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->''"[[GratuitousEnglish SHOWTIME!]]"''
-->-- '''Date Masamune'''

''Sengoku Basara'' is more or less a copycat of ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'', only created by Creator/{{Capcom}}. However, once you look past their similarities, it becomes clear that Capcom didn't want a historical simulation like the one Creator/{{Koei}} made. What they wanted was a stylish new-generation HackAndSlash with a [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory loosely-based]] [[JidaiGeki Sengoku setting]], and increasingly ludicrous and over-the-top gameplay, characters, storylines, and general aesthetics.

The result was a franchise that [[RefugeInAudacity abandoned such things as logic, physics, and historical accuracy]], and instead ran entirely on RuleOfCool, a WorldOfBadass chock-full of {{Flanderization}}, for better or worse. It maintains a strong fanbase, especially in Japan, mainly because, if nothing else, [[RuleOfFun it's just fun]].

Capcom attempted to bring the first game to the west by giving it a CutAndPasteTranslation treatment in the form of ''Devil Kings'', which changed the characters' names and removed all Sengoku Period references. Safe to say, it bombed and Capcom has since been scared to bring the ''Sengoku Basara'' sequels to western audiences.

There are four main games in the series so far, as well as a couple of spin-off titles for various consoles:
* ''Sengoku Basara'' / ''Devil Kings'' (2005) {{PS2}}
* ''Sengoku Basara 2'' (2006) {{PS2}}/{{Wii}}
** ''Sengoku Basara 2 Heroes'' (2007)
* ''[[FightingGame Sengoku Basara X]]'' (2008) Arcade[=/=]{{PS2}}
* ''Sengoku Basara Battle Heroes'' (2009) {{PSP}}
* ''Sengoku Basara 3'' / ''Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes'' (2010) {{PS3}}/{{Wii}}
** ''Sengoku Basara 3 Utage'' (2011)
* ''Sengoku Basara Chronicle Heroes'' (2011) {{PSP}}
* ''Sengoku Basara 4'' (2014) {{PS3}}

An {{anime}} adaptation of the series by Creator/ProductionIG started airing on April 1, 2009. A second season began July 11, 2010 followed by a [[TheMovie feature film]] debuting in cinemas June 4, 2011. Creator/{{FUNimation}} picked up the series to be dubbed, as ''Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings'' rather than ''Devil Kings'', and with an equally-popular cast of who's-who in voice acting. A new anime, titled ''Judge End'', aired from July 5th 2014, this time produced by Creator/TMSEntertainment.

In the wake of the anime's success, Capcom announced that ''Sengoku Basara'' would be brought to the US and Europe once more, starting with the third game, translated faithfully, and titled ''Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes''. In August 2012 the first two games and expansion were collected in an UpdatedRerelease for the {{PS3}}. The fourth game was released in January 2014.

Each game in the series has had one or more manga spin-offs to its name, drawn by various different artists in various different styles. In 2012, a two volume English translation of the second manga by Yak Haibara, named ''Sengoku Basara: Samurai Legends'', was released. A HighSchoolAU called ''Basara Academy'' is also being published, with seven volumes so far.

As if that wasn't enough, it's got its own series of stage productions, ''Butai Sengoku Basara'', first performed in 2009 and still being produced. A LiveActionAdaptation of the anime titled ''Sengoku Basara Moonlight Party'' also aired in 2012.

Not to be confused with the RealTimeStrategy game ''VideoGame/{{Sengoku}}'', or the shoujo manga ''Manga/{{Basara}}''.

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!!The games include examples of:
* AllThereInTheManual: The manga, novels and drama [=CDs=] all contain information that is left out of the games, and some of them even tell a completely different set of events. Due to the non-linear nature of the games, other media are free to do what they wish. The anime takes inspiration from both the games and the first manga, but its plot is entirely separate. This makes it hard to decide on what is 'canon'.
* AnachronismStew: Most of the main characters lived in vastly different periods of the Sengoku Era... Also, Masamune's horse has chopper exhaust pipes and handlebars (as well as having cavalry units with shotguns strapped to their sides) and his soldiers look like archetypical delinquents, including one with a pompadour.
** He gained exhaust pipes for himself in ''Sengoku Basara 3/Samurai Heroes'' and they actually smoke when he runs.
*** And [[LaserBlade beam swords]]. Where the sheath is the exhaust pipes.
** Still nothing to be on par on the stew-ism of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Hondam]] [[HumongousMecha Tadakatsu]]
** Nohime's HyperspaceArsenal, complete with [[GatlingGood minigun]]. Magoichi has a machine gun, grenades and a rocket launcher in hers.
** And Motochika's mechanical creations.
** The fourth game introduces Xavi Land, a theme park with roller coasters.
* AnchorsAway: Motochika.
* AnimalMotifs: Usually linked to the character's name or epithet. Some examples:
** Masamune and Kojuro with dragons.
** Shingen, Yukimura, Hirotsuna and Naotora with tigers.
** Nohime with butterflies.
** Sasuke, Keiji and Hideyoshi with monkeys.
** The {{ninja}} with birds.
** Yoshiaki with foxes.
** Mitsuhide with snakes.
** Mitsunari and Magoichi with crows.
** Matabe with dinosaurs (specifically the Tyrannosaurus Rex).
** Shikanosuke with deer.
** Hisahide with spiders.
* AnimeThemeSong: "Crosswise", by [[Anime/GundamSEED T.M. Revolution]]. It's so awesome that as a tip of the hat to ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' (which was partially made by the same company, Arc System Works) it's used as the theme song for the Basara K.O. in ''Cross''.
* ArtEvolution: The most startling example of this is not the CGI, but the anime style used in the games noticeably evolves over time. From ''Devil Kings'', to ''Heroes'', to ''Cross'' to the anime itself.
** The CG has become less realistic and more stylised over time, to match the ludicrously over-the-top design.
* AshFace: The player can do this over and over to [[ButtMonkey Kanbe Kuroda]] in ''Sengoku Basara 3''. Just select the 'Bad Bomb' super art and keep pressing the super art button. Watch a big CartoonBomb fall on Kanbe's head, laugh at his DoubleTake upon noticing the bomb, watch him [[ComedicSociopathy get blasted through the air screaming "WHYYYY?" the whole time]], then crash [[ActionBomb in an explosion]]... only to pull himself out of the crater, blackened from head to toe, [[MadeOfIron and shake it off]].
* AuthorAppeal: T.M.Revolution has a long-standing affair with this series. The only title he (or his band AbingdonBoysSchool) didn't make an opening song for was ''2'', and that theme is significantly less popular than any of the others.
** When it comes to female characters, be sure you'll see plenty of [[MaleGaze ass]] and [[ShesGotLegs legs]]. While Kasuga and Magoichi also show their cleavage, every single one of the girls gets some focus below the waist.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Many characters adopt logically impossible positions while on horseback. Ones that come to mind are Keiji, Tsuruhime, Magoichi, Masamune, Yukimura, Sakon, Hideaki and Yoshiaki. And then there's Kotaro and Sasuke...
** The best example of this is probably Takeda Shingen, who stands on not just one, but two horses. [[http://gallery.fanserviceftw.com/_images/564e2760e5440985f65e2b86bf6ab8b4/20%20-%20animated_gif%20horse%20lolwut%20oyakata-sama%20samurai%20sengoku_basara%20takeda_shingen%20this_is_possible.gif The anime takes it to the next level too.]]
*** Impractical, but possibly true, as some historical accounts state that Shingen was such a big guy that he had to sit astride two horses at once (in fairness, Japanese horses were quite small).
* AwesomenessMeter: How your combos are rated.
* {{Badass}}: All the fighters from the game series. Being a {{mook}} there is not a recipe for a long and happy life, unless your commander happens to be one of said badasses. Let us count the ways...
** BadassArmFold: Most notably Date Masamune (who [[RuleOfCool rides]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot his]] [[CoolHorse horse]] like this), but also Takeda Shingen, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Fuma Kotaro who do this constantly.
