History Characters / RurouniKenshinRivalsAndVillains

26th Feb '18 5:54:32 PM nombretomado
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* TheShinsengumi: [[HistoricalDomainCharacter The real thing.]]



* 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.

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* KnightTemplar: Possibly even more so than TheShinsengumi--at UsefulNotes/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.
20th Jan '18 8:47:58 AM AkoSiKuya23
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-->'''Sano (Anime):''' Well, from where I see, you don't look like an unworthy opponent yourself.
-->'''Sano (Manga):''' Fool! Killing you ten thousand times wouldn't be proof of anything!
4th Dec '17 5:16:03 PM FateStayWho
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* CurbStompBattle: Gohei has the misfortune of being the receiving end of every fight he takes part in. In the anime, he attacked Kaoru's father with a real sword, and his teacher beat with a single blow to the hand that permanently broke his thumb, and he was only using a bokken. His fight with Kenshin ends with every finger on his left hand broken.



* CurbStompBattle: Is either dishing it or receiving it. Kenshin is no match for him in their first encounter, [[spoiler: and even after Jin-e kidnapped Kaoru, Kenshin is still no match him. The tables are turned when Kenshin does revert back to his Battousai and breaks Jin-e' nose. Even when Jin-e goes full out, Kenshin breaks his arm, with his scabbard, before he can land a single blow.]]



* GamebreakingInjury: [[spoiler: Kenshin broke his arm in their rematch.]]



* WakeUpCallBoss: A very powerful one. Now only does he prove too much for Kenshin without his Battousai persona, he also proved stronger than any of Kenshin's subsequent opponents until Saito appeared.



* EvilGloating: He loves doing this, but only when he has someone more powerful backing him.



* EvilGloating: He loves doing this, but only when he has someone more powerful backing him.

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* EvilGloating: He loves doing this, but only when he has someone more powerful backing him.EvilIsPetty: Tries to kill Aoshi just because he's fed up with his disrespect.



* HateSink: The single most despicable character in the series who will do anything for money from selling drugs to weapons, and is petty DirtyCoward to boot.



** He's [[AdaptationalVillainy even worse]] in the anime. There he gained Yutaro's worship by saving him from a group of bandits hoping to hold him for ransom. Later it turns out that Raijuta was the one who hired them in them in the first place, just so he could set up the rescue to earn Yutaro's trust.



* CurbStompBattle: Dishes out one to Sano in his first appearance. He was initially prepared to walk away when the stress of the Gatotsu broke the concealable sword he was carrying. Sano still tried to fight him when was barehanded, only to find out Saito was always his superior in unarmed combat.
** His fight with Usui. While Saito takes some damage, he dominates the fight emotionally. Saito winning with the Gatotsu Zero Style shows he could have ended the fight anytime he wanted.



* WorthyOpponent: Although he is critical towards most of his opponents(Sanosuke, Usui, Kenshin as a wanderer), he genuinely respects Kenshin's skills as Battousai.

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* WorthyOpponent: Although he is critical towards most of his opponents(Sanosuke, opponents (Sanosuke, Usui, Kenshin as a wanderer), he genuinely respects Kenshin's skills as Battousai.


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* CurbStompBattle: They don't last long against Aoshi.


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* SmallNameBigEgo: They believe they are Shishio's best fighters. They aren't even close, and their deaths don't even phase him.


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* NotWorthKilling: How Shishio viewed him after his escape. Senkaku was an unimportant henchmen who didn't know anything valuable, so he was spared any orders to be executed after his escape. Instead Senkaku explaining his HeelRealization to Soujirou gets him killed.
29th Nov '17 4:02:38 PM Eagal
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One of Shishio's henchmen, but not a member of the Ten Swords. Is a huge man with an oddly shaped head who boasts about his speed and the 99 men he murdered. He rules over the Shingetsu village with an iron fist. [[spoiler: Is defeated by Kenshin who uses his own speed against him and arrested.]]

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One of Shishio's henchmen, but not a member of the Ten Swords. Is a huge man with an oddly shaped head who boasts about his speed and the 99 men he murdered. He rules over the Shingetsu village with an iron fist. [[spoiler: Is defeated by Kenshin who uses his own speed against him and arrested.]]
29th Nov '17 4:02:10 PM Eagal
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* MasterSwordsman

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* MasterSwordsmanMasterSwordsman: He's as skilled with the blade as Kenshin is, and according to WordOfGod, he could have defeated Shishio in a straight fight.



* [[spoiler: HoistByHisOwnPetard: Despite being as fast as Kenshin, he's a lot heavier, and so after a while his legs break after performing one last FlashStep.]]
* LightningBruiser: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]].

