A list of the characters in the Manhwa series, The Breaker and its sequel The Breaker: New Waves.
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Shi-Woon is our loser protagonist, an Ordinary High-School Student who is constantly picked on by bullies. He believes his life is so miserable, that he decides to end it all... until he is saved by Chun-Woo, the weird new teacher and secret martial artist. From then on he is determined to learn to fight and stand up for himself, going so far to jump off a bridge to convince Chun-Woo that he is serious. So far he has impressed everyone with his progress and character growth.
Animal Motif: In New Waves, he starts being associated more and more with his teacher, and by extension, he also seems to inherit his Dragon motif.
Anti-Hero: Type I in the beginning. He quickly grew out of it.
It is not known whether this is a side effect of the Black Origin Threshold, or his natural skill, but use a technique against him while under the effects of the Black Origin Threshold just once and he'll learn it.
He is not copying the moves during the fight with Ryu-Ji. It is more that he already knew the moves that he was performing watching Chun-woo's videos and is simply relaying them as they are being performed.
Empowered Badass Normal: He originally had a medical condition that didn't get in the way of his everyday life, but prevented him from excelling at physically strenuous tasks. Shi-Ho Lee accidentally gave him some Applied Phlebotinum that fixed this problem, but it also makes him incredibly powerful, even by Murim standards. This later makes him a Living MacGuffin for many different groups, as his body has exceeded the normal bounds of ki to the point of nearly Going Critical if not for Chun-Woo teaching him the Black Heaven and Earth technique which regulated it. Which seems to cause the side effect of his body spontaneously undergoing regenerative changes due excess of ki being higher then even some masters. It also means that his blood can serve as the base for a less-effective but still potent knockoff.
Batman Gambit: His ultimate intention in putting a giant bullseye on himself by returning to school in order to draw out S.U.C.
Brought Down to Normal: at the end of Part I, this happens when Chun-Woo destroys his ki center to prevent him from having to continue to be involved in the world of Murim.
Seems to no longer be the case as of Chapter 110 of New Waves, see Came Back Strong.
Came Back Strong: After he recovers from his fight against Ryu-Ji and Elder Jeong saving his life, he seems capable of using techniques without taking anything.
Character Development: He starts out as a kid so driven to the edge by bullying that he is about to sell out his childhood friend to a teenage bully simply to avoid another beating. After training under Chun-Woo, he gets enough confidence to do a complete turnaround and go out of his way to protect his friends. He even outright threatens S.U.C. captains, various clan prodigies, and government agents in doing so. Helps a lot that he's got the strength and skills to back up his words. Another big one happens in New Waves, where initially he doesn't want anything to do with Sun Woo, but comes to accept his position as their leader and shows that he's quite willing to fight and die for the clan.
Chekhov's Gun: The Ilwollsindan that unlocked Shi Woon's ki circulation is now functioning as his new source of power.
Single Woman Seeks Good Man: When it comes to the women that are attracted to him that are also of Murim, it makes sense that they would be considering that almost all of the men in Murim are generally testosterone embodied and down right badass. They grew up in a society in which you have to be mean, strong, and pragmatic to survive, and since they are women of Murim, they can't necessarily understand normal men. So Shi-Woon is quite different from the normal men they meet.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Gives one to Sung-Jae Bae and the S.U.C. Faceless Goons after seemingly tapping into the Black Origin Threshold. Gives another one to Gwon-Jong. And those Special Forces Soldiers didn't know what they were up against. Later on he gives one to Gwon-Jong's evil superior. In fact, most people get curb-stomped by him because they underestimate him in the first place.
Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Just about every technique done with a broken Ki center. His Megaton Punch ended with a broken shoulder, and doing a foot technique ended with him with a badly sprained ankle, if not broken as well.
The Black Origin Threshold is a more direct example.
Using Martial Arts while his Ki Center is recovering.
De-power: At the end of Part 1 and for most of early parts of New Waves.
Death Glare: Chang Ho received many of these for trying to go after Sae Hee on more than a few occasions. Shi-Woon Lee gives one to Jung Lae Won because he keeps calling him Shi-Woon rather than addressing him properly as the Head of the Sun-Woo Clan. And then, he does it again, coupling it with his Badass Boast
And now he gives one to Ju Sang Sik, one of the Ten Grandmasters of Murim.
The Determinator: You have to give Shi-Woon some credit. He mentally defeated a martial arts prodigy just by his utter refusal to go down. Against Ji-Gun Yoo as well. And Ju Sang Sik bows down in his duel against him after realizing that Shi-Woon would rather die than admit defeat. He NEVER give up, he is probably the largest determinator in the series and can give NARUTO a run for his money.
Lampshaded by So-Chun Hyuk, who declares that Shi-Woon is more dangerous than Chunwoo, and that he actually felt more fear of Shi-Woon due to his determinator status.
Disappeared Dad: His father is never once mentioned during the series. To a degree, he also has a case of Missing Mom. He still lives with her, but given how often she devotes herself to her job instead of her son, she might as well be this.
Distressed Dude: Two times so far, once in The Breaker and once in New Waves. Played for VERY serious drama both times. At the climax of The Breaker, the Chief of the Alliance grabs him by the throat at the last minute and threatens to kill him should Shun Woo Han refuse to show him the Black Heaven and Earth technique. The second time, he's abducted by the man who gave him medicine that temporarily subverted the whole De-power issue so that a sort of medicine could be made from his blood and body parts, to sell to S.U.C. and others interested in power boosting drugs.
Then subverted in Chapter 110 onward when he is abducted by a government agency who think they have the perfect hostage to use as leverage against the Sun-Woo. Cue a Roaring Rampage of Self-Rescue
Taken to its logical conclusion in the latest chapters, when his entire body reconstructs itself from the inside out after he is nearly killed. It is implied that this has also caused his Ki center to be completely healed.
Heir To Sun-Woo: Some of the people in the Sun-Woo clan are not very happy about it though. At first.
Heroic RROD: Seems he's suffering of this after tapping into the Black Origin Threshold when battling Ryu-Ji.
Explosive Overclocking: What he was experiencing when trying to use his ki to perform even the simplest of techniques.
Heroic Spirit: Nearly everyone he has interacted with has felt it.