** BadassArmy: Sorta averted for you as the playable character...for you've got plenty of moves [[PersonOfMassDestruction to butcher'em mooks without breaking a sweat]].
** BackToBackBadasses: Masamune and Kojuro, Masamune and Katsuie, Yukimura and Sasuke, Keiji and Magoichi.
** BadassBeard: Muneshige, Yoshihiro
** BadassBiker: Masamune in the anime. Except his bike is a horse with exhaust pipes.
** BadassBoast
** BadassBookworm: Motonari, Hanbe, Muneshige
** BadassCape: Nobunaga's can attack people in older games.
** BadassGrandpa: Yoshihiro. Also, Ujimasa can still kick some ass.
** HandicappedBadass: Masamune and Motochika are both missing an eye.
** LittleMissBadass: Itsuki, Tsuruhime
** BadassLongcoat: Kojuro. Kenshin wears a sleeveless one, with five snowflake-like tails at the end.
** BadassPreacher: It's hard to say that Xavi is badass, being a jolly LoveFreak, but he's got big guns...
** BadassMustache: Nobunaga, Shingen, Yoshiaki
** CulturedBadass: Kenshin, Muneshige
** TookALevelInBadass: Ieyasu took a massive one, with a little help from his PlotRelevantAgeUp.
* BashBrothers: Masamune and Kojuro. Also Masamune and Motochika when they get together.
* BattleAmongstTheFlames: The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incident_at_honnoji Incident at Honno-ji]] stage nearly always takes place amid the already burning temple. In ''Heroes'', Hisahide sets Todai-ji on fire before you fight him there.
* BattleCouple: Toshiie and Matsu, Nagamasa and Oichi, Nobunaga and Nohime. Kenshin and Kasuga would count, if they only got together before their endings, in which case the wars have ended.
* {{BFG}}: Xavi's cannons, Nohime's gatling gun, Magoichi's rocket launcher.
* {{BFS}}: Keiji, Yoshihiro, Naotora.
* BigBraToFill: In the stage plays, Kasuga and Magoichi's actresses are noticeably less busty than in the games, emphasised by their skimpy outfits.
* {{Bishounen}}: Kenshin... and he LIKES posing! Also Hanbe, Motonari, Keiji, and Yukimura in later games.
** ''4'' marks the first time someone portrays Shibata Katsuie as this trope instead of the usual muscle-bound warrior.
* BladeLock: Usually about once a battle, particularly if the characters are prominent rivals.
* BladeOnAStick: Yukimura, Ieyasu, Toshiie, Matsu, Oichi, Ujimasa.
* BloodlessCarnage: What with the flashy gameplay, you don't notice it so much, but in cutscenes (particularly animated ones) the complete lack of blood becomes quite jarring.
* BlondBrunetteRedhead: The {{Ninja}}. Kasuga = blonde, Sasuke = brunet, Kotaro = redhead.
* BodyguardCrush: Kasuga and Kenshin.
* BonusBoss: Musashi and Hisahide in the second game. Nobunaga in the third. Shingen in ''Utage''.
* BossSubtitles
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Some of the ''Mini Sengoku Basara'' episodes are about Chosokabe and Mori trying to get more airtime.
** If you leave the game alone long enough without doing anything, the character might scold you!
** In the second game, Nobunaga's VictoryPose is him shotgunning the camera.
** Yoshiaki plays with the camera to draw your attention to him during his introduction, and Satake [[CameraAbuse walks right into it]].
* BribingYourWayToVictory: The fourth game features online microtransactions for additional in-game money and resources as well as heavily customized weapons for each of the characters.
* BreakTheCutie: Oichi, to a T.
* CallingYourAttacks: Masamune and Yukimura do this with almost all of their attacks, and they're certainly not the only ones.
* CapcomSequelStagnation: They milked the continuity around ''Sengoku Basara 2'' for a couple of years before the third game came out.
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: It's actually easier to count the male characters who aren't young and attractive.
* CastOfSnowflakes
* CasualDangerDialogue[=/=]TalkingIsAFreeAction: Characters are somehow able to hold conversations with each other at any point during a stage, even with the whole battlefield in between them. And if whoever you're fighting against is your friend or ally, most likely they'll chat away happily as if nothing were wrong while you're slaughtering their mooks. They're even able to hold conversations from across the country.
* ChangingOfTheGuard: Ieyasu and Mitsunari steal the main character/poster boy slots in ''[=SB3=]'', removing Masamune and Yukimura from the spotlight somewhat.
** It happened again in the fourth game with Masamune and Mitsunari taking centre stage in advertising alongside Sakon and Katsuie.
* CharacterLevel
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Everyone. Well, everyone who is a main character, since their ridiculous strength and fighting ability is what makes them applicable for this role. However they're still normal humans, apparently.
* CherryBlossoms: Because it just wouldn't be Feudal Japan without 'em. In the fourth game, activating Hero Mode causes cherry blossoms to sprout out whenever you hit enemies.
* ChewingTheScenery: Motonari, when introducing himself, gets strangely hammy: '''"I AM THE CHILD OF THE SUN, MORI MOTONARI! NOW COOOOOMMMMEEEE!!!"'''
* ChildSoldiers: Ranmaru and Itsuki aren't even in their teens yet. Tsuruhime may also count. Many characters draw attention to how young they are and dislike fighting them (though they tend to quickly make an exception for Ranmaru).
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Kennyo? Who's Kennyo...?
** Then again, while Nohime, Ranmaru, Hanbe, Nagamasa, Yoshimoto and Hideyoshi were dumped for plot relevance, Musashi, Itsuki, Xavi and Hisahide simply disappear without a reason (though Hisahide returns in ''Utage'').
*** Xavi's fate, at least, is mentioned in Sorin's stage several times, with rumours such as "He was homesick and didn't like this land's food". At least it keeps in line with the historical figure he's based on, St. Francis Xavier, who didn't stay in Japan for long.
* ChurchMilitant: Xavi's goal is apparently the conversion of all Japan to his faith. How you ask? [[{{BFG}} Superior firepower]].
* ColourCodedCharacters: Most notable are main rivals Yukimura and Masamune, who wear [[RedOniBlueOni red and blue]] respectively, as do their older counterparts, Shingen and Kenshin. Motonari and Motochika also sport complimentary colour schemes, green and purple.
** Mitsunari and Ieyasu too. Mitsunari wears black and purple to represent the moon, whereas Ieyasu wears yellow to represent the sun.
** Ieyasu's yellow aura also contrasts with Nobunaga and Hideyoshi, who both have red auras.
** Keiji tends to switch between yellow and pink - in opening movies, it's yellow to contrast Masamune and Yukimura, but in-game it's pink.
** As for the rest; Kasuga, Oichi and Tsuruhime have pink auras, Hanbe's is purple, Kojuro's is light blue and Mitsuhide/Tenkai's is green.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Sengoku Basara 3'' and its expansion are much ''much'' darker and more serious story-wise than their predecessors.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Along with [[LightIsNotGood sinister light elementals]], there are also non-evil dark elementals such as Oichi and Sasuke.
* DemotedToExtra: In the third game; Kenshin, Kasuga, Sasuke, Kojuro, Toshiie and Matsu are now [=NPCs=], and Hisahide, Musashi, Itsuki, Xavi and Kennyo don't appear at all. However in ''Utage'' the former are all player characters once again, along with Hisahide.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Initially Matsu and Kenshin as well as Kasuga and Sasuke shared the exact same movesets. However they soon managed to gain their own fighting style by the second game. Similarly, Kid!Ieyasu and Ujimasa copied Toshiie's polearm moveset before moving on.
* DontTryThisAtHome: The trailers introducing the playable characters of ''4'' start with disclaimers that the techniques contained therein are for Sengoku heroes only, and that viewers should never try to replicate them.
* DropTheHammer: Itsuki.
* DualWielding: Masamune scoffs at your feeble ''dual''-wielding and prefers to wield ''six'' swords at a time (three in each hand). Yukimura dual-wields ''spears'', and Mitsuhide dual-wields scythes.
