History Manga / LoneWolfAndCub

23rd Sep '17 4:16:57 PM Froppy
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* SayMyName: Ittō sometimes screams "Retsudōooooo!" in anger during major encounters with the Yagyū. Also Retsudō, who starts screaming Ittō's name as well after the latter [[spoiler:kills most (later all) of his children]].
20th Aug '17 4:13:43 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* StuffedInTheFridge: Almost every important woman in the story ends up being raped, murdered, or both -- in either order.

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* StuffedInTheFridge: StuffedIntoTheFridge: Almost every important woman in the story ends up being raped, murdered, or both -- in either order.
31st Jul '17 3:09:11 PM Farnham
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* AndYourLittleDogToo: Itt&#333 once went ''even more'' UnstoppableRage than he had previously been, when the Shogun directly threatened to kill little Daigoro.

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* AndYourLittleDogToo: Itt&#333 Ittō once went ''even more'' UnstoppableRage than he had previously been, when the Shogun directly threatened to kill little Daigoro.



* BarehandedBladeBlock: Both subverted and played straight. The Yagyu Shirahadori revolves around not merely catching the blade with your hands, but also trapping it with your body, sacrificing your life to immobilize the opponent so that your comrade can finish him off. However, masters like Retsudo [[spoiler: and Itt&#333]], can pull off the straight version of this trope. In fact, [[spoiler: the final long stretch of Retsudo and Itt&#333's last duel is a series of these as they block and then steal one sword back and forth from each other, only to block it in turn when the other one manages to snatch it.]]

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* BarehandedBladeBlock: Both subverted and played straight. The Yagyu Shirahadori revolves around not merely catching the blade with your hands, but also trapping it with your body, sacrificing your life to immobilize the opponent so that your comrade can finish him off. However, masters like Retsudo [[spoiler: and Itt&#333]], Ittō]], can pull off the straight version of this trope. In fact, [[spoiler: the final long stretch of Retsudo and Itt&#333's Ittō's last duel is a series of these as they block and then steal one sword back and forth from each other, only to block it in turn when the other one manages to snatch it.]]



** Subverted by a group of crippled veteran ninja, sent by Retsudo after Itt&#333. They were experienced enough to mask their auras from Itt&#333 and spy on him undetected.
** Averted when Itt&#333 takes an assignment to kill a revered Buddhist priest. Although not being a warrior, the priest still has an aura so powerful that no one with ill intent can come close enough to touch him... Not even Itt&#333. Leads to Itt&#333 [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]] (if that's even possible) by withdrawing to the mountains to meditate and fast for over a week, while leaving Daigoro alone with food. Briefly interrupted only by a small group of hungry wolves (which he slays with his bare hands) Itt&#333 returns enlightened and able to suppress his negative energy output. He is then able to kill without bloodlust. The priest compliments Itt&#333 on his accomplishment AFTER Itt&#333 splits him from scalp to sternum.

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** Subverted by a group of crippled veteran ninja, sent by Retsudo after Itt&#333. Ittō. They were experienced enough to mask their auras from Itt&#333 Ittō and spy on him undetected.
** Averted when Itt&#333 Ittō takes an assignment to kill a revered Buddhist priest. Although not being a warrior, the priest still has an aura so powerful that no one with ill intent can come close enough to touch him... Not even Itt&#333. Ittō. Leads to Itt&#333 Ittō [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]] (if that's even possible) by withdrawing to the mountains to meditate and fast for over a week, while leaving Daigoro alone with food. Briefly interrupted only by a small group of hungry wolves (which he slays with his bare hands) Itt&#333 Ittō returns enlightened and able to suppress his negative energy output. He is then able to kill without bloodlust. The priest compliments Itt&#333 Ittō on his accomplishment AFTER Itt&#333 Ittō splits him from scalp to sternum.



* BladeOnAStick: Itt&#333 has several concealed as railings on the cart. They can be wielded individually as nagamaki or the handles can be joined to allow them to be used as a naginata or a longer polearm. The latter are especially useful when he has to go up against cavalry and large numbers of enemy troops.
* CallingYourAttacks: Itt&#333 and Retsudo spend literally a whole day and night (as well as half of a book) doing this during their first arranged duel.

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* BladeOnAStick: Itt&#333 Ittō has several concealed as railings on the cart. They can be wielded individually as nagamaki or the handles can be joined to allow them to be used as a naginata or a longer polearm. The latter are especially useful when he has to go up against cavalry and large numbers of enemy troops.
* CallingYourAttacks: Itt&#333 Ittō and Retsudo spend literally a whole day and night (as well as half of a book) doing this during their first arranged duel.



* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Although LWAC does stay closer to reality than what you would casually expect, it still allows for some spectacular details. By default, studying martial arts will grant you a 6th sense (BattleAura), make you fast enough to appear as a blur to Joe Normal, let you fight (and kill) in your sleep, and sturdy enough to flat out ignore the harsh elements of nature. Taken to even further levels in the case of ninja... or Itt&#333.
* TheChessmaster: Itt&#333 is a frequent user of the ThePlan and its suptropes and even manages to combine the best parts of them.

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* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Although LWAC does stay closer to reality than what you would casually expect, it still allows for some spectacular details. By default, studying martial arts will grant you a 6th sense (BattleAura), make you fast enough to appear as a blur to Joe Normal, let you fight (and kill) in your sleep, and sturdy enough to flat out ignore the harsh elements of nature. Taken to even further levels in the case of ninja... or Itt&#333.
Ittō.
* TheChessmaster: Itt&#333 Ittō is a frequent user of the ThePlan and its suptropes and even manages to combine the best parts of them.



* CombatPragmatist: Itt&#333 works the holy hell out of this trope; he wins several fights, especially early on, just by doing things like throwing his sword; for a bushi that would normally be unthinkable, but Itt&#333 threw away those ideals when he started down the assassin's road. Retsudo does pretty well with it, too.
** More to the point, Itt&#333's abandonment of Bushido does not stop him from exploiting Bushido by preying upon his enemies' adherence to it. He won't hesitate to call out an opponent who is behaving dishonorably, usually because forcing the enemy to abide by honorable conduct puts ''Itt&#333'' in a more advantageous position in a given situation.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: Subverted once when a team of Kunoichi successfully take out an unlucky mook to demonstrate their skill, then played straight when a group of Kunoichi can't do anything to the protagonists, but the boss lady can pretty much hold her own against Itt&#333 (IE not get killed) Also somewhat toward the end when [[spoiler: all the remaining Grass work together and succeed in breaking Itt&#333's sword.]]

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* CombatPragmatist: Itt&#333 Ittō works the holy hell out of this trope; he wins several fights, especially early on, just by doing things like throwing his sword; for a bushi that would normally be unthinkable, but Itt&#333 Ittō threw away those ideals when he started down the assassin's road. Retsudo does pretty well with it, too.
** More to the point, Itt&#333's Ittō's abandonment of Bushido does not stop him from exploiting Bushido by preying upon his enemies' adherence to it. He won't hesitate to call out an opponent who is behaving dishonorably, usually because forcing the enemy to abide by honorable conduct puts ''Itt&#333'' ''Ittō'' in a more advantageous position in a given situation.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: Subverted once when a team of Kunoichi successfully take out an unlucky mook to demonstrate their skill, then played straight when a group of Kunoichi can't do anything to the protagonists, but the boss lady can pretty much hold her own against Itt&#333 Ittō (IE not get killed) Also somewhat toward the end when [[spoiler: all the remaining Grass work together and succeed in breaking Itt&#333's Ittō's sword.]]



* CrazyPrepared: Itt&#333. Also Retsudo with his Yagyu [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Grass]].

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* CrazyPrepared: Itt&#333.Ittō. Also Retsudo with his Yagyu [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Grass]].



* {{Determinator}}: Itt&#333 again.
* [[spoiler:DiedStandingUp: Both Itt&#333 and Retsudo.]]

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* {{Determinator}}: Itt&#333 Ittō again.
* [[spoiler:DiedStandingUp: Both Itt&#333 Ittō and Retsudo.]]



* DyingDeclarationOfLove: Torizo (real name O-Tori), a female Yakuza boss, does this to Itt&#333 as she lies dying.

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* DyingDeclarationOfLove: Torizo (real name O-Tori), a female Yakuza boss, does this to Itt&#333 Ittō as she lies dying.



* EnemyMine: [[spoiler: Itt&#333 and Retsudo works together to stop a flood caused by Abe No Kaii.]]

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* EnemyMine: [[spoiler: Itt&#333 Ittō and Retsudo works together to stop a flood caused by Abe No Kaii.]]



* FrozenFace: one of the assassins sent after Itt&#333 was a ninja trained to show no emotions at all. Because he shows no reaction to ''anything,'' he's incredibly stealthy, and uses it to menace Itt&#333 more effectively than any assassin before him.

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* FrozenFace: one of the assassins sent after Itt&#333 Ittō was a ninja trained to show no emotions at all. Because he shows no reaction to ''anything,'' he's incredibly stealthy, and uses it to menace Itt&#333 Ittō more effectively than any assassin before him.



