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The judge who stands and watches the battles between warriors. He will always be the judge for matches and will clean up the dead bodies after matches as well. In the first Samurai Shodown, he was forced to judge matches as a servant of Amakusa because his other brothers were held hostage. After Amakusa's defeat, he reunites with his family. One of the brothers had a previous working relationship with Nicotine and is well versed in necromancy. Thirty years ago, he and Nicotine fought against Mizuki but was defeated. Not much is known about his past or his powers. While he made his first appearance in Samurai Shodown (1), he is a hidden opponent in Samurai Shodown 2 and also playable with a code.

He is known as "The Ump" in the English version of Card Fighters Clash. Apparently his real name is actually "Slick" Sukihiro. In Samurai Shodown 2, Kuroko uses projectiles and attacks based on SNK characters from other games, including: Ryo Sakazaki, Tung Fu Rue, Wolfgang Krauser, Jubei Yamada and John Crawley.

Although he appears as his own character in the series, real life kuroko are meant to be anonymous and "invisible" stage men in Japanese theater. The color black (kuro) in Kabuki and Noh theaters, means to be invisible.
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Samurai Shodown (non-playable)

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Samurai Shodown 2, Samurai Shodown 3, Samurai Shodown 5: Special, Samurai Shodown 6, Samurai Shodown 64, Samurai Shodown! 2: Pocket, Card Fighters Clash, Card Fighters Clash 2, SoulCalibur 6 (Support Character)



Page Updated:  Mar. 30th, 2020

I've always thought Kuroko was a cool design. The "referee" of the Samurai Shodown series always added a nice touch to the presentation factor. And of course, it was beyond epic to see him jump into the action himself in SS2. (What a perfect fighting game Easter egg.) Kuroko is a cool looking & clever design visually, and his moveset in SS2 was cool... yet hilariously paid homage to SNK characters from other franchises such as Fatal Fury and AOF. Kuroko's return in Samurai Shodown 6 was pretty awesome too.

On a random side note, among some friends, I was known for using Kuroko's very "underrated" card in Card Fighters Clash. Kuroko is incredibly weak and can't attack or counter (lol)... but his ability is called "Mystic," and when used with the card "Substitute," your opponent's card switches abilities with Kuroko's, rendering their card practically useless (unless they counter it with their own Substitute)... a bit of Cardfighters Clash trivia for ya. XD

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