Characters: City Hunter

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Ryo and his Japanese companions.

Ryo Saeba

Voiced by: Akira Kamiya

The manga's protagonist, an incredibly perverted yet competent sweeper.
Tropes associated with Ryo:
  • Badass
  • Berserk Button: Don't make a woman cry in his presence. Just don't. Also, if you're a professional killer, don't tell him you do his same job, nor hit children or defenseless people.
    • Being caught contrabanding weapons to countries at war or in the middle of a civil war is a surefire way to get your house trashed, your nose broken, and the police at your home.
  • Big Damn Kiss: With a brainwashed Kaori in the "Farewell, Hard boiled city" episode.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: His antics are really crazy, but he's the best Sweeper in Tokyo.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: When he finally decided to tell Kaori he loves her, he's unable to finish the phrase.
  • Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Ryo's two only serious love interests are Saeko and Kaori. While he can act perverted toward Saeko, he ran away the one time she was actually willing to do the deed, and can't even get an erection for Kaori. Both are Justified: Saeko and him were in a Love Triangle with the late Hideyuki, and when time came to do the deed he found himself unable to actually do it out of respect for his late friend, and not only he told Kaori he wouldn't consider her a woman anymore if she became his partner, but he's also in denial of his feelings for her and unsure if he actually wanted to keep her as partner or sending her back in the normal world, and was trying (unsuccessfully) to prevent his enemies from targeting her to get at him.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: He's physically strong enough to fire a Magnum one-handed and use large marble gravestones as weapons, and is shown training himself hard.
  • Child Soldier: How he learned to fight.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Sometimes this, and sometimes just a Handsome Lech. The "chivalrous" part is mainly when he's getting serious.
  • Collective Identity: City Hunter started as the collective identity of Ryo and Mick in Los Angeles. Ryo took it for himself once he returned to Japan, but he later declared it a Collective Identity again, this time for Kaori and him.
  • Contract on the Hitman: Got multiple contracts on himself, the most important of which, plot-wise, was Union Teope sending Mick Angel to kill him.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Almost to Batman levels. Often hides a back-up gun on his calf. His belt has a knife hidden in it. Secret pockets of his coat contains a disassembled revolver with ammunitions, plastic explosive with time detonator, and condoms. The sleeves of his coat emit tear gas when set on fire, and the coat itself will explode if shot in the right place. His tooth has a sleeping pill hidden in it, and he routinely carries other sleeping pills and powders. His underwear contains sleeping and paralyzing substances to contaminate people's food supply.
  • Creepy Cross Dresser: Has done this a few times for the job. In a particularly glorious instance, Ryo even faked doing it as his job.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Ryo will ignore his work to chase women, and then beat the crap out of anyone stupid enough to get on his wrong side.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Ryo does this constantly. Since it is dangerous to become acquainted with him due to his profession, whenever a client is getting too attached to him, Ryo becomes (more) insensitive, rude or lecherous in order to drive her away.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When he was 3, the airplane he was traveling on with his parents was shot down, and to survive he joined a guerrilla band in a civil war. That was just the start.
  • The Dreaded: Yakuza clans prefer being bankrupted than facing Ryo. Justified: the one time a Yakuza clan was stupid enough to piss him off, their skyscraper was demolished that very night, and the entire clan was beaten up and left for the cops.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Subverted: Umibozu nicknamed him "Shinjuku's Stallion" in revenge for Ryo giving him an embarrassing nickname, but he likes it.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He'll never touch a minor, no matter how sexy she is, nor he'll force himself upon a woman.
  • Firing One-Handed: Where most professionals can pull it off, Ryo is notable for doing it with a large and powerful Magnum and still be incredibly accurate. He pointed out it's not easy himself, and explained it with years of training and exercise.
  • Gag Penis: His 'little friend' is positively enormous, and hard enough to break through bulletproof glass.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Ryo has a mean streak a mile wide that tends to manifest with humiliating punishments for the villains (ranging from being shot multiple times with short but large crossbow bolts to being forced to wet yourself and photographed) and rather unusual tortures (if he's in a hurry, he'll grab the balls of the Mooks and squeeze hard. If he has time, he'll break out the chickens and the nitroglycerine). And that's without getting into his Casanova Wannabe personality...
  • The Gunslinger: His main characteristic as a sweeper are his impressive aim and incredibly quick draw. While all sweepers aside for Kaori (partly because of Ryo modifying her gun to aim off) in the series are good shots and fast drawers, they all tend to specialize in something else (Umibozu and Kaori are trap and demolition experts, The Bat is specialized in explosives, Miki and a one-shot character are hypnotizers, and Silver Fox is a Master of Disguise), but Ryo's specialization is shooting extremely fast without missing a target.
    • Fastest Gun in Japan: He's so fast he once won a duel with an empty gun by drawing the gun and throwing it at his foe's head faster than the opponent could draw his gun.
  • Hand Cannon: His favourite gun is a Colt Python. He has a lot of other pistols, including two other BFG (a Colt King Cobra and a Smith & Wesson Model 51).
  • Handsome Lech: Quite the ladies' man and the skirt-chaser, but he doesn't get a chance to take advantage of his success.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Aside for his justified fame as a pervert, most professional killers in Japan consider him their role model, not knowing he's an Hitman with a Heart.
  • Hidden Depths: He's much smarter and sensible than he looks.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He'll always be a devil-may-care lech who'll only save the day if there's no other choice, but is saddened by Hideyuki's death and deep down, cares about Kaori.
