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29th May '17 2:11:24 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheSamurai'' had this as an option if you were ever caught doing something horribly dishonorable, like attempting to assassinate a rival or plant false evidence against them. It would remove the stain on your family's honor, giving your son (who will be your next PC) a better chance.

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* ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheSamurai'' had this as an option if you were the player character was ever caught doing something horribly dishonorable, like attempting to assassinate a rival or plant false evidence against them. It would remove the stain on your the PC's family's honor, giving your the PC's son (who will be your (and next PC) a better chance.chance. The player is free to ignore the order, [[ButThouMust but this causes instant defeat]] as the player's entire family is eradicated.
21st May '17 6:57:16 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''MortalKombat: [[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception Deception]]'' has the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF6t7VphugY "Hara-Kiri"]] as a companion to the Fatality. During the typical "FINISH HIM/HER!" moment where the winner can perform a Fatality, the loser can input a special button combination and do a Hara-Kiri instead, essentially committing suicide in various ways before the opponent can finish them off. (The most common methods involve doing... all kinds of unpleasant thing to the character's own head. [[OffWithHisHead Beheading]] is just the ''beginning''.)
** Of the above, however, [[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Kenshi]] is the only character who actually performs a seppuku. Seen around 2:15 into the video. (Though he only goes through the first cut and has no ''kaishakunnin'', obviously.) It should be noted that Kenshi likely comes closer to fitting the description of a Samurai more than any other character in the franchise does.

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* ''MortalKombat: [[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception Deception]]'' has the [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF6t7VphugY com/watch?v=exB9itI7gO4 "Hara-Kiri"]] as a companion to the Fatality. During the typical "FINISH HIM/HER!" moment where the winner can perform a Fatality, the loser can input a special button combination and do a Hara-Kiri instead, essentially committing suicide in various ways before the opponent can finish them off. (The most common methods involve doing... all kinds of unpleasant thing to the character's own head. [[OffWithHisHead Beheading]] is just the ''beginning''.)
** Of the above, however, [[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Kenshi]] Kenshi Takeda]] is the only character who actually performs a seppuku. Seen around 2:15 into the video. seppuku.(Though he only goes through the first cut and has no ''kaishakunnin'', obviously.) It should be noted that makes sense: Kenshi likely comes closer to fitting the description of a Samurai more than any other character in the franchise does.
7th May '17 12:03:32 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* In the ''Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure'' book ''Secret of the Ninja'', TheProtagonist and their best friend Danai pull TimeTravel to evade a powerful curse. One of the paths leads them to meet the samurai Sashami, who's about to abandon a village he was ordered to protect since he knows it's a hopeless mission. Choosing to run away with him will lead to being caught by a local lord who will give them a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, force the time travelers to become his servants, and order Sashami to commit seppuku as punishment.

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* In the ''Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure'' book ''Secret of the Ninja'', TheProtagonist and their best friend Danai pull TimeTravel to evade a powerful curse. One of the paths leads them to meet the samurai Sashami, who's about to abandon a village he was ordered to protect since he knows it's a hopeless mission. Choosing to run away with him will lead to the three being caught by a local lord who will give them a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, force the time travelers to become his servants, and order Sashami to commit seppuku as punishment. [[note]](Conversely, helping the guy to fight back will lead to the group's victory and a Good End where he lives to tell and the protagonists undo the curse.)[[/note]]



* A ([[BlatantLies supposedly]]) RippedFromTheHeadlines case from ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'' features a Japanese rock star who, after causing [[FatalMethodActing the death of his group's lead singer onstage]] ([[ContinuityNod also featured earlier]]) and then thinking of himself as a total disgrace for the music industry, kills himself through ''seppuku''. He slits his belly open with a katana, and then one of his bandmates (acting as his ''kaishakunnin'') [[OffWithHisHead decapitates him.]] The case itself is called "Bull-Shido", a PunnyName based on ''bushido'' and [[PrecisionFStrike "bullshit"]].

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* A ([[BlatantLies supposedly]]) RippedFromTheHeadlines case from ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'' features a Japanese rock star who, after causing [[FatalMethodActing the death of his group's lead singer onstage]] ([[ContinuityNod also featured earlier]]) and then thinking of himself as a total disgrace for the music industry, kills himself through ''seppuku''. He slits his belly open with a katana, knife, and then one of his bandmates (acting as his ''kaishakunnin'') [[OffWithHisHead decapitates him.]] The case itself is called "Bull-Shido", a PunnyName based on ''bushido'' and [[PrecisionFStrike "bullshit"]].



