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The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, #31, Usagi Yojimbo
The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, Usagi Yojimbo

AKA: MIYAMOTO USAGI

Like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Usagi is a cute animal with a black belt in ass-kickery. But unlike those green-backed heroes in a half-shell, the ronin rabbit has kept to his adult-orientated roots with a saga that comprises all manner of murder, mayhem and the odd sexy scene in an anthropomorphic version of feudal Japan. This iconic bunny with a blade was originally conceived as a human and based upon historical Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. However, inspired by a doodle of rabbit ears atop his hero�s head, Sakai was inspired to create a more unique and ultimately enduring comic book icon. The noble leporine�s longevity can be put down to an intriguing mix of historical and cinematic influence, cute fluffy bunniness and an ability to slice and dice with stunning efficiency.

FIRST APPEARED IN ALBEDO ANTHROPOMORPHICS VOL 1, ISSUE 2 (1984)
CREATED BY STAN SAKAI

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Highly skilled swords-rabbit with a deep-seated sense of justice and a bit of a mischievous streak.
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Usagi popped up on several occasions in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series in which he was voiced by Townsend Coleman, aka the guy who gave voice to the title character in The Tick � incidentally he�d be a good fit for the role if a cartoon feature ever gets off the ground.
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Usagi is Japanese for rabbit.
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