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    Senji Tome 
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Voiced by: Sayaka Kinoshita

  • The Blacksmith: As a descendant of the legendary Senji Muramasa, Tome forges and upgrades William's armor and weapons. Fortunately, unlike her ancestor, her creations aren't Evil Weapons.
  • Eyepatch of Power: She lost her eye in a smithing accident when she was younger, but that doesn't stop her from forging William's gear.
  • We Buy Anything: Players can sell accessories, armor, crafting materials, items and weapons to her for cash.
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    Senji Muramasa 
Voiced by: Yohei Tadano

    Matsunaga Hisahide 
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Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba

  • Affably Evil: In his teahouse, Hisahide is friendly to William, even though it's obvious he is a very sinister person for having betrayed Nobunaga on numerous occasions.
  • Ambiguously Human: Hisahide reputedly committed suicide by blowing himself up to prevent Nobunaga from obtaining the "Hirogumo" teakettle, but the game doesn't make it clear if Danjo is truly Hisahide's ghost or he became something else prior to his supposed death.
  • Animal Motifs: Spiders - his Guardian Spirit is Itokuri, a purple-colored arachnid, while his prized teakettle becomes the Yokai "Juro-Gumo".
  • Badass Moustache: He has an arching moustache that accentuates his spider-like appearance.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Hisahide murdered his master and killed a Shogun, even betrayed Nobunaga multiple times.
  • Eldritch Location: It's implied the teahouse exists in a Void Between the Worlds.
  • Evil Laugh: When he calls William as a simpleton, his voice distorts slightly and he lets out a menacing laugh as the eyes on his cape glow red.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: The upper part of his cape resembles a spider's head, the eyes of which glow ominously when William views his memories.
  • A Spot Of Tea: Hisahide was a notorious tea lover during his life; his spirit (maybe) now resides in a teahouse.
  • You Can See Me?: When he appears after William slays the Juro-Gumo, he is surprised William can see him.
  • Wicked Cultured: Besides his well-known love of tea, Hisahide also collected numerous treasures and artifacts from across Japan besides the Hirogumo, even sneaking into a temple his army was going to attack in order to rescue the treasures in its tearoom.

    Kuroda Nagamasa 
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Voiced by: Hiroshi Tsuchida

  • Adaptational Wimp: Historically, Nagamasa lived to be a great successor to his father, Kanbei, and even was the one who defeated Shima Sakon. However, in the game proper, he more or less becomes a Butt-Monkey, prone to amusing mishaps at his expense.
  • Animal Motifs: Bulls - his Guardian Spirit is the giant, blue Fuse-Ushi, while his unique armor set is called the "Raging Bull", with the helmet sporting a pair of curved ox horns.
  • Butt-Monkey: The game treats him as such; the first time he's seen, he's been captured by Hino-enma. Later appearances have him losing his clan's sacred sword (twice) and being Eaten Alive by an Onryuki only to be saved by William.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Nagamasa gets captured by a "Hino-enma" and loses his clan's greatest treasure twice (both times William has to retrieve it himself). However, among Ieyasu's allies, Nagamasa is a powerful combatant and a capable politician like his father.
  • Nice Guy: Described as a big-hearted man, Nagamasa eagerly thanks William for saving him from the Hino-enma. He also gives Ishida his haori during the latter's execution just to provide him a little comfort.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: According to a secondary entry in Kanbei's character profile, he doesn't frequently mention how much he loves Nagamasa. However, he does and is proud of him for his accomplishments.

    Kuroda Kanbei 
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Voiced by: Yohei Tadano

  • Cool Old Guy: Being an elder hasn't dulled his wit and authority. Kanbei also helps out William by repairing the Liefde for him to travel to the mainland.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Kanbei's practically seen and experienced the horrors of the Warring States Period since its inception, from suffering via Nobunaga's rampage to being imprisoned under Hideyoshi's tyranny.
  • Scars Are Forever: His most noticeable feature is the explicit burn scar across his face, something inflicted upon him during Nobunaga's reign.
  • So Proud of You: Nagamasa doesn't realize it, but Kanbei's sincerely proud of him as his son, and deeply regrets that in his old age he might not get to see his own son's rise to glory.

