!!The Manga and its Adaptations:

* {{Anvilicious}}: The most subtle thing to happen in this series is the movement of Ken's eyebrows, and even those look like caterpillars.
* AntiClimaxBoss: Bolge, the final villain of the manga, although cool, is nowhere nearly as memorable as Raoh or Kaioh.
* AssPull: Quite a few due to the fact that Buronson and Hara wrote the story as they went along. The most obvious being the "UD" mark on Mamiya's shoulder. How come nobody noticed it when she was undressed in front of everyone by Rei? Or how about Raoh and Toki coming to Japan along with an infant Kenshiro as refugees from Shura in ''Hokuto no Ken 2''. Didn't we see the ruins of Raoh and Toki's home village in the original series?
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Got its own [[AwesomeMusic/FistOfTheNorthStar page]]. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-POzIrRh0c YOU WA SHOCK!!]]''
* AwesomeEgo: [[SmugSuper Raoh]], {{S|mugSnake}}outher, [[InsufferableGenius Amiba]] and [[ManipulativeBastard Jagi]] all have this in spades. Despite the fact that each of them is a brutal sadist with a rather large InferioritySuperiorityComplex on the side, they all display enough {{Badass}}ery to make them some of the most popular characters in the series, with Raoh arguably being ''the'' most popular character in the series.
* BetterThanCanon:
** ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarKensRage'' has a "What-If" mode wherein Rei beats Raoh and live happily ever after with Mamiya. [[spoiler: It turns out to be a prophetic vision and Rei goes on to meet his intended fate (to die at Raoh's hands) regardless, as he feels that he can't prolong his life at the risk of his friends. Possibly justified, as Shew does manage to die in Rei's Dream Mode and Rei blames himself for it.]] Or alternatively looking, [[spoiler:Rei became inspired with Mamiya in Dream Mode to risk her life for the right cause, fighting against Thouzer's army despite the information that if she rebels she will face death, therefore once he wakes up, he realizes that trying to go down the Dream Mode route would basically be the coward's way out.]]
** Jagi and Toki's Dream Mode stories are also seen in a similar light, as the former [[spoiler: becomes an AccidentalHero by defeating [[EvilVersusEvil other villains]], either for being in his way or simply to survive]], and the latter recovers from his sickness, [[spoiler: defeats Thouzer, and restores order and harmony to the world]].
* BrokenBase: The 1986 Movie. Some despise it for all the changes it makes (removing Toki, cutting down Shin's screen time, etc.) and feel that all the story from Parts 1-2 forced into a 110 minute production leaves the story rushed and uneven. Others feel it's a well done PragmaticAdaptation that manages to keep the spirit of the story along with its themes, and is helped immensely by excellent animation (granted the video quality on many copies is dubious). Then there's the dub. Some see it as a cringeworthy CutAndPasteTranslation that removes key information, changes the context of several scenes, and has the dub actors awkwardly mispronounce the characters names. Others are more accepting of the changes, as the story is still coherent and the dub has a number of good actors putting in solid performances in an era when many such productions were usually characterized by a lack of polish or effort.
* CatharsisFactor: While most of Kenshiro's enemies don't stand a chance against him, it is always satisfying to see him tear through the worst of humanity.
* CompleteMonster: [[Monster/FistOfTheNorthStar Lots and lots.]]
* CrazyAwesome: Juza of the Clouds, definitely. The HumiliationConga he delivers to Raoh and repeatedly shaming the [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower thousands-year old martial arts schools]] with a [[GoodOldFisticuffs style he made up]] is just the tip of the iceberg.
