Hideyoshi Toyotomi was an officer under the warlord Nobunaga Oda during the Warring States Era. Though he started off as a simple peasant sandal-bearer to the Oda clan known as Tokichiro Kinoshita, he grew to become one of Nobunaga's most powerful officers, and eventually the most powerful warlord in all of Japan. Following Nobunaga's assassination by the traitorous forces of Mitsuhide Akechi, Hideyoshi led his forces in pursuit, clashed with Akechi at Yamazaki and emerged victorious.
After avenging Nobunaga's death, Hideyoshi consolidated power and vied with Ieyasu Tokugawa for the right to carry on Nobunaga's legacy. He eventually defeated Ieyasu and unified all of Japan under his rule. His reign lasted until his death.
Hideyoshi was given the nickname "Monkey" by Nobunaga for his hunched stance and appearance. He took a wife, Nene, but it is said that he was unsatisfied with her and took a number of concubines as well.
Samurai Warriors Series
In the Samurai Warriors series, Hideyoshi is portrayed as a quick fighter that uses a three-sectioned staff. Aspects of his 'Monkey' nickname are played upon in his character design, including his posture and general physicality. In the Warriors Orochi series, some characters mistake him for Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, much to his frustration.
Beginning in Samurai Warriors 2, his relationship with Nene is also depicted. He is characterized as having an eye for his concubines more than for his wife, but in a comical twist, Nene typically gets the upper hand.