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Takeda Clan

Takeda Shingen
Voiced by: Tessho Genda (Japanese), Mark Gibbon (Devil Kings), Chris Ayres (anime), Michael McConnohie (Samurai Heroes)

"I, Shingen, will become a tiger ruling over Heaven and Earth!"

Head of the Takeda from Kai Province, a Hot-Blooded old man whose fist sets things on fire. He is also known for his strategic genius too, being the rival of Uesugi "God of War" Kenshin. He has something like a father-son relationship with Yukimura. Wields a huge, mean axe on fire, and is too awesome for one horse so he rides two instead.

He is known in Devil Kings as Red Minotaur.

  • An Axe to Grind : And it's large enough to cause tornadoes when swung. The axe's appearance is based on an actual signalling fan used by the historical Takeda Shingen. Except of course the fan was not made of steel, and was a great deal smaller.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Does this when he means business. Even during his death animation.
  • Bald of Awesome: Usually hidden under his helmet.
  • Bridal Carry: Carries Kenshin in his arms through a blizzard in an ending for Sumeragi.
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  • Camera Abuse: His victory pose in Sumeragi is him punching the camera(man).
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Has apparently trained himself to be strong enough to lift buildings over his head.
  • Cool Old Guy: Masamune calls him this practically word-for-word at one point.
  • Crystal Prison: Kenshin places him in one of the endings for Sumeragi, where he had passed away. It even has ice flowers decorating it.
  • Demoted to Extra: Is an NPC in 4, but isn't Put on a Bus, unlike in 3.
  • Eccentric Mentor: The "Manstravaganza" episodes really hammer it home. Perhaps all that testosterone affected his brain?
  • Elemental Powers:
    • Blow You Away: Can create small tornadoes with his axe. Makes a certain amount of sense given the axe is based on a signalling fan.
    • Dishing Out Dirt: Can make a chunk of rock appear from the ground and smash it towards enemies with said axe.
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    • Playing with Fire: His "official" element.
  • A Father to His Men: His troops care a lot about him, he has their total respect, and seems to think of Yukimura in a fatherly way.
    • Parental Substitute: He raised Yukimura from a young age and takes full responsibility for his training and upkeep.
  • Genius Bruiser: A tactical expert as well as dangerous combatant.
  • Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: Repeatedly. Leading to...
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Used comically in the anime, since Yukimura is too dense (or loyal) to take it as a sign he should run for his life.
  • Heroic Spirit: One stage in SB4 has Shingen yelling at a progressively more injured Yukimura to get better until he picks himself up again.
  • Horn Attack: Yes, he's human, but his first R2 attack has him crouching and sending his enemies flying by hitting them with a ramming attack, apparently performed with the horns on his helmet.
  • Hot-Blooded: Almost as much as Yukimura in fact. It's enough to set the surrounding area aflame with manliness!
  • It Has Been an Honor: As he prepares to finish Kenshin in the movie, he thanks him for all the years of worthy battle he provided him.
  • Large and in Charge: He's one of the tallest and most muscular characters, and considered one of the most influential in Japan.
  • Large Ham: When you get as fired up as he does, merely shouting isn't gonna cut it. He's also a master of Kiai.
  • Leitmotif: Theme of Takeda Shingen
  • Megaton Punch: Woe is anybody who happens to come into contact with his fist (except Yukimura).
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard:
    • In Basara 3, losing him is a major part of Yukimura's arc.
    • This almost happens in the first anime season as well, but he recovered. Then it happens in the movie too. Yukimura-den no longer hides that he's already passed away when the game starts.
  • Nemean Skinning: Whether he killed the original owner or not, Shingen wears that tiger skin shirt with pride.
  • Nice Hat: His helmet is covered in a long, red mane which has a tendency to dramatically flap in the wind. It also has a pair of huge horns.
  • No Indoor Voice: He only seems to use his quiet voice when he's outside...
  • Passing the Torch: In SB4 he decides to test Yukimura by entrusting him with command of the Takeda army, though he's still around to take care of business when needed.
  • Put on a Bus: Fell ill in the third game, omitting him from the playable cast. He returns fully well and playable in Utage.
    "You thought I was dead? HAHAHAHA!"
  • Rated M for Manly
  • Red Baron: The Tiger of Kai.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the Red Oni for Kenshin's Blue Oni.
  • The Rival/Worthy Opponent: To Kenshin.
  • Say My Name: "YUKIMURA!" "OYAKATA-SAMA!!" "YUKIMURA!!!" "OYAKATA-SAMA!!!". Punching in-between is optional.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The manly man to Kenshin's sensitive guy.
  • Super Mode: His Furinkazan mode in Utage.
  • Training from Hell: Yukimura believes that all the constant punching and shouting is actually a form of training.
    • Which, to be fair, it may very well be. He tries to educate Yukimura to prepare him for the day he will take over as leader of the Takeda army. He's just a bit... eccentric about it.
  • Up, Up and Away!: His Season 2 OVA introduction. So wait, when did Shingen learn to fly?
  • Warrior Poet: In the anime, after roasting Ujimasa, Shingen pays proper tribute to his fallen adversary by reciting some verses.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Has no qualms punching Naotora in the face. She started it though.

