Here's a list of characters from Onimusha series.
The Oni Warriors
Hidemitsu Samanosuke Akechi
Voiced by: Takeshi Kaneshiro (JP - Mocap, Voice), Tig Fong (EN - Warlords), Robin Atkin Downes (EN - Blade Warriors, Demon Siege)
The main hero of the Onimusha series, he's a samurai and Onimusha, a warrior with the powers of the Oni clan. In the first game his mission is to rescue Princess Yuki from the clutches of the Genma and stop their evil plot of conquest with the help of the Oni Gauntlet. After Fortinbras' defeat, he disappeared, only to return in 3, where he attacks Nobunaga at Honnoji but a mysterious time travel is involved and he's projected into Paris, 2004 and must fight his way back to the past. After Nobunaga's defeat, he started a journey to seal away the Oni Gauntlet containing the Genma Lord's Soul. He appears as Tenkai Nankobo in Dawn of Dreams
- Blade on a Stick: His Shippuu naginata, which is also a Double Weapon.
- Body Horror: It's hard to see, but his right arm, looks very deformed and scarred from being fused with the Oni Gauntlet, thankfully he manages to remove and heal it before he became Tenkai.
- Bow and Sword, in Accord: His ranged weapon is a longbow, equipped in 3 with elemental arrows.
- The Chosen One: For the Oni clan, as the bearer of the Oni Gauntlet. Demoted in Onimusha Soul where pretty much everyone on the Oni side gets a Gauntlet for free.
- Cool Sword: Many of them, including the saber Raizan, the giant broadsword Enryuu, the dual wakizashi Tenso and the extra-long Kuuga, and this is without going into his series of ultimate swords such as Bishamonken or Genma Samonji.
- Cultured Badass: A brave warrior capable of bisecting demons with ease, Samanosuke is also very wise and knowledgeable, and can speak multiple idioms thanks to his journeys on the Asian continent.
- Discard and Draw: When he is sent to the future at the beginning of 3, he loses his weapons he had in 1, but gains new ones in their place. By running the Dark Realms, you can eventually gain back the Raizan, Enryuu, and Shippuu, already conveniently at max strength.
- The Dreaded: Judging from a document found in the third game, most of the Genma are now terrified of him since he slew Gargant, their mightiest warrior.
- Dual Wielding: When using Tenso in 3.
- Elemental Powers:
- 11th-Hour Superpower: The Onimusha Sword and the Genma Samonji in 3.
- Fusion Dance: Towards the end of Demon Siege, future!Samanosuke returns to his timeline, and fuses with the dying past!Samanosuke in order to become more powerful and defeat Nobunaga once and for all.
- The Hero: The biggest one of the games so far, featuring in all except for 2.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Most of his Oni Weapons are swords of various forms, the sole exceptions being Shippu, a Double Weapon, and Chigo, which is An Axe to Grind.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: Based on Hidemitsu Akechi (the son-in-law of the famous Mitsuhide) and severely upgraded.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: Hidemitsu, aside of his loyalty to Mitsuhide, was particularly 'nothing special' in terms of fame in the Sengoku Period, there are more famous generals such as Sanada Yukimura. Samanosuke, on the other hand, is a badass paragon of righteousness whose combat prowess could probably give Yukimura a run for his money.
- Important Haircut: Subverted, as it's not so much a new haircut as it is a different hairstyle. The Samanosuke of the past wears his hair in a ponytail, while his future self wears his hair loose and down. (Demon Siege)
- Ink-Suit Actor: He's based on his voice actor Takeshi Kaneshiro.
- Infinity +1 Sword: The Bishamon Sword in the first game, the Onimusha Sword and the purified Genma Samonji in the third.
- Multi-Melee Master: A Master Swordsman with swords of all sizes, capable of Dual Wielding, using a bow and also spears and axes. By the time of Shin Onimusha, his skills with spearmanship has further increased.
- Older Than They Look: He's in his 40s in Onimusha 3, but still looks as though he's in his 20s this is due to the fact that his Oni powers prevent him from aging.
- One-Man Army: And we're talking about an army of demons.
- Pet the Dog: When he comforts Henri in 3 while they're held captive by Guildenstern.
- Primary-Color Champion: The official color of the Akechi clan is fire engine red.
- Red Baron: In case you couldn't tell from the above mentioned trope, he's mentioned as the "Red Onimusha" in Dawn of Dreams.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Offscreen, when he discovers that Gargant has killed Kaede.
- Samurai: He's no slouch as a Ninja either, as shown in the intro of the third game.
- Ship Tease: With Kaede.
- The Stoic: Though not to the extent of Jubei, he's still reserved and quiet in 3.
- Super Mode: The Onimusha mode gives him a large Battle Aura, purple skin, white hair, and horns.
- Walking the Earth: He traveled across Japan and Asia, and that was before the events of the first game to boot.
Kaede is a young kunoichi from the Iga Clan. She was sent to kill Samanosuke for an unknown reason, but ends up joining him as a faithful companion and possible love interest. It is later revealed that she was killed by the Genma General Gargant and avenged by Samanosuke.
- Action Girl: She's a capable kunoichi who, in spite of not being an Onimusha, can kill demons on her own.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: She's killed offscreen by Gargant sometime between Warlords and Demon Siege.
- Fanservice Pack: In Onimusha Soul, she's cuter and her breasts are noticeably bigger.
- Fragile Speedster: She's a lot more fragile than Samanosuke and doesn't hit as hard, but is very quick. That is, until she gets her upgraded dagger, at which point she's more of a Glass Cannon.
- HeelFace Turn: Forms part of her backstory, as she chose to travel with Samanosuke rather than kill him.
- Highly Visible Ninja: Considering she wears orange and black in a mostly dark and dim-lit castle though it's partly justified as her opponents are Genma.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Like Samanosuke, she's based on her voice actress.
- Killed Off for Real: She dies offscreen, sometime before Demon Siege, at the hands of Gargant.
- The Lancer: To Samanosuke.
- Ninja: She's one from the Iga clan. Originally tasked with the murder of Samanosuke, she fell in love with him and helped him.
- She's Got Legs: Has some nice legs and her outfit emphasize this.
- Ship Tease: With Samanosuke.
Yumemaru /Keijiro Maeda
A young orphan adopted by princess Yuki who gets kidnapped when he tries to save her. He's met 12 years later in Blade Warriors where he's known as a powerful and kind warrior who fights alongside Kaede and Samanosuke.
- Blade on a Stick: As Keiji, he wields a Nagamaki (a pole weapon with short handle and long blade) with a humongous curved blade.
- The Big Guy: Grows up into one as Keiji, including wielding one of the largest weapons the series has to offer.
- Bratty Half-Pint: He outgrows it.
- Captain Ersatz: He looks very similar to Sengoku Basara's Keiji. Considering that both titles are from Capcom
- Gentle Giant: Despite looking large and powerful, he's very kind.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He too.
- Parental Abandonment: He was adopted by Yuki.
- Took a Level in Badass: Compare his younger self in Warlords with Keiji.
Onimusha 2: Samurai's Destiny
Jubei Sekishusai Yagyu
The main character of the second game and initially referred to as Jubei Yagyu (not the historical Yagyu Jubei, but rather his grandfather; here Jubei is the name given to the strongest youth in the village), he finds out that his village has been destroyed by the wicked Genma Lord Nobunaga. Armed with his newfound Oni powers and with powerful allies on his side, he start a quest to stop the evil Demon King. He eventually managed to kill Nobunaga, but he can't stop his soul from coming back again later and is eventually forced to go into hiding during Demon Siege. He's mentioned in Dawn of Dreams where its revealed that his true name is Sekishusai.
- Badass Boast: When Ginghamphatts asks him if he thinks he's better than someone from the Genma Clan, he retorts that he's even better.
- Bad Ass Longcoat: Very well-decorated.
- Blade on a Stick: When using the Hyoujin Yari lance and the Senpuumaru dual-sword.
- Deadpan Snarker: Again, he manages to be surprisingly snarky at his foes from time to time.
- Drop the Hammer: The Dokotsui, a long-handled sledgehammer. It is his hardest-hitting weapon, but is also so heavy he has the least number of comboes, his special attack being simply spinning with the hammer outstretched.
- Dull Surprise: Infamous in the english dub for his lack of reactions and emotions during the delivery of most sentences.
- Elemental Powers: Like Samanosuke, each of his weapon emits a certain elemental magic: the Buraitou, Hyoujin Yari, Senpuumaru, Dokotsui, and Rekka-Ken.
- Half-Human Hybrid: He's half-human, half-Oni.
- Infinity +1 Sword: Rekka-Ken, the sword of fire. In Blade Warriors, he gets to handle Excalibur instead.
- Informed Ability: His skills as a swordsman are unknown, as he has very few sword-like weapons.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Again.
- Multi-Melee Master: Jubei is a Master Swordsman, but his mastery of Oni Weapons shows that he's actually a samurai well-versed in many forms of armed combat: he can wield piercing and slashing polearms, larger swords, and even huge hammers.
- Pet the Dog: When he kills Gogandantess and agrees to comply his final wish.
- Power Glows: The Oni Mark on his left hand, which enables him to obtain weapons from the Dragon Sanctuaries.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against Nobunaga, for slaying the Yagyu Clan.
- Spectacular Spinning: When wielding Senpumaru, whose standard and special attacks involve a lot fo twirling and spinning, and when using Dokotsui's special attack.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Him and Oyu/Oichi.
- The Stoic: Much more than Samanosuke.
- Super Mode: He can turn into an Onimusha after absorbing five purple souls. During his final battle, it comes complete with Arm Cannon.
Oyu of Odani/Oichi Oda
A mysterious swordswoman who sports Western armor and is seen around the Genma hideouts in Gifu Castle whose path crosses with Jubei. She's actually Oichi, Nobunaga's sister, who's attempting to defend Odani castle from her brother's armies of monsters. She's also in love with Jubei, but nothing really happens between them.
- Absolute Cleavage: Her secret "joke" outfit.
- Action Girl: Aside from a few moments of Cutscene Incompetence when not playable, she's more than capable of slaying Genma left and right.
- All Love Is Unrequited: With Jubei.
- Arranged Marriage: With Nagamasa Azai.
- Boobs of Steel: She's the strongest warrior woman in the game and has some nice breasts.
- Chickification: She starts the game off as a fairly strong and capable woman and is more than capable of kicking demon ass (when player-controlled, at least), but quickly turns into someone who is easily overpowered, has to be rescued a lot by Jubei (and even by Gogandantess on one occasion), and who falls over a lot. See Cutscene Incompetence below.
- Cleavage Window: Even more blatant with her second armor, which you can buy her.
- Cool Sword: A western broadsword, she later equips an Indian rapier and a massive gladius.
- Cutscene Incompetence: Despite being capable of kicking asses, she's often seen endangered by Tokichiro, an extremely short man who seems like he'd never pose a physical threat to anyone. As well as during many other non-Tokichiro-related incidents.
- Distressed Damsel
- Disney Death: Seemingly falls to her death from the Oni Genbu after the collision with Gifu Castle, but later turns out alive, with no explanation whatsoever.
