History Film / Yojimbo

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''Yojimbo'' -- [[SpellMyNameWithAnS more correctly]] ''Yōjinbō'', meaning "bodyguard" -- is a 1961 JidaiGeki film directed by Creator/AkiraKurosawa, loosely based on Creator/DashiellHammett's novel ''Literature/RedHarvest''. It stars ToshiroMifune as wandering rōnin Sanjūrō, who arrives in a town beset by criminals and decides to clean the place up (apparently for fun and profit). His method is simple, yet clever: he reduces the number of gangsters in the town by getting the two rival factions to go to war, then mops up the remainder. An enormously influential film, it has had at least three direct remakes -- Creator/SergioLeone's ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' (as a Western), Creator/WalterHill's ''Film/LastManStanding'' (as a mob movie) and Albert Pyun's ''Omega Doom'' (as a sci-fi movie) -- as well as homages in numerous other films and television shows. It was even used as the basis of [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/EP042 an episode]] of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime.

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''Yojimbo'' -- [[SpellMyNameWithAnS more correctly]] ''Yōjinbō'', meaning "bodyguard" -- is a 1961 JidaiGeki film directed by Creator/AkiraKurosawa, loosely based on Creator/DashiellHammett's novel ''Literature/RedHarvest''. It stars ToshiroMifune Creator/ToshiroMifune as wandering rōnin Sanjūrō, who arrives in a town beset by criminals and decides to clean the place up (apparently for fun and profit). His method is simple, yet clever: he reduces the number of gangsters in the town by getting the two rival factions to go to war, then mops up the remainder. An enormously influential film, it has had at least three direct remakes -- Creator/SergioLeone's ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' (as a Western), Creator/WalterHill's ''Film/LastManStanding'' (as a mob movie) and Albert Pyun's ''Omega Doom'' (as a sci-fi movie) -- as well as homages in numerous other films and television shows. It was even used as the basis of [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/EP042 an episode]] of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime.


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* TheChessmaster: Sanuro plays both families against each other.
* ContractOnTheHitman: Sanjuro leaves the first family he hires himself out to because he overhears them plotting to kill him when the job is finished, to avoid paying him.
* CripplingTheCompetition: Sanjuro is beaten senseless for rescuing the family that Ushitora's gang was holding hostage.


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* TheDrifter: Sanjuro. He comes across the town at random and leaves once his business is completed.


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* GunsAreWorthless: Being a gunslinger doesn't mean much when you gun-hand is disabled.
* GunsVsSwords: Sanjuro's katana vs. Unosuke's revolver. They both argue that their respective weapons are the best.


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* IOwnThisTown: The town has ''two'' parties that are out to run it.


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* ItAmusedMe: Although Sanjuro definitely has a certain ethical desire to aid the good and punish the wicked, he seems to be motivated a fair amount by this. He only got involved in the gang war by throwing a branch in the air and he is clearly amused by the prospect of earning a little cash while exterminating the two gangs by playing them against each other.


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* KnightErrant: Sanjuro. He just stumbles on the town the film takes place in while wandering aimlessly and gets involved in the MobWar for both justice and profit.
* LastBreathBullet: Subverted. Unosuke makes a last request that Sanjuro allow him to die with his prized gun in his hand, claiming that it is unloaded. The hero gives him the gun and he tries to pull one of these, but is so deep in his death throes that he is unable to pull the trigger.


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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Sanjuro is severely beaten by the villains when he releases the family.


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* SaloonOwner: Gonji, who becomes Sanjuro's ally, albeit reluctantly.


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* ShooTheDog: When the family Sanjuro's helping is too shellshocked to do anything but thank him:
--> Take the gold and run. Start a new life. ''[the family can hardly move for emotion, but all bow in respect]'' Just ''go!'' Stop groveling, I hate beggars. Run ''now'' or I swear I'll kill you myself!


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* ShowdownAtHighNoon: Sanjuro prepares for a JidaiGeki version of the showdown problem is, his opponent has the only revolver in town.


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* {{Undertaker}}: The cooper/coffin-maker.


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* YouAreNumberSix: Sanjuro gives himself a number-name due to the fact that "I'm about 36 (san-3, ju-10 ro[ku]-6) years old." His other name is due to the grove of mulberry trees he happens to be looking at. Yay, sericulture.
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** Recently recovering from an injury, Sanjurō was out to [[spoiler: rescue the innkeeper Gonbei from Unosuke's gang]]. When the sympathetic coffin-maker expressed doubt at the odds against him while he has a mere knife to fight with, Sanjurō bellows: ''[[ItsPersonal I'll turn them into sashimi!]]''
** And earlier when he goes to [[spoiler: rescue Nui, he goes into the house where she is being kept under guard and then comes back out to tell Inokichi that all six guards are dead. After Inokichi leaves, one of the guards comes out to see what all the noise is.]] Sanjūrō wasn't a liar for long.

