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Otokojuku: headed by its principal, [[LargeHam Edajima Heihachi]], who was himself a war hero during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, it is an infamous private school long since [[DustbinSchool known to harbor the worst delinquents imaginable]] and transform them into [[TestosteronePoisoning the manliest of men]] through rigorous (and highly unorthodox) training methods of both mind and body, in order to prepare them for the hardships of Japanese society.

Unfortunately, the latest freshman class consists of nothing but spineless tough-guy wannabes [[GreatEscape just aching to escape]]... until a delinquent named [[TheHero Tsurugi Momotaro]] comes to attend. What follows is a [[CharacterDevelopment gradual change]] for the freshman class as they struggle under Momotaro's leadership to [[HilarityEnsues overcome anything and everything that stands before them]], be it the [[AdultsAreUseless incompetent and]] [[{{Hypocrite}} hypocritical teachers]], or worse...

''Sakigake!! Otokojuku'' (Charge!! Men's Private School) is a comedy martial arts manga series created by Akira Yamashita that ran in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1985 to 1991, focusing on the absurdities of the titular school at large, as well as its awkward place in modern Japanese society. As the genre indicates, not only are there plenty of [[HilarityEnsues crazy things happening in each story]], but there is also no shortage of amazing moments from many of the main characters, both expected and [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass unexpected]]. Note that these moments often intersect in this series.

It received an anime adaptation of 34 episodes in 1988, and is quite a watch if only to hear voice actors such as the legendary Creator/DaisukeGori simply act [[WorldOfHam as outrageously as possible]].

Miyashita later returned to the world of Otokojuku in a number of other mangas, the two main ones being ''Akatsuki!! Otojokuku'', which takes place 20 years after the original series and features a new generation of Otokojuku students, including a few children of the original cast; and ''Peerless: The Legend of Edajima Heihachi'', a prequel which tells the story of Edajima's childhood, education and other experiences, featuring many of the parents of later Otokojuku students.

[[DidntSeeThatComing It also got a PS3 game released in Japan in February 2014, and Momotaro and Heihachi show up in]] VideoGame/JStarsVictoryVs.
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!!Tropes included:
* AbortedArc: The series actually became notable for doing this, especially towards the end.
** In the begining of the Seven Tusks arc, we were shown a bunch of mobsters who were running the tournament, and even had a guy gunned down in cold blood to be replaced by someone else, but after the Toudou reveal, they are never shown again.
** Later during that same arc we have Wan Taaren show up at the Shinken Temple, it's revealed Toudou is forcing the Temple to participate in the fight by holding the wife of the Head of the Temple (and Wan Taaren's old unrequited love interest) hostage. Wan Taaren swears to save her "even if it costs his life" but she is never seen, heard from or even mentioned again after this point.
** Before the begining of the Seven Tusks arc, the leader of the Gandhara team from the previous tournament, as well as a new, extremely cocky student challenging Momo the moment he's admitted, join in and are chosen as fighters for the tournament yet the new kid has only about one fight very early on against a random mook and the guy from the Gandhara team never gets a fight at all.
** Related to DefeatMeansFriendship: by the Daibukai arc, the Otokojuku representation assimilated everyone they had fought in the past two tournaments, so Miyashita set up the Daibukai as a 16 on 16 team competition to include all of them. Not only did alot of the lesser ranked members start dropping off quickly, but during the whole tournament the Otokojuku fighters never encounter a team consisting of 16 other fighters. Even if usualy by the vice boss or boss battle there will have been a random fight with a bunch of unnamed enemy opponents crushed instantly by a high tier Otokojuku fighter, this never amounted to 16. It's hilarious when they are fighting Gouki's team and Date says that he thinks the "final boss" is coming out soon, despite them only having fought 7 opponents from the team, which was even noted as both having won the tournament before and being the super elite team that never lost during the Daibukai.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Oni-Hige is markedly more competent and caring in the live action movie, even taking out a few Great Student Alliance {{Mook}}s.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Several characters got a different hair colour in the anime from what they were shown with on the colour manga covers:
** Akashi Gouji: White to black
** Henshouki: Black to white
** J: Brown to blonde
** Manjimaru: Light yellow to dark blue
** Hien: Orange to pink (though an early manga cover does show Hien with light pink hair rather than orange, and a later one shows him as blonde, so maybe he was getting actual dye jobs)
** Many characters who were shown with brown hair on the covers also got black hair for the anime instead.
* AdaptedOut: J and Raiden don't appear in the live action movie, so the Four Great Trials of Terror become the Three Great Trials of Terror instead. Edogawa, Hikoubou and Gonda Omanosuke don't show up either.
* TheAlcatraz: Alcatraz itself makes an appearance in the Tusks arc, as one of the battlegrounds. However, it is misplaced (here, it's located off the East coast, instead of the West coast).
