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Religious Figure
    Companion of Minamoto no Yoshitsune
    Fought in the Gempei War
    So much of his life was embellished and distorted by Kabuki and Noh drama.
    There are various stories about his birth ranging from his father raping his mother to being the demon child of a God.
    As a youth, he was called Oniwaka (??) - the 'devil's child.'
    After the Gempei War, Minamoto Yoritomo turned against him and Minamoto no Yoshitsune.
    He's regarded as a man of strength, loyalty, and honor.
    He's a favorite subject of Japanese folklore.
    He was trained in warfare.
    He became Minamoto no Yoshitsune's companion after he lost his 1000th duel to him.
    He fought alongside him against the Taira Clan.
    According to legend, he made a last stand and fought bravely to a bloody end despite having arrows impaled in his skin.

Credit: Jeff

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