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"All that stands before us shall turn to dust."
Imagine every single Evil Overlord
trope that one can ever use. Good. Now turn it Up to Eleven
. You've got the Sengoku Basara
version of Oda Nobunaga. Uses a Sword And Sawed-Off Shotgun
combo in combat, along with his Badass Cape
. His main goal throughout the series is pretty much to, you guessed it, Take Over the World
(starting with Japan) and run everybody into the ground.
He returns in the third game, having escaped from hell with a set of new powers and the desire to tear this world a new asshole. Well, that's just great.
Was the titular Devil King
of the Devil Kings
Voiced by: Yurika Hino (Japanese), Kathleen Barr (Devil Kings
), Stephanie Young
"Time for your punishment."
Slavishly devoted wife of Nobunaga, who in return... well... doesn't kill her? Uses Guns Akimbo
in combat, as well as carrying a Gatling Gun
, a rifle and what seems to be a rocket launcher which she summons from her kimono
Called Lady Butterfly
in Devil Kings
- Animal Motifs: Butterflies, including her personal name and tattoo. Also shades of "a moth attracted to the flame" according to Mitsuhide.
- Apologetic Attacker: Mocked as she says "Excuse me!" in the anime as she open fire with her machinegun on Kenshin and Kasuga.
- Avenging the Villain: Her storyline in the second game has her hunting down Mitsuhide for his betrayal.
- Babies Ever After: Though historically she could not conceive, her ending in SB2 (after Nobunaga's death) implies she is pregnant.
- The Cameo: In the fourth game, she appears in Katsuie's anime ending in a flashback.
- Co-Dragons: With Ranmaru.
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Fitting that the Devil King's wife wears the most eyeshadow of all the ladies.
- Femme Fatale: More-so in the first game and anime, where she's sultry and coquettish. The second game portrays her with some Broken Bird qualities.
- Gatling Good: Can whip out a massive Gatling Gun as one of her attacks.
- Glass Cannon: She's very adept at boss-killing, though her lifebar is much smaller than other characters.
- Gun Fu: Several of her moves are meant for close-distance.
- Guns Akimbo: She's always carrying two pistols, in contrast with Magoichi who normally goes with a single handcannon.
- The Gunslinger: Mostly fits The Woo with a few elements of Trick Shot. Her Gatling Gun makes her into The Vaporizer as well.
- Hair Decorations: To the nines, including a comb, a ribbon, and a wisteria hairpin.
- Hidden Buxom: Doesn't seem like it in the games but she is revealed to be a definite case of this in the anime when she once posed as a kunoichi and is revealed to be about as well-endowed as Kasuga.
- Hot Springs Scene: Her ending in Devil Kings. There is no point to it other than fanservice.
- Japanese Pronouns: 'Watashi'
- Killed Off for Real: Unlike Nobunaga she didn't come back for the third game. In the fourth game, she and Ranmaru are missing, though it's revealed in Tenkai's Drama route that they were captured by Mitsuhide's forces.
- Lady Macbeth: She would certainly not disapprove of her husband's bad deeds. In fact, she'll do anything to facilitates them...
- Lady of War: Is shown to be very flexible and elegant even when wielding a gatling gun bigger than she is.
- Loving a Shadow: For whatever reason she idolizes Nobunaga, with she herself being rather kind-hearted at times. But if one thing is certain, it's that he's never going to love her back.
- Love Makes You Evil: Is prepared to kill anyone and anything and turn herself into a demon for her husband.
- Love Martyr: For Nobunaga, who barely recognizes her existence at best. And she has no interest in making him good anyway.
- More Dakka: Her Gatling Gun, when fully upgraded gets a second barrel.
- Playing with Fire
- Psycho Supporter: Somewhat acknowledged by other characters in the second game, where they find her genuine devotion to the Demon King rather disturbing.
- She's Got Legs: Especially in the anime. Her outfit bares little else, making sure they are suitably emphasised.
- Shout-Out: Her ultimate weapons are Ebony and Ivory.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: Manages to use her skimpy kimono as a Hammerspace.
- Weak, but Skilled
"Ranmaru will take your head as a trophy!"
A bratty kid with a bow and arrow that thinks Nobunaga is totally awesome. Not much else to say.
Renamed as Hornet
in Devil Kings
- The Archer: Uses a bow and arrow as his main weapon. Unlike Tsuruhime however, the range for his regular attacks is actually quite short.
- Bratty Half-Pint: As Nobunaga's favourite, he talks down to people far older and higher ranked than he is.
