[[quoteright:350:[[VideoGame/RivalSchools http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/vs-gedo.png]]]]

Whether just making a bit of trouble at the back of the classroom or out picking fights, schoolyard bullies or members of one of those oddly-decked-out motorcycle gangs, delinquents are a sure sign that not all is right. Japanese Delinquents comes in two distinct flavors: Throw-away minor characters, and major (or main) characters.

The visual style of the Japanese delinquent in fiction has remained more consistent than in RealLife. [[note]]A uniquely detailed description of the fashion and behavior of real yankees and bikers in TheEighties can be read in Ikuya Satou's [[http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=TTZuWn47PkUC&dq=Ikuya+Sato+Kamikaze+Biker&source=gbs_navlinks_s book.]][[/note]] The description below is an up-to-date and relatively realistic one.

For both types, speaking with [[TrrrillingRrrs rolled Rs]] (to convey a sense of rage) and [[DelinquentHair dyeing their hair in some form]] is usual (though the likelihood is greatly increased for major characters), with bleached-blond being the most common variety. A ridiculous pompadour or ''[[http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&source=hp&biw=1280&bih=896&q=%E3%83%AA%E3%83%BC%E3%82%BC%E3%83%B3%E3%83%88&oq=%E3%83%AA%E3%83%BC%E3%82%BC%E3%83%B3%E3%83%88&aq=f&aqi=g-rJ1g-r1g1g-r1g-rJ1g2g-rJ1g1g-rJ1&aql=1&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=422l422l0l1065l1l1l0l0l0l0l66l66l1l1l0 ri-zento/regent]]'' hairstyle that juts out from the forehead like a battering ram is a delinquent hallmark; this is seldom played straight nowadays, especially for main characters.

When first seen, a male delinquent character will likely be in a distinctive pose: head tilted, eyes narrowed and upper lip curled into a sneer, with either arms folded or hands in pockets. In the case of minor antagonists, this pose on introduction is practically mandatory.

Other visual identifiers include:
* Bandanas.
* A facial mask of some kind, especially a surgical one.
* Excessive piercings and jewellery.
* Tattoos, or for the particularly hardcore, scars (almost AlwaysMale).
* {{Sarashi}}.
* Jackets [[CoatCape worn over the shoulders]].
* Trousers rolled up to just below the knee. Sleeves are often rolled up too.
* Combat pants tucked into boots.
* Loafers without socks.
* [[OralFixation A twig or blades of straw or grass kept in the mouth.]]
* Weapons tend to be long and blunt (bats, planks, poles, etc) rather than bladed, especially in comedies and light dramas. This is because a) it implies less dangerous and more honorable fighting, and b) the possession of bladed weapons is strictly regulated in Japan.

Female delinquents often have their ''seifuku'' in some form of purposeful disarray - unknotted scarf, loose socks, partially unbuttoned top, or the skirt hiked up. An unusually long skirt and a coat/jacket also indicates a tough cookie. They will sometimes be portrayed as ''[[RichBitch kogals]]'' (who flaunt their disposable income), or some other subculture, or engaging in [[EnjoKosai less violent]] [[BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord inappropriate]] behavior.

The minor, throw-away type is a general blend of everything you'd expect from someone called a delinquent: getting into fights, disturbing the peace, and generally just not getting along with society at large. They are essentially there to [[{{Mooks}} provide trouble for the main cast to clean up]].

The major character type, on the other hand, carries at least some the above traits, but is almost always a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.

In Japanese, delinquents are referred to, both in real life and in fiction, as ''yankii'' (as in "yankee", because of their rebelliousness and Hawaiian-patterned shirts they sometimes wore rather than an affinity with the USA), while their leaders are called ''banchou''. Female leaders can be called ''sukeban'' or ''onna banchou''. Motorcycle and automobile racers are usually considered a separate subculture of delinquent, known as ''bosozoku'' or ''hashiriya.''

The {{Yakuza}}, Japan's indigenous organized crime syndicates, tend to have very little respect for delinquents. In their eyes, they're professional criminals with a sense of tradition, whereas delinquents are just young punks with an attitude. Some ''very'' low level yakuza (called "chinpira") ''do'' however intermingle amongst the yankii (and their close relatives the bosozoku and hashiriya), though (mostly because they are a very good market for passing along illegal substances), and some yankii and bosozoku like to ape Yakuza styles out of DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster, so to people unaware of these differences (or to people disgusted with them all and seeing this as a distinction without a difference), [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer ''all'' yankii, bosozoku, and hashiriya will be lumped in with hardcore high-ranking yakuza.]]

