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''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' [-[[RecycledInSPACE WITH]] [[PantyShot PANTY SHOTS]]!-] But seriously...

The souls of the greatest warriors, generals, and strategists of the era of Chinese history immortalized in ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' have continued on beyond their deaths, [[SoulJar sealed]] within ''magatama'' beads handed down from generation to generation. For 1,800 years, the gems have dominated the destiny of their holders - the "Toushi", or "Fighters" - increasing their bloodlust and fighting skills while [[YouCantFightFate forcing them to re-enact the lives and deaths of their counterparts]].

[[NextSundayAD Now]], the newest generation of Fighters has gathered around seven high schools [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse in the Kanto region around Tokyo]], re-enacting the battles as something in between a semi-organized street fighting [[TournamentArc tournament]] and an all-out gang war. And at Nanyou Academy (read: Nanyang and eventually the Wu kingdom), {{Idiot Hero}}ine Sonsaku Hakufu has arrived.

And she has ''no'' clue about ''anything'' in the last two paragraphs. All Sonsaku knows is that [[BloodKnight she likes to fight]], and her mom not only gave her a necklace with a pretty ''magatama'', but also told her to make a good impression by beating up fifty Fighters on her first day. She ''definitely'' doesn't know that she's the "{{reincarnation}}" of Sun Ce, the ruler of Wu known as the "Little Conqueror (Shou Haoh)" - the one who it's said might have united the Three Kingdoms himself if not for his untimely death.

''Ikki Tousen'' (Roughly "Strength of a Thousand") is an ongoing (18 volumes and counting) manga series by Shiozaki Yuji that has been adapted into four anime seasons to date, as well as a FightingGame. The Tokyopop English release of the manga, called ''Battle Vixens'', is notorious for its {{Macekre}}d translation (similar to CMX's version of ''TenjhoTenge''). There was also a controversy about several panels from early in the series that seemed to be traced from Oh! Great's ''TenjhoTenge'' manga. The whole thing originated as story-less PVC figurines in the very late 1990s.

Interestingly, the second through fourth seasons were directed by, of all people, [[MDGeist Koichi]] [[GenoCyber Ohata]].

Compare ''KoihimeMusou'', another series of Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms GenderFlip spoof.

This series [[http://www.hulu.com/ikki-tousen is now available on Hulu]]. It is, however, rated TV-MA, and thus, you need an account to view it. [[Characters/IkkiTousen And has a character sheet.]]

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AbusiveParents [[spoiler: Ten'i (Dian Wei) was sexually abused by her own father. She retaliated by [[SelfMadeOrphan killing him]]. ]].
* [[InnocentFanserviceGirl Accidental Fanservice Girl]]: In ''Dragon Destiny'', having Ryuubi topless is more or less a RunningGag.
* ActionGirl: Of ''course''.
* ActionMom: Hakufu's mom Goei (Lady Wu) isn't a frontline fighter, but can handle herself well if needed. Especially if you hit her BerserkButton by calling her old.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Each successive TV adaptation has done this in its subtitles. ('''D'''ragon '''D'''estiny, '''G'''reat '''G'''uardians; and now, '''[[XtremeKoolLetterz X]]'''[[XtremeKoolLetterz treme]] '''[[XtremeKoolLetterz X]]'''[[XtremeKoolLetterz ecutor]]
* AffablyEvil: To some degree, Toutaku (Dong Zhuo)
* AnnoyingArrows: Subverted in Ryoumou's fight with Ten'i, as the arrows nearly end up ''killing'' Ryoumou, [[spoiler:who probably only survives because of Chouun's interference and the fact that she woke up her dragon]].
* ArtEvolution: This was the series Yuji Shiozaki polished his artstyle drastically, he improved so much that the first Ikkitousen Volumes just can't compare to recent ones. The anime though, still kept mimicking his earlier style, thus remaining unchanged through all seasons.
* AscendedExtra: The first season gives Ukitsu (Yu Ji) more scenes and more interaction with Hakufu, [[spoiler: who she's destined to kill]].
* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler: Chuukou (Xu Chu), in the manga]]
* AxCrazy: Kannei.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Ryofu (Lu Bu) in the third season (''Great Guardians''). Only to die ''again'' in the end. ]]
* BareFistedMonk: Kouchou Kanshuu (Huang Zhong)
* BathtubBonding: Hakufu does it with Koukin in season one and in ''Great Guardians'' with Chuubou.
* BeachEpisode: In Great Guardians (ep 05), going through all the motions.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: So ''averted'', since the girls and the guys get beaten up ''real'' hard. As you see, not only their clothes get ripped. Heck, [[spoiler: in the manga, poor Ten'i is so brutally mauled that ''she loses an arm'']].
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Its never ''really'' explained why people keep passing on those damn magatama beads and consigning their loved ones to brief and violent lives.
* BerserkButton: Both Sousou and Ryuubi released their {{Superpowered Evil Side}}s upon seeing their friends get badly beaten to protect them.
* BetweenMyLegs: Seen fairly often on the heroines.
* BigDamnHeroes: ''Dragon Destiny'' has at least three. First, [[spoiler: Chou'un intervenes in Ryoumou's fight with Ten'i.]] Later, [[spoiler: Kan'u rescues Ryuubi from Gakushin (Yue Ji) and Chuukou (Xu Chu) as she joins the final battle.]] And in the end, [[spoiler: Hakufu pulls the last one during Sousou and Ryuubi's fight.]]
* BigEater: Hakufu, Ryuubi, Chouhi.
* BigFancyHouse: Shuuyu (Zhou Yu) Koukin's house (where [[PrettyFreeloaders Hakufu and Goei are staying as guests]].)
* BladeOnAStick: Kan'u Unchou carries the original Guan Yu's legendary Blue Dragon Crescent Blade.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: [[spoiler: Saji]]
* BloodKnight: Hakufu just wants to fight people. However, unlike her SuperpoweredEvilSide, she doesn't want to really ''hurt'' anyone. ''Permanently'', anyway.
* BodyguardCrush: Koukin for ''[[KissingCousins his cousin]]'', Hakufu ([[CovertPervert no matter how much he tries to hide it]]); Kan'u (Guan Yu) for Ryuubi (Liu Bei).
** In videogame, Kanpei for Kan'u.
* BoisterousBruiser: Several, specially Chouhi (as the expy of Zhang Fei), Kakouton and Hakufu.
* {{Bokukko}}: Ukitsu
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The UK release of ''Dragon Destiny'' required to have one of the mini-OVAs edited to remove sight of an animated naked child presented in a sexualised manner, within a sexualised context, and which has the potential to encourage a sexual interest in children.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: ''Lots'' of people in ''Great Guardians''. [[spoiler: Ryoufu, Hakufu, Myousai, Ryoumou...]]
* CanNotSpitItOut: Kan'u (Guan Yu) towards Ryuubi (Liu Bei) in ''Great Guardians'', the third season.
* CarFu: [[spoiler:Shiba'i]] does this in desperation in the last episode of ''Dragon Destiny''.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Ryoufu and Chinkyuu were a LesYay version before [[spoiler:Chinkyuu bit the dust]].
* ClothingDamage: The female characters' clothing seems to disintegrate at the drop of a hat. Somehow averted by Chou'un (Zhao Yun), who practically is the only female who never had her clothes torn in a fair fight (the only time her clothes was torn was due to an interruption), this possibly being a symbol of her LadyOfWar status.
* CoitusUninterruptus: In ''Dragon Destiny'', Kaku Bunwa (Jie Xu) and Kakuka Houkou (Guo Jia) discuss strategy... while doing the nasty.
* CombatPragmatist: Bachou Mouki, who in the first episode of ''XX'' finds nothing wrong with [[GroinAttack shots to the groin]] and using pastries to pad her chest, then turning right around and using the filling of said pastries to blind her enemies while she kicks the crap out of them.
* CooldownHug: Used by Chuukou, on Sousou. [[spoiler: And by Sousou himself, on Myousai (Great Guardians only)]]
* CreepyChild: Shokatsuryou Koumei (Zhuge Liang), combined with LittleMissSnarker
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Several
* CuteBruiser: Chouhi (Zhang Fei), Ukitsu, Kyocho Chuukou (Xu Chu) who mixes this with HugeSchoolgirl. Though, this being a voluptuous schoolgirl version of Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms, they're more like ''Hot'' Bruisers.