* CutAndPasteTranslation: The English dub of the 1986 movie by Creator/Streamline Pictures removed most of the backstory regarding the history of Hokuto and Nanto and how their styles worked, had some of the names anglicized or mispronounced (in particular, Raoh pronounces Ryuken's name as "Rye-ah-ken" instead of the proper "Ree-ooh-ken"), and even changed the cause of death of Shin, making it a half-assed anti-climactic CurbStompBattle.[[note]]In the Japanese version, Raoh mortally wounds Shin prior to Kenshiro's arrival to Southern Cross, an information omitted in the dubbed version, which makes Kenshiro look like an idiot who doesn't know his strength when he sees Shin suddenly combusts.[[/note]] On the plus side, it had James Avery ([[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Uncle Phil]]/[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Shredder]]) as the voice of the Fang King.
* DracoInLeatherPants:
** Even if Shin ''was'' Kenshiro's closest friend and greatest rival, there's no excusing the atrocities he committed as an overlord trying to win Yuria's love.
** Raoh. A lot of fans play up the "noble" aspect of this NobleDemon, conveniently ignoring all of the sympathetic and likable characters that he kills; some for no rational reason.
** Souther's still thought to be a appealing character, [[TestosteroneBrigade especially by women]], despite all the atrocities he has committed. Most famously YukoGoto , the voice of [[{{Moe}} Mikuru-chan]] from the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' franchise (and recently, the producer of ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarKensRage'').
*** This also becomes a CastingGag when she ended up voicing [[Anime/QueensBlade Menace]], who uses many of Souther's moves in her repertory.
** Jagi, a huge {{Jerkass}} and DirtyCoward who ruined the lives of Kenshiro, Yuria, Shin, Airi, and Rei, but [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys that isn't stopping anyone liking the only bad Hokuto brother]] and making a spin-off manga which sympathizes with him.
** Though a somewhat {{Downplayed|Trope}} example, Ryuga still tends to be viewed as a neutral figure at worst, despite him fatally wounding Toki and killing many of the man's patients in order to get Ken to fight him.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Despite only appearing in one episode, Mr. Heart has had a place alongside major villains and heroes. He's appeared in the Arc System fighting game, the UsefulNotes/Xbox360 beat-em-up game, and the [[Film/FistOfTheNorthStar 1995 film]] thanks to his off-the-wall style, even by the show's standards: he's a morbidly obese martial artist whose mighty gut keeps Kenshiro from hitting his pressure points, and the sight of his own blood makes him flip from from "effeminate man-glacier" to "rampaging murder machine." Due to his name, Mr. Heart has been quite popular for troll pics involving him replacing someone with a cutesy feel ({{Magical Girl}}s, cute girls, or someone with a [[NamesTheSame Heart]] in their name (like VideoGame/{{Arcana Heart}}ino)) to make a high-caliber LOL {{Squick}}.
** Rei, so, SO much. If a fan's favorite hero is not Kenshiro, it's Rei, with practically no exceptions.
** Amiba, despite his relatively minor role in the overall scheme of things, he gets a bit of added exposure in the ''Gaiden'' spin-offs, particularly in the manga version of ''Raoh Gaiden'', as well as in ''Toki Gaiden'' and ''Rei Gaiden''. He even becomes Jagi's best buddy in the Dream Mode of ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarKensRage''
** Juza is the only Goshasei to get his own spinoff so far.
** Mamiya also has quite a fan following, if only for the fact that she's the only female character of the series actually able to ''do'' something useful. Added to that her being one of the most heroic females of the 80's animés.
** Jagi has a bit of a following of his own for being the only Hokuto brother who was a [[CompleteMonster total irredeemable bastard]]. His EnsembleDarkhorse status even extends beyond the fans as [[WordOfGod Buronson himself]] has said that Jagi is his favorite character.
** Souther, too. Partially because of his DracoInLeatherPants JerkassWoobie appeal, partially because his story arc signalled a change of pace from the Raoh storyline.
** Raoh, arguably the most popular villain, if not the most popular character, in the series. He is so popular that many fans consider ''HIM'' to be the series' true protagonist, and he is the only character to have gotten a manga, a ThirteenEpisodeAnime, and two movies centered on him.