* AnIcePerson: Shai Khan.
* AntagonistInMourning: In ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'', Toudou Hyouei shows up to Edajima's [[spoiler:fake]] funeral, and although he takes the opportunity to gloat that since he still lives he's the winner of their decades-long conflict, he does still appear genuinely sad at the loss of his greatest enemy.
* AnythingThatMoves: Gokaimaru.
* AscendedExtra: Hidemaro is given ''a lot'' more focus in the live action movie, to the point where he's effectively the main character for the first half of it. Even when the focus shifts to the fighters in the Trials of Terror for the other half of the movie, Hidemaro's scenes from the original during them are all included and even expanded upon.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Tougou Souji's motorcyle-fu. His motorcycle gets destroyed after his Tusks arc fight.
* BadassLongcoat: Part of Otokojuku's uniform.
* BadassMustache: Almost everyone.
** Raiden takes this trope literally, as he makes a martial art style out of his mustache.
* BackFromTheDead: A lot of characters "die" just to come back at the end of the arc (and sometimes during the same arc), and it's usually made clear that they didn't ''really'' die, they were saved and given treatment at the last moment.
* BaldOfAwesome: Edajima Heihachi. And others. But [[MemeticBadass Edajima Heihachi]] is the only one who matters.
* BattleBoomerang: Manjimaru. Eikei used crystal boomerangs in his first fight, but they never showed up again.
** BoomerangComeback also shows up, performed by unlikely weapons.
* BearsAreBadNews: In the live action movie, Toramaru is briefly shown training against an actual bear.
* TheBeastMaster: Henshouki (bats), Enpou (monkeys)[[note]]Raiden later takes the custody of 3 of them[[/note]], Centaur and Suiketsu (a horse), Shu (mice), Baron Dino (some sort of bird), Koushuushi (a giant eagle), Fuuketsu (snakes), Horus (crows), Pharaoh (fireflies), Houketsu (bees), Raja Mahal (an elephant), Gobarski (wolves), Qubilai Khan (piranas)[[note]]subversion, he doesn't actually control them[[/note]], Clinsman (crocodiles), Gishou (a spider).
* BerserkButton: Isa Takemitsu (later Toudou Hyouei) makes a habit of finding and pressing any of Edajima's he can find in ''The Legend of Edajima Heihachi''. Combined with what he did in the war, he ends up making himself Edajima's biggest one.
* {{BFS}}: Akashi Gouji, Akashi Juzo, Daigouin Jaki and Song Jiang all use some manner of oversized blades.
* BigBad: Toudou Hyouei is this of the Daibukai arc. [[spoiler:And the Tusks arc. Effectively making him the BigBad of the whole manga. Even returns as one in ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku''.]]
* BigOlEyebrows
* [[spoiler:{{Bifauxnen}}: Jinshou.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: Hien. To the point that Togashi calls him 'fag'.
** Gemini.
** Sanen.
** Michele.
* BladeOnAStick: Date, Ryuuhou, Suiketsu.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: The original English-language scanlations, that's so far the only way to read to the end in English. It's not as bad as, say, ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' part 4, but it definitely needed improving. There's another group currently working through the series, being partway through volume 8 at the end of 2016, that is doing a much better job with it.
** And there's an in story version of this trope. And HOW.
* BlowYouAway: Jaki's favourite attacks.
** PaperMaster
** Kennou's main (only?) style of fighting is creating tornados.
** J's Spiral Hurricane Punch.
* BluffTheImpostor: Twice.
** First in the Seven Tusks arc of the original manga, when a ninja appears who can impersonate anyone. He first appears impersonating Toramaru, so Momo asks them to recite the three instructions of Otokojuku. Only one of them answers correctly, which makes Momo declare ''that'' Toramaru is the impostor - because the real Toramaru wouldn't remember those things.
** Similarily in ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'', Date Omito appears as an underling of Toudou Hyouei. Edajima asks him to recite the only textbook of Otokojuku, mentioning that the real Date would have it memorized. When Date does so successfully, Edajima calls him out for being a fake, since the real Date didn't study with books.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:Gekkou in the final battle of the Second Tusk.]]
* BrotherChuck: Tougou Souji just disappears after his one fight in the Tusks arc.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Hakuhou.
* CallingYourAttacks
** Parodied by some of Togashi and Toramaru's tag team attacks, where at one point Togashi praised Toramaru for remembering the name of the attack, and another time is told to ''not'' call the attack name as it would give away how the attack worked.
** Also played with when Date calls out a fake attack to trick Shiran into copying it.
* CanonForeigner: In the live action movie, Hidemaro's mother and her assistant, as well Erika, as a girl that Togashi goes on a date with.
