History ComicBook / UsagiYojimbo

12th Mar '17 11:25:33 AM nombretomado
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* MiyamotoMusashi: The inspiration for Usagi.
11th Mar '17 6:20:07 AM cybertoy0
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* HeDidntMakeIt: At the end of the Dragon Bellow's Conspiracy, Gen tells Usagi and Tomoe that Zato-Ino was shot and fell during the battle. [[spoiler: However, as he mentally notes, Zato-Ino didn't actually die from the bullet. It was Gen's way of paying Zato-Ino back for saving his life during the fight.]]
24th Feb '17 12:59:19 AM fusilcontrafusil
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One of the longest-running comics of all time to be drawn and written by a single person, Usagi Yojimbo has been running (under various publishers) since 1984. It's been noted for its meticulously researched and accurate portrayal of feudal Japan (talking animals notwithstanding) as well as its ability to take readers by surprise by messing with tropes; a seemingly lighthearted story may turn out to be a heartrending tragedy, or vice-versa.

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One of the longest-running comics of all time to be drawn and written by a single person, Usagi Yojimbo ''Usagi Yojimbo'' has been running (under various publishers) since 1984. It's been noted for its meticulously researched and accurate portrayal of feudal Japan (talking animals notwithstanding) as well as its ability to take readers by surprise by messing with tropes; a seemingly lighthearted story may turn out to be a heartrending tragedy, or vice-versa.
19th Feb '17 7:58:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* DemonSlaying: Sasuke the Demon Queller



* TheHunter: Sasuke the Demon Queller
15th Feb '17 4:41:47 PM KaputExaltation
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* SexyDiscretionShot: Usagi's picnic with Mariko goes in an [[TheirFirstTime unexpectedly]] sexy direction [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-C5rt8KH6-6c/VJmDNy1320I/AAAAAAAAWJg/errmUKiu0ww/s1600/Image00004.jpg with very little warning]]. [[spoiler:It seems [[DidTheyOrDidntThey ambiguous]] until it's revealed that [[YourSonAllAlong Jotaro]] was conceived at that moment.]]
10th Feb '17 12:49:57 PM KaputExaltation
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* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: The cruel capture and murder of poor, innocent Noodles. His only friends are kept back by corrupt lawmen while the terrified GentleGiant is tortured, then graphically run through with spears.

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* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Don't let the [[BloodlessCarnage lack of blood]] or the [[ArtStyleDissonance style of the art]] fool you. The body fount of this comic is frankly ''[[CharactersDroppingLikeFlies astonishing]]'', and most of the deaths are extremely graphic. Of particular note is the cruel capture and murder of poor, innocent Noodles. [[GentleGiant Noodles]]. His only friends are kept back by corrupt lawmen while the terrified GentleGiant he is tortured, then [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice graphically run through with spears.spears]].
3rd Jan '17 6:16:57 PM Wyldchyld
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* {{Badass}}: Miyamoto Usagi. And many others. Since it's a series about samurai, there are almost more {{Badass}} characters than there are 'normal' ones.



* BerserkButton: Don't mess with Usagi's swords. No, seriously, just don't.
** Or his teacher, Katsuichi sensei.
** Genosuké is a walking berserk button. His questionable character traits tend to set off more Usagi temper tantrums than anything else.
** Several samurai are shown to be very touchy about lower-class people touching their scabbards even accidentally, which contain the swords that contain their souls.

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* BerserkButton: Don't mess with Usagi's swords. No, seriously, just don't.
** Or his teacher, Katsuichi sensei.
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Genosuké is a walking berserk button. His questionable character traits tend to set off more Usagi temper tantrums than anything else.
** Several samurai are shown to be very touchy about lower-class people touching their scabbards even accidentally, which contain the swords that contain their souls.
else.



* BewareTheNiceOnes / BewareTheSillyOnes: Usagi's very nice but if you're a bad guy he won't hesitate to cut you down.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes / BewareTheSillyOnes: BewareTheNiceOnes:
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Usagi's very nice but if you're a bad guy he won't hesitate to cut you down.



* FantasticFoxes / {{Kitsune}}: The ''character'' named Kitsune is just a 'person' who appears foxlike. A couple of kitsune in the Japanese myth sense have appeared, with the ability to switch from non-anthropomorphic fox forms into fox-humanoids, but they are generally (though not invariably) villains.

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* FantasticFoxes / {{Kitsune}}: The ''character'' named Kitsune is just a 'person' who appears foxlike. A couple of kitsune in the Japanese myth sense have appeared, with the ability to switch from non-anthropomorphic fox forms into fox-humanoids, but they are generally (though not invariably) villains.



* FightMagnet[=/=]WeirdnessMagnet: Usagi has an amazing tendency to attract all the weird and dangerous things in any area he is passing through. He will accidentally bump into an ancient, mystic sword and get himself in the middle of an anti-shogun conspiracy or become number one on a local psychopath’s “to kill” list. No matter how much he tries to avoid it, he always ends up in a fight. If it's not {{Youkai}} he has to kill, then a village needs to be saved from a {{Yakuza}}. Most of his friends are not ordinary people, either. This happy bunch includes: a bounty hunter, a powerful daimyo, said daimyo’s ActionGirl bodyguard, the former head of a ninja clan who would love to get rid of Usagi, a BadassGrandpa OldMaster, a ClassyCatBurglar, and a professional demon hunter.

