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Here is a total list of fighters from the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' games. All fighters below are listed by the saga in which they first appeared.''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' games.


This is a list of characters originating from the ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' series. Characters' names are listed in Japanese fashion (family name first, given name last).

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!2D Fighting Games

!!Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown''

[[folder:Haohmaru]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Jōkamachi, Musashi Province, Japan]] [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_41.png[[/labelnote]][[note]]The Rising Sun symbol shown here is unchanged since the late 1700's, when the game is set. It has been an imperial badge since the 14th century.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Masaki Usui (main games), Creator/DaikiNakamura (64 games, DistantFinale, VideoGame/CapcomvsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium, VideoGame/GranblueFantasy, [=SamSho=] 2019), Creator/BinShimada (Drama [=CDs=]), Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa (''Samurai Shodown Oni'' pachislot game)[[/note]]
Our main hero who's out mainly so [[BloodKnight he can get some kicks out of fighting those who are strong]]. Likes to booze off with drinks and of course, fight. As a young man, he once lost against Jubei and gets pumped up to get stronger. After said loss, he studied under Nicotine alongside Genjuro, and ends up being chosen as the school's successor much to Genjuro's dismay. In his travels to find worthy opponents, he finds himself entangled with many events, first by Amakusa, then adopting Shizumaru, helping to tame his demonic side, eventually later being targeted by Mizuki for his soul, and then getting captured and enslaved by Yuga, until someone (either Nakoruru, or even Genjuro) breaks him free and later, makes an inspiration for Takechiyo in his quest to fight Golba. Oh, and he's got a YamatoNadeshiko lover named Oshizu.

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This Here is a total list of characters originating fighters from the ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' series. Characters' names ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' games. All fighters below are listed in Japanese fashion (family name first, given name last).

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!2D Fighting Games

!!Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown''

[[folder:Haohmaru]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Jōkamachi, Musashi Province, Japan]] [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_41.png[[/labelnote]][[note]]The Rising Sun symbol shown here is unchanged since
by the late 1700's, when the game is set. It has been an imperial badge since the 14th century.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Masaki Usui (main games), Creator/DaikiNakamura (64 games, DistantFinale, VideoGame/CapcomvsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium, VideoGame/GranblueFantasy, [=SamSho=] 2019), Creator/BinShimada (Drama [=CDs=]), Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa (''Samurai Shodown Oni'' pachislot game)[[/note]]
Our main hero who's out mainly so [[BloodKnight he can get some kicks out of fighting those who are strong]]. Likes to booze off with drinks and of course, fight. As a young man, he once lost against Jubei and gets pumped up to get stronger. After said loss, he studied under Nicotine alongside Genjuro, and ends up being chosen as the school's successor much to Genjuro's dismay. In his travels to find worthy opponents, he finds himself entangled with many events,
saga in which they first by Amakusa, then adopting Shizumaru, helping to tame his demonic side, eventually later being targeted by Mizuki for his soul, and then getting captured and enslaved by Yuga, until someone (either Nakoruru, or even Genjuro) breaks him free and later, makes an inspiration for Takechiyo in his quest to fight Golba. Oh, and he's got a YamatoNadeshiko lover named Oshizu.appeared.



* AccidentalHero: Due to him being the BoisterousBruiser hero who's in only for a good fight, he's not at all concerned with SavingTheWorld. The main bad guys mostly got to him first or got challenged by him (or targeted him in the first place), and he would win, accidentally saving the world along the way. The only time it's averted was in ''Warriors Rage 2'', where Yuga completely dominated him.
* TheAlcoholic: You never see him in a game without a jug of sake. From ''II'' on, one of his specials involves whacking you with it, too!
** "Alcoholic" is even the title of his ''SSIII'' theme.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: In some of his appearances, especially in Bust/Rasetsu mode in ''III'', ''IV'', ''64'' games and especially in his older persona in DistantFinale.
* AnimeHair: And ''how''! It even gets '''bigger''' every game. Subverted in the DistantFinale, where the "torch" was passed to Kuki Seishiro.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Usually in the backstories of other characters that he will hardly interact with outside of endings. (i.e: Shizumaru and Takechiyo.)
* TheBigGuy: Crossovers tends to portray him as this, being someone who is slow in combos, but deals massive damage. In the NGPC ''SNK vs Capcom'', he's even paired with Franchise/StreetFighter's [[MightyGlacier Zangief]]
* BloodKnight: Haohmaru is fueled by the sheer thrill of a good fight.
* BoisterousBruiser: A more idealistic version, as well as one of the rare ''main charas'' who follow the trope.
* BlowYouAway: His traditional [[KiAttacks projectile]], Senpuu Retsu Zan (Whirlwind Rending Slash), which sends out a compact spinning tornado which throws opponents high into the air on contact.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: In ''64'' by Yuga.
** DistressedDude: Thank you, Yuga.
* CharacterTitle: The second game in the series is subtitled "Haohmaru's Hell Incident".
* DeathFromAbove: His Resshin Zan (Violent Quake Slash).
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Oshizu, or sometimes Nakoruru when they're paired off in series covers. Granted, Haohmaru isn't THAT huge, but not only his ''hair'' is huge, but both girls are ''tiny''
* {{Hunk}}: Has broad shoulders as well as a nice muscular build, and is indeed a man's man.
* LovedINotHonorMore: He's dedicated entirely to fighting, as Shizu and later Charlotte came to learn. He lampshades it in his ending in the second game, where he and Oshizu kiss as he mentally apologizes to her.
* MovesetClone: Deku from ''Samurai Shodown 64'', Rasetsumaru from ''Samurai Shodown V-VI'' (based on his Bust mode) and the Brute mooks from ''Warriors Rage''.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Based on UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi.
* TheProtagonist: Akin of [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ryu]], he's just there for the thrill of fighting strong opponents, while naturally getting drawn by the conflict surrounding him.
* RedOniBlueOni: He is the Red, while Genjuro is the Blue.
* RuleOfCool: One of his winposes has him throw his sword upwards, spin its sheath as the sword accurately enters the sheath back.
* SeriesMascot: Of the series, along with Nakoruru, who appears in almost all the games (with the exception of Nakoruru ADV game).
* {{Shoryuken}}: His Kogetsuzan (Arc Moon Slash). Even has a DashAttack variation of it called Shippuu Kogetsuzan (Hurricane Arc Moon Slash).
* {{Shotoclone}}: Somewhat. He's got a projectile and a dragon punch-type anti-air, but they don't function like you'd expect. Nonetheless, he serves this role in the series for the most part.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: "Haohmal". Some arcade stickers include the romanization "Haōmaru" (or "Haoumaru").
* UnorthodoxSheathing: Upon winning he stylishly throws his sword in the air, turns around as he spins the scabbard, then catches the blade in its sheath.
* YamatoNadeshiko: His preference on women, which Oshizu happens to be.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: In the DistantFinale, Haohmaru has aged and no longer sports his crazy AnimeHair.
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[[folder:Tachibana Ukyo]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kōka District, Ōmi Province, Japan]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_38.png[[/labelnote]]
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[IaijutsuPractitioner Iaitō]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Eiji Yano (main games), Kazuki Ishii (VI), Creator/ShowHayami (Drama [=CDs=])[[/note]]
The series' {{Bishonen}}, master of Iaijutsu, and formerly the main rival of Haohmaru until Genjuro debuted. Ukyo is a complete ChickMagnet who attracts ladies wherever he goes. He suffers from [[IncurableCoughOfDeath tubercolosis]] and has a crush on a certain girl named Kei Odagiri. He fights for her happiness, but not to win her love because of his short lifespan. He also has a link with Yumeji, a successor of his master's Iaijutsu school and went out of his way to bring [[ViewerGenderConfusion them]] back to the cause of good, convincing them to return to their family. He was supposed to die after 64-2, but due to his popularity it was retconned in Edge of Destiny.
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* AnimeHair: As seen in his portrait -- he sports long, silky ''blue'' hair.
* BadassBack: He usually faces backwards when fighting, but if you ever see him face forward... let's just say you're dead
* {{Bishonen}}: He has a beautiful, feminine-like face, complemented with his slender frame and long blue hair.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Just so you know that [[YourDaysAreNumbered he doesn't have long to live.]]
* ChickMagnet: In almost all games, Ukyo escapes off the screen when a lot of screaming girls chase after him, all of them are also YamatoNadeshiko as his beloved kei.
* CrissCrossAttack: Ukyo has a hyper move since ''IV'' in which he moves at lightning speed to the enemy between him and passing front and behind him as a shadow to get after the opponent and then he sheathes his sword. Next to that, the character get sliced by various slashes and goes to the ground.
* DeathByAThousandCuts: His Bust/Rasetsu Desperation Move from ''III'' and ''IV''.
* DemotedToExtra: Somewhat. In the first game, he was Haohmaru's true rival. When Genjuro comes in, everything went downhill as eventually he is never very relevant to the plot again and reduced into something of a CannonFodder for Haohmaru (see Haohmaru's ending in IV).
* DiagonalCut: His Fatality, which is also ludicrously fast.
* HandicappedBadass: He fights despite suffering from tuberculosis. See BloodFromTheMouth and IllBoy.
* IaijutsuPractitioner: His fighting style, which also compliments his BadassBack stance.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Most of his fighting purposes. More exactly, his relationship with [[CourtlyLove Kei Odagiri]].
* IllBoy: IncurableCoughOfDeath included.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: His long blue hair goes until his waist.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: If Haohmaru is Miyamoto Musashi, Ukyo is UsefulNotes/SasakiKojiro. He even got Kojiro's Tsubame Gaeshi as his move.
* ReverseGrip: Started using it in the 3rd game, usually for his most damaging normal attacks and a couple specials.
* ShoutOut: Apart of Sasaki Kojiro, he later took inspiration from ''Franchise/LupinIII''[='=]s Ishikawa Goemon XIII.
* TheStoic: If there's someone who'd let out VisibleSilence so often, it's him.
* SwordBeam: The ground based projectile used by his Bust/Rasetsu incarnations is this.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: The apples, as seen since the first game.
* TragicHero: Condemned by a (then) incurable decease and having a lover who will [[StarCrossedLovers never be together]].
* VictoryIsBoring: "The moment I drew my sword, the fight was over. Ho-hum"
* WarriorPoet: The only two languages Ukyo speaks are VisibleSilence and Haiku.
* YamatoNadeshiko: His preference of women, which his lady-in-liege Kei Odagiri happens to be.
** StarCrossedLovers: He and Kei are mix of this and CourtlyLove. [[LoveHurts Oh, boooooy.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: For one: Blue hair should be nonexistent in feudal Japan, they haven't gotten the necessary materials.
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[[folder:Nakoruru]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kamui Kotan, Ezochi, Japan]] [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagainu.png[[/labelnote]][[note]]The flag shown here is that of the Ainu people, of which Nakoruru is a member. Hokkaidō (the modern-day name for Ezochi) did not officially become part of Japan until 1868, and represented a distinct culture and ethnic group from the mainland Japanese. The Ainu flag is therefore presented here.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana Kodachi]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/HarumiIkoma, Reiko Chiba (first OVA; [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nakoruru_452.jpg also as live actor]] in some advertisements), Creator/MikakoTakahashi (''Tenkaichi Kenkyakuden''), Creator/MarikoKouda (Drama [=CDs=]), Creator/MaiNakahara (''Oni'', ''Kengou'', ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XIV'', [=SamSho=] 2019)[[/note]]
The heroine of the series, most of the time the one being concerned in defeating the BigBad (compared to Haohmaru, who's in just for the fight itself). She is a priestess of the Ainu tribe who fights in order to protect Mother Nature herself, residing in the village of Kamuikotan. Usually, she abhors fighting , but eventually she comes to terms on it and becomes more eager to fight, if it is to protect. She's usually accompanied with her pet hawk Mamahaha. Has a little sister named Rimururu. As it turned out, she made a contact with the spirit of nature to become their champion. She aided Haohmaru in his quests, but after the battle against Mizuki, she [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed herself]] to restore the harmony of Nature.
SNK retconned her "death" in ''Edge of Destiny'' (which is after the 64 series). She's still alive but mostly "sleeps" within the forest, and her spirit only awakens to combat great disturbances. Her status as a nature spirit also allows her to travel through time, thus enabling her to appear, exactly as she did in the past, in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XIV'' when she notices a space-time crack in her realm.\\
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For more tropes of her other appearances, see ''VisualNovel/NakoruruAnoHitoKaraNoOkurimono'' and ''Characters/TheKingOfFightersXIV''.
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* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Becomes a nature spirit, allowing her to appear in times of great crisis to dispel any force that would cause calamity upon the world. She can also appear outside of her own time, as shown in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XIV''.
* BadassAdorable: A top contender in Video game history. Nakoruru's petite body and sweet personality doesn't deter from the fact that she can kick copious amounts of ass.
* BarrierMaiden: Specially after her HeroicSacrifice and its retcon above.
* TheBeastMaster: Mamahaha, a hawk and Shikuru, a wolf.
* CatchPhrase: ''Daishizen no oshioki desu! / This is Nature’s punishment!'' This phrase has accompanied Nakoruru in all her appearances; it seems to be her creed, she can deliver it in cheerful tones or somber tones, the latter example in the particularly dark, compared to Nakoruru’s purity, Zetsumei Ougi for ''SS Zero'' where she kills the opponent by mounting them and stabbing the chest.
* {{Celibate Hero}}ine: Very aware of Galford's crush, but is adamant into never getting into a relationship since her mission is her priority. [[spoiler: She even tells him to not be hang up on her and live his own life before her HeroicSacrifice.]]
** The ''VisualNovel/NakoruruAnoHitoKaraNoOkurimono'' game has her explaining that her priestess nature doesn't allow her to think or desire for her own happiness, because it would be a distraction from her duty. [[spoiler: The kicker? She says it to reject Yantamu's marriage proposal.]]
* ClothingDamage: Killing Nakoruru with a strong attack will cause her clothes to be cut or torn off her body, often exposing her breasts or her panties.
* CuteBruiser: Though in a slight LadyOfWar way. Nakoruru is cute and powerful, but she's ''definitely'' not StrongButUnskilled
* FanDisservice: She's a beautiful girl who can have her top partially destroyed, revealing the inner parts of her breasts, which is nice until her body splits in half down the middle.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Nakoruru will be entering ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XIV'' as a member of the "Another World" team along with two characters from a pair of SNK Playmore pachislots. This due to the BigBad creating a crack in space and time that affected her realm and being a protector of Nature, Nakoruru makes it her mission to fix that by time-traveling to the future with it.
* FragileSpeedster: Nakoruru is fast with her attacks and movement in general, but has very low tolerance for damage and will be killed very easily. And please note that there are ninjas in this game, and she's even faster than all of them.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: It's a must for a priestess of nature like her, why else do you think she can tame and befriend her animals that they'd fight for her? Her stages are usually filled with animals, and her ending in ''1'' involve a lot of animals surrounding her and be friendly.
** She's not always successful in this though. In the prequel ''V'', she failed to calm [[BearsAreBadNews a rampaging bear]], resulting the appearance of Rera. Over time she got better.
* HimeCut: To further emphasis her femininity. She's not of royal blood, however.
* {{Mascot}}: Alongside [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard]], she is SNK's other mascot. Unlike [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Athena Asamiya]], however, if they ever get into crossovers, Nakoruru just feels indifferent with Terry.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: A recurring theme for her in ''Ano hito kara no okurimono'' and touched during some of her endings in ''Warriors Rage''. She did possess several selfish desires to have fun like any normal girls, but her dedication to nature trumps over that so she usually curbs them down.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: In a good way. Nakoruru absolutely cannot be swayed from her mission to protect nature. Not even her own selfish desires.
* KillTheCutie: Despite being an extremely beautiful girl, she is shown no mercy; losing at the hands of the other warriors will result in Nakoruru being killed in extremely brutal ways, including being decapitated, burned and vaporized, impaled in her private parts, and having her clothes ripped off and her naked body torn apart. Though in some installments, Nakoruru is immune to this... only for it to be brought back by full force in the latter series.
** Canonically, this happened in ''2'' via HeroicSacrifice and AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Her theme song is one of the few recurring tracks in the series.
* {{Nature Hero}}ine: All her fights are dedicated to the protection of Mother Nature.
** The [[SelfParody Neo Geo DJ Station drama CD]] pokes fun at this in one skit. It involves Nakoruru stewing [[LethalChef horrendously]] [[{{Squick}} mismatched]] [[{{GargleBlaster}} ingredients]] whilst going on about how they're all natural, ''[[InsaneTrollLogic therefore]]'' [[WhatAnIdiot bound to taste delicious together.]]
* NatureSpirit: She ended up like this after ''II''. Which might excuse why she appeared in her youthful form long after her death. Even at ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''.
** OurFairiesAreDifferent: She takes the physical form of a fairy in DistantFinale and [[spoiler:the end of ''Nakoruru ADV'' after her death]] to aid characters to end with the BigBad.
* NiceGuy: Very very kindhearted and gentle, you'll want to be at least her friend. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Just don't treat her as a mere pushover/doormat though.]]
* OneeSama: She's is one for Rimururu and Mikato.
* PantyShot: Nakoruru's panties are sometimes seen when she is killed by strong attacks, as her clothes are cut off her body. In Samurai Shodown Sen and the RPG, she trades her usual long pants for a knee-length skirt, which causes her to expose her panties often while fighting, and almost always when she dies.
** In the Nakoruru ADV, Nakoruru's underwear is shown during a bath scene; she wears a length of cloth that covers her genitalia and goes in between her buttocks, leaving her buttocks exposed, before being tied around her waist in a fundoshi style.
* ReluctantWarrior: If it's possible, she'd rather not fight.
* ReverseGrip: This is how she positions her blade in most of her stances.
* SavingTheWorld: She's the one who is mostly bound by this duty than any of the other characters and takes this seriously due to her contract as the protector of nature.
* ShipTease: Despite her dedication on Nature, there is a lot of teases about her and [[DoggedNiceGuy Galford]]. She is, however, a ChasteHero so she ended up having to put him aside for her duty. Thankfully, Galford understands this and they usually remain good friends. Also seen in ''Nakoruru ADV'' with Yantamu.
* WallJump: Capable of doing such thing even when she's not a {{Ninja}}.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Strong willed priestess with a HimeCut, very kind and gentle [[BewaretheNiceOnes unless she's your opponent]], totally dedicated to her duty/mission to protect nature.
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[[folder:Galford D. Weller]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/{{California}} San Francisco, California, New Spain]] [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagnewspain.png[[/labelnote]][[note]]The flag shown here is that of New Spain (AKA the Viceroyalty of New Spain). At the time the series is set, California was a territory of New Spain and not yet part of the United States, and wouldn't be so until 1850.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[StockNinjaWeaponry Ninjatō]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Atsushi "Monster" Maezuka (I-III, VI [re-dub]), Mantaro Koichi (IV, V, V Special), Creator/ToshihikoSeki (in the Dengeki drama CD series), Creator/WataruTakagi (in {{the movie}}).[[/note]]
American sailor-turned-McNinja, fighting [[JusticeWillPrevail for justice]]. He trained under the same master as Earthquake, and completed his training to become a full fledged ninja. He is mostly accompanied with his pet dog Poppy. Is very much in love with Nakoruru, though [[UnrequitedLove she is way too focused on her mission on nature to focus on that]]. (To his credit, Galford seems to understand that and doesn't stalk her or anything.) Can utilize plasma energy in the form of electricity. Although at first seems like someone who doesn't have a focus except enforcing justice here and there, ''Edge of Destiny'' reveals that his father was a sheriff who was killed by Draco. Galford sets out to kick his ass, for justice and revenge.
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* TheBeastMaster: Some of his specials sic his huskie Poppy on opponents.
* BigNo: He usually lets it out when he's beaten.
* BoisterousBruiser: An American who's into justice and has the excitement on battles.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Towards Nakoruru. Puns not intended. In a mild subversion: [[spoiler: during his TearJerker ending in Samurai Shodown II, when Nakoruru's spirit apologizes to him and begs him to not be grieve for her, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy he immediately complies]].]]
* {{Eagleland}}: Mixed type. He's a boisterous American with penchant of GratuitousEnglish, but he's also a positive character dedicated in his quest for justice and slaying evil.
* FunPersonified
* GenerationXerox: Aside of the ninja stuff, he is pretty much a justice lover like his father.
* GratuitousEnglish: He’s voiced in his native tongue, but this being a mid-90s SNK game, it’s pure {{Engrish}}.
* JusticeWillPrevail: Lives by his father's ideals.
* LargeHam: LET'S GO POPPY!
* LeadYouCanRelateTo: He represents the almost prerequisite American character in the series, in a cast mostly full of Japanese characters.
* {{Leitmotif}}: His theme song, the bizarrely named "Tuna" is one of the few recurring tracks in the series. Interestingly his theme is basically Hanzo's theme but sped up and with added instrumentation - sounding more energetic and fun befitting Galford himself.
* LightningBruiser: Quite literally, as he actually ''uses'' lightning.
* McNinja: He's dressed in what is almost an exact palette-swap of Hanzo, but in personality, he's as American as apple pie.
* ParentalAbandonment: He ran away from home, leaving his mother and his four older sisters. And his father got killed by Draco.
* PrettyBoy: His youthful looks and blond hair definitely qualify him.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: His most prized possession, from his sensei Ayame.
* ShockAndAwe: "Plasma Blade!"
* WallJump: He's a ninja. It's pretty much a requirement for this game.
* UnrequitedLove: He's all heels for Nakoruru, but due to her celibateness, she couldn't reciprocate. However, they understood their duties together and decided to stay as JustFriends. In ''VI'', even if it's non-canon, this is instead averted with his Bust version, where he decided to try to be forward about his feelings, and Nakoruru surprisingly 'accepted'.
* YamatoNadeshiko: His preference for women... and Nakoruru just happens to be one.
* YouKilledMyFather: Draco, as we finally learn in Sen. In his own words:
--> "[[ShutUpHannibal SHADDAP!]] [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya NEVAH]] [[ThisIsUnforgivable FORGEVE]] [[{{Engrish}} JUSS]] [[{{Narm}} LAEK]] [[http://d.hatena.ne.jp/video/niconico/sm3084506 YUU!]]"
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[[folder:Hattori Hanzo]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan The Mountains of Dewa (possibly), Japan]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_270.png[[/labelnote]]
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[StockNinjaWeaponry Ninjatō, shurikens, bombs]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Masaki Usui (I, VI [re-dub], [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Maximum Impact 2 and Regulation A]]), Toshimitsu Arai (II-V Special), Creator/KatsuyukiKonishi (in the DistantFinale)[[/note]]
The legendary {{Ninja}} in services of the Tokugawa shogunate, and is pretty much the enemy of anyone who opposes them. Super serious. He is good friends with Jubei and Yoshitora. In the events of the first game, he witnessed his son Shinzo possessed by Amakusa and he sets off to rescue him, only getting his body, not his soul. In the second game, he successfully retrieved his soul, but not after his ActionMom wife Kaede performed a HeroicSacrifice. Said son will later succeed him in the distant future that is Warriors' Rage. Also makes a anachronistic appearance in ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters KOF: Maximum Impact 2]]''.
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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Humility isn't really his thing.
* CreepyCrows: Seen on his stage in the first 2 games.
* DarkIsNotEvil: He looks like a sinister, sly ninja but he's actually one of the good guys.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: The few times he's been seen without his mask, we can see a BIG scar across one of his eyes.
* HitmanWithAHeart Well, he is a ninja.
* {{Invisibility}}: One of his moves is to turn invisible.
* LegacyCharacter: In the DistantFinale, one of his sons (widely believed to be Shinzo) takes over the name of Hattori Hanzo and becomes head of the clan. Might run in the whole family and apply to him too.
** Also, a couple of characters in ''Videogame/TheKingOfFighters'' series (Nagase in ''Maximum Impact 2'' and Bandeiras in ''XIV'') inherit his ninjitsu fighting style and moves in the actual era.
* MovesetClone: Galford was this at first, but quickly got into DivergentCharacterEvolution. The Iga Ninjas from ''Warriors Rage'' are straight examples, though.
* {{Ninja}}: The series most clear-cut example, his design is that of a classic ninja, without any particularly [[HighlyVisibleNinja unrealistic flourishes]].
* NinjaLog: Probably used the first playable fighting version of this trope.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: He's based on the original UsefulNotes/HattoriHanzo, an almost mythical samurai of the Sengoku era, credited with saving the life of UsefulNotes/TokugawaIeyasu and then helping him to become the ruler of united Japan. By this time, Ieyasu is already dead and his descendants were running the place, but then there's the LegacyCharacter trope in the works, so he is one of the Hattori Hanzo that [[GenerationXerox happened to be similar to the Ieyasu-era Hanzo]] (Hattori Masanari).
* PapaWolf: To Shinzou, and by extension to his pupil Kanzou.
* PlayingWithFire: Though not his main repertoire, Hanzo possessed an ability to punch the ground to create fiery explosions, as shown in one of his moves, Bakuen Ryu.
* {{Seppuku}} --> InterruptedSuicide: Was ''this'' close to commit suicide like this in his first ending, after he failed to save Shinzo from Amakusa. Then Kanzou and his friends stepped in and told him to become their mentor, which gave Hanzou his hope back.
* ScarfOfAsskicking
* StockNinjaWeaponry: Apart of his ninjato, Hanzo also uses shurikens and bombs in some of his appearances.
* TheStoic: He doesn't speak much.
* WallJump
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Yagyu Jubei]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Tosa, Japan]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_61.png[[/labelnote]]
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[DualWielding Katana and Wakizashi]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Takayuki Sakai (I), Creator/KiyoshiKobayashi (II-V Special), Creator/ToruOkawa (VI)[[/note]]
Another legendary {{Samurai}} (mostly based on Mitsuyoshi), once defeated a young Haohmaru and sent him off to Nicotine for honing his potential. Jubei serves the Tokugawa shogunate, and was Yoshitora's sword instructor. Also a good friend of Hanzo, but by the time of the first game, he's out in retirement for inner enlightement. He helps out in defeating Amakusa, but later on, his soul, alongside with Haohmaru's, Kyoshiro's and Sieger's, is targeted by Mizuki to revive Ambrosia. He is saved by the good Amakusa, and later returns to help defeat Mizuki. Fandom is a bit naughty on him, due to his slightly comical tone of voice, making him somewhat a ButtMonkey in some fan comics. According to his bio, the person he respected the most is Yagyu Munenori, which means although he doesn't appear on screen, SNK certainly averts the usual treatment of Munenori as a bastard.
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* AmbiguouslyRelated: With 64's Yagyu Hanma.
* AsHimself - FictionalCounterpart: Jubei is also the protagonist in ''[[http://snk.wikia.com/wiki/Yagyu_Life_Theatre Yagyu Kachou]]'', an official side story set in an alternate reality where ''Samurai Shodown'' characters are placed in the modern world. In this story, he is a struggling salary man (standard Japanese business man) who has fallen on hard times. He's often picked on by various characters from the series, though Hanzo and Tam-Tam are his closest friends.
* BlindObedience: Jubei is loyal to the Tokugawa Shogunate even as a ronin. Or some say his ronin status was a cover in order to execute missions given from the Shogunate.
* DualWielding: With his twin daisho.
* EyepatchOfPower: Legend has it that Yagyū Jūbei had the use of only one eye; most legends state that he lost it in a sword sparring session where his father, Yagyū Munenori, struck him accidentally. However, portraits from Jubei's time portray him as having both eyes. Several authors of late have chosen to portray Jūbei as having both eyes, though the classical "eyepatch" look remains standard.
* HandicappedBadass: Blind in one eye, but no less of a deadly warrior.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Especially when [[DualWielding there're 2 of them]].
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Based on UsefulNotes/YagyuJubei, in particular the most famous one: Mitsuyoshi. One of his respected figures was his father Munenori.
* OldMaster: As mentor for Haohmaru and also he's sword instructor for Tokugawa Yoshitora.
* PigeonholedVoiceActor: Noneless than Creator/KiyoshiKobayashi.
* RatedMForManly: A gruff, older man in a series with plenty of younger, more classically handsome men.
* {{Samurai}}: Along with Haohmaru, he's the most clear-cut example in the series.
* SamuraiPonytail
* YouDontLookLikeYou: His first appearance was with a white ''haori'' (samurai jacket) with black symbols on it, a brown hakama with white vertical lines (similar than Ukyo) and brown arm guards. This was his primary look in the first 2 games and the SNK artworks of that time. After his return on ''IV'', he changed this look for the one he actually has in the main pic.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Earthquake]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[EverythingIsBigInTexas Spanish Texas, New Spain]] [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagnewspain_2.png[[/labelnote]][[note]]The flag shown here is that of New Spain (AKA the Viceroyalty of New Spain). At the time the series is set, the state of Texas was a territory of New Spain and not yet part of the United States, and wouldn't be so until 1821.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[EpicFlail Kusarigama]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Masaki Usui (I, II, VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos), Masashi Sugawara (RPG), Takumi Satō (VI), Shigezō Sasaoka (The Motion Picture), Creator/HisaoEgawa (Drama [=CDs=])[[/note]]
Overly obese Texan McNinja. Earthquake used to learn under Galford's sensei Ayame, but quit early due to his greed. He later becomes a bandit, leading his gang to cause mischief here and there. His fart is said to be poisonous. He's always working for the bad guy, but later enters Makai, lured by the treasures there and vanished, never to be heard again.
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* AdaptedOut: Earthquake is the only character who was cut from the Sega Genesis port of the first game, because his sprite proved to be too big for the Genesis cartridge.
* ArtShift: None of the sprites made for him are the same for his next appearance, all the sprites for ''I'', ''II'', ''VI'' and ''SVC'' are different between them.
* AssKicksYou: Or more like, 'Ass Stomps You'.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Look at this guy, would you ever guess that he's a ninja?
* BaldOfEvil: A bald, evil and notorious bandit.
* BigEater: Obviously. Even seen in one of his winposes in the second game where he’s eating a chicken leg.
* TheCameo: Earthquake also appears in all ''SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighter Clash'' series and as one of the monsters in [[VideoGame/TheLastBlade Akari Ichijo]]'s super in ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum''.
* DeceptiveDisciple: He was a disciple of {{Kunoichi}} Ayame like Galford, but quit early due to his bad ties with the latter.
* DumbMuscle: Earthquake is evil, driven by money, and certainly not smart. Best seen in his ''II'' ending where he goes to Makai (the demon world) lured by the offer of money, only to get trapped there forever. Or at least until ''SVC: Chaos'' when he and various Makai minions escape, which is his main plot in that game.
* {{Eagleland}}: Type B, though toned down. He’s obese, loud, brash and vulgar, but doesn't flaunt his American status enough -- at the time of course, Texas was part of New Spain, but still.
* EpicFlail: He has a kusarigama as his weapon of choice.
* EvilDuo: With Gen-An, often paired by fans as the [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Chang and Choi]] of the series (also can be seen together in Genjuro's ''IV'' and Gaira's ''V'' endings.)
* EverythingIsBigInTexas: Himself included -- he hails from what was then Spanish Texas, and is positively enormous, dwarfing all other characters in the series through sheer height and girth.
* FacialMarkings: Earthquake has [[TattooedCrook tattoos]] or [[BodyPaint face paint]] in the shape of blue flames around his eyes.
* {{Fartillery}}: His ''epic'' kick grab in the first two games.
* TheGiant: His bio pegs him at 9’4” — making him amongst the tallest (human) characters in the fighting game genre (if not the tallest).
* {{Gonk}}: It's also his complex: "His face looks like an old woman's".
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Apart from his ''HUGE'' size, his red/neon-pink clothes doesn't help him at all.
* LightningBruiser: Kind of, especially since the second game, when he gained a few ninja abilities to overcome his MightyGlacier movement in ''I''.
* McNinja: Like Galford, he's from America, in this case, Texas. Starting from the 2nd game, he also uses ninja tricks like mirror images or the NinjaLog technique.
* MightyGlacier: The slow-but-strong character from the first 2 games, as well the biggest character of them that can't be throwed by any opponent.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Earthquake may possibly be a reference to [[Wrestling/{{FMW}} Mr. Pogo]], a wrestler mostly prominent in TheNineties. Mr. Pogo was overweight and noted for his cruelty, carrying a kusarigama into the ring and breathing fire on his opponents. In addition, Mr. Pogo wore a jagged blue facepaint pattern, was considered a greedy mercantile wrestler who would only follow the money, and first got his claim to fame wrestling as a villainous ninja in Texas wrestling shows.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Earthquake's main reason for everything he does is money, including being recruited by Mizuki.
* PlayingWithFire[=/=]BreathWeapon: One of his super moves in the first two games is a fire breath attack.
* TheRival: Galford. There’s even a ContinuityNod upon his return in ''VI'' when he claims to have forgotten about him.
* SpinAttack: Earthquake's signature move in which he spins with his kusarigama, debuting as a straight move and later having variants like being accessible in the air, after a teleport, and even grabbing an enemy to spin them.
* StartMyOwn: Earthquake formed his own bandit gang with henchmen who followed him everywhere (including to Makai.)
* StoutStrength: That gigantic size does come with great strength.
* UnexpectedCharacter: Made his first playable appearance in nearly a decade as a character in ''VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos''.
* WallJump: Gained this ability in the second game, since it's confirmed that he's a ninja.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Shiranui Gen-An]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Onigami Island, Japan]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_29.png[[/labelnote]]
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[WolverineClaws Metal claw]]
->'''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Eiji Yano, Masahiro Okazaki (VI), Kōichi Kitamura (Movie), Neal Ford (Movie, English Dub), Isamu Tanonaka (Drama [=CDs=])[[/note]]
A...uh... goblin-like monster who claims himself 'The King of Demons' and does his best to do evils here and there, while being quite inept at it. Has a hot, very much human-seeming wife named Azami, and she bore him a lot of kids...WHO LOOK LIKE HIM. During the first game, he is killed, but come the second game, he had been resurrected by Mizuki. Eventually, however, due to Azami’s wishes, Gen-An stops fighting and settles down.
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* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: As the "goblin" he is, his skin is light green.
* AmbiguouslyRelated: With [[VideoGame/FatalFury Mai]] [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Shiranui]]. Since SNK never stated whether they are actually related or not, it is unclear (Gen-An being an ancestor of Mai) or simply a coincidence between surnames.
* AntiVillain: For all his boasts of being a Demon King, in the end, Gen-An was just a family man concerned with his family.
* BackFromTheDead: Killed by [[{{Kunoichi}} Ayame]] after the first game, Gen-An was revived by Mizuki in the second to serve Ambrosia.
* BaldOfEvil: Supports his 'evil goblin' persona.
* BreathWeapon: His poison breath, which in the first games makes the opponent dizzy, though they instantly fall down, so Gen-An can't continue with another attack.
* TheCameo: Gen-An also appears as part of character endings in ''IV'' and ''V'' (Genjuro and Gaira, respectively), as part of a background in ''Samurai Shodown!'' (first of UsefulNotes/NeoGeoPocket SS games and port of ''IV'') and as one of the monsters in [[VideoGame/TheLastBlade Akari Ichijou]]'s super move in ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum''.
* CartoonCreature: In a series that debuted with a cast of ''fairly'' realistic human characters (some even based on real-life, historical figures), he stands out as a completely fantasy-based, goblinoid creature.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Even after being revived and recruited by Ambrosia, Gen-An's plans to be the Evil King are intact.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes[=/=][[EvenEvilCanBeLoved Can Be Loved]]: Although being evil, Gen-An has a lovely wife who loves him, evil or not, and children who loves him too. And he loves them as well, being a good husband and father.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: One of his moves and his eventual super involves spinning.
* EvilDuo: With Earthquake, often paired by fans as the [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Choi and Chang]] of the series (also can be seen together in Genjuro's ''IV'' and Gaira's ''V'' endings.)
* EvilLaugh: An unsettling cackle, to be specific.
* {{Expy}}: Probably based on Western despictions of Goblins, as in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''.
* FamilyMan: Despite being an evil minion, Gen-An is loyal to his own family (his wife and children.)
* FriendlyRival: Haohmaru, mostly one-sided rivalry (better seen in his ''VI'' ending) and probably the reason why he imitates his poses in the games he appeared.
* {{Gonk}}: The series' ugliest!
* GrapplingHookPistol: His claw is attached to a hidden chain, so Gen-An can shoot his claw and then pull them towards him. One of the first fighting game characters able to do this along with [[Characters/MortalKombat1 Scorpion]].
* GreenAndMean: He's a goblinoid demi-human, and has bright slime-green skin to boot.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: A self-proclaimed Demon King with squeaky voice and in the end, too much of a FamilyMan. When your winposes are somewhat mirroring Haohmaru, you know you're not serious.
* InterspeciesRomance: He's AmbiguouslyHuman, but his wife Azami is much more typically human-looking, although she does sport large, pointed ears like he does.
* ImAHumanitarian
* PoisonousPerson
* RuleOfCool: His big claw, named after his wife, Azami. Even Gen-An himself thinks it's very cool.
* ShoutOut: His stage in the second game has a [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]] inside the giant pot where other "goblins" as Gen-An are cooking during the fight.
* SmallNameBigEgo: He is constantly proclaiming himself 'The Demon King'.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is Genan, Gen An, Gen-an or Gen-An?
* ThisIsADrill: In ''I'' Gen-An's punch throw has him use his claw like a drill. In ''II'' this becomes his Desperation Move.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Gen-An's wife Azami is a very attractive humanoid. It's even jokingly suggested he might be an ancestor of [[VideoGame/FatalFury Mai Shiranui]], though they really have no relation beyond their shared surname.
* WallJump: Gained this ability in the second game.
* WolverineClaws: He wields a horrific looking clawed glove, which he dramatically snaps closed as his idle animation cycles.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Charlotte Christine de Colde]]
[[quoteright:250:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/09_charlotte.jpg]]
-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/TheFrenchColonialEmpire Paris, Kingdom of France]] [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagkingdomoffrance.png[[/labelnote]][[note]] The banner shown here is Royal Standard of the Kingdom of France, raised in the presence of the King and used as a state flag by the Kingdom under the absolute monarchy. It was used from around 1638 to 1790.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[RoyalRapier Épée]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/HarumiIkoma (main games), Mayumi Shindou (VI), Creator/SakikoTamagawa (in the movie), Yumi Nakatani (Drama [=CDs=]), Yumi Tōma (Drama CD 3)[[/note]]
French fencer who came to Japan thanks to the trouble brewing there (starting from Gaoh). During the course of the first game, she became a good friend with Nakoruru. After the first Samurai Shodown, she returns to France and participates in the French Revolution, later coming back to Japan after hearing Amakusa's return, then she meets Haohmaru, whom she eventually falls for, but she was unaware of him having a lover already. She returns in the second game to fight off Mizuki, now with longer hair maybe to impress him, but found out that he's already taken. Facing the bitter truth, Charlotte cut her hair off and returned to France, hoping to be stronger.
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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Her crush on Haohmaru.
* BattleBallgown: She's quite modestly dressed for a fighting-game female, and sports a long, tunic-like skirt with her armour-plate.
* CyanidePill: Her suicide move from ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown IV'' seems to be this.
* EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench: She was designed so as to be the 'sexy' {{Foil}} to the cuter Nakoruru, although most of her sexiness was covered with her BattleBallgown.
* ForeignFanservice: The series original western woman -- her theme in the first game is even titled "Foreign Woman" -- and she exhibits the long blonde hair and statuesque height often seen with this trope.
* GratuitousFrench: Has gone from ear-grating to amusing to just short of decent. "O-ribuaaa?"
** One NPC in her SSV intro takes it a couple dozen steps further, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments to the utter hilarity of many a French fan.]]
--> ''"Juéé t'êêêêêm? Madeumwazzêêêlll?"''
* ImportantHaircut: When she sees that [[LovedINotHonorMore Haohmaru]] ''[[LovedINotHonorMore does]]'' [[LovedINotHonorMore love Oshizu]] despite his dedication to fighting, she decides to get over it and starts by cutting her long hair with her rapier.
* LadyOfWar: She's a sophisticated, classically beautiful woman who elegantly wields an ''epee'' in combat.
* PantyShot: Only in ''Sen'', and usually only when she dies. Charlotte's skirt is of knee length, and she sometimes exposes her black panties when she kicks. When she is killed, however, her body usually lies down with her legs propped up, hitching her skirt up and exposing her panties.
* PatrioticFervor: Following the events of the first game, she returns to France to participate in the French Revolution.
* RoyalRapier: She wields an ''epee'' in combat, which complements her elegant, French character.
* ShoutOut:
** Her look is very much inspired with Oscar Jarjayes from ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles''. (But not her crossdressing tendencies.)
** Her name references Charlotte de Corday, who was an activist during the French Revolution and sent to the guillotine.
* StatuesqueStunner: She stands at an amazonian height of 6' -- ''huge'' for a woman of her time.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Notably averted. Her bulky combat armor is only [[CombatStilettos two heels away]] from realistic.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tam-Tam]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[{{Mayincatec}} Green Hell, South America]] [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagincaempire.png[[/labelnote]][[note]]Tam-Tam's origin is slightly muddled. Ostensibly, he's an Inca (at least geographically, as he's from South America), and the symbol of the Inca Empire is therefore used here.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[SinisterScimitar Scimitar]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Kay Inage (I), Toshikazu Nishimura (IV, V, V Special, VI (re-dub)), Kazuki Ishii (VI), Creator/TakehitoKoyasu (The Motion Picture), Hideo Ishikawa (Drama [=CDs=])[[/note]]
Hero of the Greenhell tribe in South America, protecting the Tanjil and Palenke Stones, which is responsible of keeping Ambrosia to be brought to the world. He was actually slain by Gaoh in the past, but one tribesman brought his mask to him, which resurrects him. Later, during Amakusa's return, Tam Tam hunts down the Palenke stone and retrieves it, but on the other hand, his sister Cham-Cham lost the other stone, thereby subjecting Tam-Tam to be punished... [[spoiler:turning into Cham-Cham's pet chimpanzee Paku-Paku.]]
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* AmbiguouslyBrown
* BackFromTheDead: Look below.
* BadassBoast
* BadassBystander[=/=]LegacyCharacter: Tam-Tam in the fifth game is a mere villager who came to find ''the'' revered hero Tam-Tam slain by Gaoh.
* TheBigGuy: Tall even by Western standards, so much indeed that he is constantly crouching while fighting. Once he stands up, he towers over everyone in the game.
* BreathWeapon: He can breathe fire.
* ButtMonkey: The fourth game turns him to this, first there's Galford's ending where his puppies took away his mask; then there's his ending where [[spoiler:it is revealed how he became Paku-Paku]]
* DoesNotLikeShoes
* HotBlooded: His winquote describes it all: "My Boiling Blood Bubbles For Battle!"
* MaskPower: enough to revive him.
* {{Mayincatec}}: Ostensibly, he’s an Inca, as he hails from South America (as seen on the map screen — his village “Green Hell” is located in the upper region of the continent). But he also presents aspects of the Maya (his fighting style is listed as “Maya-style” and his moves are written in the Aztec Nahuatl language.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* WalkingShirtlessScene
* WildMan
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Senryo Kyoshiro]]
[[quoteright:250:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/11_kyoshiro.jpg]]
-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Edo, Japan]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_798.png[[/labelnote]]
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BladeOnAStick Naginata]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Kay Inage (I), Toshikazu Nishimura (IV, V, V Special, VI (re-dub)), Kazuki Ishii (VI), Creator/TakehitoKoyasu (The Motion Picture), Hideo Ishikawa (Drama [=CDs=])[[/note]]
A Kabuki actor who thinks Kabuki dancing is SeriousBusiness. The evil presence kept disturbing his performances, so he usually fights to preserve his dancing stage. The second game provides a much bigger threat for him when his fellow performer got possessed and he's forced to kill him, and later he discovers that his soul is required by Mizuki to bring back Ambrosia. After being saved by Amakusa, he joins in defeating Mizuki, and then adopts the priestess Bizuki, whose body were possessed by Mizuki, turning her into his fellow Kabuki dancer.
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* AnimeHair: Look at it. ''Look at it.'' His huge, bouffant mane is based on traditional Kabuki wigs.
* BladeOnAStick: Wields a naginata named "Caring Wife".
* BreathWeapon: In a nod to his highly theatrical, performance-based fighting style, one of his moves involves him breathing ''fire'' at his opponents.
* DanceBattler: He's an accomplished Kabuki actor, and uses his theatrical movement skills in battle.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: From '''III''' onwards.
* HandicappedBadass: He only uses one foot to stand whilst in his idle pose, which isn't a handicap as such, (it's more of an aesthetic tick), though it must be quite tiring after a while.
* '''[[LargeHam Very Large Ham]]''': Emphasis ours. This is ''Kabuki'', people! It's self-acknowledged too, as seen when he defeats his palette-swapped counterpart in ''SS 1'', he calls him a "ham".
* PaperFanOfDoom: Kyoshiro's projectiles are paper fans inducted with fire.
* PlayingWithFire: Apart of the mentioned paper fans, various of his moves provokes the opponent burns and even in some games he has a BreathWeapon.
* RapunzelHair: As seen in his portrait -- his huge Kabuki wig is floor-length.
* TookALevelInBadass: Compare his ''[[http://images.wikia.com/snk/images/d/d7/Kyoshiross2.gif SSII]]'' and ''[[http://images.wikia.com/snk/images/5/55/Kyoshiross3.gif SSIII]]'' sprites. Averted in ''Sen'', where Kyoshiro returns to his I-II outfit.
* SeriousBusiness: His win-quote sums up how seriously he takes his art-form of choice; "(Kabuki is) a method of acting that is a matter of life or death."
* ShoutOut: He most likely takes inspiration from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nemuri_Kyoshiro Nemuri Kyoshiro]], a sleepy-eyed samurai who travels around Japan.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Wan-fu]]
[[quoteright:250:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/12_wan_fu.jpg]]
-> '''Origin:''' ''[[ImperialChina Qing Dynasty China]] [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagqingdynasty.png[[/labelnote]][[note]]The flag shown here is that of the historic Qing Dynasty, who ruled China from 1644 to 1912.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[MultiMeleeMaster Dao / stone pillar / chúi (changes weapon in each game he appears in)]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Takayuki Sakai (I), Toshikazu Nishimura - (II, RPG (battle voice), Sen, VI (re-dub)), Masaru Naka (RPG (cutscenes)), Masahiro Okazaki (VI), Tessho Genda (The Motion Picture), Daisuke Gōri (Drama [=CDs=])[[/note]]
Chinese Warlord out to unify China. Despite his seemingly evil idea, he is merely a good guy trying to make best of the situation, and to protect his land, which leads him to fight off the evil forces that ravaged the land. Seems to change his weapon in every installment (uses a huge scimitar in the first game, stone pillar in the second, huge mace in the fifth game). [[NoFourthWall Doesn't seem to know that there is a fourth wall]].
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* AssKicksYou: As seen during one of his standing kicks one jumping kick and one of his grabs.
* BadAssBoast
--> "Life is a dream. [[PreAssKickingOneLiner And it's Morning for you!"]]
* {{BFS}}: His weapon in the first game was almost a GameBreaker. At Point-blank range, his Power Slash dealt three hits that took off about half a full life meter ''and'' usually left you dizzy to boot. His [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks Thunder Bomb]] could also be a OneHitKill is his Rage gauge were maxed out (a far from uncommon occurence, see below).
* BoisterousBruiser: Probably even more than Haohmaru.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Fights bare-footed in all appearances.
* HotBlooded: At least in the first game, his Rage gauge fills up faster than anyone else's, and stays maxed out for the longest, as well.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He usually acts like a {{jerkass}} and sometimes as a CasanovaWannabe, but he has a good heart and fights for his people as well he's a good ally for Haohmaru's group.
* LightningBruiser: For a big guy, he can cover the screen faster than some of the more slightly built characters.
* NoFourthWall: Second game's ending. If you could call it that.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He's ''83 years old'' in the first game.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: Zigzagged. In the first game, his physique can be described as flabby. In the second game, he sported an impressive six-pack. Come SSVI, his belly is more prominent than ever.
* TakeOverTheWorld: ''Take Over China'' in this case.
* UseYourHead: In the second game, he gains a move which involves repeatedly slamming his head into his stone pillar to fill his Rage gauge [[CastFromHP at the cost of some of his Health]].
* WeaponOfChoice: Notable for averting this; each game sees him using a different weapon.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: His primary costume makes him this during fights.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hikyaku]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Iyo, Japan]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_53.png[[/labelnote]]
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ImprobableWeaponUser Bindle]]
A character who was first introduced as the delivery man that ran through the stages and threw items into fights.
He is based on the archaic Japanese courier, men who would need to run mile-long marathons to and from places for the shogunate. They developed their sprinting system due to the possibility of being killed for the information they carried; many men also collapsed or died from exhaustion due to the strenuous ordeal of running non-stop for a day's time. He is playable only in the Game Boy version.
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* TheCameo: In the endings of several other characters and even in other games.
* NoNameGiven: "Hikyaku" is just his profession's title. His real name is unknown.
* PowerUp: He runs across the stages' background, throwing either food (which restore health), bombs (which damage the characters) or treasure (which gives additional points).
* PromotedToPlayable: In the Game Boy port.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Amakusa Shiro Tokisada]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kami-Amakusa, Kumamoto, Japan]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_91.png[[/labelnote]]
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[EnergyBall Magic orb]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Eiji Yano (I, III, IV, ''Nakoruru ADV'', VI (Anthology Redub)), Yū Daiki (The Motion Picture), Kaneto Shiozawa (Drama [=CDs=]), Misuaki Madono (RPG), Takashi Ōhara (V Special), Junji Majima (VI), Creator/ShowHayami (''Oni'')[[/note]]
Based on the Christian rebel with the same name, once he crossed the DespairEventHorizon due to losing and being executed, Amakusa made a pact with Ambrosia on his death. He possessed Hanzo's son Shinzo and returned to the land, spreading chaos. Ultimately, he is defeated and banished back to Makai, leaving Shinzo's body... then his soul is split in half, one is the good Amakusa who wants to truly atone for his sins, the other is the evil Amakusa, still hating the world. The evil one later kidnaps a BarrierMaiden named Hazuki Kazama, placed her inside a seal to sap her out of her life energy, and tried to use her to bring Zankuro Minazuki BackFromTheDead and keep him on the leash... until Hazuki's brothers Kazuki and Sogetsu kick his ass and destroy him permanently. The good Amakusa, still using Shinzo's body, tried to make amends, but was later sealed by Mizuki. He breaks free just in time to save Haohmaru, Jubei, Kyoshiro and Sieger from having their souls stolen by Mizuki, but after that he is killed by Mizuki permanently, leaving Shinzo's body for Hanzo to rescue.
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* TheAtoner: His good side, as explained in the intro above.
* BackFromTheDead: Twice.
* {{Bishonen}}: Fits the criteria very well -- and many players initially thought him to be an evil sorcer''ess''.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Does he EVER! So much that many who first encountered him thought he was a woman at first, due to his feminine features, talon-like fingernails, lipstick and elaborate kimono.
* EnemyWithout: Aku Amakusa
* EnergyBall: His weapon -- he wields an energy orb named ''Gadamā no Hōju'' in combat.
* HeelFaceTurn: Is a bad guy in the first game, afterwards, there has been a SplitPersonality issue where Aku Amakusa wants to continue his evil ways, but his default self wants to atone for his sins.
* HypocriticalHumor: "My religion says all are equal. Peasant."
* ImprobableWeaponUser: In a series where most characters wield real-life, historic weaponry, his energy-ball weapon stands out as being completely fantasy-based.
* NoblewomansLaugh: No wonder many are fooled -- his laugh is high-pitched and haughty.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Based on the historical UsefulNotes/AmakusaShiro.
* ReligiousBruiser: He's based on the real life Christian minister of the same name.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: His first reason for coming back and the basis of his evil self.
* ShoutOut: Though his portrayal bears similarities with the Amakusa in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makai_Tensho Makai Tensho]], the developers haven't confirmed if he was particularly based on him.
* SissyVillain: At least, that's what you think before he disembowls you with that magical orb he carries around.
* SNKBoss: In the first game at least. Less noticiable than other bosses since TheComputerIsACheatingBastard in [=SS1=] (effectively making every character a boss fight) and because of a GoodBadBugs case that allowed the player to win the first round against him easily. Still, he remains a very cheap enemy as his special moves have zero recovery time, can break out of comboes and can dizzy you quite easily.
* SplitPersonality[=/=]SuperpoweredEvilSide: Aku Amakusa.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Aku Amakusa again.
* WallJump
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ambrosia]]
-> '''Origin:''' ''[[HellOnEarth Makai (the demon world)]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagmakai.png[[/labelnote]]
Ambrosia is the Dark God of Makai (Demon World) Amakusa and Mizuki were trying to revive in the series. He needs both the energies from the Palenke Stone and Tangiers Stone to resurrect his body into the mortal realm. Developers state that there was no model in mind for either him or Mizuki. His name is derived from the Greek word ''ambrosios'', which roughly means "the immortal one".
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* AmbiguouslyRelated: With 64's Yuga. When fans pointed out the similarities to developers, they replied that the two characters' relation to one another is unknown. Current speculation is that both of Yuga and Ambrosia are sides of the same evil force, with Ambrosia being something more abstract and global, while Yuga is a standalone individual "person" serving as a kind of avatar.
* BigBad: Of the whole series.
* TheCameo:
** Apart of his mentions of the series and being in the background of the FinalBoss of the first two games and ''RPG'', Ambrosia and Mizuki make a cameo in a bonus stage for ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters KOF: Maximum Impact 2]]''. It reenacts Mizuki's stage in ''II''.
** In anime, also makes appearances in TheMovie and ''Asura's Zanmaden'' OVA.
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: Ambrosia is the Dark God of Makai.
* TheDragon: Amakusa and Mizuki were his representants on Earth who tried to revive him in the mortal land.
* TheGhost: Widely mentioned in the series but it hasn't a defined form, just showing parts of him.
* GodOfEvil: In the past, the god Ambrosia had its body destroyed and its spiritual form banished to the demon realm of Makai. This led to Ambrosia becoming the Dark God of Makai, ruling over demons and drawing strength from humans' negative energy.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Ambrosia is still undefeated, only his heralds had suffered instead of him.
* {{Necromancer}}: Various of his heralds and [[{{Mook}} mooks]] are usually BackFromTheDead.
* {{NPC}}: Ambrosia has been unplayable in any and every form to this day.
* PowersThatBe: An evil example. Like [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Orochi]], Ambrosia is '''not''' a physical being, but rather a powerful immortal "spirit" which can't ever be slain by mortals, only sealed away.
* SealedEvilInACan: Which both Amakusa and Mizuki tried to unseal. Fortunately, both of them were defeated before they could finish Ambrosia's evil plan.
[[/folder]]