* CantCatchUp: Togashi and Toramaru. After starting out as half of Otokojuku's main fighting force alongside Momo and J, and Togashi even pulling out a win against Senkuu, as more new fighters get added to their roster, they're pretty much left in the dust once the Heaven-Challenging Tournament comes around. Each of them only gets one solo fight in the tournament, plus one two-on-two fight with both of them and Toramaru getting to be Manjimaru's partner in another two-on-two fight (where he didn't get to do a lot). Even in the Great Trembling Conquest, Toramaru didn't do a lot in his tag team fight - but with Date Omito as your partner, that might be expected. Even if Toramaru usually was the one to finish off the second opponent alone in his tag team fights with Togashi, given Togashi's tendency to "die" while taking out the first one, Toramaru really only has two solo fights in the whole series - against Gekkou and Kyrgyz Khan, over 20 volumes apart. Several characters get more than that in a single volume.
* CatchPhrase: Edajima Heihachi's "I am the principal of Otokojuku, Edajima Heihachi!" In the early chapters, this was just about the ONLY thing he said.
** Matsuo's "I have a bad premonition."
** J's "You are not my match." Spoken in English.
* ChokepointGeography: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] with Meiou Island, having been shaped into a tournament bracket for the Great Heaven-Challenging Tournament.
** That said, the geography of it makes little actual sense when considering how the Otokojuku team advance through it. The establishing shot makes it clear how it's ''supposed'' to work - the teams meet at the arenas in the three-way junctions, fight it out, and the winner advances to the next tier of the bracket. But the supposed third path leading "upwards" doesn't seem to actually exist at any of the arenas, so it's not entirely clear where they're actually going when they advance through the bracket.
* CombatCommentator: Togashi and Toramaru mostly take this role after the Great Trembling Conquest. Whenever some old fighting style is shown off, it's primarily Raiden that gets to explain it in addition to a Minmei entry.
** Pharaoh and Hakuhou in the Seven Tusks.
* CombatPragmatist: Characters who are this are often [[DirtyCoward portrayed negatively]], and tend to die horrible deaths. On Otokojuku's side, Togashi and Toramaru fight somewhat like this, as none of them really have a defined style.
* CompositeCharacter: In the live action movie, Tange is essentially a mix of Edogawa and Maruyama.
** With Raiden AdaptedOut, some of his traits were transferred to Gekkou instead.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: Heihachi is able to fool the police in such a way that it's stupid to think they are able to be fooled by that.
* {{Crossover}}: ''SoraYoriTakaku'', also by Miyashita, takes place in the same universe and some characters appear in both. For instance, the sumo wrestler Gokaimaru in ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'' originated in ''Sora Yori Takaku''.
* CurbStompBattle: Edajima vs. Zuiki. A single punch from Edajima sent Zuiki flying. To a lesser extent, Edajima vs. Zuikyou.
** Also, Edajima vs. Jaki.
** J vs. the Genseki-Ryuu 16.
** Jaki vs. those guys from the Olympus Fighting Gods that weren't Zeus.
** Wang Taaren vs. Chishou.
** Kouki vs. Yin-Ren. And Kouki wasn't even using his arms.
** For non-Otokojuku-aligned fighters, Shuten Douji of Wolf Skull Castle vs. the Bandou-Ryuu 16 Horsemen, and Achilles of the Olympus Fighting Gods vs. their opponents before Otokojuku.
* CutShort: Happens in-universe, twice.
** The penultimate arc, the Seven Tusks, might be the most glorious example of invoking this trope ever put to paper. In short: Edajima gets captured, and is imprisoned in a satellite in orbit around Earth. To get him back, the Otokojuku team has to collect seven floppy disks by going through seven "battlegrounds", the Tusks. They proceed through the first four, losing [[spoiler:Akashi Gouji (though ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'' shows that he survived)]] at the< end of the fourth. Then [[spoiler:Toudou Hyouei]] shows up and splits the team into three, each one supposed to take on one of the remaining tusks. The group headed by Momo travels to Bugen Castle, where they're supposed to fight four opponents. Momo defeats the first one, though not before [[spoiler:Gobarski]] gets killed. They are attacked by the next opponent, a ninja who can disguise himself as anyone... [[spoiler:and then the castle is destroyed [[DidntSeeThatComing entirely out of nowhere.]] While Otokojuku was fighting, Edajima had actually managed to ''rescue himself'' from his space prison, by ''breaking out'' of the satellite and boarding an American space shuttle that happened to pass by and go with them to Earth. Then he gathered all of Otokojuku's instructors and students, including those who were supposed to be fighting in the other tusks and the Four Lords, and traveled to Bugen Castle with a bunch of wrecking ball cranes, demolishing the whole thing and getting his students back himself, thereby completely annulling the point of the whole arc.]]
