Manga: Samurai Deeper Kyo

That's just the main cast.

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

And then it gets complicated.

Cue an Anachronism Stew, Loads and Loads of Characters, loads and loads of Character Development, lots of Badassery, several Quirky Miniboss Squads, several BFSes, and what is probably the biggest Bodyguard Crush in history.

The manga ran from October 15th, 1999 until May 20th, 2006. The English translation of the final volume was released in 2010.

Kyo and friends appear in the Massive Multiplayer Crossover game, Sunday VS Magazine Shuuketsu Choujou Daikessen.


Tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: Shinrei and Hotaru's father. He actually sent assassins after Hotaru, his illegitimate son. For the most part, he just had ridiculously high expectations of Shinrei, but he also was seen hitting a very young Shinrei hard enough to knock him over for saying that the "Demon Child" had saved his life and was not evil.
  • All Your Powers Combined: The Former Crimson King
  • An Aesop: Played poker-face straight countless times.
  • Anachronism Stew: Shameless and blatant.
  • And That's Terrible: Kyo kills people for fun. Because he is the hero, every one of the villains in the series has to be called "You MONSTER!" at some point, just so we remember which of them is less bad.
  • Animal Eye Spy: Lord Fubuki and his cat.
  • Anti-Hero: If Kyo - a person who got his nickname for perpetrating mass-murder on a ridiculous scale - doesn't count, then there is no such thing.
  • Art Evolution
  • Artificial Humans: The entire current Mibu clan in the manga, who are revealed to actually be the descendants of Battle Dolls created by the True Mibu. Except Kyo, the last of The True Mibu. Flipped in the anime, where only Kyo is a Battle Doll.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Kyo and Yuya in the last couple of chapters and the epilogue. Perhaps most evident after her Cooldown Hug breaks him out of his supposedly-irreversible "Demon God" state.
  • Ax-Crazy: Ninety percent of the main cast is this, including the title character
  • Back-to-Back Badasses:
    • 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, The Former Crimson King, Hishigi and Shinrei are candidates for the top spot.
  • Badass Gay: Hishigi, probably. His relationship with Fubuki does not seem remotely platonic, and he has some suggestive dialogue with Kyo as well.
  • Badass Normal: 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 being twelve years old and an appropriate height for his age.
    • Shihoudou's sword is also really damn big.
    • Hishigi's Hakuya is even more impressive.
  • Big Damn Heroes
  • Bishōnen: Including but not limited to Hotaru, Shinrei, Akira, and Hishigi (really more of a Biseinen, the fanbook suggests he's intended to look 30ish). Yukimura fits the Bishōnen aesthetic, but he's 37, so technically would be a Biseinen as well.
  • Black and Gray Morality / Gray and Grey Morality: Some of the villains are absolutely 100% evil, no two ways about it. But others have reasons for what they do and sometimes even seem more sympathetic than our Ax-Crazy Blood Knight protagonist.
  • Blade Run: Sasuke has one of these early on.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Happens a lot. It's occasionally justified when a character is outright stated to have lung damage/internal bleeding.
  • Blood Knight: It would be easier to name the characters who aren't.
  • Body Double
  • Bodyguard Crush: Go ahead, try to name a single time when a Kyo Killing Rampage isn't triggered by Yuya being directly threatened.
    • In the anime, it's strongly implied Saizō has a crush on Yukimura. It's not helped by Yukimura teasing him ("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 have one on 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.
  • Book Ends:
    • The story begins four years after Kyo's "death" at Sekigahara. Yuya is seen reading his wanted poster, and he returns in the body of Mibu Kyoshiro at the end of the first chapter.
    • The story ends three years after Kyo's disappearance/possible death with the fall of the Crimson Tower. Yuya is seen reading his wanted poster, and he returns in his own body at the end of the final chapter.
  • Bounty Hunter: Yuya is the most prominent, but we see a few others.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Anime only, betweeen Nobunaga Oda and Shatora.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Julian and Shihoudou are both extremely competent and extremely weird. Even Kyo admits to the latter's Badassitude. There are times when they cross the line into Crazy Awesome territory.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Toward the end of the manga, Yukimura uses the kodachi that Muramasa gave Yuya to defeat Chinmei. Even later, the same kodachi is altered by Julian to become the fourth "key" needed to open the door hiding the Mibu's greatest secret.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: We are told that Mibu Kyoichiro, the first of the Crimson Cross Knights, is either missing or dead. He's the Former Crimson King.
  • Cherry Blossoms: All over the place, symbolic and otherwise.
  • The Chick: Yuya
  • Children Are Innocent: Subverted with so many characters that it's far more remarkable when we do see an innocent child. Flashbacks of Yuya, Tokito, and Shinrei are about the only moments that play it straight. Specific examples of subversion below:
    • Akira is cheerfully slaughtering away on the battlefield by the time he's ten.
    • The Mibu have no problem with using child soldiers.
