History FistOfTheNorthStar / TropesAToH

22nd Jun '16 5:38:14 PM Saurubiker
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** Part of Buronson and Tetsuo Hara's involvement in ''Hokuto Musou'' was to create new moves for every character so they'd have an expanded move list. This actually means that not only are said moves canon, they also show what many characters that didn't get a chance to really showcase themselves were capable off. This is especially welcome with the Nanto characters, like Shin and Souther.

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** Part of Buronson and Tetsuo Hara's involvement in ''Hokuto Musou'' was to create new moves for every character so they'd have an expanded move list. This actually means that not only are said moves canon, they also show what many characters that didn't get a chance to really showcase themselves were capable off. This is especially welcome with the Nanto characters, like Shin and Souther.Thouzer.



* AntagonistAbilities: Due to Ken's near-invincibility against anyone that isn't a successor of the Hokuto or Nanto styles, many of his opponents fall into this trope. For example, one of his earliest opponents is Heart, whose blubbery body makes opponents LeftStuckAfterAttack. There's also Patra, who uses [[MasterOfIllusion illusions]], VillainTeleportation, and SmokeOut abilities. Even against more capable opponents, such as Souther, there is usually some sort of gimmick that Ken has to overcome before he can fight at his best. But the trope isn't as effective as it could be, thanks to the Hokuto Shinken style giving Ken NewPowersAsThePlotDemands.

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* AntagonistAbilities: Due to Ken's near-invincibility against anyone that isn't a successor of the Hokuto or Nanto styles, many of his opponents fall into this trope. For example, one of his earliest opponents is Heart, whose blubbery body makes opponents LeftStuckAfterAttack. There's also Patra, who uses [[MasterOfIllusion illusions]], VillainTeleportation, and SmokeOut abilities. Even against more capable opponents, such as Souther, Thouzer, there is usually some sort of gimmick that Ken has to overcome before he can fight at his best. But the trope isn't as effective as it could be, thanks to the Hokuto Shinken style giving Ken NewPowersAsThePlotDemands.



** Kenshiro is one of anime's first and foremost examples. Of course, there's also [[BigBad Raoh]] and [[TheLancer Rei]]. Shin, Souther, 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.

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** Kenshiro is one of anime's first and foremost examples. Of course, there's also [[BigBad Raoh]] and [[TheLancer Rei]]. Shin, Souther, 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.



** Jackal. In a world of flesh-melting kung fu megapowers, he becomes an important villain by throwing dynamite and remembering where a certain prison is.

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** Jackal. In a world of flesh-melting kung fu megapowers, he becomes an important villain by throwing dynamite knowing how to manipulate people and remembering where a certain prison is. never facing anyone stronger than he is.



** Famously Ken and Rei, but at one point Raoh and Toki (who actually [[SiblingTeam are brothers]]) teamed up on their way to see Kenshiro's second confrontation of Souther.

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** Famously Ken and Rei, but at one point Raoh and Toki (who actually [[SiblingTeam are brothers]]) teamed up on their way to see Kenshiro's second confrontation of Souther.Thouzer.



* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Attractive villains are treated with sympathy when they die even if they aren't actually sympathetic (looking at you Yuda and Souther). Ugly villains are killed with no remorse. On the other hand, the handsome villains are more likely to actually show remorse in the first place.

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Attractive villains are treated with sympathy when they die even if they aren't actually sympathetic (looking at you Yuda and Souther).Thouzer). Ugly villains are killed with no remorse. On the other hand, the handsome villains are more likely to actually show remorse in the first place.



** Shu is forced to carry the peak of Souther's pyramid after having the muscles in his legs cut. He is then riddled with arrows by Souther's archers and impaled with a spear hurled by Souther himself, before ultimately being crushed under the stone as his strength gives out.

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** Shu Shew is forced to carry the peak of Souther's Thouzer's pyramid after having the muscles in his legs cut. He is then riddled with arrows by Souther's Thouzer's archers and impaled with a spear hurled by Souther Thouzer himself, before ultimately being crushed under the stone as his strength gives out.