- Driven to Suicide: In Dawn of Dreams, Ohatsu reveals that she killed herself after hearing of Katsuie's defeat at the hands of Hideyoshi in order to not fall into his hands.
- It's Personal: Nobunaga is her brother who put her into an Arranged Marriage for political reasons, then turned around and menaced the clan she had married into, including the daughters of the man she married, who Oyu came to feel protective of.
- Longing Look: Towards Jubei, several times.
- Orbital Kiss / Last Kiss: With Jubei, if her goodwill towards him is high enough.
- Shower Scene / Waterfall Shower: The opening FMV includes her doing this.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Her and Jubei.
A fat and jolly warrior monk who enjoys liquor and women and food. He's Magoichi's rival and has a past as warlord. He fights the Genma with his trusty Hozoin Spear.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: His spear can cut a bottle neatly in half by flying over it.
- Big Eater: "Good food is one of my weaknesses!"
- Big Fun: Although he does have a darker side.
- Blade on a Stick: A Hozoin Spear (which is a spear with a cutting edge). Later upgradable to a chinese pike and then to a halberd.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The deaths of his family left a mark on him deep down.
- Doesn't Like Guns: He refers to Magoichi as a "coward" for using firearms. Magoichi accuses him of being "too old-fashioned".
- Drowning My Sorrows: It's implied that part of the reason he's such a big drinker is because it's his way of dealing with his past.
- FaceHeel Turn: If your score of friendship with him is minimal, he'll decide to take a job with Nobunaga.
- My Greatest Failure: He couldn't save his wife or his baby daughter Numa from his burning castle, and he freaks out when he comes across a crying baby in Gifu Castle.
- The Rival: To Magoichi.
- Sad Clown: Boisterous, jovial, womanazing and affable, he actually still suffers from the deaths of his wife and daughter.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Magoichi. Although odds are neither one of them appreciate you calling them best buds, or even friends.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes? Why Did It Have To Be Mice?]]: Though unlike most instances, seeing a mouse doesn't paralyze him with fear it makes him unleash a monumental can of whoop-ass on some nearby Genma, as they're blocking the only passage out of the room (and away from the mouse).
The leader of the Saiga Musket Team and a fine marksman, he's a quiet, intelligent warrior who loves to read books.
- Badass Bookworm: He loves books, especially about history and strategy.
- BFG: His Goraishinki and Flamethrower weapons.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially when Ekei is involved.
- Defector from Decadence: Working for Nobunaga pays the bills. However, when the Genma indiscriminately target Magoichi's home village, even this hardened merc realizes that Nobunaga must be stopped.
- Doomed Hometown: Magoichi is trying to avert this.
- Genius Bruiser: A powerful fighter who also enjoys reading books and crafting new inventions.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: He nailed a moth to a wooden beam without even looking in order to scare Ekei off.
- Kill It with Fire: The Flamethrower. Just walk while the enemies in front of you are set ablaze by a stream of hot fiery death.
- The Musketeer: He mostly uses his musket, but that doesn't mean he's vulnerable in melee.
- Old Master: To Ohatsu in the fourth game.
- Only in It for the Money: Averted when Nobunaga turns his sights on Magoichi's home village.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Ekei.
- Rebel Relaxation
- The Rival: To Ekei.
- Spiky Hair: He styles his hair in this manner, to the point that oil that he can use to style his hair is one of the positive gift items you can give him.
- Tall Darkand Handsome: Well, he's not exceptionally tall, but Magoichi is tan and handsome and he knows it. Judging by the way he's often checking his his looks and responds positively to gifts that have to do with his appearance, (such as mirrors and hair oil) he's more than a little vain.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ekei. Although it's less best buds and more
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Sure, he does have a coat but nothing else under it on the chest, except maybe for a piece of armor.
The young leader of the Fuuma Clan serving the Hojo, he's a cheerful shinobi who helps Jubei on his journey. He's really curious about the surrounding world and is distrustful of women.
- Collector of the Strange: He likes many "exotic" gifts, including a compass, a hat, a fable book and a crystal ball.
- Cute Bruiser: Young and cute, has no trouble killing hordes of demons one by one.
- Dual Wielding: He wields ninja blades.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Due to his age, in this case.
- Fragile Speedster: He's the fastest playable character and the most nimble, but he's not very tough himself and is able to take less punishment than the other characters.
- Freudian Excuse: His dislike of women is due to his belief that his mother abandoned him.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Very diffident when it comes to women, especially Oyu. In this case, it's because of his Missing Mom.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How he's killed by Ginghamphatts, if he is Jubei's closest friend.
- Killed Off for Real: If Jubei has a high friendship level with him, Kotaro saves Oyu from Ginghamphatts but gets impaled through the back.
- Lightning Bruiser: Faster than the other characters, he can jump over tall obstacles and cliffs while also making mincemeat out the Genma.
- Ninja: Unlike Kaede though he's an actual historical character.
- Parental Abandonment: Especially a case of Missing Mom.
- Sad Clown: He has a very cheerful and carefree attitude, scratching the surface reveals that he isn't nearly as carefree as he likes to pretend.
Onimusha 3: Demon Siege
Voiced by: Jean Reno (FR - Mocap, Voice), Takayuki Sugō (JP), Paul Mercier (EN)
An active member of the General Directorate for External Security in Paris, and the second main character in Demon Siege. When Paris is invaded by the Genma, he fights them alongside his fellow operatives, but as Samanosuke arrives, a mysterious energy dome sent him to Japan, five hundreds years in the past, where he's charged by the Oni Guardians with the task of slaying the Genma and helping Past Samanosuke on his way. Armed with a second Oni Gautlet and the Oni Whip, he fight his way to come back from the past and defeat the Genma.
- Badass Biker: Albeit briefly, he knows exactly how to use it to defeat enemies and make a large jump to a sailing ship.
- Badass Longcoat: Which he can upgrade, and works as well as Samanosuke's actual armor.
- Berserk Button: Do not harm those he cares about. Just don't.
- The Chosen One: He's the only other character besides Samanosuke who was entrusted with the Oni Gauntlet, and the first Western one at that. Of course, this was before Onimusha Soul.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's much more snark-prone than Samanosuke and Jubei.
- Double Weapon: The Raisen is a double-ended spear with a blue shaft, though in this case the segmented shaft makes Jacques able to attack better with both ends.
- Epic Flail: His Hyosai mace. By the time it's fully powered up, the ball is nearly as big as his whole torso, and he has to drag the whole thing around.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: His Elemental Weapons in the game: Enja, Hyosai, and Raisen respectively.
- Ink-Suit Actor: For Jean Reno, though he only provides his voice in the French scenes, despite Reno originally being scheduled to voice the character in English as well.
- It's Personal: After Henri is killed by Ranmaru (he gets better), Jacques beats Ranmaru to death with his bare hands.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: At one point, while in Mount Saint Michel.
- Leitmotif: "Pride ~ Jacques' Theme", an epic orchestra with a hopeful tone.
- The Musketeer: He uses his gun as a sidearm to attack his whip-bound target or nail him with bullets as a coup-de-grace.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: How he kills Ranmaru both in the past and in the present.
- Papa Wolf: Especially after the death of his wife before the events of the game. His biggest priority is his son Henri's protection.
- Power Fist: The Oni Gauntlet. Which he uses to pommel Genma Ranmaru to death.
- Power Glows: The "Rings" around said Gauntlet will change in color depending on the weapon currently equipped.
- Whip It Good: Along with the Oni Gauntlet, he receives a Oni Whip which becomes his weapon of choice. All of his weapons have a whip motif, which he can use to bind enemies and reach certain places with Oni Fireflies.
- Whip Sword: The Enja. He also acquires the Raisen, which is a dual-bladed multi-sectioned spear with jagged blades.
Lieutenant Michelle Aubert
Voiced by: Yuu Asakawa (JP), Jennifer Hale (EN)
Jacques' fiancee and a high-ranking officer of the French Army who aids Samanosuke in his quest. She wishes to also earn the trust of Jacques' son Henri and keep him safe from the Genma attacking Paris.
- Action Girl: Comes with being in the French Army, but she takes it up a notch by having only the bare-minimum access to Oni magic (that is, to say, a Soul Bracelet and nothing else).
- Badass Normal: Her only supernatural help is a bracelet which allows her to take the souls, but that's all there is. She'll kill any Genma in her way with her guns alone.
- BFG: Her Grenade Launcher.
- Fanservice: Her secret costume is a tiny bath towel. And her normal outfit still sports some generous cleavage.
- Fonzarelli Fix: For the boat in the Boulogne Zoo.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Like Oyu, she's competent in gameplay, but she's easily overwhelmed twice in cutscenes. Then again, it's more forgivable than Oyu, as in the second occasion she's rammed by a beast the size of a rhino.
- The Gunslinger: The resident markswoman of the game. Her arsenal includes a standard-issue assault rifle, a Shotgun, a Precision Rifle and, lastly, a Grenade Launcher.
- Leitmotif: "Courage, Love and Ammunition ~ Michelle's Theme", a string orchestra with just as much of a hopeful tone as Jacques' theme.
- Mama Bear: Towards Henri, despite his initial cold attitude towards her for being a stranger in his life.
- Standard Female Grab Area: Variation, Guildenstern grabs her in the back of the neck while she's distracted in a cutscene.
Heihachiro "Heihachi" Tadakatsu Honda
Voiced by: Tessho Genda (JP), Dee Bradley Baker (EN)
A vassal of Tokugawa Ieyasu who's complied to work alongside with the genma, but has other plans. Wields the Genma Tonbo spear.
- Adaptational Wimp: In most adaptations of Sengoku-era Japan, Tadakatsu is considered the strongest warrior of his time, and survives into the Edo era. Here, he's only just as powerful as any other playable character and is killed off before Hideyoshi's rise to power.
- Almost Dead Guy: Found in this state by Jacques, still manages to tell him where to find Nobunaga.
- Blade on a Stick: His Genma Tonbo spear.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Subverted, he offers to join the heroes, but Jacques tell him to stay inside Azuchi as a mole.
- HeelFace Turn: Arguably, since he wasn't really evil to begin with.
- Hero of Another Story: Avaible as a special mode after completing the game, which explains what he was doing in the Oni Temple.
- Killed Off for Real: Killed in an ambush by Ranmaru and his minions.
- Punch-Clock Villain
- Recurring Boss: He's fought twice.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Half of his chest is bared.
- Weapon Twirling: His super mode has him slowly marching forward as he twirls his spear, whose blade turns red for the duration of the move.
Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Kusuda (JP), David Beron (EN)
The main Hero of Dawn of Dreams, he's a powerful warrior clad in a blue armor that stands against the evil Hideyoshi and burns down the "Cherry Trees" (actually Genma Trees) which are gathered from all over Japan. He'll soon find himself allied with four other characters with great powers and work with them in order to stop the Genma and their plans for The End of the World as We Know It.
He's actually the avatar of the Oni God of Darkness, destinated to slay Fortinbras at the cost of his own life. His true name is Hideyasu Yuki, and he's the bastard son of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
- BFS: His entire arsenal is composed of huge Broadswords, with varying levels of weight determining the combo lengths. His main weapon, Lamentation, is also one of these, as well as imbued with the power of darkness.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards Minokichi and Jubei.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He may be known as the "Black Oni", a nickname that makes him sound like a monster, and his starting sword is imbued with the power of darkness, but he's a good guy. A scroll found on Mount Hiei mentions that he risks to turn evil and destructive, but after recovering the Oni Orb, said risk is reduced.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially early on with Minokichi and Jubei, but he becomes less of a snarker when the gang is fully formed.
