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Characters: Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple
There are several characters in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple.
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Kenichi Shirahama

Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (JP), Josh Grelle (EN)

A 16-year-old boy who is currently in his second year of high school. On his way to school one day, Kenichi meets a girl named Miu, and the two soon become friends. At the start of high school, Kenichi joins the school's karate club, hoping to become less weak, but he is forced to do menial chores and is used as a punching bag. One day, he finally stands up to a hulking student, and the two agree to a match in which the loser will quit the club. With Miu's help, Kenichi manages to win, but he quits the club anyway. He joins the Ryozanpaku dojo, which Miu's grandfather nominally runs, and begins an intense training regime in several different types of martial arts.

Kenichi is kind, compassionate, thoughtful, and moral to a fault. He is against violence and studies martial arts to protect others, and he adheres to a strict code of morals, which includes a refusal to hit women. Because of his kindness and empathy, Kenichi has made many friends, most of whom are former enemies.
  • Accidental Pervert: His sparring partner and one of his masters are tremendously well-endowed. You do the math.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Despite having a serious hate-on for Shou Kano and having been in a bloody, vicious, all-out fight with him only moments before, he still displays sincere regret and sadness when Shou is fatally wounded protecting Miu, then tells Kenichi that it's up to him to protect her from now on.
  • Badass Normal: His masters blatantly tell him that he has no talent, but make up for it by all-but beating the lessons into him. The results have been staggeringly successful, as attested by out-classing Berserker.
  • Battle Couple: With Miu, sort of.
  • Berserk Button: Go ahead, call him a coward. We'll wait.
    • Hurting or threatening to harm his friends, ESPECIALLY Miu...
    • Go ahead and insult his masters. I dare you.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: A meek young man who enjoys reading and gardening. He just wants to be friends, even if you're a member of an Ancient Conspiracy dedicated to the practice of martial art centered on kill your opponents. Push one of his Berkserk Buttons and he will fight like a rabid badger.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Messing with his little sister is a VERY bad idea.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Has several moments of it throughout the series.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Boring, but Practical: Kenichi doesn't have the kind of advanced moves or styles that many of his opponents have, and while he has his awesome moments, strictly speaking he's just using the basics of martial arts. However, this is precisely the kind of martial artist Bruce Lee stated was the most fearsome.
    • Eventually averted when he starts relying on Ryūsui Seikūken and Mubyoshi.
  • Charles Atlas Super Power: As a result of training at Ryōzanpaku.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Miu.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: While his sights are firmly set on Miu, that hasn't stopped him from unknowingly picking up a small harem of interested girls, including Izumi, Renka, Raichi, and possibly even Shigure.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Since he receives training from a variety of masters who specialize in different fighting styles, Kenichi can often mix his fighting moves up a little bit to throw off his opponents, most of whom are trained more traditionally and mostly specialize only in one or two forms of fights. For example, in his fight against Takeda the boxer, since Takeda is trained to fight with his fists and upper body, Kenichi utilizes low kicks to attack his legs since Takeda wouldn't be expecting that (since that would be illegal in a boxing match), and therefore wouldn't be concentrating on protecting his legs.
  • Covert Pervert: He does buy stuff from Ma Kensei.
  • Cowardly Lion: Scared stiff more often than not, though it won't stop him fighting. It's his master's training that really scares him. Through the wonders of character development, this is less and less the case.
  • Declaration of Protection: He has sworn to just about everyone in earshot that he'll become strong enough to protect his Love Interest, Miu.
  • Determinator: Unconsciousness won't stop him, by the end of the D of D tournament. In fact, that just worsens your chance of keeping him down, since he then surpasses the speed of thought and perfectly demonstrates the techniques that (nigh literally) have been beaten into him by Ryouzanpaku.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: No one he fights can believe he's as good as he is because of his looks and general demeanor.
  • The Fettered: He doesn't fight because we wants to be the strongest, or because he enjoys fighting; he fights to protect others. And if you're the person others need protection from, you will find that he is much, much stronger than he initially seemed.
  • Fight Magnet: Justified by Niijima in chapter 5: After Kenichi defeats Karate Club bully Daimonji, he attracts the attention of the Karate Club captain Chukuba; after he defeats Chukuba he attracts the attention of Ragnarok… and after he defeats Ragnarok, he attracts the attention of Yami. God only knows what will happen when he defeats their disciples.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: When Kenichi was a kid, he and Ryuto met Miu. After seeing Miu defeat the thug trying to assault a kind old lady, both Ryuto and Kenichi vowed to become strong, but Kenichi forgot the fact and that it was Miu who traded him the Yin Yang badge he carries on the neck of his shirt all the time for a cat badge, as a remainder of said promise.
  • The Hero: Kenichi is reconstruction of this trope, particularly the shounen fighting hero. He is almost as terrified of his training as he is of the antagonists arrayed against him. Initially all he wants is a well-tended garden, a well-stocked library, and Miu. This (rapidly) expands to include the ability to protect the ones he loves and fight the evils others ignore. Turns out he'll have to defeat a whole gang of Badasses and an Ancient Conspiracy to achieve most of these things, and defeat his master for the other. Good thing he is a hard working and determined young man, whose aforementioned master (or rather, five of them) have every intention of turning him into, well, the mightiest disciple.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: No thanks to Niijima, who often acts like J Jonah Jameson and either gives misinformation or else exaggerates Kenichi's wins, making Kenichi seem more like a common thug than a guy who wants to protect people.
  • Human Pack Mule: To Miu whenever she goes shopping for groceries. This, of course, doubles as a part of his Training from Hell, and his mentors often force him to carry some extra weights on those occasions, just for the sake of training his strength and endurance.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: He's one during training with the various masters. Averted during actual fights with bad guys.
  • Kung-Fu Clairvoyance: Courtesy of Seikuken.
  • Love at First Punch: Unintentional but still. His meeting with Miu is related to this trope but not quite it, since neither have Jerkass tendencies, and it was her attempt to befriend him that got him to notice her attractiveness. Plus, the real reason she did so is because she recognized him from their childhood.
  • Made of Iron: Basically his only specialty. He can take a beatdown like no other.
  • Martial Pacifist
  • Memento MacGuffin: The Yin Yang badge he carries on the neck of his shirt all the time. It was Miu who traded it for a cat badge with him years ago.
  • Morality Chain: To Miu.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Much stronger than his slim physique implies.
    • Gradually moves away from this later on by showing his development, when Kenichi begins to show a physique just as ripped, if not more so, than most of his generation of fighters.
    • Kenichi indeed gets extremely muscular: he's just still rather short. Compare to Edward Elric of Full Metal Alchemist.
    • It is stated in the anime that Akisame's training alters the slow twitch/fast twitch muscle ratio in Kenichi's body, creating a lean look, with very strong muscles.
  • Nice Guy: Would MUCH prefer reading and tending flowers than what he's called upon almost daily to do.
  • Not So Weak: One of the earlier thugs that beat him down got grabbed on the ankle before kicking him off. The thug then pulled up his pant-leg, revealing a bruise in the shape of Kenichi's hand. Kenichi has since grown much, much stronger.
  • Oblivious to Love: Not as of 423. He finally makes his feelings known to Miu, revealing that it's not so much a case of this as it is Single-Target Sexuality.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: When fighting Tanimoto, he thinks something along the lines of "My name is Kenichi Shirahama, a normal high-schooler that loves reading books and gardening... so why is it that I'm now fighting on the roof of a speeding bus!?"
  • Pointless Bandaid: Chikage tends to call him "Bandaid", because of it.
  • Terror Hero: Type 5, thanks largely to Niijima. Falls into this trope in episode 24 of Season 1 when some thugs try to bully the drama club into giving up their large room so they can use it for their club. After Kenichi saves the drama club president and announces who he is, the thug's minions begin worry about his presence and exaggerate his reputation a bit, such as being able to take on a bear. However, it's enough to make them run away.
    • Happens again when he, Takeda, and Ukita save the Shinpaku Alliance members from the rank and file Ragnarok thugs. Niijima once again greatly exaggerates what Kenichi actually did, and causes the remaining thugs to run away due to his power.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: How Kenichi broke Miu out of her Unstoppable Rage. Subverted in Chapter 459 where he tries to pull it off again to Miu to get her out of her Brainwashed and Crazy state, but he still gets a brutal beat down in the end.
  • This Loser Is You: In the beginning.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Took hundreds. A few volumes, and he can drop his former tormentors. A few arcs, and he's accidentally hospitalizing them by the dozen. All thanks to the sheer fortitude to survive Ryozanpaku.
    • To put things into perspective. At the start of the series he was terrified stiff of guys with small knives. Or just guys who wanted to beat him up. Now he can even take on guys armed with huge swords and firearms.
  • Training from Hell: Driving Kenichi into the ground and scaring his reflexes into gold are standard for the masters of Ryouzanpaku, but the most hellish comes from Koetsuji, who builds simple and complex machines to wring the skill from his disciple's bones. Some intrinsic consequences from failing these machines include (but are not limited to only): burning alive, electrocution, being trapped for hours in one position, and impalement. If they didn't know what they were doing (or if Apachai hadn't learned to hold back), he would be long gone by now. Since they do, Kenichi can actually consider it "training" and gain immense results...though he did actually die once or twice. Good thing two of his masters are also medical geniuses.
    • Kenichi grows to like it, going so far as to increase his regimen while his masters are absent in Chapter 423. Try to imagine the Kenichi from 200 chapters ago doing that.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Kenichi's earlier battles were based more on getting a single hit on his foes, that his inhuman strength gained from training at Ryōzanpaku would turn into a devastating, one-hit KO, than actual combat ability. Akisame even addresses this shortly after Kenichi starts learning actual techniques.
  • Unusual Eyebrows
  • Warrior Therapist: His advances in the Sei style have offered him some very telling insights on some of his opponents.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Miu.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: This attitude angers several female opponents and wins the affection of some others.

