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[[caption-width-right:349:[[RagtagBunchOfMisfits What a bunch of]] [[JapaneseDelinquents delinquents]]. Left to right: [[BloodKnight Takehisa]] [[TheLancer Yuji]], [[FaceOfAThug Kitano]] [[AllLovingHero Seiichirou]], [[EmotionlessGirl Shirataki]] [[DefrostingIceQueen Ikuno]], [[MilesGloriosus Seikichi]] [[BoisterousWeakling Kuroda]], [[OnlySaneMan Ikuko]] [[NoNameGiven Hirayama]], [[HeirToTheDojo Koiso]] [[{{Tsundere}} Ryoko]].]]

->''"At the end of this dreamless, hopeless, inhospitable century, there was a boy who possessed a [[AllLovingHero serenely honest and simple heart]]. But his [[FaceOfAThug outward appearance]]--from his tiny black irises, to his year-round ghost-pale skin and black marks under his eyes, which made him look like a heroin addict...to his nearly non-existent eyebrows, and vicious bed-head that required liberal application of hair gel to keep under control..."''
-->-- '''OpeningNarration'''

'''''Angel Densetsu''''' (エンジェル伝説 , Legend of Angel) is a {{Shonen}} manga created by Norihiro Yagi (who subsequently created ''Manga/{{Claymore}}''). Serialized in ''Shonen Jump'' from 1992 to 2000, the story spanned 15 volumes. In 1996 it was adapted into a 45-minute OriginalVideoAnimation.

It has [[UpToEleven more]] TropeTropes than {{Tropes}}.

Angel Densetsu is a story about Seiichirou Kitano, a kind and naive boy with the [[AllLovingHero heart of an angel]], but [[FaceOfAThug the sinister looks of a devil]]. This leads people to assume that he is a villain or heroin addict when he starts at his new school, thus creating hilarious misunderstandings, including him accidentally and unknowingly wresting the title of head thug, or "guardian" of the school from its previous owner, the boastful and cowardly Kuroda. He wins the respect of another delinquent, Takahisa, and soon has all the delinquents in the school treating him as their boss without even realizing it. Kitano's [[ShroudedInMyth growing legend]] brings many thugs to challenge him, and he somehow manages to defeat them all with the help of his henchmen, as well as his uncanny talent for avoiding blows and unintentionally bamboozling opponents into defeating themselves.

Kitano remains [[SelectiveObliviousness blissfully unaware]] of his reputation for practically the entire series, and is frequently confused by the odd behavior of his classmates and teachers around him. Yet, even as he changes little, he ends up changing everyone around him by teaching them to leave behind their prejudices and assumptions. Koiso Ryuko, a martial artist and heir to her father's dojo, is the first to discover in the process of challenging him to fight that he is nothing like everybody assumes. Over time, Kitano gathers a group of loyal friends who accept him for who he really is.

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!!'''This series has examples of: '''

* AbusiveParents:
** Ikuno's father has subjected her to TrainingFromHell to make her a perfect fighter and views her more as a project than as a daughter. He never praises her or acknowledges her effort, and pretty much gives up on her after her initial loss to Kitano.
** Ryoko's father is at least a downplayed version, especially for the one time he used a dangerous technique to render his daughter unconscious so that he could fight Kitano without her interfering.
* AccidentalHero: Although Kitano is genuinely heroic, his rumored fighting prowess comes from this. For example, he is considered to have cleaned out the delinquents in the park near his school, when really he ended up knocking them out by accident.
* ActionGirl:
** Ryoko has been trained in Koiso style kobudo by her father, and therefore can kick the ass of almost any male delinquent.
** Ikuno starts out as a DarkActionGirl, going so far as to punch out and KO twenty male students that casually replied that they were good at fighting after she asks them so, just to try and get over her fear of Kitano. [[DefrostingIceQueen She gets better, though]].
* ActualPacifist: Kitano believes that all violence is bad and only resorts to force in order to stop other people from fighting, which makes all the rumors about him having killed people all the more ironic. The same is true of his father, who as a high school student preferred to let someone beat the crap out of him with brass knuckles rather than do anything to defend himself.
* AffectionateParody: The whole manga is a hilarious send up/subversion of high-school fighting and delinquent manga.
* AllAmazonsWantHercules: It's not that Ryoko doesn't like men, it's just that [[BestHerToBedHer she can't fall in love with anyone weaker than she is, in body or in spirit]]. Kitano turns out to meet her criteria in both areas, albeit not in the manner she was expecting.
* AllLovingHero: Kitano wants nothing but peace on earth and good will to all. Seriously, there aren't many characters out there that are as pure-hearted or kind as him. To elaborate, he apologized to [[DarkActionGirl Ikuno]] after she had beat the stuffing out of him the day before because [[{{Determinator}} he would not go down]] which, as Leo pointed out, hurt her emotionally because she did not want to attack him. He was crying as he apologized to her.
* ArtEvolution: Done in a very big way as Norihiro develops his style.
** One of the most significant changes is that by the end of the series, Kitano looks ''nowhere near'' as horrifying as he did at the beginning as the art is refined. It may be a case of FridgeBrilliance; as more people grow to know and accept Kitano, he looks less and less like a devil to the cast ''and'' the readers. However, TheDreaded Kitano from the beginning could be considered ''much'' funnier.
* ArtShift:
** Used at a point in Ikuno's [[spoiler: rampage through the school]] to...disturbing effect.
** The ''Days of Our Youth'' arc has a completely different art style. It looks more like ''Manga/{{Claymore}}''.
* AsleepInClass: In one chapter, [[FaceOfAThug Kitano]] comes to school exhausted and sleepy, and his strange efforts to stay awake make him seem scarier to his classmates.
* AttackPatternAlpha: "Triangle Formation Alpha", which basically means "Everybody surround that guy and then jump him."
* AxCrazy: Ikuno, but only in the beginning. When she [[spoiler: first loses to Kitano]], she goes on a rampage to try to regain her self-confidence.
** Everyone who meets Kitano pretty much assumes that ''he's'' AxCrazy, much to his chagrin.
* BackForTheFinale: Just about every thug and main character shows up in the last volume of the series.
* BadassDecay: InUniverse example: Ogisu ''thinks'' he's suffering from it. He was the strongest guy in his former school; the first day he transfers he picks fights with five random people: Kojima, Kuroda (sorta), Yuji, Ryoko and Kitano. After a few days he takes on Ikuno. Being slapped around by everyone (including ''two'' girls) weighs him down pretty heavily. During the last battle, he realized that realistically, he's just a badass amongst comparatively uber-strong people. He settles to be "Hekikuu's #8", and proceeds to kick ass.