Sanada Yukimura
Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi (Japanese), Andrew Francis (Devil Kings), Johnny Yong Bosch (English)

"There is a time when a real man cannot back down, and that time is now!"

Takeda Shingen's most loyal vassal and Hot-Blooded to a fault, he charges fearlessly into battle with two spears...which he dual wields. He's also the long-term rival of Date Masamune, whose blue colors are a distinct contrast to Yukimura's red.

Goes by the name Scorpio in Devil Kings.

  • Badass Adorable: Especially in the anime where he skirts being moe even when fighting.
  • Badass Longcoat: Gets one in the movie. At one point it comes off.
    • Gets a flashy looking one with fiery coattails in Sanada Yukimura-den. It was initially a copy Masamune's white Badass Longcoat until the spirit of his deceased father Masayuki transformed it using magic.
  • Badass in Distress: In season 2 Oichi's demon hands get a hold of him, and, not wanting to attack her, he spends some time being manhandled before eventually fighting them off. More importantly, it was a great opportunity to have the demon hands roam over his naked torso while he makes rather suggestive facial expressions.
    • It happens again later on in the season when Motonari pins him to a giant mirror. He's almost burned to death before breaking free. And again with the groaning in pain...
  • Battle Butler: Yukimura lives to serve Takeda Shingen and has the ambition of a shoe. Shingen tries to educate him otherwise, noting that he will one day grow old and have to learn to take his place.
    • In the anime he seems to finally learn the lesson. As Shingen amusedly notes, by the end Yukimura pretty much orders him to keep out of the last fight.
    "My lord, I'm not going to be a tiger cub forever! One day I'm going to be the Tiger of Kai!"
  • Battlecry: Anime only so far.
    "Perfect! Spear! Of conquest! Sanada Yukimura is here!"
  • Benevolent Boss: Even though he's only a ninja, Yukimura would die for Sasuke's sake, and states it is his duty to protect his subordinates.
  • Bishounen: Over time he's developed much more delicate features than some of the manlier characters.
  • Boss Subtitles: "Yukimura Sanada - Willing and Able"
  • Break the Cutie: Sort of, in the second season of the anime. Starting with losing to Masamune, he's sent on an important mission where his compassion and sense of honor leads him to make some bad decisions resulting in losing soldiers he's responsible for, leading to Heroic BSoD. Lampshaded by none other than Masamune who notes that purity and innocence won't get him too far in this era.
    • Fortunately he seems to overcome it eventually and come out of it stronger and with new found self-confidence.
  • Catchphrase: "Burn, my soul!"
  • Chaste Hero: Doesn't know the first thing about sex, romance or relationships, and gets incredibly flustered whenever anyone mentions such things.
    • Hilariously, in the Samurai Legends manga, Keiji manages to put him off love even more by telling him it "makes your chest hurt, your heart race, and keeps you up at night". Yukimura replies that all of those things sound horrible.
    • Although, by the third game, he seems to like the idea of getting married.
    • Played to hilarious effect in the fourth game, where Masamune implies he and Naotora have a thing going on in the Osaka: Dragon-Tiger Formation stage. Yukimura and Naotora tag together to scold Masamune, with the latter only replying with "...What?".
  • Chewing the Scenery: About 80% of his lines are shouted with scenery-crunching fervency, and it's clear at the live shows that Hoshi is ready to lose his voice or pass out by the end of it.
  • Composite Character: This version of Yukimura shares many traits with Shingen's Real Life son Katsuyori, such as: Shingen appointed him to lead the Takeda in his absence, his carelessness and tendency to be impatient, and him almost jeopardising the clan in Utage (Katsuyori almost led the Takeda to destruction at the Battle of Nagashino). Hell, it's almost like Capcom wanted to add Katsuyori but decided to slap Yukimura's name at the last second because he's more famous.
