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19th Sep '17 8:36:38 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The Samurai are a major [[CultureChopSuey cultural inspiration]] for the Redguards, a ProudWarriorRace of [[HumansAreWarriors mankind]] who otherwise draw significantly from [[Main/ArabianNightsDays various Middle-Eastern cultures]] as well as the Moors. Their status as the [[MasterSwordsman Master Swordsmen]] race of Tamriel and the veneration of the swords themselves in their culture are firmly Samurai.
** The [[AncientOrderOfProtectors Blades]] also have the Samurai as a major inspiration. This is reflected in their namesake [[KatanasAreJustBetter weapons]] and style of armor. The Blades blend the Samurai with western-style knights and the [[SecretPolice CIA]][=/=][[PraetorianGuard Secret Service]].
16th Sep '17 4:31:41 PM nombretomado
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1st Sep '17 12:17:58 PM Robbyn
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* Somei from the cooking-manga ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'', member of the [[AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil Elite Ten]]. Somei lives by the code of the bushido, the way of the samurai, and incorporates it in his mannerisms. He uses his sword in his sushi preparations.
16th Aug '17 12:59:10 PM SeptimusHeap
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One thing you won't hear a lot about in samurai fiction is the practice of ''shudo'', which means "[[{{Shotacon}} the way of the young.]]" ''Shudo'' was a form of pederasty that was commonly practiced by the samurai class, and was considered a very high and noble form of love. The practice fell out of favor during the Meiji Restoration due to cultural influence from Europe (which preferred its boys to be prostitutes - facilitating plausible deniability - rather than publicly-acknowledged lovers). ''Shudo'' has often been the victim of omission and whitewashing in both fiction and historical accounts, though it occasionally crops up in the YaoiGenre.

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One thing you won't hear a lot about in samurai fiction is the practice of ''shudo'', which means "[[{{Shotacon}} "[[LoverAndBeloved the way of the young.]]" ''Shudo'' was a form of pederasty that was commonly practiced by the samurai class, and was considered a very high and noble form of love. The practice fell out of favor during the Meiji Restoration due to cultural influence from Europe (which preferred its boys to be prostitutes - facilitating plausible deniability - rather than publicly-acknowledged lovers). ''Shudo'' has often been the victim of omission and whitewashing in both fiction and historical accounts, though it occasionally crops up in the YaoiGenre.
31st Jul '17 6:05:07 PM WaterBlap
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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. All examples not from Japan and/or of Japanese heritage count as McSamurai.

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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. All examples not from Japan and/or of Japanese heritage count as McSamurai.\n
30th Jul '17 12:36:35 AM grammy
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* Manji and a number of other characters in ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'' most however are just "thugs that just happen to be born into nobility" (like most were during the 18th-century).
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Soul Society is modeled on medieval Japan. With the Soul Reapers filling the role of the samurai class, emphasis is placed on courage, loyalty and obedience. Particular examples include Byakuya and Komamura, whose zanpakutous sometimes manifest as warriors wearing traditional armour.
* While not an ''actual'' samurai, Juubei from ''Manga/GetBackers'' seems to follow the same basic honor code, to the point where characters will actually use the word when describing himboth flatteringly and not-so-flatteringly.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' in all its wacky glory.
* Graham Aker of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' adopts the way of bushido in the second season, despite being American. His idea of the code of bushido was also rather skewed, considering he only cared about fighting his WorthyOpponent and was extremely disrespectful to his superiors. This got played up to such an extent that his InSeriesNickname became "Mr. Bushido". He even dolls up his personal mobile suits with armor and weaponry designed to evoke samurai imagery. It is subverted in that many people, in universe and out, consider him a total idiot for these actions, which he drops in time for TheMovie.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''. Chief Security maid Konoe Tsurugi, in demeanor and military training.
* One episode of ''Anime/HareGuu'' started showing samurai fighting a war in feudal Japan. Turns out Guu was just watching TV.



