Whether just making a bit of trouble at the back of the classroom or out picking fights, schoolyard bullies or members of one of those oddly-decked-out motorcycle gangs, delinquents are a sure sign that not all is right. Japanese Delinquents comes in two distinct flavors: Throw-away minor characters, and major (or main) characters.
The visual style of the Japanese delinquent in fiction has remained more consistent than in Real Life
The description below is an up-to-date and relatively realistic one.
For both types, speaking with rolled Rs
(to convey a sense of rage) and dyeing their hair in some form
is usual (though the likelihood is greatly increased for major characters), with bleached-blond being the most common variety. A ridiculous pompadour or ri-zento/regent
hairstyle that juts out from the forehead like a battering ram is a delinquent hallmark; this is seldom played straight nowadays, especially for main characters.
When first seen, a male delinquent character will likely be in a distinctive pose: head tilted back and to the side, shoulders hunched forward, eyes narrowed, and upper lip curled into a sneer, with either arms folded or hands in pockets. In the case of minor antagonists, this pose on introduction is practically mandatory.
Other visual identifiers include:
- A facial mask of some kind, especially a surgical one.
- Excessive piercings and jewellery.
- Tattoos, or for the particularly hardcore, scars (almost Always Male).
- Jackets worn over the shoulders.
- Trousers rolled up to just below the knee. Sleeves are often rolled up too.
- Combat pants tucked into boots.
- A Commissar Cap
- A Coat Cape.
- Loafers without socks.
- A twig or blades of straw or grass kept in the mouth.
- Weapons tend to be long and blunt (bats, planks, poles, etc) rather than bladed, especially in comedies and light dramas. This is because a) it implies less dangerous and more honorable fighting, and b) the possession of bladed weapons is strictly regulated in Japan.
Female delinquents often have their seifuku
in some form of purposeful disarray - unknotted scarf, loose socks, partially unbuttoned top, or the skirt hiked up. An unusually long skirt and a coat/jacket also indicates a tough cookie. They will sometimes be portrayed as kogals
(who flaunt their disposable income), or some other subculture, or engaging in less violent inappropriate
The minor, throw-away type is a general blend of everything you'd expect from someone called a delinquent: getting into fights, disturbing the peace, and generally just not getting along with society at large. They are essentially there to provide trouble for the main cast to clean up
The major character type, on the other hand, carries at least some the above traits, but is almost always a Jerk with a Heart of Gold
In Japanese, delinquents are referred to, both in real life and in fiction, as yankii
(as in "yankee", because of their rebelliousness and Hawaiian-patterned shirts they sometimes wore rather than an affinity with the USA), while their leaders are called banchou
. Female leaders can be called sukeban
or onna banchou
. Motorcycle and automobile racers are usually considered a separate subculture of delinquent, known as bosozoku
, Japan's indigenous organized crime syndicates, tend to have very little respect for delinquents. In their eyes, they're professional criminals with a sense of tradition, whereas delinquents are just young punks with an attitude. Some very
low level yakuza (called "chinpira") do
however intermingle amongst the yankii (and their close relatives the bosozoku and hashiriya), though mostly because they are a very good market for passing along illegal substances, and some yankii and bosozoku like to ape Yakuza styles out of Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster
, so to people unaware of these differences (or to people disgusted with them all and seeing this as a distinction without a difference), ''all'' yankii, bosozoku, and hashiriya will be lumped in with hardcore high-ranking yakuza.
For delinquents in general, including the Western types, see Delinquents
, Greaser Delinquents
(for the delinquents of The Fifties
and The Sixties
), and Lower-Class Lout
Examples of minor characters
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Anime and Manga
- Azumanga Daioh: parodied, when Chiyo-chan and company dressed up as delinquents during the Sports Festival.
- Also parodied during Kaorin's hatsuyume (the first dream of the new year), when all of the girls (except Sakaki) are wearing face masks and long skirts, implying gang membership. Then Sakaki rides in on a white horse, knocks them down, and sweeps Kaorin away. Kaorin was quite disappointed to wake up just then.
