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Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)

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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })The year is Meiji 11 (1878), a time of peace after the turbulent Meiji Restoration and the abortive Satsuma Rebellion. Kaoru Kamiya, the spirited young head of the Kasshin Kamiya Kendo School, is fending off some hooligans who want to seize her dojo when she acquires the last-minute help of a mysterious vagabond.It turns out that this stranger is Kenshin Himura, a former assassin for anti-shogunate forces during the early days of the Restoration. Regretting his former life as the infamous "Hitokiri Battōsai" — the "Quick-Draw Manslayer" — Kenshin now wanders Japan as a vagrant soul, seeking atonement for his sins by using his outstanding swordsmanship to right wrongs without spilling any more blood.Along the way, Kenshin meets new friends — Sanosuke Sagara, a veteran of an extremist group; Yahiko Myōjin, a street urchin and aspiring samurai; and Megumi Takani, a doctor he rescued from her unintentional involvement in the opium trade. At the same time, however, he must also deal with many enemies, some of whom were stark reminders of who he used to be.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })Rurouni Kenshin ("るろうに剣心", "Kenshin the Wanderer") is a 1994–99 manga by Nobuhiro Watsuki, also known as "Samurai X" after Columbia Pictures renamed it for their anime releases (which was later co-opted by ADV Films for their release of the movie and OVAs). Watsuki, being a major fan of the X-Men comics (the characters from which he based a lot of the cast's designs on), heartily endorsed this title translation.The series is notable for defying several established Shōnen conventions. It features an older hero (Kenshin is 28, which is ancient by the demographic's protagonist standardsnote Kenshin was supposed to be even older, but Jump's editor didn't allowed a Shonen protagonist more than 28 years old — not that he looks it) who is world-weary and tired of fighting, instead of a wide-eyed young lad eager for adventure. Other themes which are rarely seen in this demographic, such as politics, multi-layered romance, and the struggles of adapting to a vastly changing world, pop up as well. This is what contributed to the legendary Multiple Demographic Appeal of the series, which crossed age, gender and national boundaries with equal ease.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })The series was followed by two OVAs — Tsuiokuhen/Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal, a prequel, and Seisoushen/Reflections, a sequel. The entire Sony dub of the anime is available to watch on Hulu under Samurai X. Crunchyroll hosts both the subtitled series and the non-Sony/Animax English dub.There was a revival of the franchise in the form of a new PSP game, and a series of Japanese-produced live-action movies. The first one, entitled simply Rurouni Kenshin, was received with critical acclaim last 2012 and was distributed worldwide. The 2014 sequels, Kyoto Inferno and The Legend Ends enjoyed large critical and commercial acclaim all over Asia. The last two sequels adapting the Jinchu Arc and thus wrapping the main story have also been confirmed and finished filming, slated for 2021 release dates.Watsuki announced that he would be working on the series again on May 2, 2012 — Rurouni Kenshin Cinema-ban is a loose adaption of the live-action movie; it was a short monthly run at Jump Square magazine.There is also an OVA series remaking the Kyoto arc and a spinoff manga focusing on the villains. Another one-shot for the series debuted in 2017 called Ruroni Kenshin Ibun: The Criminal Ashitaro, and introduces the titular boy as an ex-criminal and budding "11th sword" of Shishio who is, by the end of it, trained and mentored by Kenshin along with another ex-criminal named Alan Inoue. The spinoff sets itself up as a prelude to a new "Hokkaido Arc" starring the remaining Kenshin cast, which started its run in late 2017.Watsuki's assistants while writing this series included Eiichiro Oda (One Piece) and Hiroyuki Takei (Shaman King), both of whom Watsuki credits with designing several characters.
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Parrying Bullets: The third chapter has some gangsters attack Kamiya Kasshin-ryu dojo with a wooden cannon (a black powder muzzle-loader with a barrel carved from oak, firing a clay cannonball). Kenshin chops the cannonball in half in mid-flight with the sharp edge of his reverse-blade sword and rather irritatedly tells the gangsters to beat it.
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Miles Gloriosus
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Raijuta is the biggest example as far as villain goes in the franchise. The original manga has hims as a Miles Gloriosus who quickly breaksdown after Kenshin lectures him on the true lethality of swordsmanship without drawing his blade once to the point of permanent trauma. The TV series portrays him being a genuine threat as an ambitious warlord eager to create a sovereign state who is capable of wiping out an entire platoon of Meiji classified Imperial Army division in a sword swing emitting Razor Wind and capable of commanding a small army of Master Swordsman to execute military tactics including recon and ambushes. The climatic duel of his arc in the TV series forced Kenshin to fight seriously and ended both with Raijuta being knocked out unconscious and Kenshin suffering some serious injuries.
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Gatling Good
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Gatling Good: Kanryu shows off his shiny new toy, a prototype gatling gun. He still loses, but it takes the Heroic Sacrifice of all of Aoshi's Elite Mooks.
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Bloodless Carnage
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Bloodless Carnage: Interestingly not due to censorship; because Kenshin's sword has a reversed blade, it's not uncommon (especially in the early episodes) for him to use it to strike down hordes of enemies without shedding a pint of blood.
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Officer O'Hara
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Officer O'Hara: The first American dub had the cops sporting Irish accents; fortunately this tested so poorly that it went back for redubbing before the commercial release.
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Heroic BSoD: Kaoru falls apart after Kenshin leaves Tokyo to fight Shishio; later, Kenshin has an absolutely epic one after Enishi's attack on the dojo.
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Heroic RRoD
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Shishio manages to survive an assassination attempt, getting his "corpse" lit on fire (though not without massive scarring), a ridiculous amount of punishment from Kenshin (being smacked around with a supposedly nonlethal weapon still hurts), AND a punch to the face by the aforementioned Sanosuke, which shatters all the bones in Sanosuke's hand.
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Serrated Blade of Pain
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Serrated Blade of Pain: Shishio Makoto wields a finely serrated sword that never dulls. Also doubles as Flaming Sword.
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Darker and Edgier
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Darker and Edgier: The first OVA, which manages to be even darker than the accompanying portion of the manga, which is... impressive. It's almost fun and sunshine compared to the second OVA. Pretty much all the OVAs, in general. Most of the more humorous and light-hearted moments are gone and in their place, more blood, violence, and even some nudity and adult themes.
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You Taste Delicious
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You Taste Delicious: Shishio bites a chunk of flesh out of Kenshin to demonstrate that he's dead serious about his philosophy: The weak are food for the strong. He claims that Kenshin tastes terrible, though.
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Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: When Kenshin believes Enishi murdered Kaoru, he displays this trope. His recovery from the depression is marked by a return of his normal eyes.
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Genre Shift: From Shonen to Seinen, particularly in the OVAs, which were free of both the slapstick comic relief and the more unrealistic Rule of Cool elements of the original. The final arc of the series shifts from a historical fiction with Rule of Cool physics to straight up fantasy.
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The Worf Effect
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The Worf Effect: Sanosuke often suffers from this to show how tough the bad guys are.
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Bridal Carry
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Bridal Carry: Kenshin meets Kaoru this way. He saves her via bridal-carry against the fake Battousai, and then fakes a hip injury. (Kaoru, thinking that he's insulting her weight, is most unamused). When Yumi's being carried by Sano via being slung over his back as they're racing against time to fight their way up Shishio's evil fortress. When Yumi complains, Sano asks her sarcastically whether or not she'd prefer being carried bridal style (with a straw dummy taking her place).
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Defeat Means Friendship
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Defeat Means Friendship: Happens to Sano (after one battle, though it was the power of Kenshin's Warrior Therapist tendencies that really did the job), Aoshi (it takes a second, more thorough ass-kicking), and to some extent even Saitou (by the end of the series).
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Any character who has the Incurable Cough of Death (see below) eventually exhibits at least one instance of this.
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Heroes Fight Barehanded: Inverted: The Hero Kenshin is a swordsman, though he uses a blunt blade, while The Lancer Sanosuke focuses on barehanded fighting after discarding his zanbato.
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Mr. Fanservice
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Mr. Fanservice: Between Kenshin, Yahiko, Sano, Aoshi, Hiko, and Enishi, there's something there for every female.
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The Blank
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The Blank: Shinomori Aoshi's Ninja Elite Mook more or less destroyed his own face so that he can be a Master of Disguise. His unmasked visage is pure horror, which is presumably why the anime didn't show it.
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End of an Age
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End of an Age: The series takes place at the twilight of the Samurai as Japan becomes increasingly modern and westernized.
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Pay Evil unto Evil
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Pay Evil unto Evil: A possible translation of Saito's philosophy—Aku Soku Zan. Evildoers tend not to live long in his presence.
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Intertwined Fingers: In Reflection, Kenshin and Kaoru do this during their love scene.
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Senseless Sacrifice
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Senseless Sacrifice: Yumi's death doesn't actually help Shishio at all, since he starts burning up almost immediately after that.
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Papa Wolf
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Papa Wolf: Kenshin, Anji.
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Breaking the Fourth Wall
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Breaking the Fourth Wall: According to Kaoru, Kenshin's handwriting is as bad as Watsuki's.
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Fingore
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Fingore: Houji has one fingernail torn out and tears out six more himself. Also, Sanosuke's hand is seen with the fingers... not quite... sticking out correctly after using the Futae no Kiwami too much.
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Take Our Word for It: Since nobody knew what Kenshin's succession technique actually looked like until the battle against Kyoto Arc Big Bad Shishio, previous uses of it in the anime were dealt with via a Discretion Shot of an iris-out combined with a lens flare.
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Shishio makes it very clear to that any move he sees will never work against him and to prove his point, he catches Kenshin and Saito's blades between his thumb and his index and middle fingers when attempting Ryushosen and the Gatotsu respectively, both of which he had seen previously.
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Adaptational Villainy: Inverted with Ujiki, the corrupt Satsuma police officer in the Tokyo Arc, in the Reflection OVA. In the OVA, he is simply doing his job of trying to apprehend Kenshin for breaking the "no swords rule" and respectively lets Yamagata handle when he arrives, showing none of his manga/anime counterpart's douchebaggery. In the manga, Raijuta is a buffoon rampaging against select kendo dojos, throwing his weight around with Yutaro's wealth. While still using Yutaro's wealth and betraying him in the end of the arc. In the anime, Raijuta has a Quirky Miniboss Squad and is actually seeking to launch a coup d'etat against the Meiji Government and create their own sovereign state. To go a step further he even intends to re-install the bigoted and inefficient Tokugawa caste system (that was often abused and rife with corruption) as an institution in his would-be nation and his intended form of governing is through Social Darwinism. Most of all in the original manga Raijuta for all his rant about being a hardened killer had never murdered anyone and even breaks down when Kenshin confronts him about this. In the TV series he is shown killing henchmen as punishment casually for failing their assignments or betraying the cause. This also applies to many of the Ten Swords in the live action movies where almost all members had their sympathetic qualities and backstories removed, altered, or downplayed. In particular this is Anji gets hit hardest with this.
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Decapitation Presentation
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Decapitation Presentation: After Souzou Sagara was executed, his head was put on display for betraying the government.
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Chekhov's Gun
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Chekhov's Gun: When Sanosuke leaves for Kyoto, one of his friends from his revolutionary days gives him several tiny bombs of his own making, "just in case." Those bombs, after not being mentioned for several volumes, are used to sink Shishio's battleship and completely derail his plan.
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Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
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Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Kanryu believes this absolutely. As a result, he totally fails to comprehend Kenshin's motivations, even after Aoshi points out that if Kenshin was motivated by personal gain, he'd be a member of the Army General Staff rather than being the odd-job guy for a minor kenjutsu dojo. In the end, Kenshin counters Kanryu's claims that money is all powerful with a truly epic Shut Up, Hannibal!.
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Adaptation Expansion
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Adaptation Expansion: Some parts of the the TV series: In the manga, Sagara Sozo and the Sekihotai chose to follow the summons of the Meiji Government after the false accusation of them being a "false army" got around, which led to their immediate execution. In the anime, they were ambushed by a Meiji Government military unit sent to exterminate them. The leader of this unit would also become the villain in the expansion of the story arc involving Sanosuke's Sekihotai comrade Katsu. Saito's clash with Shishio is a major example as far as individual duels go. After his ambush fails, he attempts a point-blank Gatotsu against Shishio which fails in the manga. The extends the battle almost 3X in length with Saito trying to score blows on Shishio with variations of the Gatotsu technique before landing the futile point-blank range version.
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May–December Romance
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May–December Romance: "December" is kind of pushing it, Kenshin is a good decade older than Kaoru, making it more of a May/June or May/July romance with that decent age difference.
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Ironic Echo
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Episode 45 of the anime was entitled "As If in Flight" (翔ぶが如く, Tobu ga Gotoku), which was also the title of the 1990 NHK Taiga Drama detailing the life of Saigo Takamori (an Ishin Shishi leader from Satsuma who was among the proponents of the Meiji Restoration, later to be dismissed and rebelling in the fatal 1877 Satsuma Rebellion). The long-running series theme of the agents of the Restoration being dismissed/eliminated by the Meiji government (and how Shishio is going to rub in the government's face all their crimes and actions against the Shogunate) was discussed in detail.
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Genre Deconstruction
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Genre Deconstruction: Of Jidaigeki. Being a samurai isn't just a thing of honor and swordfighting for either your master, your beliefs, or other causes, and it leaves huge mental and social scars on those who survive it.
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Anime Theme Song
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Anime Theme Song: Some particularly famous and career-launching examples, with the greatest irony being that the ending theme changed far more often than the opening. The third and most famous ending theme, "Heart of Sword" (which puns off of Kenshin's name, of course) is the song that made T.M.Revolution famous. The show even went back to it after L'Arc~en~Ciel's song was infamously removed after a drug scandal. "It's gonna rain", which was drafted as a rather quick replacement, became the big break for Bonnie Pink. "1/3 of Pure Emotional Feelings" was similarly Siam Shade's first day in the limelight. Most infamously, though, was that the show kept "1/2" by Makoto Kawamoto as the opening theme for ages; it lasted for three whole plot arcs and the opening animation was altered twice while keeping the song the same. In an industry where songs can change every hour, this was very, very unusual.
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Apathetic Citizens
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Apathetic Citizens: The people of Shingetsu, the village that was taken over by Shishio and overseen by Senkaku. They refused to let Kenshin help free them or even let him take down the corpses of Eiji's parents, who were executed and displayed as a warning to the other villagers, out of fear that Shishio and Senkaku would retaliate. They were even prepared to expel Eiji from the village in order to keep living.
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Mythology Gag
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Mythology Gag: At the very end of the Reflection OVA, Kenji ends up with a girl named Chizuru. Originally, she appeared in one of Watsuki's Rurouni pilots as a Damsel in Distress that Kenshin saves.
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Verbal Tic
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Verbal Tic: Kenshin speaks using very archaic humble verbiage, referring to himself as "sessha" (This Lowly One), more or less, using the exclamation "oro" to express surprise, and ending his sentences with "de gozaru."
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IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight
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"I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: Subverted. Saitou uses it this to bring out Kenshin's Superpowered Evil Side, Kaoru tries to play it straight to bring Kenshin back and fails. However its played straight when Kaoru brings back Kenshin's gentler side when he's about to kill Jin-e, Kenshin indirectly stops Aoshi from fighting to the death by mentioning how Misao cried when he (Kenshin) promised to bring Aoshi back and how he (Aoshi) was turning his four fallen comrades into demons by obsessively fighting like this.
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Old-School Chivalry
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Old-School Chivalry: A female ninja is escorting a Dutch visitor about and is disconcerted when he wants her to walk through a door ahead of him. When he explains chivalry dictates it as a way of showing respect for women, she just laughs it off.
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Walking the Earth
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Walking the Earth: Kenshin before the beginning of the series. Soujirou at the end of the Kyoto arc. At the end of the series, Sanosuke leaves Japan after attacking an Ishin Shishi who attacked his family.
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Accent Adaptation
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Accent Adaptation: The dub for the most part gave people accents.
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Limited Wardrobe
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Limited Wardrobe: Kenshin always wears a faded red (almost pink) kimono and a white hakama, Kaoru only dresses in kendo uniform or one of two or three kimonos (the yellow one, the blue one, and a red one), Megumi is always dressed up in her doctor attire, Misao has only two outfits, and so on. Lampshaded when Misao tried to rob Kenshin. She's stopped short as she gets a good look at Kenshin's kimono, which is absolutely covered in seam lines where all the cuts it's taken throughout the series have sewn up. Misao then asks if Kenshin's wife left himnote Which is accurate from a certain point of view - she'd been dead for ten years at this point, though Kenshin being a widower hadn't been revealed yet.
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Slipknot Ponytail
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Slipknot Ponytail: Kenshin in the pilot chapter and during the fight with Saitou; Yumi, during her death scene.
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Mauve Shirt
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Mauve Shirt: Cho initially appears to be a throwaway villain, but ends up becoming a supporting character for the remainder of the series.
