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1st Jan '18 2:40:19 PM StarSword
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* ''Literature/KrisLongknife'' has a close variant: the Iteeche are a FantasyCounterpartCulture to ancient Japan, and people who rebel against or are perceived to have embarrassed the empire are usually required to "make a most sincere apology to the [[GodEmperor Emperor]]" by drinking a poison that causes an extremely painful death.
29th Dec '17 1:16:06 PM nombretomado
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* Evil sports fanatic [[MeaningfulName Harakiri Seppukumaru]] from the ''GanbareGoemon'' series considers seppuku to be the ultimate extreme sport, making various failed attempts to commit the ritual after being thwarted by the heroes. He manages to go through with it in the anime adaptation, but...[[spoiler: the knife turns out to be retractable.]]

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* Evil sports fanatic [[MeaningfulName Harakiri Seppukumaru]] from the ''GanbareGoemon'' ''VideoGame/GanbareGoemon'' series considers seppuku to be the ultimate extreme sport, making various failed attempts to commit the ritual after being thwarted by the heroes. He manages to go through with it in the anime adaptation, but...[[spoiler: the knife turns out to be retractable.]]
21st Dec '17 7:22:15 PM infernape612
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* In ''[[VisualNovel/ShallWeDateNinjaShadow Shall We Date?: Ninja Shadow]], seppuku isn't really treated until Hijikata and Okita from UsefulNotes/TheShinsengumi join the cast:

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* In ''[[VisualNovel/ShallWeDateNinjaShadow Shall We Date?: Ninja Shadow]], ''VisualNovel/ShallWeDateNinjaShadow'', seppuku isn't really treated until Hijikata and Okita from UsefulNotes/TheShinsengumi join the cast:
13th Dec '17 10:23:09 AM SayaAensland
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* There has been quite the discussion on whether the death of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gracia_Hosokawa Gracia Hosokawa]], the daughter of Akechi Mitsuhide, counts as this. It took place when the Hosokawa household was about to be taken over by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishida_Mitsunari Ishida Mitsunari]]: Japanese sources said that Gracia ordered her retainer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogasawara_Sh%C5%8Dsai Shousai Ogasawara]] to kill her so she wouldn't be used as a hostage by Ishida, while Jesuit sources said that Ogasawara did it on his lord/Gracia's husband Tadaoki's orders rather than Gracia's but for basically the same reason. What is agreed upon is that Ogasawara himself and the rest of the household members ''did'' commit seppuku after setting the place in fire.

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* There has been quite the discussion on whether the death of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gracia_Hosokawa Gracia Hosokawa]], the daughter of Akechi Mitsuhide, counts as this. It took place when the Hosokawa household was about to be taken over by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishida_Mitsunari Ishida Mitsunari]]: Japanese sources said that Gracia ordered her retainer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogasawara_Sh%C5%8Dsai org/wiki/Ogasawara_Shōsai Shousai Ogasawara]] to kill her so she wouldn't be used as a hostage by Ishida, while Jesuit sources said that Ogasawara did it on his lord/Gracia's husband Tadaoki's orders rather than Gracia's but for basically the same reason. What is agreed upon is that Ogasawara himself and the rest of the household members ''did'' commit seppuku after setting the place in fire.
8th Dec '17 9:10:20 PM VutherA
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saigo_Takamori Saigo Takamori]], after the Satsuma Rebellion. Though there's 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 [[DecapitationPresentation so it wouldn't be used as a trophy]]).

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saigo_Takamori Saigo Takamori]], after the Satsuma Rebellion. Though there's discussion among Japanese historians about whether he ''actually'' commited committed seppuku upon being defeated, defeated (he probably wouldn't have been able to perform the traditional kneeling considering he was shot in the hip and suffered from elephantiasis of the scrotum), or he was fatally injured in battle and his supporters ''said'' he killed himself to protect his honor (complete with after beheading his corpse and (supposedly complete with hiding his head [[DecapitationPresentation so it wouldn't be used as a trophy]]).trophy]], but it was found regardless).
* Torii Mototada was a retainer of UsefulNotes/TokugawaIeyasu that made [[YouShallNotPass a final stand with 2,000 men against 40,000]] in the Siege of Fushimi Castle. The defenders resisted for 10 days, until Mototada and ten other men remained, after which the remainders committed seppuku, and it is certain the defense greatly aided Tokugawa for raising his forces for the Battle of Sekigahara which would lead to the end of the UsefulNotes/SengokuPeriod. This occasion of seppuku also produced such {{Gorn}} that the wooden floorboards, which were moved to a ceiling of a Buddhist temple, remain clearly stained with blood (and are covered in markings of the men who produced it...).
2nd Dec '17 6:14:51 PM nombretomado
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* Seppuku and the legend of The47Ronin are spoken about in the (distinctly non-Japanese film) ''Film/{{Ronin}}''.

