History Manga / Trigun

15th Jan '17 10:56:58 PM Soufriere
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** Also, the final episode of the TV series has some beautiful animation.
** The FullEpisodeFlashback, "Rem Saverem", looks noticeably better than the episodes surrounding it.



* TheAtoner: Vash is atoning for [[spoiler:destroying July City, then later for the Fifth Moon Incident, and then later still (in the anime) for killing Legato]], plus all the people he's failed to save. Wolfwood, meanwhile, is atoning for [[spoiler:becoming a mercenary]]. In the manga, [[spoiler:Livio]] steps into Wolfwood's shoes after [[spoiler:killing him]], which is one of ''many'' things he sets out to atone for.

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* TheAtoner: The series has several.
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Vash is atoning for [[spoiler:destroying July City, then later for the Fifth Moon Incident, and then later still (in the anime) for killing Legato]], plus all the people he's failed to save. save over his long life.
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Wolfwood, meanwhile, is atoning for [[spoiler:becoming a mercenary]]. In the manga, mercenary]].
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[[spoiler:Livio]] steps into Wolfwood's shoes after [[spoiler:killing him]], which is one of ''many'' things he sets out to atone for.for.
** Manga only: Rem became the primary caretaker for Vash and Knives because she wanted to atone for [[spoiler:failing to save Tessla from the SEEDS scientists' constant invasive experiments (which soon killed the poor girl)]].



* OffModel:
** Early on in the manga, characters' faces often look… weird. Especially women.
** The TV series is known for being all over the map in terms of its animation quality. Individual episodes can and often do jump between this and AnimationBump depending on the scene.
*** The worst-looking episode by far is Ep.16, "Fifth Moon". Unfortunately, that episode contains major plot development… and the all-important lead-up to the Incident is where the animation really takes a nosedive.
*** Episode 3 is a noticeable step down in quality from the first two.
*** Most of Ep.25 ("Live Through") looks fine, but there's one sequence near the halfway point that manages to have the laziest animation of the entire series. ''Kuroneko-sama'' was off-model! How do you even ''do'' that??



** All the non-{{Gonk}} characters must have only ''four'' faces or something. This happens so much in Nightow's work that most ''Manga/BloodBlockadaBattlefront'' characters look like ''Trigun'' expies. Vash's face must be the most overused one -- Livio even looks like Vash/Knives with a fancy tattoo. Even ''Chronica'' sort of looks like them.

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** All the non-{{Gonk}} characters must have only ''four'' faces or something. This happens so much in Nightow's work that most ''Manga/BloodBlockadaBattlefront'' ''Manga/BloodBlockadeBattlefront'' characters look like ''Trigun'' expies. Vash's face must be the most overused one -- Livio even looks like Vash/Knives with a fancy tattoo. Even ''Chronica'' sort of looks like them.
15th Jan '17 1:52:55 PM DustSnitch
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* {{Badass}}: The whole series seems to be about pitting badasses against each other and seeing what happens, making badasses even badasser, etc. And Love and Peace, of course.



** Likely the intent of the BreakTheCutie campaign that forms the backbone of the plot… well, the part that isn't just Knives's inner child throwing a tantrum about his brother not doing what he wants. Vash is already perfectly {{Badass}}, with a sizable temper if pushed far enough, but as a MartialPacifist and FriendToAllLivingThings he lacks the genocidal anger his twin brother wants to see.

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** Likely the intent of the BreakTheCutie campaign that forms the backbone of the plot… well, the part that isn't just Knives's inner child throwing a tantrum about his brother not doing what he wants. Vash is already perfectly {{Badass}}, badass, with a sizable temper if pushed far enough, but as a MartialPacifist and FriendToAllLivingThings he lacks the genocidal anger his twin brother wants to see.
15th Jan '17 2:13:36 AM Soufriere
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'''Vash:''' ''[-(to [[spoiler:Elizabeth]])-]'' "What's going on? Am I being punished?"\\

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'''Vash:''' -->'''Vash:''' ''[-(to [[spoiler:Elizabeth]])-]'' "What's going on? Am I being punished?"\\
15th Jan '17 2:13:13 AM Soufriere
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** Milly.
** Vash during the first episode.

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** Milly.
Milly, especially when she's drunk.
** Vash during the first episode.episode of the anime.



--->'''Man''': Whoa, this is HEAVY!
--->'''Wolfwood''': That's because it's full of mercy.

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--->'''Man''': Whoa, "Whoa, this is HEAVY!
--->'''Wolfwood''': That's
HEAVY!"\\
'''Wolfwood''': "That's
because it's full of mercy."



** Especially notable is the one [[spoiler:Vash and Knives had when they were a year old]]. Their reactions were actually relatively similar, but because [[spoiler:Vash didn't pass out from the starvation]], things worked through and he got better, while [[spoiler:Knives pretended to have forgotten]] and then… [[KillEmAll killed everyone]]. At least he felt kinda bad about how many plants were included in 'everyone' later.

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** Especially notable is the one [[spoiler:Vash and Knives had when they were a year old]]. Their reactions were actually relatively similar, but because [[spoiler:Vash didn't pass out from the starvation]], he was able to work things worked through and he got better, come to terms with it; while [[spoiler:Knives [[spoiler:Knives, who went into an angst-coma, pretended to have forgotten]] and then… [[KillEmAll killed everyone]]. At least he felt kinda bad about how many plants were included in 'everyone' later.



** Wolfwood has this look the majority of the time. So does Meryl sometimes.



** The show also underlines that, even though it may ''seem'' so, [[EvilFeelsGood evil does NOT feel good]]: Legato is suicidal, Knives seems to be quickly going insane (even by his standards), {{Villainous Breakdown}}s abound, Wolfwood is terribly conflicted over his questionable actions, etc.

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** The show series also underlines that, even though it may ''seem'' so, [[EvilFeelsGood evil does NOT feel good]]: good]] – Legato is suicidal, Knives seems to be quickly going insane (even by his standards), {{Villainous Breakdown}}s abound, Wolfwood is terribly conflicted over his questionable actions, etc.



** The whiskey labels are very faithful reproductions of actual brands… except for "Dim Deam", though that may be an intentional BrandX-ing of Jim Beam.

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** The whiskey labels are very faithful reproductions of actual brands… except brands… except for "Dim Deam", though that may be an intentional BrandX-ing of Jim Beam.



** From the anime: [[spoiler:Dying]] Wolfwood goes for a cigarette and Flashbacks:

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** From the anime: [[spoiler:Dying]] Wolfwood goes for a cigarette and Flashbacks:remembers a scene from Ep.11:



* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Knives is a big brother complex gone ''horribly wrong''. He's pretty much of a {{Yandere}} over Vash, with huge emphasis on the "Yan". Also, he basically ''decided'' he was the older twin and it's up for debate which of them is the more childish.
* LargeHam: Lazlo; Legato; Wolfwood; Knives very often; Vash, in quite a different style.
* LaughingMad: In anime Episode 6, Meryl has a slight case of this after Vash [[HumanShield ducks behind her and Milly]] to avoid the dartguns of children "bounty hunters". Coupled with her disbelief that Vash actually ''was'' Vash, she's had a trying day by that point.
* LetsGetDangerous: Vash might possibly be the MostTriumphantExample of this trope, throwing off those after him by being a total goofball, hitting on women and preaching love and peace, yet it a master at ObfuscatingStupidity, an ace gunman and has such ImprobableAimingSkills that he accidentally shoots all the bottles in a contest he was trying to throw...hung over.

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* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Knives is a big brother complex gone ''horribly wrong''. He's pretty much of a {{Yandere}} over Vash, with huge emphasis on the "Yan". Also, he Knives basically ''decided'' he was the older twin (there's no proof he is or if Plants even work that way) and it's up for debate which of them is the more childish.
* LargeHam: Lazlo; Legato; Wolfwood; This is to be expected in a series that revolves around absurdly huge guns.
** Several of the series villains, especially filler baddies in the anime, are hams.
*** This series seems, for the most part, to have an inverse relationship between how over-the-top a villain acts and how powerful they are. Monev and E.G. Mine, the weakest of the Gung-Ho Guns, are also the hammiest.
Knives is usually very often; Vash, subdued, but can get like this if Vash sets him off.
** Of the good(-ish) guys, Razlo and Wolfwood get pretty hammy.
*** Vash too, albeit
in quite a different style.
* LaughingMad: In anime Episode 6, Meryl has a slight case of this after Vash [[HumanShield ducks behind her and Milly]] to avoid
style. Kaite calls him on it during the dartguns of children "bounty hunters". Coupled with her disbelief that Vash actually ''was'' Vash, she's had a trying day by that point.
* LetsGetDangerous: Vash might possibly be the MostTriumphantExample of this trope, throwing off those after him by being a total goofball, hitting on women and preaching love and peace, yet it a master at ObfuscatingStupidity, an ace gunman and has such ImprobableAimingSkills that he accidentally shoots all the bottles in a contest he was trying to throw...hung over.
sandsteamer ordeal.



** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Vash the Stampede, the Humanoid Typhoon. Destroyer of July. God's Right Hand of Destruction.]]
** ALL the Gun-ho Guns have these. Unclear whether this is Knives' taste or Legato's, considering the level of delegation and that neither of them has one.

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** Vash [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Vash the Stampede, the Humanoid Typhoon. Destroyer of July. God's Right Hand of Destruction.]]
** ALL the Gun-ho Guns have these. Unclear whether this is Knives' Knives's taste or Legato's, considering the level of delegation and that neither of them has one.



** ''Anyone'' Vash could hypothetically hook up with would be about [[spoiler:150]] years younger than him, and he'd still probably outlive them. Except [[{{Squick}} his twin brother]]? And potentially that plant woman Chronica in the manga? A major factor in his status as ChasteHero, since he's the emotional type.

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** ''Anyone'' Vash could hypothetically hook up with would be about [[spoiler:150]] years younger than him, and he'd still probably outlive them. [[note]] Except [[{{Squick}} his twin brother]]? And brother]], and potentially that plant woman Chronica in the manga? manga.[[/note]] A major factor in his status as ChasteHero, since he's the emotional type.



** Rem can be translated to English as "the world", depending on the context. Knives somehow acquired, as an adorable child, a name much more suited to his future as a homicidal maniac.

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** Rem Rem's name is written in katakana, but if put into kanji it can be translated to English as "the world", depending on the context. Knives somehow acquired, as an adorable child, a name much more suited to his future as a homicidal maniac.



* MexicanStandoff: Happens a few times throughout the anime and manga, but by far the most over-the-top one occurs in Volume 5 of ''Maximum''. [[spoiler:Those involved include Wolfwood, Zazie, Hopperd, Legato, and Vash… sort of. Here's what happens — Wolfwood has guns trained on Legato and Zazie. Zazie has guns on Legato and Wolfwood. Hopperd is crippled and is trying to fire on Legato. Legato is holding back Hopperd with his powers while also trying to contain Vash. Vash's involvement is debatable, as he's simply losing control of his Angel powers and trying not to destroy everyone. The standoff is broken by Meryl leaping up from beneath Vash and taking a shot at Legato. Guns go off all over the place, but the only one who dies is Hopperd.]]

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* MexicanStandoff: Happens a few times throughout the anime and manga, but by far the most over-the-top one occurs in Volume 5 of ''Maximum''. [[spoiler:Those involved include Wolfwood, Zazie, Hopperd, Legato, and Vash… sort of. Here's what happens — Wolfwood has guns trained on Legato and Zazie. Zazie has guns on Legato and Wolfwood. Hopperd is crippled and is trying to fire on Legato. Legato is holding back Hopperd with his powers while also trying to contain Vash. Vash's involvement is debatable, as he's simply losing control of his Angel powers and trying not to destroy everyone. The standoff is broken by (of all people) Meryl leaping up from beneath Vash and taking a shot at Legato. Guns go off all over the place, but the only one who dies is Hopperd.]]



** A bit of a running gag early in the anime. Due to there being no proper pictures of Vash, just a vague description, people with a red coat, blond hair, and a big weapon become mistaken for Vash. It gets to the point that two guys even ''mistake each other'' for Vash.

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** A bit of a running gag early in the anime. Due to there being no proper pictures of Vash, just a vague description, people with a red coat, blond hair, and a big weapon become mistaken for Vash. It gets to the point that two guys even bounty hunters ''mistake each other'' for Vash.



* MoreDakka: Within five minutes of the first episode, an entire BAR is torn to pieces by a giant and his {{Mook}} army's gunfire. This sets the tone for the entire series.

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** Legato discusses it in his typical manipulative nihilist way.
--->''"So many people have died. I've caused so much suffering. A being like myself shouldn't be allowed to live."''
* MoreDakka: Another hallmark of this series.
**
Within five the first three minutes of the first episode, episode of the anime, an entire BAR ''building'' is torn blown to pieces by a giant Descartes and his {{Mook}} army's {{mook}}s' gunfire. This sets the tone for the entire series.show.
** Every member of the Eye Of Michael lives and breathes this.
** So does Monev, although it doesn't end well for him.
** In the first story after the Fifth Moon Incident, Vash and Wolfwood go to rescue Lina from some bandits who have holed up in a disused building. Literally hundreds of guns are trained on them. The bandit leader gives the order to fire and… cut to the building ''reduced to rubble'' and Lina safe.



* MuggedForDisguise: [[spoiler:One of Leonoff's puppets does this to poor Jessica in the anime, leaving her BoundAndGagged on the floor after stealing her clothes]].

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* MuggedForDisguise: [[spoiler:One of Leonoff's Leonof's puppets does this to poor Jessica in the anime, leaving her BoundAndGagged on the floor after stealing her clothes]].



* NeverFoundTheBody: In the movie [[spoiler:after Vash gets shot by one of Gasback's henchman.]] However, [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt nobody in the audience would believe it]], given how the manga ends.

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* NeverFoundTheBody: After the Fifth Moon Incident, Wolfwood and Meryl separately use this as justification in their belief that Vash survived. They're right.
**
In the movie [[spoiler:after Vash gets shot by one of Gasback's henchman.]] However, [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt nobody in the audience would believe it]], given how the manga ends.



* NunTooHoly:
** Wolfwood is the male version, obviously.
--->'''Vash:''' What the hell kind of churchman are you, anyway?!
** The most extreme interpretation of his position in the anime is, as described on the main NunTooHoly page, ''[[spoiler: Knives priest]]''. The least extreme is [[spoiler: [[ProfessionalKiller assassin with a church front]].]]

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* NunTooHoly:
**
NunTooHoly: Wolfwood is the male version, obviously.
--->'''Vash:''' -->'''Vash:''' What the hell kind of churchman are you, anyway?!
** The most extreme interpretation of his position in the anime is, as described on the main NunTooHoly page, ''[[spoiler: Knives ''[[spoiler:Knives priest]]''. The least extreme is [[spoiler: [[ProfessionalKiller assassin with a church front]].]]



** Meryl's AwesomeButImpractical fighting style has her contentiously drawing and discarding derringer pistols every two shots. After one shootout she seen walking around picking them all.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Knives, Legato and manga Wolfwood to Vash. Vash to Knives in the manga.
* RecklessPacifist: Vash. He'll save everyone life if he can, don't expect him to not cause any destruction though.

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** Meryl's AwesomeButImpractical fighting style has her contentiously drawing and discarding derringer pistols every two shots. After one shootout she she's seen walking around picking them all.all back up.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Knives, Legato Legato, and manga (manga) Wolfwood to Vash. Vash to Knives in the manga.
* RecklessPacifist: Vash. He'll save everyone life everyone's lives if he can, at all possible (and sometimes even if it's not), but don't expect him there to not cause any destruction though.be massive collateral damage as a result.



* RedOniBlueOni: Vash vs. Wolfwood; Vash vs. Legato; Vash vs. Knives is a more complex case, as Knives is the more cerebral one but also the more impulsive and violent. In all these cases, it's often reflected in their clothing and/or background colours, though Knives often appears in red too -- but often in darker shades such as crimson.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Nicholas D. Wolfwood]].
** RedemptionEqualsLife: [[spoiler: with Livio instead, who goes on and lives as a drifter, and probably, helping orphans like his old buddy]].
* TheReveal: Vash is [[spoiler:an ArtificialHuman]]! Knives is [[spoiler:his EvilTwin]]! The Gung-ho Guns' coins are [[spoiler: meant to activate a device that de-powers Legato]]!

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* RedOniBlueOni: Vash vs. Wolfwood; Vash vs. Legato; is the blue to Wolfwood's red. Legato is the blue to Vash's red.
**
Vash vs. Knives is a more complex case, complex, as Knives is the more cerebral one of the two but also the more impulsive and violent. In all these cases, it's violent.
** Meryl and Milly play both roles depending on the situation. Meryl is (usually) more hotheaded but less impulsive, yet Milly
often reflected in their clothing and/or background colours, though Knives often appears in red too -- but often in darker shades such as crimson.
has to talk her down.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Nicholas [[spoiler:Nicholas D. Wolfwood]].
** RedemptionEqualsLife: [[spoiler: with [[spoiler:With Livio instead, who goes on and lives as a drifter, and probably, probably helping orphans like his old buddy]].
comrade]].
* TheReveal: Vash is [[spoiler:an ArtificialHuman]]! Knives is [[spoiler:his EvilTwin]]! The Gung-ho Guns' coins are [[spoiler: meant [[spoiler:meant to activate a device that de-powers Legato]]!



* ThouShaltNotKill: Deconstructed. Just because you refuse to kill doesn't mean that others will choose to follow your highly idealistic philosophy. Indeed, following this philosophy will not only cost you dearly, but make you less effective at actually ''stopping'' suffering and misery than being willing to kill does, because [[KillHimAlready some people are so irredeemably evil that the only way they will stop causing misery is when they are]] ''[[KillHimAlready dead]]''.
* RevolversAreJustBetter
* RuleOfCool:

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* ThouShaltNotKill: Deconstructed. Just because you refuse to kill doesn't mean that others will choose to follow your highly idealistic philosophy. Indeed, following this philosophy will not only cost you dearly, but make you less effective at actually ''stopping'' suffering and misery than being willing to kill does, because [[KillHimAlready some people are so irredeemably evil that the only way they will stop causing misery is when they are]] ''[[KillHimAlready dead]]''.
are DEAD]].
* RevolversAreJustBetter
RevolversAreJustBetter: Most characters actually use machine guns or semiautomatics. Vash, however, uses an ancient custom six-shooter as his primary weapon… and is able to beat nearly everyone with it.
* RuleOfCool: As you can probably guess from every other trope on this page, the series ''runs'' on this.



* SamaritanSyndrome: Vash.
* SaveTheVillain: This is basically Vash's core belief, since his whole philosophy is "never kill anyone, ''ever'', and make sure everyone lives". However, the series ultimately comes off as a deconstruction, as it's pointed out subtly and overtly that just because you won't kill the mass-murdering psychopath or the slave trader or whatever, it doesn't mean they will reform. No, not even if you risk your life to save theirs. Also, it makes you responsible for any crimes that they go on to commit, because you deliberately gave them the chance to keep on committing crime.
** Further deconstructed in ''Badlands Rumble'', as Amelia guilt-trips Vash over the fact that the man he saved, Gasback, was an unrepentant robber with no qualms against killing others who'd had 20 more years of freedom thanks to Vash's actions. On the flipside, Gasback [[spoiler: is revealed to [[LukeIAmYourFather Amelia's father]], and Amelia was conceived ''after'' Vash had saved Gasback's life]].
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Fear Vash when he gets into this mode.
* SchizoTech: Somewhat justified by the AfterTheEnd setting. There is some degree of reason to what's become 'lost technology,' in that basically everything everyone needs to survive comes from the plants, which are generally municipally owned,[[note]](there are presumably a variety of quasi-socialist arrangements to allow the plant-manufactured foodstuffs and things to be disseminated to the public and from there bought and sold, although probably some places are outright capital-feudalist about it and the public essentially belongs to whoever controls the plant in exchange for their lives)[[/note]] and therefore it all comes down to rationing.[[note]]Computers and miniaturized tech seem to have been mostly and most visibly lost. On a world of quartz this may seem odd, but many of the elements required, in RealLife, to get silicon pure enough for chips would be available only via plant manufacture. On the other hand, all that red sand? Iron is to be had far more conventionally.[[/note]] Nevertheless, the entire society is completely schizo, since it's ruled be Western tropes instead of any logical progression of how being utterly dependent on the plants would impact social structure and lifestyle.

