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    William Adams 

William Adams
Voiced by: Ben Peel

An Irish-born English sailor, William lost his parents in an unknown conflict when he was a child, which also took his life, until the Guardian Spirit Saoirse resurrected him. Thanks to Saoirse's ability to find Amrita, William was able to find the powerful spirit stones, making him an invaluable privateer by the English government. When he stumbled upon a secret military project by the English to weaponize Amrita in their war against Spain, William is imprisoned in the Tower of London, awaiting his execution. His escape with Saoirse serves as the start of Nioh.

  • Adaptational Nationality: The historical William Adams was English, but the Nioh version is Irish. Nioh 2's biography now states that he's English, but the character still has Ben Peel's Irish accent.
  • Babies Ever After: At the end of Nioh 2, it is revealed that he's settled down with Okatsu and had a son with her. The child has inherited his mother's Guardian Spirit.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: Zigzagged - he's able to understand Saoirse, who speaks Irish Gaelic (given William is Irish himself in Nioh). Also, when he meets Nekomata, he's granted the ability to speak and understand Japanese when it possesses him, but played with when it's implied his Japanese isn't entirely spot on. Lampshaded by Tachibana Muneshige in the post-mission dialogue for their duel, who states his use of their language is crude.
  • Childhood Friends: Saoirse's been William's Guardian Spirit since he was a child, though the in-game encyclopedia suggests their bond is more than mere friendship.
  • Death Faked for You: At the end of the game, William convinces Hattori Hanzo to report to Tokugawa Ieyasu that he's Killed Off for Real, knowing the Ninja is sent by his master to assassinate him after completing his quest, wishing to live the rest of his life in relative obscurity - away from the eyes of those who'd further seek to exploit him and Saoirse for their own ends.
  • Determinator: Nothing will stop this man from rescuing Saoirse, not even Yōkai.
  • Fighting Irish: He's an Irishman who can go toe to toe with some of the mightiest warriors and monsters in Japan and win.
  • Guardian Entity: William can equip upwards to twenty Guardian Spirits that will provide him with active and passive benefits. This impresses the various characters he meets, and probably plays a role in Okatsu falling in love with him.
  • Heroic Build: William's introduction shows him in nothing but underwear, showcasing how incredibly jacked he is.
  • I Choose to Stay: After all the fighting is finally over, William comes to the conclusion that others will inevitably come seeking Amrita in Japan. He decides to stay and protect the country from the shadows along with Hanzo whose probably his only mortal friend in the world.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Played with - although William learns basic weapon techniques from a book he finds aboard the Liefde during his journey to Japan, advanced abilities and skills from the skill tree can only be acquired by completing training regiments in the dojo learned from Hanzo, Narume Nagayoshi, Fuku, Yagyu Sekishusai, and Hozoin Inei.
  • In-Universe Nickname: Kuroda Kanbei suggests the Japanese name "Anjin" ("pilot") for William, a reference to him being a seafarer. The historical William Adams was given the name "Miura Anjin" when he became one of the Shogun's top advisers.
  • Magic Compass: Left behind by Saoirse, this guides William to her location in Japan. After killing Edward Kelley, the compass points him back to London for him to confront Sir John Dee; once defeated, the compass stops working, signaling William is free to pursue his own destiny rather than be guided by one (though he winds up returning to Japan of his own volition.
  • Magic Knight: He is a Samurai who can draw upon ki, channel the power of a Guardian Spirit into his weapons, and uses ninjutsu and Onmyōdō magic. For bonus points, he can acquire European plate armor and weaponry in the prologue level and in the last story mission.
  • The Musketeer: As well as being able to use a variety of melee weapons, he can also use ranged weapons such as bows, hand cannons and musket rifles.
  • Pet the Dog: Whenever he finds a kodama and the player selects "Guide back to shrine", the way William kneels over and talks to them makes it appear as if he's gently talking to a small child.
  • Power Copying: William often gains new Guardian Spirits from those he defeats.
  • The Quiet One: Despite being able to be understood by the locals via Translator Microbes, as well as understanding the Japanese language, William doesn't usually speak unless it's important to the plot.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Justified; as per Saoirse's own words, so long as she exists, William can come Back from the Dead.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: His mission is to save Saoirse, his original Guardian Spirit, from Edward Kelley.
  • Spell Blade:
    • Using onmyōdō amulets imbues William's equipped weapon with the elemental powers of earth, fire, lightning, water or wind.
    • Channelling a Guardian Spirit's power into a "Living Weapon" also causes said weapon to be wreathed in the Guardian Spirit's elemental power.
  • Stock Ninja Weaponry: The kusari-gama is one five primary weapons available to use, alongside ninjutsu weaponry such as explosives, kunai, shuriken and smoke bombs.
  • Super Drowning Skills: When William falls into the water off the Tower of London, he's seen sinking motionless clutching one of Saoirse's feathers, and Saoirse gives her speech about the cycle of life and death and being able to revive him before he starts moving again. It can be implied that William actually DID drown, but she revived him - like she does any time he falls into water and drowns in the rest of the game, where falling into water means instant death in gameplay terms.
  • Truth in Television: Played with - there was a historical European named William Adams in the 17th century, the first Caucasian Westerner to be given the title of Samurai by the Shogunnote , and the first Englishman to reach Japan. William being Irish, however, is fictional.
  • Walking Armory: William can carry two melee and two ranged weapons on him at all times, in addition to various offensive items via Stock Ninja Weaponry.

