"I fear not the man who has practiced ten thousand kicks once,
but I fear the man who has practiced one kick ten thousand times."
This is about things that come by hundreds or thousands being relevant. Meaning, someone getting 1000 of something is People Sit on Chairs
, however, if the thousand things he got made him a target of The Mafiya
(i.e. the thousand thing affects plot, in this case a MacGuffin
), that is this trope.
Also, examples must not fit any Sub-Trope
, or simply incorporate too many Sister Trope
to be put in any of this one's Sub-Trope
culture note: this is relevant in both Taoist and Shinto mythology, and should be put in Japanese Media Tropes
... despite having Chinese influences as well.
another note: needs moar research on the said taoist/shinto relevance.
Anime and Manga
- Nurarihyon No Mago stars The Hyakki Yakkou (which seems unique in the verse since other Youkai groups are named something else). Basically Yakuza Youkai, The Family for the Whole Family style. Despite their name, they actually have 10,000 members divided into 70 sub-clans. There's also the rival clan Hyakumonogatari Clan, and their main gimmick is that they gather Fear by making up collecting/creating/telling haunted tales, which as their name suggest, is mainly the Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai. Their leader is also a Sealed Cast in a Multipack, divided by 100.
- Naruto has the Lethal Joke technique "One Thousand Years of Pain". Which is essentially Kancho(Japanese version of Ass Shove) by another name. It's not an actual technique, but Naruto made it one through Achievements in Ignorance where he used it in battle and it proved quite effective thanks to his Doppelgänger Attack fighting style.
- Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls, "Hyakka Ryouran" is a Japanese phrase meaning "(hundred)Countless flowers blooming in profusion". Its alternate meaning is "A gathering of many beautiful and talented women(or just talented people)". And true enough, even the most minor characters are talented and pretty women.
- In the Star Trek universe there is a Klingon proverb that states "Four thousand throats may be cut in one night by a running man." Or if you insist on using the original Klingon, "qaStaHvIS wa' ram loSSaD Hugh S Ijla H qetbogh loD."
- There is something called Senninbari. Senninbari was a strip of white cloth, approximately one meter in length, decorated with 1000 stitches in red thread from 1000 women, used as an amulet given to soldiers on their way to war as a part of the Shinto culture of Imperial Japan. The belts were believed to confer courage, good luck and immunity from injury (especially bullets) upon their wearers. See this entry in The Other Wiki for more, though really the fact that today the Kaiju Defense Force uses kevlar ballistic armor like everybody else (not to mention the fact that it's a defense force and not an actual army anymore) should tell you just about everything you really need to know.