** Then in the final volume came the Fu'un Rakanjuku arc, where Otokojuku and Rakanjuku were supposed to compete in a series of five matches. [[spoiler:Then the fourth match, between Momo and the Rakanjuku main representative, consists of stealing crests from local Yakuza gangs. The gang that the Rakanjuku representative heads to believe he is from the other gang, so they capture him and call the other gang about it, which leads to Momo going to rescue him, with all of Otokojuku and Rankanjuku showing up as backup. Edajima and Kumada, the Rakanjuku principal, conclude that there's no longer any point in finishing the competition, as the final match was meant to be about team spirit, and both sides had already joined together as one with the same goal.]] This arc lasted 10 chapters. One can assume the manga was dropping in popularity and simply got cancelled. This ''is'' ''Magazine/ShonenJump'' after all.
** The anime adaptation ends after the Great Trembling Conquest, and doesn't even include all of it. Togashi, Date, Toramaru and Gekkou's battles are all relegated to a short recap by Edajima.
* TheDandy: Horus, Michele and Giger.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Lots of them. But despite the users often calling them their final attacks in this world, they rarely actually die from it.
* DarkHorseVictory: Toramaru's and Togashi's fights.
* DeathIsCheap
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Fighting being what creates true bonds between men is a recurring theme. The earliest example in the manga is Akashi Gouji, who after his duel with Momo starts advising and assisting him (even if it's in the Otokojuku way), and the anime goes one further by not even having Momo and Togashi be friends at first. After the Great Trembling Conquest, all of Otokojuku's fighters are on friendly terms with each other.
** This trope became abused as hell by Miyashita. For example, fan favourites like Hien or Raiden weren't even part of the school until after the end of the first tournament. It became so bad that the group selected for tournament fights assimilated all of the opponents faced in the previous tournaments (even if they supposedly fell into acid that we saw was, in fact, real acid). This lead to the third tournament starting out with a 16 on 16 team match setup, to incorporate all these characters. And of course one of them, Dokugantetsu, dies immediately and rather unceremoniously, with the author only adding in reasons why we should care about the guy in an exposition dump from Edajima, seeing how we never saw this supposed "kindness" he was said to posses.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Militarism, xenophobia, isolationism, all PlayedForLaughs.
* {{Determinator}}: Many of the first years eventually become this at LEAST when the first year is over. This is Togashi's EstablishingCharacterMoment by successfully taking a Oil Bath, which only five people had successfully completed.
* DisappearedDad: [[spoiler:J's dad was a boxing champion who died while saving him from a fire, using a fist that creates hurricanes. J inherited this from him, which wins him the fight against Hakuhou.]]
* DisneyDeath: This has happened a lot in the series. For example, J, Togashi, and Toramaru were said to have died in the first, second and third rounds of the Four Great Trials of Terror but were saved by the 3rd years. Raiden, Hien and Gekkou "died" in both the Four Great Trials and the Trembling Conquest.
* DustbinSchool: The setting.
* DynamicEntry: Edajima lands on Meiou Island by taking a World War II plane and smashing it into a mountain, and then coming out of the wreckage alive. And when he finishes his business he still leaves in it and takes down another, newer plane. Like a boss, indeed.
* {{Eagleland}}: Features both types. Early on, it portrays Americans as brutish thugs who have no respect for women. Then came one arc where Otokojuku receives American exchange students, among whom is J, who is portrayed almost in the same light as Momotaro.
* EasilyForgiven: Sou Reigen. While there's a lot of DefeatMeansFriendship even after [[BackFromTheDead seemingly deadly]] duels, and nearly all of Otokojuku's new recruits are people they've fought in those duels before, Sou Reigen is the only one who had actually killed someone on the Otokojuku side prior to joining.
* Myth/EgyptianMythology: Pharaoh Sphinx, a team from the Daibukai.
* EightiesHair: Among the main characters, Senkuu and Manjimaru. Hilariously, Manjimaru's haircut is the same as his kenpou master's.
* EverythingIsBetterWithSpinning: Senkuu's battle techniques. Gekkou, Momo and Date have spinning moves as well, but Senkuu uses it the most.
** BattleTops
*** Taiketsu has a technique which allows him to become a human top.
*** Liu-Yan in ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'' manages to block the Deadly Wind Vaccuum Wave by spinning.
* EvilWeapon: Yukinojou's sword Shiranui. One scratch drives people insane. While he at first claims it's due to the blade being cursed, it's actually laced with a poison.
* ExcitedTitleTwoPartEpisodeName: Most if not all of the anime episodes.
* {{Expy}}: Momotaro is basically [[FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]] with the appearance of [[Anime/GreatMazinger Tetsuya Tsurugi]].
* EyepatchOfPower: Suiketsu.