- Bleach, particularly in the flashbacks of Ichigo and Chad's past. more exactly, Chad used to be a delinquent but mellowed oput and later refused to fight other punks, and when he was harrassed by a whole gang Ichigo defended him, which is what kicked off their friendship.
- Great Teacher Onizuka. If you're not sure what the minor-type is supposed to look like, see the class Onizuka deals with in the first couple of episodes.
- Half of the extras in Tenshi Na Konamaiki. The entertainment value of the show went down every time they showed up, too.
- In the baseball episode of Excel Saga, the whole class is made of these ridiculous stereotypes. The toughest of the bunch has a pompadour haircut that extends a good fifteen feet from his forehead and appears to be prehensile...
- Rin's motorcycle gang (and in the manga, the all-female gang led by Miku) in Midori no Hibi.
- The Zokugaku Chameleons from Eyeshield 21 are an entire team of minor-character delinquents, except for team captain Rui Habashira, who's more like a secondary character (and placed 5th in the latest character popularity poll).
- The "Bancho Rengoku" (Gang Leader Alliance) attacks Momotsuki Gakuen in episode 13 of Pani Poni Dash!. They consisted of a Girl Ninja, A 50-foot man and a talking bull. There's also the character of Yanki, who dresses like a delinquent but is just a fat, goofy-looking doofus.
- See Yankumi's students in Gokusen. Ironically one of the teachers is a real Yakuza princess, compared to the delinquent students in her class. Being delinquents, most of them are too dense to have figured it out.
- Some secondary characters in Slam Dunk are delinquents, in a wide range of positions from street gangs to players in rival teams. As mentioned below, the main character used to be one of these in the past. (And is still feared as such)
- An attack on girls wearing inappropriately high heels in Case Closed aka Detective Conan reminds Chief Megure of an older case where some delinquent, long-skirt wearing girls were targets of a hit-and-run driver. The Sole Survivor of the case is currently his wife, Midori.
- One of the murder suspects in the "Timeless Cherry Blossom Love", Kikuna Kagitani, is a foul-mouthed ex-delinquent who still bleaches her hair blond and claims to be able to summon many other girl delinquents to do her bidding.
- Jirô in Gokinjo Monogatari. The other characters sometimes start talking in delinquent slang while he looks at them with a pissed expression from the background.
- Light kills a delinquent in Death Note while experimenting with its power.
- In Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, a gang of delinquents attempt to mess with Sousuke, first by picking a fight with him and then kidnapping Kaname, only to find they are not prepared to deal with someone like Sousuke. Though to be fair, there aren't many people that are prepared to deal with someone like Sousuke.
- Those Two Guys Inukawa and Nekoyama from Boku No Tsukuru Sekai.
- Episode 17 of Seto no Hanayome is a spoof of this idea, with Akeno being forced into being a gang leader.
- Lots of these in Holyland.
- In the comedic High School A.U. of Neon Genesis Evangelion Petit Eva, Unit-01 is depicted as a yankii, and called "Evancho".
- In Helen ESP, Oguri's brother Midou is one, though he ends up reforming.
- Tiger & Bunny's first drama CD shows that Kotetsu Kaburagi toed the line of delinquency as a teenager, although he'll protest. It's not his fault that his self-prescribed superhero training required skipping classes to beat up street thugs.
- Maid-Sama!'s cast are forced to go on a "rescue mission" (and end up forgetting why they went anyway) only to have the Three Idiots make up with an old ally. They all dress up in delinquent-style clothing for the infiltration.
- Ritsu Kasanoda from Ouran High School Host Club is believed to be one due to having a mean-looking face and a yakuza father. He... isn't
- Aruma, the protagonist of Sacred Seven is in a similar situation, although the real yankees pick on him themselves.
- Angel Densetsu is the likely inspiration for the three protagonist examples above.