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TakeThatMe
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Take That Me: Just like Watsuki, Kenshin has terrible handwriting. Yahiko even points this out.
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The Drifter
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The Drifter: Kenshin's way of life after the Restoration to repent for his killings and to protect people plagued by evil, until he settles down at the dojo. Kaoru also often worries about him reverting to his old habits and leaving her alone.
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Bust-Contrast Duo
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Bust-Contrast Duo: Here we have Kaoru, flat and bad tempered, and Megumi, who doesn't really have huge knockers, though looks older and more feminine but at the same time is sweeter towards Kenshin Himura.
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Famous Last Words
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Uonuma Usui was a bastard, but the nature of his death is both pathetic and strangely sad. It's hard not to feel at least some sympathy for him as he says his Famous Last Words (see character sheet). Moreso taken by his backstory in which the very government he risked his life to serve and fight for (and got blinded permanently as a result) banished him into the wilderness to die because they felt he became useless.
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Hell Has New Management
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Hell Has New Management: After dying, Shishio Makoto declared his intent to overthrow the King of Hell. Depending on how you interpret it, Shishio may or may not have succeeded in this endeavor when he visits the catatonic Kenshin in the latter's living hell during the Jinchuu arc.
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Unsettling Gender Reveal
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Unsettling Gender Reveal: Kamatari proves himself to be a crossdressing man and not a scythe-wielding woman by flipping up his kimono and flashing her, complete with pixellated naughty bits, causing Misao to scream in horror.
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Psycho for Hire
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Psycho for Hire: Gein, who only wants to perfect his techniques.
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Warrior Therapist
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Warrior Therapist: Kenshin and many others.
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Hidden Depths
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Hidden Depths: Many characters, but most notably Yumi, who is introduced at the beginning of the Kyoto arc as literally nothing more than an accessory for Shishio, and by the end is a well-rounded Anti-Villain complete with backstory.
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Murderers Are Rapists
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Murderers Are Rapists: Though the notion of rape is largely averted in the series altogether (since mooks just get to the killing part that their bosses order), only one threat of rape is made in the anime, when Gohei makes implications that he and his men would rape Kaoru before killing her. But Kenshin's there to save her.
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Older Than They Look
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Older Than They Look: Kenshin is 28 years old, while his master Hiko is a whopping (by manga standards) 43—but you'd never guess it. Lampshaded by Yahiko and Misao, who wonder if the Hiten Mitsurugi style is the fountain of youth. Also pointed out in the End-of-Volume specials in Volumes 1 and 4 of the manga, where characters thinking on Kenshin after he left come to the conclusion that if he really was a hero of the Meiji Restoration, he'd have to be at least 30... Misao is a minor example; most characters assume she's around 12, but she's 16.
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Thou Shalt Not Kill
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Later, Saitou remarks to himself: "A Shinsegumi is a Shinsengumi. A wolf is a wolf. A hitokiri is a hitokiri. Isn't that right... Battousai?" but revises this statement at the end of the series when he realizes that Kenshin is serious about that whole Thou Shalt Not Kill thing, to the point of stopping Saitou, and then Enishi, from killing a downed opponent.
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Conscription
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Conscription: Kaoru's father was conscripted to help suppress the Satsuma Rebellion before the start of the story. He died during the war, leaving Kaoru as the sole master of the Kamiya Kasshin-Ryu.
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Sorting Algorithm of Evil
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Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Played straight in the first arcs, but subverted in the final one. While Enishi is no pushover, he's explicitly stated to be weaker than Shishio. Similarly, Sano's foe, Inui Banjin, would be no match for Anji. Enishi makes up for this by attacking when the team is still recovering from the battle against Shishio, faking Kaoru's death so that Kenshin will be as emotionally distraught as possible, and designing his style of swordsmanship specifically to counter Kenshin's. In short, Shishio would beat Enishi, but Enishi is in a better position to defeat Kenshin. Banjin, in the meantime, is facing an injured Sano, who can no longer use the special technique that let him take on Anji.
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Distant Finale
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Distant Finale: Two, the one in the manga and the OVA.
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Street Urchin
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Street Urchin: Yahiko starts out as this.
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Adapted Out
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Adapted Out: The live action movies do this with many characters' backstories and internal angst, even going as far as removing arc-important characters period. In particular Sanosuke, Anji and Raijuta gets hit hardest with this with their pasts that are essential to their personalities removed (with the last not even appearing in the live action movie). A scene from the last episode of the anime included Kenshin and Kaoru's son, Kenji Himura, but it wasn't aired. The character didn't show up at all in the TV series and didn't make an animated apparition until the polemic Seisouhen OAV's, where he becomes an Ascended Extra. The first arc of the anime also completely eliminates Kihei Hiruma, leaving his brother Gohei (who is just a Dumb Muscle in the manga) as the sole Starter Villain.
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Ground Punch
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Ground Punch: Sanosuke performs a variant in the Kyoto arc; instead of punching the ground, he punches the water (since he's in the ocean), making a massive column which allows him to defend against gunfire from a Gatling gun. His mentor Anji uses Futae no Kawami to punch the ground as a means of area denial.
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Mad Artist
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Mad Artist: Gein. He considers Kaoru's "corpse" to be a work of art, and is killed in the process of attempting to retrieve it.
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Fire/Ice Duo
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Fire/Ice Duo: Kenshin and the Kyoto arc Big Bad Shishio Makoto can be considered rivals (both were highly skilled hitokiri during the Bakumatsu period (1853-1868), and now they're enemies. In their final battle, Kenshin's revamp and secret attack summons forth a fierce squall, while Makoto's special attack and power up are announced by roaring flames.
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The Fellowship Has Ended
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The Fellowship Has Ended: At the end of the series, most of the characters leave Tokyo to go on with their lives. Misao and Aoshi return to Kyoto. Sanosuke is forced to flee from Japan and becomes The Drifter. Megumi leaves to search for her family and only characters remaining are Kenshin, Kaoru and Yahiko.
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Lethal Chef
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Lethal Chef: Kaoru, by her own admission. Though she still doesn't like when someone else points it out.
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Recruiting the Criminal
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Recruiting the Criminal: Most of Shishio's surviving minions are offered jobs with the Japanese government in exchange for clemency.
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Pirate Girl
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Pirate Girl: The filler character Shura.
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The Men First
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The Men First: Aoshi took the job bodyguarding Kanryu because while he had better offers from more respectable sources, that job was the only one that included positions for the last squad of his unit, who were essentially unemployable for various reasons, and he believed that he couldn't seek a new life for himself until he had seen to all of the men under his command.
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Death Faked for You
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Death Faked for You: Kaoru. Enishi wanted to leave behind her actual corpse, but couldn't bring himself to do it.
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The
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The "Be Careful!" Speech: Before Kenshin's final fight with Enishi turns out it's far from it, Kaoru wishes Kenshin well and personally gives him his sakabato.
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Gentle Giant
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Gentle Giant: Fuji of the Juppongatana; Anji is not nearly as humongous, but he fits the trope as well until his horrible Freak Out. He gets better after being defeated by Sano, though.
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Rule of Cool
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The final arc of the series shifts from a historical fiction with Rule of Cool physics to straight up fantasy.
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Horse Jump
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Horse Jump: Happens in a Filler episode when Kenshin catches up to a train being taken over by robbers by riding a horse over several docked boats and then making a spectacular leap onto the train. The horse earned the Fan Nickname "Super Horse."
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: The series itself is on the Idealistic side, but most of Kenshin's opponents (and Kenshin himself to some extent) are on the Cynical side. In his debut, Kenshin acknowledges that Kaoru's wide-eyed idealism doesn't mesh with reality, but he prefers her version (as he had been much more idealistic in his youth).
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Achey Scars
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Achey Scars: During the Bakumatsu, Kenshin's first scar (the one he received from Kiyosato) would occasionally ache or even open up and bleed after some of his assassinations or during stressful moments, like when he read Tomoe's journal in the OVA.
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BreakingSpeech
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Breaking Speech: Shishio explains his plans to Kenshin in great detail and can't help but make derogatory remarks about Kenshin's pacifism. Kenshin refuses to cave.
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Love Epiphany
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Love Epiphany: The others are aware that Kaoru has more than platonic feelings for Kenshin by the Jin-E arc, but it doesn't hit Kaoru herself big time until the beginning of the Kyoto Arc. This, combined with Kenshin leaving for Kyoto without a backwards glance is enough to give her a Heroic BSoD.
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Burn the Orphanage
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Burn the Orphanage: Happens in Anji's back story, where a temple that was used to shelter kids who were orphaned by the war was burned down by the land owner more or less for the money.
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Something Completely Different
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Something Completely Different: The tankoubon include two chapter-length draft versions of Kenshin's introduction, one of which involves Kenshin fighting a man in European steel armor (and crushing it with his sakabatou). Another tankoubon includes Watsuki's debut work, a one-shot set in the Warring States period that stars the founder of the Hiten Mitsurugi Style and a terrified peasant soldier.
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Overtook the Manga
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Overtook the Manga: A really grating example, as it meant that ratings declined post-Shishio and the show didn't remain on the air long enough to ever get to the Jinchuu/Enishi arc, which drives a lot of fans mad since that's the real culmination of Kenshin's entire plot arc. The only material ever animated from this part has been the flashback to Kenshin's time with Tomoe, and that was in an OVA produced years after the show was canceled.
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Super-Powered Evil Side
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Superpowered Evil Side: At certain points in the series, Kenshin's murderous "Battousai" side, which he tries very hard to suppress, comes to the surface—usually when a villain does something unforgivable, resulting in Kenshin getting Supernatural Gold Eyes and going completely berserk. Less frequent as the series progresses, and completely gone after Kenshin learns his ultimate technique.
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Tone Shift
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Tone Shift: The shift in tone between the first and second seasons of the anime is noticeable; the shift in tone between the anime and the OVAs is massive, quite possibly crossing over into Audience Shift.
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Historical Hero Upgrade
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Historical Hero Upgrade: Saito again, for certain values of hero. While the man was indeed badass, we know very little about him otherwise. In the manga, he claims to have given up on drinking, while in actual history he died of a stomach tumor from said drinking.
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Parental Substitute
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Parental Substitute: Kenshin and Kaoru all but adopt Yahiko. This is best emphasized by their reaction, when Yahiko runs away to join the rebels. In the Distant Finale he inherits Kaoru's fighting style and Kenshin's reverse blade. Hiko saves young Shinta, takes him in and teaches him everything he knows (or at least tries to; Kenshin is too naive and headstrong to listen sometimes). Tae pretty much adopts Tsubame after she's free from her abusive caretaker.
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Bouncing Battler
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Bouncing Battler: Kenshin leaps off walls and ceilings quite often in order to get the drop on his enemies.
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Bittersweet Ending
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Bittersweet Ending: Team Kenshin all go their separate ways in the end, but their lives are far from unhappy — Kenshin and Kaoru are married with a son, Kenji; and Kenshin has finally come to terms with his bloody past. Yahiko has grown up to be a master swordsman and inherits Kenshin's sword after proving himself worthy. Megumi moves to another town, but continues her work as a doctor. And while Sanosuke is alive, he's on the run for attacking a government official, but he mails a letter to his friends that he'll be returning soon.
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Breakfast Club
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Breakfast Club: Just about any of the various sets of True Companions, but especially the Kenshin-gumi.
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Damsel in Distress
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Damsel in Distress: Kaoru who is kidnapped or otherwise in danger frequently in the first half.
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Have We Met?
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Have We Met?: At the end of the Jinchuu arc, Enishi and Oibore ( his father) run into each other in a hobo camp near Tokyo. It's implied that they both realize who the other is, but neither seem to want to discuss it, so it's purposefully left ambiguous.
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Motherhood Is Superior
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Motherhood Is Superior: In the epilogue, Kenshin and Kaoru have a child who is a boy named Kenji. A block of text clearly states "Loves his mother" complete with Kenji eager to hold onto Kaoru. Another block of text clearly states "Hates his father" complete with Kenji eager to pull Kenshin's hair when he tries to hold him. The kid is only a few years old, and it's not like the father has done him wrong or anything!
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Honor Before Reason
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Honor Before Reason: The warriors of the Kenshin Gumi and even Shishio follows this trope to a tee.
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Corrupt Politician
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Corrupt Politician: Several times throughout the series, we are reminded that while some people were able to find peace once the Bakumatsu ended, there are still those in high places who cause misery for everyone for their own gain.
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Worthy Opponent
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Worthy Opponent: Saitou Hajime, Shinomori Aoshi, and even Shishio fits this trope to some extent.
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Adult Fear
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Adult Fear: For a ten year old, Yahiko has a ridiculous amount of leeway that allows him to wield a sword, go on adventures, overshadow his teacher, and kick a buttload of giant mook ass in near-death battles. But when he goes off in the middle of the night with a bunch of rebels in the motion picture? Yahiko not only gets slapped by a very distressed and teary-eyed Kaoru who was worried sick to death where he was or what could have happened to him, but even pacifist Kenshin, who wouldn't raise a hand to anybody unless it was absolutely necessary, comes out and says that if Kaoru hadn't done it, he would have slapped Yahiko upside the head himself. You ought to be ashamed of yourself for worrying your surrogate parents like that, young samurai. It also doesn't help that without one of the leaders of that rebel group intervening to knock him out to spare him the horrors that will likely unfold, he would have likely ended up truly dead or as a youth convict captured by the police. Later on, that said rebel group loses a majority of its forces in what is essentially a terrorist act coup de tate gone horribly wrong, and among one the dead is one of his friends he made earlier in the story. Much like Kenshin, you really are a stupid apprentice, aren't you Yahiko? The Jinchuu arc is a horrifyingly well-done attempt by Enishi to use this on Kenshin. So Kenshin wasn't able to protect his first wife Tomoe and the mere possibility of losing his girlfriend Kaoru terrifies him? Now Tomoe's vengeful brother deliberately exploits this fear to make Kenshin believe Kaoru has been bloodily murdered by him, thus making him revive these horrible memories. And Kenshin almost crosses the Despair Event Horizon after that. The Psychological Horror implications of Saito going to the Kamiya dojo behind Kenshin's back brings out the Adult Fear card with incredible strength. Think about it: he could've killed everyone there easily if he wanted to, and Kenshin wouldn't have been able to do anything. When Kenshin put two and two together, he almost had a Heroic BSoD. Played horrifyingly straight in Anji Yukyuzan's backstory. The moment he left his old temple to meditate under a waterfall... it was the moment when he was beaten bloody by the local townspeople and said temple was burned to the ground. With Anji's adopted children inside. All because the town couldn't receive money from the government because the children were born to the losing side of the revolution. The terrible psychological consequences led to his Face–Heel Turn.
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Go and Sin No More
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Go and Sin No More: This is basically the offer that Kenshin makes to a great deal of his foes (aside from having them sent to the slammer) after he resolved not to kill anymore. However, this has been deconstructed when the strawman argument has been introduced to some of the nastier villains...
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Informed Attractiveness
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Informed Attractiveness: Megumi isn't ugly by any means, but she's certainly not as pretty as the show makes her out to be.
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Death by Adaptation
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Death by Adaptation: Tsuruzaemon is one of four elite warriors of Raijuta's Shinko-ryu who fights Kenshin in the manga and merely gets knocked out. In the anime, he gets gunned down and killed in a last stand once government soldiers assault Yutaro's mansion where Raijuta and his men were holed up.
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Coitus Uninterruptus
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Coitus Uninterruptus: In Shin Kyoto Hen, Usui attempts to attack Shishio while he's boning Yumi. Yet, as expected of Shishio, he can still defend himself while in bed and proceeds to give Usui orders as if this was all a normal day for him.
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Cradle of Loneliness
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Cradle of Loneliness: At the very end of the Trust and Betrayal OVA, Kenshin can be seen cradling Tomoe's shawl as he takes shelter from the rain. In an inversion, while he does that the ghost of Tomoe begins cradling him.
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Rebus Bubble
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Rebus Bubble: Courtesy of Saito and his nicknaming deductions.
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Break the Cutie
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Break the Cutie: Happens to Kenshin as a result of being an assassin.
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Getting Crap Past the Radar
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A surprisingly naughty one happens in the anime when Kaoru imagines Kenshin proposing to her and then, um, well... the two of them are suddenly hidden by the bushes and then a flower falls off a nearby branch, complete with Kaoru crying out Kenshin's name passionately. Cut to Kaoru who has passed out on the street from the sheer hotness of the mental image.
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SocialDarwinist
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Social Darwinist: Shishio and Soujirou.
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Their First Time
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During the Jinchuu/Memorial arc, Kenshin and Tomoe share a physically and emotionally intimate scene with each other in their cabin as it is snowing. However, much like the case in Berserk, it was later mixed with death.
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Psychological Horror
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The Psychological Horror implications of Saito going to the Kamiya dojo behind Kenshin's back brings out the Adult Fear card with incredible strength. Think about it: he could've killed everyone there easily if he wanted to, and Kenshin wouldn't have been able to do anything. When Kenshin put two and two together, he almost had a Heroic BSoD.
