it as Yukimura, Mitsunari has one of the fastest attack and recovery speeds in the game and several of his skills are multi-hit.
* SuperMode: His "Reverence" super art, which takes away his ability to block, dodge and do anything but attack in return for knockback and increased attack speed and damage. With his special equipment, Mitsunari can stay in this mode permanently and also run while in it, which takes his FragileSpeedster nature even further and lets him outrun horses on foot.
* SteppingStonesInTheSky: He takes this UpToEleven in the manga, when he slashes a group of soldiers into the air then uses them as stepping stones to reach a second-floor balcony.
* [[UnusualEyebrows Swooped Eyebrows]]: Making his expression even more severe.
* TearsOfBlood: [[spoiler:His story mode ending, after he kills Ieyasu.]] Due to the BlackBlood, some fans joked that it's just his mascara running.
** Also in TheMovie, after [[spoiler:Yoshitsugu]]'s death.
** In [[spoiler:Sakon's anime route in ''[=SB4=]'',]] after finding out that [[spoiler:Ieyasu's killed Hideyoshi and Hanbe]].
* ThisIsUnforgivable: If he isn't screaming "IEYASU!" or "IllKillYou" at the top of his lungs, expect him to be screaming ''this''.
* ToxicFriendInfluence: It's difficult to gauge just how much of his bloodlust is brought on by Yoshitsugu's goading, but it is safe to say that while he'd still be angry, he'd probably be a hell of a lot less violent and unstable in his absence.
* TroubledButCute: A meta-example. As angry, violent, ruthless and stubborn as he is, at heart he's but a very confused and misguided man who has suffered a huge loss and is now desperately trying to find his reason for existing. Some also find his honesty and awkwardness {{Moe}}.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Hideyoshi. As someone who puts deep value in loyalty, he generally expects a similar level of devotion from his allies and barely tolerates backtalk.
* UnstoppableRage: Just try and get between him and Ieyasu. Go on. I dare you.
** Even Yoshitsugu, probably the one person on Earth whom Mitsunari wouldn't rather kill on sight, has a moment where he's audibly dreading the man's anger:
--> '''Yoshitsugu''': "Oh dear. Mitsunari, I'm afraid I have some dreadful news, so you may wish to calm down for a moment and... n-n-not that you ''need'' to calm down..."
** "Reverence" is pretty much the embodiment of this trope.
* UnwittingPawn: Doesn't realize that Yoshitsugu is manipulating him for his goal of screwing over the entire human race. [[spoiler:In the movie his arrival at Sekigahara with the Toyotomi forces was planned by Tenkai and Yoshitsugu to cause the battle they needed to resurrect Oda.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: It can probably be said that he spends the entirety of the third game in one. Most routes usually have him getting worse.
* VillainousDemotivator: Is not what you would call 'a good motivator' by any stretch of the imagination. This is a nod to his RealLife counterpart, who by all accounts wasn't a 'people person' either and insulted several of his allies into abandoning him or turning sides during Sekigahara.
* VillainousFriendship: A mutual one with Yoshitsugu. Yoshitsugu mentions at one point that when Hideyoshi's other retainers mocked him for being TheGrotesque, Mitsunari beat them to a pulp.
* [[spoiler:WeUsedToBeFriends]]: It's revealed in the last battle of Mitsunari's drama route ending that what wounded him more than Ieyasu betraying Hideyoshi was [[spoiler:Ieyasu betraying ''himself''. Mitsunari genuinely believed that as long as he and Ieyasu were comrades they could accomplish anything - if Hideyoshi failed to bring peace to the people, he and Ieyasu could as a team.]] So for him, Ieyasu leaving the army by himself was the same as [[spoiler:Ieyasu believing he could do a better job sorting out the country alone than he could with Mitsunari by his side]]. While Ieyasu agrees with him, they do battle anyways because of Mitsunari's loyalty to his lord and [[spoiler:the fact that he doesn't see Ieyasu as the friend he used to have anymore]].