* EyeScream: Suiketsu attacks Baron Dino's eyes with alcohol and then needles.
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:After being ordered by Edajima to do it, Eikei "dies" in the prelimiharies of the Heaven-Challenging Tournament so he can assist the team and save some of their lives while hidden.]]
* FearfulSymmetry: Shiran uses a style where he mimicks every move of his opponent.
* FeatherFlechettes: Red Thunder.
* TheFightingNarcissist: Horus. Putting make-up in the middle of a fight? Oh yeah.
* FictionalDocument: The books from the fictional Minmei Publishing. Miyashita invents other sources, later on, such as Shinnosuke Morita, which is actually just the author with a wig.
** EncyclopediaExposita
* FightingSeries: Once it got serious.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Momotaro
** TheLancer: Togashi
** TheBigGuy: Toramaru
** TheSmartGuy: J
*** This is the initial formation; it keeps adding more and more allies, so the dynamic changes a lot.
* ForegoneConclusion: Essentially the point of ''Peerless: The Legend of Edajima Heihachi''. No matter how overpowered Edajima Heihachi is, the fact remains that Japan will lose World War II, and [[spoiler:he will end up single, which means something is going to happen to Sakko, sooner or later.]]
** Of course theres also historical events such as the fact that Hiroshima will be bombed by 6th of August.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Momotaro is phlegmatic, Togashi is choleric, Toramaru is sanguine and J is melancholic.
* {{Fundoshi}}: Mandatory for Otokojuku's dress code.
* FunWithAcronyms: Most of J's attack names.
* GagSeries: First part.
* {{Gasshole}}: Toramaru.
** {{Fartillery}}: He's even able to weaponized it!
** Kurosu Nobunaga uses one of Toramaru's fart moves in ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku''.
* GenderBender: Benzaiten in ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku''. Of course, this is an [[RunningGag ancient Chinese fighting style]].
* GenerationXerox: As seen in the prequel ''Peerless: The Legend of Edajima Heihachi'', Tazawa, Matsuo, J, Jaki and Edogawa are practically identical to their fathers when they were of similar age.
** Less so in ''Akatasuki!! Otokojuku'', as while it's clear some characters are the children of others, they don't look like carbon copies. Kiyomoto Atsushi looks ''very'' similar to J... but [[AvertedTrope they're not related]].
* GeniusBruiser: Students of Otokojuku will end up in this position, but its taken UpToEleven by Edajima Heihachi, which as the prequel shows, he was a university student [[ImprobableAge AT AGE ELEVEN]]!
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: [[spoiler: Jaki punches Momo right before the former dies from his battle against Spartacus.]]
** [[spoiler:Akashi does the same thing to Toramaru when Togashi dies in the fight against Kintan and Gintan.]]
* GiantSpider: Chougi, Gishou's spider.
* GoodIsNotSoft: All the students are selfless heroes, but they don't take ANY crap from evil.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Togashi, Date, probably more.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: During the "underwear inspection" in the first episode of the anime, one student is wearing heart-print boxers and another had briefs with a bunny on them.
** GoingCommando: And a couple of students in the background don't seem to have any.
* GracefulLoser: Happens as often as DirtyCoward.
* GratuitousEnglish : Definitely one of the iconic part of the show. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqbtbTSeai0 Look for it.]]
* Myth/GreekMythology: Fighting Olympus Gods, a team from the Daibukai.
* {{Hachimaki}}: Momotaro.
** [[spoiler:ImprobableWeaponUser]]
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Momo cuts [[spoiler: Toudou Hyouei]] in half, vertically. [[spoiler: He ''survives''.]]
** In ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'', Akashi Gouji and [[spoiler:the Date clone]] does it to Hotei.
* HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler:Gekkou]] is, rather jarringly, revealed to have been blind his whole life when Centaur tries to blind him.
** The same goes for [[spoiler:Yuan-Shao]] in ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'', revealed in the same way, though he lost his eyesight due to a disease. In his case it at least appears to have been planned from the start, as his eyes look subtly but noticeably different even in his first appearance.
** A number of characters only have one eye too, such as Dokugantetsu and Akashi Juzo.
** One of Henshouki's hands is fake, something that only shows up in his battle against Raiden and is never mentioned again.
* HeroicSacrifice: Usually in the form of TakingTheBullet.
** As well as TakingYouWithMe.
* HeManWomanHater: This series, much like a lot of "manly men fighting manly duels in a manly way until the manly conclusion" type Shounen series of it's time, has no respect for Women. For example, with one exception, there is not a single female fighter featured, shown or even mentioned in this entire series, and the notion of women being able to fight or use kenpou is never brought up.
