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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 Takeda clan (although his family did until Takeda's downfall). He was just a little boy when Shingen was still alive, and by the time he comes of age and starts becoming Samurai, Takeda clan is no longer exists and thus he serves 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 enemy Camp and take Ieyasu the commander's head."
  • Badass
    • Badass Adorable: He's pretty much 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 Takeda Cavalry. Later, his own army who defends Sanada Ward in Osaka Campaign also qualifies as this. Depends 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.
    • Slice-and-Dice Swordsmanship: Justified and averted, since his spear has cutting edges and he also use it to pierce through enemies in some moves.
  • Cool Helmet: His alternate attire in 1, likely a shout-out to the helmet worn by historical self.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: In his SW1 true finale. SW3 too, and again in 4.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: His SW2 ending, as he still lost many things he consider important: his original master's clan, Takeda, has fallen. His friend Mitsunari is dead. Many of his other allies from Western either fell in Sekigahara or surrendered to Tokugawa Shogunate and essentially left him. But in the end, not only he managed to protect young Hideyori and slay Ieyasu, but he also regained Kanetsugu and Keiji as his friends. Weird enough, as there's similar case in Kunoichi's story and ending in SW3 with some differences where Yukimura reunited with Kanetsugu and Keiji after 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 Hanzo, who killed Shingen. So much that in the last stage the Final Boss is not Ieyasu, but Hanzo. So is in Hanzo's story mode, where the Final Boss is Yukimura instead of Toyotomi Hideyori.
  • Oblivious to Love: Towards Kunoichi and Kaihime, 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 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 additional lesser form of friendship with Magoichi and Masamune, to the point that they, as well as Kanetsugu, help Sanada clan against Tokugawa Army in Ueda Castle. Later they also try to stop Yukimura to waste his life in 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 Hanzo in SW1.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Subverted. Him and Nobuyuki may be in opposing sides, but it's actually their father's design to ensure Sanada clan's survival. So regardless the winner in Sekigahara Campaign, Sanada clan will survive for sure, either with Yukimura if western army is the winner or Nobuyuki if eastern army is the winner (and eventually do). Additionally, in the first game (where Nobuyuki was still generic), they still recognize each other as family. Yet, they are tied to their respective duties, apologize and bravely face one another.
  • Sibling Team: with Nobuyuki before they take different path.
  • 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:

    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.

He has his own page, but at a quick glance: he was 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, Nouhime 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 SW 2 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 and like any historian can tell you, automatically get demonized for it (no pun intended). 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 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 Noh. Depends 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.
  • 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 aura, allowing him to move quickly from one location to another one.
  • Disappears Into Darkness: Happens in Motonari's ending in SW3.
  • Dub Text: Inverted. In the original Japanese game, Nobunaga is clearly infatuated with both Nohime 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.
  • Kill It with Fire: Has a penchant for this, especially against the Ikko army at Nagashima.
    • During the Incident at Honnouji battle 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 him 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 Noh'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.
  • 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 latest 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 Honnoji, prompting No 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 look like Moe 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 Nankobou 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 in Sekigahara at Eastern Army's side. Had he really still alive, he should be already 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..
  • 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 is set to return in 4, alongside Kojiro, Musashi, Takatora, Naotora, and Munenori.
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Cowardly Lion: He often chickens out before stronger or dangerous opponents (especially Hanzo), 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 former member of Iga Ninja, to the least. It's likely that he already left his life and fighting style as ninja, 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 Hanzou.
  • No One Could Survive That: In his last scenario in SW1, Hideyoshi puts him in a 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 Hanzo on the battlefield.
    Goemon: " Hanzo? Hattori? The Iga ninja!? OH NOO!!!"
  • 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 Hanzo in different games.

