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9th Nov '16 5:45:02 AM darkchiefy
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* PerformerGuise: Legends of the Dark King starts off with this instance, when Raoh disguises himself as a performer with a giant koto, though the disguise is not too convincing considering how huge he is. When the ruler of a local area requests to hear him play, he then calmly smashes said koto and then declares that he cannot play the koto.
29th Oct '16 4:24:53 PM Saurubiker
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** Even some of the major martial artists in the manga were modeled after popular musicians from the era, such as Juda (modeled after Boy George with a bit of Dee Snider), Ryuga (based on David Bowie), Hyui (named and modeled after Huey Lewis), Han (modeled after Freddie Mercury) and Emperor of Light Baran (modeled after young Pete Burns).
28th Sep '16 7:29:50 PM Saurubiker
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* NamesTheSame: In-universe, [[KungFuJesus Toki]] and [[BattleAura Touki]].

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* NamesTheSame: In-universe, Quite a few in-universe examples:
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[[KungFuJesus Toki]] and [[BattleAura Touki]].Tōki]], although the latter has a long vowel and is alternatively pronounced "aura" in some panels.
** Ryūken could refer to the Hokuto Shinken master who trained the four Hokuto Brothers or the Hokuto branch named after a shining stone.
** The name Zaku was used twice for two different minor villains: one of them a servant of Ken-oh and the other is a member of the Tentei army who is killed by Kenshiro off-screen.
** Ryū is the name of either, Raoh's posthumous son or Kaioh's pet dog.
28th Sep '16 8:51:58 AM Saurubiker
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* NamedByTheAdaptation: Many minor characters that were unnamed in the manga were named in the anime like Johnny the Bartender (who was a prominent character in the early arcs) and Kiba Daioh (the leader of the Kiba clan). Jackal's biker gang was also given a name in the anime, where they're known as The Warriors (a possible reference to the [[Film/TheWarriors 1979 film of the same name]]).
26th Sep '16 12:22:57 AM Saurubiker
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** Hokuto Shin Ken uses ''Touki'' to strike opponent's pressure points with out contact.

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** Hokuto ''Hokuto Shin Ken Ken'' uses ''Touki'' to strike opponent's pressure points with out contact.



** Hokuto Ryu Ken uses ''Matouki'' which is [[MagicByAnyOtherName flat-out magic]].

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** Hokuto ''Hokuto Ryu Ken Ken'' uses ''Matouki'' which is [[MagicByAnyOtherName flat-out magic]].
20th Aug '16 1:35:37 AM lalaTKG
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* TheNarrator: Creator/ShigeruChiba, who also voiced a few of the villains, pulls double duty here. He also gets gradually more excitable as the TV series goes on; as an episode of ''Series/TriviaNoIzumi'' pointed out, he starts off doing the next-episode previews in a rather stern voice, but by the final episode he's [[ChewingTheScenery screaming the narration at the top of his lungs]]. It originally started as an in-joke by Chiba; he apparently stopped ramping it up for a while for fear of giving himself an aneurysm, but began doing it again when fans asked him why he wasn't shouting anymore.

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* TheNarrator: Creator/ShigeruChiba, who also voiced a few of the villains, pulls double duty here. He also gets gradually more excitable as the TV series goes on; as an episode of ''Series/TriviaNoIzumi'' ''Trivia no Izumi'' pointed out, he starts off doing the next-episode previews in a rather stern voice, but by the final episode he's [[ChewingTheScenery screaming the narration at the top of his lungs]]. It originally started as an in-joke by Chiba; he apparently stopped ramping it up for a while for fear of giving himself an aneurysm, but began doing it again when fans asked him why he wasn't shouting anymore.
20th Aug '16 1:28:44 AM lalaTKG
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** There's also his famous "ATATATATATATATATATATATATATATA!" kiai, which he uses when he's busting out his ''Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken'' on some sorry bad guy

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** There's also his famous "ATATATATATATATATATATATATATATA!" kiai, which he uses when he's busting out his ''Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken'' on some sorry bad guyguy.



* ManlyTears: One of the most famous users of this trope. It should be noted however, that the men of this series sheds just as much, if not ''more'' TenderTears, contrary to popular belief.

