Tropes that apply to the characters of Pokemon Conquest. Note that much of the characterization is carried over from the Samurai Warriors series, but with certain traits glossed over or changed due to the differing target audiences. Aside from the protagonists, all images shown are Rank I on the left, Rank II on the right.
The Protagonist of the series and the newly-crowned warlord of Aurora. S/he is set to conquer the other nations and stop Nobunaga after Oichi asks him/her to do it. A specialist in Normal-types, his/her starter Pokémon and perfect link is Eevee and its evolutions as well as Arceus.
Badass: Promotes early into the game and is very difficult to defeat during Motonari and Kanbei’s episode where s/he is the only promoted unit in the area. As a result, the hero can do critical damage to your Pokémon. Fortunately, your character won’t attack other nations as often as others.
Martial Pacifist: As stated above, s/he is least likely to attack other nations in post episodes, but you’ll be in for a fight if you decide to attack him/her.
Bragging Rights Reward: Their third-rank transformation can only be obtained by reaching 80% link with an Eevee evolution in the last story, which is only obtained by completing all the other senior warlord episodes.
Competitive Balance: The Eeveelutions. Note that 'speed' in this game does not determine movement, but rather accuracy; all of the below references to speed thus refer to this stat, since all Eeveelutions share a 4-square Range.
Fragile Speedster: Jolteon is the fastest of Eevee's evolutions, but has the lowest defense. Eevee itself arguably qualifies, having low statistics but able to attack multiple times in one turn via Celebrate.
Glass Cannon: Espeon is powerful and also quite fast, but has low defense as well.
Jack of All Stats: Leafeon is well balanced with a good attack, defense and average speed.
Mighty Glacier: Vaporeon has the powerful Hydro Pump attack, and its HP is very high. Flareon has the highest attack power of all Eeveelutions, though its Fire Fang regrettably lacks range. Glaceon's Icy Wind is nothing to sniff at, and its Ice typing works wonders against Nobunaga's Pokémon. Of course, all three are rather slow.
Stone Wall: Umbreon has excellent defense and high HP, but is lacking in both speed and power.
Crazy-Prepared: Wild Eevee may appear as random events, so with enough patience to catch and evolve them, you can eventually get all the Eeveelutions, making you this when it comes time to attack a kingdom.
Nice Guy/Girl: The main reason Oichi stays with the protagonist is because s/he was nice to her. This also explains why the other warlords hold no grudge against you when they lose and it extends farther when the main character gives all the nations s/he conquered back to them.
Pink Means Feminine: The female protagonist wears pink, but given her appearance, she might subvert the feminine trait.
Zettai Ryouiki: The◊ female◊ protagonist◊ (it's more noticable on the "gender select" screen when starting a new game). Not always visible though, as in some images, her appearance below the skirt is cut off.
-Before attacking a kingdom, if not the main Warlord of the story
The main character’s partner in the game and serves as your guide throughout your campaign. Oichi will tell you the basics of battling as well warn you about type match up whenever you’re ready to face a new kingdom. Serving as your medic, Oichi ran away from her home to find someone with enough strength to stand up to Nobunaga, so he wouldn’t destroy Ransei. Naturally, she becomes devoted to you as the game goes on and decides to stay with you when you beat the game. Post-game, she tends to fill in as the main Warlord for either Nobunaga or the main character depending on the situation. Her specialty is in Normal-type Pokémon with her starter and perfect link being with the Jigglypuff line. However, she can also link well with Dragon-types, fittingly given that she is a native of Dragnor and her brother is Nobunaga.
The Medic: Her main role in the story is to heal, not attack, which prevents her from being completely useless.
Combat Medic: If you give her a Dragon Pokémon, she can be very powerful in battle as well as heal all allies. If you can get a Wigglytuff then Hyper Voice is not to be sniffed at.
Glacier Waif: Her Jigglypuff and Wigglytuff have some of the highest HP values in the game, allowing them to take a staggering amount of damage.
Magikarp Power: Not to the point of the Trope Namer, but once her Jigglypuff evolves into Wigglytuff, she's far more effective in combat, able to hit all enemies around her for decent damage and having a lot of HP.
Martial Pacifist: Her profile states as much, saying that she dislikes fighting but is capable in battle when she must.
Ms. Exposition: She’ll give the details about each nation before battle.
Mysterious Waif: Tries to play it off, but it doesn’t work given you learn everything about her mid game.
"I'm gonna summon the legendary Pokémon, and together we're gonna change this world!"
-At the start of his story, Happily Ever After
The warlord of Ignis who attacks you at the beginning of the game. At first, he comes off as a jerk who likes to pick on the weak, but after you beat him in battle, you don’t see him again until you have conquered half of Ransei where he supports his wife Nene in battle. You get to fight him one last time against the final battle against Nobunaga. With each battle, his Chimchar evolves and he promotes with each battle (except the third one). He specializes in Fire Pokémon with his starter Pokémon and perfect link being the Chimchar line as well as Reshiram.
Badass: This is the only warlord beside the main character that can promote twice.
