History FistOfTheNorthStar / TropesAToH

14th Jan '17 6:46:38 AM DustSnitch
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* {{Badass}}:
** Kenshiro is one of anime's first and foremost examples. Of course, there's also [[BigBad Raoh]] and [[TheLancer Rei]]. Shin, Thouzer, and Kaioh get props for being the only fighters in the series to beat Kenshiro. Ken is so BadAss his primary way to teach the bad guys an important lesson is to kill them.
--->[[AC:Kenshiro]]: You won't learn unless I kill you.
** The final test for the would-be successors to Hokuto Shinken, was an encounter with a ferocious tiger. In the presence of Raoh the tiger desperately lashed out and Raoh killed it, but in Kenshiro's case, the tiger had backed down through his sheer badassery -- leading to Ryuken picking Kenshiro.
** Mad props have to be given to Falco, who was SO badass that he kung-fued off his own leg to convince Raoh to spare his village. And then calmly stood there and talked about it with Raoh for several minuets.
19th Dec '16 5:25:31 AM GojiBiscuits
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* BarbieDollAnatomy: For a shonen series, the men have no visible nipples when shirtless. Subverted with women in anime and manga where they do, especially Mamiya.

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* BarbieDollAnatomy: For a shonen series, the men have no visible nipples when shirtless. Shin's first appearance in the manga has him completely naked, but looking like a statue being polished by two women. Subverted with women in anime and manga where they do, especially Mamiya.
9th Nov '16 9:58:52 AM tubgoat
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** Among the more bizarre examples there is also a technique for dismantling a tank (developed 2000 before mobile armor was invented), as well as a technique which causes the victim to change skin color and get struck by lightning.
9th Nov '16 8:26:46 AM KingZeal
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* TheGreatestStyle:
** Hokuto Shinken, the eponymous style of the series (used by protagonist Kenshiro and his brother Raoh) is the most powerful technique in the world, enabling Kenshiro to defeat the endless number of tyrants and savages in the post-apocalyptic wasteland, and allowing Raoh to ascend to position as ruler.
** A notable subversion: a mook puts his back to the ground, claiming his particular style makes him invincible. Ken agrees, and does the only thing possible: he walks away. The mook, of course, abandons his posture and gets his ass kicked.
3rd Nov '16 2:14:40 PM Saurubiker
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* {{Bookends}}: The final story arc takes place in the same village Chapter 238 (the third chapter in the final volume) ends just like how the very first chapter began with [[spoiler:Ken staggering through the desert, begging for water -- but this time, with Bat and Lin right there]].
10th Oct '16 4:56:42 PM okami31
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* {{BadPowersGoodPeople}}:
** Kenshiro is the successor to the deadly martial art known as Hokuto Shinken, which relies on hitting pressure points to kill your enemies in very gruesome ways (usually by making their heads explode). Ken also happens to be one of the kindest people in the entire Crapsack World he inhabits, and uses the pressure point techniques of the art to heal as well as to kill.
** This applies to his adoptive brother Toki as well, who uses the same assassin's art that Kenshiro does. He does so as a kindly, almost messianic doctor, using Hokuto Shinken to heal diseases and afflictions even though he himself is sick with terminal radiation poisoning.
**Shew, a benevolent blind warrior who looks after orphans, uses the Nanto Hakuro Ken style, which involves the ability to carve people to pieces by kicking them. In one instance he performs a Hurricane Kick so potent that it cleanly decapitates everyone in a ten foot radius.
5th Oct '16 12:37:39 PM Saurubiker
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* TheArtifact: The Golan theme is still used throughout the series, even after the God's Army arc is over.

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* TheArtifact: TheArtifact
** The original theme song, "Ai o Torimodose", is about Kenshiro's quest to rescue Yuria from Shin. It's still used as the anime's opening theme after the end of the Southern Cross arc until the switch to "Silent Survivor" in the fourth story arc.
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The Golan theme is still used throughout the series, even after the God's Army arc is over.over. It most notably becomes the theme of the Holy Emperor's army.
2nd Oct '16 9:57:57 AM Saurubiker
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* EnemyCivilWar: In Episode 21, the General tries to overthrow Shin and is killed, and the remainder of Shin's army goes berserk and starts randomly burning Southern Cross and murdering slaves as Shin's authority crumbles. This has nothing to do with Kenshiro; Shin's men are simply fed up with his obsession with Yuria.

