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9th Mar '17 11:15:06 AM AkoSiKuya23
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* {{Foil}}: To Yahiko. Both are quite bratty, but show a lot of potential in swordsmanship which Kaoru is able to bring out. They differ in how they were raised, Yahiko being a StreetUrchin while Yutaro being born into wealth. The manga adds an extra parallel in that Yahiko is partially motivated in honoring his late mother and father while Yutaro wants to avoid becoming a spineless merchant like his father.



* HeroicBSOD: Following Raijuta's KickTheDog moment.

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* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: At the end of the Raijuta arc, [[spoiler:Yahiko attacks Yutaro, despite him being crippled, telling him to pick himself up and become better than ideal swordsman he thought Raijuta was. Yutaro is able to block the attack with his cane, and that plus Yahiko's words convinces him that swordsmanship is not over for him, claiming that he will defeat Yahiko with just his left hand if he has to]].
* HeroicBSOD: Following Raijuta's KickTheDog moment.moment, he is left nearly speechless, knowing that his master used him all along and essentially took away his ability to hold a sword forever. Yahiko is able to snap him out of it.


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* NotSoDifferent: Despite his [[StepfordSmiler constant optimism]], [[spoiler:Yutaro's father hates being a cowardly merchant just as much as Yutaro does. Unfortunately, it was either he embraced that or end up with a far less stable life like many other samurai.]]
22nd Feb '17 7:23:11 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* AssholeVictim: Really, [[spoiler:his death at Makoto's hands was well-deserved]].

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* AssholeVictim: Really, [[spoiler:his death at Makoto's Makoto Shishio's hands was well-deserved]].



* ItsAllAboutMe: [[spoiler:Turns out to have this personal philosophy, which is why he sold out his Ishin Shishi comrades to get a more comfortable life after the revolution. Of course, Katsura didn't let him get away with it]].

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* ItsAllAboutMe: [[spoiler:Turns out to have this personal philosophy, which is why he sold out his Ishin Shishi comrades to get a more comfortable life after the revolution. Of course, Katsura didn't let him get away with it]].it and sent out Shishio after him...]]



->Voiced by: Yuki Kaida (Japanese); Joey Hood (English)

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->Voiced by: Yuki Kaida Creator/YukiKaida (Japanese); Joey Hood (English)



* MommasBoy: He prefers his mother over his father.
* OedipusComplex: Has this in ''Reflection'' - while he still loves his mother, he greatly despises his father for, as he believes, neglecting his family.

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* MommasBoy: He prefers his mother over his father.
father, and that becomes even more intense as he grows up. [[spoiler: It's even seen in the end of ''Reflection'': the cute girl who's all but stated to be his girlfriend looks a ''lot'' like Kaoru.]]
* OedipusComplex: Has this in ''Reflection'' - while he still loves his mother, mother [[spoiler: and makes sure to visit her before she dies of illness]], he greatly despises his father for, as he believes, neglecting his family.
13th Feb '17 5:30:52 PM creader
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* BabiesEverAfter: She and Yahiko will eventually have a son as confirmed by WordOfGod.
5th Feb '17 1:07:45 AM creader
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[[folder: Eiichirou and Eiji Mishima]]

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[[folder: Eiichirou [[folder:Eiichirou and Eiji Mishima]]






3rd Feb '17 12:04:40 PM GlitteringFlowers
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[[folder: Eiichirou and Eiji Mishima]]
->Eichirou is voiced by: Katsuya Shiga (JP)
->Eiji is voiced by: Naomi Matanami (JP), Joshua Seth (EN)

Two brothers from the Shingetsu village, whch is "ruled" by Shishio's follower Senkaku. Eiichirou is a policeman and works as one of Saitou's informants.

