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''Gunsmith Cats'' is a manga and anime about the action-packed story of gunsmith/bounty hunter Irene "Rally" Vincent and her teenaged partner Minnie May Hopkins, a precocious explosives enthusiast with a penchant for hand-made grenades that emit pink smoke.

Three {{OVA}} episodes were made, which is not nearly enough to get into the extended story that runs through the original manga (and its sequel series, ''Burst''). Instead, it settles for being a short, episodic, high-energy action-adventure story with a lot of fast cars, loud explosions and vigorous gunplay. Created by KenichiSonoda, the famed character designer for ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'', ''Gunsmith Cats'' is descended from an [=OVA=] called ''Anime/RidingBean''. ''Riding Bean'' featured Rally as the partner of Bean Bandit, a professional wheelman with a soft spot for kids. Bean would later appear in ''Gunsmith Cats'' first as an adversary, then later as an ally and friend of Rally's.

''Gunsmith Cats'' is noteworthy for the degree of research and accuracy it possesses. The action takes place in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, and [[RealPlaceBackground the entire animation team visited the city to scout locations and take reference photographs]]. So accurate is this attention to detail that many Chicago fans of the series can identify specific intersections, and even the time-period the anime was made by certain key features, most notably the construction scaffolding that surrounded the Field Museum of Natural History during that building's renovation. Storefronts tend to look remarkably similar to actual stores near the locales, and even such things as stoplight specifics have been attended to. Also, all the cars and guns are rendered with precise, technically-accurate detail, and their sound effects recorded especially for the anime from the real thing (for example, the roar of Rally's Shelby GT-500 Mustang was recorded off an actual GT tricked out with exactly the same options as its animated counterpart).
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!!''Gunsmith Cats'' contains examples of:
* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: Bounty hunting, as well as commercial bail, has been outlawed in Illinois since 1963.
* ActionGirl: Rally and others.
* AmazonChaser: Part of the reason that [[PsychoLesbian Goldie]] pursues [[ActionGirl Rally.]]
* ArmCannon: Bonnie, after her first run-in with Rally and May.
* ArmedLegs: Bonnie replaces her lost leg with a prosthesis outfitted with a shotgun. The 3 part OVA gives a ContinuityNod to this when one of the two exotic weapons Washington offers to Rally ends up as this (the other one is Grey's machette prosthesis from later stories).
* ArmorIsUseless: Subverted; body armor is shown to be highly effective on countless occasions, most dramatically by Bean Bandit. His Bullet Proof Jacket is completely impervious to handgun rounds, and it's allowed him to survive salvos of nearly everything from shotgun slugs to armor-piercing rifle fire. Of course, he can only wear it because he has SuperStrength; Misty could barely lift it, and the jacket was heavy enough to break her foot when she dropped it.
** Indeed, armor is so not-useless that for a lot of people it probably borders on RealityIsUnrealistic. At one point in the manga, a character muses about managing to survive the injuries he sustained because he was wearing a ''really good leather jacket''... when, in fact, there's a reason that people wear motorcycle '''leathers''', after all.
*** That being said, Bean's armored jacket has chainmail underweave, kevlar lamination and ceramic plating in it and probably qualifies for the mythic class V of body armor.
** Radinov in the anime has a coat that at least as bulletproof as Bean's, and is also full of a ridiculous number of weapons. It weighs a ton; when she hangs it on a wooden coat rack, the coat rack ''breaks.''
* ArtificialLimbs: Rally's signature move tends to have catastrophic consequences for the recipient. A MythologyGag appears early in the anime where one arms dealer shows off weaponized artificial arms and legs to Rally, which were the signature weapons of Gray and Bonnie.
* AuthorAppeal: In a huge way. The author of the manga has said that pretty much everything that appears in it, from the guns to the tricked-out cars to the way the girls look, reflects his various interests and/or fetishes.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Lampshaded by some nameless mook when Radinov kills a Security Guard with her [[CoolGuns Ballistic Knife]].
-->'''Mook #1''': What kind of a psycho uses a weapon you have to recover every time you use it?
-->'''Mook #2''': [[TemptingFate Shut up, she'll hear you!]]
