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Uesugi Clan

Debuting in Sengoku Basara 1

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    Uesugi Kenshin 

Uesugi Kenshin
Voiced by: Romi Park (Japanese), Alessandro Juliani (Devil Kings) , Greg Ayres (anime), Dino Andrade (Samurai Heroes)

"The heavens whisper for me... to take up arms."

Head of the Uesugi clan from Echigo, Takeda Shingen's main rival. He is also a devout follower of the war-god Bishamonten. Has a very young and effeminate appearance, but don't let this fool you; he's ridiculously fast and one heck of a fighter.

Known as Frost in the Devil Kings.

  • Affectionate Nickname: To Kasuga, whom he calls "[His] most beautiful blade."
  • Ambiguous Gender: Borderline. In an anime voice commentary, sound director Miwa Iwanami says he asked producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi if Kenshin was male or female, and didn't get a straight answer. So apparently everyone, including the staff, just assumes he's male... There is actually a rumor (almost certainly false) that the historical Kenshin WAS a woman in disguise, which actually explains this. It doesn't help at all that aside of his female voice actress, (unless you're watching the English dub) in the games his lines are written entirely in hiragana, which gives him a decidedly feminine aura (traditionally women used mainly or only hiragana in writing) or him being played by Akira in the stage show adaptations, who is the Bifauxnen frontwoman of the Visual Kei band Disacode.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Kasuga is technically his lover, but the sheer amount of sexual tension between him and, well, just about every other man he frequently interacts with casts doubt upon this.
    • Amusingly enough, this works both ways due to the above mentioned Ambiguous Gender.
  • Badass Longcoat: With six tails shaped like a snowflake.
  • Bishie Sparkle: When he's showing affection to Kasuga, Kenshin tends to literally shine in her eyes.
  • Bishounen: He's prettier than any of the female characters.
  • Bling of War: His outfit is decorated with blue crystals.
  • Boss Subtitles: "Kenshin Uesugi - God of War"
  • Bullet Time: By chaining his special moves together, he slows down time around him, which lets him attack his enemies faster than they can react. The state lasts as long as Kenshin is able to mix up his attack on his enemies.
  • Collared by Fashion: Kenshin's neck is completely covered by a braided collar.
  • Cultured Warrior: Kenshin talks like a philosopher most of the time. In the anime he's often shown performing tea ceremony.
  • Demoted to Extra: He goes from PC to NPC in Sengoku Basara 3 due to Shingen's absence. He returns to PC status again in Utage along with Kasuga, but returns to NPC status in 4.... and becomes playable again in Sumeragi, with a full story.
  • Dramatic Pause
  • The Dreaded: A fairly benevolent example, but just listen to the sheer terror in the voices of the soldiers who announce his arrival in 3.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady
  • Face Death with Dignity: Or he would have in The Last Party before Ieyasu interrupted.
  • Friendly Enemy: His respect for Shingen is legendary. The incident when Takeda's trade routes were blocked and Kenshin secretly provided them with salt is mentioned multiple times.
  • Historical Beauty Update: Seems like Capcom has been listening to rumors about the historical Kenshin's ambiguous gender.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: His speed relies on quickdraws and he always returns his sword to the sheath. While Mitsunari beats him in raw attack speed, his attacks are more powerful and he has a special Bullet Time state.
  • Graceful Loser: In the movie. His forces defeated, and Shingen preparing to liberate him of his head, he actually compliments his longtime rival. In the game, he either tells the victor to simply take what they want and go or tells them that they were a worthy opponent with his dying words.
  • An Ice Person: Kenshin's main motif is his ice powers. His coattails look like snowflake crystals and even the weather is inexplicably colder around him.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Likely to reflect his cool personality, and match his outfit.