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* SamaritanSyndrome: Vash.
* SaveTheVillain: This is basically Vash's core belief, since his whole philosophy is "never kill anyone, ''ever'', and make sure everyone lives". However, the series ultimately comes off as a deconstruction, as it's pointed out subtly and overtly that just because you won't kill the mass-murdering psychopath or the slave trader or whatever, it doesn't mean they will reform. No, not even if you risk your life to save theirs. Also, it makes you responsible for any crimes that they go on to commit, because you deliberately gave them the chance to keep on committing crime.
** Further deconstructed in ''Badlands Rumble'', as Amelia guilt-trips Vash over the fact that the man he saved, Gasback, was an unrepentant robber with no qualms against killing others who'd had 20 more years of freedom thanks to Vash's actions. On the flipside, Gasback [[spoiler: is revealed to [[LukeIAmYourFather Amelia's father]], and Amelia was conceived ''after'' Vash had saved Gasback's life]].
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Fear Vash when he gets into this mode.
* SchizoTech: Somewhat justified Justified by the AfterTheEnd setting. There Most tech used by ordinary people is some degree early-1900's at best – there's electric lights, automobiles, and trains but not planes – however, there are examples here and there of reason the more advanced "Lost Technology" known to what's become 'lost technology,' in the original generation who survived the Great Fall (though the ability to ''create'' that basically stuff died when Knives slaughtered the Project SEEDS crew). Then of course there are the Plants, which are even more advanced than that, and are the literal lifeblood of the human race; almost everything everyone needs people need to survive comes from the plants, which are generally them.
** The economic system of Gunsmoke is also pretty schizo. The Plants seem to be, with rare exceptions,
municipally owned,[[note]](there owned, but everything else is libertarian in the extreme. This can be explained by this world running on Western movie tropes rather than anything logical for the situation. [[labelnote:Fan Wank -]] There are presumably a variety of quasi-socialist arrangements to allow the plant-manufactured foodstuffs and things to be disseminated to the public and from there bought and sold, although probably some places are outright capital-feudalist about it and the public essentially belongs to whoever controls the plant in exchange for their lives)[[/note]] lives, and therefore it all comes down to rationing.[[note]]Computers rationing. Computers and miniaturized tech seem to have been mostly and most visibly lost. On a world of quartz this may seem odd, but many of the elements required, in RealLife, to get silicon pure enough for chips would be available only via plant manufacture. On the other hand, all that red sand? Iron is to be had far more conventionally.[[/note]] Nevertheless, the entire society is completely schizo, since it's ruled be Western tropes instead of any logical progression of how being utterly dependent on the plants would impact social structure and lifestyle.[[/labelnote]]



* SealedEvilInACan: Knives is Sealed Evil In A Friggin Lightbulb for most of the anime and till the very end of the first ''Trigun'' manga.
* SexyPriest: Wolfwood. Whoa, boy....



** Tessla probably alludes to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla a certain Serbian inventor and engineer]], himself [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Five_Fists_of_Science a glorious Steampunk hero]] (click if you dare).
** The GunFu battles may be [[ShoutOut shout outs]] to John Woo.
** Monev's name and costume are a ShoutOut to Venom from Marvel.
** Vash seems to be riding a wheeled [[Anime/LastExile Vanship]] during the trailer for Badlands Rumble.

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** Tessla probably alludes to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla a certain Serbian Serbian-American inventor and engineer]], engineer,]] himself [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Five_Fists_of_Science a glorious Steampunk hero]] (click if you dare).
** The GunFu battles may be [[ShoutOut shout outs]] shoutouts to John Woo.
** Monev's name and costume are a ShoutOut to Venom from Marvel.
name. See above.
** Vash seems to be riding a wheeled [[Anime/LastExile Vanship]] during the trailer for Badlands Rumble.''Badlands Rumble''.



** An internal shout-out to the mangaka appears in Badlands Rumble when Vash uses a pole bearing several street signs to deflect bullets - one sign is for "Nightow Street".
** One crowd shot in Badlands Rumble features what appears to be a [[StarWars gonk droid]], or at least someone cosplaying as one.

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** An internal shout-out to the mangaka appears in Badlands Rumble ''Badlands Rumble'' when Vash uses a pole bearing several street signs to deflect bullets - one sign is for "Nightow Street".
** One crowd shot in Badlands Rumble ''Badlands Rumble'' features what appears to be a [[StarWars [[Film/StarWars gonk droid]], or at least someone cosplaying as one.



* SiblingYinYang

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* SiblingYinYangSiblingYinYang: The entire point of Vash vs. Knives. They are twins who are exact opposites in worldview.



* SinisterShades:



* SlippedTheRopes: Vash once slides out of ropes to protect a young woman from bandits. Said bandits catch him before he can get back into them... the second time.



* SmallGirlBigGun: Meryl is an interesting variation, as her guns are tiny but so numerous she must be carrying her weight in derringers.
* SmokingBarrelBlowout

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* SmallGirlBigGun: Meryl is an interesting variation, as her guns are tiny but so numerous she must be carrying her weight in derringers.
* SmokingBarrelBlowout
SmokingBarrelBlowout: Wolfwood likes to do this. Vash does it occasionally too.



* SpellMyNameWithAnS:
** Lazlo/Razlo is a noteworthy and oddly controversial example. Also note Livio de Pupe(?), Chronica/Cronica/Kronika, Revnunt/Revnant Buskus/Buskuz/Vasquez, Tesla/Tessla, Kaito/Kite, and the names of several cities.
** Rem is a particularly confusing example. Rem or Lem? Seibrem, Saverem, or Seiburem? It doesn't help that the manga lists her name as "Rem Seibrem" while the anime lists it as "Rem Saverem."

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS:
** Lazlo/Razlo is a noteworthy
SpellMyNameWithAnS: The anime and oddly manga were translated years apart by completely different teams. It's honestly surprising there aren't ''more'' discrepancies, and the ones that do exist mostly come down to how to transliterate kana.
** The most notable &
controversial example. Also note Livio de Pupe(?), Chronica/Cronica/Kronika, Revnunt/Revnant Buskus/Buskuz/Vasquez, Tesla/Tessla, Kaito/Kite, and one crops up in the names of several cities.
manga: Razlo (official) vs Lazlo (fan-scans).
** Rem is a particularly confusing example. Rem or Lem? Seibrem, Saverem, or Seiburem? It doesn't help Count Revenant[[labelnote:*]](manga)[[/labelnote]]/Lebnant[[labelnote:*]](anime)[[/labelnote]] Vasquez[[labelnote:*]](all official English translations)[[/labelnote]]/Buskus[[labelnote:*]](according to on-screen text in the anime)[[/labelnote]]
** Tessla (official manga) vs. Tesla (fan-scans).
** Kaite (anime subs) vs. Kite (English dub & manga) vs. Kaito (what the kana says)
** Milly (anime) vs. Millie (manga). By
that the manga lists her same token, Meryl Stryfe (anime) vs. Strife (manga).
** Leonof (manga) vs. Leonoff vs. Leonov
** Even Rem isn't immune. Her last
name as "Rem Seibrem" while is "Saverem" in the anime lists it but "Seibrem" in the manga. And the Spanish dub calls her "Lem" for some reason.
** Some cities are ambiguous too: Ainpril/Einpril (kana) vs. Inepril (subs) vs. April (manga). The anime can't decide whether May City is called that or "Mei",
as "Rem Saverem."the spelling on the signs changes every other shot.



* StepfordSmiler



* StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred: [[spoiler: When the Gung-Ho Guns fail to kill Vash, Legato uses this as his final gambit to ruin his life. It works, until Meryl convinces him to snap out of it and finish his business with Knives.]]



* SuspectIsHatless: Everyone looking for Vash in the first episode is using a different description which is technically accurate, but is vague enough that it also matches one of the other parties looking for Vash.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: Vash and Knives are technically ''not'' alien lifeforms, but there are strong suggestions of this trope, especially in the anime since [[spoiler: there are no "ThereIsAnother" plants from Earth]]. And, let's face it, manga Vash and (even more) Knives are very [[AGodAmI god-like]], which [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic ties in]] with the [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory religious subtext]].
* SuperDeformed
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler: Livio/Lazlo]]; [[spoiler: Vash]] might fit too.
* {{Superspeed}}:

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* SuspectIsHatless: Everyone looking for Vash in the first episode of the anime is using a different description description, which is technically accurate, accurate on at least two points (tall + wearing red) but is vague enough that it also matches one of the other parties looking for Vash.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: Vash and Knives are technically ''not'' alien lifeforms, life-forms, but there are strong suggestions of this trope, especially in the anime since [[spoiler: there [[spoiler:there are no "ThereIsAnother" plants from Earth]]. And, let's face it, manga Vash and (even more) Knives are very [[AGodAmI god-like]], which [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic ties in]] with the [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory religious subtext]].
* SuperDeformed
SuperDeformed: Happens sometimes in the more comedic moments of both anime and manga. It feels very out of place when it occurs.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler: Livio/Lazlo]]; [[spoiler: Vash]] [[spoiler:Livio/Lazlo]]. [[spoiler:Vash]] might fit too.
* {{Superspeed}}: SuperSpeed:



** Elendria rams nails through peoples bodies ''faster than the eye can see.''
* SupervillainLair

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** Elendria rams nails through peoples bodies ''faster than the eye can see.''
* SupervillainLair
see''.



* TakeAThirdOption: Vash constantly adheres to this. Which is the reason why episode [[spoiler:24]] of the anime is a WhamEpisode; there ''is'' no easy way out this time, which [[spoiler:forces Vash to ''kill Legato'']], and later have a [[HeroicBSOD mental]] [[AngstComa breakdown]] over it.

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* TakeAThirdOption: Vash constantly adheres to this. Which is That's the reason why episode [[spoiler:24]] Episode 24 of the anime is such a WhamEpisode; there ''is'' no easy way out this time, which [[spoiler:forces Vash to so [[spoiler:Vash must ''kill Legato'']], Legato'']] and later have a [[HeroicBSOD mental]] [[AngstComa breakdown]] over it.



** Likely the intent of the BreakTheCutie campaign that forms the backbone of the plot, the part that isn't just Knives' inner child throwing a tantrum about his brother not doing what he wants. Vash is already perfectly {{Badass}}, with a sizable temper if pushed far enough, but as a MartialPacifist and FriendToAllLivingThings he lacks the genocidal anger his twin wants to see.

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** Likely the intent of the BreakTheCutie campaign that forms the backbone of the plot, plot… well, the part that isn't just Knives' Knives's inner child throwing a tantrum about his brother not doing what he wants. Vash is already perfectly {{Badass}}, with a sizable temper if pushed far enough, but as a MartialPacifist and FriendToAllLivingThings he lacks the genocidal anger his twin brother wants to see.



* TenMinuteRetirement
* TenderTears: Vash, multiple times.
* ThereIsAnother: Manga only.
* TheSweatDrop

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* TenMinuteRetirement
* TenderTears: Vash, multiple times.
* ThereIsAnother: Manga only.
* TheSweatDrop
only. [[spoiler:Turns out there are other Independent Plants… and they come from Earth with a message of salvation. Unfortunately for them, Knives finds out first and intercepts it.]]



* TimeSkip: Two years passes after [[spoiler: Vash blows a hole on the moon]], transition from ''Trigun'' to ''Trigun Maximum''. Six years passes after [[spoiler:Vash defeats Knives and most Plants dies during the conflict]], transition from ''Trigum Maximum'' to ''Trigun The Lost Plant''.
* TimeStandsStill: Dominique the Cyclops pretends to be able to do this. In fact, she uses hypnosis to momentarily freeze her target.
* {{Transsexual}}: Elendira the Crimson Nail; also fits into the VillainousCrossdresser trope as a result of a research flub.
** Well, her surgical status is ambiguous and VillainousCrossdresser embraces scary trasgendered persons, given they have at least as much alarm capital to cash with the public.

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** He got the idea from Rem, who preached this as gospel.
* TimeSkip: Two years passes after [[spoiler: Vash blows a hole on After the moon]], transition Fifth Moon Incident (which also marked the point where the manga changed from ''Trigun'' [shonen] to ''Trigun Maximum''. Six years passes after [[spoiler:Vash defeats Knives and most Plants dies during the conflict]], transition from ''Trigum Maximum'' [seinen]), two years pass before Wolfwood manages to ''Trigun track Vash down. The anime version, however, doesn't give a timespan; it's certainly shorter than in the manga, but still several months.
** Six years pass between the end of the main series and ''Trigun:
The Lost Plant''.
* TimeStandsStill: Dominique the Cyclops pretends to be able to do this. In fact, she uses hypnosis to momentarily freeze her target.
* {{Transsexual}}: Elendira the Crimson Nail; also fits into the VillainousCrossdresser trope as a result of a research flub.
** Well, her surgical status is ambiguous and VillainousCrossdresser embraces scary trasgendered persons, given they have at least as much alarm capital to cash with the public.
Plant''.



* TransformationTrauma
* TraumaCongaLine: Poor Vash...

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* TransformationTrauma
* TraumaCongaLine: Poor Vash...
TransformationTrauma: Vash does not take his involuntary unleashing of his Angel-arm well.
** Meryl happened to be right next to him one time it happened and was psychologically scarred by it. When, later on, Vash sprouts a feather to stop a bullet, she collapses to the ground screaming and backs away when Vash reaches out to her.



* TropeOverdosed
* TrueCompanions
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: The Name that Vash tells to wolfwood on there first meeting: Valentinez Alkalinella Xifax Sicidabohertz Gumbigobilla Blue Stradivari Talentrent Pierre Andry Charton-Haymoss Ivanovici Baldeus George Doitzel Kaiser III.
** Wolfwood's WordOfGod middle name is Dokonokuminomonjawaresumakinishiteshizumetarokakora.
* {{Tsundere}}: Meryl towards Vash.
* {{Twincest}}: FanWank notwithstanding, nothing actually happens, but manga Knives has a very... fusional and obsessive relationship with Vash to say the least.
* {{Ubermensch}}
* UglyGuysHotDaughter: In the anime, the (only identified) daughter of the Nebraska clan is an attractive teenage girl, while her dad is an ancient-looking ugly guy with three teeth and her mom is, basically, an OppositeSexClone of Gofsef Nebraska, the deformed, cybernetically augmented giant, only without the cyber-mods.

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* TropeOverdosed
* TrueCompanions
TrueCompanions: Vash, Meryl, Milly, and Wolfwood in the anime (they're not together for very long in the manga).
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: The Name name that Vash tells gives to wolfwood on there Wolfwood upon their first meeting: Valentinez Alkalinella Xifax Sicidabohertz Gumbigobilla Blue Stradivari Talentrent Pierre Andry Charton-Haymoss Ivanovici Baldeus George Doitzel Kaiser III.
meeting in the anime. It's quoted elsewhere on this page.
** Wolfwood's WordOfGod middle name is Dokonokuminomonjawaresumakinishiteshizumetarokakora.
* {{Tsundere}}: Meryl towards Vash.
* {{Twincest}}: FanWank notwithstanding, nothing actually happens, but manga Knives has
"Dokonokuminomonjawaresumakinishiteshizumetarokakora", which translates as a very... fusional and obsessive relationship with Vash to say the least.
* {{Ubermensch}}
dig at his constant smoking.
* UglyGuysHotDaughter: In the anime, the (only identified) The only identified daughter of the Nebraska clan Family is an attractive teenage girl, while her dad is an ancient-looking ugly guy with three teeth and a giant derringer grafted onto his crotch… and her mom is, basically, is basically an OppositeSexClone of Gofsef Nebraska, Gofsef, the deformed, cybernetically augmented deformed cybernetically-augmented giant, only without the cyber-mods.



** In the anime, Brad calls out his fellow Ship-dwellers for getting mad at Vash for the Ship crashing when they did absolutely nothing to help him stop it from happening (Brad at least tried).



* TheUnreveal: The origin of the [[spoiler:autonomous plants]] stands out and suffers from a borderline HandWave. Anything goes...
* UnstoppableRage: Frequent. Vash's is the most impressive, manga Knives' the most destructive.

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* TheUnreveal: The origin of There are many things in this series that the [[spoiler:autonomous plants]] stands out reader/viewer simply never learns.
** What exactly were Rem's final words to Vash? Added lines in the dubs aside, we'll never know.
** Why
and suffers from how do Autonomous Plants (Vash, Knives, Tessla, Chronica, etc.) exist? It's never explained. Indeed, their existence is a borderline HandWave. Anything goes...
goes…
* UnstoppableRage: Frequent. Vash's is the most impressive, manga Knives' Knives's the most destructive.



** Also Wolfwood, Livio, and Legato, for a given value of 'sweet;' they were respectively already bitter, already carrying an EnemyWithin, and already vengeance-driven at the earliest points in their lives we see them, but by comparison they come across as heart-twistingly innocent.

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** Also Wolfwood, Livio, and Legato, for a given value of 'sweet;' 'sweet'; they were respectively already bitter, already carrying an EnemyWithin, and already vengeance-driven at the earliest points in their lives we see them, but by comparison they come across as heart-twistingly innocent.



* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans



** Midvalley's narration of his fight with Wolfwood (during much of which Wolfwood is blind) is actually particularly good.

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** Midvalley's narration of his fight with Wolfwood (during much of which Wolfwood is blind) is actually particularly good.does a lot to bring depth to his character.



* VillainousCrossdresser: Elendira, the only [[{{Transsexual}} trans woman]] {{Badass}} enough to freak people out while being called "the Crimsonnail," fits this trope to a large extent.
** She is equally subject to censorship for being transsexual and for being ''terrifying.'' In a world of guns, Rai-dei got by with a sword and was [[LampshadeHanging appropriately observed to be crazy]]. In the same world, Elendria fights with '''a briefcase full of giant red nails,''' as in hardware supplies, and is very possibly the most deadly thing on the planet. (Only because Knives is lazy and Vash is TheFettered, mind.)



** Played for [[GallowsHumor gruesome fun]] with Legato's junk food addiction; never has eating ice cream looked creepier.

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** Played for [[GallowsHumor gruesome fun]] with Legato's junk food addiction; never addiction. Never has eating ice cream looked creepier.



* VisibleSigh
* WalkingDisasterArea
* WalkingTheEarth
* WalkingWasteland
* WaveMotionGun: The Angel Arm.
* WeaponOfMassDestruction: That are actually sentient -- see above trope.

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* VisibleSigh
* WalkingDisasterArea
* WalkingTheEarth
* WalkingWasteland
* WaveMotionGun: The Angel Arm.
* WeaponOfMassDestruction: That are actually sentient -- see above trope.This world has two… and they're sentient.



* WellDoneSonGuy: Livio in the manga



* WhamEpisode: "Diablo", the twelfth episode of the anime, though episodes 7 and 8 arguably count as well. (Almost every episode after 16 tends to be jaw-dropping as well, particularly episode 24, wherin [[spoiler:Vash ''kills Legato'']].)
* WhamLine: Accomplished with a single word!
-->'''Vash (to [[spoiler:Elizabeth]]):''' [[spoiler:Aw, you aren't after that stupid reward, are you?]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Elizabeth]]:''' [[spoiler:''[[LittleNo No]]''.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The SEEDS crew just don't seem to have thought through the possible side effects of constant experimentation on a toddler, so Tesla died.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Averted. Vash is at ''least'' as concerned with not killing mooks as not killing named characters--notable in the scene on the sand steamer when he misjudged a shot and starts bandaging a random bandit so he won't bleed out. Wolfwood in turn is slightly ''more'' willing to kill named characters on the whole, because mostly the named characters are the ones dangerous enough to be worth the trouble.

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* WhamEpisode: "Diablo", The anime has several of these, but the twelfth biggest one is probably Episode 12, "Diablo". Up to this point, the majority of the series was basically 'The Wacky Adventures of Vash & Friends'. This episode of introduces Legato, and things only get darker from there.[[note]] With the anime, though episodes 7 and 8 arguably count as well. (Almost every episode after 16 tends to be jaw-dropping as well, particularly episode notable exception of Episode 14, "Little Arcadia", which in the original manga takes place ''before'' Legato appears.[[/note]]
** Then there's Episode
24, wherin where [[spoiler:Vash ''kills Legato'']].)
Legato'' to save Meryl and Milly]].
* WhamLine: Accomplished in anime Episode 6, "Lost July", with a single word!
-->'''Vash (to [[spoiler:Elizabeth]]):''' [[spoiler:Aw, '''Vash:''' ''[-(to [[spoiler:Elizabeth]])-]'' "What's going on? Am I being punished?"\\
'''[[spoiler:Elizabeth]]:''' "I want
you aren't dead."\\
'''Vash:''' "Are you
after that stupid reward, are you?]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Elizabeth]]:''' [[spoiler:''[[LittleNo No]]''.]]
reward?"\\
'''[[spoiler:Elizabeth]]:''' "[[LittleNo No.]]"
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The SEEDS crew just don't didn't seem to have thought through the possible side effects of constant experimentation on a toddler, so Tesla died.
and poor Tessla died as a result.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Averted. Vash is at ''least'' as concerned with not killing mooks as not killing named characters--notable characters -- notable in the scene on the sand steamer Sandsteamer when he misjudged a shot and starts bandaging a random bandit so he won't bleed out. Wolfwood in turn is slightly ''more'' willing to kill named characters on the whole, because mostly the named characters are the ones dangerous enough to be worth the trouble.



* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: AerithAndBob accounts for most of these, but Rem? Who names their foster-son ''Knives?'' Crazy ninjas, that's who! Pirates! Not pacifist astronauts conspiring to prevent the kid from being dissected by their coworkers! [[MeaningfulName It's like you were asking for it.]] [[note]]It should be noted that watching ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' for the first time immediately after an episode of Trigun automatically renders Knives Chau about eight times more hilarious a being.[[/note]]

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* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: AerithAndBob accounts for most of these, but Rem? Who but… Rem, who names their foster-son ''Knives?'' ''Knives''? Crazy ninjas, that's who! Pirates! Not pacifist astronauts conspiring to prevent the kid from being dissected by their coworkers! [[MeaningfulName It's like you were asking for it.]] [[note]]It [[note]] It should be noted that watching ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' for the first time immediately after an episode of Trigun ''Trigun'' automatically renders Knives Chau about eight times more hilarious a being.[[/note]]



* WorldOfBadass
* WorldOfHam



* XDaysSince: In an interesting variation of this trope, showed a sign in one city counting the number of murders and serious injuries that had occurred that day.
* {{Yandere}}: Manga Wolfwood can be seen as CuteAndPsycho -- you start suspecting something's wrong, when [[NightmareFuel he turns Grey the Ninelives into minced meat,]] with a SlasherSmile. Also, Knives might be a {{Yandere}} over Vash, because nothing is too creepy or dysfunctional for him. Depending on interpretation, Vash might also be CuteAndPsycho.
* YellowBrickRoad: Getting to [[BigBad Knives.]]
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Vash and Knives; Nicholas; Livio; and Kaito. In the manga, all of these characters including Knives, express nostalgia towards the 'more innocent times' of their childhood, and regrets at not being able to go back in time.

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* XDaysSince: In an interesting variation of this trope, showed the first chapter of the manga shows a sign in one city counting the number of murders and serious injuries that had occurred that day.
* {{Yandere}}: Manga Wolfwood can be seen as CuteAndPsycho -- you start suspecting something's wrong, when [[NightmareFuel he turns Grey the Ninelives into minced meat,]] meat]], with a SlasherSmile. Also, Knives might be a {{Yandere}} over for Vash, because nothing is too creepy or dysfunctional for him. Depending on interpretation, Vash might also be CuteAndPsycho.
* YellowBrickRoad: Getting to [[BigBad Knives.]]
Knives]].
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Vash and Knives; Nicholas; Livio; and Kaito. In the manga, all of these characters including Knives, Even bad guys express regret about this, along with nostalgia towards the 'more innocent times' of to more "innocent times".
** Vash and Knives, since
their childhood, and regrets at not being able to go back home burned up in time.Gunsmoke's atmosphere (courtesy of Knives).
** Also Wolfwood, as he finds out when he revisits the orphanage he grew up in.
** Livio angsts about this.



* YoungerThanTheyLook: Vash and Knives, in both versions of the flashback -- they were a year old, when the Fall happened. [[spoiler: Wolfwood]], in the manga. He's in his mid to late teens, when introduced, and [[spoiler: dies before]] he's twenty.
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: This tends to be the reaction of anyone, when finding out Vash is the Humanoid Typhoon -- unless they've seen him in action, at least. ''Badlands Rumble'' gets an entire ''bar'' laughing at the thought, with one patron even suggesting, he might be doing {{cosplay}}.

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* YoungerThanTheyLook: Vash and Knives, Knives in both versions of the flashback -- they were a year old, old when the Fall happened. [[spoiler: Wolfwood]], happened.
** [[spoiler:Wolfwood]]
in the manga. He's in his mid to late teens, teens when introduced, and [[spoiler: dies before]] before he's twenty.
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: This tends to be the reaction of anyone, when finding out Vash is the Humanoid Typhoon -- unless they've seen him in action, at least. ''Badlands Rumble'' gets an entire ''bar'' laughing at the thought, with one patron even suggesting, he might be doing {{cosplay}}.
twenty.
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* HeelFaceTurn: After the death of [[spoiler:Wolfwood, Livio]] joins the heroes.

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* HeelFaceTurn: After the death of [[spoiler:Wolfwood, Livio]] [[spoiler:Wolfwood]], [[spoiler:Livio]] joins the heroes.



* HeroWithBadPublicity: Vash. So very, very much.



* HiveMind: Apparently kinda-sorta the case with the bulb plants, even before [[spoiler:Knives starts subsuming them into himself]]. In the manga also to some degree the case of the sand worms, whose psychic network extends over most of the planet's native life and learns how to invest itself in a human vessel, giving Knives the Gung Ho Gun 'Zazie the Beast'. They have some kind of alliance with him against the human invaders, although this is never properly explored.

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* HiveMind: Apparently kinda-sorta the case with the bulb plants, even before [[spoiler:Knives starts subsuming them into himself]]. In the manga also to some degree the case of the sand worms, whose psychic network extends over most of the planet's native life and learns how to invest itself in a human vessel, giving Knives the Gung Ho Gung-Ho Gun 'Zazie the Beast'. They have some kind of alliance with him against the human invaders, although this is never properly explored.



* HowToStopTheDeusExMachina: Vash is incredibly skilled with his weapons and probably capable of taking out every single baddie he ever faced, short of [[spoiler:his own brother]]. What holds him back? [[MartialPacifist Martial Pacifism]]. If he really unleashed himself, he'd hurt a lot of people, and he doesn't even want to hurt the bad guys. Unfortunately, attempting other options sometimes allows harm to come to innocent bystanders, although not as often as one would think. In fact, the impression is given that before Knives sicced the Guns on him he pulled off a miracle practically every time, if at great personal cost, so his world goes through a bit of a paradigm shift while the audience watches.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Being at least two times taller than Meryl, Vash really has to bow down when he wants to hug her. That or he hoists her up.

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* HowToStopTheDeusExMachina: Vash is incredibly skilled with his weapons and probably capable of taking out every single baddie he ever faced, short of [[spoiler:his own brother]]. What holds him back? [[MartialPacifist Martial Pacifism]]. If he really unleashed himself, he'd hurt a lot of people, and he doesn't even want to hurt the bad guys. Unfortunately, attempting other options sometimes allows harm to come to innocent bystanders, although not as often as one would think. In fact, the impression is given that that, before Knives sicced the Guns on him him, he pulled off a miracle practically every time, if at great personal cost, so his world goes through a bit of a paradigm shift while the audience watches.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Being at least nearly two times feet taller than Meryl, Vash really has to bow down when he wants to hug her. That or he hoists her up.



** Vash only ever gives "Vash" if actually pressed into introducing himself[[labelnote:*]] (except that one time when he met Wolfwood and introduced himself as "Valentinez Alkalinella Xifax Sicidaboheretz Gumbigobella Blue Stradivari Talentrento Pierre André Charton-Haymoss Ivanovichi Baldeus George Doitzel Kaiser the Third)[[/labelnote]] but he's also "The Stampede", [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "The Humanoid Typhoon", "The Demon of July", "The Walking Disaster", "God's Armed Arm", "The First Human Act of God"]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Spikey/Needle-Noggin/Broom-head]].

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** Vash only ever gives "Vash" if actually pressed into introducing himself[[labelnote:*]] (except that one time when he met Wolfwood and introduced himself as "Valentinez Alkalinella Xifax Sicidaboheretz Gumbigobella Blue Stradivari Talentrento Pierre André Charton-Haymoss Ivanovichi Baldeus George Doitzel Kaiser the Third)[[/labelnote]] Third")[[/labelnote]] but he's also "The Stampede", [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "The Humanoid Typhoon", "The Demon of July", "The Walking Disaster", "God's Armed Arm", "The First Human Act of God"]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Spikey/Needle-Noggin/Broom-head]].



* ImportantHaircut: The first haircuts that the young Vash and Knives receive in episode 17. Even more of an example of this trope than in most other anime, as it's a major defining character moment for both of them (and also serving to pinpoint the moment of [[spoiler:Knives' StartOfDarkness]]).

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* ImportantHaircut: The first haircuts that the young Vash and Knives receive in episode 17. Even more of an example of this trope than in most other anime, as it's a major defining character moment for both of them (and also serving to pinpoint the moment of [[spoiler:Knives' [[spoiler:Knives's StartOfDarkness]]).



* KnifeNut: Knives (duh).
* KnightOfCerebus: Legato.



* TheLancer: Wolfwood.



* LaxativePrank: It's arguable that Kaite does this to Vash in episode 7 "B.D.N."



* LittleUselessGun:
** Meryl's derringers are neither taken seriously as a threat nor used to deliver meaningful damage over the entire course of both series. This is because of the InverseLawOfUtilityAndLethality – Milly's stun-gun can be used with impunity, but since Meryl's little guns can't invoke RuleOfCool or the beaten-up-by-bullets effect ''and'' she's not a killer, they aren't allowed to actually do much of anything. Still good that she doesn't go around unarmed, and she does take some useful actions… the derringers themselves are just useless. Even though a ''real'' derringer can kill you very dead.
** Averted in the episode "Love and Peace", in which she uses her derringers to help Vash outwit the hostage-takers, shoot the guns out of the deputies' hands, and put a hole through the sheriff's badge.



** Also there's Jessica likes Vash and Brad liked Jessica and Vash was all, "Can't we just pretend you're still seven like you were last time I saw you?"

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** Also there's Brad likes Jessica and Jessica likes Vash and Brad liked Jessica and Vash was all, Vash's opinion on the matter is, "Can't we just pretend you're still seven five like you were last time I saw you?"



* ManlyTears: Vash, Wolfwood, (manga only) Knives, Legato, Livio.
* MartialPacifist: Vash, in ''spades''. It even says 'pacifist' on his Quickdraw tournament application, if you look![[note]] Evidence that Wolfwood, who did the paperwork, had already been briefed on his target before their first encounter, since they'd interacted by fighting robots and sharing a bus, and the no-kill rule [[FridgeLogic had not had a chance to come up.[[/note]] Partakes of the irony of someone whose life is defined by combat but who still thinks in 'pacifist' terms. That said, Vash's character can be seen as a sort of deconstruction of the MartialPacifist trope. Devoting his life to saving everyone around him takes a very, ''very'' heavy toll on him, as not everyone is happy that saving everybody includes saving the worst, most depraved monsters out there, and as Vash's ShirtlessScene shows, he's near falling apart because keeping everyone from killing each other is a very hard job. And by the end, he's forced to learn the hard way that he can't save everyone all the time.

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* ManlyTears: Vash, Wolfwood, Wolfwood; (manga only) Knives, Legato, Livio.
* MartialPacifist: Vash, in ''spades''. It even says 'pacifist' on his Quickdraw tournament application, if you look![[note]] Evidence that Wolfwood, who did the paperwork, had already been briefed on his target before their first encounter, since they'd interacted by fighting robots and sharing a bus, and the no-kill rule [[FridgeLogic had not had a chance to come up.[[/note]] Partakes of the irony of someone whose life is defined by combat but who still thinks in 'pacifist' terms. That said, Vash's character can be seen as a sort of deconstruction of the MartialPacifist trope. Devoting his life to saving everyone around him takes a very, ''very'' heavy toll on him, as not everyone is happy that saving everybody includes saving the worst, most depraved monsters out there, and as Vash's ShirtlessScene shows, he's near falling apart because keeping everyone from killing each other is a very hard job. And by the end, he's forced to learn the hard way that he can't save everyone all the time.
Livio.



** In the anime, while things are more one sided, Milly tells a crying Meryl to [[spoiler:tell Vash about her feelings when he comes back from his confrontation with Knives]]. At the end of the anime, we see Meryl saying that [[spoiler:Vash wouldn't keep a good woman like her waiting, and Vash does come back to Meryl and Milly at the very end]], leaving us to guess what happens next for the two.

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** In the anime, while things are more one sided, one-sided, Milly tells a crying Meryl to [[spoiler:tell Vash about her feelings when he comes back from his confrontation with Knives]]. At the end of the anime, we see Meryl saying that [[spoiler:Vash wouldn't keep a good woman like her waiting, and Vash does come back to Meryl and Milly at the very end]], leaving us to guess what happens next for the two.



** Applies to Knives, too, except he really doesn't care.
* MeaningfulName:

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** Applies to Knives, Knives too, except he really doesn't care.
* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:



* MexicanStandoff: Happens a few times throughout the anime and manga, but by far the most over-the-top one occurs in Volume 5 of the ''Maximum'' manga. [[spoiler:Those involved include Wolfwood, Zazie, Hopperd, Legato, and Vash... in a sense. Here's what happened: Wolfwood has guns trained on Legato and Zazie. Zazie has guns on Legato and Wolfwood. Hopperd is crippled and is trying to fire on Legato. Legato is holding back Hopperd with his powers and is also trying to contain Vash. Vash's involvement is debatable, as he's simply losing control of his Angel powers and trying not to freak out and/or destroy everyone. The standoff is broken by Meryl leaping up from beneath Vash and taking a shot at Legato. Guns go off all over the place, but the only one who dies is Hopperd.]]

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* MexicanStandoff: Happens a few times throughout the anime and manga, but by far the most over-the-top one occurs in Volume 5 of the ''Maximum'' manga. ''Maximum''. [[spoiler:Those involved include Wolfwood, Zazie, Hopperd, Legato, and Vash... in a sense. Vash… sort of. Here's what happened: happens — Wolfwood has guns trained on Legato and Zazie. Zazie has guns on Legato and Wolfwood. Hopperd is crippled and is trying to fire on Legato. Legato is holding back Hopperd with his powers and is while also trying to contain Vash. Vash's involvement is debatable, as he's simply losing control of his Angel powers and trying not to freak out and/or destroy everyone. The standoff is broken by Meryl leaping up from beneath Vash and taking a shot at Legato. Guns go off all over the place, but the only one who dies is Hopperd.]]



* MoralEventHorizon: InUniverse; Vash doesn't believe in this, claiming that no one is beyond redemption.
* MoreDakka: Within five minutes of the first episode, an entire BAR is torn to pieces by a giant and his {{Mook}} army's gunfire.

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* MoralEventHorizon: InUniverse; Discussed in-universe by multiple characters.
**
Vash doesn't believe in this, it, claiming that no one is beyond redemption.
redemption. He got this from Rem, who often talked about how anyone can reinvent themselves, because the future is open.
** Wolfwood ''does'' believe in it, and thinks he crossed it long ago.
* MoreDakka: Within five minutes of the first episode, an entire BAR is torn to pieces by a giant and his {{Mook}} army's gunfire. This sets the tone for the entire series.



** A note: singing "Total Slaughter, Total Slaughter, I won't leave a single man alive. Ladi-Ladi-Die, Genocide. Ladi-Ladi-dud, an Ocean of Blood. Let's begin the killing time" didn't work.
** Further note: Kicking a rocket fired from an RPG by the terrified mook, AFTER singing that, into the ceiling DID work.

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** A note: singing "Total Slaughter, Total Slaughter, I won't leave a single man alive. Ladi-Ladi-Die, Genocide. Ladi-Ladi-dud, an Ocean of Blood. Let's begin the killing time" Singing in Ep.19/[=TriMax=] Vol.1 didn't work.
** *** Further note: Kicking a rocket the RPG fired from an RPG by the a terrified mook, AFTER singing that, mook into the ceiling DID ''after'' singing that ''did'' work.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Vash, after he [[spoiler:remembers he killed Legato]]. He even says the phrase verbatim.
* MyGreatestFailure: Although it wasn't Vash's intention or even really his fault, his decimation of the city of July is the heaviest burden on his conscience. It was terrible enough that in the manga, when Hoppered and Meryl were privy to Vash's memory, they were both traumatized.



* NeverFoundTheBody: In the movie [[spoiler:after Vash gets shot by one of Gasback's henchman.]] However, [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt nobody in the audience would believe it]], especially on the basis of ''canon'' and all...

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* NeverFoundTheBody: In the movie [[spoiler:after Vash gets shot by one of Gasback's henchman.]] However, [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt nobody in the audience would believe it]], especially on given how the basis of ''canon'' and all...manga ends.



* NotSoDifferent: In ''Badlands Rumble'', Amelia has a minor HeroicBSOD when she realizes [[spoiler: that her indifference to possibly shooting the plant while chasing revenge against Gasback]] meant that she was just like him.

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* NotSoDifferent: Knives and Legato both try to invoke this on Vash without much success… until Vash [[spoiler:kills Legato; at that point, he (temporarily) feels he no longer has any right to face Knives]].
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In ''Badlands Rumble'', Amelia has a minor HeroicBSOD when she realizes [[spoiler: that [[spoiler:that her indifference to possibly shooting the plant while chasing revenge against Gasback]] meant that she was just like him.



* ObfuscatingStupidity: Practically the definition of the trope. Vash didn't even fire his gun ''once'' until the end of the fifth episode, surviving the previous episodes by making it look like dumb luck. Another early episode had him rocking out on his headphones and going into a bar seemingly ignorant of the current hostage situation, but he carefully and methodically diffused the situation all while seeming harmless.



* OmnicidalManiac: Legato wants to witness and be part of TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt because he feels his existence is meaningless. Actually creepier than Knives, who (at least in the manga) has actual motivations and intends to save his species. The world would be way scarier if Legato was the BigBad, instead of a young creep psychologically dependent on someone stronger than him.

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* OmnicidalManiac: Legato wants to witness and be part of TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt because he feels his existence is meaningless. Actually creepier than Knives, who (at least in the manga) has actual motivations and intends to save his species. species… sort of. The world would be way scarier if Legato was the BigBad, BigBad instead of a young creep psychologically dependent on someone stronger than him.



* OrcusOnHisThrone: Knives. Less than totally ridiculous example since Knives's only deadline is his and his sisters' lives expiring, which he starts moving pretty promptly after he learns about, and his only threat is his brother trying to pose one. Which he likes Vash doing. And which Vash is pretty bad at. This can be explained by his apparent problems with [[VillainousBreakdown clinical depression]].



* PillowPregnancy: In the anime, Milly tries to [[TwoMenOneDress hide a slave-girl who is being chased by having her cling to her belly under her coat]], then pretending she is pregnant and Wolfwood is the dad.

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* PillowPregnancy: In the anime, anime Ep.11, Milly tries to [[TwoMenOneDress hide a slave-girl who is being chased by having her cling to her belly under her coat]], then pretending she is pregnant and Wolfwood is the dad.
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* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler:Vash prevents a ApocalypseHow/ClassX4]] in ''The Lost Plant''.

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* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler:Vash [[spoiler:Vash]] prevents a ApocalypseHow/ClassX4]] ApocalypseHow/ClassX4 in ''The Lost Plant''.



* {{Badass}}: The whole franchise seems to be about pitting badasses against each other and seeing what happens, making badasses even badasser, etc. And Love and Peace, of course.

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* {{Badass}}: The whole franchise series seems to be about pitting badasses against each other and seeing what happens, making badasses even badasser, etc. And Love and Peace, of course.



** Murdering innocents is a good way to get Vash to lose it. So is insulting Rem.



* BewareTheNiceOnes: Vash.



* {{Bifauxnen}}: Though the voice and the name are clear giveaways, some people (i.e. viewers/readers) tend to doubt Milly is a woman when they first see her.



** But then there's [[spoiler:the fact that Vash's hair has turned almost completely black, which means he's used up most of his life and it's unknown how long he has left to live...]]

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** But then there's [[spoiler:the the fact that Vash's [[spoiler:Vash's hair has turned almost completely black, which means he's used up most of his life and it's unknown how long he has left to live...]]



* CasanovaWannabe: Anime Vash.



* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: In the manga, at least – the only seriously recurring women are Meryl and Milly (who are absent for at least half the story and fairly useless most of the time). Also Elendira if you count him as female. The anime balances things out more by having Meryl as a viewpoint character for part or all of several episodes, along with single-story girls like Marianne and Jessica[[labelnote:*]] (she actually sticks around longer in the manga, yet has less of an impact on the plot)[[/labelnote]]. All the actually significant characters are still male though.

