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Oda Nobunaga
Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (Japanese), Gary Chalk (Devil Kings), John Swasey (anime), Keith Szarabajka note  (Samurai Heroes)
Live actor: Akira Kubodera (1st and 8th stage plays), Mitsuru Karahashi (11th and 14th stage plays)
"All that stands before us shall turn to dust."

Imagine every single Evil Overlord trope that one can ever use. Good. Now turn it Up to Eleven. You've got the Sengoku Basara version of Oda Nobunaga. Uses a Sword And Sawed-Off Shotgun combo in combat, along with his Badass Cape. His main goal throughout the series is pretty much to, you guessed it, Take Over the World (starting with Japan) and run everybody into the ground.

He returns in the third game, having escaped from hell with a set of new powers and the desire to tear this world a new asshole. Well, that's just great.

Oh, but it gets better; in the fourth game he reaches Dimension Lord status, and tries to destroy the multiverse For the Evulz.

Was the titular Devil King of the Devil Kings game.

  • Back from the Dead: Makes a dramatic comeback, this time as a fully fledged demon who just wants to destroy the world once and for all.
  • Badass Baritone: He's voiced by Emperor Wakamoto in Japanese, and in English he's either voiced by John Swasey, or the guy who plays Harbinger, or Optimus Prime.
  • Badass Cape: It has a mind of its own, and is actually his Basara attack in the first two games.
  • Badass Creed:
    • "Tenka Fubu" or "the world under military rule".
    • Also his very first speech from the anime about worshipping him is quite epic.
  • Badass Mustache: Has an eeevil moustache.
  • Bonus Boss: Basically this in the third game, where his stage is only unlocked for other characters after Oichi beats him as a True Final Boss.
  • Boss Subtitles: "Nobunaga Oda - Has Returned"
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Maybe you noticed, what with all the spikes, and thunderclouds, evil laughter and the Ominous German Chanting in the anime. Or him proudly proclaiming himself the Demon King of the Sixth Heaven with a swish of the cape.
  • Cast from Hit Points: His 'Scorched Earth' Super Mode in the third game drains health while active. However, it also prevents him from dying while active. It's also somewhat mitigated by the fact that his element lets him drain health from enemies.
  • Catchphrase: He's fond of saying "This was inevitable", which was historically his final words.
  • Casting a Shadow
  • Classic Villain: The sinister appearance, megalomaniacal personality and Norio Wakamoto/Keith Szarabajka on his vocal cords alone should tell you something about him.
  • Demon King Nobunaga: His entire gimmick revolve around this trope.
  • Dissonant Serenity: His behaviour in the third game. Nobunaga is always perfectly calm and never raises his voice apart from the occasional Evil Laughter while you're playing, never shows any sign of anger, and praises his enemies for standing up to him.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Taken to extremes in the anime, where he is followed everywhere he goes by dark clouds, thunder and lightning.
  • The Dreaded: He's generally feared and hated by most other characters, with few exceptions such as Yoshiaki.
  • Eviler Than Thou: In the anime, Nobunaga sees right through Mitsuhide's scheming and backstabs him, leaving him to die in battle against Masamune and Yukimura.
  • Evil Is Hammy: In the movie where he is completely enjoying his return from the dead.
  • Evil Laugh: If anything manages to amuse him, it usually means you're screwed. In the third game it's more an evil chuckle.
  • Evil Overlord: If he does manage to take over the country. In the anime he starts off like this.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Of course, it's Norio Wakamoto. His voice in Samurai Heroes is pretty intimidating as well.
  • Excuse Plot: His 'story' paths in Samurai Heroes have only one story-significant cutscene, which is after defeating Mitsuhide in the red path. His stories can basically all be summarized as "Oda Nobunaga beats up everybody", just in different orders.
  • Eye Beams: His Basara KO in Cross has him fire these at the opponent from his throne before dealing the final blow.
  • Face Palm Of Doom: In 4, he pulls this on Tenkai when the latter tries to attack him in their pre-battle cutscene.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: After he is resurrected.
  • A God Am I: Seems to believe this when he's alive, and once he comes back from Hell it's the bona fide truth.
  • Go Out with a Smile: In the anime at least.
  • Graceful Loser: In the third game, upon being defeated by Oichi, he goes back to Hell with her with little complaint.