Instant Expert: Surprisingly enough. The Breaking Spirit Strike was supposed to take him a few months to master, but he managed to complete it on the same day Chun Woo showed it to him. The same thing happened with the Foot techniques. He seems to genuinely be what the wuxia genre calls "a natural kung-fu genius", with one key difference: while he can grasp complex martial arts concepts and skills and perform them in a remarkably short period of time, his health wasn't good enough to actually perform any of them thanks to his blood-flow problems.
The foot techniques is an even bigger example because while Chun-Woo explained how the Spirit-Breaking Strike was supposed to work, he only showed Shi-Woon the foot techniques once, and they had a very short discussion about it. Shi-Woon also didn't practice the foot techniques unlike the Strike.
Possibly justified. The Gu-Eum is a line of martial artist, all of whom are said to have poor circulation, but if that problem was corrected they would be ungodly strong. Sounds just like Shi-Woon's physical condition before he took the Ilwollsindan.
Even after his De-power, allies and enemies alike at how quickly and expertly he seems to pull off moves while using the minimum of ki power.
Living MacGuffin: As of New Waves it seems that a lot of people are out to capture him for varying reasons.
Made of Iron: His absolutely ridiculous healing factor lets him take hits like none other. A recurring pattern in his battles against exceptionally strong enemies is the opponent hitting him harder and harder with exceedingly lethal attacks, getting increasingly more frustrated. When he passes the point where far more experienced fighters should be dead, the opponent generally panics or overreaches himself, allowing Shi-Woon to slip in a Megaton Punch to devastating effect.
Although in chapter 108 he has to be healed or he would die. Not even his healing factor can cope with all the deathblows he got from Ryu-Ji
Puppet King: Many factions assume this about Shi-Woon when they learn the boy known to have a shattered ki center has been put in charge of the Sun-Woo clan. Jung Lae Won and the government tried to use him to control the clan as a whole after the S.U.C. attack on his school when they took him into custody. But while Shi-Woon is extremely respectful of the Elders and defers to them in most matters as they are his seniors, make no mistake. This is the true leader of the Sun-Woo clan.
Real Men Wear Pink: An amazing cook if Jin-le's wolfing down his entire meal is any indication.
Spanner Inthe Works: Shi Woon has a habit of becoming a wild card in every Chess Master plan in the series. So much so that Sera, the resident Guile Hero, relies on his unpredictability to simply resolve variables that she might not account for. Opposing players however make it a point to try to eliminate him from the board,
That may be less of sexual attraction and more of plain embarrassment.
Super Toughness: He takes amazing amounts of punishment, even when he's just a novice, to the point that literally every character he fights comments on how indomitable his spirit must be. Several times he stands up and demands they keep fighting while technically unconscious or without a pulse. However, he has required medical attention several times after the fight ends.
To put things in perspective, Shi-Woon could give Zoro a run for his money in the "beaten half to death" category.
Super Senses: Seems to have developed them after recovering from the S.U.C. attack on his school.
Super Serum: When his ki-center is shattered, he is initially unable to use his martial arts beyond the simple movements. However recently a murin specialist doctor and the small group of allies he is gaining has given him a drug that circulates the latent amounts of ki in his body from when he ate the Illwolsindan, which gives him the ability to use his martial arts skills he's learned, but only for brief periods of time.
Unwanted Harem: Over the course of the story, four girls have developed feelings for Shi-Woon. These being:
Sae-Hee; his high-school schoolmate and for a time, his only friend.
So-Sul; the head of the Sun-Woo Clan before passing the title onto Shi-Woon.
Jin-le; his bodyguard and the granddaughter of one of the Sun-Woo Clan's elders, Jae-Kyu.
Sera; the head of the Mil-Yang Clan and who is a brilliant strategic thinker.
We Can Rule Together: Offered the or-you'll-be-horrifically-killed variety in chapter 71 of New Waves.
Wide-Eyed Idealist: When it was pointed out that Chun Woo has always been a bad guy and is leading SUC, Shi Woon refuses to believe it until after Ji-Gun shows him a message that Chun-Woo sent to his subordinates after Chun Woo apparently massacred an entire military unit.
With My Hands Tied: His right arm was in a sling after injuring himself, still he manages to land a decisive punch on Chang-Ho, and beat the crap out of other S.U.C members.
Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Arguably. He didn't use his Megaton Punch on Ji-Woo Lee; instead, he just tackled her. Though there is also the fact that the medicine hadn't taken effect just yet at that point, which meant that he probably would have broken his arm if he tried to punch her.
A subversive group that is in opposition to the Martial Arts Alliance and supposedly wants to break down the barriers between the normal populace and the murim-in.
Shi-Woon is the protagonist, but the Deuteragonist is Chun-Woo through much of the first part of the story. He is usually the eccentric, laid-back, and perverted substitute teacher at Shi-Woon's school, but in actuality he is the "Goonmoonryung (Nine Arts Dragon)", one of the greatest martial artists in the world and a big player in the complicated politics of the murim-in. His conflict with the leaders of the murim-in eventually spills over into Shi-Woon's life...
Handicapped Badass: Pointed out by his opponent every time he fights, as he spends most of the story with a cast on his arm. Of course, this still doesn't stop him from pounding the tar out of everyone facing him.
Heel-Face Revolving Door: We are initially shown he seems to be a nice, if gruff, guy, then his motives are brought into question, especially after we see how strong his drive for vengeance is, and the possible consequences of revealing the murim to the normal world. Indeed, he is mentioned by many masters to be considered quite a villain in the murim. However he constantly goes way out of his way to save Shi Woon and cares for him properly....and then he destroys his ki-center, preventing him from doing martial arts....except it may have been to keep him from falling into the dangerous murim world or a more recent theory that this act may have been to raise Shi-Woon's upper limits, albeit with major side effects... then Chun-Woo has tells the S.U.C. to offer Shi-Woon's hometown to him as a offering... time will tell what he does next.
Start of Darkness: He already had a grudge against the Alliance over his master's death, but seeing Shiho apparently die in front of him near the end of The Breaker pushed him. As of New Waves, he's pretty much a villain now, and while most of it was Offstage Villainy, he has pushed himself back into the spotlight when he decided to return to Korea and massacre a bunch of people in the Airport and at the Alliance H Qs.
