"Ha ha ha ha ha! My sword slashes even the Hades apart!"
For a more in-depth history of Bishamon, see Bishamon (extended). [contains spoilers]
Born in 1673, Bishamon is a noble Japanese man charged with defending his homeland and all those who live within its boundaries. Where some men might use only their wits and skills, Bishamon chooses to use something more... something darker. Finding a forbidden suit of armor called Hannya, the Kacchu of Hatred, and a cursed sword named Kien, the Blood-Sucking Youtou (Demon Blade), he chooses to don the items to help him fulfill the destiny he'd been given. But the moment he takes Hannya and Kien, his days of rest end. Though his heart is still noble, the cursed armor and weapon demand blood and sacrifices. However, despite not being able to control his own body when Hannya and Kien want their victims, Bishamon learns to use the cursed rage upon those whom he feels he must defeat to free himself of the sword and armor's curse... all the Darkstalkers.
In his fights, Bishamon uses surprising speed and agility for his size. His weapon enables him to have a long reach, and his ability to swing it quickly allows for rapid successions of slashes and airborne lunges. Also at his disposal are a pair of spiritual energy orbs that he can stun his opponents with, giving him a chance to easily strike with his hellish blade. When complimented by the armor's abilities of self-mirroring and spectral energies, Bishamon is a deadly force confronting those touched by darkness. But will the deaths of all Darkstalkers enable him to break free of Hannya and Kien's age-old grip?
Selected game appearances
- Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors (1994)
- Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge (1995)
- Vampire Hunter 2: Darkstalkers' Revenge (1997)
- Vampire Savior: Jedah's Damnation (1997)
- Vampire Savior 2: The Lord of Vampire (1997)
- GameFan Books - "Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge" guide
- Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge instruction manual