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InuYasha the Movie: Swords of an Honorable Ruler is the third of the four InuYasha' movies, released in 2003.

The film centers around So'unga, the previously unknown third blade of Inuyasha and Sesshomaru's father; unlike the other two, though, So'unga is pure evil. With neither one able to stop the blade on their own, Inuyasha and Sesshomaru are forced to team up to stop So'unga.


Swords of an Honorable Ruler contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Alternate Character Reading: Combined with mistakenly reading the character for "fang" as "sword," this trope is what causes Grandpa Higurashi to mistakenly identify Sou'unga as the Kusanagi toward the beginning of the film. "Sou'unga" means "cloud-gathering fang," but Grandpa reads it as "Harikumo Sword," which resembles the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi's alternate name of "Ame no Murakumo no Tsurugi (Sword of the Gathering Clouds of Heaven)." When Souta notices that his grandfather has misread one of the characters, his mother notes the correct reading and the sword's actual name.
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  • An Arm and a Leg: The first thing the Inu-no-Taisho does when he encounters Takemaru is chop Takemaru's left arm clean off.
  • Annoying Arrows: The Inu-no-Taisho gets shot several times by Takemaru's archers, but this does jack squat to his combat efficiency.
  • Arrows on Fire: Takemaru orders his troops to burn down the Inu-no-Taisho's palace in this manner.
  • Artifact of Doom: The terrible Sou'unga: The Sword of Hell. Sou'unga can not only create the devastation of the dragon vortex, but it can possess its wielder and force them to commit murder wherever and whenever possible.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Inuyasha and Sesshomaru.
  • Badass Transplant: As part of its partnership with Takemaru, Sou'unga presents him with Sesshomaru's severed left arm to replace the limb that the Inu-no-Taisho cut off. Takemaru promptly accepts the deal and grafts the arm onto himself.
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  • Barehanded Blade Block: Sesshomaru punches Sou'unga away from him at one point. It draws blood, but doesn't otherwise have any significant effect on his ability to use his hand.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: So'unga and Takemaru.
  • Birth/Death Juxtaposition: The film opens with Inuyasha's birth, with his mother Izayoi dying in the process as a result of Takemaru stabbing her with a spear. When the Inu-no-Taisho arrives, he uses Tenseiga to resurrect Izayoi, and then subsequently dies fighting off Takemaru.
  • Body Horror: While controlling him, So'unga sprouts Combat Tentacles that wrap around Inuyasha's arm and pierce his hand, anchoring it to the hilt of the sword.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Sesshomaru's second most powerful technique, the Dragon Strike, makes its debut; proving instrumental in the Big Bad's defeat.
    • "Technique", not "sword".
  • Clingy MacGuffin: As detailed under Body Horror above, So'unga anchors itself to Inuyasha's arm by piercing his hand and constricting his arm with tentacles.
  • Demonic Possession: So'unga possesses Inuyasha when he takes hold of its hilt.
  • Enemy Mine: Inuyasha and Sesshomaru are forced to join forces to defeat So'unga.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Inuyasha during the entire time So'unga is controlling him. One good example is when So'unga attempts to force him to kill a woman and child; Inuyasha actually bites into his own arm to hold the blade back and allow Miroku to get them to safety.
  • Handicapped Badass: Despite just having his arm cut off by the Inu-no-Taisho, Takemaru simply picks up his sword again and proceeds to confront his foe anyway, causing both of them to die in the resulting inferno.
  • I Regret Nothing: Takemaru says this about fighting the Inu-no-Taisho to the death. See See You in Hell.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Takemaru kills Izayoi during childbirth when he realizes she will never love him.
  • Ironic Echo: "Humans are more arrogant and greedy than any other living creature." InuYasha agrees.
  • Kill It with Fire: After the Inu-no-Taisho cuts off his left arm, Takemaru orders his troops to set his enemy's palace ablaze, then goes to fight the dog on his own, leading to both their deaths in the inferno.
  • Kusanagi: Subverted. Kagome's grandfather thinks the sword kept sealed at the Higurashi family shrine is the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the sword of the Japanese Imperial Regalia. He is very wrong.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Despite the Inu-no-Taisho cutting off his left arm, Takemaru seemed to be fairly unfazed by the injury and later fights the Inu-no-Taisho in a duel that results in both their deaths.
  • Necromancer: So'unga raises an army of zombies.
  • Screaming Birth: Subverted. The beginning shows Izayoi in labor with Inuyasha, but she makes very little noise except for heavy breathing and quiet moans of pain.
  • See You in Hell: Takemaru delivers one to the Inu-no-Taisho just before the burning palace collapses and kills them both.
    Takemaru: "I have no regrets about fighting you to the death. Let us journey together into the netherworld."
  • Status Quo Is God: During the course of the film, Inuyasha's Beads of Subjugation are completely ripped apart in the process of liberating him from So'unga's control. By the end of the film, Kagome has had the necklace repaired and dupes Inuyasha into putting it back on, much to his annoyance.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Inuyasha's response to the above, asking if Kagome doesn't trust him without it. She responses by making him ''Sit". Our heroine everyone.

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