Fighters of Destiny
The key players in this steel-forged epic
The main protagonist of Samurai Shodown, Haohmaru is a ronin whose aim in life is to travel Japan and face adversaries to perfect his fighting skill. His design is loosely based on the legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, who famously remained undefeated in over 60 duels.
Another iconic character, and one that is present in most of the games in the Samurai Shodown series, Ukyo is an expert Iaijutsu swordsman who fights despite his body being plagued by tuberculosis. Like Haohmaru, he is based on a historical Japanese swordsman, Sasaki Kojirō, the nemesis of Miyamoto Musashi.
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One of Samurai Shodown’s numerous ninja characters, Galford is an American sailor-turnedninja who – along with his faithful husky Poppy – fights for justice and to vanquish evil wherever he finds it. Interestingly, his character was reportedly based on a character in the
Japanese manga Animal Doctor, who also owns a husky.
Hanzo is directly based on the real historical character Hattori Hanzō, the most famous samurai of the Sengoku era and leader of the powerful Iga ninja clan. Hanzo is not only the coolest ninja in Samurai Shodown, and one that has appeared in every iteration to date, but maybe in any game ever.
A famous Kabuki theatre star who also possesses excellent skill with a naginata (a Japanese bladed pole), Kyoshiro
– whose first name translates as
‘dying insane’ in Japanese – is one of
Samurai Shodown’s most colourful and crazy characters. His fighting style is based largely on kabuki dance moves and gestures.
A disciple of ‘the way of evil’ (the baddie’s way of choice, no doubt), Gen-an is one of Samurai Shodown’s most distinctive characters and, if you look closely, you’ll see potential nods to both Street Fighter’s Blanka and A Nightmare On Elm Street’s Freddie Kruger. Gen-an is a member of the feared Shiranui clan and attempts to kill Amakusa.