  • Demoted to Extra: As of Sengoku Basara 4 he's no longer a poster boy, with the more popular Mitsunari taking his place as main character and Masamune's rival. Eventually subverted, since the rivalry is still very much present, and it even gets an exclusive Leitmotif.
    • Averted completely as of Sengoku Basara: Sanada Yukimura Den, where he's the first character in the series to have a game revolve entirely around him.
  • Determinator: Ok, if stopping a freaking mobile castle on wheels with only your spears (and huge Battle Aura) doesn't count...
  • The Dragon: To Shingen
  • Dragon Ascendant: In 3, where he leads the Takeda army due to Shingen's illness.
  • Dual Wielding: With two spears! TWO SPEARS! Or if that's not crazy enough, there's two Sparda Swords, you read that right, TWO SPARDA SWORDS!
  • Dumb Muscle: For the supposed successor of Shingen, he's not very smart.
  • Fearless Fool: In the early days. Shingen beats it out of him eventually.
  • Friendly Enemy: Yukimura has great respect for Masamune, and they work very well together as a team. Their developing friendship and rivalry is one of the main focuses of the anime.
  • Heroic BSoD: Happens in the anime after Shingen is supposedly killed. Masamune and Kojuro are forced to knock some sense into him with a manly Rousing Speech. Also occurs in Samurai Heroes for the exact same reason. Ends in relatively the same way.
    • Also in the second season of the anime, after he loses an important retainer (as well as half of his army) due to some bad decisions he had made.
  • Heroic Spirit: Even Mori has compared his spirit to a fire that burns hotter than the sun itself.
  • Historical Beauty Update: Really?
  • Homoerotic Subtext: With Masamune, Sasuke and sometimes even Shingen. Though like Masamune he's shipped with practically every other male character.
  • Hot-Blooded: Hell yes. One of his in-game lines even has him scream it at the top of his voice to get himself worked up.
  • Idiot Hero: Yukimura's not really stupid - on the contrary, he's well spoken and educated - but he's very naive, 100% direct, doesn't think before he acts, and seldom seems to learn from his mistakes.
  • Incendiary Exponent: His feet have the ability to catch fire and kick your face in.
  • Keigo: Yukimura is notable for his very archaic and humble speech patterns (unlike Masamune or Keiji). He addresses everyone with respectful honorifics (such as "-dono") and punctuates his sentences with "de gozaimasuru" and "de gozaru", both very old and self-effacing versions of "desu". The only one he doesn't talk like that with is Sasuke, who is effectively his retainer, and he's been known to drop the keigo when he's supremely pissed.
  • Large Ham
    Yukimura:'' "OYAKATA-SAMA!"
    Shingen: "YUKIMURA!"
    • In the dub, replace "OYAKATA-SAMA" with "YOUR LORDSHIP!"
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Yukimura generally does not think that plans more complicated than "charge at the enemy head-on" are very honorable. His very first educative punch by Shingen in the anime is for this sort of thinking.
    • In one drama CD he accompanies Sasuke on a mission, and is outraged at his plan of sneaking in and doing the job under cover. Sasuke has to remind him that he's a ninja and sneaky attacks are his class's forte. And even then Yukimura gleefully ignores the plan, charges in spears blazing, and has to be dragged away by Sasuke.
  • Leitmotif: Theme of Sanada Yukimura.
  • Made of Iron: He gets punched by Shingen, a man who can create tornadoes with one swing, on a daily basis, and gets away with minor injuries.
    • At one point in the anime a Megaton Punch by Shingen apparently cures his broken arm.
    • Tiger's Blood has Yukimura recovering from horrible sword wounds in just a week, at which point Sasuke gives up and declares him immortal.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Girls love his chest revealing jacket... also his anime design and the newest releases of official figures aren't helping him much by exposing his pelvic bones.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Edging towards Fragile Speedster/Glass Cannon. He has less attack and defence than Masamune and no ranged attacks, but his attack and movement speeds and his reach are higher and (in the third game) he has the ability to Combo near infinitely due to finishing all his ground attacks with a forward dash.
