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::'''Miyamoto Usagi'''
[[quoteright:350:[[UsagiYojimbo http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Usagi_Yojimbo_119_5727.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:360:It's not a fair fight. Those guys are doomed.]]

Our hero, a young samurai whose liege lord died in battle not long after Usagi entered his service. Now masterless, he [[WalkingTheEarth walks the earth]], occasionally hiring himself out as a bodyguard (hence the title), honing his skill as a warrior and meeting lots of interesting people.

* ArbitrarySkepticism: Flip-flops a bit. He's pretty skeptical about the supernatural, though he's encountered more supernatural elements than any of the other characters (except Sasuke). He also strongly doubts Jei's claims of divine inspiration, and felt that the earthquake that occurred when Jei stuck the Sword of the Gods into the ground was 'coincidence'.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: A heroic version, since it's almost always the bad guys who try to take advantage.
* ChickMagnet: He's a [[NiceGuy kindhearted,]] sword wielding {{badass}}.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome:
-->'''Usagi''': I can't just stand by and do nothing.
-->'''Chizu''': Of course you can...but you never do.
* CulturedWarrior: On top of being really tough and skilled in a fight, he's also good at calligraphy.
* ADogNamedDog: Usagi means rabbit. He's a rabbit.
* EarsAsHair: His ears are tied back to resemble a SamuraiPonytail.
* {{Expy}}: Of MiyamotoMusashi.
* FriendToAllChildren[=/=]FriendToAllLivingThings: Usagi ''always'' gets along famously with most of the children he interacts with, usually the kids of those he's a guest of for the night, and is unusually nice to the dino lizards that litter the setting.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Usagi is probably the ''nicest samurai ever''. Many have mistaken this fact for weakness. Those people are dead now.
* HyperAwareness: A skill that Katsuichi-sensei physically beat into him and one that has saved Usagi's life many times. It can be over-sensitive and Usagi has a tendency to ignore correct hunches. Katsuichi-sensei also drew a distinction between this trope and ProperlyParanoid.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Toward Mariko.
* KidSamurai : in flashback chapters.
* KnightErrant
* LeaveYourQuestTest
* MartialPacifist
* NobleMaleRoguishMale: With Gen.
* RighteousRabbit and RascallyRabbit: Usagi is kind and honorable almost to a fault, but has a trickster streak as well.
* RedOniBlueOni: Blue Oni to Gen's Red Oni.
* {{Ronin}}
* ScarsAreForever: Usagi has a scar above his eye, which he got trying to protect his lord from Lord Hikiji. It looks like a FascinatingEyebrow.
* ShoutOut: His name "Miyamoto Usagi" is one to the famed samurai/ronin/author of ''The Book of Five Rings'', MiyamotoMusashi. He also often uses both swords at once during some fights, a style Musashi is famous for inventing/popularizing and something no other character in the comic does.
* VictoryThroughIntimidation: Has ended more than one conflict with a DeathGlare at his would-be opponent. Usually after slaying one or two of their comrades to add some weight to the silent threat.
* WhiteBunny

::'''Tomoe Ame'''

Chief retainer to the young Lord Noriyuki; a controversial position for a woman, but one she's earned several times over. She and Usagi become friends early in the series after he helps her foil an assassination attempt on her master, and they gradually develop feelings for one another.

* ActionGirl
* CainAndAbel : She and [[spoiler:[[PsychoForHire Noriko]]]].
* CelebrityParadox: Although the idea for Tomoe's character was drawn from the historical female samurai Tomoe Gozen, ''Grasscutter'' actually includes a scene with the ''original'' Tomoe Gozen (in her elder years as a Buddhist nun.)
* LadyOfWar
* NaginatasAreFeminine: Tomoe began her career wielding a naginata. [[spoiler: She had learned the sword from her swordmaster father but could not use them because she was a lady. By saving her lord from a ninja attack she was appointed "guardian of the heir" and was allowed to again wear her swords.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Blue Oni to Noriko's Red Oni.
* {{Samurai}}
* ShipTease : With Usagi. [[spoiler:By the time of "The Mother of Mountains", they became actual lovers, though Usagi's travels and Tomoe's upcoming arranged marriage have made the future of such a relationship iffy.]] .
* YouGoGirl : Due to the chauvinistic nature of the period, she's ''constantly'' having to prove her worth over and over.