* One episode of ''Anime/HareGuu'' started showing samurai fighting a war in feudal Japan. Turns out Guu was just watching TV.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': In episode 26 [[MadScientist Dr.]] [[BigBad Hell]] [[WorthyOpponent praised]] [[TheHero Kouji Kabuto]], stating that he had to have blood samurai because he was a strong, courageous and tenacious warrior, right like a samurai.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is set in the late 19th Century during the Meiji Period of Japan, a few years after the abolition of the Samurai caste. A major part of the story centers around the last generation of Samurai trying to adjust to life in post-feudal Japan. The main character, Himura Kenshin, is sometimes described as a Samurai being a highly skilled swordsman but he was never actually a member of the Samurai caste, coming from a poor farming family. He also plays with this trope a bit seeming to fully obey Bushido while acting as Battousai and disobeying it when in his less violent state of mind, preventing many fellow Samurai from committing Seppuku, dishonoring them. During his time as an assassin in Kyoto he would have been impersonating a samurai, as a commoner wouldn't be allowed to wear swords on the street like he did, which is why he gained the family name "Himura" at that time; as a commoner during the shogunate he wouldn't have had a family name, but samurai had family names so he needed one to pass as a samurai.



* 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 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.
* Ryoko Mitsurugi in ''Manga/RealBoutHighSchool''.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Soul Society is modeled on medieval Japan. With the Soul Reapers filling the role of the samurai class, emphasis is placed on courage, loyalty and obedience. Particular examples include Byakuya and Komamura, whose zanpakutous sometimes manifest as warriors wearing traditional armour.
* Manji and a number of other characters in ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'' most however are just "thugs that just happen to be born into nobility" (like most were during the 18th-century).
* While not an ''actual'' samurai, Juubei from ''Manga/GetBackers'' seems to follow the same basic honor code, to the point where characters will actually use the word when describing himboth flatteringly and not-so-flatteringly.
* Hatsu from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''. Even though he is Korean, he follows a strict code of honor similar to that of a samurai. Also, he wields katana.



* Creator/KenAkamatsu's use of the ''Shinmeiryuu'' sword school in his stories (''Manga/LoveHina'', ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'') is a way for him to bring samurai into the setting, because EverythingsBetterWithSamurai. That and to depict ImplausibleFencingPowers.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' in all its wacky glory.

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* Creator/KenAkamatsu's use ''Franchise/LupinIII'': Goemon Ishikawa XIII, descendant of the ''Shinmeiryuu'' sword school in his stories (''Manga/LoveHina'', ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'') is a way for him real historical figure/folk hero of the same name. The historical Goemon was closer to bring samurai a {{Ninja}} version of Robin Hood than a Samurai, though he may have been born into a Samurai family. XIII himself is actually what we call a {{Ronin}}, but is never called that InUniverse.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** Signum has a lot of samurai-like qualities (like her loyalty to Hayate and being TheStoic) despite Ancient Belka being closer in line with Medieval Europe. Levi
the setting, because EverythingsBetterWithSamurai. That Slasher even calls her "Bushido".
** Micaiah Chevelle has a {{Katana|sAreJustBetter}} Intelligent Device (one of the few that speaks Japanese instead of German or English),
and to depict ImplausibleFencingPowers.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' in all its wacky glory.
her Barrier Jacket resembles a Kendo uniform.



* Greatshot in ''Anime/TransformersVictory'' is modelled on a samurai - in the Japanese version, he even has the appropriate speech pattern.