Villain Protagonist: Initially, the Alliance was shown to be the bad guys in the first part of the Breaker. However, it was all from Shi-Woon's, Chun-Woo's and Black Forest's point of view. Chun Woo's inherent ruthlessness against his opponents prior to meeting Shi-Woon is infamous ,and even shown to the reader during the first part, to the point that it haunted him throughout the first volume and continues to haunt Shi-Woon in New Waves even after he was relived of his ki. In hindsight, Chun-Woo was only not as evil when Shi-Woon was around. In New Waves, we finally see it from the Alliance's and clans who were affected by Chun-Woo's actions point of view. The Alliance intentionally wanted a strict divide between Murim and normal folk to prevent an inevitable war between them. While the politics among the clans were bad, it was ultimately set up for the good of Murim. Chun-Woo's Social Darwinist attitude would be intentionally antagonistic towards those who aren't able to use ki. Chun Woo was always the bad guy.
World's Strongest Man: Acknowledged as such in-universe, but Word of God states that it's actually a toss-up between him and Kang-sung. As of the latest chapters, he's confirmed to be the stronger of the two.
The mysterious leader of the Black Forest group (also known as Shadow Warriors) has ties to various organizations and plans.
The Chessmaster: Sets up all the events to get Chun-Woo to destroy the Alliance on a public stage.
The Faceless: He first appeared in chapter 3 of the first series but every appearance (including those where he is heavily featured) since has yet to show his face.
Good Old Ways: The reason why he has invested so heavily in his group of Murim and routinely sends his elite fighters to display their abilities to opposing forces or potential allies instead of just relying on conventional and modern technology or weapons.
The sexy, mysterious Action Girl who takes a job as a health teacher at Shi-Woon's high school. Although she isn't anywhere near Chun-Woo's level, she's more than capable of taking care of herself. Much to Chun-Woo's frustration, it's hard to tell if she has real feelings towards him or it's just part ofher act. She does.
Or not, maybe as she appears to be in a coma in the sequel but might indeed be dead, as a murin doctor mentions that the supplies needed by the person keeping her similar to what you'd need to bring someone back to life...if that were indeed possible. Recently it seems Shi-Woon's blood, hyper-saturated with his ki, has been used on her, and it's already been stated that Shi-Woon's body is now a medical marvel, with every single part of him storing vast amounts of internal energy.
An ancient group of the top Murim clans that maintain order between the various factions and works to cover up the Murim existence.
The young leader of the Chun-Do-Moon (Heavenly Way School), another prestigious martial arts clan. He is considered a prodigy in martial arts. He ostensibly goes along with the Chief of the Alliance, but he has his own motives.
A Child Shall Lead Them: Hyuk was chosen to lead his clan when he was very young. He has grown up since then, but is still considered a young prodigy.
Anti-Villain: He's a decent person who just happens to be on the side of the Alliance and therefore opposed to the heroes. Pity.
Badass: Yeah, that Demon King practically no one could touch? He manages to land a hit.
His current skill level seems to be somewhere between Chunwoo/Kang-sung and everybody else. The implication is that he has the greatest technical potential of anyone in the series, possibly even Chunwoo, and is already head and shoulders above most masters, but hasn't yet reached the point where he can go toe to toe with the top brass for any length of time.
Deer in the Headlights: His freezes up during his first meeting with Shi-Woon after the latter has become the Head of Sun-Woo Clan. He quickly sees a dark aura around Shioon, and wonders if he had always been that tall. He also ends up blushing.
Oh Crap: After having an inner monologue about why he lost his respect for Shi-Woon for using his status as Gaju to challenge him, he tries to end the duel with a single serious punch and scolds Shi-Woon for taking him and duels in general lightly. Shi-Woon responds that he was getting tired of So-Chun NOT taking him seriously in the first place and kicks him, which So-Chun is barely able to block. His reaction says it all
Pride Before a Fall: A minor one. While he sensed that Shi-Woon had grown since his last time, he wasn't aware how much and thus was not taking him seriously at all, at least initially.
The Quiet One: He and his whole clan have a reputation for not talking much, in-story.
Teen Genius: He's not even old enough to drink alcohol.
This trope is surprisingly deconstructed: in a world where relationships are primarily determined by martial conflict, a person who instantly excels at every task he's given and finds no challenges in life, with even more people refusing to fight him seriously thanks to his reputation and importance as head of his clan means effectively his existence is empty and more or less devoid of personal meaning to him. Meeting Shi-Woon, who not only defied his flawless logic with sheer determination and dared to challenge him despite his weakness shakes him enough for So-Chun to consider him a...
Worthy Opponent: How he feels about Shi-Woon. Although he seems to have lost a lot of respect towards him because he feels he's using his title as Head to challenge him. Or was, until he got an Oh Crap moment. He quickly regained his respect for Shi-Woon once he realized Shi-Woon was being completely serious from the very start and wanted to duel him in earnest.
The Chief of the Alliance
The Big Bad of Part 1, and the target of Chun-Woo's revenge for his part in the death of Un-Wol, Chun-Woo's master. He seeks the "Black Heaven and Earth" technique, which was passed down from Un-Wol to Chun-Woo to Shi-Woon.
The Bus Came Back: Despite seemingly being killed off at the end of Part 1, he is shown alive in chapter 139 of New Waves and apparently in good standings with many other clan heads that don't like the 'fair and just' way Kang-Sung runs the Alliance.
The first disciple of Song-Hak-Jang clan and widely known as one of the strongest Murim currently around. For most of Part 1, he is working with the Chief of the Alliance but shows himself to be more of an Anti-Villain and all-around level-headed individual.
Anti-Villain: A thoroughly decent and honourable man who is only opposed to the heroes because they are trying to destroy the current system, which he is loyal to.
Attack Reflector: The Reflection Technique, a high level tai chi maneuver that stops the flow power in a attack and allows the user to reflect it into any direction or right back at the attacker as long as the person using the maneuver has footing on the ground.
Badass: Word of God says that it is not known who is stronger between him and Chun-Woo.