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* [[spoiler: HoistByHisOwnPetard: Despite being as fast as Kenshin, he's a lot heavier, and so after a while [[spoiler: his legs break after performing one last FlashStep.]]
* LightningBruiser: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]. His greater size places a significantly greater strain on his body than Kenshin's comparatively lighter frame does, so going long enough causes severe injuries.



A group of five ninja-like warriors from the Bakumatsu period, they tried to kill Battosai Himura [[spoiler: hiring Tomoe so that she could become a bait for Kenshin, and were also in cahoots with Iizuka. They were all killed by Kenshin, except for Yatsume Mumyoi]]. Most of their members have something to do with the Six Comrades in the present, as Tatsumi was Inui's master and Nakajo was Otowa's buddy. For Yatsume Mumyoi, see The Six Comrades.

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A group of five ninja-like warriors from the Bakumatsu period, they tried to kill Battosai Himura [[spoiler: hiring Tomoe so that she could become a bait for Kenshin, and were also in cahoots with Iizuka. They were all killed by Kenshin, except for Yatsume Mumyoi]].Mumyoi. Most of their members have something to do with the Six Comrades in the present, as Tatsumi was Inui's master and Nakajo was Otowa's buddy. For Yatsume Mumyoi, see The Six Comrades.



* FiveBadBand
** TheLeader: Tatsumi.
** TheDragon: Murakami, supposedly the second strongest as he went after Kenshin unaided by kekkai of sorts.
** TheBrute: Sumita, the largest of the gang.
** TheEvilGenius: Nakajo, a user of hidden weapons.
** TheDarkChick: Yatsume Mumyoi again.
** SixthRangerTraitor: [[spoiler: Tomoe Yukishiro]].
29th Nov '17 3:58:32 PM Eagal
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* BadassCreed: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Aku. Soku. Zan.]]

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* BadassCreed: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Aku. Soku. Zan.]]]] (Roughly "Kill those who are evil immediately")
29th Nov '17 3:57:45 PM Eagal
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* GoodIsNotNice
* GuileHero[=/=]MagnificentBastard: Dependent on how you look at him. More obvious in ''Shin Kyoto Hen'' [[spoiler: where he intimidates Chō by his mere reputation as a no-holds barred Shinsengumi torturer/interrogator to spill the beans on the whole of Shishio's plans.]]

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* GoodIsNotNice
GoodIsNotNice: He's abrasive and pragmatic when dealing with his opponents and shows no hesitation in killing his opponents if he feels it necessary.
* GuileHero[=/=]MagnificentBastard: GuileHero: Dependent on how you look at him. More obvious in ''Shin Kyoto Hen'' [[spoiler: where he intimidates Chō by his mere reputation as a no-holds barred Shinsengumi torturer/interrogator to spill the beans on the whole of Shishio's plans.]]



* HappilyMarried: His wife, Tokio, is never shown on screen, though the others speculate that she must be like a goddess. Watsuki felt the need to put a note in the panel explaining [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer that Saitou being married is historical fact]].
* HistoricalDomainCharacter

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* HappilyMarried: His wife, Tokio, is never shown on screen, though the others speculate that she must be like a goddess. goddess to put up with Saito. Watsuki felt the need to put a note in the panel explaining [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer [[TruthInTelevision that Saitou being married is historical fact]].
* HistoricalDomainCharacterHistoricalDomainCharacter: Saito Hajime was a real person, though one presumes not nearly the superhuman badass he is in this series.



* 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.

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* IAmNotLeftHanded: No, [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer literally and [[TruthInTelevision historically]]. Saitou is not left-handed. He just prefers to use a left-handed thrust because he doesn't need any other move.
26th Oct '17 11:36:37 PM AlexHoskins
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* AWolfInSheepsClothing: His "Fujita Gorou" persona is pleasant, unassuming, and literally forehead-to-the-floor humble. In reality he's a GoodIsNotNice {{Jerkass}}. The interesting thing is that it's not just for his undercover work; that's his civilian identity as well.
7th Aug '17 10:54:11 AM AkoSiKuya23
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* AdaptationalVillainy: While not above injuring people and possibly murdering for his criminal goals, the Gohei of the manga was originally comic relief DumbMuscle. Whereas in the manga hurting Kaori was simply an means to an ends for his criminal enterprises and something he preferred to avoid, the TV series puts his conflict with the Kamiya dojo as a personal vendetta because of an injury Kaoru's father gave him. Even before turning to criminal enterprises, he was already shown as being a [[BloodKnight blood-thirsty student]] of the Kamiya style who spat on its philosophies and enjoyed hurting other students with live blades. When he attacked Kaoru's dojo, he ripped out Kaoru's uppersleeves and was offering his men to [[AttemptedRape to do whatever they pleased to her]]. In addition he does several more attempts to get revenge on Kenshin after his duel with Sano and its implied he went into shady business after being permanently injured.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: While not above injuring people and possibly murdering for his criminal goals, the Gohei of the manga was originally a comic relief DumbMuscle. Whereas in the manga hurting Kaori Kaoru was simply an means to an ends for his criminal enterprises and something he preferred to avoid, the TV series anime puts his conflict with the Kamiya dojo as a personal vendetta because of an injury Kaoru's father gave him. Even before turning to criminal enterprises, he was already shown as being a [[BloodKnight blood-thirsty student]] of the Kamiya style who spat on its philosophies and enjoyed hurting other students with live blades. When he attacked Kaoru's dojo, he ripped out Kaoru's uppersleeves and was offering his men to [[AttemptedRape to do whatever they pleased to her]]. In addition he does several more attempts to get revenge on Kenshin after his duel with Sano and its implied he went into shady business after being permanently injured.