    Edward Kelley
Voiced by: Nicholas Boulton (English), Hiroyuki Kinoshita (Japanese)

Edward Kelley is an English alchemist. Having mastered the secret of turning lead into gold, he uses Amrita to turn humans into monsters and reanimate corpses. He has a Guardian Spirit named Uroboros and is able to disappear, disguise himself as another, and steal other people's guardian spirit to use for his own purpose. On the orders of John Dee, he stole Saoirse-who is able to detect Amrita-from William, and set out for Japan, a land full of high-quality Amrita lying fallow. He is cruel and determined, willing to do anything to achieve his goals. He thrives in the chaos of war, taking sadistic pleasure in human suffering.

  • Alchemy Is Magic: Despite his label as an alchemist, there's little actual alchemic techniques seen from Kelley in Nioh; instead, most of his sorcery is based on incantations and spell-casting.
  • Artificial Human: As seen in the lower dungeons upon returning to the Tower of London, Sir John Dee grew Kelley in a laboratory, with multiple backup copies of him.
  • Animal Motifs: Snakes, from his Guardian Spirit, Ouroboros, to his teleportation and transformations taking the pattern of a snake's scaly skin.
  • Bald of Evil: The rare sight of him without his hood reveals that he hasn't a single strand of hair on his head.
  • Dark Is Evil: Clothed entirely in black, and makes no effort whatsoever to hide his sinister, vile nature.
  • Didn't Think This Through: His complicated plan to resurrect Oda Nobunaga to keep the war going falls apart completely because Kelley has no way to actually control Nobunaga once summoned, who promptly tells him to piss off and goes back to the afterlife voluntarily without complaint.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: He's constantly barefoot (as seen in the image profile on the right).
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even though he's overall a pretty despicable person, he is genuinely shocked that when he threatened to kill Ieyasu's daughter that he had hostage, Ieyasu balked at his demand and said that Okatsu meant nothing to him.
  • Evil Brit: He's an imperialistic agent of the British Empire.
  • Expy
  • The Heavy: The primary antagonist of Nioh who fights William but the ending reveals he is simply an agent of Sir John Dee.
  • Historical Beauty Update: Most of the cast exhibit slight improvements on their historical appearances at minimum, but Kelley is the most extreme example, going from a bearded, hunched, and decidedly weedy old man to a handsome, muscular, youthful hunk. Justified when Kelley is an Artificial Human, thus his physical traits were engineered to render him as such.
  • Large Ham: Has moments of this, particularly when he's yelling.
  • Master of Disguise: Played with - Kelley can magically change his appearance to whomever he wants; if it's a warrior, he can even mimick their fighting style and weapons. Demonstrated when William finds Muneshige in the Daizaifu catacombs, but Tachibana Ginchiyo sees through his disguise immediately and attacks Kelley until she spots her wounded husband. William apparently inherits the ability, both implicitly with the Hidden Teahouse's "Transform" option, and explicitly in the final stage, where he apparently impersonates a Kelley clone to re-infiltrate the Tower of London.
  • Necromancer: Resurrects several historical figures who are dead by the time of Nioh such as Lady Nō and Oda Nobunaga and uses them as his pawns.
  • Obviously Evil: He simply appears evil and makes no attempt to hide his vile nature.
  • One-Winged Angel: Transforms into Yamata-no-Orochi, the strongest Yōkai in Japan, for the final battle in the main story.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He's directly responsible for most of the chaos in the game with clear, red irides.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The appearance of Ouroboros; Kelley even fuses it with the Amrita to become Orochi.
  • Sadist: He is ruthless, cruel and utterly delights in the slaughter he initiates.
  • Squishy Wizard: Done painstakingly straight - when players finally get the chance to fight him, Kelley resorts to long-ranged magic attacks and Teleport Spam. His defense is not significantly better than previous humanoid bosses, and his Ki is so piddling that a few solid whacks to his guard will consistently break it.
  • Tattooed Crook: Has multiple tattoos on his body, from his arms to his chest and head.
  • Telepathy: He is able to speak Japanese via telepathic communication.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Nobunaga defies becoming his servant and returns to the afterlife by besting William in combat, Kelley decides to transform into Orochi for the Irishman to deal with. Back at Edo Castle, Kelley is incensed when Ieyasu refuses to sacrifice his life in exchange for sparing Okatsu.

