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Debuting in Samurai Shodown
Voiced by: note
Our main hero who's out mainly so he can get some kicks out of fighting those who are strong. Likes to booze off with drinks and of course, fight. As a young man, he once lost against Jubei and gets pumped up to get stronger. After said loss, he studied under Nicotine alongside Genjuro, and ends up being chosen as the school's successor much to Genjuro's dismay. In his travels to find worthy opponents, he finds himself entangled with many events, first by Amakusa, then adopting Shizumaru, helping to tame his demonic side, eventually later being targeted by Mizuki for his soul, and then getting captured and enslaved by Yuga, until someone (either Nakoruru, or even Genjuro) breaks him free and later, makes an inspiration for Takechiyo in his quest to fight Golba. Oh, and he's got a Yamato Nadeshiko lover named Oshizu.
- 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.
- Ambiguously Brown: In some of his appearances, especially in Bust/Rasetsu mode in III, IV, 64 games and especially in his older persona in Distant Finale.
- Anime Hair: And how! It even gets bigger every game. Subverted in the Distant Finale, where the "torch" was passed to Kuki Seishiro.
- 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 projectile, Senpuu Retsu Zan (Whirlwind Rending Slash), 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".
- Death from Above: His Resshin Zan (Violent Quake Slash).
- 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
- Hunk: Has broad shoulders as well as a nice muscular build, and is indeed a man's man.
- 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.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Based on Miyamoto Musashi.
- The Protagonist
- 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.
- Series Mascot: Of the series, along with Nakoruru, who appears in almost all the games (with the exception of Nakoruru ADV game).
- Shoryuken: His Kogetsuzan (Arc Moon Slash). Even has a Dash Attack variation of it called Shippuu Kogetsuzan (Hurricane Arc Moon Slash).
- Shotoclone: Somewhat. He's got a projectile and a dragon punch-type anti-air, but they don't function like you'd expect. Nonetheless, he serves this role in the series for the most part.
- Spell My Name with an "S": "Haohmal". Some arcade stickers include the romanization "Haōmaru" (or "Haoumaru").
- 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.
- You Don't Look Like You: In the Distant Finale.
Voiced by: note
The series' Bishōnen, master of Iaijutsu, and formerly the main rival of Haohmaru until Genjuro debuted. 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 Yumeji, a successor of his master's Iaijutsu school and went out of his way to bring them back to the cause of good, convincing them to return to their family. He was supposed to die after 64-2, but due to his popularity it was retconned in Edge of Destiny.
- Anime Hair: As seen in his portrait.
- Badass Back: He usually faces backwards when fighting, but if you ever see him face forward... let's just say you're dead
- Bishōnen: He has a beautiful, feminine-like face, complimented with his slender frame and long blue hair.
- Blood from the Mouth
- Chick Magnet: In almost all games, Ukyo escapes off the screen when a lot of screaming girls chase after him, all of them are also Yamato Nadeshiko as his beloved kei.
- 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.
- Handicapped Badass: He fights despite suffering from tuberculosis. See Blood from the Mouth and Ill Boy.
- 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.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His long blue hair goes until his waist.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: If Haohmaru is Miyamoto Musashi, Ukyo is Sasaki Kojiro. He even got Kojiro's Tsubame Gaeshi as his move.
- Reverse Grip: Started using it in the 3rd game, usually for his most damaging normal attacks and a couple specials.
- Shout-Out: Apart of Sasaki Kojiro, he later took inspiration from Lupin III's Ishikawa Goemon XIII.
- The Stoic: If there's someone who'd let out Visible Silence so often, it's him.
- 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
Voiced by: note
The heroine of the series, most of the time the one being concerned in defeating the Big Bad (compared to Haohmaru, who's in just for the fight itself). She is a priestess of the Ainu tribe who fights in order to protect Mother Nature herself, residing in the village of Kamuikotan. Usually, she abhors fighting , but eventually she comes to terms on it and becomes more eager to fight, if it is to protect. She's usually accompanied with her pet hawk Mamahaha. Has a little sister named Rimururu. As it turned out, she made a contact with the spirit of nature to become their champion. She aided Haohmaru in his quests, but after the battle against Mizuki, she sacrificed herself to restore the harmony of Nature.
SNK retconned her "death" in Edge of Destiny (which is after the 64 series). She's still alive but mostly "sleeps" within the forest, and her spirit only awakens to combat great disturbances. Her status as a nature spirit also allows her to travel through time, thus enabling her to appear, exactly as she did in the past, in The King of Fighters XIV when she notices a space-time crack in her realm.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Becomes a nature spirit, allowing her to appear in times of great crisis to dispel any force that would cause calamity upon the world. She can also appear outside of her own time, as shown in The King of Fighters XIV.
- Badass Adorable: A top contender in Video game history. Nakoruru's petite body and sweet personality doesn't deter any less that she can kick copious amounts of asses.
- Barrier Maiden: Specially after her Heroic Sacrifice and its retcon above.
- The Beast Master: Mamahaha and Shikuru
- Catch Phrase: Daishizen no oshioki desu! / This is Nature’s punishment! This phrase has accompanied Nakoruru in all her appearances; it seems to be her creed, she can deliver it in cheerful tones or somber tones, the latter example in the particularly dark, compared to Nakoruru’s purity, Zetsumei Ougi for SS Zero where she kills the opponent by mounting them and stabbing the chest.
- 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: Though in a slight Lady of War way. Nakoruru is cute and powerful, but she's definitely not Strong, but Unskilled
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Nakoruru will be entering The King of Fighters XIV as a member of the "Another World" team along with two characters from a pair of SNK Playmore pachislots. This due to the Big Bad creating a crack in space and time that affected her realm and being a protector of Nature, Nakoruru makes it her mission to fix that by time-traveling to the future with it.
- 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. And please note that there are ninjas in this game, and she's even faster than all of them.
- Friend to All Living Things: It's a must for a priestess of nature like her, why else do you think she can tame and befriend her animals that they'd fight for her? Her stages are usually filled with animals, and her ending in 1 involve a lot of animals surrounding her and be friendly.
- She's not always successful in this though. In the prequel V, she failed to calm a rampaging bear, resulting the appearance of Rera. Over time she got better.
- Hime Cut: To further emphasis her femininity. She's not of royal blood, however.
- 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: In a good way. Nakoruru absolutely cannot be swayed from her mission to protect nature. Not even her own selfish desires.
- 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. Though in some installments, Nakoruru is immune to this... only for it to be brought back by full force in the latter series.
- Leitmotif: Her theme song is one of the few recurring tracks in the series.
- Nature Heroine: All her fights are dedicated to the protection of Mother Nature.
- Nature Spirit: She ended up like this after 2. Which might excuse why she appeared in her youthful form long after her death. Even at The King of Fighters.
- Nice Girl: Very very kindhearted and gentle, you'll want to be at least her friend. Just don't treat her as a mere pushover/doormat though.
- 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: This is how she positions her blade in most of her stances.
- 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. She is, however, a Chaste Hero so she ended up having to put him aside for her duty. Thankfully, Galford understands this and they usually remain good friends.
- Wall Jump: Capable of doing such thing even when she's not a Ninja.
- 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. Weller
Voiced by: note
American sailor-turned-McNinja, fighting for justice. He trained under the same master as Earthquake, and completed his training to become a full fledged ninja. He is mostly accompanied with his pet dog Poppy. Is very much in love with Nakoruru, though she is way too focused on her mission on nature to focus on that. (To his credit, Galford seems to understand that and doesn't stalk her or anything.) Can utilize plasma energy in the form of electricity. Although at first seems like someone who doesn't have a focus except enforcing justice here and there, Edge of Destiny reveals that his father was a sheriff who was killed by Draco. Galford sets out to kick his ass, for justice and revenge.