* EscapistCharacter: Kenshiro, seriously; this guy is almost certifiably the epitome of this trope: [[{{Hunk}} Hot, muscular guy]] with lots of {{Shirtless Scene}}s? Check. Awesome fighting skills? Check. A major {{Badass}} good guy that gets to [[OneManArmy mow down villains by the hundreds]] while still being considered a borderline {{messia|nicArchetype}}h? Check. Known to most of his enemies as "the Man with the Seven Scars", and mentioning this nickname is sometimes enough to make the mooks run in terror? Check. Widely praised as "the savior of the post-apocalyptic world" by many people without even ''trying'' to gain their respect? Check. Typically portrayed as utterly invincible? Check. Performs such feats include bending open prison bars, wielding a steel I-beam like a broomstick, stopping the charge of a 500 kg man with six fingers, and plugging a burst dam by carrying a huge chunk of a mountain to it? Check. Always leaves the most powerful of bad guys cowering in terror? Check. [[ImplacableMan Can relentlessly, inexorably pursue all forms of evil and oppression without anything slowing him down]]? DOUBLE CHECK. Yes, you totally want to be him. And if not: YouAreAlreadyDead!
* EvilIsCool: Raoh, Kaioh, Jagi, Shin, Mr. Heart, Ryuga and Souther
* FashionVictimVillain: Most of the bad guys dress like ''Conan the Barbarian'' characters, only more colourful. See any grunt who has twin ponytails... on an otherwise bald head.
* FauxSymbolism:
** The villain Yuda is named after Judas Iscariot, the man who betrayed Jesus in the New Testament. Yuda's role is betraying the Six Stars of Nanto by siding with Raoh in a time of chaos, and all because [[spoiler:he was jealous of Rei's elegance]].
** More recent adaptations only hammer the point home by romanizing his name as Juda (still pronounced "yuda" though).
* FirstInstallmentWins:
** More like "First TV Adaptation Wins". Many fans of Toei's adaptation considers ToeiAnimation's version to be superior than North Star Pictures' adaptation, where Toei's version was more emotionally driven.
** The entirety of the Raoh Arc is the most well-known part of the Manga, while everything that comes afterward isn't regarded as highly. The Jako/Kaioh Arc was considered to be not as good as its predecessor, but still entertaining. The third arc, however, is criticized for being directionless until the Bolge chapters.
* GenreTurningPoint: It was [[MenDontCry NOT okay for men to cry]] in anime -[[Manga/LoneWolfAndCub with]] [[Manga/{{Kinnikuman}} a]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam few]] ''[[Anime/MazingerZ exceptions]]''- before ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''. Afterwards, tears became a symbol of [[ManlyTears honorable masculinity]] tempered by [[TenderTears a kind and gentle heart]].
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The series is very popular among many Italian people who grew up during the 80's and early 90's.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** Just like how Gill outlives his brother Buzz in the manga, his real-life counterpart Animal outlived his partner Hawk (unless we're talking about the anime version).
** Golan/God's Army is a militia composed of people who believe that they were chosen by God to create an independent nation in His name. They are incredibly brutal and easily suppress the people of a desert city. After the rise of numerous Islamist militias in the Middle East & Africa, most notably ISIS, these villains seem far more frightening than they've ever been.
* HilariousInHindsight: Raoh's ambition to do battle with God becomes somewhat ironic once you realize that his [[KenjiUtsumi Japanese voice actor]] went on to voice [[Franchise/DragonBall Shenron]], the ''servant'' of God. Even more, [[ManOfAThousandVoices his voice actor]] uses '''the exact same voice''' for both characters.
* IronWoobie:
** Kenshiro bravely bears the sadness of the entire world on his broad shoulders '''alone''' so that ''nobody else'' ever has to cry again. As the big guy himself puts it:
--> ''I refuse to build my own future on the blood and tears of others!!''