* CuteLittleFangs: Hakufu
* DamselInDistress: Ryuubi is in this position at first, due to her klutziness and lack of fighting skills. Until her ''ultra powerful'' SuperpoweredEvilSide shows up, that is.
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: It's harder to list that girls that ''don't'' have one.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Saji Genpou (Zuo Ci) and Chouryou Bun'en (Zhang Liao)
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Sousou (Cao Cao) [[spoiler: And in ''Great Guardians'', Saji, when he retakes his original role as Ouin Shishi)]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Hakufu often befriends those she defeats
* DepravedBisexual: Ryofu Housen (Lu Bu) skirts the line, especially in the first season of the anime. She rapes [[spoiler: Ryoumou]] after [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty rendering her helpless]] during a fight [[spoiler: (only in the anime, in the manga Ryofu just gropes her)]], has had sex with [[spoiler: Saji and Toutaku, even claiming at some point that Saji raped her in ''Battle Vixens'']] and is also SchoolgirlLesbians with her best friend, Chinkyuu (Chen Gong). The last relationship actually counts as PetTheDog.
* TheDitz: Ryuubi
* {{Dojikko}}: Ryuubi, again. And according to Hakufu, Ryoumou also is one of them when the two work as waitreses.
* TheDragon: Ryofu (Lu Bu) is introduced as one for Toutaku (Dong Zhuo). [[spoiler: (She betrays him later, though)]]
* DubText: ''Battle Vixens'' features several examples, such as the subplot about Saji raping Ryofu, Kan'u and Ukitsu showing interest in Koukin, and making Ryuubi into a [[TransparentCloset Transparently Closeted]] homophobe constantly worrying about Kan'u lusting after her.
* {{Ecchi}}: Read the rest of the page and it should be obvious.
* EmotionlessGirl: Koushaji (Hue Che Er)
* EvilCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler:Kan'u]] after going to Sousou.
* EvilCripple: Shiba'i (Sima Yi) is one of the more ruthless strategists in the series and she's confined to a wheelchair. [[spoiler: It was all fake, though: she ''can'' walk, but uses her supposed disability as ObfuscatingStupidity]]
* EvilRedhead: Toutaku, Sousou after his "awakening" (and even more so in the manga)
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: The short-haired Ryoumou used to have long hair, as a picture featuring her, Saji and [[spoiler: Teifu]] shows.
* {{Expy}}: Sonsaku is basically [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Asuka Soryuu]] but a bit taller and with a [[GagBoobs hilariously massive bust]] (oh, and replace the word [[{{Jerkass}} 'bitch']] with 'idiot'). Ryoumou ''is'' Rei Ayanami, as noted below, ''straight down to the effing eyepatch''.
* EyeCatch: In season 1, it's Hakafu kicking into the camera for the "going to commercial" eyecatch, and her skirt lifting for the "back from commercial" eyecatch. Both eyecatches feature a karaoke snippet of the OP, "Driving Through the Night". In seasons 2-4, it's a still image of a character, often in revealing attire, set to a brief rock music cue.
* EyepatchOfPower: Ryomou (Lu Meng) wears a medical eyepatch [[spoiler:to [[SealedEvilInACan Seal Her Inner Evil In A Can]].]] Later, [[spoiler: Kakouton (Xiahou Dun)]] starts wearing one as well, [[spoiler: after [[EyeScream messily losing his eye]] during his and Sousou's fight against Koushaji (Hu Che'er)]].
* EyesAlwaysShut: Chou'un Shiryuu (Zhao Yun)
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Poor Kakouton!]]
* FacialMarkings: Koushaji has a small flower-shaped one on her left cheekbone
* FanDisservice: Koushaji has a pantyshot-laden battle against Sousou (Cao Cao), which she loses. She then gets killed by ''having her head crushed against a wall'' by Sousou, [[spoiler: who went absolutely APESHIT after she injured Kakouton's eye with a throwing needle]].
