Protagonists (Ichiro Ogami | Flower Division (Original Imperial Combat Revue) | Flower Division (Paris Combat Revue) | Star Division | Flower Division (New Imperial Combat Revue)) | Combat Revues (Original Imperial Combat Revue | Paris Combat Revue | New York Combat Revue | New Imperial Combat Revue | Other Combat Revues) | Civilians | Villains
Spoilers for all works, including Shin Sakura Wars, are unmarked.
- Dwindling Party: Beginning with Setsuna's death in the third chapter, the Hive of Darkness are killed off one by one until Satan remains towards the end of the game.
- Saved by Canon: In The Gorgeous Blooming Cherry Blossoms, it's made clear that the group will survive the events of the OVA since they will fight with the Flower Division in the game.
The leader of the Hive of Darkness and a demon general.
- Adapted Out: While Tenkai is a major antagonist in the first game, he doesn't make an appearance in the anime.
- Back from the Dead: He was revived by Aoi Satan shortly after he was killed in the Demon Wars.
- Big Bad: He initially serves as the main antagonist, until he gets killed at the end of the first half.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He may have been killed by the Flower Division, but all there's left at this point is Aoi Satan.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Based on a historical Buddhist high priest.
- Unwitting Pawn: Everything he did at the beginning of the series was allowed to happen by Aoi Satan.
The Lords of DeathHigher-Ups of the Hive of Darkness.
Black/Aoi Satan (Shinnosuke Yamazaki)
Tenkai's Lieutenant. His past life as Shinnosuke Yamazaki has personal ties with Yoneda and Ayame, since he was an original member of the Anti-Demon Squad.
- Back for the Dead: He is revived by Keigo Kyogoku after being killed in his battle with the Imperial Combat Revue. Then, after the revue battles Yamazaki, he's Killed Off for Real this time by Kazuma Shinguji/Demon King.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist of the first game.
- Dragon with an Agenda: He revived Tenkai, who was actually killed in the Demon Wars, for his own purposes.
- Fallen Hero: He was once known as Shinnosuke Yamazaki, a war hero and engineering genius.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He gets stabbed in the back by the Demon King in the first chapter of Thou Shalt Not Die.
- Killed Off for Real: After being revived by Kyogoku following his first death, Yamazaki is permanently killed off when the Demon King stabs him in the back.
- Mind-Control Device: He uses one of these on Sakura.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: With a name like Aoi Satan...
- The Reveal: He is Shinnosuke Yamazaki, one of the four members of the Four Man Band, alongside Ayame, Yoneda, and Sakura's father Kazuma, during the Demon Wars.
- The Starscream: He takes control of the bad guys in the second half.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: In Thou Shalt Not Die, he appears only briefly as a Warm-Up Boss before the Demon King kills him.
- True Final Boss: For the first game.
- Walking Spoiler: It's hard not to talk about Satan without mentioning a plot twist towards the end of the first game.
- Warm-Up Boss: He becomes the first boss to appear in Thou Shalt Not Die.
The only female among the Lords of Death.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: After evading death by the hands of the Imperial Combat Revue, she unceremoniously gets killed off at the end of episode 6.
- Lady of War: Her elegant appearance believes her power.
- Letting Her Hair Down: She first has it up in a traditional style, but after she was revived in the TV series, she began to wear it loose instead. This is a symbol of her growing mental instability brought by her obsession with Sumire — the person who killed her.
- Madness Mantra: Also, the second half of the TV series: "Sumire... Your life... I want your life...!"
A tall, muscular brute with chalk-white skin and an orange mohawk, Rasetsu prefers to cause outright destruction and mayhem. He is the younger brother of Setsuna.
Setsuna appears as a male human 10-year old child. Cunning and manipulative, Setsuna targets his victims' weaknesses before he strikes. He is the older brother of Rasetsu.
- Blinding Bangs: Has mop-like hair that almost completely covers his eyes.
- Facial Markings: Has them around his eyes.
- Femme Fatalons: Has long red nails that he uses as weapons.
- Kid with the Leash: As the older brother of Rasetsu.
- Magical Flutist: Has a flute hanging off the front of his clothes.
- Master of Illusion: Pulls this on Maria to get her to unknowingly attack Sumire.
- Older Than They Look: He is the older brother of the hulking Rasetsu.
Aoi Satan's GroupThe main antagonists in the second half of the original Sakura Wars.
