Ieyasu Tokugawa was a warlord of Japan's Warring States
era. From Mikawa, he became a loyal officer of Nobunaga Oda
following Nobunaga's triumph over Yoshimoto Imagawa
at the Battle of Okehazama. After Nobunaga's assassination years later, Tokugawa vied against Hideyoshi Toyotomi
for the right to carry on their lord's legacy, but eventually backed down and allowed his rival to take command.
Hideyoshi managed to unite the land under his rule. However, after he died, Ieyasu once again sought power for himself and fought against those still loyal to the Toyotomi. His Eastern Army successfully defeated the Western Army at the Battle of Sekigahara, which eventually led to his taking control of Japan for himself. The government established under Ieyasu's leadership, the Tokugawa Shogunate, would remain in power for generations, bringing an end to the Warring States era.
In Video Games
As one of the most important figures of Japanese history, Ieyasu Tokugawa has been portrayed in numerous video games over the years. In the Samurai Warriors
series, he is a short, rotund fighter that waits patiently for his opportunity to rise to power. In the Sengoku Basara
series, he is depicted as a handsome young man that fights using his fists and has a purely heroic personality and attitude. He has also been commonly featured as a historical personality of the Civilization
series, took the lead role in the original Kessen
and a supporting role in Kessen III
, and appeared in the Nobunaga's Ambition
series as an officer.