A former Japanese Salaryman, Rokuro "Rock" Okajima serves as the the Lagoon Company's negotiator and translator, and is the series' primary POV Character. Although the least physically dangerous member of the Company, Rock possesses the ability to negotiate with heavily-armed, insane, hyper-violent individuals; he not only gets out of such negotiations alive, but even convinces them to see things his way.
Action Survivor: He's survived being caught in the middle of multiple gunfights, being kidnapped several times, a collapsing building, boat chases, car chases, assaults from various ultra-violent maniacs... and Revy.
Amazon Chaser: He is after a violent and really dangerous female criminal.
Pragmatic Hero: From the Fujiyama Gangsta Paradise arc until the El Baile De La Muerte arc. By the end of Season 2, Rock freely admits that justice is non-existent, and that morality is a sham, yet he still believes in helping people because it's his "hobby."
Beware the Nice Ones: Easily the most decent and sympathetic human being in the series Roanapur, and usually very polite and even-keeled... but just as dangerous as his crewmates, albeit in a differentway.
The Cynic: What he has irrefutably become by the recent chapters.
Cynicism Catalyst: Whereas the old Rock would have been moved by Fabiola's lingering idealism towards a morally-gray-world where justice and decency can exist if you want it to, the double-whammy of failing to save both Hansel and Gretel and Yukio from Balalaika's clutches has knocked that hope clean out of him. The only response he had instead is now a cold, apathetic, Revy-like snarl.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Rock can show hints of this at times, such as when he talks to Sister Yolanda about how drugs seem to be sold on the street without the mafia's knowledge, why they'd put clean sheets in the shed instead of a sleeping area, and why there seems to be a discrepancy between the amount of guns moving to and from the church. It did help diffuse an otherwise hostile standoff between Revy and Eda at the time, and it allowed them to get the grenade launcher they ordered.
Dark Messiah: Shows signs of becoming one, as even when he acts like a Magnificent Bastard and even though he's becoming progressively more and more villainous, his actual intents and goals have no malice in them, and he wants nothing more than to help people.
Distressed Dude: Revy gripes about how Rock gets captured all the time, leading to a funny moment when Yukio abducts him towards the end of the Yakuza arc.
"Great! Now he's been kidnapped by a schoolgirl!"
The Dulcinea Effect: Puts his ass on the line for Yukio, a girl he has only just met, and who proceeds to try and kill him, though unlike most examples it's because she reminded him of his old self.
Establishing Character Moment: The first time that Rock shows that he's not the timid weaksauce salaryman he appears to be is when Revy goes into a spiel about how Rock probably couldn't even begin to match her in a drinking game, only for him to flip his shit, call her bluff, and proceed to match her shot-for-shot in Bacardi (the challenge is then interrupted by grenades). The second time is when he comes up with the idea to kill an attack helicopter with an obsolete torpedo boat and flips off the pilots when it succeeds.
Even Evil Has Standards: He may have willingly chosen to become a pirate and run with very unsavory people doing very unsavory things, but dammit, he still has morals!
Evil Makeover: Averted. He insists on keeping his typical white-collar suit from his Salaryman days instead of slipping into more comfy, action-oriented clothes. Considering that being in the Lagoon Company is his new job, he intends to treat it as such.
The Face: He isn't much for violence like Revy and Dutch, but he makes up for it by being the Lagoon Company's negotiator.
Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: His eyes were shown as fairly wide at the beginning of the series, when he was at his most inexperienced and idealistic, but over time, they have narrowed considerably, as he became more competent/cynical. It should be noted that this style of eye is used to denote such badasses as Revy, Roberta, Ginji, etc.
Good Is Not Nice: He's usually the exact reverse of this trope, being rather polite and soft-spoken, but plays it straight In El Baile de la Muerte.
Guile Hero: Has to relay on his wits and negotiation abilities to survive and as time passes becomes a better and better example of this trope. In El Baile de la Muerte he embraces the role, with mixed results, and during the arc in question often acts like a Magnificent Bastard.
Heel Realization: Not quite, but the events in Tokyo, and Yukio's ultimate fate, forced him to realize what kind of life he's chosen.
Fabiola gives him another, more serious one of these by shooting him in the gut with a blank and calling him out.
I Choose to Stay: He could have gone anywhere, could have started another honest life somewhere else, but he chose to stay with the Lagoon Company, having taken a shine to the pirate lifestyle.
Improvised Weapon: Although not usually a physical fighter, he did defend himself from a chainsaw using a metal shelf one time, and then there's the above example where he trips Chaka up using spilled cleaning fluid and knocks him out with a bowling pin.
Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Revy's Masculine Girl. While he isn't exactly girly, he isThe Heart among the company and is much more traditionally feminine in comparison to Revy, who is The Lad-ette and the one between the two of them with all the combat skills and who in later arcs acts as his protector.
