Characters that appear in ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo''. Note, this series has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, so this page will take a while to complete.

! Spoilers - you have been warned

::'''Tropes that apply to about 95% of the characters'''

* AntiHero: Even the nicer characters like Yukimura, Benitora, and Bontenmaru are shown to enjoy killing and are all three criminals due to either opposing the Shogun or being wanted for criminal acts.
* ArtificialHumans: [[spoiler: All of the Mibu except for Kyo]]
* AxCrazy
* {{Badass}}
* BadassNormal: Benitora, Akira, Taihaku
* BigDamnHeroes: Mainly Kyo
* BigDamnVillains: Akira
* BloodFromTheMouth
* BloodKnight: You can count the major characters who aren't this on the fingers on your hands
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Whenever a character is on the ropes, they'll invoke this ranging from SuperEmpowering, OneWingedAngel or [[TakingYouWithMe a kamikaze attack]], [[spoiler: or [[RedEyesTakeWarning the Demon Eyes]]]]
* {{Determinator}}
* ImplausibleFencingPowers
* MightMakesRight: The Mibu's doctrine
* OneManArmy: Especially the Four Emperors, but pretty much every fighter.
* Really700YearsOld: Most of the Mibu.
* TookALevelInBadass
* UniversalAdaptorCast


[[folder:Main Protagonists]]

::'''Demon-Eyes Kyo'''

The legendary slayer of a thousand men, not to mention the title character. Known as the single deadliest Samurai in the history of the world, Kyo is currently suffering from a tiny problem. He's stuck in the body of his most hated enemy, who sealed away his real body in a hidden location [[spoiler:Mt Fuji, actually.]] Over the course of the story, Kyo must contend with an [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil increasingly outrageous succession of enemies]], who range from crazed Samurai out to kill him for revenge or reputation to enemies who are more or less gods. Ultimately Kyo must fight his way through the legions of the infamous Mibu Clan [[spoiler:to which he used to belong]] in order to learn the secrets surrounding his origin...or rather, that's why everyone else is going. Kyo could probably care less about that. In battle Kyo fights using the Mumyou-Jinpuu-Ryu, and wields the powerful longsword, Tenro. By the end of the story, Kyo is without a doubt the most powerful character in the entire series.

->Voiced by: Creator/KatsuyukiKonishi (JP), Creator/DanGreen (EN)
* AxCrazy: Kyo is one hell of a blood thirsty guy, and even when he learns to control his kiling intent, it still shows up whenever a serious fight comes along.
* BerserkButton: Threaten Yuya. Go on. See what happens.
* {{BFS}}: Tenro, of course, it's nearly as tall as Kyo.
* BloodFromTheMouth
* BloodKnight: A self-admitted case of the highest degree.
* CurbStompBattle: Whenever he recovers another part of his lost power, this is bound to happen. Best example is how he completely destroys the 2 most powerful members of the Taishiro without a scratch after they previously defeated him.
* DeadpanSnarker: Heavy on the snark.
* FightingFromTheInside: Normally it's Kyoshiro trying to regain the control of his body. [[spoiler:The roles get inverted a couple of times, though. The most iconic one was during the battle against Nobunaga at the Hell's Gate]].
* FreakyFridayFlip: Due to sharing a body with Mibu Kyoshiro. Kyo begins as more of a SuperpoweredEvilSide, but progresses to a full-on Freaky Friday as he gets more deeply characterized. Ultimately, this culminates in...
** GrandTheftMe: ...Kyoshiro stealing Kyo's body. [[spoiler: It was all part of Kyoshiro's plan, of course.]]
* FriendlyRivalry: Used to have this with Kyoshiro before things went wrong. [[spoiler:By the end of the story, they seem to go back to it.]]
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Only slightly more implausible than the rest of the cast, but still absurd by real-world standards. Fortunately, they're also [[RuleOfCool incredibly awesome.]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: (Used to) love Sakuya, but supports her relationship with Kyoshiro.
* {{Jerkass}}: Kyo ''radiates'' jerkass energy from every corner of his being. And this is probably him being nice. He constantly insults even the people he likes, and refers to Yuya as an ugly dog, as well as "Servant #1. Benitora is Servant #2.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: It's more apparent in the manga
* [[spoiler: LastOfHisKind: Of the Mibu,]] [[ItsALongStory it's complicated]]
* OneManArmy: How else did you think he single-handedly slew 1000 men at the Battle of Sekigahara? And that figure is probably ''multiplied'' by the end of the series.
** And he's also stated he was merely out for a walk when the battle was going on. He just happened to be near it, then started kicking ass.
* PhysicalGod: By the end of the series, there really isn't anyone left who can stand up to him in battle and not be [[CurbStompBattle curb stomped]].
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Shiseiten, which are more like TrueCompanions if anything else
* RedBaron: Everybody calls him "Demon-Eyes" Kyo.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Literal incarnation of this trope, although it is subverted later on.
* SharingABody: In the anime, it's a LiteralSplitPersonality, in the manga however it's played straight
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: ...and hilarity ensues.
* SmokingIsCool: With a Japanese pipe.
* SuperpowerMeltdown: [[spoiler: When that happens he gets possessed by Tenro and awakens a SuperPoweredEvilSide]]
* [[spoiler: SuperPoweredEvilSide]]: He's this to Kyoshiro before we get to know him.
** [[spoiler: Gets one in TheFinale, unlike Botenmaru's its played for drama]]
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Especially in his real body.
* TheFourGods: The Ultimate Techniques of the Mumyou-Jinpuu-Ryu are pretty much these 4, plus the hidden fifth.
* TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential: When Muramasa passes down the Ultimate Techniques through an off-screen TrainingFromHell.
* TookALevelInBadass: On a regular basis since he doesn't have his real body.
* UnstoppableRage: The direct result of someone touching Kyo's BerserkButton.

::'''Mibu Kyoshiro'''

A kind, perverted and bumbling medicine peddler that starts off as a bounty for Yuya who carries an oversized sword. Later turns out that he shares his body with Kyo and releases him every time he draws the sword. Well.. until that stops working and Kyo takes over his body. As the story progresses you find out he's [[spoiler:the "Man with the Cross on his Back"]] and [[spoiler: a possible successor to the Red King.]] He remains absent for a good part of the plot, although his presence is mentioned constantly, and his back story affects the plot in a very significant way.

->Voiced by: Creator/KatsuyukiKonishi (JP), Creator/DanGreen (EN)
* [[spoiler:AGodIAmNot]]
* [[spoiler:AntiHero]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: You can't possibly imagine...
* {{BFS}}: The Tenro. [[spoiler:Although he barely uses it, when he does, awesomeness ensues]].
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Turns out he's even stronger than Kyo was in his true body. Kyo, being the main character, eventually surpasses him, but Kyoshiro still remains a close second by the end of the story.
* [[spoiler: DarkAndTroubledPast]]
* FightingFromTheInside: Normally it's Kyoshiro trying to regain the control of his body. [[spoiler:The roles get inverted a couple of times, though. The most iconic one was during the battle against Nobunaga at the Hell's Gate]].
* TheFourGods: He can use the Ultimate Techniques of the Mumyou-Jinpuu-Ryu as well, although in an imperfect form. Thus, he can't execute the Golden Wind.
* [[spoiler:FakeDefector]]: [[spoiler:When he takes over Kyo's body, he feigns to be loyal to the Former Crimson King, and even that he agrees with his MightMakesRight philosophy. However, all was a ploy to push Kyo's buttons and make him achieve his true potential.]]
* FriendlyRivalry: Used to have this with Kyo before things went wrong. [[spoiler:By the end of the story, they seem to go back to it.]]
* [[spoiler:HitmanWithAHeart]]
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: only slightly less implausible than Kyo's.
* MightMakesRight: Believes this, making him a {{Hypocrite}}. [[spoiler:Until it's revealed that it was an act to provoke Kyo.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: His pervert persona is mostly to hide his abilities.
* OneManArmy
* ReluctantWarrior: At first.
* [[spoiler:RedEyesTakeWarning]]: [[spoiler:Turns out he has the Crimson Eyes as well, including the True Crinsom Eyes.]]
* TechnicalPacifist: In his backstory and later on in the series.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Played with. He REALLY wants to do this as a penance for [[spoiler:the murders he committed as a Mibu]]. However, when he sees there's no other way [[spoiler:he TRIES, but can't bring himself to do it.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist

Come to think of it, most of Kyo's tropes would fit Kyoshiro just fine.

::'''Shiina Yuya'''

A sixteen-year-old bounty hunter who stumbles upon Mibu Kyoshiro at the beginning of the story. She's looking for the man with the cross-shaped scar on his back who killed her older brother. However, her attempts to turn Kyoshiro in for the reward wind up involving her with the deadly Mibu clan and opening the door on her brother's mysterious past...

->Voiced by: Creator/YuiHorie (JP), Creator/VeronicaTaylor (EN)
* ActionGirl: In the beginning, she was a capable fighter. Later, she went under {{Chickification}}.
** AdaptationalBadass: Comparatively speaking, in the Anime she [[spoiler: kills Saisei alone by shooting her heart from the inside.]]
* ACupAngst: She isn't flat, she's actually well endowed by normal standards, but she is shown to have the smallest bust size in the series and she isn't happy about that.
* {{Chickification}}: Less {{egregious}} than some cases; she never loses her abilities, but with the other characters constantly getting [[{{BFS}} new weapons]], [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique employing secret moves]], [[TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential taking their skills to the next level]], and generally going UpToEleven, she gets left behind in terms of power.
** Not to mention she's always in danger and has to be saved by Kyo or any other male lead.
* CoolGun: She has a three barreled pepperpot revolver. She was able to use it during the first half of the story, but she [[GunsAreWorthless never used it that much]] as it progressed.
* ItsPersonal: Finding the man who killed his older brother motivated her to become a bounty hunter.
* MacGuffinGirl: For the good portion of the story, confronting Shinrei to save her life drives Kyo forward.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Can you believe she's only 16?


AKA [[spoiler: Tokugawa Hidetada]] or "servant #2." He started out as a member of the [[EliteMooks Three-Color Gang]] but joined Kyo's side very early on in the manga. His childish personality hides a deeper side that is no less idealistic; he truly believes that he can protect everyone he cares about.