    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:


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 (changed to bladed rings in 3) and 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 even harder to see if her marriage with Katsuie is filled with happiness, since at the time not only Nobunaga (the one who arrange their marriage) is dead in Honnoji, but there's also intense feud between Shibata and Hashiba, ended in the couple's death.
  • Badass Adorable
  • Badass Princess: Lady of Oda and then Azai Clan.
  • Battle Couple: with Nagamasa.
    • Brother-Sister Team: overlapped 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" whe 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 justify this as the very first thing she discover in Azai's household where she lives with her husband Nagamasa, and thus she uses this as her weapon.
      • Dual Wielding Rings of Death: from 3 onward.
  • Cool Big Sis: For Gracia in the latter's SW2XL'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 is perhaps It Runs in the Family because the nickname is given to Hideyoshi from Nobunaga.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Oichi's gaiden stage in the second game is her versus 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 in 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 Nouhime's dark feminine.
  • Magic Skirt: In 2. She even "covers" it when she's landing after a jump.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Played with, depend on how you see this, and it's in a very strange way, anyway. In SW 2's Battle of Shizugatake for Toyotomi's side (I believe it's Hideyoshi, Mitsunari, and Nene got this stage), the narration clearly stated 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)! Hell. This woman can be horrible at her worst.
    • 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 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 XL that he's fleshed out as the wise mentor of Toshiie that Oichi actually showed care for him 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 still with Azai.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Nagamasa. Lampshaded by Hideyoshi more than once.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Nagamasa in the second and third games.
  • Token Wholesome: In 3, which is the only game she appears much more modest than in other games.
  • True Beauty Is on the Inside
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Her and Nouhime are usually stated as two of most beautiful women in 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 the 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!!
  • Brainless Beauty: Averted, as sometimes she puts on an act, although she tends to go around the different battlefields, usually in the middle of a battle, searching for shrine maidens and dancers.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In second game, due to her lack of personal story mode, she sometimes appear in Survival Mode and said she's upset for not having her own story mode in the game.
  • 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 plot of other story modes.
    • No longer the case with the (so far Japan only) SW3 expansion.
  • Detached Sleeves: Akin' near Reimu's level.
  • The Grim Reaper: Hinted to be this in her Samurai Warriors 3: XL story, as she "collects" souls of people who died historically, including Yukimura, Katsuiie and Oichi, and vanishes with them once they reach Izumo.
  • 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 extents. Personality-wise, she's also very flirty.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: In SW3, she appears in the "Rescue of Mitsunari" stage for the side of 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 how 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 Love Triangle between 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."
  • Sideboobs: Her default outfit in 4 shows these.
  • Walking the Earth: Or Japan, at any rate.

    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:


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), Ryūzaburō Ōtomo (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 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 1: "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 out in the following games and extended to his attacks.
    • Horn Attack: Yes, he's human, but in the first game 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 first game for Yukimura and Kunoichi's story, where he is assassinated by Hanzo in a sneak attack during 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 Hanzo during 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 an 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 action 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 Oushu and one of the most powerful warlords in Japan up until Hideyoshi called him in during his final raid on the Hojo. 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.
  • 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 of this. And this is also another reason, beside his jerkassery, why it's hard to symphatize with him. Thankfully, it's more only in second game. Not so much in 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 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 onward, he wields a sword and two pistols. He starts with a katana for lower level weapon, but later changes it for a sabre as higher level weapon. For those who didn't quite get why or how; 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, during the Toyotomo 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 Sanada Clan defends Ueda Castle from Tokugawa-Houjou in 3.
  • Poisonous Friend: To Yoshimoto Imagawa in his story mode in SW3: XL. It backfires against him, however....
  • Red Baron: The "One-eyed Dragon of Oushu" (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 Oushu 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 second game, he is certainly still Jerk Ass. You can even see his intention on surrendering to Hideyoshi at first is suspiciously not genuine, and you guess it right, as Chronic Backstabbing Disorder becomes his main problem in second game. He surrendered to Toyotomi, then join Tokugawa, but then betray Tokugawa and declare freedom. However, in third game, he is first introduced lamenting his father's death in a Nightmare Sequence, willingly helps Sanada clan in defending Ueda Castle, and also has Friendly Rivalry with Yukimura and Kanetsugu. In Hasedo, he is far less Jerk Ass to Uesugi Army than he was in second game. Even in Osaka Castle, he is one of people who tried to stop Yukimura in wasting his life.
  • 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 be 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 Nōhime:

    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'. Hanzo 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 Fuuma Kotarou.