    Torii Mototada 
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Voiced by: Yosuke Akimoto

  • Animal Motifs: Birds - Torii itself sounds similar to tori, which simply means bird. On top of that, his helmet features a pair of bird wings, while his hizayori is adorned with a waistcape made of large feathers. Finally, his Guardian Spirit is a sparrow which hides its true form - Suzaku. As a bonus, this all matches a popular Japanese proverb: "A skilled hawk hides its talons."
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Nioh initially treats him as though he's a crotchety old man, with his Guardian Spirit simply being a dinky little sparrow. However, he's one of Ieyasu's longest and most trusted allies, sacrificing himself at Fushimi Castle to buy time for Ieyasu mobilizing his troops for the Battle of Sekigahara, much to Ieyasu's reluctance, even revealing the true form of his Guardian Spirit - Suzaku.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Mototada's immediately skeptical of William's abilities, despite the fact a foreigner has Hanzo's approval and William was able to discern the "Ieyasu" he meets is a fake. Mototada even calls out Hanzo for potentially telling William that Ieyasu frequently uses body doubles. Subverted when he makes his Last Stand at Fushimi Castle against Mitsunari's army.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Stays at Fushimi Castle in order to divert Mitsunari's attention away from Ieyasu while taking out as much of his demonic army as he can.
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    Ii Naomasa 
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Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama

  • Animal Motifs: Tigers - Enko is his Guardian Spirit; furthermore, Naomasa's original name "Toramatsu" contains the word "tora" meaning "tiger" in Japanese. Finally, as the Enko is affiliated with Blood Knights, Naomasa will occassionally challenge William as a Duel Boss in side-missions.
  • Blade on a Stick: Wields the unique fire-embued spear "Akaoni-no-Sankaku".
  • Face of a Thug: Despite his ferocity in battle and immense collection of scars, Naomasa was legendary for his chivalry and politeness. Demonstrated when he meets William for the first time - whereas Mototada is wary of the foreigner, Naomasa happily lends his assistance and tasks William with side-missions.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Naomasa's face is heavily covered with battle scars.
  • Red Is Heroic: Being allied with Ieyasu, he's firmly on the Tokugawa's side and William's; furthermore, his "Red Demon" armor set is nothing short of being absolutely crimson from top-to-bottom.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Naomasa was historically slain by Shimazu Yoshihiro, who made a valiant escape after breaking through an enemy siege while mortally wounding Naomasa in the process. You end up playing this very event in the game, but instead of Naomasa being fatally wounded, you meet up with him later just barely holding on to life.

    Honda Tadakatsu 
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Voiced by: Tessho Genda

  • Animal Motifs: Stags - Tadakatsu's helmet is adorned with deer antlers, and his Guardian Spirit Shin-roku is a stag (see Healing Factor below).
  • Badass Grandpa: His glory days are behind him, and that scary-looking armor now conceals a slightly pudgy old man, but he's still one of the greatest Samurai alive, and can utterly demolish his opponents with his spear, all thanks to his epitaph of the "Strongest in the East".
  • Blade on a Stick: Wields the famous spear Tonbo-Giri.
  • Blood Knight: It's implied in his character entry in the encyclopedia Tadakatsu has lost the desire to fight against Ieyasu's enemies because most of them are dead at this point in history. However, William's appearance has stirred something in his heart again that allows Tadakatsu to come back into the fold.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: After Kelley takes over Edo Castle, Tadakatsu is influenced by the Amrita crystals to fight off intruders.
  • Dual Boss: With Muneshige in an optional side-mission of New Game+.
  • Healing Factor: One legend of the Warring States Period was that Tadakatsu managed to get through his entire bloody, hectic career without a single significant wound (as opposed to Ieyasu's other great general Naomasa who collected them like stamps). Nioh justifies this by giving him rapid Hit Point regeneration via Shin-roku. To be clear, the nature of Guardian Spirits in Nioh doesn't diminish his skills - it just means that rather than being good enough to escape a thousand battles without injury, Tadakatsu was good enough that he impressed the embodiment of nature itself into lending him a hand.
  • Historical Beauty Update: It may seem odd that being depicted as a plain-faced old man is a step up for Tadakatsu, but according to contemporary paintings, he was stunningly ugly, with a huge nose, thick lips, and tiny, piggy eyes. Nioh gives him the second-biggest makeover, surpassed only by Kelley.
  • Honor Before Reason: After William frees the Brainwashed Tadakatsu, the latter is so ashamed he got caught off-guard so easily he wants to commit Seppuku, but William assures him the fault lies with Kelley.
  • Optional Boss: It's actually possible to skip Tadakatsu entirely, in the most absurd way possible: when you reach the end of the sewer, there'll be a locked door with a man behind it who'll open the door if you bring him... Dung Balls. You never find out why the guy wants them.
  • Puzzle Boss: Living up to the man of legend, Tadakatsu is practically Nigh Invulnerable when players fight him for the first time, as his Hit Points keep regenerating. Players don't need to physically defeat him - instead, they must destroy the Amrita crystals in the arena that are brainwashing him.
  • Undying Loyalty: Like his Real Life counterpart, Tadakatsu serves Ieyasu to the very end, even narrowly committing Seppuku in order to preserve his honor for allowing Edo Castle to fall to Kelley.

