History VideoGame / Tenchu

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** One of Tenchu's main features is that the levels play different depending on which character you choose.
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* ActionGirl: Ayame, Rin and in Tenchu Z you can make a female character who would become this.
* AnotherSideAnotherStory / VillainShoes
* AristocratsAreEvil: Everyone except Lord Gohda.

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* ActionGirl: Ayame, Rin and in Tenchu Z you can make a female character who would become this.
this. They are all highly-trained ninja that can kill their targets in the blink of an eye.
* AnotherSideAnotherStory / VillainShoes
AnotherSideAnotherStory: Most games after the fist include a third secret character whose story runs parallel with that of Rikimaru and Ayame. This is most notable in ''Tenchu 2'' and ''Fatal Shadows''.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Everyone except Lord Gohda.Gohda appears to be this. A common sight in most games is that of a corrupt merchant selling out the daughters of his debtors to a corrupt minister of Gohda's realm.



* BareYourMidriff: Ayame did this throughout the series, most notably in Wrath of Heaven and Shadow Assassins.
* BearsAreBadNews

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* BareYourMidriff: Ayame did this throughout the series, most notably in Wrath ''Wrath of Heaven Heaven'' and Shadow Assassins.
''Shadow Assassins''.
* BearsAreBadNewsBearsAreBadNews: A recurring enemy in the series. They are usually simply {{Big Mook}}s found in cave/forest-type stages, although ''Fatal Shadows'' presents one as a boss, which was later made playable in ''Time of the Assassins''.



* CaptainObvious: The Mooks. "I'm dying... Ohhhhh... I'm dying..."
* CoolBigSis: Ayame acts like this to Gohda's daughter.
* CoolSword: Izayoi.

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* CaptainObvious: The Mooks. "I'm Mooks tend to be this.
--> ''I'm
dying... Ohhhhh... I'm dying..."
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* CoolBigSis: Ayame acts like this to Gohda's daughter.
daughter, princess Kiku.
* CoolSword: Izayoi. Specially in ''Tenchu 3'', where its magical properties are first shown.



* DistressedDamsel: Kiku gets kidnapped once per game early on the series.
* DualWielding

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* DistressedDamsel: Kiku gets kidnapped [[OnceAnEpisode once per game early on the series.
each main game]].
* DualWielding DualWielding: Ayame wields a pair of daggers as her WeaponOfChoice. Ocassionally enemies or bosses also appear wielding two weapons, usually katanas.



* FinishingMove
* GunsAreWorthless: Used and [[AvertedTrope Averted]].

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* FinishingMove
FinishingMove: The Stealth Kills function like this. The final skill in ''Tenchu 3'' being a cinematic OneHitKill may also count.
* GunsAreWorthless: Used Played straight with enemy guns, which are slow and easy to avoid, even if they have unlimited ammo and infinite reach. [[AvertedTrope Averted]].Averted]] with the player's Bamboo Gun which, while sluggish and hard to aim, packs the strength of a ''bazooka'' and can heavily damage, or even kill, most things in one shot.



* KnifeNut: Ayame, and boy can she use them.
* LevelEditor: Tenchu 2. Later implemented in ''Shinobi Gaisen'' and ''Time of the Assassins''.

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* KnifeNut: Ayame, Ayame wields a pair of kodachi/daggers, and boy can she use them.
* LevelEditor: Tenchu 2. Later implemented ''Tenchu 2'' introduced one which allowed players to create and save stages using one of 10 predetermined sets, based on game stages. The mode was later reimplemented in ''Shinobi Gaisen'' and ''Time of the Assassins''.



* NinjaLog: The Ninja Rebirth item.

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* NinjaLog: The Ninja Rebirth item.item, which ressurects the player if killed when equipped.