    Hattori Hanzo
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa

Hattori Hanzo is a ninja in the service of Tokugawa Ieyasu. His real name is Masanari; "Hanzo" is a name inherited by each successive head of the ninja clan in Iga province. Although his father was known as "Hanzo the Oni", the current Hanzo has more of his father's skill as a ninja than his prowess as a military commander. He is a master of intelligence, concealement, and sabotage, and leads an army of several hundred ninja who lurk in the shadows waiting to carry out secret orders from their lord. As one of the few people in Japan with knowledge of foreign languages, Hanzo also guides the newly arrived William in his search for Kelley.

  • Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Toshiyuki Morikawa.
  • Bad Liar: After Kelley dies, William asks Hanzo to lie to Ieyasu about being assassinated by the Ninja as per orders from his master once Kelley is defeated; Hanzo does. However, Ieyasu Lampshades how he doesn't believe for a second Hanzo did what he asked after his mission debriefing.
  • Cunning Linguist: One of the few Japanese characters who can converse with William in English, albeit heavily accented.
  • First-Name Basis: As William's Only Friend in Japan, it's fitting he's the only one who always addresses as "William" rather than "Anjin".
  • Dual Tonfas: He's the teacher for Tonfa arts, and he's absolutely deadly with them.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a subtle one across the left side of his lips.
  • Hammerspace: Just where was he storing that cat in his tunic?
  • Japanese Ranguage: He has a heavy accent while speaking English to Willaim.
  • Legacy Character: Played with; he is not the historical Hattori Hanzo, but rather the third person to inherit the name, the grandson of the original.
  • Ninja: Current head of the Iga ninja and the clan's present successor.
  • Only Friend: There are a number of people in Japan who William likes and respects, but Hanzo is the only one he has an actual, ongoing friendship with, which is why he agrees to fake William's death to Give Him a Normal Life. Upon seeing a vision of Hanzo in peril from Sir John Dee's Amrita orb, it convinces William to return to Japan.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Hanzo's historical prototype had died in battle during the second siege of Osaka, with his younger brother picking up the mantle and becoming the fourth Hattori Hanzo. Nioh's Hanzo simply decides to step into the shadows with the war over.
  • Stock Ninja Weaponry: More true to this than William, Hanzo's Weapon of Choice is a ninjato, including an arsenal of explosives and kunai. In the dojo training sesssions, he will also use poison shuriken and smoke bombs that emit the paralysis status effect.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: We meet his dad in Nioh 2, as the then-current Hattori Hanzo. They're actually very similar, with the main difference being that Hanzo the Oni uses a spear rather than a sword.
  • Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: Despite the obvious accent, some players were impressed with Toshiyuki Morikawa and his grasp with English.
  • Truth in Television: His ability to tell time using a cat is based on an actual time-keeping technique.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Ieyasu; even though Hanzo admits his master is a Well-Intentioned Extremist, he is bound to him in servitude as his clan has from the beginning.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Hanzo can't help but admit his father "Hanzo the Oni" still can't pass up a chance to teach his son a lesson.

Voiced by: Emi Takei

Okatsu is a female ninja or "kunoichi" under Hattori Hanzo and the daughter of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Trained in the same Iga ninjutsu as Hanzo, she accompanies William on his travels. Okatsu's mastery of every aspect of the ninja is said to rival even her teacher Hanzo's and makes her a strongly trusted figure. Her elder brother Nobuyasu was killed at an early age, allegedly to ensure the safety of Ieyasu himself. She has borne a grudge against Ieyasu ever since, and left his household as soon as she could to study under Hattori Hanzo. She despises not only Ieyasu but all samurai - and, indeed, the entire bloody, warlike world she is forced to live in.

