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Miyamoto musashi, yagyu munenori, saigo takamori..historical characters mind you,
but I admire them more than most movie characters..
btw saigo is the guy the last samurai was based on (katsumoto) albeit roughly
If you want to find out more about Saigo Takamori, the historical background to "The Last Samurai",
I recommend this link for further reading. N'joy.
I remember reading a true story about a samurai named Torii. His castle was under siege and he had escaped to go for reinforcements. On his way back to the castle to inform them help was on its way, he was captured by the enemy.
The enemy samurai took Torii to the gates of the castle and told him to tell his people that the bid for help had failed, and they must surrender immediately or face annihilation.
Torii told them to hang on, help was coming. He was killed on the spot.
Having read Eiji Yosikawa's Musashi, I have to say I like Sasaki Kojiro as he is portrayed in the novel...especially his Tsubamegaeshi waza and Drying Pole ^^
He gets style points anyway...even though he is the rival of the main character.
Kikojyio from the seven samurai. Is he actually a samurai though- not in real life but in the movie- could he be counted as one? I guess, or else it would be called the six samurai and the madman. Regardless, hes my favorite. Not as cool as that guy that fights in waki though, but coolness doesn't "ALWAYS" dictate my favorite