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Dragon of the North


    Date Masamune 

Date Masamune

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Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi

  • Animal Motifs: True to history, Masamune's heavily associated with dragons, with one of his Guardian Spirits being a dragon.
  • Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Hiroki Takahashi.
  • Duel Boss: He returns in a side-mission in the Defiant Honor DLC, where he challenges William to another fight. Beating him gets you his Nuraihyon Spirit Guardian.
  • Dual Wielding: On top of wielding two katana, he has two Guardian Spirits at his side, which announces the expansion's feature of being able to equip two Spirits simulataneously. One of them is the Blue Dragon, fitting with Masamune's Animal Motifs, while the other one is Nurarihyon, which belonged to Kojuro before his passing.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Just like his historical counterpart; similar to Nekomata, Masamune hides an Amrita crystal embedded in his eye socket.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After being defeated by William, he is convinced to join Ieyasu again to siege the Osaka Castle.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: His motivation in Nioh is to secure more land for his men in the province of Tohoku. Contrast the historical Masamune who was harshly criticized by his contemporaries for firing upon his own men.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Historically, Masamune was a noble, if Hot-Blooded, man of ambition who maintained a loyal, if sometimes, strained alliance with Ieyasu; he also supported those of the Christian faith, but only prohibited it because Ieyasu commanded thus. The Masamune of Nioh is an antagonist commanding a demonic army in Dragon of the North, with an intention to eventually overthrow the Tokugawa.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's extremely quick and powerful when the player fights him, and that's before he uses any of his two Guardian Spirits.
  • Morality Pet: Date Shigezane, his cousin and top general, absorbed Amrita to save Masamune from an ambush, a source of immense guilt for the latter when he becomes a Yokai. Hanzo curing Shigezane is enough to get Masamune to return to the fold as a loyal vassal of Ieyasu. Shigenaga is another one, due to being his mentor Kojuro's son, who Masamune swore to protect until he's ready to lead the Katakura clan.
  • Red Baron: "The One-Eyed Dragon"; Meaningful Name ensues when one of his Guardian Spirits is a dragon.
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    Date Shigezane 

Date Shigezane

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Voiced by: Joji Nakata

  • Animal Motifs: Centipedes - On top of his yokai form being merged with a centipede and his Guardian Spirit being Bisha's Centipede, his armor features qualities resembling the carapace of a centipede, particularly his right arm. His helmet has a golden centipede ornament. And his odachi's sheath has a number of ornaments that resemble centipede parts.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies
    • His demonic form replaces his right arm with the body of a giant centipede, along with at least one more growing from his body.
    • His Guardian Spirit, Bisha's Centipede, is exactly what it sounds like.
  • Body Horror: Upon absorbing Amrita to gain power, he fused himself with a demon, resulting in his half of his body being horrifically mutated. However, his mind appears to be still intact.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Especially as a Yokai, his voice becomes altered into a deep, flanged rumble.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Despite his ugly transformation and hulking size, Shigezane moves insanely fast, using his centipede-half to rapidly advance and pull surprisingly spry acrobatics with it, even if you manage to stack slowing debuffs on him. And even then, he'll quickly recover from them.
  • One-Handed Zweihänder: No pun intended. Thanks to his demonic form and strength, he uses his Odachi with his remaining arm with ease.

    Katakura Shigenaga 

Katakura Shigenaga

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Voiced by: KENN

  • An Axe to Grind: Shigenaga's Weapon of Choice is an axe shaped like a cleaver.
  • Badass Normal: Unlike every other named character who serves as a boss, Katakura lacks a Guardian Spirit. Instead he makes up for it with a lot of dirty fighting.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Initially set up as a Duel Boss, Shigenaga will call upon archers and musketeers to fire upon you halfway through. He'll also make very judicious use of various bombs to screw with your performance.
  • Evil Gloating: When Shigenaga appears, he monologues for a period of time, but players can attack him before he finishes his speech (as opposed to most bosses having a cutscene before the actual fight begins). However, if players allow him to finish his dialogue, they can unlock a trophy.
  • Hypocrite: He'll call William out if he attacks him during his Evil Gloating, but he himself fights very dirty and has no problem using archers and musketeers against you.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Though he's next to take the role of the late Kagetsuna Kojuro, both Masamune is aware that Shigenaga isn't ready to for that responsibility. Shigenaga didn't even inherit his father's Guardian Spirit.
    • Subverted in Bloodshed's End. A side mission sees Shigenaga understand the responsibilities left to him, and he inherits his father's Guardian Spirit from William.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: The late Kagetsuna Kojuro is his father.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: The Duel Boss fight occurs after he pulls off a villainous version of this.