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* Seppuku and the legend of The47Ronin UsefulNotes/The47Ronin are spoken about in the (distinctly non-Japanese film) ''Film/{{Ronin}}''.



* 46 of the The47Ronin who staged a GambitRoulette to punish an evil nobleman who forced their lord to commit seppuku went through this as well. Once they were done and explained their ''very'' complicated situation to the shogun [[note]](they should have been executed by law for killing their enemy, but since they did it for the sake of their lord and not for personal motives, their UndyingLoyalty couldn't just be ignored in a society where honor was everything and actually caused a BIG LogicBomb)[[/note]], he allowed them to commit seppuku instead of being dishonorably executed; the SoleSurvivor, a mere teenager, became a monk. Additionally, a man who had mocked one of the ronin in the past went to their graves and commited seppuku as an apology; he was buried next to them.

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* 46 of the The47Ronin UsefulNotes/The47Ronin who staged a GambitRoulette to punish an evil nobleman who forced their lord to commit seppuku went through this as well. Once they were done and explained their ''very'' complicated situation to the shogun [[note]](they should have been executed by law for killing their enemy, but since they did it for the sake of their lord and not for personal motives, their UndyingLoyalty couldn't just be ignored in a society where honor was everything and actually caused a BIG LogicBomb)[[/note]], he allowed them to commit seppuku instead of being dishonorably executed; the SoleSurvivor, a mere teenager, became a monk. Additionally, a man who had mocked one of the ronin in the past went to their graves and commited seppuku as an apology; he was buried next to them.
2nd Dec '17 6:13:30 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Manga/{{Ooku}} The Inner Chambers,'' a number of retainers follow Shogun Iemitsu into death. The47Ronin also make an appearance later.

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* In ''Manga/{{Ooku}} The Inner Chambers,'' a number of retainers follow Shogun Iemitsu into death. The47Ronin UsefulNotes/The47Ronin also make an appearance later.
24th Nov '17 8:54:00 AM TheBigBopper
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You're a {{samurai}} and you're either very depressed, very pissed off, or both. You've been pigeon-holed into choosing between [[MyMasterRightOrWrong obeying foolish/evil orders]] or abandoning your [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy warrior ideals]]. [[SadisticChoice Either way, you're fucked.]]

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You're a {{samurai}} and you're either very depressed, very pissed off, or both. You've been pigeon-holed into choosing between [[MyMasterRightOrWrong obeying foolish/evil orders]] or abandoning your [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy warrior ideals]]. [[SadisticChoice [[MortonsFork Either way, you're fucked.screwed.]]
1st Nov '17 3:35:39 PM intastiel
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* The Sotoha in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' are a vampire Bloodline founded by a 16[[superscript:th]]-century Japanese nobleman based on the code of Bushido. Public seppuku in protest against a Sotoha Lord's conduct is the only way for a vassal to sever their MyMasterRightOrWrong obligations and free them from service -- though, being vampires, it only leaves them comatose for a while. In the most extreme case, a vassal can condemn themself to FinalDeath to release ''all'' of their Lord's other subjects from their oaths of loyalty.

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* The Sotoha in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' are a vampire Bloodline founded by a 16[[superscript:th]]-century Japanese nobleman based on the code of Bushido. Public seppuku in protest against a Sotoha Lord's conduct is the only way for a vassal to sever their MyMasterRightOrWrong obligations and free them from service -- though, being vampires, a vampire, it only leaves them comatose for a while. In the most extreme case, a vassal can condemn themself to FinalDeath to release ''all'' of their Lord's other subjects from their oaths of loyalty.
1st Nov '17 3:35:08 PM intastiel
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* The Sotoha in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' are a vampire Bloodline founded by a 16[[superscript:th]]-century Japanese nobleman based on the code of Bushido. Public, ritual seppuku in protest against a Sotoha Lord's conduct is the only way to sever the Bloodline's MyMasterRightOrWrong obligations and free them from service: being vampires, it only leaves them comatose for a while. In the most extreme cases, a vassal can destroy themselves permanently to release ''all'' of their Lord's other subjects from their oaths of loyalty.

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* The Sotoha in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' are a vampire Bloodline founded by a 16[[superscript:th]]-century Japanese nobleman based on the code of Bushido. Public, ritual Public seppuku in protest against a Sotoha Lord's conduct is the only way for a vassal to sever the Bloodline's their MyMasterRightOrWrong obligations and free them from service: service -- though, being vampires, it only leaves them comatose for a while. In the most extreme cases, case, a vassal can destroy themselves permanently condemn themself to FinalDeath to release ''all'' of their Lord's other subjects from their oaths of loyalty.
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