|Clan(s)/Alliance(s):|| Oda |
155 cm (5'1")
|Weapon(s):|| Spear (1)|
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Mighty Claw/Simian Trinity (2:XL~3:XL)
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|Playable Debut:||Samurai Warriors: Xtreme Legends|
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February 2, 1536
September 18, 1598
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170 cm (5'7")
|Dominate Hand:|| |
Reading people's hearts and minds
Flirting with women, collecting golden items or tinting them golden
Crossing his arms
|Favorite Food(s):|| |
|Unfavored Food(s):|| |
Nothing in particular
|Favorite Flower:|| |
Hideyoshi Toyotomi is the most famous peasant-samurai in Japan and heralded as one of the three unifiers. He started as Nobunaga's sandal holder and worked his way to dominate over other warlords of his era. Hideyoshi became famous for his self-proclaimed title as the, Great Lord or the Taikō (太閤). After his death, Edo period folklore claims that Nobunaga gave him the nickname "Monkey" (サル, Saru) in ode to his monkey-like physique. He is said to have had an unrequited infatuation with Oichi. Nene is his wife, Lady Yodo is his famous concubine, and his successor is Hideyori.
He is the titular character in Koei's Taiko Risshiden series. His appearance for the series' second title appears as a guest character in Dynasty Warriors. His character name for this game is Tohkichi (とーきち).
Hideyoshi first appeared in Samurai Warriors as a unique NPC in its first installment; he became a playable character in its expansion. Fans voted him to thirty-sixth place in Gamecity's Sengoku Musou 3: Empires character popularity poll. For the Samurai Warriors 4 poll, he placed fifty-second.
Role in GamesEdit
- "Keep it going, you crazy monkey!"
- ~~Lu Meng; Warriors Orochi
Hideyoshi starts as a simple general under Nobunaga, first serving as a vassal at Inabayama Castle. He builds the one-night castle at Sunomata and gives the signal for Mino Trio to defect when he storms inside the castle. Once Mino is under Nobunaga's rule upon Yoshitatsu's defeat, the Oda army moves onto to conquer Echizen. The moment he is on the verge of victory against the Asakura, the Azai suddenly betray Nobunaga and forces the invader to retreat. As their lord flees, Hideyoshi volunteers for the rear guard. When Magoichi asks him why, Hideyoshi admits that he wants to be promoted under Nobunaga so that he can one day have the power to do something great for the people. He asks Magoichi to help him with his vision and the mercenary agrees. After they work together to defeat Nagamasa and Yoshikage's armies, they safely retreat together back to the capital. Years after, Nobunaga decides to crush the Honganji Rioters and the Saika Renegades, marching to Sakai where Magoichi awaits them. Hideyoshi wants to see the land of peace his lord desires, but not at the cost of so many lives. When the mercenary attempts to snipe Nobunaga, Hideyoshi is given the mission to stop him.
If Hideyoshi fails, Nobunaga is shot and confusion spreads throughout the battlefield. It then becomes a manhunt on Magoichi's head and as well as the complete annihilation of every rebel present. After the battle, Hideyoshi meets his beaten friend to tell him that he's giving up on his original dream. Several of his allies begin to notice that he is beginning to resemble Nobunaga. Even with his menacing parting words, the sniper refuses to give up on Hideyoshi and tries to stop him from becoming a tyrant. After he slays Mitsuhide at Honnoji, Hideyoshi immediately resumes his attacks on the Mōri. Consumed with ambition, he abruptly makes peace with them and hurries back to Azuchi Castle to slay Nobunaga. Killing Magoichi, many Oda officers, and Nobunaga signals the end of his dream for universal happiness.
Should Hideyoshi prevent the sniping at Sakai, he instead insists that his friend surrender to prevent a massacre. After his defeat, Magoichi relents to Hideyoshi's wishes and once again joins his friend's side. When Nobunaga is killed at Honnoji, Hideyoshi hurries to intercept Mitsuhide's army at Yamazaki. His forces appear before Mitsuhide arrives so they use their time to defeat Toshimitsu Saitō and claim Mount Tenno. Avenging his lord, Hideyoshi unifies the land and becomes the supreme ruler. However, Ieyasu despises him and rebels at Komaki-Nagakute. With Magoichi and Keiji's help, Hideyoshi routs his rival. He asks for Ieyasu's surrender and the land is at peace.
Samurai Warriors 2 details his life as a conqueror as he starts his story by avenging his lord's death at Yamazaki. Hideyoshi then swears to make a land where everyone can be happy and fights to quell misgivings in battles. Oichi, who disagrees with Hideyoshi's rise to power, convinces Katsuie to attack him at Shizugatake. He barely wins over them and fights with Ieyasu for right of the land. In order to completely conquer the land, Hideyoshi then heads toward Kyushu to subdue the powerful family on the island, the Shimazu. Gaining his Tachibana and Shimazu allies, his forces are larger than ever before. Left opposing him are the Hōjō and the Date families. As Hideyoshi begins to surround Odawara Castle, Masamune surrenders before the siege. With Ujimasa and his son dead, the land is unified and Hideyoshi's dreams are realized.
In his dream stage, a curious Hideyoshi fakes his death after the land's unification to see who among his vassals are truly loyal to him. Mitsunari stands loyally for the Toyotomi family, but he falters against Ieyasu's troops at Sekigahara. Hideyoshi makes his presence known and rides to punish the ones who betrayed him and his family. With Hideyoshi alive, the Mōri generals remain loyal to the Western army. Insulted by his trick, however, Yoshihiro and Ginchiyo switch sides. Even when he wins, Hideyoshi begins to worry about what will happen when he actually dies.
Additionally, a special request in Survival Mode also depicts a summarized scenario of his progression to a daimyo. Successfully completing the scenario rewards the Greed skill available for purchase at shop.
In Samurai Warriors: Katana, Hideyoshi serves as the player's mentor during the first half of the Ascendancy scenario, helping ease their transition to battle. In turn, his plan to attack the Imagawa garrison undetected is made possible by the new recruit assisting him. They cooperate once more at Nagashino to entrap the fleeing Katsuyori. As a result, Hideyoshi's camaraderie with the protagonist grows to the point where he asks the latter to keep watch over Nobunaga while heading west to secure more lands. His request saves their lord from certain death at Honnōji, causing the vassal to view the player as his equal. He also contributes to the Oda's final victory at Sekigahara by launching the signal fire to trigger an ambush against the opposing warlords. With the land unified under Nobunaga's rule, he thanks his former apprentice for letting him reach this far.
The other stories place more focus on Hideyoshi's less savory actions. His conquest of Kyūshū in the Swordsman scenario goes nowhere due to the protagonist's support of the Shimazu-Tachibana coalition. Throughout the Savior scenario, he takes great pains to fulfill his desire for Oichi only to be constantly foiled by Nene and the Saika mercenaries. The Unification scenario has him form an alliance with the Tokugawa to curb the player's growing faction. Despite setting Kyōto on fire to weaken the opposing army, he fails to overcome their tenacity and is forced to surrender his lands to them. In the Wisteria Room level of Trial Mode, he hires a ninja to steal Nene's savings so he can use it as capital to earn more money. Displeased with Hideyoshi's duplicity, his wife allows the player to hit him as many times as they can to earn additional gold.
In Samurai Warriors 3, Hideyoshi is mentioned to have been a sandal bearer for Nobunaga. However, his master saw his worth and promoted him as a general. Enthusiastic with his master and swearing to follow him anywhere, he assists the front at Okehazama by distracting the Imagawa army away from the ambush party and by convincing Ieyasu to become independent. After Nobunaga gains a reputation for himself, he decides to invade Mino. As Hanbei acts as the de facto leader at Inabayama Castle, Hideyoshi is given the task of capturing it with his wife, Nene. Telling Kanbei to set fire to the castle, Hideyoshi routs Mitsuhide. However, he realizes that it's a trap and escapes to avoid having his plan work against him. As the Saitō army scatters, Hideyoshi meets Hanbei in person and is amused by the younger strategist's wit. He offers Hanbei to serve him for a world where everyone can be happy and the impressed strategist jokingly amends it to better fit his own ideal.
After he protects Nobunaga's safe escape at Kanegasaki, time passes and Nobunaga dies at Honnoji while Hideyoshi is subjugating Chugoku and Shikoku. Provoked by Kanbei to seek his own vision for the land, Hideyoshi drops the campaigns and hurries back to the capital. Confronting his rival at Yamazaki, Mitsuhide claims that he still wants to make a world that Nobunaga had desired. Dissatisfied, Hideyoshi declares that anyone without a dream of their own design has no right to rule. With this same determination, he also defeats Ieyasu at Komaki-Nagakute. Although he knows that his vision of the land is the same as Nobunaga's dream, he refuses to follow his master's methods by taking the rebellious Ieyasu's head. Instead, he helps his old comrade to his feet and asserts his determination to live his own path in life.
In both games, Hideyoshi is Nobunaga's loyal retainer. In Warriors Orochi, he is a starter character in the Samurai force. He is an active member of Nobunaga's resistance and carries out various tasks for him. He also brings Zhang Jiao and Okuni along on a Gaiden mission to intercept an Orochi Army shipment of gold being sent as payment to Dong Zhuo at Si Shui Gate. Stealing all the gold shipments makes Dong Zhuo defect to the Samurai army, whome he thinks will pay him better. To this Hideyoshi replies "All I really wanted was the gold, but good for you!"
In Warriors Orochi 2, Hideyoshi appears at Hu Lao Gate with his lord to reinforce Sakon Shima's attempt to eradicate the dangerous villain, Kiyomori Taira. Hideyoshi shares his dream stage with the other Unifiers of Japan who have a contest against the rulers of the Three Kingdoms. He partakes in the contest by asking Tadakatsu to unleash the floodgate and drown their enemies out. In this stage, he is the Samurai Warriors counterpart to Sun Quan.
During the original timeline in Warriors Orochi 3, Hideyoshi stayed loyal to Nobunaga and sought to deal with the serpent forces at a leisurely pace. His plans are foiled when the serpent forces suddenly triples in number and he is overwhelmed at Nagashino. The coalition from the future reverts his death by offering their assistance. Quickly catching onto their plans, he lends them his aid as a permanent general within Ma Chao's regiment. When he isn't assisting Ma Chao's forces with his strategies and support, Hideyoshi helps Joan save the Saika mercenaries at a past Komaki-Nagakute and forces himself into Goemon's treasure hunt at Tao River.
In Ultimate, Hideyoshi journeys to Shizugatake alongside Nene and Daqiao to locate their fellow allies. Suspicious of their sudden appearance at the northeastern base, Hideyoshi's doubts are proven true when Sun Ce's party suddenly turns hostile and Shennong unveils their true nature.
Hideyoshi begins as the wet-behind-the-ears Warlord of Ignis in Pokémon Conquest. He dreams of one day obtaining the legendary Pokémon for himself and immediately orders Koroku and Nagayasu to defeat the protagonist, the new leader of Aurora. Once he and his subordinates are defeated, Hideyoshi leaves his castle and ventures Ransei by himself. He eventually becomes interested in Nobunaga and decides to serve him.
