History Manga / Trigun

17th Feb '17 8:13:55 AM Aggron9988
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* OnlyALighter: The third episode sees an outlaw boss DualWielding long-barrel revolvers that are actually matching cigarette lighters. This HarmlessVillain with a SlasherSmile plots a bank heist posing as Vash.
13th Feb '17 2:30:49 AM eroock
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-->--'''[[InnocentBystander Random Villager]]'''

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-->--'''[[InnocentBystander -->-- '''[[InnocentBystander Random Villager]]'''
16th Jan '17 8:09:33 PM Az_Tech341
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*** 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??

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*** 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??
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.
**
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}}.
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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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