* HeKnowsTooMuch: Many of the people who hire Itt&#333 subsequently try to kill him after the assassination is completed in order to either silence him (since Itt&#333's policy is to get the entire story behind the assassination before carrying it out), or to avoid paying him. It often overlaps with YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness. It never works. Some employers are smart enough to avert this, such as the man who employed Itt&#333 in the very first chapter of the series.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Itt&#333's blind quest for vengeance makes him suitable for this trope. Considering that he's willingly endangering his only child and is more concerned with avenging his tainted name than his [[StuffedInTheFridge murdered wife]], he may qualify as a VillainProtagonist. Near the end of the series he seems to get increasingly tired of killing (sometimes going so far as to shed ManlyTears after cutting down a few dozen people), but by then he's too close to completing his revenge to stop.

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* HeKnowsTooMuch: Many of the people who hire Itt&#333 Ittō subsequently try to kill him after the assassination is completed in order to either silence him (since Itt&#333's Ittō's policy is to get the entire story behind the assassination before carrying it out), or to avoid paying him. It often overlaps with YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness. It never works. Some employers are smart enough to avert this, such as the man who employed Itt&#333 Ittō in the very first chapter of the series.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Itt&#333's Ittō's blind quest for vengeance makes him suitable for this trope. Considering that he's willingly endangering his only child and is more concerned with avenging his tainted name than his [[StuffedInTheFridge murdered wife]], he may qualify as a VillainProtagonist. Near the end of the series he seems to get increasingly tired of killing (sometimes going so far as to shed ManlyTears after cutting down a few dozen people), but by then he's too close to completing his revenge to stop.



* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: The Yagyu clan are traditionally portrayed in both history and folklore as noble and brave and champions of the common people. On the other hand, they also had the reputation of founding one of the greatest swordfighting schools in Japan, were believed to have ties to ninja (if not ninja themselves), and were very close allies and servants of the ruling Tokugawa shoguns, so few other organizations in ''bakufu''-era Japan would have been as big as a threat to Ogami Itt&#333.
* HoneyTrap: Used by a samurai widow in ''The Frozen Crane''. She lures her husband's killer into an empty farmhouse by faking an illness. Once inside, she proceeds to seduce him. As he's having his way with her, her brother-in-law strikes with his sword from the pile of hay he was hiding in and stabs him in the back. It fails to kill him instantly, however, and he manages to flee outside where he is chased down and finished off by both the widow and her brother-in-law, just as Itt&#333 and Daigoro arrive at the scene.
* HumiliationConga: Retsudo's schemes may have destroyed the Ogami clan, but Itt&#333 manages to get some serious payback. Over the course of the series, [[spoiler: he kills ''every single one'' of Retsudo's children, even Retsudo's illegitimate son and daughter, slaughters all of the Kurokuwa ninja clan and, for a time at least, completely destroys the Shogun's faith in Retsudo to the point that Retsudo is publicly snubbed and beaten with a wooden tray by the ''Shogun himself'' at a very important ceremony (so important, in fact, that had it been ''anyone'' but Retsudo, the result would have been instant seppuku). Even after that, Itt&#333 kills all of the remaining Yagyu forces and finishes by slaughtering every last one of the Kusa ninja that the Yagyu had spent ''generations'' planting into domains throughout the country. By the end of the story though, Retsudo has managed to win back the Shogun's trust and respect and he technically wins his duel with Itt&#333. If he hadn't allowed Daigoro to run him through with his spear, it would have ended in complete victory for Retsudo.]]

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: The Yagyu clan are traditionally portrayed in both history and folklore as noble and brave and champions of the common people. On the other hand, they also had the reputation of founding one of the greatest swordfighting schools in Japan, were believed to have ties to ninja (if not ninja themselves), and were very close allies and servants of the ruling Tokugawa shoguns, so few other organizations in ''bakufu''-era Japan would have been as big as a threat to Ogami Itt&#333.
Ittō.
* HoneyTrap: Used by a samurai widow in ''The Frozen Crane''. She lures her husband's killer into an empty farmhouse by faking an illness. Once inside, she proceeds to seduce him. As he's having his way with her, her brother-in-law strikes with his sword from the pile of hay he was hiding in and stabs him in the back. It fails to kill him instantly, however, and he manages to flee outside where he is chased down and finished off by both the widow and her brother-in-law, just as Itt&#333 Ittō and Daigoro arrive at the scene.
* HumiliationConga: Retsudo's schemes may have destroyed the Ogami clan, but Itt&#333 Ittō manages to get some serious payback. Over the course of the series, [[spoiler: he kills ''every single one'' of Retsudo's children, even Retsudo's illegitimate son and daughter, slaughters all of the Kurokuwa ninja clan and, for a time at least, completely destroys the Shogun's faith in Retsudo to the point that Retsudo is publicly snubbed and beaten with a wooden tray by the ''Shogun himself'' at a very important ceremony (so important, in fact, that had it been ''anyone'' but Retsudo, the result would have been instant seppuku). Even after that, Itt&#333 Ittō kills all of the remaining Yagyu forces and finishes by slaughtering every last one of the Kusa ninja that the Yagyu had spent ''generations'' planting into domains throughout the country. By the end of the story though, Retsudo has managed to win back the Shogun's trust and respect and he technically wins his duel with Itt&#333.Ittō. If he hadn't allowed Daigoro to run him through with his spear, it would have ended in complete victory for Retsudo.]]



* InadequateInheritor: Daigaku, the lord of Yonezawa han in ''Wife of the Heart''. His father is described as having been a good ruler who supported the Hayase family's project of building a bridge over the dangerous Omono River, thereby vastly decreasing accidents on the river as well as increasing the han's prosperity. By contrast, Lord Daigaku is nothing but a sadistic, cowardly thug who has no interest whatsoever in bridges and who beat and permanently crippled his capable subordinate Hayase simply because the latter stood up for Chiyo the ferrygirl, who had accidentally spilled water on Daigaku's robes. Daigaku's failings were arguably the reason why Itt&#333 was eventually hired to assassinate him.
* InvincibleHero: Itt&#333 goes up against somewhere between a few gangs to legendary warriors and even entire armies multiple times, and is rarely grievously injured. In a manga where there is hardly a chapter without at least one fight scene there is not much suspense for how it will finish.
* ItsPersonal: The entire premise of the plot after Itt&#333's [[DisposableWoman wife]] is killed.

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* InadequateInheritor: Daigaku, the lord of Yonezawa han in ''Wife of the Heart''. His father is described as having been a good ruler who supported the Hayase family's project of building a bridge over the dangerous Omono River, thereby vastly decreasing accidents on the river as well as increasing the han's prosperity. By contrast, Lord Daigaku is nothing but a sadistic, cowardly thug who has no interest whatsoever in bridges and who beat and permanently crippled his capable subordinate Hayase simply because the latter stood up for Chiyo the ferrygirl, who had accidentally spilled water on Daigaku's robes. Daigaku's failings were arguably the reason why Itt&#333 Ittō was eventually hired to assassinate him.
* InvincibleHero: Itt&#333 Ittō goes up against somewhere between a few gangs to legendary warriors and even entire armies multiple times, and is rarely grievously injured. In a manga where there is hardly a chapter without at least one fight scene there is not much suspense for how it will finish.
* ItsPersonal: The entire premise of the plot after Itt&#333's Ittō's [[DisposableWoman wife]] is killed.



* KillingIntent: Almost all martial artists radiate and detect the warrior spirit and bloodlust within their foes. As stated above, Itt&#333 had to meditate to control his spirit to get to the Buddhist monk and kill him without bloodlust.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Both Daigoro and Itt&#333 show up in episode 22 of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', and Daigoro makes another appearance in episode 24.

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* KillingIntent: Almost all martial artists radiate and detect the warrior spirit and bloodlust within their foes. As stated above, Itt&#333 Ittō had to meditate to control his spirit to get to the Buddhist monk and kill him without bloodlust.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Both Daigoro and Itt&#333 Ittō show up in episode 22 of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', and Daigoro makes another appearance in episode 24.



* ManlyTears: Makabe in "Cloud Dragon, Wind Tiger" cries these [[spoiler:when Itt&#333 praises him as an ideal retainer prior to their duel.]]

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* ManlyTears: Makabe in "Cloud Dragon, Wind Tiger" cries these [[spoiler:when Itt&#333 Ittō praises him as an ideal retainer prior to their duel.]]



* MoralityPet: A running theme in the novels is the fact that Daigoro keeps Itt&#333 from going too far over the edge when it comes to killing and becoming an outright NobleDemon; although with all the blood that's spilled, it makes one wonder what would happen if Daigoro ''wasn't'' there.
** To be fair, Itt&#333 mostly kills the people he's paid to kill, or those who try to kill him first. Assuming Daigoro wasn't there, he would most likely go berserk and get killed rather quickly.

