Characters / Riki-Oh

Saiga Riki-Oh

Nachi

  • Big Brother Instinct: Technically, he's the younger brother, but after his death, his spirit does not take kindly to Baron Corpse attacking Riki.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: It's implied that the man at the head of the story's over-arching conspiracy had a hand in shaping him into what he later becomes.
  • Dark Messiah: The denizens of the Cape see him as a saintlike healer; however, it's implied that there's something unbalanced behind the saintly visage. There is. Big-time.
  • Mind over Matter: He posesses very powerful psychokinesis.
  • The Mentor: After his death, his spirit becomes this to Riki-Oh during the "Palace of Eternal Youth" arc's climax.
  • Physical God: The people of the Cape referred to him as the "Living God".
  • Red Right Hand: His left hand has a swastika embedded onto it and is the source of his psychic powers.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He was abandoned by Riki-Oh while playing Hide and Seek, and now he's practically trying to wipe out the human race.

Cho Zenki

  • Badass Grandpa: This man taught Riki-Oh everything he knows about martial arts, and age hasn't slowed him down much.
  • Old Master: He was a member of an elite Chinese fighting unit when he was younger, and he's imparted his skills to at least two disciples.

Oh Beiri

The Warden

  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Like the film, his fight with Riki-Oh ends with him running afoul of a meat grinder. Unlike the film, though, Riki pulls the Warden out before he can lose more than his legs, but he still bleeds out from these grievous wounds.
  • Deceptive Disciple: He too was taught Naike Kenpo by Cho Zenki.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: His dark glasses and lack of humanity towards the prison's inmates combine to give him this trope.
  • One-Winged Angel: He becomes a Hulk-like giant whilst fighting Riki-Oh. He says he was able to do so by training his muscles with Kokiko (essentially Qigong).
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Invokes this on one of the prison's enforcers after the latter fails to kill Riki. Later, he does the same to Sugiyama.

Sugiyama Tokuzo

  • Dirty Old Man: He has a collection of porn in his office.
  • The Dragon: To the Warden. However, it becomes clear by the end that he's nowhere near as dangerous as his boss.
  • "Pop!" Goes the Human: His death, courtesy of being shot by the Warden's customized pistol and its compressed-gas rounds.
  • Red Right Hand: One of his hands is missing, replaced with a prosthetic hook.

Iwata

  • Kick the Dog: He deliberately destroyed a toy made by Wakamatsu who was going to send it to his son.
  • Starter Villain: He and Bandoh are the first opposing force that Riki-Oh faces in the manga. Neither lasts very long.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Given that Riki-Oh took out his hired muscle with ease, trying to stab him from behind with a nail probably wasn't the best thing that Iwata could have done.

Wakamatsu

Bandoh

  • Big Eater: He literally ate an entire horse.
  • Fat Bastard: His girth is matched only by his unpleasant personality.
  • Stout Strength: His gut doesn't subtract from his muscle much.

Narumi

Washizaki

  • Mercy Kill: He shot 119 of his own men that were slowly dying from a gas attack, claiming that death was the only mercy he could give them. He keeps a rose garden containing a flower for each of his fallen men.
  • Villain Decay: Built up as the big bad of the Cape Arc by being the leader of the cape and easily defeating Riki-Oh in a fight yet his later insanity leads him to become a much easier opponent for Riki to take down.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Upon realizing that he's going to be abandoned by the Big Bad, Washizaki goes positively nuts: putting on face paint, strapping a pair of flashlights to his head in an imitation of the way candles are worn in certain Shinto rituals, and trying to kill Nachi and his unarmed followers...not to mention slaughtering any of his own men if they question his actions.

Robotomi 560SEL-Mark. II

Umibozu

  • Badass Mustache: He calls it his "Mustache of Pride".
  • Expy: Of Mr. Heart.
  • Fat Bastard: Even more so than Bandoh.
  • Kevlard: His body fat can not only absorb the force from Riki-Oh's punches, but suck in the arm used to throw said punch. He claims he can break people's bones this way, too.