* BadassCrew: Kitano's closest friends also happen to be the three strongest fighters in the story (Ryoko, Ikuno and Takehisa). In the very last chapter, the BadassCrew status of his friend circle is made clear with the following statement: "This is Kitano-san's Hekikuu Army. You don't mess with us unless you want a ''serious'' ass-whupping."
* BadassInANiceSuit: Kitano's father is a {{Salaryman}}, but ends up falling into this trope because people mistake him for a Yakuza member. The shades actually help him a bit; he's even scarier without them.
* BadassInDistress: Ryoko has gotten into fights she couldn't handle on her own exactly twice: once when Katayama took her down with a cheap shot, and once when she twisted her ankle while dispensing her third consecutive beatdown to a group of obnoxiously persistent thugs. Both times, Kitano was there to bail her out.
* BattleCouple: Kitano has a reputation as being the most powerful badass fighter in all the schools, and Ryoko might actually ''be'' the most powerful badass fighter in all the schools. When they start going out together, people start referring to them as "the most powerful violence couple in history".
* BattleCry: Everyone interprets Kitano's "KIIIEEEEE!!" as being this. Same with his father's "GOOOOOOOOHHH!" Subverted because in reality they just can't speak properly when they're flustered, and always mean something entirely innocent by it.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Everybody in the story starts out assuming that you can judge people by appearances, and that someone who looks as scary as Kitano can only be the devil incarnate. This is especially exploited by the pretty boy StudentCouncilPresident who knows that people are more likely to trust him than Kitano. The fact that Beauty does NOT equal goodness and that appearances can be deceptive is the main theme of the manga.
* BerserkButton: Hurting someone ''else'' is the only way to get Kitano or his father to actually use their "Double Palm Press" or "Super Slap" on anyone. Even then, in Kitano's case, the effect is less UnstoppableRage (or his father's TranquilFury) and more "[[ApologeticAttacker I'm sorry]], but I need to stop you before you hurt anyone else."
** Attacking Kitano in front of his "crew" will result in, at minimum, two girls and a blond berserker beating you senseless.
** Whenever Kitano believes Takehisa is trying to kill himself, it also invokes a berserk reaction as he rushes to save his friend and teach him the value of life. The first time he performed the Double Palm Press was against Kojima to get him out of the way quickly because in his peripheral vision he'd seen an injured Takehisa engaging in a knife fight and thought Takehisa was trying to commit suicide.
* BettyAndVeronica: Ryoko (being Betty) and Ikuno (being Veronica). Though funnily enough, even though Ryoko is the Betty, she's still more violent than the Betties usually found in other series. What makes it funnier is that Ikuno at times [[LampshadeHanging lampshades it]] later on, much to Ryoko's dismay when she fails to prove otherwise.
* BlatantLies: [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]] in the Halford arc, where Ikuno walks up and backhands a thug into the ground, then tells him it was an accident and her hand slipped. Reader and thug alike take it for an obvious lie until we get a look at Ikuno's ThoughtBubble, where she's wondering at how odd it is that she accidentally walked up and backhanded somebody into the ground. She eventually decides it's simply proof she's a [[ItMakesSenseInContext nice person]].
* BirdRun: Kitano's favored method of running is with both hands outstretched in the air, normally with a massive SlasherSmile while screaming "KIEEEE!"
* BoisterousWeakling: Kuroda is a shining example of people who only pick on people weaker than them. {{Irony}} bites because he ''is'' big, strong, and tough, but too stupid and cowardly to capitalize on his advantages. When he gets knocked out on his feet, the punch he throws at his opponent, unhindered by his usual cowardice, is ''devastating''.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler:The "At the end of this dreamless, hopeless, inhospitable century there was a boy who possessed a serenely honest and simple heart" speech is the first thing that is read in the series and it reappears in the last chapter, however there is an addition after the part where it describes Kitano's thuggish appearance which describes how, even though he looks like that, his [[AllLovingHero heart]] helped him make friends.]]
* BraidsOfAction: Ryoko wears her hair in two braids, and as an expert martial artist is one of the most active characters in the manga. It turns out she actually wears them because [[spoiler:they remind her of her late mother]].
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: How Kitano's father got his reputation, just by tanking punches, kicks and even wooden swords, letting arms, legs and swords ''break'' on him. He says he just tries not to feel the pain.
* BrutalHonesty:
** Kitano's father. His reaction when his future wife asks if he saw down her blouse? ''"Yes, sorry. I am very tall so I had a good view."'' She points out that this would have been a good time for a polite lie but he didn't even think of it.
** Ikuno. When Ryoko gets suspicious that everybody is showing up at once in the last chapter, Ikuno's response is to explain that they were all spying on her.
* BuffySpeak: Kuroda's thoughts lapse into this when he is confronted by Kitano's KubrickStare in Chapter 19.
-->'''Kuroda:''' It's like he's poking a sword into my mouth and poking that hangy thing in the back of my throat to the tip!
* ButNotTooForeign: The Halford siblings seem to play RaceTropes straight look-wise, they are half-Japanese, [[{{Eagleland}} half-American]], speak perfect Japanese and even claim that they are not proficient in English. However the trope ends up [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]]: they were born and raised in Japan and, [[MixedAncestry looks aside]], they're not foreign at all. Their classmates (and assorted JapaneseDelinquents) try to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] it straight, but it gets [[DefiedTrope defied]] mercilessly.
* ButtMonkey: Poor Ogisu seems to be here just to be beaten up by everyone, everytime. Kuroda at least [[IdiotBall contributes a lot to the story]].
* CallingYourAttacks:
** Ryoko's father starts doing this when attacking Kitano, meshing martial arts terms with hammy language about vanquishing demons. Ikuno comments on how ridiculous this is.
** Leo Halford yells [[http://www.mangareader.net/178-11684-23/angel-densetsu/chapter-79.html Halford Kick!]]
* CameraFiend: Kiyomi Kaburagi is the president of the photography club, and is obsessed with photographing acts of violence. She stalks Kitano and takes elaborate measures to capture him on film, such as crawling prone through the grass and following him on his morning jog.
* CassandraTruth:
** Ryoko will tell anyone who will listen that Kitano is an innocent, normal guy, but nobody believes her because they have already been convinced by the rumors of his delinquency. This is especially true of Kitano's delinquent friends who are certain that their "guardian" is a dangerous badass. The principal also ignores his subordinate who suggests to him that Kitano is not necessarily bad just because he looks that way.
