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22nd May '16 1:54:02 PM IronicMouse
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* TheWarJustBefore: In this historical fiction series, the changes of the Meiji Restoration following the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boshin_War Boshin War]] is the backdrop for the series storyline. Notably [[TheHero Himura Kenshin]] was a veteran of that war who served on the side of the House of Meiji against the Tokugawa Shogunate. The events of the Boshin War also become relevant during the Kyoto (on an ideological scale) and Jinchū Arcs (on a more personal level). The main antagonist of the former story arc, Makoto Shishio, was a fellow Meiji partisan who now seeks to overthrow the current government based on it not [[TheSocialDarwinist living up to his own standards]] while Enishi Yukishiro seeks retribution on Kenshin for one of his unintended casualties being [[spoiler:his sister Tomoe Yukishiro]]. In addition, two characters who were soldiers for the Tokugawas, Hajime Saito and Uonuma Usui, joined Kenshin and Shishio's groups respectively.
22nd May '16 1:39:43 PM bt8257
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* HighlyVisibleNinja:
** A conscious decision made by Misao's grandfather Okina, thus building for himself quite the support system out of his friends and neighbors in Kyoto.

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* HighlyVisibleNinja:
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HighlyVisibleNinja: A conscious decision made by Misao's grandfather Okina, thus building for himself quite the support system out of his friends and neighbors in Kyoto.



** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Realsaitou-2.jpg Saito Hajime]] gets one of these in every [[PeacemakerKurogane anime]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaze_Hikaru manga]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_the_Last_Sword_Is_Drawn film]] that features him and [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/kenshin/images/c/cc/Rsz_saitoova.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120930193546 Rurouni Kenshin is no exception]] albeit downplayed when compared to other fictional examples which often portray the man as a young slender {{bishonen}} (and also because he is generally considered to be evil-looking or fierce in his appearance by the Kenshin fandom in general with this including those who find him handsome and his snarky GoodIsNotNice personality).
* HistoricalDomainCharacter:
** Saito Hajime (1844-1915) was the captain of the Shinsengumi's third unit and later a police officer in Tokyo where he adopted the alias Fujita Goro (a name he uses frequently in the series) and married one Takagi Tokio.

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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Realsaitou-2.jpg Saito Hajime]] gets one of these in every [[PeacemakerKurogane [[Manga/PeacemakerKurogane anime]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaze_Hikaru manga]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_the_Last_Sword_Is_Drawn film]] that features him and [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/kenshin/images/c/cc/Rsz_saitoova.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120930193546 Rurouni Kenshin is no exception]] albeit downplayed {{downplayed|Trope}} when compared to other fictional examples which often portray the man as a young slender {{bishonen}} (and also because he is generally considered to be evil-looking or fierce in his appearance by the Kenshin fandom in general with this including those who find him handsome and his snarky GoodIsNotNice personality).
* HistoricalDomainCharacter:
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HistoricalDomainCharacter: Saito Hajime (1844-1915) was the captain of the Shinsengumi's third unit and later a police officer in Tokyo where he adopted the alias Fujita Goro (a name he uses frequently in the series) and married one Takagi Tokio.



* HonorBeforeReason: The warriors of the Kenshin Gumi and even ''Shishio'' of all people follow this trope to a tee.

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* HonorBeforeReason: The warriors of the Kenshin Gumi and even ''Shishio'' of all people follow follows this trope to a tee.



* ImagineSpot:
** When Kenshin is late to return home after being dragged off to a gambling session with Sano, Yahiko suggests that he's either won big or lost big, then suggests that Kaoru shouldn't be surprised about him coming home in nothing but his underwear. In the manga, this is accompanied by a small visual of just that.

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* ImagineSpot:
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ImagineSpot: When Kenshin is late to return home after being dragged off to a gambling session with Sano, Yahiko suggests that he's either won big or lost big, then suggests that Kaoru shouldn't be surprised about him coming home in nothing but his underwear. In the manga, this is accompanied by a small visual of just that.



* InstantWakingSkills:
** It's unclear if Kenshin's this trope or just a very light sleeper, but when he's on watch he rests sitting up, with his sword in his lap and his forehead resting on the hilt. Once, he heard someone sneaking up on him and started a draw with his thumb. When it turned out to be Kaoru, he dropped the sword back down in relief and cuts said thumb.

