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Characters from ''Black Jack'':

!The Main Duo

!!Kuro'o Hazama (alias Dr. Black Jack)
[[caption-width-right:225:We'd make a joke about how "I charge a high price for my services" could be interpreted differently, but this guy would put us in traction. And give us the medical bill.]]

!!!Creator/AkioOhtsuka (Japanese), Creator/KirkThornton (English)
A brilliant unlicensed surgeon, who charges huge fees and cultivates a ([[JerkWithAHeartOfGold partly false]]) {{Dr Jerk}} persona. When he was a child, he and his mother were severely injured by a landmine. While his mother later died, Black Jack's life was saved by Dr. Honma, who inspired Black Jack to become a doctor.

Tropes associated with Black Jack:
* AdaptationPersonalityChange: Media outside the manga tend to play up his kinder side, with the [=OAVs=] making him downright gallant at times.
* [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation Amazing Technicolor M.D.]]: The blue-tinted side of his face in the manga, as a matter of ArtisticLicense. In reality (as well as in all adaptations), it's dark brown, as it's a skin graft donated by a biracial childhood schoolmate of his.
%%* AwesomenessByAnalysis
* BackAlleyDoctor: Despite being an amazing doctor, he does not actually have his license.
* BadassBookworm: Although its downplayed outside the manga, he's capable of taking several thugs on in hand-to-hand combat, and a master at throwing scalpels.
* BadassLongcoat: Wears a black trenchcoat draped over his shoulders, letting the sleeves dangle.
* BatmanGambit: Often pulls these to teach Aesops or favor his patients.
* BelatedBackstory: It's not until much later in the manga (and several episodes in the anime) that we learn Black Jack's birth name, why he became a physician, why he's estranged from the medical establishment, or how he got those scars.
%%* BettyAndVeronica: In the TV anime, he's the Veronica to Sharaku's Betty.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: His rotten attitude and exorbitant prices are just as legendary as his incredible skills.
* BusmansHoliday: Can't even seem to walk down the street without running into some sort of medical emergency.
%%* ByronicHero: One of the most recognized in manga and anime.
* CelibateHero: Women fall for him all the time, but those who don't [[CartwrightCurse end up dead]], end up brushed off or forever beyond his reach.
%%* ChickMagnet
* CoveredWithScars: Intentionally does not get plastic surgery to reduce his obvious skin grafts, because they remind him of the kindness of the (now dead) schoolmate who donated them.
* CrazyPrepared: Always has medical equipment on hand, including all manner of scalpels and, on one occasion, fake arms to [[ISurrenderSuckers put his hands up with]].
%%* CreepyGood
* CrimefightingWithCash: Once saves a man to whom he owes a favor by purchasing an entire hospital in order to preform a necessary operation on him.
* DarkIsNotEvil: His startling appearance and funereal clothing have had people comparing him to a devil, but he's a truly good and compassionate doctor.
* DeadlyDoctor: Not only is he a superhuman surgeon but also a deadly marksman who could kill or, more commonly, incapacitate enemies by throwing scalpels.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* DrJerk
%%* GoodIsNotNice
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Intentionally played with, Black Jack's scars are intended to be scary and lead people to think poorly of him. In reality he is often a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, although he can be self centered as well.
* IllBoy: More exactly, Severely Injured Boy. He was a healthy normal kid until the landmine incident, and obviously had to go through extensive surgery and treatment afterwards, including months in a wheelchair.
* ItAmusedMe: Likes to use his skills to take particularly arrogant doctors down a peg.
* ItsPersonal: Has been known to take on surgeries for free in order to show up doctors who insult his skills or mock people he cares about.
* JerkassFacade: Actively strives to look like a bad guy, especially when it's for the patient's own good.