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* BigBrotherInstinct: Eiichirou desperately tried to get his parents and little brother out of the soon-to-be DoomedHometown, and when Senkaku found out and attacked them, the fatally injured pretty much kept himself alive out of willpower until he could entrust the surviving Eiji to Kenshin and Misao.
* BigBrotherWorship: Eiji deeply cherishes Eiichirou's memories and has to be talked down from avenging him and their parents.
* BreakTheCutie: Eiji came pre-broken, and the plot broke him further.
* DoomedHometown: Shingetsu is a village that has been completely left to its own devices by the Meiji government, to the point of deleting it from its newest maps. Eiichirou tried to get his family out of there, but only Eiji survived; when Kenshin, Eiji and Misao arrive, they find the hung corpses of the Mishima parents in the middle of the completely abandoned place.
* HappilyAdopted: [[spoiler: After Senkaku's defeat, Saito says that he and his wife Tokio will take Eiji in.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Poor Eiji has a meltdown when he sees his parents' corpses.
* TheMole: Eiichirou was supposed to play this role in his village, regarding Shishio's acitivities in the area. Tragically, he was caught and then things went FromBadToWorse.
* SoleSurvivor: Eiji's parents are murdered ([[DeadGuyOnDisplay and their corpses are hung outside the village]]) and Eiichirou dies of his own wounds, so Eiji ends up as this.
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26th Jan '17 7:59:14 AM Sagetsu
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* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler:Akira is brutally killed by Kenshin.]]

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* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler:Akira is brutally killed by Kenshin.Kenshin in their encounter, whatever the version. In the manga, he was slashed with a massive frontal diagonal cut before being stabbed in the heart. In the OVA, the first part stands, but he was stabbed by Kenshin through the neck. The live-action movie ramps this up with him persisting after multiple individual slashes, before being finished off in the heart.]]



* NotSoStoic: Katsura is usually portrayed as the somber leader of the Choshu shishi (particularly in the OVA). That said, he nevertheless takes a lot of time hanging out and hosting drinking nights with his comrades. He's even the first to point out to his men to stop teasing Kenshin for bringing home Tomoe--noting that he has a mistress herself.[[note]]That woman being the geisha Ikumatsu, who he eventually married come the Meiji period.[[/note]]
* PosthumousCharacter: At least during the anime proper. He is a major character in the Tsuiokuhen flashback chapters/OVA.

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* NotSoStoic: Katsura is usually portrayed as the somber leader of the Choshu shishi (particularly in the OVA). That said, he nevertheless takes in the manga, he's seen spending a lot of time hanging out and hosting drinking nights with his comrades. He's even the first to point out to his men to stop teasing Kenshin for bringing home Tomoe--noting that he has a mistress herself.[[note]]That woman being the geisha Ikumatsu, who he eventually married come the Meiji period.[[/note]]
* PosthumousCharacter: At least during the anime proper. He is a major character in the Tsuiokuhen ''Tsuiokuhen'' flashback chapters/OVA.
26th Jan '17 7:54:10 AM Sagetsu
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Among the historically-established Ishin Shishi--together with Okubo Toshimichi and Saigo Takamori. He's better known in formal history as ''''Kido Takayoshi.'''''

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Among the historically-established Ishin Shishi--together with Okubo Toshimichi and Saigo Takamori. He's better known in formal history as ''''Kido '''''Kido Takayoshi.'''''
26th Jan '17 7:52:13 AM Sagetsu
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%%* CoolBigSis: To Kaoru.

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%%* * CoolBigSis: To Kaoru.Kaoru. She's normally the first person she turns into regarding domestic concerns.



%%* KansaiRegionalAccent

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%%* KansaiRegionalAccent* KansaiRegionalAccent: Which kind of makes sense, considering her family was originally from the Kyoto area--as we eventually find out during the Kyoto Arc.



%%* {{Expy}}: Of Hotaru Tomoe from ''Franchise/SailorMoon.''

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%%* * {{Expy}}: Of Hotaru Tomoe from ''Franchise/SailorMoon.''''Franchise/SailorMoon,'' at least visually (and at least in their initial character standing as a ShrinkingViolet).



* OneeSama: Her role in Enishi's life. The fact that she became his ParentalSubsitute kind of piles on this even more, feeding the guy's OedipusComplex.

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* OneeSama: Her role in Enishi's life. The fact that she became his ParentalSubsitute ParentalSubstitute kind of piles on this even more, feeding the guy's OedipusComplex.



* WomanInWhite: She wears a white kimono.

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* WomanInWhite: She wears a white kimono.white, delicately-patterned kimono--which actually tips off Katsura and the Choshu men on the fact that she can't be a stray woman: she's a well-educated daughter of a samurai family. [[spoiler:A family connected to the Shogunate, in fact.]]
26th Jan '17 7:46:46 AM Sagetsu
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%%* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Regarding Raijuta.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's spoiled, stubborn and bratty.