** But wait, in ''Utage'', Masamune takes it up another notch in War Dance mode where while using Phantom Dive he wields all 6 swords at once in ONE HAND! I dont think anything aside from the RuleOfCool can explain how he is doing this.
** The {{Ninja}} Sasuke, Kasuga and Kotaro also dual wield. Sasuke with [[FuumaShuriken shuriken]], Kasuga with [[FlechetteStorm knives]], and Kotaro with [[EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana ninjato]].
** Oichi originally had two naginata joined together before the dark arms became her signature weapons.
** And Muneshige trumps them all by dual-wielding [[ChainsawGood chainsaws]].
** [[MiyamotoMusashi Musashi]], the original dual-wielder, once accuses Yukimura of stealing his technique, despite Yukimura never having heard of him before.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Uesugi Kenshin, justified that even his [[TruthInTelevision real life]] counterpart was suspected by many to be a woman disguised as a man. Nevermind that he was based off Takarazuka performers.
* EasyEvangelism: Occasionally other characters end up being ensnared by Xavism. Motonari, Yoshihiro, Kanbe and Shikanosuke have all shown up as Xavists, with Motonari in particular having deeply suppressed sentiments from the third game onwards. In Sorin's drama route of the fourth game, he manages to get Maria, Nagamasa and Oichi to join Xavi Land (though in Nagamasa's case he's more or less dragged along by both Maria and Oichi).
* ElaborateEqualsEffective: Though sometimes it's subverted, particularly in the fourth game, where weapon appearances were completely cosmetic and you can customize any weapon you want to be the best.
* ElementalPowers: Include [[PlayingWithFire fire]], [[AnIcePerson ice]], [[ShockAndAwe lightning]], [[BlowYouAway wind]], [[LightEmUp light]] and [[CastingAShadow darkness]].
** Fire causes damage over time when juggling an enemy.
** Ice can momentarily freeze enemies.
** Lightning [[ChainLightning damages multiple enemies at once]] in the earlier games and cause continual damage in the later ones.
** Wind can either suck enemies towards the player or knock them back.
** Light can break the enemy's guard relatively quickly in the second game. The third game makes them easier to stun.
** Darkness simply drains enemy health to supplement your own.
* EpicFlail: Kanbe, using the ball and chain attacked to the stocks binding his wrists together to do some serious damage, including [[BlowYouAway the occasional storm]].
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Keiji's cute little mascot Yumekichi.
* EvilIsHammy
* EvilSoundsDeep: Nobunaga, Mitsuhide, Hideyoshi, Yoshitsugu, and Mitsunari (though he's not really evil per se).
* EvilVersusEvil: Nobunaga, the resident EvilOverlord is often pitted against AxCrazy Mitsuhide (appropriate, as Mitsuhide caused Oda's death in RealLife). ''Basara 2'' had evil but WellIntentionedExtremist Hideyoshi as Nobunaga's official rival.
* EyeBeams: In the opening sequence for ''Battle Heroes'', frickin' 100 foot-tall versions of Nobunaga and Hideyoshi shoot frickin' LASERBEAMS out of their eyes! It was awesome. Shame it didn't happen in the game itself.
* EyepatchOfPower: Masamune and Motochika make being half-blind cool. [[FetishFuel And hot.]]
** Though while Masamune was indeed missing his right eye in RealLife, there is no record to suggest that Motochika was in the same situation. It probably just adds to his [[{{Pirate}} piratey]] image...
* FalseFlagOperation: Pulled in ''3/Samurai Heroes'' by [[spoiler:Yoshitsugu and Motonari, pinning the Shikoku Massacre on Ieyasu to ensure Motochika didn't ally with him]]
* FashionableAsymmetry: Keiji, who treads a fine line between this and RummageSaleReject.
* {{Flanderization}}: To the max! It's arguable one of the game's selling points.
* FightingGame: ''Sengoku Basara X'' (pronounced ''Cross'').
* FoeRomanceSubtext: Fills this to the absolute brim. You may as well take out the term "rival" and insert "love interest" every time it comes up.
* FriendlyEnemy: Masamune and Yukimura. Ultimately, they always go back to being rivals.
* FullNameBasis
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Allies in the third game. Use Tokugawa Ieyasu as [[ArchEnemy Ishida Mitsunari]]'s wingman? And then bring this unholy alliance to go fight Ieyasu and watch the game ignore how the same character is appearing twice? Why not indeed?
* GangOfHats: The various armies. Like Kanbe's army, blue collar workers who use tools like pickaxes and rakes instead of swords and pikes.
* GetBackHereBoss: A gimmick often employed by various commanders in-game in some fashion or another.
* GiantMook: Giant enemies are bigger than ''every'' playable character but Honda. This includes Kanbe, Yoshihiro, and Muneshige!
* GratuitousEnglish: Frequently used by Date Masamune. [[MemeticMutation PUT YA GUNS ON]] indeed. Second place is Xavi's faction of {{Love Freak}}s
** The opening theme of ''Sengoku Basara 3'', "Naked Arms" by T.M.Revolution. Sung in English in the localised version. ''By T.M.Revolution''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4upHp9aCQU Good luck making any sense of it]].
* GreyAndGreyMorality: There are very few characters who can be defined as evil in the series (aside from Nobunaga, but he doesn't count), only a group of ambitious people who have similar goals which they will do anything to achieve, and who inevitably come to blows. As Hisahide points out, no matter how honourable a samurai's ideals may be, they still cause destruction and death for the sake of their own gains. [[WarIsHell The whole conflict is extremely chaotic]].
* GunsAreWorthless: Riflemen mooks have short range, in many cases have visible and dodgeable projectiles, and don't do any more or less damage than the associated melee weapons. Gun users exist as player characters and are about as effective as everyone else, leaning towards {{Glass Cannon}}s.
* HardModePerks: After a certain point the only way to level up quickly and increase your luck in order to get more money, better weapons or rarer items is to play on hard mode.
* HarderThanHard: The Basara difficulty introduced in ''Utage''. You'll die in about three hits from a '''mook'''.
* HattoriHanzo: Can be equipped as a bodyguard in ''3'', which is a start at least. Oh, and you'll be using him a ''lot'' if you wanna find those damn fugitives...
* HeadbuttingHeroes: Most of the designated heroes are actually enemies, so this is bound to happen when they are forced to work together.
* HeroicSpirit: The series ''feeds'' on it! The aptly named Hero Mode can make time slow down or increase your attack power a hundredfold.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: If you chose not to interpret them as romantic couples, there are a lot of these. Masamune and Kojuro, Yukimura and Sasuke, Mitsunari and Yoshitsugu, to name a few.
* HiddenDepths: Despite not putting great stock in CharacterDevelopment, if you really pay attention it may be surprising to see how often characters drop subtle and unexpectedly philosophical hints as to their true feelings or past experiences. Unfortunately, these are rarely expanded upon.
* HistoricalBadassUpgrade: Most of the cast. Granted, some of those ancient warriors were actually pretty badass on their own....
* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: Seriously, even already famously beautiful women experience this. And Kenshin.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter:
** UsefulNotes/AkechiMitsuhide
** UsefulNotes/DateMasamune
** UsefulNotes/FuumaKotaro
** UsefulNotes/HondaTadakatsu
** UsefulNotes/IshidaMitsunari
** UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi
** UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga
** UsefulNotes/SanadaYukimura
** UsefulNotes/SarutobiSasuke
** UsefulNotes/TakedaShingen
** UsefulNotes/TokugawaIeyasu
** UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi
** UsefulNotes/UesugiKenshin
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Mitsuhide, Hisahide, Hideyoshi, and Nobunaga. Just a little bit...
* HomoeroticSubtext: Tends to happen when roughly 90% of the cast are male and the writers love teasing their fangirls.
* HorseJump: Forget jumping, these horses can ''fly''!!
* HotBlooded: Particularly Yukimura ("OYAKATA-SAMAAAA!") but the emotion is spread around to all the characters in some way.
* HumanoidAbomination: Oichi is at the very least on her way to counting as one in the third game.
* HumongousMecha: Honda Tadakatsu, probably the only HumongousMecha to ever exist in the Sengoku Era!
