Manga / Golgo 13

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This is the page for the original Golgo 13 manga. Although many of the stories featuring Golgo 13 revolve around the current assignment, the sheer volume of installments have led to an increasing number of stories that mainly focus on his current clients or victims, with Golgo making only a token appearance (one story focused on the effect of just the threat of his presence, with Golgo never appearing in the actual story). Several other stories have had him making brushes with history: Duke Togo spent time in prison with Nelson Mandela, he was partially responsible for Princess Diana's death while assassinating a fictional counterpart of Prince Dodi Al-Fayed, and he even shot the ballots that would have won Al Gore the 2000 U.S. Presidential elections. Golgo 13's been around.


This series contains examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Golgo is a man of (oftentimes violent) action, not words, but when he has to talk to people who aren't trying to kill or cheat him, he's rather civil and well-spoken.
  • Amnesiac Hero: In the anime series, Duke Togo has a loss of memory after a bomb explosion, and is aided by the requisite beautiful female bystander. Being The Determinator, even without knowing he's a Professional Killer at first, Togo gathers enough information and fragments of memory to make it to the kill zone he's selected, but the question remains: who was he meant to kill among the people assembled in the kill zone? Togo fires his gun in the air, and the hail of bullets from the bodyguards somehow restore his memories. Then he's faced with killing the woman who helped him, as he must Leave No Witnesses. A stray bullet however takes care of that problem.
  • Ascended Extra: The black hitman Spartacus, who fought against Duke Togo in the manga, appears as a boss in the first NES game, as well as in the TV series, making one of the few character besides Duke himself who appeared in numerous Golgo 13 media.
  • All Amazons Want Hercules: The female assassins being the amazons.
  • All There in the Manual: The editor for Viz Signature's US release of Golgo 13 manga went absolutely apeshit with detail. The appendix of all 13 volumes contains everything you'd want to know about the man himself, right down to statistical analysis of his sex habits. His favorite soap? Brown Windsor.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Although Laura Dawson from The Professional is probably an exception to this.
  • Anti-Hero: Golgo 13; see Nominal Hero below. Earlier versions of him, though, have shades of Unscrupulous Hero.
  • Art Shift
  • Awesomeness by Analysis / Clock King / Crazy-Prepared: Golgo does outstanding investigative work and research for every hit he makes, and measures every little detail to make sure he strikes at the exact time. He studies his victim's habits, patterns, henchmen, and any other factor that might contribute or hinder the assassination attempt. Even more interesting is when he investigates rival assassins, whom he sometimes has to work against. He also has myriad contacts, like investigators, weaponsmiths, etc. to provide him with all the information and equipment needed for the job. If any fictional character can give Batman a run for his money in the Crazy-Prepared department, it's Golgo 13.
    • In the fifth episode of the anime, he goes against an outstanding Polish sniper, and studies his technique so intensely, he actually finds a strategy to beat him based on the fact that the sniper would compensate shots by moving the rifle a third of an inch. The video analyst that was viewing the video couldn't even tell the movement was made.
    • In the fourth episode, he startles a Mafia don's bodyguard into drawing his gun so he could measure his draw speed. He then tricks the bodyguard into taking away Golgo's client, and when he's pulling her out of the car, he makes his move. Since the bodyguard was pulling the client out of the car with his dominant hand, he had a few microseconds of advantage at the draw.
    • And in the anime episode "Dead Angle", a young sniper called Katz uses this trope to work out the only two positions Golgo can snipe from. Duke however comes from the one place the sniper insisted he wouldn't be, killing Katz as well as his target.
    • One manga story included in the Viz release had a CIA satellite photo analyst attempting to turn Duke into his own Boxed Crook with the help of a top-secret stealth spy satellite; he arranged for it to be overhead both when he met with Golgo and when Duke made the contracted hit. Because the first assassination date was overcast, the analyst rescheduled for the next window. After the new time came, the analyst looked at the photo of where Golgo was supposed to shoot from — and figured out that Duke was just standing there, looking at the camera. Just from the three times and places he was supposed to appear, Duke managed to figure out the orbit of the satellite. (See Moe Greene Special below for what happened next.)
