This is a list of characters who appear in Oda Nobuna no Yabou anime series. Most of them are actual historical figures who lived during Sengoku era albeit with different portrayals.
Name Order Confusion warning: Since this series happens in the latter half of 16th century, and most characters (i.e. except Yoshiharu) are based on historical figures of that era, this character sheet follows the "surname first" order.
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Sagara "Saru" Yoshiharu
"With no idea of how to get home, I'll have to survive here. It sucks that it's not Nobunaga, just some snippy little girl named Nobuna, but saving a pretty girl and conquering Japan doesn't sound so bad."
An Ordinary High School Student who suddenly found himself in the Sengoku Era. As he got caught in the middle of battle, the person who is later known as Toyotomi Hideyoshi saved him at the cost of his life. He later encountered Oda Nobuna, a female version of the legendary Oda Nobunaga. Determined to bring history to the right course, he took Hideyoshi's place and worked under Nobuna who nicknamed him "Saru" (Monkey). This mirrors the real-life Hideyoshi's nickname of "Kosaru" (Little Monkey).
Angst? What Angst?: He seems to have relatively no problem with being sent back four-hundred years to the past. It might have something to do with his genre-savviness and love for Sengoku period.
Anime Hair: His uniquely shaped hair is there to reinforce his monkey imagery.
Ascended Fanboy: He's a huge fan of Oda Nobunaga, so he knows a lot about the events of this time period, even if its an Alternate History. Thankfully the situation is similar enough that he's able to predict with some reasonable success about the outcome of various events he encounters.
Badass: Not that he is a skilled combatant, but his ways of confronting big names like Saitou Dousan and Hattori Hanzo and his calmness even in the most mortal of dangers are sights to behold. In addition, it would be quite natural for him to survive in the Warring States Era as either a general or a merchant, or both, and be quite successful. This is due to his knowledge of the Era's tactics and technology as well as some basic yet effectively used knowledge in trading.
Changed My Jumper: Averted by the light novel and manga by making him, eventually, wear period clothing. The anime plays this straight; he's always seen either in his school uniform or a yellow T-shirt, sometimes with period armour on them.
Chronic Hero Syndrome: Despite knowing that they might change the future and thus null his knowlege of his future, he keeps trying to prevent historical tragedies from occuring for the happiness of people he cares about. Especially for Nobuna.
Dude, Where's My Respect?: Despite planning various strategies that turn out to be fairly successful and winning over key allies such as Hanbei, several of the characters still treat him like dirt much of the time. However, a large part of that may be due to his actual or perceived pervertedness throughout the show.
Genre Savvy: He doesn't spend his time worrying about going back to his era, he just keeps going with the flow and enjoying his adventures instead. It helps that he has plenty of knowledge and love for the era.
Hattori Hanzo lets him go because of this. He could have easily killed Yoshiharu, but Hanzo seemed to know something about Yoshiharu's "prophetic powers" and decided to let Yoshiharu go (and turn a blind eye to Oda's ambush) so that his lord Motoyasu could regain independence.
Green-Eyed Monster: He scratched a pillar once he realized that Nagamasa and Nobuna would indeed look good together.
Guile Hero: Since he's not a fighter, he relies on his wits and knowledge of the Sengoku period instead, which helps a lot.
Harem Seeker: When Kinoshita Tokichirou asked Yoshiharu to carry on his dreams when he died in the latter's arms, Yoshiharu clearly understood "the dreams" to not only unite Japan, but also to have all 14 wives Hideyoshi historically had.
Heroic BSOD: In episode 4, as he realized that he is pretty much being arrogant by putting himself in danger with only his knowledge of history (which he changed himself) to rely on. It doesn't last long, fortunately.
When Goemon took the bullet for him. He then questions whether it was worth building the castle overnight or not. Fortunately it didn't last long either.
Hot-Blooded: It doesn't matter to him that Nagamasa is a daimyo, he still wants to hit the bastard for playing with Nobuna's heart.
I Know Mortal Kombat: How does he become so knowledgeable about history? Well, a lot of playing video games of course!
Impossibly Delicious Food: His fried takoyaki which was able to put Tsuda and Imai to tears. Maybe because he added mayonnaise in it?
