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[[caption-width-right:350:[-Beyond the Grave and his young companion, Mika Asagi.-] ]]

->''To protect is to never betray.''
->''In each hand he wields "CERBERUS", his twin handguns and on his back he carries a coffin filled with heavy weapons. Cloaked in darkness and smelling of the grave, he is back to kick ass!''
-->--Series tagline.

A series of "stylish action/shooters" by Seta Corporation and Creator/RedEntertainment released for the PlayStation2, in the vein of ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' minus the platforming and puzzle-solving.

'''Gungrave (2002)''': The original game revolves around a former hitman named "Brandon Heat", who had been been betrayed and murdered by his former best friend, Harry [=MacDowel=], about fifteen years ago. However, Brandon's body was brought back to "life" through the Necrolization Project--an advanced technology that can reanimate the dead. Brandon was reborn as "Beyond the Grave", a techno-engineered gunslinging revenant. He receives his necessary sidearms from a young girl named Mika (who just so happens to be the daughter of the former head of the Syndicate). Seeking his protection, Mika returns to Grave his pair of massively-sized handguns, the "Left Head and Right Head" (or "Cerberus" for short). Grave's caretaker and creator, Dr. T., also provides him with a secondary weapon, the "Coffin", a large device stocked with multiple heavy weapons.

Now armed, Grave can set out for his mission--to destroy the Millenion Syndicate, the very organization he used to work for, in this darkly twisted tale of love, loss, betrayal, and revenge.

'''Gungrave: Overdose (2004)''': Three years has passed since the first game, while Grave has been placed into hibernation. Unfortunately, the deadly drug called "Seed" has resurfaced and Mika Asagi, now Grave's young ward, knows all too well of the chaos that will ensue if the drug spreads worldwide. Thus she awakens Grave for his protection and help once again. The game introduces two new playable characters--Juji Kabane (a swordsman skilled with flaming sword techniques and fellow deadman), and Rocketbilly Redcadillac (a rockabilly ghost haunting an electric guitar and a friend of Juji's). A supporting character is also introduced--a young amnesiac boy genius who calls himself Spike Hubie, whom Mika met on her travels.

Each playable character learns various types of Demolition Shots and have different normal skills than others. Juji excels with close-range combat but his guns are much weaker than the other two players. Rocketbilly Redcadillac has poor melee ability but possesses the best long-range abilities of the three, while Grave himself is fairly balanced.

'''Gungrave (anime, 2003)''': The 26-episode anime is an alternate retelling of the original video game. It follows Brandon's life from his start as a "street punk", to his rise as a Millenion sweeper, to his "fall" and rebirth as Grave. Despite having the same cast, the anime comes at the same basic plot from a more character-driven angle, and is best considered an AlternateContinuity. It definitely holds its own, and is recommended to anyone who's fond of mafia drama in the vein of ''Film/TheGodfather''.

Created and designed by Yasuhiro Nightow, the creator of ''{{Trigun}}'' and ''Kekkai Sensen''.
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[[folder: Tropes That Apply To Both Series ]]

* AffablyEvil: Most of Millenion's members (and therefore most of the main cast) when you think about it. This series is sort of built on this trope.
* AnyoneCanDie
* ArcWords: "To protect is to never betray."/"You have to survive, Mika." (or some variant on "Mika must live").
* AvengingTheVillain: In ''Overdose'', [[spoiler: Sherry, the wife of Harry [=MacDowell=] returns as a necrolizer to exact revenge against Grave, who had killed Harry. Grave also killed Sherry's father, Bear Walken, so Sherry's none too pleased about that. And then there's Balladbird, who doesn't take Bob's death well]].
* AwesomeMcCoolname: BRANDON HEAT! BALLADBIRD LEE! BEAR WALKEN! Needless to say, damn near everyone in the series has one.
** Only BOB POUNDMAX can have a name calling him fat yet it still sounds awesome.
** What's the name of your MadScientist who doesn't do a lick of fighting in the entire anime? LAGUNA GLOCK!
** Of all the characters who fit this trope, Rocketbilly Redcadillac runs away with the prize.
* AxCrazy / KnifeNut: Balladbird Lee after [[spoiler: becoming a Superior]] and later on, [[spoiler: finding out that his closest friend Bob was defeated by Grave]].
* BadAss: Billy, Juji, all of the Big Four, and of course, the main character himself.
* BadassAndChildDuo
* BadassLongcoat: Grave's badass ''[[http://media.animegalleries.net/albums/userpics/37811/Gungrave_image1.jpg tailcoat]]'', which he replaces in O.D. with a...badass jacket? Juji has also has one.
** [[spoiler: Bunji]] gets one in the second game. Probably to provide more of a resemblance to [[spoiler: Juji, who's his younger brother]].
* BadassNormal: Zell Condorbrave in ''Overdose''. Though only human, he and his squadron have fought many a deadman, even killing four of them. In the anime, Brandon before becoming Grave definitely, definitely counts. Brandon can throw a '''mean''' right hook that hits almost as hard as a [[SuperSmashBros Falcon]] [[MemeticMutation Punch]]...