** Kitano cannot get anyone to believe him when he protests that he's not a hoodlum or explains that he's only trying to help.
* CentralTheme: Never judge a book by its cover. Jumping to conclusions based on someone's appearance says more about you than it does about them, and the only way to grow is to admit that you were wrong.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Kitano has seemingly superhuman abilities as a result of some kind of natural gift for efficient movement. He can take a lot more abuse than just about anyone else in the series, and the few times he pushes people, they fly away. Even in the first chapter, we see Kitano lifting a fallen tree on the school grounds without any more difficulty than he was earlier picking up empty cans and discarded wrappers. This also leads to his first AccidentalHero moment when his strength later ''gives out'' over the possibility of getting in a fight.
* ChickMagnet: Despite looking like a heroin addict that comes out of a {{Horror}} manga, Kitano does awfully well with the ladies. He has four girls who fall for him.
* CloudCuckoolander:
** Kitano often jumps to strange conclusions when faced with a situation he doesn't understand, and acts using an innocent internal logic that doesn't account for how people are likely to interpret his actions without being able to read his mind.
** Papa Halford is even weirder. He constantly comes up with mangled proverbs, likes to talk about his bowel movements, and doesn't understand anything about Japanese culture despite living there for decades. Notably, he's the only person in the entire manga who doesn't assume Kitano's a dangerous person based on his appearance, and is quite friendly when he first sees him.
* CoincidentalDodge: Kitaro does this all the time, whether by finding a coin just before someone tries to sneak attack him or swaying on his feet because he has a cold and evading dozens of kicks from a skilled martial artist.
* CombatPragmatist:
** Katayama may not be the guardian of Hirin, but the fact that he is this trope is what makes him ''really'' dangerous.
** Ryoko's got this going on too. When her father challenges her to a serious fight she can't win, she gets help from local thugs by claiming he's a {{Stalker}}, runs away and hides, and waits for him to get weaker from skipping breakfast.
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: [[MixedAncestry Sana Halford]] accidentally gives her father and brother a look up her skirt after she collapses in shock from seeing Kitano through their home's window.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** Kitano asks Takehisa to stop getting into fights because he's afraid that he'll get hurt. Takehisa says he understands, he'll just get stronger so he can fight without getting hit once.
** Also, people completely miss the point of mostly '''everything''' Kitano does or says. Which makes most of the plot happen. A certain amount of FridgeBrilliance applies as well; since people assume Kitano is a junkie, anything that seems strange or is a non-sequitur is put down as the ramblings of a guy high on drugs.
* ConfusionFu:
** Trained fighters have a hard time fighting Kitano because he often reacts to their attacks in a completely unexpected manner -- usually because he doesn't actually realize what's going on, and is trying to do something completely unrelated to the fight.
** Ikuno's father explains that he hates fighting such people because his strength is in predicting people's actions and countering them, which he cannot do if that person is erratic. The new guidance counselor is a non-violent example who he simply doesn't know how to deal with, chiefly because she has only good intentions and just happens to have an uncanny tendency to ruin people's lives by her mere involvement.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Kuroda turns into one after [[ItMakesSenseInContext getting hit by a rock.]] Apparently the Soviets and the KGB are out to get him, despite Kitano telling him those groups no longer exist.
* CoversAlwaysLie:
** Kitano does not have ''actual'' angel wings; it's just a visual metaphor for the cover art.
** Then there's this which seems to depict the student council president and his flunkie as the heroes.
** The anime goes one step further, the opening credits feature Kitano flying around, and people staring at him like he's Superman. Also averted, again, the whole thing is clearly metaphorical of what happens to him in the story, CharacterDevelopment wise.
* CreepyGood: Kitano is a pure hero but accidentally creeps everyone out because of his appearance and behavior.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Doubly twisted with Kitano: he seems badass at first glance; when you know him you find out he's a gentle, caring person, and ActualPacifist; then when someone is in danger he 1-hit ko's all the baddies around. Kuroda gets a humorous moment of this too: he hits his head, forgets for a moment how much of a coward he is, and is able to stand his ground against Ogisu.
* DarkMistress: After befriending Kitano, Ryoko tends to be treated like a "gangster's moll," much to her embarrassment.
* DeadpanSnarker: Yuji and Ikuno.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Most noticeably with Yuji and Kuroda, though Kitano didn't even know that he "defeated" them.
* DelinquentHair: Takehisa's spiked blond hair and complete lack of eyebrows, and Ogisu's bright red pompadour. Kitano gels his naturally-spiky hair down in an attempt to avoid being seen as a delinquent; a quick gander at some of the other tropes on this page can tell you how well ''that'' works.
* {{Determinator}}: Not only does Kitano have to put up beaten up on a regular basis, he's actually developing rapid reflexes from being hit so often. And this is only for him to be able to TurnTheOtherCheek. To put this into perspective, a kid thinks Kitano is a demon (as usual), and asks his ActionGirl friend Ikuno to beat him up. Kitano doesn't know why Ikuno's beating him, but he specifically tells that ''unless I know why I'm getting beaten up, I will always rise again.''[[note]]Why? Because otherwise it would be ''rude to the person doing the beating.'' Even most messiahs aren't ''that'' dedicated to turning the other cheek.[[/note]]
* DiggingYourselfDeeper:
-->'''Kuroda''': N... No, it wasn't Kitano-san who did this to me ... [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial and it wasn't from some unfamiliar girl kicking me,]] it just [[{{Nosebleed}} started flowing as I stood here, thinking of you ...]] Ah ... no, no they weren't like ... ''those'' kind of thoughts ... I just, um, really want to eat chocolate when I think about you ... B ... But wait, that doesn't mean I really want to eat you! I just ...
-->'''[[ThoseTwoGuys Kuroda's Lackeys]]''': (''What the hell is he saying?'')
* DoggedNiceGuy: Kitano. He just won't stop being nice and helpful to everyone he meets, even when their first reaction to him is to scream, faint, or run away in terror.
* TheDreaded: Subverted hilariously. Most of the [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant insanely nightmarish drawings of Kitano]] would normally scare the shit out of readers if they were present in a {{Horror}} manga--but his kindly thoughts, good nature, and honest intentions are shown clearly to the reader, making it funny instead. Of course, that doesn't prevent him from being TheDreaded to the other characters InUniverse.
* DrivenToSuicide: A running gag in the first few chapters is that Kitano thinks Takehisa is suicidally depressed, and assumes that whatever threatening actions he's making or injuries he's sustained are the result of his attempts to hurt himself.
