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Hanzo Hattori (服部はっとり 半蔵はんぞう) is a character from the Samurai Shodown series.

Development

Hanzo is the first ninja to be added to the franchise and was designed by Yasushi Adachi. The creation of Hanzo would later inspire Yasushi to create Galford D. Weller.[2] He is based on the historical figures who all shared the same name and were Tokugawa ninja and heads of the Iga clan in various fictional mediums.

Like several other mythical incarnations, he is an old friend to Jubei Yagyu due to their ties to the Tokugawa clan. He married a Koga ninja, Kaede, quelling a long feud between the two ninja clans that is often romanticized in the historical novel, The Kouga Ninja Scrolls. He appears as a secret character in KOF: Maximum Impact 2.

He was the development team's third favorite character in Samurai Shodown II. In Gamest's 1997 Heroes Collection, Hanzo ranked 46 of the staff's favorite characters. He shared the spot with seven other characters, including Art of Fighting character, Robert Garcia and Darkstalkers character, Demitri Maximoff. He has one known action figure, based on his appearance in Samurai Shodown 64.

Story

Personality

Hanzo is a serious and condescending man. He is often seen laughing at his enemies in a superior manner. He wants to fight worthy opponents and knows that his fate is to die in battle.

Powers

Aside from these powers, he has all the skills perceived to be had by ninja (stealth, swimming, climbing, etc.)

  • Use of Shurikens - Hanzo is only character in series to use shuriken projectiles.
  • Pyrotechnical Attacks - Hanzo uses a variety of fire-based ninja attacks, such as ground fire waves, various applications of normal and flash bombs.
  • Koppojutsu - Hanzo can use specific hand-to-hand fighting skills, grabs and acrobatic moves to break the bones of his opponents.
  • Invisibility - Hanzo can become invisible at will, in some cases it requires use of flash bomb.
  • Teleportation - Hanzo can teleport to short distances.

Fighting Style

Comparable to most other ninjas in fiction, Hanzo's ninjutsu focuses on the mystical properties of the style rather than its physical fighting techniques. He possesses the ability to teleport and trick his attackers with a dummy when hit. He can also create multiple illusions of himself in hopes of misleading his opponents for an open strike. He later integrates a heavy emphasis on bone-breaking grappling, a trait that follows him in his newer appearances. When first introduced, he and Galford nearly mirrored each other in most aspects. As the series progresses, however, Hanzo becomes the slightly slower but more powerful of the two ninja. His projectile element is fire, whereas his counterpart, Galford, is lightning. He can throw shuriken and use a variety of bombs to stun or damage his enemies.

In addition to above, in Sen his fighting style emphasizes kicks, featuring different kinds such as somersault kicks or aerial spin kicks.

Music

  • Shadow (影, Kage) - Samurai Shodown
  • True Shadow (真影, Shinkage) - Samurai Shodown II
  • Prison (獄, Hitoya) - Samurai Shodown III
  • Darkness (闇, Yami) - Samurai Shodown 64
  • Divine Punishment - Samurai Shodown (2019)

Voice Actors

Appearances

Games

Mobile

  • Samurai Spirits - Shimensouka (enemy character)
  • Samurai Spirits - Makai Rineki
  • Wizardry Online
  • Kingdom Story
  • Kimi wa Hero
  • Samurai Shodown Tenkadaiichi Kenkakuden
  • Samurai Shodown: Oborozuki Densetsu
  • SNK All Star
  • SNK Fighting Age
  • Puzzle & Dragons

Cameos

Anime

Similar Characters

Etymology

  • The name Hanzo means "half" (半) (han) and "warehouse, cellar, magazine" (蔵) (zo).
  • Hanzo's surname Hattori means "clothes/clothing, admit, obey, discharge" (服) (hat) and "part, department, category" (部) (tori).
    • Hattori (服部) is written in the same way as the famous ninja's, Hattori Hanzō's (服部 半蔵) last name.

Cards

Samurai Shodown! 2 Samurai Shodown! 2 Samurai Shodown! 2 Samurai Shodown! 2 Samurai Shodown! 2 Samurai Shodown! 2 Samurai Shodown! 2 Samurai Shodown! 2

SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash 2 Expand Edition SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS Kimi Wa Hero SNK All Star

Sprites

Samurai Shodown! 2 Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits: Bushidou Retsuden Samurai Shodown Samurai Shodown II Samurai Shodown III: Blades of Blood Samurai Shodown II (Doll Transformation) Samurai Shodown VI (Doll Transformation)

Gallery

References

  1. Official character profile from Samurai Shodown anniversary website.
  2. The making of Samurai Shodown interview from Polygon.com.
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