->Voiced by: Creator/ToshihikoSeki (JP), Creator/WayneGrayson (EN)
* {{Badass}}: Among the human characters, Benitora is very likely the top of the top in the BadassNormal category.
* BladeonaStick: He starts out with a normal collapsible, three bladed spear, then upgrades to a trident-esque spear, the Hokurakushimon. Its one of the most powerful weapons in the series, [[EvilWeapon but...]]
* ContractualImmortality: No more than the rest of the main cast, but a bit more noticeable in the comic relief.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: The Shinkage Reverse Eight-Sun is almost as damaging to him as it is to the people he uses it on.
* DoggedNiceGuy: From early on he is this towards Yuya. Although, towards the end it becomes apparent that he's starting to develop a thing for [[spoiler: Mahiro]].
* DopplegangerAttack: Central to many of his moves; a rare non-{{ninja}} example.
* EyesAlwaysShut: They usually only open when he's really surprised. Though Yukimra has stated his eyes are just very squinty.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade
* KansaiRegionalAccent: When he's fooling around
* RunningGag: Yuya MUST NOT find out he's the son of [[spoiler: Ieyasu]]
* ShipperOnDeck: Does this for a number of ships actually, the most prominent being Akira/Tokito. [[SheIsNotMyGirlFriend Neither Akira or Tokito react kindly towards his "suggestions".]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Or in this case, pink hair.
* WellDoneSonGuy: He's always looking for this from his father [[spoiler:Ieyasu Tokugawa]] but it never seems to quite work out.

::'''Sanada Yukimura'''

Kyo's {{Bishounen}} mirror-image, despite having no previous connection to the Mibu and their shenanigans. Ultimately plans to [[TakeOverTheWorld conquer Japan]] by murdering Ieyasu Tokugawa and restoring the Sanada clan to power.

->Voiced by: Creator/MegumiOgata (JP), Christopher Kromer (EN)
* BadassBookworm: He and the Former Crimson King spend their entire fight trading and interpreting Confucius quotes.
* BadassNormal: Starts out as one of these. This trope is a little problematic in SamuraiDeeperKyo because the line between "natural" and "supernatural" barely exists.
* BridalCarry: In the anime, he catches and holds Sasuke in his arms this way.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Even his closest servants can't tell when he's serious or not, most of the time.
* DeadlyUpgrade: The "Eye of the Wagtail" technique. It enables the user to briefly stop time, but is prone to SuperpowerMeltdown if overused.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Doesn't help that he's voiced by one in the Japanese version.
* DynamicEntry / BigDamnHeroes: In what is probably Yukimura's greatest CrowningMomentOfAwesome, he [[spoiler: bursts onto the scene as the Crimson King is about to kill his men, Yuya and Sakuya, and uses his Seikireigan to cut down THREE Suzaku's simultaneously.]]
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Like many of the characters, he's [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory based on a historical figure.]]
* MrFanservice: And HOW.
* MultiMeleeMaster: In the anime he's not only a MasterSwordsman, but also skilled with a staff and bow when using the anime-only Muramasa Tenguko.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: He has one, the Sanada Ten.
* SayItWithHearts: A staple of his dialog.
* ShadowArchetype: He's this to Kyo. Their skills are said to be equal, but their personalities couldn't be more different.
* TheUnfettered: An interesting spin on this trope. He's set his goals and will purse them to the bitter end- however, said goals include making a better world for his friends and allies. In short, he's a subtle and manipulative Unfettered.
* WigDressAccent: He dresses in drag for the "Shogun's Tournament" arc to conceal his identity. Though making a fairly convincing (if flat) woman, he then proceeds to [[PassFail fail at passing]] because his brother's in the arena.

::'''Izumo no Okuni'''

Known to be a powerful spy and informer, Okuni loves Kyo to the point where making him hate her would just make her happy. Despite [[spoiler: joining the Jūnishinshō as the fake Indara]], she would not hesitate to [[TakingTheBullet give her life]] for Kyo.

->Voiced by: Creator/YumiKakazu (JP), Deborah S. Craig (EN)
* BuxomIsBetter: And she's damn proud of it.
* FauxActionGirl: Despite being a skillful ninja-like spy and [[spoiler: member of the Juunishinsho]], she barely shows her skills in combat. Even when [[spoiler: going all out against Taihaku she fails to harm him.]]
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Justified as she's supposed to be a spy.
* ImpossiblyLowNeckline: She always wears her kimono's sleeves nearly hanging off her shoulders to expose her cleavage. How in the world is stays in the [[RuleOfSexy exact same position at all times]], we'll never know.
* ImportantHaircut: [[spoiler: Courtesy of Akira, who cut her hair rather then her when she offered her life in exchange for Kyo's body.]]
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: Part of why she fell for Kyo.
** She gets more than a little creepy with it at times, like when Benitora and Kyo fought a match for fun, and Okuni was sweating bullets, feeling herself up, and depending on the translation, said she wanted to see the winner bathe in the loser's blood. ((Squick)).
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]: Attempted. [[spoiler:She jumps in front of Nobunaga's sword to save Kyo, believing she will die.]]
* NightmareFetishist: Okuni's completely fine with Kyo trying to break her neck with his bare hands, so long as he's thinking of her while he's doing it.
* RazorFloss: Use sharp steel strings as her weapon of choice.


[[folder:The Shiseiten (Four Emperors)]]


One of Kyo's Four Emperors. Kyo found him as a child on the battlefield, the last survivor of a village they had razed. Kyo took a liking to Akira when the latter tried to threaten him; despite the fact that Akira had no powers and could be flattened in a split-second by Kyo and his cohorts, he still displayed no fear. Instead of killing him, Kyo took him in as an apprentice.

After Kyo's "death" at Sekigahara, Akira went on with his life, striving to achieve invincibility in battle. When Kyo finally returned, in the body of Kyoshiro Mibu, Akira had drifted so far off that he'd gone and become an antagonist.

->Voiced by: Creator/SoichiroHoshi (JP), Creator/MichaelSinterniklaas (EN)
* AnIcePerson: Many of his techniques involve the creation and manipulation of ice.
* BadassNormal: Of all the Shiseiten and even a better part of the cast as a whole, Akira stands out in this respect in that he is the only character (aside from Yuya) who does not have samurai blood, which becomes a major hurdle he has to overcome because in the context of the story, it means his ability to grow and improve is severely limited compared to the rest of the cast.
* BigDamnHeroes: Anime only, he joins the final battle in time to freeze Nobunaga and buy Kyo some time.
* CantCatchUp: Sort of. He has no "Samurai Blood" and thus has to work twice as hard to get half as strong. And he reached the limit of his growth a ways into the story. Because of this, he can't get any stronger than he is and falls behind a bit when [[spoiler:Anthony uses his needles to give Hotaru, Benitora, and Shinrei upgrades.]]
* ChildSoldier: Happily slaughtering his way through entire battlefields at the tender age of 10.
* CradlingYourKill: To Saisei.
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially toward Benitora.
** However it usually gets him in trouble with Akari.
* {{Determinator}}: To a degree that stands out even in this manga. He purposely blinded himself in order to achieve another level of perception.
** Pretty much the entire point of his character that determination, skill, and spirit can overcome his genetic limits. [[UptoEleven And they do]].
* DeadlyUpgrade: He manages to pull this off twice. The first time he invokes his Inferno's Chill power, which allows him to use his life-force in order to surpass physical laws and generate temperatures below absolute zero. Then he does it a second time in his battle with [[spoiler: Tokito, where he turns his Inferno's Chill power on himself, which activates the pressure points Julian had stimulated earlier, giving him a huge boost in power and allowing him to use the colder still, Heaven's Chill attack. This comes at the cost of completely wrecking his body, although he is later partially healed by Kyo's blood.]]
* DisabilitySuperpower: Subverted in that he disabled himself intentionally to gain his "eyes of the heart."
* DualWielding: With swords.
* FireForgedFriends: With the Shiseiten, as shown in flashbacks. Also, [[OddFriendship Benitora]].
* GratuitousEnglish: His Hell Ghost, Grand Cross and [[spoiler: Heaven Ghost]] attacks in original Japanese.
* MiseryPoker: Tokito throws a fit after their battle, claiming to have had the worst life ever. Several other characters immediately top Tokito's sob story, but Akira wins with an entire panel detailing his horrific childhood.
* OddFriendship: With Benitora, of all people.
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Benitora's red.
* ReverseMole: He played this role by killing Ajira of the 12 God Shoguns and taking his place.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: With Tokito. He tries to act indifferently about it, but usually ends up failing miserably.


Another one of Kyo's Four Emperors, real name Date Masamune, Bontenmaru is TheBigGuy distilled. Huge and muscular, he fights with his bokken- and when the battle drags, he throws that away and wades into the enemy with his fists, tearing them limb from limb. He's not what you'd call "reliable" - one of his first moves was betraying Kyo and Muramasa to Keikoku, but he quickly [[EasilyForgiven rejoins the nakama]] after nothing comes of it.