For delinquents in general, including the Western types, see {{Delinquents}}, GreaserDelinquents (for the delinquents of TheFifties and TheSixties), and LowerClassLout.

!!Examples of minor characters

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': parodied, when Chiyo-chan and company dressed up as delinquents during the Sports Festival.
** Also parodied during Kaorin's ''hatsuyume'' (the first dream of the new year), when all of the girls (except Sakaki) are wearing face masks and long skirts, implying gang membership. Then Sakaki rides in on a white horse, knocks them down, and sweeps Kaorin away. Kaorin was quite disappointed to wake up just then.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', particularly in the flashbacks of Ichigo and Chad's past. more exactly, Chad used to be a delinquent but mellowed oput and later refused to fight other punks, and when he was harrassed by a whole gang Ichigo defended him, which is what kicked off their friendship.
* ''GreatTeacherOnizuka''. If you're not sure what the minor-type is supposed to look like, see the class Onizuka deals with in the first couple of episodes.
* Half of the extras in ''TenshiNaKonamaiki''. The entertainment value of the show went down every time they showed up, too.
* In the baseball episode of ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', the whole class is made of these ridiculous stereotypes. The toughest of the bunch has a pompadour haircut that extends a good fifteen ''feet'' from his forehead and appears to be prehensile...
* Rin's motorcycle gang (and in the manga, the all-female gang led by Miku) in ''MidoriNoHibi''.
* The Zokugaku Chameleons from ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' are an entire ''team'' of minor-character delinquents, except for team captain Rui Habashira, who's more like a secondary character (and placed 5th in the latest character popularity poll).
* The "Bancho Rengoku" (Gang Leader Alliance) attacks Momotsuki Gakuen in episode 13 of ''PaniPoniDash''. They consisted of a Girl Ninja, A 50-foot man and ''a talking bull.'' There's also the character of Yanki, who dresses like a delinquent but is just a fat, [[{{Gonk}} goofy-looking]] doofus.
* See Yankumi's students in ''{{Gokusen}}''. Ironically one of the teachers is a real Yakuza princess, compared to the delinquent students in her class. Being delinquents, most of them are too dense to have figured it out.
* Some secondary characters in ''SlamDunk'' are delinquents, in a wide range of positions from street gangs to players in rival teams. As mentioned below, the ''main'' character used to be one of these in the past. (And is still feared as such)
* An attack on girls wearing inappropriately high heels in ''CaseClosed'' reminds Chief Megure of an older case where some delinquent, long-skirt wearing girls were targets of a hit-and-run driver. [[spoiler:The SoleSurvivor of the case is currently his wife, Midori.]]
* Jirô in ''Manga/GokinjoMonogatari''. The other characters sometimes start talking in delinquent slang while he looks at them with [[SweatDrop a pissed expression]] from the background.
* Light kills a delinquent in ''Manga/DeathNote'' while experimenting with its power.
* In ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', a gang of delinquents attempt to mess with Sousuke, first by picking a fight with him and then kidnapping Kaname, only to find they are ''not'' prepared to deal with someone like Sousuke. Though to be fair, there aren't many people that ''are'' prepared to deal with [[NoSocialSkills someone]] [[CrazyPrepared like]] [[ChildSoldier Sousuke]].
* ThoseTwoGuys Inukawa and Nekoyama from ''BokuNoTsukuruSekai''.
* Episode 17 of ''SetoNoHanayome'' is a spoof of this idea, with Akeno being forced into being a gang leader.
* Lots of these in ''{{Holyland}}''.
* In the comedic HighSchoolAU of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' ''PetitEva'', Unit-01 is depicted as a yankii, and called "Evancho".
* In ''Manga/HelenESP'', Oguri's brother Midou is one, though he ends up reforming.
* ''TigerAndBunny'''s first drama CD shows that Kotetsu Kaburagi toed the line of delinquency as a teenager, although he'll protest. It's not ''his'' fault that his self-prescribed superhero training required skipping classes to beat up street thugs.
* ''Manga/MaidSama'''s cast are forced to go on a "rescue mission" (and end up forgetting why they went anyway) only to have the Three Idiots make up with an old ally. They all dress up in delinquent-style clothing for the infiltration.
* Ritsu Kasanoda from OuranHighSchoolHostClub is believed to be one due to having [[FaceOfAThug a mean-looking face]] and [[YakuzaPrincess a yakuza father.]] [[GentleGiant He... isn't]]
* Aruma, the protagonist of ''SacredSeven'' is in a similar situation, although the ''real'' yankees pick on him themselves.
* ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'' is the likely [[FollowTheLeader inspiration]] for the three protagonist examples [[RunningGag above]].
* The class of ''Manga/BattleRoyale'' features a small group of delinquent males led by EmptyShell Kazuo Kiriyama. An even smaller group of ''females'' is led by Souma. Both are especially hardcore examples who get involved in serious and violent crime.
* The Capsules, Kaneda's [[BadassBiker bousouzoku]] gang from ''Manga/{{Akira}}'', a rival gang called the Clowns,and many of their classmates.
