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->''"Nothing personal. It's just {{revenge}}."''

Set in a SchizoTech version of something that may or may not be feudal Japan, the story revolves around the titular character (played by Creator/SamuelLJackson) and his quest to defeat the strongest warrior in the world. The idea goes that whoever wears the "Number One Headband" is the unquestioned biggest BadAss on Earth, but he or she can [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou only be challenged by]] the person with the Number ''Two'' band -- which is, at the moment, Afro. Making Afro's life a lot more complicated is the fact that ''any'' regular schlub can challenge for the Number Two and with it, the right to try for the big prize.

The first movie was shown as a five-episode-long series that ended February 1, 2007, and the second movie, titled "''Afro Samurai: Resurrection''", premiered on January 25, 2009. Tired of all the killing, Afro has retreated away from the world. Unfortunately, Kuma and his sister, Sio, find him and take the Number One Headband. Sio plans to resurrect Afro's father, and force Afro to fight him to atone for all the lives he's ended. Afro must once again find the Number Two Headband, to earn the right to challenge her before she's able to do so.

There's also a manga version, currently in its second volume. It uses elements, characters, and events from both movies, while changing many things. [[WordOfGod According to the creator]], it's the closest to the original doujinshi the series is based on.

A video game adaptation of the first season was released in February of 2009, with an {{Interquel}} starring Kuma coming out sometime in 2015.

Not to be confused with flash game developer Afro Ninja.

For a lighter take on the same stylistic blend of feudal Japan and hip hop, see SamuraiChamploo.

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[[folder:General Examples]]
* AdaptationDistillation - The anime, manga and game are all slightly different, intentionally so. The manga is a mix between the first anime season with a few specific parts of ''Resurrection'' thrown in.
* AfroAsskicker - Afro himself
* AGodAmI - Anyone who gets the Number 1 Headband can make this claim.
* ArtMajorPhysics - Two monks jump out of a backpack, a huge RPG fits inside a back pack, bullets are cut in half by swords, WireFu style jumps and more artistic breaks from real physics happen regularly.
* AttackOfTheTownFestival: In ''Afro Samurai: Resurrection'', Afro battles the new Number Two during the town festival. At the same time, the BigBad sends a bunch of assassins to ambush him. [[KillEmAll Everyone but Afro, the DJ, and the Number Two dies.]] [[spoiler: Then Afro kills the other two.]]
* BackFromTheDead - Afro's father, the entire point of ''Resurrection''. In addition, [[spoiler: Afro himself near the end.]]
** [[spoiler: Happens to Jinno and Justice in the first season.]]
* {{Badass}} - Afro Samurai, played by Samuel L. Jackson to boot.
* BerserkerTears - Due to injuries, emotional trauma, or both, Jinno never stopped crying after [[spoiler: the battle under the Bodhi tree.]] They briefly turn to TearsOfBlood during a flashback.
* BestServedCold - Afro has spent his life since childhood getting revenge on the man that killed his father for the Number One headband.
** You mean this isn't about "Lemonade, '''ice cold'''."
** Justice even lampshaded this trope.
-->'''Justice''' (To Young Afro): "It's unfortunate you had to see this, boy. This moment'll always haunt you. You will be consumed by hatred for me. Challenge me...when you're ready to duel a god! *cue EvilLaugh* , YEE-HAW!!"
* BloodFromTheMouth - Frequent, but most often used when someone's about to die.
* BroadStrokes - All three versions of the story have a few differences, but the general plot is the same-- Justice kills Afro's father, Afro becomes the Number Two to kill Justice and avenge his father's death, battling the Empty Seven and Kuma before he gets to him, and so on.
* CarnivalOfKillers - Describes the rest of the world for anyone who puts on the Number 2 Headband. Afro routinely fought gangs of heavily armed killers determined to take the headband from him, even when he was just minding his own business.
