[[caption-width-right:350:''Got a love like a hurricane.'']]

->''This man really is a natural-born warrior. He has the power required of a leader in a time of civil war. The power to drive men towards the battlefield. The power called 'Insanity'.''
-->-- '''UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga'''

'''''Drifters''''' is a manga written by Kouta Hirano (of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' fame). It tells the story of the world's famous (or infamous, depending on how/what you know about them) historical figures yanked from their own times (usually on the date they were meant to die) and brought to a fantasy-like dimension to wage war against one another, for reasons yet to be revealed.

The heroes of the story are called Drifters, mainly composed of Shimazu Toyohisa, Oda Nobunaga and Nasu Suketaka Yoichi, though others are introduced as the story continues. Their opponents are the Ends who oddly enough are composed of people who weren't evil in their lifetime (Joan of Arc and Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova for example) but nevertheless are cutting a swathe across the fantasy land. An organization of magicians, called the Octobrists (or the Oct), assists the Drifters in fighting against the Ends. And thus the stage is set for one of the oddest wars ever fought.

''Drifters'' has been licensed outside of Japan after its Japanese debut with Shonen Gahosha officially publishing it with 4 volumes available for sale. It was picked up by Creator/DarkHorseComics (who also published ''Hellsing'') and available for purchase in North America. It's also available in France, Germany, Italy and in Taiwan. Similar to Japan, three volumes are also officially available for sale in the respective markets mentioned. Funimation is the official distributor of the show in North America.

An OVA trailer was released with the last episode of the ''Manga/{{Hellsing}} Ultimate'' OVA. An AnimatedAdaptation debuted as part of the Fall2016Anime season as a TV show with 12 episodes.

All tropes applicable to characters must be moved to the [[Characters/{{Drifters}} characters page]].