->Voiced by: Creator/NorioWakamoto (JP)
* AdaptedOut: All he gets in the anime is a mute cameo in the final episode, and that's that.
* AnimalBattleAura: The first time he met Kyo he threatened him with a giant beast-shaped aura.
* BadassNormal: Bontenmaru is the only one of the Shiseiten with no special powers. However, his ridiculous strength, speed, durability, and martial arts prowess makes him one of the strongest in the series.
* TheBerserker: Ironically, Bon is the most normal of the Shiseiten. But when he enters his berserker state, he's completely wild. Hotaru has even stated that back in the day, he was like a wild animal who tore everything in his path apart when he let loose, and the [[BadAss other Shiseiten themselves tended to just walk away until he was done]] !
* DiagonalCut: One of the few aversions in this series; he fights with his fists or his bokken, but both are treated as blunt instruments.
* EyePatchOfPower: He lost his eye when he was very young, but it hasn't hindered him- in fact, as he explained to Sasuke, he's so used to people attacking his blind side that he's more aware there.
* GentleGiant: Big, muscular body? Check. Superhuman strength and endurance? Check. Plays OneManArmy with nothing but ''a wooden sword and his bare hands?'' Check. Possesses a [[TheBerserker berserker mode]]? Bonus points. Has a soft spot for little girls (not like that!) and reads shojo manga? You bet he does.
* GoodIsDumb: Has his moments
* HealingFactor: After being heavily damaged, he can hibernate to regenerate himself in hours.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Bontenmaru is a pseudonym of Date Masamune. "Hero" is debateable (as it is for most figures around that time) but he's definitely historical.
* MadeOfIron: Even moreso than the rest of the cast. His skin so tough it deflects blades.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Important to his backstory- he killed his father and brother to clear the way for his own seizure of power.
** However his father at the very least wanted it to be this way. Because the rise of the Date clan was more important than his own life.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Well, more superpowered worse side.
* TeamDad: Especially to Akira
* UnstoppableRage: His entire "beast mode" bit.
* WalkingShirtlessScene


The third member of the Shiseiten to be introduced, Hotaru serves as the comedy relief of the four, and by comedy relief we mean "moving caterpillars out of the way so they won't be squashed in the middle of a battle" sort of comedy. But under the facade of his constant deadpan expression and ObfuscatingStupidity lies a powerful fighter who possesses one of the most versatile fighting styles in the whole storyline.

It turns out that [[spoiler: he's also spying on Kyo for the Mibu, and is also a member of the Goyosei. But he pulls a genuine HeelFaceTurn after Kyo defeats him in Mibu territory.]]

->Voiced by: Creator/TakehitoKoyasu (JP), Sebastian Arcelus (EN)
* AnimalMotifs: Tigers in the anime, opposed to Shinrei's dragons.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny
* AwesomeByAnalysis: It's revealed during his fight with Yuan that Hotaru can take any form he's seen and adapt it to his fighting style.
* {{Bishonen}}
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: AND HOW
* FlamingSword: Subverted. He usually just shoots the flames out the tips of his sword, he almost never actually sets it ablaze and hack people with it.
* GratuitousEnglish: Just like Akira, some of his high tier attacks are in English.
* HappilyAdopted: Not formally, but he is consodered to be a member of Yuan's family, and they all consider him their brother as well.
* HeroicWillpower: His fight against [[spoiler: his mentor Yuan.]]
* IncendiaryExponent: Self-explanatory.
* NoSenseOfDirection: A contender with [[OnePiece Rorona Zoro]] for being the most triumphant example of this trope. The final chapter has Hotaru getting lost and somehow [[spoiler: wandering all the way to ''China''.]] The epilogue takes this even further, where it's implied that [[spoiler: Hotaru ultimately ended up accidentally ''circumnavigating the entire planet'' before getting back to Japan. When he gets back, Yuya tries to tell him where Kyo is, even pointing the way, only for Hotaru to immediately head of ''in the opposite direction.'']]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: A LOT. Possibly.
* PlayingWithFire: He combines flames of various temperatures with his swordsmanship. Ironically he almost never gets [[IncrediblyLamePun fired up]] under any situation, remaining cool-headed throughout the fight.
** ConvectionSchmonvection: Even his Demon's Breath flames, the hottest he can conjure, seem to act more like a concussive energy than anything else.
* RunningGag: Moving caterpillars out of the way of battle, forgetting something someone told him just minutes ago, being slow to respond, the list goes on.
* [[SmarterThanTheyLook SmarterThanHeLooks:]] Even though his head is empt, which he even is aware of, Hotaru can say some pretty darn insightful and deep things when he wants to.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With [[spoiler: his half-brother]] Shinrei, at times to a [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious degree.]]
* YouAreWhatYouHate: Despises the Mibu, despite the fact that he himself is a Mibu.


The last of the Four Heavenly Kings to be introduced, and also the most feared of the four (within the group anyways). Playing the role of a shamanic healer, Akari is there to heal any wounds the others may receive during battles, although it comes at the cost of her knowing one of their secrets. That rule however, doesn't apply to Kyo, as she is heads-over-heels in love with him, going so far as to make a bet with him where if she ever lands a blow on his face, he will promise to marry her. When she is first introduced to the crew, everyone was surprised as to what could possibly cause Akira, Bontenmaru and Hotaru to cower before her presence. Turns out she possesses monstrous strength, capable of wounding even Bontenmaru (although said strength is for the most part reserved for humorous situations), and can get really riled up when certain buttons are pushed.

Oh yeah, and did we mention she was born male?

->Voiced by: Creator/KotonoMitsuishi (JP)
* AdaptedOut: She never appears in the manga.
* {{Badass}}: Akira, Hotaru,, and Bontenmaru are all afraid of her. You have to be a badass for that.
* BerserkButton: Don't call her by her real name, remind people that she's actually a man.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: [[spoiler: As Ashura, she develops blades that turn whatever they cut into stone.]]
* [[spoiler: BrainwashedAndCrazy: As Ashura, when she attacks [[FightingYourFriend Kyo]].]]
* FakeBoobs: Turns out she's wearing large steamed buns to simulate breasts. She's not amused when this is found out.
* GratuitousEnglish: All her attacks.
* [[spoiler: HoistByHerOwnPetard: Kyo restore her back to normal by reflecting the Medusa Eye's own gaze with his Tenro, causing it to be destroyed.]]
* TheMedic: Akari will only heal someone, if they tell her a close personal secret
** And this goes for each individual time as well.
** She's also willing to heal Yukimura in exchange for a kiss. He apparently comply.. only to reveal that he swapped places with Kosuke, much to Akari's dismay.
* TheMole: Akari is secretly [[spoiler: Ashura, Hishigi's Imperial Guard, who was sent to spy on Kyo. Subverted by virtue of mind control.]]
* NoodleIncident: She was the pivot of many dirty scandals in the past, none of which is elaborated upon.
* StoryBreakerPower: Akari's original Medusa Eye, which has the power to instantly turn anyone who sees it into ash. Subverted by the fact that Akari refuses to employ it in battle because it is a weapon for indiscriminate murder.
** On top of that, having a power that can drain life energy itself, Akari is more on the hax side than the other three emperors.
* SuperPowerMeltdown: The Medusa Eye, when [[spoiler: Hishigi activates it]].
* {{Transsexual}}: No one makes a very big deal about Akari being biologically male, since it's pretty obvious that she identifies as a woman. Though is worth noticing that Kyo consider her male, since he said that no woman is allowed in the Shiseiten.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: She's dressed as a woman and wears FakeBoobs, but as her [[spoiler: Ashura form]] proved, she's still male.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Pink, actually.


[[folder: The Sanada Juyushi (Sanada Ten Braves)]]

::'''Sarutobi Sasuke'''

Everyone's favorite little ninja, Sasuke was a boy who grew up in Aokigahara until he was found by Yukimura.

->Voiced by: Creator/AkiraIshida (JP), Michelle Newman (EN)
* {{Badass}}: Sasuke is the youngest of the Sanada 10, and everyone else is old enough to be his parent. But Sasuke is by far the most powerful.
** In a rather hilarious example, one chapter features a flashback to an eight-year-old Sasuke sitting in front of a pile of the rest of the Jūyūshi, having just beat them all in sparring matches and complaining that none of them are strong enough to give him a challenge.
* CrossDressingVoices: English voice only.
* CuteBruiser: One of the strongest characters in the series as well as one of the cutest.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Due to only being 12, Sasuke doesn't have the most masculine build, he can confuse anyone into believing he's a little girl.
** In the Character Guide Book, there was an entire page dedicated to fan drawings of what Sasuke would look like if he was a girl or dressed up like a girl; Sasuke was shocked to see this and wasn't happy, while Yukimura believes Sasuke would be really cute as a girl or dressed up like one.
* HellishPupils: One of his defining features as a child from Aokigahara; that is, until his abilities as a "Rare Breed" kick in, in which case it becomes a case of RedEyesTakeWarning.
* KidSamurai: Subverted in that Sasuke is a very experienced fighter.
** He's actually a ninja. He uses samurai based swords, but tends to attack in more speed based, stealthy ninja like ways.
* {{Ninja}}
* OlderThanTheyLook: Sasuke's 12, but he looks about 10.
* ParentalAbandonment: At least it seems that way until we find out [[spoiler: he's actually a failed creation of the Mibu clan.]]
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Is ''very'' strong for his size (Antera and Tokito being the only ones who exceed him in this respect) and is shown casually shattering trees or breaking the ground with his bare hands.
* PowerLimiter: His previous swords, including the replica of Tenro he wielded before he gained the Shibien. Sasuke already had the Raikoken before he had the Shibien, but Shibien was the first sword Sasuke could use it with that wouldn't outright shatter from the technique's power.
* [[spoiler: RedEyesTakeWarning: Manga only.]]
* SarutobiSasuke: [[CaptainObvious For the obvious reasons]]...
* ShockAndAwe: Once he gets Shibien.
* TheStoic
* SuperpowerMeltdown: He "crashes" if he uses his powers too much.

::'''Kirigakure Saizo'''
->Voiced by: Takashi Matsuyama (JP), Creator/MarcDiraison (EN)

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Inverted in the anime, he's the leader of the Juyushi but also the wimpiest.
* BodyguardCrush: In the anime, at least, on Yukimura. Could be argued in the manga.
* ButtMonkey
* TheLancer: Always by Yukimura's side.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Compared to all the other Braves, he's nothing special.

::'''Anayama Kosuke'''
->Voiced by: Creator/MegumiOgata (JP), Creator/MeganHollingshead (EN)

* ActionGirl: She can kill bears with her own hands, though she's not as powerful as Yukimura.
* BodyDouble: For Yukimura. It manages to work, despite the obvious difference.
* PaperThinDisguise: She may have the same face, hair and clothes as Yukimura, but her AbsoluteCleavage and huge boobs marks the difference.
* TakingTheBullet: Swap places with Yukimura [[spoiler: to save him from Shindara.]] Played for laughs when Yukimura apparently kiss Akari... except that it was Kosuke, who kissed her on the cheek.