- The class of Battle Royale features a small group of delinquent males led by Empty Shell Kazuo Kiriyama. An even smaller group of females is led by Souma. Both are especially hardcore examples who get involved in serious and violent crime.
- The Capsules, Kaneda's bousouzoku gang from AKIRA, a rival gang called the Clowns,and many of their classmates.
- In Fruits Basket, there was a trio of middle school aged yanki wannabes who tried to pick a fight with Uotani after stalking her for over an hour. Uotani is easily able to talk some sense into them.
- Uo used to be one herself, until Tohru's mother Kyoko (who was also in a gang when she was her age) convinced her to change her ways and quit the gang. Other students still call her a delinquent though, mostly Kyou, because of the way she dresses.
- Blassreiter features a group of delinquents who terrorize everyone in their path from fellow schoolmates to Useless Adults with no fear of reprisal (their ability to manipulate characters and to escape karmic retribution is rage-inducing, but largely for how obvious a rage plant they are). Physical and verbal dog kicking abound, in addition to driving a major character's friend to suicide. These three school kids seem to run their neighborhood, and for all we know the entire country of Japan, with an iron fist until their reign eventually comes to an end as they are fittingly murdered during the second arc of the series, but the sour taste of their deeds doesn't wash out right away, as much a result of the implausibility of their overblown dog kicking as the heinousness of it.
- Subverted for multiple times in Daily Lives of High School Boys. Motoharu is called one and looked like one, but he's more a Nice Guy. This goes with most of the Sanada North's School Council sans the School Council President; all of them have a serious case of Face of a Thug despite being actually sensible and well-mannered guys. Lampshaded when the other school's Student Council arrives at the council room and first thought they went into a delinquents' office by mistake.
- Some minor annoyances in Urusei Yatsura are delinquents who are too stupid to stay away from Tomobiki High.
- Usagi Drop has Kouki act like this, even dying his hair and having a delinquient girlfriend. Rin is not impressed by this.
- Umezawa from Hajime No Ippo starts as this, bullying Ippo alongside his friends. As Ippo becomes better-known as a boxer, they stop bullying him and become his friends, and by the end they graduate from highschool Umezawa has fully reformed.
- Pokémon has one in the episode "The Bridge Bike Gang", parodying the "Bowzock" gangs of Japan as well as being a Pragmatic Adaptation of the Biker trainer class from Pokemon Red And Blue.
- Godzilla (2014) has a scene where Ford Brody must retrieve his father Joe from a Japanese jail. Before his dad is brought out to him, he sees a delinquent teen being brought into the lobby, whereupon the teen gets fussed at by his parents.
Live Action TV
- In episode 30 of Engine Sentai Go-onger, Sousuke and Ren get brainwashed into baddies; while Sousuke wears the jacket and pants, Ren goes the 'yankii' route with a Hawaiian shirt.
- A similar example in the previous year's Juken Sentai Gekiranger, with Ran being turned into a sukeban. Then they learn that their mentor Miki used to be a real one.
- Also, in an episode of Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, Ian and Utsusemimaru dress up as delinquents in order to help Souji's Love Interest hook up with him by getting him to defend her from their advances. Then Amy, who is not in on the act, comes and beats them both up.
- The Mooks of the school level in No More Heroes.
- Just about everyone in River City Ransom. Well, except the shop keepers, waiters, children, the old man at the sauna, Roxy, and Ryan. But still!
- Most of the Tokimeki Memorial games sometimes pit you against delinquents during dates, and you'll have to fight them Final Fantasy battles-style. When defeated, their Banchou comes to fight you; if you defeat him, he'll acknowledge you as the new Banchou and will make excuses for his underlings' rudeness. In Tokimeki Memorial 2, the delinquent gang is fleshed out (but still as secondary characters), with their Banchou revealed as Kaoru Ichimonji aka the Knight Templar Big Brother of one of the datable girls (Akane), and the Banchou of the first game, and having under its order a Quirky Miniboss Squad of 4 members known as the Four Heaven Kings, all having a specific name, face and personnality, and all having a role in the aforemented datable girl's storyline.