  • Hitman with a Heart: He's willing to kill, but only if your reasons can move him. Also, he's willing to work for a little girl for 500 yen if she has good reasons, and will slip the money back in her pocket when she's distracted.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: With his Python he can fire six shots in the same hole at 15 meters, and his S&W Model 58, due a quirk of fabrication, allows him to do the same at 50. Also, using a Remington Model 700 he can shoot the barrel of another rifle, buttons of a shirt and a belt (the latter without harming the guy wearing them) at about one kilometer.
    • Up to Eleven: Ryo's choice of guns is intended to maximize his already extreme aiming skills: the Python and the Remington Model 700 are known for being very accurate weapons, and the Model 58 is chambered for the .41 Magnum round, known for being as powerful as the .44 Magnum while being more accurate. Then he went and had his Python made even more accurate, and, as stated above, his Model 58 is almost impossibly accurate due a quirk of fabrication...
  • Improbable Weapon User: He weaponized not only his own underwear, but also a collant filled with lingerie!
  • Informed Attribute: He claims hating children, but how he acts shows he adores them.
  • It's Personal: With Kaibara. After all, how would you react if your father figure dosed you with a drug that made you a mad berserker and nearly killed you with both its effects and the withdrawal? Even after he got over that hate, Ryo considers it personal, as he sees stopping his madness as his duty as son.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: As explained in Good Is Not Nice, Ryo has a terrifying mean streak, and the villains are lucky if the police is around or Ryo is working for Saeko (or the client's circumstances act as a restraining bolt), for they'll get arrested or, at worst, a quick and painless death. If not... Well, the lucky ones gets completely and utterly humiliated in the worst possible way, the very good ones die a quick death because Ryo can't afford to take a chance to make them suffer, and the unlucky ones die in the most painful and humiliating way Ryo can think of.
    • Exhibit A: Koji Inagaki's fate. He was a boxer who made a career by blackmailing his opponents into throwing the fights, and when the chosen opponent of the champion refused to give up his chance he murdered him and started blackmailing the champion, leading to Ryo being hired to kill him. During his championship bout, Ryo shot him in the ear with a gold-tipped bullet fired from a elephant rifle and timed it with the champion's hook, so it would appear the champion killed him with a punch strong enough to throw him out of the ring (the bullet being gold-tipped, it rebounded inside the skull, leaving no marks for anyone to realize his involvment).
    • Exhibit B: the fate of a serial killer who raped his victims. Upon being hired to kill him, Ryo baited him so he'd try and kill Ryo, allowing himself to be identified in the process, then made very clear that Ryo could kill him any moment without even showing himself, even throwing off his act to bait his victims. Then he put four crossbow bolts in his arms and legs, the bolts designed and shot in such ways to hurt like hell and being impossible to take out without crippling him in the process. Then Ryo killed him.
    • Exhibit C: the epic trolling of the General at Ryo's hands. First Ryo hit all of his Berserk Buttons just for the hell of it, then stole a crapload of Union Teope money the General was supposed to deliver to his boss and left him alive, then, when they finally fought, Ryo shot him in the stomach and leg before shooting him in the chest to let him bleed out painfully. But the General had taken Angel Dust and wouldn't stay down, so Ryo put knives in his forehead and throat and then blew him up.
  • Kilroy Was Here: He enjoys mocking his adversaries and pulling pranks on them, is quite fond of playing this trope when he infiltrates into his enemies' lairs. Before leaving, he vandalizes pictures, writes insults on the walls -or comments about their enemies' penis size-, paints drawings of them... He makes this because an angry enemy is prone to commit mistakes... And also because he gets a good laugh out of pissing them off.
  • Lady Killer In Love
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Whenever the situation calls for it, he'll stop fooling around and beat the crap out of the villains. If they're particularly unlucky, he'll beat them up without stopping fooling around.
  • May-December Romance: He's at least ten years Kaori's senior.
  • Morality Pet: Kaori and Makimura.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He is an idiot. That said, he often plays it up so him going all out will have a greater effect. He also does it to not be identified as City Hunter by too many people, to help his clients to not think about why they hired him by amusing them, and to help himself not to think too much about his near-suicidal depression.
  • One-Man Army
  • Properly Paranoid: Go read the Crazy Prepared voice on this entry, and remember: we know about what he hides in his coat because he had to use them.
  • Rated M for Manly
  • Secret Identity: He has one as City Hunter due the need to not get arrested (he's still a criminal, after all) and to be left alone by that part of the criminal underworld he never fought.
  • Self-Deprecation: He called himself a murderer unworthy to accept money for a job from a little innocent girl.
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: The dynamics of his relationship with Kaori.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: He's getting over it, but he's far from recovered. He's just very good at hiding it.
  • Shrouded in Myth: As City Hunter he has a fame comparable to a superhero.
  • Stepford Smiler: Due his Dark and Troubled Past and his apparently hopeless fight for Shinjuku's freedom and happiness, Ryo is heavily depressed, just on the verge of becoming a Death Seeker, and only Kaori's presence once in a while, going in a certain place to remember himself that Shinjuku is worth fighting for prevent him from doing just that. It took a one-time character with the ability to read into people's minds and hearts to see through his facade.
  • Undead Tax Exemption: Averted: he's legally dead, and thus, technically, he can't either own anything nor marry.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Has this relationship with Umibozu: they mock and insult each other all the time, but when the shit hits the fan for one of them the enemy will have to face both.
    • They also help each other in ways they don't want to: initially Umibozu didn't want to get engaged with Miki in spite of loving her, but Ryo, after tricking him into revealing his true feelings, successfully roped them together.
  • Voice Changeling: With a penchant to wear a bad and ridiculous disguise of the person he's imitating.
  • War Is Hell: He knows it, and even delivered a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to an arms trafficker asking him if he had any idea of what a battlefield is.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Aeroplanes?: He's terrified of going on aeroplanes.
  • Willfully Weak: He could dodge Kaori's hammer with ease, but rarely does.

