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Battle Arena Toshinden had a fairly diverse and interesting cast, some of which with quite complex personalities. For those of you who want to know a little more about the game's characters, here's the sheet. Please feel free to add to this list and to correct any mistakes.

Also, beware of spoilers!

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Introduced in Battle Arena Toshinden

    Eiji Shinjo - Japan 
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Voiced by: Masaaki Ohkura (games), Tomokazu Seki (OAV)

The main protagonist of the series. Eiji is a young Japanese swordsman/traveler who seeks to improve his swordfighting skills while searching for his missing older brother, Sho.


    Kayin Amoh - England 
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Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (OAV)

Eiji's best friend and rival. Kayin is a Scottish British bounty hunter who seeks to find the murderer of his adoptive father and eventually learns that it was Sho who killed him.


  • The Atoner: He tries to be this for his adopted daughter Naru, since he's the one who murdered the girl's real father, and he never forgave himself for that.
  • Bishōnen: Tends to rival Sho in this department.
  • Bounty Hunter: He is said to be one of the world's best and toughest bounty hunters, known in reputation by his own bounty hunting codename "Storm".
  • Cool Sword: Excalibur: The name of Kayin's Long Sword.
  • Extremity Extremist: Kayin's fighting style is mostly dependent on kicks.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Kayin can easily be known for being moody, cynical, mean-spirited, and not exactly a team player, but despite this, he'll still always do his very best to either help others out or set things right.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Guess who was the most popular character with the female/homosexual fans of the game?
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After killing Naru's real father in a tragically ironic repeat of what happened to his own father.
  • Name of Cain: And with all of the Unfortunate Naming Implications of it to boot. How it is spelled is a rare British form anglicizing the Hebrew pronunciation. It's practically his theme, even:
    • His Sins of the Father aspect in his backstory: Cain was the first perpetrator of murder. God responded in kind with a curse of vengeance and eternal suffering onto Cain, that he shall die too a horrible death and his crimes shall be bared as example of what happens to all who walk his path. Puts his perfect victory quote "See you in Hell, baby!" in an entirely different perspective, huh?
    • Being a martial artist and a bounty hunter, the arts of fighting and tracking can be unfortunately implicated to be skills in ways to kill and hunt down people. There's even a term that claims "Bounty hunting and the trade was found ever since Cain found what cave Abel was hiding in."
    • Kayin's stages of cities are also a dark tie into his Cain theming: Cain was said to be the founder of cities, and named it after his first son, Enoch. From this biblical alliteration, it's been brought up as parable that cities draw out the worst from men, from using people for their own gain and making one's profit unjustly from the backs and hard labor of others, exacerbating economic hardship and competitiveness, desensitizing denizens to misery and hardship with the rat race of "the survival of the fittest", and even to what kinds of evils and crimes can be committed in the shadows with or without the eyes of the law, be it from robbery and mugging, the black market and the worst end of the sex trade, discriminatory crimes, or even to the upper class and the ruling castes commanding assassinations and manipulations of the market and economy.
    • On top of this however, like with much of Japanese video games and anime of the time, his themes are deconstructed and reconstructed like Neon Genesis Evangelion and JRP Gs. Kayin is a repentant Catholic, and though fighting is necessary, it's not in his nature to kill for fun. Although bounty hunting isn't exactly an ideal job, he's out doing society a favor by putting away bad guys in jail, even if his track record is kind of spotty and blood soaked. Ironically, his bloodline stems from a highlander clan rooted from one of the Knights of the Round Table, which is why he is able to use Excalibur, making him not a relative of Grendel. Although he may come to claim the dead award of his bounties, Kayin is a vegetarian, and has done so to get himself away from the scent and taste of blood; even if from animals, his line goes to harmless byproducts, and nothing more. His theme is also one of redemption and salvation than resuming the course of murder and violence, and defying that to his last breath as both a flawed human with a good heart and a man of God. He even comes to help in the destruction of his employers, allowing civilization to progress to a brighter future than the definition of a city as told in biblical parable.
  • Papa Wolf: He will not hesitate when it comes to defending and protecting his own adopted daughter Naru while also showing no mercy or sympathy to those who would dare to harm her in the first place.
  • Parental Abandonment: His father was killed when he was a teenager by a bounty hunter named Amoh and upon learning that his target had a son, Amoh took Kayin in to atone for his action.
  • Place Worse Than Death: His background stages, usually alternating between The Big Rotten Apple and Joisey. Toshinden 1 saw him around Manhattan, Toshinden 2 saw him in the heart of the Bronx at night, while Toshinden 3 has him in an elevator stuck with Ten Count presumably in Atlantic City. Plays into his Cain theming.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Eiji, he's the blue oni.
  • Retcon: Kayin's was Scottish in the first game. His nationality was changed to British in the second game.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Deconstructed. His thirst for revenge brought him nothing but grief.
  • Shock and Awe: Most of Kayin's special moves and attacks tend to have an electrical motif within them.
  • Shotoclone: Of Ken. However, while both their styles place emphasis on kicks, Kayin was designed that way from the start. By the time Capcom began to rework Ken, Kayin's preference for kicks was well established.
  • Shout-Out:
    • He also has Hyakyumon Shuuken, though his variation adds in a few extra kicks.
    • Where Ten Count is based off of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal, Kayin is straight to the matter with MJ's Beat It. Red Jacket, a huge dislike for unwanted fighting and violence, a vegetarian, and even a shout out to Eddie Van Halen with skills in guitar, Kayin is the near embodiment of the song.
    • Rather than Ken's prestigious and pampered upbringing, he holds more in line with a greater tragedy centered Terry Bogard.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name, while purposely written as Kayin, correctly translates to Cain.