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Wham Line
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Wham Line: Kenshin sitting down to tell his friends that not only does he know who Enishi is, but that Enishi is his brother. In fact, Enishi is his brother-in-law, and Kenshin was married to his sister.
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Full-Circle Revolution
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Full-Circle Revolution: The Meiji Restoration is portrayed as this. The Shogunate was an oppressive and corrupt government. Kenshin joined the Revolution to overthrow it, and ended up creating an equally-oppressive Empire. All of the evil Kenshin committed achieved nothing of value, and this is part of what drove him to become The Atoner.
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The Atoner
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The Atoner: Kenshin, for his time as Hitokiri Battousai. Megumi is a non-combatant example, as she's trying to gain redemption for the deaths her opium caused. Aoshi definitely has shades of this, especially after Kenshin brings him back from the brink of pure evil.
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Good Scars, Evil Scars
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Good Scars, Evil Scars: Kenshin has an X-shaped scar on his cheek with a tragic backstory, some villains like Makoto Shishio are just disfigured one big scar.
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Honorifics
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Call Yahiko a kid or use the chan honorific. We dare you. Even if you're Tsubame.
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Tall, Dark, and Snarky
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Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Saitou, Aoshi, and Hiko Seijirou are literal versions; Kenshin is a short, red-headed version, but just as snarky (at least in Battousai mode).
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Early Installment Weirdness
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Early Installment Weirdness: In the chapter after Sanosuke is introduced, Kenshin is shown to have the ability to sense people's chi, and chi is later used to explain Udo Jin-e's paralysis power. After that Chi, and the ability to read it, is mentioned a grand total of once - during Kenshin's first fight against Soujiro, where it's mentioned that the Tenken's habitual tendency to completely suppress his emotions makes the ability useless.
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Huge Guy, Tiny Girl
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Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Most obviously Misao and Aoshi, as she barely comes up to his chest.
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Smug Snake
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Smug Snake: Raijuuta starts off as a hulking, manipulative serial dojo smasher who permanently cripples his own student For the Evulz to a broken shell of a man crying and begging for mercy as soon as Kenshin defeats his supposedly invincible technique.
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Do Not Call Me
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Do Not Call Me "Paul": Inverted. At the end of the anime, Saitou rejects an offer to have a final duel with his old rival, because his dispute was with the Hitokiri Battousai. He had no interest in dueling Kenshin.
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Locked into Strangeness
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Locked into Strangeness: 12-year-old Enishi's black hair turned white after Tomoe's death.
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Self-Disposing Villain
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Self-Disposing Villain: Frequently. If Kenshin can't redeem them, something will kill them.
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Age-Gap Romance
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Age-Gap Romance: With Kenshin being 28, and Kaoru being 17 it's almost Jail Bait for Kenshin in a modern sense. However since this based in the late 1870s when older men married younger women more commonly it's a normal relationship for that time period. Also, they don't get married until she's at least 18 and wait for her to be about 19 or 20 before she has their son.
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Motive Decay
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Motive Decay: Raijuuta is a bad enough case of this that Watsuki himself complains about it in an afterword. The Band of Six are initially introduced as a group of men with a legitimate bone to pick with Kenshin, though we gradually discover that they either had no real grudge against Kenshin, or had a pitiful one that was undermined by their actions. Only Enishi and Kujirinami have any motive that doesn't qualify as Evil Is Petty, and both of them ultimately realize that they were in the wrong anyway. Watsuki himself admits that it was probably a bad idea to include the group at all and it would've been better to send Enishi alone on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
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Girls' Night Out Episode
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Girls' Night Out Episode: A filler episode was constructed in this manner when the women of the Kyoto branch of the Onibanwashu, but including Aoshi, came to Tokyo to fetch Misao. They all decided to go out on a day trip before they departed, with Kenshin and Aoshi staying behind at the doji and Yahiko and Sano trailing the girls to confirm that they were getting food without them.
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With This Ring
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With This Ring: One episode of the anime featured a man who bought a ring to propose to his loved one but then he saw her with another man, misunderstood and threw it away. When he learned the other man was just an old friend, he tried to kill himself and that's when Sanosuke saw him. Fortunately, Sasuke recognized the ring as the one Kenshin found inside a fish he caught. Unfortunately, Megumi saw Kenshin with the ring and thought he intended to propose to Kaoru and then pushed him into giving it to her (it was the proper Japanese Holiday for this kind of thing). Until being told the story, Kenshin thought Kaoru took it as a birthday gift. When he learned the truth, he was too scared to resemble the legendary man slayer.
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They're Called
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They're Called "Personal Issues" for a Reason: Kaoru is okay with Kenshin not talking about himself, and it takes the Revenge Arc for him to open up.
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The Dragon
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The Dragon: Soujirou to Shishio and Gein to Enishi.
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Marionette Master
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Marionette Master: Gein, who uses his puppets like a Steampunk Humongous Mecha.
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Snow Means Death
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Snow Means Death: In the Tsuiokuhen OVA, Tomoe dies in the snow. Variant in Seishouhen: Kenshin dies among a shower of snowflake-like cherry blossoms.
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Adaptational Attractiveness
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Adaptational Attractiveness: Live-action Kenshin has a smaller scar than the usual◊. Kaoru was considered in universe to be plain-looking. In the live action movies she is played by Japanese J-Idol beauty Emi Takei◊. Even though there are already fans who consider the franchise's physical portrayal of him to be handsome (though canceled out by his dark personality and hard rugged features) and the fandom as a whole universally agree Watsuki's design to be far more attractive than his real life counterpart, the live action films manages to do this to Saito who is played by hunk actor Yosuke Eguchi◊.
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Bastard Angst
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Bastard Angst: Seta Soujirou is a darker take on this trope — his entire stepfamily was abusive towards him for his illegitimacy, which caused him to snap and kill them all.
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The So-Called Coward
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The So-Called Coward: Plenty of people throughout the manga attribute Kenshin's pacifism to this. And usually they learn that this is not at all the case.
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10-Minute Retirement
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10-Minute Retirement: When Kenshin comes out of the worst of his Heroic BSoD he falls into this. He drifts into a village of wanderers and simply stares at the ground with Dull Eyes of Unhappiness. He even chains his sword so that he can no longer draw it.
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Disproportionate Celebration
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Disproportionate Celebration: A minor antagonist celebrates when he manages to inflict a negligible wound on Kenshin. Based on this Kenshin concludes that all the guy's tough talk about how A Real Man Is a Killer and the antagonist's claims of being an experienced swordsman who has slain many people are all false. As Kenshin explains, someone with such a background would actually be disappointed in only managing to inflict such a minor injury instead of celebrating that he managed to wound his opponent at all. Soon afterwards Kenshin is proven right, and his opponent descends into a Villainous Breakdown.
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Foreign Exchange Student
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Foreign Exchange Student: According to Cho, the "sword hunter", this what Kamatari becomes after the Juppongatana disbands. Though truthfully it was because Cho lied to Kamatari, by saying Shishio had wanted the remaining Juppongatana to spread word of his deeds in case his plans failed. In reality, it was Cho's way of keeping Kamatari from killing him/herself. It's also implied that he/she was aware of it.
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Fragile Speedster
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Fragile Speedster: Played with. On the one hand, Kenshin's Determinater qualities allow him to tank massive amounts of damage despite his slim build and his sword style's emphasis on speed and two-strike moves. Unfortunately played devastatingly straight at the end of the series where learning the Succession Technique effectively destroys his body through the accumulation of muscle damage in conjunction with the natural strain of someone with Kenshin's build using Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu style. This forces him to abandon the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu style (though his son is supposed to be even better than he is once he grows up, being a natural prodigy and all). Interestingly played with Senkaku, one of Shishiou's lower minions. He's a Lightning Bruiser who is approximately as fast as Kenshin, despite his massive build. However Kenshin fights him in a match of speed, turning Senkaku's own body against him as he (Senkaku) keeps pushing himself until his joints collapse underneath him from the repeated strain.
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Even the Guys Want Him
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Even the Guys Want Him: Seijiro Hiko, full stop. Also, Kenshin (to an extent). To even lesser extents, just about every other reasonably attractive male character. As odd as it may seem, if you're a guy and a fan of this series, you will want one of the guys.
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Adaptation Distillation
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Adaptation Distillation: The live action film trilogy and to a lesser extent the OV As and animated film incarnations get this. In particular Soujirou's backstory always receive this in all adaptations due to the brutal nature of what he did. Even the 1996 TV series, known to add in generally decent filler and to expand upon canon scenes, is not free from this. Some of the events building up to the climatic battle of major arcs are altered as are the involvement of several minor characters and backstory elements. In particular the Oniwaban's various members' backstories (particularly Shikijo and Hanya) key-defining moments as well as essential actions they did in the arc removed
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Forced to Watch
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Forced to Watch: Averted in the Jinchuu Arc since Enishi was unable to kill any young woman who resembled his sister in age and appearance, so he couldn't kill Kaoru in front of Kenshin as he originally planned. So instead he left the dummy doll for Kenshin to stare at, but Aoshi figured it out.
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Guilt Complex
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Guilt Complex: Kenshin, Kenshin, Kenshin. Tomoe's death, Enishi's insanity and everything he does as a result of that, his psycho enemies putting his True Companions in danger, Survivor's Guilt after the attack when he was a little kid... these are just a few of the things he blames himself for.
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Bare-Handed Blade Block
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Barehanded Blade Block: Kenshin to Aoshi. This gets a nice Ironic Echo when Aoshi does the same to an Elite Mook who was copying his fighting style. Yahiko becomes famous for this, as his school excels at defensive abilities, starting with a technique that allows him to catch blades between the backs of his hands. He eventually learns to catch swords between the knuckles of his index and middle fingers, gaining him the nickname "Master of a Thousand Blade Catches." Shishio makes it very clear to that any move he sees will never work against him and to prove his point, he catches Kenshin and Saito's blades between his thumb and his index and middle fingers when attempting Ryushosen and the Gatotsu respectively, both of which he had seen previously.
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Central Theme
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Central Theme: Atoning and redemption for past mistakes, as well as the restraint and resolve it takes to maintain it.
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Dissonant Serenity
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Dissonant Serenity: Soujirou is the embodiment of this until he snaps in a Villainous Breakdown. Enishi also starts like this, but soon we find out that he's prone to very wild mood swings.
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I Want My Beloved to Be Happy
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I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Tomoe and Megumi for Kenshin.
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Names to Run Away From Really Fast
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Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Hitokiri Battousai. In translation: Assassin who kills on the draw.
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Outdoor Bath Peeping
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Outdoor Bath Peeping: Sano and Yahiko attempt this in the anime version of the Raijuta arc, only to get attacked by a still-dressed Kaoru and Megumi, who knew they would try this.
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Eccentric Mentor
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Eccentric Mentor: Oibore. He's even got a Wizard Beard, Robe and Wizard Hat! (Well, okay, the robes are natty rags and the hat is made of bamboo, but his look still evokes the archetype).
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BadassNormal
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Badass Normal: Sagara Sanosuke. Despite being just a street fighter, he's able to hold his own against foes which give Kenshin a hard time.
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Heroic Sacrifice
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Heroic Sacrifice: Aoshi's men sacrifice themselves against Kanryuu's machine gun to keep Kanryuu from firing on Aoshi, after which Kanryuu runs out of ammunition. In the anime, the gun jams due to a projectile from the hidden weapons specialist.
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Funbag Airbag
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Funbag Airbag: Variant: Yahiko once walked face-first into Sano's... waist.
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Forgot About His Powers
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Forgot About His Powers: In the anime filler, Kenshin, during his fight against the Black Knight Meldars, seemed to forget that he had the Doryusen at his disposal, along with several other moves, which could have easily enabled him to take down the German knight(while easily knocking him off his horse) and not get beaten to an inch of his life.
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Missing Mom
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Missing Mom: The mother of every single major character whose parentage is discussed is deceased, as are most of their fathers.
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Breaking the Fellowship
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Breaking the Fellowship: First, when Kenshin sets out for Kyoto alone (necessitating everyone else to chase after him), and then when Kenshin has a Heroic BSoD over Kaoru's apparent death.
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Hot-Blooded
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Hot-Blooded: Yahiko, Sanosuke, his father Kamishimoemon Higashidane and Shishio who dies of literal Hot Blood
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Eating the Eye Candy: In episode 19, the group is visiting a local hot spring. While Kenshin is bathing in the men's side he overhears the girls and their hostess talking about the plot and has a Eureka Moment, jumping out of the water to go to the girls side to tell them about it, completely forgetting he's naked. A shocked Kaoru blushes while Megumi enjoys the view.
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Undressing the Unconscious: In the final arc of the manga, Enishi kidnaps Kaoru and she awakens in his remote Island base wearing only a robe because he used her clothes to dress up a fake doll corpse in order to make Kenshin think she's dead.
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Epiphany Therapy
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Epiphany Therapy: Subverted. After his experience with Tomoe, Kenshin decides to become a Technical Pacifist but he still carries his hitokiri-related baggage until the end of the series.
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No Sense of Direction: Sanosuke is INFAMOUS for this. He even manages to get himself lost while running around with a compass.
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Expressive Hair
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Expressive Hair: Misao's braid; the other characters just get a few strands of misplaced hair while flustered. Chou claims that his hair stands straight up while angry, but Kenshin brutally shoots him down by saying that his hair is like that all the time anyway.
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Sliding Scale of Gender Inequality
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Sliding Scale of Gender Inequality: Level 4. Most of the girls in the series are supposedly competent action girls, but its been shown that the guys take the limelight while the girls fall in action.
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Bumbling Henchmen Duo
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Bumbling Henchmen Duo: A pair of brothers Kenshin defeats in his debut chapter were brought back as recurring minor minions in the anime; the manga also lets them show up again during Sano's side-story where he meets up with his family and dealt with offscreen just as quickly.
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Mentor Occupational Hazard: The training in Kenshin and Hiko's sword-style ends with the apprentice killing the master in order to learn the final technique. This trope is actually an intentional part of the job. Oddly, Hiko manages to survive anyway, though his own master wasn't so lucky.
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Recognition Failure
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Recognition Failure: As a Running Gag, whenever a politician (often a Historical Domain Character) appears, Yahiko has no idea who they are.
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Punny Name
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Punny Name: Kamatari, the Great Scythe (O-Kama) of the Ten Swords, who also happens to be a homosexual transvestite (okama). (Although technically, his weapon is more of a dai-kusarigama).
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Villainous RRoD: Kyoto Arc Big Bad Social Darwinist Shishio Makoto can only exert himself for so long before the massive burns he suffered threaten to kill him. He over-exerts himself in the battle against Kenshin and spontaneously combusts, sparing Kenshin the difficult decision of whether or not to break his Thou Shalt Not Kill vow.
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Babies Ever After: In the Distant Epilogue Kaoru and Kenshin are married and have a son, Kenji, who by Word of God grows to surpass his old man as a swordsman.
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Deadly Delivery
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Deadly Delivery: Saito pulls this stunt when he visits the Kamiya dojo, by posing as a peddler selling medicines and home remedies. Sanosuke almost falls for it, until he notices the calluses on Saito's hands. At which point Saito drops the facade and attacks Sanosuke, nearly killing him. He notes the attack would have been fatal had it not been for the flimsiness of the sword he was carrying.
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Religious Bruiser
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Shougo Amakusa from the anime deconstructs Religious Bruiser and Love Freak, since everyone told him that he was a "Son of God" since he was a kid and his family died horribly... but that makes him grow into an arrogant Jerkass with a God Complex who almost gets himself and all of his followers killed, and doesn't stop until both his sister and Morality Pet dies and Kenshin defeats him.
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Disney Death: Kaoru. The author even apologized for the anticlimax (although in retrospect the setup for this was really obvious). He's also somewhat torn on how it turned out—on the one hand, it's an awful anticlimax, but on the other hand, he believes steadfastly that Kenshin deserves a happy ending and life, and there was no way that could be accomplished if that had happened. So he doesn't regret it.
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Stealth Hi/Bye
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Kaoru gets very blushy when Yahiko (jokingly) suggests that she should put Kenshin (who has a habit of disappearing) on a leash because she imagines this. This comes back as a Brick Joke: as an attempt to keep Kenshin in Kyoto, Megumi puts a collar and leash on him.
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Calling Your Attacks
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Calling Your Attacks: Interrupted on one occasion when Enishi punches Kenshin in the face before he can finish.
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"Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: When Saitou very casually drops the fact that he's married (and Kenshin and Misao react with appropriate shock), a sidebar notes: "This is historical truth."