Hideyuki Makimura
Ryo's first partner in Japan, and his best friend before being killed. He's the reason Kaori works with Ryo.
Tropes associated with Hideyuki:
  • Badass: Less obvious than Ryo, but if sufficiently provoked he can easily overpower two mafia thugs before they realize they pissed him off.
  • Berserk Button: Don't threaten Kaori in his presence, or you'll find a knife in your hand. Woe is you if you try and attack her.
  • Decoy Sidekick: Was Ryo's sidekick and his coprotagonist for the first few chapters of the manga and episodes of the anime before being Killed Off for Real and replaced by Kaori.
  • A Death in the Limelight: He was a marginal character for most of his presence in the manga, but was the protagonist of the chapter where he was killed.
  • Cowboy Cop: Used to be one partnered with Saeko.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: People dosed with Angel Dust become super strong and near unkillable zombies. When Union Teope set a Giant Mook dosed with Angel Dust on him, Hideyuki died from the wounds, but not before killing him and walking all the way to Ryo's home to warn him of the danger.
  • Killed Off for Real
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: His death at the hands of a drug cartel is to be mentioned to explain why Kaori works with Ryo.
  • Love Triangle: Was in one with Ryo and Saeko.
  • Morality Chain: In life was the only thing preventing Ryo from slipping back into depression and being a Death Seeker.
  • My Greatest Failure: Quit the police after failing to dismantle a kidnapping ring, causing the death of another cop in the process.
  • Nice Guy: His most defining characteristic.
  • Only Sane Man: Noticeably the sanest character in the whole series.
  • Posthumous Character: After his death.
  • Sacrificial Lion: In the manga his death serves to show how dangerous Union Teope is.
  • The Stoic: Most of the times he appears as utterly bored and stoic.

Kaori Makimura
Hideyuki's little sister and Ryo's current partner. She's the only thing standing between Ryo and the female clients.
Tropes associated with Kaori:
  • A-Cup Angst: Sort-of: in an inversion of Gag Boobs, her breast circumference is a whooping 89 cm (35 in in the Imperial system), but has the bad luck of being compared to Saeko and Kasumi, whose breasts are even bigger (she took Saeko relatively well, but Kasumi, who had a bigger bust at sixteen, nearly sent her in an Heroic BSOD).
  • Action Girl
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Sometimes, she would get annoyed by Ryo's inability to get horny from her.
  • Bifauxnen: She's a beautiful woman, but tend to be mistaken for a man rather often.
  • Christmas Cake: She isn't 25 yet, but has dropped hints that Ryo should hurry up and marry her before her 25th birthday, at least until she learned that he doesn't legally exist.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Partially the reason she protects Ryo's clients from him.
  • Collective Identity: Ryo declared her City Hunter alongside him.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Not at Ryo's level, but still carries various things you just wonder why she should take with her, including a hand grenade with a wire tied to the pin (in case the enemy manages to take the grenade before she can remove the pin, as it happened once) and a defibrillator.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Noted to have a large following among girls and women, even those who realize she's a woman.
  • Greed: Justified by how often they're short of money.
  • Happily Adopted: Was the daughter of a robber who died while chased by Hideyuki's father (another cop). Hideyuki and his father both died before telling her, so she doesn't know. Except she found out on her own when Hideyuki was still alive and doesn't care.
  • Hammerspace: She can keep a hand grenade, a pistol, a portable defibrillator, two lunches and two giant hammers (of course) in her purse.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Her relationship with Ryo.
  • Hyperspace Mallet: The giant hammer she uses on Ryo usually pops out from nowhere.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Subverted: she can't hit anything with her pistol if not by accident, and her aim with the bazooka has been described as bad enough to always miss her target but good enough to knock her foes out with the shockwave. Justified by Ryo's meddling: while her aim with a pistol was originally horrible, when she started getting better Ryo had her gun modified so she would always miss her target to prevent her from killing anyone, and had it modified back into a working weapon only after Kaori called him out on it and his lack of trust. Still no justification for the bazooka.
  • The Lad-ette: Her fashion sense and language are distinctly masculine.
  • May-December Romance: Is at least ten years younger than Ryo.
  • Memento MacGuffin: Her pistol was previously Hideyuki's.
  • Morality Chain: Took over the role from Hideyuki.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Her masculine ways and taste in clothing and aggressive temper scare away most potential suitors.
  • Oblivious to Love: The only person who hasn't guessed Ryo's actual feelings for her, and will constantly misunderstand other people's attempts at making her realize them.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Dress her elegantly, or just give her a wig and some make up, and she'll rival Saeko.
    • Hello, Nurse!: What she becomes once she gets her wig and make up.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's taller than most men. The reason it's not immediately obvious is that Ryo is even taller.
  • Super Strength: Not from the start, but by the end of the manga she can move out of house bringing her bed with her with no effort at all.
  • Took a Level in Badass: At the start she was barely good enough in combat to play the bait. At the end of the manga she's a competent Trap Mistress, can physically beat up anyone short of Umibozu, has finally learned to shoot, and managed to sneak up on Miki and Umibozu (the latter believed to be impossible due Umibozu's very good senses of hearing and smell).
  • Trap Mistress: She learned from Umibozu, and is very good at it.

     Allies 
Ryo and Kaori's friends and allies.