  • Guardian Entity: One of the things he picked up in the third game.
  • Hero Killer: The anime incarnation succeeds at paralyzing Masamune with his glare in his first appearance and kills a good deal of supporting characters from the games who didn't make it into main characterhood in the anime. Every time the heroes try to face him prior to the final battle it goes badly for them, and in the end it takes a coalition of all the major factions and a Heroic Sacrifice to defeat him.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Probably the most egregious example of the trope.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Regarded as one by most of the cast in 3. He may or not have been one before.
  • I Have Your Wife: Plays this card at Nagamasa when he kidnaps Oichi in Heroes and the anime.
  • Inconsistent Dub: Nobunaga's historical title of "Dairokuten Maou" - in the first game and anime, it's "Devil King" (of the Sixth Heaven). In Samurai Heroes, it's "Demon King" (of the Sixth Underworld). English has no equivalent term for "maou", which has been translated into a lot of different English words in many different Japanese games, and both terms carry the meaning of the word.
  • "Instant Death" Radius: You do not want to get caught by his Super Mode.
  • It Amused Me: His main motivation in the fourth game.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Too bad young Nobunaga didn't make it into the actual game.
  • Large Ham: Even by the standards of the series.
  • Laughably Evil: It's kind of hard not to at least chuckle at how Obviously Evil Nobunaga is in this series. Even the Onimusha version isn't this over-the-top, and that one became the king of hell.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: His Infinity Minus One Swords in Samurai Heroes look suspiciously much like a one-handed (and slightly spikier) version of Soul Edge, complete with an eye in the middle.
  • Leitmotif: Dear God, just listen to it!
  • Lightning Bruiser/Master of All: Moves and hits incredibly fast and is top-tier to above-average in practically every category.
  • Lightning Reveal: How he appears in the anime.
  • Marathon Boss: In the third game, he'll be able to revive himself at least once in his stage due to the sacrifices.
    • One bonus objective on his map is to fight him after letting him devour all the souls he can, meaning you have to kill him eight times. Good luck with that.
  • Marked Bullet: In his pre-battle cutscene with Magoichi, it's shown that every pellet from his shotgun is marked with the Oda clan symbol.
  • Neck Lift: Does this to a wounded Masamune in the anime and almost strangles him before Tadakatsu intervenes.
  • Nothing but Skulls: Likes to sit upon a throne of skulls. He also uses them as drinking cups.
  • Obviously Evil: Does he really look like anything else? Tropes Are Not Bad, however, it fits the over the top tone of the series, and it's one way to establish the great danger Nobunaga presents to the world.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: German, actually, during his anime leitmotif. The lyrics seems to address Nobunaga's army, and speak of sending the enemy to Hell and drowning the world in blood and flames, which is then likened to Heaven.
  • Ominous Walk: In the fourth game, he menacingly strolls to battles in the story mode similar to Hisahide as opposed to riding a horse or even running.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: His main schtick in the third game. Not that this was that big of a difference.
    • Also in the fourth game. After he has already taken over all of Japan, he becomes bored and decides to destroy all universes, including alternate universe versions of himself.
  • One-Winged Angel: His "Scorched Earth" Super Art.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Spends most of the anime sitting around doing nothing but drink sake and look badass, pretty much waiting for the heroes to come and get him. However considering how powerful he proved to be...
  • Paper Fan of Doom: His joke weapon in 2 and Heroes.
  • Pet the Dog: Double Subverted during Ranmaru's ending in the 1st game, Nobunaga rewards the boy with a few pieces of candy. While today this may make Nobunaga look like a cheapskate, Fridge Brilliance/Values Dissonance would set in once one realizes Sengoku Japan didn't have a sugar refinery to make the candy, which is likely imported from Portugal. Long story short: the candy is most likely NOT cheap. Also, in the second game, he express genuine disbelief if Ranmaru is defeated during the battle of Azuchi Castle, contrasting his usual apathy.
    • Kick the Dog: In a total U-turn to the way he treats Ranmaru, he treats Katsuie like he's utter trash due to his rebellion. Even Mitsuhide was unpleasantly taken aback when he poured sake on Katsuie's head in Katsuie's normal ending.
