* ActorAllusion:
** Jin-e bringing out [[Series/KamenRiderDenO a regular pocketwatch (with ominously loud ticking)]].
** [[Series/KamenRiderDenO This isn't the first time Takeru Satoh held a sword in such intensity, and played a character with multiple personalities]].
* AnachronismStew: The series is actually so true to history that it can only really be nitpicked in a Trivia section.
** In most cases, it could be chalked up to the RuleOfCool (ex. Yukishiro Enishi's battle outfit, which no one at the time could have conceivably worn or made, as well as Inui Banjin's fatigues).
** Takeda Kanryu, the wealthy leader of an opium racket, wears a modern lounge suit with a modern tie that could have conceivably existed in the 1870s, but wouldn't be common in that form for another 70 years. At the time, bowties were still in fashion and suits tended to have more layers. Understandably, the [[Film/RurouniKenshin 2012 film]] drops it and gives him a period-appropriate suit and bowtie.
* ApprovalOfGod: As noted on the main page, Watsuki approved of ''Samurai X'' as the series' Western title, being a huge ComicBook/XMen fan and having based most of his characters on them.
* BeamMeUpScotty: For fans who read fan fiction, it's an accepted phenomenon that Kaoru's favorite scent is Jasmine (and to a lesser extent, Kenshin is often associated with sandalwood, or something), even though the only character in the ENTIRE series to have a scent associated with them was Tomoe and her plum blossoms.
* BigNameFan: Gareth Evans, the director of ''Film/TheRaid'' movies, loved the live action trilogy. In particular he praised the choreography which, coming from the guy who directed the Raid, that's saying something.
* CastingGag: Before it was adapted into an animated series, ''Rurouni Kenshin'' was adapted as a series of drama [=CD=]s, with a different cast to that of the anime. The [[Creator/TomoSakurai voice actress]] who played Kaoru in the dramas was later cast in the anime as Kaoru's {{expy}}, Misao Makimachi.
* CelebrityVoiceActor: Kenshin Himura is voiced by Takarazuka actress Mayo Suzukaze, Kaoru Kamiya is voiced by film actress Miki Fujitani, Makoto Shishio is voiced by actor and singer Masanori Ikeda, and Yumi Hijikata is voiced by actress Kanako Irie.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: A frequent victim of this, even in media that focus on anime and manga. Kenshin ''is not and was never a samurai'', as that was a distinct social class one had to be born into. One of the English dubs even gets it wrong with the ''title itself''. A similar problem exists for attribution of the theme "Sobakasu", as "Judy and Mary" was the name of the ''band'', [[IAmNotShazam not anybody in it]]. (The singer is Yuki Isoya, who goes by "YUKI" in all-caps).
* CreatorBacklash: Watsuki has expressed regret at creating Raijuta. He's often cited as saying that Raijuta is his least favorite character.
* CrossDressingVoices: Quite a lot of it.
** Japanese
*** Kenshin was voiced by Creator/MegumiOgata in the drama CD while Mayo Suzukaze, a Takarazuka actress, went to voice him in the anime.
*** Yahiko was voiced by Creator/MinaTominaga in the Japanese original.
*** Soujiro Seta was played by Creator/NorikoHidaka. Justified as both he and Yahiko are children.
** English
*** Averted for Kenshin, who was voiced in the TV series by Creator/RichardCansino (both dubs), and by J. Shanon Weaver in the OVA's.
*** Yahiko is voiced by Creator/WendeeLee in the TV series.
*** Soujiro is voiced by Creator/MelissaFahn.
** Curiously averted in the Colombian Spanish dub, as all the characters are voiced by people of their respective genders, including kids.
* DuelingDubs: The TV series has two complete[[labelnote:*]] (except for the direct-to-video Episode 95)[[/labelnote]] English dubs Animax's "Samurai X" dub which was distributed in Asia and Europe, and Creator/{{BangZoom|Entertainment}}'s "Rurouni Kenshin" dub which saw official release in North America. Oddly, both dubs were recorded in Los Angeles and cast Creator/RichardCansino as Kenshin. The difference between them is that, while both dubs are uncut for time, the "Samurai X" dub is a more-toned-down looser adaptation geared to a much younger audience. For streaming, Crackle used the Animax dub[[labelnote:*]] (understandable since Sony owns both)[[/labelnote]] while Netflix got the [=BangZoom=] dub. Fans generally prefer the [=BangZoom=] dub, especially in North America, where the Animax dub did not see release until 2010.
* ExecutiveMeddling: [[WordOfGod In his original conception, Kenshin was supposed to be at least 30]], but Nobuhiro Watsuki was told that "30 is too old for a primary protagonist in ''Magazine/ShonenJump''." So, Watsuki dropped Kenshin's age to 28. (Thus keeping the concept of a more seasoned protagonist than the typical of the {{Shounen}} genre, but also making Kenshin young enough to be "acceptable".) Lampshaded in series, when Kaoru tells Kenshin he "can't possibly be 28". Kenshin asks "Would 30 make you happier?" Kaoru replies that it would not.
* LyingCreator: Watsuki has admitted (in the sidebars titled "Watsuki is a Liar"), among other things, that "rurouni" is a word he made up.
* NoDubForYou: The Latin American Creator/{{Netflix}} feed does not include the controversial Colombian Spanish dub, partly due to the quality of that dub and partly because the last episode was never dubbed.