--> '''Ieyasu:''' "Honda Tadakatsu! Prepare for launch!"
** Also, the war machines that show up as occasional mini-bosses. Motochika seems especially fond of using these against the player, with the Akatsukimaru being a particular favorite of his.
* ImplausibleHairColor: Surprisingly, most characters have realistic black or brown hair. The exceptions are Kasuga and Sorin, who are blond; and Magoichi, Yoshiteru and Kotaro, who are redheads. No one draws attention to this. There're also no fewer than six (young) characters with white/silver hair, implying it's an even more common occurrence than a blond or a redhead in the Basaraverse.
** Sakon's hair is half brown and half red. Apparently this is natural.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Pick a character. Just about any character...
** Joke items made it even worse, as in [[BladeOnAStick Toshiie]] using a swordfish or [[BigFuckingSword Yoshihiro]] using a bottle of liquor/a shishkebab.
* InnocentInnuendo: In the fourth game, Naotora's habit of constantly referring to the Takeda men as "hot" (she means HotBlooded), and all of the HotSpringsEpisode dialogue between her, Maria, Tsuruhime and Magoichi.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha: Well it would still be awesome without Tadakatsu, but I mean COME ON!
* InstantFanClub: I-TSU-KI-CHAAAAANNNN!
** Tsuruhime has a skill that allows her to turn her enemies into this.
* InsurmountableWaistHighFence: Of the Unclearable Debris, Ankle Deep Water of Uncrossability, Adamantium Door and Gentle Slope of Unclimbability types.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Oda Nobunaga. Allow us to present [[http://www.creativeuncut.com/gallery-09/sb-oda-nobunaga2.html this image]] as evidence.
* JapaneseHonorifics: Most notable is Yukimura who speaks quite archaically and extremely politely towards everyone, addressing them with the suffix '-dono' which, in that era, was supposed to be only used with equals or higher. He even speaks like this to Kasuga and Masamune's soldiers!
** Hanbe addresses everyone with the suffix '-kun', even people older than him. This is probably deliberately derogatory.
* JapanesePronouns: Aside of the usual assortment of ''watashi'', ''washi'', ''boku'' and ''ore'', it includes such gems as ''soregashi'' (Toshiie), ''sessha'' (Yukimura), ''maro'' (Imagawa), ''ware'' (Motonari), ''wagahai'' (Yoshiaki), ''temae'' (Muneshige), ''shosei'' (Kanbe) and ''yo'' (Nobunaga). Oichi, Matsu and sometimes Nohime refer to themselves in the third person. Second-person pronouns are equally oddball, with the archaic ''onushi'' (Shingen), ''kiden'' (Nagamasa), ''sonata'' (Kenshin) and ''kei'' (Hisahide) being thrown around a lot alongside of ''anata'', ''omae'' and ''temee''.
* JokeCharacter: Yoshimoto Imagawa, Ieyasu Tokugawa (until he grew up), Ujimasa Hojo. Third game adds Hideaki Kobayakawa and Sorin Otomo.
** No mention of the INVIIIINCIBLE Kanetsugu?
** LethalJokeCharacter: Musashi has the lowest HP of any character, but he hits hard.
** [[TheMinionMaster Sorin]], [[LethalKlutz Hideaki]] and [[ConfusionFu Yoshiaki]] are promoted to {{Lethal Joke Character}}s in the expansion, however.
* JustAStupidAccent: Arslan/Motochika and Puff/Itsuki in ''Devil Kings''.
* {{Keigo}} language is almost everywhere, since this is technically the Sengoku Period.
** The writers seem to have a great deal of fun throwing in as many different JapanesePronouns as they can find.
* {{Kiai}}: Necessary for any warrior, however Yukimura does it best.
* KidSamurai: Musashi, Ieyasu (pre-timeskip) and Yukimura, who are all in their teens. However growing up in a feudal country does that to you, just like their historical counterparts. Ranmaru is an exception, being an archer.
* KilledMidSentence: Hideyoshi at the end of Nobunaga's campaign in the second game.
** Also occasionally pops up to the {{Mook}}s in ''3''. "[[TemptingFate Hmmm, maybe I can make myself more famous]]-- AAAACK!"
* KilledOffForReal: Since ''3'' is much more true to history than the other games, characters like Yoshimoto, Nagamasa, Nohime, Ranmaru, Hanbe and Hideyoshi were cut for the sake of plot.
** Nobunaga still made it back though. LikeABadassOutOfHell.
*** His sister Oichi also came back, even though she was left for dead at the end of the last game. She may not have been "alive" in the true sense though.
** Hideyoshi, Hanbe and Nagamasa return in ''4'' due to the game being a ContinuityReboot of sorts. Nohime and Ranmaru's fates are revealed in Tenkai's drama route, in which they were captured by Mitsuhide's forces and the two appear in a flashback in Katsuie's anime ending.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Most of the characters have their own individual theme, as well as a different theme for their stage. Oichi gets her own ImageSong.
* LeeroyJenkins: How you are supposed to clear most of the maps. Strategy? What strategy?
* LethalJokeItem: The joke weapons (which change every game) are often some of the most powerful, if not the best weapon for any given character.
* LightIsNotGood: Villainous light-elementals exist, most notably Motonari and Hideyoshi.
* LimitBreak: The Basara Attack. The fourth game adds the Giga Basara attack, in which if both you and your partner character's basara gauge are full, you can trigger a devastatingly powerful CombinationAttack that more or less acts as a screen-clearer.
* LipLock: The English dub of the games is very guilty of this. The anime, on the other hand, does a good job of avoiding it.
* LiveActionAdaptation: ''Sengoku Basara Moonlight Party''.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: There are 47 named, fleshed-out characters in the series (53 if you include the area warlords), all but 2 of whom have been playable at some point so far. ''[=SB4=]'' has a total of 40 characters, with 32 playable.
* LovelyAngels: Magoichi and Tsuruhime when they team up at Sekigahara.
* MeaningfulName: For the whole series - "Basara", other than being the name of a demonic entity, was a word used to describe very eccentric and rebellious people of the time. Fitting with the general atmosphere of the games.
* MeleeATrois: Certain battles in the series involves crashing a battle between two characters and wiping them both out, ending in a fight between all the commanders
* MetalSlime: The fugitives, who drop either stat boosts, weapons or simply a large number of resources when killed.
* MightyGlacier: Shingen, Hideyoshi and Xavi, the latter being the slowest character in the games but having a LimitBreak capable of, if not outright killing them, taking off massive chunks of boss health if used properly. Itsuki and Naotora are {{Glacier Waif}}s. Kanbe makes up for his lack of speed with his attack range, as does Muneshige.
* MultipleEndings: The third game introduces this to the Drama Story Mode, making the ending you acquire depend on the choices you make when deciding which battles to fight. The fourth game has this as well, though certain characters have only one ending.
* TheMusical: [[http://www.capcom-fc.com/basara_info/2009/05/basara_7.html No, really.]] And the DVD is available in Japan now.
* NaginatasAreFeminine: Covers both LadyOfWar and YamatoNadeshiko variants:
** Oichi used a double-bladed naginata that can [[BifurcatedWeapon separate into two naginatas]] for DualWielding.
** Matsu uses a naginata and has been described as [[YamatoNadeshiko "the ideal housewife."]]
* NamedWeapons: Every single weapon is named and some even have more than one. The only exceptions are Mitsunari's swords, which are specifically called 'Nameless'.
* NameOrderConfusion: ''Samurai Heroes'' switched the characters' names around to western order, but the anime dub kept the original eastern order used for many pre-20th century Japanese historical figures that the fans were familiar with. This caused some confusion for those not familiar with the difference.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Tiger of Kai, War God of Echigo, One-Eyed Dragon, Demon King of the Sixth Heaven etc.
* [[GoodPowersBadPeople Neutral Powers Bad People]]: Hard to explain, but usually some elements like fire and lightning are associated with good/sympathetic characters, while ice, light and darkness are usually connected to negative/unsympathetic ones. There are some exceptions, like [[StealthMentor Kenshin]], [[DarkIsNotEvil Sasuke]], [[TheWoobie Oichi]], [[AllLovingHero Ieyasu]], and [[CardCarryingVillain Hisahide]].
