Tropes associated with Haohmaru:
- The Alcoholic: You never see him in a game without a jug of sake. From II on, one of his specials involves whacking you with it, too!
- "Alcoholic" is even the title of his SSIII theme.
- Anime Hair: And how! It even gets bigger every game.
- Badass Grandpa: In the Distant Finale.
- Big Brother Instinct: Usually in the backstories of other characters that he will hardly interact with outside of endings. (i.e: Shizumaru and Takechiyo.)
- The Big Guy: Crossovers tends to portray him as this, being someone who is slow in combos, but deals massive damage. In the NGPC SNK vs Capcom, he's even paired with Street Fighter's Zangief
- Blood Knight: Haohmaru is fueled by the sheer thrill of a good fight.
- Boisterous Bruiser: A more idealistic version, as well as one of the rare main charas who follow the trope
- Blow You Away: His traditional Fireball, which sends out a compact spinning tornado which throws opponents high into the air on contact.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In 64 by Yuga.
- Distressed Dude: Thank you, Yuga.
- Character Title: The second game in the series is subtitled "Haohmaru's Hell Incident".
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Oshizu, or sometimes Nakoruru when they're paired off in series covers. Granted, Haohmaru isn't THAT huge, but not only his hair is huge, but both girls are tiny
- Loved I Not Honor More: He's dedicated entirely to fighting, as Shizu and later Charlotte came to learn. He lampshades it in his ending in the second game, where he and Oshizu kiss as he mentally apologizes to her.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He is the Red, while Genjuro is the Blue
- Rule of Cool: One of his winposes has him throw his sword upwards, spin its sheath as the sword accurately enters the sheath back.
- Shotoclone: Somewhat. He's got a projectile and a dragon punch, but they don't function like you'd expect. Nonetheless, he serves this role in the series for the most part.
- Shout-Out: Based on Miyamoto Musashi
- Spell My Name with an "S": "Haohmal". Some arcade stickers include the romanization "Haōmaru"
- Unorthodox Sheathing: Upon winning he stylishly throws his sword in the air, turns around as he spins the scabbard, then catches the blade in its sheath.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: His preference on women, which Oshizu happens to be
Tachibana UkyoThe series' Bishōnen, master of Iaijutsu, and formerly the main rival of Haohmaru until Genjuro appears. Ukyo is a complete Chick Magnet who attracts ladies wherever he goes. He suffers from Tubercolosis and has a crush on a certain girl named Kei Odagiri. He fights for her happiness, but not to win her love because of his short lifespan. He also has a link with Kurokouchi Yumeji, a successor of his master's Iaijutsu school and went out of his way to bring him/her back to the cause of good, and later convinced him/her to become a nun. He was supposed to die after 64-2, but due to his popularity it was retconned in Edge of Destiny.
Tropes associated with Ukyo:
- Badass Back: He usually faces backwards when fighting, but if you ever see him face forward... let's just say you're dead
- Blood from the Mouth
- Chick Magnet
- Death By A Thousand Cuts: His Bust/Rasetsu Desperation Move from III and IV.
- Demoted to Extra: Somewhat. In the first game, he was Haohmaru's true rival. When Genjuro comes in, everything went downhill as eventually he is never very relevant to the plot again and reduced into something of a Cannon Fodder for Haohmaru (see Haohmaru's ending in IV).
- Diagonal Cut: His Fatality, which is also ludicrously fast.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Most of his fighting purposes. More exactly, his relationship with Kei Odagiri
- Ill Boy: Incurable Cough of Death included
- The Stoic: If there's someone who'd let out Visible Silence so often, it's him
- Reverse Grip: Started using it in the 3rd game, usually for his most damaging normal attacks and a couple specials.
- Shout-Out: If Haohmaru is Miyamoto Musashi, Ukyo is Sasaki Kojirou. He even got Kojirou's Tsubame Gaeshi as his move
- Sword Beam: The ground based projectile used by his Bust/Rasetsu incarnations is this.
- Victory Is Boring: "The moment I drew my sword, the fight was over. Ho-hum"
- Warrior Poet: The only two languages Ukyo speaks are Visible Silence and Haiku.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: His preference of women, which his lady-in-liege Kei Odagiri happens to be.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Tropes associated to Nakoruru:
- Badass Adorable
- Barrier Maiden Specially after her Heroic Sacrifice and its retcon above.
- The Beast Master: Mamahaha and Shikuru
- Celibate Heroine: Very aware of Galford's crush, but is adamant into never getting into a relationship since her mission is her priority. She even tells him to not be hang up on her and live his own life before her Heroic Sacrifice.
- The Nakoruru: Ano Hito Kara no Okurimono game has her explaining that her priestess nature doesn't allow her to think or desire for her own happiness, because it would be a distraction from her duty. The kicker? She says it to reject Yantamu's marriage proposal.
- Clothing Damage: Killing Nakoruru with a strong attack will cause her clothes to be cut or torn off her body, often exposing her breasts or her panties.
- Cute Bruiser
- Fragile Speedster: Nakoruru is fast with her attacks and movement in general, but has very low tolerance for damage and will be killed very easily.
- Friend to All Living Things
- Hime Cut
- Mascot: Alongside Terry Bogard, she is SNK's other mascot. Unlike Athena, however, if they ever get into crossovers, Nakoruru just feels indifferent with Terry.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: A recurring theme for her in Ano hito kara no okurimono.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness
- Leitmotif: Her theme song is one of the few recurring tracks in the series.
- Nature Heroine: The Neo Geo DJ Station drama CD pokes fun at this in one skit. It involves Nakoruru stewing horrendously mismatched ingredients whilst going on about how they're all natural, therefore bound to taste delicious together.
- Kill the Cutie: Despite being an extremely beautiful girl, she is shown no mercy; losing at the hands of the other warriors will result in Nakoruru being killed in extremely brutal ways, including being decapitated, burned and vaporized, impaled in her private parts, and having her clothes ripped off and her naked body torn apart.
- Nature Spirit
- Onee-sama: She's is one for Rimururu and Mikato
- Panty Shot: Nakoruru's panties are sometimes seen when she is killed by strong attacks, as her clothes are cut off her body. In Samurai Shodown Sen and the RPG, she trades her usual long pants for a knee-length skirt, which causes her to expose her panties often while fighting, and almost always when she dies.
- In the Nakoruru AMV, Nakoruru's underwear is shown during a bath scene; she wears a length of cloth that covers her genitalia and goes in between her buttocks, leaving her buttocks exposed, before being tied around her waist in a fundoshi style.
- Reluctant Warrior: If it's possible, she'd rather not fight
- Reverse Grip: Uses it often.
- Saving the World: She's the one who is mostly bound by this duty than any of the other characters and takes this seriously due to her contract as the protector of nature.
- Ship Tease: Despite her dedication on Nature, there is a lot of teases about her and Galford
- Wall Jump
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Strong willed priestess with a Hime Cut, very kind and gentle unless she's your opponent, totally dedicated to her duty/mission to protect nature.
Galford D. Weiler
Tropes associated with Galford:
- The Beast Master
- Big "NO!": He usually lets it out when he's beaten)
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Dogged Nice Guy: towards Nakoruru. Puns not intended. In a mild subversion: during his Tear Jerker ending in Samurai Shodown II, when Nakoruru's spirit apologizes to him and begs him to not be grieve for her, he immediately complies.
- Eagleland: Type B, but mostly on a heroic light.
- Fun Personified
- Generation Xerox: Aside of the ninja stuff, he is pretty much a justice lover like his father.
- Gratuitous English: Well, is the sky blue?
- Justice Will Prevail
- Large Ham: LET'S GO POPPY!
- Leitmotif: His theme song, the bizarrely named "Tuna" is one of the few recurring tracks in the series.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Love Freak
- Parental Abandonment: He ran away from home, leaving his mother and his four older sisters. And his father got killed by Draco.
- Scarf of Asskicking: His most prized possession, from his sensei Ayame.
- Shock and Awe: "Plasma Blade!"
- Wall Jump
- Yamato Nadeshiko: His preference of women...and Nakoruru just happens to be one.
- You Killed My Father: Draco, as we finally learn in Sen. In his own words:
Tropes associated with Hanzo:
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Humility isn't really his thing.
- Badass Grandpa, Cool Old Guy: Despite not being that old.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: The few times he's been seen without his mask, we can see a BIG scar across one of his eyes.
- Hitman with a Heart Well, he is a ninja.
- Legacy Character: In the Distant Finale, one of his sons (widely believed to be Shinzo) takes over the name of Hattori Hanzo and becomes head of the clan.
- NINJA: He also eats with his mouth.
- Ninja Log: Probably used the first playable fighting version of this trope.
- Papa Wolf: To Shinzou, and by extension to his pupil Kanzou.
