* BadassDecay - Yoshimoto, when compared to his historical self. Real-life Imagawa Yoshimoto is actually pretty menacing, cunning and effective as a daimyo, rivaling even Shingen and Kenshin. But [[NeverLiveItDown because he's the guy beaten brutally through sheer luck by Nobunaga on the latter's first big battle]] (and then kickstarted the Three Unifier's era of the Sengoku period), he becomes a more or less incompetent buffoon, the equivalent of [[DynastyWarriors Zhang Jiao]] in the game. And it seems that this portrayal of buffoon!Yoshimoto spreads to [[VideoGame/SengokuBasara other]] [[LightNovel/OdaNobunaNoYabou series]] [[VideoGame/PokemonConquest as well]]...
* CrazyAwesome - Hojo Ujiyasu. He'd have to be to pull off some of the insane stuff he does.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome - Yukimura's last stage, Siege of the Osaka Castle in [=SW3=]. Fight until [[spoiler: Hideyori is killed by Hattori Hanzou]] and then listen.
* EnsembleDarkhorse - Mouri Motonari. He wasn't officially revealed until one day before the release, didn't get mixed in the whole Ho Yay/Foe Yay stuff either and he is also nothing close to a Musou bishounen. Yet fan artists just love him.
** In a popularity poll coinciding with ''Samurai Warriors 3: Empires'' Sakon Shima wound up being the fourth most popular character behind only Mitsunari Ishida (one of the series' most important characters), Yukimura Sanada (the poster boy), and Gracia (who probably also counts as a darkhorse).
* GameBreaker - Spears in ''Katana'' can critical against nearly every enemy in the game, 1-hit-killing all but a select few of them without any stat raising.
** In 2 Empires, we have the wheel formation. Not only does it give you the normal speed and morale boost if it's the better formation, but it also '''Doubles Your Attack And Defense''', effectively turning almost any battle into a {{curbstompbattle}} if your enemy doesn't have anything to counter it (which is a 1 in 3 chance for every formation they still have).
** Also the five scrolls in the first game. If you equip all five, your elemental attacks becomes OneHitKill attacks that severely damages officers. On a similar note the "Demon" element from the second game, which was changed in Xtreme Legends.
** Matzukaze, Keiji's horse, will make you OneHitKill anything that your ride over if going at top speed.
** In [=SW1=], Okuni's charge attacks (notably charge 2) possess ridiculous amounts of power.
** In the second installment, Musashi is hilariously broken for three reasons. Firstly, he has the personal skill Reversal. Whereas other characters can be stunlocked if struck several times in succession, Musashi can just hit the charge button and interrupt the combo to send his attackers-turned-victims flying. Secondly, he has an ability that stuns enemies and gives him free Musou, which means that he has unlimited {{Limit Break}}s at his beck and call. Also, did we mention that he has one of the most devastating Musou attacks in the game?
** Tadakatsu Honda is known as this series' Lu Bu, but the Interlude compares him to Zhange Fei, however he is mildly faster than both (probably having above average speed between SW characters) and all his attacks causes absurdly high damage! Not only that but his two Specials allows him to stun enemies and regain 1/2 of musou and to cause contact damage on enemies. His Musou can clean a room in SECONDS.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: When Koshosho was revealed, the Japanese are really annoyed at her design and her list of [[ManipulativeBastard manipulated men]] includes 'Sengoku Musou fans', that were pissed that she made it in with her outrageous design when other more popular choices like Miyoshi Choukei or even Motochika's wife Nana didn't make the cut (and to wit, Pixiv hasn't gotten a fanart about her and it's going to take awhile or none at all for her fanart to appear, while Hayakawa did get her fanart quick enough). Western-wise, she's considered to be utterly fabulous that some are considering to make her their favorites.
* HilariousInHindsight: The marriage between RyotaroOkiayu (Motochika) and AiMaeda (Oichi) could give hilarious vibes that Oichi cheated on Nagamasa for Motochika, while for all we know, the Nagamasa-Oichi love story is pretty well-known for its circle. [[Creator/HiroshiKamiya Oh, and Nagamasa is in despair for that]].
* HoYay: Pretty much present wherever there isn't FoeYay.
** Sanada Yokimura has some of this with Mitsunari, Keiji, and Kanetsugu.
** In WarriorsOrochi his interactions with ZhaoYun contain plenty of subtext; Yukimura hero-worships the Chinese warrior, and they are their series' respective spear-wielding poster boys.
** Oda Nobunaga With Ranmaru. [[DoubleEntendre Lines like]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yUDM-Kdyu4 this]] only add fuel to the fire. This is inspired by their historical connection.
