Introduced in Samurai Warriors 3
- Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese), Ted Sroka (English), Jarrod Greene (English 2015 Anime), Uwe Thomsen (German 2015 Anime)
Born: July 25, 1561
Died: August 2, 1611
One of Hideyoshi's retainers and a member of the Seven Spears of Shizugatake. He shows up in SW3.
Kiyomasa wields a scythe-like spear and his element is Wind.
Tropes associated with Kiyomasa:
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Historically, he and Masanori have a very bitter and unhealthy rivalry with Mitsunari, hence why they end up opposing him which is recreated in 2. Since 3, they become friends with different ideals with Masanori and Kiyomasa have Conflicting Loyalty while Mitsunari has Undying Loyalty to Toyotomi. That said, Kiyomasa's true loyalty in real life remains with Toyotomi, not Tokugawa, like in the game.
- All for Nothing: For all his and Masanori's justification to "protect the Toyotomi" by siding with the Tokugawa in Sekigahara, it ends up being nothing when Tokugawa attacked Osaka Castle and eliminated what is left of the Toyotomi as Hideyori himself committed suicide.
- Animal Motifs: Tigers. It's based on an anecdote during Japan's invasions of Korea (cut from the series), in which Kiyomasa was a senior commander, where the Japanese were said to hunt Korean tigers for sport.
- Ascended Extra: From an ordinary middle-aged officer to a stylish, handsome, white-haired, scythe-wielding playable character.
- Conflicting Loyalty: In 3, he sides with the Toyotomi, then with the Tokugawa, and then again with the Toyotomi. note
- Deadpan Snarker: He's just as bad as Mitsunari.
- Dragon-in-Chief: In Kanbei's version of Osaka Campaign in SW3, he is the commander for the Toyotomi instead of Hideyori.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: Kiyomasa isn't evil. However, worth noting that his historical counterpart was an absolutely brutal anti-Christian dude, doing things like ordering to cut down bellies of pregnant Christian women just to kill off their infants. Since SW didn't dare to make mention about Christianity, Kiyomasa ends up as a snarky but loyal and reasonable warrior with no comments about religions. Hilariously, while this hasn't come to the SW series, in other Koei mini-series that used the SW design like Hyakuman-nin no Sengoku Musou, Kiyomasa's historical Christian opposition, Konishi Yukinaga, instead gets a Historical Jerkass Upgrade into a money-grubbing jerk, probably to make Kiyomasa look decent.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: His Weapon of Choice, (referred to as a "Steel Halberd" in game) is basically a Chinese "Dagger-Axe" or "Ge". Literally a "single-sickle spear" in the Japanese script.
- Momma's Boy: Of all Hideyoshi's three "children", he's the one who is the most attached to the Toyotomi family, especially Nene.
- Playing with Fire: His Musou attack is a blazing blast.
- Power Trio: With Mitsunari and Masanori.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Zigzagged. Appearance and personality-wise, it looks like he is the sensitive guy to Masanori's manly man. But Kiyomasa tends to be calmer as opposed to Masanori's hot-blooded. One example in 4, when Hideyoshi died, Masanori cries so loud while Kiyomasa barely cries.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Only in 3. Historically, he died before Osaka Campaign and it's said the campaign may never happened if he was still alive to protect Hideyori.
- Taking You with Me: To Kanbei in the end of the latter's story mode.
- Those Two Guys: He's almost always seen with Masanori.
- Undying Loyalty: to Toyotomi clan. Yes, even if there's a time once when he served Tokugawa and Eastern army.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He sided to the Tokugawa only because he believed it could ensure Toyotomi clan's survival (so the Toyotomi could receive protection from Ieyasu). After learned that Ieyasu will destroy the Toyotomi during Siege of Osaka to end the land's chaos, however, he switched allegiance back to Toyotomi clan and fight against the Tokugawa.
- Voiced by: Masami Suzuki (Japanese), Tara Platt (English), Jennifer Green (English 2015 Anime), Daniela Bette-Koch (German 2015 Anime)
Daughter of Ujitaka Narita, she serves under Ujiyasu Houjou. A rather tomboyish girl with interests at martial arts and exceptionally strong and Hot-Blooded, which can cause several other girls to tease her as being either unfeminine, or likened to a bear, much to her chagrin.
She fights with a whipsword and the Thunder element.
Tropes associated with Kai:
- Absolute Cleavage and Bare Your Midriff: Her DLC outfit in 4.
- A-Cup Angst: While objectively unwarranted, she seems to worry about lacking in bustline along with other areas of femininity, as seen in her story mode's opening cutscene. When told she "still has some growing up to do", she immediately looks down and puts her hands on her chest.
- Although it can also be that Ujiyasu was mentioning about her growth as a warrior, and Kai mistook him as a Dirty Old Man and embarrassed with her already big breasts.
- Action Girl / Lady of War: The ferocious female warrior of the Hojo. In the crossover, Achilles even commented that she reminds him of the Amazon Penthesilea.
- Animal Motif: Bears. Kunoichi frequently refers to her as one, and in SW3: Empires, it turns out she has raised and rides a bear!
- Ascended Extra: From a bodyguard in SW2 to a playable character in SW3.
- Battle Couple: Averted. Despite historical sources make a mention of her being one of Hideyoshi's concubine, this is not shown in the game.
- Berserk Button: Despite her issues with being unfeminine, you do NOT want to be the one to suggest a woman has not place on the battlefield.
- Also, do NOT call her a bear.
- Bodyguard Crush: Adores her lord, Hojo Ujiyasu. But then again, considering he's an expy of Big Boss, you really can't blame her.
- Breast Plate: Her design in 4.
- Butt-Monkey: She's the subject of numerous jokes (intentional or otherwise) about her tomboyish nature, especially by Kunoichi, who has a habit of pushing her buttons.
- Lampshaded in 4-II, where she's actually delighted that Nobuyuki didn't mistake her for a boy.
- Cool Big Sis: Sometimes acts as one to the more childish Kunoichi. She's also this for Gracia in the latter's SW3:XL story, which overlaps with Big Sister Instinct when she helps Gracia escape from the pursuing Western army.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: In 3, she wears one.
- Distracted by the Sexy: In Muneshige's story mode, she's so distracted the first time she sees him in battle she very nearly obeys his polite request to leave the battlefield.
- Fiery Redhead: If auburn counts.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners:
- Played with along Kunoichi. More evident in Kai's ending where they appear to live together with other Toyotomi's court ladies in one house.
- Played more seriously and more drama with Lady Hayakawa in 4 and 4-II.
- Hot-Blooded: Easily the most hot-blooded female character in the game. It's more notable with her Japanese voice.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: Her outfits in 3 are essentially tube tops.
- In-Series Nickname: Kunoichi mockingly calls her "Lady Lumberjack".
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Her swords are named after dragons, and her unique weapon is named Orochi.