  • Badass: He's pretty much the most badass contract killer in fictional history, period.
    • Genius Bruiser: In the 3rd episode of Golgo 13 TV series, the titular hitman is in a sniper duel with two mercenaries using advanced rifles superior to his own M16, and modified with a unique electronic "super scope". Based on their firing patterns, he deduces that the scopes have a vulnerability in that they do not take shifts in gradient into account. He then calculates the gradient necessary for their shots to be totally inaccurate, and positions himself in an area of the battlefield with that gradient, easily blowing them away. Duke Togo: international assassin, and maths nerd.
      • Given that sniping is a lot more about calculations than actual shooting, this is not surprising.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Cindy gave us plenty of topless scenes, completely uncensored, but her downstairs stay barbie.
  • Berserk Button: Do not betray him and do not stand behind him. It's dangerous for your health.
    • A one-off rival assassin's was being called a "deformity".
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Bill Clinton: One of the Golgo 13 features Bill Clinton... having smiley sex in the Oval Office
    • President Clinton is one of the few people to hire Golgo 13 more than once ("Supergun" and "Eye of God" - indirectly in the latter case).
  • Bitter Almonds: In one episode, Golgo retaliates against an employer that betrayed him by inserting an almond-scented spray into the building's ventilation system. Fearing cyanide gas, the employer fled his secure office to an area with fresh air... that Golgo had a clear line of fire to.
  • Boom, Headshot: Golgo 13 pretty much 'always' achieves this in most of his missions.
  • Call a Hit Point a "Smeerp": The Golgo 13 light-gun arcade games reward/punish for accuracy instead of whether you (playing as Golgo) get hit. You start the game with 100% "reliability". Do well on a typical mission and you will gain 30% reliability up to the 100% maximum but no further. Miss the mark and your reliability goes down 80%. When your reliability goes down to 0%, you can't get a job because you're, well, not reliable, and you'll have to continue or accept a game over. All in all, it's a reasonably clever take on Calling A Hit Point A Smeerp while avoiding the Hostage Spirit Link problem: you won't take damage for hitting the wrong people, but nobody will trust you enough to hire you as a hitman.
  • The Casanova: Explored to an extent in Golgo 13. The title character tends to have sex before a job, and does have good luck at getting women to join him in bed. However, he just as often hires prostitutes, and due to his notorious blank expression not changing, a number of readers have theorized he doesn't actually enjoy it.
  • Catch Phrase: "I'll take the job."
    • "I will hear your story."
  • Cat Scare: Even the normally unshakable Golgo 13 has a moment when a cat jumps onto the balcony just as he's making a sniper shot. His Reflexive Response is to whirl to face the intruder, chambering another round as he does so...thus ejecting the cartridge case he's just fired off the balcony where it's picked up by a police patrolman on the street below. For a brief moment, Golgo actually forms an expression!
  • Characterization Marches On: The first few stories had Golgo more expressive and sloppy. These gradually faded, with annotations explaining these as being Golgo maturing into his job.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Hiring Duke Togo to sabotage or slay a target is the only "fair" cheat you can possibly do in this series. He's often hired to clean up after his clients' screw-ups or finds himself having to retaliate when they try to betray him.
  • Coitus Uninterruptus: Golgo 13 has occasionally had informants walk in on him while he was screwing a random female, all the while his expression doesn't change one bit.
    • On one occasion, police officers arrested him while he was having sex. When he stood up, he didn't... how shall we put this... "lay down". One cop was surprised, the other disgusted.
  • Cold Sniper: Might as well be the Trope Image.
  • Comic-Book Time: By all rights he ought to be in his early 70s at the least, but that damn expressionless face doesn't seem much more wrinkly than it's ever been. Then again, maybe he's been spending his fees on plastic surgery.
  • Conspicuous CG: Check out this little number from The Professional.
    • Osamu Dezaki, the director of The Professional was a huge fan of CGI. That's the first use of it in animation's history; Even beating out Pixar's (which at the time was Lucasfilm's CGI unit called Graphics Group) The Adventures Of Andre And Wally B by a little more than a year.