** Akechi Mitsuhide:
*** His relationship with Ranmaru in SW1 could only be more explicit if Samurai Warriors were a hentai game.
*** Come SW2, it shifts to him and Nobunaga, with some FoeYay elements.
*** In SW3, he has this with Motochika instead. The subtext is so heavy it might as well just be text. The XL expansion and Empires game even have him refer to Mitsuhide as his 'soulmate' several times!
** Hanbei with Kanbei. Likely inspired by their close historical relationship.
** Despite being married, Muneshige seems very fond of Kiyomasa. Many of the things he says to him could be considered very flirty indeed. He also teases Mitsunari quite a bit.
** Kiyomasa with Muneshige and Mitsunari.
** Kanetsugu with Mitsunari. Especially with scenes such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-WTTH_3HUM this]]! Also with Keiji, Yukimura, and Masamune in [=SW3=].
** Nagamasa with Ma Chao's '''JUSTICE''' and Kanetsugu's '''HONOR'''.
* LesYay
** Okuni's various endings in [=SW1=] have her going home with different warriors as escorts, and one of these warriors is [[FemmeFatale Nohime!!]]
** She flirts with plenty of ladies in [=SW2=] and Warriors Orochi as well.
* MarySue - Gracia's [=SW2:XL=] story seems to play out as if she were one.
* {{Moe}} - Gracia, too.
* MST3KMantra - Spears in cannons that fire laser beams, ancient Nipponese shoop-da-woops from Ofuda scrolls, ninja with arms straight out of Gumby, European plate mail in 16th century Japan... just turn your brain off before playing. For your own sake.
** ''Sengoku Basara'' got away with it with more ludicrous examples. Compared to that, the [[AnachronismStew anachronism]] here isn't half as bad.
** TruthInTelevision on the plate mail part. Armors in the late 16th century Japan was in fact influenced by Western plate armors after things like muskets start to show up. Nobunaga himself was historically a foreign artifact fanatic and had worn quite a few so called "Nanban" style armors in occasions.
* NoExportForYou - It's been announced that Samurai Warriors 3 [=XL/Z=] and ''Chronicles 2nd'' will not have an international release. Much to the fans' rejoicing, it's also been announced that ''4'' WILL make it to overseas.
* ReplacementScrappy - Despite having her own fanbase, Nene has earned the ire of some fans for replacing Kunoichi (who was removed) in [=SW2=]. The fact that they have similar movesets (especially as Nene was never a ninja in real life) doesn't help her case. While Kunoichi does return in [=SW3=], the fact that her role is more centered towards Yukimura (and, to a degree, Kaihime) while Nene is shown to do more ninja activities [[spoiler:(including sharing a rivalry/relationship with Hanzo)]] doesn't put an end to the "Nene shouldn't be a ninja" debates.
** Kunoichi actually lampshades this by calling Nene her "SpiritualSuccessor" in a WarriorsOrochi 2 Dream stage.
* TheScrappy - To some, Ii Naotora isn't exactly welcomed due to her meek and ReluctantWarrior personality which reminds them of [[VideoGame/DynastyWarriors Daqiao]], and made even worse because she's one of the few female daimyo in history (thus they expected a total {{Badass}}). And worse further, they fear that her inclusion means they won't be seeing [[EnsembleDarkhorse fan-favorite]] Ii Naomasa (her adopted son, one of Tokugawa's Shi-Tennou nicknamed the Red Devil) anytime soon.
* ThatOneLevel - In ''Katana'', the second Saika mission with Ina. You have to defeat 15 enemies [including transport units] in 4 minutes (slightly extendable via the Magatama item). The ninjas are invincible when they prepare to teleport out of your sight. Curiously enough, the game actively avoids LuckBasedMission here and instead hits GuideDangIt. How? Any specific enemy appears ONLY when you enter a certain intersection from a certain direction. Once this is realized, The level becomes more a case of plotting out your exact route through the map so as to get the most amount of ninjas to appear in the shortest amount of time.
** Runner-up is the last mission in Fumo's second stage - If you take any damage, [[FakeDifficulty the stage ends and you automatically receive a D rank.]]
** Sakon Shima's Dream is a pain even on Easy. Why does it count as if Ieyasu escaped if only one of his doubles (And you KNOW it is a double) does?! Added Hideyoshi, Mitsuhide and Tadakatsu have this strange habit of getting to your main camp.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks - The whole Free Mode Only Characters debacle in SW3.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot - Koei ignored the reason Gracia's famous in the first place in favor of an original story with her and Magoichi.
