This is the cast of the 1980s Manga and Anime classic, Fist of the North Star.Warning: The entire page contains major, unmarked SPOILERS for the entire series, so beware!
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From The First Series
The Four Hokuto Brothers
Hokuto Shinken ("North Dipper Divine Fist") is an 1800 year-old Chinese assassination art (2000 years in the TV anime) formed during the Three Kingdoms Era of Ancient China. The martial art's power lies in striking one of the 708 keiraku hikou ("hidden channeling points") Pressure Points in the human body. This causes the victim to explode internally, but other uses include rendering the victim under the user's control or become incapacitated without any damage. Hokuto Shinken can also be used to heal certain physical and psychological wounds, such as restoring a person's voice, eyesight or memories, though its primary purpose is assassination. Furthermore, while the average person uses only 30% of their body's potential strength, Hokuto Shinken masters can tap into the remaining 70%, including the use of touki ("fighting spirit/Battle Aura") to project energy attacks, which can also strike pressure points without the user physically touching their opponent. Depending on the user, Hokuto Shinken can be a soft-styled martial art that depends greatly on accuracy or agility (such as Kenshiro and Toki), or a hard-styled art, which relies on strength and power (like Raoh).Because of its lethality and difficulty to master, the law of Hokuto Shinken declares only one successor per generation. Those who were trained but not chosen to inherit the style must renounce its use voluntarily or risk having their memories erased or their fist destroyed.
"Allow me to show you why Hokuto Shinken is the ultimate martial art in the world!"
The 64th successor of Hokuto Shinken, Kenshiro was adopted by his master Ryuken as the youngest of four sons alongside Raoh, Toki, and Jagi, all whom vied for succession. After being named as the rightful heir, he wished to settle down with his fiancée Yuria, but his rival Shin abducts her and defeats Kenshiro in combat, engraving the signature seven scars on his chest that form the North Dipper constellation. This sparks Ken's quest to rescue Yuria and eventually become the "Savior of the Century's End" (Seikimatsu Kyūseishu).
All-Loving Hero: Albeit a rather violent, unforgiving one. Kenshiro has nothing but unconditional love for his fellow man, unless they prey on the innocent, that is, in which case both the offender's privilege AND life are forfeit.
And the Adventure Continues: Every major part ends with Kenshiro wandering into the wasteland to whatever fate awaits him. With Raoh's defeat, he and Yuria ride off on Kokuoh to live out the rest of her remaining years with him; post-Kingdom of Shura, he journeys with Ryu to properly teach him the ways and philosophy of Hokuto Shinken; in the grand finale, he continues alone on his mission to protect the innocent wherever he can.
"I don't need a name on my grave! If I die, it will be on the desert of battle!"
Badass: Easily one of the best examples for the Shōnen genre.
Battle in the Center of the Mind: In Ken's Rage 2, when he's about to recover his memory, Kenshiro is forced to fight his inner self who doesn't want to remember the sadness he accumulated all those years ago. His inner self has access to every Hokuto Shinken technique, while the current Kenshiro is rendered with Amnesiac Dissonance, and must defeat him in order to regain his memories and defeat Bolge.
Berserk Button: Never abuse a child in front of Kenshiro or let him find out you killed them. Just don't. Zeed, Spade, Diamond, the Godland Army, Jackal, the Kiba Clan, Jagi, Souther, etc. all learned this the hard and painful way.
Catch Phrase: Omae wa mō shindeiru ("You're already dead"). There's also the Omae wa sude ni shindeiru variation, which means the same thing, but it's nowhere near as prevalent.
Charles Atlas Super Power: He had to train his entire life to become what he is. In contrast, Toki may have had more raw talent and was a prodigy, but his illness reduced him too much for him to be successor.
Cool Horse: Gains Raoh's elephant-sized black stallion Koku-Oh after his death.
Deadpan Snarker: Kenshiro may be a pretty serious guy, but he does get a few lines in when killing mooks.
Desperation Attack: Tenha Kassatsu; according to Kenshiro, this technique rescues the user from the brink of peril.
Determinator: Ken will not stop until the right thing has been done, preferably with his own fists.
Earn Your Happy Ending: In Ken's Rage, Yuria is Spared by the Adaptation, since she never contracted radiation poisoning (in fact, it's not mentioned) and Raoh achieved Musou Tensei for other reasons, thus Kenshiro gets to live Happily Ever After with her. This change is strange since it happens in the primary "Legend Mode", while other characters who get their respective happy endings get pushed into "Dream Mode" territory, which makes Kenshiro's own dream scenario worthless, since he dreams of defeating Raoh and living together with Yuria once again. While the same happens in Legend Mode, in Dream Mode, it's for different circumstances.
Easily Forgiven: One of the flaws that Kenshiro gets called upon by fans is his ease and frequency with which he applies this trope towards the most vile, undeserving villains in their final moments, whilst butchering their armies without a second's hesitation. The worst case is likely Kaioh, since Kenshiro, at least with his other opponents, defeated them first.
It generally depends on the Freudian Excuse the villain had: Shin did everything out of his love for Yuria (and was prodded heavily by Jagi, although Kenshiro didn't know that at the time), and Souther did everything out of devotion for his fallen master (however misguided). Jagi, on the other hand, had no such excuses, and as a result is given one of the most agonizing deaths that Kenshiro ever dishes out.
Flanderization: New Fist of the North Star didn't try to make Kenshiro appear soft and gentle or a genuine protector of the innocent, but rather portrayed him as a cold-blooded assassin. However, while Kenshiro is a lot harsher and colder in the OVA, the characters were also a lot less sympathetic, and anyone he felt actual sympathy for forced him to kill them in one way or another. In fact, none of the villains are sympathetic; furthermore, the smaller cast of characters and the length of the OVA reduced his time spent not killing foes and showing his gentle nature outside of battle didn't help much.
Hitman with a Heart: While Kenshiro does not accept contracts to kill people, Hokuto Shinken is still an assassination art, but Kenshiro is one of its most kind-hearted practitioners, if utterly merciless toward his enemies.
Ideal Hero: "I refuse to build my own future on the blood and tears of others!"
Identical Grandson: To his uncle Professor Kenshiro Kasumi, the 62nd Successor of Hokuto Shinken and dean of literature at Tokyo's University for Proper Young Ladies in 1935. The final story arcs of Fist of the Blue Sky leaves the possibility open that Kenshiro is actually a reincarnation of his uncle.
I Have Many Names: Feared far and wide as "The Man With Seven Scars" and revered far and wide as "The Savior of the Century's End"
Kamehame Hadoken: Tenha Kassatsu; in the manga against Baran, a Hokuto Shinken "imitator" who'd been strongly influenced by Raoh, Kenshiro showcases how to perform a proper Hokuto Gosho Ha.
Hokuto Tenkai Senretsu Sho in Ken's Rage
Ki Attacks: He can use his "fighting ki" to attack an opponent's pressure points at a distance, though the only time he's ever done this was using Tenha Kassatsu against Souther.
Kung-Fu Jesus: The prequel film Legend of Kenshiro makes explicit allusions to himo being this trope, right down to his resurrection from being literally crucified by a tyrant, and multiple references to God (Kami-sama) instead of Heaven (Ten).
His title is the "Savior of the Century's End" for a reason.
Lightning Bruiser: While he may not be the most agile fighter in the show, he's far from slow, and very damned strong to boot.
Also applicable to his Ken's Rage incarnation: while Nanto Seiken ("South Dipper Holy Fist") fighters tend to be faster, Kenshiro's the fastest of the Hokuto brothers and relies on this via dodge/jump cancelling for invincibility frames. This is before mentioning his access to Musou Tensei, which in-game gives him fifteen seconds of Nigh-Invulnerability.
Meaningful Name: In the Fist of the North Star pilot illustrated by Tetsuo Hara before working with Buronson, Kenshiro's name was written in kanji characters that literally meant the "Fourth Son of the Fist"(拳四郎).
Nice Guy: Just don't do anything that can be considered evil under his eyes, or he will brutally kill you.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Failing to put Jagi out of his misery when he had the chance not only ruined his own life, as well as Yuria, Shin, Rei and Airi, but threw away the lives of countless innocents in the process. Thankfully, Ken learned his lesson and did not show Jagi mercy in their second fight.
Power Copying: The Hokuto Shinken technique Suieishin allows Kenshiro to learn an opponent's techniques just from fighting or observing them. Two notable examples is during Kenshiro's fight with Shuh by using Nanto Seiken techniques and when Kenshiro confronts Raoh in his rush to find the Last General of Nanto, where he uses Toki's stance and one of Rei's techniques. Rihaku (and in the anime, Raoh) see the spirits of the fighters that Kenshiro has fought and learned from.
More explicitly evoked by a blinded Kenshiro in the anime when several of Raoh's biker troops tried to stop him from reaching the General: the troops deliberately revved their engines in hopes that it would drown out the sound of their attack, thus Kenshiro drew upon his experience with Shuh to defeat them.
Tender Tears: Being a merciless death machine on two legs notwithstanding, Kenshiro is still one of the most sensitive and kind-hearted men in 1980s manga. He may actually cry these more than Manly Tears, if you can believe it.
Think Nothing of It: Helping innocent people to him is not a duty, but the right thing for a man to do.
Tragic Hero: Anyone tied to him via the bonds of family and friendship are doomed to a violent, tragic death, hence his refusal to ever settle down after Yuria's death.
When he left the Lin's town in the first chapter of the manga, the village elder explained to Lin that this trope was the reason: where the successor of Hokuto Shinken treads, death follows.
Unexpected Successor: Kenshiro upset the odds when he became the 64th successor, since Toki was in the running lead, until his deteoriating health forced Ryuken to reconsider.
When He Smiles: Kenshiro unsurprisingly doesn't smile much, but whenever he does, it's the warmest, most loving sight imaginable. Children are the most common reason he'll crack a smile (indeed, the first smile he gives in the series is to Lin).
Wide-Eyed Idealist: He is noble, compassionate and kind-hearted to the core in a Crapsack World where only the only law is the survival of the fittest. When they met and Bat saw that he would not lift one finger to break out of the jail to protect a little girl, Bat wondered how he had survived so long. Shortly afterwards Bat learned exactly whyKen can afford to be nice.
Wife-Basher Basher: You think Ken's usual techniques are cruel? You haven't see what he does to those who dare to hit women... ooh, boy...
Your Head A Splode: One of the more common occurrences when Kenshiro uses a Hokuto Shinken technique, although he gets far more creative later on than simply internally, exploding heads.
Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (TV animenote Episode debut only), Kenji Utsumi (TV anime, movie, Arc Systems Works fighting game), Takashi Ukaji (Legends of the True Savior, Legends of the Dark King), Tessho Genda (Legend of Heroes), Fumihiko Tachiki (Ken's Rage, JP), Dave J. Mitchell (Ken's Rage, ENG)
"The legend of the fear of Ken-Oh begins now!"
The self-proclaimed Ken-Oh (拳王 "King of the Fist") and the "Conqueror of the Century's End", Raoh is the Aloof Big Brother of Kenshiro and Toki and leads his army to deliver order to the land with an iron fist. Despite being a cruel, ruthless tyrant, Raoh is shown to have compassion deep in his heart and mourns for the fact that he has to kill his brothers to achieve his goals, but places his ambition above anything else. When he discovers that Yuria is the Last General of Nanto and takes her for himself, he finds he cannot defeat Kenshiro, who has learned the ultimate Hokuto Shinken technique Musou Tensei. Believing that by killing Yuria, he will come to learn of sorrow and achieve the technique, until she reveals she is already dying from radiation sickness. Admitting his love and sorrow over her impending doom, Raoh extends her life, which also enables him to learn Musou Tensei, but at the cost of being unable to best his adoptive brother.When Raoh is defeated by Kenshiro, he commends his younger brother and raises his fist, dying in a pillar of light and restoring it to the world.
Anti-Villain: For what it's worth, Raoh did make the world a better place.
Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: His death could be interpreted as this, since not only did he leave his body behind when he died, but he also died without regrets, a sign of higher understanding of the human condition.
Blond Guys Are Evil: Raoh originally had blond hair in the manga, but was given black hair in the early anime series and movie, although his earlier design for the movie (as seen in a pre-production teaser) depicted him blond. Legends of the True Savior reverts it back to platinum/silver, until Legends of the Dark King gave him blond hair again.
Easily Forgiven: Is revered with honor and love posthumously, despite murdering his own adoptive father Ryuken, sentencing Rei to a slow, agonizing death and brutalizing anyone else who stood in his way.
Emotional Bruiser: As much as he tries to deny it, Raoh has a heart just as sensitive and kind as Toki's.
Even Evil Has Standards: For all the blood he has shed to build his empire, Raoh does love and protect his citizens like a father, and does NOT tolerate senseless torture and brutality of helpless innocents who are (despite his issues) loyal to him, as his army of sadistic henchmen who thought he had "disappeared" found out rather painfully. He has a practially chivalrous hatred towards those who beat, kill or rape women. See Wife-Basher Basher.
In the Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Fierce Fighting, he justifies himself to the spirit of Ryuken by claiming that in effect, his unitary force is actually preventing them from being unleashed onto everyone else, and that he's planning to remove them when the time is right. He's not kidding about the latter, but he'd felt that he couldn't tell anyone else.
Despite his ambition to conquer the world, he (ironically, like Jagi in the manga Spin-OffFlower Of Carnage) would never completely turn himself away from his duty as a Hokuto Shinken practitioner. Raoh went to Kenshiro's second fight with Souther to watch Kenshiro die, but even he felt obligated to verbally retort Souther when he began mocking their martial art.
Hidden Heart of Gold: Very well hidden, unless you earn his respect like Shuh, Shuren, Jyuza and Yuria did.
Horrible Judge of Character: For someone who wanted to restore peace and stability, Raoh sure picked some shifty generals. However, this is averted in Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Fierce Fighting, where he's entirely aware of his underlings' tendencies, but feels that he can't remove them...yet.
If I Can't Have You: Raoh vows to make Yuria his lover or kill her trying. He winds up extending her life by a bit more.
Kung-Fu Jesus: He LITERALLY brings light and hope back to the world by giving his remaining-life force to Heaven.