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* FightMagnet[=/=]WeirdnessMagnet: WeirdnessMagnet: Usagi has an amazing tendency to attract all the weird and dangerous things in any area he is passing through. He will accidentally bump into an ancient, mystic sword and get himself in the middle of an anti-shogun conspiracy or become number one on a local psychopath’s “to kill” list. No matter how much he tries to avoid it, he always ends up in a fight. If it's not {{Youkai}} he has to kill, then a village needs to be saved from a {{Yakuza}}. Most of his friends are not ordinary people, either. This happy bunch includes: a bounty hunter, a powerful daimyo, said daimyo’s ActionGirl bodyguard, the former head of a ninja clan who would love to get rid of Usagi, a BadassGrandpa OldMaster, a ClassyCatBurglar, and a professional demon hunter.
17th Dec '16 9:39:06 PM LBHills
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* SingleStrokeBattle

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* SingleStrokeBattleSingleStrokeBattle: In general, any sort of duel between characters of different skill levels is going to be resolved in one stroke.



** Orphan-maker, Noriko's brutal enforcer, [[spoiler: is blinded by Usagi. A few stories later he meets Usagi again (though he doesn't recognize him) and tells him that getting blinded made him a better person and he's grateful for it.]]

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** Orphan-maker, Noriko's brutal enforcer, [[spoiler: is blinded by Usagi. A few stories later he meets Usagi again (though he doesn't recognize him) his voice) and tells him that getting blinded made him a better person and he's grateful for it.]]
17th Dec '16 9:35:40 PM LBHills
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* StoryWithinAStory: Usagi's told two: "My Lord's Daughter" where he battles an army of ''oni'' to rescue his lord's daughter [[spoiler: his Lord Mifune didn't have a daughter]] and [[Literature/{{Momotaro}} "Momo-Usagi-taro"]] with himself as the legendary hero and ([[FurryConfusion interestingly]]) PartiallyCivilizedAnimal sidekicks, not anthropomorphic ones like himself (maybe because one of them's a pheasant and there aren't any bird-people).

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* StoryWithinAStory: Usagi's told two: "My Lord's Daughter" where he battles an army of ''oni'' to rescue his lord's daughter [[spoiler: his Lord Mifune didn't have a daughter]] and [[Literature/{{Momotaro}} "Momo-Usagi-taro"]] with himself as the legendary hero and ([[FurryConfusion interestingly]]) PartiallyCivilizedAnimal sidekicks, not anthropomorphic ones like himself (maybe because one of them's a pheasant and there aren't any bird-people). The ''Senso'' stand-alone also turned out to be one.



* ThatManIsDead: Inversion:
** In "Vendetta" a young samurai is looking for [[YouKilledMyFather his father's killers]] and has official permission to [[PrepareToDie execute them]]. Three of them became bandits and were caught in the first part while the [[FourIsDeath fourth]] [[spoiler: was genuinely sorry for what he did, chopped off his topknot and became a monk. He accepts that all the good he's done as a monk won't wipe out the past but Usagi convinces the vengeful samurai to accept the topknot in place of his head]].

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* ThatManIsDead: Inversion:
ThatManIsDead:
** In "Vendetta" a young samurai is looking for [[YouKilledMyFather his father's killers]] and has official permission to [[PrepareToDie execute them]]. Three of them became bandits and were caught lost duels to him in the first part while the [[FourIsDeath fourth]] [[spoiler: was genuinely sorry for what he did, chopped off renounced his topknot samurai status, and became a an altruistic monk. He accepts that all the good When he's done as a monk won't wipe out confronted by the past but son of the man he murdered, he acknowledges that his accuser has the right to kill him, and he will not resist. Usagi convinces persuades the vengeful young samurai to accept the former samurai's topknot in place instead of his head]].head.]].



** Weirdly played with General Ikeda--he hides as a farmer, but becomes so used to his life that, when given the chance to rise against his enemy's son, he refuses, saying to his wife that these samurai were looking for someone no longer alive. That being said, though he's happy as a farmer, if the occasion calls for it, he can still be his old self.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: The story "The Death of Lord Hikiji", where Usagi runs into a couple of other former vassals of Lord Mifune. They are planning to kill Lord Hikiji to avenge Mifune's death, and Usagi has to decide whether or not he wants to join them.

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** Weirdly played with General Ikeda--he hides Ikeda originally took the guise of a farmer ''purely'' to bide his time until he could launch a blood revolution, but sacrificed so much in order to succeed as a farmer, but becomes so used to his life farmer that, when given the chance to rise against time came for a potentially successful rebellion, he turns his enemy's son, he refuses, saying to back on his old life. When his wife that these samurai were asks what his former co-conspirator wanted, he says, "He was looking for someone no longer alive. That being said, though he's happy as a farmer, if the occasion calls for it, he can still be his old self.
alive."
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: The story comic focuses on honor and morality a lot, so there have been many examples.
** "A Mother's Love" deals with an old woman whom Usagi befriends. He learns later that her son is a ruthless crime boss, and she is grief-stricken that her child not only neglects and disrespects her, but extorts her neighbors and regularly murders people. She begs Usagi to ''kill her son,'' and when the horrified ronin protests, she poisons her son. Then she confesses her crime to Usagi, and begs for a MercyKill. Grieving, he complies.
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"The Death of Lord Hikiji", where Usagi runs into comes across a couple of other plot by some former vassals of Lord Mifune. They are planning comrades to kill [[BigBad Lord Hikiji to avenge Mifune's death, Hikiji]] and Usagi has to decide whether or not he wants between his duty to his lord and the undeniable fact that his comrades will die in the attempt. He agrees to join them.them, but at the last instant discovers that the opportunity his companions were exploiting was, in fact, a trap.
25th Nov '16 9:09:29 PM LBHills
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* BackToBackBadasses: One of Sakai's favorite tropes. Thanks to his ChronicHeroSyndrome, Usagi will go back-to-back to help almost any honorable warrior ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Gen, too.]]) He's guarded the backs of Tomoe, Ikeda, Nakamura Koji, Chizu... well, just about everybody!
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