Nanto Hōō Ken
Thouzer (サウザー), commonly reffered to as Souther, is the sole successor of the martial art Nanto Hōō Ken (南斗鳳凰拳, “South Dipper Fenghuang Phoenix Fist”). Nanto Hōō Ken is one of the 108 schools of Nanto Seiken ( 南斗聖拳, "Sacred Fist of the South Star"). Souther is a part of the Nanto Roku Seiken ( 南斗六聖拳, "The Six Sacred Fists of the South Star") which represents the six top masters of Nanto Seiken . The six southern styles in the Nanto Roku Seiken represent the six stars of the Nanto Roku Sei (南斗六星, "South Dipper Six Stars") which is a Chinese constellation. Nanto Hōō Ken represents the Star of Leadership (将星 Shōsei), also known as the Polar Star (極星 Kyokusei) and the Star of the Southern Cross (南十字星 Minami Jūji Sei), and being born under that star, Souther is destined to lead.
Nanto Hōō Ken is said to be a free-form style which typically has no stances and instead focuses on incredible speed and power. Nanto Hōō Ken is the pinnacle of the Nanto Seiken and the Nanto Roku Seiken, and Souther is the top martial artist of the southern styles.
Kyokusei Jūji Ken (極星十字拳, Pole Star Cross Fist): The practitioner surges forward at great speed and uses their hands to slash a cross-shaped wound into their opponent.
Tenshō Jūji Hō (天翔十字鳳, Heaven-Soaring Cross Phoenix): The one and only stance of Nanto Hōō Ken, it is only assumed when facing a worthy opponent. Holds arms aloft and launches into a powerful aerial attack of breathtaking speed. The practitioner seems to be untouchable as their opponent attacks an after-image.
From Hokuto no Ken: Kyūkyoku Kaisetsusho: Seikimatsu Haō Retsuden.
- Level: AA
- Power: 4
- Speed: 5
- Skills: 5
- Looks: 4
- Charisma: 5
Nanto Roku Seiken
- Nanto Koshū Ken (Shin) (南斗孤鷲拳, South Dipper Lone Eagle Fist): This style focuses on rapid stabbing hand strikes. Nanto Koshū Ken represents the Star of Martyrdom (殉星, Junsei).
- Nanto Suichō Ken (Rei) (南斗水鳥拳, South Dipper Waterbird Fist): This focuses on slicing hand attacks. It specializes in aerial techniques. Nanto Suichō Ken represents the Star of Justice (義星,Gisei).
- Nanto Kōkaku Ken (Yuda) (南斗紅鶴拳, South Dipper Flamingo Fist): This style uses tends to use vertical slicing attacks and long-range attacks. Nanto Kōkaku Ken represents the Star of Enchantment (妖星, Yōsei).
- Nanto Hakurō Ken (Shu) (南斗白鷺拳, South Dipper White Heron Fist): This style focuses on kicking techniques, although it also has slicing hand attacks. Nanto Hakurō Ken represents the Star of Benevolence (仁星, Jinsei).
- Nanto Hōō Ken (Ogai, Souther) (南斗鳳凰拳, South Dipper Fenghuang Phoenix Fist): This freeform style typically has no stances and instead focuses on incredible speed and power. Nanto Hōō Ken represents the Star of Leadership (将星 Shōsei), also known as the Polar Star (極星 Kyokusei) and the Star of the Southern Cross (南十字星 Minami Jūji Sei).
- Nanto Saigo no Shō (Yuria) (南斗六聖拳最後の将, The Last General of South Dipper): This is a title held by the last member of the Nanto Rokusei. Their role is to unite with Hokuto in times of chaos. Nanto Saigo no Shō represents the Merciful Mother Star (慈母星, Jibosei).
Souther was trained by the former Nanto Hō-ōken master, Ōgai. Ōgai was a mentor and father figure to Souther. Like Hokuto Shinken, Nanto Hō-ōken is taught in the ways of Isshi Sōden (一子相伝), meaning there can be only one master and one successor. The student must kill the master in order to complete their training. When Souther was ready, Ogai administered the final trial of his training. Blindfolded, Souther would have to defeat an unseen opponent. Souther was successful, but to his horror discovered the fallen foe was Ōgai himself. Souther was traumatized by his master's death and decided to bury emotions like sympathy and love.