!!Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown II''

[[folder:Kibagami Genjuro]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Anjo Village, Yamashiro Province, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Kong Kuwata[[/note]]
Haohmaru's true rival. An assassin for hire, with very much enjoyment in killing those who are weak. He starts out a decent man, training alongside Haohmaru, but has a hunger for power which got him failing to be the school successor and even got himself expelled from the dojo. He also has a deep-seated hatred for Haohmaru, not just because he's his 'goody-goody' rival, but also because [[IdenticalStranger he looked like a man Genjuro killed]] because said man slept with his mother, which eventually led his mother to attack him and Genjuro killed in self-defense. Said mother also looked like Shiki, and Genjuro has a soft spot on her, since at least he loved his mother. In Samurai Shodown 64-2, he unwittingly played the hero since Haohmaru got BrainwashedAndCrazy by Yuga, and he presumably is the one to break him out of control and was about to kill him, until a little kid whose father he killed stabbed him on the back, killing him... Then SNK retconned that AGAIN, since in ''Edge of Destiny'' he's alive and kicking.
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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Oh boy. Genjuro is very proud of his skills as a hitokiri and looks down anyone who in his eyes look ''weak''.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Supplemental materials suggest that Genjuro regrets [[SelfMadeOrphan it]] '''''bigtime''''' -- which explains his soft spot to Shiki, a dead-ringer for her.
* {{Expy}}: Played with, and also subverted as well; he is sometimes likened to a "Samurai [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Iori Yagami]]", though they're not related and despite Genjuro being created before. ''VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos'' makes fun of this.
-->'''Both at the same time''': Vermin!... Die!
** His backstory actually falls more in line with the connotation of being "Samurai [[VideoGame/FatalFury Geese Howard]]", as both had very difficult childhoods and trained with the protagonist (or in Geese's case, the protaginist's adoptive father). Hilariously, Geese already has many samurai-esque influences in his design, and both characters have the same voice actor.
* FreudianExcuse: Son of a prostitute. Killed a client who was mistreating his mother. Mother went loopy and tried to kill her son, [[SelfMadeOrphan who ended up having to kill her in self-defense]]. No fuckin' wonder [[MaddenIntoMisanthropy the dude is pissed off]].
** And to twist the knife to the wound? Said client looked like Haohmaru. It's ''not'' Haohmaru's fault in the least, but still.
* TheGambler: His stage, special moves and winposes in his debut game are all hanafuda references.
** He also [[ImprobableWeaponUser uses giant cards as projectiles]] and cards go flying during his Desperation Move.
* {{Hunk}}: Complete with that trademark long red hair of his. What's more, [[WordOfGod developers wanted to make him a character with "adult appeal" who would leave a lasting impression for the female players]].
* IconicSequelCharacter: Since he supplanted Ukyo as Haohmaru's rival, Genjuro ends up in this trope. He's also made appearances outside of ''Samurai Shodown'' (''VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos'', where he appeared without Haohmaru, and ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum'') whereas Ukyo has not.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Towards Haohmaru.
* PsychoForHire: ''[[HiredGuns Hitokiri]]'', to be more exact.
* RedOniBlueOni: Subverted. The Blue to Haohmaru's Red at first sight, Genjuro is solely in it out of sadism.
* TheRival: For Haohmaru.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Not exactly by choice.
* ShoutOut: Inverted. Watsuki being a bigtime fan, Genjuro's design was what inspired the design of pre-mummy [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Makoto Shishio]].
** Genjuro has a massive scar like [[Franchise/StreetFighter Sagat's]], except Genjuro's is on his back.
* SocialDarwinist: He excuses his killing by [[InsaneTrollLogic rationalizing]] that people who piss him off are stupid, and stupid people defile the world by their existence; therefore, he does everyone a favour by killing them.
* SpamAttack: His Hyakki Satsu (Hundred Demons Killer), which actually turns into a brutal gut-stabbing attack when any of the hits connect.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: "Genjuro" or "Genjyuro"? SNK seems to prefer the latter in more recent games. There's also the fully romanized version of his name being "Genjuurou" as well, which is rarely used.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: At 6'0".
* ThreeStrikeCombo: His Sanren Satsu (Triple Killer), [[CaptainObvious as aptly named]], which can either work as normal or he can slash past-through his opponent with each strike. He uniquely shouts out "Inoshikacho" when he connects all three hits.
* WouldntHitAGirl: In V, the reason he didn't cut down Sankuro at first sight was because he didn't want to kill the girl in front of him.
** WouldHitAGirl: He would hit and likely kill a girl able to defend herself, but not a NeutralFemale. His profile further backs this trope by saying he can slaughter many people at once, not caring if they're male or female.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Cham-Cham]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[{{Mayincatec}} Green Hell, South America]] [[note]]Cham-Cham's origin is slightly muddled. Ostensibly, she's an Inca (at least geographically, as she's from South America), and the symbol of the Inca Empire is therefore used here.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BattleBoomerang Boomerang]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Reiko Chiba[[/note]]
Little sister of Tam-Tam, and a somewhat likes to act like a [[CatGirl cat]], or playing and getting shocked by electric eels. She accidentally lost the Tanjil stone during a trip to play and in compensation, tried to retrieve it, accompanied by her pet chimpanzee Paku-Paku. In the end of her story, she found out that [[spoiler:Paku-Paku is actually Tam-Tam, cursed as a punishment for letting the stone be lost]].
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* AssKicksYou: One of her aerial "kicks".
* TheBeastMaster: Controls her pet monkey Paku-Paku.
* CatGirl: Often compared with [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Felicia]] and even has her color scheme as an alt.
* {{Cosplay}}: Mostly seen in her own Packinko SpinOff ''Samurai Spirits Gaiden: Cham-Cham'', in where Cham-Cham can dreess some modern outfits as well some cosplays, like Dragon Gal's Mui Mui and [[VideoGame/MetalSlug Fio Germi]].
* CuteBruiser: Adorable, and fights in a far more feral manner than her fellow females.
* EarlyInstallmentCharacterDesignDifference: Refering to her change of sprites in VI comparing to II and IV Special.
* GenkiGirl: This girl is always in high spirit.
* JunglePrincess: Her look -- unlike her brother, her design takes no cues from the {{Mayincatec}} aesthetic.
* PrecisionFStrike: Though it could be due to wonky localization, the first word she said in her Arcade story is "Shit!". In a game of UsefulNotes/TheNineties!
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: Her melee and projectile attacks employ her boomerang, which returns back into her hands even if she's being thrown.
* SecretCharacter: In UsefulNotes/PlayStation port of IV, called as ''Samurai Shodown IV Special'' ([[NoExportForYou Japan-only release]]), Cham-Cham appears as unlockable character and only being selectable in Versus Mode. She uses II sprites and some portraits reused for the game, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE4-7OIwrnA here's a video of her appearance]].
* ShoutOut: Probably based on Feral Kid from ''Film/MadMax2TheRoadWarrior'', like a female version of him. Not to mention the green hair and the tiger-like clothes, similar to [[Manga/UruseiYatsura Lum]].
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Somewhat; she is the replacement of her older brother. She is much more well received though.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Green spiked AnimeHair in this case.
* WeaponOfChoice: Her BattleBoomerang.
* WildChild: So much so that she actually dresses like a jungle cat, and her movement patterns suggest an animal, not a human.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Neinhalt Sieger]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}} Kingdom of Prussia]] [[note]]The flag shown here is that of the historic Kingdom of Prussia, a German kingdom that constituted the state of Prussia between 1701 and up until its dissolution in 1918.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[PowerFist Metal gauntlet]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Kong Kuwata[[/note]]
Leader of the Prussian Red Lion Knights. He protects his country from Mizuki, and his soul happens to be one of the souls that Mizuki sought to resurrect Ambrosia. He is, however, saved by Amakusa and later contributed in Mizuki's defeat. He returned home victorious and marries Princess Elizabeth, his liege's daughter.
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* AffectionateNickname: Based on his BattleCry, developers nicknamed him ''"BAAAAH!!!"''
* BadassBaritone: Rather deep voiced. Very badass.
* BaldOfAwesome
* BodyguardCrush - LovedINotHonorMore: To Elizabeth, who loves him back. They end up HappilyMarried in his ending.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Princess Elizabeth.
* {{Hunk}}: Easily. Like with Genjuro, Sieger was given attractive qualities in hopes of making him appeal more to the female players.
* LightningBruiser: Is one of the biggest and most muscular characters amongst the cast, but is quite quick on his own
* LoveFreak: Possibly, based on his winquote, "Love is the best weapon in the world."
* MegatonPunch: Well, kind of hard not to when you pack a weapon like that.
* PatrioticFervor: He's undyingly loyal to the Prussian Crown.
* PowerFist[=/=]SwissArmyWeapon: His gauntlet doesn't just punch, it shoots things and sets his body on fire.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Perhaps not dark, but he's notably 7'0" -- practically a giant.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: He's stripped to the waist in all appearances.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: He's got a rather nasty backbreaker.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kafuin Nicotine]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Hida, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[SimpleStaff Shakujō]] [[note]] a staff used by Buddhist priests in religious ceremonies[[/note]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Monster Maezuka (II, RPG), Naoki Yanagi (VI), Isamu Tanonaka (Drama [=CDs=])[[/note]]
An old priest, formerly the master of both Haohmaru and Genjuro. He expelled Genjuro due to his bloodlust, and keeps in check about Haohmaru, especially when Mizuki starts targetting him. Nicotine later goes to battle to kill Mizuki and protect Haohmaru. He retires from the battle after the second game. Later in the 64 series, he is entrusted with Shiki's daughter Mikoto; and he raised her, helped with Haohmaru and his grandson Gaira.
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* BadassPreacher
* CoolOldGuy
* TheGhost: After his sole appearance in ''II'' and before his comeback in ''VI'', Nicotine only appears as cameo in all Gaira's endings since ''III'' and in Mikoto's backstory in the DistantFinale.
* InterfaceScrew: One of his attacks will reverse your joystick controls for a brief time.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: He's amongst the oldest characters in the series, and his sprite is also amongst the smallest.
* OldMaster
* PaperTalisman
* ParentalSubstitute: He's one for Mikoto after Shiki's death, along with Haohmaru and Gaira.
* PlayingWithFire & ShockAndAwe: More talisman-based, but you get the idea.
* PunnyName[=/=]SpellMyNameWithAnS: Also known as Caffeine, usually his name is written in katakana.
* ShoutOut: Probably based in the monk Dakuan from ''Anime/NinjaScroll''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Rashoujin Mizuki]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Oki, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ImprobableWeaponUser Tamagushi]] [[note]]literally "jewel skewer", it is a form of Shinto offering made from a sakaki-tree branch decorated with shide strips of washi paper, silk, or cotton.[[/note]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/HarumiIkoma (II), Creator/ShizukaIto (V Special), Creator/RicaMatsumoto (RPG), Miki Tsuchiya (Nakoruru ~Ano hito kara no okurimono~), Tsumugi Ōsawa (VI), Creator/MichieTomizawa (II Drama CD).[[/note]]
A vengeful spirit who made pact with Ambrosia, made famous as one of the first female {{Final Boss}}es in fighting game history. She was later challenged by the [[{{Miko}} priestess]] Bizuki, whom she defeats and possessed. She took over Amakusa's effort to revive Ambrosia, and dispatched him when he betrayed her when she tried to extract the souls for the Tanjil stone (Haohmaru's, Kyoshiro's, Jubei's and Sieger's). She is eventually defeated, but left the corruption so bad that Nakoruru had to do a HeroicSacrifice to set things right again. With Mizuki leaving Bizuki's body, she returned to normal life and was later drafted by Kyoshiro to assist him in his kabuki performances. However, she returns in other games... And centuries later, [[spoiler:her soul still existed that she got absorbed into [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Verse]] and then traveled to present day.]]
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* ArchEnemy: It might not look like it, but Mizuki has somehow become one for Nakoruru, since she's the one responsible for eventually forcing Nakoruru to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, and the fact that [[spoiler:she was amongst the souls absorbed into Verse and travelled to the future, which becomes a big factor as to why Nakoruru also went to the future]]. It doesn't help that they're both priestesses (regardless of her more unknown spirit form, the possessed [[{{Miko}} Bizuki]] is Mizuki's most well-known look that carries over in other games)
* BalefulPolymorph: One of her attacks will briefly turn you into a helpless animal, usually a pig.
* BodySnatcher: Poor, poor Bizuki.
* TheBeastMaster: With her beast, Maju.
* BigBad
* DarkAndTroubledPast: The ''Samurai Shodown'' RPG says that, [[spoiler:800 years before Samurai Shodown II took place, a young Mizuki was abandoned by her parents during a massive famine. The little girl crossed the DespairEventHorizon and made a DealWithTheDevil with Ambrosia, turning herself into an angry demon that spent years laying waste around the globe.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: After Mizuki was obliterated, her original body, Bizuki, was left intact. Kyoshiro, one of the people designated as one of the souls required for the Tanjil stone, took her under his wing and let her live a new life.
* HesBack: She's one of the souls contained within [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Verse]] and traveled with him to present day KOF, pursued by Nakoruru. With Verse defeated and the souls returned to their original bodies, Mizuki will have a chance to spread her terror to present day.
* InterfaceScrew: One of her moves will have your direction controls reversed.
* {{Miko}}: Or more exactly, the woman whose body she stole was this.
* NoblewomansLaugh: Usually when using her teleportation powers.
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Why she [[spoiler:joined Ambrosia in the first place.]]
* SNKBoss: She's fast and her weapon can't be broken, for starters.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Less distorted than the typical example, though.
* WallJump
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kuroko]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kawachi, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ImprobableWeaponUser Referee flags]]
A mysterious fighter that acts as the judge of the fights in a few of the games. He has 4 other brothers that dress identical to him, making them indistinguishable from each other. He is a powerful fighter, but rarely enters the arena. While he appears in the first game, he reveals himself as a fighter until the second.
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* BonusBoss: In ''II'' you will fight him either randomly or by fulfilling certain conditions.
* MidBoss: Of ''III''.
** DittoFighter[=/=]MirrorMatch: Kuroko appears to challenge you, and then he converts into the character you're using in that moment and fights you.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: He dons a red flag and a white flag (used in martial arts competitions to denote when a player hits an opponent) as his weapons, and these cannot be destroyed or lost in battle. His stance is identical to that of Tung Fu Rue's from the ''Fatal Fury'' series (''Special'' onward) and ''The King of Fighters'' series in ''II'' and ''VI''.
* NoNameGiven: His name is obscured in the ''II'' credits. Recently ist's been revealed that his real name is Sukihiro ("Kuroko" is just an alias).
* ShoutOut: Mostly to other {{Creator/SNK}} games, and how! He is ''the'' embodiment of this trope.
** In II he uses powers from early SNK fighting games like ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' and ''VideoGame/FatalFury''. In VI, almost all his powers come from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series.
* SNKBoss: He is strong and extremely fast. Plus in ''II'', his weapon can't be broken.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Bizuki]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Oki, Japan]]''
Bizuki is a shrine priestess who excels in exorcisms and purifications. She was named after her beautiful dances and flute playing. Her powers awakened when she was 16 and she became a respected healer. A century before Samurai Shodown II begins, Bizuki attempted to seal Mizuki when she was twenty-five. However, she was overwhelmed and soon possessed by the evil spirit. She continued to serve as its unwilling host until Mizuki was sealed for good in the demon world. While ashamed of her powerlessness to stop the demon, she chooses to continue to live in the mortal realm as Kyoshiro's assistant. Since then, she took the name Okuni as her alias.
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* BackFromTheDead: After being host of Mizuki, she got a new chance to live in II's Kyoshiro ending and in ''RPG'', the latter ever becomes your partner to fight Haon and Mizuki.
* BattleCouple: Implied in Kyoshiro's endings when he and Bizuki became partners ([[ShipTease and maybe lovers]]).
* DanceBattler: A priest who can dance and play instruments as her secondary skills, later retaken under Kyoshiro's wing.
* DemonicPossession: She had a ''really'' bad luck trying to exorcise Mizuki.
* {{Miko}}: She was one before Mizuki controlled her.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Hinted in Kyoshiro's story that called her as "Okuni" after being freed from Mizuki, she could be based on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Izumo_no_Okuni Izumo no Okuni]], a former priest who was the originator of kabuki theater.
* {{NPC}}: Only seen in Kyoshiro's endings in the series. Subverted in RPG when she joins you as a temporal member.
* WhiteMage: She took this role in ''RPG''.
[[/folder]]

!!Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown III''
[[folder:Hisame Shizumaru]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Japan (unknown exactly where)]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ParasolOfPain Oil-paper umbrella and wakizashi]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Miho Kaneta (main series), Motoki Takagi (VI)[[/note]]
An amnesiac boy who is deemed as a "demon", only naming himself after his sword. He had a traumatic past as detailed in the fifth game. He usually trains and seeks advice from Haohmaru and eventually after learning about a great 'demon' named Minazuki Zankuro, he travels with Haohmaru and defeats him. Unfortunately he found out that he is also they would call a 'demon', as he found out that he has his bloodlust like Zankuro within. Thankfully, he manages to make peace with it and proceeded to live in peace.
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* AmnesiacDissonance
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: He's been called a 'demon' (only called), hunts demons, but eventually found out that he does have a demon bloodlust in him similar to Zankurou.
** This was given a nod [[spoiler: in Shizumaru's Tesshun Ougi move for Samurai Shodown 5 Special. Right before performing said "fatality", we see a ghastly form behind him... which looks a LOT like Zankurou.]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YggvBQ4uSPc See it at 6:07]])
* ApologeticAttacker: Some of his win-poses has him make a double take, mutter an apology and bow respectfully to his fallen opponent. Also, after performing his Tesshun Ougi, the poor boy will be horrified to see his rival dead [[TenderTears and collapse in tears]].
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Granted, see ShoutOut.
* KidHero: One of the youngest characters in most games he appears in.
* ParasolOfPain: He wields an oil-paper parasol, which acts as his primary weapon, along with a ''wakizashi''.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: His "seppuku" animation in 4 causes him to bow to his opponent and run like hell.
* ShipTease: He is often put into this with Nakoruru's sister Rimururu.
* ShoutOut: He is mostly based on both [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Himura Kenshin]] and [[Manga/YuYuHakusho Kurama]].
* ShrinkingViolet: A relatively rare male example, he's very sweet-natured, if a little melancholic.
* TroubledButCute: Sweeter than the standard, but with a VERY DarkAndTroubledPast.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Shizumaru has dark red hair, but not as actual redhair (which color is close to orange) like in real life.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Rimururu]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kamui Kotan, Ezochi, Japan]] [[note]]The flag shown here is that of the Ainu people, of which Rimururu is a member. Hokkaidō (the modern-day name for Ezochi) did not officially become part of Japan until 1868, and represented a distinct culture and ethnic group from the mainland Japanese. The Ainu flag is therefore presented here.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[AnIcePerson Kodachi and Konru (ice spirit)]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/TomoSakurai (III), Creator/MegumiMatsumoto (IV, RPG (live-action commercial included)), Creator/KyokoHikami (RPG Drama CD), Keiko Kamitani (64 series, DistantFinale, Nakoruru ADV), Creator/HitomiNabatame (V), Creator/RieKugimiya (VI), Creator/EmiriKatou (Oni)[[/note]]
Nakoruru's [[NotBloodSiblings adoptive]] little sister. She is also a priestess of Ainu, and instead fights using an ice spirit named Konru/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Konril]]. At first, Nakoruru forbid her from fighting, but she managed to build up enough resolve to be acknowledged by Nakoruru by the time of the third game. After the second game, when Nakoruru dies, (well, [[NeverSayDie goes into a deep sleep]] anyway), Rimururu officially takes over her main duty as the protector of Nature.
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* AnIcePerson
* CheerfulChild
* ClothingDamage: Often happens when Rimururu is killed.
* BarrierMaiden -> DistressBall: [=PS1=] Warriors Rage hands her this one when Oboro captures her so she doesn't interfere to his plans. Nakoruru had to take action and urge the rest of the warriors to rescue her.
* DropTheHammer: Her fatality consist in her smashing the opponent in the ground with ''a small iceberg'' on a stick.
* TheGhost: Rimururu appeared in the first 2 games as part of Nakoruru's story, stages and endings, but it wasn't until ''III'' where she finally appears as a playable character.
* HimeCut: In her first appearances before her change of look in ''V''.
* JustAKid: And she doesn't like being treated like that.
* KillTheCutie: Her age and cute looks don't save her in the slightest from the life-and-death brutality of combat.
* NotBloodSiblings
* PantyShot: [[{{Squick}} In an unsettling fashion]]. If Rimururu is killed by a strong slash, her clothes will sometimes fall off her body, exposing her underwear or body parts. In addition, though she doesn't wear a skirt, the leg openings of Rimururu's shorts are large, and true to her tomboyish nature, she tends to spread her legs open very wide apart when she is lying down, allowing her panties to be seen. This is also especially apparent when Rimururu is killed, as her body will be almost always be lying down with her legs spread open as wide as they will go, and she will often convulse as she is dying in similar poses as well.
** In the Nakoruru AMV, Rimururu's underwear is shown in a swimming scene by the lake; she wears white, bandage-like strips of cloth wrapped around her breasts, and over her genital area.
* PluckyGirl
* SpellMyNameWithAnS:
** In some games, her name is mistranslated as ''Rimnerel''.
** Also, her ice spirit is called as ''Konru'' as well ''Konril''.
* {{Tomboy}}
* YouDontLookLikeYou: From a similar appearance than her sister, Rimururu received a complete change of look in 64 series, as part of her Bust mode. This later was adopted as her definitive outfit for ''V'' and later games (''V Special'', ''VI'' and ''Sen'').
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kubikiri Basara]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Tamba, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[EpicFlail Chain shuriken]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Masahiro Nonaka (main series), Motoki Takagi (VI)[[/note]]
A restless spirit who was killed alongside his lover Kagaribi by the hands of Zankuro. Turns out that she was killed by Basara himself, but in denial, he continued to blame Zankuro, enough to come back to the mortal world to hunt down Zankuro... and swiftly killed again. Then Amakusa revived him, but he proves to be rebellious and attempts to kill him again. Amakusa later lures him into a trap and imprisons him in a stone pillar.
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* AxCrazy
* BallOfLightTransformation: Basara can use his ghostly powers to transform into a [[HitodamaLight ball of spirit flame]] and back into humanoid form.
* ConfusionFu: One of the cornerstones of his playstyle is to spawn shadow clones of himself to make the opponent believe he's going to begin an action that he isn't.
* FuumaShuriken: Wields a giant shuriken attached to a length of chain.
* {{Gorn}}: His fatality. Enough said...
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Although Basara's powers are explained mainly through his ghost abilities, they also resemble powers usually identified with ninja. This is complimented by Basara's weaponry and design which are also associated with ninja.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters
* HitodamaLight: As a restless spirit, Basara can summon a hitodama called "Soul of Nue" that he uses as an attack, as well as [[BallOfLightTransformation transform in and out of a hitodama]] himself.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Oh God, poor Kagaribi...
* MeaningfulName: "Kubikiri" surname means "Executioner".
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In a plot twist revealed in ''V'', in reality Basara was the one who killed Kagaribi and then he commited suicide.
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: The way it works his giant shuriken.
* PsychoForHire
* ShoutOut: Considered by many as the Japanese version of ''Franchise/TheCrow''.
* TheUndead
* UndeathlyPallor: Depending of the game, Basara's skin can be pale or straightly white.
* UnknownRival: For Zankuro.
* VengefulGhost: Coming BackFromTheDead to revenge Kagaribi (as it seems before ''V'').
* WalkingShirtlessScene
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Even after you die.
* {{Youkai}}: A Yurei.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kafuin Gaira]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Hida, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ImprobableWeaponUser Buddhist rosary]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Kōji Suidzu (III), Takeshi Watanabe (IV-V Special), Takumi Satō (VI)[[/note]]
Nicotine's very huge grandson, and also not that intelligent. After an argument with Nicotine, Gaira ran off from the temple to train, and saw Zankuro's massacre, but too afraid to stop him. To make up for it, he tried to defeat him. However, he's already defeated and Gaira eventually built a shrine for his grave... only to be raided by Amakusa and used for his plans. Later on, after Amakusa and Zankuro are defeated for good, Gaira eventually returns in peace to the temple, after much training.
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* BareFistedMonk
* DidYouGetANewHaircut: PlayedForLaughs. In his [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/neogeo/a/sszgai.htm V Special ending]], all bald characters from previous games obligate him to cut all his hair because [[BaldOfAwesome being bald is manly and awesome]].
%%* DoesNotLikeShoes
* DumbMuscle: A strong guy, but not certainly the smartest of the group.
* GentleGiant: Since III, being the "giant" character until the appearance of Kusaregedo in V and the return of big characters in VI.
* TheGiant: He's 7'5" -- ''enormous'' for a Japanese man in the 1700s.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: ''Namu Abi Dabi'', a huge Buddhist rosary.
* {{Hunk}}: Sports a ''very'' impressive muscular frame for someone as young as him (He's 18 years old).
* MightyGlacier: He's positively enormous, and very slow with it.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: As his grandfather, his last name also can be written as "Caffeine".
* TakenForGranite: His Fatality turns the enemy into stone. He then proceeds to shatter him/her.
* TransatlanticEquivalent: Kim Ung Che is the version of Gaira from ''Fighters Swords'', the korean version of the third game, made for South Korea. His name also is Gaira's name pronounced in Korean. He's a wandering priest who is a former pupil of Nicotine. In his ending, he is fed up with Japan and leaves for India.
** MirrorMatch: Kim Ung Che appears as a separate character in ''VI'' with the look of ''III-IV'' Gaira with a white outfit instead of Gaira's blue, so you can make them fight against each other.
** HilariousInHindsight: In his ending in ''Fighting Swords'', he humorously thinks of chopping off his hair.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Minazuki Zankuro]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kyoto, Yamashiro Province, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[{{BFS}} Zanbatō]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Hiroyuki Arita (III), Enma Itō (IV), Kazuhiro Nakata (V Special), Creator/AkioOhtsuka (VI)[[/note]]
Third game's final boss. Trying his hardest to perfect is swordsmanship, he became a brutal manslayer, likened to a demon. He went to slaughter people here and there until he finds one girl named Shiori and couldn't bring himself to kill her (she is actually his daughter). [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Realizing what kind of man he has become]], he calls quits and retires into his hermitage, swearing only to raise his sword to fight WorthyOpponent. Said daughter eventually approached Haohmaru and Shizumaru, informing them about Zankuro, and eventually, Zankuro fought them. Both defeated him, but Zankuro has yet to give up... until [[LightningCanDoAnything a roaring thunder]] struck him dead. Gaira later found his corpse and built a gravestone for him. Shortly after, Amakusa attempted to bring Zankuro back to life and tried controlling him. Zankuro broke free of the control and tried to continue his battle, but this time he is KilledOffForReal by Sogetsu.
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* AntiVillain: He was once a huge bastard, but as it stands now, he has retired and [[EvenEvilHasStandards won't kill people discriminately]]. Yet he's still the BigBad.
* {{BFS}}: His katana is absolutely massive, standing about as tall as he is when it's planted in the ground.
* BloodKnight: A brutal version.
* HijackedByGanon / GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: ''IV'' (subtitled AMAKUSA'S REVENGE for crying out loud) revolves around a new plan by a re-reawakened ClassicVillain, so you would think said classic villain would be the final boss. Nope, after defeating Aku Amakusa, the big stone thing in the background explodes, Aku Amakusa gets sliced in half, and in walks a newly resurrected Zankuro, who in 3--it should be noted--was just a normal human who was killed by lightning! Funnily enough, he's not the final battle of the game either. You gotta beat a character-specific rival after beating him. It kind of makes sense, because Aku Amakusa's plan was exactly to bring him back and direct his rampage for his own nefarious ends. [[EvilIsNotAToy Badass is not a toy]], however.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone
* RatedMForManly: Definitely!
* SealedEvilInACan: What he becomes after his death in the third game... which Amakusa tried to open.
* SNKBoss: By ''IV'', he had the greatest reach and base strenght of all bosses, as well as great speed.
* SwordBeam: His fatality in 5 consists of a superpowered slash that fires a green wave of death at his foe, totally obliterating him/her except for the lower parts of their feet.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: In ''III'', where combos are restricted and doing them from behind is one of the few allowed ways, he can't be comboed from behind, as he will magically block any second hit you might attempt to land on him, leading to some heavy retribution. From that same game, he has a TrueFinalBoss round, where you must knock him down a third time, the cheating part being that even if you have not been knocked out before, you'll lose if he wins the round, and if you win by time out, you also lose the game. Finally in the fourth game, his Desperation Attack is a one hit kill if it catches you in the air.
* TrueFinalBoss: In ''III'', as mentioned above. Subverted in ''IV'', since he is the last boss unlocked, but a special regular match follows.
[[/folder]]

!!Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown IV''

[[folder:Kazama Kazuki]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Lower Wataribashi, Hizen Province, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[StockNinjaWeaponry Ninjatō]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Atsushi Yamanishi (IV-V Special, 64-2), Masahiro Okazaki (VI)[[/note]]
A ninja of the Kazama clan, younger brother of Sogetsu, and way too HotBlooded. When Amakusa kidnaps his BarrierMaiden sister Hazuki, Kazuki left the clan to become a nukenin, with his brother sent to punish him by execution. They end up fighting alongside each other against Amakusa and Zankuro (Kazuki beats Amakusa) to save Hazuki and for that, Sogetsu fakes his death and lets him off . Then... poor Hazuki [[DistressedDamsel gets kidnapped]] [[ButtMonkey AGAIN]] (girl has NO luck, indeed) by Yuga the Destroyer, prompting Kazuki to save her again, and also tapping on the power of Enja who is trapped in his weapon. He goes berserk for awhile, but completed his mission and subdued Enja, then he can finally live in peace again with Hazuki.
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* AbelAndCain: Kazuki should be Cain, but unlike the original, he has no hard feelings with his brother Sogetsu.
* AnimeHair
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Red hair and red eyes.
* DifficultButAwesome: His Bust version revolves around a combination of a slide kick to trip his opponent, a hammer punch to slam them against a wall and a rising punch and kick combo to hit them afterwards. The trope comes in play for the last part: unless you time it perfectly, Kazuki will nick his opponent with 2-3 hits, leaving him open as he continues to flail around in midair while the opponent recovers before he even starts descending. However, if timed perfectly, the opponent is caught in a full set of attacks, which Kazuki follows up by taking out his sword and slamming the opponent into the ground, doing up to half their health in a single easily-landed combo.
* FamilyThemeNaming: When looking at the Japanese characters of the Kazama siblings' names, they all have the kanji (月), which means moon. The first kanji of their names also matches their color scheme and elemental abilities, with Kazuki's being (火), which means flame.
* FieryRedhead
* HighlyVisibleNinja: He's wearing a frigging RED costume and is on fire... what else do you ask for? He doesn't even quite bother with blending techniques...
* HotBlooded
* {{Hunk}}: Of the fiery kind! In contrast to his more softer, androgynous brother's looks.
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Hurt Hazuki in any way, and he'll crisp you.
* LargeHam
* PlayingWithFire
* RedIsViolent: Kazuki has red clothes, hair and eyes.
* RedOniBlueOni: Obviously, he's the Red Oni for Sogetsu's Blue Oni.
* SayMyName: ''[[DeathCryEcho HAZUKIIII!!!]]''
* SiblingYinYang
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kazama Sogetsu]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Lower Wataribashi, Hizen Province, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[StockNinjaWeaponry Ninjatō]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Naoki Oikawa (IV-V Special, 64-2), Creator/JunjiMajima (VI)[[/note]]
Kazuki's {{Bishonen}} of a big brother, and a lot more aloof and calm. When their younger sister Hazuki gets kidnapped and Kazuki runs off to rescue her, Sogetsu was assigned with the mission to kill his brother for running away from the clan. In the end, he fights alongside Kazuki to save Hazuki from Amakusa and Zankuro (Kazuki defeats Amakusa and Sogetsu gets to beat Zankuro). In the aftermath of the battle he faked killing Kazuki and made a false report to his clan, ensuring that Kazuki and Hazuki would be able to live freely. Inside his weapon is another beast named Suija, which is sealed the same way as Enja is sealed on Kazuki's weapon. Sogetsu is later forced to call it off during the battle against Yuga, but he quickly overcame the possession, and returns to his clan, now recommended as the clan leader.
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* AbelAndCain: Certainly he's Abel.
* AloofBigBrother: To Kazuki and Hazuki.
* {{Bishonen}}
* FamilyThemeNaming: When looking at the Japanese characters of the Kazama siblings' names, they all have the kanji (月), which means moon. The first kanji of their names also matches their color scheme and elemental abilities, with Sogetsu's being (蒼), which means blue.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* MakingASplash
* {{Ninja}}: Unlike Kazuki, he's not so much visible since he can hide himself in water.
* RedOniBlueOni: He's the Blue for Kazuki's Red.
* ShonenHair
* SiblingYinYang
* TakeAThirdOption: Faking your rebellious little brother's death so he and your sister can run away is way more useful than either letting him go and being marked as a failure by your clan, or killing him and definitely losing both of your siblings.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: A darker blue than Ukyo, and also an implausible color for the time.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kazama Hazuki]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Lower Wataribashi, Hizen Province, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BarrierMaiden Ninja sealing magic]]
The younger sister of Kazuki and Sogetsu, and a member of the Kazama ninjas. She seems to be a kind, sweet person without much fighting abilities; instead, she has great spiritual powers that let her use powerful sealing techniques. Unfortunately, Amakusa realizes the last detail ''fast'' and takes a hold of Hazuki for his own purposes, which kicks off the subplot with Kazuki running off to save her and Sougetsu having to stop and kill him. In Zero, she also has to keep the peace between Kazuki and Sogetsu...
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* BarrierMaiden: Unlike her brothers, she doesn't seem to have any fighting skills. However, Hazuki ''is'' the one who "tamed" and then sealed Suija and Enja in their swords. [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/neogeo/a/sszsui.htm We get to see her do so in Suija's Zero ending.]]
* ButtMonkey: The kid has been either kidnapped or threatened HOW many times by now?
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Has green hair and GreenEyes.
* FamilyThemeNaming: When looking at the Japanese characters of the Kazama siblings' names, they all have the kanji 月, which means moon. The first kanji of their names also matches their color scheme and elemental abilities, with Hazuki's being (葉), which means leaf.
* GirlNextDoor: Ninja version, sorta.
* GoThroughMe: In [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/neogeo/a/sszsog.htm Sogetsu's Zero ending]], [[spoiler: she stops Sougetsu from killing the berserker Kazuki, then uses her powers to knock Kazuki out and help him "tame" Enja.]]
* {{NPC}}: Apart of Kazama brothers' backstories, Hazuki also appears in one of the FinalBattle stages of ''IV'' and in their endings in ''IV'' and ''V Special''.
* SatelliteCharacter: Always seen around Kazuki or Sogetsu.
* YamatoNadeshiko: At least in ''IV''.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Green hair in this case.
[[/folder]]

!!Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown V''
[[folder:Tokugawa Yoshitora]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Edo, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[MultiMeleeMaster Seven katana]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/HiroYuki[[/note]]
Heir of the Tokugawa regime... if only this guy isn't very much rebellious and party crazy and would rather hit on women. He is called back to the rulership when his master Gaoh pulls a rebellion and he took him down, helped by Hanzo and Jubei. Finally realizing that WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility, Yoshitora took the position of Shogun and almost recruited Haohmaru to serve him. He probably lost, considering Haohmaru is still a wandering BloodKnight afterwards. [[ExcusePlot He is also responsible of arranging the tournament behind the sixth game]].
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* TheAlcoholic: Despite his womanizing ways, completely subverted. His bio lists him as despising alcohol.
* AnimeHair: Wild even for this series, he sports hair like a huge, coiffed broom.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: He's very cocky in his skills, only rivaled by his confidence in his looks.
* AnachronismStew: Well, certainly none of the Tokugawas were {{Handsome Lech}}es.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Connecting with every single one of his special moves opens up access to the Final Sword, a devastating instant projectile taller than most characters can jump that instantly kills the opponent. However, landing this in a real match.....good luck with that.
* {{BFS}}: That huge katana he carries on his lower back. Only used for his OneHitKO attack (see AwesomeButImpractical).
* TheCasanova: His intro and winposes seem to indicate so. In victory, he never leaves the battlefield without a lady in tow.
* ChivalrousPervert: He's definitely a skirt-chaser, but seems to respect and treat them well at the end of the day.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: The weight of having the Tokugawa surname.
* EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana: Averted, he also uses four ''Tanto'' (daggers) and a ''Nodachi'' ({{BFS}}).
* {{Hunk}}: [[https://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/snk/images/9/92/SS5sp-Yoshitora-%28304x224_25%29.png/revision/latest?cb=20100518063950 He's definitely got the looks, build and charm]].
* KingIncognito: He likes playing this.
* MultiMeleeMaster: His official art shows him carrying about seven weapons (see SwordsAkimbo).
* {{Narcissist}}:
-->'''Yoshitora''': "Don't worry, you're not dead. I really am this good-looking."
%%* RebelliousPrincess
* RuleOfCool: Way too many swords to handle.
* ShoutOut: Was designed by Nobuhiro Watsuki of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' fame, and is made a tribute of Cho, from the multiple swords and broom hair... but not the Shogun heritage.
* SwordsAkimbo: '''Seven friggin' swords!''' Four daggers, two regular-length swords, and one giant sword as long as he is tall. He's able to DualWield these blades at will and slice with them almost too fast to see. Shame he's a [[GameplayAndStorySegregation pretty mediocre character in the newer games.]]
* ThemeNaming: All his attacks are named after flowers.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Majikina Mina]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Ryukyu Kingdom]] [[note]] The flag shown here is that of the Ryukyu Kingdom. At the time the series is set, Ryukyu (modern-day Okinawa) was independent from mainland Japan. [[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ArcherArchetype Bow and arrow]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/SatsukiYukino (5), Creator/YokoAsada (5 Special), Creator/RieTanaka ([[Anime/QueensBlade Queen's Gate: Spiral Chaos]])[[/note]]
A girl blessed with a certain demon-hunting power. She is revered as a Goddess, but ends up being shunned due to their fear for her power, thus she ends up being unable to express emotions and just doesn't like being near people around. Her only companion is a... creature... thing... named Chample, whom she met after her village was leveled after she went home from a certain demon hunting trip. She became determined to take revenge on her village and tries to kill as many demons as she can, but eventually... [[spoiler: she found out that it's Chample who did it. She killed it, but after realizing that she just killed her only friend, she is DrivenToSuicide.]]
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* ArcherArchetype: Mina has incredible range, but is VERY vulnerable up close.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: To a western audience, “Mina Majikina” sounds like she’s some sort of cartoon witch — as in, she’s “magic” Mina. However, “Majikina” is very much a real Okinawan surname, and she’s likely named after the scholar Anko Majikina, who also hailed from Okinawa.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Okinawans are viewed as somewhat exotic by mainland Japanese, perhaps explaining her white hair and tanned complexion.
* BareYourMidriff
* BittersweetEnding: Her ending [[spoiler:which leads to DrivenToSuicide.]]
* ClothingDamage: Considering Mina already isn't wearing all that much clothing to damage, this is hardly surprising as the other girls in the game all suffer torn or cut clothes when they are killed. The little Mina is wearing leads to almost, if not all her clothes being shredded when she is killed by strong slashes, causing her to die naked quite frequently.
* DoesNotLikeMen: Is very apprehensive and edgy around males.
* DownerEnding: Read her backstory, t hat's all you need to know.
* EmotionlessGirl: Not as extreme as Shiki, but you get the idea.
* GlassCannon: Despite her high damage output and extremely annoying screen controlling tactics, she can't take a hit at all. One or two mistakes on her part, which aren't that hard to make, and she'll be killed quickly.
* LonersAreFreaks
* MysticalWhiteHair
* {{Mukokuseki}}: ''Blue'' eyes?? White hair??
* PantyShot: Frequent, considering her wraparound skirt tends to flap around her legs with the backdraft from her shots, and also flaps upward as she is landing from a jump. Arguably, though, the most obvious exposure of Mina's panties is when she is killed, as her panty-clad buttocks crotch are in clear view of the screen as her body falls through the air.
* ShoutOut: She is likely named after revered Okinawan scholar, Anko Majikina.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Aside from the long skirt she ties around her waist, she's basically wearing a bikini.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Liu Yunfei]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[ImperialChina Chang'an, Qing Dynasty China]] [[note]]The flag shown here is that of the Qing Dynasty, who ruled China from 1644 to 1912.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[CoolSword Dadao]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Satoshi Taki (V, V Special), Creator/ToruOkawa (VI)[[/note]]
An old warrior who can fly with the power of winds. Once, through lust of power, he made a DealWithTheDevil, but ends up berserking him and killing his wife, it takes eight of his students to eventually seal him. Years later, said Devil left him and went to possess Gaoh. He went on to travel again and tries to make amends for his past crimes. Eventually, he forced that devil to possess himself and asked Gaoh to kill him, and he did.
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* TheAtoner
** RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[TooCoolToLive Unfortunately.]]
* BadassTeacher: He had to be a great master if his own students could seal him away when he was BrainwashedAndCrazy.
* BlowYouAway
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Where he was under the devil's influence.
* DealWithTheDevil
* KillTheOnesYouLove: Under devil's influence he slaughtered his own wife.
* OldMaster
* ShoutOut: WireFu at large.
* SoulPower: His fatality allows him to ''[[DeaderThanDead extract the soul of the victim and cut it in half, killing him/her]]''.
* WindIsGreen
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Yorozu Sankuro]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Sakai, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[WalkingArmory Wooden mallet, revolver, bombs and assists from his gang members]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Tomoyuki Shimura (V, V Special), Shinsuke Fukui (VI)[[/note]]
A lowly thug who's looking for an easy way to make very quick, and BIG bucks. He is a gang leader, consisting of him, Goshichi, Fuyo and Ippachi, all three appear to assist him in attacks, in fact, while he has Genjuro's animations, his moves includes calling those three, eat some sushi, or shoot a revolver once. And BOY is he very annoying to fight against. In ''V'', he hired Genjuro to kill Gaoh so he can take over. However, eventually his cover was blown, but Genjuro almost spared him due to his disinterest on slicing up a woman. Ungrateful as he is, Sankuro tried shooting him down, but Genjuro intercepted, and then Sankuro was never seen again. Maybe he died.
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* AssholeVictim: No one missed him when Genjuro finished the work on him.
* AssistCharacter: His partners Goshichi, Fuyo, and Ippachi.
* DirtyCoward
* DolledUpInstallment: Seems like a bad spriteswap of Genjuro, seen in some on his poses and moves.
* DropTheHammer: His WeaponOfChoice is a big wooden hammer.
* {{Expy}}: His personality and some elements in his design were modeled after the characters Jagi and Amiba from ''Manga/HokutoNoKen''.
* FunnyAfro
* {{Jerkass}}
* LargeHam
* MidBoss: Of ''V'', one of the {{sub boss}}es of the game along with Yumeji.
* NumericalThemeNaming: His own name is made of the kanji for three (San), nine (Kyu/Ku) and six (Roku/Ro). His associates are Goshichi (Five-Seven), Fuyo (Two-Four), and Ippachi (One-Eight). Sort of fitting that they all debut in ''Samurai Spirits '''Zero'''.''
* SmugSnake
* SmallNameBigEgo: Goes so far to call his style 'The Strongest Style'. He failed to garner the charm that [[Franchise/StreetFighter Dan Hibiki]] exhibited, though.
* TheTrickster: If to summon assists to a 1-to-1 fight is already unfair, Sankuro also has hidden bombs and even a revolver to finish his opponent.
* WalkingShirtlessScene
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Youkai Kusaregedou]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Japan (unknown exactly where)]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BodyHorror Exposed bone arm]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/GoShinomiya (V, V Special), Tarō Masuoka (VI)[[/note]]
A giant Gaki who was once a kind man... except for his [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]] tendencies (caused by the Great Tenmei Famine), which cursed him into the thing he is now. All he cared about is to eat, eat and [[RuleOfThree eat]], and he likes eating humans... ''especially little girls''. One day, he happens to smell Rimururu and proceeded to chase her, only to be stopped by his daughter Hakana, who pleaded him to come back to the man he is. Kusaregedou manages to remember her... then proceeds to EAT her. [[MoralEventHorizon That bastard!]]
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* BaldOfEvil
* ChildEater: {{Squick}}ly, his TrademarkFavoriteFood.
* CompositeCharacter: He seems to combine aspects of Earthquake and Shiranui Gen-An, who oddly enough, are missing from the game where he debuts. Biggest difference he has with them is, while they have ''some'' good qualities, he has none whatsoever.
* TheGiant: Standing 14'11", he's easily the tallest character in the series.
* {{Gonk}}: According to the producer, he is based about the thought of 'combining Earthquake and Gen-An into one'. He's {{Gonk}}ier than both of them indeed.
* ImAHumanitarian: His becoming a gluttonous youkai in the first place is [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment punishment for cannibalism in his lifetime]], though his backstory's great emphasis on his former kindness brings some doubt as to whether it was of his own volition.
** In place of his biographical information are various disturbingly hilarious quips such as "I want some roashted childly wildies!"
* {{Jerkass}}: Definitely.
* KarmaHoudini: For a cannibal like him, he's just never heard again after all his crimes. Maybe he got away scots free, or whether he died, we don't know who killed him; they just list him as 'Never seen again'.
* VillainousGlutton: His killing instinct is led by his insatiable appetite.
* {{Youkai}}: Gaki (known as "Preta" in Sanskrit: प्रेत) and "Hungry Ghost" in other asian cultures), are a type of supernatural being described in Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Chinese and Vietnamese folk religion as undergoing suffering greater than that of humans, particularly an extreme level of hunger and thirst. They have their origins in South Asian religions and have been adopted into East Asian religions via the spread of Buddhism.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Rera]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kamui Kotan, Ezochi, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana Kodachi]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/HarumiIkoma (''Nakoruru ano hito kara no okurimono'' game), Creator/KyokoHikami (''Nakoruru ano hito kara no okurimono'' OAV, V, V Special), Creator/MikakoTakahashi (VI)[[/note]]
During the early days of ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'', the palette swap of Nakoruru is often seen with a naughty/malicious grin, instead of her innocent face. This builds up until she started to get unique enough that when the Slash/Bust system was introduced, she got a wolf named Shikuru instead of Mamahaha. People think this is the EvilTwin of Nakoruru, but eventually, this character is fleshed out further by SNK by being turned into the girl they called Rera. That's her origin story.
Rera is Nakoruru's SuperpoweredEvilSide of sorta but actually not ''evil'', just a WellIntentionedExtremist, who was very much sickened with Nakoruru's [[TechnicalPacifist apparent lack of will to hurt people when she wants to reach her goal]]. When she tried to find her missing father, Nakoruru's pacifism smacks her on the head when she failed to tame one wild bear and got knocked out. Pissed off at Nakoruru's supposed weakness, Rera took over her body, kills the bear and goes around finding Nakoruru's father along with Shikuru, killing those on the way if necessary. [[spoiler: She did something similar in ''Ano Kara no Okurimono'', this time to save Mikato's life.]] Eventually, she came to understand that sometimes peaceful methods can be a viable option to solve problems, not just fighting, thus she returned Nakoruru's body. As of the future days, Rera never possessed Nakoruru's body again, [[CharacterDevelopment hinting that she got better and matured]], thus there's no need to possess her again.
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* {{Anti Hero}}ine: She loves nature as much as Nakoruru does, but is more extreme in her ways to protect it.
* AscendedExtra: She was only a palette swap at first, and eventually becomes more and more integral to Nakoruru's story.
* BigDamnHeroes: She [[spoiler:took over Nakoruru's body]] twice, and both times it was to save both of their lives.]]
* TheBeastMaster: As Nakoruru, she manages the wolf Shikuru.
* EvilTwin: At first sight. She's more of an AntiHero actually.
* {{Expy}}: Somewhat justified.
* GrandTheftMe: A ''slightly'' necessary version.
* MyFutureSelfAndMe: Being a DreamMatchGame, in ''VI'' you can choose Rera '''AND''' Purple Nakoruru and make them fight.
* TheStoic
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Technically. She's less evil and more ruthless, and seriously misunderstands Nako's actual POV.
* WellIntentionedExtremist
* WhatTheHellHero: To Nakoruru in her opening sequences, before going ahead and possessing her.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Rasetsumaru]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[HellOnEarth Makai (the demon world)]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[PoisonedWeapons Bloodied katana]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Tsuguo Nakajima (V, V Special), Shinsuke Fukui (VI)[[/note]]
A demon released from Makai when Amakusa made a deal with Ambrosia. He's just around so he can kill more and more, reflecting his red blood blade. Hearing about Haohmaru, who looks like him, he hunts him down, but later meets his end by Yumeji.
In DreamMatchGame, his storyline further updated, explaining him being Amakusa's attempt to create Haohmaru (who is officially stated to be Amakusa's favourite type of warrior), but ended up a failure; Since he was created in Demon World he's essentially just a demon with his body shaped akin to Haohmaru's. In this storyline he hates not only Haohmaru but also Amakusa for creating him.
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* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Rasetsumaru wears a unearthly purple skin.
* AxCrazy: Oh jeez... As with Kusaregedo, his "bio" is actually a collection of obsessive quotes in regards to his homicidal urges.
* BeatStillMyHeart: HIS [[FinishHim Zetsumei Ougi]].
* BloodyMurder: One of his special moves involves cutting himself in the chest area to max his POW gauge in exchange for losing a bit of his health.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Likes doing this to his victims.
* CombatSadomasochist: One of his specials involves cutting himself across the chest with his blade, causing him to bleed and take damage to fill up his rage gauge.
* EnemyToAllLivingThings
* EvilKnockoff: According to some sources, Rasetsumaru was Amakusa's failed attempt at creating his own minion modeled after Haohmaru.
* {{Expy}}: His moves is based on Bust/Rasetsu Haohmaru.
* LickingTheBlade
* SlasherSmile
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Subverted, since he is NOT this but an EvilKnockoff of the real Haohmaru.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Enja]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[HellOnEarth Makai (the demon world)]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[PowerFist Iron bracelets]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Shintarō Ōhata (V, V Special), Atsushi Yamanishi (VI)[[/note]]
Once, he was Yunfei's pupil who sealed him, but in process, he became a demon himself and got sealed. Along with his brother Suija, he broke free a thousand years later (though separated), which took notice of the Kazama ninja clans, but he quickly decimated them, and possessed one of them. Enja's goal is to seal the spell of that devil who possessed Gaoh, then reunite with Suija, and with the spell, they can possess humans in a quicker method. He almost possessed Kazama Kazuki, but got sealed by Hazuki into his weapon. Later during the Yuga saga, Kazuki willingly lets Enja possess him, and he wreaks much havoc, but unfortunately, Kazuki has gotten better in self control and now manages to cow him out. Enja, probably due to years and years of being with Kazuki, somehow got a HeelFaceTurn and instead congratulates his willpower.
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* TheBerserker
* DarkSkinnedBlond
* EvilTwin
* {{Expy}}: Of Kazuki's Bust Mode in 64 games.
* HeelFaceTurn: ...somehow.
* LightningBruiser
* LukeIAmYourFather: Due to their likeliness to one another, the dubious nature behind Kazuki's birth, as well as Enja's need for a human host, several fans speculate that he is actually Kazuki's father. However, this claim also lacks a solid official source and is generally considered to be a conjecture by fans.
* NoIndoorVoice: To say the least....
* PlayingWithFire
* ScreamingWarrior
* TheUnintelligible: But then, it's not that he actually ''says'' anything.
* WalkingShirtlessScene
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Suija]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[HellOnEarth Makai (the demon world)]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[PowerFist Iron bracelets]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Ikuji Nose (V, V Special), Naoki Oikawa (VI)[[/note]]
Enja's brother, and unlike his berserker of a brother, Suija is a much more composed person... with an ambition to become a God. Like Enja, he possessed a Kazama ninja and later aims to possess Sogetsu Kazama. However, he ends up being sealed into Sogetsu's weapon by Hazuki. Later, Sogetsu taps on his power to fight Yuga, but due to more experience, Suija couldn't become the dominant one with Sogetsu.
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* AGodAmI
* AnimeHair
* EvilTwin
* {{Expy}}: Of Sogetsu's Bust Mode in 64 games.
* KillItWithWater
* LukeIAmYourFather: Due to their likeliness to one another, the dubious nature behind Sogetsu's birth, as well as Suija's need for a human host, several fans speculate that he is actually Sogetsu's father. However, this claim also lacks a solid official source and is generally considered to be a conjecture by fans.
* WalkingShirtlessScene
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kurokouchi Yumeji]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Edo, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[IaijutsuPractitioner Iaitō]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Mitsuki Saiga[[/note]]
Child of Ukyo's mentor. Apparently based on UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga's {{Uke}} Mori Ranmaru, who just looks as equally feminime. Expelled from the dojo of origin, Yumeji ends up becoming Gaoh's right hand man/woman. Later defeated by Ukyo and is avoided execution. Yumeji later becomes a nun and is responsible on permanently killing Rasetsumaru.
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* AloofDarkHairedGirl
* AmbiguousGender: Yumeji is unique to the roster due to having no definite canon gender; the developers to the game, Yuki Enterprise, entreated players to "believe whatever you believe Yumeji to be". To add to the confusion, Yumeji speaks in gender neutral Japanese in both official story and in-game text, and Yumeji's voice actor is known for voicing both genders. Due to the openness of the statement, players still argue over Yumeji's gender to this day.
* CrissCrossAttack: Just like Ukyo, Yumeji has a MeteorMove where moves at lightning speed to the enemy between him and passing front and behind him as a shadow to get after the opponent and then he sheathes his sword. Next to that, the character get sliced by various slashes and goes to the ground.
* TheDragon: To Gaoh.
* HeirToTheDojo: For a while.
* IaijutsuPractitioner: Just like Yumeji's father and Ukyo, sharing some moves with the latter.
* IllBoy: Yumeji was apparently kicked out of the dojo due to some sort of ambiguous illness -- though it's heavily implied that the "illness" was of being female.
* ImportantHaircut: Instead of killing Yumeji as Yumeji begged for after defeat, Ukyo just cut Yumeji's ponytail and orders Yumeji to go home.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: As stated, with AmbiguousGender and being the right hand person of a conquering warlord, Yumeji is based on the page of UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga, Mori Ranmaru.
* NunTooHoly: Instead going back to home, Yumeji became a nun, but managed to kill Rasetsumaru for real.
* ShapeShifter: In Yumeji's debut, Yumeji's special move is by morphing into other fighters.
* SubBoss: Of ''V''.
* TomboyishPonytail: That, until Ukyo cuts it off.
* YesMan: Yumeji is pretty much this for Gaoh.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kyougoku Hinowanokami Gaoh]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Hinowa-guni, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BladeOnAStick Jumonji Yari]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/KenjiUtsumi (V and V Special), Creator/AkioOhtsuka (VI)[[/note]]
Based on the [[DemonKingNobunaga Demon King]] UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga himself, Gaoh is a general of Tokugawa who got sickened with how the shogunate goes, and not to mention the heir Yoshitora, whom he mentored, is also an uncaring slacker. To stir up his responsibility, Gaoh led a rebellion, assisted with Yumeji. Along the way, he got possessed by the demon that made a deal with Yunfei. Yunfei later hunts him down and helps him free of the demon's influence and banished it. He is later beaten by Yoshitora and in his death, he finally gets to see Yoshitora maturing up.
In the sixth dream match game, there's his version called 'Gaoh, Oppressor of Demon World', which is a continuation of him and Kuraki Sumeragi being defeated and baninshed to Demon World by Yunfei in previous game. There, demons attacking him proved to be no match for Gaoh and he proceeded to defeat at them while using Kuraki Sumeragi's powers at wider extent, eventually transforming into demon itself. He ends up conquering Demon World and ruling it as Demon King, with his next objective being to conquer "the world above".
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* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: His 6th game's status. In the default game, Gaoh didn't end up being a demon completely, Yunfei's interference restored his humanity enough to face Yoshitora like a human. In the dream match, Yunfei's exorcism also sent him to the Demon World and then Gaoh started to relish his demonic power.
* BadassMoustache: Since he's based on UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga, he ''had'' to have the mustache.
* BigBad: With the Dark Emperor demon as the ManBehindTheMan and GreaterScopeVillain.
* BladeOnAStick: To be more precise, '''3''' blades on a stick! It also magically grows in size when Gaoh transforms into the Dark Emperor!
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: His intro image in the dream match, whereas he beckons the player while ''stomping on Satan's head''
* NobleDemon: A villain that nonetheless had the best interests of his nation. And he's not amused with some of the more obvious evil characters in the game, like Kusaregedo.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: As stated, he's based on UsefulNotes/Nobunaga, although his demonic status was at first unwilling, and his conquest was not to conquer Japan, but to fix the Shogunate, which he saw as corrupt, and make Yoshitora a responsible person that will fix the Shogunate. Though the WhatIf story in the sixth game was a take of a popular thought of [[DemonKingNobunaga 'Nobunaga is 100% demon and out there to conquer the world']]
* OneWingedAngel: The Dark Emperor/Kuraki-Sumeragi
* SNKBoss
* ShoutOut: Gaoh is one enormous shoutout to ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', from being voiced by Kenji "Raoh" Utsumi to shouting such things as "[[KiAttacks Tenha Kassatsu!]]" and ''"[[AttackAttackAttack Hikanu!]]"'', two famous lines of Kenshiro and Souther respectively.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He saw the Shogunate growing corrupt, and his student, the heir Yoshitora, was being a slacker that had almost no interest in ruling. For that, he conducted a rebellion to either fix the state or make that slacker take responsibility befitting of his position.
[[/folder]]