  • Physical God: In the third game. He achieved this via Klingon Promotion.
  • Purposely Overpowered: As a playable character in the third game. The health, offence and defence of Tadakatsu combined with Yukimura's movement speed, attack speed and reach (both in front and to the sides), use of the shadow element, and a ludicrously overpowered Super Mode as one of his final arts. His boss incarnation has between one and seven One Ups depending on how many souls you let him eat, gets stronger every time he revives, and has all his playable moves powered up further. He's still just as powerful in the fourth game, but is much less troublesome to fight and unlock.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Loves giving these.
  • Recoil Boost: In the third game, it's possible to use the recoil of his shotgun to achieve flight.
  • Red Baron: "Devil King of the Sixth Heaven" ("Dai Rokuten Maou" in Japanese), apparently a self-bestowed title. Older characters also mock him as the "Fool of Owari".
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In the anime they're always like this, whereas in the games he has grey eyes most of the time but they turn red when be enters demon mode.
  • Secret Character: Sort of in the third game. He's revealed as playable right in the manual, but unlocking him takes a lot more time than any of the other unlockable characters and the method is rather esoteric.
  • Sinister Scimitar: Looks more like a falchion, but still fits.
  • Slasher Smile: Not as frequently as one might expect, but he has his moments. In particular, he sports an impressive one upon his return from Hell in The Movie.
  • Slouch of Villainy: When reclining on his throne of skulls.
  • Sphere of Destruction: His Basara attack from the third game onwards.
  • Stance System: He can switch between using his shotgun to using his Guardian Entity, which gives him increased range in his melee attacks.
  • Super Mode: The Scorched Earth super art in the third game, complete with a giant ominous glowing demonic silhouette of doom. However, being in this mode constantly drains his health.
  • Sword and Gun: Manages this with a Sawed-Off Shotgun.
  • Take Over the World: Starting with Japan. Though just why he wants to do this is vague, since his policy involves genocide and burning cities to the ground.
  • That Man Is Dead: In the third game, Nobunaga never calls himself by name (only his title) upon his return and denies any knowledge of himself. Yet, somehow, he remembers Oichi (and in her battle against him, Mitsuhide).
    "A man named Oda Nobunaga...I have never heard of that man."
  • Tin Tyrant: Wears a European full-plate worthy of Sauron, complete with...
  • To the Pain: His speech of each of the six hells in the third game, which he describes individually and with gruesome detail.
  • Unexpected Character: Very few people thought he would be resurrected for the third game, especially after all the talk about the rest of the clan having been killed off.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Nohime. It's never specified why he married her, since love doesn't seem to be part of the equation on his end, and he'll quickly deem her worthless if she dies. He does however try to find where she and Ranmaru are in the fourth game and is none too pleased when he learns that they're captured by Mitsuhide.
  • Verbal Tic: "Is that so?" ("De aru ka").
  • Worthy Opponent: He demonstrates a rarely-seen sense of honor when facing opponents he perceives as this in 3.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: "This was inevitable..."
  • You Have Failed Me: In the anime, after Mitsuhide changes his plans in order to screw around with Nagamasa and Ieyasu For the Evulz, Nobunaga showers his head with sake and exclaims that the next time it will be his own blood.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: To Nohime, Oichi, Ieyasu, Nagamasa, and Mitsuhide in the anime.
    • In Katsuie's anime route, he eventually decides that he's had enough of Katsuie after a chat with Yoshiteru. However, rather than doing the deed himself, he simply cuts him off and lets him die on his own terms.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: In the third game, his map involves you running like a maniac all over it trying to stop Nobunaga from devouring all his minions' souls for One Ups. Luckily there are ballistae to launch yourself across the map as shortcuts.
  • 0% Approval Rating: This is one man who does not care for Public Relations; everybody wants a piece of him and that's the way he likes it. Given that the closest he's got to a chief diplomat is Mitsuhide...


