Characters: Sengoku Basara Takeda Clan
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"I, Shingen, will become a tiger ruling over Heaven and Earth!"
Head of the Takeda from Kai Province, a Hot-Blooded
old man whose fist sets things on fire. He is also known for his strategic genius too, being the rival of Uesugi "God of War" Kenshin. He has something like a father-son relationship with Yukimura. Wields a huge, mean axe on fire, and is too awesome for one horse so he rides two instead.
He is known in Devil Kings
as Red Minotaur
"There is a time when a real man cannot back down, and that time is now!"
Takeda Shingen's most loyal vassal and Hot-Blooded
to a fault, he charges fearlessly into battle with two spears...which he dual wields.
He's also the long-term rival of Date Masamune, whose blue colors are a distinct contrast to Yukimura's red.
Goes by the name Scorpio
in Devil Kings
Ascended to the Tropes Pantheon as the God of Fearless Soldiers
in the House of War
- Battle Butler: Yukimura lives to serve Takeda Shingen and has the ambition of a shoe. Shingen tries to educate him otherwise, noting that he will one day grow old and have to learn to take his place.
- In the anime he seems to finally learn the lesson. As Shingen amusedly notes, by the end Yukimura pretty much orders him to keep out of the last fight.
"My lord, I'm not going to be a tiger cub forever! One day I'm going to be the Tiger of Kai!"
- Battle Cry: Anime only so far.
- Benevolent Boss: Even though he's only a ninja, Yukimura would die for Sasuke's sake, and states it is his duty to protect his subordinates.
- Bishounen: Over time he's developed much more delicate features than some of the manlier characters.
- Boss Subtitles: "Yukimura Sanada - Willing and Able"
- Break the Cutie: Sort of, in the second season of the anime. Starting with losing to Masamune, he's sent on an important mission where his compassion and sense of honor leads him to make some bad decisions resulting in losing soldiers he's responsible for, leading to Heroic BSOD. Lampshaded by none other than Masamune who notes that purity and innocence won't get him too far in this era.
- Fortunately he seems to overcome it eventually and come out of it stronger and with new found self-confidence.
- Brown Eyes: Made to look red in some art. He also gives the best puppy-dog looks. Observe.◊
- Catch Phrase: "Burn, my soul!"
- Chaste Hero: Doesn't know the first thing about sex, romance or relationships, and gets incredibly flustered whenever anyone mentions such things.
- Hilariously, in the Samurai Legends manga, Keiji manages to put him off love even more by telling him it "makes your chest hurt, your heart race, and keeps you up at night". Yukimura replies that all of those things sound horrible.
- Although, by the third game, he seems to like the idea of getting married.
- Played to hilarious effect in the fourth game, where Masamune implies he and Naotora have a thing going on in the Osaka: Dragon-Tiger Formation stage. Yukimura and Naotora tag together to scold Masamune, with the latter only replying with "...What?".
- Chewing the Scenery: About 80% of his lines are shouted with scenery-crunching fervency, and it's clear at the live shows that Hoshi is ready to lose his voice or pass out by the end of it.
- Composite Character: This version of Yukimura shares many traits with Shingen's Real Life son Katsuyori, such as: Shingen appointed him to lead the Takeda in his absence, his carelessness and tendency to be impatient, and him almost jeopardising the clan in Utage (Katsuyori almost led the Takeda to destruction at the Battle of Nagashino).
- Curtains Match the Window
- Demoted to Extra: As of Sengoku Basara 4 he's no longer a poster boy, with the more popular Mitsunari taking his place as main character and Masamune's rival. Eventually subverted, since the rivalry is still very much present, and it even gets an exclusive Leitmotif.
- Determinator: Ok, if stopping a freaking mobile castle on wheels with only your spears (and huge Battle Aura) doesn't count...
- Dual Wielding: With two spears! TWO SPEARS! Or if that's not crazy enough, there's two Sparda Swords, you read that right, TWO SPARDA SWORDS!