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** Recently recovering from an injury, Sanjurō was Sanjūrō is out to [[spoiler: rescue [[spoiler:rescue the innkeeper Gonbei from Unosuke's gang]]. When the sympathetic coffin-maker expressed doubt at the odds against him while he has a mere knife to fight with, Sanjurō Sanjūrō bellows: ''[[ItsPersonal I'll turn them into sashimi!]]''
** And earlier earlier, when he goes to [[spoiler: rescue [[spoiler:rescue Nui, he goes into the house where she is being kept under guard and then comes back out to tell Inokichi that all six guards are dead. After Inokichi leaves, one of the guards comes out to see what all the noise is.]] Sanjūrō wasn't a liar for long.



* BloodlessCarnage: During the fights, you won't see any wounds (except for one instance of Sanjūrō [[AnArmAndALeg cutting off a guy's arm]]) and the swords often seem to slash nothing but air. There is sometimes blood ''after'' the battles though, spilling from under the victim's body.

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* BloodlessCarnage: [[ZigzaggingTrope Sometimes.]] During the fights, you won't see any wounds (except for one instance of Sanjūrō [[AnArmAndALeg cutting off a guy's arm]]) and the swords often seem to slash nothing but air. There are a couple of times when this is sometimes averted, though: once when a thug gets cut up in an alleyway and blood ''after'' the battles though, spilling spurts from under the victim's body.his body almost immediately, and again when [[spoiler:Unosuke has been slashed to bits and is very visibly bleeding out.]]



* DiagonalCut: One of the last things Sanjuro does: [[spoiler: Cut the ropes binding Gonji with a single stroke, before turning around to go [[WanderingTheEarth Wander the Earth]] some more.]]

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* DiagonalCut: One of the last things Sanjuro Sanjūrō does: [[spoiler: Cut [[spoiler:cut the ropes binding Gonji with a single stroke, before turning around to go [[WanderingTheEarth Wander the Earth]] some more.]]



* DistractedByTheSexy: Averted, although they give it a good try.

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* DistractedByTheSexy: Averted, although [[ExploitedTrope they give it a good try.try]].



* AFistfulOfRehashes: Officially, this is an adaptation of ''The Glass Key'', though its plot more closely follows ''Red Harvest''.

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* AFistfulOfRehashes: Officially, this The one that's thought to have started the rehashing chain is itself an adaptation of ''The Glass Key'', though its plot more closely follows ''Red Harvest''.



* {{Gonk}}: Most of the bad guys except for Unosuke. Inokichi's the real standout here.

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* {{Gonk}}: Most of the bad guys guys, except for Unosuke. Inokichi's the real standout here.



** Gonji has traits of this too [[spoiler: when he has to hide and transport a seriously injured Sanjuro.]]

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** Gonji has traits of displays this too [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when he has to hide and transport a seriously injured Sanjuro.]]



* ImprobableAimingSkills: Averted. [[spoiler: Unosuke can hit stationary targets just fine, but he misses badly in the climax when aiming at a moving Sanjuro.]]
* ISurrenderSuckers: Subverted. [[RevolversAreJustBetter Unosuke]] [[spoiler:is so far into his death throes]] that he can't even finish Sanjūrō off at point blank range. Strangely, Unosuke takes a bit longer to die than that and talks some more later. Perhaps he considered Sanjūrō a WorthyOpponent he couldn't bring to kill like that. He could have even gotten away since revolvers were rare in Japan at that time that Sanjuro didn't realize until he got close it still had bullets left!

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* ImprobableAimingSkills: Averted. [[spoiler: Unosuke [[spoiler:Unosuke can hit stationary targets just fine, but he misses badly in the climax when aiming at a moving Sanjuro.Sanjūrō.]]
* ISurrenderSuckers: Subverted. [[RevolversAreJustBetter Unosuke]] [[spoiler:is so far into his death throes]] that he can't even finish Sanjūrō off at point blank range. Strangely, Unosuke takes a bit longer to die than that and talks some more later. Perhaps he considered Sanjūrō a WorthyOpponent he couldn't bring to kill like that. He could have even gotten away since revolvers were rare in Japan at that time that Sanjuro didn't realize until he got close it still had bullets left!WorthyOpponent.