- Diagonal Cut: How he deals with the Genma Colossus at the beginning.
- Heroic Sacrifice / The Hero Dies: As the avatar of the God of Darkness, his fate is to give his life in order to save millions in the final battle against the Genma God of Light, which he ultimately ends up doing.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: Yuki Hideyasu did become a daimyo on his own, but didn't gain any notoriety in battle during the Sengoku Period. Soki, on the other hand, is a bonafide demon-slaying badass.
- Holding Back the Phlebotinum: Implied to be the reason why he only gains his Onimusha transformation late in the game after dislpaying it in the intro: apparently he was holding back for Hideyoshi.
- Holy Hand Grenade: His Requiem sword is a sword-shaped grenade. When used, it can purify the targeted enemy and release extra purple souls.
- Infinity +1 Sword: The Gokumonji sword used by Samanosuke to kill Nobunaga in 3, found at the bottom of his Dark Realm run.
- It's Personal: Against his former liege and foster father Hideyoshi, after his corruption by the Genma.
- It Was a Gift: His initial sword "Lamentation" was a gift from his mother before she vanished mysteriously.
- Leitmotif: "Soki's Theme", also called the "Blue Oni" theme, a heroic orchestra piece that sounds hopeful and energetic.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: As he quickly reminds Munenori:Soki: "I forgot to tell you: I'm one enemy you don't wanna make either."
- Oblivious to Love: Jubei has an implied crush towards him, but Soki never seems to notice it himself.
- Oh, Crap!: His reaction when Hideyoshi recovers from the battle, revealing that his Onimusha powers where not enough.
- One-Man Army: See the game's intro. It gives Samanosuke some fierce competition for this trope.
- Pet the Dog: His tender moments towards Jubei, Ohatsu and Minokichi are a good example of this. Even in the intro cutscene, he destroys a huge number of Genma to save a child and even returns their ball once he's done.
- Physical God: He's the avatar of the God of Darkness, the Black Oni. As a result, he could be the most powerful being in existence, even stronger than the Onimusha.
- Power Glows: The Requiem sword.
- Razor Wind: A few of Soki's swords, including his Infinity +1 Sword, can do this. This trait is actually shared by many of his fellow teammates sans Ohatsu.
- Red Baron: The "Oni of the Ash", earned for his reputation of burning down the Genma Trees. Later called by the proper title of "Black Oni".
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The color-swapped Red Oni to Tenkai, being cockier and more prone to snark.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against Hideyoshi. It's the driving force behind his actions up until the climax.
- Say My Name: "HIIIIDEYOSHIIIIIIII!!!" (cue to Single-Stroke Battle)
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He witnessed the horrors of the Korean campaign and the use of Genma insects on soldiers to make them unstoppable.
- Sticks to the Back: Requiem.
- That Man Is Dead: The main reason why he goes by the name of Soki. More noticeable against Ohatsu.Ohatsu: "I'll have to shoot you... Hideyasu Yuki!!Soki: " I no longer go by that name "
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Requiem, as part of his Sword of Purification technique.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He confesses to Jubei that he adores boiled Taro, and he'd eat nothing but that if it were for him. Jubei's not amused.
- 24-Hour Armor: A bulky blue set he's never seen without.
Jubei Akane Yagyu
Voiced By: Yukana (JP), Nika Futterman (EN)
Sekishusai's granddaughter, the strongest swords
manwoman in the Yagyu village. She's looking for her uncle Munenori in order to avenge the villagers he killed when he turned against the Yagyu. She ends up aiding Soki in his quest.
Jubei is small and light on her feet. She's able to cross narrow pathways and crawl through tight spaces to areas the others cannot reach. Her special command allow her to taunt enemies and distract them from attacking Soki.
- Bad Ass Adorable: A cute little girl who's carrying the current title of Jubei Yagyu of the Yagyu village, passed down from her grandfather.
- Berserk Button: Calling her "little" and treating her like a child. She also doesn't take well to people implying she should be more "feminine".
- Bratty Half-Pint: At the beginning. She ultimately grows out of it as she sticks around with Soki.
- Break the Cutie: Even before joining with Soki, she set out to kill her own uncle after he murdered several people from her home village, many of which being her friends and family. The rest of the game's plot serves to break what's left.
- Counter-Attack: Her Quick Draw is, in short, this: upon taking her defensive stance, she counters any attack with a iaido attack.
- Diagonal Cut: Often, mostly seen with her Quick Draw technique.
- Eyepatch of Power: After the battle against Fortinbras, she takes to wearing a sword hilt as an eyepatch.
- Heroic BSoD: After being defeated and captured by Munenori in Kyoto. She snaps out of it when Soki and Ohatsu rescue her in the Azuchi Castle ruins.
- I Shall Taunt You: As an ally, she can taunt enemies to draw attention away from Soki.
- Interface Screw: Her Awakening can actually do this to the player's benefit, as it will also slow down timers in Tests of Valor.
- It's Personal: Her vendetta against Munenori, especially the third and fourth boss battles with him, which are one-on-one duels against him.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Her crush on Soki ends in the final chapter, when she asks Ohatsu to take care of him, thinking she shouldn't have come between them.
- Katanas Are Just Better: One of her combo styles even turns her into a Iaijutsu Practitioner.
- Leitmotif: "Jubei Yagyu Red Theme", a traditional orchestra with an energetic beat and upbeat tone.
- Petite Pride: Tells Soki point-blank she doesn't want a big chest in one of her Hideout conversations. It would only get in the way.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The smallest of all the playable characters, can still pack a punch.
- Please, Don't Leave Me: Her last dialogue with Soki, as he's about to give his life to stop the Omen Star and Fortinbras once and for all.
- Time Master: Her "Awakening" allows her to use her Demon Eye to slow down time.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's the Tomboy and Ohatsu the Girly Girl. Soki even thinks she should at least try to sound more "proper".
- Tsundere: Moreso in the game's first act, less so when she becomes more acquainted with the others and becomes more open about her emotions. That being said, she still plays this trope straight regarding her crush on Soki.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Seen with her combo of greaves and vest.
Voiced By: Sanae Kobayashi (JP), BJ Ward (EN)
One of Hideyoshi's retainers, a musket-wielding woman and an old friend (and love interest) of Soki. Due to her fright of Hideyoshi's power and also because of the Genma Insects, she tries to persuade Soki to stop his rebellion against the Toyotomi and join them, but after he saves her, she chooses to side with him.
Ohatsu's specialties are firearms and explosives. She can unseal doors locked with Genma membranes and use her grappling tool to swing across gaps to areas normally inaccessible by any other means. Furthermore, she can snipe certain targets to open a path, and her special command is to fire a cover shot that will stun enemies for easier pickings.
- Action Girl: Becomes more evident after being freed by Munenori's control and allowed to cut loose. She's downright devastating with her guns.
- Attack Drone: Can summon these for her Super Mode, in imitation of Nobunaga's Genma form from Onimusha 3. How she inherited her originally-human uncle's abilities through blood is never addressed.
- Bare Your Midriff: After some serious Clothing Damage, her new outfit has this. Since the previous outfit was baggier to hide the Body Horror caused by the Genma Insects, she's actually glad to be able to use something lighter.
- Body Horror: She was infected with Genma Insects so she wouldn't leave Hideyoshi's side. As a result, they tore through her body and caused some serious damage, until she was left a moaning, blood-spewing puppet that was driven to fight against her will. Soki's Purification technique and some rest thankfully rid her of the bugs and body damage.
- Demolitions Expert: She can use gunpowder and explosives as part of her arsenal, as well as to clear paths previously unavailable to the party.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: An armlet she uses to attach onto high poles and swing across gaps.
- The Gunslinger: Her whole arsenal is based on guns and rifles of all types, ranging from shotguns to slug launchers to laser guns.
- HeelFace Turn: Downplayed, the only reasons why she was following Hideyoshi was due to the Genma Insects keeping her in check and her fear of backlash. With the insects gone, she's allowed to finally cut loose against him.
- It's Personal: Much like Soki, she harbors deep-seething hatred against Hideyoshi for his turn to evil, but Soki is ultimately the one to harbor the most personal anger towards him. Ohatsu instead feuds with the Genma priestess Ophelia, who pretended to be her sister Yodo and later fights Ohatsu one-on-one on the party's way to Fushimi Castle.
- Leitmotif: "Ohatsu's Theme", a beautiful traditional piece with a coordinated beat.
- Macross Missile Massacre/Robo Teching: Her Awakening summons a barrage of missiles that can target and home in on enemies.
- Master of Unlocking: She can remove Genma locks with special explosives.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Soki, since at least their late childhood.
- Stripperific: Her outfit after the first one was destroyed.
- Tsundere: Type 2.
Voiced By: Hideo Ishikawa (JP), Josh Keaton (EN)
A mysterious white-haired monk wearing a red suit of armor who knows many secrets regarding the Oni and the Genma who meets Soki and Jubei at Sawayama before joining them as an ally. On his quest to destroy the Genma, he helps to bring the team together and, despite seemingly dying in Kyoto, he comes back from Hell to finish the battle.
Tenkai has the ability to speak with the souls of the dead for hints and key items. He can also increase your strength with his special command of Praying.
- Blade on a Stick: Can use spears and halberds.
- Canon Character All Along: He's actually Samanosuke Akechi.
- The Comically Serious: He's the most serious and devoted of the group, but that doesn't stop him from snarking here and there.
- Cool Old Guy: His age is deliberately left vague, along with his design not being helpful enough to determine a number. The only thing certain is that he's been around for a while, and he's easily the most knowledgeable member of the group, as well as a capable fighter.
- Cunning Linguist: Speaks fluent Spanish, which is how the group manages to talk Roberto into joining their cause at first.
- Genius Bruiser: Intelligent and can speak other languages, and just as capable of dishing out pain towards the Genma.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He puts himself in front of Hideyoshi's attack so Soki and Ohatsu can escape to Mt. Hiei. Thankfully it doesn't last.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: The real Tenkai Nankobo was a monk of the highest Buddhist order who acted as a consultant for many important figures in Japan's shogunates, as well as the man in charge of rebuilding monuments previously destroyed by Nobunaga. This version of Tenkai is not only a monk, he's also a profficient fighter and magic-user who can go toe-to-toe with demons without breaking a sweat.
- Some historical accounts also speculate that he's actually an alias of Mitsuhide Akechi, who took the name after his disappearance in the Battle of Yamazaki, then living as a monk for the remainder of his life. The game plays with this rumor, as Tenkai here would actually be Mitsuhide's son-in-law.
- Holy Hand Grenade: He can throw purifying spell tags that attach onto enemies and explode. One of his techniques can also turn an enemy good for a short duration.
- It's Personal: While not as strong as the other characters, the game gives him a rivalry of his own with Mitsunari, The Dragon to Hideyoshi's rule of Japan. In reality, he's opposing the Genma Claudius, who is possessing Mitsunari.