::'''Gen (Murakami Gennosuké)'''

Usagi's [[MrViceGuy less morally upright]] friend, a bounty hunter who cheats Usagi out of money the first few times they meet: which later becomes a running joke between them. He's more interested in preserving his gruff image than his samurai honor, but is not as callous as he pretends.

* [[spoiler: AncestralWeapon]]: [[spoiler:After the battle against Magistrate Oda's men, he discovers the swords he stole from Oda's armory were once his father's swords.]]
* BoisterousBruiser
* BountyHunter
* JerkassFacade
---> '''Usagi:''' "You really are a softie, you know."
---> '''Gen:''' "If you're going to be [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne insulting,]] I'm leaving."
* MiserAdvisor
* PermaStubble
* RedOniBlueOni: Red Oni to Usagi's Blue.
* {{Ronin}}
* ShipTease: He and Kitsune show some attraction. Neither really has the temperament to settle down (or to split the take fairly), so it's unlikely to progress far.
* ShoutOut: The PermaStubble and general attitude make him the in-universe version of "Sanjuro", ToshiroMifune's character from Creator/AkiraKurosawa's ''Yojimbo'' and ''Sanjuro''. Mifune also played Miyamoto Musashi, for a different director.
* ShortCutsMakeLongDelays: A RunningGag; Gen's short cuts do not work out.
* VitriolicBestBuds: He and Usagi start out this way.

::'''Kitsune'''

A street performer/thief/[[ConMan con woman]] who remains friends with Usagi despite the fact that his purse tends to go missing when they meet.

* ClassyCatBurglar
* CoolBigSis: To her apprentice, Kiyoko.
* CunningLikeAFox
* TheGadfly: She loves to rattle the cages of the self-important. She's pulled pranks on most of the people she's encountered, except Inspector Ishida.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: She enjoys Usagi's company but shows no romantic interest (unless she's up to something.)
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Sachiko in Kitsune's backstory.
* ShipTease: With Gen.

::'''Jotaro'''

Usagi's son by his childhood sweetheart Mariko, raised in the belief that her husband Kenichi is his father [[spoiler:but later learns the truth]].

* KidAppealCharacter: And sometimes an AudienceSurrogate.
--> '''Chizu:''' I see what you mean. He's adorable.
--> '''Jotaro:''' ''Hey!!''
--> '''Usagi:''' I also told her you're very brave.
--> '''Jotaro:''' That's better.
* KidSamurai: He's determined to be the coolest samurai ''ever.'' Considering he has defeated foes literally twice his size armed only with a wooden bokken, he is well on his way.
* WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter
* [[spoiler:LukeYouAreMyFather: Doesn't say it to Usagi's face, but shouts it after he leaves. Usagi hears ''something'', but thinks he just imagined it.]]

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[[folder:Occasional Allies]]
::'''Iké the farmer/General Ikeda'''

A general who joined an uprising against Lord Noriyuki's father, Lord Mataichi. When it failed, he and some of his soldiers went into hiding disguised as commoners, intending to take up arms again at a politically opportune moment; but when Mataichi died a few years later, Ikeda had become too attached to his farm and his peasant wife and children and [[BecomingTheMask decided to stay with them]].
He became an ally of Noriyuki after the latter saved his son Motokazu's life.

* BadassMustache
* CallToAgriculture
* [[spoiler: DisneyDeath]]: In ''Grasscutter.''
* HeelFaceTurn
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]]
* RetiredBadass
* [[spoiler: SacrificialLion]]: In ''Grasscutter II.''


::'''Ikeda Motokazu'''

* KidSamurai

::'''Inazuma'''

A [[WalkingTheEarth wandering]] swordswoman of unparalleled skill, constantly pursued by [[BountyHunter bounty hunters]] since there's a hefty price on her head - she killed the {{yakuza}} boss who murdered her husband, and now his people want revenge. She saved Usagi's life once: if only because he'd paid for her drink earlier., but since she kills people so coldly he doesn't much like her.

* ActionGirl: An anti-hero version.
* TheDrifter
* [[spoiler: DyingAsYourself]]
* FightingFromTheInside
* InstantExpert: How she took up swordplay.
* NoNameGiven: Inazuma : lightning. is a pseudonym; her real name is [[spoiler:Tomiko]].
* TheVirus: [[spoiler: After Jei's death she becomes possessed by his spirit and starts wandering the roads with Keiko, searching for Usagi.]]

::'''Inspector Ishida'''

A middle-aged detective, highly competent but sometimes hampered by corrupt superiors. He and Usagi have solved several murder mysteries together.