** Technically, he was almost convinced to live when Riker found out that, according to Klingon tradition, Worf's second was supposed to be his six-year-old son Alexander. Also, the operation is actually botched; Worf only survives because Klingons are MadeOfIron, and he hadn't quite hurt himself badly enough for his backup spinal cord to kick in.

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** Technically, he Worf was almost convinced to live when Riker found out that, according to Klingon tradition, Worf's second was supposed to be his six-year-old son Alexander. Also, the operation is actually botched; Worf only survives because Klingons are MadeOfIron, and he hadn't quite hurt himself badly enough for his backup spinal cord to kick in.
26th Apr '17 7:00:00 AM Ion288
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'''s {{expansion pack}} ''Operation Anchorage'', [[BigBad General Jingwei]] can be convinced to fall on his sword with a high Speech skill, [[SkippableBoss bypassing]] [[MarathonBoss a rather long boss fight]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'''s {{expansion pack}} ''Operation Anchorage'', [[BigBad General Jingwei]] can be convinced to fall on his sword with a high Speech skill, [[SkippableBoss bypassing]] [[MarathonBoss a rather long boss fight]]. A possible in universe research failure as Jingwei is Chinese.
25th Apr '17 8:53:45 AM Taxima
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* Seppuku is referenced in ''Manga/{{Drifters}}''. Shimazu Toyohisa convinces a group of Orte soldiers to surrender after he has their backs to the wall. Although Toyohisa promised to spare the surrendering soldiers, he intended for the Orte commander to commit seppuku with himself acting as his kaishakunin. Being from the Sengoku era, Toyohisa offered this so that the commander and his forces would keep their honor after the defeat, but the soldier was horrified that Toyohisa would demand such a barbaric thing from him. Shimazu decides then that the Orte are honorless and simply slaughters all of them.
23rd Apr '17 10:12:53 AM bedrockperson
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* An unusual variant occurred with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsuyasu_Maeno Mitsuyasu Maeno]]. Maeno, a ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_film#Second_wave_.28The_Nikkatsu_Roman_Porno_era_1971.E2.80.931982.29 roman porno]]'' actor, was also a follower of the same ultra-right wing ideologies that Yukio Mishima espoused; However, while Mishima was an influence, his true idol was right-wing leader/[[{{Yakuza}} gangster]]/war criminal [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshio_Kodama Yoshio Kodama.]] When Maeno learned that Kodama was implicated in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_bribery_scandals Lockheed bribery scandals]], [[BrokenPedestal Maeno was devastated]], believing Kodama had betrayed the Japanese right-wing movement. He dressed up as a ''kamikaze'' pilot, arrived at Chofu Airport on March 23rd, 1976 along with several other actors for a film about ''kamikaze'' pilots. Maeno then got in his Piper Cherokee, flew to Kodama's home, circled it twice and drove the airplane straight into Kodama's home. The attack [[SnuffFilm was being filmed]] by a second plane shooting film for the planned movie, and an amateur radio operator claimed he heard Maeno transmit a final radio message of [[FamousLastWords "Sorry I haven't replied for a long time. Long live the Emperor!"]] A rare example of the trope where the person committing ''seppuku'' attempted to [[TakingYouWithMe kill someone else]] at the same time, though Kodama survived and Maeno was the only fatality.

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* An unusual variant occurred with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsuyasu_Maeno Mitsuyasu Maeno]]. Maeno, a ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_film#Second_wave_.28The_Nikkatsu_Roman_Porno_era_1971.E2.80.931982.29 roman Roman porno]]'' actor, was also a follower of the same ultra-right wing ideologies that Yukio Mishima espoused; However, while Mishima was an influence, his true idol was right-wing leader/[[{{Yakuza}} gangster]]/war criminal [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshio_Kodama Yoshio Kodama.]] When Maeno learned that Kodama was implicated in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_bribery_scandals Lockheed bribery scandals]], [[BrokenPedestal Maeno was devastated]], believing Kodama had betrayed the Japanese right-wing movement. He dressed up as a ''kamikaze'' pilot, arrived at Chofu Airport on March 23rd, 1976 along with several other actors for a film about ''kamikaze'' pilots. Maeno then got in his Piper Cherokee, flew to Kodama's home, circled it twice and drove the airplane straight into Kodama's home. The attack [[SnuffFilm was being filmed]] by a second plane shooting film for the planned movie, and an amateur radio operator claimed he heard Maeno transmit a final radio message of [[FamousLastWords "Sorry I haven't replied for a long time. Long live the Emperor!"]] A rare example of the trope where the person committing ''seppuku'' attempted to [[TakingYouWithMe kill someone else]] at the same time, though Kodama survived and Maeno was the only fatality.
23rd Apr '17 7:05:53 AM iowaforever
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* In the [[DarkerAndEdgier fifth Season]] of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', while hiding from [[KnightOfCerebus Daughters of Aku]], Jack [[TalkingToThemself begins to argue]] with [[SanitySlippage his own subconscious]] over whether or not he should simply kill himself while he still has his dignity, as his situation seems totally hopeless.