    • The TV series uses it for automobiles in motion, Target 18 in particular.
  • Consummate Professional: He was, for a time, the page picture for a reason. You hire him, he does the job. No exceptions. His client died before he could fulfill the contract? He does the job. No exceptions. Oh, his target is a child, so it'll reveal he's actually a Hitman with a Heart, right? Nope. He does the job. No exceptions.
  • Contract on the Hitman: Although Duke Togo is strictly a freelance agent, he's frequently been double-crossed by his employers. This never ends well for them, since it's the closest to his Berserk Button. And seriously, why do they even bother? The guy's so much of a Consummate Professional that, as long as you pay him and not betray him, he'll never come after you.
  • Conviction by Counterfactual Clue: Not exactly conviction and not exactly counterfactual, but pretty much every time anyone hears the name "Duke Togo" in the TV series they immediately identify it as Japanese. While Togo is a Japanese last name, the idea that people wouldn't initially mistake it for Italian or Greek or something is ridiculous.
  • Cool Car: Duke likes to drive fast rides, mostly non-Japanese such as Mustangs.
  • Cowardly Lion: Duke describes cowardice as, ironically enough, part of the reason why he's so successful as it makes him a lot more alert and pragmatic.
  • Cowboy Cop: Duke uses one in a Batman Gambit in the anime; FBI men steal some items from his car to cover for an illegal search, so Duke reports the stolen items, but also including a gun he later uses in the crime. The FBI can't say he's lying without admitting to the break-in.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Earlier installments tended to have Golgo make wisecracks this way. For instance, when he's accused of eavesdropping on a meeting in the Oval Office of the U.S. White House during The '70s:
    Golgo 13: Well, this is Washington... It happens all the time.
    Everyone else in the room: ...
  • Description Porn: In the OVA, Mob Boss Don Roccini describes Queen Bee and his sexual experiences with her to his butler.
    • In the TV series, many episodes have this trope.
  • The Determinator: Golgo is capable of being this, but he'd much rather thoroughly prepare to ensure the success of his jobs and he's perfectly fine with taking special measures if the limitations of his body aren't up to snuff.
  • Distressed Dude
  • Dramatic Ellipsis: Duke is a master of this.
  • Dull Surprise: Golgo's famous lack of expression. Lampshaded in the story "Telepath":
    KGB official: I would like to have seen his expression when he missed... I bet it was the first expression he ever had!
  • Exact Words: Golgo will do the job he's hired for, no more, no less. He won't shoot at anyone or anything not directly mentioned in the contract unless he believes that doing so is necessary to complete the contract or to get away after doing so. A good example of this is in an episode of the anime where a violinist hires him to snipe a string on a violin played by a rival during a major performance in the hopes of ruining it. Golgo does this, but said rival calmly retuned his instrument and continued the performance with the remaining strings. Golgo's reaction? He left. He was hired to shoot the string, and he shot the string. That it didn't have the ultimate effect his client hoped for wasn't his problem.
  • Evil Cripple: A target from the anime series is this. He is the owner of a high class rehab center located on an island entirely encased in bulletproof glass and only reachable by boat or helicopter. He's in a wheelchair, but spends all his time inside one of the glass buildings, the angle of which makes it impossible to shoot him... or it would be, for anyone who isn't Golgo 13.
  • Film Noir: The mood constantly comes across this way—especially when the episode takes place in the city.
  • Four Is Death
  • Get Into Jail Free: This happens in one episode. Duke Togo allows himself to be arrested so he'll end up in the same ludicrously high-security prison as his target, a crook whose old companions are worried about spilling the beans on them. Needless to say, escaping a prison that makes The Alcatraz look like a cardboard box is no problem for Golgo 13!
    • They left in some pixel-based, almost abstract panty shots, too,
  • Godzilla Threshold: When government agencies or fellow criminals hire a professional killer of Golgo's standing, you can bet that the job they had in mind is too difficult, dangerous, or controversial to do themselves.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: In his first appearance, Duke Togo, aka Golgo 13, had no scars. Over the course of the series, he's collected a great deal of them on his body. They're covered by clothing much of the time. As for morality, you pay him, he does the job, no moral issues involved unless you double-cross him.
