History Manga / Golgo13

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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]].
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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.
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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.
6th Jul '17 5:04:22 PM binaroid
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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 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 if the cane leaned to the right if he was the kid, or if 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 ended. The detective detective, [[ThatOneCase who had essentially sacrificed his life seeking an answer to the case 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 if while the cane leaned to the right if he was the kid, or if 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.]]
20th Jun '17 4:18:02 PM binaroid
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* BarbieDollAnatomy: Most of the GirlsOfTheWeek in the series give us plenty of topless scenes, completely uncensored, but their downstairs stay Barbie.

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* BarbieDollAnatomy: Most of the GirlsOfTheWeek [[GirlOfTheWeek Girls Of The Week]] in the series give us plenty of topless scenes, completely uncensored, but their downstairs stay Barbie.
16th Jun '17 6:30:57 PM binaroid
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* BarbieDollAnatomy: Most of the BondGirls of the series give us plenty of topless scenes, completely uncensored, but their downstairs stay Barbie.

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* BarbieDollAnatomy: Most of the BondGirls of GirlsOfTheWeek in the series give us plenty of topless scenes, completely uncensored, but their downstairs stay Barbie.



** His typical DramaticElipsis.

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** His typical DramaticElipsis.DramaticEllipsis.



* TakeAThirdOption: Duke is a master at this. The incident during "A Fierce Southern Current" notwithstanding, there was also one time he [[spoiler: was asked if he was a child implicated in the murders of a secret ninja family after WW2 ended. In order to answer, the cop who handled the case told him if he shot his cane when he leaned it to the right, he was the kid; if to the left, he wasn't. Come midnight and his partner hears a gunshot. When he finds his dead colleague, the cane is already broken, but with a quick bit of detective work he finds out it was shot while it wasn't leaning in either direction. In other words, Golgo had NO answer.]]
* TechnicianVsPerformer: Several Assassins Golgo meets consider themselves artists and some romanticize killing. Golgo in comparison just coldly executes his marks (and the other assassins).
* {{Telepathy}}: The aptly titled story "Telepath" has Golgo 13 faced off against this in the form of Alina Dovator: a KGB agent who, as a result of covert experiments by the Soviet Union, telepathic. She's able to use her mind to manipulate, sense threats and even cause death. Her telepathy serves as a major plot point for the story. As stated previously, this trope is credited with Golgo 13 missing two shots intended for his target which Alina was protecting.

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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. In order to answer, the cop The detective who handled had essentially sacrificed his life seeking an answer to the case told him if he shot his 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 when he from side to side: the contract said that Golgo would shoot if the cane leaned it to the right, right if he was the kid; kid, or if to the left, left if he wasn't. Come midnight and midnight, the detective's visiting ex-partner, who the detective explained his partner plan to, hears a gunshot. When he finds his dead colleague, the cane is already broken, but colleague's corpse with a {{Pretty Little Headshot|s}}, he also finds a broken cane. With a quick bit of detective work he finds out it was work, the partner realizes Golgo had shot while it wasn't the cane was directly in front of the detective, not leaning in either direction. In other words, Golgo had NO refused to give ANY answer.]]
* TechnicianVsPerformer: Several Assassins assassins Golgo meets consider themselves artists artists, and some romanticize killing. Golgo Golgo, in comparison comparison, just coldly executes his marks (and the other assassins).
* {{Telepathy}}: The aptly titled story "Telepath" has Golgo 13 faced off against this in the form of Alina Dovator: a KGB agent who, as a result of covert experiments by the Soviet Union, is telepathic. She's able to use her mind to manipulate, sense threats and even cause death. Her telepathy serves as a major plot point for the story. As stated previously, this trope is credited with Golgo 13 missing two shots intended for his target which target, who Alina was protecting.protecting at the time.
16th Jun '17 5:39:21 PM KaijuDirectorOO7
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* AllAmazonsWantHercules: The female assassins being the amazons.
* AllThereInTheManual: The editor for Viz Signature's US release of Golgo 13 manga went absolutely apeshit with detail. The appendix of all 13 volumes contains everything you'd want to know about the man himself, right down to statistical analysis of his sex habits. His favorite soap? Brown Windsor.

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** According to the Viz release, he once "paid" a kid butterfly collector for helping him out with a rare butterfly. In the same volume, it's mentioned that he had donated to various good causes (probably as a cover for himself though).
** 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.
** There have been times he accepted a lower-than-usual payment for a job from many a desperate client. (Keep in mind, his typical asking fee is $3,000,000.)
** The weaponsmiths and contacts he employ are typically paid handsomely for their services. As a result, they are more than happy to provide tech support for him.
* AllAmazonsWantHercules: The female assassins being the amazons.
Amazons.
* AllThereInTheManual: The editor for Viz Signature's US release of Golgo 13 manga went absolutely apeshit with detail. The appendix of all 13 volumes contains everything you'd want to know about the man himself, right down to statistical analysis of his sex habits. His favorite soap? Brown Windsor. How does he like his steaks? Medium rare.



