Characters: Samurai Warriors

This is the list of characters in Samurai Warriors. It should be noted that the same character can change depending on whether you are playing the first, second, third or fourth games in the series.

Of course, considering this is Samurai Warriors, don't expect historical accuracy either.

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Introduced in Samurai Warriors

    Sanada Yukimura 

Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao (Japanese), David Berón (English, 1), Julien Elia (English, 2), Johnny Yong Bosch (3)

Born: 1567
Died: June 3, 1615

"Born into the noble Sanada family who have served the Takeda clan for generations, Yukimura is a serious-minded and upstanding young warrior. Keenly aware of his duties as a samurai, he will follow his own path no matter what difficulties face him and live as he believes is right. Beneath the surface there lies a formidable fighting spirit."
- SW3 official bio

The posterboy of the series, Sanada Yukimura is regarded as one of the most powerful warriors of the Sengoku era and is admired by many, including the enemy at times. He serves Takeda Shingen to begin with and trusts in his Lord without question; later on the Takeda support the Toyotomi and so he indirectly serves Hideyoshi for a time. Sides with the Western Army.

During the second game he forges a strong bond with both Mitsunari and Kanetsugu, which is the focus of his story mode. In the third game this is downplayed with a focus on his interactions with his sister-in-law, Ina.

He fights with a cross-spear and his element is fire.

Tropes associated with Yukimura:

  • Adorkable: Very much so, and described as being a bit of an airhead in canon.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Yukimura in Real Life never actually served the Takeda clan (although his family did until the Takeda's downfall). He was just a little boy when Shingen was still alive, and by the time he comes of age and becomes a Samurai, the Takeda clan no longer exists and thus he serves the Toyotomi clan instead as per his father's order.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Let's face it, after Shingen's death his main strategy, if his army is on the brink of losing, is "charge into the Tokugawa— I mean, enemy camp and take Ieyasu— I mean, the commander's head."
  • Badass
    • Badass Adorable: He's a kind-hearted, slightly awkward sort outside of battle, but one of the most powerful warriors of the era when taking on the enemy.
    • Badass Army: Was once a member of the Takeda Cavalry. Later, his own army defending the Sanada Ward during the Osaka Campaign also qualifies as this. Depending on the game, they are either cannoneers or arquebusiers.
    • Badass Family: The Sanada clan, of course.
  • Bishōnen
  • Casting Gag: Takeshi Kusao already voiced another samurai with the last name Sanada.
  • Combat Tropes:
    • Blade on a Stick: His Weapon of Choice is a "juumonji yari" (cross shaped spear) through all the games, a nod to his historical weapon of choice.
    • Jack of All Stats: In the first game he comes out as quite balanced in his various stats.
    • Playing with Fire: Strongly associated with the fire element. One of his special attacks leaves a trail of flames behind.
  • Cool Helmet: His alternate attire in 1, likely a shout-out to the helmet worn by the historical Yukimura.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: In his SW1 true finale. SW3 too, and again in 4.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: His SW2 ending, although he still lost many things he considers important: his original master's clan, Takeda, has fallen. His friend Mitsunari is dead. Many of his other allies from the Western army either fell at Sekigahara or surrendered to the Tokugawa and essentially left him. But in the end, not only did he manage to protect young Hideyori and slay Ieyasu, but he also regained Kanetsugu and Keiji as his friends. Weird enough, as there's a similar case in Kunoichi's story and ending in SW3 with some differences where Yukimura reunited with Kanetsugu and Keiji after the Siege of Osaka.
  • The Hero: Specifically designed to be one in the first game.
  • Hot-Blooded: Yukimura is pretty intense.
  • I Owe You My Life: to Keiji, in the latter's story for 1, and in his own story for 2.
  • It's Personal: In the first game's upper path, his grudge against Hanzō, who killed Shingen. So much that in the last stage the Final Boss is not Ieyasu, but Hanzō. It is reversed in Hanzō's story mode, where the Final Boss is Yukimura instead of Toyotomi Hideyori.
  • Oblivious to Love: Towards Kunoichi and Kai, or so it seems. Here is the most notorious example from him in SW3 Empires:
    Yukimura: "Fighting beside you truly makes me happy."
    Kunoichi: "Oh, oh! Does, does that mean...!?"
    Kunoichi: "Huh, well, that does sound more like something you would say... Yes, my lord! I'll keep doing my best!"
  • One-Man Army: Heck, it's even required to be one to get his fifth weapon in the first game; you must defeat 1000 enemies!
  • Power of Friendship: With Mitsunari, Kanetsugu, and Keiji in SW2. This is downplayed a bit in SW3 in favor of his relationship with his sister-in-law Ina. Interestingly, he also has a lesser explored friendship with Magoichi and Masamune, to the point that they, as well as Kanetsugu, help the Sanada clan against the Tokugawa army at Ueda Castle. Later, they also try to stop Yukimura to waste his life in the Osaka campaign to no avail, although they're still impressed with his strong conviction.
  • Power Trio: with Mitsunari and Kanetsugu in 2, later with Keiji and Kanetsugu after Mitsunari's death.
  • Red Oni: He's the Red Oni in opposition to Hanzō in SW1. He's also the Red Oni for Nobuyuki in 4, the more brash and Hot-Blooded and bound-with-emotions Sanada brother.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Subverted. He and Nobuyuki may be on opposing sides, but it's actually their father's design to ensure the Sanada clan's survival. This way, regardless of which side is the victor in the Sekigahara Campaign, the Sanada clan will continue on, either with Yukimura if the Western Army is the winner or Nobuyuki if it is the Eastern Army (which, of course, it is). Additionally, in the first game, where Nobuyuki was still generic, they still recognize each other as family. Yet, tied to their respective duties, they apologize and bravely face one another. In 4, however, Masayuki's plan didn't exist, Yukimura simply ends up opposing Nobuyuki because he couldn't see Ieyasu's good points (unlike Nobuyuki) and is too bound with his friendship with Mitsunari and Kanetsugu, two people that do not get along with Ieyasu.
  • Sibling Team: With Nobuyuki before they take different paths.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome
  • Undying Loyalty: To Shingen and later to the Toyotomi clan.
  • Worthy Opponent: He seems to call everybody he pummels into submission this.

    Maeda Keiji 

Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (Japanese), Steve Blum (English, 1), Steve Szczepowski (English, 2), Roger Craig Smith (English, 3)

Born: 1543
Died: 1612

The nephew of Maeda Toshiie, Keiji seems to treat the chaotic world around him like a great big game.

He wields a Sasumata pike and his element is Thunder.

Tropes associated with Keiji:

  • Animal Motifs: Tigers. He is actually called a crazy tiger at one point.
  • Anime Hair: No, seriously! And it's not a wig, either.
  • Badass: One of the strongest characters in the game, whose campaign in the first game pits him alone against a huge army three times in a row? Yup. Oh, he also cuts a bullet in half when it was about to hit him, claiming that "it had to be much faster if they wanted to hit him".
    • Badass Boast: "Why are tigers strong? Because they're born that way!"
  • Bald of Awesome: His alternate costume in the first game has him dressed like a monk, with shaved head and beads. The reason for his shaved head is a homage to his counterpart shaving his hair when sent as a peaceful messenger to Ieyasu in the manga Hana No Keiji.
  • Blood Knight: Though it is made clear since the first scenario that Keiji is interested in a good, old fashioned honorable battle between warriors, and is disgusted by Nobunaga's massacres against the Ikko Army and the Takeda Cavalry. In Warriors Orochi 3, in any situation where he's a player-controlled character who ends up fighting himself on the battlefield, he reacts with great enthusiasm for the opportunity to fight the one opponent he knows will be his equal.
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: A rare non-villainous case: when he arrives in Kyoto in SW1 he's confronted by some thugs who apparently hold a grudge against him. He doesn't remember them, and this event leads to a huge battle between Keiji and the Miscreants.
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Come with Me If You Want to Live: says this exact phrase to Mitsunari in 3 during "Mitsunari's Rescue" stage. For Yukimura in the latter's story for 2, it is more like "I will come with you if you still want to live."
  • Cool Horse: His mighty steed Matsukaze (Pine Wind). He's huge and also the fastest, strongest horse in the games.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: During his story mode in SW1 he fights and defeats Magoichi, Yukimura, Goemon, Okuni and Masamune. Later, all of them pull a Big Damn Heroes in his final mission and help him against the Uesugi army.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: To Kanetsugu, when he tries to kill himself in SW2.
  • Odd Friendship: He forms one with Orochi in the crossover, admiring the creature's strength. Ultimately, he understands him better than anyone else, including the fact that Orochi wants to die a warrior's death.
  • One-Man Army: Literally, as in the third mission of the first game he actually shooes away the Oda officers on his side so that he could take on all the miscreants by himself. Subverted in the final battle, where he starts alone but is eventually joined by his True Companions met during the campaign. Gameplaywise, he makes an excellent crowd-clearer thanks to his moveset.
  • Ronin: Used to be one after leaving the Maeda and the Toyotomi, and before serving the Uesugi.
  • Samurai Ponytail: In 4.
  • Ship Tease: with Okuni in 1. In 3, it is lampshaded in "Mitsunari's Rescue" since Keiji is on Mitsunari's side while Okuni is part of Anti-Ishida rebels.
  • Shout-Out
  • Spell My Name with a "The": If you take "Mitsuhide Akechi's 3rd Request" on the 41st floor of the Infinite Castle/Survival Mode in 2, you get a mission to "defeat the Keiji Maeda".
  • You Shall Not Pass: In Hasedō for 2.

    Oda Nobunaga 

Born: June 23, 1534
Died: June 21, 1582

Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (Japanese), Douglas Rye (English, 1), Brent Schaus (English, 2), Christopher Corey Smith (English, 3)

The "Demon Lord of Japan", Oda Nobunaga, conforming closer to Evil Overlord stereotypes in the first game, but sequels have given him the Draco in Leather Pants treatment.

In the Samurai Warriors games, he is a strategic genius with a hell of a mean streak and an awesome mustache, more often than not credited with bringing proper modern firearms tactics to Japan, and of course being the First of the Three Unifiers (followed in turn by Hideyoshi and Ieyasu).

Nobunaga wields a glowing longsword. His element was Dark (in SW1), which changed to Wind in later installments.

Tropes associated with Nobunaga:

  • All-Loving Villain: Deconstructed. In Chronicles, Nō says that Nobunaga "loves everyone equally"... but then goes on to comment that this also means everyone is equally worthless to him.
  • Aloof Big Brother: to Oichi.
  • Anti-Villain: Surprisingly, more in the first game than in the second game, despite also being even more Obviously Evil in that one as well. In the second game, Nobunaga was just another power-hungry warlord; somewhat less ruthless, but also less justifiable. In the first game he had a philosophy that seemed to go beyond just desiring the entire country for himself, making him something of a Well-Intentioned Extremist. The PSP version of the first game brought this out in particular; indeed, at the end of the story path wherein he succeeds in conquering the entire land, he actually vanishes because he believes the country doesn't need another king, instructing his retainers to divide power between themselves. This angle was entirely dropped in the second game, even if he was more humanised (particularly in the end of his own storyline after killing Mitsuhide).
    • If you really look at it, this wasn't dropped so much as less emphasized. By the time of SW2 he starts to see himself more as a necessary step in Japan's future but acknowledges the potential for failure if fate does in fact have other plans - he's never outright evil per se; only appearing so if you were against him. Also note that the second game of the series highlights more the conflicts surrounding and up to the Battle of Sekigahara as opposed to the point where he was at his prime - towards the end of the period of the Kanto Trio (Ujiyasu, Shingen, and Kenshin).
    • He is even relegated to being the hero (sort of) in the events of the Warriors Orochi crossover for the Samurai faction. Being a massive rallying point for all the forces at various points in the games (including reciprocating a plea for assistance from the character who he is an expy of - Cao Cao).
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Sure, he is scary. But this trope is still there.
  • Badass
  • Battle Couple: with Nō. Depending on the game, it's either downplayed or played straight.
  • Beard of Evil
  • Bi the Way: In the Japanese version he's clearly attracted to both Ranmaru and his wife, but sexuality is still relatively unimportant to him compared to the work of conquest.
  • Blood Knight: In 4, Nobunaga refuses to let somebody back down after they betray him, goading them whenever necessary into fighting. He also repeatedly keeps Hisahide alive despite numerous betrayals just so he'll keep causing him trouble. He finds this all amusing, apparently.
  • Catch Phrase: "Is that so?"
    • "What is your desire?"
    • "It's just that simple."
  • Combat Tropes:
    • Barehanded Blade Block: Weapon deadlocks? Nobunaga doesn't need a weapon for that!
    • Battle Aura: Dark purple in color. One of his moves lets him use it as a damage-reducing shield.
    • Casting a Shadow: Can somehow manipulate darkness. In the first game he's one of the three characters (four if you include the naginata-wielding new officer) whose final element is Dark.
    • Cool Sword: Weapon of Choice. His sword emits a purple aura, sounds suspiciously like a light saber, and curiously resembles a pre-samurai era Japanese sword.
    • Ki Attacks: His Charge 1 allows him to toss a purple orb of darkness at his foes and his Charge 4 has him creating the same shockwave from his waist.
    • Power Floats: Samurai Warriors 2. Activate his stance, then make him move while maintaining. Watch as he effortlessly floats several inches off the ground while surrounded in a menacing purple aura.
      • In the first game one of his charge attacks and his Musou attack have him floating somehow while covered in an aura, allowing him to move quickly from one location to another one.
  • Death Seeker: In 4 Nobunaga seems to almost want to be betrayed, and Nagamasa comments on how he doesn't want weak servants only followers who can surpass him. It's hinted that he's really looking for somebody that can defeat him and unite the land.
  • Disappears Into Darkness: Happens in Motonari's ending in SW3.
  • Dub Text: Inverted. In the original Japanese game, Nobunaga is clearly infatuated with both Nō and Ranmaru, while the English translation instead makes his relationship with the young boy much more platonic.
  • Evil Laugh: Laughs very frequently, and often for seemingly no reason, because he genuinely finds everything ever amusing.
  • Expy: Very similar to Cao Cao, to the point of requiring a lampshading in the crossover.
    • In the first game he was also jokingly referred to as Darth Vader by the fandom because of his dark powers, black armor and glowing sword. See Ki Attacks above.
  • Faux Affably Evil
  • Happily Married: His relationship with his wife, No, is complicated, but clearly affectionate.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: Or, more accurately, isn't concerned with their fates, as long as his goals are met. Only exceptions are possibly Ranmaru and Nō.
  • Kill It with Fire: Has a penchant for this, especially against the Ikko army at Nagashima.
    • During the Incident at Honnōji in SW3, he ensures the temple is set on fire. While he's still in it!
  • Large Ham: Perhaps most obvious in the Japanese versions of the games from SW3 and on, where he speaks as if he's part of a theatrical performance all the time.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Ranmaru, who is stated to be dependent on him.
  • Obviously Evil: Toyed with. His original design in SW1 evokes this image - but each appearance afterwards makes him less evil and more devil's advocate for lack of better words.
  • Perpetual Molt: He sheds pitch black feathers all over the place. This always occurs at the end of his true musou, and sometimes when he makes dramatic statements.
  • Pet the Dog: One of his mini-events in Empires is him being surprisingly nice towards Nene when she complains to him about Hideyoshi's philandering ways. (This is, incidentally, based on an actual letter he wrote to Nene in real life.)
    • His endings in the second and third game, also his Dream Stage in the second game. In the second, he kills Mitsuhide, but sheds a single tear for his retainer's death, and the Dream Stage "Nobunaga Unites Japan" has him vowing to unite Japan without shedding blood to honor Mitsuhide's memory. The third game makes it so he defeats but does not kill Mitsuhide, explaining how he lost it all and that Japan was moving on without him, ending the scene by forgiving his retainer for his treachery.
    • He is also much nicer to his sister Oichi in 3 than he was to her in previous games.
    • He is generally quite affectionate with Ranmaru, and in the Japanese version of Warriors Orochi 3 even tells his page that his acceptance of him is "his happiness".
  • Red Baron: The "Demon King".
  • Shout-Out: In State Of War, every character has a storyline focusing on them and one other character note . While the others have basic names (i.e. "The Takeda Clan", "Mitsuhide and Ranmaru", etc.), Nobunaga and Nō's storyline is named "Mr. and Mrs. Oda"
  • Sibling Rivalry: with his brother-in-law Nagamasa and sister Oichi.
    • Sibling Team: with both of them in Oichi's upper-path final stage for 1 and Nagamasa's final stage for 2.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: He is one of the tallest characters in the game.
  • Tin Tyrant: His platemail, which isn't excessively surprising, as many armors from that period were actually built imitating the western style ones.
  • Together in Death: With NNō at the end of SW3 XL, both wishing to burn together in Hell, as the building they're trapped in flares up.
  • Troll: In 4 he seems to enjoy holding people in his power and pushing their buttons, just to watch them squirm. When they all inevitably betray him, he then seems to enjoy pitting himself against their strength.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to Oichi, he was very kind and well-liked by the people when they were younger.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The latter games make it obvious that he's pursuing peace, but the way he goes about it is very ruthless.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: In a Samurai Warriors 4 event, he dresses up as a woman. His reason for doing so? Because it's interesting.

