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* BabiesEverAfter: In Yamazaki's ending in ''Shinkai'', [[spoiler:he and Kosuzu become new parents]].



%%* PlayerCharacter

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%%* PlayerCharacter* PlayerCharacter: Of ''Reimeiroku''.


* EmergencyTransformation: [[spoiler:He ''tries'' to drink the Water of Life in Hijikata's and Kazama's routes, but is cut down before he can--by Kazama in the former, by Imperial soldiers in the latter.]]

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* EmergencyTransformation: [[spoiler:He ''tries'' to drink the Water of Life in Hijikata's and Kazama's routes, but is cut down before he can--by Kazama in the former, by Imperial soldiers in the latter. He ends up doing this to Nagakura in his route.]]


* TheSouthpaw: A central part of his identity and past. Samurai culture widely considers it practically taboo to use a sword left-handed or wear one's sword on the right (in order to draw left-handed); most of the schools Saito trained with tried to "correct" his style by making him fight right-handed, or accused him of cheating when he defeated their best students left-handed. The Shieikan is the first school to encourage him to play to the strengths of his left-handed stance rather than hobble himself in the name of doing things "correctly."


!!!Voiced by: Takeshi Ohba (JP), George Manley (EN)

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!!!Voiced by: Takeshi Ohba (JP), George Manley Creator/GeorgeManley (EN)


!!!Voiced by: Creator/HoukoKuwashima (JP), Creator/BrittneyKarbowski (EN)

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!!!Voiced by: Creator/HoukoKuwashima (JP), (JP, anime only), Creator/BrittneyKarbowski (EN)


!!!Voiced by: Hiroaki Yoshida (JP), Houston Hayes (EN)

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!!!Voiced by: Hiroaki Yoshida (JP), Houston Hayes Creator/HoustonHayes (EN)


* NobleDemon: Pun not intended. Despite his warped personality, he lives by a strong moral code and despises demons ([[spoiler: like Kaoru]]) who go against it. For this reason, he also will not attack Chizuru when she's alone on the streets of Kyoto or pick fights with the Shinsengumi when she's not around. He also states in his route that he does not intend to touch her until they're married.

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* NobleDemon: Pun not intended. Despite his warped personality, he lives by a strong moral code and despises demons ([[spoiler: like ([[spoiler:like Kaoru]]) who go against it. For this reason, he also will not attack Chizuru when she's alone on the streets of Kyoto or pick fights with the Shinsengumi when she's not around. He also states in his route that he does not intend to touch her until they're married.



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:The other three routes he's part of imply it, but Sakamoto's route confirms he went to the Nagumo clan to save Chizuru from them.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:The other three routes he's part of imply it, [[spoiler:It's only implied in Kazama's and Sannan's routes, but Sakamoto's route confirms he went to the Nagumo clan to save Chizuru from them.]]


* PetTheDog: He makes several recurring appearances in the Normal path, but stops pursuing Chizuru; Sen theories it's because [[spoiler:he feels guilty for going vigilante on her father]].

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* PetTheDog: He makes several recurring appearances in the Normal path, but stops pursuing Chizuru; Sen theories theorizes it's because [[spoiler:he feels guilty for going vigilante on her father]].


* AmbiguouslyEvil: [[spoiler:His villainy changes depending on what route you're on. In his own and Hijikata's, he's faking it; in Heisuke's and Saitou's, he's a direct antagonist; in Harada's, he blackmails Chizuru but disappears once they leave the Shinsengumi; in Kazama's, he fights and dies with the Shinsengumi.]]

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* AmbiguouslyEvil: [[spoiler:His villainy changes depending on what route you're on. In his own and Hijikata's, Generally, he's faking it; only a villain in Heisuke's and Saitou's, he's a direct antagonist; in Harada's, Saitou's; he blackmails antagonises Chizuru in Harada's route, but disappears once they leave the Shinsengumi; Shinsengumi, and in Kazama's, he all the other routes is either faking it or fights and dies with the Shinsengumi.]]



%%* TheChessmaster: [[PlayedForLaughs Played for laughs]] in the drama [=CD=]s.

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%%* * TheChessmaster: [[PlayedForLaughs Played for laughs]] in the drama [=CD=]s. [=CD=]s, but played straight in [[spoiler:his own route, where he plays Kodo and Kaoru like fiddles.]]