** Rei. Nothing ever goes right for the man, and if you don't want to give him a hug in his final days then there's something wrong with you. Hands down, his death is almost unanimously considered the most tragic and tear-inducing in the entire series.
** Toki and Shu, who held the distinction of pulling ''two'' {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s each.
** Everyone, really. Bat and Lin are both orphans; Airi's parents were killed and she was sold into sex slavery by Jagi; Mamiya lost her parents to Yuda, her brother Kou to the Fang Clan, and Rei to Raoh. The whole cast has lost more loved ones than most Woobies in other series ever have.
* JerkassWoobie: Watching Souther weep for his beloved master during the last seconds of his life, it's easy to forget Souther is a genocidal child-murderer.
* {{Macekre}}:
** Due to not securing the ''FOTNS'' license for Western gamers, the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis game was retooled into a new game known as ''Last Battle''. The characters were all renamed (Kenshiro became "Aarzak", for instance) and most of them recolored, along with the blood being removed, but by and large, the plot is largely the same. The OpeningScroll even spoils most of it!
** The UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem game had it even worse. It was retooled into a generic kung fu-based sidescroller known as ''Black Belt'', but {{Mooks}} still explode when hit with an attack.
* MagnificentBastard:
** Shin, for the extreme lengths he went to to protect the woman he loved.
** Han, who thwarted more assassination attempts than he can remember and even drank the poison he was immune to right in front of one just to mock her.
* MemeticBadass:
** A lot of people consider Raoh more {{Badass}} than Kenshiro... even though it was a plot point from his introductory flashback that he wasn't. TheFilmOfTheSeries went with "[[AscendedFanon Sure, Why Not?]]" and had Raoh win their climactic duel. This seems to be especially apparent in the final mission of his [[ForWantOfANail Dream Mode]] in ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarKensRage'', where he takes on every single character in the game except for those who, by that point, would be dead, [[OneManArmy and wins]]. Even his ''horse'' is a memetic badass in and of itself.
* MemeticMutation:
** "YouAreAlreadyDead.", said by Kenshiro after his does his thing.
** Ken's battle shouts. "ATATATATATATATATA! WAH-TAH!"
** Not quite, but a clip where Hyui dispatches a Mook while yelling '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHbgoLFvpmE EEEEAAAAUUUUUAAAAHHHH]]''' has been remixed and such several times.
** The [[https://images.encyclopediadramatica.se/a/af/Bscap378.jpg face a black mook makes]] in one scene has become the template for the SHOOP DA WHOOP meme.
** The scene with Kenshiro destroying the tank happens to be the most popular scene and is used to describe the series in a nutshell despite the fact it came from a filler episode.
** [[http://riceballman.fc2web.com/AA-Illust/Data/ObutuHaSyoudokuda-.html Souther's flamethrower-wielding mook]] has been the subject of many parodies, particularly on Pixiv.
%%** [[http://i.imgur.com/rqwvLy5.gif Kenshiro being intense in a haystack.]]
%%** "[[YourHeadASplode HIDEBU]]"
%%** YOU WA SHOCK!
%%** By extension, [[{{Mondegreen}} YOU'RE A SHARK!]]
* MisaimedFandom: Some people seem to think Raoh's unambiguously heroic and admirable.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** [[spoiler:Kaioh kills his sister Sayaka just so he could frame Kenshiro for her death and drive Hyoh insane.]]
** Jagi chaining a cinderblock to a child's leg and stranding him in the middle of the desert to both spite Kenshiro and amuse himself is something only a truly amoral, evil individual would do.
** Ryuga trying to murder Toki, who was already on the verge of death from radiation sickness and after his fight with Raoh. And that's just the {{bowdlerise}}d anime version. In the manga he also kills many of Toki's patients too for no reason.
