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Iroha (いろは) is a character from the Samurai Shodown series. She is one of the main protagonists and one of the new characters from Samurai Shodown VIand is the first non-canonical character to have her canonical debut in Samurai Shodown (2019).

She is a very popular character in Japan, and stars in her own mobile game called Maid by Iroha. Another game based around her was scheduled for release on the Nintendo DS, but was canceled. She has also been added to a roster of usable characters in the Queen's Blade series, which is an extension of the fantasy game series, Lost Worlds. She also has several different figurines, hard cast and otherwise, made in her image.


Her conception began due to a desire to add an amorous character. At first, she was designed to be a mostly nude character though eventually her image changed with "a graceful crane" and "Asian wife" motif. Her namesake is taken from the Heian poem of the same name which is a pangram used for learning the hiragana syllabary.

The developers of Samurai Shodown (2019) are aware of Iroha's popularity. Since the game is being released worldwide the developers worried about her sexual expressions such as disrobing behind Shoji doors.[1] Nobuyuki Kuroki was against her inclusion to the base roster as it would clash with the game's atmosphere. He compared this to Yuri's debut in Art of Fighting 2 where tone became more "colourful." [1]


She is a crane who transforms herself into a Japanese maid. She serves her master and appears to think of him as the most important aspect of her life.


Iroha is an obedient and cheerful maiden. She deeply cares for her master, trying her hardest to stay in her human form whilst in front of him. Iroha's very gentle-hearted, not wishing to cause any violence to her opponent unless they have malicious intent like trying to hurt her master. She strongly dislikes bows, rifles, hunting traps, bear traps, because of bad experiences with them. While brave, her one true fear is exorcists, fearing that they're abilities could affect her transformation power in the long run, although comedically Iroha overreacts sometimes, since exorcist mainly target evil spirits and demons.

She has an overprotective motherly side when it comes to kids; in her win quotes from Rimururu and Shizumaru, Iroha lectures them for wielding weapons at a young age feeling that they could hurt themselves.


  • Transformation - Iroha can change into her original shape whenever she needs.
  • Pyrokinesis - Iroha can control fire.
  • Feather Projectile - Iroha can shoot a razor sharp feather.

Fighting Style

She fights with two butterfly swords and relies on her speed for close ranged combat. She can also double jump. Several of her moves hint to her original form as a crane such as her projectile (a white feather) and her normal fighting stance. The most obvious reference is her POW move (in SSVI) and Special Move (in SS [Reboot]), where she grabs her opponent and, behind Shoji doors, disrobes and physically beats her foe. Her silhouette during this sequence briefly changes into a crane.


  • Yuzuru no Mai (Dance of the Evening Crane) - Samurai Shodown VI; performed by Maho Kayuri
  • Wings of Yearning - Samurai Shodown (2019)

Voice Actors




  • Days of Memories (Ōedo Ren'ai Emaki, Kaze Maiu Miyako de Tsukamaete!) - unplayable
  • Maid by Iroha
  • Koi no Iroha ~Sakura Saku Haru~
  • Koi no Iroha ~Himawari Kagayaku Natsu~
  • Koi no Iroha ~Momiji Iro Tsuku Aki~
  • Koi no Iroha ~Sazanka Chiru Fuyu ~
  • SNK Gals Island Dokidoki Puzzle Shock!
  • Moeyo! SNK Gals Osuin Katoukai
  • SNK Gals Island Beauty Dungeon Mimi to Kimashita! - as an event character only
  • SNK High School Collection
  • KOF x Fatal Fury
  • Samurai Shodown Tenkadaiichi Kenkakuden
  • SNK Fighting Age
  • Puzzle & Dragons


  • Iroha's master is unknown, but is heavily implied to be the player themselves, as she often bows and speaks to the player before and after her fights. Creators have confirmed this in an interview, adding that she is specifically talking to the male players.
  • Her story is based of Japanese folklore story Tsuru no Ongaeshi (つる恩返おんがえ, lit. "Crane's Return of a Favor").
  • Iroha claimed 2nd place in Dengeki Online’s DLC characters poll for Samurai Shodown (2019).[2]


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