History Comicbook / UsagiYojimbo

12th Oct '17 9:46:15 AM MikeW
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** A unique case is Usagi coming across a village haunted by the ghost of a general who was killed before he could complete the ceremony. Waiting for the ghost to appear, Usagi respectfully says the two served the same lord and "I would be honored to be your second." As the general makes the cuts, Usagi uses his sword (blessed in holy water) to make the final cut and let the general's spirit be at peace.
17th Sep '17 9:29:45 AM Kirayoshi
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* FaceDeathWithDignity: As a samurai, Usagi is prepared to do so. During "Grasscutter", when Jei appeared to have Usaji on the ropes and stated his intention to kill him, Usaji simply replied, "Such is karma."
17th Sep '17 9:21:07 AM Kirayoshi
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* LetsYouAndHimFight: Averted in "Shades of Green"; Usagi and Gen joined with an old wizard to fight off an army of ninjas. The wizard reasoned that they need ninjas of their own, so he conjured four ninjas to aid them. Specifically, [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo and Raphael.]] Finding themselves in unfamiliar surroundings, they thought this was a trap set by Splinter and were set to attack Gen and Usagi, until Leonardo (who had met Usagi before) recognized him. The two exchanged pleasantries and Leo's brothers decided that if Leo trusted Usagi, they would trust him as well.

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* LetsYouAndHimFight: Averted in "Shades of Green"; Usagi and Gen joined with an old wizard to fight off an army of ninjas. The wizard reasoned that they need ninjas of their own, so he conjured four ninjas to aid them. Specifically, [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo and Raphael.]] Finding themselves in unfamiliar surroundings, they thought this was a trap set by Splinter Shredder and were set to attack Gen and Usagi, until Leonardo (who had met Usagi before) recognized him. The two exchanged pleasantries and Leo's brothers decided that if Leo trusted Usagi, they would trust him as well.
23rd Aug '17 12:29:40 PM SeptimusHeap
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** Many characters are [[ShoutOut shout outs]] to [[JidaiGeki Chanbara]] heroes -- the Lone Goat and Kid is a nod to the Manga/LoneWolfAndCub, Zato-Ino the blind masseur pig is a thinly-veiled version of {{Zatoichi}}, Lord Mifune references the actor Creator/ToshiroMifune, and so on.

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** Many characters are [[ShoutOut shout outs]] to [[JidaiGeki Chanbara]] heroes -- the Lone Goat and Kid is a nod to the Manga/LoneWolfAndCub, Zato-Ino the blind masseur pig is a thinly-veiled version of {{Zatoichi}}, Franchise/{{Zatoichi}}, Lord Mifune references the actor Creator/ToshiroMifune, and so on.
12th Aug '17 4:21:02 AM moloch
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** Usagi's cartoon incarnations.

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** Usagi's cartoon incarnations.incarnations, because they're technically linked up by the whole Turtles multiverse. Usagi meets both the Mirage and IDW Turtles, and the former have met both the '03 and '12 animated Turtles, who've met both their "own" '03 and '12 animated Usagis and the '87 Turtles, who've met the animated '87 Usagi. [[LongList Whew.]]
8th Aug '17 12:44:19 AM Dvandemon
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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 is scheduled for three on [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the 2012 show]] (with at least 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 is scheduled for three on [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the 2012 show]] (with at least 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.
24th Jul '17 11:56:54 AM theknack101
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** Senso (which is not in the main canon) serves double duty for the story itself and for Space Usagi. [[spoiler:After piloting a robot and destroying the last alien walker, Usagi gets stabbed by the last remaining alien. Before he dies, he and Jotaro both learn that the other knew about their relationship as father and son, and he confesses his love to Tomoe. Then we see that the whole story was told by Usagi from Space Usagi to children, showing that he survived the events of his story and found another love in that canon's version of Mariko, who is pregnant.]]
23rd Jul '17 10:35:32 PM SpideyTerry
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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. This has permitted Usagi to appear on the screen in the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 first]] [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 two]] ''TMNT'' cartoons as a recurring character, culminating in an episode set in Usagi's world--the closest thing 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. This has permitted Besides ''TMNT'' comics, Usagi to appear on the screen has appeared in the two episodes of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 first]] the 1987 cartoon]], eight of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 two]] ''TMNT'' cartoons as a recurring character, culminating in an episode the 2003 show]], and is scheduled for three on [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the 2012 show]] (with at least one being written by Sakai himself). The latter two shows have also done episodes set in Usagi's world--the closest thing 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.
27th May '17 6:52:07 AM LBHills
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* 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.
** Although many of Usagi's less honorable friends have pointed out that he gets into a lot of scrapes because [[ChronicHeroSyndrome he can't stay uninvolved]] when he witnesses people being attacked, bullied, repressed, and the like, so this is at least partially his own fault.
** This leads to him being made an enemy of a guild of assassins, who think that Usagi is trying to take them down- he isn't, he just happens to be in an area where they're trying to kill someone, and stops them. It's just that, well, this ''keeps happening,'' and they're not chalking it up to coincidence.


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* 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.
** Although many of Usagi's less honorable friends have pointed out that he gets into a lot of scrapes because [[ChronicHeroSyndrome he can't stay uninvolved]] when he witnesses people being attacked, bullied, repressed, and the like, so this is at least partially his own fault.
** This leads to him being made an enemy of a guild of assassins, who think that Usagi is trying to take them down- he isn't, he just happens to be in an area where they're trying to kill someone, and stops them. It's just that, well, this ''keeps happening,'' and they're not chalking it up to coincidence.
11th May '17 1:39:51 PM DrPsyche
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* UngratefulBastard: Averted in "Ice Runners." During a bet Lord Ito has a few of his loyalists retrieve ice from the mountains to present to Lord Hikiji and a rival lord tries to have those servants killed. Usagi manages to intervene, save one and deliver the ice before it melts. In-spite of the petty nature of the challenge and Ito being allied with the BigBad, he shows nothing but gratitude to Usagi and his servants for accomplishing such a difficult task. In the Shogunate-era when Lordships rise and fall based on their allies, Ito being able to impress a powerful Lord like Hikiji was important in the game of politics even if the action itself seemed silly. As such, Ito was proud of the faith he could place in his servants and the aid of kind strangers.
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