History Manga / Golgo13

9th Dec '17 2:31:06 AM RedScharlach
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** He has teamed up with his clients to complete the job on seperate occassions. The fact that he's willing enough to let them tag along (and most of the time, they aren't exactly TheLoad) if needed is actually pretty nice of him.

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** He has teamed up with his clients to complete the job on seperate occassions.separate occasions. The fact that he's willing enough to let them tag along (and most of the time, they aren't exactly TheLoad) if needed is actually pretty nice of him.



** On some occasions these contracts are made by non-employers. "The Masterpiece Assault Rifle" for instance involves an arms dealer named Kaizer hire two mercenaries brothers to kill Golgo 13. This is to prove the superiority of the two technologically advanced rifles he's given to them which he holds render his preferred M16 firearm obsolete. Doing this, he believes, will result in miltary forces across the world flocking to buy them.

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** On some occasions these contracts are made by non-employers. "The Masterpiece Assault Rifle" for instance involves an arms dealer named Kaizer hire two mercenaries brothers to kill Golgo 13. This is to prove the superiority of the two technologically advanced rifles he's given to them which he holds render his preferred M16 firearm obsolete. Doing this, he believes, will result in miltary military forces across the world flocking to buy them.



-->'''Everyone else in the room:''' ''[[BorrowedCatchphrase ...]]''

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-->'''Everyone else in the room:''' ''[[BorrowedCatchphrase ...''[[BorrowedCatchphrase...]]''



* "One Second Out of 36,000" - Golgo's target is in a high-security jail, protected by a revolving door. The door slides at just the right angle for a sucessful shot to be made, but only at one VERY particular time, and even then, it's open for one second. [[spoiler: Golgo decides to set up a position in a nearby tree and wait until that moment. He gets a muscle relaxant so his muscles won't be tense for that amount of time. And of course, he makes the shot.]]
* The 1983 movie had him take a sniping position behind a building blocking his target's (supposedly) bulletproof penthouse suite. [[spoiler: by setting his M16 to semiauto, he looses off a burst that breaks through the windows of the building, which end up going through the penthouse's windows and nailing the target... just as he was making ou twith a hooker.]]

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* "One Second Out of 36,000" - Golgo's target is in a high-security jail, protected by a revolving door. The door slides at just the right angle for a sucessful successful shot to be made, but only at one VERY particular time, and even then, it's open for one second. [[spoiler: Golgo decides to set up a position in a nearby tree and wait until that moment. He gets a muscle relaxant so his muscles won't be tense for that amount of time. And of course, he makes the shot.]]
* The 1983 movie had him take a sniping position behind a building blocking his target's (supposedly) bulletproof penthouse suite. [[spoiler: by setting his M16 to semiauto, he looses off a burst that breaks through the windows of the building, which end up going through the penthouse's windows and nailing the target... just as he was making ou twith out with a hooker.]]



* IWorkAlone: Golgo has worked a majority of the time alone. There have been a few instance where he has been dynamic and sometimes temporarily working with others achieve his objectives. He also has multiple contacts from around the globe who supply him with weapons and intel on his targets. The closest he has to a true partner/sidekick is reccuring character Dave McCartney, a Scottish gunsmith who supplies Golgo with weapons on an infrequent basis.

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* IWorkAlone: Golgo has worked a majority of the time alone. There have been a few instance where he has been dynamic and sometimes temporarily working with others achieve his objectives. He also has multiple contacts from around the globe who supply him with weapons and intel on his targets. The closest he has to a true partner/sidekick is reccuring recurring character Dave McCartney, a Scottish gunsmith who supplies Golgo with weapons on an infrequent basis.



** Other times, such as in "Wasteland" and "The Orbital Hit", he has to clean up diasters waiting to happen. (nuclear meltdown in the former, KillSat gone rogue in the lateer.)
* NonIdleRich: Togo probably has more cash than anyone could estimate at this point, (the latest estimate, as per the Viz release being well over 12 trillion yen) with some assignments worth millions (incluing one worth 100 milllion dollars). But with his constant work and traveling, it doesn't seem like that half the time.

