-> ''"If a Nation is a Gang, a Gang should be able to become a Nation. I want to establish a Nation of a certain class. Hey, let's build a country of our own. Ken."''
-->-- '''Tae-Soo'''

-> ''"I don't force anyone to follow me. I fight for what I believe in, and to protect those who need my help! I force nobody to fight beside me. Everyone's free to their own opinions! And I fight beside only those who share mine! But I help all those who ask me, and I ask for nothing in return!"''
-->-- '''Ken'''

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[BadAssCrew Ken and his friends.]]]]


After his parents' death when he was 13, Ken lost everything. He became embroiled in a world of violence, constantly fighting one group of thugs after another. Then he met Yumin, the only person left in his life that he cared for. When Ken finally confessed his love, Yumin turned him down with the reason that she plans on moving to Korea and becoming a police officer. Ken decides to drop out of high school, and flies to Korea in order to become an officer himself. Unsurprisingly, as a high school dropout he doesn't get the job and ends up slumming it in Korea.

One day, after helping out an old store owner getting extorted from a local gang, Ken is then made the boss of a small gang by a man named Tae-Soo. Ken now finds himself fighting local gang bosses, protecting the ones he cares for and making sure Yumin never finds out, otherwise he'll lose the girl he loves and get arrested.

''Sun-Ken Rock'''s South Korean author and artist Boichi, aka Mujik Park, holds the distinction of being one of the few foreign mangaka in Japan. Boichi's other manga, including ''Wallman'', ''HE the Hunt for Energy'', ''Space Chef Caisar'', and the upcoming ''The Origin'', all take place in the same [[TheVerse verse]]. [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/comics/manga/sun-ken-rock/volumes The manga is currently on]] Crunchyroll Manga with new chapters released the same day as its Japanese publication in ''Young King''. The other manga connected to ''Sun-Ken Rock'' have been scanlated with Boichi's blessing by Japanzai and are available to read for free on [[http://sunkenrock.com/ his official site]] and Japanzai's reader. Japanzai also officially scanlated the three Sun-Ken Rock spinoffs:

* ''Sun-Ken Rock Gaiden Pickaxe Calamity'', a NSFW sci-fi fanservice comic focusing on a {{NEET}} who gets his hands on some PowerArmor and becomes the "Dango Knight"
* ''Sun-Ken Rock Gaiden - Yumin'', yet another NSFW fanservice sidestory focusing on Yumin going on an undercover police job
* ''[[SomethingCompletelyDifferent I Want Feed Yumin]]'', a shojo styled, somewhat suggestive yet SFW series of sidestories concentrating on [[SecondPersonNarration a character that could very easily be replaced by the reader]] taking Yumin out on dates to various Korean restaurants. Much attention is paid to ridiculously detailed descriptions of Korean FoodPorn and how ''freakin' cute'' Yumin is.

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!! Contains examples of:

* AmbitionIsEvil: Tae-Soo isn't a bad guy at heart, but wants to take over Korea even if his methods cause suffering to the population.
* ArtEvolution: The art in the beginning volumes was pretty good to start with, but became incredibly polished as time went on.
* ArtShift: The [[http://view.thespectrum.net/series/sun-ken-rock.html?ch=Volume+01&page=78 comedy sections]] almost seem like they come from a different manga when [[http://view.thespectrum.net/series/sun-ken-rock.html?ch=Volume+03&page=131 compared to]] the rest of the manga.
* AuthorAppeal: Boichi seems to love writing dramedy; there are some notorious [[MoodWhiplash Mood Whiplashes]] to be seen here, with extremely dramatic events followed by wacky humor (and vice-versa).
* BackToBackBadasses: Pickaxe and Benito in chapter 96. [[spoiler: Yumin, Ken, and Ban-Phoung at the end of the Korean Gang Saga.]]
* {{Badass}}: Everything Ken does from beating down whole gangs on his own to having so much charisma that not even his enemies can help but respect and look up to him.
* BadassBookworm: Tae-Soo
* BadassCrew: The Sun-Ken team.
* BadassInANiceSuit: When Ken puts on his suit, it means serious business and almost always serious ass-kickings.
* BerserkButton: If you mess with anyone Ken is trying to protect or hurt anyone on his team, Ken will ''destroy you''.
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler: Yumin's father.]]
* BodyguardBetrayal: [[spoiler: Happened to Tae-Soo's father.]]
* BrickJoke: The Boar when you least expect it.
* TheChessmaster: Tae-Soo and [[spoiler: Yumin's father.]]
* ContinuityNod / CallBack: Go Ju-Mon says that maybe one day his cousin will reach space through one of his descendants. The character shadow next to him gives away that that one will be Caisar, a character from another of Boichi's works: ''Space Chef Caisar'', the chef known as the best in the world goes on journey through space to cook the greatest recipes and kick ass.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Oh Dal-Soo.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Ken
* CurbStompBattle: Ken is adapt at handing these out to whoever happens to be unlucky enough to be his opponent, though he has been on the end of a few of them himself.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster
* DarkestHour: [[spoiler:The unmasking and fall of the Sun-Ken Rock group due to reporter investigations and the White Dragon Clan's machinations.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Ken employs many of his past opponents into his gang, knowing they were good people who happened to work for his enemies.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Marin and a Russian woman in chapter 96, [[LampshadeHanging much to their chagrin]]. They become unable to hurt each other due to sympathy upon realizing they both were trying to seduce their respective leaders, so they just [[ClothingDamage rip each other's clothes off.]]
* DiabolicalMastermind: [[spoiler: Yumin's father.]]
* TheDon: Don Prego, Benito's boss, and [[spoiler: Yumin's father]].
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Tae-Soo.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Ken is respected by his closest peers, but when his reign spreads to greater schemes like casinos and record labels, people in those sects don't pay their respects, mostly because Ken likes to keep a low profile and doesn't like to be worshiped. Still, many are quick to treat him like a hobo or a petty criminal, because someone as "dull" as him can't be ''the'' boss, posing around dressed in Armani and driving imported cars. [[spoiler:This also makes it easier for him to get away when the police try to arrest the rest of his gang after Tae-Soo turns himself in.]]
* EvilGenius: Tae-Soo.
* FanService: You want breast and ass shots, you're gonna get 'em
* FoodPorn: The author can go on complete tangents describing in incredible detail the food that the characters eat during the story. Describing the preparation of the ingredients, carefully detailing how it's all cooked while detailing how the various sauces and juices add to the taste and texture of the dish, finishing off by describing the delicious taste of the meal...
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler:Ban-Phoung had always admired Ken and was trying to protect him from the White Dragon Clan.]]
* HiddenDepths: Ken starts out as an employed high school dropout that spent a year in Korea in a shoddy apartment. As the series goes on, he proves himself to be a man that sticks by his ideals and is willing to do anything to help those he wants to protect.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: One arc revolves around Ken resigning from the gang so he can work as a idol manager. It doesn't last and he's forced to request their help to protect the idols. Tae-Soo respects Ken's desire for a normal life, but advices him to remain as their boss so he can have the power to bring justice to the evil and corrupt.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: San-Ki Lee, AKA Marin, is an ex-Korean soldier who doesn't use guns or knives. He instead decides to competently dual-wield a pair of wrenches
* KnifeNut: Kae-Lyn, the one that teaches the group how to use knives, is understandably good at wielding them, along with other pointy objects.
* TheLeader: Ken is a Type III & IV. Before him, Tae-Soo was a Type I & II
* TheMafia
* MafiaPrincess: [[spoiler: Yumin.]]
* ManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:The Yakuza led by Yumin's father.]]
* ManChild: Ken.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Defied as Ken is not only still a virgin but he turns down the '''very''' aggressive advances of other women in order to save himself for Yumin.
* MightyGlacier: Do-Heun Chang plays this role in the team though he's quite a bit quicker than what you would expect from of man of his size.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Real-estate business is some serious shit in this manga.
* NebulousEvilOrganisation: [[spoiler: The Yakuza, whose connections are so great they could bring down the Sun-Ken Rock gang by instigating the President of Korea into investigating their corporations.]]
* OhCrap: This goes through the mind of a lot of thugs when Ken finally gets serious or pissed, which ever happens first. It also happens when people end up out gambitted by Tae-Soo.
* OneManArmy:Anyone of the members of the Sun-Ken gang could take on ten or more guys at once and that's before they [[TookALevelInBadass took a level.]] One of Ken's own traits is that he can take down whole gangs on his own.
* OutGambitted: Most of the Sun-Ken Rock Gang's enemies. [[spoiler:And them by the Yakuza.]]
* ThePromise: Ken made a one with Yumin in the form of a PinkySwear
* [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain Protagonist Journey To Anti-Villain]]: Initially, Ken is okay with having a small gang that can pass as posers thinking ''way too'' big. As time goes on, Ken's influence actually creates a parallel state, he becomes a criminal big shot by owning corrupt Casinos, idol agencies and real estate companies. That's the point where where Ken starts doubting himself, being noticeably careless about rivals trying to destroy or seize his empire, as he thinks it could be for the best.
* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler:Miss Yoo was brutally gang-raped and sexually abused by the Garugi after she was kidnapped by them. ]]
** [[spoiler: Chapter 65 to the idols under Ken's care.]]
* SmugSnake: Most of the Sun-Ken Rock Gang's enemies.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil
* TheStarscream: Pickaxe has this attitude towards Ken, but also respects him.
** [[spoiler:Tae-Soo eventually takes over the Sun-Ken-Rock organization and demotes Ken. Of course, he's trying to protect Ken from being involved in an increasingly dangerous situation. He ends up taking the place of Ken so that he didn't go to jail.]]
* TheSyndicate
* TalkToTheFist: Ken punches through an opponent's DarkAndTroubledPast in chapter 95.
* TakeOverTheWorld: [[spoiler: The Yakuza's plan.]]
* TitleDrop: A quote from chapter 23 explains the meaning.
--> "Ken, you're warm like the sun... a strong person as solid as a rock!"
* TookALevelInBadass: Ken and the rest of the members of the gang take a huge one after their training is done at mount Juri.
* TrainingFromHell: The Sun-Ken team go through months of this once they start training at Mount Juri and emphasis on hell. Their training would make a veteran Navy SEAL wish he was back in hell week.
* UnwittingPawn: Oh Dal-Soo and his son.
* {{Yakuza}}: [[spoiler:Yumin's father runs this.]]
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