    Ishida Mitsunari 
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Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai

  • Bald of Evil: Has a prominent bald spot underneath his helment.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Mitsunari accepts his defeat by the Tokugawa gracefully and awaits his public execution with no complaint.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: As the war continues, Mitsunari makes increasingly amoral, desperate decisions, such that not even Ieyasu would consider taking, just to hold on to anyone he has left. Much of Ieyasu's forces are understandably aghast by how far gone he's become.
  • Kick the Dog: Knowing he has lost the Battle of Sekigahara and, more importantly, is about to lose his beloved general Shima Sakon, Mitsunari sacrifices 300 of his soldiers for Kelley to use and create an abomination.
  • Kitsune: Mitsunari's Guardian Spirit, Izuna, takes the shape of a white fox, contrasting Ieyasu's tanuki-based Guardian Spirit.
  • One-Winged Angel: Mitsunari is violently turned into a Yokai by Kelley in order to stall William.
  • Pet the Dog: Just before he is executed, Nagamasa cloths Mitsunari with his haori, thinking he is cold.

    Shima Sakon 
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Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara

  • Blade on a Stick: Carries his unique blue-colored "Oni Sakon's Spear" with him in battle, which he brandishes to great effect. He later offers it to William as a sign of respect after the latter defeats him as a Duel Boss.
  • Dual Wielding: During his appearance in Bloodshed's End, he uses his master's Guardian Spirit, Izuna alongside Kara-jishi.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Shows up in a cutscene very early in Chapter 2, where he briefly meets William's gaze while his Guardian Spirit roars at William, foreshadowing their later conflict.
  • Graceful Loser: Seems almost enthusiastic after being beaten, initially offering his head to William as a way for him to become a lord before settling with giving away his spear. Played with when William correctly guesses Sakon is actually stalling for time so that Mitsunari can escape Sekigahara.
  • Friendly Enemy: Sakon treats William with courtesy and respect whenever they meet, despite the two of them belonging to opposing sides in the war.
  • Shock and Awe: His unique spear and Guardian Spirit are lightning-themed, and he has a unique move with the spear that entails leaping up and crashing down in a bolt of lightning.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Sakon historically died during or shortly after Sekigahara. See What Happened to the Mouse?.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Sakon is last seen fighting off skeletons at Sekigahara, but is not mentioned afterwards. He makes a final appearance as part of the crowd watching Mitsunari's execution in the base game, and is then fought in the third DLC as a "mysterious samurai", with the only indication of his identity being his choice in Guardian Spirits and that defeating the Samurai advances you towards clearing Shima Sakon-related achievements.

