For the weapon, see Yoshimitsu (weapon).

Yoshimitsu (吉光) is a character in the both Tekken and Soul series of fighting games, making an appearance in Soulcalibur, Soulcalibur II, Soulcalibur III, Soulcalibur IV, and Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny. This version is Yoshimitsu I, and is sometimes referred to as Yoshi. In the latest installments, the original Yoshimitsu passed the mantle to a new ninja to follow his legacy as the new leader of the Manji clan, therefore titled Yoshimitsu II.

What lies in his soul is Vengeance.



Oda Nobunaga, the daimyo of Owari, sought the power of the Manji clan and invited its chief to Azuichi castle. Due to his advanced age, the clan's chief sent the strongest warrior, Yoshimitsu, of the clan on his behalf. As expected, Nobunaga requested the allegiance of the Manji clan, but the Manji clan preferred to remain hidden. After a few days' stay at the castle, the fighter politely denied Nobunaga's request and returned to his village.

Upon his return, Yoshimitsu found his beloved village in ruins. Nobunaga had prepared an army in anticipation of the clan's refusal to serve him. Yoshimitsu attempted a battle against Nobunaga, but he was no match for the army or Nobunaga and lost his arm, which he replaced with a wooden prosthetic. Yoshimitsu set out across the sea in search of the "Ultimate Weapon", Soul Edge, so that he could take his revenge against Lord Nobunaga.

But during his journey, he came across many horrible scenes left behind by the Azure Knight, Nightmare. In his meditation, he concluded that if he were to give in to his hatred, he would be no better than either Oda Nobunaga or Nightmare. But even with that realization in his mind, he continued to pursue the Soul Edge nevertheless. When Yoshimitsu finally reached Ostrheinsburg Castle, it was devoid of any signs of life.

Soulcalibur II

Upon leaving the castle, he sensed that the evil energy there had somehow transferred a similar energy into his katana. So he left on a journey to rid his blade of the corrupted energy. Unfortunately, he became careless one day and passed out, worn from trying to quell the corruption; during his sleep, the katana had been stolen by a thief--Voldo, who had mistaken it for Soul Edge.

Yoshimitsu did not want the evil energy to fall into the wrong hands, so he set out to retrieve it. He infiltrated the legendary Money Pit of "the Merchant of Death", Vercci, and, completely by chance, found his katana alongside a fragment of Soul Edge, both emanating similar evil energies. Yoshimitsu decided that if there was another object in the world with the same evil as his katana, which he had now named "Yoshimitsu", it mustn't be allowed to exist. And so he embarked on yet another journey, set on destroying the cursed Soul Edge.

Yoshimitsu eventually discovered that the fragments were spread around the earth, and that he alone could never destroy them all while also helping those in need. So he returned to Japan and recruited ruffians from around the land, soon forming a band of chivalrous thieves, known as the Manjitou. Thanks to his skill and ability, Yoshimitsu soon became head of the clan.

Soulcalibur III

One day, Yoshimitsu devised a plan for a grand robbery: the entire group would infiltrate a wealthy usurer's mansion during the annual festival and take everything he owned, which included a fragment of Soul Edge. Unfortunately, the plan failed and a vanguard force was wiped out in front of the treasure room. The remaining clan members eventually freed their captured comrades, but they gave a strange report to Yoshimitsu: the fragment of Soul Edge in the mansion's treasure room was gone, which was puzzling, considering that the vanguard force that Yoshimitsu sent supposedly never made it inside. Also, the body of the leader of the vanguard force had never been found.

Some members of the clan thought that betrayal was the only explanation, but Yoshimitsu wouldn't believe that. The man, his second-in-command, was good on both his combat skill and humanity and he had great expectations of him. Also, the wounds on his men were not dealt with a normal blade. He spoke to his men and instructed them to find the fragment, stating that they would also find the man. He would accompany them in the hunt in order to find the truth.

After a long journey, he found the man who told them that Tira, a servant of Soul Edge, had ambushed them and taken the fragment of Soul Edge.