* AxeCrazy[=/=]KnifeNut: Radinov just loves killing people, preferably with sharp, pointy objects.
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler: May and Ken at the end of Burst]].
* BadAss: Bean, who casually shrugs off stungun shocks, gunfire, and [[BallsOfSteel punches to the junk]]. Ow.
** To a much lesser extent, Riff-Raff. Bean specifically said one of her punches hurt more than the stungun.
* BadassDriver: During a car chase, a little girl ran into the street after her ball. Rally yelled 'Coming through!', threw the car into a sideways slide, opened the drivers' door and picked the girl up, handed her off to her passenger, who opened her door and set the girl down on the street as Rally straightened out the slide and took off with no loss of momentum. Also, Bean Bandit and Riff-Raff, since this is how they make a living.
** Rally later says that Bean Bandit is a much better driver than she is. Bean for his part thinks she's damned good herself, even offering to take her as his partner, saying it'd be fun. The streets of Chicago would never have been the same if she took him up on it.
* BallsOfSteel See below.
* BangBangBANG: Averted; all gunfire uses actual recordings of the real weapons made specifically for the show.
* TheBaroness: Goldie.
* BigDamnHeroes: Sonoda isn't afraid of the dramatic just-in-the-nick rescues. Everyone gets their chance to do it at some point... Rally, May, Bean, Riff-Raff, practically everyone but the pure villains.
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: This trope is present, but it's shown to require ''multiple shots''; firearms don't deliver enough force to knock stuff around because RealityIsUnrealistic. Rally finds it simpler to simply ''[[ImprobableAimingSkills shoot off the weapon's hammer]]''. '''[[UpToEleven Or its safety]]'''. '''''[[{{Fingore}} Or the shooter's fingers]]'''''.
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Averted for the same reason as above. Instead, the author goes to great extent to point out the internal damage bullets can do even with armor.
* BountyHunter: Technically, Rally's a gunsmith, enabling Sonada to [[ShownTheirWork geek about guns]]. He knows that most people prefer car chases and gunfights to this, so bounty hunting is actually her side job.
* {{Brainwashed}}: [[spoiler: One of Goldie's specialties -- and it's debatable whether Misty is brainwashed or not towards the end of Burst]]
* BreakTheCutie: Surprisingly, [[spoiler:Goldie]] had a bout of this when [[spoiler:she]] was younger.
* ButNotTooForeign: Rally is an unusual case in that she's half English and half East Indian, though whether her father was from Pakistan or India itself was never made clear. This actually makes her a [[TwoferTokenMinority Token Twofer]] in Japan ButNotTooForeign in Chicago where the series is actually set. AND they significantly lightened her skin tone for the anime, making her [[ButNotTooBlack Not Too Black]] as well..
* CanonImmigrant: Inspector Percy emerges onto the scene in ''Gunsmith Cats Burst'', a character only before seen in the OVA ''Riding Bean.'' Amusingly, not a whole lot has changed in his quest to stop Bean Bandit, although he's a little more homicidal.
* CatchPhrase: "This sucks."
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: Minnie May is masturbating to a photo of her missing boyfriend when Becky walks in on her.
* CelibateHero: Rally, much to the dismay of [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer Misty]].
* ChaseScene: Lots, often involving gunfire, insane car tricks, and - at least once - a ''missile launcher''.
* UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}: The series' main setting.
* CloseCallHaircut: Rally gets a goodly portion of her hair slashed off by Gray and it takes a few chapters for it to be back to normal.
* CoolCar: Several. May's Fiat was never actually sold in America, and Bean's car, the Buff, is a car he had custom built for a million dollars.
** Said in the liner notes to the Riding Bean OVA to be completely plausible except for the Speed Racer tire spikes, and would cost an estimated 1.2 million. Also, it's a Porsche chassis over a COMPLETELY different engine.
** Virtually every car in the series, Rally drives a GT-500.
** The series is basically full of Gun and Car porn.
* CoolGarage: Bean has a sweeeeet one, with dozens of cars, mostly Fords. Car nut Rally drools over it.
* CoolGuns: Sonoda's ''very'' fond of awesome firearms. Rally's [=CZ75=] is squee'd over in detail.