- 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: Lives by his father's ideals.
- 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: Quite literally, as he actually uses lightning.
- Love Freak
- Parental Abandonment: He ran away from home, leaving his mother and his four older sisters. And his father got killed by Draco.
- Pretty Boy: His youthful looks definitely land him under this.
- 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:
Voiced by: [[note]Masaki Usui (I, VI [re-dub], Maximum Impact 2 and Regulation A, )]Toshimitsu Arai (II-V Special), Creator/KatsuyukiKonishi (in the DistantFinale)[[/note
The legendary Ninja in services of the Tokugawa shogunate, and is pretty much the enemy of anyone who opposes them. Super serious. He is good friends with Jubei and Yoshitora. In the events of the first game, he witnessed his son Shinzo possessed by Amakusa and he sets off to rescue him, only getting his body, not his soul. In the second game, he successfully retrieved his soul, but not after his Action Mom wife Kaede performed a Heroic Sacrifice. Said son will later succeed him in the distant future that is Warriors' Rage. Also makes a anachronistic appearance in KOF: Maximum Impact 2
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Humility isn't really his thing.
- Badass Grandpa, Cool Old Guy: Despite not being that old.
- Creepy Crows: Seen on his stage in the first 2 games.
- Dark Is Notevil
- 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.
- Also, a couple of characters in The King of Fighters series (Nagase in Maximum Impact 2 and Bandeiras in XIV) inherit his ninjitsu fighting style and moves in the actual era.
- NINJA: He also eats with his mouth.
- Ninja Log: Probably used the first playable fighting version of this trope.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Based on the original Hattori Hanzo.
- 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
- Stock Ninja Weaponry: Apart of his ninjato, Hanzo also uses shurikens in some of his appearances.
- The Stoic: He doesn't speak much.
- Wall Jump
Voiced by: note
Another legendary Samurai (mostly based on Mitsuyoshi), once defeated a young Haohmaru and sent him off to Nicotine for honing his potential. Jubei serves the Tokugawa shogunate, and was Yoshitora's sword instructor. Also a good friend of Hanzo, but by the time of the first game, he's out in retirement for inner enlightement. He helps out in defeating Amakusa, but later on, his soul, alongside with Haohmaru's, Kyoshiro's and Sieger's, is targeted by Mizuki to revive Ambrosia. He is saved by the good Amakusa, and later returns to help defeat Mizuki. Fandom is a bit naughty on him, due to his slightly comical tone of voice, making him somewhat a Butt-Monkey in some fan comics. According to his bio, the person he respected the most is Yagyu Munenori, which means although he doesn't appear on screen, SNK certainly averts the usual treatment of Munenori as a bastard.
- As Himself - Fictional Counterpart: Jubei is also the protagonist in Yagyu Kachou, an official side story set in an alternate reality where Samurai Shodown characters are placed in the modern world. In this story, he is a struggling salary man (standard Japanese business man) who has fallen on hard times. He's often picked on by various characters from the series, though Hanzo and Tam-Tam are his closest friends.
- Badass Grandpa: He's a middle-aged samurai.
- Blind Obedience: Jubei is loyal to the Tokugawa shogunate even as a ronin.
- Butt-Monkey: Fandom only.
- Dual Wielding: With his daisho.
- Eyepatch of Power: Of course.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Especially when there're 2 of them.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Based on Yagyu Jubei.
- Old Master: As mentor for Haohmaru and also he's sword instructor for Tokugawa Yoshitora.
- Pigeonholed Voice Actor: Noneless than Kiyoshi Kobayashi.
- Rated M for Manly
- You Don't Look Like You: His first appearance was with a white haori (samurai jacket) with black symbols on it, a brown hakama with white vertical lines (similar than Tachibana Ukyo) and brown arm guards. This was his primary look in the first 2 games and the SNK artworks of that time. After his return on IV, he changed this look for the one he actually has in the main pic.
Overly 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.
- Adapted Out: Earthquake is the only character who was cut from the Sega Genesis port of the first game, because his sprite proved to be too big for the Genesis cartridge.
- Art Shift: None of the sprites made for him are the same for his next appearance, all the sprites for I, II, VI and SVC are different between them.
- 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
- Big Eater: Obviously. Even it's seen in one of winposes in the second game eating a chicken leg.
- The Cameo: Earthquake also appears in all SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighter Clash series and as one of the monsters in Akari Ichijo's super in Neo Geo Battle Coliseum.
- Deceptive Disciple: He was a disciple of Kunoichi Ayame like Galford, but quit early due to his bad ties with him.
- Dumb Muscle: Earthquake is evil and driven for the money, but not certainly smart. Seen in his II ending when he went to Makai with their mooks by the offer of money, only to get trapped there forever. Or at least until SVC: Chaos when he and their minions get out, his main plot on this game.
- Epic Flail: He has a kusarigama as his weapon of choice.
- Evil Duo: With Gen-An, often being paired by fans as the Chang and Choi of the series (also can be seen together in Genjuro's IV and Gaira's V endings.)
- Facial Markings: Earthquake has tattoos or face paint in the shape of blue flames around his eyes.
- Fartillery: His epic kick grab in the first 2 games.
- Highly Visible Ninja: Apart of his BIG size, his red/neon-pink clothes doesn't help him at all.
- Gonk: It's also his complex: "His face looks like an old woman's".
- Lightning Bruiser: Kind of, especially since the second game, when he gained a few ninja abilities to overcome his Mighty Glacier movement in I.
- McNinja: Like Galford, he's coming from America, in this case, from Texas.
- Mighty Glacier: The slow-but-strong character from the first 2 games, as well the biggest character of them that can't be throwed by any opponent.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Earthquake may possibly be a reference to Mr. Pogo, a wrestler mostly prominent in The '90s. Mr. Pogo was overweight and noted for his cruelty, carrying a kusarigama into the ring and breathing fire on his opponents. In addition, Mr. Pogo wore a jagged blue facepaint pattern, was considered a greedy mercantile wrestler who would only follow the money, and first got his claim to fame wrestling as a villainous ninja in Texas wrestling shows.
- Only in It for the Money: Earthquake's main reason of everything he does is for the money, included being recruited by Mizuki.
- Playing with Fire/Breath Weapon: One of his super moves in the first 2 games is a fire breath.
- The Rival: Galford. Even there's a Continuity Nod in his return in VI when he claims to have forgotten about him.
- Spin Attack: Earthquake's signature move in which he spins with his kusarigama, made first as a straight move and later having variants like can be made in the air, made after a teleport and even grabbing an enemy and then make spin his weapon on him.
- Start My Own: Earthquake made his own bandit gang with henchmen who followed him everywhere (included to Makai.)
- 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.
Voiced by: note
An... 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.
- Back Fromthe Dead: Killed by Ayame after the first game, Gen-An was revived by Mizuki in the second to serve Ambrosia.
- Bald of Evil
- Breath Weapon: His poison breath, which in the first games makes the opponent dizzy and open to an attack.
- The Cameo: Gen-An also appears as part of character endings in IV and V (Genjuro and Gaira, respectively), as part of a background in Samurai Shodown! (first of Neo Geo Pocket SS games and port of IV) and as one of the monsters in Akari Ichijou's super move in Neo Geo Battle Coliseum.