* CryForTheDevil: Invoked frequently. Kaioh and Souther come foremost to mind.

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* CryForTheDevil: Invoked frequently. Kaioh and Souther Thouzer come foremost to mind.



* DeathEqualsRedemption: Played with several villains, notably Shin, Souther and Raoh. There's also Kaioh, whose atrocities include [[spoiler:murdering his sister, who doubles as his comrade's fiancée, and blaming it on Kenshiro -- then turning on said comrade behind his back while he's occupied with Kenshiro. Kenshiro defeats him with a coup de grâce out of pity for his sad destiny, as [[http://img07.nj.us.mangafox.com/store/manga/243/24-001.0/compressed/24c1pg19.jpg this]] pretty much says.]].

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* DeathEqualsRedemption: Played with several villains, notably Shin, Souther Thouzer, and Raoh. There's also Kaioh, whose atrocities include [[spoiler:murdering his sister, who doubles as his comrade's fiancée, and blaming it on framing Kenshiro for the act -- then turning on said comrade behind his back while he's occupied with Kenshiro. Kenshiro defeats him with a coup de grâce out of pity for his sad destiny, as [[http://img07.nj.us.mangafox.com/store/manga/243/24-001.0/compressed/24c1pg19.jpg this]] pretty much says.]].



* DeceptiveDisciple: Inverted with Souther: his master tricked him into killing him in order to pass along the succession of ''Nanto Hououken'' to Souther. Souther went AxCrazy and decided to build a shrine to his master in the form of a massive pyramid built by child slave labor.

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* DeceptiveDisciple: Inverted with Souther: Thouzer: his master tricked him into killing him in order to pass along the succession of ''Nanto Hououken'' Ho-oken'' to Souther. Souther Thouzer. Thouzer went AxCrazy and decided to build a shrine to his master in the form of a massive pyramid built by child slave labor.



** Kenshiro's ''Hokuto Zankai Ken'' does not work on Souther. They even quote the scene word for word, complete with Souther counting down for kicks, laughing and Ken wondering what's going on.

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** Kenshiro's ''Hokuto Zankai Ken'' does not work on Souther. Thouzer. They even quote the scene word for word, complete with Souther Thouzer counting down for kicks, laughing and Ken wondering what's going on.



** In Hokuto no Ken for Sega Master System (Black Belt in the West), Souther's weak point moves around with every hit the player lands on him to account for his Dextrocardia.

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** In Hokuto ''Hokuto no Ken Ken'' for the Sega Master Mark III/Master System (Black Belt (''Black Belt'' in the West), Souther's Thouzer's weak point moves around with every hit the player lands on him to account for his Dextrocardia.



** Shu's loss of eyesight allowed him to "see" with his "heart", while Souther's [[spoiler:heart is on the right side of his chest, and his pressure points are symmetrically mirrored]].

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** Shu's Shew's loss of eyesight allowed him to "see" with his "heart", while Souther's Thouzer's [[spoiler:heart is on the right side of his chest, and his pressure points are symmetrically mirrored]].



* EvenMooksHaveLovedOnes: And that is why there are actually ''decent'' men amongst Souther's army of beating and killing children; they are free to refuse if they can accept The Holy [[BadBoss Emperor]] tearing ''their'' children and wives to pieces for their disobedience...
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: With the exception of Rei and Juda, it seems that the Hokuto brothers met each of the Nanto Rokuseiken (Shin, Shuh, Souther and Yuria) before the apocalypse. Likewise, Raoh was also acquainted with both, Juza and Fudoh, when he was a child.

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* EvenMooksHaveLovedOnes: And that is why there are actually ''decent'' men amongst Souther's Thouzer's army of beating and killing children; they are free to refuse if they can accept The Holy [[BadBoss Emperor]] tearing ''their'' children and wives to pieces for their disobedience...
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: With the exception of Rei and Juda, it seems that the Hokuto brothers met each of the Nanto Rokuseiken (Shin, Shuh, Souther Thouzer and Yuria) before the apocalypse. Likewise, Raoh was also acquainted with both, Juza and Fudoh, when he was a child.