** In the anime, Bunji [[spoiler: pre-Superiorization]] qualifies. He held his own against the Necrolyzed Lightning members longer than most did, and [[spoiler: survived/nearly won a battle against Grave]].
* {{BFG}}: The coffin and the Center Head.
* BackFromTheDead: The key element in Beyond the Grave's origin/creation story.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Harry]] in the first game and anime; [[spoiler: Garino]] in Overdose.
* BlessedWithSuck: As a deadman/necrolizer, Grave is gifted with regeneration, immense physical strength, heightened agility and NighInvulnerability. The price he pays for his "necrolized" body is that he has lost almost all of his memories, and he's mostly incapable of feeling emotion. The blood in his body (as in, ''all the blood in his whole body'') must also be replaced periodically. Otherwise he won't last longer than a week or so, as he'll steadily "decompose" and revert back to true death.
** Rocketbilly, being a ghost, can only physically interact with his guitar. However, bullets and such go right through him without harm. Juji is [[spoiler: half-deadman and half-seed/orgman. He is constantly using a meditation technique to keep both sides in balance. Doing so allows him to override the typical deadman weakness of needing blood transfusions. However, if he ever stops his meditation, it seems that he will either die or lose his free will to his seed half]].
* BigEater: Bob Poundmax, in the anime he's a jovial fellow, but in the game he's portrayed as a boorish prick.
* BittersweetEnding
** In the anime: [[spoiler: Grave and Harry reconcile and realize that they share the blame for their mutual downfall, deciding to commit suicide together instead of being killed by the Millenion splinter-faction. Everyone they ever cared about (save Mika) is dead as a direct result of their actions, and everything they worked for has been destroyed. Mika is free to live her life, but everyone that mattered to her is gone, leaving her alone.]]
** In the game(s): [[spoiler: Grave and Mika are both at peace and survive the ordeal, but Dr. Tokioka still dies in this timeline, which forces Mika to seal Grave away and learn the mechanics of taking care of him, leaving the city behind (and the entire city eventually collapses in on itself). In O.D. the world is made safe again from the scourge of seed... but Spike is lost in the process, and Billy and Juji can't be a permanent part of Mika's life due to their nature as drifters. Grave, being what he is and what it takes to sustain him, can't be with Mika all the time; his time with her will always be brief and he must be sealed away ''again'', leaving Mika alone once more]].
* BlackAndGreyMorality: With the exception of Mika and Maria, most characters in the series are either AffablyEvil or examples of EvenEvilHasStandards. Some, however, are just brutal, ruthless, and unquestionably ''evil''.
* BottomlessMagazines: Grave and company all have infinite ammo. Partially subverted in the anime because ammo ''does'' run out... from time to time.
* ABoyAndHisX: A Girl And Her Undead Gunslinging Bodyguard. TheyFightCrime.
* ChainedByFashion: Grave, who carries the coffin chained to his upper arms in the game, whereas in the anime he totes it around on his shoulder like a bag.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Sherry Walken]]
** Biscoe in the anime.
* CoolShades: Bunji and Bear. Grave has a nifty pair of Cool Glasses. In the anime, Sherry's teddybear sports a pair that looks like Bear's.
* ConceptArtGallery: Two for the games, one for the anime.
* CrapsackWorld: Early on, Harry and Brandon leave a dangerous life of street crime for a more secure but equally immoral and violent life in the Millenion Organization. There doesn't appear to be many other options. Crime runs rampant, law enforcement seems almost non-existent, and in the game's storyline [[spoiler: alien parasites attempt to invade the world, and their only reason to live is to reproduce by corrupting other lifeforms.]]
* CreepyCoolCrosses: A central element of Grave's original battle outfit.
** He has these in his sequel outfit as well, the most obvious one being on his back. Also, if someone were to button up his jacket, the pattern on the front would ''also'' form a [[CreepyCoolCrosses stylized cross]].
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Virtually everyone.
* DeathByOriginStory: Grave.
* DisconnectedByDEath: A Millenion Mook named Jude.
* EqualOpportunityEvil: The organization's members include a Chinese guy, a Japanese guy, a guy with an Irish last name, and an ambiguously black guy.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: While Millenion is a murderous criminal organization they're still bound to a code of honor.
* {{Expy}}
** Bunji Kugashira is an expy of Nicholas D. Wolfwood of ''Trigun''.
*** At least until [[spoiler: the second game, where he looks almost completely different.]]
** Fangoram wields the massive gun Center Head, the last of the Cerberus series, and it closely resembles Wolfwood's Cross Punisher.
** Grave in the anime has a striking resemblance to Legato Bluesummers and Dante; in the video game, he looks more like a cross between Wolfwood and Antonio Banderas (?).
** Mika resembles a younger, white-haired Meryl Stryfe. Subverted a bit in Overdose, where she looks older and wears a different outfit from the previous game.
