* ActorAllusion: Jakoh's voice actor in the anime is provided by Creator/ShigeruChiba, who in addition to being the show's narrator, also voiced the FillerVillain Joker. Given who he was modeled after, the casting of Chiba as Jakoh was obviously deliberate.
* CashCowFranchise: '''Thirty years''' after the first chapter was published, ''Hokuto No Ken'' is STILL churning out new (spin-off) manga, merchandise and video games by the year....
* CrossDressingVoices: In the TV series, Bat was voiced by a female voice actress, until he became an adult and was replaced by a male actor. Averted in the English dubs for the movie and TV series.
* FanNickname: While technically "Sunagumo" (Sand Spider) was a derisive nickname Falco gave him, many fans refer to the Nameless Shura as such to differentiate him from the other nameless Shura warriors in the series.
** The Jesus Beam, for Toki's ''Hokuto Ujouhaganken ("Merciful Face Break Fist").
** "KungFuJesus" for Toki himself.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Creator/DanteBasco, also known as [[Film/{{Hook}} Rufio]], plays Bat in the live-action direct-to-video adaptation.
** [[TheExpendables The Brit]] is Kenshiro. [[Film/{{Saw}} Detective Hoffman]] is Lord Shin. Oh, and Creator/MalcolmMcDowell is Ryuken. Seriously.
* HeyItsThatVoice: In the Creator/StreamlinePictures dub of the movie, Kiba Daioh/Boss Fang was voiced by none other than the late James Avery (aka [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 The Shredder]] and [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Uncle Phil]]) and Shin was voiced by Creator/MichaelMcConnohie. Ken himself was voiced by none other than JohnVickery, while Raoh and Jagi were done by WallyBurr and Creator/DanWoren respectively.
** Creator/KanetoShiozawa voiced a [[CanonForeigner side character of the week]] named Dr. Duran several episodes before the debut of his iconic role as Rei.
*** And Creator/AkiraKamiya as Kenshiro, obviously.
** Creator/SteveBlum went on to voice Shin in the English dub of the anime later on and Creator/LexLang voiced Kenshiro in the same dub as well.
** Creator/KirkThornton as Toki ([[Manga/{{Naruto}} Kisame]], [[Anime/CodeGeass Ohgi]], and [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Saito]])
** PeterLurie as Jagi ([[Manga/{{Naruto}} Kidomaru]] and [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Jidanbo]])
** JoeRomersa as Zeed and Mr. Heart ([[Anime/CodeGeass Senba]])
** Creator/MaryElizabethMcGlynn as Yuria and Mamiya ([[Franchise/GhostInTheShell the Major]], [[Anime/CodeGeass Cornelia]], and [[Manga/{{X}} Kanoe]])
** DaranNorris as Rei ([[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents Cosmo]] and [[Anime/DigimonFrontier Mercurymon]])
** BeauBillingslea as Jackal ([[Anime/CowboyBebop Jet]], [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Ogremon]], [[Manga/{{Cyborg009}} 005]], and [[Manga/{{Naruto}} A, the Fourth Raikage]])
** Creator/SandyFox as Lynn ([[Manga/{{Chobits}} Sumono]] and [[Manga/MagicalKnightRayearth Aska]])
** Creator/DorothyEliasFahn as Airi ([[Manga/RurouniKenshin Kaoru]], [[Manga/LoveHina Naru]], [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Konan]], and [[Manga/{{Cyborg009}} 003]])
* NamesTheSame: Where to begin...
** Kenshiro is sometimes called by the shortened version of his name, '''Ken.''' [[StreetFighter Ryu's best friend and rival]] is also known as Ken. In the Original Trilogy, [[NinjaGaiden Ryu Hayabusa's dad]] is also named Ken. And there's [[{{Franchise/Barbie}} this guy]] named Ken and ''[[{{VideoGame/StreetFighter2010}} that]]'' Ken.
** '''Rei''' is Kenshiro's closest friend. He is not connected in anyway to [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion the First Child and pilot of Unit Zero]], [[FatalFrame a freelance photographer]], [[HighschoolOfTheDead a well endowed zombie-killing schoolgirl]] or [[Franchise/SailorMoon Sailor Mars' civilian identity.]]
** There are two characters named '''Tobi.''' The first is Yuria's pet dog in the OVA Yuria Den, while the second is Bista's elder brother in Shin Hokuto no Ken/New Fist of the North Star. It's also the nom de guerre of one [[{{Main/Naruto}} Obito Uchiha.]]
** '''Madara''' is one of the more feral members of the Kiba Clan. He is also [[{{Main/Naruto}} the infamous Uchiha clan head.]]
*** Speaking of '''Kiba''', the clan is not named after the son of [[{{Main/Naruto}} Tsume Inuzuka]].
** '''Nagato''' is Hyou's No.2 guy in the Shura forces. The other Nagato was the supposed [[{{Main/Naruto}} mastermind of the Akatsuki.]]
** '''Raoh''' is the eldest of the Four Hokuto Brothers. One of the spirits posessing poor [[{{VideoGame/GuiltyGear}} Zappa]] also shares the name.
