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8th May '17 9:38:19 AM creader
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12th Apr '17 6:43:32 AM Gesperitia
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* IAmNotLeftHanded: No, [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer literally and historically]]. Saitou is not left-handed. He just prefers to use a left-handed thrust because he doesn't need any other move.
12th Apr '17 6:31:27 AM Gesperitia
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* TheAce: Kenshin's equal in combat, and nigh undefeatable [[spoiler: except for Shishio, who honestly took advantage of his wounds and was prepared beforehand]]. WordOfGod states that in a straight up fight, Saitou would win, while Kenshin would win if he was protecting someone. Kenshin himself says that if defeating Saitou was as simple as beating his one signature technique, he'd have beaten him down with no contest, thing is, Saitou is ''far more than just the Gatotsu.''

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* TheAce: Kenshin's equal in combat, and nigh undefeatable [[spoiler: except for Shishio, who honestly took advantage of his wounds and was prepared beforehand]]. WordOfGod states that in a straight up fight, Saitou would win, while Kenshin would win if he was protecting someone.
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Kenshin himself says has said that if defeating Saitou was as simple as beating his one signature technique, he'd have beaten him down with no contest, thing is, Saitou is ''far more than just the Gatotsu.'''' It's the intellect, the ruthlessness, and the iron-clad sense of justice behind that move that you need to worry about even more.



* AloofAlly
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Serves as this for Sanosuke, who had considered himself Kenshin's strongest ally before Saitou appeared; not only as skilled as Kenshin in swordsmanship, but more skilled in Hand-to-Hand combat than Sanosuke which ultimately drives Sanosuke to improve himself.

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* AloofAlly
AloofAlly: Is the only fighter to never join Kenshin's group on social events. Even Aoshi socializes more than him.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Serves as this for Sanosuke, who had considered himself Kenshin's strongest ally before Saitou appeared; not only is Saitou as skilled as Kenshin in swordsmanship, but more skilled in Hand-to-Hand combat he's stronger, faster and better than Sanosuke in hand-to-hand brawling, which ultimately drives Sanosuke to improve himself.



* AntiHero: As police officer (sort of) he works to bring down crimminals like Shisho, but he has a very cold and ruthless manner of doing so.

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* AntiHero: As police officer (sort of) he works to bring down crimminals criminals like Shisho, Shishio, but he has a very cold and ruthless manner of doing so.



* BoringButPractical: The Shinsengumi (according to the manga) each mastered one killing blow, then polished it to perfection. Bruce Lee's quote on the page explains it in more detail. One could say that the [[RuleOfCool artwork of his badass pose]] elevates this to SimpleYetAwesome.

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* BoringButPractical: The Shinsengumi (according to the manga) each mastered one killing blow, then polished it to perfection. Bruce Lee's quote on the page explains it in more detail.Saitou's is a simple, straight, left handed thrust, delivered with enough force to break steel doors and punch through armor like cardboard. One could say that the [[RuleOfCool artwork of his badass pose]] elevates this to SimpleYetAwesome.



* CripplingOverspecialization: As powerful as the Gatotsu and its variations are, there have been several fights where his over reliance on the Gatotsu has gotten him into trouble against those who are able to properly evade or defend against it. Many of his opponents even comment/mock him for it. Luckily, as mentioned on this page, he is badass enough to get away with it and defeat his opponents, Shishio being the only true exception.

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* CripplingOverspecialization: As powerful as the Gatotsu and its variations are, there have been several fights where his over reliance over-reliance on the Gatotsu one move has gotten him into trouble against those who are able to properly evade or defend against it. Many His key weakness is his unguarded right side and tunnel-vision when he charges to strike.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]], as although many
of his opponents even comment/mock him for it. Luckily, as mentioned on this page, he is badass enough to get away with it and defeat it, it's most likely ''he doesn't care'' that he's being exploited. As Kenshin himself stated, if defeating Saitou was only about defeating his opponents, signature move, their duel would have ended long ago. Shishio being is the only true exception.exception in the entire series.



* IncorruptiblePurePureness: He's abrasive and cutting but Kenshin considers him one of the most principled and honorable men in the series. He notes that if Okubo was truly corrupt, Saitou would've slain him long ago.
* JackOfAllTrades: He's extremely versatile in many areas; as a fighter he's a capable swordsman and hand-to-hand combat specialist, and also serves as the SmartGuy of Kenshin's group.

