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Who is Shuten-Dōji in Fate - Oni Characters, Japanese Folklore Explained

Introducing Shuten-dōji, the popular character from Fate/Grand Order and the Nasuverse by Type-Moon.

By Iyane Agossah

August 26, 2021

Genshin Impact just introduced a side character who looks pretty similar to another popular character, Shuten-Doji from Fate/stay night spinoff gacha game Fate/Grand Order. Here’s what you need to know.

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Who is Shuten-Dōji in Fate?

Shuten-dōji is an Oni character who first appeared in Fate/Grand Order, also known as FGO, the gacha mobile game spinoff of Fate/stay night. She was illustrated by Honjou Raita.

In FGO, the first version of Shuten-dōji is an Assassin class servant summoned by the protagonist. She’s one of the most iconic characters in the game. Easily recognizable due to her horns, pale skin, purple hair, and sultry way of dressing and personality.

Shuten-dōji is voiced by Aoi Yuki, the popular seiyuu who most notably also voiced the titular heroine of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. She also voiced Futaba in Persona 5 to pick another mainstream character as an example. Shuten-Douji’s way of speaking is also peculiar as she uses both an archaic way of speaking Japanese and the Kansai dialect. Aoi Tuki’s alluring voice is one of the main reasons why Shuten-Doji is so popular.

Did Genshin Impact copy Shuten-dōji from Fate / Grand Order?

That’s definitely a no and you shouldn’t believe anyone claiming so. Oni are typical folklore creatures appearing in tons of anime, manga, light novels, and games. Shuten-dōji’s features like her long horns on her forehead are a typical way of how Oni are represented. Another good example is Kanna in Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation.

Shuten-dōji in FGO herself is also based on the “real” legend of Shuten-dōji, who was considered to be one of the strongest Yokai creatures in Kyoto alongside Tamamo no Mae. He was an Oni who was slain by Minamoto Raikō after being tricked into drinking dviine sake, poisonous to the Oni. Shuten-dōji in fiction is also often paired up with Ibaraki-Douij, another Oni. And who also has a female interpretation in FGO.

Maybe Genshin Impact wouldn’t have introduced an Oni character if Shuten-dōji wasn’t so popular. But then again, that character in Genshin Impact probably won’t ever be playable. It’s a minor character. At the end of the day, Genshin Impact did not copy Shuten-dōji in Fate/Grand Order. Affirming as such would be as stupid as claiming Naruto plagiarized Yu Yu Hakusho for having a demon fox character named Kurama. They’re just based on the exact same Kitsune Japanese and Chinese mythology.

Last but not least, Shuten-dōji is also just one of the many possible representations and interpretations of Oni. You’ve got a very different one in Higurashi for example. You should definitely check out the series, and more different anime and manga in general, leaving your comfort zones.

FGO is still as popular in Japan, though other games like Uma Musume by Cygames managed to overcome it in terms of revenue. The Nasuverse is always ongoing as a whole, and Tsukihime Remake was finally released in Japan on August 26, 2021. After over a decade since its initial announcement. its fighting game spinoff Melty Blood Type Lumina is also coming on September 30. You can always reach me on Twitter @A_iyane07 to discuss more anime and Japanese stuff.

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Iyane Agossah
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Living near Paris, Iyane is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been watching anime for over 25 years, and plays Genshin Impact mainly for its story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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