History ComicBook / UsagiYojimbo

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!
6th Nov '16 8:26:07 AM Kirayoshi
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** Kitsune's motto: "A girl has to do what she can to get by, ne?"
** Often, after narrowly escaping a horrifying situation with their skins intact, Usagi will regard Gen with a death glare before shouting, "You and your stupid short-cuts!"
5th Nov '16 10:01:47 PM Kirayoshi
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* TheMacguffin: "The Green Persimmon". A veritable army of mooks try to kill Usagi when he is handed a porcelain sculpture of a persimmon, which was supposed to be a gift to Lord Hijiki. While he recovers in Lord Noriyuki's palace, Noriyuki explains that the persimmon would somehow lead Lord Hijiki to a cache of matchlock rifles that he could use to overthrow the shogun. Looking at the persimmon once more, Usagi realizes that the seemingly slipshod design of the ceramic glaze is actually a map of a nearby coastline, and a small blemish on one side represents the upcoming full moon. By heading for that part of the coast on the night of the full moon, Noriyuki's men are able to intercept the delivery of the rifles, and keep them out of Hijiki's hands.

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* TheMacguffin: MacGuffin: "The Green Persimmon". Persimmon". A veritable army of mooks try to kill Usagi when he is handed a porcelain sculpture of a persimmon, which was supposed to be a gift to Lord Hijiki. Hijiki. While he recovers in Lord Noriyuki's palace, Noriyuki explains that the persimmon would somehow lead Lord Hijiki to a cache of matchlock rifles that he could use to overthrow the shogun. shogun. Looking at the persimmon once more, Usagi realizes that the seemingly slipshod design of the ceramic glaze is actually a map of a nearby coastline, and a small blemish on one side represents the upcoming full moon. moon. By heading for that part of the coast on the night of the full moon, Noriyuki's men are able to intercept the delivery of the rifles, and keep them out of Hijiki's hands.
5th Nov '16 10:00:39 PM Kirayoshi
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* TheMacguffin: "The Green Persimmon". A veritable army of mooks try to kill Usagi when he is handed a porcelain sculpture of a persimmon, which was supposed to be a gift to Lord Hijiki. While he recovers in Lord Noriyuki's palace, Noriyuki explains that the persimmon would somehow lead Lord Hijiki to a cache of matchlock rifles that he could use to overthrow the shogun. Looking at the persimmon once more, Usagi realizes that the seemingly slipshod design of the ceramic glaze is actually a map of a nearby coastline, and a small blemish on one side represents the upcoming full moon. By heading for that part of the coast on the night of the full moon, Noriyuki's men are able to intercept the delivery of the rifles, and keep them out of Hijiki's hands.
13th Aug '16 12:16:59 AM LBHills
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** At one point, Inazuma realizes that the operator of a lonely roadside restaurant has slipped poison into her tea so he can collect her bounty. She intimidates the man into drinking the tea, watches him die in agony, and then [[ActuallyPrettyFunny pays for her meal]] before she departs.

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** At one point, Inazuma realizes that the operator of a lonely roadside restaurant has slipped poison into her tea so he can collect her bounty. She intimidates terrifies the man into drinking the tea, watches him die in agony, and then [[ActuallyPrettyFunny pays for her meal]] before she departs.departs. After all, she's not a ''thief.''
31st Jul '16 11:08:57 PM Kirayoshi
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* FriendToAllChildren: Whenever he interacts with children, Usagi tends to get along well with them. Notably in one story, he meets with a group of orphan children [[spoiler (oddly, the same ones whom Inukai helps out although their paths don't cross in this story)]] and entertains them by telling them the story of Literature/{{Momotaro}}, recasting himself in the lead role.

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* FriendToAllChildren: Whenever he interacts with children, Usagi tends to get along well with them. Notably in one story, he meets with a group of orphan children [[spoiler [[spoiler: (oddly, the same ones whom Inukai helps out although their paths don't cross in this story)]] and entertains them by telling them the story of Literature/{{Momotaro}}, recasting himself in the lead role.
31st Jul '16 11:07:43 PM Kirayoshi
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* FriendToAllChildren: Whenever he interacts with children, Usagi tends to get along well with them. Notably in one story, he meets with a group of orphan children [[spoiler (oddly, the same ones whom Inukai helps out although their paths don't cross in this story)]] and entertains them by telling them the story of Literature/{{Momotaro}}, recasting himself in the lead role.
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