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15th Mar '17 2:50:55 PM SamuraiMarmoset
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* Samurai are one of the three factions in ''VideoGame/ForHonor''. In the fictional world of the game, the Samurai, or "Chosen" of the Dawn Empire dwell in the swamps of the Myre, after their original home was destroyed in the cataclysm that wrecked the world a thousand years beforehand. Their classes include the Kensei, the most traditionally samurai-like of the lot, but who uses a nodachi rather than a katana, [[TheBigGuy the Shugoki]], massive oni-masked warriors who wield a ''kanabo'' and can shrug off the first attack thanks to their massive HP, [[FragileSpeedster the Orochi]], elite Imperial assassins and katana-wielders, and [[YamatoNadeshiko the Nobushi]], women warriors wielding naginata who protect the common folk. The Samurai are also the focus of the final story chapter with the viewpoint character being the Orochi [[spoiler: who is also the one to kill [[BigBad Apollyon]].]]
14th Mar '17 7:27:52 PM CosmicFerret
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* Jin in ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' is the most prominent example, as is anyone in the show related to his past. There's also the "Samurai who smells of sunflowers" who Fuu convinces Jin and Mugen to help her track down [[spoiler: he's her father, and a JapaneseChristian]]. Also worth noting is that while serving as the narrator, [[CluelessDetective Manzo the Saw]] comments explicitly on the homosexual practices of samurai noted above.

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* Jin in ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' is the most prominent example, as is anyone in the show related to his past. There's also the "Samurai who smells of sunflowers" who Fuu convinces Jin and Mugen to help her track down [[spoiler: he's her father, and a JapaneseChristian]].UsefulNotes/JapaneseChristian]]. Also worth noting is that while serving as the narrator, [[CluelessDetective Manzo the Saw]] comments explicitly on the homosexual practices of samurai noted above.
12th Mar '17 11:21:16 AM nombretomado
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28th Feb '17 7:23:01 PM PadmaPhala
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When samurai are presented negatively, expect them to be wearing their [[TinTyrant full armor, including an elaborately designed and intimidating helmet.]] When they're being presented as paragons, expect them to at least be [[HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic helmet-less]], or sometimes [[ArmorIsUseless wearing nothing but]] a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakama Hakama]]. {{Ronin}} in particular probably aren't going to be armored and maybe be visually contrasted to armored samurai - though what with {{Ronin}} tending to be WalkingTheEarth, it's pretty logical they aren't going to be able to hauling full armor around. Speaking of samurai armor, it was usually made of leather-backed iron scales laced with silk, or later on, iron or steel lames riveted together. While it was often coated with lacquer to prevent moisture from rusting the metal, [[DeadUnicornTrope it was never made of wood like some sources claim]].

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When samurai are presented negatively, expect them to be wearing their [[TinTyrant full armor, including an elaborately designed and intimidating helmet.]] When they're being presented as paragons, expect them to at least be [[HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic helmet-less]], or sometimes [[ArmorIsUseless wearing nothing but]] a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakama Hakama]]. {{Ronin}} in particular probably aren't going to be armored and maybe be visually contrasted to armored samurai - though what with {{Ronin}} tending to be WalkingTheEarth, it's pretty logical they aren't going to be able to hauling haul full armor around. Speaking of samurai armor, it was usually made of leather-backed iron scales laced with silk, or later on, iron or steel lames riveted together. While it was often coated with lacquer to prevent moisture from rusting the metal, [[DeadUnicornTrope it was never made of wood like some sources claim]].
28th Feb '17 7:13:58 PM PadmaPhala
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Theoretically, samurai were supposed to follow the ''bushido'' code of honor, which stressed loyalty to one's master, self discipline and respectful, ethical behavior. However, the degree to which individual samurai actually adhered to ''bushido'' (which as a formal concept may be NewerThanTheyThink, according to historians, though patterns and traditions in common with the concept certainly existed throughout the centuries) varied about as much as the degree to which individual knights in Europe adhered to the code of chivalry -- which is to say, you could find everything from bandits in armor to saints of the battlefield. Although women could be and frequently were warriors, the social and military rules for them were somewhat different than for men (and the word samurai itself, being inherently linguistically masculine, was/is not technically used for females).