* In ''FruitsBasket'', there was a trio of middle school aged yanki wannabes who tried to pick a fight with Uotani after stalking her for over an hour. Uotani is easily able to talk some sense into them.
** Uo used to be one herself, until Tohru's mother Kyoko (who was also in a gang when she was her age) convinced her to change her ways and quit the gang. Other students still call her a delinquent though, mostly Kyou, because of the way she dresses.
* ''{{Blassreiter}}'' features a group of delinquents who terrorize everyone in their path from fellow schoolmates to [[AdultsAreUseless Useless Adults]] with no fear of reprisal (their ability to manipulate characters and to escape karmic retribution is rage-inducing, but largely for how obvious a rage plant they are). Physical and verbal [[KickTheDog dog kicking]] abound, in addition to [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide driving a major character's friend to suicide]]]]. These three school kids seem to run their neighborhood, and for all we know the entire country of Japan, with an iron fist [[spoiler: until their reign eventually comes to an end as they are fittingly murdered during the second arc of the series, but]] the sour taste of their deeds doesn't wash out right away, as much a result of the implausibility of their overblown [[KickTheDog dog kicking]] as the heinousness of it.
* Subverted for multiple times in ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys''. Motoharu is ''called'' one and looked like one, but he's more a NiceGuy. This goes with most of the Sanada North's School Council sans the SchoolCouncilPresident; all of them have a serious case of FaceOfAThug despite being actually sensible and well-mannered guys. {{Lampshaded}} when the other school's Student Council arrives at the council room and first thought they went into a delinquents' office by mistake.
* Some minor annoyances in ''UruseiYatsura'' are delinquents who are too stupid to stay away from Tomobiki High.
** [[HokutoNoKen Kenshiro]] [[TheCameo showed up]] in one episode as the school banchou.
* ''UsagiDrop'' has Kouki act like this, even dying his hair and having a delinquient girlfriend. Rin is not impressed by this.
* Umezawa from ''HajimeNoIppo'' starts as this, bullying Ippo alongside his friends. As Ippo becomes better-known as a boxer, [[HeelFaceTurn they stop bullying him and become his friends]], and by the end they graduate from highschool [[CharacterDevelopment Umezawa has fully reformed.]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' has one in the episode "The Bridge Bike Gang", parodying the "Bowzock" gangs of Japan as well as being a PragmaticAdaptation of the Biker trainer class from ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' has a scene where Ford Brody must retrieve his father Joe from a Japanese jail. Before his dad is brought out to him, he sees a delinquent teen being brought into the lobby, whereupon the teen gets fussed at by his parents.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In episode 30 of ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'', Sousuke and Ren get brainwashed into baddies; while Sousuke wears the jacket and pants, Ren goes the 'yankii' route with a Hawaiian shirt.
** A similar example in the previous year's ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'', with Ran being turned into a ''sukeban''. [[spoiler:Then they learn that their mentor Miki ''used to be a real one''.]]
** Also, in an episode of ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', Ian and Utsusemimaru dress up as delinquents in order to help Souji's LoveInterest hook up with him by getting him to defend her from their advances. Then Amy, who is not in on the act, comes and beats them both up.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The {{Mooks}} of the school level in ''NoMoreHeroes''.
* Just about everyone in ''RiverCityRansom''. Well, except the shop keepers, waiters, children, the old man at the sauna, Roxy, and Ryan. But still!
* Most of the ''TokimekiMemorial'' games sometimes pit you against delinquents during dates, and you'll have to fight them ''FinalFantasy'' battles-style. When defeated, their Banchou comes to fight you; if you defeat him, [[WorthyOpponent he'll acknowledge you as the new Banchou]] and will make excuses for his underlings' rudeness. In ''TokimekiMemorial 2'', the delinquent gang is fleshed out (but still as secondary characters), with their Banchou revealed as [[spoiler: Kaoru Ichimonji aka the KnightTemplarBigBrother of one of the datable girls (Akane), and the Banchou of the first game]], and having under its order a QuirkyMinibossSquad of 4 members known as the ''[[TheFourGods Four Heaven Kings]]'', all having a specific name, face and personnality, and all [[spoiler: having a role in the aforemented datable girl's storyline]].
* ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio'': A group of them known as the Rudies are the protagonists of the game.
* Pangoro from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' is based off one, and is appropriately a Fighting/Dark type. It even has a "coat" like one.
* So are the motorcycle gang people you see in Kanto's Cycling Road (who often use Koffings).
* The DJ characters from {{Beatmania}} IIDX are depicted this way in the video/overlays for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPQo3iXA7wc FAKE TIME]]" from ''IIDX RED''.
[[/folder]]