Berserk Button: He, unlike his colleagues, never hated Chun-Woo. In fact, he was trying to understand him. The moment Chun-Woo abandoned Shi-Woon, a student that was dedicated in his master despite him being shown to be quite the villain, Kangsung was pissed.
In New Waves this has been shown to be his own detriment as despite being forced into the position of leading the Alliance, the clan heads regret it then start to abandon him and are willing to leave him to face Chun-Woo and his group alone because he is too just and not willing to play the political games and backroom deals they are used to.
Dragon Ascendant: He becomes the new chief of the Martial Arts Alliance in Part 2.
Dynamic Entry: His encounter with Chun-Woo at the end of part one starts off with a massive kick that takes everyone in the fight by surprise.
He Will Not Cry, so I Cry for Him: A variation. Kang-sung, following his fight with Chun-Woo, is clearly dying, and is being very stoic about it, but he's clearly touched by Shi-Woon's tears for his impending death.
Humble Hero: Despite being one of the strongest fighters in series, he never flaunts it and even is said to have been capable of mastering more titles like Chun-Woo to be called Nine Arts but out of respect for tradition did not proceed any further the title of Three-Arts Dragon.
Finally averted in New Waves chapter 138, where the entire chapter is dedicated to him curbs stomping a gang of Chun-Woo's fighters effortlessly after they had tore apart several Alliance guards before going one on one with Chun-Woo.
Tranquil Fury: After Chun-Woo expels Shi-Woon and calls him a toy, Kang-Sung prepares to go all out.
Worthy Opponent: Sees Chun-Woo as potentially being this throughout Part 1 of the story
Seems like that changes when they finally meet at the end of Part 1 but in reality Kang-Sung still considers Chun-Woo someone he respects and worth trying to save if possible rather then destroy.
You Remind Me of X: Kang-Sung tells Shi-Woon he reminds him of himself, and in fact, used him as an inspiration when he fought against Chun-Woo .
The leader of the Torrent Clan, a biker gang (emphasis on "gang"). Most notable for having a freaky face and a strange habit of calling Shi Woon "cutie". He and his gang seem like monsters at first, but as of now Mun-Gi at least has become an ally. Mun-Gi is also one of the Supernovas, a group of four martial artists whose significance is yet to be revealed.
Hidden Depths: He's introduced as a scary biker thug, but if the "Supernova" group means anything he's definitely more important in the murim world than we've been shown. There's also the effective and insightful pep talk he gave to Shi-Woon at the end of Part 1, where he guessed Chun Woo's motives better than anyone else.
Homoerotic Subtext: Calling Shi-Woon "cutie" is kinda suggestive. Please, when he first met Shi-Woon he blew Shi-Woon a kiss.
Implacable Man: In his first appearance before realizing who Chun-Woo is and knowing how outmatched he was.
Blood Knight: Even when facing death, he admired the insane strength and brutality he saw that the Sun-Woo clan was prepared to display on him personally. Although he had to resort to cowardly tactics in order to escape.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: When his assistant mentions that Shi-Woo is just one boy with little power, He acknowledges that with the way everyone who faces Shi-Woon praises him, he is a threat and orders all five captains to kill him before he can get his Ki center fixed.
Dirty Coward: Shi-Woon walks into the HQs midfight, so he holds him hostage in order to secure their exit.
Double Take: When he hears Shi-Woon is the Sun-Woo Clan Head.
Dynamic Entry: Enters Sun-Woo HQ by literally stomping on the guards at the entrance as if he was Mario.
Oh Crap: When confronted by a pissed-off Elder Kwon.
One of the most feared and powerful clans within the Murim world. It is this reputation that caused it to be separated by the Alliance many years ago and its leader taken into protective custody.
Officially titled "Princess" So-Sul, she is the former leader of the Sun-Woo, a prestigious martial arts clan. Shi-Woon (with Chun-Woo's help) saved her from the Torrent Clan, who had kidnapped her for unknown reasons. Although it took some time for her to warm up to Shi-Woon, her loyalty now lies with him.
Beneficial Disease: The same illness that kept her body constantly weak and stuck in prepubescent form, when cured, allows her to perform normally inaccessible godly martial art skills that even top murim would have trouble using.
Sun-Woo's retainer, introduced near the end of Part I as an antagonist. However, he switches sides and gains much more prominence in New Waves as an ally of Shi-Woon. Like Mun-Gi, he is one of the four "Supernovas".
Battle Butler: Played with in that he initially appears to be loyal to the Alliance, but it's revealed that he's the retainer for the Sun-Woo Clan. As soon as he finds out about what happened to So-Sul, he switches sides. And now he works for Shi-Woon.
Signature Move: While Jin-Ie is shown to use it later, he seems to be the true master of the Descending Thunder Fist.
Undying Loyalty: Towards the leader of Sun-Woo, whoever that may be—initially So-Sul, but now Shi-Woon.
First introduced in New Waves, she is the bodyguard assigned to Shi-Woon by the Sun-Woo Clan. She's pretty and a skilled fighter, and has close connections to the Sun-Woo leadership. Unfortunately, she's also loud, harsh, hard to get along with, and hates her new assignment.
Cannot Spit It Out: She has had the most opportunity of all Shi-Woon's love interest to actually confess her feelings towards him. A good chunk of New Waves is her constantly worrying about Shi-Woon when he is not around, but when they actually interact, she stammers and hesitates until she is eventually interrupted by someone.
Chekhov's Gunman: She appeared in one panel in last chapter of Part I when Gyu-Bum brings her, Ha-Il, and Dae-San to visit Shi-Woon in the hospital. In Part II, she got enough screen time and focus to be the female lead.
Zettai Ryouiki: She seems to love this trope. Whether she's in her school uniform or if she's in civvies, she'll almost always have either short shorts or a miniskirt with knee-socks or thigh-high boots, giving her a Grade A.
A young Murim master that is one of the top fighters of the Sun-Woo Clan.
Badass: Boy-howdy. He's so powerful he's considered second only to Le Gyu-Bum and the elders within the Sun-Woo Clan, and he's shown to be capable of overpowering high level murim, even a Captain of the S.U.C., in one on one combat and forcing them to retreat.
Berserk Button: Damaging his fedora. Also, making him look weak in front of Jin-Ie.