    Ellis - Japan (raised in Turkey) 
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Voiced by: Yoko Teppouzuka (games), Kyoko Hikami (OAV)

A cheerful kind-hearted Japanese girl who happens to be the main star of a traveling theater troupe. Ellis thought that she was the sole survivor of a car crash that killed her family, but in time, she learns that her father was still alive and thus, she participated in the tournament in order to find him.


    Sofia - Russia 
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Voiced by: Yoko Teppouzuka, Yumi Touma (URA & OAV)

A blonde Russian woman who works as a private detective. Sofia's main goal is to uncover her past and attempt to reclaim her lost memories.


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    Duke Balthermi Rambert - France 
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Voiced by: Kaneto Shiozawa

A French knight who values honor from within his duels. Duke seeks to avenge a past loss against Eiji while proving his worth as a strong and valiant knight.


  • Arrogant French Swordsman: Duke had quite an ego in the beginning as he had believed himself to be the strongest swordsman in the world until he met and was defeated by Eiji. Since then, he's been very determined to avenge his loss while also realizing that he needs to think more clearly when it comes to battle at the same time.
  • BFS: His personal weapon of choice.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: For all his flaws, Duke is a genuinely heroic person who cares for his people and wants to protect those who can't defend themselves.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Duke is the only character who cannot attack a knocked-down opponent. He can only taunt them to drain their Overdrive gauge.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Since his past defeat at the hands of Eiji, Duke has been quite adamant, to say the least, to get a rematch with him.
  • The Rival: Would very much like to be Eiji's.

    Rungo Iron - USA 
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Voiced by: Yukimasa Kishino (games), Shinpachi Tsuji (OAV)

An American miner whose tough strength is matched by his own big heart. After discovering a uranium deposit that belongs to the Himitsu Kessha, Rungo is shocked to learn that his wife Lila and son Christopher are kidnapped by the organization, thus he embarks on a mission to rescue his family from them.


  • Dishing Out Dirt: Most of his special moves and attacks tend to have an Earth motif to them.
  • Drop the Hammer: Or, in his case, a huge stone club.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: He has a few attakcs which consists of him spinning real fast.
  • Genius Bruiser: Rungo isn't any bit as dumb as he looks.
  • Gentle Giant: Rungo can be fierce and protective of his family, but he can also be known for being kind and noble to them and his friends as well.
  • Mighty Glacier: Rungo embodies the trope, as he moves real slow but can pack a wallop when it comes to attack damage.
  • Odd Friendship: With Gaia.
  • Papa Wolf: He entered the tournament to find, save, and protect his wife and son first and foremost.

    Mondo - Japan 
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Voiced by: Yukimasa Kishino

An emotionless Japanese ninja who does shady jobs for the highest client. Mondo is assigned to spy into the Himitsu Kessha's activities for a recent client, who later turns out to be a member of the Soshiki.


    Fo Fai - China 
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Voiced by: Masaaki Ohkura (games), Ikuo Nishikawa (OAV)

An elderly Chinese magician who doubles as a cold-hearted murderer. Fo heads into the tournament to kill people for both fun and bloodlust.


  • Ax-Crazy: He's in the tournament to murder people for the hell of it. That's about it.
  • Blood Knight: Fo truly enjoys both the thrill of the fight and the pleasure of the kill.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: One of Bayhou's alternate costumes in Toshinden 3 has you playing as an undead Fo with a bloody claw mark on his back.
  • Fartillery: A secret move that enables him to unleash quite a horrific gas attack.
  • Friend to All Children: In the anime, it's revealed that he has a soft spot for kids.
  • Go Out with a Smile: When Bayhou strikes him from behind with his own iron claws, Fo makes one last smile on his face as he knows that Cuiling and Bayhou will carry on the legacy of his iron claw fighting style.
  • Honorary Grandfather: To Cuiling.
  • Old Master: Fo becomes this to Cuiling and Bayhou.
  • Serial Killer: Fo is quite well-known throughout most of China in having to be a kindly old magician, but this is all just a masquerade as Fo is actually a sociopathic murderer who enjoys taking the lives of young people.
  • Slasher Smile: Fo tends to do this whenever he's about to fight.
  • Wolverine Claws: His personal weapon of choice.

    Gaia - Japan 
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Voiced by: Daisuke Gori

A warrior monk who once served as an executive for the Himitsu Kessha. When he learned that the woman who was destined to be the next Uranus had planned the accident that killed his wife Kaede (who was the past Uranus of the group) and their unnamed son, Gaia sought revenge and organized a Toshindaibukai tournament in hopes of starting a rebellion against the Himitsu Kessha, but this fails and Gaia, who is now branded a traitor and marked for death, goes into immediate hiding from the organization, seeking to gain enough strength so that he can fight and destroy his sworn enemies.