Saeko Nogami
A gorgeous police inspector who tends to give Ryo very ungrateful jobs. She's also a good friend of him, and was Hideyuki's partner when he was in the police.
Tropes associated with Saeko:
  • Action Girl
  • All Amazons Want Hercules: She says she vowed to marry only a man stronger than herself, but knowing her it could be a way to get out of her father continuously trying to get her in an Arranged Marriage. So far, the first six men who her father tried to marry her off to ended to the hospital when she "tested" them, and she wasn't interested at all in the one who actually passed the test (who fell for Kaori and then left town anyway).
    • Could also be played straight, as her two known love interests are Ryo and Makimura, who are stronger than her (or were, in Makimura's case).
  • Christmas Cake: Her age isn't specified, but she's implied to be over 25, possibly 30 near the end of the manga. She doesn't care, but her crazy father does...
  • Cowboy Cop: On one hand, she's a very good and fair cop. On the other, she covers for Ryo and Umibozu (both professional killers), uses Ryo in her job (offer her own body to pay, only to skirt out of the payment), and has framed a man for a murder he had failed to commit (Ryo foiled him, and convinced Saeko to frame him. To be fair, the man was a criminal with a record black enough he would have gotten a death sentence anyway...).
  • Fair Cop: A cop and the resident Femme Fatale.
  • Femme Fatale: A rare case of one of the (anti-)heroes being this.
  • Knife Nut: While a capable shooter, she's more capable with her scalpel-like knives, both at throwing them with great strength and precision and at cutting the clothes and the hairs of the poor bastard who gets near her.
  • Knight of Cerebus: If she shows up, the story arc tends to be more serious and less wacky than usual.
  • Love Triangle: Was in one with Ryo and Hideyuki.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She is quite prone to act the part of the beautiful and vapid girl to get into knife range of her target.

Reika Nogami
Saeko's younger sister, and Ryo's neighbour. Just as sexy and manipulative as her sister, and even more overbold.
Tropes associated with Reika:
  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Ryo, to an extent: Ryo finds her gorgeous and sexy, but is utterly terrified of her attempts at marrying him.
  • Cowboy Cop: She's implied to have been one.
  • Does Not Like Men: At the start, due the enormous line of perverts at her door.
  • Fair Cop: Was one before quitting the police.
  • Femme Fatale: It runs in the family.
  • Refuge in Audacity: A corrupt cop had her partner killed and dishonored, so she reacted by blackmailing the Yakuza clans paying the corrupt cop until they begged him for help, and duping City Hunter into protecting her when she lured the corrupt cop out. Oh, and she kept the evidence against the Yakuza under Ryo's bed.

Umibozu
A gigantic sweeper and the only man in Tokyo that can fight City Hunter and hope to win.
Tropes associated with Umibozu:
  • Always Someone Better: Ryo is considered this by virtue of besting Umibozu twice (first when they were fighting on opposite sides of a civil war and Ryo, under the effects of Angel Dust, wiped out Umibozu's platoon and left him for dead, and then, during the series, when they have an epic Duel to the Death where Ryo's last bullet destroys Umibozu's gun). This gets on Umibozu's nerves, as he and Ryo have absolutely no idea on who would win in a straight fight (the Duel to the Death had multiple interferences, so for them it doesn't count).
  • Badass: And how!
  • Bald of Awesome: He's bald and walking awesomeness.
  • Beta Couple: With Miki.
  • BFG: His sidearm is a Hand Cannon. His usual weapons are the machine gun and the bazooka.
  • Cannot Talk to Women
  • Crazy-Prepared: This guy brought a bazooka and a machine gun to his own marriage. He had to use them.
  • The Dreaded: Pretty much on the same level as Ryo...
  • Dual Wielding: When pissed off enough, he'll attack with a machine gun and a bazooka.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Umibozu is a kind of sea monster, and the nickname was given to him by Ryo.
  • Firing One-Handed: Thanks to his enormous size and strength, he can do it with a machine gun and a bazooka. At the same time.
  • Gentle Giant: He's so tall he can barely stand in a normal-sized home, but he's really gentle.
  • Hand Cannon: Due his size he can only wield enormous guns, as a Smith & Wesson Model 29.
  • Handicapped Badass: He's nearly blind, yet he can fight on the same level as Ryo. Later he gets completely blind... And it doesn't slow him down in the slightest.
  • Hitman with a Heart: Mostly averted. He does have occasional moments of this, but is generally too lawful and heroic to qualify.
  • Immune to Bullets: He can be wounded by bullets, but they need to be high powered for him to notice.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Averted: differently from the characters related to Ryo's time in the US and Central America, he never introduces more drama, and the one time he does it's by mentioning a Noodle Incident that becomes Harsher in Hindsight only during the final battle with Kaibara, when he finally provides the context (already known to Ryo, who nonetheless refrained from mentioning it at first).
  • It's Personal: His hatred for Kaibara is caused by him dosing Ryo with Angel Dust and sicking him on his platoon during the war, resulting in the death of everyone in the platoon but the commander and Umibozu himself, who got his eye wound in the process.
  • Luminescent Blush: Every time he's embarrassed.
  • Made of Iron: While every sweeper in the series has survived enormous punishment, Umibozu is by far the toughest. Brought Up to Eleven in the anime-only Lodos Mafia story arc: he survived having a hand grenade explode on his face, dozens of dynamite stick blowing up around him and a skyscraper demolished with him inside in very rapid succession, and still had enough strength to leave the building's remains and walk away, and fought off a small army of Lodos Mafia Mooks the day after.
  • More Dakka: He wields a machine gun more often than a pistol.
  • May-December Romance: With Miki. While his actual age isn't revealed, he was already a grown man when she was eight, implying he's at least twelve years her senior and probably more.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: He demands to be called either Falcon (the codename he used before returning to Japan) or Umibozu, as he's embarrassed by his real name.
  • Punch Clock Villain: First appearance only, where he was hired to kill the person Ryo was protecting.
  • Scary Black Man: Sort of: he's dark only when compared to other Japanese people, but he's really scary.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Has mostly recovered from it, but still has some Survivor Guilt, and his former hatred for Ryo was born because Ryo was unwillingly the cause for this.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ships Ryo X Kaori. Too bad that Kaori always misunderstands him when Umi tries to tell her Ryo's true feelings...
  • Special Person, Normal Name: His real name is Hayato Izuin, an embarrassingly normal name for someone like him.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Justified by him being nearly blind, and later becoming fully blind, so it's not as troublesome as it would be for normal people.
  • Super Strength: Due his enormous size, he's strong enough to shatter concrete with a punch or Dual Wield a machine gun and a bazooka and fire them at the same time.
  • Trap Master: Every sweeper worth his salt can put together some decent traps, but Umibozu is the best.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: At the end of the manga, due their marriage, his scaryness and Miki's beauty.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: While he used to hate his guts, he now has this relationship with Ryo: they insult and mock each other all the time (Umibozu once ran all the way from the Cat's Eye to Ryo's home just to mock Ryo with some particularly humiliating gossip), but when the shit hits the fan for one of them the enemy will have to face both.
    • Two Mooks once decided to hire Umibozu to kill Ryo and his current clients (that Umibozu had convinced Ryo to work for). Umibozu personally delivered them at Ryo's home while they complained they couldn't have known they were allies.
    • They also try and help each other in ways they don't want. Like Umibozu's attempts at setting Ryo and Kaori together.
  • War Is Hell
  • Why Did It Have To Be Cute Kittens?: He's absolutely terrified by cats. The cuter they are, the more he's scared. Even someone meowing will cause him to jump.
  • The Worf Effect: Was hit with this twice in the final Union Teope arc to showcase the terror of facing someone dosed with Angel Dust, first by revealing that the platoon destroyed by Ryo when dosed with Angel Dust was his, and then by having him fight a dosed Mick and lose.