Miu Fūrinji / Bulu Indah

Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami (JP, TV anime), Rie Kugimiya (JP, OVA), Carrie Savage (EN)

A 16-year-old girl who attends the same school as Kenichi and is currently in her second year. She is the granddaughter of Hayato Fūrinji, the leader of Ryōzanpaku Dojo. Despite being attractive, smart, athletic, and kind, Miu is very socially inept, to the point of having no friends before meeting Kenichi and practically no social life. Miu's social ineptness stems from her upbringing, during which she never had any time to make friends, and also from her home life, in which she is practically a live-in maid.

Miu has proven herself to be an immensely skilled fighter. While her exact martial arts disciplines have not been stated, she has shown knowledge of several styles. Her fighting style is graceful and fluid, taking advantage of her agility, coordination, and flexibility, and makes heavy use of kicks. Her skills have been honed to the point where she will reflexively throw anyone who sneaks up behind her.
  • Action Girl: The first of a long list
  • Action Girlfriend: To Kenichi.
  • Badass Adorable: More so as a child, but she is still pretty adorable as she kicks ass
  • Badass Back: Do not approach her from the back or you find out why.
  • Badass in Distress: And a victim of Mind Manipulation.
  • Battle Couple: With Kenichi, sort of. She started out protecting or looking out for him since she was much stronger in the beginning. Played straighter when he improved enough to be equal to her level, or close to it.
  • Beauty Mark
  • Betty and Veronica: Betty to Renka's Veronica.
  • Berserker Rage: A result of her not being able to control her immense Dou Ki. This ends when she finally masters her Ki.
  • Beware of the Nice Ones: One of the nicest people, but also one of the strongest disciple fighters so making her angry tends to be a bad idea.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Bilingual Bonus: Bulu Indah means 'Beautiful Feather' in Malay/Indonesian.
  • Blood Knight: FORCEFULLY mind you, but this applies.
  • Braids of Action: Zigzagged. Initially, she let her hair down before fighting. After Ragnarok, she dons the braids and lets her hair down in school.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Even after officially breaking free of Junazard's control, she has a hidden amount of blood lust unlocked as a result.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Kenichi.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: While not 'officially' with Kenichi, she reacts strongly to Renka flirting with him.
  • Clothing Damage: Often, sometimes turned Up to Eleven; when she attacks Silkwat and he counters her attacks before knocking her out, that skin-tight fighting costume of hers is so shredded that she might as well be naked. She must paint her underwear zones with spirit gum before putting it on—there's no other logical way enough bits of it could stay on sometimes!
    • So often in fact that whenever Kenichi imagines them in danger, he automatically pictures her that way.
  • Cuteness Proximity: To cats or anything cat-like.
  • D-Cup Distress: Laments her size due to its interference with her martial arts. Probably doesn't help people call her "dairy cow."
  • Don't Sneak Up On Me Like That: Don't ever touch her (and certainly don't grab her) from behind, or you will quickly end up on your back.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: After being kidnapped by Silkwat.
  • Fan Service Pack: Her boobs and hips grow substantially in a very short time after she starts her second year at school. Handwaved as puberty, when she wonders how much bigger they will get.
    • ...and somehow Miu's breasts and hips got smaller right after Apachai's "death" event, the measurements seems to be the same as her early design.
  • Feather Motif: Often drawn accompanied by ethereal feathers. See also Meaningful Name below.
  • Forehead of Doom
  • Forgotten First Meeting: She met Kenichi when they were kids. Miu apparently recognized him right away, but didn't feel the need to bring it up when they meet again.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Even her school uniform and a blanket.
  • Glass Cannon: While she's an exceptional martial artist and exceptionally hard to hit or even touch, she rarely can take more than a few hits before collapsing/ being unable to continue. This is played up in the anime so she won't join in a fight she could very easily win, but Kenichi would struggle with.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Look at her after she goes into Unstoppable Rage.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Only Kenichi rivals her in kindness.
  • Heir to the Dojo: Raised by the leader of Ryozanpaku and trained by him.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Oh, no, she doesn't have that kind of feelings for Kenichi. He is just like a little brother. Or a dog who lives in her house. Yet will become incredibly jealous the instant another girl announces her affections for him.
  • Hero's Muse: Inspired Kenichi to take up Martial Arts.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes
  • Instant Expert: Miu can master techniques, training, and even whole styles in a very little amount of time, around a week. Which was made more clear when explained that Miu is the descendant of a tribe of people who specifically breed to create powerful offspring with exceptional martial arts talent. Not to mention her father is the son of the World's Strongest Man, as well as one of the most powerful martial artists in the series
    • She also learned a workable amount of a new language in the same week.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover
  • Lady of War: Grace and coordination; that's how she fights.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The light to Renka Ma's dark.
  • Little Miss Badass: Routinely beating street thugs at the age of six.
  • Male Gaze: Close ups of her chest and butt are a must.
  • Martial Pacifist: Only fights for others and then will try to end it with the least damage to both her and her opponent.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "beautiful wings" or "beautiful feathers". And as mentioned under Bilingual Bonus, Bulu Indah means "beautiful feather" in Malay/Indonesian.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Bordering on outright hentai sometimes, particularly in ch. 445-447, on the tail end of Sakaki & Hongou's fight. And that's after several chapters of egregious Male Gaze on her spandex-clad body.
  • Nice Girl
  • Oblivious to Love: As of chapter 423, not oblivious. Indeed, she's far more aware of Kenichi's feelings for her than he realized.
  • The Other Darrin: After the unfortunate passing of Tomoko Kawakami, Rie Kugimiya will be voicing Miu in the OVA.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother died and her father is the leader of Yami.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: used as a way to dim her looks.
  • Raised By Grandfather
  • Sensual Spandex: Her fighting uniform.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: She is so beautiful that she had some social problems at her last school because of it (implied to be other girls bullying her). To that end, in her current school she puts on glasses and wears her hair in braids to make herself look plainer.
  • Team Chef: ...And housekeeper and finacier.
  • Team Mom: Runs the dojo with a kind smile... most of the time.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Just when Kenichi had finally caught up in fighting and even surpassed her in Ki abilities. Silkwat Junazard kidnaps her and trains her in Silat which then causes her to have to begin training her Dou ki something her grandfather was hesitant to start do to the risk. She is now back to effortlessly curb stomping Kenichi.
    • After the introduction of Rimi, Miu finally gets an enemy that pushes her to her limits, and it's during their final fight that Miu masters her Dou Ki.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Its happened a few times.
  • Vapor Wear: It's pretty obvious that she wears nothing under her spandex battle outfit.
    • As Bulu, it doesn't seem as though Miu is wearing anything from the waist down except for those leg bands.
  • Verbal Tic: "Desu wa"
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: When Kenchi was still a novice martial artist this was more prominent. In that period, Ma Kensei actually pointed out to her that this was not good, because this deprived Kenichi of gaining combat experience. After Kenichi took enough levels in badass, this became less prominent, but she actually never stopped being protective of him. Note also that her style of fighting is much more aggressive than Kenichi's.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Her fighting style is based on speed, grace and coordination rather than pure strength. All these combined with her vast experience make her one of the, if not the, best desciple level fighter(s)
    • That said she is still much stronger than she looks.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Kenichi. They do. See Childhood Friend Romance above.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: It's how the reader is shown that she's not quite under Silkwat's control. Is also very reluctant to fight with Chikage.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She does clean and cook for the dojo, in fact, the grand master even mention that they wouldn't live so good without Miu care.

