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Usagi is often associated with the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, thanks in part to several crossovers between different incarnations of the properties, and the friendship between Sakai and the Turtles creators. Besides ''TMNT'' comics, Usagi has appeared in two episodes of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the 1987 cartoon]] (and even had a figure in the toy line), eight of [WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 the 2003 show]], and three on [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the 2012 show]] (with one being written by Sakai himself). The latter two shows have also done episodes set in Usagi's world--the closest things yet to an ''Usagi'' animated series. ''Usagi Yojimbo'' was also published by Eastman and Laird's Mirage Studios for a time, before moving on to Creator/DarkHorseComics. In March of 2018, the series moved to a series of miniseries, with both the total numbering and the Dark Horse numbering listed in the indices. In June of 2019, the series moved to Creator/IDWPublishing in full color format (as with Mirage years before) with the dual numbering intact.

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Usagi is often associated with the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, thanks in part to several crossovers between different incarnations of the properties, and the friendship between Sakai and the Turtles creators. Besides ''TMNT'' comics, Usagi has appeared in two episodes of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the 1987 cartoon]] (and even had a figure in the toy line), eight of [WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 the 2003 show]], and three on [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the 2012 show]] (with one being written by Sakai himself). The latter two shows have also done episodes set in Usagi's world--the closest things yet to an ''Usagi'' animated series. ''Usagi Yojimbo'' was also published by Eastman and Laird's Mirage Studios for a time, before moving on to Creator/DarkHorseComics. In March of 2018, the series moved to a series of miniseries, with both the total numbering and the Dark Horse numbering listed in the indices. In June of 2019, the series moved to Creator/IDWPublishing in full color format (as with Mirage years before) with the dual numbering intact.


Usagi is often associated with the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, thanks in part to several crossovers between different incarnations of the properties, and the friendship between Sakai and the Turtles creators. Besides ''TMNT'' comics, Usagi has appeared in two episodes of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the 1987 cartoon]] (and even had a figure in the toy line), eight of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 the 2003 show]], and three on [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the 2012 show]] (with one being written by Sakai himself). The latter two shows have also done episodes set in Usagi's world--the closest things yet to an ''Usagi'' animated series. ''Usagi Yojimbo'' was also published by Eastman and Laird's Mirage Studios for a time, before moving on to Creator/DarkHorseComics. In March of 2018, the series moved to a series of miniseries, with both the total numbering and the Dark Horse numbering listed in the indices. In June of 2019, the series moved to Creator/IDWPub1ishing in full color format (as with Mirage years before) with the dual numbering intact.

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Usagi is often associated with the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, thanks in part to several crossovers between different incarnations of the properties, and the friendship between Sakai and the Turtles creators. Besides ''TMNT'' comics, Usagi has appeared in two episodes of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the 1987 cartoon]] (and even had a figure in the toy line), eight of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 [WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 the 2003 show]], and three on [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the 2012 show]] (with one being written by Sakai himself). The latter two shows have also done episodes set in Usagi's world--the closest things yet to an ''Usagi'' animated series. ''Usagi Yojimbo'' was also published by Eastman and Laird's Mirage Studios for a time, before moving on to Creator/DarkHorseComics. In March of 2018, the series moved to a series of miniseries, with both the total numbering and the Dark Horse numbering listed in the indices. In June of 2019, the series moved to Creator/IDWPub1ishing Creator/IDWPublishing in full color format (as with Mirage years before) with the dual numbering intact.


Usagi is often associated with the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, thanks in part to several crossovers between different incarnations of the properties, and the friendship between Sakai and the Turtles creators. Besides ''TMNT'' comics, Usagi has appeared in two episodes of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the 1987 cartoon]] (and even had a figure in the toy line), eight of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 the 2003 show]], and three on [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the 2012 show]] (with one being written by Sakai himself). The latter two shows have also done episodes set in Usagi's world--the closest things yet to an ''Usagi'' animated series. ''Usagi Yojimbo'' was also published by Eastman and Laird's Mirage Studios for a time, before moving on to Creator/DarkHorseComics. In March of 2018, the series moved to a series of miniseries, with both the total numbering and the Dark Horse numbering listed in the indices.

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Usagi is often associated with the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, thanks in part to several crossovers between different incarnations of the properties, and the friendship between Sakai and the Turtles creators. Besides ''TMNT'' comics, Usagi has appeared in two episodes of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the 1987 cartoon]] (and even had a figure in the toy line), eight of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 the 2003 show]], and three on [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the 2012 show]] (with one being written by Sakai himself). The latter two shows have also done episodes set in Usagi's world--the closest things yet to an ''Usagi'' animated series. ''Usagi Yojimbo'' was also published by Eastman and Laird's Mirage Studios for a time, before moving on to Creator/DarkHorseComics. In March of 2018, the series moved to a series of miniseries, with both the total numbering and the Dark Horse numbering listed in the indices.
indices. In June of 2019, the series moved to Creator/IDWPub1ishing in full color format (as with Mirage years before) with the dual numbering intact.