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%%* * HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Regarding Raijuta.
At least regarding Raijuta. Though considering his notion of samurai are so romanticized, it was bound to happen.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's spoiled, stubborn and bratty. And yet...
** JerkassWoobie: His intent to become a genuine samurai was based on his honor-bound notion that his father failed to live up to their family heritage (choosing to become a merchant to amass wealth and provide stably for their family)[[note]]This was actually [[TruthInTelevision a sore point for many former samurai families]] even before the Bakumatsu and Meiji Restoration, who had to play this route to avoid descending into poverty.[[/note]].



%%* TheRival: To Yahiko.
%%* SpoiledBrat

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%%* * TheRival: To Yahiko.
%%* SpoiledBrat
Yahiko. It was apparently extended further in the manga [[spoiler:when he returned to become an instructor at the Kamiya dojo again]]. In the anime, however, they finally evolved into VitriolicBestBuds, and even into FriendlyRivalry, sort of [[spoiler: when Yutaro decided to focus on becoming an excellent Western-style doctor, challenging Yahiko to become the top kendoka so they're the best on their fields.]]
* SpoiledBrat: Starts out as one, definitely, although CharacterDevelopment does happen.



* AdaptationExpansion: He played additional roles in most of the filler episodes, particularly in the Shimabara arc and the ill-received Feng Shui arc.



%%* ChickMagnet

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%%* ChickMagnet* ChickMagnet: In many of his scenes where the women involved do not have an existing potential LoveInterest (like the kunoichi of the Oniwabanshu), he's expected to attract them.



%%* CynicalMentor

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%%* CynicalMentor* CynicalMentor: Very visibly so in contrast to his student Kenshin. His opening monologue in the ''Tsuiokuhen'' OVA sets the tone of how he sees the world:
--> ''"The moon peers down on a diseased world… There is no cure for the disease. An entire race walks mindlessly into destruction. Not even a man of colossal power would be able to prevent the inevitable."''



* IaijutsuPractitioner

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* IaijutsuPractitionerIaijutsuPractitioner: Hiten Mitsurugi-ryu is a style of this, and he is one of the best in the style.



%%* SexyMentor

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%%* SexyMentor* SexyMentor: He's very much easy on the eyes--being a muscle-bound ''[[{{Bishonen}} biseinen]]'' himself.



%%* TallDarkAndSnarky
%%* WarriorPoet

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%%* TallDarkAndSnarky
%%* WarriorPoet
* TallDarkAndSnarky: He's handsome, towering and with a withering sense of humor that's hard to rebut.
* WarriorPoet: When he's not throwing putdowns or snark, he's a source of the most profound observations on human nature across the series.



%%* TheShinsengumi

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%%* TheShinsengumi* TheShinsengumi: One of the most iconic ones.



%%* BecomingTheMask

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%%* BecomingTheMask* BecomingTheMask: Implied to be her tragedy: [[spoiler:In trying to charm the man who killed her fiancee, she fell in love for him for real. It's actually discussed further in the OVA, where her Yaminobu accomplices [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech give her stick for it]], and she herself questions her sanity and morals for feeling so.]]



%%* BrokenBird

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%%* BrokenBird* BrokenBird: Being caught up in a tragic engagement, espionage [[spoiler:and conflicting feelings leading to death make her very much one]].



%%* CryCute: In the Manga.

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%%* * CryCute: In the Manga.manga, when she finally comes clean to Kenshin regarding her background and frustrations [[spoiler:although leaving out the very fact that it was her fiancee killed by Kenshin]].



%%* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette

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%%* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: It's almost as if she was designed to be a perfect ''yurei''/"avenging ghost", which [[spoiler:she probably sees herself as one--considering she was part of a plot to put down Battousai. Ironically, when she actually dies, her sole appearance as a ghost is very tender and loving to Kenshin.]]



%%* FirstLove: For Kenshin.

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%%* * FirstLove: For Kenshin.Kenshin--setting him down into the path of atonement and new living he chose in the anime proper.



%%* OneeSama

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%%* OneeSama* OneeSama: Her role in Enishi's life. The fact that she became his ParentalSubsitute kind of piles on this even more, feeding the guy's OedipusComplex.