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Theoretically, samurai were supposed to follow the ''bushido'' code of honor, which stressed loyalty to one's master, self discipline and respectful, ethical behavior. However, the degree to which individual samurai actually adhered to ''bushido'' (which as a formal concept may be NewerThanTheyThink, according to historians, though patterns and traditions in common with the concept certainly existed throughout the centuries) varied about as much as the degree to which individual knights in Europe adhered to the code of chivalry -- which is to say, you could find everything from bandits in armor to saints of the battlefield. Although women could be and frequently were warriors, the social and military rules for them were somewhat different than for men (and the word samurai itself, being inherently linguistically masculine, was/is not technically used for females).
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20th Feb '17 11:27:53 AM YoshioKST
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** Auron from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. A lot of his appearance is due to traditional depictions of {{ronin}}, including the arm being kept inside his robe and the jug of sake hanging from his belt. Also, Auron starts that game with a {{BFS}} that is called a katana, (although it looks more like a cross between a katana and [[http://toppera-tpr.deviantart.com/art/Sanosuke-82575370?offset=30 Sanosuke's zanbato]] from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'') and most of his other weapons are named after famous Japanese sword smiths, although not all of them look much like traditional blades. His (gigantic)katana are notable for being considered piercing weapons, which along his massive strength, are able to take down armored enemies without hassle. His other skills include 'Breaks', which reduces an enemies' attack/defense and/or magics, and he's also the first party member able to take massive hits in place of the more fragile mages. There's a reason he's called the Legendary Guardian.

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** Auron from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. A lot of his appearance is due to traditional depictions of {{ronin}}, including the arm being kept inside his robe and the jug of sake hanging from his belt. Also, Auron starts that game with a {{BFS}} that is called a katana, (although it looks more like a cross between a katana and [[http://toppera-tpr.deviantart.com/art/Sanosuke-82575370?offset=30 Sanosuke's zanbato]] from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'') and most of his other weapons are named after famous Japanese sword smiths, although not all of them look much like traditional blades. His (gigantic)katana are notable for being considered piercing weapons, which along his massive strength, are able to take down armored enemies without hassle. His other skills include 'Breaks', which reduces an enemies' attack/defense and/or magics, and he's also the first party member able to take massive hits in place of the more fragile mages. Once his Celestial Weapon is unlocked and fully powered, he deals even more damage at lower health, as a samurai embraces death. There's a reason he's called the Legendary Guardian.



*** And in the immediate [[''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX-2'' sequel]], Yuna, Rikku, and newcomer Paine can choose to carry on their legacy and wield the Samurai dressphere, giving them multitarget attacks, buffs and a strike with 50% to kill everything in the fight.

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*** And in the immediate [[''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX-2'' [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 sequel]], Yuna, Rikku, and newcomer Paine can choose to carry on their legacy and wield the Samurai dressphere, giving dressphere. It allows them multitarget attacks, buffs bonus attack damage when they're on low health, reflecting the samurai's fearlessness in battle, abilities like Momentum, that increase the girls' damage as more foes fall in battle, and cleansing both the player's debuffs and purging their foes' buffs. By far their most notable skills however, are [[SingleStrokeBattle Zantetsu, an strike intended as a one-hit kill of any one opponent, and Shin-Zantetsu, a MULTITARGET strike with a 50% chance to kill everything in do the fight.same.]]
20th Feb '17 11:16:34 AM YoshioKST
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** ''Yojimbo'' happens to be the name of a samurai movie directed by Creator/AkiraKurosawa.
** As far as individual characters go, Cyan from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' fits this character type completely, with his use of formal speech (YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe in the NA translations) and [[KatanasAreJustBetter a wide array of katanas]]/[[EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana Eastern-style swords]].
** Also, Auron from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. A lot of his appearance is due to traditional depictions of {{ronin}}, including the arm being kept inside his robe and the jug of sake hanging from his belt. Also, Auron starts that game with a {{BFS}} that is called a katana, (although it looks more like a cross between a katana and [[http://toppera-tpr.deviantart.com/art/Sanosuke-82575370?offset=30 Sanosuke's zanbato]] from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'') and most of his other weapons are named after famous Japanese sword smiths, although not all of them look much like traditional blades.

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** ''Yojimbo'' happens to be In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', every character can take on the name Samurai job once unlocked, its special ability is throwing gil at all foes the player is currently facing. While taxing economically, it is one of a samurai movie directed by Creator/AkiraKurosawa.
the fastest way to deal massive amounts of damage.
** As far as individual characters go, Cyan from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' fits this character type completely, with his use of formal speech (YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe in the NA translations) and [[KatanasAreJustBetter a wide array of katanas]]/[[EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana Eastern-style swords]].
** Also, Auron from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. A lot of his appearance is due
swords]]. Nine skills unique to traditional depictions of {{ronin}}, him all in all, including the arm being kept inside his robe multislashes, counterattacks and the jug of sake hanging from his belt. Also, Auron starts that game stuns, all done exclusively with a {{BFS}} that is called a katana, (although it looks more like a cross between a katana and [[http://toppera-tpr.deviantart.com/art/Sanosuke-82575370?offset=30 Sanosuke's zanbato]] from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'') and most of his other weapons are named after famous Japanese sword smiths, although not all of them look much like traditional blades.katana.