!!Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown VI''

[[folder:Andrew]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/{{TheThirteenAmericanColonies}} Virginia, United States]] [[note]]The flag shown here is the "Betsy Ross" flag of the thirteen colonies, adopted after the Declaration of Independence in 1776.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BayonetYa Musket and bayonet]]
He is portrayed as an American soldier who goes to Japan to stop a new menace to his relatively young country. In his ending, he befriends Yoshitora. He is a serious and dedicated individual, always thinking about his job to his country above all else.
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Kazuki Ishii[[/note]]
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* BayonetYa: Using the blade of his bayonet, he can slash his opponents from afar and keep them at a distance with his projectile attacks.
* BifurcatedWeapon: He uses a bayonet.
* {{Eagleland}}: Variant 1 -- a heroic leader of men with a just cause.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: The series' take on the the US's seventh president.
* {{Megane}}
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Based on UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson, an American soldier and statesman who served as the seventh President of the United States from 1829 to 1837. Before being elected to the presidency, Jackson gained fame as a general in the United States Army and served in both houses of Congress.
** RecycledInSPACE: Andrew Jackson as A [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair WHITE-HAIRED]] [[PrettyBoy PRETTYBOY]] WITH GLASSES.
* PatrioticFervor
* StoicSpectacles
* TheGlassesComeOff: Takes his glasses off before a match starts.
* WouldntHitAGirl: One of his pre-battle lines has Andrew feeling reluctant on fighting a female opponent.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Iroha]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Urushiyama, Mutsu Province, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[DualWielding Twin butterfly swords]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Mayumi Shindo (VI, Neo Geo Heroes, [[Anime/QueensBlade Queen's Gate: Spiral Chaos]]), Saori Gotō (Oni)[[/note]]
She is a crane who transforms herself into a Japanese maid. She serves her master and appears to think of him/her as the most important aspect of her life. Her master is unknown (rumored to be Andrew), but is likely to be the player him/herself as she often bows and speaks to the player before and after her fights. [[WordOfGod Creators have confirmed this in an interview]], adding that she is specifically talking to the players.
Iroha is an obedient and cheerful maiden. She deeply cares for her master, trying her hardest to stay in her human form whilst in front of him/her. Despite debuting only in a dream match, Iroha then goes on to star in many {{Meido}} based spinoff games.
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* {{Animorphism}}: Between crane and human forms.
** ShapeshiftingLover: She tries her best to maintain her human form for her master in front of him/her.
* BattleStrip[=/=]FullFrontalAssault: One of her [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vqb5z6Uczz8 super moves]] (which happens in shadow) involves her stripping off her clothes resulting in her silouette appearing nude, then beating the crap out of her opponent [[GoodOldFisticuffs with her bare hands]] before morphing into her crane form momentarily to cause some more damage, then morphing back to her human form, still nude, to lay the final blow.
** DistractedByTheSexy: ...and during that whole sequence, her opponent is ''just standing there'' letting her beat the crap out of him[=/=]her.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Iroha was introduced in one of the less bloody entries in the series and promptly disappears in the following game to be released, so she was never victim of the most brutal finishers the series had.
* DatingSim: Her SpinOff games by SNK are usually this, having two game series for mobile (''Maid by Iroha'' and ''Koi by Iroha''), as well appearing in various of the ''Days of Memories'' games.
* DualWielding: She fights with a pair of butterfly swords.
* {{Foil}}: In ''Koi by Iroha'' has one in Tsunami, another {{Stripperiffic}} NinjaMaid who's TheRival.
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: Iroha has a curvaceous figure complemented with very large breasts and fairly wide hips measuring at B91 W59 H85
* MsFanservice: Her default costume ''definitely'' gives this away. She even breaks the fourth wall to serve ''you'' at the end!
* NoFourthWall: This woman won't let something like that keep her from serving you.
* NinjaMaid: Probably the most literal example ever. Her clothes look like a cross between a kunoichi's clothing ([[{{Stripperiffic}} or lack thereof]]) and the stereotypical FrenchMaidOutfit.
* SpinAttack: She has two, one where she can twirl herself toward her open and slicing them with her swords, and other as a rolling attack that can also send her upwards to counter aerial attacks.
* {{Shotoclone}}: She's one of the basic and easier to use characters, and has special moves that mirrors those of Ryu/Ken with her own equivalent of Hadouken, Dragon Uppercut, and Hurricane Kick.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Skimmy kunoichi-inspired French maid wardrobe that reveals her cleavage and some sideboobs? Check. Wide hips out in the open? Check. Toeless thigh-highs? Double check.
* SuplexFinisher: If she is rendered weaponless while performing her Crane's Dance move on her opponent, she'll instead finish her full-frontal assault and literal bird kick by seductively approaching her victim only to fool them with a suplex.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Kind, domestic, submissive but not exactly weak, obedient to her master, feminine yet ''very'' capable of holding her own in battle. [[ShapeshiftingLover Her true form as crane helps too.]] Pretty much the ''only'' non-YN trait she has is her revealing wardrobe.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sugoroku Matsuribayashi]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Asakusa district, Edo, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ShoulderCannon Fireworks cannon]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Tarō Masuoka[[/note]]
A large, jolly man who really enjoys festivals and fun. His character design and mannerisms are based on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadaka_Matsuri Naked Festival]] that occurs in Japan. He was made to follow the festival motif in the game and was originally planned to be a boss character for Samurai Shodown V. According to the official guide for the game, he was developed from an earlier scrapped design. This character was a one-armed fencer with a cannon arm. His image changed when designers called for a "lame but cool" character.
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* ActionDad: Kicks butt and has a daughter named Koma.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: He may look goofy, but he isn't regarded as the best fireworks technician in the world for nothing! This guy'll straight-up knock you out!
* {{BFG}}: Wields a huge cannon used for shooting Fireworks!!
* BigBeautifulMan: With muscles!
* BigFun: He's extremely cheery.
* TheCutie: The guy's a ''genuine'' sweet, lovable NiceGuy who fights so that everyone will be happy and having fun. Then there's that smile of his...
* EarnYourHappyEnding: His arcade run in a nutshell.
* FamilyMan: Has a wife and child back home. His wife accompanies him before he starts a fight, and his daughter (alongside the wife and dog) will pose with him in victory. His family even assists him during battles!
* FunPersonified: ''Definitely''. This is a man who ''always'' carries a smile on his face, goes to every festival he can and wants everybody in the world to have fun!
* HappilyMarried: To his beloved Karuta.
* {{Homage}}: The ''entirety'' of this man takes inspiration as a passionate member of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadaka_Matsuri Hadaka Matsuri]], an event in Japan held at least once every year. Parcipants, usually male, wear virtually little clothing while celebrating the harmony of a fruitful harvest and fertility.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: His wife is taller than he is.
* LethalJokeCharacter: His design was intended to be this way, according to the developers. WordOfGod even claims he's supposed to be a "Lame, but cool character."
* LifeOfTheParty
* MrFanservice: His default costume leaves ''very'' little to the imagination. His design and mannerisms also have a bara feel to it.
* ShoulderCannon: In a series with some pretty out-there weapons, his fireworks cannon might take the cake.
* StoutStrength
* UnskilledButStrong: He's a fighting ''fireworks technician''!
* UnusualWeaponMounting
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Karakuri Ochamaro]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan North of Tsutimikaido, East of Nishinotouin, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[PuppetFighter The puppet itself, the gear on its back, and the iron rings that help it move]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Mayu Shindou[[/note]]
During the Heian period, a famous onmyōji learned about existence of the demon world and foresaw the dangers. He created an army of wooden puppets to combat them after his death. During times of peace, these puppets performed Shinto dances for the gods, and their performance usually took place at doll stage in Tenkaku Theater (Tenkaku-za). A century ago, when Mizuki and her demons awoke, the puppet army together with dozens of Buddhist monks went to Mt. Osore to seal her. They were successful but lost most of their puppets and men as the price. The surviving monks and puppet parts returned to Tenkaku Theater. Only one puppet, Ocha-Maro, was left undamaged and awoke before Samurai Shodown VI. It learns that all of his friends are dead, Mizuki broke the seal, and demon activity was on the rise. Ocha-Maro departs to fulfill his duty as a warrior who fights demons.
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* TheCameo: Apart of ''VI'', Ochamaro also appears as a Counter Card for ''SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS'' and in ''Maid by Iroha'' game series.
* UsefulNotes/{{Onmyodo}}: Ochamaro was built by one, the only person who shows respect.
** NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Due to Ochamaro's age, a handful of Japanese fans believe that he was created by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abe_no_Seimei Abe no Seimei]].
* {{Robot}}: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karakuri_puppet Karakuri puppets]] were one of the first automata in history, basically the predecesor of modern robots. Ochamaro is the second Karakuri in the series, being the first the [[RobotMe Karakuri version of 64's Yagyu Hanma]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Demon Gaoh]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Hinowa-guni, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BladeOnAStick Jumonji Yari]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/AkioOhtsuka[[/note]]
A version of Gaoh abusing the "Dark Emperor" spirit inside of him. He uses the entities' power as his own and efficiently tames the underworld. Although he did it to protect this world from demons, he essentially becomes one himself.
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* AmbiguouslyBrown: Reaching ScaryBlackMan degrees.
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: Alas, poor Gaoh.
* AnimatedArmor: Dark Emperor's "true" form is a ghostly living suit of armor [[http://villains.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Emperor_(Samurai_Shodown)]].
* BadassMoustache
* BigBad: The real main antagonist of the ''V'', ''Zero/Special'' and ''VI'' story arc.
* BladeOnAStick: Or rather '''three''' blades on a stick. It also magically grows in size when Gaoh transforms into and uses the power the Dark Emperor.
* DarkIsEvil / RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver
* DemonicPossession / FusionDance
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: His intro image in the dream match, whereas he beckons the player while ''stomping on Satan's head''.
* FinalBoss
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: He has no reason to be fought whatsoever, other than it being a dream match game.
* OneWingedAngel / SuperMode: The Dark Emperor/Kuraki-Sumeragi.
* SNKBoss
[[/folder]]

!3D Fighting Games

!!Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown 64''

[[folder:Shiki]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan A small shrine in a cave at Mount Osore, Mutsu, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[DualWielding Twin katanas with stylized hilts]]
-> '''Voiced by:'''[[note]]Kaori Minami (64, NGBC, SVC, Asura's Zanmaden OVA), Creator/RieTanaka (Oni)[[/note]]
One of the main heroines in the 64 series. Ever since birth, she was tailored to be Yuga's servant and when she came to age, she became {{Brainwashed}} to his servant and hunted down the male counterpart that Yuga needs for a perfect body: Haohmaru. Fortunately, Haohmaru managed to kick Yuga's ass beforehand, thereby freeing her soul and granting her amnesia about her time with Yuga, which she uses to become a fortune teller by the name Kanae. Unfortunately, Yuga soon revives and sends in Asura's Shadow to kidnap her, but they end up falling in love. The original Asura and his shadow defeats Yuga and later Shiki gave birth to her daughter from Shadow Asura: Mikoto. She left her in care with Haohmaru and Nicotine (and presumably Gaira as well), then vanishes, possibly dying eventually.
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* BabiesEverAfter: Any of her endings in crossovers or spinoff games will ALWAYS involve her giving birth to Mikoto.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy
* DualWielding
* EmotionlessGirl
* EvilCounterpart: Dekuina in 64 and Half-Shaded Shiki in 64-2.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Half-Shaded Shiki's special moves are written in sanskrit, much like Yuga's.
* LightIsNotGood: Or white in this case. Half-Shaded Shiki, Bust/Rasetsu version of Shiki, dresses with this color, but she's more evil than her counterpart, being one of the 3 guardians of Yuga's lair.
* MagicKnight: Half-Shaded Shiki relies on magic to attack her enemies, such as {{Energy Ball}}s, {{Power Float|s}}ing, PsychicAssistedSuicide and TeleportSpam.
* MarkOfTheBeast: A bunch of them: her snake tattoo is a MindControlDevice created by Yuga, and the red on her eyes symbolize Yuga's level of control - since she has heterochromia, it means that she's only partially controlled.
* TheProtagonist: Of 64 series along with Haohmaru (and Asura in 64-2).
* PsychicAssistedSuicide: Half-Shaded Shiki can force her enemy to imitate her and stab themeselves, although it deals more damage to the enemy than to herself.
* ReiAyanamiExpy: Developers admit that her personality and part of win quotes were based on Rei Ayanami.
* SlashedThroat: Proficient on it.
* SexyBacklessOutfit
* {{Stripperiffic}}
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Half-Shaded Shiki.
* {{Tykebomb}}
* TheVamp: Slightly more sexualized as Bust Shiki / Half-Shaded Shiki, with a penchant for [[KissOfDeath poisonous kisses]] and a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything rather suggestive]] [[VampiricDraining soul drain]] similar to [[Characters/FatalFury Hotaru]]'s infamous special move.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Yagyu Hanma]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Inari Shrine near the Tsuchi Mansion, Suruga, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[PowerFist Mechanical gauntlet]]
He is an expert inventor of the Yagyu clan. One day, he was ordered by his superiors to observe a rival clan. To do this, he slipped into the clan under the guise of a body guard for the princess. The princess instantly found Hanma to be an enjoyable character because of his smiling face and appointed him as her personal bodyguard. However, one day, the father of the princess told Hanma to go investigate [[BigBad the mysterious puppeteer]]. Shortly before he left, he created [[RobotMe a robot version of himself]], called Karakuri Hanma (his bust form) to ensure the safety of the princess. However, in his over zealousness, he had made a mistake in the programming, causing it to attack her. Realizing what occurred, he was forced to destroy his creation and come to her rescue.
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* AmbiguouslyRelated: Although they are members of the same clan, he is not directly related to Yagyu Jubei.
* ArmCannon: Hanma Yagyu and his mechanical counterpart Karakuri Hanma are armed with these. Sieger's gauntlet has limited shooting capabilities as well (mostly used for close-range fire blasts).
** WordOfGod: In his story, Hanma admits he idolizes Sieger, the reason why he wanted to recreate his gauntlet by himself.
* BaldOfAwesome: He becomes completely bald if his 2P palette is selected in the games he appeared in.
* BoxingBattler: His first Bust form (and to a much lesser extent, Karakuri Hanma) emphasizes boxing, as he's got [[Characters/StreetFighterII Balrog]]-like [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom straight punches and uppercuts]] and even [[Manga/HajimeNoIppo Makunouchi Ippo]]'s Dempsey Roll.
* GadgeteerGenius: Also a BunglingInventor, mostly because of Karakuri Hanma.
* GentleGiant: Of 64 series.
* InNameOnly: Despite the last name, Hanma has no relation with Jubei.
* MightyGlacier: Of 64 series in general.
* NowThatsUsingYourTeeth: His smile is not only for show, as it can be used for reversing attacks.
* PerpetualSmiler: Hanma is smiling all the time.
* PowerFist: His WeaponOfChoice is a mechanical gauntlet called "The Boulder Slicer".
* RobotMe: Karakuri Hanma, 64-2 Bust/Rasetsu version of Hanma and the first "Robot" of the series before Ochamaro.
** BreathWeapon: Can breathe fire.
** ClockworkCreature
** FastTunnelling
** HiddenWeapons: Has one cannon on each arm and a shoulder cannon.
** RoboticPsychopath: Hanma's misprogramming makes Karakuri attacks Yukihime instead to protect her.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Deku and Dekuina]]
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[{{BFS}} A big sword (Deku)]] and [[DualWielding twin katanas (Dekuina)]]
-> '''Voiced by:'''[[note]]Creator/DaikiNakamura (Deku), Kaori Minami (Dekuina)[[/note]]
Deku and Dekuina are semi-human dolls created by Yuga the Destroyer. Yuga was seeking for the two strongest bodies for a perfect resurrection, a female and a male one. It found the female one in Shiki, and the male one in Haohmaru, but in case it failed to achieve both of them, Yuga created the two dolls, Deku (the male one) and Dekuina (the female one), which were based on Haohmaru and Shiki respectively.
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* {{BFS}}: Deku fights with big weapon that resembles curved on one end [[SinisterScimitar scimitar]] or [[AnAxeToGrind axe]].
* CloningBlues: Deku and Dekuina are clones based on Haohmaru and Shiki, respectively.
* DualWielding:
* TheCameo: An army of Deku and Dekuina are seen in the Asura's Zanmaden OVA.
* {{Doppelganger}}/EvilKnockoff: Of Haohmaru and Shiki made by Yuga.
* MovesetClone: Of Haohmaru and Shiki, with a new super move for each.
* SoullessShell: Both Deku and Dekuina have no emotions at all.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Although Deku and Dekuina don't appear in 64-2, slightly updated designs of their clothing are used as outfits for Shadow Asura and Rasetsu/Bust Shiki.
* SubBoss: Of the first 64 game.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Gandara]]
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Gandara is a monster [[NauseaFuel comprised of thousands of corpses stitched and held together through Yuga's use of forbidden magic]]. Yuga uses it as a bodyguard, but despite its overwhelming strength, Gandara was defeated by Kazuki and Sogetsu Kazama. When Yuga revives himself in Samurai Shodown 64: Warriors Rage, Gandara is made en masse and produced in some kind of factory. One of these is defeated by Hanzo in his ending.
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* AttackItsWeakPoint: It seems to take more damage from blows to the head.
* TheBrute
* TheCameo: Gandara also appears in [[VideoGame/TheLastBlade Akari Ichijou]]'s super in ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum'' and in ''VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos'''s Shiki, being defeated by [[VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins Red Arremer/Firebrand]] means to be converted into Gandara.
* DishingOutDirt
* FourIsDeath: Its creation involves placing a Deku into an egg for 44 months and 44 days.
* ImplacableMan
* MidBoss: Of 64 games.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[http://snk.wikia.com/wiki/Talk:Gandara As well as a large number of forsaken adults.]]
* StoneWall
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Yuga the Destroyer]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[HellOnEarth Makai (the demon world)]]''
-> '''Voiced by:'''[[note]]Creator/DaikiNakamura and Kaori Minami (64 (duo-toned)), Satomi Nakatani (64-2)[[/note]]
The BigBad of the Samurai Shodown 64 games. Yuga is an ancient evil persumablely from the demon world and is now attempting to use Shiki and Haohmaru to create a perfect body for to be a [[GodOfEvil 'God of Destruction']] and unite the Demon and Human world. Yuga and its powers are themed around dual energies of yin/yang, and similarly it can employ male and female bodies for itself.
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* AmbiguouslyRelated: There are many speculations regarding Yuga's relationship with Ambrosia. For many fans, they're the same entity (see Ambrosia for more details).
* BigBad: Of the 64 series.
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler: Becomes Shiki's daughter Mikoto later on and tries to completely possess her.]]
* GenderBender: Yuga switches between both male and female forms throughout the series.
* MarionetteMaster: Begins with stealing babies from wombs, giving them supernatural powers and brainwashing them later in their lives to be his mindless servants via puppet show.
* OneWingedAngel: Well he/she is a SNKBoss.
[[/folder]]

!!Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown 64-2''

[[folder:Asura]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[HellOnEarth Makai (the demon world)]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[MultiMeleeMaster The 7 Ancient Weapons]] (Asura), [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] (Shadow Asura)
-> '''Voiced by:'''[[note]]Creator/KazuyaIchijo (64 games, NGBC, Asura's Zanmaden OVA)[[/note]]
A dark entity who battled Yuga over title of Demon World's Strongest, but got defeated and sealed, and he was later cloned, the clone becoming Yuga's servant. Yuga's first defeat weakened the seal, thus the original broke free and set out for revenge. Meanwhile, the clone (Shadow Asura), on the orders of Yuga, kidnapped Shiki and restored her memories as Yuga's servant, but in process, fell in love. The original Asura confronted the shadow, and the two ends up banding together to defeat Yuga for good. As the clone is vanishing due to being empowered with Yuga's magic, the original merged with him, turning into Yuda.
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* AntiHero / AntiVillain
* BloodKnight: Mostly seen in the OVA.
* CastingAShadow: One of Shadow Asura's attacks.
* DarkIsNotEvil
* {{Expy}}: Various aspects of 64's Deku are seen in later Shadow Asura, such as [[PowerFloats floating]] and enlarging his sword
* FrickinLaserBeams: Shadow Asura has a bunch of them.
* HeelFaceTurn: Shadow Asura, Bust[=/=]Rasetsu version of Asura.
** LoveRedeems: He becomes a good guy after falling in love with Shiki, and even having a child, Mikoto.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The fusion of both Asura makes Yuda, character who will be seen in the DistantFinale.
* SwissArmyWeapon: His katana can turn into a jousting spear, a bow and arrow, a poleaxe, etc...
* ThemeNaming: His attack names are named after demons.
** Shadow Asura's special attacks are all named after angels in GratuitousEnglish, spelled backward.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Morozumi Taizan]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan The mountains of Oku-Hida, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ImprobableWeaponUser Giant calligraphy brush]] (Slash), [[BladeOnAStick Spear]] (Bust)
-> '''Voiced by:'''[[note]]Takaya Yamauchi[[/note]]
A demon-sealing warrior armed with a giant spear who seeks to avenge his wife and son killed by Yuga. When needed the tip of his spear can turn to brush to write kanji symbols using own blood as an ink. Then, meaning of whatever was written becomes reality (like word "Fire" becomes a fiery explosion)
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* BadAssBookworm
* BladeOnAStick: He's got a spear-calligraphy brush hybrid. While in the official art he wields one or another depending on the Slash / Bust mode, in gameplay it shows itself as a spear until he writes symbols and the brush's bristles suddenly appear.
%%* ThePenIsMightier
* ElementalPowers: Everytime Taizan writes in kanji some element, this manifests it against the opponent.
* HeartbrokenBadass
* HermeticMagic: Morozumi heritage has the power to seal demons, a tradition Taizan represents very well.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Come on, a ''giant callygraphy brush''!?
* ItsPersonal: Taizan goes for a personal revenge against Yuga, who killed his wife and son.
* MartialArtsAndCrafts: A fighter calligrapher.
* ShoutOut: Because of his look, especially the headband and glasses, Taizan could be based on [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Gendo Saotome]], who also has a wife (Nodoka) and a son (Ranma).
* StartOfDarkness: In his battle against Yuga, Taizan stopped because himself was "becoming a demon" so he comes back to his house, seals his brush and guards his family's graves.
* SuperDeformed: Mostly [[GraphicsInducedSuperDeformed Graphics-Induced]] because of his other appearances outside this game, both for UsefulNotes/NeoGeoPocketColor: ''Samurai Shodown! 2'' (port of 64-2) and ''VideoGame/SNKVsCapcom: [[CardBattleGame Card Fighter Clash]]'' series for NGPC.
** OpaqueNerdGlasses: PlayedForLaughs in NGPC games.
* TechnicalPacifist
* WarriorPoet: Noneless from a calligrapher.
[[/folder]]

!!Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage ([=PS1=])''

[[folder:Kuki Seishirou]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Edo, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[AncestralWeapon Blue katana]]
-> '''Voiced by:'''[[note]]Naoki Oikawa[[/note]]
The new main character to the DistantFinale, is the son of a legendary family and samurai known as Kuki. He was trained alongside his brother Tohma and his father's student Jushiro, but due to his [[BornWinner natural]] [[TheGift talent]] and his dedication was shown to be nearly peer less at sword fighting. One day his father was found dead and his father's sword, [[AncestralWeapon Blade of the Flaming Sun]] stolen. Suspecting his brother Tohma, he takes his father's [[AncestralWeapon Full Moon Blade]] and joins Jin-Emon Hanafusa's mission to [[PenalColony Riten Kyo]], where Tohma along with the [[TerribleTrio Razor Trio]] are known to be attacking the government and terrorizing the inhabitants.
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* AloofAlly
** AloofBigBrother: With Tohma.
* AnimeHair: As per Samurai Shodown main character tradition.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* CainAndAbel: The Abel to Tohma's Cain.
* TheCameo: Only appears as SNK Character Card in ''SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash 2''.
* DualWielding: As Kuno Seishirou, porting his sword and Tohma's.
* GoodIsNotNice: He is extremely rude to almost every character in the game.
* HeavySleeper: Has the habit of falling asleep anywhere and at anytime he feels like it. Including other characters' monologues.
* KnightTemplar
* {{Kuudere}}
* MeaningfulRename: ''Kunō Tenshō-ryū'' (Nine Rulers Ascension Art) is the complete martial art learned from his father. Being complete with the [[DualWielding two swords]], he decided to rename as "Kuno Seishirou", being Kuno part of the name of the martial art instead wearing the family name.
* OneRiotOneRanger: Seishirou is seems like this, going by himself against [[TerribleTrio Razor Trio]] (and especifically Tohma) without help and without the ItsPersonal factor.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Oni to Tohma's Red.
* SiblingYinYang: The Yin to Tohma's Yang.
* ShoutOut: His calm personality and the moon-related moves are similar to ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade'''s Moriya Minakata, but with blue instead red.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* TheStoic
* TookALevelInBadass: Was already a badass but after beating the game, he takes the name Kuno Seishirou and a GameBreaker separate character form is available to select.
* YouKilledMyFather: Somewhat subverted, in the fact that Seishirou seems more concerned about getting back HIS [[spoiler:father's]] [[AncestralWeapon sword]] and proving his superiority then avenging his father's murder.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kuki Tohma]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Tengen Castle, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[AncestralWeapon Red katana]]
-> '''Voiced by:'''[[note]]Tetsuya Sakai[[/note]]
The older son of the legendary Kuki, Tohma, like Seishirou trained extensively throughout his life. Except unlike his fellow sparring partners under his father's teaching, he became more interested in [[EvilFeelsGood the power that comes with being the strongest]]. One night, believing it to be a source of great power, he takes the [[AncestralWeapon Blade of the Flaming Sun]] and kills his father. He then began traveling searching for [[WorthyOpponent worthy opponents]] and killing them or whoever crossed him along the way. During his travels he meets up with [[HopelessSuitor Mikoto]], who travels with him and later the two join up with [[DiabolicalMastermind Oboro]], forming the feared [[TerribleTrio Razor Trio]] of most of [[PenalColony Riten Kyo]]. As the most openly violent of the three, Tohma becomes known as its strongest and most feared warrior, as well as the main target of the Bafuku government.
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* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* BloodKnight
* TheBrute: Of the [[TerribleTrio Razor Trio]].
* CainAndAbel: The Cain to Seishirou's Abel.
* TheCameo: Only appears as SNK Character Card in ''SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash 2''.
* TheDarkSide
* EvilAlbino
* EvilOrphan
* EvilWearsBlack: The common outfit of Tohma is wearing a black jacket with a black hakama.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Even in his own ending, the duel between him and Seishirou always ends with Tohma defeated and HIS [[spoiler:father's]] [[AncestralWeapon sword]] being taken back.
* HotBlooded
* MovesetClone: Averted. He's Seishiro's corresponding clone character, but is otherwise almost completely different.
* ObliviousToLove: Barely acknowledges or doesn't comprehend Mikoto's feelings for him.
* SocialDarwinist: His belief that only the strong should survive and rule leads him to joining the Razor Trio and taking over [[PenalColony Riten Kyo]].
* ThisCannotBe: After the defeat by Seishirou and his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* RedIsViolent: Not just the red eyes, Tohma also wields the red katana from his father and his sandals have red cords.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Red to Seishirou's Blue.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Kills his father to prove his strength and take the [[AncestralWeapon sword]].
* SiblingYinYang: The Yang to Seishirou's Yin.
%%* UnknownRival: Seishirou.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kuki]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Tengen Castle, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[DualWielding A pair of]] [[AncestralWeapon legendary katanas]]
Kuki is a character introduced in ''Warriors Rage'' as the father of Seishiro and foster father of Tohma. He is also referred to as "the Legendary Kuki" or "Master of the Kunou Tenshoryu". He is dead by the time the game takes place but is mentioned by the characters who knew him.
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* AncestralWeapon: Both of his swords are known as this, soon inherited by his children after his death.
* DeathByOriginStory: His death marks the beginning of the story of the game.
* DualWielding: Kuki mastered his both {{Ancestral Weapon}}, Sei-oh and Kohoh, inherited by Seishirou and Tohma respectively after his death.
* TheGhost: After his death, Kuki is mentioned only by flashbacks, his former friends and in endings.
* HeterosexualLifePartner: With Jin-Emon Hanafusa and also developed a friendship with one of his pupils, Sakaki Jushiro.
* LegacyCharacter: Seishirou after Tohma's defeat get his sword and becomes Kuno Seishirou, which is the closest we can get of Kuki, his techniques are partly demonstrated through him.
* MasterSwordsman: Kuki was known as this, being respected in his zone and admired between other warriors.
* {{NPC}}: As said in LegacyCharacter, the closest we can get of Kuki's gameplay is Kuno Seishirou.
* OneNameOnly: He's only known as Kuki, his family name. The [[AllThereInTheManual "All-About SNK" appendix]] lists his full name as '''Tetsuki Kuki'''.
* RedBaron: He is also referred to as "the Legendary Kuki" or "Master of the Kunou Tenshoryu".
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hanafusa Jin-Emon]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Edo, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BladeOnAStick Jumonji Yari]]
-> '''Voiced by:'''[[note]]Hikaru Hanada[[/note]]

One of the most loyal servants to the Bafuku government and a life long friend of the master swordsman Kuki. He has served as a samurai for many years, living to protect his master. He used to train under Kuki's tutelage and there met with the younger samurai such as the young hopeful Sakaki Jushiro and the two sons of Kuki, quiet Seishiro and fiery Tohma. All who helped him retain his youthful spirit, especially Jushiro who he became best of friends with. Things however have since gone bad, with Jushiro's apparent betrayal of the government and Kuki's death at the hands of his son. Being the most experienced samurai, he is naturally given the dangerous mission of retaking control of Riten Kyo and terminate all the rebellious factions there. Along with Seishiro, he heads forward to complete his mission.
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* BenevolentBoss: Unlike his partner, he is sympathetic to his lesser ranked peers that are stationed at Riten Kyo and tries his best to moralize them with a promise to return home.
* BladeOnAStick: A special spear with the form of a crucifix.
* TheCameo: He has an in-text cameo in the FeudalJapan game of ''Days of Memories'' series.
* CannotTalkToWomen: In a certain degree. Since he spent his whole life away from the opposite sex, Jin-Emon is very nervous around women.
* CasanovaWannabe: Or seems like it around [[MsFanservice Saya]] [[spoiler:([[ShipTease hinted as reciprocal]] in his ending).]]
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: [[spoiler:In his ending duel against Jushiro.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartner: With Kuki and Jushiro.
* HonorBeforeReason: Steady loyal to his master and the traditions of samurai.
* MovesetClone: Has them in the form of Samurai mooks.
* OlderSidekick: Although, technically he is Seishirou's superior.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Garyo the Whirlwind]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan "Cave of the Brigands", Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[SheathStrike Sheathed knife]]
-> '''Voiced by:'''[[note]]Enma Itō[[/note]]
Garyo aka “The Whirlwind”, is the stubborn but kind hearted leader of a gang of thieves that roam Riten Kyo. Despite being criminals, Garyo has inspired his followers not to commit terrible crimes and to respect life. Their base was hidden in the caves underneath Razor Trio's castle but after being spotted by guards, they were all captured and imprisoned in the dungeons. After many weeks, Garyo managed to escape but could only get his most loyal partner, Chobisuke out as well due to the rest already being executed. He then vows revenge against those that killed his comrades.
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* BoisterousBruiser
* TheCasanova: In his profile, his favourite thing is "chicks".
** LadykillerInLove: He later shown real affections for "his bride" Mikoto.
* CoveredInScars
* DumbMuscle
* AFatherToHisMen: A rugged and tough man who is confident in his leadership. Although he seems to be a villain to the common folk, he will protect people when he thinks it's necessary. Garyo treasures his gang and treats them as his family.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: Often fights with just one arm, but will use both if deemed neccessary.
* ItsPersonal: He goes after Tohma's head, who slaughtered most of his band as well "kidnapping his bride" Mikoto.
* MightyGlacier
* OneManArmy
* OnlyOneName: Usually just accompanied with his RedBaron.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: His band of bandits
* RedBaron: "The Whirlwind", of course. Whirlwind is a title he earned.
* SheathStrike: Doesn't even bother to unsheathe his knife, except in his ultimate special move.
* UnrequitedLove: For Mikoto. In his ending, [[spoiler:he defeats Tohma but hides from Mikoto. After seeing her genuine love for Tohma, he resigns his original intentions and leaves. To compensate for his decision, he steals Tohma's horse and a donkey for Chobisuke.]]
* {{Yakuza}}: Based on the romantic ''bakuto'' depiction of their predecessors.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sakaki Jushiro]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Akatsuki Village, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[SwissArmyWeapon Katana with a pistol in the handle]]
-> '''Voiced by:'''[[note]]Creator/KunihikoYasui[[/note]]
A young talent government's samurai, he was sent to train under the legendary samurai Kuki, where he trained alongside [[GrumpyBear Seishirou]] and [[AxCrazy Tohma]]. Both were distant towards others, so Jushiro mainly developed the [[TrueCompanions best of friendships]] with Jin-Emon Hanafusa. Jushiro also met and fell in love with a female samurai named Karen, but both Karen and Jushiro were loyal samurai and Karen decided to [[HonorBeforeReason put duties before personal happiness]] as was expected of them. When it was learned [[BigBad Oboro]] had designs on the princess, Karen offered to be the princess' BodyDouble in a trap. However, Oboro's power was more then expected and Karen along with the soldiers involved were slaughtered. Jushiro was the first to arrive at the site and when others found him alone, became the prime suspect. Leaving the government, he went into hiding on Riten Kyo. Forming the "Atom Rebels", along with Rinka and Saya, he becomes marked for extermination by his former employers. He later modified his sword with parts of gun he picked up from Oboro's party which killed Karen.
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* TheCameo: He has an in-text cameo in the FeudalJapan game of ''Days of Memories'' series.
* JadeColoredGlasses
* LoveableRogue
* TheMourningAfter
* MovesetClone: Averted. He's the only main character in the game with no moveset clone.
* RebelLeader: Even if it is basically just a small number of people.
* RebelliousSpirit
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Against nearly everyone, Oboro for kill Karen, Tohma for killing his master and the Bafuku for sending Karen on the mission and thinking he was responsible for the massacre because he was the first on the scene.
* SwissArmyWeapon: The handle of his sword is a pistol.
* VigilanteMan: He made his own vigilante group after becoming a deserter of [[UsefulNotes/{{Shinsengumi}} Oniwabanshu]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Izanagi Yaci]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Riten-kyo, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[SerratedBladeOfPain Saw blade]]

Yaci, a former bodyguard, he is one of the most dangerous thugs wandering around the streets of the prison island Riten Kyo, along with his friend Haito Kanakura. He enjoys making his opponents uffer and drains blood from his enemies in order to drink it. Yaci however began to change after meeting his beloved Namino, who due to her he has vowed to one day give up the life of crime, blood drinking and escape the island with. To achieve this goal he decides to move up the ranks among Riten Kyo's elite and become as powerful as the Razor Trio or the Bafuku government.
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Acts hostile towards all female characters, uses nail polish (though one should bear in mind purple is considered the color of death in Japan) and is in love with Namino- a male geisha.
* FragileSpeedster
* LeanAndMean
* SmugSnake
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Yoshino Rinka]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Akatsuki Village, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[{{BFS}} Nodachi]]

The proud daughter of the honorable and wealthy Yoshino family. Unexpected [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]] and betrayal among the shogunate, lead to the Yoshino bloodline's economic collapse as well as its members being placed on the shores of [[PenalColony Riten Kyo]], to slowly fade from history and society. However, Rinka returning from her secluded training to what was left of her family, decides to fight back, joining Jushiro and Saya, in the "Atom Rebels" anti-shogunate group.
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* AdaptationInspiration: Although she isn't playable in any other games, a VideoGame/{{MUGEN}} version of her exists on the net.
* {{BFS}}: Not really that big compared to most to be called a BFS but literally much bigger then a 5'1" girl of her size could yield effectively in combat.
* BreakoutCharacter: After only appearing in this game, Rinka comes back in the Edo version of ''Days of Memories'' series.
* ClearTheirName: Rinka joined the "Atom Rebels" as a means to reestablish her family's honor and free the island.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Her blueish mouse friend named Tetsunosuke
* {{Tsundere}}
* WaifFu
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Saya]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} Kingdom of Great Britain]]'' [[note]]the flag shown is that of the historic Kingdom of Great Britain, used up until 1801. The state came into being following the Treaty of Union in 1706, ratified by the Acts of Union 1707, which united the kingdoms of England (which included Wales) and Scotland to form a single kingdom encompassing the whole island of Great Britain and its outlying islands, with the exception of the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.[[/note]]
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[DualWielding Twin kama]]

Saya (real name 'Sasha') was born in England, to a family that was working for one of the most important commercial trade corporations between England and Japan. To achieve success they had to make underworld contacts with criminals but due to their refusal to accept conditions by a gang of thieves led by Oboro, an extermination unit was sent to wipe out Saya's family. Saya's family were killed but she was spared and raised by one of the assassins who took her back to Japan. She has been trained in the art of assassination but has lived with hatred toward Oboro's Razor Trio and the Bafuku government who she blames for doing nothing to avoid their murder. She has since joined up with Jushiro's ''Atom Rebels'' to dethrone both the Bafuku and the Razor Trio in Riten Kyo.
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* BreakoutCharacter: After only appearing in this game, Saya comes back in the Edo version of ''Days of Memories'' series.
* DudeMagnet: Seems to have acquired a number of male admires among the male cast.
* CaptainErsatz: Saya’s appearance is very similar to Kasuga from the ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' series, and is also a {{ninja}} to boot.
* {{Expy}}: Saya shares a lot of similarities, personality and appearance-wise, with Lien Neville from the ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters KOF: Maximum Impact]]'' series.
* MovesetClone: Has her own in the form of Oboro's Amazons.
* JerkassFacade: Tries to act vain and arrogant but is really a very kind person.
* MsFanservice
* {{Ninja}}
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kanakura Haito]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Riten-kyo, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana]]

Haito is a former bodyguard gone rogue and one of the most feared criminals that live in Riten-Kyo. Son of a Japanese woman and a foreigner, he partner up with Yaci Izanagi and have terrorized the local population. Haito has a terrible sickness, the causes him to have seizures, which he controls by drinking a special potion to sooth the pain and provide extreme abilities. Cold blooded and ruthless, he is in love with Saya but upon her rejection of him, he decides there is nothing left to live for and to take all his frustration out on the Razor Trio who feels are unfit to rule.
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* BashBrothers: With Yaci.
* BloodLust: Is literally obsessed with it and the color red.
* MixedAncestry
* RedIsViolent
* SoapOperaDisease: Coughs up blood during his bouts with it.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ran Po]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Riten-kyo, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[DropTheHammer Iron hammer]]

Ran Po, a short-tempered but mature for his age orphan whose parents were victims of the violence that reigned over Riten Kyo. He was save due to the kind old man Daruma, who took Ran Po and another lost child, Minto, as his grandchildren. Ran Po and Minto got along very well and being the elder has taken it upon himself to protect Minto. Daruma eventually depressed by the current situation on Riten Kyo, orders his grandchildren to leave the island to find a more peaceful life. The problem with this however is that Minto has become lost and Ran Po must search the island so that the two can leave together.
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* DropTheHammer
* WildChild
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Daruma]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Riten-kyo, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[SwordCane Cane]]

He is a care-free wanderer who was once a legendary duelist that single-handedly annihilated an infamous family. When he is in Ritenkyo, he acts as the surrogate parent of Ran Po and Minto. One day, as Daruma returns to Ritenkyo, he notices the deterioration of the town (violence, robbery and murder are everyday affairs) and resolves to assume his past identity to punish the roots: the Three Blades of Dominion.
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* BaldOfAwesome
* CoolOldGuy: Though it seems that his old age has affected his sword skills.
* EyepatchOfPower
* MovesetClone: Of Haito.
* ParentalSubstitute: Of Ran Po and Minto.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mugenji]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Tower of Prayer, Riten-kyo, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[KnifeNut Nata]]

Mugenji is a homicidal murderer, driven insane with his abnormal obsession with beauty and butterflies. As a child, he was ostracized by his village for his unruly appearance, often driven to live alone in fields of flowers. A blind girl, named Ocho (whose name means butterfly) willingly befriends him. One day, Ocho excitedly tells him that she will visit a doctor to gain her sight. For dubious reasons -implied to be his fear of her seeing what he looks like- he strangles her to death. Believing that he will be reborn into a butterfly, Mugenji traverses across the land, killing anyone who is in his path.
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* AxCrazy
* ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth: The possible explanation on why he is so obsessed with them.
* GoodIsBadAndBadIsGood: Believes this, though he does enjoy beautiful things and butterflies.
* MovesetClone: Of Yaci and/or Yuda.
* ScaryBlackMan
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tashon Mao]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[ImperialChina Qing Dynasty China]] [[note]]The flag shown here is that of the Qing Dynasty, who ruled China from 1644 to 1912.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[WolverineClaws Metal Claw]]


Tashon Mao hails from China and travels to perfect his warriors skills. He enters Ritenkyo in a foreign skiff, mistaking it for the Japanese mainland. He chanced to see a fairy sprite (Nakoruru) in the forest and instantly becomes obsessed with her. Jealous of any strangers who may steal her away, he fights to ward off visitors and "protects" Nakoruru.
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* AmbiguouslyHuman: To the point people confuse him for a giant panda, though he barely resembles one.
* BigFun: He is a large comic relief character who isn't meant to be taken seriously.
* TheCameo: He has an in-text cameo in the FeudalJapan game of ''Days of Memories'' series.
* JokeCharacter
* MovesetClone: Of Garyo.
* PowerFist
* UnrequitedLove: With Nakoruru. In his ending, he overhears her talking to Haohmaru and learns that someone is already waiting for her affections ([[ShipTease implied to be Galford]]). He decides to give up on her and leaves the forest, lamenting that he can never find another fairy like Nakoruru again. Moments after he says this, Rimururu crashes into him.
* WolverineClaws: His WeaponOfChoice is a pair of Full-Piercing Talons.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Minto]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Riten-kyo, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[DropTheHammer Hammer]]

She is an orphan raised in the streets of Ritenkyo and the younger adopted sister to Ran Po. Like her brother, Minto is a wild child who was raised without moral discipline and proper etiquette. Her natural curiosity lead her to befriend some of the orphans around Ritenkyo, one of whom is Mario. He is a sort of an inventor who created Minto's weapon as a present to her.
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* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Downplayed- she is still a good adopted sister to Ran Po, they genuinely love each other and eventually she helps him to escape from the island.
* BrattyHalfPint
* MovesetClone: Of her adoptive brother Ran Po.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mikoto]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Tengen Castle, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BladeOnAStick Nagayari]]