::'''Yuri Kamanosuke'''
->Voiced by:

* AmbiguousGender: Despite his feminine face, his body looks too masculine and, according to the japanese entry on wikipedia, his gender is unknown.
* ChefOfIron: He can make an excellent stew out of the bears he just killed.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Has the face and mannerism of an "Akita Beauty".
* TeamMom: Except male, perhaps.
* SinisterScythe: Two of them. Funnily enough, the Kama in Kamanosuke means Scythe.
* ThoseTwoGuys: He and Jinpachi.

::'''Nezu Jinpachi'''
->Voiced by:

* BadassBeard
* HandicappedBadass: Has only one arm, but is still a force to be reckoned with.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: A ''literal'' Ninja-Pirate with an ArtificialLimb.
* SmokingIsCool: A pipe.
* ThoseTwoGuys: He and Kamanosuke.
* WolverineClaws: Wears them as a replacement left arm.

::'''Miyoshi Nyuudo Isa & Seikai'''
->Voiced by:

* BaldOfAwesome: Both brothers. They're not called Nyuudo for nothing.
* BashBrothers
* {{Gonk}}: There's a reason why they wear Sunglasses.

::'''Rokuro Mochizuki'''
->Voiced by:

* ButtMonkey: He was the only member of the Juuyuushi to be left behind in Kudoyama.
* PaperThinDisguise: He's just wearing a paper mask of Yukimura.
* WeHardlyKnewYe

::'''Juuzo Kakei'''
->Voiced by:

* BadassAdorable: Looks like a smiling little nerd, but carries an incredible amount of guns with him and is not shy about using them.
* BigDamnHeroes: Joins the final battle against Chinmei in time to help Sasuke and Yukimura.
* MoreDakka: Carries a lot of guns

::'''Rokuro Unno'''

* BigDamnHeroes: Joins the final battle against Chinmei in time to help Sasuke and Yukimura.
* WarriorMonk: Has the looks of one, to say the least.
* WeHardlyKnewYe


[[folder: The Jūnishinshō (Twelve Gods)]]


The Demon King of the Sixth Circle. Oda Nobunaga was the next puppet being set up by the Mibu Clan to rule Japan. However, history took a major turn when, during Akechi Mitsuhide's attempted assassination of him at Honnoji, a young Kyo showed up and killed him, completely derailing the Mibu's clans for the country. The Mibu took Nobunaga's soul and transplanted it into a new body in a second attempt, only for a grown-up Kyo to thwart their plans ''again'' at the battle of Sekigahara. As a consequence, the Tokugawa regime, which carried no allegiance to the Mibu, rose to power. Still not satisfied, the Mibu resurrected Nobunaga for a third time in yet another body, this time sending him to the secret cave at the base of Mt. Fuji, where Kyo's real body rested in hopes of transplanting Nobunaga's demonic soul into Kyo's incredibly badass body. Once again, this plan is headed off at the pass by Kyo [[spoiler: and Kyoshiro]], with Nobunaga dying ''yet again.'' [[spoiler: But even this ''still'' isn't enough as the Mibu plan to resurrect him ''again'' after managing to steal Kyo's body back from where Akira had hidden it. However, Kyo's body is stolen yet again by someone else (later revealed to the Former Crimson King as a favor to Kyoshiro) and Nobunaga's soul is instead implanted into Shatora/Shiina Nozomu. After yet another battle, where Kyo is briefly granted use of his true body by the Former Crimson King, Nobunaga is defeated and killed a final time.]]

->Voiced by: Creator/ShowHayami (JP), Michael Alston Baley (EN)

* ArchEnemy: Ever since Kyo defeated and killed Nobunaga for the first time at Honnoji, the two of them have been arch rivals across all of Nobunaga's reincarnations.
* {{Badass}}: He's the first character shown to have defeated Kyo while not even getting off his horse.
* BadBoss: After he takes over [[spoiler: Shiina Nozomu's body, he uses Nozomu's power to resurrect the Juunishinsho that Kyo and the others had killed already. While Kyo is fighting them, Nobunaga proceeds to launch his own attacks through them, cutting them to pieces in the process. Because Kyo dodges, Nobunaga berates his soldiers for failing to be useful in even that respect before destroying them again. When he tries to summon them a second time, they don't answer his call.]]
* DeathIsCheap: Is brought back to life no fewer than [[spoiler: ''three'']] times over the course of the series and its backstory. His demonic soul can be transplanted from one body to another. However, depending on the body his soul is put into, his abilities may be weakened or enhanced, which is why his ultimate goal is to take Kyo's body.
* DemonKingNobunaga: One version of Nobunaga who's apparently the most evil being in existance period.
* GrandTheftMe: Wants Kyo's real body, [[AdaptationalBadass which he gets in the anime]]
** [[spoiler: Does this to Shatora in the manga]]
* TheGrimReaper: A lot of his techniques involve using the power of the Shinigami
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Yet another historical figure. The real Nobunaga, while brutal, probably was not ''that'' much evil.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: In the anime, by the [[spoiler: tip of the falling Tokyo Tower. Yes, [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment even in context it doesn't make any sense.]]]]
* NotSoDifferent: While he's vanishing for the second time, Sasuke notices that, in the end, Nobunaga was not so different from them.
* ScarsAreForever: The burns he received at Honnoji follow him from body to body.
* SmugSuper: For one thing, he congratulates Benitora for getting him off his horse.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: His DesperationAttack Tenma Gokasho, used to kill off Akari, Sasuke and Yuuya. Kyo, however, is able to stop it.]]
* TheStarscream: Implied that he wanted to use [[spoiler: the knowledge of Nozomu's body]] to turn against the Mibu and conquer them too.
* WhenTreesAttack: In the Anime, Shatora revived him in a tree. As a result he can control the whole Sea of Trees to attack and even [[OneWingedAngel turns into a giant monster made of trees]] to kill Kyo.

->Voiced by: Takayuki Yamaguchi (JP), Ryan Brack (EN)

* CoDragons: With Basara to Nobunaga during the Forest Arc.
* [[spoiler: DealWithTheDevil: The mark on his cheek symbolize his pact with the Mibu.]]
* ElementalPowers: According to Saizo, he can manipulate earth, air, water, and fire. However he only ever demonstrates water and fire.
** His ability to use them however is below that of Hotaru or Shinrei, making him more of a MasterofNone.
* HealingFactor: Its so strong, he's thought to be immortal. It can be overpowered though. It was changed to a black hole-like defense in the anime.
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice: In order to save Sasuke.]]
** In the Anime [[spoiler: he uses his black hole-like body to absorb the incoming falling star containing the Gate to the Underworld, saving everyone.]]
* {{Ninja}}: According to Saizo, he's a Ninja Master, superior to anyone else.
* RedBaron: Shindara the Immortal.
* [[spoiler: ReverseMole]]
* [[spoiler: SarutobiSasuke: The original, once the leader of the Sanada Ten, and young Sasuke's namesake]].
* SummonMagic: One of his jutsu creates large illusionary demons who still has his force.
* VisualKei: This was even his nickname among the author's staff.

->Voiced by: Creator/KanaUeda (JP)

* [[spoiler: ClippedWingedAngel: Taking Crime Monster just reset her to her real adult age, causing her to succumb to the Death Disease.]]
* CuteBruiser: She crushed a man's skull with her bare hand by accident when he called her an old woman.
* DaddysLittleVillain: Daddy doesn't want her to be one.
* DropTheHammer: Her weapons of choice.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler: She regains her memories when she turns back into her adult form, but upon becoming a child again she loses them.]]
* SweetTooth: According to a side comic this is the reason why she got SuperStrength.

->Voiced by: Katsuhiro Harasawa (JP)

* TheBrute: Relies on brute strength, [[CampGay but that's all he has in similarities with this trope]]
** Then again subverted, his ''real'' trump card is his speed.
* EffeminateMisogynisticGuy: He behaves and talk like a woman, and tries to kill Yuya out of jealousy just because she was there. Unlike many other examples of this trope, he's a huge, muscular man.
* DepravedHomosexual: Averted in the anime adaptation, where he sounds just narcissistic.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Anime only, he's implied to be the son of UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Antera. She frequently rides around on his shoulder and, while the two bicker often, it's clear that they are in fact very good friends.
* HumanPopsicle: How he meets his end.
* LightningBruiser: His brute strength and chakrams (an unusual weapon in this setting) are meant to hide the fact that his most dangerous asset is his ridiculous speed.
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: After telling the group that he won't attack them while Kyo is asleep he scratches himself on the face with a twig, and reacts by losing his cool and attacking.
* OneWingedAngel: Anime Only, he turns into a massive cephalotorax Ken'yo in order to save Antera.
* StalkerWithACrush: For Kyo.
* VillainousValor: In the anime, as soon as Antera collapses for using too much power he immediatly rushes to her side, scolds her for overdoing and tries to save her life by turning into his Ken'yo form with her. When she warns him that he'll only grow weak from absorbing her he still does it, assuring her that he's strong enough for both of them. He then goes berserk when she's killed by Kyo.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In his confrontation with Kyo, Bikara was preparing to use some kind of special technique, but ended up not using it as Shindara showed up to call the fight off. Sadly, we never got to see what that technique was as Bikara was offed by Akira shortly afterwards.


* PosthumousCharacter: Killed by Akira to set up his ReverseMole strategy, he is never shown, only alluded to.

->Voiced by: Norihisa Mori (JP), Zachary Alexander (EN)

* TheArcher: He fights exclusively with the bow and arrow.
* BatmanGambit: His method for fighting in close combat is to fire countless arrows into the air, timing them so that they rain down around him, forming a "shield" whenever an opponent tries to get in close to him.
* TheDragon: As Nobunaga's pageboy, he's his right-hand man during the Forest arc. In the anime he shares this role with Shatora.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: To the point that the author had to specify that he's a guy.
* EyeScream: In the anime Yukimura kills him this way with his own arrows.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: In the anime he's outright stated to be Ranmaru Mori.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Fires with ridiculous speed and even more ridiculous accuracy, hitting tiny targets, such as eyes and mouths with several arrows in a single instant and even firing upwards of fifty arrows simultaneously at one time, all with pinpoint accuracy.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Once Yukimura's done with him.
* OhCrap: When Yukimura treated his attacks as AnnoyingArrows.
* OneWingedAngel: In the anime, he turns into a muscular humanoid Ken'yo with a grotesque three-eyed head and the ability to shoot arrows from his very body.
* RainOfArrows: His Demon-Slaying Barrier will causes this on anyone who approaches him.
* SmartBall: In the anime he has the brilliant idea to shoot Kyo with a poisoned arrow in order to weaken him. Too bad Nobunaga prefers HonorBeforeReason and chase him away for such behaviour.
* ThirdPersonPerson: He tends to refer to himself as Maro, which is likely his real name.