- Leitmotif: "Tenkai's Theme", a techno remix of the Onimusha 3 main theme with an added choir. Given Tenkai's real name, this doubles as a Musical Spoiler.
- Light 'em Up: His Awakening imbues his weapon with holy power and the ability to use "Light Arrows".
- Malevolent Masked Man: At first in Sawayama, before revealing it was a Secret Test of Character.
- Theme Naming: His weapons are named after gods and concepts of Hinduism.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: A color-swapped Blue Oni to Soki's Red Oni, being insightful, wise and knowing how to strategize.
- Simple Staff: His Weapon of Choice, but he can also wield halberds and spears.
- The Smart Guy: Tenkai is the most cultured and wise of the group, and the one who actually lays out the plans to follow.
Voiced By: Wataru Hatano (JP), Juan Monsalvez (EN)
A huge Westerner who was born and raised in Japan by the Western priest Luis Frois. However, when Luis turned evil, he was forced to run away and now he's seeking revenge on his foster father for killing his other students. He joins Soki after being rescued by him, with the intent to kill Luis.
His immense physical strength allows him to move heavy objects and levers, as well as opening heavy iron doors by punching them and handling stiff levels the other characters can't move. He can also be ordered to go Berserk, a variation of going all-out but without being able to flinch.
- The Big Guy: He's the largest and physically strongest of the characters, letting him solve problems that require brute strength.
- Boxing Battler: He has the "Exorcising Beads" Gaia Uranos implanted in his arms, so that he can tear the Genma apart with his bare hands, as well as destroy the Dark Stones. While powerful, he has considerably less range than other characters. Plus, he cannot dodge by dashing away (he bobs and weaves like actual boxers).
- But Not Too Foreign: He's half-Spanish, half-Japanese. This was the cause of a lot of harassment towards him and his mother, to the point he refused to speak Japanese. However, he begins to open up to Soki and company due to their kindness and understanding.
- Character Development: The first time he appears, he's grouchy, unresponsive and refuses to talk to the other companions. After being saved again, he warms up and reveals his true colors, and ultimately ends up considering Soki and the others as True Companions.
- Gentle Giant: His favorite book is Romeo and Juliet.
- Genius Bruiser: He's pretty much as intelligent as his foster father when it comes to machinery, but he can also pummel the Genma to death with only his hands.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Subverted in that it's actual, fluent Spanish, but he resigns himself to only this language when you first meet him. He drops it after warming up to the party.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Develops a budding crush on Ohatsu that ultimately isn't realized.
- Leitmotif: "Roberto's Theme", a melancholic piano and guitar theme, but still full of energy and drive.
- Power Fist: Gloves and Gauntlets are his weapons of choice.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against Luis Frois for the murder of his other students, Roberto's friends. Even after the reveal that Luis is being possessed by the Genma Rosencrantz, he still feels it's better to put his father out of his misery.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His special Limit Break move.
- The Quiet One: In the first part of the game, he doesn't speak at all outside of cutscenes, with even his battle dialogue being muted.
- Theme Naming: His strongest weapons are named after archangels.
- You Will Not Evade Me: His Death Grip technique, which immobilizes enemies in strings and lets him throw them around.
Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka (JP), Fumihiko Tachiki (JP - Warlords Remastered), Denis Akiyama (EN - Warlords), Richard Doyle (EN - Blade Warriors, Demon Siege)
The wicked warlord from Owari. He was killed at Okehazama, only to be resurrected by the Genma in order to be their vassal in the conquest of Japan, as well as the world. After Fortinbras' demise, he takes over his throne and becomes the new Genma Lord, becoming the main human antagonist of the series.
While he's the main point of conflict in the first game, he isn't faced directly until "Samurai's Destiny" by Jubei Yagyu, and even then he comes back one more time for "Demon's Siege" to fight Samanosuke, at the infamous siege of Honno-ji.
- Badass Cape: His outfits throughout the series always include one, with particular mention going to his armor in 3 where it nearly touches the floor.
- Big Bad: In the second and third game respectively, where he had successfully taken control of the Genma hordes.
- Conqueror from the Future: Inverted in the third game, where he would be a Conqueror from the Past had Guildenstern succeeded in bringing him into the future using the Time Folder.
- Cool Sword: His Weapon of Choice. Revealed to be a Whip Sword in Demon Siege.
- Counter-Attack: Remember that really useful Issen attack of yours that enables you to severely damage a boss if you parry in time? Well, he can do that in 3. Have fun
- Demon King Nobunaga: One of the standout examples of the trope, as the ruler and supreme commander of the Genma for most of the Onimusha franchise. Though it wouldn't be Capcom's last venture into this trope in regards to Nobunaga.
- Demon Lords And Arch Devils: He became the new Genma Lord after Fortrinbras's death, staying in the position until "Demon Siege".
- Elemental Powers: The same as Jubei's in 2, while in 3 he uses the familiar trio of Fire Wind Lightning in reference to Samanosuke's three starting weapons.
- Evil Overlord: Of the Genma, after the fall of Fortinbras in the first game.
- Face Death with Dignity: "A man's life is 50 years but a wink in the life of the cosmos "
- Flaming Hair: His final form in the third game.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Arguably one of the most famous examples of Nobunaga being shown as a ruthless, evil conqueror with ties to powerful occult forces bent on world domination and gratuitous human slaughter. Many who remember Nobunaga as a video game antagonist usually think back to "Onimusha" as one of, if not THE codifier for the image of Demon Lord Nobunaga.
- Impromptu Tracheotomy: Died the first time with an arrow through his neck as he rushed into battle. And then the Genma brought him back.
- Kill It with Fire: Like his historical counterpart, he likes to do that.
- Much like the historical accounts suggest, he also did "perish amidst the flames of Honnoji Temple". He was actually sealed for eternity inside the Oni Gauntlet, but it's not entirely wrong either.
- Load-Bearing Boss: After his defeat in the second game.
- Non-Action Big Bad: For most of Demon Siege. While he is the main villain controlling the Genma, that's about all he does until the final battle. For all the talk of bringing him into Paris in the future, Nobunaga himself doesn't seem to be in the know about the plan he notably reacts with confusion when Samanosuke is caught in the Time Folder's transportation, and comments that Jacques "ran away" when he's sent back to the future after one fight with him, then reacting in shock when Samanosuke enters the room after already defeating his past self.
- One-Winged Angel: Twice in 2 (his demon form and later the Golden Evil Statue) and once in 3, always assuming a demonic form to fight the main characters.
- Orcus on His Throne: In all the games he appears he's only met and fought at the very end.
- The Quisling: In the first game, he strikes up a deal with Fortinbras to take over Japan in his name.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: After becoming a Genma, his eyes gained a red glow, signaling his inhuman state.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: His soul is sealed inside the Oni Gauntlet, who uses part of his powers to power up Soki in the battle against Fortinbras in Dawn of Dreams.
- Spikes of Villainy: On his armor.
- Take Over the World: Starting with Japan. Demon Siege one-ups this by having him starting a simultaneous invasion of both the past and future.
- Took A Level In Bad Ass: From "The Fool of Owari" to Lord of the Genma.
- We Will Meet Again: To Jubei Yagyu in the second game.
Voiced by: Tamio Ôki (JP - Warlords, Demon Siege), Hōchū Ōtsuka (JP - Warlords Remastered), Michael Stark (EN - Warlords), Neil Ross (EN - Blade Warriors, Demon Siege)
A skinny, evil Genma scientist who resurrected Nobunaga and created many horrible monsters to unleash against Samanosuke. He's a heartless monster who performs all sorts of terrifying experiments, all for the sake of his demented view of science.
He becomes a bigger threat in "Demon Siege", staging the invasion of Paris, France in 2004 through his newly-invented Time Folder, seeking to bring Nobunaga and a bigger legion of Genma into the future in order to conquer it. Samanosuke then finally manages to bring his twisted machinations to an end.
- Badass Cape: In Demon Siege.
- Back from the Dead: In the manga TWILIGHT OF DESIRE, he's briefly brought back to life, seeking revenge, but he's stopped and sent back to hell by Tenkai.
- Bare Your Midriff: A rare (and, let's face it, squicky) male example in Warlords and Blade Warriors.
- Berserk Button: Humans in general, but especially if one "dares" to insult or belittle him.
- Black Comedy: Often. Perhaps the best example is his excited "And what's this? Ooh, a liver!" whilst in the middle of dissecting some poor sod.
- Boss Banter: When you fight him in "Demon Siege", where he mostly just issues commands and activates a Time Folder to rewind the battle and give him an unfair advantage.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Like the majority of the Genma. He relishes in being an evil, twisted monster.
- Combat Tentacles: Subverted. In his first appearance, he produces slim red tentacles from his shell-like nape to better dissect a dead man on his table. He never shows them again in the story or afterwards, neither does he use them in combat when he's fought in "3".
- Detachable Lower Half: In order to float around his boss arena.
- The Dragon: To Nobunaga, although he openly comments he finds him "foolish".
- Establishing Character Moment: His introduction, in which he's gleefully experimenting on an unfortunate dead human. See Black Comedy above.
- Evil Genius: A Genma scientist working to enslave humanity and conquer the world through genetic experimentation and bio-mechanical contraptions.
- Evil Gloating: Often.
- Evil Is Hammy: One of the hammiest among the Genma's ranks, and that's saying something.
- Evil Laugh: All the time.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He has a deep, distorted voice in the Japanese dub, in stark contrast to his eerily high-pitched voice in the English dub.
- Fantastic Racism: He loathes humans (their internal organs aside) and often refers to them as "maggots", which is a shared sentiment by the Genma as a whole.
- Flunky Boss: During his boss fight, he summons two Fobora (Dark Puppets) to help him. And if you kill them, he'll revive them. Again and again.
- For Science!: Carries out inhuman experiments on animals and plants alike, creates horrifying machines that mix human flesh and mechanical parts and developes horrifying new weapons for the Genma, all in the name of his twisted pursuit of "science".
- For the Evulz: What his "science" ultimately is, finding new ways to make horrible things happen.
- The Ghost: In the second game, he's mentioned a couple of times but never encountered.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: He gets away with all sorts of atrocities in the first two games, but you finally get to kill him in the third.
- Landmarking the Hidden Base: In "Demon Siege", he sets up shop at Mont-Saint-Michel to instal his first functioning Time Folder prototype in the future, but his personal headquarters are situated at the Boulogne Zoo in Paris proper, better suited for his experiments on animals and humans alike.
- Large Ham: He absolutely devours the scenery whenever he's on-screen.
- Lean and Mean: He's basically a walking skeleton with dessicated skin and a shell-like head.
- Leitmotif: "Demon's Siege" gives him the initial chorus of Mozart's "Dies Irae" during his first appearance. It later gets retooled for his boss theme as well.
- Mad Scientist: One of the Genma's scientific experts in all things awful and inhumane, along with his collaborator Rosencrantz.
- Meaningful Name: Guildenstern is yet another Genma named after a character in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet", namely one of Hamlet's best friends along with Rosencrantz, charged by his uncle, King Claudius, to distract him from his apparent madness.