  • Incoming Ham: He's pretty flashy most of the time, but this is taken to extremes in SB3 when he literally sky-dives onto the stage out of nowhere. And he one-ups that in the expansion, descending a staircase of ice from the sky and making it shatter dramatically when he reaches the bottom.
  • Keigo: The slightly archaic, "refined and cultured" variety.
  • Lady of War: A male example at that, but his moveset is impeccably, effortlessly graceful.
  • Mission from God: According to Kenshin it is Bishamonten's will that he take up arms and conquer the country, and with the gods on his side, he's bound to win, right?
  • Nerves of Steel: Kenshin barely ever loses his composure, and reacts to every situation with the same calm and aloof air.
    • In The Movie he faces execution without so much as batting an eyelid.
  • Never Gets Drunk: Lucky, since he drinks like a fish.
  • Odd Friendship: With Keiji. They're very close but all they seem to have in common is a love of alcohol.
  • Older Than They Look: Though it's never specified, he's a similar sort of age to Shingen, who actually qualifies as a Cool Old Guy. Who'd have thought it...
  • Physical God: Maybe. He's given a lot of divine qualities, but can die like any other human.
  • Red Baron: The War-God of Echigo
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Shingen's Red Oni.
  • The Rival: The Uesugi and Takeda have been fighting each other for ages. The rivalry between Kenshin and Shingen is legendary throughout Japan.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive guy to Shingen's manly man.
  • Sheath Strike: How he defeated Matabe in SB4. It's significant because, unfortunately, leaving Matabe alive only sent him on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Smug Super: Kenshin certainly comes off as arrogant when talking to those he views as beneath him, and he's not at all shy about telling people they have no chance against his divinity. But hey, maybe if you were worshipped as a god, you'd do the same.
  • Something About a Rose: Often accompanied by a rose-covered background. Though this may just be Kasuga's overactive imagination.
  • Stealth Mentor: In the anime particularly, he keeps an eye out for Masamune, encouraging him to stay calm and take down Hideyoshi when he and his army are ready. In the third and fourth games, he acts as one for Yukimura and Ieyasu.
    • In the third game he gives words of encouragement and wisdom to both Yukimura and Kojuro.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: A very subtle example; he is cold and completely unemotional towards his enemies or those he doesn't know, but shows a warmer side and sometimes even a faint smile around those few he loves and respects.
  • Super Speed: The main reason he's seen as a god. And unlike the ninja or Mitsunari he isn't using Flash Step... he's running so fast that time slows down around him.
  • Taking the Bullet: Took three bullets to save Kasuga in the anime. Took a sword in the gut to save her in Kasuga's Sumeragi story mode. He survives in both cases, bedridden for a while in the former, and while missing in action for a while and presumed dead by Kasuga, is revealed to be alive and well at the end of the latter.
  • Warrior Monk: In the name of Bishamonten, he shall kick your ass!
  • Warrior Poet: Jeez, just listen to his monologue about how beautiful Kasuga is in episode 9.
  • Weather Dissonance: According to Utage and Judge End, it starts snowing wherever he goes, even in the desert. In the third game he's been at Kawanakajima so long that it's become completely buried in ice and snow.
  • Worthy Opponent: There is a deep mutual respect between Kenshin and Shingen. Even if there are opportunities to overtake the other through surprise or other means, they always prefer to face each other head-on. When Takeda set out to attack Imagawa's forces, Kenshin used his troops to protect Takeda's lands rather than take them as Kasuga suggested.


Voiced by: Natsuko Kuwatani (Japanese), Venus Terzo (Devil Kings), Stephanie Sheh (English)

"My life belongs only to that man."

A kunoichi in the service of Uesugi Kenshin, as well as his potential love interest. She also has fierce Belligerent Sexual Tension with Sarutobi Sasuke. Often regarded as the games sex symbol.

Her name in Devil Kings is Venus. She did not exist in Real Life.