- Jet Set Radio: A group of them known as the Rudies are the protagonists of the game.
- Pangoro from Pokémon X and Y is based off one, and is appropriately a Fighting/Dark type. It even has a "coat" like one.
- So are the motorcycle gang people you see in Kanto's Cycling Road and the Sevii Islands subplot (who often use Koffing and Grimer) and Unova's variant, who use Scraggy and Sandile lines.
- The DJ characters from beatmania IIDX are depicted this way in the video/overlays for "FAKE TIME" from IIDX RED.
Examples of major characters
Anime and Manga
- Delinquent In Drag somewhat parodies this, but all the main characters fit.
- For the first half, Campus Special Investigator Hikaruon plays like an old-school delinquent manga with the lead embodying the demeanor in class.
- The main character in Hareluya II Boy may count as one and he and his group run into a number of these.
- Sakigake!! Otokojuku has a whole class of Japanese Delinquents trained to hone their honor and friendship with each other to the point where you can't call them "delinquents" anymore.
- Nearly everyone in Rokudenashi Blues is a delinquent, although the main characters try not to pick fights.
- Pretty much everybody in Cromartie High School is a delinquent, although they split their time equally between having odd conversations and fighting rival schools.
- Each and every student of Ishiyama High in Beelzebub. The main character himself is the top delinquent, who rules the entire institution. It's questionable how the school qualifies as a school seeing as it's basically gang headquarters for all the delinquents in the general vicinity, while the only faculty employees that are on campus is the principal (who doubles as the janitor) and the lunch lady, while the school building has gotten destroyed twice already. And theirs isn't the only delinquent school in the area!
- Durarara!! gives us Kida Masaomi, ex-leader of the Yellow Scarves, Ryuugamine Mikado, current leader of the Dollars, and Heiwajima Shizuo, when he was in high school, although that wasn't entirely by choice but just all those myriad Berserk Buttons flooding to the surface.
- Many of the characters here are members of the Dollars, who aren't your usual delinquents since most of them are regular people who joined for kicks. There's another gang of note who are really the only one from the show that really qualifies, the Yellow Scarves, which used to be in power some time ago. Izaya seems to put down Saika's children as another faction that has infiltrated the other two.
- Tetsuo Shima and Shotaro Kaneda in AKIRA, plus the rest of the Capsules (Kaisuke, Yamagata, etc.) are a violent motorcycle gang. They're attending a reform school, but its goal of turning them into productive members of society seems to be failing - badly. And yes, back in the 80's criminal rebelious bikers in Japan aparently had side-parted hair and wore pink polo shirts.
- Persona 4: The Animation has Kanji. See under the Video Game folder.
- Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach. Subverted as most of the fights Ichigo got into were people picking fights with him, often because of his hair, which is naturally strawberry blond. He himself hates being seen as such.
- Eikichi Onizuka himself, and many others, in Great Teacher Onizuka.
- Mazinger Z's Boss is a classic anime example.
- Keisuke Takahashi in Initial D (he was at one time, anyway... it becomes a minor plot point in Fourth Stage)
- Hayato Gokudera in Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Kyouya Hibari and his followers, though they are also the Disciplinary Committee and are delinquent only in the name of their school which Hibari really really loves. Ironic much?
- Seiji Sawamura in Midori no Hibi. Sure, he gets into fights, argues with teachers, and does horribly in classes, but if you so much as touch one of the students of HIS school, he will punch you through your car.
- And his sister's way tougher than him.
- Sanosuke Sagara in Rurouni Kenshin. Though not a school student, he fits in every other respect.
- Takane from Bakuretsu Tenshi is at the same time a reformed Delinquent, a Badass Longseifuku, and The Idiot from Osaka.
- Souichirou Nagi, Bob Makihara, and Bunshichi Tawara in Tenjou Tenge.