** Ditto for Souther, who ''probably'' missed the point of Master Ougai's love...

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** Ditto for Souther, Thouzer, who ''probably'' missed the point of Master Ougai's love...



** Patra, a practitioner of the Southern Dragon Fist style and a mistress of illusion, gets this when two of her own illusion pearls are rather vividly jammed into her eyesockets. She then proceeds to burn alive and fall off a cliff.
** The Colonel, the first user of a Southern style faced in the show outside of flashbacks, gets a version of this when Ken manipulates one of his pressure points into forcing his one eye to vividly roll up in the socket, effectively permanently blinding it. In the manner of the other example above for Patra, his death is also, even by the show's standards, fairly graphic.

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** Patra, a practitioner of the Southern Dragon Fist style and a mistress of illusion, gets this when two of her own illusion pearls are rather vividly jammed into her eyesockets. She then proceeds to burn alive and fall off a cliff.
** The Colonel, the first user of a Southern Nanto style faced in the show outside of flashbacks, manga other than Shin, gets a version of this when Ken manipulates one of his pressure points into forcing his one eye to vividly roll up in the socket, effectively permanently blinding it. In the manner of the other example above for Patra, his death is also, even by the show's standards, fairly graphic.



* {{Filler}}:
** Like any other manga-based anime series, the TV series featured original arcs and episodes between the main story in order to prevent the series from [[OvertookTheManga exceeding its source material]]. The most notorious example is the anime version of the Southern Cross arc, which puts off the final battle between Kenshiro and Shin by more than a dozen episodes.
** Averted when you watch the TV series in the order recommended by Daryl Surat of Podcast/AnimeWorldOrder: 1-8; 11-13; 22-37; 39-108. {{Recap Episode}}s are optional.
*** The problem with Surat's order is that it leaves out episodes 17-21. While these episodes are all filler, the events that lead up to Episode 22 won't make much sense if you skip them due to how the order of events were changed during the Southern Cross arc (plus some of the filler characters, like Joker and Saki, are involved in canon episodes and don't show up in #22).

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* {{Filler}}:
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{{Filler}}: Like any other manga-based anime series, the TV series featured original arcs and episodes between the main story in order to prevent the series from [[OvertookTheManga exceeding its source material]]. The most notorious example is the anime version of the Southern Cross arc, which puts off the final battle between Kenshiro and Shin by more than a dozen episodes.
** Averted when you watch the TV series in the order recommended by Daryl Surat of Podcast/AnimeWorldOrder: 1-8; 11-13; 22-37; 39-108. {{Recap Episode}}s are optional.
*** The problem with Surat's order is that it leaves out episodes 17-21. While these episodes are all filler, the events that lead up to Episode 22 won't make much sense if you skip them due to how the order of events were changed during the Southern Cross arc (plus some of the filler characters, like Joker and Saki, are involved in canon episodes and don't show up in #22).
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** Souther and Yuda. Souther's was somewhat understandable since yes, it is traumatic when you accidently kill your own teacher, but what Souther 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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** Souther Thouzer and Yuda. Souther's Thouzer's was somewhat understandable since yes, it is traumatic when you accidently kill your own teacher, but what Souther 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.



* GracefulLoser: Raoh, and to a lesser extent Souther. Souther's death was changed in the movie ''Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Martyred Love'' (which retells the Souther arc from Raoh's perspective), in which Souther takes a page from Shin's book and decides that it's BetterToDieThanBeKilled. In the original manga (including the events of ''Hokuto no Ken 2'') there's quite a few more.

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* GracefulLoser: Raoh, and to a lesser extent Souther. Souther's Thouzer. Thouzer's death was changed in the movie ''Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Martyred Love'' (which retells the Souther Thouzer arc from Raoh's perspective), in which Souther Thouzer takes a page from Shin's book and decides that it's BetterToDieThanBeKilled. In the original manga (including the events of ''Hokuto no Ken 2'') there's quite a few more.
10th Jun '16 10:10:27 AM rafi
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* AdaptationDistillation: The 1986 movie rearranges a KudzuPlot into a more streamlined narrative.