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* InstantWakingSkills:
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InstantWakingSkills: It's unclear if Kenshin's this trope or just a very light sleeper, but when he's on watch he rests sitting up, with his sword in his lap and his forehead resting on the hilt. Once, he heard someone sneaking up on him and started a draw with his thumb. When it turned out to be Kaoru, he dropped the sword back down in relief and cuts said thumb.



* IronicEcho:
** "A sword is a weapon. Kenjutsu the art of murder." Kenshin says this at the beginning of the series, but then immediately rejects it in favor of Kaoru's more [[TechnicalPacifist idealistic vision]]; it's revealed that this is his mentor's philosophy, and he quotes it back to Kenshin to remind him that real life is a CrapsackWorld.

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* IronicEcho:
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IronicEcho: "A sword is a weapon. Kenjutsu the art of murder." Kenshin says this at the beginning of the series, but then immediately rejects it in favor of Kaoru's more [[TechnicalPacifist idealistic vision]]; it's revealed that this is his mentor's philosophy, and he quotes it back to Kenshin to remind him that real life is a CrapsackWorld.



* JidaiGeki:
** A {{Deconstruction}} that asks: "So what happens to all those BadAss swordsmen after they've been outmoded by technology and a shift in societal mores?"[[note]]The surprisingly accurate answer, of course, is that "a lot of them were ''bored as hell'' and this was not a particularly safe period to live in." It never got ''quite'' this epic in real life, but it was still pretty brutal at times.[[/note]]

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* JidaiGeki:
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JidaiGeki: A {{Deconstruction}} {{deconstruction}} that asks: "So what happens to all those BadAss swordsmen after they've been outmoded by technology and a shift in societal mores?"[[note]]The surprisingly accurate answer, of course, is that "a lot of them were ''bored as hell'' and this was not a particularly safe period to live in." It never got ''quite'' this epic in real life, but it was still pretty brutal at times.[[/note]]



* LockedIntoStrangeness: [[spoiler: 12-years-old Enishi's black hair turned white after Tomoe's death]].

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* LockedIntoStrangeness: [[spoiler: 12-years-old 12-year-old Enishi's black hair turned white after Tomoe's death]].



* MadeOfIron:
** While the series appears to have high standards for what counts as a "crippling blow", this is one of Sanosuke's distinguishing traits. As early as his introduction mini-arc, a man hits him in the face with a hidden knife-ring: not only Sanosuke doesn't even flinch, the man ''breaks his finger in the attempt''.

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* MadeOfIron:
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MadeOfIron: While the series appears to have high standards for what counts as a "crippling blow", this is one of Sanosuke's distinguishing traits. As early as his introduction mini-arc, a man hits him in the face with a hidden knife-ring: not only Sanosuke doesn't even flinch, the man ''breaks his finger in the attempt''.



* MayDecemberRomance:
** Kenshin and Kaoru (he's 28 and she's 17). Some time passes before things get serious between them.
** Aoshi and Misao (he's 26 and she's 16). To Aoshi's credit, in the ''manga'' he finds the [[{{Ephebophile}} implications]] a little unsettling and makes it clear to Misao that he won't consider it until some time passes. In the ''anime'' though, Kenshin convinces him to start looking at Misao as a woman by the end of the Kyoto arc.

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* MayDecemberRomance:
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MayDecemberRomance: Kenshin and Kaoru (he's 28 and she's 17). Some time passes before things get serious between them.
** Aoshi and Misao (he's 26 and she's 16). To Aoshi's credit, in the ''manga'' he finds the [[{{Ephebophile}} implications]] a little unsettling and makes it clear to Misao that he won't consider it until some time passes. In the ''anime'' though, Kenshin convinces him to start looking at Misao as a woman by the end of the Kyoto arc.



* MotiveDecay:
** Raijuuta is a bad enough case of this that Watsuki himself complains about it in an after word.

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* MotiveDecay:
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MotiveDecay: Raijuuta is a bad enough case of this that Watsuki himself complains about it in an after word.afterword.