Hayato Furinji

Voiced by: Hiroshi Arikawa (JP, TV anime), Yuzuru Fujimoto (JP, OVA), R. Bruce Elliot (EN)

Miu's grandfather and the undefeated elder of the Ryōzanpaku Dojo. He is very tall, very muscular and possesses tremendous vitality despite his advanced age. Hayato is a kind old man but still possesses a reckless streak and can be very arrogant, the former of which is shown by his tendency to spend the dojo's money and to get carried away whenever he has a chance to showcase his strength.

Hayato is considered by many to be the most powerful man alive. Even when he uses only 0.0002% of his power, keeps his eyes closed, and splits his concentration and body movements, Akisame comments that he still is the most powerful man in the world.
  • Awesome by Analysis: He invented a martial technique specialized in this.
  • Badass Beard
  • Badass Grandpa
  • Big Good: He has titles like "The Invincible Superman", "He who has no Enemies", and "The Strongest Man in the World", and has earned every one. It's a good thing he's on Kenichi's side.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Blatant Lies: I AM THE MYSTERIOUS 20 YEAR OLD, GARYUU X!
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Even disciples can pull superhuman feats. But Hayato? This old man can run on water, throw bombs huger than he is high into the air, and move so fast a camera slowed down too 1/1000 can barely see a blur of him!
    • To put that's nearly mach 30! And he wasn't even trying.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Engagement Challenge: The only way Kenichi can get his consent on dating Miu, is to defeat HIM.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Kimonos don't work like that!
  • Heroic Build: Well over 6 feet tall, made of solid muscle, and doesn't look his actually age.
  • Large and in Charge: Biggest master in the dojo.
  • Loin Cloth: His swimwear.
  • Martial Pacifist
  • My Greatest Failure: Chapter 430 reveals that his inability to prevent Saiga's Face-Heel Turn is this for him.
  • Old Master: He's actually taught Kenichi only a few lessons, but each has resulted in monumental improvements. Basically, He's the one who brings together all the stuff the other masters have been pounding into Kenichi on a daily basis.
  • One-Man Army: Hell, he is a MONSTER, he fought alone with an entire American military base and WON!
    • And throwing more people or heavy artillery at him is a bad idea, since he can use people as freakin' shurikens, and has special moves that he uses specifically to take out TANKS!!!
  • Overprotective Grandad: Comes with a Crowning Moment of Funny in Chapter 423 where Miu has acknowledged Kenichi's feelings and given him a kiss on the cheek...only for the Elder to show up at the front gate, expelling massive quantities of killing intent (so much that Kensei complains that he'll break the doors with his blood lust), and all five of Ryozanpaku's masters desperately trying to hold him back.
    • Ever since Chapter 423, he's pretty much commanded Apachai and Shigure to "discreetly" chaperone Kenichi and Miu, for their protection (and to make sure Kenichi keeps it platonic).
      • They're actually not that good at it.
    • In Chapter 430, he decrees that the Fuurinji relationship rules permit nothing past hand-holding and the curfew starts at 4pm.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: His identity as Ganryu-X is a simple plastic Metal Heroes mask and doing Kamen Rider poses.
  • Red Baron: "The Man Without Enemies"
  • Walking the Earth: Appears to have done this both in his youth and during Miu's early years. Arguably still doing it given his semi-frequent "walks" that keep him away from Ryozanpaku for days on end.
  • World's Strongest Man: Is called as such on several occasions, when he isn't being called the Invincible Superman.
    • Apparently, using 0.0002% of his power and closing his eyes STILL leaves him the "most powerful being on this planet".

Akisame Kōetsuji

Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (EN), Kent Williams (EN)

A 38-year-old philosophical Jujitsu master who was the first master willing to train Kenichi. He is an old friend of Miu's father, Saiga. Despite his seemingly small physique, he is known for having muscles built to perfection. He also has very good insight, often knowing if people are troubled or hiding something; he sometimes even knows what a person is thinking, which scares Kenichi.
  • The Ace: Not only is he a Martial Arts Master, but he's also considered a genius in multiple academic fields, can bring people back to life with his medical knowledge, is said to have "the perfect body", is always calm and composed, is the main breadwinner of the group, manages to turn a group of school children into emotionless fighting machines in an afternoon, and can outsmart any of the other masters (Kensei spent YEARS using a false Rock-Paper-Scissors pattern until he really needed to win, and Akisame saw through it immediately). If there is something he isn't good at, he'll learn it almost instantly. If that doesn't happen, he learns instantly by watching somebody else do the same.
  • Badass Mustache: He actually argues about whether or not it is with James Shiba.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's one of the more cultured and approachable Ryozanpaku masters, and can usually keep his cool in stressful situations. If you do anything that could potentially harm Kenichi or any innocent bystanders, though, he'll show you no mercy.
  • Catch Phrase: "Naive!"
  • The Comically Serious: Especially when green peppers are involved.
  • Cruel Mercy: As all Ryozanpaku Masters he won't kill his opponent no matter the circumstances. Some of the stuff he does to his opponents however. Really it would be Mercy Kill to kill those poor souls.
  • Cultured Badass: There's a reason he's called the "Jujitsu Philosopher."
  • Does Not Like Green Peppers: Doubles as his Weaksauce Weakness.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Low-level, but he loves to invent new torture training devices.
  • Genius Bruiser: So much so that some visitors to the dojo seemed to know of him as a master artist and philosopher instead of a martial arts master.
  • Martial Medic: Started out as a notable chiropractor thanks to jujitsu's knowledge of joints & bones, but becomes an Open Heart Dentist by the D of D arc, capable of performing miracles with a borrowed knife, needle & thread, and booze.
  • Martial Pacifist
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: While much slimmer than some of the other masters, he has built his body to perfection via Art Major Biology.
  • Prophet Eyes: Subverted in that Akisame is clearly not blind (or if he is, it would come off as a major asspull at this point).
  • The Reliable One: There is a reason why he was chosen to be Kenichi's primary trainer. Always cool and collected, rather serious, a good organizer, and possesses the best technological and medical knowledge of all Ryozanpaku masters. Compared to him, Hayato (the eldest and strongest and the owner of the dojo) sometimes looks like a mischievous teenager.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: It's like a lightning symbol drawn sideways.
  • Warrior Poet

Shio Sakaki

Voiced by: Unshō Ishizuka (JP), Christopher Sabat (EN)

A 29-year-old master of karate who claims to hold 100 dan. Sakaki is a very intimidating person even when he tries not to be, something that he does not seem to realize and is put off by whenever someone points it out. He has a kind and caring nature and is a very bad liar, which is shown when Akisame asks why he suddenly decided to teach Kenichi a fighting technique, and Sakaki replied that it was the anniversary of the creation of judo.

