History Main / Seppuku

23rd Jul '16 11:09:04 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* As you would expect, seppuku is a Very SeriousBusiness Indeed in ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]''; [[spoiler: Blackthorne]]'s attempt at seppuku is a life-changing event that wins him the respect of the other samurai, and Toranaga's entire BatmanGambit hangs or falls on [[spoiler:Mariko]]'s seppuku. [[spoiler: Mariko ultimately goes through, openly stating that her death shall be seen as seppuku before throwing herself in a fire, so Toranaga wins.]]

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* As you anyone would expect, seppuku is a Very SeriousBusiness Indeed in ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]''; [[spoiler: Blackthorne]]'s attempt at seppuku is a life-changing event that wins him the respect of the other samurai, and Toranaga's entire BatmanGambit hangs or falls on [[spoiler:Mariko]]'s seppuku. [[spoiler: Mariko ultimately goes through, openly stating that her death shall be seen as seppuku before throwing herself in a fire, so Toranaga wins.]]Shogun]]'':


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** [[spoiler: John "Anjin" Blackthorne]]'s attempt at seppuku is a life-changing event that wins him the respect of the other samurai, specially since he did it to save a whole village and to prove a point to said samurai.
** Toranaga's entire BatmanGambit in Osaka hangs or falls on [[spoiler:Mariko]]'s seppuku. [[spoiler: Mariko ultimately goes through, openly stating that her death shall be seen as seppuku before throwing herself in a fire, so Toranaga wins.]]
** Towards the end, [[spoiler: Toranaga ''finally'' manages to get rid of the SmugSnake Yabu by putting him in a situation where his only way out is to commit seppuku. Which he does.]]
22nd Jul '16 2:24:24 PM margdean56
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* The main villain of the ''Literature/JamesBond'' novel ''Literature/TheManWithTheRedTattoo'' has dedicated himself to follow the old Samurai ethics, and in the climax, he follows his failure to defeat Bond in a duel with a seppuku.

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* The main villain of the ''Literature/JamesBond'' novel ''Literature/TheManWithTheRedTattoo'' has dedicated himself to follow the old Samurai ethics, and in the climax, he follows his failure to defeat Bond in a duel with a seppuku.



* Minamoto no Yoshitsune committed seppuku to avoid the disgrace of capture or falling to an unworthy foe. His vastly outnumbered followers, because of their dedication, were able to hold off the ZergRush of his brother's soldiers, who were inferior not in training but in dedication, and buy him the time for this. (Although Yoshitsune is a historical figure, the accounts of his death are mostly legendary.

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* Minamoto no Yoshitsune committed seppuku to avoid the disgrace of capture or falling to an unworthy foe. His vastly outnumbered followers, because of their dedication, were able to hold off the ZergRush of his brother's soldiers, who were inferior not in training but in dedication, and buy him the time for this. (Although Yoshitsune is a historical figure, the accounts of his death are mostly legendary.)



* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', the Draconis Combine brings back Seppuku, particularly among it's mechwarriors. The "Total Warfare" rulebook contains a passage about a Draconis Commander who very nearly commits suicide after successfully withdrawing his forces from a Lyran blitzkrieg. The crime is having withdrawn without permission. The reprieve is that the attack was part of a larger conflict, and the Combine would need every commander and Mechwarrior it had.

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* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', the Draconis Combine brings back Seppuku, particularly among it's its mechwarriors. The "Total Warfare" rulebook contains a passage about a Draconis Commander who very nearly commits suicide after successfully withdrawing his forces from a Lyran blitzkrieg. The crime is having withdrawn without permission. The reprieve is that the attack was part of a larger conflict, and the Combine would need every commander and Mechwarrior it had.
22nd Jul '16 2:21:46 PM margdean56
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** Early in the novel, at the end of a battle a small group of samurai found themselves surrounded by the victors, and having no chance to escape or even cause meaningful damage. Thus, they quickly paired off and began performing a hasty form of seppuku, with the survivors then pairing off until only one remained. At that point, one of the victorious samurai stepped forward and helped the last maintain his honor. The victors treated this with full respect and the bodies were treated with full honor for thier act.