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* ManlyTears: One of the most famous users of this trope. It should be noted however, that the men of this series sheds shed just as much, if not ''more'' TenderTears, TenderTears than the girls, contrary to popular belief.
20th Aug '16 1:24:22 AM lalaTKG
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* InfantImmortality: Although children and even infants often died in the manga (along with a few dogs), the TV anime often rewrote such scenes so that the child escapes from harm's way with Kenshiro's help (the most prominent examples being Taki, Bat's adopted little brother who gets shot by one of Jackal's men, and Ryo, the kid in Shew's hideout who ate bread poisoned by Thouzerand his men).

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* InfantImmortality: Although children and even infants often died in the manga (along with a few dogs), the TV anime often rewrote such scenes so that the child escapes from harm's way with Kenshiro's help (the most prominent examples being Taki, Bat's adopted little brother who gets shot by one of Jackal's men, and Ryo, the kid in Shew's hideout who ate bread poisoned by Thouzerand Thouzer and his men).



** Raoh's special technique Hokuto Gosho Ha allows him to fire a contrated blast of Touki (fighting spirit) at his opponent.

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** Raoh's special technique Hokuto Gosho Ha allows him to fire a contrated concentrated blast of Touki (fighting spirit) at his opponent.



* KickTheDog: A constant, neverending stream of atrocities designed to make you feel that the villains deserve every last bit of righteous ultra-violence Ken can lavish upon them. One bad guy even ''literally'' kicks a dog -- a cute puppy to be precise.

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* KickTheDog: A constant, neverending never-ending stream of atrocities designed to make you feel that the villains deserve every last bit of righteous ultra-violence Ken can lavish upon them. One bad guy even ''literally'' kicks a dog -- a cute puppy to be precise.



** Not to mention Kenshiro himself in the ''Kensiro Den'' prequel film, right down to ressurecting from LITERALLY being crucified.

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** Not to mention Kenshiro himself in the ''Kensiro Den'' prequel film, right down to ressurecting resurrecting from LITERALLY being crucified.



* NewOldWest: Right down to the "stranger walking out of the duststorm into the town" shots and the Morricone-esque mournful-saxophone music of Spaghetti Westerns in the more sad and thoughtful scenes.

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* NewOldWest: Right down to the "stranger walking out of the duststorm dust storm into the town" shots and the Morricone-esque mournful-saxophone music of Spaghetti Westerns in the more sad and thoughtful scenes.
14th Jul '16 3:03:14 AM GojiBiscuits
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* NiceHat: The helmets in ''North Star'' are legendary. One notable example is Uighur, who hides whips in his horned helmet (you pull them out by yanking on the horns).

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* NiceHat: The helmets in ''North Star'' are legendary. One notable example is Uighur, who hides whips in his horned helmet (you pull them out by yanking on the horns). Jagi, Raoh and Kaioh's helmets also count. Kaioh's helmet is especially nice, as it seemingly boosts his Anryū Tenha technique, which has the ability to nullify Kenshiro's Musou Tensei.
22nd Jun '16 4:33:55 PM Saurubiker
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* InfantImmortality: Although children and even infants often died in the manga (along with a few dogs), the TV anime often rewrote such scenes so that the child escapes from harm's way with Kenshiro's help (the most prominent examples being Taki, Bat's adopted little brother who gets shot by one of Jackal's men, and Ryo, the kid in Shuu's hideout who ate bread poisoned by Souther and his men).
* InformedAbility: There are villains who brag about their unstoppable fighting styles whose power we never see onscreen, though a good load of them do manage to show it off. The most ubiquitous example has to be Souther's Tensho Juuji Hou attack, which supposedly can cut through stainless steel, but only scratches Ken's shoulders a bit and got a ''lot'' of hype beforehand. [[JustifiedTrope Granted]], Ken's MadeOfIron, and once got hit in the head with a solid stone pillar as big as he is and remained completely unfazed (the pillar shattered to pieces). So it is easy to see how an attack that can cut stainless steel might be not a big deal to him.