Miki
When a merc, Umibozu saved a small girl and taught her to defend herself, only to run away when he realized he accidentally made her a Child Soldier in love with him. After over twenty years, Miki finally found him... And succeeded in marrying him.
Tropes associated with Miki:
  • Action Girl
  • Berserk Button: Don't call Umibozu with that name in her presence, but use the codename Falcon or his actual name.
  • Beta Couple: With Umibozu.
  • Career Versus Man: Averted and shot to pieces.
  • Christmas Cake: Sort of: she has the age (implied to be twenty-eight when she first shows up), but, aside her irritation at growing older, she doesn't care as long as Umibozu is with her.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Possibly the most beautiful woman in the series, who constantly gets this reaction from people.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: A skill she didn't learn from Umibozu: she can hypnotize people who look in her eyes for too long.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Subverted: she may prefer working at her cafe, but she has no problem going out and helping Umibozu on the job.
  • May-December Romance: With Umibozu.
  • Mythology Gag: She's the current owner of the Cats Eye Cafe.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ships Kaori and Ryo.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Her usual sidearm is a Colt King Cobra grabbed from Umibozu's closet.
  • Snipe Hunt: When she first showed up in the series, Umibozu tried to refuse her request for marriage by telling them to kill Ryo (something she couldn't possibly do in spite of her skills), and then, after Ryo found out, told her to shoot him with one of ten paint bullets in a week. To Umibozu's chagrin and happiness, Ryo saw the giant sweeper's true feelings and set Umibozu himself to shoot him with one of the two last paint bullets (Ryo shot Umibozu with the other to make it look that Miki set them up).
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: At the end of the manga she becomes Umibozu's hot wife... But is convinced he's not ugly, just solemn.

Doc
The man who introduced Ryo to the sweeper job and to perversion.
Tropes associated with Doc

Kasumi Aso
A Phantom Thief who hired Ryo to help her, first for a heist and later to avoid an Arranged Marriage. She then went to work for Miki at the Cat's Eye, having been kicked out of home until she could get her heart back from Ryo (her grandmother's way to give her permission to marry her beloved Ryo).
Tropes associated with Kasumi:
  • Arranged Marriage: The traditions of the Aso family require that the daughters will stop stealing and marry at age 20, with their groom chosen by the family among the best thieves around. The only way out is that the woman choose their own candidate husband that will have to prove himself better than the chosen of the family... And this for Kasumi means Ryo, even if she didn't love him (yet).
  • Demoted to Extra: After her second story arc.
  • Expy: Of the Kisugi sisters from Cats Eye, even ending up working at the Cat's Eye Cafe.
  • Karmic Thief: Her family only steals when commissioned to do this.
  • Mythology Gag: A phantom thief working in a coffee house called Cats Eye? Why does Miki find this familiar?
    • Also, her debut scene included her being chased by an inspector resembling Takeshi Hirano, one of the member of the squad specifically assigned to catch Cat's Eye, and her first story had a mention of Inunari (the fictional area of Tokyo where the Kisugi sisters lived).
  • Phantom Thief: From a long line of phantom thieves who work on commission.

Kazue Natori
An immunologist who ended up hiring Ryo for protection from a Corrupt Corporate Executive. She later fell in love with Ryo and started working as Doc's assistant.
Tropes associated with Kazue:

     The Americans 
People Ryo knows from his time in the US and Central America.
Tropes associated with all of the Americans:
  • Knight of Cerebus: If they show up, the story arc will be dark or include dark particulars.