* MultipleDemographicAppeal: While it is, ''strictly'' speaking, a shonen adventure series, the hugely varied cast, fascinating villains, interesting politics and backstories (many of which were at least historically based and some of which were ''startlingly'' accurate), and beautiful guys AND girls gave it appeal across nearly every single age and gender group in Japan, making it far and away one of the banner [=manga/anime=] series of the 90's. It was even exported to ''dozens'' of other countries with great success, particularly in Asia, Western Europe, Oceania, and America (for example, Australia & New Zealand ran the full Sony dub several times over, nearly every Asian country ran the show in various forms at least once, and the series gained considerable success on {{Toonami}} in America).

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* MultipleDemographicAppeal: While it is, ''strictly'' speaking, a shonen adventure series, the hugely varied cast, fascinating villains, interesting politics and backstories (many of which were at least historically based and some of which were ''startlingly'' accurate), and beautiful guys AND girls gave it appeal across nearly every single age and gender group in Japan, making it far and away one of the banner [=manga/anime=] series of the 90's.'90s. It was even exported to ''dozens'' of other countries with great success, particularly in Asia, Western Europe, Oceania, and America (for example, Australia & New Zealand ran the full Sony dub several times over, nearly every Asian country ran the show in various forms at least once, and the series gained considerable success on {{Toonami}} in America).



* MundaneUtility:
** In an anime filler episode, the protagonist at one point finds himself attending a fancy dinner party, so he picks up a knife and performs the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu (Steak style) to cut up a steak.

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* MundaneUtility:
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MundaneUtility: In an anime filler episode, the protagonist at one point finds himself attending a fancy dinner party, so he picks up a knife and performs the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu (Steak style) to cut up a steak.



* ObfuscatingStupidity:
** Kenshin in spades.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity:
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ObfuscatingStupidity: Kenshin in spades.



* OddCouple:
** Sanosuke teaming up with either Megumi and/or Saitou; Kenshin also remarks how unlikely it was that he, a former Imperialist, and Sano, an warrior for the Shogunate, can be trusted teammates.

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* OddCouple:
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OddCouple: Sanosuke teaming up with either Megumi and/or Saitou; Kenshin also remarks how unlikely it was that he, a former Imperialist, and Sano, an warrior for the Shogunate, can be trusted teammates.



* OlderThanTheyLook:
** Kenshin is 28 years old, while his master Hiko is a whopping (by manga standards) 43--but you'd never guess it. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Yahiko and Misao, who wonder if the Hiten Mitsurugi style is the fountain of youth. Also pointed out in the End-of-Volume specials in Volumes 1 and 4 of the manga, where characters thinking on Kenshin after he left come to the conclusion that if he really was a hero of the Meiji Restoration, he'd have to be at least 30...

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* OlderThanTheyLook:
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OlderThanTheyLook: Kenshin is 28 years old, while his master Hiko is a whopping (by manga standards) 43--but you'd never guess it. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Yahiko and Misao, who wonder if the Hiten Mitsurugi style is the fountain of youth. Also pointed out in the End-of-Volume specials in Volumes 1 and 4 of the manga, where characters thinking on Kenshin after he left come to the conclusion that if he really was a hero of the Meiji Restoration, he'd have to be at least 30...



* ParentalSubstitute:
** Kenshin and Kaoru all but adopt Yahiko. This is best emphasized by their reaction, when [[spoiler: Yahiko runs away to join the rebels. In the DistantFinale he inherits Kaoru's fighting style and Kenshin's reverse blade.]]

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* ParentalSubstitute:
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ParentalSubstitute: Kenshin and Kaoru all but adopt Yahiko. This is best emphasized by their reaction, when [[spoiler: Yahiko runs away to join the rebels. In the DistantFinale he inherits Kaoru's fighting style and Kenshin's reverse blade.]]



* PersonalEffectsReveal: [[spoiler: After Tomoe's death]] Kenshin goes through her diary and figures out that [[spoiler: the man he killed months earlier was Tomoe's fiance]]. Bummer.

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* PersonalEffectsReveal: [[spoiler: After Tomoe's death]] death,]] Kenshin goes through her diary and figures out that [[spoiler: the man he killed months earlier was Tomoe's fiance]]. Bummer.



* PromotionToParent:
** Tomoe.