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Adaptational Badass
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Adaptational Badass: Happens throughout various adaptations but in particular the live action film trilogy where mostly side characters that are barely above Badass Normal such as Misao, Sadojima, and Kaoru are given more various skill sets and even shown to be as capable taking on far weight more than they can carry in the original manga (to the point of being One Man Armies and even going toe-to-toe with the master swordsman and superhuman martial artists of the franchise). Even some of the already badass experts of Swordsmanship and superhuman fighters such as Makoto are portrayed as being even better. Should be noted the live TV series does this to Kaoru, Yahiko and Megumi. Yahiko progresses much faster in the TV series to the point of already being capable of taking on multiple trained swordsman before the Kyoto arc. Kaoru is given more screentime in the action scenes, even going as far as helping Kenshin raid Kanryu's mansion and fending off over 20 men along with Yahiko. She is also portrayed as being well-versed in Jujitsu techniques in a filler episode. Megumi was only a backup doctor in the original manga (who never did anything daring once the Oniawaban arc finishes). The TV series has her not only involved directly in incidents she never had any direct contact with in the manga (such as the Raijuta chapters) in a role similar to a combat medic, but she is portrayed physically striking working class men and even enemy mooks (going so far as to KO a few perverts in one blow and knocking down some pawns in a single blow in filler episodes). Raijuta is the biggest example as far as villain goes in the franchise. The original manga has hims as a Miles Gloriosus who quickly breaksdown after Kenshin lectures him on the true lethality of swordsmanship without drawing his blade once to the point of permanent trauma. The TV series portrays him being a genuine threat as an ambitious warlord eager to create a sovereign state who is capable of wiping out an entire platoon of Meiji classified Imperial Army division in a sword swing emitting Razor Wind and capable of commanding a small army of Master Swordsman to execute military tactics including recon and ambushes. The climatic duel of his arc in the TV series forced Kenshin to fight seriously and ended both with Raijuta being knocked out unconscious and Kenshin suffering some serious injuries.
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Redemption Equals Affliction
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Redemption Equals Affliction: While on an assassination mission, Kenshin received a cut to his face from his target's bodyguard (whom he immediately dispatched as well). Because the cut refused to heal it was theorized by Kenshin's peers that he had been struck by an innocent man and his wound was penance. The wound only finally stopped bleeding some months later when the famous cross-shaped-scar was completed by his dying wife, who he had accidentally struck during a battle (and who turned had been the fiancee of the man he murdered before). Kenshin holds the belief that the cross-shaped-scar will vanish when he has fully atoned for his sins. He also doesn't believe that is possible though by the end of the manga it has indeed begun to heal.
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Arc Words
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Arc Words: "This new era" (i.e., Meiji) serves as a Story Words version during the majority of the manga. "The age decides the man" and "In this world the weak are food for the strong. If you are strong, you live. If you are weak, you die" throughout the Kyoto arc, especially during Kenshin and Shishio's duel.
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Multiple Demographic Appeal
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Multiple Demographic Appeal: While it is, strictly speaking, a shonen adventure series, the hugely varied cast, fascinating villains, interesting politics and backstories (many of which were at least historically based and some of which were startlingly accurate), and beautiful guys AND girls gave it appeal across nearly every single age and gender group in Japan, making it far and away one of the banner manga/anime series of the '90s. It was even exported to dozens of other countries with great success, particularly in Asia, Western Europe, Oceania, and America (for example, Australia & New Zealand ran the full Sony dub several times over, nearly every Asian country ran the show in various forms at least once, and the series gained considerable success on Toonami in America). Also, the subtitle, "Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story", applies in both the classical (as in a a fictitious narrative which turns upon marvellous and uncommon incidents) and common (involving romance) senses.
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Iaijutsu Practitioner
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Iaijutsu Practitioner: Kenshin's signature technique is based on this. Although an all-around Master Swordsman, he earned the nickname "Battousai" by being just that damn good at battoujutsu. Not only does he go out of his way to resheath his weapon against (nearly) all of his substantial adversaries, the ultimate technique of his swordsfighting style is a battoujutsu which is so powerful that, if blocked, it creates a small vacuum in the air.
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Technical Pacifist
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Technical Pacifist: Kenshin, because he has made a vow as part of his self-induced atonement.
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Self-Made Orphan
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Self-Made Orphan: Soujirou killed his abusive stepsiblings in self-defense. Enishi killed his adoptive family because he hated their happiness.
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Rapunzel Hair
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Rapunzel Hair: Most of the adult women, given that the fashion of the time considered long hair to be attractive (and more socially acceptable); Misao's is probably the longest, given that her braid alone goes all the way down her back. Kenshin and his mentor Hiko also have very long hair.
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Neutral Female
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Neutral Female: Several of the women in the series just stand around and talk about the fight.
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Real Event, Fictional Cause
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Real Event, Fictional Cause: This is done with the assassination of Okubo Toshimichi. In real life, Okubo was assassinated by a group of samurai unhappy with his rapid modernization/westernization and abolition of the privileges the samurai had enjoyed. In the story, Social Darwinist Shishio has his dragon assassinate Okubo as a step to weaken Japan and make it easy for Shishio to take over the country, and the samurai find Okubo's body afterward and claim credit for the deed.
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All Love Is Unrequited
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All Love Is Unrequited: For the most part averted (which is kind of surprising considering that it's a shounen anime.)
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GoodCounterpart
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Good Counterpart: The first villains impersonated Kenshin to commit murder, ran a Thug Dojo, and aimed to take over the Kamiya family dojo. A filler character impersonated Kenshin by using his reputation as an unstoppable swordsman to break up fights, ran a dojo, and used it to raise money for his orphanage.
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Caught the Heart on His Sleeve
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Caught the Heart on His Sleeve: Kaoru does this to Kenshin several times most notably before his first fight with Saito.
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"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Every time Kenshin fights an opponent, the opponent gives him this, mainly for being on the Imperialists' side or being a pacifist. Kenshin always manages to prove them wrong, or at least prove that he may not agree with them but doesn't suck like they say he does. Saito delivers a particularly incisive and crushing one of these to Usui during their fight.
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Off with His Head!
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Off with His Head!: There are quite a few scenes in the manga that show characters literally losing their heads. Many of these scenes are either Adapted Out (Aoshi taking the heads of the fallen Oniwabanshu after Kanryuu's defeat) or edited (Soujirou decapitating his adopted family is covered by a Shadow Discretion Shot).
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Tsundere
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Tsundere: Kaoru, who is largely tsun around Kenshin and Yahiko especially, but fairly sweet otherwise. Lampshaded in her Image Song called "It's not that I like you!"
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Symbolism
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Symbolism: Shishio insists he is "chosen by the age" to lead, and is only defeated by time itself, when he insists on fighting Kenshin too long, and his damaged body, unable to sweat, literally catches on fire.
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Breaking the Bonds
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Breaking the Bonds: Kenshin has to do this a few times, given the number of times he winds up tied to various objects over the course of the series; interestingly enough, though, he almost never actually breaks the rope in question. He slips out of it, cuts it, or—in the pirate filler arc—dislocates his wrist to get free.
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He's Back
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He's Back: Kenshin revival from his Heroic BSoD after he found a reason to live again after Enishi's Jinchuu.
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Bloody Horror
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Bloody Horror: This is most often invoked by the villains since Kenshi is a peaceful person and is against killing. The villains tend to kill people in very bloody ways to make a point they're horrible murderers. Although quite a few characters Cough Up Blood after sustaining heavy hits causing life threatening organ damage, making the other characters fear if they'll come out alive. The Animated film with Kenshi's backstory is also very fear inducing with it's high amount of bloody deaths, and Blood-Splattered Innocents like Tomoe. And as is noted below some of the characters have Bloodbath Villain Origins.
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Tragic Hero
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Tragic Hero: Kenshin's backstory involving his first wife Tomoe.
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Attack Its Weak Point
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Attack Its Weak Point: Kenshin wins the battle against Gein by jamming up the gears of his puppet with a tiny rock, and then proceeds to Hannibal Lecture Gein about the importance of being able to feel pain.
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Finger Poke of Doom
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Finger Poke of Doom: Sano introduces himself with one of these. Anji has a fingerpoke version of the Futae no Kawami, an ability that can shatter rocks to fine dust, and teaches it to Sano.
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Conservation of Ninjutsu
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Conservation of Ninjutsu: Many fights play out like this, though it is somewhat justified for Kenshin in that the Hiten Mitsurugi style is specifically described as an exceptionally rare and deadly discipline that specializes in combat against multiple opponents.
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Final Battle
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Final Battle: The Kenshin Gumi along with Aoshi, Misao and Saitou go to Enishi's island to rescue Kaoru. Once there, it's Aoshi, Yahiko, Sanosuke and Saitou vs. Enishi's four henchmen and, of course, Kenshin vs. Enishi.
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BFS
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BFS: Sano's zanbato. Deconstructed when Kenshin explains that because it's so large, it only has a limited number of ways of attacking and is thus very predictable. Kenshin eventually cuts it in half, leading Sanosuke to ditch it in favor of his fists until the Revenge arc, where it's repaired and used to play baseball with a grenade launcher.
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Crystal Dragon Jesus
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Crystal Dragon Jesus: Subverted; a filler arc of the anime begins with a band of Christian revolutionaries and their deranged leader Amakusa Shogo, a would-be messiah likely modeled after both real-world cult leader Asahara Shoko and Japanese historical figure Amakusa Shiro Tokisada.
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Red Oni, Blue Oni
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Red Oni, Blue Oni: Except to Sano (who takes the Red Oni role all the time, causing Kenshin to be Blue in contrast), Kenshin plays Red Oni to most of his rivals.
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Fatal Family Photo: No photo involved, but Kiyosato Akira (Tomoe's fiance) talks about his engagement right before Battousai shows up to assassinate his party.
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Second Love
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Second Love: Kenshin ending up with Kaoru, and then Kenshin himself being Tomoe's second love.
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Promoted to Love Interest
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Promoted to Love Interest: Though it's clear the two would end up with each other, the anime was far more clear about Yahiko and Tsubame's blossoming relationship than the manga. In the manga, Tsubame's debut chapter was about the mystery surrounding Yahiko suddenly working at the Akabeko (though the rest of the Kenshingumi do muse at the idea of him trying to be with Tsubame). In the anime, Tsubame's debut episode was about Yahiko experiencing Love at First Sight.
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Badass Boast
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Badass Boast: Battousai during the Jin-E duel Happens twice more during his duel with Saito:
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Badass Creed
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Badass Creed: Aku Soku Zan. It translates to "Swift Death to Evil", or a bit more creatively, "Slay Evil Immediately/Instantly." Columbia Pictures, on the other hand, dubbed it as "Evil. Right Now. Murder."
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Story-Breaker Power
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Story-Breaker Power: Hiko Seijuro. Word of God states that he is essentially invincible in battle, which is why he doesn't show up often. When he does fight, it's pretty much a Curb-Stomp Battle.
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Instant Waking Skills
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In the flashback arc, Kenshin almost decapitates Tomoe when she approaches him while asleep to put a blanket on him. This actually subverts Instant Waking Skills by having Kenshin being so out of it that he almost could not identify his "attacker" in time to push her away—a moment more and he would've killed her. This causes him to truly realize the psychological toll of being an assassin.
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Quirky Miniboss Squad
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Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Juppongatana, Aoshi's Oniwabanshuu.
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Deconstruction
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Deconstruction: The series as a whole is a deconstruction of the Jidaigeki genre. Also, Anji Yukyuzen is a deconstruction of Papa Wolf since his adoptive childrens' death drive him to madness and a Face–Heel Turn, and Sanosuke has to beat the shit out of him both physically and mentally to make him see reason. Shougo Amakusa from the anime deconstructs Religious Bruiser and Love Freak, since everyone told him that he was a "Son of God" since he was a kid and his family died horribly... but that makes him grow into an arrogant Jerkass with a God Complex who almost gets himself and all of his followers killed, and doesn't stop until both his sister and Morality Pet dies and Kenshin defeats him.
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Capitalism Is Bad
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Capitalism Is Bad: An early incident delves into this with the conflict against Kanryu Takeda. Kanryu is an "entrepreneur" who has learned about western capitalism and seeks to spread it about in the setting of Meiji era Japan. The business he runs specializes in opium, which has had a detrimental effect on the local area, but nonetheless Kanryu has profited and thus continues to provide it to meet the demand to make himself wealthier. In addition, he treats his employees Megumi Takani (his chief Opium maker) and the Oniwaban group with no shred of dignity. He even attempts to kill all of the latter with a Gatling gun just so he could kill Himura Kenshin in the process.
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ProudWarriorRaceGuy
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Proud Warrior Race Guy: Shishio Makoto is this trope taken to its darkest logical conclusion; a warrior whose respect for strength is so absolute that he wishes to create a Japan where everyone has to be a warrior just to survive.
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Overshadowed by Awesome
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Overshadowed by Awesome: Kaoru. She's one of the best fighters in her generation - and her odd-job man is one of the top five fighters of that century.
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Dragon with an Agenda
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Dragon with an Agenda: Gein is this to both Shishio and Enishi; as Shishio's minion, he was actually acting as Enishi's informant, and as Enishi's, he only cares about using Enishi to further his own ends.
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Wham Episode
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Wham Episode: Enishi gets to defeat Kenshin and (apparently) brutally murders Kaoru.
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Knife-Throwing Act: A filler episode had Kaoru attempt this, only to hit Sanosuke in the arm on her first try.
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Dangerous Forbidden Technique
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Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Succession Technique puts tremendous strain on Kenshin's body. Sano broke his hand during the Kyoto arc, subsequent uses of his ultimate technique tended to have bad results for said hand (until he figured out a workaround).
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Pint-Sized Powerhouse
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Pintsized Powerhouse: Kenshin; Yahiko to an extent.
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Cry Cute
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Cry Cute: Kaoru, Megumi, Misao, and (most notably) Tsubame. In essence all the main girls/women at some point.
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Character Exaggeration
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Character Exaggeration: Kenshin's Obfuscating Stupidity is played up in the anime version, to the point that in the Kyoto arc some people found it odd that he was acting like his manga self—which is much more of a Deadpan Snarker.
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Bandage Wince
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Bandage Wince: Sanosuke was beaten up (and he gets beaten up pretty often), but one episode has him wincing in pain when his wounds and being washed and cleansed.
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Now Which One Was That Voice?
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Now Which One Was That Voice?: The English actors are credited, but the roles they play aren't given with them.
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Loved Ones Montage: Kenshin has a flash of his experiences (friends and enemies alike) just before learning his ultimate technique; Yahiko has a similar one later to reflect how much he'd unconsciously picked up just by witnessing the same set of events.
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Heir to the Dojo
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Heir to the Dojo: Kaoru calls herself "assistant master" because she was the next in line to be the master.
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Revenge
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Revenge: Enishi Yukishiro; almost all his Mooks all have grudges against Kenshin in one form or another.
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Crusading Widower
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Crusading Widower: Kenshin's principle of "protect the innocent without killing" was inspired by the death of his wife Tomoe.
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Personal Effects Reveal
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Personal Effects Reveal: After Tomoe's death, Kenshin goes through her diary and figures out that the man he killed months earlier was Tomoe's fiance. Bummer. Even worse in the anime OVA, when Kenshin is first told that Tomoe is the traitor and then is prompted to look in her diary, where he finds out that he killed her fiance. On his way to find her, that's the only thing he can think about.
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Can't Catch Up
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Can't Catch Up: Kaoru starts the series unable to catch up to Kenshin, and though Watsuki points out that that Kaoru is at least a national level kendoka and thus a very strong woman both emotionally and physically, she's surrounded by absurdly strong fighters. Her choosing to stay home and out of many of the big fights in the manga doesn't help the perception of her being a Faux Action Girl either. In the anime, however, she is much more involved, helping with rescuing Yahiko and taking part in the raid on Kanryuu's mansion. Most of the rest of the Kenshingumi can't catch up to him either, but they have particular abilities and skills that allow them to take on Quirky Miniboss Squads. Averted by Saito, who is definitely on Kenshin's level.
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Villainous Breakdown: Soujirou during the Kyoto arc, when Kenshin's words start to get to him and clash with what Shishio Makoto taught him as well as reliving the horrible events from his past. Shishio after being hit with the Amakakeru Ryuu no Hirameki and going over his time limt of 15 minutes in battle. Also Enishi in the Jinchuu arc, in his second fight against Kenshin. When the image of his dead sister doesn't smile for him anymore, he all but loses the will to fight and can only resort to pounding the ground and screaming at Kenshin.
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Big Bad
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Big Bad: Makoto Shishio in the Kyoto Arc, Enishi Yukishiro in the Revenge Arc. The Tokyo Arc is a collection of smaller stories without a single Big Bad, though Saito is the final opponent of the arc. In the Remembrance flashback, Tatsumi arguably serves this role.
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Superweapon Surprise
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Superweapon Surprise: When Sanosuke throws Tsukioka's homemade grenades at Shishio's battleship, Hōji ensures the worried crew that the bombs aren't strong enough to do any serious damage to the vessel. The exact opposite happens, to the astonishment of villains and heroes alike - including Sanosuke himself, since Tsukioka had told him the grenades were only for self-defense.