    Akechi Mitsuhide 

Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (Japanese), Michael J. Gough (English, 1), Kevin Symons (English, 1 Xtreme Legends), Julien Elia (English, 2), Leroy Simon Bean (English, 2 Xtreme Legends), Darrel Guilbeau (English, Warriors Orochi), Vic Mignogna (English, 3)

Born: 1528
Died: 1582

"Kind-hearted, sincere and resourceful, Mitsuhide fought for the Saito clan before recognising Nobunaga's gift for leadership and becoming his vassal. While he has long fought to further his master's ambitions, doubt has recently crept into his mind regarding Nobunaga's increasingly cruel methods. Though torn, he makes his way to Honno-ji to instigate a revolt."
- SW3 official bio

Akechi Mitsuhide is retainer of Oda Nobunaga... at least at first. Mitsuhide's characterisation contains particularly obvious changes depending on which version of the game you play (these changes are most notable when comparing SW2 to SW3), though he is usually noted as being kind and gentle at heart with the eventual goal of creating peace for the 'innocents' of Japan.

Mitsuhide was portrayed as having a very strong bond with Mori Ranmaru in the first game, acting as his mentor and best friend. The impact of Mitsuhide's betrayal of Nobunaga on their bond was a focal point of both of their story modes. This was basically entirely scrapped in SW2 in favour of focusing Mitsuhide's story entirely on his interactions with his Lord, Nobunaga. The third game in the series introduces Motochika as Mitsuhide's closest friend, and their bond plays an active part in explaining Mitsuhide's motives. The consistent point throughout all of his stories is the betrayal of Nobunaga, something that inevitably impacts the whole of Japan.

His role in the first two Warriors Orochi games, however, is relatively minor. In the first he simply follows Nobunaga from start to finish, and in the second appears in one of the Shu stages, becoming available as a character in the Shu army afterwards. The third has him killed in a fire accidentally caused by gunfire from Wu troops at the battle of Honnōji, prompting Nō and Sun Ce to go back in time to prevent his death.

He wields a katana; one of the few player characters to do so, in fact. His element of preference has been thunder consistently throughout the series.

Tropes associated with Mitsuhide:

  • Absurdly Youthful Father: And it might be the reason why his daughter still looks like Moe up to the newest installments.
  • Action Dad, Papa Wolf: For Gracia.
  • Bishōnen
  • Bittersweet Ending: KOEI like giving him these.
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Despair Event Horizon: In 3, after receiving Hideyoshi's "The Reason You Suck" Speech which makes him realize what he has done, and learning about Motochika's death in Yamazaki. Leading him to....
    • He's Just Hiding: In-Universe. Thought to be dead after Yamazaki, Mitsuhide is instead hiding. Ieyasu later finds him and asks for his help for Sekigahara, mirroring the rumor of Mitsuhide becoming Nankōbō Tenkai.
  • Happily Married: His dialogue in 2:Empires implies he is this with his wife, Hirokohime (Gracia's mom). While it has yet to be seen for real in the game, this is true to history.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: with Ranmaru in 1 and Motochika in 3 and 4. And much likely with Ieyasu, too, in his ending for 3, since he is shown living in Ieyasu's house to help hiding his identity from public.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: He's gotten a lot of glorification for his killing of Nobunaga these days, but fact is that he betrayed his lord and was a rather self-important man who looked down on other officers that were younger than him (Ranmaru and Hideyoshi, and to a degree even Nobunaga). The game makes him a pleasant, very sympathetic, if naive young man.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: At least to begin with. Seriously, Mitsuhide? You believed Oda Nobunaga, called the Demon King for his ruthlessness, would create a land of compassion and peace?
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His waist-length hair is probably his most notable physical feature. Other characters make reference to it at times, including Saika Magoichi!
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After the invasion of the Saika Village in SW2 and when he successfully kills Nobunaga in his own story.
  • Nice Guy: He is generally nice. He even cares about Oichi and Nagamasa's relationship.
  • The Obi-Wan: to Ranmaru in 1. He is even dead in the latter's story.
  • Older Than He Looks: Would you believe he was about 6 years older than Nobunaga?
    • Played Up to Eleven in 3, where he appears as a Mysterious Backer at Sekigahara on the Eastern army's side. Had he really still been alive, he should already be in his 70s, yet no single grey hair is visible. Amusingly, it appears none of his allies recognize him as Mitsuhide, while some of his enemies are able to recognize him pretty quickly.
  • Peaceful in Death: In 3 (except in the scenario when he survived and went into hiding) and 4, after Yamazaki.
  • Perpetual Molt: Sheds white feathers all over the place. Always happens after he completes a True Musou attack, and sometimes happens after he makes a dramatic statement.
  • Samurai: Even more so in the second and third games. In the first game he sports a more "westernized" outfit to reflect his ties with lord Nobunaga (who himself wears a western style platemail), but also has a much more samuraiesque second costume.
  • The Unfavorite: A poignant scene in 4 shows Nobunaga showering praise to his officers at Nagashino... except Mitsuhide. May be one of the reasons why he decided to revolt later.
  • Take My Hand: Happens to Mitsuhide in Motochika's SW3 ending, and is used by Motochika to prove a point and make a show of support to his friend.

    Ishikawa Goemon 

Voiced by: Hisao Egawa (Japanese), Bob Papenbrook (English, 1)

Born: August 24, 1558
Died: August 10, 1594

Ishikawa Goemon is a chubby, good-natured thief who's always after the next big score.

Wields a club and a cannon strapped to his back. His element is Thunder.

Tropes associated with Goemon:

  • Boisterous Bruiser: Thief or not, he wouldn't say no to a good old fight.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: To Hideyoshi. Sort of.
    Goemon: "You're quite the thief too! You stole this whole land!"
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He doesn't return in either of the sequels. According to Word of God, it was too difficult to think of possible scenarios for his story. However, he returns in 4, alongside Kojiro, Musashi, Takatora, Naotora, and Munenori, but doesn't have a playable role in the game's story mode.
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Cowardly Lion: He often chickens out before stronger or dangerous opponents (especially Hanzō), but ultimately he'll face them.
  • Gonk
  • Highly Visible Rogue: Let's just say he's not very stealthy.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Modeled on the original thief, Ishikawa Goemon.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He's often paired with the petite Okuni - he teams up with her in her levels, she teams up with him in his levels, and they tend to show up working together in other characters' levels.
  • Large Ham: Has the mannerisms of a kabuki actor.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: One can see most of his kabuki-like dialogues as this, as he often looks in the camera while doing so, even when he was speaking directly to another character.
  • Ninja: Well, formerly. He is said to be a former member of the Iga Ninja, to the least. It's likely that he already left his life as a ninja by the time the game takes place, thus his physique growing large and fat, and so unfitting to be a ninja anymore.
  • No Indoor Voice: He only speaks softly once in his entire campaign, and when he does he's almost immediately ambushed by The Dreaded Hanzō.
  • No One Could Survive That: In his last scenario in SW1, Hideyoshi puts him in an iron kettle filled with boiling water in order to execute him. Not only does he survive, he manages to tear the cauldron apart from the inside in order to free himself.
  • Oh, Crap: Whenever he spots Hanzō on the battlefield.
    Goemon: " Hanzō? Hattori? The Iga ninja!? OH NOO!!!"
  • Sir Not Appearing In This Game: Warriors Orochi 3 lists him as a Samurai Warriors 3 character, despite him only being playable in the first Samurai Warriors.
  • Stout Strength: He's obviously large and fat, and in the core game he was also the second only to Keiji in strength.
  • Take Over Japan: After defeating Hideyoshi, he "steals" the land.
  • The Rival: Has varying degrees of rivalry with Nene and Hanzō in different games.
  • With Catlike Tread: in his second to last level in the upper path of Samurai Warriors 1, one of the missions is to defeat Hanzo without using his cannon, so as to not wake the sleeping Hideyoshi during the fight. He qualifies for this trope both for the amount of noise he still makes shouting and smashing things with his club during the fight and for the fact that he can run around the whole rest of the castle blasting his cannon off as much as he wants, and neither one will give Hideyoshi the slightest clue that he's there.

    Uesugi Kenshin 

Voiced by: Joji Nakata (Japanese), Beau Billingslea (English, 1), George Cook (English, 2), Philip Hersh (English, Warriors Orochi)

Born: February 18, 1530
Died: April 19, 1578

Uesugi Kenshin is Takeda Shingen's major rival, always seen drinking sake, even on the battlefield.

Uses a special "seven-bladed" sword and his element is ice.

Tropes associated with Kenshin:

  • The Alcoholic: To the point where he declares the power of Bishamonten (and his clockwork liver) allow him to imbibe as much as he wants.
  • Badass Army: His cavalry, rivaled only by (obviously) the Takeda Cavalry.
  • Blood Knight
  • Brother-Sister Team: With his elder sister Aya.
  • Catch Phrase: In the first game, he's always opening every of his battles with this phrase: "Great Bishamonten, God of War..."
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Genius Bruiser: A strategic mastermind who also manages to be a brutally effective warrior.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: In 4, along with Aya, when they stop Saburo from killing himself.
  • In the Hood: Which is true to his historical self.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Positively towers over his elder sister Aya.
  • Nice Hat: His design for 4 has him wear a Buddhist monk hat.
  • Pet the Dog: Offscreen, when he sent salt to the people of Kai. Also, when he praises Kunoichi's skills in their final battle.
  • Red Baron: He has two nicknames/titles, namely the "War God" and the "Dragon of Echigo".
  • The Stoic: The fourth game even notes in one event that when the corners of his mouth quirk upwards slightly, that's his equivalent of a broad smile.
  • Verbal Tic: Shingen who? The Uesugi lord thinks only his nemesis can entertain him!
  • Warrior Poet
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Shingen to be this.


Voiced by: Ai Maeda (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English, 1), Katie Stanfield (English, 2), Tara Platt (English, 3)

Born: 1547
Died: 1583

The younger sister of Oda Nobunaga. Portrayed as a Genki Girl in the first game, but has calmed down in the sequels.

Her weapon is a kendama in the first two games, and a pair of bladed rings in the following ones. Her element is Thunder (in 1 and 2) and later Fire in 3.

Tropes Associated with Oichi:

  • Absurdly Youthful Grandmother: Played for Laughs in 2:Empires when she meets Hideyori, her (yes, it's right) grandson.
  • Action Girl: Especially in 3, where she is more actionized.
  • Arranged Marriage: Twice, with Nagamasa and then Katsuie after the former's death.
    • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: With Nagamasa, it's not difficult to see they are Happily Married and Sickeningly Sweethearts. Well, perhaps not so happily, since it ends in Star-Crossed Lovers.
      • It's harder to see if her marriage with Katsuie is filled with happiness, since at the time not only Nobunaga (the one who arranged their marriage) is dead in Honnōji, but there's also an intense feud between the Shibata and the Hashiba, ending in the couple's death.
  • Badass Adorable
  • Badass Princess: Lady of the Oda and then the Azai Clan.
  • Battle Couple: with Nagamasa.
    • Brother-Sister Team: overlapping with above when the couple sides with Nobunaga in Oichi's upper-path final stage for 1 and Nagamasa's final stage for 2.
  • Combat Tropes:
    • Combat Medic: One of her special abilities allows her to heal surrounding allies.
    • Spin Attack: Mostly in her musou and charge attacks.
    • Weapon of Choice:
      • Weaponized Ball: Her kendama (Cup and Ball), it's a child's toy consisting of a ball tied to a string connected to a "cup" which she uses as...
      • Epic Flail: She hurls the ball around with the cup. She uses this in 1 and 2. The narration in her second game's story mode justifies this somewhat, as it was the very first thing she discover in the Azai's household where she lives with her husband Nagamasa, and thus she uses it as her weapon.
      • Dual Wielding Rings of Death: from 3 onward.
  • Cool Big Sis: For Gracia in the latter's SW2:XL's dream stage.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Shows shades of this usually when she talks to Hideyoshi, which is very understandable considering who Hideyoshi is. She also often calls him Monkey, which perhaps runs in the family because the nickname is given to Hideyoshi by Nobunaga.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Oichi's dream stage in the second game has her against all of the women of Samurai Warriors (and Ranmaru) to see who is the fairest of them all. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Downer Ending: In 2.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In 3, where she prompts to return to her husband's side during the Siege of Odani even after Nagamasa tried to send her back to the Oda for her own safety.
  • Fiery Redhead: Only in 1.
  • Genki Girl: In 1.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Since 2 onward, of mousy brown variant.
  • Kitsune: Her second outfit in SW1 is a huge fox costume. Her DLC outfit for 4 is also fox-themed costume, which is more revealing and even shows her Sideboobs.
  • Lady of War: Especially in the third game.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The light feminine to Nō's dark feminine.
  • Magic Skirt: In 2. She even "covers" it when she's landing after a jump.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Played with, depending on how you see this. In SW2's Battle of Shizugatake on the Toyotomi's side, the narration clearly states that she convinced her second husband Katsuie to oppose Hideyoshi's rule. Then, if you confront her as Hideyoshi, Hideyoshi will ask her in a What the Hell, Hero? manner and outright tell her that all he wants is only to create a land where everyone can be happy. And her response? She harshly said that there is no such place. And after you killed her? All she calls out is only Nagamasa (her deceased and former husband), instead of Katsuie (her current husband).
    • In her defense, she seriously opposes Hideyoshi, also considering him one of the causes why Nagamasa is dead. Thus, most of those were done because she wouldn't let Hideyoshi reign, to her 'a land where everyone can be happy' can't happen if it's helmed by Hideyoshi. Obviously, since these events happen when you're using Hideyoshi, your job is to prove her wrong. Also, Katsuie at this time was considered an extra NPC, it wasn't until 2:XL that he's fleshed out as the wise mentor of Toshiie that Oichi actually showed care for, even after Nagamasa died. Ah, the 'wonders' of differing POV.
  • Morality Pet: For Nobunaga and then Katsuie. Even when she's still married with Nagamasa, Katsuie respects them both, even scolds Hideyoshi for being jealous to the young couple.
  • Politically-Active Princess: Her marriage with Nagamasa and then Katsuie are started for political reasons.
  • The Power of Love: Her upper path in the first game has her unite her brother and her husband under one banner.
  • She's Got Legs: In 2. Also in 4, more evident in her DLC costume.
  • She Is All Grown Up: From 2 on.
  • Sibling Rivalry: against Nobunaga when she was with the Azai.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Nagamasa. Lampshaded by Hideyoshi more than once.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Nagamasa in the second and third games.
  • Stepford Smiler: Averted in SWC3; she almost becomes this, but stops herself once Katsuie helps her realize that she doesn't want to end up like her brother (who finds joy in seemingly everything, no matter how horrible).
  • Token Wholesome: From 3 onwards.
  • True Beauty Is on the Inside
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Oichi and Nō are usually stated as the two most beautiful women of the Sengoku Period of Japan.