- The Cameo: In the fourth game, he appears in Katsuie's anime ending, where he gave him a big ol' hug in a flashback.
- Co-Dragons: With Nohime, or occasionally Mitsuhide.
- Child Soldiers: His youth disturbs some characters, but he himself seems to have no problems with warfare and treats it like a game. Which just makes it even more disturbing.
- Fragile Speedster
- Hero-Worshipper: Towards Nobunaga, who in return acknowledges him as a useful aide and rewards him with a single piece of candy for doing a good job. He even styles his hair in a similar fashion, down to the topknot.
- Human Shield: Mitsuhide attempts to use him as such against Kojuro. It doesn't work because the latter acknowledges Ranmaru as Nobunaga's General and therefore an enemy, though he merely knocks him out of the way and tells him to serve another lord after leaving Mitsuhide for dead. He lives past the ending, with some Puppy Love with Itsuki.
- Killed Off for Real: Just like Nohime. Like her, he's alive but his whereabouts are unknown in fourth game.
- Morality Pet: Nobunaga treats him marginally better than anyone else, even going so far as to give him encouragement in battle and reward him afterwards.
- Mitsuhide states that Nobunaga would be sad if Ranmaru died, which officially makes him the person Nobunaga cares most about in the whole universe.
- Mouthy Kid: Which eventually leads Mitsuhide to threaten him with death if he doesn't shut up in SB2.
- Parental Substitute: He genuinely views Nobunaga and Nohime as his family. Caring for Ranmaru is arguably the one thing that binds them together. If he dies in-game, both of them are clearly upset.
- Rain of Arrows: His Basara attack consists of this. He also creates a very impressive one upon his anime introduction (so thick that it covers every inch of the surrounding area).
- Shock and Awe
- Third-Person Person: Used to show that deep down he's really just a naive little kid.
- Tykebomb: Just read the above quote.
"This is it, this is it! This is true slaughter! Ahahaha!"Evil Overlord
Nobunaga is running through the competition all by himself. At least there will be the heroic Akechi Mitsuhide
to stop him, as per usual, right?Bzzt! Wrong!
Mitsuhide here is anything
but heroic. He's Obviously Evil
and is completely Ax-Crazy
, complete with an evil giggle
which can evolve into any Evil Laugh
, two mean scythes
and a lust for seeing people suffer, Mitsuhide might as well be the man to surpass Nobunaga in terms of evilness.
Known as Reaper
in Devil Kings
, but said game demoted him into an NPC. The third game introduced the character Tenkai, an alter ego of Mitsuhide.
- Affectionate Nickname: If Utage is anything to go by, he seems to view Nobunaga's use of "kumquat" at this. Historically, it was the opposite.
- Animal Motifs: Oichi has compared him to a snake.
- Ax-Crazy: And proud.
- Bad Boss: The only other character aside from Motonari to have no qualms about hurting his own men.
- Baddie Flattery: When he starts praising his opponents, it usually means he's just even more determined to kill them.
- Bishounen: Although, his apparent youth and beauty only make him more unsettling.
- Blood Knight: Lives to kill people and spread violence, and seems to be in a state of perpetual blood lust.
- Blood Upgrade: Becomes incensed at the sight of blood whether it's his or not.
- Casting a Shadow
- Combat Sadomasochist: Mitsuhide practically defines this trope! Why do you think he toys around so much? He even has an attack where he squirms as enemies strike him before countering in one big release.
- Cry for the Devil: Strange as it sounds, during Utage it's actually quite hard not to feel a little sorry for him when he tries to convince himself he's still human, feels lost and alone and even starts sobbing pitifully.
- Death Seeker: Becomes this after he kills Nobunaga and sees no other reason to live if he must be without him.
- Demoted to Extra: In Devil Kings, he/Reaper got demoted to an NPC. Then, when he becomes Tenkai in SB3, he's an NPC once again, before becoming playable in Utage. And now Mitsuhide is an NPC again in SB4
- Oddly subverted in SB4: Mitsuhide himself is a NPC, but his alter ego, Tenkai, is playable.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: All that moaning he does. It's deliberately designed to sound like moans of pleasure rather than pain
- Dragon with an Agenda: Quite possibly the only reason he became Nobunaga's Number Two was so he could get close enough to murder him.
- Dual Wielding Sinister Scythe
- Evil Tastes Good: Mitsuhide constantly uses taste-related metaphors, such as finding it "delicious" to trample on true love.
- Evil Versus Evil: Up against Nobunaga, though he's more of a sadistic psychopath than plain old evil...which may make him a far worse evil than his lord.