** '''Zeed''' is the first mohawked ruffian whose encounter with Kenshiro did not end well. It's also the name of a [[{{Main/Shinobi}} criminal syndicate which was destroyed by Joe Musashi.]]
** Speaking of Joe Musashi, one of the bosses in [[{{VideoGame/Shinobi}} the arcade game]] he encounters has the name '''Kenoh'''. Raoh would still murder him.
** '''Souther''' is the Holy Emperor whose skill and ambition rivals that of Raoh. He has no connection to [[{{VideoGame/StreetsOfRage}} the Syndicate member with the clawed gloves from the first game.]]
** '''Lin''' is the young girl who joins Kenshiro on his adventures in the wasteland. Her name [[SpellMyNameWithAnS can also be written]] as '''Lynn''' or '''Rin'''.
*** For '''Lin,''' we also have a [[TheKingOfFighters a Chinese ninja assassin]], [[{{WesternAnimation/WITCH}} the guardian of Kandrakar]], [[Manga/BlackCat a sorcerer]] and [[SpiritedAway the caretaker of Chihiro.]]
*** '''Lynn''' is a popular singer better known as [[{{Main/Robotech}} Minmei]] or [[{{Main/Macross}} Minmay]].
*** The best examples for '''Rin''' could be [[{{Main/Naruto}} Kakashi's deceased teammate,]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX an Al Bhed businessman]], [[{{Anime/Mnemosyne}} an immortal woman working as a private detective]] and [[InuYasha Sesshomaru's traveling companion]].
** '''Joker''' is Shin's chief lackey. [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker The other Joker]] needs no introduction, whereas [[FullMetalJacket this Joker]] served in Vietnam, and [[{{Franchise/MassEffect}} this Joker]] serves as pilot to the ''Normandy.''
** '''Yuria,''' as we all know, is Kenshiro's love interest. The other Yuria [[{{VideoGame/DemonsSouls}} is a witch.]] Yuria is also the name of the world which is home to [[GoldenAxe Tyris Flare, the Ax Battler and Gillius Thunderhead.]] Yuria [[SpellMyNameWithAnS is also known]] as '''Julia.''' [[StreetFighter Guile's wife]], [[{{VideoGame/Tekken}} Michelle's daughter]] and [[RaveMaster Let's girlfriend]] also shares the name.
** In Japan, '''Ryuken''' is another name for [[{{VideoGame/NinjaGaiden}} Ryu Hayabusa's signature sword.]]
** Jagi is also the name of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jagi-ye_Sarhadi town in Iran.]]
** '''Toki''' has no relation to [[{{Videogame/Toki}} the tribesman who was later turned into an ape]] or a [[AlbedoErmaFelnaEDF sex-crazed mouse girl]].
** '''Ein''' is the bounty hunter who joins up with Kenshiro and the Hokuto Resistance. For a while, it was [[VideoGame/DeadOrAlive Hayate's alias.]] It's also [[CowboyBebop a dog.]]
** '''Asuka''' is Ein's adopted daughter whom he affectionately refers to as his 'little lady.' He would probably freak if she turned out to be [[VideoGame/SweetHome a maid in a haunted mansion,]] the [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion the Second Child]], or the niece and cousin to [[{{VideoGame/Tekken}} Jun and Jin Kazama]] respectively. Also a sweet, big-breasted [[VideoGame/SenranKagura ninja girl]].
** '''Ryu.''' [[AProtagonistIsRyu Seriously??]]
** '''Mamiya''' is the woman warrior whom Rei is attracted to. The other Mamiya is a [[VideoGame/SweetHome a malevolent spirit haunting a mansion]] or a boy whose first name is [[SaberMarionetteJ Otaru]].
** '''Shin''' is Ken's former friend who is spurred into stealing Yuria from him. Its also the name of a [[TekkenBloodVengeance mostly peripheral character who happened to be immortal and funnily enough, tried to commit suicide via throwing himself from a great height,]] though that Shin's suicide attempt failed.
** Shin's alias is '''King.''' Also going by that name is [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting the French kickboxer,]] [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} two masked Mexican wrestlers]], [[{{Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger}} a man garbed in red T-rex-themed spandex]], and it was the alias of one George Sears, better known as [[{{VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2}} Solidus Snake.]]
** '''Ryo''' is the poor kid who dies from eating poisoned bread during the Souther arc. Also sharing the name is [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Takuma Sakazaki's]] [[TheKingOfFighters eldest son]]. It's also [[{{Main/Naruto}} a form of currency]].
** '''Southern Cross''' is the first story arc of the series. It's also Shin's stronghold. In ''Robotech'', its the second story arc - and army - with Dana Sterling as the main character.
** '''Reina''' is Raoh's childhood friend and a lieutenant in his army. The other Reina is a [[RaveMaster Silver Claimer out for revenge]] or a [[MobileSuitGundamAGE Vegan Ace Pilot]].
