->''"My obvious charms and god-like powers always dazzle the simple ordinary folk."''

->''"Give a million monkeys a million typewriters and infinite time, and you'll get the complete Creator/WilliamShakespeare. Serve them piña coladas, and you get ''Bastard!!''"''
-->--'''Per Arne,''' ''Encyclopedia Obscura''

''Bastard!!: Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy'' (subtitled ''Ankoku no Hakaishin''[[note]]"The Dark God of Destruction"[[/note]] in Japanese) is a manga by Kazushi Hagiwara. Set in a post-apocalyptic Earth where monsters and magic are the rule of the day, the main setting is the kingdom of Metallicana, threatened by a vast army of mages and their pawns who are trying to wake the sleeping god of destruction, Anthanthraxus.

This series is centered on the virginal (this is a plot point, in fact) priestess Tia Noto Yoko and her adoptive brother, Luche Len-Len. What she finds out is that Luche contains within him the spirit of one of the most powerful sorcerers of all time, the infamous Exploder Wizard... Dark Schneider! Only a spell capped with a kiss from a virgin can unlock the spirit within Luche and save the kingdom!

Now, this all sounds pretty much standard fantasy fare. The fun comes from some of the differences from the standard. Dark Schneider, when released, explains that he was ''killed'' by Yoko's father, and will kill the man in return. He also is the quintessential egomaniac -- one of his better speeches is:

->'''Dark Schneider:''' There is an invariable rule in men's battles, it states: 'An ugly, macho guy can never beat an intelligent, popular, slender and handsome hero.' Your fate was sealed when you showed up with your ugly face.

Dark Schneider is ruthless, promiscuous, arrogant and unstoppably powerful, but he's really less a ManipulativeBastard than a force of sheer chaos.

Add in the other villains who turn into antiheroes when defeated by Dark Schneider, and the amusement value of many of the spells and locations which are named after '80s metal bands (Dark Schneider himself was named after Udo Dirkschneider from Music/{{Accept}}, the country of Music/JudasPriest, the samurai of the Music/IronMaiden who are fighting to avenge King Harris, knights named Music/{{Bon Jovi}}na and [[Music/{{Metallica}} Lars Ul Metallicana,]] the extremely powerful spells Music/{{Exodus|Band}} and [[Music/{{Megadeth}} Megadeath...]]) and you get a romp. It's six episodes long, and only goes through the first three collections of the manga (which is currently up to volume 26), so it ends with a "Hey, what now?" (Because of a potential blatantly ludicrous licensing fee to use them all, these names had to be all changed in the American release.) However, the manga has also been released in the US (with quite a good translation) up to volume 19 (Though at present, it seems Creator/VizMedia has [[OrphanedSeries abandoned]] the series).

!!This show provides examples of:

