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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: The first movie, ''The Tale of Zatoichi'', ends with Ichi's only friend in town dead at his hand, the opposing mafia slaughtered along with many of the innocents of their half of the village, and Ichi abandons the woman that loves him.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: The first movie, ''The Tale of Zatoichi'', ends with Ichi's only friend in town dead at his hand, the opposing mafia slaughtered along with many of the innocents of their half of the village, and Ichi abandons abandoning the woman that loves him.]]


* FaceHeelTurn: boss Asagoro in ''Zatoichi the Outlaw'' starts as a seemingly benevolent Yakuza boss, but later turns out to be evil and corrupt. Another possible example is [[spoiler: Ichi's lost love Otane, who might well have been ready to sell him out for the bounty on him if her husband is to be believed after killing her and dueling Ichi.]]

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* FaceHeelTurn: boss Asagoro in ''Zatoichi the Outlaw'' starts as a seemingly benevolent Yakuza boss, but later turns out to be evil and corrupt. Another possible example is [[spoiler: Ichi's lost love Otane, who might well have been ready to sell him out for the bounty on him if her husband is to be believed after killing her and dueling Ichi.Ichi (That said, both Ichi and the viewer are clearly shown how she tries to protect Ichi throughout the entire film to the point her husband kills her for it, either throwing the claim in the trash or insinuating she had a change of heart).]]



* TheLostLenore: Ichi has left behind a lot of women, but none stick out so much as Otane, the woman he left behind in the first film. It is strongly implied later that Ichi puts her on an unhealthy pedestal later and refuses to acknowledge how much she'd changed when he encountered her again. Her husband even taunts Ichi, asking if he thinks women remain pure forever. [[spoiler: It's even indicated Otane was the one who tried to lure him into a trap for a bounty.]]

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* TheLostLenore: Ichi has left behind a lot of women, but none stick out so much as Otane, the woman he left behind in the first film. It is strongly implied later that Ichi puts her on an unhealthy pedestal later and refuses to acknowledge how much she'd changed when he encountered her again. Her husband even taunts Ichi, asking if he thinks women remain pure forever. [[spoiler: It's even indicated Otane was the one who tried to lure him into a trap for a bounty.bounty (Which, considering her actions during the film and her cause of death, the claim is suspect).]]

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* BadassAndChildDuo: In ''Fight, Zatoichi, Fight'' and ''Zatoichi Challenged'', they have him protecting a child.


* CainAndAbel: Ichi and his elder brother, a [[HandicappedBadass one armed warrior]] played by Shintaro Katsu's [[spoiler: real life elder brother.]] The two had a falling out over a woman and Ichi's brother is willing to murder him for it, particularly as Ichi was the one to chop off his arm. [[spoiler: They make their final peace after their last duel.]]

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* CainAndAbel: Ichi and his [[spoiler: elder brother, brother Yoshiro, a [[HandicappedBadass one armed warrior]] warrior]]]] played by Shintaro Katsu's [[spoiler: real life elder brother.]] The two had a falling out over a woman and Ichi's brother is willing to murder him for it, particularly as Ichi was the one to chop off his arm. [[spoiler: They make their final peace after their last duel.]]



* WholesomeCrossdresser:In the Kitano film, one of the geisha is a little... different under the kimono.

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* WholesomeCrossdresser:In WholesomeCrossdresser: In the Kitano film, one of the geisha is a little... different under the kimono.


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* SwordCane: Ichi

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* SwordCane: IchiIchi's trademark weapon is the sword concealed in his cane.



* WalkingTheEarth
* WorthyOpponent: The {{ronin}} Hirate in the first film. He and Ichi held great respect for each other. Ichi tends to meet one of these every few films or so.

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* WalkingTheEarth
WalkingTheEarth: Ichi never stays in one place for long, always moving on to the next adventure.
* WorthyOpponent: The {{ronin}} Hirate in the first film. He and Ichi held great respect for each other. Ichi tends to meet one of these every few films or so.so.
** From ''The Tale of Zatoichi'': Hirate, a {{ronin}} from Edo, is employed by the Shigezo's Sasagawa yakuza, while Ichi is being hosted by their enemies, Sukegoro's Ioka gang. Hirate and Ichi both recognize each other as more honorable than the yakuza around them, and treat each other with friendship and respect. Hirate's tuberculosis puts him out of action just before the big showdown between the gangs, and since Shigezo had been depending on Hirate as the only fighter on the Sasagawa side who could possibly take Ichi in a sword fight, he prepares instead to have one of his men shoot Ichi from a distance with an arquebus. Hirate is so aghast when he hears about this plan that he summons the last of his strength to face Ichi with his sword, knowing that his worthy opponent will be shot down like a dog if he doesn't.


* BerserkButton: Harm the innocent, especially women and children. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Ichi is a good person, but he is utterly without mercy to those he deems evil.]]

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* BerserkButton: Harm BewareTheNiceOnes: Ichi is a good person, but he has no mercy for wicked people who harm the innocent, especially women and children. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Ichi is a good person, but he is utterly without mercy to those he deems evil.]]children.

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* HustlingTheMark: Ichi sometimes runs a con to make extra money. He'll host an Odd-Even dice game and play up his blindness by "accidentally" letting the dice slip out of the cup before calling bets. When he raises the stakes and gets players to bet on the same "mistake", he'll then notice that the dice "slipped out of his pocket" and reveal his winning bet was what was under the cup this time.


* Mooks: The Yakuza Ichi fights in vast numbers were in the notes of one dvd described outright as redshirts.

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* Mooks: {{Mooks}}: The Yakuza Ichi fights in vast numbers were in the notes of one dvd described outright as redshirts.

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* PoorCommunicationKills: Much of the conflict of ''Zatoichi Meets The One-Armed Swordsman'' could be fixed if either Ichi or Wang Kang could speak the other's language.


* DirectedByCastMember: Shintaro Katsu directed two of the later films and multiple episodes of the TV series.



* YouLookFamiliar: Quite a few mooks appear in other Zatoichi films, but Tatsuo Endo appears as the BigBad of five different Zatoichi films and as a minor character in a sixth. This is also done with a number of actresses. And Tomisaburo Wakayama, Shintaro Katsu's brother, who appears in several of the films.


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* BadAss: Just about all the heroes. Ichi specifically is of the HandicappedBadass variety.


* BerserkButton: Harm the innocent, especially women and children. [[ BewareTheNiceOnes Ichi is a good person, but he is utterly without mercy to those he deems evil.]]

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* BerserkButton: Harm the innocent, especially women and children. [[ BewareTheNiceOnes [[BewareTheNiceOnes Ichi is a good person, but he is utterly without mercy to those he deems evil.]]

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