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** Other times, such as in "Wasteland" and "The Orbital Hit", he has to clean up diasters disasters waiting to happen. (nuclear meltdown in the former, KillSat gone rogue in the lateer.)
* NonIdleRich: Togo probably has more cash than anyone could estimate at this point, (the latest estimate, as per the Viz release being well over 12 trillion yen) with some assignments worth millions (incluing (including one worth 100 milllion million dollars). But with his constant work and traveling, it doesn't seem like that half the time.



** Gold and Silver, from the same movie. They [[spoiler: annhilated an entire battalion of guerillas by themselves and managed to make Golgo scream in pain after he fought off Snake.]]

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** Gold and Silver, from the same movie. They [[spoiler: annhilated annihilated an entire battalion of guerillas by themselves and managed to make Golgo scream in pain after he fought off Snake.]]



** Katz Double: A young sniper who tries to ouwit Duke when he targets the Jordanaian ambassador to the US.

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** Katz Double: A young sniper who tries to ouwit outwit Duke when he targets the Jordanaian Jordanian ambassador to the US.



** In the story, "Bionic Soldier", the said soldier is assigned by the CIA to kill Golgo, who's on assigment in Cambodia.

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** In the story, "Bionic Soldier", the said soldier is assigned by the CIA to kill Golgo, who's on assigment assignment in Cambodia.



** "Hit and Run": A former SFPD detective's girlfriend is run over by a crime boss. What does the man do? [[spoiler: He doesn't hire Golgo, suprisingly. Instead he spreads a rumor that Golgo is out to get the boss in question, then takes a pot shot at the boss' penthouse window after his moll, goons, and criminal associates leave him to his "fate". Come the next morning, he admits to the hit-and-run incident, desperate for police protection. As a bonus he also offers to reveal the names of his associates.]]

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** "Hit and Run": A former SFPD detective's girlfriend is run over by a crime boss. What does the man do? [[spoiler: He doesn't hire Golgo, suprisingly.surprisingly. Instead he spreads a rumor that Golgo is out to get the boss in question, then takes a pot shot at the boss' penthouse window after his moll, goons, and criminal associates leave him to his "fate". Come the next morning, he admits to the hit-and-run incident, desperate for police protection. As a bonus he also offers to reveal the names of his associates.]]
22nd Nov '17 11:01:18 PM yarrunmace
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** But if he was caught, who would the government in question use when they needed people shot in the head?
** The most common fan rationalization for this is that Golgo just doesn't care. People have tried to take him in before and it's never worked. He's untouchable and he knows it.
** Notice how many of the guys who hire him are government personnel? The man is too valuable as a tool of death, to keep him in prison or get rid of him for that reason.
** The story "Afterglow" deals with a detective who came as close to anyone to catching Golgo, but whose case was suppressed by the State Department.
** Also, in "An Offering To God", a lawyer actually manages to exploit loopholes in a cop's attempt to nail him in crime.

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** %%** But if he was caught, who would the government in question use when they needed people shot in the head?
** The most common fan rationalization for this is that Golgo just doesn't care. People have tried to take him in before and it's never worked.%%worked. He's untouchable and he knows it.
** %%** Notice how many of the guys who hire him are government personnel? The man is too valuable as a tool of death, to keep him in prison or get rid of him for that reason.
** %%** The story "Afterglow" deals with a detective who came as close to anyone to catching Golgo, but whose case was suppressed by the State Department.
** %%** Also, in "An Offering To God", a lawyer actually manages to exploit loopholes in a cop's attempt to nail him in crime.
21st Oct '17 5:47:02 PM comicwriter
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* BatmanGambit: In Episode 42, Golgo hired by the CIA to kill a DoubleAgent in a snowy area of Canada. He captures a henchwoman working for the agent, and leaves her stripped naked in a cabin so that she can't escape without freezing to death. Before leaving, he tasks a local girl with watching the prisoner, and pays her with an expensive coat. The henchwoman [[MuggedForDisguise quickly knocks the girl unconscious and steals her clothing in order to escape]], and heads off to find her boss. While the two of them are fleeing, the woman realizes too late that Golgo planned ''all of this'', and that the red coat was meant to make her stand out as a target against the white backdrop of the terrain. Before she can warn her boss, Golgo kills both of them with a single shot.