  • Absolute Cleavage: All the way down to her crotch!
  • Big "NO!": In the anime, after Kenshin is shot.
  • Bodyguard Crush: She serves as Kenshin's right hand and is completely smitten with him.
  • Boss Subtitles: "Kasuga - Reporting for Duty"
  • Boyish Short Hair: Very short boyish hair, waist-length tails.
  • Demoted to Extra: Like Kenshin, she's an NPC in Sengoku Basara 3. She returns to PC status in Utage along with Kenshin as well as returning to NPC status in the fourth game (at least until an expansion comes along).
    • She has one scene in "The Last Party". And she's unconscious when it happens.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Her default outfit leaves most of her feet bare.
  • Embarrassing Rescue: In the anime, she was so flustered when Sasuke saved her that she fell out of a tree.
  • Fanservice Pack: The anime made her curvier, and in particular gave her much bigger breasts. However, her appearance hasn't changed in the games.
  • Flash Step: Kasuga is fast enough to vanish and reappear in a flash of dazzling light.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Perhaps the most attention-grabbing ninja ever. Sasuke also notes that she gets too worked up emotionally and forgets to be on form.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: In the anime and in 4, simply receiving praise from Kenshin will send her into ecstasy, moaning and running her hands over her body.
  • In Love with the Mark: For about two seconds before she switched sides.
  • Jiggle Physics: The lack of this in earlier games is rather jarring. However, it was put to rights in 3 with some realistic bounce.
  • Light 'em Up: Allows her to create illusions and stun enemies easily.
  • Love at First Sight: She falls in love with Kenshin while attempting to assassinate him.
  • Luminescent Blush: Any time Kenshin so much as LOOKS in her direction, complete with erotic moaning. And roses.
  • Male Gaze: Often subject to this. Particularly in the anime and manga.
    • Even worse in the fourth game, where just about everyone in the Takeda Army can't stop staring at her. Sakon has to ask whether it's okay to stare at her chest, and even Tadakatsu needs to turn away when he's faced with her.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name likely comes from Mount Kasuga, known for its castle built and owned by Kenshin Uesugi in Real Life.
  • Moveset Clone: To Sasuke in 1. Later gets her own moveset in 2.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Out of all the girls, her figure gets the most focus, and her outfit really takes the cake.
  • Naked First Impression: In one of the drama CDs, Sasuke first saw her while she was bathing, and from then on started coming to help whenever she's in trouble.
  • Ninja: The only kunoichi, or female ninja, in the series.
  • Not So Different: To Mitsunari. While his devotion may lack the romantic tones of Kasuga's, they both share a fierce loyalty to their respective lords. This is best shown in her special stage in 4. After Kenshin is killed, she's reduced to a delusional, broken mess who only thinks of revenge. Mitsunari even wonders to himself if he'd become like her should Hideyoshi die.
  • Only One Name: No one knows her full name, so she's only ever known as Kasuga.
  • Reluctant Warrior: She really just wants the fighting to end. Sasuke has mentioned that at heart she's too kind to be a ninja. In Utage, one of her battle lines has her shout at the enemy general to stop sending soldiers at her, because she's already killed so many.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In the anime, after Kenshin is almost killed trying to protect her, Kasuga sets out to kill Nobunaga and is captured in the process. Sasuke gets her out of it. She also attempts this against the player in 4 should Kenshin die first.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Her catsuit is slitted down the back as well.
  • She-Fu: Very graceful, fast and acrobatic.
  • Spy Catsuit: And as if her default attire wasn't bad enough, her alternate outfit in SB2 is just a bunch of leather straps and a muffler.
  • Stripperific: How does she not to fall out of that thing when hopping around in the trees all the time?
  • Tsundere: She's all tsun tsun around Sasuke, but becomes very dere dere around Kenshin. In the third game she constantly berates Keiji for his laid-back attitude, but freaks out and starts crying if he dies.
    • In season 1 of the anime she does briefly show her dere side for Sasuke when she tells Sasuke that she thought he would appear when she blew the "whistle" he had given him. In season 2 as well, when he's trying to defend himself from Fuuma's assault.
  • Undying Loyalty: Well, her life exists only for Kenshin etc.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In the anime, no matter how often or how expressive her, um...reactions to Kenshin's praise are, no one seems to think anything of it. Keiji actually lampshades it in an episode: "Are you really a shinobi? Don't the others in your village think you're weird?"
  • Vapor Wear: Those huge slits in the front and sides of her outfit make this clear.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Because she refused to kill Kenshin, she can never return to her village of origin.

