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This is the page for the original ''Franchise/Golgo13'' manga. Although many of the stories featuring Golgo 13 revolve around the current [[TheCaper 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 [[HistoricalInJoke 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.

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!!This series contains examples of:

* AffablyEvil: 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.
* AmnesiacHero: 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 TheDeterminator, even without knowing he's a ProfessionalKiller 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? [[spoiler: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 LeaveNoWitnesses. A stray bullet however takes care of that problem.]]
* AscendedExtra: 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.
* AllAmazonsWantHercules: The female assassins being the amazons.
* AllThereInTheManual: 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.
* AllWomenAreLustful: Although Laura Dawson from ''The Professional'' is probably an [[RapeAsDrama exception to this]].
* AntiHero: Golgo 13; see NominalHero below. Earlier versions of him, though, have shades of UnscrupulousHero.
* ArtShift
* AwesomenessByAnalysis / ClockKing / CrazyPrepared: 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 ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' a run for his money in the CrazyPrepared 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 [[TheMafia 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 Cats 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 BoxedCrook 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 MoeGreeneSpecial below for what happened next.)
* {{Badass}}: He's pretty much the most badass contract killer in fictional history, period.
** GeniusBruiser: 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.
* BadassInANiceSuit
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Cindy gave us plenty of topless scenes, completely uncensored, but her downstairs stay barbie.
* BerserkButton: 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".
* BigOlEyebrows
* UsefulNotes/BillClinton: One of the Golgo 13 features Bill Clinton... [[{{Narm}} 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).
* BitterAlmonds: 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.
* BoomHeadshot: Golgo 13 pretty much 'always' achieves this in most of his missions.
* CallAHitPointASmeerp: 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.
* TheCasanova: 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.
* CatchPhrase: "I'll take the job."
** "I will hear your story."
* CatScare: 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 ReflexiveResponse 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 [[OhCrap where it's picked up by a police patrolman on the street below]]. For a brief moment, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Golgo actually forms an expression!]]
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: The first few stories had Golgo more expressive and sloppy. These gradually faded, with annotations explaining these as being Golgo maturing into his job.
* CheatersNeverProsper: 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.
* CoitusUninterruptus: 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.
* ColdSniper: Might as well be the Trope Image.
* ComicBookTime: 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.
* ConspicuousCG: Check out [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJxPjUo5-cI this little number]] from ''The Professional''.
** OsamuDezaki, 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'') ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts 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.
* ConsummateProfessional: 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 HitmanWithAHeart, right? ''Nope. He does the job. No exceptions.''
* ContractOnTheHitman: 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 BerserkButton. And seriously, why do they even bother? The guy's so much of a ConsummateProfessional that, as long as you pay him and not betray him, he'll ''never'' come after you.
* ConvictionByCounterfactualClue: 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.
* CoolCar: Duke likes to drive fast rides, mostly non-Japanese such as Mustangs.
* CowardlyLion: 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.
* CowboyCop: Duke uses one in a BatmanGambit 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.
* DeadpanSnarker: 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 TheSeventies:
-->'''Golgo 13:''' Well, this is Washington... It happens all the time.
-->'''Everyone else in the room:''' ''[[BorrowedCatchphrase ...]]''
* DescriptionPorn: 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.
* TheDeterminator: 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.
* DistressedDude
* DramaticEllipsis: Duke is a master of this.
* DullSurprise: Golgo's famous lack of expression. Lampshaded in the story "[[PsychicPowers Telepath]]":
-->'''KGB official:''' ''I would like to have seen his expression when he missed... I bet it was the first expression he ever had!''
* ExactWords: 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.
* EvilCripple: 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.
* FilmNoir: The mood constantly comes across this way--especially when the episode takes place in the city.
* FourIsDeath
* GetIntoJailFree: 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 TheAlcatraz look like a cardboard box is no problem for Golgo 13!