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* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: In the manga, at least – the only seriously recurring women are Meryl and Milly (who are absent for at least half the story and fairly useless most of the time). Also Elendira and Zazie 2.0 if you count him them as female. The anime balances things out more by having Meryl as a viewpoint character for part or all of several episodes, along with single-story girls like Marianne and Jessica[[labelnote:*]] (she actually sticks around longer in the manga, yet has less of an impact on the plot)[[/labelnote]]. All the actually significant characters are still male though.



** In the manga, Wolfwood is a chaste ''anti''-hero. Definitely NOT the case in the anime (the "chaste" part).



* ChivalrousPervert: Vash, in the anime. In the manga, he's more of a ChasteHero.



** Later on, particularly in the anime, Wolfwood gets pulled into it as well, much to his chagrin.



* ColdSniper: Some of the Gung-Ho Guns, but Caine the Longshot in the anime is the absolute embodiment of the trope. He has ''no'' lines, a huge sniper rifle, and straight-up suicides when Vash breaks it.

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* ColdSniper: Some of the Gung-Ho Guns, but Caine the Longshot in the anime is the absolute embodiment of the trope. He has ''no'' lines, a huge sniper rifle, and straight-up suicides when Vash breaks it.defeats him.



* CoolMask: Livio.



* CoveredWithScars: Vash, as the girls (and readers/viewers) discover when they walk in on him after a shower. [[spoiler:The audience already knew about the prosthetic arm thanks to the fight with Monev, but Meryl & Milly were a block away and couldn't see it.]] The scars are his price for trying to save everybody all the time. Of course, what some of those metal bits are doing on him is a mystery. [[RuleOfCool What, does he have some pressing medical need to tack his skin to his spleen?]] [[spoiler:Might be subverted due to him being a Plant, but apparently it would use up his energy and turn his hair dark if he bothered to heal wounds like that automatically.]]
* CrapsackWorld: The world is full of gunslingers. Shootouts and property damage seem to be the norm. The planet itself is a desert and the competition for scarce natural resources is definitely bringing out the worst in people. The fear of the Humanoid Typhoon hangs over every town. Death is never far away...
** This is highlighted by people like Knives and Legato.

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* CoveredWithScars: Vash, as the girls (and readers/viewers) discover when they walk in on him after a shower. [[spoiler:The [[note]] The audience already knew about the prosthetic arm thanks to the fight with Monev, but Meryl & Milly were a block away and couldn't see it.]] The scars are his price for trying to save everybody all the time. Of course, what some of those metal bits are doing on him is a mystery. [[RuleOfCool What, does he have some pressing medical need to tack his skin to his spleen?]] [[spoiler:Might Might be subverted due to him being a Plant, but apparently it would use up his energy and turn his hair dark if he bothered to heal wounds like that automatically.]]
[[/note]]
* CrapsackWorld: Gunsmoke is explicitly this, and several characters comment on it. The world is full of gunslingers. Shootouts gunslingers; shootouts and property damage seem to be the norm. The norm; the planet itself is a desert and the competition for scarce natural resources is definitely bringing out the worst in people. The people; the fear of the Humanoid Typhoon hangs over every town. town; Death is never far away...
** This is highlighted by people
away… and then there's genocidal maniacs like Knives and Legato.Legato lurking in the background.
** The {{irony}} of this is that the Project SEEDS crew considered Earth to be one, which is a big reason why they left. Gunsmoke was meant to be terraformed, but Knives slaughtered almost all of the project's leaders.



%%* DarkSkinnedBlond: Manga Zazie. Both of… it.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Meryl.



* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler: Having had those he called friends murdered by Knives and spent the time since as a bounty]], Vash continues to pursue Knives and fulfill his promise to Rem.



* DoesNotLikeMen: Amelia in the ''Badlands Rumble'' movie, to the point of actually developing ''hives'' when touched by "idiot men". Also Meryl[[spoiler:, at least at first]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:

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* DoesNotLikeMen: Amelia in the ''Badlands Rumble'' movie, to the point of actually developing ''hives'' when touched by "idiot men". Also Meryl[[spoiler:, at least at first]].
first.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:



* TheDragon: Legato.



* TheDrifter: Vash.



* EnfantTerrible: Young Knives

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* EnfantTerrible: Young KnivesKnives.
** Zazie in the anime.



* EvilTwin



* EvolvingCredits: Each episode's opening (except for episode 2) shows a couple of scenes from that episode.[[labelnote:*]] The 2000-era North American release by Pioneer uses Ep.1's opening throughout, because it was the only one that had a "clean" version they could put translated credits on.[[/labelnote]] Starting in episode 18, the wanted poster also changes to one warning people that Vash is coming.

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* EvolvingCredits: Each episode's opening (except for episode 2) shows a couple of scenes from that episode.[[labelnote:*]] The 2000-era 2000 North American release by Pioneer uses Ep.1's opening throughout, because it was the only one that had a "clean" version they could put translated credits on.[[/labelnote]] Starting in episode 18, the wanted poster also changes to one warning people that Vash is coming.



** Rem explicitly wanted to see this happen.



* FreudianSlip: In the English dub for the anime, Vash comments about not wanting women to see his scars since they might run away. Meryl has to correct herself after letting "[[ShipTease I wouldn't run away]]" slip.



* GentleGiant: Milly, to an extent, since she's much taller than the average woman.



** The vast majority of antagonist characters are either that or MrFanservice.

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** The vast majority of antagonist characters are either that or this, if they're not MrFanservice.



* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Knives. UsedToBeASweetKid. Vash too, briefly.

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* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Knives. Knives, UsedToBeASweetKid. Vash too, briefly.



** The show also underlines that, even though it may ''seem'' so, [[EvilFeelsGood evil does NOT feel good]]: Legato is suicidal, Knives seems to have a chronic nervous breakdown, {{Villainous Breakdown}}s abound, Wolfwood is terribly conflicted over his questionable actions, etc.

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** The show also underlines that, even though it may ''seem'' so, [[EvilFeelsGood evil does NOT feel good]]: Legato is suicidal, Knives seems to have a chronic nervous breakdown, be quickly going insane (even by his standards), {{Villainous Breakdown}}s abound, Wolfwood is terribly conflicted over his questionable actions, etc.



** All of this can be explained by the AfterTheEnd setting, funnily enough - such as "iles" for miles, and "dallons" for gallons.



** "Danke, danke!"

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** *** "Danke, danke!"



* TheGwenStacy: Rem is Vash's. [[spoiler:Except she's his foster mom, not his girlfriend.]]



* HeroesGoneFishing: Often involves donuts and noodles.
* HeroicBSOD: Once or twice in the anime, repeatedly in the manga.

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* HeroesGoneFishing: Often involves donuts and and/or noodles.
* HeroicBSOD: Once or twice with Vash in the anime, repeatedly anime. Repeatedly in the manga.manga, and not just with him.
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* DarkSkinnedBlond: Manga Zazie. Both of… it.
* DeadpanSnarker: Meryl.

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* %%* DarkSkinnedBlond: Manga Zazie. Both of… it.
* %%* DeadpanSnarker: Meryl.



* {{Determinator}}: Vash

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* {{Determinator}}: Vash[[spoiler: Having had those he called friends murdered by Knives and spent the time since as a bounty]], Vash continues to pursue Knives and fulfill his promise to Rem.
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** Vash snaps if he witnesses mass murders or if he gets [[MindRape mind raped]].



** In the anime, Vash's mere existence seems to be one for both Meryl and Brad.



** The anime front-loaded the series with lighthearted filler before unleashing the plot shortly before the halfway point. This was arguably a good idea, as those early episodes set up the world and characters such that viewers would actually care about them once the situation got worse.

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** The anime front-loaded the series with lighthearted filler before unleashing the plot shortly before the halfway point. This was arguably a good idea, as those early episodes set up the world and characters such that viewers would actually care about them once the situation got worse.



* CrossPoppingVeins: Meryl gets these a couple of times early on – when she learns a towns mayor called in the Nebraska Family to take out Vash, and then again when she encounters Vash on the sand-steamer (she didn't have enough money for a ticket and had to get a job in the galley to keep following him).

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* CrossPoppingVeins: Meryl gets these a couple of times early on – when she learns a towns town's mayor called in the Nebraska Family to take out Vash, and then again when she encounters Vash on the sand-steamer (she didn't have enough money for a ticket and had to get a job in the galley to keep following him).
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On the [[SingleBiomePlanet desert world]] of [[MeaningfulName Gunsmoke/No Man's Land]], two young women -- the tall, [[TheDitz ditzy]] Milly Thompson and the tiny, [[{{Tsundere}} short-tempered]] Meryl Stryfe -- hunt for wandering outlaw and [[HonorBeforeReason absolute pacifist]] "Vash the Stampede." Meryl and Milly work for an insurance company that Vash is bankrupting with [[DestructiveSaviour the property damage credited to his name]], all of it collateral from the ridiculous fights he tends to get into, which have resulted in his nickname of "[[RedBaron The Humanoid Typhoon]]." Why all the fights? Vash has a bounty of $$60,000,000,000 (sixty billion [[GlobalCurrency double-dollars]]) on his head. Every BountyHunter on the planet wants Vash's head in their hands so they can collect the money; Meryl and Milly just want to stop Vash from wrecking the cities into which he wanders.

Wacky hijinks ensue for a few episodes, then [[CerebusSyndrome the mood darkens]]. Lots of people die, in many cases slowly and horribly. Survivors discover new things about themselves. Personal growth takes place. There are hints of romance. [[FromBadToWorse Then the mood gets darker still]]. For the eggheads out there, the series even has a fair amount of analysis of certain aspects of Christian theology, as viewed from a Japanese perspective, that examines the contrast between pacifist ideals and the moral obligation to protect the innocent... Even if it means taking a life.

In 2010, Yasuhiro Nightow started a modest series of new works for the Trigun universe in anticipation for the movie: ''Trigun Badlands Rumble''. First it was a two-chapter story, going by the same name as the movie, drawn by Yasuhiro himself it serves as a preview for the movie. The second was a One-Shot, ''Trigun: Rising'', it is a short tale about Rai-Dei the Blade, one of the original Gung-Ho Guns, drawn by Yuusuke Takeyama. The third, and final, was another One-Shot, entitled ''Trigun: The Lost Plant'', a story set 6 years after the original manga ending; it was drawn by Boichi and later published as an extra for the 12th Volume of his own series, ''Manga/SunKenRock''. A compilation manga titled ''Trigun: Multiple Bullets'', featuring a number of short stories (including the previously mentioned three), was released in 2011.

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On the [[SingleBiomePlanet desert world]] of [[MeaningfulName Gunsmoke/No Man's Land]], Gunsmoke]], two young women -- the tall, [[TheDitz ditzy]] Milly Thompson and the tiny, [[{{Tsundere}} short-tempered]] Meryl Stryfe -- hunt for wandering outlaw and [[HonorBeforeReason absolute pacifist]] "Vash the Stampede." Stampede". Meryl and Milly work for an insurance company that Vash is bankrupting with [[DestructiveSaviour the property damage credited to his name]], all of it collateral from the ridiculous fights he tends to get into, which have resulted in his nickname of "[[RedBaron The Humanoid Typhoon]]." Typhoon]]". Why all the fights? Vash has a bounty of $$60,000,000,000 $$60,000,000,000[[labelnote:*]] (sixty billion [[GlobalCurrency double-dollars]]) on his head. double-dollars]])[[/labelnote]], dead or alive. Every BountyHunter on the planet wants Vash's his head (rest of him optional) in their hands so they can collect the money; Meryl and Milly just want to stop Vash from wrecking the cities into which he wanders.

Wacky hijinks ensue for a few episodes, then [[CerebusSyndrome the mood darkens]]. Lots of people die, in many cases slowly and horribly. Survivors discover new things about themselves. Personal growth takes place. There are hints of romance. [[FromBadToWorse Then the mood gets darker still]]. For the eggheads out there, the series even has a fair amount of analysis of certain aspects of Christian theology, as viewed from a Japanese perspective, that examines the contrast between pacifist ideals and the moral obligation to protect the innocent... Even innocent… even if it means taking a life.

In 2010, Yasuhiro Nightow started a modest series of new works for the Trigun universe in anticipation for of the movie: ''Trigun movie ''Trigun: Badlands Rumble''. First it was a two-chapter story, going by the same name as the movie, drawn by Yasuhiro Nightow himself it serves to serve as a preview for the movie. The second was a One-Shot, ''Trigun: Rising'', it is a short tale about Rai-Dei the Blade, one of the original Gung-Ho Guns, drawn by Yuusuke Takeyama. The third, and final, was another One-Shot, entitled ''Trigun: The Lost Plant'', a story set 6 years after the original manga ending; it was drawn by Boichi and later published as an extra for the 12th Volume of his own series, ''Manga/SunKenRock''. A compilation manga titled ''Trigun: Multiple Bullets'', featuring a number of short stories (including the previously mentioned three), was released in 2011.









* ActionGirl: Dominique the Cyclops, but the same can be said for Meryl and Milly.
* ADayInTheLimelight: In the anime, Meryl and Milly in episode 14 (lampshaded by Vash when he realizes how little screentime he got). The manga experiments with different points of view, including those of VillainEpisode and [[LowerDeckEpisode side characters]].

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* ActionGirl: Dominique the Cyclops, but the same can be said for Meryl and Milly.
Milly. Honestly, pretty much every prominent girl in this series except Jessica counts.
* ADayInTheLimelight: In anime Episode 14 (chapters 10-12 of the anime, manga), the action centers around Meryl and Milly in episode 14 (lampshaded – lampshaded by Vash when once he realizes how little screentime he got). The manga experiments got.
** Several chapters in ''Maximum'' experiment
with different points of view, including those of VillainEpisode [[VillainEpisode villains]] and [[LowerDeckEpisode side characters]].



** Take your pick: [[{{Aesoptinum}} Violence only creates more violence. Non-violence is the key to solving conflicts (maybe).]] Love thine enemy. HeWhoFightsMonsters. [[GreenAesop "Nuclear" power is bad]]. [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre Regardless of what you've done in the past]], "the ticket to the future is always open." Respect differences. ...In other words, [[CatchPhrase LOVE AND PEACE!]]

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** Take your pick: [[{{Aesoptinum}} Violence only creates more violence. Non-violence is the key to solving conflicts (maybe).]] (maybe)]]. Love thine enemy. HeWhoFightsMonsters. [[GreenAesop "Nuclear" power is bad]]. [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre Regardless of what you've done in the past]], "the ticket to the future is always open.blank." Respect differences. ...In other words, [[CatchPhrase LOVE AND PEACE!]]



* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: ''Trigun The Lost Plant'', introduces Verona Tsubasa, a woman following Vash around on search for the titular lost plant; [[spoiler: the setting is placed six years later the original manga ending, Verona is the real focus of the story, Vash is just kind of there, and no other characters make a return, in fact, they are not even mentioned]].
* AerithAndBob: The whole world is a mess of Midvalleys and Brads. With names like Vash the Stampede, Legato Bluesummers, and Millions Knives, names like Meryl Strife and Milly Thompson don't exactly seem to fit. And Nicholas D. Wolfwood manages to straddle the line with a perfectly normal AwesomeMcCoolName. At least, until you find out what "D" is short for - Dokonokuminomonjawaresumakinishiteshizumetarokakora[[note]]It has two meanings - roughtly, "[[MeaningfulName Chain smoking]]" or an incredibly specific threat used by Yakuza involving sashimi knives, tatami mats, and a river.[[/note]]
* AfterTheEnd: Just living on Gunsmoke, the planet, in the first place. The fact that they wound up there after an attempt to escape a ruined Earth went wrong. And then in the manga Armageddon-via-Knives kinda comes and goes and the story carries on.

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* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: ''Trigun The Lost Plant'', Plant'' introduces Verona Tsubasa, a woman following Vash around on search for the titular lost plant; [[spoiler: the plant. [[spoiler:The setting is placed six years later the original manga ending, Verona is the real focus of the story, Vash is just kind of there, and no other characters make a return, in fact, they are not even mentioned]].
* AerithAndBob: The whole world is a mess of Midvalleys and Brads. With names like Vash the Stampede, Legato Bluesummers, and Millions Knives, names like Meryl Strife and Milly Thompson don't exactly seem to fit. And Nicholas D. Wolfwood manages to straddle the line with a perfectly normal AwesomeMcCoolName. At least, until you find out what "D" is short for - Dokonokuminomonjawaresumakinishiteshizumetarokakora[[note]]It Dokonokuminomonjawaresumakinishiteshizumetarokakora. [[note]] It has two meanings - roughtly, roughly, "[[MeaningfulName Chain smoking]]" or an incredibly specific threat used by Yakuza involving sashimi knives, tatami mats, and a river.[[/note]]
* AfterTheEnd: Just living on Gunsmoke, the planet, Gunsmoke in the first place. The fact that they wound up there after an attempt to escape a ruined Earth went wrong. And then in the manga Armageddon-via-Knives kinda comes and goes and the story carries on.



* AllLoveIsUnrequited: The anime has [[spoiler: Meryl's growing love for Vash]], but both adaptations can have this with Rem.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer

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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: The anime has [[spoiler: Meryl's [[spoiler:Meryl's growing love for Vash]], but both adaptations versions can have this with Rem.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer
Rem.



* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Knives is an Aryan on steroids who rants about being a "superior breed"; Legato has his own particular brand of [[NietzscheWannabe Nietzschean philosophy]]; genocides involving high technologies.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: Manga ending falls somewhere between here and HereWeGoAgain. [[spoiler: Since the Knives situation has been resolved, Vash is free to enjoy his wandering life more, but the gag of Meryl and Milly becoming [[{{Paparazzi}} TV reporters hired to chase him around]] is kinda out there, and worse than insurance by a long way.]]
* AnimationBump: For ''[[TheMovie Badlands Rumble]]''
* AntiHero: Wolfwood, and later [[spoiler: Livio.]]
* AnyoneCanDie

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* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Knives is an Aryan on steroids who rants about being a "superior breed"; breed". Legato has his own particular brand of [[NietzscheWannabe Nietzschean philosophy]]; philosophy]]: genocides involving high technologies.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: Manga ending falls somewhere between here and HereWeGoAgain. [[spoiler: Since [[spoiler:Since the Knives situation has been resolved, Vash is free to enjoy his wandering life more, but the gag of Meryl and Milly becoming [[{{Paparazzi}} TV reporters hired to chase him around]] is kinda out there, and worse than insurance by a long way.]]
* AnimationBump: For ''[[TheMovie Badlands Rumble]]''
Rumble]]''.
* AntiHero: Wolfwood, and later [[spoiler: Livio.]]
* AnyoneCanDie
[[spoiler:Livio.]]



* ArtEvolution: There's a noticeable change in the drawings, among the lines of:"Damn, the art is weird, I liked the anime better, to, damn, this looks pretty detailed" Not that it's too impresive, like, say, Berserk but compared to the beginning, it looks better, and more dynamic.
* AreWeThereYet: Towards the start of episode 15.
* AssholeVictim: Steve in the flashback episode
* TheAtoner: Vash and Wolfwood; [[spoiler: Vash is atoning for the incident in July, Wolfwood is atoning for becoming a mercenary.]] In the manga, [[spoiler: Livio]] steps into Wolfwood's shoes after [[spoiler: killing him,]] which is one of many, many things he sets out to atone for.
* AuthorAppeal: All the elaborate cowboy-like outfits and uniforms with all sorts of useless straps and buttons, huge collars etc. Also present in Nightow's other work, ''{{Gungrave}}''. [[http://www.animefringe.com/magazine/02.10/feature/4/1.jpg See for yourself]]. Also, [[CoolGuns guns]]

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* ArtEvolution: There's a noticeable change in Nightow's style changed over the drawings, among dozen years he drew ''Trigun''. It started out along the lines of:"Damn, the of "Damn this art is weird, I liked like the anime better, to, damn, better", to "Damn this looks pretty detailed" Not that it's too impresive, like, say, Berserk but compared to the beginning, it looks better, and is detailed." His panel layouts also get much more dynamic.
dynamic. And of course the costumes get even more out there.
* AreWeThereYet: Towards At the start beginning of episode 15.
Episode 15, Vash asks this because he's forced to literally carry the Insurance Girls to the next town.
* AssholeVictim: Steve in the flashback episode
Episode 17 (the flashback). Pretty much any random townspeople who harass Vash only to fall victim to a BiggerBad later.
* TheAtoner: Vash and Wolfwood; [[spoiler: Vash is atoning for [[spoiler:destroying July City, then later for the incident in July, Wolfwood Fifth Moon Incident, and then later still (in the anime) for killing Legato]], plus all the people he's failed to save. Wolfwood, meanwhile, is atoning for becoming [[spoiler:becoming a mercenary.]] mercenary]]. In the manga, [[spoiler: Livio]] [[spoiler:Livio]] steps into Wolfwood's shoes after [[spoiler: killing him,]] [[spoiler:killing him]], which is one of many, many ''many'' things he sets out to atone for.
* AuthorAppeal: All the elaborate cowboy-like outfits and uniforms with all sorts of useless straps and buttons, huge collars collars, etc. Also present in Nightow's other work, ''{{Gungrave}}''.''Anime/{{Gungrave}}''. [[http://www.animefringe.com/magazine/02.10/feature/4/1.jpg See for yourself]]. Also, [[CoolGuns guns]]guns]].