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* BatmanGambit: In Episode 42, Golgo is hired by the CIA to kill a DoubleAgent in a snowy area of Canada. He captures a henchwoman working for the agent, and leaves her stripped naked in a cabin so that she can't escape without freezing to death. Before leaving, he tasks a local girl with watching the prisoner, and pays her with an expensive coat. The henchwoman [[MuggedForDisguise quickly knocks the girl unconscious and steals her clothing in order to escape]], and heads off to find her boss. While the two of them are fleeing, the woman realizes too late that Golgo planned ''all of this'', and that the red coat was meant to make her stand out as a target against the white backdrop of the terrain. [[spoiler: Before she can warn her boss, Golgo kills both of them with a single shot. shot.]]
20th Oct '17 7:01:04 PM comicwriter
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* BatmanGambit: In Episode 42, Golgo hired by the CIA to kill a DoubleAgent in a snowy area of Canada. He captures a henchwoman working for the agent, and leaves her stripped naked in a cabin so that she can't escape without freezing to death. Before leaving, he tasks a local girl with watching the prisoner, and pays her with an expensive coat. The henchwoman [[MuggedForDisguise quickly knocks the girl unconscious and steals her clothing in order to escape]], and heads off to find her boss. While the two of them are fleeing, the woman realizes too late that Golgo planned ''all of this'', and that the red coat was meant to make her stand out as a target against the white backdrop of the terrain. Before she can warn her boss, Golgo kills both of them with a single shot.
17th Sep '17 11:23:04 AM nombretomado
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* KillSat: In "The Orbital Hit", the U.S. government has a network of these in orbit, with [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower nuclear missiles]].

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* KillSat: In "The Orbital Hit", the U.S. government has a network of these in orbit, with [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower [[UsefulNotes/PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower nuclear missiles]].
30th Aug '17 3:53:14 PM KaijuDirectorOO7
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** The story "The Impossible Hit" ("Room 909" in the anime) makes the "Impossible" part integral to the plot. He makes a shot so statistically impossible that despite catching him with all the evidence needed to convict him, the police have to let him go. After all, no jury on Earth would believe that someone could land a headshot between the eyes fired off-center from five football field lengths away, through a gap between buildings narrower than the length of an adult human arm, at a window rendered opaque by the sun's glare at sundown. That [[RefugeInAudacity he stayed in the room he fired from for a full day afterward]] doesn't help either.

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** The story "The Impossible Hit" ("Room Hit"/"Room 909" in the anime) makes make the "Impossible" and "Improbable" part integral to the plot. He makes a shot so statistically impossible that despite catching him with all the evidence needed to convict him, the police have to let him go. After all, no jury on Earth would believe that someone could land a headshot between the eyes fired off-center from five football field lengths away, through a gap between buildings narrower than the length of an adult human arm, at a window rendered opaque by the sun's glare at sundown. That [[RefugeInAudacity he stayed in the room he fired from for a full day afterward]] doesn't help either.



** In the story "The Glass Fortress", he manages to ricochet a shot off of the small wave created by someone playing in a pool to headshot someone in a nearby building... ''twice''.
** "Diamond vs. Diamond" - Golgo has a gunsmith make a special bullet that's made out of diamonds. He uses it to destroy a BIGGER diamond by shooting the center point of said diamond.