She is Shiki and Shadow Asura's child, born at the end of ''Samurai Shodown 64: Warriors Rage''. Before she died, Shiki left her child with Nicotine Caffeine and his student, Haohmaru. As she grew over the years, Mikoto demonstrated inhuman abilities and skills. She adapts these powers into a powerful fighting style that corresponds with her dual personas, commonly dubbed as "Angel" and "Devil" respectively. This inner conflict occasionally materialized in the form of one white and black wing for each half. She uses her heavenly powers to conduct religious services and rituals in which she was revered as a religious symbol (shrine maiden).
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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Her feelings for Tohma are not corresponded at all.
* {{BFS}}: Her weapon is a bit taller than herself.
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: Mikoto has to deal with her "Angel" side and her "Devil" side.
* {{Miko}}: Mikoto is the priestess of Razor Trio.
* MovesetClone: Averted. Technically she's Rinka's clone, but she shares almost no moves with her.
* MuggleFosterParents: Haohmaru, Nicotine and Gaira.
* ReiAyanamiExpy: Just like her mother Shiki.
* ShrinkingViolet
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Her "Devil" persona[[spoiler:, which later is known that is [[AGodAmI Yuga the Destroyer]] disguised]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Yuda]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[MergerOfSouls The product of Asura merging with Shadow Asura]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana]]

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He is the product of Asura merging with Shadow Asura. As a consequence of their fusion, Yuda retains no memory from either Asuras' previous lives. A somber individual, he carries out the orders given to him without question and acts as the heartless executioner to his victims. Yuda is assigned to a section of the shogunate linked to the Three Blades of Ritenkyo. He is secretly promised the position of shogun if Oboro (Jigen Taishi) succeeds. If the plan fails, Yuda would be used as the political scapegoat to destroy evidence of Oboro's plot. His first mission is clearing out Ritenkyo.
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* CompositeCharacter: InUniverse. After defeating Yuga the Destroyer, Asura and Shadow Asura fused into one being, that is Yuda.
** Also in his gameplay, Yuda shares his fighting style with Yaci and Mugenji. This style is based on the use of reversals, stuns and a projectile which will drain an opponent's lifebar throughout the match.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Like the two Asuras he's made from, he's an AntiHero / AntiVillain. Personality-wise, Yuda is more aloof and emotionless rather than outright good or evil. He's also quite TallDarkAndHandsome.
* LossOfIdentity: As a consequence of their fusion, Yuda retains no memory from either Asuras' previous lives. A somber individual, he carries out the orders given to him without question and acts as the heartless executioner to his victims.
* MovesetClone: Of Yaci and/or Mugenji.
* OneWingedAngel: A literal example.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Oboro]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Tengen Castle, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[FlyingWeapon Triple floating blades]]

Though he has a kind looking demeanor, he was once a ninja that was revered as much as Hanzo Hattori. He was forced to leave the clan after Hanzo defeats him in a duel. Hateful during his alienation, he learns dark magic and gathers several "cursed weapons". He devotes himself to the will of the earthly Buddha Jigen Taishi -who "protects" Ritenkyo- and spends twenty years plotting the government's downfall. During this time, he creates the "Three Blades of Domination" -or the Razor Trio- and trains an army of skilled amazons. He wants to assume the will of his benefactor and establish a new nation for the martial deity. He also hopes to avenge his disgrace caused by Hanzo.
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* BigBad: Of ''Warriors's Rage''.
* EvilOldFolks: Is he ever.
* FinalBoss: Of the story mode. However, he's the only non-generic {{NPC}} character that is not unlocked and playable upon defeat.
* MovesetClone: Of Seishiro (sword) and Jin-Emon (spear)'s weapons.
* {{Ninja}}: Was one and infact used to be part of Hanzo's clan before the latter defeated and exiled him.
* SNKBoss: He has no body you can attack, since you fight his giant levitating weapons instead which he controls via telepathy. Those weapons are the only "character" in game which takes full advantage of 3D space flying here and there and attacking from various directions - while their own hitboxes (which you should attack to damage Oboro) are almost nonexistent.
* SocialDarwinist: Often repeats sayings like "Strong will live, while weak should die. Obey the law of nature!"
[[/folder]]

!!Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown: Edge of Destiny''

[[folder:Takechiyo]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Fukami-mura, Sagami Province, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon:''' "''Uchikomiyō bokutō''" ([[WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter Wooden sword]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin for beating things up]])

He is a warrior-in-training who was once saved by Haohmaru when his village was attacked by bandits. He was then taught by Haohmaru in swordplay to become stronger. Like his idol, he travels the land in hopes of improving himself. One day, he was saved by Suzuhime when he swept ashore from his shipwrecked boat. Two months prior the events of the game, Suzuhime runs away from home and he decides to find her. Though he finds it a bother, he agrees as the journey will also help him improve his swordplay and his code of honor.
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* CaptainErsatz: His background and name are referred to Creator/ToshiroMifune in ''Film/SevenSamurai''.
* CombatPragmatist
* HeroWorshipper: After Haohmaru saved Takechiyo and his sister from being killed by bandits, Takechiyo promised to improve his swordfighting so he could defeat Haohmoru in a duel.
* LightningBruiser
* OnlyOneName
* ShipTease: With Suzuhime
** RescueRomance: Genderflipped, as she's the one who saved him in his backstory.
*** DoubleSubverted in Takechiyo's story mode, as his motivation is to SaveThePrincess after she's kidnapped by Golba. Even in Suzu's story mode ([[DamselOutOfDistress where she naturally doesn't need the rescuing]]), Takechiyo invokes this trope, promising to help Suzu if she needs him.
* ShoutOut: He is based on the historical concept of peasant-samurai from the UsefulNotes/SengokuPeriod, the most famous and successful example of the practice being UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi.
* UnskilledButStrong: Has a rather unrefined fighting style.
* WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter: Fights with a bokuto, made for "smashing things".
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[[folder:Suzuhime]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FictionalCountry Kingdom of Lesphia]] [[note]]The Kingdom of Lesphia is fictional, though it is similar to the many small, historic microstates that made up Europe in centuries past. The flag shown here is therefore that which represents all European microstates.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[TragicKeepsake Her parents' keepsake]] [[{{BFS}} Bastard Sword]] and a [[InstrumentOfMurder yokobue (flute) with an iron core]]
->'''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/KaeAraki[[/note]]

She is the princess of a foreign country, orphaned when her parents' ship was raided ten years ago. She washed ashore the beaches of Japan and was adopted by a daimyo who resides in Amori. One day, ten years later, she found Takechiyo along the shoreline to her home and nursed him back to health. After hearing that the ship he stowawayed on collided with a ship bearing a particular crest, Suzuhime runs away from home two months before the game begins in order to pursue Golba.
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* {{BFS}}: Her sword is quite huge.
* DamselInDistress: Most of the stories for the other characters have them needing to save Suzu after she's kidnapped by Golba's {{Mook}}s, although it's because Golba needs her and her sword as symbolic claims to the Lesphian throne than the stereotypical reasons for kidnapping damsels. {{Subverted}} to Hell and BACK in her story mode [[DamselOutOfDistress where she plows through Golba, his henchmen, and anybody else who got in her way like tissue paper]].
%%* FallenPrincess
* HugeGunTinyGirl: The size of Suzu's weapon is emphasized more from how comparatively small she is, compared to both her weapon, and to the rest of the cast.
* KillTheCutie: Is a cute 14-year-old girl who can be brutally decapitated and lose limbs, resulting in her bloody death.
* MusicalAssassin: Her other weapon is a flute.
* PantyShot: Happens frequently, but very noticeable when she gets decapitated. When her headless body falls, the camera pans to a shot that shows her white panties (red outfit) or light pink panties (blue outfit).
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Is only 14, and is about the same size as Nakoruru or Rimururu: she packs WAY more damage than those two (and on par with some of the larger members of the cast), thanks to her handy-dandy {{BFS}}.
* RescueRomance: Genderflipped, as she's the one who saved Takechiyo in his backstory. DoubleSubverted in Takechiyo's story mode, as his motivation is to SaveThePrincess after she's kidnapped by Golba. Even in Suzu's story mode ([[DamselOutOfDistress where she naturally doesn't need the rescuing]]), Takechiyo invokes this trope, promising to help Suzu if she needs him.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Well, [[DamselOutOfDistress in her storymode, at least]]. The others [[DamselInDistress have her kidnapped by Golba]] so she and her sword would give him political legitimacy for the Lesphian throne.
* ShipTease: With Takechiyo


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[[folder:Angelica]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/TurksWithTroops Constantinople, Ottoman Empire]] [[note]]The flag shown here is that of the historic Ottoman Empire, who ruled over Angelica's native Turkey up until 1922.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BladeOnAStick Double-bladed staff]]

She was raised as an assassin to an unknown organization. She tried to flee from her benefactors but was allowed to live by her pursuers. To ensure her safety and her possible freedom, Angelica is given two missions: to bring Suzuhime and a treasured sword back to them and to find a worthy samurai successor for their leader. She obeys but is reluctant to leave their leader's side.
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* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Being raised by her syndicate as an assassin has made her cold and ruthless, blindly hunting down those Golba wants dead... [[spoiler: it's implied in Angelica's ending that her older sister deliberately let herself be killed during the MirrorMatch stage to try snapping Angelica out of this.]]
* EvilTwin: Since Angelica serves as a sub-boss for the rest of the characters, [[MindScrew she seemingly runs into one during her story mode]]. [[spoiler: While technically not a twin ([[AntiVillain or even much of a villain]]), [[LukeIAmYourFather it turns out that Angelica just fought her older sister]]... oh, [[CainAndAbel and killed her]]. Whoops.]]
* IdenticalStranger: The short hair, tanned skin and white clothes are similar to [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Elena]]. Also is seen as a brown-skinned Shiki.
* ProfessionalKillers: An assassin trained from birth by a syndicate [[spoiler: which turns out to have been formed by Golba]].
** HitmanWithAHeart: [[spoiler: Undergoes a HeelFaceTurn in her storyline, and is hinted to be TheAtoner in Kim Hye-Ryen's ending]].
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[[folder:Kim Hae-Ryeong]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/SouthKorea Kingdom of Joseon]] [[note]]The flag shown here is the royal standard of the Joseon Kingdom. During its reign, Joseon consolidated its effective rule over the territory of current Korea, up until 1897.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BladeOnAStick Double-edged staff]]

Hae-Ryeong is a Korean warrior who has defeated many evil doers in the name of justice. He travels to Japan as an emissary where he witnesses Angelica killing an assassin. He decides to go after her, sensing the great evil surrounding her. In his ending, he spots her but realizes that she no longer has a killing intent. Convinced that people can change for the better, Hae-Ryen leaves her alone and proceeds on his journey.
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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: His code of justice is usually enforced by him dueling and slaying evildoers.
** BlackAndWhiteInsanity: [[HeelRealization Realizes he suffers from this in his ending]] - first when he discovers that [[EvilOverlord Golba]] [[MyCountryRightOrWrong was also fighting to "bring justice" for his homeland Lesphia]] ([[WellIntentionedExtremist but was doing so as a militant tyrant]]), and when he finds Angelica (the person he swore to hunt down at the start of the game) [[TheAtoner having changed her nature after he first saw her]].
* JusticeWillPrevail: Wouldn't be a Kim in a SNK game if he didn't have this.
** ThisIsUnforgivable: And this, too
* MovesetClone: Of Angelica, although with emphasis on kicks as per Kim tradition.
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[[folder:Garros]]
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->'''Origin''' - ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Norway}} Norway]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Denmark}} Kingdom of Denmark]]'' [[note]]The flag shown here is that of the Kingdom of Denmark. At the time the series is set, Norway was a territory of the Danish Kingdom and not yet an independent nation.[[/note]]
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[AnAxeToGrind Battle axe]]

He is the leader to his band of an honorable viking group who sail the seas looking for adventure and treasure. Many years prior to the game, his wife, Agnes, left on a trip to another country and never returned home. Hearing that a woman resembling her was found somewhere in Japan, he departs with his comrades to look for her. In his ending, he doesn't find her yet hasn't lost hope that she is still out there.
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* AnAxeToGrind: Carries a battle-ax as his weapon of choice.
* TheBigGuy: This dude can easily rival Wanfu in the sheer weight department!
* HornyVikings: Yes, really. [[AnachronismStew In the 1790s]]
* MightyGlacier: Is by far one of the slowest of the roster, but can dish out plenty of hits.
* MovesetClone: Of Wan-Fu and/or Walter, although he uses his belly and head more than them.
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[[folder:J.]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FictionalCountry Kingdom of Lesphia]] [[note]]The Kingdom of Lesphia is fictional, though it is similar to the many small, historic microstates that made up Europe in centuries past. The flag shown here is therefore that which represents all European microstates.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' ''"[[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]]"'', a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]]

10 years prior to the events of the game, J. was an unfortunate sailor who washed up the shores of Japan. To survive, he learns to wield a blade and lovingly names his sword Elvis. He eventually meets and falls in love with a geisha and tries to buy her freedom without much success. Hearing of a reward for detailing the whereabouts of Suzuhime, he sets out in search of her.
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* AnachronismStew: Yeah, even though this game has {{Samurai}}, {{Ninja}}s, [[KnightInShiningArmor Knights In Shining Armor]], HornyVikings, and even [[AmericansAreCowboys Cowboys]], an Anime/AfroSamurai is ''really'' pushing the SuspensionOfDisbelief...
* CaptainErsatz: Of ''Anime/AfroSamurai'', of course.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Was treated as a monster by the Japanese just for his skin color, and the only reason the geisha was kind to him was because she was literally blind to what made him an outcast.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Suffers this after being shipwrecked in Japan.
* MovesetClone: Of Takechiyo and/or Claude, with unique stances.
* OneLetterName
* WesternSamurai: Even more notorious than Claude, but this case it's more like EverythingsBetterWithSamurai.
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[[folder:Walter]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FictionalCountry Mondschein Drache Empire]] [[note]]The Empire is fictional, though it appears to be a thinly-veiled reference to the real-world Holy Roman Empire, whose flag is presented here.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[{{BFS}} Bastard sword]] and shield ([[ShieldsAreUseless although he doesn't use it]])

Walter is a knight of the Mondschein Drache Empire and member of the Crimson Lion Knights like Neinhalt Sieger. After hearing that his home maybe soon invaded by a new threat, he leaves his home to investigate.
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* KnightTemplar: Literally, although a genuinely noble one.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Embodies this when fighting for the Mondschein Drache Empire.
* MovesetClone: Of Wan-Fu and/or Garros, although he doesn't attack with his body as the other two.
* NotSoDifferent: Realizes that Golba was just as patriotic to the nation of Lesphia after defeating him in his story mode.
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[[folder:Sugamata Jinbei]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Amori Domain, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ICallItVera His 55-year old favorite]] [[BladeOnAStick spear]], "''[[{{UsefulNotes/Buddhism}} Kongo]]''"

Jinbei was a retired warrior, until one day, he rescued Suzuhime from the sea. He raised her until she met Takechiyo and ran away. Jinbei now searches for her.
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* {{Expy}}: Could be based on ''Warriors Rage'''s Jin-Emon Hanafusa, being both OldMaster and managing a "[[BladeOnAStick cricifix spear]]" as his WeaponOfChoice.
* MovesetClone: Of Kyoshiro, but far less theatrical.
* RetiredBadass: Until getting forced out of it when he goes to find Suzuhime. He's well into his 70s, but is still able to kick ass with the rest of the "youngsters" in the cast.
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[[folder:Black Hawk]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Florida}} Spanish Florida, New Spain]] [[note]]The flag shown here is that of New Spain (AKA the Viceroyalty of New Spain). At the time the series is set, the state of Florida was a territory of New Spain and not yet part of the United States, and wouldn't be so until 1821.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[DualWielding Dual-wield]] [[AnAxeToGrind Tomahawks]]

Black Hawk is a Native American whose father was killed during the Independence War. Seeking revenge, he consults the shaman of his tribe who tells him to head east to fulfill his destiny.
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* MagicalNativeAmerican: Well, not exactly "[[BadassNormal magical]]", but his design and personality befits this trope.
* MovesetClone: Of Jubei, but with unique "hunting" stances and command grabs.
* YouKilledMyFather: His motivation is to hunt down the man who killed his father [[spoiler: and it turns out to be [[BigBad Golba]]. [[SarcasmMode Shocking, I know]].]]
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[[folder:Kirian]]
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->'''Origin''' - ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} Kingdom of Spain]]'' [[note]] The flag shown is that of the historic Spanish Empire, known as the “Cross of Burgundy”, which was used up until 1793 before being replaced with the familiar ''la Rojigualda''. [[/note]]
-> '''Weapon(s):''' "''[[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench Masquerade]]''", a [[RoyalRapier rapier]]

Kirian is a skilled torero who met Charlotte after one of his bullfighting events. He becomes intrigued by her when their encounter is interrupted by a hired man after her life. He then decides to follow her, wanting to see for himself why she was assaulted.
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* BadassSpaniard
* BloodKnight: The reason he was a matador, and later a duelist, was to get the exhilaration of cheating death, whether facing the horns of a bull, or the blade of a man.
* MovesetClone: Of Charlotte, with unique stances.
* TorosYFlamencos: A DashingHispanic matador who doubles as a duelist? He couldn't get any more Spanish if he tried!
* ShipTease: Is hinted to have a crush on Charlotte after his chance encounter with her, [[spoiler: and in his ending, he even offers to fight by her side when she's desperately rallying her countrymen for a LastStand against the invading nations]].
* ShoutOut: [[ShutUpHannibal His counteroffer to Golba]] [[WeCanRuleTogether after being offered to serve as his general]]?
--> "No thanks. But I'll hire you as my [[Literature/DonQuixote Sancho Panza]] if you want."
* SomethingAboutARose: Tosses one to his opponent in one of his victory poses.
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[[folder:Claude]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FictionalCountry Kingdom of Lesphia]] [[note]]The Kingdom of Lesphia is fictional, though it is similar to the many small, historic microstates that made up Europe in centuries past. The flag shown here is therefore that which represents all European microstates.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon:''' [[NoNameGiven Unnamed]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]]

He is a guard from a foreign kingdom who was washed ashore Japan with Suzu ten years before the game begins. Realizing that they may never see their home again and suffering under amnesia, he adopts the land's culture and trains himself in kendo with a respectable monk.
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* AmnesiacDissonance: Doesn't remember anything from before he ended up in Japan.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Arthur]] and [[Film/TheLastSamurai Nathan Algren]].
* MightyWhitey: An European man raised in Japan. Subverted in that ingame and in-canon, he's nothing special.
* RaisedByNatives: He is obviously a foreigner [[PhenotypeStereotype judging by his blonde hair]], but has been raised in Japan [[GoingNative and adopts the native culture]].
* ShoutOut: He's highly reminiscent of William Adams, an English navigator who travelled to Japan in the year 1600 and became the first western samurai.
* WesternSamurai: Just read any of the above tropes.
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[[folder:Draco]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/{{TheThirteenAmericanColonies}} United States]] [[note]]The flag shown here is the "Betsy Ross" flag of the thirteen colonies, adopted after the Declaration of Independence in 1776.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon:''' [[ComboRifle Winchester Rifle]]. Draco claims that you'll know how it's named whenever you see it.

Draco is a Western outlaw, a hired gunman and bodyguard who takes his jobs in stride. In the past, he took the lives of many men for a sound sum of gold; one of his victims was Galford's father. He was recently hired by Golba to eliminate any possible threats that come to the foreign ships stationed at Japan.
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* AnachronismStew: Apart from being a WildWest cowboy in the 1790s, he uses a Winchester Rifle, a weapon that wouldn't be invented ''until over 70 years after the game he shows up in!!''
* BloodKnight: His pre-match dialogue suggests he is this.
* TheDragon: To Golba.
* GunsAreWorthless: Subverted oh-so-hard, especially for a video game. His usage of a rifle as a weapon brings him so much closer to SnkBoss territory than Golba--who actually is the final boss--that it isn't funny.
* {{Jerkass}}: Is always rude to his opponents when they face him... at best. At worst, he's downright evil and malicious.
* PsychoForHire: He's a BountyHunter hired by Golba to intercept any of the warriors trying to track him down.
* SmugSnake: He acts pretty cocky in most of his intros ([[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight probably because he's brought a gun to a sword fight]])
** OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Although he's still initially smug when Hanzo faces him in his story mode, [[OhCrap he genuinely panics when]] [[{{Ninja}} Hanzo]] pulls a SmokeOut on him, [[TeleportSpam and then teleports]] [[RightBehindMe right behind him]].
* YouKilledMyFather: Is revealed to have been the outlaw who shot Galford's father during his story mode.
** ButForMeItWasTuesday: Claims to have not remembered killing Galford's father when confronted with this accusation. He even apes a certain line from [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]] while doing so...
--> "Do you remember every slice of bread you've eaten up till now?"
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Golba]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FictionalCountry Kingdom of Lesphia]] [[note]]The Kingdom of Lesphia is fictional, though it is similar to the many small, historic microstates that made up Europe in centuries past. The flag shown here is therefore that which represents all European microstates.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[RoyalRapier Rapier]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/NorioWakamoto[[/note]]


Golba was one of the sons of Lesphia's king. He had attempted a coup d'etat after his brother became the chosen to be the rightful heir. After he failed, he was sent into exile and came to America. He joined and became an officer in the American army and eventually became a veteran of the Independence War. His participation in this war made him believe that creation of such powerful nation can become a threat to Europe. Desiring to protect his country and strengthen its military force, he seeks to conquer all of Europe.
Due to the comrades he made during the war, he has personal and influential connections around the world. During this time, he formed an assassin organization of which Angelica is a member. He uses this group to kill his niece's parents during their sea voyage in an attempt to claim Suzu's sword, a symbol of one's right to rule Lesphia. Unable to obtain it, he returns to America to use his military connections to weaken countries around the world and schemes to possibly use Suzu as a bargaining chip against his homeland. Seeking a strong military commander to rule his Lesphia army, he opted to recruit and lure certain strong warriors as well.
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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Leader of a faction wanting to take over Lesphia in a coup, and is the FinalBoss of the game.
* BadassNormal: He's a very skilled warrior, a masterful tactician and a respected leader. Also, he is the first boss in the series who doesn't have and use any magical or supernatural powers.
* BigBad
* EyepatchOfPower
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: In spite of being TheGeneralissimo with scores of {{Mook}}s at his beck and call (with many of them clearly present in some story lines), they NEVER intervene in the battle between Golba and the player. The only time they DO challenge the player (AFTER Golba is killed, by the way) is during ''[[KabukiSounds Kyoshiro's]]'' ending, [[JokeCharacter of all people]] - [[CurbStompBattle and he cuts THEM down with ease]] [[DanceBattler through his "dancing"]].
* MovesetClone: Of Charlotte and/or Kirian, with unique moves.
* NewEraSpeech: Gives one for most of his introductions, [[WeCanRuleTogether when he tries to convince the player to join him as his general]].
--> I welcome you, true warrior. [[WeCanRuleTogether A worthy general for my soldiers...]] ([[ShutUpHannibal Player tries to interject]]) [[ShutUpKirk -Hear me!]] The embers of conflict smolder in every European land. And when they burst into flame, the inferno will consume the world! [[TheSocialDarwinist I require a new nation of mighty warriors]] [[MyCountryRightOrWrong to protect my motherland from the flames of war]]. [[JustThinkOfThePotential If you could instill your fighting spirit into my soldiers]], ''[[IncomingHam my army will be]] '''[[SuddenlyShouting INVINCIBLE!!!]]''''' (Cue his {{Mook}}s chanting "INVINCIBLE!!!")
* PressurePoint: According to [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary material]], his large damage output is explained by his ability to pinpoint opponent's vital points.
* WeCanRuleTogether: The reason the other warriors are involved in the story is because he intentionally lured in the strongest warriors to help serve as generals to his army, believing that getting a OneManArmy on his side would seal his victory for good. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard this often bites him in the ass]] [[ShutUpHannibal when the characters reject his offer, and VIOLENTLY]].
** AnOfferYouCantRefuse: A little disclaimer in his "WeCanRuleTogether" offer is that, if the warrior rejects his offer (even if it's because they don't want to fight anymore), he'll have to kill them on the spot, [[LeaveNoWitnesses just to ensure nobody would be alive to tell the world of his schemes]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: His goals involve protecting his nation of Lesphia from the other nations of Europe, which would have conquered it already if Golba hadn't [[LetsYouAndHimFight created conflict within the nations whilst building up his army]]. A few characters even acknowledge how he's just trying to protect his nation from colonial conquest, [[MyCountryRightOrWrong or how he was simply acting in a way he considered being "loyal" to Lesphia]].
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!Other Games

!!Debuting in ''VisualNovel/NakoruruAnoHitoKaraNoOkurimono''
[[folder:Manari]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kamui Kotan, Ezochi, Japan]]''
->'''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/AyakoKawasumi[[/note]]
Songstress and childhood friend to Nakoruru. She creates songs for the village's festivals and is the mentor for Mikato. Has unrequited feelings for Yantamu. She lives with her bossy mother. Later makes an appearance in ''[[VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium Capcom vs. SNK 2]]'' during Nakoruru's entrances.
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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: She loves [[OneeSama Nakoruru]] like an older sister, but she also feels inferior to her.
* TheCameo: The only exclusive character from this game that appeared in another game. Manari appears in various Nakoruru's poses in ''[[VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium Capcom vs. SNK 2]]''. Also she appears as a character in the OVA.
* CuteClumsyGirl: In one of Nako's victory poses in ''Capcom vs. SNK 2'', Manari shows up to congratulate her... and ends up faceplanting.
* ElegantClassicalMusician: Sorta, she's an accomplished singer. Again, it's due to her storyteller role.
* NiceHat
* LoveTriangle: She, Nakororu and Yantamu.
* ShrinkingViolet
* TheStoryteller: She comes from a whole clan of these, the ''Sinotca''. They're very important in Kamuikotan, since they mantain the told traditions via their songs.
* TenMinuteRetirement: After she [[spoiler:walks into Yantamu confessing to Nakoruru, she's so heartbroken that she wants to stop singing since he's the one who encouraged her to sing in the local festival]]. However, after learning what her village songs actually mean ''and'' [[spoiler:[[TogetherInDeath losing both Yantamu and Nakoruru]], she retakes songwriting and singing, even creating special songs for her lost friends and Mikato.]]
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: For Yantamu.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Yantamu]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kamui Kotan, Ezochi, Japan]]''
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/TakehitoKoyasu[[/note]]
He is the chief's son and childhood friend of Nakoruru and Manari. A guy who wants to see a smile on everyone's faces. He is considered to be cool and attractive by the women in Kamui Kotan. He makes little to no attempt to hide his infatuation for Nakoruru.
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* AccidentalPervert: He once walked on the girls's bath [[ButtMonkey and got frozen by Konril]].
* TheCameo: Apart of appearing as a character in the OVA, Yantamu is briefly mentioned in Nakoruru's backstory in the FeudalJapan game of ''Days of Memories'' DatingSim series.
* ChickMagnet: He's thought of as cool and handsome by the Kamui Kotan girls.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Nakoruru's
* DoggedNiceGuy: Nakoruru's.
* HeroicSacrifice: To [[spoiler:save Mikato and Nakoruru from Mizuki and her demons.]]
* TheChiefsDaughter: Genderflipped. His father is Outada, the leader of Kamuikotan and the local ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: To Nakoruru. [[spoiler:He even asks her to marry him, but is rejected since she's a {{Celibate Hero}}ine). Subverted in the end, they're TogetherInDeath.]]
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[[folder:Mikato]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kamui Kotan, Ezochi, Japan]]''
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Yukiko Yanou, Creator/MiyuMatsuki (OVA (credited as "girl"))[[/note]]
Mikato is the character the player controls in ''Nakoruru: Ano Hito kara no Okurimono''. She is Nakoruru's disciple. She makes an unnamed cameo in the game's OVA. Unlike most characters in the game, Mikato is an unvoiced character throughout the majority of the game and usually communicates with text.
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* CuteMute: Although the game has fully voiced dialogue, she rarely speaks and mainly communicates through text. Yukiko Yanou's lines are mostly there for exposition.
* TheChosenOne: She's chosen as [[spoiler:Nakoruru's succesor once she gets BroughtDownToNormal. She's confirmed as this when Nakoruru dies, and later when with the help of Nakoruru's soul and the Spirit of Nature, she slays Mizuki.]]
* IdiotHair: Though she's more of an inexperienced little girl than an idiot.
* MagicMusic: Sort-of. [[spoiler: The music that's sung in the village festivals is a part of a mystical song that only the Priestesses of Kamuikotan can fully hear and perform. With the help of the dying Nakoruru and later Manari, Mikato manages to finish the song, which gives her a massive power-up.]]
* MoralityPet: Sorta, to [[spoiler:Rera]]. In fact, Mikato is the one who [[spoiler:gave Rera her name.]]
* MysteriousWaif - TheEmpath: She sees things that others in her village can't and possesses some spiritual powers.
* PlayerCharacter: The story of ''Ano kara no okurimono'' develops from her POV.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hokute]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kamui Kotan, Ezochi, Japan]]''
Mikato's friend who is a year older than her. Since he learned about the priestess' duties from Yantamu, he believes Nakoruru to be a bad influence for Mikato. Has short spiky hair and angry eyebrows.
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* BigOlEyebrows ''and'' ForeheadOfDoom
* ChildhoodFriend: Mikato's
** ChildhoodFriendRomance: He seems to be infatuated with her, which would certainly explain why he sees Nakoruru as a "bad influence".
* HappilyEverAfter: [[https://snk.wikia.com/wiki/File:Mikato-hokute.jpg This image]] suggests Mikato and Hokute become a couple in the future.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Outada]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kamui Kotan, Ezochi, Japan]]''
Village chief and Yantamu's father. Although others were weary of Mikato's sudden training, he allowed her to stay with Nakoruru as he sensed a certain power within her.
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* CoolOldGuy
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The well-respected leader of the Kamui Kotan groups. He's the one who appoints Mikato as Nakoruru's apprentice, having sensed the girl's powers and wanting her to develop them.

[[/folder]]

!!Debuting in ''Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits: Bushidou Retsuden''
[[folder:Shippu no Reon]]
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->'''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/UraraTakano[[/note]]
As the last member of her clan, Reon is dedicated to fulfilling her family's mission to eradicate Mizuki. Seeing as she is the only one who can destroy the demon's evil bells, Reon joins the hero's party as its last -or second- member.
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* AdaptationInspiration: Although she isn't playable in any other games, a VideoGame/{{MUGEN}} version of her exists on the net.
* AmbiguousGender: Although developers jokingly state that Reon's gender is unknown, various hints throughout the game indicate that Reon is female.
* {{BFS}}: Reon wields a long great sword in battle and stays afloat for speed.
* BlowYouAway: Reon has some powers over the wind and air currents. Even her prototype name was "Kaze no Tobimaru".
* ComingStraightStory: Occasionally, she laments her ineptitude to cope with her sex but finds encouragement from others to persevere her mission.
* PlayerCharacter: Reon is one of the main character the player manages during the game.
* TheStoic
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Reppu no Hion]]
->'''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Urara Takano[[/note]]
When Shippu no Reon is momentarily knocked into two hundred years into the past, they meet Hion, who suspects they are a monster due to their spontaneous appearance. Once Bizuki breaks their scuffle, Hion befriends her unlikely comrade summoned from the future. She reveals herself to be a long-time friend of Bizuki (most likely doubles as her servant) and Haon once the group saves a village from two demons. Bizuki and her are on a journey to defeat the demonic entity, Mizuki.
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* AmbiguousGender: Averted with Hion, who's declared openly as a woman, even when she looks exactly like Reon.
* BlowYouAway: Just like her descendant, Hion has some powers over the wind and air currents.
* {{Foil}}: Of her descendant Reon. Hion is an upbeat and lively lady who stays true to her duty. Unlike her descendant, she is rather open about her sexual identity and will express romantic interest in Genjuro and Ukyo.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Bizuki.
* GenkiGirl
* PaletteSwap: Of Reon, changing her brown hair by light blue and her white outfit for a yellow one.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: light blue in this case.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tokihime]]
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->'''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Junko Iwao[[/note]]
One of Amakusa's servants from his rebellion at Shimabara. When he succumbed to Ambrosia's will, she was also subjected to the dark god's influence and cursed with black wings. With her older sister lost, Tokihime faithfully remains by Amakusa's side. Ushiwakahime asks her to block the party's path to Amakusa's castle and effectively creates a barrier to prevent their advances. If the party saved a Christian village before their encounter, the villagers will give them a statue of the Virgin Mary. Once the party learns that Amakusa and his comrades were formerly Christians, they present the statue to Tokihime. She is too moved by the figure's presence to concentrate on her magic and flees. When they meet her a second time, the statue and her faith in her religion cleanses Ambrosia's influence on her. In gratitude, she will fly the party to Amakusa's floating castle before leaving for heaven.
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* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence
* BrainwashedAndCrazy
* {{UsefulNotes/JapaneseChristian}}
* WingedHumanoid
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ushiwakahime]]
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->'''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Naoko Ishii[[/note]]
She is a demonic servant of Ambrosia who was revived from her slumber by Amakusa. Thankful for his services, she inhibits a body in the human world and wrecks havoc in their names. Although she usually works alone, she will call upon Tokihime for back-up. She continues to disrupt the hero's party until she is defeated while standing guard over Ambrosia's seal.
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* AnimalMotifs: Foxes.
* DanceBattler
* NiceHat: Which she can use as a weapon.
* WomanInWhite
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Chona-Chona]]
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->'''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Akiko Tanaka[[/note]]
She is Cham Cham's best friend and is accredited to creating her friend's characteristic cat ears and gloves. Chona Chona wears a matching pair to complement her. A normal villager in Green Hell, she usually plays with her friend when she's around.
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* BareYourMidriff
* DarkSkinnedBlonde
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Haon]]
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->'''Voiced by:'''[[note]]Creator/FumihikoTachiki[[/note]]
Haon is a demonic servant of Mizuki. He is the first demon the party meets and is partially responsible for Reon joining their cause. After his failure to protect one of Mizuki's bells, he orders several onmyoji to grant him more power. They succeed and Haon reverts to being a wild beast. When the party faces him in his frenzied state, he will bash the protagonist two hundred years into the past.
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* BigBad: Haon acts as a major antagonist in the game's second chapter.
* TheDragon: Of Mizuki.
* EldritchAbomination
* {{Expy}}: He is an original interpretation of Mizuki's beast, Maju.
* ShockAndAwe: Haon can deliver attacks with an electric charge. He can also spit a ball of this same energy at his opponents.
[[/folder]]

!!Debuting in ''Samurai Spirits Gaiden: Cham-Cham''
[[folder:Riru-Riru]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[{{Mayincatec}} Green Hell, South America]]''
One of Cham-Cham's {{catgirl}} friends, blue haired girl that represents the "RP" icon; upbeat and cheerful.
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* BareYourMidriff
* GenkiGirl
* IdenticalStranger: The main colors of Riru-Riru are similar to 2P color of Cham-Cham in the games, and for extencion, also of ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}''' Felicia.
* PurpleEyes
* TrueBlueFemininity
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
* WildChild
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Bi-Bi]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[{{Mayincatec}} Green Hell, South America]]''
One of Cham-Cham's {{catgirl}} friends, blond haired girl that represents the "Pineapple" icon; tomboyish and undaunted.
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* BareYourMidriff
* DarkSkinnedBlonde
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold
* IdenticalStranger: She looks a lot like ''RPG'''s Chona-Chona, another friend of Cham-Cham in that game.
* PurpleEyes
* {{Tomboy}}
* WildChild
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pono-Pono]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[{{Mayincatec}} Green Hell, South America]]''
One of Cham-Cham's {{catgirl}} friends, green haired girl that represents the "Watermelon" icon; quiet and introverted.
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* ReiAyanamiExpy
* TheStoic
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
* WildChild
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Myun-Myun]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[{{Mayincatec}} Green Hell, South America]]''
One of Cham-Cham's {{catgirl}} friends, pink haired girl that represents the "Cherry" icon; shy and sweet.
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* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: The only of the new girls which hair and eyes matches.
* PinkMeansFeminine
* RoseHairedSweetie
* ShrinkingViolet
* WildChild
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Three Robbers]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[{{Mayincatec}} Green Hell, South America]]''
The villains of the game, the ones who stoled the Palenke Stone. The names of them are '''[[TheLeader Laura]]''', '''[[MightyGlacier Bobon]]''' and '''[[MiniMook Gororo]]'''.
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* BalanceSpeedStrengthTrio: Laura, Gororo and Bobon, respectively.
* ColorMotif: The Three Robbers wears in red and gold in all their clothes.
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: Laura.
* EvilMask: Gororo.
* EvilRedhead: Bobon.
* LightningBruiser: Gororo.
* ScaryBlackMan: Bobon.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Laura.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Laura's name is misspelled as "Rahra" in the game.
* TerribleTrio: Being Laura the leader and the other 2 her {{mook}}s.

