Genji is a HackAndSlash adventure game series developed by Game Republic and published by Sony.

* ''Genji: Dawn of the Samurai'' - 2005, {{PlayStation 2}}
* ''Genji: Days of the Blade'' - 2006, {{PlayStation 3}}

The series is loosely adapted from the classic Japanese novel ''The Tale of the Heike'', which in turn was a romanticized account of the actual Genji and Heike war. The Taira clan has conquered Japan with the help of some magic stones called "Amahagane" (litt. Heavenly Steel) which grant great powers to their wielders. The young swordsman Yoshitsune finds out that he's the rightful heir of the Minamoto clan and with the help of the Amahagane, the Tamayoribito clan and Benkei he has to stop the villanous plans of the Taira and recover the Amahagane stones.

Had a {{spiritual successor}} in the form of ''VideoGame/{{Folklore}}''.

Although it's quite a humble-seeming series, you may know the game better as its second installment being the one featured in Sony's infamous E3 2006 conference featuring [[ArtisticLicenseHistory battles with giant crabs that took place in ancient Japan]].
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!!''Genji'' is a trope namer for:
* AttackItsWeakPoint - Crab boss is one of those examples.
* ForMassiveDamage - Why you attack its weak point.
* GiantEnemyCrab - Found near the beach. This variety has a human head.
* RealTimeWeaponChange - Present in the second game.

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!!''Genji'' contains examples for:

