(明神 弥彦, Myōjin Yahiko
?), known as Yahiko Myojin
in the English-language dub, is a fictional character from the Rurouni Kenshin
universe created by Nobuhiro Watsuki as a main protagonist for the series and developed into a media franchise, which consists of a series of manga, anime, Original video animations (OVAs), movies, soundtracks, video games, and other collectibles.
The fictional setting takes place during the pre-Meiji period of Japan. Yahiko is an orphan from a samurai family and was forced to work as a thief to repay the debt that he had supposedly owed due to his parents death before they could pay it back. When he is rescued by the main character of the story Himura Kenshin and decides that he would grow up to be just like Kenshin but due to his strong beliefs in not teaching anyone else the sword style he had obtained, he enlisted Yahiko to be trained by Kamiya Kaoru, the teacher of the Kamiya Kasshin-Ryū. As the series progressess, Yahiko becomes skilled at the swordmanship and comes to face many opponents. Yahiko has also appeared in the featured movie of the series, as well as other media relating to the franchise, including a plethora of electronic games and an OVA series.