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[[caption-width-right:200:Benriya, at your service.]]

''Gangsta.'' is a {{Seinen}} action manga written and drawn by Kohske. It's set in [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield what appears to be a Mediterranean country]] and follows the exploits of two NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters, Nicolas and Worick. You see, Nicolas and Worick are "Benriya," ("utility man") bodyguards-for-hire. They take jobs from gangs to prostitutes to cops and everyone in between. While on a job, they cross paths with Alex, a former prostitute and hire her as their secretary.

Not to be confused with GangstaRap, GangstaStyle, NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters or DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster, though that pops up quite a lot.
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! '''Gangsta. includes examples of:'''
* [[spoiler:AbusiveParents: Worick's father [[MoralEventHorizon put a lit cigarette out in]] [[EyeScream Worick's eye.]] It's implied that Nicolas killed him for it.]]
** [[spoiler:Nicolas' dad doesn't think of him as human, and treats him like he's eventual garbage to throw away.]]
* AdultsAreUseless: Or big fat [[FantasticRacism speciests]] to Nicolas during his childhood. Or just out and out villains.
* AffablyEvil: Most of the gangsters we see.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Most people do not like the Twilight species. Not helped by the fact that most of the Twilight we've seen have been violent, if not just jerks.
* AudienceSurrogate: Alex. Also, the UnfazedEveryman.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Worick Arcangelo.
* AxCrazy: Nicolas and many other members of the Twilight.
* {{Badass}}: Nicolas, for sure. Worick also has his moments.
** BadassInANiceSuit: Oh, so many.
** EmpoweredBadassNormal: Twilights.
** HandicappedBadass: Worick's missing an eye and Nicolas is deaf.
* BadBoss: A B-level Twilight smashes one of his underlings into a wall when he tells him some bad news.
** And then that Twilight is [[LaserGuidedKarma killed by]] ''[[LaserGuidedKarma his]]'' [[LaserGuidedKarma boss.]]
* BadDreams: ''Day''dreams, [[spoiler:Alex]] is having them, thanks to PsychoSerum.
* TheBaroness: Gina Paulklee has this vibe.
* BerserkButton: Badmouthing Nicolas is one way to make Worick consider attacking an unarmed woman.
* BewareOfTheNiceOnes: Right as Alex is about to turn an alley during her search for one of Worick's clients' missing cat, she hears the threats and beatings of a bunch of men to a homeless, half-starved-looking Twilight girl, [[spoiler: and just as they begin talking about doing worse to her, ''Alex suddenly leaps out to smash the man saying so in the face with a steel pipe''. Definitely awesome.]]
* BoobsOfSteel: Ginger.
* BrokenBird: Alex, being a former prostitute.[[spoiler:Though considering her daydream nightmare about Barry, there's more to it than that.]]
* TheChick: Alex.
* AChildShallLeadThem: The Cristiano family is led by Loretta Cristiano Amodio, who is 14 years old.
* [[spoiler:ChildSoldiers: Nicolas.]]
* ChivalrousPervert: Worick. It's one of the reasons he convinced Nicolas to spare Alex.
* ComedicSociopathy: Dr. Theo trying to stab Nicolas with a poisoned syringe for letting his hospital get damaged by the black Twilight man.
* CoolOldGuy: Chad the police officer and Monroe the mafioso.
** Worick and Nic are in their 30's so technically they are too.
* CoolOldLady: Big Mama Georgiana, the head of the Corsica brothel. She's even nice to [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer Nic.]]
* CreepyChild: Mikhail, [[spoiler:who began the most recent Twilight Hunt that has led to the escalating violence and massacres against Twilights, has no sense of the height of what he's done besides "wanting [their] dog tag," and seems to have enjoyed slaughtering those he had already done so, possibly due to being raised and twisted into thinking that way, considering his young age]].
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* DeadlyDoctor: Dr. Theo may be missing a few fingers but he is not to be messed with. And [[PapaWolf stay away from Nina.]]
* DefrostingIceKing: It's been a while since Nic has been around a woman for long stretches of time and it shows.
* DeliberatelyCuteChild: Doug, a Twilight wielding kukris, who [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy (of course)]] isn't [[OlderThanTheyLook actually a child.]]
* DopeSlap
* DreadlockWarrior: Galahad of the Cristianos, one of Loretta's enforcers.
* DynamicEntry: [[http://www.mangahere.com/manga/gangsta/v02/c008/31.html Hi, Nic.]]
** Nic [[http://www.batoto.net/read/_/141841/gangsta_ch18_by_easy-going-scans/22 loves]] [[http://www.batoto.net/read/_/179498/gangsta_ch21_by_easy-going-scans/31 this trope.]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Remember when [[ThouShaltNotKillMuggles Nic]] [[OffWithHisHead beheaded someone]] in the first chapter? Yeah, so do I.
* EyepatchOfPower: Worick.
** EyeScream: We're treated a brief flashback of how he lost it. [[AbusiveParents Charming.]]
* [[spoiler:[[FallenPrincess Fallen Prince]]: Worick.]]