::'''The Fake Haira'''
->Voiced by: Soichiro Tanaka (JP)

* AdaptationalBadass: In the anime not only he's a direct descendent of Nobunaga, but he's also much more fearsome in combat, giving Kyo a hard time thanks to his transformation.
* BadBoss: After claiming to be AFatherToHisMen he stabs one of his own underlings for failing to kill the heroes.
* {{BFS}}: Wields Six of them, called "Houhishoyoku" (Flying Wings of the Peng).
* TheBrute
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Yukimura is fond of this finisher.
* OneWingedAngel: In the anime he turns immediatly into a giant winged Ken'yo with sword-like featgers.
* SmallNameBigEgo
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: He mostly throw his gigantic blades like boomerangs at the target, he can even throw multiple of them at will.
* VillainousBreakdown: Starting when Yukimura lop off his arm.


* TheBerserker
* BishonenLine: When Haira reveals his true power, he actually slims down into a much more handsome form. Ironically, he considers this form to be ugly as it looks utterly weak by his standards.
* TheBrute: Only relies on physical prowess and is considered the strongest General in this field.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: During the first part of the fight, he forces Bontenmaru to play word games, getting in a hit every time Bon loses one of their exchanges. Bon manages to turn it around by switching to phrase-based games, but it all goes out the window when Haira gets serious.
* DirtyCoward: Begs for his life when Bontenmaru has the upper hand, only to try another attack as he turns away. When Bon dodges, he's back to whimpering for mercy again.
* FatBastard: At first...
* FrickinLaserBeam: His Union Core attack. Don't ask how he makes them.
* {{Gonk}}: His original form. Ironically, he consider it handsome.
* HulkSpeak: He actually use fluent GratuitousEnglish in the original.
* ImAHumanitarian: Even more so than the other Berserkers, he never shuts up about how Bontenmaru is "meat" or how he should eat him.
* LightningBruiser: In his true form, Haira's unbelievably fast and hits ridiculously hard. Bon had to go into his own berserker mode to defeat the guy.

::'''The Fake Indara'''
--> See Izumo no Okuni


* TheBerserker
* DarkActionGirl: The only one among the Junishinsho who properly qualifies.
* ImAHumanitarian: She, unlike the others seems very interested in eating a rare breed like Sasuke.
* LadyOfWar: Complete with an outfit who resembles one out of Journey to the West.
* MindOverMatter: Her secret technique Siren Breath allows her to manipulate people (Kotaro in the past) and even matter like rock and wind. She can even use it on herself, turning her arms into diamond.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: She's completely incinerated by Sasuke's Kirin.
* PaperFanOfDoom: A giant steel one is her weapon.
* SlasherSmile: During the latter half of the battle.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The only female Berserker.
* VerbalTic: Repeats words constantly.

::'''The Fake Kubira'''

* ActuallyADoombot: Often employs this trick. [[spoiler: In fact, the real Kubira is the little doll he was holding up the entire time.]]
* DoppelgangerSpin: His strategy for fighting Kyo revolves around this, using waves of puppets to keep Kyo fighting until his ten-minute time limit runs out. It backfires on him badly.
* EvilGenius: He fancies himself as the smartest of the twelve.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: He figured something out about Kyo and Kyoshiro over the course of their fight, which prompts Akira to pull this on him.
* OneWingedAngel: In the anime he turns into a colossal Ken'yo seemingly made of puppets and machines mashed together.
* SpotTheImposter: Subverted. He attempts to trick Kyo with two puppets disguised as Yuya, setting up a situation where no matter who Kyo picked, it would result in failure for him. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for Kubira, Kyo decides to [[TakeAThirdOption kill both of them.]]]]
* WhipItGood: His main weapon is actually a Cat 'O Nine Tails made from barbed segments that can slice through rock and shred flesh.


* TheBerserker: Subverted, he's the best mannered of the foursome.
* CoolHat
* DittoFighter: Subverted in that he doesn't turn into his opponent, but instead asks his opponent a question and then transforms into whoever appears in their mind. This leads to a serious OhCrap moment when he asks Benitora, Hotaru, and Akira just who they think the strongest is. Their ultimate answer is Demon Eyes Kyo in his true body. The power of the form that he takes fluctuates according to the perception of the person who is fighting him.
* HeroicSacrifice: He became a Berserker and slave to the Mibu in order to save his daughter Anju [[spoiler: (Antera)]].
* ImAHumanitarian: Reluctantly.
* NobleDemon: He's the kindest of the twelves.

::'''The Fake Mekira'''

* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* AxCrazy: Sanity ain't one of his traits.
* DeceptiveDisciple: Killed his and Benitora's mentor for refusing to teach him the Hassun.
* FlashStep: His technique simulates this, while it's actually an illusion that mesmerize the victim.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: By Benitora, who ''did'' learn the Hassun.
** TorsoWithAView: He took a few seconds to notice.
* OneWingedAngel: In the anime he turns into a massive, mantis-like Ken'yo with multiple maws.
* SinisterScythe: His massive Hyoyoku spear resembles a giant scythe.


* BadassBiker: Resembles one.
* TheBerserker
* ChainPain: Fights with what's left of the chains used to restrain him.
* EyesDoNotBelongThere: His left arm is covered in fake Medusa Eye.
* ImAHumanitarian: Wants to devour Akari, as her Shaman's meat will sustain him more than ordinary flesh.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: He's turned to ashes by Akari's true Medusa Eye.
* TakenForGranite: What he does to Yuya and Santera with his eyes.

->Voiced by: Akio Suyama (JP)

* ArtificialHuman
* CastingaShadow: His powers revolve around the manipulation of shadows.
* ForgottenChildhoodFriend: Sasuke's. Though in all fairness, Sasuke thought he was dead.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When he finds out the truth behind that accident.
* {{Ninja}}: The most ninja like in the series.
* OneWingedAngel: Subverted in the anime, he can turn into a Ken'yo, but resist any attempt at turning.
* SparedByAdaptation: Survives the destruction of the Mibu Castle in the anime.
* TakingTheBullet: Jumps between Sasuke and Indara, and has his throat bit out for his trouble, leading to his death.

->Voiced by: Miki Machii (JP), Tara Jayne (EN)

* ChildSoldier: She's only ten.
* {{Dojikko}}
* FaceHeelTurn: She briefly joins Akari and Yuya after the latter manages to calm her. The same happens in the anime, where she's much more villainous.
* OneWingedAngel: After injecting with Crime Monster she turns into an adult and buxom form with butterfly wings and white eyes. Sadly, in this form she's berserk.
** In the anime, she merges with Ieyasu to form a massive, butterfly-like Ken'yo.
* PoisonousPerson: Can shed poisonous spores that rot anything in their path.
* TakenForGranite: Temporarily, during the fight against the real Mekira.


One of the most powerful of the Junishinsho, he was kept behind to reserve his strength the first time they fought Kyo. He is really [[spoiler: Yuya's brother, Shiina Nozomu, brought back from the dead as a slave of the Mibu]]. In the Anime, Shatora is a woman from the Mibu clan and Nobunaga's sister.

->Voiced by: Creator/SakikoTamagawa (JP), Shelly Dean (EN)
* AnachronismStew: In the anime, [[spoiler: Migeira uses the powered-up Hajao to show her that chronologically speaking she should have died at Shizugatake with Katsuiie, and not be alive anymore. Upon witnessing this she turns into dust.]]
* BlondesAreEvil: Anime Shatora.
* FightingFromTheInside: When his body is [[spoiler: taken over by Nobunaga]].
* GenderFlip: In the anime, Shatora has an extremely different role and is also female.
* GrandTheftMe
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Anime only: allright, Nobunaga is understandable, but what did Oichi ever did to you?
* RoyalRapier: Anime!Shatora has one.
* VillainousIncest: Anime!Shatora intends to marry Nobunaga, her own brother.


[[folder: The Goyosei (Five Shining Stars)]]
::'''Tropes that apply to the Goyosei in general'''
* AdaptedOut: Chinmei and Taihaku don't appear in the Anime continuity, nor the name Goyosei is used.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Averted. It's shown throughout the story that superiority is determined by the wielder's skill and individual strength rather than their elemental affinity.
* ElementalPowers: Each of the Goyosei represents one of the five Chinese elements. Also each one (with one major exception) wields powers based on those elements.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: They are this to The Taishiro.


The first of the Goyosei to be introduced. He represents the element of water and wields the ''Mumyo Saigyo Ryu'' that allows him to summon waterwyrms, powerful dragons made from water. In addition to this, he can crystallize water to create blades. He is initially the most fervently loyal of all the Goyosei until it is revealed that [[spoiler: his mentor Fubuki killed his respected friend, Taihaku.]] In spite of this, Shinrei remains personally loyal to the Mibu Clan in general but comes to believe that the Taishiro and the Sendai Aka no Ou are the true source of the evil that threatens his clan.

->Voiced by: Creator/TomokazuSeki (JP), John Campbell (EN)
* AGodIAm: He wholehearedly believes the Mibu to be divine. And he doesn't take it well when he finds out they aren't.
* DanceBattler: Twofold. Firstly, Shinrei's basic form of attack is a dance-like technique that allows him to change the direction of his swing mid-stroke, which throws off an opponent who can read the path of the blade since the path of said blade changes midway through the swing, catching him off guard. Secondly, even if the enemy figures out a way around the first type of attack, by the time they do so, Shinrei will have memorized their rhythm and can anticipate their moves perfectly.
* HeelFaceTurn: Feels especially betrayed by his mentor, Fubuki of the Taishiro.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: The vast majority of Shinrei's attacks, including all of his named ones, are dragon themed.
* [[LukeIAmYourFather Luke I Am Your Brother]]: Shinrei is actually [[spoiler: Hotaru's half brother]]. This is subverted by the fact that both of them know this but apparently believe that the other does not.
* MakingASplash: His power is based around water.
* TheUnfought: In the Anime, except for the battle against Muramasa.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Type 2 with Hotaru.