Born: 1572
Died: (Unknown)

Voiced by: Wakana Yamazaki (Japanese), Melissa Fahn (English, 1), Erin Agostino (English, 2), Karen Strassman (English, 3)

The rumored founder of kabuki theater who can always be seen trying to raise funds for her temple. Playful and flirtatious, she piles her charms on everyone she meets, male or female.

Fights with a parasol and has the Fire element.

Tropes associated with Okuni:

  • All Amazons Want Hercules: Sort of in SW1. She can end up with about 11 characters out of fifteen, but she seems to be seriously attracted to Keiji (basically the strongest character).
  • Badass: She jumps across flying cannon balls in her SW3:XL story!!
  • Bi the Way: Makes openly flirtatious remarks about the game's female characters, such as Ginchiyo's voice when meeting her in the second game. This is carried over into the crossover.
  • Brainless Beauty: Sometimes she puts on an act to this effect, but she's actually much sharper than she looks. She does have a tendency to idly wander onto dangerous battlefields, though...
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the second game, where she lacks a personal story mode, she sometimes appears in Survival Mode and outright complains about it.
  • Captain Ersatz: Okuni's appearance, constant skiving for shrine donations, habits of getting involved in fights and problems that may or may not be hers, and multitude of pairings bring to mind a different Shrine Maiden.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Really now, Okuni, you could get yourself killed walking in the middle of battles like that.
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Deadpan Snarker: Shows traces of this in the second game.
  • Demoted to Extra: While she returns in Samurai Warriors 3, she does not have a story mode and rarely appears in the plots of other characters. Although she got a story mode of her own in the Japan-only expansion SW3:XL, her appearance in SW4 again demotes her to a minor character in the main story, alongside Kojirō, Musashi and Goemon.
  • Detached Sleeves: Akin' near Reimu's level.
  • Killer Rabbit: No, seriously, you wouldn't expect her to fight Keiji toe-to-toe and win!
  • One Woman Army: During her story mode you have the chance of ending the Great Battle of Kawanakajima by taking down both armies at once. In WO 3, she carves her way through the Wei army just to find Zhong Hui.
  • Miko: More evident in SW1.
  • Ms. Fanservice: To some extent. Personality-wise, she's also very flirty.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: In SW3, she appears in the "Rescue of Mitsunari" stage on the side of the Anti-Ishida Coalition, without any explanation at all. But considering this happens in Kyoto and that's where Okuni lives, it can be assumed if she knows (or at least, believes, hears, or thinks) how bad Mitsunari is, thus she joins the rebels. And unlike the One Woman Army she usually was, this time she brought several lady samurais with her, thus implied that she's really there to support the rebels.
  • Parasol of Prettiness
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
  • Really Gets Around: It's easier to list the people she isn't hooking up with.
  • She's Got Legs: Especially evident in her SW1 alternate outfit.
  • Ship Tease: with either Keiji or Goemon, and there seems to be a Love Triangle between them, although it's quite much less serious than the usual example of this trope. The second game hints that she ultimately hooked up with Goemon, as her brief appearance in Keiji and Magoichi's missions has her trying to steal a treasure that they're also after, which she claims is "something she learned from her boyfriend".
  • Shinigami: Her 3:XL story suggests that she is one, as she "collects" the souls of people who died historically, including Yukimura, Katsuie and Oichi, and vanishes with them once they reach Izumo. Her Chronicle Mode scenes in 4 have her exhibiting several paranormal abilities, and the final one outright confirms it.
  • Sideboobs: Her default outfit in 4 shows these.
  • Walking the Earth: Or Japan, at any rate. Also, a Rare Female Example of a character that lives that way solo.

    Saika Magoichi 

Born: (Disputable)
Died: (Disputable)

Voiced by: Isobe Hiroshi (Japanese), Lex Lang (English, 1), Steve Szczepowski (English, 2), Skip Stellrecht (English, 3)

A mercenary of the Saika clan who, at first, fights wherever the money takes him, but develops a very personal grudge against Oda Nobunaga when the latter wipes out his hometown in retaliation for the Saika supporting causes against the Oda clan.

Uses a Tanegashima musket and the Fire element.

Tropes associated with Magoichi:

  • Badass Longcoat
  • Calling the Old Man Out: To Kennyo in the first game when he surrendered to Nobunaga.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Magoichi hits on every woman he meets, but doesn't take advantage of Gracia, who idolizes him and follows him around in SW2:XL. What makes him hold back here is most likely her being a child, though the Warriors series actually does portray child marriages (as with Zhou Yu and Xiaoqiao in Dynasty Warriors).
    • Somewhat averted in that he uses Gracia to imprison various women and keep them as his personal harem in her dream stage in SW2:XL, making him not really better than Dynasty Warriors' Dong Zhuo.
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Composite Character: Fills the historical roles of all three men surnamed Suzuki — Sadayu, Shigehide, and Shigetomo — known to have used the alias "Magoichi Saika", although Sadayu and Shigetomo have appeared as separate generic NPCs in the second game, suggesting that the Magoichi in Samurai Warriors is actually Suzuki Shigehide; in KOEI's other Sengoku-period game Nobunaga's Ambition it's made clear that that game's Magoichi is Shigehide.
  • Determinator: If you choose the upper path in his Musou mode in SW1.
  • Diabolus Ex Machina: In Mitsuhide's story in 2, it seems as Nobunaga and Mitsuhide would finally reconcile with each other. And then, BOOM! Magoichi ruined the moment with an Instant Death Bullet.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: "Saika Magoichi" is merely a title for the leader of the Saika faction.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Hideyoshi and Masamune.
  • Ironic Hell: In Gracia's dream stage, he encourages her to defeat the other ladies so that he can keep them as his personal harem. Then Gracia, upon realising that he has used her, frees all the imprisoned women who deliver a well-deserved and sounding mass-lynch on Mago.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In the second game, Magoichi finds out that assassinating Nobunaga was a spectacularly bad idea.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: In the first game, he slowly abandons the ideals of the Honganji in order to start his personal war with Nobunaga alone. If you don't complete all the "snipe Nobunaga" green missions in the campaign, he'll definetively quit his battle and will be locked out of the last scenario.
  • Odd Friendship: With Gracia.
  • Oh, Crap: In the first game, upon witnessing Nobunaga executing Shoukei and ordering the massacre of the Ikko army. In the second game has one mixed with a Heroic BSOD when he sees what Nobunaga did to the Saika Village.
  • Perma Stubble
  • Shout-Out: Weirdly enough, to Rambo with his alternate costume, which turns him into a Walking Shirtless Scene.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome
  • Tattooed Crook: In his alternate costume (see just above) he has a rose tattooed on his body.


Voiced by: Yuko Nagashima (Japanese), GK Bowes (English, 1 and 3)

A female ninja for the Sanada clan, she's the chipper, lighthearted counterpart to Yukimura's Serious Business. A non-historical character who may be loosely based on the Sanada ninjas.

Her weapon of choice is a pair of daggers and her personal element is ice.

Tropes associated with Kunoichi:

    Takeda Shingen 

Born: December 1, 1521
Died: May 13, 1573

Voiced by: Daisuke Gōri (Japanese, until 3), Ryuzaburo Otomo (Japanese, post-3), Richard Epcar (English, 1), Lateef Martin (English, 2), Neil Kaplan (English, 3)

Known as the Tiger of Kai, Takeda Shingen leads the Takeda clan and is Kenshin's rival.

His weapon is a Gunbai (war fan) and his element was Fire (in 1) and Wind (in 2).

Tropes associated with Shingen:

  • Animal Motifs: Say hello to the 'Tiger of Kai'.
  • Badass Army: He is the leader of the Takeda Cavalry, after all.
  • Badass Mustache: It's actually part of his mask — though the historical Shingen had one underneath it as well
  • Big Fun: If you're on his side, he's pretty friendly.
  • Captain Obvious
    From Warriors Orochi: "Boulders, when dropped from a height, have a tendency to hurt."
  • Combat Tropes:
    • Elemental Powers: In the first game, his weapons grant him various elemental attack, including Wind, Forest, Fire and Mountain. This has been carried over into the following games and extended to his attacks.
    • Horn Attack: Yes, he's human, his Charge 3 attack has him crouching and sending his enemies flying by hitting them with ramming attacks, apparently performed with the horns on his mask.
    • Mighty Glacier
    • Weapon of Choice:
      • Katanas Are Just Better: Averted. He is never seen using it and simply strapped it on his waist. It certainly makes him look cooler, though.
      • Laser Hand Fan: His fan has a white sharp aura similar to Nobunaga's sword which allows it to slice and dice. It projects a transparent aura triple its size whenever he swings it.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not completely deadpan, but he more than makes up for it with the snark.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the first game for Yukimura and Kunoichi's story, where he is assassinated by Hanzō in a sneak attack during the Battle of Mikatagahara. note 
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: In both Yukimura and Kunoichi's stories, he dies in Yukimura's arms after being assassinated by Hanzō during the Mikatagahara battle.
  • Dirty Old Man: Implied from this dialogue in the first game:
    Shingen: Only you can help Yukimura, if you know what I mean.
    Shingen: Come on, let an old man have his fun!
  • Fat Bastard: Just like Ieyasu, if you fight against him, he'll be this.
  • A Father to His Men: He's very caring of all his officers and vassals, and even in scenarios when he's retreating he'll still wait for all his surviving vassals to reach him before going away.
  • Mask Power: In all the titles he wears an elaborated demon mask, though it becomes a Hannya mask in one of his alternate costumes.
  • Red Baron: The Tiger of Kai.
  • Red Oni: To Kenshin. Bonus point for actually wearing a red Oni mask.
  • Shout-Out: To The Art of War. Historically Shingen was a devotee of Sun Tzu and used furinkazan—swift as the wind (fu), quiet as a forest (rin), fierce as a fire (ka), immovable as a mountain (zan)—as his army's motto. His attacks all reflect this.
    • It's also written on his fan, and used as the emblem for his army.
  • Technical Pacifist: Yes, he is one of the strongest and most capable warlords of Japan, but, as seen in the first game, he always tries to win without excessive losses, and never actually kills named characters in his story mode upon defeating them, not even in the last upper scenario. To cup it all, his costume includes a chained katana strapped to his waist.
  • The Strategist: As if his actions are not enough, he references Sima Yi in his death in Samurai Warriors 2
    Shingen Takeda: "This would have never happened to Sima Yi."
  • This Cannot Be!: His reaction when his strategies fail, though he doesn't make much of a fuss about it and rather worries about the safety of his men first.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Kenshin to be this.

    Date Masamune 

Born: September 5, 1567
Died: June 27, 1636

Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (Japanese), Skip Stellrecht (English, 1), Clinton Lee Pontes (English, 2), Darrel Guilbeau (English, 3)

An ambitious late-comer in the Sengoku Jidai, Date Masamune is determined to make his own way in the world and maybe even take over Japan while he's at it.

Historically he was the rather brash yet far-seeing ruler of Oshū and one of the most powerful warlords in Japan up until Hideyoshi called him in during his final raid on the Hōjō. Known for pushing international relations, his singular eye (having lost the other one to disease), a distinct sense of style (that helmet was REAL), a larger than life attitude, being a jackass/hardass/and all kinds of ass (with good intentions... MOST of the time), and of course - being an all around legitimate historical badass. As one can see, a good deal of this carries over. As noted, he served his own intentions until willingly submitting to Hideyoshi, after which he would then go on to loyally serve Ieyasu (and even read to the guy on his death bed!) through the final unification of Japan.

Used to fight with dual Bokken in the first game, but were changed to a saber and a pair of pistols. His element is Ice.

Tropes associated with Masamune:

  • Animal Motifs: Other characters certainly associate certain animals with him; specifically, he is referred to a 'snake' and a 'dog' at different points. One-Eyed Dragon of Oshū is his self-given nickname.
  • Bishōnen
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Especially in the first game, where his character model is tiny compared to the others.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Several characters call him out on this. And this is also another reason, besides his jerkassery, why it's hard to symphatize with him. It was toned down in the third game.
  • Coat Cape: He wears one in the fourth game.
  • Combat Tropes:
    • Bottomless Magazines: Much like Magoichi, considering that he is never seen reloading his gun. Played Up to Eleven in his musou attack, and HOW!
    • Dual Wielding: Wooden swords at first, and then guns later on.
    • Guns Akimbo: Starting from SW2 along with a sword for basic attacks. In the first game he was Dual Wielding wooden swords.
    • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: His charge and musou attacks in SW1 releases dragon shaped Ki Attacks.
    • The Musketeer: Since 2, alongside his sword, he also uses two guns in some attacks.
    • Weapon of Choice:
      • Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: His weapon in 1 is two Bokkens.
      • Sword and Gun: From 2 onwards, he wields a sword and two pistols. He starts with a katana for lower level weapons, but later changes it for a saber in his higher level weapons. The weapon is a nice symbolic nod to Date's extensive international diplomacy efforts. It was through him (and others) that Japan's long established connection with Spain (and to a lesser degree, Portugal) was cemented. As such, he now wields a Spanish saber and a flintlock pistol.
  • Cool Helmet: His helmet has a giant crescent moon on it. Basically the same one his historical self wore.
  • Cool Horse: Is often on horseback in most battles and has skills which augment this - although not as perfectly tuned to it as some, Masamune performs quite impressively on a good mount. His horse's name is Persian Mare and can be acquired in the game.
  • Diabolus Ex Machina: In the first game, on the Toyotomi side of the Siege of Osaka he'll pop up with his soldiers dangerously near Osaka Castle right after Yukimura finally manages to persuade Hideyori to come out and lead his soldiers, spoiling Yukimura's plans.
  • Flashback Nightmare: Has this in 3 and 4 when he's forced to kill his own father in the Shoot the Hostage situation.
  • Eyepatch of Power: It can shoot out dragons in the first game.
  • Expy: Just put the letter "N" in his name, and his Pistol/Sword weapon set makes more sense...
  • Hot-Blooded: EXTREMELY. To the point that his Japanese voice actor is the King of Braves himself, Nobuyuki Hiyama.
  • Irony: He can literally "Put his gunz on!"
  • Jerkass: It's very hard to sympathize with him, even when you're playing as him.
  • Killer Rabbit: In the first game.
  • The Napoleon: He gets a bit taller each time, but is still awfully short compared to everyone else.
  • Nobuyuki Hiyama
  • Odd Friendship: In the crossover, he becomes convinced that humanity cannot triumph over demonkind and loyally serves Orochi in the hope that the demon will be able to bring peace and stability to the land through force, ultimately becoming Co-Dragons with Da Ji. Similarly, he gets along rather well with Magoichi Saika, despite the two men's very different personalities.
  • Pet the Dog: Helps the Sanada clan defend Ueda Castle from the Tokugawa-Hōjō army in 3.
  • Poisonous Friend: To Imagawa Yoshimoto in his story mode in SW3:XL. It backfires against him, however....
  • Red Baron: The "One-eyed Dragon of Oshū" (Oushu no Dokuganryuu)
  • Ship Tease: With Kai in SW3: Empires.
  • Shoot the Hostage: A similar situation regarding his father's death, as seen in a brief Flashback Nightmare in 3 and 4.
  • Smug Snake: His characterization if you're not on his side, especially so in the crossover series.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In one of his missions inside a castle in the first game, there are multiple fake stairs leading to the next floor. The first time he encounters one he let's out a scream, then claims that that's what he would have said if he'd actually been scared.
  • Start of Darkness: The fact that he had to assassinate his own father in order to take over Oshū may have played a role in his character development.
  • Take a Third Option: His philosophy in any battle is to not support either side but to just kill everybody and let fate sort things out.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Easy to miss, but in the second game, he is certainly still a Jerk Ass. You can even see his intention to surrender to Hideyoshi at first is suspiciously not genuine, and you guess right, as Chronic Backstabbing Disorder becomes his main problem in the second game. He surrendered to the Toyotomi, then joined the Tokugawa, but then betrayed the Tokugawa and declared independence. However, in the third game, he is first introduced lamenting his father's death in a Nightmare Sequence, willingly helps the Sanada clan in defending Ueda Castle, and also has a Friendly Rivalry with Yukimura and Kanetsugu. In Hasedō, he is far less of a Jerk Ass to the Uesugi army than he was in 2. Even at Osaka Castle, he is one of people who tried to stop Yukimura from wasting his life.
    • 4 is a whole new level that Masamune isn't that much of being an ambitious guy, he's more concerned about his clan's safety, he rarely insults everyone around him (though saying "Imbecile!" at times stays, because that's just his tic) and he'd let Ieyasu take credit for unifying the land just as long as the land knows peace. The only time he's visibly furious is when his men died for his sake, and especially when Kojuro took a bullet for him.
  • Verbal Tic: Imbecile!
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The third game finally delves into his backstory and his reason for being an ambitious jerk ass. Whether or not this works depends on the viewer, but being forced to murder your own dad for political stability, even if it's a Shoot the Hostage situation, has GOT to suck.