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** In the story "The Glass Fortress", he manages to ricochet a shot off of the small wave created by someone playing in a pool to headshot someone score a headshot.. [[spoiler: ''twice''.]]
* "GT The Sniper" - Duke hits a target moving in a high speed train from several thousand yards away while riding in the backseat of a moving car.
* "At Pin-Hole!" - Similar situation: Golgo's target is a plane-hijacker. The plane has had its wheels shot out, causing it to slant to the side, making a poor shooting angle for anyone trying to snipe. Add to the fact that the sun is in the eyes of anyone trying to shoot. Golgo [[spoiler: with a highly-specialized target rifle, snipes the hijacker from 2000 meters away]].
* "One Second Out of 36,000" - Golgo's target is in a high-security jail, protected by a revolving door. The door slides at just the right angle for a sucessful shot to be made, but only at one VERY particular time, and even then, it's open for one second. [[spoiler: Golgo decides to set up a position
in a nearby building... ''twice''.
tree and wait until that moment. He gets a muscle relaxant so his muscles won't be tense for that amount of time. And of course, he makes the shot.]]
* The 1983 movie had him take a sniping position behind a building blocking his target's (supposedly) bulletproof penthouse suite. [[spoiler: by setting his M16 to semiauto, he looses off a burst that breaks through the windows of the building, which end up going through the penthouse's windows and nailing the target... just as he was making ou twith a hooker.]]
** "Diamond vs. Diamond" - Golgo has a gunsmith make a special bullet that's made out of diamonds. a diamond. He uses it to destroy a BIGGER diamond by shooting the center point of said diamond.the latter.



** Then the sepcial "diamond bullet" in "Diamond vs. Diamond".

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** Then the sepcial special "diamond bullet" in "Diamond vs. Diamond".



* IrrevocableOrder: Once hired, Golgo 13 ''will'' kill his target. He will not accept cancellations. If you hire him, you ''damn well'' better want the target dead.

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* IrrevocableOrder: Once hired, Golgo 13 ''will'' kill his target. He will not accept cancellations. cancellations, [[spoiler: though at one point, he's been outwitted, and on the other, he quit for personal reasons.]] If you hire him, you ''damn well'' better want the target dead.



* ALighterShadeOfBlack: Stories often see this trope come into play as Golgo's often faced or assigned to eliminate people even worse than he is. Even despite being despicable himself, readers are nudged into siding with him given he is compartively less horrible than they are.

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* ALighterShadeOfBlack: Stories often see this trope come into play as Golgo's often faced or assigned to eliminate people even worse than he is. Even despite being despicable himself, readers are nudged into siding with him given he is compartively comparatively less horrible than they are.



* MoeGreeneSpecial: Duke delivers a double to a spy satellite image analyst who tried to set him up to become a BoxedCrook, just for the KarmicDeath value.

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* MoeGreeneSpecial: Duke delivers a double [[spoiler: to a spy satellite image analyst who tried to set him up to become a BoxedCrook, just for the KarmicDeath value.]]



* TheRival: Subverted. Duke has faced plenty of would-be rivals over the years, [[spoiler: many of whom end up dead by the end of their story.]] including...

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* TheRival: Subverted. Duke has faced plenty of would-be rivals over the years, [[spoiler: many of whom end up dead by the end of their story.]] including...the story]]. Known examples include...



** Spartacus, who actually managed to wound Duke in a brief duel. Duke himself even admitted that he "moved beautifully".

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** Spartacus, who actually managed to wound Duke in a brief duel.as per the above entry. Duke himself even admitted that he "moved beautifully".



** Nikolai Ledelovitch, an ex-Olympic medalist Polish sniper in "The Superstar's Joint Appearance". He actually meets Golgo in a bar and offers him a drink, but with Golgo being Golgo, coldly refuses. When Nikolai finds out who he is, he calls his employer and demands a pay raise as he did not expect that he was going to shoot it out with Golgo 13. It works, but [[spoiler: Golgo outsnipes him regardless.]]

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** Nikolai Ledelovitch, an ex-Olympic medalist Polish sniper in "The Superstar's Joint Appearance". He actually meets Golgo in a bar and offers him a drink, but with Golgo being Golgo, coldly refuses. When Nikolai finds out who he is, he calls his employer and demands a pay raise as he did not expect that he was going to shoot it out with Golgo 13. It works, He gets his raise, but [[spoiler: Golgo outsnipes him regardless.]]



