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''Violence Jack'' is a manga by GoNagai that was released from 1973 to 1990. It's a sequel to Manga/{{Devilman}} and both a sequel ''and'' prequel to DevilmanLady. The series is particularly infamous for not only including large amounts of sex and gory violence, but also has cameos from several of Go Nagai's other manga as well. In fact, many of the chapters seem to be dedicated to taking classic GoNagai series and then [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructing]] them by placing them in Violence Jack's brutal setting.

The entire Kanto region of Japan is destroyed in both an earthquake and a volcanic eruption. Any survivors are now forced to fight for their lives, due to biker gangs and warlords having taken over. The worst of them is the Slum King, who practically has all of Kanto under his control.

Luckily, there's Violence Jack, a mysterious, gigantic man with an equally gigantic knife. Unluckily, he's not exactly careful about collateral damage or danger to bystanders, although he's still the closest approximation to a good guy in this CrapsackWorld. Jack travels around Kanto, killing warlords and, eventually, the Slum King himself.

Violence Jack has three {{OAV}}s based on three different arcs from the manga (Harlem Bomber, Evil Town, and Hell's Wind). All three have been released in the US, the UK, Italy, and France, but were heavily censored (especially Evil Town). It wasn't until a few years later that uncensored editions were released.

The series got a short revival in 2005, a short 2 Volume adventure under the title of Shin Violence Jack.

As for the manga, the only place it's ever been released outside of Japan is Italy and very few arcs have been scanlated into English (though this is slowly changing).