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* PromotionToParent:
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PromotionToParent: Tomoe.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Every time Kenshin fights an opponent, the opponent gives him this, mainly for being on the Imperialists' side or being a pacifist. Kenshin always manages to prove them wrong, or at least prove that he may not agree with them but doesn't suck like they say he does.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
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TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Every time Kenshin fights an opponent, the opponent gives him this, mainly for being on the Imperialists' side or being a pacifist. Kenshin always manages to prove them wrong, or at least prove that he may not agree with them but doesn't suck like they say he does.



* SexyMentor: Hiko Seijuro. Forty-three, my ass...

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* SexyMentor: Hiko Seijuro. Forty-three, 43, my ass...



* ShoutOut:
** Han'nya has WolverineClaws.

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* ShoutOut:
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ShoutOut: Han'nya has WolverineClaws.



** Kaoru has rained (harmless, of course) blows on Kenshin to the sound effects of [[FistOfTheNorthStar ATATATATATA]] and [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure ORAORAORAORA]].

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** Kaoru has rained (harmless, of course) blows on Kenshin to the sound effects of [[FistOfTheNorthStar [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar ATATATATATA]] and [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure ORAORAORAORA]].



* ShrineToTheFallen:
** Sano finds out about what happened to his mother at one of these. He prays to it under the guise of wanting to eat dinner faster.

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* ShrineToTheFallen:
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ShrineToTheFallen: Sano finds out about what happened to his mother at one of these. He prays to it under the guise of wanting to eat dinner faster.



* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler: [[{{Subversion}} Almost]]]] Played straight and everything. The "note" that is left behind by Enishi is the scent of plum blossoms that his sister loved so much, that would lead Kenshin to [[spoiler: the brutally murdered corpse of Kaoru that is pinned to the wall in a pool of her own blood, with an x-shaped scar carved into her cheek.]] The thing is, of course, [[spoiler:she's not ''actually'' dead and that's just an ''incredibly'' elaborate doll. Kaoru is still effectively treated like this in a meta way, though, since she barely impacts the plot at all after this.]]

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* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler: [[{{Subversion}} [[SubvertedTrope Almost]]]] Played straight and everything. The "note" that is left behind by Enishi is the scent of plum blossoms that his sister loved so much, that would lead Kenshin to [[spoiler: the brutally murdered corpse of Kaoru that is pinned to the wall in a pool of her own blood, with an x-shaped scar carved into her cheek.]] The thing is, of course, [[spoiler:she's not ''actually'' dead and that's just an ''incredibly'' elaborate doll. Kaoru is still effectively treated like this in a meta way, though, since she barely impacts the plot at all after this.]]



* {{Symbolism}}:
** Kenshin's scar is a very blatant, and very literal, reference to the English idiom of "his cross to bear", complete with religious symbolism.
** Shishio insists he is "chosen by the age" to lead, and is only defeated by time itself, when he insists on fighting Kenshin too long, and his damaged body, unable to sweat, ''literally catches on fire''.

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* {{Symbolism}}:
** Kenshin's scar is a very blatant, and very literal, reference to the English idiom of "his cross to bear", complete with religious symbolism.
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{{Symbolism}}: Shishio insists he is "chosen by the age" to lead, and is only defeated by time itself, when he insists on fighting Kenshin too long, and his damaged body, unable to sweat, ''literally catches on fire''.



* TalkingIsAFreeAction:
** [[HannibalLecture Squeezing]] [[LastSecondChance out]] [[KirkSummation speeches]] [[ShutUpHannibal mid-fight]] means that you don't necessarily need the Hiten Mitsurugi style to achieve god-like speed.

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* TalkingIsAFreeAction:
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TalkingIsAFreeAction: [[HannibalLecture Squeezing]] [[LastSecondChance out]] [[KirkSummation speeches]] [[ShutUpHannibal mid-fight]] means that you don't necessarily need the Hiten Mitsurugi style to achieve god-like speed.



* TookALevelInBadass:
** Yahiko in the DistantFinale and Sano in ''Reflections'', if his longer hair and nice proto-beard are any indication.

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* TookALevelInBadass:
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TookALevelInBadass: Yahiko in the DistantFinale and Sano in ''Reflections'', if his longer hair and nice proto-beard are any indication.



* {{Toonami}}: The anime was long a staple of the programming block, and helped introduce an entire generation of American children to anime.