* {{Fanservice}}: Naturally. This work actually exaggerates this trope!
* FastballSpecial: Chouhi grabs and tosses Kan'u towards the tower where [[spoiler: Ryuubi and Sousou, along with their {{Superpowered Evil Side}}s ]] are fighting, in the last episode of ''Dragon Destiny''.
* FingerTwitchingRevival
* {{Flanderization}}: Happens to most characters in the third anime season.
* TheFool: Hakufu, Ryuubi.
* GeckoEnding: The first two seasons (''Ikki Tousen'' and ''Dragon Destiny'') each have an original ending. The third season (''Great Guardians'') is 100% {{Filler}}.
* GenderFlip: This is almost a complete Gender Flip of ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''.
* GenreSavvy: The characters are ''all'' aware of ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', and even try to use that knowledge to their advantage. Yes, even ''Hakufu'' breaks out the Cliff Notes when things get serious on her.
* GentleGiant: Gakushuu (Yue Jiu); he even has a sweet tooth. Also Kouchuu Kanshou, who blushes intensely when he touches Kan'u and Chuhi's clothes ''which he had to wash'' per instructions of his master.
* GirlyRun: Ryuubi
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: If you have a [[SuperpoweredEvilSide dragon spirit]] inside you, you'll have these eyes when your other side manifest. Also, [[spoiler: Saji, when he brainwashes people]]
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: Ryoufu, in the anime. ''Twice'', if we count ''Great Guardians''.]]
* HandsomeLech: Saji, ''so much'' (he's the trope picture, by the way).
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Ukitsu, in the ''Dragon Destiny'' anime, revives the practically dead Hakufu at the cost of her own life.]]
* HeyYou: Hakufu calls others (except Goei, Chuubou and Koukin) by nicknames
* HotBlooded: Indeed.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Kanshou and Chouhi, Kaku and Kakuka. In a platonic sense, Gakushuu and either Hakufu or Ryoumou.
* HugeSchoolgirl: Kyouchu Chuukou. In the manga, she was even bullied for her huge size by the boys in her and Sousou's ex judo club. [[spoiler: And the first time Sousou's dragon ''ever'' appeared, it was to protect Chuukou from said sempais when he thought they tried to rape her.]]
* IHaveYourWife: In Episode 12 of the first series, [[spoiler: Toutaku]] tells [[spoiler: Hakufu]] to kill [[spoiler: Ryoufu.]] When she refuses, he grabs her teammate [[spoiler: Ryoumou]] and forces her to fight. Later, [[spoiler: Gakushuu and Koukin]] are captured and held hostage to force [[spoiler: Hakufu]] to fight [[spoiler: Saji]]. And in ''Dragon Destiny'', [[spoiler: Kan'u]] surrenders herself to Kyoushou when [[spoiler: Ryuubi, Chouhi, Koumei and Kanshou]] are threatened by [[spoiler: practically ''all'' the Kyoushou fighters.]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Ryuubi tells Chouhi and Kan'u that, even when she knows she's the reincarnation of Liu Bei, she'd rather live normally like she always has.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Used quite often, with varying results.
** Subverted: [[spoiler: Koukin]] tries this on [[spoiler: Hakufu,]] who's being used by [[spoiler: Toutaku]] as his SoulJar. He ''fails'' and she ''brutally'' beats him up, but then [[spoiler: Ukitsu]] appears and is the one who hits [[spoiler: Hakufu's]] BerserkButton and lets her get free of [[spoiler: Toutaku's]] grip.
** Played straight: [[spoiler: When Ukitsu and Hakufu fight and Hakufu is dominated by her SuperpoweredEvilSide, Koukin tries again despite Ukitsu's warnings. This time, he succeeds.]]
** And again, in ''Great Guardians'': [[spoiler: Not only the returned Sousou de-brainwashed Myousai like this (plus CooldownHug) and Saji did the same to Ryoufu, who then returned the favor by de-brainwashing Ryoumou... Hakufu's "sister" Chuubou gets her CrowningMomentOfAwesome by doing this to none other than the BigBad, [[TheRealRemingtonSteele the *real* Saji Genpou]], convincing her to abandon her evil ways and stop fighting.]]