* KavorkaMan: Played with: While his actual facial structure is that of a {{Bishonen}}, his face is scarred. He's a ChickMagnet nontheless.
* KnightInSourArmor: Being exposed to the worst of human greed and selfishness on a regular basis has made him pretty hard-boiled.
* LockedIntoStrangeness[=/=]SkunkStripe: As a result of his childhood trauma surrounding the landmine incident.
%%* ManOfWealthAndTaste
%%* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate
* MrFanservice: In the OVA, OsamuDezaki managed to turn him into this, with a good amount of upper body nudity. ''Young Black Jack'' decides to take this a step further and make him far more [[AdaptationalAttractiveness conventionally attractive]] for the New Tens audience.
* NotSoStoic: The mere ''sight'' of Dr. Kiriko will lead Black Jack to drop whatever he's doing just to bitch at him. Kiriko seems to find this amusing.
* OedipusComplex: Dr. Black Jack has some daddy issues. ''Serious'' daddy issues.
* {{Omniglot}}: In the manga he's able to speak Spanish, and in the OVA he is shown writing in English.
* OnlyShopInTown: A variant. No one on earth has skills like Black Jack, so he charges incredibly high fees. As he has noted, being alive and healthy is worth any amount of money.
* PapaWolf: Extremely protective of Pinoko, as well as any child patients.
* PeekABangs: The white part of his hair tends to fall into his face a lot, usually for dramatic effect.
* PowerOfTheGodHand: Has earned the nickname "The Surgeon with the Hands of God" for his ridiculous ability in the operating room.
* {{Revenge}}: Has devoted himself to hunting down the people responsible for the dud bomb that nearly killed him and doomed his mother to a slow miserable death and making them pay. It's one reason he won't take the Hippocratic Oath.
* ScarsAreForever: Several of the scars (like the iconic facial one) are justified, in that [[TragicKeepsake he had an emotional attachment to the skin donor]] and doesn't mess with them despite obviously being skilled enough to do so.
* SelfSurgery: Black Jack once performed a full surgery on his own abdomen, while being circled by hungry dingos. Black Jack also talked a quack doctor through performing surgery on him, which the quack had never done before. Soon after, the quack declared his intention to go to medical school for real. Another time finds him performing surgery on his leg instead of letting another doctor amputate it.
%%* ShonenHair
%%* SkunkStripe
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: His real name is Kuro'o Hazama. As he himself explains once, "Kuro" means "black" while the second "o" can be short for "otoko", meaning "man". Thus "Black Jack" is a loose English translation of his actual name.
%%* SuperDoc: Oh yeah.
* SuperSpeed: A very downplayed example, but people are regularly astonished by the incredible speed and surety of his surgical techniques.
* SwissBankAccount: Keeps his money from the operations he performs in one or more of these.
* TestedOnHumans: Has a bad reputation for this in the medical community, since--although he himself despises the thought of human lab rats--the strange maladies he runs into often force him to use unconventional or even wholly experimental techniques.
* TragicKeepsake: The half of his face with darker skin is his last memento of a close friend named Takashi [[spoiler: who was killed during an enviromental protest.]]
** The TV anime has a necklace that Black Jack's mother was wearing during [[LandmineGoesClick the landmine incident]]. In the sequel series ''Black Jack 21'', this becomes an {{Orphans Plot Trinket}} when it's revealed that [[spoiler: Black Jack's father hid a microchip in it detailing the purpose and methods of the Phoenix Project.]] It's also noted in the same show that several of his skin grafts were taken from his mother [[spoiler:and later takes a skin graft from his recently deceased father when operating on his own leg, signifying that he's forgiven him for his betrayal]].
%%* TwoFaced
* WeaponOfChoice: Scalpels are his favorite, not just in the operating room, but in the very rare times when he has to fight.
** He also keeps a pistol at home for emergencies.