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    Sho Shinjo - Japan 
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Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (2 & S), Masaya Onosaka (later games), Bin Shimada (OAV)

Eiji's missing older brother, who happens to be a well-renowned expert swordsman. Sho had once trained Eiji and Kayin in the way of swordfighting, but in due time, he felt that the pair could get stronger in their own way and thus, he disappeared from their lives, traveling the world as he sought to face many strong opponents. Within time, Sho had met and fell in love with a woman named Cupido and that the two of them would have a son named Subaru.


  • Aloof Big Brother: Were this series any more popular, he'd be the freaking poster boy for this trope!
  • Bishōnen: Tends to rival Kayin in this department.
  • Bonus Boss: Bordering on SNK Boss but at least he's fun to fight against.
  • Disappeared Dad: He does this to his son Subaru after leaving him in Eiji's care.
  • Expy: Of Akuma, given his endless travels in search of a Worthy Opponent and his past relationship with Eiji, which parallels that between Ryu and Akuma.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: His personal weapon of choice.
  • Light 'em Up: Many of his moves are based on light, but he isn't exactly a good guy himself.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Nearly as fast as Ellis, but stronger, with better moves and no glass jaw.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His red eyes gives way a mysterious yet threatening presence to those around him.
  • The Stoic: This guy is the most scarily apathetic human being in the entire series.
  • Super Speed: One of the fastest characters in the entire series.
  • True Final Boss: In the first game. The same hold true for the second as well, except for the fact that he's one of the two True Final Bosses you can go up against (the other one being Vermilion).
  • World's Strongest Man: Sho is considered by many in having to be a living legend from within the Toshinden fighting world.

Introduced in Battle Arena Toshinden 2

    Tracy - USA 
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Voiced by: Megumi Ogata (games), Michiko Neya (OAV)

A New York City female cop who likes to fight against criminals with a reckless manner and attitude.


  • Action Girl: A tough-as-nails NYPD female cop who isn't afraid to get her hands dirty when it comes to combat.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Her skin tone is quite a bit darker than a lot of other characters.
  • Badass Adorable: She may be cute to the eyes, but make no mistake as Tracy is one of the NYPD's toughest female cops from within the force itself.
  • Bare Your Midriff: As a part of her costume.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: There's nothing Tracy enjoys more than a good fight!
  • Brooklyn Rage: Of a street tough variety. Being on the force helps balance it out, but she's also known to be very headstrong, competitive, and straightforward, as well as an adrenaline junkie and stubborn tomboy.
  • Dual Wielding: Tracy fights with a pair of tonfa sticks.
  • Fair Cop: Tracy may be a thrill-seeking cop when it comes to the job, but she's also fairly competent when it comes to standard police procedure as well. She admits however that compiling a report is the least favorite aspect of the job.
  • Fangirl: Trivia states that she is a huge fan of Aerosmith, with at least five albums autographed by Steven Tyler and the band themselves, thanks to a backstage pass. Saying that, she dislikes The Rolling Stones.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Has a pair hanging from her police cap.
  • Hidden Depths: Behind her violence-happy exterior lies a genuinely kind woman with a strong sense of justice.
  • Shock and Awe: Tracy tends to have an electrical motif in most of her special moves and attacks.
  • They Fight Crime!: With Nagisa, whose By-the-Book Cop tactics clashes with Tracy's Cowboy Cop antics.

    Chaos - Sri Lanka 
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Voiced by: Keiichi Nanba (games), Fumihiko Tachiki (OAV)

An executive of the Himitsu Kessha who seems to have lost his memories and gone psychotically insane.


    Uranus - Unknown 
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Voiced by: Michie Tomizawa (Toshinden 2), Kikuko Inoue (OAV & Toshinden Subaru)

The second-in-command of the Himitsu Kessha. Uranus was the one behind the car crash accident that killed Gaia's wife and son so that she could ascend to her new position in the organization. She has no remorse over her past actions and is determined to gain even more power for her personal ambition.


  • Ambition Is Evil: Uranus desires to become the ultimate ruler of the world and will not hesitate to murder anyone who tries to stand in her way.
  • Breath Weapon: She can unleash a short-ranged fire blast from her mouth.
  • The Dragon: To the Master.
  • The Four Gods: The Suzaku Bow.
  • Light Is Not Good: Has an angelic appearence, and mostly wears white, but she's one of the nastiest villains in the series!
  • Manipulative Bitch: Very capable and willing to use people's feelings against them. Borders on magnificence with the way she's capable of controlling almost all aspects of her plans.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: It's implied from within Uranus' backstory that she and Duke were once in a loving relationship with each other, but this didn't last as Uranus had betrayed Duke for her position in the Himitsu Kessha. Suffice to say, Duke was less than pleased about the betrayal.
  • The Starscream: Wants to usurp the Master's place as the Himitsu Kessha's leader.
  • Theme Naming: All of her attacks tend to have a bird name motif from within them (Eagle Rage, Swany Swap, Fire Hawk, Cockatrice, Phoenix).

    Master - Unknown 
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Voiced by: Mariko Onodera

The mysterious leader of the Himitsu Kessha. Not much is known about Master and her history.


