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''Samurai Deeper Kyo'' is a thirty-eight volume manga about the exploits of Shiina Yuya, a sixteen year old [[BountyHunter bounty hunter]] seeking revenge for her older brother's death, who meets [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Mibu Kyoshiro]], a medicine peddler, and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Demon Eyes Kyo]], who is trapped in Kyoshiro's body.

And then it gets complicated.

Cue an AnachronismStew, LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, loads and loads of CharacterDevelopment, lots of {{Badass}}ery, several {{Quirky Miniboss Squad}}s, several {{BFS}}es, and what is probably the biggest BodyguardCrush in history.

The manga ran from 1999-2006.

Kyo and friends appear in the MassiveMultiplayerCrossover game, ''VideoGame/SundayVSMagazineShuuketsuChoujouDaikessen''.

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!!Tropes:
* AllYourPowersCombined: The Former Crimson King
* AnAesop: Played poker-face straight countless times
* AnachronismStew: Shameless and blatant
* AndThatsTerrible
* AnimalEyeSpy: Lord Fubuki and his cat.
* AntiHero: If Kyo, who got his nickname for perpetrating mass-murder on a ridiculous scale doesn't count, then there is no such thing
* ArtEvolution
* ArtificialHumans: [[spoiler: The ''entire'' Mibu tribe in the manga, who are revealed to actually be the Battle Dolls of the True Mibu. Except Kyo, the last of The True Mibu. Flipped in the anime, where only Kyo is a Battle Doll.]]
* AxCrazy: Ninety percent of the main cast is this, including the title character
* BackToBackBadasses:
** The Shiseiten's special attack.
** Hotaru and Shinrei also do one of these, and it's awesome.
** And we get another one from Hishigi and Fubuki while they are fighting Kyo.
* {{Backstory}}
* {{Badass}}: A massive majority of the cast fills this trope, though Kyo, Kyoshiro, the Shiseiten, [[spoiler: The Former Crimson King]], Hishigi and Shinrei are candidates for the top spot.
* BadassGay: Hishigi (implied). His only emotional attachments are to Fubuki (male) and Akari (physically male), and his relationship with Fubuki [[HoYay does not seem platonic]].
* BadassNormal: Yukimura and the Ten, minus Sasuke. Bontenmaru fills this role in the Shiseiten.
* {{BFS}}: Kyo's Tenro
** Sasuke starts out with a sword the same size, despite having the body of a twelve year old.
** Shihoudou's sword is also really damn big.
** Hishigi's Hakuya is even more impressive.
* BigDamnHeroes
* {{Bishounen}}
* BlackAndGrayMorality
* BladeRun: Sasuke has one of these early on.
* BloodFromTheMouth
* BloodKnight: It would be easier to name the characters who ''aren't''.
* BodyDouble
* BodyguardCrush: Go ahead, try to name a single time when a Kyo [[UnstoppableRage Killing Rampage]] isn't triggered by Yuya being directly threatened.
** When he believes that Shinrei has [[spoiler: killed Hotaru]].
** In the anime, it's strongly implied Saizō has a crush on Yukimura. It's not helped by Yukimura teasing him ([[spoiler: "What are you, my wife?" followed by "If it pleases you, my lord". Then there's Saizō blushing and his comment when Yukimura disguises himself as a woman. The kimono "really suits you" indeed.]])
** While not exactly a bodyguard, Hishigi seems to be this for Fubuki. He throws himself in front of Kyo's most powerful attacks for him, and his only concern seems to be for Fubuki's survival.
* BountyHunter
* BrotherSisterIncest - anime only, betweeen Nobunaga Oda and Shatora.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Julian and Shihoudou: even Kyo admits to the latter's {{Badass}}itude.
** These two probably cross the line into CrazyAwesome territory.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Toward the end of the manga, Yukimura uses the kodachi that Muramasa gave Yuya to kill Chinmei.]]
* CherryBlossoms
* TheChick: Yuya
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Subverted with every character shown as a child except Yuya and flashback Tokito.
** Akira, for example, is cheerfully slaughtering away on the battlefield by the time he's ten.
*** And the Mibu have no problem with using child soldiers.
* CleanCut
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Hotaru. It may just be ObfuscatingStupidity, as he proves many times that he's smarter than he seems.
* CombatCommentator: Akira and Bon serve as this at turns for Yuya. Averted in the Akira-Tokito fight, as Yuya isn't around for that one.
* CommediaDellArteTroupe
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: Both played straight and inverted
* ContractualImmortality: Can anyone name a non-villain who died at the end of the series? Sure, everyone gets badly beaten up, but...
* CooldownHug: Played straight during Kyo's SuperPowerMeltdown: Yuya runs through the mess he's making to bring him back.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Kyoshiro, though it's ''really'' hidden. The Former Crimson King is more overt about it all being just ObfuscatingStupidity.
* CuteBruiser: Antera
* DefeatMeansFriendship
* DepravedHomosexual