He is an incredibly powerful martial artist. He his well-versed in multiple forms of karate and possess superhuman abilities, most evident in the fact that he can survive a fall from one of the top floors of a tall building without any noticeable injury.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Anti-Hero: Sakaki tries to give a hard cynical impression, but he isn't fooling anybody, as people he meets keep being amazed at and telling him what a nice and Wise Beyond His Years fellow that he is. The "worst" that he ever does is drag along Apachai on harebrained Get Rich Quick Schemes, and although he worked as a mercenary for a while he never liked it, or accepted immoral missions, and when his old partners did, he immediately turned on them. He mostly earns a living by catching career killers for Interpol and similar.
  • Badass Biker: When he uses his motorcycle, he definitely counts.
  • Bad Liar
  • Berserk Button: Anybody seriously harming Kenichi. While he can control himself (with difficulty) when its done by another disciple, when its a Master class... well
  • Berserker Tears: He didn't take it well when Hongo killed Suzuki.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Easily the character who does the most shouting in Ryozanpaku.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Is pretty much the biggest softie of the masters. Most of his character's humor comes from his (increasingly desperate) assurances that this isn't the case.
  • The Cape: Honorable, kind, refuses to kill and is ready to do what is right to help defend the defenseless no matter what. There is a reason why the Trope beneath happened.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's a Dou-style user and very vicious in combat (in fact, the karate school he uses is an art developed and used by YAMI), but he's probably the nicest member of the Ryozanpaku dojo.
  • Defector from Decadence: It was revealed in Chapter 439 that he was actually groomed by his master to be a powerful follower (and possibly eventual Fist) of YAMI, but he rejected the philosophy of Satsujiken in response to the death of Suzuki.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Well, you had to expect him to have a hidden heart if he's voiced by Alex Louis Armstrong, Roronoa Zoro, Piccolo and Ritsu Kasanoda.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: More so than any other Male member of Ryozanpaku
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: So much so that some have wondered just how much of his image and habits are genuine or are carefully cultivated so as to appear from looking too kind and soft.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In chapter 422 he shared with Kenichi some tips for fighting when you're wounded: don't let your opponent know you're hurt, avoid unnecessarily large movements, and don't let rage overtake you. Guess what he does.
    • Gets another moment in chapter 434 when Kenichi and Miu follow him against his wishes, he exasperatedly wonders who taught Kenichi to so flagrantly disregard his masters wishes. Cue placard of him acting in the exact same manner towards his master.
  • Luminescent Blush: Mostly at being proud of Kenichi and trying hard not to show it.
  • Martial Artist In Shining Leather
  • Martial Pacifist
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Seriously, had any of his fight hasn't ended like this? He's so brutal Kenichi and Miu took pity on his opponent after he beat him straight through several rooms, walls and all. He also managed to give all of Kenichi's True Companions the shivers (literally) on another occasion...where he claimed to be holding back. And he may actually be telling the truth.
  • Obviously Evil: He looks like the archetypal bad guy and half of his dialog comes out sounding like a bad guy or The Dragon. Lampshaded by Kenichi when Sakaki promised the Elder to "bring their heads as trophy"; he was joking but still...
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: This seems to be the attitude Sakaki and Akira have towards one another.
  • Papa Wolf: To Kenichi.
  • The Promise: Earlier in his life, he promised to marry Jennifer Grey. He claimed he was drunk, but she still wants him to make good on that promise.
  • Rated M for Manly: Is there any doubt?
  • Scars Are Forever: Has one across his nose. Chapter 429 hints, and Chapter 431 confirms, that he got it from a fight with Akira Hongo, YAMI's God Fist. In Chapter 443 they gave each other their scars at the same time. Also looks like he's gained a few more during his latest battle with Hongo...which also serve as a Shout-Out.
  • Sensei for Scoundrels: A lot of his advice is delivered while at least a little drunk.
    • Strangely his best advice, on life in general if not fighting, is when he is drunk, and he won't remember saying it all. Of course, he may be faking it.
  • Shirtless Scene: He likes to channel Kenshiro.
  • Shout-Out: See Shirtless Scene above, plus his latest battle with Akira Hongo has left him with a rather familiar-looking set of finger-poke wounds on his chest.
  • Tsundere: Yes, Sakaki, you want to teach Kenichi, not because you want to, but because it's your birthday. Riiight.
    • Or in the dub, because it was supposedly the day Judo was created.
    • And despite being ENEMIES he is also one for Hongo.
    "It's not like I'm helping you. I just felt like standing here for a little while."
    • He's also pretty protective and caring of Miu and his fellow dojo Masters
  • Up to Eleven: The 100-dan karate master. Dan rankings don't go above 10 in karate or other Japanese martial arts.
    • Which he's probably well aware of, but nobody's brave enough to call him on it.

Apachai Hopachai

Voiced by: Hiroya Ishimaru (JP), Sonny Strait (EN)

A 28-year-old master of Muay Thai and is known as the "Death God" of the Muay Thai underworld fighting circuit. Despite this fearsome reputation and his incredible size and strength, Apachai is very kind and gentle. He enjoys playing with children and animals and is very childlike himself. He has a habit of saying the phrase "apa" when he speaks and sometimes yells it while training or fighting.

Apachai has been trained in martial arts since he was very young. He is extraordinarily strong, able to shatter stone statues and kick down trees without any apparent difficulty. Despite his incredible size, he is blindingly fast, able to dodge bullets while fighting.

Shigure Kōsaka

Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (JP), Trina Nishimura (EN)

A 22-year-old weapons master. Shigure is a very mysterious person. She speaks very little and has a habit of falling asleep on the rafters of the ceiling and also traverses atop them more than she uses the floor. She has little knowledge of most things outside of weapons and has trouble interacting with normal people due to her blunt personality and the fact that she always carries a weapon. She has a pet mouse named Tochūmaru.

While the youngest master of Ryozanpaku, Shigure has repeatedly proven herself a formidable person to face. As the successor to the Kōsaka-Style, Shigure has remarkable mastery of all forms of weapon combat, earning her the title of "The Prodigy of Sword and Mistress of all Weaponry". Despite her lithe frame, she is very strong and can cut weapons made of metal to pieces using something with a dull edge, such as a spoon. She once cut a cannon off of a tank and then jammed it through its side.

Kensei Ma

Voiced by: Issei Futamata (JP), Vic Mignogna (EN)

A 41-year-old lecherous master of Chinese Kenpō. Kensei is a sly and perverted man, who tries to take pictures of attractive women, particularly Shigure and Miu. He often sells these pictures to Kenichi in the form of "data books", which usually turn out to be pictures of anything but the two of them. Ma seems to have a plethora of spying equipment at his disposal to aid him in such endeavors. In spite of his perverted and deceptive tendencies, he and Kenichi become quite close, forming a father-son-like bond.

Ma is a very experienced martial artist, having been trained since he was very young, and purportedly knows all martial arts indigenous to China. In spite of his size, he is very strong, able to destroy a small bridge with a single kick and to rend the flesh of Diego Carlo, a man said to possess a body hard as steel, with his bare hands. He is very agile, capable of jumping from atop one moving cars to another. Ma is also skilled in the field of medicine; he runs an acupuncture clinic and usually, along with Akisame, mends the wounds of Kenichi and the others.

     Shinpaku Alliance 

Haruo Niijima

Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki (JP), Todd Haberkorn (EN)

A member of the Newspaper Club who investigates everyone. Niijima dreams of eventually ruling the world and formed the Alliance for that purpose.
  • Action Survivor: His abilities to run, escape, gather info, use traps, use tactics ,and the ability to sense others make him just as dangerous as the other fighters.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Every time he use one of his Alien powers (don't ask).
  • Badass Normal: He doesn't have any training in martial arts. Even so, he was the only one of his gang to escape Berserker and he did it through sheer agility, speed, and the ability to slip out of his clothes without losing either of the former two.
    • He also has high-class concealment and evasion techniques that match those of the martial artists. Not to mention he can keep up with most of the Disciple class martial artists in speed, while cackling.
      • It's a special breathing technique.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: In an omake it was suggested that his heart is hairy.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He has traps around the entire city and Shinpaku's base, and he seems to have a plan any time he has enough time or resources. He even made a back up from the time he helped Akisame download Yami's database, and he is also pen-pals with Inspector Honmaki's daughter, who he made a member of Shinpaku!
  • Dirty Coward: Weaponized.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He's constantly pushing Kenichi into doing selfish things.
  • Expy: Pointy ears, fangs, beady eyes, big nose and Cheshire cat smile? Check. Jerkass, Magnificent Bastard, and bully? Check. Specialties are information gathering, trickery, and being crazy prepared? Check. May or may not be the devil in human form? Check. Did Hiruma get a haircut or something?
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Siegfried's about the only one who genuinely likes him. Everyone else is usually blackmailed into the Shinpaku Alliance, dragged in, or just following another member.
  • Gonk/Human Aliens: The other characters seem to think he's an alien. The author may clearly agrees with them.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Can't enter a church or shrine without being carried. Later freaks out when attacked with Vajra.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Niijima hates people who spread false information. Except when it's him.
  • Jerk Ass: More or less his defining characteristic.
  • Jerk With A Heart Of Silver: Not exactly the best example, but he has his moments.
  • Large Ham
  • Non-Action Guy: Subverted. He's a coward through and through, but it's virtually a superpower when it comes time to run.
  • Red Baron: "The Lord Demon"; only Siegfried calls him that.
  • Smug Snake => Magnificent Bastard => Guile Hero: Gradually develops from one end of the scale to the other.
  • The So-Called Coward: Niijima is quite cowardly, but when you consider that he's going up against an array of Charles Atlas Superpowered individuals while he himself is physically just a normal person, it makes a bit more sense. That said, Niijima has also never failed to aid Ryouzanpaku when it's something that falls within his area of expertise, even if it's dangerous. As of chapter 556, he's been part of teams that are directly invading enemy military bases. Twice. Simply because his computer skills are necessary. Niijima knows to pick only the battles he can win.
  • Token Evil Teammate
  • With Friends Like These...: Kenichi pretty much applies this trope to Niijima, who often berated Kenichi early on. But as Kenichi gains power, Niijima starts sucking up to him, and also greatly exaggerates Kenichi's accomplishments, mostly for the former's own selfish gains. He will once in a rare while, however, do some good without any real ulterior motives, such as when he tells Miu that Kenichi missed her play because he was fighting Kisara to prevent her from disrupting the play. He will sometimes also give Kenichi some warnings about threats against him or someone Kenichi may care about.