* {{Ninja}}: Sasuke, Kasuga and Kotaro are all playable, and ninja mooks regularly pop up during stages.
* NinjaLog: This exact trick is actually used by ninja grunts in ''3''.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: With the third game, the series has managed to include examples of ''all'' of these to date!
** Ninja are standard fare, with playable characters Sasuke, Kasuga and Kotaro.
** Motochika is a pirate, along with his crew.
** Nanbu Harumasa commands an army of zombies through magic or something.
** Tadakatsu is a HumongousMecha and other robotic enemies turn up occasionally (usually when the aforementioned pirate is involved).
* NoHuggingNoKissing: For a series with so much implied romance, there is very little on-screen action to be had. The only characters who have kissed are Toshiie and Matsu in ''2'', and Nagamasa and Oichi in ''4'', and you [[KissingDiscretionShot don't even see either of them]].
* OneHitKill: Yoshihiro has a move like this, which will kill anything and anyone no matter how powerful. Masamune's TESTAMENT comes close, if charged correctly.
* PatrioticFervor: A meta-example: There's a good reason why ''Sengoku Basara 3'' was released on the Playstation 3 and the Wii (which are both Japanese-made consoles) and NOT for the Xbox360 (which is an American model), despite the Xbox 360 being capable of handling the game better than the Wii (and not the fact the Xbox 360 has fewer sales in Japan doesn't count.)
** In another odd example, images of Date Masamune from the game were used on posters encouraging people in the Miyagi prefecture (the real Date's old stomping grounds) to vote in the mayoral election.
* PigeonholedVoiceActor: Let's just say, whoever chose the voice cast for this game knew to pick voice actors by role - about the only one ''lacking'' is Creator/NobuyukiHiyama.
** Creator/NoriakiSugiyama is defiantly PlayingAgainstType. He normally does male tsunderes and stoics. In this he is, well, [[SissyVillain Otomo Sorin]].
* {{Pirate}}: Motochika, complete with PirateParrot, and his crew.
* PopularityPower: The series breathes in this. Popularity means more screentime, more merchandise, and more development. It explains Mitsunari's BreakoutCharacter status to the point that he took over Yukimura as Masamune's main rival (after beating Yukimura out as second most popular character by only 50 votes), or the promotion of some NPC into playable characters and personal scenarios (Motochika and Motonari in ''2'', Kojuro, Oichi, Nagamasa and Kotaro in ''2 Heroes'').
* PowerFloats: The SB characters laugh in the face of gravity!
* PowerGlows: The more the characters power up, the more brightly they glow.
* PowerTrio: In Shimazu's alternate paths of ''3/Samurai Heroes'', he forms one with Kanbe and Muneshige, known as the Third Force of the South.
* PracticalTaunt: Many taunts have an effect on the character's moveset, for example, powering up one of their special attacks. They can also be used to charge the Basara Attack Gauge.
* [[PreAsskickingOneLiner Pre Asskicking One Liners]]
* PuppyLove: Itsuki and Ranmaru, both about 12 years old.
* PurelyAestheticEra
* RatedMForManly: This series will teach you that manliness can achieve ''anything''.
* [[RecycledInSpace Recycled In Feudal Japan]]: The two PSP entries in the series are basically [[GundamVsSeries Gundam Vs]] games, except with the cast of ''Sengoku Basara'' replacing the [[HumongousMecha Mobile Suits]].
* RedBaron: From The Tiger of Kai, to The One Eyed Dragon, an awesome nickname is practically a badass necessity.
* RedOniBlueOni: Masamune as the Blue Oni, Yukimura as the Red Oni. The Shingen/Kenshin rivalry also counts (with Shingen as Red Oni, Kenshin as Blue Oni).
* RedshirtArmy: The ordinary soldiers at times seem like nothing more than ablative meat shields for the commanders.
* RefugeInAudacity: No one questions how ridiculous any of it is. Such is the power of the HotBlooded.
* TheRemnant: In ''Samurai Heroes'', Mitsunari Ishida is continuing in the name of Hideyoshi. More explicitly, Oichi leads the "Oda Remnant" forces. Or rather the Oda Remnants forcefully pulled Oichi back from her sleep and had her become their figurehead, often screaming about how the Demon Queen will rule the land. Also, Sorin's faction is apparently all that's left of Xavi's converts.
* RiskStyleMap
* TheRival: This series loves these. Established as of the fourth game are:
** Masamune and Yukimura
** Ieyasu and Mitsunari
** Masamune and Mitsunari
** Yukimura and Ieyasu
** Sakon and Katsuie
** Motochika and Motonari
** Shingen and Kenshin
** Hanbe and Kojuro
** Yoshihiro and Tadakatsu
* RuleOfCool: The franchise thrives on this trope.
* SayMyName: Used for humor, but also for drama. Or both, even.
--> ''"Yukimura!!"''
-->''"Oyakata-sama!!"''
-->'''''"Yukimura!!!"'''''
-->'''''"Oyakata-sama!!!"'''''
-->'''''"YUKIMURA!!!!"'''''
-->'''''"OYAKATA-SAMA!!!!"'''''
-->''And so on...''
** '''''"TADAKATSUUUUUUU!!!!!"'''''
** And now Mitsunari has joined the fray... '''''"IIIEEEYAAASUUUUUU"'''''
*** If either Mitsunari or Ieyasu are in their rival's versions of Sekigahara in the third game, they start the battle by saying each other's name (Mitsunari lets out an angry "IEYASU!" while Ieyasu lets out a solemn "Mitsunari...")
** This: '''"NAGAMASA-SAMA!!"'''
* ScamReligion: Xavism is seemingly this since making money plays a large part of it (and both Xavi and Sorin have unique skills related to money-making) but Xavi does seem to believe his own schpiel about love. It's mostly a ParodyReligion meant to function as a stand-in for Christianity.
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: Nobunaga's victory cutscene has him do this. Also, Magoichi's boss intro.
* SerialEscalation: This game ''revels'' in its crazy fighting game action. For example, Masamune wields six swords. Not bad to start with, however this obviously just wasn't enough, so one of his alternate weapons has three blades to each hilt, making a grand total of ''18'' swords. How's that, eh?
* SerratedBladeOfPain: Yoshihiro's default {{BFS}}.
* ShoutOut: The characters can wield weapons from the first ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' game, with Masamune wielding six Alastors, Yukimura DualWielding Sparda and Ifrit and Nohime using Ebony and Ivory.
** Also Tadakatsu is a blatant shout out to ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''.
*** To the point that several of his scenes in the anime were lifted straight from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam Exia.]]''
*** If he's paired with Tsuruhime in his story in the third game, she'll declare that [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann his spear shall pierce the heavens]] in the victory cutscenes.
** [[Series/KamenRiderBlackRX I am the child of the sun!]]
** Masamune's joke weapon in ''3'' is a set of spark plug beam sabres and motorcycle exhaust pipes. His seiyuu also provided the voice for [[VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes Travis Touchdown]] in its JP release.
** Ieyasu's joke weapon in ''3'' is a pair of drill gauntlets called [[VideoGame/MegaMan Crash Drills.]]
*** [[Manga/DragonBallZ The strongest warrior? Tadakatsu? Isn't that Tadakatsu!?]]
** Xavi and his followers have their share too:
*** [[VisualNovel/AceAttorney "OOOOOBJECTION! The defendant ignored the existence of LOOOVE!!"]]
*** [[Manga/SlamDunk "If you give up now, the match'll be OOOOOVER!"]]
** [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Ninja Art! Shadow Clone Technique!]]
** Oh, and [[SmallNameBigEgo Kennyo]], of all people, has got his moment:
*** [[Manga/SakigakeOtokojuku "Sessou ga Honganji Kennyo de AAAAAAAAAAAAARU!"]]
** In the fourth game, Mitsunari has [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Vergil's]] outfit as a DLC costume. Masamune also has a Dante getup (complete with white hair) as DLC.
