Debuting in Last Blade 1
KaedeThe main character of the series, Kaede grew up with Moriya and Yuki under the tutelage of the warrior Gaisei. Unfortunately, Gaisei was murdered in his absence, with Moriya seemingly responsible. Kaede would later learn the truth behind his master's murder, but would be too weak in his normal state to defeat the man responsible. However, Kaede has the power of Seiryu, the legendary dragon, locked within him. It is only with this power that he is able to defeat his master's killer. In the second game, he perfects this ability and is permanently in his "awakened" state. Normally, Kaede is a very humble, modest warrior who doesn't like being flattered or boastful, but when he awakens he becomes exceedingly arrogant and has no shame in talking himself up.
Tropes associated with Kaede:
- Anime Hair: Most notably while awakened.
- Cherry Tapping: a form in the second game were inputting a special code lets you play as unawakened Kadae who plays mostly the same as version of him from the first game minus the ability to go awakened form.
- The Hero
- The Mario: He has a very well rounded moveset, and performs quite well in both Power and Speed mode.
- Power Dyes Your Hair; Becomes a golden blonde when Awakened.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red, if only because of his Awakened persona.
- Super Mode: When "awakened" Kaede's hair turns bright blonde and spikes up, sort of like a certain famous shounen series. In the second game he does not need to awaken, as he is permanently in such a state.
- Shock and Awe: Uses electricity based attacks, including calling lightning bolts and charging his sword.
- Shotoclone: As close as you're going to find in this series.
- The Four Gods: Has the power of the dragon Seiryu.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In his normal state, his hair is a dark blue. While Awakened, it turns a bright, unnatural goldish blonde.
Moriya MinakataKaede's adoptive brother, who also grew up under the swordsman Gaisei. He was the first to discover their master's slain body, and as such was deemed guilty when Kaede saw him standing over the corpse. He then set out to clear his name of the accusations, and in the process take revenge upon the true killer of his master.
Tropes associated with Moriya:
- Aloof Big Brother: Not by blood, but he plays this role to Kaede and Yuki. He deeply cares for them, but opts to avoid them if possible, for their own sake.
- Badass Longcoat
- Coat Cape: And somehow, it stays on while wielding that sword.
- Dramatic Wind: As seen in one of his winposes, taking a page from Ryu's book.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Kaede's red.
- The Rival: Of course.
- Shout-Out: His hairstyle and mannerisms are based on that of Kenshin Himura from Rurouni Kenshin. Many characters from this series are in fact homages to Kenshin characters.
- The Stoic: Just to hammer the point home, his official bio lists both his likes AND his dislikes as simply "nothing."
- Walking the Earth: Prior to the events of the second game, Moriya goes into seclusion to continue honing his skills. This doesn't last long, as he leaves to investigate the Hell's Gate phenomenon.
YukiYuki's family were immigrants to Japan, but they did not survive the trip. She was adopted by the swordsman Gaisei, under whom she learned to defend herself with Kaede and Moriya. After Gaisei's murder, Yuki joined Kaede on his journey to find the truth. In the second game, it is revealed that Yuki is the maiden chosen to seal away the evil present on the Earth.
Tropes associated with Yuki:
- Actually a Doombot: Land a fatal strike on her and...an illusion seal tears in half. Yuki pops in from offscreen, wondering what kind of bastard would try to kill her.
- An Ice Person: True to her name, Yuki utilizes icy shards as projectiles and a powerful frosty wind as her anti air.
- Barrier Maiden: She gives her life to undo the opening of Hell's Gate.
- Blade on a Stick: Her weapon of choice.
- Naginatas Are Feminine: The sole female Gaisei apprentice and specifically chose a naginata to fight instead of katana like Kaede and Moriya.
- Chickification: Somewhat. In the first game, Yuki was a lot more confident about fighting and having quite a spunk, as well as placing quite high in the tier lists. In the second game, not only she took a nose dive in her tier list placing, her personality is rather in a lower, sadder tone and she's a bit more soft-spoken like being set on her destiny to sacrifice herself in sealing the Hell Gate.
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Meaningful Name: Yuki, the Japanese word for "snow."