  • BFS: Multiple psychic BFSs, which she summons out of thin air.
  • Big Bad: In the second game.
  • Flat Character: She's the leader of the Himitsu Kessha...and that's all we know about her.
  • Power Floats: Her Psychic Powers enables her to float from the ground, giving her a slight advantage over her opponents.
  • The Worf Effect: Plot-wise, she pretty much only existed to get curb stomped by Sho.

    Vermilion - Unknown 
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A mysterious gun-wielding mercenary who kills for pleasure.


  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Vermilion wears a stylish suit in Toshinden 3.
  • Badass Longcoat: His debut appearance from within the second game.
  • Breakout Villain: Started out as secret character in the second game to being an integral part of the story lines of the succeeding games. Also, he was one of only three returning characters, the others being Naru Amoh and Eiji, that were present on the last game's roster and also made the cut for the spinoff title Battle Arena Nitoshinden.
  • The Dragon: To Abel.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Nagisa. Both of them share a theme of law and crime, in which Nagisa is a well-known and respected police detective who doubles as a part-time agent for Interpol and that he believes in the full extent of both the law and justice while Vermilion is a cruel and vicious criminal who has no remorse or regret for his past crimes and that he truly enjoys his merciless and despicable work from within the criminal underworld.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears a pair of vermilion-colored glasses and has a vicious and merciless personality.
  • Guns Akimbo: His preferred method of fighting.
  • Laughably Evil: He may be a gun-crazy loony who wants to lay the world to waste, but at least he gets points for being fun in his own way!
  • Professional Killer: Vermilion is a sadistic mercenary who's able to do his vicious and merciless jobs with no problem.
  • Psycho Electro: In the third game, one of his strongest attacks consists of tying electrical strings to his opponents' wrists and ankles and electrocute him/her.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Vermilion's second appearance in Toshinden 3.

Introduced in Battle Arena Toshinden 3

    Nagisa Iwashiro - Japan 
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A Japanese police detective who works with Tracy in their investigation of the Soshiki.


    David - England 
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A young English boy who finds himself being targeted by Abel and the Soshiki.


  • Badass Longcoat: Wears a large orange one as a part of his attire.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: David has a timid and polite personality towards those who know him, but it is unwise that you do not anger him to the point that he'll instantly and immediately attack you upon sight. He even flipped out to the point he blacked out going psycho getting out of an Organization stronghold in a bloodbath, so you fight him at your own risk.
  • Chainsaw Good: His personal weapon of choice, and a Creepy Souvenir Tragic Keepsake Battle Trophy.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: David's entire backstory in a nutshell.
  • Evil Former Friend: Judgement, who had betrayed David and joined the Soshiki in order to obtain his own dark power.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Unlike the Toshinden fighters who are marked for death by the Soshiki, David has it even worse. Since the prophecy of Agon Teos states that the body of a purehearted person can hold his immense spiritual power, Abel and the Soshiki chooses David to be Agon Teos' reluctant human vessel and thus, they start to make his life a living hell for him in hopes of succeeding with their evil plan.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: His backstory. At six years old, David was already marked by the Organization as a potential vessel for Agon Teos, and his parents were killed by an act of arson to his home done as an assassination attempt to leave him completely helpless. As soon as it was over, he was immediately sent to an orphanage- One that was unknown to him to be run by the Organization themselves in turn, functioning as a convenient way to gather sacrifices for blood to be used in their magic ceremonies. Add that with childhood trauma so severe and the Fridge Horror of said orphanage, it is no doubt that David has it even possibly worse than Kayin for childhood bereavement and victimization.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Being so pure hearted, his anger and fighting spirit overtook him to the point that it repressed his lead personality before ripping apart every Organization mook that dared to stand in his way.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: When David had taken the chances of fighting his way to freedom, he immediately clutched a chainsaw, and blacked out. Next thing he knew, he was out on the streets alive, but drenched in the blood of his captors and with chainsaw in hand.
  • You Killed My Parents: His reason of why he fights the Soshiki.

    Shizuku Fuji - Japan 
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A Japanese geisha-like gambler who aids David in his fight against the Soshiki.


  • Improbable Weapon User: Shizuku's weapon is a kiseru, a type of Japanese smoking pipe.
  • Knife Nut: Shizuku also specializes in throwing knives as a part of her fighting repertoire.
  • Professional Gambler: Shizuku is known to be one while also believing in fair play from within the sport itself.

    Bayhou - China 
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A humanoid-like monkey who lives in the deep mountains of China.


  • Ax-Crazy: Just like his master Fo Fai, Bayhou is also quite very psychotic when it comes to fighting and killing his opponents.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Or not, considering Bayhou's Ax-Crazy personality.
  • Evil All Along: striking his master (Fo Fai) behind the back out of pure animalistic instinct and bloodlust doesn't exactly make Bayhou a good guy.
    • Evil Counterpart: To Cuiling. His theme in relation with her is one of conscience, where he kills out of joy and not knowing better, she questions and has compassion for her history in assassination.
  • Fartillery: Not only does he have it as a secret move, but he can also use it as a random attack from within the end of his Desperation Attack.
  • Maniac Monkeys: This is one crazed monkey that you definitely want to avoid meeting.
  • Split Personality: It is said from within Bayhou's backstory that his mindset is split into two halves: one being calm and peaceful while the other being wild and ferocious.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Fo Fai.
  • Wolverine Claws: His weapon of choice.