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* {{Toonami}}: Creator/{{Toonami}}: The anime was long a staple of the programming block, and helped introduce an entire generation of American children to anime.



* TrainingFromHell:
** Kenshin underwent one of these to learn his ultimate technique, and it's implied that his training before he left to fight in the Meiji Revolution was also hellish. If one could even call it "training", as it only consisted of Hiko Seijuro pounding Kenshin repeatedly with ALL the techniques of the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu (Kenshin was surprised those attacks weren't fatal, and Hiko brags that it's because he has perfect control).

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* TrainingFromHell:
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TrainingFromHell: Kenshin underwent one of these to learn his ultimate technique, and it's implied that his training before he left to fight in the Meiji Revolution was also hellish. If one could even call it "training", as it only consisted of Hiko Seijuro pounding Kenshin repeatedly with ALL the techniques of the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu (Kenshin was surprised those attacks weren't fatal, and Hiko brags that it's because he has perfect control).



* WalkingTheEarth:
** Kenshin before the beginning of the series.

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* WalkingTheEarth:
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WalkingTheEarth: Kenshin before the beginning of the series.



* WhatIf:
** The series serves as ''sort of'' a historical one: What if, instead of going to prison and getting executed, Himura Kenshin [[note]]AKA Kawakami Gensai[[/note]] began to wander Japan after the Bakumatsu to try and atone for all the death he caused? And what if he eventually had to face down his past, personified in [[AxCrazy Udo Jin-E]] [[note]]Okada Izo[[/note]], [[NotSoDifferent Saito Hajime]], [[MagnificentBastard Shishio Makoto]] [[note]]AKA Kirino Toshiaki[[/note]] and the brother of his wife?

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* WhatIf:
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WhatIf: The series serves as ''sort of'' a historical one: What if, instead of going to prison and getting executed, Himura Kenshin [[note]]AKA Kawakami Gensai[[/note]] began to wander Japan after the Bakumatsu to try and atone for all the death he caused? And what if he eventually had to face down his past, personified in [[AxCrazy Udo Jin-E]] [[note]]Okada Izo[[/note]], [[NotSoDifferent Saito Hajime]], [[MagnificentBastard Shishio Makoto]] [[note]]AKA Kirino Toshiaki[[/note]] and the brother of his wife?



* XMarksTheHero: Kenshin's basically the poster child of this. The cross shaped scar is associated with him so utterly that other characters with this scar are regularly accused to ripping the idea from him, [[OlderThanTheyThink even if they predate him by years.]] Unlike many examples, though, Kenshin's scar is [[spoiler: from two separate incidents.]]
* YamatoNadeshiko:
** Tsubame will likely be one when she grows up; she's still a flower bud in the main narrative. Tomoe is described as 'elegant and educated' and at the time was arranging flowers. [[spoiler: Adult Kaoru in both the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue and the second OVA]] could also count.

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* XMarksTheHero: Kenshin's basically the [[TropeCodifier poster child child]] of this. The cross shaped scar is associated with him so utterly that other characters with this scar are regularly accused to ripping the idea from him, [[OlderThanTheyThink even if they predate him by years.]] Unlike many examples, though, Kenshin's scar is [[spoiler: from two separate incidents.]]
* YamatoNadeshiko:
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YamatoNadeshiko: Tsubame will likely be one when she grows up; she's still a flower bud in the main narrative. Tomoe is described as 'elegant and educated' and at the time was arranging flowers. [[spoiler: Adult Kaoru in both the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue and the second OVA]] could also count.
26th Mar '16 8:33:54 PM shiromori
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* AdaptationDistillation: The live action film trilogy and to a lesser extent the OVAs and animated film incarnations get this. In particular Soujira's backstory always receive this in all adaptations due to the brutal nature of what he did.

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* AdaptationDistillation: The live action film trilogy and to a lesser extent the OVAs and animated film incarnations get this. In particular Soujira's Soujirou's backstory always receive this in all adaptations due to the brutal nature of what he did.



** Saito's clash with Shishio is a major example as far as individual duels go. After his ambushes fails, he attempts a point-blank Gotetsu against Shishio which fails in the manga. The extends the battle almost 3X in length with Saito trying to score blows on Shishio with variations of the Gotetsu technique before landing the futile point-blank range version.