Shin Kaibara
See "Union Teope" folder below.

Umibozu
See "Allies" folder above.

Doc
See "Allies" folder above.

Rosemary Moon
Ryo's first partner in the US, and a top model to boot.
Tropes associated with Rosemary Moon:

Sonia Field
The daughter of Ryo's second partner in the US. She arrived in Japan to kill Ryo by hiring Umibozu for the job.
Tropes associated with Sonia:

Kenny Field
Sonia's late father, killed by Ryo in a duel.
Tropes associated with Kenny:

Mick Angel
A friend of Ryo from Los Angeles, he's practically an American version of Ryo in both abilities, antics and perversion.
Tropes associated with Mick:
  • Badass: Not even Umibozu has any idea of who would win between Ryo and Mick...
    • Handicapped Badass: Side effects of Angel Dust and getting an hell of electric shock left him with little strength in his arms and hands and unable to use a gun, but he can still kick Mook's asses.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: After being found dying by Union Teope, Kaibara has him healed and brainwashed in a killing machine to sick on Ryo.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Just as Ryo.
  • Canon Immigrant / Expy: He's based on the anime-only character Robert Harrison in pretty much everything, the only difference being that Robert tends to be more serious.
  • The Casanova: Walks the fine line between this and Handsome Lech, but his preference for married and engaged women puts him into this category.
    • Ladykiller in Love: Falls for Kaori while trying to seduce her before killing Ryo, and renounces the hit because of this. He later falls for Kozue.
  • Collective Identity: In the US City Hunter was the name for Ryo and him. He later made a bet to exclude Ryo from the name, but lost.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: His antics are even crazier than Ryo (and between the two of them Kaori was going mad), and when the time comes he's just as badass as Ryo.
  • Disney Death: The end of his introductory arc ends with a bomb exploding on his face while he's on a plane. The immediately following arc reveals he survived the bomb and was healed by Kaibara.
  • Establishing Character Moment: We first see him seducing a hostess who was about to marry.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: How the Pair the Spares entry happened.
  • Friendly Enemies: Ryo's reaction to Mick announcing he's there to kill him? Inviting him out to drink, and then letting him stay at his home! Friendlier than that...
  • The Gunslinger: He's on Ryo's level, to the point that Umibozu and Ryo and Mick themselves can't tell who would win in a duel.
  • Handicapped Badass: during his time under Angel Dust, he crippled his right arm to the point he can't shoot a gun anymore, but he can still give Ryo a run for his money and kick the ass of lesser foes.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Why he renounces to kill Ryo: he's truly fallen for Kaori.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Much more than the other Americans, as his arrival in Japan heralds Union Teope's return in the story.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: His way to announce his arrival in Japan is to barge in his home, cry "Ryo! You're a dead man!" and start shooting, with Ryo firing back until they empty their guns. Then they start laughing.
  • Only in It for the Money: According to Umibozu he'd kill his lover for money.
    • His anime counterpart showed the same philosophy, to an absurd degree: hired to kill a princess if she survives a series of attempts on her life, he helps Ryo defending her as a favour to his friend, and when she survives all the other attempts he calmly shoots her.
  • Pair the Spares: He ends up with Kozue.
  • Pet the Dog: Subverted: he says he seduces the women of his male targets so they won't suffer when he kills them, but both Umibozu and his own actions make clear he just likes proving himself more charming than other men.
  • Punchclock Villain: Of course, he comes to Japan to try and kill Ryo, and has a very good reason for it.
    • According to Umibozu, he'd kill his lover for money, if paid well enough. Also, in the period Umibozu and Ryo were mortal rival he had the habit of joining Ryo in a mission and Umibozu in the following, depending on his client.
    • His anime counterpart went farther than that: he showed up helping Ryo defending a princess as a favour to him, then, after she had survived a series of attempts on her life, he shot her because he had been hired to kill her if she survived those, and continued trying to kill her even after the death of the villain because it was his job.
  • Rare Guns: He uses a Desert Eagle Mark VII, chambering unknown (online resources list .44 Magnum), in contrast with his anime counterpart using a Walther P38.
  • Red Baron: The original City Hunter when he worked with Ryo.

     Union Teope 
The great drug syndicate of Central America, and the main antagonist of the manga.
Tropes associated with Union Teope in general:
  • Adaptation Distillation: The anime cut out most of the Union Teope parts, replacing it with the small drug cartel Red Pegasus to kill off Hideyuki.
  • The Dreaded: Even other criminal organizations are terrified of the Union, and with good reasons. In fact, Ryo's reputation as The Dreaded stems from kicking Union Teope out of Japan when they first tried to expand there.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: A good chunk of the money Ryo stole from them was given to the rehabilitation clinic where Ryo had sent a few dozens of women they had addicted to drugs.
  • Psycho Serum: Angel Dust make the victim stronger and near-immune to pain, resulting in them being practically unstoppable unless you behead or blow them up (they will be harmed by bullets, but will continue 'till they bleed out unless the bullet hits something vital). The victim will also obey any order, and the withdrawal is 99% lethal.
    • Nightmare Fuel: Google Angel Dust, and you'll find out there's a drug with that name and similar effects, albeit less pronounced.
  • The Syndicate: Duh! They are involved in drugs, prostitution, illegal gambling, jewelry theft (with the jewels sold in apparently legitimate shops owned by the Union), and probably more.
  • You Have Failed Me: If you fail at your job, you have 24 hours to redeem yourself before the whole Union will hunt you down. Luckily, this only applies if your failure is particularly dire or embarrassing (like having Ryo steal a crapload of Union money from under your nose and sparing your life because 'he can kill you when he wants, but can steal the money only in that occasion'), and only if the Major finds out before your immediate superior (in that case you'll get a quick death).
    • Also, if you aren't a member of the Union and refuse their orders they'll apply this trope anyway and sick a guy dosed with Angel Dust on you.