- Insult of Endearment: Affectionately referred to in-series, and also historically, as "Princess Bear" due to her tomboyish personality and her tendency to prefer traditionally masculine activities which got her to develop quite a muscular physique.
- Making a Splash: Can summon water geysers against her foes.
- Metronomic Man Mashing: Her Finishing Move in Samurai Warriors 4 causes her to skewer the target on her whip sword, then pound him into the ground two times before finally flinging him into the air.
- Mistaken for Gay: by Kunoichi in Warriors Orochi 3.
- Ninja Maid:
- Well, not a ninja, but she's servant and bodyguard of Ujiyasu and his daughter Hayakawa.
- She also plays this role for Hideyori in Osaka Castle for 4. Likely a nod to history where she helped Hideyori's daughter escaped from Osaka Castle.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: Often becomes subject of this and this is almost always Played for Laughs more than once. And this is even brought to Warriors Orochi 3!
- Outdoorsy Girl: Which was quite frowned upon from noble ladies in medieval Japan.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: In 4, for both of her default and DLC outfits.
- Red Oni: In 4, she's the red to her lady Hayakawa's blue. Bonus points for their respective attire's colors.
- Sibling Team: Counts with Lady Hayakawa. While not part of the Hojo clan by blood, Hayakawa makes it clear that she sees Kai as a sister.
- She's Got Legs: More evident in her DLC outfit for 4.
- Ship Tease: With Yukimura. Also with Kotaro in his SW3:XL story.
- The latest Empires game has this with Masamune.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to her lady Hayakawa's Girly Girl.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Kunoichi constantly jab, tease, call each other names, and try to one-up each other... and that's just when they're on the same side. However, they do genuinely look out for each other.
- Voiced by: Masaya Takatsuka (Japanese), Gideon Emery (English)
Born: December 22, 1546
Died: April 19, 1604
A strategist for the Oda Clan and later Toyotomi, Kanbei is ruthless and dispassionate. Just about everybody hates him for it. He is dead set upon eliminating all "sparks of opposition" to the land's unification.
His main weapon is sorcery via Crystal Ball and he is a user of the Fire element.
Tropes associated with Kuroda Kanbei:
- Abled in the Adaptation: Historically, he was imprisoned by the rebellious Oda vassal, Araki Murashige, but he escaped at the cost of an injury that left him with a pronounced limp. In the game itself, he doesn't have a leg injury and was able to move just fine.
- Casting a Shadow: His attacks are dark elemental, fitting for his Goth image.
- Comically Serious: Hanbei often finds him amusing everytime he speaks so serious, especially if he says any word of fire, flames of war, sparks, elimination, etc.
- Creepy Monotone: He never changes his voice's tone, to say the least.
- Friend to All Children: He often let local kids play in his house.
- Friendly Enemy: Eventually forms one with Takakage. And when Mouri clan is allied with Toyotomi, they become friends for real until Takakage's death.
- Generation Xerox: His son and Hanbei's son—Nagamasa Kuroda and Shigekado Takenaka, respectively—are also close friends historically like their fathers were. In the game itself (from 3 onward), Shigekado and Nagamasa are usually positioned near each other among Eastern Army in Battle of Sekigahara.
- Giant Hands of Doom: He can summon a giant, demonic fist.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Not that he deserves it or anything...
- In a way, one can consider this a logical extreme for the attitude created for Zhuge Liang in DW 6 - specifically once he's under the Toyotomi banner.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: In 3, he's very cold, ruthless, highly opportunistic and pragmatic. Averted in 4, where he's nicer and more humanized.
- Japanese Christian: Historically, he was baptized with the Christian name being Simeon Josui (Portuguese name of Joshua). But when Hideyoshi wanted to ban the religion, Kanbei had to give up his new faith so as to comply to this rule. Since the game never mentioned Christianity, the only reference about Kanbeis connection to it is his Goth appearance.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He doesn't get along much with nearly everyone, but it is implied that he's just highly pragmatic. Hanbei insists that he's actually a really kind person. Kanbei does have a few Pet the Dog moments with him to confirm that.
- Knight Templar: He wants to see every single threat to Nobunaga/Hideyoshi/Ieyasu's rule eliminated.
- Odd Friendship: With Hanbei, who is happy-go-lucky while he is a calculating and stoic man.
- Poisonous Friend: Played with for Hideyoshi in third game. He is the one who convince (and threaten) Hideyoshi that if the latter didn't want to avenge Nobunaga's death and replace Nobunaga as unifier, then Hideyoshi will only become a threat for others who want to take that role. Not too long after this scene, we are shown Hideyoshi leading Kanbei, Nene, Mitsunari, Kiyomasa, Masanori, and their army marching into Yamazaki.
- Token Jerkass Teammate: Amongst the East side of Sekigahara.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Compared to 3 where his nicer side only really comes out around Hanbei, Kanbei in 4 is a lot more noticeably well-intentioned and compassionate.
- Skunk Stripe: His hair is half white and black, a Visual Pun to his morality.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In 3, he participated in the Siege of Osaka on the Tokugawa side despite that historically, he died ten years before the Osaka campaign.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His given name is either spelt as "Kanbe", "Kanbee" (with the long vowel e) or "Kanbei" (which Koei opts for) in romaji; the double "e" example ties a lot more to its actual romaji writing regardless, since the "i" vowel actually isn't in how it's romanized.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kanbei throws these around like they're candy. They tend to backfire.
- Verbal Tic: Sparks, fire, conflagration: he'll say these words at least three times in a level.
- Weaponized Ball: He controls one or more Energy Balls (which are spectral copies of his Crystal Ball) as his Weapon of Choice. He uses them as blunt Flying Weapon on most attacks.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: All he wants is really peace for Japan.It's to the point where in his ending in 3, he accepts his death inflicted by a dying Kiyomasa after his scenario of Osaka Castle. Also wants himself to get executed in Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 when he personally deems himself to be responsible for Hideyoshi's recent surge in being more oppressive than usual.
Died: October 21, 1571
- - SW3 official bio
The experienced leader of the Hojo clan, Ujiyasu is a man who has lived through many battles and has overcome unfavourable odds through planning, craftiness and just plain fighting dirty. He cares very much about all of the people who live on his land, be they soldier or civilian, and will go out of his way to ensure their safety (even during battle, which surprises many of his enemies). This has earned him their sworn loyalty and devotion.
Unlike most other daimyo, however, he has very little ambition and never once looks to expand beyond Sagami. Most of the battles he participates in involve defending or ensuring the stability of his region. Ujiyasu's most notable retainers, Kai and Kotaro, assist him in this task.
Considered part of the 'Kanto trio,' along with Shingen and Kenshin.
His main weapon is a Shikomizue (cane sword) but he's not above using bombs and mines... or indeed taking out the enemy with a well-placed headbutt! His element of preference is ice.
Tropes associated with Ujiyasu:
- A Father to His Men: Shows compassion for his troops and officers in his cutscenes and voiceovers. Implied to be the reason for their fanatical devotion to him.