Evil Counterpart: Of a sorts to the main character. Both are from the southwestern corner of Ransei, and are the only Warlords in that area to have junior Warlords assisting them (Oichi, and Hanbei and Kanbei, respectively). They both undergo Warrior transformation during the main story, and are in fact the only ones who can undergo transformation before postgame. They are also the only Warlords who can transform twice, and both have an 8-Pokémon Capacity rating after their second transformation.
Get Back Here Boss: His first battle can end up being this. His Chimchar can stand on lava, while your Pokémon obviously can not, so he'll just stand back and snipe you from a distance while you can't even reach him.
Jerkass -> Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He does come off as a bit of a jerk in the beginning, attacking the player when s/he just became a warlord, but he softens up after being defeated, and by the post-game exhibits a more playful attitude.
The warlord of Greenleaf who would rather spend his days reading than battling. He’s surprised that the protagonist is already a warlord and thinks that his own time for being a warlord is up. You cannot recruit him in the main story unless you download the special event where he and Motochika will join you. He specializes in Grass Pokémon with Snivy being his starter and the whole Snivy line being his perfect link.
The Power of Friendship: He feels like bonding with Pokémon is the most important aspect of being a warlord, hence his episode is about collecting 100 Pokémon instead of conquering Ransei. Ironically, to complete the mission faster, you have to conquer at least half of Ransei to do so.
The warlord of Fontaine and a rebel at heart. He tends to talk in metaphors comparing music to the waves. He battles the protagonist, but proves to be a graceful loser much like Motonari. You cannot recruit him in the main story unless you download the special episode to get him and Motonari. A Water-type specialist, his starter and special link is the Oshawott family.
Musical Assassin: He constantly peppers musical terms such as "March to my beat" into his speech. Alas, he lacks the musical instrument he had in Samurai Warriors, but to compensate for that, if you get him through Wi-Fi he'll have a Chingling as well as an Oshawott.
The warlord of Violight, a proud descendant of a long line of Electric Pokémon experts. Decidedly arrogant, Ginchiyo dismisses the player as inferior to her even before battle and doesn't take losing well. Obviously, she is an Electric-type specialist, and her starter and perfect link are the Shinx line.
Difficult, But Awesome: As an Electric warlord, she's generally harder to use than Hanbei given that she has a Luxary with Thunder (and that move has low accuracy and requires a huge distance from the opponent and making sure the opponent isn't too high and too low). When the attack hits, the chances of paralysis is very high but if you could get a warlord partner that can help increase her accuracy, she can easily tank the opponent.
Shock and Awe: Generates electricity around her gauntlet when mad.
Theme Naming: The original names for her and Muneshige's Warrior Skills were Raijin's Roar and Fujin's Roar, respectively. This got Lost in Translation, where they respectively became Thunderclap and Typhoon.
The warlord of Chrysalia who doesn’t seem to understand what it means to be a warlord. He cares about playing Pokémari instead of battle. As a result, he ended up losing his nation thinking he was playing a game. He specializes in Bug Pokémon with Pineco being his starter and perfect link.
Joke Character: His Pineco is a very good Pokémon to have because it can eat Potions from the enemy and does considerably good damage to Psychic and Dark Pokémon. Once it evolves into Forretress though, that’s when he becomes this as Forretress knows Gyro Ball that does damage based on speed... as a result he’ll almost always be doing one damage.
The developers seemed to be aware of this to a degree — the needed link level to get him to Rank 2 is 55%, compared to 60% or 70% for most other Warlords. As a result you can increase his rank then swap out Forretress for something better like a Scizor.
The Medic: His promoted ability restores the whole team's HP... at the cost of putting everyone to sleep. Combine him with one of the many warriors who can cure status conditions, and you essentially get a free heal out of it.
Stone Wall: His Forretress is fairly good at taking hits from everything but fire types, and it's ability can deal damage on direct contact. Combine his ability with a Warrior who can heal off the sleep, and it's plausible for it to wall, even indirectly K.O. something like Nobunaga's Garchomp.
"Let's take a gamble."
-When using his Warrior Skill
The veteran warlord of Pugilis who serves as a stopping point for the protagonist and Oichi given that they specialize in Normal-type Pokémon. He seems to want to try and conquer Ransei before he retires from being a warlord. He specializes in Fighting Pokémon, with his starter Pokémon being Gurdurr and the whole Timburr line being his perfect link.
-When recruited during the main story, if you choose to attack Illusio
The warlord of Illusio and one of the warlords that is said to be able to match Nobunaga in strength. He is Shingen’s fierce rival and often clashes with him. Depending on who you decide to fight, one of the two will reject you, attack your unguarded nation and then wait for you to defeat him allowing the other to throw a party and join you shortly afterward. Kenshin specializes in Psychic Pokémon with Gallade being his starter and the Ralts line being his perfect link along with Mewtwo, potentially.
Badass: This guy has a final evolution Pokémon and unlike Shingen, Gallade doesn’t become a Crutch Character and is still perfectly viable and effective in the late game. It might also have the ability Conqueror, which gives it a buff to its stats every time it defeats an enemy. He also can get a legendary Pokémon, and one of the most iconic at that.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: If you challenge him to a match, he’ll tell you that the player isn’t ready yet before sending Aya to attack Chrysalia.