* CleanCut
* CycleOfRevenge - In his quest to kill Justice, who killed his father, Afro kills The Swordmaster to get the #2 headband. This causes Jinno to attempt to kill Afro.
** ''Resurrection'' continues this theme. Not only are all of Sio's actions based on revenge, but in the second major battle, all Afro's opponents have lost a loved one due to Afro's actions.
*** And then there's the hinted-at future of Kotaro, [[spoiler:who saw his adoptive father killed by Afro. At the end of ''Resurrection'', Afro, accepting how destiny is going for him, drops the #2 headband in Kotaro's hands and tells him, "Anytime you're ready."]]
*** Kotaro's case goes further in the manga, [[spoiler:near the end of the second volume Kotaro, now an adult, blasts at The Number One's (Afro) fortress and openly states that he is the little boy who saw his father getting killed in front of him, the enraged current Number Two takes on a seemly crazed Afro, it was to no avail as even in a depressive state Afro managed to kill Kotaro, apparently even if Afro didn't really want to fight anymore his skills were still sharp enough that he countered the offender with muscle memory alone.]]
* DecapitationPresentation: Justice does this with Afro's father in the first episode. In ''Resurrection'', Sio does this in reverse, bringing the newly-regenerated head to show Afro that she means business.
* DesignatedVillain: Justice. Both stated by WordOfGod and lampshaded by Justice himself during his BreakingSpeech in the Video Game.[[invoked]]
* DeterminedExpression: The young protagonist takes this expression very shortly after seeing his parents killed. This is the moment he is truly destined to become a badass.
* DiagonalCut
* DoomedByCanon: Okiku, she dies in all versions.
* DramaticWind - Both the Headbands and Afro's hair are constantly billowing dramatically in the wind.
* {{Doujinshi}} - The series started off as one of these.
* EmergencyTransformation - Jinno is turned into a cyborg, after losing an arm, a leg, and falling off a cliff.
* EvilGenius - Dharman.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: We never find out if "Afro" is his real name or simply what everyone calls him because of his hair. Ninja Ninja lampshades it by saying "Who names their kid Afro Samurai anyway?", but a boss video games state's the name is "what they are calling him now", saying it's "uninspired, but accurate."
* EyeLightsOut
* HerculesDub: Generally, the timing of the MouthFlaps matches the voices, but the mouths themselves move like puppet jaws; O sounds aren't accompanied by O-shaped mouths, and so on.
* FailureToSaveMurder - When Kuma calls out Afro for what happened the night their TrueCompanions were slaughtered, he says that Afro is the one who killed them. Though he does this in both the show and the books, Afro didn't actually kill anyone that night except [[spoiler: the Sword master]].
** In fact, he wasn't even so much as indirectly responsible for their deaths.
* {{Fanservice}} - The second episode as well as Sio.
* {{Foreshadowing}} - In a flashback in the first movie, Jinno explains to Osturu why he [[DualWielding uses two swords]] rather than one. At one point, he says "...and even if I got one of my arms cut off, I'd still be able to fight..." At first, this seems like a {{Fauxshadow}}, as he makes it through all of the first movie with both arms. Late in ''Resurrection'', however, he ''does'' get one arm cut off, and is in fact able to continue fighting.
* FunnyAfro - Take a wild guess.
* GratuitousJapanese - ''"Oishii!"'' , ''"Hachimaki kudasai"''
* GreyAndGrayMorality: So many people are motivated by revenge (especially in ''Resurrection'') that no one's actions could be considered pure good or pure evil. Even ''Justice'' had a good reason for killing Afro's father to take the Number One-- He wanted to use the headbands' ultimate power for ultimate peace.
* GreekChorus - Ninja Ninja to Afro.
* {{Hachimaki}} - The series' plot revolves around attempting to get one of these.
* HandHidingSleeves: One of the assassins the Empty Six hired to kill Afro had these. He played the "hidden blade" version of this trope to the hilt.