- Yusuke Urameshi in YuYu Hakusho
- Kazuma Kuwabara fits the trope even better than Yusuke, since not only is he a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, but he has an open jacket, wears a Sarashi, and has a bright red pompadour.
- Also Asato Kido and Mitsunari Yanagisawa, two of the three relatively minor characters Genkai recruits for a Secret Test of Character and the story arc that follows. They don't have a very big part, but they do show up in the background for the entire arc.
- Genzo Souga in Tenshi Na Konamaiki.
- Tsunoda in Chou Kuse ni Narisou.
- Ryu from Shaman King.
- Itsuki "Ikki" Minami from Air Gear.
- Madoka Ayukawa in Kimagure Orange Road is an ex-sukeban, and she's still feared and hated due to the bad fame she acquired.
- In the first episode she takes on and defeats five male delenquents. In a filler one she has to face a bunch of other girl delinquents who think she has messed arond with their leaderess, and beat up Hikaru as revenge. It's a misunderstanding, and said leaderess is very angry when she finds out.
- Saki Asamiya from the anime and live-action versions of Sukeban Deka.
- Eyeshield 21 also has Jumonji, Kuroki, and Togano (the "Ha-Ha" Brothers, from habit of going "Hah?" in sequence when confused), three punks who initially pick on Sena, but end up getting recruited as linemen for the Devil Bats and becoming his friends.
- Honorable mention: Kagome's trio of friends at school interpret her evasive descriptions of InuYasha as describing a yankii boyfriend.
- Arisa Uotani (and in her teenage years, Honda Tohru's mother, Kyoko) in Fruits Basket. Kyouko's case in special in that she actually used to be a legendary delinquent known as the "Red Butterfly" due to the trail left by her red bike, and Arisa used to idolize her... too bad this coupled with Kyouko being a badly-abused Broken Bird., and her delinquent behavior was an outlet for her inner pain.
- Kenji Harima from School Rumble fits as one of the major-character type, complete with getting into fights, riding a big bike, and wearing an open jacket.
- Hanamichi Sakuragi and Hisashi Mitsui from Slam Dunk. Mitsui even was a gang leader, and after his conversion his fellows became supporters of the basketball team.
- Sakaki from Azumanga Daioh is mistaken for one of these: A Huge Schoolgirl + totally inexpressive + unusually skilled athlete + Kamineko hurts her hand = everyone assuming she's a Delinquent who loves picking fights for quite a few episodes of the series. During the school athletic festival, she and Kagura even hung a lampshade on it by dressing up as delinquents... boy delinquents, but delinquents nonetheless.
- Sailor Moon:
- Airs Blue from Infinite Ryvius, a gang leader who gets his hands on the only gun on the Ryvius.
- Masaru Daimon of Digimon Savers is a banchou and a street fighter, and it really showsnote . He actually needs to punch a Digimon to trigger his DigiSoul, and more often than not his punches do more damage than any of the ally Digimon. Meanwhile, BanchouLeomon is pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin: a humanoid lion themed after a banchou; however, he instead fills a mentor role.
- The casts of the Hiroshi Takahashi mangas Crows and Worst are almost entirely composed of delinquents, specifically Harumichi Bouya and Tsukishima Hana, the respective protagonists. The opponents they encounter can be divided into two distinct groups: Rivals (delinquents who respect the codes of honor and companionship in high school gang warfare) and Bad Guys (jerks).
- Tomoya Okazaki and Youhei Sunohara in CLANNAD are known as these, due to their tendency to skip classes. Sunohara's tendencies to pick a fight and be naughty (but always fails) doesn't help. However, the real delinquent would be Sakagami Tomoyo, who actually became (in)famous for it. By the time the story starts, she renounces her delinquency to be eligible to become the Student Council President.
- Jin Akutsu from The Prince of Tennis.
- The entire main cast of Yankee-Kun to Megane-Chan (Flunk Punk Rumble in English trans) is made up of people who are, used to be, or everyone is convinced are delinquents.