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** Saito's clash with Shishio is a major example as far as individual duels go. After his ambushes ambush fails, he attempts a point-blank Gotetsu Gatotsu against Shishio which fails in the manga. The extends the battle almost 3X in length with Saito trying to score blows on Shishio with variations of the Gotetsu Gatotsu technique before landing the futile point-blank range version.
28th Feb '16 3:34:03 PM Rothul
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It turns out that this stranger is Kenshin Himura, a former assassin for anti-shogunate forces during the early days of the Restoration. Regretting his former life as the infamous "Hitokiri Battousai" -- the "Quick-Draw Manslayer" -- Kenshin now wanders Japan as a vagrant soul, seeking atonement for his sins by using his swordsmanship to right wrongs without spilling any more blood than he used to.

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It turns out that this stranger is Kenshin Himura, a former assassin for anti-shogunate forces during the early days of the Restoration. Regretting his former life as the infamous "Hitokiri Battousai" -- the "Quick-Draw Manslayer" -- Kenshin now wanders Japan as a vagrant soul, seeking atonement for his sins by using his swordsmanship to right wrongs without spilling any more blood than he used to.
blood.
17th Feb '16 5:16:16 PM GrammarNavi
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There was a revival of the franchise in the form of a new {{PSP}} [[LicensedGame game]], and a series of Japanese-produced live-action movies. The first one, entitled simply ''[[Film/RurouniKenshin Rurouni Kenshin]]'', was received with critical acclaim last 2012 and was distributed worldwide. The 2014 sequels, ''[[{{Film/RurouniKenshinKyotoInferno}} Kyoto Inferno]]'' and ''[[{{Film/RurouniKenshinTheLegendEnds}} The Legend Ends]]'' enjoyed large critical and commercial acclaim all over Asia.

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There was a revival of the franchise in the form of a new {{PSP}} [[UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable PSP]] [[LicensedGame game]], and a series of Japanese-produced live-action movies. The first one, entitled simply ''[[Film/RurouniKenshin Rurouni Kenshin]]'', was received with critical acclaim last 2012 and was distributed worldwide. The 2014 sequels, ''[[{{Film/RurouniKenshinKyotoInferno}} Kyoto Inferno]]'' and ''[[{{Film/RurouniKenshinTheLegendEnds}} The Legend Ends]]'' enjoyed large critical and commercial acclaim all over Asia.
17th Feb '16 11:50:28 AM dotchan
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** Some other former ninjas ended up as mercenaries lead by Aoshi, and they were employed as Highly Visible Bodyguards. (When there was a need for stealth, they were properly difficult to detect.)
13th Feb '16 12:29:21 AM Smeagol17
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There was a revival of the franchise in the form of a new {{PSP}} [[LicensedGame game]], and a series of Japanese-produced live-action movies. The first one, entitled simply ''[[Film/RurouniKenshin Rurouni Kenshin]]'', was received with critical acclaim last 2012 and was distributed worldwide. The 2014 sequels, ''[[{{Film/RurouniKenshinKyotoInferno}} Kyoto Inferno]]'' and ''[[{{Film/RurouniKenshinTheLegendEnds}} The Legend Ends]]'' enjoyed large critical and commercial acclaim all over Asia.



There was a revival of the franchise in the form of a new {{PSP}} [[LicensedGame game]], and a series of Japanese-produced live-action movies. The first one, entitled simply ''[[Film/RurouniKenshin Rurouni Kenshin]]'', was received with critical acclaim last 2012 and was distributed worldwide. The 2014 sequels, ''[[{{Film/RurouniKenshinKyotoInferno}} Kyoto Inferno]]'' and ''[[{{Film/RurouniKenshinTheLegendEnds}} The Legend Ends]]'' enjoyed large critical and commercial acclaim all over Asia.
13th Feb '16 12:26:52 AM Smeagol17
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And as of recent years, rumors are swirling of a revival. Turns out this takes the form of a new {{PSP}} [[LicensedGame game]], and a series of Japanese-produced live-action movies. The first one, entitled simply ''[[Film/RurouniKenshin Rurouni Kenshin]]'', was received with critical acclaim last 2012 and was distributed worldwide. The 2014 sequels, ''[[{{Film/RurouniKenshinKyotoInferno}} Kyoto Inferno]]'' and ''[[{{Film/RurouniKenshinTheLegendEnds}} The Legend Ends]]'' enjoyed large critical and commercial acclaim all over Asia.