A Match Made in Stockholm: He meets the Lagoon Company when they kidnap him, but he ends up joining them after he begins to bond with them and his department chief declares him dead.
The Messiah: Rock is about the closest thing the Black Lagoon universe has to The Messiah, but given the Crapsack World that he lives in, anything heroic or idealistic that he tries to do tends to go badly for him.
Morality Chain: To Revy. Starts more as a Morality Pet but, as their relationship thickens, he becomes this. Especially when she makes it very clear to him that she would never let anyone else talk to her the way he does or tolerate his na´vetÚ from anybody else.
To the point that when he goes Laughing Mad, gloating to himself over how Chang was wrong about the Gray Fox situation being unsalvagable, she seems to be given pause.
Papa Wolf: He really doesn't like children being mistreated/put in danger, as seen with Garcia, Gretel, and Yukio. Notably, when Yukio was abducted, he mounted a rescue, and seeing what her captors had done brought out his foulest language and drove him to actually assault the ringleader. And later, he risks his life by trying to persuade Balalaika to spare her.
Precision F-Strike: He's easily the most polite and well-spoken cast member, so when he does swear, it means he's truly furious, such as when he has it out with Revy, or when he sees how Chaka and his gang have mistreated Yukio.
"Hey! (Hits Chaka over the head with bowling pin) Fuck you!"
Psychotic Smirk: Has been using it since chapter 72, which combined with the narrowed eyes has cemented his status as a badass. It was also used in his earlier moments of awesome, with Revy's drinking challenge, and with the takedown of the Extra Order chopper.
Ridiculously Average Guy: He was a well-educated but otherwise dead-average working stiff until he crossed paths with the Lagoon Company.
Supporting Protagonist: The story is told from his point of view, but Revy is the one who does most of the fighting and is the the poster girl for the series. Later, though, Rock begins to get more focus and he becomes quite an interesting character himself.
That Man Is Dead: Rock ends the first arc by calling out his former boss, stating that Rokuro Okajima is already dead and thus signifying his departure from his salaryman position and former life and joining the crew of the Lagoon.
The Unfavorite: The reason he hasn't contacted his family to let them know he's alive. He claims his distant relationship with his parents was because they preferred his older, more successful brother.
A nihilistic Chinese-American gunwoman and the Lagoon Company's primary muscle. Known as "Two Hand," after her preferred style of shooting. Her first name is apparently "Rebecca", but nothing more is known of her past apart from the implication that it wasn't a happy one.
Nineties Anti Heroine: She's a card carrying example of this. She has a rough but cool name, is Stripperific, buxom, and to top it off, the series takes place in the 1990s.
Ax Crazy: When she's in a bad mood, which is often. During the events of the Nazi arc, Revy went on a quite psychotic killing spree, and in the manga, she didn't even spare the noncombatants. Dutch called her on this, telling her he didn't remember hiring "Charles fucking Whitman."
Badass: She's the poster girl woman and one of the two primary characters for a series full of 'em.
Berserk Button: Revy has a Hair-Trigger Temper and gets pissed off at pretty much everything but later on, she develops one of these about Rock. Do NOT mess with him around her if you value your life.
Amusingly enough, she seems to have developed a Berserk Button about her Berserk Button, in that she doesn't like it when it's made apparent that an apparently selfish nihilist like herself actually cares about someone (i.e. Rock)
CelibateVillain Protagonist: Despite being Ms. Fanservice, so far, she hasn't been shown to have any sex life to speak of. At one point Eda lampshades this by teasing her about it, "When it comes to you and men..." Makes more sense once we find out in the OVA that she was raped by a police officer when she was a teenager. Of course, another more present reason is her growing relationship with Rock. Him aside, the only other men she shows any real interest in are all for non-sexual/non-romantic reasons; usually ones whom she hopes to fight aside/kill with, or ones whom she hopes to fight/kill.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Although she'd more than likely deny it, she does not like other women trying to make a move on Rock. For example, she always responds aggressively to Eda's flirting with him, and at the time when Jane taunted her about thinking of ringing Rock into an orgy, Revy threatened her to stay away from Rock, or she would show her just what she got up to with her female partners in prison...and why she was so good at it they could never go back to anyone else.
Cluster F-Bomb: Revy is the primary contributor to the high volume of F-bombs dropped in the series proper.
Cynicism Catalyst: Among other really crappy stuff that her early years entailed, Revy was beaten and raped by a policeman as a teenager. Apparently, it was this event that finally made her snap and start fighting for herself Ś by killing everyone in the way.
Dark and Troubled Past: Apparently killed her first man while underage, and was raped by a corrupt cop once. She's still got outstanding warrants in New York.
Defrosting Ice Queen: Whether she likes it or not, Rock's decency and kindness IS beginning to rub off onto her personality. Inverted, too, as Revy's improvement as a person is in stark contrast to Rock becoming more amoral.