!!''Drifters'' provides the following tropes:
* AndZoidberg: According to Oda, the provinces south of Japan's center can be summed up as "countryside", "final frontier", "land of no man and no law", "land of the dead", "nearly another country", "devilish lands of no man"... and Shimazu.
* AntiHeroTeam: The protagonists of this story include one of the most feared Samurai of all time, a bloodthirsty maniac with a penchant for collecting the heads of fallen foes, and an archer who gives both of them a run for their money in terms of bloodlust and body count. ''And they're the heroes!''
* ArmyOfTheAges: If you take away the fantasy setting, the battle between the Drifters and the Ends is basically this.
* ArrowsOnFire: Oftenly used by the Drifter archers. [[spoiler: They were used to burn down an elven village and detonate explosives in a building full of goblin soldiers]].
** They even packed arrows with black powder to make explosive arrows [[spoiler:which was used during their assault on Gadolka to free the dwarves.]]
* ArtShift: The characters become cartoony when they bicker around in a light hearted scene.
* AxCrazy: Several, particularly Joan of Arc.
* BadassGrandpa: Hannibal (no, not [[Film/SilenceOfTheLambs that one]] or [[Series/TheATeam that one]], ''the original Hannibal of Carthage'').
--> '''Scipio''': Listen here! You can gather millions of men, yet you will never be able to beat him! This man is... This man is... This man is Hannibal! Hannibal Barca, the "Thunderbolt of Carthage"! Not even a million enemies were able to make Rome afraid! Yet, Rome trembled whenever she heard the name of Hannibal!
* TheBlacksmith: The dwarves were able to make muskets when nobody else in the fantasy land could do it.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: The manga does this to the backstory of the Orte Empire [[spoiler:courtesy of Hitler]].
* BerserkButton: Do not let Toyohisa, who is a pretty insane BloodKnight with a penchant for decapitation to begin with, find you doing something dishonorable, [[spoiler: such as raping prisoners]]. He will exterminate everyone involved without a second thought.
--> '''Toyohisa''': [[spoiler:''[upon seeing the men of the castle raping the female elf prisoners]'']] No! No! No! I was wrong! The vermin of this castle aren't worth shit! We shall slash them to pieces! We shall hack them down until they become dust! No soldier in this castle is to remain alive!
** On a more comical note, dissing the Shimazu Clan, as Nobunaga and Yoichi know all too well.
--> '''Nobunaga''': Oh yes! From way down in Kyushu? Down in the sticks?\\
'''Toyohisa''': I'll kill you!\\
'''Yoichi''': I've heard of the Shimazu clan. They were around even in my time.\\
''[Toyohisa faces Yoichi]''\\
'''Yoichi''': I remember they lived all the way in Kyushu. Nothing but a bunch of bumpkins. Ha! Ha!
** Joan seems to get angrier than usual when Toyohisa questions her gender.
*** ItMakesSenseInContext: Joan of arc was technically burnt at the stake for cross-dressing
* BigBallOfViolence: All three main Drifters love to fight. No matter how petty the excuse.
* BiTheWay: ''Drifters'' makes mention of UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga's historical lover, Mori Ranmaru -- namely that Nobunaga's a bit frustrated by his absence.
* BrickJoke: [[spoiler: When Shimazu called the elves brats, and it is revealed in later chapters they are both older than him by at least 5 years.]]
* CombatPragmatist: Oda and Yoshitsune both show this behavior in their tactics. Yoichi also considers this a bad habit of his since he learned it from Yoshitsune.
-->'''Yoshitsune''': Unfair? Way of the Warrior? What's the meaning of "unfair"? Do you think there is fairness in the battlefield? Yoichi, you are just too naive.
* CrapsackWorld: The fairy-like dimension the series takes place is a land riddled with war, prejudice, and death largely in part because of the Orte Empire.
* DeathByGluttony: Nobunaga barely manages to send a message to stop the dwarves from gorging on too much food. He's probably familiar with refeeder syndrome, but the fact the dwarves were starting to kill the horses to eat them didn't help.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The customs of Sengoku-era Japan and its samurai clash multiple times with the cultures of other Drifters and the civilizations in the world, such as when Toyohisa demands that the commander of a conquered castle commit seppuku as an honorable death, then beheading the man when he (justifiably) refuses.
* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: [[spoiler:The true goal of the Black King is extremely similar to the Law Alignment in ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'': as humans are too smart and chaotic to be conquered forever, he intends to annihilate them and ensure the rise of the other races into a perpetual Dark Age with all technology and advances strictly monitored, where his time of ruling can pass without fear of change.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: When the elves capture the dwarves' factories and release them, upon a lintel you can see the words: "[[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Only labor leads us to liberation]]".
** [[TheReveal It takes on a new context]] when you remember [[spoiler:that Hitler founded this empire]].
* DragonRider: Quite a few monsters are shown riding dragons.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: How the Drifters and Elves get into the Governor's fortress.
** Later on, some Octobrists use the same tactic to see how the nonhumans' city is progressing.
* DueToTheDead: The Drifters decapitate their fallen enemies, and while they use their bodies as part of their war effort, their heads are washed and cleaned, following their epoch's funeral rites.