** Jackal attempting to drown/hang children after he'd gotten possession of their water source. Sure his other KickTheDog moments were bad: fixing dynamite to said children, manipulating Devil's Rebirth and leaving him to die, but there was at least a reason for those: saving his own worthless skin from Ken. There was no real reason for killing the kids other than pettiness and sadism.
* NightmareFuel: The opening sequence of the Toei's film of the series, with people being vaporized Manga/BarefootGen-style.
** There are quite a few people who find the series' casual brutality and plentiful bloodshed disturbing and sickening.
* NightmareRetardant: The over-the-top violence and gore can go from NightmareFuel to absolutely hilarious. In the manga, Kenshiro looks ''exactly'' like Mel Gibson in ''Mad Max 2: Road Warrior.'' In the anime, he resembles Bruce Lee (at least for the early episodes of the first series).
* RonTheDeathEater: Seiji, from ''Anime/NewFistOfTheNorthStar'' gets no shortage of this. Many seem to consider him a Complete Monster, ignoring his sympathetic traits. To put it simply, Seiji's crimes are A.killing people, which every villain has done, B.Using a technique to force his evil, remorseless subordinate into a state of insanity, and one that will eventually kill him while promising to cure him when they've won, and C.Pinning Sera to his bed, ripping some of her clothes off, and trying to seduce her into giving into him, but [[EvenEvilHasStandards leaving her alone when she makes clear she wants no part of it.]] His backstory is thus: His father throws him out into the wasteland,(so he'd grow strong enough to kill him in battle and take over the empire, but that wasn't known until the end.) [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds He grows more bitter every day in the hellish land he was exiled to, becoming truly coldhearted after a wild dog attacked him to protect its pup, believing that wild animals care more for their young than his own father did. Eventually he finds a school where he trains in an offshoot of Kenshiro's art, gradually becoming the remorseless killer he is in present day.]] In the end, after his long-lost Aunt explained his father's motives, and seeing Sera protect him from Kenshiro despite her friend dying because of him, his treatment of her, is [[ManlyTears brought to tears]], finally remembering his long forgotten humanity, and feels such remorse over everything he did that he takes his own life.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: There has been a fair share of rather mediocre ''Hokuto no Ken'' video games throughout the years, most notably the very first Famicom game, a ''Kung-Fu Master''-style side-scroller. Entering a door to proceed requires the player to press up and both buttons simultaneously, but anyone who doesn't know this will get stuck walking in an infinite loop on the very first level. It was also quite a difficult game, with knives and enemies flying into the screen all the time and no full life recovery between stages. Despite the fact that it was quite a rubbish game by any objective standard, it managed to sell quite a lot of copies in Japan due to its timing (it came out at the height of the manga's popularity and during the Famicom boom). More recent games, like the [=2D=] fighting game by ArcSystemWorks and ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarKensRage'' are decent games in their own right. Even the [=3D action game=] that was published by Bandai for the [=PS1=] in 2000 was well made.
* TheScrappy: [[TheCutie Lin]] is probably the least-liked character in the series, likely due to her status as a {{Kawaiiko}} MoeBlob standing out like a sore thumb in a series about [[RatedMForManly manly men beating the ever-loving daylights out of each-other]]. {{B|rattyHalfPint}}at is also quite hated, though he's more of a BaseBreakingCharacter than a true Scrappy.
** Of the major martial artists, [[CreepyCrossdresser Juda]] probably gets the least amount of love. Reasons for this include: [[BlackSheep being weaker than everyone else except perhaps Jagi]], being a [[AgentPeacock vain]] [[CreepyCrossdresser cross-dressing]] [[EffeminateMisogynisticGuy serial]] [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rapist]], having a pathetic FreudianExcuse (he was jealous of [[TheLancer Rei's]] martial art being more beautiful than is own), and him lacking [[BigBad Raoh]] and [[AntiVillain Ryuga's]] NobleDemon qualities, [[RivalTurnedEvil Shin]] and [[TroubledAbuser Souther's]] TragicVillain appeal, or [[DirtyCoward Jagi]] and [[MadDoctor Amiba's]] AwesomeEgo trappings. The fact that [[BlowYouAway his]] [[RazorWind martial art]] is one of the series' less realistic ones does not help his cause either.