** Vash's coat is basically an elaborate red duster, which was inspired by the dusters worn by gunslingers in Westerns. Vash has probably one of the most extreme examples of this trope. In the show's opening and at other times, Vash's coat is shown billowing in the wind looking considerably longer than usual. But then, the RuleOfCool applies here, I guess.[[note]]Also keep in mind that, in Japan, red is the traditional color of the hero. It's explained that Red Geraniums (Rem's favorite) mean "determination".[[/note]]

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** Vash's coat is basically an elaborate red duster, which was inspired by the dusters worn by gunslingers in Westerns. Vash has probably one of the most extreme examples of this trope. In the show's opening and at other times, Vash's coat is shown billowing in the wind looking considerably longer than usual. But then, the RuleOfCool applies here, I guess.[[note]]Also [[note]] Also keep in mind that, in Japan, red is the traditional color of the hero. It's explained that Red Geraniums (Rem's favorite) mean "determination".[[/note]]



* BadassTransplant: Anime Only - [[spoiler:Legato's]] MindManipulation ability is because he has [[spoiler:Vash's arm]]. In the manga, he just sorta has psychic powers because psychic powers.

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* BadassTransplant: Anime Only - [[spoiler:Legato's]] MindManipulation ability is because he has [[spoiler:Vash's arm]].arm grafted onto him]]. In the manga, he just sorta has psychic powers because psychic powers.



* BarbieDollAnatomy: The female plants lack nipples in the original manga, more or less. [[labelnote:Explanation]] While Nightow style is not very good for fanservice, the plants DO have nipples, at least, the shape, when seeing one from 3/4 view, also, completely averted in the sequel,"The Lost Plant". [[/labelnote]]

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* BarbieDollAnatomy: The female plants lack nipples in the original manga, more or less. [[labelnote:Explanation]] While Nightow Nightow's style is not very good for fanservice, the plants DO have nipples, at least, the shape, when seeing one from 3/4 view, also, completely averted in the sequel,"The sequel "The Lost Plant". Plant".[[/labelnote]]



* BerserkButton:
** Vash snaps if he witnesses mass murders or if he gets [[MindRape mind raped]]; Knives snaps even harder than usual if Vash contradicts him; and Vash must be Meryl and Brad's BerserkButton...

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* BerserkButton:
BerserkButton: Many characters have at least one.
** Vash snaps if he witnesses mass murders or if he gets [[MindRape mind raped]]; raped]].
**
Knives snaps even harder than usual if Vash contradicts him; and Vash must be Meryl and Brad's BerserkButton...him.



* BerserkerTears: Vash, various times. After he snaps and almost kills Monev the Gale while in an UnstoppableRage, and while Legato is forcing him to kill him which then causes a HeroicBSOD.

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** In the anime, Vash's mere existence seems to be one for both Meryl and Brad.
* BerserkerTears: Vash, various several times. After he Particularly in the anime, such as when [[spoiler:he snaps and almost kills Monev the Gale while in an UnstoppableRage, and while Legato is forcing him after Monev slaughters several hundred people]], or near the end when [[spoiler:Legato forces Vash to kill him which then causes shoot him, leading to a HeroicBSOD.HeroicBSOD]].



* {{BFG}}:

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* {{BFG}}: This series is '''''known''''' for this.



** Or at least they would be, until Caine the Longshot's '''hundred foot long sniper rifle''' is taken into consideration.

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** Or at least they would be, until anime-only baddie Caine the Longshot's '''hundred foot long sniper rifle''' is taken into consideration.



** Milly carries a non-lethal Gatling-type gun that fires giant X-shaped slugs approximately 4' from one end to the other, and can hit with enough impact to topple an armored car. She can easily hide it under her coat and has no trouble lifting it.

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** Milly carries a non-lethal Gatling-type gun that fires giant X-shaped slugs approximately 4' from one end to the other, and can hit with enough impact to topple an armored car. She can easily hide it under her coat and has no trouble lifting it.it with one hand.



* BigBad: Knives.
* BigNo: "NOOOO, don't kill them!! BIGGER NOOOOOOO!!!" Vash screams a lot whenever rendered impotent in a life-or-death situation. Also weeps. Man has no dignity to speak of.
* {{Bishonen}}: Can be used to describe Legato and Wolfwood, but probably not the first word you think of. Vash too, however, he loses bishi points when he has [[BarbarianLongHair long hair]] and [[BeardOfSorrow beard]] and even more, when [[RatedMForManly drawn]] [[TallDarkAndHandsome by]] [[Manga/SunKenRock Boichi]]

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* BigBad: Knives.
Legato.
* BiggerBad: Knives (to whom Legato is TheDragon).
* BigNo: "NOOOO, don't kill them!! BIGGER NOOOOOOO!!!" Vash screams a lot whenever rendered impotent in a life-or-death situation. Also weeps. Man has no dignity to speak of.
* {{Bishonen}}: Can be used to describe Legato and Wolfwood, but probably not the first word you think of. Vash too, however, but he loses bishi bishie points when he has [[BarbarianLongHair long hair]] and [[BeardOfSorrow beard]] and even more, more when [[RatedMForManly drawn]] [[TallDarkAndHandsome by]] [[Manga/SunKenRock Boichi]]Boichi]].



** To clarify, [[spoiler: Vash puts an end to Knives' plans once and for all without killing him and the world is safe, but Wolfwood is dead, the planet is still plagued by outlaws and bounty hunters, Vash is still a wanted man, and the story ends with him [[TheAdventureContinues running off into the desert]]. What makes it really sweet is that [[InHarmsWay Vash is actually happy about things going back to the way they were]] and laughs joyfully as he's being chased by Meryl and Milly, who have been hired as news reporters to follow and interview him, and pretty much the whole world. We even get a few panels of all the friends he's made smiling when they see him on television. Before all that, Knives ultimately pulls a HeelFaceTurn, and entrusts two humans, a father and son, with Vash's life before dying in their backyard and [[BizarreAlienBiology becoming a tree]]]]. From an alternative standpoint, Vash's happy ending is that the world is safe from [[KnightOfCerebus the threat of his brother Knives and the Gung-Ho Guns]], and he gets to continue having wacky SpaceWestern adventures. [[EarnYourHappyEnding it's actually very upbeat]].

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** To clarify, [[spoiler: Vash [[spoiler:Vash puts an end to Knives' Knives's plans once and for all without killing him and the world is safe, but safe. But Wolfwood is dead, the planet is still plagued by outlaws and bounty hunters, Vash is still a wanted man, and the story ends with him [[TheAdventureContinues running off into the desert]]. What makes it really sweet is that [[InHarmsWay Vash is actually happy about things going back to the way they were]] and laughs joyfully as he's being chased by Meryl and Milly, who have been hired as news reporters to follow and interview him, and pretty much the whole world. We even get a few panels of all the friends he's made smiling when they see him on television. Before all that, Knives ultimately pulls a HeelFaceTurn, and entrusts two humans, a father and son, with Vash's life before dying in their backyard and [[BizarreAlienBiology becoming a tree]]]]. tree]].]] From an alternative standpoint, Vash's happy ending is that the [[spoiler:the world is safe from [[KnightOfCerebus the threat of his brother Knives and the Gung-Ho Guns]], and he gets to continue having wacky SpaceWestern adventures. adventures]]. [[EarnYourHappyEnding it's actually It's arguably very upbeat]].upbeat.]]



** Vash is [[spoiler: still alive and his hair is still pitch-black]] in the one-shot sequel manga, ''Trigun: The Last Plant'', which takes place six years after ''Trigun Maximum''.
* BizarreSexualDimorphism: The plants in the manga seem to have this until [[spoiler: Domina and Chronica turn up from earth]]. In the anime we never get a good look at the girl plants. The flashback episode made it look like the infants had turned up in an airlock, implying they were extremely hardy aliens. However, the manga established them as a special subrace back in volume 7 when we had the flashback to the [[spoiler: Tessla research documentation]]. She was a girl like them.
* BloodlessCarnage: Played with; since Vash mostly aims for non-fatal shots, none of the damage he causes is really bloody. However, the manga strongly averts this and even goes to the extreme at times, and Legato in the anime does what he can to averts this. Though, on that note of the anime, the blood is [[ABloodyMess usually Tomato juice or wine.]] [[FateWorseThanDeath ...Usually.]]

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** Vash is [[spoiler: still [[spoiler:still alive and his hair is still pitch-black]] in the one-shot sequel manga, ''Trigun: The Last Plant'', which takes place six years after ''Trigun Maximum''.
* BizarreSexualDimorphism: The plants Plants appear to be this in the anime. However, very late in the manga seem to have this until [[spoiler: Domina is turned on its head when [[spoiler:Domina and Chronica turn up from earth]]. In the anime we never get Earth]]… although a good look at the girl plants. The flashback episode made it look earlier showed documentation on [[spoiler:Tessla, a female independent Plant just like the infants had turned up in an airlock, implying they were extremely hardy aliens. However, the manga established them as a special subrace back in volume 7 when we had the flashback Vash & Knives, who died from being subjected to the [[spoiler: Tessla research documentation]]. She was a girl like them.
too many experiments]].
* BloodlessCarnage: Played with; since with. Since Vash mostly aims for non-fatal shots, none of the damage he causes is really bloody. However, the manga strongly averts this and even goes to the extreme at times, and Legato in the anime does what he can to averts avert this. Though, on that note of the anime, the blood is [[ABloodyMess usually Tomato juice or wine.]] [[FateWorseThanDeath ...Usually.]]wine]]. [[FateWorseThanDeath …Usually]].



* BoomerangBigot: Done seriously with [[TheDragon Legato]]. He was at least born human [[spoiler:(prior to getting a ton of modifications)]], but is an OmnicidalManiac who wants to [[spoiler:kill all humans and anxiously awaits the day when his own boss will kill him.]] He could very well have been modded in childhood by the [[spoiler:people he hated so much at the place where they were keeping him. At any rate they paid him more careful attention than your average boy whore, worked out he was planning to kill them all, and the simplest explanation for how they were able to use the method they did for killing him is that they developed the cancellation technology from the coin-box, and were using it. Given Legato couldn't stop his death-by-rape but after the building got sliced up a bit could brain-hack ''Knives'' enough to stay alive.]]
* BodyHorror: Vash's body is ''interesting''; involves a generous helping of TransformationTrauma. After he finally starts to learn how to use this (traumatically), the first time his [[spoiler: angel arm instinctively puts up some 'feathers' to catch a bullet he gets ''stoned''.]] And Meryl 'I Wouldn't Run Away' Stryfe breaks down screaming and hiding from him because that first time traumatized her, too.

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* BoomerangBigot: Done seriously with [[TheDragon Legato]]. He was at least born human [[spoiler:(prior to getting a ton of modifications)]], but is an OmnicidalManiac who wants to [[spoiler:kill kill all humans and anxiously awaits the day when his own boss will kill him.]] him. He could very well have been modded in childhood by the [[spoiler:people he hated so much at the place where they were keeping him. At any rate they paid him more careful attention than your average boy whore, worked out he was planning to kill them all, and the simplest explanation for how they were able to use the method they did for killing him is that they developed the cancellation technology from the coin-box, and were using it. Given Legato couldn't stop his death-by-rape but after the building got sliced up a bit could brain-hack ''Knives'' enough to stay alive.]]
* BodyHorror: Vash's body is ''interesting''; involves ''interesting''. Involves a generous helping of TransformationTrauma. After he finally starts to learn how to use this (traumatically), the first time his [[spoiler: angel arm [[spoiler:Angel Arm instinctively puts up some 'feathers' "feathers" to catch a bullet he gets ''stoned''.''stoned'' by the locals.]] And Meryl 'I "I Wouldn't Run Away' Away" Stryfe breaks down screaming and hiding from him because that first time traumatized her, too.



** "Eternal sufferings to Vash the Stampede!" yells Legato.
** Also Knives and Vash in the manga back story. Poor, sweet little [[BigBad Knives]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In the episode Little Arcadia, Vash breaks the fourth wall and says, "Hey, is that all the time I get?" It is also fairly obvious that he does it again a couple times in the series.
* BringMyRedJacket: Arguably the reason for the color of Vash's trademark coat. Debatable: In the anime at least, Vash inner-monologues about Rem and her love of red flowers while the camera pans over his coat.

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** "Eternal sufferings to Vash the Stampede!" yells Legato.
Legato, regarding Vash: "I will make sure he suffers eternal torment."
** Also Knives and Vash in the manga back story.backstory. Poor, sweet little [[BigBad Knives]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In the episode Little Arcadia, "Little Arcadia", Vash breaks the fourth wall and says, "Hey, is that all the time I get?" It is also fairly obvious that he does it again a couple times in the series.
* BringMyRedJacket: Arguably the reason for the color of Vash's trademark coat. Debatable: coat.
**
In the anime at least, Vash inner-monologues about Rem and her love of red flowers while the camera pans over his coat.



** Vash, in the manga after he reflexively puts up an angel wing to stop a bullet. The townspeople begin stoning him, which - since Vash is also TheFettered - makes the situation especially difficult for him, so he resorts to being a StepfordSmiler to deal with it. Happens also in the anime, when the townsfolk in the town he's recovering in find out who he is and proceed to tie him to the back of a pickup truck and drive around with him dangling behind.
** A strong interpretation of Legato's manga-only backstory is that the [[spoiler: inhibitor device from the finale]] was invented as part of a research project that invented ''him''. Which would mean the people responsible for the collar and the rape and all that he was plotting to kill gave him PeoplePuppets powers ''and then treated him like that.'' Ultimately Knives killed them before Legato could, but they were pretty much TooDumbToLive.

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** Vash, in the manga after he reflexively puts up an angel Angel wing feather to stop a bullet. The townspeople begin stoning him, which - since Vash is also TheFettered - makes the situation especially difficult for him, so he resorts to being a StepfordSmiler to deal with it. Happens also in the anime, anime Episode 25, when the townsfolk in the town he's recovering in find out who he is and proceed to tie him to the back of a pickup truck and drive around with him dangling behind.
''keelhaul'' him.
** A strong interpretation of Legato's manga-only backstory is that the [[spoiler: inhibitor [[spoiler:inhibitor device from the finale]] was invented as part of a research project that invented ''him''. Which would mean the people responsible for the collar and the rape and all that he was plotting to kill gave him PeoplePuppets powers ''and then treated him like that.'' that''. Ultimately Knives killed them before Legato could, but they were pretty much TooDumbToLive.



* CaptainObvious: Vash to Knives at least once in the manga. [[spoiler: Vash tells him that his true fight should be with himself, meaning his priority should be learning to control his destructive urges. Knives misunderstands this and answers "Yes, the pain I feel is horrible. Thanks for enlightening me to the situation."]]
* CarnivalOfKillers

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* CaptainObvious: Vash to Knives at least once in the manga. [[spoiler: Vash [[spoiler:Vash tells him that his true fight should be with himself, meaning his priority should be learning to control his destructive urges. Knives misunderstands this and answers "Yes, the pain I feel is horrible. Thanks for enlightening me to the situation."]]
* CarnivalOfKillersCarnivalOfKillers: The Gung-ho Guns.



* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: In the manga, at least; the only seriously recurring women are Meryl and Milly, who are absent for at least half the story and fairly useless most of the time, and eventually Elendira. In the anime it's only slightly, as there are Meryl as viewpoint character and Milly as her stalwart companion, and regular appearances by women like Mary-Anne, Elizabeth, and Jessica. All the actually significant characters are still male, though.

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** Later on in the manga we learn [[spoiler:Knives's Angel-scythe]] is the same way.
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: In the manga, at least; least – the only seriously recurring women are Meryl and Milly, who Milly (who are absent for at least half the story and fairly useless most of the time, and eventually Elendira. In the time). Also Elendira if you count him as female. The anime it's only slightly, as there are balances things out more by having Meryl as a viewpoint character and Milly as her stalwart companion, and regular appearances by women for part or all of several episodes, along with single-story girls like Mary-Anne, Elizabeth, Marianne and Jessica. Jessica[[labelnote:*]] (she actually sticks around longer in the manga, yet has less of an impact on the plot)[[/labelnote]]. All the actually significant characters are still male, male though.



* CerebusSyndrome:
** The manga, at least, had "moved from shounen to seinen magazine partway through" to blame for Nightow holding back and then cutting loose.
** The anime just held the plot until halfway through, till they'd established the world and its people. This was probably a good idea. It would be hard to care half so much for what happens once the bad times start if one didn't already have a connection to the people involved.

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* CerebusSyndrome:
CerebusSyndrome: Happened in both versions, for slightly different reasons.
** The manga, manga at least, least had "moved from shounen shonen magazine to seinen magazine partway through" to blame for Nightow holding back and then cutting loose.
** The anime just held front-loaded the series with lighthearted filler before unleashing the plot until shortly before the halfway through, till they'd established point. This was arguably a good idea, as those early episodes set up the world and its people. This was probably a good idea. It characters such that viewers would be hard to actually care half so much for what happens about them once the bad times start if one didn't already have a connection to the people involved.situation got worse.



* CharacterExaggeration: Manga Vash may do just anything he can to be silly, he doesn't harass ladies 'for the lulz'. Anime Vash becomes a CasanovaWannabe.
* ChargeIntoCombatCut: In the opening scene of the first episode, after an armed gang demolishes a bar that Vash was drinking in, he slowly stands up after finishing drink, adjusts his glasses and points his gun at the gang... cue a cut to another town, in which the insurance adjusters on Van's trail are introduced. A flashback later in the same episodes reveals that [[spoiler:Vash had forgotten to load his gun and been forced to run for cover.]]
* ChasteHero: Vash, possibly due to Yasuhiro Nightow's Christian overtones. Apparently, he's a Roman Catholic.
* TheChessmaster: Knives. Steps up his game after the Last Run disaster reveals that [[spoiler: he's actually mortal and just can't play around forever.]]

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* CharacterExaggeration: Manga In the manga, Vash may was only a skirt-chaser in the pilot chapter and ''very'' early in the series proper; while he might do just about anything he can to be silly, he doesn't wouldn't harass ladies 'for for kicks. In the lulz'. Anime anime, Vash becomes a CasanovaWannabe.
* ChargeIntoCombatCut: In Happens at least twice in the anime.
** The
opening scene sequence of the first episode, after episode. After an armed gang demolishes a bar that Vash was drinking in, he slowly stands up after finishing his drink, adjusts his glasses and points his gun at the gang... cue a gang… and cut to another town, in which a completely different bar where we are introduced to the insurance adjusters on Van's trail are introduced. Insurance Girls. A flashback later in the same episodes episode reveals that [[spoiler:Vash had forgotten to load his gun and been forced had to run for cover.]]
** Episode 18 (''[=TriMax=]'' Ch.1) has Wolfwood and Vash approach a disused building filled with dozens of heavily-armed bandits, pull out their guns and… cut to Lina giving Vash a haircut. This time we don't get to see what happened, just the aftermath (the building was literally ''cracked in half'')
* ChasteHero: Vash, possibly due Vash. Although given what he is, is it even ''possible'' for him to Yasuhiro Nightow's Christian overtones. Apparently, he's a Roman Catholic.
be otherwise?
* TheChessmaster: Knives. Steps In the manga, he steps up his game after the Last Run disaster reveals revealed to him that [[spoiler: he's [[spoiler:he's actually mortal and just can't just play around forever.]]



* ChurchMilitant: Nicholas in general. Chapel the Evergreen in the anime. [[spoiler: Nicholas, Chapel and Livio as part of the Eye of Michael in the Manga.]]
* ChekhovsGun: Anime only. Wolfwood's Cross after [[spoiler:Vash takes it]]. It saves his life in his fight [[spoiler:with Knives.]]
* ClipShow: Episode 13 of the anime showcases some of Vash's silliest (and most awesome) moments, up to the fight with the Nebraskas and Monev.