* HarmfulToMinors - The child who would grow up to be Afro Samurai saw his father, at the time the Number One, get decapitated by Justice. The head was then tossed to the ground at his feet and ''tried to speak.'' It didn't get much better for him afterward.
** In ''Resurrection'', Afro [[spoiler: cuts down Kotaro's adoptive father right in front of him,]] with scenes of Justice killing Afro's father flashing as he does so. In his defense, [[spoiler: he didn't know the kid was there.]]
* HeroAntagonist - Several of the "villains" are at least as sympathetic, if not more so, than Afro.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters - Afro is reminded of this often, by good and bad guys alike. This doesn't stop him from continuing on his path, however. If Afro struggles with becoming the monster, he does it [[TheQuietOne quietly]].
* HeadphonesEqualIsolation - Brother Three of the Empty Seven wears headphones throughout the entire series, and sits with his back to the rest of the group when they're all shown together. [[spoiler: He serves Afro food and tea when he arrives at their lair, and is the only one to survive, possibly implying he knew they'd fail and wanted no part of it.]]
** In addition, [[spoiler:while serving the tea, he simply says "Headband, please," [[GratuitousJapanese in Japanese]], rather than fight him. During the game, he appears in one scene, kisses his hand, thumps his chest, and gives Afro the peace sign while walking out.]]
* HighlyVisibleNinja - Ninja Ninja is loud-mouthed and ridiculously visible (although he's somewhat stealthy in the second episode of Season One, hiding in the rafters of a house), especially considering that he's hanging out with a samurai who kills everyone he meets. [[spoiler:But then, he's a hallucination anyway.]] The manga version hints that he may be something more, as there is a similar character who only Ninja Ninja can see or be seen by.
* HumanShield - In the manga, the boy and his sister in the AntiHero example-- In ''Resurrection'', he uses the DJ for the same effect.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers
* InnerMonologue - Ninja Ninja functions as this, as he says whatever Afro is thinking, but no one else pays attention to him.[[spoiler: Or indeed, can hear him at all.]]
* KatanasAreJustBetter - yes, kids, they can deflect bullets, cut rockets in half, crush rocks and, should the need arise, split laser beams!
* KickTheDog - Afro himself, multiple times, so much so that he's nearly a VillainProtagonist.
* KillEmAll - Nearly everyone Afro meets dies, [[spoiler: even the two people who survived after the battle under the Bodhi tree are killed after Afro meets them again.]]
** This holds true even in ''Resurrection,'' as [[spoiler: All major characters, including (briefly,) Afro himself]] die.
*** The only character to ''never'' die in any version of the story is [[spoiler:Brother Three.]]
* LargeHam - bordering the [[WorldOfHam World of Ham]] (with the remarkable exception of Afro himself, who is the only one sticking to the honest-to-God silent asskicking), but Brother 1 is just...a ham to behold.
* LosingYourHead - Justice kills Afro's father this way, then tosses the head at the young boy's feet.
* MacGuffin - The Number One headband.
* MeaningfulEcho - In ''Afro Samurai'', Afro's father tells him "Fear not, it will all be over soon," before getting his head chopped off. In ''Resurrection'', Afro says "Shut up. It'll soon be over[...]Fear not... Father." before trying to kill his freshly-resurrected dad.
* MeatgrinderSurgery - When [[spoiler: Jinno is turned into a cyborg]]. This might qualify as BlackComedy, or the catoonish nature of the scene might make it worse.
* NiceHat - Justice's hat, which he wears the Number One Headband around.
* NoNameGiven - Afro Samurai is just known as "Afro".
* NothingPersonal - "Nothing personal. It's just revenge."
* OffWithHisHead - Afro's father, and eventually, [[spoiler: Justice, who did the honors for Afro's father.]] Eventually, they both get better.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou - It's actually the rule of the headbands: The only one allowed to fight the Number One is the Number Two. ''Anybody'' can fight the Number Two, though.