    Otani Yoshitsugu 
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Voiced by: Kenyuu Horiuchi

  • Animal Motifs: Moths; his Guardian Spirit "Janomecho" is, in stark contrast to other Spirits, a Cute Monster Girl with moth antennae and a cape resembling moth wings. After Yoshitsugu turns himself into a Yokai as a Duel Boss, he gains similar physical features to Janomecho.
  • Dual Wielding: Uses dual katana as his Weapon of Choice.
  • The Faceless: Zigzagged; Yoshitsugu Will always wear a cloth mask over his face in the story, but averted if players use his character template for Co-Op Multiplayer, to which they can designate whether he keeps it on or off.
  • Ill Boy: Yoshitsugu was historically stricken with leprosy before the Battle of Sekigahara, owing to his face cover and mention of having little time left.
  • One-Winged Angel: Willingly subjects himself to Kelley's sorcery off-screen and turns into a Yokai when his position is overrun at the Battle of Sekigahara.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Since Mitsunari is at a military disadvantage, Yoshitsugu brings in Kelley into their inner circle, believing a foreigner may give them an upper hand against the Tokugawa.
  • White Mask of Doom: Not for his enemies, but himself - Yoshitsugu suffered from leprosy, and his mask was typical attire for those inflicted with the disease during that era.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: In his dialogue with Sakon, he mentions he doesn't have long to live if Mitsunari doesn't defeat Ieyasu in time.
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    Tachibana Ginchiyo 
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Voiced by: Shizuka Ito

  • Bus Crash: Ginchiyo has passed away during the time of between Sekigahara and the Siege of Osaka Castle, where Defiant Honor and Bloodshed's End take place.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: When Ginchiyo muses the possibility of Muneshige being seduced by his concubine Yachiko, her handmaidens are visibly unnerved, sensing the mere notion subtly infuriates her. In a side-mission, she asks for William's help in finding a gift for her husband in a haunted ruin, giving an old charm they recover to Yachiko. This causes Okatsu to wonder if she intends some mischief.
  • Iron Woobie: She's Secretly Dying and, since she's infertile, is forced to accept her husband taking a concubine in order to produce an heir and keep the clan alive. She hides her grief well, though she confides her pain to William at one point.
  • Lady of War: Not only is Ginchiyo an Action Girl perfectly capable of combat, she will accompany William in some missions, decked out in realistic Samurai armor.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Ginchiyo wants to have children, but due to her severe illness she was rendered incapable of doing so. This is the reason she begrudgingly accepts her husband's mistress Yachiko.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Her Guardian Spirit is the bright pink-colored Shiba puppy, one half of the Paired Raiken Guardian Spirit, in stark contrast to her stern air of authority.
  • Sadistic Choice: Was forced into one by Hideyoshi: enter an affair with him while her husband was away at war, or shame her clan by refusing a Daimyo, and be forced to commit Seppuku (and, it's hinted, cause Muneshige to be forced to do the same.) She chose the former, and it led to a miscarriage that cost her her ability to have children and, eventually, her life.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: She accepted Hideyoshi's Sadistic Choice to enter an affair with him, for the purpose of preserving her Lord and husband's honor, and to survive to bear him an heir. The affair leads to her miscarrying Hideyoshi's child, leaving her infertile and dying anyway, so not only are her remaining days numbered, but she can't give Muneshige a son either, so she's forced to accept him taking a concubine in order to father an heir and keep their clan alive.
  • Shock and Awe: True to her historical inspiration, her Weapon of Choice is the unique katana Raikiri, which always arcs with electricity when it's taken out of its sheath.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Even while in her finery, she maintains an intimidating presence that unnerves her handmaidens. However, she shows her softer side around her husband.
  • You See, I'm Dying: Not only has she lost the ability to have children, she's Secretly Dying. However, she is happy to be able to fight alongside her husband, for the sake of the people they govern. This likely references how she historically died at the age of 34, which by modern standards is depressingly young; and just a mere two years after the Battle of Sekigahara.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Done cruelly - while Muneshige was away leading his troops overseas, Hideyoshi forced her into an affair with him; had she refused his advances, she would have been forced to commit Seppuku.