* OneSteveLimit: Averted, though in different games. There are two characters named Nasu: a [[AristocratsAreEvil corrupt aristocrat]] in Wrath of Heavens, and a DirtyOldMan that [[CovertPervert doubles as a massagist]] in Fatal Shadows. There are also up to three Echigoya characters in various games, and they're all fat corrupt merchants with a thing for harassing geishas.
* {{Pirate}}: The Baoliusung Gang from part 2 and the foreign pirates from the first game as well.

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* OneSteveLimit: Averted, though in different games. There are two characters named Nasu: a [[AristocratsAreEvil corrupt aristocrat]] in Wrath of Heavens, and a DirtyOldMan that [[CovertPervert doubles as a massagist]] in Fatal Shadows. There are also up to three Echigoya characters in various games, and they're all fat corrupt merchants with a thing for harassing geishas.
* {{Pirate}}: The Baoliusung Gang from part 2 and are a Chinese gang of pirates, while the foreign pirates from the first game as well.are the more traditional kind.



* RemixedLevel

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* RemixedLevelRemixedLevel:
** ''Tenchu 2'' features new takes on the StormTheCastle and mountain stage from the first game, the latter even with the same Tengu enemies!
** ''Fatal Shadows'' brings in a mostly-complete recreation of the 3rd/cave level and 4th/checkpoint level from the first game, altough many areas in the latter are closed off and split into two different missions.



* ScarsAreForever: Rikimaru sports a scar over his right eye. And it's awesome.

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* ScarsAreForever: Rikimaru sports a scar over his right eye. And eye, and it's awesome.awesome. He got it in ''Tenchu 2'' at the start of the timeline, and still has it in ''Z'', set some unknown years after the last released entry.



* SimultaneousArcs

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* SimultaneousArcsSimultaneousArcs:
** Rikimaru, Ayame and Tatsumaru's stories in ''Tenchu 2'' happen at the same period of time, and they complement each other entirely so one has to play all three to completion to see the full picture.
** ''Fatal Shadow'' works similarly, although there's a single story mode with Ayame and Rin taking turns each mission, the former dealing with foreign enemies of Gohda and the latter with getting revenge for her DoomedHometown.
** Averted in ''Tenchu 3'', where the three playable characters' stories are entirely independent and tell very different stories with the same bad guys.



* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy

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* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Saw a dead teammate over there? They stay alert...for all of 1 minute before resuming patrol as if nothing ever happened. Worse if using an animal-sound mimicking item/skill, which will make the guards relax after hearing a cow, chicken or dog and ''assuming those were the culprits''!



''Tenchu: Stealth Assassins'' (1998), focused on an apparent series of unrelated missions carried over by Rikimaru/Ayame by orders of Lord Gohda. Half-way through, Onikage makes his appearances and the protagonists are dragged into [[BonusLevelOfHell hell itself]] to save Gohda's daughter from Onikage's master, [[{{Satan}} Lord Mei-Oh]]. The original Japanese version was an ObviousBeta with clunky controls and graphics, so the western version was [[RegionalBonus reworked, while adding two new stages and three different selectable enemy layouts]]. Eventually the Japanese market got an UpdatedRerelease under the subtitle ''Shinobi Gaisen'', and with the inclusion of a LevelEditor. ''Tenchu: Shinobi Hyakusen'' (1999), A [[NoExportForYou japan-only]] [[MissionPackSequel Mission Pack]] made of 100 fan-submited levels created with Shinobi Gaisen's LevelEditor.

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--> Released in 1998 for UsefulNotes/PlayStation
''Tenchu: Stealth Assassins'' (1998), is the first game in the series, focused on an apparent series of unrelated missions carried over by Rikimaru/Ayame by orders of Lord Gohda. Half-way through, Onikage makes his appearances and the protagonists are dragged into [[BonusLevelOfHell hell itself]] to save Gohda's daughter from Onikage's master, [[{{Satan}} Lord Mei-Oh]]. The original Japanese version was an ObviousBeta with clunky controls and graphics, so the western version was [[RegionalBonus reworked, while adding two new stages and three different selectable enemy layouts]]. Eventually the Japanese market got an UpdatedRerelease under the subtitle ''Shinobi Gaisen'', and with which included all the inclusion of upgrades plus a brand-new LevelEditor. Later in 1999 ''Tenchu: Shinobi Hyakusen'' (1999), A was released, a [[NoExportForYou japan-only]] [[MissionPackSequel Mission Pack]] made of 100 fan-submited levels created with Shinobi Gaisen's LevelEditor.