When the protagonist next sees Hideyoshi, he has strengthened to be a bona fide general and supports Nene's leadership in Viperia. She worries about the fate of her people and considers leaving Nobunaga's services, but Hideyoshi is the one to convince her to stay. He later acts as one of the five generals who supports Nobunaga's final challenge within the main story. After their defeat, Hideyoshi personally congratulates the protagonist for obtaining the legendary Pokémon before him and bids a fond farewell.
In his personal episode, Hideyoshi reflects upon the fact that only certain people are born with the power to communicate with Pokémon, and declares his intention to create a world where all people and Pokémon can live happily together. With Hanbei and Kanbei at his side, he conquers the other kingdoms and summons the legendary Pokémon, using its power to make his dream a reality.
By the time the first Kessen occurs, Hideyoshi has already passed away. His concubine, Lady Yodo, and his son appear as the figurative leaders of the Toyotomi side. Mitsunari mentions him in passing as "the late great Taiko", Hideyoshi's self-appointed rank before his death.
As the third game focuses on Nobunaga's life, Hideyoshi first makes an appearance as Tokichiro Kinoshita, his first known name in history. He uses his acrobatic stunts to advertise his wares to a passing Nobunaga (which includes super-deformed Da Qiao and Yukimura dolls). Impressed with the daimyo's charisma, Tokichiro grew to admire him and wanted to join Nobunaga in battle. Using his street smarts, he tricks the bandit, Koroku Hachisuka, to help his desire to serve Nobunaga. Eventually, Nobunaga is amused by Tokichiro's determination and adds him and Koroku to his ranks.
He serves as a secondary protagonist in the game and visually matures like Nobunaga. His achievements in battle generously follows his historical and legendary exploits on the battlefield. Midway through the game, he changes his name to Hideyoshi Hashiba and marries Nene. Even so, he and Katsuie often vie for Oichi's affections. Later, he confesses his feelings to her only to be politely rejected in turn. Unexpectedly, he soon gains an admirer through Nobunaga's foreign lady warrior, Amalia. He joyfully serves Nobunaga until the end of the game, willingly abandoning his own ambitions for his master.
Within the series, Hideyoshi has low stats for war compared to other highly-ranked generals or daimyo within the series. Depending on the title, his war stat may drop to the sixties or high fifties. He usually doesn't have stellar proficiencies with troop types. To make up for his weaknesses, he bolsters high attributes for government affairs and leadership. If needed, he may expertly lead an army of foot soldiers into battle without any major worries. Similar to history, he is seen serving Nobunaga during the daimyo's early years and often stars in separate scenarios to conquer the rest of the land. His alleged names during his youth and his various fabled accomplishments are usually included as special events in the series. In the newest title, players can witness a modern translation of his death poem when he dies.
During the online adaption of the series, he serves the Oda family as a level 68 yakushi. He is the army strategist, second to Nobunaga within the clan's ranks. Cheery and optimistic, he looks forward to meeting promising talent to serve their lord. Hideyoshi continues to keep an eye open for his own ambitions, however, since he asks the outstanding members of their army to serve under him instead of Nobunaga. In battle, Hideyoshi mainly strengthens his allies or lowers the morale of the enemy forces through various spells and elixirs. Should he appear in a formation with Kiyomasa or Masanori, they gain the ability, "Shizugatake Brave Spear". When this ability is activated, the two generals can instantly kill a single opponent.
Tendou has Hideyoshi separate himself from Nobunaga in an original scenario named Hotogisu no Yukue. Although he still has a habit of addressing Nobunaga with the "lord" honorific, he wants to find a new way of living for the common man with his loyal band of officers. Hideyoshi asks his followers to not fight to the death for him, ordering they instead continue living for him. When his reputation rises, he can name his personal "Seven Spears" and throw a flower viewing festival for his followers at Daigoji. Hideyoshi fortifies his desires for ambition once he realizes he wants to protect and unite everyone's smilies.
If he causes the downfall of the Oda clan, he states his disbelief of having finally bested Nobunaga and begins to doubt himself. Masakatsu assures that everyone, including the common people, are on Hideyoshi's side and are waiting for the land of happiness his lord will create. Hideyoshi is invigorated from the pep talk and agrees to continue driving forward. Should he cause the downfall of the Tokugawa clan, Hideyoshi privately admits to Shigeharu that he once misunderstood Ieyasu. He thought Ieyasu was one who abused his father's prior reputation and schemed in secret for stealing the land. After facing his rival in battle, he admits his thoughts have changed and praises the trust shared amongst the men of Mikawa. Now, both he and Shigeharu respect Ieyasu as another possible figure for the land's future.
Once Hideyoshi has united the land in this scenario, he is congratulated by his officers for obtaining peace in the region. Even so, Mitsunari and others realize there is still trouble on the horizon since clans outside of the region may target Hideyoshi's newly conquered prize. He hasn't officially presented himself with a rank within the court, which may cause future objections to his right as ruler. Though he chides the skeptics for raining down on the celebration, Hideyoshi agrees with their observations. The narrative implies his ambitions are not yet fulfilled.
Within the game's Power up Kit, Hideyoshi is a participant in the original scenario that takes place after Nobunaga's death titled Mitsuhide no Yabou.
Nobunaga no Yabou 201X Hideyoshi is one of the protagonist's constant companions. Separated from his lord during the time distortion, he and his wife work together with the Special Liberation Organization to find a way back home. They achieve their goal in Kyoto but are mysteriously anchored back to the protagonist with each new portal. Hideyoshi decides to help out the organization by suggesting new inventions and tactics.
Hideyoshi is flabbergasted and outraged at the thought of someone using his lord's name, unaware that he had witnessed Sengoku Royale Nobunaga in battle. He refuses to believe the possibility of another Nobunaga until he meets Sengoku Royale Tokichiro. The two Hideyoshis accuse one another of cowardly mimicry but simmer down when Matsuri reminds them of their samurai duties. Once they extinguish UMA together, the men become swift allies.
Geten no HanaEdit
Geten no Hana establishes Hideyoshi's origins as a peasant who once lived at Nakamura, a rundown village in Owari. He was a slave to the rice paddies like the rest of his family. Having grown tired of farming the harvests and having high aspirations for himself, he left his home to work in the nearby town. Whilst there he hunted for any job a young boy his age could get his hands on: hawker, lacquer shiner, textile drier, and so forth. The town, however, was caught in the crossfires of war and burned to the ground; Hideyoshi escaped unharmed but many people lost their lives to the bloodshed.
As he ran back towards his home, Hideyoshi was nearly dying of starvation due to running several days without food. Half delusional and at his limit, he stole from another person's warehouse to eat. The master of the paddy field soon found him and angrily chased after the young boy with sickles in both hands. Hideyoshi desperately fled for his life and was saved by a small rock thrown at the angry farmer's head. The boy kept running and eventually made it back to his home. His family called it a merciful blessing from the heavens, but Hideyoshi would learn many years later that the rock was thrown by an elderly rogue samurai. The elderly samurai was quickly apprehended by upset villagers whom were already appalled by samurai since they selfishly robbed from them for as long as they could remember. The villagers showed the elderly man no mercy and beat him to death.
His home was eventually overrun by rogue samurai. Without a lord and a reputation to feed themselves, they pillaged from the peasants to survive. His home was a wreck and his livelihood in jeopardy. Rather than blame any single person for causing his suffering, Hideyoshi accepted war as the land's greatest evil. He knew that it had to be ended, and it required a mighty commander to unify it. With the simple dream to become that commander, he enlisted as a recruit in the Imagawa forces. He recognized Nobunaga's greatness after Okehazama and chose to switch his allegiances to the Oda. He became the young lord's sandal bearer.
Hideyoshi initially planned to use the young misfit as his stepping stone towards shaping the land's peace, but he soon admired his lord's charisma and integrity. Confident in entrusting his personal dream into Nobunaga's hands, Hideyoshi instead chose to be devoted to him by doing the best he could in his duties. He did any odd job which he could to help the people –be they Oda troops or the local townsfolk.
During his early days under the Oda, he was known as Tokichiro Kinoshita. He recruited Hanbei after realizing his talents with the Saito. When Hanbei accepted his offer to defect to the Oda, the strategist's enthusiasm encouraged Hideyoshi to persevere in his magnanimous solutions to warfare. He avoids seeking glory and tries his hardest to achieve peaceful solutions for both sides of the conflict. Though his ideals are appreciated by his followers, it also meant they were overworked and seldom received acknowledgment for their efforts.
Nobunaga remembered Hideyoshi for his eccentric optimism, muscular build, and excellent service to him. He gradually promoted him to be one of his trusted generals, and Hideyoshi adopted his current name with his promotion. Once he became a samurai, he had his parents move to a refurbished castle home in Nagahama and often writes letters to his mother. Several years before the main setting, Nobunaga had entrusted him with the task of subjugating Chugoku. About a month before the main story, Hideyoshi was given permission to retire to Azuchi Castle for a break.
Hotaru first meets Hideyoshi while she is attending to her first mission of observing the samurai patrol. As she walks through the castle walkways under her disguise as Kikyō, he excitedly greets her and is immediately pleased that the reports had not exaggerated her beauty. After hurriedly introducing himself, Hideyoshi insists that he is afflicted by the "fever of love" and touches his forehead to hers. Regardless of whether Hotaru agrees or shoots him down, Hideyoshi gives her a golden urn trinket to celebrate their meeting. Two maids call for his swift return to them so he promptly excuses himself. He invites her to visit his mansion any time she wants to play.
Throughout the main scenario, Hideyoshi is content to enjoy his vacation within Azuchi Castle by either chatting with the ladies or barging into his lord's leisurely outings to entertain himself. He hopes to win Hotaru's heart through his random visits. If the player has unlocked his second romance event, Hideyoshi does so with the ulterior motive of keeping an eye on her. Occasionally, he reports the situation in Chugoku to Nobunaga. He is the one who suggests holding a spontaneous firefly viewing banquet prior to Nobunaga's leave for the capital. Like the other Oda retainers, he is genuinely surprised by the assassination which takes place.
Once Nobunaga leaves Azuchi, Hideyoshi departs on the same day to return to Himeji Castle for the campaign in Chugoku. His further activities in the default ending for Honnōji are not mentioned, but he cancels his plans in the "Shield of Azuchi" route.
Yumeakari continues from an original ending to Honnōji which has Hotaru reveal her true identity to Hideyoshi. She informs him of the danger, and his army arrives in time to reinforce Nobunaga at the burning temple. His lord is saved so Hideyoshi reunites with Hanbei and Kanbei in Chugoku. The campaign proceeds without bloodshed and ends within a month. After Hideyoshi finalizes peace talks with Terumoto, he and his army are given an one month reprieve at Azuchi Castle. Nobunaga congratulates the Hashiba army efforts with a banquet and conducts arrangements to conquer Shikoku with Hideyoshi and his strategists throughout the month.