  • Action Girl: In the penultimate mission, Okatsu joins William as a Non-Player Character and fights alongside him and Hanzo.
  • Animal Motifs: Her Guardian Spirit is Gyukuto, a golden rabbit. In her Brainwashed and Crazy boss fight, whenever Okatsu summons Gyukuto, she gains an increase in mobility by hopping around the room, often evading attacks by side-stepping.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Kelley brainwashes her at Edo Castle, forcing William to fight her when he reaches the top of the fortress.
  • Canon Immigrant: Subverted; Okatsu is the same-named Original Generation character from Tecmo Koei's Kessen series. However, she is heavily based on one of Ieyasu's favorite concubines Eishoin - instead, her Nioh counterpart makes her Ieyasu's estranged daughter, while Nioh 2 makes her a Composite Character with Oyuki, William Adams' Japanese wife.
  • Cunning Linguist: Like Hanzo, she can also speak English to an extent.
  • Daddy Issues: Okatsu's father, Tokugawa Ieyasu, killed her mother and brother to defend his family name, causing her to hold a strong grudge against him. Ironically, she also works for him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: During her introduction, Okatsu cements herself as dry-humored when she tells William to pass on a message to Hanzo, but won't do it herself (in English, no less).
    Okatsu: "I dislike the company of drunk samurai."
    William: "Hey! I am no samurai!"
    Okatsu: "So a common drunk. Even worse."
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She's barefoot during her boss fight.
  • Expy: Of Ayane from Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden - both characters are young kunoichi who come across as an aloof, uncaring person on the surface, but is actually a deeply insecure Broken Bird, desperately longing for affection and love in spite of her own denials.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Okatsu is too proud to admit it, but she has always wanted to be acknowledged by her father, and for him to show her genuine parental love like any other child. He never does, and it's through this that she gradually developed her cold, icy demeanor towards men, along with her resentment of the Samurai lifestyle.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Okatsu is pretty much her voice actor Emi Takei given a different haircut.
  • Ninja: Trained as a kunoichi (female ninja) by the Iga clan after she runs away following the death of her brother.
  • Japanese Ranguage: Like Hanzo, she has a heavy Japanese accent while speaking Enlgish.
  • She's Got Legs: Apparently feudal Japan invented the miniskirt.
  • Tsundere: It's subtle, but her budding affections for William stems from her view that he is not like other Samurai - arrogant and selfish. However, she still acts aloof around him, but comes across as a jilted lover when he leaves Japan.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Her father may be a chubby old man who was clearly at the back of the line when they were handing out chins, but she's still as beautiful as any other Team Ninja heroine from Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Stoic as he might be, the face William makes the moment he first lays eyes on her indicates this is in effect. Okatsu keeps up her attitude for most of the game, but it's heavily implied she does so only as a self-defense mechanism for fear of being hurt again, crying for William almost like a jilted lover when he decides to head back to England to confront Sir John Dee. Considering she is not present for the events of the DLC, things don't evolve beyond that.
    • Nioh 2 resolves it by revealing William's son who's clearly mixed-race and has Okatsu's Gyukuto. Apparently they did after all

    Tokugawa Ieyasu
Voiced by: Masachika Ichimura

Tokugawa Ieyasu was daimyo of the "Eight Provinces" of the Edo region, and leader of the Five Elders advising Toyotomi's government. As a survivor of battle after battle, he became known as the "Greatest Archer on the Eastern Way" - in other words, the most skillful general in Eastern Japan. He was also gifted and a cunning schemer, which earned him his other nickname: the Tanuki. At a young age, he served the Imagawa clan as a hostage. After this, he formed an alliance with Oda Nobunaga and struck out on his own. The ongoing threat posted by the Takeda clan, however, meant that the pact with the Oda clan became more of a master-servant relationship, and he became familiar with the struggles of being a minor force. After his service to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, today he is considered closer than anyone to conquest - and unification - of all Japan.