* EmotionlessGirl: While Ikuno does have emotions, she appears to be completely unaware of them and is quite surprised when she finds herself acting on them..
* EmpathicEnvironment: Most people feel cold and death hanging in the air before they see Kitano.
** Kitano's house is even worse, as its dark and creepy aura forces its neighbours to move away. Sure, the manga gives a perfect explanation for the house's darkness (because of their small irises, Kitano and his dad are uncomfortable in bright light) but still...
* EntendreFailure / UnEntendre: Kitano always speaks extremely literally and without deceit, and assumes that everyone else around him does, as well. Thus, he often ends up misinterpreting what other people are saying to him, and people usually end up interpreting his entirely-innocent comments in the most evil and threatening way possible.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Kitano. Also overlaps with ChickMagnet.
* EveryOneCallsHimBarkeep: Ikuko is called friend #A, until her name's revealed. Some still call her so even then.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Everyone except for Kitano and Ryuko is convinced, correctly, that they are in love with each other and practically going out. The student body is only wrong in believing they have already taken that step, since they are actually still going through the SheIsNotMyGirlfriend phase.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Hishida-sensei believes this about Kitano. When he selflessly expresses concern for her well-being (and catches her when she's about to faint), she doesn't understand what he's trying to do. Many others likewise assume that any seemingly kind act from Kitano's side must have some ulterior purpose.
* ExactWords: When his gang talks about going to the park to remove the trash (a rival gang), Kitano (of course) thinks they're all very civic-minded young men, and suggest getting brooms, saying "If you clean up trash... you use brooms, isn't that right?". Of course they go for the metaphorical meaning...
* {{Expy}}: Ikuno gets an expy of herself in Norihiro Yagi's later manga ''Manga/{{Claymore}}''. She looks amazingly like that series' protagonist, Clare.
** Leo, the boy that gets Ikuno to beat up Kitano once, looks a lot like Raki.
** Chujin Asai got also one. The bandit leader with the snake sword who was killed by Teresa. Both are [[AssholeVictim Asshole Victims]].
* FaceOfAThug: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Angel_Densetsu_v01c01_-_I_have_been_called_bad_before__Many_have_said_I_do_things_that_are_not_correct_to_do__I_dont_believe_in_talk_such_as_this__I_am_nice_man_with_happy_feelings__All_of_the_time_3159.png Kitano!]] [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] '''hard'''! The whole plot is driven and catapulted by how he looks like a horrible thug that does drugs and kills people with impunity, which causes everyone to fear and respect him. Of course, all of that is false, and he's the nicest person on earth.
** Lampshaded by [[TheDitz Hishida Haruka]], who tries to make him less scary. She succeeds... for several panels (Kitano does look like a normal person with his hair down). What she doesn't know that his hair, when not secured with his hair gel, tends to go up, and this makes him ''scarier''. See Looks Like Cesare entry below.
* FaceRealization: Hilariously occurs in chapter 71, where Ikuno realizes that rather than 'accidentally' beating up thugs, she is to her surprise, "a lot nicer of a person than I thought."
* FinishingMove: Whenever Kitano uses what Ikuno dubs as his "double palm strike", that usually means the fight is over and he wins. Two things about it: it's a standard shove, yet it's just that strong, so strong it makes people '''fly'''.
** Quote from a mook: I didn't know humans could fly.
** His dad has a different one: a simple, muhfugginly strong ''slap''.
** In both cases, it's their first, last, and only aggressive move.
* FirstGirlWins: Ryuko is the first girl to fall in love with Kitano, and while she has rivals such as Ikuno, she prevails in the end after a lot of WillTheyOrWontThey.
* FirstKiss: [[spoiler:In the last chapter, Ryoko finally kisses Kitano on the mouth, sealing the first kiss for both of them.]]
* {{Flanderization}}: In the beginning, Kitano was aware his appearance scares people, but later episodes depict him as being virtually oblivious to the fact. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Is he that dumb or or is he in a state of serious denial?]]
** A bit of this, a bit of that, [[WildMassGuess probably]]. He seems to be aware to an extent of his aspect (keep in mind that he tries to keep his hair flat to ''minimize'' it) but seems to be completely unaware of the full aura of creepiness he involuntarily radiates. The few times he has been directly confronted with the fact, it borders on TearJerker status (it hurts him), and he tends to misattribute any related reaction to a misunderstanding and/or a fault from his side.
*** A certain degree of FridgeLogic might apply. In flashbacks, we see that the staff and students of his previous school really liked Kitano. He's expecting the same to happen in Seikaku--that people might be put off by his appearance at first, but will eventually tumble to how much of a nice guy Kitano is.
* FlashStep: Starts appearing midway through the storyline.
** Kitano starts pulling this stunt during and after the Date.
** Goes UpToEleven in the photography arc as Kitano and Kiyomi Kaburagi have an encounter--her trying to photograph him, him trying to avoid it--that's too fast for the normals around them to see.
** Kitano's father takes this even further in the Days of Our Youth arc, as he trips up a couple of thugs without anyone even noticing that he moved at all.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Kitano saved Ryoko from a bee, without her knowledge. He let it go rather than squish it, and he's ''not'' stung.
** Changed in the anime, he now [[AnimalsHateHim scares any animal in sight]].
** Ryuichiro and Midori Kitano[[note]](Seiichiro's parents)[[/note]] get this too in the WholeEpisodeFlashback. LamarckWasRight indeed.
* FriendlessBackground: Inverted. Kitano ''had'' many friends in his old school.
* FunnyForeigner: The American father of the Halford twins, who has not really managed to assimilate into local culture (or even speak semi-fluent Japanese) even after 20 years of living there.
* GenerationXerox: A later chapter has a flashback depicting Kitano's father, who was similarly feared as a demon, despite being a kind and gentle person, and was the protector of his school.
* GentleGiant: Kitano's tall and thin, and his dad's built like a brick house. Neither would intentionally hurt a fly.
* GoodCannotComprehendEvil: [[AllLovingHero Kitano]] cannot follow the conversation of the people around him about 80% of the time because they are talking about doing bad things, or fighting. He just cannot understand that anyone would ever want to do either of those things. He believes people attack him because ''he'' did something bad to them that made them angry, and that's why he ''lets'' them attack him. Or he mistakes their aggressive actions as games.
* GoodEyesEvilEyes: Both played straight and subverted. Ikuno has much narrower eyes than Ryoko and is correspondingly much more cynical and a dirtier fighter, and Ryoko's friend notes that Ryoko's own eyes were much narrower previously before she mellowed out. Subverted though with Kitano of course, who has the narrowest eyes of any character and is an AllLovingHero.