** One manga story included in the Viz release had a CIA satellite photo analyst attempting to turn Duke into his own BoxedCrook with the help of a top-secret stealth spy satellite; he arranged for it to be overhead both when he met with Golgo and when Duke made the contracted hit. Because the first assassination date was overcast, the analyst rescheduled for the next window. After the new time came, the analyst looked at the photo of where Golgo was supposed to shoot from -- and figured out that Duke was just standing there, ''looking at the camera''. Just from the three times and places he was supposed to appear, Duke managed to figure out the orbit of the satellite. (See MoeGreeneSpecial below for what happened next.)

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** One manga story "Eye of God", included in the Viz release had a CIA satellite photo analyst attempting to turn Duke into his own BoxedCrook with the help of a top-secret stealth spy satellite; he arranged for it to be overhead both when he met with Golgo and when Duke made the contracted hit. Because the first assassination date was overcast, the analyst rescheduled for the next window. After the new time came, the analyst looked at the photo of where Golgo was supposed to shoot from -- and figured out that Duke was just standing there, ''looking at the camera''. Just from the three times and places he was supposed to appear, Duke managed to figure out the orbit of the satellite. (See MoeGreeneSpecial below for what happened next.)



* BarbieDollAnatomy: Cindy gave us plenty of topless scenes, completely uncensored, but her downstairs stay Barbie.

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* BarbieDollAnatomy: Cindy gave Most of the BondGirls of the series give us plenty of topless scenes, completely uncensored, but her their downstairs stay Barbie.



** His typical DramaticElipsis.



** Another incident has him disguised as a black man. Whilst having a make-out session with the story's love interest, cops in the employ of the target swoop in and arrest everyone in the compound he's in.



* ComicBookTime: By all rights he ought to be in his early 70s at the least, but that damn expressionless face doesn't seem much more wrinkly than it's ever been. Then again, maybe he's been spending his fees on plastic surgery.

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* ComicBookTime: By all rights he ought to be in his early 70s at the least, but that damn expressionless face doesn't seem much more wrinkly than it's ever been. Then again, maybe he's been spending his fees on plastic surgery. Or maybe he's a TimeLord.



** 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 M-16 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 M-16 M16 firearm obsolete. Doing this, he believes, will result in miltary forces across the world flocking to buy them.



* DeadpanSnarker: Earlier installments tended to have Golgo make wisecracks this way. For instance, when he's accused of eavesdropping on a meeting in the Oval Office of the U.S. White House during TheSeventies:
-->'''Golgo 13:''' Well, this is Washington... It happens all the time.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Earlier installments tended to have Golgo make wisecracks this way. For instance, in the 1975 story "The Orbital Hit", when he's accused of eavesdropping on a meeting in the Oval Office of the U.S. White House during TheSeventies:
-->'''Golgo 13:''' -->'''Golgo:''' Well, this is Washington... It happens all the time.



* HitmanWithAHeart: Mostly averted. Once he accepts a job, he'll do it. He just usually doesn't accept "easy" jobs, but will kill anyone he does agree to kill, be it man, woman or child. The latter is just very, very rare.
* HostageSituation: Golgo has been contracted with helping to end hostage situations typically by eliminating hostage takers. The stories "Angry Waves" 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 M-16. Examples include the following:

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* HitmanWithAHeart: Mostly averted. Once he accepts a job, he'll do it. He just usually doesn't accept "easy" jobs, but will kill anyone he does agree to kill, be it man, woman or child. The latter is just very, very rare.
rare. Besides, while some of his rivals tend to kill their targets in gruesome ways (like Snake in the Professional), Duke does get rid of his targets quick and easy.
* HostageSituation: Golgo has been contracted with helping to end hostage situations typically by eliminating hostage takers. The stories "Angry Waves" 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 M-16.M16. Examples include the following:



** The story "Room No. 909" makes the "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.

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** The story "Room No. "The Impossible Hit" ("Room 909" in the anime) makes the "Improbable" "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.



** For completeness sake, there have been several occasions of him missing, at least once by weapons sabotage creating a misfire, and one complete miss caused by his bodyguard who uses {{telepathy}}. He does make up for them by eliminating his targets in a spectacular manner though.

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** For completeness sake, there have been several occasions of him missing, at least once by weapons sabotage creating a misfire, and one complete miss caused by his bodyguard who uses {{telepathy}}. He does did make up for them the last one by eliminating his targets in a spectacular manner though.though. During the misfire incident though... [[spoiler: he outright quits the job so he can hunt down the person behind the misfire.]]



** A good example can be found in the story "Deadly Shadow of the Setting Sun" where Golgo 13 teams with another assassin hired by the U.S. government, AX-3. Both have been hired to destroy a syndicate hideout where poisons are being manufactured. In what could be also considered a anti-hero variant of the PragmaticVillainy trope, Golgo 13 agrees to work with AX-3 to better destroy the hideout.

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** A good example can be found in the story "Deadly "Shadow of Death" ("Deadly Shadow of the Setting Sun" in the anime) where Golgo 13 teams with another assassin hired by the U.S. Soviet government, AX-3. Both have been hired to destroy a syndicate hideout where poisons are being manufactured. In what could be also considered a anti-hero variant of the PragmaticVillainy trope, Golgo 13 agrees to work with AX-3 to better destroy the hideout.