- Playing with Fire
- Seppuku —> Interrupted Suicide: Was this close to commit suicide like this in his first ending, after he failed to save Shinzo from Amakusa. Then Kanzou and his friends stepped in and told him to become their mentor, which gave Hanzou his hope back.
- Scarf of Asskicking
- The Stoic: He doesn't speak much.
- Wall Jump
Tropes associated with Jubei:
- Badass Grandpa: He's a middle-aged samurai.
- Butt Monkey: Fandom only.
- Dual Wielding: With his daisho.
- Eyepatch of Power Of course.
- Kiyoshi Kobayashi
- Rated M for Manly
EarthquakeOverly obese Texan McNinja. Earthquake used to learn under Galford's sensei Ayame, but quit early due to his greed. He later becomes a bandit, leading his gang to cause mischief here and there. His fart is said to be poisonous. He's always working for the bad guy, but later enters Makai, lured by the treasures there and vanished, never to be heard again.
Tropes associated with Earthquake:
- Ass Kicks You: Or more like, 'Ass Stomps You'.
- Acrofatic: Look at this guy, would you ever guess that he's a ninja?
- Bald of Evil
- Dumb Muscle
- Eagleland: Type B... well, mostly.
- Epic Flail: He has a kusarigama as his weapon of choice.
- Facial Markings: Earthquake has tattoos or face paint in the shape of flames around his eyes.
- Fartillery: His epic kick grab in the first 2 games.
- Gonk: It's also his complex: "His face looks like an old woman's".
- Lightning Bruiser: Especially since the second game, when he gained a few ninja abilities.
- Mighty Glacier
- Stout Strength
- Unexpected Character: Made his first playable appearance in nearly a decade as a character in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos.
- Wall Jump: Gained this ability in the second game.
Shiranui Gen-AnAn... uh... goblin-like monster who claims himself 'The King of Demons' and does his best to do evils here and there, while being quite inept at it. Has a hot, very much humanly wife named Azami, and she bore him a lot of kids... LIKE HIM. During the first game, he is killed, but the second game had him resurrected by Mizuki. Eventually, however, under the begging of Azami, Gen-An stops fighting and settles down. Hinted to be the distant ancestor of that Stripperiffic Ninja Mai Shiranui.
Tropes Associated with Gen-An:
- Bald of Evil
- Cartoon Creature
- Everything's Better with Spinning: One of his moves and his eventual super involves spinning.
- Evil Laugh: An unsettling cackle, to be specific.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: When your winposes are somewhat mirroring Haohmaru, you know you're not serious.
- I'm a Humanitarian
- Small Name, Big Ego: He likes claiming himself 'The Demon King'.
- This Is a Drill: In I Gen-An's punch throw has him use his claw like a drill. In II this becomes his Desperation Move.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: And descendant, some say.
- Wall Jump: Gained this ability in the second game.
Charlotte Christine de Colde
Tropes associated with Charlotte:
- Action Girl
- All Love Is Unrequited: Her crush on Haohmaru.
- Battle Ballgown
- Boobs of Steel: Subverted.◊ Slightly above average at best, never really emphasized in the games. Her other assets, on the other hand...
- Cyanide Pill: Her suicide move from Samurai Shodown IV seems to be this.
- Everyone Looks Sexier If French: If she really was supposed to be introduced as the 'sexy' Foil of the cuter Nakoruru. She came off as pretty damn Badass instead.
- Gratuitous French: Has gone from ear-grating to amusing to just short of decent. "O-ribuaaa?"
"Juéé t'êêêêêm? Madeumwazzêêêlll?"
- One NPC in her SSV intro takes it a couple dozen steps further, to the utter hilarity of many a French fan.
- Important Haircut: When she sees that Haohmaru does love Oshizu despite his dedication to fighting, she decides to get over it and starts by cutting her long hair with her rapier.
- Lady of War
- Panty Shot: Only in Samurai Shodown Sen, and usually only when she dies. Charlotte's skirt is of knee length, and she sometimes exposes her black panties when she kicks. When she is killed, however, her body usually lies down with her legs propped up, hitching her skirt up and exposing her panties.
- Patriotic Fervor
- Royal Rapier
- Shout-Out: Her look is very much inspired with Oscar Jarjayes from Rose of Versailles. (But not her crossdressing tendencies.)
- Stripperiffic: Notably averted. Her bulky combat armor is only two heels away from realistic.
Tam-TamHero of the Greenhell tribe in South America, protecting the Tanjil and Palenke Stones, which is responsible of keeping Ambrosia to be brought to the world. He was actually slain by Gaoh in the past, but one tribesman brought his mask to him, which resurrects him. Later, during Amakusa's return, Tam Tam hunts down the Palenke stone and retrieves it, but on the other hand, his sister Cham-Cham lost the other stone, thereby subjecting Tam-Tam to be punished... turning into Cham-Cham's pet chimpanzee Paku-Paku.
Tropes associated with Tam-Tam:
- Ambiguously Brown
- Back from the Dead: Look below.
- Badass Boast
- Badass Bystander/Legacy Character: Tam-Tam in the fifth game is a mere villager who came to find the revered hero Tam-Tam slain by Gaoh.
- The Big Guy: Tall even by Western standards, so much indeed that he is constantly crouching while fighting. Once he stands up, he towers over everyone in the game.
- Breath Weapon: He can breathe fire.
- Butt Monkey: The fourth game turns him to this, first there's Galford's ending where his puppies took away his mask; then there's his ending where it is revealed how he became Paku-Paku
- Hot-Blooded: His winquote describes it all: "My Boiling Blood Bubbles For Battle!"
- Mask Power: enough to revive him.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
- Takehito Koyasu: in the movie.
- Wild Man
Senryo KyoshiroKabuki actor who thinks Kabuki dancing is Serious Business. The evil presence kept disturbing his performances, so he usually fights to preserve his dancing stage. The second game provides a much bigger threat for him when his fellow performer got possessed and he's forced to kill him, and later he discovers that his soul is required by Mizuki to bring back Ambrosia. After being saved by Amakusa, he joins in defeating Mizuki, and then adopts the priestess Bizuki, whose body were possessed by Mizuki, turning her into his fellow Kabuki dancer.
Tropes associated with Kyoshiro:
- Anime Hair: Look at it. Look at it.
- Blade on a Stick
- Breath Weapon: He can breathe fire.
- Doesnot Like Shoes: From III onwards.
- Handicapped Badass: He only uses one foot to stand while fighting
- Very Large Ham: Emphasis ours. Kabuki, people!
- Even more amusing, when he defeats his palette-swapped counterpart in SS 1 he calls him "ham".
- Paper Fan of Doom
- Took a Level in Badass: Compare his SSII◊ and SSIII◊ sprites.
- Serious Business: "A method of acting that is a matter of life or death."
Wan-fuChinese Warlord out to unify China. Despite his seemingly evil idea, he is merely a good guy trying to make best of the situation, and to protect his land, which leads him to fight off the evil forces that ravaged the land. Seems to change his weapon in every installment (uses a huge scimitar in the first game, stone pillar in the second, huge mace in the fifth game). Doesn't seem to know that there is a fourth wall.
Tropes associated to Wan-fu:
- Ass Kicks You: One of his aerial kicks, one of his standing kicks and one of his grabs.
- Bad Ass Boast"Life is a dream. And it's Morning for you!"
- BFS: His weapon in the first game was almost a Game Breaker. If he hit you point-blank with his Power Slash (which reached nearly across the screen), it usually inflicted three hits that took off about half a full life meter and usually left you dizzy to boot. Once that happened, the round was over.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Cast From HP: Can sacrifice some health to max out his rage.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Lightning Bruiser: He's not much of a Mighty Glacier compared to Earthquake.
- No Fourth Wall: Second game's ending. If you could call it that.
- Take Over China: "OF COURSE!"
- Use Your Head: has a move in the second game which involves repeatedly slamming his head into his stone pillar to raise his extra gauge while losing a small amount of health.
- Weapon of Choice: Notable for averting this; each game saw him using a different weapon.
Tropes associated with Amakusa:
- The Atoner: His good self
- Back from the Dead: Twice.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Does he EVER! So much that many who first encountered him thought he was a woman at first.
- Enemy Without: Aku Amakusa
- Heel-Face Turn
- Hypocritical Humor: "My religion says all are equal. Peasant."
- Noblewoman's Laugh: No wonder many are fooled.
- Religious Bruiser: Based on the real life Christian minister of the same name.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His first reason for coming back and the basis of his evil self.
- Sissy Villain: At least, that's what you think before he disembowls you with that magical orb he carries around.
- SNK Boss: In the first game at least. Less noticiable than other bosses since The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard in SS1 (effectively making every character a boss fight) and because of a Good Bad Bugs case that allowed the player to win the first round against him easily. Still, he remains a very cheap enemy as his special moves have zero recovery time, can break out of comboes and can dizzy you quite easily.