** Sanjuro. He's coarse, devious, treats the closest thing he has to friends like crap, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick kills a whole bunch of people]], but inserts himself into a mob war because it's the right thing to do, and saves several people from their own stupidity.
** Gonji is this as well. [[spoiler: He could have left Sanjuro to die, but took great risk to protect and heal Sanjuro while the guy was injured and running from the mob. He even gets captured and strung up for his efforts, but scolds his rescuers for coming back and endangering themselves again.]]

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** Sanjuro.Sanjūrō. He's coarse, devious, treats the closest thing he has to friends like crap, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick kills a whole bunch of people]], but inserts himself into a mob war because it's the right thing to do, and saves several people from their own stupidity.
** Gonji is this as well. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He could have left Sanjuro Sanjūrō to die, but took great risk to protect and heal Sanjuro Sanjūrō while the guy was injured and running from the mob. He even gets captured and strung up for his efforts, but scolds his rescuers for coming back and endangering themselves again.]]



* LineOfSightName: When asked what his name is, Mifune looks out over a field of mulberry trees and gives the name Kuwabatake (mulberry field) Sanjūrō (thirty-ish).
* LostHimInACardGame: The husband in the family in the PetTheDog example lost his wife (and their house) gambling.
* MadeOfIron: AvertedTrope, after Sanjūrō is beaten up and guarded by two of Ushitora's thugs and one of the guards asks the other if it's all right to keep him tied up while the GiantMook says he's nothing without his sword anyway in a way that would rather seem to be TemptingFate to many GenreSavvy viewers, Sanjūrō escapes through more sneaky means and drags himself to his escape from being unable to stand.
* MasterSwordsman: Sanjūrō, naturally. It comes back to bite him when [[spoiler: Unosuke notes that he's the only one skilled enough with a sword to kill six men single-handed.]] In the final showdown, [[spoiler: he takes on 10 men, including a GiantMook and a guy with a gun, killing 9 of them (the 10th he lets go out of mercy).]]
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Inokichi, who while boisterous is so slow-witted he's almost charming.

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* LineOfSightName: When asked what his name is, Mifune the ronin looks out over a field of mulberry trees and gives the name Kuwabatake (mulberry field) Sanjūrō (thirty-ish).
* LostHimInACardGame: The husband in of the family in the PetTheDog example lost his wife (and their house) gambling.
* MadeOfIron: AvertedTrope, after Startlingly averted. When Ushitora discovers that Sanjūrō is has betrayed him, Sanjūrōis terribly beaten up and guarded by two of kept under guard at Ushitora's thugs and one of place. The only way he can escape is [[spoiler:by hiding in a storage chest, tricking the guards asks the other if it's all right to keep him tied up while the GiantMook says gangsters into thinking he's nothing without his sword anyway in a way that would rather seem to be TemptingFate to many GenreSavvy viewers, Sanjūrō escapes through more sneaky means ''already'' escaped, and drags himself to his ''then'' pulling off the actual escape from being unable by the skin of his teeth while Ushitora's men dash around the house searching for him. He's reduced to stand.
crawling around underneath floorboards and can't even stand, let alone hold his own in a fight.]]
* MasterSwordsman: Sanjūrō, naturally. It comes back to bite him when [[spoiler: Unosuke [[spoiler:Unosuke notes that he's the only one skilled enough with a sword to kill six men single-handed.]] In the final showdown, [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he takes on 10 ten men, including a GiantMook and a guy with a gun, killing 9 nine of them (the 10th tenth he lets go out of mercy).]]
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Inokichi, who who, while boisterous boisterous, is so slow-witted he's almost charming.



* MrExposition: Gonji, who lays out the whole situation in town and who everybody is to Sanjūrō (and the audience).

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* MrExposition: Gonji, who lays out the whole present situation in town and who everybody is what led up to it for Sanjūrō (and the audience).



** Sanjūrō, as best displayed during the escape scene. Even after being beaten within an inch of his life, he's still able to think clearly enough to make an effective escape.
** Gonji, with none of the training or skills, [[spoiler: manages to bluff his way past gangsters and through a mob war to get an injured Sanjuro to safety.]]