The Three Knights of TwilightAoi Satan's Lieutenants
- Kill 'Em All: By the end of the story, the team ultimately goes down after their battles with the Imperial Combat Revue.
A powerful general in the Imperial Army, Kyogoku is the true leader of the Black Demons. He is the main antagonist of Thou Shalt Not Die.
- Alliterative Name: Keigo Kyogoku.
- Big Bad: He's the actual leader of the Black Demons and the main antagonist of the second game who works with the Demon King as a Big Bad Duumvirate.
- Final Boss: After the Demon King/Kazuma is killed, Kyogoku becomes the final threat the Flower Division has to face in Sakura Wars 2.
- Leitmotif: He has an ominous, dark theme which features a pipe organ and harpsichord.
- No Body Left Behind: He disintegrates into dust once Ogami kills him at the end of the game.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Kyogoku states his goal is to bring back the old Tokyo that existed in the 18th century. But given his willingness to commit genocide, have the army take over the theater, strike fear into the citizens by unsealing Musashi, and ultimately trying to overthrow the government, it seems that he's more interested in causing pain and suffering onto others.
- Ominous Opera Cape: He usually wears a black cape over his green army uniform.
Kazuma Shinguji/Demon King
The father of Sakura Shinguji and widow of Wakana Shinguji as well as a Colonel of the Imperial Japanese Army, Kazuma served as a member of the original anti-demon squadron along with Shinnosuke Yamazaki, Ayame Fujieda and Ikki Yoneda. Although he died in the first demon war, he was revived as the Demon King by Keigo Kyogoku to serve as the co-leader of the Black Demons.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Despite all the bad things he has done as the Demon King, Kazuma's last act of redemption in Thou Shalt Not Die gains sympathy for Sakura and the Imperial Combat Revue.
- Back for the Dead: He was revived by Kyogoku before the events of Thou Shalt Not Die. Then, at the end of the game, he's killed off for real after his Heroic Sacrifice.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Although the Flower Division defeats Satan/Shinnosuke Yamazaki, the Demon King is the one who delivers the final blow.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: He is the man tapped by Kyogoku to lead the Black Demons.
- Cool Mask: He has an oni mask to make himself intimidating to his enemies. It eventually gets destroyed when Sakura and Ogami snap him out of his mind control.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Unlike Satan/Shinnosuke Yamazaki from the previous game, Demon King/Kazuma was brainwashed by Kyogoku into serving him as the co-leader of the Black Demons. By the end of the game, he breaks free from his mind control and performs yet another Heroic Sacrifice as a means to redeem himself.
- Death by Origin Story: He died after he sealed off the demons to save Tokyo in the backstory, which ultimately led to Sakura Shinguji's decision to carry on her father's legacy and become a warrior herself.
- Disc-One Final Boss: As the Demon King, he's one-half of the Big Bad Duumvirate, but by the time he sacrifices himself to save Sakura, there's one more villain left for the Imperial Combat Revue to face: Kyogoku.
- Dying as Yourself: He redeems himself as Kazuma Shinguji to save Sakura, but at the cost of his own life.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Kazuma ultimately meets his end saving his beloved Sakura from certain death at the hands of Kyogoku.
- Heroic Sacrifice:
- In the backstory to Sakura Wars, he managed to fend off the demons in his final moments.
- At the end of Thou Shalt Not Die, he jumps in the way of Kyogoku's blast to save Sakura, giving his life in the process.
- Killed Off for Real: He was revived by Kyogoku to serve as the leader of the Black Demons, but he dies for good at the end of Thou Shalt Not Die.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He is actually Sakura's father, Kazuma, who died in the Demon Wars, and was resurrected by Kyogoku.
- Master Swordsman: Like his daughter, Kazuma is quite a capable swordsman. As the Demon King, Kazuma manages to kill Satan/Yamazaki and curb-stomp his daughter Sakura while he is mind-controlled by Kyogoku.
- Papa Wolf: When Kyogoku fires a blast straight at Sakura, Kazuma manages to step in the way and take the full force of the blast at the cost of his own life.
- Redemption Equals Death: After Sakura and Ogami snap Kazuma out of his mind control, he sacrifices himself to save his daughter from certain death at the hands of Kyogoku.
- Walking Spoiler: The Demon King's true identity and relationship towards Sakura is plot-revealing, even though Kazuma's past life is mentioned in the original game.