The Major / Shin Kaibara
Union Teope's founder and boss. Also Ryo's adopted father.
Tropes associated with Kaibara:
  • Abusive Parent: He used his adopted son as test subject of Angel Dust!
  • Bad Boss: Seriously, firebranding your men when they fail their job?!
  • Big Bad
  • Cool Gun: A Colt Anaconda, basically a larger Colt Python.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: He knows when to retreat and how he can motivate his men into becoming merciless killing machines.
  • Death Seeker: In the back of his mind he hopes he'll get killed and stopped.
  • The Dreaded: He can terrify Ryo and Umibozu, and Mick preferred killing Ryo to facing his wrath.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Was once a freedom fighter, until the war hit his psyche a little too much...
  • Faux Affably Evil
  • Handicapped Badass: Before his Face-Heel Turn, he lost his leg saving Ryo. He's still just as good as him, and sometimes he'll keep a bomb in his fake leg.
  • The Heavy: Directly or indirectly, he did the following:
    • destroyed Umibozu's platoon;
    • turned Ryo and Umibozu into Shell-Shocked Veterans;
    • killed Makimura;
    • caused the fight with Snake and the near-death of Umibozu's protege;
    • forced Mick to try and kill Ryo;
    • was likely the one who ordered Kenny Field to try and kill Ryo, causing his death and his daughter's hate for Ryo;
    • implied to be the one gunning for Miyuki Kobayashi through the agents of a government he controlled.
  • Kick the Dog: His reaction to Mick's surviving being blown up? Healing him and then brainwashing him with Angel Dust.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Union Teope first retreat from Japan after Ryo killed the General because he had nobody else on that level, and sending other men against Ryo would only weaken the Union.
  • Name's the Same: According to Word of God, he's not the same Shin Kaibara who appears in Cats Eye, just a guy with the same name, face, fashion sense and twisted sense of humour.
  • Pet the Dog: Dosing Mick with Angel Dust saved his life (at the time he was literally too weak to live, and the drug gave his body the strength to survive long enough to heal), and it could have been intentional. Mixed with Kick the Dog, given what he did with him after saving his life...
  • Redemption Equals Death: After being shot by Ryo he gives him a way out of his sinking ship.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Why he created Angel Dust in the first place and did everything else he did.
  • War Is Hell
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He originally created Angel Dust to help the freedom fighters winning the war.

The General
The leader of the Union's army, and their strongest fighter.
Tropes associated with the General:

The Baron
The director of a Union-owned illegal casino.
Tropes associated with the Baron:
  • Card Sharp: He plays in his own casino and cheats at the roulette. Ryo got his attention by out-cheating him.
  • Oh Crap!: Had a magnificent one when Ryo presented himself. Then he died from the poison Ryo injected into him when they shook hands.

Silky Club's director
The director of a night club owned by the Union, and the man who had Hideyuki killed. He's also one of the only two Union Teope characters to appear in the anime, and the only one with his role unchanged.
Tropes associated with the director:

     Recurring villains 
Villains unlucky enough to have appeared for more than one story arc.

Silver Fox
A professional killer with a long story with Ryo (mostly unscreen). We met him when he tried to kill Ryo's charge and when he decided to kill Kaori in revenge for being humiliated by Ryo.
Tropes associated with Silver Fox:
  • Bring My Brown Pants: In his first appearance he's defeated when Ryo fools him into pissing himself and has an accomplice take a picture of him.
  • Butt Monkey: While competent, he's really unlucky and the butt of some of the craziest jokes of the series.
    • Iron Butt Monkey: He survived stepping in a field that Kaori had filled with mines, spears, and other potentially lethal traps.
  • Cool Guns: He wields a Browning Hi-Power and a Remington 700 chambered for the .308 Winchester. The latter doubles as a literal Chekhov's Gun via Genius Bonus, as the first hint of his return is someone shooting Kaori's shoe with a Remington 700 chambered for that exact ammo.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: He won't fight Ryo directly because he knows the difference in their abilities, but if he thinks he'll have to deal with him he'll bring a bra to distract him long enough to run. He can also see through Ryo's ruses, and have him blow them up.
  • Fingore: He's defeated for good when Ryo shoots off his index finger, preventing him from ever firing a gun again.
  • Master of Disguise: He's really good at disguising himself. Sadly he tends to do some small mistakes due things he doesn't know (how to act as a professional photographer) or being too good in the acting (he knew that Ryo could get horny from Kaori, while Kaori didn't), allowing Ryo and Kaori to see through them.
  • Meaningful Name: Silver Fox is tied to the Japanese legend of the Kitsune as a trickster and shapeshifter, and his kills are done with tricks and disguises.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: He and Ryo have a Mexican Standoff... With Polaroids! Granted, one of them was a gun in disguise and only Ryo knew which, but still...
  • Only Known By His Nickname: His real name remains unknown.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He's good, but Ryo is better. That's why he brings a bra to distract him in the event he'll have to face him.
  • Professional Killer: The coolest in Tokyo, he says.
  • Remember the New Guy: Ryo and Silver Fox have some sort of history, but we only saw their last two encounters.