** In the chapter where Momotarou beats up the giant, black, afro sporting American for using women, the woman whom Momo saved asks him to go out and what does he do? Decline? Leave without comment? Why of course not, he pours booze on her head, for absolutely no reason, and the chapter ends. In the anime he explains that women only attracted to strength are not worth pursuing, but in the manga we never even find out if he apologizes or explains himself.
** In the Seven Tusks arc we finally get to that one exception mentioned above. In chapter 288 out of 313. Which wouldn't be so bad except the person in question, Jinshou, is a completley non-feminine looking person who is revealed to be a woman at the end of the fight. Using the explanation that she "covers her face up like a woman would do", which we never see actually happen in the fight. And then Date, her opponent, tells her how no matter how hard she trains, she is still a woman, to not chose the "way of the fist" after being reborn because it's not the way of a woman. Naturally, she does the logical thing and kills herself. So yeah, the only female fighter in this whole series is an extremely mannish looking person who dies immediately after the reveal is made, and is talked down to for not having a penis and yet daring to fight by the good guys.
** ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'' is a bit better in this regard, even featuring a women-only temple of fighting monks.
* HighPressureBlood
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Houketsu is stung and defeated by his own bees. Same thing with Qubilai and his piranas.
** Red Thunder is struck by lightning.
* HollywoodAcid
* HotBloodedSideburns
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming and ExcitedShowTitle: In ''The Legend of Edajima Heihachi'' and ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'', every chapter is named either ''This is ___!!'', ''These are ___!!'', ''I am ___!!'' or ''We are ___!!''.
* InformedAbility: Tazawa, known as the Brain of the first years. He is the same person who gives the iconic in series BlindIdiotTranslation. Subverted since he is quite a genius, and everyone in Otokojuku is a genius by the end.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Common OhCrap moment. Even though almost no one dies from this.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Souketsu shows off his abilities by shooting and overlapping several arrows into the badge of Togashi's hat. Gekkou does the same thing, killing a horse with two golf balls.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: While there's a lot of fighting styles based on odd things, including pogo sticks, Kurosu Nobunaga in ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'' uses this (called "Infinite Life-Death Style") as his primary fighting style - while he usually puts his getas on his hands for it, the style is based entirely on being able to use anything within reach as a weapon.
* InstantChucks: Eikei uses ax-chucks.
* JapaneseDelinquents: Serves as the TropeCodifier.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Onihige is a coward and a hypocrite, but he cares about his students.
* {{Keet}}: Toramaru and Hakuhou.
* {{Kiai}}: The Great Chime Yell of Otokojuku.
* KilledOffForReal: Lots of opponents in the Daibukai and Seven Tusks arcs. Out of Otokojuku students, [[spoiler:Dokugantetsu, Henshouki, Jaki and Gobarski]] had unambiguous onscreen deaths. [[spoiler:Akashi Gouji]] and [[spoiler:Baron Dino]] were never seen again after their final "deaths" in the original manga either, but theirs were a bit less definite.
** ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'' muddles things a bit by having [[spoiler:Dokugantetsu, Gobarski, Dino and Gouji]] show up 20 years later, although the first three only appear in a chapter announcing the release of the live-action Otokojuku movie and could thus be considered of dubious canonicity. [[spoiler:Akashi Gouji]] survived for real, though, since his son - who is clearly less than 20 years old - is a primary character.
** In ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'', [[spoiler:Gunpei]], [[spoiler:Ah Fu-Lo]], [[spoiler:Liu-Yan]], [[spoiler:Kouki]] and supposedly [[spoiler:Wang Ta-Ren]].
* LanternJawOfJustice: Edajima had a well-defined but pretty normal-sized jawline in the original manga, but by the time of ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'', his chin had grown quite a few sizes. Around the Brahman Temple arc, it goes back to a more reasonable size.
* LargeHam: Principal Heihachi, but many of the students and enemies have their moments as well.
** WorldOfHam
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Tsurugi Shishimaru and Akashi Juzo take after their dads in many ways. In ''The Legend of Edajima Heihachi'', Toramaru's father is introduced just like Toramaru, holding up the ceiling in a prison cell.
* LightIsNotGood: Pharaoh.
* LighterAndSofter: To an extent, the anime adaptation. As an example, the guillotine that Togashi and Edogwa are put in by Akashi is a real guillotine in the manga, but a "rock guillotine" in the anime. Which does allow Togashi to show his guts more by simply breaking the rock with his head when it gets dropped, whereas in the manga he was saved by Momo.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Red Thunder.
* MasterOfIllusion: Gemini.
* {{Megane}}: Tazawa.
* MenDontCry / ManlyTears: The author can't seem to make up his mind about which one is ideal.
* [[CarFu Motorcycle Fu]]: Souji.
* MultinationalTeam: The Meiou Island Warriors.