- Katsuya Kimura from Hell Teacher Nube. Waaay older than he should be for a fifth-grader, smokes, often associates with less than savory elements, openly lusts for Miki, and often the root of serious trouble for Nube and his classmates. Then again, he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold that would put his life on the line for his friends, loves animals, is very kind when you get to know him, and is unbelievably protective of his little sister Manami.
- Haruka Minami from Minami-ke apparently had a history of delinquency as many characters speak of her having been a 'legendary' banchou. She spends most of her screentime being a nice Ms. Fanservice, but the heavy handed way she solves a few problems hints that the rumors might be true.
- Gang King has basically every male as a delinquent in gangs etc.
- Mamoru Takamura from Hajime No Ippo. Even in the ring, he rocks the pompadour and has the extreme Jerk Ass personality to match. He started boxing in order to keep out of trouble and it took him far. Also, Takuya Kimura and Masaru Aoki, though they had to reconsider their delinquent status once they ran into the force of nature that is Takamura.
- Takeshi Sendoh and Ryuuhei Sawamura as well. In Sendoh's backstory, we learn that he actually became a delinquent and gang-leader in order to protect his classmates.
- Yuuichi from Mai-HiME (both the anime and manga, although the circumstances are different in each) used to be a delinquent until he ran into Shiho, who helped him overcome those tendencies and has looked up to him as a "big brother figure" ever since.
- Jotaro Kujo of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, as well as his uncle Josuke. Both are actually quite smart, but have a Berserk Button that is too easily pressed.
- The main cast in Angel Densetsu. The scariest looking of the bunch, however is a Messianic Archetype, and manages to mellow them all down. (Kuroda and Ogisu remain totally useless people, so they do not count).
MostAll of the guidance counsellors too.
- Naruto Uzumaki from Naruto, at the beginning of the series. He even gets the standard yankii uniform during the High School A.U. ending credits.
- Joey Wheeler/Katsuya Jounouchi from Yu-Gi-Oh!, before the show begins.
- Also, in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Yuma's Gagaga Monsters are based on the concept. (They seem friendlier than most, however.)
- Yandere Kanojo has several, most prominently the female lead, Reina Ryuuzaki, as well as some of her old delinquent friends and rivals as minor characters. The title of the manga is even a pun on Reina's nature as Manabu Tanaka's yankee but dere dere girlfriend (rather than her going yandere).
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid has Hallie Tribeca, one of Vivio and Einhart's rivals in the Inter-Middle Tournament and the leader of a small gang of female delinquents.
- Shounan Bakusozoku (aka Bomber Bikers of Shonan) is one of the most popular entries into the Delinquent genre (in Asia anyway). It's premise is a parody of the trope (Eguchi isn't only the leader of the Biker gang but also of the school's handicraft club), but the series plays it straight quite often.
- Be-Bop Highschool has the two laid-back main characters.
- Hana no Asuka-gumi is a wildly popular shoujo variation of this trope.
- Chameleon is all about the main character wanting to be Japan's biggest bancho.
- Ultimate Teacher is a parody of the Delinquent genre, set in Japan's worst school. The school's leader, Hinako, is the school's prettiest (and cleanest) girl and the teacher that's supposed to straight them up turns out to be the biggest bully of them all.
- In case the title didn't make it clear, Kongoh Bancho's main character (and nearly the entire cast) are delinquents.
- England from Axis Powers Hetalia was said to be quite the delinquent as a teen, something which he fervently denies due to his current status as a (self-proclaimed) gentleman. This is also touched in Gakuen Hetalia where in England's official bio it mentions how he had been given such a reputation in the past.
- Himeko from Sket Dance was one at first, but she changed.
- The main villain, Duo Haguro, of Wolfen Crest is supposedly a yakuza (or at least a yakuza heir), but due to his age and status as a high-schooler fits many aspects of this trope. His student underlings and his girlfriend Ryuuko Kounuma also qualify.