Large and in Charge: Raoh stands at 6'11", according to his official bio. The only other characters in canon larger than him are Fudoh of the Mountain and the Devil's Rebirth. His already imposing presence means he's somewhat rarely drawn larger than them, anyways.
The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He helps Kenshiro escape from Souther's men at one point, and has him bandaged up after his defeat by Souther for this very reason in Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Love in Death.
Posthumous Character: Became one in future story arcs following his death. It was easy to tell if a character was going to be important by whether or not Raoh was somehow involved in their back-story (Falco, Jakoh, Akashachi or any of the Hokuto Ryūken practitioners). Bonus points if the character was actually related to Raoh (Kaioh and Sayaka or his son Ryu).
Serious Business: To coincide with the release of Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Love in Death, a Real Life funeral was arranged for him, although mainly done as a publicity stunt.
SNK Boss: In his Ken-Oh persona for the fighting game, Raoh has increased offense and defense, and has a more powerful version of Tenshou Honretsu at his disposal (essentially the true version of the technique).
Wife-Basher Basher: Not only is Raoh one of the few tyrants in the post-apocalypse to have never struck a woman, he himself despises those who do so. This is demonstarted in the manga wherein he literally SLAPS THE HEAD OFF A RAPIST who served in his army upon finding out the bastard has been up to his old tricks in his absence. This major Pet the Dog moment is unfortunately ruined in the Animated Adaptation, wherein the slapper is changed to Kenshiro.
The second eldest of the Hokuto Shinken brothers, Toki is also the biological younger brother of Raoh. Upon leaving the Kingdom of Shura (originally, they left after their home village was destroyed), the siblings were taken in by Ryuken to be trained in Hokuto Shinken. Toki, who was a more passive individual and does not fight unless he is pressed to do so, believed that by manipulating the body's pressure points gently, it can be used to heal the human body and began developing techniques for this "healing art". When the nuclear war began, in order for Kenshiro and Yuria to be safe within a fallout shelter with other survivors, Toki sealed himself out and was exposed to radiation, turning his hair white. After Kenshiro is appointed the new successor, Toki left to establish the "Village of Miracles", where he heals the sick and wounded with his knowledge of Hokuto Shinken and its healing capabilities.When Raoh began his conquering of the world, he ordered Toki to be imprisoned in the city prison "Cassandra". Upon being rescued by Kenshiro, Toki decides to face Raoh to fulfill an old promise to his brother and kill him to prevent his ambitions from succeeding. Unfortunately, Toki's radiation sickness has taken its toll and is defeated by Raoh. However, his brother does not wish to end his life and urges him to live whatever days he has left in peace. While Toki continues to heal the sick, Ryuga comes to the Village of Miracles to assassinate him, hoping that by killing Toki, it would help awaken the sadness within Kenshiro's heart and give him the strength needed to defeat Raoh. Toki complies with Ryuga's actions and is mortally wounded, but survives long enough after Kenshiro defeats Ryuga to tell his adoptive brother to use his and Ryuga's deaths to empower himself through sorrow
The Ace: Subverted; Toki's radiation sickness saps much of his physical might, which, even though he's still one of the absolute deadliest fighters in Fist of the North Star canon, severely handicaps him from being the top. If he wasn't affected, Toki could easily be called the most enlightened, physically capable, unbeatable human being on the face of the planet.
Badass: Originally chosen to be the successor to Hokuto Shinken before contracting radiation poisoning, and roughly on-par with Raoh, even while succumbing to his illness. Let that sink in for a moment.
Bittersweet Ending: In Legend of Toki, rather than being entangled with the Ryuga plotline, Toki returns to the Village of Miracles his Love Interest Sara, presumably to live out his remaining days in peace. He finally dies from illness in Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Fierce Fighting.
Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The pressure point Sekkatsukō grants a person increased strength at the cost of shortening their lifespan. Toki had to secretly use this pressure point on himself during his duel with Raoh, but his brother saw through the ruse when he does not believe a terminally ill Toki can just be as strong as him.
Heroic Sacrifice: Twice - first through contracting radiation poisoning after closing the doors of a fallout shelter from the outside to save Kenshiro, Yuria, and dozens of others, and the second by going through with Ryuga's plan to awaken true sadness in Kenshiro to help him unlock Musou Tensei.
Subverted and played straight at the same time: while letting Raoh go was partially out of love for his brother and not wanting to see him die, he acknowledged that if the three of them kept fighting, they would all die that day. The brothers unanimously agree that a world with all of them dead is far worse off than one of them alive.
Hope Bringer: Oh, so much. He dedicates his life to easing the pain of the forsaken and defending the weak.
Missed the Call: One of the reasons why Toki was chosen originally to be Ryuken's successor was because Toki was considered a prodigy amongst prodigies in the art of Hokuto Shinken, until fate had other plans. Sapped of his strength from radiation poisoning, he had no choice but to succede to Kenshiro. However, unlike other examples of the trope, Toki was not embittered by this and in fact appreciated being free of the responsibility of succession so he could pursue his vocation as a healer. If anything, his biggest regret was not being the successor, knowing just how much of huge burden it places on Kenshiro.
Technical Pacifist: When he is forced to fight, Toki's Hokuto Ujou Ken techniques causes no pain; instead, it leaves his opponents with a sense of euphoria and extreme pleasure before an exploding death.
Tender Tears: Seems to be a prerequisite for being a true son of Hokuto Shinken.
Weak, but Skilled: Sort of; due to his illness, he's the physically weakest of the Hokuto disciples, but Kenshiro and Raoh admit they're far outclassed by him in skill and technique. If he had been healthy, neither of them would have touched him.
Worf Had The Flu: Raoh states that Toki had surpassed him in strength, but Toki's radiation poisoning severely weakened him in both of their fights.
The fourth disciple of Hokuto Shinken, Jagi is the second youngest of the four adoptive sons of Ryuken, and one of the top contenders of being the most ruthless, sadistic characters in the series (competed with Souther). When Ryuken appoints Kenshiro as his successor, only Jagi is outraged that the youngest of them is chosen and attempts to physically goad and intimidate Kenshiro to succede. Kenshiro easily beats him and disfigures his face in the process, but could not deliver the killing blow. Forced to wear an iron mask to hide his hideously deformed face, Jagi swears vengeance and convinces Shin to kidnap Yuria as a slight against Kenshiro. When his brother's reputation as the "Savior of the Century's End" builds, Jagi gives himself the matching seven scars of the North Dipper constellation on his chest to tarnish Kenshiro's reputation, killing anyone he doesn't fancy. Unlike his brothers, Jagi will use any means to win, by fighting dirty and using weapons in battle meant to be fought hand-to-hand.After Rei's younger sister Airi is rescued from the Fang Clan, Airi speaks of her kidnapper's cryptic identity and Kenshiro deduces that it was Jagi. Facing him on top of a burning building, Kenshiro kills his evil adoptive brother, but not before Jagi maniacally reiterates that Kenshiro must contend with their other Hokuto brothers if he must prove his worthiness as the successor of Hokuto Shinken.
Accidental Hero: In his Dream Mode for Ken's Rage, this is what the entire plot is all about. He and Amiba show up at a village to raid it, only to arrive a fraction of a minute after the Fang Clan and Zeed arrive, joining the villagers' favor over to their side simply by showing up and killing them. Next, they manage to run into Souther's army while pursuing Zeed and the Fang Clan, eventually defeating the entire Nanto army as a result, earning recognizion as a Hokuto Shinken user from Kenshiro and Toki. When they finally decide that enough is enough, they turn their attention on revenge against Kenshiro and Toki once and for all. However, it's revealed they actually defeated another set of impersonators, boosting their reputations even more while actually believing they had enacted their revenge.
Ax-Crazy: The craziest of the Hokuto brothers, and arguably the whole villain roster
Bad Boss: It's a miracle Jagi even has henchmen, considering his complete willingness to slaughter them on a whim, making you think what keeps them loyal to him other than trying to not get him mad and take it out on them.
Berserk Button: Rape his girlfriend to death and then gloat about it? You're dead; call him by his name instead of Kenshiro's while he's destroying his adoptive brother's reputation? You're dead; anything involving a "younger brother"? You're dead; reel in terror at his disfigured face? You're really, really, REALLY dead.
Black Sheep: Jagi is a disgrace to Hokuto Shinken AND a disgrace as a human being. It's no coincidence that the "Hokuto brothers" refers to Raoh, Toki, and Kenshiro; even in Ken's Rage, Jagi is considered part of the "Special" category instead (the same category as Mamiya, both being weapons-based characters). Things have changed in the sequel, as Jagi is labelled as one of the Hokuto brothers and the interface pits him alongside Kenshiro, Raoh and Toki, even though he still gets forgotten, like in all other adaptations.
The Brute: Relies more on brute force and tactics rather than the strategy of his brothers
Calling the Old Man Out: Happens twice with Ryuken during Flower of Carnage, both times a defining moment in Jagi's life. First, he calls Ryuken out for not teaching him Hokuto Shinken (Ryuken did not want to because he loved Jagi as his adopted son and wanted to spare him the tragedy that befalls practitioners of Hokuto Shinken). Eventually, Ryuken relents; this is a bad idea. The second time is following the nuclear war and Jagi has lost his girlfriend. He threatens Ryuken and calls him a fool. Kenshiro does not approve, and the rest is history.
Combat Pragmatist: Jagi makes using underhanded tactics into an art form. He spits needles while charging, uses a shotgun, and picked up a pillar to use against Kenshiro. The ultimate example of this is where he spills a tank of oil and and igniting it, while Kenshiro is on the ground. Naturally, it didn't work, but it's such a great example that it was made into Jagi's "Fatal KO" in the Arc System Works fighting game.
Despair Event Horizon: He clearly was close to losing all sense of hope completely when the bombs dropped, but he truly crosses it shortly after the death of his girlfriend Anna after being raped at the hands of a gang in Flower of Carnage. Combined with the news of Kenshiro's succession shortly afterwards, this is what drove him to flat-out monsterdom.
Dirty Coward: Has the ignonimy of being the onlyHokuto practitioner to beg and grovel for his life in the tradition's entire 1800-year history.
Evil Chancellor: He serves this role temporarily to Shin, kicking off the series. One of his many, many moments of pure unadulterated assholeness.
Fate Worse Than Death: Despite being spared by Kenshiro in their first fight, Jagi had to use metal implants to stop his head from erupting, causing him excruciating pain and fueling his desire for revenge.
For Want of a Nail: So much could have gone better had his minions in Flower of Carnage not gotten to him in time to give him the bad news about Kenshiro's succession...
Freudian Excuse: Flower of Carnage does reveal many of the reasons he grew up the way he did.
Give Him a Normal Life: Like the rest of the Hokuto brothers, Jagi was adopted by Ryuken, rescued from certain death. Ryuken refused to teach Hokuto Shinken to Jagi, since not only could he not show favoritism, he also wanted to spare Jagi the tragic fate that follows practitioners of Hokuto Shinken.
Gonk: In the Legend of Yuria, a young Jagi resembled a psychotic gremlin.
One time mocking a defeated Kenshiro during training: "Only those who can overcome their feelings of anger and hatred can learn Hokuto Shinken!"
And of course, his sheer drive over "the younger brother exceeding the elder," when Jagi's own ambition growing up was to exceed both Toki and Raoh.
I Have No Son: Played with - in Flower of Carnage, Ryuken refuses to let Jagi call him father when he decides to teach him Hokuto Shinken, as their relationship has changed from father/son to master/pupil, but it's not really disowning him so much as establishing the change in their relationship. However, Ryuken does later shun Jagi after he becomes more ruthless and underhanded.
Jerkass: Easily the biggest dick in Fist of the North Star. In fact, his feud with Kenshiro is basically the catalyst that caused a considerable amount of the conflict in the series.
In Ken's Rage, he even has a move where he removes his mask and scares the enemy.
Parental Favoritism, The Unfavorite: Subverted; Jagi believes Ryuken will not teach him Hokuto Shinken because he prefers his adopted brothers over him. It's the complete opposite, as Jagi is Ryuken's favored son, since he sees him as a son, not a disciple.
Ryuken's Three Talented Students...And Jagi: After Jagi's death, the manga no longer mentions him and whenever Ryuken's students are mentioned, they usually refer to them as the "three Hokuto brothers", leaving Jagi unaccounted. Justified at first, since Jagi has already played out his role in the story, but even when Toki (and later Raoh) dies, the series continues to act as if only Raoh, Toki, and Kenshiro ever mattered (then again, Jagi had no role in the Kingdom of Shura arc).
Say My Name: His catchphrase; inverted in chapter 43 of the manga by Kenshiro himself.
Sibling Rivalry: Most prominently with Raoh, since Toki and Kenshiro actually cared for Jagi and tried to not be competitive, but eventually Raoh overshadowed Jagi WAY too much for the rivalry to be sustained. However, when his rivalry with Kenshiro blossomed, it became the driving force in Jagi's life.
Add to this that when news of Kenshiro's succession reached him, he was right about to commit suicide. Once he finally heard it, his rivalry with Kenshiro had become the sole driving point in life, since he technically already had lost all hope.
Sibling Yin-Yang: Jagi is Kenshiro's absolute polar opposite - evil, sadistic, underhanded, manic, sociopathic and completely lacking in empathy.
Unreliable Narrator: Though Flower of Carnage is commendable in not making everyone else in Jagi's life a Jerkass (like most Sympathetic Murderer retellings unfortunately do) while still making him a genuinely, sympathetic victim, unless the manga is endorsed as canon by Buronson and Hara, it should only be at best viewed as a warped, deeply biased flashback of an already mentally-disturbed individual; further twisted out of context by an exploding brain in the final moments of his life.
Ken's Rage 2 (which supersedes Flower of Carnage in canon) makes no mention of Anna, which implies she was a manifestation of the love that he failed to understand in his lifetime.
"Well Done, Son!" Guy: One of the reasons Jagi wants to learn Hokuto Shinken is he desperately wants Ryuken's approval, failing to realize that Ryuken does not want to teach Jagi Hokuto Shinkenbecause he loves him. There was no need to seek his approval at all.