!!Examples of major characters

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/DelinquentInDrag'' somewhat parodies this, but all the main characters fit.
* For the first half, ''Anime/CampusSpecialInvestigatorHikaruon'' plays like an old-school delinquent manga with the lead embodying the demeanor in class.
* The main character in ''Manga/HareluyaIIBoy'' may count as one and he and his group run into a number of these.
* ''SakigakeOtokojuku'' has a whole class of JapaneseDelinquents trained to hone their honor and friendship with each other to the point where you can't call them "delinquents" anymore.
* Nearly everyone in ''RokudenashiBlues'' is a delinquent, although the main characters try not to pick fights.
* Pretty much everybody in ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' is a delinquent, although they split their time equally between having [[SeinfeldianConversation odd conversations]] and fighting rival schools.
* Each and every student of Ishiyama High in ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}''. The main character himself is the top delinquent, who rules the entire institution. It's questionable how the school qualifies ''as'' a school seeing as it's basically gang headquarters for all the delinquents in the general vicinity, while the only faculty employees that are on campus is the principal (who doubles as the janitor) and the lunch lady, while the school building has gotten destroyed twice already. And theirs isn't the only delinquent school in the area!
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' gives us [[spoiler: Kida Masaomi,]] ex-leader of the Yellow Scarves, [[spoiler: Ryuugamine Mikado,]] current leader of the Dollars, and Heiwajima Shizuo, when he was in high school, although that wasn't entirely by choice but just all those [[HairTriggerTemper myriad Berserk Buttons flooding to the surface.]]
** Many of the characters here are members of the Dollars, who aren't your usual delinquents since most of them are regular people who joined for kicks. There's another gang of note who are really the only one from the show that really qualifies, the Yellow Scarves, which used to be in power some time ago. Izaya seems to put down [[EvilWeapon Saika's]] [[TheVirus children]] as another faction that has infiltrated the other two.
* Tetsuo Shima and Shotaro Kaneda in ''Manga/{{Akira}}'', plus the rest of the Capsules (Kaisuke, Yamagata, etc.) are a violent motorcycle gang. They're attending a reform school, but its goal of turning them into productive members of society seems to be failing - badly. And yes, back in the 80's criminal rebelious bikers in Japan aparently had side-parted hair and wore pink polo shirts.
* ''[[Anime/{{Persona 4}} Persona 4: The Animation]]'' has Kanji. See under the Video Game folder.
* Ichigo Kurosaki in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. Subverted as most of the fights Ichigo got into were people picking fights with ''him'', often because of his hair, which is naturally strawberry blond. ''He'' himself hates being seen as such.
* Eikichi Onizuka himself, and many others, in ''GreatTeacherOnizuka''.
* ''MazingerZ'''s Boss is a classic anime example.
* Keisuke Takahashi in ''InitialD'' (he was at one time, anyway... it becomes a minor plot point in Fourth Stage)
* Hayato Gokudera in ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' Kyouya Hibari and his followers, though they are also the Disciplinary Committee and are delinquent only in the name of their school which Hibari really really loves. Ironic much?
* Seiji Sawamura in ''MidoriNoHibi''. Sure, he gets into fights, argues with teachers, and does horribly in classes, but if you so much as touch one of the students of HIS school, he will punch you through your car.
** And his sister's way tougher than him.
* Sanosuke Sagara in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''. Though not a school student, he fits in every other respect.
* Takane from ''BakuretsuTenshi'' is at the same time a reformed Delinquent, a [[BadassLongcoat Badass Longseifuku]], and TheIdiotFromOsaka.
* Souichirou Nagi, Bob Makihara, and Bunshichi Tawara in ''TenjouTenge''.
* Yusuke Urameshi in ''YuYuHakusho''
** Kazuma Kuwabara fits the trope even better than Yusuke, since not only is he a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but he has an open jacket, wears a ''{{Sarashi}}'', and has a bright red pompadour.
** Also Asato Kido and Mitsunari Yanagisawa, two of the three relatively minor characters Genkai recruits for a SecretTestOfCharacter and the story arc that follows. They don't have a very big part, but they ''do'' show up in the background for the entire arc.
* Genzo Souga in ''TenshiNaKonamaiki''.
* Tsunoda in ''ChouKuseNiNarisou''.
* Ryu from ''ShamanKing''.
* Itsuki "Ikki" Minami from ''Manga/AirGear''.
* Madoka Ayukawa in ''KimagureOrangeRoad'' is an ex-sukeban, and she's still feared and hated due to the bad fame she adquired.