    Tachibana Muneshige 
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Voiced by: Eiji Hanawa

  • Badass in Distress: Despite his apparent strength and epitath of the "Strongest in the West", Edward Kelley holds him hostage in the Daizaifu catacombs.
  • Blood Knight: If his desire to duel William in a side-mission is any indication, Muneshige enjoys a good fight.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: Along with his astonishing swordsmanship, Muneshige will frequently attack with his bow, specifically performing a dodge before shooting three arrows.
  • Cuckold: While he was away fighting in the war, Hideyoshi — whom he previously served — forced his wife Ginchiyo into an affair with him. In a cruel twist of irony, the direct consequences of this meant he was required to take on a concubine for the sake of his clan's future.
  • Dual Boss: In New Game+, one optional side-mission pits William against him and Tadakatsu at the same time.
  • Honor Before Reason: Even though William saves his skin from Kelley, out of service to the Toyotomi clan, he refuses to join forces with the Tokugawa against Mitsunari, a vassal of Hideyoshi.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Pun very much intended - Muneshige strikes fast with a katana, has exclusive iai techniquesnote , and can infuse his weapon with lightning-based onmyōdō magic. Finally, he can summon his Guardian Spirit - the teal-colored Shiba puppy who inflicts the paralysis status effect if players are hit by it.
  • Renaissance Man: Not only is Muneshige a master of Taisha-ryu swordsmanship and archery, he partakes in many, many arts. Tea ceremony, calligraphy, incense, poetry, Noh theater, flute, Buddhist sculpturing, and even bow crafting!
  • Your Cheating Heart: In contrast to his wife's forced adultery, Muneshige visits favors upon his mistress Yachiko. Justified because Ginchiyo is infertile and Secretly Dying, thus he needs someone else to provide him with an heir in order for the Tachibana clan to survive. Truth in Television when it was normal (if not, expected) for historical daimyo to have more than one lover, specifically a wife and a handful of concubines.
    • Also worth noting that while a great deal is made of how strong (and mutual) the bond is between Muneshige and Ginchiyo, no mention is ever made (other than some catty remarks by Ginchiyo, which could be chalked up to Clingy Jealous Girl) of how Muneshige feels about Yachiko.

    Saika Magoichi 
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Voiced by: Yasuyuki Kase

  • Animal Motifs: Crows - His Saika mercenaries were known as the "Crows of Saika", his Guardian Spirit Yatagarasu is a great crow, and during his bossfight he grows great black crow's wings to fly, dodge, and teleport around.
  • Badass Longcoat: His haori stands out with its design, featuring several coattails that hand past the knees. This look can be your's too, if you so choose.
  • Blow You Away: Upon summoning his Guardian Spirit, Yatagarsu, the three-legged three-eyed crow will hurl jets of wind currents at players.
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: Possibly. One mission ends with Willaim rescuing him from a Hino-Enma who isn't interested in killing him like all her other male victims. Despite insisting that he's glad William killed her, he'll somberly ask if he can have the hairpin she drops, leaving it ambiguous as to what exactly was going on between him and the yokai.
  • Gun And Sword: Dual Wields a katana and a musket rifle.
  • Hired Guns: Magoichi and his Saika troops are frequently encountered as enemies, being hired by William's foes.
  • Legacy Character: Saika Magoichi is not his real name, but rather an alias adopted by each leader of the Saika clan, with this one simply being the latest iteration.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Yatagarsu grants Magoichi flight capabilities via the Spirit's wings.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Saika troops are ultimately mercenaries; they don't swear loyalty to any party. In this case, though, each of their appearances puts them on the side William is opposing, meaning he always shows up as an enemy.
  • Teleport Spam: Yatagarasu also grants Magoichi the ability to teleport throughout Duel Boss arena, which has an added effect of breaking enemy target lock.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Magoichi can be easily knocked down if players manage to hit him while he's airborne with, say, a rifle.