-->See [[spoiler:Hotaru]]


The leader of the Goyosei. Taihaku represents the element of metal (or gold in the translated version). However, unlike his other comrades in the Goyosei, he lacks elemental powers of any type. Taihaku is by far the most compassionate and benevolent of the Goyosei and a good bit of the cast in general. He is greatly respected by Shinrei and even Keikoku to a certain extent. In his free time, he looks after the children that are considered the failures of Mibu experiments, even though this is looked down on.

It is eventually revealed that he is in fact [[spoiler: a mortal human who was adopted into the Mibu by the Former Crimson King, who granted him a Mibu's extended lifespan.]] After being defeated in battle by Benitora, Taihaku decides to side with Kyo in the others, but is killed by [[spoiler: Fubuki.]]
* BadassNormal: Lacks the elemental powers of the other Goyosei, but makes up for it with several lifetimes worth of sheer training. As a result, he can swing a sword so fast that to most people he doesn't even seem to move before he cuts them to pieces.
* DarkSkinnedBlond
* DefeatMeansFriendship: After losing to Benitora, Taihauku decides to join the heroes. Unfortunately, this doesn't last long (see below).
* GentleGiant: The largest of the Goyosei, but one of the most benevolent characters in the entire series, and that includes the majority of the main cast.
* HonorBeforeReason: Is deeply conflicted about the Aka no Ou's plans for the world, but see's no hope in rebellion and is trapped by his honest belief that serving the Mibu is the only option he has.
* LightningBruiser: He moves so fast he appears to be immovable when he's actually attacking.
* MadeOfIron: Tanks Okuni's steel strings and later pulls them from his wound and breaks them like uncooked spaghetti as if it was nothing.
* MoralityPet: The children he looks after. Subverted in that they are not what keeps Taihaku from being evil, but are instead a sign that he is not evil.
* NiceGuy: Probably the nicest guy in the entire cast, making him a TokenGoodTeammate.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: He's convinced to side with the heroes and is then offed by [[spoiler: Fubuki]] mere seconds later.
* TheWorfEffect: Subverted. Taihaku is killed off rather quickly by [[spoiler: Fubuki]]. This is subverted by the fact that his death is justified by the fact that he had nearly died in battle a few minutes earlier. The demonstration of his killer's skill comes from the fact that Taihaku was killed while standing right next to the heroes without any one of them even noticing until he dropped dead with a sword in his back.


The Wood of the Goyosei. Saishi is an attractive looking woman with an impressive bust, [[NaughtyNurseOutfit dressed in a nurse's uniform]] ([[AnachronismStew which is perplexing since this takes place in the early years of the Tokugawa shogunate]]). She, along with her companion Saisei, guard the second of the five gates leading into the Mibu stronghold. In spite of her cute appearance, she is exceptionally cruel and undeniably evil. She enjoys toying with enemy and ally alike. She is armed with the ability to resurrect the dead as extremely difficult to kill zombies as well as potent regenerative abilities that allow her wounds to heal near instantaneously.

[[spoiler: After a prolonged battle, it is revealed that Saishi is the only one of the pair that is an actual member of the Goyosei and that Saisei is another of Saishi's animated corpses. She is eventually defeated by Akira after he successfully nullifies her regenerative abilities with his ice techniques.]]

->Voiced by: Creator/SakuraNogawa (JP)
* AttackAttackAttack: Lampshaded by Saishi herself as her regenerative abilities remove any necessity for defensive measures...that is until Akira eliminates them.
* AllWomenAreLustful: All she can think of is to find a man. She also express a lot of interest in the group's males. In the anime, she and Saisei express the desire to play with Kyo and "touch him everywhere".
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: She uses her zombies to get the measure of Kyo, Akira and Bontenmaru's abilities and plan for a future confrontation. However, this is averted as Akira easily surpasses her expectations.
* BoobsOfSteel: She's stroger than Saisei and also bustier.
* ClothingDamage: She can't regenerate her clothes, resulting in more, gratuitous fanservice.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: She's cut in half twice but regenerates. In the Anime she's defeated when Benitora cuts her in half horizontally so that Migeira can shoot her heart from the gaping hole.
* HealingFactor: Saishi is able to survive being cut to pieces and regenerates almost instantly. Because of this, she can attack without any regard for her own safety as no attack is likely to hurt her...until Akira gets serious.
** In the Anime, hers and Saisei's bodies contain a nearly infinite space where the vulnerable heart cannot be reached by conventional weapons. Too bad they're up against two gunslingers...
* KickTheDog: She first has Saisei speed up the Water Dragon inside Yuya to hasten her death (only because she didn't like the idea of her being protected by so many handsome guys) and later steps on Saisei's petals after her death while calling her useless.
* KillItWithIce: How she meet her end, complete with LiterallyShatteredLives.
* KillerRabbit: Saishi's fighting form is that of a...bunny girl. However, in spite of her cute appearance, her superhuman strength allows her to beat her enemies to death. In general she doesn't look like a serious fighter, but when she cuts loose...holy shit!
* LackOfEmpathy: Her disdainful reaction to Saisei's death and the reasons why she created her in the first place reeks with this and are the reason why Akira gets mad at her.
* TheNecromancer: She has the power to raise people from the dead as zombies that are terrifyingly hard to kill. With a little extra work, she can create even more dangerous super zombies that were once famous warriors. Notable examples include Benkei and Yoshitsune and Saisei, who is actually [[spoiler:Tomoe Gozen.]]
* OhCrap: Reacts with utter terror when the ice from Grand Cross prevent her from healing.
* PsychopathicManchild: Anime!Saishi gives this vibe.
* SmugSnake: Is an absolutely twisted bitch who smugly believes she is invincible and can get away with some sick stuff. This only serves to make her defeat all the more satisfying.


Saishi's companion. [[spoiler: Saisei is not actually one of the Goyosei, but another of Saishi's zombies. Her true identity is Tomoe Gozen. Even though she is Saishi's puppet, she develops something of a relationship with Shinrei and is extremely devoted to him. She is ultimately defeated by Akira in battle.]]
* AdaptationalVillainy: She's just as evil as Saishi in the Anime.
* [[spoiler:BackFromTheDead]]
* BladeOnAStick: Her weapon of choice is a truly ''gigantic'' naginata.
* BreastAttack: When Benitora spear her chest he hits squarely in the boob. She then tear the wound open like a broken soccer ball to show off the infinite space inside her body.
* CherryBlossoms: Her ultimate technique summons a storm of cherry blossom petals that hit ridiculously hard.
* [[spoiler: DeadAllAlong: A zombie, only a better one than the usual types.]]
* [[spoiler:DeaderThanDead]]
* [[spoiler:GoOutWithASmile]]
* LadyOfWar: She's the most famous female samurai in the history of Japan. Duh.
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: In the anime she absorb Yuya in her body, allowing her to shoot her heart to death, killing her.]]

'''Chinmei''' / [[spoiler: '''Mibu Kyojiro''']]

Chinmei is the Goyosei of Earth, which gives him the power to manipulate gravity. This makes him a formidable combatant since it enables him to immobilize his enemies at will by increasing the gravity in their vicinity fly by eliminating the gravity in his own vicinity and do a large variety of tricks up to and including creating miniature black holes. Chinmei looks a lot like a hippie and complements his appearance by speaking a lot about "peace and love." However, this is just a cover for his real personality, as Chinmei is in fact the most evil and sadistic of the Goyosei who revels in the misery and bloodshed that he is able to sow. Chinmei is often referred to as the Joker of the Goyosei, as he is a wildcard that even the Taishiro do not fully understand.

[[spoiler:In truth, Chinmei is Mibu Kyojiro, the second of the Red Cross Knights. He was the first Knight created by the Former Crimson King and serves as his special agent and assassin.]]

[[spoiler:In the far flung past, Chinmei was in love with a seer who, like Sakuya, had her heart synchronized with the Former Crimson King. At her request, Chinmei killed her with the hope that the Former Crimson King would die along with her. However, the Crimson King did ''not'' die and Chinmei's ability to resurrect her was taken away as punishment. While he presumably works for the Former Crimson King in hopes of one day being able to revive her in return for his service, the truth is that over the millennia he has gradually forgotten everything about her, due to TheFogOfAges that usually comes with being immortal, ultimately coming to wonder if she even existed at all. This caused him to sink into absolute madness where the only solace he could find was in indiscriminate carnage.]]

->Voiced by: Creator/MitsuakiMadono (JP)
* AndIMustScream: Chinmei's tale about his long descent into madness as the sheer weight of times strips him of [[spoiler:his memories of the woman he loved and ultimately erasing all feeling whatsoever]] is a horrifying thing to think about.
* [[spoiler: AlmightyJanitor: Played with, he's actually much stronger than his initial rank as one of the Goyosei suggests and is actually one of the Red Cross Knights]]
* ArcWelding: [[spoiler: Chinmei is the one who killed Mahiro's sister (Muramasa's wife), leaving her dead body at the scene with Kyo standing over it, just in time for Mahiro to blunder in and assume that the whole thing was Kyo's fault. However, Kyo never denies this, believing that since he wasn't able to save her, it was the same as killing her himself.]]
* AxCrazy: Probably the most horrific example in the series as killing is the only thing that stimulates Chinmei at all.
* [[spoiler: DeathEqualsRedemption: As he's about to be absorbed by the Crinsom King he helps Kyoushiro to get out, telling him (as he finally cries tears) to not end up like him and protect Sakuya.]]
* DishingOutDirt: Can use rocks as a shield or as a rain of meteors.
* DistractedByTheSexy: This is what happens when he cuts "Yukimura"'s clothes... only to be awarded with a [[MaleGaze delightful sight of Kosuke's bosom]]. It actually buys her enough time to get away.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Gives off a peace loving vibe of a hipster, but is actually one of the most unstable and sadistic characters in the series
* TheFogOfAges: It's what drove him insane [[spoiler: as the time passing by him is played realistically]]
* GravityMaster: Chinmei's powers allow him to manipulate gravity and even create black holes.
* KansaiRegionalAccent: Along with Benitora, Chinmei is one of the few characters to use this. However, it is used to help juxtapose his goofy image with the terrifying reality of his sadistic and twisted nature.
* KnightOfCerebus: Oda was the first real threat in the series, but this guy made the story DarkerAndEdgier
* MadeOfIron: [[spoiler: Dude lost an arm, got hit by Suzaku, was seriously wounded by Sasuke aided by the Juyuushi and bifurcated by Yukimura, but he only died for real when the Former Crinsom King absorbed his flesh and blood.]]
* [[spoiler: TheMole: He's this for the Goyosei and is actually one of the four Red Cross Knights]]
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Gravity powers check, [[spoiler: [[RedEyesTakeWarning red demonic eyes]]]] check, [[spoiler: losing your sanity by living for eons]] check, and a PsychoForHire check
* PaperFanOfDoom: Real paper fans, which he uses as weapons.
* PsychoForHire: Plays the act of a peace loving hippie, but it's obvious he's out for killing [[spoiler: he even admits it is the only thing that keeps him sane]]
* SayItWithHearts: Or in Chinmei's case, glasses-wearing smiley faces
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Inverted in that Chinmei looks his most sinister when we can see what's behind those dark lenses
* TechnicalPacifist: Subverted He says he's a peace lover, but it's soon becomes obvious that he's out for blood
* VillainousBreakdown: Becomes really deranged near the end, after [[spoiler: being defeated by Sasuke.]]