Subverted upon Kenshiro's succession (when Jagi found out) and when he's dying: Jagi came to hate Ryuken, but never could completely turn himself away from Hokuto Shinken.
Nanto Seiken Warriors
Nanto Seiken is comprised of 108 different branches and is the polar opposite of Hokuto Shinken: whereas the art of the latter involves internally destroying an opponent, Nanto Seiken uses air pressure to cleave and slice opponents externally. The top six masters of Nanto Seiken are called the Nanto Roku Seiken ("South Dipper Six Holy Fists"), with each one carrying a fate that corresponds to a star in the South Dipper constellation. All styles of Nanto Seiken are affiliated with avians.
The successor of Nanto Koshū Ken ("South Dipper Lone Eagle Fist") and the bearer of the "Star of Martyrdom", Shin was originally Kenshiro's best friend while growing up, yet he was secretly in love with Kenshiro's fiancee Yuria, but refused to do anything about it. When Jagi goaded him to take Yuria for himself, convinced by his words that Kenshiro was too weak to protect her from the horrors of the post-apocalyptic world, Shin challenges and defeats Kenshiro in combat, engraving the signature seven scars on his chest. Taking Yuria with him, Shin amasses his own army of loyal thugs, taking on the title of "King" and establishing the city of Southern Cross as his kingdom.Overtime, Yuria becomes more miserable of Shin's tyranny and misguidedness that she commits suicide when he orders the burning of Southern Cross in order to earn her love. However, Yuria survives her suicide attempt from a rescue by the Nanto Goshasei ("South Dipper Five Chariot Stars"), her sworn guardians charged to protect her as the Last General of Nanto. Shin is forced to relinquish Yuria as Raoh and his army are marching towards Southern Cross. He awaits for a revitalized Kenshiro in his palace and is defeated. However, rather than die by Kenshiro's hand, Shin throws himself off his palace to his death, a final spite against his former best friend.
Air Jousting: Probably the most famous example of this trope when he crosses aerial kicks with Kenshiro in their battle.
All There in the Manual: Nanto Koshū Ken was not named at all in the manga and anywhere else until the All About the Man guidebook established it.
Badass: Not only the first warrior to put up a decent fight against Kenshiro, but also the one who gave him the seven scars
Bad Boss: His introduction shows him executing mooks who had the audacity to survive a fight with Kenshiro by running away.
Despair Event Horizon: If her failed suicide attempt wasn't a big enough hint, Yuria unconsciously whispering Kenshiro's name, finally breaking Shin's hope in ever earning her love. He entrusts his love to the Nanto Goshasei shortly afterwards and resigns himself to fight Kenshiro to the death, believing that if Kenshiro wins, Yuria will be taken care of.
Finger Poke of Doom: Shin can kill you just by poking his finger straight into your heart. Many of his techniques for Nanto Koshū Ken are jabbing motions intended to drive his hand straight into the enemy.
Love Makes You Evil: His obsession with Yuria turned him to the dark side, with a little prodding from Jagi.
Love Redeems: When he meets the Nanto Goshasei and discovers that Raoh is heading to Southern Cross, he entrusts Yuria to them instead of allowing Raoh, the more ruthless tyrant, to have her, because if news of Yuria's survival ever reached Raoh, he would do anything to take her.
Posthumous Character: In the manga, his character was fleshed out throughout post-mortem flashbacks after the Southern Cross arc was over, particularly when it came to his position within the Nanto Roku Seiken; the revelation about Yuria's survival was one.
Retronym: Since Shin was the first Nanto Seiken practitioner introduced in the story and the future of the manga was uncertain at the time, his specific style was never given a proper name. After other Nanto branches were subsequently introduced, Shin's own style became retroactively known as Nanto Koshū Ken.
Starter Villain: He sets off as Kenshiro's old nemesis, but doesn't last beyond the first story arc.
Theme Naming: Each of Shin's lieutenants are named after playing card suits
Token Motivational Nemesis: Shin was introduced as an easily disposable antagonist in case the manga wasn't picked up beyond the initial ten chapters. As a result, there's no mention of any of the other Hokuto brothers or Nanto Seiken masters during the first few story arcs.
Representing the "Star of Justice", Rei is the successor of Nanto Suichō Ken ("South Dipper Waterfowl Fist"). Sometime after the nuclear war, when Rei left his village to train, his parents were killed and younger sister Airi was kidnapped by "The Man With Seven Scars" on her wedding day. Rei wanders the wasteland looking for Airi, mercilessly slaughtering anyone who stands in his way. During the Fang Clan's incursion on Mamiya's village, he runs into Kenshiro, and aligns with him to take down the savages, eventually finding out they are holding Airi hostage. Although Rei is forced by the clan to fight and kill Kenshiro, both martial artists cleverly turn the tide against their enemies and rescue Airi. Upon restoring Airi's lost sight, Kenshiro reveals that he is the "The Man With Seven Scars", but Rei laughs it off, disbelieving the successor of Hokuto Shinken was the culprit. From then on, Rei becomes Kenshiro's most reliable ally and friend.When Raoh and his army invades Mamiya's village, Rei insists on fighting the tyrant, despite Kenshiro being at Cassandra rescuing Toki. Raoh bests Rei in combat by putting him in a state of pain and suffering via the Shinketsushū pressure point, dooming him to a bloody end in three days. Deciding to live the last of his life by facing his old rival Juda, who had a hand in Mamiya's traumatic past, Rei duels with his former friend and wins, but is nearing his last moments. Before he passes, he urges Kenshiro, and especially Mamiya, the love of his life, to live on.
Adaptation Dye-Job: From black in the manga to light blue in the Toei anime. This caused some problems when it was time for him to be Locked into Strangeness. The 1986 movie streamlined this by giving him white hair from the beginning.
His hair in both Ken's Rage releases before getting Locked into Strangeness is a faded light teal, even though any official images have him with black hair.
Amazon Chaser: Rei finds Mamiya very attractive and respects her courage and strength, but he would rather have her stay on the sidelines, if only because he's not comfortable with the idea of her getting hurt.
Anti-Hero: Whilst searching for Airi, before reverting back to a straight-up heroic figure.
Badass: Rei is the only hero other than Kenshiro to take out a major villain in the original series.
Cruel and Unusual Death: Rei is the only protagonist in the entire series to die in the usual Hokuto Shinken-induced way: gorily and painfully (even if he does get to keep a complete corpse). A Gory Discretion Shot is used to not show him dying this way explicitly, almost as if the creators themselves wanted to spare him the indignity. This just drives home how utterly tragic his death is.
In Ken's Rage, the camera view doesn't even follow him inside.
Don't You Dare Pity Me!: A milder version - Rei forbids Mamiya from despairing over his death, instead asking her to live life fully.
Dying Alone: To spare his friends and family the displeasure of seeing him die explosively, Rei locks himself in a house to die. As if his death wasn't tragic enough...
Dying Moment of Awesome: Right after he dies, at the funeral (re: burning the house down) Mamiya stares into the Heavens and realizes that she cannot see the "Star of Death" anymore. In Fist of the North Star, anyone who sees the star is doomed to die soon, NO EXCEPTIONS. Mamiya is the only character spared this fate because Rei gave his life to save her.
Famed in Story: If Kenshiro is about to instill an ass-kicking on someone and reminisces about following the path laid by those who came before him, Rei will ALWAYS be shown front and center, even over Toki.
Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: In Rei's introduction, his alignment as a potential hero or villain was pretty ambiguous, thus he was drawn with rather shifty eyes. It isn't until his good guy credentials are established that he's drawn more consistently with big eyes.
Go Out with a Smile: Double Subverted; after bidding his friends goodbye with a warm smile, Rei is stricken with a look of intense pain just before death... but when Mamiya looks up to see the Star of Death gone, she sees Rei's smiling face right next to the North Dipper.
Sacrificial Lion: After forming a strong bond with Kenshiro and his True Companions, as well as receiving plenty of attention as a major character, Rei is the first one to fight against Raoh; it ends badly. The anime even uses his death to mark the end of the second story arc of the first series.
Senseless Sacrifice: As a show of gratitude to Kenshiro, Rei tries to take down Raoh to spare him the duties of being the Hokuto Shinken successor. Raoh dooms Rei to a slow, painful, helpless death.
Stay in the Kitchen: Although Rei states Mamiya shouldn't get involved in physical fights because she is a woman, it was more out of concern and noble chivalry (as well as budding feelings) than generic Jerkassery. Since she wouldn't listen, he decided to make his point more bluntly.
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: A practitioner of Nanto Seiken? Kenshiro's best friend? Hopelessly in love with a woman he can't have? Sounds a lot like Shin in his younger days...
The relationship is inverted in this case: whereas Shin was Kenshiro's friend until he turned to evil, Rei wasn't exactly on the best of terms with Kenshiro when they first met. Interestingly, the reason why both were after Kenshiro (or in Rei's case, "The Man With Seven Scars") was because of Jagi.
Tender Tears: Sheds these for Mamiya's suffering, the love of his life
Bearing the "Star of Enchantment" (also known as the "Star of Betrayal"), Yuda trained alongside Rei in the ways of Nanto Seiken, but grew to resent him as Rei's Nanto Suichō Ken style was considered more elegant than his own Nanto Kōkaku Ken ("South Dipper Crimson Crane Fist") style. When Yuda betrayed the Nanto Roku Seiken and aligned with Raoh, the six masters were divided into two factions: one for preserving order, while the other promoting chaos. He forms his own army, the "UD Gang", and uses them to gather concubines for himself, leaving them to his men when he considers them no longer beautiful. He had kidnapped Mamiya at one point, but she escaped. Yuda eventually discovers her location, bringing himself into conflict with Rei again. When Yuda is defeated, he concedes to Rei that he is the more beautiful of the two, admitting in his dying words he had secretly admired him.
Assist Character: In the fighting game, Yuda's fighting style revolves around using his henchman to trap his opponent.
Camp Straight: Possibly; he looks like a walking Camp Gay stereotype, but his introduction showcases a harem of women. It's his comments after his defeat at Rei's hands that makes the whole thing ambiguous.
Combat Pragmatist: Knowing Rei's style depends on footwork, Yuda chooses his battlefield to be flooded by the breaking of a nearby dam, resulting in the mud bogging Rei down and Yuda's Razor Wind based style Nanto Kōkaku Ken to cut him up.
Defensive Feint Trap: One of his special moves in the fighting game has him feign being stunned. It's possible to cancel it into any hit, allowing Yuda to gain an extra star for using the "Fatal KO" mechanic when the hit connects.
Driven by Envy: His one-sided feud with Rei started because he couldn't accept the idea that Rei's "Nanto Suichō Ken" was more graceful than his own style.
Flanderization: Legends of the Dark King (at least the Animated Adaptation) took Yuda's eccentricness and treachery Up to Eleven, casting him into a screeching, reckless caricature instead of the devious opportunist he really was.
The strongest of the Nanto Seiken successors and the self-proclaimed "Holy Emperor" (Seitei), Souther represents the "Star of Leadership" and is the successor of Nanto Hōoh Ken ("South Dipper Phoenix Fist"), a style that, like Hokuto Shinken, can only have one successor. A ruthless tyrant who seeks to conquer the world like Raoh, Souther does not wish to promote stability in the wasteland, but instead wants to satisfy his own ego. He targets children for use as slave labour for the construction of his "Holy Cross Mausoleum", a massive pyramid that he intends to use as an everlasting symbol of his reign, which also doubles as a monument to honor his master Ohgai, whom he had to kill to become successor. Of the armies opposing Raoh, his is the most formidable, yet Raoh will not make a move on Souther, who claims to be immune to Hokuto Shinken.
0% Approval Rating: In Ken's Rage, Souther's own soldiers will periodically betray him because of how cruel he is. Shin even uses this to his advantage.
Badass: The second fighter to hand Kenshiro's ass to him
Better to Die Than Be Killed: In Legends of the True Savior, Souther takes a leaf from Shin's book and kills himself instead of dying by Hokuto Shinken.
Blond Guys Are Evil: In the anime and manga; unlike Raoh, art directors decided to let him keep his original hair (and skin) color, making him the picture of an idealized "Aryan Superman" that Raoh was also meant to represent.
Blood Knight: So supremely confident in his invincibility that he welcomes with relish any attempt to take his life, just so he can prove the would-be assassin wrong.
Dark and Troubled Past, Freudian Excuse: Souther was an infant orphan raised by Ohgai to be his successor. As a final test to succession, Souther unwillingly killed his master, who intentionally died by his disciple's hands as the style dictates. Traumatized by the fact he murdered his mentor and father figure, Souther declared he longer needs emotions of compassion and love and delves into Ax-Crazy.
Determinator: Even though Kenshiro disables the use of his legs, which forms parts of his ultimate technique, Souther still limps towards Kenshiro to fight, including his damaged arms. Lampshaded by his own words:
"I am the Holy Emperor Souther: Emperor of the Nanto Roku Seiken! No retreat! No mercy! No hesitation!"
Evil Laugh: For someone who claims to have no emotions left, he really loves doing this. Personified in Ken's Rage, where his laugh can kill mooks from a distance!
Evil Sounds Deep: His villainous bass is impressive as is (one could be forgiven for assuming voices didn't naturally come that deep back then), but his ability to project is what knocks him out of the park with this trope.
Fallen Hero: Subverted; despite showing all the signs of being a fine young man, and his master's every intention that he grow up to be a hero, Souther did nothing heroic after becoming the master of Nanto Hōoh Ken.
Jabba Table Manners: Souther sets up a banquet of a dozen courses just to watch the attending slave children shake in hunger at the sight of it. After eating less than half a plate, he smashes the table, ordering all the scraps to be thrown into the trash, just so he can take twisted joy in watching a child being beaten for trying to eat a drumstick.
Light Is Not Good: He's associated with crosses and bright light, and he's called the Holy Emperor.
Lightning Bruiser: Nanto Hōoh Ken users eschew defensive stances, because the style makes the user's body so light that no physical attack can touch them, alongside incredibly strong offensive blows.
Glass Cannon: In the fighting game, Souther's one of the best damage dealers with a Super Mode that increases his speed, but is tied with Mamiya for the worst defense.