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Yet another one! Hideyoshi clearly has a thing for these.
** Hilariously invoked in the movie dub when Masamune calls him a "sullen prettyboy". Mitsunari proceeds to completely lose it.
* WillNotTellALie: Makes it a point of pride not to lie or use deceptions of any kind. He despises people who lie as well, but is completely unaware that Yoshitsugu is a compulsive liar.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Delivers a pretty epic one in ''Judge End''.
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[[folder:Otani Yoshitsugu]]
!!Otani Yoshitsugu
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-->Voiced by: Creator/FumihikoTachiki (Japanese), Michael G. Sorich (''Samurai Heroes''), Mark Stoddard (anime)

->''"May misery rain down upon us all!"''

Another new character in ''[=SB3=]''. Mitsunari's friend and ally, who suffers from leprosy. Because of this, he has to be transported round on a special platform, which can somehow float. Due to going mad from said disease, he holds a grudge against other human beings. So far, only Mitsunari is okay with him.
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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: He's ridiculed for his sickness. He doesn't take it well.
* AnimalMotif: Seems to be [[ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth butterflies]] due to his helmet, sigil, and Oichi calling him "Swamp Butterfly", though [[MacabreMothMotif moths]] may not be out of the question.
* ArmourPiercingQuestion: In Yoshitsugu's final blue path map, [[spoiler:Motonari asks Yoshitsugu what his objective is. Yoshitsugu answers that it's to bring misery to all humans. Motonari asks if this includes him. Yoshitsugu replies that it does. Motonari then asks if this includes Yoshitsugu himself. Yoshitsugu replies that it does. Motonari then asks if this includes Mitsunari. Yoshitsugu gets stunned into silence and is unable to answer.]] He spends the entire map mulling this over.
** The same question is directed at him towards the end of ''Judge End'', but by [[spoiler:Kojuro]] instead. This time, however, Yoshitsugu [[spoiler:can answer that he would not allow Mitsunari to suffer any more misery, mere seconds before his palanquin is shattered by Kojuro's attack. Even Kojuro admits that in that moment, he was probably the kindest soul among the Western Army for his concern for Mitsunari.]]
* BaddieFlattery: He only uses it to get his own way, particularly when it comes to bending Mitsunari or Tsuruhime to his will. However some of his comments to Motonari seem genuine.
* BandageMummy: Wrapped head-to-toe in bandages due to his illness.
* BerserkButton: Yoshitsugu is a [[EvilLaugh cackling villain]] who resents Ieyasu and the world at large, maintains a FauxAffablyEvil front, and wants to inject misery and suffering into everything, himself included...but not Mitsunari. Never Mitsunari. And if anyone ''does'' threaten, betray, or harm Mitsunari in any way (as in Motonari's blue path), expect Yoshitsugu to [[VillainousBreakdown well-and-truly lose it]].
* BossSubtitles: "Yoshitsugu Otani -Time to Suffer"
* BlackEyesOfCrazy: Black sclera and, just to make it even more eerie, white irises.
* CardCarryingVillain: He refers to his plans as "evil schemes". Come on.
* CastingAShadow
* CatchPhrase: The words "misery" or "suffering" generally comes up fairly often whenever he's speaking
* ChessmasterSidekick: As the soldiers point out, the Dark King's forces only ever got as far as they did because of him, rather than [[RevengeBeforeReason Mitsunari]].
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Seems to have this attitude towards Mitsunari, who really isn't big on this whole 'self-preservation' thing. At one point in Mitsunari's blue path, he comments that he'll always be right behind Mitsunari because "''someone'' has to keep you alive..." On the other hand, Yoshitsugu in many ways makes Mitsunari behave worse than he otherwise would.
* ConspicuousCG: In the movie.
* TheCorrupter[=/=]EvilMentor: To Oichi in her blue path, shaping her into his greatest weapon.
