History Comicbook / UsagiYojimbo

23rd Apr '18 1:16:55 AM miraculous
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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Invoked by the author in order to accurately portray the era and culture of the characters. Certain things considered right and honorable would be deemed harsh and cruel by modern standards. [[spoiler: A good example is found in Sanshobo's origin story: Sanshobo (in his prior, samurai life) failed to save the son of his lord from an accidental death, so Sanshobo's adult son committed suicide to make amends.]]

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Invoked by the author in order to accurately portray the era and culture of the characters. Certain things considered right and honorable would be deemed harsh and cruel by modern standards. [[spoiler: A good example is found in Sanshobo's origin story: Sanshobo (in his prior, samurai life) failed to save the son of his lord from an accidental death, so Sanshobo's adult son committed suicide to make amends.]]


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**Characters who would rather die than be dishonored make decisions that can seem strange to the reader. Similarly, characters who renounce that honor and start a new life as monks are making a tremendous personal sacrifice that, to modern eyes, doesn't seem all that significant.
**As tolerant as Usagi can be, he's still amazed in "The Hidden" upon learning that the Christians worship an executed criminal (albeit an innocent one).
** The treatment of the lower classes is bad to modern eyes and rather extreme even by the standards of the rest of the world in the 16th centur
17th Apr '18 10:20:07 PM theknack101
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* OpenSecret: Just about everyone seems to know that Jotaro is Usagi's son, and yet Usagi still tries to keep it a secret. Ironically Jotaro knows the truth as well but doesn't think Usagi knows. They both refuse to tell the other because they believe it'll ruin their happiness.
17th Apr '18 5:28:51 PM eroock
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* HastilyHiddenMacGuffin: In the "A Potter's Tale" issue, a thief slips into a pottery workshop while on the run and hides a valuable gem in the wet clay of one of the bowls. So he knows which one contains the gem, he pinches the rim to make it stand out. Unfortunately for the thief, the potter sees the difference, likes the addition and does the same to all his bowls. The thief desperately buys all the bowls and smashes them to find the gem but the potter had already unknowingly given the bowl containing the gem back to the man that the thief stole it from as part of a business deal. Then thief's partners come looking for their share of the loot...
11th Apr '18 2:08:56 PM MikeW
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* HiddenInPlainSight: In the acclaimed "Grasscutter" storyline, Usagi discovers the fabled lost sword whose owner can lay claim to being Emperor. Knowing that the fight for the sword could instigate a civil war, Usagi decides to take it to a temple where an exact replica of Grasscutter is on display for visitors. By switching the real sword for the fake, Usagi will have it kept safe while totally in the public eye.
7th Apr '18 8:16:31 PM SilentStranger
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** There's also PublicDomainArtifact Grasscutter, which is at the very least an extremely well-made mundane sword, having laid at the bottom of the ocean for 500 years without losing it's edge or getting the least bit rusty. There's also some indication that it's divine heritage might be true, such as Jei being unable to corrupt it like he does with his other weapons.



* CreepyChild: Keiko, after Jei designates her as his "innocent" (acting like a witch's familiar). Although she's quite [[CheerfulChild cheerful]] about it, which, as Keiko cheerfully bids a polite farewell to the men Jei has just murdered, makes it all the eerier.

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* CreepyChild: Keiko, after Jei designates her as his "innocent" (acting like a witch's familiar). Although she's quite [[CheerfulChild cheerful]] about it, which, as Keiko cheerfully bids a polite farewell to the men Jei has just murdered, makes it all the eerier. She hasnt changed much personality-wise from when Jei first found her, but the way she never acknowledges the swathe of horror Jei is carving across their travels is very unsettling.



* HeirClubForMen: Tomoe is more skilled than her brother but didn't inherit the family dojo because she's a woman.

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* HeirClubForMen: Tomoe is more skilled than her brother but didn't inherit the family dojo because she's a woman. Her father does acknowledge that she is by far the superior swordsman, but has no interest in wrecking the dojo's reputation in a futile attempt at singlehandedly changing everyone elses sexist attitudes.