[[/folder]]
!!Debuting in ''Koi no Iroha''
[[folder:Tsunami]]
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Tsunami is Iroha's rival who claims to be better than her in practically every way. She meets Iroha's master by chance and was charmed by his sincerity. Despite his protest, she signs herself to be his maid and is offended to see her rival there. She uses various tricks to sway their master's attention in her favor but it's undecided on which girl he prefers. Apart of ''Koi no Iroha'' series, she also appears in one of ''Days of Memories'' games.
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* {{BFS}}: Replace "sword" for "shield" and there you go.
* TheCameo: Being an exclusive character in ''[[DatingSim Koi no Iroha]]'' series, she also appears in one of ''Days of Memories'' games and in ''SNK High School Academy'', also rivalizing with Iroha.
* ComicBookAdaptation: [[http://es.snk.wikia.com/wiki/Archivo:P_tsunami.jpg This comic]] in the ''Koi no Iroha'''s [[AllThereInTheManual manual]] shows Tsunami for first time being presented by Iroha.
* {{Foil}}: Of Iroha, in every way: their personalities, the color of their clothes (Tsunami [[WomanInWhite wears in white]] and Iroha mostly in black) and even their weapons, having [[SwordShieldContrast Tsunami a big shield that contrast Iroha's blades]].
* {{Meganekko}}
* MerchandiseDriven: Her first appearance in any media was a hard-cast figurine, as seen in the image.
* NinjaMaid
* TheRival: Of Iroha.
* RoseHairedSweetie
* ShesGotLegs
* StockingFiller
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Just like her rival.
* SwordShieldContrast: Her big shield contrast Iroha's blades.
* YamatoNadeshiko
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[[index]]
* AccidentalHero: Due to him being the BoisterousBruiser hero who's in only for a good fight, he's not at all concerned with SavingTheWorld. The main bad guys mostly got to him first or got challenged by him (or targeted him in the first place), and he would win, accidentally saving the world along the way. The only time it's averted was in ''Warriors Rage 2'', where Yuga completely dominated him.
Characters/SamuraiShodown2DFightingGames
* TheAlcoholic: You never see him in a game without a jug of sake. From ''II'' on, one of his specials involves whacking you with it, too!
** "Alcoholic" is even the title of his ''SSIII'' theme.
Characters/SamuraiShodown3DFightingGames
* AmbiguouslyBrown: In some of his appearances, especially in Bust/Rasetsu mode in ''III'', ''IV'', ''64'' games and especially in his older persona in DistantFinale.
* AnimeHair: And ''how''! It even gets '''bigger''' every game. Subverted in the DistantFinale, where the "torch" was passed to Kuki Seishiro.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Usually in the backstories of other characters that he will hardly interact with outside of endings. (i.e: Shizumaru and Takechiyo.)
* TheBigGuy: Crossovers tends to portray him as this, being someone who is slow in combos, but deals massive damage. In the NGPC ''SNK vs Capcom'', he's even paired with Franchise/StreetFighter's [[MightyGlacier Zangief]]
* BloodKnight: Haohmaru is fueled by the sheer thrill of a good fight.
* BoisterousBruiser: A more idealistic version, as well as one of the rare ''main charas'' who follow the trope.
* BlowYouAway: His traditional [[KiAttacks projectile]], Senpuu Retsu Zan (Whirlwind Rending Slash), which sends out a compact spinning tornado which throws opponents high into the air on contact.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: In ''64'' by Yuga.
** DistressedDude: Thank you, Yuga.
* CharacterTitle: The second game in the series is subtitled "Haohmaru's Hell Incident".
* DeathFromAbove: His Resshin Zan (Violent Quake Slash).
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Oshizu, or sometimes Nakoruru when they're paired off in series covers. Granted, Haohmaru isn't THAT huge, but not only his ''hair'' is huge, but both girls are ''tiny''
* {{Hunk}}: Has broad shoulders as well as a nice muscular build, and is indeed a man's man.
* LovedINotHonorMore: He's dedicated entirely to fighting, as Shizu and later Charlotte came to learn. He lampshades it in his ending in the second game, where he and Oshizu kiss as he mentally apologizes to her.
* MovesetClone: Deku from ''Samurai Shodown 64'', Rasetsumaru from ''Samurai Shodown V-VI'' (based on his Bust mode) and the Brute mooks from ''Warriors Rage''.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Based on UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi.
* TheProtagonist: Akin of [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ryu]], he's just there for the thrill of fighting strong opponents, while naturally getting drawn by the conflict surrounding him.
* RedOniBlueOni: He is the Red, while Genjuro is the Blue.
* RuleOfCool: One of his winposes has him throw his sword upwards, spin its sheath as the sword accurately enters the sheath back.
* SeriesMascot: Of the series, along with Nakoruru, who appears in almost all the games (with the exception of Nakoruru ADV game).
* {{Shoryuken}}: His Kogetsuzan (Arc Moon Slash). Even has a DashAttack variation of it called Shippuu Kogetsuzan (Hurricane Arc Moon Slash).
* {{Shotoclone}}: Somewhat. He's got a projectile and a dragon punch-type anti-air, but they don't function like you'd expect. Nonetheless, he serves this role in the series for the most part.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: "Haohmal". Some arcade stickers include the romanization "Haōmaru" (or "Haoumaru").
* UnorthodoxSheathing: Upon winning he stylishly throws his sword in the air, turns around as he spins the scabbard, then catches the blade in its sheath.
* YamatoNadeshiko: His preference on women, which Oshizu happens to be.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: In the DistantFinale, Haohmaru has aged and no longer sports his crazy AnimeHair.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tachibana Ukyo]]
[[quoteright:250:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/02_ukyo.jpg]]
-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kōka District, Ōmi Province, Japan]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_38.png[[/labelnote]]
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[IaijutsuPractitioner Iaitō]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Eiji Yano (main games), Kazuki Ishii (VI), Creator/ShowHayami (Drama [=CDs=])[[/note]]
The series' {{Bishonen}}, master of Iaijutsu, and formerly the main rival of Haohmaru until Genjuro debuted. Ukyo is a complete ChickMagnet who attracts ladies wherever he goes. He suffers from [[IncurableCoughOfDeath tubercolosis]] and has a crush on a certain girl named Kei Odagiri. He fights for her happiness, but not to win her love because of his short lifespan. He also has a link with Yumeji, a successor of his master's Iaijutsu school and went out of his way to bring [[ViewerGenderConfusion them]] back to the cause of good, convincing them to return to their family. He was supposed to die after 64-2, but due to his popularity it was retconned in Edge of Destiny.
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* AnimeHair: As seen in his portrait -- he sports long, silky ''blue'' hair.
* BadassBack: He usually faces backwards when fighting, but if you ever see him face forward... let's just say you're dead
* {{Bishonen}}: He has a beautiful, feminine-like face, complemented with his slender frame and long blue hair.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Just so you know that [[YourDaysAreNumbered he doesn't have long to live.]]
* ChickMagnet: In almost all games, Ukyo escapes off the screen when a lot of screaming girls chase after him, all of them are also YamatoNadeshiko as his beloved kei.
* CrissCrossAttack: Ukyo has a hyper move since ''IV'' in which he moves at lightning speed to the enemy between him and passing front and behind him as a shadow to get after the opponent and then he sheathes his sword. Next to that, the character get sliced by various slashes and goes to the ground.
* DeathByAThousandCuts: His Bust/Rasetsu Desperation Move from ''III'' and ''IV''.
* DemotedToExtra: Somewhat. In the first game, he was Haohmaru's true rival. When Genjuro comes in, everything went downhill as eventually he is never very relevant to the plot again and reduced into something of a CannonFodder for Haohmaru (see Haohmaru's ending in IV).
* DiagonalCut: His Fatality, which is also ludicrously fast.
* HandicappedBadass: He fights despite suffering from tuberculosis. See BloodFromTheMouth and IllBoy.
* IaijutsuPractitioner: His fighting style, which also compliments his BadassBack stance.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Most of his fighting purposes. More exactly, his relationship with [[CourtlyLove Kei Odagiri]].
* IllBoy: IncurableCoughOfDeath included.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: His long blue hair goes until his waist.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: If Haohmaru is Miyamoto Musashi, Ukyo is UsefulNotes/SasakiKojiro. He even got Kojiro's Tsubame Gaeshi as his move.
* ReverseGrip: Started using it in the 3rd game, usually for his most damaging normal attacks and a couple specials.
* ShoutOut: Apart of Sasaki Kojiro, he later took inspiration from ''Franchise/LupinIII''[='=]s Ishikawa Goemon XIII.
* TheStoic: If there's someone who'd let out VisibleSilence so often, it's him.
* SwordBeam: The ground based projectile used by his Bust/Rasetsu incarnations is this.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: The apples, as seen since the first game.
* TragicHero: Condemned by a (then) incurable decease and having a lover who will [[StarCrossedLovers never be together]].
* VictoryIsBoring: "The moment I drew my sword, the fight was over. Ho-hum"
* WarriorPoet: The only two languages Ukyo speaks are VisibleSilence and Haiku.
* YamatoNadeshiko: His preference of women, which his lady-in-liege Kei Odagiri happens to be.
** StarCrossedLovers: He and Kei are mix of this and CourtlyLove. [[LoveHurts Oh, boooooy.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: For one: Blue hair should be nonexistent in feudal Japan, they haven't gotten the necessary materials.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Nakoruru]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kamui Kotan, Ezochi, Japan]] [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagainu.png[[/labelnote]][[note]]The flag shown here is that of the Ainu people, of which Nakoruru is a member. Hokkaidō (the modern-day name for Ezochi) did not officially become part of Japan until 1868, and represented a distinct culture and ethnic group from the mainland Japanese. The Ainu flag is therefore presented here.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana Kodachi]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/HarumiIkoma, Reiko Chiba (first OVA; [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nakoruru_452.jpg also as live actor]] in some advertisements), Creator/MikakoTakahashi (''Tenkaichi Kenkyakuden''), Creator/MarikoKouda (Drama [=CDs=]), Creator/MaiNakahara (''Oni'', ''Kengou'', ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XIV'', [=SamSho=] 2019)[[/note]]
The heroine of the series, most of the time the one being concerned in defeating the BigBad (compared to Haohmaru, who's in just for the fight itself). She is a priestess of the Ainu tribe who fights in order to protect Mother Nature herself, residing in the village of Kamuikotan. Usually, she abhors fighting , but eventually she comes to terms on it and becomes more eager to fight, if it is to protect. She's usually accompanied with her pet hawk Mamahaha. Has a little sister named Rimururu. As it turned out, she made a contact with the spirit of nature to become their champion. She aided Haohmaru in his quests, but after the battle against Mizuki, she [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed herself]] to restore the harmony of Nature.
SNK retconned her "death" in ''Edge of Destiny'' (which is after the 64 series). She's still alive but mostly "sleeps" within the forest, and her spirit only awakens to combat great disturbances. Her status as a nature spirit also allows her to travel through time, thus enabling her to appear, exactly as she did in the past, in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XIV'' when she notices a space-time crack in her realm.\\
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For more tropes of her other appearances, see ''VisualNovel/NakoruruAnoHitoKaraNoOkurimono'' and ''Characters/TheKingOfFightersXIV''.
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* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Becomes a nature spirit, allowing her to appear in times of great crisis to dispel any force that would cause calamity upon the world. She can also appear outside of her own time, as shown in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XIV''.
* BadassAdorable: A top contender in Video game history. Nakoruru's petite body and sweet personality doesn't deter from the fact that she can kick copious amounts of ass.
* BarrierMaiden: Specially after her HeroicSacrifice and its retcon above.
* TheBeastMaster: Mamahaha, a hawk and Shikuru, a wolf.
* CatchPhrase: ''Daishizen no oshioki desu! / This is Nature’s punishment!'' This phrase has accompanied Nakoruru in all her appearances; it seems to be her creed, she can deliver it in cheerful tones or somber tones, the latter example in the particularly dark, compared to Nakoruru’s purity, Zetsumei Ougi for ''SS Zero'' where she kills the opponent by mounting them and stabbing the chest.
* {{Celibate Hero}}ine: Very aware of Galford's crush, but is adamant into never getting into a relationship since her mission is her priority. [[spoiler: She even tells him to not be hang up on her and live his own life before her HeroicSacrifice.]]
** The ''VisualNovel/NakoruruAnoHitoKaraNoOkurimono'' game has her explaining that her priestess nature doesn't allow her to think or desire for her own happiness, because it would be a distraction from her duty. [[spoiler: The kicker? She says it to reject Yantamu's marriage proposal.]]
* ClothingDamage: Killing Nakoruru with a strong attack will cause her clothes to be cut or torn off her body, often exposing her breasts or her panties.
* CuteBruiser: Though in a slight LadyOfWar way. Nakoruru is cute and powerful, but she's ''definitely'' not StrongButUnskilled
* FanDisservice: She's a beautiful girl who can have her top partially destroyed, revealing the inner parts of her breasts, which is nice until her body splits in half down the middle.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Nakoruru will be entering ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XIV'' as a member of the "Another World" team along with two characters from a pair of SNK Playmore pachislots. This due to the BigBad creating a crack in space and time that affected her realm and being a protector of Nature, Nakoruru makes it her mission to fix that by time-traveling to the future with it.
* FragileSpeedster: Nakoruru is fast with her attacks and movement in general, but has very low tolerance for damage and will be killed very easily. And please note that there are ninjas in this game, and she's even faster than all of them.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: It's a must for a priestess of nature like her, why else do you think she can tame and befriend her animals that they'd fight for her? Her stages are usually filled with animals, and her ending in ''1'' involve a lot of animals surrounding her and be friendly.
** She's not always successful in this though. In the prequel ''V'', she failed to calm [[BearsAreBadNews a rampaging bear]], resulting the appearance of Rera. Over time she got better.
* HimeCut: To further emphasis her femininity. She's not of royal blood, however.
* {{Mascot}}: Alongside [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard]], she is SNK's other mascot. Unlike [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Athena Asamiya]], however, if they ever get into crossovers, Nakoruru just feels indifferent with Terry.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: A recurring theme for her in ''Ano hito kara no okurimono'' and touched during some of her endings in ''Warriors Rage''. She did possess several selfish desires to have fun like any normal girls, but her dedication to nature trumps over that so she usually curbs them down.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: In a good way. Nakoruru absolutely cannot be swayed from her mission to protect nature. Not even her own selfish desires.
* KillTheCutie: Despite being an extremely beautiful girl, she is shown no mercy; losing at the hands of the other warriors will result in Nakoruru being killed in extremely brutal ways, including being decapitated, burned and vaporized, impaled in her private parts, and having her clothes ripped off and her naked body torn apart. Though in some installments, Nakoruru is immune to this... only for it to be brought back by full force in the latter series.
** Canonically, this happened in ''2'' via HeroicSacrifice and AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Her theme song is one of the few recurring tracks in the series.
* {{Nature Hero}}ine: All her fights are dedicated to the protection of Mother Nature.
** The [[SelfParody Neo Geo DJ Station drama CD]] pokes fun at this in one skit. It involves Nakoruru stewing [[LethalChef horrendously]] [[{{Squick}} mismatched]] [[{{GargleBlaster}} ingredients]] whilst going on about how they're all natural, ''[[InsaneTrollLogic therefore]]'' [[WhatAnIdiot bound to taste delicious together.]]
* NatureSpirit: She ended up like this after ''II''. Which might excuse why she appeared in her youthful form long after her death. Even at ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''.
** OurFairiesAreDifferent: She takes the physical form of a fairy in DistantFinale and [[spoiler:the end of ''Nakoruru ADV'' after her death]] to aid characters to end with the BigBad.
* NiceGuy: Very very kindhearted and gentle, you'll want to be at least her friend. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Just don't treat her as a mere pushover/doormat though.]]
* OneeSama: She's is one for Rimururu and Mikato.
* PantyShot: Nakoruru's panties are sometimes seen when she is killed by strong attacks, as her clothes are cut off her body. In Samurai Shodown Sen and the RPG, she trades her usual long pants for a knee-length skirt, which causes her to expose her panties often while fighting, and almost always when she dies.
** In the Nakoruru ADV, Nakoruru's underwear is shown during a bath scene; she wears a length of cloth that covers her genitalia and goes in between her buttocks, leaving her buttocks exposed, before being tied around her waist in a fundoshi style.
* ReluctantWarrior: If it's possible, she'd rather not fight.
* ReverseGrip: This is how she positions her blade in most of her stances.
* SavingTheWorld: She's the one who is mostly bound by this duty than any of the other characters and takes this seriously due to her contract as the protector of nature.
* ShipTease: Despite her dedication on Nature, there is a lot of teases about her and [[DoggedNiceGuy Galford]]. She is, however, a ChasteHero so she ended up having to put him aside for her duty. Thankfully, Galford understands this and they usually remain good friends. Also seen in ''Nakoruru ADV'' with Yantamu.
* WallJump: Capable of doing such thing even when she's not a {{Ninja}}.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Strong willed priestess with a HimeCut, very kind and gentle [[BewaretheNiceOnes unless she's your opponent]], totally dedicated to her duty/mission to protect nature.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Galford D. Weller]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/{{California}} San Francisco, California, New Spain]] [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagnewspain.png[[/labelnote]][[note]]The flag shown here is that of New Spain (AKA the Viceroyalty of New Spain). At the time the series is set, California was a territory of New Spain and not yet part of the United States, and wouldn't be so until 1850.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[StockNinjaWeaponry Ninjatō]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Atsushi "Monster" Maezuka (I-III, VI [re-dub]), Mantaro Koichi (IV, V, V Special), Creator/ToshihikoSeki (in the Dengeki drama CD series), Creator/WataruTakagi (in {{the movie}}).[[/note]]
American sailor-turned-McNinja, fighting [[JusticeWillPrevail for justice]]. He trained under the same master as Earthquake, and completed his training to become a full fledged ninja. He is mostly accompanied with his pet dog Poppy. Is very much in love with Nakoruru, though [[UnrequitedLove she is way too focused on her mission on nature to focus on that]]. (To his credit, Galford seems to understand that and doesn't stalk her or anything.) Can utilize plasma energy in the form of electricity. Although at first seems like someone who doesn't have a focus except enforcing justice here and there, ''Edge of Destiny'' reveals that his father was a sheriff who was killed by Draco. Galford sets out to kick his ass, for justice and revenge.
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* TheBeastMaster: Some of his specials sic his huskie Poppy on opponents.
* BigNo: He usually lets it out when he's beaten.
* BoisterousBruiser: An American who's into justice and has the excitement on battles.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Towards Nakoruru. Puns not intended. In a mild subversion: [[spoiler: during his TearJerker ending in Samurai Shodown II, when Nakoruru's spirit apologizes to him and begs him to not be grieve for her, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy he immediately complies]].]]
* {{Eagleland}}: Mixed type. He's a boisterous American with penchant of GratuitousEnglish, but he's also a positive character dedicated in his quest for justice and slaying evil.
* FunPersonified
* GenerationXerox: Aside of the ninja stuff, he is pretty much a justice lover like his father.
* GratuitousEnglish: He’s voiced in his native tongue, but this being a mid-90s SNK game, it’s pure {{Engrish}}.
* JusticeWillPrevail: Lives by his father's ideals.
* LargeHam: LET'S GO POPPY!
* LeadYouCanRelateTo: He represents the almost prerequisite American character in the series, in a cast mostly full of Japanese characters.
* {{Leitmotif}}: His theme song, the bizarrely named "Tuna" is one of the few recurring tracks in the series. Interestingly his theme is basically Hanzo's theme but sped up and with added instrumentation - sounding more energetic and fun befitting Galford himself.
* LightningBruiser: Quite literally, as he actually ''uses'' lightning.
* McNinja: He's dressed in what is almost an exact palette-swap of Hanzo, but in personality, he's as American as apple pie.
* ParentalAbandonment: He ran away from home, leaving his mother and his four older sisters. And his father got killed by Draco.
* PrettyBoy: His youthful looks and blond hair definitely qualify him.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: His most prized possession, from his sensei Ayame.
* ShockAndAwe: "Plasma Blade!"
* WallJump: He's a ninja. It's pretty much a requirement for this game.
* UnrequitedLove: He's all heels for Nakoruru, but due to her celibateness, she couldn't reciprocate. However, they understood their duties together and decided to stay as JustFriends. In ''VI'', even if it's non-canon, this is instead averted with his Bust version, where he decided to try to be forward about his feelings, and Nakoruru surprisingly 'accepted'.
* YamatoNadeshiko: His preference for women... and Nakoruru just happens to be one.
* YouKilledMyFather: Draco, as we finally learn in Sen. In his own words:
--> "[[ShutUpHannibal SHADDAP!]] [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya NEVAH]] [[ThisIsUnforgivable FORGEVE]] [[{{Engrish}} JUSS]] [[{{Narm}} LAEK]] [[http://d.hatena.ne.jp/video/niconico/sm3084506 YUU!]]"
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hattori Hanzo]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan The Mountains of Dewa (possibly), Japan]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_270.png[[/labelnote]]
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[StockNinjaWeaponry Ninjatō, shurikens, bombs]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Masaki Usui (I, VI [re-dub], [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Maximum Impact 2 and Regulation A]]), Toshimitsu Arai (II-V Special), Creator/KatsuyukiKonishi (in the DistantFinale)[[/note]]
The legendary {{Ninja}} in services of the Tokugawa shogunate, and is pretty much the enemy of anyone who opposes them. Super serious. He is good friends with Jubei and Yoshitora. In the events of the first game, he witnessed his son Shinzo possessed by Amakusa and he sets off to rescue him, only getting his body, not his soul. In the second game, he successfully retrieved his soul, but not after his ActionMom wife Kaede performed a HeroicSacrifice. Said son will later succeed him in the distant future that is Warriors' Rage. Also makes a anachronistic appearance in ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters KOF: Maximum Impact 2]]''.
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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Humility isn't really his thing.
* CreepyCrows: Seen on his stage in the first 2 games.
* DarkIsNotEvil: He looks like a sinister, sly ninja but he's actually one of the good guys.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: The few times he's been seen without his mask, we can see a BIG scar across one of his eyes.
* HitmanWithAHeart Well, he is a ninja.
* {{Invisibility}}: One of his moves is to turn invisible.
* LegacyCharacter: In the DistantFinale, one of his sons (widely believed to be Shinzo) takes over the name of Hattori Hanzo and becomes head of the clan. Might run in the whole family and apply to him too.
** Also, a couple of characters in ''Videogame/TheKingOfFighters'' series (Nagase in ''Maximum Impact 2'' and Bandeiras in ''XIV'') inherit his ninjitsu fighting style and moves in the actual era.
* MovesetClone: Galford was this at first, but quickly got into DivergentCharacterEvolution. The Iga Ninjas from ''Warriors Rage'' are straight examples, though.
* {{Ninja}}: The series most clear-cut example, his design is that of a classic ninja, without any particularly [[HighlyVisibleNinja unrealistic flourishes]].
* NinjaLog: Probably used the first playable fighting version of this trope.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: He's based on the original UsefulNotes/HattoriHanzo, an almost mythical samurai of the Sengoku era, credited with saving the life of UsefulNotes/TokugawaIeyasu and then helping him to become the ruler of united Japan. By this time, Ieyasu is already dead and his descendants were running the place, but then there's the LegacyCharacter trope in the works, so he is one of the Hattori Hanzo that [[GenerationXerox happened to be similar to the Ieyasu-era Hanzo]] (Hattori Masanari).
* PapaWolf: To Shinzou, and by extension to his pupil Kanzou.
* PlayingWithFire: Though not his main repertoire, Hanzo possessed an ability to punch the ground to create fiery explosions, as shown in one of his moves, Bakuen Ryu.
* {{Seppuku}} --> InterruptedSuicide: Was ''this'' close to commit suicide like this in his first ending, after he failed to save Shinzo from Amakusa. Then Kanzou and his friends stepped in and told him to become their mentor, which gave Hanzou his hope back.
* ScarfOfAsskicking
* StockNinjaWeaponry: Apart of his ninjato, Hanzo also uses shurikens and bombs in some of his appearances.
* TheStoic: He doesn't speak much.
* WallJump
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Yagyu Jubei]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Tosa, Japan]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_61.png[[/labelnote]]
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[DualWielding Katana and Wakizashi]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Takayuki Sakai (I), Creator/KiyoshiKobayashi (II-V Special), Creator/ToruOkawa (VI)[[/note]]
Another legendary {{Samurai}} (mostly based on Mitsuyoshi), once defeated a young Haohmaru and sent him off to Nicotine for honing his potential. Jubei serves the Tokugawa shogunate, and was Yoshitora's sword instructor. Also a good friend of Hanzo, but by the time of the first game, he's out in retirement for inner enlightement. He helps out in defeating Amakusa, but later on, his soul, alongside with Haohmaru's, Kyoshiro's and Sieger's, is targeted by Mizuki to revive Ambrosia. He is saved by the good Amakusa, and later returns to help defeat Mizuki. Fandom is a bit naughty on him, due to his slightly comical tone of voice, making him somewhat a ButtMonkey in some fan comics. According to his bio, the person he respected the most is Yagyu Munenori, which means although he doesn't appear on screen, SNK certainly averts the usual treatment of Munenori as a bastard.
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* AmbiguouslyRelated: With 64's Yagyu Hanma.
* AsHimself - FictionalCounterpart: Jubei is also the protagonist in ''[[http://snk.wikia.com/wiki/Yagyu_Life_Theatre Yagyu Kachou]]'', an official side story set in an alternate reality where ''Samurai Shodown'' characters are placed in the modern world. In this story, he is a struggling salary man (standard Japanese business man) who has fallen on hard times. He's often picked on by various characters from the series, though Hanzo and Tam-Tam are his closest friends.
* BlindObedience: Jubei is loyal to the Tokugawa Shogunate even as a ronin. Or some say his ronin status was a cover in order to execute missions given from the Shogunate.
* DualWielding: With his twin daisho.
* EyepatchOfPower: Legend has it that Yagyū Jūbei had the use of only one eye; most legends state that he lost it in a sword sparring session where his father, Yagyū Munenori, struck him accidentally. However, portraits from Jubei's time portray him as having both eyes. Several authors of late have chosen to portray Jūbei as having both eyes, though the classical "eyepatch" look remains standard.
* HandicappedBadass: Blind in one eye, but no less of a deadly warrior.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Especially when [[DualWielding there're 2 of them]].
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Based on UsefulNotes/YagyuJubei, in particular the most famous one: Mitsuyoshi. One of his respected figures was his father Munenori.
* OldMaster: As mentor for Haohmaru and also he's sword instructor for Tokugawa Yoshitora.
* PigeonholedVoiceActor: Noneless than Creator/KiyoshiKobayashi.
* RatedMForManly: A gruff, older man in a series with plenty of younger, more classically handsome men.
* {{Samurai}}: Along with Haohmaru, he's the most clear-cut example in the series.
* SamuraiPonytail
* YouDontLookLikeYou: His first appearance was with a white ''haori'' (samurai jacket) with black symbols on it, a brown hakama with white vertical lines (similar than Ukyo) and brown arm guards. This was his primary look in the first 2 games and the SNK artworks of that time. After his return on ''IV'', he changed this look for the one he actually has in the main pic.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Earthquake]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[EverythingIsBigInTexas Spanish Texas, New Spain]] [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagnewspain_2.png[[/labelnote]][[note]]The flag shown here is that of New Spain (AKA the Viceroyalty of New Spain). At the time the series is set, the state of Texas was a territory of New Spain and not yet part of the United States, and wouldn't be so until 1821.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[EpicFlail Kusarigama]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Masaki Usui (I, II, VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos), Masashi Sugawara (RPG), Takumi Satō (VI), Shigezō Sasaoka (The Motion Picture), Creator/HisaoEgawa (Drama [=CDs=])[[/note]]
Overly obese Texan McNinja. Earthquake used to learn under Galford's sensei Ayame, but quit early due to his greed. He later becomes a bandit, leading his gang to cause mischief here and there. His fart is said to be poisonous. He's always working for the bad guy, but later enters Makai, lured by the treasures there and vanished, never to be heard again.
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* AdaptedOut: Earthquake is the only character who was cut from the Sega Genesis port of the first game, because his sprite proved to be too big for the Genesis cartridge.
* ArtShift: None of the sprites made for him are the same for his next appearance, all the sprites for ''I'', ''II'', ''VI'' and ''SVC'' are different between them.
* AssKicksYou: Or more like, 'Ass Stomps You'.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Look at this guy, would you ever guess that he's a ninja?
* BaldOfEvil: A bald, evil and notorious bandit.
* BigEater: Obviously. Even seen in one of his winposes in the second game where he’s eating a chicken leg.
* TheCameo: Earthquake also appears in all ''SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighter Clash'' series and as one of the monsters in [[VideoGame/TheLastBlade Akari Ichijo]]'s super in ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum''.
* DeceptiveDisciple: He was a disciple of {{Kunoichi}} Ayame like Galford, but quit early due to his bad ties with the latter.
* DumbMuscle: Earthquake is evil, driven by money, and certainly not smart. Best seen in his ''II'' ending where he goes to Makai (the demon world) lured by the offer of money, only to get trapped there forever. Or at least until ''SVC: Chaos'' when he and various Makai minions escape, which is his main plot in that game.
* {{Eagleland}}: Type B, though toned down. He’s obese, loud, brash and vulgar, but doesn't flaunt his American status enough -- at the time of course, Texas was part of New Spain, but still.
* EpicFlail: He has a kusarigama as his weapon of choice.
* EvilDuo: With Gen-An, often paired by fans as the [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Chang and Choi]] of the series (also can be seen together in Genjuro's ''IV'' and Gaira's ''V'' endings.)
* EverythingIsBigInTexas: Himself included -- he hails from what was then Spanish Texas, and is positively enormous, dwarfing all other characters in the series through sheer height and girth.
* FacialMarkings: Earthquake has [[TattooedCrook tattoos]] or [[BodyPaint face paint]] in the shape of blue flames around his eyes.
* {{Fartillery}}: His ''epic'' kick grab in the first two games.
* TheGiant: His bio pegs him at 9’4” — making him amongst the tallest (human) characters in the fighting game genre (if not the tallest).
* {{Gonk}}: It's also his complex: "His face looks like an old woman's".
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Apart from his ''HUGE'' size, his red/neon-pink clothes doesn't help him at all.
* LightningBruiser: Kind of, especially since the second game, when he gained a few ninja abilities to overcome his MightyGlacier movement in ''I''.
* McNinja: Like Galford, he's from America, in this case, Texas. Starting from the 2nd game, he also uses ninja tricks like mirror images or the NinjaLog technique.
* MightyGlacier: The slow-but-strong character from the first 2 games, as well the biggest character of them that can't be throwed by any opponent.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Earthquake may possibly be a reference to [[Wrestling/{{FMW}} Mr. Pogo]], a wrestler mostly prominent in TheNineties. Mr. Pogo was overweight and noted for his cruelty, carrying a kusarigama into the ring and breathing fire on his opponents. In addition, Mr. Pogo wore a jagged blue facepaint pattern, was considered a greedy mercantile wrestler who would only follow the money, and first got his claim to fame wrestling as a villainous ninja in Texas wrestling shows.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Earthquake's main reason for everything he does is money, including being recruited by Mizuki.
* PlayingWithFire[=/=]BreathWeapon: One of his super moves in the first two games is a fire breath attack.
* TheRival: Galford. There’s even a ContinuityNod upon his return in ''VI'' when he claims to have forgotten about him.
* SpinAttack: Earthquake's signature move in which he spins with his kusarigama, debuting as a straight move and later having variants like being accessible in the air, after a teleport, and even grabbing an enemy to spin them.
* StartMyOwn: Earthquake formed his own bandit gang with henchmen who followed him everywhere (including to Makai.)
* StoutStrength: That gigantic size does come with great strength.
* UnexpectedCharacter: Made his first playable appearance in nearly a decade as a character in ''VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos''.
* WallJump: Gained this ability in the second game, since it's confirmed that he's a ninja.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Shiranui Gen-An]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Onigami Island, Japan]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_29.png[[/labelnote]]
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[WolverineClaws Metal claw]]
->'''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Eiji Yano, Masahiro Okazaki (VI), Kōichi Kitamura (Movie), Neal Ford (Movie, English Dub), Isamu Tanonaka (Drama [=CDs=])[[/note]]
A...uh... goblin-like monster who claims himself 'The King of Demons' and does his best to do evils here and there, while being quite inept at it. Has a hot, very much human-seeming wife named Azami, and she bore him a lot of kids...WHO LOOK LIKE HIM. During the first game, he is killed, but come the second game, he had been resurrected by Mizuki. Eventually, however, due to Azami’s wishes, Gen-An stops fighting and settles down.
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* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: As the "goblin" he is, his skin is light green.
* AmbiguouslyRelated: With [[VideoGame/FatalFury Mai]] [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Shiranui]]. Since SNK never stated whether they are actually related or not, it is unclear (Gen-An being an ancestor of Mai) or simply a coincidence between surnames.
* AntiVillain: For all his boasts of being a Demon King, in the end, Gen-An was just a family man concerned with his family.
* BackFromTheDead: Killed by [[{{Kunoichi}} Ayame]] after the first game, Gen-An was revived by Mizuki in the second to serve Ambrosia.
* BaldOfEvil: Supports his 'evil goblin' persona.
* BreathWeapon: His poison breath, which in the first games makes the opponent dizzy, though they instantly fall down, so Gen-An can't continue with another attack.
* TheCameo: Gen-An also appears as part of character endings in ''IV'' and ''V'' (Genjuro and Gaira, respectively), as part of a background in ''Samurai Shodown!'' (first of UsefulNotes/NeoGeoPocket SS games and port of ''IV'') and as one of the monsters in [[VideoGame/TheLastBlade Akari Ichijou]]'s super move in ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum''.
* CartoonCreature: In a series that debuted with a cast of ''fairly'' realistic human characters (some even based on real-life, historical figures), he stands out as a completely fantasy-based, goblinoid creature.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Even after being revived and recruited by Ambrosia, Gen-An's plans to be the Evil King are intact.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes[=/=][[EvenEvilCanBeLoved Can Be Loved]]: Although being evil, Gen-An has a lovely wife who loves him, evil or not, and children who loves him too. And he loves them as well, being a good husband and father.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: One of his moves and his eventual super involves spinning.
* EvilDuo: With Earthquake, often paired by fans as the [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Choi and Chang]] of the series (also can be seen together in Genjuro's ''IV'' and Gaira's ''V'' endings.)
* EvilLaugh: An unsettling cackle, to be specific.
* {{Expy}}: Probably based on Western despictions of Goblins, as in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''.
* FamilyMan: Despite being an evil minion, Gen-An is loyal to his own family (his wife and children.)
* FriendlyRival: Haohmaru, mostly one-sided rivalry (better seen in his ''VI'' ending) and probably the reason why he imitates his poses in the games he appeared.
* {{Gonk}}: The series' ugliest!
* GrapplingHookPistol: His claw is attached to a hidden chain, so Gen-An can shoot his claw and then pull them towards him. One of the first fighting game characters able to do this along with [[Characters/MortalKombat1 Scorpion]].
* GreenAndMean: He's a goblinoid demi-human, and has bright slime-green skin to boot.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: A self-proclaimed Demon King with squeaky voice and in the end, too much of a FamilyMan. When your winposes are somewhat mirroring Haohmaru, you know you're not serious.
* InterspeciesRomance: He's AmbiguouslyHuman, but his wife Azami is much more typically human-looking, although she does sport large, pointed ears like he does.
* ImAHumanitarian
* PoisonousPerson
* RuleOfCool: His big claw, named after his wife, Azami. Even Gen-An himself thinks it's very cool.
* ShoutOut: His stage in the second game has a [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]] inside the giant pot where other "goblins" as Gen-An are cooking during the fight.
* SmallNameBigEgo: He is constantly proclaiming himself 'The Demon King'.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is Genan, Gen An, Gen-an or Gen-An?
* ThisIsADrill: In ''I'' Gen-An's punch throw has him use his claw like a drill. In ''II'' this becomes his Desperation Move.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Gen-An's wife Azami is a very attractive humanoid. It's even jokingly suggested he might be an ancestor of [[VideoGame/FatalFury Mai Shiranui]], though they really have no relation beyond their shared surname.
* WallJump: Gained this ability in the second game.
* WolverineClaws: He wields a horrific looking clawed glove, which he dramatically snaps closed as his idle animation cycles.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Charlotte Christine de Colde]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/TheFrenchColonialEmpire Paris, Kingdom of France]] [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagkingdomoffrance.png[[/labelnote]][[note]] The banner shown here is Royal Standard of the Kingdom of France, raised in the presence of the King and used as a state flag by the Kingdom under the absolute monarchy. It was used from around 1638 to 1790.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[RoyalRapier Épée]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/HarumiIkoma (main games), Mayumi Shindou (VI), Creator/SakikoTamagawa (in the movie), Yumi Nakatani (Drama [=CDs=]), Yumi Tōma (Drama CD 3)[[/note]]
French fencer who came to Japan thanks to the trouble brewing there (starting from Gaoh). During the course of the first game, she became a good friend with Nakoruru. After the first Samurai Shodown, she returns to France and participates in the French Revolution, later coming back to Japan after hearing Amakusa's return, then she meets Haohmaru, whom she eventually falls for, but she was unaware of him having a lover already. She returns in the second game to fight off Mizuki, now with longer hair maybe to impress him, but found out that he's already taken. Facing the bitter truth, Charlotte cut her hair off and returned to France, hoping to be stronger.
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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Her crush on Haohmaru.
* BattleBallgown: She's quite modestly dressed for a fighting-game female, and sports a long, tunic-like skirt with her armour-plate.
* CyanidePill: Her suicide move from ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown IV'' seems to be this.
* EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench: She was designed so as to be the 'sexy' {{Foil}} to the cuter Nakoruru, although most of her sexiness was covered with her BattleBallgown.
* ForeignFanservice: The series original western woman -- her theme in the first game is even titled "Foreign Woman" -- and she exhibits the long blonde hair and statuesque height often seen with this trope.
* GratuitousFrench: Has gone from ear-grating to amusing to just short of decent. "O-ribuaaa?"
** One NPC in her SSV intro takes it a couple dozen steps further, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments to the utter hilarity of many a French fan.]]
--> ''"Juéé t'êêêêêm? Madeumwazzêêêlll?"''
* ImportantHaircut: When she sees that [[LovedINotHonorMore Haohmaru]] ''[[LovedINotHonorMore does]]'' [[LovedINotHonorMore love Oshizu]] despite his dedication to fighting, she decides to get over it and starts by cutting her long hair with her rapier.
* LadyOfWar: She's a sophisticated, classically beautiful woman who elegantly wields an ''epee'' in combat.
* PantyShot: Only in ''Sen'', and usually only when she dies. Charlotte's skirt is of knee length, and she sometimes exposes her black panties when she kicks. When she is killed, however, her body usually lies down with her legs propped up, hitching her skirt up and exposing her panties.
* PatrioticFervor: Following the events of the first game, she returns to France to participate in the French Revolution.
* RoyalRapier: She wields an ''epee'' in combat, which complements her elegant, French character.
* ShoutOut:
** Her look is very much inspired with Oscar Jarjayes from ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles''. (But not her crossdressing tendencies.)
** Her name references Charlotte de Corday, who was an activist during the French Revolution and sent to the guillotine.
* StatuesqueStunner: She stands at an amazonian height of 6' -- ''huge'' for a woman of her time.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Notably averted. Her bulky combat armor is only [[CombatStilettos two heels away]] from realistic.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tam-Tam]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[{{Mayincatec}} Green Hell, South America]] [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagincaempire.png[[/labelnote]][[note]]Tam-Tam's origin is slightly muddled. Ostensibly, he's an Inca (at least geographically, as he's from South America), and the symbol of the Inca Empire is therefore used here.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[SinisterScimitar Scimitar]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Kay Inage (I), Toshikazu Nishimura (IV, V, V Special, VI (re-dub)), Kazuki Ishii (VI), Creator/TakehitoKoyasu (The Motion Picture), Hideo Ishikawa (Drama [=CDs=])[[/note]]
Hero of the Greenhell tribe in South America, protecting the Tanjil and Palenke Stones, which is responsible of keeping Ambrosia to be brought to the world. He was actually slain by Gaoh in the past, but one tribesman brought his mask to him, which resurrects him. Later, during Amakusa's return, Tam Tam hunts down the Palenke stone and retrieves it, but on the other hand, his sister Cham-Cham lost the other stone, thereby subjecting Tam-Tam to be punished... [[spoiler:turning into Cham-Cham's pet chimpanzee Paku-Paku.]]
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* AmbiguouslyBrown
* BackFromTheDead: Look below.
* BadassBoast
* BadassBystander[=/=]LegacyCharacter: Tam-Tam in the fifth game is a mere villager who came to find ''the'' revered hero Tam-Tam slain by Gaoh.
* TheBigGuy: Tall even by Western standards, so much indeed that he is constantly crouching while fighting. Once he stands up, he towers over everyone in the game.
* BreathWeapon: He can breathe fire.
* ButtMonkey: The fourth game turns him to this, first there's Galford's ending where his puppies took away his mask; then there's his ending where [[spoiler:it is revealed how he became Paku-Paku]]
* DoesNotLikeShoes
* HotBlooded: His winquote describes it all: "My Boiling Blood Bubbles For Battle!"
* MaskPower: enough to revive him.
* {{Mayincatec}}: Ostensibly, he’s an Inca, as he hails from South America (as seen on the map screen — his village “Green Hell” is located in the upper region of the continent). But he also presents aspects of the Maya (his fighting style is listed as “Maya-style” and his moves are written in the Aztec Nahuatl language.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* WalkingShirtlessScene
* WildMan
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Senryo Kyoshiro]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Edo, Japan]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_798.png[[/labelnote]]
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BladeOnAStick Naginata]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Kay Inage (I), Toshikazu Nishimura (IV, V, V Special, VI (re-dub)), Kazuki Ishii (VI), Creator/TakehitoKoyasu (The Motion Picture), Hideo Ishikawa (Drama [=CDs=])[[/note]]
A Kabuki actor who thinks Kabuki dancing is SeriousBusiness. The evil presence kept disturbing his performances, so he usually fights to preserve his dancing stage. The second game provides a much bigger threat for him when his fellow performer got possessed and he's forced to kill him, and later he discovers that his soul is required by Mizuki to bring back Ambrosia. After being saved by Amakusa, he joins in defeating Mizuki, and then adopts the priestess Bizuki, whose body were possessed by Mizuki, turning her into his fellow Kabuki dancer.
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* AnimeHair: Look at it. ''Look at it.'' His huge, bouffant mane is based on traditional Kabuki wigs.
* BladeOnAStick: Wields a naginata named "Caring Wife".
* BreathWeapon: In a nod to his highly theatrical, performance-based fighting style, one of his moves involves him breathing ''fire'' at his opponents.
* DanceBattler: He's an accomplished Kabuki actor, and uses his theatrical movement skills in battle.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: From '''III''' onwards.
* HandicappedBadass: He only uses one foot to stand whilst in his idle pose, which isn't a handicap as such, (it's more of an aesthetic tick), though it must be quite tiring after a while.
* '''[[LargeHam Very Large Ham]]''': Emphasis ours. This is ''Kabuki'', people! It's self-acknowledged too, as seen when he defeats his palette-swapped counterpart in ''SS 1'', he calls him a "ham".
* PaperFanOfDoom: Kyoshiro's projectiles are paper fans inducted with fire.
* PlayingWithFire: Apart of the mentioned paper fans, various of his moves provokes the opponent burns and even in some games he has a BreathWeapon.
* RapunzelHair: As seen in his portrait -- his huge Kabuki wig is floor-length.
* TookALevelInBadass: Compare his ''[[http://images.wikia.com/snk/images/d/d7/Kyoshiross2.gif SSII]]'' and ''[[http://images.wikia.com/snk/images/5/55/Kyoshiross3.gif SSIII]]'' sprites. Averted in ''Sen'', where Kyoshiro returns to his I-II outfit.
* SeriousBusiness: His win-quote sums up how seriously he takes his art-form of choice; "(Kabuki is) a method of acting that is a matter of life or death."
* ShoutOut: He most likely takes inspiration from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nemuri_Kyoshiro Nemuri Kyoshiro]], a sleepy-eyed samurai who travels around Japan.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Wan-fu]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[ImperialChina Qing Dynasty China]] [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagqingdynasty.png[[/labelnote]][[note]]The flag shown here is that of the historic Qing Dynasty, who ruled China from 1644 to 1912.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[MultiMeleeMaster Dao / stone pillar / chúi (changes weapon in each game he appears in)]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Takayuki Sakai (I), Toshikazu Nishimura - (II, RPG (battle voice), Sen, VI (re-dub)), Masaru Naka (RPG (cutscenes)), Masahiro Okazaki (VI), Tessho Genda (The Motion Picture), Daisuke Gōri (Drama [=CDs=])[[/note]]
Chinese Warlord out to unify China. Despite his seemingly evil idea, he is merely a good guy trying to make best of the situation, and to protect his land, which leads him to fight off the evil forces that ravaged the land. Seems to change his weapon in every installment (uses a huge scimitar in the first game, stone pillar in the second, huge mace in the fifth game). [[NoFourthWall Doesn't seem to know that there is a fourth wall]].
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* AssKicksYou: As seen during one of his standing kicks one jumping kick and one of his grabs.
* BadAssBoast
--> "Life is a dream. [[PreAssKickingOneLiner And it's Morning for you!"]]
* {{BFS}}: His weapon in the first game was almost a GameBreaker. At Point-blank range, his Power Slash dealt three hits that took off about half a full life meter ''and'' usually left you dizzy to boot. His [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks Thunder Bomb]] could also be a OneHitKill is his Rage gauge were maxed out (a far from uncommon occurence, see below).
* BoisterousBruiser: Probably even more than Haohmaru.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Fights bare-footed in all appearances.
* HotBlooded: At least in the first game, his Rage gauge fills up faster than anyone else's, and stays maxed out for the longest, as well.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He usually acts like a {{jerkass}} and sometimes as a CasanovaWannabe, but he has a good heart and fights for his people as well he's a good ally for Haohmaru's group.
* LightningBruiser: For a big guy, he can cover the screen faster than some of the more slightly built characters.
* NoFourthWall: Second game's ending. If you could call it that.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He's ''83 years old'' in the first game.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: Zigzagged. In the first game, his physique can be described as flabby. In the second game, he sported an impressive six-pack. Come SSVI, his belly is more prominent than ever.
* TakeOverTheWorld: ''Take Over China'' in this case.
* UseYourHead: In the second game, he gains a move which involves repeatedly slamming his head into his stone pillar to fill his Rage gauge [[CastFromHP at the cost of some of his Health]].
* WeaponOfChoice: Notable for averting this; each game sees him using a different weapon.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: His primary costume makes him this during fights.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hikyaku]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Iyo, Japan]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_53.png[[/labelnote]]
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ImprobableWeaponUser Bindle]]
A character who was first introduced as the delivery man that ran through the stages and threw items into fights.
He is based on the archaic Japanese courier, men who would need to run mile-long marathons to and from places for the shogunate. They developed their sprinting system due to the possibility of being killed for the information they carried; many men also collapsed or died from exhaustion due to the strenuous ordeal of running non-stop for a day's time. He is playable only in the Game Boy version.
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* TheCameo: In the endings of several other characters and even in other games.
* NoNameGiven: "Hikyaku" is just his profession's title. His real name is unknown.
* PowerUp: He runs across the stages' background, throwing either food (which restore health), bombs (which damage the characters) or treasure (which gives additional points).
* PromotedToPlayable: In the Game Boy port.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Amakusa Shiro Tokisada]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kami-Amakusa, Kumamoto, Japan]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_91.png[[/labelnote]]
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[EnergyBall Magic orb]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Eiji Yano (I, III, IV, ''Nakoruru ADV'', VI (Anthology Redub)), Yū Daiki (The Motion Picture), Kaneto Shiozawa (Drama [=CDs=]), Misuaki Madono (RPG), Takashi Ōhara (V Special), Junji Majima (VI), Creator/ShowHayami (''Oni'')[[/note]]
Based on the Christian rebel with the same name, once he crossed the DespairEventHorizon due to losing and being executed, Amakusa made a pact with Ambrosia on his death. He possessed Hanzo's son Shinzo and returned to the land, spreading chaos. Ultimately, he is defeated and banished back to Makai, leaving Shinzo's body... then his soul is split in half, one is the good Amakusa who wants to truly atone for his sins, the other is the evil Amakusa, still hating the world. The evil one later kidnaps a BarrierMaiden named Hazuki Kazama, placed her inside a seal to sap her out of her life energy, and tried to use her to bring Zankuro Minazuki BackFromTheDead and keep him on the leash... until Hazuki's brothers Kazuki and Sogetsu kick his ass and destroy him permanently. The good Amakusa, still using Shinzo's body, tried to make amends, but was later sealed by Mizuki. He breaks free just in time to save Haohmaru, Jubei, Kyoshiro and Sieger from having their souls stolen by Mizuki, but after that he is killed by Mizuki permanently, leaving Shinzo's body for Hanzo to rescue.
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* TheAtoner: His good side, as explained in the intro above.
* BackFromTheDead: Twice.
* {{Bishonen}}: Fits the criteria very well -- and many players initially thought him to be an evil sorcer''ess''.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Does he EVER! So much that many who first encountered him thought he was a woman at first, due to his feminine features, talon-like fingernails, lipstick and elaborate kimono.
* EnemyWithout: Aku Amakusa
* EnergyBall: His weapon -- he wields an energy orb named ''Gadamā no Hōju'' in combat.
* HeelFaceTurn: Is a bad guy in the first game, afterwards, there has been a SplitPersonality issue where Aku Amakusa wants to continue his evil ways, but his default self wants to atone for his sins.
* HypocriticalHumor: "My religion says all are equal. Peasant."
* ImprobableWeaponUser: In a series where most characters wield real-life, historic weaponry, his energy-ball weapon stands out as being completely fantasy-based.
* NoblewomansLaugh: No wonder many are fooled -- his laugh is high-pitched and haughty.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Based on the historical UsefulNotes/AmakusaShiro.
* ReligiousBruiser: He's based on the real life Christian minister of the same name.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: His first reason for coming back and the basis of his evil self.
* ShoutOut: Though his portrayal bears similarities with the Amakusa in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makai_Tensho Makai Tensho]], the developers haven't confirmed if he was particularly based on him.
* SissyVillain: At least, that's what you think before he disembowls you with that magical orb he carries around.
* SNKBoss: In the first game at least. Less noticiable than other bosses since TheComputerIsACheatingBastard in [=SS1=] (effectively making every character a boss fight) and because of a GoodBadBugs case that allowed the player to win the first round against him easily. Still, he remains a very cheap enemy as his special moves have zero recovery time, can break out of comboes and can dizzy you quite easily.
* SplitPersonality[=/=]SuperpoweredEvilSide: Aku Amakusa.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Aku Amakusa again.
* WallJump
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ambrosia]]
-> '''Origin:''' ''[[HellOnEarth Makai (the demon world)]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagmakai.png[[/labelnote]]
Ambrosia is the Dark God of Makai (Demon World) Amakusa and Mizuki were trying to revive in the series. He needs both the energies from the Palenke Stone and Tangiers Stone to resurrect his body into the mortal realm. Developers state that there was no model in mind for either him or Mizuki. His name is derived from the Greek word ''ambrosios'', which roughly means "the immortal one".
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* AmbiguouslyRelated: With 64's Yuga. When fans pointed out the similarities to developers, they replied that the two characters' relation to one another is unknown. Current speculation is that both of Yuga and Ambrosia are sides of the same evil force, with Ambrosia being something more abstract and global, while Yuga is a standalone individual "person" serving as a kind of avatar.
* BigBad: Of the whole series.
* TheCameo:
** Apart of his mentions of the series and being in the background of the FinalBoss of the first two games and ''RPG'', Ambrosia and Mizuki make a cameo in a bonus stage for ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters KOF: Maximum Impact 2]]''. It reenacts Mizuki's stage in ''II''.
** In anime, also makes appearances in TheMovie and ''Asura's Zanmaden'' OVA.
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: Ambrosia is the Dark God of Makai.
* TheDragon: Amakusa and Mizuki were his representants on Earth who tried to revive him in the mortal land.
* TheGhost: Widely mentioned in the series but it hasn't a defined form, just showing parts of him.
* GodOfEvil: In the past, the god Ambrosia had its body destroyed and its spiritual form banished to the demon realm of Makai. This led to Ambrosia becoming the Dark God of Makai, ruling over demons and drawing strength from humans' negative energy.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Ambrosia is still undefeated, only his heralds had suffered instead of him.
* {{Necromancer}}: Various of his heralds and [[{{Mook}} mooks]] are usually BackFromTheDead.
* {{NPC}}: Ambrosia has been unplayable in any and every form to this day.
* PowersThatBe: An evil example. Like [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Orochi]], Ambrosia is '''not''' a physical being, but rather a powerful immortal "spirit" which can't ever be slain by mortals, only sealed away.
* SealedEvilInACan: Which both Amakusa and Mizuki tried to unseal. Fortunately, both of them were defeated before they could finish Ambrosia's evil plan.
[[/folder]]

!!Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown II''

[[folder:Kibagami Genjuro]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Anjo Village, Yamashiro Province, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Kong Kuwata[[/note]]
Haohmaru's true rival. An assassin for hire, with very much enjoyment in killing those who are weak. He starts out a decent man, training alongside Haohmaru, but has a hunger for power which got him failing to be the school successor and even got himself expelled from the dojo. He also has a deep-seated hatred for Haohmaru, not just because he's his 'goody-goody' rival, but also because [[IdenticalStranger he looked like a man Genjuro killed]] because said man slept with his mother, which eventually led his mother to attack him and Genjuro killed in self-defense. Said mother also looked like Shiki, and Genjuro has a soft spot on her, since at least he loved his mother. In Samurai Shodown 64-2, he unwittingly played the hero since Haohmaru got BrainwashedAndCrazy by Yuga, and he presumably is the one to break him out of control and was about to kill him, until a little kid whose father he killed stabbed him on the back, killing him... Then SNK retconned that AGAIN, since in ''Edge of Destiny'' he's alive and kicking.
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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Oh boy. Genjuro is very proud of his skills as a hitokiri and looks down anyone who in his eyes look ''weak''.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Supplemental materials suggest that Genjuro regrets [[SelfMadeOrphan it]] '''''bigtime''''' -- which explains his soft spot to Shiki, a dead-ringer for her.
* {{Expy}}: Played with, and also subverted as well; he is sometimes likened to a "Samurai [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Iori Yagami]]", though they're not related and despite Genjuro being created before. ''VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos'' makes fun of this.
-->'''Both at the same time''': Vermin!... Die!
** His backstory actually falls more in line with the connotation of being "Samurai [[VideoGame/FatalFury Geese Howard]]", as both had very difficult childhoods and trained with the protagonist (or in Geese's case, the protaginist's adoptive father). Hilariously, Geese already has many samurai-esque influences in his design, and both characters have the same voice actor.
* FreudianExcuse: Son of a prostitute. Killed a client who was mistreating his mother. Mother went loopy and tried to kill her son, [[SelfMadeOrphan who ended up having to kill her in self-defense]]. No fuckin' wonder [[MaddenIntoMisanthropy the dude is pissed off]].
** And to twist the knife to the wound? Said client looked like Haohmaru. It's ''not'' Haohmaru's fault in the least, but still.
* TheGambler: His stage, special moves and winposes in his debut game are all hanafuda references.
** He also [[ImprobableWeaponUser uses giant cards as projectiles]] and cards go flying during his Desperation Move.
* {{Hunk}}: Complete with that trademark long red hair of his. What's more, [[WordOfGod developers wanted to make him a character with "adult appeal" who would leave a lasting impression for the female players]].
* IconicSequelCharacter: Since he supplanted Ukyo as Haohmaru's rival, Genjuro ends up in this trope. He's also made appearances outside of ''Samurai Shodown'' (''VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos'', where he appeared without Haohmaru, and ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum'') whereas Ukyo has not.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Towards Haohmaru.
* PsychoForHire: ''[[HiredGuns Hitokiri]]'', to be more exact.
* RedOniBlueOni: Subverted. The Blue to Haohmaru's Red at first sight, Genjuro is solely in it out of sadism.
* TheRival: For Haohmaru.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Not exactly by choice.
* ShoutOut: Inverted. Watsuki being a bigtime fan, Genjuro's design was what inspired the design of pre-mummy [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Makoto Shishio]].
** Genjuro has a massive scar like [[Franchise/StreetFighter Sagat's]], except Genjuro's is on his back.
* SocialDarwinist: He excuses his killing by [[InsaneTrollLogic rationalizing]] that people who piss him off are stupid, and stupid people defile the world by their existence; therefore, he does everyone a favour by killing them.
* SpamAttack: His Hyakki Satsu (Hundred Demons Killer), which actually turns into a brutal gut-stabbing attack when any of the hits connect.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: "Genjuro" or "Genjyuro"? SNK seems to prefer the latter in more recent games. There's also the fully romanized version of his name being "Genjuurou" as well, which is rarely used.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: At 6'0".
* ThreeStrikeCombo: His Sanren Satsu (Triple Killer), [[CaptainObvious as aptly named]], which can either work as normal or he can slash past-through his opponent with each strike. He uniquely shouts out "Inoshikacho" when he connects all three hits.
* WouldntHitAGirl: In V, the reason he didn't cut down Sankuro at first sight was because he didn't want to kill the girl in front of him.
** WouldHitAGirl: He would hit and likely kill a girl able to defend herself, but not a NeutralFemale. His profile further backs this trope by saying he can slaughter many people at once, not caring if they're male or female.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Cham-Cham]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[{{Mayincatec}} Green Hell, South America]] [[note]]Cham-Cham's origin is slightly muddled. Ostensibly, she's an Inca (at least geographically, as she's from South America), and the symbol of the Inca Empire is therefore used here.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BattleBoomerang Boomerang]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Reiko Chiba[[/note]]
Little sister of Tam-Tam, and a somewhat likes to act like a [[CatGirl cat]], or playing and getting shocked by electric eels. She accidentally lost the Tanjil stone during a trip to play and in compensation, tried to retrieve it, accompanied by her pet chimpanzee Paku-Paku. In the end of her story, she found out that [[spoiler:Paku-Paku is actually Tam-Tam, cursed as a punishment for letting the stone be lost]].
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* AssKicksYou: One of her aerial "kicks".
* TheBeastMaster: Controls her pet monkey Paku-Paku.
* CatGirl: Often compared with [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Felicia]] and even has her color scheme as an alt.
* {{Cosplay}}: Mostly seen in her own Packinko SpinOff ''Samurai Spirits Gaiden: Cham-Cham'', in where Cham-Cham can dreess some modern outfits as well some cosplays, like Dragon Gal's Mui Mui and [[VideoGame/MetalSlug Fio Germi]].
* CuteBruiser: Adorable, and fights in a far more feral manner than her fellow females.
* EarlyInstallmentCharacterDesignDifference: Refering to her change of sprites in VI comparing to II and IV Special.
* GenkiGirl: This girl is always in high spirit.
* JunglePrincess: Her look -- unlike her brother, her design takes no cues from the {{Mayincatec}} aesthetic.
* PrecisionFStrike: Though it could be due to wonky localization, the first word she said in her Arcade story is "Shit!". In a game of UsefulNotes/TheNineties!
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: Her melee and projectile attacks employ her boomerang, which returns back into her hands even if she's being thrown.
* SecretCharacter: In UsefulNotes/PlayStation port of IV, called as ''Samurai Shodown IV Special'' ([[NoExportForYou Japan-only release]]), Cham-Cham appears as unlockable character and only being selectable in Versus Mode. She uses II sprites and some portraits reused for the game, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE4-7OIwrnA here's a video of her appearance]].
* ShoutOut: Probably based on Feral Kid from ''Film/MadMax2TheRoadWarrior'', like a female version of him. Not to mention the green hair and the tiger-like clothes, similar to [[Manga/UruseiYatsura Lum]].
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Somewhat; she is the replacement of her older brother. She is much more well received though.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Green spiked AnimeHair in this case.
* WeaponOfChoice: Her BattleBoomerang.
* WildChild: So much so that she actually dresses like a jungle cat, and her movement patterns suggest an animal, not a human.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Neinhalt Sieger]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}} Kingdom of Prussia]] [[note]]The flag shown here is that of the historic Kingdom of Prussia, a German kingdom that constituted the state of Prussia between 1701 and up until its dissolution in 1918.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[PowerFist Metal gauntlet]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Kong Kuwata[[/note]]
Leader of the Prussian Red Lion Knights. He protects his country from Mizuki, and his soul happens to be one of the souls that Mizuki sought to resurrect Ambrosia. He is, however, saved by Amakusa and later contributed in Mizuki's defeat. He returned home victorious and marries Princess Elizabeth, his liege's daughter.
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* AffectionateNickname: Based on his BattleCry, developers nicknamed him ''"BAAAAH!!!"''
* BadassBaritone: Rather deep voiced. Very badass.
* BaldOfAwesome
* BodyguardCrush - LovedINotHonorMore: To Elizabeth, who loves him back. They end up HappilyMarried in his ending.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Princess Elizabeth.
* {{Hunk}}: Easily. Like with Genjuro, Sieger was given attractive qualities in hopes of making him appeal more to the female players.
* LightningBruiser: Is one of the biggest and most muscular characters amongst the cast, but is quite quick on his own
* LoveFreak: Possibly, based on his winquote, "Love is the best weapon in the world."
* MegatonPunch: Well, kind of hard not to when you pack a weapon like that.
* PatrioticFervor: He's undyingly loyal to the Prussian Crown.
* PowerFist[=/=]SwissArmyWeapon: His gauntlet doesn't just punch, it shoots things and sets his body on fire.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Perhaps not dark, but he's notably 7'0" -- practically a giant.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: He's stripped to the waist in all appearances.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: He's got a rather nasty backbreaker.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kafuin Nicotine]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Hida, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[SimpleStaff Shakujō]] [[note]] a staff used by Buddhist priests in religious ceremonies[[/note]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Monster Maezuka (II, RPG), Naoki Yanagi (VI), Isamu Tanonaka (Drama [=CDs=])[[/note]]
An old priest, formerly the master of both Haohmaru and Genjuro. He expelled Genjuro due to his bloodlust, and keeps in check about Haohmaru, especially when Mizuki starts targetting him. Nicotine later goes to battle to kill Mizuki and protect Haohmaru. He retires from the battle after the second game. Later in the 64 series, he is entrusted with Shiki's daughter Mikoto; and he raised her, helped with Haohmaru and his grandson Gaira.
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* BadassPreacher
* CoolOldGuy
* TheGhost: After his sole appearance in ''II'' and before his comeback in ''VI'', Nicotine only appears as cameo in all Gaira's endings since ''III'' and in Mikoto's backstory in the DistantFinale.
* InterfaceScrew: One of his attacks will reverse your joystick controls for a brief time.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: He's amongst the oldest characters in the series, and his sprite is also amongst the smallest.
* OldMaster
* PaperTalisman
* ParentalSubstitute: He's one for Mikoto after Shiki's death, along with Haohmaru and Gaira.
* PlayingWithFire & ShockAndAwe: More talisman-based, but you get the idea.
* PunnyName[=/=]SpellMyNameWithAnS: Also known as Caffeine, usually his name is written in katakana.
* ShoutOut: Probably based in the monk Dakuan from ''Anime/NinjaScroll''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Rashoujin Mizuki]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Oki, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ImprobableWeaponUser Tamagushi]] [[note]]literally "jewel skewer", it is a form of Shinto offering made from a sakaki-tree branch decorated with shide strips of washi paper, silk, or cotton.[[/note]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/HarumiIkoma (II), Creator/ShizukaIto (V Special), Creator/RicaMatsumoto (RPG), Miki Tsuchiya (Nakoruru ~Ano hito kara no okurimono~), Tsumugi Ōsawa (VI), Creator/MichieTomizawa (II Drama CD).[[/note]]
A vengeful spirit who made pact with Ambrosia, made famous as one of the first female {{Final Boss}}es in fighting game history. She was later challenged by the [[{{Miko}} priestess]] Bizuki, whom she defeats and possessed. She took over Amakusa's effort to revive Ambrosia, and dispatched him when he betrayed her when she tried to extract the souls for the Tanjil stone (Haohmaru's, Kyoshiro's, Jubei's and Sieger's). She is eventually defeated, but left the corruption so bad that Nakoruru had to do a HeroicSacrifice to set things right again. With Mizuki leaving Bizuki's body, she returned to normal life and was later drafted by Kyoshiro to assist him in his kabuki performances. However, she returns in other games... And centuries later, [[spoiler:her soul still existed that she got absorbed into [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Verse]] and then traveled to present day.]]
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* ArchEnemy: It might not look like it, but Mizuki has somehow become one for Nakoruru, since she's the one responsible for eventually forcing Nakoruru to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, and the fact that [[spoiler:she was amongst the souls absorbed into Verse and travelled to the future, which becomes a big factor as to why Nakoruru also went to the future]]. It doesn't help that they're both priestesses (regardless of her more unknown spirit form, the possessed [[{{Miko}} Bizuki]] is Mizuki's most well-known look that carries over in other games)
* BalefulPolymorph: One of her attacks will briefly turn you into a helpless animal, usually a pig.
* BodySnatcher: Poor, poor Bizuki.
* TheBeastMaster: With her beast, Maju.
* BigBad
* DarkAndTroubledPast: The ''Samurai Shodown'' RPG says that, [[spoiler:800 years before Samurai Shodown II took place, a young Mizuki was abandoned by her parents during a massive famine. The little girl crossed the DespairEventHorizon and made a DealWithTheDevil with Ambrosia, turning herself into an angry demon that spent years laying waste around the globe.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: After Mizuki was obliterated, her original body, Bizuki, was left intact. Kyoshiro, one of the people designated as one of the souls required for the Tanjil stone, took her under his wing and let her live a new life.
* HesBack: She's one of the souls contained within [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Verse]] and traveled with him to present day KOF, pursued by Nakoruru. With Verse defeated and the souls returned to their original bodies, Mizuki will have a chance to spread her terror to present day.
* InterfaceScrew: One of her moves will have your direction controls reversed.
* {{Miko}}: Or more exactly, the woman whose body she stole was this.
* NoblewomansLaugh: Usually when using her teleportation powers.
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Why she [[spoiler:joined Ambrosia in the first place.]]
* SNKBoss: She's fast and her weapon can't be broken, for starters.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Less distorted than the typical example, though.
* WallJump
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kuroko]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kawachi, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ImprobableWeaponUser Referee flags]]
A mysterious fighter that acts as the judge of the fights in a few of the games. He has 4 other brothers that dress identical to him, making them indistinguishable from each other. He is a powerful fighter, but rarely enters the arena. While he appears in the first game, he reveals himself as a fighter until the second.
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* BonusBoss: In ''II'' you will fight him either randomly or by fulfilling certain conditions.
* MidBoss: Of ''III''.
** DittoFighter[=/=]MirrorMatch: Kuroko appears to challenge you, and then he converts into the character you're using in that moment and fights you.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: He dons a red flag and a white flag (used in martial arts competitions to denote when a player hits an opponent) as his weapons, and these cannot be destroyed or lost in battle. His stance is identical to that of Tung Fu Rue's from the ''Fatal Fury'' series (''Special'' onward) and ''The King of Fighters'' series in ''II'' and ''VI''.
* NoNameGiven: His name is obscured in the ''II'' credits. Recently ist's been revealed that his real name is Sukihiro ("Kuroko" is just an alias).
* ShoutOut: Mostly to other {{Creator/SNK}} games, and how! He is ''the'' embodiment of this trope.
** In II he uses powers from early SNK fighting games like ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' and ''VideoGame/FatalFury''. In VI, almost all his powers come from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series.
* SNKBoss: He is strong and extremely fast. Plus in ''II'', his weapon can't be broken.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Bizuki]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Oki, Japan]]''
Bizuki is a shrine priestess who excels in exorcisms and purifications. She was named after her beautiful dances and flute playing. Her powers awakened when she was 16 and she became a respected healer. A century before Samurai Shodown II begins, Bizuki attempted to seal Mizuki when she was twenty-five. However, she was overwhelmed and soon possessed by the evil spirit. She continued to serve as its unwilling host until Mizuki was sealed for good in the demon world. While ashamed of her powerlessness to stop the demon, she chooses to continue to live in the mortal realm as Kyoshiro's assistant. Since then, she took the name Okuni as her alias.
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* BackFromTheDead: After being host of Mizuki, she got a new chance to live in II's Kyoshiro ending and in ''RPG'', the latter ever becomes your partner to fight Haon and Mizuki.
* BattleCouple: Implied in Kyoshiro's endings when he and Bizuki became partners ([[ShipTease and maybe lovers]]).
* DanceBattler: A priest who can dance and play instruments as her secondary skills, later retaken under Kyoshiro's wing.
* DemonicPossession: She had a ''really'' bad luck trying to exorcise Mizuki.
* {{Miko}}: She was one before Mizuki controlled her.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Hinted in Kyoshiro's story that called her as "Okuni" after being freed from Mizuki, she could be based on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Izumo_no_Okuni Izumo no Okuni]], a former priest who was the originator of kabuki theater.
* {{NPC}}: Only seen in Kyoshiro's endings in the series. Subverted in RPG when she joins you as a temporal member.
* WhiteMage: She took this role in ''RPG''.
[[/folder]]