** Especially in the anime, almost everybody but Kitano has soulful puppy eyes (particularly when confronted with/by him), perhaps as an intentional contrast.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Kitano has one on his face, but it only comes up twice. Kitano's father has a scar on his left hand. [[spoiler:He got it from ''catching and holding a knife blade''.]]
* HalfIdenticalTwins: The Halford siblings look the same despite being opposite-gender non-identical twins, to the point that Sana is basically Leo with GirlishPigtails.
* HappilyMarried: Kitano's parents have a loving marriage comparable to Gomez and Morticia Adams. Papa Halford and his Japanese wife are also a happy couple.
* HauntedHouse: In one of the later chapters, Kitano and Ryoko must brave a ghost-infested haunted house to help a little girl find her lost cat. [[spoiler:Subverted when it turns out that there aren't actually any ghosts in the house -- just Ikuno and her dad, who moved into the house because it was cheap. Double-subverted in that there ''was'' a ghost in the house at one point (the little girl looking for her lost cat, in fact), but because Ikuno and her dad kept ignoring it, it eventually wandered outside to bother passers-by instead.]]
* HeroicAlbino: While Kitano probably doesn't literally have albinism, he is unnaturally pale and sensitive to light.
* HilarityEnsues: Anything that is not a combat sequence and/or a crowning moment.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: The story is full of people who consider themselves expert judges of character that can tell people at a glance through years of experience; pretty much every time, they turn out to be completely the opposite, jumping to conclusions about people, especially Kitano.
** The principal of the school is convinced that Kitano is a killer delinquent and refuses to question his assumption even when his subordinate points out there's no proof of Kitano doing anything wrong. He goes on a rant about how his decades in the school system have allowed him to make such a judgement with one look, which just proves how misguided he is.
** Ryoko's father, Heizo, is convinced that Kitano is the devil in the flesh, and refuses to reconsider despite his daughter trying to tell him that Kitano is a good boy. He also immediately accuses Kitano's father of being a yakuza, despite being annoyed at the onlookers making the same judgement about him.
** Kitano is a bad judge of character himself, as he often thinks that school thugs are nice people, and mistakes normal people for hoodlums. Somehow justified: he doesn't notice that the thugs are friendly to him because they are afraid of/respect him, and those same normal people are actually attacking him because they assume that *he* is a hoodlum.
** Student Saeki Yumi subverts this by seeing a hint of the real Kitano, then exemplifies the trope when something hilarious and terrifying happens to reset her opinion of him. Twice.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl
** Kitano's dad is ludicriously buff and gigantic, while his mom is normal-sized, about one head shorter. In their youth, she doesn't even reach his shoulders.
** In an odd PairTheSpares moment in the final chapter, Kuroda finds momentary courage and protects Ikuko from a couple of thugs. She barely reaches his sternum.
* HypocriticalHumor: During the ''Soukyuu Park'' chapter, Takehisa and Kuroda with his two henchmen split up to beat some thugs. Takehisa beats three thugs at once, Kuroda and his fellows only one guy at the same time. They get more injuries than Takehisa. Later, Takehisa beats four thugs at once, but Kuroda's group, who attack a single thug again, run away from him because he's stronger than the last one.
* IdiotBall: Kuroda's is [[TooDumbToLive permanently glued to him]], but Kitano's is [[SelectiveObliviousness pretty sticky too]].
** Hell, everyone, really. No matter how inept Kitano shows himself to be at fighting, everyone keeps believing his more-luck-than-brains dodges of serendipity are some kind of ultra-special secret martial arts technique. It's like everyone [[IdiotPlot poops out half their brains]] when they see him.
*** It's more that Kitano shows a natural ability to either avoid or minimize damage by retreating at the instant of impact (a skill doubtlessly acquired by years of people attacking him based on his appearance) and mistake it for a honed martial arts technique. His "finishing move" aside, how many of his opponents end up on the ground generally ''is'' a total fluke, depending on the circumstances and often, Kitano is the only one around to see it, causing people to make the usual assumptions.
* IKnowMortalKombat: Kiyomi Kaburagi is a pretty convincing ninja, considering her training is in ''photography''. She even has [[strike:[[HammerSpace Hammer]]]] [[HammerSpace Camera Space]].
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: Arguably, quite a few characters that admire Kitano because of how {{Badass}} he appears to be (especially when it looks like he single-handedly took on a whole army of people).
** Yuji is initially this way with Kitano.
** Ryoko too has her moments.
** Ikuno too. She even said it outright more than once.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Kitano is by far the scariest character to be incorruptibly pure.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Kitano frequently comes up with implausible explanations for what's happening instead of coming to the obvious or sensible conclusion, but Kuroda takes the cake trying to explain why old Russian spies posing as teenagers are throwing stones at him (It still makes NO sense whatsoever, [[MakesSenseInContext even in context]]). The teachers and authority figures also frequently come up with irrational explanations for why Kitano is bad to the bone even though they have no proof of wrongdoing.
* InSeriesNickname: Kitano gets an [[RedBaron ever growing list of epithets]] over time but the one we see used most often is the "Kitano Family" to describe his inner circle of friends. Naturally they are mistaken as his personal army.
* InspectorJavert: Most of the authority figures in the school system, including the principal, the guidance counselors, and Ikuno's father are misguidedly convinced that Kitano is a heinous delinquent who has to be eliminated for the good of the school.
* ItRunsInTheFamily: Apparently Kitano's incredibly scary looks were inherited from his father (who looks like a {{Yakuza}}) and his mother (who is so abnormally beautiful that it ''scares people'').
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: while Ikuno is interested in Kitano, she'd prefer that he and Ryoko to get together... so she can become Kitano's mistress and they'd ''[[{{OT3}} all]]'' be together.
-->'''Ikuno:''' "So when they get married, I can be his lover, and things will stay the same. That'd be best."
* JapaneseDelinquents: A ''lot'' of them. Of course, the character that everyone thinks is the evilest delinquent of them all turns out to be a [[AllLovingHero wonderful person]].
* TheJinx: Hishida Haruka is part of the "Shadowy Seven" group of counselors, but not because of any combat skills or manipulative abilities. She truly does want to guide erring students onto the right path, but everyone she tries to help always ends up ''worse-off'' than when she started. She's the only one of the seven to even get ''close'' to getting Kitano expelled.
* KindHeartedCatLover: Ryuichiro Kitano as seen in the Days of Our Youth arc. He is willing to feign being taken down in order to protect the kitten he had been playing with during the whole arc.