* EasyLogistics: Averted. Various supplies and weapons have to be made before the Drifters and their nonhuman allies can make use of them, and even with the dwarves making matchlock muskets they only manage to make 100 in the span of a few weeks when there are at least a thousand troops under the command of the Drifters. During the attack that the Drifters launch to rescue the dwarves, Nobunaga (lightheartedly) laments the loss of so many weapons and armor suits that could have been useful to them, and talks about the usefulness of the crystal ball communicators that the Octobrists use. On the Ends side, this is even further averted, as because the Black King and the Ends are creating a whole civilization out of the less civilized demihumans in their ranks; they have to teach their troops to farm, how to read and write an alphabet, establishing an insignia for the kingdom, creating a religion based off of Vedic and Celtic fire-worship along with other influences, along with creating currency, and fostering a sense of national unity among the nonhumans so that the empire they're building won't collapse when the Black King inevitably dies.
* ElvesVersusDwarves: Apparently there is some prejudice on the part of the elves against the dwarves. [[spoiler:Shara tells the Drifters that elves hates them because the dwarves didn't come to the elves' aid after being attacked by the Orte Empire military.]] Of course, Toyohisa won't have any of that.
* EndOfAnAge / DawnOfAnEra: Oda has no trouble pondering the full implications of the military uses of magic and the rifle. [[BloodKnight He's posively giddy about it all]].
* EnemyCivilWar: Instigated by Nobunaga by [[DressingAsTheEnemy using the elves in disguise as Orte troops]] in order to [[FalseFlagOperation make the enemy think that their fellow soldiers have turned traitor.]]
* EnslavedElves: Both the elves and the dwarves were defeated and enslaved by the Orte Empire.
* FaceHeelTurn: All of the Ends are people who have turned their backs on the world and humanity. In the cases of Joan of Arc and Anastasia Romanova, it's fairly clear that a BreakTheCutie was involved. In fact, the common theme among the Ends seems to be that they were murdered. Combine this with [[spoiler:the Black King's healing powers and his line about trying to save humanity, and it's possible that the BigBad might be ''Jesus''.]]
** In chapters 20 and 33 [[spoiler: it's shown he has a scar like from a nail on his palm]], and shortly after [[spoiler: he multiplies a bit of wheat into immense piles of seeds.]]
** In the case of Joan, [[BurnTheWitch getting burned at the stake]] will do that to ya.
** Likewise with poor Anastasia, [[Music/TheRollingStones screaming in vain]] after being murdered with her family.
* FantasticRacism: The Orte Empire towards elves and dwarves, which [[spoiler:is not really surprising, seeing as it was apparently created by '''HITLER'''.]]
* FantasyGunControl: Eventually averted by Nobunaga, who makes it a point to start the creation of gunpowder pits and acquiring smiths good enough to replicate rifle technology, and is awed by the sheer potential of the Wild Bunch's gatling gun and revolvers.
* FantasyKitchenSink: So far we have elves, dwarves, hobbits, goblins, orcs, kobolds, dragons, giant birds, catfolk, dogfolk, centaurs, giants, humans with animal ears, and time travelling wizards fighting or allying with samurai, cowboys, WWII fighter pilots, admirals, and Punic war heroes.
* TheFederation: The Gu Binnen Trade Federation. Oda's plan is for a Multiracial Federation with Toyohisa as the military commander.
* GiantFlyer: The Bronze Dragon is huge when compared to the smaller dragons. The other Five Great Dragons are likely as big as her. There's also the large flying birds ridden by the Gu Binnen Trade Federation.
* GodzillaThreshold: As bloodthirsty and dangerous as the Drifters are, there are no other options to win against the Black King.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: While the Black King and his armies are genocidal monsters (literally), they're doing it because they believe humanity is the greatest source of evil in the world. The monsters have [[spoiler:even started their own primitive civilization]], which is implied to have never happened before. The Drifters, on the other hand, want to save humanity, but want to do so by ''conquering it country by country''.
* TheGoodKing: The Black King, despite his genocidal ambitions towards humanity, is this among his subjects. He cares for his soldiers greatly, walking among them himself to heal their wounds and wishing to know the casualties of a battle instead of dismissing them as inevitable. He even insults the Bronze Dragon, one of the most powerful entities of the world, as being equal to a starving goblin child in terms of importance to him.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Pretty every human character in Drifters except for the magicians and the BigBad.
** [[spoiler:Even the BigBad could be, as he is heavily implied to be Jesus.]]
** And the leader of the Octobrist Organization turns out to be [[spoiler:Abe no Seimei, the famous [[{{Onmyodo}} onmyouji]].]]
* HistoricalInJoke: As most of the characters are historical figures, there are many of these kind of jokes that show up.
* HotBlooded: Most of the Drifters are this in one way or another.
* HumanResources [[spoiler:Well, ''Draconic'' resources. The nonhumans under the Black King's command are tearing the cancerous metallic growths from the Bronze Dragon and using them as the basis of their currency. The visiting Octobrists also learn the human slaves are eventually used as food.]] While slavery is still a concern in other countries, none has sunk to these depths.
** Oda made salpeter by mixing enemy corpses with soil, grass, poop and urine and then combined it with sulfer and charcoal to make black powder. [[spoiler: Which is made into explosives or gunpowder for firearms.]]
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: All chapters appear to be named after songs, many of them anime theme songs, including [[VideoGame/{{Persona3}} "Burn my Dread"]], [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist "Ready Steady Go"]], [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross "My Boyfriend Is a Pilot"]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory "Men Of Destiny"]].