Ikki Takeda

Voiced by: Kazuki Yao (JP), J. Michael Tatum (EN)


Kōzō Ukita

Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa (JP), Mike McFarland (EN)


Renka Ma

Voiced by: Mika Kanai (JP), Kate Oxley (EN)

Ma Kensei's 16-year-old daughter. She came to Japan in search of her father, who she planned to take back to China. She falls in love with Kenichi.

She is able to perceive martial techniques at a level unusual for non-Master-class martial artists.

Shiratori

Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (JP), Joel Mc Donald (EN)

Kisara's right hand man. Is MUCH later revealed to be a woman.

The Valkyries

An all female group of fighters who follow Freya and Kisara was once a part of.
  • Amazon Brigade: All female weapon using team.
  • Ambiguously Brown: The Metal Fan User, later revealed, thanks to Fanservice, to just be really tan.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Often they will attack anyone they recognize as an enemy of Ragnarok without even bothering to look into the circumstances. This bites all of them in their asses when they decide to attack Shigure.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Often subject to this.
  • Elite Mooks: A rare Good Guy version, due to them being stronger than average fighters but weaker than the main fighters. Its later revealed they actually get training from a Master.
  • Informed Ability: They (including Kisara) claimed to have gotten better after their Humiliation Conga from Shigure, but were all curb stomped effortlessly by Miu. Most likely because they pressed her Berserk Button.
  • Jerkasses: In their first appearance, definitely. They brutally beat Kisara for fraternizing with Miu, even though she hadn't just yet planned to betray Ragnarok. Also, their beating of Kenichi was certainly not played for laughs. They seem to have dropped it for the most part after joining Shinpaku, thankfully.
  • Kick Them While Theyre Down/Kick the Dog: Kisara and Kenichi both received horrible beat downs from them, and they all laughed while they did so. Also, the fan user tried to assault a kitten while it was sick, which thankfully doesn't cross the Moral Event Horizon since no one was crippled or killed.
  • The Leader: The long haired Tonfa wielder is called this, other then Freya or Niijima, she is the one who gives orders while in the field.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Shigure notes that they have grown stronger the second time she fights them because while their clothes are destroyed their weapons are not.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Sure, attacking her the first time was slightly justified since they had no idea who she was (even though Kenichi warned them to run), but the second time they try to fight Shigure around all bets are off.
  • The Unnamed: To date only one (Hibiki, the chain ball-flail user) has been named.

    The Eight Fists of Ragnarok 

Odin AKA Ryūto Asamiya , Flow

Voiced by: Ken Narita (JP), Jerry Jewell (EN)

The leader of Ragnarok and childhood friend and rival of Kenichi. Also a member of YOMI.

Berserker AKA Shougo Kitsukawa

Voiced by: Joji Nakata (JP), Robert McCollum (EN)

The Second Fist of Ragnarok. He rarely speaks and has a calm disposition. Berserker never studied martial arts; he simply has a natural talent for fighting. He is said to be the most fearsome fighter in Ragnarok. However, he is afraid to fight Odin, believing that the latter is much stronger than he is.
  • The Berserker: Duh.
  • Big Damn Villains: Saves Ryuuto and Rimi from a falling brick wall that was on fire... by punching it.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: More indifferent than Evil though.
  • Blood Knight: Becomes more so the longer he fights because he isn't used to people lasting very long against him. Only a real challenge gets him going.
  • Born Lucky: Able to keep up and surpass other fighters just on instinct alone, with no formal training.
    • He's also just plain lucky, winning a card game after the deck was stacked against him.
  • Bubblegum Popping: Loves his bubblegum so much that he is often introduced bubblegum first.
  • The Dragon: At first.
  • The Gift: So naturally talented at fighting that he rose to the second in command of Ragnarok without ever having had training, relying solely on street fighting tactics.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: No formal training. No need for formal training.
  • The Stoic: Most of the time, Berserker is ironically stone-faced, but whenever he gets actually excited about a battle, he shows why he has the code-name.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He was already pretty badass, but now he has been confirmed as one of Ogata's disciples. Training from Hell combined with The Gift...
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Subverted, not only is he super strong, but his natural talent for fighting far exceeds everyone elses so much that he does not need to be trained in techniques.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Practically his fighting style, and thus the codename. The moment before he is defeated in the Ragnarok Arc, he is using his broken, snapped-in-the-wrong-way arm to try and land a blow on Hermit.

Freya AKA Kanname Kugatachi

Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (JP), Stephanie Young (EN)

The Third Fist of Ragnarok and a user of Kugatachi Style jōjutsu. She joined Ragnarok in order to learn techniques from Ogata.

Loki

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (JP), Travis Willingham (EN)

The Fourth Fist of Ragnarok. He uses a Karate style that involves using all the joints in the arms. Besides being a powerful fighter, he is also quite intelligent, using information about his opponents to his advantage.
  • Evil Genius: Seems to consider himself one and his position as the strategist suggests this, but he's not nearly as good as he thinks.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Except hide his eyes.
  • Informed Ability: He spends more time scheming and manipulating than living up to his title as the fourth fist.
  • Kick the Dog: Kidnapping Kenichi's little sister.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Shown to be gathering information for Niijima much later.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Smug Snake
  • The Starscream: He even builds a team that will comprise the new Eight Fists, himself included. In the end, though, he had about as much success as this trope's namesake. Notably, he didn't see himself as leader, but rather Berserker.

Siegfried AKA Hibiki Kugenin

Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono (JP), Chris Cason (EN)

The Fifth Fist of Ragnarok. Niijima described him as a zombie when reporting information to Kenichi, as he had a special ability he called the 'Round Technique', or 'Canon', and it allowed him to take a hit and keep on fighting.

Hermit AKA Natsu Tanimoto, Moon

Voiced by: Ryo Horikawa (JP), Jason Liebrecht (EN, season 1), Eric Vale (EN, season 2)

The Sixth Fist of Ragnarok. He learned martial arts from Sougetsu Ma, Kensei's older brother. He is the president of the drama club at Kenichi's school.

Thor AKA Yūma Chiaki

Voiced by: Naomi Kusumi (JP), Bob Carter (EN)

The Seventh Fist of Ragnarok. He joined Ragnarok in order to pursue his dream of making his combat-sumo style mainstream.

Valkyrie AKA: Kisara Nanjō

The most recent member of Ragnarok to be made a Fist, transforming what had been the "Seven Fists" to the "Eight Fists". She is also noted to rely on growing during tough battles to win, and her style revolves around extremely acrobatic Taekwondo techniques, which she later combines with cat-like movements to make them even more effective.

    YOMI 

Kajima Satomi, Shadow


  • Affably Evil: He seems quite chummy and hail-fellow-well-met for someone who is essentially the head student of a school for assassins.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Kenichi. Like Kenichi, he's a relatively nice guy, was trained by multiple masters (One being a Furinji) and was said to have no talent.
  • Eyepatch of Power
  • Perpetual Smiler
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: He's flustered by walking in on a naked Shigure, and reacts in the classic style: yelping, blushing, turning his back—all while apologizing profusely—and ultimately presenting his own fur-collared vest for the sake of modesty.
  • Scars Are Forever
  • Telepathy/Tell Me How You Fight: He's adept at reading his opponents' heart; this lets him trace their lines of thought to the second and constantly beat them at strategy games.

Raichi Li/Spark


Shō Kanō, Sky


Radin Tidat Jihan, King

Voice by: Ryōtarō Okiayu (JP)

Tirawit Kōkin, Flame


  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Popular with girls in high school without even pretending to be nice. (Constrast this with Tanimoto's "Slave to PR" trope!)
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Almost scarily good at analysing people and discerning details just from looks.
    • There is also a scene where Kenichi mockingly calls him "profiler."
  • Badass: Fighting on par with Kenichi is one thing. Defeating Kenichi? Very impressive. But Kokin was the first to get in Kenichi's head and mindfuck him, along with a serious beatdown.
    • He even stood up after a Mubuyoshi and Korui Nuki!
  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • Compensating for Something: Implies this (in a non-subtle way) about the disciples of Yami's weapon masters, simply stating: "People who swing large objects are often compensating for.... other short-comings..."
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Was revealed as such in a recent color spread.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Can't understand why Apachai seems excited to fight Agaard, but Kenichi says that its because Apachai wants to show his former Big Brother Mentor how much he has grown.
  • Identical Stranger: He looks like a sith version of Tanimoto.
  • Jerkass: Even his Evil Mentor had to point out to him that he should not behave like a jerk.
  • Kick the Dog: Tricking Kenichi into hospitalizing the school's karate club, before beating him to the brink of death.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He prefers getting into his opponent's head rather than just fighting them. As mentioned above, Kokin tricked Kenichi into harming people far weaker than him to make him unsettled. He even casually stated it would be easy to kill everyone in the school.
  • Pet the Dog: Coupled with Not So Stoic, he also laughs for the first time in his second fight with Kenichi.
  • The Stoic
    • Not So Stoic: He doesn't take his master falling to Apachai's non-lethal attack very well at all.