* Saki Asamiya from the anime and live-action versions of ''SukebanDeka''.
* ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' also has Jumonji, Kuroki, and Togano (the "Ha-Ha" Brothers, from habit of [[CatchPhrase going "Hah?" in sequence when confused]]), three punks who initially pick on Sena, but end up getting recruited as linemen for the Devil Bats and becoming his friends.
* Honorable mention: Kagome's trio of friends at school interpret her evasive descriptions of InuYasha as describing a ''yankii'' boyfriend.
* Arisa Uotani (and in her teenage years, Honda Tohru's mother, Kyoko) in ''FruitsBasket''. Kyouko's case in special in that she actually used to be a ''legendary'' delinquent known as the "Red Butterfly" due to the trail left by her red bike, and Arisa used to idolize her... too bad this coupled with Kyouko being a badly-abused BrokenBird., and her delinquent behavior was an outlet for her inner pain.
* Kenji Harima from ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' fits as one of the major-character type, complete with getting into fights, riding a big bike, and wearing an open jacket.
* Hanamichi Sakuragi and Hisashi Mitsui from ''SlamDunk''. Mitsui even was a gang leader, and after his [[HeelFaceTurn conversion]] his fellows became supporters of the basketball team.
* Sakaki from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' is mistaken for one of these: A HugeSchoolgirl + [[TheStoic totally inexpressive]] + unusually skilled athlete + [[CatsAreMean Kamineko hurts her hand]] = everyone assuming she's a Delinquent who loves picking fights for quite a few episodes of the series. During the school athletic festival, she and Kagura even hung a lampshade on it by dressing up as delinquents... ''boy'' delinquents, but delinquents nonetheless.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** Makoto Kino (Sailor Jupiter) is another reformed delinquent. She was originally designed as a smoker and sukeban leader in ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', but in the spinoff just kept the pseudo-yankii design of a long skirt and curly hair.
** Deconstructed: she keeps the long skirt from her old school because there wasn't [[HugeSchoolgirl anything in her size ]](this is why her uniform is different than Usagi's and Ami's, despite going to the same school) and it has been stated that her curly hair is natural.
** Also, delinquents are TheUsualAdversaries in ''Codename Sailor V'', bullying someone and then [[ButtMonkey getting mauled by the titular heroine whenever the plot needs her to waste time and arrive late at her destination]]. A chapter also featured them as the MonsterOfTheWeek's {{Mooks}} (as the youma was purposefully brainwashing ''all'' the delinquents of Tokyo to create an army), with a gang leader (who vented his frustration at never declaring [[HotForTheTeacher his love for one of his teachers at junior high]]) appearing as Minako's senpai and one of her many loves.
* Airs Blue from ''InfiniteRyvius'', a gang leader who gets his hands on the only gun on the Ryvius.
* [[IdiotHero Masaru Daimon]] of ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' is a ''banchou'' and a street fighter, and it really shows[[note]]the dub {{Bowdlerise}}d this into him being a loosely-defined "ultimate fighter"[[/note]]. He actually needs to ''punch'' a Digimon to trigger his [=DigiSoul=], and more often than not his punches do more damage than any of the ally Digimon. Meanwhile, [=BanchouLeomon=] is pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: a humanoid lion themed after a ''banchou''; however, he instead fills a [[TheMentor mentor]] role.
* The casts of the Hiroshi Takahashi mangas ''Crows'' and ''Worst'' are almost entirely composed of delinquents, specifically Harumichi Bouya and Tsukishima Hana, the respective protagonists. The opponents they encounter can be divided into two distinct groups: Rivals (delinquents who respect the codes of honor and companionship in high school gang warfare) and Bad Guys (jerks).
* Tomoya Okazaki and Youhei Sunohara in ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' are known as these, due to their tendency to skip classes. Sunohara's tendencies to pick a fight and be naughty [[ButtMonkey (but always fails)]] doesn't help. However, the ''real'' delinquent would be Sakagami Tomoyo, who actually became (in)famous for it. By the time the story starts, she renounces her delinquency to be eligible to become the StudentCouncilPresident.
* Jin Akutsu from ''ThePrinceOfTennis''.
* The entire main cast of ''Yankee-Kun to Megane-Chan'' (''FlunkPunkRumble'' in English trans) is made up of people who are, used to be, or everyone is convinced are delinquents.
