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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.

The ''Manga/{{Arachnid}}'' manga later written by Murata stars an {{expy}} of a character from this story and is increasingly implied to be a StealthSequel. His other works also tend to borrow from this one.
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!!''Jackals'' provide examples of:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The Alligator wielded by Roxy and Nichol can make mincemeat out of people and go through walls.
* ActionMom: Roxy.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Nichol is determined to save Sheryl at all costs and is willing to make alliances with the Gabriella gang for that end.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The final battle between [[spoiler:Nichol and Huya ends offscreen in either a draw or by them getting separated by the ongoing war, but both survive. Sometime later we see Huya being hired to kill Hans, who has restored Gabriella as an underground organization. He can tell Nichol must also be out there somewhere and hopes to face him in combat again]].
* AnimalMotifs: Several characters have an animal theme, such as Alligators for Nichol, snakes for Arshela and bats for Franco. There are some bug people too, [[Manga/{{Arachnid}} yes]], and some other characters who are exempt from this trope.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* AxCrazy
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Lee Mei Lang gets away with Turis and Sheryl. She makes an alliance with the millitary and remakes the country in her image, although some things don't change much and Hans manages to survive and establish an underground Organization to oppose her.]]
* 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.
* BerserkButton: Julio Angelo hates being called a kid.
* {{BFS}}:
** Nichol's Alligator looks like a mix of a two-handed sword and an ''[[AnAxToGrind axe]]''. He can use it both as a shield and as a ''[[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks projectile]]''.
** Huya's Requiem is a more traditional fantasy huge sword, which his father teaches him to wield by mastering the rhythm of each swing rather than focusing his strength. The sword ''plays melodies'' as the guy rapid-fires it!
** Isaac's claymore is a more realistic example.
* BigBad: Lee Mei Lang. [[spoiler:Actually, it's Franco.]]
* BloodKnight
* BloodSplatteredInnocents: [[spoiler:Sheryl when Roxy died on top of her.]]
* BreakTheCutie[=/=]HarmfulToMinors: Nichol.
* ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler:After his ultimate battle against Huya ends in a draw, Nichol disappears into the world. He only briefly returns to leave flowers next to Roxy's grave, still without greeting anyone.]]
* 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
* CoversAlwaysLie: The cover for the last volume spoils how Nichol [[InTheHood dresses like]] after the final battle and that he pays a visit to a certain grave before continuing his travels, but in the story proper we do not see him at all during the ending.
* 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. Nichol's hair is paper-white and Roxy's is blond.
* DeathByOriginStory: Nichol's mom and Huya's dad. [[spoiler:The former turns out to be alive though.]]
* DiagonalCut: Too many examples.
* DiedStandingUp: [[spoiler:Isaac]] dies like this after being shot several times.
* DistressedDamsel: Sheryl.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: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.]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** Reading ''Jackals'' after something like ''Manga/{{Arachnid}}'' or ''Manga/KillingBites'' can be rather weird, indeed. The chapter titles aren't quotes, there's no animal trivia narration every chapter, no {{camp}} and it's a coherent story with over two distinct arcs told in under 60 chapters rather than one big arc [[WebcomicTime that lasts forever]].
** Here we already have animal-themed people but there is little use of supernatural elements for their skills. And not all of them have such motifs. ''Arachnid'', a StealthSequel, introduces super powers of all kinds with [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum little internal logic]] in what still looks like a mundane setting. ''Choubu no Shinobi'' further makes ''Jackals'' even more awkward by being a more fantastical prequel set in the Sengoku period.
** In ''Arachnid'' and ''Choubu no Shinobi'', spider people are [[StoryBreakerPower very darn overpowered]] with their omnipresent RazorFloss traps. So it can be odd to see how Alice Fujii's predecessor Turis Flag, despite being a genuine threat, doesn't get to kill anyone during the story and knows not to bite more than she can chew.
** From ''Arachnid'' on, nearly every story from Shinya starts with some sort of rape-murder situation and several characters are established as serial rapists. ''Jackals'' has just a gruesome aftermath of a battle for its RRatedOpening and the only rapist character is Shao.
* 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.
* {{Expy}}: More than one person has seen the resemblance between Nichol and K' from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' games.
* EyepatchOfPower: Don Salieri is the leader of Gabriella as long as he wears his eyepatch. [[RealMenWearPink Which somehow has a bunny picture on it]].
* FakeDefector: [[spoiler: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.
* {{Gorn}}: The ''first panel'' of the first chapter has a man being decapitated by Nichol's blade. If that doesn't clue you in...
* GunsAreWorthless: Nichol often faces gunfire without fear while using his Alligator as a shield and a gunslinger character who's supposedly more skilled than even Isaac [[DroppedABridgeOnHim gets a huge bridge]] [[TheWorfEffect dropped on him]]. There are aversions to this, however. At one point a martial artist laments teaching soldiers how to fight couldn't save them from firearms and indeed, two of the biggest badasses in the setting are ultimately killed by gunfire.
* HumanShield:
** Poor Nichol once became one [[spoiler:during the night his mother was 'killed']].
** [[spoiler:Isaac]] becomes one for Hans and [[spoiler:Roxy]] herself becomes one for Sheryl.
* IaijutsuPractitioner: Claude.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Shao repeatedly threatens to rape Sheryl, even to Nichol's face. [[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]].
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: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.
* LeftHanging: There are many questions left unanswered at the end of the series. And although ''Arachnid'' is supposed to be a StealthSequel it doesn't explain much of anything that happened in the time gap between the two stories.
* MamaBear: [[spoiler: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.]]
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: While the series doesn't skimp on female characters, none of them [[spoiler: except Roxy and Domino]] die. And none of them ever gets a gruesome, {{gorn}}y death.
* 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 the 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
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: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.
* [[TurnOutLikeHisFather Turn Out Like His Mother]]: [[spoiler: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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