Voiced by: Yurika Hino (Japanese), Kathleen Barr (Devil Kings), Stephanie Young (anime)
Live actor: Nao Nagasawa (stage play)
"Time for your punishment."

Slavishly devoted wife of Nobunaga, who in return... well... doesn't kill her? Uses Guns Akimbo in combat, as well as carrying a Gatling Gun, a rifle and what seems to be a rocket launcher which she summons from her kimono.

Called Lady Butterfly in Devil Kings

  • Animal Motifs: Butterflies, including her personal name and tattoo. Also shades of "a moth attracted to the flame" according to Mitsuhide.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Mocked as she says "Excuse me!" in the anime as she open fire with her machinegun on Kenshin and Kasuga.
  • Avenging the Villain: Her storyline in the second game has her hunting down Mitsuhide for his betrayal.
  • Babies Ever After: Though historically she could not conceive, her ending in SB2 (after Nobunaga's death) implies she is pregnant.
  • The Cameo: In the fourth game, she appears in Katsuie's anime ending in a flashback.
  • Co-Dragons: With Ranmaru.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Fitting that the Devil King's wife wears the most eyeshadow of all the ladies.
  • Femme Fatale: More-so in the first game and anime, where she's sultry and coquettish. The second game portrays her with some Broken Bird qualities.
  • Gatling Good: Can whip out a massive Gatling Gun as one of her attacks.
  • Glass Cannon: She's very adept at boss-killing, though her lifebar is much smaller than other characters.
  • Gun Fu: Several of her moves are meant for close-distance.
  • Guns Akimbo: She's always carrying two pistols, in contrast with Magoichi who normally goes with a single handcannon.
  • The Gunslinger: Mostly fits The Woo with a few elements of Trick Shot. Her Gatling Gun makes her into The Vaporizer as well.
  • Hidden Buxom: Doesn't seem like it in the games but she is revealed to be a definite case of this in the anime when she once posed as a kunoichi and is revealed to be about as well-endowed as Kasuga.
  • Hot Springs Scene: Her ending in Devil Kings. There is no point to it other than fanservice.
  • Killed Off for Real: Unlike Nobunaga she didn't come back for the third game.
  • Lady Macbeth: She would certainly not disapprove of her husband's bad deeds. In fact, she'll do anything to facilitates them...
  • Lady of War: Is shown to be very flexible and elegant even when wielding a gatling gun bigger than she is.
  • Loving a Shadow: For whatever reason she idolizes Nobunaga, with she herself being rather kind-hearted at times. But if one thing is certain, it's that he's never going to love her back.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Is prepared to kill anyone and anything and turn herself into a demon for her husband.
  • Love Martyr: For Nobunaga, who barely recognizes her existence at best. And she has no interest in making him good anyway.
  • More Dakka: Her Gatling Gun, when fully upgraded gets a second barrel.
  • Playing with Fire
  • Psycho Supporter: Somewhat acknowledged by other characters in the second game, where they find her genuine devotion to the Demon King rather disturbing.
  • Put on a Bus: In the fourth game, she and Ranmaru are missing, though it's revealed in Tenkai's drama route that they were captured by Mitsuhide's forces.
  • She's Got Legs: Especially in the anime. Her outfit bares little else, making sure they are suitably emphasised.
  • Shout-Out: Her ultimate weapons are Ebony and Ivory.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Manages to use her skimpy kimono as a Hammerspace.
  • Weak, but Skilled

    Mori Ranmaru 

Mori Ranmaru
Voiced by: Hiroki Shimowada (Japanese), Cathy Weseluck (Devil Kings), Maxey Whitehead (anime)
Live actor: Taizō Shīna (stage play)

"Ranmaru will take your head as a trophy!"

A bratty kid with a bow and arrow that thinks Nobunaga is totally awesome. Not much else to say.

Renamed as Hornet in Devil Kings

  • The Archer: Uses a bow and arrow as his main weapon. Unlike Tsuruhime however, the range for his regular attacks is actually quite short.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: As Nobunaga's favourite, he talks down to people far older and higher ranked than he is.
  • The Cameo: In the fourth game, he appears in Katsuie's anime ending, where he gave him a big ol' hug in a flashback.
  • Co-Dragons: With Nohime, or occasionally Mitsuhide.
  • Child Soldiers: His youth disturbs some characters, but he himself seems to have no problems with warfare and treats it like a game. Which just makes it even more disturbing.
  • Fragile Speedster: One of the fastest characters but also has absymal health.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Towards Nobunaga, who in return acknowledges him as a useful aide and rewards him with a single piece of candy for doing a good job. He even styles his hair in a similar fashion, down to the topknot.
  • Human Shield: Mitsuhide attempts to use him as such against Kojuro. It doesn't work because the latter acknowledges Ranmaru as Nobunaga's General and therefore an enemy, though he merely knocks him out of the way and tells him to serve another lord after leaving Mitsuhide for dead. He lives past the ending, with some Puppy Love with Itsuki.
  • Killed Off for Real: Just like Nohime. Like her, he's alive but his whereabouts are unknown in fourth game.
  • Morality Pet: Nobunaga treats him marginally better than anyone else, even going so far as to give him encouragement in battle and reward him afterwards.
    • Mitsuhide states that Nobunaga would be sad if Ranmaru died, which officially makes him the person Nobunaga cares most about in the whole universe. Also, Nohime sounds utterly devastated in the battle of Azuchi castle in SB2]'' if he dies, and Nobunaga himself express disbelief.* MouthyKid: Which eventually leads Mitsuhide to threaten him with death if he doesn't shut up in ''[=SB2.
  • Parental Substitute: He genuinely views Nobunaga and Nohime as his family. Caring for Ranmaru is arguably the one thing that binds them together. If he dies in-game, both of them are clearly upset.
  • Put on a Bus: Like Nohime in the fourth game, he's simply missing.
  • Rain of Arrows: His Basara attack consists of this. He also creates a very impressive one upon his anime introduction (so thick that it covers every inch of the surrounding area).
  • Shock and Awe: Many of his attacks produce lightning to zap his enemies.
  • Third-Person Person: Used to show that deep down he's really just a naive little kid.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Just read the above quote.