  • Big Good: How Nioh treats him, considering he unites Japan by the end of the game (as well as real life), putting an end to the Warring States Period.
    • It doesn't portray him as a saint however. When Kelley had Okatsu, his daughter, at his mercy and demands he trade places with her or watch her die, Ieyasu tells him stoically that she means nothing to him, which throws even Kelley off guard. He also orders Hanzo to kill William after his mission is over to keep Amrita a secret from the general public. To his credit, he is privately happy that Hanzo didn't go through with it after the fact.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Ieyasu doesn't enjoy making the ruthless decisions he's made throughout history, as the cloud of miasma and vengeful spirits William saw surrounding him shows. His Spirit Division (and his literal pain of sacrificing Torii Mototada to buy himself time for the Battle of Sekigahara) detailing the pain he feels in carving a path of blood, regardless of whose it is, in order to achieve peace is what convinces William that Tokugawa is a worthy leader.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Previously a vassal of Nobunaga, Ieyasu carried on his master's dream of conquering and uniting Japan following his death.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Well not everyone, but the last thing we hear before the credits is Ieyasu's content laughter after stating to himself that Hanzo is a Bad Liar and that William lives. Something he's obviously happy with.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He earnestly wants to unify Japan, but makes plenty of ruthless decisions to ensure his complete victory. Justified when feudal daimyo committed less than ideal deeds to ensure their clan's survival.
  • I've Come Too Far: He's sacrificed the lives of his family and followers for the path of ending the Civil Wars that have plagued Japan. Even before the Battle of Sekigahara, Ieyasu cannot back out no matter what.
  • Meaningful Echo: Ieyasu refusing to give his life in exchange for Okatsu's at Edo Castle is reminiscent to his own childhood, where he was offered up as a political hostage to the Imagawa clan by his father. The Oda clan took advantage of the situation and intercepted the young Ieyasu (then Takechiyo) as he was traveling to the Sunpu Province. The leader of the Oda clan at the time, Oda Nobuhide, threatened to kill Takechiyo if his father and clan did not sever their ties to the Imagawa. Takechiyo's father refused; out of respect, Nobuhide spared the boy's life and kept him as his own hostage. The similarities end with Okatsu freeing herself.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Much like his Real Life counterpart, Ieyasu makes a couple of decisions that seem morally ambiguous, such as leaving Mototada to die at Fushimi Castle when Ishida Mitsunari's army attacks it, which will give Ieyasu time to mobilize his other troops for Sekigahara. Regardless, Nioh establishes him as the Big Good.
  • Redeeming Replacement: Downplayed in lieu of Nioh 2. Ieyasu is definitely no saint but more or less a very pragmatic Well-Intentioned Extremist. But when compared to his predecessor Hideyoshi (or just Kinoshita Tokichiro) who turned out to be possessed by a demon that amplifies his negative traits to the point of ruling Japan like a selfish tyrant playing on his own playground with no moral ambiguity, Ieyasu would look like a saint and legit in his quest to bring peace to Japan.
  • Tanuki: His Guardian Spirit is Narimaka Tanuki, contrasting Mitsunari's Kitsune Guardian Spirit. Another true-to-history example as Ieyasu has always been associated with the tanuki due to his combined wisdom and cunning the creatures were once looked down upon for.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Orders William assassinated after his monumental efforts to win Ieyasu the war so that he could bury the influence of foreigners and yokai on history. Luckily, Hanzo does not follow through with the order. Also Subverted, as he knows Hanzo didn't follow the order, but is more than happy to let the lie stand.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The man wants to bring an end to the Civil War that has torn Japan apart for over a century. His methods of doing so, however, are a bit harsh.
  • Written by the Victors: Justified; having seen the extent of what Amrita is capable of, Ieyasu ensures no record of what happened at Sekigahara and William's exploits (or any foreigners) against Kelley and Yōkai must ever be told to the public.