- Moral Myopia: Best shown when he first discovers the Boulogne Zoo. Not only can he not understand any motive for confining animals in such a fashion besides cruel experimentation, but he's outraged that humans dare do such a thing to "creatures they are barely above them". Yes, the guy who does nothing but experiment on humans and repeatedly refers to them as "maggots" is outraged at the thought of humans experimenting on animals. He "helps" the animals to seek revenge by turning them into Genma, which kills most of the species he experiments on.
- No Indoor Voice: He does occasionally hiss his lines at Samanosuke, but most of the time he's building up his delivery into a hammy dramatic flourish at the end of each sentence. Doesn't help that his voice reverberates.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: Courtesy of Mozart's "Dies Irae" being his leitmotif for "Demon Siege".
- Plagiarism in Fiction: He copied many of the Oni's projects (especially those regarding the Time Folder) while claiming that there's nothing wrong with it if it's for the Genma's progress.
- Power Echoes: His voice has a noticeable reverb whenever he speaks.
- Power Glows: When you fight him, he glows light green and can engulf his staff in flames. On the other hand, the red glow of his briefly-exposed spine means that he's vulnerable to attacks.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: They even glow in Demon Siege.
- Time Master: He managed to build a Time Folder, but doesn't know how to make it work properly. By the time Samanosuke has killed him, however, he has finally made a stable Time Folder ready to operate.
- Would Hurt a Child: He proves this when he fully intends to dissect Henri alive before turning him into a Genma.Guildenstern: How I love children. Their organs are so fresh and soft...
The first serious opponent faced by Samanosuke, is a huge, clumsy demon with large fangs and a club who kidnaps Princess Yuki. He's killed by Samanosuke's Raizan sword. However he still makes some cameos in the second game and he has even a statue in Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams. In Onimusha Soul he's implied to be the Genma form of Musashibo Benkei.
- The Brute: Really, he doesn't have strategy beyond "hit with club" and "charge".
- Carry a Big Stick: Wields a Kanabo.
- Dumb Muscle
- Evil Sounds Deep / Guttural Growler
- I am a Humanitarian: Plans to eat Samanosuke after killing him. He claims that angry humans are very tasty.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Threatens to kill and devour Samanosuke. After his death, his corpse is consumed by the floating Genma Skulls.
- Kick the Dog: Mocks Samanosuke after knocking him out cold. Also, he will attempt to crush Samanosuke's head if he's downed near him.
- Knight of Cerebus: He's the main reason why Samanosuke needs the help of the Oni in the first place.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Many small fangs and two huge tusks to his name.
- This Cannot Be!: Dies in utter disbelief after Samanosuke finishes him off for good.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: You may have Raizan now, but he's still very dangerous.
A Former Oni warrior who was killed and turned into a Genma by Guildenstern. He faces Samanosuke and later Jacques several times in the first and third games and even makes a cameo in Dawn of Dreams where he attempt to kill Soki in the Oni Mansion but is bested. His role is also to remind Samanosuke what could happen to him if he fails to control his powers.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Once a noble Oni warrior, he was forcibly turned into a monster and unleashed against the very people he sought to protect.
- BFS: A scimitar in 1 and a strange, large broadsword which can grow larger in 3.
- Blow You Away: In the first game, where he wields the powers of the Wind Orb.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Sort of.
- Dual Wielding: His ultimate form in 1 gives him a large blade in each hand.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: A Gauntlet-Shield. He discards it halfway through the battle.
- One-Winged Angel: He gets powered up in 1.
- Power Floats: In 1, after discarding his shield he will start floating above the ground and moving at after-image producing speed.
- Recurring Boss: Seriously, you'll have to fight him a lot.
- Shock and Awe: In 3 he can give you a nasty shock with his greatsword.
- Tragic Monster: According to his background, he was one of the greatest Oni warriors, but was tricked and assassinated by Guildenstern, who turned his corpse against his fellow Oni. To make things worse, he's able to revive/clone him as much as he likes.
- Turns Red: In 3 after suffering enough damage he'll discard the shield and make his BFS bigger and zappy. Literally in the first game, where his second appearence has a red tint and attacks with red energy.
- We Can Rebuild Him: In the first game alone, after his first defeat, he's modified by Guildenstern, first as an even harder hitter and later as a Lightning Bruiser. After his (and Guildenstern's) absence in 3 and his apparent final death in 1, Marcellus comes back as "Ultimate Marcellus" and is encountered twice (or more, if the Dark Realm is visited) as a mini boss.
A female genma that appears in Warlord she face Samanosuke in her giant, wasp-like form with her children but after a long, difficult battle she's killed. In Dawn of Dreams a boss that bears and uncanny resemblance to her appears in Sawayama Castle in one room.
- Bowdlerize: Her transformation scene in the NA version was edited to not show the abdomen emerging from between her legs.
- Fanservice: Her transformation to her demon form from human can be this, or...
- Fan Disservice: Depending on your tastes, of course.
- Flunky Boss: She constantly summons Genma to attack you.
- Giant Flyer: She spends all her time hovering over the arena.
- Guttural Growler: Rare female example, her voice is distorted by a bug-like buzz, appropriately enough. Averted in Dawn of Dreams, where she doesn't speak, save for the occasional screech.
- Identical Stranger: The boss in Sawayama Castle in Shin Onimusha who looks incredibly similar, except for the fact that she's stuck to a wall, larger and looks more decomposed. According to The Other Wiki, they're not the same demon.
- Mook Maker: Subverted, she calls the Genma Drones in her nest her babies, but they actually crawl inside the building from the waters. In Shin Onimusha, the eggs she produces give birth to various different Genma.
- Non-Mammal Mammaries: A giant wasp-woman with breasts.
- Not Quite Dead: After plummeting into the water inside her nest, she emerges and tries to run through Samanosuke, only to be crushed and burned to death by falling debris. In Dawn of Dreams, she appears to be dead at first, only to come back to life and attack when Soki and Roberto are dump inside her room again.
Demon King Fortinbras
Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka (JP - Warlords), Tony Daniels (EN - Warlords)
The King of the Genma, he's a huge, dragon-like demon with three eyes that rule over the Genma. He plans to turn Nobunaga into his powerful, immortal vassal in a dark ritual which involves drinking Yuki's blood in her skull but he's stopped in time and killed by Samanosuke with the powers of the Onimusha. Note, this character refers to Fortinbras in Warlords, for Fortinbras as God of Light see below.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Hitting the tail multiple times will cause him to lose balance and fall forward, allowing you to whack the true weakspot, the head, for massive damage.
- Big Bad
- Breath Weapon: Breaths fire.
- Blow You Away: Can summon tornadoes.
- Demon Lords And Arch Devils: He's the current Demon King of the Genma.
- Evil Laugh: Announces himself with one, which keeps doing in combat.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Has the deepest voice in the game he appears in.
- Eye Beams: Can shoot Laser beams.
- Eye Scream: How Onimusha-Samanosuke kills him.
- Final Boss: Of the first game. And possibly Shin Onimusha too.
- Giant Flyer: He has a pair of dragon-like wings, but he doesn't fly during the battle
- Kick the Dog: Zaps Yuki into unconsciousness with his powers for shit and giggles.
- Large and in Charge: The leader of the Genma in first game and by far the largest.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Nobunaga.
- Monster Progenitor: He's this to the entire Genma Clan, though Guildenstern seems to be capable of producing other lesser specimens unaided.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family
- One-Hit Kill: He has a move that involves grabbing Samanosuke, squeezing him, and breathing fire on him.
- Orcus on His Throne: So much so that you don't even see him till the boss fight with him. Justified according to a document you find, which states that Fortinbras dwells into the deepest abyss of earth, and only manifests to bless his followers during the Dark Ceremony.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The leader of the entire Genma clan, has draconian wings and a long, scaly tail like a serpent.
- Shock and Awe: Can use lightning as well.
- Worf Had the Flu: According to The Other Wiki, this Fortinbras is merely a shell of his original, God Of Light form, which is why Samanosuke can slay him with the Onimusha form alone.
Tokichiro Kinoshita / Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Voiced by: Toru Okawa (JP - Warlords, Demon Siege, Dawn of Dreams), Robert Lee (EN - Warlords), Armin Shimerman (EN - Demon Siege), André Sogliuzzo (EN - Dawn of Dreams), Wataru Takagi (JP - Warlords Remastered)
Starts out as a little devious samurai who serves Nobunaga and often appears to mock Samanosuke or Jubei. After 3 he Took A Level In Bad Ass and took the place of Nobunaga as ruler of the land and the new unofficial Genma Lord. Is actually revealed that he's just a pawn for the Triumvirate and gets a Death Equals Redemption moment
- A God Am I: Often, and justified by his powers.
- Big Bad: In Dawn of Dreams after he succeeds Nobunaga.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Since Nobunaga's death.
- Death Equals Redemption
- Depraved Dwarf: Not literally a dwarf, but he is very short and very repulsive at the same time.
- Dirty Coward: He stands no chance against either Samanosuke and Jubei, and he knows.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For all his faults in Dawn of Dreams he seems to genuinely love Hideyori and Yodo.
- Evil Genius: He can come up with more practical ideas than Guildenstern.
- Evil Overlord: Becomes this at the end of Onimusha 3.
- Giant Space Flea From No Where: In the last fight he drives a Giant Genma Robot made of Bamboo.
- HeelFace Turn: Temporarily and only in the backstory of Dawn of Dreams. After Nobunaga's death, Hideyoshi actually unified Japan in a fair manner, not using Genma power, and as Soki reminiscences about his past, there was a time that Hideyoshi was actually fair and okay, really unlike his sycophantic self in Onimusha 1 to 3. Of course, by the time the game rolls in, the weight of ruling the whole Japan made Hideyoshi resort to Genma once again, and he became the Big Bad. This does facilitate his Death Equals Redemption.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Just like Nobunaga and many others; Hideyoshi was a crafty man who excels in manipulating things in his favor but also a hard-working man and managed to end the bloody war plaguing Japan by unifying them, which was most of the people of Japan wanted, although he did fall into megalomania in his dreams of conquering Korea and China. In this franchise, before he even thought of Korea, he's made to be an utterly smug sleazeball complicit of every of Nobunaga's crimes.
- Karma Houdini: In the first two games.
- Light Is Not Good: Claims to wield the power of Light and can summon shocking orbs of purple light in battle.
- My God, What Have I Done?: A genuine one on his deathbed, in front of Soki, Ohatsu and Yodo.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: At the end of the third game.
- Smug Snake: And how.
- Took A Level In Bad Ass: From Smug Snake to Evil Overlord.
- Voice of the Legion: During the ending of Onimusha 3.
- We Can Rule Together: To Soki, but he refuses.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Ophelia to him after his defeat. But she simply removes the unhatched God of Light rather than kill Hideyoshi.
Onimusha 2: Samurai's Destiny
One of Nobunaga's generals, Ginghamphatts is a large, cocky, spider-like demon who claims to be immortal and attacks Jubei frequently during the course of the game. He finally meet his fate during their last fight on the top of Gifu's main tower. He holds the "Strength" Orb
- An Axe to Grind: His second weapon.
- The Battle Didn't Count
- Bullfight Boss: The second battle with him in the forest has traits of this.
- Detachable Lower Half
- Disney Villain Death: Into a pit of fire, no less.