    • As if it needs to be said, Kyo himself. He killed Nobunaga when he was six. Six.
  • Clean Cut
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Hotaru. It may just be Obfuscating Stupidity, as he proves many times that he's smarter than he seems.
  • Combat Commentator: Akira and Bon serve as this at turns for Yuya. Averted in the Akira-Tokito fight, as Yuya isn't around for that one.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Both played straight and inverted
  • Cooldown Hug: Played straight during Kyo's Super Power Meltdown: Yuya runs through the mess he's making to bring him back.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Kyoshiro, though it's really hidden. The Former Crimson King is more overt about it all being just Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • Cute Bruiser: Antera
  • Defeat Means Friendship
  • Depraved Homosexual
    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.
  • Despair Event Horizon:
    • Hishigi hits it hard after implanting the Devil Eyes, telling Fubuki that he wishes that someone would just kill him already and calling his friend cruel for refusing to do so.
    • Subverted by Tokito, who acts as though hitting this after losing to Akira, but gets over it after losing a hand of Misery Poker and gaining some perspective.
  • Deus ex Machina: At the end of Kyo's battle with the Sendai Aka no Ou, the Crimson Tower is falling to pieces around them and Kyo is horrifically wounded to the point where he cannot even stand. Three years later, we find out that the Original Crimson King (AKA the spirit of Tenro and Kyo's ancestor) teleported Kyo out before he hit the ground.
  • Diagonal Cut: Taken to its logical extreme, thanks to the Rule of Cool.
  • Distant Finale: The last chapter is set three years after the one before it.
  • Dojikko: Sakuya
  • Doppelgänger Attack: Benitora, in a rare Non-Ninja example
  • Dramatic Wind
  • Driven to Suicide: Hishigi, until Fubuki tells him that he isn't allowed to die until Fubuki says he can
  • Dual Wielding: Akira and Tokito.
  • Dysfunction Junction
  • Elemental Powers: Several characters use powers that fall into the various elements.
    • Making a Splash: Shinrei and Fubuki
    • Dishing Out Dirt: Chinmei combines this with Gravity Master.
    • Playing with Fire: Hotaru and Yuan
    • Razor Wind: Kyo's own Mumyo Jinpu Ryuu style utilizes this.
    • Light 'em Up: Hishigi's abilities are definitely this. Anthony's Koryuuha technique is either this or just an attack too fast for Hotaru and Shinrei to see before they awaken their subconscious powers.
    • An Ice Person: Akira
    • Shock and Awe: Sasuke
    • The theme of the Goyosei is that they embody the five Chinese elements: Shinrei is water, Keikoku (Hotaru) is fire, Chinmei is earth, Saishi is wood, and Taihaku is gold/metal. Taihaku is the only one who does not have powers related to his element.
    • Shindara is shown to be capable of using several elements, but at a lower power output than specialists.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: 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 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 later, both of them get mercilessly curbstomped by Fubuki, a true master of water.
  • Empathic Weapon: The Muramasa demon blades
  • Enfante Terrible: Tokito, in the beginning
  • Eyepatch of Power: Hishigi
  • Fake Memories: Tokito
  • Fan Disservice: Hishigi is quite attractive, but the one time he takes off his shirt, it's this because he's covered in Devil Eyes.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Kyo and Kyoshiro go through this back and forth a few times.
  • The Fog of Ages: Chinmei
  • The Four Gods: Kyo's sword techniques
  • Four Is Death:
    • The Shiseiten are frequently described as being gods of death.
    • Most of the Taishiro are even more lethal.
    • There are four Crimson Cross Knights, and every one of them except for the Posthumous Character is shown being incredibly deadly.
    • Nobunaga's fourth death is the one that puts him down for the remainder of the manga, though who knows if it's permanent.
  • Gentle Giant: 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 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.
  • A God Am I: The vast majority of the Mibu think like this. And in truth, no one really disputes them on that.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: 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 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).
  • Gondor Calls for Aid
  • Graceful Loser
  • Guns Are Worthless: Yuya
    • The manga 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.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Every fight in the series goes this way. Every. Single. One.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: 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
  • High-Pressure Blood
  • High School A.U.: 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 Commedia Dell Arte Troupe.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade
  • Historical Villain Upgrade
  • Homage Shot: The manga opens with a lay-out and narration content ridiculously reminiscent of the first page of Rurouni Kenshin, which was still running at the time. The series probably originated as an attempt to cash in on 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 (Red Eyes, Take Warning 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 The Ditz 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 Important Scar 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.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Non-romantic between Bontenmaru and Tokito. She can ride around on his shoulder.