Double Standard: AbuseŚFemale on Male: Subverted. She does hit and abuse Rock, even almost shoots him at one point, but it is never portrayed as normal or acceptable. Moreover, Rock eventually stands up for himself and succeeds in convincing her that there are other ways to solve her issues than her guns. She feels ashamed after this confrontation and mostly stops abusing him after that. From then on, when Revy does yell at Rock, it's usually because he's done something stupid (like running off in the middle of a fire-fight and getting kidnapped, or nearly getting himself and Revy killed by pissing off an Ax Crazy Russian mob boss), and she's quick to calm down afterward.
Drives Like Crazy: The one time we see her driving, you'd think the only way she ever learned to turn corners is to drift.
In the final episode of season two, she hijacks a truck and just like the above example, Drove recklessly. Though it's justified in this case.
Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: For Revy, they're a sign that she has gone into psychopathic Whitman Fever mode, and is incredibly dangerous to be around.
Hollywood Atheist: Revy gave up on God when she was young, a product of growing up on the harsh and unforgiving streets.
I Call It Vera: Variation; she calls her guns "cutlasses" after their moniker, the "Sword Cutlass Special 9mm".
Jerkass: Particularly towards Rock at the beginning of the series, until he stood up to her and chewed her out. She's mellowed since then, but it's important to remember she's still not a particularly nice person...
Situational Sexuality/Prison Rape: When she was in prison, she apparently was so good that her partners could never go back to anyone else, and she was definitely the aggressor! She even threatened to show off her stuff to Jane.
Straw Nihilist: She denies the existence of meaning, at least academically. For practical purposes, however, she'll preach the virtues of money and guns over God and love, since this is what she has been able to rely on in her life.
Tranquil Fury: Revy's "Whitman Fever," which is more a relapse of Ax Crazy than actual anger. When Revy starts to look like she's sleep-deprived and stops yelling and swearing, there will be blood and there will be lots of it. Revy's eyelids lower and she occasionally smiles slightly whenever she goes into such states.
Vapor Wear: Partially averted, her panties are visible at all times cause she never zips up her shorts. But her bouncing, and other clues imply she doesn't wear a bra. When we see her room it's shown that she just hangs it on the lamp in her room, thus giving us a literal example of Lampshade Hanging. She definitely wasn't wearing one when she hid those documents for the CIA in her top. One of the agents even complains about them being all sweaty...
When She Smiles: One of the major signs of the effect Rock has had on her. Very rarely is that Revy smiles without it meaning somethingelse, so getting her to smile earnestly is a major accomplishment. Most notable during the Japan arc; when Revy notices Rock watching her play with a group of young kids (in her own unique way), where she not only smiles, she blushes.
Would Hurt a Child: She usually has to be provoked into it, but Revy isn't above hurting or even killing kids. As Dutch says when he's ordering Rock to take over watching Garcia from a pissed-off Revy at the beginning of the first Roberta arc, "not a lot of maternal instinct there."
Yandere: Revy gets pretty creepy when Jane considers seducing Rock.
Blond Guys Are Evil: He is a pirate and has no moral compunctions about it but he is among the least actively malevolent of the lot, seeing that even his girlfriend is more active than him in that matter.
The Cynic: Benny has no illusions whatsoever about the evils he ignores on a daily basis. He hasn't got Revy's materialistic nihilism, but he's about as cynical as Dutch.
"What do you expect to happen to her? Get cured? Go to school, be happy and make friends? It will never happen and that's just how reality is."
Hollywood Nerd: Extremely tech-savvy, and his "office" is essentially a nerd cave. Also has a pretty nice body under that Hawaiian shirt.
Informed Judaism: Only ever mentioned during their encounter with the Neo-Nazis but he drinks alcohol, smokes, delves into cyber-piracy and isn't seen giving shit about his religion otherwise. Justified in that being a pirate is either the reason or the consequence of him disregarding the religion's teachings.
Nice Jewish Boy: Sure he's brainy and usually more affable than the rest of the cast but that's it. As noted above, he's just as morally dubious as his buddies and is completely desensitized about death, killing and any other pleasantries Roanapoor has to offer.
Mysterious Past: Major Caxton says that Dutch's story about being a Vietnam vet is a lie because he claimed to be part of an offensive while in a unit that didn't take part in it, and he didn't understand basic military lingo that a 'Nam vet would have known. His actual past (or if Caxton was even right) is still unknown.
A former Soviet VDV special forces commander turned mafia queen; member (along with Mr. Chang and two others) of the four-person commission that regulates crime in Roanapur. Her real name is Sofiya Irininskaya Pavlovena.
