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Genjuro Kibagami (牙神 幻十郎 Kibagami Genjūrō?), with Genjūrō meaning "Mystic Tenth Son" in Japanese) is a recurring character introduced in Samurai Shodown II and the official rival to Haohmaru.
He claims to have killed his family and at least a thousand other people. His mother was a prostitute and, due to her profession, he knows nothing about his father. When he was fifteen, Genjuro killed one of her clients -due to his mother's pleas for protection from her client's drunken rage. As he went to leave, she attacked him, leaving the scar on his back, and he killed her. Orphaned, Nicotine spotted him and took him under his tutelage along with Haohmaru in his dojo. Both students were close friends yet Genjuro's hunger for power worried Nicotine. To test his student, he decided to have them fight to determine who was stronger, with a scroll that promises power as the reward. Genjuro defeats Haohmaru but is banished for his murderous intent. He swore to kill Haohmaru and Nicotine, spiteful for their idealistic beliefs on swordplay.[dubious – discuss] He hates Haohmaru especially, because he resembles the man his mother was with when he killed them (he also was attracted to Shiki at one point, as she resembled his mother). His profession during his travels is a hitokiri or killer-for-hire, often accepting the more "dirty" jobs such as wiping out pirate brigades and bandit hideouts. His former clients include Sankuro and Mizuki. In Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage, Genjuro gains the upper hand in his last duel with Haohmaru. Before he could deal the final blow, a boy stabs him in vengeance for his unnamed father. It's heavily implied that Genjuro dies from his wound and, as promised, an older Haohmaru toasts to his friend's honor.
Though they both trained underneath Nicotine, his fighting style greatly differs from Haohmaru in execution. All of his special moves, as well as the scenery in his SSII stage, are direct references to the Japanese card game hanafuda. Depending on whether a move hits or misses, the move will temporarily project the images of a "winning" combo of cards and/or a "miss" based on the featured hanafuda set. His "pet" of sorts is an unnamed orange frog, a reference to the card, Yanagi ni Ono No Toufuu, however he doesn't use it in battle. His win poses from his first appearance made several heavy references to the deck; his later win poses tone down the references. Genjuro's practical and historical inspiration is Miyamoto Musashi's first major foe, Arima Kihei, who was regarded as arrogant.
Since his introduction, Genjuro is playable in all of the games in the series with the exception of Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage (PlayStation). He also makes playable appearances in SVC Chaos: SNK vs. Capcom, Neo Geo Battle Coliseum and the dating sim Days of Memories: Oedo Love Scroll. In Gamest's 1997 Heroes Collection, he was ranked the staff's eighteenth favorite character. He was voted as the number one favorite character at the time of his debut.