** In ''Resurrection'', this rule was subverted when Sio could take the Number One headband from Afro at the start because he wasn't wearing it at the time, even though she didn't have the Number Two required to formally challenge him.
* OnlySaneMan: Brother Three is the only character to never physically confront Afro at any point in any version of the story; in ''Resurrection'', he makes it clear that [[GenreSavvy he's seen what happens when people try to fight Afro]]. Not coincidentally, he's the only character not to ''die'' in any version.
* PunnyName - Dharman
** Hell, "Afro" sounds like the Japanese word "Afuro" - "overflowing". Which is what the afro does to the headband.
** As noted in the manga.
* RivalTurnedEvil - Oddly enough, Afro himself. While all Jinno ever wants is to protect those at the Swordmaster's dojo, Afro chooses to continue along his path of revenge.
* RuleOfCool - A series absolutely ''built'' on this, up to and including afros that [[DramaticWind billow dramatically in the wind]].
* ScarfOfAsskicking - Afro and Justice pull this off with the headbands.
* SchizoTech - Feudal Japan? Check. Cell phones? Check. Robots and Cyborgs? Check.
* {{Sidekick}}- Ninja Ninja to Afro
* TheStinger - At the end of the first season, [[spoiler: Justice is seen coming back to life.]] At the end of ''Resurrection,'' he's seen talking with Takimoto, a character from the manga.
* TheStoic - Afro, in contrast to Ninja Ninja.
* TalkingToHimself - Afro and Ninja Ninja are both played by Samuel L. Jackson. [[spoiler: And [=Ninja Ninja=] is Afro's imaginary buddy.]] Interestingly, [[spoiler: while Jackson spoke with two separate voices for the two, during Ninja Ninja's dying scene in the first series,]] he reveals [[spoiler: Ninja Ninja's imaginary nature]] by slowly changing [[spoiler: his voice to sound more like Afro's.]]
** Furthermore, Ninja Ninja [[spoiler: introduces himself whenever Afro feels truly alone and with doubt (first time being after the fight with his master and him deciding whether or not to continue on with his revenge). However, he repeatedly interacts with the environment and has been noticed before.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood - Afro has a preference for lemonade. His first drink of it was a high point in his generally crappy childhood.
* TrueCompanions - Young Afro has these at the dojo, [[spoiler: until nearly all of them are killed at the battle under the Bodhi tree.]] In Resurrection, Sio's vassals function as a set.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl - Afro, Jinno, and Otsuru, especially in the manga, though Jinno mentions that even if Otsuru asked to marry him, he'd turn her down.
* TheUnfettered. Revenge is pretty much all that on Afro's mind. Especially evident in the manga version of the series in which a story features Afro using two innocent bystanders (a boy and his handicapped sister later on) as shields to avoid attacks, showing no remorse in causing their deaths. That he killed his master to reclaim the No. 2 further establishes him as one.
* UnwantedRevival - The creator commentary mentions that Jinno would have rather died than come back as a cyborg.
* VillainProtagonist - Afro falls somewhere between this and AntiHero-- He's not ''evil'', but he's a pretty dark character.
* WalkingTheEarth - The series actually comes at the end of this, when Afro is about to end his journey.
** ''Resurrection'' has Afro doing this all over, with a LampshadeHanging by Ninja Ninja.
-->"This pissed you off ''so much'' that you gon' hit the road again, to find the Number Two Headband ''again,'' just so you can kill the Number One, '''''again.'''''"
* WeCanRebuildHim- Jinno was nearly killed the night of the battle at the Bodhi tree. After he stumbled backwards and fell off the cliff, he was found by the Empty Seven, and brought to Dharman to be made into a cyborg.
** A bit worse in the manga - He still nearly got killed in the fight, but instead got ''caught in the burning dojo'' while trying to rescue Afro and the Swordmaster.
* WorldsBestWarrior: The only people comparable to Afro are Kuma, Justice and his father. [[spoiler: By the end of ''Resurrection'' all three of them are dead]].