- Cartoon Creature
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones/Can Be Loved: Although being evil, Gen-An has a lovely wife who loves him, evil or not, and children who loves him too. And he loves them as well, being a good husband and father.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: One of his moves and his eventual super involves spinning.
- Evil Duo: With Earthquake, often being paired by fans as the Choi and Chang of the series (also can be seen together in Genjuro's IV and Gaira's V endings.)
- Evil Laugh: An unsettling cackle, to be specific.
- Family Man: Despite being an evil minion, Gen-An is loyal to his own family (his wife and children.)
- Friendly Rival: Haohmaru, mostly one-sided rivalry (better seen in his VI ending) and probably the reason why he imitates his poses in the game.
- Gonk: The series' ugliest!
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: His claw is attached to a hidden chain, so Gen-An can shoot his claw and then pull them towards him. One of the first fighting game characters able to do this along with Scorpion.
- Green and Mean
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: When your winposes are somewhat mirroring Haohmaru, you know you're not serious.
- I'm a Humanitarian
- Mook with an Agenda: Even after being revived and recruited by Ambrosia, Gen-An's plans to be the Evil King are intact.
- Poisonous Person
- Rule of Cool: His big claw, named after his wife, Azami. Even Gen-An himself thinks it's very cool.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He is constantly proclaiming himself 'The Demon King'.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is Genan, Gen An, Gen-an or Gen-An?
- 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: Gen-An's wife Azami is a very attractive humanoid. It's even jokingly suggested he might be an ancestor of Mai Shiranui, though they really have no relation beyond their shared surname.
- Wall Jump: Gained this ability in the second game.
Charlotte Christine de Colde
Voiced by: note
French fencer who came to Japan thanks to the trouble brewing there (starting from Gaoh). During the course of the first game, she became a good friend with Nakoruru. After the first Samurai Shodown, she returns to France and participates in the French Revolution, later coming back to Japan after hearing Amakusa's return, then she meets Haohmaru, whom she eventually falls for, but she was unaware of him having a lover already. She returns in the second game to fight off Mizuki, now with longer hair maybe to impress him, but found out that he's already taken. Facing the bitter truth, Charlotte cut her hair off and returned to France, hoping to be stronger.
- Action Girl
- All Love Is Unrequited: Her crush on Haohmaru.
- Battle Ballgown
- 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.
Hero 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.
- 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
- Does Not Like Shoes
- 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.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
- Wild Man
Kabuki 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.
- Anime Hair: Look at it. Look at it.
- Blade on a Stick
- Breath Weapon: He can breathe fire.
- Does Not 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
- Rapunzel Hair: As seen from his portrait.
- Took a Level in Badass: Compare his SSII◊ and SSIII◊ sprites. Averted in Sen, where Kyoshiro returns to his I-II outfit.
- Serious Business: "A method of acting that is a matter of life or death."
Chinese 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.
- Ass Kicks You: As seen during one of his standing kicks one jumping kick 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. At Point-blank range, his Power Slash dealt three hits that took off about half a full life meter and usually left you dizzy to boot. His Thunder Bomb could also be a One-Hit Kill is his Rage gauge were maxed out (a far from uncommon occurence, see below).
- No Fourth Wall: Second game's ending. If you could call it that.
- Progressively Prettier: Zigzagged. In the first game, his physique can be described as flabby. In the second game, he sported an impressive six-pack. Come SSVI, his belly is more prominent than ever.
- Take Over China: "OF COURSE!"
- Use Your Head: In the second game, he gains a move which involves repeatedly slamming his head into his stone pillar to fill his Rage gauge at the cost of some of his Health.
- Weapon of Choice: Notable for averting this; each game sees him using a different weapon.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: His primary costume makes him this during fights.
Based on the Christian rebel with the same name, once he crossed the Despair Event Horizon due to losing and being executed, Amakusa made a pact with Ambrosia on his death. He possessed Hanzo's son Shinzo and returned to the land, spreading chaos. Ultimately, he is defeated and banished back to Makai, leaving Shinzo's body... then his soul is split in half, one is the good Amakusa who wants to truly atone for his sins, the other is the evil Amakusa, still hating the world. The evil one later kidnaps a Barrier Maiden named Hazuki Kazama, placed her inside a seal to sap her out of her life energy, and tried to use her to bring Zankuro Minazuki Back from the Dead and keep him on the leash... until Hazuki's brothers Kazuki and Sogetsu kick his ass and destroy him permanently. The good Amakusa, still using Shinzo's body, tried to make amends, but was later sealed by Mizuki. He breaks free just in time to save Haohmaru, Jubei, Kyoshiro and Sieger from having their souls stolen by Mizuki, but after that he is killed by Mizuki permanently, leaving Shinzo's body for Hanzo to rescue.
- The Atoner: His good self
- Back from the Dead: Twice.
- Bishōnen: Fits the criteria very well.
- 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.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Based on the historical Amakusa Shiro.
- 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.
- Shout-Out: Though his portrayal bears similarities with the Amakusa in Makai Tensho, the developers haven't confirmed if he was particularly based on him.
- 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
Debuting in Samurai Shodown II
Voiced by: note
Haohmaru's true rival. An assassin for hire, with very much enjoyment in killing those who are weak. He starts out a decent man, training alongside Haohmaru, but has a hunger for power which got him failing to be the school successor and even got himself expelled from the dojo. He also has a deep-seated hatred for Haohmaru, not just because he's his 'goody-goody' rival, but also because he looked like a man Genjuro killed because said man slept with his mother, which eventually led his mother to attack him and Genjuro killed in self-defense. Said mother also looked like Shiki, and Genjuro has a soft spot on her, since at least he loved his mother. In Samurai Shodown 64-2, he unwittingly played the hero since Haohmaru got Brainwashed and Crazy by Yuga, and he presumably is the one to break him out of control and was about to kill him, until a little kid whose father he killed stabbed him on the back, killing him... Then SNK retconned that AGAIN, since in Edge of Destiny he's alive and kicking.
- 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: Played with, and also subverted as well; he is sometimes likened to a "Samurai Iori Yagami", though they're not related and despite Genjuro being created before. SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos makes fun of this.Both at the same time: Vermin!... 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.
- Hunk: Complete with that trademark long red hair of his. What's more, developers wanted to make him a character with "adult appeal" who would leave a lasting impression for the female players.
- 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.
- Spam Attack: His Hyakki Satsu (Hundred Demons Killer), which actually turns into a brutal gut-stabbing attack when any of the hits connect.
- Spell My Name with an "S": "Genjuro" or "Genjyuro"? SNK seems to prefer the latter in more recent games. There's also the fully romanized version of his name being "Genjuurou" as well, which is rarely used.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: At 6'0".
- The Rival: To Haohmaru.
- Three Strike Combo: His Sanren Satsu (Triple Killer), as aptly named, which can either work as normal or he can slash past-through his opponent with each strike. He uniquely shouts out "Inoshikacho" when he connects all three hits.
- 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.
- You Gotta Have Pinkish Purple Hair
Voiced by: note
Little sister of Tam-Tam, and a somewhat likes to act like a cat, or playing and getting shocked by electric eels. She accidentally lost the Tanjil stone during a trip to play and in compensation, tried to retrieve it, accompanied by her pet chimpanzee Paku-Paku. In the end of her story, she found out that Paku-Paku is actually Tam-Tam, cursed as a punishment for letting the stone be lost.
- Ass Kicks You: One of her aerial "kicks".
- The Beast Master
- Cat Girl: Often compared with Felicia and even has her color scheme.