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** Early in the novel, at the end of a battle a small group of samurai found themselves surrounded by the victors, and having no chance to escape or even cause meaningful damage. Thus, they quickly paired off and began performing a hasty form of seppuku, with the survivors then pairing off until only one remained. At that point, one of the victorious samurai stepped forward and helped the last maintain his honor. The victors treated this with full respect and the bodies were treated with full honor for thier their act.



* In the Literature/FightingFantasy gamebook ''Sword of the Samurai'', where the Player Character is - what else? - a Samurai - you do this automatically if your Honor Score drops to 0 (which means, naturally, you lose).
* ''Atrocity Week'' by Andrew [=McCoy=]. The wife of a Japanese businessman kills herself in the ''jigai'' manner [[DefiledForever after being raped by a guerrilla raiding party]]. No-one tries to stop her, figuring she'll just do it later when they're not around.
* A CultureClash example occurs in ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}''. Lawrence is facing execution in Japan for trespassing however his host offers to let him commit Seppuku in order to preserve his honor (and the host's honor). Lawrence is aghast at the suggestion since as a devout Christian and an OfficerAndAGentleman he regards suicide as a cowardly act and (more importantly) a mortal sin.

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* In the Literature/FightingFantasy gamebook ''Sword of the Samurai'', where the Player Character is - -- what else? - -- a Samurai - -- you do this automatically if your Honor Score drops to 0 (which means, naturally, you lose).
* ''Atrocity Week'' by Andrew [=McCoy=]. The wife of a Japanese businessman kills herself in the ''jigai'' manner [[DefiledForever after being raped by a guerrilla raiding party]]. No-one No one tries to stop her, figuring she'll just do it later when they're not around.
* A CultureClash example occurs in ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}''. Lawrence is facing execution in Japan for trespassing however trespassing; however, his host offers to let him commit Seppuku in order to preserve his honor (and the host's honor). Lawrence is aghast at the suggestion since as a devout Christian and an OfficerAndAGentleman he regards suicide as a cowardly act and (more importantly) a mortal sin.



* The main villain of the ''Literature/JamesBond'' novel ''Literature/TheManWithTheRedTattoo'' has dedicated himself to follow the old Samurai ethics, and in the climax, he follows his failure of defeating Bond in a duel with a seppuku.

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* The main villain of the ''Literature/JamesBond'' novel ''Literature/TheManWithTheRedTattoo'' has dedicated himself to follow the old Samurai ethics, and in the climax, he follows his failure of defeating to defeat Bond in a duel with a seppuku.
22nd Jul '16 2:17:23 PM margdean56
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* In "Vow of the Samurai" in ''ComicBook/JonahHex'' #39 (original series), a samurai commits hari-kari after he discovers that his daughter has had a child with an outlaw. He forces Jonah to fulfill an oath he made earlier by acting as kaishakunun and cutting his head off.

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* In "Vow of the Samurai" in ''ComicBook/JonahHex'' #39 (original series), a samurai commits hari-kari hara-kari after he discovers that his daughter has had a child with an outlaw. He forces Jonah to fulfill an oath he made earlier by acting as kaishakunun and cutting his head off.
14th Jul '16 11:12:55 AM Willbyr
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-->'''Kumadori''': I...I'm still alive!
-->'''Jabura''': [[CrowningMomentOfFunny And that's not good news!]]

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-->'''Kumadori''': I...I'm still alive!
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[[CrowningMomentOfFunny And that's not good news!]]



** [[spoiler: Yukio Washimine gives herself a ImpromptuTracheotomy with Ginji's katana after Revy kills him in the final episode. It counts as ''seppuku'' as not only she does it right after the death of her only remaining supporter, but it follows [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jigai the traditional suicide rite for women]]: piercing her own throat. Only Yukio, for obvious reasons, does it with a katana instead of a dagger.]]

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** [[spoiler: Yukio [[spoiler:Yukio Washimine gives herself a ImpromptuTracheotomy with Ginji's katana after Revy kills him in the final episode. It counts as ''seppuku'' as not only she does it right after the death of her only remaining supporter, but it follows [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jigai the traditional suicide rite for women]]: piercing her own throat. Only Yukio, for obvious reasons, does it with a katana instead of a dagger.]]