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Odd Couple
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Odd Couple: Sanosuke teaming up with either Megumi and/or Saitou; Kenshin also remarks how unlikely it was that he, a former Imperialist, and Saitou, an warrior for the Shogunate, can be trusted teammates.
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Better to Die than Be Killed
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Better to Die than Be Killed: Kurogasa/Jin-E stabbed his own heart when Battousai was stopped an inch from killing him by Kaoru; he knows the Meiji authorities will kill him anyway but he thought only Battousai was worthy of killing him. Later, Houji commits suicide rather than stand trial, when it turns out that the Meiji Government will deny him his chance at making a public statement.
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Razor Floss
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Razor Floss: In addition to controlling both Iwanbō models from the inside, Gein fights on his own by using near invisible steel strings covered with diamond dust that easily slice through things.
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Contemplate Our Navels
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Contemplate Our Navels: Nearly every battle, which is one of the strikes "against" the series.
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Evil Counterpart
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Enishi Yukishiro is also an Evil Counterpart to Kenshin, given that both of them received lasting marks from Tomoe's death (Kenshin got the second half of his cross-scar while Enishi's hair turned white from the trauma), but while that event motivated Kenshin to become The Atoner, Enishi went Ax-Crazy.
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The Only One Allowed to Defeat You
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Kurogasa/Jin-E stabbed his own heart when Battousai was stopped an inch from killing him by Kaoru; he knows the Meiji authorities will kill him anyway but he thought only Battousai was worthy of killing him.
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As Lethal as It Needs to Be
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As Lethal as It Needs to Be: Kenshin almost kills Seijuro with the Amakakeru Ryu no Hirameki, only sparing him because some bolts on his sword gave way, lessening the blow. Kenshin never comes close to doing that kind of damage with the move again, even against enemies far physically weaker than Seijuro. Justified somewhat as it's explicitly said that Kenshin must be very careful with that attack.
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Took a Level in Badass
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Took a Level in Badass: Yahiko in the Distant Finale and Sano in Reflections, if his longer hair and nice proto-beard are any indication. Sano took an in-series level during the Kyoto arc; Anji, who trained him, notes this to himself when watching Sano leave.
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Dead Guy on Display
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Dead Guys On Display: Sanosuke's mentor, Sagara Sozo, was a historically-accurate victim of this. This is also the unfortunate fate of Eiji's parents in Shingetsu Village.
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Blade Run
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Blade Run: Kenshin does this to Sano's zanbato; his mentor pulls off an even more awesome version on a different opponent's even bigger weapon.
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Foreshadowing
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Foreshadowing: In one early story, Yahiko explains that he's started work at the Akabeko because he wants to buy a reverse blade sword like Kenshin has. After the Time Skip at the end of the series, Kenshin gives Yahiko his own sword.
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Made of Iron
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Made of Iron: While the series appears to have high standards for what counts as a "crippling blow", this is one of Sanosuke's distinguishing traits. As early as his introduction mini-arc, a man hits him in the face with a hidden knife-ring: not only Sanosuke doesn't even flinch, the man breaks his finger in the attempt. Shishio manages to survive an assassination attempt, getting his "corpse" lit on fire (though not without massive scarring), a ridiculous amount of punishment from Kenshin (being smacked around with a supposedly nonlethal weapon still hurts), AND a punch to the face by the aforementioned Sanosuke, which shatters all the bones in Sanosuke's hand.
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Filler
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Filler: Sadly, the overuse of filler episodes in the later seasons led to its eventual cancellation.
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SNK Boss
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SNK Boss: Kanryu Takeda fights swordsmen using a Gatling Gun, and declares them weak when they die from his bullets.
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One-Man Army
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Several of the Ten Swords suffer this in the live action movies but Usui gets hit hardest. Most of his incarnations in the franchise portray him as a One-Man Army assassin capable of wiping out an entire elite squad of policemen within an hour with ease (and thats just with toying around) in a direct confrontation. In addition while its granted that Saito was playing around and sitll won in the end througha Curbstomp Battle, Usui was skilled enough to give him leg wounds. In the live action movie Usui only kills two police in a completely unexpected ambush before getting slaughtered by Saito just minutes later.
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Cut Lex Luthor a Check
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Cut Lex Luthor a Check: At the end of the Kyoto arc, most of the surviving Juppongatana members are pardoned and given government jobs which make use of their unique skills.
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Last Chance to Quit
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Last Chance to Quit: Done in the Kyoto arc by Yumi, who gave Kenshin and Sanosuke a chance to back off of Shishio's plans and she could just say that they ran off. Kenshin declines, noting that Yumi offered this because she was worried about Shishio's health during the fight.
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It's Personal
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This comes to a climax in the Revenge (Jinchuu) Arc, where almost the entire group of people fighting Kenshin have a personal grudge against him for what he did as an assassin.
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It's Probably Nothing
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It's Probably Nothing: Kenshin has a dream about fighting someone from the revolution, which causes him to be distracted all day. In order to try and quit being detracted he tries to dismiss it as nothing, right before finding Sanosuke who was attacked by the same fighter from his dream.
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Samus Is a Girl
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Samus Is a Girl: Shura the leader of the pirates in Episode 25.
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Dumb Muscle
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The first arc of the anime also completely eliminates Kihei Hiruma, leaving his brother Gohei (who is just a Dumb Muscle in the manga) as the sole Starter Villain.
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Meet the New Boss
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Meet the New Boss: The reason Kenshin joined the Meiji rebellion in the first place was that he thought the world would be genuinely changed for the better by the loss of the Tokugawa Shogunate. But once the war was won, the ultimate result was the trading of one sort of oppression for another and nothing was ultimately changed, as Hiko warned would be the case. It's one of the major reasons Kenshin embraces his idealism so fiercely.
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It's Not You, It's My Enemies
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It's Not You, It's My Enemies: This is the reason Kenshin sets off alone at the beginning of the Kyoto Arc.
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Mood Whiplash
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Mood Whiplash: The manga very often swings between deadly serious battles to slapstick humor; the anime also manages this pretty well. At times it's used as a brilliant source of dramatic tension.
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Avoiding the Great War
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Avoiding the Great War: This trope is played straight after Kenshin defeats Shishio, who has a Social Darwinist ideology. Kenshin thinks to himself that hopefully he's prevented such an ideology from ever again arising or leading to problems in Japan.
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Imagine Spot
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Imagine Spot: When Kenshin is late to return home after being dragged off to a gambling session with Sano, Yahiko suggests that he's either won big or lost big, then suggests that Kaoru shouldn't be surprised about him coming home in nothing but his underwear. In the manga, this is accompanied by a small visual of just that. Kaoru gets very blushy when Yahiko (jokingly) suggests that she should put Kenshin (who has a habit of disappearing) on a leash because she imagines this. This comes back as a Brick Joke: as an attempt to keep Kenshin in Kyoto, Megumi puts a collar and leash on him. Saitou, master of mental associations, makes the "if Kaoru -> Tanuki and Megumi -> Fox, then Misao -> Weasel◊" connection in one; later, when Chou and Sanosuke are arguing, he imagines a broom shooing away an angry rooster◊. Misao and Kenshin also get one when the hear that Saitou is married. "She must be some kind of Goddess!" Cue (in the anime) a visual sting of Saitou◊ reclining on the statue of a Bodhisattva. When Hiko finishes teaching Kenshin the Succession Technique, he declares Kenshin worthy of the Hiko name and cape. Both of them then imagine how Kenshin might look in it, and Kenshin decides that he'd rather not accept the passing of the torch after all. A surprisingly naughty one happens in the anime when Kaoru imagines Kenshin proposing to her and then, um, well... the two of them are suddenly hidden by the bushes and then a flower falls off a nearby branch, complete with Kaoru crying out Kenshin's name passionately. Cut to Kaoru who has passed out on the street from the sheer hotness of the mental image. One episode had Kaoru training a sumo wrestler. Sano wondered if she'd wear one of the sumo-wrestler loincloths. Kenshin, Yahiko, and Sano, all in a row, became very thoughtful as they shared a mental image of Kaoru in a loincloth and nothing else. Kaoru disabused them of the notion.
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Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy
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Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Anyone with a gun graduated. A particularly egregious incident involves at least a dozen soldiers firing rifles at one villain and the shots being in a pattern that perfectly outlined him. Subverted in one important case: Kanryu Takeda uses a Gatling gun to mow down all of the Oniwabanshuu but Aoshi. This scene is probably the most important instance in the series.
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Obfuscating Stupidity
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Obfuscating Stupidity: Kenshin tends to do this with strangers, acting as if he's clumsy fool until he has a reason to get serious.
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Meet Cute
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Kenshin meets Kaoru this way. He saves her via bridal-carry against the fake Battousai, and then fakes a hip injury. (Kaoru, thinking that he's insulting her weight, is most unamused).
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Red Eyes, Take Warning
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Red Eyes, Take Warning: Makoto Shishio has narrow red eyes. His intro episode is appropriately titled "Devil of Vengeance." Earlier on, though, protagonist Kenshin Himura himself was exhibiting the trope as Hitokiri Battousai until his battle with Saitou Hajime gave him gold eyes, probably to match the prescribed manga coloring. His eyes also looked red then turned gold very early in the series when Jin-E kidnapped Kaoru. Possibly justified in that the more enraged he is, the more his eyes change from their normal blue-ish purple.
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Hidden Elf Village
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Hidden Elf Village: Shingetsu Village. Not so much hidden as it was erased from official maps due to it being taken over by Shishio.
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Time to Unlock More True Potential
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Time to Unlock More True Potential: It's a Shonen series, of course it's going to happen once per arc.
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Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
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Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Kenshin is angelically good-natured and easy going, to the point of being a bit of a doormat, emphasized by his extremely formal and humble, almost groveling, manner of speech (he uses "this one" instead of "I", for one). He is also the most feared assassin in recent history and, even though he doesn't kill anymore, has no problem demonstrating just how terrifying he can be if push comes to shove.
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Red Baron
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Red Baron: Hitokiri Battousai. The reputation centered around that name grows so large that most people can't believe that the scrawny Kenshin could possibly be him.
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Chronic Hero Syndrome
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Chronic Hero Syndrome: Kenshin has this as a huge part of his character. As The Atoner he feels he must protect everyone he can regardless of whether it impedes improving the bigger picture (it rarely does but it wouldn't change his decision if it did).
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Alas, Poor Villain
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Alas, Poor Villain: Sadojima Houji. A lot more honorable than his master, so much that he throws a fight rather than resort to fighting dirty. Kenshin says he feels very sorry for him when he learns about his death. Uonuma Usui was a bastard, but the nature of his death is both pathetic and strangely sad. It's hard not to feel at least some sympathy for him as he says his Famous Last Words (see character sheet). Moreso taken by his backstory in which the very government he risked his life to serve and fight for (and got blinded permanently as a result) banished him into the wilderness to die because they felt he became useless.
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Master Poisoner
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Master Poisoner: Megumi Takani could arguably be considered this in her Dark and Troubled Past. She was supposed to be training in medicine, and though she gained medical knowledge, she ended up being used to produce opium. She knows all about different poisons, but now cures them (among other roles befitting The Medic).
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Oh, Crap!
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Oh, Crap!: Happens frequently when a fighter is revealed to be much stronger than was previously thought. When Kenshin fights Seta Sojirou, Sanosuke has this reaction twice in rapid succession (once when Sojirou moves so fast even Kenshin can barely see him, and then again when Sojirou explains he wasn't even at his top speed).
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Blue with Shock
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Blue with Shock: Kenshin does this (complete with floating spirit balls of depression) when he remembers the kind of training Hiko put him through.
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Scars Are Forever: Kenshin's scar, which only starts fading in the post-series epilogue.
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All-Powerful Bystander: Seijuro Hiko taught the main character every sword skill he knows, except that, unlike Kenshin, Hiko's got the raw muscular power to use Hiten Mitsurugi style to its fullest, and doesn't bother with Kenshin's Thou Shalt Not Kill philosophy. The author stated outright that Hiko was far too powerful for anyone else in the series to handle. That's why he was made too apathetic and anti-social to ever go after the Big Bads himself.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Deadpan Snarker: Whenever Kenshin's not Obfuscating Stupidity, he's got a wicked sense of humor. When it comes to his morals. Saitou Hajime is a straight example as well, not mincing any words and possessing a tongue that's sharper than his sword and says it with a straight face. For solid proof, watch his fights against Usui and Mumyoui Yatsume.
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Accidental Misnaming
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Accidental Misnaming: Yahiko hates being called "Yahiko-chan."
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Wrestler in All of Us
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Wrestler in All of Us: In the live action movie, Sano busts out a dropkick and a couple of German Suplexes.
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Talk to the Fist
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Talk to the Fist: During his second battle with Enishi, Kenshin attempts a second Kuzu Ryu Sen. He's only able to get the "Kuzu" before taking a palm to the face.
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In one of the filler episodes, Kaoru gives Sano and Yahiko a Megaton Punch. As they're flailing through the air, the input for a fighting game move appears in the corner. Specifically, it looks like the input of a King of Fighters Desperation Move. Her arm also becomes rather more muscular and gains an anchor-shaped tattoo like a certain spinach-eating sailor.
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Genki Girl
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Genki Girl: Misao is very perky for a ninja. Kaoru starts like one and mellows out (somewhat) as the series progresses. The two still have moments together where they create Typhoons of Genki, however, to the general dismay of Kenshin, Sano and any other male within fifty yards.
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The Ace
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The Ace: Kamishimoemon appears to be this way. Subverted since his son Sanosuke is actually much, much stronger than him. Hiko Seijuro, to the point where the mangaka makes a point to keep him out of most battles because he would curb stomp everyone else.
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Revenge by Proxy
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Revenge by Proxy: Yukishiro, again. Subverted when he can't bring himself to kill Kaoru, because she reminds him of his dead older sister.
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Dénouement
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Dénouement: After Kenshin defeats Enishi once and for all, the rest of Volume 28 focuses on wrapping up everything in the story.
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Girl of the Week
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Episode 17 of the anime series had the Girl of the Week Marimo kicking the episode villain's henchman in the groin from behind as she and Yahiko were confronted by them while making their way back to the circus show. It's no surprise that the henchman was hopping up and down in excruciating pain while holding his crotch after Marimo's surprising kick and that both Yahiko and the villain were quite surprised to see such an event transpire.
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Blood from the Mouth
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Blood from the Mouth: One of the few times the implications of coughing up blood is actually addressed in Shonen anime: Kenshin gets punched in the gut by Gein's giant puppet, and when he coughs up blood, Megumi worriedly notes that this means he's sustained major organ damage. Any character who has the Incurable Cough of Death (see below) eventually exhibits at least one instance of this.
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Market-Based Title
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Market-Based Title: Known as "Samurai X" in parts of the English-speaking world. The "X" is presumably Kenshin's scar, but he is not a samurai.
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Emotionless Girl
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Emotionless Girl: Yukishiro Tomoe; the author admitted that he based her on Ayanami Rei from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
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It Makes Sense in Context
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At one point in the manga, Yahiko isn't watching where he is going... and walks headfirst into Sanosuke's groin. It Makes Sense in Context: Yahiko is really short, and by contrast Sanosuke is the tallest of the group.
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What If?
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What If?: The series serves as sort of a historical one: What if, instead of going to prison and getting executed, Himura Kenshin note AKA Kawakami Gensai began to wander Japan after the Bakumatsu to try and atone for all the death he caused? And what if he eventually had to face down his past, personified in Udo Jin-E note Okada Izo, Saito Hajime, Shishio Makoto note AKA Kirino Toshiaki and the brother of his wife? Alternately, what if Okubo Toshimichi's assassination was actually the responsibility of an anarchist conspiracy group, and the band of disgruntled ex-samurai merely took credit for it?
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Mirror Match
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Mirror Match: Aoshi runs into a guy who can observe and instantly copy moves. He proves that the original is superior via a standing kick to the Mook's face.
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Genius Bruiser
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Genius Bruiser: The Gohei brothers once they were merged in the anime.
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Berserk Button
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Berserk Button: Call Yahiko a kid or use the chan honorific. We dare you. Even if you're Tsubame. Kenshin himself is no exception. Making innocent people suffer is enough to piss Kenshin off. Sanosuke's policy against conspiracies and against being treated like a weakling are absolute—he will stand for neither, and he'll just as soon sucker-punch Kenshin as he'll threaten to break Saito's arm for either offense, even if it would be to help him.
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Kid Samurai
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Yahiko and Tsubame are named after rail lines on the Tokyo subway.
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You Gotta Have Blue Hair
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You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lampshaded. While a couple main characters' main hair is mildly spiky it never becomes noticeably unrealistic, and Kenshin's unusual hair color is implied to be because he is possibly of Ainu (or perhaps Dutch) descent. This is averted in the live action movie, in which Kenshin has more realistic looking dark reddish brown hair of the sort that an ethnic Japanese would actually have.