Voiced by: Mariko Suzuki (Japanese), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (English, 1), Alisha Ruiss (English, 2), Cindy Robinson (English, 3)

Born: Between 1533–1535
Died: (Disputable)

The wife of Oda Nobunaga, who doesn't seem to be able to decide whether she wants to kill him or kill for him (except for in SW2, where her assassination subplot is absent).

Wields hidden claws and her element is Dark (shifted to Demon from 2 onward).

Tropes associated with Nō:

    Hattori Hanzō 

Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda (Japanese), Kim Strauss (English, 1), David Walpole (English, 2), Troy Baker (English, 3)

Born: 1542
Died: December 23, 1596

Hattori Hanzō is the Ninja of Tokugawa. Obsessed with the words 'Death', 'Shadow' and 'Darkness'. Hanzō serves as the loyal guardian of the Tokugawa clan and both the rival of Yukimura and Kunoichi during the first Samurai Warriors title. In the second game, he gains a more intense rival in form of Fūma Kotarō.

Wields a Kusarigama and his element is Dark/Demon.

Tropes associated with Hanzō:
  • Battle Butler: To Ieyasu.
  • Combat Tropes:
    • Beam Spam: Get to his level 3 Musou attack in Samurai Warriors 2 onward, and watch the darkness-wave spam.
    • Casting a Shadow: Almost literally, since his musou attack release a blade of darkness.
    • Doppelgänger Attack: From 2 onwards, he gains the ability to make clones of himself, which copy the player's button inputs.
    • Double Jump: Mandatory for all ninja characters.
    • Fragile Speedster: Plenty quick and can deal a good number of hits as well, but he can't hold up in combat for long.
    • Hand Seals: When casting . Bonus point for actually saying the right spells of Kuji-in while casting (Rin-Hyo-To-Sha-Kai-Jin-Restu-Sai-Zen).
    • Me's a Crowd: Shown this powers during cutscenes in the first game and finally during the gameplay from the second game onward.
    • Reverse Grip: How he wields his weapon.
    • Sinister Scythe: His Weapon of Choice. Most of his kusarigama attacks are like a scythe's.
      • Epic Flail: He uses the kusarigama like this in some of his charge attacks.
    • Stock Ninja Weaponry: He uses either kunai or shuriken (they are thrown very fast, so it's rather hard to be seen correctly) as his jump attack.
  • The Comically Serious: He is one of if not the most dead-serious character in the series, but he gets into a lot of hilarious exchanges simply because it's amusing to play his complete lack of humor for humor.
    Nene: Go tell your master to stop being so greedy! There's plenty of Japan to go around! Why can't he learn to share?
    Hanzo: Crazy woman.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's using darkness-based powers, nearly anything that comes from his mouth is about either 'Darkness' or 'Shadow', and doing a damn good job in annihilating those that comes across him. However, he's using that to protect his Lord (Ieyasu), allies (Tadakatsu, Ina, Naotora) or... occasionally, 'someone else' (Nene in SW3).
  • The Dragon: For Ieyasu in the first game, as Tadakatsu was still an NPC.
    • Dragon-in-Chief: In Kunoichi's story mode, the Siege of Osaka is automatically won by the Toyotomi if Hanzō's defeated, even if Ieyasu is still alive.
  • The Dreaded: For Goemon in the first game (see Goemon's entry as well). It's because in that game, Goemon is said to be a former Iga ninja who deserted his position to become a thief.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: In his first game's story mode.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: In 4, Sanada Story, before the 2nd battle of Ueda Castle, Hanzo started to suffer this, and although this has no effect in gameplay, Hanzo just refuses to stay down and even as Ieyasu tells him that he deserves some rest, he decided to take down Yukimura before he becomes a threat to the Tokugawa... only to die because of the trope before even carrying out his job.
  • It's Probably Nothing: If he ever so much make a noise in attempts to protect his master, his reaction is just "It's probably just a wild boar...". His cover is blown by Ieyasu later, and Ieyasu is very grateful for his protection.
  • Mask Power: The latest game shows off his mouth
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Although Tadakatsu and Ina are also very loyal to Ieyasu, perhaps Hanzō is the only one who almost never questioned his lord's method.
  • Ninja: The most traditional one.
    • His design in SW4 subverts it as the mask looks really un-ninja-ish and more like a masked dark knight. Though this may be touching with his historical origin that he's also a samurai who happens to command a battalion of ninja and also knows ninjutsu.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: In the first game, it is not rare for Hanzō to show up as a boss during certain (usually castle) levels against a character who technically shouldn't be on his list at all. For examples, in both the versions of the final showdown of Kawanakajima he appears helping either the Uesugi or the Takeda with no explanation given.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to both Yukimura and Kunoichi in SW1, and also to Fūma Kotarō.
  • Ship Tease: With Nene in the third game.
  • The Rival: Kotarō in most games except SW1. Exclusively in SW1, he had rivalry to Kunoichi and Yukimura, especially the latter after Hanzō assassinated Shingen. In SW3, he also has a rivalry with Nene, overlapping with Friendly Rivalry this time.
  • Spared By Adaptation: Real Life Hanzō was not alive anymore during the Sekigahara and Osaka campaigns. But in the game, he is often heavily involved in those battles. Interestingly enough, because historically his son and successor, Masanari, actually participated in the Osaka campaign and was killed in that battle.
  • Spikes Of Doom: He seems to get more spikes and horns in his designs with each game, to the point that he looks more like The Shredder than an actual ninja.
  • The Stoic: He rarely shows emotions at all.
  • Teleport Spam: He seemingly attacks like this in cutscenese in the first game, cutting down soldiers in a jiff.
  • Undying Loyalty: For Ieyasu Tokugawa.
  • Verbal Tic: All about 'Shadow', 'Death' and 'Darkness'. Lampshaded sarcastically when Shingen asks him if he "has come to tell him spooky things about shadows and darkness" upon meeting him.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Yes, he's ready to mercilessly cut down anyone, man, woman or child in his way, but only does so in order to create a peaceful world.

    Mori Ranmaru 

Voiced by: Naomi Shindo (Japanese), Tony Oliver (English, 1), Wendy Jewers (English, 2), Tara Platt (English, 3)

Born: 1565
Died: June 21, 1582

Nobunaga's faithful retainer who wields a sword longer than he is tall, always protecting his master against anyone who stands against him. While Ranmaru is normally kind and gentle, he can be quite merciless towards his enemies.

In Samurai Warriors, Ranmaru's story focuses on his relationship with his mentor, Mitsuhide, but from Samurai Warriors 2 and onwards, Ranmaru's most important person is instead Nobunaga. His friendship with Mitsuhide is usually still present as his second-most important, if very minor, relationship. In Ranmaru's 3:XL story mode, he develops a friendship with Gracia, and in Samurai Warriors 3:Empires, he and Toshiie become close.

His element is Ice.

Tropes associated with Ranmaru:
  • Avenging the Villain: In the Takeda what-if story in SWC3, Shingen kills Nobunaga, and Ranmaru dedicates himself to avenging him at any cost. In the bad ending, he succeeds.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Essentially why he's so loyal to Nobunaga.
  • Berserk Button: Being mistaken for a woman.
  • Bishōnen: To the point of looking extremely feminine. Even Oichi complained about the fact that he's "making us women look bad" by comparison.
  • Blind Obedience: He'll follow Nobunaga to the ends of the earth. This attitude puts him at odds with Hanbei and Toshiie in SW 3:Empires.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: He's Nobunaga's bodyguard. Truth in Television, as the pageboys of samurai were also expected to act as their bodyguards.
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Crossdressing Voices
  • Dark and Troubled Past: In one of Ranmaru's Chronicles events, it's revealed that his peers alienated and spread rumors about him because they found him to be too eerily perfect. Ranmaru describes himself as having felt "inundated by darkness" as a result. The only person who he felt could understand his thoughts at the time was Nobunaga, which is why he chose to devote his life to him.
  • Death Seeker: Frequently talks about wishing to die in service to Nobunaga. Several characters in the series try to convince him to value his life.
  • Demoted to Extra: From SW2 onward, he is one of the few characters without a story mode. He stars in his own story mode in the Japan-only Xtreme Legends expansion of SW3.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: And completely oblivious to it.
  • The Dragon: To Nobunaga Oda.
  • The Empath: In Chronicles, Ranmaru subconsciously senses others' thoughts and acts according to them, though he doesn't realize he's doing it and claims he's not capable of mind-reading.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Has no sense of self-worth and has convinced himself that he's entirely unremarkable, in spite of being very multi-talented.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: with Mitsuhide in 1.
  • He's Got Legs: According to Ranmaru's character designer, his exposed legs are his "charm point".
  • Interrupted Suicide: In one SWC3 event, Ranmaru makes a very slight blunder while making tea for Gracia and the protagonist. He feels his mistake has disgraced Nobunaga, so he immediately attempts to commit suicide; thankfully, Gracia stops him.
  • In-Series Nickname: In the Japanese versions of the games, Nobunaga calls him Oran (attaching the o-honorific in front of someone's name implies closeness). Perhaps notably, the only other person Nobunaga addresses this way is his wife.
  • Mistaken for Gay: In Warriors Orochi, by Lu Meng, when he makes a "bad choice of words" while describing Keiji Maeda.
  • Morality Pet: For Nobunaga.
  • Nintendo Hard: Unlocking his upper path finale in the first game is awfully difficult, thanks to an egregious case of Guide Dang It.
  • One-Man Army: When defending Honnōji's South Gate in his story mode. If done correctly, even Mitsuhide is impressed.
  • Platonic Life Partners: with Gracia in his own story for 3:XL.
  • Samurai Ponytail
  • The Stoic: To the point where the Oda clan story mode in Samurai Warriors 3: Empires is primarily dedicated to Toshiie and Hanbei trying to do something about Ranmaru's emotional repression problem.
  • Undying Loyalty: He's totally devoted to Lord Nobunaga, no matter what happens.
  • Unsettling Gender-Reveal: In-Universe, he's mistaken for a woman by several characters, including Magoichi, Guo Jia, and Nagamasa.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In SW1 Yukimura outright tells him that his faithfulness and devotion are wasted with somenone like Nobunaga.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: A male example.
  • You Killed My Father/Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against the Azai-Asakura alliance and, specifically, Nagamasa.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Honnōji's South Gate battle.

Introduced in Samurai Warriors: Xtreme Legends

    Toyotomi Hideyoshi 

Voiced by: Munehiro Tokida (Japanese, 1), Hideo Ishikawa (Japanese, 2 onwards), Richard Cansino (English, 1), Danny Coleman (English, 2), Brian Beacock (English, 3)

Born: February 2, 1536 or March 26, 1537
Died: September 18, 1598

Called "monkey" by Oda Nobunaga, and born as a peasant who changed his names many, many, many times (he also shows up as "Hideyoshi Hashiba" in the earlier battles), Toyotomi Hideyoshi is an ambitious man who wants to unite Japan so that everyone can be happy. In due course, he gets even closer than his former master; Nobunaga - being the second of the Three Unifiers and sets down a lot of the groundwork that Ieyasu would later expand upon and build a better foundation.

Fights with a Sansetsukon and his element is Thunder.

Tropes associated with Hideyoshi:

  • Animal Motifs: The monkey. This gets lampshaded in the crossover when he meets Sun Wukong.
    • Except for Goemon in SW1
    Goemon: " It's THE RODENT!!!"
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Although some fans state that he undergoes Adaptational Badass, which means he is not very good warrior in Real Life, and mainly depends on politics.
  • Badass Mustache
  • Battle Couple: with Nene.
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Despair Event Horizon: In SW:XL, his lower path.
  • Happily Married: with Nene, and likely with Chacha, too.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: While Hideyoshi isn't generally regarded positively, the games have decided to be kind to him. Ironically when he was still a unique NPC in the first game, he was closer to his historical self.
    • He does show a more pragmatic and morally ambiguous side in SW2:XL. In Toshiie's story, he implies that he will take advantage of Nobunaga's death by replacing him and continue to unify the land. When Toshiie accused him for being happy about Nobunaga's death, however, he immediately denies.
    • In the third game, Kanbei acts as a Poisonous Friend to Hideyoshi in a similar manner to what Jia Chong did for Sima Zhao in Dynasty Warriors 8. Kanbei is the one who implies that Hideyoshi needs to take over Japan if he doesn't want to be a "spark" to be put out by other warlords.
    • Moreso, like many other games that involve him, there's no such thing as 'Korean Campaign' in this Hideyoshi.
  • I Have Many Names: He appears in Oda-Focused stages as "Hideyoshi Hashiba", which isn't his birth name either. Survival Mode in SW2 references this.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: He has many concubines and often lusts after Oichi.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: SW2 gives us this, as while Hideyoshi is depicted quite sympathetically, his abilities and weapons encourage money and item farming, and his portrayal in Survival Mode suggests he's rather greedy. Not to mention he's kind of a perv, which is even Lampshaded by his wife a few times.
  • Nice Hat: And how! His original hat in Xtreme Legends was small, if somewhat curious, but now, it becomes
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: gives a surprisingly impressive one to Mitsuhide at Yamazaki in 3. Gave one far less impressive in Samurai Warriors during Mitsuhide's story.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Thanks to Historical Hero Upgrade, sadly.
  • Shout-Out: to Sun Wukong of Journey to the West, from his weapon, monkey-like moveset, etc. In Warriors Orochi, they actually meet. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: His SW:XL story starts off on the Idealism side, but it can possibly slide to Cynicism.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: When he's just an NPC in the first game, he's very much an unsympathetic Smug Snake who thinks only of himself. However, as he becomes playable, ideals like making a land where people can be happy are added which stick with Hideyoshi for future games, making him much more lovable and sympathetic.
  • Wife Husbandry: Possibly, though depending on the source. Chacha, his concubine (who also is Nagamasa and Oichi's daughter), according to certain historical sources, is taken in by Hideyoshi as his foster daughter. When the maiden came of age, he made her his concubine and mothered Hideyoshi's heir, Hideyori. The games usually don't take note of this particular relationship and only mention Chacha as his concubine and possibly mother of Hideyori.

    Imagawa Yoshimoto 

Voiced by: Takahiro Kawachi (Japanese), Richard Cansino (English, 1), Dan Jeannotte (English, 2), Vic Mignogna (English, 3)

Born: 1519
Died: June 12, 1560

The leading daimyō whose surprise defeat by Oda Nobunaga effectively kicked off the Beginning of the End of the Sengoku era, characterized in the second game as a happy-go-lucky guy who just wants to play Kemari (Japanese hackey-sack, effectively) with everybody.

He fights with a sword and said kemari ball and is affiliated with the Demon element.