* ConsummateProfessional Bean Bandit has a fantastic reputation for this. Both he and Rally make mention of unwritten rules that they follow regarding their work and the lives they lead. It becomes a very important plot point later on.
* CowboyCop: Bill Collins.
* {{Courier}} Bean "Road Buster" Bandit is the best driver around - whether it's a delivery or a getaway you need. [[spoiler: Rally getting him to stop doing drug runs is a major plot point. He even seems happy about it.]]
* CripplingTheCompetition: Rally has a habit of shooting the hands (specifically the trigger fingers) of opposing gunmen. Some have come back looking for revenge because of their crippled hands.
* DownerEnding / BittersweetEnding: At the end of Burst, [[spoiler: Goldie is in charge of the mafia, Misty is still brainwashed and in love with Goldie, May and Ken are no longer working at the gun shop, and Rally gives up bounty hunting due to injuries hampering her shooting abilities.]]
* EightiesHair: Riff-Raff, of the "punk" variety. Of course, like her spiritual sibling Lufy from ''GallForce'', Riff-Raff is basically double-dipped in eighties style.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Rally's real name is Irene. Only her mother is shown using it, in a {{Flashback}}.[[spoiler: It's used a lot more when Rally's father is around.]] Later, Roy uses it on Rally.
* [[EvenTheGuysWantHim Even the Lesbians Want Him]]: Misty, who had previously shown no interest in men, and had actually been pursuing Rally, declares an interest in Bean after [[spoiler:[[RescueRomance he takes a bullet for her]].]]
* {{Expy}}: Riff-Raff is pretty much an update of Lufy from ''GallForce''
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Misty towards the end of Burst. She decides to associate herself with Goldie and become her [[ReplacementLoveInterest lover]]. Debatable because it's never explicitly stated whether its her own volition or the effects of brainwashing]].
* FakeInTheHole: In the "Misfire" arc, Minnie May tosses a dummy grenade at Gray to force him to back away from the fallen Rally.
* {{Fanservice}}:
** There is little full nudity, but lots of {{LingerieScene}}s and {{PantyShot}}s.
** Occasionally it borders on out-and-out porn, in May's case. Who, you know, ''is'' a prostitute.
** With the lovingly rendered guns and cars, the fanservice even extends well beyond the more well-known T&A definition and into the true 'content made to appease the fans' one. [[GunPorn Gun]] and [[CarPorn car]] fans, in this case.
* {{Fetish}}:
** May is an ekrixiphiliac -- she's literally turned on by explosions and the scent of gunpowder.
** May's boyfriend is into lolicon, apparently.
* FightScene
* {{Fingore}}: One of Rally's favorite methods of incapacitating someone firing at her is to blast the shooter's trigger or cocking finger off.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Rally
** TheLancer: Minnie May
** TheSmartGuy: Becky
** TheBigGuy and SixthRanger: Bean
** TheChick: Misty
** SixthRanger: Ken
* FriendOnTheForce: Roy Coleman.
* [[GenderBlenderName Gender Blender Nickname]]: Irene "Rally" Vincent. Rally says she picked the name so nobody would know they were hiring a female bounty hunter. She might want to return to Irene now that she's an established hunter, but people ''respect'' Rally Vincent, and she doesn't want to lose the reputation. WordOfGod is that her pseudonym was supposed to be [[SpellMyNameWithAnS "Larry"]] - not merely androgynous but outright masculine. "Rally" came from the difficulty in translating "L" and "R" sounds from Japanese.
* GirlsWithGuns
* GunPorn: See ShownTheirWork.
* GunsAkimbo: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]: Rally [[{{DiscussedTrope}} says]] that firing two guns at once isn't practical because it decreases aiming accuracy.
* GunStripping: Would you expect anything less?
* HappinessInSlavery: [[spoiler: Misty]]
* HeroInsurance: Averted. Because of her tendency for destructive high speed chases, Rally "The Wrecker" (As she is known to insurance companies) can't ''get'' collision insurance anymore.
* [[HitmanWithAHeart Driver with a Heart]] Despite being a deliveryman for 'packages' that frequently involve drugs, Bean has a soft spot for kids and doesn't hesitate to drop drugs taken from a young thief [[spoiler: and the adult drug dealer after the drugs and the kid]] down a manhole. Rally points this out and Bean offers her a bet with [[spoiler: the reward being an oath that he'll never deliver drugs again]] just because this 'seems to piss her off so much'.