- Split Personality/Superpowered Evil Side: Aku Amakusa.
- Voice of the Legion: Aku Amakusa again.
- Wall Jump
Tropes associated with Genjuro:
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Supplemental materials suggest that Genjuro regrets it bigtime — which explains his soft spot to Shiki, a dead-ringer for her.
- Expy: He is sometimes likened to a 'Samurai Iori Yagami', though they're not related and despite Genjuro being created before. SNK vs Capcom Chaos makes fun of this.Iori: Hmph.Genjuro: Hmph.Iori: Die!Genjuro: Die!
- Freudian Excuse: Son of a prostitute. Killed a client who was mistreating his mother. Mother went loopy and tried to kill her son, who ended up having to kill her in self-defense. No fuckin' wonder the dude is pissed off.
- And to twist the knife to the wound? Said client looked like Haohmaru. It's not Haohmaru's fault in the least, but still.
- The Gambler: His stage, special moves and winposes in his debut game are all hanafuda references.
- He also uses giant cards as projectiles and cards go flying during his Desperation Move.
- Mr. Fanservice: Yeah.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Towards Haohmaru.
- Psycho for Hire: Hitokiri, to be more exact.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Subverted. The Blue to Haohmaru's Red at first sight, Genjuro is solely in it out of sadism.
- The Rival
- Self-Made Orphan: Not exactly by choice.
- Shout-Out: Inverted. Watsuki being a bigtime fan, Genjuro's design was what inspired the design of pre-mummy Makoto Shishio
- Genjuro has a massive scar like Sagat's, except Genjuro's is on his back.
- Social Darwinist: He excuses his killing by rationalizing that people who piss him off are stupid, and stupid people defile the world by their existence; therefore, he does everyone a favour by killing them.
- Spell My Name with an "S": "Genjuro" or "Genjyuro"? SNK seems to prefer the latter in more recent games.
- The Rival: To Haohmaru.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: In V, the reason he didn't cut down Sankuro at first sight was because he didn't want to kill the girl in front of him. he would hit and likely kill a girl able to defend herself, but not a Neutral Female.
- You Gotta Have Pinkish Purple Hair
Tropes associated with Cham-Cham:
- Ass Kicks You: One of her aerial "kicks"
- The Beast Master
- Cat Girl Often compared with Felicia and even has her color scheme
- Cute Bruiser
- Genki Girl
- Jungle Princess
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: Her melee and projectile attacks employ her boomerang, which returns back into her hands even if she's being thrown.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Somewhat; she is the replacement of her older brother. She is much more well received though.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair
- Wild Child
Tropes associated to Sieger:
- Badass Baritone: Rather deep voiced. Very Bad Ass.
- Bald of Awesome
- Bodyguard Crush - Loved I Not Honor More: To Elizabeth, who loves him back. They end up Happily Married in his ending.
- Fan Nickname: Based on his Battle Cry, developers nicknamed him "BAAAAH!!!"
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Princess Elizabeth.
- Lightning Bruiser: Is one of the biggest and most muscular characters amongst the cast, but is quite quick on his own
- Love Freak: Possibly, based on his winquote, "Love is the best weapon in the world", unless it's just really one "Blind Idiot" Translation
- Megaton Punch: Well, kind of hard not to when you pack a weapon like that.
- Mr. Fanservice/Foreign Fanservice: Yes, really.
- Patriotic Fervor
- Power Fist/Swiss Army Weapon: His gauntlet doesn't just punch, it shoots things and sets his body on fire.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
- Wrestler in All of Us: He's got a rather nasty backbreaker.
Kafuin NicotineAn old priest, formerly the master of both Haohmaru and Genjuro. He expelled Genjuro due to his bloodlust, and keeps in check about Haohmaru, especially when Mizuki starts targetting him. Nicotine later goes to battle to kill Mizuki and protect Haohmaru. He retires from the battle after the second game. Later in the 64 series, he is entrusted with Shiki's daughter Mikoto; and he raised her, helped with Haohmaru and his grandson Gaira.
Tropes associated with Nicotine:
- Cool Old Guy
- Interface Screw: One of his attacks will reverse your joystick controls for a brief time.
- Old Master
- Playing with Fire & Shock and Awe: More talisman-based, but you get the idea.
- Punny Name
Tropes associated with Mizuki:
- Baleful Polymorph: One of her attacks will briefly turn you into a helpless animal, usually a pig.
- Body Snatcher: Poor, poor Bizuki.
- The Beast Master: With her beast Maju.
- Big Bad
- Dark and Troubled Past: The Samurai Shodown RPG says that, 800 years before Samurai Shodown II took place, a young Mizuki was abandoned by her parents during a massive famine. The little girl crossed the Despair Event Horizon and made a Deal with the Devil with Ambrosia, turning herself into an angry demon that spent years laying waste around the globe.
- Defeat Means Friendship: With Kyoshiro.
- Interface Screw: One of her moves will have your direction control reversed)
- Miko: Or more exactly, the woman whose body she stole was this.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Usually when using her teleportation powers.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Why she joined Ambrosia in the first place.
- SNK Boss: She's fast and her weapon can't be broken, for starters.
- Voice of the Legion: Less distorted than the typical example, though.
- Wall Jump
KurokoA mysterious fighter that acts as the judge of the fights in a few of the games. He has 4 other brothers that dress identical to him, making them indistinguishable from each other. He is a powerful fighter, but rarely enters the arena. While he appears in the first game, he reveals himself as a fighter until the second.
Tropes associated with Kuroko:
- Bonus Boss (In Samurai Shodown 2 you will fight him either randomly or by fulfilling certain conditions)
- No Name Given (His name is obscured in the Samurai Shodown 2 credits. Recently ist's been revealed that his real name is Sukihiro ["Kuroko" is just an alias])
- Shout-Out (Mostly to other SNK games, and how! He is the embodiment of this trope)
- SNK Boss (He is strong and extremely fast. Plus in Samurai Shodown 2, his weapon can't be broken)
Hisame ShizumaruAn amnesiac boy who is deemed as a "demon", only naming himself after his sword. He had a traumatic past as detailed in the fifth game. He usually trains and seeks advice from Haohmaru and eventually after learning about a great 'demon' named Minazuki Zankuro, he travels with Haohmaru and defeats him. Unfortunately he found out that he is also they would call a 'demon', as he found out that he has his bloodlust like Zankuro within. Thankfully, he manages to make peace with it and proceeded to live in peace.
Tropes associated with Shizumaru:
- Amnesiac Dissonance
- And Then John Was a Zombie (He's been called a 'demon' (only called), hunts demons, but eventually found out that he does have a demon bloodlust in him similar to Zankurou.
- This was given a nod in Shizumaru's Tesshun Ougi move for Samurai Shodown 5 Special. Right before performing said "fatality", we see a ghastly form behind him... which looks a LOT like Zankurou. See it at 6:07)
- Apologetic Attacker: Some of his win-poses has him make a double take, mutter an apology and bow respectfully to his fallen opponent. Also, after performing his Tesshun Ougi, the poor boy will be horrified to see his rival dead and collapse in tears.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady (Granted, he is mostly based on both Himura Kenshin and Kurama)
- Kid Hero: One of the youngest characters in most games he appears in.
- Parasol of Pain
- Ship Tease: He is often put into this with Nakoruru's sister Rimururu
- Shrinking Violet: Male exemple
- Troubled, but Cute: Sweeter than the standard, but with a VERY Dark and Troubled Past.
Rimururuadoptive little sister. She is also a priestess of Ainu, and instead fights using an ice spirit named Konru/Konril. At first, Nakoruru forbid her from fighting, but she managed to build up enough resolve to be acknowledged by Nakoruru by the time of the third game. After the second game, when Nakoruru dies... wem goes into a deep sleep, Rimururu officially takes over her main duty as the protector of Nature.
Tropes associated with Rimururu:
- An Ice Person
- Cheerful Child
- Clothing Damage: Often happens when Rimururu is killed.
- Barrier Maiden -> Distress Ball: PS1 Warriors Rage hands her this one when Oboro captures her so she doesn't interfere to his plans. Nakoruru had to take action and urge the rest of the warriors to rescue her.
- Drop the Hammer: Her fatality consist in her smashing the opponent in the ground with a small iceberg on a stick.
- Just a Kid (And she doesn't like being treated like that)
- Kill the Cutie: Her age and cute looks don't save her in the slightest from the life-and-death brutality of combat.
- Not Blood Siblings
- Panty Shot: If Rimururu is killed by a strong slash, her clothes will sometimes fall off her body, exposing her underwear or body parts. In addition, though she doesn't wear a skirt, the leg openings of Rimururu's shorts are large, and true to her tomboyish nature, she tends to spread her legs open very wide apart when she is lying down, allowing her panties to be seen. This is also especially apparent when Rimururu is killed, as her body will be almost always be lying down with her legs spread open as wide as they will go, and she will often convulse as she is dying in similar poses as well.