When not on official business, Hideyoshi resumes his daily rounds in the castle town and castle maids. Noticing Hotaru in her maid disguise, he entertains her inquiry to retell their peculiar takeover of Takamatsu Castle. The maids think he is joking; Hideyoshi begins to suspect Hanbei and Kanbei's secret when Nobunaga's hawk, Akatsuki, becomes feral. Hideyoshi tries to deny his hunch since he deeply cares about them. A week later, when he catches a mischievous monkey thief in the castle town, Hideyoshi is convinced of his suspicions when it suddenly attacks Nobunaga. He particularly believes Hanbei is responsible due to his familiarity with his strategist's character.
Hoping to avoid further wrongdoing, Hideyoshi secretly appeals to Kanbei to confess and soon learns about Hanbei's true past. They both predict Hanbei will kill himself for his ambition and seek to stop him before it's too late. If possible, they want to convince him to keep living beside them. Hideyoshi plans to expose Hanbei at the martial arts tournament. He and Kanbei will enter, and Hideyoshi will purposely lose against his strategist in their match. The free Hideyoshi will discretely halt Hanbei's movements and protect Nobunaga the exact moment his strategist acts suspiciously. His plan is conducted to the letter but fails when Nobunaga's horse, Kurogane, stampedes out of Hanbei's control. Hotaru throwing the kunai in public set up another obstacle to capturing Hanbei.
Accusations rise against Iga due to documents found near the training grounds, yet Hideyoshi doesn't defend the ninja in the default route's ending due to lack of evidence. The Oda lay waste to the ninja village. Several days later, Hanbei kills Nobunaga and several others at Azuchi Castle. Whether Hideyoshi is made his successor or not is left open-ended.
The majority of the character routes instead has Nobunaga place his judgment on hold until more evidence can be found. Hideyoshi attempts to find his missing strategists around Azuchi Castle. He implores Hanbei to surrender and repent with him if they meet. Each route has deviations for Hanbei's defeat and submission, each ending with Hideyoshi staying beside him. At the hearing for the Hashiba army, Hideyoshi takes responsibility for his strategists' actions and begs to receive the same punishment. Nobunaga commands they resume their Shikoku campaign. Hideyoshi leaves Azuchi Castle several days later; his strategists may or may not accompany him for the journey.
Hotaru comes clean about the forged document given to her in the Yumeakari ending, and Hideyoshi voices his unabashed faith in her. Leaving Ieyasu and Ranmaru with his request for Hotaru, he confronts Hanbei directly in the Hashiba manor and convinces his strategist to lay down his arms. The Hashiba trio receive the same punishment as the character routes. Another lantern viewing is held before they leave for the west; Hideyoshi celebrates the festivities beside Nobunaga and repeats his dream for peace to those present.
Within the first week of her arrival, Hideyoshi sends one of his messengers for her attendance to her mansion. Hotaru believes the news is urgent until she arrives to see a boisterous dinner with the Oda retainers. Hideyoshi gestures towards her and insists that she sit beside him. Whether she agrees to do so or not makes little difference to him as he is charmed by her company. Mitsuhide, who is in attendance, notices her discomfort and decides to excuse them both from the festivities. Before the Akechi siblings leave, Hideyoshi runs out of his place to bid Hotaru farewell. He gives her a love letter he wrote for her and asks her to read it in private.
Hotaru returns to her quarters exhausted by the unnecessary distraction. As she prepares to change into her kunoichi form to attend to her mission, she remembers Hideyoshi's letter and opens it. She is peppered by a poignant incense he had within the letter's fold. Annoyed that it may give her presence away, Hotaru cleans herself before setting out for her night patrol. From the rooftops of the castle walls, she spots a samurai forcing himself upon Oito. Hotaru saves the maid by throwing a pebble at the samurai's head. His outburst alerts the nightly patrol and Oito is saved. While Hotaru flees to avoid detection, she drops into an empty garden and prepares to transform.
Before she can, Hideyoshi greets her from the tree he happened to nap from earlier that day. When Hideyoshi approaches her, Hotaru knows her mission is jeopardized and attacks him to defend her identity. He disarms her by correctly revealing her false identity as Mitsuhide's sister and dismisses the night patrol's reports of seeing an intruder. After Hotaru cuts through his many flirtations, Hideyoshi reveals that he knew because her unique fragrance matched the same one used within his letter. He wishes to know her reasons for serving Mitsuhide, but –since Hotaru is bound to secrecy– he quickly asks whether she will endanger Nobunaga. When she answers no, Hideyoshi decides to trust her for the time being and protects her secret identity. The only condition he asks is that she not report Hideyoshi's findings to Mitsuhide, playfully threatening to report the truth to Nobunaga if she goes against her word.
During Hotaru's second week at Azuchi Castle, she meets Hideyoshi's page, Sakichi, who is looking for him to attend to his official duties. When the boy runs off to his last known whereabouts, Hideyoshi approaches her and admits he is not feeling well due to a stomach ache. Before Hotaru can reprimand him, Ranmaru drags him to the main keep to personally report Chugoku's geography to Nobunaga. Since a downtrodden Hideyoshi obeys, Hotaru deduces that he told her the truth and decides to create an herbal medicine for him. She discreetly delivers it to his manor through a letter. He finds it and follows her instructions, scoffing at the note that it isn't poisoned.
Feeling much better the next day, Hideyoshi hurries to find her in the castle walkways to thank her. She is surprised to see him so happy yet keeps herself apart from him. Hideyoshi wonders when she will feel comfortable closing the distance between them and decides to celebrate their closer ties by inviting her a pleasure cruise at Lake Biwa. In her hesitation, Sakichi finds Hideyoshi to file his paperwork so their trip is postponed until the next day when Hideyoshi invites her in a lengthy love letter. Wanting to protect her secret, she agrees and promptly leave for the lake. They are greeted by two of Hideyoshi's acquaintances, Tasuke and Mochiki, who give them a skiff to ride.
While on their boat ride, Hideyoshi explains his two acquaintances recently lost their family to the war but keep smiling to avoid succumbing to their fear of survival. He explains the many facets of the emotion within their age –whether they be rich or poor– and asks Hotaru for her personal dread. Unfamiliar with the real meanings behind his inquiry, she states her concern over her identity being exposed by him. Amused by her suspicions about him, Hideyoshi lays on his back with Hotaru on top of him to alleviate her discomfort. He takes a nap with her in his arms. When Hotaru decides to entertain his second inquiry a week later, the couple return to the lake. She learns a bit about Hideyoshi's past from him during their leisurely horse ride which leads him to asking if she likes her way of living. The kunoichi is unable to answer whether she feels it suits her because she has never left her home before; her remark has her curious about seeing Hideyoshi's home which somewhat unsettles him.
A week later, Hotaru is given the task of assassinating Nobunaga and her method is the same as the default route. Hideyoshi initially notices nothing amiss with her behavior and decides to share his past with the elderly samurai and his greatest fear with her. When Hotaru seems shaken by his confession, he offers to be her crying shoulder. Hotaru keeps her vexed emotions to herself and finishes her preparations for the assassination. One morning, as she mopes within her room over the guilt she feels for betraying Hideyoshi's trust, Sakichi delivers a letter Hideyoshi wrote for her. The young page insists that his master treats Hotaru specially before excusing himself; the boy's testament seem to ring true in Hideyoshi's lengthy love letter to her. She begins to wish she were a real princess so she could truly enjoy herself beside him.
Since he invited her to a harvest party, Hotaru hesitantly decides to see his face one more time in an effort to ease her nerves. As Hideyoshi prepares to show off the goods the farmers have grown, a samurai warns Hotaru to avoid associating herself with him as he finds Hideyoshi's behavior detestable. Once Hideyoshi parades around in farmer's clothing, the samurai scornfully belittles him by saying he has gone back to his true roots. Hotaru uses his insult to defend Hideyoshi's character, insisting that he became greater than most by overcoming severe hardship. Her gull amuses Nobunaga whose laughter dispels the awkwardness of the festivities. During the twilight trip back to the Akechi manor, Hideyoshi notices that Hotaru is acting differently before Nobunaga. When Ranmaru comes running up and patronizes Nobunaga's heedlessness, Hideyoshi immediately suspects ninja business when Hotaru winces at the words "firefly viewing banquet". The couple are left alone before her manor, and he warns her to listen to her heart before she does something reproachable.
Before they part ways, Hideyoshi invites Hotaru to be beside his seat on the night of the firefly banquet. Unable to refuse, she plans to somehow escape him so she can finish her mission. Mitsuhide allows the slight adjustment in their plans, trusting her to do as she sees fit. Before the signal at the banquet takes place, Hideyoshi privately requests that she give up her kunoichi duties and live her life with him, encouraging her to not limit herself to one option for her life. A ruckus over a fallen lantern at Nobunaga's camp gives Hotaru the opportunity to flee, so she uses it to hurry to the spot for the assassination. Hideyoshi had already deduced her plans and waits for her there, again imploring her to stop. Once he sees that Hotaru won't back down, he is resolved to be true to his own loyalties and throws her his katana. He uses his wakizashi for a fairer fight. They trade blows but Hotaru is hesitant to give it her all. When Hideyoshi suddenly withdraws his blade, hers strikes home. Terrified by what she had done, Hotaru forgets her mission and flees back to the Akechi manor.
The fuss over Hideyoshi's injury at the banquet leads to sightings of an intruder in the castle grounds, which Mitsuhide concludes as the assassination's failure to Nobuyuki. Nobuyuki accepts the circumstances as long as he can still take his brother's life. His words are overhead by an eavesdropping Nobunaga, who is thusly convinced to apprehend his younger brother. Mitsuhide enters Hotaru's room at nightfall and reports that Hideyoshi is still alive with a grievous injury. He brings her to the gaols and finally explains the true meaning of her mission to her. Nobunaga permits her freedom from punishment but insists that she pay the dying Hideyoshi a visit before leaving.
Fearing for the worst, Hotaru hurries into Hideyoshi's room and is surprised to see him fine. Nobunaga and Mitsuhide had fibbed about his condition: he had suffered a non-fatal injury on his right arm. Hideyoshi warmly greets her and, having learned about the fake plot while being tended, apologizes for the unnecessary hardship he put her through earlier. He let himself get cut because he accurately predicted that she would be too traumatized by hurting someone to continue with her mission. Relieved, Hotaru tells him her real name and tells her fear at the thought of killing him. Finally taking him up on his offer to cry within his embrace, the ordeal of possibly losing him awakens her to her deeper affections for him.
Hotaru falls asleep because of her crying fit so she awakens next to Hideyoshi in the morning. Hotaru transforms into her princess disguise to avoid detection, yet Sakichi is understandably embarrassed to see her when he announces that breakfast is ready. If the player chose to return Hideyoshi's urn trinket during the week of the assassination, he uses this opportunity to give it back to Hotaru as a renewed sign of his affections. The couple report to Nobunaga and Mitsuhide within the main keep after their meal, immediately bombarded by light-hearted quips from the two lords over the couple's secret correspondence. While Nobunaga and Hideyoshi address the Chugoku subjugation, Mitsuhide thanks Hotaru for her service and allows her formal leave. Worried over his injury, Hotaru decides to stay by Hideyoshi's side until his arm heals.