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* EnemyCivilWar: In Episode 21, 21 of the anime, General Balcom tries to overthrow Shin and is killed, and the remainder of Shin's army goes berserk and starts randomly burning Southern Cross and murdering slaves as Shin's authority crumbles. This has nothing to do with Kenshiro; Shin's men are simply fed up with his obsession with Yuria.



* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: Yuda.

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* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: Yuda.Juda.



** We see it just at chapter 2 of the manga, where Kenshiro catches a bolt from a crossbow and throws it back '''straight at the center of the eye of the punk who shot it'''.

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** We see it just at chapter Chapter 2 of the manga, where Kenshiro catches a bolt from a crossbow and throws it back '''straight at the center of the eye of the punk who shot it'''.



* FightingSeries: Fist of the North Star is probably the first major {{Shonen}} fighting series (albeit a quite violent and bloody one)[[note]] though it can be argued that Manga/{{Devilman}} and Manga/{{Dororo}} came first, before the [[UnbuiltTrope concept of shounen even existed]][[/note]], and proved to be quite influential for series to come.

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* FightingSeries: Fist ''Fist of the North Star Star'' is probably the first major {{Shonen}} fighting series (albeit a quite violent and bloody one)[[note]] though it can be argued that Manga/{{Devilman}} and Manga/{{Dororo}} came first, before the [[UnbuiltTrope concept of shounen even existed]][[/note]], and proved to be quite influential for series to come.



* ForgottenFallenFriend: A trademark of the series is that Kenshiro frequently reminisces about all his fallen allies and rivals. The only exception to this is Ryuuga, who is never mentioned again after Raoh's death.

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* ForgottenFallenFriend: A trademark of the series is that Kenshiro frequently reminisces about all his fallen allies and rivals. The only exception to this is Ryuuga, Ryuga, who is never mentioned again after Raoh's death.



** Thouzer and Yuda. Thouzer's was somewhat understandable since yes, it is traumatic when you accidently kill your own teacher, but what Thouzer did then wasn't a good way to pay his respects to him. But Yuda's on the other hand is just plain silly.

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** Thouzer and Yuda.Juda. Thouzer's was somewhat understandable since yes, it is traumatic when you accidently kill your own teacher, but what Thouzer did then wasn't a good way to pay his respects to him. But Yuda's on the other hand is just plain silly.



* FromCamouflageToCriminal: One arc had Ken dealing with a former special forces unit who turned into yet another group of post apocalyptic oppressors. The guys were still led by their old colonel, as well.

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* FromCamouflageToCriminal: One The Golan arc had has Ken dealing with a former special forces unit who turned into yet another group of post apocalyptic oppressors. The guys were still led by their old colonel, commanding officer, known simply as well."Colonel".



* GagDub: Famous GagDub situation. While doing the official French language dub of the anime, all the French people working on the show were disgusted by the insane levels of violence - especially since they knew it had been bought for a morning cartoon show aimed at kids and would air alongside ''Anime/SailorMoon''. As most of the dubbers didn't think much of [[TheNewRockAndRoll anime]] anyway, they demanded to be allowed to do whatever they wanted and therefore got to narm up the dialogues and add jokes. Basically, the French dub is an [[TheAbridgedSeries Abridged Series]], only not fan-made, and has more TakeThat moments to its source.

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* GagDub: Famous GagDub situation. While doing the official French language dub of the anime, all the French people cast and crew working on the show were disgusted by the insane levels of violence - especially since they knew it had been bought for a morning cartoon show aimed at kids and would air alongside ''Anime/SailorMoon''. As most of the dubbers didn't think much of [[TheNewRockAndRoll anime]] anyway, they demanded to be allowed to do whatever they wanted and therefore got to narm up the dialogues and add jokes. Basically, the French dub is an [[TheAbridgedSeries Abridged Series]], only not fan-made, and has more TakeThat moments to its source.
2nd Oct '16 9:42:06 AM Saurubiker
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** Yuria's many admirers include Shin[[labelnote:*]]who steals away Yuria in an effort to keep her safe from the wastelands, convinced that Kenshiro's kindheartedness would get himself killed and put Yuria in danger[[/labelnote]], Jagi[[labelnote:*]]Who feeds Ken a throwaway line before their fight about him being a lucky bastard for winning Yuria's affections[[/labelnote]], Toki[[labelnote:*]] who on behalf of Kenshiro during a flashback makes Raoh stand down when he tries to strongarm Yuria into loving him instead[[/labelnote]], and Raoh[[labelnote:*]] who, after witnessing Toh of the Sea kill herself in front of him, is rather upset at coming to the conclusion that his feelings for Yuria; much like Toh's feelings for Raoh; are entirely onesided. There, he [[IfICantHaveYou declares Yuria as good as dead]] if she won't love him back[[/labelnote]]. Mamiya is both impressed and intimidated from hearing about the many hearts Yuria had inadvertently broken just by existing.