** TheOtherWiki has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hosokawa_Gracia good article on her actual history.]]
*** They pay a little more attention to her history in [=SW3:XL=]. Though they still skip on the [[JapaneseChristian reason she's famous.]] Chances are it's to avoid any religious controversy.
** In a subtle case of FridgeBrilliance though, one of the interludes in ''Warriors Orochi 2'' (the English version of ''Maou Sairin'') Mitsuhide beckoning that Gracia greet another character, the English VA using a "talking to a little child" voice. Whether or not the VA himself knew it, Mitsuhide was historically Gracia's father.
*** He probably knew it, considering that she calls him Father several times in the stage directly proceeding that interlude, and his ally quotes to her include calling her "[his] girl". Plus, he seriously got mad when [[DynastyWarriors Dong]] [[FatBastard Zhuo]] is making advances on Gracia.
** Well, there has been a call for adding Hosokawa Tadaoki in the next installment, you know, Gracia's husband, as a playable. If they do that then probably they might go with the wasted plot instead.
** KOEI also deliberately removed every references of Hideyoshi's infamous and disastrous Korean Campaign, not just to 'whitewash' Hideyoshi, they probably know that they don't wanna piss the Koreans off.
** Also, in the same way, it's very possibly Koei doesn't plan to include non-Japanese samurai like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Adams_%28sailor%29 Anjin Miura/William Adams]] and, above all [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasuke Yasuke]], a black, ''African'' samurai, albeit in Yasuke's case, this is for avoiding UnfortunateImplications, as he was serving under the orders of ''OdaNobunaga'', and [[EvilOverlord everyone knows how Nobunaga is depicted traditionally]].
* UnpopularPopularCharacter - Katsuie's relationship with Oichi (historically, it's rumored that they were engaged to be married before Nobunaga decided that a political alliance with Nagamasa was more profitable) is severely downplayed to the point of it being nearly non-existant in favor of her relationship with Nagamasa. However, if fighting the Battle of Shizugatake (Katsuie vs. Hideyoshi to "succeed" Nobunaga) she is on Katsuie's side.
* ViewerGenderConfusion - It's easy to mistake Mori Ranmaru for a girl.
** As a matter of fact, it seems to be a running gag in the series. He uses female motion sets, is voiced by a woman in the Japanese games (and in English as well, starting from the second), and is frequently used to [[UnsettlingGenderReveal Drop A Bridget On]] ChivalrousPervert Saika Magoichi and other such characters.
*** In ''Samurai Warriors 2: Empires'', Ranmaru is sometimes aware of this, but there's a conversation between Ranmaru and Kanetsugu where somehow Ranmaru is ''oblivious'' to his own femininity (even if just in appearance).
--->'''Mori Ranmaru''': I will put on a disguise and slip into enemy territory!
--->'''Naoe Kanetsugu''': I would advise against it, Ranmaru. You've failed at playing dress-up once before; remember, when you once attempted to pass as a monk.
--->'''Mori Ranmaru''': I still don't understand how the enemy spotted me that time.... They said something like, 'there are no girls in the priesthood'. What could that possibly mean?...
** In Noh and Oichi's [=SW2=] Gaiden stages, they fight every other female character in the game in order to settle who was the most beautiful woman in the land. One of your opponents is Ranmaru.
** Has also happened with Hanbei.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic - Again, those feathers Nobunaga (pitch black) and Mitsuhide (pure white) keep shedding all over the place.
* TheWoobie - Many characters could be considered this depending on what story you are playing through. Ranmaru in [=SW1=] is a good example; everyone he cares about is trying to kill each other.
-->'''Nohime''': " Ranmaru... did you ever know.. happiness?"
* {{Woolseyism}}: - In the Japanese version, defeating an enemy general makes the character exclaim "Tekishou, uchitottari!" AKA "Enemy Officer Defeated!". DynastyWarriors mostly go with direct translation, but SamuraiWarriors translates with variations to the point that by the 2nd game, NOBODY ever said exactly "Enemy Officer Defeated!" when they defeat a general.
** Now in the 3rd game, each character has two variable "Enemy officer defeated" lines with the first one being the standard "Tekishou uchitottari" and the second one tailored to the character's personality.
* WTHCastingAgency - Your mileage may vary, as it depends on which version you played first; it certainly doesn't help that the roster gets cleaned out with every numeral.
** Most seem to agree that Keiji's VA in [=SW2=] was a definite downgrade from his well-loved one in [=SW1=].

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