    Cuiling - Hong Kong 
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A young Hong Kong Chinese girl who was raised from early childhood by a triad family to be an assassin for them.


  • Action Girl: Cuiling is considered to being one of the strongest assassins to ever come from her traid family, helped by the fact that she was personally trained by Fo Fai himself and that she's been officially known and declared as Fo Fai's true successor.
  • The Apprentice: Cuiling's backstory states that she was personally trained by Fo Fai during the time between Toshinden 2 and 3 (given the fact that she's literally a female version of Fo in gameplay) and throughout the training itself, she had developed a granddaughter-like affection towards Fo.
  • Breakout Character: When Cuiling had debuted in Toshinden 3, she had unexpectedly became a popular character due to not only her cute appearance, but also for her Genki Girl personality and the fact that some had considered her a Redeeming Replacement for Fo Fai. Because of this, Cuiling would appear as a playable character in the Japanese-only PlayStation game Toshinden Card Quest.
  • Genki Girl: A defining trait of her personality.
  • Heel Realization: As a young orphan, Cuiling was raised by a triad family who taught her the concepts of assassination and how to not have any emotions when it came to doing her missions. However, a long-time member of the group (who had secretly opposed violence against innocent people) had softened her heart and explained to her that taking the life of an innocent person was wrong and that it would deeply affect those who are close to the person. Through this explanation and a couple of others, Cuiling had shed Tears of Remorse as she realized that she could never be a full-fledged assassin.
  • Reverse Mole: Despite being a member of the Soshiki, Cuiling was never actually a loyal member of the group. Her reason for joining the group was due to the fact that Abel had payed for her services from her triad family and although Cuiling served Abel well, she secretly sought to stop him after learning of his history and current plan, thus she teamed up with Eiji and the rest of the heroes.
  • Wolverine Claws: Her personal weapon of choice.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Complete with purple eyes.

    Leon - USA 
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An American modern-day pirate who seeks revenge against Eiji for a past loss against him.


  • An Ice Person: Most of his attacks have an ice motif to them, in contrast to Eiji's fire attacks.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: How so? Look at his artwork!
  • Evil Counterpart: To Eiji. He shares a theme of temperament with Eiji; where Eiji was a hot blooded jerk seeking to get stronger, overtime, he softened up and became more level headed in his pursuits. Leon is a cruel and cocky jerk without any standards, who will do anything in his power to be the strongest and get rid of those who will stand in his way, even if it meant sending them as a sacrifice to Abel's plans. He even desires to challenge Sho to achieve his goal.
  • Flipping the Bird: His official artwork features him doing this!
  • Pirate: The first one in the series.
  • The Starscream: Leon seeks to overthrow Abel and take control over the Soshiki.

    Ten Count - England 
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An English aristocratic assassin who kills his victims through the use of his "Ten Count" method.


  • Captain Ersatz: Let's see...he wears a white tuxedo and gloves, uses a crotch-grab taunt, can do the Moonwalk, and can even bust out the Thriller dance as a secret move. It's damn obvious he was based off of Michael Jackson.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Most of his attacks tend to have glowing sparkles from within them.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Kayin. Both share a theme of experience, where Kayin's life influenced by the underworld done nothing but give him hell, Ten Count enjoys his grisly work and killing in the underworld, treating it like play and stardom.
  • Extremity Extremist: Much like Kayin, Ten Count's fighting style is also dependant on kicks as well.
  • Faux Affably Evil: While not being an assassin for the Soshiki, Ten Count is known for having a suave aristocratic personality.
  • Knife Nut: Ten Count throws a trio of them as his projectile.
  • Outlaw Couple: The boyfriend of Zola.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Probably one of the most stylish characters from within the series.

    Zola - Austria 
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An Austrian opera singer who doubles as an assassin for the Soshiki.


  • Captain Ersatz: Toshinden's version of Catwoman.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Sofia. Their themes are that of modesty; Sofia's profile states that her most disliked things in the world are those who are too proud for their own good, and she herself is an accomplished pianist and dancer as well, combined with her profession as a private investigator, compared to Zola, whose special attacks' names indicate a sense of vanity and flaunting exhibition.
  • Opera Singer: When she's not being an assassin for the Soshiki, Zola tends to her day job as a popular opera singer.
  • Outlaw Couple: The girlfriend of Ten Count.
  • Sensual Spandex: Wears a black tight variation as a part of her catsuit motif.
  • Shock and Awe: Her Flash Ring special attack.
  • Whip It Good: Her personal weapon of choice.

    Adam - Unknown 
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A cold and dangerous robot who serves under Abel and the Soshiki in the hopes of gaining a human body.


