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Subjectives from the games:

  • Anticlimax Boss: In SB3, before the expansion, Muneshige is hard to beat even while weakened, but the Xavi tank can be destroyed in secondsnote  and Sorin himself dies after one hit.
  • Cargo Ship:
    • Kojuro x Vegetables
    • Hisahide x Teapot
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Which is one way to get promoted from NPC to playable character.
    • Motochika and Motonari were popular NPCs that got promoted into playable characters in the second game. From the second game to the expansion pack, Kojuro, Nagamasa and Oichi. But mainly Kojuro (the one who spawns the most fanart between those three). And there was much boo-ing when he got Demoted To NPC.
    • And special mention to Oichi. Mind you, this is a series dominated with pretty and manly boys, but the Oichi fanbase is very very solid when compared to other female characters, which includes her being the only playable female in the fighting game and returning in 3.
    • Mitsunari, while actually being a main character in 3, proves to be so popular that he took over Yukimura as the poster boy as of Sengoku Basara 4.
    • According to popularity polls, the most popular newcomer in 4 is Matabe, despite the comparatively little focus he got in-game. In fact, one popularity poll had him rank 5th out of every playable SB4 character, behind only Mitsunari, Masamune, Ieyasu, and Yukimura.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Kenshin and Shingen. In short, they complete each other. Kenshin also seems to flirt with Shingen Junior (a.k.a Yukimura) a couple of times. Then there's him nicknaming Masamune "Beautiful Dragon".
    • Sasuke's persistent if unrequited crush on Kasuga creates tons of Belligerent Sexual Tension whenever they do battle.
    • Mitsuhide is fond of Nohime, the only person he shows any kind of sympathy when he kills them, on top of repeatedly calling her "beautiful" and using First Name Basis. She just finds him creepy.
      • Let's not forget how he complimented Motonari's looks in SB2... only to add that he wanted to cut such a handsome figure into pieces.
    • Nohime herself has a habit of making suggestive remarks to younger men like Yukimura, Keiji and Musashi.
    • Disturbingly enough, Oichi has this with her brother in the third game, especially how she strokes his face as they return to hell together.
    • Yoshitsugu displays an unhealthy interest in Oichi's dark powers, and finds her positively charming. Kanbe points out he has horrible taste in women, to which he agrees.
      • He sometimes appears to be making advances at Motonari, though this may just be deliberately trying to annoy him.
    • Motochika with his rival, Motonari. Although in the games they are sworn rivals, the official artbook for the second game sees them leisurely drinking sake together.
    • Hisahide certainly seems to relish the idea of beating up Kojuro in Heroes. There's also the way he whispers salaciously to Mitsunari when he's got him pinned underfoot in Utage.
    • Yukimura's and Masamune's feelings toward each other are... complicated, to say the least.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In Sengoku Basara 4, Masamune has a DLC costume based on Dante from the Devil May Cry series, who is voiced by Reuben Langdon. It just so happens that Reuben also voiced Masamune in the English version of SB3. Chances are that SB4 won't leave Japan, but if it did and it was dubbed in English...
  • Ho Yay Shipping: Unlike the Dynasty Warriors series which has a good share of both yaoi and straight doujins, SB is practically flooded with yaoi (with Masamune/Yukimura, Kojuro/Masamune, and Motochika/Motonari being the most popular) with the occasional Oichi/Kasuga hentai. Makes sense as Sengoku Basara doesn't have many female characters.
  • Macekre: The first game was called Devil Kings in the U.S, the producer attempting (and failing) to make a Darker and Edgier version.
  • That One Sidequest: From the third game, defeating and collecting all the fugitives. You have to equip a special bodyguard in order to find them, they have a habit of popping up out of nowhere and disappearing just as quickly, and hit surprisingly hard with a strong defense.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Shortly before SB3 came out, many fans were baying for Kobayashi's blood for overloading the game with NPCs. Some still are.
    • Things improved with Sengoku Basara 3: Utage where many characters (including Kojuro, Tenkai and Matsunaga of all people) returned as playable characters.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: Samurai Warriors on steroids... and lots of crack.
  • Wangst: Mitsunari's rantings sometimes stray into this territory. Katsuie as well.

Subjectives from the anime:

  • Awesome Music: The soundtrack is composed by Hiroyuki Sawano, and the opening songs are sung by Abingdon Boys School. Surely this must be your first clue for the ensuing awesomeness.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Akechi Mitsuhide is depicted as a particularly depraved madman when he goads Nobunaga's brother-in-law, Azai Nagamasa, into fighting the hotblooded hero Date Masamune. Mitsuhide diverts a squad of riflemen to fire on his own allies, having also brought Nagamasa's wife Oichi along. He ostensibly allows her to try to warn her husband before having him shot in front of her and relishing her pain. Mitsuhide is a vicious killer as well, serving Nobunaga only because it allows him to satisfy his bloodlust on the innocent and any warriors he finds. After the first season, he seeks to resurrect the Demon King, wanting nothing more than to watch the world burn.
    • Nobunaga himself leads a hideously brutal campaign of conquest across Japan without care for the innocents who suffer in his wake. After Oichi is broken, Nobunaga keeps her enslaved to his will and has no issues killing her himself. Despite his wife Nohime's devotion to him, he thinks of her as nothing more than a disposable pawn. Referring to himself as the Demon King of the Sixth Heaven, Nobunaga thinks he has a right to do whatever he pleases to those 'weaker' than him and will happily kill every peasant in Japan if it brings him closer to ruling it.
  • Creepy Awesome: Mitsuhide. He's a White Hair, Black Heart Soft-Spoken Sadist Combat Sadomasochist who does pretty much everything For the Evulz and more or less orgasms when he gets hurt. And he would be so much lamer if he wasn't.
  • Foe Yay: The anime turns the UST with Yukimura and Masamune Up to Eleven, to the point where staff members referred to their battle in the movie as the "love scene".
    • Hanbe's obsession with making Kojuro join his army. Made especially hilarious by the fansubs that have Kojuro accuse him of "flirting".
    • In the DVD extras Mini Sengoku Basara, Motonari and Motochika seem to spend an awful lot of time hanging out at each other's houses and taking boat trips.
  • Freud Was Right: Motochika's giant... cannon.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The movie title of "The Last Party" becomes a tad hilarious with a third season of the anime coming.
  • Memetic Mutation: "ARE YOU READY GUYS?! PUT YA GUNZ ON!!"
    • And manly bonding sessions consisting of screaming names while punching each other in the face.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Kennyo, Yoshihiro, Xavi, and Itsuki in Season 1. The first three while they're slain by Nobunaga's men. Yoshihiro is back on his feet in Season 2.
  • Seasonal Rot: Judge End. The series is receiving a lot of criticism for its inferior animation when compared with Sengoku Basara and Sengoku Basara 2 by Production I.G. In addition to cutting the action back to a fraction of its former glory, introducing several annoying and useless characters and replacing the rocking soundtrack with vapid ear torture. The DVDs also got poor sales in comparison.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: There was a lot of raging when it turned out "Put your guns on!" was completely changed in the dub.
    • The same could be said for how Kasuga, Matsu and Oichi were portrayed as incapable in this show, in comparison to the video games.
    • A small part of the fandom was pretty confused by Yukimura's new hair style in the revealed character art for Judge End/Judgement.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: They really didn't really touch Oichi's dark powers greatly and then Nobunaga quickly killed her. This robs away most of Oichi's charm from her game version, leading many anime-only audience to hate her because she's just portrayed as indecisive and submissive, with little and rather irrelevant 'hidden dark power'. It's averted in The Movie, where she displays the dark personality from the game.

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