    Akechi Mitsuhide 

Akechi Mitsuhide
Voiced by: Show Hayami (Japanese), Peter Kelamis (Devil Kings), Vic Mignogna (English)
Live actor: Masashi Taniguchi (1st to 11th stage plays), Yūsuke Seto (14th stage play onwards)
"This is it, this is it! This is true slaughter! Ahahaha!"

Evil Overlord Nobunaga is running through the competition all by himself. At least there will be the heroic Akechi Mitsuhide to stop him, as per usual, right?

Bzzt! Wrong!

Mitsuhide here is anything but heroic. He's Obviously Evil and is completely Ax-Crazy, complete with an evil giggle which can evolve into any Evil Laugh, two mean scythes and a lust for seeing people suffer, Mitsuhide might as well be the man to surpass Nobunaga in terms of evilness.

Known as Reaper in Devil Kings, but said game demoted him into an NPC. The third game introduced the character Tenkai, an alter ego of Mitsuhide.

  • Affectionate Nickname: If Utage is anything to go by, he seems to view Nobunaga's use of "kumquat" at this. Historically, it was the opposite.
  • Animal Motifs: Oichi has compared him to a snake.
  • Ax-Crazy: And proud.
  • Bad Boss: The only other character aside from Motonari to have no qualms about hurting his own men.
  • Baddie Flattery: When he starts praising his opponents, it usually means he's just even more determined to kill them.
  • Bishounen: Although, his apparent youth and beauty only make him more unsettling.
  • Blood Knight: Lives to kill people and spread violence, and seems to be in a state of perpetual blood lust.
  • Blood Upgrade: Becomes incensed at the sight of blood whether it's his or not.
  • Casting a Shadow: He conjures lots of shadows with his attacks.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Mitsuhide practically defines this trope! Why do you think he toys around so much? He even has an attack where he squirms as enemies strike him before countering in one big release.
  • Death Seeker: Becomes this after he kills Nobunaga and sees no other reason to live if he must be without him.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Devil Kings, he/Reaper got demoted to an NPC. Then, when he becomes Tenkai in SB3, he's an NPC once again, before becoming playable in Utage. And now Mitsuhide is an NPC again in SB4
    • Oddly subverted in SB4: Mitsuhide himself is a NPC, but his alter ego, Tenkai, is playable.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: All that moaning he does. It's deliberately designed to sound like moans of pleasure rather than pain
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Quite possibly the only reason he became Nobunaga's Number Two was so he could get close enough to murder him.
  • Dual Wielding Sinister Scythe: With a surprising lack of finesse, as he mostly just smack things with both weapons at random.
  • Evil Tastes Good: Mitsuhide constantly uses taste-related metaphors, such as finding it "delicious" to trample on true love.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Up against Nobunaga, though he's more of a sadistic psychopath than plain old evil...which may make him a far worse evil than his lord.
  • First-Name Basis: He is notably the only person in the cast to refer to Nohime by her real name, Kicho. This familiarity is linked to the fact that they were friends in Real Life.
  • For the Evulz: Why he does anything.
  • Giggling Villain: Can also break into an Evil Laugh, however the giggling is arguably far more disturbing.
  • Go Out with a Smile: In the anime. While begging for more.
  • Historical Hero Downgrade: Sengoku Basara is one of the very few media where Mitsuhide is downright villainous and wicked. Keep in mind that Capcom did portray him in a better light in Onimusha, however.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: For Nobunaga.
    "You utterly annihilated opponents who had already admitted defeat, right down to the last survivor. You mercilessly cut down women and children running away in confusion. You burnt everything, leaving not even an insect alive. All that remains is the ashes dancing in the transient wind. I, Mitsuhide, can no longer contain how intoxicated I am with you!"