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** Sanjūrō, as best displayed during the [[spoiler:the escape scene. Even after being beaten within an inch of his life, he's still able to think clearly enough to make an effective escape.
getaway.]]
** Gonji, with none of the training or skills, [[spoiler: manages skills that Sanjūrō has, [[spoiler:manages to bluff his way past gangsters and through a mob war to get an injured Sanjuro Sanjūrō to safety.]]



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: The family Sanjuro saved send him a letter of thanks, and Unosuke spots it, leading to Sanjuro's capture and torture.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: Kannuki tossing Sanjuro around like a ragdoll during one of the torture sessions breaks the lock on a storage box, which Sanjuro hides in to trick the guards that he has escaped, and then makes a break for it as they go on the hunt.]]

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The family Sanjuro Sanjūrō saved send sends him a letter of thanks, and thanks. Unosuke spots it, leading to Sanjuro's Sanjūrō's capture and torture.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: Kannuki [[spoiler:Kannuki tossing Sanjuro Sanjūrō around like a ragdoll during one of the torture sessions breaks the lock on a storage box, which Sanjuro box. Sanjūrō hides in it to trick the guards into thinking that he has escaped, and then makes a break for it as they go on the hunt.]]



* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Sanjūrō behaves like this at start, and Gonji chew him out several times for that.

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* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Sanjūrō behaves like this at the start, and Gonji chew chews him out several times for that.it.



** Sanjuro manages to save a family that's been caught between the quarrels of the two gangs, which [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold tends to make him less antiheroic.]] In order to act a little more rugged, Sanjūrō [[ShooTheDog threatens them with death if they don't get the hell out of there fast enough.]] He does so with good reason: if they're caught, they'll likely be killed.
** Also, at the very beginning of the film, he chances to see a farmer boy quarreling with his parents; he intends to join one of the gangs, thinking that the excitement and riches are preferable to a boring life of farming and eating gruel. Near the end of the film, Sanjūrō actually has that ''same farmer-turned-gangster'' at swordpoint. Rather than cut him down, though, Sanjūrō just remarks to him that perhaps the gruel-eating life ''is'' better than this. The boy, elated at this mercy, runs off.
* PlayingBothSides: Sort-of the movie's main premise. Arguably this is the [[TropeCodifier codifying]] example as it is the most identifiable element in the remakes ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' and ''Film/LastManStanding'', and is oft cited as a primary influence in later works that revolve around this premise.
* PrematurelyMarkedGrave: The local gravedigger sizes up Sanjūrō for the coffin he will need to be building.

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** Sanjuro Sanjūrō manages to save a family that's been caught between the quarrels of the two gangs, which [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold tends to make makes him less overtly antiheroic.]] In order to act a little more rugged, Sanjūrō [[ShooTheDog threatens them with death if they don't get the hell out of there fast enough.]] He does so with good reason: if they're caught, they'll likely be killed.
** Also, at the very beginning of the film, he chances to see a farmer boy quarreling with his parents; he intends to join one of the gangs, thinking that the excitement and riches are preferable to a boring life of farming and eating gruel. Near [[spoiler:Near the end of the film, Sanjūrō actually has that ''same farmer-turned-gangster'' at swordpoint. Rather than cut him down, though, Sanjūrō just remarks to him that perhaps the gruel-eating life ''is'' better than this. The boy, elated at this mercy, runs off.
off.]]
* PlayingBothSides: Sort-of the movie's main premise. Arguably this This film is probably the [[TropeCodifier codifying]] example as it is example, at least in cinema. It's the most identifiable element in the remakes ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' and ''Film/LastManStanding'', and the film is oft often cited as a primary influence in on later works that revolve around this premise.
* PrematurelyMarkedGrave: The local gravedigger sizes up Sanjūrō for the coffin he will need to be building.build.



* RockBeatsLaser: [[spoiler: Unosuke and his overconfidence in his gun are no match for a superbly trained samurai like Sanjuro, who defeats him easily with his throwing knife and a [[KatanasAreJustBetter single deadly katana]] blow]].

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* RockBeatsLaser: [[spoiler: Unosuke [[spoiler:Unosuke and his overconfidence in his gun are no match for a superbly trained samurai like Sanjuro, Sanjūrō, who defeats him easily with his throwing knife and a [[KatanasAreJustBetter single deadly katana]] blow]].



* SanitySlippage: Tazaemon, the Silk Merchant falls victim to this. His grip on reality is tenuous even at the start of the film and by the end [[spoiler: he appears to have gone completely insane.]]
* SamuraiPonytail: Mifune is a poor wandering ronin with a short, scruffy ponytail that sticks straight out of the back of his head.
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: Based on the poster, Sanjuro is either going to cut your throat or take your head off with his katana.
* SeeYouInHell: [[spoiler:Unosuke's final words to Sanjuro.]]