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* CompressedAdaptation: The 1986 [[TheMovie movie]] roughly adapts the initial 72 chapters of the original manga (or the first 49 episodes of the TV series) into a 2-hour film. This was mainly done by rearranging the order of events and focusing the plot on the franchise's now-iconic rivalry between Kenshiro and his brother Raoh, reducing the role of every other villain to [[DemotedToExtra extended cameos]] (with only Shin and Jagi getting sufficient development due to their importance to the plot). However, Toki (the second of the four Hokuto brothers) was left out completely with not even a hint of his existence, and while Rei still appears, his love interest Mamiya does not, and [[spoiler:he dies without his final challenge to his nemesis Yuda.]]
3rd May '16 6:53:04 PM Kervinle2500
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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.
28th Feb '16 3:56:40 PM desslok
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** 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.
27th Feb '16 1:31:09 AM Tron80
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* BringMyBrownPants: In the first chapter, after seeing Kenshiro fighting for first time -and making his adversaries' body explode-, Bat pisses himself.
26th Feb '16 1:38:34 AM Schitzo
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*CombatBreakdown: Enforced and commented on in [[spoiler: Raoh's final battle with Kenshiro]]. Since both have [[spoiler: mastered Musou Tensei]], the use of all orthodox [[spoiler:Hokuto Shinken]] techniques have become useless gestures. Because they're evenly matched, there's nothing left to do but to slugfest it out like infants.
14th Feb '16 10:59:09 PM ergeis
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* TheArtifact: The soundtrack has Golan which was used for God's Army. It's still used despite the fact that they don't exist anymore.
6th Feb '16 9:32:17 AM Ramidel
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* AbnormalAmmo: Guns are relatively common in the wasteland, but apparently making ''bullets'' is a lost art. Guns tend to shoot knives or other weird projectiles instead.
3rd Jan '16 12:35:25 AM KenKevinStriker
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** In Hokuto no Ken for Sega Master System (Black Belt in the West), Souther's weak point moves around with every hit the player lands on him to account for his Dextrocardia.
2nd Jan '16 11:42:10 PM KenKevinStriker
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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: ''Hokuto no Ken'' is officially translated as ''Fist of the North Star'' in English when it really should be "Fist of the Big Dipper". This is an artifact from when Viz translated the manga in 1989. Instead of explaining what the names Hokuto and Nanto meant (the Northern and Southern Dippers, two Chinese constellations roughly corresponding with the Great Bear and Saggitarius), they changed the names of the two main martial art schools to North Star and Southern Cross respectively. The North Star is still somewhat related to the Great Bear, as the Big Dipper is used to locate it, but Southern Cross barely has anything to with Nanto other than the fact that it happens to be the name of Shin's city. Later translations stick to the styles' original names, but the English title is pretty stuck as ''Fist of the North Star'' for recognition. Toei originally proposed the name ''Ken the Great Bear Fist'' and almost used that title for the NES game until they went with Viz's chosen title.

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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: ''Hokuto no Ken'' is officially translated as ''Fist of the North Star'' in English when it really should be "Fist of the Big Dipper". This is an artifact from when Viz translated the manga in 1989. Instead of explaining what the names Hokuto and Nanto meant (the Northern and Southern Dippers, two Chinese constellations roughly corresponding with the Great Bear and Saggitarius), they changed the names of the two main martial art schools to North Star and Southern Cross respectively. The North Star is still somewhat related to the Great Bear, as the Big Dipper is used to locate it, but Southern Cross barely has anything to with Nanto other than the fact that it happens to be the name of Shin's city. Later translations stick to the styles' original names, but the English title is pretty stuck as remains ''Fist of the North Star'' for recognition. Toei originally proposed the name ''Ken the Great Bear Fist'' and almost used that title for the NES game until they went with Viz's chosen title.
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