* AbortedArc:
** Apparently, the drafts for several arcs were [[MissingEpisode damaged/lost]], so Hagiwara just skipped ahead. [[spoiler:Volume 18 ends with DS fighting Porno Diano and a bizarre interlude with a host of angels watching the gates of Hell break open (IN SPACE). Volume 19 jumps ahead 4 years with DS and the Angels battling the Demons.]] The missing arcs were finally being released by 2010.
** The 6-episode series was supposed to be a full 8 covering the completion of the first arc and a battle between DS and Kall Su.
* AfterTheEnd: The setting is 400 years after the destruction of our modern world [[spoiler:because of the Apocalypse. Yeah, the biblical one]].
* AntiAntiChrist [[spoiler:DS]] appears to have become one; he's certainly not on Satan's side.
* AntiHero: Dark Schneider. [[spoiler:Gara and Arshes Nei]] are Type V.
* AnIcePerson: Kall Su specialises in Ice Magic. Results in a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome when he freezes a hundred foot tall Giant using only a litre of water as a base.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Yoko does this a lot. Dark Schneider usually has it coming, though... She does it to Beelzebub, too. [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill With a huge spiked club.]]
* BadassDecay: InUniverse, somewhat. Arshes fears living with Yoko has had this effect on DS; he's still the badass (adoptive) [[JustForPun daughterfucker]] she used to know, but it's him taking crap from Yoko that causes her to have doubts.
* BerserkButton: DO NOT EVER hurt Yoko around Dark Schneider. Your death will be too agonizingly horrible to describe.
%%* {{Bishonen}}
%%* BlackComedy: Scattered all over the place.
* BoobsOfSteel: The aptly named Porno Diane seems to be the standout case. She's [[TheDragon the right hand woman]] of the BigBad, {{Satan}} and has boobs that have been described as making Pamela Anderson look like a pre-teen.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:Porno Diane. She's actually the Archangel Gabriel, who lost badly to Satan in the backstory and was captured and turned evil. Dark Schneider snaps her out of it and she develops a huge crush on him as a result]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
** Many times in the manga, twice in the anime.
---> '''Dark Schneider''': Diamon, you bloodless fool, you forgot the most important rule of combat! You're the ugly, macho bad guy! Everyone knows the macho bad guy can't win, especially when he's fighting the exceptionally handsome and popular main character!
** Gara mentions during the cyclops battle in the anime that he can't just kill the enemy while off screen, then looks at the "camera" and tells the audience to "Watch this!".
%%* BreakTheCutie: Poor, poor [[spoiler:Amrael]]. Thankfully, she gets better.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Nothing explicit is stated, but Uriel really, '''really''' loves his sister Amrael. Darsh even [[LampshadeHanging says]] outright: "It's like you're in love with your sister". And judging by their past, it wouldn't really be all that unexpected.
%%* ByronicHero
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: In Volume 7 Hagiwara states that he based Abigail's look in the Japanese actor Kyusaku Shimada.
* ChekhovsGun: The Dragon Knight, first mentioned in the early volumes of the manga, finally makes an appearance in volume twenty three.
* ClothingDamage: Dark Schneider's clothes gets teared up and completely destroyed, leaving him completely naked during/after certain fights in the series.
* CouncilOfAngels: Led by the four classical [[CelestialParagonsAndArchangels Archangels]], two of which (Michael and Gabriel) [[SamusIsAGirl are actually girls]].
%%* CuteLittleFangs
%%* CrapsackWorld: Which only gets worse each arc.
* CutShort: The anime OAV.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: The 7 jeweles of Judas Pain. By activating them DS can become stronger than a Demon King, but he risks destroying his soul by using them, not mentioning that it's supposedly incredibly painful.
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: Michael the Archangel. She most definitely does NOT have the associated stereotypical personality, though.
* DeadlyRoadTrip: The [=PS1=] game is an odd variety of this in dungeon crawler form. Yoko gets kidnapped by a blue skinned DS imposter and put the four kings under his control, it's up to DS to travel around pick up all of his, Kal's and Nei's generals (who all are apparently alive and somewhat willing to work together) and travel to a bunch of weird places to save the day.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Played with in a couple directions; the people he defeats and befriends in the anime and first part of the manga are former friends (he'd been dead for a while.) Some of the people he defeats he befriends, others he blasts in [[ChunkySalsaRule ludicrous gibs.]]
