History Characters / UsagiYojimbo

9th Nov '17 12:54:33 AM Proglottid
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* HiddenDepths: Once she confides to Usagi she would like to give up the thief life and retire somewhere quiet, but feels people like her aren't meant to find happiness.
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* HiddenDepths: He's a coward and a weakling, but he does have considerable archery skills. After sending an entire gang of sell swords at Usagi to tire him out, he very near kills him with a well shot arrow to the head. Usagi wouldn't have even noticed it Inazuma hadn't caught it.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Eventually, one of the large violent men he sold out catches him alone in a secluded location, beats him up and takes all his money.

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* HiddenDepths: He's a coward and a weakling, but he does have considerable archery skills. After sending an entire gang of sell swords sellswords at Usagi to tire him out, he very near kills him with a well shot well-aimed arrow to the head. Usagi wouldn't have even noticed it had Inazuma hadn't not caught it.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Eventually, one of the large violent men he sold out catches him alone in a secluded location, beats him up to within an inch of his life, and takes all his money.



* PerpetualPoverty: He gets generous payments in almost every appearance, and yet the next time he appears in-series, he still seems to be offering information for a few ''zeni.''

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* PerpetualPoverty: He gets generous payments in almost every appearance, and yet the next time he appears in-series, he still seems to be offering information for a few ''zeni.'''' Apparently, though he is very good at making money, he is ''utterly terrible'' at keeping it.
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* BewareTheNiceOnes: While some of the Koroshi are openly dangerous, murderous types, the ''really'' nasty ones wouldn't hurt a fly!... for ''free,'' anyway.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: While some of the Koroshi are openly dangerous, murderous types, the ''really'' nasty and dangerous ones wouldn't hurt a fly!... for ''free,'' anyway.




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* WhatMeasureIsAMook: In the early stories the Komori were a vast swarm of interchangeable bats in ninja garb. Moreover, they tended to be more overly villainnous, sadistic and one-dimensional than their Neko counterparts, who were depicted with more personality. However, in more recent stories more varied and honorable Komori characters have appeared, such as Kurokaze, the ''kashira'' of the Komori clan who is shown to respect Chizu for her skills, and Kazehime, a female Komori ninja whose life Usagi saves during a raging storm.
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** ProphetEyes: He does have the power to 'see' souls... although he usually doesn't like what he sees.

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** * ProphetEyes: He does have the power to 'see' souls... although he usually doesn't like what he sees.



Jei-San's "niece", who he spared after killing the thieves who killed her grandpa because she was "innocent". Having nowhere else to go, she started following him. [[spoiler:She was originally supposed to become Jei's new host, but the author felt uncomfortable so he created Inazuma.]]

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Jei-San's "niece", who he spared after killing the thieves who killed her grandpa because she was "innocent". "innocent." Having nowhere else to go, she started following him. [[spoiler:She was originally supposed to become Jei's new host, but the author felt uncomfortable so he created Inazuma.]]



* CheerfulChild: Keiko is instinctively nice to those around her.
* CreepyChild: Her obliviousness to horror makes her unsettling.

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* CheerfulChild: Keiko is instinctively nice to those around her.
her. Including those her "uncle" butchers.
* CreepyChild: Her obliviousness to the horror around her makes her unsettling.



* WhatMeasureIsAMook: In many early stories the Neko ninja were simply a vast swarm of interchangeable cats in black garments. However, over time the series has focused on individual ninja, examined their philosophy and gone into detail about the reasons for their service to the BiggerBad.

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* WhatMeasureIsAMook: In many early stories the Neko ninja were simply a vast swarm of interchangeable cats in black garments. However, over time the series has focused on individual ninja, examined their philosophy and gone into detail about the reasons for their service to the BiggerBad.
BiggerBad. In addition to the consequences of sustaining such horrific losses throughout the series.



* TraumaCongaLine: When Kagemaru pulls his coup, she has all her friends and allies turned against her, she's cut, poisoned, and dropped into a moat. Kimi finds her sick, freezing and bleeding on the side of a building later on and a barely coherent Chizu must accept [[spoiler: that she's now a fugitive.]]

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* TraumaCongaLine: When Kagemaru pulls his coup, she has all her friends and allies turned against her, she's cut, poisoned, and dropped into a moat. Kimi finds her sick, freezing and bleeding on the side of a building later on and a barely coherent Chizu must accept [[spoiler: that she's now a fugitive.''nukenin'' (fugitive ninja).]]
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* AChildShallLeadThem: Lord Mataichi was assassinated when Noriyuki was about eleven, leaving Noriyuki in charge of the Geishu Clan.

