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Debuting in Samurai Shodown

Origin: Iyo, Japan Flag 
Weapon(s): Bindle
A character who was first introduced as the delivery man that ran through the stages and threw items into fights.He is based on the archaic Japanese courier, men who would need to run mile-long marathons to and from places for the shogunate. They developed their sprinting system due to the possibility of being killed for the information they carried; many men also collapsed or died from exhaustion due to the strenuous ordeal of running non-stop for a day's time. He is playable only in the Game Boy version.
  • The Cameo: In the endings of several other characters and even in other games.
  • No Name Given: "Hikyaku" is just his profession's title. His real name is unknown.
  • Power-Up: He runs across the stages' background, throwing either food (which restore health), bombs (which damage the characters) or treasure (which gives additional points).
  • Promoted to Playable: In the Game Boy port.

Origin: Makai (the demon world) Flag 
Ambrosia is the Dark God of Makai (Demon World) Amakusa and Mizuki were trying to revive in the series. He needs both the energies from the Palenke Stone and Tangiers Stone to resurrect his body into the mortal realm. Developers state that there was no model in mind for either him or Mizuki. His name is derived from the Greek word ambrosios, which roughly means "the immortal one".
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Maju, Mizuki's pet, is implied to be a small manifestation of Ambrosia, although she keeps it in check. This would be retconned in different ways in the RPG and in Samurai Shodown 64.
  • Ambiguously Related: With 64's Yuga. When fans pointed out the similarities to developers, they replied that the two characters' relation to one another is unknown. Current speculation is that both of Yuga and Ambrosia are sides of the same evil force, with Ambrosia being something more abstract and global, while Yuga is a standalone individual "person" serving as a kind of avatar.
  • Big Bad: Of the whole series.
  • Body Horror: As the RPG's final boss, he's fought as a grotesque mass of flesh and organs.
  • The Cameo:
    • Apart of his mentions of the series and being in the background of the Final Boss of the first two games and RPG, Ambrosia and Mizuki make a cameo in a bonus stage for KOF: Maximum Impact 2. It reenacts Mizuki's stage in II.
    • In anime, also makes appearances in The Movie and Asura's Zanmaden OVA.
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: Ambrosia is the Dark God of Makai.
  • The Dragon: Amakusa and Mizuki were his representants on Earth who tried to revive him in the mortal land.
  • The Ghost: Widely mentioned in the series but it hasn't a defined form, just showing parts of him.
  • God of Evil: In the past, the god Ambrosia had its body destroyed and its spiritual form banished to the demon realm of Makai. This led to Ambrosia becoming the Dark God of Makai, ruling over demons and drawing strength from humans' negative energy.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Ambrosia is still undefeated, only his heralds had suffered instead of him.
  • Meaningful Name: "Ambrosia" (ἀμβροσία) literally means "immortality" in Greek, and was used to describe the food and drink of the ancient Greek Gods.
  • Necromancer: Various of his heralds and mooks are usually Back from the Dead.
  • NPC: Ambrosia has been unplayable in any and every form to this day.
  • Powers That Be: An evil example. Like Orochi, Ambrosia is not a physical being, but rather a powerful immortal "spirit" which can't ever be slain by mortals, only sealed away.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Which both Amakusa and Mizuki tried to unseal. Fortunately, both of them were defeated before they could finish Ambrosia's evil plan.
  • Shout-Out: His main form from Samurai Shodown II onward is very similar to GeGeGe no Kitarō's Backbeard.
  • The Unpronounceable: According to Amakusa's back story, "Ambrosia" is only an alias for convenience.