Friendly Enemy: He and Shingen again, as in real life. Made more obvious in the post episodes where they’re always duking it out but at the end of the day, they’re not as mad at each other as a typical enemy would. The manga depicts Kenshin sending Shingen a huge pile of ponigiri as a gift.
-When recruited during main story, if you choose to attack Illusio (in response to Kenshin's quote above)
The warlord of Terrera and one of the warlords that is said to be able to match Nobunaga in strength. He is Kenshin’s fierce rival and often clashes with him. Depending on who you decide to fight, one of the two will reject you, attack your unguarded nation and then wait for you to defeat him allowing the other to throw a party and join your shortly afterward. Shingen specializes in Ground Pokémon with Rhyperior being his starter and the Rhyhorn line being his perfect link along with Groudon, should you play your cards right.
Badass: This guy has a third evolution Pokémon when you first encounter him. He can also team up with Groudon, the legendary Pokemon said to have shaped the very continents.
The grizzled warlord of Cragspur who cares about defending his nation and his people instead of expanding it. He only joined Nobunaga because it would avoid needless bloodshed. When he loses to the player, he requests that they take good care of his kingdom in his place. He cares about every person in his nation and will do whatever it takes to defend it. He specializes in Rock Pokemon and his starter — and special link — is the Roggenrola family.
Badass: No kidding. This guy’s reaction to Shingen and Kenshin fighting is to conquer the entire east section of Ransei and get 40 warriors on his side just to show them that he’s not going to let them have all the fun.
The ninja warlord of Yaksha. Not much is known about him and he only fights the protagonist for the thrill of battle. He specializes in Dark Pokémon starting with Deino and having the Zorua line as his special link.
Axe Crazy: This game toned down his overall craziness in comparison to Samurai Warriors, but it’s very obvious that he’s insane. He’s only interested in fighting the protagonist and all of his quotes revolve around battling and the thrill of violence on the battlefield. His costume alone should clue you in.
The Caligula: As shown in Keiji's episode, he abandons Yaksha and vanishes as soon as Nobunaga is defeated. Without a Warlord, the kingdom is left vulnerable, indicating that Kotarō never cared about them at all, and saw his position as Warlord solely as an excuse to shed more blood.
Guide Dang It: Getting his Zorua is very hard to do, as the only hint you’ll ever get is that you need him in your party for them to even show up. The problem is that even if he’s in your party, that doesn’t guarantee that they’ll show up and given that he (along with Nobunaga, Masamune, and the main character) tend to be absent in most post-game chapters, it's even more of a pain.
Slasher Smile: The only expressions he has are normal and psychotically amused.
Token Evil Teammate: To Nobunaga’s army in the main story, and can potentially serve as one in the post game when you recruit him. When everyone in Nobunaga’s army is an Anti-Villain wanting to defend their nation or just doing their job serving Nobunaga, it really stands out that he has no protective instinct for his nation, nor does he care about Nobunaga’s ambition either.
The ninja warlord of Viperia and wife of Hideyoshi. Nene dislikes pointless fights and naughty children and often scolds those who either instigate fights or are on her “naughty” list. Despite working for Nobunaga, Nene is a very kind soul that wants the best for her people. She specializes in Poison Pokémon with Croagunk being her starter Pokémon but the Zubat line being her perfect link.
Fragile Speedster: Her perfect link is Crobat, who starts at a high four Range, then gets an extra 2 on top of them with the Shadow Run ability, which activates when no other Pokémon are within three tiles. At that speed, Crobat can potentially cross the entire battlefield in a single round.
Yank the Dog's Chain: The point of the ninja episodes is to see who the best ninja amongst the group is. Nene only joins in to get Hanzō, Kotarō, and Kunoichi to stop fighting. In their stories, they tend to run off on her before she can scold them, dooming her plan to failure. Even in her own story, she can't stop their bickering!
"They don't know what they're doing."
-When defending a kingdom
The warlord of Avia. He lost to Nobunaga and was forced to recognize the other Warlord's power, but still has plans to overthrow him. He taunts the player when you challenge him to a match and gets annoyed when he loses. Despite the nickname "One-Eyed Dragon", he specializes in Flying-types with Scyther being his starter Pokémon and the Rufflet line being the perfect link.
Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Most of his battle quotes have him taunting the opponent or insisting that he has everything under control.
Bratty Half-Pint: Noticeably shorter than the majority of the cast. It’s not hard to think that he’s the only “kid” that has a nation.
Coat Cape: Gets one after transformation, though in some of his poses you could be excused for thinking it's just a regular Badass Cape
Eyepatch of Power: Though this is very hard to see given that he hides said eyepatch beneath his bangs.
Feather Motif: One of his sprites has feathers scattered around him.
Fragile Speedster: His Rufflet is very fast and can dodge easily but cannot take that many hits from powerful moves, especially one that's super effective. It carries on to Braviary as well, hence why he can't be That One Boss in the main story. The same applies to his Scyther if he uses it post game, with a weak Fury Cutter that only gets powerful if he stays alive in battle for a while and if Fury Cutter doesn't miss.
Jerkass <-> Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite treating Magoichi like crap in the main story, he does congratulate him for winning the junior contest before getting annoyed with Magoichi going back to his old ways of using the winning title to try and attract more female warlords.