* BreathWeapon: The fire-eaters scroll and the cultists.

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* BreathWeapon: The fire-eaters scroll and allows Rikimaru/Ayame to release a potent fire breath at enemies, whereas the cultists.skinny, big-headed cultists in Stage 6 have it as a natural ability.



* {{Cult}}: The Manji.
* DebugRoom: Debug Mode

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* {{Cult}}: The Manji.
Manji is a cult of deranged, deformed people under the (apparent) influence of a mysterious rock. It is implied Lord Mei-Oh may have a hand in that.
* DebugRoom: A Debug ModeMode can be accessed in game which allows for all sort of crazy things like controlling enemies/bosses/civilians/animals, creating your own layouts with enemy patterns and behaviors (and saving it on a Memory Card) and even assign an enemy/boss to the 2nd controller and play co-op!



* FlowerFromTheMountaintop: A mission was to obtain a flower that can cure Princess Kiku.

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* FlowerFromTheMountaintop: A mission was Mission 8's goal is to obtain a flower that can grown at the very top of a mountain to cure Princess Kiku. Kiku.



* StormingThecastle: Mission 9.

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* StormingThecastle: Mission 9.9 is set in Gohda's own castle, now taken over by Onikage and his demon ninja. The Azuma Ninja thus has to infiltrate it and reach the top to defeat him.



* WorthyOpponent: Senjuro Akechi.

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* WorthyOpponent: Senjuro Akechi.
Akechi considers Rikimaru this, and laments that they stand as enemies loyal to their lords before battle.




''Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth Assassins'' (2000), {{Prequel}} to the first, focus on the two characters' graduation into ninjas and their first assignments serving Gohda. Introduced the LevelEditor mode (later used in ''Shinobi Gaisen'') and the traditional [[SecretCharacter third character]].

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\n--> Released in 2000 for UsefulNotes/PlayStation
''Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth Assassins'' (2000), is a {{Prequel}} to the first, focus on the two characters' graduation into ninjas and their first assignments serving Gohda. Introduced the LevelEditor mode (later used in ''Shinobi Gaisen'') and the traditional [[SecretCharacter third secret character]].



* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Suzaku]].

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* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Suzaku]].Suzaku, once he's revealed to be Onikage]].



* BareFistedMonk: Wang Xaohai.

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* BareFistedMonk: Wang Xaohai.Xaohai, a Chinese pirate expert in hand-to-hand combat.



* BreakTheCutie
* CherryBlossoms: Cherry Tree Hill.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The soldier mooks wear different colors to indicate who they serve. Green=Motohide, Purple=Toda, Blue=Gohda.

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* BreakTheCutie
BreakTheCutie: Both Rikimaru and Ayame go through this, [[spoiler: seeing their friend Tatsumaru betray them, kill their master/father figure and renounce them to join Kagami in her attack against Gohda. Ayame really gets the worse of it, as she had a crush on Tatsumaru.]]
* CherryBlossoms: The stage set in the Cherry Tree Hill.
Hill has a huge tree and the whole area covered in blossoms.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The soldier mooks in the first part of the game wear different colors to indicate who they serve. Green=Motohide, Purple=Toda, Blue=Gohda.



* CrackOhMyBack: Urano Takehito.

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* CrackOhMyBack: Urano Takehito.Takehito will ocassionally stop his attack due to his bad back, being a really old man.



* DoomedHometown: The Azuma village.
* DraggedByTheCollar: Part of your skill-set.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Kagami.
* EvilCounterpart: Lord Toda for Lord Gohda and the Burning Dawn for the Azuma ninja.