** The Otokojuku team for the Seven Tusks, when they were joined by several former opponents from the Heaven-Challenging Tournament.
** Even more so in ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'', when many of those they had formerly competed against in the Man Cup join up with them. Even if they do end up enrolling in Otokojuku, it's somewhat more justified here, as they originally teamed up due to running into each other when they were all going after the same target.
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: Tazawa when trying to speak English.
* TheNapoleon: Koushuushi.
* NiceHat: Togashi. It used to belong to his brother.
** Baron Dino wears a top hat.
** Souji.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: Averted. Among other things, a guy eats a little bird just to spite its owner, and rabbits are constantly being thrown into sulfuric acid pits.
** In fact pretty much every new arena warranted some asshole coming on stage and murdering an innocent animal, sometimes quite cruely, like when a goat got impaled just to show that the spikes are, in fact, spiky.
* NoShirtLongJacket: Most Otokojukians, really.
* OneShotCharacter: [[spoiler:Daigouin Kouki]] in ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'' shows up without having been even remotely hinted at, establishes himself, has his backstory explained, wins two fights (one easily, one with a bit more effort) and then dies, all within the span of a single volume. His spirit shows up as part of Shishimaru's [[SuperMode Charge]] and his body gets mysteriously exhumed, but he himself only got about seven chapters worth of action.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: For quite a while, J. It's halfway through the manga we learn that his real name is [[spoiler:King Battler Junior]].
* PaperFanOfDoom: Sanen.
* PaperThinDisguise: Everyone on the Otokojuku team can tell that Shoukaku is really [[spoiler: Eikei]] after his first fight. Jaki even confirms it. There's still some surprise when it actually is revealed.
* PassingTheTorch: Jaki gives Momo the symbol for leadership of Otokojuku before Jaki fights Spartacus.
* PhenotypeStereotype: All Americans are either black or have blond hair.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Hidemaro, when needed. Hakuhou is a straight example.
** Wukong in ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku''.
* PlayingWithFire: Ryuuhou and Shai Khan.
* PoisonousPerson: Eikei with his poison fist. Other characters use techniques with poison, but none fit the trope as perfectly as Eikei.
* PrehensileHair: Raja Mahal.
* RainOfBlood: Chapter 59.
* RaisedByWolves: Literally. Implied to be the case with Gobarski. All Rousouken practicioners have to be raised by wolves from a very early age.
* RapidFireFisticuffs: J.
* RatedMForManly: Perhaps the biggest example.
* RecapEpisode: The final episode of the anime basically consisted of a recap of the prior 33 episodes.
* RecycledPlot: Oi. Miyashita ''loved'' recycling concepts, sometimes with small changes, sometimes to the point of plagiarising himself. A few examples:
** The Straight March from the first chapter of ''Sakigake!! Otokojuku'' is retooled into the Straight Dash in ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku''.
** The Spirit Cannonballs from the Four Great Trials of Terror show up again (and chronologically earlier) in ''Date Omito Gaiden'', in a challenge that's also suspiciously similar to The Gret Trembling Conquest of the Unified Eight, featuring the Life-Entrusing Stone with 2-on-2 battles.
** The Four Great Trials of Terror themselves become the Thee Great Trials of Terror in ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'', with Shura, Fuukai and Rinkai returning... but Miyashita put it on the [[SeriesContinuityError wrong mountain]].
** In ''The Legend of Edajima Heihachi'', Toramaru's father was sentenced to holding up the ceiling in a prison, just like Toramaru. When Edajima breaks him and several other prisoners out of the prison, they do so by way of a 1000-man bridge, like the first-years did in ''Sakigake!! Otokojoku''.
* RefugeInAudacity: Edajima once destroyed a university building with a real tank. The cops were convinced that it was just a movie set because there's no way anyone would be driving a tank around in broad daylight.
* RetCon: When Eikei first uses his poison fist, it's as a final move by pouring a deadly poison on his hand, which is supposed to slowly kill him as well. By the time his first fight in the Heaven-Challenging Tournament comes around, it's become his primary fighting style, and is now explained to come from sticking your hand into a pot full of poisonous substances, plants and insects over the course of a long time. Interestingly, both variants are later confirmed to exist in ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'' - one character uses the "pour poison on the hands" version, and it's mentioned that it's a way to obtain it instantly while killing the user as opposed to using the pot.
* RightHandCat: Toudou Hyouei.
* RunningGag: Absolutely everything, including rugby, pogo sticks, ice skating and ping pong are derived from ancient Chinese fighting styles. Except for a few that's Greek.
** Otokojuku's specialties.
** In the Great Heaven-Challenging Tournament, Togashi and Toramaru try to take the stage for the fight, but are inevitably stopped by one of the others on their team. And when they finally ''do'' get to take their turn, they're surprised that nobody's stopping them.