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: The classical ones, led by Satan. Some have been GenderFlipped same as the Archangels.
* DestructiveSaviour: Dark Schneider, to a T. See WhatTheHellHero.
* DoppelgangerSpin: Gara's "Ninja Art of the Seven Body Split."
* EarCleaning: Yoko does it to Dark Schneider in one chapter of the manga, after a battle (but just before another). Played for laughs.
--> '''Dark Schneider:''' Ouch! What is it now? You usually treat me better than that!
--> '''Yoko:''' Only when you're Lushe! You're 400, you're old enough to clean your own ears!
--> '''Dark Schneider:''' Nope! I don't know how to do it!
--> '''Yoko:''' Gotta be kidding me... You're still the same, but only in the weirdest stuff... ''(he starts groping her)'' Ah! I told you, don't move! Don't go there!
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: One of the basic rules of magic in the series, although it's trumped by the RuleOfCool.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Dark Schneider is at his best a huge jerk, but he really loves his adopted daughter Nei, and it was true even back when he was fully blown EvilOverlord.
* EvilLaugh: Lampshaded. Believing he's killed Dark Schneider, Count Daiamon does one of these, only for DS to pop up ''right behind him'' doing an Evil Laugh of his own. See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sVYTN-GYZQ#t=1m55s here]].
* EvilRedheads: Former Dark Schneider's lieutenant Gain Esperanza, nicknamed the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Champion of Evil.]]
* EvilVersusEvil: Angels Vs Devils.
* {{Expy}}:
** Conrone seems to be pretty much based on Dudley of StreetFighter.
** [[PointyEars Pointy-eared]] adopted daughter Nei bares a resemblance to [[PointyEars pointy-eared]] adopted sister Nei of ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'', which was released right around the time that Nei was introduced. And vampire Count Dai Amon, who's a dead ringer for Music/KingDiamond. [[ShoutOut Which is kind of the point.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: All. Over. The. Place. Darsh being a very proud pervert (and one that loves to ''weaponize'' being a pervert) also doesn't helps any.
* FantasyKitchenSink: Began as this, and has only added elements since.
* FauxAffablyEvil:
** The devil Conrone, who refers to himself as the 'Gentleman of Hell'...that is, when he's not torturing people for fun. In fact, most devils could probably qualify.
** Abigail has plenty of this, even after his FaceHeelTurn.
%%* TheFightingNarcissist
* FourIsDeath: The Four Divine Kings, who were Dark Schneider's four generals before his death. The God of Destruction, Anthrasax, is bound by four magic seals. Then there are the four Archangels...
* FullFrontalAssault: DS has gone charging into battle while completely naked on more than one occasion.
* GagPenis: DS sometimes use his tool like a lasso to catch and restrain unsuspecting girls. Hagiwara calls it "the hand of the Devil".
* GenkiGirl: Gabriel definitely qualifies.
* {{Gorn}}: Probably one of the most brutal series ever published in Shonen Jump.
* GreekChorus: Gara's ninja army. They're always offering commentary on whatever's happening.
* GroinAttack: The second episode introduces Gara as he's infiltrating the castle of where the protagonists were currently staying from. Upon entering into the room of where both Luche and Yoko were sleeping in, Gara is quite surprised to see that Yoko is able to detect his presence and that he decides to introduce himself to her in an instant, but Gara is immediately cut short of his own introduction speech when Yoko throws a quick back mule kick to his groin from within an unexpected and surprising manner.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Used extensively, the most obvious example being Dark Schneider's ability to produce full suits of clothes from nowhere. High ranking Angels and Devils can also regenerate clothing.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: This happens to Darsh on occasion, but he usually gets better. Also happened to Conrone, but he survives due to his HealingFactor.
* HandsomeLech: Heck, Darsh could be the ''poster boy'' for this trope.
* HaremSeeker: More impulsive that most, but hey, Darsh certainly has the looks, power, charm, and stamina to pull it off.
* HeavyMithril: The characters have [[ClassAndLevelSystem classes]] and everything is named after HeavyMetal artists, bands, or songs.
* HellOnEarth: Occurs soon after the [[spoiler:angel invasion]] WhamEpisode.
%%* HermeticMagic
* HeroesWantRedheads: DS is thoroughly whipped by Yoko.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Gara definitely qualifies, as well as some of his men.
* HumongousMecha: The Dragon Knight.
* InvincibleHero: Dark Schneider. And what's better (or worse), he loves to flaunt this to his enemies.