- First Name Basis: He is notably the only person in the cast to refer to Nohime by her real name, Kicho. This familiarity is linked to the fact that they were friends in Real Life.
- For the Evulz: Why he does anything.
- Giggling Villain: Can also break into an Evil Laugh, however the giggling is arguably far more disturbing.
- Go Out with a Smile: In the anime. While begging for more.
- Historical Hero Downgrade: Sengoku Basara is one of the very few media where Mitsuhide is downright villainous and wicked. Keep in mind that Capcom did portray him in a better light in Onimusha, however.
- In Love with Your Carnage: For Nobunaga.
"You utterly annihilated opponents who had already admitted defeat, right down to the last survivor. You mercilessly cut down women and children running away in confusion. You burnt everything, leaving not even an insect alive. All that remains is the ashes dancing in the transient wind. I, Mitsuhide, can no longer contain how intoxicated I am with you!"
- Interplay of Sex and Violence: With everyone to some degree, but particularly with Nohime, who he likes to tease and compliment in his suggestive way. When fighting Nohime in SB2, Mitsuhide calls her beautiful several times and compares the colour of her blood to a sunset. In Battle Heroes he follows her around the country acting way too friendly before murdering her at the end.
- Used downright disturbingly in the Ranse Ranbu manga, where his introduction involves cornering a random peasant girl and tormenting her for a while before he's interrupted by Yukimura and kills the girl out of spite. He then goes on to boast about how much pleasure he takes in murdering women. The whole scene stinks of rape subtext.
- Japanese Pronouns: 'Watashi'
- Keigo: To make him even creepier (and also somewhat effeminate).
- Large Ham: Especially in the Japanese version, whenever he starts ranting about Nobunaga expect massive amounts of gesticulation and insane laughter.
- Lean and Mean: He's even taller than Nobunaga, and so thin he appears almost skeletal.
- Licking the Blade: Whether the scythe has blood on it or not. Alternatively he's been known to stroke them tenderly.
- Life Drain: One of his attacks has him impale an enemy on the spiked tip of his weapon, draining health from them to replenish his own.
- Limp and Livid: The way he's always moving, except, rather than livid, he is very calm, gliding about and swaying from side to side as if it comes perfectly naturally.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Isn't it shiny and silky? In the Bloody Angel manga Oichi even mentions how beautiful his hair is.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: Greatly prefers his victims to die screaming and crying.
- A Love to Dismember: In Utage he carries Nobunaga's head around with him and speaks to it as if it were the real Nobunaga.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Turned out he began to miss Nobunaga after killing him and breaks down when told he has lost his humanity.
- Named Weapons: His scythes are called "Dancing Sakura".
- Near Death Experience: In Utage after apparently plummeting to his death, Mitsuhide has a dream about reuniting with Nobunaga, only to then wake up.
- Obviously Evil: Almost as bad as Nobunaga.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He becomes rather upset if anyone gets to Nobunaga before he does. Also the reason why he resurrects Nobunaga again in the third game; so he can try and finally kill him for good.
- Peek-a-Bangs: A combination of his deceptive and seductive sides.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Tends to start doing this in the middle of battle. Even his taunt has him bending over backwards in fits of over-the-top laughter.
- Sickly Green Glow: His Basara attack creates a greenish black aura reminiscent of this.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: In the English dub, though he can still be hammy at times, his usual voice is a sinister purr.
- Spikes of Villainy: Very long ones on his shoulder guards.
- The Starscream: He doesn't necessarily want to replace Nobunaga, but he sure as hell has been biding his time in order to kill him.
- Too Kinky to Torture: The more he's hurt the more it pleasures him and, even worse, makes him want to inflict similar pain on his opponent.
- Tragic Keepsake: Nobunaga's crown in Utage. He's seen in his story mode carrying it around and even nuzzling it at times. He ends up losing it after his defeat by Ieyasu and Mitsunari.
- Vampiric Draining: Is capable of sucking health from his enemies by stabbing them with his scythes. As Tenkai, it also buffs up his attacks.
- White Hair, Black Heart
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Mitsuhide is usually the one who does this to Nobunaga's allies. Even if Nobunaga doesn't necessarily want him to.
"As someone who lost his past, I have no right to dream about the future."
Playable character introduced in Sengoku Basara 4
. A young vassal of Nobunaga who apparently attempted (and failed) a rebellion, and was thus punished by being demoted below his ability. Now a pessimist who simply follows orders and doesn't care if he lives or dies.