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* ChurchMilitant: Nicholas in general. Chapel the Evergreen in the anime. [[spoiler: Nicholas, Chapel [[spoiler:Nicholas, Chapel, and Livio as part of the Eye of Michael in the Manga.]]
* ChekhovsGun: Anime only. Wolfwood's Cross Punisher after [[spoiler:Vash takes it]]. It saves his life in his fight [[spoiler:with Knives.]]
* ClipShow: The majority of anime Episode 13 of the anime showcases some of Vash's silliest (and most awesome) moments, up to the fight with the Nebraskas and Monev.



* ColdSniper: Some of the Gung-Ho Guns, but Caine the Longshot in the anime is the absolute embodiment of the trope. He has ''no'' lines, a huge sniper rifle, and straight-up suicides when Vash breaks it [[spoiler: though at least in the anime, this may have been Legato's doing rather than purely his own choice.]]

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* ColdSniper: Some of the Gung-Ho Guns, but Caine the Longshot in the anime is the absolute embodiment of the trope. He has ''no'' lines, a huge sniper rifle, and straight-up suicides when Vash breaks it [[spoiler: though at least in the anime, this may have been Legato's doing rather than purely his own choice.]]it.



** In volume seven Knives attempts to... [[{{Squick}} fuse with]] [[spoiler:Vash and let him survive as part of Knives when he accepts that his brother is never going to come around. Only, as Legato has already noticed, Vash has more raw power at his disposal, and almost overwhelms him]]. Knives does not like this. He then fuses with every other plant on the planet and becomes [[spoiler:the controlling consciousness of a [[BodyHorror vast collective entity that sprawls across the sky with a thousand wings]]]].

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** In volume seven manga Volume 7, Knives attempts to... [[{{Squick}} fuse with]] [[spoiler:Vash and let him survive as part of Knives when he accepts that his brother is never going to come around. Only, as Legato has already noticed, Vash has more raw power at his disposal, and almost overwhelms him]]. Knives does not like this. He then fuses with every other plant on the planet and becomes [[spoiler:the controlling consciousness of a [[BodyHorror vast collective entity that sprawls across the sky with a thousand wings]]]].wings]].]]



* ContemplateOurNavels: Knives; Legato; Livio to a large extent; most of the Gung-Ho Guns. Vash mostly escapes this trend through [[StepfordSmiler frantic goofball action]], though he has understandable moments of this too.
* CoolBike: Wolfwood, [[ICallItVera Angelina II]].

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* ContemplateOurNavels: Knives; Legato; Knives. Legato. Livio to a large extent; most extent. Most of the Gung-Ho Guns. Vash mostly escapes this trend through [[StepfordSmiler frantic goofball action]], though he has understandable moments of this too.
* CoolBike: Wolfwood, Wolfwood's [[ICallItVera Angelina II]].



* CoolShades:
** Vash, Wolfwood, and Knives in a few manga artworks.
** Yasuhiro Nightow is fond of giving his gunslingers glasses, especially in his designs for ''{{Gungrave}}'' characters (Brandon Heat, Bear Walken, Blood War).

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* CoolShades:
**
CoolShades: Vash, Wolfwood, and Knives in a few manga artworks.
** Yasuhiro Nightow is fond of giving his gunslingers glasses, especially in his designs for ''{{Gungrave}}'' ''Anime/{{Gungrave}}'' characters (Brandon Heat, Bear Walken, Blood War).



* CouldntFindALighter: At a shooting competition, one contestant can be seen lighting his cigarette with a submachine gun.
* CountingBullets
* CoveredWithScars: Vash. The girls walk in on him after a shower. [[spoiler: The prosthetic arm the audience knew about, after Monev, but the girls didn't have the angle.]] The scars are what he pays for trying to save everybody all the time. Of course, what some of those metal bits are doing on him is a deep mystery. [[RuleOfCool What, does he have some pressing medical need to tack his skin to his spleen?]] [[spoiler: Might be subverted due to him being a Plant, but apparently it would use up his energy and turn his hair dark if he bothered to heal wounds like that automatically.]]

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* CouldntFindALighter: At a shooting competition, competition (anime Ep.10), one contestant can be seen lighting his cigarette cigar with a submachine gun.
gun. Wolfwood shooting the gun out of the guy's hands and ''then'' shooting the cigar to re-light it is one of the funnier gags in the episode.
* CountingBullets
CountingBullets: Vash does this in Episode 5 (Chapter 1) when he subdues the bounty hunters.
* CoveredWithScars: Vash. The Vash, as the girls (and readers/viewers) discover when they walk in on him after a shower. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The audience already knew about the prosthetic arm thanks to the audience knew about, after fight with Monev, but the girls didn't have the angle.Meryl & Milly were a block away and couldn't see it.]] The scars are what he pays his price for trying to save everybody all the time. Of course, what some of those metal bits are doing on him is a deep mystery. [[RuleOfCool What, does he have some pressing medical need to tack his skin to his spleen?]] [[spoiler: Might [[spoiler:Might be subverted due to him being a Plant, but apparently it would use up his energy and turn his hair dark if he bothered to heal wounds like that automatically.]]



** Given Wolfwood's cross is [[spoiler: the weapon given to him in his role as a member of the Eye of Michael]], crosses are basically a villain calling card in the manga.
* CrossPoppingVeins
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Vash is the definitive example, especially when he's played by JohnnyYongBosch. He ''seems'' like a simple gangly fellow with a penchant for donuts and beer... until you piss him off. There's a very good reason why he has a $$60 billion bounty... [[spoiler: if it weren't for the bounty being due to not only an incident he never meant to commit, but also the whole "tripping over your own feet to catch him" for the hunters after him, and the fact he, by coincidence, always ends up in a situation where he's either well-known or something bad is happening (take the Badlanders highjacking a ship for money, which he was on before hand as a passenger, or the fact he ended up in a town with a broken Plant that needed money to fix it, which lead into two notorious criminals being sent to catch him as the town couldn't).]]

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** Given Wolfwood's cross is [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the weapon given to him in his role as a member of the Eye of Michael]], crosses are basically a villain calling card in the manga.
* CrossPoppingVeins
CrossPoppingVeins: Meryl gets these a couple of times early on – when she learns a towns mayor called in the Nebraska Family to take out Vash, and then again when she encounters Vash on the sand-steamer (she didn't have enough money for a ticket and had to get a job in the galley to keep following him).
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Vash is the definitive example, especially when he's played by JohnnyYongBosch. example. He ''seems'' like a simple gangly fellow with a penchant for donuts and beer... beer… until you piss him off. There's a very good reason why he has a $$60 billion bounty... [[spoiler: if it weren't for bounty… although the bounty being due majority of damages attributed to not only an incident he never meant to commit, but also him are actually the whole "tripping over your own feet to catch him" for fault of all the hunters after people chasing him, and the fact he, by coincidence, always ends up in a situation where he's either well-known or something bad is happening (take the Badlanders highjacking a ship for money, which he was on before hand as a passenger, or the fact he ended up in a town with a broken Plant that needed money to fix it, which lead into two notorious criminals being sent to catch him as the town couldn't).]]very worst atrocities (Lost July, Fifth Moon) were completely out of his control.



* DarkerAndEdgier: Again, once Legato shows up, everything goes to hell. [[spoiler: To highlight it, we go from a rather cheery manga about a gunslinger wanted by the world, to having a shoe maker's '''head''' in a paper bag.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Several of the characters, if you don't count almost every Gung-Ho-Gun.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Manga Zazie. Both of...it.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Again, once Legato shows up, everything goes to hell. [[spoiler: To [[spoiler:To highlight it, we go from a rather cheery manga about a gunslinger wanted by the world, to having a shoe maker's cobbler's '''head''' in a paper bag.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Several Just about every major character except Milly. This includes the majority of the characters, if you don't count almost every Gung-Ho-Gun.
Gung-ho Guns.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Manga Zazie. Both of...of… it.



* DesertPunk

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* DesertPunkDesertPunk: The series' aesthetic is this combined with a classic Western.



** As it is set in a CrapsackWorld heavy on RuleOfDrama and one of its major questions is whether idealism has any real meaning...so many characters, all the time. Especially in backstories, but the 'eternal suffering to Vash the Stampede' gives us a couple heroic ones in the main timeline. Meryl and Milly are actually ''notable'' for never falling to this point, in either version. (In fact, the odds of things ''not'' going completely to shit increase significantly in their presence. Too bad the guys never notice.)
** Especially notable is the one [[spoiler:Vash and Knives had when they were a year old.]] Their reactions were actually relatively similar, but because [[spoiler:Vash didn't pass out from the starvation]], things worked through and he got better, while [[spoiler:Knives pretended to have forgotten]] and then...[[KillEmAll killed everyone]]. At least he felt kinda bad about how many plants were included in 'everyone' later.
* DespairGambit: Knives' main plan with regard to Vash. In the anime, this ultimately pushes him into a HeroicBSOD.
* DestructiveSaviour: Vash is called the "Humanoid Typhoon" for a reason, and while he doesn't ''like'' people's homes being wrecked, the only CollateralDamage that's ''really'' important to him is human life. He's willing to die for you, but not for your car. The dark side of this, as it were, comes up in the anime: [[spoiler: apparently his wish to not kill anyone affected the Angel Arm enough when Knives set it off in July that he managed to wreck an entire city without directly killing ''anybody''.]] But now they were a city full of refugees in the middle of a desert...
* DeterminedExpression: Vash looks like this whenever he drops his facade of idiocy and decides to get serious. Only to be expected from a man whose byword is determination.

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** As it is set in a CrapsackWorld heavy on RuleOfDrama and one of its major questions is whether idealism has any real meaning...meaning, so many characters, all the time. Especially in backstories, but the 'eternal suffering to Vash the Stampede' gives us a couple heroic ones in the main timeline. Meryl and Milly are actually ''notable'' for never falling to this point, point in either version. (In version (in fact, the odds of things ''not'' going completely to shit increase significantly in their presence. Too presence; too bad the guys never notice.)
notice).
** Especially notable is the one [[spoiler:Vash and Knives had when they were a year old.]] old]]. Their reactions were actually relatively similar, but because [[spoiler:Vash didn't pass out from the starvation]], things worked through and he got better, while [[spoiler:Knives pretended to have forgotten]] and then...then… [[KillEmAll killed everyone]]. At least he felt kinda bad about how many plants were included in 'everyone' later.
* DespairGambit: Knives' Knives's main plan with regard to Vash. In the anime, this ultimately pushes him into a HeroicBSOD.
* DestructiveSaviour: Vash is called the "Humanoid Typhoon" for a reason, and while he doesn't ''like'' people's homes being wrecked, the only CollateralDamage that's ''really'' important to him is human life. He's willing to die for you, but not for your car. The dark side of this, as it were, comes up in the anime: [[spoiler: apparently [[spoiler:apparently his wish to not kill anyone affected the Angel Arm enough when Knives set it off in July that he managed to wreck an entire city without directly killing ''anybody''.]] But now they were ''anybody''… but he left behind a city full of refugees in the middle of a desert...
desert…]]
* DeterminedExpression: Vash looks like this whenever he drops his facade façade of idiocy and decides to get serious. Only to be expected from a man whose byword is determination.



* DieHardOnAnX: The episode titled "B.D.N."
* DiedStandingUp: In the anime [[spoiler:Wolfwood]] died kneeling before an alter.
* DirtyCop: You could say the town Marshall in Badland Rumble [[spoiler:except that he's with Gasback for a while now.]]
* DisasterScavengers
* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: [[spoiler: Amelia's mother]] in TheMovie.
* TheDitz:

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* DieHardOnAnX: The anime episode titled "B.D.N."
N". The corresponding manga chapter is even called "Die Hards".
* DiedStandingUp: In the anime [[spoiler:Wolfwood]] died dies kneeling before an alter.
* DirtyCop: You could say the town Marshall Marshal in Badland Rumble ''Badlands Rumble' [[spoiler:except that he's with Gasback for a while now.]]
* DisasterScavengers
* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: [[spoiler: Amelia's [[spoiler:Amelia's mother]] in TheMovie.
* TheDitz: TheDitz:



** Legato mind controls a kid to eat a hot dog, before holding her head [[spoiler: to crush it, except this was apparently an illusion]]. [[{{Squick}} Yeah.]] See the scene [[http://youtu.be/U6WQIv24Fqg?t=22s here]] and judge for yourself.
** Knives is swimming in this, [[spoiler: especially when interacting with his siblings, who provoke genuine-but-psychotic emotional reactions from him. And the forced absorptions that are too rapey for words, especially the attempt on Vash. And when Vash first catches up to him after the Fifth Moon he's asleep after multiple fusions, with enough pieces of his sisters lying around not yet fully dissolved into his body that it looks distinctly like the aftermath of an incestuous orgy...]]

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** Legato mind controls a kid to eat a hot dog, before holding her head [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to crush it, except this was apparently an illusion]]. [[{{Squick}} Yeah.]] See the scene [[http://youtu.be/U6WQIv24Fqg?t=22s here]] and judge for yourself.
** Knives is swimming in this, [[spoiler: especially [[spoiler:especially when interacting with his siblings, who provoke genuine-but-psychotic emotional reactions from him. And the forced absorptions that are too rapey for words, especially the attempt on Vash. And when Vash first catches up to him after the Fifth Moon Incident, he's asleep after multiple fusions, with enough pieces of his sisters lying around not yet fully dissolved into his body that it looks distinctly like the aftermath of an incestuous orgy...]]



* DrowningMySorrows: At one point, Vash goes to a town and comes across a famous gunsmith who had become nothing more than an alcoholic. He had lost all energy into making guns, which were used by all the townspeople since there was no sheriff, after [[spoiler: his wife and child were killed in a bank robbery]]. By the end of the episode/chapters, [[spoiler: not only do everyone in the town (including the gunsmith) step up to take down a band of criminals, but the gunsmith stops drinking.]]
* DubInducedPlotHole: In the Spanish dub, Vash rejects Rai-Dei's challenge on the saying he cannot read, which contradicts all the other instances in which he is shown reading (in the original scene, he states he cannot read ''kanji'', which was how the text of the message was written). Of course, Vash being Vash, the moment could have been explained as one of his jokes.
* TheDyingWalk: In the anime, [[spoiler:Wolfwood]] is mortally wounded and after delivering a friendly last piece of advice to Vash, walks away, finds his way to the local church, pours his heart out and then dies.

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* DrowningMySorrows: At one point, Early in the anime, Vash goes to a town and comes across a famous gunsmith who had become nothing more than an alcoholic. He had lost all energy into making guns, which were used by all the townspeople since there was no sheriff, desire to make/fix guns after [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his wife and child daughter were killed in shot during a bank robbery]]. robbery… by a gun that he had made, due to their town having no sheriff]]. By the end of the episode/chapters, [[spoiler: not only do everyone episode, [[spoiler:everyone in the town (including bands together again to drive out the gunsmith) step up to take down a band of criminals, but bandit gang, and the gunsmith stops has decided to stop drinking.]]
* DubInducedPlotHole: DubInducedPlotHole:
** In the English dub of Episode 5, Vash makes Monica back off by saying "Until I find that man you're after, I have to keep moving!" While this line is technically correct if you look at it in light of the entire series, it makes no sense in its immediate context, considering he really is the bountyhead they're after. The original line, "Until I see '''''him''''' again…", drives the point home much better.
**
In the Spanish dub, Vash rejects Rai-Dei's challenge on the saying he cannot read, which contradicts all the other instances in which he is shown reading (in the original scene, he states he cannot read ''kanji'', which was how the text of the message was written). Of course, Vash being Vash, the moment could have been explained as one of his jokes.
* TheDyingWalk: In the anime, [[spoiler:Wolfwood]] is mortally wounded and after delivering a friendly last piece of advice to Vash, walks away, finds his way to the local church, pours his heart out out, and then dies.



* MrFanservice: A few characters fit this trope, but Wolfwood is practically the archetype. Too bad his only mate is an inflatable doll, as the [[{{Omake}} gag covers]] suggest. In the anime Wolfwood [[spoiler:hooked up with Milly right before he died.]]

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* MrFanservice: A few characters fit this trope, but Wolfwood is practically the archetype. Too bad his only mate is an inflatable doll, as the [[{{Omake}} gag covers]] suggest. In the anime anime, Wolfwood [[spoiler:hooked up with Milly right before he died.]]



* EveryoneIsArmed: Hint: the planet is ''named'' "Gunsmoke".
* EvilCounterpart:
** Knives to Vash, but Livio to Wolfwood might be a case if you believe [[{{Yandere}} Wolfwood]] can have an "EvilCounterpart".

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* EveryoneIsArmed: Hint: Hint -- the planet is ''named'' "Gunsmoke".
* EvilCounterpart:
EvilCounterpart:
** Knives to Vash, but Livio to Wolfwood might be a case if you believe [[{{Yandere}} Wolfwood]] can have an "EvilCounterpart"."evil counterpart".



* EvilVirtues: Several of the bad guys, but Legato is especially noteworthy, in that he ''is'', in many respects, a genuinely brave, loyal, self-sacrificing man...who just so happens to be completely devoted to a genocidal maniac who wants to destroy humanity!
* EvolvingCredits: Each episode's opening (except for episode 2) shows a couple of scenes from that episode. Starting in episode 18, the wanted poster also changes to one warning people that Vash is coming.
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: Vash never hits a fatal spot, instead opting to hit areas like the shoulders and legs. Lampshaded in a fight in the manga: Vash is seen practicing his aim on a target board shaped like a person, but it seems he's unable to actually hit the vital spots. The villain of the chapter assumes that, because of this, he must be wounded. [[spoiler: Turns out he was not only ''aiming'' for the non-vital spots, but he was actually able to hit those spots more than once.]]

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* EvilVirtues: Several of the bad guys, but Legato is especially noteworthy, noteworthy in that he ''is'', ''is'' in many respects, respects a genuinely brave, loyal, self-sacrificing man...man… who just so happens to be completely devoted to a genocidal maniac who wants to destroy humanity!
* EvolvingCredits: Each episode's opening (except for episode 2) shows a couple of scenes from that episode. [[labelnote:*]] The 2000-era North American release by Pioneer uses Ep.1's opening throughout, because it was the only one that had a "clean" version they could put translated credits on.[[/labelnote]] Starting in episode 18, the wanted poster also changes to one warning people that Vash is coming.
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: Vash never hits a fatal spot, instead opting to hit areas like the shoulders and legs. Lampshaded in a fight in the manga: Vash is seen practicing his aim on a target board shaped like a person, but it seems he's unable to actually hit the vital spots. The villain of the chapter assumes that, because of this, he must be wounded. [[spoiler: Turns [[spoiler:Turns out he was not only ''aiming'' for the non-vital spots, but he was actually able to hit those spots more than once.precisely multiple times in a row.]]



* EyeScream: In the manga, Zazie's flies crawl in and out of his eyes. Midvalley's horn playing also seems to make eyes bleed/explode, and he even blinds Wolfwood.
* TheFaceless: Knives during most of the first ''Trigun'' manga and almost all the anime. Even when he does show up at the end of the first manga, much of his face is hidden by a mass of improbable curly hair -- presumably because Nightow still wants to conceal his resemblance to Vash.

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* EyeScream: In the manga, when Vash snaps at Monev, he shoves his gun in Monev's right eye socket so hard the guy's eye apparently ''ruptures''. Also, Zazie's flies crawl in and out of his eyes. Midvalley's horn playing also seems to make eyes bleed/explode, and he even (temporarily) blinds Wolfwood.
* TheFaceless: Knives during most of the first ''Trigun'' manga and almost all the anime. Even when he does show up at the end of the first manga, much of his face is hidden by a mass of improbable curly hair -- presumably because Nightow still wants wanted to conceal his resemblance to Vash.



** Arguably, Vash, given that under that jacket he's covered head-to-toe in scars and is missing an arm.



* FantasticMeasurementSystem: Distances are measured in "iles" and "yarz," although it's never made clear whether those are actually miles and yards with letters removed and different spellings, or something different. Money is called "double dollars" ($$).

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* FantasticMeasurementSystem: Distances are measured in "iles" and "yarz," "yarz", although it's never made clear whether those are actually miles and yards with letters removed and different spellings, or something different. different.[[note]] The manga is inconsistent on this, as Nightow sometimes used metric early on – the English translation adapts the fantastical units to standard Imperial ones, but keeps the metric ones as-is.[[/note]] Money is called "double dollars" ($$).



** Averted in the manga: [[spoiler:Vash wins by a split second]]. Then gets ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice.
* TheFettered: Vash. Source of his philosophical dispute with Wolfwood; arguably the same with Knives; Knives is just much further on the other end of the scale.