** Rocketbilly Redcadillac looks suspiciously similar to Vash The Stampede, the main character from {{Trigun}}.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Balladbird Lee...[[spoiler: except when he opens them, inspiring terror]].
* EyepatchOfPower: Grave.
** It's not so much an eyepatch, though, as a pair of glasses with one covered lens.
* EyeScream / MoeGreeneSpecial: How Brandon loses his left eye and killed. Won't go into the horrible things done to poor Juji.
* FatAndSkinny: Bob and Lee.
* GangstaStyle: Grave/Brandon does this sometimes, and it actually ''[[ImprobableAimingSkills works]]''.
** In the anime, his trademark shooting style is GangstaStyle with his arms crossed.
* AGodAmI / BigBad: [[spoiler: Harry]] in the original video game and the anime, [[spoiler: Garino]] in ''Overdose''.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: The one over where Grave's left eye used to be, along with his body being full of scars he suffered during his brutal murder.
* {{Gonk}}: Bob
* TheGunslinger
* GunsAkimbo: The Left Head and Right Head of Cerberus, Grave's beloved pair of guns. Bunji has his own set of dual-guns as well.
* HandCannon: Cerberus.
** In the anime, when human Brandon has to fight the first Necrolyzed Zombie-people and learns that you have to physically tear them apart to take them down, he obtains a huge revolver whose recoil [[BlownAcrossTheRoom throws him back several feet]] and physically hurts him after a few shots.
** This gun is supposed to be a Wildey, the one used by Charles Bronson in ''Death Wish 3''.
* HealingFactor: Grave's regenerative abilities, and one of the reasons why he requires the transfusion of whole blood periodically.
* HeterosexualLifePartners (Harry and Brandon)
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Grave towers over his young ward Mika.
* ImprobableAimingSkills
* ImmuneToBullets: Grave isn't ''completely'' immune to bullets, but because of his regeneration ability he has a high resistance to them, as long as they're not modified to specifically weaken him.
* {{Leitmotif}}: A few characters have one, Grave included.
* LetterMotif: A number of Millennion members have names starting with B: Brandon Heat, Bear Walken, Bunji Kugashira, Bob Poundmax, and Balladbird Lee...and Beyond the Grave.
* {{Keigo}}: Balladbird Lee and Randy both speak in a very polite way even to their underlings.
* MeaningfulName: Guess how much a guy named Bob '''Poundmax''' weighs?
** Not to mention his OneWingedAngel form.
** Similarly to the above, guess where '''Beyond The Grave''' came from?
* MoralityPet: Mika is very much one for Grave in both series; in the anime, Bunji gets a cat, and Harry has [[spoiler: Bear Walken's daughter, Sherry]].
* MoreDakka: Going up against things like the Orgmen and gangsters hopped up on a super-drug, Grave understands the need for it.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "Beyond the Grave".
** "Blood War" & "Cannon Vulcan".
** In the second game, Spike names Grave's coffin "The Death Hauler".
* NiceHat: Grave.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: And '''how'''!
* OffhandBackhand
* OneManArmy: Grave.
* OneWingedAngel
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Grave is a techno-zombie created by mad science, but he's in no way mindless or evil, doesn't need to eat and his need for blood to function is his one "real" weakness.
* PapaWolf: Grave is highly protective of Mika. Threaten her life and you're in for a '''world of hurt'''. In the anime, Bear in regards to his daughter Sherry.
* PhlebotinumRebel: Grave and Juji?
* PlayingWithSyringes: The Necrolyzation Project.
* ProfessionalKiller
* RatedMForManly
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Bear, [[spoiler: Bunji]] in O.D. and the Orgmen.
* RuleOfCool: The series as a whole runs on it.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge
* SealedBadassInACan: Grave.
* SerialEscalation: Just how over-the-top can those demolition shots get? How ridiculously large can the guns get? How much more we can [[BreakTheCutie break everyone]] in the anime? What kind of ridiculously awesome weapon will Grave pull out of his coffin this time? How twisted and [[OneWingedAngel mutatey]] can the bosses get? ...You get the idea. Of course, this is part of the fun of the series.
* SmokingIsCool: Bunji.
* TheSyndicate: Millenion.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: In the anime, Bear Walken's elite sweeper unit, the Overkills. In the games, this is pretty much the point of Demolition Shots.
* {{Troperrific}}: Given that it's an obscure, absurd and over-the-top zombie shoot-em-up that combines both mafia and sci-fi/zombie fantasy elements...
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: The Millenion organization keeps up a fairly polished public front.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Mika, in the anime and original game. Fluctuates between Rank A and B, except for one erroneous frame where her stockings disappear entirely.

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[[folder: Tropes That Apply To The Video Games ]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Videogame Grave comes with 20% more [[BiggerIsBetter HUUUUUGE]].]]
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The first half of Stage 5 in the first game takes place in one.