!!Pinoko Hazama
[[caption-width-right:225:Ambulatory tumors never looked so cute.]]

!!!Creator/YukoMizutani, Music/UtadaHikaru (Japanese); Julie Kliewer, Kim Mai Guest (English)
Black Jack's loyal assistant/surrogate daughter/wannabe wife. She spent 18 years as a parasitic twin, using psychokinetic powers ([[HandWave don't ask]]) to fend off the doctors trying to remove her. After convincing her that she wouldn't be pitched out with the medical waste, Black Jack built a synthetic body to house her organs. The first thing she did once in her new body was [[CallingTheOldManOut violently call out her twin sister]] for trying to have her killed. This freaked out the sister, who [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere disappeared]] and left Pinoko with Black Jack.
Tropes associated with Pinoko:
* BrattyHalfPint: Just ''how'' bratty [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer.]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Stories set later chronologically show that she develops into a decent cook and assistant.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Thinks of herself as Black Jack's wife, and resents any woman who comes within 10 feet of him.
* TheCutie: The cutest tumor ever!
* {{Cyborg}}: Started life as a mass of several human organs, which Black Jack integrated into an artificial body.
* HairDecorations: Four ribbons in her hair.
%%* FieryRedhead
* FunPersonified: In the DarkerAndEdgier 90's anime.
* [[IJustWantToBeNormal I Just Want to Look My Age]]: Hates the fact that she has a little girl's body.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: In the 2004 series, there's a touching episode where she befriends an IllGirl.
* KidAppealCharacter: The reason for her expanded role in the TV anime.
* MindControl: Had this power as a tumor, forcing doctors who were going to remove her to injure themselves.
%%* MoodSwinger
* NotGrowingUpSucks: Not so much in the anime, but in the manga she is always complaining about her size and saying that she wants to be "tall and pretty".
* OlderThanTheyLook / YoungerThanTheyLook: Confused? She's 18-22 (depending on the timeline), her prosthetic body looks about 7, and she's only had that body for less than 4 years.
%%* PluckyGirl
* PrecociousCrush: Every love interest she's had has been much older than she, well, appears to be.
* PuniPlush: Bordering on chibi in the TV anime.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Black Jack once gave her up for adoption by a loving couple... and it turns out they got her to replace their dead dog. [[BreakTheCutie Ouch.]]
* SpeechImpediment: Talksh with a pronounshed lishp in the manga, probably as a result of her lips being artificial.
%%* ThinksLikeARomanceNovel
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Black Jack is a bit unnerved by the fact that, within several days of her "birth," Pinoko was not only making some pretty strong advances on him, but also knew what a virgin was. In fairness, she's technically spent 18 years as a parasite...
-->'''Black Jack:''' Good God, where did you learn that kind of language?
* WomanChild: Even if she did look her age, she'd be one of these, since all her experience with the world is second-hand.

!Recurring Characters

!!Dr. Jotaro Honma

The surgeon who saved Black Jack's life when the latter was a kid, and Black Jack's role model. His daughter Kumiko makes several appearances in the 2004 series.
* MyGreatestFailure: Confesses to Black Jack on his death bed that when first operating on him, [[spoiler: he accidentally left a scalpel in his body, but adamantly refused to believe he could be so careless and therefore ignored it. When he discovered the calcium-sheathed tool in a follow-up operation, he was so disgusted with himself for putting a patient's life in jeopardy for the sake of pride that he immediately retired from practice.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: He dies in the first story he appear in, and thereafter makes appearances in flashbacks.

!!Dr. Kiriko
[[caption-width-right:225:He's considering putting you out of your misery.]]

!!!Creator/NachiNozawa (Japanese)
Black Jack's rival, a euthanasia specialist and former military doctor. Since Black Jack is against euthanizing patients, whenever the two docs cross paths the result is never pretty.
* CombatMedic: He doesn't get to show it much, but he ''is'' ex-military.
* DeadpanSnarker: Manages to be even snarkier than Black Jack.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: While Dr. Kiriko has no issues with ending a patient's life, seeing the U.S. government condemn men to death ''when they DO have a chance of recovery'' in "Terror Virus" sends him into a TranquilFury.
%%* EvilCounterpart: To Black Jack...[[GreyAndGrayMorality sort of.]]
* EyepatchOfPower: Probably due to an old war injury.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: He really does believe he's doing what best for his patients, although he seems to enjoy his work a bit too much.
* {{Patricide}}: Surreptitiously poisoned his own father when he believed Black Jack wouldn't be able to save him...the old man died ''right after'' Black Jack found and fixed the problem.
* ShadowArchetype: Also to Black Jack. A doctor who served in wartime, he believes in helping patients die painlessly when there is no chance for recovery. He's not evil, as such, but where Black Jack will do anything possible to make a patient live, Dr. Kiriko will choose euthanasia rather than prolong the patient's suffering. Naturally, the physicians clash at times but [[EnemyMine must cooperate at others]]. To his credit, if he discovers that the patient has a chance of recovery, guess who he turns to?
* ShellShockedVeteran: Having to euthanize so many of his fellow soldiers has definitely left a mark on him.
* StartOfDarkness: The newest anime Young Black Jack definitely is going this path, since it shows Kiriko's time as a war doctor in the Vietnam War, and a damn good one to boot: his skills in surgery are on par with Black Jack's (who, mind you, is still a student at the time of this anime, but is nevertheless considered a god with his abilities), and his drive to see his patient live no matter what
%%* StepfordSnarker
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: White-haired and morally ambiguous.
* WorthyOpponent: Regards Black Jack as one of these on some level, notably being absolutely shocked when one of his operations fails (due to circumstances outside his control, mind).
* YouCantFightFate: Believes that if someone's fated to die, the best thing to do would be to make it quick and dignified instead of dragging things out or giving them false hope.

