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Beatrix defeated several Vipers who owned Hanzo swords (O-Ren's, Budd's she found when fighting Elle, and Bill's are three I can recall right now).

Why didn't she take either of those? (the scenes after defeating O-Ren and Elle clearly show her walking away with just her sword).

I can see at least 4 reasons for her to take the swords:

  • Respect for Hanzo work. Leaving the sword to Muggles would be disrespectful to the master.

  • Monetary value. Clearly Hanzo swords are extremely valuable and rare

  • Backup weapons if she loses her own Hanzo sword.

  • Trophies (Elle planned to take Beatrix's).

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I was under the impression that Hanzo swords were created for one person in particular and, whether through respect or tradition, this is why Beatrix never took any of the swords away from their dead owners.

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But Elle planned to take hers. –  DVK Dec 15 '13 at 2:13
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+1 for beating me , As for Elle she was shown to be more money minded and has no respect for tradition like beatrix remember how she disrepcted pao mei and got her eyes plucked ? –  Dredd Dec 15 '13 at 2:15
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Dredd makes a great point here. Elle had already proven she had little respect for tradition. –  Nobby Dec 15 '13 at 2:18
    
Is there any official support (Q or U) for this answer? –  DVK Dec 15 '13 at 3:36
    
I'll dig around :) –  Nobby Dec 15 '13 at 3:49

The main theme of the Kill Bill is Revenge. There is no reason for the bride to take the sword after killing the people on Death list five.

As for Elle and Bud their motivations are purely monetary value but not beatrix she went to Hattori Hanzo to plead with him to make a sword for her to take revenge on his protege. In-fact I think the bride has a strong respect for Hattori Hanzo to even think about selling it.

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Wouldn't taking someone's prized posession - probably the best and most "intimate" item they own - be a great revenge even if one didn't sell it? –  DVK Dec 15 '13 at 2:15
    
I dont think so not to beatrix atleast. she just wanted them dead and i dont remember seeing any scene in the movie where the bride is shown to be money/object centered. –  Dredd Dec 15 '13 at 2:18
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I'll +1 you anyway as the revenge theme is a solid addendum to my answer. :) –  Nobby Dec 15 '13 at 2:19
    
I will take all +1s i can get gladly!! –  Dredd Dec 15 '13 at 2:24

It was out of respect for the owners. However, I feel that she should have taken them and returned them to Hanzo as he seemed to be collecting his work back and storing it, to prevent people from being hurt by it.

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According to the famous movie entitled "Seven Samurai", using dead warriors' weapons is a big huge taboo. Presumably Beatrix is not using her dead enemies' weapons, because she is following samurai code of honor.

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