Asexuality: Even though she can get flirtatious with guys like Rock or, more seriously, Mr. Chang, she finds sex boring and uninteresting, and has no real sex life to speak of. There's also her completely bored-to-death look when she edits porn videos*
although anyone who edits for a living can tell ya that after the first 30 minutes even porn gets boring when you're editing them
Blood Knight: According to Revy she'd rather give up sex than pass up a chance to wage war.
In the light novel, she welcomed an old subordinate who'd found himself on the opposite side refusing the olive branch because it meant that he, like herself, meant to continue fighting to the bitter end.
Break the Cutie: In the anime, we see her as an innocent young girl who wanted to join the Olympic sniping team. Until the Afghan War happened and she got completely trashed.
Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Fujiama Gangsta Paradise. Full stop. The head of Washimine clan attempted to do this at first because Balalaika was obviously going overboard, providing a very undesirable sort of help.
Cool Big Sis: To Revy, anyway, who even refers to her as "Anego" which means "Sister". Though Revy isn't above calling Balalaika a bitch when she pulls a gun on Rock or has her men shoot Revy and Shenhua in the arms.
Lzherusskie: the name "Sofiya Irininskaya Pavlovena" is a typical case of klukva. The order of names is totally wrong (should be "Sofiya Pavlovna Irininskaya"), and the last name sounds really fake to actual Russians.
The Mafiya: Unlike most other women pertaining to a Mafia-like organization, she's in charge instead of being just a regular Mafia Princess. As said above, if anything, she's more of a Mafia Queen. She's too experienced and too powerful to be a "princess".
Mama Bear: You hurt her subordinates, you will be dead soon. And. VERY. Messily. Hansel and Gretel didn't pay attention to this, so...
Names to Run Away From Really Fast: A balalaika is a type of stringed instrument, but it's also Russian military slang for a Dragunov sniper rifle (which Balalaika used during the Soviet-Afghan War).
Pet the Dog: Many, mostly concerning her relation with both her henchmen and Lagoon Company.
Particularly, the smile◊ she gives to Rock at the end of the Yakuza arc, which is one of the few times she gives an actual, honest smile instead of Technically a Smile.
The revelation of why she was discharged, mainly, due to an international incident when she was photographed by media somewhere her unit shouldn't have officially been, is a pet the dog moment for her since the reason she got photographed was because she went out of her way to save a child.
Power Hair: Subverted. She is powerful, badass, feared and a decent strategist but she has the long, flowing, slightly wavy tresses usually worn by weak and fragile Distressed Damsels.
Balalaika: In the grand scheme of things, our lives are meaningless. They're light as air...like a candy wrapper.
Technically a Smile: (Provides the page picture). If Balalaika ever smiles at you, it's recommended that you make sure your last will and testament is up to date.
Tranquil Fury: Even when she's in the depths of teeth-gnashing, blood-boiling rage, Balalaika tends to speak like a patient mother scolding her children. She raises her voice in anger exactly twice. Both times are among the tensest points in the series.
Would Hurt a Child: Zig-zagged. Like Mr. Chang, under certain circumstances she no compunctions about hurting children physically and very violently. Even though she did not do it directly, Hansel and Gretel got no special treatment for being children, and the fact that they killed some of her men no doubt helped, and it's heavily implied that she would have done it herself if given a chance. And in the anime, a flashback to the Afghan War shows her shifting her sniper fire away from a child running towards its mother, but presumably she'd have no qualms about killing a Child Soldier, and does mention that her men had to fight some in Afghanistan.
Even more hilarious is that everyone, even Balalaika, told him he was an idiot for doing such a thing.
The Dragon: We can safely assume he is this to Balalaika, despite not having seen him do much so far.
Even Evil Has Standards: Admits to Balalaika that taking out Hansel's leg and hand with a sniper rifle and letting him slowly bleed to death gave him the chills. Though he may have been talking about how he was letting one of the only people to kill a member of the Vysotniki in-series within twenty feet of her.
Friendly Target: Pretty much the reason he was introduced. Seriously, he didn't even survive the episode he was introduced in. Although his death doesn't seem like it was intended to make the audience sad.
Badass: Revy calls him "sir" which should instantly tell you he's the most baddest guy in a town full of them. (It's obvious that Revy wants to be a cool, rich and powerful Triad boss just like Chang when she grows up.)
Card-Carrying Villain: Apathetically and matter-of-factually talks about his absolute lack of compassion for the sexually-abused Ax Crazy children Hansel and Gretel because he is a black-hearted cynical scumbag and is completely comfortable with that fact, not to mention that they killed some of his men. This is the defining difference from the kind-and-honorable Papa Wolf gangsters played by Chow Yun-Fat that he is based upon.
The Chessmaster: The one who commissioned Rock to see through to ending Roberta's rampage.
Guns Akimbo: So does this (See Cool Shades). Unlike Chow Yun-Fat's characters, Chang's Weapons Of Choice are two Beretta 76s. He also uses a pair of AMT Hardballer Longslides borrowed from his subordinates.