Made of Iron: While everyone who masters a certain school's technique is one, Souther's the most literal one, claiming he carries the "Emperor's Armor", making him immune to Hokuto Shinken techniques. This is replicated in the fighting game, where his blocking pose is simply him showing off his chest. Subverted when it's revealed that his pressure points are just reversed, after which he proves just as vulnerable as any other strong martial artists Kenshiro has already fought.
Meaningful Name: "Souther" is an actual word meaning "southerly wind", which seems to fit in with both the fact he is the strongest of the Nanto Roku Seiken and the avian Theme Naming of their martial arts.
Spell My Name with an S: Is it "Souther" or "Thouzer"? One would think it's the former due to Meaningful Name, but recent merchandise seems to favor the latter. That's not even counting other variations such as "Thouther", "Sauzer" or even "Thoutoher". Ken's Rage, uses "Thouzer", but the English voice actors pronounce it as either "Suh-ther" or "Sow-zer".
Start of Darkness: It began with "To master Nanto Hōoh Ken, you must be tricked into killing your beloved master and father figure"
Straw Vulcan: One can argue Souther is a heavy-handed (though totally valid) example of a villain you can potentially become when you cynically claim to give up your emotions.
"Well Done, Son!" Guy: Well, he tried, though his kind-hearted old master would most likely weep tears of shame at what his beloved pupil/adoptive son has done in his memory, after all the trouble he died for.
If you successfully use Souther's "Fatal KO" in the fighting game, he poses and declares, while an image of Ohgai appears, "Your Holy Cross Mausoleum will be completed soon!"
The master of Nanto Hakurou Ken ("South Dipper White Heron Fist"), Shuh represents the "Star of Benevolence". Before the nuclear holocaust, Shuh served as Souther's second-in-command and was present when a young Kenshiro participated in a death match between their rival schools. Shuh was Kenshiro's final opponent and defeated the young martial artist easily, but rather than take his life as the rules declared, Shuh forfeitied his eyesight to Souther as payment, sensing the untapped potential within Kenshiro. Years later, Shuh leads the primary resistance against Souther's army and reunites with an older Kenshiro. In order to save his villagers, Shuh surrenders to Souther and is forced to carry the apex of the Holy Cross Mausoleum with the tendons in the legs cut to complete the monument. However, the tyrant intends Shuh to die at the top, thus orders a volley of arrows to hit him, including a spear thrown by Souther. Before the weight of the final piece of the pyramid crushes Shuh, he miraculously recovers his eyesight, just in time to see Kenshiro for a final moment.
Cruel and Unusual Death: After carrying the capstone up Souther's pyramid with severed tendons in his legs, Shuh is bombarded with arrows, skewered with a javelin thrown by Souther, and finally crushed beneath the stone's weight.
Heel Realisation: Following his win against the young Kenshiro, who states it was honor to fight such a great opponent, Shuh violates the match's rules by demanding his life be spared and blinds himself to compensate and satisfy regulations. Souther was left speechless by Shuh's sacrifice, who also realizes that Shuh has awakened his destiny as the Star of Benevolence by the actions of a boy.
Heroic Sacrifice: Agonizingly marches to his death to spare the lives of one hundred hostages
Papa Wolf: Arguably the greatest in the series next to Fudoh of the Mountains, as his love for children conflicted with his duty as a warrior. Unfortunately, this cost him a priceless opportunity to slay a completely defenceless Souther, then his dignity, and finally his life.
Spell My Name with an S: It is "Shu" or "Shuu" or "Shuh" or "Shew"? Depending on the kanji, "Shū" can mean "kick", to which Nanto Hakurou Ken specializes in just that.
Tender Tears: Has a heart arguably softer than both Kenshiro and Toki's
Too Good for This Sinful Earth: One of the very few unambiguously good peoples in this wasteland torn by nuclear fire. Even Raoh, who would usually sneer at benevolence, reverently admits to Shuh's death as "a magnificent end".
The Nanto Goshasei are the sworn bodyguards of the Last General of Nanto. Like the Nanto Roku Seiken, the Goshasei correspond to the constellation of Auriga, the Charioteer, with all five members representing an element. They make their appearance in the final arc of the first part of Fist of the North Star, all opposing Ken-oh and his advance towards the General.
The first of the Nanto Goshasei who faces Ken-Oh, Hyui is the leader of the "Wing Brigade. While his fighting style is unnamed, unlike other Nanto Seiken'' styles that uses air pressure, Hyui can manipulate air currents to slice his opponents apart easily, including steel.
Razor Wind: Controls the actual element of wind, whereas other Nanto fighters concentrate air pressure.
Spell My Name with an S: A promotional poster released by Raijin Comics when they were publishing the short-lived "Master Edition" of Fist of the North Star spells his name as "Huey". Supposedly, the character was named after the singer Huey Lewis.
The second of the Nanto Goshasei encountered by Ken-Oh, Shuren is the leader of the "Crimson Army" and a master of Gosha Enjō Ken ("Five Chariot Fiery Passion Fist"), which allows him to cover his body in flames. Shuren leads the Crimson Army to halt the advance of Ken-Oh and his army and to avenge his "brother star" Hyui.
A master of his own self-taught martial art style, the free-spirited Jyuza is a childhood rival of Raoh and friend to Yuria. While growing up with the latter, he began to fall in love with her and wished for hand in marriage, but is lambasted when told that Yuria is his half-sister from the same father. Afterwards, Jyuza began living a life of promiscuity and indifference, even while Ken-Oh begins to direct his attention to the Last General of Nanto. When Jyuza learns of the true identity of General, he challenges Raoh to a duel and stalls his advance by stealing Koku-Oh. Unfortunately, Raoh manages to wound Jyuza enough, forcing a rematch between them. Jyuza's life expires soon afterwards from taking, but not before he dies refusing to tell Raoh who the General is.
Defiant to the End: Rather than betray the Last General of Nanto, he decides to insult Raoh one last time.
Demoted to Extra: The fight scene between himself and Raoh was omitted in the Legends of the True Savior movie Chapter of Fierce Fighting, yet makes a camoe appearance as one of the spirits attending Kenshiro and Yuria's wedding in the Legend of Kenshiro.
Mr. Fanservice: On BOTH sides of the fourth wall; enough so that Houkou no Kumo is drawn by a femaleShojo manga artist gushing over how pretty he is.
Power Palms: His Gekiheki Haisui Shou ("Strike Wall Backwater Palm") technique
Senseless Sacrifice: Doubly so - Jyuza attempts to break one of Raoh's arms in his final moments; it doesn't work. Jyuza dies refusing to tell Raoh who the Nanto General's identity is; Raoh correctly infers it from watching the way Jyuza refuses.
Stepford Smiler: Type A. He loved Yuria since childhood, until the revelation of her being his half-sister took a toll on him. Even then, he's still a smartass.
Once known as a terrible outlaw called "Fudoh the Ogre", this titanic, self-centered ruffian cared for no one but himself, pillaging whatever he could find and killing anyone who stood in his way. During a rampage through Ryuken's dojo, Fudoh was able to instill fear into a young Raoh. When a young Yuria stood up to him to protect a dog and its newborn litter of puppies, Fudoh learned the importance of life from this experience, drastically changing his ways. Becoming one of the Nanto Goshasei, Fudoh would protect the Last General of Nanto, including several orphaned children, to whom he would be their foster father. As Ken-Oh makes his way closer to the General, Fudoh is dispatched to ensure Kenshiro meets the General first, but relinquishes their identity when Kenshiro presses him for information.In order to overcome his fear of Kenshiro, Raoh challenges Fudoh, threatening to kill his children if he does not comply. Becoming Fudoh the Ogre again, the giant protector is heavily injured by the superior Raoh, yet Fudoh manages to make Raoh retreat slightly, causing Raoh's men to impale Fudoh with several large lances and arrows, mortally wounding him. However, the fear that was instilled into Raoh continues to linger, despite the giant's death soon afterwards.
Adorkable: His clumsiness is what makes him endearing as a character.
Badass: The first man to inspire fear in Raoh, and even though Fudoh loses against him, Raoh is left embarassed and ashamed at himself.
Badass Adorable: A big cuddly teddy-bear of a sweetheart who is kind to children, and is the only character to really qualify for this trope in the franchise (Mamiya's far too butch to be adorable, while adult Rin becomes too much of a Distressed Damsel to be Badass).
Beware the Nice Ones: When he becomes Fudoh the Ogre again, he tells Bat and Lin to shield his childrens' eyes when killing one of Raoh's foot soldiers
Doomed Moral Victor: Raoh may have killed Fudoh's physical body, but Fudoh absolutely demolishes the tyrant's belief in himself as a man:
"My body may die; I may be reduced to but a single drop of blood. But those with courage will rise time and again to face you; while you, Raoh, will live for the rest of your life but a mere terrified coward!!"
The Dreaded: Before his Heel-Face Turn, Fudoh the Ogre scared the crap out of Raoh. He still knows the trade, as he was able scare the crap out of him again while dying.
Leader of the Nanto Goshasei, Rihaku possesses no martial arts training (in the manga), but he is a military strategist. He prepares a series of booby traps for Raoh when he attacks the headquarters in search of the Last General of Nanto. Post-Time Skip, Rihaku serves as the senior strategist of the Hokuto Army led by Bat and Lin.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: If it weren't for the traps he put to fight Raoh, the tyrant wouldn't have escaped from his fight with Kenshiro, nor captured Yuria on his way out.
Non-Action Guy: In the manga, Rihaku has no actual martial arts, but rather his specialty comes from his military planning and his ability to set up traps. The anime gave him his own fighting style Gosha Hasui Ken ("Five Chariot Wave Crush Fist") and had him have a tussle with Raoh.
A young boy who decides to leave his home village to fend for himself, Bat was imprisoned in Rin's village for attempting to steal food. While locked in the same cell, he comes across the 64th successor of Hokuto Shinken Kenshiro, who breaks out to fight Zeed. After witnessing his skills, Bat follows Kenshiro as his self-appointed sidekick, hoping to use Kenshiro as a tool for his own self-benefit, but after the death of his adoptive mother Toyo back in his village, Bat slowly matures, upon witnessing the hardships of Kenshiro and his new friends and rivals. Following the Time Skip, Bat has grown Older and Wiser and is co-leader of the new "Hokuto Army" with Lin, a resistance group aimed at bringing down the tyrannical reign of the Heavenly Emperor. Although Bat is not a true martial artist, he has rudimentary skills, alongside a limited knowledge of Hokuto Shinken from his travels with Kenshiro.In the final arc of the series, Bat forgoes his love for Lin so she can be with Kenshiro. To that end, he presses Lin's pressure points to induce Amnesiac Dissonance, including reuniting her with a similarly amnesiac Kenshiro. Fate would force him to pose as the Hokuto Shinken successor in order to fight Bolge, a blind thug with a dangerous vendetta for Kenshiro. Unfortunately, Bat is captured, tortured and multilated by Bolge, doing his best to leave an impersonation of Kenshiro, hoping that if he dies, Bolge will stay away from his friend for good. However, the amnesiac Kenshiro arrives to save him, until Bat's screams trigger the martial artist's memories, who is so moved by his sacrifice for him that Kenshiro defeats Bolge easily. Unfortunately, Bat is mortally wounded, yet urges Lin, who too has regained her memories from Bat's heroics, to stay with Kenshiro. Lin decides to stay behind and guard Bat's tomb, only to discover that Kenshiro managed to save Bat's life by manipulating his pressure points. The story of Fist of the North Star ends with Lin tearfully embracing a rejuvenated, yet still unconscious Bat.
Adaptation Dye-Job: A strange case. His hair is light brown or auburn, but was depicted as white in the full color Master Release edition of the manga.
Cross-Dressing Voices: In the TV series, Bat was voiced by a female voice actress, until he became an adult and was replaced by a male actor. Averted in the English dubs for the movie and TV series.
Disney Death: Bat was put through utter hell by Bolge and despite being the one to finally finish him, he seems to have died from his injuries. Kenshiro had somehow pressed his pressure points to regenerate from those wounds.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Bat refuses to marry Lin, who falls in love with the first person she sees, as a result of Kaioh triggering one of the pressure points before his duel with Kenshiro. He wipes her memory and attempts to pair her off with Kenshiro, since Bat is aware she's been nursing a crush on him for years.
Joke Character: Hilariously done when going up against one of Amiba's Mooks. He punches a soldier squaring in the face, tricking the goon into thinking he has fallen victim to a Hokuto Shinken technique. Bat deliberately invokes Kenshiro's Catch Phrase and mannerisms. It worked: the frightened soldier froze in fear, leaving Bat to run off and leave the humiliated man be.
Tender Tears: An adoptive big brother like Ken tends to even make the snarkiest Jerkass kid grow up to be just as sensitive and kind-hearted as a man. Exemplified in the Heavenly Emperor arc, when he cries for Ein's Heroic Sacrifice.
A young mute girl who was traumatized after witnessing the death of her family at the hands of bandits, Lin befriends Kenshiro when he wanders into her village and captured for being suspicious. Offering him water, he helps restore her voice by using one of her pressure points. Upon being rescued from Zeed, Lin begins to follow him through the wasteland and becomes one of his loyal traveling companions. Years after Raoh's defeat, she forms and co-leads the Hokuto Army with Bat as they fight off the corrupt army of the Heavenly Emperor.Lin is actually the younger twin sister of Lui, the Heavenly Emperor. After they were born, Falco of Gento Kōken was ordered by Viceroy Jakoh to get rid of one of the twins, as two successors to the throne was unallowed. However, Falco could not bring himself to kill a baby, thus left her in secret care by his aunt and uncle. After Lui was rescued by Kenshiro and his companions from Jakoh, his son Jask kidnaps Lin and takes her to the Kingdom of Shura to exact revenge, only for Lin to be tossed around by the warrior Shachi to goad Kenshiro into fighting Kaioh and his Hokuto Ryūken brothers. Before the final battle between Kaioh and Kenshiro, Kaioh presses Lin's pressure point that blinds her and erases her memories: the moment she opens her eyes, she will fall in love with the first person she sees. Bat, who has arrived in the Kingdom of Shura to help, insists that Lin be the one to see Kenshiro, but the successor of Hokuto Shinken believes Lin is destined to be with Bat. However, Bat would force Lin back into amnesia so she can reunite with Kenshiro. The final arc in the series is resolved when Lin regains her memories and chooses to be with Bat.