* KissingCousins: Midori Asai (AKA the future Mrs. Kitano) and her cousin Chuji in the Days of Our Youth arc. Neither of them is particularly dedicated to the relationship, however: Chuji sees Midori as just another girl in his harem, and Midori is... well, [[ForegoneConclusion the future Mrs. Kitano]].
* KissingDiscretionShot: [[spoiler: The conclusion to 15 volumes of sexual tension.]]
* KubrickStare / SlasherSmile: Basically Kitano's default expression.
* LampshadeHanging: Lots and lots of it, especially when the LargeHam is around.
** "You are a very loud person."
** And to the Shonen genre: "Who do you think you are? An enemy character in a fighting manga?"
* LargeHam: Kuroda. He usually addresses Ryoko by screaming her full name, gives a passionate monologue about the personal sacrifices that Soviet spies have to make after he saw a girl he didn't recognize, and is prone to maximum volume declarations of his plans to elope with Ryoko. Kikuchi of the photography club doesn't get a lot of page-time, but he seems to have similar tendencies. In the course of two pages he tells Kitano that that he'll give him an ass-whupping with the PowerOfFriendship and then makes the case for being a KnightTemplar. One of the other photography club members hangs a lampshade on it.
* LightningBruiser: Takes hit after hit and keeps getting up, moves faster than most people can follow, and if pushed, hits hard enough to literally send humans flying. If Kitano wasn't an ActualPacifist, he'd be this.
** Kitano's father is tougher, stronger, and even faster than him.
** Surprisingly, ''Kuroda'' of all people becomes this when he's driven by the PowerOfLove. He can even compete with ''Kitano's'' speed.
* LonersAreFreaks: Kitano, due to his appearance and the rumors. However, he gets better.
** Inverted, as a side story chapter reveals that Kitano was very popular among the students and teachers from his old school and he had many friends there. They all know his face is scary, but also he's a nice person.
** Kitano's father was also a loner, but for almost his entire high school life.
* LonersWillStayAlone: [[TheMessiah Kitano-kun]] starts off like this because of his fearsome appearance, but then someone found out his true nature, and [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters things sort of snowballed from there.]]
* LookBehindYou: In the last chapter, Ryoko momentarily distracts her friends by telling them there's still an unsubdued enemy behind them, which she uses to [[spoiler:kiss Kitano]] while they aren't looking. Of course, they immediately realize what she pulled on them when they turn back around.
* LooksLikeCesare: Kitano is unnaturally pale; when his hair stands up, he "looks like [[Manga/DeathNote Ryuk]]".
* LoudOfWar: Kuroda, without any kind of amplification device... and without any clue he's actually doing it. (Not that he usually has any clue whatsoever, mind you.)
** Ryoko's father does this quite a bit too.
* LoveTriangle: There's one between Kitano, Ryoko, and Kuroda. Later, there's one between Kitano, Ryoko, and Ikuno.
** Evolves into a (luckily toned down) LoveDodecahedron later on. Kitano is an AllLovingHero and loves everyone, Ryoko loves him and they're the OfficialCouple. Kuroda cannot wrap his brain around this and continues to hit on Ryoko despite being routinely kicked in the face. Ikuno has a crush on Kitano and start to be FoeYay for each other. Ikuno gets a shota admirer and Kitano a loli one (who are brother and sister). Leo appreciates Kitano, but Sana really dislikes/is jealous of Ikuno. Oh, and Kitano gets a StalkerWithACrush too.
** Ikuno takes the cake; she openly states that she supports Kitano and Ryoko's relationship and thinks they should get married... so that she can move in with them as Kitano's mistress.
* LoveYouAndEverybody: Ikuno likes Kitano... and Ryoko, and Ryoko's friend #A, and Takehisa, and Kuroda, and Ogisu, and....
* MadeOfIron: Kitano. There are several tricks for how he can withstand so many blows, but even without them, he can take punishment like nobody's business. Goes double for his father: punks that tried to beat up Kitano's dad when he was younger ''ended up hurting their hands and feet by hitting him''.
* MaliciousSlander: Many characters end up spreading more rumors of Kitano's "murderous ways" and "gangster connections".
* ManipulativeBastard: The StudentCouncilPresident.
** He's a bit more like a SmugSnake, seeing how he ended up when his plan backfired on him and was rendered impopular after the student body see his TrueColors. He's never heard from again [[spoiler: until the last few pages in the final chapter]].
** Ryoko and Ikuno's fathers believe their 3-way fight with Kitano's father was engineered by Kitano.
* MarryThemAll: Proposed by Ikuno, that if Kitano and Ryoko get married in the future, she will become his lover [[StatusQuoIsGod to maintain the status quo]].
* TheMasochismTango: Kuroda ''[[InvokedTrope thinks]]'' that Ryoko hits him because she likes him. Of course, [[SubvertedTrope she actually likes Kitano]], the guy that she treats nicely and doesn't hit.
* MeleeATrois: Between Kitano's, Ryoko's and Ikuno's fathers.
* MeaningfulName: The town of Hekikuu (blue sky). Kitano says he often looks at the sky because it's so blue and beautiful. (Scoring another point with Ryoko in the process.)
** Deconstructed a bit with Seiichirou Kitano, "Sei" is written as "truth".
* MilesGloriosus: Kuroda
* MissingMom: Hilariously subverted in the Halford family's first appearance.
* MistakenForBadass: Makes the whole series.
* MomentKiller: During chapter 83 Yuji and Ikuno both have to fight the urge (and Kuroda) to do this. [[spoiler: Then a rival gang boss shows up and does it anyway.]]
* MuggingTheMonster: There are several instances where someone threatens Ryoko and Ikuno thinking they are weak because they are girls, and proceeds to get beaten up by them.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: They weren't together yet, but Ryuichiro was angered enough to use his powerful slap on Chuji when he implied Midori was easy.
* NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters: The delinquent version of this is definitely in play, as the "Chief Bully" is referred to as a "Guardian" of the school, and it's demonstrated that this is usually a put-on, given that Kitano needs to be identified as a ''good'' Guardian. After being reformed by Kitano, Yuji takes on a lot of "noble Yakuza" mannerisms and behaves as a neighborhood friendly gangster who just happens to be a high school student.
* NightmareFetishist: Ikuno and Ryoko.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Kitano
* NoEnding: The protagonists were getting totally out of hand for the author by the end of the series, so he tied up what he could and left us with a "the manga stops here, but they're going on with their lives" message. However the very end does feature a great GrandFinale.