- The Dragon: To Nobunaga.
- Drop the Hammer: His final weapon is a ludicrously humongous sledgehammer with the Strength Orb encased in it.
- Dual Boss: During the last fight, he and his lower half split and you have to attack his now-floating upper half while dodging his spider half. It backfires against him.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: He has a giant eye on his abdomen (not to mention teeth).
- Kill It with Fire: He finally kicks the bucket after he falls into a fiery pit in the middle of the tower.Jubei: "Try to come back from that."
- Immortality: Retroactive Immortality. He does finally die after the third boss fight against him.
- Large and in Charge
- Large Ham
- No Indoor Voice
- Powerful Pick: His first weapon, as shown above. Makes sense, as he's inside a mine and certain strikes can casually spawn Gold if they hit the ground.
- Recurring Boss
- Skippable Boss: If your Relationship Values with Magoichi are the highest at the end of the game, he'll test his new Bamboo Technology bazooka on him, killing him with one shot.
The self-proclaimed Greatest Swordsman of All Demons, he's an arrogant and skilled swordmaster who fights Jubei several times, seeing in him a worthy opponent. He's quite a Ham and is protected by a magical shield of energy. Is also considerably less evil than the rest of the Genma. He holds the "Respect" Orb.
- Affably Evil: The friendliest and most noble Genma you'll even encounter.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's the strongest Genma Swordsman, and makes it no secret.
- Badass Cape: A tattered but awesome cape to go with his attire.
- Barrier Warrior: He's surrounded by an invisible, powerful barrier.
- The Battle Didn't Count: The first time you can't even touch him, while the second battle automatically ends after a while, even if you're able to land a few attacks on him.
- Boss Banter: Rare, but it does happen sometimes.
- Catchphrase: Do you really need to ask?
- Cool Sword: His glowing longsword, the Oni Slayer.
- Cute Monster Boy: The most human-looking Genma in the series. He's basically a human in a wig and facepaint.
- Cradling Your Kill: Jubei does this after mortally wounding him.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: He comes across as extremely chauvinistic towards the end, when he arrogantly claims that it is the duty of men to rescue "weak" women. Alternatively he was being Tsundere towards her.
- Evil Laugh: Rare, but awesome when he decides to do one.
- Face Death with Dignity: He considers his defeat at the hands of Jubei as an honorable way to go.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: The first two times you fight him, it's impossible to even hurt him.
- Hypocrite: Goes on and on about what a great swordsman he is...while constantly hiding behind an impenetrable barrier.
- Improbable Hairstyle: A "dome" of white hair surrounding his head like some sort of mushroom cap.
- Incoming Ham: Let's see.. tossing your sword blade-first into the ground? Check. Landing with perfect balance on the hilt of said sword a second later? Check. Laugh? Hell yeah....
- Licking the Blade: He kisses it in his introductory cutscene.
- Large Ham: "MY Name is GOOGANDANTESS! The Grreatest Swordsman of ALL... Demons!"
- Lightning Bruiser: Swift as a dancer, strong as a hurricane.
- Monster Knight: While most Genma are nothing more than barely-sentient monsters, Gogandantess behaves like a Noble Demon and master swordsman bound by a code of honor, and is actually much more humanoid than his colleagues.
- Pet the Dog: His rescue of Oyu.
- Running Gag: His constant repetition of his Catchphrase, much to Jubei's annoyance.
- Say My Name: See above for his hamminess. Used in a sadder fashion during his last breath.
- Shout-Out: A document on Onigashima about his attack alongside three more Genma makes him one to Momotaro.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Not an in-game example, but, on the packaging for his official action figure, his name is misspelled as "Gogandantes".
- Villainous Rescue: When he saves Oyu from certain death.
- Worthy Opponent: To Jubei.
An old Genma crone and self-proclaimed concubine of Nobunaga Oda. She's the last of his lieutenants to show up and the first to be killed by Jubei. Is extremely vain and confident of her looks. She possess the "Honesty" Orb, embedded in her purse.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Towards Nobunaga.
- Absolute Cleavage: Her younger self, Juju-ran, has one heck of a cleavage.
- Acrofatic: Faster than she looks.
- Berserk Button: Don't make insulting comments about the way she looks.
- Dark Action Girl: The obligatory evil female Genma from 2.
- Fat Bastard: She's obese and one of Nobunaga's cruelest servants.
- Gonk: She's a warty, grotesque tub-o-lard of a woman with exaggerated facial features and horns.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Compare her present self◊ with her past self, Juju-ran◊.
- Improbable Weapon User: A parasol which can shoot energy blasts and a bladed purse.
- Parasol of Pain: Her weapon is a massive parasol she can use to shoot energy darts or to parry attacks.
- She's Got Legs: As Juju-ran.
- Stalker with a Crush: Towards Nobunaga and Jubei.
- Sword Cane: As Juju-ran, she has a sword hidden in the handle of her parasol.
Onimusha 3: Demon Siege
Voiced by: Ken'ichi Endo (JP), Dee Bradley Baker (EN, Blade Warriors, Demon Siege), Alastair Duncan (EN, Dawn of Dreams)
The General of the Genma army and the strongest Genma warrior, a former Oni like Marcellus. He kills Kaede offscreen and is later slain by Samanosuke. However, he comes Back from the Dead and appears in the fourth game as the last guardian of the Oni Mansion and later as the Final Boss of the Dark Realm.
- All There in the Manual: His entire character is this. His only appearance before Dawn of Dreams is in the opening cutscene of Demon Siege. And yet, he is supposedly the greatest Genma warrior, who managed to kill Kaede before the story begins. He does put up a good fight against Samanosuke in the opening cutscene, but ultimately dies and has no bearing on the plot of 3 at all. You would be forgiven for not thinking he was anything but another strong mook.
- Back from the Dead: In Dawn of Dreams.
- Boss Banter: He speaks almost non-stop during his fight.
- Cool Sword: A Kukri-like magical blue sword. You have to destroy it before you can damage him.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Being a demon, he has no need for shoes.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He appears as a playable character in Onimusha Blade Warriors and is the only character from that game introduced in Onimusha 3. Given his role in Onimusha 3 perhaps including Jacques or Ranmaru instead would have made more sense.
- FaceHeel Turn: Used to be a valiant Oni warrior, but then he betrayed them out of the blue and sided with the Genma.
- Flunky Boss: Reach the deepest bottom of the Dark Realm and he appears along with three Dark Genma Generals, the strongest breed and probably the strongest non-boss enemy in game fullstop.
- Graceful Loser: Takes his death in stride, laughing as he explodes.
- Informed Ability: All There in the Manual. Subverted in the fourth game, where you can have a taste of his power.
- Magic Knight: A skilled swordsman who can still attack with fireballs and shockwaves.
- Master Swordsman: As shown in the intro, he can even outmatch Samanosuke.
- Obviously Evil: Look at him.
- Offstage Villainy: We never actually see him killing Kaede.
- Oh, Crap!: Has this reaction upon realizing that Samanosuke ended up on the vital platform hanging right over the colossal Genma's brain, which ends up causing the destruction of the whole army.
- The Rival: In-Universe, to Gogandantess.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
- Worthy Opponent: Seems to consider Samanosuke one, insisting on fighting him one on one.
Voiced by: Masakazu Suzuki (JP), Josh Keaton (EN)
Nobunaga Oda's young retainer, is a sneaky, soft-spoken samurai that serves the demon lord. In Samanosuke's timeline he's cut down by the samurai and his body is sucked inside the Time Folder. He gets turned into a psychotic genma by Guildenstern and fight Samanosuke several times.
- Ax-Crazy: His Genma self is completely batshit crazy.
- Battle Butler: Self-proclaimed head retainer of the Oda Family.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: As a Genma.
- Boss Banter: Will often scream at you when he's a Genma.
- Came Back Wrong: Guildenstern found his corpse in the future and used it to turn Ranmaru into a Genma.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He's a faithful retainer of Oda Nobunaga, the same warlord who employs demons and monsters to control the world.
- The Dragon: To Nobunaga in the past timeline and to Guildenstern in the present.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Unlike what's stated on the manual though, noone mistakes him for a woman.
- Dumb Muscle: According to his log at least, he honestly doesn't understand Guildenstern's plans or how the Time Folder's work, and thinks Guildenstern's research was rubbish.
- Evil Laugh: Quite prone to them after being turned into a Genma.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: His Genma form has taken a toll on his appearance.
- Fragile Speedster: Due to his small size, he's nimble and fast, but cannot take many blows.
- From Nobodyto Nightmare: As the first boss, he starts out as the easy boss in the game. But later, he becomes a nightmarish Genma with ninja-like speed, strength and agility.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: While Ranmaru has always been a faith retainer of Nobunaga, the historical version is less crazy evil than the one displayed here.
- Kill It with Fire: As a Genma, he can hurl fireballs at you.
- Laughing Mad: As a Genma.
- No Indoor Voice: As a Genma, anyway. He's fairly soft-spoken as a human.
- Not Quite Dead: His Genma self, towards the end of the game. Jacques quickly rectifies it.
- Recurring Boss: He is fought three times during Demon Siege. First time in the Honnoji Temple where he is a Warm-Up Boss, and the following ones as twisted half-Genma.
- Rooftop Confrontation: On top of the Eiffel Tower, as his final boss battle.
- Sissy Villain: Very young, still pretty, violet clothes....
- Smug Snake: Arrogant, condescending and a all-around prick.
- Took a Level in Badass: When he's a Genma he's far more deadly.
- We Can Rebuild Him: Guildenstern got ahold of his corpse and revived him as a Genma.
Guildenstern's pet and keeper of the Oni Underwater Temple, is a huge, two headed dog monster who's encountered by both Samanosuke and Jacques.
- An Ice Person: One of her heads spits Ice, and can create a lightning-reflecting dome or freeze you into a Human Popsicle.
- Body Armor as Hit Points: Not exactly, but as you damage her the armor she wears shatter.
- Breath Weapon: Ice.
- Bull Fight Boss: She'll often charge at you. Jacques at least can use the Oni Firefly to jump over her to dodge.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Seriously, who on this earth could name such a beast "Gertrude"?! Oh, that's right.. Guildenstern.
- Giant Space Flea From No Where: The first time as Jacques is foreshadowed by Ranmaru, but against Samanosuke she simply pops out of a boulder and Ako says something about "having awakened from a 400 year old sleep".
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family
- Power Glows: When she's about to charge you she'll glow in a blue/yellow light.
- Shock and Awe: Her other head summons lightning orbs.
- Taken for Granite: After being defeated by Jacques, which may explain how it ended up encased into a boulder outside of Mount Saint Michel.
Voiced by: Naoko Kouda (JP), Vanessa Marshall (EN)
Nobunaga's wife and Queen of the Genma, she's a despotical, beautiful demoness who's in charge of the works on Azuchi Castle. She's met several times by Jacques and finally fought and killed in the top room of the castle. Highly implied in Onimusha Soul to be the Genma form of Nohime.
- Absolute Cleavage: Due to the fact that she wears, at most, two metal cups on her chest.
- Blade Enthusiast: She uses a series of long knives as her main weapon.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: So it seems from her letters.
- Dark Action Girl: Fights for her husband with a moveset worthy of a ninja.