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* MoralityPet: A running theme in the novels is the fact that Daigoro keeps Itt&#333 Ittō from going too far over the edge when it comes to killing and becoming an outright NobleDemon; although with all the blood that's spilled, it makes one wonder what would happen if Daigoro ''wasn't'' there.
** To be fair, Itt&#333 Ittō mostly kills the people he's paid to kill, or those who try to kill him first. Assuming Daigoro wasn't there, he would most likely go berserk and get killed rather quickly.



* MyMasterRightOrWrong: A key part of the entire culture of this era; obedience and service to one's lord is expected even when the lord is undeserving or outright idiotic. Many of the situations Ogami Itt&#333 encounters involve people caught between what's right and what's expected.
* {{Ninja}}: The Yagyu have literally hundreds of them in their service. [[spoiler:By the end of the manga, Itt&#333 has killed them '''all'''.]]

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* MyMasterRightOrWrong: A key part of the entire culture of this era; obedience and service to one's lord is expected even when the lord is undeserving or outright idiotic. Many of the situations Ogami Itt&#333 Ittō encounters involve people caught between what's right and what's expected.
* {{Ninja}}: The Yagyu have literally hundreds of them in their service. [[spoiler:By the end of the manga, Itt&#333 Ittō has killed them '''all'''.]]



* NaginatasAreFeminine: Zigzagged. Itt&#333, who is a most manly man, uses one regularly, but so do several young and/or female characters.

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* NaginatasAreFeminine: Zigzagged. Itt&#333, Ittō, who is a most manly man, uses one regularly, but so do several young and/or female characters.



* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Abe no Kaii. Despite being a DirtyCoward and NonActionGuy in a manga where badass warriors dropping like flies, he manages to survive for several volumes against ''both'' Itt&#333 and Retsudo, and comes dangerously close to killing them.

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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Abe no Kaii. Despite being a DirtyCoward and NonActionGuy in a manga where badass warriors dropping like flies, he manages to survive for several volumes against ''both'' Itt&#333 Ittō and Retsudo, and comes dangerously close to killing them.



* OneManArmy: Itt&#333. Made quite obvious when opposing samurai consider it a fair fight to challenge him to a duel... using several units of mounted cavalry against Itt&#333 on foot.
** Even more so in the final book where [[spoiler: Retsudo actually needs to raise a whole army, complete with suicide bombers to soften up Itt&#333 enough to kill him (despite Itt&#333 already being critically wounded from a previous encounter). Itt&#333 still wipes out all of Retsudo's elite mooks before falling.]]

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* OneManArmy: Itt&#333.Ittō. Made quite obvious when opposing samurai consider it a fair fight to challenge him to a duel... using several units of mounted cavalry against Itt&#333 Ittō on foot.
** Even more so in the final book where [[spoiler: Retsudo actually needs to raise a whole army, complete with suicide bombers to soften up Itt&#333 Ittō enough to kill him (despite Itt&#333 Ittō already being critically wounded from a previous encounter). Itt&#333 Ittō still wipes out all of Retsudo's elite mooks before falling.]]



* PapaWolf: AND HOW! Interestingly, that's only on the rare occasion when Daigoro is in serious danger. Itt&#333 has no problem with putting his infant son in jeopardy to gain an advantage or set up a trap, and actually views him more as a ''partner'' than a boy needing protection. However, when Daigoro is in danger unrelated to their adventure, Itt&#333 tends to ''freak out'' and do crazy stunts to save him; culminating in rowing out to sea in the middle of a major storm because Daigoro was sick and wouldn't eat anything but oranges.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: After crossing a narrow walkway over a mountain to get to a village where he was hired for a job, Itt&#333 has to fight a series of women trained to kill, the only people left in the village. He wins handily, and leaves. [[spoiler:Then the bridge collapses out from under him. Turns out the actual bad guy who had hired him let him kill the women as part of his BatmanGambit ''just so he could sabotage the bridge'', which would cover his tracks by killing Itt&#333. Our heroes only narrowly survive.]]
** Another example occurs when several different bounty hunters meet each other and decide to attack Itt&#333 as a group, knowing that any one of them trying it by themselves was a recipe for a horrible death. They're a motley group, even including an old woman who swallows and spits needles, but unfortunately the group tactic fails to avert the horrible death aspect of the operation.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Stomache-churningly averted -- apparently Itt&#333 doesn't think so or doesn't care. At one point he sits and watches a young woman being ''raped to death'' without evincing any concern. He has in fact contracted to kill the bandits responsible but apparently decides it's not the right time to strike.
* RatedMForManly: Itt&#333 especially.

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* PapaWolf: AND HOW! Interestingly, that's only on the rare occasion when Daigoro is in serious danger. Itt&#333 Ittō has no problem with putting his infant son in jeopardy to gain an advantage or set up a trap, and actually views him more as a ''partner'' than a boy needing protection. However, when Daigoro is in danger unrelated to their adventure, Itt&#333 Ittō tends to ''freak out'' and do crazy stunts to save him; culminating in rowing out to sea in the middle of a major storm because Daigoro was sick and wouldn't eat anything but oranges.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: After crossing a narrow walkway over a mountain to get to a village where he was hired for a job, Itt&#333 Ittō has to fight a series of women trained to kill, the only people left in the village. He wins handily, and leaves. [[spoiler:Then the bridge collapses out from under him. Turns out the actual bad guy who had hired him let him kill the women as part of his BatmanGambit ''just so he could sabotage the bridge'', which would cover his tracks by killing Itt&#333.Ittō. Our heroes only narrowly survive.]]
** Another example occurs when several different bounty hunters meet each other and decide to attack Itt&#333 Ittō as a group, knowing that any one of them trying it by themselves was a recipe for a horrible death. They're a motley group, even including an old woman who swallows and spits needles, but unfortunately the group tactic fails to avert the horrible death aspect of the operation.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Stomache-churningly averted -- apparently Itt&#333 Ittō doesn't think so or doesn't care. At one point he sits and watches a young woman being ''raped to death'' without evincing any concern. He has in fact contracted to kill the bandits responsible but apparently decides it's not the right time to strike.
* RatedMForManly: Itt&#333 Ittō especially.



* {{Samurai}}: Though Daigoro and Itt&#333 are technically {{Ronin}}, they are pursued by Samurai (and the occasional horde of {{Ninja}})for much of the plot.
* SecretTest: Before Itt&#333 embarks on the path to ''"Meifumado"'' he offers an infant Daigoro the choice between a sword and a ball. Daigoro chooses the sword, which is why Itt&#333 takes him along on the assassin's road. Had Daigoro chosen the ball, Itt&#333 would have killed him.
* {{Seppuku}}: Itt&#333's original job was technically to serve as a second (''kaishakunin'') for feudal lords ordered to commit seppuku by the Shogunate. The second's role is to provide relief from the agony of seppuku in the form of removing the subject's head[[note]]''almost'': the cut was supposed to stop just short of severing the last shred of neck skin ([[Franchise/HarryPotter Nearly Headless Nick]] would understand), thus saving the subject from the humiliation of being dismembered, a punishment reserved for commoner criminals[[/note]] in one stroke if the act of seppuku is performed properly, but in the case of a lord, most samurai would be forbidden from performing that act. Itt&#333's role as an official designate of the Shogun meant that he took lives at the will of the Shogun.

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* {{Samurai}}: Though Daigoro and Itt&#333 Ittō are technically {{Ronin}}, they are pursued by Samurai (and the occasional horde of {{Ninja}})for much of the plot.
* SecretTest: Before Itt&#333 Ittō embarks on the path to ''"Meifumado"'' he offers an infant Daigoro the choice between a sword and a ball. Daigoro chooses the sword, which is why Itt&#333 Ittō takes him along on the assassin's road. Had Daigoro chosen the ball, Itt&#333 Ittō would have killed him.
* {{Seppuku}}: Itt&#333's Ittō's original job was technically to serve as a second (''kaishakunin'') for feudal lords ordered to commit seppuku by the Shogunate. The second's role is to provide relief from the agony of seppuku in the form of removing the subject's head[[note]]''almost'': the cut was supposed to stop just short of severing the last shred of neck skin ([[Franchise/HarryPotter Nearly Headless Nick]] would understand), thus saving the subject from the humiliation of being dismembered, a punishment reserved for commoner criminals[[/note]] in one stroke if the act of seppuku is performed properly, but in the case of a lord, most samurai would be forbidden from performing that act. Itt&#333's Ittō's role as an official designate of the Shogun meant that he took lives at the will of the Shogun.



* SheathStrike: Itt&#333 is fond of using his scabbard against certain opponents, as they don't expect it at all. Typically it's used as a distraction; there are several times when backstabbing officials (or people who want to test Itt&#333 and see if he's as good as they say) are talking to Itt&#333 in a room with soldiers hidden behind the paper wall panels, ready to strike. Itt&#333 gets around it by chucking his scabbard through the wall to get a non-lethal first strike and take the official hostage to de-escalate the situation (or kill them if he's been hired to do so.)