* ADayInTheLimelight: 'After the Rat' doesn't even have Usagi in it.
* FriendOnTheForce
* TheLastDJ
* MartialPacifist: Though he always tries reasoning with people first, he is skilled with the jitte (sword-catcher) and one of the only characters familiar with unarmed combat.
* WorthyOpponent: He is considered this by the cat burglar Nezumi, but it's not mutual.
--> '''Ishida:''' Justice is not a game.

::'''Inukai/Stray Dog'''

A BountyHunter who sometimes works with Gen. He's a ruthless, double-crossing JerkAss who ''claims'' he only looks out for himself...

* CombatPragmatist
* HiddenDepths: He uses part of his earnings to help support an orphanage, the children call him "Uncle".
* JerkassFacade - or possibly JerkAss with a single soft spot.
* MeaningfulName
* PetTheDog: See Hidden Depths.
* ReplacementFlatCharacter for Gen.
* {{Ronin}}
* ShoutOut: His name comes from a Kurosawa Film ''Nora Inu''. His secret heroic bit is directly from Manga wrestler ''Tiger Mask''.

::'''Katsuichi-sensei'''

The old hermit who taught Usagi more or less everything he knows: humility, compassion, thinking before he acted, and not least importantly his unusual style of swordsmanship. [[spoiler: He's currently teaching Jotaro the same things.]]

* BadassGrandpa
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: When originally appearing in flash-back Katsuichi-Sensei is a SadistTeacher bordering on SenseiForScoundrels. In later appearances he is a SternTeacher: harsh, demanding but also caring and effective.
* EyePatchOfPower: After getting his eye slashed in an ambush, he uses a sword guard as an eyepatch: ''a la'' [[InuYasha Kaede's]].
* FriendlyRivalry: In his later years, the only friend he still seems to have from his childhood is Isao, a fellow OldMaster. They both trained at the same Dojo, both trying to surpass the other, and both saying they thought their opposite was better. After Katsuichi left Isao took over the dojo, and they still keep in touch.
* KingOfBeasts
* OldMaster
* RapeOfTheLock: Koji chops off the end of his "pony tail" during their duel, but it's not commented on.
* RetiredBadass
* TheRival: He had one in his youth named [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Toshi]], he endured Toshi's jeers and mockery up until Toshi killed Katsuichi's lover and dueled him. Katsuichi killed him and left his school to become a hermit afterward.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: likes to subject his students to these.
* WarriorPoet

::'''Lord Noriyuki'''

The new head of the Geishu clan following the death of his father, Lord Mataichi. At the beginning of the series Noriyuki is about ten; he's one of the few characters to have visibly aged, though only by a couple of years.

* AChildShallLeadThem
* PandaingToTheAudience
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Mostly. He is still a child.
* RedOniBlueOni: Red Oni to Tomoe's Blue Oni.

::'''Priest Sanshobo'''

* TheAtoner: Gave up his former life when Lord Ikeda's son accidentally fell to his death. Though Ikeda held him blameless, Sanshobo felt shame enough to renounce his status and retire to a monastery.
* AllMonksKnowKungFu: Sanshobo is Japanese, and doesn't know any Shaolin tricks. But he's skilled in armed warfare and HyperAwareness, since he was a samurai warrior before his life as a priest.
* GoodShepherd
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: He displays the ability to exorcise an evil ''kami,'' but it's not clear if this is because he has power or because the demon ''thinks'' he does.
* SimpleStaff: He renounced his right to use swords.
* WarriorMonk

::'''Sasuké the Demon Queller'''
A skilled fox ronin, Sasuke is a {{demon slayer}} and has devoted his life to hunting them.

* {{Determinator}}: When he's set upon a target, he travels miles to get to it. Whenever he expends too much energy, he's left an old man, but the spirit who grants him his powers continues to order him to the next definition, and Sasuke goes without complaint.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: To almost every other character in the series, supernatural monsters and wizards are rare and terrible things. But it's starting to look like Sasuke is the ''reason'' they're rare.
* TheHunter
* MagicKnight
* MindReading
* PlayingWithFire
* TheStoic
* SummonBiggerFish
* Really700YearsOld: His wife's ghost is six hundred years old. The math is easy to do, though he does not confirm his age.

::'''Yagi and Gorogoro/Lone Goat and Kid'''

Yagi is a grim but honorable {{samurai}} who turned [[ProfessionalKiller assassin]] after being framed for treason. He travels the land while pushing a wooden cart in which his young son Gorogoro rides.