[[folder: The Taishiro; (Four Elders); Former and Current]]


The current leader of the Four Elders, Fubuki was once Muramasa's best friend, despite [[VitriolicBestBuds usually disagreeing and arguing with each other over anything]], and the one who taught Shinrei the Mumyo Saigyo Ryu, and is shown to be a skilled Necromancer. Before Muramasa defected from the Mibu, Fubuki was a kind-hearted man who loved life. Now, he acts as the merciless will of the Sendai Aka no Ou, slaughtering everything he sees as a hinderance towards the Aka no Ou's plans for the Mibu. [[spoiler: He is also Tokito's real father.]]

->Voiced by: Creator/NobuoTobita (JP)
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: As the leader of the Taishiro, Fubuki possesses a one-time spell that greatly increases his power. It's a one-time spell because he needs to stab himself in the heart to activate it.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: For Tokito, when the Sendai Aka No Ou attempts to kill her]].
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Like Shinrei's, his attacks are dragon-themed.
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* KnightTemplar
* MakingASplash: A master of the Mumyo Saigyo Ryu, his skills make Shinrei's (which already look damn impressive) look absolutely tame in comparison.
* [[spoiler: RedEyesTakeWarning]]
* TheNecromancer: He can even resurrect ''swords''.


One of the current Taishiro, thought to be the most powerful ever (which is saying something when you consider the Badassery of Muramasa and Shihodo and the rest). Formerly the leader of the Taishiro. Wields a ''huge'' Main/{{BFS}} named Hakuya ("White Night") and, when all else fails, his [[DeadlyGaze Medusa Eyes]]. Inarguably the smartest character in the series. He appears to be rather silent and calm at first, but as pretty much the entire cast--especially Sasuke, Kyo, Akari, Yuan and Julian--finds out, you shouldn't piss him off...

->Voiced by: Creator/ShigeruNakahara (JP)
* [[spoiler: AntiVillain]]: [[spoiler: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type II]]]]
* {{Badass}}: He stands out even in this manga.
** BadassBookworm
** BadassGay: Implied. The level of HoYay with Fubuki is truly impressive, and he has some suggestive dialogue with Kyo as well.
* [[spoiler: BeatStillMyHeart: Literally ''rips out his heart'' to save Fubuki when Fubuki destroys his own while fighting Kyo]].
* {{BFS}}: Hakuya
* [[{{Bishonen}} Biseinen]]
* BrokenAce: He's arguably the strongest Taishiro member ''ever''. He's also [[spoiler: SecretlyDying]], wracked with guilt due to [[spoiler: his inability to save the Mibu]], and just generally an [[BrokenBird incredibly miserable person]].
* BrokenBird: See DarkAndTroubledPast
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler: He's been trying to save the false Mibu from the Death Disease for decades, and watched hundreds of people die as he was helpless to save them. By the time he contracted the disease himself, he was so broken that he tried to provoke Fubuki, his best friend, into killing him so it would finally be over.]]
* DeathSeeker
* DespairEventHorizon: He hit it hard after implanting the Devil Eyes, saying that he wished someone would just kill him and attempting to provoke Fubuki into doing so.
* DrivenToSuicide: Well, until Fubuki tell him that he isn't allowed to die [[HoYay until Fubuki says he can.]]
* [[spoiler: DyingMomentOfAwesome: UpToEleven.]]
* EyepatchOfPower: Something of an "Entire left side of his body" patch of power. And HOW.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: After the Medusa Eyes die, he is covered in very nasty scars.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: For Fubuki, though he was already dying]].
* [[spoiler: JerkWithAHeartOfGold]]
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* LightIsNotGood: His sword is called "White Night", and he uses light-based attacks.
* MadDoctor: His nickname, but he's a subversion. Some of his distant underlings and emulators, however...
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Arguably.
* [[spoiler: RedEyesTakeWarning]]
* [[spoiler: SecretlyDying]]
* TheStoic
** NotSoStoic: ''Do not'' trivialize his or Fubuki's suffering. ''Do not'' catch him without Hakuya. If you do either of these things, ''run'', because Hishigi is pissed and you are about to die horribly.
* SuicideByCop: Tries to provoke Fubuki into killing him in a flashback.
* TakingYouWithMe: Tries to do this with Kyo in order to save Fubuki. It doesn't work.
* TroubledButCute: Very attractive. Also extremely mentally ''fucked''.


One of the current members of the Four Elders, Tokito is the son of Muramasa and wielder of the last Muramasa sword set, Hokuto Shichisei. He views Muramasa's abandonment of the Mibu clan as an act of treachery and despises him for it, openly proclaiming his disdain for the former Elder on numerous occasions. Despite his child-like appearance he is incredibly strong and harbors a terribly cruel disposition towards his opponents.

It is later revealed that Tokito is in fact [[spoiler: not Muramasa's son, but Fubuki's ''daughter.'' She is ultimately defeated by Akira, which leads to her accompanying the heroes in their attempt to reach the Former Crimson King. During Fubuki's final moments, she is able to meet him one last time and acknowledge him as her father.]]

->Voiced by: Creator/YumiKakazu (JP)
* [[spoiler: {{Bishoujo}} ]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship
* DualWielding: [[spoiler: Her Shichisei Hokuto sword is actually formed by two swords (Tokai and Tohyou) merged as one.]]
* EnfanteTerrible: [[spoiler: Though she can grow into an adult form to fight at her top.]]
* {{Jerkass}}
** LackOfEmpathy
** HiddenHeartOfGold
* ParentalAbandonment: His mother is dead and his father abandoned him. Tokito is incredibly bitter about this.
* [[spoiler: SamusIsAGirl]]
* [[spoiler: StalkerWithACrush: After his defeat, she follows Akira in the same manner Akira does to Kyo.]]
* [[spoiler: {{Tsundere}} ]]: For Akira, after his defeat.


Hotaru's mentor and surrogate father, and one of the current Taishiro. He took his mother's place after she died. It is revealed later that [[spoiler: he and his entire family are essentially prisoners of the Taishiro and the Sendai Aka No Ou due to their mother's "treason".]]

->Voiced by: Creator/RyotaroOkiayu (JP)
* DisabilitySuperpower: Subverted; his blindness has very little to do with his skill.
* [[spoiler: HeelFaceTurn]]
* MasterSwordsman: Despite using mostly his hands and feet, he's a skilled swordsman if he has to.
* ParentalAbandonment: His mother, Ian, was killed [[spoiler: by Hishigi]] for learning too much about the Sendai Aka No Ou; and his father, Julian, left his family and has been working ever since to set up a way to avenge her.
* PlayingWithFire
* PromotionToParent: Shares the role with his sister, Anna.
* [[spoiler: RedEyesTakeWarning]]
* TakenForGranite: Temporarily, while fighting Hishigi.
* YourSoulIsMine: He claims he can eat the souls of his enemies. [[spoiler: Subverted, is actually an illusion.]]


Yuan's mother, who was part of the Taishiro before him. She was killed [[spoiler: by Hishigi]] for learning too much about the Sendai Aka No Ou.
* GenderBlenderName
* PosthumousCharacter


* FriendToAllLivingThings: Implied, considering all of the animals that hang out in his house.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Due to the Death Disease.
* MasterSwordsman: The first time he's seen in action he makes Kyo look like a noob.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal
* TheObiWan: To Kyo


One of the ''original'' Taishiro, and among the strongest.
* BareYourMidriff
* BunnyEarsLawyer
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Has a rather quirky obsession with feces and looks quite insane.
* CoolSword: Her Kusanagi Sword (That one) which she can use to summon clouds capable of eating through enemy attacks.
* HeartbrokenBadass: The Sendai Aka No Ou asked her to kill him if he ever turned down the path of evil. She couldn't do it because of her love for him, which is why she hides in the labyrinth beneath Onmyo Palace. Also applies after his death.
* ILetYouWin: She took Byakko's attack willingfully. Kyo was not amused, as he knew that she was much stronger than that.
* LoveHurts: See above.
* Really700YearsOld: Several ''thousand''.
* RetiredBadass


[[folder: The Aka no Ou (Crimson King) and The Red Cross Knights]]

::'''Shodai Aka no Ou (The First Crimson King)'''

The progenitor of the Mibu Clan and its first ruler.

The First Crimson King is encountered by Kyo, as he is in fact [[spoiler: Kyo's ancestor and the soul of Tenro, Kyo's BFS. The Shodai Aka no Ou merely wanted his people to live lives of comfort and happiness, but ultimately realized that their godlike power only served to lead to their self-destruction, as the fulfillment of all their desires left them with only one source of true stimulation...slaughter through battle, most especially of each other. He grants Kyo the mark of the True Crimson King after Kyo overcomes his demon blood (the very thing that brought about the downfall of the rest of the Mibu).]]