Killer Rabbit: Borders on That One Boss as the problem that a lot of people have when dealing him is the incredibly high level (around 300-330 range) that he has with his Braviary.
Nice Hat: His trademark helmet, that adds Braviary feathers to it when promoted.
Peek-a-Bangs: On the side of the eye where he wears an eyepatch.
Power Up Letdown: His Braviary perfect link is decidedly much less useful than the Rufflet it evolves from. Rufflet is not exactly a powerhouse, but Braviary's attack is Sky Drop, which takes two turns to execute, while Rufflet may have the ability "Celebrate" which allows it to move and attack again in the same round if it KOs an enemy. The result, in the time it takes a Braviary to defeat one enemy, a Rufflet can potentially defeat four. Fortunately you can keep his Rufflet from evolving and still get him to Rank 2 just fine.
The Red Baron: He mentions (only once) that he’s the "One-Eyed Dragon." His special ability is also called One-Eyed, which increases the range of all Pokémon.
The Starscream: Totally intends to backstab Nobunga first chance he gets.
Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Magoichi. However, he can promote with Magoichi in the same nation, implying that the dislike may not be mutual.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite their fighting in the main story, Masamune treats him better in Magoichi's story.
Third-Person Person: Sometimes when you have him in your army, he'll constantly refer himself in third person. While it may be a translation error, it's not out of character for Masamune to refer himself in third person.
Tsundere: Huge type A tsundere to everyone. Fanon takes it up a notch.
Wild Card: While he doesn’t side with the protagonist, he definitely wasn’t planning on staying at Nobunaga’s side for long.
"If I serve you, are you going to keep me satisfied?"
-When defeated, if conditions for recruitment are met
Nobunaga’s wife (and therefore Oichi’s sister-in-law) and the warlord of Spectra. No is more interested in a battle with the main character than worrying about territory expansion. She warns the player about Nobunaga’s strength when she loses and comes back to assist her husband during the final battle. She specializes in Ghost Pokémon with Drifloon being her starter Pokémon and Misdreavous her perfect link.
Axe Crazy: Implied to be one given her Samurai Warriors counterpart. Her dialogue also suggests that she prefers to see people suffer before her.
Battle Couple: She assists Nobunaga in the final battle of the main story.
Interface Spoiler: A subversion. Despite linking well with Ghosts and Dragons, she cannot link with Giratina, who isn't even present in the game. The affinity typing is more likely to hint at her relationship with Nobunaga, despite the fact that the game doesn't explicitly state that they're married.
Lack of Empathy: Some of her dialogue implies that she couldn’t care less about her opponents or allies.
Stripperiffic: She actually puts on more clothing when she transforms.
The Vamp: Her special ability is even called "Viper’s Bite," which causes a variety of problems toward any Pokémon who is owned by a male.
World's Most Beautiful Woman: Her episode along with the majority of the female warlords include them fighting over whose the fairest of them all. The introduction to Nō’s chapter is her saying that she’s the most beautiful without hesitation, unlike the other characters who think they’re plain, got forced into the competition, or fight for their honor.
-Before attacking a kingdom, if not the main Warlord of the story
The warlord of Valora and one of Nobunaga’s closest allies. He wishes to see Nobunaga’s ambition happen until the end, but losing to the protagonist makes him think that he won’t be able to see it. Tadakatsu says he should retreat for the time and this conversation results in him coming back in the final battle to help Nobunaga. He specializes in Steel Pokémon starting with Lairon and the Aron line being his perfect link and potentially Registeel.
Mighty Glacier: Both Aggron and Registeel are incredibly slow Pokémon with a limited movement range but powerful attacks and huge defense, which is only helped by their Steel type's numerous resistances.
Nice Helmet: And it only gets better when he reaches his second rank.
"This is all for the good of Ransei..."
-When attacking a kingdom
One of Nobunaga’s faithful retainers who is the warlord of Nixtorm and serves as The Dragon in the game. Mitsuhide wants nothing more but a peaceful Ransei, but Oichi constantly questions if he really thinks Nobunaga wants that. He sticks with Nobunaga for the rest of the story until his post-game episode. Much as the real-life Mitushide, he decides enough is enough and betrays Nobunaga in order to stop the endless wars. He specializes in Ice Pokémon with Lapras being his starter and perfect link. However, he can get Articuno as another potential partner.
Badass: His Lapras is known for taking out multiple Pokémon and ends up being That One Boss during the main game. Articuno is just as good, and legendary to boot.
Overprotective Dad: He doesn't like the idea of having Gracia participate in the junior contest and even when she wins in her story, he still worries for her. Unlike other examples, it's more subdued.
"Resist. There is no alternative."
-When defending a kingdom
The main antagonist of Pokémon Conquest and the warlord of Dragnor. He seeks to reunite all of Ransei so he could destroy it. By the time the game starts, he has already conquered half of the seventeen nations and it’s up to the player to prevent his advancing. He specializes in Dragon-type Pokémon and while you fight him with Zekrom and Shiny Rayquaza in story, he starts with Gabite post game with his special links being Hydreigon, Zekrom and Shiny Rayquaza.