    Lady Maria 

Lady Maria

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  • Big Bad: Of the three expansions; Dragon of the North, Defiant Honour and Bloodshed's End.
  • Captain Ersatz: A Lady of War who gracefully rips her opponent apart with a sword, serving as a Boss Fight for a Downloadable Content in an Action RPG - are we talking about Lady Maria, or Lady Maria?
  • Cunning Linguist: She speaks Spanish, English and Japanese.
  • Dashing Hispanic: She is a rare female example that fits the classic mold nonetheless, using a rapier with grace. Also doubles as an evil example too.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Edward Kelley - a Westerner who manipulates Japanese warlords to obtain Amrita for their country. In her case, she hails from Spain.
  • Royal Rapier: Uses a rapier to fight you, in stark contrast to the rest of the game's arsenal, which included a few European-style weapons for the London segments.
  • Fragile Speedster: Maria can use Villain Teleportation and is more agile than the other humanoid bosses in Dragon of the North, but she has little to no defense and is very susceptible to stagger during the first half of the fight, though the problem is being able to actually hit her.
  • Karma Houdini: Maria ultimately gets away with everything she did after Bloodshed's End.
  • Shout-Out: This character is a loose composite of the same-named Spanish concubine/mistress for Masamune in a Yokoyama Mitsuteru Manga called Date Masamune and the novel Tokugawa Ieyasu written by Yamaoka Sohachi, where a foreign woman is "introduced"note  to Masamune, who married him, but did so in order for Ieyasu to weaken Masamune's growing ambitions.
  • So Long, Suckers!: Dragon of the North ends with her teleporting away just as William is about to execute her, taking all the Amrita with her while taunting William. This is followed with The Reveal she will swindle Sanada Yukimura with the Amrita for the future Siege of Osaka Castle.
    • Does it again in Bloodshed's End at the very end. Upon realizing that her plan has failed and that the combined William/Yukimura team is about to defeat Yodo-gimi, she teleports out.
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: She's introduced as a foreign attendant to Masamune, complete with a full-body kimono and dainty smile. However, this hides her true nature as a spy sent by Spain to attain Amrita by further fueling the Civil War in Japan.

     Kagetsuna Kojuro 

Kagetsuna Kojuro

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Defiant Honor


    Sanada Yukimura 

Sanada Yukimura

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Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki

  • Animal Motifs: Just like Tadakatsu, stags - a helmet mounted with deer antlers, and one of his Guardian Spirits, the "Enku", resembles a stag.
  • Anti-Villain: Being aligned against the Date clan, who're allied with the Tokugawa, he acts as an antagonist. However, he has a very strong strong sense of honor and aims to fight the Tokugawa fair and square without using Amrita, instantly rejecting Greater-Scope Villain Maria's proposal.
  • Blade on a Stick: Naturally, Yukimura's signature weapon is his cross-bladed jumonji yari spear.
  • The Cameo: He shows up at the very end of the Dragon of the North Downloadable Content. He plays a more active role in Defiant Honor, as it is set during the historical Siege of Osaka Castle, where Yukimura plays an integral part. He was also briefly mentioned by Otani Yoshitsugu in the main game, who mentioned about his 'son-in-law Sanada'. Historically, Yukimura was Yoshitsugu's son-in-law via marriage with the latter's daughter Akihime.
  • Dual Wielding: Like Masamune, Yukimura will have two Guardian Spirits - one is his deceased father-in-law Yoshitsugu's Janomecho, the other the flaming qilin Enku.
  • A Father to His Men: Yukimura cares deeply for his men, especially as the Siege of Osaka is rapidly draining their resources and yet he refuses to be tempted with the use of Amrita. In turn forces respect and revere him deeply, and gladly give their lives to fight for and protect him.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Upon seeing what kinds of horrors Yodo-gimi has unleashed, he changes his allegiance to William and helps in taking her down.
  • Honor Before Reason: A case that helps and hurts him. Yukimura has noticed that Lady Yodogimi's behavior has taken a dark turn, but stays loyal to the Toyotomi regardless. On the other hand, he and most of his forces absolutely refuse to take Maria's suggestion to use Amrita, and basically says to take the offer and shove it.
  • Power Floats: By using Janomecho's powers, Yukimura is able to hover over the ground.
  • Spear and Gun: Yukimura makes frequent use of his pistol during his fight, and can power it up with his Guardian Spirit to fire cannon-like shots.
  • Spared By Adaptation: Subverted. Yukimura never gets to pull off his historical charge against Ieyasu at Osaka and dying there, but he dies within the Osaka Castle with Yodo-gimi together.
  • Together in Death: He stays by Yodo-gimi's side as the burning Osaka Castle starts crumbling around them.