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Shrouded in Myth
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Shrouded in Myth: Battousai's identity is so secret, it became easy for hoodlums to pretend they were he.
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Anti-Hero
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Anti-Hero: Saito Hajime is the unscrupulous type.
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Money Is Not Power
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Money Is Not Power: Opium kingpin Takeda Kanryuu tries to bribe Kenshin out of attacking his mansion. This works about as well as you'd expect. Discussed by his Dragon-in-Chief Shinomori Aoshi: Later on, when Kenshin finally takes him out:
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Samurai
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Samurai: Myojin Yahiko, apparently a Tokyo samurai, and Saitou Hajime.
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Physical Scars, Psychological Scars
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Physical Scars, Psychological Scars: Kenshin is identified by his cross-scar, and the backstory behind it is what forms the kind of person he is today.
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Christmas Cake
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Christmas Cake: Tae is implied to be one, if Kaoru's crack about her age and Tae's reaction are any indication.
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Stuffed into the Fridge
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Stuffed into the Fridge: Played straight and everything. Almost. The "note" that is left behind by Enishi is the scent of plum blossoms that his sister loved so much, that would lead Kenshin to the brutally murdered corpse of Kaoru that is pinned to the wall in a pool of her own blood, with an x-shaped scar carved into her cheek. The thing is, of course, she's not actually dead and that's just an incredibly elaborate doll..
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A Nazi by Any Other Name
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A Nazi by Any Other Name: Shishio's ideology is very similar to that of World War 2 era Japan. He believes in driving Westerners out of East Asia by brutally uniting East Asia under Japanese rule.
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Ill Girl
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Ill Girl: In the anime, both Sayo aka Magdaria and her mother have consumption, which translates into Incurable Cough of Death and, in Magdaria's case, Blood from the Mouth. Neither of them dies of illness: Mrs. Mutou sacrifices herself so her kids and her brother can escape and is shot by soldiers, Sayo takes a bullet for a friend of Kenshin who can save Shougo and their group and dies in Sano's arms.
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Redemption Earns Life
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Redemption Earns Life: One of the most prominent themes of the series.
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True Companions
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True Companions: As early as Megumi's introduction, she was already noticing the family dynamic among Kenshin and his friends; Yahiko gives the group their In-Universe nickname: "The Kenshin-gumi." Later in the series Aoshi and Misao join the group.
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Informed Attribute
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Informed Attribute: Misao is 16. She looks like she's maybe a year or so older than Yahiko!! Made particularly egregious after the time-skip where not only does she STILL not look her age (at this point in her twenties for Christ's sake!) Yahiko is 16 and looks older than she is!
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Ninja
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Ninja: The Oniwabanshuu, especially Hanya, Shinomori Aoshi, and Makimachi Misao.
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Otaku
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Marvel Comics (Watsuki is a self-admitted Otaku of Stan Lee): Jin-E (Gambit), Kujiranami Hyōgo (Apocalypse), and Yatsume Mumyōi (Venom)
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"X" Marks the Hero: Kenshin's the poster child of this trope (and the page image for it, to boot). The cross-shaped scar is associated with him so utterly that other characters with this scar are regularly accused to ripping the idea from him, even if they predate him by years. Unlike many examples, though, Kenshin's scar is from two separate incidents.
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Anime Accent Absence
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Anime Accent Absence: Partly averted with Enishi: having spent much of his life in China at first he speaks Japanese with a "visible" accent. Later on he loses it (Watsuki probably grew tired of it) but he still roars, groans and laughs in "Chinese."
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out: Han'nya has Wolverine Claws. Until the Jinchuu Arc, Aoshi has Gambit's trenchcoat. Jumping over to Image Comics, Hiko got Spawn's cape. When Misao is trying to make Aoshi smile, she hot-bloodedly declares she will use the work of Japanese comedy troupe Yoshimoto Kogyo as a guide. This naturally confuses Okina, as Yoshimoto Kogyo didn't come into existence until the 20th century. Yahiko and Tsubame are named after rail lines on the Tokyo subway. Sanosuke wants a rematch with Saitou to show how much he's grown (in strength, obviously) since their first fight. Saitou refuses, both because there's more important things to do (he has Chou under custody and he's the police's best lead on Shishio at that point) and to piss Sano off. Sano gets indeed pissed off, loudly insisting to fight while entering Donald Duck's old fighting stance. When Sano, Saitou, and Kenshin race to the docks to prevent Shishio's plot to destroy the government, Sano shouts the title of an old Jidaigeki television series. Kaoru has rained (harmless, of course) blows on Kenshin to the sound effects of ATATATATATA and ORAORAORAORA. Gein once left a bomb decorated with the Straw Hat Logo. (One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda served as Watsuki's assistant before breaking out on his own). In one of the filler episodes, Kaoru gives Sano and Yahiko a Megaton Punch. As they're flailing through the air, the input for a fighting game move appears in the corner. Specifically, it looks like the input of a King of Fighters Desperation Move. Her arm also becomes rather more muscular and gains an anchor-shaped tattoo like a certain spinach-eating sailor. Episode 45 of the anime was entitled "As If in Flight" (翔ぶが如く, Tobu ga Gotoku), which was also the title of the 1990 NHK Taiga Drama detailing the life of Saigo Takamori (an Ishin Shishi leader from Satsuma who was among the proponents of the Meiji Restoration, later to be dismissed and rebelling in the fatal 1877 Satsuma Rebellion). The long-running series theme of the agents of the Restoration being dismissed/eliminated by the Meiji government (and how Shishio is going to rub in the government's face all their crimes and actions against the Shogunate) was discussed in detail.
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Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!
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Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Sano talks Megumi out of killing herself by grabbing her knife just as she was about to use it (ouch!) and reminding her that 1.) the rest of the cast had almost died trying to rescue her and 2.) her dead family would want her to keep on living. Megumi delivers both a physical and verbal Bright Slap to Kaoru to talk her out of her deep blue funk. It's more of a "how dare you leave me behind" punch, but Kenshin gets one from Sano in the Kyoto arc after they meet up again. Sano tries again after Kenshin's Heroic BSoD, but this time, it doesn't work. Tsubame is more successful, by reminding Kenshin that people still needed saving, like Yahiko. Oibore is the one who makes one last push. Sano's motivation to fight Anji is this. The time Kenshin punched himself in the face to get out of Battousai mode after a duel with Saitou also counts.
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Crippling the Competition
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Crippling the Competition: Kenshin encounters a thug posing as Kenshin's old assassin persona and creating a lot of trouble. When he defeats the guy in the anime, Kenshin smashes his fingers with his sword so that the thug will never be able to hold a sword again. Also, early in his days of being a Technical Pacifist, Kenshin chopped off an opponent's arm instead of killing him. The opponent thought this was a deliberate Cruel Mercy (as opposed to killing him honorably), and comes back for revenge with an Arm Cannon.
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Informed Ability
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Informed Ability: In the anime, Raijuta described his top four elite Shinko-ryu soldiers as being the best warriors from across the country. While they were indeed skilled warriors, as Kenshin himself noted, and could give the reverse-blade swordsman a decent fight, they still got thoroughly destroyed once Kenshin got serious with them. And in the grand scheme of things, they were still nothing compared to the Ten Swords and the Six Comrades, who probably have a much more stable claim for being some of the best warriors in Japan.
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This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself
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This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: All the time, for different characters/opponents.
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Deus Exit Machina
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Deus Exit Machina: Kenshin's master explicitly enforces this to Kenshin; as the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu is the strongest sword style in the series, any side they join will win. Therefore, he advises Kenshin not to get involved for fear of him being used as a political tool.
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Word of God
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Kaoru starts the series unable to catch up to Kenshin, and though Watsuki points out that that Kaoru is at least a national level kendoka and thus a very strong woman both emotionally and physically, she's surrounded by absurdly strong fighters. Her choosing to stay home and out of many of the big fights in the manga doesn't help the perception of her being a Faux Action Girl either. In the anime, however, she is much more involved, helping with rescuing Yahiko and taking part in the raid on Kanryuu's mansion.
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Cut the Fuse
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Cut the Fuse: Kenshin cuts the fuses off of the bombs Katsu throws at him. In another instance, he swings his sword so fast the wind blows out the fuses.
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Boring Return Journey
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Boring Return Journey: During the Kyoto arc especially, it takes Kenshin several episodes and sidetrack journeys in order to get to Kyoto from Tokyo. After the massive battle is over and everyone is patched up they decide to go home. The next episode later they're already back in Tokyo getting settled in. This happens with the filler arc right before the Kyoto arc too, with the pirates. There is a whole long episode explaining how Kenshin got into that kidnapping plot (Dude In Distress) but once everything is over with everyone is back in Tokyo in the next episode like it never happened. Probably because it never did happen in the manga. This trope is also averted after the Kyoto arc. When they're done with the Divine Elixir arc it takes more than one episode for them to get back to Tokyo again, for example, and has some pretty funny filler episodes. This is probably because the writers were writing so much filler so the manga would catch up. Unfortunately the show got cancelled before that happened because of said filler episodes.
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Villain Over for Dinner
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Villain Over for Dinner: Saitou visits the Kamiya household in his civilian identity of a police officer while he sent an assassin after Kenshin, just to demonstrate to Kenshin how his non-killing vow could have bit him in the ass.
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Muscles Are Meaningless
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Muscles Are Meaningless: While Kenshin's enemies tend to be bigger and bulkier than him (to their detriment), his mentor Hiko dramatically removes his (hideously heavy) cape to reveal a set of well-built chest and abdominal muscles; Kenshin himself feels intimidated, as he begins to realize for the first time this is the kind of physique it takes to master the school of swordsmanship Hiko teaches. Fully subverted in the final chapters of the manga, where it's revealed that the repeated use of the Hiten Mitsurugi techniques put so much strain on Kenshin's small and lithe body that in a few years he would be too weak to even use his sword style.
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Badass Longcoat
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Until the Jinchuu Arc, Aoshi has Gambit's trenchcoat.
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Bloodbath Villain Origin
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Bloodbath Villain Origin:
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Broken Bird
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Broken Bird: Yumi Komagata, Shura the Pirate, Tomoe Yukishiro, to a degree Sayo Magdaria; Megumi started the series as this, but she gets better.
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No Periods, Period
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No Periods, Period: Averted in the third episode of the 1999 OVA, where Tomoe quite clearly gets her period.
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Mundane Made Awesome
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This trope is also subverted when he goes looking for the heir of a famous swordmaker: he uses one of the man's kitchen knives to slice up a daikon in the most awesome way possible, and then reveals that he was testing the blade.
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Death by Childbirth
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Death by Childbirth: Enishi and Tomoe's mother. Tomoe thus became more of a mother figure to him, which explains his obsession with big sis.
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Yamato Nadeshiko
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Yamato Nadeshiko: Tsubame will likely be one when she grows up; she's still a flower bud in the main narrative. Tomoe is described as 'elegant and educated' and at the time was arranging flowers. Adult Kaoru in both the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue and the second OVA could also count. Tomoe is a deconstruction, since her reserved and soft spoken behavior caused her a huge problem: Not being able to show her love for her boyfriend Kiyosato, who then went off to Tokyo to make a name for himself and make her happier once he was famous. As we know, he ended up dead under Kenshin's blade.
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Giant Waist Ribbon
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Giant Waist Ribbon: Worn by Aoshi and Misao in the Revenge arc, affectionately dubbed "Butt-Bows"
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Written by the Winners
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Written by the Winners: A major theme deals with what it's like to be on the wrong side of history. Saitou fought on the losing side of the revolution and has been forced to watch his country be taken over by the people who killed his comrades. Kenshin fought on the winning side but now questions if he did the right thing.
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That's What I Would Do
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That's What I Would Do: Shishio wonders out loud if this is the reason Kenshin figured out his nefarious plot so quickly.
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Zen Survivor
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Zen Survivor: Oibore. Kenshin transitions from Shell-Shocked Veteran to this, eventually. He developed his own philosophy about fighting and struggle and such.
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Walking Shirtless Scene
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Walking Shirtless Scene: Sano, who wears an open jacket and sports bandages around his torso.
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Adaptational Wimp
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Adaptational Wimp: Aoshi gets hit with this hard in Shin Kyoto Hen, going from one of the biggest badasses in the series, to a mook who gets pimpslapped by a tired and wounded Kenshin in less than a minute, going down with one simple hit from the butt of Kenshin's sword without landing a single blow. For Shame! Several of the Ten Swords suffer this in the live action movies but Usui gets hit hardest. Most of his incarnations in the franchise portray him as a One-Man Army assassin capable of wiping out an entire elite squad of policemen within an hour with ease (and thats just with toying around) in a direct confrontation. In addition while its granted that Saito was playing around and sitll won in the end througha Curbstomp Battle, Usui was skilled enough to give him leg wounds. In the live action movie Usui only kills two police in a completely unexpected ambush before getting slaughtered by Saito just minutes later.
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YouShouldKnowThisAlready
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In the manga, Sagara Sozo and the Sekihotai chose to follow the summons of the Meiji Government after the false accusation of them being a "false army" got around, which led to their immediate execution. In the anime, they were ambushed by a Meiji Government military unit sent to exterminate them. The leader of this unit would also become the villain in the expansion of the story arc involving Sanosuke's Sekihotai comrade Katsu.
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Highly Visible Ninja
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Highly Visible Ninja: The former imperial ninjas went public (sort of, they do have civilian identities and their headquarters doubles as an inn), wearing stereotypical ninja-type outfits, a conscious decision made by Misao's grandfather Okina, thus building for himself quite the support system out of his friends and neighbors in Kyoto. Some other former ninjas ended up as mercenaries lead by Aoshi, and they were employed as Highly Visible Bodyguards. (When there was a need for stealth, they were properly difficult to detect.) In his days as an assassin, Kenshin fought a man dressed like a stereotypical Kabuki puppeteer, whose costume seemed to more serve the purpose of anonymity than stealth (and his methods seemed to center around killing all potential witnesses after he'd disposed of a target, rendering the need for true stealth redundant). He's succeeded by a man who looks and dresses like Venom (as in, the villain from Spider-Man).
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You Make Me Sic
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You Make Me Sic: No matter how serious the time is, Kenshin's friends always take note of his poor handwriting skills before actually reading whatever important message they receive from him.
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Training from Hell
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Training from Hell: Kenshin underwent one of these to learn his ultimate technique, and it's implied that his training before he left to fight in the Meiji Revolution was also hellish. If one could even call it "training", as it only consisted of Hiko Seijuro pounding Kenshin repeatedly with all the techniques of the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu (Kenshin was surprised those attacks weren't fatal, and Hiko brags that it's because he has perfect control). Yahiko's training is less hellish, but still fairly brutal (thousands of repetitions of the moves necessary for the succession technique so that he could operate purely on muscle memory). Sano, on the other hand, used up all the rocks in the area he was training to learn the Futae no Kawami, and Anji threatened to kill him (as per Sanosuke's own suggestion, albeit) if he hasn't figured it out by the end of the week.
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Love Redeems
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Love Redeems: Tomoe's influence changes Kenshin drastically, and leads him to renounce killing after the war.
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I'm Standing Right Here
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I'm Standing Right Here: When Kenshin was about to spar with Seijuro again in order to get him to teach the final technique of the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu.
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Puppy Love
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Puppy Love: In-Universe, Yahiko and Tsubame—until the series epilogue, when they are all grown up and officially dating.
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Lightning Bruiser
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Lightning Bruiser: At least several characters
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Lyrical Dissonance
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Lyrical Dissonance: The first opening, "Sobakasu" (lit. Freckles), a bouncy, upbeat tune with lyrics about a bitter breakup.
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The Scapegoat
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The Scapegoat: Sano's mentor Shouzo Sagara was executed by the Meiji Government when it became clear that part of their original platform (equality for all classes) was, for the time being, unattainable.
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Ship Tease
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In a rare villainous case, it's used Ship Tease between the teenage orphan Tsubaki and her protector, the gentle and friendly monk Anji Yukyuzan, whom she has a huge Precocious Crush on. She's hurt her ankle and Anji carries her on his back towards the temple they live in, and as this happens she promises him that no matter what, she will always be with him, which can be easily seen as a sort-of Love Confession... However, this is a case of Foregone Conclusion, because Anji is already known as The Destroyer. He used to be a sweet, caring guy determined to help the poor, but when the new government killed his adopted children when the government tried to outlaw Buddhism, and he did not take it so well. For extra effect, the snow scene happens literally right before he finds all of his children (Tsubaki included) burned to death by government agents.
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Cat Smile
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Cat Smile: Well more like fox face, Megumi does this every once in awhile when teasing Kaoru.
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Despair Event Horizon
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The Jinchuu arc is a horrifyingly well-done attempt by Enishi to use this on Kenshin. So Kenshin wasn't able to protect his first wife Tomoe and the mere possibility of losing his girlfriend Kaoru terrifies him? Now Tomoe's vengeful brother deliberately exploits this fear to make Kenshin believe Kaoru has been bloodily murdered by him, thus making him revive these horrible memories. And Kenshin almost crosses the Despair Event Horizon after that.