  • Martial Arts Headband: Flaps dramatically in the wind. Also plays an important part in the anime finale.
  • Nice Guy: Yukimura uses ridiculously polite and respectful language most of the time, even to enemies and subordinates.
  • No Indoor Voice: Except when he's ruminating.
    • In the second game, Yukimura's shouting made Mitsuhide want to kill him just to get some peace and quiet.
  • Not So Different: While the gallant, good-hearted Yukimura's alliance with Mitsunari might seem strange, they face similar situations in SB3; their beloved masters dead or dying, responsibility thrust upon them, and Ieyasu (partially) to blame. In Tiger's Blood, Yukimura reflects that Mitsunari is what he could have become if tipped over the edge, and feels duty bound to help him. Both of them are also incredibly honest and don't know how to give up.
  • Parental Abandonment: A drama CD reveals that his father is dead, and his mother is never mentioned. However, said father (Masayuki) shows up alive in Yukimura-den, with possibilities of Alternate Universe at play for the game.
  • Playing with Fire
    • Light 'em Up: One of his alternate weapons in 'Sumeragi' is called Koukosou (Light Tiger Claws), which changes his element from fire to light.
  • Recurring Dreams: In the third game he repeatedly has a dream in which he is drowning and hearing voices. It becomes important later on.
  • Red Baron: The Young Tiger, Red Tiger or the Tiger's Cub, after his master.
  • The Rival/ Worthy Opponent: To Masamune.
  • Say My Name: "OYAKATA-SAMAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!"
    • He also has a tendency to bark Sasuke's name whenever he's about to request something ridiculous of him.
    • And then there's the "DAAATEE MAASAAAMUUUNEEEE" "SAANAADAA YUKIIIMUUURRAAAAA" call, when he and Masamune get down to it.
  • Screaming Warrior: Good grief, boy's got some lungs!
    • In a seiyuu event where they had to switch roles for a few scenes, the seiyuu who voiced Yukimura said they now felt sorry for Hoshi.
  • Shipper on Deck: In the anime, he firmly supports Sasuke's "engagement" with Kasuga. This is strange, considering his normal reaction to any mention of love, but Sasuke is the closest thing he has to a friend.
  • Short Hair with Tail: An odd combination done with spiky Shounen Hair and a sleek ponytail.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: The reason Yukimura's not considered one of the strongest opponents around is that, while he has lots of potential, he simply hasn't had enough battle experience.
  • Sticks to the Back: His spears, apparently.
  • Sweet Tooth: Extra material gave him a fondness for dango, which the fandom then turned into his Trademark Favorite Food. In the second game the Maedas were able to bribe him with sweets.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Played in Samurai Heroes.
    • Also happens in the second season of the anime, as a result of him overcoming his Heroic BSoD.
  • Undying Loyalty
  • Unusual Eyebrows: The fiery sort in the games and the anime, but they're normal in his manga incarnations. Also, the fork is in a different place in the games (at the root of his eyebrows) and in the anime (at the end of his eyebrows).
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: According to Word of God, it was a last-minute Rule of Cool decision.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He's very chivalrous and seems initially reluctant to fight girls. Funnily enough, by the fourth game one of his main rivals is Naotora (then again, she's a tomboy).
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Spoken word for word as he tries to hold off Mori's Sun fortress.
  • Younger Than They Look: Less extreme a case than Masamune, but it can still come as a surprise that he's only 17. Explains his Idiot Hero tendencies somewhat.