Ethan Stanley, Void


Rachel Stanley, Steel


  • Abusive Parents: According to Rachel, fighting back is how she got her start in martial arts.
  • Attention Whore: Has gone as far as to claim Kenichi killed someone/did something naughty to her/both at the same time to get everyone's attention.
  • Big Sister Instinct: The brief flashback which highlights the Abusive Parents also shows Rachel protecting Ethan.
  • Boring Yet Practical: Her fighting style once she gets very serious.
  • Clothing Damage: Happens in nearly every battle. If it doesn't occur naturally, she'll make it happen.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Subverted. Not only does she have no modesty, but she welcomes Clothing Damage.
    • Also doubly subverted in the tag team match with her mentor. This not only helps her master when it happens to her by distracting Master Ma, but it also fails hard when she tries use this trope against Renka only to get her master hurt when Ma doesn't leer at his own daughter.
    • Played straight in the latest arc against Renka. She wasn't taken aback by the fact the she was stark naked, but that Nijima, Thor, and the Valkyries saw her use "boring" moves in a fight, and she runs away, feeling ashamed that she failed her Master.
  • Even the Girls Want Her
  • Foreign Fanservice: She does it on purpose. Being attractively exotic and giving the in-universe audience a nice eyeful are top priority. She doesn't have to try very hard, by most standards.
  • Friendly Enemy: Gets along pretty well with Kenichi and the others ever since Kenichi attempted to help her brother rescue her. She seemed to be flabberghasted at Kenichi telling her he considers her a friend.
  • Omniglot: In addition to Japanese she also demonstrates her knowledge of French and German
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Definitely.
  • Stripperiffic
  • Willfully Weak: As Renka learn during the amusement park battles, Rachel puts all her energy into making her moves flashy. The result of this is that whens she stops showboating her power increases significantly.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: You know all those 'moves' the adults stopped you from doing before someone got hurt or fatally embarrassed? She makes them work and makes them work well.

Boris Ivanov, Ice


  • Anti-Villain: Becomes this.
  • Child Soldier: He also applies this attitude to teachers at school and calls them "instructors".
  • Defeat Means Friendship
  • Enemy Mine: When he tries to abort the operation intended to kill all of the students on the beach camping trip, the senior lieutenant refuses to obey the order. Boris immediately stops fighting Kenichi and teams up with him instead to combat the "treacherous" soldiers, incidentally saving the students in the process.
  • Exact Words: Gets better at creatively interpreting his orders to justify what he wants to do.
  • Husky Russkie
  • Lawful Stupid: Orders and rules are absolute to him. More important than honoring a challenge, even.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong
  • Perpetual Frowner: One wonders if his mom ever warned him that his face would freeze that way. His scowl remains in place even when he's diligently performing classroom chores.
    • Becomes hilarious during the school sports festival, when Ono-sensei says that she's never seen Boris so happy. He's still scowling.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Starts out as this.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: His relationship with Kenichi's teacher may be this.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even after effectively being fired as a disciple.

Ryūto Asamiya, Flow


Chikage Kushinada, Water


Rimi Kokorone, Atalanta


Shougo Kitsukawa


Lugh, Submission


  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He's very perceptive and was able to deduce Takeda's former shoulder injury after fighting him for a few quick exchanges.
  • Bastard Understudy: He believes Ogata hopes his disciples will one day grow strong enough to kill and replace him.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: His sclera are black, while his Hellish Pupils are white.
  • Counter Attack: His specialty is reactive martial arts and brutal joint locks.
  • Disability Superpower: He is blind but has perfected his remaining senses to the point that he can read people's movements from sound, vibrations in the ground, the disturbance of the air, and even from somehow sensing the firing of his opponent's nerves.
    "I am not strong despite being blind. I am strong because I am blind."
  • Eyes Always Shut: But he looks very creepy when they are open.
  • Evil Redhead
  • Handicapped Badass: He's blind.
  • Smug Snake
  • We Have Reserves: He is totally fine with his master's harsh training regime and its tendency to break the students that can't hold up under it, because there's always more replacements where he and they came from.

    Yami 

Saiga Fūrinji, Shadow


  • Action Dad
  • Anti-Villain: He seems to truly care about Miu's welfare. He also broke a man's arm, then gave him medicine at the same time—to prevent the already-wounded man from trying to attack him. There might more to him being the leader of Yami than meets the eye.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit
  • Big Bad: Seems to be this in the overall Yami arc.
  • Big Damn Villains: He rescues Kenichi and Miu and takes down multiple Master-class opponents, all while the building is burning. He really is the son of The Invincible Superman.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • Evil Counterpart / Shadow Archetype: To three people.
    • First off, to his dad, the Big Bad to Ryozanpaku's Big Good.
    • Secondly, to Akisame, as he has demonstrated superb healing skills. He even looks like a blonde version of Akisame, without the moustache.
      • Not to mention Akisame calls him his best friend, or former best friend anyway.
    • Thirdly, and a bit more arguably, to Kenichi as well. Not only does he have gauntlets similar to the ones Kenichi has inherited (and Kenichi's gauntlets used to belong to Saiga), he was also more of a lover of nature before his Start of Darkness; which parallels Kenichi's love of flowers.
      • It could be said that Kenichi embodies what Saiga used to be before his Face-Heel Turn, while Saiga represents what Kenichi could potentially become if he ever pulled a Face-Heel Turn himself.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: Until chapter 466.
  • Lightning Bruiser: How fast is Saiga, you ask? He is about to cover Miu with his coat. Hostile master-class fighters appear. He lets go of the coat. Everyone in the room is instantly curbstomped. Saiga grabs the coat again. The coat hasn't fallen one millimeter from when Saiga let go of it.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Started on the path of the killing fist in order to protect his lover even though he KILLED HER.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Is really Miu's father.
  • Martial Pacifist: Used to be this. Still capable of it where necessary.
  • Master of Disguise: Was actually John-san throughout the Captured Miu arc. To provide better context, John-san's appearance is as a short, obese man with a bumbling and jolly personality; Saiga is much taller, leaner, more muscular, much more serious, and he was wearing a three-piece suit with gauntlets and leg guards underneath the John disguise.
  • Oedipus Complex: By proxy since he is the leader of Yami.
  • Papa Wolf: He didn't want to interfere in saving Miu, but ultimately Silkwat forced his hand.
  • Pet the Dog: To Kenichi:
    A man like you is worth trusting.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye
  • That Man Is Dead: John-san never existed...he was just made up.
  • Waistcoat of Style

Isshinsai "Kensei" Ogata, Flow

Voiced by : Akio Ohtsuka (JP)

  • Affably Evil: He's pretty polite one moment, then savagely killing someone the next.
  • Badass: To be expected from a high level Master-class martial artist. His introductory episode has him killing an aggressive bear with his hands. He can crush heads with elbow strikes. Just ask Tanaka.
  • Badass Longcoat
  • Born in the Wrong Century: Let's be honest, his philosophy would be far more in place maybe two or three centuries back, where killing enemies was more accepted.
  • Deceptive Disciple: To the Ryouzanpaku masters. The Elder recognized his sinister intentions right away, but Kensei and Akisame trained him for a while before his true nature because apparent.
  • Evil Mentor: Seems to be almost a hobby to him as he does it more than the other Yami members. He even has his eye on Kenichi.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe
  • In the Hood
  • Mad Scientist: Sort of. He is quite open to "experimenting" on his disciples and even his peers, especially with the Dou-Sei combination technique, which destroys the mind and body of the user.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Strangely averted. Despite being a killer, he's called the Sage Fist.
  • Nice Guy: Originally portrayed as one. And still, while he's certainly evil, Takeda still notes that there's an aura around him he can't bring himself to hate.
  • Pet the Dog: He genuinely acknowledges Kenichi's thanks to him.
    You've grown well, boy!
    • While he shows no remorse killing martial artists, he carves statues, like Akisame, to cope with the fact he unknowingly killed Tanaka's unborn child.
    • He ultimately stops Rimi's body from self-destructing at the last moment and lets her and Ryuuto leave YOMI in peace.
  • Razor Sharp Hand: He is capable of piercing hands with his fingers.
  • Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred: Attempts to pull this on Tanaka. It didn't work, as Ogata overpowered and killed him.
  • The Unfettered: Believes the truest purpose of martial arts is to destroy one's opponent, and that using martial arts to protect others is weak and dirtying its original intent.
  • Villain Has a Point: While his speech after Rimi passes out is more to show how much he only cares about his experiments in martial arts, he is completely right in that many martial artists often died in trying to perfect their art. He saves Rimi anyway.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Actually subverted; he is more than willing to kill, but only those who are willing to kill him. He is more than willing to use people in experiments that would result in harm or death, but only if they are willing and even warns of the dangers.
  • Why Can't I Hate You?: A feeling many of his opponents have voiced. His love for martial arts is 100% genuine.
  • Would Hit a Girl / Would Harm A Child: Another of those things that should make him a monster, but doesn't, because it shows that he considers everyone and anyone who steps up to fight him as a Worthy Opponent, regardless of age or gender. He even handicaps himself to fight at his opponent's level.
    • However, when he discovered he'd killed a pregnant woman, he was not happy; the woman may have made the choice to risk her life fighting him, but the baby hadn't.