* LetsYouAndHimFight: Averted in "Shades of Green"; Usagi and Gen joined with an old wizard to fight off an army of ninjas. The wizard reasoned that they need ninjas of their own, so he conjured four ninjas to aid them. Specifically, [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo and Raphael.]] Finding themselves in unfamiliar surroundings, they thought this was a trap set by Shredder and were set to attack Gen and Usagi, until Leonardo (who had met Usagi before) recognized him. The two exchanged pleasantries and Leo's brothers decided that if Leo trusted Usagi, they would trust him as well.

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* LetsYouAndHimFight: Averted in "Shades of Green"; Usagi and Gen joined with an old wizard to fight off an army of ninjas. The wizard reasoned that they need ninjas of their own, so he conjured four ninjas to aid them. Specifically, [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo and Raphael.]] Finding themselves in unfamiliar surroundings, they thought this was a trap set by Shredder and were set to attack Gen and Usagi, until Leonardo (who had met Usagi before) recognized him. The two exchanged pleasantries and Leo's brothers decided that if Leo trusted Usagi, they would trust him as well.


A video game for the UsefulNotes/{{Commodore 64}} based on the comics was released in 1988. A mobile game for iOS and Android was also released, ''Usagi Yojimbo: Way Of The Ronin''.

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A video game for the UsefulNotes/{{Commodore 64}} based on the comics called ''Samurai Warrior: The Battles of Usagi Yojimbo '' was released in 1988. A mobile game for iOS and Android was also released, ''Usagi Yojimbo: Way Of The Ronin''.

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* CatsAreMean: While there are numerous characters that avert this, such as Tomoe Ame, the Neko Ninja clan serves the BigBad Lork Hikiji, Usagi, Gen, and Tomoe fight an Obakeneko in one chapter, and a few minor villains are cats, such as Arimura, Ryoko, and Rodriguez. And while Inazuma isn't a villain, she isn't exactly friendly either. The character living up to this trope the most, however, is Noriko, EvilCounterpart to Tomoe Ame, and her cousin, who is a complete and utter {{Sadist}}.


** Subverted with Norikawa, one of Noriyuki's advisors. He opposes Tomoe on gender-based grounds, but he still serves Noriyuki faithfully in the future of "Senso".

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** Subverted with Norikawa, Horikawa, one of Noriyuki's advisors. He opposes Tomoe on gender-based grounds, but he still serves Noriyuki faithfully in the future of "Senso".


* FreudianExcuse: Tomoe's cousin is a total psychopath who casually kills peasants and enjoys inflicting suffering on others. However, she had a pretty unfair childhood. [[spoiler:Her mother had her through an affair with her husband's brother, aka Tomoe's father, making her Tomoe's half sister. Her legal father couldn't stand the sight of her knowing where she really came from and sent her off to live with her blood father, who refused to acknowledge her as his daughter due to the scandal it would make. She was always jealous of Tomoe who was well loved and well treated.]]

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* FreudianExcuse: Tomoe's cousin is a total psychopath who casually kills peasants and enjoys inflicting suffering on others. However, she had a pretty unfair childhood. [[spoiler:Her mother had her through an affair with her husband's brother, aka Tomoe's father, making her Tomoe's half sister. Her legal father couldn't stand the sight of her knowing where she really came from and sent her off to live with her blood father, who refused to acknowledge her as his daughter due to the scandal it would make. She was always jealous of Tomoe who was well loved and well treated.]]]] Though, Noriko was still a psychopath even during her childhood, so it may have contributed to why she was hated by her own family. It's not fully explained.



** Also, a fox demon calls Tomoe a bitch after taking a hit from her.

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** Also, a fox demon calls Tomoe a bitch after taking a hit from her. In the Dark Horse reprinting in Volume 22: Tomoe's Story, it was changed so that she snarls at her instead.
** And the word "bastard" was used in the first chapter of Space Usagi


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** After the Chanyou chapter, pretty much the entire Geishu clan, including Tomoe Ame was put on a bus as well. In ''Senso'', TheBusCameBack, but in the main series, it still has yet to.

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** Arguably Jei is one to Usagi himself, and Noriko is definetely one to Tomoe,


* PrecisionFStrike: The comic rarely uses swears, but when a peasant girl who romanticizes Usagi's Ronin lifestyle gets very enamored with him, she gets in a shouting match with her disapproving fiancé who ends up calling her a slut.

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* PrecisionFStrike: The comic rarely uses swears, aside from the occasional "damn" or "hell," but when a peasant girl who romanticizes Usagi's Ronin lifestyle gets very enamored with him, she gets in a shouting match with her disapproving fiancé who ends up calling her a slut.slut.
** Also, a fox demon calls Tomoe a bitch after taking a hit from her.


* DramaticIrony: Usagi knows that Jotaro is really his son. Jotaro learns from his mother that Usagi is really his father. Neither thinks the other knows (though the audience knows that ''both'' know), and both struggle with whether to tell the other the truth, as they both believe that doing so will destroy the other's happiness (Usagi doesn't want to destroy Jotaro's relationship with his step-father Kenichi, who his mother Mariko married. Jotaro doesn't want to make Usagi feel like he needs to settle down to raise Jotaro, as he knows Usagi feels that his place in life is on the road.)