Adaptation Dye-Job: From black to red in the anime, then pink in the movie. The Ken's Rage 2 game has her hair as brown as a child and red as an adult.
Precocious Crush: One-sided, as Ken only sees her as a surrogate younger sister, and devotes himself to Yuria. Bat, on the other hand, doesn't believe it's this trope and the final arc of the series is dedicated to resolving this issue.
Rescue Romance: She's harbored feelings for Kenshiro ever since he saved her and her village from Zeed's gang, and decided to run off after him.
Kenshiro's fiancée, Yuria grew up alongside him and his adoptive brothers at Ryuken's temple, admired by many other men, particularly Raoh, Toki, Shin and Jyuza. After Kenshiro was named successor, Yuria agrees to go with Shin so long as Kenshiro's life is spared. Kept against her will in Shin's stronghold of Southern Cross, Yuria becomes unable to tolerate the atrocities Shin was committing in her name, thus threw herself off the top of his fortress.However, her suicide attempt was prevented by the Nanto Goshasei, her sworn protectors who reveal that Yuria is a direct descendant of the Nanto bloodline, and represents the "Star of Motherly Compassion", destined to become the Last General of Nanto. When Raoh resumes his conquest following the death of Souther, Yuria orders the Nanto Goshasei to stop his advance. Upon learning from Fudoh of the Mountain that Yuria is alive, Kenshiro rushes to her location, but Raoh gets to her first, taking her with him. When the tyrant is determined to defeat Kenshiro, he demands Yuria's life in order to learn the ultimate Hokuto Shinken technique Musou Tensei and Yuria complies. However, upon seeing that Yuria is dying from radiation poisoning, he manipulates one of her pressure points and extends her lifespan. After Raoh is defeated, she spends the last remainders of her life in peace of Kenshiro, secluding themselves from the rest of the world.
Adaptation Dye-Job: From black in the manga to red (or violet during the Southern Cross arc) in the Toei anime.
Dude Magnet: There's no indication that Yuria was the World's Most Beautiful Woman, and she really didn't do anything, yet men really, really want her, like moths to a flame. Justified because of the fate to which she corresponds to: compassion and grace.
Earn Your Happy Ending: See Spared By Adaptation below; Yuria lives happily ever after with Kenshiro after Raoh's death in Ken's Rage. Too bad the sequel corrects this by killing her off to follow the source material more closely.
Emotionless Girl: Before coming to Ryuken's temple, a young Yuria didn't emote, who had sealed away her emotions after birth, until she met the caring, kind and selfless Kenshiro
The Heart: She's the only member of the Nanto Roku Seiken who does not possess any martial arts, but her compassion and kindness can move the hearts of even the most merciless of tyrants.
MacGuffin Girl: Kenshiro, Shin, Raoh and the Nanto Goshasei all fight to find or protect Yuria.
Save the Princess: Kenshiro's objective in the first arc is to save her from his old rival Shin; she ended up killing herself. Later, Yuria gets taken by Raoh to lure Kenshiro for their final battle.
Silk Hiding Steel: Such is the unconditional love and compassion of Yuria, the fiancée of Kenshiro, that even the tyrant Raoh, whose fists could shatter Heaven and Earth, is utterly helpless before her redemptive kindness.
Single Woman Seeks Good Man: For all the violent and cruel warlords wanting her as their consort, Yuria loves Kenshiro for his kind and caring nature.
Spared by the Adaptation: In Ken's Rage, Raoh's reason to achieve Musou Tensei is changed, consequently changing Yuria's fate (he simply lays his hand against her, rather than feel sorrowful over her radiation poisoning and impending death). Before his Famous Last Words, he states Yuria will live for several more years (originally, she lived roughly a year post-Raoh's death). In fact, the game makes no mention of any radiation poisoning. Sadly rectified in the sequel, as the game follows much of source material to the last arc, thus Yuria living through it would force the plot to be changed drastically.
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lavender/purple in the anime. Interestingly, it was a natural shade of red in the flashback where Shin kidnapped her. No explanation for her change in hair color is given. It turns gold during the Last General of Nanto arc, with no explanation again. Ken's Rage, however, stays a dark purple at all times.
Zettai Ryouki: Her outfit after she's revealed to be the Last General of Nanto
Voiced by: Reiko Suzuki (TV anime, JP), Seiko Fujiki (Legends of the True Savior)
A kind-hearted philanthropist, Toyo is an old lady who takes it upon herself to become a mother for orphans who lost their parents to death or abandonment in the nuclear wasteland. Raising them in the saftety and prosperity of an oasis, she took in a foul-mouthed, but tender-hearted pickpocket named Bat as her own son, until he left to give his younger siblings more food to eat. The well in her garden is a magnet for marauders, barely kept at bay by her possession of one of the few remaining rifles in the world. Her cold-blooded murder at the hands of Jackal sent Kenshiro on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
A female resistance leader whose village is being assaulted by the Fang Clan, Mamiya has limited skills in martial arts, and makes use of weapons like a pair of bladed yo-yos, combat needles and a crossbow. She bears a passing resemblance to Kenshiro's fiancee, Yuria. After her younger brother Kou is murdered by the savages, she recruits Kenshiro and the vagabond Rei to guard the village, but they instead wipe out the Fang Clan, after Rei discovers they are holding his younger sister Airi hostage. She accompanies Kenshiro and Rei for several arcs of the story.Like Yuria, Mamiya gains a growing concern for the brooding Kenshiro, though he waves off attempts of affection from her; instead, Rei slowly develops feelings for her. Unfortunately, because of her past shame, she cannot express her love to him in return, thus Rei uses his final days of life to challenge and defeat his old rival Yuda, the one who gave Mamiya her psychological scars. Moved by his sacrifice on her behalf, Mamiya re-embraces womanhood, renouncing her life as a warrior.
Action Girl: Though prone to getting captured, Mamiya is still one of the more heroic, competent women in 1980s Shōnen.
The Bus Came Back: Mamiya reappears sporadically in post-Raoh arcs with Airi and in the final arc of the series, she encounters Kenshiro again to pay respects to Yuria, but also to inform him of Bat's actions regarding Lin.
Defeat by Modesty: Rei, whose feelings for her were budding, symbolically defeats her by using his Nanto Seiken techniques to tear off her clothes to expose her body and prove that, no matter how much she denies it, she is still a woman, who has no business on the battlefield.
Hotter and Sexier: In the Ken's Rage games however, cutscenes and promotional materials garnered a lot of Fanservice shots of her. Her attire includes a thong and transparent skirt, with cleavage about twice as big as other named female characters.
Team Mom: If Ken and Rei are the fists of the team, she is easily the heart.
Tsundere: One of the earliest prototypes in Shōnen - Type A around Rei, while Type B towards Ken.
Xenafication: While Mamiya was pretty badass compared to most women in the original manga, her skills are greatly exaggerated in the Arc Systems Works fighting game and Ken's Rage, to the point that she can fight on the same level as a Hokuto Shinken and Nanto Seiken master. This may be due to her being based on the more "xenafied"-manga Mamiya than the distress-prone animated Mamiya.
Zettai Ryouki: One of her outfits in the manga consists of a miniskirt and thigh-high boots with heels.
Rei's younger sister, Airi was kidnapped by Jagi on the day of her wedding, then sold into slavery. Such was Airi's suffering that she blinded herself in despair by using poison. When the Fang Clan began terrorizing Mamiya's village, the members got hold of her after they killed her previous captor, hoping to use as leverage against Rei. She was rescued by Rei and Kenshiro, the latter of whom restored her sight with his skills in Hokuto Shinken. Airi remains in Mamiya's village and gains the courage to stand up and defend herself with the help of Lin when the army of Ken-Oh army invades the village.
Adaptation Dye-Job: From blond in the orignal manga to pink in the TV series to blue in the movie. Ken's Rage brings it back to the appropriate blond.
The 63rd successor of Hokuto Shinken and the adoptive father and master who trained Kenshiro, Jagi, Toki, and Raoh, Ryuken eventually chose the youngest of his adopted sons as his successor, prompting Raoh to challenge his decision by refusing to surrender the art. He almost defeated Raoh, but suffered a stroke before delivering the finishing blow, giving Raoh the perfect opportunity to kill his master. Whenever Kenshiro or one of his brothers faces an ordeal, they reflect back on Ryuken's teachings.
Doppelgänger Spin: Uses one against Raoh, one that travels in a North Dipper-shaped path, no less
Horrible Judge of Character: Subverted; Jagi believes Ryuken is this, but he never intended Jagi to be successor in the first place. Instead, he wanted Jagi to be a pawn to train the real successor. Like Batman Gambit, Flower of Carnage shows this to be for more sympathetic reasons.
Jerkass: For the sake of producing a successor, Ryuken was willing to throw would-be disciples (who were still children) down canyons to test their strength and expel those too weak (like Kim) to advance onto higher levels of training to fend for themselves. For a great warrior of Hokuto Shinken, Ryuken is truly lousy father material. Flower of Carnage, meanwhile, paints a more flattering view of his personality.
Succession Crisis: With his older students turning to evil or falling to illness, Ryuken ultimately put faith in the younger, yet more naive Kenshiro.
Raiga and Fūga
Voiced by: Yuji Mikimoto (Raiga) and Ikuya Sawaki (Fūga)
The twin gatekeepers of Cassandra, Raiga and Fūga are masters of the Nishin Fūraiken ("Dual Gods Wind Thunder Fist") style, a martial art that can only be practiced by twins with the same physique and mentality. They work for Cassandra's giant warden Uighur, who has their younger brother Mitsu held hostage.
Ascended Extra: They appear a bit longer in the anime, where they fight their former master in a filler scene.
Voiced by: Hideyuki Hori (TV anime), Daisuke Sakaguchi (child) (Legends of the True Savior), Daisuke Matsubara (Legends of the Dark King), Takeshi Mori (Ken's Rage)
Ryuga is the master of Taizan Tenrōken ("Mt. Tai Celestial Wolf Fist"), who represents the solitary "Star of the Heavenly Wolf" (better known as Sirius), neither part of the North Dipper or South Dipper constellations. Taizan Tenrōken, known as a horrible martial arts, scoops the chunks of its victims' flesh while leaving them with a feeling of bitter coldness. The elder brother of Yuria (and, by proxy, the half-brother of Jyuza), Ryuga aligned with Raoh, believing he had the methodology to restore order to a chaotic wasteland, until he begins to question his loyalty when he meets Kenshiro. In order to see whether Raoh or Kenshiro's ways are correct, Ryuga goes on a mad killing spree of innocent people, hoping to goad Kenshiro into a fight. To that end, he kidnaps Toki and challenges Kenshiro at his fortress. However, Ryuga was already dying during their duel, having disembowled himself prior to the fight. He reveals to Kenshiro his motivations were to create enough sadness within Kenshiro's heart, so as to grant him the power to endure this era. With a locket of Yuria he keeps and shows to Kenshiro, Ryuga dies trusting that his sister made the right choice by choosing the successor of Hokuto Shinken.
Anti-Villain: Ryuga only wanted peace in this new world, but his actions were totally misguided, such as killing innocents in order to see if Kenshiro was the savior the world needed.
Easily Forgiven: Toki cradles him as he dies, and comments that they'll both become stars to watch over Kenshiro. Previously, Ryuga was mass-murdering Toki's patients to provoke him.
An Ice Person: Taizan Tenrōken is represented as a bleak wind freezing over its victims as they die.
I'm Cold... So Cold...: His techniques have this effect on his victims, as their nerves slowly lose sensation and renders them completely numb before blood violently spurts from their wounds.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Invoked; Ryuga wanted to bring out Kenshiro's sadness and anger so he learn Musou Tensei and gain the power to defeat Raoh, something Toki had tried to do indirectly during his final bout with his brother.
We Hardly Knew Ye: Unlike most of Kenshiro's friends and rivals, we never see his upbringing in flashbacks. His absence in Yuria and Jyuza's flashbacks are odd, too. However, Ken's Rage 2 delves more into his backstory.
Rihaku's daughter and an attendant to the Last General of Nanto, Toh partcipated in with the Nanto Goshasei and their war against Raoh. Because of her secret confliction of love for their arch-enemy, Toh attempts to dissuade the tryant from taking Yuria and offers herself to him. When he rejects her, Toh commits suicide in front of him, hoping her death will be imbedded in Raoh's heart.
Body Double: Poses as the Last General of Nanto in order to trick Raoh.
Disposable Woman: While previously named female characters in Fist of the North Star were hardly "disposable", Toh practically wins this title.
Driven to Suicide: Kills herself in front of Raoh so that he will never forget her. He was unimpressed
Love Martyr: Harbored unrequited feelings for Raoh, and took her own life so that Raoh would remember her. He just sneers that she would have been better off trying to kill him to prevent anyone else from having him.
Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma (Legends of the True Savior)
One of Raoh's former generals, Balga lost his motivation to fight following his defeat. As his personality became softer, the devious Kouketsu takes advantage of this and enslaved Balga and his villagers. In order to work hard to ensure his son Shingo and the other villagers' children are unharmed, Balga plows Kouketsu's fields, despite the unlikelihood of anything growing there. When Kenshiro arrives with Raoh's son Ryu, they defeat Kouketsu and his men, liberating Balga and his people, and reclaiming Balga's honor. After Baran, the "Emperor of Light", is defeated, Kenshiro leaves Ryu in Balga and Shingo's care.
Adaptation Expansion, Ascended Extra: In the original manga, an unnamed soldier shot Raoh in the leg with an arrow to stop him from killing Yuria to achieve Musou Tensei; Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Fierce Fighting establishes it was Balga. Furthermore, an additional scene in the movie regarding Raoh killing his generals to prevent them from seizing power after his death includes Balga locking them in the throne room with the tyrant, implying he knew about Raoh's agenda all along.