Big Damn Heroes: Saves Jin-Ie, Shi-Woon and probably Sera after the duel with Ji-Gun when rogue elements of Sera's clan attempted to kill them.
Boring, but Practical: His fighting style consists of crushing an enemy's feet to immobilize them before smashing a knee or a foot into their face. No super spiffy ki moves involved, but damn, it's effective.
The Determinator: During his fight with Gwong-Young, he gets a knife planted in his thigh when he was distracted by a nearby explosion. His reaction is to pull the knife out and stick it into his opponent in the exact same place he was stabbed.
Nice Hat: A fedora. It is later revealed that Jin-Ie gave it to him when she was a little girl, and it used to belong to her father.
Older than They Look: When first introduced, he seemed to be around the same age or just slightly older then Jin-Ie and Shi-Woon, but later chapters show that he was between 5 and 8 years old before Jin-Ie was even born, placing him at least around mid to late 20s.
Papa Bear: Something happens to Ji-Nie, if he even thinks you had something to do with it, run.
Paper Cutting: Gets a small cut on his cheek when Elder Kwon throws a small binder right beside Ha-Il's head with enough force to lodge itself into the door Ha-Il was about to use.
Slasher Smile: He either wears one of these or a disinterested frown.
The Worf Effect: He's an example of this trope done well. He's consistently shown to be one of the more badass characters in the series who can hold his own against almost any opponent, but he still gets his ass kicked by Elder Kwon and later Chun Woo to show just how monstrously powerful the people like them are.
One of the top fighters of the Sun-Woo Clan. He is a massive man who possesses immense strength.
Apologetic Attacker: He doesn't exactly apologize for attacking, but he does apologize for not holding back.
"Sorry, I couldn't hold back again."
Awesome McCoolname: "Dae-San" sounds much like the Korean words for "Big Mountain," which is awesome. The translators even lampshade how cool his name is.
Badass: One of the top fighters in the Sun-Woo Clan.
Lightning Bruiser/Mighty Glacier: We haven't seen him fight enough to be sure which he is, but he's very tough and very strong, and he is shown to be able to block fast strikes or even counterattack before the blow he is counterattacking to has even landed. However, said attacks were made by mooks and we don't know how fast he is compared to true masters.
Meaningful Name: His name essentially means "Big Mountain," and he is massive and pretty much unmovable.
The Dreaded: Being one of the Ten Murim Grandmasters, he terrifies anybody who knows who recognizes him.
Dynamic Entry: When rescuing Shi Woon, he jumps off a helicopter.
Evil Old Folks: He seems to take over this role in New Waves at the start for the former Chief, but he grows out of it.
Flash Step: To the point of flashing forward about 30 feet, while beating 11 S.U.C. mooks, in the blink of an eye, in what was to him a single step.
Freudian Excuse: His primary concern is the Sun-Woo Clan, this is in part because when he was younger along with Master Soh, one of the previous heads, they helped raise the clan to be one of the top of Murim world. But Soh sacrificed his life to save him during a battle. When the clan stability was threatened by his daughter, Lady Hyae-Jin, who left for the US and broke the arranged marriage with Soh's son (So-Sul's father), he worked hard to keep the Sun-Woo clan relevant, and thus not very fond that Shi-Woon is considered the new Head of the Sun-Woo Clan thanks to Lady So-Sul.
Heel Realization: After finding the truth regarding Lady Hyae-Jin, how he blamed everything on her and Jin-Ie; and realizing that Shi-Woon, with a severe handicap, fought against Yong-Hyun Yang because he was protecting a gravely injured Jin-Ie.
Lightning Bruiser: He can take out 11 enemies in the blink of an eye, attesting to both his power and his speed, and so far nobody, even when they've managed to actually hit him, has been able to put him out of commission.
Megaton Punch: Seems to have his own version with the Heaven-Shattering Thunder Strike. We don't get to see exactly what it does, because his opponent retreats, but what we do find out is that dodging the punch means instant death for a master-level fighter. That's right, dodging the punch is lethal.
Misblamed: He realizes later on that his daughter became a willing scapegoat so that her father would hate her, and not the previous Sun-Woo Head, who was the one who actually called off their arranged marriage, as that would be an even bigger threat to the Sun-Woo clan.
He repeatedly shows unwavering, unyielding spirit in the defense of Shi-Woon after accepting him as the Gaju. Thus far, he has threatened, with full intent to back his words up, the government, one of his fellows among the Ten Great Masters, the entire murim world, and Goomoonryong himself. Do NOT fuck with Shi-Woon, Jin-Ie, or the Sunwoo clan. Just don't.
Elder Kwon: (To Ji-Woo Lee) I'll now proceed to school you on exactly who you have dared to touch.
Elder Kwon: (To Jung-Chun) Who gave you permission to go back as you please?
Elder Kwon: (To Ju Sang Sik) With the current situation, I'll just have to kill you.
Punched Across the Room: What he does to some S.U.C. mooks and previously to done to Ha-Il and a while later Jung Chun.
Later send Chun Woo flying when he felt he was disrespecting the Sun Woo clan head.
Sadistic Choice: Gives one of these to Jin-Ie, when he orders her to try to kill Shi-Woon or risk being exiled from the clan.
Super Speed: The man can hit so fast it looks like he hasn't even moved.
Tsundere: Well, now we know where Jin-Ie gets it from.
Undying Loyalty: His loyalty to the former Clan head effectively determined all of his actions afterword. After he transfers his loyalty to Shi-Woon, he's willing to go to incredibly extreme lengths to protect him, including many actions that effectively threaten war with the Murim Alliance.
When it's discovered that Shi-Woon lost an honorable (if manipulative) bet that effectively allowed the Alliance to kidnap him away from the Clan if he lost it, he comes up with a simplistic, if brutal solution: kill every single person in the area so that no one would be left alive to prove that the bet was made at all.
World's Strongest Man: A contender for the title, Elder Kwon is considered the second strongest of the Ten Great Masters of the Murim. In chapter 145, he effortlessly flings Chun-Woo away after intercepting a punch meant for Shi-Woon, and threatened to kill him there on the spot, marking him as the only person thus far to face down Goomoonryong without a handicap, aside from Kang-Sung.