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* TheyLookJustLikeEveryonElse: The Assassain's Guild, professional killers who prefer operating incognito disguised as monks, performers, beggars and other such "invisible" people. Ironically, this makes them by far more like the actual historical ninja than the Ninja Clans of the comic. They have begun to consider Usagi an active threat as he has inadvertenly interfered with a fw of their missions, with hi being none the wiser since the assassains dont identify themselves.
7th Apr '18 4:26:33 AM SilentStranger
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* BreakTheHaughty: After losing his eyes during "The Mother of Mountains", the Orphanmaker reappears sometime later and Usagi discovers that he's become a wandering monk. When asked, he reveals that after becoming blind, he spent a lot of time angry and miserable, but eventually learned to accept help and charity from others. He also began to understand what it felt like when the strong bully the weak, and realized he had been just as bad. Eventually, he became a monk to atone for his past misdeeds.


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* EyeScream: In "The Mother Of Mountains", the mercenary known as The Orphanmaker loses both his eyes over the course of the story, Usagi pokes one out with his bare fingers when the Orphanmaker is grappling with him, and during the climax cuts the other one out with his sword, leaving him blind. He's such a JerkAss it's hard to feel sorry for hi, but ironically, it leads to BreakTheHaughty, as seen above.
3rd Apr '18 1:38:03 PM SilentStranger
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** The Neko Ninjas motto is "a ninjas duty in life is death", and none of them have ever begged for mercy no matter how vile the ninja in question might be.
** In general, you can tell the quality of the antagonists by wether or not they fulfill this trope. Weak and cowardly villains will beg and snivel for their miserable lives, while the brave will be DefiantToTheEnd.



* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Hikiji as the sole human, something Sakai later regretted doing. [[spoiler: Jesus on the crucifix -- lion, lamb, human, or something else entirely?]] Also, foreigners, until issue #150 of the Dark Horse run, which introduces a Spanish feline named Rodriguez.

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* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Hikiji as the sole human, something Sakai later regretted doing. [[spoiler: Jesus on the crucifix -- lion, lamb, human, or something else entirely?]] Also, foreigners, until issue #150 of the Dark Horse run, which introduces a Spanish feline named Rodriguez. Unfortunately, he fulfills pretty much all the racist beliefs the japanese hold towards foreigners in the setting, as he's both violent and sadistic.
23rd Mar '18 5:39:47 AM TruebloodJoe
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Usagi is often associated with the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, thanks in part to several crossovers between different incarnations of the properties, and the friendship between Sakai and the Turtles creators. Besides ''TMNT'' comics, Usagi has appeared in two episodes of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the 1987 cartoon]], eight of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 the 2003 show]], and three on [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the 2012 show]] (with one being written by Sakai himself). The latter two shows have also done episodes set in Usagi's world--the closest things yet to an ''Usagi'' animated series. ''Usagi Yojimbo'' was also published by Eastman and Laird's Mirage Studios for a time, before moving on to Creator/DarkHorseComics.

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Usagi is often associated with the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, thanks in part to several crossovers between different incarnations of the properties, and the friendship between Sakai and the Turtles creators. Besides ''TMNT'' comics, Usagi has appeared in two episodes of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the 1987 cartoon]], eight of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 the 2003 show]], and three on [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the 2012 show]] (with one being written by Sakai himself). The latter two shows have also done episodes set in Usagi's world--the closest things yet to an ''Usagi'' animated series. ''Usagi Yojimbo'' was also published by Eastman and Laird's Mirage Studios for a time, before moving on to Creator/DarkHorseComics.
Creator/DarkHorseComics. In March of 2018, the series moved to a series of miniseries, with both the total numbering and the Dark Horse numbering listed in the indices.
5th Mar '18 9:16:39 PM nombretomado
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* CrossOver: The comic featured several early appearances by the Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}, and Usagi is a RecurringCharacter in the [[{{TMNT1987}} TMNT]] [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 cartoons]].

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* CrossOver: The comic featured several early appearances by the Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}, and Usagi is a RecurringCharacter in the [[{{TMNT1987}} [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 TMNT]] [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 cartoons]].
21st Feb '18 3:07:59 PM SymBionicFan
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* JerkAssFacade: Gen, Stray Dog.

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