Identical Stranger: The light novel mentions offhand that when he visited Beijing, he was mistaken for a celebrity. Wonder who that could have been?
I Have Many Names: Played for laughs in the light novel. And by laughs, Biu would prefer that Chang not add "Master Ninja" to his repertoire of nicknames.
Nerves of Steel: Normally cheerful and emotive, this guy is also capable of being completely calm during a massive shootout. The only time he lost his cool was when Eda told him he was an insect compared to the might of the United States.
A Taiwanese assassin in the employ of Mr. Chang. She prefers to use various edged weapons in close combat, in particular a pair of kukri knives linked together with a length of leather rope at the handles, thus using them as modified rope darts. She is also skilled in the use of throwing knives.
Affably Evil: Quite cheery most of the time, whether she's skewering hapless Mooks, or delivering an unfortunate man in a suitcase to be chopped up by a goth with a chainsaw. She and Revy even have a (relatively) friendly conversation whilst trying to kill each other.
Throwing Your Sword Always Works: While she's pretty deadly in melee combat with her Kukris, they're also attached on a rope to her wrists, so she can also hurl them for mid-ranged combat. Her accuracy with them is pretty good as well.
Leader of the Church of Violence. Very likely has a background in intelligence herself, as she is fully aware of Eda's status, and acts as an informant/confidante to her. But they might just have some kind of deal with the CIA.
Affably Evil: Seems like just a benevolent, soft spoken elderly lady, aside from the eyepatch. And, you know, the weapons dealing and the drug smuggling.
A maid who worked for four years at the Lovelace household in Venezuela. Although her domestic skills such as cleaning and cooking were somewhat lacking, she developed a close friendship with the young son of the Lovelace family, Garcia. Roberta was once known as Rosarita Cisneros, a former FARC guerrilla trained as an assassin in Cuba and an internationally wanted criminal. She was taken in by the Lovelaces to clear a debt of honor between Roberta's father and the head of the family, who then became her master.
Anti-HeroAntagonist: In her first appearance, she was trying to retrieve Garcia from his kidnappers, (which were the protagonists)... and is utterly unstoppable in her pursuit.
Curb-Stomp Battle: She catches one of Shenhua's kukris in her teeth, uses it to block the other kukri (with it still in her teeth), then shatters it right in Shenhua's face (again with her teeth). When Sawyer steps in, Roberta jams the chain and snaps the blade with the trigger guards of her Colts. And when it's Lotton's turn? She gives him the boot. Lotton survived, thanks to his Crazy-Prepared-ness, but it should be noted that the steel codpiece Lotton used to protect his goods was crumpled like a soda can from the impact.
Determinator: To the point where the crew of the Lagoon repeatedly jokes that she could be the T-1000. All jokes stop when she starts climbing up the back of their car with a pair of trench knives. After catching up to them on foot at a dead run. What makes it awesome is that she's even imitating Robert Patrick's "knife hand" sprinter's run.
Take a look at Roberta's Blood Trail under Nigh Invulnerable, just being able to MOVE under that condition guarantees this trope.
The Dreaded: Meet the only character that can put all of Roanapur on edge. News that "Bloodhound of Florencia" has come to the city puts the entire power structure of it's three warring criminal organizations in to utter chaos for the week that she was in.
Nigh Invulnerable: Made of Iron is a standard power for Black Lagoon characters. Roberta is not so much made of 'Iron' as 'diamondoid, probably poured over a base of Wolfram or some other extremely dense, tear-resistant material'.
The final episode of Roberta's Blood Trail completely subverts this by being different from the manga. In the manga, Roberta came out of the entire ordeal without a scratch. In the OVA, she is severely wounded by the Grey Fox unit to the point of losing her right eye, right leg, and left arm, and if that isn't bad enough, her right hand's index and middle fingers are shot off. The only reason she can still walk in the ending is thanks to a cobbled together prosthetic right leg.
The young son of Roberta's master Diego, heir to the Lovelace family. When he's kidnapped and later the Lagoon company gets the work of "transporting" him, Roberta goes against our "heroes" to get her Morality Pet back. And that's just the beginning...
Garcia's father, Roberta's boss and leader of the Lovelace family. Whose tragic death kicks off the El Baile de la Muerte arc.
Class Traitor: He is of the old landowning class in Venezuela, but when he was killed he was participarting in a meeting of Hugo Chavez' fledgeling Fifth Republic Movement - which was even then socialism-inclinced.
Impoverished Patrician: To a degree. While he still has quite a bit of money due to plantations, it's still not compared to what the Lovelaces used to have in the past, due to their political beliefs and the harrassment of the Colombian cartel.
Morality Chain: Roberta owes him her new chance at life, and thus she goes batshit when he kicks it.
