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A 10-volume manga series by Creator/{{CLAMP}}, notable for being their debut work, and named after the ancient Hindu hymn collection the ''Rigveda''. The series borrows elements of Hindu and Buddhist mythology for its setting and characters.

300 years ago, the general Taishakuten rebelled against the Heavenly Emperor, killing both him and the guardian god Ashura-ou and installing himself as the king. The Ashura clan was thought to be destroyed until the god Yasha-ou found the remaining child sealed in a forest and began to gather the Six Stars, a group of individuals said to be the prophesied bringers of a celestial revolution.

Included one [[NonSerialMovie non-serial OVA]]. Several characters from ''RG Veda'' have made appearance in other CLAMP works, mostly in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' as alternate universe counterparts.

Note: Ashura is technically [[NoBiologicalSex without a physical sex]], but will be referred to by male pronouns in this article for simplicity's sake.
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!!''RG Veda'' contains examples of:
* AncestralWeapon: The Shura sword, Ryuuga sword, Yama sword... each tribe seems to have its own.
* ArtEvolution: As this was CLAMP's debut in the industry. The first 3 volumes were rather simply shaded, volume 4 introduced more screentones, and after volume 5 Mokona's drawing started to take her signature style.
* BadassAndChildDuo: Yasha and Ashura.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo
* BigNo: A few. For example, [[spoiler: Kisshoten, when Bishamon is killed]].
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:All of the Six Stars save Yasha die, but at least he gets to be with Ashura]].
* BodyguardCrush: Sohma to Kendappa, reciprocated.
* BrotherSisterIncest: With [[spoiler:Kujaku]] as the product.
* CallingYourAttacks
* ChekhovsGunman: Kujaku, who shows up out of nowhere near the beginning and becomes ''very'' important later on.
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: Lady Kendappa seemingly manipulated both heroes and villains into clashing in battle.]]
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Shashi.
* {{The Cutie}}: Ryu-o.
* ClothingDamage: when [[spoiler: Sohma]] is stabbed through the chest and dragged around while bleeding to death, her top barely covers her breasts. The situation makes it rather [[FanDisservice unappealing]], and the fact that the manga is supposed to be aimed for girls makes it even more disconcerting. Well, Mokona has never tried to hide how much [[AuthorAppeal she enjoys drawing half-naked ladies]].
* DoomedHometown: The Yasha tribe's village.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Absolutely ''EVERYONE'' is barefoot in this series. No matter when or where.
* EnemyWithin: [[spoiler: The "true Ashura,"]] though it acts as more of a SuperpoweredEvilSide in the {{OVA}} and the earlier parts of the manga.
* EvilMatriarch: Shashi, who's probably the closest thing to a total bitch that CLAMP's ever written.
* FakingTheDead: Karura.
* FourIsDeath: Taishakuten's Four Generals.
* GenderBender: Ashura, who was cursed to be of neither gender so the clan would die with him.
* {{Go Out with a Smile}} [[spoiler: Ryu.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Several, including [[spoiler:four of the six stars within a short time period]] and [[spoiler:Ashura killing himself to avoid killing Yasha]] and finally, [[spoiler:Kujaku kills himself to free Ashura so he and Yasha can be together.]]
* {{Honorifics}}: Several characters are referred to as "-ou" (literally, "King") to designate their importance as the leader of their clan. The English manga uses "Lord" and "Lady" in place of these.
** The Spanish manga went with "King" and "Queen". And yes, [[spoiler: Naga's mother]] is always referred to as King Dragon/King Ryuu.
* HomoeroticSubtext: Besides the (canon) relationship between Yasha and Ashura, the [[spoiler:Taishakuten/Ashura-ou]] relationship is just dripping with subtext. Two words: Hair stroking. Also Kendappa and Souma, which crosses the line from subtext and keeps going.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight
* IllGirl: Karyoubinga.
* ImAHumanitarian
* IsThatCuteKidYours: No, Yasha isn't Ashura's father, but that seems to be the automatic assumption on meeting the two of them.
* ItsAllMyFault
* {{Keet}}: Ryu is a a softer version of this. Since the series is dark though however, his happy personality stands out.
