Yoshitora is the main protagonist of Samurai Shodown V. Described as an "elite military genius", he was originally trained by
Gaoh and Yagyu Jubei. Yoshitora is the successor
to the throne of Japan, as he is of the Tokugawa bloodline. More interested in women and partying than politics, he decides to leave Japan and refuses to be the next ruler. Gaoh, believing Japan would only prosper if Yoshitora were to rule, starts a rebellion in hopes of luring his student back.
Yoshitora weilds seven swords in battle... six are named after women, with the exception of one sword he named after himself.
In Samurai Shodown 5,
Haohmaru challenges Yoshitora to a duel in order to test his own strength. Yoshitora declines but promises that he'll face him after he settles things with Gaoh. In his ending, he questions his former master's motives. Gaoh explains that the shogun ruling before Yoshitora is uncaring to the people and continuing
under his rule would only bring famine and desecration to the people. He pleas with his pupil to become shogun. Realizing the responsibility of his role for the first time, Yoshitora finally agrees to his former master's request.
As shogun, he then challenges Haohmaru to a duel, asking the latter to join him and help him build a new country. Haohmaru replies that if he loses, he'll join Yoshitora. They fight but the result of their match is uncertain.