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* Greatshot ''Anime/MazingerZ'': In episode 26 [[MadScientist Dr.]] [[BigBad Hell]] [[WorthyOpponent praised]] [[TheHero Kouji Kabuto]], stating that he had to have blood samurai because he was a strong, courageous and tenacious warrior, right like a samurai.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Samurai are the skilled swordsmen of the [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Country of Wa]], whose skill is so great, that they are successfully independent from the World Government. When the Straw Hat Pirates enter the New World, they meet three of them: Kin'emon, his son Momonosuke and his friend Kanjuro. There is a big CultureClash between the groups, and due to Wa's isolationist policy, [[FishOutOfWater are rather out of place
in ''Anime/TransformersVictory'' there]]. They also are unaware of what their own Devil's Fruit powers are, as well.
* Atomic Samurai from ''Manga/OnePunchMan'', an S-Class hero (the number 4) practitioner of iaitsu. He
is modelled on a formidable swordsman with exceptional speed and strength.
* A kid known only as Samurai was the very first one-shot character to appear in the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, in the episode "Challenge of the Samurai". He dressed like
a samurai - and used bug-type Pokemon.
* In ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', Rikkaidai sub-captain Genichirou Sanada follows ''several'' of the stereotypes associated with the samurais. He's TallDarkAndHandsome, extremely stern and proud ([[NotSoStoic or tries to be]], does NOT tolerate anything similar to indiscipline, is a HeirToTheDojo specialized in ''kendo'', etc.
* Ryoko Mitsurugi in ''Manga/RealBoutHighSchool''.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is set
in the late 19th Century during the Meiji Period of Japan, a few years after the abolition of the Samurai caste. A major part of the story centers around the last generation of Samurai trying to adjust to life in post-feudal Japan. The main character, Himura Kenshin, is sometimes described as a Samurai being a highly skilled swordsman but he was never actually a member of the Samurai caste, coming from a poor farming family. He also plays with this trope a bit seeming to fully obey Bushido while acting as Battousai and disobeying it when in his less violent state of mind, preventing many fellow Samurai from committing Seppuku, dishonoring them. During his time as an assassin in Kyoto he would have been impersonating a samurai, as a commoner wouldn't be allowed to wear swords on the street like he did, which is why he gained the family name "Himura" at that time; as a commoner during the shogunate he wouldn't have had a family name, but samurai had family names so he needed one to pass as a samurai.
* 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 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.
* ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' has Tsubasa Kazanari, whose personality is based on that of a warrior. She vows her life for the battle, frequently calls herself as a sword and sentinel, and her Armed Gear has a katana as its default form. Additionally, her battle songs feature traditional
Japanese version, he even has the appropriate speech pattern.instrumentals.



* Amidamaru from ''Manga/ShamanKing''.

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* Amidamaru from ''Manga/ShamanKing''. He is a samurai who died during the Muromachi period 600 years ago and is now Yoh's guardian ghost and best friend.
* ''Manga/{{Shigurui}}'' exists partially to call out the darker, more screwed-up parts of samurai culture, in response to the romanticization of samurai and feudal Japan in Japanese culture.



* ''Characters/LupinIII'': Goemon Ishikawa XIII, descendant of the real historical figure/folk hero of the same name. The historical Goemon was closer to a {{Ninja}} version of Robin Hood than a Samurai, though he may have been born into a Samurai family. XIII himself is actually what we call a {{Ronin}}, but is never called that InUniverse.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** Signum has a lot of samurai-like qualities (like her loyalty to Hayate and being TheStoic) despite Ancient Belka being closer in line with Medieval Europe. Levi the Slasher even calls her "Bushido".
** Micaiah Chevelle has a {{Katana|sAreJustBetter}} Intelligent Device (one of the few that speaks Japanese instead of German or English), and her Barrier Jacket resembles a Kendo uniform.



* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''. Chief Security maid Konoe Tsurugi, in demeanor and military training.
* Graham Aker of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' adopts the way of bushido in the second season, despite being American. His idea of the code of bushido was also rather skewed, considering he only cared about fighting his WorthyOpponent and was extremely disrespectful to his superiors. This got played up to such an extent that his InSeriesNickname became "Mr. Bushido". He even dolls up his personal mobile suits with armor and weaponry designed to evoke samurai imagery. It is subverted in that many people, in universe and out, consider him a total idiot for these actions, which he drops in time for TheMovie.
* In ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', Rikkaidai sub-captain Genichirou Sanada follows ''several'' of the stereotypes associated with the samurais. He's TallDarkAndHandsome, extremely stern and proud ([[NotSoStoic or tries to be]], does NOT tolerate anything similar to indiscipline, is a HeirToTheDojo specialized in ''kendo'', etc.