- Fearless Fool: In the early days. Shingen beats it out of him eventually.
- Friendly Enemy: Yukimura has great respect for Masamune, and they work very well together as a team. Their developing friendship and rivalry is one of the main focuses of the anime.
- Heroic BSOD: Happens in the anime after Shingen is supposedly killed. Masamune and Kojuro are forced to knock some sense into him with a manly Rousing Speech. Also occurs in Samurai Heroes for the exact same reason. Ends in relatively the same way.
- Also in the second season of the anime, after he loses an important retainer (as well as half of his army) due to some bad decisions he had made.
- Heroic Spirit: Even Mori has compared his spirit to a fire that burns hotter than the sun itself.
- Historical Beauty Update: Really?◊
- Homoerotic Subtext: With Masamune, Sasuke and sometimes even Shingen. Though like Masamune he's shipped with practically every other male character.
- Hot-Blooded: Hell yes. One of his in-game lines even has him scream it at the top of his voice to get himself worked up.
- Idiot Hero: Yukimura's not really stupid - on the contrary, he's well spoken and educated - but he's very naive, 100% direct, doesn't think before he acts, and seldom seems to learn from his mistakes.
- Incendiary Exponent: His feet have the ability to catch fire and kick your face in.
- Japanese Pronouns: 'Sessha'/'Soregashi'/'Ware', sometimes 'Ore'.
- Keigo: Yukimura is notable for his very archaic and humble speech patterns (unlike Masamune or Keiji). He addresses everyone with respectful honorifics (such as "-dono") and punctuates his sentences with "de gozaimasuru" and "de gozaru", both very old and self-effacing versions of "desu". The only one he doesn't talk like that with is Sasuke, who is effectively his retainer, and he's been known to drop the keigo when he's supremely pissed.
- Large Ham
- In the dub, replace "OYAKATA-SAMA" with "YOUR LORDSHIP!"
- Leeroy Jenkins: Yukimura generally does not think that plans more complicated than "charge at the enemy head-on" are very honorable. His very first educative punch by Shingen in the anime is for this sort of thinking.
- In one drama CD he accompanies Sasuke on a mission, and is outraged at his plan of sneaking in and doing the job under cover. Sasuke has to remind him that he's a ninja and sneaky attacks are his class's forte. And even then Yukimura gleefully ignores the plan, charges in spears blazing, and has to be dragged away by Sasuke.
- Made of Iron: He gets punched by Shingen, a man who can create tornadoes with one swing, on a daily basis, and gets away with minor injuries.
- At one point in the anime a Megaton Punch by Shingen apparently cures his broken arm.
- Tiger's Blood has Yukimura recovering from horrible sword wounds in just a week, at which point Sasuke gives up and declares him immortal.
- Mr. Fanservice: Girls love his chest revealing jacket... also his anime design and the newest releases of official figures aren't helping him much by exposing his pelvic bones.◊
- Jack of All Stats: Edging towards Fragile Speedster/Glass Cannon. He has less attack and defence than Masamune and no ranged attacks, but his attack and movement speeds and his reach are higher and (in the third game) he has the ability to Combo near infinitely due to finishing all his ground attacks with a forward dash.
- Martial Arts Headband: Flaps dramatically in the wind. Also plays an important part in the anime finale.
- Nice Guy: Yukimura uses ridiculously polite and respectful language most of the time, even to enemies and subordinates.
- No Indoor Voice: Except when he's ruminating.
- In the second game, Yukimura's shouting made Mitsuhide want to kill him just to get some peace and quiet.
- Not So Different: While the gallant, good-hearted Yukimura's alliance with Mitsunari might seem strange, they face similar situations in SB3; their beloved masters dead or dying, responsibility thrust upon them, and Ieyasu (partially) to blame. In Tiger's Blood, Yukimura reflects that Mitsunari is what he could have become if tipped over the edge, and feels duty bound to help him. Both of them are also incredibly honest and don't know how to give up.
