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Because of love, people must suffer! Because of love, people are miserable!
~ Souther showing his disbelief in love.

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 an antagonist in the manga and anime Hokuto no Ken 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.


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, 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.

After meeting Shū, Kenshiro fights against Souther and loses horribly when Hokuto Shinken does not work on Souther's body.

After Shū's death, he fights Souther again and is able to discover that Souther has dextrocardia situs inversus totalis - his heart is on his right side and his pressure points' positions are subsequently reversed from where a normal person's would be. He defeats Souther with a merciful "Ujō Moshō Ha", much to his surprise. Despite his oppressive tyranny, he is shocked that Kenshiro displayed mercy towards him. Regaining his humanity and expressing remorse for his crimes, Souther dies in front of Ogai's shrine.

Legends of the Dark King

In the movie Raō Den: Jun'ai no Shō and its novelization, Souther's redeeming qualities are absent.

Due to this, his death scene is different than in the manga or TV series; there is no reference to his sensei Ogai and his motive behind the pyramid is simply to express his hatred of love. Rather then embracing his sifu's body and expressing remorse, Souther commits suicide by stabbing himself with his fist, taunting Kenshiro that he will not die by Hokuto Shinken and expressing his hatred for compassion.





  • Souther is to Kenshiro almost the same as Frieza is to Goku.
  • 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.