* Katsuya Kimura from ''HellTeacherNube''. Waaay older than he should be for a fifth-grader, smokes, often associates with less than savory elements, openly lusts for [[GagBoobs Miki]], and often the root of [[TooDumbToLive serious trouble]] for Nube and his classmates. Then again, he's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold that would put his life on the line for [[TrueCompanions his friends]], loves animals, is very kind when you get to know him, and is [[BigBrotherInstinct unbelievably protective]] of his little sister Manami.
* Haruka Minami from ''{{Minami-ke}}'' apparently had a history of delinquency as many characters speak of her having been a 'legendary' ''banchou''. She spends most of her screentime being a [[NiceGirl nice]] MsFanservice, but the [[BewareTheNiceOnes heavy handed way she solves a few problems]] hints that the rumors might be true.
* ''Gang King'' has basically every male as a delinquent in gangs etc.
* Mamoru Takamura from ''HajimeNoIppo''. Even in the ring, he rocks the pompadour and has the extreme JerkAss personality to match. He started boxing in order to keep out of trouble and it took him far. Also, Takuya Kimura and Masaru Aoki, though they had to reconsider their delinquent status once they ran into the force of nature that is Takamura.
** Takeshi Sendoh and Ryuuhei Sawamura as well. In Sendoh's backstory, we learn that he actually became a delinquent and gang-leader in order to ''[[BullyHunter protect]]'' his classmates.
* Yuuichi from ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'' (both the anime and manga, although the circumstances are different in each) used to be a delinquent until he ran into Shiho, who helped him overcome those tendencies and has looked up to him as a "[[BigBrotherWorship big brother figure]]" ever since.
* Jotaro Kujo of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', as well as his uncle Josuke. Both are actually quite smart, but have a BerserkButton that is too easily pressed.
* The main cast in ''Manga/AngelDensetsu''. The [[FaceOfAThug scariest looking]] of the bunch, however is a MessianicArchetype, and manages to mellow them all down. (Kuroda and Ogisu remain totally useless people, so they do not count). [[strike: Most]]All of the guidance counsellors too.
* Naruto Uzumaki from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', at the beginning of the series. He even gets the standard ''yankii'' uniform during the HighSchoolAU ending credits.
* Joey Wheeler/Katsuya Jounouchi from ''Anime/YuGiOh'', before the show begins.
** Also, in ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'', Yuma's Gagaga Monsters are based on the concept. (They seem friendlier than most, however.)
* ''YandereKanojo'' has several, most prominently the female lead, Reina Ryuuzaki, as well as some of her old delinquent friends and rivals as minor characters. The title of the manga is even a pun on Reina's nature as Manabu Tanaka's yankee but dere dere girlfriend ([[IThoughtItMeant rather than her going]] {{yandere}}).
* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha [[SpinOffspring ViVid]]'' has Hallie Tribeca, one of Vivio and Einhart's rivals in the [[TournamentArc Inter-Middle Tournament]] and the leader of a small gang of female delinquents.
* ''Shounan Bakusozoku'' (aka ''Bomber Bikers of Shonan'') is one of the most popular entries into the Delinquent genre (in Asia anyway). It's premise is a parody of the trope (Eguchi isn't only the leader of the Biker gang but also of the school's handicraft club), but the series plays it straight quite often.
* ''Be-Bop Highschool'' has the two laid-back main characters.
* ''Hana no Asuka-gumi'' is a wildly popular shoujo variation of this trope.
* ''Chameleon'' is all about the main character wanting to be Japan's biggest bancho.
* ''Manga/UltimateTeacher'' is a parody of the Delinquent genre, set in Japan's worst school. The school's leader, Hinako, is the school's prettiest (and cleanest) girl and the teacher that's supposed to straight them up turns out to be the biggest bully of them all.
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin In case the title didn't make it clear]], ''KongohBancho'''s main character (and nearly the entire cast) are delinquents.
* England from ''AxisPowersHetalia'' was said to be quite the delinquent as a teen, something which he fervently denies due to his current status as a (self-proclaimed) gentleman. This is also touched in [[HighSchoolAU Gakuen Hetalia]] where in England's official bio it mentions how he had been given such a reputation in the past.
* Himeko from ''SketDance'' was one at first, but she changed.
* The main villain, Duo Haguro, of ''WolfenCrest'' is supposedly a yakuza (or at least a yakuza heir), but due to his age and status as a high-schooler fits many aspects of this trope. His student underlings and his girlfriend Ryuuko Kounuma also qualify.
* In an episode of ''RosarioToVampire'', after Tsukune had been kidnapped by a gang of delinquents (''monster'' delinquents, at that), the main group of girls dresses up as stereotypical high school delinquents to fight the gangsters and save him (though that was more for show than anything else, since it was an idea from resident cosplay fetishist Ruby).