%%* DrivenToSuicide

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%%* DrivenToSuicide* DrivenToSuicide: Somewhat. He eventually decides that he'd rather die become a Fury than continue to live with his useless arm; the process of ''becoming'' a Fury just happens to have a high chance of death, something he's also fine with at the time.



* ZeroApprovalGambit: The quintessential example. In his route in Shinkai, Sannan commits a lot of "crimes" and acts that he is okay with, or even wants other people misinterpreting, such as his bloody clothes that Chizuru can reprimand him for. [[spoiler: Turns out he was just trying to protect her.]] By far the most egregious example comes at the end of his route; [[spoiler:where Sannan teams up with Heisuke and Sen to fake Heisuke's death and Sen's capture so he can get revenge against Kodo for his mistreatment of Chizuru and stop his plans altogether.]] By this point he loves Chizuru, meaning that he is deliberately making the love of his life hate him to do the right thing in his eyes.

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* ZeroApprovalGambit: The quintessential example. In his route in Shinkai, ''Shinkai'', Sannan commits a lot of "crimes" and acts that he is okay with, or even wants other people misinterpreting, such as his bloody clothes that Chizuru can reprimand him for. [[spoiler: Turns out he was just trying to protect her.]] By far the most egregious example comes at the end of his route; [[spoiler:where Sannan teams up with Heisuke and Sen to fake Heisuke's death and Sen's capture so he can get revenge against Kodo for his mistreatment of Chizuru and stop his plans altogether.]] By this point he loves Chizuru, meaning that he is deliberately making the love of his life hate him to do the right thing in his eyes.



%%* TheBerserker: In the anime.



%%* CheshireCatGrin



%%* FreudianExcuse



%%* PsychopathicManchild: Has shades of it.



%%* DefrostingIceKing



%%* RealMenCook



%%* FieryRedhead: A male variant.



* MomentKiller: In Sakamoto's route, he frequently interrupts Sakamoto and Chizuru while they're having a romantic moment. The stage play for Kazama's route also has him ruining the mood of Kazama and Chizuru's FirstKiss, to the annoyance of both.

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* MomentKiller: In Sakamoto's route, he frequently interrupts Sakamoto and Chizuru while they're having a romantic moment. The stage play for Kazama's route also has him ruining the mood of Kazama and Chizuru's FirstKiss, to the annoyance of both.FirstKiss. Naturally, neither men appreciate this.



* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: Leaves the Shinsengumi after Serizawa's death, with Kosuzu in her route. He's mentioned in Souma's route in Shinkai as living now as an artist.]]

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* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: Leaves the Shinsengumi after Serizawa's death, with Kosuzu in her route. He's mentioned in Souma's route in Shinkai ''Shinkai'' as living now as an artist.]]


* HealingFactor: [[spoiler:This is how Kazama Chikage confirms that she is indeed a demon.]]

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* HealingFactor: [[spoiler:This is how Referenced early in the common route--she has always healed with remarkable speed, though at Koudou's urging she's been careful to keep it secret. [[spoiler:It's part of being a demon, especially since she's pure-blooded. In the anime adaptation, Kazama Chikage confirms that she is indeed she's a demon.]]demon when he sees her quick healing in action]].


* BigBad: [[spoiler:In about half the routes[[note]]Harada's, Nagakura's, Sanan's, Yamazaki's, Sakamoto's, and Kazama's[[/note]]. Unusually, he's actually killed halfway through the last one's--the rest of the route is Chizuru trying to get back to the Shinsengumi.]]

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* BigBad: [[spoiler:In about half the routes[[note]]Harada's, Nagakura's, Sanan's, Yamazaki's, Sakamoto's, and Kazama's[[/note]]. Unusually, he's actually killed halfway through before the final chapter in the last one's--the rest of the route is Chizuru trying to get back to the Shinsengumi.]]


%%* FaceDeathWithDignity: Only in Hijikata's route.

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%%* * FaceDeathWithDignity: Only in [[spoiler:In Hijikata's route.route, overlapping with GracefulLoser. He's calm and complimentary as he dies.]]