- Action Dad: He is father of several children, including Hayakawa, Saburo, and Ujimasa.
- Animal Motifs: Associated with lions, he was also known as "The Lion of Sagami".
- Brainy Brunette: Despite he is already old, he still has light brown hair and he is one of best warlords and strategists in his era.
- Coat Cape: Half for style, half for hiding his grenades in.
- Combat Pragmatist: You wouldn't expect a samurai lord to go into battle with a cane as his weapon... until you find him throwing grenades, headbutting, launching flying dropkicks, elbow-dropping downed enemies, hiding a sword and shotgun in his cane, and still using said cane to beat people senseless.
- Composite Character: He doubles as Ujimasa, his son and the Hojo daimyo during Hideyoshi's campaign. It's apparent in 4, where he has a dramatic death scene after losing the Battle of Odawara, when Ujimasa was the one who died there in real life.
- Cool Old Guy: And how! He's even overtaken Yoshihiro Shimazu in that regard.
- Deal with the Devil: in Kotaro's story line in Samurai Warriors 3 Extreme Legends it is revealed that he made one with the ninja when he was a child.
- Note he was about to commit suicide for being afraid of the sound of a rifle firing and Kotaro stopped him challenging his view telling him to fear was to be human.
- Dirty Old Man: Humorously (and possibly) mistaken for one by Kai when he said "You still have some growing up to do!" and "I'm sure you will be fine woman!", much to Kai's chagrin. It may be that he refers Kai's growth as a female samurai, though.
- Expy: Stubble? Check. Headband? Check. Raspy voice? Check. Blade? Check. Gun? Check. Explosives? Check. Smokes? Check. Close combat prowess? Check. Looks good without a shirt on? Check. Badassery? Check. Commands his own army? Check. Manliness so unbearable it hurts? Check. Ladies and gentlemen, Big Boss is in the house.
- This has earned him the nickname of Hojo Snake amongst some of the fandom.
- His appearance alone also makes him look like a Japanese version of Deng Ai, but with blond hair.
- Heroic Build: For such a guy in his age, his muscles are pretty impressive.
- Hunk: He's ALL MAN. No wonder Kai's crazy for him.
- Rated M for Manly: He's an Expy of Big Boss, OF COURSE he's manly.
- Red Baron: The Lion of Sagami.
- Smoking Is Cool: Ujiyasu is rarely seen without his clay pipe.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Historically, he was not alive anymore during Battle of Oshi and Odawara Castle against Toyotomi Clan. Though he dies in the latter in place of his son, Ujimasa, so it's a subversion.
- Swiss Army Weapon: His sword cane has a shotgun in it, somehow.
- Unflinching Walk: His ultimate musou attack has him tossing a bomb up into the air behind him, causing him to be backlit by an outsized explosion while he swaggers towards the camera.
- Voiced by: Hiroki Tochi (Japanese), Peter Doyle (English)
Born: December 18, 1567
Died: November 15, 1643
Ginchiyo's husband and leader of the Tachibana clan. Noted by many other characters as being intelligent and handsome, he is also something of a charmer. The game frequently cites him as being the 'greatest warrior of the Western Army,' in opposition to Honda Tadakatsu, 'greatest warrior of the Eastern Army.'
Rides into battle with a claymore and a rondache (a.k.a. a broadsword and a buckler) and his element is Wind.
Tropes associated with Muneshige:
- Blow You Away: As Ginchiyo is associated with lightning, he's associated with wind. Specifically, he refers to himself as both 'the west wind' and 'the God of Winds.' This is a nod to the historical Muneshige's biological father, Shōun Takahashi, who was called the "Wind God".
- Catch Phrase: Just kidding!
- Chick Magnet: The ladies are all over him, as seen in Kai's ending.
- Enemy Mine: Yoshihiro killed his father, but both of their story modes end with them fighting together.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Muneshige gets a lot of admiration and compliments from both the men and the ladies, and makes both Kiyomasa and Mitsunari get all flustered during several exchanges.
- Expy: Dresses in Western-style armor, uses a sword and shield as his weapon of choice, and his final attack is a cross-shaped sword beam. Does this seem familiar?
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Wields an European broadsword and shield as his Weapon of Choice. He is also the greatest warrior of Western Army, fitting 'The Hero' trope.
- Knight in Shining Armor: He seems to be specifically created for this role note .
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Toyed with. Muneshige is far from being exactly feminine, but the Tachibana couple is really close to this trope.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: He is adopted into Tachibana clan first before actually married with Ginchiyo. However, it needs a somewhat Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other moment in Ginchiyo's ending for 3, to shows that yes, they are Happily Married.
- The Rival: Against Tadakatsu. Also Yoshihiro.
- Sword Beam: In some of his charge attacks. His strongest attack is basically a giant cross-shaped sword beam.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: One of the most handsome and tallest men in the game.
- Walking the Earth: At the end of his story mode, he leaves his wife Ginchiyo in charge of the clan and leaves to explore the land.
- You Killed My Father: Yoshihiro Shimazu did this.
- Voiced by: Umeka Shouji (Japanese), Adam Bobrow (English)
Born: September 27, 1544
Died: July 6, 1579
Former tactician for the Saito clan who joins the Oda (more specifically under the Hashiba banner) after meeting Hideyoshi. He's generally a cheerful and upbeat, if rather lazy, man, in contrast to his closest friend Kanbei. Along with Kanbei and also Motonari, he is described as one of the 'three geniuses' by the fandom.
His weapon can only be described as a bladed sundial that also functions as a one-man Steampunk helicopter. He has the Ice element.
Tropes associated with Hanbei:
- A Day in the Limelight: As one of the three surviving characters after the initial assault in Warriors Orochi 3, he gets to have a lot of impact on the early story.
- Ascended Extra: Like many others, he was a non playable officer in the first two games.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: His weapon is what can be described as a "battle sundial", which is blades attached in what appears to be shield. Uses it to hover as well!
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He's always seen to be slacking off and taking the course that involves the least amount of effort on his part.
- Brutal Honesty: He will say what's on his mind, and is fully aware that it may not be something the other party wants to hear.
- Characterization Marches On: He, as generic officer, has special events and dialogues in 2:Empires and his characterization is quite.... different, compared to his playable counterpart's.
- Childhood Friends: With Nouhime, who is rather fond of teasing him.
- Combat Pragmatist: Explained in his introduction.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes throws a few snarky comments here and there at some people's expense, mainly Kanbei's.
- Disguised in Drag: During his own opening cutscene, and it's quite effective.... see below.
- The Dog Bites Back: One interpretation of his castle hijacking. In Chronicles, despite Hanbei repeatedly defending Mino from the Oda using strategy, Tatsuoki insists that their success is all due to superior military numbers and not "meager talents". Hanbei retaliates by capturing Inabayama with 16 men.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Actually disguises himself as a woman during his opening cutscene.