One of the Five Black Demons, his element is metal.
One of the Five Black Demons, his element is wood.
- Evil Old Folks: He's a 99-year-old member of the Black Demons.
One of the Five Black Demons, her element is earth.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: She is a woman gifted with six arms and, adding to the multi-armed theme, even extends to the mecha she pilots, which is also multi-armed! Her name literally means "Earth Spider", and her skill set revolves around hitting multiple targets in eight directions on the battlefield. Strangely, concept art shows her wielding a weapon in each of her six hands, though she's unarmed within the game itself.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Tsuchigumo's name translates to "Earth Spider", and she's a very dangerous henchwoman with six arms to boot.
- Time-Limit Boss: In chapter 11, if you take too long to stop Tsuchigumo from going near the central vent, she will destroy the Mikasa and kill everyone on board.
One of the Five Black Demons, his element is fire.
- Playing with Fire: His element is fire, which he can use to burn down buildings.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: He wears a red business suit and a black tie, and is working for Kyogoku.
- Time-Limit Boss: In Kasha's battle with the Imperial Combat Revue, he has set up a bomb in the house where Orihime and Ogata are trapped in. If you don't defuse it in time, Orihime and Ogata will be killed, forcing you to restart the level.
One of the Five Black Demons, her element is water.
Villains in Sakura Wars 3
The spirit of the city of Paris who serves as the main antagonist of Sakura Wars 3, Salu wishes to bring France back to its days before the Roman Empire conquered the country, in order to recreate Gaul (ancient France). Salu appears as a young girl with blonde hair dressed in a colorful jester's costume, with the left side of her face painted white.
- Big Bad: He serves as the main antagonist of Is Paris Burning?, where his actions in recreating Gaul drive much of the game's plot.
- Demonic Possession: She speaks to Ogami through the vice captain.
- Final Boss: After Duke Calmar is killed, Salu becomes the last villain the Paris Combat Revue has to contend with.
- Monster Clown: She dresses in a colorful jester's costume, with the left side of her face painted white.
- Saved by Canon: In École de Paris, Salu has to survive the events of the OVA since she's destined to die at the Paris Combat Revue's hands in Is Paris Burning?.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name is sometimes spelled as Salut.
- Back from the Dead: In the second half of the game, Duke Calmar revives the Phantoms after all of them are killed.
- Kill 'Em All: Every single one of them goes down at the hands of the the Paris Combat Revue.
- Killed Off for Real: By the end of the game, Python, Ciseaux, Masque de Corbeau, Python and Leon are all permanently killed off by the Paris Combat Revue.
A fat, blue-skinned, squid-like humanoid and the leader of the Paris Phantoms. He's one of the main antagonists in Is Paris Burning?.
A short, rabbit-like humanoid who prefers to attack with a giant pair of scissors. He dislikes seeing people happy and being called "Rabbit". Ciseaux appears to have control over rabbits of all sorts, though he appears satisfied with causing small-scale damage.
- Ascended Extra: Ciseaux was featured in Is Paris Burning? as an antagonist. In the musicals, he returns and gets an expanded role as a recurring character. He even reappears in Project X Zone and its sequel.
- Back from the Dead: He gets this treatment more than any of his humanoid companions.
- Berserk Button: He despises being called a rabbit, as shown in the Paris Combat Revue's first battle with him in Is Paris Burning?.
- Killer Rabbit: He's a cute bunny... who is also a bloodthirsty lunatic who likes chopping people up with scissors.
- Meaningful Name: His name is French for the word "scissors". Gee, I wonder what his favorite weapon is?
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He's a Steampunk Killer Rabbit that looks a cross between the White Hare and the Mad Hatter.
- Shear Menace: His Weapon of Choice is a gigantic pair of shears, both while on foot and in his Humongous Mecha, Prelude.'
- Signature Laugh: UUUUUUSA-SA-SA-SA-SA-SA! A bit of a Stealth Pun too, since "Usagi" is Japanese for rabbit.
- Starter Villain: He's the first villain the Paris Combat Revue encounters in Is Paris Burning?.
A deceptively beautiful woman from the Middle East whose face turns snake-like when angry or excited.
An eye-patch wearing, lion-like humanoid who is obsessed with nobility to the point of believing that he himself was the only one worth being called a noble. Arrogant and condescending, Leon gives little thought to the lives of "common people".