Hotaru morphs into Shichisuke the next morning and joins Hideyoshi's departure. When the army breaks for nightfall, Hideyoshi barges into the troops' camp to take Hotaru with him and privately begs her to not sleep with them. She insists she is fine sleeping outdoors, choosing to instead address her concern over his arm. When she rubs and inspects his injury, Hideyoshi is amused that she is comfortable touching and expressing affection for him. He exuberantly asks if he can feel her with the same intimacy. Regardless of whatever the player chooses, the couple spend the night together and resume the march next morning.
Sakichi spots a blue flash within the distant forest, but the nearby retainers suggest that he could have mistaken it for a stray piece of cloth or the sky. While the men dismiss it, Hotaru follows on the boy's hunch and discreetly transforms herself into a bird to investigate. She flies until she spots Shigure somehow free from Azuchi's prison. He challenges her to a rematch to redeem his previous failure. After Hotaru disarms him, she retrieves a letter from his belongings. Shigure accepts his second loss and flees, confident that even if she has the letter it will be too late to prevent its contents. It is a secret letter written by Nobuyuki addressing the Mōri. It reports Nobunaga's demise at Honnōji and entices them for an alliance to slay Hideyoshi.
Hideyoshi calculates that there is a half day gap in the letter's writing and the distance between Honnōji and Azuchi. If his army returns at full speed, they can still make it in time to rescue Nobunaga. Dismissing his retainers' confusion over the kunoichi before them, Hideyoshi ushers his men back at a brisk pace. The bridge they took is broken by Nobuyuki's ninja and the detour around it would take too long for their army to cross. Since it is nearly nightfall, his retainers offer that they try crossing the steep river on foot. One wrong step, however, and the whole army could drown themselves trying. As Hideyoshi hesitates to place his subordinates' lives into a potentially fatal risk, Hotaru transforms into a frog and quickly inspects the riverbed. She returns to tell him a shallow path and leads the way for the army's safe crossing.
Honnōji is in flames when they arrive and Nobuyuki's ninja taunt them for their apparent failure. Undeterred, the Hashiba troops head in to fight Nobuyuki's army. Hideyoshi and Hotaru confidentially cover each others' backs as they fight towards the temple, running inside to see Ranmaru fighting soldiers and the brothers dueling. Hideyoshi interrupts them and disarms Nobuyuki. He spares the younger brother since he notices Hotaru wincing each time he stresses his right arm in the fight. Mitsuhide's reinforcements arrive and Nobuyuki is imprisoned once more. The Oda return to Azuchi Castle for several days while Hotaru poses as a maid within the Hashiba manor.
The Mōri had not bought into Nobuyuki's previous letters so Hideyoshi believes they can easily arrange for a peace treaty. With his arm fully healed, he receives Nobunaga's permission to start peace talks at Himeji Castle. Hotaru says to Mitsuhide that she wants to return to Iga since she no longer has any obligations to be beside Hideyoshi, a comment which surprises him. She reports that Hideyoshi wants her to transform into Kikyō and see him before he leaves, asking Mitsuhide permission. He allows it, stating that it is his gesture of thanks for what Hideyoshi had done at Honnōji. Before the Hashiba retainers and servants, Hotaru says she loves Hideyoshi, thinking that it is their last farewell. Hideyoshi answers that he won't allow her departure and proposes to her. She bashfully accepts her new change in life, choosing to reveal her true self in public. The peace treaty is sealed at Himeji Castle and, several days later, the newly weds decide to go on a private getaway to Hideyoshi's home. On the way to the village, they take a break and read Nobunaga's congratulatory letter together. As they laugh over the informality within it, Hideyoshi confesses his deepest affections for his wife.
His Yumeakari route begins with no apparent changes from his main story activities. He hits on the ladies, ditches his tedious paperwork, and flatters Hotaru at every opportunity. Hotaru chastises him on Sakichi's behalf and tires of his irresponsibility. He appreciates her kindness towards his page and repays her by doing his job to document the Chugoku campaign.
On the night of the lantern viewing, Hotaru decides to patrol the riverbank and happens to overhear Hideyoshi chatting with a maid. She complains about her lover's insincerity and urges the general to be with her; to Hotaru's surprise, Hideyoshi consoles her to be true to her real feelings for her current relationship. The maid leaves with renewed faith in her lover and words of thanks. Hideyoshi beckons the hidden Hotaru to join him soon after, surmising that the one watching them must have been her or an enemy spy. Hotaru retorts her surprise at his perceptiveness and assertiveness, believing that he would have given into jest. He answers that that preventing future regrets overrides any antics that he may have wanted to exhibit.
The lanterns float by during their chat so Hideyoshi urges her to join him on his private skiff. Hotaru surprises herself when she does, admitting that his kindness is infectious to those around him. She rejects his repeated appeal to become infatuated with him yet is mesmerized by their surreal outing together. Hideyoshi figures she is referencing the butterfly dream and recites it to her; he adds his opinion that learning and understanding a living being's true nature takes precedence over external appearances. Just when Hotaru begins to think of him in a better light, Hideyoshi boasts that they should awaken from their butterfly dream as husband and wife. She scoffs that he will never change.
Two days later, Hotaru overhears a heated argument between Akechi and Hashiba retainers within Azuchi Castle. The Akechi retainers spot their princess nearby and accuse the Hashiba retainers of leading her astray with their savagery. The men are too offended to listen to Hotaru's protests, so a napping Hideyoshi drops from his tree perch to break up aggressions. He apologizes for his retainers' rudeness and pleads for the Akechi retainers to stop scaring their princess with their shouting. Hotaru plays along with the lie to drive them back. Hideyoshi promises to hear his followers' misgivings later.
He brings Hotaru into his private room to explain that the bickering is commonplace. Jealousy has ignited between the two camps ever since Honnōji. A majority of the Hashiba followers feel their lord should have more prestige due the Honnōji rescue and the Chugoku campaign, yet Mitsuhide continues to be influential to the Oda's main operations. Hideyoshi hopes the superiority contests will boil over in time but admits their occurrences have been rising. Hotaru wishes to have peace on both sides; she offers to pretend to be Hideyoshi's lover to unite them. Happily accepting it in spite of her genuine impassiveness towards him, Hideyoshi swears to cease the farce if and when she falls in love with someone. He is also aware of Kanbei's feelings for her and explains the situation to his strategist alone. Everyone else at Azuchi Castle becomes curious of the rumors of their relationship.
Nobunaga's hawk, Akatsuki, is on the loose and Hotaru seeks to continue her investigation into the town. Hideyoshi hollers his desire to join his lover, uttering his intents to help her mission and build authenticity of their fake relationship when he draws close. Hotaru notices two Akechi retainers observing them and silences her complaints at once. Strolling into town in Hideyoshi's arms, he rejoices their union to the disbelieving townsfolk. They are swept in by his merriment and congratulate their union. The Akechi retainers are unable to comprehend their princess's actions and stop following them. Although they learn nothing about the hawk's whereabouts, Hotaru sincerely thanks Hideyoshi for staying true to his word.
Both sense armed men stalking them. Rather than confront them, Hideyoshi heaves Hotaru onto his shoulder and bolts through the streets. She believes he is in danger, regains her footing, and insists that he conceal himself. The kunoichi retreats into a secluded alleyway to transform into her male form, lying to their pursuers about Hideyoshi's location. Captivated by her kindness and bravery, Hideyoshi applauds her protection when he comes out of hiding. Hotaru is moved until a breathless Sakichi chastises his lord of playing hookie again. The page explains the armed men were Hashiba retainers he had asked to find Hideyoshi. Embittered by the deception, Hotaru has no sympathies for Hideyoshi as his irate page drags him back to the castle. Hideyoshi apologizes for the misunderstanding and repeats his gratitude for her honest act of kindness.
A middle-aged peasant women is denied entry to the castle a week later. She claims to be a vegetable peddler, but the castle guard doesn't believe her. One guard shoves her off her feet to chase her away. Hotaru sees the spectacle and rushes to help the woman gather her dropped belongings. The nearby servants are aghast that the princess would sully her reputation by speaking with the bumpkin. Hotaru chooses to voice her worry for the woman and welcomes the vegetable the woman gives as thanks. Hideyoshi warmly greets his mother, and the woman flees. He excuses the guard for their rudeness towards his parent and entreats Hotaru to run after her.
The runaway woman verifies her family relation and introduces herself to Hotaru. Naka and Chikuami have never fully adjusted to their life of luxury so they occasionally take a vacation to resume their peasant lifestyles. She came to Azuchi Castle since it has been many years since she last saw Hideyoshi in person. Once she learns that she is speaking to her son's lover, Naka apologizes for the burdens their impoverished origins bring the princess. Hotaru specifies she admires Hideyoshi for his present accomplishments and has never once thought of condoning him for the past. Naka is surprised by her good will and whispers for her son to treasure her. After his mother leaves them on the main road, Hideyoshi asks for Hotaru to reveal her true family. He learns the truth and swears to her departed parents in the sky to always keep their Hotaru happy. Though she objects to his boldness, Hotaru is pleased by his respect towards her family.
Kanbei approaches Hotaru four days before the martial arts tournament. Addressing to his knowledge of the fake relationship, he tells her to be forward with him if Hideyoshi oversteps his boundaries. While Hotaru insists otherwise, Kanbei adds that Hideyoshi is a crafty rogue who often harbors aspirations separate from the wishes of others. His warning worries her, so she visits the Hashiba manor to see Hideyoshi. He teases her to take a midday nap with him, and Hotaru is in shock by her quick acceptance. While he hugs her and presses her head against his chest, her bashful rejection stops him from being persistent. He compensates by encouraging her to relax from her duties with their nap. Hotaru is comforted by his heartbeat since it is one of the few things she can trust about him. She wonders aloud whether or not Hideyoshi is always being forthright with her and wants to know his true thoughts.
Dozing off at his predictable response, Hotaru jerks awake when Hanbei announces himself. He is delivering a scroll to his lord asked him to scribe and patronizes Hideyoshi to be considerate towards his lover. When the strategist tries to leave, Hideyoshi points out his harried breathing and asks if he is taking his medicine. Hanbei insists he is before slipping out of the room, Hotaru perturbed by the news of his health and the scroll. Hideyoshi elaborates that they are gathering any available information they can about the Shikoku commoners in preparation for the campaign. He prefers to repeat his Chugoku campaign, but Hotaru is troubled when he cryptically admits he would like to know the people he is killing if war breaks out in the south. Sakichi interrupts Hideyoshi's conjectures with news of Lord Kiba's visit. Hideyoshi has to oversee the marriage proposal for his visitor's son and tells Hotaru to leave. Hotaru begins to seriously question her familiarity with Hideyoshi as she walks away from the manor.
Two nights later, Hotaru is amazed to spot Hideyoshi brooding. She believes his dour mood may be linked to the Shikoku campaign and wants to help him, asking him to share his thoughts with her. Hideyoshi acts merry and partially fibs he is mulling over their relationship. He invites her to share a bath with him in his desire to know more about her, admitting that he wants to be open with her. Nevertheless the Akechi and Hashiba relations have drastically improved, and no reason remains for them to continue their charade. Hideyoshi relieves her of their false ties with requests for her to cherish herself. When Hotaru returns to her room in the Akechi manor, she receives a package from Naka containing dozens of Hideyoshi's letters. Naka's letter has hopes for the princess to learn more about her son by reading. Hotaru feels too unworthy to even touch the box.