Debuting in Samurai Shodown II

Origin: Oki, Japan Flag 
Bizuki is a shrine priestess who excels in exorcisms and purifications. She was named after her beautiful dances and flute playing. Her powers awakened when she was 16 and she became a respected healer. A century before Samurai Shodown II begins, Bizuki attempted to seal Mizuki when she was twenty-five. However, she was overwhelmed and soon possessed by the evil spirit. She continued to serve as its unwilling host until Mizuki was sealed for good in the demon world. While ashamed of her powerlessness to stop the demon, she chooses to continue to live in the mortal realm as Kyoshiro's assistant. Since then, she took the name Okuni as her alias.
  • Back from the Dead: After being host of Mizuki, she got a new chance to live in II's Kyoshiro ending and in RPG, the latter ever becomes your partner to fight Haon and Mizuki.
  • Battle Couple: Implied in Kyoshiro's endings when he and Bizuki became partners (and maybe lovers).
  • Dance Battler: A priest who can dance and play instruments as her secondary skills, later retaken under Kyoshiro's wing.
  • Demonic Possession: She had a really bad luck trying to exorcise Mizuki.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is written as "princess of the beautiful state". However, it's interesting to note that in some non-RPG sources it's written as "demon of the beautiful state".
  • Miko: She was one before Mizuki controlled her.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Hinted in Kyoshiro's story that called her as "Okuni" after being freed from Mizuki, she could be based on Izumo no Okuni, a former priest who was the originator of kabuki theater.
  • NPC: Only seen in Kyoshiro's endings in the series. Subverted in RPG when she joins you as a temporal member.
  • White Mage: She took this role in RPG.

Debuting in Samurai Shodown IV

    Hazuki Kazama
The younger sister of Kazuki and Sogetsu, and a member of the Kazama ninjas. She seems to be a kind, sweet person without much fighting abilities; instead, she has great spiritual powers that let her use powerful sealing techniques. Unfortunately, Amakusa realizes the last detail fast and takes a hold of Hazuki for his own purposes, which kicks off the subplot with Kazuki running off to save her and Sougetsu having to stop and kill him. In Zero, she also has to keep the peace between Kazuki and Sogetsu...


Debuting in Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage (PS1)

Origin: Edo, Japan Flag 
Kuki is a character introduced in Warriors Rage as the father of Seishiro and foster father of Tohma. He is also referred to as "the Legendary Kuki" or "Master of the Kunou Tenshoryu". He is dead by the time the game takes place but is mentioned by the characters who knew him.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Both of his swords are known as this, soon inherited by his children after his death.
  • Death by Origin Story: His death marks the beginning of the story of the game.
  • Dual Wielding: Kuki mastered both of his ancestral weapons, Seioh and Kouoh, inherited by Seishiro and Tohma respectively after his death.
  • Expy: Kuki could be based on Gaisei from The Last Blade series. As him, he raised two sons (Kaede and Moriya) and was murdered at the beginning of the game. Different to him, he also raised a daughter (Yuki), wasn't killed by one of his sons... and he Came Back Wrong as Kouryu.
  • The Ghost: After his death, Kuki is mentioned only by flashbacks, his former friends and in endings.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jin-Emon Hanafusa and also developed a friendship with one of his pupils, Sakaki Jushiro.
  • Legacy Character: After defeating Tohma, Seishiro gets Kouoh and becomes "Kuno Seishiro", which is the closest we can get of Kuki - his techniques are partly demonstrated through him.
  • Master Swordsman: Kuki was known as this, being respected in his zone and admired between other warriors.
  • Meaningful Name: "Iron cavalry".
  • One Name Only: He's only known as Kuki, his family name. The "All-About SNK" appendix lists his full name as Tetsuki Kuki.
  • Red Baron: He is also referred to as "the Legendary Kuki" or "Master of the Kunou Tenshoryu".
  • Redemption Equals Death: Kind of. When he adopted Tohma, Kuki was more severe to him as a way to get him in the right path. Tohma instead took it as a disadvantage compared to Seishiro and developed a grudge on him. In the end, Tohma stoled the Kouoh sword and killed Kuki with it, the latter regreting for being too harsh on Tohma and wanted to raise better his sons, accepting his death as a punishment.