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* AChildShallLeadThem: Lord Mataichi was assassinated when Noriyuki was about eleven, ten, leaving Noriyuki in charge of the Geishu Clan.



* PandaingToTheAudience: The only main character who's a panda.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Unlike most of the lords of Japan (who tend to be either [[RuleOfDrama treacherous, tyrannical or terminally ill)]], Noriyuki is a level-headed and honorable young man who is concerned with justice, honor, and the welfare of his people.

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* PandaingToTheAudience: The only main character who's a panda.
panda. Both his parents were pandas as well.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Unlike most of the lords of Japan daimyo shown (who tend to be either [[RuleOfDrama treacherous, tyrannical or terminally ill)]], Noriyuki is a level-headed and honorable young man who is concerned with justice, honor, and the welfare of his people.



* WalkingTheEarth

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* WalkingTheEarth
WalkingTheEarth: As assassins for hire.



* HandicappedBadass: By WordOfGod, '''the''' most skilled fighter in the series. (Prior to the creation of Inazuma.)

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* HandicappedBadass: By WordOfGod, '''the''' most skilled fighter in the series. (Prior series (prior to the creation of Inazuma.)Inazuma).



* OutOfFocus: Initially he was one of the major supporting characters alongside Gen, Tomoe and the rest. However once he settled down in a village his story was wrapped up and he hasn't appeared since.

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* OutOfFocus: Initially he was one of the major supporting characters alongside Gen, Tomoe and the rest. However once he settled down in a remote village his story was wrapped up and he hasn't appeared since.



* BadassGrandpa: He's an elderly man, but also one of the most powerful Samurai in the comic.
* BreakTheHaughty: In his backstory he was an arrogant and haughty instructor, poised to gain favor of Lord Hikiji himself, until he came to challenge a hermit named Katsuichi. He was defeated three times in front of Hikiji, and humiliated. Upon his lost he renounced his dojo and became a wanderer, growing in both skill and humility.
* CharacterTics: [[spoiler:Usagi realizes that Koji would, seemingly unconsciously, dip his sword before an attack.]] Usagi considered this knowledge key to his technique and defeat [[spoiler:but Katsuichi makes a point to remain ignorant about it so their duel may be fair]].

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* BadassGrandpa: He's an elderly man, but also one of the most powerful Samurai samurai in the comic.
comic, whose skill is equal to that of Usagi's sensei Katsuichi.
* BreakTheHaughty: In his backstory he was an arrogant and haughty instructor, poised to gain the favor of Lord Hikiji himself, until he came to challenge a hermit named Katsuichi. He was defeated three times in front of Hikiji, and humiliated. Upon his lost defeat he renounced his dojo and became a wanderer, growing in both skill and humility.
* CharacterTics: [[spoiler:Usagi realizes that Koji would, seemingly unconsciously, dip his sword right before an attack.]] Usagi considered this knowledge key to his technique and defeat [[spoiler:but Katsuichi makes a point to remain ignorant about it so their duel may be fair]].



* WorthyOpponent: He feels this way to Katsuichi, one of the few to ever defeat him. During their final battle Katsuichi clearly reciprocates [[spoiler:giving him a respectable funeral, and even stating that it was only luck that allowed him to triumph.]]

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* WorthyOpponent: He feels this way to of Katsuichi, one of the few to ever defeat him. During their final battle Katsuichi clearly reciprocates [[spoiler:giving him a respectable funeral, and even stating that it was only luck that allowed him to triumph.]]



** It's strictly from the audience's point of view, though. In-universe, his face is well-known enough to require a body double.

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** It's strictly from the audience's point of view, though. In-universe, his face is well-known enough to require a body double.''kagemusha'' (body double).



* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Lord Hebi is so huge he fights ninjas by ''picking them up with his mouth and hurling them to their death''.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He isn't just a cunning politician, but a fierce combatant. One notable example is when his entourage gets attacked by ninjas, and he lunges into the fray despite the warning of his guards, proceeding to hold his own and then some:

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* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Lord Hebi is so huge he fights ninjas ninja by ''picking them up with his mouth and hurling them to their death''.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He isn't just a cunning politician, but a fierce combatant. One notable example is when his entourage gets attacked by ninjas, ninja, and he lunges into the fray despite the warning of his guards, proceeding to hold his own and then some:



* EnemyMine: Hebi sent the Neko ninja with Usagi and Tomoe to stop a lord who was planning to betray Hikiji, and had stockpiled guns. Noriyuki tells him that he only did it to serve his interests. Hebi merely states that they should be grateful that they stood together against this threat.