Big Damn Heroes: Catches Shi-Woon when he jumps off the roof to evade the S.U.C. captains and later brings Shi-Woon out of Black Origin Threshold before when it looked like he was going completely over the edge.
Heroic Sacrifice: Protects Shi-Woon from a nearby bomb with his body. Like a boss. His heart had stopped by the time anyone came to help them. He comes back anyway, to snap Shi-Woon out of his Heroic RROD only to die using the last of the strength that was keeping him barely alive to heal Shi-Woon's injuries.
Murim that are not directly working under the leadership of one of the major factions but either be neutral or have alliances/relationships with one or even more of them.
Jung Lae Won
A government agent with ties to some of Murim clans, secretly working with Martial Arts Alliance and the Black Forest groups on behalf of the government in Part 1. He is also leader for a Special Ops that deals with Murim activity for the government.
An Arm and a Leg: His martial arts specialty is to amputate people's limbs mid-fight.
Chekhov's Gunman: His name is mentioned two maybe three times but he appears throughout Part 1. He is a catalyst for a lot Hyun Tae's obsession with revenge against Chun-Woo and was the one that shot a wounded Shi-Ho (on behalf of the Kaiser) with a sniper rifle while everyone was distracted causing her to bleed out and push Chun-Woo's Unstoppable Rage at the end of Part 1.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Figures out fairly quickly when to back off trying to take Chun-Woo in a straight fight after a brief exchange and to start flashing his gun and his position to avoid getting curb stomped like Hyun Tae had when the two confronted Chun-Woo at a cafe.
After seeing how Shi-Woon had nearly completely healed after being on the verge of death and then escapes his custody, he informs his forces to not be afraid to rough him up.
Dirty Coward: He quickly starts spreading rumors about Shi-Woon to the other clans in order to undermine Kang-Sung's attempt to pass leadership to Shi-Woon.
Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: At first presented as a murim and government liason at the conference announcing Chun-Woo being on the loose. Then revealed to actually be working for the Martial Arts Alliance Chief. Then shown to be working for the Kaiser and it isn't until New Waves that it is shown that he was literally working on behalf of orders from the government the entire time... so far.
Evil Is Petty: He tries to undermine Kang-Sung's attempts to make Shi-Woon the new leader of the Alliance mostly because he just doesn't like Shi-Woon. His superior in the government even calls him out on it.
Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Only a few moments in the Kim Soon Lee side story where he actually shows seemingly genuine concern for others and it not be part of a gambit.
He constantly assumes that Shi-Woon is an unpredictable element in his plans and is a danger to Murim society when Shi-Woon is the one person that wants to keep Murim and normal human beings divided for the sake of balance and order. He also keeps thinking that Shi-Woon is just a puppet of the Sun Woo clan. For some reason, he keeps trying to undermine Shi-Woon even going so far to tell other clans of Shi-Woon's sudden promotion to head of the alliance for seemingly not wanting to take orders from him.
He also does this with the Sun Woo clan as well. He assumes that the Gaju of the clan is merely a puppet of the Sun Woo elders when on the contrary, the elders are merely advisors at least until the Gaju is old enough or is inexperienced in decision making. He misinterprets certain actions as the Sun Woo treating the Gaju as bait(when in fact that the Sun Woo wanted to protect Shi Woon from all danger and were not privy to Shi Woon's and Sera's plan to draw out the SUC). He also keeps harping on the fact that the Sun Woo are wild and rampant and constantly need to be tamed when the only reason the Sun Woo are this way is because the Gaju of the Sun Woo clan,past and present, have a history of being killed if not outright messed with by other clans hence their reluctance to join an alliance with them.
Manipulative Bastard: Plays Hyun Tae into going after Chun-Woo including leaving his gun where Hyun Tae could get it and provides Chun-Woo information and goading that leads to the climatic confrontation at the Martial Arts Alliance HQ that was meant to be a trap.
Mr. Exposition: He either provides or signals someone else explaining details of something related to the plot in most appearances.
Not So Stoic: After he finally realizes Shi-Woon broke his fingers in the middle of the fight.
Out-Gambitted: His plan to stop Chun-Woo with the police, including police snipers, might have worked if Chun-Woo's followers hadn't already infiltrated the police. Said snipers are actually loyal to Chun-Woo and immediately open fire on Jung.
Out of Focus: For most of New Waves like many characters that debuted in Part 1.
Walking Spoiler: Can't talk too much about his roles in most arcs without spoiling something from before.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: He really does want to protect the people of Seoul. The reason he hates the Murim so much is because he believes most of them abuse their power at the expense of ordinary civilians. He is horrified when he discovers that his own superiors in the government are even worse than the Murim in this regard.
Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: After getting knocked back and realizing that Shi-Woon is expelling the same aura as Chun-Woo. Happens again when he realizes that Shi-Woon broke all of his fingers.
Wrong Genre Savvy: Seemed to be quite Genre Savvy in the first series, but in New Waves he just misinterprets everything. Forget underestimating Shi-Woon, since everyone under the sun does that, but he assumed in chapter 146 that Goomoonryong was afraid of the police. Really, guy?
A murim and head of the Illwallmoon, Murim's most famous branch in dealing with special medicines. His school has a large pharmaceutical company as a front for its existence. He is also Shi-Ho Lee's ex-boyfriend before she ran off with his branch's most powerful medicine. In New Waves he also is shown to have ties to S.U.C. through Sung-Jae Bae.
Attack Hello: Tries this when first introduced to So-Chun Hyuk.
Butt Monkey: Whenever Shi-Ho comes into the equation, he can't win.
Heel-Face Turn: Was something of an antagonist due to his constant attempts to get Shi-Ho and the Ilwollsindan. After being blackmailed by Sera into help her rescue Shi-Woon and witnessing Shi-Woon's actions to protect her and enable their escape, he essentially pledges to use his clan to restore Shi-Woon.
Fool for Love: Even after Shi-Ho betrays him, he still wants her back more than anything.
Badass Crew: he's trying to set one up in order to oppose S.U.C.
Big Damn Heroes: He arrives just in time on his bike to save Jin-Ie and Shi-Woon from a large group S.U.C. mooks.