* KnightTemplar: The Angels appear to be this. The Devils are far worse, however.
* LargeHam: Some characters but Count Dia Amon takes the cake in the anime
--> '''Dia Amon:''' "First, I'm going to drink the blood of you and your virgin friends, AND THEN, I'LL FEAST ON THE BLOOD OF DARK SCHNEIDER!!!"
* LecherousLicking: "Yoko dear.... COME HERE!" *slurp* *slurp*
* {{Matricide}}: Kall Su had killed his mother in self defense before being taken in by Dark Schneider.
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy: In the beginning. Of late, it's been trending more towards SchizoTech and MagiTek while [[FantasyKitchenSink losing none of the original elements.]]
* MegatonPunch: All four Archangels have a variant. Conrone has a literal MegatonPunch, with his ultimate attack having the power of an atomic bomb(which, despite what such a description might imply, seems to be one of the weaker attacks in the series, compared to the main character, ''who can destroy galaxies'').
* MessianicArchetype: The Adam of Light.
* MrExposition: Mainly Raphael during DS battle with Uriel.
* MrFanservice: Dark Schneider.
* {{Ninja}}: Ninja Master Gara.
* NighInvulnerable: You need some serious firepower to take down even mid-ranked Angels/Devils. Then there's the title character himself, who took this trope and ran a triathlon with it. His primary means of defense seems to be a shield spell called "Dispel Bound", which produces a number of shields to block any attack aimed at him. Each shield can take up to the force of a nuclear blast before breaking. And they can only be targeted one at a time. And they auto-regen. And he can repair them manually at positively absurd speeds. And in the unlikely event that you manage to get through that, you have to deal with his durability which allows him to take attacks that can destroy ''galaxies''. And should you somehow manage to pierce these defenses, he possesses [[HealingFactor obscenely powerful healing abilities]] (of the sort that makes Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}, and probably Comicbook/{{Deadpool}}, look like girl scouts) and finally, he '''''still''''' can't be killed unless you destroy his body, spirit and soul in three different dimensions at the same time. What's truly scary is that ''there are people powerful enough to accomplish this'' (such as the Dragon Knight that killed him in the BackStory).
* NoEnding: So far anyway, thanks in part to a truly massive ScheduleSlip.
* TheNudifier: The clothes-dissolving slime that Gara sets on Yoko.
* OmnicidalManiac: Satan, naturally, despite being FauxAffablyEvil.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: On the one hand, they are KnightTemplar {{Winged Humanoid}}s who exterminate a third of mankind for believing in false gods. On the other, they fight against demons, who [[spoiler: want to remake creation and fill it with horrific abominations.]]
%%* OurVampiresAreDifferent
* OneManArmy: Dark Schneider. Seriously, sometimes it's like the other characters are there just to fill the panels.
* OneWingedAngel: Most high level Angels and Devils have an Augoeides, a powerful war-form capable of tremendous destruction. They require a lot of energy to maintain, however, and are used only as a last resort. The Dragon Knight was built specifically to fight them.
%%* PantyShot
* PoorPredictableRock: Subverted. It seems you can make things too hot for a fire elemental.
* PowerAtAPrice: Using the The Dragon Knight Lucifer takes a severe toll on Dark Schneider's body, spirit and soul. Overuse of it will completely destroy him, leaving nothing left, completely erasing him from existence.
* PullYourselfDownTheSpear: In episode 6, a one-eyed monster captures Arshes Nei and [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impales Gara]] using CombatTentacles that harden into stone, but Gara pulls himself down the length of the spike in his gut to free her.
* PunnyName: Dark Schneider, named after [[Music/{{Accept}} Udo Dirkschneider]]. Most definitely not a MeaningfulName - while "Schneider" does mean "tailor" in German, it's also a perfectly normal surname.
%%* QuirkyMinibossSquad: They seem to be mitotic in this universe.
* RatedMForManly: A scientific book on the subject on mangas by the President of the Pop Culture Association of Australia calls it ''"Kazushi Hagiwara's hypermasculine heroic fantasy"''. [[TestosteronePoisoning Which was actually putting it mildly]].
* RelaxOVision: The final two pages of Chapter 51 consist only of [[WallOfText Walls of Text]] describing the action with the speech bubbles superimposed, giving the scene this feel (probably because Hagiwara had to rush in delivering the chapter). The opening of the next chapter shows those two pages fully illustrated as they were supposed to be.
--> ''(part of the text in the last panel)'' Hagiwara, you dirty cheat! We want our money back!
%%* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