!!Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown III''
[[folder:Hisame Shizumaru]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Japan (unknown exactly where)]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ParasolOfPain Oil-paper umbrella and wakizashi]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Miho Kaneta (main series), Motoki Takagi (VI)[[/note]]
An amnesiac boy who is deemed as a "demon", only naming himself after his sword. He had a traumatic past as detailed in the fifth game. He usually trains and seeks advice from Haohmaru and eventually after learning about a great 'demon' named Minazuki Zankuro, he travels with Haohmaru and defeats him. Unfortunately he found out that he is also they would call a 'demon', as he found out that he has his bloodlust like Zankuro within. Thankfully, he manages to make peace with it and proceeded to live in peace.
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* AmnesiacDissonance
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: He's been called a 'demon' (only called), hunts demons, but eventually found out that he does have a demon bloodlust in him similar to Zankurou.
** This was given a nod [[spoiler: in Shizumaru's Tesshun Ougi move for Samurai Shodown 5 Special. Right before performing said "fatality", we see a ghastly form behind him... which looks a LOT like Zankurou.]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YggvBQ4uSPc See it at 6:07]])
* ApologeticAttacker: Some of his win-poses has him make a double take, mutter an apology and bow respectfully to his fallen opponent. Also, after performing his Tesshun Ougi, the poor boy will be horrified to see his rival dead [[TenderTears and collapse in tears]].
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Granted, see ShoutOut.
* KidHero: One of the youngest characters in most games he appears in.
* ParasolOfPain: He wields an oil-paper parasol, which acts as his primary weapon, along with a ''wakizashi''.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: His "seppuku" animation in 4 causes him to bow to his opponent and run like hell.
* ShipTease: He is often put into this with Nakoruru's sister Rimururu.
* ShoutOut: He is mostly based on both [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Himura Kenshin]] and [[Manga/YuYuHakusho Kurama]].
* ShrinkingViolet: A relatively rare male example, he's very sweet-natured, if a little melancholic.
* TroubledButCute: Sweeter than the standard, but with a VERY DarkAndTroubledPast.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Shizumaru has dark red hair, but not as actual redhair (which color is close to orange) like in real life.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Rimururu]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kamui Kotan, Ezochi, Japan]] [[note]]The flag shown here is that of the Ainu people, of which Rimururu is a member. Hokkaidō (the modern-day name for Ezochi) did not officially become part of Japan until 1868, and represented a distinct culture and ethnic group from the mainland Japanese. The Ainu flag is therefore presented here.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[AnIcePerson Kodachi and Konru (ice spirit)]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/TomoSakurai (III), Creator/MegumiMatsumoto (IV, RPG (live-action commercial included)), Creator/KyokoHikami (RPG Drama CD), Keiko Kamitani (64 series, DistantFinale, Nakoruru ADV), Creator/HitomiNabatame (V), Creator/RieKugimiya (VI), Creator/EmiriKatou (Oni)[[/note]]
Nakoruru's [[NotBloodSiblings adoptive]] little sister. She is also a priestess of Ainu, and instead fights using an ice spirit named Konru/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Konril]]. At first, Nakoruru forbid her from fighting, but she managed to build up enough resolve to be acknowledged by Nakoruru by the time of the third game. After the second game, when Nakoruru dies, (well, [[NeverSayDie goes into a deep sleep]] anyway), Rimururu officially takes over her main duty as the protector of Nature.
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* AnIcePerson
* CheerfulChild
* ClothingDamage: Often happens when Rimururu is killed.
* BarrierMaiden -> DistressBall: [=PS1=] Warriors Rage hands her this one when Oboro captures her so she doesn't interfere to his plans. Nakoruru had to take action and urge the rest of the warriors to rescue her.
* DropTheHammer: Her fatality consist in her smashing the opponent in the ground with ''a small iceberg'' on a stick.
* TheGhost: Rimururu appeared in the first 2 games as part of Nakoruru's story, stages and endings, but it wasn't until ''III'' where she finally appears as a playable character.
* HimeCut: In her first appearances before her change of look in ''V''.
* JustAKid: And she doesn't like being treated like that.
* KillTheCutie: Her age and cute looks don't save her in the slightest from the life-and-death brutality of combat.
* NotBloodSiblings
* PantyShot: [[{{Squick}} In an unsettling fashion]]. If Rimururu is killed by a strong slash, her clothes will sometimes fall off her body, exposing her underwear or body parts. In addition, though she doesn't wear a skirt, the leg openings of Rimururu's shorts are large, and true to her tomboyish nature, she tends to spread her legs open very wide apart when she is lying down, allowing her panties to be seen. This is also especially apparent when Rimururu is killed, as her body will be almost always be lying down with her legs spread open as wide as they will go, and she will often convulse as she is dying in similar poses as well.
** In the Nakoruru AMV, Rimururu's underwear is shown in a swimming scene by the lake; she wears white, bandage-like strips of cloth wrapped around her breasts, and over her genital area.
* PluckyGirl
* SpellMyNameWithAnS:
** In some games, her name is mistranslated as ''Rimnerel''.
** Also, her ice spirit is called as ''Konru'' as well ''Konril''.
* {{Tomboy}}
* YouDontLookLikeYou: From a similar appearance than her sister, Rimururu received a complete change of look in 64 series, as part of her Bust mode. This later was adopted as her definitive outfit for ''V'' and later games (''V Special'', ''VI'' and ''Sen'').
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kubikiri Basara]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Tamba, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[EpicFlail Chain shuriken]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Masahiro Nonaka (main series), Motoki Takagi (VI)[[/note]]
A restless spirit who was killed alongside his lover Kagaribi by the hands of Zankuro. Turns out that she was killed by Basara himself, but in denial, he continued to blame Zankuro, enough to come back to the mortal world to hunt down Zankuro... and swiftly killed again. Then Amakusa revived him, but he proves to be rebellious and attempts to kill him again. Amakusa later lures him into a trap and imprisons him in a stone pillar.
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* AxCrazy
* BallOfLightTransformation: Basara can use his ghostly powers to transform into a [[HitodamaLight ball of spirit flame]] and back into humanoid form.
* ConfusionFu: One of the cornerstones of his playstyle is to spawn shadow clones of himself to make the opponent believe he's going to begin an action that he isn't.
* FuumaShuriken: Wields a giant shuriken attached to a length of chain.
* {{Gorn}}: His fatality. Enough said...
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Although Basara's powers are explained mainly through his ghost abilities, they also resemble powers usually identified with ninja. This is complimented by Basara's weaponry and design which are also associated with ninja.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters
* HitodamaLight: As a restless spirit, Basara can summon a hitodama called "Soul of Nue" that he uses as an attack, as well as [[BallOfLightTransformation transform in and out of a hitodama]] himself.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Oh God, poor Kagaribi...
* MeaningfulName: "Kubikiri" surname means "Executioner".
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In a plot twist revealed in ''V'', in reality Basara was the one who killed Kagaribi and then he commited suicide.
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: The way it works his giant shuriken.
* PsychoForHire
* ShoutOut: Considered by many as the Japanese version of ''Franchise/TheCrow''.
* TheUndead
* UndeathlyPallor: Depending of the game, Basara's skin can be pale or straightly white.
* UnknownRival: For Zankuro.
* VengefulGhost: Coming BackFromTheDead to revenge Kagaribi (as it seems before ''V'').
* WalkingShirtlessScene
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Even after you die.
* {{Youkai}}: A Yurei.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kafuin Gaira]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Hida, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ImprobableWeaponUser Buddhist rosary]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Kōji Suidzu (III), Takeshi Watanabe (IV-V Special), Takumi Satō (VI)[[/note]]
Nicotine's very huge grandson, and also not that intelligent. After an argument with Nicotine, Gaira ran off from the temple to train, and saw Zankuro's massacre, but too afraid to stop him. To make up for it, he tried to defeat him. However, he's already defeated and Gaira eventually built a shrine for his grave... only to be raided by Amakusa and used for his plans. Later on, after Amakusa and Zankuro are defeated for good, Gaira eventually returns in peace to the temple, after much training.
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* BareFistedMonk
* DidYouGetANewHaircut: PlayedForLaughs. In his [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/neogeo/a/sszgai.htm V Special ending]], all bald characters from previous games obligate him to cut all his hair because [[BaldOfAwesome being bald is manly and awesome]].
%%* DoesNotLikeShoes
* DumbMuscle: A strong guy, but not certainly the smartest of the group.
* GentleGiant: Since III, being the "giant" character until the appearance of Kusaregedo in V and the return of big characters in VI.
* TheGiant: He's 7'5" -- ''enormous'' for a Japanese man in the 1700s.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: ''Namu Abi Dabi'', a huge Buddhist rosary.
* {{Hunk}}: Sports a ''very'' impressive muscular frame for someone as young as him (He's 18 years old).
* MightyGlacier: He's positively enormous, and very slow with it.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: As his grandfather, his last name also can be written as "Caffeine".
* TakenForGranite: His Fatality turns the enemy into stone. He then proceeds to shatter him/her.
* TransatlanticEquivalent: Kim Ung Che is the version of Gaira from ''Fighters Swords'', the korean version of the third game, made for South Korea. His name also is Gaira's name pronounced in Korean. He's a wandering priest who is a former pupil of Nicotine. In his ending, he is fed up with Japan and leaves for India.
** MirrorMatch: Kim Ung Che appears as a separate character in ''VI'' with the look of ''III-IV'' Gaira with a white outfit instead of Gaira's blue, so you can make them fight against each other.
** HilariousInHindsight: In his ending in ''Fighting Swords'', he humorously thinks of chopping off his hair.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Minazuki Zankuro]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kyoto, Yamashiro Province, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[{{BFS}} Zanbatō]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Hiroyuki Arita (III), Enma Itō (IV), Kazuhiro Nakata (V Special), Creator/AkioOhtsuka (VI)[[/note]]
Third game's final boss. Trying his hardest to perfect is swordsmanship, he became a brutal manslayer, likened to a demon. He went to slaughter people here and there until he finds one girl named Shiori and couldn't bring himself to kill her (she is actually his daughter). [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Realizing what kind of man he has become]], he calls quits and retires into his hermitage, swearing only to raise his sword to fight WorthyOpponent. Said daughter eventually approached Haohmaru and Shizumaru, informing them about Zankuro, and eventually, Zankuro fought them. Both defeated him, but Zankuro has yet to give up... until [[LightningCanDoAnything a roaring thunder]] struck him dead. Gaira later found his corpse and built a gravestone for him. Shortly after, Amakusa attempted to bring Zankuro back to life and tried controlling him. Zankuro broke free of the control and tried to continue his battle, but this time he is KilledOffForReal by Sogetsu.
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* AntiVillain: He was once a huge bastard, but as it stands now, he has retired and [[EvenEvilHasStandards won't kill people discriminately]]. Yet he's still the BigBad.
* {{BFS}}: His katana is absolutely massive, standing about as tall as he is when it's planted in the ground.
* BloodKnight: A brutal version.
* HijackedByGanon / GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: ''IV'' (subtitled AMAKUSA'S REVENGE for crying out loud) revolves around a new plan by a re-reawakened ClassicVillain, so you would think said classic villain would be the final boss. Nope, after defeating Aku Amakusa, the big stone thing in the background explodes, Aku Amakusa gets sliced in half, and in walks a newly resurrected Zankuro, who in 3--it should be noted--was just a normal human who was killed by lightning! Funnily enough, he's not the final battle of the game either. You gotta beat a character-specific rival after beating him. It kind of makes sense, because Aku Amakusa's plan was exactly to bring him back and direct his rampage for his own nefarious ends. [[EvilIsNotAToy Badass is not a toy]], however.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone
* RatedMForManly: Definitely!
* SealedEvilInACan: What he becomes after his death in the third game... which Amakusa tried to open.
* SNKBoss: By ''IV'', he had the greatest reach and base strenght of all bosses, as well as great speed.
* SwordBeam: His fatality in 5 consists of a superpowered slash that fires a green wave of death at his foe, totally obliterating him/her except for the lower parts of their feet.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: In ''III'', where combos are restricted and doing them from behind is one of the few allowed ways, he can't be comboed from behind, as he will magically block any second hit you might attempt to land on him, leading to some heavy retribution. From that same game, he has a TrueFinalBoss round, where you must knock him down a third time, the cheating part being that even if you have not been knocked out before, you'll lose if he wins the round, and if you win by time out, you also lose the game. Finally in the fourth game, his Desperation Attack is a one hit kill if it catches you in the air.
* TrueFinalBoss: In ''III'', as mentioned above. Subverted in ''IV'', since he is the last boss unlocked, but a special regular match follows.
[[/folder]]

!!Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown IV''

[[folder:Kazama Kazuki]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Lower Wataribashi, Hizen Province, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[StockNinjaWeaponry Ninjatō]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Atsushi Yamanishi (IV-V Special, 64-2), Masahiro Okazaki (VI)[[/note]]
A ninja of the Kazama clan, younger brother of Sogetsu, and way too HotBlooded. When Amakusa kidnaps his BarrierMaiden sister Hazuki, Kazuki left the clan to become a nukenin, with his brother sent to punish him by execution. They end up fighting alongside each other against Amakusa and Zankuro (Kazuki beats Amakusa) to save Hazuki and for that, Sogetsu fakes his death and lets him off . Then... poor Hazuki [[DistressedDamsel gets kidnapped]] [[ButtMonkey AGAIN]] (girl has NO luck, indeed) by Yuga the Destroyer, prompting Kazuki to save her again, and also tapping on the power of Enja who is trapped in his weapon. He goes berserk for awhile, but completed his mission and subdued Enja, then he can finally live in peace again with Hazuki.
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* AbelAndCain: Kazuki should be Cain, but unlike the original, he has no hard feelings with his brother Sogetsu.
* AnimeHair
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Red hair and red eyes.
* DifficultButAwesome: His Bust version revolves around a combination of a slide kick to trip his opponent, a hammer punch to slam them against a wall and a rising punch and kick combo to hit them afterwards. The trope comes in play for the last part: unless you time it perfectly, Kazuki will nick his opponent with 2-3 hits, leaving him open as he continues to flail around in midair while the opponent recovers before he even starts descending. However, if timed perfectly, the opponent is caught in a full set of attacks, which Kazuki follows up by taking out his sword and slamming the opponent into the ground, doing up to half their health in a single easily-landed combo.
* FamilyThemeNaming: When looking at the Japanese characters of the Kazama siblings' names, they all have the kanji (月), which means moon. The first kanji of their names also matches their color scheme and elemental abilities, with Kazuki's being (火), which means flame.
* FieryRedhead
* HighlyVisibleNinja: He's wearing a frigging RED costume and is on fire... what else do you ask for? He doesn't even quite bother with blending techniques...
* HotBlooded
* {{Hunk}}: Of the fiery kind! In contrast to his more softer, androgynous brother's looks.
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Hurt Hazuki in any way, and he'll crisp you.
* LargeHam
* PlayingWithFire
* RedIsViolent: Kazuki has red clothes, hair and eyes.
* RedOniBlueOni: Obviously, he's the Red Oni for Sogetsu's Blue Oni.
* SayMyName: ''[[DeathCryEcho HAZUKIIII!!!]]''
* SiblingYinYang
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kazama Sogetsu]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Lower Wataribashi, Hizen Province, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[StockNinjaWeaponry Ninjatō]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Naoki Oikawa (IV-V Special, 64-2), Creator/JunjiMajima (VI)[[/note]]
Kazuki's {{Bishonen}} of a big brother, and a lot more aloof and calm. When their younger sister Hazuki gets kidnapped and Kazuki runs off to rescue her, Sogetsu was assigned with the mission to kill his brother for running away from the clan. In the end, he fights alongside Kazuki to save Hazuki from Amakusa and Zankuro (Kazuki defeats Amakusa and Sogetsu gets to beat Zankuro). In the aftermath of the battle he faked killing Kazuki and made a false report to his clan, ensuring that Kazuki and Hazuki would be able to live freely. Inside his weapon is another beast named Suija, which is sealed the same way as Enja is sealed on Kazuki's weapon. Sogetsu is later forced to call it off during the battle against Yuga, but he quickly overcame the possession, and returns to his clan, now recommended as the clan leader.
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* AbelAndCain: Certainly he's Abel.
* AloofBigBrother: To Kazuki and Hazuki.
* {{Bishonen}}
* FamilyThemeNaming: When looking at the Japanese characters of the Kazama siblings' names, they all have the kanji (月), which means moon. The first kanji of their names also matches their color scheme and elemental abilities, with Sogetsu's being (蒼), which means blue.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* MakingASplash
* {{Ninja}}: Unlike Kazuki, he's not so much visible since he can hide himself in water.
* RedOniBlueOni: He's the Blue for Kazuki's Red.
* ShonenHair
* SiblingYinYang
* TakeAThirdOption: Faking your rebellious little brother's death so he and your sister can run away is way more useful than either letting him go and being marked as a failure by your clan, or killing him and definitely losing both of your siblings.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: A darker blue than Ukyo, and also an implausible color for the time.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kazama Hazuki]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Lower Wataribashi, Hizen Province, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BarrierMaiden Ninja sealing magic]]
The younger sister of Kazuki and Sogetsu, and a member of the Kazama ninjas. She seems to be a kind, sweet person without much fighting abilities; instead, she has great spiritual powers that let her use powerful sealing techniques. Unfortunately, Amakusa realizes the last detail ''fast'' and takes a hold of Hazuki for his own purposes, which kicks off the subplot with Kazuki running off to save her and Sougetsu having to stop and kill him. In Zero, she also has to keep the peace between Kazuki and Sogetsu...
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* BarrierMaiden: Unlike her brothers, she doesn't seem to have any fighting skills. However, Hazuki ''is'' the one who "tamed" and then sealed Suija and Enja in their swords. [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/neogeo/a/sszsui.htm We get to see her do so in Suija's Zero ending.]]
* ButtMonkey: The kid has been either kidnapped or threatened HOW many times by now?
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Has green hair and GreenEyes.
* FamilyThemeNaming: When looking at the Japanese characters of the Kazama siblings' names, they all have the kanji 月, which means moon. The first kanji of their names also matches their color scheme and elemental abilities, with Hazuki's being (葉), which means leaf.
* GirlNextDoor: Ninja version, sorta.
* GoThroughMe: In [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/neogeo/a/sszsog.htm Sogetsu's Zero ending]], [[spoiler: she stops Sougetsu from killing the berserker Kazuki, then uses her powers to knock Kazuki out and help him "tame" Enja.]]
* {{NPC}}: Apart of Kazama brothers' backstories, Hazuki also appears in one of the FinalBattle stages of ''IV'' and in their endings in ''IV'' and ''V Special''.
* SatelliteCharacter: Always seen around Kazuki or Sogetsu.
* YamatoNadeshiko: At least in ''IV''.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Green hair in this case.
[[/folder]]

!!Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown V''
[[folder:Tokugawa Yoshitora]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Edo, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[MultiMeleeMaster Seven katana]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/HiroYuki[[/note]]
Heir of the Tokugawa regime... if only this guy isn't very much rebellious and party crazy and would rather hit on women. He is called back to the rulership when his master Gaoh pulls a rebellion and he took him down, helped by Hanzo and Jubei. Finally realizing that WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility, Yoshitora took the position of Shogun and almost recruited Haohmaru to serve him. He probably lost, considering Haohmaru is still a wandering BloodKnight afterwards. [[ExcusePlot He is also responsible of arranging the tournament behind the sixth game]].
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* TheAlcoholic: Despite his womanizing ways, completely subverted. His bio lists him as despising alcohol.
* AnimeHair: Wild even for this series, he sports hair like a huge, coiffed broom.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: He's very cocky in his skills, only rivaled by his confidence in his looks.
* AnachronismStew: Well, certainly none of the Tokugawas were {{Handsome Lech}}es.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Connecting with every single one of his special moves opens up access to the Final Sword, a devastating instant projectile taller than most characters can jump that instantly kills the opponent. However, landing this in a real match.....good luck with that.
* {{BFS}}: That huge katana he carries on his lower back. Only used for his OneHitKO attack (see AwesomeButImpractical).
* TheCasanova: His intro and winposes seem to indicate so. In victory, he never leaves the battlefield without a lady in tow.
* ChivalrousPervert: He's definitely a skirt-chaser, but seems to respect and treat them well at the end of the day.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: The weight of having the Tokugawa surname.
* EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana: Averted, he also uses four ''Tanto'' (daggers) and a ''Nodachi'' ({{BFS}}).
* {{Hunk}}: [[https://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/snk/images/9/92/SS5sp-Yoshitora-%28304x224_25%29.png/revision/latest?cb=20100518063950 He's definitely got the looks, build and charm]].
* KingIncognito: He likes playing this.
* MultiMeleeMaster: His official art shows him carrying about seven weapons (see SwordsAkimbo).
* {{Narcissist}}:
-->'''Yoshitora''': "Don't worry, you're not dead. I really am this good-looking."
%%* RebelliousPrincess
* RuleOfCool: Way too many swords to handle.
* ShoutOut: Was designed by Nobuhiro Watsuki of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' fame, and is made a tribute of Cho, from the multiple swords and broom hair... but not the Shogun heritage.
* SwordsAkimbo: '''Seven friggin' swords!''' Four daggers, two regular-length swords, and one giant sword as long as he is tall. He's able to DualWield these blades at will and slice with them almost too fast to see. Shame he's a [[GameplayAndStorySegregation pretty mediocre character in the newer games.]]
* ThemeNaming: All his attacks are named after flowers.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Majikina Mina]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Ryukyu Kingdom]] [[note]] The flag shown here is that of the Ryukyu Kingdom. At the time the series is set, Ryukyu (modern-day Okinawa) was independent from mainland Japan. [[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ArcherArchetype Bow and arrow]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/SatsukiYukino (5), Creator/YokoAsada (5 Special), Creator/RieTanaka ([[Anime/QueensBlade Queen's Gate: Spiral Chaos]])[[/note]]
A girl blessed with a certain demon-hunting power. She is revered as a Goddess, but ends up being shunned due to their fear for her power, thus she ends up being unable to express emotions and just doesn't like being near people around. Her only companion is a... creature... thing... named Chample, whom she met after her village was leveled after she went home from a certain demon hunting trip. She became determined to take revenge on her village and tries to kill as many demons as she can, but eventually... [[spoiler: she found out that it's Chample who did it. She killed it, but after realizing that she just killed her only friend, she is DrivenToSuicide.]]
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* ArcherArchetype: Mina has incredible range, but is VERY vulnerable up close.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: To a western audience, “Mina Majikina” sounds like she’s some sort of cartoon witch — as in, she’s “magic” Mina. However, “Majikina” is very much a real Okinawan surname, and she’s likely named after the scholar Anko Majikina, who also hailed from Okinawa.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Okinawans are viewed as somewhat exotic by mainland Japanese, perhaps explaining her white hair and tanned complexion.
* BareYourMidriff
* BittersweetEnding: Her ending [[spoiler:which leads to DrivenToSuicide.]]
* ClothingDamage: Considering Mina already isn't wearing all that much clothing to damage, this is hardly surprising as the other girls in the game all suffer torn or cut clothes when they are killed. The little Mina is wearing leads to almost, if not all her clothes being shredded when she is killed by strong slashes, causing her to die naked quite frequently.
* DoesNotLikeMen: Is very apprehensive and edgy around males.
* DownerEnding: Read her backstory, t hat's all you need to know.
* EmotionlessGirl: Not as extreme as Shiki, but you get the idea.
* GlassCannon: Despite her high damage output and extremely annoying screen controlling tactics, she can't take a hit at all. One or two mistakes on her part, which aren't that hard to make, and she'll be killed quickly.
* LonersAreFreaks
* MysticalWhiteHair
* {{Mukokuseki}}: ''Blue'' eyes?? White hair??
* PantyShot: Frequent, considering her wraparound skirt tends to flap around her legs with the backdraft from her shots, and also flaps upward as she is landing from a jump. Arguably, though, the most obvious exposure of Mina's panties is when she is killed, as her panty-clad buttocks crotch are in clear view of the screen as her body falls through the air.
* ShoutOut: She is likely named after revered Okinawan scholar, Anko Majikina.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Aside from the long skirt she ties around her waist, she's basically wearing a bikini.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Liu Yunfei]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[ImperialChina Chang'an, Qing Dynasty China]] [[note]]The flag shown here is that of the Qing Dynasty, who ruled China from 1644 to 1912.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[CoolSword Dadao]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Satoshi Taki (V, V Special), Creator/ToruOkawa (VI)[[/note]]
An old warrior who can fly with the power of winds. Once, through lust of power, he made a DealWithTheDevil, but ends up berserking him and killing his wife, it takes eight of his students to eventually seal him. Years later, said Devil left him and went to possess Gaoh. He went on to travel again and tries to make amends for his past crimes. Eventually, he forced that devil to possess himself and asked Gaoh to kill him, and he did.
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* TheAtoner
** RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[TooCoolToLive Unfortunately.]]
* BadassTeacher: He had to be a great master if his own students could seal him away when he was BrainwashedAndCrazy.
* BlowYouAway
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Where he was under the devil's influence.
* DealWithTheDevil
* KillTheOnesYouLove: Under devil's influence he slaughtered his own wife.
* OldMaster
* ShoutOut: WireFu at large.
* SoulPower: His fatality allows him to ''[[DeaderThanDead extract the soul of the victim and cut it in half, killing him/her]]''.
* WindIsGreen
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Yorozu Sankuro]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Sakai, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[WalkingArmory Wooden mallet, revolver, bombs and assists from his gang members]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Tomoyuki Shimura (V, V Special), Shinsuke Fukui (VI)[[/note]]
A lowly thug who's looking for an easy way to make very quick, and BIG bucks. He is a gang leader, consisting of him, Goshichi, Fuyo and Ippachi, all three appear to assist him in attacks, in fact, while he has Genjuro's animations, his moves includes calling those three, eat some sushi, or shoot a revolver once. And BOY is he very annoying to fight against. In ''V'', he hired Genjuro to kill Gaoh so he can take over. However, eventually his cover was blown, but Genjuro almost spared him due to his disinterest on slicing up a woman. Ungrateful as he is, Sankuro tried shooting him down, but Genjuro intercepted, and then Sankuro was never seen again. Maybe he died.
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* AssholeVictim: No one missed him when Genjuro finished the work on him.
* AssistCharacter: His partners Goshichi, Fuyo, and Ippachi.
* DirtyCoward
* DolledUpInstallment: Seems like a bad spriteswap of Genjuro, seen in some on his poses and moves.
* DropTheHammer: His WeaponOfChoice is a big wooden hammer.
* {{Expy}}: His personality and some elements in his design were modeled after the characters Jagi and Amiba from ''Manga/HokutoNoKen''.
* FunnyAfro
* {{Jerkass}}
* LargeHam
* MidBoss: Of ''V'', one of the {{sub boss}}es of the game along with Yumeji.
* NumericalThemeNaming: His own name is made of the kanji for three (San), nine (Kyu/Ku) and six (Roku/Ro). His associates are Goshichi (Five-Seven), Fuyo (Two-Four), and Ippachi (One-Eight). Sort of fitting that they all debut in ''Samurai Spirits '''Zero'''.''
* SmugSnake
* SmallNameBigEgo: Goes so far to call his style 'The Strongest Style'. He failed to garner the charm that [[Franchise/StreetFighter Dan Hibiki]] exhibited, though.
* TheTrickster: If to summon assists to a 1-to-1 fight is already unfair, Sankuro also has hidden bombs and even a revolver to finish his opponent.
* WalkingShirtlessScene
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Youkai Kusaregedou]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Japan (unknown exactly where)]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BodyHorror Exposed bone arm]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/GoShinomiya (V, V Special), Tarō Masuoka (VI)[[/note]]
A giant Gaki who was once a kind man... except for his [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]] tendencies (caused by the Great Tenmei Famine), which cursed him into the thing he is now. All he cared about is to eat, eat and [[RuleOfThree eat]], and he likes eating humans... ''especially little girls''. One day, he happens to smell Rimururu and proceeded to chase her, only to be stopped by his daughter Hakana, who pleaded him to come back to the man he is. Kusaregedou manages to remember her... then proceeds to EAT her. [[MoralEventHorizon That bastard!]]
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* BaldOfEvil
* ChildEater: {{Squick}}ly, his TrademarkFavoriteFood.
* CompositeCharacter: He seems to combine aspects of Earthquake and Shiranui Gen-An, who oddly enough, are missing from the game where he debuts. Biggest difference he has with them is, while they have ''some'' good qualities, he has none whatsoever.
* TheGiant: Standing 14'11", he's easily the tallest character in the series.
* {{Gonk}}: According to the producer, he is based about the thought of 'combining Earthquake and Gen-An into one'. He's {{Gonk}}ier than both of them indeed.
* ImAHumanitarian: His becoming a gluttonous youkai in the first place is [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment punishment for cannibalism in his lifetime]], though his backstory's great emphasis on his former kindness brings some doubt as to whether it was of his own volition.
** In place of his biographical information are various disturbingly hilarious quips such as "I want some roashted childly wildies!"
* {{Jerkass}}: Definitely.
* KarmaHoudini: For a cannibal like him, he's just never heard again after all his crimes. Maybe he got away scots free, or whether he died, we don't know who killed him; they just list him as 'Never seen again'.
* VillainousGlutton: His killing instinct is led by his insatiable appetite.
* {{Youkai}}: Gaki (known as "Preta" in Sanskrit: प्रेत) and "Hungry Ghost" in other asian cultures), are a type of supernatural being described in Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Chinese and Vietnamese folk religion as undergoing suffering greater than that of humans, particularly an extreme level of hunger and thirst. They have their origins in South Asian religions and have been adopted into East Asian religions via the spread of Buddhism.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Rera]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kamui Kotan, Ezochi, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana Kodachi]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/HarumiIkoma (''Nakoruru ano hito kara no okurimono'' game), Creator/KyokoHikami (''Nakoruru ano hito kara no okurimono'' OAV, V, V Special), Creator/MikakoTakahashi (VI)[[/note]]
During the early days of ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'', the palette swap of Nakoruru is often seen with a naughty/malicious grin, instead of her innocent face. This builds up until she started to get unique enough that when the Slash/Bust system was introduced, she got a wolf named Shikuru instead of Mamahaha. People think this is the EvilTwin of Nakoruru, but eventually, this character is fleshed out further by SNK by being turned into the girl they called Rera. That's her origin story.
Rera is Nakoruru's SuperpoweredEvilSide of sorta but actually not ''evil'', just a WellIntentionedExtremist, who was very much sickened with Nakoruru's [[TechnicalPacifist apparent lack of will to hurt people when she wants to reach her goal]]. When she tried to find her missing father, Nakoruru's pacifism smacks her on the head when she failed to tame one wild bear and got knocked out. Pissed off at Nakoruru's supposed weakness, Rera took over her body, kills the bear and goes around finding Nakoruru's father along with Shikuru, killing those on the way if necessary. [[spoiler: She did something similar in ''Ano Kara no Okurimono'', this time to save Mikato's life.]] Eventually, she came to understand that sometimes peaceful methods can be a viable option to solve problems, not just fighting, thus she returned Nakoruru's body. As of the future days, Rera never possessed Nakoruru's body again, [[CharacterDevelopment hinting that she got better and matured]], thus there's no need to possess her again.
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* {{Anti Hero}}ine: She loves nature as much as Nakoruru does, but is more extreme in her ways to protect it.
* AscendedExtra: She was only a palette swap at first, and eventually becomes more and more integral to Nakoruru's story.
* BigDamnHeroes: She [[spoiler:took over Nakoruru's body]] twice, and both times it was to save both of their lives.]]
* TheBeastMaster: As Nakoruru, she manages the wolf Shikuru.
* EvilTwin: At first sight. She's more of an AntiHero actually.
* {{Expy}}: Somewhat justified.
* GrandTheftMe: A ''slightly'' necessary version.
* MyFutureSelfAndMe: Being a DreamMatchGame, in ''VI'' you can choose Rera '''AND''' Purple Nakoruru and make them fight.
* TheStoic
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Technically. She's less evil and more ruthless, and seriously misunderstands Nako's actual POV.
* WellIntentionedExtremist
* WhatTheHellHero: To Nakoruru in her opening sequences, before going ahead and possessing her.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Rasetsumaru]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[HellOnEarth Makai (the demon world)]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[PoisonedWeapons Bloodied katana]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Tsuguo Nakajima (V, V Special), Shinsuke Fukui (VI)[[/note]]
A demon released from Makai when Amakusa made a deal with Ambrosia. He's just around so he can kill more and more, reflecting his red blood blade. Hearing about Haohmaru, who looks like him, he hunts him down, but later meets his end by Yumeji.
In DreamMatchGame, his storyline further updated, explaining him being Amakusa's attempt to create Haohmaru (who is officially stated to be Amakusa's favourite type of warrior), but ended up a failure; Since he was created in Demon World he's essentially just a demon with his body shaped akin to Haohmaru's. In this storyline he hates not only Haohmaru but also Amakusa for creating him.
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* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Rasetsumaru wears a unearthly purple skin.
* AxCrazy: Oh jeez... As with Kusaregedo, his "bio" is actually a collection of obsessive quotes in regards to his homicidal urges.
* BeatStillMyHeart: HIS [[FinishHim Zetsumei Ougi]].
* BloodyMurder: One of his special moves involves cutting himself in the chest area to max his POW gauge in exchange for losing a bit of his health.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Likes doing this to his victims.
* CombatSadomasochist: One of his specials involves cutting himself across the chest with his blade, causing him to bleed and take damage to fill up his rage gauge.
* EnemyToAllLivingThings
* EvilKnockoff: According to some sources, Rasetsumaru was Amakusa's failed attempt at creating his own minion modeled after Haohmaru.
* {{Expy}}: His moves is based on Bust/Rasetsu Haohmaru.
* LickingTheBlade
* SlasherSmile
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Subverted, since he is NOT this but an EvilKnockoff of the real Haohmaru.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Enja]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[HellOnEarth Makai (the demon world)]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[PowerFist Iron bracelets]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Shintarō Ōhata (V, V Special), Atsushi Yamanishi (VI)[[/note]]
Once, he was Yunfei's pupil who sealed him, but in process, he became a demon himself and got sealed. Along with his brother Suija, he broke free a thousand years later (though separated), which took notice of the Kazama ninja clans, but he quickly decimated them, and possessed one of them. Enja's goal is to seal the spell of that devil who possessed Gaoh, then reunite with Suija, and with the spell, they can possess humans in a quicker method. He almost possessed Kazama Kazuki, but got sealed by Hazuki into his weapon. Later during the Yuga saga, Kazuki willingly lets Enja possess him, and he wreaks much havoc, but unfortunately, Kazuki has gotten better in self control and now manages to cow him out. Enja, probably due to years and years of being with Kazuki, somehow got a HeelFaceTurn and instead congratulates his willpower.
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* TheBerserker
* DarkSkinnedBlond
* EvilTwin
* {{Expy}}: Of Kazuki's Bust Mode in 64 games.
* HeelFaceTurn: ...somehow.
* LightningBruiser
* LukeIAmYourFather: Due to their likeliness to one another, the dubious nature behind Kazuki's birth, as well as Enja's need for a human host, several fans speculate that he is actually Kazuki's father. However, this claim also lacks a solid official source and is generally considered to be a conjecture by fans.
* NoIndoorVoice: To say the least....
* PlayingWithFire
* ScreamingWarrior
* TheUnintelligible: But then, it's not that he actually ''says'' anything.
* WalkingShirtlessScene
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Suija]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[HellOnEarth Makai (the demon world)]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[PowerFist Iron bracelets]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Ikuji Nose (V, V Special), Naoki Oikawa (VI)[[/note]]
Enja's brother, and unlike his berserker of a brother, Suija is a much more composed person... with an ambition to become a God. Like Enja, he possessed a Kazama ninja and later aims to possess Sogetsu Kazama. However, he ends up being sealed into Sogetsu's weapon by Hazuki. Later, Sogetsu taps on his power to fight Yuga, but due to more experience, Suija couldn't become the dominant one with Sogetsu.
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* AGodAmI
* AnimeHair
* EvilTwin
* {{Expy}}: Of Sogetsu's Bust Mode in 64 games.
* KillItWithWater
* LukeIAmYourFather: Due to their likeliness to one another, the dubious nature behind Sogetsu's birth, as well as Suija's need for a human host, several fans speculate that he is actually Sogetsu's father. However, this claim also lacks a solid official source and is generally considered to be a conjecture by fans.
* WalkingShirtlessScene
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kurokouchi Yumeji]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Edo, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[IaijutsuPractitioner Iaitō]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Mitsuki Saiga[[/note]]
Child of Ukyo's mentor. Apparently based on UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga's {{Uke}} Mori Ranmaru, who just looks as equally feminime. Expelled from the dojo of origin, Yumeji ends up becoming Gaoh's right hand man/woman. Later defeated by Ukyo and is avoided execution. Yumeji later becomes a nun and is responsible on permanently killing Rasetsumaru.
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* AloofDarkHairedGirl
* AmbiguousGender: Yumeji is unique to the roster due to having no definite canon gender; the developers to the game, Yuki Enterprise, entreated players to "believe whatever you believe Yumeji to be". To add to the confusion, Yumeji speaks in gender neutral Japanese in both official story and in-game text, and Yumeji's voice actor is known for voicing both genders. Due to the openness of the statement, players still argue over Yumeji's gender to this day.
* CrissCrossAttack: Just like Ukyo, Yumeji has a MeteorMove where moves at lightning speed to the enemy between him and passing front and behind him as a shadow to get after the opponent and then he sheathes his sword. Next to that, the character get sliced by various slashes and goes to the ground.
* TheDragon: To Gaoh.
* HeirToTheDojo: For a while.
* IaijutsuPractitioner: Just like Yumeji's father and Ukyo, sharing some moves with the latter.
* IllBoy: Yumeji was apparently kicked out of the dojo due to some sort of ambiguous illness -- though it's heavily implied that the "illness" was of being female.
* ImportantHaircut: Instead of killing Yumeji as Yumeji begged for after defeat, Ukyo just cut Yumeji's ponytail and orders Yumeji to go home.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: As stated, with AmbiguousGender and being the right hand person of a conquering warlord, Yumeji is based on the page of UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga, Mori Ranmaru.
* NunTooHoly: Instead going back to home, Yumeji became a nun, but managed to kill Rasetsumaru for real.
* ShapeShifter: In Yumeji's debut, Yumeji's special move is by morphing into other fighters.
* SubBoss: Of ''V''.
* TomboyishPonytail: That, until Ukyo cuts it off.
* YesMan: Yumeji is pretty much this for Gaoh.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kyougoku Hinowanokami Gaoh]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Hinowa-guni, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BladeOnAStick Jumonji Yari]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/KenjiUtsumi (V and V Special), Creator/AkioOhtsuka (VI)[[/note]]
Based on the [[DemonKingNobunaga Demon King]] UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga himself, Gaoh is a general of Tokugawa who got sickened with how the shogunate goes, and not to mention the heir Yoshitora, whom he mentored, is also an uncaring slacker. To stir up his responsibility, Gaoh led a rebellion, assisted with Yumeji. Along the way, he got possessed by the demon that made a deal with Yunfei. Yunfei later hunts him down and helps him free of the demon's influence and banished it. He is later beaten by Yoshitora and in his death, he finally gets to see Yoshitora maturing up.
In the sixth dream match game, there's his version called 'Gaoh, Oppressor of Demon World', which is a continuation of him and Kuraki Sumeragi being defeated and baninshed to Demon World by Yunfei in previous game. There, demons attacking him proved to be no match for Gaoh and he proceeded to defeat at them while using Kuraki Sumeragi's powers at wider extent, eventually transforming into demon itself. He ends up conquering Demon World and ruling it as Demon King, with his next objective being to conquer "the world above".
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* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: His 6th game's status. In the default game, Gaoh didn't end up being a demon completely, Yunfei's interference restored his humanity enough to face Yoshitora like a human. In the dream match, Yunfei's exorcism also sent him to the Demon World and then Gaoh started to relish his demonic power.
* BadassMoustache: Since he's based on UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga, he ''had'' to have the mustache.
* BigBad: With the Dark Emperor demon as the ManBehindTheMan and GreaterScopeVillain.
* BladeOnAStick: To be more precise, '''3''' blades on a stick! It also magically grows in size when Gaoh transforms into the Dark Emperor!
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: His intro image in the dream match, whereas he beckons the player while ''stomping on Satan's head''
* NobleDemon: A villain that nonetheless had the best interests of his nation. And he's not amused with some of the more obvious evil characters in the game, like Kusaregedo.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: As stated, he's based on UsefulNotes/Nobunaga, although his demonic status was at first unwilling, and his conquest was not to conquer Japan, but to fix the Shogunate, which he saw as corrupt, and make Yoshitora a responsible person that will fix the Shogunate. Though the WhatIf story in the sixth game was a take of a popular thought of [[DemonKingNobunaga 'Nobunaga is 100% demon and out there to conquer the world']]
* OneWingedAngel: The Dark Emperor/Kuraki-Sumeragi
* SNKBoss
* ShoutOut: Gaoh is one enormous shoutout to ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', from being voiced by Kenji "Raoh" Utsumi to shouting such things as "[[KiAttacks Tenha Kassatsu!]]" and ''"[[AttackAttackAttack Hikanu!]]"'', two famous lines of Kenshiro and Souther respectively.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He saw the Shogunate growing corrupt, and his student, the heir Yoshitora, was being a slacker that had almost no interest in ruling. For that, he conducted a rebellion to either fix the state or make that slacker take responsibility befitting of his position.
[[/folder]]

!!Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown VI''

[[folder:Andrew]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/{{TheThirteenAmericanColonies}} Virginia, United States]] [[note]]The flag shown here is the "Betsy Ross" flag of the thirteen colonies, adopted after the Declaration of Independence in 1776.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BayonetYa Musket and bayonet]]
He is portrayed as an American soldier who goes to Japan to stop a new menace to his relatively young country. In his ending, he befriends Yoshitora. He is a serious and dedicated individual, always thinking about his job to his country above all else.
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Kazuki Ishii[[/note]]
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* BayonetYa: Using the blade of his bayonet, he can slash his opponents from afar and keep them at a distance with his projectile attacks.
* BifurcatedWeapon: He uses a bayonet.
* {{Eagleland}}: Variant 1 -- a heroic leader of men with a just cause.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: The series' take on the the US's seventh president.
* {{Megane}}
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Based on UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson, an American soldier and statesman who served as the seventh President of the United States from 1829 to 1837. Before being elected to the presidency, Jackson gained fame as a general in the United States Army and served in both houses of Congress.
** RecycledInSPACE: Andrew Jackson as A [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair WHITE-HAIRED]] [[PrettyBoy PRETTYBOY]] WITH GLASSES.
* PatrioticFervor
* StoicSpectacles
* TheGlassesComeOff: Takes his glasses off before a match starts.
* WouldntHitAGirl: One of his pre-battle lines has Andrew feeling reluctant on fighting a female opponent.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Iroha]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Urushiyama, Mutsu Province, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[DualWielding Twin butterfly swords]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Mayumi Shindo (VI, Neo Geo Heroes, [[Anime/QueensBlade Queen's Gate: Spiral Chaos]]), Saori Gotō (Oni)[[/note]]
She is a crane who transforms herself into a Japanese maid. She serves her master and appears to think of him/her as the most important aspect of her life. Her master is unknown (rumored to be Andrew), but is likely to be the player him/herself as she often bows and speaks to the player before and after her fights. [[WordOfGod Creators have confirmed this in an interview]], adding that she is specifically talking to the players.
Iroha is an obedient and cheerful maiden. She deeply cares for her master, trying her hardest to stay in her human form whilst in front of him/her. Despite debuting only in a dream match, Iroha then goes on to star in many {{Meido}} based spinoff games.
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* {{Animorphism}}: Between crane and human forms.
** ShapeshiftingLover: She tries her best to maintain her human form for her master in front of him/her.
* BattleStrip[=/=]FullFrontalAssault: One of her [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vqb5z6Uczz8 super moves]] (which happens in shadow) involves her stripping off her clothes resulting in her silouette appearing nude, then beating the crap out of her opponent [[GoodOldFisticuffs with her bare hands]] before morphing into her crane form momentarily to cause some more damage, then morphing back to her human form, still nude, to lay the final blow.
** DistractedByTheSexy: ...and during that whole sequence, her opponent is ''just standing there'' letting her beat the crap out of him[=/=]her.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Iroha was introduced in one of the less bloody entries in the series and promptly disappears in the following game to be released, so she was never victim of the most brutal finishers the series had.
* DatingSim: Her SpinOff games by SNK are usually this, having two game series for mobile (''Maid by Iroha'' and ''Koi by Iroha''), as well appearing in various of the ''Days of Memories'' games.
* DualWielding: She fights with a pair of butterfly swords.
* {{Foil}}: In ''Koi by Iroha'' has one in Tsunami, another {{Stripperiffic}} NinjaMaid who's TheRival.
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: Iroha has a curvaceous figure complemented with very large breasts and fairly wide hips measuring at B91 W59 H85
* MsFanservice: Her default costume ''definitely'' gives this away. She even breaks the fourth wall to serve ''you'' at the end!
* NoFourthWall: This woman won't let something like that keep her from serving you.
* NinjaMaid: Probably the most literal example ever. Her clothes look like a cross between a kunoichi's clothing ([[{{Stripperiffic}} or lack thereof]]) and the stereotypical FrenchMaidOutfit.
* SpinAttack: She has two, one where she can twirl herself toward her open and slicing them with her swords, and other as a rolling attack that can also send her upwards to counter aerial attacks.
* {{Shotoclone}}: She's one of the basic and easier to use characters, and has special moves that mirrors those of Ryu/Ken with her own equivalent of Hadouken, Dragon Uppercut, and Hurricane Kick.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Skimmy kunoichi-inspired French maid wardrobe that reveals her cleavage and some sideboobs? Check. Wide hips out in the open? Check. Toeless thigh-highs? Double check.
* SuplexFinisher: If she is rendered weaponless while performing her Crane's Dance move on her opponent, she'll instead finish her full-frontal assault and literal bird kick by seductively approaching her victim only to fool them with a suplex.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Kind, domestic, submissive but not exactly weak, obedient to her master, feminine yet ''very'' capable of holding her own in battle. [[ShapeshiftingLover Her true form as crane helps too.]] Pretty much the ''only'' non-YN trait she has is her revealing wardrobe.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sugoroku Matsuribayashi]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Asakusa district, Edo, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ShoulderCannon Fireworks cannon]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Tarō Masuoka[[/note]]
A large, jolly man who really enjoys festivals and fun. His character design and mannerisms are based on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadaka_Matsuri Naked Festival]] that occurs in Japan. He was made to follow the festival motif in the game and was originally planned to be a boss character for Samurai Shodown V. According to the official guide for the game, he was developed from an earlier scrapped design. This character was a one-armed fencer with a cannon arm. His image changed when designers called for a "lame but cool" character.
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* ActionDad: Kicks butt and has a daughter named Koma.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: He may look goofy, but he isn't regarded as the best fireworks technician in the world for nothing! This guy'll straight-up knock you out!
* {{BFG}}: Wields a huge cannon used for shooting Fireworks!!
* BigBeautifulMan: With muscles!
* BigFun: He's extremely cheery.
* TheCutie: The guy's a ''genuine'' sweet, lovable NiceGuy who fights so that everyone will be happy and having fun. Then there's that smile of his...
* EarnYourHappyEnding: His arcade run in a nutshell.
* FamilyMan: Has a wife and child back home. His wife accompanies him before he starts a fight, and his daughter (alongside the wife and dog) will pose with him in victory. His family even assists him during battles!
* FunPersonified: ''Definitely''. This is a man who ''always'' carries a smile on his face, goes to every festival he can and wants everybody in the world to have fun!
* HappilyMarried: To his beloved Karuta.
* {{Homage}}: The ''entirety'' of this man takes inspiration as a passionate member of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadaka_Matsuri Hadaka Matsuri]], an event in Japan held at least once every year. Parcipants, usually male, wear virtually little clothing while celebrating the harmony of a fruitful harvest and fertility.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: His wife is taller than he is.
* LethalJokeCharacter: His design was intended to be this way, according to the developers. WordOfGod even claims he's supposed to be a "Lame, but cool character."
* LifeOfTheParty
* MrFanservice: His default costume leaves ''very'' little to the imagination. His design and mannerisms also have a bara feel to it.
* ShoulderCannon: In a series with some pretty out-there weapons, his fireworks cannon might take the cake.
* StoutStrength
* UnskilledButStrong: He's a fighting ''fireworks technician''!
* UnusualWeaponMounting
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Karakuri Ochamaro]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan North of Tsutimikaido, East of Nishinotouin, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[PuppetFighter The puppet itself, the gear on its back, and the iron rings that help it move]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Mayu Shindou[[/note]]
During the Heian period, a famous onmyōji learned about existence of the demon world and foresaw the dangers. He created an army of wooden puppets to combat them after his death. During times of peace, these puppets performed Shinto dances for the gods, and their performance usually took place at doll stage in Tenkaku Theater (Tenkaku-za). A century ago, when Mizuki and her demons awoke, the puppet army together with dozens of Buddhist monks went to Mt. Osore to seal her. They were successful but lost most of their puppets and men as the price. The surviving monks and puppet parts returned to Tenkaku Theater. Only one puppet, Ocha-Maro, was left undamaged and awoke before Samurai Shodown VI. It learns that all of his friends are dead, Mizuki broke the seal, and demon activity was on the rise. Ocha-Maro departs to fulfill his duty as a warrior who fights demons.
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* TheCameo: Apart of ''VI'', Ochamaro also appears as a Counter Card for ''SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS'' and in ''Maid by Iroha'' game series.
* UsefulNotes/{{Onmyodo}}: Ochamaro was built by one, the only person who shows respect.
** NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Due to Ochamaro's age, a handful of Japanese fans believe that he was created by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abe_no_Seimei Abe no Seimei]].
* {{Robot}}: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karakuri_puppet Karakuri puppets]] were one of the first automata in history, basically the predecesor of modern robots. Ochamaro is the second Karakuri in the series, being the first the [[RobotMe Karakuri version of 64's Yagyu Hanma]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Demon Gaoh]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Hinowa-guni, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BladeOnAStick Jumonji Yari]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/AkioOhtsuka[[/note]]
A version of Gaoh abusing the "Dark Emperor" spirit inside of him. He uses the entities' power as his own and efficiently tames the underworld. Although he did it to protect this world from demons, he essentially becomes one himself.
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* AmbiguouslyBrown: Reaching ScaryBlackMan degrees.
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: Alas, poor Gaoh.
* AnimatedArmor: Dark Emperor's "true" form is a ghostly living suit of armor [[http://villains.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Emperor_(Samurai_Shodown)]].
* BadassMoustache
* BigBad: The real main antagonist of the ''V'', ''Zero/Special'' and ''VI'' story arc.
* BladeOnAStick: Or rather '''three''' blades on a stick. It also magically grows in size when Gaoh transforms into and uses the power the Dark Emperor.
* DarkIsEvil / RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver
* DemonicPossession / FusionDance
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: His intro image in the dream match, whereas he beckons the player while ''stomping on Satan's head''.
* FinalBoss
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: He has no reason to be fought whatsoever, other than it being a dream match game.
* OneWingedAngel / SuperMode: The Dark Emperor/Kuraki-Sumeragi.
* SNKBoss
[[/folder]]