  • Arm Cannon: His personal weapon of choice.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Most of his moves and attacks tend to have him spinning real fast.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Rungo. The two of them share a theme of nature vs technology. Rungo, outside of the Toshinden, is actually quite a nature man, has a family of his own, and had to work real hard day and night from within the mines in order to gain his strong muscles, and has to face off against a killing machine, while Adam, who is a robot, has unfathomable power from within his own circuits and machinery, yet ultimately desires to be a human for the sake of love, despite his methods to get what he wants.
  • Killer Robot: A powerful and dangerous robot who can lay waste to anyone in battle.
  • More Dakka: In both his Special and Desperation Attack.
  • Robosexual: Adam's backstory states that he had fallen in love with a human woman and was determined to gain a human body for his services to the Soshiki.

    Toujin - Japan 
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A retired Japanese assassin who is determined to save his terminally-ill wife.


  • Blade on a Stick: His personal weapon of choice.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Mondo. The two of them share a theme of motivation, whereas Mondo is determined to avenge the attack of his home and the slaying of his clan members by the Organization, Toujin is determined to find the secret of eternal youth and life in order to save his terminally-ill wife and is willing to align himself with the Organization in order to complete his mission, despite knowing about the Organization's vile past and malicious intentions.
  • Freudian Excuse: He joins the Soshiki in hopes of finding a way to save his terminally-ill wife.
  • Playing with Fire: Uses both a fire cannon and can also ignite his weapon for fire attacks.
  • Sinister Schnoz: His physical nose almost resembles that of a Tengu's own.

    Balga - Norway 
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A Norweigan knight who seeks to destroy Duke and the Rambert bloodline.


  • BFS: His personal weapon of choice.
  • Blood Knight: His obsession to slay Duke and destroy the Rambert bloodline makes Balga fall into this state and join the Soshiki
  • Evil Counterpart: To Duke. Both of them share a theme of honor, in which Duke has a chivalrous spirit and that he expects a good fight from within his battles while respecting his opponents' own strength and power. Balga on the other hand has a treacherous spirit and that he doesn't care about a fair fight or the opponent's own welfare. This is quite evident as Balga uses kick attacks while Duke doesn't.
  • Feuding Families: A century-long clash of pure hatred between the families of Balga and Duke

    Atahua - Peru 
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A Peruvian tribal boy who seeks to gain the inheritance of a long-forgotten ancient empire.


  • Blood Father: Tau.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: True to the trope, he fights barefoot.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Ellis. The two of them share a theme of selflessness, in which Ellis is willing to fight for and defend her traveling theater troupe from the evil forces of the Organization while Atahua is determined to revive his ancestors' ancient empire and is willing to align himself with the Organization to do so, not caring about Abel's plan and ambition just as long as he's able to get his own personal wish.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Atahua uses twin blowguns complete with tranqulizer darts.

    Tau - Brazil 
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A Brazilian tribesman who works with his adoptive son Atahua in his respectable goal.


  • BFS: His personal weapon of choice.
  • Blood Son: Atahua.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Gaia. Both of them share a theme of fatherhood, whereas Gaia is determined to help fight alongside and protect his daughter Ellis from the threat of the Organization, Tau is determined to fight alongside and protect his adoptive son Atahua while helping him out from within his personal quest, going so far as to join him in the Organization, regardless of his own skepticism towards Abel and his personal ambition.

    Rachael - USA 
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An American mercenary who seeks to make her twin sister pay via a personal vendetta.


  • Amazonian Beauty: Her physical appearance is quite eye-catching to say the least.
  • Angst Nuke: A rare theme example. Many of her ki/energy based attacks are explosive based, in contrast with Tracy's stable electricity theme.
  • Dual Wielding: Uses a pair of double-sided twin tonfas
  • Evil Counterpart: To Tracy. In addition to her Freudian Excuse, her Angst Nuke theme in her attacks represents her anger and emotional irrationality, compared to her sister, who, while wild, excitable, and thrill seeking, has a stable side outside of fighting.
  • Freudian Excuse: Rachael's reason for joining the Soshiki is to get revenge against her twin sister Tracy, who had a nice and peaceful childhood with loving parents while Rachael was abandoned by the same parents and forced to survive as a homeless Street Urchin from within a cruel and harsh world alone.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Suffice to say, Rachael, having to grow up all alone as a homeless Street Urchin from within the tough and dangerous streets of New York City while fighting for survival one day at a time had truly caused her to fully develop quite a violent and unforgiving temper, along with an infamous reputation that was gained by said temper.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: As a part of her Amazonian Beauty.

    Schultz - Germany 
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A German assassin and master ritualist who serves under Abel and the Soshiki.


  • Evil Counterpart: To Chaos. He bears a theme of consciously being evil and vile on purpose, where Chaos contrasts in the fact he is vile and uncontrollable due to his insanity.
  • One-Way Visor: Wears one over his own shrouded eyes.
  • Sinister Scythe: His personal weapon of choice.
  • Super Speed: One of the fastest characters in the series.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Abel and the Soshiki.

    Judgement - England 
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A mysterious English mute killer who was once David's friend in childhood.


  • Captain Ersatz: Toshinden's version of Jason Voorhes
  • Chainsaw Good: His personal weapon of choice.
  • Deal with the Devil: It is said from within his backstory that Judgement had sold his soul to Abel and the Soshiki so that he could become a much more powerful and dangerous fighter for Agon Teos.
  • Evil Counterpart: To David. They both share a theme of temptation; while his childhood friend was destined to become the vessel for the dark god and refused, he himself sold his soul for dark power.
  • Evil Former Friend: To David.