Debuting in Sengoku Basara 2

    Naoe Kanetsugu 

Naoe Kanetsugu
Voiced by: Atsushi Imaruoka (Japanese), Jim Johnson (anime), Tony Oliver (Samurai Heroes)

"I'm invincible, I cannot die!"

Though not a playable character, he's quite a prominent mook with a modest popularity. Basically, this guy has an overinflated ego, always exclaiming that he's "INVINCIBLE!!", only to go down like a chump. This trait is endearing enough that he's become Sengoku Basara's official Joke Character.

  • Boisterous Weakling: Very loud and grandstanding about how "invincible" he is, only to always be defeated in a single blow.
  • Born Lucky: As a supporting character in Sengoku Basara 3, he boosts your character's luck as long as he isn't KOed. Very useful for farming rare materials, but keep him far away from Basara arts.
    • Would also explain how he survives getting turned into a firework. And possibly why Kenshin keeps him around in the first place.
  • Boss Subtitles: "Kanetsugu Naoe - Love Prevails"
  • Catchphrase: "ORE WA MUTEKI!!!" ("I'M INVINCIBLE!!!")
  • Chew Toy: Apparently he even gets beaten up by kids, and according to Keji, a dog.
    • In the anime, he tries a full frontal assault against Honda Tadakatsu, boasting he's completely invincible, only for Tadakatsu to swat him away like a bug and send him flying into a mountain.
    • In the second season, he tried to do the same on Maeda Toshiie. And swatted by Toshiie without him even noticing.
    Why does this keep happening to me?!
    • His third appearance is at the end of season 2, where he's starting a duel with Miyamoto Musashi. While it's not shown, it probably wasn't a very long duel.
  • Cool Helmet: At least he still retains his love-crest helmet.
    • He doesn't have it in the first season of the anime, but it's there by the time he makes his season 2 appearance.
  • Elite Mook: That's as far as he can get. He's essentially a reskinned version of a generic officer.
  • Fearless Fool: The only guy other than Yukimura brave/stupid enough to take on Hondam single-handed.
  • Glass Cannon: Roulette!Kanetsugu can defeat ANYONE (yes, including Hyakkimaru) in 1 hit yet can be dispatched with the same amount of hit.
  • Joke Character: And how! While other officers take at least a combo to defeat, he only needs about 2-4 hits at most. Several characters can actually oneshot him.
    • Lethal Joke Character: In Sumeragi, if you roll on a black tile during roulette stages, you might end up temporarily transforming into Kanetsugu. While his moves are awkward and unimpressive, he kills everything in a single shot, including bosses. Of course, he's also a One-Hit Point Wonder.
  • One-Man Army: In the first season of the anime he said that the Uesugi First Squadron consists of only him, although it's unknown if that's true or just him boasting.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Fear this invincible warrior, with his invincible spirit and his invincible sword. This invincible man is so invincible, he has even gained the nickname Mr. Invincible!
  • Stylistic Suck: Despite being a unique NPC, he's still just as badly textured as a generic officer and his mouth doesn't even move in cutscenes.
  • This Cannot Be!: When KO'd, he is so incredulous that he shouts "AN INVINCIBLE HERO CANNOT DIE!" Same way, different quote if you beat him in Kawanakajima.
    No! Wait! I'm invincible! I cannot die!
  • Truth in Television: The real Naoe Kanetsugu actually wore that helmet.


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