Anti-Villain: Surprisingly, he’s a Type III once you find out the real reason he wants to "destroy Ransei."
Ambition Is Evil: What Oichi believes what happened to him after he decided to take the road to conquest.
Badass: Nobunaga is easily the most awesome thing of the game. His starting Pokémon is a Gabite, most trainers begin with an unevolved Pokémon, he gets a stage one, and it's a Gabite. From there he moves on to Hydreigon, Zekrom, and Black Rayquaza, making him the only character in the game to get a shiny Pokémon. And when he transforms to Rank 2, his stats go to 96-100-100, the best stats of any Warlord in the game — yes, including your main hero.
Big Bad: Of Conquest in the main story, as well as Mitsuhide and Motochika’s story. Additionally, depending on how well he does in certain episodes, he might even be the Big Bad of Hideyoshi, Yoshihiro and Masamune’s chapters.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: After you force him back to Dragnor, he lets the player beat him the first time, so you can reunite Ransei and form a link with Arceus, so he could eliminate Arceus on his own.
All the Warlords fight on battlefields nudged to favoring them, but Nobunaga's really stands out for a gimmick specifically designed to be more dangerous for you than for him. Colored pillars do Grass, Fire, Water or Electric-elemental damage to any Pokémon that ends up next to them, but being that most of his army consists of Dragons, they resist all four elements and so are not greatly hampered. You on the other hand are going to have to maneuver intelligently to avoid damage. Then his Pokémon come in and use their attacks which knock you back, likely landing you next to a pillar for additional damage. And you have to move quick, because Nobunaga will likely skip his first round or so and let you come to him — after all, he's not the one with a fifteen round time limit to win.
From Nobody to Nightmare: Started off as a rather idealistic young man, but upon seeing that humans weren’t treating Pokémon as comrades anymore, he was convinced that the only way to save Ransei from destruction was to be the one to destroy its creator, the cause of all the fighting, before things got worse.
I Let You Win: The excuse that Nobunaga gives you when you beat him in Dragnor. Granted the battle is kind of anti-climatic, but that’s to hide the fact he has another legendary Pokémon waiting in the wings to kick your ass.
Graceful Loser: The most noticeable example both in the main story and post-game. In the main story, he deliberately loses to lure out Arceus; but even when you beat him a second time he doesn’t seem to mind losing. In the post-story, he doesn’t seem upset about Mitsuhide betraying or Motochika rebelling against him.
Large Ham: The way he talks definitely drops this around. "Come forth! Rayquaza, black as night!"
At the end of Ranmaru’s story, he comes all the way from Dragnor (mind you that’s far away from Chrysalia where Ranmaru starts) to congratulate him and to tell him that he doesn’t care what gender Ranmaru is. It’s enough to bring Ranmaru to tears.
It’s also implied in the main story that he was rather nice to Nene letting her keep her nation as long as she served him. She was thrilled to do that if it meant to protect her people.
Pragmatic Villainy: The end of his episode. He unites Ransei under his banner and meets Arceus, but recognizes that if he takes Arceus as his own and proves to Ransei that it exists, once Nobunaga inevitably dies the wars to meet and control Arceus will begin again. So he tells Arceus to leave, and the people believe the legends of it weren't true after all and so stop pursuing them.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: What he’s revealed to be at the end of the game. To summarize: what Nobunaga realized was that the warriors and warlords fighting to unite Ransei were starting to forget their Pokemon were living beings instead of tools of war, and he vowed to destroy Arceus to stop the endless conflict and bring the region to peace before it was too late.
One of Hideyoshi’s strategist that is also very loyal to him. While he may look like a kid, Hanbei is much older than his appearance would suggest, and he uses his appearance to hide his genius-level intellect. He and Kanbei get along despite having different personalities. His starter Pokémon is Mareep, but his perfect link is with the Pikachu line.
Barrier Warrior: His special ability Lazy Bones suggest that this is his tactic as this ability not only blocks critical attacks but also blocks status alignments contrast to Motonari who blocks critical hits and increase speed. This sets Hanbei up as a defense warlord that really comes in handy on certain stages like Spectra, Viperia and Dragnor.
Brilliant, but Lazy: He prefers to sleep all day instead of do the missions that Hideyoshi orders him to do.
Definitely Just a Cold: The excuse he comes up with when questioned about his health. It's really tuberculosis.
Demoted to Extra: As one of Hideyoshi’s feared strategists, he and Kanbei end up missing from the main story.
The Fake Cutie: Despite his adorable appearance, he knows he doesn’t look his age and uses it to his advantage. In fact, he only brings up his age in order to get Kanbei to do something for him.
Heavy Sleeper: Implies to sleep more than work. If he’s in charge of an attack, his quote goes along the lines of, “Let’s finish before I fall asleep.”
Ill Boy: It’s not apparent until you finish Hanbei’s episode. It’s then do you realize that he’s very sick. From Samurai Warriors and based on his historical counterpart, it’s easy to see that he has tuberculosis.
Older than They Look: The exact age of Hanbei is unknown (at least in this game), but he declares that he’s older than Kanbei, so he has to do what he says. From Samurai Warriors he’s at least two years older than Kanbei.