* IllGirl: [[spoiler:Ryoufu has a fatal illness and knows her days are numbered. Whereas Teifu is a ''Crippled and Blind Boy'', and Kakuka is an Ill Boy in the manga.]]
* InNameOnly: For kicks, show the anime to anybody with even a mild interest in Chinese literature, and watch them vomit blood.
* IntimateHealing: Ryoufu, on a bed-ridden Saji.
* IOweYouMyLife: Myousai, to [[spoiler: Sousou,]] who took her in when she was a child soldier. Ten'i, to [[spoiler: Shibai,]] who rescued her from particularly cruel school abuse.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: In ''Great Guardians'', [[spoiler:Chuubou]] tells this to [[spoiler: Hakufu and Koukin]] so they can hook up.
* KiAttacks
* KinkySpanking: Has a couple of sexualized punishments of adults, starring local mother and ActionGirl. Actually, a number of people watched the series because of {{Fanservice}}.
* KissingCousins: Koukin crushes on his cousin Hakufu. In the anime, Goei actually ''approves'' and ''encourages'' it to some degree, much to Koukin's embarrassment.
* LadyOfWar: Chou'un, Kan'u.
* LazyArtist: It came with Yuji's improving of his artstyle, there are times he blatantly copy-and-pastes his panels more than once, they're small panels with no background featuring some character being shocked, surprised, being emotionally strucken by something & etc.
* LikesOlderWomen: Kakouton (Xiahou Dun) is mistaken as being like this, much to his embarrassment.
* LittleMissBadass: Ten'i is a damn dangerous Archer who wears a Gothic Lolita dress when she fights. Also, [[spoiler: the ''true Saji Genpou'', a ChessMaster girl who's a powerful magic user.]]
* LittleMissSnarker: Koumei
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LoveBeforeFirstSight: [[spoiler:Chuubou]] was "destined" to marry [[spoiler:Koukin]] per their reincarnations and was pining for him before they even met.
* MacGuffin: The Imperial Seal, the Jade Dragon.
* MaleGaze: ''Lots'' of it.
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: Kaku Bunwa (Jia Xu), Shibai.
* {{Meganekko}}: Ryuubi, Rikuson (Lu Zun). Kaku is a ''subversion'', since her manipulative personality is ''very'' atypical for a Meganekko.
* {{Meido}}: Ryomou's fighting costume.
* MediumAwareness: In ''Dragon Destiny'', Goei complains to Koukin that her screen time has disminished and wonders what's the reason.
* MindControlEyes: Abundant in ''Great Guardians'', as a side effect of characters ending up BrainwashedAndCrazy.
* MindProbe: Gakushin (Yue Jin) can use her kiss to dive in the minds and memories of her victims. [[spoiler: When she uses this power on Kan'u in ''Dragon Destiny'', it does NOT go well; not only she discovers Kan'u's LesYay crush on Ryuubi, but also has a ''bloody'' vision involving Sousou's past self that causes her a huge FreakOut.]]
* MomentKiller: Koumei pulls this at least twice towards Kan'u when she wants to be with Ryuubi.
* {{Mooks}}
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Kan'u in season 3, after realizing that she's been [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]]. She tried to atone with death, until Ryuubi [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan stops her]] using an ArmorPiercingSlap.
* NaughtyNurseOutfit: In the first series, Genpou Saji fondles the nurse (who wears such an outfit) while in his hospital bed.
* NiceGirl - You'll be hard pressed to find anyone who is as sweet, nice and kind-hearted as Hakufu; She is able to forgive '''anything''' short of [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape]] and befriend ''anybody'', complete with cute-nicknames and regular hugs, when the fight is over.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: Good luck finding anyone who hasn't got the words "Sonsaku, Hakufu, Ryuubi and Gentoku" in their names who has the trope in this franchise.
* {{Nosebleed}}: Koukin gets one when he walks in on Chuubou and Hakufu bathing together.
* {{Oneesama}}: Chuubou refers to Hakufu (who doesn't fit the personality at all) as such and Koukin as "onii-sama" (he comments he can easily get used to it).
* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: The Hyakuhekitou swords.
* OutOfClothesExperience: [[spoiler: Kan'u and Hakufu]]
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Koukin.
* PantyFighter
* PantyShot: And according to some tropers, it has some of the most realistic skirt physics around. See ShownTheirWork, below.
* PeekABangs: Kan'u's left eye is always hidden under her bangs
** Except in the first season, where her two eyes are [[http://fabien.li/tvtropes/Ikkitousen%2006%2005.59.jpg plainly]] [[http://fabien.li/tvtropes/Ikkitousen%2006%2020.09.jpg visible]].
* PerpetuallyShinyBodies
* PetTheDog: Ryofu softens quite a bit around her old friend (and girlfriend) Chinkyuu.
* PottyFailure: Several of the girls pee their panties during fights, and some of them actually consider it an achievement to make their opponent wet herself (however some arguably that this is a case of OrgasmicCombat). This actually became a plot point at one time as Tanfuko could tell his plan to weaken Kan’u was working because of the liquid coming down between her legs
** At least one time a fighter lost control her bladder was probably [[BringMyBrownPants fear based]], the assassin that attacked Sousou and blinded his best friend Kakouton, wet herself after Sousou's SuperPoweredEvilSide took over.
* PrettyFreeloaders: Hakufu and Goei (for Koukin). At least Goei handles the housework ''and'' the cooking, so...
* PsychoForHire: Kannei (Gan Ning)
* PublicDomainArtifact
* RapeAsDrama: Poor, poor [[spoiler: Chinkyuu and Ten'i.]]
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnFemale: During Ryofu's first episode she rapes one of the show's most popular characters, Ryoumou, after defeating her. This is never brought up again, and she even becomes an EnsembleDarkhorse herself.
** In ''Dragon Destiny'' it was revealed that another character, Ten'i, had been gang raped at her old school by a sadistic AlphaBitch and her GirlPosse. They pretty much used this trope to justify their actions
* RapunzelHair: Kan'u.
* RazorFloss: Myousai's WeaponOfChoice
* TheRealRemingtonSteele: A BIG Revelation of ''Great Guardians'' is based on this. [[spoiler:The "Saji" we know is actually Ouin (Wang Yun) Shishi, which we already knew. But what the audience was NOT told is that the big bad of ''Great Guardians'' is the Fighter with the real magatama of Zuo Ci, a LittleMissBadass young woman who is the ''true'' Saji Genpou, whom the "other" Saji might be in love with.]]
* RecycledInSpace \ SettingUpdate
* {{Reincarnation}}: For all practical purposes, at least.
* RescueRomance: Genderflipped. It's hinted that Koukin loves Hakufu ever since, as children, she protected him from bullies.
* {{Sarashi}}: Ryuubi uses this once in a while.
* SchoolgirlLesbians: Ryofu and Chinkyuu. In the beginning of the third season, Kan'u thinks like this, CovertPervert style, towards Ryuubi (who's oblivious). [[spoiler:Until almost the end, where she reciprocates Kan'u's feelings.]]
* SchoolOfHardKnocks: AND HOW.
* ScreeningTheCall: In the manga, Goei tried to keep Hakufu from picking fights to save her from her fate as a Fighter. In the anime, she goes as far as [[spoiler: actually telling Kakouton how to defeat Hakufu in the tournament]]. It didn't work in any of these cases.
* ScrewDestiny: Many of the major characters try to do this. ''Try''.
* SenselessViolins: Ten'i carries her bow in a cello case.
* ShownTheirWork: One of the DVD extras for the first season shows a "reference photos" session, wherein the anime staff managed to recruit an actual [[{{Joshikousei}} schoolgirl]] to do a bunch of panty-flashing high kicks.
* SkinshipGrope: Hakufu seems to like groping Ryomou quite a bit. Same goes to Koumei, when she bathes with Ryuubi.
* SoulJar: The ones with the dragons inside. Also, [[spoiler: in the first season Toutaku transfers his soul to Hakufu's body as he dies, to settle his score with Saji]].
* TheStrategist: Koumei, Rikuson, Kaku, Shibai Chuutatsu (Sima Yi).