Wields a Kusarigama and his element is Dark/Demon.

Tropes associated with Hanzō:
  • Battle Butler: To Ieyasu.
  • Combat Tropes:
  • 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 Hanzo'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 former Iga ninja who dessert his position to become a thief.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: In his first game's story mode.
  • 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 Hanzo 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 is not rare for Hanzo to show up as a boss during certain (usually castle) levels against 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 Fuuma Kotaro
  • Ship Tease: With Nene in the third game.
  • The Rival: Kotaro in most games except SW1. Exclusively in SW1, he had rivalry to Kunoichi and Yukimura, especially the latter after Hanzo assassinated Shingen. In SW3, he also has rivalry with Nene, overlaps with Friendly Rivalry this time.
  • Spared By Adaptation: Real Life Hanzo was not alive anymore during Sekigahara and Osaka campaign. But in the game, he is often heavily involved in those battles. Interestingly enough, because historically his son and successor, Masanari, actually participated in 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 1, 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:

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 "Hashiba Hideyoshi" in the earlier games), 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 much 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 unique NPC in the first game, he was closer to his historical self.
    • He does show some morally ambigous side in second game's Xtreme Legends. For example in Toshiie's story, he implies that he will take advantage from Nobunaga's death by replacing Nobunaga and unify the land. When Toshiie accused him for being happy by Nobunaga's death, however, he immediately denies. In third game, it looks like that Kanbei is Poisonous Friend to Hideyoshi in a similar way with what Jia Chong did for Sima Zhao in Dynasty Warriors. Kanbei is the one who implies that yes, Hideyoshi needs to take over Japan if he didn't want to be "spark" to other warlords.
  • I Have Many Names: He appears in Oda-Focused stages as "Hashiba Hideyoshi" while the Survival Mode in SW2 plays with this. And that's not even his birth name.
  • 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 Samurai Warriors XL hat was small, if somewhat curious, but now, it becomes
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: gives a surprisingly impressive one to Mitsuhide in Yamazaki for 3. Gave far less from impressive in 1 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 for himself. However, as he becomes playable, traits about making a land where people can be happy is added and sticks with Hideyoshi, making him much more lovable and sympathetic.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Seriously, just look at Nene!
  • Wife Husbandry: Possibly, though depend on which historical source you read. Chacha, his concubine (who is also Nagamasa and Oichi's daughter), according to certain historical source, is taken by Hideyoshi as his foster daughter. When the maiden come of age, he made her as his concubine and mothered Hideyoshi's heir, 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 daimyo 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 fight his way with a sword and said kemari ball and has the Demon element.

Tropes associated with Yoshimoto:

  • Combat Tropes:
    • I Know Madden Kombat: Almost all of the things he does with his kemari ball, from juggling to dribbling to bicycle kicking, are soccer techniques rather than anything resembling actual kemari.
    • Not Completely Useless: In the second game, one of his special ability is.... to play dead. Which seems really laughable until you realize that this move increases the length of your musou attack by a massive amounts, which resulted in a massive damage.
    • Weapon of Choice:
  • Composite Character: He has some aspects of his son, Ujizane. His liking on kemari? Yup, it was actually Ujizane's favorite historically. Also, his assistance for Tokugawa / Eastern Army at Sekigahara may also a nod to where his son would eventually serving Tokugawa clan when Imagawa clan was weakening.
    • In a rather strange zigzagged variation, Ujizane appeared as a generic warlord in 2:Empires in a scenarios 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 Warriors Orochi 1.
  • Demoted to Extra: He has no story mode in SW3, though not many are complaining.
  • Determinator: Say what you like, but if he want to play Kemari with someone, he's easly 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.
  • 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 avoid the lightning strike yet unintentionally and very briefly abandon 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.
  • 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 SW2XL 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 SW3XL 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 Uesugi to help.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Although he is still irritatingly cocky, he certainly becomes nicer since becoming playable.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Has a tendency to dismiss people as his lessers in the course of SW1, 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 to him. 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 while he activates Super Mode.
  • Ascended Extra: In the original SW1, Tadakatsu was but a generic officer, who did get a special mission to defend Ieyasu in Mikatagahara, then in SW1XL, 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 SW1XL.
  • 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 figthing prowess to conquer the land with brute strength.
  • Combat Tropes:
  • 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.
  • 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. Thanks to Xtreme Legends, he shows some competency here and there, and by the time the second game comes out, 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:

  • Animal Motifs: The Tanuki, opposing to Mitsunari's Kitsune. (In japanese folklore the two are rivals). In the first game before he became playable, it is turtle, instead, to reflect his cowardice nature, according to Word of God.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He is on of three unifiers in Japan, after all.
  • Ascended Extra: From unique NPC in the first game, to be fully playable since 2.
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Cool Helmet: Even Shingen has to point it out.
  • Fat Bastard: Unless you're on his side, in which case he is a Fat Gentleman
  • A Father to His Men
  • Honor Before Reason: Averted. He is one of the people who pointed out Kanetsugu's hypocrisy regarding "endangering the people for the sake of honor."
  • Manipulative Bastard: In "Rescue of Mitsunari" stage for SW2, it's pretty clear that the internal rebellion against Mitsunari is designed (or at least, supported) by Ieyasu. It's averted in SW3, however, where the battle is really just an internal quarrel over Toyotomi's succession between Mitsunari and Masanori along with Kiyomasa and other Toyotomi retainers who dislike Mitsunari. Heck, in fact, in some versions of this stage in the third game, Ieyasu is one of Mitsunari's rescuers! Whoa.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Since 2.
  • Smug Snake: In SW1.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Compare his characterization between the first and second games.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Although, to be fair, despite how much he was a Smug Snake in the first game, he never be a Bad Boss and actually care for his retainers. But by the time he becomes playable since second game, not only he lose all of his smug persona but he also shows even further care for his allies, especially when many of his retainers died in Mikatagahara by performing Heroic Sacrifice to save Ieyasu's life.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In Yukimura (and New Officer) story mode, he'll freak out if the Sanada warrior manages to reach his camp.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In the first game he may be smug and prone to leave things in the hands of Hanzo, but, as he points out during the siege of Osaka (Tokugawa side), he's not fighting for the sake of one individual, but to secure a long era of peace to Japan.

    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.
  • 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. What a jerk.
  • 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'.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: She's married to Hideyoshi.

    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:
    Kotaro:"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.
    • Rubber Man: 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.
  • Cool Pet: In cutscenes, he appears to own pet wolf.
  • The Comically Serious: Arguably inverted. As opposed to Hanzo's serious manner even in the times of non-serious, 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, Kotarou doesn't get a story mode in SW3.
    • The so far Japan-only expansion, SW3:XL, has now remedied this by giving him one.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In first game's Odawara stage, Hojo's ninja soldiers are named as "Fuuma Clan". Subverted, however, because Kotaro himself didn't make any appearance.
  • Enigmatic Minion: after turning nicer since 3, he's still rather aloof and distant to his Hojo allies. In all Warriors Orochi games, it looks like he can be the one who is the most loyal minion to Orochi, but nope.
  • Evil Redhead: A nod to the rumor that Kotarou had deep red hair and was seven foot tall. The "evil" part is subverted in 3.
  • 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. Also bonus point for 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 be a nice man in Real Life, but he certainly isn't a chaos-worshipping Troll like he was in second game. His villainy is subverted since 3, however.
  • 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 amuse him self by spreading the chaos throughout the land.
  • Large Ham: He even quotes the 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: In 2, subtle as a boulder to the face. Less so in 3.
  • 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: "Only one can be the greatest! Guess who?"
    • "I am invincible!"
      • 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
  • 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 being cocky and arrogant, he's a nice, good-natured man.
  • Master Swordsman
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • The Rival: Kojiro.
  • Samurai Ponytail
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 morally ambiguous side. For example in Kizugawa, upon confronting Magoichi who calls him out for letting Nobunaga executed 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. He also utilises metaphors related to water and music quite frequently.
    • "So be it."
    • "Excellent!"
  • Vocal Dissonance: A man with fair features, but has 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 
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 has served for about many lords (including even Azai), but eventually settled for 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 Ii clan, an ally of the Tokugawa clan, being together since under Imagawa banner. She lived until 1582, in which her clan is inherited by the famous Ii Naomasa AKA Tokugawa's Red Devil.