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!!''Violence Jack'' contains examples of:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Jack's signature jackknife.
* ActionDuo: Mondo and Tatsuma in the manga.
* AfterTheEnd: Violence Jack is probably the first post-apocalyptic anime/manga series, even pre-dating ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''.
* AmnesiacHero: Having no idea who he is (and generally not caring), the titular character named himself after his violent fame -- Violence -- and iconic knife -- Jack. [[spoiler:Being Akira Fudoh, he has no recollection of the events that occurred in Manga/{{Devilman}}]].
* AnimalMotif: Jack and tigers. His art in the Harlem Bomber OAV makes it more blatant, giving him a mouthful of a "tiger-like" fangs. In the subsequent OAVs, he has pronounced canines (to make the teeth reference more subtle), and his wild hair style branches across his cheeks, to invoke a tiger's whiskers/stripes.
* AnyoneCanDie: And how!
* AntiHero: Jack starts out teetering between Type V and VillainProtagonist. He gradually climbs toward the LighterAndSofter tiers.
* ApatheticCitizens: Whenever bullies rape Shingo, the passerbys not only do nothing, but ridiculed him for his androgynous appearance.
* ApocalypseHow: Class 0 in the manga, class 1 in the [=OAVs=].
* ArmiesAreEvil: Generally, the biggest villains will have their own armies, starting with the Slum King himself. Subverted in the case of good guys like orphan boy Ryou Takuma and others who lead armies against the Slum King.
** Special mention goes to the Marvel Pirates in ''Shin Violence Jack'', who are all former U.S. Marines. They use their training to murder, rape and pillage throughout Tokyo Bay.
* ArtShift: There is a big difference between Jack's depiction in the Harlem Bomber OAV and in subsequent OAVs.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Violence Jack is Akira Fudoh reincarnated as the Human Avatar of Death]].
** [[spoiler:The Slum Queen and Miki Makimura appear at the end of volume 1 of ''Shin Violence Jack''. The former refers to herself as "Queen", while the latter has the body of a ''dog''.]]
*** [[spoiler: Though dog-Miki is actually revealed to be her face, with the rest of her body locked up in the Skull King's dungeon at the Skull Castle. At the end of ''Shin Violence Jack'' she gets her face back and becomes some sort of warrior woman with Cerberus as her steed.]]
** [[spoiler:The Yakuza Heretic leader whom Jack beheaded at the Earthquake Fortress in volume two of the original ''Violence Jack'' manga returns as a demon who challenges Jack to a rematch. Before Jack can respond, the Heretic leader is attacked by the townspeople and burned to death]].
* BigOlEyebrows: Several characters, primarily Jack.
* BikerBabe: ''[[Anime/GreatMazinger Jun Hono]]'' in the Hell's Wind arc.
* BloodierAndGorier / HotterAndSexier / DarkerAndEdgier: Even though the manga was already pretty gory and dark while running in a shounen magazine, it got even gorier, darker, and gained more sex, nudity, and FanService when it began running in a magazine geared toward middle-aged men.
** The [=OVAs=] themselves are much more darker adaptations of the manga story arcs, it added many cases of rape and related sexual violence.
* BodyguardBabes: Slum King is protected by his wife, Slum Queen and her army of masked women in suits.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: Mad Saurus' violent mutation after cannibalizing Blue in the Evil Town OVA.]]
* BondOneliner: "Call me Jack; call me Violence Jack."
* BondageIsBad: Many villains (in the Harlem Bomber OAV) are S&M costume-wearing weirdos who like to tie up and sexually torture innocent young women.
* CharacterDevelopment: Jack during his streaks of violent rampage in the post-apocalyptic world. Initially he made it clear that he didn't care whom he was fighting or saving -- it was all collateral whether he felt like saving/killing one person here or there. However as the series progressed, Jack became quite focused on saving people, mostly women and children. After his new-found resolve, the body count of people who sought his help dropped considerably.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The New Shu Army in ''Shin Violence Jack''. They are a group of Chinese and Japanese actors and extras who were filming a movie based on the ''Romance of the Three Kingdoms''. When the Kanto Hellquake struck, they went collectively insane and began to think that they were real heroes from China's Three Kingdoms era. Their three leaders seek to take Kanto, a "land stripped of history and culture," and turn it into a tyrannical state for the strong, using the ancient China motif to keep their men unified. In that respect they resemble Caesar from VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas. Oh, and they are also AxCrazy killers who terrorize the populace.
* ClusterFBomb: The English dub of the [=OAVs=] just love using them.
* CosmicRetcon: [[spoiler:Manga/DevilmanLady ended with one of these, erasing all of what happened since Manga/MaoDante up to the original ''Violence Jack'']]; ''Shin Violence Jack'' is the new begining of the entire related Nagai universe.
** And ''Devilman Grimoire'' may very well be the sequel to ''Shin Violence Jack'' in this new related Nagai universe.
* CrapsackWorld: Even worse than the world of the series to which it's a sequel.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: So, so many.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Shingo pleasures himself while seeing Aila naked.
* DecapitationPresentation: [[spoiler:In "King of Brutes", one of Kibara's men sticks a kid's head in a pike and drinks the dripping blood from it.]]
* DeconstructionCrossover: Several of characters from Go Nagai's other manga show up in Violence Jack, usually as alternate universe versions. One such example is a [[MazingerZ blind martial artist named Jim Mazinger, and his spotter, Koji Kabuto.]]
* {{Depraved Homosexual}}s: [[DepravedBisexual And bisexuals]]... and heterosexuals... and... ah, fuck it, [[HumansAreBastards nearly everyone]].
* DistantFinale: [[spoiler: The manga's epilogue focuses on Ryou Takuma several decades after the battle against Slum King.]]
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: The manga ends with nearly every character dying while fighting against the Slum King and Jack and Satan beginning their fight once again.]]
** The Harlem Bomber OAV ends with [[spoiler: the heroine's boyfriend and friend dead, leaving her to wander the wasteland alone.]]
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Tatsuma and Shingo.