    Miss Til - Malaysia 
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A Malaysian fortune teller who serves under Abel and the Soshiki.


  • Evil Counterpart: To Shizuku. Both of them bear a theme of fate and chance, with her good counterpart being a gambler, and herself being a fortune teller.
  • Improbable Weapon User: She wields a flute through a staff-like fighting style
  • Knife Nut: Just like her counterpart Shizuku, Miss Til also uses throwing knives as a part of her fighting repertoire.
  • Psychic Powers: She is said to be one of the most powerful psychics in the world, which helps gives Abel and the Soshiki an unfair advantage over their enemies.

    Abel - Unknown 
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The megalomaniacal leader of the Soshiki. Abel seeks to bring a destructive fighting god named Agon Teos into the world and will destroy anyone who tries to get in the way of his plan.


  • Bare-Fisted Monk: The only character in all games never to use weapons of any kind.
  • Bare Your Midriff: A rare male example.
  • Big Bad: In the third game.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While Abel is no saint by any means, he certainly knew well enough that destroying all of existence for shigglesnote  was both wrong and insane. Hence why he decided to seal his predecessor Veil away in the first place.
  • Large and in Charge: Abel is said to be very tall and holds a strong and menacing aura around him.
  • Power Fist: Uses it as a part of his fighting style.
  • Redeeming Replacement: Abel is not a good guy, but considering what his predecessor had wanted to do, he's certainly an improvement as far as everyone else is concerned.
  • SNK Boss: His moves do incredible damage, and he isn't too slow himself. His special attacks are likewise incredibly damaging, and have little-to-no recovery time, making it hard to punish his mistakes. Watch out for his grab move, which sends you airborne and can be followed by pretty much everything this guy wants, including two of his desperation moves. And on that matter, all of his desperation moves are lethal and practically impossible to avoid, and they come out in an instant.
  • Sphere of Destruction: One of his most powerful attacks.
  • The Starscream: He betrayed his group's previous leader, Veil, by imprisoning him and taking control for himself.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: It is said from within his backstory that Abel had grew unhappy and dissatisfied with the way that that the world was in its current state and had desired to create a new utopian world where he would rule as its undisputed leader. While it may seem and sound quite noble and valiant at first, it's completely subverted and undermined by the fact that Abel and his followers are willing to hunt down and kill innocent people in order to use their blood to bring forth a fighting god of destruction in order to help advance and bring forth the plan itself into fruition.

    Veil - Unknown 

A mysterious yet malevolent shadowy and shrouded man. Veil was once the leader of the Organization, but when he failed to summon the ancient fighting god Agon Teos in a past ceremony, he was imprisoned by Abel, who had served under him at the time. He managed to break free during the third Toshinden tournament, however and seeks to get his revenge against Abel.


  • Blade Below the Shoulder: He has red glowing ones on each arm.
  • Dark Is Evil: As can obviously be seen here. Being that red is a main secondary color, he also qualifies as being Red and Black and Evil All Over.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Abel. Both share a theme of evil in their uses; while Abel desires a utopian world from the blood of the fighters, Veil desires Agon Teos to destroy and annihilate existence. The fact that the Big Bad, Abel was a Well-Intentioned Extremist compared to his own evil counterpart, Veil should tell you how worse it could get should you kill him.
  • Evil Redhead: As shown in the image above.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Veil desires Agon Teos to destroy and annihilate existence. In his ending, Veil gains the powers of Agon Theos, and begins the end of the world.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He was extremely unhappy about Abel's betrayal of him by way of imprisoning after his failed attempt at summoning Agon Teos and desired to kill his treacherous subordinate with his own hands. However, Eiji denied him any opportunity to take his vengeance out on Abel, due to the fact that Abel himself was killed by Eiji from within their own final fight and thus Veil had decided he would take his personal wrath out on Eiji in his place.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Again, shown in the images of him in the link above.
  • SNK Boss: You read all the things that Abel can do above? Veil can do those as well, but his attacks are slightly more damaging and he has the ability to teleport around the arena.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Got put in this situation by Abel.
  • Straw Nihilist: Strongly implied.
  • Too Many Belts: Also shown in image of him. Well this game was made in The '90s after all.
  • True Final Boss: And may also be considered a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere due to his appearance being unforeshadowed.

    Naru Amoh - England 

Kayin's foster daughter who seeks to find him after he had disappeared from within the time between Toshinden 3 and Toshinden 4. Joining up with Subaru and Rook, she hopes that winning the new fourth Toshindaibukai will enable her to gain the information she needs about the whereabouts of her missing foster father.


Introduced in Battle Arena Toshinden 4

    Subaru Shinjo - Japan 

A young Japanese swordsman/traveler who happens to be the son of Sho Shinjo and Cupido. Subaru is determined to find his missing uncle Eiji and participates in a new fourth Toshindaibukai tournament with his friends Naru and Rook.