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* SanitySlippage: Tazaemon, the Silk Merchant silk merchant, falls victim to this. His grip on reality is tenuous even at the start of the film film, and by the end [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he appears to have gone completely insane.]]
* SamuraiPonytail: Mifune Sanjūrō is a poor wandering ronin with a short, scruffy ponytail that sticks straight out of the back of his head.
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: Based on the poster, Sanjuro Sanjūrō is either going to cut your throat or take your head off with his katana.
* SeeYouInHell: [[spoiler:Unosuke's final words to Sanjuro.Sanjūrō.]]



** After Sanjuro escapes having taken a severe beating, Gonji tells him he doesn't look alive... and it's even worse when he smiles.
* TerrorHero: It's part of Sanjuro's GuileHero shtick. By establishing himself as Alpha Badass early on, he gets to play both gang leaders, and intimidate every {{Mook}} to allow him free reign of the town.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Those fired thugs of Ushitora's whom Sanjuro holds hostage.
* WalkingTheEarth: At the beginning, Sanjuro wanders in whatever direction a casually thrown branch suggests.

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** After Sanjuro escapes [[spoiler:Sanjūrō escapes, having taken a severe beating, beating,]] Gonji tells him he doesn't look alive... and it's even worse when he smiles.
* TerrorHero: It's part of Sanjuro's Sanjūrō's GuileHero shtick. By establishing himself as Alpha Badass early on, he gets to play both gang leaders, leaders and intimidate every {{Mook}} to allow him free reign of in the town.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Those fired thugs of Ushitora's whom Sanjuro who Sanjūrō holds hostage.
* WalkingTheEarth: At the beginning, Sanjuro Sanjūrō wanders in whatever direction a casually thrown branch suggests.



** Sanjuro himself, at first. While he tells Gonji he's going to get rid of the gangs, his reasoning is basically summed up by the fact that he gets to kill men who deserve to die and get paid for it.
* WeaponOfChoice: Unosuke wears a sword on him, but shows the constable the pistol he got in his travels and proceeds to never be seen without it at least once in any given scene.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Ushitora's men allow Seibei's women to flee when his gang attacks Seibei's house. Well everyone except for [[spoiler: Seibei's wife.]]

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** Sanjuro Sanjūrō himself, at first. While he tells Gonji he's going to get rid of the gangs, his reasoning is basically summed up by the fact that he gets to kill men who deserve to die and get paid for it.
* WeaponOfChoice: Unosuke wears a sword on him, sword, but shows the constable the pistol he got in his travels and proceeds to never be seen without it at least once in any given scene.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Ushitora's men allow Seibei's women to flee when his gang attacks Seibei's house. Well everyone except for [[spoiler: house [[spoiler:but not Seibei's wife.]]
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* BadassBoast: Recently recovering from an injury, Sanjurō was out to [[spoiler: rescue the innkeeper Gonbei from Unosuke's gang]]. When the sympathetic coffin-maker expressed doubt at the odds against him while he has a mere knife to fight with, Sanjurō bellows: ''[[ItsPersonal I'll turn them into sashimi!]]''

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* BadassBoast: BadassBoast:
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Recently recovering from an injury, Sanjurō was out to [[spoiler: rescue the innkeeper Gonbei from Unosuke's gang]]. When the sympathetic coffin-maker expressed doubt at the odds against him while he has a mere knife to fight with, Sanjurō bellows: ''[[ItsPersonal I'll turn them into sashimi!]]''
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* {{Badass}}: Sanjūrō is a complete badass, and everybody comes to realize this very quickly. In fact, seeing as how his performance influenced Creator/ClintEastwood in ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' it could be said he's one of the modern [[TropeMaker Trope Makers]].
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* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Sanjūrō behaves like this at start, and Gonji chew him out several times for that.
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--> '''Thug 1:''' Not to brag, but I've committed every crime in the book.

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--> '''Thug 1:''' If they catch me, they'll put my head on a pike. Not to brag, but I've committed every crime in the book.
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* DeadpanSnarker: Sanjūrō, especially when talking to Ushitora's men.
--> '''Thug 1:''' Not to brag, but I've committed every crime in the book.
--> '''Sanjūrō:''' So you wouldn't mind if I killed you?
--> '''Thug 2:''' Kill us if you can!
--> '''Sanjūrō:''' ''*shrugs*'' It'll hurt.
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* FatComicRelief: Inokichi.