- Parental Abandonment: A drama CD reveals that his father is dead, and his mother is never mentioned.
- Playing with Fire
- Recurring Dreams: In the third game he repeatedly has a dream in which he is drowning and hearing voices. It becomes important later on.
- Red Baron: The Young Tiger, Red Tiger or the Tiger's Cub, after his master.
- The Rival/ Worthy Opponent: To Masamune.
- Say My Name: "OYAKATA-SAMAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!"
- He also has a tendency to bark Sasuke's name whenever he's about to request something ridiculous of him.
- And then there's the "DAAATEE MAASAAAMUUUNEEEE" "SAANAADAA YUKIIIMUUURRAAAAA" call, when he and Masamune get down to it.
- Screaming Warrior: Good grief, boy's got some lungs!
- In a seiyuu event where they had to switch roles for a few scenes, the seiyuu who voiced Yukimura said they now felt sorry for Hoshi.
- Shipper on Deck: In the anime, he firmly supports Sasuke's "engagement" with Kasuga. This is strange, considering his normal reaction to any mention of love, but Sasuke is the closest thing he has to a friend.
- Short Hair With Tail: An odd combination done with spiky Shounen Hair and a sleek ponytail.
- Skilled, but Naive: The reason Yukimura's not considered one of the strongest opponents around is that, while he has lots of potential, he simply hasn't had enough battle experience.
- Sticks to the Back: His spears, apparently.
- Sweet Tooth: Extra material gave him a fondness for dango, which the fandom then turned into his Trademark Favourite Food. In the second game the Maedas were able to bribe him with sweets.
- Took a Level in Badass: Played in Samurai Heroes.
- Also happens in the second season of the anime, as a result of him overcoming his Heroic BSOD.
- Undying Loyalty
- Unusual Eyebrows: The fiery sort in the games and the anime, but they're normal in his manga incarnations. Also, the fork is in a different place in the games (at the root of his eyebrows) and in the anime (at the end of his eyebrows).
- Walking Shirtless Scene: According to Word of God, it was a last-minute Rule of Cool decision.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He's very chivalrous and seems initially reluctant to fight girls. Funnily enough, by the fourth game one of his main rivals is Naotora (then again, she's a tomboy).
- You Shall Not Pass: Spoken word for word as he tries to hold off Mori's Sun fortress.
- Younger than They Look: Less extreme a case than Masamune, but it can still come as a surprise that he's only 17. Explains his Idiot Hero tendencies somewhat.
"You should be glad, having a nice guy like me as your opponent."
One of the Sanada Ten Braves, he is a ninja in the service of Takeda and often assists Yukimura. Sasuke is a jovial and laid back ninja, which puts him at odds with Kasuga, with whom he shares a friendly rivalry (though she doesn't look at it that way). However when the time calls, he can be deadly serious.
He is called Talon
in Devil Kings
- Alliterative Name
- Beleaguered Assistant: Being forced to look after a hyperactive teenager who refuses to listen to his advice seems to have affected Sasuke's ability to care.
- Berserk Button: The one time so far he's issued an outright death-threat is in SB3, after his defeat during the Osaka Summer Siege, because he knows that Yukimura's up next.
- Big Brother Mentor: Occasionally has moments like this with the younger, sheltered Yukimura.
- Boss Subtitles: "Sasuke Sarutobi - Reporting for Duty"
- Bridal Carry: Does it multiple times in the anime. Rescuing people basically becomes his trademark.
- Character Tics: Has a peculiar habit of assuming a half sitting, half standing position where he balances on one leg and rests the other on his opposite knee. Just how he manages to hold this position for long periods of time is a mystery.
- Collared by Fashion: His poncho-thing has a big collar, sometimes shown covering his mouth, giving him a shadier look.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Implied. All we know is that a lot of people died.
- Dark Is Not Evil: One of the few examples in the series.
- Demoted to Extra: Like Kojuro he's an NPC in Sengoku Basara 3. And back to a PC in Utage.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Despite the fact that Kasuga has tried to kill him a couple of times, he still attempts to win her heart.