* ShoutOut: To LoneWolfAndCub, obviously.
* TheSpeechless: Gorogoro seems this way for a long time. Subverted at the very end of his third appearance.
* TheStoic: Father and son.
* WalkingTheEarth

::'''Zato-Ino'''

* BlindSeer
* DisabilitySuperpower: Sees through [[TheNoseKnows scent.]]
* HandicappedBadass: By WordOfGod, '''the''' most skilled fighter in the series.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: He doesn't want to fight strangers or spend his life on the run. He wants a peaceful, anonymous life in a quiet village.
* ShoutOut to ZatoIchi
* SwordCane

!The Neko Ninja
* EnemyMine: They ally with Usagi to face Lord Tamakuro. They then declare that they have no further alliance with Usagi.
* WeHaveReserves: Usagi and his companions have killed a lot, to say nothing of those lost to Lord Tamakuro in ''The Dragon Bellow Conspiracy.'' By the end of ''Grasscutter II'' it's clear that they cannot continue to sustain such terrible losses, leading Chizu to question their continued association with BadBoss Hikiji.

::'''Shingen'''

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Usagi gives him an awesome one when accused of destroying a Neko Ninja hideout
* {{Badass}}
* [[spoiler:DyingMomentOfAwesome: Killing Tamakuro and [[HeroicSacrifice himself]] via black powder. [[StuffBlowingUp Boom.]]]]
* {{Ninja}}
* NobleDemon
* PaperThinDisguise: Shingen's attempt at a woodcutter disguise shows the importance of researching your cover and keeping your lies consistent.
* WeaponOfChoice: Twin kama

::'''Chizu'''

* DarkActionGirl: Her clan serves Hikiji. [[spoiler: [[HeelFaceTurn Eventually,]] just ActionGirl.]]
* FriendlyEnemy[=/=]FoeYay: Gets some ShipTease with Usagi.
* FemmeFatale
* {{Ninja}}
* NobleDemon
* TeamMom: When she [[spoiler:becomes head of the clan.]] Everyone's not pleased.
* TraumaCongaLine: When Kagemaru pulls his coup, she has all her friends and allies turned against her, she's cut, poisoned, and dropped into a moat. Kimi finds her sick, freezing and bleeding on the side of a building later on and a barely coherent Chizu must accept [[spoiler: that she's now a fugitive.]]
* [[spoiler:TheDrifter: Eventually goes on run from her clan.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Bad Guys]]
::'''Lord Hikiji'''
Enemy of Usagi's Lord Mifune, personally [[spoiler: killed Usagi's defiant father and made Keniichi village leader]], and employer of the rival Neko and Komori ninja clans.

* BigBad
* EvilOverlord
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: As a Japanese lord he doesn't need to be seen to be influential. [[spoiler: He's the only human character in a world of animal people. When he's shown in Usagi's village, he's wearing a battle mask.]]
* [[spoiler:HumansAreTheRealMonsters]] : Though this is not given as the explanation for his personal morality.
* StarterVillain: Hikiji is still around, but has [[DemotedToExtra faded into the background]] as Usagi's focus has changed from the past (and vengeance) to the present.
* TinTyrant: He wears face-concealing "great armor" in all but one of his appearances.

::'''Lord Hebi'''
A giant snake who's Lord Hikiji's second-in-command.

* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Lord Hebi is so huge he fights ninjas by ''picking them up with his mouth and hurling them to their death''.
* EnemyMine: Hebi sent the Neko ninja with Usagi and Tomoe to stop a lord who was planning to betray Hikiji, and had stockpiled guns. Noriyuki tells him that he only did it to serve his interests. Hebi merely states that they should be grateful that they stood together against this threat.
* UnwittingPawn: As smart as Hebi is, he's clueless to the Neko Ninja's power struggle, and is manipulated into ousting Chizu by [[TheStarscream Kagemaru]].
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Hebi is one of the cruelest and most inhuman characters, and coincidentally also one of the scariest-looking and least human.

::'''Jei-san the Blade of the Gods'''
One of Usagi's deadliest enemies. In his first appearance he is showed as a crazy killer who think himself as an emissary of the gods in a mission to clean the world from the evil [[KnightTemplar by any means needed]]; but with each appearance, although it's never confirmed that he is ''the blade of the gods'', it's made more clearly that he isn't just a normal person, neither.