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Doomed Protagonist
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Doomed Protagonist: Kenshin and Kaoru in the second OVA stated below.
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Tiger Versus Dragon
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Tiger Versus Dragon: Kenshin and his master are repeatedly given dragon motifs. Most of their fighting style's moves have the word Dragon in the name. Later on, the final Big Bad Enishi shows up... and is given tiger motifs.
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Historical In-Joke
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Historical In-Joke: Lots, though one of the most famous is the appearance of Okubo Toshimichi, a man considered one of the founders of modern Japan. In real life, he was murdered by a group of extremists called the Ichiro clan. In Kenshin, he travels to Tokyo to ask for Kenshin's help against Shishio, and is killed by one of Shishio's men on the way to get Kenshin's answer. The Ichiro clan then ambush the carriage to find Okubo already dead. Sensing an easy way to become feared and respected, they tell everyone they killed him.
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Sink-or-Swim Mentor
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Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Kenshin's old master Hiko Seijuuro, whose training techniques seem to center around "beat Kenshin silly with the Technique of the Day, then have Kenshin attempt the same. If he succeeds, start beating him silly with the counter."
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Absurdly Sharp Blade
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Absurdly Sharp Blade: So many. None more so than Kenshin's Reverse Blade Sword. Shishio's blade never dulls because it has tiny sawblade-like teeth which wear away like shark's teeth. Sanosuke's zanbatō is a notable aversion, as it has no edge at all.
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Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!
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Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Saitou's stance on Kenshin's views: namely, that not killing the bad guys immediately allows them to escape and perform greater evil, and that trying to teach them a better way is a risk not worth taking.
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Romancing the Widow
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Romancing the Widower: Although his former marriage is not revealed for quite a while, the story features Kaoru falling for the older hesitant widower Kenshin.
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Dub Name Change
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Dub Name Change: Bizzarely, a few of the main cast get this in the Sony/Columbia dub which saw lots of play in markets other than the U.S., and it's a Japanese ... to Japanese name change. Kenshin is often pronounced without the "n", Kaoru became Kaori, and most bizzarely Yahiko was changed to Yoshi. No other characters got this treatment. What makes it even weirder is that it's almost like someone was doing their homework on the changes, since Kaoru (薫) and Kaori (香) have essentially the same meaning in Japanese (but the latter sounds a bit more "feminine" to Western ears due to ending on a high vowel), and "Yoshi" could be either 義 (righteous), 吉 ("good luck", for irony points) or 良 (good, as in "decently good", referencing his okay-but-not-great swordwork), all of which fit Mr. Myoujin well. These would almost fall under the Woolseyism banner ... if anyone could figure out why in the world the changes were even deemed necessary in the first place.
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Animal Motifs
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Animal Motifs: Enishi (Tiger), Kaoru (Racoon dog), Kenshin (Dragon), Megumi (Fox), Misao (Weasel), Sanosuke (Rooster), and Saitou (Wolf).
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Bash Brothers
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Bash Brothers: Kenshin and Sanosuke at several points.
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Sexy Mentor
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Sexy Mentor: Hiko Seijuro. 43, my ass...
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Art Evolution
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Art Evolution: Kenshin's art had three major shifts: the soft, shojo-esque initial design, the sharp, more shonen style used starting in the Kyoto arc, and a style that gradually became more streamlined during the Revenge arc. The 2012 run is just like Buso Renkin and Embalming in art style. There's also Music Evolution for the anime. The first "season" (roughly the first two cours or 26 episodes) featured a fairly light, jazzy soundtrack. Once the Kyoto arc kicked off, however, the show shifted to a much heavier, orchestral soundtrack and feel to match the scope and scale of the story. There are also the draft character redesigns that were released with the kanzenban editions yet. Drawn in Watsuki's more recent style, some of the characters are barely recognizable (also there appear to be changes to some back stories but it's not really certain since translations don't seem to exist yet).
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Very Loosely Based on a True Story
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Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Fictional characters and events get inserted into the early Meiji years.
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The Triads and the Tongs
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The Triads and the Tongs: Enishi is leader of a massive Chinese crime syndicate.
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Load-Bearing Boss
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Load-Bearing Boss: Invoked Trope. Houji triggers a Self-Destruct Mechanism after Shishio self-immolates.
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Expy
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Expy: All over the place, as evidenced by Watsuki's notes: The Shinsengumi: (Watsuki is a huge Shinsengumi fan) get them in Aoshi (Hijikata Toshizou), Sanosuke (Harada Sanosuke), Soujirou (Okita Souji), Kanryuu (Kanryuusai Takeda), and to some extent Shishio (Serizawa Kamo). Saito Hajime is just right out there. Neon Genesis Evangelion: Tomoe (Ayanami Rei), Kamatari (Ikari Yui) Fuji is the God-Soldier from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Marvel Comics (Watsuki is a self-admitted Otaku of Stan Lee): Jin-E (Gambit), Kujiranami Hyōgo (Apocalypse), and Yatsume Mumyōi (Venom) Unlike the above examples, which are mainly just visual expies, Arundo Akamatsu IS Omega Red. He has the same facial markings and method of attack. The name Houji is a Japanization of Forge from the X-Men, as Watsuki wanted a similar support character for the Juppongatana. Hyottoko is one of The Blob. Misao is a partial Expy of Kaoru as Watsuki felt he needed a Genki Girl to lighten the Darker and Edgier Kyoto Arc. In the past before he got burned, Shishio was an Expy of Genjuro Kibagami from Samurai Shodown. You could tell was quite handsome and even had a dressing style similar to him. Watsuki is a big Samurai Shodown fan, frequently writing about it in his manga notes. Kenshin himself even resembles Shizumaru from the same series as well. Enishi is an expy of Natsu from Kamijou Atsushi's SEX, plus glasses (though Natsu is actually blond).
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The Load
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The Load: Kaoru and Yahiko at times, especially in the early episodes; however, both are good fighters and hold their own far more often than they get kidnapped. It doesn't help that Kenshin's godlike swordsmanship makes them look weaker. Interestingly, Yahiko's character development in the later arcs of the manga center around his own perception of this applying to himself, and he pushes himself to almost dangerous extremes to prove he really can hold his own... against people twice his age or greater. Sanosuke volunteers for a Training from Hell because he was left behind as a liability, and this idea pisses him off to no end.
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The Mole
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The Mole: Iwanbou in the manga, who turns out to be Gein, spying on Kenshin for Enishi. In the Remembrance arc, Iizuka turns out to the be the traitor for the Choshu clan.
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Plot Tailored to the Party
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Plot Tailored to the Party: The battle against Enishi's second-in-command's bodyguards; subverted in that it's the bodyguards who pick their opponents based on each of their specialties.
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The Greatest Style
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The Greatest Style: The Hiten-Mitsurugi-ryu, a legendary sword art used by Kenshin and his master, Hiko Seijuuro XIII. This art makes the two of them, combined, the Worlds Best Warriors. The irony, however, is that this technique is actually NOT suited for someone of Kenshin's build (thus zig-zagging "The Gift" version of this trope).
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Shed Armor, Gain Speed
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Shed Armor, Gain Speed: During the battle with the Juppongatana, Hiko Seijuurou tells the giant Fuji to lose the armor because, though it protects him, it restricts his movements. Hiko curbstomps him anyway.
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Defensive Feint Trap
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Defensive Feint Trap: Kenshin defeats a large opponent by baiting him into a running match, until the point that the opponent's knee gives out.
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Exact Words
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Exact Words: The agreement that Kenshin, Sano and Saito agreed to when entering Shishio's domain is that they will have a one-on-one fight and the other two will not step in to help. So when Sano and Anju are having their fight, Kenshin gives Sano some verbal encouragement, leading to this exchange.
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Groin Attack
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Groin Attack: Yahiko, having been raised in a rough neighborhood, isn't averse to some very cheap shots. One filler episode had Yahiko attack half of the Goldfish Poop Gang in this manner, using a Discretion Shot of something else and the appropriate sound effects to imply what happened and then repeating it again, three times and in slow motion, each time with a different visual metaphor. Yahiko invented a technique in the Jinchu arc called "Kamiya Kasshin Ryuu: Curse on the Descendants" which is essentially a flying sidekick to the groin. Yahiko bit a guy in the groin in the manga. In the same chapter in which he was introduced. Episode 17 of the anime series had the Girl of the Week Marimo kicking the episode villain's henchman in the groin from behind as she and Yahiko were confronted by them while making their way back to the circus show. It's no surprise that the henchman was hopping up and down in excruciating pain while holding his crotch after Marimo's surprising kick and that both Yahiko and the villain were quite surprised to see such an event transpire. At one point in the manga, Yahiko isn't watching where he is going... and walks headfirst into Sanosuke's groin. It Makes Sense in Context: Yahiko is really short, and by contrast Sanosuke is the tallest of the group.
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Shrinking Violet
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Shrinking Violet: Tsubame. She grows out of it a little by the end of the series.
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Clingy Jealous Girl
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Clingy Jealous Girl: Kaoru, when Megumi was nearby. She drops it after a while, though.
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The War Just Before: In this historical fiction series, the changes of the Meiji Restoration following the Boshin War is the backdrop for the series storyline. Notably Himura Kenshin was a veteran of that war who served on the side of the House of Meiji against the Tokugawa Shogunate. The events of the Boshin War also become relevant during the Kyoto (on an ideological scale) and Jinchū Arcs (on a more personal level). The main antagonist of the former story arc, Makoto Shishio, was a fellow Meiji partisan who now seeks to overthrow the current government based on it not living up to his own standards while Enishi Yukishiro seeks retribution on Kenshin for one of his unintended casualties being his sister Tomoe Yukishiro. In addition, two characters who were soldiers for the Tokugawas, Hajime Saito and Uonuma Usui, joined Kenshin and Shishio's groups respectively.
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When Sano, Saitou, and Kenshin race to the docks to prevent Shishio's plot to destroy the government, Sano shouts the title of an old Jidaigeki television series.
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Shrine to the Fallen: Sano finds out about what happened to his mother at one of these. He prays to it under the guise of wanting to eat dinner faster. Hiko meets Kenshin after rescuing him from bandits to find that Kenshin has buried not only the bandits, but the slavers who were travelling with him, and especially raised three memorial stones for a trio of women who died trying to protect him.
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Mundane Utility: In an anime filler episode, the protagonist at one point finds himself attending a fancy dinner party, so he picks up a knife and performs the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu (Steak style) to cut up a steak. This trope is also subverted when he goes looking for the heir of a famous swordmaker: he uses one of the man's kitchen knives to slice up a daikon in the most awesome way possible, and then reveals that he was testing the blade.
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Reckless Pacifist: Kenshin, when he's not in a flashback of his Battosai-years or going into Battosai mode.
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"World of Cardboard" Speech: Lots of these, especially from Kenshin.
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Promotion to Parent
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Promotion to Parent: Tomoe. Also, as refered to above, Anji to the orphans he looked after.
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"Get out of Jail Free" Card: Justified when the Meiji Government offers the surviving members of the Juppongatana jobs in exchange for their freedom. All but two accept: Anji chooses to stay in jail, and Houji commits suicide, as he saw the deal as a betrayal of Shishio's ideals.
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Redemption Equals Death
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Redemption Equals Death: Subverted again and again and again.
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Inspector Javert
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Inspector Javert: Inverted with Saitou. He doesn't doubt that Kenshin has changed... he is simply appalled by how "weak" the famous Battousai has become and wants him to revert to his old self. By the end of the series, he acknowledges that Kenshin's gone down a different path, and calls off the blood feud between them.
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Sign of the Apocalypse
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Sign of the Apocalypse: Kaoru... cooking.
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Razor Wind: Raijuuta's specialty attack; Hiko also is capable of doing this with his incredibly heavy cape removed.
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Combat Parkour: Implied to be part of Soujirou's arsenal, though the one time he uses it onscreen he was mostly doing it to show-off; at tip-top speed, he instead moves too fast to be seen by the human eye.
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Earn Your Happy Ending
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Earn Your Happy Ending: Watsuki repeatedly states in the tankobon that this is a major theme of the manga. The second OVA? Didn't agree so much....
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Historical Beauty Update
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Historical Beauty Update: Saito Hajime◊ gets one of these in every anime, manga and film that features him and Rurouni Kenshin is no exception albeit downplayed when compared to other fictional examples which often portray the man as a young slender Bishōnen (and also because he is generally considered to be evil-looking or fierce in his appearance by the Kenshin fandom in general with this including those who find him handsome and his snarky Good Is Not Nice personality).
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Snow Means Love
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Snow Means Love: This trope is used twice: During the Jinchuu/Memorial arc, Kenshin and Tomoe share a physically and emotionally intimate scene with each other in their cabin as it is snowing. However, much like the case in Berserk, it was later mixed with death. In a rare villainous case, it's used Ship Tease between the teenage orphan Tsubaki and her protector, the gentle and friendly monk Anji Yukyuzan, whom she has a huge Precocious Crush on. She's hurt her ankle and Anji carries her on his back towards the temple they live in, and as this happens she promises him that no matter what, she will always be with him, which can be easily seen as a sort-of Love Confession... However, this is a case of Foregone Conclusion, because Anji is already known as The Destroyer. He used to be a sweet, caring guy determined to help the poor, but when the new government killed his adopted children when the government tried to outlaw Buddhism, and he did not take it so well. For extra effect, the snow scene happens literally right before he finds all of his children (Tsubaki included) burned to death by government agents.
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Running Gag: Sano who keeps breaking his hand from half story until the very end and Megumi hitting him for it.
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Gainaxing: After being entirely absent for the first couple seasons of the anime, there's an incredibly blatant example from Misanagi during the "Black Knights" filler arc.
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Team Mom
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Team Mom: Megumi cooks, works as a doctor, keeps the peace and calm among Kenshin's group, and even deals more than one Get A Hold Of Yourself Man.
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Martyr Without a Cause
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Martyr Without a Cause: Kenshin will always run off to save the day even if it means he will most likely get killed no matter what sacrifice he is forced to make or forces others to make (i.e. their relationship with him). Getting over this (partially) is a major plot point midway through the series.
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The Lady's Favour
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The Lady's Favour: Kaoru gives Kenshin her favorite ribbon before he leaves to fight Jin-E. When he comes back and returns it to her, she goes ballistic on him because he stained it with his blood.
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Beware the Nice Ones
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Beware the Nice Ones: Kenshin is most decidedly Not Nice when in Battousai Mode. This is illustrated most memorably when he plays up his scary face on Takeda Kanryu:
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Evil Is Petty
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The Band of Six are initially introduced as a group of men with a legitimate bone to pick with Kenshin, though we gradually discover that they either had no real grudge against Kenshin, or had a pitiful one that was undermined by their actions. Only Enishi and Kujirinami have any motive that doesn't qualify as Evil Is Petty, and both of them ultimately realize that they were in the wrong anyway. Watsuki himself admits that it was probably a bad idea to include the group at all and it would've been better to send Enishi alone on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
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The Animated film with Kenshi's backstory is also very fear inducing with it's high amount of bloody deaths, and Blood-Splattered Innocents like Tomoe. And as is noted below some of the characters have Bloodbath Villain Origins.
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Talking Is a Free Action
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Talking Is a Free Action: Squeezing out speeches mid-fight means that you don't necessarily need the Hiten Mitsurugi style to achieve god-like speed. During Saitou's fight with Usui, they jump and meet each other in midair. Saitou tries to use a stab, but Usui deflects it with his shield. In between deflection and counterattack, while still in midair, Usui gets off a couple lines about how round his shield is.
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Shown Their Work
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Shown Their Work: Watsuki was very meticulous about historical accuracy in this series at any point where outright insanity wasn't just cooler. Many characters are based on historical figures, including Kenshin himself, and there are even plenty of references to actual events. Perhaps this is why some of his later work more or less runs on the aforementioned outright insanity.
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Villainous Crossdresser: Honjo Kamatari and Otowa Hyoko.