* ThouShaltNotKill: Unlike her SuperpoweredEvilSide, Hakufu explicitly rejects fighting just to kill her opponents.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Ryofu, Kan'u
* StrongFleshWeakSteel: The stronger characters regularly survive attacks that leave craters in concrete.
* SuperDrowningSkills: Ryuubi
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Hakufu, Ryuubi, Sousou (Cao Cao), and [[spoiler:Ryomou]] contain "dragons", berserker spirits, within them.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Ryoufu's ultimate ScrewDestiny act in the anime is this. Toutaku survives... only to die few minutes later.]]
* ThemeNaming: All of the characters have the same names as the Japanese reading of their counterparts from ''Three Kingdoms''. To be exact, their surnames are the full, real names of their Chinese counterparts, and their given names are the courtesy names of their Chinese counterparts. (See UsefulNotes/ChineseNames for the issue of "real names" and "courtesy names.")
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Hakufu tells this to Goei in the first season, before [[spoiler: she goes to face Toutaku.]]
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Hakufu's CatchPhrase, when she ''seriously'' gets pissed off.
* ThreeAmigos: Saji, Ryoumou and [[spoiler: Teifu]]. All female version: Ryuubi, Kan'u and Chouhi. All male version: Kakouton, Kakuka and Sousou.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Ryoufu and Chinkyuu, Chouhi and Ryuubi, Chuubou and Hakufu.
* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse
* TooLongDidntDub -- Because all translations insist on using the direct Japanese equivalents of the characters' actual Chinese names, most of the international audience don't even know it's based on ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', and those who do have an incredibly hard time following along trying to keep track of who everyone's supposed to be. The official subtitles in particular is a mess in this regard, clearly translated by someone who went into the series not having a clue what all these weird names tossed around are supposed to be. Literally the only non-Japanese name in the entire series written the way an English-speaker would recognize is "China".
** Likewise, official English descriptions of the series claims that main character "Sonsaku", whom the entire non-Japanese-speaking world knows as "Sun Ce", is the "reincarnation of a person named "Sho Haou". Which is borderline BlindIdiotTranslation.
* TournamentArc
* {{Tsundere}}: Ryomou
* TwoTeacherSchool: [[http://fabien.li/tvtropes/Ikkitousen%2005%2003.33.jpg One scene]] does feature a teacher... but the students apparently didn't notice his presence.
* TheVamp: Kaku often uses her sexiness to get what she wants. Then again, so did Toutaku and Saji...
* VillainsOutShopping: Toutaku is often seen tending to his small watermelon and flower patches.
* WaterfallShower: In episode 9, Hakufu Sonsaku strips off her dress but keeps her panties on to go SkinnyDipping and have a waterfall shower.
* WeirdnessCensor: Hey, nobody seems to notice that hot schoolgirls and schoolboys are beating up each other.
* TheWorfEffect: Poor Gakushuu, Koukin and Kakouton...
* WoundedGazelleGambit: A ''really'' nasty one happens in the manga.
* {{Wuxia}}: Smutty fanservice notwithstanding, the story does bear elements of the feroicious passion plays of honor, romance and tragedy that is staple of the genre. In particular, Yasuhara Takanashi's hot-blooded soundtrack for ''Dragon Destiny, Great Guardians'' and ''Xtreme Xecutor'' captures the heart stirring heroism of films like ''Film/OnceUponATimeInChina'' just right.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: ''Xtreme Xecutor''
* YamatoNadeshiko: [[spoiler: Hakufu's "sister"]] Sonken Chuubou (Sun Quan) [[spoiler:or to be exact, Shoukyou (Xiao Qiao)]]. Parodied in ''Dragon Destiny'' [[spoiler: where the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue has Chou'un]] trying her hand at ikebana and failing miserably, as she uses the scissors like a katana.
* YouCantFightFate
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: In ''Dragon Destiny'', [[spoiler: Sousou (or better said, hi]]s SuperpoweredEvilSide) severely injures and presumably kills [[spoiler: Kakouton]] half because of this, half because he let [[spoiler:Kan'u]] go. He gets better.
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