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Despite born foreign, Yuki has embraced her Japanese name as her true identity, very soft-spoken (unless she's fighting), protective and extra materials and her Ending in LB1 has her usually wear a kimono. And because of this, she fully accepts her destiny as the Sealing Maiden with resolve rather than rebelling against it.
Akari IchijouBorn to a family of exorcists, Akari was sent by her father to undo the opening of Hell's Gate. In the events of the second game, her older sister becomes ill, allegedly due to the Hell's Gate, causing Akari to return to investigate it.
Tropes associated with Akari:
- Actually A Doom Bot: If you finish her with a fatal move, it turns out that the victim of your last attack was just a decoy created by her shikigami. The real Akari will laugh at you and get outta dodge.
- Breakout Character
- Fighting Clown
- Fun Personified: One of the series's most prominent sources of comic relief, Akari is never seen without a smug grin on her face, smarting off to anyone she beats.
- Image Song: The arranged soundtrack for the first game contains a vocal track by her voice actress, sung in character.
- She Is All Grown Up: She appears as an adult in a pachinko game based on the Last Blade.
- Summon Magic: Several of her special moves involve her calling in strange creatures to aid her in battle.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?
Juzoh KanzakiAkari's adoptive brother, Juzoh is a good spirited fellow whom Akari drags along with her to investigate the Hell's Gate. During the second game, his adoptive sister falls ill and he joins with Akari again to look into the cause.
Tropes associated with Juzoh:
- Batter Up: Juzoh wields a massive club that he swings like a baseball bat.
- Big Fun: As mentioned, he's a very jolly guy, laughing and smiling even as he's in battle.
- Lazy Bum: He's a pretty skilled warrior and quite powerful, but he spends a lot of his time lying around the house doing nothing.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Juzoh, Juzo, Jyuzo, Jyuzoh.....
Hyo AmanoA hedonistic warrior who travels Japan in search of thrills. During the events of the second game, he challenges the Hell's Gate to preserve the beauty of the natural world.
Tropes associated with Amano:
- Agent Peacock
- Anime Hair: The pompadour taken to its complete extreme.
- Chivalrous Pervert: A womanizing alcoholic he may be, but he loves all things beautiful and fights with his life to protect them.
- Fourth-Wall Observer: Consistently breaks the fourth wall in his ending for both games.
- Handsome Lech
- The Hedonist
- Kimono Fanservice: A rare male example.
- Real Men Wear Pink: His vibrant pink kimono is an eye-catching part of his flamboyant personality.
- Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: And he makes them work dammit!
Genbu No OkinaOne of the guardians who watches over Hell's Gate. He enjoys fishing and relaxation, but is an extremely skilled warrior, mentoring Kaede after his master's murder. When Hell's Gate re-opens, he seeks out the maiden who was born to seal it forever. Allegedly, he was good friends with Gaisei when he was alive.
Tropes associated with Okina:
- Badass Grandpa
- Improbable Weapon User: Fights with a fishing rod.
- Making a Splash
- Old Master
- Older Than They Look: Yes, he looks like an old bearded man, but he's actually an immortal being with many centuries of life behind him.
- The Four Gods: Genbu, as seen in his name.
- The Mentor
Lee RekkaA Chinese martial artist with an undying sense of justice who witnessed the opening of Hell's Gate.
Tropes associated with Lee:
- Bare-Fisted Monk: He uses a fan for defense and one attack, but most of his attacks fall under this category.
- Bald of Awesome: Well, almost bald. He's got a very long ponytail.
- Expy: of Kim Kaphwan from SNK's The King of Fighters and Fatal Fury games.
- Extremity Extremist: A master of kicks, he incorporates them almost exclusively into his moveset.
- For Great Justice: It's what drives him.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: A very clear homage to martial artist and actor Jet Li, specifically, his Wong Fei-hung character.
- Paper Fan of Doom: His "weapon."
- Playing with Fire: Not only with his fan, but even his KICKS are explosive.
Keiichiro WashizukaA high-ranking member of the Shinsengumi, a group of warriors who uphold the law. A very solemn, stoic man, Washizuka takes his job extremely seriously.
Tropes associated with Washizuka:
- Shout-Out: Based on Hajime Saito of Rurouni Kenshin, and the scar on his face is a nod to Kenshin himself.
- Slice-and-Dice Swordsmanship: Although he does utilize stabs in one of his specials and in his super move.