** [[spoiler: Inverted with Blue in the manga.]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The Harlem Bomber OVA compared to the following two. Jack looks far more monstrous and acts much more bestial, saying a single sentence in the entire movie, and is also closer to manga canon by being indifferently murderous towards everyone in his path; even his PetTheDog moment (sparing Kenichi despite the latter stabbing him in the eye) is undone [[spoiler: when he kills Kenichi and almost kills Kenichi's girlfriend to use their escape vehicle as a weapon]]. The follow-up episodes, he looks less monstrous, is more talkative, and is generally a nicer guy -- he still brutally massacres people, but only evil ones.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Mad Saurus in the Evil Town OVA and his moll, Blue. [[spoiler: He's devastated when he finds Jack killed Blue whilst he was badly injured and struggling to catch up, breaking down weeping as he calls her the only one he ever loved. Then he snaps, ''eats her corpse'' and promptly mutates into a monster that almost manages to kill Jack in revenge. When he dies, he has a dying ramble about how happy he is to be with Blue again in hell.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: He's called Violence Jack because he's a very ''violent'' man who carries around a ''jack''knife. Enough said.
* GainaxEnding: The Harlem Bomber OAV ends with[[spoiler:Jack calling down a lightning bolt to heal his injuries, followed by turning into a giant golden bird and flying off, with the only surviving character following him to who knows where.]] It comes out of nowhere without any kind of explanation. [[spoiler: Although, given the canon that he's Akira Fudoh reincarnated, it's sort of explainable. But not by much.]]
* {{Genius Bruiser}}: Apart from being an excellent hand-to-hand combatant with great mystical powers, Jack is also shown to know ancient Chinese history in ''Shin Violence Jack''.
* {{Gorn}}: The entire series. A prominent example is in Evil Town when [[spoiler:EvilRedhead Bitch kills all the children]] and when [[spoiler:Mad Saurus eats the corpse of his lover, Blue, to "become one flesh".]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: Ryo Asuka and Miki Makimura are brought back to life to be the Slum King's sex slaves. [[spoiler:It turns out Ryo/Satan wanted this as his punishment for killing Devilman.]]
* FangsAreEvil: Violence Jack's canines, although of a subtlety that would normally deem them CuteLittleFangs (except in [[ArtShift the Harlem Bomber OAV]]), are a warning of his ruthlessly bloodthirsty nature.
** Mad Saurus has vaguely fang-like, peg-teeth, as if he needed more of a sign of his evilness. [[spoiler: After cannibalizing Blue's corpse and mutating, he sprouts full-on fangs.]]
* FriendToAllChildren: In the original manga Jack was often saving children in the post-apocalyptic world, mostly unintentionally or just because he felt like it; In the series revival in 2005, it seems that children have grown on Jack's heart, he is even a self-proclaimed defender of children.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Jack splits several people in half over the course of the series, both horizontally and vertically. Usually with his knife, but not always...
** In the Evil Town OAV, he deals with Bitch by grabbing her by the legs and pulling them apart until she ''splits open''.
** The Hell's Wind gang amuse themselves by tearing a Hope Town villager in half with their motorcycles during their brief takeover, in the OVA.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Slum Queen.]]
* HijackedByGanon: Slum King is the supreme warlord of the post-apocalyptic world with no equal, it was by Satan's own will that Slum King reigned; except that when [[spoiler:Slum King's slave, Ryo Asuka, sacrificed himself to help Jack kill the warlord, Satan came back and quickly killed the Slum King, wanting to resume the eternal grudge between Violence Jack (Akira Fudou) and Ryo Asuka (Satan) in yet another epic fight]].
* HotbloodedSideburns: Jack, of course.
* IAmWho: [[spoiler: Violence Jack is Akira Fudo.]]
* ICallItVera: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. See KnifeNut below.
* IncendiaryExponent: Jack's reaction to being blown up with a Stinger missile and covered in flames? Casually murder the the remaining Hell's Wind bikers.
* InfantImmortality: Averted. The first arc alone has children getting their heads smashed in and getting burned alive. At one point, Jack decapitates a little girl being used as a human shield.
** Not even the [=OAVs=] are spared in this one [[spoiler:except Saburo from Hell's Wind arc]]
* KickTheDog: Until the battle against the Heretics, you could believe that Jack is a good guy and the rumors about him destroying towns are just that -- after all, he's defending orphans and only being excessively murderous against ''bad'' people. Then he goes and beheads a little girl being used as a human shield, complete with SlasherSmile. This would be a MoralEventHorizon in any other work, except he's ''still'' not as monstrous as many of the other characters.
** In the Harlem Bomber OVA, he thanks Kenichi and girlfriend for saving his life by [[spoiler: using their gyrocopter as a weapon to kill Bomber, resulting in their deaths]].
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:Nearly every character introduced dies.]]
* KnifeNut: Jack, to the point where he ''named himself'' after his jackknife.
** Joker, in the Hell's Wind OVA, is a sadistic psychopath who enjoys torturing people to death with a Bowie knife.
* LesbianJock: Ricki from the Evil Town arc. More so in the manga; there's no hints of her being gay in the OVA.
* LighterAndSofter: Despite the notes about the OVAs under DarkerAndEdgier above, both the OVA version of Evil Town and of Hell's Wind are far lighter than the manga, or even the Harlem Bomber OVA. Jack is shown in almost "good guy" terms, being willing to use his capacity for violence only on scumbags who deserve it and deliberately trying to help people who are innocent. Hell, most of the "good guys" in the second and third OVAs actually survive, even if they do get tortured and/or raped.
* LipstickLesbian: Honey Kisaragi and Aila Mu, in the manga.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Jack is king of this trope. In the third OAV, the Hell's Wind gang shoots him with automatic weapons for nearly a good five minutes. He turns to yell at the kid watching about getting used to the sight of blood.