** Sakon's DLC outfit in the fourth game is a yellow jumpsuit, like the one Bruce Lee wears in ''Film/GameOfDeath''.
* SinisterScythe: Mitsuhide. Twice the scythes means twice as sinister.
* SissyVillain: Imagawa Yoshimoto wears make-up and prefers dancing to fighting (which he does with a fan). From the third game onwards he's replaced by Mogami Yoshiaki and Otomo Sorin.
* SkinshipGrope: Implied to be going on between the girls at the hot spring stage in ''4''. [[spoiler:It's NotWhatItLooksLike.]]
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: In the spin-off fighting game, the only female main fighter is Oichi. Kasuga, Nohime and Matsu are limited to support only, and Itsuki doesn't appear at all.
** It applies to the series, unlike ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' or ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' who don't hesitate to include almost every good looking female historical figure as a fighter. ''Sengoku Basara'' tries to avoid that, relying on fictional characters to fill in certain niches.
** Except that they did it with Oichi and Nohime too, to a greater and more implausible extent. So they don't exactly "avoid" that much. Never mind the fact that Saika Magoichi was historically a guy as well.
* SolarAndLunar: In the third game, Ieyasu is represented by [[ThePowerOfTheSun the sun]] and Mitsunari by [[{{Lunacy}} the moon]]. The Battle of Sekigahara is represented as [[TotalEclipseOfThePlot a solar eclipse]].
* SpinAttack: Basara attacks generally contain a lot of spinning to help raise the hit count. Yukimura, Motonari, Nagamasa, Kotaro and Kanbe also have a lot of WeaponTwirling involved in their movesets.
* StockNinjaWeaponry: Sasuke, Kasuga, and Kotaro all use appropriate ninja weapons, namely a FuumaShuriken, kunai, and a couple of ninjato.
* SwitchOutMove: Implemented in ''Utage'' where, rather than a bodyguard, you can have a second character who tags in at any time. The fourth game improves on this system with the second character fighting alongside you as an ally that can be given simple orders but has to be level 50 in order to be tagged in.
* SwordAndGun: Nobunaga pulls this off with a SawnOffShotgun.
* [[SwordBeam Sword Beams]]: Several characters can do these. They tend to be fairly powerful as not only do they push the enemy away, but can also have multihit properties to them.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Masamune for Nobunaga, and he gets ''very'' pissed when Mitsuhide beats him to it. He later also claims this over Yukimura, who reciprocates the rivalry.
** Mitsuhide also feels this for Nobunaga, and Mitsunari for Ieyasu. Shame [[spoiler:[[AntagonistInMourning neither of them can actually handle killing said person]]]].
* ThisIsADrill: Tadakatsu's weapon [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann will be the drill-spear that pierces the heavens!]]
* TigerVersusDragon: Such imagery is prominently used with Yukimura and Masamune.
* TotalEclipseOfThePlot: Used to represent the Battle of Sekigahara, between Ieyasu (the sun) and Mitsunari (the moon).
* VagueAge: The case for just about everyone, since the creators seem to have no intention of making up their minds on the matter, let alone making it public. It's at least widely accepted that the poster boys - Masamune, Yukimura, Keiji, Ieyasu, Mitsunari, etc. - are all around the same age, between their late teens and early twenties. The others can generally be placed "somewhere in their teens/twenties/thirties", and so forth...then you get people like Kenshin and Mitsuhide, who are obviously OlderThanTheyLook.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: And as the series has progressed, it conspires that the true story gets chucked out a window more often than not.
* VideoGameHistoricalRevisionism: Make that [[AnachronismStew major revisionism]]...
** ''Devil Kings'' even decided to throw the historical part out of the window in favour of an original story. Which, when the revisionism you had is deemed awesome, is not such a good idea.
* WeaponTombstone: After their defeat at Odawara in ''[=SB3=]'' Masamune puts the swords of all the Date troops Mitsunari slaughtered on a mountainside in their memory.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: The ''Sengoku Basara'' world is not a very pleasant place to be if you're not in possession of outrageous fighting abilities, to say the least. Mooks very rarely contribute much to a fight and will always inevitably be killed by the hundreds.
* WhipSword: Hanbe's weapon.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Mitsuhide, Hanbe, and Mitsunari all play it straight. Motochika subverts it by being more rugged and a really great guy.
* WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter: Did someone say Musashi?! [[spoiler:His ultimate weapon is a pair of incredibly plain-looking katanas however.]]
** One of the pre-order DLC for the fourth game is Masamune in his training clothes as well as wielding a bokken.
* WorldOfBadass: Where even the ''horses'' are BadAss.
* WorldOfHam: Everything is done in as Epic and as RatedMForManly a way as possible.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Ieyasu can pull off a rather thunderous elbow drop, and Kanbe can do a [[StreetFighter Final Atomic Buster]] that causes [[BlowYouAway a localized tornado]] on impact, dragging in nearby grunts to set them up for massive combos. Several of Hideyoshi's moves generally involve grapples in some form or another.
* YouGetKnockedDownYouGetBackUpAgain
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Masamune and Yukimura are 19 and 17 respectively, though they certainly don't look it. Masamune generally acts very maturely for his age too, as does Yukimura on occasion.
** Sakon and Katsuie are stated to be even younger than that!

!!The anime includes examples of:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Sharp enough to cut through ''solid granite'' anyway...
* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: At one point, Shingen is about to give a MegatonPunch to Yukimura but switches to patting him on the head at the last second.
* AnachronismStew: In the DVD extra ''Mini Sengoku Basara'' Chosokabe and Mori are watching the anime on TV.
* AnimationBump: The animation seems to change a little every single episode, for better or for worse. This is mostly fixed by the second season.
* AnyoneCanDie: Whether or not they actually ''stay'' dead however is another matter entirely.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: No one dies in the historically correct time, place or way. Also, everything else is just wrong. But hey, RuleOfCool is God.
** More like they didn't ''care''. This is ''Basara'' you're talking about.
* AwesomenessIsVolatile
* BadassInDistress: [[spoiler: Two people on the battlefield noticed that Kojuro faked out [[EvilGenius Takenaka Hanbe]]. One of them was Sasuke; the other one, unfortunately, was Hanbe himself. He [[KickTheDog retaliates]] [[TheMole as]] [[InnocentBystander only]] [[TermsOfEndangerment Hanbe]] [[IHaveYourWife can]].]]
* BattleAura: All the time. Takeda even disintegrates an opponent in a giant wave of BattleAura.
* BattleInTheRain: Episodes 2, 3 and 9 of the first season, and Episode 2 of the second season.
* BeamOWar: Happens '''a lot'''. Particularly between Masamune and Yukimura.
* BigNo: Episode 9, courtesy of Kasuga.
* CoolHorse: Masamune's infamous Harley Davidson Motor-Horse.
* CueTheSun: Happens twice. The first time is in Episode 1 when Yukimura and Masamune battle each other to a standstill. The second is Episode 12, after [[spoiler:Nobunaga is finally defeated]].
* DancingTheme: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_4Z6tNnHVQ "JAP"]].
** And here's the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOTDDPId0pc&feature=related full dance]].
** Also, no matter how hard it seems, it is possible for normal people to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT4EDPSCZYU&feature=related do it!]]
** "The Party Must Go On" from the movie finishes the series really well.
* ADayInTheLimelight: The OVA, which takes place between Episodes 11 and 12, focuses on Motochika, Motonari and Keiji.
* DeadlyClosingCredits: Episodes 5 and 11.
* DeathIsCheap: It certanly is for [[spoiler:Oichi, Yoshihiro, Mitsuhide and Hisahide]].
* DebutQueue: Takes this one further by introducing the ''entire cast'' in the first episode!
* DemotedToExtra: Shingen in the second season.
* DespairEventHorizon: Episode 10. Until [[spoiler:Masamune]] comes along. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Then it's a different matter.]]
* DiabolusExMachina: Does the anime loves this or what?
* DramaticThunder: Whenever Nobunaga is on the scene.
* DramaticWind: Where would we be without it?