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* SheathStrike: Itt&#333 Ittō is fond of using his scabbard against certain opponents, as they don't expect it at all. Typically it's used as a distraction; there are several times when backstabbing officials (or people who want to test Itt&#333 Ittō and see if he's as good as they say) are talking to Itt&#333 Ittō in a room with soldiers hidden behind the paper wall panels, ready to strike. Itt&#333 Ittō gets around it by chucking his scabbard through the wall to get a non-lethal first strike and take the official hostage to de-escalate the situation (or kill them if he's been hired to do so.)



* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The chapter "Penal Code Article Seventy-Nine". Daigoro is the main character, [[spoiler:Itt&#333 never even appears]], and in the biggest departure from most chapters [[spoiler:no-one dies, though [[WouldHurtAChild Daigoro undergoes a rather vicious public beating]].]]
* StaticCharacter: Itt&#333. He does undergo a little bit of development, but for the most part he's set apart by how rigid and secure in his convictions he is and not how he changes over time. Most of the development that occurs in the story happens to others; those who don't die horribly when coming into contact with Itt&#333 tend to leave changed by contact with Itt&#333's personal presence.

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The chapter "Penal Code Article Seventy-Nine". Daigoro is the main character, [[spoiler:Itt&#333 [[spoiler:Ittō never even appears]], and in the biggest departure from most chapters [[spoiler:no-one dies, though [[WouldHurtAChild Daigoro undergoes a rather vicious public beating]].]]
* StaticCharacter: Itt&#333.Ittō. He does undergo a little bit of development, but for the most part he's set apart by how rigid and secure in his convictions he is and not how he changes over time. Most of the development that occurs in the story happens to others; those who don't die horribly when coming into contact with Itt&#333 Ittō tend to leave changed by contact with Itt&#333's Ittō's personal presence.



* TrainingFromHell: In "Hunger Town", Ogami Itt&#333 does this to a dog [[spoiler:in order to teach it to act as bait during an assassination.]]
* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: Itt&#333 exemplifies this trope. Whether it's using his own child as bait, holding somebody else's child hostage to persuade suicide, skewering a man mid-coitus (as well as the unfortunate woman he was bumping uglies with), cutting down pacifistic holy men or throwing his sword into somebody's face (see previous trope). Given the rigorous code of bushido, this is often [[UpToEleven cranked up to eleven]] in comparison. Usually followed by some mortally stricken foe yelling "WTF?!?... you can't DO that!!!" in total disbelief. Whereupon Itt&#333 flatly states that rules are for samurai and men... "having chosen the path of the demon (the road to hell), Daigoro and himself are excused from adhering to either".
* UnconsciousObjector: In the manga, [[spoiler:Itt&#333 [[DiedStandingUp dies standing up]] while wrestling with [[BigBad Retsudo]] for a sword in the midst of their DuelToTheDeath. It gradually dawns on Retsudo that this has happened, so he lets go of the sword and steps out of sword range. After a number of beat panels, Itt&#333 finally collapses]].

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* TrainingFromHell: In "Hunger Town", Ogami Itt&#333 Ittō does this to a dog [[spoiler:in order to teach it to act as bait during an assassination.]]
* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: Itt&#333 Ittō exemplifies this trope. Whether it's using his own child as bait, holding somebody else's child hostage to persuade suicide, skewering a man mid-coitus (as well as the unfortunate woman he was bumping uglies with), cutting down pacifistic holy men or throwing his sword into somebody's face (see previous trope). Given the rigorous code of bushido, this is often [[UpToEleven cranked up to eleven]] in comparison. Usually followed by some mortally stricken foe yelling "WTF?!?... you can't DO that!!!" in total disbelief. Whereupon Itt&#333 Ittō flatly states that rules are for samurai and men... "having chosen the path of the demon (the road to hell), Daigoro and himself are excused from adhering to either".
* UnconsciousObjector: In the manga, [[spoiler:Itt&#333 [[spoiler:Ittō [[DiedStandingUp dies standing up]] while wrestling with [[BigBad Retsudo]] for a sword in the midst of their DuelToTheDeath. It gradually dawns on Retsudo that this has happened, so he lets go of the sword and steps out of sword range. After a number of beat panels, Itt&#333 Ittō finally collapses]].



* WorthyOpponent: Despite all the hate they have for each other, Itt&#333 and [[BigBad Retsudo]] do share a profound respect.
* WouldHitAGirl: Played straight. The manga doesn't try to hide the fact that women of the era were viewed as inherently inferior to men. However, many named female characters break the mold of their station and when they do, prove to be just as heroic, villanous and/or dangerous as most men. Itt&#333 is GenreSavvy enough to recognize this. [[GreyAndGrayMorality Not that he has any qualms about killing a defenseless woman for that matter... or defenseless man]].
** In one episode, our heroes meet the widow of a samurai Itt&#333 killed. Since it's her duty to avenge her husband, Itt&#333 respectfully agrees to a duel with her. And kills her.
* WouldntHurtAChild: Played straight and subverted. Most of the villains casually commit atrocious acts of torture, mass murder and rape. Either joyfully or by [[IDidWhatIHadToDo sworn]] [[MyMasterRightOrWrong duty]]. However, [[EvenEvilHasStandards nearly all of them draw their line at harming children]]. For this reason, villains are severely shocked upon realizing that Itt&#333 puts his own son in harms way to get a tactical advantage in a fight and [[WhatTheHellHero commonly call him out on it]].
** Taken to its extreme towards the end of the series, [[spoiler: when Retsudo running out of troops call in a group of [[RetiredBadass out-of-service, veteran ninja]] to take on Itt&#333. After having studied their prey, the ninja deduce that they can kill Itt&#333 but will need to use a strategy which includes killing Daigoro as well. Noting how Itt&#333 and Daigoro are the appropriate age of the children and grandchildren they themselves could have had, they lament on their life of absolute servitude and decide to commit suicide rather than harm a child.]]

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* WorthyOpponent: Despite all the hate they have for each other, Itt&#333 Ittō and [[BigBad Retsudo]] do share a profound respect.
* WouldHitAGirl: Played straight. The manga doesn't try to hide the fact that women of the era were viewed as inherently inferior to men. However, many named female characters break the mold of their station and when they do, prove to be just as heroic, villanous and/or dangerous as most men. Itt&#333 Ittō is GenreSavvy enough to recognize this. [[GreyAndGrayMorality Not that he has any qualms about killing a defenseless woman for that matter... or defenseless man]].
** In one episode, our heroes meet the widow of a samurai Itt&#333 Ittō killed. Since it's her duty to avenge her husband, Itt&#333 Ittō respectfully agrees to a duel with her. And kills her.
* WouldntHurtAChild: Played straight and subverted. Most of the villains casually commit atrocious acts of torture, mass murder and rape. Either joyfully or by [[IDidWhatIHadToDo sworn]] [[MyMasterRightOrWrong duty]]. However, [[EvenEvilHasStandards nearly all of them draw their line at harming children]]. For this reason, villains are severely shocked upon realizing that Itt&#333 Ittō puts his own son in harms way to get a tactical advantage in a fight and [[WhatTheHellHero commonly call him out on it]].
** Taken to its extreme towards the end of the series, [[spoiler: when Retsudo running out of troops call in a group of [[RetiredBadass out-of-service, veteran ninja]] to take on Itt&#333. Ittō. After having studied their prey, the ninja deduce that they can kill Itt&#333 Ittō but will need to use a strategy which includes killing Daigoro as well. Noting how Itt&#333 Ittō and Daigoro are the appropriate age of the children and grandchildren they themselves could have had, they lament on their life of absolute servitude and decide to commit suicide rather than harm a child.]]



* YouAreAlreadyDead: Hired to kill a holy man, Itt&#333 slashes him down the center. Said holy man compliments him for a good minute before falling into two halves. Itt&#333 killed him this way because he couldn't bring himself to kill the man in a way that would cause pain.
** The ''priest himself'' compliments Itt&#333 on acheiving such perfection that he could kill a holy man. This perfection came about because the priest advised him to do so. In a way, the priest gave the assassin the way to kill him. Itt&#333 was prepared to commit ''seppuku'' until the priest talked him out of it.

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* YouAreAlreadyDead: Hired to kill a holy man, Itt&#333 Ittō slashes him down the center. Said holy man compliments him for a good minute before falling into two halves. Itt&#333 Ittō killed him this way because he couldn't bring himself to kill the man in a way that would cause pain.
** The ''priest himself'' compliments Itt&#333 Ittō on acheiving such perfection that he could kill a holy man. This perfection came about because the priest advised him to do so. In a way, the priest gave the assassin the way to kill him. Itt&#333 Ittō was prepared to commit ''seppuku'' until the priest talked him out of it.
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* AndYourLittleDogToo: Itto once went ''even more'' UnstoppableRage than he had previously been, when the Shogun directly threatened to kill little Daigoro.

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* AndYourLittleDogToo: Itto Itt&#333 once went ''even more'' UnstoppableRage than he had previously been, when the Shogun directly threatened to kill little Daigoro.