- In the Nakoruru AMV, Rimururu's underwear is shown in a swimming scene by the lake; she wears white, bandage-like strips of cloth wrapped around her breasts, and over her genital area.
- Plucky Girl
Kubikiri BasaraA restless spirit who was killed alongside his lover Kagaribi by the hands of Zankuro. Turns out that she was killed by Basara himself, but in denial, he continued to blame Zankuro, enough to come back to the mortal world to hunt down Zankuro... and swiftly killed again. Then Amakusa revived him, but he proves to be rebellious and attempts to kill him again. Amakusa later lures him into a trap and imprisons him in a stone pillar.
Tropes associated with Basara:
- Confusion Fu: One of the cornerstones of his playstyle is to spawn shadow clones of himself to make the opponent believe he's going to begin an action that he isn't.
- Fuuma Shuriken
- Ghost Lights (Can summon one as a projectile)
- He Who Fights Monsters
- Love Makes You Evil (Oh God, poor Kagaribi...)
- Gorn: His fatality. Enough said....
- Precision Guided Fuuma Shuriken
- Psycho for Hire
- The Undead
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair (Even after you die)
- Youkai (Yurei)
Kafuin GairaNicotine's very huge grandson, and also not that intelligent. After an argument with Nicotine, Gaira ran off from the temple to train, and saw Zankuro's massacre, but too afraid to stop him. To make up for it, he tried to defeat him. However, he's already defeated and Gaira eventually built a shrine for his grave... only to be raided by Amakusa and used for his plans. Later on, after Amakusa and Zankuro are defeated for good, Gaira eventually returns in peace to the temple, after much training.
Tropes associated with Gaira:
- Dumb Muscle
- Improbable Weapon User (he fights with his beads)
- Mighty Glacier
- Taken for Granite: His Fatality turns the enemy into stone. He then proceeds to shatter him/her.
Minazuki ZankuroThird game's final boss. Trying his hardest to perfect is swordsmanship, he became a brutal manslayer, likened to a demon. He went to slaughter people here and there until he finds one girl named Shiori and couldn't bring himself to kill her (she is actually his daughter). Realizing what kind of man he has become, he calls quits and retires into his hermitage, swearing only to raise his sword to fight Worthy Opponent. Said daughter eventually approached Haohmaru and Shizumaru, informing them about Zankuro, and eventually, Zankuro fought them. Both defeated him, but Zankuro has yet to give up... until a roaring thunder struck him dead. Gaira later found his corpse and built a gravestone for him. Shortly after, Amakusa attempted to bring Zankuro back to life and tried controlling him. Zankuro broke free of the control and tried to continue his battle, but this time he is Killed Off for Real by Sogetsu.
Tropes associated with Zankuro:
- Anti-Villain (He was once a huge bastard, but as it stands now, he has retired and won't kill people discriminately. Yet he's still the Big Bad)
- BFS: His katana is absolutely massive, standing about as tall as he is when it's planted in the ground.
- Blood Knight (A brutal version)
- Hijacked by Ganon / Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Samurai Shodown 4 (subtitled AMAKUSA'S REVENGE for crying out loud) revolves around a new plan by a re-reawakened Classic Villain, so you would think said classic villain would be the final boss. Nope, after defeating Aku Amakusa, the big stone thing in the background explodes, Aku Amakusa gets sliced in half, and in walks a newly resurrected Zankuro, who in 3—it should be noted—was just a normal human who was killed by lightning! Funnily enough, he's not the final battle of the game either. You gotta beat a character-specific rival after beating him.
- My God, What Have I Done?
- Rated M for Manly Definitely!
- Sealed Evil in a Can (What he becomes after his death in the third game... which Amakusa tried to open)
- SNK Boss (By Samurai Shodown 4, he had the greatest reach and base strenght of all bosses, as well as great speed)
- Sword Beam: His fatality in 5 consists of a superpowered slash that fires a green wave of death at his foe, totally obliterating him/her except for the lower parts of their feet.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard (In Samurai Shodown 3, where combos are restricted and doing them from behind is one of the few allowed ways, he can't be comboed from behind, as he will magically block any second hit you might attempt to land on him, leading to some heavy retribution. From that same game, he has a True Final Boss round, where you must knock him down a third time, the cheating part being that even if you have not been knocked out before, you'll lose if he wins the round, and if you win by time out, you also lose the game. Finally in the fourth game, his Desperation Attack is a one hit kill if it catches you in the air)
- True Final Boss (In Samurai Shodown 3, as mentioned above. Subverted in Samurai Shodown 4, since he is the last boss unlocked, but a special regular match follows)
Kazama KazukiA ninja of the Kazama clan, younger brother of Sogetsu, way too much Hot-Blooded. When Amakusa kidnaps his Barrier Maiden sister Hazuki, Kazuki left the clan to become a nukenin, with his brother hot on trail to punish and execute him. They end up fighting alongside each other against Amakusa and Zankuro (Kazuki beats Amakusa) to save Hazuki and for that, Sogetsu lets him off while keeping his death fake. Then... poor Hazuki gets kidnapped AGAIN (girl has NO luck, indeed) by Yuga the Destroyer, prompting Kazuki to save her again, and also tapping on the power of Enja who is trapped in his weapon. He goes berserk for awhile, but completed his mission and subdued Enja, then he can finally live in peace again with Hazuki.
Tropes associated with Kazuki:
- Anime Hair
- Difficult but Awesome: His Bust version revolves around a combination of a slide kick to trip his opponent, a hammer punch to slam them against a wall and a rising punch and kick combo to hit them afterwards. The trope comes in play for the last part: unless you time it perfectly, Kazuki will nick his opponent with 2-3 hits, leaving him open as he continues to flail around in midair while the opponent recovers before he even starts descending. However, if timed perfectly, the opponent is caught in a full set of attacks, which Kazuki follows up by taking out his sword and slamming the opponent into the ground, doing up to half their health in a single easily-landed combo.
- Highly-Visible Ninja (He's wearing a frigging RED costume and is on fire... what else do you ask for? He doesn't even quite bother with blending techniques...)
- Knight Templar Big Brother (Hurt Hazuki in any way, and he'll crisp you)
- Large Ham
- Playing with Fire
- Red-Headed Hero
- Red Oni, Blue Oni (Obviously, he's the Red Oni for Sogetsu's Blue Oni)
- Sibling Yin-Yang
Kazama SogetsuKazuki's Bishōnen of a big brother, much more aloof and calm. When Hazuki gets kidnapped and Kazuki ran off, Sogetsu was assigned with the mission to kill him for running away from the clan, he complied to the mission but ended up fighting alongside Kazuki to save Hazuki from Amakusa and Zankuro (Sogetsu gets to beat Zankuro). Then he faked killing Kazuki and made a false report to his clan, ensuring that Kazuki and Hazuki would be able to live freely. Inside his weapon is another beast named Suija, which is sealed the same way as Enja is sealed on Kazuki's weapon. Sogetsu is later forced to call it off during the battle against Yuga, but he quickly overcame the possession, and returns to his clan, now recommended as the clan leader.
Tropes associated with Sogetsu:
- Aloof Big Brother (to Kazuki and Hazuki)
- Ninja (Unlike Kazuki, he's not so much visible since he can hide himself in water)
- Making a Splash
- Red Oni, Blue Oni (He's the Blue Oni)
- Sibling Yin-Yang
- Take a Third Option: Faking your rebellious little brother's death so he and your sister can run away is way more useful than either letting him go and being marked as a failure by your clan, or killing him and definitely losing both of your siblings.
Hazuki KazamaThe younger sister of Kazuki and Sougetsu, and a member of the Kazama ninjas. She seems to be a kind, sweet person without much fighting abilities; instead, she has great spiritual powers that let her use powerful sealing techniques. Unfortunately, Amakusa realizes the last detail fast and takes a hold of Hazuki for his own purposes, which kicks off the subplot with Kazuki running off to save her and Sougetsu having to stop and kill him. In Zero, she also has to keep the peace between Kazuki and Sougetsu...
Tropes associated with Hazuki:
- Barrier Maiden: Unlike her brothers, she doesn't seem to have any fighting skills. OTOH, Hazuki is the one who "tamed" and then sealed Suija and Enja in their swords. We get to see her do so in Suija's Zero ending.
- Butt Monkey: The kid has been either kidnapped or threatened HOW many times by now?
- Curtains Match the Window: Has green hair and Green Eyes
- Girl Next Door: Ninja version, sorta.
- Go Through Me: In Sougetsu's Zero ending, she stops Sougetsu from killing the berserker Kazuki, then uses her powers to knock Kazuki out and help him "tame" Enja.