* NoExceptYes: Ryuko denies that Kitano is her boyfriend, and then totally undermines herself by admitting that he confessed to her and she likes him too.
* NoNameGiven: Ryoko's petite, short-haired friend is un-named during the first part of the manga, which the author lampshades in the character bios. We eventually learn her given name is Ikuko about halfway through, but her family name ([[spoiler:Hirayama]]) isn't made explicit until the final volume.
* NoSocialSkills: Kitano. Much of the series is driven by his misunderstanding of basically everything. His inability to communicate very well with other often leads them to assume terrible things about him and run away. Likewise, Kitano seems only vaguely aware of his own frightfulness.
* NobleDemon: After a while, many students believe that Kitano is this, since he never skipped classes, did anything wrong at school or didn't harm any ordinary student. In reality he's no demon, just noble.
* ObviouslyEvil: Subverted. Most people assume Kitano and his dad are evil because they look devilish, but they're some of the kindest people in the manga.
* OfficialCouple: Ryoko and Kitano realize their feelings for each other pretty early in the story, and while there's a lot of wondering how long it will take them to take the step of a RelationshipUpgrade, it's only a matter of time, and EveryoneCanSeeIt.
* OhCrap: Asai's expression, during the Days of Our Youth arc of Kitano's parents when they were young.
* OneHeadTaller: Kitano is one-head taller than his LoveInterest Ryoko.
* OnlySaneMan
** Ikuko (aka "Ryoko's friend #A"), as the only member of the main cast who isn't either a hoodlum, a martial artist, or a complete idiot, ends up as the much-ignored voice of reason.
** The Vice-Principal is the only one who knows that Kitano is not evil. He stops trying to tell people because they don't believe him anyway.
** Kuroda's two henchmen/followers often try to act as his voice of reason, being very sensible in almost every situation. He always ignores them.
* OverprotectiveDad: Heizo, who thinks his daughter Ryoko is being manipulated by the devil incarnate and refuses to bless their relationship. He goes so far as to knock out his own daughter and try to beat Kitano to a pulp under the pretense of martial arts training.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Ogisu used to be undefeated in fights until he came to Heikiku. Then he got crushed by four people in quick succession including two girls. He comes to terms with this in the finale when he realizes he's not weak but rather is surrounded by people who are [[{{Badass}} crazily strong]].
* PantyShot: Largely averted: Ryoko loves high kicks but we rarely see anything when she uses them (with the occasional exception). Bonus points for doing this with canny camera angles instead of a MagicSkirt. It's even lampshaded.
* PerpetualExpression: Kitano's DeathGlare and SlasherSmile rarely ever come off his face, despite how blithe his disposition his. Needless to say, it's problematic.
* PersonalAppearanceTropes
** DeathGlare
** FaceOfAThug
** ManlyTears
** SlasherSmile
* PoorCommunicationKills: So many misunderstandings would be avoided if people around Kitano paid closer attention to what he says and does. Or if Kitano would understand what ''they'' really say and do. Or, heaven forbid, he just stopped saying vague things that are open to gross misinterpretation. Of course, that would end the story very quickly.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: {{Invoked}} and {{Subverted}}. Nothing resists the aura of Kitano.
* ThePowerOfLove: {{Invoked}} and {{Subverted}} oh so much during the time when the local {{Schemer}} convinces Kuroda that he must save Ryoko from Kitano using ThePowerOfLove. Too bad for him that she doesn't ''want'' to be rescued.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Most fights against Kitano or his father look like this to the outside observer.
* SadistTeacher: Well, actually the principal - he's constantly hiring thugs and correctional teachers to try to get Kitano expelled (because Kitano "is a demon!"). In a kind of subversion, most of the teachers in the series are ''afraid'' to pick on Kitano.
** Further subversion in that the one who causes the most trouble for Kitano actually has truly good intentions... but is going about it all wrong and only does further damage.
* ScarsAreForever: Kitano has one on his face after Takehisa slashed him. It only appears when he's agitated.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend:
** Subverted when Kitano initially denies that he has special feelings toward Ryoko, but after a moment of thought, tells his classmates while blushing, "Sorry, I think I just lied. I guess I really do like Ryoko-chan after all."
** Ryoko tries to say she's not going out with Kitano, but she totally undermines herself when she admits that he confessed he likes her and that she actually likes him too.
* ShipperOnDeck: Takehisa, Ikuko and Ikuno ship Kitano and Ryoko together. And everyone else at school (except Kuroda) believes that they are a couple.
* ShoutOut: Ogisu describes Kitano he's like a alien, a [[Manga/DragonBall Saiyajin]]. Few chapters later, Kuroda's henchmen call him a "Super Guardian".
** Inverted. The episode in which Kitano dreams of the film he's watched the night before feels very different too, after reading ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', just take a closer look at his sword and the oni's eyes.
** Several times, mythological figures or video game characters are mentioned.
** Kuroda's crazy ''[[VideoGame/SuperMario Mario-rescues-Princess Peach-from-Bowser-plan]]''.
* SignatureMove: Many of the fighters have one.
** Ryoko's powerful roundhouse kick.
** Ikuno's backhand strike.
** The Halford kids think they have this going on with the Grand Cross Attack. In reality it does nothing.
** Not specifically called out, but Takehisa usually settles matters with a left jab.
** Kitano's double palm press and his father's slap attack would be this, but since nobody [[OneHitKO ever gets up]] from either of those they're more [[FinishingMove Finishing Moves]].
* ShroudedInMyth: All sorts of outrageous tall tales about Kitano circulate through the school because of his accidental notoriety. Since almost no one is brave or open minded enough to actually get to know him, and there is no source of information about him except rumors about his deeds and people who think they know the real him but actually don't, his reputation gets completely out of control.
* SliceOfLife: All the action and assorted delinquents are ultimately secondary to a story that focuses on interpersonal relationships and personal growth.
* SneezeOfDoom: Kitano's sneezes sound like screeches of death that causes lesser men to run in fear.
* SpeechImpediment: In the OVA, Kitano has a very noticeable lisp.
* StabTheScorpion: Kitano does this with a bee once. He doesn't kill the bee, but he catches and later releases it in a way that looked like he was about to punch his opponent. And then he, [[PoorCommunicationKills of course,]] says...
--> '''Kitano:''' That was close... A little further, and you would've been hurt.
* StalkerWithACrush: Played with. Kiyomi Kaburagi develops a crush on Kitano, ''after'' she finishes [[StalkerWithoutACrush stalking him without a crush]].