* NonIdleRich: Togo probably has more cash than anyone could estimate at this point, with some assignments worth millions. But with his constant work and traveling, it doesn't seem like that half the time.
** He also owns an ''island''. One can only assume that even there he doesn't feel comfortable when not on the job.

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** 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.millions (incluing one worth 100 milllion dollars). But with his constant work and traveling, it doesn't seem like that half the time.
** He also owns an ''island''. One can only assume that even there he doesn't feel comfortable when not on the job.
** The Viz appendices also mention he has properties and safehouses worldwide.



*** 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.

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*** ** 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.Department.
** Also, in "An Offering To God", a lawyer actually manages to exploit loopholes in a cop's attempt to nail him in crime.



* SniperRifle: Duke Togo occasionally uses various models of sniper rifles to assassinate his targets. However, since he usually operates from somewhat closer ranges, he more often prefers an M-16 which is also modified to shoot long distances.

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* SniperRifle: Duke Togo occasionally uses various models of sniper rifles to assassinate his targets. However, since he usually operates from somewhat closer ranges, he more often prefers an M-16 M16 which is also modified to shoot long distances.



** Dave "Golden Boy" Johnston: An Olympic gold medalist shooter and gangster protege who challenged Duke to a duel after the death of his sister.

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** Dave "Golden Boy" Johnston: Krueger: An Olympic gold medalist shooter and gangster protege who challenged Duke to a duel after the death of his sister.



* 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 know he was going to shoot it out with Golgo 13.

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* ** 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 know expect that he was going to shoot it out with Golgo 13. It works, but [[spoiler: Golgo outsnipes him regardless.]]



** Another one has the target blackmail the bank owner. He teams up with Golgo to stop the mastermind.



** "Bannings The Hunter": An aging Interpol detective, who desperately wnats 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.]]

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** "Bannings The Hunter": An aging Interpol detective, who desperately wnats 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".



* ATasteOfTheLash: The story "Power to the People" sees Golgo tied up and forced to undergo a whipping by South African customs agents after discovering he's carrying a concealed submachine gun in his luggage. Oddly enough this is enough to make him [[OOCisSeriousBuisness laugh subtly.]]
* TakeAThirdOption: Duke is a master at this. The incident during "A Fierce Southern Current" notwithstanding, there was also one time he [[spoiler: was asked if he was a child implicated in the murders of a secret ninja family after WW2 ended. In order to answer, the cop who handled the case told him if he shot his cane when he leaned it to the right, he was the kid; if to the left, he wasn't. Come midnight and his partner hears a gunshot. When he finds his dead colleague, the cane is already broken, but a quick bit of detective work he finds out it was shot while it wasn't leaning in either direction. In other words, he has NO answer.]]

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** A variation happens in episode 35 in the anime: Golgo's target is not a person... it's a prize racehorse.
* ATasteOfTheLash: The story "Power to the People" sees Golgo tied up and forced to undergo a whipping by South African customs agents after discovering he's carrying a concealed submachine gun in his luggage. Oddly enough this is enough to make him [[OOCisSeriousBuisness laugh subtly.]]
subtly.
* TakeAThirdOption: Duke is a master at this. The incident during "A Fierce Southern Current" notwithstanding, there was also one time he [[spoiler: was asked if he was a child implicated in the murders of a secret ninja family after WW2 ended. In order to answer, the cop who handled the case told him if he shot his cane when he leaned it to the right, he was the kid; if to the left, he wasn't. Come midnight and his partner hears a gunshot. When he finds his dead colleague, the cane is already broken, but with a quick bit of detective work he finds out it was shot while it wasn't leaning in either direction. In other words, he has Golgo had NO answer.]]



* WeaponOfChoice: A modified M-16. M-16s are generic and easy to find, so he can drop it after a mission with no problem, whereas hauling around a giant, expensive sniper's rifle would make discreet escapes nearly impossible. Also, he is the lone wolf of lone wolves, so he lacks a spotter or permanent sidekick of any kind. No one is watching his back for him. Using an assault rifle like the M-16 gives him a weapon that is equally suited for self-defense if he is attacked during a mission.

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* WeaponOfChoice: A modified M-16. M-16s M16. M16s are generic and easy to find, so he can drop it after a mission with no problem, whereas hauling around a giant, expensive sniper's rifle would make discreet escapes nearly impossible. Also, he is the lone wolf of lone wolves, so he lacks a spotter or permanent sidekick of any kind. No one is watching his back for him. Using an assault rifle like the M-16 gives him a weapon that is equally suited for self-defense if he is attacked during a mission.



*** The series even makes note of this; Duke has upgraded to each new model of M-16 a few years ''after'' it becomes commonplace - presumably because he's waiting for all the bugs to be worked out.

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*** The series even makes note of this; Duke has upgraded to each new model of M-16 M16 a few years ''after'' it becomes commonplace - presumably because he's waiting for all the bugs to be worked out.
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