Sarutobi Sasuke
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (Japanese), David Orth (Devil Kings), Michael Sinterniklaas (English)

"You should be glad, having a nice guy like me as your opponent."

One of the Sanada Ten Braves, he is a ninja in the service of Takeda and often assists Yukimura. Sasuke is a jovial and laid back ninja, which puts him at odds with Kasuga, with whom he shares a friendly rivalry (though she doesn't look at it that way). However when the time calls, he can be deadly serious.

He is called Talon in Devil Kings.

  • Alliterative Name
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Being forced to look after a hyperactive teenager who refuses to listen to his advice seems to have affected Sasuke's ability to care.
  • Berserk Button: The one time so far he's issued an outright death-threat is in SB3, after his defeat during the Osaka Summer Siege, because he knows that Yukimura's up next.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Occasionally has moments like this with the younger, sheltered Yukimura.
  • Boss Subtitles: "Sasuke Sarutobi - Reporting for Duty"
  • Bridal Carry: Does it multiple times in the anime. Rescuing people basically becomes his trademark.
  • Character Tics: Has a peculiar habit of assuming a half sitting, half standing position where he balances on one leg and rests the other on his opposite knee. Just how he manages to hold this position for long periods of time is a mystery.
  • Collared by Fashion: His poncho-thing has a big collar, sometimes shown covering his mouth, giving him a shadier look.
  • Creepy Crows: Has a crow familiar he uses to glide on, befitting the shadow element.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Implied. All we know is that a lot of people died.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: One of the few examples in the series.
  • Demoted to Extra: Like Kojuro he's an NPC in Sengoku Basara 3. And back to a PC in Utage.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Despite the fact that Kasuga has tried to kill him a couple of times, he still attempts to win her heart.
  • Doppleganger Attack: Both his Basara attack and his Shadow Clone technique. By holding down his attack commands, he can summon up Shadow Clones to add in an extra strike to his attacks.
  • Face Palm: Whenever Yukimura does something really stupid. Which is quite often.
  • Facial Markings: Camouflage paint on his nose and cheeks.
  • Dual Wielding Fuuma Shuriken: Uses them for both short and long range combat, since they're attached with Razor Wire.
  • Gentleman Snarker: A light-hearted example, though virtually everything he says is brimming with sarcasm. The only person exempt is Shingen, being his master and all.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: He hauls off and slaps Kasuga when she declares her intention to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Oda in the anime.
    • He slaps Yukimura in Utage when he's being too indecisive and jeopardising the clan's survival.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Averted. He wears forest camouflage and is a master of stealth tactics, in contrast to the less careful Kasuga.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Sasuke sure does a lot more than would generally be expected of a ninja to keep his master from running off and getting himself and/or everyone else killed.
  • I Have the High Ground: In the anime, notably, at one point he stands balanced on the very tip-top of a tall pine tree.
    • In the games he's seen a couple of times perched on one of Yukimura's spears.
  • Just Whistle: In the anime, Sasuke gives Kasuga a flute and tells her to blow on it should she need help. When the time does come to use it, rather than making him appear as she had hoped, it turns into a rocket-powered glider that carries her off. Turns out he was using Kasuga as a guinea-pig to test the latest ninja gear.
  • Lampshaded Double Entendre: In the anime dub after Yukimura describes how the fight with Masamune made him feel.
  • Leitmotif: Theme of Sarutobi Sasuke.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: His Utage story mode is chock full of this. Even Masamune was caught off guard.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Becomes this to Yukimura in SB3, who he has to encourage to do just about anything.
  • Ninja
    • Ninja Log: Uses this on Shingen when Kasuga attacks him during the Battle Heroes opening.
    • Flash Step
    • Super Senses: He's able to see an incredibly long distance (including through walls), as well as apparently having a heightened sense of hearing and smell.
    • Walk on Water: In Utage he has a memorable cutscene battle with Kotaro out at sea.
  • Me's a Crowd: Tends to employ shadow clones in fights. He also interacts with them for his own amusement.
  • Master of Disguise: He has disguised himself as various people, including Yukimura, during Shingen's special "training". Of course, Yukimura doesn't suspect a thing...
  • Now, That's Using Your Teeth!: In the anime Kasuga throws a kunai at his face, which he catches in his mouth and keeps smiling.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He's definitely a lot sharper and more well-informed than his lazy attitude lets on. He has to be, considering that by the third game he's practically running the Takeda clan.
  • Older Sidekick: Although, as Mitsunari and Yoshitsugu point out, Sasuke behaves more like Yukimura's MOTHER than anything else.
  • Only Sane Man: Forced to put up with Shingen and Yukimura's crazy antics. Poor guy.
    • And for the setting as well. In a World of Ham filled with some very kooky personalities, he's pretty grounded compared to most.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Implied, since he's always asking Yukimura for a raise, but never gets one.
  • The Rival: It varies between fellow ninja Kasuga and Kotaro and, in recent games, fellow devoted poster-boy sidekick Kojuro.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: One of the only people in the English dub of Samurai Heroes to swear.
  • Stepford Smiler: As much as he attempts to remain upbeat and comical, by Utage it's clear that Sasuke's finding it hard to cope with the pressure. Yoshitsugu says that Sasuke possesses much despair.
  • The Tease: Towards Kasuga, apparently just because he enjoys winding her up.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: In Utage he reveals that he sees disposable people as nothing more than "monkeys".
  • Wild Hair: Especially since the third game. He looks like some sort of rock star.

Sanada Masayuki

Voiced by: Hochu Otsuka (Japanese)

Yukimura's father, confirmed to appear as a unique character in Yukimura-den. As the head of the Sanada clan and senior retainer to the Takeda, he's out to show his sons the ropes while keeping the Takeda banner high in Shingen's passing. Also known as "The Magician" for his outlandish strategies.

  • Nice Hat: Very nice hat that can suck many Mooks at once into them.
  • Stage Magician: It's his title and his western-ish design evokes this.

Sanada Nobuyuki

Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese)

Yukimura's brother, confirmed to appear as a unique character in Yukimura-den Known as the Lion of Shinano, he's the Sanada's main power fighter and a courageous man

  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: He's wielding a double-edged spear... which is shaped like ladders on both ends and he's using them like ladders as well. It's called 'Ladder Spear'.


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