* BarehandedBladeBlock: Both subverted and played straight. The Yagyu Shirahadori revolves around not merely catching the blade with your hands, but also trapping it with your body, sacrificing your life to immobilize the opponent so that your comrade can finish him off. However, masters like Retsudo [[spoiler: and Itto]], can pull off the straight version of this trope. In fact, [[spoiler: the final long stretch of Retsudo and Itto's last duel is a series of these as they block and then steal one sword back and forth from each other, only to block it in turn when the other one manages to snatch it.]]

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* BarehandedBladeBlock: Both subverted and played straight. The Yagyu Shirahadori revolves around not merely catching the blade with your hands, but also trapping it with your body, sacrificing your life to immobilize the opponent so that your comrade can finish him off. However, masters like Retsudo [[spoiler: and Itto]], Itt&#333]], can pull off the straight version of this trope. In fact, [[spoiler: the final long stretch of Retsudo and Itto's Itt&#333's last duel is a series of these as they block and then steal one sword back and forth from each other, only to block it in turn when the other one manages to snatch it.]]



** Subverted by a group of crippled veteran ninja, sent by Retsudo after Itto. They were experienced enough to mask their auras from Itto and spy on him undetected.
** Averted when Itto takes an assignment to kill a revered Buddhist priest. Although not being a warrior, the priest still has an aura so powerful that no one with ill intent can come close enough to touch him... Not even Itto. Leads to Itto [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]] (if that's even possible) by withdrawing to the mountains to meditate and fast for over a week, while leaving Daigoro alone with food. Briefly interrupted only by a small group of hungry wolves (which he slays with his bare hands) Itto returns enlightened and able to suppress his negative energy output. He is then able to kill without bloodlust. The priest compliments Itto on his accomplishment AFTER Itto splits him from scalp to sternum.

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** Subverted by a group of crippled veteran ninja, sent by Retsudo after Itto. Itt&#333. They were experienced enough to mask their auras from Itto Itt&#333 and spy on him undetected.
** Averted when Itto Itt&#333 takes an assignment to kill a revered Buddhist priest. Although not being a warrior, the priest still has an aura so powerful that no one with ill intent can come close enough to touch him... Not even Itto. Itt&#333. Leads to Itto Itt&#333 [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]] (if that's even possible) by withdrawing to the mountains to meditate and fast for over a week, while leaving Daigoro alone with food. Briefly interrupted only by a small group of hungry wolves (which he slays with his bare hands) Itto Itt&#333 returns enlightened and able to suppress his negative energy output. He is then able to kill without bloodlust. The priest compliments Itto Itt&#333 on his accomplishment AFTER Itto Itt&#333 splits him from scalp to sternum.



* BladeOnAStick: Itto has several concealed as railings on the cart. They can be wielded individually as nagamaki or the handles can be joined to allow them to be used as a naginata or a longer polearm. The latter are especially useful when he has to go up against cavalry and large numbers of enemy troops.
* CallingYourAttacks: Itto and Retsudo spend literally a whole day and night (as well as half of a book) doing this during their first arranged duel.

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* BladeOnAStick: Itto Itt&#333 has several concealed as railings on the cart. They can be wielded individually as nagamaki or the handles can be joined to allow them to be used as a naginata or a longer polearm. The latter are especially useful when he has to go up against cavalry and large numbers of enemy troops.
* CallingYourAttacks: Itto Itt&#333 and Retsudo spend literally a whole day and night (as well as half of a book) doing this during their first arranged duel.



* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Although LWAC does stay closer to reality than what you would casually expect, it still allows for some spectacular details. By default, studying martial arts will grant you a 6th sense (BattleAura), make you fast enough to appear as a blur to Joe Normal, let you fight (and kill) in your sleep, and sturdy enough to flat out ignore the harsh elements of nature. Taken to even further levels in the case of ninja... or Itto.
* TheChessmaster: Itto is a frequent user of the ThePlan and its suptropes and even manages to combine the best parts of them.

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* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Although LWAC does stay closer to reality than what you would casually expect, it still allows for some spectacular details. By default, studying martial arts will grant you a 6th sense (BattleAura), make you fast enough to appear as a blur to Joe Normal, let you fight (and kill) in your sleep, and sturdy enough to flat out ignore the harsh elements of nature. Taken to even further levels in the case of ninja... or Itto.
Itt&#333.
* TheChessmaster: Itto Itt&#333 is a frequent user of the ThePlan and its suptropes and even manages to combine the best parts of them.



* CombatPragmatist: Itto works the holy hell out of this trope; he wins several fights, especially early on, just by doing things like throwing his sword; for a bushi that would normally be unthinkable, but Itto threw away those ideals when he started down the assassin's road. Retsudo does pretty well with it, too.
** More to the point, Itto's abandonment of Bushido does not stop him from exploiting Bushido by preying upon his enemies' adherence to it. He won't hesitate to call out an opponent who is behaving dishonorably, usually because forcing the enemy to abide by honorable conduct puts ''Itto'' in a more advantageous position in a given situation.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: Subverted once when a team of Kunoichi successfully take out an unlucky mook to demonstrate their skill, then played straight when a group of Kunoichi can't do anything to the protagonists, but the boss lady can pretty much hold her own against Itto (IE not get killed) Also somewhat toward the end when [[spoiler: all the remaining Grass work together and succeed in breaking Itto's sword.]]

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* CombatPragmatist: Itto Itt&#333 works the holy hell out of this trope; he wins several fights, especially early on, just by doing things like throwing his sword; for a bushi that would normally be unthinkable, but Itto Itt&#333 threw away those ideals when he started down the assassin's road. Retsudo does pretty well with it, too.
** More to the point, Itto's Itt&#333's abandonment of Bushido does not stop him from exploiting Bushido by preying upon his enemies' adherence to it. He won't hesitate to call out an opponent who is behaving dishonorably, usually because forcing the enemy to abide by honorable conduct puts ''Itto'' ''Itt&#333'' in a more advantageous position in a given situation.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: Subverted once when a team of Kunoichi successfully take out an unlucky mook to demonstrate their skill, then played straight when a group of Kunoichi can't do anything to the protagonists, but the boss lady can pretty much hold her own against Itto Itt&#333 (IE not get killed) Also somewhat toward the end when [[spoiler: all the remaining Grass work together and succeed in breaking Itto's Itt&#333's sword.]]



* CrazyPrepared: Itto. Also Retsudo with his Yagyu [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Grass]].

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* CrazyPrepared: Itto.Itt&#333. Also Retsudo with his Yagyu [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Grass]].



* {{Determinator}}: Itto again.
* [[spoiler:DiedStandingUp: Both Itto and Retsudo.]]

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* {{Determinator}}: Itto Itt&#333 again.
* [[spoiler:DiedStandingUp: Both Itto Itt&#333 and Retsudo.]]



* DyingDeclarationOfLove: Torizo (real name O-Tori), a female Yakuza boss, does this to Itto as she lies dying.

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* DyingDeclarationOfLove: Torizo (real name O-Tori), a female Yakuza boss, does this to Itto Itt&#333 as she lies dying.



* EnemyMine: [[spoiler: Itto and Retsudo works together to stop a flood caused by Abe No Kaii.]]

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* EnemyMine: [[spoiler: Itto Itt&#333 and Retsudo works together to stop a flood caused by Abe No Kaii.]]



* FrozenFace: one of the assassins sent after Ogami was a ninja trained to show no emotions at all. Because he shows no reaction to ''anything,'' he's incredibly stealthy, and uses it to menace Ogami more effectively than any assassin before him.

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* FrozenFace: one of the assassins sent after Ogami Itt&#333 was a ninja trained to show no emotions at all. Because he shows no reaction to ''anything,'' he's incredibly stealthy, and uses it to menace Ogami Itt&#333 more effectively than any assassin before him.



* HeKnowsTooMuch: Many of the people who hire Itto subsequently try to kill him after the assassination is completed in order to either silence him (since Itto's policy is to get the entire story behind the assassination before carrying it out), or to avoid paying him. It often overlaps with YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness. It never works. Some employers are smart enough to avert this, such as the man who employed Itto in the very first chapter of the series.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Itto's blind quest for vengeance makes him suitable for this trope. Considering that he's willingly endangering his only child and is more concerned with avenging his tainted name than his [[StuffedInTheFridge murdered wife]], he may qualify as a VillainProtagonist. Near the end of the series he seems to get increasingly tired of killing (sometimes going so far as to shed ManlyTears after cutting down a few dozen people), but by then he's too close to completing his revenge to stop.

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* HeKnowsTooMuch: Many of the people who hire Itto Itt&#333 subsequently try to kill him after the assassination is completed in order to either silence him (since Itto's Itt&#333's policy is to get the entire story behind the assassination before carrying it out), or to avoid paying him. It often overlaps with YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness. It never works. Some employers are smart enough to avert this, such as the man who employed Itto Itt&#333 in the very first chapter of the series.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Itto's Itt&#333's blind quest for vengeance makes him suitable for this trope. Considering that he's willingly endangering his only child and is more concerned with avenging his tainted name than his [[StuffedInTheFridge murdered wife]], he may qualify as a VillainProtagonist. Near the end of the series he seems to get increasingly tired of killing (sometimes going so far as to shed ManlyTears after cutting down a few dozen people), but by then he's too close to completing his revenge to stop.



* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: The Yagyu clan are traditionally portrayed in both history and folklore as noble and brave and champions of the common people. On the other hand, they also had the reputation of founding one of the greatest swordfighting schools in Japan, were believed to have ties to ninja (if not ninja themselves), and were very close allies and servants of the ruling Tokugawa shoguns, so few other organizations in ''bakufu''-era Japan would have been as big as a threat to Ogami Itto.
* HoneyTrap: Used by a samurai widow in ''The Frozen Crane''. She lures her husband's killer into an empty farmhouse by faking an illness. Once inside, she proceeds to seduce him. As he's having his way with her, her brother-in-law strikes with his sword from the pile of hay he was hiding in and stabs him in the back. It fails to kill him instantly, however, and he manages to flee outside where he is chased down and finished off by both the widow and her brother-in-law, just as Itto and Daigoro arrive at the scene.
* HumiliationConga: Retsudo's schemes may have destroyed the Ogami clan, but Itto manages to get some serious payback. Over the course of the series, [[spoiler: he kills ''every single one'' of Retsudo's children, even Retsudo's illegitimate son and daughter, slaughters all of the Kurokuwa ninja clan and, for a time at least, completely destroys the Shogun's faith in Retsudo to the point that Retsudo is publicly snubbed and beaten with a wooden tray by the ''Shogun himself'' at a very important ceremony (so important, in fact, that had it been ''anyone'' but Retsudo, the result would have been instant seppuku). Even after that, Itto kills all of the remaining Yagyu forces and finishes by slaughtering every last one of the Kusa ninja that the Yagyu had spent ''generations'' planting into domains throughout the country. By the end of the story though, Retsudo has managed to win back the Shogun's trust and respect and he technically wins his duel with Itto. If he hadn't allowed Daigoro to run him through with his spear, it would have ended in complete victory for Retsudo.]]

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: The Yagyu clan are traditionally portrayed in both history and folklore as noble and brave and champions of the common people. On the other hand, they also had the reputation of founding one of the greatest swordfighting schools in Japan, were believed to have ties to ninja (if not ninja themselves), and were very close allies and servants of the ruling Tokugawa shoguns, so few other organizations in ''bakufu''-era Japan would have been as big as a threat to Ogami Itto.
Itt&#333.
* HoneyTrap: Used by a samurai widow in ''The Frozen Crane''. She lures her husband's killer into an empty farmhouse by faking an illness. Once inside, she proceeds to seduce him. As he's having his way with her, her brother-in-law strikes with his sword from the pile of hay he was hiding in and stabs him in the back. It fails to kill him instantly, however, and he manages to flee outside where he is chased down and finished off by both the widow and her brother-in-law, just as Itto Itt&#333 and Daigoro arrive at the scene.
* HumiliationConga: Retsudo's schemes may have destroyed the Ogami clan, but Itto Itt&#333 manages to get some serious payback. Over the course of the series, [[spoiler: he kills ''every single one'' of Retsudo's children, even Retsudo's illegitimate son and daughter, slaughters all of the Kurokuwa ninja clan and, for a time at least, completely destroys the Shogun's faith in Retsudo to the point that Retsudo is publicly snubbed and beaten with a wooden tray by the ''Shogun himself'' at a very important ceremony (so important, in fact, that had it been ''anyone'' but Retsudo, the result would have been instant seppuku). Even after that, Itto Itt&#333 kills all of the remaining Yagyu forces and finishes by slaughtering every last one of the Kusa ninja that the Yagyu had spent ''generations'' planting into domains throughout the country. By the end of the story though, Retsudo has managed to win back the Shogun's trust and respect and he technically wins his duel with Itto.Itt&#333. If he hadn't allowed Daigoro to run him through with his spear, it would have ended in complete victory for Retsudo.]]



* InadequateInheritor: Daigaku, the lord of Yonezawa han in ''Wife of the Heart''. His father is described as having been a good ruler who supported the Hayase family's project of building a bridge over the dangerous Omono River, thereby vastly decreasing accidents on the river as well as increasing the han's prosperity. By contrast, Lord Daigaku is nothing but a sadistic, cowardly thug who has no interest whatsoever in bridges and who beat and permanently crippled his capable subordinate Hayase simply because the latter stood up for Chiyo the ferrygirl, who had accidentally spilled water on Daigaku's robes. Daigaku's failings were arguably the reason why Itto was eventually hired to assassinate him.
* InvincibleHero: Itto goes up against somewhere between a few gangs to legendary warriors and even entire armies multiple times, and is rarely grievously injured. In a manga where there is hardly a chapter without at least one fight scene there is not much suspense for how it will finish.
* ItsPersonal: The entire premise of the plot after Itto's [[DisposableWoman wife]] is killed.

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* InadequateInheritor: Daigaku, the lord of Yonezawa han in ''Wife of the Heart''. His father is described as having been a good ruler who supported the Hayase family's project of building a bridge over the dangerous Omono River, thereby vastly decreasing accidents on the river as well as increasing the han's prosperity. By contrast, Lord Daigaku is nothing but a sadistic, cowardly thug who has no interest whatsoever in bridges and who beat and permanently crippled his capable subordinate Hayase simply because the latter stood up for Chiyo the ferrygirl, who had accidentally spilled water on Daigaku's robes. Daigaku's failings were arguably the reason why Itto Itt&#333 was eventually hired to assassinate him.
* InvincibleHero: Itto Itt&#333 goes up against somewhere between a few gangs to legendary warriors and even entire armies multiple times, and is rarely grievously injured. In a manga where there is hardly a chapter without at least one fight scene there is not much suspense for how it will finish.
* ItsPersonal: The entire premise of the plot after Itto's Itt&#333's [[DisposableWoman wife]] is killed.



* KillingIntent: Almost all martial artists radiate and detect the warrior spirit and bloodlust within their foes. As stated above, Itto had to meditate to control his spirit to get to the Buddhist monk and kill him without bloodlust.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Both Daigoro and Itto show up in episode 22 of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', and Daigoro makes another appearance in episode 24.

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* KillingIntent: Almost all martial artists radiate and detect the warrior spirit and bloodlust within their foes. As stated above, Itto Itt&#333 had to meditate to control his spirit to get to the Buddhist monk and kill him without bloodlust.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Both Daigoro and Itto Itt&#333 show up in episode 22 of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', and Daigoro makes another appearance in episode 24.



* ManlyTears: Makabe in "Cloud Dragon, Wind Tiger" cries these [[spoiler:when Ogami praises him as an ideal retainer prior to their duel.]]

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* ManlyTears: Makabe in "Cloud Dragon, Wind Tiger" cries these [[spoiler:when Ogami Itt&#333 praises him as an ideal retainer prior to their duel.]]



* MoralityPet: A running theme in the novels is the fact that Daigoro keeps Itto from going too far over the edge when it comes to killing and becoming an outright NobleDemon; although with all the blood that's spilled, it makes one wonder what would happen if Daigoro ''wasn't'' there.
** To be fair, Itto mostly kills the people he's paid to kill, or those who try to kill him first. Assuming Daigoro wasn't there, he would most likely go berserk and get killed rather quickly.

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* MoralityPet: A running theme in the novels is the fact that Daigoro keeps Itto Itt&#333 from going too far over the edge when it comes to killing and becoming an outright NobleDemon; although with all the blood that's spilled, it makes one wonder what would happen if Daigoro ''wasn't'' there.
** To be fair, Itto Itt&#333 mostly kills the people he's paid to kill, or those who try to kill him first. Assuming Daigoro wasn't there, he would most likely go berserk and get killed rather quickly.



* MyMasterRightOrWrong: A key part of the entire culture of this era; obedience and service to one's lord is expected even when the lord is undeserving or outright idiotic. Many of the situations Ogami encounters involve people caught between what's right and what's expected.
* {{Ninja}}: The Yagyu have literally hundreds of them in their service. [[spoiler:By the end of the manga, Itto has killed them '''all'''.]]

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* MyMasterRightOrWrong: A key part of the entire culture of this era; obedience and service to one's lord is expected even when the lord is undeserving or outright idiotic. Many of the situations Ogami Itt&#333 encounters involve people caught between what's right and what's expected.
* {{Ninja}}: The Yagyu have literally hundreds of them in their service. [[spoiler:By the end of the manga, Itto Itt&#333 has killed them '''all'''.]]



* NaginatasAreFeminine: Zigzagged. Itto, who is a most manly man, uses one regularly, but so do several young and/or female characters.

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* NaginatasAreFeminine: Zigzagged. Itto, Itt&#333, who is a most manly man, uses one regularly, but so do several young and/or female characters.



* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Abe no Kaii. Despite being a DirtyCoward and NonActionGuy in a manga where badass warriors dropping like flies, he manages to survive for several volumes against ''both'' Itto and Retsudo, and comes dangerously close to killing them.