- Doppelgänger Attack: Does this when her health is low.
- The Dark Chick: She's this in Nobunaga's army, being the most memorable one.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Probably due to being a demon. If Soul is to be believed, it also applied to her human form as Nohime.
- Femme Fatalons: Her nails, without counting the giant red claws on her other set of arms.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: All right, Kichou/Nouhime was just a typical Japanese lady during her time, loyal to her husband and at least inherited the strong will of her father, the Viper of Mino. But of course, entering the contract with Genma means that she HAS to be a psychotic bitch.
- Ms. Fanservice: Aside from her arms and feet, she's quite beautiful, with long luscious hair and perky boobs. Even more so in her human form in Onimusha Soul, sporting a gorgeous western-style dress with an Impossibly Low Cleavage Line.
- Multiarmed And Dangerous: Her two long, red, demonic arms.
- Noble Womans Laugh: Fittingly enough, she does this.
- She's Got Legs: Her kunoichi-like outfit shows off her long, bare legs.
- Stripperific: She wears (for lack of a better word) a really skimpy outfit.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Nobunaga. At least she's more suitable than Jujudormah.
- Upper-Class Twit: Feels contempt for pretty much anyone who isn't Nobunaga and even orders Jacques to bow before her.
- The Vamp
Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams
Voiced By: Shōzō Iizuka (JP), Dave Fennoy (EN)
A samurai who served the Oda and now the Toyotomi. Once a man, he ate a large number of Genma Insects and turned into a massive Genma General. He's leading a caravan of "Cherry Trees" when he's ambushed by Soki in a outpost in Suruga plains. Despite his boasting he gets killed by the Oni of the Ash
- BFS: Like all the Generals, he wields a huge broadsword
- Boss Banter: "Ruffian... you Will PAY!!"
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Partly averted, since he was quite a bastard even before eating the insects
- Degraded Boss: In a twisted, reversed way: the Genma Generals you meet later are a Palette Swapped version of him, but they're all far stronger.
- Dumb Muscle
- Flunky Boss: "Minions!!"
- Malevolent Masked Man: Like all the Generals, his face is hidden under a mask
- Mighty Glacier
- Playing with Fire: He can summon a gushing stream of fire from the soil.
Mitsunari Ishida /Claudius
Voiced By: Norio Wakamoto (JP), Alastair Duncan (EN)
Hideyoshi's right-hand man, is a wicked, malevolent lord who researched the Genma demons and become enticed with their powers. He used the Genma Trees to create Genma Insects, which were used to turn soldiers into fierce, restless demons. He also offered his body to the Genma Triumvirate member Claudius as a vessel, and he's so evil that its unknown where one begins and the other ends. He faces our heroes multiple times during the story. He's finally killed by Sakon Shima and the Genma Claudius is slain first by our heroes in Kyushu and later by Tenkai in Kyoto.
- Affably Evil: He's always polite.
- Animal Motifs: The Mukade (Centipede), seen in his armor and hat.
- Bad Boss: When Sakon is defeated for the third time and sinks into the sea, he leaves him there to die.
- Back from the Dead: Claudius, after falling on the facility and exploding, reappears in Kyoto, probably thanks to the Omen Star.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: The guardians of his fortress are two huge, insect-like monsters. Claudius true form is that of a giant centipede
- Body Horror: When he turns his arm into a swarm of large centipedes
- Card-Carrying Villain: Like Ranmaru, he's simply EVIL. Full stop.
- Creepy Centipedes: Has this motif and can extend one or more centipedes from his sleeves. Claudius takes the form of a gargantuan flying centipede with an Arthropleura-like body, mechanical-looking legs, scythe-like pincers and a vaguely humanoid head.
- The Dragon: To Hideyoshi
- Dragon-in-Chief: He acts a lot to make sure his plans are complete.
- FaceHeel Turn: During his boss fight he can turn your characters against each other.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: The historical Mitsunari, while far from the nicest guy, was only trying to preserve Hideyoshi's legacy, and was merely not that suited for military prowess (he was an administrator) which led to his defeat at Sekigahara. But he's not a diabolically evil person as the Onimusha version showed him to be.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Thanks, Sakon.
- Obviously Evil: You can touch his evilness from a mile away!
- One-Winged Angel: After his second defeat he gets killed by Sakon Shima and Claudius reveal his true, gigantic form.
- Paper Fan of Doom: Always seen with him. Like the one from Samurai Warriors.
- Poisonous Person: He can leave around spots of poisonous purple miasma.
- Power Floats: His standard way to move around in battle.
- Tentacle Rope: He can turn his arm into a mass of shambling centipedes
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After getting Claudius stabbed out of him and being carried off by Sakon, Mitsunari is never seen again.
Munenori Mataemon Yagyu
Voiced By: Keiji Fujiwara (JP), Josh Keaton (EN)
A master swordsman from the Yagyu clan who defected and sided with the Genma. He's an evil Jerkass who has a penchant for having ravens around himself and wields two swords at once. Akane's mission is to find and kill him in revenge for the death of several people from her village. He too has the Demon Eye, given by his mother so he would survive an accident that nearly took his life, something he doesn't seem to care for. Ultimately, he lets himself be infected by the Genma Insects so he will have the power of both the Oni and the Genma within him.
- Animal Motifs: Crows. Besides his raven-black hair, he's always surrounded by a murder of these, which he also uses as part of his combat moveset and torture techniques.
- Ax-Crazy: He hates swordfighting, but has nothing against gore and gratuitous killing.
- Bad Ass Boast:Munenori: "I warn you: I'm one enemy you don't wanna make!"
- Bastard Boyfriend: Gives off this vibe with Ohatsu, along with all the creepy remarks about her body.
- Body Horror: After eating the Genma Insects. Much like with Ohatsu and Sakon before him, his skin becomes discolored and he spews out bile with each coughing fit.
- Card-Carrying Villain: A slightly "realistic" variation, since he's not cartoonish enough to be Laughably Evil, but he's also not serious enough to be too intimidating. He basically just enjoys acting like a complete bastard and will take any opportunity to mentally or physically torture the protagonists.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Mainly because he's batshit insane, but he really takes the cake when, in order to be sure that his taunting message will reach Soki, he shot 500 "arrowgrams" (a message attached to an arrow) at Mount Hiei's Lazuline Hall.
- Combat Pragmatist: His boss fights invoke this constantly. Not only does he have no reservations with sending his murder of crows at the player to deal damage, he'll attack as they defend from his previous barrier-breaking swipe and, should the protagonists knock him down with a combo, he'll get up and throw dust at them to temporarily stun them and leave them wide open for punishment.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: He and his pet crow tried to attack human!Fortinbras. He got all of his bones broken.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: He relishes in being a cruel bastard and having the Genma on his beck-and-call. In the final battle, he's so corrupted and crazed from the Genma Insects that he doesn't even bother to land properly after jumping from a roof.
- Determinator: Evil as he is, he never stops trying to kill Jubei or the other heroes. Even the epilogue hints that he's possibly still alive, despite being visibly struck down by the God of Light himself.
- Dual Wielding: With Shirasaya swords.
- Evil Laugh: Often, even in his boss battles.
- Eyepatch of Power: It actually hides his Demon Eye.
- A Handful for an Eye: One of his tricks in battle.
- Hate Sink: Munenori might not be as brutal as Nobunaga, but the game feels like making you want to hate him even more than Nobunaga; starting with being a willing traitor to the Yagyu clan, being an utter Jerkass to a great caliber, revelling in giving copious Kick the Dog moments with absolutely no regret with minimum involvement of the Genma and, finally, being one of the worst cases of Historical Villain Upgrade within the franchise to the point of only being related to the real Yagyu Munenori In Name Only (as a note; he didn't even bother with politics here).
- Heel Realization: Subverted: when he learns the truth about Sekishusai and his Demon Eye he seems shocked... only to reveal that he doesn't give a damn about it and is content with being the evil bastard he is.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: One of the worst treatments given to Yagyu Munenori, who was actually a stern, fair swordsman-politician who encouraged the usage of swords to protect others, not taking lives gratuitously. Granted, vilifying Munenori was kind of a common practice to rev up the reputation of the more popular Mitsuyoshi, but this one takes it further.
- Jerkass: Just look how he treats Ohatsu, for starters.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Sort of; it's implied that he had Ohatsu infected with Genma Insects to keep her under control. In the final battle, he uses the insects on himself at full power to gain an advantage, but only ends up getting so corrupted that he can barely land on the ground after a jump.
- Laughing Mad:
- Master Swordsman: Jubei admits that he's one of the most skilled warriors from the Yagyu Village, after learning the Yagyu technique from Sekishusai himself. This is something he despises, however, since it's the only technique he's experienced with, and therefore the only way he can fight at all.
- Recurring Boss: You'll fight him more often than many of the other major antagonists of the game, a total of four times.
- Right-Hand Attack Dog: His pet ravens, which he uses in battle. He doesn't seem to care much about them either, though, and can easily replace a dead pet with another one.
- Shoulders of Doom: The better to serve as a perch for his pet ravens.
- Slasher Smile: Pretty much all the time.
- The Starscream: His secret agenda apparently involves resurrecting Fortinbras and then killing him.
- Why Won't You Die?: He just does not know when to die. It's even implied that he's still kicking in the Sequel Hook at the end.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: In his confrontation with Jubei at Nagoya Castle, he reveals he's infected himself with Genma Insects, which means that now he wields the powers of both the Oni (his Demon eye) and the Genma.
Luis Frois /Rosencrantz
Voiced By: Masaharu Sato (JP), Philip Proctor (EN)
A Western Jesuit priest and Roberto's adoptive father, he was a pious, generous man who helped the poor, adopted many orphans and built a Hospital to attend the influx of Westerners to Japan. Then he was hired by Mitsunari Ishida to help him in his research on the Genma and was forcefully possessed by Rosencrantz, changing into a crazy, murderous scientist who sees Roberto as an experiment and nothing else. He, however, used his last moments of consciousness to put the Exorcising Beads in Roberto's arms and sent him away. His "good" side awakens once more after his battle with Soki. He's finally killed and freed when Claudius falls on the Research Facility in Kyushu, causing it to explode. Rosencrantz is fought one last time in Kyoto and slain by Roberto.
- Adaptational Nationality: The real Luis Frois was Portuguese, given that the core of the Catholic Church was set in Lisbon during the Age of Discovery. The game's plot outlines that he's from Spain instead, which was also strongly influenced by the Church but didn't contain their headquarters.
- Alas, Poor Villain: A genuinely good person who was forced into doing terrible things against his will, possibly conscious all the time.
- Acrofatic: Cutscene only, he dodges Roberto's assault with ease. In game he uses teleport instead.
- Anticlimax: When he reappears in Kyushu's facility you'd expect a heated duel to the death as a boss fight with him and Mitsunari joining forces... wait, no, he just stands aside while you fight Mitsunari and Claudius and dies in the explosion when Claudius fall on the facility.
- Back from the Dead: After vanishing in the explosion of the Kyushu Facility he comes back in Kyoto as the Omen Star draws nearer and nearer.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: After the research on the Genma courtesy of Rosencrantz.