    Jigen Taishi 
A revered priest with heavy ties with the shogunate that at one point decided to overthrow the government for holding different points of view than his own. He planned the rebellion with Oboro for twenty years, but they were caught and escaped to Ritenkyo, where they hid and were protected by his followers. To avoid further social conflict, the shogunate sends only a few men in a secret operation to kill him.

Origin: Edo, Japan Flag 
Benten is formerly one of Oboro's priestess. She joined his cause to rid of the weaklings in Ritenkyo. After she killed Saya's parents, she regretted her actions and found herself blinded by ochlocracy. She spared the infant Saya and her husband sacrificed himself to aid their escape. Benten passed onto Saya all that she knew, including her fighting style and how to be a "good woman". Additionally, Benten also made the girl her current weapons.
  • Action Mom: A powerful ninja who passed all what she knew to Saya and made her weapons.
  • Kunoichi: A former Oboro's priestess/amazon who rebelled and escaped.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: After the fall of the Razor Trio, she poses as a ninja who is intent on finishing her mission of killing Saya's family. They fight one another with Saya emerging victorious. Saya sees through the guise and cannot complete her revenge because of it. Benten explains her conflicted past and urges Saya to kill her as repentance. Saya gently renounces their relationship with one another and leaves on a positive note. After she departs, Benten, very proud of Saya, bids farewell to her kind daughter.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Benten got this revelation after killing Saya's parents and realizing she was in the wrong side.
  • You Killed My Father: Benten killed Saya's parents when she was an Oboro's amazon. She raised Saya as her daughter as a way to fix the damage done under Oboro's influence.

Namino is Yaci's lover. The English Samurai Shodown Official Site also lists his name as "Tomomino". Yaci gives him the affectionate nickname, "Nami". Namino is a popular transvestite prostitute who eloped with Yaci. Since he met Yaci, he dreams of freedom in a peaceful new land. In Yaci's story mode, he is targeted by the Shibito, Yaci's gang.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Yaci gives him the nickname of "Nami."
  • Only Known By His Nickname: He's only known as Namino, his real name is unknown.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: In Yaci's story mode, he is targeted by the Shibito, Yaci's gang. Though Yaci finds him, Namino is wounded by one of Yaci's men for "changing" his boss. He succumbs to the injury and dies while sailing off the shores of Ritenkyo.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: He's a popular transvestite prostitute who eloped with Yaci.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: A Male example: a very feminine and gentle soul who dedicates himself to Yaci. He seems blissfully unaware of Yaci's bloody reputation and his status in Ritenkyo.

Other Games

Debuting in Nakoruru: Ano Hito kara no Okurimono

Voiced by: note 
Songstress and childhood friend to Nakoruru. She creates songs for the village's festivals and is the mentor for Mikato. Has unrequited feelings for Yantamu. She lives with her bossy mother. Later makes an appearance in Capcom vs. SNK 2 during Nakoruru's entrances.
  • Always Someone Better: She loves Nakoruru like an older sister, but she also feels inferior to her.
  • The Cameo: The only exclusive character from this game that appeared in another game. Manari appears in various Nakoruru's poses in Capcom vs. SNK 2. Also she appears as a character in the OVA.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: In one of Nako's victory poses in Capcom vs. SNK 2, Manari shows up to congratulate her... and ends up faceplanting.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: Sorta, she's an accomplished singer. Again, it's due to her storyteller role.
  • Nice Hat
  • Love Triangle: She, Nakororu and Yantamu.
  • Shrinking Violet
  • The Storyteller: She comes from a whole clan of these, the Sinotca. They're very important in Kamuikotan, since they mantain the told traditions via their songs.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: After she walks into Yantamu confessing to Nakoruru, she's so heartbroken that she wants to stop singing since he's the one who encouraged her to sing in the local festival. However, after learning what her village songs actually mean and losing both Yantamu and Nakoruru, she retakes songwriting and singing, even creating special songs for her lost friends and Mikato.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: For Yantamu.