* WorldOfBadass
* YouKilledMyFather - Justice killed Afro's father right in front of him, to take the Number One headband.
** In ''Resurrection'', [[spoiler: Afro does this to both Kotaro's adoptive AND real fathers]].
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[[folder:Season One-Only Examples]]
* AutomaticCrossbows - One character wields one of these, with an attached GrenadeLauncher.
* BeamOWar: Afro and the Droid cause this with a laser beam and a SWORD.
* BillingDisplacement - Kelly Hu gets second billing in all the promotional materials. Her character shows up halfway through the story and dies about twenty minutes after her introduction.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance - Otsuru and Afro, [[DisposableWoman sort]] [[DeathBySex of]].
* ColorCodedCharacters - Afro wears a white shirt, while the [=AfroDroid=] wears black. All of the silver accents on Afro's clothes are gold accents on the [=AfroDroid=] equivalents. As well, Afro's sword and scabbard are red; the Droid's are gold.
* {{Cyborg}}: Jinno, or at least when he is [[spoiler:reintroduced in episodes 3-4]]. He has certain human parts, like his head, arms, and legs, but has to rely entirely on a mechanical body for his strength, breathing, and possibly his vision. Oh, and it completely erases any sense of morality he had as a human.
* DeathBySex - "Okiku". This subsequently causes Afro to break out of his [[TheStoic usual stoic nature]] and show (in a rare occasion) [[PetTheDog that he truly does care]].
* DisposableWoman - Otsuru/"Okiku"
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything - One of the Afro Droid's weapons is a very... ''suggestively''-shaped laser cannon. As it charges, Ninja Ninja states "we came all this way just to stare down the barrel of that ''thing''?" After he fires it, he states ecstatically: "That felt good." And then it goes flaccid, and then Ninja Ninja states "I think he blew his load".
* DrinkOrder - "Lemonade. Ice cold."
* EvilGloating - Lampshaded.
-->'''Ninja Ninja:''' Whoa, whoa, wait, wait... can't we talk about this? You ain't gonna monologue or nothin'? Give a bad guy speech?
* EvilKnockoff - The Afro-Droid, which took its fighting style from Afro's memories, was 20% stronger, and had a laser cannon.
-->'''Brother One:''' It took millions of dollars and thousands of man hours, just to build his head.
* GenreSavvy: One of the priests just calmly asks for the headband, and doesn't try to fight when Afro passes him by. He's also the only one of them to survive.
* GunsAkimbo - Justice
* HypocriticalHumor: During their showdown, Jinno mocks Afro's passive resistance before saying that he can't even take him seriously because of his ridiculous hair. Jinno seems unaware of the hypocrisy of saying this while wearing a big, silly looking teddy bear helmet.
* InformalEulogy - Ninja Ninja pulls one of these:
-->"Add one mo' body to the body toll, may god rest this po' bastard's soul!"
* LaserGuidedTykeBomb - The Afro Droid, possibly Jinno too.
* MeaningfulName - Kuma means bear in Japanese and refers to a type of African ceremonial mask representing symbols of great wisdom and danger. So, it only makes sense that the guardian of the current Number One's throne room [[spoiler:read: Jinno]] wears a giant teddy bear mask [[spoiler:that doubles as a life support system]].
* MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat - Ninja Ninja pulls this on Afro in regards to Okiku. In frustration, Afro swings at a laughing Ninja Ninja. Afro and Okiku eventually ''do'' have sex, but things go downhill from there.
* OffhandBackhand - Done in the first episode, causing the recipient to go flying through a wall.
* RobotMe - The Afro Droid. See EvilKnockoff.
* RocketPunch - Guess who?
* SexFaceTurn - [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex Okiku/Otsuru has sex with Afro]]. Conflicted, she finally decides ''not'' to kill him while they're in the act. Afterwards, she even goes on to kill one of the random {{Mook}}s that swoop in to finish the job. Unfortunately, she [[DeathBySex dies immediately afterwards]].