- Doppleganger Attack: Both his Basara attack and his Shadow Clone technique. By holding down his attack commands, he can summon up Shadow Clones to add in an extra strike to his attacks.
- Face Palm: Whenever Yukimura does something really stupid. Which is quite often.
- Facial Markings: Camouflage paint on his nose and cheeks.
- Dual Wielding Fuuma Shuriken: Uses them for both short and long range combat, since they're attached with Razor Wire.
- Gentleman Snarker: A light-hearted example, though virtually everything he says is brimming with sarcasm. The only person exempt is Shingen, being his master and all.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: He hauls off and slaps Kasuga when she declares her intention to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Oda in the anime.
- He slaps Yukimura in Utage when he's being too indecisive and jeopardising the clan's survival.
- Highly-Visible Ninja: Averted. He wears forest camouflage and is a master of stealth tactics, in contrast to the less careful Kasuga.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Sasuke sure does a lot more than would generally be expected of a ninja to keep his master from running off and getting himself and/or everyone else killed.
- I Have the High Ground: In the anime, notably, at one point he stands balanced on the very tip-top of a tall pine tree.
- In the games he's seen a couple of times perched on one of Yukimura's spears.
- Japanese Pronouns: 'Ore'/'Ore-sama'
- Just Whistle: In the anime, Sasuke gives Kasuga a flute and tells her to blow on it should she need help. When the time does come to use it, rather than making him appear as she had hoped, it turns into a rocket-powered glider that carries her off. Turns out he was using Kasuga as a guinea-pig to test the latest ninja gear.
- Lampshaded Double Entendre: In the anime dub after Yukimura describes how the fight with Masamune made him feel.
- Let's Get Dangerous: His Utage story mode is chock full of this. Even Masamune was caught off guard.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Becomes this to Yukimura in SB3, who he has to encourage to do just about anything.
- Ninja Log: Uses this on Shingen when Kasuga attacks him during the Battle Heroes opening.
- Flash Step
- Super Senses: He's able to see an incredibly long distance (including through walls), as well as apparently having a heightened sense of hearing and smell.
- Walk on Water: In Utage he has a memorable cutscene battle with Kotaro out at sea.
- Me's a Crowd: Tends to employ shadow clones in fights. He also interacts with them for his own amusement.
- Master of Disguise: He has disguised himself as various people, including Yukimura, during Shingen's special "training". Of course, Yukimura doesn't suspect a thing...
- Now That's Using Your Teeth: In the anime Kasuga throws a kunai at his face, which he catches in his mouth and keeps smiling.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He's definitely a lot sharper and more well-informed than his lazy attitude lets on. He has to be, considering that by the third game he's practically running the Takeda clan.
- Older Sidekick: Although, as Mitsunari and Yoshitsugu point out, Sasuke behaves more like Yukimura's MOTHER than anything else.
- Only Sane Man: Forced to put up with Shingen and Yukimura's crazy antics. Poor guy.
- And for the setting as well. In a World of Ham filled with some very kooky personalities, he's pretty grounded compared to most.
- Perpetual Poverty: Implied, since he's always asking Yukimura for a raise, but never gets one.
- Ravens and Crows: Has a crow familiar he uses to glide on, befitting the shadow element.
- The Rival: It varies between fellow ninja Kasuga and Kotaro and, in recent games, fellow devoted poster-boy sidekick Kojuro.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: One of the only people in the English dub of Samurai Heroes to swear.
- Stepford Smiler: As much as he attempts to remain upbeat and comical, by Utage it's clear that Sasuke's finding it hard to cope with the pressure. Yoshitsugu says that Sasuke possesses much despair.
- The Tease: Towards Kasuga, apparently just because he enjoys winding her up.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: In Utage he reveals that he sees disposable people as nothing more than "monkeys".
- Wild Hair: Especially◊ since the third game. He looks like some sort of rock star.