Voiced by: note 
He is the chief's son and childhood friend of Nakoruru and Manari. A guy who wants to see a smile on everyone's faces. He is considered to be cool and attractive by the women in Kamui Kotan. He makes little to no attempt to hide his infatuation for Nakoruru.

Voiced by: note 
Mikato is the character the player controls in Nakoruru: Ano Hito kara no Okurimono. She is Nakoruru's disciple. She makes an unnamed cameo in the game's OVA. Unlike most characters in the game, Mikato is an unvoiced character throughout the majority of the game and usually communicates with text.
  • Cute Mute: Although the game has fully voiced dialogue, she rarely speaks and mainly communicates through text. Yukiko Yanou's lines are mostly there for exposition.
  • The Chosen One: She's chosen as Nakoruru's succesor once she gets Brought Down to Normal. She's confirmed as this when Nakoruru dies, and later when with the help of Nakoruru's soul and the Spirit of Nature, she slays Mizuki.
  • Idiot Hair: Though she's more of an inexperienced little girl than an idiot.
  • Magic Music: Sort-of. The music that's sung in the village festivals is a part of a mystical song that only the Priestesses of Kamuikotan can fully hear and perform. With the help of the dying Nakoruru and later Manari, Mikato manages to finish the song, which gives her a massive power-up.
  • Morality Pet: Sorta, to Rera. In fact, Mikato is the one who gave Rera her name.
  • Mysterious Waif - The Empath: She sees things that others in her village can't and possesses some spiritual powers.
  • Player Character: The story of Ano kara no okurimono develops from her POV.

Mikato's friend who is a year older than her. Since he learned about the priestess' duties from Yantamu, he believes Nakoruru to be a bad influence for Mikato. Has short spiky hair and angry eyebrows.

Village chief and Yantamu's father. Although others were weary of Mikato's sudden training, he allowed her to stay with Nakoruru as he sensed a certain power within her.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The well-respected leader of the Kamui Kotan groups. He's the one who appoints Mikato as Nakoruru's apprentice, having sensed the girl's powers and wanting her to develop them.

Debuting in Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits: Bushidou Retsuden

Voiced by: note 
One of Amakusa's servants from his rebellion at Shimabara. When he succumbed to Ambrosia's will, she was also subjected to the dark god's influence and cursed with black wings. With her older sister lost, Tokihime faithfully remains by Amakusa's side. Ushiwakahime asks her to block the party's path to Amakusa's castle and effectively creates a barrier to prevent their advances. If the party saved a Christian village before their encounter, the villagers will give them a statue of the Virgin Mary. Once the party learns that Amakusa and his comrades were formerly Christians, they present the statue to Tokihime. She is too moved by the figure's presence to concentrate on her magic and flees. When they meet her a second time, the statue and her faith in her religion cleanses Ambrosia's influence on her. In gratitude, she will fly the party to Amakusa's floating castle before leaving for heaven.

Voiced by: note 
She was a woman that loved Amakusa, whose body is resurrected and used to host Minamoto no Yoshitsune's soul. Although she usually works alone, she will call upon Tokihime for back-up. She continues to disrupt the hero's party until she is defeated while standing guard over Ambrosia's seal.

    Shippu no Reon
Weapons: Bizuki and Horin note , a large sword and a bell.
Voiced by: note 
As the last member of her clan, Reon is dedicated to fulfilling her family's mission to eradicate Mizuki. Seeing as she is the only one who can destroy the demon's evil bells, Reon joins the hero's party as its last -or second- member.
  • Adaptation Inspiration: Although she isn't playable in any other games, a M.U.G.E.N version of her exists on the net.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Although developers jokingly state that Reon's gender is unknown, various hints throughout the game indicate that Reon is female.
  • BFS: Reon wields a long great sword in battle and stays afloat for speed.
  • Blow You Away: Reon has some powers over the wind and air currents. Even her prototype name was "Kaze no Tobimaru".
  • Coming Straight Story: Occasionally, she laments her ineptitude to cope with her sex but finds encouragement from others to persevere her mission.
  • Legacy Character: As seen with Reppu no Hion.
  • Meaningful Name: Translates as "bell sound of the gale".
  • Player Character: Reon is one of the main characters the player manages during the game.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Reon is a vital part of RPG's Samurai Shodown II adaptation, but she's the only new playable character not based on anybody from the earlier game.
  • The Stoic