- Cosplay: Mostly seen in her own Packinko Spin-Off Samurai Spirits Gaiden: Cham-Cham, in where Cham-Cham can dreess some modern outfits as well some cosplays, like Dragon Gal's Mui Mui and Fio Germi.
- Cute Bruiser
- Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Refered to her change of sprites in VI comparing to II and IV Special.
- 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.
- Secret Character: In PlayStation port of IV, called as Samurai Shodown IV Special (Japan-only release), Cham-Cham appears as unlockable character and only being selectable in Versus Mode. She uses II sprites and some portraits reused for the game, here's a video of her appearance.
- Shout-Out: Probably based on Feral Kid from Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, like a female version of him. Not to mention the green hair and the tiger-like clothes, similar to Lum.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Somewhat; she is the replacement of her older brother. She is much more well received though.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair
- Weapon of Choice: Her Battle Boomerang.
- Wild Child
Voiced by: note
Leader of the Prussian Red Lion Knights. He protects his country from Mizuki, and his soul happens to be one of the souls that Mizuki sought to resurrect Ambrosia. He is, however, saved by Amakusa and later contributed in Mizuki's defeat. He returned home victorious and marries Princess Elizabeth, his liege's daughter.
- Affectionate Nickname: Based on his Battle Cry, developers nicknamed him "BAAAAH!!!"
- Badass Baritone: Rather deep voiced. Very badass.
- Bald of Awesome
- Bodyguard Crush - Loved I Not Honor More: To Elizabeth, who loves him back. They end up Happily Married in his ending.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Princess Elizabeth.
- Hunk: Easily. Like with Genjuro, Sieger was given attractive qualities in hopes of making him appeal more to the female players.
- 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."
- Megaton Punch: Well, kind of hard not to when you pack a weapon like that.
- Patriotic Fervor
- Power Fist/Swiss Army Weapon: His gauntlet doesn't just punch, it shoots things and sets his body on fire.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Perhaps not dark, but he's notably 7'0".
- Walking Shirtless Scene: In an attempt to appeal to female fans.
- Wrestler in All of Us: He's got a rather nasty backbreaker.
An 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.
- Badass Grandpa: For Gaira, even when he's not in good terms with him.
- Badass Preacher
- Cool Old Guy
- The Ghost: After his sole appearance in II and before his comeback in VI, Nicotine only appears as cameo in all Gaira's endings since III and in Mikoto's backstory in the Distant Finale.
- Interface Screw: One of his attacks will reverse your joystick controls for a brief time.
- Old Master
- Paper Talisman
- Parental Substitute: He's one for Mikoto after Shiki's death, along with Haohmaru and Gaira.
- Playing with Fire & Shock and Awe: More talisman-based, but you get the idea.
- Punny Name/Spell My Name with an "S": Also known as Caffeine, usually his name is written in katakana.
- Shout-Out: Probably based in the monk Dakuan from Ninja Scroll.
Voiced by: note
A vengeful spirit who made pact with Ambrosia, made famous as one of the first female Big Bad in fighting game history. She was later challenged by the priestess Bizuki, whom she defeats and possessed. She took over Amakusa's effort to revive Ambrosia, and dispatched him when he betrayed her when she tried to extract the souls for the Tanjil stone (Haohmaru's, Kyoshiro's, Jubei's and Sieger's). She is eventually defeated, but left the corruption so bad that Nakoruru had to do a Heroic Sacrifice to set things right again. With Mizuki leaving Bizuki's body, she returned to normal life and was later drafted by Kyoshiro to assist him in his kabuki performances. However, she returns in other games... And centuries later, her soul still existed that she got absorbed into Verse and then traveled to present day.
- Arch-Enemy: It might not look like that, but Mizuki has somehow becomes one for Nakoruru, since she's the one responsible for eventually forcing Nakoruru to Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence and the fact that she was amongst the souls absorbed into Verse and traveling to the future becomes a big factor why Nakoruru also went to the future. It doesn't help that they're both priestesses (regardless of her more unknown spirit form, the possessed Bizuki is Mizuki's most well-known look that carries over in other games)
- 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.
- She's Back: She's one of the souls contained within Verse and traveled with him to present day KOF, pursued by Nakoruru. With Verse defeated and the souls returned to their original bodies, Mizuki will have a chance to spread her terror to present day.
- 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
A 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.
- Bonus Boss: In Samurai Shodown II you will fight him either randomly or by fulfilling certain conditions.
- Mid Boss: Of Samurai Shodown III.
- No Name Given: His name is obscured in the Samurai Shodown II 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 II, his weapon can't be broken.
Debuting in Samurai Shodown III
An 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.
- 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
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: His "seppuku" animation in 4 causes him to bow to his opponent and run like hell.
- 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.
Voiced by: note
Nakoruru's adoptive 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.
- 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.
- The Ghost: Rimururu appeared in the first 2 games as part of Nakoruru's story, stages and endings, but it wasn't until III where she finally appears as a playable character.
- Hime Cut: In her first appearances before her change of look in V.
- 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: In an unsettling fashion. 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
- Spell My Name with an "S":
- In some games, her name is mistranslated as Rimnerel.
- Also, her ice spirit is called as Konru as well Konril.
- You Don't Look Like You: From a similar appearance than her sister, Rimururu received a complete change of look in 64 series, as part of her Bust mode. This later was adopted as her definitive outfit for V and later games (V Special, VI and Sen).
A 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.
- Ball of Light Transformation: Basara can use his ghostly powers to transform into a ball of spirit flame and back into humanoid form.
- 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
- Gorn: His fatality. Enough said...
- He Who Fights Monsters
- Hitodama Light: As a restless spirit, Basara can summon a hitodama called "Soul of Nue" that he uses as an attack, as well as transform in and out of a hitodama himself.
- Love Makes You Evil: Oh God, poor Kagaribi...
- My God, What Have I Done?: In a plot twist revealed in V, in reality Basara was the one who killed Kagaribi and then he commited suicide.
- Precision Guided Fuuma Shuriken
- Psycho for Hire
- Shout-Out: Considered by many as the Japanese version of The Crow.
- The Undead
- Vengeful Ghost: Coming Back from the Dead to revenge Kagaribi (as it seems before V).
- Walking Shirtless Scene
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Even after you die.
- Youkai: A Yurei.
Nicotine'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.
- Badass Grandpa: Nicotine, even when Gaira doesn't get well with him.
- Bare-Fisted Monk
- Did You Get a New Haircut?: Played for Laughs. In his V Special ending, all bald characters from previous games obligate him to cut all his hair because being bald is manly and awesome.
- Dumb Muscle: A strong guy, but not certainly the smartest of the group.
- Gentle Giant: Since III, being the "giant" character until the appearance of Kusaregedo in V and the return of big characters in VI.
- Improbable Weapon User: Namu Abi Dabi, a huge Buddhist rosary.
- Hunk: Sports a very impressive muscular frame for someone as young as him (He's 18 years old).
- Korean Equivalent: Kim Ung-Che, a former pupil of Nicotine, is Gaira equivalent of Fighters Swords, the korean version of Samurai Shodown III. He later becomes a separated character in VI (console versions), which is basically a III-IV Gaira with a different palette. He's based on Gaira's Korean name and not related to Kim Kaphwan.
- Taken for Granite: His Fatality turns the enemy into stone. He then proceeds to shatter him/her.
Third 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.
- 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: IV (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. It kind of makes sense, because Aku Amakusa's plan was exactly to bring him back and direct his rampage for his own nefarious ends. Badass is not a toy, however.