  • Good Is Dumb: The occasional Nice Guy or girl is not unheard of in Golgo 13's world and come in all sizes and stations, but they're often rather oblivious to the sinister happenings around them and tend to get in the way, if not outright killed.
  • The Great Politics Mess-Up: A number of earlier stories don't even bother masking the backdrop of the Cold War. Golgo himself gets tangled in hijinks on both sides of the Iron Curtain.
  • Handicapped Badass: A once-off rival assassin is blind.
  • Historical In-Joke: See above.
  • Hitman with a Heart: Mostly averted, once he accepts a job, he'll do it. He just usually doesn't accept "easy" jobs, but will kill anyone he does agree to kill, be it man, woman or child. The latter are just very, very rare.
  • Hookers and Blow: Golgo's target in San Francisco, Bernart Muller, is an ex-nazi who is partying with hookers in a penthouse sealed in bulletproof glass.
  • Hook Hand: Used by one member of the CIA hit squad employed to take down Duke in The Professional. Not that it helps him one bit against Snake, who tears it off and tears open the guys back with it.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: While he has these in spades, Duke does not lean on them heavily, preferring more realistic shots. If he forgoes his modded M-16 during a mission for a specialized long-range rifle, you know he's going to use them, though he is capable of doing fantastic feats with his M-16. Examples include the following:
  • Improbable Weapon User: Golgo doesn't rely on them, but he can use them when he needs to, like a gun designed for zero-recoil shooting in space or a special bullet-reflecting beltbuckle.
  • Immune to Bullets: Many targets have bulletproof glass or something similar protecting them, though Golgo always finds a way.
  • Intimate Healing
  • Invincible Anti-hero: Golgo 13 never fails an assignment, or for that matter misses a shot. If he did, he'd lose his reputation as an assassin and there would be no series. Later chapters solve the problem by focusing more on the people who hire him and how their situations deteriorate to the point that they need to bring in a hitman. (Infamously, he doesn't appear in one story at all; the central character merely uses Golgo 13's reputation as a weapon.) The fact that the stories are standalone and bounce around time help in this regard. For completeness sake, there have been several occasions of him missing, at least once by weapons sabotage creating a misfire, and one complete miss caused by the target's allegedly psychic bodyguard.
  • Invisible President: Averted; because they have to sign off on the hiring, whenever the US government hires Golgo 13, the president in office at the time of the story's writing will make an appearance.
  • Irrevocable Order: Once hired, Golgo 13 will kill his target. He will not accept cancellations. If you hire him, you damn well better want the target dead.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Duke will go to great lengths to complete a job. Such as getting arrested just to get past the layers of security a target put around himself.
  • I Work Alone
  • Kill Sat: In "The Orbital Hit", the U.S. government has a network of these in orbit, with nuclear missiles.
  • Knife Nut: One of the elite commando's in The Professional. He attempts to kill Snake with them, but has his hands cut off.
  • Knife-Throwing Act: A hitman posing as a circus performer demonstrates his skill with his Weapon of Choice by throwing a knife into the bulls-eye of a dartboard, just past his girlfriend's head. She shows her own Bad Ass credentials by not flinching. After playing the trope straight on stage, he then uses his skills against Togo, who unfortunately is an unflinching Bad Ass himself.
  • Last Minute Reprieve: Played with in the story "One Minute Past Midnight".
  • Live-Action Adaptation: Two to date, the more famous (and later) one being The Kowloon Assignment - where he was played by Sonny Chiba.
  • Locked Room Mystery: "The Serizawa Family Murders".
  • Loud of War: In one story, the last of a series of tortures used on Duke Togo is Led Zeppelin's "Houses of the Holy" at high volume (the Written Sound Effect being "ZUN ZUN ZUN").
  • The Mafia: The story "Wiseguy" deconstructs the romanticized aspects of this trope. For example, Michael Corleone's possible future in Congress is given a darker spin with the story's villain, a Congressman from a Mafia family who's taken gang warfare to a higher level thanks to government connections.