* DueToTheDead: Yukimura is very big on this for [[spoiler:Nobunaga, despite the fact that Nobunaga was evil]]. Matsunaga Hisahide doesn't get his logic.
* EliteMooks: Four of Date's retainers (Bunshichi, Yoshinao, Samenosuke, and Magobei) get quite a lot of attention.
** Season 2 also introduces Oyamada Nobushige, a Takeda retainer, however he [[spoiler:gets unceremoniously killed off a few episodes later]].
** Akagawa Motoyasu, a Mori retainer. Later on he appeared to be [[spoiler:TheMole]], but [[spoiler:failed to assassinate Motonari and got butchered]].
* EmpathicEnvironment
* EnemyMine: Kenshin, Shingen and a reluctant Masamune form a temporary alliance against BigBad Nobunaga. The theory is that with him out of the way, they can be free to fight amongst themselves.
* EvilOldFolks: Hojo Ujimasa is turned into a weak, [[Literature/DonQuixote Don Quixote-like]] coward who tries to use [[TheSpeechless Fuma]] to kill Shingen.
* EyeScream: In Episode 12, when Nobunaga has Masamune cornered, he torments the poor boy by threatening to gouge out his other eyeball ''with his [[{{Squick}} finger]]''.
* FacePalm: Sasuke, whenever Yukimura does something [[IdiotHero particularly stupid]].
* {{Fainting}}: Yumekichi the monkey faints in the second season. Apparently it's from worry.
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Hisahide]].
* FauxActionGirl: Kasuga, Matsu and Oichi in season one. [[spoiler: Ok, Oichi at least killed Nohime with her dark hands, but still...]]
* FoeTossingCharge: Seriously, this is the only reason those {{Mooks}} exist at all...
* FragileSpeedster: A notable mention goes to Kotaro Fuma. In the first season he almost diced Shingen in Odawara with a deadly combination of his swords and his greater speed. He got [[OneHitKill pwned by a single fist from Shingen]].
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Sasuke hauls off and slaps Kasuga in Episode 10.
** Later on in the same episode, Masamune is forced to beat some sense into Yukimura after he becomes too scared to fight.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Shingen, as well as Masamune when he [[BloodKnight gets excited]].
* GotTheWholeWorldInMyHand: Hideyoshi does this in the second opening, lifting Japan out of the sea with one hand.
* GoThroughMe: In the second season, Masamune's followers pile onto him bodily to protect him from Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
* GratuitousEnglish: Plenty of it in the Season 1 OP track, and Masamune is pretty fond of it as always.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:Tenkai shouldn't have let his guard down.]]
* HamToHamCombat: "YUKIMURAAAA~!" "YOUR LORDSHIIIIIIP~~!"
* HeroicBSOD: Yukimura has one after [[spoiler:Mitsuhide wounds Shingen badly enough that his survival is questionable]], which he blames himself for not being able to prevent. Only a manly RousingSpeech from both Masamune and Kojuro is able to snap him out of it.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Honda Tadakatsu]]. ''Twice''.
* HollywoodHealing: Subverted with a gunshot wound Masamune obtains in the anime, which renders him bed-ridden for two episodes and [[spoiler:serves as a major handicap in the FinalBattle]].
** Played straight later with [[spoiler:Motochika]], who appears to be in great condition just days after getting beaten to a bloody smear by Hideyoshi.
** Also, Episode 1 of Season 2. Yukimura has bandages on with his arm in a sling [[spoiler:after he was beat down by Masamune at the beginning of the episode]], but he undergoes instantaneous healing when Takeda punches him.
* HonorBeforeReason: This trope explains why Nagamasa and Ieyasu remain allies of Nobunaga despite being an [[ObviouslyEvil Obviously]] EvilOverlord.)
* HumanShield: Mitsuhide attempts to use [[spoiler:Ranmaru as one against [[WouldntHurtAChild Kojuro]]. It doesn't work. Kojuro just throws Ranmaru out of the way and kicks Mitsuhide's ass]].
* HurricaneOfPuns: The English dub of Season 2 Episode 13 seems to be an attempt at this by the writers/voice cast. It ends up being genuinely funny, and ten times hammier and more ridiculous than the rest of the season put together.
* ICanStillFight: Masamune's gunshot wound makes it impractical for him to go after the men who were taken hostage. Still, Kojuro has to carefully and gently beat this into his master.
** This seems to be developing into a habit of his.
* TheImmodestOrgasm: Kasuga's reaction to Kenshin's praise. [[http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ11XKwFPwgUWoPeHtT69bJIs61_rezDtePHVUijnrlghLHEmUG See here.]]
* IncomingHam: The show is like a food fight in this regard.
* JustWhistle: Subverted. After Sasuke realizes he can't stop Kasuga from trying to pull a one-woman RoaringRampageOfRevenge on Nobunaga, he instead gives her a flute and tells her to blow it should she find herself in danger. When the time ''does'' come to use it, [[spoiler:it turns into a ''rocket-powered glider'' instead of summoning the other ninja]].
-->'''Kasuga:''' I thought ''you'' were supposed to appear when I blew into it.
-->'''Sasuke:''' Well, that's obviously impossible. But hey, I'm here now!
* KansasCityShuffle: [[spoiler:With the help of [[{{Ninja}} Sasuke]] , [[WiserAdvisor Kojuro]] pulls one of these in fine ''[=SenBasa=]''-style in the first episode of the second season against the Toyotomi army, saving not only his own lord and their men but the Uesugi and Takeda armies as well, [[HypercompetentSidekick and doing it all in such a way that none of them lose face or owe any favours]]. He [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty pays for it]] [[BadassInDistress later]].]]
* KilledOffForReal: While the anime has brought back some people, [[spoiler:Kennyo, Ujimasa, Yoshimoto, Nagamasa, Xavi, Nohime, Mitsuhide, Hideyoshi and Hanbe]] seem to be gone for good.
** [[spoiler:Mitsuhide returns as Tenkai in ''[[TheMovie The Last Party]]''.]]
* LargeHam: There's [[strike:a few]] loads, but mostly the guy WHO'S ALWAYS SCREAMING ABOUT HIS OYAKATA-HAM-AAAAAAA!
* LeaveHimToMe: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Kojuro vs Mitsuhide]], Episode 12.
* LightheartedRematch
* LightningReveal: How Nobunaga makes his anime appearance.
* LyricalDissonance: "FLAGS", which opens the film, sounds just like a lively rock song akin to the other anime themes, and consists of T.M.Revolution's usual flowery lyrics. However it highlights the instability of the era, portraying the samurai as tragic figures whose lives have no meaning without war, and encourages warriors to live for the moment because they're probably going to either die young or fade into obscurity, unable to adapt to the changing times.
** By contrast, the film's ending song essentially says "yeah, the whole country has gone to hell, but we may as well make the most of it!"
* MauveShirt: Those four Date soldiers who are kidnapped in Episodes 7 and 8.
* MoreDakka: Whenever Nohime pulls out that gatling gun of hers from {{Hammerspace}}
* IHaveJustOneThingToSay: Shingen gives Yukimura a wordless example when [[spoiler:Yukimura comes back from Hisahide's hostage situation with everyone alive, but without the ceremonial armor]]. After Yukimura gives his explanation ("''people'' are our treasure"), Shingen lets loose his usual MegatonPunch, only to stop just before contact to ruffle Yukimura's hair.
* MsFanservice: Kasuga, even more so than in the game. Her {{Stripperific}} clothing and {{Gainaxing}} skills probably help a lot.
* TheMole: In Season 2, it turns out [[spoiler: the Date army]] have one of these in their ranks.
* MoodWhiplash: Episode 5: After that CrowningMomentOfFunny above, we're presented with...[[spoiler:Nagamasa's dramatically tragic death, all to [[BreakTheCutie make Oichi suffer]]]].
** And in the very next episode, [[spoiler:Tadakatsu goes BOOM, much to Ieyasu's despair.]]
* {{Mooks}}: Every single soldier. One even wonders why they even bother gathering soldiers in the first place...Probably to keep the mooks from the opposition busy while their bosses fight the 'real' battles.
