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''Tokyo Godfathers'' is a 2003 {{Anime}} movie directed by Creator/SatoshiKon; the film is heavily based on the silent movie ''The Three Godfathers'', which is about a trio of bandits who discover a foundling. This dramatic comedy is a stark departure from Kon's more [[MindScrew mind-bending]] works, but it lacks none of his atmospheric touch, keen social commentary, and insight on the human condition.

Three [[CrazyHomelessPeople homeless people]] -- Gin (the JerkWithAHeartOfGold), Hana (a {{Transsexual}}) and Miyuki ([[TheRunaway a runaway girl]] who doesn't fit any of the usual Japanese teenage girl tropes) -- find an [[DoorstopBaby abandoned baby]] while digging through trash and spend [[DoTheyKnowItsChristmasTime Christmas Eve]] looking for its [[ParentalAbandonment missing parents]].

Contains a lot of {{Contrived Coincidence}}s (miracles, really, but always within the realm of possibility), but that's kind of the point. In the meantime, viewers get a glimpse of a side of Tokyo that is rarely seen in anime.

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!!''Tokyo Godfathers'' contains examples of:

* ArcNumber: 1225 (which refers to December 25).
* BerserkButton: Hana lashes out at anyone who misgenders her.
** Don't harm a cat in front of Miyuki
* BilingualDialogue: Miyuki and the South American [[spoiler:shooter]] from the wedding, and later with [[spoiler:his wife]] (it is [[spoiler:his wife]], but she confirms this only in Spanish). He says [[spoiler:at first that he’ll kill her if she doesn’t cooperate, but quickly drops the act and tells her he’s willing to help and get the baby the milk she needs]]. The [[spoiler:wife]] is very supportive, even if it seems she doesn’t understand what a big mess Miyuki got herself into.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Taken to extremes by Miyuki.
* BruceLeeClone: The leader of the teen delinquents thinks he's one.
* CallingTheOldManOut: In Miyuki's flashback. It did not end well.
* [[JapaneseChristian Christianity In Japan]]: Several of the main characters admit to being Christian to some degree, or to at least are familiar with Christian tradition and the story of Jesus. The fiery preacher seen in the opening credits may have been the same drunken slob who accosts Gin and Hana in a convenience store later on; if so, Hana is a better Christian than he is.
* Main/ChristmasInJapan: [[SubvertedTrope Notable for being an actual Christmas ''drama'' in Japan, which focuses on the true meaning of Christmas according to the west...somewhat.]]
* ChristmasMiracle
* ContrivedCoincidence: Far too many to list here without spoiling the whole movie. It never feels cheap, though; it happens so often -- and often in such hilarious and unexpected ways -- that by the time it gets to the truly absurd stuff, the viewer is liable to just roll with it.
** Also somewhat justified; the characters speculate that the baby they are helping is under the protection of God -- and if that actually is the case, then it would make sense that miraculous things would happen to assist them.
* CoughingUpBlood: [[spoiler:Hana throughout the movie. We never find out [[SoapOperaDisease exactly what she has]] but the doctor informs us that being homeless and running mad all over town is not helping the condition.]]
* CrazyHomelessPeople: None of the characters, really, except for the senile old man whom Gin comforts.
* {{Determinator}}: Most of the cast, but special mention goes to Gin. [[spoiler: Despite being plastered and his antagonists being armed with crowbars, he manages to not only survive and get back the photo they took--one of the only clues to Kiyoko's home's whereabouts--from them, but runs--REPEATEDLY--to catch up with Kiyoko and his friends.]]
* DeusExMachina: The driving force of the movie, and proof that TropesAreNotBad.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Miyuki stabs her father... over a lost cat?
* DoorstopBaby
* DoTheyKnowItsChristmasTime
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Averted; when a group of gossiping women are discussing the couple the main trio are searching for, it is brought up that "sometimes you'd see bruises". One of the women initially takes pity on the wife until it's brought up that the husband was the victim, at which she's even more horrified.
* DragQueen: Hana's former vocation. She left the biz after she attacked a heckler.
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* EthnicMenialLabor: Hispanic in Japan.
* FacialMarkings: It's no coincidence that Kiyoko the baby has a mole on her forehead just like [[{{Buddhism}} the Buddha]].
* FatGirl: Played as legitimate characters. There are four handsomely-built ladies in the movie: Kiyoko the ''yakuza'''s daughter, Kiyoko the nurse, the kind Spanish-speaking mother, and Miyuki in flashback.
* FormerlyFat: Due to living in the streets during several months, Miyuki lost a large amount of weight.
* TheFundamentalist: Miyuki's mother is a religious fundamentalist and is shown praying dramatically during one of her flashbacks.
* GirlyRun: Used by Hana.
* GossipyHens