Soulcalibur IV

Yoshimitsu managed to save the life of his officer, but then saw Tira with a flock of black ravens and wondered where she would be heading.

While taking care of the wounded officer, Yoshimitsu called the rest of the clan, telling them that they would attack Ostrheinsburg, destroy the evil, and go for Soul Edge. The Manjitou's greatest scheme was about to happen.

One year before the events of Soulcalibur V, Yoshimitsu heard rumors about Cervantes being back from the dead and traveled West to confront him, but he was getting old and was mortally wounded. In order to prevent his possessed blade from spiraling out of control, Yoshimitsu was forced to pass on his name to a successor. The person chosen was a young Manji ninjutsu user, who had grown up in the Fûma village. This young man became the new Yoshimitsu by slaying the original Yoshimitsu and claiming the sword as it's new wielder, though he lost his right arm in the process.

Soulcalibur V

Planted firmly in the earth before the warrior stood a katana; purple flames rippled and danced about it.

The sword had a name: Yoshimitsu. It was a demonic blade, steeped in the evil of Soul Edge and ever thirsty for blood.

The sword's last owner, too, had been called Yoshimitsu—by bestowing his own name upon the blade, he had sealed its evil power. But he had been cut down just moments earlier by his dearest disciple, a young warrior well-versed in the arts of Manji Ninjitsu. The disciple made a vow: He would see through the mission Yoshimitsu had begun.

He reached out and gripped the sword. The flames licked at his hand, but his voice did not waver as he called out:

"I am Yoshimitsu the Second! Calm thyself!"

The flames subsided; the sword had accepted him as the new Yoshimitsu.

Only one man was allowed to carry that name; the title was earned by slaying its previous holder. And so it was that a new warrior, overcoming sorrow and doubt, would continue the fight against evil.

Yoshimitsu, leader of the chivalrous Manji Clan, savior of the weak, enemy of the strong—it was a name that brought hope to people.

Soulcalibur: Unbreakable Soul


After the player and Cassandra finds Yoshimitsu's hideout, he attacks the player but is defeated. Realizing they are not enemies, he tells them a story about the Fu-Ma ninja Toki and directs them to the Hoko Temple to find him.



Yoshimitsu: Taste the steel of my blade, demon!

With a flash of his katana, Yoshimitsu destroyed the evil sword. At that moment, lightning from the evil sword struck his beloved katana, and it became a host of a ghostly glow.

Yoshimitsu: Has my sword been possessed by evil? Never! This I shall not allow!

"Honor is reflected in one's deeds. Inaction bespeaks of cowardice." And thus Yoshimitsu became a protector of the poor. Eventually, his name became known throughout the land, and valiant men came to gather under his name.

Yoshimitsu the First became head of a band of chivalrous thieves, and his name continues to live on to this day.


Soul Calibur 2 - Yoshimitsu Ending HQ

Soul Calibur 2 - Yoshimitsu Ending

Soulcalibur II

His phantom blade spoke to him, "No mercy for the evil flame, the deceiver of souls." Yoshimitsu ground the cursed blade to dust and in time became a benevolent bandit. His group traveled throughout the lands to help the poor. And upon the hearts and minds of the people, his noble deeds were engraved.  

Soulcalibur III


Soul Calibur 3 - Yoshimitsu - Ending B

Soul Calibur III Yoshimitsu's Ending B

Yoshimitsu is seen running around on rooftops with a jar of coins, throwing money everywhere, as well as avoiding the guards. As he runs onto the bridge, the guards surround him.

Input Ending: He uses his sword to fly up into the air. As he flies away, money rains down.


Soul Calibur 3 - Yoshimitsu - Ending A

Soul Calibur III Yoshimitsu's Ending A


No Input Ending:He drops the money, sits down, and teleports himself away so that he may escape. He is then seen behind a building walking away quietly.  