* StealthHiBye: Not so much on the "bye" part, but Kuroda has the amazing ability to suddenly appear in front of people, screaming their name at full volume.
* SuperheroSobriquets: As the series goes on, Kitano starts collecting nicknames. A LOT of nicknames:
** Hekikuu's guardian, the greatest guardian of them all, the demon of Hekikuu, the first-year guardian of Hekikuu High. The devil himself, manifested into our world. The final boss, the ultimate weapon. Also, the human weapon, the last boss, the god of slaughter and pillage, the guardian of Hell, bloody Saburo, and exploding Goro.
** Kitano and Ryoko together are known as: The most powerful violence couple in history, and the strongest couple in Hekikuu.
** As the cast grows, the collected group is known as The Kitano family, or Kitano-san's Hekikuu army.
** Back in the day, Kitano's father was known as the devil guardian.
* SycophanticServant: Student Vice-President Koide is always fawning towards StudentCouncilPresident Sudo. Sudo even bemoans the fact that his only "pawn" is a bumbling moron that can't seem to get things right.
* TeamRocket: Kuroda and ThoseTwoGuys with him; also, the female photography club president and her nerdy male followers.
* TemptingFate: "''But hey, what if she fights with Kitano-kun and she falls in love with him too?''" Rrrright, never talk about my [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend boyfriend]], ever again.
* ThoseTwoGuys: The guys who are always with Kuroda. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] hilariously in a discussion between the StudentCouncilPresident and the vice-president on how there's not much info on those two and that it was a miracle to get their full names at all.
* TooDumbToLive: Kuroda is so foolish that he repeatedly causes himself to be beat up and humiliated; his IdiotBall is so big it powers a good third of the story. (We even have WordOfGod he has that specific role.)
* TookALevelInBadass: Kitano starts out as a {{determinator}} who's really, ''really'' good at [[MadeOfIron taking punches]], but by the end of the story he becomes so good at dodging that he's nearly at FlashStep levels.
* ToxicFriendInfluence: Inverted with Kitano. All of his friends were at one point obsessed with fighting but after spending time with him mellow out.
* TransferStudentUniforms: Ikuno stands out for wearing one of her old school's uniforms. Because of transferring to so many schools for her father's job as a guidance counselor, Ikuno decided at some point that she wouldn't bother changing uniforms anymore.
* TurnTheOtherCheek: When [[AxeCrazy Ikuno]] beats Kitano because of a promise she made to a boy, he kept rising until the boy told her to stop out of grief. Upon being told by Ikuno that ItsAllMyFault that she beats him, he promptly collapses. Why? ''Because he thought he made her so angry that he deserved every punch and kick Ikuno threw at him''. He collapses in relief because that meant their friendship would now not be in trouble as he didn't do anything wrong. My God...
* {{Tsundere}}:
** Ryoko is a type B who is always sweet and lovestruck towards her LoveInterest Kitano and pretty nice to normal people, but has fiery temper when provoked by challengers and people who annoy her. Ik
** uno is a mild version of type A.
** Kiyomi Kaburagi is definitely type A.
** Sana is more type B.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Or demonic {{Yakuza}}-looking guy with a [[SoBeautifulItsACurse so pretty she's incredibly creepy]] wife.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Parodied. Kitano was thought to have died fighting a Yakuza (his father) earlier. His classmates were absolutely terrified when he came to school later that day.
** Happens again when Ryoko gets the bright idea to fake Kitano losing a fight and being beaten badly, in order to end his reputation for violence and stop thugs wanting to face him. Naturally, only a few minutes after she's covered him in bandages and told the whole school he was beaten to within an inch of his life, the bandages slip off revealing that he's not even bruised. The school promptly decides he has a HealingFactor, doubtless from making a DealWithTheDevil.
* UnskilledButStrong: Kitano doesn't know how to fight, but years of getting beat up have helped him hone an ability to [[StoneWall take punches like a champ.]] In fact most of his fights are won by him just letting his opponent tire themselves out. His double palm strike is also just a really strong shove, nothing special.
* UnknownRival: The first time that Suda tried to antagonize Kitano, Kitano genuinely had no idea of who he was or what he was doing here. Being thoroughly ignored was a pretty low blow for someone [[SmugSnake as full of himself as]] Suda.
* TheUnsmile: Oh GOD Kitano...
* UnwantedAssistance: Hishida Haruka is the most feared of the Shadowy Seven, not for her fighting ability (she has none to speak of), but because her well-meaning efforts to help someone inevitably end up making life worse for them somehow.
* UnwantedHarem: Kitano gets Ryoko, Ikuno, Kiyomi, and Sana
** HaremSeeker: Kiyomi assumed that Ryoko, Ikuno and Ikuko were the only girls in his harem and she believed they were deceived by Kitano. She also believed that there was a ranking and Ryoko was his girl #1.
* UnwantedRescue: Kuroda's idea of "rescuing" Ryoko from Kitano with his PowerOfLove. Of course, not only is Kitano a kind-hearted and wonderful person who would never do anything bad to her (or anyone), Ryoko doesn't ''want'' to be rescued, because she likes Kitano.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: In the Days of Our Youth arc, Midori claims that Chuji used to be one. By the time of the story, however, there is very little evidence of this remaining.
* VillainSue: InUniverse, to the characters who don't know Kitano, he seems to be a ManipulativeBastard, EnemyToAllLivingThings and a NobleDemon [[VillainWithGoodPublicity with really good publicity]] all rolled into one.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Ryoko.
* WaifFu: Ryoko, partially justified because she's a martial artist and everything, but she's 1.67 meters tall and weighs ''49 kilos'' (just a bit under 5'6" and a bit over 100 pounds, for the metrically challenged).
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute
* WhenSheSmiles: Ikuno. [[http://www.mangahere.com/manga/angel_densetsu/v14/c073/21.html]]
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: There's no Hekikuu in Japan.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Averted with most delinquent characters who have no problem attacking girls and will only use this phrase as an excuse after they've had the crap beaten out of them by a girl; played straight with Kitano, in the sense that he is an ActualPacifist, but violence against women is the closest thing he has to a BerserkButton.
** His father seems to be quite similar, in the little we've seen of him.
* WrongGenreSavvy:
** Ogisu, who acts like he is the main character in a fighting manga when he first appears. Nedless to say, he is not.
** Takehisa, upon being confronted by Ogisu [[LampshadeHanging "Who do you think you are? An enemy character in a fighting manga?"]]
* {{Yakuza}}: One of the many rumors about Kitano is that he has relations with the Yakuza. His father also looks like one, and so does Heizo.

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