    Sarutobi Sasuke 

Sarutobi Sasuke

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Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe

  • The Cameo: Sasuke is seen standing alongside Yukimura at the end of Dragon of the North.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Just a like a proper ninja would be, Sarutobi makes very frequent use of performance hampering bombs.
  • Dual Tonfas: Fights you with a pair of these that have been fitted with cannons!
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: Sasuke's tonfas are fitted with cannons in them, which you yourself can actually use (provided you have a specific skill).
  • Ninja: Just as every depiction of the character has been, even squaring off against Hanzo while William fighting Yukimura.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Yukimura. He even goes as far as sacrificing himself to let his master fulfill his duty to Yodo-gimi.

    The Sanada Braves 

    Sasaki Kojiro 

  • BFS: He wields an odachi, much like the real Kojiro did.
  • Blood Knight: He seems thrilled facing William in battle, knowing that he'll provide a good battle.
  • The Drifter: He's been wandering the land, challenging any skilled opponent to face him in a duel.
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Bloodshed's End


    Yodo-gimi 

Yodo-gimi

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Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka

  • Daddy's Little Villain: She was Hideyoshi's adopted daughter, who went on to be his concubine and eventually second wife... Um... Yeah, it's the Middle Ages. Although interestingly enough, her biological parents were none other than Azai Nagamasa (who strongly opposed Nobunaga) and Oichi (the sister of Nobunaga), who have often been portrayed as sympathetic and even heroic figures.
  • Despair Event Horizon: She once longed for a world without war, but losses and betrayal caused her to twist that ideal into a dark parody of itself.
  • Dying as Yourself: After being defeated, she realizes the mistake of her ways and dies in Yukimura's hands.
  • Fur and Loathing: Wears a black robe with a very thick fur trim. She also makes no effort to hide her ill intent, due to taking up Maria's offer of using Amrita after Yukimura rejected it. She turns into the Nine-Tailed Fox after fusing with her Guardian Spirit, becoming a monstrous Yokai with black and red fur.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Smokes from a red and black encrusted kiseru.
  • Kitsune: Her Guardian Spirit is a nine-tailed fox called Nine Tails. It possesses her for the final boss fight, turning her into a monstrous black-and-red fox monster.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: When we finally see her face, Yodo-gimi reveals her eyes are this, and even glow briefly, implying that there is definitely something unnatural about her.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Black robe? Check. Red kimono and hair ornaments? Check. Red and black pipe? Check. Red and black Yokai form? Double check. Safe to say the designers went for this thought in mind.
  • Tragic Villain: Many horrible events in her life led to her becoming insane and hell-bent on taking her revenge on Tokugawa.

    Toyotomi Hideyori 

Toyotomi Hideyori

Voiced by: Makoto Furukawa

  • Ambiguously Human: Due to dying in his infancy, Hideyori was resurrected by his mother using Amrita, making more a homunculus than a man. This is compounded by his suddenly being classed as a Yokai midway in his fight.
  • Dead All Along: Unlike his historical counterpart, Hideyori was never alive to begin with, having died in his infancy and being resurrected as a sort of homunculus.
  • Disappears into Light: During his death, he bursts into Amrita.
  • Dual Wielding: Hideyori fights you with two swords. However, he'll switch between using one sword or both.
  • Momma's Boy: Since Yodo-gimi's effectively taken leadership of the Toyotomi clan, Hideyori's more or less relegated to going along with whatever his mother's planning.

    Bonus Boss 

Jin Hayabusa


  • Bonus Boss: He appears as a boss after the final story mission of Bloodshed's End.
  • Impossible Theft: Inverted. The briefing involves Hanzo explaining that he found a note slipped into his breast pocket. Considering that Hanzo's a master ninja, this is even more impressive.
  • Magic Knight: On top ninjutsu tools and his weapons, he makes very judicious use of ninpo that your onmyodo spells can't even hold a candle to.
  • Multi-Melee Master: Uses both his sword and a kusarigama to fight you.
  • My Rules Are Not Your Rules: The biggest offender in the game. Whereas most humanoid opponents have a bunch of gimmicks that you yourself can't perform, they otherwise fight similarly to William. Here, you have a guy that fights with a completely unique moveset and spells, and uses them extremely liberally.
  • Reused Character Design: His outfit is based on Ryu's outfit in the classic Ninja Gaiden NES trilogy, and he uses various moves and attack from the series.
  • Signature Move: Given the opportunity, he'll even use the famous Izuna Drop.
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