Nioh 2



The player avatar and one half of the legendary "Toyotomi Hideyoshi". A half-yokai Shiftling, Hide can transform from a human to a yokai form.
  • Always Identical Twins: Hide has a twin sibling identical to them in appearance, Saito Yoshitatsu, who is possessed by Kashin Koji and serves as an early boss.
  • Animal Eyes: One of the options for Hide's eyes gives them vertically-slitted pupils, emphasizing their half-human nature.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Well, uncle at any rate. Hide's mother is Suzuka, Otakemaru's sister making the serie's Greater-Scope Villain your uncle.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Hide is responsible for most of Toyotomi Hideyoshi's early military victories, though Tokichiro took credit for them and usurped the shared identity for himself after going insane.
    • More then that the entire plot of of the game is actaully a stable time loop. Hide is the warrior that original defeated Otakemaru.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Some of the preset options for Hide make them appear to be of European or African descent, but they're meant to be Japanese.
  • Collective Identity: Tokichiro petitions Nobunaga to grant himself and Hide a shared identity combining their names, proposing Yoshihide. Nobunaga agrees, but chooses Hideyoshi instead. While Hide wins most of Hideyoshi's early military victories, Tokichiro claims the identity for himself alone when he becomes a ruthless warlord and drives Hide away with his cruelty.
  • Cool Sword: They have a wakizashi forged out of amrita, with the kanji for "Hide" inscribed on the blade. This weapon effectively makes them immortal, and is part of the legendary Seven-Branched Sword used to slay Otakemaru in the past.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: While one of the preset options for Hide is unambiguous of African descent, another of the preset options for Hide has light brown skin and reddish hair. That particular present was specifically made in the image of Naoki Yoshida, who is fully Japanese. He just happens to be a Dye Hard with naturally tan skin.
  • Gainaxing: If a female Hide is picked, her breasts — depending on their size — jiggle conspicuously when she stops her running animation.
  • Guardian Entity: Hide can equip upwards of twenty Guardian Spirits that will provide them with active and passive benefits, and impressses several characters with their ability to bond to multiple spirits.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Hide's father was a human, specifically the daimyo Saito Dosan, but their mother was a Yōkai — giving them the ability to change between human and monster forms.
  • Heroic Mime: They never say a word, which is lampshaded by Tokichiro when they first meet.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The crux of their destiny seems to being the one to seal away Otakemaru once and for all, even if it means becoming the seal and sleeping for all eternity.
    • Does it a second time where they jump in front of Tokichiro, getting possessed by Otakemaru for him.
  • Horned Humanoid: Hide's yokai forms all sport glowing orange horns, the shape of which can be customized.
  • Legacy Character: Saito Dosan bestowed parts of his former name, Hidetatsu, onto his twin children Hide and Yoshitatsu.
  • Long-Lost Relative:
    • Saito Dosan reveals himself to be Hide's father after seeing their name inscribed on their wakizashi.
    • Saito Yoshitatsu, who bears the exact same face as Hide, is their twin sibling.
  • Magic Knight: Hide starts out as a samurai but can learn ninjutsu and onmyodo magic.
  • The Magic Goes Away: After Otakemaru's true final defeat in "The First Samurai" DLC, with his hatred taking the form of Kshin Koji cleansed once and for all, upon heading back to their own time, the Sohayamaru, the sword used to defeat Otakemaru and passed down through the generations after, loses its luster for good, no longer able to allow for Time Travel.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite generally being a stoic straight-man/woman, when they go to see Rikyu, the tea master, and they see Mumyo choke on the tea he offers, when it's their turn to drink they quickly pass it off to Nekomata while Rikyu is bowing (and thus not looking at them).
  • Pet the Dog: Realizing who the real culprit behind the Honnoji incident is and honoring Toshimitsu's dying request, Hide spares Mitsuhide's life and instead lops off his Samurai Ponytail.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When the seal on Otakemaru's is disturbed, Hide wakes from their slumber with red eyes due to being posessed by him, even attacking William who had come to check on them.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Just like William, Hide's blessing from their Guardian Beasts allows them to return to life if killed. Though their death at Tokichiro's hands after his Face–Heel Turn takes a few years to come back from, presumably due to Otakemaru's power.
  • Super Mode: Hide is able to shift between their human form and one of three yokai forms — two of which resemble oni and one of which resembles a tengu or kitsune.
  • Sword Beam: One of their Yokai form's special abilities when wielding a daishō is to unleash a flurry of ki crescents from their swords.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: Hide's appearance is completely customizable, with players being able to select their gender, skin tone, hair, facial features, and just about everything else about them.
  • Walking Armory: Like William before — or rather, after — them, Hide can carry multiple melee and ranged weapons, as well as an assortment of ninja tools and onmyo talismans.
  • Walking the Earth: Or rather, Japan. Together with Mumyo after Otakemaru's ultimate defeat, to protect the country's newfound peace.