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* EnemyMine: Hebi sent the Neko ninja with Usagi and Tomoe to stop a lord Lord Tamakuro, an ambitious daimyo who had stockpiled guns and was planning to betray Hikiji, Hikiji and had stockpiled guns. overthrow the shogunate. Noriyuki tells him that he only did it to serve his Hikiji's interests. Hebi merely states that they should be grateful that they stood together against this threat.



* PetTheDog: After lord Ito succeeds in a bet with a fellow lord, to have ice delivered from the mountains to his home (a very difficult task as the ice melts easily in the summer weather), Hebi is impressed and gives him the position of honor during Hikiji's visit.

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* PetTheDog: After lord Lord Ito succeeds in a bet with a fellow lord, to have ice delivered from the mountains to his home (a very difficult task as the ice melts easily in the summer weather), Hebi is impressed and gives him the position of honor during Hikiji's visit.



One of Usagi's deadliest enemies. In his first appearance he is showed as a crazy killer who think himself as an emissary of the gods in a mission to clean the world from the evil [[KnightTemplar by any means needed]]; but with each appearance, although it's never confirmed that he is ''the blade of the gods'', it's made more clearly that he isn't just a normal person, neither.

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One of Usagi's deadliest enemies. In his first appearance he is showed as a crazy crazed killer who think himself as an emissary of the gods in a mission to clean cleanse the world from the evil [[KnightTemplar by any means needed]]; necessary]]; but with each appearance, although it's never confirmed that he is ''the blade of the gods'', it's made more clearly that he isn't just a normal person, neither.



* BloodbathVillainOrigin: "The Darkness and the Soul". His first incarnation was a Buddhist monk who made a pact with dark Gods to cure a sick noblewoman whose father threatened to raze his monastery if she wasn't cured. Then he was possessed and butchered the other monks himself.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Jei is everything he claims to be, a servant of the Gods sent to cleanse the world of evil. The only problem is that Jei and the Gods he serves have a view of Good that everyone else would describe as sociopathy: the understanding the very concept of evil makes you a target.
* DarkIsEvil: In a reference to the oft-repeated maxim 'the sword is the soul of the samurai', any blade that Jei 'consecrates' immediately turns black. He also favors plain black kimonos, a style ordinarily worn only by monks.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Being stabbed by his spear--or later, sword--is shown to be agonizing, and it's implied that if he kills you with it your soul is destroyed.

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* BloodbathVillainOrigin: "The Darkness and the Soul". His first incarnation was a Buddhist monk who made a pact with dark Gods gods to cure a sick noblewoman whose father threatened to raze his monastery if she wasn't cured. Then he was possessed and butchered the other monks himself.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Jei is everything he claims to be, a servant of the Gods sent to cleanse the world of evil. The only problem is that Jei and the Gods he serves have a view of Good that everyone else would describe as sociopathy: the understanding the very concept of evil makes you a target.
* DarkIsEvil: In a reference to the oft-repeated maxim 'the sword is the soul of the samurai', any blade that Jei 'consecrates' immediately turns black. He also favors plain black kimonos, a style ordinarily worn only by monks.
monks. It's likely a holdover from his first incarnation, who was a Buddhist monk.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Being stabbed by his spear--or later, sword--is shown to be agonizing, and it's implied that if he kills you with it your soul is taken by him or destroyed.


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* OmnicidalManiac: In one story it's shown that he's perfectly willing to let Japan be destroyed in a massive earthquake, as such a disaster would kill countless "sinners."
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* {{Samurai}}: Rather unusually for a samurai, she helped train and raise her current master, Lord Noriyuki.

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* {{Samurai}}: Rather unusually for a samurai, she helped train and raise her current master, Lord Noriyuki. Her being a female samurai allowed to bear her swords is itself unusual for her era.



* YouShallNotPass: When he's holding off the Neko ninja at Atsuta Shrine. He's ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice, but he held them off ''just'' long enough.


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* YouShallNotPass: When he's holding off the Neko ninja at Atsuta Shrine. He's ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice, but he held them off ''just'' long enough.

enough. And he lived just long enough to slay his killers in the process.