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** Yuria's many admirers include Shin[[labelnote:*]]who steals away Yuria in an effort to keep her safe from the wastelands, convinced that Kenshiro's kindheartedness would get himself killed and put Yuria in danger[[/labelnote]], Jagi[[labelnote:*]]Who feeds Ken a throwaway line before their fight about him being a lucky bastard for winning Yuria's affections[[/labelnote]], Toki[[labelnote:*]] who on behalf of Kenshiro during a flashback makes Raoh stand down when he tries to strongarm Yuria into loving him instead[[/labelnote]], and Raoh[[labelnote:*]] who, after witnessing Toh of the Sea kill herself in front of him, is rather upset at coming to the conclusion that his feelings for Yuria; much like Toh's feelings for Raoh; are entirely onesided.one-sided. There, he [[IfICantHaveYou declares Yuria as good as dead]] if she won't love him back[[/labelnote]]. Mamiya is both impressed and intimidated from hearing about the many hearts Yuria had inadvertently broken just by existing.



* AllThereInTheManual: The only time the name of Shin's Nanto branch was ever revealed was in the 1986 special magazine ''Hokuto no Ken Special: All About the Man''.

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* AllThereInTheManual: The only time the name of Shin's Nanto Seiken branch was ever revealed was never mentioned in the manga (partly due to his role as Kenshiro's TokenMotivationalNemesis). It would later be retroactively established in the 1986 special magazine issue of ''Shonen Jump'' titled ''Hokuto no Ken Special: All About the Man''.



* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: During the AnimatedAdaptation of the Raoh arc, ExecutiveMeddling and MoralGuardian wankers forced Toei Animation to put Kenshiro into contrived situations where he spares the lives of kids who are about to go down the wrong path, and deliver [[{{Anvilicious}} heavy-handed life lessons]] ("You may steal to stay alive, but keep doing it and you'll grow to like it, and become ''real'' villains" IE "then I will REALLY kill you") with the subtlety of a brick. Thankfully, this is not done to the detriment of the plot and the story's thematic soul, [[EndingFatigue unlike the post-Shura storyline of the manga, left un-animated]].


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* DeathByAdaptation
** Mitsu, the younger brother of Raiga and Fuga does not survive his captivity in the anime and gets buried by his big brothers alongside Uighur's other victims, whereas in the manga Mitsu lives long enough to see the twins sacrifice their lives for Kenshiro and his friends.
** The manga spares Gill, the younger Harn Brother, in one of the rare instances in which a major fighter lives, whereas in the anime he joins his brother [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Buzz/Has]] in his {{heroic sacrifice}}.
30th Sep '16 3:07:43 AM Iaculus
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* AnyoneCanDie: Right up there with ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' or ''Series/TheSopranos'' for riding this trope hard. Colorful, unique, intriguing characters are introduced only to die horribly soon (or not so soon) afterwards. A demoralizing borderline MindScrew that pushes the setting's nihilism and terror right in your face. Of course, seeing how few in number the main protagonists are, this may not necessarily be true. Sometimes this is taken to KillEmAll level. [[spoiler:The only character still breathing by the end of ''Kenshiro Den'' prequel movie is Kenshiro himself!]]

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* AnyoneCanDie: Right up there with ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' or ''Series/TheSopranos'' for riding this trope hard. Colorful, unique, intriguing The only three completely safe recurring characters are introduced only to die horribly soon (or Kenshiro, Rin, and Bat (and even they have their moments). Everyone else, in a manga spanning hundreds of chapters with a cast of hundreds if not so soon) afterwards. A demoralizing borderline MindScrew that pushes the setting's nihilism and terror right in your face. Of course, seeing how few in number the main protagonists are, this may not necessarily be true. Sometimes thousands, is fair game. In some arcs, this is taken to KillEmAll level.levels. [[spoiler:The only character still breathing by the end of ''Kenshiro Den'' prequel movie is Kenshiro himself!]]
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