* TakeMeOutAtTheBallgame: In "Touch Down", Golgo assassinates a quarterback while he's making a running play during a game. His client was the man behind the target in the depth chart.

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* TakeMeOutAtTheBallgame: In "Touch Down", Golgo assassinates a quarterback while he's making a running play during a game. [[spoiler: His client was the man behind the target in the depth chart.]]



** In the 1987 story "Route 95", a former Nevada businessman turned motel owner is found murdered. [[spoiler: Turns out the one responsible is one of his employees, who is actually a hitman sent by his old associates from the Mob. Then comes another hitman who, ostensibly is there for the businessman's funeral, is there to take the said employee. He does, but then Golgo shows up and shoots the second hitman in the arm. The last twist is that Golgo was only hired to maim, not kill him. He then leaves the second hitman be.]]

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** In the 1987 story "Route 95", a former Nevada businessman turned motel owner is found murdered. [[spoiler: Turns out the one responsible is one of his employees, who is actually a hitman sent by his old associates from the Mob. Then comes another hitman who, ostensibly is there for the businessman's funeral, is there to take out the said employee. He does, but then Golgo shows up and shoots the second hitman in the arm. The last twist is that Golgo was only hired to maim, not kill him. He then leaves the second hitman be.]]



* VisibleSilence: Possibly first introduced to the West by Golgo 13; Duke Togo/Golgo 13 is quite fond of this.

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* VisibleSilence: Possibly first introduced to the West by Golgo 13; Duke Togo/Golgo 13 Golgo, and is quite fond of this.
24th Aug '17 9:12:59 PM KaijuDirectorOO7
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* CoolCar: Duke likes to drive fast rides, mostly non-Japanese such as Mustangs.

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* CoolCar: Duke likes to drive fast rides, mostly non-Japanese cars such as Mustangs.Mustangs.
* ContinuityNod: Despite the generally episodic nature of the series as a whole, there are infrequent winks and nods to Golgo's past jobs on occasion. This is more significant in the early days.



* FourIsDeath

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* FourIsDeathFourIsDeath: Or rather, ThirteenIsUnlucky.



* HostageSituation: Golgo has been contracted with helping to end hostage situations typically by eliminating hostage takers. The stories "Angry Waves", "Jet Stream", and "At Pin-Hole!" involve Golgo being tasked with eliminating very delicate hostage situations both on the sea and on land respectively.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: While he has these in spades, Duke does not lean on them heavily, preferring more realistic shots. If he forgoes his modded M-16 during a mission for a specialized long-range rifle, you know he's going to use them, though he is capable of doing fantastic feats with his M16. Examples include the following:

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* HostageSituation: Golgo has been contracted with helping to end hostage situations typically by eliminating hostage takers. The stories "At Pin-Hole!", "Angry Waves", "Jet Stream", and "At Pin-Hole!" involve Golgo being tasked with eliminating very delicate hostage situations both on the sea in land, sea, and on land air, respectively.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: While he has these in spades, Duke does not lean on them heavily, preferring more realistic shots. If he forgoes his modded M-16 M16 during a mission for a specialized long-range rifle, you know he's going to use them, though he is capable of doing fantastic feats with his M16. Examples include the following:


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** Then the sepcial "diamond bullet" in "Diamond vs. Diamond".
24th Aug '17 9:07:00 PM KaijuDirectorOO7
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** "Diamond vs. Diamond" - Golgo has a gunsmith make a special bullet that's made out of diamonds. He uses it to destroy a BIGGER diamond by shooting the center point of said diamond.



* LiteralCliffhanger: In the live-action "Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon" Golgo 13 eliminates his target thanks to this trope. He does so by hanging himself by rope suspensions from the edge a cliff he deduces a helicopter carrying his target will fly past.

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* LiteralCliffhanger: In the live-action "Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon" ''Assignment Kowloon'' Golgo 13 eliminates his target thanks to this trope. He does so by hanging himself by rope suspensions from the edge a cliff he deduces a helicopter carrying his target will fly past.



