Characters / The 23 Banchos

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     Banchou Alliance 

Banchos who eventually become allies with Akira.

Tropes that Apply to all

  • Five-Man Band:
    • The Hero: Kongou Bancho. Leader simply for never having been beaten. And being a total badass.
    • The Lancer: Iai Bancho. A level-headed and honorable swordsman.
    • The Smart Guy: Hikyou Bancho: Uses trickery and deception. Fights smarter, not harder.
    • The Big Guy: Gouriki Bancho. Considering the fact that she swings around two iron balls on sticks that are as big as she is, it counts.
    • The Chick: Nenbutsu Bancho. Only gets here by being a pseudo-Buddhist priest. Does, however, cover the philosophical side.
    • Sixth Ranger: Sasori Bancho, along with Drill Bancho, Remodel Bancho, Dinosaur Bancho, Machine Bancho, Thorn Gate Bancho, the Five Dark Vows and Gunshot Bancho.

Yuu Akiyama/Hikyou Banchou
  • Artificial Limbs: Grenade Gun Arm.
  • Bare Your Midriff: His combat outfit.
  • Big Brother Instinct: When the orphanage he grew up in lost its funding and all the adults bailed, he took over the job of protecting the younger kids, and resorts to some very dirty criminal methods to do so.
  • Bishōnen: Underneath his mask.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: More like Grenade Gun artificial limb.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Dirty Execution, Ayatori, Dirty Rondo and Grenade Gun Arm.
  • Catch-Phrase: "For the things I want to protect, I'll be as cowardly as it takes!"
    • "Let's have a fair cowardly fight!"
    • Phrase Catcher: "You coward!" Generally said once his victim realizes they've been had.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Uses traps to take care of his enemies.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Hikyou Banchou takes the cake here. Seriously, this guy is like a Japanese Batman. Before a fight he ends up giving a guy diarrhea by poisoning his food HOURS before the fight! Not to mention how much he is prepared to protect those he cares about. He makes the orphans swallow pills that will nullify poison, has a freaking machine gun under his own fake arm (which a lot of people had assumed was real for quite some time), and he has a bomb in the shape of a kid just in case his enemy will take hostages. This guy is Batman with a penchant for using guns and explosives on people!
  • Defeat Equals Friendship
  • Dirty Coward: Initially seems to be this, but has a Freudian Excuse.
  • Domino Mask: His Cool Mask.
  • Expecting A Complete Monster: The preview prior to his debut make him out to one of the most evil character in shonen history, but he turns out to a Combat Pragmatist and likable character.
  • Expy: Hikyou Banchou looks like Kato with a shorter shirt.
  • For the Evulz: Apparently the reason why Hikyou Banchou transferred the rest of the Five-Man Band into Kongou's class.
  • Happily Married: In the epilogue to Haruka.
  • Handicapped Badass: His left arm is revealed to be a prosthetic hiding a grenade launcher.
  • Heel–Face Turn
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Kikyou Bancho has many tricks up his sleeves, but was smart enough to only reveal a handful of them when he was recruited. Cue him revealing many trump cards during his fights.
  • The Lancer: Interchangeable with The Smart Guy.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Prior Heel–Face Turn, but he also has elements of this even afterward.
  • Noble Demon: Since his Heel–Face Turn, Hikyou Banchou takes every opportunity he can to remind everyone that he's only part of the Five-Man Band as part of his plan to be the last man standing. Even if there's some truth to it, there's the matter of going into a Tranquil Fury when Kongoh is killed by Machine Banchou, going so far as to take the latter on all by himself.
  • Red Baron: Hikyou (Cowardly) Bancho
  • Razor Floss: Ayatori, connecting threads of synthetic fiber between each of his fingers to sever opponents' ligaments.
  • Say It with Hearts: A repeat offender.
  • The Smart Guy: The Strategist within the group.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Likes to think of himself as this, but he cares for his teammates.
    • He still treats his enemies brutally, though.
  • Tranquil Fury: After Kongoh's death.
  • Whip It Good: His weapon other than his wits and traps

Kiryu Touya/Iai Bancho

Shirayukinomiya Kobushi/Gouriki Bancho

Master Raionji/Nenbutsu Bancho

Haruka Kodama/Sasori Bancho

     Five Dark Vows 

A team of five Banchous who've united to take down Kongou Banchou.

Tropes Associated With The Five Dark Vows

Douke Bancho/ Yoruko and Asasko
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Kasauga Sora/Nenchaku Bancho

Haruya Kaburagi/Kabuki Bancho

Komori Shizuka/Kangoku Bancho

Homuraya Ryougen/Bakunetsu Bancho

     Wolf Pack 

Wolf Pack

Hanazaka Bancho
  • Affably Evil: Creepy and genuinely polite at the same time.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He seems to be a person who gets excited very easily, and when he gets too wound up, he recklessly spreads his seeds with complete disregard for those around him, although he does apologize after he calms down.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Housenka (Flash of Flower Cannon).
  • Green Thumb: Uses his great knowledge of plants to create his poisonous weeds and flowers.
  • Poisonous Person: Via poisonous flowers.
  • Red Baron: Hanasaka (Blooming Flower) Bancho.
  • The Worf Effect: Along with the rest of the Wolf Pack by Kenpei Bancho.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets very little development before Kenpei Bancho comes along.

Hazami Bancho

Kaiten Bancho

Tekkou Bancho

Candy Bancho

Dokuro Bancho

Kyouya Shiga/Ourou Bancho

     Independent Banchous 

Harito Takaradzuka/Shirobara Bancho

AT-KM-100/Machine Bancho

Mikio Makishima/Dokusen Bancho

Arashi Kodai/Kyouryuu Bancho

Zakuro Hariyama/Kyokumon Bancho

Anga Darutani/Shageki Bancho