Voiced by: Saitou Yuka (Japanese)

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 warring land. He ends up as Ieyasu's sword instructor.

Tropes associated with Yagyū Munenori:

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 ensure the existence of the Sanada clan, Nobuyuki is sent to the Tokugawa clan to become an officer there. 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 for another day.

Tropes associated with Sanada Nobuyuki:

    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 as 'The Villain of 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, but 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

Biological son of Mori Motonari who has been adopted into Kobayakawa clan. He eventually became the adopted 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:

  • Ascended Extra: The NPC that is trying to be the Only Sane Man during Masamune's interrupting-frenzy in SW1 is implied to be Kojuro. After having his role reduced further for two games (and garnering a lot of popularity due to his Sengoku Basara counterpart), he finally became full blown playable in the 4th game.
  • Bishōnen
  • Combat Tropes:
  • The Lancer: The calmer, more stoic counterpart to Masamune's brashness.
  • Legacy Character: Like Magoichi, 'Kojuro' is a title that is passed down throughout his clan.
  • Megane, Stoic Spectacles: His design involves them and his face conveys a cool, stoic aura. This was also a Red Herring before his announcement, because in Hyakuman-nin no Sengoku Musou, the one character with glasses is in fact Megohime (Masamune's wife), and Koei teased that some of the new characters will have glasses, making people think it's her who's going to be included, but then Kojuro is the one announced with glasses.
  • Mythology Gag: When Kojuro was in Hyakuman-nin, he's usually seen with a flute. When he becomes playable, he has different design, but the flute stays as his repertoire.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome
  • Walking Armory: His buckler holds more than just his sword. As well as his rapier, Kojuro carries throwing knives, a pistol, a flute and what seems to be a laser cannon.

    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 Heroic Sacrifice to save Yoshihiro. He became playable in the 4th main installment.

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 tendency to shout "CHESTOOOOOOOOOH!", just like his uncle.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Just like his uncle!
  • 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 with a horned helmet when he becomes playable.
  • True Companions: Seemingly one for his uncle, Yoshihiro, especially in the old man's ending for 2.


Voiced by: Ryōko Shiraishi

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 she remains loyal to him for the rest of his life.
  • Born Unlucky: Disasters befall all of the people who get close to her, earning her the title of "the woman who invites disasters".
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Dark Action Girl: 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: Man, that's some wild afro. FROM A WOMAN.
  • 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.
  • Manipulative Bitch
  • 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.
  • 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:

Notable NPC

    Honganji Kennyo 
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English)
Leader of the Ikko army opposing Nobunaga, appears as a unique NPC like Ieyasu and Hideyoshi in SW1, but unlike them he doesn't become a playable character in the sequels, though he can be used as a playable character using a cheat cd.

    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.

    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.

    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: His design in Hyakuman-nin no Sengoku Musou looks similar with his generic design in 3.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: One of few generic officers whose look is a bit different than any other generics.
  • Self-Deprecation: The reason why he pleads Motonari to return to battlefield and lead the Mouri clan again.
  • "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.

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