  • Meaningful Name: The eponymous character's codename in Golgo 13 means something, most likely, but nobody's sure what. The most popular theory is that it's a call-out to Golgotha, the hill on which Christ was crucified, and the thirteenth disciple, Judas. Given that the series has a skeleton wearing a crown of thorns as its icon, this is probably a good guess.
    • In the first chapter, it's mentioned as a nickname given to him by fellow inmates in a West German work camp (his prison number was 1214, and the above explanation regarding Golgotha is given).
  • Moe Greene Special: Duke delivers a double to a spy satellite image analyst who tried to set him up to become a Boxed Crook, just for the Karmic Death value.
  • Mukoku Seki: Very meta on this one. Golgo 13 is a worldly, adult-oriented manga sometimes incorporating world news events, where people will actually be drawn with something approaching recognizable ethnicity, especially the many portrayals of real people (Even Nelson Mandela needs Golgo, sometimes!). However, Golgo's own Mukoku Seki good looks (along with his polyglot abilities) become one of his greatest assets for being undetected, and even the other characters are confused about what ethnicity he is. Even then, however, people tend to vaguely assume he might be Japanese.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Several of the stories in the series seem to be possible origins for Golgo; however, they always end on at least a note of ambiguity.
  • Never Suicide: A rather unusual inversion in the first animated film, in which the target's father, after the assassination, spends the rest of the film sending people to kill Duke - but it turns out that his son, unhappy with his family life and too squeamish to take his own life, hired Duke to kill him in the first place - suicide by contract killing.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: That language? He speaks it. That gun? Oh yeah, he can shoot it.
  • Nipple and Dimed: Always averted.
  • Nominal Hero: Golgo 13 is a Cold Sniper and a Consummate Professional Killer who will take any job no matter how dirty it is (as long as you don't betray him), but his targets include ruthless criminals who would have rap sheets the length of a freeway if they were ever caught.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Togo probably has more cash than anyone could estimate at this point, with some assignments worth millions. But with his constant work and traveling, it doesn't seem like that half the time.
    • He owns a fricking island. One can only assume he doesn't feel comfortable when not on the job.
  • No Smoking: The TV series. Like James Bond, Golgo 13 goes from a chain-smoker to a non-smoker with no explanation whatsoever.
  • Off with His Head!: In The Professional, Duke finishes Silver off by putting an active grenade in his mouth.
  • Omniglot: Golgo 13 can speak 13 languages. Some of them include English, Japanese, French, Tagalog and Spanish.
  • One Bullet Left: After a brutal battle with Snake, the helicopters, and Gold/Silver, Duke finally meets Leonard Dawson, face to face. After expressing his final words to Duke, Leonard attempts to commit suicide, but Duke fires his revolver's last bullet, killing Leonard with a headshot.
    • In the anime Duke encounters another hitman hired to kill the same target by a different client. They team up out of Pragmatic Villainy, but as they're leaving the hitman gets a call telling him to kill Duke. He states that he's been Counting Bullets and knows both of them have only one bullet left. As they're of equal skill, the winner will be the one who breaks position first. They both move at the same time, both miss, but Duke turns out to be moving to a knife which he throws as the other hitman draws his silenced pistol. Duke wins.
  • "On the Next Episode of..." Catch Phrase: "Do not stand behind him, if you value your life."
  • Our Presidents Are Different: Averted; Golgo's worked for the US government several times, and each time the then-current real-world president was (surprisingly accurately) drawn.
  • Overt Operative: Golgo 13 almost always uses some variant on "Duke Togo" as a cover identity. Which wouldn't apply except that Duke Togo is also the name he goes by in public. He has subverted the trope by using fairly different names, but he keeps coming back to Duke Togo.
    • But if he was caught, who would the government in question use when they needed people shot in the head?
    • The most common fan rationalization for this is that Golgo just doesn't care. People have tried to take him in before and it's never worked. He's untouchable and he knows it.
    • Notice how many of the guys who hire him are government personnel? The man is too valuable as a tool of death, to keep him in prison or get rid of him for that reason.