* IGaveMyWord Rally trusts Bean without knowing him that well because she suspects him of this. He delivers.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Gray doesn't just want to kill Rally for ruining his arm, he wants to rape her first.
** Goldie to Rally and also Misty.
* IHaveYourWife: Buskie kidnaps Alan Scott's daughter to force Scott to deliver Rally into an ambush unarmed. [[spoiler: Buskie kills her anyway, immediately after letting her speak to her father. Judging by her condition, at the time, it's implied she had been raped only moments before Scott called him.]]
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Rally can hit anything with a handgun. '''Anything'''.
** The manga does go through a bit of work pointing out that Rally's sharpshooting depends partly on the kind of gun she's using--one chapter sees Rally limited by the short range of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturday_night_special Saturday Night Special]].
* ImprobablyCoolCar: A Shelby [=GT500=] is very rare and expensive car for a teenage orphan to own. WordOfGod stated that Sonoda chose it solely on the basis of its specifications without considering how rare it was. Note that after the Shelby gets destroyed in ''Burst'' Rally can't get another one and replaces it with a much more realistic Mustang II Cobra. Still a collectible muscle car but not a certified exotic. Even before that point Rally had been running out of replacement parts for the Shelby, getting forced to use parts designed for other cars in repairs whenever the Shelby got damaged.
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: to Percy in ''Riding Bean'' and ''Burst''.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne Rally, May, Becky and even ''Bean'' take offense to being called 'old'.
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets
* KarmaHoudini: Goldie, despite all the horrors she's caused and atrocities she's committed. [[spoiler: ''And'' she gets to walk off into the sunset with ''Misty''!]]
* KickTheDog: One of the few things Goldie ''won't'' do. In her StartOfDarkness story, after becoming a mob boss and inventing an early version of her brainwashing drugs, the family dog (Which had adored her when she was just a MafiaPrincess with no direct involvement in the family business) attacked her. Her subordinates tried to put it down, but she insisted that the dog be spared.
* KnifeNut: Bean Bandit prefers to carry a lot of sheath blades; but his armory has a lot of knives and swords. Misty is shown to use throwing knives as well.
* LegalJailbait: Minnie May Hopkins, oh hell yes Minnie May Hopkins.
* LegCannon: Bonnie's first encounter with the Gunsmith cats went badly for her: Rally shot her thumb off and one of May's grenades blew off her legs below the knee. When she returned for revenge her new prosthetic replacements included a shotgun in one leg (with a bomb in that foot) and a thumb that included a garrotte.
* LighterAndSofter: In general, the animated {{OVA}}s are less violent and sexual than the manga. For example, there is only passing reference to Minnie May's past as an underage prostitute, and Rally's signature moves (which often leave their targets crippled and/or missing limbs) are almost completely absent. In another example, Minnie May's grenades tend to only make a lot of smoke or a bright flash in the anime, rarely causing the kind of havoc that a real, standard grenade would cause; in the manga, this is far from the case; she even once blew off a guy's hand by triggering the explosion of a flashbang he was holding.
* LovelyAngels
* MadBomber: May, a tiny bit. She's obsessed with grenades to the point of having them scattered about the gunshop[=/=]home.
* MadeOfIron: Bean Bandit.
* TheMafia: Goldie.
* MightAsWellNotBeInPrisonAtAll: Gray is able to keep control of his gang and even orchestrate his own escap from inside prison.
* MindControl: Goldie's weapon of choice. She's even loaded bullets with her own trademark drug so people she shoots are susceptible to suggestion.
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: Radinov's reaction to having her earring shot off, and her earlobe along with it. She reacts first the sight of her missing earlobe.... then the pain.
* MuggingTheMonster: Rally and May keep a lot of weapons in their home, and consider using them on would-be housebreakers to be stress relief.
* MythologyGag: The Anime also has a shoutout to two Manga-only characters when Washington shows Rally two exotic weapons: Bonnie's submachine-gun leg (sans foot) and Gray's sword arm. Rally tells him to stop joking around.