  • Imagine Spot: When Yuan is asked how he'd describe Hishigi, he says he's sort of like a mad doctor. This results in several characters trying to figure out what that means, imagining him Dressed to Heal and also as a typically deranged Mad Scientist, among other things.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: All of the true Berserkers, but Haira especially can't shut up about it.
  • The Idiot from Osaka
  • Important Haircut: Okuni
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: 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
  • Improbable Weapon User: Many
  • Incurable Cough of Death: The Death Disease
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Izumo no Okuni is this way for Demon Eyes Kyo.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Kyo and Kyoshiro. Subverted in the manga, played straight in the anime In the Alternate Universe of the anime, Devil Eyes Kyo is actually the Id of Kyoshiro which he split from himself and placed in an Artificial Human body; they later reunite in their original body after Kyoshiro defeats Kyo, but this time as split personalities.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Kick the Dog: Every minor villain that the heroes have to kill off has one of these moments. Every single one.
  • Lady of War: Saisei
  • Large Ham: Bontenmaru. Also Kyo, at times.
  • Last of His Kind: Kyo, the last True Mibu. Averted in the case of the Former Crimson King, who it turns out, is merely the first Battle Doll.
  • Licking the Blade: Name a character. Odds are good that they've done this at least once.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters
  • Loved Ones Montage
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Kyo, the final direct descendant of the Original Crimson King.
  • The Medic: Akari
  • Medium Awareness: Kyoshiro vs Benitora: "Can we just pretend the last 5 pages didn't happen?"
  • Mexican Standoff: One of Kyo's battles with Yukimura ends with them holding blades against each other's throats. This is one of very few times anyone really matches Kyo.
  • Misery Poker: Tokito throws a fit after their battle, claiming to have had the worst life ever. Several other characters immediately top Tokito's sob story, but Akira "wins" with an entire panel detailing his horrific childhood.
  • Mobile Menace: The Mibu never seem to be inconvenienced by the size and complexity of their lair, except for when they've pulled a Heel-Face Turn, in which case, they have to slog it out with the other heroes.
  • The Mole: Yukimura
    • Don't forget Chinmei, as Spade, to get his hands on Tokito's demonblade.
    • Akari subverts this trope by virtue of mind control.
  • Mook
  • Mr. Fanservice: Yukimura
  • Mutual Disadvantage: Yuan claims that he and Hishigi are "still even", and he might be right — they're both extremely powerful and extremely fast, and that's why the only casualty of their battle so far has been the terrain around them. Hishigi says he can tell that Yuan is running out of stamina, but he agrees they've reached a deadlock after the next exchange of blows continues to yield no advantage to either of them. As it turns out, Hishigi is not using all of his available power, but Yuan doesn't know that.
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Many Mooks confront Kyo like this. He generally does not remember whatever he did that earned their undying hatred, because for him it was Tuesday.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Hotaru is a good example, but the real winner is the Former Crimson King, who acts like a nearsighted buffoon who's Blind Without 'Em. 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.
  • The Obi-Wan: Muramasa
  • Odd Friendship: Benitora and Akira, who progress from Worthy Opponents to True Companions.
  • Official Couple: 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. 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.
  • Oh Crap!: A common reaction to shit getting real. Most people fighting Kyo get at least one moment like this.
    • It's the standard for people dealing with Hishigi. Even Kyo gets an Oh Crap! moment when Hishigi pulls off a Flash Step from a good twenty feet away, and suddenly he is right in front of Kyo and Kyo's legs are petrified. Sasuke has a simultaneous and more expressive one. They both would have been dead if Kyoshiro hadn't stepped in.
  • One Head Taller: If Kyo wore a Western-style button-down shirt, Yuya would hold conversations with/have infuriated outbursts at his breast pocket.
  • One-Man Army: It would be easier to list the characters who AREN'T one.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Yukimura towards Kyo. Also several other characters towards Kyo. He's very popular.
  • Parental Abandonment: Tokito and Hotaru
  • Personality Powers: Subverted. Hotaru, who uses fire, nearly always remains calm and relaxed while fighting. Yuan plays the intense personality of the fire stereotype straighter, but he's still a nice, friendly guy overall. The ice specialist, Akira, presents a collected front and tries to stay that way, but he's easily frustrated when certain buttons are pushed. And water-user Shinrei loses his cool at the drop of a hat.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Most of the cast. Especially Kyo, Hishigi, and the Shiseiten when they use their special combination attack.
  • Petal Power: Saisei
  • Plot Armor: Can anyone name a non-villain who died at the end of the series? Sure, everyone gets badly beaten up, but...