-->'''Bikara''': Getting distracted by a woman while a beautiful man like me is standing in front of your eyes.
--> and
-->'''Bikara''': The suffering face of a good-looking man is dreamy.
* DespairEventHorizon:
** Hishigi hits it hard after implanting the Devil Eyes, telling Fubuki that he wishes that someone would just kill him already.
** Tokito has a rather drama-ridden one after losing to Akira, but gets over it.
* DiagonalCut:Taken to its logical extreme, thanks to the RuleOfCool
* DistantFinale
* {{Dojikko}}: Sakuya
* DoppelgangerAttack: Benitora, in a rare Non-{{Ninja}} example
* DramaticWind
* DrivenToSuicide: Hishigi, until Fubuki tells him that [[HoYay he isn't allowed to die until Fubuki says he can]]
* DualWielding: Akira and Tokito.
* DysfunctionJunction
* ElementalPowers: Subverted. Hotaru, the fire user, is calm, while the ice user, Akira, appears calm on the surface, but push a few buttons and he loses his head. Not to mention that Shinrei, the water guy, loses his cool even ''more'' easily.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Averted; It's demonstrated over the course of the series that the superiority depends on the wielder, rather than the element they are using. Hotaru initially wins out against Shinrei despite severe injuries from fighting Kyo, but only because he's using [[spoiler: His Hono Chikewai, which gives him a huge boost of power, but causes damage over time]]. Shinrei ultimately comes out on top because Hotaru's boost wears off. And of course, ''both'' of them get mercilessly [[CurbStompBattle curbstomped]] by [[spoiler: Fubuki.]]
* EmpathicWeapon: The Muramasa demon blades
* EnfanteTerrible: Tokito, in the beginning
* EstrogenBrigadeBait: Yukimura
* EyepatchOfPower: Hishigi
* FakeMemories: [[spoiler:Tokito]]
* FanDisservice: [[spoiler: Hishigi is quite attractive, but the one time he takes off his shirt, it's this because he's [[EyesDoNotBelongThere covered in Devil Eyes]]]].
* FightingFromTheInside: Kyo and Kyoshiro go through this back and forth a few times.
* TheFogOfAges: [[spoiler:Chinmei]]
* TheFourGods: Kyo's sword techniques
* FourIsDeath: The Shiseiten are frequently described as being gods of death. Most of the Taishiro are even more lethal.
* GentleGiant: Bontenmaru. Sure, he has the whole "god of war" thing going on, complete with a berserker mode and everything, but he has a soft spot--not like that--for little girls, even ones that punch holes in him and torture him; and Akari reveals that he [[AnachronismStew likes shoujo manga]]. As for Bontenmaru's reason for taking over the entirety of Japan? He wants to take it over so people can live their lives in peace.
* AGodAmI: The vast majority of the Mibu think like this. And in truth, no one really disputes them on that.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Subverted with Yuya, who has a hideous scar on her stomach.
** It gets de-hideoused later on.
** Played straight with Hishigi, who is covered in rather disgusting scars [[spoiler: after the Devil Eyes that were keeping him alive die]].
** Also played straight with Akira, who is COVERED in scars, but they are not obvious seeing as they are usually covered by clothes (most of them are on his back).
* GondorCallsForAid
* GracefulLoser
* GunsAreWorthless: Yuya
** The manga [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this by having Akari take Yuya's gun and attempt to shoot Santera with it. Santera stops the bullets, and Akari throws the gun away.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: [[TheFaceless Sakuya]] spends 32 volumes hidden behind her bangs, and the manga-ka is fond of "lighting" characters whose faces we aren't to see yet from the back, or putting them in elaborate, face-covering costumes
* HighPressureBlood
* HighSchoolAU: The author wrote one as an extra in the fanbook, and liked it so much that she wrote two "Samurai High School" drama [=CDs=]
** And they're absolutely rampant in the fandom, though it's almost justified, because the cast is one hell of a CommediaDellArteTroupe.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade
* HomageShot: The manga opens with a lay-out and narration content ridiculously reminiscent of the first page of RurouniKenshin, which was still running at the time. The series probably originated as an attempt to cash in on [[FanNickname Ruro Ken's]] popularity as historical drama with legendary swordsman incognito, but found its own very weird voice pretty quickly.
** More precisely: SDK's first page runs, page-width panels going down:

---> ''[First panel: bloody battle scene; whole page has artful blood drips all over it]'' "During the end of the warring states period... In a time of chaos, a war began to try to divide the country. This fight would later be known as the Battle of Sekigahara. Like thunder the war spread. Under this sound and bloody rain, many were killed."

---> ''[Second panel: 'shadowboxing' image of dramatic duel]'' "These warriors, without taking care for the issues of the battle, had found the meaning of their lives in sword-handling... They lived only to improve their skill... And died..."