Unryu chief
The Genre Savvy leader of a Yakuza clan. Has a bullying son who picked a fight with Ryo.
Tropes associated with the Unryu Chief:
  • Genre Savvy: Upon recognizing Ryo, he started begging for forgiveness. Upon Ryo breaking in his house, he started begging again before even knowing why Ryo was there.
  • Oh Crap!: Pulled a very epic one upon recognizing Ryo, and an even bigger one when they met again.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: His reaction to Ryo visiting his home.
  • Papa Wolf: First appeared to try and avenge his son being continuously beaten up by Ryo. Of course he still didn't know it was Ryo...

     Others 
Important one-shot characters and minor characters.

Sayaka Ryujin
Daughter of a Yakuza boss. Ryo was hired to guard her from a biker gang.
Tropes associated with Sayaka:

Sayuri Tachiki
Kaori's biological sister, who searched her for years.
Tropes associated with Sayuri:
  • Doesn't Like Guns: And doesn't like Kaori using them either.
  • Hyperspace Mallet: How Ryo accepted her identity as Kaori's sister: she malletted him.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Director of Weekly News, she has no qualms at inquiring over corrupted politicians, and will calmly destroy letters of threat without even opening them if they aren't grammatically perfect.
  • Shipper on Deck: Before leaving for America she started shipping Ryo and Kaori together.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Where Kaori is a tomboy, Sayuri is a proper and feminine woman.

Police superintendent Nogami
Saeko's father, and an embarrassment for his daughters.
Tropes associated with Nogami-san:

Hirotaka Kitao
A police inspector who hates Professional Killers and arrived in Tokyo to gun for the most famous of all: City Hunter.
Tropes associated with Kitao:
  • Arranged Marriage: Police superintendent Nogami tried to set him with Saeko, but he left at the end of his arc.
  • Badass: Saeko sent in hospital all her pretendents, but he not only avoided being beaten up but actually disarmed her.
    • Accidental Pervert: Saeko keeps her knives on the thigh, and called him out for putting an hand under her skirt and caressing her thigh in the process without her realizing.
  • By-the-Book Cop
  • Identical Stranger: Clothing aside, he's identical to Hideyuki, to the point Kaori's reaction at seeing him was to hug him and calling him brother. On the other hand, the personalities are very different, and Ryo saw this immediately.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Well, he's hunting Ryo because he's a criminal. In the end, when he realizes Ryo is good to some extent, he lets him go.

Yuka Nogami
Saeko and Reika's older little sister, and a famous mistery novelist to boot.
Tropes associated with Yuka:
  • Fille Fatale: Still too young to be a Femme Fatale like her older sister, but already drop-dead gorgeous and manipulative.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Ryo's reaction to her: he knew perfectly what was about to happen. Happens again when she reveals she has two younger twins and her father is still trying to have (male) children.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: As a novelist she goes by Yuka Kitano.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ships RyoXKaori because not only they act as an old married couple already (to the point she initially mistook them for a married couple), but her new novel has protagonists based on them and her readers would want them married.
  • Smug Snake: Still too unexperienced to be a Magnificent Bastard like her older sisters, but she still can force Ryo to let her live there by hiring him through Kaori.
  • Write What You Know: The protagonists of her award-winning novels are heavily based on Reika and Saeko (she even stole information from the police for the second novel), and decides to crash at Ryo's when she got the inspiration to write a novel about a sweeper.

Eri Kitahara
An high school friend of Kaori, now a famous fashion designer.
Tropes associated with Eri:
  • Cloudcuckoo Lander: If it's not about fashion, she is unable to care. Lander her in big trouble when she accidentally entered in possession of a microfilm with the formula of a chemical weapon and used its drawing to decorate a swimsuit.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: After falling for Ryo, she decides to try and get him with Kaori because she realized their feelings and knows Kaori enough to see her denial.
  • Old Shame: Near the end of her story arc she decides to create a coat inspired to Ryo's Badass Longcoat and the weapons and other needed items he hides in it and make it elegant by using the weapons as decoration, but it's so ridiculous she's embarrassed by it in the very following chapter.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Eri Kitahara is her professional name. Her actual first name (mentioned by Kaori) is Eriko, but her real family name remains unknown.
  • Only Sane Man: Inverted: the rest of the world is sane and has this reaction to her. Including Saeko.
  • Serious Business: She is absolutely obsessed with fashion, good taste in clothes (and will criticize even her own kidnapper if he's not elegant) and finding models for her clothes (she tried to hire Saeko while she was arresting her).

Miyuki Kobayashi
A freelance courier for criminals: as long as the money is good, she'll transport anything and anyone (well, almost anything and anyone). She hires City Hunter as a bodyguard after being attacked by unknown criminals.
  • Criminal Courier With a Heart: She may be in it for the money, but she favours working for people who have no honest way to survive, and loves giving trouble to usurers and irresponsible nuclear plants.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Had to kill her own father. And she was eight.
  • Death by Origin Story: Her parents' deaths are the reason for her hate of drugs.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Seriously, don't get in a Car Chase against her.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Won't transport drugs or people and things involved in murders. Also, the one time she was hired by a nuclear plant to dispose of radioactive waste she left it at the door of a police precint, and, her 'ethics' impose her to deliver her package or message only to the specified recipient.
  • Femme Fatale: Played with: she acts like one, but, once there's nobody to listen her, she'll admit she prefers not earning (or sparing) money that way.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Her singing has been compared to the cry of a beast having her throat being cut.
  • Justified Criminal: The reason she does her job is to get the money to open a rehabilitation clinic for drug addicts and their families.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Her story arc brings back the darker theme of drug trafficking, and the villains of her arc are implied to be affiliates of Union Teope.
  • Miser Advisor: The greediest character in the series.
  • Only in It for the Money: As long as you pay her, she'll deliver anything. Even nytroglicerin.

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