     Kinoshita Tokichiro 

Kinoshita Tokichiro

Voiced by: Naoto Takenaka
One half of the legendary "Toyotomi Hideyoshi", a street-smart Spirit Stone-peddling self-described reprobate with ambitions of reaching the peak of Japan's social and political hierarchy. He possesses the ability to use spirit stones to pacify rampaging yokai, turning them from aratama into nigitama.
  • Actual Pacifist: He's initially adverse to combat and killing, instead using amrita to pacify rampaging yokai and relying on Hide for protection. As his ambition and greed consume him, however, he loses this trait — best evidenced when he casually stabs Toshimitsu with his katana, shocking Hide in the process.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Tokichiro's ambition to become the shogun leads to him accepting Toshimitsu's Spirit Beast, casting aside his pity and compassion, aiding Mitsuhide in assassinating Nobunaga, and becoming a cruel and ruthless tyrant.
  • Animal Motifs: Monkeys. He has a monkey as a Guardian Spirit, and when he's excited they both do a goofy monkey-like dance. Unsurprisingly enough, he eventually becomes cruel, just like how monkeys are surprisingly violent.
  • Back from the Dead: Paralleling Edward Kelley's resurrection of Oda Nobunaga in the first game, Maria resurrects Tokichiro believing he's an evil warlord, but Hide stops Otakemaru from possessing him again and he's brought back as his true self. However, he chooses to return to the afterlife of his own accord after catching up with his old friends.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: As goofy as he may seem, he is the same man who the previous game revealed forced Ginchiyo to have an affair with him while her husband was away leading his troops, and threatening to have her family executed if she refused. The reason for this disparity in characterization is due to him being corrupted by his ambition and the amrita he collects into a ruthless and cruel warlord.
    • Beyond that, even though he's something of a coward normally, after his Face–Heel Turn, he unflinchingly faces Hide when they come to stop him and puts up a pretty good fight. Though how much of his strength was truly his own and how much was from the Amrita stones he'd gather can be debated, he certainly frequently abosorbs Amrita throughout the fight to buff himself.
  • Came Back Wrong: After Hide kills him, Kashin Koji uses his massive amrita stockpile to resurrect him and then possesses him, turning him into a powerful blue-horned oni.
  • Character Tics: Swiping a finger under his nose as though wiping it, emphasizing how goofy he is. During his tenure as a despot he drops this, but picks it back up after returning to his true self.
  • Collective Identity: Tokichiro petitions Nobunaga to grant himself and Hide a shared identity combining their names, proposing Yoshihide. Nobunaga agrees, but chooses Hideyoshi instead. Tokichiro eventually claims the identity for himself alone when he becomes a ruthless warlord and drives Hide away with his cruelty.
  • The Corruptible: Tokichiro goes from being a goofy comic-relief character to an ambitious and cruel warlord courtesy of Kashin Koji taking advantage of his obsession with amrita to manipulate him into assisting with Nobunaga's assassination.
  • Demonic Possession: When Kashin Koji resurrects Tokichiro using his amrita stockpile, he takes the amrita merchant-turned-warlord as his host.
  • Dying as Yourself: After Hide kills him a second time, Tokichiro recalls their first encounter when he brought Hide to their senses when they were going berserk, and thanks them for waking him from the nightmare that had consumed him before dying with a smile on his face.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: [[spoiler:During the first battle with him, if you transform into your Yokai form, Tokichiro genuinely seems betrayed that you would use your power against him of all people. Even though he is attempting to kill Hide at that same time.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: After being corrupted into a ruthless warlord, Tokichiro can't comprehend why Hide is disgusted by his actions and assumes he can bribe them into joining him by offering them a share of his amrita stockpile.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Tokichiro's outfit becomes more elaborate throughout the game to reflect his rising status and villainy. He goes from wearing the humble Merchant Armor to the fancier Golden Gourd Armor and at his highest point in society and lowest point morally he wears the truly extravagant Child of the Sun Armor complete with a crown-like helmet.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Toshimitsu — possessed by Kashin Koji — bestows him with the Yumehami spirit beast and manipulates him into assisting with Mitsuhide's assassination of Nobunaga. After this, he becomes increasingly cruel and ruthless, even deciding to kill Hide when they reject his offer to rule together.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He starts out as a goofy amrita merchant, but becomes the vassal of Oda Nobunaga and eventually succeeded Nobunaga's ambitions as a unifier of Japan, a process that was finished by Tokugawa Ieyasu. He's also corrupted by the spirit stones into a cruel and ruthless warlord.
  • Ignored Epiphany: At one point he realizes the effect the spirit stones are having on him, seeing his reflection in them with glowing red eyes, but chooses to ignore this and continue stockpiling them to pursue his ambition. This amplifies his negative traits to the point where he becomes a ruthless warlord.
  • Lovable Rogue: He's a chatty, goofy, middle-aged merchant with ambitions of becoming the Shogun, but he's a self-described reprobate who trades in dangerous materials like Spirit Stones. Mumyo even accuses him of being a con artist.
  • Parental Abandonment: His desire to gain status is in part fueled by his experience of being abandoned by his parents at a young age. One amrita memory features him wondering if the protagonist will abandon him, too.
  • Pose of Supplication: He frequently brownnoses to Oda Nobunaga by kowtowing whenever in his presence, and often forces Hide to do so as well.
  • Sexual Extortion: The first Nioh reveals that during his tenure as a warlord he inflicted this on Ginchiyo, forcing her to sleep with him by threatening to have her and her husband executed if she refused. Ginchiyo's subsequent miscarriage left her unable to have children and contributed to her eventual death.
  • The Sociopath: As the corruptive influence of his amrita stockpile grows and amplifies his ambition and greed, Tokichiro becomes increasingly arrogant, cruel, and ruthless; leading to him betraying Oda Nobunaga and becoming his successor. Kashin Koji possessing him makes him even worse by amplifying those traits even further, but he's eventually restored to his true self.
  • The Starscream: After succumbing to his greed and ambition, he betrays Nobunaga by helping Mitsuhide assassinate him. He then casually kills Toshimitsu to cover up his involvement in the betrayal and goes after Mitsuhide, though he seems saddened when Hide refuses to join his side.
  • That Man Is Dead: Before facing Hide a second time, Tokichiro declares himself the one true Hideyoshi.



