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|“||Never make way, never grovel, never look back! There is no escape from the Emperor!||„|
|“||Because of love, people must suffer! Because of love, people are miserable! Because of love...||„|
|~ Souther showing his disbelief in love and recalling his past.|
Souther (in Japanese: サウザー, Sauzā), also sometimes spelt Thouzer, is the sole successor of the Nanto Hōō Ken (in Japanese: 南斗鳳凰拳, 'Nanto Hōō Ken' "South Dipper Phoenix Fist) style and one of the Nanto Roku Sei Ken. He is a major antagonist in the manga and anime Fist of the North Star and the main antagonist of the Souther's Arc.
Souther represents the Star of Leadership (in Japanese: 将 星, Shōsei), also known as Polar Star (極星, Kyokusei) and the Star of the Southern Cross (in Japanese: 南十字星, Minami Jūji Sei). The Star of Leadership is the prime star in the Nanto Constellation, and rules over the other five stars of Nanto. Therefore, none of the other Nanto successors can defeat him.
In addition to his fighting style, Souther also bears an unusual trait that he refers to as his 'Emperor's Armor', where attacks against where his pressure points should be do not work. In reality, he has the rare medical condition of dextrocardia with situs inversus totalis, meaning that all of his organs, including his heart and pressure points, are mirrored from their original positions.
In Japanese, he has been voiced by Banjō Ginga in the anime and in Fist of the North Star: Strawberry Flavor, Akio Ōtsuka in the movie, OVA, and Fist of the North Star: Legends ReVIVE, Toshihiko Seki in The Conqueror of the Heavens: Fist of the North Star: The Story of Raoh and its video game adaptation, Nobutoshi Canna in the Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage series, Nobunaga Shimazaki in Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 as a child, Daisuke Namikawa in DD Fist of the North Star, and Hiroki Tōchi in Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise. In English, has been voiced by Illich Guardiola in The Conqueror of the Heavens: Fist of the North Star: The Story of Raoh, Ezra Weisz in Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage, and Greg Chun in Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise.
Manga and Anime
Souther establishes himself as Holy Emperor (in Japanese: 聖 帝, Seitei) after Raoh's injury and becomes known as a cruel and heartless man, kidnapping children to build his Holy Cross Mausoleum. Souther was once a warm and loving child, adopted by the wise master of Nanto Hō-ōken, Ōgai. However, because of Nanto Hō-ōken's awful legacy (Nanto Hō-ōken is passed down from one master to one successor. To progress the lineage of Nanto Hō-ōken the apprentice must kill his master and assume his mantle), Ogai tricked Souther into killing him in order to be surpassed by his student. Souther was devastated by his master's death, and crushed his emotions with hate and cruelty.
Forsaking love, Souther became a hateful warlord, creating a ruthless army which captured and enslaved children to build a giant pyramid called the Holy Cross Memorial, a gigantic shrine that would serve both as a memorial to Ogai and a symbol of Souther's empire.
After meeting Shū, Kenshiro fights against Souther and loses horribly when Hokuto Shinken does not work on Souther's body.
After Shū's death, Kenshiro resolves to kill Souther as gruesomely as possible. But before he proceeded to fight the Nanto warlord, Kenshiro gets a chance to learn about Souther's past and why he discarded love. After vowing to defeat Souther in the name of love, he fights Souther again, learning from his brother Toki midway through the battle that Souther has dextrocardia with situs inversus totalis. As a result of this unique condition, his heart and major organs, along with his pressure points' positions are subsequently reversed from where a normal person's would be, and that this is the source of Souther's Emperor's Armor.
After crippling Souther with the secret technique Tenha Kassatsu, Kenshiro defeats Souther with the merciful Ujō Moshō Ha, much to his surprise. Despite his oppressive tyranny, he is shocked that Kenshiro displayed mercy towards him. Souther asks why would Kenshiro still fight for love, in spite of knowing pains of inevitable loss the love would bring, Kenshiro replied to Souther that love has not just loss, but warmth as well, warmth which Souther still remembers. It was then that Souther remembered the love Ogai showed him in the past, regaining his humanity and expressing remorse for his crime: Souther is redeemed. Kenshiro tells Souther to die where he wishes. Having reconciled with his emotions, Souther spent his final moments in tears, dying in front of Ogai's shrine as the structure collapses from the combined sorrow of the souls of Souther and Shū. Watching this, Kenshiro commented that Souther, although he rejected love, he still possessed love deeper than anyone else.
The Legends of the True Savior
- Main article: Souther (The Legends of the True Savior)
- Souther claims to live without emotions yet he constantly shows emotions such as sadism and anger. This could be that he is either delusional and/or hypocritical.
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