Nanto Junin Kumite
Souther presided over the Nanto Junin Kumite where a young Kenshiro competed. This is a tournament held by the Nanto School where a challenger from another martial arts school must defeat a series of ten Nanto fighters. If the challenger fails to complete the trial, they are punished with death. Kenshiro’s tenth and final opponent was Shu, one of the Nanto Roku Seiken and Souther's right hand man, who easily defeats Kenshiro. In the wake of Kenshiro's defeat, Souther ordered that the boy be executed in keeping with Nanto law. However, Shu intervened and clawed out his own eyes so that Kenshiro would be spared.
The Holy Emperor
After the nuclear apocalypse, Souther establishes himself as the Holy Emperor (聖帝Seitei) fulfilling the destiny of his star Shōsei, the star of leadership. Souther took advantage of Raoh being sidelined due to being injured in a fight against Kenshiro. Souther builds a vast army and challenges Raoh's plans to rule. Souther, having buried his emotions, is a merciless tyrant, kidnapping children to construct his Holy Cross Mausoleum. Souther traveled on a large motorcycle throne.
Shu leads a resistance movement against Souther, saving the children of the wasteland from the Holy Emperor. After allying with Shu, Kenshiro challenges Souther. Kenshiro comments on Souther’s incredible speed as the Holy Emperor executes his Kyokusei Jūji Ken (極星十字拳, Pole Star Cross Fist), but Kenshiro was confident in Hokuto Shinken’s superiority. However, mysteriously, Hokuto Shinken was ineffective vs Souther. Kenshiro is defeated and gravely injured. Rather than killing him, Souther decides to use Kenshiro as a human sacrifice for his mausoleum and throws him in prison.
Shu's son, Shiva, infiltrates the prison and helps Kenshiro escape. Souther responds by attacking Shu’s resistance hideout, and taking women & children hostage in order to blackmail Shu into surrender. Shu tries to kill Souther, but cannot defeat the Nanto Hōōken master. Souther slices the tendons in Shu's legs, crippling Shu's Nanto Hakuro Ken, and forces him to carry the capstone of the mausoleum into place. When Shu reaches the apex Souther throws a spear that impales Shu and ultimately kills him. Shu’s body is crushed by the capstone as it falls into place and becomes the human sacrifice that completes the mausoleum.
Souther vs Kenshiro
Kenshiro challenges Souther once more to avenge Shu's death on the steps of the mausoleum. Souther reveals that the Holy Cross Mausoleum is a burial shrine for his master, Ōgai, and opens a chamber with Ōgai’s remains. After inflicting a wound on Souther using Shu's Nanto Hakuro Ken, Kenshiro once again switches to Hokuto Shinken, and once again Hokuto Shinken seems useless against the Holy Emperor. Souther's body seems to absorb all of Kenshiro's techniques while Souther is able to inflict grievous injuries to Kenshiro.
Finally, during the battle, Kenshiro discovers Souther’s secret. Souther has dextrocardia situs inversus totalis, meaning his heart is on the right side and the positions of his vital points are reversed front to back. Now, Kenshiro can use Hokuto Shinken to full effect.
In order to counter Kenshiro's now fully functional Hokuto Shinken, Souther leaps to the top of the mausoleum and takes the only stance in Nanto Hōō Ken, he uses his ultimate technique Tenshō Jūji Hō. At first, Souther's speed proves too much for Kenshiro, as Souther can attack Kenshiro at will, while Kenshiro's techniques miss harmlessly. However, Kenshiro eventually counters with Tenha Kassatsu (天破活殺, Heaven Breaking Life or Death) which allows Kenshiro to press Souther's vital points without touching him. Finally, Kenshiro defeats Souther with Toki's merciful Ujō Moshō Ha technique.
Souther, defeated by the Hokuto Shinken successor, crawls over to Master Ōgai and allows himself to feel love again as he dies. Soon, Shu's blood runs down the steps of the mausoleum as it crumbles over Souther and Ōgai's remains.