-Gaoh’s whole design is based on Oda Nobunaga
-Haohmaru had Tenha prefix for all his supers starting from SS2. It means “Heaven Conquest”
-Haohmaru said “Tenha Kassatsu!” first during his Heaven Conquest Divine Destruction Slash (???, tenha shinmetsu zan) in SSAZ (1998). Kassatsu literally means “life or death” referring to life or death struggle / situation.
-In next game (the PSX one) Jin-Emon Hanafusa fights with ??? (Kassatsu J?ji Yari - Kassatsu Cross Spear) using ??? (Kassatsu Koshiki S?jutsu - basically "Life-or-Death Ancient Spearsmanship) with that being added to each his movename (as the name of style). Also, the type of spear he uses is the exact same as Gaoh.
Considering this, I doubt Gaoh stands out too much. Which are his other Raoh-inspired lines?
And, wasnt there several VA’s for Raoh? If so, then using one of them wont stand out too much either, I mean amongst SS character VAs there sure are those who voiced other characters too, and this wont instantly make said SS character “homages” to all other characters those VA’s voiced.