* FangsAreEvil: Mikhail.
* AFatherToHisMen: Monroe.
* [[spoiler:FeelNoPain: Nicolas sometimes takes an overdose of his Twilight meds to give himself an edge over his opponents.]]
* FemaleGaze: ''Hello, Nicolas and Worick.''
* {{Fingore}}: Happened to Dr. Theo at some point, as he's missing [[{{Yubitsume}} his pinky and ring finger]] on one of his hands.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In chapter 12, Worick can be seen reading {{Hamlet}}.
* TheGadfly: Worick and Nicolas sometimes just delight in annoying people.
* GenderBlenderName: Paulklee, the head of the city's Twilight guild, is a woman. [[SubvertedTrope Though as it turns out]], "Paulklee" is her surname. Her first name is "Gina."
* [[spoiler:GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Worick has to headbutt Alex to keep her from going into hysterics as a result of her PsychoSerum.]]
* GirlWithPsychoWeapon: Doug is a Boy with a Psycho Weapon.
* TheGunslinger: Worick, despite [[EyepatchOfPower his handicap.]]
* HarmfulToMinors: Alex is annoyed that Nina knows [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold EXACTLY]] what Worick's day job is.
** [[spoiler:Speaking of Worick, he's been doing it since he was THIRTEEN YEARS OLD. Not to mention he's an orphan whose family died horribly.]]
** [[spoiler:Nicolas is a former child soldier.]]
* HandSignals: Nicolas communicates almost entirely in sign language. Alex and Nina are currently learning it.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Alex used to be this. Gender-inverted in Worick; he's a [[SpearCounterpart Gigolo]] with a Heart of Gold. He's [[ReallyGetsAround quite popular too.]]
* IllGirl:[[spoiler:The Twilight girl Big Mama is housing at the brothel.]]
* InASingleBound: Twilights are fond of doing this.
* InscrutableOriental: Nic.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Nicolas.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Nicolas wields one.
* KnightOfCerebus: The plot finally arrived when Doug showed up.
* KukrisAreKool: Doug the Twilight.
* LamarckWasRight: Twilights are most often the children and descendants of Celebrer users. Celebrer was a body modification drug created during wartimes to enhance strength, speed and agility, all of which it did, at the cost of being mostly toxic in large or repeated dosages. Besides gaining physical strength similar to their parents, Twilights are most often affected by genetic, mental and physical deficiencies and are not particularly long-lived (hence the name [[MeaningfulName "Twilight"]]). Because a Twilight must take Celebrer to control their withdrawal symptoms, it's assumed that if a Twilight has children, they will also be Twilights.
** Often invoked. See "Rape as Drama."
* LethalChef: Do NOT let Nicolas in your kitchen.
* LittleMissSnarker: Loretta, to go with her NervesOfSteel.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Worick.
* LyricalDissonance: In print form, anyway. Provided by a beatdown of Anti-Twiight attackers to "Stand By Me".
* MadeASlave: Back when Nicolas was a child, people took to finding young, stray Twilight children and making them into {{Tyke Bomb}}s.
* TheMafia
* MaleGaze: Planted firmly on Alex.
* MeaningfulName: Many, but the name of the city the Benriya lives in stands out--Ergastulum, derived from a term for the dark confines whereupon Roman slaves were chained up and/or punished by way of back-breaking work.
* TheMedic: Dr. Theo and Nina.
* {{Meganekko}}: Ginger.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Ivan Glaziev]] for the Corsica Family.
* MonochromeCasting: Averted; so far we've seen black, white and Asian people in the cast and throughout Ergastulum.
* MoralityPet: Nina to Nicolas.
* MrFanservice: Worick. Also Nicolas, to a certain extent.
* MsFanservice: Alex.
* NaiveNewcomer: Cody the police officer.
* TheNapoleon: While not a midget, Nicolas is shorter than most of the other men in the manga. Mentioning it doesn't send him into a violent rage but it does annoy him. He certainly doesn't like women taller than he is.
** Doug, the kukri-wielding Twilight, turns out to be [[spoiler:an adult with a body that hasn't aged properly since he was 12 (although his [[VocalDissonance larynx seems to have developed]])]]. Either way, he's a total badass.
* NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters: Everywhere, including Worick and Nicolas.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Nicolas points out that he hasn't changed much physically since he was 17.
** Surprise, that [[KukrisAreKool kukri-wielding]] Twilight is an adult!
* {{Omake}}: So far, about the cast taking care of a [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter baby sparrow.]]
* OoCIsSeriousBusiness: Did Nicolas just [[SilentBob speak?]] Has Worick stopped acting like a HandsomeLech? SHIT JUST GOT REAL.
* PhotographicMemory: Worick. After flipping through a book of crime scene notes, he proceeds to rattle off various details about the people in them shown dismembered.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Nicolas is the most powerful member of the main cast. He is also one of the shortest men in it.
** LightningBruiser: Of the Hard-Hitting Speedster variety.
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:Worick's wealthy family.]]