A scorpion-themed thief obsessed with works of art, Nadel enjoys "improving" priceless paintings by slashing them to ribbons.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit has a slit that bares her stomach.
- Dark Is Evil: She wears a mostly black dress and is one of Duke Calmar's henchwoman.
- Mad Artist: She's a lover of art and is willing to destroy the priceless paintings into shreds.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: She has red markings and wears a black dress with red trimmings.
Masque de Corbeau
A mysteriously dramatic and overly dramatic man dressed in elegant black clothing a crow-like helmet.
- Cool Helmet: His helmet is shaped like a crow and he's one of the badass members of the Paris Phantoms.
- Dark Is Evil: He wears a black uniform with a corresponding black hat, cape and mask, and is a recurring antagonist in the game.
- Ominous Opera Cape: He wears a black cape as part of his standard outfit.
Villains in Sakura Wars 4
A mining magistrate during the reign of Tokugawa Ieyasu, Ōkubo wishes to conquer Tokyo in order to bring it back how it was during the Edo period. He's the main antagonist of Sakura Wars 4.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist of the fourth game.
Villains in Sakura Wars 5
The mastermind behind the recent attacks on New York City and the main antagonist of Sakura Wars V.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist of Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: If the player asks Nobunaga if he has ever loved anyone, he grows silent for a while, then quickly changes the subject. Considering their relationship in real life, it's very obvious that Nobunaga is thinking about Ranmaru, who had recently sacrificed himself to prove his loyalty.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He refuses to believe that humans are truly capable of altruistic actions, claiming that any sentiment of justice is just meant to deceive the weak, and outright calls Shinjiro pathetic when the hero says that he believes in a world where humanity can live in peace.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: His real life counterpart was an infamous warlord. In this game, he's a genocidal demon bent on spreading chaos and laying waste to New York.
- Humans Are Bastards: He firmly believes that humans are driven by hatred and desire to subjugate. This motivates him to become a demon lord, as from his point of view destroying everyone else is the only way to ensure his own survival.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Once defeated, Nobunaga allows his soul to be imprisoned inside Shinjiro's body, hoping that coexisting with the boy will allow him to have a better grasp on human emotions.
One of the main antagonists in Sakura Wars V, who assumes the form of a green-haired bunny girl with a scythe. He's first fought in Chapter 1, trying to blow up Liberty Island.
- Berserk Button:
- Insulting or opposing his master in any way is enough to earn Ranmaru's ire.
- Ranmaru grows to despise Gemini the most out of any member of the Star Division because she dared to show him mercy and spare his life.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Ranmaru is built up as the main antagonist, orchestrating the attacks on New York, murdering Gemini's master and ultimately engaging the Star Division in one of the most intense battle sequences in the game. However, he is just a servant to his master, who becomes the one and only threat once Ranmaru goes down.
- The Dragon: He is Nobunaga's most powerful and loyal servant. Resurrecting his master is Ranmaru's sole purpose in life.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Ranmaru looks and sounds very feminine, but is really a male. Unlike Subaru, his androgynous appearance is justified: Ranmaru's real life counterpart was Nobunaga's lover.
- Evil Wears Black: He wears a black robe and serves as Nobunaga's Dragon.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: The real Mori Ranmaru was Oda Nobunaga's most trusted servant (and a bit more than that). The same is true for this Ranmaru, but he is also given the personality of a Softspoken Sadist and demonic powers befitting of the Grim Reaper.
- Killer Rabbit: Ranmaru resembles a rabbit.
- Redemption Rejection: Gemini forgives Ranmaru for murdering her master and asks him to go away and stop causing trouble. All this does is piss him off even further, prompting him to complete the ritual to resurrect Nobunaga as soon as he manages to escape.
- Sinister Scythe: Both his normal form and his robot Garan fight with massive scythes.
- Undying Loyalty: Ranmaru's defining characteristic is his mad devotion to Nobunaga, which compels him to commit truly heinous actions as he searches for a way to resurrect his former master. This reaches its peak when he ultimately sacrifices himself by pinning down Shinjiro so that Nobunaga can blast them both, showing no hesitation whatsoever.
Another major villain trying to take over NY.
Yet another major villain that the New York Combat Revue must eliminate.
One of the villains trying to conquer NY, Kokuryuhime assumes the form of a red-haired woman with a Russian accent dressed in black armor. Calls herself the founder of order, and thinks that all who go against her should burn in hellfire.