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And as There was a revival of recent years, rumors are swirling of a revival. Turns out this takes the franchise in the form of a new {{PSP}} [[LicensedGame game]], and a series of Japanese-produced live-action movies. The first one, entitled simply ''[[Film/RurouniKenshin Rurouni Kenshin]]'', was received with critical acclaim last 2012 and was distributed worldwide. The 2014 sequels, ''[[{{Film/RurouniKenshinKyotoInferno}} Kyoto Inferno]]'' and ''[[{{Film/RurouniKenshinTheLegendEnds}} The Legend Ends]]'' enjoyed large critical and commercial acclaim all over Asia.
29th Jan '16 10:32:23 PM creader
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* TenMinuteRetirement: When Kenshin comes out of the worst of his HeroicBSOD he falls into this. He drifts into a village of wanderers and simply stares at the ground with DullEyesOfUnhappiness. He even chains his sword so that he can no longer draw it.



** [[BewareTheNiceOnes Kenshin himself is no exception.]] Making innocent people suffer is enough to piss Kenshin off, but threatening [[LoveInterest Kaoru]]--Kenshin won't hesitate to give you ''[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown a beatdown with his bare fists]]'' to get it through to your head that '''you don't lay a finger on Kaoru.''' And this form of punishment came ''after'' he got over his [[SuperPoweredEvilSide apathetic assassin persona.]]

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** [[BewareTheNiceOnes Kenshin himself is no exception.]] Making innocent people suffer is enough to piss Kenshin off, but threatening [[LoveInterest Kaoru]]--Kenshin won't hesitate to give you ''[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown a beatdown with his bare fists]]'' to get it through to your head that '''you don't lay a finger on Kaoru.''' And this form of punishment came ''after'' he got over his [[SuperPoweredEvilSide apathetic assassin persona.]] off.



* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Kenshin and Sano

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* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Kenshin and SanoSano.



* TenMinuteRetirement: When Kenshin comes out of the worst of his HeroicBSOD he falls into this. He drifts into a village of wanderers and simply stares at the ground with DullEyesOfUnhappiness. He even chains his sword so that he can no longer draw it.



* [[TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason They're Called Personal Issues For A Reason]]: Kaoru is okay with Kenshin not talking about himself, and it takes the Revenge Arc for him to open up.

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* [[TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason They're Called Personal Issues For A Reason]]: TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason: Kaoru is okay with Kenshin not talking about himself, and it takes the Revenge Arc for him to open up.
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* VillainousCrossdresser: Honjo Kamatari, Otowa Hyoko.

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* VillainousCrossdresser: Honjo Kamatari, Kamatari and Otowa Hyoko.



** At the end of the series, [[spoiler:Sanosuke]] leaves Japan after attacking an Ishin Shishi who [[spoiler:attacked his family.]]

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** At the end of the series, [[spoiler:Sanosuke]] [[spoiler: Sanosuke]] leaves Japan after attacking an Ishin Shishi who [[spoiler:attacked [[spoiler: attacked his family.]]



* WhamEpisode: Enishi [[spoiler:gets to defeat Kenshin and (apparently) brutally murders Kaoru]].

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* WhamEpisode: Enishi [[spoiler:gets [[spoiler: gets to defeat Kenshin and (apparently) brutally murders Kaoru]].Kaoru.]]



** The series serves as ''sort of'' a historical one: what if, instead of going to prison and getting executed, Himura Kenshin[[note]]AKA Kawakami Gensai[[/note]] began to wander Japan after the Bakumatsu to try and atone for all the death he caused? And what if he eventually had to face down his past, personified in [[AxCrazy Udo Jin-E]][[note]]Okada Izo[[/note]], [[NotSoDifferent Saito Hajime]], [[MagnificentBastard Shishio Makoto]][[note]]AKA Kirino Toshiaki[[/note]] and the brother of his wife?