Malice for Iga peaks after the tournament and the first day of hearings is inconclusive. Hotaru frets over the Oda's judgment when Hideyoshi visits her during the evening. He appeals for her to stay within the Akechi manor when the proceedings continue the next day. Unable to contain her anxiety, she transforms into a frog to observe the public hearing the next day. Ieyasu, Mitsuhide, and Ranmaru are in favor of withholding judgment; the room is alarmed when Hideyoshi insists they attack Iga without delay. He echoes the retainers' hostility and hams up his newfound ambitions for power. His rumored romance with Hotaru is a mere tool for gaining the Akechi's support for his climb to the top. Nobunaga sanctions Hideyoshi's initiative and names him the commander for the attack on Iga. Hideyoshi vows to be done with the affair in three days, proclaiming that it will not hinder their plans for the south.
Shocked by his manifesto, Hotaru visits Hideyoshi the same night to plead for him to stop lying. She cites his humane behavior and faith in him to deter him. Hideyoshi appears to give in before he snarls for her to give him information about Iga. He pins her arms to the wall and vents that she knows nothing about him to scare her away. Mitsuhide is startled by her sulking return to the Akechi manor before pulling her into his quarters. Until the Iga campaign is settled, she is still under suspicions of treason and is ordered to remain in solitary confinement within the Akechi manor.
The kunoichi reluctantly obeys her master when the Hashiba army leave the next day. As she mulls on her confusion, Hotaru gains the courage to open Naka's package and reads Hideyoshi's letters. She notes his shaken handwriting during the sections describing the deaths he had witnessed, restoring her faith in his unselfish nature. She sees a golden butterfly hover into her room once she comes to her conclusions. Reflecting that the slaughter would hurt him more than herself, Hotaru requests permission to join the Hashiba army. Mitsuhide guesses her motivations and instructs her to not interfere with the march. She can leave if she promises to guide and supervise Hideyoshi towards her village. He fabricates an excuse for his sister's absence to the maids.
Flying towards the Hashiba army, Hotaru intercepts them on the road before Iga and reverts into her kunoichi form. She wishes to talk to Hideyoshi at once, creates a scene by disarming the Hashiba soldiers in her path. Hideyoshi is eventually informed and calls off the soldiers' assault, angered when they try to capture her. He outs her as the Shield of Azuchi to deter her stand, yet Hotaru remains adamant against his threats. She causes the Hashiba army to waver by imploring if they truly believe Hideyoshi would willingly sacrifice others for his own glory. Believing in her perception of him, Hotaru presents Hideyoshi with the ultimatum of killing her to proceed with his march or stepping down.
Amazed by her belief in him, Hideyoshi admits defeat and confesses he didn't mean anything he has said in the last two days. Hanbei is relieved at the revelation, stating that an ambitious Hideyoshi isn't the lord he sought to serve. To repay her efforts, Hanbei professes his crimes and his final plan to take Nobunaga's life. Hideyoshi adds that the hole towards the castle has been closed before their departure. Hanbei staggers at his sound defeat and attempts suicide. Hideyoshi apprehends him and chides his strategist to treasure his life for everyone present. The strategist quietly agrees to repent with his friend and lord. While the Hashiba reconcile with the truth, they leisurely return to Azuchi Castle.
Hotaru accompanies them and shares a break with Hideyoshi. She is hurt that he didn't trust her enough to share his plan with her. Hideyoshi avows that if she didn't appear or if Hanbei wasn't moved to disclose the truth, he would have been bound by duty to execute Hanbei himself. Predicting that Hotaru would've been traumatized if she followed, he wanted to spare her the sight. He embraces her and thanks her for saving them. In their embrace, the golden butterfly flutters nearby. They admire its beauty, remarking their reconciliation and Hanbei's survival is like a happy dream.
Back at Azuchi Castle for a private hearing, Nobunaga retorts he foresaw Hideyoshi's schemes and trusted his judgment. He gives the same decree as the other character routes. Hideyoshi requests for a bloodless Shikoku conquest which is dully permitted by his lord. Mitsuhide slyly remarks that Hotaru disobeyed him and fires her. Hotaru overcomes the casual dismissal by informing Nobunaga and his inner circle her wish to serve the Hashiba thenceforth. Nobunaga smirks that the Hashiba should work hard to repay their debt to him. Since Kanbei is absent to nurse Hanbei, Hotaru reports the affair and her new contract to him. He thanks her again for helping Hanbei and apologizes for his earlier actions. Kanbei adds that he may someday have to call her Lady; Hideyoshi confided to Kanbei his refusal to part with Hotaru earlier that day. Mindful of their affections for one another, Kanbei congratulates them. He looks forward to working beside them.
Numerous days later, the Hashiba begin their Shikoku peace negotiations through an exchange they dub letter warfare. Lord Chōsokabe responded to their previous inquiry with a blank piece of paper. The cold reply amuses them and inspires them to try harder. Hideyoshi sets aside business for the day to share his promised bath with Hotaru. She only has the confidence to dip her feet into it so he humors her. Neither one of them has directly said their intimacy for one another and take the time to be open. Hotaru fondly kisses his cheek; Hideyoshi treasures her honesty by saying his love for her.
His downloadable scenario is an extension of his romance ending. Hideyoshi spent the day chatting with a Shikoku envoy and visits Hotaru in her room late at night. He reports negotiations are well and presents a gift from Naka that prematurely celebrates their marriage. It is a vase that Hotaru uses to burn incense. She believes Hideyoshi is stressed and seeks to ease his doubts for the night. Hideyoshi gloats that objects can't delight him; her company alone is his happiness. They cuddle for the night and awake the next morning doting on one another.
Saihai no YukueEdit
Like the first Kessen, Hideyoshi is dead before the game takes place. However, he appears in various characters' flashbacks as a shadowy yet loving figure. Sometime before he died, he asked Mitsunari to look after Lady Yodo and his son, wishing for their happiness. It is often their ties with Hideyoshi that helps inspire Mitsunari's men to fight with him.
Taiko Risshiden has Hideyoshi as a protagonist in every title. He is the only protagonist in the first game; his only mission is to fulfill Nobunaga's wishes. Subsequent titles give him the option to travel and/or conquer the land for himself.
Tokichiro begins his story in Taiko Risshiden V as a nervous if chipper new foot soldier recruit for the Oda. He dreams of becoming promoted to a samurai so he can make a reputation for himself and someday propose to Nene.
Mōri Motonari: Chikai no SanyaEdit
Depicted as a scheming and sly individual, Hideyoshi follows Nobunaga's orders willingly in Mouri Motonari: Chikai no Sanya. He keeps a stringent eye on the Mōri's activities, urging his lord to spy on their western rival. An intrigued Nobunaga agrees and sends his "Monkey" as a political envoy. A middle-aged Motonari accepts an audience with his visitor, later remarking that he couldn't read Hideyoshi's true character in the slightest. Ekei has the chance to meet him in person, discouraging the Mōri from fighting with the Oda due to the man's latent potential. Hideyoshi's visit leaves an unsettling impression of the Oda with the Mōri retainers that lasts after Motonari's death.
Years later, Hideyoshi learns of the isolated Amago retainers and their desires to continue fighting against the Mōri. Presenting the brave Shikanosuke before Nobunaga, he and his lord seek to use the youth's bravado to their advantage. Agreeing to join forces with the remaining Amago loyalists, Hideyoshi is one of the leaders in the attack in Chūgoku. His forces lay waste to two of the Mōri's castles, taking Kōzuki Castle with startling speed. When Terumoto marches with his army to reclaim the former Amago territory, Hideyoshi accepts Kanbei's advice to sacrifice the small Amago forces and deserts from the field. During his following siege of Takamatsu Castle, Hideyoshi's large army subdues and captures the guarding Mōri vassal, Muneharu Shimizu. When Hideyoshi's request for surrender is refused, both he and Terumoto are stunned when they witness Muneharu's suicide.
Before Terumoto can move his forces to retaliate, both armies receive news of Nobunaga's death at Honnōji. Hideyoshi speeds off immediately towards Kyoto to avenge his lord. However, he is mortified when Terumoto pursues and intercepts him at Himeji Castle. The Mōri troops prevail and Hideyoshi dies in battle.
Hideyoshi's design started as a literal interpretation of Nobunaga's nickname. Some aspects of his monkey-like design were inspired by Sun Wukong from Journey to the West. Though he wielded a normal spear in his first appearance, his weapon of choice as a playable character gives him a wider range of efficiency and also mimics the swing of a monkey's tail. His second design shifts its focus on Hideyoshi's life as a daimyo and unifier. Some details for his design -such as his fur tipped shoes and greedy nature- continue to allude to his nickname and reflect his time serving Nobunaga. On several places he is also adorned with both the Toyotomi and Hashiba name.
His fourth design was made with the intents showcasing Hideyoshi with his historical helmet that he was said to have worn once he started building a reputation for himself. The sun design seen on his headware from previous titles, or his horseback riding helmet, was transferred to the back of his coat in this title. Katsuki Onda created his concepts for this entry.
Hideyoshi is a happy-go-lucky guy who has an inkling for gold, women and ingenuity. Commonly known as "Monkey" by several of Nobunaga's generals, Hideyoshi gains respect for his craftiness in battle (while he screeches and yelps like a monkey in the first game, his monkey mannerisms are downplayed in the sequel). He wants to fight to end the people's suffering and create a happy Japan. With eyes set on this prize, he is willing to make any sacrifice that is necessary, no matter how painful it may be. Usually, he is willing to negotiate with his enemies for them to surrender and treats them kindly in return. At the same time, his gigantic wealth and extraordinary number of vassals are also the cause for fear and concern with others. He is good friends with Magoichi but is forced to confront him as the Oda army attack the Saika renegades.
His affable nature can sometimes break to show his cryptic, sinister side.
Geten no Hana Hideyoshi is popular with both men and women. When off duty, he is often searching for someone to share a play date with, be it a boisterous outing with his mates or an afternoon spent chatting with the ladies. His simple administration and casual composure wins the heartfelt loyalty of his men. Nobunaga and his friends enjoy his beaming enthusiasm for the Oda's dream for peace. The maids admire his strong figure but are positively charmed by his spirited stories or his heated flirtations. Hideyoshi's true magnetism for any person he meets tends to lie with his infectious merriment. His friendly smile and light-hearted jokes are never judgmental and are always filled with benign love for his fellow man. Although he may kid and spread harmless gossip, it's quite a feat for many to be upset by his extroverted informality. Hideyoshi's random interruptions may not be gifted with the best timing, but his intentions are appreciated. Since the socialite frequently plays hooky with his paperwork and is rarely tactful, Mitsuhide, Ranmaru or Sakichi may be exasperated by his seemingly flippant behavior.