* Hypocrite: Usagi understands perfectly well that one most have total devotion to their lord. His devotion to his dead lord is why he refuses to serve under Noriyuki, as much as Usagi likes and respects the young lord. However in the quasi-canon Senso, [[spoiler:he is extremely bitter that Tomoe ultimately went through with her arranged marriage. The fact that Noriyuki arranged it and that she is a woman made it all but impossible to refuse it to be with Usagi. To Usagi's credit, he is quick to apologize when she calls him out on it.]]

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* Hypocrite: {{Hypocrite}}: Usagi understands perfectly well that one most have total devotion to their lord. His devotion to his dead lord is why he refuses to serve under Noriyuki, as much as Usagi likes and respects the young lord. However in the quasi-canon Senso, [[spoiler:he is extremely bitter that Tomoe ultimately went through with her arranged marriage. The fact that Noriyuki arranged it and that she is a woman made it all but impossible to refuse it to be with Usagi. To Usagi's credit, he is quick to apologize when she calls him out on it.]]


* HonestAxe: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. The woodcutter in the story [[spoiler: freezes to death because a golden axe is useless to cut firewood]]

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* HonestAxe: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. The woodcutter in the story [[spoiler: freezes to death because a golden axe is useless to cut firewood]]firewood.]]


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* Hypocrite: Usagi understands perfectly well that one most have total devotion to their lord. His devotion to his dead lord is why he refuses to serve under Noriyuki, as much as Usagi likes and respects the young lord. However in the quasi-canon Senso, [[spoiler:he is extremely bitter that Tomoe ultimately went through with her arranged marriage. The fact that Noriyuki arranged it and that she is a woman made it all but impossible to refuse it to be with Usagi. To Usagi's credit, he is quick to apologize when she calls him out on it.]]
** Usagi's first love Mariko demanded that Usagi stay away from their home town and never tell Jotaro that Usagi is his real father, as Mariko didn't want to ruin the relationship between Jotaro and his step-father Kenichi, who Jotaro thinks is his real father. However, Mariko went on to tell Jotaro the truth anyway, which led to both Usagi and Jotaro struggling with whether to reveal their blood relationship to the other, both scared that the learning the truth would destroy the other's happiness.


* FutureBadass: Pretty much everyone has taken a level or two in ''Senso'': Jotaro is entrusted with a large part of the army, Gennosuke is a general, Noriyuki is a capable military leader, even Keiko managed to pick up a scar. The only exception is Jei of all people, who gets fried by a Martian death ray at random, and doesn't reincarnate into anyone this time.

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* FutureBadass: Pretty much everyone has taken a level or two in ''Senso'': Jotaro is entrusted with a large part of the army, Gennosuke is a general, Noriyuki is a capable military leader, even Keiko managed to pick up a scar. The only exception is Jei of all people, who gets fried by a Martian death ray at random, random and doesn't reincarnate into anyone this time.then has no more relevance to the story [[spoiler:only appearing as a cameo implying that he finally possessed Keiko.]]


Usagi is often associated with the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, thanks in part to several crossovers between different incarnations of the properties, and the friendship between Sakai and the Turtles creators. Besides ''TMNT'' comics, Usagi has appeared in two episodes of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the 1987 cartoon]](and even had a figure in the toy line), eight of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 the 2003 show]], and three on [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the 2012 show]] (with one being written by Sakai himself). The latter two shows have also done episodes set in Usagi's world--the closest things yet to an ''Usagi'' animated series. ''Usagi Yojimbo'' was also published by Eastman and Laird's Mirage Studios for a time, before moving on to Creator/DarkHorseComics. In March of 2018, the series moved to a series of miniseries, with both the total numbering and the Dark Horse numbering listed in the indices.

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Usagi is often associated with the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, thanks in part to several crossovers between different incarnations of the properties, and the friendship between Sakai and the Turtles creators. Besides ''TMNT'' comics, Usagi has appeared in two episodes of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the 1987 cartoon]](and cartoon]] (and even had a figure in the toy line), eight of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 the 2003 show]], and three on [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the 2012 show]] (with one being written by Sakai himself). The latter two shows have also done episodes set in Usagi's world--the closest things yet to an ''Usagi'' animated series. ''Usagi Yojimbo'' was also published by Eastman and Laird's Mirage Studios for a time, before moving on to Creator/DarkHorseComics. In March of 2018, the series moved to a series of miniseries, with both the total numbering and the Dark Horse numbering listed in the indices.


* EarsAsHair: Usagi most often has his ears pulled into a ponytail, or rather a SamuraiTopknot (and the author credits the idea of a rabbit samurai to a doodle showing just that). When he puts on a hat or a helmet, they disappear completely.

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* EarsAsHair: Usagi most often has his ears pulled tied into a ponytail, or rather a SamuraiTopknot [[SamuraiPonytail samurai topknot]], (and the author credits the idea of a rabbit samurai to a doodle showing just that). When he puts on a hat or a helmet, they disappear completely.

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