* ActionGame
* [[spoiler: AlienInvasion]]: [[spoiler: The drug "seed" is actually derived from a parasitic alien lifeform that takes over its hosts and turns them into a HiveMind]].
* AlliterativeName: Rocketbilly Redcadillac.
* AllThereInTheManual: A sizable portion of the BackStory is only explained in the anime and the artbooks.
* AwesomenessMeter
* BattleAura: Juji has his fiery aura as default, whereas Grave and Billy get one during the final boss battle of O.D.
* TheBigGuy: Grave is ''enormous'' in the games, much more so than in the image at the top of the page. Though it's mostly from his clothing being about 30% more over the top in the games.
* BoisterousBruiser: Rocketbilly Redcadillac.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: [[spoiler: Garino]].
* BodyHorror: Low-quality seed is sold as an enhancement/designer drug, which makes the user stronger than normal and resilient, but also usually makes the user insane. The pure form of seed? You explode into a giant, malformed monster.
* BulletTime: The "slow" feature in the original game, but was only a cosmetic thing. In O.D. it takes the form a Demolition Shot: Time slows and enemy attacks can be evaded more easily.
* ChargedAttack
** (Collect-type) The Demolition Shot Gauge, which is filled by "keeping the beat"--shooting enemies and objects in rapid succession to raise the Beat Counter. When enough beat is absorbed, a Demolition Shot can be used.
** (Hold-type) In O.D. holding down the shot button will cause the character's projectile weapon to glow (Juji is unable to do this but he able to charge up his melee weapon). Let go of the button and the character does a strong shot combo.
* CloningBlues: [[spoiler: Spike, who only saw Mika as a tool, because she's the only one who can summon Grave--he wanted Grave to kill his (Spike's) creator, Garino]].
* CombinedEnergyAttack: [[spoiler: Grave, Billy, and Juji combining their powers for a Triple Final Demolition Shot to finally finish off Garino in O.D.]].
* DieChairDie / RewardingVandalism: Destroying inanimate objects is crucial for getting a high beat count.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Juji Kabane.
* DoNotRunWithAGun: In the original game Grave couldn't shoot while running, and could only melee attack with the Coffin while standing still. In the second game all three playable characters are set to Run as default, and all three characters can run full tilt while dishing out the pain.
* DualWielding: Juji wields a pair of red gunblades!
* ElevatorActionSequence: In both games.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: The final battle of O.D., in which your character gains unlimited demolition.
* EverythingFades
* EvolvingAttack: Collecting enough skull points usually upgrades the character's demolition shot (Death Blow to Hellhound Roar, any of the Slow Time shots, etc)
* FantasticDrug: Seed, a designer drug sold on the black market with mysterious origins. Used for its potent euphoric effects, but eventually leads to death. And then there's [[spoiler: [[TheVirus its]] [[BodyHorror real]] [[PuppeteerParasite purpose]]]]...
* FinishingMove / CoupDeGraceCutscene: In the original game, the Graveyard Special, only can be done starting with Bob in stage three. When a boss' health is low, the Demolition Gauge blinks, and if Grave has at least one stock of energy, pressing triangle breaks the fight away to a scene of a graveyard, where Grave stylishly finishes the boss off with a more elaborate version of his Demolition Shots. In ''O.D.'', the fatality shots are done after the boss' life meter is zero.
** At the end of the original game, [[spoiler: Grave holds his gun to Harry's head, and doesn't fire unless the player presses the shoot button]].
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: In the original game, [[spoiler: the Alien Head]].
* GogglesDoNothing: Spike. One pair of goggles on his helmet, ''another'' pair hanging from his neck, and to top it off he's wearing glasses so large he'd have a hard time wearing either pair.
* GunTwirling: Grave.
* HappilyAdopted: Mika at the end of the original game.
* HarderThanHard: Kick-Ass mode.
* HeroicBuild: Game Grave takes this to almost RobLiefeld levels; the way he's proportioned would allow him to grasp his entire head in one hand.
* HeroicMime: Grave, who's so quiet he doesn't even grunt or yell when taking damage.
* HubLevel: Dr. T.'s safehouse in the first game, Mika's truck in the second game.
* IdleAnimation
** In the original game, Grave cycles through 3 animations: GunTwirling, cracking his neck and shoulders, or being annoyed by a bug buzzing around him, which he shoots without looking.
** In O.D. Grave still does gun twirling, Billy tweaks his guitar and runs a hand across his hair and Juji looks skyward (or possibly is silently laughing or just stretching).
* TheKidWithTheRemoteControl: Mika is the only one who can call upon and control Grave.
* LifeMeter: And a shield meter, too.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Grave's Lv. 2 area shot, "Doom's rain".
* MirrorBoss: Bunji Kugashira
* MissionControl: Dr. T. in the original game, Mika and Spike in O.D.
* MusicalAssassin: Rocketbilly Redcadillac.
* PlayingWithFire: Juji and his cursed flaming aura.