---> ''[Empty white bridge space extending across page]'' "Among the men who disappeared at this historical time..."

---> ''[Third/final panel: bottom of page occupied by close up of Scary Eyes (RedEyesTakeWarning in this case, but the manga's in black and white, so you can't tell)]'' "There was one who was called 'the unbeatable'..."

---> ''[Two-page title spread, then complete tone-shift and Kyoshiro as TheDitz reading off a wanted poster, finishing the sentence]'' "The legendary wanted man, Demon Eyes Kyo."
** Meanwhile, Ruro Ken starts with, also page-width panels:

---> ''[First panel: blood spatter flying]'' "One hundred and forty years ago, during the bloodbath in Kyoto touched off by the coming of Commodore Perry's black ships...there was a man known as the 'Hitokiri Battousai.'"

---> ''[Second panel: similarly composed bloody combat scene, with our hero central]'' This man was a major player in the Meiji Restoration, for his skill with a sword was unrivaled. Once the war was over, he vanished without a trace. Time passed and legends formed, of how he was the strongest samurai to walk the face of the earth."

---> ''[Third/last panel: Scary Eyes ImportantScar closeup]'' "And so, our story begins... In Tokyo, on the eleventh year of Meiji..."

---> ''[Two-page title spread, next page opens with Kaoru's shout]'' "HITOKIRI BATTOUSAI!"
** At the risk of insulting the hard work above: http://ani-haven.net/hr-alpha/Rurouni_Kenshin/1/2 and http://ani-haven.net/hr-alpha/Samurai_Deeper_Kyo/1/2. Check it out.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Non-romantic between Bontenmaru and [[spoiler:Tokito]]. She can ride around on his shoulder
* ImAHumanitarian: The real Haira
* TheIdiotFromOsaka
* ImportantHaircut: Okuni
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: To the nth degree. Apparently, a sword stroke from Kyo or Hishigi has enough power to give truckload of high explosives a run for its money
* ImprobableWeaponUser
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: The Death Disease
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: Izumo no Okuni is this way for Demon Eyes Kyo.
* JekyllAndHyde: Kyo and Kyoshiro. Subverted in the manga, played straight in the anime [[spoiler: In the AlternateUniverse of the anime, Devil Eyes Kyo is actually the Id of Kyoshiro which he split from himself and placed in an ArtificialHuman body; they later reunite in their original body after Kyoshiro defeats Kyo, but this time as split personalities.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* KickTheDog: Every minor villain that the heroes have to kill off has one of these moments. Every single one.
* LadyOfWar: Saisei
* LargeHam: Bontenmaru. Also Kyo, at times.
* LastOfHisKind: [[spoiler:Kyo, the last True Mibu. Averted in the case of the Former Crimson King, who it turns out, is merely the first Battle Doll.]]
* LickingTheBlade: Name a character. Odds are good that they've done this at least once.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LovedOnesMontage
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Kyo, the final direct descendant of the ''Original Crimson King''.]]
* TheMedic: Akari
* MediumAwareness: Kyoshiro vs Benitora: "Can we just pretend the last 5 pages didn't happen?"
* MobileMenace: The Mibu never seem to be inconvenienced by the size and complexity of their lair, except for when they've pulled a HeelFaceTurn, in which case, they have to slog it out with the other heroes.
* TheMole: Yukimura
** Don't forget Chinmei, [[spoiler:as Spade, to get his hands on Tokito's demonblade]].
** [[spoiler:Akari]] subverts this trope by virtue of mind control.
* {{Mook}}
* MrFanservice: Yukimura
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: Every fight in the series goes this way. Every. Single. One.
* NamesToKnowInAnime: Excluding the big names in the anime, some other veterans do voice the manga-only characters, whether in games or drama [=CDs=]. Examples include NorioWakamoto as Bontenmaru, Kotono Mitsuishi as Akari, ShigeruNakahara as Hishigi, [[CodeGeass Jun Fukuyama]] as the Sendai Aka no Ou, aka the former Crimson King.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Hotaru is a good example, but the real winner is [[spoiler:the Former Crimson King, who acts like a nearsighted buffoon who's BlindWithoutEm. Tokito, who got taken in by the facade, actually starts plotting to overthrow him until the Former scared the living daylights out of her with murderous intent, showing Tokito and readers the true nature of the Former Crimson King]].
* TheObiWan: Muramasa
* OddFriendship: Benitora and Akira, who progress from {{Worthy Opponent}}s to TrueCompanions.
* OfficialCouple: Kyo and Yuya, Kyoshiro and Sakuya
** In the manga at least. In the anime, there's only Yuya's crush on Kyo/Kyoshiro and their growing feelings for her. [[spoiler:They are shown to have gotten together in the epilogue in the last episode -- where Kyo and Kyoshiro have been reunited into a single individual -- which takes place years later. Also Benitora and Mahiro in the ending of the anime as well.]]
* OneHeadTaller: If Kyo wore a Western-style button-down shirt, Yuya would hold conversations with/have infuriated outbursts at his breast pocket.