Sleepyhead: His default sprite appears to be nearly falling asleep and another one is him yawning.
Smart People Play Chess: At the end of Kanbei’s episode, he and Kanbei are playing what looks like the Pokémon world's version of chess.
Stepford Smiler: Implied to be one at the end of his ending when Kanbei isn’t convinced that he was only coughing because he was too excited. In fact, one of his sprites has him pulling his hat down, turning away from the screen almost like he’s going to cry. And this sprite is only used when Kanbei questions his health.
Those Two Guys: Whenever the episode revolves around Hideyoshi, he plays this role with Kanbei.
One of Hideyoshi’s strategist that is very loyal to him. Kanbei is a strict and to-the-point strategist that thinks the end result is the only thing that matters. As a result, he has a cynical view of the world in contrast to Hanbei who likes to think positive. Despite their different views on the scale of idealism vs. realism, the two are very close. He specializes in Ghost Pokémon, starting out with Duskull. His perfect link, however, is with the Litwick family.
Obviously Evil: Subverted. He may look gloomy, but he’s not that bad of a guy especially in his episode where he just needs to collect 100 Pokémon to show Hideyoshi that he can rely on him while he’s gone. He's also close friends with the much lighter Hanbei.
Ginchiyo’s husband that serves as her foil in Violight. Whereas Ginchiyo is proud and haughty, Muneshige is more confident and easy-going, always pointing out her flaws before and after battle (which pisses her off). He specializes in Flying Pokémon with Starly being his starter and that line being his best link.
Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: At the end of Ginchiyo’s episode, he congratulates her on winning the beauty contest, even though he was mocking her at the beginning. Just the fact that he was talking to her at the end shocks Ginchiyo.
Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Ginchiyo to the point he can’t promote unless Ginchiyo is in your army but not in the same or an adjacent nation.
Disc One Nuke: Only in the post game if he has Staraptor. Staraptor comes with Brave Bird, which is incredibly powerful at the beginning of the game (and only gets more powerful as he levels up). His range and defense is reduced, but he's so fast that he can still dodge incoming attacks and spam Brave Bird as long as the enemy is in distance. Also, his Warlord ability increases the range and Attack of everyone on your side of the field for one turn.
Theme Naming: The original names for Ginchiyo's and his Warrior Skills were Raijin's Roar and Fujin's Roar, respectively. This got Lost in Translation, where they respectively became Thunderclap and Typhoon.
Walking the Earth: At the end of his story, he decides to leave his life in Violight to travel.
The elder sister of Kenshin. Should you challenge Kenshin as your seventh conquest, he sends you back and has Aya test you. She dislikes weak warlords and will test your might before retreating back to Illusio. Once you ally with Kenshin, she can be recruited. She specializes in Ice-type Pokémon with Cubchoo being her starter and Snorunt and Froslass (but not Glalie) being her perfect link.
The devoted right hand to Kenshin who is in the position to be Illusio's next warlord when his master retires. He worships the ground both of the siblings stand on and goes as far as to adopt Aya’s vision of the world of love and justice. As a result, he comes off as rather single-minded and forceful when it comes to forcing love to everyone around him. After you beat Kenshin, you can recruit him. He specializes in Psychic Pokémon with Kirlia being his starter and the Abra line being his special link.
Hypocritical Humor: During the junior episodes when you haven’t battled him, he’ll say something along the lines of “expanding territory is evil” but then turn around and conquer the nation right next to him.
Shingen’s right hand man who serves to be next in line when Shingen retires. Yukimura looks up to Shingen and will do whatever it takes to impress him. He’s a very calm and honorable, if serious, man. If you choose to fight Shingen, Yukimura attacks you at Pugillis, though he does so respectfully and fights you because of his lord's orders. He retreats to Terrera when he loses and can be recruited once you beat Shingen. He specializes in Fire Pokémon with Tepig as his starter and the Charmander line being his perfect link.
Adorkable: Has shown shades of this in his ending.
Badass: He can get a 100% link with Charizard. That should be self explanatory.
Determinator: This is his special ability which increases critical hit rate and allows him to attack twice in one turn.
Heroic Self-Deprecation: He thinks it's his fault for Shingen losing his nation to the player. Naturally, Shingen and Kunochi tell him otherwise. He also beats himself up when he fails other things like mining.
Hero-Worshipper: Worships Shingen, but not single-mindedly like Kanetsugu does Aya and Kenshin. He also needs to be in the same nation as Shingen in order to promote.
Hot-Blooded: Noticeably subdued compared to othervideo game counterparts as his loud nature is placed with one of a polite gentleman instead.
Worthy Opponent: Sees the protagonist as one. Given the general nature of his best link, this makes perfect sense.
A ninja hired by Yukimura to serve Terrera. A playful trickster, she insists that ninjas are meant to be more outspoken than the stereotypical shinobi. Like Yukimura, you can recruit her after you beat Shingen. She specializes in Dark Pokémon with Scraggy being her starter, and the Sneasel line being her special link.
Badass Adorable: Her Weavile gets one of the best Dark attacks in Night Slash, all three of its potential abilities are great and serve it well, and her Rank 2 form's abilities grant her partner excellent status buffs for three turns.