** Though it's not a case of SexEqualsLove; Otsuru just can't bring herself to kill her childhood friend.
* SheIsAllGrownUp - Otsuru/"Okiku"
* ShoutOut: Okiku's report she gives at the waterfall is identical to [[Anime/{{FLCL}} Haruhara Haruko's]] report that she gives to her superiors through Naota's cat.
* ThrowItIn - Ninja Ninja's InformalEulogy was impromptu on Creator/SamuelLJackson's part.
* TranquilFury - Afro uses this when fighting his MirrorMatch [[RobotMe robot double]], the Afro Droid, calling on his subconscious to come up with a unique new fighting style on the fly.
* TrashTalk - Jinno provides this. When Afro refuses to fight him, Jinno starts questioning the stories about his badassery, and then remarks that he can't even take Afro seriously because of his stupid hair.
* VaderBreath - Kuma
* WaveMotionGun - The Afro Droid's laser.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Justice]] claims that by obtaining all the headbands, he will have the power to end all conflict:
-->[[spoiler:'''Justice''']]: The world is lost. [[CrapsackWorld All this chaos, and pain...]] It's time for someone to take control. It's time for a man to use [[AGodAmI absolute power]] for the [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans cause of ultimate peace.]] It's time to rid the world of conflict, and all men and women, young and old, to live in tranquility. [[AGodAmI It is time for Man to become God,]] [[GodIsInept where God has failed.]]
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[[folder:''Resurrection''-Only Examples]]
* AbsoluteCleavage: Sio
* ArsonMurderAndAdmiration - ''Resurrection'' has this exchange between Sio and Dharman:
-->'''Sio''': "You truly are the world's most wicked, shit-faced, genius scientist. You'll burn in Hell for your crimes against nature."
-->'''Dharman''': "You praise me so wonderfully, Lady Sio! I am not worthy of your poetry!"
* BattleInTheRain - Though it's damn near a CurbStompBattle in the rain, Afro gets the Number One Headband taken from him in one of these in ''Resurrection.''
* BadDreams - Afro has a couple of these near the beginning, featuring such things as teddy bears with brains leaking out, and his father's half-rotted skull talking to him.
* BeardOfSorrow - Afro sports one of these in the beginning, after having been the Number One for quite some time
* [[strike:[[CarFu Car]]]] [[CarFu Motorcycle Fu]]
* {{Cameo}} - Creator Takashi "Bob" Okazaki briefly appears in the gambling house fondling two strippers.
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul - Implied by Sio to have happened to Kuma. She tells Dharman that he'd been repaired so many times, there's no human left at all, just a mindless "samurai doll."
** [[spoiler: At the end, this turns out not to quite be the case, and he rushes to protect Afro during the battle with his father.]]
* TheDragon - Afro's father once he's resurrected.
* EvilIsSexy - Sio is acknowledged as such in-universe. Ninja Ninja actually describes her as a "crazy, sexy, bitch"
* TheFaceless - Tomoe - Her real, pre-cyborg face is never seen - In all the flashbacks and the Sio's photograph, it's always either hidden by her hat or a glare on the screen.
** ''Almost''. We do get an unobstructed view of her face when Afro has his series of still-image flashbacks [[spoiler:before taking her and the rest of Sio's QuirkyMinibossSquad on at the ruins of the swordsmen's school]]--she's the woman with the shamisen and green kimono. However, we never, ever [[EyesAlwaysShut see her open eyes at any point]].
* AFriendInNeed - Twice. Once when Afro cuts down a kidnapper on a bridge (though, the guy pointed a gun at him first,) later when [[spoiler: Jinno]] protects [[spoiler: his "[[TrueCompanions brother]]," Afro]]
* GoodCostumeSwitch - Kuma. During the fight [[spoiler: between Afro and his father,]] half his teddy bear mask is knocked off, and he begins struggling with his conscience. When he decides [[spoiler: to protect Afro,]] he tears the other half off.
