Characters: Drifters

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Tropes to Drifters as a whole:
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: What the group has been assembled as thanks to Murakami.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Really, one could pretty much place every Drifter under this category. In any other story, they would be the bad guys. However, the Ends are much worse.

Shimazu Toyohisa

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: His nodachi and wakizashi.
  • Beat the Curse Out of Him: Toyohisa does some form of this to Jeanne d'Arc by throwing her into a well while pounding her, as seen when her pyrokinetic powers fade and her madness subsides somewhat. Unusual in that Toyohisa had absolutely no wish to do that (he had honestly no way of knowing that would happen), and that he left her alone after that, because he believes there is no honor in killing a woman.
  • Berserk Button: Doing something dishonorable like raping prisoners. Dissing the Shimazu clan is a more comedic one.
  • The Berserker
  • BFS: That nodachi is almost as tall as he is.
  • Blood Knight: If his usual slasher smile wasn't already a dead give away, take note that his first kill on the battlefield was at age 14.
  • Expy: A Hot-Blooded and slightly dense young samurai in a red leather jacket brings to mind Sanada Yukimura from Sengoku Basara.
  • Contrasting Franchise Main Character: Toyohisa's outfit is prominently red, as opposed to Alucard's black one. While both are eager for a fight, Alucard has this tendency to play with his food while Toyohisa's good side is much less ambiguous.
  • Covered with Scars: Given how we're first introduced to Toyohisa and his near constant suicidal tendencies in fights, is it any wonder his body is riddled with battle scars? And after his bout with Hijikata Toshizō, his growing collection shows no signs of slowing down.
  • Genre Savvy: Toyohisa surprisingly realizes that the Drifters propping themselves up as rulers is likely to end really badly (particularly since the Orte Empire they are overthrowing is, like them, human and it's unlikely that the Elves are going to be happy exchanging one set of human rulers for another).
  • Honor Before Reason: He'll show mercy to any enemy that discards their weapons and will never kill a girl. Unless they've done something like raping prisoners.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Olminu comments half-seriously that although he doesn't do it deliberately, Toyohisa is a genius at provoking his enemies into fits of rage and frustration; as, Joan of Arc, and Hijikata Toshizo, and even the Greater Scope Villain EASY found out the hard way.
  • Idiot Hero: Not that it stops him from being a scarily competent strategist when he wants to be.
  • Improbable Age: At only 30 (and, this being a seinen manga, that's acknowledged as pretty damn young), he's an odd choice for commanding La Résistance, compared to the much older Nobunaga...however, you have to remember that Toyohisa has been fighting wars since he was a teenager, and thus already has over 10 years of experience under his belt, which make his talents more believable.
  • Japanese Language: Toyohisa notably speaks in a Kyushu dialect (for instance using "oi" instead of "ore", and "omaa" instead of "omae"), which for the uninitiated can be hard to understand and makes him sound a little like some backwater hick (which is why Nobunaga and Yoichi tease him).
  • Morality Chain: He serves as one along with Yoichi for Nobunaga. And is slowly becoming one for Yoichi as well.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Toyohisa's main mindset, which borders dangerously close to that of a Death Seeker, what with his repeated use of suicidal attacks, remarks about wanting to die a glorious warriors death, & his belief that his death would be used as fuel for his comrades to achieve more in their pursuits. This outlook on his own life has unnerved friend and foe alike. His companions are especially fearful of this, knowing that without him all their plans will fall apart, and are constantly trying to talk him out of this way of thinking.
  • Not So Different: Olminu thinks that the way he fights makes him no different from the Ends.
  • Off with His Head!: Likes to do this to his enemies in battle.
  • Pet the Dog: Toyohisa tells an elf not to kill an unarmed soldier.
  • Pure Is Not Good: Oda calls him pure when he doesn't want Toyohisa to dirty his own hands, yet he's an Anti-Hero Blood Knight who loves cutting off his foes' heads.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Played with in Chapter 13, with Nobunaga hinting that he may see Toyohisa as a replacement for his lost son. He's quickly shot down by Toyohisa. So he promptly ribs him about being a replacement for his father instead. This pushes one of Toyohisa's many Berserk Buttons, leading to an improptu Big Ball of Violence Yoichi joins in for absolutely no reason.
  • Samurai
  • Sheath Strike: Aram is on the receiving end of a brutal beatdown with Toyohisa's sheath.
  • Shirtless Scene: Barely three chapters in and the only things covering his torso are a few bandages.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: How does Toyohisa deal with the trolling garbage spewing from Rasputin's mouth? Why he just kills his soldiers and beats the crap out of his political pawns in front of him. That would shut most evil manipulative bastards up. Not that Toyo was really listening in the first place.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Well he wouldn't kill one, as is his personal code, but he does kick Jeanne in the gut then knock her out with a headbutt when she refuses to surrender.