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* DoomedHometown: The Azuma village.
village, although it doesn't happen until the mid-point in the story.
* DraggedByTheCollar: Part One of the new abilities added to your skill-set.
ninja's skill-set is the ability to drag bodies and hide them from view.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Kagami.
Kagami served Lord Tohda as head of his ninja group, but betrayed him in order to pursue her own dreams.
* EvilCounterpart: Lord Toda for Lord Gohda (both lord over their lands, but Gohda is benevolent while Toda is power-hungry) and the Burning Dawn for the Azuma ninja.ninja (both are ninja groups serving their lords, but the Azuma are completely loyal to Gohda whereas the Burning Dawn betrayed Toda for their own needs).



* TheFourGods: The Lords of the Burning Dawn.

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* TheFourGods: The Lords of the Burning Dawn.Dawn are named after them.



* GoOutWithASmile: Genbu

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* GoOutWithASmile: GenbuGenbu, [[TearJerker just see the cutscene after his last boss battle]].



* JustYouAndMeAndMyGUARDS: Toda.

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* JustYouAndMeAndMyGUARDS: Toda.Toda calls forth two soldiers right before his boss battle with Tatsumaru.



* MidSeasonTwist - It's in the 6th or 7th missions that Rikimaru & Ayame discover Tatsumaru's amnesia.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Genbu.

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* MidSeasonTwist - MidSeasonTwist: It's in the 6th or 7th missions that Rikimaru & Ayame discover Tatsumaru's amnesia.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Genbu.Genbu refuses to stop fighting as he feel he owes Kagami for all she did for him.



* PantheraAwesome: Byakko's pet tiger Kotaro.

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* PantheraAwesome: Byakko's pet tiger Kotaro.Kotaro, who assists him in fighting Rikimaru and Ayame.



* SwordCane: Master Shiunsai.

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* SwordCane: Master Shiunsai.Shiunsai wields one with incredible speed for someone so old.



* TheUnfought: Motohide is the only boss that doesn't get killed by the main characters.

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* TheUnfought: Although he is fought as a boss (he's the 2nd boss in Rikimaru's campaign), Motohide is the only boss that doesn't get killed by the main characters.



* ThreateningShark: In the Secret harbor missions.

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* ThreateningShark: In There's one in the water during the Secret harbor Harbor missions.



''Tenchu 3: Wrath of Heaven'' (2003), direct sequel starting where the first game left out. Each character has its own individual and independent storyline, which are quite different and contradictory between them. It all boils down to the BigBad's attempt to rule Gohda's realm. Later got a remake for X-Box titled ''Tenchu: Return from Darkness'', with added stages and online capabilities.

* AsianRuneChant: as a method for learning new moves.
* BackFromTheDead: Rikimaru and [[spoiler: Tatsumaru]].

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--> Released in 2003 for UsefulNotes/PlayStation2
''Tenchu 3: Wrath of Heaven'' (2003), is a direct sequel starting where the first game left out. Each character has its own individual and independent storyline, which are quite different and contradictory between them. It They all boils down to center on a new BigBad, the BigBad's dark wizard Tenrai, and his attempt to rule take over Gohda's realm. Later land by either claiming Lord Mei-Oh's power (Rikimaru's story) or a set of three MacGuffin (Ayame's). The first entry in UsefulNotes/PlayStation2, ''Wrath of Heaven'' refined the gameplay of the first two and introduced several new features, including a set of ninja skills to unlock, extra weapons beyond the basic ones and the ability to wield enemy weapons. It also included a set of co-op missions and a Versus Mode with several of the bosses playable. It later got a remake for X-Box UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} titled ''Tenchu: Return from Darkness'', with added stages and online capabilities.

* AsianRuneChant: as As a method for learning new moves.
* BackFromTheDead: Rikimaru returns from his apparent death at the end of the original ''Tenchu''[[note]]Although, according to the bonus stage, he was actually trapped in another world/the future[[/note]]. Tenrai has the power of ressurection and all members of the Group of Six (most notably [[spoiler: Tatsumaru]].Tatsumaru]]) are this.