- Expy: Just like Mitsunari, Hanbei is another expy of Zhuge Liang, being a strategist who serve a lord with massive Historical Hero Upgrade. Another comparison to Zhuge Liang depends on story version you believe in: it's either Hideyoshi visited Hanbei three times a la Liu Bei did to Zhuge Liang; or, as can be seen in fourth game, Hanbei agrees to Hideyoshi's servitude with three conditions. He even makes one reference to Zhuge Liang when he said "a man with feathered fan that read stars". Even Nouhime outright compares Hanbei to Zhuge Liang.
- Generation Xerox: His and Kanbei's son, Takenaka Shigekado and Kuroda Nagamasa, respectively, are also close friends historically like their fathers were. In the game itself (from 3 onward), Shigekado and Nagamasa are usually positioned near each other among Eastern Army in Battle of Sekigahara.
- Ill Boy: He died of his illness, eventually.
- Improbable Weapon User: An oversized sundial with a spinning blade for a pointer that lets him fly. Your typical sundial.
- Heavy Sleeper: Whenever he's not tasked with something, all he wants is just a quick nap.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Seems to have a thing for cats, between hiding one in his hat in WO 3 and napping on a roof surrounded by them in SW:Chronicles. He even makes cat noises when interacting with Aya in SW 3:Empires.
- Nice Hat: Similiar to the one Kunoichi wore in SW1.
- Odd Friendship: He and Kanbei are really different from one another and yet they're friends.
- Older Than He Looks:
- He's actually two years older than Kanbei! Perhaps justified with the fact that Hanbei historically died in young age (in his 30s), while Kanbei died in much older age (in his 50s).
- Even in the second game where they were still generics, Hanbei's generic model is "young" and Kanbei's is "elder".
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Rare Male Example. No wonder he can disguise as a woman.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He and Kanbei. Bonus point for actually having opposite elements.
- The Resenter: He doesn't like Nobunaga, and only agrees to join Oda under condition that he serves directly under Hideyoshi.
- Shorter Means Smarter: Shorter and wiser than Kanbei.
- The Hero: Not of his home game, but in Warriors Orochi 3, he shares the role of Hero with Ma Chao and Sima Zhao.
- The Smart Guy: for Hideyoshi's army.
- The Southpaw: Played with a bit, since he mainly wields his weapon on his left hand, but in one cutscene in 3 when talking with Kanbei he holds a twig he plays around with via his right hand.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His given name is either spelt as "Hanbe", "Hanbee" (with the long vowel e) or "Hanbei" (which Koei opts for) in romaji; the double "e" example ties a lot more to its actual romaji writing regardless, since the "i" vowel actually isn't in how it's romanized.
- Stepford Smiler: Mild Type A. He acts cheerful enough but SW:Chronicles shows that he overtires himself thinking about how many people his plans have killed.
- The Strategist: One of the earliest for Hideyoshi.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Compared to how he is in 3, Hanbei in 4 is a lot harsher and more pragmatic.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Seems to have this relationship with his first Lord, Saito Tatsuoki. Despite snarking and putting each other down at every opportunity, when the Oda come calling, Tatsuoki is utterly dependent on Hanbei's leadership and Hanbei does protect him as necessary. Until he finally gets fed up anyway.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He is, up to the third game, the only playable retainer of Oda/Hashiba who died very early, even before Nobunaga's death.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Is well aware that he'll be dying early due to his illness, but puts on a cheerful front in spite of it.
- Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (Japanese), Matthew Quinn Forbes (English)
Born: April 16, 1497
Died: July 6, 1571
The lazy but clever leader of the Mōri clan, who chose to fake his own death so that he could retire and be a historian instead of leading his clan — the rise of Nobunaga brings him back into the fray, however. Often referred to as one of the 'three geniuses' by the fandom, along with Hanbei and Kanbei.
His weapon is a sort of crossbow attached to his arm, loaded with three arrows. He has the Ice Element.
Tropes associated with Mōri Motonari:
- Action Dad: Action Dad and granddad, to be exact.
- Anachronism Stew: While Motonari is a Sengoku figure, he came from an earlier part of the era. He is a full generation above Yoshimoto Imagawa, the erstwhile oldest character in the cast, and almost two generations above Nobunaga Oda. He did live into the Azuchi-Momoyama period (the final phase of the Sengoku era, which the games are focused on), but by then he's already a senile old man (he was 73 when Nobunaga entered Kyoto) and no longer involved in politics. It's an anachronism to have him share scenes with any other playable character in the series with the exception of his son and, perhaps, Hisahide Matsunaga.
- Archer Archetype: Motonari uses an armed crossbow.
- Ascended Extra: He appeared as generic daimyo in 2:Empires.
- Automatic Crossbows Below the Shoulder: His Weapon of Choice. He got one mounted on his wrist, and he occasionally throws arrows or thrusts his loaded bow into people as an attack. His musou has arrows being fired at prodigious rates.
- Badass Bookworm: Despite his lazy attitude, he turns into a fearsome commander when on the battlefield.
- The Bore: The man himself is good enough company, but his writings are implied to be a chore to get through.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He'd rather sit around and research history than lead battles. His opening cutscene shows him napping while Nobunaga's forces approach. But at the same time, it's to make sure he doesn't get very involved in scenarios that paint him to be a threat that needs to be usurped.
- But Now I Must Go: Says this almost word to word to Terumoto in Okuni's story for SW3:XL.
- Cool Old Guy: In the 4th game.
- Expy: Very similar to Yang Wen-li in both appearance and characterization.
- Faking the Dead: Apparently, that's the reason he's still alive during Nobunaga's age.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": In Warriors Orochi 4, he's very amazed when he gets to meet the famous figures of the Three Kingdoms such as Dian Wei, Cao Cao and Lu Meng. He even has a camp conversation with the latter two but he's very careful of not telling them their fates knowing that it might change history.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the course of his story mode, Motonari makes character assessments of pretty much everyone he comes across that end up referencing the real history the game draws from... and the fates of those involved.
- Multishot: The crossbow can shoot three arrows at once. Granted, this was based on the historical Motonari's Three arrows teaching.
- Older Than He Looks: Historically, he's already senile by the time of Nobunaga, and is even older than Hisahide, but is portrayed as a Bishōnen. 4 gave him silver hair, which doesn't help much.
- Outliving One's Offspring: One of his sons and designated successor, Takamoto, died off-screen, forcing Terumoto (Takamoto's son) to prematurely become Motonari's successor. This is mentioned in his story for both 3 and 4.
- The Power of Friendship: He often uses the "Three Arrows" comparison to incite his allies to join him (though the first time he tried it on the Tachibana, Ginchiyo broke the three arrows without much effort.)
- Ship Tease: With Okuni in her SW3:XL story mode.
- Silver Fox: In 4, possibly done on purpose to address the fact that his original design made him appear far younger than he really should have. It doesn't entirely fix the issue, but it helps somewhat. See Older Than He Looks entry above.
