Yoshitora Tokugawa


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.
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Samurai Shodown 5



Samurai Shodown 5 Special, Samurai Shodown 6, Samurai Shodown (2019), SNK Vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash DS

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Page Updated:  Jan. 18th, 2024

The Samurai Shodown series has seen its fair share of interesting samurai hairstyles. The hairdos of the series have gone from exaggerated, to extreme, to completely ridiculous... and then... to Yoshitora's level. "Hair game strong. Get on my level." ~Yoshitora 

By his hair alone, Yoshitora clearly stood out as a "new hero" of the series when he debuted in Samurai Shodown 5. Some would say he's an instant badass since he's carrying all those freakin' swords at once. It's also cool for samurai buffs to see him carrying the extra long odachi sword (although it seems even longer that those). Overall, I think he's a pretty cool design and fits into the series... but on the same token, something about his him seems "forced". His fighting style definitely has its interesting moments, including his stupidly "OP" multi-hit air attack. Cool move, bro. (I'm pretty sure Yoshitora also says "bro".) Also worth mentioning, his standard "fierce" hits about 5 times and takes a huge chunk of damage. The dude has ridiculous normals and that seems to be his main fashion statement as a design besides his hair.

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