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** Auron from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. A lot of his appearance is due to traditional depictions of {{ronin}}, including the arm being kept inside his robe and the jug of sake hanging from his belt. Also, Auron starts that game with a {{BFS}} that is called a katana, (although it looks more like a cross between a katana and [[http://toppera-tpr.deviantart.com/art/Sanosuke-82575370?offset=30 Sanosuke's zanbato]] from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'') and most of his other weapons are named after famous Japanese sword smiths, although not all of them look much like traditional blades. His (gigantic)katana are notable for being considered piercing weapons, which along his massive strength, are able to take down armored enemies without hassle. His other skills include 'Breaks', which reduces an enemies' attack/defense and/or magics, and he's also the first party member able to take massive hits in place of the more fragile mages. There's a reason he's called the Legendary Guardian.
** From the same game, [[summon Yojimbo]], the optional Aeon which joins upon being hired. Payment is expected not only to recruit him, but for his every action. He carries a number of weapons, including a nodachi which, should he decides you're worthy of him unsheathing, will [[SingleStrokeBattle oneshot]] [[GameBreaker ANYTHING]] in the game, up to and including the final boss OR even optional [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu superbosses]].
*** And in the immediate [[''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX-2'' sequel]], Yuna, Rikku, and newcomer Paine can choose to carry on their legacy and wield the Samurai dressphere, giving them multitarget attacks, buffs and a strike with 50% to kill everything in the fight.
*** ''Yojimbo'' happens to be the name of a samurai movie directed by Creator/AkiraKurosawa.


7th Jan '17 9:14:11 PM jamespolk
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* Creator/ToshiroMifune, who starred as samurai in all but the last two of those Kurosawa films listed above, also starred in the "Samurai Trilogy". ''Film/SamuraiIMusashiMiyamoto'', the first film in the trilogy, is all about him rising to greatness as a samurai.
25th Oct '16 11:56:01 AM DouglasFir
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* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' finally got around to using a samurai theme in 2009 with ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger''.
** ''Shinkenger'' inevietably got its American counterpart as ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai''; but even before then, ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' had a Green Samurai Ranger, even though the ''Sentai'' character he was based on was a ninja rather than a samurai.
** In ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' there was a MonsterOfTheWeek called the Samurai Fanman, who likely fit the Trope InNameOnly.

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* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** ''Sentai''
finally got around to using a samurai theme in 2009 with ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger''.
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''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger''. ''Shinkenger'' inevietably got its American counterpart as ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai''; but even ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai''.
** Even
before then, ''Samurai'', ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' had a Green Samurai Ranger, even though the ''Sentai'' character he was based on was a ninja rather than a samurai.
** In ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' there was a MonsterOfTheWeek called the Samurai Fanman, who likely fit the Trope InNameOnly. InNameOnly.
** The Gao Warriors, the Gaorangers' ancient predecessors from ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'', are samurai-themed warriors (their ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' counterparts are more like [[SettingUpdate Western-style knights]]). Also, one of the monsters of the week in both series was a samurai monster.
15th Oct '16 2:21:44 AM VutherA
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Members of the feudal military class, they had considerable social status, and after the end of the 16th century until the mid-19th century they were the only Japanese legally allowed to own swords (with the exception of swords having blades less than 24 inches, which were legally considered ''wakizashi'' and legal for non-samurai to own), causing wearing both a long and short sword (called the "daishō", literally "big-little") to become a symbol of the samurai.

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\n[[caption-width-right:350:"Bushido is realized in the presence of death. This means choosing death whenever there is a choice between life and death. There is no other reasoning." - Yamamoto Tsunetomo, paraphrased]]

Members of the feudal military class, they had considerable social status, and after the end of the 16th century until the mid-19th century they were the only Japanese legally allowed to own swords (with the exception of swords having blades less than 24 inches, which were legally considered ''wakizashi'' and legal for non-samurai to own), causing wearing both a long and short sword (called the "daishō", ''daishō'', literally "big-little") to become a symbol of the samurai.



Not to be confused with the CyberPunk "StreetSamurai" character type. A more modern take is the CorporateSamurai, who takes the general ethos of the samurai and applies it to a modern setting. The DistaffCounterpart is YamatoNadeshiko, a Japanese woman expected to be loyal, respectable and capable of fighting.

See also JidaiGeki. You were probably expecting their iconic "katana" swords to get a mention around here, so for that, see the page KatanasAreJustBetter (and don't forget not EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana). JapaneseSpirit also incorporates a lot of old samurai tropes and virtues into modern manga.

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Not to be confused with the CyberPunk "StreetSamurai" character type. A more modern take is the CorporateSamurai, who takes the general ethos of the samurai and applies it to a modern setting. Speaking of which, those two character types definitely got made because EverythingsBetterWithSamurai. The DistaffCounterpart is YamatoNadeshiko, a Japanese woman expected to be loyal, respectable and capable of fighting.

See also JidaiGeki. You were probably expecting their iconic "katana" ''katana'' swords to get a mention around here, so for that, see the page KatanasAreJustBetter (and don't forget not EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana). JapaneseSpirit also incorporates a lot of old samurai tropes and virtues into modern manga.
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