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[[caption-width-right:299:Alligator Nichol, the son of the Grim Reaper herself]]

'''Jackals''' is a {{Manga}}[[note]]Yes really, some mistake it as Manhwa due the artist being Korean, it is only partially drawn in Korea, but the final touches and publication are all in Japan[[/note]] written by ''Shinya Murata'' and drawn by ''Byun-Jin Kim''. It chronicles the life of a [[ProfessionalKiller mercenary]] named Nichol, son of another mercenary, in Friedrichs town of Cicero City, which also houses other mercenaries generally grouped under the titular Jackals and two major gangs, the {{Mafia}}-like Gabriella and the Triad-like Tennouren. The story kicks off when Nichol, after finishing one of his jobs, is assaulted by a Gabriella executive and kills him in retaliation, causing the rest of Gabriella to hunt him. However, they are impeded by the ever-growing Tennouren, who just loses their former leader who is swiftly replaced by his genius daughter.

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!!''Jackals'' provide examples of:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade
* ActionMom: Roxy.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Nichol.
* AnimalMotifs: Alligators for Nichol, snakes for Arshela and bats for Franco.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* AxCrazy
* {{Badass}}: Pretty much every combatant who has more than three chapters worth of screen time qualifies.
** BadassGrandpa: Inoue. [[spoiler:Literally since he's the step-father of Nichol's mom, Roxy.]]
** BadassInANiceSuit: Isaac.
** BadassLongcoat: Nichol, Huya and Isaac are prominent cases.
** [[LittleMissBadass Little Mister Badass]]: Little Nichol is FULL of surprises.
* BerserkButton: Julio Angelo hates being called a kid.
* BigBad: Lee Mei Lang. [[spoiler:Actually, it's Franco.]]
* BloodKnight
* BloodSplatteredInnocents: [[spoiler:Sheryl when Roxy died on top of her.]]
* BreakTheCutie[=/=]HarmfulToMinors: Nichol.
* {{BFS}}: Nichol's Alligator and Huya's Requiem. Isaac's claymore may also count.
* CatFight: Averted. When [[spoiler: Domino and Arshela]] fight, given the nature of both opponents, there's nothing "cute" about their fight.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: A Gabriellan, [[spoiler:Vampire Franco]] seems to have this trait.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Blood Witch Domino's specialty. So much that ''vivisection is her hobby''.
* CombatMedic: Inoue used to be a doctor during times of war. And since he's also BadAss...
* ConservationOfNinjutsu
* CrapsackWorld: Thanks to the gangs and the crimes. The {{irony}} is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the head police officer, who laments that Friedrichs town, whose name means ''peaceful'', is anything but.
* DarkActionGirl: Roxy, Arshela and Domino.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Nichol and Roxy.
* DeathByOriginStory: Nichol's mom and Huya's dad. [[spoiler:The former turns out to be alive though.]]
* DiagonalCut: Too many examples.
* [[spoiler:DiedStandingUp: Isaac.]]
* DistressedDamsel: Sheryl.
* [[spoiler:DyingMomentOfAwesome: Roxy is very badly injured in her fight with her son, enough so that he's convinced he killed her. She then marches up who knows how many flights of stairs just in time to do a BigDamnHeroes for Sheryl via [[KarmicDeath decapitating]] [[AssholeVictim Shao the Decapitator]]. She then proceeds to HumanShield Sheryl from Franco's machineguns long enough for Nichol and Huya to get the drop on Franco and his guards. BADASS, THY NAME IS ROXY.]]
* EnemyMine: Hans just hates the idea of teaming up with Nichol.
* EnfantTerrible: Julio Angelo.
* EqualOpportunityEvil: Unlike her father, Lee Mei Lang is indiscriminate when it comes to hiring people for Tenouren.
* EyepatchOfPower: Don Salieri is the leader of Gabriella as long as he wears his eyepatch. [[RealMenWearPink Which somehow has a bunny picture on it]].
* [[spoiler:FakeDefector: Cornelio. He is always a Gabriellan, but when Tennouren takes over Gabriella thanks to Franco's betrayal, he pretends to side with Tennouren until he reveals to Arshela he's always been a Gabriellan, after goading her to kill him with Domino to atone for the 'betrayal'.]]
* FeelNoPain: Domino once gets ''stabbed at her heart''. She then proceeds to torture her assailant as if nothing happened. A few chapters after that, she also happily slices her own tongue in the midst of torturing her victim. [[spoiler:Cornelio eventually finds out her trick, allowing Arshela to finish her off.]]
* FemmeFatale: Arshela, complete with the snake-headed whip.
* HumanShield: Poor Nichol once became one [[spoiler:during the night her mother was 'killed']].