* PsychoSerum: What goes into making a Twilight it seems, making them more or less super-powered {{ill girl}}s and boys.
** [[spoiler:Barry used this to control his prostitutes, notably Alex.]]
* RapeAsDrama: Horrifyingly enough, it was common back in the day to rape female Twilights in order [[LamarckWasRight to obtain more Twilights.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: So far... Chad the police officer, Daniel of the Monroe family, Big Mama Georgiana the madame and Loretta of the Cristianos.
* RedRightHand: Tagged people and their...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin tags.]]
* ScaryBlackMan: The B-level Twilight. He also has SuperStrength.
** Galahad is a heroic one.
* SexySecretary: Alex's job.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Inverted. When Alex goes out on a errand with Nic, an old lady asks why she (a former hooker) is still hanging around with Benriya. Nic says because "She's my woman." He's lying for the sake of simplicity though.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: In chapter 20, a Twilight is forced to attack the heroes to save his family. He ultimately fails and dies in his mission but as it turns out, [[spoiler:his family was killed [[ToThePain (brutally)]] before he even made it to his destination. [[MoralEventHorizon Harsh.]]]]
* ShrinkingViolet: Nina, [[{{Moe}} awwwww.]] Also Ginger the Twilight, but she's still [[BewareTheNiceOnes a Twilight.]]
* TheSilentBob: Nicolas, who usually communicates using sign language and hand gestures. He can talk but being deaf, he'd rather not.
* SilentSnarker: Nicolas, [[HandSignals constantly.]]
* SlasherSmile: If you see either Worick or Nic sporting one, that's your cue to run. Run ''fast.''
** Mikhail's is especially frightening because he is a 10 year old CHILD.
* SociopathicHero: Nicolas again.
** HeroicComedicSociopath: Whenever it's funny.
* SonOfAWhore: Lots. Nicolas and Loretta are two of many.
* StoicSpectacles: Dr. Theo, [[NotSoStoic unless]] you [[BerserkButton damage his hospital]].
* SuperSpeed: All Twilights to some degree, along with SuperStrength. Ginger seems to be known for her speed.
* TattooedCrook: Worick and Nicolas have tribal tattoos on the back of their necks.
* TeamDad: Chad. We even see him patching Nicolas up in a flashback, just like you'd expect a father to.
** Monroe is this to his group, the Cristianos.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Worick and Nicolas before Alex came along.
* ThouShaltNotKillMuggles: The cornerstone of the "Three Principles" that all Twilights in the city live with.
* ThreeLawsCompliant: Non-robotic version, the "Three Principles" for Twilights that Danny Monroe set up.
** Twilights must not intentionally kill humans.
** Twilights must obey an order given to them by a human, so long as it doesn't conflict with Article 1.
** A Twilight has the right to defend its own existence, so long as it doesn't conflict with Articles 1 and 2.
* ToThePain: Told to a Twilight [[spoiler:about his family]].
* TwoGuysAndAGirl
* {{Tsundere}}: Alex, Type B. Mostly to [[HandsomeLech Worick]].
* UnderestimatingBadassery: When the B-level Twilight threatens Nicolas. Nicolas is, for the record, an [[EvilerThanThou A-level]] Twilight. [[CurbStompBattle Guess what happens.]]
** Doug underestimates Delico, who is a D-level Twilight because Doug himself is an A-level. This is [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] because while Doug is mostly right, Delico manages to disrupt Doug's attempts on Monroe's life long enough for [[BigDamnHeroes Nicolas to show up.]]
* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where The Hell Is Ergastulum?]]: In the beginning it seems as though all the action is happening in a Mediterranean country, with Italian (especially) and Greek naming conventions prominent; however, there are odd names out, such as Cody, and in chapter 8 a man is seen passing what look like American hundred dollar bills, with the vague profile of Ben Franklin on them. Then it's finally revealed that Ergastulum is its own city-state on/by an unnamed continent, with its own history. Not long after that, it's heavily implied to be either part of an alternate history or possibly even part of a completely different world from Earth (this is not entirely clear from the get-go, considering the otherwise realistic backdrop).
** It seems likely to be an alternate history (or perhaps future?), since there's mention of Alex possibly being [[spoiler:part Chinese as well as black. Which would be an acknowledgement of China existing in the world]].
* VocalDissonance: EvilSoundsDeep, doesn't it, Doug?
* TheWatson: Alex, again.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: At work with the Twilights, though technically they ARE human too.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Loretta.
* WretchedHive: Ergastulum is not a happy place to live.
* WomanInBlack: Alex, when she goes out with the boys on official assignments.
* WouldHitAGirl: Nic suggested killing Alex in the first chapter. Worick talks him out of it. [[spoiler:Implied to be what happened to the Twilight girl Veronica.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: A rather disturbing amount of people in the manga show a willingness to hurt children, innocent or otherwise. Often for no reason at all other than the child in question being a Twilight usually.
* YouHaveFailedMe: The B-level Twilight is killed by his boss [[spoiler:for failing to kidnap Dr. Theo.]]
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