    Yasuke 
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Voiced by: Richie Campbell

  • BFS: Yasuke wields an odachi as a secondary weapon, before busting out his signature axe. Interestingly, if you receive said sword for yourself, it will take the form of a normal katana due to odachi not being usable until the Dragon of the North expansion.
  • Black Vikings: Subverted; like most of the other characters in Nioh, Yasuke is Truth in Television - there really was an African Samurai.
  • Exclusive Enemy Equipment: Zigzagged with his odachi. It can be obtained by players, but only as a katana, since odachi were not introduced proper until DLC. Sadly, even with the DLC, there is no way to obtain the proper odachi form of his weapon.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: By his own admittance, Yasuke's only goal in life is to serve Nobunaga, who rescued him from slavery. His loyalty led him to being talked into helping Kelley try to resurrect Nobunaga.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Shows up exactly once, near the end of the penultimate level, as a major boss, complete with unique Guardian Spirit and backstory cutscene.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He's primarily referred to ingame by his epithet of the "Obsidian Samurai."
  • Shock and Awe: His Atlas Bear is lightning-themed, and several of his attacks invoke the element as well.
  • Red Baron: The "Obsidian Samurai"; even after The Reveal of who he is, the character encyclopedia still uses this title in favor of his name.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Nobunaga since he freed Yasuke from slavery and made him a Samurai, so much that he's willing to allow Kelley to take his body and resurrect his master.

    Kobayakawa Hideaki 
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Voiced by: Kouki Miyata

  • Animal Motifs: Bats - his Guardian Spirit is the Aya-Komori, and his helmet has flaps resembling bat ears. Like his historical counterpart and the Spirit, Hideaki of Nioh is a schemer (see Opportunistic Bastard below).
  • It Amused Me: Doesn't necessarily care which side of the war will be the victor; he simply wants to "play the jester and shake things up".
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After assisting Ieyasu in unifying Japan, he finally gets rewarded for his deeds instead of punished - only to be struck down two years later by what is implied to be Ginchiyo's death curse for deliberately ruining her life with rape.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Hideaki waits to see whether the Tokugawa or Toyotomi at the Battle of Sekigahara will have the upper hand before entering the fray. Subverted when William decides to scare him into fighting for Ieyasu after firing cannons from the Liefde near his outpost. This ends up forcing Hideaki to turn his troops against the Toyotomi, rendering the battle almost completely in favor of Ieyasu.
  • Wild Card: Played with - he tricks Ieyasu and Mitsunari into thinking he's fighting for their respective sides until he's forced to choose one by William.

    Tenkai 
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Voiced by: Takayuki Sugou

  • The Faceless: Like Yoshitsugu, Tenkai wears a cloth mask over his face, but averted following The Reveal.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: Tenkai's glasses allow him to see aratama clearly.
  • Historical In-Joke: It's something of a common theory that "Lord Tenkai" may have actually been Mitsuhide Akechi after faking his death and going into hiding, rather than dying as historically believed. Although historical evidence points otherwise, it's this interpretation that the game rolls with.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Because Nobunaga was starting to become overambitious with the power of Amrita crystals, Mitshuhide assassinated his lord, knowing it would stain his honor permanently for the rest of his life.
  • Our Mages Are Different: He is a veteran Onmyōdō mage.
  • Secret Identity: "Tenkai" is an alias - his true identity is Akechi Mitsuhide, the man who betrayed Nobunaga, leading to the latter's death at Honnōji Temple.
  • Still Got It: Tenkai tasks William with a side-mission at Honnōji Temple, which turns into a Duel Boss against him decked out in full Samurai regalia as Mitsuhide. Rather than lock players down with onmyōdō magic, he does a commendable job of simply fighting the old-fashioned way of using a katana.
  • Telepathy: When visiting the ruins of Honnōji Temple, William notices aratama gathering around Tenkai and surmises he has a connection to the place. Tenkai telepathically states there's things he's not told him, but not to worry. [[spoilers: It's Foreshadowing to his true identity.]]

    Fuku 
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Voiced by: Risa Shimizu

  • Apologetic Attacker: The "Nue" encountered at the Daizaifu shrine is her Familiar; after William defeats it, Fuku apologizes for the trouble it caused.
  • Cuteness Proximity: She's quite fond of the kodama, calling them "adorable" when she receives a message from them asking for William's help.
  • Naughty Nuns: Her outfit shows quite a bit of her shoulders and thighs, and a little bit of Sideboob.
  • Our Mages Are Different: As Tenkai's apprentice, Fuku is an Onmyōdō mage-in-training, charged with protecting the Daizaifu catacombs from further intruders. She also provides William with advanced onmyōdō magic techniques.
  • Shock and Awe: Her favored familiar is the Nue, a giant chimaera that surges with electricity and can call down bolts of lightning.
  • The Reveal: Although Fuku seems to be an Original Generation, the character encyclopedia states she is based on the historical Lady Kasuga, the woman who supposedly convinced the historical Kobayakawa Hideaki to join Ieyasu at the Battle of Sekigahara.