Oda Nobunaga

  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When trying to intimidate Olminu, he proclaims his villainy, which includes arson, mass murder, making toasts with the skulls of men he has killed, taking over the country, and dancing Atsumori.
    Nobunaga: "You know me. The one they call the devil. My hobbies are burning everything down and killing everyone. Then sipping toasts from the skulls of the vanquished. Great fan of power through the sword. Loved to dance Atsumori."
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Oda is more than willing to get his hands dirty to ensure they win. But he will not accept Toyohisa getting his hands dirty.
  • Bi the Way
  • Blood Knight: Nobunaga outright thanks Rasputin for giving them the excuse they needed to start a war against the Black King, and smiles insanely as he sees a building full of enemies go up in flames, as he fondly reminisces how good it feels.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Enforced. Oda clocks Toyohisa out to prevent him from shouting out the "execute" order on some PO Ws. He sighs in relief, smiles, and then proceeds to give the command himself. As he explains to the recovering Toyohisa, it is he who will "shoulder" the "burden" of being the Card-Carrying Villain of the group. Toyohisa is understandably both skeptical and pissed.
  • Combat Pragmatist
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Dirty Old Man: He didn't need to grab Olminu's breasts while speaking to her.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Though, judging by how the eyepatch has been shown on both eyes, he might still have them both.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He realizes that he can't see the hearts of the people, which is why he has been betrayed so much during his life.
  • Mythology Gag: He 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. He also occasionally comes across something that reminds him of his own military experience, and almost always takes the time to fondly reminisce about the massacres he's committed.
  • Morality Chain: Hannibal makes it painfully clear that its thanks to the influence of Toyohisa and Yoichi that keep Nobunaga from reverting fully back to his evil warlord ways, and that if something happened to one or both of them then the true "Devil Lord of The Sixth Heaven" would be set free once again.
  • Mundane Luxury: Nobunaga is, maybe unsurprisingly, familiar with refeeding syndrome, and urges the people serving food to the dwarves not to allow them to gorge themselves too full lest they inadvertently kill themselves by eating too much.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He was known as "the Fool of Owari", after all. But don't your guard down for a second, he's cunning all the way through.
  • Samurai
  • Slasher Smile: Nobunaga has an impressive one. He invites Rasputin, whose plans are slowly crashing around him, to join him in one.
  • Take Over the World: Currently Oda Nobunaga's plan to fight the Black King is to take over the countries that haven't already been conquered by him.
  • The Strategist: Being an experienced military commander, he uses this to help the elves and fellow Drifters subdue Orte forces.
  • Token Evil Teammate
  • Unable to Cry: After hearing about what happened to his son.
  • Vicariously Ambitious: At the start he was planning to put Toyohisa in charge of the Orte Empire.