- In an episode of Rosario + Vampire, after Tsukune had been kidnapped by a gang of delinquents (monster delinquents, at that), the main group of girls dresses up as stereotypical high school delinquents to fight the gangsters and save him (though that was more for show than anything else, since it was an idea from resident cosplay fetishist Ruby).
- In the first manga, however, the deliquent gang called Anti-thesis served the main antagonistic group. The Committee of Public Security did count as well, acting like the mafia. The former group was founded by Kiria Hoshi who used it to spy on the Yokai Gakuen for Fairy Tale, the main antagonistic group of the whole series. Both leaders of the two said groups, Kuyou and Hokuto, joined Fairy Tale later on.
- Haine from Shinshi Doumei Cross spent years as a delinquent, complete with blond hair.
- Hatori from Life. She's not in a gang, and she doesn't fight people, but she has quite the reputation. Most of it is just rumor though.
- Joe Shimamura's original backstory in Cyborg 009 had him and his friends as one of these. It's bowdlerized in the new series, where they are Heartwarming Orphans instead.
- Another Joe who fits in the delinquent stereotype is Joe Yabuki from Ashita no Joe. He's a subversion, thought: he starts the story as a homeless Street Urchin and has never even been in a school. (Which bites him in the ass later.)
- Kodaka, the protagonist of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, is mistaken for one by his peers due to his naturally-blond hair and ostracized as a result; his reputation is shown to have some benefits as well, however, which he doesn't mind exploiting.
- Kyoko Sakura in Puella Magi Madoka Magica is one of these by way of Pater Familicide. She's very violent and abrasive, ties her hair with a bandana, and wanders the city stealing food and money to sustain herself while leaving weak people to die and generally causing commotion. Yet she turns out to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, true to this trope.
- Ryuuji, the protagonist of Toradora!, is similarly feared by most other students due to his intimidating face (the white part of his eyes is unusually large), which he inherited from his father - a violent yakuza.
- Tono to Issho: Maeda Keiji, as the narrator likes to remind us, would be considered one nowadays. Which means that he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who rescues stray kittens.
- Almost the entire cast (both main characters, minor characters and even one-shot characters) of Kyou Kara Ore wa!!, as the protagonist is one and tends to interact mainly with other delinquents.
- A Certain Magical Index: The Level 0 street gangs known collectively as "Skill-Out" are depicted in this manner. One of the three protagonists, Shiage Hamazura, is a former Skill-Out member. Indeed he was rather highly placed, being second-in-command of one of the largest gangs in the city. Kuroko's senior officer in Judgement, Mii Konori, is also a former Skill-Out, although the particular gang she belonged to was a rather benign one that didn't commit crimes.
- Kill la Kill: Ryuko Matoi admitted she started to pick fights when she very young, and became a full blown delinquent by her first year in high school. One of her adversaries, Uzu Sanageyama used to be one in his middle school days. Mako's uniform as president of the Fight Club, meanwhile, evokes this, consisting of a Coat Cape, chains, a nailed bat, brass knuckles and a clover straw to chew on.
- Kagerou Days: Invoked (but subverted) by the main cast, since they're a gang. Kido especially tries to create this image to appear tough (one pant-leg rolled up to the knee, hood always up, high collar hiding bottom half of her face) and make her gang look cool, but in reality she's actually very friendly, and quite shy. The rest of the gang have minor design details that indicate this kind of image (for example, Momo's two-tone bleached hair), but they don't really do much that would indicate delinquent behavior (Kano's Consummate Liar tendencies not-withstanding).
- The cast of Ore-sama Teacher is full of them. Pretty much everyone either used to be a delinquent, is a delinquent or is trying to quit being a delinquent. The internal justification being, although being an Elaborate University High, Midori ga Oka has a serious enrollment issue. As a result, it accepts nearly any transfee, a lot of them being previously expelled due to this trope.
- Ichiko from Shimotsuma Monogatari (released in the US as Kamikaze Girls).
- Most of the cast from Crows Zero and Crows Zero 2 (both loose adaptations by Takashi Miike of the manga Crows)
- Many "pink movies" from the 70's featured gang girls for titillation: Sukeban Guerrilla, Girl Boss Sukeban and the Stray Cat Rock series are some representative titles.