- The Stoic: Even more so than Moriya.
Shikyoh/MukuroLike Washizuka, Shikyoh was a member of Shinsengumi. However, he did not share Washizuka's sense of honor and justice. Rather, he was a corrupt warrior who used his membership as an excuse to slaughter as many people as he could get away with. Washizuka was disgusted by his immoral conduct and expelled him from the group. This only sent him further off the deep end, as he sought out Hell's Gate to further his killing power. In the second game, he becomes trapped on the other side until he becomes the undead monstrosity known as Mukuro. It is revealed that he was responsible for Kojiroh's murder.
Tropes associated with Shikyoh and Mukuro:
- Axe Crazy
- Back from the Dead
- Came Back Wrong: Thought he was crazy to begin with? Check him out now.
- For the Evulz: He has no known traumatic past or sympathetic backstory, he's just a sadistic loony.
- Knife Nut: Fights with two gigantic knives, which he uses to kill his victims.
- Laughing Mad: In a few winposes.
- Licking the Blade: As seen in several of his animations.
- Serial Killer
- Shout-Out: His appearance as Mukuro is loosely based on Kenshin villain Shishioh Makoto.
ZantetsuAfter the amount of ninja in Japan drastically decreases, Zantetsu dedicates himself to re-validating the ninja's image by challenging all who will face him. After hearing of the Hell's Gate, he seeks it out to challenge the demons within and slay them, proving once and for all the superiority of the ninja. In the second game, he is a much calmer individual, teaching his offspring ninjitsu so that the legacy of his clan may continue. Now a dying man, he returns to Hell's Gate for one final battle before his passing. He is allegedly the ancestor of Eiji Kisaragi from SNK's The King of Fighters and Art of Fighting games.
Tropes associated with Zantetsu:
- Blood Knight
- Death Seeker: In the second game, he seeks a final battle to the end before he dies.
- Ninja Log
- Older Than They Look: He's in his 50s.
Shigen NaoeA guardian of Hell's Gate, he was sealed away by Shinnosuke Kagami so that he would not interfere in his plans. When he broke free, he was blinded by fury to the point that he sought out Kagami for revenge. In the second game, he has significantly calmed down and reunited with his daughter. As Hell's Gate reopens, Shigen accepts his duty and seeks to close it back.
Tropes associated with Shigen:
- Implacable Man: Has super armor in several of his moves.
- Younger Than They Look: He's in his mid 30s.
Musashi AkatsukiA legendary warrior who traveled the world seeking opponents and honing his skills. After his death in battle, he was resurrected by Shinnosuke Kagami and turned into a mindless puppet, existing solely to slaughter. However, he was slain in combat before he could fulfill his goal. Returning to his original personality, he graciously praises the man who defeated him before finally resting in peace.
Tropes associated with Musashi:
- Back from the Dead
- Blood Knight.
- Captain Ersatz: Of the one and only Miyamoto Musashi.
- Came Back Wrong
- Dual Wielding: Fights with two swords, just like his namesake.
- Dying as Yourself
- SNK Boss: In the first game. He does not appear in the arcade version of the second game.
Shinnosuke KagamiThe main antagonist of the first game, Kagami is a guardian of the Hell's Gate gone rogue. He deems humanity corrupt and unworthy, and seeks to open Hell's Gate and create a new world order by erasing the unworthy. He is responsible for the slaughter of many people, including Gaisei. To help his plan go as smoothly as possible, Kagami sealed his friend and fellow guardian Shigen in a stone for many years. He was finally defeated by Kaede when he awoke to the power of the dragon Seiryu. Kagami was sealed in Hell's Gate as retribution for his vile acts, but reincarnates again as a guardian. Disgusted by his prior actions, he seeks to atone and fight for the good of humanity.
Tropes associated with Kagami:
- The Atoner
- Badass Longcoat
- Big Bad: Of the first game.
- Cultured Badass
- Dark Messiah: In the first game.
- The Four Gods: Suzaku, the phoenix.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's changed his disposition, but he's still a MASSIVE prick if his win quotes are anything to go by.
- Heel–Face Turn
- Humans Are Bastards: His mindset as a villain.
- Playing with Fire: Naturally, as he does possess the power of Suzaku.