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* InfantImmortality: Although children and even infants often died in the manga (along with a few dogs), the TV anime often rewrote such scenes so that the child escapes from harm's way with Kenshiro's help (the most prominent examples being Taki, Bat's adopted little brother who gets shot by one of Jackal's men, and Ryo, the kid in Shuu's Shew's hideout who ate bread poisoned by Souther and Thouzerand his men).
* InformedAbility: There are villains who brag about their unstoppable fighting styles whose power we never see onscreen, though a good load of them do manage to show it off. The most ubiquitous example has to be Souther's Thouzer's Tensho Juuji Hou attack, which supposedly can cut through stainless steel, but only scratches Ken's shoulders a bit and got a ''lot'' of hype beforehand. [[JustifiedTrope Granted]], Ken's MadeOfIron, and once got hit in the head with a solid stone pillar as big as he is and remained completely unfazed (the pillar shattered to pieces). So it is easy to see how an attack that can cut stainless steel might be not a big deal to him.



** Souther in particular is an '''exceptionally''' vile example of this trope; he is shown throwing food away and punishing those who try to pick it up.
** Shisuka from ''Kenshiro Den'' is an even more literal example than Souther, since he resembles the TropeNamer.

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** Souther Thouzer in particular is an '''exceptionally''' vile example of this trope; he is shown throwing food away and punishing those who try to pick it up.
** Shisuka from ''Kenshiro Den'' is an even more literal example than Souther, Thouzer, since he resembles the TropeNamer.



* JapaneseSpirit: Kenshiro, like all masters of the North Star and South Star martial arts schools, has powers and abilities which make him extremely special and Talented. Further, the IncitingIncident which caused the entirety of the series (his first duel and loss to Shin) has Shin specifically state that Kenshiro lost to him because he lacked Resolve. The desire for both [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge revenge]] and [[RoaringRampageOfRescue rescue]] are what push Ken to his peak. Even later, when Ken needs to unlock his ultimate technique, it turns out that he can only do it by embracing "the true nature of sorrow". Finally, Kenshiro at first glance appears to avert the Persistence side of the trope because he's [[InvincibleHero so invincible that he never needs to do any training or even struggle]]. However, it's revealed that all of the battles, lost friends and allies, and psychological trauma he's endured throughout the series has allowed him to perfect his abilities.

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* JapaneseSpirit: Kenshiro, like all masters of the North Star Hokuto and South Star Nanto martial arts schools, has powers and abilities which make him extremely special and Talented. Further, the IncitingIncident which caused the entirety of the series (his first duel and loss to Shin) has Shin specifically state that Kenshiro lost to him because he lacked Resolve. The desire for both [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge revenge]] and [[RoaringRampageOfRescue rescue]] are what push Ken to his peak. Even later, when Ken needs to unlock his ultimate technique, it turns out that he can only do it by embracing "the true nature of sorrow". Finally, Kenshiro at first glance appears to avert the Persistence side of the trope because he's [[InvincibleHero so invincible that he never needs to do any training or even struggle]]. However, it's revealed that all of the battles, lost friends and allies, and psychological trauma he's endured throughout the series has allowed him to perfect his abilities.



* LoveFreak: Shu, Yuria, to an extent. Lin also counts as well.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Recurring theme for several characters. Most notably Shin and Souther.

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* LoveFreak: Shu, Shew, Yuria, to an extent. Lin also counts as well.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Recurring theme for several characters. Most notably Shin and Souther.Thouzer.



* MeaningfulName: Toki, who shares his grace with the ibis he was named after, and Souther, a slightly more convoluted example. The southerly winds. What birds fly on. Birds like the Nanto style is inspired by. Meaning he is at the root of all Nanto schools, as the emperor. Like that ''wouldn't'' get to his head... And then there's Kenshiro himself, whose name translates to something like "Fourth Son of the Fist."

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* MeaningfulName: Toki, who shares his grace with the ibis he was named after, and Souther, Thouzer, a slightly more convoluted example. The southerly winds. What birds fly on. Birds like the Nanto style is inspired by. Meaning he is at the root of all Nanto schools, as the emperor. Like that ''wouldn't'' get to his head... And then there's Kenshiro himself, whose name translates to something like "Fourth Son of the Fist."