Another maid in the Lovelace household, and the only one who's trained in hand-to-hand combat and weaponry like Roberta. After she leaves in her Roaring Rampage of Revenge, Fabiola becomes Garcia's caretaker.
Bare Your Midriff: Late in El Baile de la Muerte, she ditches her maid outfit for bike shorts, a sports bra, and an unzipped hoodie. Averted in the Roberta's Blood Trail OVA when the hoodie remained zipped.
"There is no need for you to be concerned about my breasts. Even if they grew as big as melons I have no intention of anybody fondling them."
Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Shoots Rock with a blank and cracks his rib at the end of "El Baile De La Muerte", despite his doing everything possible to help her and Garcia, even if he did have to manipulate them and gamble with their lives.
Little Miss Badass: About 14 to 15 years old, one of the shortest characters in the series, and packing enough firepower to shoot out the entire frontage of the Yellow Flag and blow up an SUV in one shot.
Small Girl, Big Gun: Carries a pump-action China Lake grenade launcher during her fight at the Yellow Flag.
Shut Up, Hannibal!: To Revy of all people, who has been insisting that they live in a horrible, vicious world and that Fabiola needs to stop being so idealistic. She finally gets fed up with it and insists the world is neither, and that she can accept that the world is a gray place and the one who really thinks the world is black and white is Revy herself. Neither Revy or Rock were impressed, though.
What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Rock at the end of the Roberta arc, because of him using most of the characters involved as pawns and the fact that he did it for fun as well to win the bet with Mr. Chang.
Retired Badass: Was contentedly working as a vendor until he was called out of retirement.
Roaring Rampage of Rescueand Revenge: Goes through the punks who kidnapped and mistreated Yukio like a hay reaper ("Did you want to see my sword that badly?!"), then goes after the ringleader, chops up his gun, severs then the hands holding it, knocks the guy into a pool, and pushes him under to drown.
A high school girl and heir to the Washimine Clan, who takes over leadership of the group when it's at war with Balalaika and the old one, Tsugio Bandou, loses his life.
Anti-Villain: One of the few honorable and ethical people in the series. Just happens to be antagonistic to the viewpoint characters. And chooses to become a yakuza boss when Balalaika kills the previous one, since she's next in line.
Big Bad Wannabe: The underworld has a really steep learning curve and Balalaika had a few decades of experience on her.
Breaking Speech: Completely deconstructs Rock when he tries to convince her that the path she has chosen is wrong.
He is later able to, politely, tell her to shut up, stating that his path is not only a perfectly valid way to live, but also one that allows him to see that she is simply not cut out for the life of a gangster.
Gory Discretion Shot: In the anime, we don't see her actually pierce her throat with Ginji's katana, and instead just hear the sound, which might actually be worse. Subverted in the manga, where we get a front seat to everything.
Honor Before Reason: The entire reason she took over her Family was because she felt obligated to her subordinates, despite the fact that none of them wanted her to sacrifice her normal life for them and that there was absolutely no chance of victory. Justified as her refusal to leave Balalaika's forces alone is made on the very reasonable grounds that she had no reason to trust Balalaika to keep her word after having broken it to wage war on her Family in the first place.
I Just Want to Be Special: Willingly takes leadership of a Yakuza gang, and laughs at Rock's suggestion that she leave the underworld. It doesn't end well for her.
Improbable Age: Horribly deconstructed. A 17-year-old teenager has no business trying to fight Balalaika and her ex-special forces henchmen, even with the help of Ginji and the rest of the Washimine Clan. It's made even worse by the intervention of Chaka and his group.
The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: She is forced to do this in order to attempt her entire Yakuza faction from being wiped out by Hotel Moscow and the higher-ranking Yakuza clan in charge. She doesn't get any slack after. Needless to say, it ends badly.
Yamato Nadeshiko: Thoroughly deconstructed, as the "young Samurai girl who takes up the family business" ends up in Hell because of that. She even commits suicide in the traditional manner of a Japanese noblewoman.
You Are in Command Now: Becomes head of the Washimine clan after The Leader kicks it. She did well with what she had at hand, being able to figure out what was going on a lot faster than her more experienced subordinates, and she made a decent showing against the head of the rival Family. But even her skills at leading couldn't compensate for the fact that she started off with a very small gang (a portion of whom were Ax Crazy traitors) who had been targeted for annihilation by both a much larger gang headed by freakin' Balalalaika. Really, the only factor she had in her favor was the Revy-level Bad Ass enforcer/love interest Ginji, and that's not even close to enough to dig her out of the pit she started in.
One of the Washimine family's enforcers who attempted to take control of the family.
Affably Evil: Subverted. When he first appears, he seems like a dimwitted yet likeable mook who harbors an almost childlike enthusiasm for guns and shootouts. However, this facade quickly dissipates after he "snaps" and reveals himself for the murderous psychopath he truly is.