* OneHitWonder: The third opening song of the anime, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n6GkQRTgyI Kimi ni Fureru Dake de]]" is the only known hit of Curio.
* TheOtherDarrin:
** The Drama CD cast was replaced in its entirety for the anime. In volume 10, Watsuki mentioned that he was disappointed about this decision because he liked the performance of many of the voice actors (such as Creator/MegumiOgata and Creator/TomokazuSeki) as his characters, although the anime cast "works out". One reason he cited about the change was that, since the anime production committee was bigger than a Drama CD production team (as it involves more companies and sponsors), the "industry power-structure" affected the series.
** In English, the TV series and OVA's dubs were recorded in completely different areas (LA vs. Austin, Texas), so naturally they use completely different casts. Fans tend to dislike the OVA dub due to some questionable casting choices and a too-liberal script (though the script for ''Reflections'' is much tighter; fans dislike ''that'' due to its content).
*** Why did this happen? Because, back in 2000, no North American company could afford ''all'' of Kenshin[[labelnote:*]] (except maybe Creator/{{Viz|Media}}, but they were too busy working on ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' at the time)[[/labelnote]], so Sony split the license into two: Creator/MediaBlasters got the TV series and restored the Japanese title, while Creator/{{ADV|Films}} got the OVA's and kept the "Samurai X" title[[labelnote:*]] (amusingly, when ADV did a rerelease years later, they included reversible DVD covers one side with their "Samurai X" logo and the other with Viz's "Kenshin" logo so fans could choose which side they wanted to display)[[/labelnote]].
** As mentioned in DuelingDubs above, the TV series was dubbed twice for different markets. While several voice actors show up in both dubs, Creator/RichardCansino (Kenshin) is the only one who plays the same role in both.
* PlayingAgainstType:
** Shishio Makoto is voiced by Masanori Ikeda, an ex-IdolSinger from TheEighties. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Eitvlx9Ibw This is his most popular hit, "Night of Summer Side"]]. Compare Ikeda's singing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw85i8Iahew to Shishio's voice]] now. Huh.
** Honjou Katamari is voiced by Creator/JunkoTakeuchi. Yes, by [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Naruto Uzumaki]] and [[Manga/HunterXHunter Gon Freecs]].
** Seta Soujirou is voiced by Creator/NorikoHidaka, whose most famous role at the time was [[{{Tsundere}} Akane Tendou]] from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.
* PortmanteauSeriesNickname: "[=RuroKen=]".
* RoleEndingMisdemeanor: Or at least a variant of it, involving associated musicians. Music/LArcEnCiel's "Fourth Avenue Cafe" was used as the fourth ending song for four episodes, but when the band's former drummer got busted for drugs, the resulting controversy caused the producers to pull the song and switch back to the third ending for another seven episodes.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The author originally intended for Usui to be a Franchise/{{Terminator}}-style manhunter, pursuing Kenshin relentlessly through darkened city streets. Instead, we got [[AntiClimaxBoss the]] [[InformedAbility above]].
** Henya was originally going to be introduced as a villainous character during the Kanryu arc; also, he was originally going to be in an aerial battle with Kenshin, but Watsuki changed this because he felt Kenshin would have been too strong an opponent.
** According to Watsuki, Raijuta was originally ''supposed to be'' as imposing as he looked, but VillainDecay quickly set in.
** Senkaku (Shishio's henchman and villain of the Shingetsu village mini arc) originally was going to be a member of the Juppongatana, and a speechless, beast-like brute.
** The manga was originally going to be much shorter than it turned out to be, revolving around the Jinchuu arc.
** It was originally going to be revealed that Hannya had been stepped on in the womb like the ''Film/TheElephantMan'', explaining his featureless death-mask of a face. Watsuki realized the UnfortunateImplications of that idea, and altered the backstory to Hannya having intentionally mutilated his face so that he could easily disguise himself as just about anything.
** There was a pilot chapter in which Megumi (a rather weak-willed woman barely holding the family together), Kaoru (a tomboy {{Tsundere}} serving as the acting dojo-master), and Yahiko (a brat of a kid who feels like he has to be the man of the family since his father died) are siblings.
** There's also a proto-story of Kenshin meeting DamselInDistress Chizuru, who gifts him a ribbon to tie his hair back up when he loses his original ponytail tie in a fight. Chizuru lives on in cameo form at the end of the controversial ''Reflections'' OVA, [[spoiler:as the girlfriend of Kenshin and Kaoru's son Kenji]].
** Watsuki mentioned in his notes his concept for a fourth arc of the story which would revolve around Kenji competing against Yahiko and Tsubame's son to inherit the reverse blade. Interestingly, Kenji Himura would most likely been the antagonist of the arc, from what Watsuki had stated about his concept. That, plus the fact that the story would have been set in the beginning of Japan's move towards nationalism and militarization makes one wonder what the story would have looked like...
** Originally, Fuji was going to actually take on Okina in battle. However, Watsuki thought that a battle of old codgers wouldn't have been interesting.
** Kanyru Takeda was going to be homosexual like his historical counterpart, but Watsuki decided that would "unnecessarily complicate things".
* TheWikiRule: Has a wiki [[http://kenshin.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page here.]]
* WordOfGod: Watsuki himself has said that the series ended the way it did specifically because it was a shonen series.
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