- 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 IV, 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 III, 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 III, as mentioned above. Subverted in IV, since he is the last boss unlocked, but a special regular match follows.
Debuting in Samurai Shodown IV
A ninja of the Kazama clan, younger brother of Sogetsu, and way too Hot-Blooded. When Amakusa kidnaps his Barrier Maiden sister Hazuki, Kazuki left the clan to become a nukenin, with his brother sent to punish him by execution. They end up fighting alongside each other against Amakusa and Zankuro (Kazuki beats Amakusa) to save Hazuki and for that, Sogetsu fakes his death and lets him off . 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.
- Abel And Cain: Kazuki should be Cain, but unlike the original, he has no hard feelings with his brother Sogetsu.
- Anime Hair
- Curtains Match the Window: Red hair and red eyes.
- 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.
- Family Theme Naming: When looking at the Japanese characters of the Kazama siblings' names, they all have the kanji (月), which means moon. The first kanji of their names also matches their color scheme and elemental abilities, with Kazuki's being (火), which means flame.
- Fiery Redhead
- 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...
- Hunk: Of the fiery kind! In contrast to his more softer, androgynous brother's looks.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: Hurt Hazuki in any way, and he'll crisp you.
- Large Ham
- Playing with Fire
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Obviously, he's the Red Oni for Sogetsu's Blue Oni.
- Say My Name: HAZUKIIII!!!
- Sibling Yin-Yang
Kazuki's Bishōnen of a big brother, and a lot more aloof and calm. When their younger sister Hazuki gets kidnapped and Kazuki runs off to rescue her, Sogetsu was assigned with the mission to kill his brother for running away from the clan. In the end, he fights alongside Kazuki to save Hazuki from Amakusa and Zankuro (Kazuki defeats Amakusa and Sogetsu gets to beat Zankuro). In the aftermath of the battle 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.
- Abel And Cain: Certainly he's Abel.
- Aloof Big Brother: To Kazuki and Hazuki.
- Family Theme Naming: When looking at the Japanese characters of the Kazama siblings' names, they all have the kanji (月), which means moon. The first kanji of their names also matches their color scheme and elemental abilities, with Sogetsu's being (蒼), which means blue.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Making a Splash
- Ninja: Unlike Kazuki, he's not so much visible since he can hide himself in water.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the Blue for Kazuki's Red.
- Shonen Hair
- 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.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
The younger sister of Kazuki and Sogetsu, 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 Sogetsu...
- 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
- Family Theme Naming: When looking at the Japanese characters of the Kazama siblings' names, they all have the kanji 月, which means moon. The first kanji of their names also matches their color scheme and elemental abilities, with Hazuki's being (葉), which means leaf.
- Girl Next Door: Ninja version, sorta.
- Go Through Me: In Sogetsu'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
- Yamato Nadeshiko: At least in IV.
Debuting in Samurai Shodown V
Voiced by: note
Heir of the Tokugawa regime... if only this guy isn't very much rebellious and party crazy and would rather hit on women. He is called back to the rulership when his master Gaoh pulls a rebellion and he took him down, helped by Hanzo and Jubei. Finally realizing that With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility, Yoshitora took the position of Shogun and almost recruited Haohmaru to serve him. He probably lost, considering Haohmaru is still a wandering Blood Knight afterwards. He is also responsible of arranging the tournament behind the sixth game.
- The Alcoholic: Despite his womanizing ways, completely subverted. His bio lists him as despising alcohol.
- Arrogant Samurai Guy: He's very cocky in his skills, only rivaled by his confidence in his looks.
- 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.
- BFS: That huge katana he carries on his lower back. Only used for his One-Hit KO attack (see Awesome, but Impractical).
- The Casanova: His intro and winposes seem to indicate so. In victory, he never leaves the battlefield without a lady in tow.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He's definitely a skirt-chaser, but seems to respect and treat them well at the end of the day.
- Comes Great Responsibility
- Every Japanese Sword Is a Katana: Averted he also uses four Tanto (daggers) and a Nodachi (BFS).
- Hunk: He's definitely got the looks, build and charm.
- King Incognito: He likes playing this.
- Multi-Melee Master: His official art shows him carrying about seven weapons (see Swords Akimbo).
- Narcissist:Yoshitora: "Don't worry, you're not dead. I really am this good-looking."
- 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.
- Swords Akimbo: 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.
- Theme Naming: All his attacks are named after flowers.
Voiced by: note
A girl blessed with a certain demon-hunting power. She is revered as a Goddess, but ends up being shunned due to their fear for her power, thus she ends up being unable to express emotions and just doesn't like being near people around. Her only companion is a... creature... thing... named Chample, whom she met after her village was leveled after she went home from a certain demon hunting trip. She became determined to take revenge on her village and tries to kill as many demons as she can, but eventually... she 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.
- 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
- Mystical White Hair
- 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.
- Stripperiffic: Aside from the long skirt she ties around her waist, she's basically wearing a bikini.
An 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.
- The Atoner
- Badass Grandpa
- Badass Teacher: He had to be a great master if his own students could seal him away when he was Brainwashed and Crazy.
- Blow You Away
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Where he was under the devil's influence.
- Deal with the Devil
- Kill the Ones You Love: Under devil's influence he slaughtered his own wife.
- Old Master
- 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.
- Wind Is Green
A 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!
- Bald of Evil
- Child Eater
- Composite Character: He seems to combine aspects of Earthquake and Shiranui Gen-An, who oddly enough, are missing from the game where he debuts. Biggest difference he has with them is, while they have some good qualities, he has none whatsoever.
- 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?
Voiced by: note
During the early days of Samurai Shodown, the palette swap of Nakoruru is often seen with a naughty/malicious grin, instead of her innocent face. This builds up until she started to get unique enough that when the Slash/Bust system was introduced, she got a wolf named Shikuru instead of Mamahaha. People think this is the Evil Twin of Nakoruru, but eventually, this character is fleshed out further by SNK by being turned into the girl they called Rera. That's her origin story.
Rera is Nakoruru's Superpowered Evil Side of sorta but actually not evil, just a Well-Intentioned Extremist, who was very much sickened with Nakoruru's apparent lack of will to hurt people when she wants to reach her goal. When she tried to find her missing father, Nakoruru's pacifism smacks her on the head when she failed to tame one wild bear and got knocked out. Pissed off at Nakoruru's supposed weakness, Rera took over her body, kills the bear and goes around finding Nakoruru's father along with Shikuru, killing those on the way if necessary. She did something similar in Ano Kara no Okurimono, this time to save Mikato's life. Eventually, she came to understand that sometimes peaceful methods can be a viable option to solve problems, not just fighting, thus she returned Nakoruru's body. As of the future days, Rera never possessed Nakoruru's body again, hinting that she got better and matured, thus there's no need to possess her again.
- 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.
A 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.
- 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.
Once, 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.
- The Berserker
- Dark-Skinned Blond
- Evil Twin
- Expy: Of Kazuki's Bust Mode in 64 games.
- 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.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
Enja'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.
- A God Am I
- Anime Hair
- Evil Twin
- Expy: Of Sogetsu's Bust Mode in 64 games.
- Kill It with Water
- Walking Shirtless Scene
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Child of Ukyo's mentor. Apparently based on Oda Nobunaga's Uke Mori Ranmaru, who just looks as equally feminime. Expelled from the dojo of origin, Yumeji ends up becoming Gaoh's right hand man/woman. Later defeated by Ukyo and is avoided execution. Yumeji later becomes a nun and is responsible on permanently killing Rasetsumaru.