* HeelFaceTurn[=/=]FaceHeelTurn - It's somewhat hard to tell exactly which one it was, since Kuma's GoodCostumeSwitch occurs when he decides to[[spoiler:protect Afro, who is either a VillainProtagonist or AntiHero.]]
* ISeeThemToo - [[spoiler:Bin shoots a dart at Ninja Ninja when Afro meets Sio's vassals for their showdown; [[PocketProtector he's saved by his oxygen tank]]]]. Ninja Ninja just does not have any luck when it comes to cyborgs.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard - [[spoiler:Afro's resurrected father ends up killing Afro, then Jinno, and finally, Sio herself.]]
* IWillFightNoMoreForever - At the beginning, Afro has given up being the Number One, sitting in a hut, carving statues of those he killed in the first movie. Then he get the crap stomped out of him...
* KillUsBoth - Used by Tomoe towards the end. Unfortunately, Michael hesitates long enough for Afro to turn the tables and make a HumanShield.
* LightningCanDoAnything - After [[spoiler: Afro, Jinno, and Sio are killed by Afro's resurrected father,]] the electricity from [[spoiler: Jinno's cyborg parts brings Afro back to life.]]
* MachineMonotone - Averted. [[spoiler: Bin's voice is dry and raspy, and Tomoe's is coarse, but despite having only a small amount of their old bodies left (excluding their necks), they still speak in relatively human voices and show emotion. Michael's the only one whose vocal chords have been destroyed entirely, but even then his vocalizations are simply the whine of a speaker.]]
* MotiveDecay: How exactly Sio plans to avenge herself on Afro changes throughout the movie, alluding to her not fully being as evil as she thought she was when she [[StartOfDarkness started her revenge plot]].
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown - Afro versus [[spoiler: his father]].
* OffingTheOffspring - Afro.
* PoisonousFriend - Sio's vassals, Bin, Michael, and Tomoe. At one point, Bin says this:
-->"We will not allow [Sio] to fall from grace. Instead, ''we'' will be the sinners."
** That said, it's not like Sio would have had too far to fall...
* RedemptionEqualsDeath - Near the end of ''Resurrection'', [[spoiler: Jinno runs to keep Afro's father from killing him, and is killed (again) in the process.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning - Afro's resurrected father's eyes glow red, as does Jinno's cyborg eye.
* RedSkyTakeWarning - The final battle takes place under a red sky.
* RememberTheNewGuy - Sio is Jinno's sister, though there was no reason to mention her in the first movie, Afro'd met her before...
* RemovedFromThePicture - Sio has a photo of herself, her vassals, Jinno, someone else, and Afro, with Afro's face burned out entirely.
* SequelHook: One ending has [[spoiler:Justice apparently coming BackFromTheDead]], and [[spoiler:Takimoto]] makes his appearance. Only time will tell if there will be a sequel or not.
* SequelReset - Afro is back to self-doubting his actions even though he made peace with them at the end of the first series, Jinno now has a previously unexplained sister plotting revenge against Afro Samurai, and [[spoiler: Ninja Ninja returns even though his entire purpose in the first movie was to be Afro's repressed emotions and his death symbolized Afro finally making peace himself.]]
** ''Heavily'' lampshaded by Ninja Ninja, who has a hard time believing all of the above and repeatedly mocks Afro over it.
* StockSubtitle - Resurrection.
* TenMinuteRetirement - Afro has to revert to his killing ways, though he doesn't do it right away.
* TheStinger - "I been waiting a ''long'' time for him" [[spoiler:followed by a swift shot of Justice]].
* TimeSkip - One of unknown length has happened between this and the first movie. One background character remarks that Afro hasn't held his blade in years, and Ninja-Ninja says that Afro's starting to look old, but exactly ''how many'' years is never stated.