* CreepyMonotone: In the Japanese dub. Tachiki's delivery is extremely hollow and raspy and places inflections oddly or leaves them out altogether, making Yoshitsugu sound almost completely devoid of emotion except when somebody's pushed his BerserkButton.
* DespairEventHorizon: The ''Samurai Heroes'' bio states that Yoshitsugu went insane because of his illness.
* TheDragon: To Mitsunari. Chances are you'll have to defeat Yoshitsugu before you reach his master.
** CoDragons: With Sakon. However, it seems that Yoshitsugu has seniority over him.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: For all his vices -- and he has quite a few -- Yoshitsugu is disgusted when he learns of Motonari's betrayal to Mitsunari in the latter's blue path. After Motonari twists the knife by saying that he planned to kill Yoshitsugu and Mitsunari from the start, Yoshitsugu actually goes as far as to say this to Motonari:
--> '''Yoshitsugu''': "You… You make me ill. I despise the very sight of you."
** He is also disgusted by Nobunaga because he has given up humanity and can no longer understand the nature of suffering.
*** Averted in [[spoiler:the movie]]. He was [[spoiler:working with Tenkai to resurrect the Demon King]] and only [[spoiler:opposed him]] since [[MoralityPet Mitsunari]] joined the fight.
* EvilChancellor: As the Ishida Army's "general assistant" he takes over command when Mitsunari's too busy angsting/avenging.
* EvilLaugh: While smashing mook heads open. Especially disturbing since his illness obviously makes it difficult to laugh, resulting in a hoarse, spasmodic cackle.
* EvilSorcerer
* EvilerThanThou: Learns the hard way that Motonari is more cunning and ruthless than he was in the latter's red and blue paths.
* {{Expy}}: Possibly of Shishio Makoto from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''. Not only do they look alike, they're also morally bankrupt, manipulative and scheming, and batshit crazy, so...
* FauxAffablyEvil: In the English dub. Sorich's delivery is far more emotional than his Japanese counterpart and makes Yoshitsugu sound courteous and charming, or at least like he's constantly faking being courteous and charming, underlining his manipulative and treacherous nature.
* {{Foil}}: To Hanbe. They serve the same [[TheDragon dragon rolls]] to the Supreme King and Dark King. However, while Hanbe is earnestly working to make Hideyoshi's goal a reality, Yoshitsugu is mostly using Mitsunari to further his own agenda.
* FunctionalMagic: Or whatever it is that he uses. Mitsunari mentions something about Buddhism, and since here Buddhism is magic, it makes sense.
* GallowsHumour: Whenever the army gets into a bad situation he tends to quip about it rather than panic.
* TheGrotesque: Looks pretty scary, and is quite tragic in a sense. It also makes him immune to attacks with grabbing properties since no one wants to touch him with a 10-foot pole.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: He had leprosy in real life, and was famously good friends with Mitsunari. The 'evil sorcerer planning eternal misery on humanity' part, not so much.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: His mysterious floating blue "beads". However, he actually equips palanquins as his weapons.
* ItAmusedMe: He'll do whatever he can to help the war to go on as long as possible. That way more people suffer, and the more fun he has.
* JapanesePronouns: 'Ware'
* ManipulativeBastard: Well, it is his goal to screw over ''the entire human race'' using anyone he can get his hands on.
* MasterPoisoner: He has a penchant for using poisonous incense in battles where you have to fight him.
* MindOverMatter: Seemingly only applies to his beads and what they touch, though the fans tend to give him power over all objects.
** Well, those, and the palanquin. Unless it's secretly a Sengoku-era hovercraft (which frankly, [[AnachronismStew we wouldn't put past the writers]]...)
* MisanthropeSupreme: See "screw over the entire human race".
* MoralityPet: Mitsunari. Subverted in that he still does nothing but sow misery, even deceiving Mitsunari at several points along the way.
** His blue route has him question Ieyasu on "bonds he wishes to protect" and he ends up by [[spoiler:sacrificing himself to save Mitsunari]].