* RedBaron: "High King of Ice" Kall Su, "Thunder Empress" Arshes Nei, "Prophet of the Underworld" Abigail among others.
* RefugeInAudacity: Dark Schneiders main modus operandi, and an example: During his battle with Porno Diane he let her rip his heart out, only to get close enough to kiss and fondle her boobs. And to check if she's a virgin (which she is if you're interested). Dark Scneider, the only man who can cause Demon Kings to have a FaceFault. [[UpToEleven Multiple times]].
* {{Satan}}: Seems to be the final BigBad (so far). He looks like [[Franchise/{{Hellraiser}} Pinhead]] in a gimp suit and does an impression of Creator/RobinWilliams' [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Genie]] at one time, [[FauxAffablyEvil but don't let that fool you]].
* SatanIsGood: Well, not the guy named Satan, [[spoiler:But rather Lucifer, who's not the same individual and by all accounts so far was a swell guy. And who also happens to have reincarnated as DS's [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan sealed can]], Lushe Len-Len.]] Yes, really.
%%* SealedEvilInACan: or rather, Sealed Evil In A Kid.
%%* SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan
* SexSlave: Darsh wanted to make [[ArchangelMichael Mich]][[GenderFlip ael]] his SexSlave when she was weakened. He even says the Trope name outright when Gabriel tries to stop him.
* ShamefulStrip: Yoko falls victim to this, thanks to clothes-dissentigrating slime that Gara sets on her.
* ShockAndAwe: Arshes Nei's powers.
* ShoutOut: Good lord, where to '''start.'''
** A huge amount of names of characters and spells are named after music bands.
** Of particular note, in a redrawn volume DS has put several characters from other series in his harem, including LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya , Mikuru Asahina]], [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Rider, and Rin Tohsaka]].
** He also used a [[Manga/{{Naruto}} sharingan]] in his fight with Porno Diane.
** Around volume 19, Uriel transforms itself to fight a demon. An effect of that transformation is one half of his body change colour. Dark Schneider starts mocking him, calling him -among other things- a ''[[Anime/MazingerZ Baron Ashura]]'' rip-off.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Dark Schneider somehow manages to occupy the position of this and InsufferableGenius ''at the same time.''
%%** Count Dai Amon.
%%* SpellMyNameWithAnS
* SmugSnake: Many of the early villains fall into this category, which makes it all the more satisfying when Darsh kills them. May also describe [[spoiler: Beelzebub]], who falls to pieces after his plan to kill DS fails abysmally.
** DS himself. I mean, come on, didn't you read the quotes in the article? Possibly justified since he's 400 years old, explodes things/people on a whim, and has yet to find a virgin he can't deflower. Also, the most epic mullet of all time. Ever.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: Of the Anime/DragonBallZ power scale; they've reached the "Universal Threat" level for a while by now, with {{Satan}} and his legions escaping Hell.
%%* SummonBiggerFish: DS is the bigger fish.
* TechnicalVirgin: Yoko mentions she's only about 80% virgin. Evidently, that's virginal enough to break the seal on Dark Schneider.
%%* TheLegionsOfHell
%%* ThemeNaming
* TooDumbToLive: In episode 4, Yoko is chased by a monster to a cliff edge. She takes a step back and the edge crumbles, but she falls forward instead, thanking her luck. Then the monster scares her, and she steps back AGAIN, right onto the slope she'd previously made.
* VirginPower: The seal on Dark Schneider can only be released through the kiss of a virgin. Well, 80% virgin.
* VitriolicBestBuds: DS and Gara. Constantly VolleyingInsults (DS calls Gara "Gorilla" and Gara never misses an opportunity to laugh at the wizard's misfortune especially if it involves Yoko) yet DS thinks of Gara as his little brother and Gara is willing to give his life for DS.
* WarriorPrince: Lars Ul Metallicana.
* WhatTheHellHero: In the first story arc of the manga (and in the anime), DS gets this a lot, and with good reason. While he's generally always one step away from being a VillainProtagonist, he causes ludicrous amounts of collateral damage to the castle and city he's supposed to protect. In the manga he goes as far as defeating a mutant cyclops with HealingFactor by vaporizing it with the magic equivalent of a hydrogen bomb, taking a good chunk of the city with it. In Yoko's words, "We were better off with the cyclops at this point!"
%%* WifeHusbandry: Darsh to Arshes Nei.
* WorldOfBadass: When even Standard Low Level Bad Guy {{Mooks}} like orcs and lizardfolk are a credible, borderline-overwhelming threat to [[RedShirtArmy supposedly elite royal knights]], you know most characters important enough to have a name will be total hardasses.