- The Sons and the Spears: Likes to use this to get his message across. The arrows don't always survive it.
Introduced in Sengoku Musou 3: Mushouden
- Voiced by: Umeka Shouji (Japanese), Dorothy Elias Fahn (English)
Died: March 10, 1609
Kenshin's elder sister, a shrine maiden who helps her brother in battle. He values her greatly, often bowing at her feet and following any orders she gives. Referred to as a strong woman with noble values, yet is also said to lack 'human kindness' at one point.
Her Weapon of Choice is a bladed staff. In 3 she was a unique NPC, wielding a naginata.
Tropes Associated with Aya:
- Abusive Parents: Sort of: in order to be sure that her son Kagekatsu is fit for carrying on Kenshin's will, she supports his rival Kagetora and openly opposes him until he finally proves himself worthy. It was lessened because Kagekatsu actually understands that this is her purpose.
- Action Mom: As her son finally becomes playable, too.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Dark hair, and her personality mostly fits for this trope.
- Apron Matron: Co-Leader of Uesugi alongside her brother.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Weaponized. And then, just take a look from this line from SW3:Empires, Tranquil Fury included:Aya: "Mitsunari, please kneel."Mitsunari: "I can't understand why I should obey. Why should I ever grovel before someone like you? Care to explain your pig-headed and nonsensical reasoning for-(slap) Guh!"Aya: "Oh, how rude of me... You were being so lovable that my hand just slipped across your cheek. Now, let me say it properly this time. Kneel, Mitsunari. From now on, I will be here to educate you."
Zhong Hui: "Here comes a real thorn in my side. I just have to avoid making eye contact... Ow! You hit me?! You lowly vagabond! I am the chosen one. Do not presume you can touch me!"Aya: "You have such lovely eyes, Zhong Hui. You should look at people when they're talking to you."
- And then this line from Warriors Orochi 3:
- Animal Motifs: Birds.
- Ascended Extra: Aya was upgraded from a generic bodyguard in SW2 to a unique non-playable character in SW3. She finally became a playable character in SW3:XL.
- BrotherSister Team: With her younger brother Kenshin.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Occasionally, but more seen in the Crossover DLC, referring Xu Huang as another Kenshin because they wear similar white hoods. And in the end, considers herself another Kenshin due to her white hood. Even Kenshin looks like he's facepalming on that comment.
- Doting Parent: Acts like this towards Kagetora in 4. She actually nicknames him as "Kawai Kagetora".
- Fanservice Pack: Curiously, despite being the best example of Token Wholesome in the series, she tends to get alternate costumes that are anything but.
- Fluffy Tamer: When you can call Kenshin "cute" and suffer no punishment, you qualify.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: In 4, along with Kenshin, when they stop Saburo from committing suicide.
- Hidden Buxom: Her default wholesome costume hides the fact that she's quite busty when she wears more revealing DLC outfits.
- High Collar of Doom: Non-villainous example, for her outfit in 4.
- Hime Cut: Her occassional hairstyle.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Kenshin, and later her own son Kagekatsu, positively tower over her.
- In the Hood: Her default outfit in 3.
- Incest Subtext: Strangely enough, despite having reputation as a Token Wholesome Buddhist nun, she has some of this shades to her brother. In Warriors Orochi 3, she even tells Kenshin that she would've married him already if not for the fact that they're siblings! And it doesn't help that people tend to remember Kagekatsu as "Aya and Kenshin's son" and don't bother to remind themselves that Kenshin is not his biological father.
- Iron Lady: She is VERY strict.
- The Ojou: Lady of Uesugi.
- Knight Templar: She thinks that all obstacles to honor and good should be vanquished.
- Lady of War, Yamato Nadeshiko: Before becoming playable she even wielded a Naginata.
- Lethal Chef:
- If anything, her cooking might leave less than desired. Kenshin was positively shocked and nearly stopped Kagetora trying to eat something she cooked. He ended up nearly choking on it, but ended up praising her cooking, with subtle hints that he'd rather fake praises than incurring her wrath.
- In Chronicle Mode, this is pretty much what the main character will go through, Aya cooks something really nasty, and they have no choice but to praise it like hell, refusing or blunt opinion are not available options.
- In Warriors Orochi 4, Zhang Chunhua teaches her how to cook meat buns for the army.
- Mama Bear: In Hasedo for 4, she's one of Uesugi officers who protect Kagekatsu's escape.
- Mum Looks Like a Sister: In SW3 and expansions, her generic-faced son looks older than her. Even now that her son is playable, she still looks pretty young.
- Older Than She Looks: She looks around the same age as Kenshin.
- Onee-sama: Kenshin and Kanetsugu really respect her highly.
- Politically Active Princess: Considering that she intervenes over Uesugi's succession between Kagekatsu and Kagetora.
- She's Got Legs: Not prevalent in-game, but in one of the Crossover DLC, Dong Zhuo refers her to have really beautiful legs and would've let her walk on him everyday. Aya is more than eager to just stomp him around with it.
- Shorter Means Smarter: Shorter than Kenshin, Kagekatsu, and Kanetsugu; and the wisest.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Tends to give such speeches to Kanetsugu.
- Stern Teacher: to Kanetsugu.
- Team Mom: To Kenshin and Kanetsugu.
- Token Wholesome: She is a shrine maiden, after all.
- Weapon of Choice: She uses a naginata as a unique NPC until she uses a Magic Staff fter becoming a playable character.
- You Remind Me of X: In her camp conversation with Sima Yi in Warriors Orochi 4, the latter notices the similarities between her and his wife, Zhang Chunhua. It's even hilarious that both women also have a camp conversation together and they help each other out in the cooking.
- Voiced by: Takahiro Fujimoto (Japanese), Dan Woren (English), Cris George (English 2015 Anime), Oliver Krietsch-Matzura (German 2015 Anime)
Died: August 26, 1624
One of the Seven Spears of Shizugatake and a friend of Kiyomasa. He started as a spear-wielding unique NPC and later became a player character, armed with a club.
Tropes associated with Masanori:
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Historically, he and Kiyomasa have a very bitter and unhealthy rivalry with Mitsunari, hence why they end up opposing him which is recreated in 2. Since 3, they become friends with different ideals with Masanori and Kiyomasa have Conflicting Loyalty while Mitsunari has Undying Loyalty to Toyotomi.
- All for Nothing: For all his and Kiyomasa's justification to "protect the Toyotomi" by siding with the Tokugawa in Sekigahara, it ends up being nothing when Tokugawa attacked Osaka Castle and eliminated what is left of the Toyotomi as Hideyori himself committed suicide.
- Ascended Extra: Masanori was upgraded from a generic officer to a unique non-playable character in SW3. He became a playable character in SW3:XL.
- Bare Your Midriff: As a generic NPC in 2.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: He's mostly Dumb Muscle and Boisterous Bruiser, but he's also very sensitive when it's about his lords Hideyoshi and Hideyori, his lady Nene, and his friends Kiyomasa and Mitsunari.