*** If we take into account the [[SpellMyNameWithAnS L/R dilemma]], this also include [[QueensBlade another swordswoman, who is a princess]], [[MachineRobo Rom Stoll's sister]] or [[MobileSuitGundamZZ Judeau Ashta's sister]].
** '''The Colonel''' is the commander of the Golan Army, whereas this Colonel is the [[{{VideoGame/MegaManX}} second-in-command of the Repliforce.]]
** Jackal's gang is known as '''The Warriors''', no relation to [[Film/TheWarriors the gang who hails from Coney Island.]]
** '''Shiva''' is Shew/Shuu's son who saves Kenshiro's life by way of a HeroicSacrifice. Then there's the [[Franchise/FinalFantasy ice summon]] and [[VideoGame/StreetsOfRage Mr. X's right-hand man.]]
** Kenshiro, Toki and Raoh's homeland is called either '''Asura''' or '''Shura.''' The former has no connection with [[AsurasWrath a rampaging demigod hell-bent on revenge]], [[SamuraiShodown the warrior with a grudge against Yuga the Destroyer]], [[SoulEater Lord Death's son]], or [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha a spaceship used by the Time-Space Administration]]. The latter has no connections to [[SoulSeries a female swordswoman who is posessed by a demon]], [[WorldHeroes a Muay Thai kickboxer]], or [[SaintSeiya one of the Gold Saints.]]
** Danne is a girl who disguises herself as a boy named '''Dan''' in Kenshiro Den. She has no connection to [[Literature/TheBible one of Joseph's 12 sons]], [[StreetFighter the Saikyo fighter]] or [[{{Main/Naruto}} Tsunade's deceased lover.]]
** '''Sara''' is a doctor and Toki's friend in Toki Den. There is another medics with the same name in Shin Hokuto no Ken. The other Sara is [[LoveHina Seta's adopted daughter.]]
** '''Geese''' is a false practioner of Hokuto Shinken in the opening of the OVA ''New Fist Of The North Star'' that dies at Kenshiro's hands. He would also lose against [[FatalFury the other Geese.]]
** '''Falco''' is working for Jakoh to ensure the safety of the Celestial Emperor. We also have [[Film/TheReplacements one disgraced quarterback]], a [[Series/LawAndOrder police detective]], and [[StarFox wingman to Fox McCloud]].
** '''Jun''' is one of Amiba's pressure point victims. There is also [[{{Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman}} the female tech/demolitions expert with a swan motif]] and the mother and aunt to [[{{VideoGame/Tekken}} Jin and Asuka Kazama]].
** In ''Shin Hokuto no Ken/New Fist of the North Star'', Sara was being held hostage inside the '''Tower of Joy.''' Think she could have ran into [[ASongOfIceAndFire Rhaegar Targaryen and]] [[Series/GameOfThrones Lyanna Stark]] hiding there by any chance?
** '''Anna''' is Jagi's romantic interest who meets a brutal and violent end in the aftermath of the nuclear war. Jagi might be interested in [[{{VideoGame/Tekken}} Nina Williams's]] [[TekkenBloodVengeance younger sister]] or the survivor of a [[IAmLegend vampire apocalypse]].
** Shachi is involved with a woman named '''Leia''' during his stay in the land of Asura. No, not [[StarWars THAT Leia.]]
** '''Cassandra''' is the city-prison in which Uligur is the sadistic warden. We also have [[GreekMythology the prophetess]], [[OneCrazySummer a fledging singer]], and [[SoulSeries Sophitia's kid sister]].
** [[SpellMyNameWithAnS In some cases]] Hyoh, Kenshiro's older biological brother, is spelled '''Hyo.''' There is also [[VideoGame/RivalSchools the katana-wielding twin brother of Kyosuke Kagami.]]
** '''Kaioh''' is the last villain of Fist of the North Star 2, is the strongest of the Rasho and is a seriously evil git and master of the art of Hokuto Ryuken. The other Kaioh is more commonly known as [[DragonBall King Kai.]] (Though his JP name is spelt "Kaio" and he's otherwise known as "Kaio-sama.")
* RelationshipVoiceActor: Most of the voice cast reunite again in the Japanese versions of the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' saga.
** In the English Dub of the movie, Shin and Yuria are coincidentally voiced by real life HappilyMarried couple Creator/MichaelMcConnohie and Melodee M. Speevack respectively. In the English dub of the TV series Kenshiro and Lin are the ones voiced by HappilyMarried couple Creator/LexLang and Sandy Fox.
** In the anime and fighting game, Souther is [[Creator/BanjoGinga voiced by]] [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Liquid Snake]]; in ''Legends of the True Savior'', [[Creator/AkioOhtsuka he is voiced by]] [[Franchise/MetalGear Solid Snake]].
* TheWikiRule: [[http://hokuto.wikia.com/wiki/Hokuto_no_Ken Hokuto No Ken Wikia]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The ''Dream Mode'' of Ken's Rage is this in a nutshell.
** Mr. Heart was originally going to be renamed "Elephant" in the movie to go along with the animal ThemeNaming of Jackal and Fox (Jagi's two underlings in the movie).
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