* OneManArmy: It would be easier to list the characters who AREN'T one.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Yukimura towards Kyo. Also several other characters towards Kyo. He's very popular.
* ParentalAbandonment: Tokito and Hotaru
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Most of the cast. Especially Kyo, Hishigi, and the Shiseiten when they use their special combination attack.
* PetalPower
* PlayingAgainstType: Megumi Ogata voices both Yukimura and Kosuke. While Yukimura sounds like her usual voice, this troper was a little surprised at how well she can do a gentle voice.
* PoisonousPerson
* PromotionToParent: Anna, Yuan's sister. Technically, their father isn't dead, but he's not around often.
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Taken to ridiculous extremes. You know they're overdoing it when even the main character gets one.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: After Shinrei implants a water dragon in Yuya's heart, the company have a limited amount of time to stop Shinrei before it kills her.
* RazorWind
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Kyo is the literal incarnation of this trope. Subverted in that this becomes a major factor in the story later on.
* RedOniBlueOni: Kyo and Kyoshiro, Benitora and Akira, Fubuki and Hishigi, Shinrei and Hotaru
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: All of the Mibu
* RetiredBadass: Shihoudou, Anri, Muramasa
* ReverseMole: [[spoiler:Kyoshiro]]
* RuleOfCool
* RunningGag: Hotaru trying to move caterpillars out of the way so they don't get crushed during fights
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:Tokito, who stops Bontenmaru's fists with three fingers and actually ''punches through him, '' despite the fact that one of his biceps is bigger around than her waist, not to mention that she completely pwns the crap out of Akira for most of their fight.]]
** Admittedly, some fans weren't convinced she was a boy in the first place.
* SayItWithHearts: Or in Chinmei's case, glasses-wearing smiley faces
** Yukimura is the worst offender with this trope. Also, in Shihoudou's dialogue, everything from baseballs to little umbrellas show up.
* SayMyName
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Inverted in that Chinmei looks his most sinister when we can see what's behind those dark lenses
* SceneryPorn
* SharingABody
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Kyo's lack of reaction whenever someone tries to taunt him about Yuya
** Akira has a few of these moments with [[spoiler:Tokito]]. His reaction tries to be like Kyo's. It fails, ''hard''.
* ShirtlessScene
* ShowerOfAngst: Yuya has a few of these
* SingleStrokeBattle
* SinisterSilhouettes: Full of them
* SlipknotPonytail: Shinrei, during his fight with Fubuki
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Muramasa.
* TheStoic: Hishigi
** NotSoStoic: He loses it very rarely. When he does, you ''run''.
* SuperHeroSpeciation
* SuperPowerMeltdown: Kyo
* TagalongKid
* TearsOfBlood
* TheThingThatGoesDoink: There is one at the end of chapter 12
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Yukimura tells Kyo not to die, as he is the only one who gets to kill him.
* TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential: Kyo's training with Muramasa. The TrainingFromHell is offscreen.
* TookALevelInBadass: Sooooo many characters... But specially Kyo who starts from being a MemeticBadass that lives up to his legend and ends up being [[spoiler:a damn PhysicalGod]], taking lots and lots of levels in badass in between.
* {{Transsexual}}: Akari, though she's played more as the WholesomeCrossdresser.
* TrashTalk[=/=]EvilGloating[=/=]TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: ''ALL OVER THE PLACE''. In the manga, they easily eat up one third (if not more) of ''every single duel''.
* TrueCompanions
* {{Tsundere}}: Kyo is heavy on the tsuntsun, regularly calling his LoveInterest ''dog-face'' and ''Servant #1'', and has a really obnoxious habit of randomly feeling her up, no matter who happens to be watching. But the few moments in which he shows that he cares about her and the way he fights when she's in danger are surprisingly genuine and heartwarming, especially near the end of the manga.
* {{Tykebomb}}: Santera and Tokito
* UnstoppableRage: Kyo, after Nobunaga almost fatally wounds Yuya. This troper was a little freaked out.
* WalkOnWater: Shinrei and Fubuki
* WeaponsKitchenSink
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Fubuki.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Yukimura during the Tokugawa tournament. Everyone fell for it except Kyo.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Well, chapters.
* WorthyOpponent
* WouldntHitAGirl: Subverted, as the gentlemen of the cast have no problem hitting their female enemies.
* WreckedWeapon: Hishigi's and Fubuki's swords when Julian manages to break them. Also, Sasuke's Tenro copy cracks when he fights Kyo.
* YouKilledMyFather: Subverted
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