- Butt-Monkey: He's always getting hurt in various comical ways, and everyone's reaction can be summed up with Face Palm. Though, also shown in WO3, he DOES have a noble side, especially when he found out Kiyomasa is Forced into Evil
- Can't Hold His Liquor: He gets drunk very easily, and gets belligerent when he gets drunk.
- Characterization Marches On: In 2, as generics, he and Kiyomasa are resenters to Mitsunari and badmouth him every now and then. Since 3, they are Childhood Friends with different ideals. Ironically, most historical records believe that he and Kiyomasa are indeed bitter rivals and resenters to Mitsunari in real life, like they were in 2.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: For all his idiocy, Masanori proves himself to be a valiant warrior. Hell, in WO3, he's badass enough that Minamoto no Yoshitsune develops a bond with him, in a Worthy Rival style.
- Delinquents: Has the stereotypical mannerisms, speech patterns, and hairdo.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Hilariously happens to him during Battle of Hiketa in 4, when Koshosho tricks him into thinking she's just innocent bystander and asks him to open his garrison's gate.
- Double Weapon: Swings a large double-ended Kanabo in Xtreme Legends 3 after he becomes playable.
- Dumb Muscle: Compared to others around him, he's a thick-headed brute.
- Dumbass Has a Point: What he attempted to invoke by siding with Eastern Army in Sekigahara. He believes their conflict with Mitsunari will end if he's just charging at Mitsunari and smacks him in the head to snap his sense back so they can protect Toyotomi Clan together again. Unfortunately for Masanori, it doesn't work. Not only Mitsunari dies in Sekigahara, he's also ultimately failed to protect the Toyotomi when Hideyori also dies in Osaka many years later.
- Fanboy: To Yoshitsune in Warriors Orochi.
- Gonk: Compared to the other males in the series who have very subdued facial features, his nose and face ridges are over-exaggerated, giving him a somewhat Yakuza-esque look.
- Heroic Build: Shows off his partially shirtless body in 4.
- Hot-Blooded: He is this even when he was still NPC. In Nene's dream stage for SW2, she also lampshades Masanori for being hot-blooded.
- Hotter and Sexier: He ditches the armor to show off that sexy chest in 4; many fans has also noted that he looks better with his hair down.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Is almost always the first to charge into the fray (even ahead of the player character).
- Moment Killer: In 3:XL, when Mitsunari and Kiyomasa had Ho Yay/Foe Yay-esque wordless Death Glare to each other during one of their arguments, Masanori, without understanding what really happened between them, break the silence between them.
- The Nicknamer: He calls Mitsunari "Big Headed" for his helmet.
- No Indoor Voice: Appears to be his default way of speaking, at least in the original Japanese (which means all of his appearances except in English dub of 3, the last Samurai Warriors game with English dub).
- Playing with Fire: One of his mounted attack is basically him BREATHING fire at the enemy.
- Power Trio: With Kiyomasa and Mitsunari. In Warriors Orochi, he has one with Taigong Wang and Yoshitsune Minamoto in a cutscene.
- The Rival: To Gan Ning in Warriors Orochi.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Zigzagged. Appearance and personality-wise, it looks like he is the manly man to Kiyomasa's sensitive guy. But Kiyomasa tends to be calmer as opposed to Masanori's hot-blooded. One example in 4, when Hideyoshi died, Masanori cries so loud while Kiyomasa barely cries.
- Sweet Tooth: Apparently, he likes sweets.
- Those Two Guys: With Kiyomasa.
Introduced in Sengoku Musou Chronicle 2nd
Born: February 16, 1556
Died: November 9, 1630
A ronin who served many lords, most notably the Azai, throughout the years, but eventually settled with the Tokugawa. He's often praised as an excellent castle constructor.
His weapon is a saiken (slender sword) rapier styled slightly into a katana, since it still has a single edge. Unsurprisingly, his element is Ice.
Tropes Associated with Tōdō Takatora:
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Would you believe that he was an elderly generic officer in the second game?
- Anime Hair: And very spiky.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Takatora has one with Yoshitsugu in the opening of his story mode in SW4 II.
- Broken Tears: In 4, after Yoshitsugu is Driven to Suicide and 4-II as he witnesses the deaths of Oichi and Katsuie in the burning castle.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He may look like a sinister character, but he's actually one of the nicest guy in the series if you get on his good side.
- According to the developers, he contrasts to Yukimura's design, elements and Yukimura serving one lord while Takatora serves many. Developer Koinuma notes that he is the "dark hero" of the title.
- Expy: Design-wise, he's very similar to the portrayal of Hosokawa Tadaoki in Saihai no Yukue.
- Glory Seeker: Takatora is very eager to prove his worth. It's lampshaded in one of his victory quotes."I'll achieve further success! Always aim higher."
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Yoshitsugu Otani in 4.They both began their stories by serving the Azai.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: The historical Takatora in all fairness, had a pretty bad military record. This version of Takatora however, can duke it out with the rest of them.
- An Ice Person: Almost all of his special attacks involve summoning ice somehow. It doesn't matter if he's having his weapon use another element, he'll still unleash ice in his attacks. It's probably in reference about how he's a castle constructor, so he's also 'sculpting' castle designs with his ice and sword
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is a bit too blunt and dismissive to others. But on occasions, he also shows some compassion to his friends.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: He's readily willing to have enemy officers (for example Yukimura) executed instead of imprisoned to ensure the safety of the Tokugawa and to stop what would-be their last obstacle, and personally scolds Kiyomasa for intruding the meeting between Ieyasu and Hideyori, fearing that Kiyomasa's presence will endanger his lord. His allies question his methodology and suggest that his actions may contrast of Kiyomasa's, but the fact is that they were protecting their lords mends Takatora's view.
- Power Trio: With Nagamasa and Yoshitsugu.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Just let him fight Hideyoshi, he will says: "This is for lord Nagamasa."
- This is played out in his story mode in SW4-II, he refuses to work with Hideyoshi due to the latter involvement in Nagamasa's death. He works for Hideyoshi's brother instead and is very loyal to him.
- The Rival: He was designed to be Yukimura's rival in SWC2nd, they basically show up on the cover. This was omitted in 4. The anime version shows a bit of it however.
- In 4, he has some of this with Kiyomasa. Both share different view of loyalty and castle-building methods.
- Ronin: Takatora was a wandering samurai before joining the Azai, even after Nagamasa's death, he returns to wandering.
- Undying Loyalty: He is extremely loyal to whomever he works for.
- Scarf of Asskicking: See that blue scarf he's wearing. He also has a strange fondess of towels.
- Ship Tease: Has one with Naotora after Yoshitsugu's death.Naotora: I agree. I'm thinking of going home, however. Seeing these trees here has made me want to visit the grave of a friend.Takatora: Very well. If you ever want to come back, there's a place for you here.