Anti-Villain: Legends of the True Savior paints Balga squarely as this; not only does he know of Raoh's true intentions regarding the rest of the generals, but he weeps for him, knowing full well he will lose to Kenshiro in their final duel.
A giant mohawked ruffian with the characters "Z-666" tattooed on his head, Zeed is the leader of the "Z-Gang", a biker gang that has raided numerous villages and delivery crew for their food and water supply. A man who does not know the meaning of mercy, Zeed and his gang are notorious for killing even women and children. As the main villain of the manga's first chapter, Zeed falls prey to Kenshiro's Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken technique.
Warm Up Boss: Whose spectacular death sets these ground rules for the audience in Fist of the North Star - 1) Size means squat in this world and 2) if you have a mohawk, expect to die by exploding internally.
Would Hit a Girl/Would Hurt a Child: Kenshiro was exhausted and dehydrated to the point of death when he was trapped in that cell with Bat... and then hearing that Zeed is infamous for the above two tropes gave him the Heroic Second Wind to LITERALLY tear the bars off his prison to kill him and his men.
One of the four lieutenants in Shin's "King" organization, Spade is the first one encountered by Kenshiro, and is the weakest of the group, barely above the average punk in strength. Not really a martial artist, Spade uses a variety of weapons like a wrist-mounted crossbow, dual axes and a spear to fight.
Too Dumb to Live: Just how many times has Kenshiro give someone a second chance after seeing them cruelly hurt and mistreat the weak and the helpless? Just how many times has he given someone two chances to walk away alive? He gave Spade two chances to run, yet Spade still returns for more from the same man who blocked an arrow with two fingers, left him with the use of one eye, and is a master of the martial arts like his boss. His common and self-preservation senses had to have been turned off.
Kick the Dog: In the manga, Diamond forces a little girl to hold up her father who has a noose around his neck, a scene inspired by Frank's most despicable act in Once Upon a Time in the West. Because the scene was too cruel to adapt for the anime, he instead forces a father to go William Telling with his son, balancing a targeted-can on his head.
Monster Clown: His face paint makes him resemble one in the manga
Another of Shin's four lieutenants, Club is a martial artist trained in the Praying Mantis-style and enhances it with the addition of iron claws. Known for training in his style by butchering unwilling, helpless villages, Club is suprised when Kenshiro is more than a match for him.
The last of the four lieutenants, Mr. Heart is a large overweight fighter whose stomach is composed of a rubber-like substance capable of absorbing any external impact, earning him the nickname the "destroyer of martial arts". Kenshiro faces the powerful Mr. Heart in the Shin's throne room.
Acrofatic: In the anime, he jumps off a cliff by performing a somersault before fighting Kenshiro.
Ascended Extra: In the manga, Mr. Heart was a Giant Mook who lasted only four chapters before he was killed (two episodes in the anime). However, he's a recurring character in various video games despite his fairly minor status (when it comes to Shin's card-themed minions, he'ss usually either given the most attention or the only one to get any attention). His popularity can be attributed to the fact he is one of the first adversaries in the manga who proves to be more than a mere pushover against Kenshiro.
There's a reason why he's called "Mr. Heart" (or "Heart-sama") and everyone else is just "Spade", "Diamond", and "Club".
Kung-Fu Proof Mook: Due to Kevlard, he's apparently immune to Kenshiro's pressure point strikes, until Kenshiro moves the fat around his belly and hits the points accurately.
Macho Camp: One of the fairly uncommon confirmed cases of this in all of Shōnen (namely the anime; the movie averts this), as just before he fights Kenshiro, he begins admiring the martial artist's marvelous physique in a flirty tone of voice.
Wake Up Call Boss: Notably, Mr. Heart is the first vllain to beat Kenshiro until he vomited blood onscreen, reminding us our hero is still human.
What Could Have Been: Mr. Heart was originally going to be renamed "Elephant" in the movie to go along with the animal Theme Naming of Jackal and Fox (Jagi's two underlings in the movie).
Voiced by: Kōji Yada (TV anime, movie)
The founder and leader of the "Golan Organization" ("God's Army" in the anime), a military gang composed of religious zealots, the Colonel is a veteran warrior gifted with extra-sensory perception and a master of the deadly Nanto Seiken art of Nanto Muonken ("South Dipper Silent Fist), which uses claws and boomerangs. The Colonel was formerly a patriotic member of the elite Red Beret special forces, until he lost his faith in his country when he was summoned to a meeting with the corrupt politicians and businessmen who actually controlled his nation. After his superiors inadvertently caused the nuclear holocaust, the Colonel and his Red Beret soldiers survived, eventually founding the city of "Godland", attributing their survival as divine destiny. His army kidnaps young women in order to use them as breeding stock for his soldiers.
Demoted to Extra: In the anime, the Colonel went from being the feared leader of his own organization to a deluded lackey of Shin who worships him as a god. In fact, the Colonel has it worse in the movie, where he was simply an informant who is killed by Shin without putting much of a fight.
Rummage Sale Reject: Averted; the Colonel and his men hold the distinct honor of being the only characters in the entire franchise (excluding Fist of the Blue Sky) to wear a complete, recognizable modern set of clothing that is not dishevelled, torn, missing sleeves and/or liberally mixed with Arabic/Medieval/Viking elements.
Social Darwinist: Believes men who are unfit to join his army must be eliminated
A ruthless biker who roams the deserted wasteland with his gang in search of a new hideout, Jackal possess no real martial art skills, but fights using concealed blades and dynamites, and is a bit more cunning than the average thug. He incurs Kenshiro's wrath after his men kill Bat's adoptive little brother Taki and he himself kills Bat's adoptive mother, Toyo. Although he manages to elude him for awhile, Kenshiro catches up to him at Villainy Prison. He eventually tricks the "Devil's Rebirth" into fighting Kenshiro by claiming they're long-lost brothers, but this proves to be Jackal's ultimate undoing.
Animal Theme Naming: The members of his gang (including himself) are all named after animal, although only two of his lackeys are named in the manga (Fox and Hawk).
Bad Boss: Gleefully betrays his employees so long as it can be profitable to his wealth or health.
Demoted to Extra: Despite his role as a central villain in an entire story arc of the manga, Jackal appears in the movie as an unfortunate lackey of Jagi, whose head gets blown up by him just for taking a peek at his unmasked face. Even in the anime, he's nothing more than an underling for Shin, whose ass gets saved by Joker on one ocassion.
Genre Savvy: The reason why he never fights Kenshiro directly and lampshaded
"If you want to live through old age, never pick fights with people stronger than you."
Hoist by His Own Petard: Jackal meets his end by being blown up with his own dynamite, with the Devil's Rebirth grasping him so he cannot escape.
A giant killer who earned his nickname due to his monstrous appearance, the Devil's Rebirth is a practitioner of the Rakan Niō Ken ("Arhat Deva Fist") style, which specializes in controlling wind. He was sentenced to 200 years of solitary confinement in Villainy Prison after killing over 700 people with his monstrous strength.
Kiba Daioh is the leader and patriarch of the Kiba Ichizoku ("Fang Clan"), a tribe of mountainous bandits whose members are garbed in wolf furs. Kiba Daioh is a giant man who has mastered the art of Kazan Kakuteigi ("Mt. Hua Horn Wrestling"), an ancient art said to be the root of modern Sumo wrestling. He even has the ability to turn his flesh into steel. When Rei's beloved sister Airi falls into Kiba Daioh's hands, Kenshiro and Rei join forces to rescue her and wipe out the Fang Clan.
Big, Badass Wolf: His entire clan's thematic motif is wolf-skin clad Mongolian Warriors.
Extra Ore Dinary: One of his fighting techniques, Kazan Kougai Kouhou consists of turning his entire body into steel.
Amiba is a Toki impersonator who attempted to tarnish his reputation by taking on his identity (through managing to change his facial appearance and reproduce the same scar on Toki's back) and the "Village of Miracles". A former student of Nanto Seiken, Amiba dropped out from the school and attempted to imitate Toki's use of Hokuto Shinken as a healing art to steal his thunder. After Toki scolds him for misusing Hokuto Shinken on a patient, Amiba joins Ken-oh and his army. With Toki imprisoned in Cassandra, Amiba successfully impersonates the healer, capturing villagers seeking Toki as experiments to test out new pressure points in order to perfect his version of Hokuto Shinken.
Adaptation Dye-Job: From black in the manga to white in the anime, likely done to avoid the Continuity Snarl of Amiba being able trick Kenshiro when Toki's hair became white after the bombs dropped. His natural hair color, though, is blond in the anime.
The Shirogane no SeijaSpin-Off manga rectified the original's issue by giving Amiba white hair when posing as Toki.
Adaptation Expansion: The Soukaku no Garou manga extends his backstory, revealing he was a student of Nanto Suichō Ken, which explains how he and Rei know each other.
Easy Impersonation: Subverted; Amiba manages to disguise himself by literally rearranging his face so that he looks more like Toki and even goes as far as to reproduce the scar on Toki's back. The only real oversight is Kenshiro later reveals that Toki's hair became white due to nuclear fallout, yet he is still tricked by Amiba's black hair in the manga. In the anime, this was rectified by giving Amiba white hair,
In Ken's Rage, his hair is black, but Rei immediately calls him out (albeit not for this reason).
Mad Scientist: Fits the mold even without the look - Amiba taught himself a few Hokuto Shinken essentials, as well as new ground simply via trial and error at the expense of innocent lives.
Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He's convinced he's learned enough of Hokuto Shinken to be a master of his own variation of the style. As Kenshiro angrily points out, he doesn't have the training to successfully imitate it. See also Clipped Wing Angel.
The Warden of Cassandra, a prison city where many of Raoh's enemies are locked-up, never to see the light of freedom again, Uighur is a giant Mongolian warrior who wields long, sharp Taishan-style whips and a powerful shoulder tackle. He preserved Cassandra's legacy as an inescapable prison until his fight with Kenshiro.
Whip It Good: Played straight with no BDSM undertones or jokes, but rather as a serious martial art
From The Second Series
Heavenly Emperor Arc
Voiced by: Ken Yamaguchi (TV anime), Kazuya Nakai (Ken's Rage)
A bounty hunter hired by the Imperial Army of the Heavenly Emperor, Ein wants to claim the reward on Kenshiro's head to support his "little lady" (actually his daughter Asuka). Kenshiro defeats him, but spares his life; convinced by Bat to help the weak and liberate the populace from the tyranny of the Heavenly Emperor and his army, Ein joins the Hokuto Army. He uses an unorthodox fighting style which he dubs "Kenka Kenpo" (the "art of brawling").
Badass Normal: Ein has no formal martial arts training, but he's still more powerful than the average mook.
"I understand how Falco feels! Anyone who kills women and children are NOT human beings!!"
Happily Adopted: In the anime and Ken's Rage, Asuka becomes his adoptive daughter. Her real mother was a young widow who befriended Ein before she was killed by bandits.
Heroic Sacrifice: Dies from his injuries after rescuing Lui and the others by punching his way from a flooding underground dungeon. Kenshiro wears one of his gloves in honor of his sacrifice for the remainder of the series.
Mighty Glacier: Relatively speaking. He has the strength to match a trained martial artist, but not the speed.
Nice Guy: In Ken's Rage, it's shown Ein is respectful and protective of women.
Papa Wolf: Do anything to harm Asuka and you're pretty much screwed. In the manga, Mooks decide to kill his daughter when Ein was away to free a district from the Imperial Army with the Hokuto Army. Ein goes to his daughter's aid just in time and punches so hard his fist goes straight through a thug's face.
Tender Tears: Sheds them when Lin and her sister Lui are reunited
Two convicted wrestlers previously captured by Ein, wanted by the Imperial Army for rebelling against them, Buzz and Gill Harn have been imprisoned for attempting to defeat Falco multiple times, but failed. Freed by Kenshiro and Ein, the brothers journey with the Hokuto Army to combat the Imperial Army. In reality, Buzz and Gill are masters of Nanto Sōyōken ("South Dipper Twin Hawk Fist"), who not seek to defeat Falco in order to avenge the deaths of other Nanto Seiken users by his hand, but to assist the successor of Hokuto Shinken, proclaiming that "when Hokuto moves, so must Nanto".
Death by Adaptation: In the manga, Gill outlives his brother and helps out Hokuto Army take down Jakoh to avenge his Buzz. In the anime, he's not as lucky.
Nuke 'Em: Buzz attempts to stop Falco with a bomb to give the Hokuto Army enough time to escape from the Imperial Army. Falco's soldiers shield him with their own bodies, making Buzz's Heroic Sacrificemeaningless.
Only One Name: Inverted; they are the only characters from the manga with a surname.
Spell My Name with an S: An actual spelling variation exists in the original Japanese media due to a misprint in the early editions of the manga. The Japanese spelling of the elder Harn brother varies between Bazu (バズ, with a dakuten) and Hazu (ハズ, without a dakuten). The anime went with Hazu, but the Kanzenban reprint of the manga replaced all instances of Hazu with Bazu.
Falco is the successor of Gento Kōken ("First Dipper Imperial Fist"), a martial art which destroys the opponent's body on a cellular level with ki-based attacks. He is the sworn guardian of the Heavenly Emperor and will do whatever it takes to protect him. Although an honorable man, Falco is forced to do Viceroy Jakoh's bidding, as Jakoh has kept the Emperor hostage and will kill him without hesistation if Falco disobeys his orders.When Lin and her older twin sister Lui were born, Jakoh ordered Falco to kill one of the twins, as two heirs to the throne of the Heavenly Emperor violated the law. Fortunately, Falco could not bring himself to kill an infant, and relegated to bringing Lin under the care of his aunt and uncle, far away from Jakoh's knowledge. When Lin is kidnapped by Jakoh's son Jask and taken to the Kingdom of Shura, Falco heads to the land ahead of Kenshiro to retrieve her, but is untimely defeated by an unknown Shura warrior upon arriving. He manages to avenge his loss by killing the warrior with Kenshiro's help, but Falco's wounds takes its toll and he dies at peace, knowing his wife Myu is carrying his child, who will succeed him as heir to Gento Kōken.