* [[spoiler:NoEnding: Shin Violence Jack climaxes with the Skull King possibly remembering he's the Slum King, and gets a never-seen-before face strikingly similar to Akira's to boot, Miki gets her body back and apparently has psychic powers now... and that's how it ends.]]
** Although Skull King's true identity may actually be [[spoiler:Akira Fudo]], with Violence Jack implied to be [[spoiler:Amon]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The female DecoyProtagonist in the Harlem Bomber arc insists she and her long-sought boyfriend have to save Jack from the OAV's BigBad, even though her boyfriend Kenichi insists it's too dangerous. She ignores him and throws Jack a rope, saving his life... [[spoiler: and Jack uses the rope to pull the gyrocopter out of the air and crush Bomber. The crash sends her and Kenichi flying, and Kenichi suffers an implicitly fatal head injury. When she regains consciousness, they're all dead/gone, and so she has nothing to do but wander hopelessly off into the wasteland again.]]
* NighInvulnerable: Jack is pretty much immune to anything you do to him. Up to and including ''tanking a Stinger missile'' in the Hell's Wind OVA.
* OurGhoulsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: In the Evil Town OVA, Mad Saurus goes insane after finding Jack decapitated his lover. So he eats her corpse and promptly mutates, visibly ripping out of his skin and having the bones of his fingers & toes extend to reshape themselves into claws. The more monstrous-looking Mad Saurus gains a ''massive'' increase in strength, speed and agility, and almost manages to ''kill Jack''.]]
* PsychoLesbian:
** Rose from the Harlem Bomber arc, although as her only sex scene was raping one of the women she intends to break in as a sex slave, she may be a DepravedBisexual.
** In the Evil Town OAV; Blue (who, as Mad Saurus's lover, counts more as DepravedBisexual) and Bitch of the Mad Saurus gang of Area B, eagerly join the men of Areas A and B in raping the women of Area C. Blue actually stabs Kawamori to death with a crowbar so she can take his place raping Aila Mu.
* {{QuestForIdentity}}: The Skull King's quest is this.
* RagingStiffie: Shingo gets one[[note]]and either ejaculated or piss himself[[/note]] after nearly got killed by a tiger.
* RapeAsBackstory: In the Evil Town arc, the reason Aila Mu and the other women of Area C refuse to associate themselves with Area A is because the men of Area A raped them shortly after the earthquake.
** Shingo in the "King of Brutes", due to looking like a girl all his life.
* RatedMForManly: The entire series.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Jack gives one to the leaders of the New Shu Army in ''Shin Violence Jack''.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Slum Queen chooses to rebel against her husband, but he kills her with her own whip.]]
* SequelReset: The original manga ended with [[spoiler:Jack fighting against Satan, but with no clear conclusion on the fight's outcome]], ''Shin Violence Jack'' comes and Jack is back to killing warlords and other oppressors from Slum King's reign, at least his Character Development sticks for this one.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Shifts ''HARD'' to the cynicism side from the get-go and stays there throughout its duration.
* SuperStrength: Jack has this ability, allowing him to carve through flesh and bone with a jackknife and even rip people apart with his bare hands. It's not MadeOfPlasticine because nobody else gets mutilated like this unless Jack is the one doing the killing. Of course, given the true nature of Jack's origins, it's justified.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Harlem Bomber/Harem Bomber and Mad Saurus/Mad Saulus/Mad Zaurus
* TinTyrant: Slum King wears heavy samurai armor with a mask. [[spoiler: It turns out the reason he wears a mask is because his face has no skin.]]
* TheTokyoFireball: An earthquake ''and'' three volcanoes erupting ''AND'' a tsunami. All triggered by a meteorite shower.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Honey Kisaragi and Hurricane.
* TookALevelInKindness: Jack gets a lot more human as the manga develops, and is noticable as being much more heroic in the OVA versions of Evil Town and Hell's Wind than he is in Harlem Bomber -- he still brutally murders people, but only scumbags who deserve it, and he actively tries to protect the innocent.
* TwoFaced: Mad Saurus in the Evil Town OVA has a subtle case; the skin around one eye and upon one side of his nose is either burned red or flayed raw, presumably an injury he took during the hellquake. Combined with the way it distorts that side of his upper lip into a permanent sneer, and the blind, staring eye, it serves as a RedRightHand.
* UnbuiltTrope: "Violence Jack" was probably the first AfterTheEnd manga published in Japan. Compared to it, manga set in a post-apocalyptic setting, such as ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', are LighterAndSofter. The manga devotes its entire first chapter to showing how it all happened -- with plentiful NightmareFuel scenes of people dying awfully, ''lovingly'' depicted by GoNagai -- including a ''very'' tense build-up to the earthquake -- providing plentiful geographical details and giving a death toll. And afterwards it shows that the resulting world is a CrapsackWorld where people suffer horrific death and abuse at the hands of the worst villains Go Nagai has put to paper, things ALWAYS go FromBadToWorse, and TheHero is rather a VillainProtagonist who does not feel compelled to protect helpless people and only intervenes into a fight if something draws his attention or he would like to bust some heads.
* VasquezAlwaysDies: [[spoiler: In the Evil Town story, muscle girl Ricki gets torn to pieces by blade-wielding killers, while most of the more feminine women live on.]]
* VillainousCrossdresser: Blue in the manga version of the Evil Town arc.
* VillainousValor: Mad Saurus, at least in the OVA version, who actually manages to seriously challenge Jack and survives a beating that Jack thought had killed him. He also saves his lover, Blue, from being throttled by Jack and tells her to run whilst he holds Jack off.
* VillainProtagonist: [[TookALevelInKindness Though he gets better as time goes on]].
* WhipItGood: Slum Queen wields a whip made of razor wire, while Rose in the Harlem Bomber arc has a whip with thorns on it.
* WouldHurtAChild: Gratuitous child-slaying in Evil Town.

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