- Slice-and-Dice Swordsmanship: Has slight traces of this with his unique weapon, where he fights of a notable "pseudo-version" of fencing.
- Stuff Blowing Up: The ice actually blows up once hits the enemies or ground, as shown in his C4 and C7 attacks.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Towering 187cm.
- Trademark Favorite Food: His Chronicle event reveals that he has a soft spot for Manjuu, a type of sweet-filled Japanese steamed bun (he also likes mochi too). So soft, that he tries to hide it by stating that there are nothing he hates more than manjuu and/or mochi. Granted, in the former food's case all of this was based on the story Scary Manjuu in Japanese literature, so he may actually also be afraid to eat them out of a guilty pleasure.
- Tsundere: His last two events in the Chronicle Mode are fine example of this.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Before meeting Nagamasa, Takatora was a samurai with no hope for himself, thinking him as a disposable pawn. Nagamasa realizes his potential far greater than he is and inspires him to be stronger and more skillful. Historically, Takatora starts as a foot soldier to be one of the most influential men of the era.
The female head of the Ii clan, an ally of the Tokugawa since their time under the Imagawa banner. She lived until 1582, when the clan was inherited by the famous Ii Naomasa, Tokugawa's Red Devil.
She fights using bladed boots and martial arts, while her element of choice (as of 4) is Earth.
Tropes Associated with Ii Naotora:
- Absolute Cleavage: Which can't be unnoticed by several other characters, including girls like Kunoichi.
- Action Girl: And this time, there's a justified example: Naotora Ii was the "Female Daimyo" of the Ii house for a while. Subverted in the story, as she's actually pretty reluctant in taking part to the war.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: To Ii Naomasa. Justified as she adopted him, but even then, by his playable appearance in 4-II he arguably looks OLDER than Naotora.
- Adoptive Peer Parent: Naomasa's stepmom looks REALLY young, although she's not really his biological mother. Ina lampshades this in a cutscene in 4 where Naotora brought young Naomasa (still nicknamed Toramatsu at the time) and asks how Naotora can have a son when she's still too young, until Naotora corrects her that Toramatsu is adopted.
- Action Mom: By adoption of Naomasa.
- Animal Motifs: The "tora" in her name means "Tiger". Which she eventually gets a DLC costumes with.
- Apologetic Attacker: Even when she doesn't attack you, she still apologies a lot.
- Apologises a Lot: She tends to do this A LOT. As seen in 4-II, it is because of Naomasa's impulsive behavior. Though even when her son is not around, she usually says it because of her lack of self-esteem. In Warriors Orochi 4, Ares tells not to feel sorry for herself.
- Apron Matron: She is leader of the Ii Clan. She's one of the few female clan leaders in the Sengoku Period after the deaths of her father and his heir.
- Armed Legs: Her main weapon is a pair of bladed boots.
- Badass Adorable: Yes, we know she's the leader of the Ii Clan, but judging from her appearance, who knows she can pack quite a kick and be really cute to boot?
- Big Damn Heroes: Naotora personally leads an army to rescue Gracia in the expansion.
- Boobs of Steel: Her large chest is cover with some Sarashi.
- Braids of Action: Her hair is tied into braids.
- Breakout Character: She has more appearances outside of Samurai Warriors, being a Guest Fighter in Dead Or Alive 5: Last Round and the female representative of Samurai Warriors for Warriors All-Stars. She is also one of the most popular characters as voted by fans in official popularity polls, helping fuel her constant appearances. It's no surprise that she gets a Deification form in Warriors Orochi 4. Because of this, she shares the same spotlight as Yukimura in being the mascot of the franchise.
- Breast Plate: Her armor is rather... skimpy to say the least.
- She usually mentioned "Ii clan precept" as her way to boost her and others' confidence as given by her grandfather. Then, we find out in 4-II DLC "Ii Family Values" mission, not all of these precepts were legit which made Naomasa wonder if these were just made up.
- She would usually say "I'm sorry! I'm sorry!" and "How embarrassing!".
- A Day in the Limelight: She's one of the starting characters of Warriors Orochi 4 and is the first playable character to receive her Deification form (though Lu Bu is actually the first to show his Deification form onscreen). She also made constant appearance in cutscenes which makes her one of the protagonists of the game.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: Naotora's special buff greatly increases the range for each of her attacks, making the majority of her moveset hit rapidly over a wide area. Most notably, increasing her long chain of Hyper attacks a boosted, crowd-clearing variation, and quickly filling both her Spirit gauge and Musou gauge, which makes her invincible and allows her to tear down large groups of enemies, easily bordering on Game-Breaker status. In SWC2nd, the buff is associated with cherry blossom power.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: Dressed in a short armor skirt.
- Determinator: Despite her meek personality, when her father dies and her clan is left without a leader, she steps up to the role, and absolutely refuses to give up.
- Expy: Mix and match between Daqiao, Lianshi, and Chun Li.
- Accoding to developer Koinuma, she was based on real life model Satomi Ishihara.
- Even the Girls Want Her: In 4, Kunoichi notices she has "good assets".
- Heroic Sacrifice: she charges toward the retreating Shimazu army and is shot in the head by Toyohisa with a musket at point-blank range. Though she's never seen dying.
- She survives the battle in the Eastern Army version.
- Gender-Blender Name: Naotora is a male name, and Kai was quite surprised to find out that Ii Naotora is a girl. Justified in that she adopted the name herself when she took over as Clan Head.
- Girl in a Box: Whenever she worries about something, she has a strange habit to cuddle herself in a small box. If it takes too long, she can't get out by herself.
- Guest Fighter: She was added to the Dead or Alive 5 roster in March, 2016.
- I Am Not Pretty: Suffers from this particularly during the Ladies of War story in 4-II, to the bewilderment of some of the other ladies.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Says she just wants to be a normal girl... but, humorously enough, later realizes that she doesn't really know what being "normal" would entail.
- In the expansion, she states that she wants to be a normal cute girl, but thinks that she's uncute after seeing her hands, thinking that they are too large despite the fact that she's one of the prettiest girl in the cast.
- The Ingenue: Regardless of being the head of her clan which she is forced upon, she's very gullible, naive and prone to childlike behavior. In Warriors Orochi 4, she doesn't understand Perseus' reason of fighting his half-siblings and thinks that the things Lianshi hold dear most are material possessions.
- Kick Chick: With Bladed Greaves to boot. She also has some claws on her gloves but never seen using them.
- Luminescent Blush: She's so easily embarrassed, that it's hard to catch her while not blushing. Most notably on-screen is whenever she prepares to kick ass with her Musou.
- Male Gaze: It's obvious that the camera focuses on her boobs, butt and legs, particularly during her Musou attack.
- Marshmallow Hell: After rescuing Gracia, Naotora's happy too much that she immediately hugs her, but with the size of her chest, it looks like she's suffocating Gracia instead.
- Probably the reason why Naomasa doesn't let her hug him.
