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Basara, who is also known as "Basara the Executioner" (首切り 破沙羅, Kubikiri Basara), is a character who was first introduced in Samurai Shodown III. He continues to appear in other titles of the series. He is voiced by Masahiro Nonaka and Motoki Takagi.
He is a type of yūrei "reborn" due to an extreme hatred he harbored before his death. In his previous life, Basara lived in peace with his lover, Kagaribi, until the monstrous demonic swordsman Zankuro came through and slaughtered everyone. He blames "the demon" for Kagaribi's demise but, in Samurai Shodown V, it is revealed that Basara himself killed her.
In Samurai Shodown III, he remembers how he died and thus aimlessly seeks to take revenge on Zankuro. In Samurai Shodown IV, he discovers that his "rebirth" is caused by Amakusa, so he heads for Shimabara to kill him. In his ending, Amakusa seals him away by using a vision of Kagaribi lure him into a pillar. He is not expected to be released anytime in the future.