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* IncorruptiblePurePureness: He's abrasive and cutting but Kenshin considers him one of the most principled and honorable men in the series. He cannot be bribed, placated, or threatened from his path of justice. Kenshin also notes that if Okubo was truly corrupt, Saitou would've slain him long ago.
* JackOfAllTrades: He's extremely versatile in many areas; as a fighter he's a capable swordsman and hand-to-hand combat specialist, as a policeman, he's got connections and political know-how, and he also serves as the SmartGuy of Kenshin's group.



* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: The only sword techniques he uses is ''Gatotsu'', a ''powerful'' left-handed thrust, and variations of it to suit the occasion. Unlike most other examples, he's talented enough to learn other techniques. He simply doesn't bother because he ''doesn't need them''.

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* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: The only sword techniques technique he uses is ''Gatotsu'', the Gatotsu, a ''powerful'' left-handed thrust, and variations of it to suit the occasion. Unlike most other examples, he's talented enough to learn other techniques. He simply doesn't bother because he ''doesn't need them''.
24th Mar '17 9:31:12 AM Bissek
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* PayEvilUntoEvil: The point of his credo: Aku Soku Zan.
26th Jan '17 8:35:25 AM Sagetsu
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* KnightTemplar: Possibly even more so than TheShinsengumi--at least in the OVA. Tatsumi spells out that they have chosen to brutally suppress and kill any potential threats to the Shogunate, because they believe that the Shogunate is the only government that has provided stability to the country for the past centuries.
19th Jan '17 7:13:35 AM rafi
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* TheAce: Kenshin's equal in combat, and nigh undefeatable [[spoiler: except for Shishio, who honestly took advantage of his wounds and was prepared beforehand]]. WordOfGod states that in a straight up fight, Saitou would win, while Kenshin would win if he was protecting someone. Kenshin himself says that if defeating Saitou was as simple as beating his one signature technique, he'd have beaten him down with no contest, thing is, Saitou is ''far more than just the Gatotsu.''



* {{Badass}}: Kenshin's equal in combat, and nigh undefeatable [[spoiler: except for Shishio, who honestly took advantage of his wounds and was prepared beforehand]]. WordOfGod states that in a straight up fight, Saitou would win, while Kenshin would win if he was protecting someone. Kenshin himself says that if defeating Saitou was as simple as beating his one signature technique, he'd have beaten him down with no contest, thing is, Saitou is ''far more than just the Gatotsu.''
** BadassCreed: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Aku. Soku. Zan.]]

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* {{Badass}}: Kenshin's equal in combat, and nigh undefeatable [[spoiler: except for Shishio, who honestly took advantage of his wounds and was prepared beforehand]]. WordOfGod states that in a straight up fight, Saitou would win, while Kenshin would win if he was protecting someone. Kenshin himself says that if defeating Saitou was as simple as beating his one signature technique, he'd have beaten him down with no contest, thing is, Saitou is ''far more than just the Gatotsu.''
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BadassCreed: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Aku. Soku. Zan.]]
13th Jan '17 12:53:51 PM DrPsyche
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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Kanryu vs. Kanryuu.
10th Jan '17 3:49:24 PM DrPsyche
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* EyesAlwaysShut: Saito himself averts this, but when he's in his Fujita Goro persona he plays the trope straight as it makes him look a lot less threatening. He also utilized this trope when impersonating a medicine man which Sanosuke commented on.
9th Jan '17 1:10:14 PM DrPsyche
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* AdaptedOut: Doesn't appear in the live action films.

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* AdaptedOut: Doesn't appear in the live action films. A nameless MookLieutenant fills in his role at the village while his murders are implied to be performed by Shishio.
30th Nov '16 12:11:54 AM DrPsyche
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* ConspicuousGloves: His white gloves are very note worthy and get a lot of focus. Whenever he lines up his Gatotsu his gloves are on clear display, when he fights Sannosuke and his sleeves are shredded, his gloves accentuate his arms, and when Saitou's put into the opening credits, he's putting on those gloves.
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