Kid with the Leash/Morality Chain/For Want of a Nail: He is this for Nobuna; Saitou Dousan mentioned in Episode 3 that he is the only person able to prevent Nobuna from becoming the same Jerkass Nobunaga is in our history. And it's shown in his interactions with Nobuna: he stopped her from killing her brother after he rebelled, and often keeps her from doing more potentially harmful things in battle, such as slaughtering their enemies once they've lost.
After his apparent death, Nobuna becomes more ruthless than ever, proving his position as her Morality Chain to be true.
Large Ham: Can go into this at times, particularly when excited about something, or arguing with Nobuna.
Lolicon: He's accused of being this due to all the little girls that hang out around him, such as Goemon, Nene, Hanbei, and Inuchiyo.
Made of Indestructium: His phone has gained the respect of the fans for saving Nobuna's life thrice: distracting Zenjuurou with sound effect, absorbing gunshot impact, deflecting sword thrust, and still remains intact after all that.
Yoshiharu: "With this much money, the ladies will flock to me!"
Inuchiyo: "You are so greedy."
Nene: "I'm disappointed in you, Mr. Monkey!"
Yoshiharu: "Say what you want! Money is power!"
Morality Pet: For Nobuna. He helped keep her from killing her brother after he tried to revolt against her, and its his words that calm her anger in episode 12 when she rode off alone to kill Konoe Sakihisa.
Nice Guy: His perverted tendencies aside, he is quite a decent guy.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Mitsuhide's adoration of Nobuna is such that Honnouji is very unlikely to occur as it did in our history. However Mitsuhide's growing love for him ultimately culminates in her wanting to marry him. The jealousy she feels from Nobuna and Yoshiharu's relationship could easily boil over into the events of Honnouji Temple.
Non-Action Guy: He plays this role in the Oda clan. To be fair, he comes from a relatively peaceful era where being a warrior isn't the standard way of living like during the Sengoku period where he landed.
Cruelly Deconstructed by episode 11. Him taking a level in fame and badassery much earlier than the historical Hideyoshinote The historical Hideyoshi was only famous at around mid-1560s, while Yoshiharu is no longer nobody three-quarters a decade before that, or even earlier. had been heightens the danger and difficulty of the Retreat from Kanegasaki event, causing he, Mitsuhide, and most of his men's death.
Subverted in Episode 9. The Takeda and the Uesugi signed a peace pact over Kawanakajima and formed an alliance, unlike in Real Life they fought over there for a whole decade. This is taken to be a joint effort to invade into Oda territory, but in fact it was a ploy by Asakura to distract the Oda forces away from Kyoto so that they can kill Yoshimoto. Yoshiharu's recommendation of staying put in Kyoto (based on what he knew) turned out to be right.
A Gender flipped version of Oda Nobunaga, she is the daimyo of Owari Province. As quoted above, she has a great ambition of unifying Japan and eventually conquering the world. Despite their many similarities, she is notably more emotional and naive than her historical counterpart. She seems to harbor special feelings toward Yoshiharu due to him being the first person to ever understand her ambition (not that she would admit that).
Combat Pragmatist: She utilizes guns in combat, which around this time in Japan is seen as taboo due to its origins outside of the country. However, the results speak for themselves, and often gives her the upper hand in many battles.
Intelligence Equals Isolation: Not as extreme as being isolated (her retainers are very devoted to her), but before Yoshiharu comes, no one really understood her idealism and advanced knowledge, making her quite lonely.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is actually quite caring for the people around her. Being a warlord, she has to keep her kindness in limits.
Not So Stoic: Her reaction to Nagamasa's marriage proposal is priceless.
Otaku: Just like her real-life counterpart, she is very interested with western culture (dubbed "barbarian"). Most notably is her use of gunpowder weaponry (her forces make more extensive use of matchlock rifles than the opposing armies, this being one of the Oda clan's major strengths at the start), childish interest on Yoshiharu's smartphone, and possession of globe and organ in her room. She also demanded Yoshiharu to kiss her hand instead of the traditional way of swearing loyalty. Her reason was that "The barbarian way is much cooler and more elegant."
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When it seems her Monkey and Mitsuhide died to buy her time to escape, she goes on one of these to avenge their deaths and acts more like many potrayls of Nobunaga in the process.
"The Katsuie I know from my games is an old guy with a beard..."
Badass: There is a reason she is nicknamed Oni Shibata.
Blade on a Stick/An Axe to Grind: Her Weapon of Choice in battle is an halberd. A very overtly European-style halberd. More plausible than you might initially think, given that Nobuna is clearly very willing to supply foreign weapons to her soldiers.