- Smug Snake
- SNK Boss: In the first game. He's a regularly playable character in the second.
- Wicked Cultured: In the first game.
Debuting in Last Blade 2
Hibiki TakaneThe daughter of a legendary swordmaker who becomes ill after spending a lengthy amount of time forging a powerful katana for a mysterious man. Rendered deathly ill by the effort, he tells Hibiki to go after the mysterious stranger. A quiet, shy girl, Hibiki dislikes fighting and becomes frightened at the sight of blood.
Tropes associated with Hibiki:
- Adaptational Badass: Her appearance in Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium seems to take place after her ending, as she is now a far more confident warrior, and shows no signs of her shy, reluctant personality from her original appearance. Notably, she has a special intro with Rolento where he flings a knife at her and she bats it away without even looking.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Hibiki is quiet and shy, but can be a trouble if someone annoys her.
- Break the Cutie: YOU, the player, can inflict this upon her. Simply have her finish opponents (at least six of them) with fatal strikes. If you continue this throughout her arcade more, her reaction will go from shock to sadness to complete despair. And finally, to enjoying the thrill of it.
- Breakout Character: The only character from the series to appear in CVS2.
- Cute Bruiser
- Gaining the Will to Kill: As seen in her alternate ending.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: Her fighting style, as Hibiki can draw and attack faster than the eye could perceive. Although her disposition is warm and cheerful.
- Martial Pacifist: She dislikes fighting, and is frightened at the sight of blood.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Hibiki's initial reaction to killing her opponents.
- Shrinking Violet
- Single-Stroke Battle: A staple of her moveset.
- What the Hell, Player?: Should you chose to break her, You Bastard...
"Kojiroh" SanadaA member of Shinsengumi and best friend to Washizuka. In actuality, this character is Kojiroh's sister Kaori posing as him after his murder at the hands of Mukuro, unbeknownst to all of her comrades except Washizuka himself. Kaori uses her cover to investigate the Hell's Gate and to finish her brother's killer for good.
Tropes associated with "Kojiroh":
- Action Girl
- Early-Bird Cameo: The real, male Kojiroh appeared as a console exclusive character for the original game, but he was largely just a Washizuka headswap.
- Sweet Polly Oliver
- Wholesome Crossdresser
SetsunaA spiteful demon with an eternal bloodlust who escaped into the world when Kagami opened the Hell's Gate. Setsuna took the body of a newborn child and took it for his own, instantly maturing the vessel to adulthood with his power. With only his bare hands and whatever he could find, he killed as many people as he could before he came to Hibiki's father with orders to craft him a weapon, an endeavor which would ultimately cost the man his life. Setsuna's ultimate goal is to kill Yuki, leaving Hell's Gate permanently open and allowing his fellow demons to join him in the slaughter.
Tropes associated with Setsuna:
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: To clarify, Setsuna is a demon inhabiting a human body.
- Badass Longcoat
- Big Bad: Of the second game, despite not being the boss.
- Blood Knight
- Casting a Shadow: His attacks that don't use electricity have an otherworldly dark glow.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: The body he inhabits.
- Demonic Possession
- For the Evulz
- Nietzsche Wannabe: "All is a nightmare. The beginning... The end."
- Ominous Owl: Is accompanied by a pet owl, just to show you how creepy he really is.
- Shock and Awe: Several of his attacks have an evil, purple tinted electric charge.
KouryuThe final boss of the Last Blade 2, Kouryu is fueled with the powers of the four guardians of Hell's Gate, making him a godly powerul divine being. He is actually Gaisei, the master of Kaede, Moriya and Yuki, forced back from the dead as the puppet for an evil entity, possibly Setsuna.
Tropes associated Kouryu:
- Brainwashed and Crazy
- Came Back Wrong
- Dying as Yourself: After being defeated, Gaisei regains his personality and seals himself in Hell's Gate so that he could never be resurrected again.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Can switch between power and speed mode at will mid-fight.
- Elemental Powers: Has access to the powers of the four gods.
- The Four Gods: As seen in his story, he is the embodiment of the mighty dragon Kouryu, with the powers of Suzaku, Seiryu, Genbu and Byakko combined.
- SNK Boss: Oh god yes.
- Tragic Monster