''Buddha'' is a manga by OsamuTezuka. It is an eight-volume, highly embellished account of Siddhartha Gautama/Buddha's life, incorporating many fantasy elements and re-interpreting several legends about Buddha's life.

Some of the other major characters include Devadatta, who was RaisedByWolves, Tatta, who was born with the power to transfer his mind into animals, Migaila, a former bandit turned good, Yatala, a GentleGiant (only once you get to know him), and Ananda, Devadatta's half brother, another bandit-turned good.

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!!This manga provides examples of:
* AbortedArc: Buddha chooses two monks as his successors, and they both die before he does. A case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, since this is true to historical accounts.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Ahimsa dies just as he learns to forgive monks.]]
** [[spoiler: Also Devadatta, despite being the opposite: he dies while ''still'' being unable to forgive Buddha and his desciples.]]
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Possibly the reason Lata is attracted to Ananda.
* AnachronismStew: "Where did you find that [radio], you anachronist!?"
* AttemptedRape: Ananda foils Lata's attacker.
** In an inversion, a jealous Brahman sends a lady to pretend to be Buddha's lover and accuse him of womanizing.
** Buddha is again the victim of this trope when the drug-addled [[spoiler: Visahka]] keeps trying to have sex with him.
* BaldOfEvil: [[spoiler: Devadatta,]] despite being a disciple of Buddha [[spoiler: initially.]]
* BaldWoman: Lata, on taking vows to Buddha.
* [[EyepatchOfPower Blindfold Of Power]]: Migaila
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Tezuka makes several appearances, even apologizing for it.
* ChickMagnet: Buddha himself, much to his dismay.
* CreatorCameo: See Breaking The Fourth Wall above, and Who Writes This Crap below.
* CuteMute: Lata [[spoiler: In the beginning]].
* DeathByChildbirth: Maya, Buddha's mother.
* DecoyProtagonist: Chapra, who is the focus in the beginning [[spoiler: and doesn't live past the first volume.]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: The series takes a look at how Buddha left his life as a prince to become a ascetic, with it showing how while what he did was apparently necessary, he still left his father and grandmother, his wife, his unborn child, and his kingdom behind, which his father ''did not take well'' because there are personal and political consequences for a prince abandoning his royal duties.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: A conversation between Tatta and Yatala ("You're the first guy I've met who gets who I feel." "My thoughts never understood. I talk to you. I feel you understand.") reads like a ComingOutStory.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Migaila has both her eyes burnt out and Dhepa does the same to one of his own.]]
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Naradatta. Tatta is one as a child and Siddhartha becomes one.
* {{Gonk}}: One shows up once in a while. There are even gonk elephants!
* HeroicSacrifice: The very first occurrence of the manga. The reasons for one doing this kickstart enlightenment.
* IntimateHealing: Mouth-to-mouth transfers of medicine and water.
* {{Jerkass}}: Bandaka is awful. Greedy, arrogant, rude, spitefull, JerkAss Bandaka. Princess Yashodara even says to herself, "If [I have to marry Bandaka], I'll kill myself." Years later, when she does, she threatenes to.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In ''Ananda,'' Buddha is challanged to burn a stack of logs without touching them. As he refuses to, not wanting to show off, Ananda comes running up with a torch: Buddha's ''follower'' burned them. So Buddha passes the trial - and then everything goes up in flames. Nice job burning it, Ananda.
* NobleBigot: A few characters are very racist/caste-ist due to India's caste system, but they're not all ''evil''.
** Not that it excuses comments like, "We oughta crush her under the elepant's foot!" "Now, now. She's just a stupid slave, hardly better than a beast." It just explains them.
* PurelyAestheticEra: The characters make anachronistic references for humor.
* ReusedCharacterDesign: It's [[TropeNamer Tezuka]], what do you expect? Look for Tezuka himself, Shunsaku Ban as a bounty hunter, Hosuke Sharaku, Saruta, and a cameo by Professor Ochanomizu.
* SenselessSacrifice: [[spoiler: Chapra]] attempts to protect his mother from a spear attack with his own body, which only results in both of them being run through together.
* ShoutOut: The numerous, humorous anachronisms include [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]], ET, and a character turning into Manga/BlackJack for a panel. Lampshaded with, ''"You thought I was Black Jack? Wow, you must be really out of it!"''
* TheSpeechless: Lata. Migaila for a bit.
* TragicVillain: General Budai whose efforts to protect his adopted son through [[KickTheDog ordering to have a person killed]] end up giving him [[spoiler:the exact opposite results of what he wanted.]]
* WhoWritesThisCrap: After a particularly silly bit of slapstick involving Buddha [[ItMakesSenseInContext getting hit by a large stick]], Tezuka pops up to declare this to be "not a serious story" in a fairly angry fashion.
* YouCantFightFate: Much to Asaji, Buddha,and Bimbisara's dismay

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