Soulcalibur IV


Soul Calibur IV ★ Yoshimitsu ★ Ending

Soul Calibur IV Yoshimitsu's Ending

As a defeated Algol lies on the floor, Yoshimitsu walks up to him and says, "Thou who has brought so much pain and suffering into the world, shall not be forgiven." The screen cuts to black and we hear Yoshimitsu's sword make contact. It is then revealed that the sword has been pushed into the ground near Algol with Yoshimitsu above in his 'Flea' stance. Algol asks "You would show mercy to your opponent?" Yoshimitsu replies "the sword is the true evil, not thee. If none can know what lies ahead, losing one's way is just human nature. Grudges may remain, but None has the right to blame thee." Yoshimitsu then flies away.

The text-only epilogue states: "He destroyed the evil, but his battle does not end. His ideal to save the weak transcends history and lives on today."


Yoshimitsu is an honorable Ninja, holding a deep hatred against Oda Nobunaga and those who slaughtered his original clan. He harbors a comical personality when he is talking or fighting against his opponents. Yoshimitsu seems to despise Tira, because she killed one of his Manji-clan members and will stop at nothing to avenge the deaths of the innocents who were killed in cold blood, he also helps the poor and unfortunate, by giving gold for them.



  • Your life is in vain!(Shikisoku Zeku!)
  • May there be mercy for you (namu namu namu namu)!
  • May there be mercy for you!
  • Hyaaah!
  • Shyaaao!
  • Shhhyui!
  • Shyuraa!
  • Gyaau!
  • Ooohoa!

Soulcalibur II

  • Repent!
  • Only the strong shall prevail!
  • Futile!
  • Say your prayers!
  • It is I, Yoshimitsu!
  • Namu...
  • I have arrived!
  • No more talk!
  • I shall assist your suicide!
  • My fatal blow awaits.
  • A demon appears again tonight!
  • Here I come!
  • Let us duel!
  • Die!
  • You!
  • Only the strong shall prevail!
  • There will be no mercy!
  • Your life, I shall take!
  • Fight with honor!
  • A merchant of human lives... absurd!
  • You are not worthy!
  • Evil spirit, begone!
  • May there be mercy in your next life!
  • Namu, namu, namu... Namu!
  • Behold the magnificence of my victory!
  • A raging fire becomes dying embers.
  • Well done!
  • I am Yoshimitsu! Had enough?
  • Overconfidence is the greatest enemy.
  • Farewell!
  • Ohha, hah, hah, hah, haah!
  • Had enough?
  • That was worthy of praise.
  • Shikisokuzeku!
  • Damn you!
  • Ridiculous!
  • May there be mercy on your soul!
  • There will be no mercy!
  • Your life is in vain!
  • I shall accompany you to the netherworld!
  • I thank you from the bottom of my heart!
  • I am Yoshimitsu, had enough?!
  • Had enough?
  • I am Yoshimitsu!
  • Irrelevant!
  • Senpuuken!
  • Zankokuken!
  • Seppuku!
  • Mikuuken!
  • Zetsumeiken!
  • You!
  • Most Impressive!
  • Unexpected!
  • So that's how it is!