      • The episode "Afterglow" deals with a detective who came as close to anyone to catching Golgo, but whose case was suppressed by the State Department.
  • Perpetual Frowner: The title character of Golgo 13 fame is one of the trope's fathers.
  • Pin-Pulling Teeth: In an anime episode, Duke Togo finds out another hitman is also stalking his target. He teeth-pulls the pin from a grenade (presumably to show he's just as cool as Togo) and tosses it back into the room where he just kneecap-interrogated a man. Duke shows he's even cooler by calmly looking at his watch, whereupon half the buildings around them blow up.
  • Pretty in Mink: Cindy, the daughter of one of Golgo 13's targets (Dr. Z) wore a white fox coat in The Professional. The video shows her not wearing anything underneath (but we see her bare breasts, so it's not technically Nake In Mink). Lampshaded when his informant notes, "Don't ask how hard it was to get these photos."
  • Pretty Little Headshots: Virtually Golgo 13's Calling Card.
  • Professional Killer: Golgo exemplifies the Assassin archetype from this trope.
  • Rape as Drama: Laura Dawson is raped twice by Snake by request of Leonard Dawson.
    • In the OAV, Queen Bee (Joanna Hardy) was raped by Thomas Waltham as a child.
  • Rape Discretion Shot: Used the first time Snake rapes Laura Dawson. A bit less discretion is used the second time.
  • Rated M for Manly: A Darker and Edgier version.
  • Rare Guns: generally averted; Golgo's favorite gun is an M-16, because it's easy to obtain, customize, and dispose of.
    • He does have access to specialized weapons, like underwater guns, that fit this trope, though.
    • At least one manga plot involves the bad-guys attempting to outfit private armies with Type 100 sub machine guns.
  • Reflexive Response: Do not stand behind Duke when he's sitting if you value your life.
  • Revealing Cover-Up: The key of of arms merchant Jakob Nachtbloem's plan to survive exploiting Golgo 13's reputation in the story "A Fierce Southern Current". Jakob's plan involves manipulating six nations into a war over a small set of oil-rich Pacific islands by implying Duke would invest the billions he's earned with the winner; if he followed his standard procedure by just killing Nachtbloem, the sudden death in the growing story with him already in the background would cause a stream of reporters who would be led onto the trail of the mysterious Golgo 13, and killing them as usual would just lead him into a downward spiral. However, Duke manages to figure out how to Take a Third Option.
  • Sedgwick Speech: The Live Action Adaptation of Golgo 13 (the second one, with Sonny Chiba as Duke Togo) shows a mook spying on Golgo with binoculars see him look their way. He turns to his partner and says, "Ah, who cares? It's over 300 yards!" Anyone familiar with the series will know how short that mook's lifespan is.
  • Smoking Hot Sex: In The Professional, Golgo 13 smokes a cigarette after having sex with an unknown female redhead with a red ribbon.
  • Sniper Rifle: Duke Togo occasionally uses one to assassinate his targets in Golgo 13. However, since he usually operates from somewhat closer range, he more often uses an M-16.
  • Sniping Mission: The NES versions of Golgo 13 have incredibly easy sniping missions, especially in comparison to the rest of the game. Of course... Golgo 13 is very, very good at it.
  • Statute of Limitations: Appears to expire the moment the credits roll. There are episodes where the cops have to let him go because they can't prove his involvement in the case, and episodes where it's obvious that he did it, but nobody was able to catch him at all. There is no mention of the latter incidents in any of the episodes that match the former. Given that in one episode he deliberately gets thrown into a maximum security prison and then escapes, the police could easily just lock him up again for that.
    • As noted under Overt Operative, Golgo has worked for multiple governing bodies. If the police tried to hold him, they would likely receive a phone call from a higher authority telling them to let him go.
  • The Stinger: The OVA Queen Bee ends with this. Golgo 13 assassinates Thomas Waltham aboard his ship after Golgo assassinated Queen Bee.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Lt. Bob Bragen has the National Guard blow up an entire church, which Golgo escaped from, despite being wounded in the left shoulder by the commandos.