* MonsterSobStory: Told by both Souther and Kaioh to Kenshiro ''right before'' their final battles, when there's no time left for the reader to watch them grow as characters or sympathise with them. Though the week-to-week short term plotting of the shounen manga industry is probably to blame here.
** Fortunately, we do get to learn more about Souther immediately after his first fight with Kenshiro, and before Shu challenges him. Just like Kenshiro, Souther was slated as the true successor to his fighting style, but lost his mentor through tragic circumstance.

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* MonsterSobStory: Told by both Souther Thouzer and Kaioh to Kenshiro ''right before'' their final battles, when there's no time left for the reader to watch them grow as characters or sympathise with them. Though the week-to-week short term plotting of the shounen manga industry is probably to blame here.
** Fortunately, we do get to learn more about Souther Thouzer immediately after his first fight with Kenshiro, and before Shu Shew challenges him. Just like Kenshiro, Souther Thouzer was slated as the true successor to his fighting style, but lost his mentor through tragic circumstance.



** Souther's original traumatic backstory was omitted in the ''Shin Kyuuseishu Densetsu'' movies, leaving him as a [[ForTheEvulz one dimensional villain]].

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** Souther's Thouzer's original traumatic backstory was omitted in the ''Shin Kyuuseishu Densetsu'' movies, leaving him as a [[ForTheEvulz one dimensional villain]].



** The elder in Mamiya's village bears a [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/fist_of_the_north_star/v04/c028/14.html suspicious resemblance]] to [[StarWars Obi-Wan Kenobi]].

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** The elder in Mamiya's village bears a [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/fist_of_the_north_star/v04/c028/14.html suspicious resemblance]] to a certain [[StarWars Obi-Wan Ben Kenobi]].



* NotHyperbole: If Kenshiro tells that after he's through with you there will be not one hair left from you, he MEANS it! [[spoiler:Southern found out about it the hard way.]]

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* NotHyperbole: If Kenshiro tells that after he's through with you there will be not one hair left from you, he MEANS it! [[spoiler:Southern [[spoiler:Thouzer found out about it the hard way.]]



* OrganDodge: Souther is immune to Kenshiro's pressure-point attacks in their first battle because he was born with dextrocardia with ''situs inversus totalis'', which completely reverses the position of all his internal organs and pressure points. When Kenshiro learns Souther's secret during their final battle, Souther's doom is sealed.

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* OrganDodge: Souther Thouzer is immune to Kenshiro's pressure-point attacks in their first battle because he was born with dextrocardia with ''situs inversus totalis'', which completely reverses the position of all his internal organs and pressure points. When Kenshiro learns Souther's Thouzer's secret during their final battle, Souther's Thouzer's doom is sealed.



* PaperCutting: Yuda vs Rei; Kenshiro vs Souther; Raoh vs Kenshiro; Kenshiro vs Sanga; Kenshiro vs Clifflanders, and other occasions.

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* PaperCutting: Yuda vs Rei; Kenshiro vs Souther; Thouzer; Raoh vs Kenshiro; Kenshiro vs Sanga; Kenshiro vs Clifflanders, and other occasions.



** Raoh, meanwhile, is only able to learn Hokuto Shinken's ultimate technique, Musou Tensei, [[spoiler:through his love of Yuria and sorrow over her sad fate]]. Which was MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours by Kenshiro when [[spoiler:he revealed that not only does he have sorrow over Yuria too which gives him as much power as Raoh, he also has sorrow over losing his beloved big brother Raoh!]] The Power of Love is ''all over this story''. If Raoh and Kenshiro's case wasn't enough, see Kenshiro vs. Souther, which itself is also all about this.

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** Raoh, meanwhile, is only able to learn Hokuto Shinken's ultimate technique, Musou Tensei, [[spoiler:through his love of Yuria and sorrow over her sad fate]]. Which was MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours by Kenshiro when [[spoiler:he revealed that not only does he have sorrow over Yuria too which gives him as much power as Raoh, he also has sorrow over losing his beloved big brother Raoh!]] The Power of Love is ''all over this story''. If Raoh and Kenshiro's case wasn't enough, see Kenshiro vs. Souther, Thouzer, which itself is also all about this.
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