    Ryunoshin 
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: The first time William can meet him, he offers to open a secret passage through the castle... for thirty dungballs. No explanation is given, only an achievement.
  • The Jester: He's a samurai of Ieyasu, yet he can't hold his mouth shut. It's likely that Ieyasu's serious need for stress relief is the only reason his funny antics are tolerated in an otherwise serious clan.
  • Stewed Alive: He stews a Kappa thief alive. It's unknown if he tried the soup afterwards.

    Shinmen Takezo 
Voiced by: Ryuichi Kijima

    Marume Nagayoshi 
Voiced by: Shirou Saito

  • Carry a Big Stick: His signature weapon is more or less a just a slab of wood the size and shape of a baseball bat. Being counted as a sword, though, he's no less efficient for it.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Narume is your instructor for in the Mastery course for the Odachi, introduced in the Dragon of the North expansion. Turns out, he can use that weapon better than he can use his stick.
  • Large Ham: He's pretty much the loudest of the instructors, laughing his head off in his excitement and satisfaction of sparring with William.
  • Martial Arts Headband: Wears a white one with some plating on the front.
  • Signature Laugh: "Kah-kah-kah!!!"

    Ashikaga Yoshiteru 
Voiced by: Takanori Hoshino

    Yagyu Sekishusai 
Voiced by: Tetsuo Kanao

  • Old Master: At the age of 70, he is known as one of the best, if not, the best swordsman of his time. Furthermore, defeating Sekishusai in the dojo allows William to learn the highest tier of katana skills in the game.
  • Stroke the Beard: Does this in his victory animation if players are defeated.

    Hozoin Inei 
Voiced by: Mutsumi Sasaki

  • Reluctant Warrior: Despite being known as a fierce warrior in his youth, later in life, Inei started to ponder the righteousness of using violence at all. However, he's willing to take up the spear again to spar with William.
  • Old Master: Head of the Hozoin temple and the inventor of the Hozoin spear technique. As with Sekishusai, besting Inei unlocks the strongest spear skills for purchase.
  • Stroke the Beard: Just like his friend and fellow pupil Sekishusai, upon defeating players.

    Sakata Kintoki 
Voiced by: Mutsuaki Kanuka

  • Animal Motifs: Despite not having a Guardian Spirit, Kintoki has some bear-like qualities. His armor is adorned with a number of bear skins, and his signature axe has a pair of bear claws chained to it.
  • An Axe to Grind: He wields a large axe as his Weapon of Choice.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Shows up to reinforce William during the fight with the super-powered Onryoki.
  • Big Fun: He's a really large man with a cheerful demeanor.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's also quite loud and enthusiastic about how much he enjoys the fight.
  • God Was My Copilot: While William is struggling with beating a souped-up, gigantic Onryoki, this guy shows up out of nowhere to help out. Turns out he was actually long-dead, but since the battle was taking place on the border of the Yokai Realm, he was able to show up to lend a hand.
  • Long Dead Badass: He died a long time ago, yet he still shows up to aid William and test his prowess with an axe.

    Shisenin Kosen 
Voiced by: Hiroshi Iwasaki

  • Epic Flail: A master user of the Kusarigama, just as Hozoin, Sekishusai, Yoshiteru and Kintoki were with their respective weapons of choice.