Amazon Chaser: Revy being dangerous and violent is a huge turn-on for him.
Humiliation Conga: After seeing his entourage of thugs get wiped out, he makes a run for it while taking Yukio as a hostage. Rock makes him slip with spilled cleaning fluid, bashes him in the head with a bowling pin, and liberates his hostage. Then Revy drop-kicks him in the face and grinds his balls under her heel whilst delivering a Reason You Suck Speech.Then he goes one-on-one using a revolver against Yukio's protector, who can cut bullets in mid-air with a sword. Predictably, he loses badly, gets cut up, and is finally finished off by drowning. From what we've seen of him, he deserved every single thing that came to him.
Kick the Dog: All the Goddamn time. Beats up poor Rock savagely for cutting in on his "conversation" with Revy, hoping to provoke her into a quickdraw duel. Kidnaps Yukio, lets his buddies beat her up and strip her nearly naked, and plans to sell her into sexual slavery to "a real sicko" (and he gleefully describes in detail some of the horrible things she's going to be forced into). Criticises his guys for being "pussies" during the fight in the bowling alley, whilst making his way to the exit using Yukio as a human shield, and later shoots the last surviving gang members just because he's annoyed. He's one hell of a guy.
The Starscream: If Starscream had been a psychopath. Attempted to become the boss of the family by beating up Yukio and then wanted to rape her and sell her out to the Russians. Rock and Ginji were rather demonstrative in response.
Stupid Evil: He acts needlessly sadistic towards Rock, Yukio and his subordinates, and he winds up paying dearly for this later on.
Too Dumb to Live: Seriously overestimates his abilities, as shown by his trying to take on Revy one-on-one even after seeing her and Ginji tear through his entire gang like hay reapers. She drop-kicked his sorry ass rather than waste the bullet, before letting Ginji slice him to pieces and drown him to death.
Would Hit a Girl: And does. As can be gleaned from the above, he's the abusive asshole version of this trope.
You Have Failed Me: The way he kills his remaining men by shooting them in the back when they run away from him.
Yukio's immediate predecessor as the leader of the Washimine clan, and a friend of her late father Ryuzou. By the time he took charge, the clan was already in danger of being absorbed by a larger and more powerful rival. He resorts to contacting the Russian mafia for help, leading to the events of the story arc.
Even Evil Has Standards: For him, the final straw came when Balalaika proposed kidnapping the rival clan leader's family members.
Failure Is the Only Option: In the end, he is left with two equally undesirable choices: either continue cooperating with Hotel Moscow and have every other yakuza clan in Japan turn against the Washimine clan, or cut ties with their erstwhile ally and incur the wrath of the mafia.
I Did What I Had to Do: Resorts to increasingly drastic measures in order to keep the clan going, including human trafficking.
Neck Snap: How Balalaika responds to him breaking their deal.
Number Two: What he was to Ryuzou, before the latter died.
No One Could Survive That: He's at ground zero of the Yellow Flag bar being grenaded by Roberta, but is seen alive (albeit beaten and bloody) in the hands of Hotel Moscow in the next episodes. He's seen later, very much alive, which is actually pretty impressive, considering this is Hotel Moscow we're talking about.
Named After Somebody Famous: Despite being Colombian, he is named after the Mexican drug lord Juan Garcia Abrego, one of the founders of the Mexican Gulf Cartel.
An Irish driver who worked with Shenhua at one time. A compulsive coke fiend (or pot, in the anime), he has a distressingly frequent tendency to hallucinate at inopportune times, such as in the middle of a car chase.
A pair of incestuous, prepubescent porn star assassins with shared multiple personality disorders. Creepy as Hell. And just as horribly broken due to their horrendous common backstory, in which they barely survived both an Orphanage of Fearand being starlets in Snuff Films.
Affably Evil: They're both bug-fuck insane, but no one ever said that they were impolite.
Ambiguous Gender: They both have short hair and swap a wig and voices, taking turns being the boy and the girl. Parodied in an omake where all the characters changed genders... and they still looked exactly the same.
BFG: Gretel, an 11-year-old child, fires a Browning Automatic Rifle from the hip. Not entirely unrealistic, since Bonnie (of Bonnie and Clyde fame) carried a cut-down one much of the time and she was 90 pounds soaking wet, but still eyebrow raising.
Creepy Children Singing: They sing a duet, the quotes are above. Gretel also sings shortly before she dies, this time its not nearly as creepy.
Creepy Twins: Squared, cubed, and then raised to the power of itself. Seriously it got them in the pantheon (family).
Crossdresser: Hansel and Gretel actually switch clothes. It's never explicitly stated what their real genders are, all the audience knows is that the girl carries the machine gun and the boy carries the axe. When they switch clothes they switch weapons too. The anime reveals that they also switch voices.