* ActionCommand: When you use the Kamui power in ''Dawn of the Samurai'', you must press the Square button at the right time in order to one-shot/ damage the enemy before he hits you. ''Days of the Blade'' replaced them with QTE-style button prompts.
* AkioOhtsuka: as Musashibo Benkei.
* AnIcePerson: frost enchanted weapons and at least one Ashura-like boss.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Kagekiyo is really cocky and skilled with his swords.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The series in general, and the second game in particular, was billed as being based on "ancient battles that actually took place in Japan." Aside from the obvious (and you should know what we're talking about by now), the stories the games are based on themselves took a few liberties with actual events.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Kiyomori Taira. Keep in mind that he needs the Amahagane for that. Kagekiyo is slightly more suitable.
* BadPowersBadPeople: [[TheDragon Kagekiyo]] uses poison attacks
* BadPowersGoodPeople: yet, also Yoshitsune and Benkei have at least one poison enchanted weapon in their inventory.
* BaldOfAwesome: Benkei sports one.
* BaldOfEvil: Kiyomori Taira.
* BigBad: Kiyomori.
** Kuyo in the second game.
* BladeOnAStick: Benkei can also choose from an ample set of halbeards and glaives for his arsenal. They're statistically stronger than clubs and have a better reach and more comboes, but can't knock enemies back or use the charged attack. On the villainous side there's Moritoshi, who wields a spear with a giant blade and ornated with a large tassel.
* BoisterousBruiser: Benkei is capable of sending hordes [[FoeTossingCharge of enemies flying]] when unleashed in battle.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: Moritoshi after being resurrected by Kuyo]].
* BodyOfBodies: Kuyo's skeleton monster.
* BoringButPractical: The moment you'll master Kamui, you probably won't use anything else to conclude battles.
* CarryABigStick: Benkei's main weapons. Not really strong, but can do a powerful Charged attack.
* CombatClairvoyance: essentially Kamui's powers, with a bit of Bullet Time in it. It becomes a GameBreaker as soon as you learn how to use it well.
* CoresAndTurretsBoss: Sort of. The Iwayashiro boss (which looks like a floating stone shrine with four stone pillars around) is an interesting variation. Benkei must take down the pillars, which then turn into a flying laser-spitting stone, in order to expose its main core (the shrine).
* DefeatMeansFriendship: with Benkei, at least.
* {{Doppelganger}}: Both Yoshitsune and Benkei during their final test in the Golden Temple of Shukenten. They perfectly replicate all their movements and acts like intangible reflections, and will only react to Kamui.
* DirtyCoward: The man who was in charge of Yoshitsune in Oushu sells them to Kagekiyo in exchange for one single amahagane, but Kage has other plans...
* TheDragon: Kagekiyo, the strongest Heishi General. [[spoiler: Ends up killing Kiyomori and stealing his powers.]]
* DualWielding: Yoshitsune and Kagekiyo.
* ElementalCrafting: the local blacksmith can make you powerful weapons if you bring him the right ingredients.
* ElementalPowers: only four, and usable by the enemies or by your weapons if they're enchanted. They also causes negatives status, including: [[KillItWithFire Fire (set ablaze)]], [[KillItWithIce Ice (freeze)]], [[ShockAndAwe Thunder (block your movements)]] and Poison ([[CaptainObvious which, well, poisons)]].
* EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana: yes, Yoshitsune uses a lot of katana blades, but some of them have a totally different shape and a straight blade.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Yoritomo becomes a full-fledged villain in the sequel due to Kuyo, but survives.]]
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: It doesn't matter if you mop the floor with Kagekiyo in the first chapter: after being bested he simply knock both Yoshi and Benkei down by ''drawing his second sword''.
* FatBastard: Kiyomori.
* FeatheredFiend: The Yatagarasu (Messanger Crow) boss. Subverted because in Japanese Folklore it's a Heavenly creature.
* FlippingHelpless: The [[MemeticMutation infamous]] GiantEnemyCrab from ''Days of the Blade''.
* FoeTossingCharge: This happens whenever the {{Mooks}} meet Benkei's club.
* TheForeignSubtitle: The Japanese and European release of the first game was simply titled ''GENJI'' with no subtitle.
* FragileSpeedster: Yoshitsune. He's not very strong and has a low stamina, but he's very fast and can slice&dice enemies without being hit quite easly.
* GiantEnemyCrab: Yeah, all right: [[AttackItsWeakPoint you know]] [[ForMassiveDamage what to do.]]. None of them appeared in ''Dawn of the Samurai'' though.
* GiantMook: The huge armor-wearing Heishi soldiers, who are also MightyGlacier and take Two Kamui attacks before biting the dust
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: the huge [[{{Youkai}} Nue]] boss isn't a surprise. But his [[PaletteSwap Palette Swapped]] counterpart, the [[ShockAndAwe Raiju]], which appears in the very same area in the third act is totally out of thin air.
** Inside the Mansion you can find a document regarding the experiments on the Raiju, but you usually read this when he's already dead.
* HarderThanHard: there are only two levels of difficulty: Normal and Hard. Seems allright? Wroooong! in the Hard mode ''you can't level up or purchasing/obtaining items''! Simple yet cruel.
* HeartContainer: sort of, when you receive an Amahagane from a boss, you give it to Shizuka who will merge the stone together and lenghtening the Kamui bar.
* HeelFaceTurn: Subverted with Kagekiyo in the sequel: he's actually, Buson a deity of war who took his appearence and body, because he was powerful enough to clash against Yoshitsune in the past. The real Kagekiyo is still hostile.
* HeroicSacrifice: The old Tamayoribito priest Hogen in order to save Yoshitsune and Benkei from Kagekiyo. [[spoiler: In the sequel, is Benkei's turn.]]
* InfinityMinusOneSword: for Yoshitsune we have the "Master Lightning" swords, for Benkei the Kiwami (if you choose war clubs) or the Blue Dragon (if you're into spears).
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Hellish Lions for Yoshitsune and Red Dragon for Benkei. You can only get them in the NewGamePlus.
* {{Jerkass}}: The Heishi in general. One of the first things we see in the opening video is a heishi soldier kicking a poor child out of his way.
* KarmaHoudini:[[spoiler: Kuyo. You do, however, get to kill her in the sequel]].
* LargeHam: Not that large, but Benkei has a theatral monologue right before battling a small army of Heishi soldiers at Gojo Bridge
* LostForever: Yup, before going on the final mission of the chapter you should look everywhere carefully.
* MacGuffin: the Amahagane stones.
* MacGuffinGirl: Lady Shizuka, the only person capable of using the Yosegane ritual, which merge two Amahagane together making them stronger. The Heishi plan to use Yosegane to fuse all their Amahagane in order to create a Super powerful one. [[spoiler: they succeed in the end.]]
* MirrorBoss: The last Trial of Shukenten: the clones imitate all your movements and weapons, and can't be attacked. The only way to beat them is using Kamui and counterattacking them in time.
* OrganDrops: Many Bosses drop unique ingredients when hit by a Kamui attack. In some cases is part of their bodies (like the Nue's Claws and the Crow's Feather.)
* OneHitKill: Kamui on anything except for bosses and heavily-armored Heishi soldiers.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler: Kagekiyo uses the power of the Ultimate Amahagane to turn himself into a being of pure light with god-like powers.]]
* [[TechnicolorToxin Purple Poison]]: Often appears as violet gas named "Shouki".
* RecurringBoss: Kagekiyo and Moritoshi are both fought twice. [[spoiler: then the latter got zombified and the former does a OneWingedAngel, so is three times each.]]
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:Otohiko, the ninja who helps out Yoshitsune at the beginning of ''Dawn'', is actually Lady Shizuka in disguise.]]
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: After completing the trials of the Golden Temple, Shukenten gives you two weapons, the Light Ring katanas and the Steel God club. They're not really powerful, yet the former gets stronger as you use it in battle and the second grows longer when used for a charged attack.
* TennisBoss: Kiyomori. In order to crush down his barrier you have to send his lasers back to him. [[spoiler: or you can just attack the barrier itself until it breaks]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Shizuka. In the first game she serves as a gentle shrine maiden with a plot-relevant power who's eventually kidnapped, bewitched somehow by Kuyo and forced to merge the Heike's Amahagane into one. In the sequel, she's one of the playable characters, using sorcery and knives to bring down enemies.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory - Story is based on Japanese history and battles which took...actually took place in ancient Japan.
* TheWarSequence
* YellowLightningBlueLightning: Mainly Yellow.
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