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[[folder:Manga-Only Examples:]]
* {{Anticlimax}} - In volume two of the manga, Afro finally makes it to the top of the mountain, ready to confront Justice. When he finally makes it to him, he attacks and [[spoiler: Justice turns to dust and falls apart - Apparently, he'd been dead for quite awhile.]] Ninja Ninja even remarks that [[spoiler:"[=Afro=] finally got his revenge, even if it doesn't feel like it."]]
* BoisterousBruiser - Big Boy.
* ISeeThemToo - Ninja Ninja getting seen by Takimoto.
* MessianicArchetype - At the end of the second volume [[spoiler:the world has turned into a endless warring chaos]] as [[spoiler:Afro]] didn't rule as Justice did, meaning [[spoiler:he spent years in a depressive state]] instead of being a great figure of worship and respect like Justice, but at the very end [[spoiler:Afro managed to pull himself back together]] and as Ninja Ninja and Takimoto suggested he must begin his journey to put the world back in order.
* MotorMouth - Kazuma.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness - Kazuma again.
* ShaggyDogStory - See {{Anticlimax}} above.
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[[folder:Game-Only Examples:]]
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind - Two. The first, with Ninja Ninja prior to [[spoiler:his SplitPersonalityMerge, the second with Justice]].
* BitterSweetEnding: [[spoiler: Afro learns that Justice died long before he made it to him, making his entire journey, along with the deaths, including his best friend, mentor and lover, completely meaningless and preventing him from avenging his father, but he also finally overcomes his singleminded obsession with revenge and throws away the number one headband, potentially ending the eternal struggle for ultimate power for good.]]
* BladeBelowTheShoulder- The Android Ninja enemies have these.
* BreakingTheFourthWall - Ninja Ninja does some serious tapping on the fourth wall during the game - among them, calling the player a "Button mashin' motherfucker", and suggesting that just because you watched the TV show doesn't mean you know what's going to happen here.
* BossBanter: Every boss talks to Afro as they fight. Interestingly, instead of just taunts and the occasional threat, the bosses go on speeches about how Afro's obsession is self-destructive, how many people he hurt, how he's wasting his life in something meaningless and etc.
-->'''Ninja-Ninja:''' You thought I was yo' friend!? Man, you ain't got none! They're all dead, and because of ''you''...
-->'''Justice:''' You think I'm the one who made you, boy?! Oh, no... All the people you killed, all the lives you ruined. That was all you, I just lit the way...
* EnemyWithin - Ninja Ninja discusses with Afro what he represents, and forces Afro to fight him to take on the burden again.
* AGodAmI- Justice makes this speech to Afro:
-->"My desire was to become a god. In the pursuit of revenge, you made me yours. Searching for me. Obsessing over me. Killing for me.[...]Each life you took was a tribute to me. Your actions gave me substance, let me live. You've been doing my good work."
* IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels - Number Two Headband and Number One Headband.
* LemonyNarrator - Ninja Ninja. ''"You think I should be watchin' his ''back!? '''''[[PrecisionFStrike FUCK]]''''' you!! I've ''been'' watchin'. I've seen '''''ev-'''''rything!"
* LimitBreak - Afro's Over Focus.
* LukeIAmYourFather - [[spoiler: Justice makes a speech to this effect, although it's explicitly metaphorical.]]
* NewGamePlus
* OneHitKill - Focus Slashes, against most {{Mooks}}, if done perfectly, will kill them in one shot, literally chopping them apart.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler: Justice, after his arms are sliced off]].
* RevisedEnding: [[spoiler: Much like the Manga, Justice is already dead by time Afro meets him. Instead of going into despair though, Afro is instead forced to deal with his mental demons, facing Justice in his mind. After defeating him, Afro finally comes at peace with himself and his past, and decides to throw both the #1 and #2 headbands away.]]
* WalkItOff - Afro heals by killing people. In Number One Headband, though, he has to pick up Otsuru's bears in order to get his health back - making it much more difficult. It's still possible to heal by killing enemies, but only if you can pull off a perfect decapitation.
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