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** Averted in the manga: [[spoiler:Vash wins by a split second]]. second… Then gets ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice.
ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice.]]
* TheFettered: Vash. Source of his philosophical dispute with Wolfwood; arguably Wolfwood. Arguably the same with Knives; Knives is just much further on the other end of the scale.



* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: Wolfwood is the Cynic (or the Conflicted), Vash is the Optimist, Meryl is the Realist, Milly is the Apathetic (when being silly) or Conflicted (the rest of the time).
* FreakinessShame: Averted. [[spoiler: Knives has people around him who think his [[FreakyIsCool freakiness is pretty damn awesome]], but so does he. Meanwhile Vash could do with someone thinking his wings are beautiful, but no one can actually bring themselves to say it. [[AvertedTrope His wings freak them out way too much.]] In fairness, they are pretty terrifying wings. (Manga) Meryl is so badly traumatized by the situation in which she first sees them that she burrows into Milly's arms and screams, the next time he reflexively puts up a feather to catch a bullet. 'Colorless Emotions' is a depressing chapter all round.]]
* FreakOut

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* %%* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: Wolfwood is the Cynic (or the Conflicted), Vash is the Optimist, Meryl is the Realist, Milly is the Apathetic (when being silly) or Conflicted (the rest of the time).
* FreakinessShame: Averted. [[spoiler: Knives [[spoiler:Knives has people around him who think his [[FreakyIsCool freakiness is pretty damn awesome]], but so does he. Meanwhile Meanwhile, Vash could do with someone thinking his wings are beautiful, but no one can actually bring themselves to say it. it; [[AvertedTrope His his wings freak them out way too much.]] much]]. In fairness, they are pretty terrifying wings. (Manga) Meryl is so badly traumatized by the situation in which she first sees them that she burrows into Milly's arms and screams, screams the next time he reflexively puts up a feather to catch a bullet. 'Colorless Emotions' is a depressing chapter all round.]]
* FreakOut
]]



* FullFrontalAssault: Knives.

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* FullFrontalAssault: Knives.Knives, in manga Chapter 20 (the last of the original series).



* GeckoEnding: The anime. It's an odd example, though, as Nightow was in on the whole planning process, and many events play as a shorter dry run of things in the manga.
* GentleGiant: Milly, to an extent, since she's much taller than the average woman (though not enough to reach Vash).
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Vash in 'Diablo,' the episode where the anime gets DarkerAndEdgier, as a sign of his UnstoppableRage. In hindsight, also an early indication of [[BizarreAlienBiology how damn freaky his body is]].
* GoodCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler: Livio.]]

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* GeckoEnding: The anime. anime has this… sort of. It's an odd example, though, as Nightow was directly involved in on the whole planning process, and many events play out as a shorter dry run dry-run of things in key thematic points the manga.
manga would get to years later.
* GentleGiant: Milly, to an extent, since she's much taller than the average woman (though not enough to reach Vash).
woman.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Vash in 'Diablo,' "Diablo", the episode story where the anime gets things get DarkerAndEdgier, as a sign of his UnstoppableRage. In hindsight, also an early indication of [[BizarreAlienBiology how damn freaky his body is]].
* GoodCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler: Livio.[[spoiler:Livio.]]



** The show also underlines that even though it may ''seem'' so, [[EvilFeelsGood evil]] ''[[EvilFeelsGood doesn't]]'' [[EvilFeelsGood feel good]]: Legato is suicidal, Knives seems to have a chronic nervous breakdown, {{Villainous Breakdown}}s abound, Wolfwood is terribly conflicted over his questionable actions, etc.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Wolfwood, Livio (in the manga) and Knives. Vash has the power but refuses.
* GratuitousEnglish:
** All of the series' writing is in English, and there is one point in the second episode of the anime where we see a flier for a "BODYGARD" who is a "CREAT SHOOTER LIKE VASH THE STANPEAT".
** There's also a sign that says "Coffe & Restlant!!" in episode 5, and when Vash uses the computer in episode 26, it says "Searth Target, All People Relate to Lem Sayblam". In the manga, there's one instance where there's a container of salt labeled "solt".

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** The show also underlines that that, even though it may ''seem'' so, [[EvilFeelsGood evil]] ''[[EvilFeelsGood doesn't]]'' [[EvilFeelsGood evil does NOT feel good]]: Legato is suicidal, Knives seems to have a chronic nervous breakdown, {{Villainous Breakdown}}s abound, Wolfwood is terribly conflicted over his questionable actions, etc.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Wolfwood, Livio (in the manga) manga), and Knives. Vash has the power but refuses.
* GratuitousEnglish:
** All of
GratuitousEnglish: Gunsmoke is an explicitly English-speaking world, so this abounds. Unfortunately, Nightow's English skills are less than perfect (and the series' writing is in English, and there is one point in the anime had {{Engrish}} abound).
** The
second episode of the anime where we see shows us a flier for a "BODYGARD" who is a "CREAT SHOOTER LIKE VASH THE STANPEAT".
** There's also a sign that says "Coffe "COFFE & Restlant!!" RESTLANT!!" in episode 5, and when Episode 5.
** When
Vash uses the computer in episode Episode 26, it says "Searth Target, All People Relate to Lem Sayblam". Sayblam".
**
In the manga, there's one instance where there's a container of salt labeled "solt".



** The whiskey labels are very faithful reproductions of actual brands.

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** The whiskey labels are very faithful reproductions of actual brands.brands… except for "Dim Deam", though that may be an intentional BrandX-ing of Jim Beam.



** Vash occasionally utters a few words in French, crying for his "maman" and greeting his food with "Bonjour! Je t'aime!". The first time, he then questions why the hell he's speaking French.[[note]]HilariousInHindsight as Creator/MasayaOnosaka was later cast as France in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''.[[/note]]

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** Vash occasionally utters a few words in French, crying for his "maman" and greeting his food with "Bonjour! Je t'aime!". The first time, he then questions why the hell he's speaking French.[[note]]HilariousInHindsight [[note]] HilariousInHindsight as Creator/MasayaOnosaka was later cast as France in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''.[[/note]]



** In the anime, Rai-Dei presents him with a formal Japanese challenge... whereupon Vash notes he can't understand a word of it.[[note]]The challenge, written on a card, is "shi ai," which Rai-Dei translates (incorrectly) as "fight to the death." The phrase literally means "testing by meeting" and is used to refer to a contest.[[/note]]

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** In the anime, Rai-Dei presents him with a formal Japanese challenge... challenge… whereupon Vash notes says he can't understand a word of it.[[note]]The [[note]] The challenge, written on a card, is "shi ai," "Shi-Ai", which Rai-Dei translates (incorrectly) as "fight to the death." death". The phrase literally means "testing by meeting" and is used to refer to a contest.[[/note]]



* GutPunch: Legato's introduction. Everything's fine and dandy, then Legato [[spoiler: fakes snapping the neck of a child, threatens to Vash that he will slaughter the entire town he's in, and leaves laughing.]]
* TheGunslinger
* TheGwenStacy: Rem is Vash's. Except his foster mom.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Vash's gold hair matches his heart.

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* GutPunch: Legato's introduction. Everything's fine and dandy, then Legato [[spoiler: fakes [[spoiler:fakes snapping the neck of a child, threatens to Vash that he will slaughter the entire town he's in, and leaves laughing.]]
* TheGunslinger
TheGunslinger: Vash most notably. But ''several'' characters could qualify.
* TheGwenStacy: Rem is Vash's. Except [[spoiler:Except she's his foster mom.
mom, not his girlfriend.]]
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Vash's gold hair matches his heart. Oh-so-averted with Knives.



* HannibalLecture
* HeartBrokenBadass: Vash
* TheHeartless: The manga heavily implies that Knives and to a lesser extent Legato function symbolically as TheHeartless.
* HeelFaceTurn:After the death of [[spoiler: Wolfwood, Livio]] joins the heroes.
* HereWeGoAgain: The manga ends with everyone once again [[spoiler: chasing after Vash. And he couldn't be happier.]]

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* HannibalLecture
* HeartBrokenBadass: Vash
* TheHeartless: The manga heavily implies that Knives and to a lesser extent Legato function symbolically as TheHeartless.
this.
* HeelFaceTurn:After HeelFaceTurn: After the death of [[spoiler: Wolfwood, [[spoiler:Wolfwood, Livio]] joins the heroes.
* HereWeGoAgain: The manga ends with everyone once again [[spoiler: chasing [[spoiler:chasing after Vash. And he couldn't be happier.]]



* HeroWithBadPublicity: Vash, so very, very much.

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* HeroWithBadPublicity: Vash, so Vash. So very, very much.



* [[spoiler: HitMeDammit]][[spoiler:: In the last volume, right before he can be killed, Vash hesitates, Legato starts to piss off and demands Vash to kill him otherwise Livio will be killed by Elendira. Livio survives.]]
* HiveMind: Apparently kinda-sorta the case with the bulb plants, even before [[spoiler: Knives starts subsuming them into his giant body]]. In the manga also to some degree the case of the sand worms, whose psychic network extends over most of the planet's native life and learns how to invest itself in a human vessel, giving Knives the Gung Ho Gun 'Zazie the Beast.' They have some kind of alliance with him against the human invaders, although this is never properly explored.
* HopeSpot: In episode 21 of the anime, Vash looks like he's about to [[spoiler: revive a wounded plant and save the ship... just when Hoppered regains consciousness and destroys the plant with a suicidal LastBreathBullet.]]
* HotBlooded

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* [[spoiler: HitMeDammit]][[spoiler:: In [[spoiler:HitMeDammit]]: [[spoiler:In the last volume, right before he can be killed, Vash hesitates, Legato starts to piss off and demands Vash to kill him otherwise Livio will be killed by Elendira. Livio survives.]]
* HiveMind: Apparently kinda-sorta the case with the bulb plants, even before [[spoiler: Knives [[spoiler:Knives starts subsuming them into his giant body]]. himself]]. In the manga also to some degree the case of the sand worms, whose psychic network extends over most of the planet's native life and learns how to invest itself in a human vessel, giving Knives the Gung Ho Gun 'Zazie the Beast.' Beast'. They have some kind of alliance with him against the human invaders, although this is never properly explored.
* HopeSpot: In episode 21 of the anime, Vash looks like he's about to [[spoiler: revive [[spoiler:revive a wounded plant and save the ship... just Sky City… when Hoppered regains consciousness and destroys the plant with a suicidal LastBreathBullet.]]
* HotBlooded
]]



* HumanPopsicle

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* HumanPopsicleHumanPopsicle: The entire original generation of humans on Gunsmoke. The "Old Men" in Sky City are still held in suspended animation for reasons unexplained.



** Vash only ever gives 'Vash' if actually pressed into introducing himself [[note]]except that one time when he met Wolfwood and said he was Valentinez Alkalanela Zeehok Sushira Boheres Gombigonela Blue Stradavari Tralentent Pierre Andre Charlatenhemost I'vanovitchi Baldos George Doitzel Kaiser the Third[[/note]] but he's also 'The Stampede,' [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast 'The Humanoid Typhoon,' 'The Demon of July,' 'The Walking Disaster,' 'God's Armed Arm,' 'The First Human Act of God,']] and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Broom-head.]] And Spiky.
** Oh, and Eriks. That one time when he [[TenMinuteRetirement finally gave up]].
** Nicholas D. Wolfwood is also Nicholas the Punisher. And [[spoiler: Chapel.]]
* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight:
** Vash does this pretty much every time he meets Knives in the manga; from Knives's perspective, ''he'' must be the one doing it to Vash, which brings once again the question of whether the twins are by "nature" peace-loving or mindlessly violent.
** Given their silent sisters appear to all be sweethearts, although easily influenced, Vash appears to have a leg up in this argument. Chronica, meanwhile, has a bit of a temper and apparently a rather military mindset, vaguely like a sane Knives, while Domina is sweet and spunky.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Descartes suffers this fate in the manga, courtesy of Grey the Nine-Lives. Also, [[spoiler: Elendira]] and [[spoiler: Vash in his final confrontation with Knives in the manga]].

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** Vash only ever gives 'Vash' "Vash" if actually pressed into introducing himself [[note]]except himself[[labelnote:*]] (except that one time when he met Wolfwood and said he was Valentinez Alkalanela Zeehok Sushira Boheres Gombigonela introduced himself as "Valentinez Alkalinella Xifax Sicidaboheretz Gumbigobella Blue Stradavari Tralentent Stradivari Talentrento Pierre Andre Charlatenhemost I'vanovitchi Baldos André Charton-Haymoss Ivanovichi Baldeus George Doitzel Kaiser the Third[[/note]] Third)[[/labelnote]] but he's also 'The Stampede,' "The Stampede", [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast 'The "The Humanoid Typhoon,' 'The Typhoon", "The Demon of July,' 'The July", "The Walking Disaster,' 'God's Disaster", "God's Armed Arm,' 'The Arm", "The First Human Act of God,']] God"]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Broom-head.]] And Spiky.
Spikey/Needle-Noggin/Broom-head]].
** Oh, and Eriks. That "Eriks" that one time when he [[TenMinuteRetirement finally gave up]].
** Nicholas D. Wolfwood is also Nicholas the Punisher. And [[spoiler: Chapel.[[spoiler:Chapel.]]
* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight:
IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight:
** Vash does this pretty much every time he meets Knives in the manga; from manga.
*** From
Knives's perspective, ''he'' must be the one doing it to Vash, which brings once again the question of whether the twins are by "nature" peace-loving or mindlessly violent.
** Given their silent sisters appear to all be sweethearts, although albeit easily influenced, Vash appears to have a leg up in this argument. Chronica, meanwhile, has a bit of a temper and apparently a rather military mindset, vaguely like a sane Knives, while Domina is sweet and spunky.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Descartes suffers this fate in the manga, courtesy of Grey the Nine-Lives. Also, [[spoiler: Elendira]] [[spoiler:Elendira]] and [[spoiler: Vash [[spoiler:Vash in his final confrontation with Knives in the manga]].



* ImportantHaircut: The first haircuts that the young Vash and Knives receive in episode 17. Even more of an example of this trope than in most other anime, as it's a major defining character moment for both of them (and also serving to pinpoint the moment of [[spoiler: Knives' StartOfDarkness]]).
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Also note than in the Trigun ''verse'', nothing is cooler than a coat with the bottom part torn apart by dozens and dozens of bullets. With ScaryShinyGlasses, fuck yeaaaah!
* ImprobableAimingSkills:

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* ImportantHaircut: The first haircuts that the young Vash and Knives receive in episode 17. Even more of an example of this trope than in most other anime, as it's a major defining character moment for both of them (and also serving to pinpoint the moment of [[spoiler: Knives' [[spoiler:Knives' StartOfDarkness]]).
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Also note than that in the Trigun ''verse'', nothing is cooler than a coat with the bottom part torn apart by dozens and dozens of bullets. With ScaryShinyGlasses, fuck yeaaaah!
ScaryShinyGlasses!
* ImprobableAimingSkills: ImprobableAimingSkills:



** In another, he concusses an opponent by flinging the bullets out the back of his gun, and blocks the hammer of another guy's gun with the bubblegum he had been chewing, apparently ''at range.''

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** In another, he concusses an opponent by flinging the bullets out the back of his gun, and blocks the hammer of another guy's gun with the bubblegum he had been chewing, apparently ''at range.''range''.



* ImprobableWeaponUser: Played straight with Midvalley, whose saxophone is actually pretty sinister in the manga. Also, the deadliness of CreepyCoolCrosses is directly proportional to their size and probably inversely proportional to the size of your penis.

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* ImprobableWeaponUser: Played straight with Midvalley, whose saxophone is actually pretty sinister in the manga. Also, the deadliness of CreepyCoolCrosses is directly proportional to their size and probably inversely proportional to the size of your penis.size.



* InstantDogend

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* InstantDogendInstantDogend: Wolfwood's cigarettes. Actually, this series doesn't have a "normal" cigarette to be seen.



* InterruptedCooldownHug
* ItsPersonal: Vash's conflict with Knives becomes personal very early; his feud with Legato soon becomes this too, with Vash announcing loudly "From now on, YOU are the hunted!"
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Nicholas D. Wolfwood. The manga never quite explains why his TrueCompanions inflict it upon themselves to put up with him in the first place, knowing that he never uses {{Honorifics}} and expresses his affection by distributing humiliating nicknames ("Tongari / Spikey," "big girl," "small girl," "crybaby Livio"), "playful" insults and various blows. Plus, his manga version is particularly macho and even tries to protect Milly from Midvalley... by pretending he'll shoot her if she doesn't leave immediately, then punching her in the stomach to knock her out (he gets booed by onlookers). Borders on ValuesDissonance when his mistreatment of Vash is [[HilarityEnsues played for fun]]. It's even a wonder Nightow still manages to make him such a likable and well-written character for all his KnightTemplar and {{Jerkass}} traits. From the anime: [[spoiler:Dying]] Wolfwood goes for a cigarette and Flashbacks:
-->'''Milly''': (flashback): "It's bad for the baby, dear!" (ItMakesSenseInContext).
-->'''Wolfwood''': (present): "I'm sorry, honey."

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* InterruptedCooldownHug
* ItsPersonal: Vash's conflict with Knives becomes got personal very early; his about two seconds after it began.
** His
feud with Legato soon becomes this too, with Vash announcing loudly "From now on, YOU are the hunted!"
I'm hunting YOU!"
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Nicholas D. Wolfwood. The manga never quite explains why his TrueCompanions inflict it upon themselves to put up with him in the first place, knowing that he never uses {{Honorifics}} and expresses his affection by distributing humiliating nicknames ("Tongari / Spikey," ("Tongari/Spikey", "big girl," girl", "small girl," girl", "crybaby Livio"), "playful" insults insults, and various blows. Plus, his manga version is particularly macho and even tries to protect Milly from Midvalley... by pretending he'll shoot her if she doesn't leave immediately, then punching her in the stomach to knock her out (he gets booed by onlookers). Borders on ValuesDissonance when his mistreatment of Vash is [[HilarityEnsues played for fun]]. It's even a wonder Nightow still manages to make him such a likable and well-written character for all his KnightTemplar and {{Jerkass}} traits. traits.
**
From the anime: [[spoiler:Dying]] Wolfwood goes for a cigarette and Flashbacks:
-->'''Milly''': (flashback): --->'''Milly''' [-(flashback)-]: "It's bad for the baby, dear!" (ItMakesSenseInContext).
-->'''Wolfwood''': (present):
(ItMakesSenseInContext).\\
'''Wolfwood''' [-(present)-]:
"I'm sorry, honey."



* KillAllHumans

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* KillAllHumansKillAllHumans: Knives and Legato.



* KnifeNut: Knives.

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* KnifeNut: Knives.Knives (duh).



* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Knives is a big brother complex gone ''horribly wrong''. He's pretty much of a {{Yandere}} over Vash, with huge emphasis on the "Yan." Also, he basically ''decided'' he was the older twin and it's up for debates which of them is the more childish.

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* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Knives is a big brother complex gone ''horribly wrong''. He's pretty much of a {{Yandere}} over Vash, with huge emphasis on the "Yan." "Yan". Also, he basically ''decided'' he was the older twin and it's up for debates debate which of them is the more childish.



* LaughingMad: Meryl has a slight case of this in the fifth episode after Vash [[HumanShield ducks behind her and Milly]] to avoid the dartguns of children "bounty hunters". Coupled with her disbelief that Vash actually ''was'' Vash, she's had a trying day by that point.

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* LaughingMad: In anime Episode 6, Meryl has a slight case of this in the fifth episode after Vash [[HumanShield ducks behind her and Milly]] to avoid the dartguns of children "bounty hunters". Coupled with her disbelief that Vash actually ''was'' Vash, she's had a trying day by that point.



** Meryl's derringers are neither taken seriously as a threat nor used to deliver meaningful damage over the entire course of both series. This is because of the InverseLawOfUtilityAndLethality; Milly's stun-gun can be used with impunity, but since Meryl's little guns can't invoke RuleOfCool or the beaten-up-by-bullets effect ''and'' she's not a killer, they aren't allowed to actually do much of anything. Still good that she doesn't go around unarmed, and she does take some useful actions; the derringers themselves are just useless. Even though a ''real'' derringer can kill you very dead.
** Averted in the episode "Love and Peace," in which she uses her derringers to help Vash outwit the hostage-takers, shoot the guns out of the deputies' hands, and put a hole through the sheriff's badge.