* In ''{{Utawarerumono}}'' the heroes surround and overwhelm a cruel lord's castle. The lord's general, Benawi, realizes that they have lost and he urges his master to "die with honor" and offers to assisst him. The lord doesn't dare, so Benawi kills him himself. Then he unceremoniously tries to cut off his own head. The hero stops him and he asks if he should live in shame. [[GilliganCut Next scene he's feasting happily with the victorious army.]]

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* In ''{{Utawarerumono}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}}'' the heroes surround and overwhelm a cruel lord's castle. The lord's general, Benawi, realizes that they have lost and he urges his master to "die with honor" and offers to assisst him. The lord doesn't dare, so Benawi kills him himself. Then he unceremoniously tries to cut off his own head. The hero stops him and he asks if he should live in shame. [[GilliganCut Next scene he's feasting happily with the victorious army.]]
12th Jul '16 5:38:33 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saigo_Takamori Saigo Takamori]], after the Satsuma Rebellion. Though there's some discussion among Japanese historians about whether he ''actually'' commited seppuku upon being defeated, or he was fatally injured in battle and his supporters ''said'' he killed himself to protect his honor (complete with beheading his corpse and hiding his head).

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saigo_Takamori Saigo Takamori]], after the Satsuma Rebellion. Though there's some discussion among Japanese historians about whether he ''actually'' commited seppuku upon being defeated, or he was fatally injured in battle and his supporters ''said'' he killed himself to protect his honor (complete with beheading his corpse and hiding his head).head [[DecapitationPresentation so it wouldn't be used as a trophy]]).



* In light of these events, it is almost [[KarmicDeath karmic]] that UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga did this himself during the events of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incident_at_Honn%C5%8D-ji the Incident at Honno-ji]]. UsefulNotes/AkechiMitsuhide led a coup at the Kyoto temple at dawn, with his own men vastly outnumbering Nobunaga and his smaller number of bodyguards. Seeing the writing on the wall, Nobunaga committed ''seppuku'' and his ''[[{{Uke}} wakashu]]'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mori_Ranmaru Mori Ranmaru]] set the temple on fire as he had been ordered so as to prevent the body from falling into enemy hands. According to some sources, Ranmaru then [[UndyingLoyalty followed his master in death]] by committing ''seppuku'' as well.[[note]]Others say that Ranmaru actually died fighting, protecting the still living Nobunaga from Akechi's forces.[[/note]] Nobunaga's eldest son Nobutada was pursued to Azuchi Castle and also forced to commit ''seppuku'' when Akechi forces laid siege to the castle. Nobunaga's body was never found.

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* In light of these events, it is almost [[KarmicDeath karmic]] that UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga did this himself during the events of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incident_at_Honn%C5%8D-ji the Incident at Honno-ji]]. UsefulNotes/AkechiMitsuhide led a coup at the Kyoto temple at dawn, with his own men vastly outnumbering Nobunaga and his smaller number of bodyguards. Seeing the writing on the wall, Nobunaga committed ''seppuku'' and his ''[[{{Uke}} wakashu]]'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mori_Ranmaru Mori Ranmaru]] set the temple on fire as he had been ordered so as to prevent the body from falling into enemy hands. According to some sources, Whether Ranmaru then [[UndyingLoyalty followed his master in death]] death by committing ''seppuku'' as well.[[note]]Others well or not, it's dicussed; some say that Ranmaru actually died fighting, protecting the still living Nobunaga from he did, others said [[LastStand he went down fighting Akechi's forces.[[/note]] soldiers.]] In any way, Nobunaga's eldest son Nobutada was pursued to Azuchi Castle and also forced to commit ''seppuku'' when Akechi forces laid siege to the castle. Nobunaga's body was never found.
10th Jul '16 6:18:34 PM nombretomado
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* In ''CodeMonkeys'', after Gameavision breaks [[Creator/{{Nintendo}} Protendo's]] one-day efficiency record, every Protendo employee still on the Gameavision premises simply pulls out a katana and rams it into their stomach, 22 in all. This also puts the final nail in the coffin of Mr. Larrity's plan to sell Gameavision off so the company can be liquidated.