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* FatComicRelief: Inokichi.Inokichi, who's more pudgy than fat.



* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Inokichi

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* MinionWithAnFInEvil: InokichiInokichi, who while boisterous is so slow-witted he's almost charming.
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* MinionwithanFinEvil: Inokichi

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* MinionwithanFinEvil: MinionWithAnFInEvil: Inokichi
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* BadCopIncompetentCop / DirtyCop: The local constable is useless and venal, and attempts to get a finders fee for recommending that Sanjūrō join one side of the gang war. Sanjūrō tells him to kill himself at the end of the film.
-->'''Sanjūrō''': Go hang yourself.



* DirtyCop: The local constable is useless and venal, and attempts to get a finders fee for recommending that Sanjūrō join one side of the gang war. Sanjūrō tells him to kill himself at the end of the film.
-->'''Sanjūrō''': Go hang yourself.



* FatComicRelief: Inokichi.



* GuileHero: While Sanjūrō is more than capable of handling open conflicts, he spends most of the movie implementing {{Batman Gambit}}s against his enemies instead.

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* GuileHero: GuileHero:
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While Sanjūrō is more than capable of handling open conflicts, he spends most of the movie implementing {{Batman Gambit}}s against his enemies instead.



* ISurrenderSuckers: Subverted. [[RevolversAreJustBetter Unosuke]] [[spoiler:is so far into his death throes]] that he can't even finish Sanjūrō off at point blank range.
** Strangely, Unosuke takes a bit longer to die than that and talks some more later. Perhaps he considered Sanjūrō a WorthyOpponent he couldn't bring to kill like that.
*** He could have even gotten away since revolvers were rare in Japan at that time that Sanjuro didn't realize until he got close it still had bullets left!
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sanjuro. He's coarse, devious, treats the closest thing he has to friends like crap, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick kills a whole bunch of people]], but inserts himself into a mob war because it's the right thing to do, and saves several people from their own stupidity.

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* ISurrenderSuckers: Subverted. [[RevolversAreJustBetter Unosuke]] [[spoiler:is so far into his death throes]] that he can't even finish Sanjūrō off at point blank range.
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range. Strangely, Unosuke takes a bit longer to die than that and talks some more later. Perhaps he considered Sanjūrō a WorthyOpponent he couldn't bring to kill like that.
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that. He could have even gotten away since revolvers were rare in Japan at that time that Sanjuro didn't realize until he got close it still had bullets left!
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
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Sanjuro. He's coarse, devious, treats the closest thing he has to friends like crap, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick kills a whole bunch of people]], but inserts himself into a mob war because it's the right thing to do, and saves several people from their own stupidity.



* MasterSwordsman: Sanjūrō, naturally. It comes back to bite him when [[spoiler: Unosuke notes that he's the only one skilled enough with a sword to kill six men single-handed.]]
** In the final showdown, [[spoiler: he takes on 10 men, including a GiantMook and a guy with a gun, killing 9 of them (the 10th he lets go out of mercy).]]

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* MasterSwordsman: Sanjūrō, naturally. It comes back to bite him when [[spoiler: Unosuke notes that he's the only one skilled enough with a sword to kill six men single-handed.]]
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]] In the final showdown, [[spoiler: he takes on 10 men, including a GiantMook and a guy with a gun, killing 9 of them (the 10th he lets go out of mercy).]]



* NervesOfSteel: Sanjūrō, as best displayed during the escape scene. Even after being beaten within an inch of his life, he's still able to think clearly enough to make an effective escape.

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* NervesOfSteel: NervesOfSteel:
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Sanjūrō, as best displayed during the escape scene. Even after being beaten within an inch of his life, he's still able to think clearly enough to make an effective escape.



* [[FatComicRelief Pudgy Comic Relief]]: Inokichi.



* {{Sean Connery Is About To Shoot You}}: Based on the poster, Sanjuro is either going to cut your throat or take your head off with his katana.

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* {{Sean Connery Is About To Shoot You}}: SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: Based on the poster, Sanjuro is either going to cut your throat or take your head off with his katana.



* SlasherSmile / PsychoticSmirk: Unosuke's default facial expressions.

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* SlasherSmile / PsychoticSmirk: SlasherSmile:
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Unosuke's default facial expressions. expression.



* WarForFunAndProfit: The casket-maker has this attitude.

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* WarForFunAndProfit: WarForFunAndProfit:
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The casket-maker has this attitude.
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