- Aloof Dark Haired Person
- Ambiguous Gender
- The Dragon: To Gaoh.
- Heir to the Dojo: For a while.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: Just like Yumeji's father and Ukyo, sharing some moves with the latter.
- Ill Person: Yumeji was apparently kicked out of the dojo due to some sort of ambiguous illness — though it's heavily implied that the "illness" was of being female.
- Important Haircut: Instead of killing Yumeji as Yumeji begged for after defeat, Ukyo just cut Yumeji's ponytail and orders Yumeji to go home.
- Nun Too Holy: Instead going back to home, Yumeji became a nun, but managed to kill Rasetsumaru for real.
- Shapeshifter: In Yumeji's debut, Yumeji's special move is by morphing into other fighters.
- Sub Boss: Of V.
- Tomboyish Ponytail
- Yes-Man: Yumeji is pretty much this for Gaoh.
A 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.
- 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 Gaoh
Voiced by: note
Based on the Demon 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"
- 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!
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: 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
Debuting in Samurai Shodown VI
He 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.
- Andrew Jackson
- Bifurcated Weapon: He uses a bayonet.
- Eagleland: Variant 1
- Patriotic Fervor
- Stoic Spectacles
She 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.
- 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.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Iroha was introduced in one of the less bloody entries in the series and promptly disappears in the following game to be released, so she was never victim of the most brutal finishers the series had.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure
- Ms. Fanservice: Her default costume definitely gives this away. She even breaks the fourth wall to serve you at the end!
- No Fourth Wall: This woman won't let something like that keep her from serving you.
- Ninja Maid: Probably the most literal example ever. Her clothes look like a cross between a kunoichi's clothing (or lack thereof) and the stereotypical French Maid Outfit.
- 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.
A large, jolly man who really enjoys festivals and fun. His character design and mannerisms are based on the Naked Festival that occurs in Japan. He was made to follow the festival motif in the game and was originally planned to be a boss character for Samurai Shodown V. According to the official guide for the game, he was developed from an earlier scrapped design. This character was a one-armed fencer with a cannon arm. His image changed when designers called for a "lame but cool" character.
- Action Dad: Kicks butt and has a daughter named Koma.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He may look goofy, but he isn't regarded as the best fireworks technician in the world for nothing! This guy'll straight-up knock you out!
- BFG: Wields a huge cannon used for shooting Fireworks!!
- Big Beautiful Man: With muscles!
- Big Fun: He's extremely cheery.
- The Cutie: The guy's a genuine sweet, lovable Nice Guy who fights so that everyone will be happy and having fun. Then there's that smile of his...
- Earn Your Happy Ending: His arcade run in a nutshell.
- Family Man: Has a wife and child back home. His wife accompanies him before he starts a fight, and his daughter (alongside the wife and dog) will pose with him in victory. His family even assists him during battles!
- Fun Personified: Definitely. This is a man who always carries a smile on his face, goes to every festival he can and wants everybody in the world to have fun!
- Happily Married: To his beloved Karuta.
- Homage: The entirety of this man takes inspiration as a passionate member of the Hadaka Matsuri, an event in Japan held at least once every year. Parcipants, usually male, wear virtually little clothing while celebrating the harmony of a fruitful harvest and fertility.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: His wife is taller than he is.
- Lethal Joke Character: His design was intended to be this way, according to the developers. Word of God even claims he's supposed to be a "Lame, but cool character."
- Life of the Party
- Mr. Fanservice: His default costume leaves very little to the imagination. His design and mannerisms also have a bara feel to it.
- Stout Strength
- Unskilled, but Strong: He's a fighting fireworks technician!
- Unusual Weapon Mounting
- The Cameo: Apart of VI, Ochamaro also appears as a Counter Card for SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS and in Maid by Iroha game series.
- Onmyouji: Ochamaro was built by one, the only person who shows respect.
- Robot: Karakuri puppets were one of the first automata in history, basically the predecesor of modern robots. Ochamaro is the second Karakuri in the series, being the first the Karakuri version of 64's Yagyu Hanma.
3D Fighting Games
Debuting in Samurai Shodown 64
One 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.
- 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
- Evil Counterpart: Dekuina in 64 and Half-Shaded Shiki in 64-2.
- Light Is Not Good: Or white in this case. Half-Shaded Shiki, Bust/Rasetsu version of Shiki, dresses with this color, but she's more evil than her counterpart, being one of the 3 guardians of Yuga's lair.
- Mark of the Supernatural: Her right eye is blue, while her left eye is red. The red eyes visually represent Yuga's level of control on Shiki, but she has heterochromia meaning she's not completely being controlled.
- The Protagonist: Of 64 series along with Haohmaru (and Asura in 64-2).
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Developers admit that her personality and part of win quotes were based on Rei Ayanami.
- Sexy Backless Outfit
He is an expert inventor of the Yagyu clan. One day, he was ordered by his superiors to observe a rival clan. To do this, he slipped into the clan under the guise of a body guard for the princess. The princess instantly found Hanma to be an enjoyable character because of his smiling face and appointed him as her personal bodyguard. However, one day, the father of the princess told Hanma to go investigate the mysterious puppeteer. Shortly before he left, he created a robot version of himself, called Karakuri Hanma (his bust form) to ensure the safety of the princess. However, in his over zealousness, he had made a mistake in the programming, causing it to attack her. Realizing what occurred, he was forced to destroy his creation and come to her rescue.
- Arm Cannon: Hanma Yagyu and his mechancial counterpart Karakuri Hanma are armed with these. Sieger's gauntlet has limited shooting capabilities as well (mostly used for close-range fire blasts).
- Word of God: In his story, Hanma admits he idolizes Sieger, the reason why he wanted to recreate his gauntlet by himself.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Also a Bungling Inventor, mostly because of Karakuri Hanma.
- Gentle Giant: Of 64 series.
- In-Name-Only: Despite the last name, Hanma has no relation with Jubei.
- Mighty Glacier: Of 64 series in general.
- Perpetual Smiler: Hanma is smiling all the time.
- Robot Me: Karakuri Hanma, 64-2 Bust/Rasetsu version of Hanma.
Gandara is a monster comprised of thousands of corpses stitched and held together through Yuga's use of forbidden magic. Yuga uses it as a bodyguard, but despite its overwhelming strength, Gandara was defeated by Kazuki and Sogetsu Kazama. When Yuga revives himself in Samurai Shodown 64: Warriors Rage, Gandara is made en masse and produced in some kind of factory. One of these is defeated by Hanzo in his ending.
- Attack Its Weak Point: It seems to take more damage from blows to the head.
- The Brute
- The Cameo: Gandara also appears in Akari Ichijou's super in Neo Geo Battle Coliseum and in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos's Shiki, being defeated by Red Arremer/Firebrand means to be converted into Gandara.
- Four Is Death: Its creation involves placing a Deku into an egg for 44 months and 44 days.
- Implacable Man
- Mid Boss: Of 64 games.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: As well as a large number of forsaken adults.
- Stone Wall
Yuga the Destroyer
The 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.
- 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.
Debuting in Samurai Shodown 64-2
A 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.
- Blood Knight: Mostly seen in the OVA.
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Heel–Face Turn: Shadow Asura, Bust/Rasetsu version of Asura.
- Love Redeems: He becomes a good guy after falling in love with Shiki, and even having a child, Mikoto.
- 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
- Shadow Asura's special attacks are all named after angels in Gratuitous English, spelled backward.