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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Abe no Kaii. Despite being a DirtyCoward and NonActionGuy in a manga where badass warriors dropping like flies, he manages to survive for several volumes against ''both'' Itto Itt&#333 and Retsudo, and comes dangerously close to killing them.



* OneManArmy: Itto. Made quite obvious when opposing samurai consider it a fair fight to challenge him to a duel... using several units of mounted cavalry against Itto on foot.
** Even more so in the final book where [[spoiler: Retsudo actually needs to raise a whole army, complete with suicide bombers to soften up Itto enough to kill him (despite Itto already being critically wounded from a previous encounter). Itto still wipes out all of Retsudo's elite mooks before falling.]]

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* OneManArmy: Itto.Itt&#333. Made quite obvious when opposing samurai consider it a fair fight to challenge him to a duel... using several units of mounted cavalry against Itto Itt&#333 on foot.
** Even more so in the final book where [[spoiler: Retsudo actually needs to raise a whole army, complete with suicide bombers to soften up Itto Itt&#333 enough to kill him (despite Itto Itt&#333 already being critically wounded from a previous encounter). Itto Itt&#333 still wipes out all of Retsudo's elite mooks before falling.]]



* PapaWolf: AND HOW! Interestingly, that's only on the rare occasion when Daigoro is in serious danger. Itto has no problem with putting his infant son in jeopardy to gain an advantage or set up a trap, and actually views him more as a ''partner'' than a boy needing protection. However, when Daigoro is in danger unrelated to their adventure, Itto tends to ''freak out'' and do crazy stunts to save him; culminating in rowing out to sea in the middle of a major storm because Daigoro was sick and wouldn't eat anything but oranges.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: After crossing a narrow walkway over a mountain to get to a village where he was hired for a job, Itto has to fight a series of women trained to kill, the only people left in the village. He wins handily, and leaves. [[spoiler:Then the bridge collapses out from under him. Turns out the actual bad guy who had hired him let him kill the women as part of his BatmanGambit ''just so he could sabotage the bridge'', which would cover his tracks by killing Itto. Our heroes only narrowly survive.]]
** Another example occurs when several different bounty hunters meet each other and decide to attack Itto as a group, knowing that any one of them trying it by themselves was a recipe for a horrible death. They're a motley group, even including an old woman who swallows and spits needles, but unfortunately the group tactic fails to avert the horrible death aspect of the operation.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Stomache-churningly averted -- apparently Itto doesn't think so or doesn't care. At one point he sits and watches a young woman being ''raped to death'' without evincing any concern. He has in fact contracted to kill the bandits responsible but apparently decides it's not the right time to strike.
* RatedMForManly: Itto especially.

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* PapaWolf: AND HOW! Interestingly, that's only on the rare occasion when Daigoro is in serious danger. Itto Itt&#333 has no problem with putting his infant son in jeopardy to gain an advantage or set up a trap, and actually views him more as a ''partner'' than a boy needing protection. However, when Daigoro is in danger unrelated to their adventure, Itto Itt&#333 tends to ''freak out'' and do crazy stunts to save him; culminating in rowing out to sea in the middle of a major storm because Daigoro was sick and wouldn't eat anything but oranges.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: After crossing a narrow walkway over a mountain to get to a village where he was hired for a job, Itto Itt&#333 has to fight a series of women trained to kill, the only people left in the village. He wins handily, and leaves. [[spoiler:Then the bridge collapses out from under him. Turns out the actual bad guy who had hired him let him kill the women as part of his BatmanGambit ''just so he could sabotage the bridge'', which would cover his tracks by killing Itto.Itt&#333. Our heroes only narrowly survive.]]
** Another example occurs when several different bounty hunters meet each other and decide to attack Itto Itt&#333 as a group, knowing that any one of them trying it by themselves was a recipe for a horrible death. They're a motley group, even including an old woman who swallows and spits needles, but unfortunately the group tactic fails to avert the horrible death aspect of the operation.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Stomache-churningly averted -- apparently Itto Itt&#333 doesn't think so or doesn't care. At one point he sits and watches a young woman being ''raped to death'' without evincing any concern. He has in fact contracted to kill the bandits responsible but apparently decides it's not the right time to strike.
* RatedMForManly: Itto Itt&#333 especially.



* {{Samurai}}: Though Daigoro and Itto are technically {{Ronin}}, they are pursued by Samurai (and the occasional horde of {{Ninja}})for much of the plot.
* SecretTest: Before Itto embarks on the path to ''"Meifumado"'' he offers an infant Daigoro the choice between a sword and a ball. Daigoro chooses the sword, which is why Itto takes him along on the assassin's road. Had Daigoro chosen the ball, Itto would have killed him.
* {{Seppuku}}: Itto's original job was technically to serve as a second (''kaishakunin'') for feudal lords ordered to commit seppuku by the Shogunate. The second's role is to provide relief from the agony of seppuku in the form of removing the subject's head[[note]]''almost'': the cut was supposed to stop just short of severing the last shred of neck skin ([[Franchise/HarryPotter Nearly Headless Nick]] would understand), thus saving the subject from the humiliation of being dismembered, a punishment reserved for commoner criminals[[/note]] in one stroke if the act of seppuku is performed properly, but in the case of a lord, most samurai would be forbidden from performing that act. Itto's role as an official designate of the Shogun meant that he took lives at the will of the Shogun.

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* {{Samurai}}: Though Daigoro and Itto Itt&#333 are technically {{Ronin}}, they are pursued by Samurai (and the occasional horde of {{Ninja}})for much of the plot.
* SecretTest: Before Itto Itt&#333 embarks on the path to ''"Meifumado"'' he offers an infant Daigoro the choice between a sword and a ball. Daigoro chooses the sword, which is why Itto Itt&#333 takes him along on the assassin's road. Had Daigoro chosen the ball, Itto Itt&#333 would have killed him.
* {{Seppuku}}: Itto's Itt&#333's original job was technically to serve as a second (''kaishakunin'') for feudal lords ordered to commit seppuku by the Shogunate. The second's role is to provide relief from the agony of seppuku in the form of removing the subject's head[[note]]''almost'': the cut was supposed to stop just short of severing the last shred of neck skin ([[Franchise/HarryPotter Nearly Headless Nick]] would understand), thus saving the subject from the humiliation of being dismembered, a punishment reserved for commoner criminals[[/note]] in one stroke if the act of seppuku is performed properly, but in the case of a lord, most samurai would be forbidden from performing that act. Itto's Itt&#333's role as an official designate of the Shogun meant that he took lives at the will of the Shogun.



* SheathStrike: Itto is fond of using his scabbard against certain opponents, as they don't expect it at all. Typically it's used as a distraction; there are several times when backstabbing officials (or people who want to test Itto and see if he's as good as they say) are talking to Itto in a room with soldiers hidden behind the paper wall panels, ready to strike. Itto gets around it by chucking his scabbard through the wall to get a non-lethal first strike and take the official hostage to de-escalate the situation (or kill them if he's been hired to do so.)

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* SheathStrike: Itto Itt&#333 is fond of using his scabbard against certain opponents, as they don't expect it at all. Typically it's used as a distraction; there are several times when backstabbing officials (or people who want to test Itto Itt&#333 and see if he's as good as they say) are talking to Itto Itt&#333 in a room with soldiers hidden behind the paper wall panels, ready to strike. Itto Itt&#333 gets around it by chucking his scabbard through the wall to get a non-lethal first strike and take the official hostage to de-escalate the situation (or kill them if he's been hired to do so.)



* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The chapter "Penal Code Article Seventy-Nine". Daigoro is the main character, [[spoiler:Ogami never even appears]], and in the biggest departure from most chapters [[spoiler:no-one dies, though [[WouldHurtAChild Daigoro undergoes a rather vicious public beating]].]]
* StaticCharacter: Itto. He does undergo a little bit of development, but for the most part he's set apart by how rigid and secure in his convictions he is and not how he changes over time. Most of the development that occurs in the story happens to others; those who don't die horribly when coming into contact with Itto tend to leave changed by contact with Itto's personal presence.

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The chapter "Penal Code Article Seventy-Nine". Daigoro is the main character, [[spoiler:Ogami [[spoiler:Itt&#333 never even appears]], and in the biggest departure from most chapters [[spoiler:no-one dies, though [[WouldHurtAChild Daigoro undergoes a rather vicious public beating]].]]
* StaticCharacter: Itto.Itt&#333. He does undergo a little bit of development, but for the most part he's set apart by how rigid and secure in his convictions he is and not how he changes over time. Most of the development that occurs in the story happens to others; those who don't die horribly when coming into contact with Itto Itt&#333 tend to leave changed by contact with Itto's Itt&#333's personal presence.