* MaybeEverAfter: His ending in the original game has [[spoiler:him and Chizuru part ways, but not before they kiss and Kazama promises to return for her. ''Zuisouroku'' shows the reunion, subverting the trope, and ''Shinkai'' averts it entirelty by turning the reunion from ''Zuisouroku'' into the epilogue.]]

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* MaybeEverAfter: His ending in the original game has [[spoiler:him and Chizuru part ways, but not before they kiss and Kazama promises to return for her. ''Zuisouroku'' shows the reunion, subverting the trope, and ''Shinkai'' averts it entirelty entirely by turning the reunion from ''Zuisouroku'' into the epilogue.]]



%%* GunFu



%%* IneffectualLoner



* MomentKiller: In Sakamoto's route, he frequently interrupts Sakamoto and Chizuru while they're having a romantic moment. The stage play for Kazama's route also has him ruining the mood of Kazama and Chizuru's FirstKiss, to the annoyance of both.



%%* SmugSmiler
%%* ScarfOfAsskicking
%%* StepfordSnarker

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%%* SmugSmiler
%%* ScarfOfAsskicking
%%* StepfordSnarker
* StepfordSnarker: He's cheeky and wise-cracking, with a penchant for poking fun at enemies and allies alike. [[spoiler:He's also grieving his DeadPartner, but good luck getting that out of him.]]



%%* YouCannotKillAnIdea:
%%* YouGottaHaveBlueHair



%%* BigBad: In Okita's route.



%%* DullEyesOfUnhappiness



%%* [[spoiler: HalfIdenticalTwin]]



%%* LaughingMad: [[spoiler: His EvilLaugh.]]



%%* DistressedDamsel: In Heisuke's route
%%* FamousAncestor: Suzuka Gozen.

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%%* DistressedDamsel: In Heisuke's route
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* FamousAncestor: She's a descendant of Suzuka Gozen.



%%* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]]: [[spoiler:Though she does live.]]
%%* [[{{Ninja}} Kunoichi]]

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%%* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]]: [[spoiler:Though she does live.]]
%%* [[{{Ninja}} Kunoichi]]
* {{Ninja}}: [[spoiler:Operates in the shadows, handles infiltration missions, dresses like one when not at Shimabara--she fits the bill.]]



* AmbiguouslyEvil: [[spoiler: His goals and methods vary from route to route. He is arguably his most evil in Saitou and Sanosuke's routes, as he's doesn't receive a RedemptionEqualsDeath or have somewhat sympathetic goals in either. In the former, he's even dispatched offscreen, while Sanosuke finishes him off in the latter.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler:In several routes, including Sanosuke's, Nagakura's, Sanan's, Yamazaki's, and Kazama's. Unusually, he's actually killed halfway through the last one's--the rest of the route is Chizuru trying to get back to the Shinsengumi.]]
%%* DeadlyDoctor

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* AmbiguouslyEvil: [[spoiler: His goals and methods vary from route to route. He is arguably his most route, making it hard to firmly say how evil in Saitou and Sanosuke's routes, as he's doesn't receive a RedemptionEqualsDeath or have somewhat sympathetic goals in either. In the former, he's even dispatched offscreen, while Sanosuke finishes him off in the latter.he is.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler:In several routes, including Sanosuke's, about half the routes[[note]]Harada's, Nagakura's, Sanan's, Yamazaki's, Sakamoto's, and Kazama's.Kazama's[[/note]]. Unusually, he's actually killed halfway through the last one's--the rest of the route is Chizuru trying to get back to the Shinsengumi.]]
%%* DeadlyDoctor* DeadlyDoctor: [[spoiler:He can throw scalpels with scary precision and has drunk the Water of Life.]]



%%* [[spoiler: EvilGloating]]: [[spoiler: With [[EvilLaugh Evil Laughter]].]]
%%* [[spoiler: EvilPlan]]



* KilledOffscreen: [[spoiler:In Iba, Saitou's and Souma's routes.]]

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* KilledOffscreen: [[spoiler:In Iba, Saitou's Saitou's, Souma's, and Souma's the Normal routes.]]



* RedemptionEqualsDeath: In Hijikata and Okita's routes. [[spoiler: Both times, he dies to save Chizuru.]]

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: In Hijikata and Okita's routes. [[spoiler: Both [[spoiler:Both times, he dies to save Chizuru.]]