* LoudOfWar: In one story, the last of a series of tortures used on Duke Togo is Led Zeppelin's "Houses of the Holy" at high volume (the Written Sound Effect being "ZUN ZUN ZUN").
* TheMafia: The story "Wiseguy" deconstructs the romanticized aspects of this trope. For example, [[Film/TheGodfather Michael Corleone's]] possible future in Congress is given a darker spin with the story's villain, a Congressman from a Mafia family, who's taken gang warfare to a higher level thanks to government connections.

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* LoudOfWar: In one story, the story "Statistically Explained Sniping", the last of a series of tortures used on Duke Togo is Led Zeppelin's "Houses of the Holy" at high volume (the Written Sound Effect being "ZUN ZUN ZUN").
ZUN"). This shocks Golgo enough to give him temporary deafness for a few days.
* TheMafia: The story "Wiseguy" deconstructs the romanticized aspects of this trope. For example, [[Film/TheGodfather Michael Corleone's]] possible future in Congress is given a darker spin with the story's villain, a Congressman from a Mafia family, who's taken gang warfare to a higher level thanks to government connections. Moreover, plenty of Golgo's targets and clients are Mafiosi themselves.



* MultipleChoicePast: Several of the stories in the series, such as "The Serizawa Family Murders" mentioned previously, seem to be possible origins for Golgo. However, they always end on at least on a loud note of ambiguity ensuring Golgo 13's past remains mysterious.

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* MultipleChoicePast: Several of the stories in the series, such as "The Serizawa Family Murders" mentioned previously, Murders", "All To The People" and "The Last Will of Mao Zedong", seem to be possible origins for Golgo. However, they always end on at least on a loud note of ambiguity ensuring Golgo 13's past remains mysterious.



* RareGuns: generally averted; Golgo's favorite gun is an M-16 because of how it's easy to obtain, customize, and dispose of.

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* RareGuns: generally Generally averted; Golgo's favorite gun is an M-16 M16 because of how it's easy to obtain, customize, and dispose of.



* SedgwickSpeech: ''Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon'' shows two men working for Golgo's employer spying on a meeting between him and the assassin with a telescope. When Golgo spots them and aims his M-16 at them, one of them remarks "it's 500 meters away. The bullet will never reach." Golgo promptly disproves this by delivering two head shots to each one.

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* SedgwickSpeech: ''Golgo 13: Assignment ''Assignment Kowloon'' shows two men working for Golgo's employer spying on a meeting between him and the assassin with a telescope. When Golgo spots them and aims his M-16 M16 at them, one of them remarks "it's 500 meters away. The bullet will never reach." Golgo promptly disproves this by delivering two head shots to each one.



** As noted under OvertOperative, Golgo has worked for multiple governing bodies. If the police tried to hold him, they would most likely receive a phone call from a higher authority telling them to let him go. This in fact happens for instance in the story ""At Pin-Hole!" in which both the CIA and the FBI work in conjunction to release him from a jail in Texas so he may assist them with a hostage situation aboard a plane.
* TheRival: Duke has faced plenty of would-be rivals over the years, including...

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** As noted under OvertOperative, Golgo has worked for multiple governing bodies. If the police tried to hold him, they would most likely receive a phone call from a higher authority telling them to let him go. This in fact happens for instance in the story ""At "At Pin-Hole!" in which both the CIA and the FBI work in conjunction to release him from a jail in Texas so he may assist them with a hostage situation aboard a plane.
* TheRival: Subverted. Duke has faced plenty of would-be rivals over the years, [[spoiler: many of whom end up dead by the end of their story.]] including...



** Brigitta: A female assassin who comes up with a near-fool proof plan to take Duke out and even [[spoiler: manages to have sex with him before the hit. She however, is outwitted by Golgo, who kills her afterwards.]]

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** Brigitta: A female assassin who comes up with a near-fool proof near-foolproof plan to take Duke out and even [[spoiler: manages to have sex with him before the hit. She however, is outwitted by Golgo, who kills her afterwards.]]