** Also, Bean has a dream of building his own CoolCar from the ground up. When he succeeds, the resulting vehicle is the one he uses in ''RidingBean''.
* NamesToKnowInAnime: Creator/MichikoNeya (Rally), Creator/KaeAraki, (May), Creator/AyaHisakawa (Becky), YokoSoumi (Radinov), Creator/HideyukiTanaka (Bean Bandit), etc.
** And in English they had Creator/AmandaWinnLee (Rally), TiffanyGrant (Becky), and Creator/SpikeSpencer (Nameless Mook). In other words [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion the three children.]] Most of the cast joins them.
* OldRetainer: Dennis Tombari.
* OlderThanTheyLook: May, May, May.
* [[OneManArmy One Woman Army]]: Sonja Radinov. Roy alludes to it, when described her as being, "not an assassin, she's more like TheTerminator". Radinov procedes to live up to her reputation by [[spoiler: storming through a police safehouse and [[KillEmAll mowing down a dozen or so officers and federal agents]], in oder to kill Carlson.]]
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: What Bean ''says'' is his main motivation - that, and because he has a car he wants to build. It's likely that he also does it because he loves to drive and enjoys the thrill of the chase.
* PantyShot: Lots of them. Minnie Mae deliberately hikes her skirt up on more than one occasion.
* PinPullingTeeth: ''Gunsmith Cats'' ups the ante by having the grenade held by the pin as well. It was only a Flash, however.
* PistolPose
* PetTheDog: Sort of inverted. Becky is frequently shown to be a bit difficult when it comes to helping Rally without payment. She is later shown dealing with another client, giving him false information and letting him know that she [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive knows where he lives]] before upping her price when he fails to make a payment, which illustrates just how much she lets Rally get away with.
* PsychoLesbian: Goldie again.
* PsychoForHire: Radinov and a few one-off villains.
* [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou Rally Vincent Is About To Shoot You]]: Pops up occasionally on the [[http://www.rightstuf.com/cms/action/ItemDescription?ItemDescriptionTypeName=LARGE_IMAGE&ItemName=dhgn2530&LanguageIsoName=en manga cover art]].
* RareGuns: The series as a whole is fond of this trope, as is spiritual predecessor ''Riding Bean''. Some examples:
** In ''Riding Bean'', an ''extremely'' rare Semmerling manually operated repeater is used.
** In the anime, Radinov uses a rare British Welrod silenced pistol.
** Rally's signature pistol is a first-generation [=CZ75=], a rare pistol with near-mythical stature amongst gun otaku.
** Then there's Rally's personal gun collection, which is virtually a modern arms museum in itself.
* RazorFloss: Used by Bonnie for a last ditch attempt to kill Rally. It slices her CZ-75, at least.
* RealPlaceBackground: Chicago, as previously mentioned.
* RedBaron: Sonja Radinov, aka [[KnifeNut "Bloody Pierce"]]
* [[RenegadeRussian Renegade Ukrainian]]: Sonja Radinov.
* ReplacementLoveInterest: [[spoiler: Misty is replacing Rally in Goldie's eyes -- and Goldie is replacing Rally in Misty's eyes]].
* ScaryBlackMan: Gray.
* ShownTheirWork: See GunPorn.
** Not only that, but the anime in particular is extremely exacting about accuracy regarding Chicago. A fan of the manga from Chicago wrote to Sonoda commenting that only two things were missing, the two that she'd happily see gone from the real city - graffiti and litter.
* ShipTease: The biggest tease for Rally/May is actually in the first volume of the manga, starting in the first ''chapter'', and then the teasing mostly trails off afterward.
** There's also Rally/Misty, which is highlighted by Misty actively pursuing Rally.
** There's also some Rally/Bean chemistry, but with personalities like theirs, neither would even be willing to try to actually initiate anything.
*** One of Rally's gambits involves being declared dead on an underground info network. Bean gets upset, and later states that he's completing the job for her.
*** Bean outright asks her to become his partner as a [[TakeAThirdOption third option]] after complimenting Rally's driving skills. Rally's reaction is rather cute.
* ShoutOut:Done using the license plates on various cars in the series.