    Oda Nobunaga 
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Voiced by: Kou Shibusawa

  • Back from the Dead: Resurrected by Kelley in an attempt to have him Reforged into a Minion, but Nobunaga refuses to comply and returns to the afterlife after fighting William.
  • Badass Cape: His armor includes a black and gold cape.
  • Battle Couple: Fights alongside the Yuki-Onna, the spirit of his wife in a New Game+ side-mission.
  • Blasphemous Boast: In his monologue, he compares his return from the dead as the "Second Coming" of the Western God.
  • Cool Sword: In reference to his open-minded approach to western culture, his katana sports a sligtly more pronounced and larger pommel, as well as a bona-fide longsword hilt in lieu of a tsuba, making it a hybrid of katana and broadsword.
  • Demon King Nobunaga: Described by Kelley as the most brutal overlord in Japan who ordered mass exterminations of his enemies. Zigzagged in that his reputation as a warlord is not completely undeserved, since he did commit horrific atrocities and became overambitious with the use of Amrita in his conquest of Japan, which resulted in his assassination. However, Nobunaga is also shown to have noble traits, such as rescuing Yasuke from slavery, and his wife Lady Nō was utterly devoted to him. After his duel with William, he promptly returns to the afterlife, feeling his aim to conquer the land has been inherited by his vassal-warlords who came after him and that something indestructible should not exist.
  • The Dreaded: Decades after his death, Nobunaga still casts a long shadow over Japan with many characters showing fear towards his actions in life. Kelly was planning on using this reputation to his advantage by resurrecting him to act as his minion. Too bad Nobunaga wasn't interested.
  • Dual Boss: An optional quest in New Game+ forces William against Nobunaga and the Yuki-Onna at the same time. Another pits you against him and Yasuke.
  • Elemental Powers: Uses a variety of all the elements in the game during his boss fight via Spell Blade from Tengen Kujaku.
  • Expy: Having the white peacock, Tengen-Kujaki, as a Guardian Spirit and being a well-known conqueror makes him comparable to Lord Shen.
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: After knocking his Hit Points pass a certain threshold, Nobunaga automatically overpowers and disarms William, only to spare him at the last moment.
  • Just Toying with Them: He has no intention of killing William; Nobunaga simply wants his resurrection to not be a complete waste of time.
  • Light Is Not Good: Manifests as a celestial figure whose white peacock Guardian Spirit spreads out its fan to resemble angelic wings, but subverted because Nobunaga is a Noble Demon who isn't interested in forcing Japan through another Civil War to rebuild something whose time is past.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The opening cinematic indicates Nobunaga is a major antagonist in Nioh, except players are near the tail-end of the Warring States Period in Japan between Ieyasu and Mitsunari (pre-Battle of Sekigahara), when the historical Nobunaga is already dead for decades. It's Subverted when Kelley has him resurrected at the tail end of the game, and he serves as a major boss, but is then Double Subverted when it turns out that, after a half-hearted battle against William, Nobunaga decides he actually doesn't WANT to be alive again, and goes back to the underworld without a struggle. So while he is built up as a major antagonist, ultimately he has no real impact on anything, save completely ruining Kelley's plans through his indifference.
  • Power Echoes: After his rebirth, Nobunaga comes back with a sinister reverberating voice.
  • Pet the Dog: His saving of the aforementioned Yasuke from slavery, as well as his loving treatment of his wife Lady Nō. His refusal to return to his ambitions of conquest could also arguably count; he believes his legacy was inherited just fine by his two former vassals, and he doesn't like the idea of an immortal like himself continuing the bloodshed while being unstoppable, believing that ending the conflict between said two vassals is the only way to a lasting peace.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Played with - Nobunaga, upon resurrection, speaks to William, "Foreigner, you have caught me in a VERY bad mood." This line is actually being directed to Kelley, with whom Nobunaga is quite unhappy for bringing him Back from the Dead against his will.
  • Slave Liberation: Having taken a liking to Yasuke, Nobunaga saved him from a life of slavery and made the man a Samurai.
  • Silver Fox: At 47 years-old (at the time of death), Nobunaga already had a full head of grey hair, but his appearance in Nioh may have something to do with his resurrection and alchemic empowerment by Kelley.
  • So Proud of You: Part of his refusal to return to the world of the living is that he believes his ambition lives on just fine in his two warring vassals, Mitsunari and Ieyasu. When William relays word of this to Ieyasu, he's touched that his former lord thinks as much.
  • Unwanted Revival: After entertaining himself by sparring with William, he muses a second coming would be entertaining, but ultimately returns to the afterlife, refusing to be Kelley's puppet.

    Spoiler Character 

Sir John Dee

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Voiced by: Timothy Watson

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