Yet another major villain that the New York Combat Revue must eliminate.
Villains in Shin Sakura Wars
President G/Genan Sotetsu
The President of the World Luxuriant Opera Federation, the organization which is involved in the Great Combat Revue World War. In truth, he's actually a demon named Genan Sotetsu.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In his real form, Genan towers over the Flower Division.
- Big Bad: He's the main antagonist of Shin Sakura Wars.
- Broken Pedestal: Genan's villainous actions in Shin Sakura Wars end up killing the reverence Anastasia Palma once had for him as a Parental Substitute. By the end of the film, she decides to side with the rest of the Flower Division and help destroy Genan for good.
- Defeat Equals Explosion: Genan goes out with a bang after Kamiyama kills him in the Final Battle.
- Final Boss: By the time of chapter 8, Genan becomes the final antagonist the Flower Division has to face.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears glasses and is the Big Bad of the game.
- One-Winged Angel: At the end of chapter 6, he uses the Amamiya Kunisada to transform into his true form, Genan Sotetsu.
- Parental Substitute: After Anastasia's parents were killed, Genan took her in and raised her as if she was his daughter.
- Voice of the Legion: In his true form, Genan speaks as if many voices were talking at once.
- White Hair, Black Heart: In his human form, President G has white hair.
A mysterious demon woman who appears during the opening of the Great Combat Revue World War, bringing calamity with her and seeks to find the Key to the Empire. She also bears an uncanny resemblance to Sakura Shinguji, star of the Flower Division. She pilots the Puppet Soldier Shinmetsu, a mech that completely outclasses the Mugen.
- Char Clone: Rare female example with Black colors as opposed to red, but she still fits, right down to having a Superior mecha and sword skills compared to Sakura Amamiya.
- Cool Mask: It makes her look like an oni, which emulates Sakura's father Kazuma Shinguji when he was possessed by Keigo Kyogoku.
- Creepy Monotone: She always speaks in a creepy, flat tone.
- Dark Is Evil: She wears mostly black and gray and is one of the villains.
- Darth Vader Clone: She wears black and gray and has a gray visor. Yasha also holds a high rank with the demon faction she's working for.
- Disc-One Final Boss: At the end of chapter 7, Sakura and Kamiyama kill Yasha. But there's one more villain the Flower Division has to face: Genan Sotetsu.
- The Dragon: She serves as President G's right-hand woman who dispatches any threats to their plans.
- Evil Counterpart: She's an evil version of Sakura Amamiya.
- Evil Doppelgänger: She serves as one for the real Sakura Shinguji, since Yasha is created from Sakura's hair.
- Evil Is Bigger: Not Yasha herself (who's about average for a Japanese woman) but her mech towers over the Flower Division's Mugen.
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: While Sakura Amamiya's clothes are predominantly blue and pink, Yasha's outfit is predominantely black and gray.
- Katanas Are Just Better: She wields a strange katana that has a hollowed back and a cherry blossom hand guard. It's said to greatly resemble Shinguji's sword, the Reiken-Arataka. Her sword's thin string is used as a radar to find the Applied Phlebotinum needed to achieve her evil goals.
- Lightning Bruiser: Her mech, the Shinmetsu, is not only way more powerful than the Mugen due to its great size, but it's also surprisingly fast.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Yasha isn't actually that threatening of a name as yaksha (Hindu/Buddhist nature spirits) can be good or evil. However, her mech is called Shinmetsu which means divine destruction.
- Ominous Opera Cape: She wears a long cape in the style of her previous contemporaries, Kazuma Shinguji/Demon King and Shinnosuke Yamazaki/Aoi Satan.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: The Shinmetsu, which also has some gilding on it.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Underneath her visor, she has red glowing eyes that mark her demonic origins.
- Samurai Ponytail: Wears her hair like this.
- Shout-Out: Her name, Cool Mask, Calm demeanor, and her very fast mech as well as samurai moves have her come across as a Gender Flip of Yasha from Asura's Wrath.
- Villainous Breakdown: She suffers a breakdown when Sakura Amamiya finally outmatches her.
- Would Hurt a Child: She shows no discomfort in killing Azami at the end of chapter 7.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: At the end of chapter 6, she seriously wounds Anastasia shortly after she gives her the Amamiya Kunisada to further President G's plans.