* ThePowerOfRock: Billy's way of attacking (okay its a dynamo but he is fucking killing people by rocking)
* PsychoSerum / AppliedPhlebotinum: The weird blue-white chemical that forms the mysterious and dangerous drug called "seed".
* RankInflation
* RecurringRiff: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZJ1e1XYe24 Gunlock Overdrive]]'', the Main Theme of both of the games.
* ScoreScreen: Tallies up Grave's (or Billy's or Juji's) performance at the end of the stage or act and if they racked up enough skulls, a reward of a new demolition shot or new option to fiddle with is given.
* SomethingAboutARose: Rocketbilly's "Roses from Heaven" demolition shot. Multiple roses of explodey [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom doom]]!
* SphereOfDestruction: "Cerberus O.D."
* StormingTheCastle
* StuffBlowingUp
* [[spoiler: SufficientlyAdvancedAlien]]: In the original game, [[spoiler: the alien head in Millenion's tower]]. In O.D., [[spoiler: the AI in the Starship]].
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler: Big Daddy, Brandon's father and mentor figure, is the final boss of the first game as he was mutated into a horrific monstrosity because of Harry's vile experiments]].
* TopHeavyGuy: [[HeroicBuild Grave, obviously,]] but also ''everyone'' in the first game by consequence of the art style; it becomes pretty blatant when you first see Mika and Dr. Tokioka. Fortunately this is fixed in the sequel.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: In the original game, [[spoiler: the Millenion's Tower]]. In O.D., [[spoiler: the alien starship]].

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* AdaptationExpansion: The anime greatly expands on Brandon and Harry's beginnings, from part of a small street gang to members of Millenion as they work their way up in the ranks, to Harry's betrayal of Brandon and seizing control of the organization. It isn't until the halfway point of the series that it actually gets to where the events of the game start.
* AlasPoorVillain: Almost all of them. Despite committing many cruel deeds, most of them are AntiVillain who have sympathetic motives behind their actions.
* AnimeThemeSong: Averted as the show kept the OP "Family" throughout its run, and it's also an instrumental.
* TheAtoner: Dr. Tokioka.
* BackToBackBadasses: Brandon and Harry before joining Millennion; Brandon and Bunji.
* BadassInANiceSuit: The Millennion.
* BerserkButton: If [[spoiler:Big Daddy hadn't brought up Brandon in Harry's office]], the former might still be alive. Mentioning Big Daddy around Harry isn't gonna earn any points with him, either.
* BigDamnHeroes: Especially [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Brandon/Grave]]. He interrupts some thugs from harassing Maria by first poking them with a finger, prompting them to look at his DeathGlare. CurbStompBattle follows.
** There's also the old gang breaking into Milanda's house to save Kenny. With Brandon having knocked out one of Milanda's guards.
** Brandon breaks into the Gashaw Gang's hideout to save Harry by driving his car through the wall, causing SmokeOut, and sneaking into the gang's bulldozer before shooting them.
** Bunji shows up to help Brandon fight Blood War's Necrolyze in the warehouse by the dock. Then there's Harry and Lee doing CarFu to save them. Lastly, Bear comes with his squad Overkill and saves the day.
** In the very first episode, Grave wakes up just in time to protect Mika and Dr. T from the Orgmen. The awakening is triggered by a girl's terrified scream, not activation by the doctor.
** Grave jumping off the rooftop to save Mika from some Millennion agents, [[OneManArmy defeating hundreds of Orgmen]] to rescue [[DamselInDistress Mika]] from Lee... The list goes on.
* BloodKnight: Bloodwar/Brad Wong.
* BreakTheCutie: '''Everybody'''.
* BringIt: Grave has a tendency to wiggle his finger at his opponents.
* CarFu: Harry does this at a Necrolyzed Blood War. It doesn't work.
** Brandon breaks into the Gashaw Gang's hideout by driving through the wall.
** Grave is rammed by a car, but he stops it, throws it away, and later [[PedestrianCrushesCar blasts it]].
* CharacterDevelopment: The anime sacrifices the over-the-top action from the game for this. The development is especially focused on Brandon and Harry.
** Brandon is a quiet, gentle and loyal street thug. He retains all of those qualities throughout the anime, but since he becomes a hitman in Millennion, he slowly loses his gentleness as he turns into a KnightInSourArmor and ConsummateProfessional. [[spoiler:After his death and resurrection, he returns to be a quiet, gentle, and loyal man.]]
** Harry has the best development of all. He starts out as a laid-back womanizing street thug. After witnessing the deaths of his gang members, he joins Millennion with Brandon. He starts to get ambitious to the point he forgets about his old friends [[spoiler:and kills his best friend, Brandon. In the finale, he regrets what he has done and misses his past as a street thug, when he is truly free. He appears to return to his old self before dying.]]
* CloseOnTitle: When [[spoiler:Brandon]] is killed, the episode closes with one word: [[SpoilerTitle Die]].