Live Action TV
- Gentaro Kisaragi of Kamen Rider Fourze is ostensibly one of these, though he doesn't belong to a gang and is actually a very friendly guy. He more than fills the 'ridiculous hair' and 'good at fighting' requirements, though.
- "Banchou" from Gate Keepers. Subverted in that he looks and talks like a delinquent but acts more like a Love Freak.
- Daigo Kazama, Eiji "Edge" Yamada and Gan Isurugi from Rival Schools. Of course, the school they attend is nothing but deliquents.
- In the sequel Project Justice, they're joined by female delinquent Aoi "Zaki" Himezaki and her all-female gang, the Ladies Team. The two gangs even face off against each other in the game's story mode, as illustrated above.
- Kanji Tatsumi from Persona 4. Bleached hair? Check. Scar on the forehead? Check. Wears uniform inappropriately? Check. Foul-mouthed? Check. Likes to knit and could possibly be ga… What the hell?!
- Izanagi was intentionally designed to look like one, in keeping with the Protagonist's role in the party.
- The trailer for the fighting game Persona 4 Arena has the announcer explicitly refer to the protagonist as one (as well as a Siscon).
- Yukino from the orginal Persona is a reformed one. Still wears the long skirt though.
- Inverted in Disgaea 3 where Raspberyl is a demon delinquent. Oh, she's rebelling against the ideals of the School of Evil culture alright. By wearing proper clothing, going to class, abiding by a curfew that she made herself, and donating blood whenever she can. She's a nice girl herself, but pissing off everyone else does make it fun. The other students do genuinely appreciate her tendency to bail them out of trouble, though.
- Riki and Kunio (Ryan and Alex) from the Kunio-kun series. The third stage of Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun had Kunio fighting a sukeban gang.
- Masamune Date and his men from Sengoku Basara. Think Sengoku Era biker gang.
- Kenka Bancho is a series of video games for the PS2 and PSP where you get to play a delinquent.
- Samurai Warriors 3: Masanori Fukushima, despite living in the Sengoku era, sports a pompadour hairdo and has delinquent-esque mannerisms.
- Akira, from the near-future chapter of Live A Live, is the very image of a delinquent. He even slouches.
- Mondo Oowada from Danganronpa. He's known as the Super High-School Level Gang Leader due to leading the largest motorcycle gang in Japan, the Crazy Diamonds.
- Michiru Hanaten in 2nd Original Generation is just a typical Japanese Delinquent who wants to become the number one in Japan. He also becomes the pilot of the newest machine of the series: the G-Bankaran. The rest is history.
- Daidouji from Senran Kagura is notable for being explicitly based on this trope while not actually being one. Her Ninja Turnover outfit is based on the "bancho" character type, and is nearly identical to Jotaro Kujo, down to the frayed hat. Her normal school outfit resembles sukeban, especially Makoto Kino (Sailor Jupiter)'s outfit.
- Japanese singer Nanase Aikawa is known for being a former sukeban. Her music was/is popular with bousouzoku.
- The members of the band Blankey Jet City were bousouzoku in their youth.
- Visual Kei was born from bosozoku and yankii in The Eighties, when both preferred Hard Rock / Heavy Metal / Punk Rock. Atsushi Sakurai of Buck Tick was a yankii. X Japan in 1987-92 was more than half bosozoku - Yoshiki, Toshi, and Taiji were all bosozoku, with hide and Pata not being so but easily falling in. As a result, many of the first round of signings for both Extasy Records and Free Will Records were very heavy on ex or current bosozoku or yankii, and at least one band - the Extasy signed Tokyo Yankees - was not only entirely made up of yankii but a Shout-Out to the subculture. While rap and hip-hop are now preferred among many active younger bosozoku and yankii (and Visual Kei became far less connected to them through the late The Nineties), that was how the style and scene originated.