* HappilyAdopted: Hana says she never knew her true mother and was raised by a foster mother.
* HappilyEverAfter: By the end of the movie, [[spoiler:the baby is returned to its real parents, all three homeless characters have been reunited with their families, Sakiko and her husband have started over...and it turns out the trio have been carrying around a winning lottery ticket the whole time.]]
* HitmanWithAHeart: The Hispanic assasin set out to kill the Yakuza boss at the wedding takes Miyuki hostage...to a kind Hispanic mother who breastfeeds Kiyoko and provides some comfort for Miyuki.
* InMysteriousWays
* InfantImmortality: Of course baby Kiyoko will survive anything, including the Japanese winter.
* InterruptedSuicide: Never ones to be impolite, Japanese women take off their shoes before they plunge to their deaths.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: When Miyuki calls Hana a ‘shitty geezer’, Hana says, ‘“Shitty” is fine, but “geezer” will NOT fly!!’ and nearly assaults her. After Gin breaks them up, Miyuki corrects herself and calls her a ‘shitty... uh... hag.’ A flashback reveals that Hana once lashed out at a visitor at the bar she worked at who made the same mistake.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Gin.
* KindheartedCatLover: Miyuki. She has cat named Angel back at home and gets very angry when Gin suggests they eat some cats.
* LighterAndSofter: Hard to believe this is from the same guy who gave us ''Anime/PerfectBlue'' and ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent''.
* LongLostRelative: Hana and her "mother" (drag mentor), [[spoiler:Gin and his daughter]], and [[spoiler:Miyuki and her father.]]
* MacGuffinGirl: The baby, to some degree.
* MagicRealism
* MagneticPlotDevice: The baby again.
* MamaBear: Hana.
** The Hispanic mother also counts, seeing as she protectively held both Kiyoko and her baby when she saw Hana.
* MissionFromGod: Not exactly said, but with the underlying themes of Christianity, Hana's statements, and the DeusExMachina that seems to be everywhere, God ''might'' have had something to do with it.
* NamesTheSame: The party is constantly finding itself saved by various Kiyokos.
* OdeToJoy: A J-Pop version plays over the closing credits.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. The trio meet (or already know) multiple Kiyokos by the end of the movie.
* OrphansPlotTrinket
* ParentalAbandonment: Not just the baby that they find, but Gin's abandonment of his own family.
* QueerPeopleAreFunny: "I am a mistake made by God!"
* RedOniBlueOni: Hana compares the relationship between her and Gin to a story about them.
* TheRunaway: Miyuki. She ran away from home after [[spoiler: stabbing her father during a fight]].
* RunningGag: Hana's tendency to create haiku poems on the spot at key points of the story.
* ShoutOut: Akio Ohtsuka gets a brief cameo as a [[Manga/{{BlackJack}} doctor.]]
** Much of the plot is taken straight from the JohnWayne classic ''The Three Godfathers''.
** You can see posters of Creator/SatoshiKon's previous works on the window of the convenience store.
* SurprisinglyGoodForeignLanguage: The entirety of the Hispanic characters' dialogue is delivered in Surprisingly Good Spanish. The boy's lines might sound a bit like translated Japanese at times, but in all it's far better Spanish than it has any reason to be.
** It helps that the actors are, most likely, naturally born Spanish speakers, of course.
* TeamDad: Gin, of the alcoholic disciplinarian but ultimately self-sacrificing variety.
* TeamMom: Hana, definitely. Her dream for most of her life was to be the mother she never had growing up.
* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: However, in this film, Tokyo is a city with a shady side just like any other.
* TokyoTower: Seen dancing, along with other Tokyo buildings, at the start of the closing credits.
* TheTramp: All of them.
* {{Transsexual}}: Hana.
* TrashcanBonfire
* TruthInTelevision: Some of the events in the movie were based on real-life incidents that occurred in Japan around the time the film was made. [[spoiler:The scene in which Gin is beaten up by a group of teenagers was based on an similar incident involving a hobo being beaten up by teenagers. Miyuki's troubled backstory was based on an incident in which a teenage girl stabbed her father after getting into an argument with him about which TV channel they wanted to watch.]]
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: A background event, nobody seemed to have reacted over the couple getting hit by that car...
* WellDoneSonGuy: It appears that Miyuki's father was perpetually cold and callous to her... from [[UnreliableNarrator her perspective]], anyway.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Inverted, as Hana deliberately plays the villain to draw two characters together.
* {{Yakuza}}
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Hana and Miyuki are homeless due to believing this. Hana left home after she attacked a heckler at her foster mother's drag bar and was too ashamed to face her foster mother. Miyuki left believing [[spoiler:her father would arrest her for stabbing him]].

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