* ComingOfAgeStory
* ConflictingLoyalty: Brandon had to chose between the Code of Iron and his best friend.
** As did a few other characters, including Bear and his friend.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: Mostly avoided. While Big Daddy's mafia is quite stylish and honorable, and there are some scenes with cool cars and houses, it is never a major point of the series. Harry, with his fast cars, white suits, and beautiful women, comes closest to this trope... though of course, it doesn't last.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Brandon/Grave may be a techno-zombie and constantly sport dark-colored outfits in contrast to Harry's ManInWhite attire, but he never has bad intention and only wants the best for the people he loves.
* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: The [[spoiler: anti-Superior bullets]].
* [[spoiler: DyingMomentOfAwesome]]: [[spoiler: Brandon and Harry in the last episode. They take out a lot of Millennion agents without killing them. Brandon and Harry die by committing a mutually-assisted suicide.]]
** [[spoiler: Dr. T too. He activates the trains in the subway, shields Mika from Lee's attack, and reloads Grave's Cerberus with Anti-Superior bullets. He later dies after giving his blood to Grave.]]
** [[spoiler: Maria blasts some Millennion agents with a shotgun before she dies. Yes, she is [[TookALevelInBadass different]] from the first time she met Brandon.]]
** [[spoiler: Butler Tokioka wrestles with a hulking Orgman before ends up getting crushed under its foot and dies. He buys enough time for Mika to escape from the crashed car and find Dr. Tokioka.]]
* EarNotch: Bunji's cat.
* EvilVsEvil: Lightning vs. Millenion. Though Lightning is considerably ''more'' evil.
* FamilyOfChoice: How Big Daddy views Millennion. [[spoiler: But it changes when Harry takes over...]]
** Some of those who remain loyal to Big Daddy (e.g. Gary and Widge) always consider anybody within the organization as a family, no matter what their positions are. [[spoiler: Many don't like Harry's cruel reign, which removes this concept because he considers it as an obstacle in the path to success.]]
* FirstEpisodeResurrection: First episode begins with post-transformation Brandon, waking up after about fifteen years of sleep.
* {{Foreshadowing}}
* GenreShift: From sci-fi action to mafia drama in the span of only one episode. The sci-fi elements are then slowly reintroduced to the story until it becomes a sci-fi action series again.
* [[spoiler: GoOutWithASmile]]: [[spoiler: Grave and Harry die together with a smile]].
* HeroicBloodshed: The WholeEpisodeFlashback is this. The present day is more focused on the Necrolyze technology.
* ImpaledPalm: Big Daddy is shot through his hand by Bunji in his attempt to shoot Harry.
** Bunji is seen shooting a Mook through his palm.
** Grave gets one when blocking Lee's attack.
* InMediasRes: The first episode is almost in the exact center of the series chronologically.
* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode: Episode 1 seems like standard shoot-em-up fare, but the [[WholeEpisodeFlashback second episode]] completely [[GenreShift changes the tone]] to a [[ComingOfAgeStory Mafia Drama]].
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: The reason why Brandon left Maria to Big Daddy.
* JabbaTableManners: Bob revoltingly inhaling chicken drumsticks by the '''bucketful'''.
* [[spoiler: KillEmAll]]: [[spoiler: Mika is the only one who survives to the end of the anime]].
* {{Lampshade Hanging}}: Played straight when Harry points out Bob Poundmax's ridiculous appetite.
--> Harry: "I see your appetite is as astounding as always, Bob."
--> Bob: "Of course it is! It's my one outstanding quality!"
* LaserGuidedKarma: It would be easier to list who doesn't qualify for this.
* LightIsNotGood: Harry constantly sports a white suit and drives a white car. The only hint you'll get is that the color of his undershirt gets darker as the series progresses, starting off pink and eventually moving all the way to black [[spoiler:starting in the episode where he kills Brandon.]]
* LivingOnBorrowedTime
* LockedIntoStrangeness: Brandon's hair turning silver post-transformation.
** AdaptationDyeJob
* LonelyFuneral: [[spoiler:Sherry's]] funeral was attended only by Harry mostly because all of their friends and family are dead.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Brandon and Maria.
** Sherry too, for Harry. Unfortunately, Harry only considers her as a MealTicket, and we never know if he truly loves her...until the last few episodes.
* [[LoveRedeems Loyalty Redeems]]: [[spoiler:In the end, it's Brandon's devotion towards Harry that has Harry begging for forgiveness from him and fixes their friendship. But since both of them have gone really far and are barely alive, they decide to 'go home' together by MutualKill. Cue BittersweetEnding.]]
* MafiaPrincess: Maria, Sherry.
* MayDecemberRomance: Harry and Sherry; Big Daddy and Maria.
* MenDontCry: Averted.
** The BadassGrandpa mafiosi like Bear Walken and Big Daddy cry without showing signs of holding back their tears. One sheds tears when his best friend dies [[spoiler:and later, when he reminisces about his daughter before getting executed]], while another mourns his son figure's death and necrolization.