- Satellite Character
ShikiOne of the main heroines in the 64 series. Ever since birth, she was tailored to be Yuga's servant and when she came to age, she became Brainwashed to his servant and hunted down the male counterpart that Yuga needs for a perfect body: Haohmaru. Fortunately, Haohmaru managed to kick Yuga's ass beforehand, thereby freeing her soul and granting her amnesia about her time with Yuga, which she uses to become a fortune teller by the name Kanae. Unfortunately, Yuga soon revives and sends in Asura's Shadow to kidnap her, but they end up falling in love. The original Asura and his shadow defeats Yuga and later Shiki gave birth to her daughter from Shadow Asura: Mikoto. She left her in care with Haohmaru and Nicotine (and presumably Gaira as well), then vanishes, possibly dying eventually.
Tropes associated with Shiki:
- Babies Ever After (Any of her endings in crossovers or spinoff games will ALWAYS involve her giving birth to Mikoto)
- Brainwashed and Crazy
- Dual Wielding
- Emotionless Girl
- Expy (Somewhat thought to be an Expy for Rei Ayanami
- Sexy Backless Outfit
Gandara—Tropes associated with Gandara:
- Attack Its Weak Point: It seems to take more damage from blows to the head.
- Four Is Death: Its creation involves placing a Deku into an egg for 44 months and 44 days.
- Implacable Man
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: As well as a large number of forsaken adults.
Yuga the DestroyerThe Big Bad of the Samurai Shodown 64 games. Yuga is an ancient evil persumablely from the demon world and is now attempting to use Shiki and Haohmaru to create a perfect body for to be a 'God of Destruction' and unite the Demon and Human world. Yuga and its powers are themed around dual energies of yin/yang, and similarly it can employ male and female bodies for itself.
Tropes associated with Yuga the Destroyer:
- Big Bad
- Demonic Possession: Becomes Shiki's daughter Mikoto later on and tries to completely possess her.
- Gender Bender: Yuga switches between both male and female forms throughout the series.
- Marionette Master: Begins with stealing babies from wombs, giving them supernatural powers and brainwashing them later in their lives to be his mindless servants via puppet show.
- One-Winged Angel: Well he/she is a SNK Boss
AsuraA dark entity who battled Yuga over title of Demon World's Strongest, but got defeated and sealed, and he was later cloned, the clone becoming Yuga's servant. Yuga's first defeat weakened the seal, thus the original broke free and set out for revenge. Meanwhile, the clone (Shadow Asura), on the orders of Yuga, kidnapped Shiki and restored her memories as Yuga's servant, but in process, fell in love. The original Asura confronted the shadow, and the two ends up banding together to defeat Yuga for good. As the clone is vanishing due to being empowered with Yuga's magic, the original merged with him, turning into Yuda.
Tropes associated with Asura:
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Heel-Face Turn (His shadow)
- Love Redeems (His shadow becomes a good guy after falling in love with Shiki)
- Swiss Army Weapon (His katana can turn into a jousting spear, a bow and arrow, a poleaxe, etc...)
- Theme Naming (His attack names are named after demons)
- (Asura's shadow's special attacks are all named after angels in Gratuitous English, spelled backward.)
Morozumi TaizanA demon-sealing warrior armed with a giant spear who seeks to avenge his wife killed by Yuga. When needed the tip of his spear can turn to brush to write kanji symbols using own blood as an ink. Then, meaning of whatever was written becomes reality (like word "Fire" becomes a fiery explosion)
- Anime Hair (As per Samurai Shodown main character tradition)
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy
- Cain and Abel
- Good Is Not Nice (He is extremely rude to almost every character in the game.)
- Heavy Sleeper (Has the habit of falling asleep anywhere and at anytime he feels like it. Including other characters' monologues.)
- Knight Templar
- Red Oni, Blue Oni (Blue Oni to Tohma's Red.)
- Sibling Yin-Yang
- Took a Level in Badass (Was already a Badass but after beating the game, he takes the name Kuno Seishirou and a Game Breaker separate character form is available to select.)
- You Killed My Father (Somewhat subverted, in the fact that Seishirou seems more concerned about getting back HIS
father'ssword and proving his superiority then avenging his father's murder.)
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy
- Blood Knight
- Cain and Abel
- The Dark Side
- Failure Is the Only Option (Even in his own ending, the duel between him and Seishirou always ends with Tohma defeated and HIS
father'ssword being taken back.)
- Oblivious to Love (Barely acknowledges or doesn't comprehend Mikoto's feelings for him.)
- Social Darwinist (His belief that only the strong should survive and rule leads him to joining the Razor Trio and taking over Riten Kyo)
- This Cannot Be! (After his defeat by Seishirou and Seishirou's "The Reason You Suck" Speech.)
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Red Oni, Blue Oni (Red Oni to Seishirou's Blue.)
- Self-Made Orphan (Kills his father to prove his strength and take the sword.)
- Sibling Yin-Yang
- Unknown Rival ( Seishirou's)
- White Hair, Black Heart
- Action Girl
- BFS (Not really that big compared to most to be called a BFS but literally much bigger then a 5'1" girl of her size could yeild effectively in combat.)
- Clear Their Name (Rinka joined the "Atom Rebels" as a means to reestablish her family's honor and free the island.)
- Ridiculously Cute Critter (Her blueish mouse friend named Tetsunosuke)
- Jade-Colored Glasses
- Loveable Rogue
- The Mourning After
- Rebel Leader (Even if it is basically just a small number of people)
- Rebellious Spirit
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge (Against nearly everyone, Oboro for kill Karen, Tohma for killing his master and the Bafuku for sending Karen on the mission and thinking he was responsible for the massacre because he was the first on the scene.)
- Swiss Army Weapon (The handle of his sword is a pistol.)
- Blade on a Stick
- Casanova Wannabe: Or seems like it around Saya.
- Failure Is the Only Option (In his ending duel against Jushiro)
- Honor Before Reason: Steady loyal to his master and the traditions of samurai.
- Older Sidekick: Although, technically he is Seishirou's superior.)
- Bash Brothers: With Yaci
- Blood Lust: Is literally obsessed with it and the color red.
- Mixed Ancestry
- Soap Opera Disease: Coughs up blood during his bouts with it.
- White Hair, Black Heart
Saya◊Saya born in England, to a family that was working for one of the most important commercial trade corporations between England and Japan. To achieve success they had to make underworld contacts with criminals but due to their refusal to accept conditions by a gang of thieves led by Oboro, an extermination unit was sent to wipe out Saya's family. Saya's family were killed but she was spared and raised by one of the assassins who took her back to Japan. She has been trained in the art of assassination but has lived with hatred toward Oboro's Razor Trio and the Bafuku government who she blames for doing nothing to avoid their murder. She has since joined up with Jushiro's Atom Rebels to dethrone both the Bafuku and the Razor Trio in Riten Kyo.Tropes associated with Saya:
- Dude Magnet: Seems to have acquired a number of male admires among the male cast.
- Jerkass Façade: Tries to act vain and arrogant but is really a very kind person.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Social Darwinist (often repeats sayings like "Strong will live, while weak should die. Obey the law of nature!")
Tropes associated with Yoshitora:
- The Alcoholic: Despite his womanizing ways, completely subverted. His bio lists him as despising alcohol.
- Anachronism Stew: Well, certainly none of the Tokugawas were Handsome Leches.
- Anime Hair
- Awesome but Impractical: Connecting with every single one of his special moves opens up access to the Final Sword, a devastating instant projectile taller than most characters can jump that instantly kills the opponent. However, landing this in a real match.....good luck with that.
- Bad Ass: Seven friggin' swords! Four daggers, two regular-length swords, and one giant sword as long as he is tall. He's able to Dual Wield these blades at will and slice with them almost too fast to see. Shame he's a pretty mediocre character in the newer games.
- Chivalrous Pervert: "I love every kind of woman in this great world."
- Comes Great Responsibility
- Every Japanese Sword Is a Katana: Averted he also uses four Tanto (daggers) and a Nodachi (BFS).
- Handsome Lech
- King Incognito: He likes playing this.
- Rebellious King
- Rule of Cool: Way too many swords to handle.)
- Shout-Out: Was designed by Nobuhiro Watsuki of Rurouni Kenshin fame, and is made a tribute of Cho, from the multiple swords and broom hair... but not the Shogun heritage.
- Theme Naming: All his attacks are named after flowers.
Majikina Minashe found out that it's Chample who did it. She killed it, but after realizing that she just killed her only friend, she is Driven to Suicide.