    Rook Castle - USA 

A young American photographer who happens to be an expert in the use of the nunchaku. Rook joins up with Subaru and Naru from within the fourth Toshindaibukai in the hopes of not only meeting up with his fighting idol, Eiji Shinjo, but also to find and meet up with a mysterious ninja girl, to whom he had developed a crush on after facing her in combat from within the past.


    Puella Marionette - Switzerland 

A young Swiss girl who has a kind and polite personality. Upon being given a golden bow by a blonde-haired angel from within her church orphanage while praying one day, Puella realizes that she has a special power within herself and decides to use it and the golden bow to protect the world's peace, participating from within the fourth Toshindaibukai alongside her friends Lancelot and Fen in the hopes of stopping an unknown evil from within the competition.


  • Ass Kicks You: Her running attack consists of her throwing her butt at the opponent.
  • The Cutie: Considered to being one of the cutest characters from within the series, next to Ellis and Cuiling.
  • Genki Girl: Puella tends to always be in high spirits when it comes to her life.
  • Idol Singer: She’s a choir singer whose voice has magical capabilities.
  • It Was a Gift: The Suzaku Bow, which was given to Puella by an angel-like woman while praying at the altar of her religious orphanage one day.
  • Panty Shot: It's quite unsurprising that you'll see plenty of them due to her short pink dress.
  • Plucky Girl: Just like Ellis, Puella is also very determined when it comes to achieving a goal as well.
  • She's Got Legs: Made very obvious when it comes to her Toshinden 4 artwork.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Complete with purple eyes.

    Lancelot Lakeknight - England 

A young English boy who was trained by Duke to be a strong and noble fencer so that he could get over his cowardly personality. Upon meeting up and being defeated by Naru from within a past duel, Lancelot desired to see Naru again and had joined up with his friends Puella and Fen from within the fourth Toshindaibukai in the hopes of making his wish come true.


    Fen Barefoot - Brazil 

A young Brazilian boy/fisherman who had spent most of his peaceful days with his grandfather and his pet piglet, Wolfie. After helping out an injured man (Mondo) one day, Fen's grandfather was killed by another person (Genma) who had sought out the injured man and that Fen was determined to make Genma pay for his grandfather's death, thus he had joined up with Puella and Lancelot from within the fourth Toshindaibukai in the hopes of finally getting his revenge.


    Genma - China 

A mysterious Chinese sorcerer who is rumored to have come from the same assassination clan as Fo Fai. Genma is a cold and cruel man who has no remorse or regrets for his barbaric and inhuman past actions and is determined to gain the Four Sacred Arms from within the fourth Toshindaibukai, being aided by his partners Miyabi and Bang-Boo.


  • The Archmage: Studied dark magic and mastered its secrets, in return he’s no longer mortal.
  • The Dark Arts: Genma is said to have learned some dark and malevolent magic skills and techniques, making him quite very powerful and dangerous.
  • Evil Sorcerer: The main theme of his character.
  • The Faceless: Always has his face con sealed under a disguise.
  • Lack of Empathy: Genma is said to no longer have a conscious after mastering The Dark Arts, not caring about anyone or anything as he only seeks to make himself even more powerful and dangerous with the Four Sacred Arms.

    Miyabi - Japan 

A young Japanese kunoichi (female ninja) who was kidnapped by Genma and had all of her past memories rewritten so that she could be brainwashed into becoming Genma's loyal servant. Alongside with Bang-Boo, Miyabi assists Genma in having to gather the Four Sacred Arms from within the fourth Toshindaibukai.


    Bang-Boo - Cuba 

A Cuban cyborg who was once a pilot for his country's military. Bang-Boo's new orders is to assist Genma and Miyabi in gathering the Four Sacred Arms from within the fourth Toshindaibukai, but he also has once more specific order as well.


    Eos - Italy 

An Italian angel-like android who was sealed away by the Himitsu Kessha for being too powerful. Upon being released by Eiji, Eos had pledged her utmost loyalty to him and alongside with Zero, she assists Eiji as an executive from within the fourth Toshindaibukai.


    Zero - Unknown 

An artificial android who revels in chaos and destruction. Much like Eos, Zero was also sealed away by the Himitsu Kessha for being too powerful, but was eventually released by Eiji and works alongside with him and Eos as an executive from within the fourth Toshindaibukai.


  • BFS: His personal weapon of choice.

Miscellaneous characters

    Emi - Japan 

    Cupido - Unknown 

    Ripper - Unknown 
  • Dual Wielding: He uses two short hand blades.
  • Hero of Another Story: He is the main protagonist of Battle Arena Toshinden URA, the Sega Saturn specific version of Battle Arena Toshinden 2, which had its own exclusive storyline unique to that of the main version of it.

    Ronron - China 

    Replicant - Unknown 
  • The Dragon: To Wolf.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Sho Shinjo, though downplayed. While Sho may antagonize his brother Eiji and others in his pursuit to become the greatest warrior on Earth, he isn't actively malevolent, especially not towards innocent people. Replicant has all of Sho's skills but absolutely none of his compunctions.
  • Expy: Of Sho. Also counts as an in-universe example as well given that the scientists who created it modeled after him.
  • Robot Me: Of Sho as noted above.

    Welt Rottweiler (Wolf) - Germany 

    Amoh ("The Storm") - England 

    Selene - Unknown 

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