The Trickster: Her profile states that she loves to play pranks on people, and her upgraded ability is even called "Trickster."
The daughter of Ujiyasu who is known for her aggressive personality. She’s one of the few warriors who genuinely loses her temper when defeated. As the tomboy she is, she would rather dive into the battle and ask questions later. She specializes in Fire Pokémon stating with Pansear, but her perfect link ends up being the Darumaka line.
Hidden Depths: Sure, Kai may have a short temper and a slight streak of vanity. But in battle, one of her preturn quotes states that the moments she spends with her Pokemon and other friends are her most valued treasure, and she will give anything to keep that safe.
One of the Boys: Played with. Despite having the personality and being called a tomboy multiple times, she still participates in the beauty contest. When the female merchant shows up, she asks if one cute girl isn't enough, as well.
A silent ninja that serves under Nene. Not much is known about him or why he joined with Nobunaga’s army. His only goal is to perform the duty of the ninja. He only speaks when spoken to and when he does talk, it’s only in short phrases. He specializes in Ghost Pokémon with Spiritomb being his starter Pokémon and the perfect link coming from the Gastly line.
Captain Obvious: When he speaks, he tends to say the obvious like linking with X Pokémon or stating his Pokémon’s attack.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Kotarō’s red. Their historical rivalry isn’t mentioned in this game, however.
The Stoic: He only has two emotions: neutral and (slightly) surprised.
Masamune’s partner in Avia. Despite working beside Masamune, Magoichi doesn’t seem to like him that much, only staying because of his devotion to duty. Magoichi is a huge flirt and loves women more than anything. He specializes in Grass Pokémon with Carnivine being his starter and the Treecko line being his perfect link.
Handsome Lech: He hits on Oichi (and the female protagonist, if you're playing as her) when you first reach Avia, but his attempts at flirting are halted by Masamune. It's hinted that this is the reason for the tension between them.
Harem Seeker: To the point where the only way to promote him is to have at least three different female warlords (and Masamune cannot be in the same nation). Heck, his special ability “Cupid” is more powerful the more female characters are in the nation meaning that he’ll be extremely powerful with an army of women by his side.
Irony: Despite being a ladies’ man, his charisma is lower than Masamune, who is far more crass and less interested in women.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite his constant complaining about Masamune, he still hangs around him. Very evident in his story where Masamune tells him he doesn't have to participate in the junior tournament (despite it being an order) and Magoichi insists that he participates because it's his job.
A cute priestess that works under Nō for unknown reasons. She’s not really interested in defending kingdoms and would rather travel around the Ransei region looking for attractive men. She does just that the minute Nō loses her kingdom to the player. She specializes in Bug Pokémon, with Venipede being her starter Pokémon and the Larvesta line being her perfect link.
Disc One Nuke: She and Ranmaru often appear in chapters that don’t specifically concern them such as the ninja episodes, the female contest and the junior battles. She is very easy to recruit, given Venipede is easy to take out. If she has Volcarona when you recruit her, she can easily sweep every enemy on her own as long as she has the type advantage and a healing item to boot.
The Fake Cutie: She acts sweet and innocent, but she has a dark side and deliberately uses this act to get what she wants.
Harem Seeker: She’s always looking for the next cute guy on the battlefield and travels all over Ransei just to find the right guy for her. Her charisma is the third highest of all the female characters, implying that she’s probably more successful at finding guys than Magoichi is at finding girls.
Walking the Earth: Tends to show up in random kingdoms in stories where she's not preset in a certain area.
The general of Valora who serves under Ieyasu. He is considered one of the strongest warlords in Ransei and is feared by most. He dedicates his life to Ieyasu, only wishing to protect him. He has a daughter, Ina, that takes after him, whom he loves very much. He specializes in Steel Pokémon, with Steelix being his starter and the Beldum line being his perfect link as well as Dialga.
Badass: He can link with the god of time. He is also the only Junior Warlord who can link with a Legendary Pokemon, and one arguably better than his senior's.
One-Man Army: He’s capable of being one even without the help of a Guardian Charm. In this case, his Steelix is considered very powerful whenever you start someone else’s episode and can easily solo a map as long as he doesn’t have the type disadvantage. When he gets Metagross or Dialga, it becomes even easier to solo missions given their high attack and speed.
The Stoic: He only has two expressions: his standard one and determined.
The daughter of Tadakatsu and second in command of Valora. She intends to follow in her father’s footsteps and it shows in personality and the type of Pokémon she chooses. She specializes in Water Pokémon with Quagsire being her starter Pokémon and the Piplup line being her perfect link.
Improbable Aiming Skills: Her special abilities allow her to hit her target no matter what. Given that her best partner is a powerful Empoleon that uses Hydro Pump, this ends up being very deadly. Additionally, her aiming skills being accurate make a lot of sense when you realize that in Samurai Warriors she’s an archer.
The only daughter of Mitsuhide. Gracia is a little girl that wants to know more about the world. Her father worries for her given her naďve nature, but Gracia is strongly determined to prove her worth. She specializes in Psychic Pokémon with her starter Pokémon being Munna, but her perfect link is with the Gothita line.