* ADayInTheLimelight: He received an extended arc, ''Travels with Jotaro,'' in which his tutor Katsuichi sends him on the road with Usagi to give him some practical experience of the world.

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* ADayInTheLimelight: He received an extended arc, ''Travels with Jotaro,'' in which his tutor master Katsuichi sends him on the road with Usagi to give him some practical experience of the world.



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: When originally appearing in flash-back Katsuichi-Sensei is a SadistTeacher bordering on SenseiForScoundrels. In later appearances he is a SternTeacher: harsh, demanding but also caring and effective.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: When originally appearing in flash-back flashback Katsuichi-Sensei is a SadistTeacher bordering on SenseiForScoundrels.SenseiForScoundrels, who is well on the way to becoming a misanthrope, if he wasn't already one. In later appearances he is a SternTeacher: harsh, demanding but also caring and effective. It could be argued that teaching Usagi, and later the brothers Shunji and Shunichi, also served to soften his personality and regain his faith in humanity.



* EyePatchOfPower: After getting his eye slashed in an ambush, he uses a sword guard as an eyepatch: ''a la'' [[Manga/InuYasha Kaede's]] or [[Manga/LoneWolfAndCub Yagyu Retsudo's]].

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* EyePatchOfPower: After getting his eye slashed in an ambush, he uses a sword guard as an eyepatch: eyepatch ''a la'' [[Manga/InuYasha Kaede's]] or [[Manga/LoneWolfAndCub Yagyu Retsudo's]].



* TheGadfly: She loves to rattle the cages of the self-important. She's pulled pranks on most of the people she's encountered, except Inspector Ishida. (This backfired ''really badly'' when she tried her pranks on Chizu.)

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* TheGadfly: She loves to rattle the cages of the self-important. She's pulled pranks on most of the people she's encountered, except Inspector Ishida. (This Ishida (this backfired ''really badly'' when she tried her pranks on Chizu.)Chizu).



* LikeBrotherAndSister: She enjoys Usagi's company but shows no romantic interest (unless she's up to something.)

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* LikeBrotherAndSister: She enjoys Usagi's company but shows no romantic interest (unless she's up to something.)something), though she often teases him about it.



* OddFriendship: Usagi is an upper-class warrior who's fallen on hard times: Kitsune is a low-caste street entertainer and a criminal. He doesn't judge her for that, and she likes that in him.

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* OddFriendship: Usagi is an upper-class warrior a samurai who's fallen on hard times: times. Kitsune is a low-caste street entertainer and a criminal.criminal, originally of the merchant class - the lowest social class in the Edo period's class system, and only one step above the outcast ''eta'' and ''hinin'' classes. He doesn't judge her for that, and she likes that in him.
1st Sep '17 9:58:13 AM Civanfan
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* GroinAttack: This tends to be one of his go-to moves.
27th Aug '17 7:22:56 PM Civanfan
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Our hero, a young samurai whose liege lord died in battle notmo long after Usagi entered his service. Now masterless, he [[WalkingTheEarth walks the earth]], occasionally hiring himself out as a bodyguard (hence the title), honing his skill as a warrior and meeting lots of interesting people.

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Our hero, a young samurai whose liege lord died in battle notmo not long after Usagi entered his service. Now masterless, he [[WalkingTheEarth walks the earth]], occasionally hiring himself out as a bodyguard (hence the title), honing his skill as a warrior and meeting lots of interesting people.
27th Aug '17 5:31:54 PM Civanfan
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Our hero, a young samurai whose liege lord died in battle not long after Usagi entered his service. Now masterless, he [[WalkingTheEarth walks the earth]], occasionally hiring himself out as a bodyguard (hence the title), honing his skill as a warrior and meeting lots of interesting people.

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Our hero, a young samurai whose liege lord died in battle not notmo long after Usagi entered his service. Now masterless, he [[WalkingTheEarth walks the earth]], occasionally hiring himself out as a bodyguard (hence the title), honing his skill as a warrior and meeting lots of interesting people.



* HandicappedBadass: By WordOfGod, '''the''' most skilled fighter in the series.

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* HandicappedBadass: By WordOfGod, '''the''' most skilled fighter in the series. (Prior to the creation of Inazuma.)
23rd Aug '17 12:29:06 PM SeptimusHeap
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* ShoutOut to ZatoIchi

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* ShoutOut to ZatoIchiFranchise/ZatoIchi
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