** BRD-529, the license plate on Rally's Shelby Cobra, is a reference to that of another CoolCar [[TheBluesBrothers from Chicago]]. The latter is "BDR-529."
** The tag on the Mustang that Bean uses in the earlier chapters is "Film/{{THX1138}}", and the tag on Bean's [[WeaponizedCar custom car called "The Buff"]] is [[TheTerminator TT1000]].
** The tag on Roy's car is [[Film/JamesBond MAX 007]].
** Also, if you closely in a crowd scene in the third episode of the OVA, you can spot ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}.
** The tags on Glass's car read ZZ TOP.
** A random car in the anime has the license plate [[Franchise/StarTrek NCC-1701]].
** Becky draws [[KilroyWasHere Kilroy]] on Rally's cast.
* SkinshipGrope: Vol. 1 features an opening scene where Minnie-May gropes Rally after her regular target practice while commenting on how stiff her nipples were. Rally returns the favor after Minne-May lets one of her custom-made grenades fly and take out Bonnie's car. She even comments on how they feel like "tiny pebbles".
* SmallGirlBigGun: Usually averted, unless your threshold for "big gun" is pretty low. Rally several times points out that guns, stocks, and grips need to be chosen with the size of their user in mind, and her preferred pistol isn't a particularly large one.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Inverted. The dossier on Rally that Radinov received from her mysterious employer lists her first name as "Larry".
** WordOfGod is that she was supposed to be Irene "Larry" Vincent, but it got scrambled in translation due to the interchangeability of Ls and Rs in Japanese.
* ThinkNothingOfIt - Bean uses this excuse a couple of times after saving the girls, along with IWasJustPassingThrough . It crosses over into SuspiciouslySpecificDenial when Rally insists on thanking him more than once. Bean actually sounds rather embarrassed about it till Rally relents.
* ThrowDownTheBomblet: "Minnie" May Hopkins has a ''slight'' tendency to use home-made concussion grenades in inappropriate situations. However, she's [[ImprobableAimingSkills every bit as skilled in their use as Rally is with handguns.]] A single one will just leave a couple of gang members stunned for a minute or so. She can use three to blow out a pursuing car's drive shaft. And when she's really pissed off, she'll set off '''[[NoKillLikeOverkill a dozen of them at once]]''', causing extensive damage to whatever building she's in (typically shown with a Discretion Shot of the outside of the building with all the windows breaking and billowing out smoke).
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: According to the anime, Rally and May's diet consists almost entirely of pizza (When it's Rally's turn to get dinner) and Chinese (When it's May's turn).
* TrickedOutShoes: Minnie-May keeps a small explosive kit in the heel of her shoe.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The series clearly happens in TheNineties, not only cause the fashions and hairstyles... but also because the animation recreated Chicago with incredible, accuracy, to the point many Chicago fans of the series can identify the specific time-period the anime was made by certain key features, most notably the construction scaffolding that surrounded the Field Museum of Natural History during that building's renovation.
* UnorthodoxReload: When Rally has a broken arm, she reloads during a firefight by dropping the magazine on to her foot and then kicking it up into her pistol.
* VetinariJobSecurity: [[spoiler:Goldie is allowed to get away with her crimes and get a happy ending with a brainwashed Misty because she is necessary to keep the Chicago underworld under control. Well, that and remembering how Rally shot her in the head multiple times for being a psychotic bitch persuaded her to tone down the [[KickTheDog puppy-kicking]] or Rally might keep it up until she actually ''dies.'']]
* WalkingArmory: Radinov has more guns in her coat than she knows what to do with, and that's on top of it being armored. The woman must be immensely strong.
* WallOfWeapons: Rally's closet. Also, Bean Bandit's armory full of bladed weapons.
* WrenchWench: Rally ''is'' a gunsmith after all, and she's shown teaching May in the manga. She's never shown working on her own cars though, though she does wank over its capabilities at times.
** Not ''literally''... at least not on page.
* WrongWire: Ken Takizawa deliberately uses these in his bombs because, "Hey, everyone makes mistakes, huh? And I like living!" In other words, if he screws up while building the bomb (which was increasingly likely due to multiple sclerosis), he has a few minutes to correct the mistake before it kills him.
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