Anti-Villain: The only reason he's considered a villain is because he's working for Jakoh.
Artificial Limbs: His left leg is a prosethetic, sliced just above the knee, as a truce offering to Raoh to pass through and not harm their village during the early days of his campaign to conquer the world. It's implied that he might had been more powerful than Kenshiro had he still had both of his legs.
Dangerous Forbidden Technique: In his bid to defeat the "[Mook Nameless Shura" at the start of the next arc, Falco requests the use of the pressure point Sekkatsukō; it works and Falco swiftly defeats his foe, but succumbs to his wounds post-combat]].
Dropped a Bridge on Him: After serving as Kenshiro's rival for a story arc and killing off Jakoh, Falco is mortally wounded by a Nameless Shura at the start of the next arc.
Emotional Bruiser: Falco's soldiers state he has no tears left to cry; instead, it's his prosthetic leg that does the weeping whenever Falco staggers. Note also he wouldn't have spared an infant Lin if he didn't have a heart.
Worf Had The Flu: Kenshiro notes that Falco was still recovering from their previous fight when the Nameless Shura overpowered and wounded him to the brink of death. As soon as Kenshiro restores him to a semblance of health via the Sekkatsukō pressure point, Falco proves him right by wiping the floor with his killer.
Worthy Opponent: He starts out like this, but once Empress Lui is rescued, Falco pulls a Heel-Face Turn and kills Jakoh. Unfortunately, he does not last long as one of Kenshiro's newest allies.
Governor-General of the Imperial Army and Viceroy to the Heavenly Emperor, Jakoh enforces the Heavenly Emperor's will to the world with an iron fist. At the same time, he's also a corrupt opportunist; to that end, he secludes the Heavenly Emperor from Falco and his Gento masters to do his bidding, else the Emperor's life is forfeit. During Raoh's campaign to conquer the world, just before leaving Falco's village, Raoh advised Falco to kill Jakoh, sensing his evil intentions, but also so that Falco can maintain peace. However, Falco couldn't bring himself to do it, since Jakoh was raised by Falco's mother as one of her own. After Falco's mother passed away, Jakoh took the opportunity to usurp the Heavenly Emperor's power by locking her away in a secret dungeon beneath the Imperial Capital.
Actor Allusion: His voice actor in the anime is provided by Shigeru Chiba, who in addition to being the show's narrator, also voiced the Filler Villain Joker. Given who Jakoh was modeled after, the casting of Chiba as Jakoh was obviously deliberate.
Non-Action Big Bad: Pretty rare for this series, since he relies on his sons Jask and Shiino (replaced by "Taiga of the Green Light" and "Boltz of the Blue Light", both renegade Gento masters, in the anime) to enforce his will.
Fantastic Light Source: The Imperial Capital shines so brightly it lights up like a giant light bulb. This is because Jakoh developed a fear of the dark after his encounter with Raoh left an overwhelming terror in him.
Solia is a general of the Imperial Army and fellow practitioner of Gento Kōken, also known as "Solia of the Purple Light". He lost his right eye during a sparring match with Falco, but still respects the man in spite of that. He challenges Kenshiro under orders from Falco.
Anti-Villain: He all but admits he's only fighting Kenshiro to ensure he's ready to face Falco.
Another general of the Imperial Army and a close friend of Falco, years earlier before the story arc, Shoki encountered a wandering Kenshiro and Yuria sometime after his duel with Raoh and provided shelter to the two by allowing them to stay in his nearby home village, where Yuria spent the rest of her days in peace. When Jakoh became Viceroy to the Heavenly Emperor, Shoki time after time attempts to convince Falco to rebel against the corrupt official.
Ascended Extra: In the manga, Shoki was a common acquaintance of Falco and Kenshiro, only to be unceremoniously killed off by one of Jakoh's son Shiino. In the anime, he is one of four Gento generals who serve Falco (the other three being Solia, Taiga and Boltz) and gets to show off a bit of his Gento expertise against Kenshiro.
Ki Attacks: Red, but only in the anime (he uses brute strength in the manga).
Meaningful Name: Named after the Chinese guardian deity "Zhong Kui", who awarded his best friend with his beautiful sister's hand in marriage. Before becoming an Imperial General, Shoki was the guardian of his village, providing Kenshiro and Yuria a place to stay before she passed away. Kenshiro repays him by hurling Shiino's spear used to kill Shoki back at him.
Remember the New Guy: Kenshiro recognizes him the moment the Hokuto Army encounters him, despite having never appeared in the series up to that point. Admittingly, it occurred during the Time Skip.
We Hardly Knew Ye: Just as soon as it seems like Falco is able to smuggle Shoki out from the Imperial Capital, Shiino assassinates him.
The Heavenly Emperor (Tentei) is the successor of a royal family to whom Gento Kōken is sworn to protect. Representing the "Imperial Star" (better known as Polarisnote Not to be confused with the Big Dipper constellation), the unnamed Emperor rules much of the wasteland following Raoh's death, ensuring his reign is everlasting and unopposed. With the mighty Falco and Jakoh at his beck and whim, the people are at the Emperor's mercy, until the Hokuto Army began its rebellion, led by a returning Kenshiro, to combat his tyranny, liberating one district after another, all the way to the Imperial Capital.In reality, the Heavenly Emperor is Lui, Lin's estranged, older twin sister. The two were seperated when they were babies, upon which Jakoh ordered Lin to be put to death, as neither one can compete for the throne. However, Falco showed mercy and had the infant Lin taken to safety, thus Lui ascended to become the Emperor. Unfortunately, Jakoh took Lui hostage, proclaiming himself as her representative, and blackmailing Gento Kōken masters into servitude, forcing them to destroy rival martial arts in her name.
Twin Telepathy: As Lin draws closer to the Imperial Capital, she hears the Emperor's voice via ESP.
Kingdom of Shura arc
Hokuto Ryūken ("North Star Lapis Lazuli Fist") is a fighting style which branched off from the main Hokuto bloodline along with Hokuto Shinken. Like its counterpart, Hokuto Ryūken uses 1109 destructive pressure points of the human body as the basis of its techniques. In contrast to Hokuto Shinken who manipulates touki, Hokuto Ryūken masters use matouki ("evil fighting spirit"), with results that can drive its practitioner insane. The three Rasho ("The Lords of Shura") that Kenshiro faces in the Kingdom of Shura arc are all masters of Hokuto Ryūken.
Voiced by: Koji Totani (TV anime), Takuya Kirimoto (Ken's Rage)
The Third Rasho of the Kingdom of Shura and the first Hokuto Ryūken master Kenshiro faces, Han is constantly under the threat of assassination. He claims to have lost count of the number of assassins he disposed after the hundredth time. His style of Hokuto Ryūken uses hurricane-like techniques that are so fast they don't leave trails of a shadow, including strong wind currents with his fists. As Han succumbs to his wounds during his fight with Kenshiro, he reveals that the Land of Shura is where Kenshiro was born.
Badass: Such as having a harem of beauties, willingness to drink poison to mock his assassins, and his ball-breaking fight with Kenshiro.
The Second Rashoand Kenshiro's biological older brother, Hyoh is admired and praised by the commoners of Shura for being a benevolent, kind ruler when compared against the tryannical Kaioh. Hyoh and Kenshiro are the descendents of the main Hokuto bloodline, but were separated when they were children, as Raoh and Toki took the infant Kenshiro with them to the mainland to train under Ryuken, while Hyoh remained behind with Jukei, the master of Hokuto Ryūken. Unfortunately, his memories of Kenshiro were sealed away by Jukei; the scar on his forehead was a result of this. When Hyoh finds Han's body floating down towards his castle, he swears revenge at the one who killed him. Kaioh takes advantage of this through manipulating Hyoh by killing his fiancée Sayaka, Kaioh's younger sister, blaming her death on Kenshiro. Hyoh turns insane and becomes possessed by matouki, hellbent for the successor of Hokuto Shinken.Fortunately, Hyoh returns to normal after fighting his brother, even regaining his memories. He realizes why Jukei had to seal away his memories during his training, but is accosted with the fact that Kaioh also had a hand in sealing his memories. He rescues Lin from Kaioh's warriors, intent on taking full responsibility for his actions.
The Big Bad of the Kingdom of Shura arc, Kaioh is the First Rasho and the strongest of the Hokuto Ryūken masters. Clad in black armor, which he wears not for protection, but to control the flow of matouki he emits, Kaioh proclaims himself the "Creator of the New Century" (Shin Seiki Sozoshu). The elder biological brother of Raoh and Toki, Kaioh remained in Shura to train with Jukei in Hokuto Ryūken. Kaioh despises the primary Hokuto bloodline with a passion, and Kenshiro is the next person to incur his wrath upon entering the Kingdom of Shura to rescue Lin and challenge the three Rasho. Much of Kaioh's hate for Hokuto stems from being forced to play second fiddle to Hyoh, despite being the more gifted disciple of Jukei. This is ultimately solidified when his mother died saving Kenshiro and Hyoh during a fire that claimed her life.
Composite Character: Think Souther, mixed with Oedipus Complex turned Up to Eleven, added with Raoh's character design, plus a few facial scars. Now shake and bake - hell, the manner in which Kaioh dies by jumping into the air and falling into Kenshiro's fist is exactly identical to Souther's.
Cool Horse: His horse "Hayabusa-Maru" is just as large as Kokuoh-Go, only completely red.
Akashachi ("Red Orca") is a one-legged, one-eyed captain of the pirate ship, the "Dual-Hulled Orca", who reluctantly tranports Kenshiro across the Dead Sea (the last remaining sea on Earth) to reach the Kingdom of Shura. Years earlier, he was separated from his son Shachi when a hundred of his men were slaughtered by a young, Shura warrior when they landed on the shores. Upon reaching Shura, Akashachi requests Kenshiro to find Shachi, who somehow got lost in Shura during their last voyage. Portrayed as a brutal pirate, Akashachi saves a heavily injured Kenshiro in his first bout with Kaioh, but is killed while rescuing him. However, he manages to find his son, including meeting the love of his life Leia, giving both of them his blessing before death.It's revealed Raoh personally thanked Akashachi some point in the past, when he crossed the Dead Sea to meet Kaioh before he began his conquest of the wasteland.
The estranged son of Akashachi, Shachi ("Orca") was separated from his father and crew during their first voyage to the Kingdom of Shura, after they were ambushed by a lone Shura warrior. Relegated to staying in Shura, Shachi fell in love with a local girl named Leia, but in order to protect her from the authorities, he decides to train in Hokuto Ryūken under Jukei, adopting the identity "Rakshasa". While his original goal was to use the kidnapped Lin as bait and force Kenshiro to fight and destroy the three Rasho, he becomes Kenshiro's loyal ally in Shura after reuniting with his father for the briefest of time, even sacrificing his left eye to Hyoh so a wounded Kenshiro following his first fight with Kaioh would not be captured. After helping Kenshiro restore his brother Hyoh's memories, Shachi sacrifices himself to buy Kenshiro time to master the secrets of the Hokuto bloodline and faces Kaioh, but is mortally wounded and dies in Leia's arms.
Eyepatch of Power: Picks up his father's after sacrificing his left eye in order to convince Hyoh to let him through, while carrying the gravely injured Kenshiro.
Mysterious Watcher: Shachi first appears as a mysterious, cloaked figure watching Kenshiro from afar.
Suspiciously Similar Substitute:Tto Rei - both men are willing to cast away morality in order to achieve their goals, becomes a straight-up Face after meeting Kenshiro and fiercely loyal to him, has a woman he loves and devotes himself to, and dies fighting the Big Bad before the latter is defeated by Kenshiro, with his final words directed to his lover before passing. Shachi's white hair is the same as Rei's during his last days.
Another powerful Hokuto Ryūken practitioner and a protector of the Hokuto Sōke bloodline, Kuroyasha is a short, dwarfish man who appears before Kenshiro, claiming he was once his guardian when he was an infant. When Hyoh goes insane and orders his brother's death, Kuroyasha heads to his lair at Raseiden to defeat Hyoh. Unfortunately, he is no match of Hokuto Ryūken, but Kenshiro manages to restores Hyoh's memories. Kuroyasha continues to accompany Hyoh until his death at the hands of Kaioh's army in order to protect Lin.
The previous Hokuto Ryūken successor, Jukei is the master who trained the three Rasho and Shachi. Many years ago, Jukei went on a crazed killing spree due to misusing the style and was consumed with matouki. It would take Ryuken of Hokuto Shinken to stop him, but by then it was too late, as he had killed his wife and child. Sending away Raoh, Toki and Kenshiro to train with Ryuken, Jukei began Kaioh, Hyoh and their mutual friend Han in their training, who hoped the three could save the war-torn Land of Shura from its oppressors. In reality, Jukei believed the three were too "weak" to learn Hokuto Shinken: Kaioh's heart was filled with hate over the loss of his mother and Hyoh was too emotionally attached to his younger brother Kenshiro. Despite the risks, he taught them Hokuto Ryūken, under the belief that a Hokuto Shinken successor such as Raoh will return to Shura and save it.Unfortunately, his students became oppressors themselves following the nuclear war, ascending to their status as the three Rasho; even Shachi, whom he took as his fourth discipline, soon fell to violence. When Jukei learns that Kenshiro is the one arriving to Shura in Raoh's place, he decides to take matters into his own hands by undoing the seal on Hyoh's memories to prevent both brothers from killing each other. However, he did not expect Kaioh to have tampered and compromised the seal himself, rendering Jukei's attempt fruitless. Just as he realizes what Kaioh has done, Hyoh delivers the killing blow; as Jukei lays dying, he states his regrets, citing he may have doomed all of Shura to his evil disciples.In Fist of the Blue Sky, Jukei appears as an orphaned child belonging to Hokuto Ryukaken.
Jerkass: As a master, Jukei did everything to ensure his disciples would screw up - blackmailing Kaioh into becoming Hyoh's patsy, and erasing Hyoh's memory of his darling brother Kenshiro was just a few of the things he did.