** They left in some pixel-based, almost abstract [[PantyShot panty shots]], too,
* GodzillaThreshold: 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.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: 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 [[ContractOnTheHitman unless you double-cross him]].
* GoodIsDumb: The occasional NiceGuy 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.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: 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.
* HandicappedBadass: A once-off rival assassin [[spoiler: is blind.]]
* HistoricalInJoke: See above.
* HitmanWithAHeart: 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.
* HookersAndBlow: Golgo's target in San Francisco, Bernart Muller, is an ex-nazi who is partying with hookers in a penthouse sealed in bulletproof glass.
* HookHand: 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.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: 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:
** In the story "Hollywood Cinderella", he kills another person while sighting through a ''television!''
** The story "Room No. 909" (which became episode 2 of the 2008-2009 anime) makes the "Improbable" part integral to the plot. He makes a shot so statistically impossible that despite catching him with all the evidence needed to convict him, the police have to let him go. After all, no jury on Earth would believe that someone could land a headshot between the eyes fired off-center from five football field lengths away, through a gap between buildings narrower than the length of an adult human arm, at a window rendered opaque by the sun's glare at sundown. That [[RefugeInAudacity he stayed in the room he fired from for a full day afterward]] doesn't help either.
** The story "Sharp Shoot on the G String" (episode 7 of the anime) has him contracted to sever ''a single violin string'' in the middle of a concert, without damaging either the violinist or the violin. He was able to do this because [[CrazyPrepared he spent hours watching a tape of that performer playing that same piece in a previous concert over and over again to find the exact moment that the violinist would be holding his instrument at an angle where such a shot would be theoretically possible]]. This allowed him to work out the fraction of a second in which he could shoot a target less than a millimeter wide.
** In the story "The Glass Fortress" (episode 19 of the anime), he manages to ricochet a shot off of the small wave created by someone playing in a pool to headshot someone in a nearby building... ''twice''.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: 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.
* ImmuneToBullets: Many targets have bulletproof glass or something similar protecting them, though Golgo always finds a way.
* IntimateHealing
* [[InvincibleHero 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.
* InvisiblePresident: [[AvertedTrope 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.
* IrrevocableOrder: 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.
* ISurrenderSuckers: 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.
* IWorkAlone
* KillSat: In "The Orbital Hit", the U.S. government has a network of these in orbit, with [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower nuclear missiles]].
* KnifeNut: One of the elite commando's in The Professional. He attempts to kill Snake with them, but has his hands cut off.
* KnifeThrowingAct: A hitman posing as a circus performer demonstrates his skill with his WeaponOfChoice by throwing a knife into the bulls-eye of a dartboard, just past his girlfriend's head. She shows her own BadAss credentials by [[NervesOfSteel not flinching]]. After playing the trope straight on stage, he then uses his skills against Togo, who unfortunately is an unflinching BadAss himself.
* LastMinuteReprieve: Played with in the story "One Minute Past Midnight".
* LiveActionAdaptation: Two to date, the more famous (and later) one being ''The Kowloon Assignment'' - where he was played by Sonny Chiba.
* LockedRoomMystery: "The Serizawa Family Murders".
* LoudOfWar: 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").
* TheMafia: The story "Wiseguy" deconstructs the romanticized aspects of this trope. For example, [[Film/TheGodfather 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.
* MeaningfulName: 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.
** [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness 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).
* MoeGreeneSpecial: Duke delivers a double to a spy satellite image analyst who tried to set him up to become a BoxedCrook, just for the KarmicDeath value.
* MukokuSeki: 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 MukokuSeki 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.
* MultipleChoicePast: 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.
* NeverSuicide: 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 [[spoiler: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]].
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: That language? He speaks it. That gun? Oh yeah, he can shoot it.
* NippleAndDimed: Always averted.