A masked scythe-wielding demon-hunter who reluctantly joins Hide and Tokichiro on their quest.
  • The Ageless: Due to possessing the tsuba of the Seven-Branched Sword, she doesn't age over the several decades the game spans.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": As noted under Legacy Character, Mumyo is actually her title. Tokichiro and the game at large treat this as her name, though an NPC in the sub mission Immovable reveals that her given name is Minami.
  • Fantastic Racism: She hates yokai and attacks Hide on-sight for being a Half-Human Hybrid, disparagingly calling them a "thing".
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With the protagonist, eventually.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She initially intends to kill Hide for being a Shiftling, but is talked out of it by Tokichiro and joins their quest as an initially-reluctant ally.
  • Hunter of Monsters: She hunts yokai for a living and initially doesn't care if they're aratama or nigitama. In her mind, the only good yokai is a dead yokai.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: The spitting image of her Japanese voice actress, Haru. They even included the Beauty Mark below her mouth.
  • I Was Just Passing Through: She saves Hide and Tokichiro on a few occasions, claiming she wasn't doing so to help them or demanding they pay her for doing so.
  • Legacy Character: "Mumyo" is a title passed down by members of the Sohaya clan.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: In the beginning of the game she appears sporadically, and if she lends you her blade, she considers it strictly Teeth-Clenched Teamwork. But after she and the protagonist discover their connection, and Tokichiro makes his Face–Heel Turn, she and the protagonist arguably become each other's Only Friend. From then on they travel together, with Mumyo either fighting at Hide's side or holding off enemy reinforcements.
  • Older Than They Look: In the portion of the game set after Hide has been unsealed by William, Mumyo doesn't appear to have aged a day in decades due to possessing the tsuba of the Seven-Branched Sword.
  • Sinister Scythe: Her weapon of choice is a switchglaive, a scythe with an unfolding blade.
  • Tsundere: While initially holding genuine animosity for the protagonist due to their yokai heritage, she still shows signs of this early on, particularly in a side quest where exhausting her dialogue will prompt her to join the protagonist for the duration of the mission because Hide’s “so useless on [their] own,” adding that she’s not there because she likes their company. Mellows out considerably as the story progresses and she lets go of her automatic prejudice toward all yokai.
  • Walking the Earth: Or rather, Japan. Together with the protagonist after Otakemaru's ultimate defeat, to protect the country's newfound peace.

    Kashin Koji/Otakemaru 

Kashin Koji/Otakemaru
Voiced by: Hōchū Ōtsuka
A mysterious entity involved in Hide's past who obstructs them at every opportunity.
  • Big Bad: He is the main antagonist that corrupted Tokichiro and influence the events of Nioh 2.
  • Cool Sword: As Otakemaru, he wields the Sanmyoken, the three legendary swords which Otakemaru was said to possess. Each is imbued with a different element.
  • Demonic Possession: He indwells several characters throughout the game, indicated by their eyes glowing red.
  • Evil Uncle: "The First Samurai" DLC reveals that his younger sister Suzuka Gozen is Hide's mother, making him their uncle. He seems to realize this when defeated in the base game, commenting that Hide's eyes are like Suzuka's.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: He can use all three elements, with each of his swords representing one.
  • Final Boss: He is the last boss that Hide fight against in the base game pre-DLCs.
  • Gentle Giant: Despite being a youkai, he was this when alive. Unfortunately, distrustful humans changed things...
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He is this retroactively for a lot events in the first game, especially Bloodshed's end, via the various hosts he has possessed throughout history. He unleashes the other 2 Great Yokai while possessing Tokichiro, including the Nine Tails from Nioh 1.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: While Kashin Koji was, allegedly, an illusionist, magic user (and possibly a shinobi too), making him the reincarnation of one of Japan's most feared Youkai is a tad too much.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: According to the opening cutscene, Otakemaru was originally kind and helpful, but when the villagers he was living amongst began to attack him out of fear, he responded in-kind and eventually became a hateful and murderous demon.
  • Physical God: One of the Three Great Yokai alongside Tamamo no Mae and Shuten Doji, who are also so powerful they have turned into Kijin, or "Demon Gods", Otakemaru being the most powerful of them all.
  • Raymanian Limbs: In his demon form, he has several floating hands hovering around him, two of them wielding two of his three swords.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Shown in the 2nd DLC where After leaving Ashiya Doman's body after he's defeated, he states outright that he can never die, implying that the Otakemaru from the end of the Main Game wasn't the real one and just another fragment of the Otakemaru from the Past.
  • Yōkai: He is an oni, sporting a pair of horns and tusk-like fangs in his monstrous form.

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