A demon-sealing warrior armed with a giant spear who seeks to avenge his wife and son 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)
- Bad Ass Bookworm
- Blade on a Stick: His Bust/Rasetsu form replace his calligraphy brush with this.
- The Calligraphy Brush Is Mightier
- Elemental Powers: Everytime Taizan writes in kanji some element, this manifests it against the opponent.
- Heartbroken Badass
- Hermetic Magic: Morozumi heritage has the power to seal demons, a tradition Taizan represents very well.
- Improbable Weapon User: Come on, a giant callygraphy brush!?
- It's Personal: Taizan goes for a personal revenge against Yuga, who killed his wife and son.
- Martial Arts and Crafts: A fighter calligrapher.
- Shout-Out: Because of his look, especially the headband and glasses, Taizan could be based on Gendo Saotome, who also has a wife (Nodoka) and a son (Ranma).
- Start of Darkness: In his battle against Yuga, Taizan stopped because himself was "becoming a demon" so he comes back to his house, seals his brush and guards his family's graves.
- Super-Deformed: Mostly Graphics-Induced because of his other appearances outside this game, both for Neo Geo Pocket Color: Samurai Shodown! 2 (port of 64-2) and SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighter Clash series for NGPC.
- Technical Pacifist
- Warrior Poet: Noneless from a calligrapher.
Debuting in Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage (PS1)
The new main character to the Distant Finale, is the son of a legendary family and samurai known as Kuki. He was trained alongside his brother Tohma and his father's student Jushiro, but due to his natural talent and his dedication was shown to be nearly peer less at sword fighting. One day his father was found dead and his father's sword, Blade of the Flaming Sun stolen. Suspecting his brother Tohma, he takes his father's Full Moon Blade and joins Jin-Emon Hanafusa's mission to Riten Kyo, where Tohma along with the Razor Trio are known to be attacking the government and terrorizing the inhabitants.
- Anime Hair: As per Samurai Shodown main character tradition.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Tohma's Cain.
- The Cameo: Only appears as SNK Character Card in SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash 2.
- Dual Wielding: As Kuno Seishirou, porting his sword and Tohma's.
- 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: The Oni to Tohma's Red.
- Sibling Yin-Yang
- The Shinsengumi: Seishirou forms part of the Oniwabanshu, the game parallel of this group. Even his outfit is very similar than the ones wearing by Shinsengumi.
- The Stoic
- 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's sword and proving his superiority then avenging his father's murder.
The older son of the legendary Kuki, Tohma, like Seishirou trained extensively throughout his life. Except unlike his fellow sparring partners under his father's teaching, he became more interested in the power that comes with being the strongest. One night, believing it to be a source of great power, he takes the Blade of the Flaming Sun and kills his father. He then began traveling searching for worthy opponents and killing them or whoever crossed him along the way. During his travels he meets up with Mikoto, who travels with him and later the two join up with Oboro, forming the feared Razor Trio of most of Riten Kyo. As the most openly violent of the three, Tohma becomes known as its strongest and most feared warrior, as well as the main target of the Bafuku government.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy
- Blood Knight
- The Brute: Of the Razor Trio.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Seishirou's Abel.
- The Cameo: Only appears as SNK Character Card in SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash 2.
- The Dark Side
- Evil Albino
- Evil Orphan
- Failure Is the Only Option: Even in his own ending, the duel between him and Seishirou always ends with Tohma defeated and HIS father's sword 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 the defeat by Seishirou and his "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Seishirou's Blue.
- Self-Made Orphan (Kills his father to prove his strength and take the sword.
- Sibling Yin-Yang
- Unknown Rival: Seishirou.
- White Hair, Black Heart
The proud daughter of the honorable and wealthy Yoshino family. Unexpected jealousy and betrayal among the shogunate, lead to the Yoshino bloodline's economic collapse as well as its members being placed on the shores of Riten Kyo, to slowly fade from history and society. However, Rinka returning from her secluded training to what was left of her family, decides to fight back, joining Jushiro and Saya, in the "Atom Rebels" anti-shogunate group.
- 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
A young talent government's samurai, he was sent to train under the legendary samurai Kuki, where he trained alongside Seishirou and Tohma. Both were distant towards others, so Jushiro mainly developed the best of friendships with Jin-Emon Hanafusa. Jushiro also met and fell in love with a female samurai named Karen, but both Karen and Jushiro were loyal samurai and Karen decided to put duties before personal happiness as was expected of them. When it was learned Oboro had designs on the princess, Karen offered to be the princess' Body Double in a trap. However, Oboro's power was more then expected and Karen along with the soldiers involved were slaughtered. Jushiro was the first to arrive at the site and when others found him alone, became the prime suspect. Leaving the government, he went into hiding on Riten Kyo. Forming the "Atom Rebels", along with Rinka and Saya, he becomes marked for extermination by his former employers. He later modified his sword with parts of gun he picked up from Oboro's party which killed Karen.
- 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.
One of the most loyal servants to the Bafuku government and a life long friend of the master swordsman Kuki. He has served as a samurai for many years, living to protect his master. He used to train under Kuki's tutelage and there met with the younger samurai such as the young hopeful Sakaki Jushiro and the two sons of Kuki, quiet Seishiro and fiery Tohma. All who helped him retain his youthful spirit, especially Jushiro who he became best of friends with. Things however have since gone bad, with Jushiro's apparent betrayal of the government and Kuki's death at the hands of his son. Being the most experienced samurai, he is naturally given the dangerous mission of retaking control of Riten Kyo and terminate all the rebellious factions there. Along with Seishiro, he heads forward to complete his mission.
- 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.
Haito is a former bodyguard gone rogue and one of the most feared criminals that live in Riten-Kyo. Son of a Japanese woman and a foreigner, he partner up with Yaci Izanagi and have terrorized the local population. Haito has a terrible sickness, the causes him to have seizures, which he controls by drinking a special potion to sooth the pain and provide extreme abilities. Cold blooded and ruthless, he is in love with Saya but upon her rejection of him, he decides there is nothing left to live for and to take all his frustration out on the Razor Trio who feels are unfit to rule.
- 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 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.
- Breakout Character: After only appearing in this game, Saya comes back in the Edo version of Days of Memories series.
- Dude Magnet: Seems to have acquired a number of male admires among the male cast.
- Identical Stranger: Saya looks very similar than Kasuga from Sengoku Basara series, which is also a ninja.
- Also from the same SNK, Saya shares a lot of similarities with Lien Neville from KOF: Maximum Impact series.
- Jerkass Façade: Tries to act vain and arrogant but is really a very kind person.
- Ms. Fanservice
Yaci, a former bodyguard, he is one of the most dangerous thugs wandering around the streets of the prison island Riten Kyo, along with his friend Haito Kanakura. He enjoys making his opponents uffer and drains blood from his enemies in order to drink it. Yaci however began to change after meeting his beloved Namino, who due to her he has vowed to one day give up the life of crime, blood drinking and escape the island with. To achieve this goal he decides to move up the ranks among Riten Kyo's elite and become as powerful as the Razor Trio or the Bafuku government.
Garyo the Whirlwind
Garyo aka “The Whirlwind”, is the stubborn but kind hearted leader of a gang of thieves that roam Riten Kyo. Despite being criminals, Garyo has inspired his followers not to commit terrible crimes and to respect life. Their base was hidden in the caves underneath Razor Trio's castle but after being spotted by guards, they were all captured and imprisoned in the dungeons. After many weeks, Garyo managed to escape but could only get his most loyal partner, Cyobi-suke out as well due to the rest already being executed. He then vows revenge against those that killed his comrades.