** Of the various martial arts, [[KiAttacks Gento Kokken]] is the least popular, largely due to its BeamSpam nature conflicting with the normally semi-realistic feel of the franchise's other martial arts.
* SeasonalRot: The third and final part of the manga, which Toei did not animate.
** It's not a coincidence the ''Hokuto no Ken 2'' anime series was the only adaptation of the Shura/Kaioh stories, period. All other depictions have concluded their timelines with [[spoiler:Raoh's death]], though ''Kenshiro Den''[='=]s opening goes slightly further and essentially serves as an epilogue.
*** Though various video games and ''Hokuto Musou 2'' ''have'' had stories both during and beyond Part 2 of the series, it's just that most of the major adaptations/spinoffs have ignored Part II and beyond [[spoiler: except for Kenshiro, Toki, and Raoh's homeland being Asura/Shura.]]
*** ''Ken's Rage 2'' is one of the few, if only, adaptations to go the whole distance and include the entire story including Bolge, though even then, it ignores the arcs between Kaioh's defeat and Bolge.
* SignatureScene:
** [[TheHero Kenshiro's]] [[YourHeadAsplode explosive]] [[YouAreAlreadyDead killing]] [[RapidFireFisticuffs of]] [[StarterVillain Zeed]] in the first chapter/episode. "[[{{Kiai}} ATATATATATATATA]]! [[CatchPhrase Omae wa mo]] [[YouAreAlreadyDead Shinderu]]."
** Kenshiro and Shin's simultaneous [[AirJousting jump kicking]] (resulting in their legs seen as crossed) during their fated duel.
** Kenshiro crying TearsOfJoy when he finds Yuria alive, even though Shin says she doesn't remember him. ''Manga/FistOfTheBlueSky'' has this same situation.
** [[spoiler: Raoh's death scene. "Waga shougai ni ippen no kui nashi!!"]]
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: This is ''the'' {{Trope Maker|s}} for ''Magazine/ShonenJump'' series as we know them today (''Manga/DragonBall'' and ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' being the {{Trope Codifier}}s), and it was groundbreaking in its time... but [[TheEighties that was almost thirty years ago]], which leads to several of the tropes used seeming stale to modern audiences.
* SoBadItsGood: The tongue-in-cheek Manga Entertainment dub of the TV series definitely qualifies. It ''does'' have fans, some even considering Lex Lang's performance as Ken being one of the best roles of his career. Peter Lurie's performance as Jagi is also quite well done. There are some criticisms, such as Daran Norris' take on Rei. Its supporters consider it a shame that the dub was left unfinished.
** The French dubbing is also (in)famous for being intentionally SoBadItsGood, and being absolutely hilarious because of that.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: The series does have a valid point with its "[[RatedMForManly masculinity]] and [[ThePowerOfLove a sensitive heart]] are [[BruiserWithASoftCenter not mutually exclusive]]" ethos, which is still rather lacking in many anime and other media. Additionally, it shows what leads each character to their current beliefs and why they commit certain actions over the course of the story. If anything, this is a series that teaches open-mindedness.
* {{Squick}}: Not for the weak of stomach, this franchise is.
* ThatOneBoss: Despite his status as a relatively minor villain in the manga and anime, Alf is a notorious among players of the Mega Drive ''Hokuto no Ken'' as a sub-boss who can pin down Kenshiro with his ability to surround Ken from behind with a clone of himself.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Whenever a piece of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' merchandise: video game, movie, OVA, whatever; uses a voice cast that is not the original voice cast (except for those that have already passed away) from the 80's anime, you can bet that a swath of angry fanboys on Website/NicoNicoDouga are going to complain about it. This is especially pronounced when it comes to ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarKensRage''.