Tenmon Li


Alexander Gaidar, Ice


Silkwat Junazard, Yudis, King


  • Badass: How Badass? It's pointed out by Sakaki that he managed to not only not lose (and was doing quite well) but to hurt the Elder going all out.
  • Badass Boast:
    Silkwat: So what? If you are a King, then I am a GOD.
  • Blood Knight: So much so that he'll do whatever it takes to keep Tidat Kingdom a war-torn hellhole just so he can make good use of his martial arts ability.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond
  • Combat Pragmatist: His fighting style is incredibly versatile and goes for vital hits.
    • It's the only way a death match against one of the Nine should be done.
  • The Ditz: Seriously, you find birds with a greater attention span than Silkwat. Also, he seems to have an embittered feud with kitchen utensils and plates.
  • Didn't Think This Through: To the point of becoming his defining characterization. In kidnapping Miu for his attempt to obtain a disciple, he gets Sakaki, Hongo, AND Hayato PISSED.
  • Died Standing Up
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Was bewildered that Miu tried to heal his mortal wound even in a state of mind-controlled bloodlust.
  • Evil Mentor: To Radin Tidat Jihan.
    • He trained Miu in silat and is the direct cause of her now being able to use Dou ki.
  • Fair Weather Mentor: Actually averted. While harsh and brutal and with low attention deficit, it shows that he was in fact a very "competent" mentor, very thorough in his teaching and no different that the Ryozanpaku kind, if a little more evil. But don't you dare to disappoint him or soil the Pencak Silat for your petty reasons or he will end you.
  • Fallen Hero: Helped out his country to break through the UN soldiers, but soon finds that Victory Is Boring... and it gets worse from there.
  • Go Out with a Smile
  • Knight of Cerebus: His arc is the most serious so far.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: His debut has him setting off an avalanche by screaming at a mountainside.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: Never shown without his stylized monster mask. That is, outside his village.
  • Mind Manipulation: Managed to do this to Miu.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: His last name means "corpse" in Malay or Indonesian.
    • His epithet, "Demon Fist God," is not the nickname of a man you want to get too close to, either. Literally so as of Chapter 463—Akira Hongo reveals that Junazard took a third option in martial arts and went down the path of "Gedou" (which literally means "path of the demon").
  • Oh Crap: He managed a silent one out of Hongo by posing.
    • Just by destroying his mask we find out EXACTLY why he was able to give Hayato Furinji a difficult fight.
  • Older Than He Looks: Underneath his mask, his face looks way too young for a guy who fought in a war 23 years ago. Perhaps he exchanges tips with Kushinada. His hands look strangely older and rougher, though.
  • Red Right Hand: His habit of swallowing bulky pieces of fruit. In one scene he is even shown biting a pineapple together with the skin.
  • Sink or Swim Mentor
  • Spirit Advisor: He was called the Guru and apparently he served as an spiritual guide as much as a mentor to Radin... until he crossed the line. In chapter 454 it revealed that he would have probably killed him regardless.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: But Averting Inaction Sequence. It's pointed out that it's suicidal to do this in a real fight... unless you are a Master, which then becomes basic etiquette in a Death Match. Hongō is just being rude.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: Fruit.
  • Victory Is Boring: The reason he perpetuated civil war in his own nation.

Diego Carlo, Steel

The loser should obey the winner

Akira Hongo, Sky


  • Badass: In his fight with Sakaki, he fixed his dislocated finger by using his thigh as anvil... while in the air. And without stopping their Pummel Duel.
  • Beard of Evil
  • Berserk Button: Sakaki is the only one who had managed to piss him off by wanting to impose his desires on others. As far as Hongo is concerned, "selfishness" is the greatest crime in the world.
    • He really doesn't like anyone speaking badly about Kanou, as Chapter 471 shows.
  • Boring, but Practical: Since his opponent is so strong and his martial art so complex, he decided to use the most basic Karate katas against him.
  • Cross Counter: How he and Sakaki got their respective scars.
  • Cycle of Revenge: Tells Radin Tidat Jihan that if he wants to avenge the death of Junazard, he can come challenge Hongo when he's ready.
  • Determinator: As a flashback in Chapter 474 reveals, he was this even as a young man. On one occasion, he got shot with a semi-automatic weapon while protecting a hostage, was hurt badly enough to warrant being put into surgery, and yet he left the hospital and went to win a karate tournament he'd previously been signed up for—all while still being badly injured, bandaged and bleeding from his wounds.
  • Duel to the Death: His fight with Sakaki, regardless of what Sakaki might believe.
  • Enemy Mine: Due to the trope immediately below.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He won't lay a hand on non-combatants. Also, in Chapter 429, he refuses to fight Apachai and Shigure, the former because he's injured from his earlier fight with Agaard, and the latter because she's a woman (despite them attacking him first) which was only an excuse since they were already severely damaged and he was in front of his disciple's resting place.
    • He was absolutely pissed when Silkwat tricked him into attacking Kenichi while he was unconscious. If he hadn't pulled himself out of the attack at the last second, it would have killed the boy. To follow that up, Silkwat kidnapped Miu when she tried to avenge Kenichi by attacking Hongo. Sakaki, Hongo, and ELDER, are going after the man with a vengeance.
    • While he follows the path of Satsujinken, he would never follow the path of Gedou.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted. Right up to the present day, the memory of Suzuki Hayime haunts him and Sakaki, motivating them to fight to the bitter end.
  • Genre Savvy: Upon being defeated by Hongo, Junazard asks to see the face of the man who bested him up close...but Hongo doesn't comply because he realizes it would give the other man ample opportunity to deliver a killing blow to him even in his crippled state. Subverted when it comes out that Junazard implanted a hidden murderous suggestion in Miu's mind for just such an event...then double-subverted when Miu tries to heal Junazard's wound instead of attacking Hongo.
    • In an earlier scene, Hongo chooses to walk through the jungle to his destination (Junazard's castle, in a strike attack alongside Ryozanpaku) instead of taking a helicopter because he knows the chopper's engine and rotor-blade noise will betray his movements.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: He is a consummate Sei fighter who uses palm strikes (typically non-killing techniques) to skewer his enemies as if his hands are lances.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Several of his techniques rely on him using stabbing arm-thrusts to deal damage this way. It's also how he defeats Junazard.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: The entry to YAMI was to kill the other participants, since there could be only one. Played straight with Sakaki, who refused to kill no matter what and was sickened by the challenge but subverted with Suzuki, who wanted to die in exactly that way. Sakaki was not amused.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As revealed in a flashback about Shou Kanou at the end of the D of D tournament arc.
  • Noble Demon
  • Pet the Dog: Kenichi earns a small degree of his respect in Chapter 429 for defending Shou Kanou's earlier sacrifice to save Miu in the D of D tournament.
    • He will murder anybody who stands in his way without hesitation, but after the death of his disciple, whom he truly loved, he refuses to let any disciple die on his watch.
    • In Chapter 463, he advises Sakaki to go support Kenichi because, to quote him: "I don't want any more disciples to lose their lives.".
  • Pointy Ears: He is the only other character to sport this particular inhuman feature along with Niijima and the archer of the armed division, who has parallel twin pupils.
  • Power of the God Hand: Akira Hongo of YAMI's One Shadow Nine Fists is known as God Fist.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Technically is not this. It only looks like this because they attack so unbelievably fast as to exchange dozens of techniques in a matter of second.
  • Razor Sharp Hand: He is capable of piercing chests with his hands.
  • Rival Turned Evil: To Sakaki, judging from Chapter 429.
  • Scars Are Forever: Courtesy of Sakaki in Chapter 443 and vice-versa.
  • Sinister Shades
  • The Slow Walk: Up a wall, even.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: This seems to be the attitude Sakaki and Akira have towards one another.
  • Tranquil Fury: When taunted about his disciple's death, he doesn't go berserk, he just gets FASTER and starts going for the kill strikes more often.
  • Villainous Rescue: Saves Miu and Kenichi from the leader of Yami's chivalrious order and teams up with Sakaki and Hayato against Silkwat.
  • We Are Struggling Together: He and the other Nine Fists either loathe or just don't care about each other. When trying to fight the Ryozanpakou masters at the same time with the exception of Shigure, they were more ready to kill each other than the enemy.
  • Would Not Hit a Girl: Averted. While during the brief skirmish with Shigure (one-sided on her part) in Chapter 429, this was his reason, but he didn't hesitate to crush the leader of the chivalrous team for nearly killing both Miu and Kenichi.