* BloodKnight: This is what got him kicked out by Kaoru's father in the anime.
* BrainsAndBrawn: Kihei is the brains and Gohei is the muscle, though Kihei seems to be losing brain cells with each appearance.

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* BloodKnight: This is what got him kicked out by In the anime, he was a blood-thirsty student and had maimed at least one of his fellow students with a live blade before Kaoru's father in the anime.
broke his right thumb. He never loses his blood-lust, which is compounded by having a vendetta towards Kaoru and eventually Kenshin.
* BrainsAndBrawn: In the manga, Kihei is does all the brains and scheming while the much larger Gohei is provides the muscle, though Kihei seems to be losing brain cells with each appearance.muscle.



* EvilIsBigger: Gohei, on top of being evil, is a significantly large man, dwarfing much of the cast.



* GroinAttack: His final appearance ends with him on the receiving end of one courtesy of Yahiko. It is followed up by an OverlyLongGag that involves images of various round shapes being broken to give the audience a good idea of the pain he's going through.



* ObviouslyEvil: Makes you wonder why Kaoru's father even let Gohei set foot on the dojo grounds much less take him in as a student in the anime.

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* ObviouslyEvil: Makes Between the villainous appearance (especially his BeardOfEvil) and his rather open thirst for drawing blood, it makes you wonder why Kaoru's father even let Gohei set foot on the dojo grounds much less take him in as a student in the anime.



* TokenMotivationalNemesis: To Kaoru. It was the Hiruma's brothers' plot that disgraced the Kamiya Dojo and drove it into financial ruin for the entire series, but once ran out of town by Kenshin, they are never mentioned again, outside of one pathetic reappearance in the Jinchuu arc. The anime version of Hiruma Gohei fares no better with his last appearance being on the receiving end of a GroinAttack.
* VillainDecay: Gohei in the Anime. While in the Manga Gohei was more inept (and comical), in the anime he's introduced as a ruthless fighter, with a personal grudge against Kaoru. He was a CopKiller and very nearly killed Kaoru and destroyed her families reputation. Even after Kenshin crippled his hands, he was still able to use underhanded tactics during his next appearance, though the seeds of this trope were already planted as he was comically shown up by Sonoske. His third appearance cements him as this as the once ruthless murderer is now reduced to a weenie cowering from real opponents, enacting zany schemes, fighting a kid with an umbrella, and getting kicked in the crotch so hard a montage of cracked balls and nuts starts rolling.

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* TokenMotivationalNemesis: To Kaoru. It was the Hiruma's brothers' plot that disgraced the Kamiya Dojo and drove it into financial ruin for the entire series, but once ran out of town by Kenshin, they are never mentioned again, again outside of one pathetic reappearance in the Jinchuu arc. arc where they easily beaten down twice by Sanosuke. The anime version of Hiruma Gohei fares no better with his last appearance being on the receiving end of a GroinAttack.GroinAttack thanks to Yahiko.
* VillainDecay: Gohei in the Anime. While in the Manga Gohei was more inept (and comical), in the anime he's introduced as a ruthless fighter, with a personal grudge against Kaoru. He was a CopKiller and very nearly killed Kaoru and destroyed her families reputation. Even after Kenshin crippled his hands, he was still able to use underhanded tactics during his next appearance, though the seeds of this trope were already planted as he was comically shown up by Sonoske.Sanosuke. His third appearance cements him as this as the once ruthless murderer is now reduced to a weenie cowering from real opponents, enacting zany schemes, fighting a kid with an umbrella, and getting kicked in the crotch so hard a montage of cracked balls and nuts starts rolling.
16th Jul '17 9:48:11 AM blueflame724
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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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* 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. Sanosuke(no fan of Saitou) notes during the Jinchuu arc that he has "no intention of losing to anyone other than Kenshin".


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* WorthyOpponent: Although he is critical towards most of his opponents(Sanosuke, Usui, Kenshin as a wanderer), he genuinely respects Kenshin's skills as Battousai.
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