Murder Is the Best Solution: Her first response is usually this. For example, when informed of Konoe Sakihisa and the Miyoshi faction plotting against Nobuna, Katsuie's immediate suggestion is "Let's kill them all!" The anime toned this trait down where in the novels it's borderline Comedic Sociopathy.
The tactician of the Oda clan. A soft spoken young woman who often becomes the voice of reason for the group. She has a penchant of giving a score to everything, ranging from military tactics, political decisions, to... lame jokes.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Doesn't like how much time Yoshiharu seems to spend with Nobuna and in at least one instance, has to be dragged away when the two start bickering about something. Later, in an Imagine Spot that takes place during episode 11, Yoshiharu mentions women waiting for them back home, and it shows the bigger women, which motivates the soldiers a bit. An annoyed Inuchiyo then pops out from underneath.
Cloudcuckoolander: Outside tense situations. Particularly when there is food involved.
Nice Hat: That tiger head. It's real, only made to look cartoonish so the viewers wouldn't be unsettled and it came from the same tiger that provided the pelt wrapped around Nobuna's waist. She was given the head part as a token of friendship.
The leader of Kawanami Ninja Clan (originally a clan of thieves), she was Kinoshita Tokichirou's companion before his untimely demise. She then became Yoshiharu's aide in reconnaissance and also his personal bodyguard. She is not good with long sentences, often resulting in her stuttering.
Yandere: Shows indications of this. Surprisingly, it's Nobuna she has a crush on. And later on, her affection turns to Yoshiharu instead, but she is still in denial. As of what's going to be of that later, let us hope Yoshiharu does something about Honnoujinote Nobunaga's forced suicide at Mitsuhide's hands, for those unfamiliar with Japanese history. later on once she truly realizes her own feelings...
The Strategist: Her exceptional strategies are what allowed Mino to hold out for as long as they did against Nobuna's forces. She also minimizes casualties as much as possible, because she strives to avoid needless bloodshed.
The Daimyo of Suruga Province. Before her defeat at the Battle of Okehazama, she was the closest warlord to conquering Japan. She was spared the fate of her historical counterpart thanks to Yoshiharu persuading her to surrender. She later on became the Shogun, acting as the figurehead of the Oda clan.
Chekhov's Gunman: She later became the figurehead of Oda Clan (as in, Shogun candidate) during their advancement to The Capital.Historical Divergence In this universe, 13th Shogun Yoshiteru managed to escape to China with his little sister (and supposedly 15th Shogun) Yoshiaki when Matsunaga invaded Kyoto. So, there wasn't an Ashikaga in Kyoto to be installed as a figurehead. The Imagawa was a cadet branch of the Ashikaga, and even in our history it was said Yoshimoto would have installed himself Shogun if he successfully entered Kyoto in 1560, rather than being killed by Nobunaga at Okehazama.
Defeat Means Friendship: While not an overly active ally as some other characters such as Motoyasu, once defeated she works for Nobuna rather than try to go against her as Saitou Yoshitatsu does.
The Ditz: Several of Nobuna's retainers comment that she seems to be rather foolish. Nobuna however, prefers that she's air-headed, since it minimizes the likelihood of her attempting to plot things behind their backs.
I Owe You My Life: The only thing stopping her from retaliating with the rest of her army is that Yoshiharu stopped Katsuie from killing her.
Keystone Army: Actually Justified. The death or surrender of the lord is the cue for the army to retreat during that period since there are no other reasons for them to keep fighting, especially with a self-centered leader like Yoshimoto. In particular many of these generals are only his/her vassals, who have their own agenda.
We Have Reserves: She tends to use her retainer's forces to whittle down enemy forces so that her forces will then be able to swoop in and claim victory. This tactic has earned a lot of ire from Hanzo Hattori.
What Measure Is a Mook?: In addition to the previous trope, she also has no concerns for her retainer's soldiers well-being or the difficulties they encounter while fighting enemy forces. This in stark contrast to Nobuna, who in episode 5 makes sure that all of her retainer's and their soldiers are well fed and relaxing shortly after a hard won battle.
Killer Rabbit: She looks cute and harmless. Again, she's Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Let's Get Dangerous: In the light novels, after a comprehensive defeat by Takeda Shingen that mirrors our history, Motoyasu channels her frustration and rage into Taking A Level In Badass. She issues a Dare to Be Badass challenge to her savaged, demoralized troops and lead them to a Big Damn Heroes charge in what they regard as the Last Stand of the Mikawa. They attack the Takeda army from the rear, an army that outnumbers them by a factor of *ten*, much of which is calvary.
Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Did not show much of it since in the 1550s he's already retired from backstabbing. However, this was sometimes alluded to—when Yoshitatsu mentioned "Mino was built on coup d'Etats," he referred to Dousan, and his being an offender of this was again raised by Matsunaga in the anime finale.
Honor Before Reason: Was willing to die in battle against his son's overwhelming forces. Yoshiharu manages to talk him out of it however, claiming that she wanted him alive due to accidentally letting him know earlier that it seemed everyone she cares about ends up dying.
Reasonable Authority Figure: He's the first person to see Nobuna as a useful ally rather than a rival to be defeated, particularly with Yoshiharu's sway. He also tells Nobuna that letting his son live would be a mistake, which later on does cause problems for her.
The kampaku who has controlled the politics and nobility of the country from behind the scene. He staged a conspiracy against Ashikaga Shogunate involving Miyoshi faction and some other big names in order to seize control over Japan.
Blue Blood: The Konoes are the most blue-blooded people in Japan aside from the imperial family as they're the most senior branch of the Fujiwaras. This is his motive for setting up the conspiracy, as he thought the most blue-blooded person should rule Japan.
Honor Before Reason: In episode 4, although he could have easily killed Yoshiharu, and thus ensured Nobuna's defeat, he lets him go after the latter promises that Nobuna would treat his master, Motoyasu, much better than while she was serving Imagawa. At the beginning of episode 5, Motoyasu, as well as her soldiers, are indeed being treated much better than when Imagawa was in charge of them.
My Master, Right or Wrong: He doesn't like Imagawa ordering his lord Motoyasu around, and forcing the latter to utilize a Red Shirt Army for her. But he stays loyal to her and fights against whoever his enemy is at the time, whether its against Yoshiharu in episode 4, or helping him against Yoshitatsu later on in episode 11.
Oda Nobuna's younger brother. Had Nobuna not been born, he would have become the heir of the Oda Clan. A conflict with Yoshiharu and persuasions from his advisors led him to rebel against her sister. Fortunately, because of Yoshiharu's wit, he surrendered and was later forgiven by Nobuna. He then changed his name from Oda Nobukatsu to Tsuda Nobusumi and strove to help his sister in her conquest.
Later he was sent off as Nobuna "sister" Oichi—historically existed but not in this universe—to marry Asai Nagamasa. This marriage historically existed, if not Gender Flipped.
Harem Seeker: This brat once boasted that he will bring all the cute girls to Owari after he defeats Imagawa and Saitou. Yoshiharu even hilariously admits defeat after seeing a harem he has in episode 4.
Happily Married: To Asai Nagamasa, when he promised her that she can be herself when they are together.
Kid-anova: His Amazon Brigade demands "some time together with him" after helping the Oda army locate the Imakawa camp. Later he knocks up Nagamasa.
Truth in Television. Despite no longer has any real power at this point, Japanese emperors remains an important party of Japanese politics as they practically served as a living "Get out of Jail Free" Card for anything done in Japan.
No Celebrities Were Harmed: She averted She Who Must Not Be Seen, below, because she was never referred as the empress. While the description above would cause any reasonable Japanese to recognize her as the empress, nobody referred her as such in-universe.
She Who Must Not Be Seen: Averted, somewhat: As a rule of thumb, The Emperor of Japan (the actual, historical or even fictitious ones) never appear or ever being mentioned by name in any Japanese media outside news stories and government propaganda. For avoid offending the Japanese Imperial Family, Himiko is a female emperor, not to mention being a Composite Character of many of them— and on top of all, she wasn't directly referred as one (see No Celebrities Were Harmed, above).
The master monk of Hiei mountain temple who hates foreigners. Also part of Konoe Sakihisa's conspiracy.
The Fundamentalist: While it is not stated in anime, Gousai hates foreigners for spreading Christianity.
Leader of thirty-six merchants of Sakai who monopolizes takoyaki stands in the city. An old acquaintance of Oda Nobuhide, he helped Nobuna when she had to pay 120,000 kanHow much is that? The amount of money that can feed 240,000 adult males for a year! to Konoe Sakihisa for the kampaku to approve Imagawa Yoshimoto as the next shogun.