Sagara Sanosuke (Rurouni Kenshin)

Sagara Sanosuke


Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story is a manga  that started in 1994, and is set in the 1880s. It’s essentially a samurai story. Well, a wandering-ronin-seeking-redemption-and-rebuilding-his-life story.


  • Real Name: Sagara Sanosuke.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Former member of a gang, now defunct.
  • Base Of Operations: Usually Tōkyō, sometimes mobile.
  • Height: 6’ Weight: 180 lbs Age: Appr. 22.
  • Eyes: Dark Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Sanosuke is an extremely skilled martial artist. Yet he is not as incredibly skilled as his buddy, Kenshin, is among swordsmen.

However, he learned a special technique from Yuukyuzan Anjii, a mei-oh (or fallen monk). This is an attack whereby the fighter strikes his foe twice within 1/100th of a second, setting up vibrations that pulverize the foe.

When he later had to fight Anjii, Sanosuke improvised. He figured out how Anjii was able to generate the vibrations within his own body that cancel out that special attack. So he duplicated it to withstand that same attack.


Sagara Sanosuke is the last member of a street gang. The leader was slain during the fighting after the Meiji Restoration . Sagara was full of rage against the government, but Kenshin defeated him, and turned him into a friend.

Sagara Sanosuke fighting over a light gray background

When Kenshin was sent by the Meiji government to stop Shi-Shi-O, Sanosuke was left behind. Swearing that he wouldn’t be a weakness, he promptly got lost in the wilderness between Tōkyō and Kyōto. While lost, he stumbled upon Yuukyuzan Anjii. Thus, he learned a technique the monk had developed.

When he arrived in Kyōto and reunited with Kenshin, Sanosuke eventually had to face Anjii in battle. His goal was to help the Ruroni find his way to Shi-Shi-O. The battle outcome ? Nuh-uh. You gotta watch the anime or read the manga.


A very tall man, at least for Meiji-era Japanese folks. He has spiky black hair, and usually wears:

  • A red headband.
  • Bandages that seem to serve no purpose on his lower torso, lower legs, and forearms.
  • White pants.
  • A shirt, usually open, with the kanji for “Aku”, or “Bad”, on the back.

Sagara Sanosuke smiling


One-part anarchist, one-part street tough, and one-part dedicated martial artist. He lives his life by a code that declares hatred for the government, but justice and freedom for the people.

His shirt, which says “Bad” or “Sin”, is an expression of that.

Oh, and he’s also a freeloading, lazy bum, always looking for a free meal.

DC Universe History

The events of Ruruni Kenshin could very well have taken place in Meiji-era Japan in the DCU. In such a case, some Player Character  martial artist could find the special stone-breaking technique, and find an ancient version of Sanosuke, or one of his descendants, to learn it from.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Sagara Sanosuke

Dex: 08 Str: 05 Bod: 06 Motivation: Seeking Justice
Int: 03 Wil: 09 Min: 10 Occupation: Freeloader
Inf: 06 Aur: 05 Spi: 09 Resources {or Wealth}: 000
Init: 019 HP: 085

Sonic Beam: 10, Skin Armor: 06

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Sonic Beam: No Range, Skilled Power.
  • Skin Armor: Only applies against Sonic attacks identical to his own, counts as an Automatic action.

Martial Artist*: 08, Thief (Escape Artist, Forgery, Locks and Safes, Pickpocketing, Stealth)*: 08, Weaponry (melee)*: 08

Iron Nerves, Rich Family / Friends [Upon whom he frequently mooches…].

MIH (The Meiji Government), Minor Rage.

The o-dachi

He used to use an immense sword, about eight feet long, and two and a half feet wide. It was cut in half by Kenshin, and totally pulverized when he stapled it back together, and used it to swat a cannonball. Stats could be up to you, but it could cut a foot and a half thick tree completely through in one swipe.

By Bil.

Source of Character: Rurouni Kenshin (aka Ruruni Kenshin) Manga and Anime.