* BrutalHonesty: Kazama's as ruthless with his words as he is in battle, never [[VillainsNeverLie lying]] or holding back on delivering a scathing opinion on humans, Furies, or foolish actions.



* DeadpanSnarker: He's very droll and sarcastic, especially when mocking humans or people who he thinks are being stupid. Amagiri even lampshades it at one point, claiming he's not surprised Kazama's shooting a snarky remark at him.

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* DeadpanSnarker: He's very droll and sarcastic, especially when mocking humans or people who he thinks are being stupid. Amagiri even lampshades it at one point, claiming he's not surprised Kazama's shooting a snarky remark at him.



** He [[spoiler:helps Sen and Chizuru reach Ezo]] in the Normal Route, and technically [[spoiler:does deal with Kodo for them, albeit in a way both found too drastic.]]



%%* EvilLaugh



* PetTheDog: He makes several recurring appearances in the Normal path, but stops pursuing Chizuru; Sen theories it's because [[spoiler:he feels guilty for going vigilante on her father]].



** Ditto for anyone who's involved with the creation of Furies.

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** Ditto for anyone who's involved with the creation of Furies.Furies or breaks the Demon Code.
* TookALevelInKindness: Most notably on his own route, where he becomes genuinely respectful of all the Shinsengumi. Happens to a lesser extent on the routes he ends up as an [[EnemyMine ally]].



* VillainsOutShopping: Chizuru bumps into him in this fashion a few times in his route on ''[[UpdatedRerelease Kaze no Shou]]''. The first time, it's because he dropped by the temple for some sightseeing. The second time, she's out shopping with Yamazaki when they meet Kazama on his way to drink some sake.

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* VillainsNeverLie: He makes it a point to never lie or break his word, which, once she realizes this, is one of the things that helps Chizuru trust him or what he says in some routes.
* VillainsOutShopping: Chizuru bumps into him in this fashion a few times in his route on ''[[UpdatedRerelease Kaze no Shou]]''. The first time, it's because he dropped by the temple for some sightseeing. The second time, she's out shopping with Yamazaki when they meet Kazama on his way to drink some sake.


* BrokenBird: Once an innocent, happy child, [[spoiler:now mentally unstable and out for revenge.]]



* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Chizuru notes his body has a peaceful expression on it in Kazama's route. Very much not the case in Okita's, though.]]

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* GoOutWithASmile: GoOutWithASmile:
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[[spoiler:Chizuru notes his body has a peaceful expression on it in Kazama's route. Very much not the case in Okita's, though.]]route.]]
** [[spoiler:On Sakamoto's route, Kaoru grows confused and delirious while dying, calling for Chizuru. She holds his hand and he dies smiling.]]


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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:The other three routes he's part of imply it, but Sakamoto's route confirms he went to the Nagumo clan to save Chizuru from them.]]


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* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler:Not his birth parents, but his adoptive ones; Kaoru says he "took care of" the people who abused him in Okita's route.]]
* StepfordSmiler: As one point, Chizuru thinks "the smile she gave was beautiful, but something seemed...off about it." [[spoiler:For good reason: Kaoru's a mix of Type A and Type C, wrapping up his pain, thirst for revenge, and instability in a facade of normalcy.]]


* YouAreTooLate: Should she follow a character route that separates her from the Shinsengumi at the Fushimi Magistrate, [[spoiler:she will try to reunite with them, but just barely keep arriving after they've left.]]

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* YouAreTooLate: Should she follow a character In Kazama's route that separates her and the normal route, after she is separated from the Shinsengumi at the Fushimi Magistrate, [[spoiler:she will try tries to reunite with them, but just barely keep keeps arriving after they've left.]]



* LivingMacGuffin: her falling into a coma kickstarts several plotpoints and conflicts.

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* LivingMacGuffin: her Her falling into a coma kickstarts several plotpoints and conflicts.



* ArmsDealer: Smuggles Western weapons and artillery to the Satcho, which is a big part in [[spoiler:why they win the war.]]





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\n* LoveableRogue: He's a flirt, charming, breaks the law, makes enemies easily, and even [[spoiler:sets sail for adventure with Chizuru in his epilogue]]; he fits the bill.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Gained his own route in ''Shinkai''.




* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:he was later revived as a fury in every routes.]]

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* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:he [[spoiler:He was later revived as a fury Fury in every routes.]]

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