!3D Fighting Games

!!Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown 64''

[[folder:Shiki]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan A small shrine in a cave at Mount Osore, Mutsu, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[DualWielding Twin katanas with stylized hilts]]
-> '''Voiced by:'''[[note]]Kaori Minami (64, NGBC, SVC, Asura's Zanmaden OVA), Creator/RieTanaka (Oni)[[/note]]
One of the main heroines in the 64 series. Ever since birth, she was tailored to be Yuga's servant and when she came to age, she became {{Brainwashed}} to his servant and hunted down the male counterpart that Yuga needs for a perfect body: Haohmaru. Fortunately, Haohmaru managed to kick Yuga's ass beforehand, thereby freeing her soul and granting her amnesia about her time with Yuga, which she uses to become a fortune teller by the name Kanae. Unfortunately, Yuga soon revives and sends in Asura's Shadow to kidnap her, but they end up falling in love. The original Asura and his shadow defeats Yuga and later Shiki gave birth to her daughter from Shadow Asura: Mikoto. She left her in care with Haohmaru and Nicotine (and presumably Gaira as well), then vanishes, possibly dying eventually.
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* BabiesEverAfter: Any of her endings in crossovers or spinoff games will ALWAYS involve her giving birth to Mikoto.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy
* DualWielding
* EmotionlessGirl
* EvilCounterpart: Dekuina in 64 and Half-Shaded Shiki in 64-2.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Half-Shaded Shiki's special moves are written in sanskrit, much like Yuga's.
* LightIsNotGood: Or white in this case. Half-Shaded Shiki, Bust/Rasetsu version of Shiki, dresses with this color, but she's more evil than her counterpart, being one of the 3 guardians of Yuga's lair.
* MagicKnight: Half-Shaded Shiki relies on magic to attack her enemies, such as {{Energy Ball}}s, {{Power Float|s}}ing, PsychicAssistedSuicide and TeleportSpam.
* MarkOfTheBeast: A bunch of them: her snake tattoo is a MindControlDevice created by Yuga, and the red on her eyes symbolize Yuga's level of control - since she has heterochromia, it means that she's only partially controlled.
* TheProtagonist: Of 64 series along with Haohmaru (and Asura in 64-2).
* PsychicAssistedSuicide: Half-Shaded Shiki can force her enemy to imitate her and stab themeselves, although it deals more damage to the enemy than to herself.
* ReiAyanamiExpy: Developers admit that her personality and part of win quotes were based on Rei Ayanami.
* SlashedThroat: Proficient on it.
* SexyBacklessOutfit
* {{Stripperiffic}}
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Half-Shaded Shiki.
* {{Tykebomb}}
* TheVamp: Slightly more sexualized as Bust Shiki / Half-Shaded Shiki, with a penchant for [[KissOfDeath poisonous kisses]] and a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything rather suggestive]] [[VampiricDraining soul drain]] similar to [[Characters/FatalFury Hotaru]]'s infamous special move.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Yagyu Hanma]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Inari Shrine near the Tsuchi Mansion, Suruga, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[PowerFist Mechanical gauntlet]]
He is an expert inventor of the Yagyu clan. One day, he was ordered by his superiors to observe a rival clan. To do this, he slipped into the clan under the guise of a body guard for the princess. The princess instantly found Hanma to be an enjoyable character because of his smiling face and appointed him as her personal bodyguard. However, one day, the father of the princess told Hanma to go investigate [[BigBad the mysterious puppeteer]]. Shortly before he left, he created [[RobotMe a robot version of himself]], called Karakuri Hanma (his bust form) to ensure the safety of the princess. However, in his over zealousness, he had made a mistake in the programming, causing it to attack her. Realizing what occurred, he was forced to destroy his creation and come to her rescue.
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* AmbiguouslyRelated: Although they are members of the same clan, he is not directly related to Yagyu Jubei.
* ArmCannon: Hanma Yagyu and his mechanical counterpart Karakuri Hanma are armed with these. Sieger's gauntlet has limited shooting capabilities as well (mostly used for close-range fire blasts).
** WordOfGod: In his story, Hanma admits he idolizes Sieger, the reason why he wanted to recreate his gauntlet by himself.
* BaldOfAwesome: He becomes completely bald if his 2P palette is selected in the games he appeared in.
* BoxingBattler: His first Bust form (and to a much lesser extent, Karakuri Hanma) emphasizes boxing, as he's got [[Characters/StreetFighterII Balrog]]-like [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom straight punches and uppercuts]] and even [[Manga/HajimeNoIppo Makunouchi Ippo]]'s Dempsey Roll.
* GadgeteerGenius: Also a BunglingInventor, mostly because of Karakuri Hanma.
* GentleGiant: Of 64 series.
* InNameOnly: Despite the last name, Hanma has no relation with Jubei.
* MightyGlacier: Of 64 series in general.
* NowThatsUsingYourTeeth: His smile is not only for show, as it can be used for reversing attacks.
* PerpetualSmiler: Hanma is smiling all the time.
* PowerFist: His WeaponOfChoice is a mechanical gauntlet called "The Boulder Slicer".
* RobotMe: Karakuri Hanma, 64-2 Bust/Rasetsu version of Hanma and the first "Robot" of the series before Ochamaro.
** BreathWeapon: Can breathe fire.
** ClockworkCreature
** FastTunnelling
** HiddenWeapons: Has one cannon on each arm and a shoulder cannon.
** RoboticPsychopath: Hanma's misprogramming makes Karakuri attacks Yukihime instead to protect her.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Deku and Dekuina]]
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[{{BFS}} A big sword (Deku)]] and [[DualWielding twin katanas (Dekuina)]]
-> '''Voiced by:'''[[note]]Creator/DaikiNakamura (Deku), Kaori Minami (Dekuina)[[/note]]
Deku and Dekuina are semi-human dolls created by Yuga the Destroyer. Yuga was seeking for the two strongest bodies for a perfect resurrection, a female and a male one. It found the female one in Shiki, and the male one in Haohmaru, but in case it failed to achieve both of them, Yuga created the two dolls, Deku (the male one) and Dekuina (the female one), which were based on Haohmaru and Shiki respectively.
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* {{BFS}}: Deku fights with big weapon that resembles curved on one end [[SinisterScimitar scimitar]] or [[AnAxeToGrind axe]].
* CloningBlues: Deku and Dekuina are clones based on Haohmaru and Shiki, respectively.
* DualWielding:
* TheCameo: An army of Deku and Dekuina are seen in the Asura's Zanmaden OVA.
* {{Doppelganger}}/EvilKnockoff: Of Haohmaru and Shiki made by Yuga.
* MovesetClone: Of Haohmaru and Shiki, with a new super move for each.
* SoullessShell: Both Deku and Dekuina have no emotions at all.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Although Deku and Dekuina don't appear in 64-2, slightly updated designs of their clothing are used as outfits for Shadow Asura and Rasetsu/Bust Shiki.
* SubBoss: Of the first 64 game.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Gandara]]
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Gandara is a monster [[NauseaFuel comprised of thousands of corpses stitched and held together through Yuga's use of forbidden magic]]. Yuga uses it as a bodyguard, but despite its overwhelming strength, Gandara was defeated by Kazuki and Sogetsu Kazama. When Yuga revives himself in Samurai Shodown 64: Warriors Rage, Gandara is made en masse and produced in some kind of factory. One of these is defeated by Hanzo in his ending.
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* AttackItsWeakPoint: It seems to take more damage from blows to the head.
* TheBrute
* TheCameo: Gandara also appears in [[VideoGame/TheLastBlade Akari Ichijou]]'s super in ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum'' and in ''VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos'''s Shiki, being defeated by [[VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins Red Arremer/Firebrand]] means to be converted into Gandara.
* DishingOutDirt
* FourIsDeath: Its creation involves placing a Deku into an egg for 44 months and 44 days.
* ImplacableMan
* MidBoss: Of 64 games.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[http://snk.wikia.com/wiki/Talk:Gandara As well as a large number of forsaken adults.]]
* StoneWall
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Yuga the Destroyer]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[HellOnEarth Makai (the demon world)]]''
-> '''Voiced by:'''[[note]]Creator/DaikiNakamura and Kaori Minami (64 (duo-toned)), Satomi Nakatani (64-2)[[/note]]
The BigBad of the Samurai Shodown 64 games. Yuga is an ancient evil persumablely from the demon world and is now attempting to use Shiki and Haohmaru to create a perfect body for to be a [[GodOfEvil 'God of Destruction']] and unite the Demon and Human world. Yuga and its powers are themed around dual energies of yin/yang, and similarly it can employ male and female bodies for itself.
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* AmbiguouslyRelated: There are many speculations regarding Yuga's relationship with Ambrosia. For many fans, they're the same entity (see Ambrosia for more details).
* BigBad: Of the 64 series.
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler: Becomes Shiki's daughter Mikoto later on and tries to completely possess her.]]
* GenderBender: Yuga switches between both male and female forms throughout the series.
* MarionetteMaster: Begins with stealing babies from wombs, giving them supernatural powers and brainwashing them later in their lives to be his mindless servants via puppet show.
* OneWingedAngel: Well he/she is a SNKBoss.
[[/folder]]

!!Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown 64-2''

[[folder:Asura]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[HellOnEarth Makai (the demon world)]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[MultiMeleeMaster The 7 Ancient Weapons]] (Asura), [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] (Shadow Asura)
-> '''Voiced by:'''[[note]]Creator/KazuyaIchijo (64 games, NGBC, Asura's Zanmaden OVA)[[/note]]
A dark entity who battled Yuga over title of Demon World's Strongest, but got defeated and sealed, and he was later cloned, the clone becoming Yuga's servant. Yuga's first defeat weakened the seal, thus the original broke free and set out for revenge. Meanwhile, the clone (Shadow Asura), on the orders of Yuga, kidnapped Shiki and restored her memories as Yuga's servant, but in process, fell in love. The original Asura confronted the shadow, and the two ends up banding together to defeat Yuga for good. As the clone is vanishing due to being empowered with Yuga's magic, the original merged with him, turning into Yuda.
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* AntiHero / AntiVillain
* BloodKnight: Mostly seen in the OVA.
* CastingAShadow: One of Shadow Asura's attacks.
* DarkIsNotEvil
* {{Expy}}: Various aspects of 64's Deku are seen in later Shadow Asura, such as [[PowerFloats floating]] and enlarging his sword
* FrickinLaserBeams: Shadow Asura has a bunch of them.
* HeelFaceTurn: Shadow Asura, Bust[=/=]Rasetsu version of Asura.
** LoveRedeems: He becomes a good guy after falling in love with Shiki, and even having a child, Mikoto.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The fusion of both Asura makes Yuda, character who will be seen in the DistantFinale.
* SwissArmyWeapon: His katana can turn into a jousting spear, a bow and arrow, a poleaxe, etc...
* ThemeNaming: His attack names are named after demons.
** Shadow Asura's special attacks are all named after angels in GratuitousEnglish, spelled backward.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Morozumi Taizan]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan The mountains of Oku-Hida, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ImprobableWeaponUser Giant calligraphy brush]] (Slash), [[BladeOnAStick Spear]] (Bust)
-> '''Voiced by:'''[[note]]Takaya Yamauchi[[/note]]
A demon-sealing warrior armed with a giant spear who seeks to avenge his wife and son killed by Yuga. When needed the tip of his spear can turn to brush to write kanji symbols using own blood as an ink. Then, meaning of whatever was written becomes reality (like word "Fire" becomes a fiery explosion)
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* BadAssBookworm
* BladeOnAStick: He's got a spear-calligraphy brush hybrid. While in the official art he wields one or another depending on the Slash / Bust mode, in gameplay it shows itself as a spear until he writes symbols and the brush's bristles suddenly appear.
%%* ThePenIsMightier
* ElementalPowers: Everytime Taizan writes in kanji some element, this manifests it against the opponent.
* HeartbrokenBadass
* HermeticMagic: Morozumi heritage has the power to seal demons, a tradition Taizan represents very well.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Come on, a ''giant callygraphy brush''!?
* ItsPersonal: Taizan goes for a personal revenge against Yuga, who killed his wife and son.
* MartialArtsAndCrafts: A fighter calligrapher.
* ShoutOut: Because of his look, especially the headband and glasses, Taizan could be based on [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Gendo Saotome]], who also has a wife (Nodoka) and a son (Ranma).
* StartOfDarkness: In his battle against Yuga, Taizan stopped because himself was "becoming a demon" so he comes back to his house, seals his brush and guards his family's graves.
* SuperDeformed: Mostly [[GraphicsInducedSuperDeformed Graphics-Induced]] because of his other appearances outside this game, both for UsefulNotes/NeoGeoPocketColor: ''Samurai Shodown! 2'' (port of 64-2) and ''VideoGame/SNKVsCapcom: [[CardBattleGame Card Fighter Clash]]'' series for NGPC.
** OpaqueNerdGlasses: PlayedForLaughs in NGPC games.
* TechnicalPacifist
* WarriorPoet: Noneless from a calligrapher.
[[/folder]]

!!Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage ([=PS1=])''

[[folder:Kuki Seishirou]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Edo, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[AncestralWeapon Blue katana]]
-> '''Voiced by:'''[[note]]Naoki Oikawa[[/note]]
The new main character to the DistantFinale, is the son of a legendary family and samurai known as Kuki. He was trained alongside his brother Tohma and his father's student Jushiro, but due to his [[BornWinner natural]] [[TheGift talent]] and his dedication was shown to be nearly peer less at sword fighting. One day his father was found dead and his father's sword, [[AncestralWeapon Blade of the Flaming Sun]] stolen. Suspecting his brother Tohma, he takes his father's [[AncestralWeapon Full Moon Blade]] and joins Jin-Emon Hanafusa's mission to [[PenalColony Riten Kyo]], where Tohma along with the [[TerribleTrio Razor Trio]] are known to be attacking the government and terrorizing the inhabitants.
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* AloofAlly
** AloofBigBrother: With Tohma.
* AnimeHair: As per Samurai Shodown main character tradition.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* CainAndAbel: The Abel to Tohma's Cain.
* TheCameo: Only appears as SNK Character Card in ''SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash 2''.
* DualWielding: As Kuno Seishirou, porting his sword and Tohma's.
* GoodIsNotNice: He is extremely rude to almost every character in the game.
* HeavySleeper: Has the habit of falling asleep anywhere and at anytime he feels like it. Including other characters' monologues.
* KnightTemplar
* {{Kuudere}}
* MeaningfulRename: ''Kunō Tenshō-ryū'' (Nine Rulers Ascension Art) is the complete martial art learned from his father. Being complete with the [[DualWielding two swords]], he decided to rename as "Kuno Seishirou", being Kuno part of the name of the martial art instead wearing the family name.
* OneRiotOneRanger: Seishirou is seems like this, going by himself against [[TerribleTrio Razor Trio]] (and especifically Tohma) without help and without the ItsPersonal factor.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Oni to Tohma's Red.
* SiblingYinYang: The Yin to Tohma's Yang.
* ShoutOut: His calm personality and the moon-related moves are similar to ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade'''s Moriya Minakata, but with blue instead red.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* TheStoic
* TookALevelInBadass: Was already a badass but after beating the game, he takes the name Kuno Seishirou and a GameBreaker separate character form is available to select.
* YouKilledMyFather: Somewhat subverted, in the fact that Seishirou seems more concerned about getting back HIS [[spoiler:father's]] [[AncestralWeapon sword]] and proving his superiority then avenging his father's murder.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kuki Tohma]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Tengen Castle, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[AncestralWeapon Red katana]]
-> '''Voiced by:'''[[note]]Tetsuya Sakai[[/note]]
The older son of the legendary Kuki, Tohma, like Seishirou trained extensively throughout his life. Except unlike his fellow sparring partners under his father's teaching, he became more interested in [[EvilFeelsGood the power that comes with being the strongest]]. One night, believing it to be a source of great power, he takes the [[AncestralWeapon Blade of the Flaming Sun]] and kills his father. He then began traveling searching for [[WorthyOpponent worthy opponents]] and killing them or whoever crossed him along the way. During his travels he meets up with [[HopelessSuitor Mikoto]], who travels with him and later the two join up with [[DiabolicalMastermind Oboro]], forming the feared [[TerribleTrio Razor Trio]] of most of [[PenalColony Riten Kyo]]. As the most openly violent of the three, Tohma becomes known as its strongest and most feared warrior, as well as the main target of the Bafuku government.
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* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* BloodKnight
* TheBrute: Of the [[TerribleTrio Razor Trio]].
* CainAndAbel: The Cain to Seishirou's Abel.
* TheCameo: Only appears as SNK Character Card in ''SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash 2''.
* TheDarkSide
* EvilAlbino
* EvilOrphan
* EvilWearsBlack: The common outfit of Tohma is wearing a black jacket with a black hakama.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Even in his own ending, the duel between him and Seishirou always ends with Tohma defeated and HIS [[spoiler:father's]] [[AncestralWeapon sword]] being taken back.
* HotBlooded
* MovesetClone: Averted. He's Seishiro's corresponding clone character, but is otherwise almost completely different.
* ObliviousToLove: Barely acknowledges or doesn't comprehend Mikoto's feelings for him.
* SocialDarwinist: His belief that only the strong should survive and rule leads him to joining the Razor Trio and taking over [[PenalColony Riten Kyo]].
* ThisCannotBe: After the defeat by Seishirou and his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* RedIsViolent: Not just the red eyes, Tohma also wields the red katana from his father and his sandals have red cords.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Red to Seishirou's Blue.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Kills his father to prove his strength and take the [[AncestralWeapon sword]].
* SiblingYinYang: The Yang to Seishirou's Yin.
%%* UnknownRival: Seishirou.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kuki]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Tengen Castle, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[DualWielding A pair of]] [[AncestralWeapon legendary katanas]]
Kuki is a character introduced in ''Warriors Rage'' as the father of Seishiro and foster father of Tohma. He is also referred to as "the Legendary Kuki" or "Master of the Kunou Tenshoryu". He is dead by the time the game takes place but is mentioned by the characters who knew him.
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* AncestralWeapon: Both of his swords are known as this, soon inherited by his children after his death.
* DeathByOriginStory: His death marks the beginning of the story of the game.
* DualWielding: Kuki mastered his both {{Ancestral Weapon}}, Sei-oh and Kohoh, inherited by Seishirou and Tohma respectively after his death.
* TheGhost: After his death, Kuki is mentioned only by flashbacks, his former friends and in endings.
* HeterosexualLifePartner: With Jin-Emon Hanafusa and also developed a friendship with one of his pupils, Sakaki Jushiro.
* LegacyCharacter: Seishirou after Tohma's defeat get his sword and becomes Kuno Seishirou, which is the closest we can get of Kuki, his techniques are partly demonstrated through him.
* MasterSwordsman: Kuki was known as this, being respected in his zone and admired between other warriors.
* {{NPC}}: As said in LegacyCharacter, the closest we can get of Kuki's gameplay is Kuno Seishirou.
* OneNameOnly: He's only known as Kuki, his family name. The [[AllThereInTheManual "All-About SNK" appendix]] lists his full name as '''Tetsuki Kuki'''.
* RedBaron: He is also referred to as "the Legendary Kuki" or "Master of the Kunou Tenshoryu".
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hanafusa Jin-Emon]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Edo, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BladeOnAStick Jumonji Yari]]
-> '''Voiced by:'''[[note]]Hikaru Hanada[[/note]]

One of the most loyal servants to the Bafuku government and a life long friend of the master swordsman Kuki. He has served as a samurai for many years, living to protect his master. He used to train under Kuki's tutelage and there met with the younger samurai such as the young hopeful Sakaki Jushiro and the two sons of Kuki, quiet Seishiro and fiery Tohma. All who helped him retain his youthful spirit, especially Jushiro who he became best of friends with. Things however have since gone bad, with Jushiro's apparent betrayal of the government and Kuki's death at the hands of his son. Being the most experienced samurai, he is naturally given the dangerous mission of retaking control of Riten Kyo and terminate all the rebellious factions there. Along with Seishiro, he heads forward to complete his mission.
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* BenevolentBoss: Unlike his partner, he is sympathetic to his lesser ranked peers that are stationed at Riten Kyo and tries his best to moralize them with a promise to return home.
* BladeOnAStick: A special spear with the form of a crucifix.
* TheCameo: He has an in-text cameo in the FeudalJapan game of ''Days of Memories'' series.
* CannotTalkToWomen: In a certain degree. Since he spent his whole life away from the opposite sex, Jin-Emon is very nervous around women.
* CasanovaWannabe: Or seems like it around [[MsFanservice Saya]] [[spoiler:([[ShipTease hinted as reciprocal]] in his ending).]]
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: [[spoiler:In his ending duel against Jushiro.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartner: With Kuki and Jushiro.
* HonorBeforeReason: Steady loyal to his master and the traditions of samurai.
* MovesetClone: Has them in the form of Samurai mooks.
* OlderSidekick: Although, technically he is Seishirou's superior.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Garyo the Whirlwind]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan "Cave of the Brigands", Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[SheathStrike Sheathed knife]]
-> '''Voiced by:'''[[note]]Enma Itō[[/note]]
Garyo aka “The Whirlwind”, is the stubborn but kind hearted leader of a gang of thieves that roam Riten Kyo. Despite being criminals, Garyo has inspired his followers not to commit terrible crimes and to respect life. Their base was hidden in the caves underneath Razor Trio's castle but after being spotted by guards, they were all captured and imprisoned in the dungeons. After many weeks, Garyo managed to escape but could only get his most loyal partner, Chobisuke out as well due to the rest already being executed. He then vows revenge against those that killed his comrades.
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* BoisterousBruiser
* TheCasanova: In his profile, his favourite thing is "chicks".
** LadykillerInLove: He later shown real affections for "his bride" Mikoto.
* CoveredInScars
* DumbMuscle
* AFatherToHisMen: A rugged and tough man who is confident in his leadership. Although he seems to be a villain to the common folk, he will protect people when he thinks it's necessary. Garyo treasures his gang and treats them as his family.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: Often fights with just one arm, but will use both if deemed neccessary.
* ItsPersonal: He goes after Tohma's head, who slaughtered most of his band as well "kidnapping his bride" Mikoto.
* MightyGlacier
* OneManArmy
* OnlyOneName: Usually just accompanied with his RedBaron.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: His band of bandits
* RedBaron: "The Whirlwind", of course. Whirlwind is a title he earned.
* SheathStrike: Doesn't even bother to unsheathe his knife, except in his ultimate special move.
* UnrequitedLove: For Mikoto. In his ending, [[spoiler:he defeats Tohma but hides from Mikoto. After seeing her genuine love for Tohma, he resigns his original intentions and leaves. To compensate for his decision, he steals Tohma's horse and a donkey for Chobisuke.]]
* {{Yakuza}}: Based on the romantic ''bakuto'' depiction of their predecessors.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sakaki Jushiro]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Akatsuki Village, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[SwissArmyWeapon Katana with a pistol in the handle]]
-> '''Voiced by:'''[[note]]Creator/KunihikoYasui[[/note]]
A young talent government's samurai, he was sent to train under the legendary samurai Kuki, where he trained alongside [[GrumpyBear Seishirou]] and [[AxCrazy Tohma]]. Both were distant towards others, so Jushiro mainly developed the [[TrueCompanions best of friendships]] with Jin-Emon Hanafusa. Jushiro also met and fell in love with a female samurai named Karen, but both Karen and Jushiro were loyal samurai and Karen decided to [[HonorBeforeReason put duties before personal happiness]] as was expected of them. When it was learned [[BigBad Oboro]] had designs on the princess, Karen offered to be the princess' BodyDouble in a trap. However, Oboro's power was more then expected and Karen along with the soldiers involved were slaughtered. Jushiro was the first to arrive at the site and when others found him alone, became the prime suspect. Leaving the government, he went into hiding on Riten Kyo. Forming the "Atom Rebels", along with Rinka and Saya, he becomes marked for extermination by his former employers. He later modified his sword with parts of gun he picked up from Oboro's party which killed Karen.
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* TheCameo: He has an in-text cameo in the FeudalJapan game of ''Days of Memories'' series.
* JadeColoredGlasses
* LoveableRogue
* TheMourningAfter
* MovesetClone: Averted. He's the only main character in the game with no moveset clone.
* RebelLeader: Even if it is basically just a small number of people.
* RebelliousSpirit
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Against nearly everyone, Oboro for kill Karen, Tohma for killing his master and the Bafuku for sending Karen on the mission and thinking he was responsible for the massacre because he was the first on the scene.
* SwissArmyWeapon: The handle of his sword is a pistol.
* VigilanteMan: He made his own vigilante group after becoming a deserter of [[UsefulNotes/{{Shinsengumi}} Oniwabanshu]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Izanagi Yaci]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Riten-kyo, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[SerratedBladeOfPain Saw blade]]

Yaci, a former bodyguard, he is one of the most dangerous thugs wandering around the streets of the prison island Riten Kyo, along with his friend Haito Kanakura. He enjoys making his opponents uffer and drains blood from his enemies in order to drink it. Yaci however began to change after meeting his beloved Namino, who due to her he has vowed to one day give up the life of crime, blood drinking and escape the island with. To achieve this goal he decides to move up the ranks among Riten Kyo's elite and become as powerful as the Razor Trio or the Bafuku government.
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Acts hostile towards all female characters, uses nail polish (though one should bear in mind purple is considered the color of death in Japan) and is in love with Namino- a male geisha.
* FragileSpeedster
* LeanAndMean
* SmugSnake
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Yoshino Rinka]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Akatsuki Village, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[{{BFS}} Nodachi]]

The proud daughter of the honorable and wealthy Yoshino family. Unexpected [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]] and betrayal among the shogunate, lead to the Yoshino bloodline's economic collapse as well as its members being placed on the shores of [[PenalColony Riten Kyo]], to slowly fade from history and society. However, Rinka returning from her secluded training to what was left of her family, decides to fight back, joining Jushiro and Saya, in the "Atom Rebels" anti-shogunate group.
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* AdaptationInspiration: Although she isn't playable in any other games, a VideoGame/{{MUGEN}} version of her exists on the net.
* {{BFS}}: Not really that big compared to most to be called a BFS but literally much bigger then a 5'1" girl of her size could yield effectively in combat.
* BreakoutCharacter: After only appearing in this game, Rinka comes back in the Edo version of ''Days of Memories'' series.
* ClearTheirName: Rinka joined the "Atom Rebels" as a means to reestablish her family's honor and free the island.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Her blueish mouse friend named Tetsunosuke
* {{Tsundere}}
* WaifFu
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Saya]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} Kingdom of Great Britain]]'' [[note]]the flag shown is that of the historic Kingdom of Great Britain, used up until 1801. The state came into being following the Treaty of Union in 1706, ratified by the Acts of Union 1707, which united the kingdoms of England (which included Wales) and Scotland to form a single kingdom encompassing the whole island of Great Britain and its outlying islands, with the exception of the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.[[/note]]
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[DualWielding Twin kama]]

Saya (real name 'Sasha') was born in England, to a family that was working for one of the most important commercial trade corporations between England and Japan. To achieve success they had to make underworld contacts with criminals but due to their refusal to accept conditions by a gang of thieves led by Oboro, an extermination unit was sent to wipe out Saya's family. Saya's family were killed but she was spared and raised by one of the assassins who took her back to Japan. She has been trained in the art of assassination but has lived with hatred toward Oboro's Razor Trio and the Bafuku government who she blames for doing nothing to avoid their murder. She has since joined up with Jushiro's ''Atom Rebels'' to dethrone both the Bafuku and the Razor Trio in Riten Kyo.
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* BreakoutCharacter: After only appearing in this game, Saya comes back in the Edo version of ''Days of Memories'' series.
* DudeMagnet: Seems to have acquired a number of male admires among the male cast.
* CaptainErsatz: Saya’s appearance is very similar to Kasuga from the ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' series, and is also a {{ninja}} to boot.
* {{Expy}}: Saya shares a lot of similarities, personality and appearance-wise, with Lien Neville from the ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters KOF: Maximum Impact]]'' series.
* MovesetClone: Has her own in the form of Oboro's Amazons.
* JerkassFacade: Tries to act vain and arrogant but is really a very kind person.
* MsFanservice
* {{Ninja}}
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kanakura Haito]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Riten-kyo, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana]]

Haito is a former bodyguard gone rogue and one of the most feared criminals that live in Riten-Kyo. Son of a Japanese woman and a foreigner, he partner up with Yaci Izanagi and have terrorized the local population. Haito has a terrible sickness, the causes him to have seizures, which he controls by drinking a special potion to sooth the pain and provide extreme abilities. Cold blooded and ruthless, he is in love with Saya but upon her rejection of him, he decides there is nothing left to live for and to take all his frustration out on the Razor Trio who feels are unfit to rule.
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* BashBrothers: With Yaci.
* BloodLust: Is literally obsessed with it and the color red.
* MixedAncestry
* RedIsViolent
* SoapOperaDisease: Coughs up blood during his bouts with it.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ran Po]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Riten-kyo, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[DropTheHammer Iron hammer]]

Ran Po, a short-tempered but mature for his age orphan whose parents were victims of the violence that reigned over Riten Kyo. He was save due to the kind old man Daruma, who took Ran Po and another lost child, Minto, as his grandchildren. Ran Po and Minto got along very well and being the elder has taken it upon himself to protect Minto. Daruma eventually depressed by the current situation on Riten Kyo, orders his grandchildren to leave the island to find a more peaceful life. The problem with this however is that Minto has become lost and Ran Po must search the island so that the two can leave together.
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* DropTheHammer
* WildChild
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Daruma]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Riten-kyo, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[SwordCane Cane]]

He is a care-free wanderer who was once a legendary duelist that single-handedly annihilated an infamous family. When he is in Ritenkyo, he acts as the surrogate parent of Ran Po and Minto. One day, as Daruma returns to Ritenkyo, he notices the deterioration of the town (violence, robbery and murder are everyday affairs) and resolves to assume his past identity to punish the roots: the Three Blades of Dominion.
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* BaldOfAwesome
* CoolOldGuy: Though it seems that his old age has affected his sword skills.
* EyepatchOfPower
* MovesetClone: Of Haito.
* ParentalSubstitute: Of Ran Po and Minto.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mugenji]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Tower of Prayer, Riten-kyo, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[KnifeNut Nata]]

Mugenji is a homicidal murderer, driven insane with his abnormal obsession with beauty and butterflies. As a child, he was ostracized by his village for his unruly appearance, often driven to live alone in fields of flowers. A blind girl, named Ocho (whose name means butterfly) willingly befriends him. One day, Ocho excitedly tells him that she will visit a doctor to gain her sight. For dubious reasons -implied to be his fear of her seeing what he looks like- he strangles her to death. Believing that he will be reborn into a butterfly, Mugenji traverses across the land, killing anyone who is in his path.
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* AxCrazy
* ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth: The possible explanation on why he is so obsessed with them.
* GoodIsBadAndBadIsGood: Believes this, though he does enjoy beautiful things and butterflies.
* MovesetClone: Of Yaci and/or Yuda.
* ScaryBlackMan
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tashon Mao]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[ImperialChina Qing Dynasty China]] [[note]]The flag shown here is that of the Qing Dynasty, who ruled China from 1644 to 1912.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[WolverineClaws Metal Claw]]


Tashon Mao hails from China and travels to perfect his warriors skills. He enters Ritenkyo in a foreign skiff, mistaking it for the Japanese mainland. He chanced to see a fairy sprite (Nakoruru) in the forest and instantly becomes obsessed with her. Jealous of any strangers who may steal her away, he fights to ward off visitors and "protects" Nakoruru.
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* AmbiguouslyHuman: To the point people confuse him for a giant panda, though he barely resembles one.
* BigFun: He is a large comic relief character who isn't meant to be taken seriously.
* TheCameo: He has an in-text cameo in the FeudalJapan game of ''Days of Memories'' series.
* JokeCharacter
* MovesetClone: Of Garyo.
* PowerFist
* UnrequitedLove: With Nakoruru. In his ending, he overhears her talking to Haohmaru and learns that someone is already waiting for her affections ([[ShipTease implied to be Galford]]). He decides to give up on her and leaves the forest, lamenting that he can never find another fairy like Nakoruru again. Moments after he says this, Rimururu crashes into him.
* WolverineClaws: His WeaponOfChoice is a pair of Full-Piercing Talons.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Minto]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Riten-kyo, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[DropTheHammer Hammer]]

She is an orphan raised in the streets of Ritenkyo and the younger adopted sister to Ran Po. Like her brother, Minto is a wild child who was raised without moral discipline and proper etiquette. Her natural curiosity lead her to befriend some of the orphans around Ritenkyo, one of whom is Mario. He is a sort of an inventor who created Minto's weapon as a present to her.
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* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Downplayed- she is still a good adopted sister to Ran Po, they genuinely love each other and eventually she helps him to escape from the island.
* BrattyHalfPint
* MovesetClone: Of her adoptive brother Ran Po.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mikoto]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Tengen Castle, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BladeOnAStick Nagayari]]

She is Shiki and Shadow Asura's child, born at the end of ''Samurai Shodown 64: Warriors Rage''. Before she died, Shiki left her child with Nicotine Caffeine and his student, Haohmaru. As she grew over the years, Mikoto demonstrated inhuman abilities and skills. She adapts these powers into a powerful fighting style that corresponds with her dual personas, commonly dubbed as "Angel" and "Devil" respectively. This inner conflict occasionally materialized in the form of one white and black wing for each half. She uses her heavenly powers to conduct religious services and rituals in which she was revered as a religious symbol (shrine maiden).
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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Her feelings for Tohma are not corresponded at all.
* {{BFS}}: Her weapon is a bit taller than herself.
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: Mikoto has to deal with her "Angel" side and her "Devil" side.
* {{Miko}}: Mikoto is the priestess of Razor Trio.
* MovesetClone: Averted. Technically she's Rinka's clone, but she shares almost no moves with her.
* MuggleFosterParents: Haohmaru, Nicotine and Gaira.
* ReiAyanamiExpy: Just like her mother Shiki.
* ShrinkingViolet
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Her "Devil" persona[[spoiler:, which later is known that is [[AGodAmI Yuga the Destroyer]] disguised]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Yuda]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[MergerOfSouls The product of Asura merging with Shadow Asura]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana]]

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He is the product of Asura merging with Shadow Asura. As a consequence of their fusion, Yuda retains no memory from either Asuras' previous lives. A somber individual, he carries out the orders given to him without question and acts as the heartless executioner to his victims. Yuda is assigned to a section of the shogunate linked to the Three Blades of Ritenkyo. He is secretly promised the position of shogun if Oboro (Jigen Taishi) succeeds. If the plan fails, Yuda would be used as the political scapegoat to destroy evidence of Oboro's plot. His first mission is clearing out Ritenkyo.
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* CompositeCharacter: InUniverse. After defeating Yuga the Destroyer, Asura and Shadow Asura fused into one being, that is Yuda.
** Also in his gameplay, Yuda shares his fighting style with Yaci and Mugenji. This style is based on the use of reversals, stuns and a projectile which will drain an opponent's lifebar throughout the match.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Like the two Asuras he's made from, he's an AntiHero / AntiVillain. Personality-wise, Yuda is more aloof and emotionless rather than outright good or evil. He's also quite TallDarkAndHandsome.
* LossOfIdentity: As a consequence of their fusion, Yuda retains no memory from either Asuras' previous lives. A somber individual, he carries out the orders given to him without question and acts as the heartless executioner to his victims.
* MovesetClone: Of Yaci and/or Mugenji.
* OneWingedAngel: A literal example.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Oboro]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Tengen Castle, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[FlyingWeapon Triple floating blades]]

Though he has a kind looking demeanor, he was once a ninja that was revered as much as Hanzo Hattori. He was forced to leave the clan after Hanzo defeats him in a duel. Hateful during his alienation, he learns dark magic and gathers several "cursed weapons". He devotes himself to the will of the earthly Buddha Jigen Taishi -who "protects" Ritenkyo- and spends twenty years plotting the government's downfall. During this time, he creates the "Three Blades of Domination" -or the Razor Trio- and trains an army of skilled amazons. He wants to assume the will of his benefactor and establish a new nation for the martial deity. He also hopes to avenge his disgrace caused by Hanzo.
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* BigBad: Of ''Warriors's Rage''.
* EvilOldFolks: Is he ever.
* FinalBoss: Of the story mode. However, he's the only non-generic {{NPC}} character that is not unlocked and playable upon defeat.
* MovesetClone: Of Seishiro (sword) and Jin-Emon (spear)'s weapons.
* {{Ninja}}: Was one and infact used to be part of Hanzo's clan before the latter defeated and exiled him.
* SNKBoss: He has no body you can attack, since you fight his giant levitating weapons instead which he controls via telepathy. Those weapons are the only "character" in game which takes full advantage of 3D space flying here and there and attacking from various directions - while their own hitboxes (which you should attack to damage Oboro) are almost nonexistent.
* SocialDarwinist: Often repeats sayings like "Strong will live, while weak should die. Obey the law of nature!"
[[/folder]]

!!Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown: Edge of Destiny''

[[folder:Takechiyo]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Fukami-mura, Sagami Province, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon:''' "''Uchikomiyō bokutō''" ([[WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter Wooden sword]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin for beating things up]])

He is a warrior-in-training who was once saved by Haohmaru when his village was attacked by bandits. He was then taught by Haohmaru in swordplay to become stronger. Like his idol, he travels the land in hopes of improving himself. One day, he was saved by Suzuhime when he swept ashore from his shipwrecked boat. Two months prior the events of the game, Suzuhime runs away from home and he decides to find her. Though he finds it a bother, he agrees as the journey will also help him improve his swordplay and his code of honor.
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* CaptainErsatz: His background and name are referred to Creator/ToshiroMifune in ''Film/SevenSamurai''.
* CombatPragmatist
* HeroWorshipper: After Haohmaru saved Takechiyo and his sister from being killed by bandits, Takechiyo promised to improve his swordfighting so he could defeat Haohmoru in a duel.
* LightningBruiser
* OnlyOneName
* ShipTease: With Suzuhime
** RescueRomance: Genderflipped, as she's the one who saved him in his backstory.
*** DoubleSubverted in Takechiyo's story mode, as his motivation is to SaveThePrincess after she's kidnapped by Golba. Even in Suzu's story mode ([[DamselOutOfDistress where she naturally doesn't need the rescuing]]), Takechiyo invokes this trope, promising to help Suzu if she needs him.
* ShoutOut: He is based on the historical concept of peasant-samurai from the UsefulNotes/SengokuPeriod, the most famous and successful example of the practice being UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi.
* UnskilledButStrong: Has a rather unrefined fighting style.
* WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter: Fights with a bokuto, made for "smashing things".
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Suzuhime]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FictionalCountry Kingdom of Lesphia]] [[note]]The Kingdom of Lesphia is fictional, though it is similar to the many small, historic microstates that made up Europe in centuries past. The flag shown here is therefore that which represents all European microstates.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[TragicKeepsake Her parents' keepsake]] [[{{BFS}} Bastard Sword]] and a [[InstrumentOfMurder yokobue (flute) with an iron core]]
->'''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/KaeAraki[[/note]]

She is the princess of a foreign country, orphaned when her parents' ship was raided ten years ago. She washed ashore the beaches of Japan and was adopted by a daimyo who resides in Amori. One day, ten years later, she found Takechiyo along the shoreline to her home and nursed him back to health. After hearing that the ship he stowawayed on collided with a ship bearing a particular crest, Suzuhime runs away from home two months before the game begins in order to pursue Golba.
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* {{BFS}}: Her sword is quite huge.
* DamselInDistress: Most of the stories for the other characters have them needing to save Suzu after she's kidnapped by Golba's {{Mook}}s, although it's because Golba needs her and her sword as symbolic claims to the Lesphian throne than the stereotypical reasons for kidnapping damsels. {{Subverted}} to Hell and BACK in her story mode [[DamselOutOfDistress where she plows through Golba, his henchmen, and anybody else who got in her way like tissue paper]].
%%* FallenPrincess
* HugeGunTinyGirl: The size of Suzu's weapon is emphasized more from how comparatively small she is, compared to both her weapon, and to the rest of the cast.
* KillTheCutie: Is a cute 14-year-old girl who can be brutally decapitated and lose limbs, resulting in her bloody death.
* MusicalAssassin: Her other weapon is a flute.
* PantyShot: Happens frequently, but very noticeable when she gets decapitated. When her headless body falls, the camera pans to a shot that shows her white panties (red outfit) or light pink panties (blue outfit).
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Is only 14, and is about the same size as Nakoruru or Rimururu: she packs WAY more damage than those two (and on par with some of the larger members of the cast), thanks to her handy-dandy {{BFS}}.
* RescueRomance: Genderflipped, as she's the one who saved Takechiyo in his backstory. DoubleSubverted in Takechiyo's story mode, as his motivation is to SaveThePrincess after she's kidnapped by Golba. Even in Suzu's story mode ([[DamselOutOfDistress where she naturally doesn't need the rescuing]]), Takechiyo invokes this trope, promising to help Suzu if she needs him.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Well, [[DamselOutOfDistress in her storymode, at least]]. The others [[DamselInDistress have her kidnapped by Golba]] so she and her sword would give him political legitimacy for the Lesphian throne.
* ShipTease: With Takechiyo


[[/folder]]

[[folder:Angelica]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/TurksWithTroops Constantinople, Ottoman Empire]] [[note]]The flag shown here is that of the historic Ottoman Empire, who ruled over Angelica's native Turkey up until 1922.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BladeOnAStick Double-bladed staff]]

She was raised as an assassin to an unknown organization. She tried to flee from her benefactors but was allowed to live by her pursuers. To ensure her safety and her possible freedom, Angelica is given two missions: to bring Suzuhime and a treasured sword back to them and to find a worthy samurai successor for their leader. She obeys but is reluctant to leave their leader's side.
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* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Being raised by her syndicate as an assassin has made her cold and ruthless, blindly hunting down those Golba wants dead... [[spoiler: it's implied in Angelica's ending that her older sister deliberately let herself be killed during the MirrorMatch stage to try snapping Angelica out of this.]]
* EvilTwin: Since Angelica serves as a sub-boss for the rest of the characters, [[MindScrew she seemingly runs into one during her story mode]]. [[spoiler: While technically not a twin ([[AntiVillain or even much of a villain]]), [[LukeIAmYourFather it turns out that Angelica just fought her older sister]]... oh, [[CainAndAbel and killed her]]. Whoops.]]
* IdenticalStranger: The short hair, tanned skin and white clothes are similar to [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Elena]]. Also is seen as a brown-skinned Shiki.
* ProfessionalKillers: An assassin trained from birth by a syndicate [[spoiler: which turns out to have been formed by Golba]].
** HitmanWithAHeart: [[spoiler: Undergoes a HeelFaceTurn in her storyline, and is hinted to be TheAtoner in Kim Hye-Ryen's ending]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kim Hae-Ryeong]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/SouthKorea Kingdom of Joseon]] [[note]]The flag shown here is the royal standard of the Joseon Kingdom. During its reign, Joseon consolidated its effective rule over the territory of current Korea, up until 1897.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BladeOnAStick Double-edged staff]]

Hae-Ryeong is a Korean warrior who has defeated many evil doers in the name of justice. He travels to Japan as an emissary where he witnesses Angelica killing an assassin. He decides to go after her, sensing the great evil surrounding her. In his ending, he spots her but realizes that she no longer has a killing intent. Convinced that people can change for the better, Hae-Ryen leaves her alone and proceeds on his journey.
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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: His code of justice is usually enforced by him dueling and slaying evildoers.
** BlackAndWhiteInsanity: [[HeelRealization Realizes he suffers from this in his ending]] - first when he discovers that [[EvilOverlord Golba]] [[MyCountryRightOrWrong was also fighting to "bring justice" for his homeland Lesphia]] ([[WellIntentionedExtremist but was doing so as a militant tyrant]]), and when he finds Angelica (the person he swore to hunt down at the start of the game) [[TheAtoner having changed her nature after he first saw her]].
* JusticeWillPrevail: Wouldn't be a Kim in a SNK game if he didn't have this.
** ThisIsUnforgivable: And this, too
* MovesetClone: Of Angelica, although with emphasis on kicks as per Kim tradition.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Garros]]
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->'''Origin''' - ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Norway}} Norway]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Denmark}} Kingdom of Denmark]]'' [[note]]The flag shown here is that of the Kingdom of Denmark. At the time the series is set, Norway was a territory of the Danish Kingdom and not yet an independent nation.[[/note]]
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[AnAxeToGrind Battle axe]]

He is the leader to his band of an honorable viking group who sail the seas looking for adventure and treasure. Many years prior to the game, his wife, Agnes, left on a trip to another country and never returned home. Hearing that a woman resembling her was found somewhere in Japan, he departs with his comrades to look for her. In his ending, he doesn't find her yet hasn't lost hope that she is still out there.
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* AnAxeToGrind: Carries a battle-ax as his weapon of choice.
* TheBigGuy: This dude can easily rival Wanfu in the sheer weight department!
* HornyVikings: Yes, really. [[AnachronismStew In the 1790s]]
* MightyGlacier: Is by far one of the slowest of the roster, but can dish out plenty of hits.
* MovesetClone: Of Wan-Fu and/or Walter, although he uses his belly and head more than them.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:J.]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FictionalCountry Kingdom of Lesphia]] [[note]]The Kingdom of Lesphia is fictional, though it is similar to the many small, historic microstates that made up Europe in centuries past. The flag shown here is therefore that which represents all European microstates.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' ''"[[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]]"'', a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]]

10 years prior to the events of the game, J. was an unfortunate sailor who washed up the shores of Japan. To survive, he learns to wield a blade and lovingly names his sword Elvis. He eventually meets and falls in love with a geisha and tries to buy her freedom without much success. Hearing of a reward for detailing the whereabouts of Suzuhime, he sets out in search of her.
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* AnachronismStew: Yeah, even though this game has {{Samurai}}, {{Ninja}}s, [[KnightInShiningArmor Knights In Shining Armor]], HornyVikings, and even [[AmericansAreCowboys Cowboys]], an Anime/AfroSamurai is ''really'' pushing the SuspensionOfDisbelief...
* CaptainErsatz: Of ''Anime/AfroSamurai'', of course.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Was treated as a monster by the Japanese just for his skin color, and the only reason the geisha was kind to him was because she was literally blind to what made him an outcast.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Suffers this after being shipwrecked in Japan.
* MovesetClone: Of Takechiyo and/or Claude, with unique stances.
* OneLetterName
* WesternSamurai: Even more notorious than Claude, but this case it's more like EverythingsBetterWithSamurai.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Walter]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FictionalCountry Mondschein Drache Empire]] [[note]]The Empire is fictional, though it appears to be a thinly-veiled reference to the real-world Holy Roman Empire, whose flag is presented here.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[{{BFS}} Bastard sword]] and shield ([[ShieldsAreUseless although he doesn't use it]])

Walter is a knight of the Mondschein Drache Empire and member of the Crimson Lion Knights like Neinhalt Sieger. After hearing that his home maybe soon invaded by a new threat, he leaves his home to investigate.
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* KnightTemplar: Literally, although a genuinely noble one.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Embodies this when fighting for the Mondschein Drache Empire.
* MovesetClone: Of Wan-Fu and/or Garros, although he doesn't attack with his body as the other two.
* NotSoDifferent: Realizes that Golba was just as patriotic to the nation of Lesphia after defeating him in his story mode.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sugamata Jinbei]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Amori Domain, Japan]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ICallItVera His 55-year old favorite]] [[BladeOnAStick spear]], "''[[{{UsefulNotes/Buddhism}} Kongo]]''"

Jinbei was a retired warrior, until one day, he rescued Suzuhime from the sea. He raised her until she met Takechiyo and ran away. Jinbei now searches for her.
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* {{Expy}}: Could be based on ''Warriors Rage'''s Jin-Emon Hanafusa, being both OldMaster and managing a "[[BladeOnAStick cricifix spear]]" as his WeaponOfChoice.
* MovesetClone: Of Kyoshiro, but far less theatrical.
* RetiredBadass: Until getting forced out of it when he goes to find Suzuhime. He's well into his 70s, but is still able to kick ass with the rest of the "youngsters" in the cast.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Black Hawk]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Florida}} Spanish Florida, New Spain]] [[note]]The flag shown here is that of New Spain (AKA the Viceroyalty of New Spain). At the time the series is set, the state of Florida was a territory of New Spain and not yet part of the United States, and wouldn't be so until 1821.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[DualWielding Dual-wield]] [[AnAxeToGrind Tomahawks]]

Black Hawk is a Native American whose father was killed during the Independence War. Seeking revenge, he consults the shaman of his tribe who tells him to head east to fulfill his destiny.
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* MagicalNativeAmerican: Well, not exactly "[[BadassNormal magical]]", but his design and personality befits this trope.
* MovesetClone: Of Jubei, but with unique "hunting" stances and command grabs.
* YouKilledMyFather: His motivation is to hunt down the man who killed his father [[spoiler: and it turns out to be [[BigBad Golba]]. [[SarcasmMode Shocking, I know]].]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kirian]]
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->'''Origin''' - ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} Kingdom of Spain]]'' [[note]] The flag shown is that of the historic Spanish Empire, known as the “Cross of Burgundy”, which was used up until 1793 before being replaced with the familiar ''la Rojigualda''. [[/note]]
-> '''Weapon(s):''' "''[[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench Masquerade]]''", a [[RoyalRapier rapier]]

Kirian is a skilled torero who met Charlotte after one of his bullfighting events. He becomes intrigued by her when their encounter is interrupted by a hired man after her life. He then decides to follow her, wanting to see for himself why she was assaulted.
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* BadassSpaniard
* BloodKnight: The reason he was a matador, and later a duelist, was to get the exhilaration of cheating death, whether facing the horns of a bull, or the blade of a man.
* MovesetClone: Of Charlotte, with unique stances.
* TorosYFlamencos: A DashingHispanic matador who doubles as a duelist? He couldn't get any more Spanish if he tried!
* ShipTease: Is hinted to have a crush on Charlotte after his chance encounter with her, [[spoiler: and in his ending, he even offers to fight by her side when she's desperately rallying her countrymen for a LastStand against the invading nations]].
* ShoutOut: [[ShutUpHannibal His counteroffer to Golba]] [[WeCanRuleTogether after being offered to serve as his general]]?
--> "No thanks. But I'll hire you as my [[Literature/DonQuixote Sancho Panza]] if you want."
* SomethingAboutARose: Tosses one to his opponent in one of his victory poses.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Claude]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FictionalCountry Kingdom of Lesphia]] [[note]]The Kingdom of Lesphia is fictional, though it is similar to the many small, historic microstates that made up Europe in centuries past. The flag shown here is therefore that which represents all European microstates.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon:''' [[NoNameGiven Unnamed]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]]

He is a guard from a foreign kingdom who was washed ashore Japan with Suzu ten years before the game begins. Realizing that they may never see their home again and suffering under amnesia, he adopts the land's culture and trains himself in kendo with a respectable monk.
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* AmnesiacDissonance: Doesn't remember anything from before he ended up in Japan.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Arthur]] and [[Film/TheLastSamurai Nathan Algren]].
* MightyWhitey: An European man raised in Japan. Subverted in that ingame and in-canon, he's nothing special.
* RaisedByNatives: He is obviously a foreigner [[PhenotypeStereotype judging by his blonde hair]], but has been raised in Japan [[GoingNative and adopts the native culture]].
* ShoutOut: He's highly reminiscent of William Adams, an English navigator who travelled to Japan in the year 1600 and became the first western samurai.
* WesternSamurai: Just read any of the above tropes.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Draco]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/{{TheThirteenAmericanColonies}} United States]] [[note]]The flag shown here is the "Betsy Ross" flag of the thirteen colonies, adopted after the Declaration of Independence in 1776.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon:''' [[ComboRifle Winchester Rifle]]. Draco claims that you'll know how it's named whenever you see it.