Tropes associated with Yoshimoto:

  • Badass Baritone: Surprisingly for such an eccentric warlord, in the Tokugawa's story mode in 4, his voice switches in a couple of instances from his usual high pitch to an unnerving Guttural Growler.
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Composite Character: He has some aspects of his son, Ujizane. His liking of kemari was actually Ujizane's favorite, historically. Also, his assistance for the Eastern Army at Sekigahara may nod to his son eventually serving the Tokugawa when the Imagawa clan was weakening.
    • In a rather strange zigzagged variation, Ujizane appeared as a generic warlord in 2:Empires in a scenario that took place after his father's death. In this Empires game, he uses Yoshimoto's voice everytime he talks, unlike many other generics.
  • Crouching Moron Hidden Bad Ass: Extremely well hidden. Even Zhang Liao notes this in the first Warriors Orochi.
  • Demoted to Extra: He has no story mode in SW3, though not many are complaining. Though he got a story in 3:XL, his appearances in the Story Mode of SW4 are all non-playable, making his character taking on similar dimensions as Okuni, Goemon, Musashi and Kojirō, though he still appears more often then those guys.
  • Determinator: Say what you like, but if he wants to play Kemari with someone, he's easily capable of turning the tides of whole battles. And they still won't play with him after he helped them!
  • Dirty Coward: In the first game.
  • General Failure: Even when he's non-playable, he's shown to be extremely incompetent at the head of his army, relying on extremely simple tactics to win, while other strategist characters like Nobunaga or Shingen will try to employ more elaborated schemes in battle. At least the Tokugawa, however, respect him as their daimyō and are devastated by his demise.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: In 4, he is shown to have a more sinister side as seen when a nearby tree is hit by lightning and falls near his carriage. Upon being approached by a concerned Ieyasu (who instinctively avoided the lightning strike, therefor unintentionally and very briefly abandoning Yoshimoto's safety), he darkly implies his vassal's intention of killing him despite the former's denial. In a chilling tone, he claims that a daimyo must be willing to sacrifice others to achieve his goal and asks if Ieyasu has the determination to do so. Before receiving a reply, he quickly reverts back to his carefree self.
  • Joke Character: He's easily the worst playable officer in the series with difficult to use attacks that deal mediocre or even poor damage. Unfortunately, there's no humor to be had without playing splitscreen to show up a buddy.
    • Lethal Joke Character: Or so you would think on first sight, at least in the second game. Yoshimoto is actually one of the High Tier character, thanks to the mechanic of the Musou in the second game, a properly played Yoshimoto is obscenely powerful, being able to fill its Musou bar rather easily, and unleashing his ridiculously powerful musou attack which is able to straight out one shot anything without even attacking.
  • Kicked Upstairs: In his story mode in the latest game, Masamune encourage him to spread his Kemari-Mania to the world... so Yoshimoto departs via ship, leaving Japan to the other warlords.
  • Man Child: Although largely harmless by himself.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: According to Kanetsugu in SW2:XL and the Wei forces in the crossover.
  • Pet the Dog: A small moment in his Dream Stage, where, after defeating Nobunaga, he sincerely compliments all his men for their bravery in battle. His retainers are surprised...
    • Also in the end of his Story mode in SW3:XL he encourages Masamune to complete his dreams.
  • Serious Business: For him, Kemari is more important than, say, conquering and unifying the land.
  • Spared By Adaptation: In all his story modes he survives Okehazama. Averted in the first game during the New Officer story mode: even if he defeats the Oda thanks to the playable character's efforts, it's mentioned that he was still killed later in another ambush.
  • Split Personality: In SW4. His other personality speaks with a demonic, menacing voice.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Masterminds an extremely clever plot to isolate and destroy a large portion of the Orochi army in the first Warriors Orochi game, and even manages to rope in Shingen and Kenshin to help.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Although he is still irritatingly cocky, he has certainly become nicer since becoming playable.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Has a tendency to dismiss people as his lessers in the course of SW, and embarrasses his officers with his kemari obsession while demonstrating little to no tactical acumen or bravery.
  • Verbal Tic: He likes to add "no" to the end of his sentences in Japanese.
  • We Can Rule Together: In the New Officer story mode in SW he asks the hero/heroine to be his right hand man/woman during his conquest of the land. However, the officer refuses, by hitting him with his/her weapon and claiming that he's "not up to this".

    Honda Tadakatsu 

Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English, 1 XL), Nigel Stern (English, 2), Grant George (English, 3)

Born: March 17, 1548
Died: December 3, 1610

The strongest warrior to ever exist in the Sengoku era, never being wounded in over 100 battles. Honda Tadakatsu is a man searching for the mightiest so he can test his own might against them. He is also very loyal to his liege Ieyasu, making him somewhat like a morally straight Lu Bu.

Wields his famous Tonbo-giri Spear and has the Fire element.

Tropes associated with Tadakatsu:

  • Action Dad, Papa Wolf: Not really shown in subsequent series, but in his debut, should you endanger or kill his daughter Ina, then get ready to be cleaved by his Tonbo-giri when he enters Super Mode.
    • In 4, this extends to even attacking his lord. note 
  • Ascended Extra: In the original SW, Tadakatsu was but a generic officer, who did get a special mission to defend Ieyasu in Mikatagahara, then in SW:XL, he becomes the equivalent of Lu Bu. At least Hideyoshi and Yoshimoto already had unique designs since day one.
  • Badass
    • Badass Baritone: His voice in all games.
    • Badass Family: Besides Ina, there are still his generic-faced sons who are also famous on their own rights. Also, his son-in-law is Nobuyuki Sanada.
  • Battle Butler
  • Big Damn Heroes: To his daughter in her final stage in SW:XL.
  • Blood Knight: During his story mode in the first game this actually becomes a plot point if Tadakatsu fails to save his companions at Mikatagahara and is forced to kill Shingen. Following this, Ieyasu actually takes advantage of his fighting prowess to conquer the land with brute strength.
  • Combat Tropes:
    • Absurdly Sharp BFS On A Stick: Weapon of Choice. His spear can cut down dragonflies just by standing still.
    • Badass Boast: In some games, he has an actual attack where he shouts "I am Tadakatsu!" while brandishing his weapon. This not only damages nearby enemies, it also charges up his Musou meter.
    • Blow You Away: He can summon gusts of wind not by magic, but simply by swinging his huge spear at the enemy!
    • Ground Pound: One of his many tricks.
    • Mighty Glacier: Sadly, he's one of the slowest characters.
    • Razor Wind: And he can cause this by thrusting his spear...
    • Shock and Awe: His True Musou attack causes lightning to shower down on the enemies.
  • Cool Helmet: Dragon-shaped and decorated with antlers. His historical counterpart had a similar helm.
  • The Dragon: To Ieyasu for the "Anti-Tokugawa" characters. Also a little of Visual Pun due to his armor's design. He also can be seen as The Brute.
  • The Dreaded: Most of the time, whenever Tadakatsu becomes active in battle, the opposing commander will tell his enemies to stay the hell away from Tadakatsu and go straight to Ieyasu via discretion, rather than letting Tadakatsu do a number on their soldiers with ease.
  • Implacable Man: In some scenarios, he will decide to charge at the enemy camp. During this period, he's stronger than usual and should be avoided rather than fought.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: His whole armor gives him a dragon-like look.
    • Look at it in other ways, and the armor comes off with a distinctly Oni like look...
  • The Lancer: To Ieyasu. He can also be seen as The Big Guy.
  • One-Man Army: In his dream stage, specifically.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Gets his theme played any time you fight against him.
  • You Shall Not Pass: when he's protecting Ieyasu's escape in Mikatagahara.


Voiced by: Makiko Ohmoto (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English, 1 XL), Katie Snetsinger (English, 2), Jessica Straus (English, 3)

Born: 1573
Died: March 27, 1620

Tadakatsu's daughter who is also Yukimura's sister-in-law (due to her marriage with Sanada Nobuyuki, Yukimura's brother). Ina is the series' first Lady of War, graceful in battle and strives to live up her father's reputation as the mightiest general ever.

Wields a bladed bow that can slash/clobber the enemy when she's not shooting things. Her element is Ice.

Tropes associated with Ina:

Introduced in Samurai Warriors 2

    Tokugawa Ieyasu 

Voiced by: Joji Nakata (Japanese), Robert Martin Klein (English, 1 Xtreme), Vladimir Saklikov (English, 2), Dave Mallow (English, 3)

Born: January 31, 1543
Died: June 1, 1616

The Third of the Three Unifiers of Japan, closing out what Nobunaga started and Hideyoshi expanded. Tokugawa Ieyasu is a very patient man who values a slow and steady, one step at the time approach as a solution to most problems. As he wasn't playable in the first game, Ieyasu was at first quite the fat Smug Snake. In Xtreme Legends, he begins to show some competency here and there, and by the time of the second game, he is a very capable general and ruler indeed.

He uses a spear which doubles as a cannon for a weapon. His element is Fire.

Tropes associated with Ieyasu:

    Ishida Mitsunari 

Voiced by: Eiji Takemoto (Japanese), Chuck Halliday (English, 2), Wally Wingert (English, 3)

Born: 1560
Died: November 6, 1600

Toyotomi clan retainer and strategist, Ishida Mitsunari becomes Ieyasu's biggest rival after Hideyoshi dies. He would lead the pro-Toyotomi in the Battle at Sekigahara...and if you've been keeping up, know how that turns out...

Is armed with a general's tessen (iron folding fan) and his element is Ice.

Tropes associated with Mitsunari:

    Azai Nagamasa 

Voiced by: Takayuki Sasada (Japanese, 1), Hiroshi Kamiya (Japanese, 2 onwards), Skip Stellrecht (English, 1), Jason Moran (English, 2), Darrel Guilbeau (English, Warriors Orochi), Spike Spencer (English, 3)

Born: 1545
Died: August 28, 1573

Head of the Azai clan, Nagamasa is a man who fights for love and honor. He is conflicted between his love for Oichi and his loyalty to the Asakura.

His element is Thunder and his weapon is a lance.

Tropes associated with Nagamasa:

    Shima Sakon 

Voiced by: Shinichi Yamada (Japanese), Tim Mahlin (English, 2), Steve Kramer (English, 3)

Born: June 9, 1540
Died: October 21, 1600

A strategist who has an uncanny resemblance to Elvis Presley. He fought alongside Shingen and now he serves Ishida Mitsunari.

Wields a very large broadsword and uses the Wind element.

Tropes associated with Sakon:

    Shimazu Yoshihiro 

Voiced by: Hisao Egawa (Japanese), Mark Skoda (English, 2)

Born: August 21, 1535
Died: August 30, 1619

The old leader of the Shimazu clan, known as "Devil" Shimazu. He's a rival of Ginchiyo and the Tachibana Clan.

Armed with a large mallet and the Wind element.

Tropes associated with Yoshihiro:

  • Badass Army: His Shimazu Army stylized themselves with partly-European-themed Samurai armor combined with Cool Mask. They are specialized in ambush attack.
  • Badass Boast: "The Devil Shimazu shall pound your bones to dust!"
  • Badass Family: To emphasize, he and his brothers are all commanders for Shimazu Army in Battle of Kyushu.
  • Badass Grandpa
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Cool Helmet: Averted, he used this in a FMV in second game, but Ginchiyo torn it apart with her sword.
  • Cool Old Guy: Pretty awesome, in that a man his age is still smashing people into the ground, literally.
  • Cool Uncle: For Toyohisa.
  • Genius Bruiser: He leads the strategy in Battle of Kyushu and in a version of Battle of Sekigahara (In which he changes the tides of the battle against Ieyasu).
  • Kiai: CHESTOOOOOOOOOH! Just like the other Yoshihiro.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: He has a soft spot for kittens. No, seriously! Here: [3]
  • Large and in Charge: The leader of the Shimazu clan, and also the biggest of the family.
  • One-Man Army: Despite being slow, he's an excellent crowd-clearer gameplay-wise, and in the Battle of Sekigahara he routes every officer he comes across when he retreats if the Tokugawa gain the upper hand.
  • Red Baron: "The Devil Shimazu"
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Ginchiyo's Red.
  • The Rival: to Ginchiyo in SW2

    Tachibana Ginchiyo 

Voiced by: Naomi Shindo (Japanese), Freya Ravensbergen (English, 2), Cindy Robinson (English, 3)

Born: September 23, 1569
Died: November 30, 1602

The last of the Tachibana clan (as she is quick to remind everyone), intense rivals with Yoshihiro Shimazu and a no-nonsense woman who doesn't pull any punches.

Her sword is lightning-shaped and reflects her element (Thunder).

Tropes associated with Ginchiyo:

    Naoe Kanetsugu 

Voiced by: Masaya Takatsuka (Japanese), Alex Eberts (English, 2), Michael Lindsay (English, 3)

Born: 1559
Died: January 23, 1620

The honor-obsessed retainer of the Uesugi clan who strikes up a very unlikely friendship with Mitsunari and Yukimura.

Wields a special sword and Ofuda scrolls as weapons, and has the Fire element.

Tropes associated with Kanetsugu:

  • Adaptation Expansion: Much like Yukimura, his Real Life counterpart was still a kid during Kenshin's rule. In the game, he appears in Kawanakajima where historically he didn't join the Uesugi yet. However, unlike Yukimura, he does have some time to serve Kenshin until the latter's death and replaced by Kagekatsu.
  • Bishōnen
  • Combat Tropes:
    • Beam Spam: Thanks to his paper charms.
    • Cool Sword: His main weapon, a tsurugi (straigth sword). It's more powerful versions resemble some sort of buddhist praying tool.
    • Magic Knight: He wields a sword and paper charms as weapons.
    • Onmyodo: His Ofuda. Not to mention that his sword may resemble a holy tool.
  • Cool Helmet: His helmet has the kanji for "love" on it in the third and fourth game, just as he did in history. In the third game, it's implied that Aya is the one who designed the helmet for him. Possibly also a nod that historically Aya is the one who recommended Kanetsugu into service for Uesugi clan.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When he finds out about Mitsunari's death. More notably when he fights for the Tokugawa. In his story mode, it leads to him being...
  • Driven to Suicide: Keiji fortunately stops him.
  • Expy: Many fans see him as the Samurai Warriors equivalent to Ma Chao.
  • Honor Before Reason
  • Honor Will Prevail
  • Love Freak
  • Mr. Exposition: Carried on to the crossover.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Sometimes he will say just the right thing to get him (or someone else) on the receiving end of Aya's "love".
  • The Power of Friendship: Never stops talking about it. Even his own allies get fed up.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives this to Masamune, even use Masamune's own Verbal Tic against him, to the One-Eyed Dragon of Oshu upon confronting him in Hasedo in second game.
    "Masamune! Only an imbecile like yourself would understand so little of honor!"
  • Power Trio: With Mitsunari and Yukimura. After Mitsunari's death, it's with Keiji and Yukimura.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome
  • The Rival: To Masamune, based on history. It's toned down a bit in third game, though, where their rivalry is slightly healthier than in second game.
  • Verbal Tic: "Honor" and "Justice".
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Played with. Aya actually scolds him for being this.


Voiced by: Wakana Yamazaki (Japanese), Erin Agostino (English, 2)

Born: 1546
Died: 1624

Toyotomi Hideyoshi's wife, replacing Kunoichi as the ninja in the second game. Since she can't bear any child to Hideyoshi, she "adopted" the Toyotomi clan and acts as a mom to them all.

Her weapons are dual short swords similar to Kunoichi's daggers, and she too has the Ice element.