As broad-minded as he may seem, Hideyoshi does have a few absolutes which seldom change his decision making. One, protect Nobunaga. Two, when it's time to work, get the job done. Three, never forsake the safety of others. All of these can be traced back to his childhood in the midst of poverty and war. The town burning down and the incident with the rice farmer had him endure the same suffering and desperation as those who weren't as fortunate as him. Although grateful to have survived the ordeal, Hideyoshi deeply regrets that he couldn't have done anything for the selfless samurai who saved him. Compassion became his means of coping and accepting the grim reality of the era. Many people believe that his sharp wit and muscular physique are qualities he naturally built to be noticed within the Oda ranks. They are unaware that Hideyoshi is devoting himself to the land's unification in order to prevent the occurrence of his greatest fear: to misjudge and be the one responsible for causing countless uncalled for deaths. If Nobunaga has the power to avoid absolute catastrophe, then he is in full support of it.
Hotaru is initially perplexed by Hideyoshi's womanizing, unsure how to act with his need for close physical contact. Once she sees that he is indiscriminate with his playful flirtations, Hotaru feels he isn't genuine and avoids his flowery pick-up lines for her. If she is annoyed by his advances, she will coldly reject him. Hideyoshi thinks she is playing hard to get and enjoys the challenge of wooing her. The kunoichi believes their relationship is antagonistic once he learns her true identity, but Hideyoshi actually becomes more fascinated in her since she is more than the harmless princess he once thought. As he gets accustomed to her true personality, Hideyoshi's passing fondness develops into a deeper love for her quirks and kindness. He no longer thinks of their courtship as a game, leaving the other maids with the hopes of getting his deeper affections for Hotaru across. It takes time for Hotaru to realize her own feelings and his intimacy for her, yet Hideyoshi's affable persistence wins her heart. She may occasionally shoot down his needy caresses and is bashful stating her desires with him, but the couple is confident in their commitment to one another.
Within various fictional mediums, Hideyoshi is accredited to look like a monkey. According to the Taikō Sujoki and accounts from the Joseon missionaries within Toshiie's memoirs, Hideyoshi's face did look the part. His face was "small [and] covered in black hair" like a monkey. The Mōri vassal, Tamaki Yoshiyasu, remarked that Hideyoshi had "a red beard and black monkey-like eyes with a naturally vacant expression". Political satire during Hideyoshi's rule is thought to have additionally ignited the monkey association, although this case traces the line of unflattering comparison or caricature rather than being truthful to his appearance. The lack of evidence from Oda vassals or his closest retainers mentioning the resemblance also draws doubt on whether he actually looked like the primate or not. In spite of what popular culture states, there are no known records of Nobunaga or his retainers calling Hideyoshi "Monkey". At best, Nobunaga acknowledged Hideyoshi as "bald rat" within his letter to Hideyoshi's wife. Historical accounts from Oda vassals are likely to note his small stature or his six fingered hand, which has also been put into debate for accuracy. Based on these mixed accounts, it's hard to say whether he actually did resemble a monkey or not. However, Hideyoshi looking or acting monkey-like has been a popular image in fiction since the Edo Period.
In the Samurai Warriors series, he's symbolized by the kanji "determination" (志) and "ascension" (昇) and by colorful fireworks.
Hideyoshi's titles in Samurai Warriors 2 are "Stable Master", "Monkey", "Commander", "Cleaver Diplomat", "Great Dreamer", "Unifier", and "Everyman's Champion" (in the Xtreme Legends expansion).
His third weapon -fourth in his first appearance and Normal in his third- is named "Three Heavens Zhong Kui", a figure in Chinese mythology. The particular namesake for Zhong Kui within the weapon (鍾鬼) actually originates in a Japanese version of his famous ties to Emperor Xuanzong. In the Noh play, Yōhiki, it's Yang Guifei who was gravely ill as opposed to Emperor Xuanzong like the Chinese myth. While she was facing the worse, a stern faced Zhong Kui appeared before Emperor Xuanzong and instructed the liege to create a beautiful mirror. Using the mirror, her soul could be saved from the demon tormenting her. When it revealed itself in the mirror, Zhong Kui adopted a malevolent expression to drive it off. He looked much more frightening than the demon could ever hope to muster. The Japanese pronunciation of Zhong Kui, Shōki, has the same pronunciation as his nickname based on the tale, "Demon Zhong". Shōki is also known as a guardian protector for the young children since Yang Guifei was said to have been a young girl within the play. Hideyoshi's Power types are named after three peaks while his Speed types are named after the three seas of Shōki.
A title found in Japanese mythology acts as the namesake for Hideyoshi's fourth weapon -fifth in his first appearance and Unique in his third. After Izanagi purified himself of the defilements of Yomi-no-kuni, the Furukoto Fumi states three final gods were born. These gods were precious as Izanagi himself gave birth to them by using his very being. They were Amaterasu (from Izanagi's left eye), Tsukuyomi (from Izanagi's right eye), and Susanowo (from Izanagi's nose). Together, these three gods are known as the Three Treasured Gods or Mihashira-no-Uzunomiko.
His fifth weapon mentions a "golden monkey", likely the Golden Snub-nosed Monkey. The monkey could either be a reference to Hideyoshi or Sun Wukong, who is said to sometimes be modeled on this primate's appearance within Journey to the West. Both his fifth and sixth weapons mention Monju-bosatsu, a Buddhist bodhisattva known to grant happenstance and spontaneous good fortune within Japan. He is also known to be a bearer of superior intelligence, offering various truths and understandings.
The fourth Samurai Warriors title gives him the horse insignia as his heirloom. The Toyotomi army was known for riding under golden-tinted banners due to Hideyoshi's favoritism for the sparkling shade. One of his insignia was an upside-down golden urn, an object constantly associated with Geten no Hana Hideyoshi. The most popular story for the urn origin was that it's a symbol for his first rise to fame under Nobunaga. The then-undecorated-Tokichirō helped the siege at Mino and was given the responsibility of infiltrating Inabayama Castle. Once he succeeded and set fire to the keep, he pierced a bamboo urn through his spear and raised it high into the air as a signal for Nobunaga's forces to advance. Hideyoshi was said to have like riding on horseback into war and particularly liked the urn as his insignia. When the urn was tinted golden, observers had mixed impressions; either Hideyoshi was glorifying a wonderful memory or belittling them with his newfound luxury.
Within the flower language, the urn flower can mean prosperity, wealth and dreams. Even before Hideyoshi's affiliation with the flower, it was often seen as a sign of good luck. In the Yamato Bumi, Mamutanotsutsumi used the flower to escape his fate of becoming a human sacrifice. Due to the Toyotomi's fall, the flower came to represent something far beyond a person's reach.
- Richard Cansino - Samurai Warriors (English-uncredited)
- Danny Coleman - Samurai Warriors 2 (English)
- Brian Beacock - Samurai Warriors 3 (English-uncredited)
- Kai Taschner - Samurai Warriors (German-uncredited)
- Bryce Papenbrook - Kessen III (English-uncredited)
- Munehiro Tokita - Samurai Warriors (Japanese)
- Hideo Ishikawa - Samurai Warriors 2~4 and Warriors Orochi series (Japanese)
- Kentarō Itō - Kessen III (Japanese)
- Shigeru Chiba - Game Nihonshi Kakumeiji ~Oda Nobunaga~
- Showtaro Morikubo - Geten no Hana
- Takeshi Kusao - CR Sengoku no Arashi ~Nobunaga no Shou~
- Shunzō Miyasaka - Sengoku Pachislot Nobunaga no Yabou ~Tenka Sousei~
Live Action PerformersEdit
- TAKA Michinoku - Sengoku Bushou Matsuri
- Yuki Torigoe - as Nyashiba Hideyoshi in Butai Nobunyaga no Yabou
- Tsubasa Hattori - as Nyashiba Hideyoshi in Butai Nobunyaga no Yabou Nyan
- Yuki Hirano - Butai Sengoku Musou Sekigahara no Shou
- Ryosuke Takahashi - Butai Geten no Hana
- See also: Hideyoshi Toyotomi/Quotes
- "I'll take care of this land for you, so why don't you die for me?!?"
- "Hmph, why do things always fall apart when I'm not around?"
- "I won't lose! Of course, the enemy is probably thinking the same thing."
- "Now the Shimazu will bow down to me too! Dang, I'm good!"
- "One last fight and Japan will be all mine... This was easier than I thought."
- "I can take on the world with you, Narita Brian!"
- "Time to attack the Azai and end this once and for all!"
- "Monkey! This isn't easy for her. Have you even thought of Lady Oichi's feelings?"
- "Think about her feelings? What good would that do? We're the ones who did this to Lady Oichi and Nagamasa. It's not my fault if she hates us. All that matters is that it comes to an end."
- ~~Hideyoshi and Katsuie; Samurai Warriors 2
- "My lord. The crane you were keeping in the garden has escaped. Would you like to send some men to search for it?"
- "Eh, forget it. The whole land will be mine eventually. Why bring the crane back to my garden when I can bring my garden to it?"
- ~~Mitsunari and Hideyoshi; Samurai Warriors 2: Empires
- "The enemy's forces are light here. We must take advantage of this weakness!"
- "Weaknes? Oh no my friend, that's called flexibility. You see, I have a plan for everything."
- Yasumasa Sakuma and Hideyoshi; Samurai Warriors 2: Xtreme Legends
- "Koroku, remember the day we met on Yahagi Bridge?"
- "How could I forget? You were but a sleeping lad at the time. I knocked you once on the head, and you retaliated by smacking my face."
- "And then little ol' graceful me beat you, the older gentleman, up. It was like Yoshitsune and Benkei's meeting at Gojo Bridge."
- "Well, I'd say it's a stretch to call me Benkei though..."
- ~~Hideyoshi and Koroku Hachisuka; Sengoku Musou 3: Empires
- "Get out of my way, you filthy monkey!"
- "Filthy?! I'll have you know I'm groomed on a regular basis, thank you very much!"
- ~~Dong Zhuo and Hideyoshi; Warriors Orochi
- "A tiger losing to a mere monkey would be a travesty... I could never again show my face to my father!"
- "Don't worry, I'll tell him how badly you felt about it."
- ~~Sun Quan and Hideyoshi; Warriors Orochi 2
- "Hey, monkey-man, how're things with you?"
- "I'm not a monkey! How many times must I tell you?"
- "Where's your pride as a monkey, man? We're charming, intelligent, the ultimate animal!"
- ~~Sun Wukong and Hideyoshi; Warriors Orochi 3
- "Hey, my lord! You're going off to war, right? Look at these beauties here, how about one?"
- "What? That bit of rubbish? Out of the way! Move it! Come on hurry! You dammed punk! I warned you!"
- "This kid's got style! All right, I'll take them all!"
- "Huh? Wow, thanks! Last thing... how about letting me join you?
- ~~Hideyoshi, Toshiie, and Nobunaga; Kessen III
- "Oh, Mitsuhide! Good timing! Yo! Gotta ask ya. Do you tie up your hair by yourself?"
- "...You ran over here just to ask that?"
- "The maids were gushing over it earlier, so I got to thinking that your hairstyle's the key to your popularity. Long story short: I want you to teach me how to do it! And tell me where you get those jangling bits too!"
- "...Please stop. You are the last person in the world I would want to imagine with a braid."
- "Ah, c'mon!"