* [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character Battle]]: "What's this? Mr. Heart is ''immune'' to Kenshiro's blows? This fight could be cool... Oh wait, he killed him by kicking him a whole lot in the stomach."
* TooCoolToLive: [[spoiler:Rei, Toki, Raoh, Shuh, Juza, Fudoh, Ein, Falco.]]
* ValuesDissonance: Rei's StayInTheKitchen[=/=]DefeatByModesty moment with Mamiya comes across as highly sexist to most modern viewers/readers, especially Americans.
** Another source of dissonance for Western audiences can arise from Ken's [[EasilyForgiven forgiving of villains]] because of their {{Freudian Excuse}}s, even if they're mass murderers (Souther, Ryuga), serial rapists (Yuda), or [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinist]] tyrants (Raoh, Shin, Kaioh) who have ''killed'' many of Ken's TrueCompanions (Raoh with Rei and Fudo, Souther with Shu, Ryuga with Toki, Kaioh with Schachi). In Japan, criminals who show remorse for their crimes are often treated less harshly, so Ken's forgiveness can seem less misguided if seen from that perspective. Although, it should be noted that said forgiveness comes after they've been inflicted with fatal wounds and/or doesn't stop Kenshiro from [[DeadlyEuphemism neutralizing]] their threat.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Many Western fans erroneously think that the TV series' theme song "Ai o Torimodose!!" was sung by a male and female duo. In fact, it was two men. Also some Japanese fans mistakenly believe "Tough Boy" singer Tom to be male when she is female.
* VillainDecay: Happens to Raoh post-"BreakThemByTalking" and CurbStompBattle. The sting is slightly put off by his last-minute conversion to AntiVillain. That was intentional on the part of Fudou, who was giving that Speech.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: This was made for young boys in Japan. In fact, it's the {{Trope Maker|s}} for most of the tropes used by ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'', ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', ''Manga/DragonBall'' (the TropeCodifier for most of them), and ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. Not to mention it's a type of series where characters go around exploding heads, slicing them to pieces with their fingers, tear people apart with black magic, so on and so forth. Oh, and an AntiVillain with a hugeass horse that literally curb-stomps random mooks, even the BigBad's corrupted henchmen.
* TheWoobie: Yuria spends most of her time being kidnapped and dragged around the wasteland. And by the time Kenshiro catches up to her she's dying of radiation poisoning, although she does get a few years of happiness with him.
** Airi.

!!The 1995 film:
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Shin cutting his finger, and it dripping blood that catches fire when it lands on a bit of paper. So Shin has the [[VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica Veronica virus now]]?
* CompleteMonster: Jackal [[note]]closer to a Jagi {{expy}}, with a little bit of Spade [[CompositeCharacter thrown in]][[/note]] is TheDragon to [[BigBad Lord Shen]], whom he surpasses in evil. When Shen orders Jackal to capture the inhabitants of a village so he can use them as slaves, Jackal and his gang kill many of the villagers before beginning to capture any. On the way over to the work camps, Jackal orders one of the slaves to be killed because [[ComplimentBackfire the slave tried to suck up to him and Jackal hates brown-nosers]]. When a little girl stands up to Jackal, he [[WouldHurtAChild orders her]] to be [[OffWithHisHead beheaded in a guillotine]]. Finally, when Shen gives Jackal the order to keep his wife hidden during the FinalBattle, Jackal hints that he will {{rape|IsASpecialKindOfEvil}} and/or [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] her instead, and tries to [[WouldHitAGirl beat her to death]] when she tries to escape him.
* {{Narm}}: Kenshiro's skills doesn't always translate well to live-action. The lack of ThemeMusicPowerUp makes it even more narmier.
-->What are you trying to do, tickle me to death?
** His version of "You are already dead" will cause you to giggle.
%%* SoBadItsGood
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