Voiced by:note 
Haon is a demonic servant of Mizuki. He is the first demon the party meets in Aso Mountain, Japan, while he protects the first Wicked Bell and is partially responsible for Reon joining their cause. After his failure to protect one of Mizuki's bells, he orders several onmyoji from the Kifuin clan to merge him with their Wicked Bell to grant him more power. They succeed and Haon becomes invincible. When the party faces him in his powered state, the protagonist will be summoned two hundred years into the past - just in time to se Haon's origins.
  • The Dragon: Originally, to Bizuki. Since then, he's become one of Mizuki's top followers and acts as a major antagonist in the game's second chapter.
  • Eldritch Abomination
  • I Know Your True Name: Wnce he's powered up, the only way to stop him is to make him remember his real identity as Bizuki's protector.
  • Expy: He is an original interpretation of Mizuki's beast, Maju.
  • Magic Enhancement: Once he fuses with a Wicked Bell, he's physically invincible.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: The original Haon, as per buddhist dogma, wanted to ascend into humanity by making good deeds.
  • Shock and Awe: Haon can deliver attacks with an electric charge. He can also spit a ball of this same energy at his opponents.

Wan-fu's twin brother.

    Lady Yökihi 
Keeper of the second Wicked Bell in the Forbidden City, Beijing, Asia. She's a chinese sovereign and concubine who was once loved by the people, but somewhere along the line she started to apply tyrannical measures on her servants.
  • Combat Hand Fan
  • Expy: Loosely based on the royal consort Su Daji, who supposedly caused the downfall of the Shang Dynasty. She also resembles Princess Iron Fan, the famous character from Journey to the West.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Takes a tyrannical aproach to her underlings, although they notice that she wasn't this at first.
  • Literal Maneater
  • Meaningful Name: Translates as "bewitching guì fēi", the highest rank of concubine.
  • Praetorian Guard: Substitutes the palace's human guards for wolfmen. In her boss battle, she's protected by a bunch of eggs.

    Count of Saint-Germain 
Keeper of the third Wicked Bell in the Arc de Triomphe, France, Europe.

    Chona Chona
Voiced by: note 
She is Cham Cham's best friend and is accredited to creating her friend's characteristic cat ears and gloves. Chona Chona wears a matching pair to complement her. A normal villager in Green Hell, she usually plays with her friend when she's around.

Keeper of the fourth Wicked Bell in Hare Hare Mountain, Green Hell, South America.

    G Eater 
Keeper of the fifth Wicked Bell in California, North America. A gold monster that eats people who work on the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco.
  • Anachronism Stew: The California Gold Rush started half a century later than the game's setting - the construction of the famous brigde almost two centuries later.
  • Degraded Boss: A palette swap of his is a minor boss (Moan, protector of the Mu civilization)
  • Embodiment of Vice: Since he's a gold monster on California, it's probable that it's an anachronistic reference to the San Francisco gold rush.
  • Rock Monster

    Senkaku Kifuin 
Keeper of the sixth Wicked Bell in Kyoto, Japan - although he and his clan merge it with Haon.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: It's mentioned that the clan became corrupted once a demon figured out the anti-demon spells.
  • Feuding Families: With the Kafuin/Caffeine clan. At first it was because they had different goals, but somewhere along the way, the Kifuin became corrupted with political power.
  • Magic Enhancement: His main function in the storyline.
  • Meaningful Name: The Kifuin clan name translates as "demon temple chanting". Of course, it's almost identical as the Kafuin clan's name.
  • Mook Promotion: Himself and his clan are palette swaps of the common priest enemies.
  • Sinister Minister: He's a devoted follower of Haon.
  • The Wall Around the World: The Kifuin clan made a barrier on Kyoto to protect it from the demons. However, this power gave them the dominance of the city.