- "...Stick to your usual brazen hair. It's gaudy enough to get everyone's attention."
- "Y'know, about that, just between you and me, this is bed hair. —Gotchaaa! Hey, did I get ya? Did ya fall for it?"
- "...So that's all you wanted. Well, I don't have the time to waste on your stupidity. Good day to you."
- "Cold as always, that guy. Suppose that's a side of him that the women crave."
- ~~Hideyoshi and Mitsuhide; Geten no Hana
- See also: Hideyoshi Toyotomi/Movesets
|Keys:||Normal Attack •||Charge Attack •||Musou •||Jump/Mount|
Samurai Warriors 2Edit
Keeps his mounted moveset excluding his horse musou, which changes to a horse stampede. His ground moveset was changed dramatically due to his attack type (Normal).
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- R1 + : Earn gold easily by attacking enemies.
- R1 + : Lower enemies's defense but raise their attack by taunting.
- Personal Skill : (Finesse) Jump after executing a charge attack.
- Warriors Orochi
Same attacks excluding his C5 and Level 3 Musou. His R1 attacks have also changed
- R1 (counter):
- Warriors Orochi 2
- Triple Attack 1: Releases a wave of air to come flying at a certain length.
- Triple Attack 2: Slams weapon unto the ground, causing strong gales to rise up from above.
- Triple Attack 3: Causes a whirlwind to circulate for a short amount of time.
Samurai Warriors 3Edit
- (Ultimate/Kaiden): Hideyoshi leaps into the air, spinning his staff, creating a vortex of flame diagonally downward.
- Spirit Cancel:
- R1: Activating this skill causes any regular unit defeated by Hideyoshi to randomly drop gems.
- Warriors Orochi 3
- R1: Launches nearby enemies up in the air by slamming staff on the ground, then while climbing on top of it, creates two explosions that affects enemies within the vicinity.
- , R1 (Ultimate only): Strikes the ground with enough force to cause tremors while releasing a mobile tornado forward.
Samurai Warriors 4Edit
Mighty strike is the same as Deadlock attack. Moveset remains the same with the following changes.
- : Finisher changes to him throwing his staff at foes. It repeatedly circles around him while he admires the gold above his head.
- Rage Attack/Musou Gokui effect: Activates Ultimate/Kaidan Musou if is used. Performs ending pose for previous if the effect ends without activating Ultimate/Kaidan Musou.
- Awakened Skill effect (4-II only):
Hideyoshi's combat style in Samurai Warriors 2 is designed for unpredictability. Most of his strikes involve deceptive movement in utilizing his weapon that can effectively hit farther than it would seem. Although not the most powerful character in the game, he can dispatch many enemies before he can get touched. His musou also runs with this idea as it has him constantly landing jump attacks seemingly at random. He has deceptively long range, good speed, and can combo extremely well - however, his overall strength is on the lower side and landing certain moves might take some practice as they come practically out of left field.
Due to his treasure-hoarding nature in the games, his fourth weapon in Samurai Warriors 2 is designed for high luck; making him a great character for item and money farming purposes.
- See also: Hideyoshi Toyotomi/Weapons
Samurai Warriors 4-IIEdit
|Base Attack: 32|
|Base Attack: 91||Tremor: 83||Gale: 79|
|Health: 72||Attack: 85||Agility: 84|
|Spirit+: 81||Hit Speed: 76||Luck: 85|
|Base Attack: 91||Shock: 63||Frost: 57|
|Health: 60||Defense: 59||Agility: 65|
|Musou+: 61||Hit Speed: 63||Luck: 66|
|Base Attack: 91||Tremor: 97||Blaze: 83|
|Attack: 90||Defense: 81||Agility: 90|
|Musou+: 87||Hit Range: 82||Luck: 99|
Rare Weapon AcquisitionEdit
- Stage: Conquest of Odawara (Conquest of Odawara)
Toyotomi Hideyoshi is both Japan's second great unifier and most famous peasant to samurai who ever lived in Japan. Despite such a prestigious titles, very little is known about his early years. It is known that Hideyoshi was born in Owari province to a peasant most likely named Yaemon, who being a peasant, lacked a surname. Tradition claims Hideyoshi's childhood name was Hiyoshimaru, translated as bounty of the sun, but it cannot be confirmed as Hideyoshi's own commissioned biography does not mention anything before 1577.
Unfortunately, only folktales and legends can give a glimpse into the early life of Hideyoshi, or at least how he wished to be remembered. These stories claim he was sent at a monastery at a young age to learn to be a monk. Hideyoshi, however, did not stay very long, running away in search of a life of adventure and excitement. To achieve this end, Hideyoshi took the name Kinoshita Tokichirō and sought out a lord to serve in the neighboring lands of the Imagawa. He eventually began to serve under Matsushita Yukitsuna, one of the Imagawa officers. This service proved short lived, as Hideyoshi ran away from him stealing a sum of money from his former lord.
On the road again, Hideyoshi made his way back to Owari and entered into the service of Nobunaga. While under the service of Nobunaga, he received the position of sandal bearer. How Hideyoshi's rise in rank remains, like the rest of his early life, shrouded in mystery. He claimed Nobunaga recognized his ability to manage people and projects and had him serve as a foreman for the the repairs of Kiyasu castle, however these claims lack documented proof. Despite this unknown rise in authority, it is known that Hideyoshi served in the battle of Okehazama in an unknown function.
Around the time, Hideyoshi married Nene and Nobunaga began to show interest in the abilities of his former sandal bearer. Thus, when Hideyoshi offered to alleviate his lord's troubles surrounding Mino, Nobunaga gladly allowed him to work his charm and sway people's opinions. Visiting the Mino samurai retainers personally, Hideyoshi managed to convince many of the Saitō officers to switch sides from their former lord to Nobunaga's side. Among his greatest success in producing turncoats was the Mino Triumvirate and Takenaka Hanbei, although records disagree over whether Hanbei changed sides before or after the Battle of Mt. Inaba.
Having sufficiently weakened the Saitō clan, Hideyoshi volunteered to deal with the last major obstacle in Mino, Inabayama castle. Nobunaga had tried to defeat this well defended castle multiple times to no avail, his officers had not even managed to established a base camp in order to properly lay siege to the fortress. Hideyoshi believed he could succeed where the other retainers fell short and set out to build their base, Sumomata castle. Legend states that Hideyoshi achieved this feat in one single night, floating his construction wood down the river and building the entire castle by the time the Saitō were aware of any activity. Such claims are viewed with skepticism by historians and is instead suggested that instead of erecting the entire castle, Hideyoshi merely built one side or just an outer wall, which scared the Saitō officers from even approaching the new structure until the rest of the building could be complete.
Now in possession of a proper base, Hideyoshi proceeded to question the locals about Inabayama castle's surrounding terrain. From this information, Hideyoshi decided to lead a sneak attack on the castle from its back in the middle of the night. He and his crack crew climbed up the sheer cliff and entered the castle undetected. Hideyoshi took with him Horio Yoshiharu, Hachisuka Koroku, and a handful of other men. Once inside, Hideyoshi and his men sought out and set aflame the castle's storehouse and powder magazine, sending the castle into a state of panic. Utilizing this craze, Hideyoshi and his men managed to rush the main gate and open it up for the waiting Oda forces.
Following the fall of the Saitō, Nobunaga turned his eyes on the Azai and Asakura clans. Hideyoshi once again set out to prove his ability to Nobunaga. In 1570, Nobunaga attacked the Asakura at Kanegasaki, only to be ambushed by the Azai and driven off. Hideyoshi served in the rearguard and received the highest marks of recognition alongside fellow Oda retainer Akechi Mitsuhide. To represent his continued rise, Hideyoshi received his first independent command at the battle of Anegawa and once again performed well. After the fall of both the Asakura and Azai, which was finished at Odani castle, Hideyoshi was placed in command of Omi providence.
As the leader of Omi province, worked to improve internal affairs and focused on drasticly increasing arquebus production at the Kunimoto firearms factory. Hideyoshi provided these firearms to Nobunaga, which would play a major role in the battle of Nagashino, where the Takeda clan was utterly defeated by the Oda and Tokugawa. Hideyoshi would also serve at the assaults against Nagashima, Nagashino, and Tedorigawa. It was at this last battle that Hideyoshi experienced a major defeat alongside Shibata Katsuie. Katsuie and Hideyoshi had disagreed on how to handle their mighty foe, Uesugi Kenshin, and as a result both generals were defeated, receiving Nobunaga's wrath.
Nobunaga did eventually forgive Hideyoshi, assigning him the very challenging task of defeating the Mōri clan. To begin this campaign, Hideyoshi first set his sights on the remaining clans yet to bow to Nobunaga's will. He proceeded to capture Harima, seizing Himeji, Kozuki, and Sayo castle. Kuroda Kanbei defended Himeji against Hideyoshi and was convinced to turn the castle over to him and work with Hideyoshi instead. The Amako and Bessho resisted these advances, forcing Hideyoshi to fight them both at Miki and Kozuki.
Although Kozuki fell with relative ease, the Mōri forces were quick to surround the castle and cause another crisis for Hideyoshi. Initially desiring to split his efforts between the two castles, Nobunaga ordered him to abandon Kozuki and focus on Miki. Following his command, Hideyoshi focused exclusively on Miki and eventually defeated the castle in 1580 , despite support from the Mōri. The Mōri ally in charge of these attacks, Ukita Naoie also joined Hideyoshi, giving him a huge advantage in his campaign against the Mōri.
The next focus of attack was the castle of Tottori. It was stalwartly defended by Kikkawa Tsuneie, making direct assault a futile effort. Hideyoshi opted instead to use the most classic strategy for capturing a stronghold through starvation. 200 days later, the castle fell and Hideyoshi advanced his campaign into Bitchu providence, the third line of defence for the Mōri.
Within this new province, Hideyoshi had to overcome another castle siege, this time against Takamatsu castle. Takamatsu was under the protection of the Mōri general Shimizu Muneharu, who like Kikkawa before him, put up a stiff defence. The Mōri had begun to fear the approach of Hideyoshi, as only Bungo province remained past Bitchu along the road to Aki, the Mōri base of operations. Once again, Hideyoshi chose to forego a direct attack on the castle and proceeded to redirect flood waters into the basin surrounding Takamatsu castle. It was amidst this siege that Hideyoshi reported to Nobunaga, encouraging him to come to the frontlines and claim the credit of victory against Takamatsu and the perceived inevitable Mōri defeat.
Rise to PowerEdit
All of the plans came to naught, however, when Nobunaga was betrayed at Honnoji by Akechi Mitsuhide. Realizing the threat former Oda officers like Hideyoshi posed to him, Akechi attempted to turn the Mōri on Hideyoshi to get him destroyed. Unfortunately for him, Hideyoshi's men intercepted the messenger and Hideyoshi lept into action.
His first course of action was to negotiate a peace treaty with the Mōri, however, he was still locked in a siege with Takamatsu castle. Realizing time was of the essence, Hideyoshi offered a truce with the Mōri, demanding the death of Shimizu Muneharu, Takamatsu's defender in exchange for lifting the siege and returning home. Mōri Terumoto and Muneharu accepted the terms and Hideyoshi left for Mitsuhide with all speed. He reached the turncoat within two weeks, much faster than Mitsuhide anticipated and thus had to fight against Hideyoshi at Yamazaki.