Nasu no Yoichi

Hannibal Barca

  • Archenemy: To Scipio.
  • Badass Grandpa: When tested by Toyohisa to determine whether or not he would be an asset to them, and thus allowed to stay with the group, he stops the much younger, stronger, opponent dead in his tracks with a twig. Sure, it's used to emphasize a point with him, and he doesn't actually try to fight him (having gone senile and being obviously aged as he is), but that he was actually able to stumble Toyo with an object lesson and convince him he would be valuable to them definitely counts as an example of this trope.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Has definitely gone senile, that's for sure. However, he does have his moments of clarity, and when he does, it's usually wise to listen to him, even if he explanations are difficult to comprehend at first.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Just like Oda.
  • Grumpy Old Man: He's senile and decrepit, which gets worse when Scipio isn't around. Though he does show the occasional bit of military insight.
  • Heroic BSOD: Hannibal gets a major one after losing contact with Scipio.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: To Scipio.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Scipio.

Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus

The Wild Bunch (Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid)

Naoshi Kanno

  • Ace Pilot: See Cool Plane.
  • Cluster F-Bomb / Sir Swearsalot: Though not in the North American translation.
  • Cool Plane: Kanno's Kawanishi N1KJ-2 Shiden-Kai! Apart from being an Imperial Japanese Navy fighter plane that is obviously not the venerable Zero, it is a super-performing flying tank in this world. Even better, the shells from its four 20mm auto-cannons can pierce through dragon scales, for crying out loud! Unfortunately, the plane is useless with no fuel available.
  • God Guise: The Kobolds that serve him think he's a God of the Skies.
  • Smoking Is Cool
  • Sudden Name Change: Naoshi Kanno is Sugano Nao in the North American translation. No word from Dark Horse if this is a mistake from translation or if it's due to something else.

Tamon Yamaguchi

  • Gondor Calls for Aid: Sends a message to Kanno, hoping to secure his allegiance in defending the beached and decaying Hiryū.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Is seen smoking with a cigarette after an Orte Empire shipping fleet was wiped out.

Tropes to Ends as a whole:
  • Anti-Human Alliance: What the group is going to do eventually.
  • Face-Heel Turn
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Originally all Ends wanted to destroy everything else in the world thanks to what they had suffered through in the old world. The Black Kings arrival changed everything.

Black King

  • A God I Am Not: Makes it clear that he's not immortal, which is why he is teaching monsters how to farm and build a civilization for when he's gone.
  • Benevolent Boss
  • Big Bad: Of the entire series.
  • Break the Haughty: The Black King easily did this to the Bronze Dragon.
  • Buxom Is Better: In the omakes, he proclaims his love of big breasts.
  • Covered with Scars
  • Dark Messiah: Heavily implied to be the actual Messiah himself.
  • The Faceless
  • Good Powers, Bad People: His power is life itself. With him being capable of healing any wound, creating a endless supply of wood and organic supplies, and even capable of creating cancer in his enemies by making a excess of life.
  • Healing Hands: The Black King han heal effortlessly. Too much life, though, and his powers transform the healed flesh into cancer.
  • In the Hood: His face has not been yet.
  • Kill All Humans: One of his many goals.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The Drifters are able to push the Black King into a minor one, enough for him to all but scream the retreat order at Hijikata.
  • Visionary Villain: The Black King seems strangely interested in enlightening the inhuman races, giving them culture and basic technology, for the day he's no longer with them.

Hijikata Toshizō

  • Badass Longcoat: Wears one.
  • Dual Wielding
  • Expy: He physically looks like Walter.
  • Hate at First Sight: The second Hijikata saw, Toyohisa sporting the Shimazu Clan Crest it didn't matter whether he was a Drifter, a End, or even a god. He wanted that man dead.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Hijikata does this to his enemies.
  • The Quiet One: Which surprised Rasputin when he talks after the Black King effortlessly makes the Bronze Dragon join them.
  • Samurai
  • The Shinsengumi: Was historically a part of one.
  • The Stoic
  • Not So Stoic: Can't really blame him for losing his cool when he was faced with a ancestor of one of his most hated enemies responsible for the deaths a lot of Shinsegumi. That and unnerving enemies is a natural gift to Toyohisa.