* BackFromTheDead
* BloodbathVillainOrigin
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Jei is everything he claims to be, a servant of the Gods sent to cleanse the world of evil. The only problem is that Jei and the Gods he serves have a view of Good that everyone else would describe as pure undiluted Evil.
* DarkIsEvil: He doesn't just wear black clothes; whenever he put the hands in a blade ''it immediately turns black''.
* FateWorseThanDeath: being stabbed by his spear--or later, sword--is shown to be agonizing, and it's implied that if it happens to you your soul is destroyed.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom
* ImplacableMan: [[spoiler: His first incarnation, anyway.]]
* IncrediblyLamePun / ShoutOut: If you attach the honorific "-san" to his name, it sounds like "Jason," aka the main villain of the ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' movies, with whom he shares some traits: i.e., being an ImplacableMan who constantly comes BackFromTheDead.
* KnightTemplar
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: In the first stories where he appears it's left ambiguous whether he's an actual supernatural entity or just a homicidal madman who happens to be good with a spear.
** Later we learn that he's really a demon [[BodySurf possessing host bodies]].
* MilkyWhiteEyes
* SlasherSmile: And when he starts chuckling it's too late to run.
* TheVirus: "Jei-san" is actually a spirit/demon who uses people as hosts.

::'''Keiko'''
Jei-San's "niece", who he spared after killing the thieves who killed her grandpa because she was "innocent". Having nowhere else to go, she started following him. [[spoiler:She was originally supposed to become Jei's new host, but the author felt uncomfortable so he created Inazuma.]]

* BadassAndChildDuo: The horror movie version.
* CheerfulChild / CreepyChild
* PureIsNotGood
* StepfordSmiler
* WhereIWasBornAndRazed

::'''General Fujii'''

* BadBoss: He has no concern for the lives of his own men and at one point destroy a bridge to make a getaway while leaving several of his men on the other side.
* BigOlEyebrows
* CardCarryingVillain: He doesn't eactly flaunt his evilness, but when Usagi calls him a "monster", Fujii just calmly responds: "Yes, I suppose I am."
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy
* ItsPersonal: He makes things personal between himself and Usagi by stealing Usagi's swords.
* ManipulativeBastard: Made the villagers build a wall around their village, supposedly to protect them from bandits, and then locked them up inside and forced them to work for him.
* SurroundedByIdiots: He has a low opinion of his lackeys.
* VillainousBreakdown: He has one when Usagi finally catches up with him after he steals his swords.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Insists on being called "General".

::'''Kagemaru'''

* TheStarScream
* SmugSnake

!Koroshi, the League of Assassins

* BewareTheNiceOnes
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: Generally speaking, the more harmless a minor character seems, the better the odds that somebody's going to die mysteriously within a few pages.
* TheUnseen: The directors of Koroshi rarely, if ever, meet Usagi face to face.

!The Komori Ninja

* BatOutOfHell
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Very jagged, very numerous.

!The Mogura Ninja
* WolverineClaws
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Others]]
::'''Lord Mifune'''
Usagi's beloved lord, defeated by Lord Hikiji's forces. [[spoiler:The war was caused by Hikiji sending the Neko Ninja to murder his wife and child. Usagi personally decapitates his lord's body to ensure his head isn't used as a trophy]].

* ShoutOut: To ToshiroMifune.

::'''The Woodcutters'''
Two monkeys, husband and wife, who have an amazing - and totally coincidental - tendency to travel to whatever area Usagi is in: they're routinely seen in any scene set on a road. They play a minor role in one story in Book 3, and come within a hair of being the victim of a villain in Book 22, but ordinarily they have no lines and are simply [[FunnyBackgroundEvent seen passing by.]] They refer to each other as "husband" and "wife".

* NoNameGiven
* RunningGag: They're always around, yet Usagi never seems to recognize them.
* YuppieCouple

::'''The Snitch'''
A hooded figure who first appeared in ''Space Usagi'', he sells information to anyone with enough money.

* ActuallyPrettyFunny: When he's finally caught doing an elaborate double-cross, Gen isn't sure whether to be angry or amused.
--> '''Stray Dog:''' "You've been playing us against each other -"
--> '''Gen:''' "- and charging us for it! I'd wring your neck if I didn't admire you so much."
* LaserGuidedKarma: Eventually, one of the large violent men he sold out catches him alone in a secluded location, beats him up and takes all his money.
* PunchClockVillain: He'll snitch to the heroes too. But villains usually pay more.
[[/folder]]
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