* DeadlyDoctor: Tesshu.

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* DeadlyDoctor: Tesshu.Tesshu works as a doctor by day, but during the night he's an assassin for hire.



* IncendiaryExponent: A PowerUp ki attack of Tesshu.

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* IncendiaryExponent: A PowerUp ki attack of Tesshu.Tesshu gives him a fiery aura, and each punch sets enemies on fire.



* MasterOfDisguise: Hyakubake.

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* MasterOfDisguise: Hyakubake.Hyakubake, a member of Tenrai's group with this ability. He faces Rikimaru as Ayame and viceverse in their respective storylines.



* PoisonedWeapons: A special hidden weapon for Ayame.

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* PoisonedWeapons: A special hidden weapon for Ayame.Ayame which poisons with every strike. Suffice to say that this effectively ''completely cripples'' the enemy/boss in question, who will be stunned every second for each slash he receives.
* PoisonousPerson: Tenrai's OneWingedAngel form in Ayame's story is this, a serpent-like monstrosity who can poison with a mere touch.



''Tenchu: Fatal Shadows'' (2004), {{Interquel}} set between the first and third game, focusing on Ayame's mission on enemy territory and the exploits of a former ninja, Rin, looking for the ones who burned down her [[HiddenElfVillage secret ninja village]].

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--> Released in 2004 for UsefulNotes/PlayStation2
''Tenchu: Fatal Shadows'' (2004), is an {{Interquel}} set between the first and third game, focusing on Ayame's mission on enemy territory and the exploits of a former ninja, Rin, looking for the ones who burned down her [[HiddenElfVillage secret ninja village]].
village]]. Its very similar gameplay-wise to ''Wrath of Heavens'' and features a few small new additions, such as enemy-based Stealth Kills.

* TheCameo: Tesshu and his boss Zennosuke appear in one of Rin's cutscenes.



* InstrumentOfMurder: Shou from the Kuroya fights with a shamisen concealing a ''freakin machinegun''.



''Tenchu: Shadow Assassins'' (2008), finally continuing forward the plot. Got an UnexpectedGameplayChange, with fights represented in [[PointOfView first person]].

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--> Released in 2008 for UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} and UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable
''Tenchu: Shadow Assassins'' (2008), finally continuing continued forward the plot. Got an UnexpectedGameplayChange, with fights represented in [[PointOfView first person]].



** Perhaps it's subjective, but the sword fighting mini game on Wii is so ABSURDLY difficult that you might as well just press restart. You get under a second between the indication of the sword's direction and the time in which you have to block, if you get hit once you lose, even on early levels enemies seem to have an unreasonable amount of health, and if you don't block exactly perfectly more than a couple of times your sword breaks and you also lose. NintendoHard doesn't begin to describe it. Then there's the X-Box Live DLC game Shadow Assault, being a PuzzleGame with nothing but the setting and characters from the series.

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** Perhaps it's subjective, but the sword fighting mini game on Wii is so ABSURDLY difficult that you might as well just press restart. You get under a second between the indication of the sword's direction and the time in which you have to block, if you get hit once you lose, even on early levels enemies seem to have an unreasonable amount of health, and if you don't block exactly perfectly more than a couple of times your sword breaks and you also lose. NintendoHard doesn't begin to describe it. Then there's the X-Box Xbox Live DLC game Shadow Assault, being a PuzzleGame with nothing but the setting and characters from the series.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The game was meant to be the first of a trilogy which unfortunately never came to fruition, leaving the series on a massive (and probably never to be resolved) cliffhanger.



''Tenchu Z'' (2006), a [[TimeSkip distant sequel]] set some unknown time after the other games. Rikimaru is now a {{NPC}} and ''your'' teacher, since you can create the protagonist. Only game in the series to make use of a [[VirtualPaperDoll character creation]] system. Also the only one Ayame has missed the cut.