- Demonic Possession: He's controlled by Rosencrantz, but he can fight back his influence sometimes
- FaceHeel Turn: He was a good, generous man. Then Mitsunari came...
- Face Death with Dignity: In the giant explosion, Rosencrantz shrieks in pain while Luis simply thanks Roberto and Soki for putting an end to his torment.
- Fat Bastard: Short and portly, not to mention morally bankrupt due to Genma possession.
- For Science!: He's the Scientist of the Genma Triumvirate after all. Subverted in that originally he did use his science for good as Luis.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Played with. While there's not much historical information regarding Frois, he was still a prominent figure in the history of Japan, having lived in Nagasaki most of his life and writing a detailed account of the history of Japan up until the 16th Century. He was also known as a kind man who otherwise just preached the concepts of Christianity to the locals, and also witnessed the fall of Nobunaga in Honno-ji from his church literally across the street. The game's incarnation of Luis is actually still a noble, kind-hearted man, but he's being possessed by a demon making him do horrible things.
- Mad Scientist: He can be considered as Guildenstern's heir. Rosencrantz himself actually is behind this
- One-Winged Angel: Rosencrantz reappears in Kyoto thanks to the Omen Star as a giant fly-like monster.
- Sinister Minister: It's... complicated. And ultimately averted when he regains controls of his senses.
- Shock and Awe: He can summon blue shocking orbs. As Rosencrantz he can hurl a lot of them.
- Tactical Suicide Boss: Keeps summoning scalpels that can be thrown back at him. As Rosencratz, one of his dive-bomb attacks leaves him stuck into the ground for a while, allowing Roberto to whale on him with impunity.
- That One Attack: One of his powers create a clock-shaped aura that will kill Soki and his partner if not removed in time. The only way to stop this is to damage him enough. Magic attacks are the best.
- Verbal Tic: Speaks with a lisp. Only when Rosencratz is in charge.
Voiced By: Kenta Miyake (JP)
A huge, armored samurai who serves Mitsunari Ishida. He's actually compelled to serve the Genma with a demonic mask placed on his face. He's fought by Soki and Tenkai many times and finally defeated at Sakai. He redeem himslef by killing his lord Mitsunari and telling Soki about the teletransport device in Nagoya Castle.
- Attack Its Weak Point: His back isn't protected by the barrier of fire. Hitting him hard enough will cause him to stagger and lose the barrier.
- Blade on a Stick: Wields a huge, spiked Juumonji Yari (Cross-shaped Spear)
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Because of the mask he wears, as the Insects have no effect on him.
- Big Damn Heroes: When Mitsunari raise back from the ground and paralyze all the main characters he literally jumps out of nowhere and impale Mitsunari with his huge spear.
- The Dragon: To Mitsunari
- Expy: It looks like "Hondam" Tadakatsu from Sengoku Basara, another Capcom game. Of course, this incarnation of Sakon came first.
- HeelFace Turn
- "Instant Death" Radius: If you get hit when he swings his humongous spear, prepare to lose a huge chunk of HP.
- Mighty Glacier: And, you can't even attack him from the front, he's protected by a flame shield.
- No One Could Survive That!: After his third and last defeat he fell in the ocean. How could he get out with such a huge set of armor?!
- The Quiet One: He rarely speaks. When he does he becomes a stern yet talkative Mr. Exposition.
- Scary Impractical Armor: To a T.
Hideyoshi's concubine and mother of his heir, Hideyori. She's Ohatsu's Sister. For some reason she's totally faithful to Hideyoshi. It's revealed that she's actually Ophelia, the Genma High Priestess, and member of the Genma Triumvirate with Claudius and Rosencrantz. She fights our heroes in Kyushu and later in Kyoto, but is finally horribly slain by the true Yodo, the Genma Mother Tree.
- Absolute Cleavage As Ophelia, though not as extreme as her artwork shows.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Quite so. After being taken down by Soki she drop the clothing and goes straight to the pure Bitch part.
- Dark Action Girl: After trying her luck with manipulation and tricks, she ultimately faces the party in a physical combat.
- Expy: In-game. Ophelia looks a lot like Vega Donna from the third game, except for the hair, the moth like wings and antennae and the clothes.
- Extra Eyes: Unlike Vega Donna, she has two moth eyes on her head, hidden in her hair.
- Fragile Speedster: She' fast and mostly uses her swiftness to deliver attacks.
- Flunky Boss: The first time she summons hordes of zombies to fight for her. Later she uses Three Eyes.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Impaled and tore apart offscreen by the roots of the Genma Mother Tree/Yodo.
- Macabre Moth Motif: While Claudius is a Creepy Centipede and Rosencratz a fly, Ophelia is a Moth Genma, as seen with her wings, eyes and antennae.
- Made of Iron: As Ophelia she gets shot often at point blank several times, but she doesn't even flinch.
- Manipulative Bitch: She screws with Ohatsu's mind during their first meeting.
- Multiarmed And Dangerous: She has humongous, clawed extra-arms she can employ in combat.
- Poisonous Person: During her boss battle, she leaves behind clouds of Miasma, which can poison you on touch and that you must purify first.
- Upper-Class Twit: She addresses Soki as "Foul Oni", and treat him with contempt just like Vega Donna did.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Unlike Vega Donna, she has short, white hair, and a moth's eyes and antennae in them.
The Genma Mother Tree
The Largest of the Genma Trees and the main source of power for Hideyoshi, it envelops Fushimi Castle in his body. Its song is calling forth the Omen Star which will give to Hideyoshi God-like Powers. Soki's objective is to burn down this tree in order to stop Hideyoshi's plans. The Tree is actually Yodo, Ohatsu's sister, and during the final act she tears Ophelia apart and absorbs Hideyoshi in her body. She's eventually purified by Soki with Requiem, and both Yodo and Hideyoshi are spit out.
The God Of Light Fortinbras/The Man in White
The most powerful Genma, he's the one who created their race, and claimed to have created mankind to serve as food for his children. He was killed during the war against the Oni clan and sealed inside the Omen Star. He's revealed as Fortinbras, the White Serpent and the man in white who appeared to Soki many times ingame. After the arrival of the star his embryo hatches and resurrect the God as the allmighty giant White Serpent, and he later battles Soki in his human form, but he's killed once and for all. It's unknown whether this Fortinbras and the one from Warlords are actually the same demon god, or if the 1 Fortinbras was merely a high class Genma who took his name and appearance.
- Affably Evil: As the Man in White.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: He's probably the biggest boss ever faced.
- Beam Spam: His Man in White form has such an attack.
- The Chess Master: The entire game has Fortinbras' plan unfolding to the very end, being stopped only by Soki's sacrifice.
- Elemental Powers: The good old trio Fire, Lightning and Wind. The Man in White has even more.
- Eldritch Abomination: His true form is surely this, though he usually appears as a Humanoid Abomination, while the White Serpent is merely his "business form" he takes in dark ceremonies.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: During the dialogue before the final battle against Soki, as well as how it's in his nature, he created the Genma in his image after all, and they all cannot comprehend good.
- A God Am I: And he is! He even announces one of his most devastating attacks with such a boast.
- God Is Evil: He's the deity of light and creator of mankind... except that he has the mindset of an Always Chaotic Evil Card-Carrying Villain that is completely alien to the term 'good'. After all, the creatures created in his image was the Genma, not humans (they just serve as foods, in his mind).
- Hijacked by Ganon: If you believe that he's the same Fortinbras from the first game, then yes.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Lore-wise, the humans he used as food for the Genma ultimately turned against his breed, and he can be defeated by sending his giant light sphere back at him.
- Kick the Dog: When he zaps Munenori's crow after he tried to save his master.
- Large Ham: He can give Gogandantess a lesson or two on Hamminess.
- Light Is Not Good: Albeit he has an extremely demonic appearance for an example of this trope, but he still counts. Given that many Genma (such as Hideyoshi or Claudius) are actually vulnerable to light, it's implied that this applies to his own subjects as well.
- Nintendo Hard: Hoo boy. Easily the hardest boss in the whole series.
- One-Winged Angel: Inverted, the White Serpent is a form he takes in order to bless his minions during the dark ceremonies, while the Man in White is his real form, and no less powerful.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: When he prepares his attack: "Feel my power, Feel the end!"
- Roar Before Beating: The White Serpent.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He's sealed inside the Omen Star.
- Unholy Nuke: His strongest attack is a colossal sphere of light shrouded in miasma. In order to make him vulnerable you have to dispel the miasma and chuck the ball back to him.
- Villain in a White Suit: His humanoid form is called 'Man in White' and he's the creator/ruler of the Genma race as a whole.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Soki stabs his guts with Requiem, he blabbers on how it should be impossible to defeat him, and spits on the human race, referring them as 'fools to the end', not being able to comprehend that humanity's goodness and faith are what enabled them to defeat him as Soki coined.
The Princess of Inabayama Castle and a friend of Samanosuke. She asks his help when strange events start happening around her castle. Later she's kidnapped by the Genma and is revealed that she'll be sacrificed in a dark ceremony to give Nobunaga great powers.
- Distressed Damsel: She's the pivot of the first game's plot.
A female Oni with a snake-tail and arcane powers, she lives in a hidden cave near the Yagyu village and sets Jubei on his quest of revenge awakening his Oni powers. She's actually Jubei's mother. She's later slain by Jujudormah who slices her throat.
Jacques' young son. He helped Samanosuke, Michelle and his dad in the past during their battle against the Genma. Despite being distrustful of Michelle at first, he later manages to get along with her.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Only at first.
- Distressed Damsel: You'll have to rescue him twice.
- Improbable Infant Survival: Played straight during the game: he get saved in time by Samanosuke and during the Escort Mission he's smart enough to roll away from damage. Inverted at the end where he's killed by Genma-Ranmaru, but resurrected by the Oni Gauntlet.
- Missing Mom: His birth mother passed away some time before the events of the game.
- Parent with New Paramour: He really doesn't like Michelle at first, but gradually warms up to her.
A Small, cute Karasu Tengu who helps Samanosuke and Jacques in their quest by assisting them with her powers and recovering objects and hidden chests. She reappears in Dawn Of Dreams as Arin, a nun who watch over the shrine on Mount Hiei.
A small, hideous member of the "Mino" clan, is a small, silkworm-like person who appears in the first and third games and can transport Samanosuke and Jacques to the Dark Realm. He reappears in Dawn Of Dreams as a shopkeeper.
A young member of the Mino clan and Soki's sidekick. He's left his clan in order to become a valiant samurai. He can assist Soki and his friends with his powers of Teleport, which can allow them to visit previous levels and go into the Dark Realm. He uses all his powers to send the group from Nagoya Castle in Kyushu to the Akechi Tomb near Kyoto and apparently die for the effort. However, he's shown to have recovered and he's following Jubei now.
Voiced by Brianne Siddall in the dub.
- Fantastic Arousal: A milder example: he gets excited when Jubei tickles his "rope" thing.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Uses all of his lifeforce to send the group from Nagoya Castle to Kyoto, just in time to stop the Omen Star. Subverted in that he survived.
- Non-Human Sidekick: To Soki. They met sometime after Soki fought the Genma in Osaka in 1596 (the game's first level).
- Team Pet: In the party, considering that he cannot help them directly.