** In the story, "Bionic Soilder", the said soldier is hired to kill Golgo in the jungle.
** Nikolai Ledelovitch, a Polish sniper in "The Superstar's Joint Appearance". He actually meets Golgo in a bar and offers him a drink, but with Golgo being Golgo, coldly refuses. When Nikolai finds out who he is, he calls his employer and demands a pay raise as he did not expect that he was going to shoot it out with Golgo 13. It works, but [[spoiler: Golgo outsnipes him regardless.]]

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** In the story, "Bionic Soilder", Soldier", the said soldier is hired assigned by the CIA to kill Golgo Golgo, who's on assigment in the jungle.
Cambodia.
** Nikolai Ledelovitch, a an ex-Olympic medalist Polish sniper in "The Superstar's Joint Appearance". He actually meets Golgo in a bar and offers him a drink, but with Golgo being Golgo, coldly refuses. When Nikolai finds out who he is, he calls his employer and demands a pay raise as he did not expect that he was going to shoot it out with Golgo 13. It works, but [[spoiler: Golgo outsnipes him regardless.]]



** "Bannings The Hunter": An aging Interpol detective, who desperately wants Golgo brought in. He is forced to be in an illegal operation bound to fail. At the end, [[spoiler: Duke gets away, but the whole operation is caught on tape. Duke then burns the tape.]]
** The cilent in "The Saint With The Stench of Death".

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** "Bannings The Hunter": An aging Interpol detective, who desperately wants Golgo brought in. He is forced to be in an illegal operation bound to fail. At the end, [[spoiler: end Duke gets away, of course, [[spoiler: but the whole operation is caught on tape. Duke then burns the tape.]]
** The cilent client and his girlfriend in "The Saint With The Stench of Death".



** "Hit and Run": A former SFPD detective turned PI's girlfriend is run over by a crime boss. What does the man do? [[spoiler: He doesn't hire Golgo, suprisngly. Instead he spreads a rumor that Golgo is out to get the boss in question, then takes a pot shot at the boss' penthouse window after his moll, goons, and criminal associates leave him to his "fate". Come the next morning, he admits to the hit-and-run incident, desperate for police protection. As a bonus he also offers to reveal the names of his associates.]]

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** "Hit and Run": A former SFPD detective turned PI's detective's girlfriend is run over by a crime boss. What does the man do? [[spoiler: He doesn't hire Golgo, suprisngly.suprisingly. Instead he spreads a rumor that Golgo is out to get the boss in question, then takes a pot shot at the boss' penthouse window after his moll, goons, and criminal associates leave him to his "fate". Come the next morning, he admits to the hit-and-run incident, desperate for police protection. As a bonus he also offers to reveal the names of his associates.]]



** A variation happens in episode 35 in the anime: Golgo's target is not a person... it's a prize racehorse.

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** A variation happens in episode 35 in the anime: "The Law of The Pedigree": Golgo's target is not a person... it's person. [[spoiler: It's a prize racehorse.]]



* ThoseWackyNazis: During the early years of the manga, ex-nazis of various kinds were common targets.
* TwistEnding: The 1966 story ''The Yellow Rose''. Duke is hired to kill a playboy only known as The Yellow Rose, who's infamous for seducing rich, famous women who later turn up dead. A pornographic film featuring a MarilynMonroe-expy leads him to a rug factory in Iran, where he discovers countless other films, where he also notices that all the men appearing in the films are different people and cant be the Yellow Rose. Finally, it turns out [[spoiler: The REAL Yellow Rose is a hermaphrodite living as a woman, who's the brains behind the operation. She sells the films for high prizes to her rich clients, and smuggles them around the world hidden in expensive persian rugs. Her motivation? She hates the world because of her condition and takes it out on rich, beautiful women. This revelation is even enough to make Golgo surprised.]]
** In the 1987 story "Route 95", a former Nevada businessman turned motel owner is found murdered. [[spoiler: Turns out the one responsible is one of his employees, who is actually a hitman sent by his old associates. Then [[spoiler: comes another hitman who, ostensibly is there for the buisnessman's funeral, is hired to take him out. He does, but then Golgo shows up and shoots him in the arm. The last twist is that Golgo was only hired to maim, not kill him. He then leaves the second hitman be.]]