Mikumo Kushinada, Water


  • Absolute Cleavage: Possibly because her breasts are so big that they prevent her robe from closing.
  • Dating Catwoman: It's implied that she and the Elder were once involved.
  • Evil Mentor: To Chikage Kushinada
  • Flash Step: She is fast, even by Ryouzanpaku's standards. She can create semi-solid speed-clones and use them in combat against both Shigure and Sakaki while picking up Chikage from a different rooftop.
  • Hellish Pupils: Of the horizontal variety.
  • Lady of War
  • Manipulative Bitch: Chpater 484 hints that she may have been the one who pushed Junazard to kidnap and brainwash Miu.
  • Older Than She Looks: Seems to be about as old as Hayato, but according to Silkwat, Kushinada Style slows the aging process to the point that she's physically 20.
  • Perpetual Frowner
  • Psychotic Smirk: She usually has an emotionless or frowned face, but when she (rarily) uses this trope, she looks very scary.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Shipper on Deck: Amusingly seems to ship herself and the Elder. In one fourth-wall straining scene, she makes a suggestive comment only for the Elder to dismiss it in such a way to suggest that she was deliberately misleading the readers.
    Mikumo: "...Even though we once felt the hot fires blazing between us."
    Hayato: "Stop saying misleading things. The things that were burning were forts and tanks!"
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's tall enough to make Sakaki look short and Chikage look like a baby and shapely enough to make Shigure look underdeveloped. Sakaki is about two meters tall and Shigure has melons the size of actual melons.
  • The Stoic
  • Weak, but Skilled: Apparently Kushinada Style involves 0% strength and 100% skill.

Agaard Jum Sai, Flame


  • Affably Evil: Literally hasn't stopped smiling since his introduction, enjoys spreading random encouragements and praise around anyone nearby, and seems like a generally nice guy except for the whole 'Yami' thing.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: His disciple Kokin has implied Agaard is far scarier than he seems. He probably isn't called the Demon Emperor of Underground Muay Thai for nothing.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Used to be this to be this to Apachai. Still is, in a way.
  • Dark Skinned Red Head: Was revealed as such in a color spread.
  • Evil Mentor: To Tirawit Kōkin
  • Evil Red Head: Not evil, but on the side of the antagonists.
  • Friend to All Children: Taught children the martial arts back in Thailand, and was quite popular with them. Apachai might even have picked it up from him.
  • Friendly Enemy: Despite being Apachai's lifelong rival and Evil Counterpart, he seems to have nothing but respect and admiration for Apachai and his skill, and even expressed genuine remorse at the thought of killing him. Confessing this has been pretty much the only time Agaard has stopped smiling.
  • Hellish Pupils: Upon close inspection seem to be the kanji for fire. Huh...
  • Perpetual Smiler: To rival Laughing Fist Diego.
  • Pet the Dog: When he saw Kenichi win against Koukin, he congratulated Kenichi on the win and told Koukin there was no shame in his losing to such a skilled opponent. Gets another next chapter when he assists Kenichi with directions when the Weapons Master he faced tries to kill him.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Caused one in a Flash Back, he deliberately lost the title to a challenger only for the said challenger to die in the middle of the ring after his victory.
  • Razor Sharp Hand: Punches Apachai through the chest.
  • Stepford Smiler: a milder variant.

Sehrul Rahman, Void


Sougetsu Ma, Moon


  • The Alcoholic: Always carrying a gourd of someone alcoholic drink, though he is never seen drunk.
    • Hermit even said his tuition fee was cases of expensive drinks.
  • The Aloner: He left China because he felt there was never any place for him there.
  • Beard of Evil
  • Cain and Abel: Kensei's older brother.
  • Evil Mentor: Hermit claims Sougetsu is a hard master who enjoyed bullying him during training. However, the two have been shown to get along fairly well on panel.
  • Evil Uncle: To Renka
  • Namesto Run Away From Really Fast: He's known as the Fierce Fist God.
  • No One Could Survive That: Believed to have died in a fire, though some people do question it, and sure enough he turns out to be alive.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: He and Kensei share being two of China's best fighters, but that's about it. Kensei is short and toned, Sougetsu is huge and muscular. Kensei is charismatic and fun, Sougetsu is a loner and scary. Kensei uses martial arts to protect, Sougetsu uses them to destroy.
  • Wild Card

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Kenichi's Parents (Mototsugu Shirahama and Saori Shirahama)

Voiced by: Daisuke Gouri (Mototsugu Shirahama, JP), Ai Orikasa (Saori Shirahama, JP), John Swasey (Mototsugu Shirahama, EN), Cynthia Cranz (Saori Shirahama, EN)


  • Alliterative Name: Saori
  • Badass Normal: Mototsugu presumably has no martial arts training, but is very good at using his gun.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Mototsugu, as shown when he finally gets to use his gun.
  • Gun Twirling/Unorthodox Reload: Mototsugu reloads a Winchester rifle one-handed like this.
  • Hammy Herald: Motosugu for his guns.
    ARISE, SEBASTIAN!
  • I Call It Vera: Kenichi's father calls his shotgun "Sebastian". His double barreled over-and-under shotgun, that is. He has a pump shotgun he calls "Maximillian". And a hunting rifle he calls "Rotowski".
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Mototsugu gets a pretty damned good shot off by pointing his rifle backwards, underhanded while running in the opposite direction and not looking.
  • Papa Wolf: Mototsugu. He'd take on all of Ryozanpaku's masters to protect Kenichi from their training, armed with only a riflenote . And he does a pretty good job at it too.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Kenichi's mom is often more level-headed than his father.

Honoka Shirahama

Voiced by: Tomoe Sakuragawa (JP), Cherami Leigh (EN)

Kenichi's younger sister, who cares for her brother greatly, often competing with Miu for his attention.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Subverted in that she doesn't annoy Kenichi as much as she does Tanimoto.
  • Big Brother Worship: She's extremely protective of Kenichi and initially suspicious of the Ryozanpaku Masters. Later on she's shown to respond nigh-instantly to his commands.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: But in a very cute and adorable way. Despite her constantly getting mad at Miu, Miu always gets hit with Cuteness Proximity whenever Honoka is around, or "attacking" her, such as with a plastic mallet.
  • Hidden Depths: While at first her ability to always beat Apachai at Go seems to be caused by Apachai's childishness, it is later discovered that even Akisame has trouble beating Apachai. We never get to see Honoka go up against the philosophical judo master, however.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Riding Apachi like a giant robot.
  • Lethal Chef
  • Morality Pet: To Natsu Tanimoto.
  • Replacement Goldfish: To Natsu Tanimoto, reminding him of his dead little sister.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Tanimoto's self-proclaimed keeper.
  • Token Mini-Moe

Shinnosuke Tsuji


Christopher Eclair


James Shiba


Jennifer Grey


Tsutomu Tanaka


Kei Retsumin, the Human Calamity

Assassin for the Black Tiger White Dragon Alliance
  • Ax-Crazy: Got his nickname by calmly wiping out a whole village to avoid having to find his target's hiding place. Said to have killed more people than any plague.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Fights with Pisuke, a Myna bird, in a cage on his head.
  • Head Pet: Pisuke
  • Morality Pet: Subverted. Pisuke isn't a pet. It's there to die to serve as a warning that he's going too fast and risking his health.
  • No, I Am Behind You
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: The basis of his martial art, Honshiken.
  • Red Baron
  • Speed Blitz: His fight is hard for non-master level fighters to even see.

Sakaki's Elder Sister

Don't know her name, so sue.

Suzuki Hajime

Sakaki and Hongo friend and refreee.

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