** Motonari's blue route has him [[spoiler: decide to abandon his goal of screwing over the entire human race to instead inflict all the human suffering he had planned upon the only person he thinks deserves it: ''Motonari''. Since Motonari had betrayed Mitsunari.]]
** Mitsunari being in danger [[spoiler:in the movie while facing the reborn Demon King is what makes Yoshitsugu abandon his goal and fight against the very Demon King he helped resurrect.]]
* NiceHat: His helmet has a giant butterfly on it!
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: In the Japanese version, he is called "Gyobu" by those that know him, which is a reference to his historical court title.
* PetTheDog: No matter how much he hates the world, or how much he ridicules the boy's straight-forward nature, he still shows a kind of strange affection for Mitsunari.
* PoisonousFriend: He's the one who encourages Mitsunari to be so vicious and destructive, taking advantage of his fragile mental state.
* PowerFloats: Applies to both his palanquin and his beads.
* PowerGlows: His beads (and whatever they touch) glow yellow when he enchants them. His whole body glows the same sickly yellow when he really pours it on.
* PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery: The [[Pantheon/{{Hatred}} God of the trope]]! Though this is more of a case of "Put them all in as much misery as me". His goal is to spread as much misery and suffering through the world as he is in due to his leprosy.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: His alternate costume. His InfinityMinusOneSword also has a red and black color scheme.
* [[spoiler:RedemptionEqualsDeath: In the movie when he dies protecting Mitsunari and reflects that they are the same.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: In his alternate costume.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Towards Ieyasu in the end of his red and blue paths. [[spoiler:Also towards Motonari in the latter's blue path during his betrayal.]]
* TheSociopath: Has a near-total disregard for human life save for Mitsunari, but the way in which he spurs on and encourages Mitsunari's bloodlust and penchant for violence is quite possibly even less endearing.
** On the other hand, Yoshitsugu seems to be fascinated by the idea of suffering, and repeatedly shows he does not have a LackOfEmpathy... He has lots of it, in fact, and uses it to take delight in the misery of others.
* SquishyWizard: All his offensive special attacks are ranged and have enormous range and juggling potential. On the flip side, his movement speed, turning speed, hit points, defence and attack are amongst the lowest in the game and his special attacks all require breathing space due to charge times. He can also apply a "Curse" status effect on enemies, which applies additional effects when hit with attacks (generally involving the beads {{Roboteching}} the enemies).
* StatusBuff: His ''Rahu Weakens'' Super Art raises his attack power [[CastFromHP for the cost of some of his health.]]
* TakingTheBullet: In his second ending he [[spoiler:gets impaled on Tadakatsu's drill after pushing Mitsunari out of the way of the attack]]. Ouch.
* TractorBeam: One of his air attacks has him deploy one of these from beneath his palanquin to suck up mooks and squash them.
* VillainousBreakdown: If Hideaki accomplishes his betrayal in Sekigahara, Yoshitsugu, Mitsunari and Motonari if he's there go through a collective one.
** He also goes through one in Motonari's blue path, [[spoiler:when the latter turns against Mitsunari. He voices his anger towards Mitsunari to the point of [[IWishedYouWereDead wishing to see him dead]]]]
* VillainousFriendship: With Mitsunari, who is probably the only person Yoshitsugu cares about at all in most routes. He also refers to Motonari as "my friend", though, if it is anything more than mere courtesies, Motonari does not reciprocate.
* WheelOFeet: Can do this with his beads, turning his palanquin into a two-wheel dragster. It even outruns horses.
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[[folder:Shima Sakon]]
!!Shima Sakon
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-->Voiced by: YuuichiNakamura (Japanese).

->''"And now, the gamble's set!"''

Playable character introduced ''Sengoku Basara 4''. A loyal supporter of Mitsunari who always enjoys a good gamble, and seems to treat battles as such. This flippancy lends itself to his moveset, switching between two blades and flying kicks.
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* AlliterativeName: Only in English (since in Japanese it's "shi" and "sa"). Also, his real name is Shima Kiyooki.