Cry Cute: Hansel breaks down into tears as he bleeds to death.
Does Not Know How To Say Thanks: Gretel is given genuine compassion, a hug and Tender Tears by Rock. The poor girl is so dumbfounded that she sexually offers herself to him, truly thinking that it's the best way to thank him.
Freudian Excuse: Nothing can excuse their actions, but they have a pretty valid reason as to why they're as damaged as they are. Anyone would be fucked up in the head having survived what they were put through.
Japanese Sibling Terminology: Refer to each other as nii-sama and nee-sama (very formal, respectful and hinting at romantic feelings) in the Japanese version while using "fratele meu" and "sora mea" (the Romanian words for "my brother" and "my sister") in the English dub.
Laser-Guided Karma: Gretel thought she could escape from Roanapur safely via hiring the Lagoon company to do so. But at the very moment she steps out, it turns out Balalaika had sent a sniper to pull this trope on her.
Laughing Mad: They're so beyond broken they almost always have a smile and often laugh. Especially when being violent.
Snuff Film: What these two were forced to do. They survived by becoming ruthless killers.
Split Personality: "Hansel and Gretel" are personalities the twins developed to cope with their traumatic childhood. They can decide themselves who wants to be who at any given time. When Hansel has his hand shot off by Balalaika's men, the pain and stress causes him to randomly switch between Hansel's and Gretel's voice every few seconds.
That Makes Me Feel Angry: Gretel mentions or implies mild guilt at bribing two local orphans to pretty much certain death
An Indian counterfeiter whose goal is to create perfect counterfeit money. After members of the Floridian cartel that hired her lose patience with her due to continued schedule slips and shoot one of her co-workers to death before giving her a 48-hours deadline to finish her job, she flees from the members of the cartel and eventually seeks sanctuary with the Church of Violence, unleasing a mad pursuit.
Na´ve Newcomer: Starts like that, but as of the latest chapters, not so much. Though she didn't think about the possible consequences about letting her colleague, who had probably never been to Thailand, come from Bangkok to Roanapur BY HERSELF. Later on it's revealed that she planned from the beginning to betray that colleague anyway, it means she probably just didn't care.
A handsome, long-coated adventurer introduced during the Greenback Jane arc, he is one of the few survivors of the band of mercenaries hunting for Jane. He now lives with the other two, Shenhua and Sawyer the Cleaner.
Made of Iron: Played with. Even when he's shot, falling down from a building or being kicked in the balls (by Roberta of all people!), he just rises up again and continues on. Luckily, he's Genre Savvy enough to wear a bulletproof vest and a metal codpiece, though he got kicked so hard that the codpiece dented, and still fell from a rooftop onto solid asphalt. In general he takes far more punishment than most people could handle.
Nice Guy: Now that Rock no longer qualifies for this trope, he is the sole possessor of it in this franchise.
Spell My Name with an S: Rotton? Lotton? The North American translation says its Lotton while most of the scanlations says its Rotton...
Token Good Teammate: Compared to his fellow bounty hunters, who are either complete psychopaths at worst and a bunch of backstabbing cutthroats at best.
Also of the Power Trio he's formed with Shenhua and Sawyer.
Cute Mute: A subversion; while she is cute in a goth-punk sort of way and does appear to be missing her vocal cords, she can be quite mouthy when she has her electrolarynx device. Without it, not so much.
Dissonant Serenity: She's quite cheerful; at one point when she's explaining that the bad odor in a hotel room results from the ooze from rotted corpses she had to clean up there earlier she smiles happily while all around her, people are losing their lunch, and may in fact be giggling because the others are losing their lunch.
Earn Your Title: Sawyer "The Cleaner", she cleans up messes, specializing in body disposal, alive or dead doesn't matter to her.
Expecting Someone Taller: Her fellow mercenaries have this reaction during the Greenback Jane arc, as most of them have never seen her in person, and those who have, only saw her swathed in surgical dress which obscured her features.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Is treated like a total Butt Monkey from his first entrance, and his obnoxious and bossy attitude doesn't help things either. All said and done, other than Shenhua he's also the deadliest and most competent of the bunch.
I'll show you who's boss, stupid engine! When this is all over, I'mma drink til I go blind! And fuck expensive women til my balls hurt! Don't push me, you damn nun! I'm sick and tired of dealing with you people!
Head of an Italian mafia operating in Roanapur. He hired Hansel and Gretel to assassinate Balalaika and Chang so that he could take control over Roanapur's underworld, but quickly found that the Creepy Twins didn't enjoy being told to kill.
The Chessmaster: Admittedly, his strategy for knocking out Balalaika was decent, hiring in outsiders who wouldn't be traced back to him (especially since one of his own "conveniently" dies). Except the outsiders were less-than-subtle spree killers.