  • Technician Vs Performer: Several Assassins Golgo meets consider themselves artists and some romanticize killing, while our protagonist just coldly executes his marks (and the other assassins).
  • Those Wacky Nazis: During the early years of the manga, ex-nazis of various kinds were common targets.
  • The Maze: The game for the NES had horribly frustrating maze sequences scattered throughout the game, including one maze purposefully built to be unsolvable (a decoy within the context of the game.) The publisher included maps to the mazes in the manual.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Variant: Golgo 13 makes a point of not allowing anyone else to kill his target when hired for an assassination. Not even themselves. When they die, it must be by his hand.
  • The Stoic: Duke rarely shows any emotion.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Gold and Silver from The Professional is a duo of psychotic killers, the only survivors of a US Army experiment where a group of expert hitmen were dropped on an island, unarmed, swarming with guerilla soldiers. Gold and Silver not only survived, but slaughtered every last soldier on the island.
  • Swiss Bank Account: A Smug Snake villain figures out how to use the very existence of the assassin's Swiss bank accounts and the fantastic sum that must be in them to run an international scam.
  • Thirteen Is Unlucky: Well, unlucky for his targets.
  • Twist Ending: The 1966 story The Yellow Rose. Duke is hired to kill an infamous playboy only known as The Yellow Rose, who's infamous for seducing rich, famous women who later turn up dead. A pornographic film featuring a Marilyn Monroe-expy leads him to a rug factory in Iran, where he discovers countless other films, where he also notices that all the men appearing in the films are different people and cant be the Yellow Rose. Finally, it turns out The REAL Yellow Rose is a hermaphrodite living as a woman, who's the brains behind the operation. She sells the films for high prizes to her rich clients, and smuggles them around the world hidden in expensive persian rugs. Her motivation? She hates the world because of her condition and takes it out on rich, beautiful women
  • Tykebomb: Goro Serizawa from "The Serizawa Family Murders", who may or may not have become Golgo 13.
    • In The Professional, Leonard Dawson gives his granddaughter a crash course in an attempt to ambush Duke.
  • ‹bermensch
  • Underestimating Badassery: While they're correct in assuming he's not invincible, Golgo's more treacherous clients operate under the belief that he's formidable enough to get the job done, but weak enough to assassinate.
  • Villain Cred
  • Villain Protagonist: To an extent. Generally whomever he's trying to kill (and often his employer) is even worse.
  • Visible Silence: Possibly first introduced to the West by Golgo 13; Duke Togo/Golgo 13 is quite fond of this.
  • War for Fun and Profit: "A Fierce Southern Current" revolves around an arms merchant trying to start a war in the south Pacific, with the promise of the billions Golgo's earned over the years going to the winner. Duke beats him by immediately donating the money from the accounts supposedly up for grabs to the United Nations' nature conservation efforts, making it clear to all parties that he is refusing to be a player, then putting a bullet in the arms merchant's head for good measure.
  • Weapon of Choice: A modified M-16. M-16s are generic and easy to find, so he can drop it after a mission with no problem, whereas hauling around a giant, expensive sniper's rifle would make discreet escapes nearly impossible. Also, he is the lone wolf of lone wolves, so he lacks a spotter or permanent sidekick of any kind. No one is watching his back for him. Using an assault rifle like the M-16 gives him a weapon that is equally suited for self-defense if he is attacked during a mission.
    • Technology Marches On makes this less awesome than it once was. When Saito began the series, sniping with an M-16 made about as much sense as sniping with an Uzi (Assignment: Kowloon even has Duke's scope zip-tied to the carry handle). AR platform weapons are now common bases for sniper rifles, without losing their assault rifle functionality.
      • The series even makes note of this; Duke has upgraded to each new model of M-16 a few years after it becomes commonplace - presumably because he's waiting for all the bugs to be worked out.
  • White Mask of Doom: Worn by the cult leader Gabriel in the recent anime. Underneath, hes horribly disfigured.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Golgo has no compunction about killing women when the situation calls for it.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Unfortunately, yes he would. It's just extremely rare that he has to, he normally wouldn't even bother to accept a contract on a child, but if his target turns out to be one, well, he's a professional above anything else.

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