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The Legend of Kage is a video game for the arcade and NES about a ninja (the titular Kage) who has to rescue a Damsel in Distress multiple times. It has a sequel on the Nintendo DS.

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Tropes used in The Legend of Kage include:

The First Game

The Second Game

  • Action Girl: Chihiro.
  • Badass Long Hair: Kage.
  • The Battle Didn't Count: You can take no damage and wreck him in under a minute, but you will still be shown as being exhausted and Yukinosuke smugly fine after your first battle with him.
  • Berserk Button: Ayame does not like to be interrupted.
  • Big Bad: Yoshiro.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Hanzo.
  • Blue Oni Red Oni: Not in terms of personality, really, but Yukinosuke and Kage provide the visual equivalent with ice powers and blue colour theme for the former, fire powers and red colour theme for the latter, and otherwise identical designs.
  • Boobs of Steel: Ayame is the oldest of her sisters, the strongest fighter, and thus the bustiest as well.
  • Christmas Cake: Ayame has issues with her age.
  • Damsel in Distress: Princess Kiri.
  • Dark Action Girl: Kaede is a straight-up version, while her sisters provide with variations such as...
  • Doppelganger Attack: You are capable of doing this, as is Yoshiro.
  • The Dragon: Yukinosuke, who is also...
  • Dual-Wielding: Except this time, it's Yukinosuke that's doing it, not Kage.
  • Everything's Better With Princesses: Princess Kiri.
  • Everythings Better With Ninjas: Lots.
  • Evil Counterpart: Not so much for Chihiro, Yukinosuke is this for Kage.
  • Evil Old Folks: Yojubo.
  • Flaming Sword: Kage - Yukinosuke gets the version with Cold Flames.
  • The Heartless: Yoshiro's demonic powers were born from the restless and resentful spirits of the innocent people that were killed during the chaos of the Sengoku Period.
  • Highly-Visible Ninja: Every ninja in this game.
  • Impossibly Low Neckline: Justified: you can actually straps that tie Ayame's kimono's neckline to a choker on her neck to keep it from falling all the way.
  • In a Single Bound: You're a ninja, of course you can leap 50 feet in the air.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Realising their master Yoshiro is depending on them to hold the player off as much as possible, the Three Sisters become a lot more serious in their triple team battle.
  • Lighter and Softer: Chihiro's story is noticeably more light-hearted than Kage's. For example: the Three Sisters survive; Princess Kiri is able to bluff Hanzo into not killing her, in contrast to Kage being forced to strike him down in his story and go on the run with her; and there are just generally more comedic moments between Chihiro and the Three Sisters.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Chihiro is actually Princess Kiri's younger sister, who was left with the Iga Ninjas to raise, but only the latter remembers this at first.
  • The Mentor: Hanzo.
    • Broken Pedestal: Arguably, he was only doing his job, but his portrait made him look a bit too enthusiastic to kill Princess Kiri, plus his crazy laugh and rant after he finds out that she is "dead" in Chihiro's story implies that he is possibly in league with the demons. Of course, he could have just been putting on an act...
    • The Unfought: Despite his cool design and antagonistic nature revealed later on, you never fight Hanzo.
  • Miko: Kaede dresses in a hakama similar to that of a miko, barring the short shorts.
  • Mind Over Matter: Yoshiro fights with bronze swords launched using telekinesis.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Yoshiro.
  • Paper Master: Kaede uses traditional Japanese paper talisman/familiars called shikigami in battle.
  • Physical God: Princess Kiri, although she doesn't seem to be very good at defending herself from kidnappers.
    • A God Am I: Subverted: everyone else is going about how she's pretty much a God in Human Form, but she herself seems quite down-to-earth.
  • Playing with Fire: Yojubo.
  • Plucky Girl: Chihiro never gives up in her quest to rescue Princess Kiri, even when way over her head against an army of demonic goons on what is her first real mission as a kunoichi.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Three Sisters - Ayame, Kaede and Koume.
    • Happily Adopted: None of them are related by blood, but that does not matter one bit to them.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Kage and Yukinosuke.
  • She's Got Legs: Chihiro and Kaede.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Koume.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Both Kage and Yukinosuke.
  • Walking the Earth: After finding out that the Tokugawa Shogunate intends on having Princess Kiri killed, Kage renounces his loyalty to them and goes on the run with the princess.
  • White-Haired Pretty Boy: More silver, but Yukinosuke is basically this.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Kaede certainly does.
  • Worthy Opponent: What Yukinosuke and the player character deem each other to be after their first fight.
  • Wutai
  • Wuxia
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Chihiro ranks a Grade B, while Kaede is the Grade D.
  • Zigzag Paper Tassel: Kaede uses this to command her shikigami.
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