Tropes associated with Nene:

  • Action Girl
  • Apron Matron: In Hanzo's version of Osaka campaign in the third game, she is the commander of Toyotomi Army instead of Hideyori.
  • Badass Princess: Lady of Toyotomi Clan.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her DLC costume in Warriors Orochi 3.
  • Battle Couple: with Hideyoshi.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's motherly and sweet and usually good natured... and calls herself "the cutest little ball of rage and sharp edges" in 2:Empires. She'll give spankings to entire armies if she feels they're misbehaving.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: The "silly" part is more evident in 2, and much less so in 3.
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Cool Aunt: She is seemingly this to Kobayakawa Hideaki (her nephew), especially in 2 and Warriors Orochi 1.
  • Does Not Understand Sarcasm
  • Expy: For all intents and purposes, her character design is Kunoichi 2.0.
  • Genki Girl
  • Happily Married: Despite many of Hideyoshi's antics.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: Her Real Life self is a politician. In Samurai Warriors, she's a kunoichi and far from politics whatsoever.
  • Kunoichi: Generally speaking, she's designed to replace Kunoichi in 2.
    • Highly-Visible Ninja: This give her some trouble during her failed night raid to Odawara in a cutscene during the third game. Hanzo called her out on this when he saved her from Kotaro's attempt to assassinate the lady ninja.
  • Idiot Heroine: Shows some shades of this in her dialogue events in SW2:Empires.
  • Mama Bear: For Gracia in the younger girl's SW3:XL story, where she helps Gracia escape when she's being pursued by Western army.
  • Mood Whiplash: The Battle of Sekigahara is supposed to be so intense. But once Nene enter the battlefield, and her only desire is to spank EVERY SINGLE OFFICER in the battlefield, the battle is suddenly becoming so funny. Really, it's hard to not laugh every time you complete that battle's missions "Kiyomasa Kato has learned his lesson", "Masanori Fukushima has learned his lesson", "Sakon Shima has learned his lesson", "Ginchiyo Tachibana has learned her lesson", etc. Even Yoshihiro feels more amused rather than ashamed when he is defeated, he remarks he can't believe that an old man like him has been defeated by a little girl. Ieyasu also admitted, after Nene defeated him, that "he's never been scolded like this in his entire life".
  • Politically-Active Princess: Averted, while her Real Life self played this trope straight, she's far from politics whatsoever in the games.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Her beauty, at least, is noted by Nobunaga.
  • Ship Tease: With Hanzo during the events of the Third game. Also qualifies as Odd Couple due to how very different they are.
  • Sideboobs: In 4, both of her default and DLC costume.
  • Spy Catsuit: One of her alternate costume in Warriors Orochi 2.
  • Stripperiffic: But her husband doesn't mind...
    • In this video, apparently Hideyoshi's the one who asked her to dress like that.
  • Team Mom: Self-imposed on the Toyotomi clan. She even tries to "mom" her enemies. Also according to Word of God, she's designed to fill the role of 'cute mom'.

    Fūma Kotarō 

Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (Japanese), David Rizk (English, 2)

Born: (Unknown)
Died: 1603

Fuuma Kotaro is a Ninja of the Hojo clan, a sadist who scares even his own retainers. He doesn't seem to care about anything except spreading more chaos through the land.

Uses some weird, clawed gauntlets that allow him to stretch his arms and his element is, not surprisingly, Demon.

His villainous role in third game is toned down, thanks to introduction of Kai and Ujiyasu for Hojo clan.

Tropes associated with Kotarou:

  • Animal Motifs: Wolves.
  • Ax-Crazy: This quote really tells you everything you should know:
    "Let's play a game: it's called "evisceration". Do you want to know the rules?"
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: In the middle of his SW2's story mode, after the Hojo is pretty much the sole ruler of the land, he decided to betray them simply because he's bored. The Hojo are understandably frightened by this revelation.
  • Call Back: The ninja spell he uses to lock the gates of Odawara castle in SW2 is the same Hanzo used in SW1.
  • Combat Tropes:
    • Casting a Shadow: Unlike Hanzo, he can cast his "waves of darkness" even during his normal and charged attack.
    • Double Jump: Mandatory for all ninja characters.
    • Kamehame Hadouken: His charge 3 combo ends in a minor one.
    • Playing with Fire: He can summon and toss four blazing orbs of flame.
    • Power Fist: He wears gauntlets in battle as Weapon of Choice.
    • Quad Damage: His final weapon is enchanted with the Demon Element.
    • Whip It Good: His gauntlets make his arm stretch and bend in ways and lengths they shouldn't. This is also why his weapon isn't available for custom characters—it's really hard to render such deformations for every model. In the anime however, it's shown that it's his gauntlets that stretch rather than his arms.
  • Cool Pet: In cutscenes, he appears to own a pet wolf.
  • The Comically Serious: Arguably inverted. As opposed to Hanzo's serious manner even in the times of non-seriousness, he tends to be rather chaotic even in serious times.
  • Deadpan Snarker: For example, when he prepares to kill Nobunaga and his introduction is greeted by an Evil Laugh, Kotaro claims that he's "making me look sane by comparison."
  • Demoted to Extra: Unfortunately, Kotaro doesn't get a story mode in SW3.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In first game's Odawara stage, Hojo's ninja soldiers are named as "Fuuma Clan".
  • Enigmatic Minion: Even in 3, he's still rather aloof and distant to his Hojo allies. In the Warriors Orochi games, it looks like he might very well be the most loyal minion to Orochi, but nope.
  • Evil Redhead: A nod to the rumor that Kotarou had deep red hair and was seven feet tall.
  • Foil: To Hanzo, who is very loyal to his lord and pretty much has My Master, Right or Wrong tendency. Kotaro, on the other hand, is The Starscream in SW 2, although this role is toned down in SW 3 thanks to Kai and Ujiyasu's introduction as playable. Also, in the respective game they made their debut, they're the only playable in their respective faction (Hanzo for Tokugawa and Kotaro for Hojo) and they're also pretty much a Hypercompetent Sidekick in their respective debut. Bonus points for the fact that their rivalry is actually based on history.
  • For the Evulz: Come on! He went as far as to inform bandits about Nobunaga's death just so the chaos could erupt in that same night!
  • Graying Morality: The third game and its expansion rounded him off and humanized him a little.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Although he may not have been a nice man in Real Life, but he certainly wasn't a chaos-worshiping Troll.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: He even realizes he is this in his story mode for 2, so he decided to betray the Hojo for his own fun.
  • It Amused Me: In 2, most (if not all) of his actions are for his own amusement.
  • Large Ham: He even quotes Macbeth before dealing with Hideyoshi.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He does this to Ieyasu, of all people, in the course of his SW2 story mode.
  • Ninja
  • Obviously Evil: Subtle as a boulder to the face.
  • Red Oni: To Hanzo's blue, even in their color schemes. Even his final weapon is an oni mask-shaped gauntlet.
  • Ship Tease: with Kai in SW3:XL.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Among the Hojo., Thankfully, in SW3 Ujiyasu keeps an eye on him.
  • Troll: You just defeated the Hojo? Nope, just Kotaro's tricks. Oh, Nobunaga Oda came back to life! Hahah, no, it is just Kotaro messing with you
  • The Rival: To Hanzo in most games. Also to Keiji exlusively in his story mode for SW3:XL.
  • Verbal Tic: If Kotaro is ever flanderized, he'll speak in nothing but synonyms for chaos.

    Miyamoto Musashi 

Voiced by: Hidehiko Kaneko (Japanese), Arron Wood (English, 2), Sam Riegel (English, Warriors Orochi)

Born: 1584
Died: June 13, 1645

The Greatest Swordsman in Japan, Miyamoto Musashi sets out to prove that the sword can protect rather than kill.

So far only playable in 2 (though he is set to reappear in 4) - he was specifically brought in to be the premiere swordsman of the game, as such the one and only Sword Saint of Japan gets an appropriate appearance as a nigh-invincible warrior. This version is a somewhat dialed back take on his pre-Kojiro unrefined battle-seeking youth.

Fights with two swords in a Daisho combo and his element is Demon.

Tropes associated with Musashi:

  • Arrogant Swordsman: Thinks he's a better swordsman than anybody he meets. Exemplified in the following quotes:
    Miyamoto Musashi: Only one can be the greatest! Guess who?
    (When selected as a character)
    Miyamoto Musashi: I am invincible!
    (When he defeats an enemy officer)
    • It carries over to his relationship with his allies: while most of the other officers will praise the player when he defeats a certain number of enemies or defeat an enemy officer, he'll still be cocky and smug.
    Musashi:" I could almost learn a thing or two from you. Almost".
  • Badass Longcoat: With the Kanji for "The Strongest In the Land" (Tenka Musou) on its back.
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He does not appear in 3. He finally reappears in 4.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He was supposed to appear in the first game as a playable character. Instead he can be selected as a "Kengou" type bodyguard. You can also find and equip the scrolls of his historical counterpart's 'Book of Five Rings' to turn your elemental attacks into a living Game Breaker.
  • Heroic BSOD: Suffers one after the defeat at Sekigahara, but eventually snaps out of it after saving some peasants from pirates.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his extreme arrogance giving a rather grating outward impression, he's a nice, good-natured man.
  • One-Man Army:
    • Easily one of the most powerful characters of all the games, along with Keiji and Tadakatsu. This is also the case in his dream stage, where you encounter most of the game's powerful characters and proceed to beat them up.
    • If you look at it in the form of categories, the dev team specifically made sure that Musashi is by default the most broken sword wielder in the game, bar none.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: When you finish his dream stage.
    Miyamoto Musashi: I! Am! The! Greatest!
  • Undying Loyalty: Somewhat in his story mode, to Toyotomi clan and the other loyalist (such as even Kiyomasa of all people who is already has his own Undying Loyalty for Toyotomi). Musashi more or less started as mercenary, but most of his story mode revolved around his servitude for Hideyori's opposing Tokugawa shogunate.
  • Walking the Earth: and learning how to be a better swordsman; culminates in deciding to protect people with his swords instead of killing them.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Kojiro one.

Introduced in Samurai Warriors 2: Empires

    Shibata Katsuie 

Voiced by: Eiji Takemoto (Japanese), Paul Kannaspuro (English, 2), David Lodge (English, 3)

Born: 1522
Died: June 14, 1583

A veteran retainer of the Oda clan, Katsuie wonders if an old-fashioned curmudgeon like him is even relevant anymore in the new era.

He wields two axes and his element is Thunder.

Tropes associated with Katsuie:

    Sasaki Kojirō 

Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (Japanese), Antoine Yared (English)

Born: 1585
Died: April 13, 1612

Sasaki Kojiro is a skillful yet creepy swordsman who goes around killing people For the Evulz and is obsessed with giving Musashi a beautiful end.

Kojirō possesses a very long katana and can summon huge blades from the nether. Like Musashi he has the Demon element.

Tropes associated with Kojiro:

Introduced in Samurai Warriors 2: Xtreme Legends

    Maeda Toshiie 

Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (Japanese), Dan Jeannotte (English, 2), Dave B. Mitchell (English, 3)

Born: January 15, 1538
Died: April 27, 1599

Retainer of the Oda clan and good friends with Hideyoshi, considers Shibata Katsuie to be his mentor. He's also the Poster boy for Samurai Warriors 2 Xtreme Legends.

Uses a sword and two spears to fight and his element is Fire.

Tropes associated with Toshiie

    Chōsokabe Motochika 

Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu (Japanese), Bob Aubry (English, 2), Wally Wingert (English, 3)

Born: 1539
Died: July 11, 1599

"The daimyo in control of Shikoku. Motochika's quiet exterior conceals a passionate spirit. Always determined to follow his own path, he has the strength of character to stand up to the upheaval of his age. Motochika has allied himself with his friend, Akechi Mitsuhide, who is determined to achieve his own dream in these troubled times."
- SW3 official bio

Lord and hero of Tosa, as well as the daimyo of Shikoku. Motochika is a rebellious spirit known for never giving up; he 'resists until the very end.' In addition, he remarks often that he nevers wants to be forgotten by history, but at the same time is very big on moving forward.

In SW2: XL, he supports the Toyotomi and then the Western Army. Much of his story is focused on events concerning his son Nobuchika and Yoshihiro, and learning to deal with loss. He is shown to have a great liking for Ieyasu despite the man always being the enemy, and is profoundly affected by the events of Sekigahara.

In the third game, however, his story is very different. Set earlier in the era, it is focused almost entirely on Motochika's friendship with and support of Akechi Mitsuhide, and he often states that he acts at the soft-hearted Mitsuhide's 'strength.'

Motochika is a master musician who plays the shamisen... and also uses it as a weapon. This is achieved by utilising it as a club or playing certain notes on it to summon energy or water. His most powerful weapons tend to be aligned with the thunder element.

Tropes associated with Motochika:

  • A Friend in Need: This is basically his whole SW3 story mode, the friend in need being Mitsuhide.
  • Absurdly Youthful Father: His generic-faced son looks older than he does.
  • Animal Motifs: He's known as 'the Bat,' a nickname courtesy of Nobunaga.
  • Badass Baritone: BIG time in Samurai Warriors 2:XL.
  • Bishōnen
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being nicknamed "the Bat" and being quite gloomy, he's not a bad guy at all.
    • He is far less gloomy in SW3, although he does show a morally ambiguous side. For example in Kizugawa, upon confronting Magoichi who calls him out for letting Nobunaga execute rebels who already surrendered, Motochika flatly responds that sympathy isn't exactly something he needs to have in a time of war.
  • Death by Adaptation: He passed away after Yamazaki for 3 during Mitsuhide's story and Gracia's story for 3:XL.
    • Spared By Adaptation: In other scenarios, however, he lived past Sekigahara. Historically, he was not alive anymore at the time.
  • Expy: Stringed instrument? Check. Used as a melee weapon? Check. Used to summon energy? Check. Cool bright hair? Check. Water? Check...ish. Probably not intentional, but give Motochika a Black Cloak and he could pass for Organization XIII's Demyx.
  • Facial Markings: He has a tattoo on the right side of his face.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: with Mitsuhide in 3 and 4.
  • Holding Hands: Connected to the example in Take My Hand, Motochika's own words are: "I will not let go of this hand".
  • Honorary Uncle: Appears to play this role for Gracia in 3:XL thanks to his friendship with the girl's father.
  • Peek-a-Bangs
  • Platonic Life Partners: Despite his partner's nature, Koshoushou began to be genuinely fascinated with Motochika thanks to his rebellious spirit. And unlike what she did before to many other men before Motochika, Koshoushou sticks with Motochika and remains loyal to him for the rest of his life.
  • Rebellious Spirit: His persona in this series is dubbed as such.
  • Samurai Ponytail
  • Skunk Stripe
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After his son Nobuchika performs a Heroic Sacrifice in Kyushu during SW2. However, he decides to spare Yoshihiro's life.
  • Take My Hand: In Motochika's SW3 ending he uses this to make a point of his support to Mitsuhide. Motochika fakes falling off a balcony, and Mitsuhide actually falls off trying to catch him. At this point Motochika grabs Mitsuhide by the hand, makes his point, and pulls Mitsuhide back up.
  • Verbal Tic: Appears to be obsessed with being remembered, and often speaks of resistance and rebellion. He also utilises metaphors related to water and music quite frequently.
    • "So be it."
    • "Excellent!"
  • Vocal Dissonance: A man with fair features, but one of the deepest voices in the series.


Voiced by: Jun Shikano (Japanese), Jasamine White-Gluz (English)

Born: 1563
Died: August 25, 1600

Daughter of Akechi Mitsuhide. A young girl who ran away from home to learn more about the world. First featured in Samurai Warriors 2: Xtreme Legends, she returns for Samurai Warriors 3: Xtreme Legends.

Gracia uses her fists enhaced by bracelets for a weapon, but her magic is her strong suit. Has the Wind element.

Tropes associated with Gracia:

Introduced in Samurai Warriors 3

    Katō Kiyomasa 

Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese), Ted Sroka (English)

Born: July 25, 1561
Died: August 2, 1611

One of Hideyoshi's retainers and a member of the Seven Spears of Shizugatake. He shows up in SW3.

Kiyomasa wields a scythe-like spear and his element is Wind.

