* TheAbridgedSeries: ''WebVideo/DubOfTheNorthStar''
* ActingForTwo: The late Creator/KenjiUtsumi voiced both Raoh and Kaioh in the original anime run.
* 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....
* CastingGag: Creator/YoshitoYasuhara, who voices Juuza of the Clouds in the TV series, was also the Japanese dub voice of Max Rockatansky in the dub of the very first ''Film/MadMax'' film, the film whose FOTNS was heavily inspired for. Both Max and Juuza are heroic characters fighting in a post-apocalyptic world, albeit their methods are blatantly different.
* 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.
* DisownedAdaptation: According to the ''Ore-tachi no sukina Hokuto no Ken'' anime guide, original writer Buronson and editor Nobuhiko Horie were angered over some of the insane filler content that Toei's writers were coming up with during the show's early run that clashed with the serious tone they were trying to set up with the manga. The Nanto Human Cannonball technique in particular near the end of the Southern Cross arc was what triggered their outrage. As a result, they became more creatively involved with the anime to prevent it from becoming an AudienceColoringAdaptation.
* 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.
* NamesTheSame: Where to begin...
** Kenshiro is sometimes called by the shortened version of his name, '''Ken.''' [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ryu's best friend and rival]] is also known as Ken. In the Original Trilogy, [[VideoGame/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]], [[VideoGame/FatalFrame a freelance photographer]], [[Manga/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 [[{{Manga/Naruto}} Obito Uchiha.]]
** '''Madara''' is one of the more feral members of the Kiba Clan. He is also [[{{Manga/Naruto}} the infamous Uchiha clan head.]]
*** Speaking of '''Kiba''', the clan is not named after the son of [[{{Manga/Naruto}} Tsume Inuzuka]].
** '''Nagato''' is Hyou's No.2 guy in the Shura forces. The other Nagato was the supposed [[{{Manga/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 [[{{VideoGame/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 [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters a Chinese ninja assassin]], [[{{WesternAnimation/WITCH}} the guardian of Kandrakar]], [[Manga/BlackCat a sorcerer]], [[Anime/SpiritedAway the caretaker of Chihiro]], and [[{{WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra}} Toph Beifong's elder dauher]].
*** '''Lynn''' is a popular singer better known as [[{{Anime/Robotech}} Minmei]] or [[{{Anime/Macross}} Minmay]].
*** The best examples for '''Rin''' could be [[{{Manga/Naruto}} Kakashi's deceased teammate,]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX an Al Bhed businessman]], [[{{Anime/Mnemosyne}} an immortal woman working as a private detective]] and [[Manga/InuYasha Sesshomaru's traveling companion]].
** '''Joker''' is Shin's chief lackey. [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker The other Joker]] needs no introduction, whereas [[Film/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 [[VideoGame/GoldenAxe Tyris Flare, the Ax Battler and Gillius Thunderhead.]] Yuria [[SpellMyNameWithAnS is also known]] as '''Julia.''' [[Franchise/StreetFighter Guile's wife]], [[{{VideoGame/Tekken}} Michelle's daughter]] and [[Manga/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 [[ComicBook/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 [[Anime/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 [[Anime/SaberMarionetteJ Otaru]].
** '''Shin''' is Ken's former friend who is spurred into stealing Yuria from him. Its also the name of a [[Anime/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]] [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters eldest son]]. It's also [[{{Manga/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 [[Manga/RaveMaster Silver Claimer out for revenge]] or a [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Vegan Ace Pilot]].
*** If we take into account the [[SpellMyNameWithAnS L/R dilemma]], this also include [[Anime/QueensBlade another swordswoman, who is a princess]], [[Franchise/MachineRobo Rom Stoll's sister]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Judeau Ashta's sister]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV the princess of Tycoon in the PS1 version.]]
** '''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 [[VideoGame/AsurasWrath a rampaging demigod hell-bent on revenge]], [[VideoGame/SamuraiShodown the warrior with a grudge against Yuga the Destroyer]], [[Manga/SoulEater Lord Death's son]], or [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha a spaceship used by the Time-Space Administration]]. The latter has no connections to [[VideoGame/SoulSeries a female swordswoman who is possessed by a demon]], [[VideoGame/WorldHeroes a Muay Thai kickboxer]], or [[Manga/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]], [[Franchise/StreetFighter the Saikyo fighter]] or [[{{Manga/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 [[Manga/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 [[VideoGame/FatalFury the other Geese.]]
** '''Falco''' is working for Jakoh to ensure the safety of the Celestial Emperor. We also have [[Film/TheReplacements2000 one disgraced quarterback]], a [[Series/LawAndOrder police detective]], and [[VideoGame/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 [[Literature/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]] [[Anime/TekkenBloodVengeance younger sister]], the survivor of a [[Film/IAmLegend vampire apocalypse]] or [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV the daughter of Tellah]].
** Shachi is involved with a woman named '''Leia''' during his stay in the land of Asura. No, not [[Franchise/StarWars THAT Leia.]]
** '''Cassandra''' is the city-prison in which Uligur is the sadistic warden. We also have [[Myth/GreekMythology the prophetess]], [[Film/OneCrazySummer a fledging singer]], [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Sophitia's kid sister]], and the real name of [[VideoGame/MortalKombatX Cassie Cage]], [[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 Johnny and Sonya's daughter]].
** [[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 [[Manga/DragonBall King Kai.]] (Though his JP name is spelt "Kaio" and he's otherwise known as "Kaio-sama.")
* PostScriptSeason: The series was intended to end with the death of Raoh, Kenshiro's ultimate nemesis and the greatest warlord of the post-apocalyptic era. It was renewed after the end of its run, leading to the following arcs requiring a fair amount of [[AssPull rectal requisition]] to fit into the existing canon (particularly pulling out new Hokuto heirs and another Big Brother for Kenshiro).
* RecastAsARegular: Creator/KanetoShiozawa voiced a [[CanonForeigner side character of the week]] named Dr. Duran several episodes before the debut of his iconic role as Rei.
* 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 voiced by HappilyMarried couple Creator/LexLang and Sandy Fox. Another married couple, ''Creator/DaranNorris'' and ''Creator/MaryElizabethMcGlynn'', voice in-series couple Rei and Mamiya.
** 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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