** In the first manga, however, the deliquent gang called Anti-thesis served the main antagonistic group. The Committee of Public Security did count as well, acting like the mafia. [[spoiler:The former group was founded by Kiria Hoshi who used it to spy on the Yokai Gakuen for Fairy Tale, the main antagonistic group of the whole series. Both leaders of the two said groups, Kuyou and Hokuto, joined Fairy Tale later on.]]
* Haine from ''{{Shinshi Doumei Cross}}'' spent years as a delinquent, complete with blond hair.
* Hatori from ''Manga/{{Life}}''. She's not in a gang, and she doesn't fight people, but she has quite the reputation. Most of it is just rumor though.
* Joe Shimamura's original backstory in ''{{Cyborg 009}}'' had him and his friends as one of these. It's {{bowdlerized}} in the new series, where they are {{Heartwarming Orphan}}s instead.
* Another Joe who fits in the delinquent stereotype is Joe Yabuki from ''{{Ashita No Joe}}''. He's a subversion, thought: he starts the story as a homeless StreetUrchin and has never even been in a school. ([[BookDumb Which bites him in the ass later.]])
* Kodaka, the protagonist of ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai'', is mistaken for one by his peers due to his naturally-blond hair and ostracized as a result; his reputation is shown to have some benefits as well, however, which he doesn't mind exploiting.
* SelfDemonstrating/KyokoSakura in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is one of these [[spoiler: by way of PaterFamilicide]]. She's very violent and abrasive, ties her hair with a bandana, and wanders the city stealing food and money to sustain herself while leaving weak people to die and generally causing commotion. [[spoiler: Yet she turns out to be a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, true to this trope.]]
* Ryuuji, the protagonist of ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'', is similarly feared by most other students due to his intimidating face (the white part of his eyes is unusually large), which he inherited from his father - a violent yakuza.
* ''Anime/TonoToIssho'': Maeda Keiji, as the narrator likes to remind us, would be considered one nowadays. Which means that he's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who rescues stray kittens.
* Almost the entire cast (both main characters, minor characters and even one-shot characters) of ''Manga/KyouKaraOreWa'', as the protagonist is one and tends to interact mainly with other delinquents.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': The Level 0 street gangs known collectively as "Skill-Out" are depicted in this manner. One of the three protagonists, Shiage Hamazura, is a former Skill-Out member. Indeed he was rather highly placed, being second-in-command of one of the largest gangs in the city. Kuroko's senior officer in Judgement, Mii Konori, is also a former Skill-Out, although the particular gang she belonged to was a rather benign one that didn't commit crimes.
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'': Ryuko Matoi admitted she started to pick fights when she very young, and became a full blown delinquent by her first year in high school. One of her adversaries, Uzu Sanageyama used to be one in his middle school days. Mako's uniform as president of the Fight Club, meanwhile, evokes this, consisting of a CoatCape, [[ChainPain chains]], [[BatterUp a nailed bat]], brass knuckles and a clover straw to chew on.
* ''LightNovel/KagerouDays'': Invoked (but subverted) by the main cast, since they're a gang. Kido especially tries to create this image to appear tough (one pant-leg rolled up to the knee, hood always up, high collar hiding bottom half of her face) and make her gang look cool, but in reality she's actually very friendly, and quite shy. The rest of the gang have minor design details that indicate this kind of image (for example, [[DelinquentHair Momo's two-tone bleached hair]]), but they don't really do much that would indicate delinquent behavior (Kano's ConsummateLiar tendencies not-withstanding).
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Film]]
* Ichiko from ''Shimotsuma Monogatari'' (released in the US as ''Kamikaze Girls'').
* Most of the cast from ''Crows Zero'' and ''Crows Zero 2'' (both loose adaptations by Takashi Miike of the manga ''Crows'')
* Many "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_film pink movies]]" from the 70's featured gang girls for titillation: ''Sukeban Guerrilla'', ''Girl Boss Sukeban'' and the ''Stray Cat Rock'' series are some representative titles.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Gentaro Kisaragi of ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' is ostensibly one of these, though he doesn't belong to a gang and is actually a very friendly guy. He more than fills the '[[AnimeHair ridiculous hair]]' and 'good at fighting' requirements, though.
