Saito Benkei is a man that everyone should want as a friend and not an enemy. He is a very loyal and takes any of his responsibilities in life very seriously. He cherishes anyone close to him and despises anyone that would cause the people he cares about harm.
Benkei comes off as a shy, mellow and quiet person, which for the most part is true. He does surprise people on how quickly he loses his temper. When he loses his temper he is becomes quite aggressive and a bit scary. He tends not be get angry for very long and a simple friendly gesture can help cool him down. Benkei is also very fond of alcohol. His big and scary demeanor melts away when he is drunk. He becomes a very happy and cheerful person that loves to laugh. Even so, if someone ends up enraging him when he is drunk, which is a little harder to do, he is ten times angrier and aggressive then he would have been sober and calming him down is almost impossible.
Benkei tends to make himself look like a very rough and tough, cold and uncaring person, but when it comes down to it he is quite the softy.
Benkei’s self-conscious issues:
Benkei was always much larger than everyone else around him. As a baby he was so big he almost killed his mother during birth. Not much is known about his father so many people made rumors that because of his size that his father must have been an ogre. His nick name throughout his entire childhood was “Oniwaka”, which means “ogre child”. Benkei always hated that he was so much bigger than everyone else. Other children would either make fun of him for being half ogre and the others were very fearful toward him even though he was never violent unless someone pushed him too far.
Benkei lived a lonely childhood with no true friends. He became very self-conscious of his size and wished he could be normal like the other children. Not until he started to become an adult did he feel any self-worth. Benkei was not only large but he was also incredibly strong, so people all over would ask for his assistance in any type of farming or construction work that a normal person would struggle with. People he worked for praised him and his strength and this gave him a sense of pride he had been lacking for such a long time.