A low-class Shura warrior who has literally not made a name for himself yet, he is a master of Shura Nindō, a style of Ninpō taught in the Kingdom of Shura. At the age of 14, this boy singlehandedly destroyed a hundred of Akashachi's men during his failed attempt to raid the Kingdom. Years later, when Falco crossed the Dead Sea to search for the kidnapped Lin the Nameless Shura takes him by surprise and deals a fatal blow. With Kenshiro's help, Falco is able to recover his strength and defeat him.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Many fans have voiced their disgust at how a non-entity like the Nameless Shura manages to gravely wound one of Kenshiro's mightiest rivals from the second series. Justified when the technical possibility of Falco losing so easily is immediately explained by Kenshiro that Falco still hadn't recovered from their nearly-fatal fight. Still, story-wise, this was perhaps the most pointless and spiteful death in the series.
A high-class Shura warrior who claims to have defeated most of his adversaries in less than two minutes each, earning him the nickname "Alf of the Hourglass". He is one of the first Shura warriors Kenshiro faces in his venture into the Kingdom.
Arranged Marriage: The Shura Warrior Kaiser promised him one to Lin if he kills Kenshiro.
The orphaned, posthumous son of Raoh, Ryu was raised by the Hakuri family following his father's death. When "Uncle" Kenshiro returns to the mainland from the Kingdom of Shura, he takes Ryu, full of wit and courage at a young age, to learn of Hokuto Shinken and its philsophies, journeying throughout the wasteland. After a few story arcs, Kenshiro abruptly leaves him under the care of Balga and his son Shingo, so that Ryu can train on his own. Although the character never makes an appearance outisde of the manga, he makes a non-vocal cameo in a flashback for New Fist of the North Star.
Adults Are Useless: Toyed with - Kenshiro refuses to intervene on Ryu's behalf regarding Kouketsu and his men, telling the boy that he must "fight his own battles". Averted when Kenshiro steps in and saves the day, anyway.
Unnamed Parent: His mother is conveniently unidentified. Fans speculate it may have been Yuria, during the time she was taken by Raoh, assuming he truly took advantage of her. The fact the prologue of the Legend of Kenshiro movie implies she is pregnant lends credence to this theory, assuming the child isn't Kenshiro's or they consummated after their marriage. However, Buronson and Hara have said nil about the subject. Other candidates includes Reina, Raoh's childhood friend and one of his generals who appears in Legends of the True Savior and Legends of the Dark King, and Toh, who may have had an affair with Raoh at some point in the past.
The first villain in the third part of the manga, Kouketsu was originally a horsefeeder in Raoh's army, who believed he could get into the tyrant's good graces by shining his shoes, but Raoh saw through his deception and threatened to kill him. Short and fat, Kouketsu used his intelligence and savviness to create false fertile land, then enslave gullible wasteland travelers to farm it. When Kouketsu's men stole and killed Ryu's foster parents over their abundant crops, Kenshiro and Ryu journey to Kouketsu's to deal with the dictator and liberate the slaves.
The penultimate villain from the manga, Baran is the self-proclaimed "Emperor of Light" (Kotei), who rules the Kingdom of Blanca. Declaring himself God, he leads a cult of brainwashed followers to do his bidding and performs miracles to those who believe in him, while striking down disbelievers. In reality, Baran's abilities come from Hokuto Shinken: upon losing his younger sister to illness because of her devotion to the monotheistic diety of Fist of the North Star, believing she will be healed through prayer rather than medicine, Baran renounced his faith and swore to oppose God, who he believes took her life. When a young Baran witnessed the power of Raoh, he joined his army and learned a few Hokuto Shinken techniques through him. Years after Raoh's defeat, Baran comes across the peaceful Kingdom of Blanca, and conquers it quietly by becoming the Emperor of Light.
The final villain in the manga, Bolge was originally a Giant Mook after a bounty was placed on Kenshiro's head (shortly after Bat joins Kenshiro in his travels). Rather than kill him, Kenshiro spared Bolge, but cut out his eyes, rendering him insane and harboring a deep hatred for the martial artist. Grafting all sorts of weaponry to his body, Bolge goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against anyone who has ever wronged him, especially Kenshiro. After Bat leaves an amnesiac Kenshiro and Lin, he discovers Bolge is alive, but is determined to prevent him from finding Kenshiro. Taking on his friend's identity, including his signature seven scars, Bat bravely faces Bolge, but is overwhelmed and brtually tortured. Kenshiro manages to find Bat, and when Bat's screams retrigger Kenshiro's memories, he easily defeats Bolge. However, it is the heavily wounded Bat who deals the final, killing blow.
But for Me, It Was Tuesday: A random bandit seeking power who Kenshiro brutally disfigured in his wanderings. While Kenshiro gave the man no further thought, Bolge decides to live entirely just to take revenge for what happened.
Gonk: Extremely ugly even for Fist of the North Star; of course, his head did deform from Kenshiro's fist, but as the flashback shows, he was pretty bad before he was blinded.
Meaningful Name: Multiple weapons grafted to his body, including metal plating to his skull for protection. Another translation for his name is "Borg".
Mook Promotion: From a simple bandit to the final villain of the manga
Post Final Boss: Exists mostly to serve as part of the last wrap-ups to the story
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Had Bolge just finished off Bat instead of slowly torturing him, Kenshiro wouldn't have regained his memories.
Remember the New Guy: Bolge never appeared before in the manga, yet a flashback is provided to show when Kenshiro defeats him the first time, implying their encounter occurred sometime before meeting the Colonel.
Your Head Asplode: Actually happens, but he lives long enough to try for one last stab
The following are characters who do not appear in the original manga, but make their debut in other Fist of the North Star material.
From Legends of the True Savior
Voiced by: Kou Shibasaki (Legends of the True Savior), Mai Nakahara (Legends of the Dark King, JP), Emily Neves (Legends of the Dark King, ENG)
Making her first appearance in Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Love in Death and later in Legends of the Dark King, Reina is a childhood friend of Raoh, and a native of the Land of Shura. Before Raoh left, he promised Reina he would return to save their home; however, Reina and her older brother Souga would journey to the mainland and assist him with the building of his army, following the nuclear war. Assigned the role of Raoh's captain of his royal guards, Reina leads his cavalry using the sword-style Nichigetsu Soutou'' ("Twin Blades of the Sun and Moon"), earning her the nickname "Reina of the Twin Blades".
Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka (Legends of the True Savior), Masaya Matsukaze (Legends of the Dark King, JP), David Matranga (Legends of the Dark King, ENG)
The older brother of Reina, Souga appears in Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Love in Death as Raoh's closest confidant and friend, and a master of Suzan Senpuu Kyaku ("Mt. Song Whirlwind Kick"). However, he is executed by Raoh during a failed assassination attempt, whom Raoh accuses of masterminding it. Legends of the Dark King expands on his story before his death: upon leaving the Land of Shura, Souga joins Raoh as his primary strategist for his campaign to conquer the world. Their victories earned Souga the title "Souga the Swift"; unfortunately, his right leg is a prosthetic, having lost it after conquering the city prison Cassandra.When he was struck with a fatal attack by the warrior Gaiya, giving him a mere two months of life left, Souga decides on a ruse to scare Raoh's troops out of any inclinations of desertion or rebellion. To that end, with Raoh's acknowledgement, he and an appointed hitman deliberately fail the assassination attempt on Raoh, who subsequently kills his good friend in front of his horrified men, solidfying their allegiance to Ken-oh.
Voiced by: Yusaku Yara
Yuria and Ryuga's guardian when they were children, Dharma first appeared as the unnamed individual who brought Yuria to Ryuken's temple in the manga. In Legend of Yuria, Dharma, who was the Last General of Nanto, ordered the Nanto Goshasei to retrieve Yuria from Shin, to ensure protection of the Nanto bloodline. He passes away when Yuria reunites with him; in his honor, she ascends to his position.
Appearing in Legend of Toki, Sara is a female doctor with connections to Ryuken's temple. A close friend of Toki and his Love Interest, she is the one who diagnoses him with radiation poisoning. When Toki decides to leave the temple, Sara travels with him to build the Village of Miracles.
A former disciple of Fugen, Jugai is another use of Nanto Koshū Ken, and is the primary antagonist of Legend of Kenshiro. When his wife and daughter were killed by bandits, Jugai turned to a life of evil.
Voiced by: Masuo Amada
A rival warlord who Raoh easily defeats in Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Love in Death, Pluto (or Meioh) makes another appearance in Legends of the Dark King, who has taken over the cities of Southern Cross and Godland following the deaths of Shin and the Colonel. Unfortunately, Pluto is secretly manipulated by Gaiya, despite being the leader of his troops.
Appearing exclusively in the Legends of the Dark KingAnimated Adaptation, Sakuya is a mysterious woman with an unknown agenda who joins Raoh as his secondary strategist. She is the younger sister of Gaiya and a master of Kokuzan Ongyo Ken ("Black Mountain Dark Form Fist"), a style that renders its user near invisible. On occasion, Sakuya visits Toki in his prison cell at Cassandra, reporting on Raoh and Kenshiro's progress; only Reina is aware of her actions. Upon witnessing Raoh and Souther's increasing hegemony, Sakuya determines both men are unworthy of being a conqueror (Souther lacks compassion and love; Raoh cannot emote sadness), noting there's another individual who possesses both traits. In order to stop their climatic duel, she takes the fatal blow from both martial artists' fists.
A master of Nanto Ryuo Ken ("South Star Seagull Fist"), he was reputed as the "Wise Leader of the South Star" (Nanto no Jisho), a military strategist who led Nanto troops to several victories. When the 108 schools of Nanto Seiken broke up and began fighting amongst themselves, Ryuroh chose a life of solitude and peace, not wishing to be involved in the conflicts. Living now as the hermit "Ryuroh of the Woods", he attempts to convince Raoh to change his mind of conquering the world, and use his abilities as a force of good like his brothers Toki and Kenshiro. Raoh believes this is an act of defiance against him, and the two are forced to fight. He mortally wounds Ryuroh, but discovers he was already dying from illness. Ryuroh makes a final plea, hoping Raoh will turn from his ways with his death.Ryuroh makes an appearance in Soukaku no Garou as a advisor and stand-in for the Last General of Nanto, when the Nanto Seiken were convened to consider the actions of Rei's rogue master, Rofu.
Another master of Kokuzan Ongyo Ken, Gaiya is the older brother of Sakuya. He infiltrated Pluto's army and gained control of his organization from behind-the-scenes, becoming its actual figurehead. When he confronts Souga and Ryuga, his mastery of Kokuzan Ongyo Ken proves too formidable, he winds up wounding Souga, who is left with a few months to live.
From Soukaku no Garou
A young drifter who Rei meets in his search for his sister Airi, Yuh tells the Nanto Suichō Ken master that she may be at Asgarzul, a city created to shelter women. Yuh claims to be a practitioner of Nanto Seiken, but is used as a ruse to gain Rei's compliance and sympathy.Yuh is the adopted younger sister of Eva, Queen of Asgarzul. As a child, Yuh's mother was killed by bandits, but Eva took her into the city under her protection, but also to ensure her legacy can be passed on, as Eva saw Yuh as her potential successor. With her adoptive sister's death, Yuh is forced to ascend to the title of "queen" to ensure the city and its citizens can continue their way of life.
Leader of "Eva's Valkyries", the elite guard who protect Asgarzul and the Queen, Freeda sees to it that the men who venture in and out of Asgarzul remain in order. When Eva is assassinated, Freeda accuses Rei of the hit, but is unsure he is the culprit when he has no motives to kill her. In the meantime, Freeda continues to protect the women of Asgarzul, as various, lawless factions seek to overthrow the women's control of the city.
Queen of Asgarzul, a city built by women to be the "red-light district" of the new, terrible world, Eva is gifted with the foreknowledge of things that must come to pass. She invites Rei into her city, reminding him of his destiny as the Star of Justice, but also one who holds the potential to be as great as other conquerors in the world. According to Eva, many men have come to Asgarzul seeking her guidance and pleasure, including Shin, Souther and Raoh. However, none have dared conquered the city because of what it stands for. Her assassination sets off the plot for Soukaku no Garou, and Rei intends to find the individual who has framed him for her death.
The successor to Nanto Kojaku Ken, Zan intends to conquer Asgarzul for Rofu, but is actually a double agent working for Yuda.
A former guardian of Asgarzul and one of Eva's closest bodyguards, Rima is a product of genetic engineering and experiments done by government scientists prior to the nuclear fallout to create the ultimate super-soldier. Also known as "Rima of Alkaid", his physical strength is monstrous and unmatched. Although he initially serves as Rofu's right-hand man, his loyalty lies with Eva.
A practitioner of Nanto Hisui Ken, Karen was a close friend of Rei during his days of training in Nanto Suichō Ken. Following the nuclear apocalypse, she aligned with Raoh, after her brother Masaya was killed as part of Shuh's resistance against Souther, and is seen watching Rei and Rofu during their bout. She reppears in the extra chapters of Soukaku no Garou, under orders from Raoh to invade Mamiya's village and conquer it, when Kenshiro left to seek Jagi. Rei is forced to fight and kill her.
The previous successor to Nanto Suichō Ken and Rei's master, Rofu was a stern and strict pracitioner of the style. He favors raw strength to perfect the art, and demands that Rei must do the same if he is to succeed him. After the nuclear war, Rofu seeks to conquer the heavens and take back the title of successor of Nanto Suichō Ken.
Rofuh's wife and a fellow practitioner of Nanto Suichō Ken, Linlei was originally in the running lead to be the successor, noted to be even stronger than Rofu, but gave it up to marry him. Although Rofu may have taught Rei the raw, powerful aspects of the style, Linlei is the one who showed Rei that Nanto Suichō Ken is also about beauty, elegance and grace. From her, Rei was able to learn the Nanto Suichō Ken technique, Hien Ryubu, which Linlei was famous for. In order to stop her power-hungry husband after the apocalypse, Linlei was forced to fight Rofu, but let her guard down, and was killed by him.
From Shirogane no Seija
Toki's attendant from Ryuken's temple, Ramo journeys with Toki to help establish the Village of Miracles.
A young, orphaned boy whom Toki meets at a settlement full of the sick and elderly, after he leaves the safety of Ryuken's temple, Luka was Toki's first patient.