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** The series serves as ''sort of'' a historical one: what What if, instead of going to prison and getting executed, Himura Kenshin[[note]]AKA Kenshin [[note]]AKA Kawakami Gensai[[/note]] began to wander Japan after the Bakumatsu to try and atone for all the death he caused? And what if he eventually had to face down his past, personified in [[AxCrazy Udo Jin-E]][[note]]Okada Jin-E]] [[note]]Okada Izo[[/note]], [[NotSoDifferent Saito Hajime]], [[MagnificentBastard Shishio Makoto]][[note]]AKA Makoto]] [[note]]AKA Kirino Toshiaki[[/note]] and the brother of his wife?



* WithThisRing: One episode of the anime featured a man who bought a ring to propose to his loved one but then he saw her with another man, misunderstood and threw it away. When he learned the other man was just na old friend, he tried to kill himself and that's when Sanosuke saw him. Fortunately, Sasuke recognized the ring as the one Kenshin found inside a fish he caught. Unfortunately, Megumi saw Kenshin with the ring and thought he intended to propose to Kaoru and then pushed him into giving it to her (it was the proper Japanese Holiday for this kind of thing). Until being told the story, Kenshin thought Kaoru took it as a birthday gift. When he learned the truth, he was [[OhCrap too scared]] to resemble the legendary man-slayer.

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* WithThisRing: One episode of the anime featured a man who bought a ring to propose to his loved one but then he saw her with another man, misunderstood and threw it away. When he learned the other man was just na an old friend, he tried to kill himself and that's when Sanosuke saw him. Fortunately, Sasuke recognized the ring as the one Kenshin found inside a fish he caught. Unfortunately, Megumi saw Kenshin with the ring and thought he intended to propose to Kaoru and then pushed him into giving it to her (it was the proper Japanese Holiday for this kind of thing). Until being told the story, Kenshin thought Kaoru took it as a birthday gift. When he learned the truth, he was [[OhCrap too scared]] to resemble the legendary man-slayer.man slayer.



* XMarksTheHero: Kenshin's basically the poster child of this. The cross-shaped scar is associated with him so utterly that other characters with this scar are regularly accused to ripping the idea from him, [[OlderThanTheyThink even if they predate him by years]]. Unlike many examples, though, Kenshin's scar is [[spoiler: from two separate incidents]].

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* XMarksTheHero: Kenshin's basically the poster child of this. The cross-shaped cross shaped scar is associated with him so utterly that other characters with this scar are regularly accused to ripping the idea from him, [[OlderThanTheyThink even if they predate him by years]]. years.]] Unlike many examples, though, Kenshin's scar is [[spoiler: from two separate incidents]].incidents.]]



** Tsubame will likely be one when she grows up; she's still a flower bud in the main narrative. Tomoe is described as 'elegant and educated' and at the time was arranging flowers. [[spoiler:Adult Kaoru in both the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue and the second OVA]] could also count.
** Tomoe is a deconstruction, since her reserved and soft-spoken behavior caused her a huge problem: [[spoiler: not being able to show her love for her boyfriend Kiyosato, who then went off to Tokyo to make a name for himself and make her happier once he was famous. As we know, he ended up dead under Kenshin's blade.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Lampshaded. While a couple main characters' main hair is mildly spiky it never becomes noticeably unrealistic, and Kenshin's unusual hair color is implied to be because he is possibly of Ainu (or perhaps Dutch) descent. This is averted in the live action movie, in which Kenshin has more realistic looking dark reddish-brown hair of the sort that an ethnic Japanese would actually have.

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** Tsubame will likely be one when she grows up; she's still a flower bud in the main narrative. Tomoe is described as 'elegant and educated' and at the time was arranging flowers. [[spoiler:Adult [[spoiler: Adult Kaoru in both the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue and the second OVA]] could also count.
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** Tomoe is a deconstruction, since her reserved and soft-spoken soft spoken behavior caused her a huge problem: [[spoiler: not Not being able to show her love for her boyfriend Kiyosato, who then went off to Tokyo to make a name for himself and make her happier once he was famous. As we know, he ended up dead under Kenshin's blade.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Lampshaded. While a couple main characters' main hair is mildly spiky it never becomes noticeably unrealistic, and Kenshin's unusual hair color is implied to be because he is possibly of Ainu (or perhaps Dutch) descent. This is averted in the live action movie, in which Kenshin has more realistic looking dark reddish-brown reddish brown hair of the sort that an ethnic Japanese would actually have. have.
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