* KickTheDog: Each side and character does it at least once: the Black King causes the Bronze Dragon to contract cancer, then has his army restrain it while cutting the growths off to make currency (with the process apparently agonizingly painful for the dragon). The Orte Empire has done this to the demihumans under their rule for the past forty years. Toyohisa does this after liberating the dwarves, demanding that the defeated Orta commander commit seppuku for surrendering the fortress, then calling him a coward and beheading him when the man understandably refuses.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: We've gotten, so far, one new major character per chapter on average.
* MortonsFork: If Verlina cannot be taken by the Black King's forces, they intend to ravage it to slow down the advance of the Drifters' army. If the Drifters fail to hold Verlina, Nobunaga has decreed they ravage it to distract the Black King. Either way, looks like Verlina's ''screwed''.
* MythologyGag: Surprisingly enough, with the real world. When Hitler appeared as a Drifter (or End), he started firing up humans in a local beer hall (sound familiar) and eventually led a march that led to the creation of the Orte Empire. In other words, the Orte Empire was created through a successful Beer Hall Putsch. And for some reason, in spite of succeeding, Hitler ''still'' commits suicide.
** Oda compares Saint Germi to a man who "made a bomb out of a tea kettle" - his old enemy Matsunaga Hisahide. He's promptly surprised when it turns out Saint Germi reveals he knows about Matsunaga, and refuses to be compared to him.
** Oda comments how good it feels to seal a building full of enemies as it goes up in flames. He should know, having done the same with the Buddhist temples of Mount Hiei and the Nagashima fortress. He also comments Mitsuhide must have also felt such an elation himself, when battling Nobunaga at Honnouji.
* OhCrap: The Count, when he hears the Drifters are not only mass-producing gunpowder, but are moving in to free the Dwarves to expand their federation and gain skilled laborers to produce firearms, as he realizes Orte is well and truly doomed.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Played straight just like you would think they would be. Most of them are short and bearded. They are powerful warriors that prefers to cleave their foes in half with their axes, and the most skilled blacksmiths in the fantasy world.
* PortalNetwork: Presumably, all of the doors in Murasaki's hallway go to a different place and time.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Toyohisa will show no mercy to any of his enemies if he found out they do this. [[spoiler:When he finds out that the Orte soldiers have been doing this to the Elven women, he wants [[KillEmAll every soldier in the castle dead]]]].
* RealityEnsues: Oda panics after he learns that Toyohisa is letting the dwarves eat their fill after being freed. Eating too much, too fast, and without enough fluids after being starved can be just as harmful and result in death.
* RousingSpeech: Devised by Oda, delivered by Toyohisa to the elves to feed on their frustrations that their female relatives were abducted and forced to work as serfs. It worked to get them riled up.
* SimpleYetAwesome: Toyoshia and Oda state that a big advantage to fire arms is in how little training and knowledge they require. Allowing anyone with only a small amount of practice to kill a fully trained soldier with ease.
* SlaveLiberation: Toyohisa and his companions first freed the elves and helped them start an rebellion against the Orte empire. They also liberated the dwarves along their way to conquer Orte.
* SneezeCut: When Abe mentions they need an alchemist to make primer, the next scene cuts to St. Germi sneezing.
* SuperDeformed: Whenever something funny/awkward happens, exactly like in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''.
* TalkingAnimal: A bird was shown giving a RousingSpeech to the Black Kings army in a early chapter, exalting that the Black King had come to destroy humanity and screaming "Crusade! Crusade!"
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: What the Drifters do to turn the elves to anti-Orte guerrillas.
* TranslationConvention: When Scipio attempted to communicate Kanno, both of them couldn't understand each other due to different languages. Scipio is talking in Latin with subtitles translated for the viewers, while Kanno is speaking Japanese or whatever language depending on the dub.
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: Looking that way at the moment.
* VestigialEmpire: Orte has lost much of its power over the years and is fighting several hopeless wars on all sides, and has gotten into this situation due to its constant warring putting a drain on its resources.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: The Black King speaks with at least two voices, one a booming echo, and another deep and distorted voice.
* WatchingTroyBurn: Played with. The elves' town, the only place they've ever known, ends up destroyed, but it was part of their own tactics.
* WeirdCurrency: [[spoiler:Bronze pieces forged from the tumorous growths of the Bronze Dragon.]]
* WhamShot: [[spoiler:After the Octobrists discover how the nonhuman city's going, they're discovered by Yoshitsune, who effortlessly kills one. The survivor, furious, spits she's seen all she had to. Yoshitsune, grinning ear to ear, tells her she hasn't. Moments later, [[OhCrap we see just how vast the Black King's army really is]].]]
* WhiteMansBurden: Scipio invokes this by thinking how shameful it is that Naoshi Kanno doesn't speak Latin when they meet up in the forests, and decides to "enlighten" him by invoking the name of Rome. Kanno, understanding Scipio is an Italian, initially is pleased that he's found another person from the Axis powers... until he remembers Badoglio has just switched over to the Allies.
* WorldOfBadass: If you didn't guess this already, you're probably not familiar with Mr. Hirano's [[Manga/{{Hellsing}} other work]].