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* In the [[DarkerAndEdgier fifth Season]] of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', while hiding from [[KnightOfCerebus Daughters of Aku]], Jack [[TalkingToThemself begins to argue]] with [[SanitySlippage his own subconscious]] over whether or not he should simply kill himself while he still has his dignity, as his situation seems totally hopeless. [[spoiler: He almost goes through with it in Episode 6, but Ashi talks him down and is able to renew his heroic spirit.]]
22nd Apr '17 8:43:44 PM nombretomado
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* [[spoiler:Keiji Tanaka]]'s death in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' was basically seppuku. Oddly, Lenny Priestly, [[spoiler:the one who fatally wounded him to begin with]], acted as his second.

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* [[spoiler:Keiji Tanaka]]'s death in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' was basically seppuku. Oddly, Lenny Priestly, [[spoiler:the one who fatally wounded him to begin with]], acted as his second.
18th Apr '17 7:00:03 AM LinTaylor
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* Parodied in a ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode dealing with a group of mute newspaper-throwing vandals with a "ninja" motif. In the end, one of them loses in a contest to actually deliver more papers than Dee Dee (final score: 1-0). In the aftermath, he is left alone with a newspaper. After his fellow jerks leave, he falls to his knees, stares at it, sweating, and swats himself in the head, knocking himself unconscious.

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* Parodied in a ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode dealing with a group of mute newspaper-throwing where Dee Dee's paper route is beset by vandals with a "ninja" motif. In the end, one of dressed as ninjas. After she beats them loses in a contest to actually deliver more papers than Dee Dee paper-delivering competition (final score: 1-0). In 1 to 0), the aftermath, other ninja give the one who lost the competition a rolled-up newspaper; he is left alone with a newspaper. After his fellow jerks leave, he falls to his knees, stares at it, sweating, and swats smacks himself in the head, knocking himself unconscious.face with it and collapses.
10th Apr '17 7:32:31 PM BlackSunNocturne
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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', [[spoiler: Prince Ryoma chooses to stab himself to death after his fight with the Avatar in the Nohr/Conquest route]]. It counts as {{seppuku}}, nevermind the lack of ''kaishakunnin'' and rituals, because [[spoiler: Ryoma (a man who's pretty much a {{samurai}} and comes from the land of [[WuTai Hoshido]] which is modeled after MedievalJapan) not only stabs himself through the stomach while sitting in the ''seiza'' position]], but does so to [[spoiler: keep the Avatar from having to make the choice of killing him with his/her own hands, and possibly getting killed by [[BigBad Garon]] [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThiskitten for refusing]]. His FamousLastWords even lampshade the trope, as he claims that he will die to preserve his samurai honor.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', [[spoiler: Prince [[spoiler:Prince Ryoma chooses to stab himself to death after his fight with the Avatar in the Nohr/Conquest route]]. It counts as {{seppuku}}, seppuku, nevermind the lack of ''kaishakunnin'' ''kaishakunnin''[[note]]Likely because at that point, he's the only one on his side left alive[[/note]] and rituals, because [[spoiler: Ryoma [[spoiler:Ryoma (a man who's pretty much a {{samurai}} and comes from the land of [[WuTai Hoshido]] Hoshido which is modeled after MedievalJapan) [[{{Wutai}} Medieval Japan]]) not only stabs himself through the stomach while sitting in the ''seiza'' position]], but does so to [[spoiler: keep [[spoiler:keep the Avatar from having to make the choice of killing him with his/her own hands, and possibly getting killed by [[BigBad Garon]] [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThiskitten for refusing]]. His FamousLastWords even lampshade the trope, as he claims that he will die to preserve his samurai honor.]] In fact, even the ''name'' of the cutscene is "Samurai's Duty".
-->[[spoiler:'''Ryoma''': I cannot fall into the hands of an enemy. So I... fulfill a samurai's... final duty! I'm counting on you.
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