- Mom Looks Like a Sister: Put her beside Naomasa, she could be mistaken as his sister. Justified that she's young when she adopted him.
- Ms. Fanservice: With her outfit of choice, what do you expect? Some of the are very suggestive. Unlike the other Koei facial moles, Naotora has Beauty Mark on her left breast, and it's visible on every outfit she wears. Her DLC costumes are a tiger leotard, a bathrobe and a Teen Idol costume with a short skirt to add. And all three costumes were added to Dead or Alive 5 as her unlockable costumes, completely unchanged. Her Deification form in Warriors Orochi 4 is her most Stripperiffic outfit to date.
- Nice Girl: Gentle, kind to foe and friends alike.
- Odd Friendship: Has one with Gracia in SW4 II.
- Oh, Crap!: Her reaction when Toyohisa is about to shoot her at point-blank range.
- Panty Shot: Ooh so many. It's red by the way.
- Parental Substitute: She is Naomasa's paternal aunt. She adopts Naomasa after the death of his biological father (Naotora's brother).
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Just look at her.
- Reluctant Fanservice Girl:
- Her grandfather tricked her into wearing her outfit by telling her that it's traditional Ii clan armor. She occasionally calls her clothes "weird" and does not seem to be comfortable with wearing them.
- In Warriors Orochi 4, she's about to give a roundhouse kick on a deified Lu Bu and suddenly, her bracelet activated her deified form, which has less clothing than her regular outfit, much to her embarrassment. Da Ji tries to take advantage of this as her attempt to steal the bracelet.
- She's Got Legs: With her outfit of choice, it's inevitable.
- Ship Tease: She is sometimes shipped with Taketora due to being in the same faction. In Warriors Orochi 4, she has a special conversation with Ares because her deified form is based from Aphrodite, his lover in Greek Mythology.
- Shrinking Violet: She covers her face embarrassed in her victory and after Musou pose. Her opening quote in SW4 pretty much translates to "I-I'm so embarrassed..."
- Spared by the Adaptation: The real-life Naotora died in the same year as Nobunaga. In the fourth game, she lives up until at least Sekigahara and taking some of her son's accomplishments, like attacking Shimazu Toyohisa... And unfortunately taking up her son's wound by Toyohisa's hands. The sparing can only extend so much.
- However, if you follow through the Tokugawa route, it's implied that Naotora survived the whole ordeal (her attack on Toyohisa did not happen).
- In the expansion, she leaves the rest of the clan works to her son.
- Spell My Name with an "S": An odd Western case as some people wrongly spelled her name as Naotora Li (Because uppercase i and lowercase l are the same character and despite the fact that no one in the game pronounced it that way)
- Statuesque Stunner: She's 175 cm tall (180 cm with the boots) (and rather self-conscious about it), making her the tallest female character of the cast.
- Super Mode: One of the eight characters to receive a Deification mode in Warriors Orochi 4. Her form is based on Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty which fits her because her bodacious body. Her Sacred Treasure is called Nectar which is actually a blue goblet that store the nectarnote and her deified Unique Magic shows her releasing the cup's contents which summons flowers and hearts while doing The Burlesque of Venus.
- Took a Level in Badass: While still a little meek, Naotora is a lot more battle-ready and confident in 4. In Sekigahara, she rides on a horse leading a charge, leaping from it and performing a flying kick on Toyohisa... with full determination and confidence.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Her Finishing Move in 4 is a Frankensteiner.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: While being the leader of the Ii clan, she has no confidence in her ability to lead. Couple that with her shrinking violet trait, it doesn't help much. In Warriors Orochi 4, Ares advises her that since her Deification form is based from Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty and his lover, she should stop looking down on herself.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: She earns the title cutest girl in Japan in Gracia's story mode in the expansion. Also gaining a more self-confident trait.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A.
- Voiced by: Hiromu Miyazaki (Japanese)
Died: May 11, 1646
One of the grand masters of the Yagyū schools, now serving the Tokugawa to end the age of war that ravages the land. He ends up as Ieyasu's sword instructor. He's better known as the father of one of the most romanticized Samurai in the era, Yagyu Jubei.
He wields a sheathed tachi as his weapon of choice, and his element (as of four) is Wind
Tropes associated with Yagyū Munenori:
- Ascended Extra: He was present as an NPC officer in earlier games before becoming playable, although he was playable as a generic officer in Samurai Warriors 2: Empires.
- Badass Teacher: He teaches a lot of his swordsmanship to his men. Even Ieyasu.
- BFS: Notable because he's fully capable of spamming iai strikes despite its length.
- Blood Knight: An interesting example as he likes fighting but detests killing.
- Composite Character: In real life, Munenori never serves Hisahide. His servitude on Hisahide in the fourth game are based from his father's, who actually do serve Hisahide until his retirement sometime before Hisahide's infamous suicide.
- Counter-Attack: His special skill has him roll his neck lazily, which causes nearby enemies to become more aggressive. This supplements the second function of the move, where if he gets hit, he retalliates with a lightning-fast slash.
- Genius Bruiser: Not just a force to be reckoned with in battle, he's also a savvy politician.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: While Munenori in real life could have been a perfectly good person, popular culture has not been kind to the man, to say the least. In Samurai Warriors, on the other hand, Munenori is a just, honorable and virtuous swordsman who wants the war to end. The only chink of this is that he's with Hisahide, but for the most part, he's being the Noble Top Enforcer to him.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: When he draws his sword, he uses this style and it's extremely damaging. No wonder he only uses it as a last-resort.
- I Owe You My Life: Why he hung around with someone Obviously Evil like Hisahide, the latter kind of provided his clan with means to survive.
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: He believes that battle should be conducted in single duels between skilled warriors, not through grisly bloodshed.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Most of the time, he's beating up his opponents with his sheath, but on his Musou finishers and some of his charge attacks, he draws the steel of his sword and displays superbly damaging sword skills.
- Master Swordsman: He is sword instructor to many people, including Ieyasu. It goes to show in that as aforementioned while he beats up enemies with his sheath, and one the other hand draws his sword all too effectively.
- Noble Top Enforcer: While he doesn't stay in one faction for too long, he's this to Hisahide, the just, honorable, amiable swordsman accompanying the over the top self-proclaimed villain. When he does become an enforcer in the Tokugawa army, the rest of his new friends possess noble qualities too, so he doesn't stick out.
- Running Gag: Has the habit of calling anyone who he finds boring "Old Man"... regardless of their actual age or gender. Funny enough, he even says it to himself as well as a form of self-mockery.
- Samurai Ponytail: His hairstyle.
- Sheath Strike: A rather unconventional example: He typically swings his sheathed sword around like a giant club.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Apparently, the code of Yagyuu forbids killing, which not only explains why Munenori fights with just his scabbard mostly, it's also a reference to a book he wrote historically, the "Life-Giving Sword", citing that a sword is meant more to protect than taking a life.My code prevents me from killing. You're still alive, right?