Bishōnen: Has a lot of fangirls at Shi-Woon's school.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Subverted. He's first introduced as a polite, nice guy who befriends Sae-He. Then it seems like he only made friends with Sae-He so he could threaten her and use her as bait for Shi-Woon. But once the miscommunication between him and Shi-Woon was cleared up he turned out to be a genuinely nice guy after all.
Good All Along: It is revealed later on that the only reason he was trying to kill Shi-Woon is because he thought Shi-Woon was a member of S.U.C. After he finds out that this is not the case, he acts far less antagonistic and has even teamed up with him in recent chapters.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's played off as an asshole villain near the beginning, but recent chapters have shown that he is a lot nicer than earlier hinted. For example, one of the main reasons he is opposing S.U.C. is because he cannot stand how they are involving innocents in the world of the Murim.
I Am Not Left-Handed: An astounding fighter unarmed, but he's actually a swordsman who just happens to using his finger in place of a blade.
What makes it sound like she is suggesting something to Shi-Woon is that she specifically says to him that she owes the Sun-Woo Clan her life and she would run around and wear nothing, but an apron if they asked. Now Shi-Woon is the head of the Sun-Woo Clan.
Then there was her giving Shi-Woon a pill mouth to mouth.
Deadpan Snarker: Seems to be either this or an Emotionless Girl. Her expression has never deviated far from that blank stare, even when telling Shi-Woon that she would run around in only an apron if the Sun-Woo Clan wanted her to.
Not So Stoic: See Hopeless Suitor. Turns out that her Stoicism is a product of having to hide her emotions so she could not be exploited by those whom either wanted her dead or removed from her station. So she suppressed emotions so she would not have a "tell" while being really good at reading people.
Fatal Flaw: Her shrewdness while it works in her plans often has people not trusting her. In while it does not cause her much harm, it does become an obstacle in building interpersonal relationship with people who she wants to trust her like Shi-Woon and the Sun Woo Clan elders. For example, feeling the need to not tell Shi-Woon things that he would really would want to know(His mother being hospitalized, the terrorist attack by SUC) and lie to him for his benefit has had near devastating consequences. This is why she is quick to relent to Jini's point that Shi-Woon should not be kept out of the loop of events in spite of whatever insane development he is going through.
First Girl Wins: How she feels about Jini and Shi-Woon. This is besides the point because Jini is technically the third girl and she probably does not know the extent of Sosul's feelings towards Shi-Woon(considering who Sera, she probably guessed that there had to be some romantic feelings).
Hopeless Suitor: She pretty much sees herself at this. She feels like she betrayed Shi-Woon by lying to him about the condition of his mother in order to keep him from leaving. When Shi-Woon goes to the doctor to find pills that gave him the ability to do Martial Arts instead of her, she attributes this to him not trusting her.
Cry Cute: Even if she's all beat up and in risk of bleeding to death.
Hot Teacher: When she tries to explain the nature of the Murim society to Shi-Woon. Technically more of a Sexy Mentor, but given the her position at the school along with the last page from Chapter 37 she should count.
The Chessmaster: Even lampshaded during the conversation she has with Ha-Il in chapter 83.
Guile Hero: Though a potent fighter, her primary contribution to Shi-Woon is coming up with excellent solutions to problems very, very quickly.
Ever since it was revealed that Shi-Woon was not apart of the SUC, she has been playing three end games at the same time: the demise of the SUC in Seoul, the making of Shi Woon as the legitimate Gaju, and turning her Hopeless Suitor status into not-so-hopeless. Anything that involves those three goals, she seems to know or at least have intel about. There little to nothing that Sera does not know about or does not have the ability to obtain or exploit.
For example, her individual ploy to rescue Shi Woon from the creepy doctor. As far back as issue 50, she had the Doctor followed before it was even revealed that he was a bad guy just to see who he was and who he was affiliated with. She found out that he was somehow affiliated with the Ilwilmoon, the greatest medical clan in Murim and creator of the medicine that gave Shi-Woon his enormous ki. Curious, she had someone look into the exact nature of the relationship and found that there have been illegal dealing between the two. So she surmised that the Ilwilwoon clan had no idea or at least did not want those illegal dealings to be known and whatever was being dealt had something to do with Shi-Woon since he had gone missing. It worked out in her favor in three ways: Shi-Woon could possibly get the best treatment to repair his ki center as it was that clan that created the source of his ki thus legitimately securing the legitimacy of his claim as Gaju, the SUC would be vulnerable since the attack would have made them definitely an enemy of one or more powerful clans, and finally, since it succeeded,Sera can now put herself in good favor of not just Shi-Woon, who was mildly mad at her for not telling him about the condition of his mom at the time, but the Sun Woo clan as well. She even calculates who she gives her personal story to, Ha-Il, the apparent father figure of her rival for Shi-Woon's heart, Jin-Ie.
Ha-Il: Everything that you've done so far feels like you have been following a carefully scripted plan. Could it be that you already planned out all of this as well?
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Has this dyanmic with Jin-ie, though it's subtle. She's cool-headed where Jin-ie flies off the handle easily, more cerebral where Jin-ie would really just hit problems until they're solved, and wears more conservative clothing then Jin-ie's usual punk-biker girl chosen attire. The only thing they have in common is that they're both in love with Shi-Woon and being told to get him hurt egregiously or assassinate him.
The Unfunny: Sera has a couple of panels here and there where she's chibi-fied, usually when she's cornered people with her wits. It's meant to be funny, and it is—because even chibi-fied, Sera keeps her stoic expression and Empty Eyes.
Manipulative Bastard: After Shi-Woon's fight with Yong-Hyun, he subtly encouraged him by showing off how dangerous the S.U.C. were and not long after that fostered Shi-Woon's rage for the group in hopes to get his dependence on the Super Serum by brutally attacking his mother.
Counter Attack: One of their main techniques is to, early in the fight, bait their opponent into attacking before then using one of their powerful grappling techniques to break the limb their opponent tried to attack them with. In two separate encounters, both Chun-Woo and Shi-Woon have proven capable of breaking out of it.
Curb-Stomp Battle: They were on the receiving end of one of these, courtesy of Shi-woon.
Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: In the unit's first appearance in New Waves, they wear masks and dress in all black while they are in a forest, yet they still manage to pull off Chameleon Camouflage and attempted more than once to catch their opponent Shi-Woon unaware.
