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[[caption-width:129:Maeda Taison is about to punch you.]]
Rokudenashi[[note]]Good-for-nothing[[/note]] Blues is a {{Shonen}} manga by Masanori Morita (author of {{Rookies}} and assistant on FistOfTheNorthStar) with a realistic art style and detailed expressions, centering on the highschool career of one Maeda Taison. However, Maeda isn't just any old ordinary high school student, or even an ordinary delinquent: He dreams of becoming the heavyweight champion of the world (even though he doesn't know the rules of boxing.) He knows street fighting though, and he uses those skills to protect his friends, help out his rivals, and generally rule Teiken High School - even though he's just a freshman. Along with his friends Katsuji, Yoneji, and...[[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters too many people to name.]] 42 volumes of fistfighting, blood, comedy, drama, and general awesomeness follow. A classic in Japan, but altogether unknown in the west (except in France.) Made into two live action movies, two anime movies, and recently adapted to a J-Drama.
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!!This show provides examples of:

* AccentRelapse: Maeda does a variation on this, where he slips back into his original Kansai accent when he gets mad.
** AccentAdaptation: Said Kansai accent was changed in the scanlations to some sort of New York/New Jersey accent.
* ActionGirl: Former biker gang member Mafuyu.
* ArtEvolution: Changes from an odd combination of photorealism and bizarre anime-style facial expressions (especially for the female faces) to a more stylized and coherent but still detailed style: Compare [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/rokudenashi_blues/v01/c004/4.html this]] to [[http://mangafox.me/manga/rokudenashi_blues/v10/c090/17.html this.]]
* {{Badass}}: Maeda, Katsuji, Yoneji...hell, [[WorldOfBadass most of the cast.]]
* BadassCrew: Maeda, Katsuji, and Yoneji. They stop a MobWar between two rival delinquent gangs by themselves. [[ItGetsBetter And that's just the beginning.]]
* BadassGrandpa: Masa-san and [[spoiler:Maeda's dad.]]
* BerserkButton: Mentioning the size of Katsuji's forehead. Or Yoneji's nose. AND THAT IS ALL WE WILL SAY ABOUT THAT.
* BetaCouple: Katsuji and Kazumi.
* {{Bishonen}}: Hatanaka and Seikichi, as much as the art style allows.
* TheBigGuy: Wajima. [[ButtMonkey He still goes down like a chump most of the time.]]
* BloodFromTheMouth: Justified. Being punched/kicked in the face will do that. Also the blood tends to come from other places too.
* BlindWithoutEm: Fujio can't see without his glasses, and frequently loses his contacts, PlayedForLaughs.
* BoisterousBruiser: Everyone, but mainly Maeda.
* ButtMonkey: Wajima, Koheiji and Sakamoto/Shimabukuro.
* CastOfSnowflakes: Especially impressive considering all the characters are of similar builds and dress similarly, and Morita's realistic art style.
* CatchPhrase: "That's Kondou-sensei!"
* CharacterDevelopment
* TheChick: Chiaki and Kazumi are the two main ones, but there are others.
* ClarkKenting: Maeda's idea of laying low is putting on a pair of giant sunglasses. Strangely enough, it actually works.
* CoolBike: [[IHaveManyNames Super Express Leonard/Chavez/Neo Chavez]], in Maeda's eyes.
* CoolTeacher: Masa-san...I mean Kondou-sensei.
* CrazyAwesome: Maeda.
* CurbStompBattle: Everyone gets in on this one. Maeda in particular gets the shit beaten out of him just as much as he beats the shit out of other people.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mafuyu.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Subverted. The cheer squad tries to cash in on this when Maeda takes down Wajima, but they don't earn it until the end of the first arc, when both the cheer squad and the boxing club accept Maeda as a leader.
* {{Delinquents}}: Nearly everyone was a delinquent at some point.
* DelinquentHair: Almost the entire cast. Notably the focus of one episode, when [[EvilTeacher Ioka]] makes them all temporarily straighten/otherwise make their hair normal.
* DistressedDamsel
* DrunkWithPower: Koheiji, temporarily, when he [[FakeUltimateHero defeats]] Maeda and becomes the leader of the school.
* EasyAmnesia: Maeda gets hit by this trope in chapter 44.
* EmotionalBruiser: Maeda.
* EstrogenBrigadeBait: Seikichi, in universe.
* EvilTeacher: Ioka. The man carries around a bamboo sword to smack his students with.
* FunnyAfro: [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/rokudenashi_blues/v05/c040/4.html Mutou had one]] back in his middle school days.
* [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff French Love Racaille Blues]]
* GoodIsNotNice: Maeda tends to be his meanest when he's trying to help someone. [[ObfuscatingStupidity Often on purpose.]]
* HotTeacher: Asano-sensei, the art teacher.
* IdiotHero: MAEDA. (Not to mention Malaproper.)
* KansaiRegionalAccent: First just Maeda, then EVERYONE in the Kansai arc.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LiveActionAdaptation: Two movies in the 1990s, and a recent J-Drama.
* MadeOfIron: Maeda, and some of the other characters. [[SubvertedTrope But not Yoneji.]]
* TheMerch: Action figures and even a pachinko game (that allows winners to view short animated clips.)
* MobWar: The focus of the first arc (between the boxing club and the cheer squad) and eventually much of the series.
* {{Mooks}}: Katsuji and Yoneji are a rare example of the hero having mooks. The villains also have their own mooks, of course.
* [[NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight Never Bring A Truck To A Fist Fight]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: When Kazumi tries to be all "LOOK I BROUGHT THE CHEER SQUAD TO HELP CAUSE THE BOXING CLUB WAS BEATING YOU TWO UP!" Oh, wait, you were taking the abuse because you didn't want them to fight the cheer squad? Ooops...
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Teiken first years Hiroto Ohba and Masatoshi Ebihara have character designs modeled on The Blue Hearts' singer and guitarist...Hiroto Komoto and Masatoshi Mashina.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Maeda. Half the time he's not actually that dumb.
* OfficialCouple: Maeda and Chiaki.
* RatedMForManly
* TheRival: Seikichi and Sakamoto/Shimabukuro. Koheji wants to be one, but he comes off more as an UnknownRival.
* RivalsTeamUp: Maeda and Sakamoto team up to rescue Maeda's little brother Youkou in the Kansai arc.
* SailorFuku: One of Maeda's favorite things, and it actually kicks off the plot, as that's the reason Maeda goes to Teiken High. Subverted when it turns out Teiken recently switched to blazers.
* ShirtlessScene: The boxing scenes.
* ShoutOut: Many of the chapter and volume titles are references to the author's favorite songs. Maeda's name is a shout out to both pro wrestler Akira Maeda and boxer Mike Tyson.
* SliceOfLife: Frequently has these episodes in between longer arcs.
* {{Synchronization}}: The cheer squad doesn't have it.
* SpartanSibling: Maeda's older brother Fujio. He tends to range from not caring about Maeda to beating the crap out of Maeda. However, he has been shown to have BigBrotherInstinct when it counts.
* SpeechImpediment: Maeda stutters when he's angry. You don't want to hear him stutter.
* SmallNameBigEgo: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Koheiji. Nakata.]]
* TrueCompanions: The core cast, both delinquents and their girlfriends.
* WorldOfBadass
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: MAEDA. Most of his finishing moves are taken from pro wrestling, and he even defeats Hatanaka in a boxing match using a German suplex.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Violence against women is Maeda's berserk button.
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