Tropes associated with Mina:
- All of the Other Reindeer
- Ambiguously Brown
- Bare Your Midriff
- Clothing Damage: Considering Mina already isn't wearing all that much clothing to damage, this is hardly surprising as the other girls in the game all suffer torn or cut clothes when they are killed. The little Mina is wearing leads to almost, if not all her clothes being shredded when she is killed by strong slashes, causing her to die naked quite frequently.
- Does Not Like Men: Is very apprehensive and edgy around males.
- Downer Ending: Read her backstory, t hat's all you need to know.
- Driven to Suicide
- Emotionless Girl: Not as extreme as Shiki, but you get the idea.
- Glass Cannon: Despite her high damage output and extremely annoying screen controlling tactics, she can't take a hit at all. One or two mistakes on her part, which aren't that hard to make, and she'll be killed quickly.
- Loners Are Freaks
- Mukokuseki: Blue eyes??
- Panty Shot: Frequent, considering her wraparound skirt tends to flap around her legs with the backdraft from her shots, and also flaps upward as she is landing from a jump. Arguably, though, the most obvious exposure of Mina's panties is when she is killed, as her panty-clad buttocks crotch are in clear view of the screen as her body falls through the air.
- Shout-Out: She is likely named after revered Okinawan scholar, Anko Majikina.
Liu YunfeiAn old warrior who can fly with the power of winds. Once, through lust of power, he made a Deal with the Devil, but ends up berserking him and killing his wife, it takes eight of his students to eventually seal him. Years later, said Devil left him and went to possess Gaoh. He went on to travel again and tries to make amends for his past crimes. Eventually, he forced that devil to possess himself and asked Gaoh to kill him, and he did.
Tropes associated with Yunfei:
- The Atoner
- Badass Grandpa
- Blow You Away
- Deal with the Devil
- Shout-Out: Wire Fu at large
- Soul Power: His fatality allows him to extract the soul of the victim and cut it in half, killing him/her
Youkai KusaregedouA literal Complete Monster. A giant Gaki who was once a kind man... except for his cannibalistic tendencies (caused by the Great Tenmei Famine), which cursed him into the thing he is now. All he cared about is to eat, eat and eat, and he likes eating humans... especially little girls. One day, he happens to smell Rimururu and proceeded to chase her, only to be stopped by his daughter Hakana, who pleaded him to come back to the man he is. Kusaregedou manages to remember her... then proceeds to EAT her. That bastard!
Tropes associated with Kusaregedou:
- Bald of Evil
- Child Eater
- Gonk: According to the producer, he is based about the thought of 'combining Earthquake and Gen-An into one'. He's Gonkier than both of them indeed.
- I'm a Humanitarian: His becoming a gluttonous youkai in the first place is punishment for cannibalism in his lifetime, though his backstory's great emphasis on his former kindness brings some doubt as to whether it was of his own volition.
- In place of his biographical information are various disturbingly hilarious quips such as "I want some roashted childly wildies!"
- Jerkass: Definitely.
- Karma Houdini: For a cannibal like him, he's just never heard again after all his crimes. Maybe he got away scots free, or whether he died, we don't know who killed him; they just list him as 'Never seen again'.
- Villainous Glutton
- Youkai: Do we need to bother?
Tropes associated with Rera:
- Anti Heroine: She loves nature as much as Nakoruru does, but is more extreme in her ways to protect it
- Ascended Extra: She was only a palette swap at first, and eventually becomes more and more integral to Nakoruru's story.
- Big Damn Heroes: She took over Nakoruru's body twice, and both times it was to save both of their lives.
- The Beast Master
- Evil Twin: At first sight. She's more of an Anti-Hero actually.
- Expy: Somewhat justified.
- Grand Theft Me: A slightly necessary version.
- The Stoic
- Superpowered Evil Side: Technically. She's less evil and more ruthless, and seriously misunderstands Nako's actual POV.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- What the Hell, Hero?: To Nakoruru in her opening sequences, before going ahead and possessing her.
RasetsumaruA demon released from Makai when Amakusa made a deal with Ambrosia. He's just around so he can kill more and more, reflecting his red blood blade. Hearing about Haohmaru, who looks like him, he hunts him down, but later meets his end by Yumeji.In dream match game, his storyline further updated, explaining him being Amakusa's attempt to create Haohmaru (who is officially stated to be Amakusa's favourite type of warrior), but ended up a failure; Since he was created in Demon World he's essentially just a demon with his body shaped akin to Haohmaru's. In this storyline he hates not only Haohmaru but also Amakusa for creating him.
Tropes associated with Rasetsumaru:
- Ax-Crazy: Oh jeez... As with Kusaregedo, his "bio" is actually a collection of obsessive quotes in regards to his homicidal urges.
- Beat Still, My Heart: HIS Zetsumei Ougi.
- Bloody Murder: One of his special moves involves cutting himself in the chest area to max his POW gauge in exchange for losing a bit of his health.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Likes doing this to his victims.
- Combat Sadomasochist: One of his specials involves cutting himself across the chest with his blade, causing him to bleed and take damage to fill up his rage gauge.
- Enemy to All Living Things
- Evil Knockoff: According to some sources, Rasetsumaru was Amakusa's failed attempt at creating his own minion modeled after Haohmaru.
- Expy: His moves is based on Bust/Rasetsu Haohmaru.
- Licking the Blade
- Slasher Smile
- Superpowered Evil Side: Subverted, since he is NOT this but an Evil Knockoff of the real Haohmaru.
EnjaOnce, he was Yunfei's pupil who sealed him, but in process, he became a demon himself and got sealed. Along with his brother Suija, he broke free a thousand years later (though separated), which took notice of the Kazama ninja clans, but he quickly decimated them, and possessed one of them. Enja's goal is to seal the spell of that devil who possessed Gaoh, then reunite with Suija, and with the spell, they can possess humans in a quicker method. He almost possessed Kazama Kazuki, but got sealed by Hazuki into his weapon. Later during the Yuga saga, Kazuki willingly lets Enja possess him, and he wreaks much havoc, but unfortunately, Kazuki has gotten better in self control and now manages to cow him out. Enja, probably due to years and years of being with Kazuki, somehow got a Heel-Face Turn and instead congratulates his willpower.
Tropes associated with Enja:
- The Berserker
- Evil Twin
- Heel-Face Turn: ...somehow.
- Lightning Bruiser
- No Indoor Voice: To say the least....
- Playing with Fire
- Screaming Warrior
- The Unintelligible: But then, it's not that he actually says anything.
SuijaEnja's brother, and unlike his berserker of a brother, Suija is a much more composed person... with an ambition to become a God. Like Enja, he possessed a Kazama ninja and later aims to possess Sogetsu Kazama. However, he ends up being sealed into Sogetsu's weapon by Hazuki. Later, Sogetsu taps on his power to fight Yuga, but due to more experience, Suija couldn't become the dominant one with Sogetsu.
Tropes associated with Suija:
Kurokouchi YumejiChild of Ukyo's mentor, with... very much unidentified gender. Apparently based on Oda Nobunaga's Uke Mori Ranmaru, who just looks as equally feminime. Yumeji got expelled from his/her dojo and ends up becoming Gaoh's right hand man/woman. Ukyo later defeats him/her and instead cut his/her hair rather than kill her. He/she later becomes a nun and is responsible on permanently killing Rasetsumaru.
Tropes associated with Yumeji:
- Ambiguous Gender
- Heir to the Dojo: for a while.
- Ill Boy: He was apparently kicked out of the dojo due to some sort of ambiguous illness — though it's heavily implied that the "illness" was being female.
- Shape Shifter: in his/her debut, his/her special move is by morphing into other fighters
- The Dragon: To Gaoh
- Yes-Man: He/she is pretty much this for Gaoh.
Yorozu SankuroA lowly thug who's looking for an easy way to make very quick, and BIG bucks. He is a gang leader, consisting of him, Goshichi, Fuyo and Ippachi, all three appear to assist him in attacks, in fact, while he has Genjuro's animations, his moves includes calling those three, eat some sushi, or shoot a revolver once. And BOY is he very annoying to fight against. In Samurai Shodown V, he hired Genjuro to kill Gaoh so he can take over. However, eventually his cover was blown, but Genjuro almost spared him due to his disinterest on slicing up a woman. Ungrateful as he is, Sankuro tried shooting him down, but Genjuro intercepted, and then Sankuro was never seen again. Maybe he died.
Tropes associated with Sankuro:
- Dirty Coward
- Drop the Hammer
- Funny Afro
- Numerical Theme Naming: His own name is made of the kanji for three (San), nine (Kyu/Ku) and six (Roku/Ro). His associates are Goshichi (Five-Seven), Fuyo (Two-Four), and Ippachi (One-Eight). Sort of fitting that they all debut in Samurai Spirits Zero.
- Smug Snake
- Small Name, Big Ego: Goes so far to call his style 'The Strongest Style'. He failed to garner the charm that Dan Hibiki exhibited, though.