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** Meryl's derringers are neither taken seriously as a threat nor used to deliver meaningful damage over the entire course of both series. This is because of the InverseLawOfUtilityAndLethality; InverseLawOfUtilityAndLethality – Milly's stun-gun can be used with impunity, but since Meryl's little guns can't invoke RuleOfCool or the beaten-up-by-bullets effect ''and'' she's not a killer, they aren't allowed to actually do much of anything. Still good that she doesn't go around unarmed, and she does take some useful actions; actions… the derringers themselves are just useless. Even though a ''real'' derringer can kill you very dead.
** Averted in the episode "Love and Peace," Peace", in which she uses her derringers to help Vash outwit the hostage-takers, shoot the guns out of the deputies' hands, and put a hole through the sheriff's badge.



-->'''Vash:''' I am Valentiz Alkalinella Xifax Sicidabohertz Gumbigobilla Blue Stradivari Talentrent Pierre Andre Charton-Haymoss Ivanovicci Baldeus George Doitzel Kaiser. Don't hesitate to call.[[note]]Your translation may vary, because wow.[[/note]]

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-->'''Vash:''' I am Valentiz Valentinez Alkalinella Xifax Sicidabohertz Gumbigobilla Blue Stradivari Talentrent Pierre Andre André Charton-Haymoss Ivanovicci Baldeus George Doitzel Kaiser. Don't hesitate to call.[[note]]Your [[note]] Your translation may vary, because wow.[[/note]]



** Also there's Jessica liked Vash and Brad liked Jessica and Vash was like 'can't we just pretend you're still seven like you were last time I saw you?'
* LowerDeckEpisode
* MadeOfIron

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** Also there's Jessica liked likes Vash and Brad liked Jessica and Vash was like 'can't all, "Can't we just pretend you're still seven like you were last time I saw you?'
* LowerDeckEpisode
* MadeOfIron
you?"



** Meryl and Milly shake up the trend by having ''nommes de guerre'' that come ''before'' their proper names and do not involve prepositions.[[note]]Stun Gun Milly and Derringer Meryl, in case you're interested. They share with Nicholas the Punisher the convention of being named after your weapon.[[/note]]

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** Meryl and Milly shake up the trend by having ''nommes de guerre'' that come ''before'' their proper names and do not involve prepositions.[[note]]Stun Gun [[note]] Stun-Gun Milly and Derringer Meryl, in case you're interested. They share with Nicholas the Punisher the convention of being named after your weapon.[[/note]]



** Monev the Gale.
** Nicholas the Punisher. (Not [[ThePunisher that one]].)
** Midvalley the Hornfreak.
** Chapel the Evergreen has great rhythm but doesn't do the scary thing that well, either.
** Livio the Double Fang and [[AxCrazy Razlo]] the [[UpToEleven Tri-Punisher of Death]] help make up the Eye of Michael's scary name quotient.
** Elendria the Crimson Nail. ''All'' Gung-Ho Guns have these. Unclear whether this is Knives' taste or Legato's, considering the level of delegation and that neither of them has one.
* ManlyTears: Vash; Wolfwood; manga Knives; manga Legato; Livio.

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** Monev ALL the Gale.
** Nicholas the Punisher. (Not [[ThePunisher that one]].)
** Midvalley the Hornfreak.
** Chapel the Evergreen has great rhythm but doesn't do the scary thing that well, either.
** Livio the Double Fang and [[AxCrazy Razlo]] the [[UpToEleven Tri-Punisher of Death]] help make up the Eye of Michael's scary name quotient.
** Elendria the Crimson Nail. ''All'' Gung-Ho
Gun-ho Guns have these. Unclear whether this is Knives' taste or Legato's, considering the level of delegation and that neither of them has one.
*** Monev the Gale.
*** Nicholas the Punisher. (Not [[ThePunisher that one]].)
*** Midvalley the Hornfreak.
*** Chapel the Evergreen has great rhythm but doesn't do the scary thing that well, either.
*** Livio the Double Fang and [[AxCrazy Razlo]] the [[UpToEleven Tri-Punisher of Death]] help make up the Eye of Michael's scary name quotient.
*** Elendria the Crimson Nail.
* ManlyTears: Vash; Wolfwood; manga Knives; manga Legato; Vash, Wolfwood, (manga only) Knives, Legato, Livio.



* MaybeEverAfter: In the manga, after gradually becoming closer to each other and reuniting, Meryl eventually [[spoiler: cries and hugs Vash before he goes off to battle Knives]]. He does something akin to blowing kisses by kissing his knuckles, prompting her to kiss hers and pressing theirs together. Later, after coming back to the ship and before going to [[spoiler: finally finish Knives off once and for all, Vash]] uncharacteristically makes a promise he has never made before: a promise to come back to Meryl and asks her to please wait for him. After this, the relationship is completely left hanging as the HereWeGoAgain ending six months afterward comes in to play, and no further hints of a relationship are given. In the anime, while things are more one sided, Milly tells a crying Meryl to [[spoiler: tell Vash about her feelings when he comes back from his confrontation with Knives]]. At the end of the anime, we see Meryl saying that [[spoiler: Vash wouldn't keep a good woman like her waiting, and Vash does come back to Meryl and Milly at the very end]], leaving us to guess what happens next for the two.

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* MaybeEverAfter: MaybeEverAfter:
**
In the manga, after gradually becoming closer to each other and reuniting, Meryl eventually [[spoiler: cries [[spoiler:cries and hugs Vash before he goes off to battle Knives]]. He does something akin to blowing kisses by kissing his knuckles, prompting her to kiss hers and pressing theirs together. Later, after coming back to the ship and before going to [[spoiler: finally [[spoiler:finally finish Knives off once and for all, Vash]] uncharacteristically makes a promise he has never made before: a promise to come back to Meryl and asks her to please wait for him. After this, the relationship is completely left hanging as the HereWeGoAgain ending six months afterward comes in to play, and no further hints of a relationship are given. given.
**
In the anime, while things are more one sided, Milly tells a crying Meryl to [[spoiler: tell [[spoiler:tell Vash about her feelings when he comes back from his confrontation with Knives]]. At the end of the anime, we see Meryl saying that [[spoiler: Vash [[spoiler:Vash wouldn't keep a good woman like her waiting, and Vash does come back to Meryl and Milly at the very end]], leaving us to guess what happens next for the two.



** ''Anyone'' Vash could hypothetically hook up with would be about [[spoiler: 150]] years younger than him, and he'd still probably outlive them. Except...[[{{Squick}} his twin brother]]? And potentially that plant woman Chronica in the manga? A major factor in his status as ChasteHero, since he's the emotional type.

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** ''Anyone'' Vash could hypothetically hook up with would be about [[spoiler: 150]] [[spoiler:150]] years younger than him, and he'd still probably outlive them. Except...Except [[{{Squick}} his twin brother]]? And potentially that plant woman Chronica in the manga? A major factor in his status as ChasteHero, since he's the emotional type.



** Rem can be translated to English as "the world," depending on the context. Knives somehow acquired, as an adorable child, a name much more suited to his future as a homicidal maniac.
** Legato named himself. Presumably he meant something by it. It will forever be a mystery what. (''Legato'' is a musical term meaning something like "played smoothly and connected," the mystery lies in exactly why he felt it was appropriate, or if he just liked the sound of it.)
** The planet's names themselves. While it's generally referred to as "Gunsmoke", the name in the manga is "No Man's Land". For a pure desert planet that's essentially [[RecycledInSpace the Wild West in Space]], they fit.
* MegatonPunch

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** Rem can be translated to English as "the world," world", depending on the context. Knives somehow acquired, as an adorable child, a name much more suited to his future as a homicidal maniac.
** Legato named himself. Presumably he meant something by it. It will forever be a mystery what. (''Legato'' is a musical term meaning something like "played smoothly and connected," connected"; the mystery lies in exactly why he felt it was appropriate, or if he just liked the sound of it.)
it).
** The planet's names themselves. While it's generally referred to as "Gunsmoke", "Gunsmoke" in promotional materials (never named in the anime), a name given in the manga is "No Man's Land". For a pure desert planet that's essentially [[RecycledInSpace the Wild West in Space]], they fit.
* MegatonPunch
fit.



* MonsterOfTheWeek
* MoodWhiplash



* TheMovie

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* TheMovieTheMovie: Got one a dozen years after the anime ended (three years after the manga ended).



* MuggedForDisguise: [[spoiler: One of Leonoff's puppets does this to poor Jessica, leaving her BoundAndGagged on the floor after stealing her clothes]].

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* MuggedForDisguise: [[spoiler: One [[spoiler:One of Leonoff's puppets does this to poor Jessica, Jessica in the anime, leaving her BoundAndGagged on the floor after stealing her clothes]].



* MustMakeAmends: In the Trigun manga, Young Vash and Knives discover that [[spoiler:there was another sentient plant called Tesla]] like them before and worse, they made several experiments with her and in the end lead to her death. The problem is that their surrogate mother was one of the researchers from the experiment. Knives after facing the truth, fell in a coma and Vash simply refused to eat. In an attempt to make him eat,Rem started peeling a fruit, Vash leapt for the knife in what was almost certainly a suicide attempt, but wound up stabbing Rem in the side when she put up a struggle for it. At first he [[SlasherSmile seemed relieved]] but quickly started panicking and put her to bed in a med-birth and patched her up.
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: [[spoiler: Legato uses his own death to psychologically torture Vash.]] It worked.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Vash
* MyGreatestFailure: Although it wasn't Vash's intention or even really his fault, his decimation of the town of July is the heaviest burden on his conscience. It was terrible enough that in the manga, when Hoppered and Meryl were privy to Vash's memory, they were both traumatized.

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* MustMakeAmends: In the Trigun manga, Young Vash and Knives discover that [[spoiler:there was [[spoiler:before they were born, the SEEDS crew encountered another sentient plant called Tesla]] like them before and worse, them, who they made several named Tessla]]… and the crew in their curiosity performed endless experiments with her [[spoiler:on her, and in the end lead to her death. The problem is stress of it killed her]]. They also learned that their surrogate mother was one of the researchers from the experiment. Knives after facing researchers. After learning the truth, Knives fell in into a coma and Vash simply refused to eat. In an attempt to make him eat,Rem eat, Rem started peeling a fruit, to peel an apple… and Vash leapt [[spoiler:leapt for the knife in what was almost certainly probably a suicide attempt, but wound ended up stabbing Rem in the side when she put up a struggle for it. struggle. At first he [[SlasherSmile seemed relieved]] but quickly started panicking and put her to bed in a med-birth and patched her up.
up.]]
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: [[spoiler: Legato [[spoiler:Legato uses his own death to psychologically torture Vash.]] It worked.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Vash
Vash, after he [[spoiler:remembers he killed Legato]]. He even says the phrase verbatim.
* MyGreatestFailure: Although it wasn't Vash's intention or even really his fault, his decimation of the town city of July is the heaviest burden on his conscience. It was terrible enough that in the manga, when Hoppered and Meryl were privy to Vash's memory, they were both traumatized.



** Most of Vash's nicknames count: the Human Typhoon, the Demon of July, the First Human Act of God, etc. etc.

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** Most of Vash's nicknames count: the Human Humanoid Typhoon, the Demon of July, the First Human Act of God, etc. etc.



* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Nightow's official genre classification. Also, some of the character designs. Rai-Dei is a Cowboy Samurai Assassin on Steampunk Rocket Skates! In space!

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* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Nightow's official genre classification.classification (see the caption to the page image). Also, some of the character designs. Rai-Dei is a Cowboy Samurai Assassin on Steampunk Rocket Skates! In space!



* NoRomanticResolution: In the anime, the relationship between [[spoiler: Meryl and Vash]] is left hanging.

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* NoRomanticResolution: In the anime, the relationship between [[spoiler: Meryl [[spoiler:Meryl and Vash]] is left hanging.



* ObfuscatingStupidity: Practically the definition of the trope. Vash didn't even fire his gun ''once'' until the end of the fifth episode, surviving the previous episodes by making it look like dumb luck. Another early episode had him rocking out on his headphones and going into a bar seemingly ignorant of the current hostage situation, but carefully and methodically diffused the situation all while seemingly harmless.[[note]]This episode was based on an early one-shot chapter written in the process of developing the character, which has differences and is not actually in the manga continuity.[[/note]]
* Theatre/OedipusRex:

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Practically the definition of the trope. Vash didn't even fire his gun ''once'' until the end of the fifth episode, surviving the previous episodes by making it look like dumb luck. Another early episode had him rocking out on his headphones and going into a bar seemingly ignorant of the current hostage situation, but he carefully and methodically diffused the situation all while seemingly harmless.[[note]]This episode was based on an early one-shot chapter written in the process of developing the character, which has differences and is not actually in the manga continuity.[[/note]]
seeming harmless.
* Theatre/OedipusRex: [[Theatre/OedipusRex Oedipus Complex]]:



** On the other hand, Vash has only a foster mother, and has been accused of spending way too much time thinking about her.
* {{Omake}}: The gag covers, and they're a doozy; also, the end-of-volume pages involving SuperDeformed Nightow prancing around in near-insanity.

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** On the other hand, Vash has had only a foster mother, and has been accused of spending way too much time thinking about her.
* {{Omake}}: The gag covers, and they're a doozy; also, doozies. Also, the end-of-volume pages involving SuperDeformed Nightow prancing around in near-insanity.



* OlderThanTheyLook: Vash looks like that he's around 27, [[spoiler: but he is actually over [[Really700YearsOld 100]].]]
* OnlySixFaces:
** All the non-{{Gonk}} characters must have only ''four'' faces or something. This happens so much in Nightow's work that most ''Manga/BloodBlockadaBattlefront'' characters look like ''Trigun'' expies. Vash's face must be the most overused one-- Livio even looks like Vash/Knives with a fancy tattoo. Even ''Chronica'' sort of looks like them.
** Anime Vash and Knives have moderately different coloring. Some of the manga scenes are almost incomprehensible at first or second look, especially if both of them are in it and there are a lot of sound effects. This looks intentional in the flashback to the twins as kids--wow, can't even tell which one said what, they're joined at the hip!--but problematic later.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Knives. Less than totally ridiculous example since Knives' only deadline is his and his sisters' lives expiring, which he starts moving pretty promptly after he learns about, and his only threat is his brother trying to pose one. Which he likes Vash doing. And which Vash is pretty bad at. This can be explained by his apparent problems with [[VillainousBreakdown clinical depression]].

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* OlderThanTheyLook: Vash looks like that he's around 27, [[spoiler: 27[[spoiler:, but he is actually over [[Really700YearsOld over 100]].]]
* OnlySixFaces:
OnlySixFaces:
** All the non-{{Gonk}} characters must have only ''four'' faces or something. This happens so much in Nightow's work that most ''Manga/BloodBlockadaBattlefront'' characters look like ''Trigun'' expies. Vash's face must be the most overused one-- one -- Livio even looks like Vash/Knives with a fancy tattoo. Even ''Chronica'' sort of looks like them.
** Anime Vash and Knives have moderately different coloring. Some of the manga scenes are almost incomprehensible at first or second look, especially if both of them are in it and there are a lot of sound effects. This looks intentional in the flashback to the twins as kids--wow, kids -- wow, can't even tell which one said what, they're joined at the hip!--but hip! -- but problematic later.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Knives. Less than totally ridiculous example since Knives' Knives's only deadline is his and his sisters' lives expiring, which he starts moving pretty promptly after he learns about, and his only threat is his brother trying to pose one. Which he likes Vash doing. And which Vash is pretty bad at. This can be explained by his apparent problems with [[VillainousBreakdown clinical depression]].



* PapaWolf: Wolfwood, for any child he happens to encounter at all. Made his anime [[spoiler: killing of Zazie all the more shocking]] (and even more of a gesture of attachment to Vash, but Vash wasn't really in a state to appreciate that.)

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** In the anime, Meryl busts out a much less flattering "''that'' guy" in reference to Vash.
* PapaWolf: Wolfwood, for any child he happens to encounter at all. Made his anime [[spoiler: killing [[spoiler:killing of Zazie all the more shocking]] (and even more of a gesture of attachment to Vash, but Vash wasn't really in a state to appreciate that.)that).



* PastelChalkedFreezeFrame: Wolfwood in 'Quickdraw,' right after he turns around screaming with GunsAkimbo. Only one.
* PersonOfMassDestruction:
** Vash is classified as a '''Human Act of God'''. For insurance purposes. For some reason this also causes the bounty to be taken off his head. Gunsmoke must have some ''weird'' torte law.
** And Knives, of course. Shooter of satellites and spaceships. Bringer of the Apocalypse. Though he would probably object to being called a "person."
* PillarOfLight
* PillowPregnancy: In the anime, Milly Thompson tries to [[TwoMenOneDress hide a slave-girl who is being chased by having her cling to her belly under her coat]], then pretending she is pregnant and Wolfwood is the dad.
* PlotBasedVoiceCancellation: When Rem makes her Heroic Sacrifice to save Vash, she yells something at him that is cut off by the blast doors closing. Vash still takes this "something" as gospel some twenty years later. (The English version translates this as "Take care of Knives!" but in Japanese, the verb is missing.)

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* PastelChalkedFreezeFrame: Wolfwood in 'Quickdraw,' "Quick Draw" right after he turns around screaming with GunsAkimbo. Only one.
It's the only one in the entire anime.
* PersonOfMassDestruction:
PersonOfMassDestruction:
** Vash is classified as a '''Human Act of God'''. For God''' for insurance purposes. For some reason this also causes the bounty to be taken off his head. Gunsmoke must have some ''weird'' torte tort law.
** And Knives, of course. Shooter of satellites and spaceships. Bringer of the Apocalypse. Though he would probably object to being called a "person."
* PillarOfLight
"person".
* PillowPregnancy: In the anime, Milly Thompson tries to [[TwoMenOneDress hide a slave-girl who is being chased by having her cling to her belly under her coat]], then pretending she is pregnant and Wolfwood is the dad.
* PlotBasedVoiceCancellation: When Rem makes her Heroic Sacrifice to save Vash, she yells something at him that is cut off by the blast doors closing. Vash still takes this "something" as gospel some twenty years later. (The [[note]] The English version dub of the anime translates this as "Take care of Knives!" Knives!", but in Japanese, Japanese the verb is missing.)missing – all we hear is "Knives wo…" and then silence. The manga doesn't even give that much; everything Rem says after "Vash…" is muffled.[[/note]]



* PreExplosionGlow
* PriceOnTheirHead: Vash has $$60 000 000 000 on his head for the destruction of a city. Up until the Bernadelli Insurance Corporation declares him a "human act of God".

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* PreExplosionGlow
* PriceOnTheirHead: Vash has $$60 000 000 000 $$60,000,000,000 on his head for the destruction of a city. Up until the Bernadelli Insurance Corporation declares him a "human act of God".



* PromotedToLoveInterest: Meryl and Vash are LikeBrotherAndSister in the original manga, and though they aren't technically canon in the anime, there's definitely some romantic subtext. A concise show of the difference is in the scene where Meryl and Milly see Vash shirtless and he says the sight of him would make girls run away: in the anime, she blushes and grows flustered, saying that "I wouldn't run!" In the manga, she basically rolls her eyes and continues with the matter at hand.
* PropheticName

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* PromotedToLoveInterest: Meryl and Vash are LikeBrotherAndSister in the original manga, and though they aren't technically canon in manga. In the anime, by contrast, there's definitely some a distinct romantic subtext. subtext (at least from Meryl's end). A concise show example of the difference is in the scene where Meryl and Milly see Vash shirtless and he says the sight of him would make girls run away: away – in the anime, she blushes and grows flustered, saying insisting that "I women (read: she) wouldn't run!" In run; in the manga, she basically rolls her eyes and continues with the matter at hand.
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* PuppyDogEyes
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* AerithAndBob: The whole world is a mess of Midvalleys and Brads. With names like Vash the Stampede, Legato Bluesummers, and Millions Knives, names like Meryl Strife and Milly Thompson don't exactly seem to fit. And Nicholas D. Wolfwood manages to straddle the line with a perfectly normal AwesomeMcCoolName.

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* AerithAndBob: The whole world is a mess of Midvalleys and Brads. With names like Vash the Stampede, Legato Bluesummers, and Millions Knives, names like Meryl Strife and Milly Thompson don't exactly seem to fit. And Nicholas D. Wolfwood manages to straddle the line with a perfectly normal AwesomeMcCoolName. At least, until you find out what "D" is short for - Dokonokuminomonjawaresumakinishiteshizumetarokakora[[note]]It has two meanings - roughtly, "[[MeaningfulName Chain smoking]]" or an incredibly specific threat used by Yakuza involving sashimi knives, tatami mats, and a river.[[/note]]
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