Ran Po, a short-tempered but mature for his age orphan whose parents were victims of the violence that reigned over Riten Kyo. He was save due to the kind old man Daruma, who took Ran Po and another lost child, Minto, as his grandchildren. Ran Po and Minto got along very well and being the elder has taken it upon himself to protect Minto. Daruma eventually depressed by the current situation on Riten Kyo, orders his grandchildren to leave the island to find a more peaceful life. The problem with this however is that Minto has become lost and Ran Po must search the island so that the two can leave together.
She is Shiki and Shadow Asura's child, born at the end of Samurai Shodown 64: Warriors Rage. Before she died, Shiki left her child with Nicotine Caffeine and his student, Haohmaru. As she grew over the years, Mikoto demonstrated inhuman abilities and skills. She adapts these powers into a powerful fighting style that corresponds with her dual personas, commonly dubbed as "Angel" and "Devil" respectively. This inner conflict occasionally materialized in the form of one white and black wing for each half. She uses her heavenly powers to conduct religious services and rituals in which she was revered as a religious symbol (shrine maiden).
- All Love Is Unrequited: Her feelings for Tohma are not corresponded at all.
- The Baby: Before appearing in this game as an adult character, Mikoto appears as a baby in Shiki's ending as well in various SNK artworks showing Shiki as a mother.
- BFS: Her weapon is a bit taller than herself.
- Balance Between Good and Evil: Mikoto has to deal with her "Angel" side and her "Devil" side.
- Miko: Mikoto is the priestess of Razor Trio.
- Muggle Foster Parents: Haohmaru, Nicotine and Gaira.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Just like her mother Shiki.
- Shrinking Violet
- Superpowered Evil Side: Her "Devil" persona, which later is known that is Yuga the Destroyer disguised.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
He is the product of Asura merging with Shadow Asura. As a consequence of their fusion, Yuda retains no memory from either Asuras' previous lives. A somber individual, he carries out the orders given to him without question and acts as the heartless executioner to his victims. Yuda is assigned to a section of the shogunate linked to the Three Blades of Ritenkyo. He is secretly promised the position of shogun if Oboro (Jigen Taishi) succeeds. If the plan fails, Yuda would be used as the political scapegoat to destroy evidence of Oboro's plot. His first mission is clearing out Ritenkyo.
- Composite Character: In-Universe. After defeating Yuga the Destroyer, Asura and Shadow Asura fused into one being, that is Yuda.
- Also in his gameplay, Yuda shares his fighting style with Yaci and Mugenji. This style is based on the use of reversals, stuns and a projectile which will drain an opponent's lifebar throughout the match.
- Loss of Identity: As a consequence of their fusion, Yuda retains no memory from either Asuras' previous lives. A somber individual, he carries out the orders given to him without question and acts as the heartless executioner to his victims.
- One-Winged Angel
Though he has a kind looking demeanor, he was once a ninja that was revered as much as Hanzo Hattori. He was forced to leave the clan after Hanzo defeats him in a duel. Hateful during his alienation, he learns dark magic and gathers several "cursed weapons". He devotes himself to the will of the earthly Buddha Jigen Taishi -who "protects" Ritenkyo- and spends twenty years plotting the government's downfall. During this time, he creates the "Three Blades of Domination" -or the Razor Trio- and trains an army of skilled amazons. He wants to assume the will of his benefactor and establish a new nation for the martial deity. He also hopes to avenge his disgrace caused by Hanzo.
Debuting in Samurai Shodown Sen
He 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.
- 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".
Voiced by: Kae Araki
She 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.
- 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.
She 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.
Hae-Ryeong 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.
- 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
He 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 dish out plenty of hits.
10 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
Walter 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.
Jinbei 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 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.
Kirian 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.
He is a guard from a foreign kingdom who was washed ashore Japan with Suzu ten years before the game begins. Realizing that they may never see their home again and suffering under amnesia, he adopts the land's culture and trains himself in kendo with a respectable monk.
Draco 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.
- 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...
Voiced by: note
Golba was one of the sons of Lesphia's king. He had attempted a coup d'etat after his brother became the chosen to be the rightful heir. After he failed, he was sent into exile and came to America. He joined and became an officer in the American army and eventually became a veteran of the Independence War. His participation in this war made him believe that creation of such powerful nation can become a threat to Europe. Desiring to protect his country and strengthen its military force, he seeks to conquer all of Europe.
Due to the comrades he made during the war, he has personal and influential connections around the world. During this time, he formed an assassin organization of which Angelica is a member. He uses this group to kill his niece's parents during their sea voyage in an attempt to claim Suzu's sword, a symbol of one's right to rule Lesphia. Unable to obtain it, he returns to America to use his military connections to weaken countries around the world and schemes to possibly use Suzu as a bargaining chip against his homeland. Seeking a strong military commander to rule his Lesphia army, he opted to recruit and lure certain strong warriors as well.
- 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.
From Nakoruru: Ano Hito kara no Okurimono
Voiced by: note
- Always Someone Better: She loves Nakoruru like an older sister, but she also feels inferior to her.
- The Cameo: The only exclusive character from this game that appeared in another game. Manari appears in various Nakoruru's poses in Capcom vs. SNK 2.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: 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: note
- 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: note
- 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"
From Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits: Bushidou Retsuden
Shippu no Reon
Reppu no Hion
From Samurai Spirits Gaiden: Cham-Cham
One of Cham-Cham's catgirl friends, blue haired girl that represents the "RP" icon; upbeat and cheerful.
One of Cham-Cham's catgirl friends, blond haired girl that represents the "Pineapple" icon; tomboyish and undaunted.
One of Cham-Cham's catgirl friends, green haired girl that represents the "Watermelon" icon; quiet and introverted.
One of Cham-Cham's catgirl friends, pink haired girl that represents the "Cherry" icon; shy and sweet.
- Curtains Match the Window: The only of the new girls which hair and eyes matches.
- Pink Means Feminine
- Rose-Haired Sweetie
- Shrinking Violet
The Three Robbers
The villains of the game, the ones who stoled the Palenke Stone. The names of them are Laura, Bobon and Gororo.
- Color Motif: The Three Robbers wears in red and gold in all their clothes.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Laura.
- Evil Mask: Gororo.
- Evil Redhead: Bobon.
- Lightning Bruiser: Gororo.
- Scary Black Man: Bobon.
- The Smurfette Principle: Laura.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Laura's name is misspelled as "Rahra" in the game.
- Terrible Trio: Being Laura the leader and the other 2 her mooks.
From Koi no Iroha
Tsunami is Iroha's rival who claims to be better than her in practically every way. She meets Iroha's master by chance and was charmed by his sincerity. Despite his protest, she signs herself to be his maid and is offended to see her rival there. She uses various tricks to sway their master's attention in her favor but it's undecided on which girl he prefers. Apart of Koi no Iroha series, she also appears in the Edo version of Days of Memories.
- BFS: Replace "sword" for "shield and there you go.
- Foil: Of Iroha, in every way: their personalities, the color of their clothes (Tsunami wears in white and Iroha mostly in black) and even their weapons, having Tsunami a big shield that contrast Iroha's blades.
- Merchandise-Driven: Her first appearance in any media was a hard-cast figurine.
- Ninja Maid
- The Rival: Of Iroha.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie
- She's Got Legs
- Stocking Filler
- Stripperiffic: Just like her rival.
- Yamato Nadeshiko