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: With everyone to some degree, but particularly with Nohime, who he likes to tease and compliment in his suggestive way. When fighting Nohime in SB2, Mitsuhide calls her beautiful several times and compares the colour of her blood to a sunset. In Battle Heroes he follows her around the country acting way too friendly before murdering her at the end.
    • Used downright disturbingly in the Ranse Ranbu manga, where his introduction involves cornering a random peasant girl and tormenting her for a while before he's interrupted by Yukimura and kills the girl out of spite. He then goes on to boast about how much pleasure he takes in murdering women. The whole scene stinks of rape subtext.
  • Keigo: To make him even creepier (and also somewhat effeminate).
  • Large Ham: Especially in the Japanese version, whenever he starts ranting about Nobunaga expect massive amounts of gesticulation and insane laughter.
  • Lean and Mean: He's even taller than Nobunaga, and so thin he appears almost skeletal.
  • Leitmotif:Tenkai and Mitsuhide's theme
  • Licking the Blade: Whether the scythe has blood on it or not. Alternatively he's been known to stroke them tenderly.
  • Life Drain: One of his attacks has him impale an enemy on the spiked tip of his weapon, draining health from them to replenish his own.
  • Limp and Livid: The way he's always moving, except, rather than livid, he is very calm, gliding about and swaying from side to side as if it comes perfectly naturally.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Isn't it shiny and silky? In the Bloody Angel manga Oichi even mentions how beautiful his hair is.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Greatly prefers his victims to die screaming and crying.
  • A Love to Dismember: In Utage he carries Nobunaga's head around with him and speaks to it as if it were the real Nobunaga.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Turned out he began to miss Nobunaga after killing him and breaks down when told he has lost his humanity.
  • Named Weapons: His scythes are called "Dancing Sakura".
  • Near-Death Experience: In Utage after apparently plummeting to his death, Mitsuhide has a dream about reuniting with Nobunaga, only to then wake up.
  • Obviously Evil: Almost as bad as Nobunaga.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He becomes rather upset if anyone gets to Nobunaga before he does. Also the reason why he resurrects Nobunaga again in the third game; so he can try and finally kill him for good.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: A combination of his deceptive and seductive sides.
  • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Tends to start doing this in the middle of battle. Even his taunt has him bending over backwards in fits of over-the-top laughter.
  • Sickly Green Glow: His Basara attack creates a greenish black aura reminiscent of this.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: In the English dub, though he can still be hammy at times, his usual voice is a sinister purr.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Very long ones on his shoulder guards.
  • The Starscream: He doesn't necessarily want to replace Nobunaga, but he sure as hell has been biding his time in order to kill him.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: The more he's hurt the more it pleasures him and, even worse, makes him want to inflict similar pain on his opponent.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Nobunaga's crown in Utage. He's seen in his story mode carrying it around and even nuzzling it at times. He ends up losing it after his defeat by Ieyasu and Mitsunari.
  • Vampiric Draining: Is capable of sucking health from his enemies by stabbing them with his scythes. As Tenkai, it also buffs up his attacks.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: The crazy, psychopathic type.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Mitsuhide is usually the one who does this to Nobunaga's allies. Even if Nobunaga doesn't necessarily want him to.

    Shibata Katsuie 

Shibata Katsuie
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese)
Live actor: Ray Fujita (stage play)

"As someone who lost his past, I have no right to dream about the future."