* AnimeHair: Short, red and tidy on the left side; longer, brown and unkempt on the right.
* BerserkButton: He has contempt for people he considers cheaters, most notably Ieyasu and to a lesser extent, ninjas.
* BlowYouAway
* BoisterousBruiser: It makes him stick out like a sore thumb in the serious Toyotomi Army. Hanbe says that he reminds him of Keiji.
* CoDragons: Serves this role to Mitsunari along with Yoshitsugu. Yoshitsugu is technically the superior of the two, however.
** According to Hanbe, Sakon is Mitsunari's left hand. Mitsunari considers him his little finger at best.
* CollaredByFashion: Wears a thick gold necklace to this effect.
** In the HighSchoolAU, he wears an actual dog collar.
* CompanionCube: His dice. At one point he even talks to them for a full minute before Mitsunari snaps him out of it.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Possibly the reason why he latches onto the Toyotomi despite not sharing their goal - Sakon felt lost, and following Mitsunari will at least give him some sort of direction to go in. [[spoiler:Comes to a tragic end in his anime route, when he dies for his master's sake.]]
-->'''Sakon''': "[[TearJerker Surely...this day...is what I lived for...]]"
* DualWield: Two short swords, which are usually held in ReverseGrip when he's kicking.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Introduced as a generic NPC general on Mitsunari's stage in ''3'' before being PromotedToPlayable in ''4''.
* ExtremityExtremist: Includes high-speed kicks in his moveset.
* FashionableAsymmetry: Hair aside, neither his shoulder guards, wrist guards, nor trouser legs match.
* FriendlyEnemy: Combined with NotSoDifferent, as their roles could have easily been reversed. Sakon can't leave Katsuie alone because of it.
** Sakon's generally nice (or acts silly at the least) towards nearly anyone he faces, the only real exceptions being Matsunaga (who he holds a grudge towards), Ieyasu (for betraying Mitsunari) and Yoshiaki (whom he believes branding a 'cheater bastard' would be an [[InsultToRocks insult to other cheater bastards]] - this includes his master's ArchEnemy).
* TheGamblingAddict: Kiyooki gambled for lack of something better to do, until Keiji came along and gave him the motivation to go find a job.
** TheGambler: And Sakon still carries a trio of dice to symbolize that a battle can only have two outcomes; odd or even. The way he switches between blades and kicks is also based on this. He also has a super art in which he tosses some dice, and depending on what they roll up he'll gain some buffs or he'll have his HP reduced to one.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Has one with [[spoiler:Mitsunari in his anime ending. Ieyasu's killed Hideyoshi and Hanbe's died, leaving Mitsunari stuck in Reverence mode, crying tears of blood and trying to tear apart anything that moves. [[HeroicSacrifice Sakon takes all of Mitsunari's anger until he comes to his senses]], [[GoOutWithASmile but drops dead with a smile a few moments later]], much to Mitsunari's dismay]]. Mitsunari does this A LOT.
* JapanesePronouns: 'Ore'
* JiveTurkey: Speaks in a modern Japanese equivalent. To the point that [[{{Keigo}} Yukimura]] barely understands a word he says.
* {{Keet}}: He's very bouncy and excitable, much to Mitsunari's ire.
* PaintedOnPants: There's a ''reason'' one of Sakon's most talked-about features is his [[FemaleGaze derrière]].
* RedOniBlueOni: The red oni to both Mitsunari's and Katsuie's blue oni.
* SenpaiKohai: Enthusiastically plays the role of ''kohai'' to Yukimura, whom Sakon calls "Sanada-san".
* StanceSystem: Can switch between using his blades or legs.
* ThatManIsDead: He gives up his former name, Kiyooki, in favour of Sakon (which means "close to the left", i.e close to Mitsunari) in the hopes he can make a new start.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Mitsunari and no other. He's so loyal that [[spoiler:he's willing to die at his hands in order to snap him out of his rage]].
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