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Bathing Beauty / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Batman Grabs a Gun / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Batman in My Basement / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Battle Amongst the Flames / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Battle Aura / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Battle Strip / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Bayonet Ya / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Beard of Evil / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Beergasm / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Beneath the Mask / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Bifurcated Weapon / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Big Ball of Violence / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Big Brother Mentor / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Big Little Brother / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Bishōnen / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Bishōnen Jump Syndrome / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Black Eyes of Crazy / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Black Swords Are Better / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Blade Run / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Blind Seer / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Blind Weaponmaster / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Bloodbath Villain Origin / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Blood-Splattered Innocents / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Bloody Horror / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Blue Is Heroic / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Blue with Shock / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Blush Sticker / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Body-Count Competition / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Born in the Wrong Century / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Both Order and Chaos Are Dangerous / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Bottomless Magazines / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Bouncing Battler / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Boxing Battler / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Braids of Action / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Breaking the Bonds / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Breaking the Fellowship / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Bridal Carry / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Brilliant, but Lazy / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Bring My Brown Pants / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Bring My Red Jacket / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Bring News Back / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Broken Hero / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Buried in a Pile of Corpses / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Burn the Orphanage / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Bust-Contrast Duo / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Bystander Syndrome / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Call to Agriculture / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Canon Fodder / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Can't Catch Up / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Career-Ending Injury / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Cast of Expies / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Caught the Heart on His Sleeve / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Ceiling Smash / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Character Exaggeration / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Character-Magnetic Team / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Charles Atlas Superpower / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Chekhov's Boomerang / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Cherry Blossoms / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Chickification / int_eef5470a
 ChisaYokoyama
seeAlso
Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Cicadian Rhythm / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Clark Kent Outfit / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Clarke's Third Law / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Cleanup Crew / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Clothing Combat / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Cold-Blooded Torture / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Combat Breakdown / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Combat Commentator / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Combat Parkour / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Combat Sadomasochist / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Comfort Food / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Comical Angry Face / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Compensating for Something / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Completely Different Title / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Confronting Your Imposter / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Confusion Fu / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Conscription / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Conspicuous Gloves / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Conspicuously Public Assassination / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Constitution / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Contagious Laughter / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Contemplate Our Navels / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Continuity Cavalcade / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Continuity Creep / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Conveniently an Orphan / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Cool Big Sis / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Cool Horse / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Cool Old Guy / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Cool Shades / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Corner of Woe / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Corrupt Corporate Executive / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Couldn't Find a Pen / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Covered with Scars / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Cowboys and Indians / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Cradling Your Kill / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Crash-Into Hello / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Creator's Favorite / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Creepy Crossdresser / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Creepy Loner Girl / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Crippling the Competition / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Cross-Dressing Voices / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Crossover Ship / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Cunning Like a Fox / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Cut the Fuse / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Dance Battler / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Dangerous Forbidden Technique / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Dark Messiah / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Dark-Skinned Redhead / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Deadly Delivery / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Death by Childbirth / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Death Faked for You / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Death-or-Glory Attack / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Decapitation Presentation / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Deceptive Disciple / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Deconstructor Fleet / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Defensive Failure / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Defensive Feint Trap / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Defiant Captive / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Defusing the Tyke Bomb / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Dented Iron / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Depraved Homosexual / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Designated Girl Fight / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Despair Gambit / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Deus Exit Machina / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Deuteragonist / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Diabolical Mastermind / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Diagonal Cut / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Die Laughing / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Died in Your Arms Tonight / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Died Standing Up / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Disabled in the Adaptation / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Disease Bleach / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Dishing Out Dirt / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Disposable Sex Worker / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Dissonant Serenity / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Distant Finale / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Distinguishing Mark / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Dodge the Bullet / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Doesn't Like Guns / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Don't You Dare Pity Me! / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Doomed by Canon / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Doppelgänger Spin / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Dork Knight / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Double Jump / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Double Weapon / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Dragon-in-Chief / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Drama-Preserving Handicap / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Dramatic Ammo Depletion / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Dramatic Necklace Removal / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Dramatic Wind / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Drill Sergeant Nasty / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Dropped After the Pilot / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Drowning My Sorrows / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Dual Tonfas / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Dual Wielding / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Dub-Induced Plot Hole / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Duel to the Death / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Dueling Scar / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Dull Eyes of Unhappiness / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Ear Ache / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Earn Your Title / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Eating the Eye Candy / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Eccentric Mentor / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Elite Four / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Embarrassing Damp Sheets / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Emotion Suppression / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Emotionless Girl / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Empathic Environment / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Enhanced Punch / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Enigmatic Minion / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Enlightenment Superpowers / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Equal-Opportunity Evil / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Escapist Character / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Every Scar Has a Story / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Everyone Has a Special Move / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Evil Genius / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Evil Mentor / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Evil Redhead / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Evil Weapon / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Excessive Evil Eyeshadow / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Expecting Someone Taller / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Experienced Protagonist / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Explosion Propulsion / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Expository Pronoun / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Expressive Hair / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Extreme Doormat / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Eye Colour Change / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Face Fault / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Facial Horror / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Fan Fic Magnet / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Fantastic Fighting Style / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Fashion-Victim Villain / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Faster Than They Look / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Fatal Family Photo / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Fearful Symmetry / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Feel No Pain / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Fiction 500 / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Field of Blades / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Fiery Coverup / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Filler / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Final Battle / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Finger Poke of Doom / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Fingertip Drug Analysis / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Fingore / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Finishing Move / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Fire-Breathing Weapon / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Fire/Ice Duo / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Fire/Water Juxtaposition / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
First Blood / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
First-Episode Spoiler / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
First-Episode Twist / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Flaming Sword / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Flash Step / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Flashback to Catchphrase / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Flipping the Bird / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Florence Nightingale Effect / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Fluffy Fashion Feathers / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Force and Finesse / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Forced to Watch / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Forceful Kiss / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Foreign Exchange Student / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Forgiveness / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Form-Fitting Wardrobe / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Former Regime Personnel / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Franchise Killer / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Freak Out / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
From Camouflage to Criminal / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Full-Circle Revolution / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Fusion Fic / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Generation Xerox / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Gentle Giant / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
/ int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Giant Waist Ribbon / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Give Me Back My Wallet / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Glowing Eyes of Doom / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Go and Sin No More / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Go Seduce My Archnemesis / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Go Through Me / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Gonk / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Good Is Not Dumb / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Good Is Old-Fashioned / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Good Old Fisticuffs / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Good Old Ways / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Good Scars, Evil Scars / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Gossip Evolution / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Grave-Marking Scene / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Ground Punch / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Ha Ha Ha No / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Hair Antennae / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Half the Man He Used to Be / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Happy Ending Override / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Harmful to Minors / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Heartwarming in Hindsight / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Heel–Face Door-Slam / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Heel Realization / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Heir to the Dojo / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Hell / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Hell Has New Management / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Heroes Fight Barehanded / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Heroic RRoD / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Heroic Resolve / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Heroic Second Wind / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Hero's Evil Predecessor / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
He's Back / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Hidden Weapons / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
High-Class Call Girl / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
High-Pressure Blood / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Highly Visible Ninja / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Hilariously Abusive Childhood / int_eef5470a
 HirotakaSuzuoki
seeAlso
Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Historical Beauty Update / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Historical Fiction / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Historical Hero Upgrade / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Historical In-Joke / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Hold On to My Hat / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Hollywood Thin / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Home Sweet Home / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Homeless Hero / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Honey Trap / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Hooker with a Heart of Gold / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Hour of Power / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
House Husband / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
How Much More Can He Take? / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
How We Got Here / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Huge Guy, Tiny Girl / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Human Cannonball / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Hyper-Awareness / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
I Am Not Left-Handed / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
I'll Kill You! / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
I Let Gwen Stacy Die / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
I Resemble That Remark! / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
I Shall Taunt You / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
I Surrender, Suckers / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
I Take Offense to That Last One! / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
I Will Fight No More Forever / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Iaijutsu Practitioner / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Iconic Sequel Character / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Icy Blue Eyes / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
If You Won't, I Will / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Imagine Spot / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Immune to Bullets / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Implausible Hair Color / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Impossibly-Low Neckline / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
In a Single Bound / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
In Love with Your Carnage / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Incompletely Trained / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Inconsistent Dub / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Incurable Cough of Death / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Indirect Kiss / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Innocent Blue Eyes / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Innocent Cohabitation / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Insecure Love Interest / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Instant Waking Skills / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Insufferable Genius / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Interchangeable Asian Cultures / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Intergenerational Friendship / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Internal Death Squad / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
International Coproduction / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Interrupted Suicide / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Intertwined Fingers / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Inverse Law of Sharpness and Accuracy / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Invincible Hero / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Invulnerable Knuckles / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Is That the Best You Can Do? / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
It Meant Something to Me / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
It's Personal / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Jabba Table Manners / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Jekyll & Hyde / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Jidaigeki / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Journey to Find Oneself / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Juggle Fu / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Just Between You and Me / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Katanas Are Just Better / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Keigo / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Kick Chick / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Kid Amid the Chaos / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Kid Samurai / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Kidnapped Scientist / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Kill It with Fire / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Killing Intent / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Kimono Fanservice / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Kingpin in His Gym / int_eef5470a
 KirkThornton
seeAlso
Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Knee-capping / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Knife-Throwing Act / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Knight in Sour Armor / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Knight Templar Big Brother / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Kung-Fu Clairvoyance / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Lady in Red / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Lamarck Was Right / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Large Ham Announcer / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Larynx Dissonance / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Latex Perfection / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Laughing Mad / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Lawful Evil / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Lawful Good / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Lawyer-Friendly Cameo / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
/ int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Left for Dead / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Legendary Impostor / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Let the Past Burn / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Let Them Die Happy / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Ley Line / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Libation for the Dead / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Licking the Blade / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Limp and Livid / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Live-Action Adaptation / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Living Legend / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Location Theme Naming / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Lonely Piano Piece / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Long-Haired Pretty Boy / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Lost in Translation / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Lost Wedding Ring / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Loud of War / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Lovable Sex Maniac / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Love Epiphany / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Love Is a Weakness / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Love Martyr / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Love to Hate / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Loved I Not Honor More / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Loved Ones Montage / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Lucky Translation / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Mad Artist / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Mad Love / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Made a Slave / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Magic Meteor / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Magical Eye / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Magnetic Hero / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Make Sure He's Dead / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Man Bites Man / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Man on Fire / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Mangst / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Marionette Master / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Martial Pacifist / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Master of Disguise / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Master Poisoner / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Master Swordsman / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Mathematician's Answer / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Meaningful Rename / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Men Don't Cry / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Men of Sherwood / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Mentor Occupational Hazard / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Mid-Battle Tea Break / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Mid-Season Twist / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Missed Him by That Much / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Mix-and-Match Weapon / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Money Is Not Power / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Money Mauling / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
More Dakka / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Motherhood Is Superior / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Mr. Exposition / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Mukokuseki / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Multiple Demographic Appeal / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Mummy / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Mundangerous / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Murder by Mistake / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Must Make Her Laugh / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
My Defense Need Not Protect Me Forever / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
My Greatest Failure / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
My Hero, Zero / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Mystical High Collar / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Name Order Confusion / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Nerf Arm / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Neutral Female / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Never a Self-Made Woman / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Never Bring a Knife to a Fist Fight / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Never Learned to Read / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Next Tier Power-Up / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Ninja / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Ninja Log / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
No Dead Body Poops / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
No, I Am Behind You / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
No One Could Survive That! / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
No Periods, Period / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
No Place for a Warrior / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
No Pronunciation Guide / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
No Sense of Direction / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
No Shirt, Long Jacket / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
No Sympathy for Grudgeholders / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Noble Demon / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Noblewoman's Laugh / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Nobody Here but Us Birds / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Nonchalant Dodge / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Not Even Bothering with the Accent / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
/ int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Not So Invincible After All / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Nothing but Skin and Bones / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Nothing but Skulls / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Now Which One Was That Voice? / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Oddly Shaped Sword / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Offhand Backhand / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Officer O'Hara / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Old-School Chivalry / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Older Hero vs. Younger Villain / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Older Than the Demographic / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
One-Book Author / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
One Head Taller / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
One-Hit Wonder / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
One Last Smoke / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Only the Chosen May Wield / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Open Mouth, Insert Foot / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Oral Fixation / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Our Hero Is Dead / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Out, Damned Spot! / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Out of the Inferno / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Outscare the Enemy / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Overclocking Attack / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Overshadowed by Controversy / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Overtook the Manga / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
P.O.V. Sequel / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Pacifism Backfire / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Paper Tiger / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Parrying Bullets / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Personal Effects Reveal / int_eef5470a
 PhileceSampler
seeAlso
Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Physical Scars, Psychological Scars / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Piggyback Cute / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Pinned to the Wall / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Pirate Girl / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Pitiful Worms / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Pixellation / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Placebo Effect / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Plague Doctor / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Please Don't Leave Me / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Please, I Will Do Anything! / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Plot Tailored to the Party / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Pocket Protector / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Poison-and-Cure Gambit / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Poor, Predictable Rock / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Portmanteau Couple Name / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Portmanteau Series Nickname / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Post-Victory Collapse / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Posthumous Character / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Power Nullifier / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Precocious Crush / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Prematurely Grey-Haired / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Pretender Diss / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Promoted to Love Interest / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Proud Warrior Race / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Psycho for Hire / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Psycho Supporter / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Punch-Clock Hero / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Purple Is the New Black / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Put Down Your Gun and Step Away / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
R-Rated Opening / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Rain of Blood / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Rasputinian Death / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Razor Floss / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Razor Wind / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Real Event, Fictional Cause / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Rebus Bubble / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Recruited from the Gutter / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Redemption Earns Life / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Redemption Equals Affliction / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Redemption Quest / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Refuse to Rescue the Disliked / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Religious Bruiser / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Retired Badass / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Revenge by Proxy / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Revenge Myopia / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Reverse Grip / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Ridiculously Potent Explosive / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Right Makes Might / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Ripping Off the String of Pearls / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Robe and Wizard Hat / int_eef5470a
 RobertAxelrod
seeAlso
Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Rocket Jump / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Role Called / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Romance Ensues / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Ronin / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Rope Bridge / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Royal Brat / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Samurai / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Samurai Ponytail / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Sand in My Eyes / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Sarashi / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Sarcastic Confession / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Scared of What's Behind You / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Scarf of Asskicking / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Scars Are Forever / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Scenery Censor / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Screw the Money, I Have Rules! / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Screw the Rules, I Have Money! / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Sealed Room in the Middle of Nowhere / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Seasonal Rot / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Second Love / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Secondary Color Nemesis / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Seiza Squirm / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Selective Slaughter / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Self-Disposing Villain / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Self-Made Orphan / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Sempai/Kohai / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Seppuku / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Set Swords to / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Shadow Archetype / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
She Cleans Up Nicely / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Sheath Strike / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Sheathe Your Sword / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Shed Armor, Gain Speed / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Shōnen (Demographic) / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Shonen Hair / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Short Hair with Tail / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Shrine to the Fallen / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Shrouded in Myth / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Shut Up, Kirk! / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Sign of the Apocalypse / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Signature Move / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Signature Scent / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids! / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Single Mom Stripper / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Single-Stroke Battle / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Single-Target Sexuality / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Sinister Shades / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Sink-or-Swim Mentor / int_eef5470a
 Sliding Scale of Anime Obscurity
seeAlso
Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Slipknot Ponytail / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Slow-Motion Pass-By / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Smoking Is Cool / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Sneeze Cut / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Snow Means Death / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Snow Means Love / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
So What Do We Do Now? / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Something About a Rose / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Son of a Whore / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Spam Attack / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Spectacular Spinning / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Speed Echoes / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Spider-Sense / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Spontaneous Human Combustion / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Sprint Scrubbing / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Sprouting Ears / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Square-Cube Law / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Standard Evil Organization Squad / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Starter Villain / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Stating the Simple Solution / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Steel Ear Drums / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Stepping-Stone Sword / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Stock Wushu Weapons / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Stone Wall / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Street Urchin / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Strip Poker / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Stuffed into the Fridge / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Suck Out the Poison / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Sugar-and-Ice Personality / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Sumo Wrestling / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Super Speed / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Supernatural Gold Eyes / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Supernatural Suffocation / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Super-Powered Evil Side / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Surpassed the Teacher / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Survivor Guilt / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Sweat Drop / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Swipe Your Blade Off / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Sword and Fist / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Sword Cane / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Sword over Head / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Take Back Your Gift / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Take It to the Bridge / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Talk to the Fist / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Talking in Bed / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Talking Is a Free Action / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Tanuki/Kitsune Contrast / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Team Chef / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Technicolor Eyes / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Teeth Flying / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Teleport Spam / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Temporary Blindness / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Textile Work Is Feminine / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Abridged Series / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Apprentice / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Blank / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Butcher / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Coats Are Off / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Drifter / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Farmer and the Viper / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Fellowship Has Ended / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Fettered / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Four Gods / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Greatest Story Never Told / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Greatest Style / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Grotesque / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Hard Hat / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Illegible / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Lady's Favour / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Last Dance / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Law of Diminishing Defensive Effort / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Lost Lenore / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Medic / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Men First / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Mentally Disturbed / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Nicknamer / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Ophelia / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Pretty Guys Are Stronger / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Resenter / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Resolution Will Not Be Televised / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Rest Shall Pass / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Scapegoat / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Social Darwinist / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Song Remains the Same / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Stinger / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Teetotaler / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Unmasqued World / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The War Just Before / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
The Worf Barrage / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Their First Time / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Theiss Titillation Theory / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)
hasFeature
Thematic Rogues Gallery / int_eef5470a
 Rurouni Kenshin (Manga)