Oh Crap: Getting one of their members hurled right into the face of the squad leader after a failed counterattack leads the rest of the team to this.
Redshirt Army:At least this is what the majority of them became when they tried to take down Shi-Woon.
A Murim elder from Heung-In Clinic, which also happens to be among the best. He has an interest on the Hwan Gol Tal Tae (Overhaul Rebirth) which is what is apparently the technique theory behind Shi-woon's Healing Factor is called.
Chekhov's Gunman: Claims he's the one responsible for Lady So-Sul's physical condition.
Dope Punch: Punches Jung Lae-Won in the face for making light of his estimations on Shi-Woon's regenerative abilities as a joke.
The Dreaded: As a Grandmaster he instills this in a lot of people.
Mugging the Monster: Yeah, Ju Sang Sik, go ahead and tell Elder Kwong that you're the one responsible for Lady So-Sul's unusual physical condition, which ultimately leads to her leaving her role as the previous head and allying herself with Chun-Woo.
Oh Crap: When he realizes that Elder Kwong is possibly better than him now. And again in chapter 127 when Shi-woon breaks out of his "inescapable" paralysis technique by pulling the needle out himself.
Worthy Opponent: Considers Elder Kwong to one to such a degree one of the reasons for taking Shi-Woon is to force Kwong to finally step up and rule the Sun Woo Clan as Gaju. Eventually comes to see Shi-woon as this after seeing the latter refuse to give up despite everything Ju Sang Sik put him through.
A group introduced in New Waves, Soldiers Under Command (S.U.C.), are a group composed of Goonmoonryung's Disciples primarily made of Murim and some non-Murim, that are seeking to subvert Murim traditions and have taken a radical and violent approach to it.
The Masked Man Jae-Gal
The person that seems to be in charge of the Five Captains of S.U.C. His real identity is that of So-Chun Hyuk's personal assistant and a member of the Heavenly Way School.
Badass: Was able to hold off an enraged Elder Kwon.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: That plan that Haru and So-Chun came up with? He was the one who suggested the bombs since the retaliation of the Sun Woo clan could be a threat if they only kill Shi-Woon. By setting off bombs in a public school and forcing the clan to deal with the consequences on top of killing Shi-Woon, their leader, he's essentially destroying them.
The Mole: He's working under So-Chun Hyuk as his assistant, while at the same time is a working with the S.U.C.
One of the first of the Five Captains of S.U.C. introduced. Has a Hair-Trigger Temper and is something of a non-magical Vain Sorceress, who was actually appointed to her position late due to a loss to Ji-Gun Yoo and is still upset about the issue.
Villainous Breakdown: She suffers one after getting a facial injury at the hands, er... heels of Jin-Ie.
The breakdown wasn't due to a fresh injury. Jin-Ie's kick scraped off the make-up that was hiding an old cross shaped scar. She freaked out because she's ashamed of the scar and normally hides it with make-up; she didn't want anyone to see her "real face".
One of the first of the Five Captains of S.U.C. introduced. Made plans to capture/introduce Shi-Woon to the S.U.C., because of orders to do so but would just as soon kill him as well.
Diabolus ex Machina: His first meeting with Shi-Woon, after it was clear Chang Ho was not strong enough to beat Shi-Woon, he takes over the fight and orders for the remaining S.U.C members to 'greet' the law enforcement that was on the way, ruining Shi-Woon's plan to stall for their arrival.
After Shi-Woon, Jin-Ie and Ji-Gun are escaping on Ji-Gun's bike. See Car Fu.
Green-Eyed Monster: Of Ji-Gun. In hindsight, this makes sense as it seemed wildly out of character to what extent he was willing to help Ji-Woo with her revenge on Jinie in spite of all the destruction, she caused. He has a thing for her and sees Ji-Gun as an obstacle of her affections.
Hopeless Boss Fight: Proves to be this to Shi-Woon during their first encounter after the defeat of the returned Chang-Ho.
Only Sane Man: Among the other captains, he is the only one that questions Goonmoonryung's demand that they present control of Seoul to him before he joins up with them as something they should even try to undertake.
Pride Before a Fall: He is winning the first serious fight quite handedly, but his defeat comes when he underestimates Shi-Woon's actual speed and power while trying to deliver what was supposed to be the Coup de Grāce.
It happens yet again in their second serious fight, when it seems he's getting the upper hand; he ends up with his arm broken and his ego more than bruised, but at the end he's rather graceful about it, all things considered.
Badass: As one of the Five Captains of the S.U.C., this is a given, but it turns out that he's actually the strongest of the Five Captains able to match up with Gyu-Bum without much effort and even take on a Black Threshold berserk Shiwoon.
The Dreaded: It seems he's this to all the other captains.
Even Evil Has Standards: He may be a pissed off Blood Knight with a firm hatred towards the Alliance that got his master killed and led to him being dumped as a student, but he would not stoop to the rampant acts of terrorism that the SUC resorted to.
Incompletely Trained: Un-Wol didn't complete Ryu-Ji's training before his exile, hence he was unaware of the Black Origin Threshold and he refused to get another master. Instead, he took what info he had from his master's teachings and trained alone for many years.
The Obstructive Love Interest: Which is odd because she was the first girl Shi-Woon showed interest in remotely. She is not even that much of an obstruction as both Sera and Jinie consider eachother rivals for Shi-Woon's affection. Sae-Hee rarely is mentioned or is hardly a concern.
Out of Focus: She hasn't been seen for a good portion of New Waves (until a cameo in chapter 84 and a long-awated return in chapter 87), and Shi-Woon thinks more often about Jin-Ie and her well-being than Sae-Hee.
To be fair, it's not like she appeared that often in the first series to begin with.
Satellite Love Interest: Pretty much seems to exist to just be a potential love interest to Shi-Woon. However in New Waves she had hardly made an appearance since the beginning with more focus towards Jin-Ie. That is, until chapter 87 when Shi-Woon returns to school.
Turns out that he appearance and all of the sudden plot refocus was a fake out. If anything, the entire arc only showed how irrelevent of a love interest Sae-Hee is.
School Idol: Some other students describe her as the prettiest girl in her grade.