* TheAtoner
* DarkIsNotEvil: He [[spoiler: and the current Crimson King before his death]] where the only rulers who weren't megalomaniacal tyrants
* HornedHumanoid: [[spoiler: They're actually fake and done just for an intimidating first impression]]
* ItAmusedMe: [[spoiler: Why he even bothered dressing up like a demon lord in front of Kyo]]
* LukeIAmYourFather: Implies this with [[spoiler: Kyo]]
* {{Precursors}}: He's the actual first Crimson King

'''Sendai Aka no Ou (The Former Crimson King)''' / [[spoiler: Mibu Kyoichiro]]

A mysterious figure in the story. His identity, nature and intentions are a mystery throughout much of the story. When the Former Crimson King first appears, he seems to have strangely benevolent inclinations towards Kyo. There are also mysterious hints that he seems to be setting up a competition between Kyo and Kyoshiro to see who will be the legitimate successor to his title.

In truth [[spoiler: The former Crimson King is initially presented as one of the last of the True Mibu (Kyo being the other). Kyoshiro and the other Red Cross Knights were created from his flesh and blood to serve as his own corps of secret assassins. However, all of this masks a still greater secret. In actuality, the former Crimson King is the first of the Red Cross Knights, Kyoichiro, and is himself a construct created by the true Mibu. However, when the true Mibu wiped themselves out, the former Crimson King hid his status as one of their battle puppets and ruled over the Mibu in their stead. Over time, he was overwhelmed by the depravity and violence he witnessed in the human world and came to the ultimate conclusion that everything must be destroyed in order for there to be true peace.]]
* AffablyEvil
* AGodAmI: Played terrifyingly straight. He even has the power to create and destroy at will. Subverted at the end when it is revealed that [[spoiler: he too is one of the Mibu's battle puppets, just one of the ones that is closest to the true Mibu, so his power rivals theirs.]]
* AllYourPowersCombined: Aside from being a master of the Mumyou-Jinpuu-Ryu, whe also has the ability to use all the skills of the lesser Mibu at will.
* AuthorityEqualsAssKicking
* BadassBookworm: Initially, he pretends that he is badly nearsighted thanks to countless years of studying books and scrolls. Often quoted Confucius early on in the story.
** FourEyesZeroSoul: While its less obvious than Chimnei's, the goofy look and persona he portrayed initially, hides the terrifying TrueColors he has
* BigBad: Of the series
* {{Bishonen}}: When he's not looking goofy
* BlindWithoutEm: In his first non-silhouetted appearance, he talks to pillars and walks into walls, even ''with his glasses on!'' However, once he starts getting serious, this goes out the window.
* CloudCuckooLander: He runs into walls and goes into a daze, but is it's because of this spacey quirk that makes him appear more disturbing because he's removed from reality
* EvilRedHead
* LackOfEmpathy: His response to Muramasa's plea to help the Mibu Clan is say [[WeHaveReserves We Will Have Reserves]]
* LightIsNotGood: Dresses in white and acts like a saint, but deep down is not good
** [[spoiler: DarkIsEvil]]
* MightMakesRight
* ObfuscatingStupidity: In his first real appearance outside of silhouette, he appears to be incredibly near-sighted, talking to pillars and walking into walls. But when Tokito steps out of line...
* OmnicidalManiac: Comes to the conclusion that mankind is beyond redemption and decides they must all be wiped out.
* StepfordSmiler: When he first appears, the Crimson King's appearance is positively goofy. At times he makes it incredibly intimidating
** [[spoiler: His smile hides the pain of millennia of torment]]
* [[spoiler: {{Synchronization}}]]: [[spoiler: He does this to Sakuya and Yuya's hearts to deliver one hell of a SadisticChoice]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He wants to save the Mibu clan, but time jaded him into becoming a tyrant who wants MightMakesRight

'''Toudai Aka no Ou (The Current Crimson King)''' / [[spoiler: '''Mibu Kyosaburo''']]

The one who was supposed to be the Current Crimson King, but who was [[spoiler:deposed and imprisoned by the previous one for teaching the Mumyou-Jinpuu-Ryu, a technique that can be used to kill god (that is the Former Crimson King) to the renegade, Muramasa. He befriended a young Kyoshiro and introduced him to Sakuya. However, after many years had passed and Kyoshiro had fallen under the thrall of the Former Crimson King, he no longer resembled the kind boy that he once was. Kyosaburo made a last ditch attempt to find the ultimate secret that lay behind the doors in the palace, only to be stopped and killed by Kyoshiro, his death ultimately breaking Kyoshiro free from Kyoichiro's power and prompting Kyoshiro and Sakuya into leaving the Mibu. Kyosaburo is actually the third of the Crimson Cross Knights.]]

* ArmorPiercingQuestion: [[spoiler: Does this to Chimnei which leads to his redemption]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: [[spoiler: At least he would've been if the Former wasn't such a power grubbing tyrant]]
* [[spoiler: YouWillBeAssimilated]]: [[spoiler: His fate as he was re-absorbed into the Former Crimson King]]

'''Mibu Kyojiro'''

--> See [[spoiler: '''Chinmei.''']]

'''Mibu''' [[spoiler: '''Kyoshiro''']]

--> See [[spoiler: Mibu Kyoshiro.]]


[[folder: Others]]


* AxCrazy: He killed 108 people with Hienken just to perfect the move for his battle against Kyo.
* IaijutsuPratictioner: Has a special move called Hienken which allows him to strike three times in a row.
* OneWingedAngel: Anime only, he turns into a spike-shooting serpent Ken'yo.
* PsychoForHire: In the manga, he works for a local governor as a bodyguard and is a psychopath.
* SmallNameBigEgo: He's a small fry, and Kyo doesn't even remember him.
* StarterVillain

::'''The Three Color Gang'''
A trio of assassins working for Genma Kido, who's an underling of the Lord (Nobunaga). Benitora used to be one of them.

* AffablyEvil: Shirogarasu is incredibly polite and even apologize when one of his mooks tries to cut down a unique cherry tree.
* AdaptationalWimp: Genma Kido in the Anime is killed by Okuni before he can even transform.
* AnimalMotif: Scorpions for Kurosasori and Ravens for Shirogarasu
* BadAss: Shirogarasu is one of the first villains to be a serious threat to Kyo.
* BadBoss: Kurosasori kills his own underlings when they fail to hit Kyoshiro. Later Genma steps on Shirogarasu's body and mock him for his failure.
* BaldOfEvil: Kurosasori
* BeatStillMyHeart: How Genma meets his end in the Manga, thanks to Benitora.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: How Kurosasori is killed by Shirogarasu in the manga.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Shirogarasu's own illusionary technique is defeated by Kyo's own illusionary technique Shin.
* LightningBruiser: Shirogarasu can move so fast he borders FlashStep.
* MixAndMatchWeapon: Shirogarasu's weapon, Kageromaru, is halfway between a sword and a tonfa.
* OneWingedAngel: In the manga, Genma can HulkOut with his Dark Battle Aura. In the anime all three of them are Ken'yo and thus capable of transforming into monsters.
* PetalPower: Shirogarasu's main shtick. His secret attack, Ouka Mugen Kairo (Infinite Cherry Blossoms Corridor) traps the enemy into a storm of petals.
* PoisonMaster: Kurosasori has several tipes of poisons and use them in tandem with steel needles.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Kurosasori.
* UniversalPoison: Subverted by Kurosasori, who fights with four poisons: one which burns the victim, one which causes hallucinations, one which causes deadly spasms and one that melts the victim whole.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Shirogarasu

::'''Tokugawa Ieyasu'''

* AdaptationalVillainy: Anime only, he's manipulated by Santera and eventually turns into a Ken'yo which Benitora has to kill.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: In the manga, played straight. Not so much in the anime.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Leads a giant army along with the Sanada and Date forces to defeat the Mibu in the end.]]
* FatBastard: Subverted by the real Ieyasu, who's pretending to be Hanzo Hattori. Played straight in the anime.
* ManipulativeBastard
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He's an asshole and is the first to admit it, but he's genuinely working to form a peaceful Japan.


* AbsoluteCleavage: A blatant one.
* AnimalMotif: Spiders. According to her, is because female spiders eat their mates, referencing to her crush on Kyo.
* AnimeHair: Her hair seems to be messy everywhere, as if strong winds are blowing.
* BuxomIsBetter: When Yuya thinks about her being beautiful, the very next thing she thinks of are her huge breasts.
* FauxActionGirl: The only battle in which she accomplish something is the one against Chinmei. And by accomplish something we mean scratch his face after getting soundly beaten for about two chapters.
* LargeHam: Early on, she's quite melodramatic.
* {{Ninja}}
* RevengeBeforeReason: She's mad at Kyo for murdering her sister Mayumi. [[spoiler: She eventually finds out the truth.]]
* ScarsAreForever: Said scars being... reddish-purple streaks on her arms.
* SpidersAreScary: She can attack by throwing lots of poisonous spiders at once.

'''[[spoiler: Shiina]] Sakuya'''

A very powerful woman within the clan who has won the loyalties of many people, including Sanada Yukimura. She can predict the future.

->Voiced by: Creator/{{Yukana}} (JP), Sonja Lingo (EN)

* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Kyoshiro.
* HimeCut
* {{Seer|s}}
* [[spoiler: LukeIAmYourFather: She's Nozomo's real sister, and through that technically Yuya's sister as well through adoption]]
* PowerTrio: Yuya's place as TheChick besides Kyo and Kyoshiro originally belongs to Sakuya.
* TheDitz: In the manga
* TheFaceless: Mentioned and appeared in flashbacks very early on, but it's not until the final arc that we get to see what's under her bangs.
* TheHeart: She was this before Yuya


The greatest blacksmith of the Mibu clan, [[spoiler: Yuan's father]] and Shihoudou's best friend.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He's a pervert and a bad lyricist, but he's the greatest sword-smith ever
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* HeroicSacrifice: Tries against Hishigi and Fubuki in an attempt to break their swords. Fails to die, and Fubuki "resurrects" the swords anyway.