Playable character introduced in Sengoku Basara 4. A young vassal of Nobunaga who apparently attempted (and failed) a rebellion, and was thus punished by being demoted below his ability. Now a pessimist who simply follows orders and doesn't care if he lives or dies.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Most other Shibata Katsuie portrayal usually demand that he's an older, muscular gung-ho man. Since it doesn't fit Basara's Cast Full of Pretty Boys aesthetic, Katsuie is designed to be a pretty boy, albeit rather mopey.
  • Adaptational Wimp: The historical Katsuie was one of Nobunaga's highest-ranked and most influential retainers, and when Nobunaga died and the Oda was basically split into 2 factions due to a succession dispute, he was the leader of one of the factions. In here, he is (to put it bluntly) an easily manipulated idiot with an unhealthy obsession over a woman, and pretty much nobody respects him.
  • Almighty Janitor: Despite his demotion, he's still one of the most useful warriors that the Oda has. As such, he sometimes acts in the role of Co-Dragons with Mitsuhide.
  • Bishōnen: Yep, this is the first time Katsuie is NOT a boisterous, muscle-bound warrior.
  • Blow You Away
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Betrayed Nobunaga at least twice: first is in his backstory and second is in his drama route with Masamune's help.
  • Co-Dragons: With Mitsuhide.
  • Cool Helmet: A helmet with the Shibata bird crest on the front and two rectangular prongs adorning the sides.
  • Cosmic Plaything: One thing he definitely shares with Oichi is the fact that the universe hates them.
  • Cruel Mercy: Nobunaga couldn't be bothered to execute him, but he's left utterly alone and is treated like dog muck on everyone's shoe. Eventually, in his anime route, Nobunaga relieves him from his service so that he can go off and die where he will.
  • Death Seeker: Eventually decides that if things cannot return to how they were, then he'd rather end it all at Yoshiteru's hands.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Possibly a combination of his failed rebellion and being separated from Oichi. Resulting in...
    • Safety in Indifference: He couldn't care less what happens to him, and only carries on living because Nobunaga won't let him die.
  • Double Weapon: Wields a "reverse naginata" reminiscent of Wei Yan's weapon.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Masamune describes his eyes as lifeless.
  • The Eeyore: This guy is seriously depressing.
  • Entitled to Have You: He seems to feel this towards Oichi, even occasionally stating that Nagamasa (her husband) stole her from him.
  • Expy: His haircut has had him compared with Yzak Joule.
  • Go Out with a Smile: His anime ending. As Katsuie lies dying, he experiences Happy Flashbacks of a sunny day spent with Nobunaga, Nohime, Ranmaru, and Mitsuhide, and smiles softly at the memory.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: Which causes him much angst when Oichi marries Nagamasa. Oichi, for her own part, doesn't even know who Katsuie is for most of the fourth game.
  • Instant Flight: Just Add Spinning!: He can glide by spinning his weapon in mid-air.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: His "Absolute Justice" DLC outfit, which makes his armor look like Nagamasa's.
  • Laughing Mad: When Nobunaga sets him free in the final stages of his anime route, Katsuie finally cracks and starts chuckling to himself.
  • Leitmotif: Theme of Shibata Katsuie
  • Light 'em Up: Uses it to dazzle his opponents and break their guard.
    • Shaping Your Attacks: One of his moves involves making a square pillar of light around him, which explodes into many smaller light prisms to harm nearby enemies.
  • Love Hurts: Unrequited love for Oichi is a significant part of his woes.
  • Love Is a Weakness: Murders Oichi in cold blood during his anime route, after being convinced by Hideyoshi to follow his example. He was fully expecting to die soon, anyway.
    Katsuie: "'s love is gone..."
  • Love Makes You Crazy: In Oichi's drama route of the fourth game he becomes obsessively jealous, blames Nagamasa for "stealing" Oichi, and convinces himself that she doesn't love him and that he would be a better match. Which leads to...
  • Loving a Shadow: He's more in love with the idea of protecting Oichi than the woman herself.
  • Not Worth Killing: The only reason he's still alive after his rebellion is because Nobunaga could not give less of a crap about him, simply walking away after defeating him.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Nobunaga treated him like shit for attempting a rebellion.
  • The Starscream: Beforehand, after hearing about prospects of being a Dimensional Lord, Katsuie decided that he's the one more worthy for the title and decided to betray Nobunaga for it. Unfortunately for him, Nobunaga proved too strong and his failed rebellion marked the start of his life of humiliation.
  • The Stoic: He wears a constant frown and never raises his voice above an apathetic mumble. Once you get him truly worked up, however...
  • Sword Lines: Pretty much every attack of his leaves behind a prismatic after-effect.
  • You Are Not Alone: His rival, Sakon, and mentor-of-sorts, Masamune, seem intent on convincing him of this.


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