Nobunaga’s faithful retainer who is devoted to him no matter what. Despite his devotion to Nobunaga, he hates fighting and seems to put everyone else's wellbeing above his own. Despite specializing in Fighting/Steel Pokémon, he can link well with Dragon Pokémon in general. He starts out with Dratini and his perfect link is with the Riolu line.
Disc One Nuke: In almost every post-story scenario, recruiting him will allow you get a Dratini with Dragon Rage meaning he can easily sweep his opponents. Of course, if he has Lucario, that also allows him to sweep.
There's a story on GameFAQs about someone who tried to transform Magoichi with Oichi, No, and Ranmaru. This should speak volumes.
The Empath: His first ability is called "Empathy," which restores the HP of his and the Pokémon around him. It makes sense to have this ability given that he's a pacifist and prefers to bond with Pokémon over battling (although this doesn't exactly help the trope directly above this one).
Technical Pacifist: He doesn’t like fighting at all, but will when the situation calls for it.
Undying Loyalty: To Nobunaga, who he shows up to assist in the final battle.
Uke: Not necessarily in-game, given the rating, but he was certainly this to Nobunaga in real life, and their interactions in-game can seem right out of a yaoi doujinshi, with Ranmaru being the sweet, innocent young boy and Nobunaga being the distant, somewhat cruel older man.
Yamato Nadeshiko: Is kind, caring and devoted to his Pokémon and Nobunaga. Fitting, considering the confusion surrounding his gender.
A wandering warlord that you often bump into during your quest. He likes the main character’s style, giving them free advice and kindly handing out various tips or info. During his last appearance, he’ll give you the elemental stones to evolve the original three Eeveelutions before he disappears. He’s recruitable only in the post-game and his episode must be downloaded. Specializing in Ground and Rock Pokémon, his starter Pokémon is Rhyhorn, but his perfect link is with the Shieldon line and Terrakion.
Nice Guy: Shows up to give the player free advice and support, gives you the first opportunity to evolve your Eevee, and temporarily gives up his nomadic life to get Yaksha back on its feet after its prior warlord disappears. If that doesn't convince you, the fact that he can link with Terrakion, a Pokemon known as part of a group who grew to dislike humans after a war that harmed Pokemon and destroyed their homes should.
Wandering the Earth: He’ll show up randomly depending on the story you’re playing. Other times, he’ll take over Kotarō’s nation, having been roped into becoming Yaksha's new warlord. At the end of his own story, he leaves Yaksha to do this once more after stabilizing the nation.
One of the three kids you often bump into when conquering the nations. He’s the most critical of the player will often call the player out on their stupidity in not knowing the basics. He won’t praise you at all even when you do exactly what he suggests you to do. Only playable and recruitable post game, he specializes in Steel Pokémon with Scizor being his starter and the Pawniard line being his perfect link.
Tsundere: Type A to absolutely everyone. He only goes deredere at the end of the game and his story.
One of the three kids you often bump into when conquering the nations. He’s the nicest of the trio, but will talk the player down if s/he doesn’t know what they’re doing. Only playable and recruitable post game, he specializes in the pseudo legendaries such as Larvitar, but his special link is with the Axew family.
A Friend in Need: Judging by his story, he tends to be the one that tells his friends what went wrong before he forgives them. Like he tells Mitsunari that he was being too arrogant and should open up more while he just laughs at Masanori for forgetting what they were fighting about in the first place and says not to worry about it. Heck, when he wins the battle, he’s the only one that’s visibly upset given that he knew the fight was stupid.
Declaration of Protection: His battle quote when he uses his abilities, though in regards to his whole team than a specific individual.
The Empath: His original ability is called "Empathy", which restores HP to his Pokémon as well as the Pokémon adjacent to his. Fitting given he's the nicest of the trio.
One of the three kids that you often bump into when conquering Ransei. He’s the most vocal of the group but also the dumbest and as a result, his insults will backfire given that he won’t understand what Mitsunari or Kiyomasa is telling you. He specializes in dark (and ground) Pokémon with Skorupi being his starter and the Sandile line being his perfect link.
Butt Monkey: Gets picked on by his other two friends despite the three of them ganging up on the main character’s intelligence often.
Heroic Sacrifice/Senseless Sacrifice: His special ability is called "Sacrifice", which reduces his HP to one to increase his attack and range. Depending on the opponent depends on how useful it will be.
Idiot Hero: He represents the kids that wouldn’t understand the complicated mechanics of the game.
Leeroy Jenkins: He’s the one that jumped into the argument in the first place during his episode.
Non-Standard Character Design: His expressions are more cartoonish than the other characters in the series. Kai is the only one who even comes close to him.
The creator of Ransei, said to only appear to a chosen hero who has united all seventeen kingdoms under one flag. When the player conquers Dragnor at the end of the main game, the legend comes true, and Arceus appears to them to link with them.
All Your Powers Combined: Its ability is several other strong abilities combined, and when it appears lights gather from the seventeen kingdoms to call it.
Badass: If you highlight the name in the spoiler tag above, you'll understand immediately. Being God and all, Arceus is one of the strongest Pokémon in the game, and a perfect link for your character allowing absurd levels of power.