* TrainingFromHell: In "Hunger Town", Ogami does this to a dog [[spoiler:in order to teach it to act as bait during an assassination.]]
* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: Itto exemplifies this trope. Whether it's using his own child as bait, holding somebody else's child hostage to persuade suicide, skewering a man mid-coitus (as well as the unfortunate woman he was bumping uglies with), cutting down pacifistic holy men or throwing his sword into somebody's face (see previous trope). Given the rigorous code of bushido, this is often [[UpToEleven cranked up to eleven]] in comparison. Usually followed by some mortally stricken foe yelling "WTF?!?... you can't DO that!!!" in total disbelief. Whereupon Itto flatly states that rules are for samurai and men... "having chosen the path of the demon (the road to hell), Daigoro and himself are excused from adhering to either".
* UnconsciousObjector: In the manga, [[spoiler:Itto [[DiedStandingUp dies standing up]] while wrestling with [[BigBad Retsudo]] for a sword in the midst of their DuelToTheDeath. It gradually dawns on Retsudo that this has happened, so he lets go of the sword and steps out of sword range. After a number of beat panels, Itto finally collapses]].

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* TrainingFromHell: In "Hunger Town", Ogami Itt&#333 does this to a dog [[spoiler:in order to teach it to act as bait during an assassination.]]
* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: Itto Itt&#333 exemplifies this trope. Whether it's using his own child as bait, holding somebody else's child hostage to persuade suicide, skewering a man mid-coitus (as well as the unfortunate woman he was bumping uglies with), cutting down pacifistic holy men or throwing his sword into somebody's face (see previous trope). Given the rigorous code of bushido, this is often [[UpToEleven cranked up to eleven]] in comparison. Usually followed by some mortally stricken foe yelling "WTF?!?... you can't DO that!!!" in total disbelief. Whereupon Itto Itt&#333 flatly states that rules are for samurai and men... "having chosen the path of the demon (the road to hell), Daigoro and himself are excused from adhering to either".
* UnconsciousObjector: In the manga, [[spoiler:Itto [[spoiler:Itt&#333 [[DiedStandingUp dies standing up]] while wrestling with [[BigBad Retsudo]] for a sword in the midst of their DuelToTheDeath. It gradually dawns on Retsudo that this has happened, so he lets go of the sword and steps out of sword range. After a number of beat panels, Itto Itt&#333 finally collapses]].



* WorthyOpponent: Despite all the hate they have for each other, Itto and [[BigBad Retsudo]] do share a profound respect.
* WouldHitAGirl: Played straight. The manga doesn't try to hide the fact that women of the era were viewed as inherently inferior to men. However, many named female characters break the mold of their station and when they do, prove to be just as heroic, villanous and/or dangerous as most men. Itto is GenreSavvy enough to recognize this. [[GreyAndGrayMorality Not that he has any qualms about killing a defenseless woman for that matter... or defenseless man]].
** In one episode, our heroes meet the widow of a samurai Itto killed. Since it's her duty to avenge her husband, Itto respectfully agrees to a duel with her. And kills her.
* WouldntHurtAChild: Played straight and subverted. Most of the villains casually commit atrocious acts of torture, mass murder and rape. Either joyfully or by [[IDidWhatIHadToDo sworn]] [[MyMasterRightOrWrong duty]]. However, [[EvenEvilHasStandards nearly all of them draw their line at harming children]]. For this reason, villains are severely shocked upon realizing that Itto puts his own son in harms way to get a tactical advantage in a fight and [[WhatTheHellHero commonly call him out on it]].
** Taken to its extreme towards the end of the series, [[spoiler: when Retsudo running out of troops call in a group of [[RetiredBadass out-of-service, veteran ninja]] to take on Itto. After having studied their prey, the ninja deduce that they can kill Itto but will need to use a strategy which includes killing Daigoro as well. Noting how Itto and Daigoro are the appropriate age of the children and grandchildren they themselves could have had, they lament on their life of absolute servitude and decide to commit suicide rather than harm a child.]]

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* WorthyOpponent: Despite all the hate they have for each other, Itto Itt&#333 and [[BigBad Retsudo]] do share a profound respect.
* WouldHitAGirl: Played straight. The manga doesn't try to hide the fact that women of the era were viewed as inherently inferior to men. However, many named female characters break the mold of their station and when they do, prove to be just as heroic, villanous and/or dangerous as most men. Itto Itt&#333 is GenreSavvy enough to recognize this. [[GreyAndGrayMorality Not that he has any qualms about killing a defenseless woman for that matter... or defenseless man]].
** In one episode, our heroes meet the widow of a samurai Itto Itt&#333 killed. Since it's her duty to avenge her husband, Itto Itt&#333 respectfully agrees to a duel with her. And kills her.
* WouldntHurtAChild: Played straight and subverted. Most of the villains casually commit atrocious acts of torture, mass murder and rape. Either joyfully or by [[IDidWhatIHadToDo sworn]] [[MyMasterRightOrWrong duty]]. However, [[EvenEvilHasStandards nearly all of them draw their line at harming children]]. For this reason, villains are severely shocked upon realizing that Itto Itt&#333 puts his own son in harms way to get a tactical advantage in a fight and [[WhatTheHellHero commonly call him out on it]].
** Taken to its extreme towards the end of the series, [[spoiler: when Retsudo running out of troops call in a group of [[RetiredBadass out-of-service, veteran ninja]] to take on Itto. Itt&#333. After having studied their prey, the ninja deduce that they can kill Itto Itt&#333 but will need to use a strategy which includes killing Daigoro as well. Noting how Itto Itt&#333 and Daigoro are the appropriate age of the children and grandchildren they themselves could have had, they lament on their life of absolute servitude and decide to commit suicide rather than harm a child.]]



* YouAreAlreadyDead: Hired to kill a holy man, Itto slashes him down the center. Said holy man compliments him for a good minute before falling into two halves. Itto killed him this way because he couldn't bring himself to kill the man in a way that would cause pain.
** The ''priest himself'' compliments Itto on acheiving such perfection that he could kill a holy man. This perfection came about because the priest advised him to do so. In a way, the priest gave the assassin the way to kill him. Itto was prepared to commit ''seppuku'' until the priest talked him out of it.

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* YouAreAlreadyDead: Hired to kill a holy man, Itto Itt&#333 slashes him down the center. Said holy man compliments him for a good minute before falling into two halves. Itto Itt&#333 killed him this way because he couldn't bring himself to kill the man in a way that would cause pain.
** The ''priest himself'' compliments Itto Itt&#333 on acheiving such perfection that he could kill a holy man. This perfection came about because the priest advised him to do so. In a way, the priest gave the assassin the way to kill him. Itto Itt&#333 was prepared to commit ''seppuku'' until the priest talked him out of it.
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* {{Static Character}}: Itto. He does undergo a little bit of development, but for the most part he's set apart by how rigid and secure in his convictions he is and not how he changes over time. Most of the development that occurs in the story happens to others; those who don't die horribly when coming into contact with Itto tend to leave changed by contact with Itto's personal presence.


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* StaticCharacter: Itto. He does undergo a little bit of development, but for the most part he's set apart by how rigid and secure in his convictions he is and not how he changes over time. Most of the development that occurs in the story happens to others; those who don't die horribly when coming into contact with Itto tend to leave changed by contact with Itto's personal presence.
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* TrainingFromHell: In "Hunger Town", Ogami does this to a dog [[spoiler:in order to teach it to act as bait during an assassination.]]
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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The chapter "Penal Code Article Seventy-Nine". Daigoro is the main character, [[spoiler:Ogami never even appears]], and in the biggest departure from most chapters [[spoiler:no-one dies, though [[WouldHurtAChild Daigoro undergoes a rather vicious public beating]].]]
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** Taken to it's extreme towards the end of the series, [[spoiler: when Retsudo running out of troops call in a group of [[RetiredBadass out-of-service, veteran ninja]] to take on Itto. After having studied their prey, the ninja deduce that they can kill Itto but will need to use a strategy which includes killing Daigoro as well. Noting how Itto and Daigoro are the appropriate age of the children and grandchildren they themselves could have had, they lament on their life of absolute servitude and decide to commit suicide rather than harm a child.]]

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** Taken to it's its extreme towards the end of the series, [[spoiler: when Retsudo running out of troops call in a group of [[RetiredBadass out-of-service, veteran ninja]] to take on Itto. After having studied their prey, the ninja deduce that they can kill Itto but will need to use a strategy which includes killing Daigoro as well. Noting how Itto and Daigoro are the appropriate age of the children and grandchildren they themselves could have had, they lament on their life of absolute servitude and decide to commit suicide rather than harm a child.]]
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* ManlyTears: Makabe in "Cloud Dragon, Wind Tiger" cries these [[spoiler:when Ogami praises him as an ideal retainer prior to their duel.]]
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* HoneyTrap: Used by a samurai widow in ''The Frozen Crane''. She lures her husband's killer into an empty farmhouse by faking an illness. Once inside, she proceeds to seduce him. As he's having his way with her, her brother-in-law strikes with his sword from the pile of hay he was hiding in and stabs him in the back. It fails to kill him instantly, however, and he manages to flee outside where he is chased down and finished off by both the widow and her brother-in-law, just as Itto and Daigoro arrive at the scene.
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