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* In ''CodeMonkeys'', ''WesternAnimation/CodeMonkeys'', after Gameavision breaks [[Creator/{{Nintendo}} Protendo's]] one-day efficiency record, every Protendo employee still on the Gameavision premises simply pulls out a katana and rams it into their stomach, 22 in all. This also puts the final nail in the coffin of Mr. Larrity's plan to sell Gameavision off so the company can be liquidated.
8th Jul '16 11:24:02 PM lavendermintrose
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* The cause of [[Anime/CodeGeass Japanese Prime Minister Genbu Kururugi's]] death, after he fails to stop the invasion of Britannia. [[spoiler:Officially, anyway. Actually, he was stabbed to death by [[SelfMadeOrphan his pre-teen son Suzaku]], in the middle of a heated discussion where the kid tried to disuade his dad from [[HonorBeforeReason destroying Japan itself]] by leading a last desperate attack on the enemy.]]
** Urabe of the 4 Holy Blades did this to save Lelouch from Rolo.

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* Invoked in ''Anime/{{K}}: Stray Dog Story''. After his master dies, Kuroh, a somewhat anachronistic modern samurai, tells the old woman next door about his plan to retrieve his late master's sword and use it to fulfill his late master's dying wish. The old woman asks what he will do if he doesn't manage to make it happen, and he says he will commit harakiri. The old woman just smiles and says, "I don't think that's what the Ichigen Miwa I knew would want you to do."
* The cause of [[Anime/CodeGeass Japanese Prime Minister Genbu Kururugi's]] death, after he fails to stop the invasion of Britannia. [[spoiler:Officially, anyway. Actually, he was stabbed to death by [[SelfMadeOrphan his pre-teen son Suzaku]], in the middle of a heated discussion where the kid tried to disuade dissuade his dad from [[HonorBeforeReason destroying Japan itself]] by leading a last desperate attack on the enemy.]]
** Urabe Invoked by a racist commander in ''Anime/CodeGeassAkitoTheExiled'', who justifies sending Japanese soldiers on suicide missions because "Elevens ''love'' to kill themselves".
* ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'', by the same writer as Geass, has the titular HumongousMecha's special weapon - the ''harakiri blade''. The robot plunges its sword through it's midsection and withdraws it with a force powerful enough to take out a fleet of battleships. It sounds just plain ridiculous, until you realize that these are the secret hidden weapons that save JIOR, which is really just Japan under a different name... and it might just be CrossingTheLineTwice into a critique
of the 4 Holy Blades did this to save Lelouch from Rolo.whole cultural-suicide-fixation thing. JIOR was also developing them in secret, while telling the rest of the world they were completely pacifist and neutral.
8th Jul '16 10:03:49 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* In the Japanese series ''Series/{{Oshin}}'', one of the many pains that Shin ''"Oshin"'' Tanekura goes through is [[spoiler: her husband Ryuuzou's suicide around the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. It counts at this because he does so out of grief after the death of his and Oshin's eldest son in the war and the definitive ruin of his government-sponsored business, since he feels that he has failed his wife in an absolutely unforgivable way.]]

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* In the Japanese series ''Series/{{Oshin}}'', one of the many pains that Shin ''"Oshin"'' Tanekura goes through is [[spoiler: her husband Ryuuzou's suicide around the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. It counts at this because he does so out of grief after the death of his and Oshin's eldest son Takeshi in the war and the definitive ruin of his government-sponsored business, [[DespairEventHorizon since he feels that he has failed his beloved wife in an absolutely unforgivable way.way]].]]



* 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]].]]

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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.]]
15th Jun '16 8:45:13 PM nombretomado
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* A CultureClash example occurs in {{Temeraire}}. Lawrence is facing execution in Japan for trespassing however his host offers to let him commit Seppuku in order to preserve his honor (and the host's honor). Lawrence is aghast at the suggestion since as a devout Christian and an OfficerAndAGentleman he regards suicide as a cowardly act and (more importantly) a mortal sin.

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* A CultureClash example occurs in {{Temeraire}}.''Literature/{{Temeraire}}''. Lawrence is facing execution in Japan for trespassing however his host offers to let him commit Seppuku in order to preserve his honor (and the host's honor). Lawrence is aghast at the suggestion since as a devout Christian and an OfficerAndAGentleman he regards suicide as a cowardly act and (more importantly) a mortal sin.
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