** Then there's Sid, a PapaWolf mafioso who is Bear's best friend. He cries and calls out his [[spoiler:guilty]] son's name [[spoiler:before getting executed by Brandon]].
** [[TheQuietOne Brandon/Grave]] cries and ''wails'' when he finds his colleagues dead.
*** Mika overhears Grave crying when he beats Bunji up. Of course we don't know whether he sheds tears or not because the animation lets us see Grave from his left side (where his missing eye is), but considering the flashes that play when Grave pummels Bunji (featuring BackToBackBadasses moments between Brandon and Bunji), it may just happen.
*** In the finale, [[spoiler:Grave sheds tears when he admits that he keeps choosing Harry over the organization]].
** While Harry sheds TearsOfRemorse most of the time, he also has his moments [[spoiler:when Sherry dies]].
* TheMenInBlack
* MobWar: The Lightning Group vs. Millenion.
* MrFanservice: Young Brandon.
* [[spoiler:MutualKill: The ending.]]
* MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes: The anime uses this trope as much as possible. Every character (good and bad) seems to have a flashback sequence or a life flashing experience as part of their death scene. In fact only the nameless mooks seem to be able to die without fuss.
* NobleMaleRoguishMale: Young Harry works mostly in business and hardly ever gets his hand dirty with guns and combats, while Young Brandon works under loan sharks and beats up those who try to run away from the debt bondage. After the timeskip, Harry manages the business within Millennion and the town while Brandon works as a hitman and kills a lot.
* NumberOfTheBeast: The graffiti during the opening theme has this.
** In episode 13, there's a Mook holding up a calculator with 666 written on it before getting shot. At the same time, the theme that plays in the background is titled 'Calculator Cannot Help You'.
* OddFriendship: Lee and Bob are different like night and day, but they apparently really care for each other, especially Lee.
* TheOtherDarrin: Deliberately invoked with Harry's two voice actors, KenjiHamada (young Harry) and TsutomuIsobe (old Harry) who would normally sound very different, but the change from one to the other is near seamless.
** Note: This does not apply to the English dub, where the two sounded very different and laughed differently.
* OutsideManInsideMan: Harry and Brandon.
* PastelChalkedFreezeFrame: There's one in the end of episode 13.
* PleaseDontLeaveMe
* PyrrhicVillainy: Harry.
* TheQuietOne: Brandon only has a few speaking lines per episode, though he still manages to narrate the "next episode" bits and such. He starts to speak a ''little'' more when [[spoiler: he begins to fall apart due to blood deprivation]].
* RuleOfSymbolism:
** Grave's coffin has cables connected to the right eye of the skull while the left eye has none (but glows). The cables and the right eye symbolize Brandon's resurrection as Grave with technology, while the left eye symbolizes his lost left eye.
** The yin and yang between Brandon and Harry.
*** DarkIsNotEvil and LightIsNotGood. Brandon always wears dark-colored outfits while Harry always wears bright-colored outfits. However, Brandon's intention is always good despite killing people due to his work as a sweeper, while Harry is not always despite killing almost nobody due to his involvement in managing the shady business within the city.
*** The elevator scene in episode 14 has Brandon standing in the light and Harry standing in the dark. When Brandon can't bring himself to shoot Harry, [[spoiler:who is secretly a traitor]], he drops his gun and it falls between light and dark, possibly symbolizing that Brandon is not completely 'good' anymore.
*** [[spoiler:There is a possible symbolism in the finale. During their MutualKill, Brandon uses Harry's 'white' gun while Harry uses Brandon's 'black' gun, possibly symbolizing that they have come to terms with their life and reconciled, with Brandon revealed to be GoodAllAlong and Harry revealed to be EvilAllAlong. On a minor note, Brandon is under the sunlight while Harry is covered in shadows as they prepare for the MutualKill.]]
* SacrificialLamb: Jolice, Kenny, and Nathan.
* SayMyName: ''"BRAAAAAAANNNNNNDOOOONNNN!"''
** The anime ''loves'' this trope, especially in its second half.
** ''[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness "BUUUUNNNNJIIIII!"]]'' Cue NoHoldsBarredBeatdown from an angry [[PapaWolf Grave]].
* ScaryShinyGlasses: While this is common, it often happens to the left lens only, which serves as a {{Foreshadowing}}.
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: A lot. There's one in Brandon's dream that features Harry standing at this pose...[[spoiler:and [[{{Foreshadowing}} bang]]! Brandon's dream becomes a nightmare that snaps him out of his sleep.]]
* ShoutOut: The Thomases in episode 5, which are the creatures used for transportation in ''Trigun'', two of them being named "Chapel" and "Stampede".
** The black/purple cowboy outfit and the fact that he is carrying a coffin full of weapons is probably a shout-out to ''Django''.
* [[spoiler: SnowMeansDeath]]: [[spoiler: Bear. We get to see a shot of his CoolShades after his execution by Brandon/Grave.]]