Soulcalibur III

  • Evil or not, die!
  • I shall show the errors of thy way!
  • I cannot allow such a thing to exist!
  • Thou shalt breathe thy last!
  • Thou shalt breathe no more!
  • Thou shalt be slain... my apologies!
  • Announce thy name!
  • Soul, prepare thyself!
  • Naaaaaamuuuuuuuu!
  • Thy life, I shall take!
  • It is I, Yoshimitsu!
  • Only the strong shall prevail.
  • Say your prayers.
  • Talk is cheap!
  • Iza iza iza iza iza!
  • Repent! Sinner!
  • Tonight a demon appears again!
  • My fatal blow awaits!
  • Ah, a fight to the death!
  • I have arrived!
  • I shall assist thy suicide!
  • A gift from the other side!
  • Danger awaits!
  • Yoshimitsu... has arrived!
  • Nothing is as it seems.
  • Thy life is mine!
  • Thou hast lost thine way...
  • This fight has been decided.
  • Absurd, my time here is wasted.
  • Heaven's net is wide but lets nothing through.
  • Suffering of the ages cometh in infinite forms.
  • Storm and stress cometh from all direction.
  • Magnanimous glory cometh in infinite forms.
  • Dead men tell no tales.
  • A mighty warrior radiates power.
  • A mighty bolt of lightning travels in many directions.
  • All challengers are welcomed.
  • Heaven's judgment is swift and merciless.
  • Those without courage oppress the weak.
  • Hyo hyo hyooeeeeeeeeeee.
  • Shiki soku... zekuuuuu...
  • Namunamunamu...
  • Namuuuuu...
  • Kuusoku... zeshokuuuu....
  • Overconfidence is the greatest enemy.
  • I thank thee well from the bottom of my heart.
  • I am Yoshimitsu! Behold my magnificence!
  • Behold... that is retribution.
  • Tenchu!
  • Time to die!
  • How's this?
  • Or how about this?
  • How tactless!
  • Kamikaze!
  • Silence!
  • Iza!
  • Die!
  • Namu!
  • Gyaooh!
  • Seppuku!
  • Death... in one blow!
  • You shall have... no mercy!
  • Time to die!
  • Unimpressive...
  • Evil begets evil.
  • Damn thee...
  • Thou didst quite well.
  • That monstrous weapon, could it be the master?
  • The way thou fights, yes it must be.
  • My clan members cry out for vengeance.
  • I shall taketh away the binds thy master has placed.
  • Thy devotion is to be respected.
  • My blade cries for thy blood!

Soulcalibur IV

  • Na-mu!
  • Thy life, I shall take!
  • Shikisoku Zeku!
  • Evil or not, Die!
  • Thou shalt be slain! My apologies!
  • Namu namu namu namu...
  • Kusoku Zeshiki...
  • None shall mourn thy death! - Spoken after winning a battle with a perfect
  • 'Tis... hardly fair!
  • How's this!
  • Or how about this!
  • Silence!
  • Meet thy fate!
  • Time to die!
  • Die!
  • Thou cannot hit me!
  • Kamikaze!
  • Wait one moment!
  • Tenchu!
  • Exciting!
  • Yokozuna! - Spoken after winning a battle with low HP
  • My guard is unbreakable!
  • Thou shalt have no... Mercy!
  • Seppuku!
  • Gyaooh!
  • Hyoeee!
  • Here I come!
  • Take a good look!
  • Punishment!
  • Impressive!
  • There... strike!
  • Now!
  • Thy wish... is ungranted!
  • Prepare thyself!
  • Ascend!
  • Issen!
  • Namu!
  • That's it! That's it!
  • Shame on thee!
  • Mwah! This cannot be!
  • Heaven awaits!
  • Stay alert!
  • Great misfortune!
  • Tonight a demon appears again. -says after critical hit
  • Show me thy skills!
  • Thou hast lost thy way.
  • Where is thy loyalty?
  • Such beauty...
  • Thou dost lack devotion.
  • What art thou? A specter?
  • This fight hast been decided.
  • I feel thy anger!
  • It was a close battle.
  • Thou shall not escape!
  • Heaven's judgement is swift and merciless.
  • Thou whom has brought so much pain and suffering to the world... shall not be forgiven.
  • That sword is the true evil, not thee.
  • If none can know what lies ahead, then losing one's way is just human nature.
  • Grudges may remain, but none hast the right to blame thee.


Water Labyrinth (SC)

Japan is a lush and green land and large veins, such as this one, gather the snow and rain from the ground. These veins form a network throughout Japan much like the veins in the human body. It is said that it takes one year for water to be absorbed one meter into the earth. Thus the water in this deep vein has travel for many years and is deathly cold and ghostly clear. The soft pale blue stones create an illusion around the walls, broken only by patches of warm green moss. Newly empowered by the Evil Seed the vile ghost Gel-o-Fury shattered the seals in the bamboo forest and made its way into this vein. Taki challenged the ghost several times in this complex cave. Toki's assassins, while chasing Taki, could not resist Gel-o-Fury's aura and were absorbed into the great ghost. As Gel-o-Fury grew in power Taki became convinced that the ghost was planning to exit the vein in Kyoto within the Buddha Hall of the Hoko Temple. She went ahead and planned to ambush the ghost in the hall.