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--> Released in 2006 for UsefulNotes/Xbox360
''Tenchu Z'' (2006), is a [[TimeSkip distant sequel]] set some unknown time after the other games. Rikimaru is now a {{NPC}} and ''your'' teacher, since you can create the protagonist. Only game in the series to make use of a [[VirtualPaperDoll character creation]] system. Also the only one Ayame has missed the cut.
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* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: [[http://www.ugo.com/games/top-50-worst-ways-to-die-in-video-games?page=4 UGO]] referred to Rikimaru as "Tenchu".


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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Since the games are set around 16th-century feudal Japan, the characters have values that are rather old fashioned or sexist from a modern point of view. In ''Stealth Assassins'' for example, if Rikimaru was sent to assassinate a corrupt Minister who's taking bribes, the Minister accepts his fate and ask Rikimaru to help him commit Seppuku. But if Ayame is the one to the assassinate him, the Minister is offended that a woman was sent to kill him and fights back. Even the protagonist are guilty of this with Rikimaru expressing [[StayInTheKitchen that women shouldn't be warriors]] despite [[{{Hypocrite}} his partner Ayame is one]].
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* HoYay: The Jyuzo/Shou cutscene.



* RealitySubtext - The B-Side portrays Tesshu as homosexual. There is truth to this because [[Creator/CamClarke his English voice actor]] is gay.
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* TheOtherDarrin: Seiryu looks different in the US and Japanese versions.
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-->''Execute the Corrupt Merchant [[FatBastard Echigoya]]''

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-->''Execute the -->''[[OnceAnEpisode Execute the]] [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney Corrupt Merchant Merchant]] [[FatBastard Echigoya]]''
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-->''Execute the Corrupt Merchant [[FatBastard Echigoya]]''
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* ''Tenchu: Time of the Assassins'' (2005), a {{PSP}} game set after Wrath of Heavens. Includes the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters largest selection of playable characters to date]] and the return of the LevelEditor (with online-sharing capabilities).
* ''Tenchu: Dark Secret'' (2006), a NintendoDS game set after the second game. Deals with the titular ninjas trying to protect a DistressedDamsel from an EvilOverlord who she was [[ArrangedMarriage arranged to marry]].

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* ''Tenchu: Time of the Assassins'' (2005), a {{PSP}} [[UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable PSP]] game set after Wrath of Heavens. Includes the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters largest selection of playable characters to date]] and the return of the LevelEditor (with online-sharing capabilities).
* ''Tenchu: Dark Secret'' (2006), a NintendoDS UsefulNotes/NintendoDS game set after the second game. Deals with the titular ninjas trying to protect a DistressedDamsel from an EvilOverlord who she was [[ArrangedMarriage arranged to marry]].



* Even though not developed by Activision, ''Return of the Ninja'', released by Natsume and Ubisoft (The former released for USA, the later for EUR) for GameBoyColor borrowed a lot of elements from Tenchu series. And the cards you obtain through playing through stages or trading with friends adds to this referencing!

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* Even though not developed by Activision, ''Return of the Ninja'', released by Natsume and Ubisoft (The former released for USA, the later for EUR) for GameBoyColor UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor borrowed a lot of elements from Tenchu series. And the cards you obtain through playing through stages or trading with friends adds to this referencing!
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* SuperDrowningSkills: Enemies can't swim, but Rikimaru and Ayame can. This give the player a major advantage they can exploit.

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* SuperDrowningSkills: Enemies can't swim, but Rikimaru and Ayame can. This give gives the player a major advantage they can exploit.
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* ArtificialStupidity: Dead bodies are effectively "out of play" in this game. Guards and civilians can walk down a bloodsoaked street littered with corpses without being alarmed.


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* SuperDrowningSkills: Enemies can't swim, but Rikimaru and Ayame can. This give the player a major advantage they can exploit.
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