!!Megumi Kisaragi

Black Jack's first love. A fellow medical student, Megumi was the only one to look past Black Jack's scariness and [[MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold see his true nature.]] But before she could confess her love, Megumi was diagnosed with uterine cancer. [[spoiler: She survived thanks to Black Jack, but because all of her reproductive organs had to be removed, she no longer considered herself as a woman. She changed her name to Kei Kisaragi, assumed a male identity, and became a ship's doctor.]]
%%* BrainyBrunette
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: The Gentle Girl to Black Jack's Brooding Boy.
* ShrinkingViolet: [[spoiler: Though once she "became a man", she adopted a more assertive personality.]]
%%* StarCrossedLovers: With Black Jack.
* SweetOnPollyOliver: One of the ship's crew falls in love with her after realizing her gender.
%%* SweetPollyOliver

!!Kumiko Honma

The daughter of Dr. Honma, whose life was saved by a teen Black Jack when she was a little girl. She works in Black Jack's favorite café and keeps an IntergenerationalFriendship with him.
* IllGirl: In the 2004 series she has glaucoma, so she has to get a cornea transplant to save her eyesight. [[spoiler: Then, her eye started showing her the last things that the original owner saw before dying...]]
%%* OrdinaryHighschoolStudent


Kumiko's boss and the owner of a cafe where Black Jack and Pinoco stop very often. Sometimes offers an understanding ear to many people. Inspired in Tezuka's recurrent character [[http://tezukainenglish.com/bm/characters/stars_s/shunsaku-ban-aka-higeoyaji.shtml Shunsaku Ban]].
* CompositeCharacter: A combination of Ban's role in the manga story ''Tetsu of the Yamanote Line'', a thief who nearly lost his hands, and Kumiko's father in the manga version, who was not Honma but a completely different guy who owned a restaurant.
* {{Fingore}}: One of his hands is ''severely'' scarred. [[spoiler: Because when young, he commited the severe mistake of stealing money from a {{yakuza}}. It immediately went FromBadToWorse.]]
* FiveFingerDiscount: A master at it in his old days, [[spoiler: He does it only one last time for Black Jack's sake.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Was once a failed magician, but found that his fast hands translated rather well to the business of pickpocketing.
* RedBaron: Tetsu of the Yamanote Line.
* RetiredBadass: Used to be quite the scoundrel in his younger days. [[spoiler: An episode of the 2004 series focuses in him and the SympatheticInspectorAntagonist who never got to catch him.]]

!![[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharaku_Hosuke Housuke Sharaku]]

A recurrent character in several of Tezuka's works, who first appeared in the manga ''Manga/TheThreeEyedOne'' (''Mitsume ga Tooru''). In the 2004 series he's a normal junior highschool boy, the son of an archeologist as well as one of Black Jack's first patients. He and his sister Watou become show regulars.
%%* CanonImmigrant
%%* DoggedNiceGuy: To Pinoko.
* IllBoy: The first one that BJ operated in, in the TV series.
%%* OlderThanTheyLook
* ShrinkingViolet: Cotrasting with his original self's CreepyChild.

!!Chiyoko Watou

Another recurrent character from Tezuka's works, who is Sharaku's ward and MoralityPet. In this continuity she is Sharaku's older sister and Kumiko's best friend.
%%* ActionGirl: Doubling as KendoTeamCaptain.
* BelligerentSexualTension: In an episode, with the local {{Delinquent}} Jou. [[spoiler: Whom BJ has to operate on later]]
%%* CanonImmigrant
%%* HotBlooded
%%* OrdinaryHighschoolStudent
* PrecociousCrush: Hinted she has a crush on Black Jack. [[spoiler: He once saved her from falling to her death.]]
%%* {{Tomboy}}
%%* {{Tsundere}}

!! Dr. Tezuka

An obvious {{expy}} of Creator/OsamuTezuka himself, from the 2004 series. He's a friend of Black Jack and owns a small clinic, often asking him for help with specially difficult cases.
* {{Foil}}: To Black Jack, as he ''does'' work inside the system.
%%* NiceGuy