Kyougoku Hinowanokami GaohDemon King Oda Nobunaga himself, Gaoh is a general of Tokugawa who got sickened with how the shogunate goes, and not to mention the heir Yoshitora, whom he mentored, is also an uncaring slacker. To stir up his responsibility, Gaoh led a rebellion, assisted with Yumeji. Along the way, he got possessed by the demon that made a deal with Yunfei. Yunfei later hunts him down and helps him free of the demon's influence and banished it. He is later beaten by Yoshitora and in his death, he finally gets to see Yoshitora maturing up.In the dream match, there's his version called 'Gaoh, Oppressor of Demon World', which is a continuation of him and Kuraki Sumeragi being defeated and baninshed to Demon World by Yunfei in previous game. There, demons attacking him proved to be no match for Gaoh and he proceeded to defeat at them while using Kuraki Sumeragi's powers at wider extent, eventually transforming into demon itself. He ends up conquering Demon World and ruling it as Demon King, with his next objective being to conquer "the world above"
Tropes associated with Gaoh:
- And Then John Was a Zombie
- Badass Moustache
- Blade on a Stick: To be more precise, 3 blades on a stick! It also magically grows in size when Gaoh transforms into the Dark Emperor!
- Like a Badass out of Hell: His intro image in the dream match, whereas he beckons the player while stomping on Satan's head
- Noble Demon
- One-Winged Angel: The Dark Emperor/Kuraki-Sumeragi
- SNK Boss
- Shout-Out: Gaoh is one enormous shoutout to Fist of the North Star, from being voiced by Kenji "Raoh" Utsumi to shouting such things as "Tenha Kassatsu!" and "Hikanu!", two famous lines of Kenshiro and Souther respectively.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
AndrewHe is portrayed as an American soldier who goes to Japan to stop a new menace to his relatively young country. In his ending, he befriends Yoshitora. He is a serious and dedicated individual, always thinking about his job to his country above all else.
Tropes associated with Andrew:
- Andrew Jackson
- Bifurcated Weapon: He uses a bayonet
- Eagleland: Variant 1
- Patriotic Fervor
- Stoic Spectacles
IrohaShe is a crane who transforms herself into a Japanese maid. She serves her master and appears to think of him/her as the most important aspect of her life. Her master is unknown (rumored to be Andrew), but is likely to be the player him/herself as she often bows and speaks to the player before and after her fights. Creators have confirmed this in an interview, adding that she is specifically talking to the players.Iroha is an obedient and cheerful maiden. She deeply cares for her master, trying her hardest to stay in her human form whilst in front of him/her. Despite debuting only in a dream match, Iroha then goes on to star in many Meido based spinoff games.
Tropes associated with Iroha:
- Animorphism: Between Crane and human forms
- Battle Strip/Full-Frontal Assault: One of her super moves (which happens in shadow) involves her stripping off her clothes resulting in her silouette appearing nude, then beating the crap out of her opponent with her bare hands before morphing into her crane form momentarily to cause some more damage, then morphing back to her human form, still nude, to lay the final blow.
- Distracted by the Sexy: ...and during that whole sequence, her opponent is just standing there letting her beat the crap out of him/her.
- Boobs of Steel
- Hourglass Hottie
- Ms. Fanservice: Duh.
- No Fourth Wall: This woman won't let something like that keep her from serving you.
- Ninja Maid
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Kind, domestic, submissive but not exactly weak, obedient to her master, feminine yet very capable of holding her own in battle. Her true form as crane helps too. Pretty much the only non-YN trait she has is her revealing wardrobe.
Matsuribayashi SugorokuA large, jolly man who really enjoys festivals and fun.
Tropes associated with Sugoroku:
- BFG: Wields a huge cannon used for shooting Fireworks!!
- Big Fun: He's extremely cheery.
- Fan Disservice: He wears an open jacket, fundoshi and form-fitting sarashi like bandages... and sadly is quite fat.
TakechiyoHe is a warrior-in-training who was once saved by Haohmaru when his village was attacked by bandits. He was then taught by Haohmaru in swordplay to become stronger. Like his idol, he travels the land in hopes of improving himself. One day, he was saved by Suzuhime when he swept ashore from his shipwrecked boat. Two months prior the events of the game, Suzuhime runs away from home and he decides to find her. Though he finds it a bother, he agrees as the journey will also help him improve his swordplay and his code of honor.
Tropes associated with Takechiyo:
- Captain Ersatz: His background and name are referred to Toshiro Mifune in Seven Samurai.
- Combat Pragmatist
- Hero-Worshipper: After Haohmoru saved Takechiyo and his sister from being killed by bandits, Takechiyo promised to improve his swordfighting so he could defeat Haohmoru in a duel.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Ship Tease: With Suzuhime
- Rescue Romance: Genderflipped, as she's the one who saved him in his backstory.
- Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: Fights with a bokuto, made for "smashing things".
SuzuhimeShe is the princess of a foreign country, orphaned when her parents' ship was raided ten years ago. She washed ashore the beaches of Japan and was adopted by a daimyo who resides in Amori. One day, ten years later, she found Takechiyo along the shoreline to her home and nursed him back to health. After hearing that the ship he stowawayed on collided with a ship bearing a particular crest, Suzuhime runs away from home two months before the game begins in order to pursue Golba.
Tropes associated with Suzuhime:
- BFS: Her sword is quite huge.
- Huge Sword, Tiny Girl: The size of Suzu's weapon is emphasized more from how comparatively small she is, compared to both her weapon, and to the rest of the cast.
- Damsel in Distress: Most of the stories for the other characters have them needing to save Suzu after she's kidnapped by Golba's Mooks, although it's because Golba needs her and her sword as symbolic claims to the Lesphian throne than the stereotypical reasons for kidnapping damsels. Subverted to Hell and BACK in her story mode, where she plows through Golba, his henchmen, and anybody else who got in her way like tissue paper.
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- Musical Assassin: Her other weapon is a flute.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Is only 14, and is about the same size as Nakoruru or Rimururu: she packs WAY more damage than those two (and on par with some of the larger members of the cast), thanks to her handy-dandy BFS.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Well, in her storymode, at least. The others have her kidnapped by Golba so she and her sword would give him political legitimacy for the Lesphian throne.
- Ship Tease: With Takechiyo
- Rescue Romance: Genderflipped, as she's the one who saved him in his backstory.
AngelicaShe was raised as an assassin to an unknown organization. She tried to flee from her benefactors but was allowed to live by her pursuers. To ensure her safety and her possible freedom, Angelica is given two missions: to bring Suzuhime and a treasured sword back to them and to find a worthy samurai successor for their leader. She obeys but is reluctant to leave their leader's side.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Being raised by her syndicate as an assassin has made her cold and ruthless, blindly hunting down those Golba wants dead... it's implied in Angelica's ending that her older sister deliberately let herself be killed during the Mirror Match stage to try snapping Angelica out of this.
- Evil Twin: Since Angelica serves as a sub-boss for the rest of the characters, she seemingly runs into one during her story mode. While technically not a twin (or even much of a villain), it turns out that Angelica just fought her older sister... oh, and killed her. Whoops.
- Professional Killers: An assassin trained from birth by a syndicate which turns out to have been formed by Golba.
Kim Hye-RyenHae-Ryen is a Korean warrior who has defeated many evil doers in the name of justice. He travels to Japan as an emissary where he witnesses Angelica killing an assassin. He decides to go after her, sensing the great evil surrounding her. In his ending, he spots her but realizes that she no longer has a killing intent. Convinced that people can change for the better, Hae-Ryen leaves her alone and proceeds on his journey.
Tropes associated with Hae-Ryen:
- Black and White Morality: His code of justice is usually enforced by him dueling and slaying evildoers.
- Black and White Insanity: Realizes he suffers from this in his ending - first when he discovers that Golba was also fighting to "bring justice" for his homeland Lesphia (but was doing so as a militant tyrant), and when he finds Angelica (the person he swore to hunt down at the start of the game) having changed her nature after he first saw her.
- Justice Will Prevail: Wouldn't be a Kim in an SNK game if he didn't have this.
- This Is Unforgivable!: And this, too
GallowsHe is the leader to his band of an honorable viking group who sail the seas looking for adventure and treasure. Many years prior to the game, his wife, Agnes, left on a trip to another country and never returned home. Hearing that a woman resembling her was found somewhere in Japan, he departs with his comrades to look for her. In his ending, he doesn't find her yet hasn't lost hope that she is still out there.
- An Axe to Grind: Carries a battle-ax as his weapon of choice.
- The Big Guy: This dude can easily rival Wanfu in the sheer weight department!
- Horny Vikings: Yes, really. In the 1790s
- Mighty Glacier: Is by far one of the slowest of the roster, but can tank many hits while dishing plenty of them out.