* NominalHero: Golgo 13 is a ColdSniper and a [[ConsummateProfessional Consummate]] ProfessionalKiller who will take ''any'' job no matter how dirty it is (as long as you don't [[ContractOnTheHitman betray him]]), but his targets include ruthless criminals who would have rap sheets the length of a freeway if they were ever caught.
* NonIdleRich: 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.
* NoSmoking: The TV series. Like James Bond, Golgo 13 goes from a chain-smoker to a non-smoker with no explanation whatsoever.
* OffWithHisHead: 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.
* OneBulletLeft: After a brutal battle with Snake, the helicopters, and Gold/Silver, Duke finally meets Leonard Dawson, face to face. [[spoiler: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 PragmaticVillainy, but as they're leaving the hitman gets a call telling him to kill Duke. He states that he's been CountingBullets 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.
* OnTheNextEpisodeOfCatchPhrase: "Do not stand behind him, if you value your life."
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Averted; Golgo's worked for the US government several times, and each time the then-current real-world president was (surprisingly accurately) drawn.
* OvertOperative: 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.
* PerpetualFrowner: The title character of Golgo 13 fame is one of the trope's fathers.
* PinPullingTeeth: 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 [[KneeCapping kneecap]]-interrogated a man. Duke shows he's even cooler by calmly looking at his watch, whereupon half the buildings around them blow up.
* PrettyInMink: 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 NakeInMink). Lampshaded when his informant notes, "Don't ''ask'' how hard it was to get these photos."
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: Virtually Golgo 13's CallingCard.
* ProfessionalKiller: Golgo exemplifies the Assassin archetype from this trope.
* RapeAsDrama: Laura Dawson is raped twice by Snake by request of Leonard Dawson.
** In the OAV, [[spoiler: Queen Bee (Joanna Hardy) was raped by Thomas Waltham as a child.]]
* RapeDiscretionShot: Used the first time Snake rapes Laura Dawson. A bit less discretion is used the second time.
* RatedMForManly: A DarkerAndEdgier version.
* RareGuns: 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 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_100_submachine_gun Type 100 sub machine guns]].
* ReflexiveResponse: Do ''not'' stand behind Duke when he's sitting if you value your life.
* RevealingCoverup: 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 TakeAThirdOption.
* SedgwickSpeech: 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.
* SmokingHotSex: In ''The Professional'', Golgo 13 smokes a cigarette after having sex with an unknown female redhead with a red ribbon.
* SniperRifle: 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.
* SnipingMission: 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.
* StatuteOfLimitations: 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 OvertOperative, 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.
* TheStinger: The {{OVA}} ''Queen Bee'' ends with this. [[spoiler: Golgo 13 assassinates Thomas Waltham aboard his ship after Golgo assassinated Queen Bee.]]
* StuffBlowingUp: 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.
* TechnicianVsPerformer: Several Assassins Golgo meets consider themselves artists and some romanticize killing, while our protagonist just coldly executes his marks (and the other assassins).
* ThoseWackyNazis: During the early years of the manga, ex-nazis of various kinds were common targets.
* TheMaze: 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.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: 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.
* TheStoic: Duke rarely shows any emotion.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: 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.
* SwissBankAccount: A SmugSnake 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.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Well, unlucky for his targets.
* TwistEnding: 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 MarilynMonroe-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 [[spoiler: 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", [[spoiler: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.
* {{Ubermensch}}
* UnderestimatingBadassery: 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.
* VillainCred
* VillainProtagonist: To an extent. Generally whomever he's trying to kill (and often his employer) is even worse.
* VisibleSilence: Possibly first introduced to the West by Golgo 13; Duke Togo/Golgo 13 is quite fond of this.
* WarForFunAndProfit: "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. [[spoiler: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.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: 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.
** TechnologyMarchesOn 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.
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: Worn by the cult leader Gabriel in the recent anime. Underneath, hes horribly disfigured.
* WouldHitAGirl: Golgo has no compunction about killing women when the situation calls for it.
* WouldHurtAChild: 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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