* KillEmAll: The number of characters who survive until the end? [[spoiler:Two, and only thanks to some major meddling from Kujaku]].
* {{Kill the Cutie}}: [[spoiler: Ryu is the first one to die of the six stars.]]
* LadyOfWar: Karura, and [[spoiler:Kendappa after revealing her Mole status.]]
* LastOfHisKind: Ashura is the last of his clan, Souma is the only survivor of her ninja clan, and Yasha ends up as the last member of his clan after they are slaughtered early on.
* MiniDressOfPower: Sohma.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Kendappa]]
* MoodWhiplash: The {{Lighter and Softer}} Omakes (including the ones with CLAMP in them) seriously contrast against the dark, violent tone of the story. Also happens in-story with Lord Ryuu's and Kujaku's moments of comedy.
* MysteriousInformant: Kujaku.
* {{Ninja}}: Sohma.
* NoBiologicalSex: Ashura, as the result of a curse that will keep the Ashura clan from continuing. To a certain extent he's actually treated as both male and female in that he's shown up in group illustrations that otherwise exclusively only have either male or female characters.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler: Lady Kendappa]].
* PerpetualMolt
* PersonOfMassDestruction: The Ashura clan were essentially just this.
* ThePlan: [[spoiler:Taishakuten was told by Ashura-ou to kill him in order to buy time before Ashura destroyed the world.]]
** BatmanGambit[[spoiler: Kujaku also helped Yasha and Ashura bond so they would be able to challenge the prophecy through their love bond.]]
* ThePromise: Used between Yasha and Ashura, Yasha and Ashura-ou, and [[spoiler:Taishakuten and Ashura-ou]], among others.
* PronounTrouble: Talking about Ashura is difficult since the English language lacks a good gender-neutral pronoun.
* ProphecyTwist: The Six Stars [[spoiler:are actually meant to destroy heaven, not liberate it as thought.]]
* TheQuietOne: Yasha.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Four Gods of the West. {{Lampshaded}} [[RunningGag constantly]] by Ryou-oh.
-->'''Ryu-oh:''' Grrr...Why all of The Four Gods of West are weirdos!?
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Twice.
* RapunzelHair: Most characters (even the men) have this.
* RipVanWinkle: Twice over.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler: Gigei, Karyoubinga, Shara.]]
* ScaryImpracticalArmor often complete with
* ShouldersOfDoom and
* SpikesOfVillainy: a good example of these three tropes is the armor [[spoiler: Lady Kendappa wears when she's revealed as the fourth General]].
* SchoolgirlLesbians: Kendappa and Souma, while not actually schoolgirls, otherwise fit this trope.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: [[spoiler:Ashura-ou gets Taishakuten to take over Tenkai in order to prevent the fulfillment of the prophecy, but it is Taishakuten's tyrannical rule which gives Yasha the motivation to rebel and try to fulfill the second version of the prophecy.]]
* SilkHidingSteel: Kendappa is a beautiful, graceful noble lady [[spoiler:who is also one of the Four Generals.]]
* SocialDarwinist: [[spoiler:Kendappa's belief in the superiority and inevitable triumph of strength so defines her that she sides with a man she considers a monster against her friends and her beloved, merely because he is the strongest.]]
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler:Kendappa kills herself right after killing Souma.]]
** This actually goes for [[spoiler:pretty much every couple except Yasha and Ashura]].
* ShootTheDog: [[spoiler:Taishakuten took over Heaven to keep his promise to Ashura-ou and prevent Ashura from awakening.]]
* TheStoic: Yasha and Karura.
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Ashura, as a distinguishing trait of his people, along with UnusualEars. Kujaku has purple eyes, which the other characters take to be a trait of demonic heritage.
* TooLongDidntDub: In the English dub of the OVA, Ashura is referred to as "Princess", since they decided to simply leave out the genderless bit completely.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: [[spoiler:Kendappa to Souma.]]
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:Poor Yasha, who gets suckered no less than ''twice''.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: Taishakuten is revealed as this by the end of the manga, having ruled like a tyrant so the Six Stars would not gather and Ashura would not awake. ]]
* WingedHumanoid

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