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This article is about Ōkami character; for Japanese warrior monk, see Saitō Musashibō Benkei.

Wandering Warrior Monk Benkei
Gender Male
Race Human
Location Goryeo(Ōkamiden)
Sei'an City
Appearances Ōkami
I have traveled far and wide challenging master swordsmen. And 999 swords have I claimed by my own hand. But now that I have defeated all who would dare challenge me, that last sword has eluded me.


Benkei (「ベンケイ」?; Benkei) is a traveling Buddhist monk whose one purpose in life is to collect 1000 swords. It was stated by Benkei that he already had 999 swords at the time Amaterasu and Issun met him in Sei'an City[Citation needed]. However, it was not stated whether he was only after legendary swords or any run-of-the-mill sword as used by any random warrior.


Benkei is a man passionate of collecting rare weapons throughout the lands from duels he had won. So far, he had collected 999 swords from 999 respective warriors and swordsmen alike. He need to find the most unusual weapon to be the 1000th, a living blade. Also, he can tell an unusual weapon by simply looking at them; like how he knows that Kurow's flute is part-sword.


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  • His character was based after the Japanese historical sōhei monk Benkei (弁慶), from the same story Waka's character came from (Yoshitsune and Benkei).
  • If his fishing spot from Ōkami is examined in Ōkamiden with Kagu as Chibiterasu's partner, she will say that there used to be a man named Benkei fishing there, and she doesn't know why he stopped.