Hideyoshi worked swiftly to take advantage of the terrain around him and seized the nearby Mt. Tenno, from which he had his arquebus fire upon Akechi's forces. At the same time, a right wing engaged Akechi's forces, keeping his forces from advancing and weakening the will of Akechi's forces. The battle officially ended once the left wing of Hideyoshi's forces charged down the mountain into the Akechi forces, breaking their will and causing a mass route. Although Mitsuhide escaped Hideyoshi personally, he was slain soon afterwards by some bandits.
After the death of Mitsuhide, the issue of Nobunaga's successor became a topic Hideyoshi readily involved himself. Instead of favoring Nobunaga's third son, the first had died the day after his father died, Hideyoshi favored Nobunaga's grandson, Oda Hidenobu, only two years old at the time. Hideyoshi's long standing rival, Katsuie opposed this move and fought against Hideyoshi the following year.
In order to defeat Katsuie, Hideyoshi needed to defeat him without a drawn out fight against the large army that Katsuie had at his command. Thus, Hideyoshi proceeded to place pressure on Katsuie's lifeline in his claim to authority, Nobunaga's third son, Oda Nobutaka. Nobutaka himself was worried about being done in by Hideyoshi and began to panic. Hideyoshi seized the advantage and attacked him while the winters blocked Katsuie from aiding him. By spring, Katsuie sent his nephew ahead to prepare to fight Hideyoshi's forces on a more favorable position. Unfortunately for Katsuie, however, Hideyoshi took the precaution of bribing said nephew into abandoning his uncle for Hideyoshi. Hideyoshi now could now fight Katsuie on his terms, which he did at the battle of Shizugatake. Once again Hideyoshi used sift movements of his forces to surprise and overwhelm his enemy. Although Katsuie did not fall for this trick, his vanguard, Sakuma Morimasa, did and routed before Hideyoshi's forces, trapping Katsuie at Kitanosho castle, where he committed suicide.
Defeating Katsuie solidified Hideyoshi as the leader of the former Oda army. He began work on consolidating his authority and building his reputation. It was around this time that Hideyoshi began construction of Osaka castle. In the midst of these projects and efforts, Hideyoshi found another foe rise in the form of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Ieyasu backed the second son of Nobunaga, Oda Nobukatsu, in his claims to rule the Oda clan. Neither Hideyoshi nor Ieyasu desired to engage in direct combat without assurance they could definitively defeat the other, thus a stalemate ensued. Wishing to nip the problem in the bud, Hideyoshi began to place pressure directly onto Nobukatsu, forcing him into rebelling before Ieyasu was ready. This allowed him to attack Nobukatsu and make Ieyasu march out in support.
The two forces ended up fighting the battle of Komaki and Nagakute, which took place at both locations. Although he took the initiative, neither Hideyoshi nor Ieyasu gained any decisive victory, instead devolving into strategic maneuvers and skirmishes. Ultimately the two warlords negotiated a peace where Ieyasu was officially a vassal of Hideyoshi.
After this campaign's end, Hideyoshi began to reorder land distribution, establishing an orderly system that decreased peasant uprisings. Hideyoshi solidified his previous alliance with the Mōri and built another alliance with the Uesugi, reducing the need to fear conflict in the land he controlled. Wishing to strengthen this peace, Hideyoshi quashed the Kii Ikki, making peace with the last of Nobunaga's former ikki foes. In a bid to increase his authority and his command, Hideyoshi accepted the imperial position of Naidaijin, giving him some imperial authority.
Hideyoshi now turned his eyes towards conquest once again. The first target was Shikoku and the Chōsokabe. Hideyoshi demanded that Motochika, the Chōsokabe leader, yield Awa and Iyo provinces, half of his land. Motochika tried to negotiate, which provoked Hideyoshi to launch a massive invasion. Sending over 100,000 forces between himself and the Mōri clan, Hideyoshi easily overwhelmed the Chōsokabe and reduced their lands from four provinces to just Tosa province. Here it is seen the difference in how Hideyoshi handled his enemies compared to Nobunaga. Instead of completely extinguishing the Chōsokabe as Nobunaga did to his rivals, Hideyoshi merely reduced their power to a manageable level and made them serve under him as allies.
After the Shikoku conquest, Hideyoshi received the imperial rank of Kampaku, a position previously only held by members of the Fujiwara family. To help justify himself holding this position, Hideyoshi arranged to be adopted by a descendant of the Fujiwara family. He also changed his surname once again around this time to Toyotomi, a name tailored to proclaim his ability as it means bountiful minister. In order to impress his royal and noble constituents, Hideyoshi focused time on refining the arts, attempting to impress them with his splendor enough to forget his peasant past. Tea ceremony and Noh plays were an exceptional focus, with him allegedly performing in the latter with fellow warlords instead of merely watching them. To provide structure for the vast domain he now controlled, Hideyoshi built new organization systems that managed portions of the numerous districts which needed management.
Hideyoshi now turned his sights onto the westmost portions of Japan, the island of Kyushu. Kyushu was largely controlled by the Shimazu, but Hideyoshi needed an excuse to attack them before he could move. This opportunity came when the Tachibana came to Hideyoshi asking for help. Hideyoshi himself agreed to mediate between the two, allowing the Shimazu to do what they had almost always done to imperial power, scorn their efforts. This refusal to listen gave Hideyoshi the reason he needed to invade. Once again, Hideyoshi rallied over 100,000 forces, attacking in waves. He, himself spearheaded the main assault, which followed behind his brother's advance force. Against such overwhelming odds, the Shimazu could only offer a brief spirited defense. One again, Hideyoshi did not eliminate the Shimazu, he merely reduced their lands and brought them under his service.
With most of the rebel clans now under his control, Hideyoshi turned to ensuring the people in his lands remained peaceful. To this end, he gave Christian missionaries twenty days to leave Japan and limited the means Japanese locals had to become baptized converts. Another step Hideyoshi took was to refuse swords to presents any longer. The great sword hunt, as it came to be known, essentially forced peasants to serve as farmers and samurai to serve as warriors exclusively, solidifying Japan's class system. This move would prevent peasants from moving up in social standing, the very route Hideyoshi had taken. To justify taking all the weapons, Hideyoshi had them melted down and built into a large Buddha statue.
By the year 1590, Hideyoshi was master of most Japan, only the Hōjō and the northern Honshu clans remained independent. Of these remaining problems, only the Hōjō had enough resources to pose an actual threat to Hideyoshi. Thus, once again, Hideyoshi sought to subdue his rivals. Hideyoshi once again searched for a reason to attack this threat, which he found when the Hōjō leader, Hōjō Ujimasa, refused to come to Kyoto when summoned. Hideyoshi responded in force once again. Bringing with him an army of over 200,000, Hideyoshi also brought along enough supplies and resources to keep the entire army comfortable and prepared. Thus Hideyoshi engaged in a “siege” of Odawara. Ultimately this campaign lasted three months with very little fighting. Once the supplies finally grew low in Odawara, the Hōjō had to surrender. As punishment for resisting, Hideyoshi had Ujimasa and Hōjō Ujiteru commit suicide and the Hōjō lands were transferred under the control of Ieyasu. With the fall of the Hōjō, the Date and the other northern lords also surrendered to Hideyoshi, who now ruled all of Japan.
Now in complete control of Japan, Hideyoshi "retired" from the position of Kampaku and became the Taikō, a rank which still commanded as much authority. Hideyoshi now turned his sights outside of Japan for the purpose of conquest and expansion. The reasons behind his desire to attack Korea is very complicated and not fully understood. His ultimate goal of conquering China is clear enough, as Hideyoshi first asked the king of Korea for permission to pass through their lands to attack China before his refusal provoked Hideyoshi to invade Korea first. However, the motives behind him choosing to attack China so shortly after conquering Japan has confused historians for ages. Theories range from his need to give his numerous samurai warriors an outlet for their skills to Hideyoshi having become obsessed with an empire spanning Japan, Korea, and China.
Regardless of his motives, Hideyoshi committed a good deal of his resources into these wars. Both assaults were personally financed by Hideyoshi, who because of local jealousies, was required to remain behind in Japan, sending his officers and allied warlords in his place. Hideyoshi employed his usual tactics for dealing with his enemies, employing a vast number of soldiers at a breakneck pace. At first, this strategy was once again successful, especially since Japan possessed some of the most superior firearms in the east at that time. Hideyoshi's plans ran into trouble just a few months into the campaign. This problem revolved around the lack of a solid navy. Neither Hideyoshi nor any of his allies had much focus on building naval ships, and thus, Hideyoshi lacked the well defended supply line his armies were so famous for possessing.
After months of naval and land guerrilla fighting on Hideyoshi's supply lines, peace negotiations began. These negotiations prodded along slowly until the emperor of China offered Hideyoshi the title of king of Japan, which greatly insulted him. Now thoroughly enraged, Hideyoshi launched a second campaign in 1597, but fell into the same problems but on a greater scale. These two great failures weighed heavily on Hideyoshi as his health began to decline.
Weighing on him far greater than the failures of the Korean wars was the need to establish an heir. At first, Hideyoshi struggled with having any children, with only one being born who died at three years old in 1591. Adding to this trouble, Hideyoshi's stepbrother, Toyotomi Hidenaga died the same year. Faced with this dilemma, Hideyoshi thought to make Ieyasu's second son and his hostage, Yuki Hideyasu his heir, but abandoned the plan in favor of Hidenaga's son, Toyotomi Hidetsugu. Hideyoshi's "retirement" placed Hidetsugu in his former seat, building Hidetsugu's position as Hideyoshi's heir.
All of these plans came to naught when Hideyoshi managed to bear another son in 1593, Toyotomi Hideyori. Wishing for his direct son to rule instead of his nephew, Hideyoshi worked to remove Hidetsugu and his entire family. Hideyoshi forced him to retire and eventually forced him and his entire family in 1595 to commit suicide. When some of the household refused to submit, they were murdered on a single night of scandal.
Although Hideyori was now secure as the next ruler of Japan, troubles had not left Hideyoshi. Christianity continued to resist his efforts to leave, provoking him to crucify twenty-six Christians and display them in Kyoto, provoking more distaste for Hideyoshi's actions. Problems culminated for Hideyoshi when he fell very ill in 1598. Realizing his five year old son lacked the authority needed to command the many powerful warlords whose allegiance to him were somewhat loose, Hideyoshi attempted to play them against each other, forming a council of the five strongest warlords, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Maeda Toshiie, Mōri Terumoto, Uesugi Kagekatsu, and Ukita Hideie, to protect Hideyori's rule until he came of age. He hoped the five would serve as rivals to keep each other from seizing power from the Toyotomi. Unfortunately for Hideyoshi, death claimed him before he could truly solidify this plan, as Ieyasu would rise to power and seize control of the land within the next two years.
- In the Sengoku Jidai themed comic, Sengoku Angelique, Zephel acts as the Hideyoshi of the cast. His full name is "Toyotomi Zephel Hideyoshi".
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