** [[spoiler:When Maria dies, it begins snowing.]]
* TearsOfRemorse: [[spoiler: After Brandon confessed that he kept on choosing Harry over Millenion and that he had no regrets, Harry just wailed out how sorry he was that he had killed him.]]
* ThatManIsDead:
-->'''Dr. Tokioka''': By the way, he's not called Brandon. That name no longer belongs to him. He is called...''Grave''. Call him...''Beyond the Grave''.
* [[spoiler: TogetherInDeath]]: [[spoiler: The anime ends with Grave and Harry committing mutually-assisted suicide, to go back to the "freedom" they once had]].
* TragicHero: Brandon and Harry, very much so.
* TrueCompanions
** The old gang: Brandon, Harry, Jolice, Nathan, and Kenny. [[spoiler: It doesn't last. Jolice, Nathan, and Kenny are dead.]]
** Gary and Widge are these to Brandon. [[spoiler: Sadly, being Brandon's TrueCompanions leads to their deaths.]]
** The Big Four and Harry. Bunji appears to be an exception among the Big Four, since he just cares about dealing with Brandon/Grave himself.
** The entire anime focuses on Brandon and Harry being TrueCompanions. They started out as ChildhoodFriends in an orphanage, grew up in the slum, participated in street brawls and betting, watched their teammates die, joined [[TheSyndicate Millennion]] together, and climbed the ladder quickly together. [[spoiler:Then a betrayal happened. Harry killed Brandon, who actually '''still''' remained loyal to Harry. Brandon was resurrected as Grave, since he wanted to deal with Harry by himself. Much later, a decomposing Brandon met Harry and was about to shoot him. But Brandon was out of bullets. Then Brandon and Harry spent their time in Jolice's bar talking and arguing about the wrong choices they made. As they were about to shoot each other, the splinter-faction of Millennion attacked. They fought them, with Brandon shielding Harry from bullets and falling slab of concrete. In the end, Harry was shot multiple times and severely injured, while a weakened Brandon was shot in the leg by Anti-Necrolyze bullet. Brandon admitted the wrong choice he made: he actually chose Harry over the Millennion, and could never shoot Harry. Harry wailed, shed TearsOfRemorse, and apologized to Brandon. In the end, they agreed to shoot each other to 'go home'. And they did. [[GoOutWithASmile With a smile.]]]]
* UndyingLoyalty: Deconstructed. [[spoiler:A lot of characters, especially Brandon, end up ruining their lives due to this.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: Harry, progressively, from [[spoiler:the time he kills Brandon]] on.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: The entire first half of the anime.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Brandon, full stop. To wit, [[spoiler: he turns down Maria, the love of his life, because he feels she deserves better than him. He then gives Big Daddy his blessing to marry her, and they have a child. Then his best friend, Harry kills him and he's reanimated as an unstoppable killing machine with LaserGuidedAmnesia; when it clears up, he's forced to recognize that his best friend is now the BigBad, his partner has morphed into an OmnicidalManiac, and in order to protect the child his One True Love had with another man he has to kill all of his friends, his mentor, and ultimately Harry. Who, along with Maria, was the only reason Brandon got ''involved'' with Millenion in the first place, before one has the other killed. And that's not even mentioning his and Harry's childhood in an abusive orphanage, that their previous gang was murdered, or the fact that two of said gang were gunned down as Brandon and Harry watched.]]
* YankTheDogsChain: Especially Brandon and Mika.
** After joining the Millennion, Brandon even narrates that he is content with his life. Why? He can visit Maria. Big Daddy welcomes him unlike Uncle Jester, who scorned him. Also, he is close to Harry, his best friend. And he also grows to like Gary and Widge, his colleagues. But soon, Brandon grows to be extremely loyal to Big Daddy, which turns him into KnightInSourArmor and ConsummateProfessional. [[spoiler:This puts him against Harry, which in turn leads to his downfall (dying for the first time and the deaths of his friends), Harry's descent to madness, and ultimately, his death.]]
** Mika has it worse. She watches her mom getting shot by some Millennion agents and her butler sacrificing his life to hold off an Orgman. Then she meets Grave, who acts like her father figure, big bro, guardian, etc. She gets along well with Dr. T too. Later, she is introduced to Gary and Widge, whom she considers as her grandpas (or uncles, because Gary doesn't want to sound old). [[spoiler:Then Lee comes and ''tears them apart'' in front of her. And kidnaps her after the massacre.]]
*** She is saved by Grave, [[spoiler:but Dr. T dies in process]]. But at least she still has Grave accompanying her. However, in the last few episodes, [[spoiler:Grave is decomposing due to the lack of transfusion. By this, Mika cries and begs Grave to forget about his revenge and go somewhere far with her. She even offers to study how to maintain Grave's body and won't mind if she just gets bread and water to consume for her whole life. But Grave decides to knock her out and leave. That's the last time Mika sees Grave 'alive' too.]]

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-->For doing what was right for The Family...he was murdered.
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