** [[spoiler:Roxy herself becomes one for Sheryl.]]
* IaijutsuPractitioner: Claude.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Shao to Sheryl. [[spoiler:This eventually ends when a very badly wounded Roxy decides [[OffWithHisHead enough's enough.]]]]
* InsistentTerminology: Don Salieri demands that he be called Don only if he wears his eyepatch. This is mostly because [[TheMasquerade he is also the mayor of the town]].
* [[spoiler:KarmicDeath: Huya cuts Franco into pieces. Shao the Decapitator is decapitated by Roxy while molesting Sheryl in front of Nichol. Roxy dies after protecting Sheryl for the sake of her son Nichol.]]
* KnifeNut: Julio.
* KnightTemplar: One police officer is hellbent on upholding the law by punishing (read: [[DisproportionateRetribution executing]]) anyone who breaks them. For example, he kills both a mugger and his victim, the former because he tries to mug, the latter because she is in the street past the curfew.
* [[spoiler:MamaBear: Roxy knows just how much Sheryl means to Nichol and so uses the last of her life to protect her when Franco and Shao try to use her as leverage against Nichol.]]
* LeftHanging: [[spoiler: There are many questions left unanswered at the end of the series.]]
* MentorOccupationalHazard[=/=]KilledOffForReal: The Don to Isaac, [[spoiler:Isaac to Hans and in a twisted way, Roxy to Nichol.]]
* MissingMom: Roxy.
* MoreThanMindControl: Lee Mei Lang's specialty. She can compel people to join her with a select few words.
* MrFanservice: Nichol and Huya.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Basically everyone with a [[RedBaron title]], but ''Shinigami'' Roxy tops them all.
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: So '''''deliciously''''' subverted it makes the series stand out for this. Not only has pure {{Badass}} Nichol been trained by his... '''MOTHER''' - you read that right - but also the BigBad is... a WOMAN, and she is even better than her father in her evildoing. [[spoiler:Although she ends up not being tha actual BigBad, but nevertheless still a MagnificentBitch.]]
* NoIAmBehindYou: Isaac's favorite trick.
* NoShirtLongJacket: Nichol and Huya, the latter of which sometimes mixes this with [[BandagedBabe bandages.]]
* OffWithHisHead: Bye-bye, [[spoiler:[[AssholeVictim Shao!]]]]
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Well, the Jackals are mercenaries... Also, this is Don Salieri's thought on why Vampire Franco follows him. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Franco is greedier than that.]]
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:While Lee Mei Lang does escape with Sheryl for [[PragmaticVillainy practical reasons]], she also did it as a favor to Roxy (for Roxy's reasons, see MamaBear) and because if Sheryl ''DID'' hang around while Nichol and Huya fought, she'd definitely get hurt somehow.]]
* PoisonedWeapon: Specialty of Cornelio, Gabriella's poison expert.
* ProfessionalKiller: Members of the Jackals are assassins-for-hire.
* RasputinianDeath: [[spoiler:Roxy tanks a truly frightening amount of damage before death.]]
* RazorWind [=/=] SwordBeam: Claude, in tune with his [[IaijutsuPractitioner iaijutsu]]. If he ever unsheathes his sword, OhCrap.
* RedBaron: Each important executive of Gabriella and Tennouren has one/two word as their title, such as Cyclone Claude, Bear Shao etc. The best Jackals mercenaries also have one, such as Alligator Nichol and Shinigami Roxy.
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Richard, The Bolt.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Shao really doesn't know his place.
* SmugSnake: Franco. [[spoiler:Eventually, [[KarmicDeath this catches up with him.]]]]
* StuffBlowingUp: Hans's specialty. His favorite trick is to hide a small but highly-explosive bomb in [[SomethingAboutARose a white rose]].
* TheyCallHimSword: Nichol's and Huya's nicknames come from their respective weapons, Alligator and Requiem respectively
* [[spoiler:TooDumbToLive: Shao really isn't good at figuring out when he should or shouldn't KickTheDog.]]
* TortureTechnician: Domino.
* TrainingFromHell: Those whom Meilang wants in Tennouren will be subjected to this. Not only they will have to fight several powerful opponents at once in a dungeon, their bodies are weakened first.
* [[spoiler:[[TurnOutLikeHisFather Turn Out Like His Mother]]: Roxy laments this with her son Nichol while dying.]]
* WhipItGood: Arshela.
* WorthyOpponent: Nichol and Huya.
* WouldHurtAChild: Oh no, we're totally NOT going to show a woman kill an innocent child, this is just SO wrong... oh wait... Did [[spoiler: Roxy]] just bisect this 7 year-old child???
* YouAreInCommandNow:[[spoiler:Isaac to Hans.]]

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