Why is Nobunaga a name usually associated with sinister character’s in Japanese games and fiction?

October 29, 2009 - 10:06 pm 1 Comment
Treblacram asked:


Oda Nobunaga was a noble daimyo. Why is his surname associated with villainous characters in japanese video games and fiction.

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One Response to “Why is Nobunaga a name usually associated with sinister character’s in Japanese games and fiction?”

  1. MagicianTrent Says:

    Well, there are a few reasons.

    He was ruthless towards his enemies, and tended to neglect his own people’s needs in favor of his own military campaigns. Not that that was unusual for samurai of his day, including those that have a more favorable light today.

    He sought to use military might to take control of all of Japan. Historically, we tend to view people who do this as megolomaniacs, despots, and dictators. Just look at Myanmar right now. Plus, the way he went about it pretty much caused the roughly hundred years of Japanese civil war that continued well after his death.

    Finally, he was the first in Japan to develop strategies for using firearms in large-scale battles. This act single-handedly made samurai obsolete as warriors, ending the romanticized era of the Samurai (which was nowhere near as pretty and noble as the poetry of the samurai a few hundred years later would lead us to believe).

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