J10 years prior to the events of the game, J. was an unfortunate sailor who washed up the shores of Japan. To survive, he learns to wield a blade and lovingly names his sword Elvis. He eventually meets and falls in love with a geisha and tries to buy her freedom without much success. Hearing of a reward for detailing the whereabouts of Suzuhime, he sets out in search of her.
- Anachronism Stew: Yeah, even though this game has Samurai, Ninjas, Knights In Shining Armor, Horny Vikings, and even Cowboys, an Afro Samurai is really pushing the Suspension of Disbelief...
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: Was treated as a monster by the Japanese just for his skin color, and the only reason the geisha was kind to him was because she was literally blind to what made him an outcast.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Suffers this after being shipwrecked in Japan.
- One-Letter Name
WalterWalter is a knight of the Mondschein Drache Empire and member of the Crimson Lion Knights like Neinhalt Sieger. After hearing that his home maybe soon invaded by a new threat, he leaves his home to investigate.
- Knight Templar: Literally, although a genuinely noble one.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Embodies this when fighting for the Mondschein Drache Empire.
- Not So Different: Realizes that Golba was just as patriotic to the nation of Lesphia after defeating him in his story mode.
Sugamata JinbeiJinbei was a retired warrior, until one day, he rescued Suzuhime from the sea. He raised her until she met Takechiyo and ran away. Jinbei now searches for her.
- Badass Grandpa: Is well into his 70s, but is still able to kick ass with the rest of the "youngsters" in the cast.
- Retired Badass: Until getting forced out of it when he goes to find Suzuhime.
Black HawkBlack Hawk is a Native American whose father was killed during the Independence War. Seeking revenge, he consults the shaman of his tribe who tells him to head east to fulfill his destiny.
- Magical Native American: Well, not exactly "magical", but his design and personality befits this trope.
- You Killed My Father: His motivation is to hunt down the man who killed his father and it turns out to be Golba. Shocking, I know.
KillianKillian is a skilled torero who met Charlotte after one of his bullfighting events. He becomes intrigued by her when their encounter is interrupted by a hired man after her life. He then decides to follow her, wanting to see for himself why she was assaulted.
- Badass Spaniard
- Blood Knight: The reason he was a matador, and later a duelist, was to get the exhilaration of cheating death, whether facing the horns of a bull, or the blade of a man.
- Toros Y Flamencos: A Dashing Hispanic matador who doubles as a duelist? He couldn't get any more Spanish if he tried!
- Ship Tease: Is hinted to have a crush on Charlotte after his chance encounter with her, and in his ending, he even offers to fight by her side when she's desperately rallying her countrymen for a Last Stand against the invading nations.
- Shout-Out: His counteroffer to Golba after being offered to serve as his general?"No thanks. But I'll hire you as my Sancho Panza if you want."
- Something About a Rose: Tosses one to his opponent in one of his victory poses.
DracoDraco is a Western outlaw, a hired gunman and bodyguard who takes his jobs in stride. In the past, he took the lives of many men for a sound sum of gold; one of his victims was Galford's father. He was recently hired by Golba to eliminate any possible threats that come to the foreign ships stationed at Japan.
Tropes associated with Draco:
- Anachronism Stew: Apart from being a Wild West cowboy in the 1790s, he uses a Winchester Rifle, a weapon that wouldn't be invented until over 70 years after the game he shows up in!!
- Blood Knight: His pre-match dialogue suggests he is this.
- The Dragon: To Golba.
- Guns Are Worthless: Subverted oh-so-hard, especially for a video game. His usage of a rifle as a weapon brings him so much closer to Snk Boss territory than Golba—who actually is the final boss—that it isn't funny.
- Jerkass: Is always rude to his opponents when they face him... at best. At worst, he's downright evil and malicious.
- Psycho for Hire: He's a Bounty Hunter hired by Golba to intercept any of the warriors trying to track him down.
- Smug Snake: He acts pretty cocky in most of his intros (probably because he's brought a gun to a sword fight)
- You Killed My Father: Is revealed to have been the outlaw who shot Galford's father during his story mode.
"Do you remember every slice of bread you've eaten up till now?"
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Claims to have not remembered killing Galford's father when confronted with this accusation. He even apes a certain line from Dio Brando while doing so...
Tropes associated with Golba:
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Leader of a faction wanting to take over Lesphia in a coup, and is the Final Boss of the game.
- Big Bad
- Eyepatch of Power
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: In spite of being The Generalissimo with scores of Mooks at his beck and call (with many of them clearly present in some story lines), they NEVER intervene in the battle between Golba and the player. The only time they DO challenge the player (AFTER Golba is killed, by the way) is during Kyoshiro's ending, of all people - and he cuts THEM down with ease through his "dancing".
- New Era Speech: Gives one for most of his introductions, when he tries to convince the player to join him as his general.I welcome you, true warrior. A worthy general for my soldiers... (Player tries to interject) -Hear me! The embers of conflict smolder in every European land. And when they burst into flame, the inferno will consume the world! I require a new nation of mighty warriors to protect my motherland from the flames of war. If you could instill your fighting spirit into my soldiers, my army will be INVINCIBLE!!! (Cue his Mooks chanting "INVINCIBLE!!!")
- We Can Rule Together: The reason the other warriors are involved in the story is because he intentionally lured in the strongest warriors to help serve as generals to his army, believing that getting a One-Man Army on his side would seal his victory for good. this often bites him in the ass when the characters reject his offer, and VIOLENTLY.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: A little disclaimer in his "We Can Rule Together" offer is that, if the warrior rejects his offer (even if it's because they don't want to fight anymore), he'll have to kill them on the spot, just to ensure nobody would be alive to tell the world of his schemes.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His goals involve protecting his nation of Lesphia from the other nations of Europe, which would have conquered it already if Golba hadn't created conflict within the nations whilst building up his army. A few characters even acknowledge how he's just trying to protect his nation from colonial conquest, or how he was simply acting in a way he considered being "loyal" to Lesphia.
- Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Nakoruru ano hito kara no okurimono game)
- Always Someone Better: She loves Nakoruru like an older sister, but she also feels inferior to her.
- Dojikko: In one of Nako's victory poses in Capcom vs. SNK 2, Manari shows up to congratulate her... and ends up faceplanting.
- Elegant Classical Musician: Sorta, she's an accomplished singer. Again, it's due to her storyteller role.
- Nice Hat
- Love Triangle: She, Nakororu and Yantamu
- Shrinking Violet
- The Storyteller: She comes from a whole clan of these, the Sinotca. They're very important in Kamuikotan, since they mantain the told traditions via their songs.
- 10-Minute Retirement: After she walks into Yantamu confessing to Nakoruru, she's so heartbroken that she wants to stop singing since he's the one who encouraged her to sing in the local festival. However, after learning what her village songs actually mean and losing both Yantamu and Nakoruru, she retakes songwriting and singing, even creating special songs for her lost friends and Mikato.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: For Yantamu
- Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (Nakoruru ano hito kara no okurimono game)
- Accidental Pervert: He once walked on the girls's bath and got frozen by Konril.
- Chick Magnet: He's thought of as cool and handsome by the Kamuikotan girls.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight (Nakoruru's)
- Dogged Nice Guy: Nakoruru's.
- Heroic Sacrifice: To save Mikato and Nakoruru from Mizuki and her demons.
- The Chief's Daughter: Genderflipped. His father is Outada, the leader of Kamuikotan and the local Reasonable Authority Figure.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Nakoruru. He even asks her to marry him, but is rejected since she's a Celibate Heroine) Subverted in the end, they're Together in Death.
- Voiced by: Yukiko Yanou (Nakoruru ano hito kara no okurimono game)
- Cute Mute: Although the game has fully voiced dialogue, she rarely speaks and mainly communicates through text. Yukiko Yanou's lines are mostly there for exposition.
- The Chosen One: She's chosen as Nakoruru's succesor once she gets Brought Down to Normal. She's confirmed as this when Nakoruru dies, and later when with the help of Nakoruru's soul and the Spirit of Nature, she slays Mizuki.
- Idiot Hair: Though she's more of an inexperienced little girl than an idiot.
- Magic Music: Sort-of. The music that's sung in the village festivals is a part of a mystical song that only the Priestesses of Kamuikotan can fully hear and perform. With the help of the dying Nakoruru and later Manari, Mikato manages to finish the song, which gives her a massive power-up.
- Morality Pet: Sorta, to Rera. In fact, Mikato is the one who gave Rera her name.
- Mysterious Waif - The Empath: She sees things that others in her village can't and possesses some spiritual powers.
- Player Character: The story of Ano kara no okurimono develops from her POV.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows and Forehead of Doom
- Childhood Friend: Mikato's
- Childhood Friend Romance: He seems to be infatuated with her, which would certainly explain why he sees Nakoruru as a "bad influence"