* NeckLift: Nobunaga does this in the last episode. Masamune must weigh about as much as a bag of sugar.
** In Season 2, Masamune gets this treatment again, from Hideyoshi this time.
* {{Necromancer}}: Ujimasa Hojo use his pike to summon the spirits of his ancestors to fight Shingen. He simply [[CurbStompBattle make him join them.]]
* NeverTrustATrailer: "[[spoiler:The Tiger of Kai Dies at Midaigawa]]," my ass!
** [[spoiler:Subverted quite painfully with the second episode of the second season being ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Hideyoshi delivers several of these in the second season.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Notice that the smoking black crater where [[spoiler:Honda]] used to be is suspiciously lacking a dead body at its center...
** Also, Kenshin gets [[spoiler:shot ''twice'' in the chest by Nohime and lives to fight again]]. Sengoku Era medicine must be very good.
** Sasuke lampshades this by calmly noting that a normal person shouldn't be able to survive being punched through a sliding door and a stone lantern and into a wall. Yukimura is not a normal person.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: After Hisahide [[spoiler:kidnaps his men, Masamune is determined to rescue them, despite being wounded]], on the grounds that the Date Army can't afford to lose anyone.
* NothingButSkulls: Nobunaga's throne is made up of a pile of skulls in the anime. He even uses one for a cup.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Tadakatsu. ''Twice''. ]]
** As as of the second season, [[spoiler:Oichi, Ieyasu ''and'' Yoshihiro as well. Despite Nobunaga shooting his prone body at point blank range ''in the head''.]]
*** The movie has [[spoiler:Tenkai]] appear as well.
* OminousLatinChanting: German actually, but fits the bill.
* OneHitKill: Shingen [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] Ujimasa Hojo in Episode 2 with his [[IncendiaryExponent flaming fist]] [[KillItWithFire attack]].
* PostVictoryCollapse: Masamune is miles away from the battlefield before anyone even ''realizes'' that [[spoiler:he was shot in the side after the fight with Nagamasa]].
* RainOfArrows: How Ranmaru gets rid of Yoshimoto's Kagemusha. Also his main attack. It doesn't work so well against Kojuro or Masamune.
* RatedMForManly: Have a drink for every time 'man' or 'men' is mentioned (even in crazy made-up words) during the Season 2 OVA. You'll be back in the Sengoku period in no time!
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Nobunaga spends a good ten minutes informing Masamune and Yukimura how foolish they are for thinking they could defeat him. [[spoiler:Naturally, they defeat him]].
* TheRival: Yukimura considers Masamune his Only WorthyOpponent[=/=]One True Rival, and vice-versa.
* RivalsTeamUp: [[spoiler:Episode 12, when everyone comes together for the FinalBattle against Nobunaga.]]
* RousingSpeech: '''"PSYCHE UP GUYS!!!!"'''
* RuleOfCool: So many to count, but most prevalent would be Shingen using two horses to ride to the battlefield, all while standing up, each foot stepping on each saddle. And he can get the horses to ''run on walls''.
** Speaking of horses, Yukimura rides only one, but to dodge bullets, he stabs the ground with one spear and spins around it, ''while still riding the horse''.
** Masamune rides without handlebars. On a [[CoolHorse motorbike-horse]]. He's that cool.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Many characters in the dub, to match the highly antiquated and flowery Japanese used in the original.
* SceneryPorn: While the character designs can be a bit sketchy at times, the backgrounds are gorgeous and never fail to impress.
* ShirtlessScene: Masamune received a rather [[{{Fanservice}} obligatory]] shirtless scene in Episode 8, much to the [[EstrogenBrigade viewers delight]]. The writers probably thought that with Yukimura going round [[WalkingShirtlessScene half-naked all the time]], they should give Masamune a chance to be shirtless as well (and improve their ratings).
* SparklingStreamOfTears: Oichi and Ieyasu do this [[spoiler:as they cry for Nagamasa and Tadakatsu, respectively]].
* StuffBlowingUp
* SuperDeformed: ''Mini Sengoku Basara: Chosokabe-kun and Mori-kun'', which follows Motochika and Motonari as they get into all sorts of adventures. HilarityEnsues. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHua6mGPe5s&feature=related See here.]]
** The second season continues this, only this time around the whole cast gets to participate.
* SwordLimbo: Mitsuhide does this during his fight against the two heroes in Episode 11.
* SwordSparks: Complete with ''[[AudibleSharpness Shakeen!]]''
* TechnicolorBlade: Very common.
* TerribleTrio: Hisahide's "Death God Squad" is composed by three MalevolentMaskedMan who use poisons and spears.
* ThirdOptionAdaptation: In the third game, the Saika can form a contract with either Ieyasu or Mitsunari, in order to help with their respective ambitions to conquer Japan. In ''Judge End,'' Magoichi instead forms the contract with Keiji, to help him search for Matsu.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Ranmaru and Oichi, like their game counterparts.
-->'''Oichi''':"[[ApologisesALot It's all Ichi's fault]]... [[TheWoobie Ichi's sorry]]...."
* TrapIsTheOnlyOption: In Episode 11 Masamune decides to walk into Nobunaga's trap, confident that he'll be able to figure something out once he gets there and kick butt. It turns out that the trap was [[spoiler:actually set for Mitsuhide]].
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler:Despite being used as a punching bag by Toyotomi, then being caught in the epicenter of his exploding base and ''then'' being almost drowned, Motochika shows up two episodes later looking as fit and healthy as ever, AND has a mind to steal Masamune's horses.]]
** [[spoiler:Matsunaga Hisahide]], [[spoiler:Oichi]] and [[spoiler:Shimazu Yoshihiro]] are other examples. One blew himself up and the other two were killed by Nobunaga, yet they're alive and kicking by the second season. [[spoiler:Though Oichi has become little more than an EmptyShell and has to fight off possession by her brother, who it seems isn't resting in peace either.]]
** [[spoiler:This anime has absolutely no shame bringing back supposedly dead characters for the sake of a possible third season. Just how did Ieyasu manage to grow so much in such a short space of time? How did Tadakatsu put himself back together after being blown up by Nobunaga?]]
* UnflinchingWalk: In Season 2, Hideyoshi pulls this as he approaches Motochika's Fugaku fortress-ship, while cannon fire decimates his mooks around him.
* [[UnfortunateNames Unfortunate Song Name]]: Maybe it was not intentional per se (we hope), but maybe Abingdon Boys School didn't figured out that JAP (the opening theme in the first season) is a ''derogatory insult'' against the Japanese, especially during WorldWarII, by American soldiers and it's considered a taboo word in the U.S.
* VolleyingInsults: Motonari and Motochika always seem to end up doing this when they meet. They get especially creative in the movie.
* WarIsHell: Sure the individual duels may be glorious, but the ongoing war and chaos is always presented as a bloody and terrifying waste of human life that brings sorrow to all involved.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Averted with Ranmaru: after Honnoji's incident and [[spoiler: Nobunaga's fall]] he's shown to have just met Itsuki.
* WhatWereYouThinking: What Shingen asks Yukimura after learning that [[spoiler:Yukimura let Kojuro (who, along with Masamune, was under their care) confront Hisahide alone and with only half of the demanded ransom]]. [[DopeSlap He did not like the answer he got]].
* WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings: Shingen and Yukimura regularly smash holes through the doors and walls of their mansion. In the movie, they go so far as to demolish and entire building, much to the surprise of the men inside it.
* WorldOfHam
* WorthyOpponent: A conversation between Shingen and Kenshin in the anime implies that the two of them collaborated to arrange for Masamune and Yukimura to meet in battle specifically in the hopes that the two of them would become {{Worthy Opponent}}s.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: When Oichi tells Nobunaga that she has [[spoiler:accidentally killed his wife]], Nobunaga calmly responds by saying that [[spoiler:a woman like Nohime can only go so far]]. He then [[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizon kills Oichi]] for the same reason]].
** And this is after he has already [[spoiler:sent Mitsuhide to die against the heroes by giving both him and them a false location of his stronghold. Though to be fair, Mitsuhide was going there to kill him as well.]]
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