Draco is a Western outlaw, a hired gunman and bodyguard who takes his jobs in stride. In the past, he took the lives of many men for a sound sum of gold; one of his victims was Galford's father. He was recently hired by Golba to eliminate any possible threats that come to the foreign ships stationed at Japan.
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* AnachronismStew: Apart from being a WildWest cowboy in the 1790s, he uses a Winchester Rifle, a weapon that wouldn't be invented ''until over 70 years after the game he shows up in!!''
* BloodKnight: His pre-match dialogue suggests he is this.
* TheDragon: To Golba.
* GunsAreWorthless: Subverted oh-so-hard, especially for a video game. His usage of a rifle as a weapon brings him so much closer to SnkBoss territory than Golba--who actually is the final boss--that it isn't funny.
* {{Jerkass}}: Is always rude to his opponents when they face him... at best. At worst, he's downright evil and malicious.
* PsychoForHire: He's a BountyHunter hired by Golba to intercept any of the warriors trying to track him down.
* SmugSnake: He acts pretty cocky in most of his intros ([[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight probably because he's brought a gun to a sword fight]])
** OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Although he's still initially smug when Hanzo faces him in his story mode, [[OhCrap he genuinely panics when]] [[{{Ninja}} Hanzo]] pulls a SmokeOut on him, [[TeleportSpam and then teleports]] [[RightBehindMe right behind him]].
* YouKilledMyFather: Is revealed to have been the outlaw who shot Galford's father during his story mode.
** ButForMeItWasTuesday: Claims to have not remembered killing Galford's father when confronted with this accusation. He even apes a certain line from [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]] while doing so...
--> "Do you remember every slice of bread you've eaten up till now?"
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Golba]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FictionalCountry Kingdom of Lesphia]] [[note]]The Kingdom of Lesphia is fictional, though it is similar to the many small, historic microstates that made up Europe in centuries past. The flag shown here is therefore that which represents all European microstates.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[RoyalRapier Rapier]]
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/NorioWakamoto[[/note]]


Golba was one of the sons of Lesphia's king. He had attempted a coup d'etat after his brother became the chosen to be the rightful heir. After he failed, he was sent into exile and came to America. He joined and became an officer in the American army and eventually became a veteran of the Independence War. His participation in this war made him believe that creation of such powerful nation can become a threat to Europe. Desiring to protect his country and strengthen its military force, he seeks to conquer all of Europe.
Due to the comrades he made during the war, he has personal and influential connections around the world. During this time, he formed an assassin organization of which Angelica is a member. He uses this group to kill his niece's parents during their sea voyage in an attempt to claim Suzu's sword, a symbol of one's right to rule Lesphia. Unable to obtain it, he returns to America to use his military connections to weaken countries around the world and schemes to possibly use Suzu as a bargaining chip against his homeland. Seeking a strong military commander to rule his Lesphia army, he opted to recruit and lure certain strong warriors as well.
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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Leader of a faction wanting to take over Lesphia in a coup, and is the FinalBoss of the game.
* BadassNormal: He's a very skilled warrior, a masterful tactician and a respected leader. Also, he is the first boss in the series who doesn't have and use any magical or supernatural powers.
* BigBad
* EyepatchOfPower
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: In spite of being TheGeneralissimo with scores of {{Mook}}s at his beck and call (with many of them clearly present in some story lines), they NEVER intervene in the battle between Golba and the player. The only time they DO challenge the player (AFTER Golba is killed, by the way) is during ''[[KabukiSounds Kyoshiro's]]'' ending, [[JokeCharacter of all people]] - [[CurbStompBattle and he cuts THEM down with ease]] [[DanceBattler through his "dancing"]].
* MovesetClone: Of Charlotte and/or Kirian, with unique moves.
* NewEraSpeech: Gives one for most of his introductions, [[WeCanRuleTogether when he tries to convince the player to join him as his general]].
--> I welcome you, true warrior. [[WeCanRuleTogether A worthy general for my soldiers...]] ([[ShutUpHannibal Player tries to interject]]) [[ShutUpKirk -Hear me!]] The embers of conflict smolder in every European land. And when they burst into flame, the inferno will consume the world! [[TheSocialDarwinist I require a new nation of mighty warriors]] [[MyCountryRightOrWrong to protect my motherland from the flames of war]]. [[JustThinkOfThePotential If you could instill your fighting spirit into my soldiers]], ''[[IncomingHam my army will be]] '''[[SuddenlyShouting INVINCIBLE!!!]]''''' (Cue his {{Mook}}s chanting "INVINCIBLE!!!")
* PressurePoint: According to [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary material]], his large damage output is explained by his ability to pinpoint opponent's vital points.
* WeCanRuleTogether: The reason the other warriors are involved in the story is because he intentionally lured in the strongest warriors to help serve as generals to his army, believing that getting a OneManArmy on his side would seal his victory for good. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard this often bites him in the ass]] [[ShutUpHannibal when the characters reject his offer, and VIOLENTLY]].
** AnOfferYouCantRefuse: A little disclaimer in his "WeCanRuleTogether" offer is that, if the warrior rejects his offer (even if it's because they don't want to fight anymore), he'll have to kill them on the spot, [[LeaveNoWitnesses just to ensure nobody would be alive to tell the world of his schemes]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: His goals involve protecting his nation of Lesphia from the other nations of Europe, which would have conquered it already if Golba hadn't [[LetsYouAndHimFight created conflict within the nations whilst building up his army]]. A few characters even acknowledge how he's just trying to protect his nation from colonial conquest, [[MyCountryRightOrWrong or how he was simply acting in a way he considered being "loyal" to Lesphia]].
[[/folder]]

!Other Games

!!Debuting in ''VisualNovel/NakoruruAnoHitoKaraNoOkurimono''
[[folder:Manari]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kamui Kotan, Ezochi, Japan]]''
->'''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/AyakoKawasumi[[/note]]
Songstress and childhood friend to Nakoruru. She creates songs for the village's festivals and is the mentor for Mikato. Has unrequited feelings for Yantamu. She lives with her bossy mother. Later makes an appearance in ''[[VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium Capcom vs. SNK 2]]'' during Nakoruru's entrances.
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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: She loves [[OneeSama Nakoruru]] like an older sister, but she also feels inferior to her.
* TheCameo: The only exclusive character from this game that appeared in another game. Manari appears in various Nakoruru's poses in ''[[VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium Capcom vs. SNK 2]]''. Also she appears as a character in the OVA.
* CuteClumsyGirl: In one of Nako's victory poses in ''Capcom vs. SNK 2'', Manari shows up to congratulate her... and ends up faceplanting.
* ElegantClassicalMusician: Sorta, she's an accomplished singer. Again, it's due to her storyteller role.
* NiceHat
* LoveTriangle: She, Nakororu and Yantamu.
* ShrinkingViolet
* TheStoryteller: She comes from a whole clan of these, the ''Sinotca''. They're very important in Kamuikotan, since they mantain the told traditions via their songs.
* TenMinuteRetirement: After she [[spoiler:walks into Yantamu confessing to Nakoruru, she's so heartbroken that she wants to stop singing since he's the one who encouraged her to sing in the local festival]]. However, after learning what her village songs actually mean ''and'' [[spoiler:[[TogetherInDeath losing both Yantamu and Nakoruru]], she retakes songwriting and singing, even creating special songs for her lost friends and Mikato.]]
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: For Yantamu.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Yantamu]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kamui Kotan, Ezochi, Japan]]''
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/TakehitoKoyasu[[/note]]
He is the chief's son and childhood friend of Nakoruru and Manari. A guy who wants to see a smile on everyone's faces. He is considered to be cool and attractive by the women in Kamui Kotan. He makes little to no attempt to hide his infatuation for Nakoruru.
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* AccidentalPervert: He once walked on the girls's bath [[ButtMonkey and got frozen by Konril]].
* TheCameo: Apart of appearing as a character in the OVA, Yantamu is briefly mentioned in Nakoruru's backstory in the FeudalJapan game of ''Days of Memories'' DatingSim series.
* ChickMagnet: He's thought of as cool and handsome by the Kamui Kotan girls.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Nakoruru's
* DoggedNiceGuy: Nakoruru's.
* HeroicSacrifice: To [[spoiler:save Mikato and Nakoruru from Mizuki and her demons.]]
* TheChiefsDaughter: Genderflipped. His father is Outada, the leader of Kamuikotan and the local ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: To Nakoruru. [[spoiler:He even asks her to marry him, but is rejected since she's a {{Celibate Hero}}ine). Subverted in the end, they're TogetherInDeath.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mikato]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kamui Kotan, Ezochi, Japan]]''
-> '''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Yukiko Yanou, Creator/MiyuMatsuki (OVA (credited as "girl"))[[/note]]
Mikato is the character the player controls in ''Nakoruru: Ano Hito kara no Okurimono''. She is Nakoruru's disciple. She makes an unnamed cameo in the game's OVA. Unlike most characters in the game, Mikato is an unvoiced character throughout the majority of the game and usually communicates with text.
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* CuteMute: Although the game has fully voiced dialogue, she rarely speaks and mainly communicates through text. Yukiko Yanou's lines are mostly there for exposition.
* TheChosenOne: She's chosen as [[spoiler:Nakoruru's succesor once she gets BroughtDownToNormal. She's confirmed as this when Nakoruru dies, and later when with the help of Nakoruru's soul and the Spirit of Nature, she slays Mizuki.]]
* IdiotHair: Though she's more of an inexperienced little girl than an idiot.
* MagicMusic: Sort-of. [[spoiler: The music that's sung in the village festivals is a part of a mystical song that only the Priestesses of Kamuikotan can fully hear and perform. With the help of the dying Nakoruru and later Manari, Mikato manages to finish the song, which gives her a massive power-up.]]
* MoralityPet: Sorta, to [[spoiler:Rera]]. In fact, Mikato is the one who [[spoiler:gave Rera her name.]]
* MysteriousWaif - TheEmpath: She sees things that others in her village can't and possesses some spiritual powers.
* PlayerCharacter: The story of ''Ano kara no okurimono'' develops from her POV.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hokute]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kamui Kotan, Ezochi, Japan]]''
Mikato's friend who is a year older than her. Since he learned about the priestess' duties from Yantamu, he believes Nakoruru to be a bad influence for Mikato. Has short spiky hair and angry eyebrows.
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* BigOlEyebrows ''and'' ForeheadOfDoom
* ChildhoodFriend: Mikato's
** ChildhoodFriendRomance: He seems to be infatuated with her, which would certainly explain why he sees Nakoruru as a "bad influence".
* HappilyEverAfter: [[https://snk.wikia.com/wiki/File:Mikato-hokute.jpg This image]] suggests Mikato and Hokute become a couple in the future.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Outada]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kamui Kotan, Ezochi, Japan]]''
Village chief and Yantamu's father. Although others were weary of Mikato's sudden training, he allowed her to stay with Nakoruru as he sensed a certain power within her.
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* CoolOldGuy
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The well-respected leader of the Kamui Kotan groups. He's the one who appoints Mikato as Nakoruru's apprentice, having sensed the girl's powers and wanting her to develop them.

[[/folder]]

!!Debuting in ''Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits: Bushidou Retsuden''
[[folder:Shippu no Reon]]
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->'''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Creator/UraraTakano[[/note]]
As the last member of her clan, Reon is dedicated to fulfilling her family's mission to eradicate Mizuki. Seeing as she is the only one who can destroy the demon's evil bells, Reon joins the hero's party as its last -or second- member.
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* AdaptationInspiration: Although she isn't playable in any other games, a VideoGame/{{MUGEN}} version of her exists on the net.
* AmbiguousGender: Although developers jokingly state that Reon's gender is unknown, various hints throughout the game indicate that Reon is female.
* {{BFS}}: Reon wields a long great sword in battle and stays afloat for speed.
* BlowYouAway: Reon has some powers over the wind and air currents. Even her prototype name was "Kaze no Tobimaru".
* ComingStraightStory: Occasionally, she laments her ineptitude to cope with her sex but finds encouragement from others to persevere her mission.
* PlayerCharacter: Reon is one of the main character the player manages during the game.
* TheStoic
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Reppu no Hion]]
->'''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Urara Takano[[/note]]
When Shippu no Reon is momentarily knocked into two hundred years into the past, they meet Hion, who suspects they are a monster due to their spontaneous appearance. Once Bizuki breaks their scuffle, Hion befriends her unlikely comrade summoned from the future. She reveals herself to be a long-time friend of Bizuki (most likely doubles as her servant) and Haon once the group saves a village from two demons. Bizuki and her are on a journey to defeat the demonic entity, Mizuki.
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* AmbiguousGender: Averted with Hion, who's declared openly as a woman, even when she looks exactly like Reon.
* BlowYouAway: Just like her descendant, Hion has some powers over the wind and air currents.
* {{Foil}}: Of her descendant Reon. Hion is an upbeat and lively lady who stays true to her duty. Unlike her descendant, she is rather open about her sexual identity and will express romantic interest in Genjuro and Ukyo.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Bizuki.
* GenkiGirl
* PaletteSwap: Of Reon, changing her brown hair by light blue and her white outfit for a yellow one.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: light blue in this case.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tokihime]]
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->'''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Junko Iwao[[/note]]
One of Amakusa's servants from his rebellion at Shimabara. When he succumbed to Ambrosia's will, she was also subjected to the dark god's influence and cursed with black wings. With her older sister lost, Tokihime faithfully remains by Amakusa's side. Ushiwakahime asks her to block the party's path to Amakusa's castle and effectively creates a barrier to prevent their advances. If the party saved a Christian village before their encounter, the villagers will give them a statue of the Virgin Mary. Once the party learns that Amakusa and his comrades were formerly Christians, they present the statue to Tokihime. She is too moved by the figure's presence to concentrate on her magic and flees. When they meet her a second time, the statue and her faith in her religion cleanses Ambrosia's influence on her. In gratitude, she will fly the party to Amakusa's floating castle before leaving for heaven.
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* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence
* BrainwashedAndCrazy
* {{UsefulNotes/JapaneseChristian}}
* WingedHumanoid
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ushiwakahime]]
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->'''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Naoko Ishii[[/note]]
She is a demonic servant of Ambrosia who was revived from her slumber by Amakusa. Thankful for his services, she inhibits a body in the human world and wrecks havoc in their names. Although she usually works alone, she will call upon Tokihime for back-up. She continues to disrupt the hero's party until she is defeated while standing guard over Ambrosia's seal.
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* AnimalMotifs: Foxes.
* DanceBattler
* NiceHat: Which she can use as a weapon.
* WomanInWhite
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Chona-Chona]]
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->'''Voiced by:''' [[note]]Akiko Tanaka[[/note]]
She is Cham Cham's best friend and is accredited to creating her friend's characteristic cat ears and gloves. Chona Chona wears a matching pair to complement her. A normal villager in Green Hell, she usually plays with her friend when she's around.
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* BareYourMidriff
* DarkSkinnedBlonde
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Haon]]
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->'''Voiced by:'''[[note]]Creator/FumihikoTachiki[[/note]]
Haon is a demonic servant of Mizuki. He is the first demon the party meets and is partially responsible for Reon joining their cause. After his failure to protect one of Mizuki's bells, he orders several onmyoji to grant him more power. They succeed and Haon reverts to being a wild beast. When the party faces him in his frenzied state, he will bash the protagonist two hundred years into the past.
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* BigBad: Haon acts as a major antagonist in the game's second chapter.
* TheDragon: Of Mizuki.
* EldritchAbomination
* {{Expy}}: He is an original interpretation of Mizuki's beast, Maju.
* ShockAndAwe: Haon can deliver attacks with an electric charge. He can also spit a ball of this same energy at his opponents.
[[/folder]]

!!Debuting in ''Samurai Spirits Gaiden: Cham-Cham''
[[folder:Riru-Riru]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[{{Mayincatec}} Green Hell, South America]]''
One of Cham-Cham's {{catgirl}} friends, blue haired girl that represents the "RP" icon; upbeat and cheerful.
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* BareYourMidriff
* GenkiGirl
* IdenticalStranger: The main colors of Riru-Riru are similar to 2P color of Cham-Cham in the games, and for extencion, also of ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}''' Felicia.
* PurpleEyes
* TrueBlueFemininity
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
* WildChild
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Bi-Bi]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[{{Mayincatec}} Green Hell, South America]]''
One of Cham-Cham's {{catgirl}} friends, blond haired girl that represents the "Pineapple" icon; tomboyish and undaunted.
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* BareYourMidriff
* DarkSkinnedBlonde
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold
* IdenticalStranger: She looks a lot like ''RPG'''s Chona-Chona, another friend of Cham-Cham in that game.
* PurpleEyes
* {{Tomboy}}
* WildChild
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pono-Pono]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[{{Mayincatec}} Green Hell, South America]]''
One of Cham-Cham's {{catgirl}} friends, green haired girl that represents the "Watermelon" icon; quiet and introverted.
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* ReiAyanamiExpy
* TheStoic
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
* WildChild
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Myun-Myun]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[{{Mayincatec}} Green Hell, South America]]''
One of Cham-Cham's {{catgirl}} friends, pink haired girl that represents the "Cherry" icon; shy and sweet.
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* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: The only of the new girls which hair and eyes matches.
* PinkMeansFeminine
* RoseHairedSweetie
* ShrinkingViolet
* WildChild
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Three Robbers]]
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[{{Mayincatec}} Green Hell, South America]]''
The villains of the game, the ones who stoled the Palenke Stone. The names of them are '''[[TheLeader Laura]]''', '''[[MightyGlacier Bobon]]''' and '''[[MiniMook Gororo]]'''.
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* BalanceSpeedStrengthTrio: Laura, Gororo and Bobon, respectively.
* ColorMotif: The Three Robbers wears in red and gold in all their clothes.
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: Laura.
* EvilMask: Gororo.
* EvilRedhead: Bobon.
* LightningBruiser: Gororo.
* ScaryBlackMan: Bobon.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Laura.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Laura's name is misspelled as "Rahra" in the game.
* TerribleTrio: Being Laura the leader and the other 2 her {{mook}}s.

[[/folder]]
!!Debuting in ''Koi no Iroha''
[[folder:Tsunami]]
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Tsunami is Iroha's rival who claims to be better than her in practically every way. She meets Iroha's master by chance and was charmed by his sincerity. Despite his protest, she signs herself to be his maid and is offended to see her rival there. She uses various tricks to sway their master's attention in her favor but it's undecided on which girl he prefers. Apart of ''Koi no Iroha'' series, she also appears in one of ''Days of Memories'' games.
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* {{BFS}}: Replace "sword" for "shield" and there you go.
* TheCameo: Being an exclusive character in ''[[DatingSim Koi no Iroha]]'' series, she also appears in one of ''Days of Memories'' games and in ''SNK High School Academy'', also rivalizing with Iroha.
* ComicBookAdaptation: [[http://es.snk.wikia.com/wiki/Archivo:P_tsunami.jpg This comic]] in the ''Koi no Iroha'''s [[AllThereInTheManual manual]] shows Tsunami for first time being presented by Iroha.
* {{Foil}}: Of Iroha, in every way: their personalities, the color of their clothes (Tsunami [[WomanInWhite wears in white]] and Iroha mostly in black) and even their weapons, having [[SwordShieldContrast Tsunami a big shield that contrast Iroha's blades]].
* {{Meganekko}}
* MerchandiseDriven: Her first appearance in any media was a hard-cast figurine, as seen in the image.
* NinjaMaid
* TheRival: Of Iroha.
* RoseHairedSweetie
* ShesGotLegs
* StockingFiller
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Just like her rival.
* SwordShieldContrast: Her big shield contrast Iroha's blades.
* YamatoNadeshiko
[[/folder]]
Characters/SamuraiShodownOther
[[/index]]


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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Jōkamachi, Musashi Province, Japan]] [[note]]The Rising Sun symbol shown here is unchanged since the late 1700's, when the game is set. It has been an imperial badge since the 14th century.[[/note]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Jōkamachi, Musashi Province, Japan]] [[note]]The [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_41.png[[/labelnote]][[note]]The Rising Sun symbol shown here is unchanged since the late 1700's, when the game is set. It has been an imperial badge since the 14th century.[[/note]]''



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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kōka District, Ōmi Province, Japan]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kōka District, Ōmi Province, Japan]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_38.png[[/labelnote]]



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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kamui Kotan, Ezochi, Japan]] [[note]]The flag shown here is that of the Ainu people, of which Nakoruru is a member. Hokkaidō (the modern-day name for Ezochi) did not officially become part of Japan until 1868, and represented a distinct culture and ethnic group from the mainland Japanese. The Ainu flag is therefore presented here.[[/note]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kamui Kotan, Ezochi, Japan]] [[note]]The [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagainu.png[[/labelnote]][[note]]The flag shown here is that of the Ainu people, of which Nakoruru is a member. Hokkaidō (the modern-day name for Ezochi) did not officially become part of Japan until 1868, and represented a distinct culture and ethnic group from the mainland Japanese. The Ainu flag is therefore presented here.[[/note]]''



SNK retconned her "death" in ''Edge of Destiny'' (which is after the 64 series). She's still alive but mostly "sleeps" within the forest, and her spirit only awakens to combat great disturbances. Her status as a nature spirit also allows her to travel through time, thus enabling her to appear, exactly as she did in the past, in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XIV'' when she notices a space-time crack in her realm.

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SNK retconned her "death" in ''Edge of Destiny'' (which is after the 64 series). She's still alive but mostly "sleeps" within the forest, and her spirit only awakens to combat great disturbances. Her status as a nature spirit also allows her to travel through time, thus enabling her to appear, exactly as she did in the past, in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XIV'' when she notices a space-time crack in her realm.
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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/{{California}} San Francisco, California, New Spain]] [[note]]The flag shown here is that of New Spain (AKA the Viceroyalty of New Spain). At the time the series is set, California was a territory of New Spain and not yet part of the United States, and wouldn't be so until 1850.[[/note]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/{{California}} San Francisco, California, New Spain]] [[note]]The [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagnewspain.png[[/labelnote]][[note]]The flag shown here is that of New Spain (AKA the Viceroyalty of New Spain). At the time the series is set, California was a territory of New Spain and not yet part of the United States, and wouldn't be so until 1850.[[/note]]''



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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan The Mountains of Dewa (possibly), Japan]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan The Mountains of Dewa (possibly), Japan]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_270.png[[/labelnote]]



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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Tosa, Japan]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Tosa, Japan]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_61.png[[/labelnote]]



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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[EverythingIsBigInTexas Spanish Texas, New Spain]] [[note]]The flag shown here is that of New Spain (AKA the Viceroyalty of New Spain). At the time the series is set, the state of Texas was a territory of New Spain and not yet part of the United States, and wouldn't be so until 1821.[[/note]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[EverythingIsBigInTexas Spanish Texas, New Spain]] [[note]]The [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagnewspain_2.png[[/labelnote]][[note]]The flag shown here is that of New Spain (AKA the Viceroyalty of New Spain). At the time the series is set, the state of Texas was a territory of New Spain and not yet part of the United States, and wouldn't be so until 1821.[[/note]]''



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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Onigami Island, Japan]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Onigami Island, Japan]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_29.png[[/labelnote]]



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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/TheFrenchColonialEmpire Paris, Kingdom of France]] [[note]] The banner shown here is Royal Standard of the Kingdom of France, raised in the presence of the King and used as a state flag by the Kingdom under the absolute monarchy. It was used from around 1638 to 1790.[[/note]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/TheFrenchColonialEmpire Paris, Kingdom of France]] [[note]] [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagkingdomoffrance.png[[/labelnote]][[note]] The banner shown here is Royal Standard of the Kingdom of France, raised in the presence of the King and used as a state flag by the Kingdom under the absolute monarchy. It was used from around 1638 to 1790.[[/note]]''



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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[{{Mayincatec}} Green Hell, South America]] [[note]]Tam-Tam's origin is slightly muddled. Ostensibly, he's an Inca (at least geographically, as he's from South America), and the symbol of the Inca Empire is therefore used here.[[/note]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[{{Mayincatec}} Green Hell, South America]] [[note]]Tam-Tam's [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagincaempire.png[[/labelnote]][[note]]Tam-Tam's origin is slightly muddled. Ostensibly, he's an Inca (at least geographically, as he's from South America), and the symbol of the Inca Empire is therefore used here.[[/note]]''



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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Edo, Japan]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Edo, Japan]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_798.png[[/labelnote]]



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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[ImperialChina Qing Dynasty China]] [[note]]The flag shown here is that of the historic Qing Dynasty, who ruled China from 1644 to 1912.[[/note]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[ImperialChina Qing Dynasty China]] [[note]]The [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagqingdynasty.png[[/labelnote]][[note]]The flag shown here is that of the historic Qing Dynasty, who ruled China from 1644 to 1912.[[/note]]''



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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Iyo, Japan]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Iyo, Japan]]''Japan]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_53.png[[/labelnote]]



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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kami-Amakusa, Kumamoto, Japan]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Kami-Amakusa, Kumamoto, Japan]]''Japan]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/flagjapan_91.png[[/labelnote]]



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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[HellOnEarth Makai (the demon world)]]''

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[[quoteright:100:https://static.-> '''Origin:''' ''[[HellOnEarth Makai (the demon world)]]'' [[labelnote:Flag]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/makai_where_the_seas_meet_by_ishquid_rafael_cal_ortiz.jpg]]
-> '''Origin:''' ''[[HellOnEarth Makai (the demon world)]]''
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Added DiffLines:

* OlderThanTheyLook: He's ''83 years old'' in the first game.


** The ''Nakoruru: Ano Hito Kara no Okurimono'' game has her explaining that her priestess nature doesn't allow her to think or desire for her own happiness, because it would be a distraction from her duty. [[spoiler: The kicker? She says it to reject Yantamu's marriage proposal.]]

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** The ''Nakoruru: Ano Hito Kara no Okurimono'' ''VisualNovel/NakoruruAnoHitoKaraNoOkurimono'' game has her explaining that her priestess nature doesn't allow her to think or desire for her own happiness, because it would be a distraction from her duty. [[spoiler: The kicker? She says it to reject Yantamu's marriage proposal.]]



* {{Mascot}}: Alongside [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard]], she is SNK's other mascot. Unlike [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Athena]], however, if they ever get into crossovers, Nakoruru just feels indifferent with Terry.

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* {{Mascot}}: Alongside [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard]], she is SNK's other mascot. Unlike [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Athena]], Athena Asamiya]], however, if they ever get into crossovers, Nakoruru just feels indifferent with Terry.



The legendary {{Ninja}} in services of the Tokugawa shogunate, and is pretty much the enemy of anyone who opposes them. Super serious. He is good friends with Jubei and Yoshitora. In the events of the first game, he witnessed his son Shinzo possessed by Amakusa and he sets off to rescue him, only getting his body, not his soul. In the second game, he successfully retrieved his soul, but not after his ActionMom wife Kaede performed a HeroicSacrifice. Said son will later succeed him in the distant future that is Warriors' Rage. Also makes a anachronistic appearance in [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters KOF: Maximum Impact 2]]

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The legendary {{Ninja}} in services of the Tokugawa shogunate, and is pretty much the enemy of anyone who opposes them. Super serious. He is good friends with Jubei and Yoshitora. In the events of the first game, he witnessed his son Shinzo possessed by Amakusa and he sets off to rescue him, only getting his body, not his soul. In the second game, he successfully retrieved his soul, but not after his ActionMom wife Kaede performed a HeroicSacrifice. Said son will later succeed him in the distant future that is Warriors' Rage. Also makes a anachronistic appearance in [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters KOF: Maximum Impact 2]]2]]''.



* FriendlyRival: Haohmaru, mostly one-sided rivalry (better seen in his ''VI'' ending) and probably the reason why he imitates his poses in the game.

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* FriendlyRival: Haohmaru, mostly one-sided rivalry (better seen in his ''VI'' ending) and probably the reason why he imitates his poses in the game.games he appeared.






* ShoutOut: His stage in the second game has a [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]] inside the giant pot where other "goblins" as Gen-An are cooking during the fight.



* PantyShot: Only in Samurai Shodown Sen, and usually only when she dies. Charlotte's skirt is of knee length, and she sometimes exposes her black panties when she kicks. When she is killed, however, her body usually lies down with her legs propped up, hitching her skirt up and exposing her panties.

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* PantyShot: Only in Samurai Shodown Sen, ''Sen'', and usually only when she dies. Charlotte's skirt is of knee length, and she sometimes exposes her black panties when she kicks. When she is killed, however, her body usually lies down with her legs propped up, hitching her skirt up and exposing her panties.



* PaperFanOfDoom:

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* PaperFanOfDoom: Kyoshiro's projectiles are paper fans inducted with fire.



%%* TakeOverTheWorld: ''"[[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses OF]] [[StreetFighter COURSE!]]"''

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%%* * TakeOverTheWorld: ''"[[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses OF]] [[StreetFighter COURSE!]]"''''Take Over China'' in this case.



* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

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* YouGottaHaveBlueHairYouGottaHaveBlueHair: Green spiked AnimeHair in this case.






* AndThenJohnWasAZombie (He's been called a 'demon' (only called), hunts demons, but eventually found out that he does have a demon bloodlust in him similar to Zankurou.

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* AndThenJohnWasAZombie (He's AndThenJohnWasAZombie: He's been called a 'demon' (only called), hunts demons, but eventually found out that he does have a demon bloodlust in him similar to Zankurou.



* DudeLooksLikeALady (Granted, he is mostly based on both [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Himura Kenshin]] and [[Manga/YuYuHakusho Kurama]])

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* DudeLooksLikeALady (Granted, he is mostly based on both [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Himura Kenshin]] and [[Manga/YuYuHakusho Kurama]])DudeLooksLikeALady: Granted, see ShoutOut.



* ShipTease: He is often put into this with Nakoruru's sister Rimururu

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* ShipTease: He is often put into this with Nakoruru's sister RimururuRimururu.
* ShoutOut: He is mostly based on both [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Himura Kenshin]] and [[Manga/YuYuHakusho Kurama]].



* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Shizumaru has dark red hair, but not as actual redhair (which color is close to orange) like in real life.



* HighlyVisibleNinja: Although Basara's powers are explained mainly through his ghost abilities, they also resemble powers usually identified with ninja. This is complimented by Basara's weaponry and design which are also associated with ninja.



* MeaningfulName: "Kubikiri" surname means "Executioner".



%%* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang

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%%* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: The way it works his giant shuriken.



* UndeathlyPallor: Depending of the game, Basara's skin can be pale or straightly white.
* UnknownRival: For Zankuro.






* SpellMyNameWithAnS: As his grandfather, his last name also can be written as "Caffeine".



* TransatlanticEquivalent: Kim Ung Che is the version of Gaira from ''Fighters Swords'', the korean version of the third game, made for South Korea. His name also is Gaira's name pronounced in Korean. He's a wandering priest who is a former pupil of Nicotine. In his ending, he is fed up with Japan and leaves for India.
** MirrorMatch: Kim Ung Che appears as a separate character in ''VI'' with the look of ''III-IV'' Gaira with a white outfit instead of Gaira's blue, so you can make them fight against each other.
** HilariousInHindsight: In his ending in ''Fighting Swords'', he humorously thinks of chopping off his hair.



* RedIsViolent: Kazuki has red clothes, hair and eyes.



* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

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* YouGottaHaveBlueHairYouGottaHaveBlueHair: A darker blue than Ukyo, and also an implausible color for the time.



* BittersweetEnding: Her ending [[spoiler:which leads to DrivenToSuicide.]]



%%* DrivenToSuicide


* [[NiceGuy Nice Girl]]: Very very kindhearted and gentle, you'll want to be at least her friend. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Just don't treat her as a mere pushover/doormat though.]]

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* [[NiceGuy Nice Girl]]: NiceGuy: Very very kindhearted and gentle, you'll want to be at least her friend. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Just don't treat her as a mere pushover/doormat though.]]



* DragonWithAnAgenda: Even after being revived and recruited by Ambrosia, Gen-An's plans to be the Evil King are intact.



* [[DragonWithAnAgenda Mook with an Agenda]]: Even after being revived and recruited by Ambrosia, Gen-An's plans to be the Evil King are intact.

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* [[DragonWithAnAgenda Mook with an Agenda]]: Even after being revived and recruited by Ambrosia, Gen-An's plans to be the Evil King are intact.



* [[TakeOverTheWorld Take Over China]]: ''"[[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses OF]] [[StreetFighter COURSE!]]"''

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* [[TakeOverTheWorld Take Over China]]: %%* TakeOverTheWorld: ''"[[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses OF]] [[StreetFighter COURSE!]]"''



* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Pinkish Purple Hair]]

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* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Pinkish Purple Hair]]YouGottaHaveBlueHair



* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]

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* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]YouGottaHaveBlueHair



* [[spoiler: DarkAndTroubledPast: The ''Samurai Shodown'' RPG says that, 800 years before Samurai Shodown II took place, a young Mizuki was abandoned by her parents during a massive famine. The little girl crossed the DespairEventHorizon and made a DealWithTheDevil with Ambrosia, turning herself into an angry demon that spent years laying waste around the globe.]]

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* [[spoiler: * DarkAndTroubledPast: The ''Samurai Shodown'' RPG says that, 800 [[spoiler:800 years before Samurai Shodown II took place, a young Mizuki was abandoned by her parents during a massive famine. The little girl crossed the DespairEventHorizon and made a DealWithTheDevil with Ambrosia, turning herself into an angry demon that spent years laying waste around the globe.]]



* HesBack: She's one of the souls contained within [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Verse]] and traveled with him to present day KOF, pursued by Nakoruru. With Verse defeated and the souls returned to their original bodies, Mizuki will have a chance to spread her terror to present day.



* [[spoiler: RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Why she joined Ambrosia in the first place.]]
* [[HesBack She's Back]]: [[spoiler:She's one of the souls contained within [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Verse]] and traveled with him to present day KOF, pursued by Nakoruru. With Verse defeated and the souls returned to their original bodies, Mizuki will have a chance to spread her terror to present day.]]

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* [[spoiler: * RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Why she joined [[spoiler:joined Ambrosia in the first place.]]
* [[HesBack She's Back]]: [[spoiler:She's one of the souls contained within [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Verse]] and traveled with him to present day KOF, pursued by Nakoruru. With Verse defeated and the souls returned to their original bodies, Mizuki will have a chance to spread her terror to present day.]]



* [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang Precision Guided Fuuma Shuriken]]

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* [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang Precision Guided Fuuma Shuriken]]%%* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang



* [[TransAtlanticEquivalent Korean Equivalent]]: Kim Ung-Che, a former pupil of Nicotine, is Gaira equivalent of ''Fighters Swords'', the korean version of ''Samurai Shodown III''. He later [[EnsembleDarkhorse becomes a separated character]] in VI (console versions), which is basically a III-IV Gaira with a different palette. He's based on Gaira's Korean name and not related to [[VideoGame/FatalFury Kim Kaphwan]].



* [[spoiler:GoThroughMe]]: In [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/neogeo/a/sszsog.htm Sogetsu's Zero ending]], [[spoiler: she stops Sougetsu from killing the berserker Kazuki, then uses her powers to knock Kazuki out and help him "tame" Enja.]]

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* [[spoiler:GoThroughMe]]: GoThroughMe: In [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/neogeo/a/sszsog.htm Sogetsu's Zero ending]], [[spoiler: she stops Sougetsu from killing the berserker Kazuki, then uses her powers to knock Kazuki out and help him "tame" Enja.]]



* [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant Samurai Guy]]: He's very cocky in his skills, only rivaled by his confidence in his looks.

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* [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant Samurai Guy]]: ArrogantKungFuGuy: He's very cocky in his skills, only rivaled by his confidence in his looks.



* [[RebelliousPrincess Rebellious King]]

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* [[RebelliousPrincess Rebellious King]]%%* RebelliousPrincess



* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide]]

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* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide]]%%* DrivenToSuicide



* [[spoiler: BigDamnHeroes: She took over Nakoruru's body twice, and both times it was to save both of their lives.]]

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* [[spoiler: * BigDamnHeroes: She took [[spoiler:took over Nakoruru's body body]] twice, and both times it was to save both of their lives.]]



* [[AloofDarkHairedGirl Aloof Dark Haired Person]]

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* [[AloofDarkHairedGirl Aloof Dark Haired Person]]AloofDarkHairedGirl



* [[IllBoy Ill Person]]: Yumeji was apparently kicked out of the dojo due to some sort of ambiguous illness -- though it's heavily implied that the "illness" was of being female.

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* [[IllBoy Ill Person]]: IllBoy: Yumeji was apparently kicked out of the dojo due to some sort of ambiguous illness -- though it's heavily implied that the "illness" was of being female.



* [[ThePenIsMightier The Calligraphy Brush Is Mightier]]

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* [[ThePenIsMightier The Calligraphy Brush Is Mightier]]%%* ThePenIsMightier



* [[spoiler:UnknownRival: Seishirou.]]

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* [[spoiler:UnknownRival: %%* UnknownRival: Seishirou.]]



* [[TheGhost The Baby]]: Before appearing in this game as an adult character, Mikoto appears as a baby in Shiki's ending as well in various SNK artworks showing Shiki as a mother.



** [[HugeGunTinyGirl Huge Sword, Tiny Girl]]: The size of Suzu's weapon is emphasized more from how comparatively small she is, compared to both her weapon, and to the rest of the cast.



* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses
** FallenPrincess --> RebelliousPrincess

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%%* FallenPrincess
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses
** FallenPrincess --> RebelliousPrincess
HugeGunTinyGirl: The size of Suzu's weapon is emphasized more from how comparatively small she is, compared to both her weapon, and to the rest of the cast.



* RescueRomance: Genderflipped, as she's the one who saved Takechiyo in his backstory. DoubleSubverted in Takechiyo's story mode, as his motivation is to SaveThePrincess after she's kidnapped by Golba. Even in Suzu's story mode ([[DamselOutOfDistress where she naturally doesn't need the rescuing]]), Takechiyo invokes this trope, promising to help Suzu if she needs him.



** RescueRomance: Genderflipped, as she's the one who saved him in his backstory.
*** DoubleSubverted in Takechiyo's story mode, as his motivation is to SaveThePrincess after she's kidnapped by Golba. Even in Suzu's story mode ([[DamselOutOfDistress where she naturally doesn't need the rescuing]]), Takechiyo invokes this trope, promising to help Suzu if she needs him.

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** RescueRomance: Genderflipped, as she's the one who saved him in his backstory.
*** DoubleSubverted in Takechiyo's story mode, as his motivation is to SaveThePrincess after she's kidnapped by Golba. Even in Suzu's story mode ([[DamselOutOfDistress where she naturally doesn't need the rescuing]]), Takechiyo invokes this trope, promising to help Suzu if she needs him.




* [[spoiler:AlwaysSomeoneBetter: She loves [[OneeSama Nakoruru]] like an older sister, but she also feels inferior to her.]]

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* [[spoiler:AlwaysSomeoneBetter: AlwaysSomeoneBetter: She loves [[OneeSama Nakoruru]] like an older sister, but she also feels inferior to her.]]



* [[spoiler:TenMinuteRetirement: After she walks into Yantamu confessing to Nakoruru, she's so heartbroken that she wants to stop singing since he's the one who encouraged her to sing in the local festival. However, after learning what her village songs actually mean ''and'' [[TogetherInDeath losing both Yantamu and Nakoruru]], she retakes songwriting and singing, even creating special songs for her lost friends and Mikato.]]

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* [[spoiler:TenMinuteRetirement: TenMinuteRetirement: After she walks [[spoiler:walks into Yantamu confessing to Nakoruru, she's so heartbroken that she wants to stop singing since he's the one who encouraged her to sing in the local festival. festival]]. However, after learning what her village songs actually mean ''and'' [[TogetherInDeath [[spoiler:[[TogetherInDeath losing both Yantamu and Nakoruru]], she retakes songwriting and singing, even creating special songs for her lost friends and Mikato.]]



* [[spoiler: DiedInYourArmsTonight: Nakoruru's]]

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* [[spoiler: DiedInYourArmsTonight: Nakoruru's]]Nakoruru's



* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: To save Mikato and Nakoruru from Mizuki and her demons.]]
* TheChiefsDaughter: Genderflipped. His father is Outada, the leader of Kamuikotan and the local ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
** [[TheUglyGuysHotDaughter The Super Old Looking Guy's Hot Teenage Son]]

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* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: HeroicSacrifice: To save [[spoiler:save Mikato and Nakoruru from Mizuki and her demons.]]
* TheChiefsDaughter: Genderflipped. His father is Outada, the leader of Kamuikotan and the local ReasonableAuthorityFigure. \n** [[TheUglyGuysHotDaughter The Super Old Looking Guy's Hot Teenage Son]]



* [[spoiler:TheChosenOne: She's chosen as Nakoruru's succesor once she gets BroughtDownToNormal. She's confirmed as this when Nakoruru dies, and later when with the help of Nakoruru's soul and the Spirit of Nature, she slays Mizuki.]]

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* [[spoiler:TheChosenOne: TheChosenOne: She's chosen as Nakoruru's [[spoiler:Nakoruru's succesor once she gets BroughtDownToNormal. She's confirmed as this when Nakoruru dies, and later when with the help of Nakoruru's soul and the Spirit of Nature, she slays Mizuki.]]



* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]

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* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]YouGottaHaveBlueHair


-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter Bokutō]]

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-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter Bokutō]]
'''Weapon:''' "''Uchikomiyō bokutō''" ([[WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter Wooden sword]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin for beating things up]])



* UnskilledButStrong: Has a rather unrefined fighting style.



-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ImprobableWeaponUser Zweihander and flute]]

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-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ImprobableWeaponUser Zweihander [[TragicKeepsake Her parents' keepsake]] [[{{BFS}} Bastard Sword]] and flute]]a [[InstrumentOfMurder yokobue (flute) with an iron core]]



-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BladeOnAStick Double-edged staff]]

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-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BladeOnAStick Double-edged Double-bladed staff]]



-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BladeOnAStick Double-edged pike]]

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-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BladeOnAStick Double-edged pike]]
staff]]



* MovesetClone: Of Angelica, although with emphasis on kicks as per Kim tradition.



* MovesetClone: Of Wan-Fu and/or Walter, although he uses his belly and head more than them.



-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana]]

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-> '''Weapon(s):''' ''"[[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]]"'', a [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana]]
katana]]



* MovesetClone: Of Takechiyo and/or Claude, with unique stances.



-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Sword and shield]]

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-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Sword [[{{BFS}} Bastard sword]] and shield]]
shield ([[ShieldsAreUseless although he doesn't use it]])



** NotSoDifferent: Realizes that Golba was just as patriotic to the nation of Lesphia after defeating him in his story mode.

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** * MovesetClone: Of Wan-Fu and/or Garros, although he doesn't attack with his body as the other two.
*
NotSoDifferent: Realizes that Golba was just as patriotic to the nation of Lesphia after defeating him in his story mode.



-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[BladeOnAStick Jumonji spear]]

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-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ICallItVera His 55-year old favorite]] [[BladeOnAStick Jumonji spear]]
spear]], "''[[{{UsefulNotes/Buddhism}} Kongo]]''"



* MovesetClone: Of Kyoshiro, but far less theatrical.



-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[AnAxeToGrind Tomahawks]]

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-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[DualWielding Dual-wield]] [[AnAxeToGrind Tomahawks]]



* MovesetClone: Of Jubei, but with unique "hunting" stances and command grabs.



-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[RoyalRapier Rapier]]

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-> '''Weapon(s):''' "''[[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench Masquerade]]''", a [[RoyalRapier Rapier]]
rapier]]



* MovesetClone: Of Charlotte, with unique stances.



-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana]]

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-> '''Weapon(s):''' '''Weapon:''' [[NoNameGiven Unnamed]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana]]
katana]]



-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ComboRifle Rifle]]

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-> '''Weapon(s):''' '''Weapon:''' [[ComboRifle Rifle]]
Winchester Rifle]]. Draco claims that you'll know how it's named whenever you see it.


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* MovesetClone: Of Charlotte and/or Kirian, with unique moves.


* MovesetClone: Deku from ''Samurai Shodown 64'', Rasetsumaru from ''Samurai Shodown V-VI'' (based on his Bust mode) and the Brute mooks from ''Warriors Rage''.



* MovesetClone: Galford was this at first, but quickly got into DivergentCharacterEvolution. The Iga Ninjas from ''Warriors Rage'' are straight examples, though.



* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Half-Shaded Shiki's special moves are written in sanskrit, much like Yuga's.



* MarkOfTheSupernatural: Her right eye is blue, while her left eye is red. The red eyes visually represent Yuga's level of control on Shiki, but she has heterochromia meaning she's not completely being controlled.

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* MarkOfTheSupernatural: Her right eye is blue, while MagicKnight: Half-Shaded Shiki relies on magic to attack her left eye enemies, such as {{Energy Ball}}s, {{Power Float|s}}ing, PsychicAssistedSuicide and TeleportSpam.
* MarkOfTheBeast: A bunch of them: her snake tattoo
is red. The a MindControlDevice created by Yuga, and the red on her eyes visually represent symbolize Yuga's level of control on Shiki, but - since she has heterochromia meaning heterochromia, it means that she's not completely being only partially controlled.



* PsychicAssistedSuicide: Half-Shaded Shiki can force her enemy to imitate her and stab themeselves, although it deals more damage to the enemy than to herself.



* SlashedThroat: Proficient on it.



* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Half-Shaded Shiki.



* TheVamp: Slightly more sexualized as Bust Shiki / Half-Shaded Shiki, with a penchant for [[KissOfDeath poisonous kisses]] and a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything rather suggestive]] [[VampiricDraining soul drain]] similar to [[Characters/FatalFury Hotaru]]'s infamous special move.



* BoxingBattler: His first Bust form (and to a much lesser extent, Karakuri Hanma) emphasizes boxing, as he's got [[Characters/StreetFighterII Balrog]]-like [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom straight punches and uppercuts]] and even [[Manga/HajimeNoIppo Makunouchi Ippo]]'s Dempsey Roll.



* NowThatsUsingYourTeeth: His smile is not only for show, as it can be used for reversing attacks.



** BreathWeapon: Can breathe fire.



** FastTunnelling
** HiddenWeapons: Has one cannon on each arm and a shoulder cannon.



* MovesetClone: Of Haohmaru and Shiki, with a new super move for each.



* DishingOutDirt



* CastingAShadow: One of Shadow Asura's attacks.



* {{Expy}}: Various aspects of 64's Deku are seen in later Shadow Asura.

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* {{Expy}}: Various aspects of 64's Deku are seen in later Shadow Asura.Asura, such as [[PowerFloats floating]] and enlarging his sword
* FrickinLaserBeams: Shadow Asura has a bunch of them.



* BladeOnAStick: His Bust/Rasetsu form replace his calligraphy brush with this.

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* BladeOnAStick: His Bust/Rasetsu form replace his calligraphy He's got a spear-calligraphy brush with this.hybrid. While in the official art he wields one or another depending on the Slash / Bust mode, in gameplay it shows itself as a spear until he writes symbols and the brush's bristles suddenly appear.



* MovesetClone: Averted. He's Seishiro's corresponding clone character, but is otherwise almost completely different.



* MovesetClone: Has them in the form of Samurai mooks.



-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[CarryABigStick "Katana"]]

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-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[CarryABigStick "Katana"]][[SheathStrike Sheathed knife]]



* CarryABigStick: Garyu says it's his sword. In reality, it's a big metal stick with a handle.


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* SheathStrike: Doesn't even bother to unsheathe his knife, except in his ultimate special move.


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* {{Yakuza}}: Based on the romantic ''bakuto'' depiction of their predecessors.


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* MovesetClone: Averted. He's the only main character in the game with no moveset clone.


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* MovesetClone: Has her own in the form of Oboro's Amazons.


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* MovesetClone: Of Haito.


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* MovesetClone: Of Yaci and/or Yuda.


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* MovesetClone: Of Garyo.


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* MovesetClone: Of her adoptive brother Ran Po.


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* MovesetClone: Averted. Technically she's Rinka's clone, but she shares almost no moves with her.


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* MovesetClone: Of Yaci and/or Mugenji.


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* MovesetClone: Of Seishiro (sword) and Jin-Emon (spear)'s weapons.


-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Unknown, Japan]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Unknown, Edo, Japan]]''



-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Unknown, Japan]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Unknown, Tengen Castle, Japan]]''



-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Unknown, Japan]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Unknown, Tengen Castle, Japan]]''



-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Unknown, Japan]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Unknown, Edo, Japan]]''



-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Unknown, Japan]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Unknown, "Cave of the Brigands", Japan]]''



-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Unknown, Japan]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Unknown, Akatsuki Village, Japan]]''



-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Unknown, Japan]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Unknown, Riten-kyo, Japan]]''



-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Unknown, Japan]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Unknown, Akatsuki Village, Japan]]''



-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Unknown, Japan]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Unknown, Riten-kyo, Japan]]''



-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Riten-kyo, Japan]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Tower of Prayer, Riten-kyo, Japan]]''



-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Unknown, Japan]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Unknown, Tengen Castle, Japan]]''



-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Unknown, Japan]]''

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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FeudalJapan Unknown, Tengen Castle, Japan]]''


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'''Origin''' - ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} Kingdom of Spain]]'' [[note]] The flag shown is that of the historic Spanish Empire, known as the “Cross of Burgundy”, which was used up until 1793 before being replaced with the familiar ''la Rojigualda''. [[/note]]

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'''Origin''' ->'''Origin''' - ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} Kingdom of Spain]]'' [[note]] The flag shown is that of the historic Spanish Empire, known as the “Cross of Burgundy”, which was used up until 1793 before being replaced with the familiar ''la Rojigualda''. [[/note]]



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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FictionalCountry Kingdom of Lesphia]] [[note]]The Kingdom of Lesphia is fictional, though it is similar to the many small, historic microstates that made up Europe in centuries past. The flag shown here is therefore that which represents all European microstates.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana]]



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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/{{TheThirteenAmericanColonies}} United States]] [[note]]The flag shown here is the "Betsy Ross" flag of the thirteen colonies, adopted after the Declaration of Independence in 1776.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[ComboRifle Rifle]]



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-> '''Origin:''' ''[[FictionalCountry Kingdom of Lesphia]] [[note]]The Kingdom of Lesphia is fictional, though it is similar to the many small, historic microstates that made up Europe in centuries past. The flag shown here is therefore that which represents all European microstates.[[/note]]''
-> '''Weapon(s):''' [[RoyalRapier Rapier]]


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