%%* SugarAndIcePersonality

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%%* SugarAndIcePersonality* SugarAndIcePersonality: For most of her appearances, she's been a very stoic and detached woman. When she opens up, she can be a very comforting presence.



** Tomoe was wearing the white kimono too [[spoiler: in her own death scene]].

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** Tomoe was wearing the white kimono too [[spoiler: in her own death scene]].scene. Finally, as in traditional Japanese burial fittings, she wears a clean, plain white kimono as a corpse--before Kenshin burns their home as her funeral pyre]].
26th Jan '17 7:21:08 AM Sagetsu
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%%* {{Bishounen}}
%%* DudeLooksLikeALady

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%%* {{Bishounen}}
%%* DudeLooksLikeALady
* {{Bishounen}}: In all iterations of him (manga and OVA), his youthful good looks are very visible.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: In keeping with the long-standing pop cultural tropes regarding Okita.



%%* HistoricalDomainCharacter

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%%* HistoricalDomainCharacter* HistoricalDomainCharacter: As one of the leading personnel of TheShinsengumi.



%%* IncurableCoughOfDeath

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%%* IncurableCoughOfDeath* IncurableCoughOfDeath: It was established that he was already starting to develop tuberculosis--and it even handicapped him in a duel with Kenshin during the final minutes of the OVA.



* PsychoForHire: Has some vibes.

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* PsychoForHire: Has some vibes.vibes of it. Among the Shinsengumi characters given screen time, he's probably the most gleeful and non-chalant during their assassination missions.



* AlliterativeName: '''K'''atsuya '''K'''ogoro.

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* AlliterativeName: '''K'''atsuya '''K'''ogoro.[[note]]Another of his identities/names, ''Kido Koin'', also apply.[[/note]]



%%* HistoricalDomainCharacter

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%%* HistoricalDomainCharacter* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Among the historically-established Ishin Shishi--together with Okubo Toshimichi and Saigo Takamori. He's better known in formal history as ''''Kido Takayoshi.'''''
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: His extremist politics (which included turning Kenshin into the ''Hitokiri Battousai'') is not something he's proud of. He even chose to [[TechnicalPacifist never wield his sword again]] as his self-imposed punishment on his pride.



%%* PosthumousCharacter

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%%* PosthumousCharacter* NotSoStoic: Katsura is usually portrayed as the somber leader of the Choshu shishi (particularly in the OVA). That said, he nevertheless takes a lot of time hanging out and hosting drinking nights with his comrades. He's even the first to point out to his men to stop teasing Kenshin for bringing home Tomoe--noting that he has a mistress herself.[[note]]That woman being the geisha Ikumatsu, who he eventually married come the Meiji period.[[/note]]
* PosthumousCharacter: At least during the anime proper. He is a major character in the Tsuiokuhen flashback chapters/OVA.



%%* SupportingLeader

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%%* SupportingLeader* SupportingLeader: As Kenshin's handler/MissionControl, he serves this role.



* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Implied to be one of his beliefs--suggesting that a man can't be trusted to fight for his ideals if he can't protect the woman he loves.



%%* HistoricalDomainCharacter

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%%* HistoricalDomainCharacter* EveryoneHasStandards: He found Katsura's choice to turn Kenshin into the ''Hitokiri Battousai'' distasteful, suggesting that Katsura should've been doing the assassinations himself. The latter concedes the point.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: The leader of the Kiheitai, the crack unit troops of the Choshu shishi that eventually became the prototype for the Imperial Japanese Army.



* IllBoy: The real Takasugi died of tuberculosis when in his late 20's. His RK portrayal keeps up with this, and he's already fatally ill when he recruits Kenshin.

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* IllBoy: The real Takasugi died of tuberculosis when in his late 20's. His RK portrayal keeps up with this, and he's already fatally ill when he recruits Kenshin. The ''Tsuiokuhen'' OVA even gives him a metaphorically-poetic death of succumbing to his illness while commanding his men[[note]]despite a) it not being historically accurate, and b) potentially morale-damaging to the men he's leading[[/note]].


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* SoProudOfYou: In a scene that could be seen as BlackComedy, he laughs and expresses pride at Kenshin's choice to "live with" Tomoe (in keeping with his AlwaysSaveTheGirl belief) while coughing up blood and in prison.
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