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* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''. Chief Security maid Konoe Tsurugi, Hatsu from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''. Even though he is Korean, he follows a strict code of honor similar to that of a samurai. Also, he wields katana.
* Greatshot
in demeanor and military training.
''Anime/TransformersVictory'' is modelled on a samurai - in the Japanese version, he even has the appropriate speech pattern.
* Graham Aker From ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' Rai-Dei the Blade, one of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' adopts member of the Gung-Ho Guns villains group. A warrior who's adapted the way of bushido in the second season, despite being American. His idea of the code of bushido was also rather skewed, considering he only cared about fighting his WorthyOpponent and was extremely disrespectful to his superiors. This got played up to such an extent that his InSeriesNickname became "Mr. Bushido". He even dolls up his personal mobile suits with armor and weaponry designed to evoke samurai imagery. It is subverted in that many people, in universe and out, consider him (in a total idiot for these actions, which he drops in time for TheMovie.
* In ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', Rikkaidai sub-captain Genichirou Sanada follows ''several'' of the stereotypes associated
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* ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' has Tsubasa Kazanari, whose personality is based on that of a warrior. She vows her life for the battle, frequently calls herself as a sword and sentinel, and her Armed Gear has a katana as its default form. Additionally, her battle songs feature traditional Japanese instrumentals.
* A kid known only as Samurai was the very first one-shot character to appear in the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, in the episode "Challenge of the Samurai". He dressed like a samurai and used bug-type Pokemon.
* ''Manga/{{Shigurui}}'' exists partially to call out the darker, more screwed-up parts of samurai culture, in response to the romanticization of samurai and feudal Japan in Japanese culture.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Samurai are the skilled swordsmen of the [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Country of Wa]], whose skill is so great, that they are successfully independent from the World Government. When the Straw Hat Pirates enter the New World, they meet three of them: Kin'emon, his son Momonosuke and his friend Kanjuro. There is a big CultureClash between the groups, and due to Wa's isolationist policy, [[FishOutOfWater are rather out of place in there]]. They also are unaware of what their own Devil's Fruit powers are, as well.

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* ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' has Tsubasa Kazanari, whose personality is based on that of a warrior. She vows her life for the battle, frequently calls herself as a sword and sentinel, and her Armed Gear has a katana as its default form. Additionally, her battle songs feature traditional Japanese instrumentals.
* A kid known only as Samurai was the very first one-shot character to appear in the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, in the episode "Challenge
Creator/KenAkamatsu's use of the Samurai". He dressed like ''Shinmeiryuu'' sword school in his stories (''Manga/LoveHina'', ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'') is a way for him to bring samurai into the setting, because EverythingsBetterWithSamurai. That and used bug-type Pokemon.
* ''Manga/{{Shigurui}}'' exists partially
to call out the darker, more screwed-up parts of samurai culture, in response to the romanticization of samurai and feudal Japan in Japanese culture.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Samurai are the skilled swordsmen of the [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Country of Wa]], whose skill is so great, that they are successfully independent from the World Government. When the Straw Hat Pirates enter the New World, they meet three of them: Kin'emon, his son Momonosuke and his friend Kanjuro. There is a big CultureClash between the groups, and due to Wa's isolationist policy, [[FishOutOfWater are rather out of place in there]]. They also are unaware of what their own Devil's Fruit powers are, as well.
depict ImplausibleFencingPowers.
12th Jul '17 3:26:01 PM LavonPapillon1
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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.

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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.
fighting. All examples not from Japan and/or of Japanese heritage count as McSamurai.
25th Jun '17 7:59:16 AM alnair20aug93
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->'''''Hire a samurai.'''''

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->'''''Hire ->♪ '''''Hire a samurai.'''''''''' ♪
25th Jun '17 7:56:29 AM alnair20aug93
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->Everyone started hiring samurai. [[labelnote:Correction]]Rich important people hired samurai. Poor people who could not afford to hire samurai did not hire samurai[[/labelnote]].

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->Everyone started hiring samurai. [[labelnote:Correction]]Rich important people hired samurai. Poor people who could not afford to hire samurai did not hire samurai[[/labelnote]].samurai.[[/labelnote]]
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->So if you live outside the palace, how are you supposed to protect your shit from criminals?
->'''''Hire a samurai.'''''
->Everyone started hiring samurai. [[labelnote:Correction]]Rich important people hired samurai. Poor people who could not afford to hire samurai did not hire samurai[[/labelnote]].
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