Tropes associated with Kiyomasa:

  • Animal Motifs: Tigers again.
  • Anime Hair: In 4.
  • Ascended Extra: From an ordinary middle-aged officer to a stylish, handsome, white-haired, scythe-wielding playable character.
  • Bishōnen
  • Dead Pan Snarker: He's just as bad as Mitsunari.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: In Kanbei's version of Osaka Campaign in SW3, he is the commander for the Toyotomi instead of Hideyori.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: He sides with the Toyotomi, then with the Tokugawa, and then again with the Toyotomi. note 
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: Kiyomasa isn't evil. However, worth noting that his historical counterpart was an absolutely brutal anti-Christian dude, doing things like ordering to cut down bellies of pregnant Christian women just to kill off their infants. Since SW didn't dare to make mention about Christianity, Kiyomasa ends up as a snarky but loyal and reasonable warrior with no comments about religions.
    • Hilariously, while this hasn't come to the SW series, in other Koei mini-series that used the SW design like Hyakuman-nin no Sengoku Musou, Kiyomasa's historical Christian opposition, Konishi Yukinaga, instead get a Historical Jerkass Upgrade into a money-grubbing jerk, probably to make Kiyomasa look decent.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: His Weapon of Choice, (referred to as a "Steel Halberd" in game) is basically a Chinese "Dagger-Axe" or "Ge".
  • Momma's Boy: Of all Hideyoshi's three "children", he's the one who is the most attached to the Toyotomi family, especially Nene.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Zigzagged. Appearance and personality-wise, it looks like he is the sensitive guy to Masanori's manly man. But Kiyomasa tends to be calmer as opposed to Masanori's hot-blooded. One example in 4, when Hideyoshi died, Masanori cries so loud while Kiyomasa barely cries.
  • Taking You with Me: To Kanbei in the end of the latter's story mode.
  • Those Two Guys: He's almost always seen with Masanori.
  • Undying Loyalty: to Toyotomi clan. Yes, even if there's a time once when he served Tokugawa and Eastern army.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: See Heel-Face Revolving Door above. He defected to the Tokugawa only because he believed it could ensure Toyotomi clan's survival (so the Toyotomi could receive protection from Ieyasu). After learned that Ieyasu will destroy the Toyotomi during Siege of Osaka to end the land's chaos, however, he switched allegiance back to Toyotomi clan and fight against the Tokugawa.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Averted, he is a very reasonable man.


Born: 1572
Died: (unknown)

Voiced by: Suzuki Masami (Japanese), Tara Platt (English)

Daughter of Ujitaka Narita, she serves under Houjou Ujiyasu.

She fights with a whipsword and the Thunder element.

Tropes associated with Kai:

    Kuroda Kanbei 

Voiced by: Masaya Takatsuka (Japanese), Gideon Emery (English)

Born: December 22, 1546
Died: April 19, 1604

A strategist for the Oda Clan and later Toyotomi, Kanbei is ruthless and dispassionate. Just about everybody hates him for it. He is dead set upon eliminating all "sparks of opposition" to the land's unification.

His main weapon is sorcery via Crystal Ball and he is a user of the Fire element.

Tropes associated with Kuroda Kanbei:

    Hōjō Ujiyasu 

Voiced by: Unshō Ishizuka (Japanese), Kyle Hebert (English)

Born: 1515
Died: October 21, 1571

"The third head of the Sagami (Hojo) clan, Ujiyasu is also known as 'the Lion of Sagami.' He gives the initial impression of being a reckless rogue daimyo, but his rough manner belies a compassionate soul. He has genuine humanity and the ability to see things from the point of view of both civilians and his troops. In battle, he is a master of cunning but at the same time can be completely direct."
- SW3 official bio

The experienced leader of the Hojo clan, Ujiyasu is a man who has lived through many battles and has overcome unfavourable odds through planning, craftiness and just plain fighting dirty. He cares very much about all of the people who live on his land, be they soldier or civilian, and will go out of his way to ensure their safety (even during battle, which surprises many of his enemies). This has earned him their sworn loyalty and devotion.

Unlike most other daimyo, however, he has very little ambition and never once looks to expand beyond Sagami. Most of the battles he participates in involve defending or ensuring the stability of his region. Ujiyasu's most notable retainers, Kai and Kotaro, assist him in this task.

Considered part of the 'Kanto trio,' along with Shingen and Kenshin.

His main weapon is a Shikomizue (cane sword) but he's not above using bombs and mines... or indeed taking out the enemy with a well-placed headbutt! His element of preference is ice.

Tropes associated with Ujiyasu:

  • A Father to His Men: Shows compassion for his troops and officers in his cutscenes and voiceovers. Implied to be the reason for their fanatical devotion to him.
  • Action Dad: He is father of several children, including Hayakawa, Saburo, and Ujimasa.
  • Animal Motifs: Associated with lions, he was also known as "The Lion of Sagami".
  • Badass: When your clan under your rulership can defeat both Kenshin Uesugi and Shingen Takeda, two of the most famous generals of the time, you're one.
  • Brainy Brunette: Despite he is already old, he still has light brown hair and he is one of best warlords and strategists in his era.
  • Coat Cape: Half for style, half for hiding his grenades in.
  • Combat Tropes:
    • Combat Pragmatist: You wouldn't expect a samurai lord to go into battle with a cane as his weapon... until you find him throwing grenades, headbutting, launching flying dropkicks, elbow-dropping downed enemies, hiding a sword and shotgun in his cane, and still using said cane to beat people senseless.
    • Sword Cane: His Weapon of Choice.
    • Throw Down the Bomblet: In some attacks, most notably his musou attack.
    • Unflinching Walk: His ultimate musou attack has him tossing a bomb up into the air behind him, causing him to be backlit by an outsized explosion while he swaggers towards the camera.
  • Cool Old Guy: And how! He's even overtaken Shimazu Yoshihiro in that regard.
  • Dirty Old Man: Humorously (and possibly) mistaken for one by Kai when he said "You still have some growing up to do!" and "I'm sure you will be fine woman!", much to Kai's chagrin. It may be that he refers Kai's growth as a female samurai, though.
  • Expy: Stubble? Check. Headband? Check. Raspy voice? Check. Blade? Check. Gun? Check. Explosives? Check. Smokes? Check. Close combat prowess? Check. Looks good without a shirt on? Check. Badassery? Check. Commands his own army? Check. Manliness so unbearable it hurts? Check. Ladies and gentlemen, Big Boss is in the house.
    • This has earned him the nickname of Hojo Snake amongst some of the fandom.
    • His appearance alone also makes him look like a Japanese version of Deng Ai, but with blond hair.
  • Heroic Build: For such a guy in his age, his muscles are pretty impressive.
  • Hunk: He's ALL MAN. No wonder Kai's crazy for him.
  • Rated M for Manly: He's an Expy of Big Boss, OF COURSE he's manly.
  • Red Baron: The Lion of Sagami.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Ujiyasu is rarely seen without his clay pipe.
  • Spared By Adaptation: Historically, he was not alive anymore during Battle of Oshi and Odawara Castle against Toyotomi Clan.

    Tachibana Muneshige 

Voiced by: Hiroki Tochi (Japanese)

Born: December 18, 1567
Died: November 15, 1643

Ginchiyo's husband and leader of the Tachibana clan. Noted by many other characters as being intelligent and handsome, he is also something of a charmer. The game frequently cites him as being the 'greatest warrior of the Western Army,' in opposition to Honda Tadakatsu, 'greatest warrior of the Eastern Army.'

Rides into battle with a claymore and a rondache (a.k.a. a broadsword and a buckler) and his element is Wind.

Tropes associated with Muneshige:

    Takenaka Hanbei 

Voiced by: Umeka Shouji (Japanese), Yuri Lowenthal (English)

Born: September 27, 1544
Died: July 6, 1579

Former tactician for the Saito clan who joins the Oda (more specifically under the Hashiba banner) after meeting Hideyoshi. He's generally a cheerful and upbeat, if rather lazy, man, in contrast to his closest friend Kanbei. Along with Kanbei and also Motonari, he is described as one of the 'three geniuses' by the fandom.

His weapon can only be described as a bladed sundial that also functions as a one-man Steam Punk helicopter. He has the Ice element.

Tropes associated with Hanbei:

    Mōri Motonari 

Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (Japanese), Matthew Quinn Forbes (English)

Born: April 16, 1497
Died: July 6, 1571

The lazy but clever leader of the Mōri clan, who chose to fake his own death so that he could retire and be a historian instead of leading his clan — the rise of Nobunaga brings him back into the fray, however. Often referred to as one of the 'three geniuses' by the fandom, along with Hanbei and Kanbei.

His weapon is a sort of crossbow attached to his arm, loaded with three arrows. He has the Ice Element.

Tropes associated with Mōri Motonari:

  • Action Dad: Action Dad and granddad, to be exact.
  • Anachronism Stew: Historical Motonari was not alive during Nobunaga's age. In third game, his storyline is FOCUSED on the battle against Nobunaga!
  • Automatic Crossbows Below the Shoulder: His Weapon of Choice. He got one mounted on his wrist, and he occasionally throws arrows or thrusts his loaded bow into people as an attack. His musou has arrows being fired at prodigious rates.
  • Badass Bookworm: Despite his lazy attitude, he turns into a fearsome commander when on the battlefield.
  • The Bore: The man himself is good enough company, but his writings are implied to be a chore to get through.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: He'd rather sit around and research history than lead battles. His opening cutscene shows him napping while Nobunaga's forces approach.
  • But Now I Must Go: Says this almost word to word to Terumoto in Okuni's story for SW3:XL.
  • Captain Ersatz: Very similar to Yang Wen-li in both appearance and characterization.
  • Cool Old Guy: In the 4th game.
  • Faking the Dead: Apparently, that's the reason he's still alive during Nobunaga's age.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the course of his story mode, Motonari makes character assessments of pretty much everyone he comes across that end up referencing the real history the game draws from... and the fates of those involved.
  • The Nicknamer
  • The Power of Friendship: He often uses the "Three Arrows" comparison to incite his allies to join him (though the first time he tried it on the Tachibana, Ginchiyo broke the three arrows without much effort.)
  • Ship Tease: With Okuni in her SW3:XL story mode.
  • Silver Fox: In 4, possibly done on purpose to address the fact that his original design made him appear far younger than he really should have. It doesn't entirely fix the issue, but it helps somewhat. See Older Than He Looks entry further below.
  • The Sons and the Spears: Likes to use this to get his message across. The arrows don't always survive it.
  • Older Than He Looks: Historically, he's already senile by the time of Nobunaga, and is even older than Shingen, but he's portrayed as a middle-aged man. He even only looks slightly older than his grandson, Terumoto.

Introduced in Sengoku Musou 3: Mushouden

    Aya Gozen 

Voiced by: Umeka Shouji (Japanese)

Born: 1524
Died: March 10, 1609

Kenshin's elder sister, a shrine maiden who helps her brother in battle. He values her greatly, often bowing at her feet and following any orders she gives. Referred to as a strong woman with noble values, yet is also said to lack 'human kindness' at one point.

Her Weapon of Choice is a bladed staff. In 3 she was a unique NPC, wielding a naginata.

Tropes Associated with Aya:

    Fukushima Masanori 

Voiced by: Takahiro Fujimoto (Japanese)

Born: 1561
Died: August 26, 1624

One of the Seven Spears of Shizugatake and a friend of Kiyomasa. He started as a spear-wielding unique NPC and later became a player character, armed with a club.

Tropes associated with Masanori:

Introduced in Sengoku Musou Chronicle 2nd

    Tōdō Takatora 

Voiced by: Masaya Matsukaze (Japanese)

Born: February 16, 1556
Died: November 9, 1630

A ronin who served many lords, most notably the Azai, throughout the years, but eventually settled with the Tokugawa. He's often praised as an excellent castle constructor.

Tropes Associated with Tōdō Takatora:

    Ii Naotora 

Voiced by: Saitou Yuka (Japanese)

Born: (Unknown)
Died: 1582

The female head of the Ii clan, an ally of the Tokugawa since their time under the Imagawa banner. She lived until 1582, when the clan was inherited by the famous Ii Naomasa, Tokugawa's Red Devil.

Tropes Associated with Ii Naotora:

    Yagyū Munenori 

Voiced by: Hiromu Miyazaki (Japanese)

Born: 1571
Died: May 11, 1646

One of the grand masters of the Yagyū schools, now serving the Tokugawa to end the age of war that ravages the land. He ends up as Ieyasu's sword instructor.

Tropes associated with Yagyū Munenori:

  • Ascended Extra: He was present as an NPC officer in certain levels before becoming playable..
  • Badass: He's a Yagyū. What else do you expect? The production team has specifically stated that they wanted to include a different sort of "sword saint" into the series who played a more integral role historically; contrasting Musashi, though also a sword saint, is a much harder fit because historical records of his participation during the wars of the era are far sketchier to determine as truth.
    • Badass Teacher: He teaches a lot of his swordsmanship to his men. Even Ieyasu.
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Duel Boss: He believes that battle should be conducted in single duels between skilled warriors, not through grisly bloodshed.
  • Genius Bruiser: Not just a force to be reckoned with in battle, he's also a savvy politician.
  • Genre Savvy: Given that most of the main objectives of these games revolve around defeating certain major officers, his belief that war should be settled by duels doesn't seem all that far-fetched.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: In a way. While Munenori in real life could have been a perfectly good person, popular culture has not been kind to the man, to say the least. In Samurai Warriors, on the other hand, Munenori is a just, honorable and virtuous swordsman who wants the war to end.
  • Master Swordsman
  • Running Gag: Has the habit of calling anyone who he finds boring "Old Man"... regardless of their actual age or gender.
  • Samurai Ponytail
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Apparently, the code of Yagyuu forbids killing, which not only explains why Munenori fights with just his scabbard mostly, it's also a reference to a book he wrote historically, the "Life-Giving Sword", citing that a sword is meant more to protect than taking a life.
    My code prevents me from killing. You're still alive, right?

Introduced in Samurai Warriors 4

    Sanada Nobuyuki 

Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (Japanese)

Born: 1566
Died: November 12, 1658

Elder brother of Yukimura. As a part of their father's plan to secure the continued existence of the Sanada clan, Nobuyuki was sent to the Tokugawa to become an officer. There, he married Ina and continued to fight under the Tokugawa banner, coming to clash with Yukimura, but it was due to his influence that Ieyasu spared Yukimura to fight another day.

Tropes associated with Sanada Nobuyuki:

  • Amazon Chaser: He is married to Inahime.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With his brother; in almost every battle prior their split up - whenever you encounter one, the other one will be right there behind him.
  • Badass Family: The Sanada Clan.
  • Battle Couple: With Ina.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He recognizes Yukimura as a greater warrior than himself, but still feels the need to look after him to the best of his ability, musing that it must be the "curse of being a big brother".
  • Bishōnen
  • Katanas Are Just Better: His Weapon of Choice, which he also uses as a Double Weapon due to a retractable blade hidden in the hilt.
  • Blow You Away: Though wind isn't his main element, his attacks can generate tornadoes.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the Blue Oni for Yukimura, the cool-headed and pragmatic Sanada brother.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: With Ina.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Subverted. He and Yukimura may be on opposing sides, but it's actually their father's design to ensure the Sanada clan's survival. This way, regardless of which side is the victor in the Sekigahara Campaign, the Sanada clan will continue on, either with Yukimura if the Western Army is the winner or Nobuyuki if it is the Eastern Army (which, of course, it is). Additionally, in the first game, where Nobuyuki was still generic, they still recognize each other as family. Yet, tied to their respective duties, they apologize and bravely face one another.
    • Though in the fourth game, this is played straight once the brothers went on different paths, as Masayuki's plan was absent and Nobuyuki is on Ieyasu's side on his own volition, having deduced that the path of stability and peace Ieyasu promotes is the best way to keep the Sanada line (while Yukimura is too bound with his friendship with Mitsunari and Kanetsugu).
  • Sibling Team: With Yukimura before they go down different paths.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Averted. He is an honorable man just like his father and younger brother.

    Ōtani Yoshitsugu 

Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (Japanese)

Born: 1558
Died: October 21, 1600

Mitsunari's most staunch ally during the Sekigahara conflict. Although held back due to his illness (leprosy, to be exact), Yoshitsugu continues to give support to his friend that he values greatly.