  • Poisonous Person: Santera
  • Promotion to Parent: Anna, Yuan's sister. Technically, their father isn't dead, but he's not around often.
  • Punched Across the Room/Blown Across the Room
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Taken to ridiculous extremes. You know they're overdoing it when even the main character gets one.
  • Race Against the Clock: 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.
  • Razor Wind: The central principle of the Mumyo Jinpu Ryuu style that Kyo employs.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Kyo is the literal incarnation of this trope. Subverted in that this becomes a major factor in the story later on.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Kyo and Kyoshiro, Benitora and Akira, Fubuki and Hishigi, Shinrei and Hotaru
  • Redemption Equals Death: Several characters.
  • Really 700 Years Old: All of the Mibu
  • Retired Badass: Shihoudou, Anri, Muramasa
  • Reverse Mole: Kyoshiro
  • Rule of Cool
  • Running Gag: Hotaru trying to move caterpillars out of the way so they don't get crushed during fights
  • Samus Is a Girl: 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. She also starts off completely overwhelming Akira in their fight, and continues to do a massive amount of damage to him even after he powers up and starts to match her.
    • Admittedly, some fans weren't convinced she was a boy in the first place.
  • Say It with Hearts: 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.
  • Say My Name: Yuya and Kyo are the main offenders, but others do it too.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Inverted in that Chinmei looks his most sinister when we can see what's behind those dark lenses
  • Scenery Porn
    • Scenery Gorn: The scenery suffers a few times, notably when the Shiseiten use their combination attack and level a huge area of the Mibu stronghold. There's also Hishigi's fight with Yuan, which rips up the terrain around them as they deflect/avoid each other's extremely powerful attacks.
  • Sharing a Body: Kyo and Kyoshiro
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Kyo's lack of reaction whenever someone tries to taunt him about Yuya
    • Akira has a few of these moments with Tokito. His reaction tries to be like Kyo's. It fails, hard.
  • Shirtless Scene
  • Shower of Angst: Yuya has a few of these
  • Single-Stroke Battle
  • Sinister Silhouettes: Full of them
  • Slipknot Ponytail: Shinrei, during his fight with Fubuki
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Muramasa.
  • The Stoic: You can count the times Hishigi's expression shifts from deadpan on one hand.
  • Super Hero Speciation
  • Super Power Meltdown: Kyo
  • Sword Beam: Hishigi creates these with his BFS, Hakuya. Other characters have techniques that can be placed in this category as well.
  • Tagalong Kid: Akira before the Time Skip.
  • Tears of Blood: Chinmei and the Former Crimson King
  • The Thing That Goes Doink: There is one at the end of chapter 12
  • Time to Unlock More True Potential: Kyo's training with Muramasa. The Training from Hell is offscreen.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Sooooo many characters... But specially Kyo who starts from being a Memetic Badass that lives up to his legend and ends up being a damn Physical God, taking lots and lots of levels in badass in between.
  • Tough Love: Kyo toward Akira. Really, Kyo toward everyone he doesn't hate.
  • Transsexual: Akari
  • Trash Talk/Evil Gloating/"The Reason You Suck" Speech: ALL OVER THE PLACE. In the manga, they easily eat up one third (if not more) of every single duel.
  • True Companions
  • Tsundere: Kyo is heavy on the tsuntsun, regularly calling his Love Interest 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
  • Unequal Pairing: Kyo is twelve years older than Yuya (28 to her 16), attains Physical God levels of power by the end of the manga, and early on in the story he physically intimidates and randomly gropes her on a regular basis. Thankfully, she doesn't start having any kind of feelings for him until he dials back the Jerkass behavior a lot.
  • Universal-Adaptor Cast
  • Unstoppable Rage: Kyo, after Nobunaga almost fatally wounds Yuya. More than a few people were a little freaked out.
  • Walk on Water: Shinrei and Fubuki
  • Weapons Kitchen Sink
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Fubuki.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Yukimura during the Tokugawa tournament. Everyone fell for it except Kyo.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Well, chapters.
  • Worst Aid: We've got characters ripping barbed weapons out of themselves, as well as the very common practice of dragging and/or carrying injured people around.
  • Worthy Opponent
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Subverted, as the gentlemen of the cast have no problem hitting their female enemies. Yukimura plays with this trope - one can assume he wouldn't hesitate to fight a woman if he really needed to, but Kamijyo mentioned while confirming Basara's gender that Yukimura would never have killed a woman like that.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Hishigi's and Fubuki's swords when Julian manages to break them. Also, Sasuke's Tenro copy cracks when he fights Kyo.
  • You Killed My Mother: Yuan loses his shit when he finds out who killed his mother (he knew the Crimson King had ordered her assassination, but not who had personally done it). Subverted in that the villain in question is still stronger than Yuan, and Yuan is not the one who ends up taking him down.