Mizuguchi

  • An Arm and a Leg: A somewhat mild example—when Aneyama punishes him for failing to kill Riki-Oh in the past, Mizuguchi ends up losing his nose during the ensuing torture.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When Riki-Oh tries to corner him, he tries to bribe Riki-Oh with money to spare his life. This doesn't end well for him.
  • Asshole Victim: He gets tortured by Aneyama for failing to kill Riki-Oh. Considering that this happens after we learn about his more unsavory aspects, it's hard to feel sorry for him.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He's implied to indulge in this, as he threatens Riki-Oh with brutal dismemberment before death, and delights in the idea of Riki-Oh being force-fed sulfuric acid.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's introduced as a rather pragmatic, laid-back gangster who took the daughter of one of his underlings under his wing after Riki-Oh killed said underling in a duel. Before the arc is finished, however, this relatively nonchalant facade is revealed to be masking some rather unpleasant habits...
  • I Am A Humanitarian: It's implied that his chef includes human sashimi as part of his diet.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: He's slain by one of his own lieutenants just as he's about to give up the same of Riki-Oh's true father.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Despite trying to blow Riki-Oh up with a rocket launcher in his introduction, he's ultimately helpless when Riki-Oh confronts him after killing off his lieutenants.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: When he first shows up to kill Riki-Oh, he brings a damn rocket launcher to do the job. Of course, considering that Riki-Oh survived being shot five times when he tried killing him in the backstory, this might count as just being prepared.
  • Wife Husbandry: He had plans for this for the daughter of one of his underlings. Considering that said daughter would be turning 15 soon, this is extremely disturbing.

Aku-Oh

Eisaku

  • Animal Motifs: He's often compared to a gorilla.
  • Dumb Muscle: Subverted—while he's hardly a smart man, he's insightful enough to recognize that Riki-Oh's carrying a lot of grief beneath his grim demeanor, and pities him for it.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He's shown to dote on his elderly mother.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even when he was a full-on bad guy, he couldn't work directly under Mizuguchi after the crime lord orchestrated the mass murder of orphans and the homeless with poisoned food.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Introduced as an Elite Mook for a low-level gangster, but chooses to follow Riki-Oh for the Mizuguchi arc.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When both he and Riki-Oh are mortally wounded by one of Mizuguchi's lieutenants, he chooses to give Riki-Oh a crude form of blood transfusion so that he might live...at the cost of his own life.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Invokes this during his Heroic Sacrifice:
    Eisaku: I...I've done nothing but bad things my whole life...at least this way, I can die...like an honorable man...
  • Stout Strength: He's got as much muscle as he does girth.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Bananas. Apparently, they make him even stronger in battle.

Aneyama

  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He takes sadistic delight in tormenting his victims—in the backstory, he tortured Riki-Oh's adoptive father and grandfather; in the story proper, he punishes Mizuguchi rather savagely for failing to kill Riki-Oh in the backstory. Long story short, it involves a power drill, a hollow tube of bamboo, and boiling soy sauce.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Downplayed at first, with his penchant for nail polish and lip gloss. However, in the climax of his arc, he goes to wearing a full-out bridal kimono in honor of his deceased sister.
  • Berserk Button: Don't do anything uncouth in his presence, like leave a hair in his tea. Or mention his true age.
  • Depraved Homosexual: He has a creepy fascination with Riki-Oh at first. Later, this is lost beneath a hateful desire to see Riki-Oh dead.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: His butler leaves a hair in his tea. Aneyama's response is to butcher him with a razor-edged ceiling fan. Later, when another of his servant's accidentally makes a remark about Aneyama's true age, the enraged villain kills him with another remote-controlled death trap.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He begins to steadily lose it when Riki-Oh begins tearing apart his operation. At the very end, he completely loses his head when his cosmetic surgery is destroyed, leaving him as an ugly old man, and throws himself off a cliff to his death.

Akuta

  • Disney Death: He's on death's door when Aneyama's "Crystal Night" plan goes into effect. Riki-Oh is guided by Nachi's spirit to use the power of his six-point-star hand to save the kid's life.
  • Tag Along Kid: Notable, because he's the last of Riki-Oh's companions who follows him for the remainder of the story.

Bill Hickok

  • Ace Pilot: He's able to fly his plane through regions that would cause lesser pilots to crash. This makes him a key ally to Riki-Oh, as Mukai's domain is in a part of the Arctic Circle that screws up the instruments of most planes.

Mukai

  • A God Am I: He seriously believes himself to be God.
  • Dark Messiah: His most direct servants view him as a living god, and worship him devoutly. He was literally created to be this by the people of the future.
  • Death Seeker: After Riki-Oh forgives him, Mukai is overcome with remorse. Unable to bring himself to kill his own son any longer, Mukai begs Riki-Oh to strike him down.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: It's implied that he did love Birei Oh, in his own messed-up way.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: He confronts Riki-Oh in the nude in their first duel. Partly because he just finished bathing, and partly out of the "unconcerned with human expectations" variety.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He is Riki-Oh's biological father.
  • Ki Attacks: He was able to use a Kantsu Reppa against Riki-Oh's to cause a Beam-O-War.
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