Tropes associated with Ōtani Yoshitsugu:

    Matsunaga Hisahide 

Voiced by: Kouji Ishii (Japanese)

Born: 1510
Died: November 19, 1577

Considered the 'Villain of the Sengoku Era', Hisahide is a daimyo of Yamato that attacked the previous shogun Ashikaga Yoshiteru and killed him or drove him to suicide. He's defeated by Nobunaga and became an on-and-off ally before finally betraying him for good, only to be defeated. Defiant to the End, Hisahide committed suicide by having his head blown off and even destroyed a prized kettle of Nobunaga beforehand.

Tropes associated with Matsunaga Hisahide:


Voiced by: Satomi Sato (Japanese)

Born: (Unknown)
Died: April 5, 1613

Daughter of Hojo Ujiyasu who married Yoshimoto's son, Imagawa Ujizane.

Tropes associated with Hayakawa:

    Kobayakawa Takakage 

Voiced by: Hiroshi Okamoto (Japanese)

Born: 1533
Died: July 26, 1597

The third biological son of Mori Motonari who was adopted into the Kobayakawa clan. He eventually became the adoptive father of Kobayakawa Hideaki.

Tropes associated with Kobayakawa Takakage:

    Katakura Kojūrō 

Voiced by: Ryota Takeuchi (Japanese)

Born: 1557
Died: December 4, 1615

Real name Katakura Kagetsuna, he is a chief retainer of the Date clan, being the Number Two of Masamune.

Tropes associated with Katakura Kojūrō:

    Shimazu Toyohisa 

Voiced by: Shunzou Miyasaka (Japanese)

Born: July 1570
Died: October 21, 1600

Yoshihisa and Yoshihiro's famous nephew who fought alongside the latter in Sekigahara, where he performed a Heroic Sacrifice to save Yoshihiro.

Tropes associated with Shimazu Toyohisa:

  • Animal Motif: Acts rather puppy-like, to the point where Ginchiyo comments on it.
  • Ascended Extra: He is a slightly unique looking Shimazu general in the game he was an NPC, and it takes the fourth game to make him playable.
  • Badass Family: Member of Shimazu clan.
  • Bishōnen
  • Cool Helmet: A horned helmet given by Yoshihiro.
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Heroic Build / Hunk: Likely a mandatory for a member of Shimazu clan.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Sekigahara, historically. Although in the second game it can be averted mostly.
    • He does it with style in 4, first he covers Yoshihiro's tracks, and bravely ate Naotora's dive kick to the face, only to shoot her dead point blank, and then dying after Tadakatsu slashed him with Tombo-giri point blank. By that point, Yoshihiro is already safe.
  • Hotblooded: Many cutscenes in 4 show him as this.
  • Kiai: Yes! He, too, has a tendency to shout "CHESTOOOOOOOOO!".
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Just like his uncle!
  • Leeroy Jenkins: His introductory scene in 4 has him rush into battle with both Ginchiyo and Muneshige at the same time. Predictably, it doesn't go too well. When his uncle scolds him for his recklessness (after literally dragging him to safety), Toyohisa says that he would gladly lay down his life to bring victory to the Shimazu; Yoshihiro counters that you only get to sacrifice yourself once, and he should save it for the right time.
  • Mask Power: Just like his other uncle Yoshihisa. Note that this generic design is somewhat exclusive for Shimazu clan and some of their retainers. He trades it for a horned helmet when he becomes playable.
  • True Companions: Seemingly one for his uncle, Yoshihiro, especially in the old man's ending for 2.


Born: (Unknown)
Died: (Unknown)

Was historically Motochika's concubine, though this is not referenced in the games. In Samurai Warriors 4, Koshoushou is downright antagonistic to Motochika at first, manipulating men to bar him from unifying Shikoku so she could claim it for herself.

Tropes associated with Koshōshō:

  • Badass Princess: Well, she certainly tries to be one while plotting to take over Shikoku. She's failed, however, but she chooses to stay with Motochika after being spared, and thus remains loyal to him for the rest of his life.
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Dark Action Girl: The second bad girl character in the series, preceded only by Nouhime.
  • Disco: She has something of a disco theme going for her, including summoning spotlights as well as her hairstyle. Her official artwork in the fourth game even has her doing the Saturday Night Fever pose.
  • Expy: Starting to 'counter' with Sengoku Basara, a lot seem to think that her mannerism and weapon of choice makes her an Expy of Kyogoku Maria.
  • Femme Fatale
  • Funny Afro: Just... look at her.
  • Hidden Depths: Although she may seem nonchalant about her unluckiness at first, she has recurring nightmares about disasters befalling the people important to her and them leaving her.
  • The Jinx: Terrible things happen to everyone who gets close to her, earning her the title of "the Maid of Misfortune".
  • Manipulative Bitch
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: Her Finishing Move involves entangling the target with her scarf, then repeatedly slamming them into the ground.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Material source mentions that she's supposedly much older than Motochika.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Parasol of Prettiness: Tends to use parasol in cutscenes.
  • Platonic Life Partners: Unlike what she did to other men before meeting with Motochika, Koshoushou actually began to be genuinely fascinated with Motochika due to his rebellious spirit. So, she sticks and remains loyal to him for the rest of his life.
  • Playboy Bunny: Her DLC outfit for 4.
  • Really Gets Around: Folklore states she was married often and the concubine of many males during her time.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: The "sweet" part of the trope's usual example is quite invoked by herself, to say the least.
  • Sexy Walk: Especially during some of her combos and her Musou attack, where it's very obvious as she strolls forward with her hand on her hip.
  • She's Got Legs
  • Stripperific
  • Zettai Ryouiki

    Uesugi Kagekatsu 

Voiced by: Ryota Takeuchi

Born: January 8, 1556
Died: April 19, 1623

Kenshin's nephew and biological son of Aya. He is one of the council of Five Regents, and led the Uesugi against the Eastern Army in Sekigahara

Tropes associated with Uesugi Kagekatsu:

  • Dual Wielding BFS: Yup! He dual-wields BFS!
  • Expy: Has been noted that he has similar head/face with Ding Feng.
  • Face of a Thug
  • Gentle Giant: Looks scary, but is actually kind-hearted.
  • Happily Adopted: By Kenshin, after his biological father's death.
  • Perpetual Frowner
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The manly man to Kagetora's sensitive guy.
  • Sibling Rivalry: with Kagetora, especially after their adoptive father's death.
  • The Stoic: He's a man of few words and is said to have his speeches covered with mostly just battle grunts.
  • The Unfavorite: He seems to have vibes of this as Kenshin and Aya pampered Kagetora. However, eventually subverted, as he first learns to act like a big brother to Kagetora, and realized in the end that Kenshin and Aya already trusted him enough to work on his own without support, which is why he has no qualms for Aya to side with Kagetora during the succession battle.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He wants to make Kenshin and Aya proud, and is troubled when they appear to favor Kagetora.

Introduced in Sengoku Musou 4-II

    Ii Naomasa 

Born: 1561
Died: 1602

The adopted son of Naotora, and head of the Ii clan after her passing. One of the Tokugawa's most feared generals, the distinctive red armor worn by him and his men earned him the moniker "Red Devil".

Notable NPCs

    Honganji Kennyo 
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English)

Leader of the Ikko army opposing Nobunaga. He appears as a unique NPC like Ieyasu and Hideyoshi in SW1, but unlike them he doesn't go on to become a playable character.

    Sanada Masayuki 
Daimyo of Ueda and father of Sanada Yukimura and Nobuyuki. He was also a retainer of Takeda clan before Takeda's downfall. He is famously known for leading his army in defeating Tokugawa army led by Tokugawa Hidetada during Defense of Ueda thanks to his brilliant strategies. Despite his brilliance, he is also known for not actively expanding territories just like the other daimyo.

    Kobayakawa Hideaki 
Nene's nephew who infamously betrayed the Western Army at Sekigahara. Is portrayed as a naive, weak willed officer throught the game and can even change sides more than once. He is also adoptive son of Kobayakawa Takakage.

  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He can betray both sides at the Battle of Sekigahara, depending on how the battle goes.
    • Humorously averted in Nene's dream stage, where he refused to side for either army and chose to serve Nene faithfully.
  • Dirty Coward: When the Tokugawa troops shoot at his position he quickly betrays the Western Army in support of Ieyasu's Eastern Army.
    • Likewise, it’s also averted in Nene’s dream stage where he remains unfettered to the point that his attacker becomes bored and stop their attempt.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Only in Nene's dream stage for 2:XL, after Nene defeated one of either Ieyasu or Mitsunari.
  • Momma's Boy: He's shown to be really attached to Nene during her Dream Stage and refuses to side with anyone besides her. Not that we can blame him for that.
    • Historically, Nene is his paternal aunt. Hideaki's biological father, Kinoshita Iesada, is Nene's brother.
  • Non-Action Guy: During the scenarios of the Eastern Army, he waits in his fortress the whole time.
    • In Nene's dream stage, however, it's Nene who urges him to stay. But after Nene defeated either Mitsunari or Ieyasu, he will eventually charge out to assist his auntie.
  • You Look Familiar: He looks like a generic "young" officer.

    Shimazu Yoshihisa 
Yoshihiro's brother and one of the leaders of the Shimazu clan.

    Hōjō Ujimasa 
The elder leader of the Hojo clan, not as competent as Ujiyasu himself. Relies on Kotaro Fuuma and on the various traps of Odawara Castle

  • Combat Pragmatist: He's not above using tricks, traps and clones.
  • Demoted to Extra: Before Ujiyasu appears, Ujimasa was always be the leader of Hōjō in the game (except in 2:Empires). But since 3, he's nothing more than just a subordinate officer under his father. Not that anybody ever complained.
  • Dirty Coward: Ujiyasu's story in 3 shows us he is already like this even when his father was still alive, to the point Ujiyasu called him out on it.
  • Evil Old Folks: In 2. Unlike Ujiyasu, he's not often seen in a positive light. He doesn't look very old in 3, though.
  • The Family That Slays Together: Always seen with at least one other Hojo member.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: While he's perhaps naturally a coward at some points, but in some version of Odawara stage still depict him to keep fighting in his last stand, although he usually do this in Battle Couple fashion like aforementioned above, usually with his son Ujinao.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Shu's gaiden in Warriors Orochi, if you succeed to save him (and his other subordinates, to extent) pretty quickly, he finally show some guts and continue fighting, and outrightly refuse to surrender to Orochi's army.
    • In 4 he is a lot less cowardly and much more willing to fighting alongside his family. To the point that He is one of the characters, along with Kai and Hayakawa, who wants to rush into a losing battle to save his brothers.

    Asakura Yoshikage 
The Daimyo of the Asakura clan and ally of Nagamasa. When he's attacked by Oda Nobunaga he joins forces with Nagamasa in order to stop the Demon King.

    The Mino Triumvirate 
A trio of samurai (Ujiie Bokuzen, Andō Morinari and Inaba Ittestu) who first served the Saito clan, and then Oda. They're sometimes met in Gaiden stages as bosses of a kind.

     Saito Tatsuoki 
The final head of the Saito Clan of Mino. He is Hanbei's first master (and Nohime and Nagamasa's nephew) and one of Nobunaga's first adversaries when he sets out to conquer Japan.

  • Bad Boss: He does not have any interest in taking care of Mino and is outright dismissive of his retainers (and Hanbei in particular) when not under attack by the Oda.
  • Dirty Coward: In 3, spends most of the stage hiding in the castle or crying for Hanbei to save him once it catches fire. He gets a bit better in ''4'' though.
  • Guest Star Party Member: In Chronicles, he is playable during the Inabayama Castle Stage.
  • The Hedonist: Would rather party with sake and women than anything else...to the point that Hanbei has to disguise himself as a woman to get an audience with him.
  • Recurring Boss: In 4, he appears in four Oda Story Stages in a row, the latter three of which have him joining whoever's opposing the Oda to get revenge for the Saito Clan.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: In Chronicles, tells Hanbei not to let his "meager talents" go his head after his repeated successes against the Oda. Hanbei is not impressed.

    Hosokawa Tadaoki 
A samurai of the Eastern Army and husband of Gracia. Despite his cold and harsh behaviour he genuinely loves his wife, but can't express his feelings very well.

    Mōri Terumoto 
Grandson and successor of Mōri Motonari. Lord of Mōri clan before Motonari's introduction. Although technically he is still de jure leader of Mōri clan after his grandfather's retirement from the world by Faking the Dead in SW3, his lack of confidence and experience make him plead and drag his grandfather to return to the battlefield and retake the leadership.

After he finally suceeded his grandfather, he joined forces with the Toyotomi. And after Hideyoshi's death, he sided with Mitsunari's Western army.

  • Ensign Newbie: How he thinks he is.
  • Heroic BSOD: A rather humorous one in Okuni's story for SW3XL, when Motonari finally agrees with Okuni that he really needs to "depart" and it's time for Terumoto to succeed him for real.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: His Weapon of Choice.
  • Mythology Gag: Hyakuman-nin no Sengoku Musou invents new designs for most characters who were generic in the main series, but Terumoto appears almost identically to how he did in 3.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: In 3 he has a slightly different look to most generic officers.
  • Self-Deprecation: His lack of faith in his own abilities is the reason he pleads Motonari to return to the battlefield and lead the Mōri once more.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Subverted. He seems to be more interested in following and watching Motonari's great tactics rather than trying to get his own achievements to impress his grandfather. Motonari calls him out on this sometimes.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Motonari constantly tells him this in various ways to give him some courage and confidence.

    Toyotomi Hideyori 
Son and successor of Hideyoshi. Because he is still very young when his father died, the problem about succession arouse and consequentially causing Battle of Sekigahara. After Ieyasu defeat Mitsunari and become shogun, he opposes Tokugawa shogunate to reclaim the reign. In response, Ieyasu seeks for total annihilation of Toyotomi clan.

Because his mother is daughter of Azai Nagamasa and Oichi, then he is also their grandson.

    Takeda Katsuyori 
Shingen's son and successor. He fights against Oda and Tokugawa in Nagashino, and suffers a great loss. His loss marks the end of Takeda.

  • Berserk Button: Really doesn't take well on betrayal. For example in Nobunaga's SW2 story, he is immediately enraged upon seeing Oyamada Nobushige, who surrendered to Oda after Takeda's loss in Nagashino, and charged out of Ueda Castle, unwittingly ruins Masayuki's plan who advised him to keep defending inside the castle for some time.
  • Blade on a Stick: His Weapon of Choice.
  • General Failure: His loss in Nagashino.
  • Genre Blindness: Ordering an all-out cavalry attack when in front of you there are batallions of riflemen behind barricaded fences is certainly not a wise idea.
  • Hotblooded: As opposed with his father's calm, collected, and cunning traits. Sakon lampshades this during Shingen's version of Nagashino.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: See Berserk Button above, when he unwittingly ruins Masayuki's plan.

    Hōjō Saburō a.k.a. Uesugi Kagetora 
Ujiyasu's seventh biological son and Hayakawa's younger brother. He becomes a political hostage to the Uesugi as a part of a peace treaty. The idea of being abandoned by his biological father upsets him to the point he wishes to commit suicide. Kenshin stops Saburō from throwing his life away and gives the sullen lad a place to call home by adopting him, and gives him the name of Kagetora (Kenshin's own birth name, no less). Moved by Kenshin and Aya's kindness towards him, he wishes to repay them.

    Tokugawa Hidetada 
Ieyasu's son and successor. Unfortunately, he's a bit too hotheaded and not as competent as his father, bearing great resentment towards the Sanada. Will make his debut as a unique character in the SW4 anime.

  • Gonk: Basically a younger Ieyasu, and a bit plump too.
  • Spiritual Successor: In a way, he's a successor to the SW1-era Ieyasu, just dialed Up to Eleven. Even in his appearance in Hyakuman-nin, he's shown to be an easily frightened, stuttering guy when talking to Hanzo.
  • Suck Sessor: Smug as his dad's past self with little of his current charisma and competence.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: This is the majority of his motivation to battle. Unfortunately, even in history, he's unable to do so, including being stalled by the Sanada in Ueda Castle to the point of not showing up at Sekigahara. Ieyasu is less than pleased.