** In ''Film/KamenRiderTheNext,'' [[TheHero Takeshi Hongo]] has an ''epically'' rowdy class that would fit right in in any SaveOurStudents film. They get less rowdy when they see him [[spoiler: stopping cars and motorcycles with his bare hands, ''unsuited'']]. Now ''that'll'' ScareEmStraight.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Dump Matsumoto and her gang from Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling in the 80s.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* "Banchou" from ''GateKeepers''. Subverted in that he looks and talks like a delinquent but acts more like a LoveFreak.
* Daigo Kazama, Eiji "Edge" Yamada and Gan Isurugi from ''VideoGame/RivalSchools''. Of course, the school they attend is [[PlanetOfHats nothing]] ''[[PlanetOfHats but]]'' [[PlanetOfHats deliquents]].
** In the sequel ''Project Justice'', they're joined by female delinquent Aoi "Zaki" Himezaki and her all-female gang, the Ladies Team. The two gangs even face off against each other in the game's story mode, as illustrated above.
* Kanji Tatsumi from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''. Bleached hair? Check. Scar on the forehead? Check. Wears uniform inappropriately? Check. Foul-mouthed? Check. [[RealMenWearPink Likes to knit]] and could possibly be [[AmbiguouslyGay ga…]] [[BerserkButton What the hell?!]]
** Izanagi was intentionally designed to look like one, in keeping with the Protagonist's role in the party.
** The trailer for the fighting game ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'' has the [[LargeHam announcer]] explicitly refer to the protagonist as one (as well as a [[BigBrotherInstinct Siscon]]).
* Yukino from the orginal ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' is a reformed one. Still wears the long skirt though.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' where Raspberyl is a ''demon'' delinquent. Oh, she's rebelling against the ideals of the [[CardCarryingVillain School of Evil]] culture alright. By wearing proper clothing, going to class, abiding by a curfew that she made herself, and donating blood whenever she can. She's a nice girl herself, but pissing off everyone else ''does'' make it fun. The other students do genuinely appreciate her tendency to bail them out of trouble, though.
* Riki and Kunio (Ryan and Alex) from the ''VideoGame/KunioKun'' series.
* Masamune Date and his men from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara''. Think Sengoku Era biker gang.
* ''KenkaBancho'' is a series of video games for the PS2 and PSP where you get to play a delinquent.
* ''SamuraiWarriors 3'': Masanori Fukushima, despite living in the Sengoku era, sports a pompadour hairdo and has delinquent-esque mannerisms.
* Akira, from the near-future chapter of ''LiveALive'', is the very image of a delinquent. He even slouches.
* Mondo Oowada from ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}''. He's known as the Super High-School Level Gang Leader due to leading the largest motorcycle gang in Japan, the ''Crazy Diamonds''.
* Michiru Hanaten in ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration 2nd Original Generation]]'' is just a typical JapaneseDelinquent who wants to become the number one in Japan. He also becomes [[spoiler: the pilot of the newest machine of the series: the G-Bankaran.]] [[GameBreaker The rest]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse is history.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Yankii J of ''YouCanPlayThis'' was one of these that started as a DropInCharacter, but later became JewWario's roommate. Both he and his friend PsychOtaku claim to be alumni of the school in ''SakigakeOtokojuku'', mentioned above.
** Specifically, Yankii J claims to be J himself.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Japanese singer Nanase Aikawa is known for being a former sukeban. Her music was/is popular with bousouzoku.
* The members of the band Blankey Jet City were bousouzoku in their youth.
* VisualKei was ''born'' from bosozoku and yankii in TheEighties, when both preferred HardRock / HeavyMetal / PunkRock. Atsushi Sakurai of Music/BuckTick was a yankii. Music/XJapan in 1987-92 was more than half bosozoku - Yoshiki, Toshi, and Taiji were ''all'' bosozoku, with hide and Pata not being so but easily falling in. As a result, ''many'' of the first round of signings for both Creator/ExtasyRecords and Creator/FreeWillRecords were ''very'' heavy on ex or current bosozoku or yankii, and at least one band - the Extasy signed Music/TokyoYankees - was not only entirely made up of yankii but a ShoutOut to the subculture. While rap and hip-hop are now preferred among many active younger bosozoku and yankii (and Visual Kei became far less connected to them through the late TheNineties), that was how the style and scene originated.
[[/folder]]
----