Joan of Arc

Gilles de Rais

Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova

Grigori Rasputin

  • Fanboy: Of the Black King in an omake in Volume 2.
    Rasputin: "You're so cool, Black King! I wanna be just like you!"
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul
  • Break Them by Talking: Subverted: Tried to do this to the Drifters when they first entered Orte... he didn't get too far until he was shown exactly who he was up against.

Minamoto no Yoshitsune

  • Combat Pragmatist: Doesn't concern himself with honor and considers those that do to be fools.
  • Evil Mentor: Suggested to have been one to Yoichi.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • Samurai
  • Wild Card: The Black King allows him to do whatever he wants. It's never made clear whether he's a End or Drifter, but currently he's allied with the Ends.


Bronze Dragon





    Orte Empire 


Adolf Hitler

  • Driven to Suicide: After founding the Orte Empire he ended up committing suicide, though nobody knows why. Interestingly, this means he essentially killed himself twice.
  • Fantastic Racism: Naturally considering he's the one who begins the Orte Empire.
  • Mythology Gag: Ties in how Nazi Germany would have been created if the Beer Hall Putsch hadn't failed.
  • Posthumous Character

Count Saint-Germain

  • Alchemy: Is a alchemist.
  • Break Them by Talking: Tries it on Toyohisa. It achieves Epic Fail status.
  • Camp Gay
  • Cassandra Truth: None of the other Orte Nobles listened to him when he told them not to take a certain shipping route after declaring war on the Trade Federation.
  • Defector from Decadence: He's not sticking around to see Orte fall.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Implied.
  • Drag Queen
  • Expy: The Count of Saint Germi looks and acts a lot like pre-takeover Kefka Palazzo.
    • Not to mention he's heading the same way, given he's way smarter than the Orte generals and realizes they're going to lose.
  • Oh Crap!: When he hears the new Drifters have made gunpowder and are moving in to free the Dwarves to make firearms, he realizes there is no salvation for the Orte Empire.
  • Older Than They Look: He hasn't aged a day since the founding of the empire. Makes sense considering that he was supposed to be immortal in life too.
    • A possible hint that his identity is Aleister Crowley, given his knowledge of alchemy, hermetics, and longevity.
  • Skyward Scream: The Count, upon a particularly bad Oh Crap! moment, yells at the sky for Murasaki.


  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Everyone mocks him for his virginity.
  • Butt Monkey: Was spared because of his virginity, but now everyone makes fun of him because of that very reason. Even St. Germi can tell that he stinks of virginity.
  • You Will Be Spared: Mills, the single officer in the fortress who did not participate in the rapes is left alive, conveniently for Oda to spirit him away to explain the Orte Empire's bureaucracy and to serve as manager for the conquered resources. He's not particularly happy about this, mostly because the Drifters now use him as a paperwork sink. Having his virginity routinely mocked does not help his mood.

Octobrists as a whole:
  • Onmyodo: The organization uses fuda magic.

Abe no Seimei





  • Berserk Button: Starts throwing a tantrum and cursing when she sees the Drifters doing things like freeing the Elves.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Implied with Easy, as her door has her name spelled E.A.S.Y., with a partly obscured title, beginning with Eternal.
  • Greater Scope Villain: Appears to be the one supporting the Ends and who took them to the other world.
  • Psychotic Smirk: When she looks on her laptop and sees news about the Black King's actions.
  • Wicked Cultured: Listen to opera while reading the news on her laptop.



  • Character Death: Killed in a fight with Yoshitsune.
  • Suicide Mission: Considers spying on the Ends and their army to be this. He only accepts since the Octobrists are the one giving the mission.
  • Unusual Ears: Appears to have animal ears on his head.