    Reppu no Hion 
Weapons: Bizuki and Horin
Voiced by: note 
When the main player is summoned two hundred years into the past, they meet Hion, who suspects s/he a monster due to their spontaneous appearance. Once Bizuki breaks their scuffle, Hion befriends her unlikely comrade summoned from the future. She reveals herself to be a long-time friend of Bizuki (most likely doubles as her servant) and Haon once the group saves a village from two demons. Bizuki and her are on a journey to defeat the demonic entity, Mizuki.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Averted with Hion, who's declared openly as a woman, even when she looks exactly like Reon.
  • Blow You Away: Just like her descendant, Hion has some powers over the wind and air currents.
  • Foil: Of her descendant Reon. Hion is an upbeat and lively lady who stays true to her duty. Unlike her descendant, she is rather open about her sexual identity and will express romantic interest in Genjuro and Ukyo.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Bizuki.
  • Genki Girl
  • Meaningful Name: Translates as "flying sound of the gale".
  • Palette Swap: Of Reon, changing her brown hair by light blue and her white outfit for a yellow one.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Light blue in this case.

    A-go and Un-go 
Keepers of the seven Wicked Bells, although they only directly protect the last one in Mount Osore, Japan.
  • Bookends: A-go's appearance kickstarts the bell subplot, and the duo's final fight is the last fight before Mizuki.
  • Co-Dragons: Along with Haon, they're the most powerful Mizuki followers.
  • Expy: They're demonic versions of the Nio / Kongorishiki, gate statues who supposedly were Buddha's bodyguards, Agyo and Ungyo. note 
  • Fusion Dance: They fuse in the last battle into Aun-go, an Asura-looking monster - although for some reason, they're not fought in this mode in the Neo Geo CD version.
  • Fire/Ice Duo
  • Hero Killer: A-go kills Jubei, and is indirectly responsible for Nicotine Caffeine's forced absention during most of the plot.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni

Debuting in Samurai Spirits Gaiden: Cham-Cham

    Riru Riru 
One of Cham Cham's catgirl friends, blue haired girl that represents the "RP" icon; upbeat and cheerful.

    Bi Bi 
One of Cham Cham's catgirl friends, blond haired girl that represents the "Pineapple" icon; tomboyish and undaunted.

    Pono Pono 
One of Cham Cham's catgirl friends, green haired girl that represents the "Watermelon" icon; quiet and introverted.

    Myun Myun 
One of Cham Cham's catgirl friends, pink haired girl that represents the "Cherry" icon; shy and sweet.

    The Three Robbers 
The villains of the game, the ones who stoled the Palenke Stone. The names of them are Laura, Bobon and Gororo.

Debuting in Koi no Iroha

Tsunami is Iroha's rival who claims to be better than her in practically every way. She meets Iroha's master by chance and was charmed by his sincerity. Despite his protest, she signs herself to be his maid and is offended to see her rival there. She uses various tricks to sway their master's attention in her favor but it's undecided on which girl he prefers. Apart of Koi no Iroha series, she also appears in one of Days of Memories games.

Debuting in Samurai Spirits Oni


Debuting in Samurai Spirits: Oborozuki Densetsu

    Shuichi Kusunoki
Weapon (Base / Iai): Iaido-style Katana
The Swordsman-class character.

The Ninja-class character.

The Paladin-class character.

    Chiyo Yuzuru
Weapon (Main / Curse Master): Energy Ball
The Miko-class character.

Weapon (Base / Fellow King): Yumonji Yari
The Hook Spear-class character.

Other Media

Debuting in Samurai Spirits: Makai Bugeicho

    Yui Shōsetsu
Big Bad of the Makai Bugeicho manga, a retelling of the original Samurai Shodown game. A worshipper of the dark god Ambrosia, he's a military strategist that has come back from the dead who wants to complete his failed coup against the shogunate once and for all.

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