(Note: Known as Water Vein in the Arcade version.)

Money Pit - Top Tier (SC2)

This deep chasm is both the storehouse and the tomb of the Italian merchant of death, Vercci. This place, built on a nameless island in the Mediterranean Sea, is renowned to grave robbers as the Money Pit. Countless booby-traps, including a water trap based on the tides, line the pit, but the most feared deterrent is the enigmatic guardian that awaits within. None who have sought the treasures have ever returned. This platform is the top level of the Money Pit, located near the entrance opening. But grave robbers must be wary, for one missed step means certain death down the chasm. They may get to the treasure at the bottom, but it is meaningless if they are dead.

(Note: Yoshimitsu shares this stage with Voldo.)

Sacred Mt. Fuji - Lava Bed (SC3)

The sacred mountain, Mt. Fuji, has been regarded as the realm of Gods since ancient times. At its base spreads a great forest that blocks the path of those who would enter. Beneath it lies an underground waterway that carries spiritual energy to every corner of Japan. Also beneath its surface flows a layer of lava. There' one can find a scorching hell hot enough to instantly vaporize the cold water that periodically flows in. This sacred mountain is the most definitely not sleeping peacefully, but is an active volcano pulsing with heat. Anyone who sees this sight will understand in an instant that this is a magnificence far beyond human power, that only Mother Nature could create. It is the very pulse of the earth itself, filled with power.

Jyurakudai Villa - Virgin Snow (SC4)

Jyurakudai Villa - Twill Damask and Brocade (SCBD)

Theme Music


Soul Calibur Original Soundtrack - Chasing Downstream (Yoshimitsu Theme)

Yoshimitsu's theme from Soulcalibur


  • "Chasing Downstream"

Soulcalibur III

  • "Through Molten Caves"

Soul Calibur III - Through Molten Caves (Yoshimitsu)

Yoshimistu's theme from Soulcalibur III

Tower Of Lost Souls Skills & Details

Yoshimitsu appears twice in the Tower of Lost Souls mode on the ascend path under the floor challenges "No Man's Land" &"Worshiped Sacrifice."    

Partners: Sizuku (No Man's Land Floor 20)

Shiun & Mayura (Worshiped Sacrifice Floor 54)

Ukon(Story Mode 1-5)  

Skills On No Man's Land

1.Auto Impact S

2.Impact Edge

3.Auto Grapple Break B  

Skills On Worshiped Sacrifice

1.Auto Impact B

2.Impact Heal  

Default Skills

1.Skill Ability Up

2.Shave Damage B

3.Soul Gauge Damage B

Critical Finish

Glimpse of Heaven and Hell: Yoshimitsu slashes his opponent's abdomen, knocking them to the floor, spins around them, pauses, and finally slices them down in a traditional samurai execution. Autumn leaves fall down as he wipes his blade with his sleeve. Ultimately, one out of 7 different kanji appears, all of them in a different color theme and sometimes with different sound effects (one version features the same effect as in Tira's Critical Finish, but no kanji at all). A Japanese Shakuhachi can be heard throughout the Critical Finish. In Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny, only one kanji out of the seven can be seen.


  • Had his beloved katana stolen by Voldo in Soulcalibur II, and shares a Destined Battle with him in Soulcalibur II.
  • Some members of his clan were murdered by Tira in Soulcalibur III, and he shares a Destined Battle with her in Soulcalibur III.
  • It was finally revealed in Soulcalibur V that "Yoshimitsu" is a legacy inherited each generation by a ninja that becomes the new leader of the Manji clan.
  • Mortally wounded by Cervantes before the events of Soulcalibur V.
  • Passed on his name and sword to his disciple, who then struck him down to inherit the blade, losing his arm in the process (though it is not explained how and why he lost his arm).

Series' Appearances


The Second

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