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* ThoseWackyNazis: During the early years of the manga, ex-nazis ex-Nazis of various kinds were common targets.
* TwistEnding: The 1966 1969 story ''The Yellow Rose''. Duke is hired to kill a playboy only known as The Yellow Rose, who's infamous for seducing rich, famous women who later turn up dead. A pornographic film featuring a MarilynMonroe-expy leads him to a rug factory in Iran, where he discovers countless other films, where he also notices that all the men appearing in the films are different people and cant be the Yellow Rose. Finally, it turns out [[spoiler: The REAL Yellow Rose is a hermaphrodite living as a woman, who's the brains behind the operation. She sells the films for high prizes to her rich clients, and smuggles them around the world hidden in expensive persian rugs. Her motivation? She hates the world because of her condition and takes it out on rich, beautiful women. This revelation is even enough to make Golgo surprised.]]
** In the 1987 story "Route 95", a former Nevada businessman turned motel owner is found murdered. [[spoiler: Turns out the one responsible is one of his employees, who is actually a hitman sent by his old associates. associates from the Mob. Then [[spoiler: comes another hitman who, ostensibly is there for the buisnessman's businessman's funeral, is hired there to take him out. the said employee. He does, but then Golgo shows up and shoots him the second hitman in the arm. The last twist is that Golgo was only hired to maim, not kill him. He then leaves the second hitman be.]]



* {{Ubermensch}}

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* {{Ubermensch}}{{Ubermensch}}: Golgo has indeed been doing this throughout his career.



* VillainCred

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* VillainCredVillainCred: Golgo has spent his whole lifetime building his legend.
16th Jul '17 9:39:27 AM nombretomado
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* TakeAThirdOption: Duke is a master at this. The incident during "A Fierce Southern Current" notwithstanding, there was also one time in "The Serizawa Family Murders" when he [[spoiler: was asked if he was a child implicated in the murders of a secret ninja family after WW2 ended. The detective, [[ThatOneCase who had essentially sacrificed his life seeking an answer to the case]], stakes everything to get an answer out of Duke; Golgo is hired to kill the detective with a very specific condition. At the scheduled time, the detective would be waving a cane from side to side: the contract said that Golgo would shoot while the cane leaned to the right if he was the kid, or while it was leaning to the left if he wasn't. Come midnight, the detective's visiting ex-partner, who the detective explained his plan to, hears a gunshot. When he finds his colleague's corpse with a {{Pretty Little Headshot|s}}, he also finds a broken cane. With a quick bit of detective work, the partner realizes Golgo had shot while the cane was directly in front of the detective, not leaning in either direction. In other words, Golgo refused to give ANY answer.]]

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* TakeAThirdOption: Duke is a master at this. The incident during "A Fierce Southern Current" notwithstanding, there was also one time in "The Serizawa Family Murders" when he [[spoiler: was asked if he was a child implicated in the murders of a secret ninja family after WW2 [=WW2=] ended. The detective, [[ThatOneCase who had essentially sacrificed his life seeking an answer to the case]], stakes everything to get an answer out of Duke; Golgo is hired to kill the detective with a very specific condition. At the scheduled time, the detective would be waving a cane from side to side: the contract said that Golgo would shoot while the cane leaned to the right if he was the kid, or while it was leaning to the left if he wasn't. Come midnight, the detective's visiting ex-partner, who the detective explained his plan to, hears a gunshot. When he finds his colleague's corpse with a {{Pretty Little Headshot|s}}, he also finds a broken cane. With a quick bit of detective work, the partner realizes Golgo had shot while the cane was directly in front of the detective, not leaning in either direction. In other words, Golgo refused to give ANY answer.]]
7th Jul '17 11:25:29 AM Triscon42
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* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' betray him and do ''not'' stand behind him. It's dangerous for your health.

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* BerserkButton: Golgo is a professional, thus he expects his clients to conduct their business as such. Do ''not'' betray him and do ''not'' stand behind him. It's dangerous for your health.
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