* TheRival: Fuun Rakanjuku is the Western Japan counterpart to Otokojuku, with Kumada, its principal, being the rival to Edajima.
* SdrawkcabName: To throw off DittoFighter Shiran, Date uses a move that he calls "Uro Yakenuma". It doesn't actually exist - when read backwards, it spells "manuke yarou", which can translate to "stupid guy".
* {{Seppuku}}: Togashi fakes one in an early chapter. Later, some characters do it for real, but don't die.
* SeriesContinuityError: There's several references to Otokojuku having a 300 year long history, with students having been sent to fight in World War II. But in the final arc and later in ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'', it's said that Edajima founded it, even giving the number of 13 years ago in the final volume of the original manga. Gets weird when you remember that the Four Great Trials of Terror were supposed to be Otokojuku's greatest specialty, and Edajima himself was the only one who had survived it, 50 years prior. And that Jaki had ruled Otokojuku for ''14'' years.
** In ''The Legend of Edajima Heihachi'', Togashi's father Togashi Genzo shows up. So does his wife and ''one'' child, but in ''Sakigake!! Otokojuku'' it was established that Togashi enrolled in Otokojuku to find out the truth about his older brother's death.
** A slightly modified versions of the Four Great Trials of Terror show up in ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'', with only two participants taking on one trial each, battling Fuukai and Rankai respectively at the Burning Sulphur Vein and Midair Cliff respectively before continuing. Shishimaru even comments that he's moving through the same tunnel as his father... except that they're on Mount Hakone, whereas the Four Great Trials of Terror happened at Mount Fuji.
* ShirtlessScene: Actually pretty frequent. You'd think that the author was actively trying to get female readers into this manga.
* ShockAndAwe: Red Thunder.
* ShoutOut: Matsuo's haircut is that of ''Manga/SazaeSan''.
** Michele (that's a guy, by the way) looks way too much like [[Manga/RoseOfVersailles Lady Oscar]] to be a coincidence. And he's French to boot. Toramaru and Togashi even mock him, saying "He looks like he came out straight of a Shoujo manga!".
* StoryBreakerPower: Edajima Heihachi himself in the prequel. He's by far the strongest person in the world, both physically and intellectually, on top of having a ridiculous amount of luck. As a result, Edajima is far ahead of everyone else and is very much in control of the direction that World War II is taking in the story.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Pretty much everyone that enrolls at Otokojuku, since they are given hard training in both physical and educational side. Theres a reason why the show informs the reader early on that the alumni of the school will become a huge part of the country.
* SplitPersonality: Edogawa with his Special Face Reversal. Explained in ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'' as coming from that he used to have a more aggressive twin brother, but when both were near-fatally wounded in an accident the doctors managed to save one of them by using parts of them both, and his brother's mind still [[SharingABody lives inside him]]. It should perhaps be mentioned that his father shows up in ''The Legend of Edajima Heihachi'' and has the Face Reversal as well, so it might in part be hereditary, too.
* TheStoic: Too many examples, one of the most important being Momotaro himself.
* SuckMyRose: Senkuu and Michele (in Michele's case, they're poisoned).
* SuplexFinisher: In the animated movie, [[spoiler: Togashi does this to a ''horse''.]]
* TagTeam: Every so often.
** TagTeamTwins: Gemini of the 16 Olympus Gods, Amon and Unmon; Kintan and Gintan.
* TakingYouWithMe: Oh, yes. In the Four Great Trials, J, Togashi and Toramaru all finish their fights like this (they survive, and so do their opponents). In the Great Trembling Conquest, Togashi intends to finish Senkuu this way, but Senkuu saves him (Senkuu survives). In the Heaven-Challenging Tournament, Baron Dino does it to Suiketsu (Dino survives). Both Akashi Gouji and Akashi Juzo (in ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'') have finished opponents by stabbing their sword through themselves (they always survive).
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Fighters on both sides always take the time to let the opponent name and sometimes explain their fighting styles. Hilariously [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when Edajima knocks his first opponent in the Heaven-Challenging Tournament out with one punch while they were in the middle of naming their technique.
* TankGoodness: Edajima has a tank from the war locked away in a storehouse on the Otokojuku campus. He brings it out to attack the Rakkyo cheering squad when they take Oni-hige, Tazawa, Matsuo and Hidemaro hostage.
** Later in ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'', Kurosu Nobunaga uses a tank, presumably the same one as it was said it was one stored at Otokojuku, to attack an American army base.
* TestosteronePoisoning: The heavy emphasis on [[RatedMforManly classical masculinity]] combined with the frequently over-the-top and silly nature of the series can lead to this.
* ThemeNaming: Except for the leaders, everybody in the Ryouzanpaku has "-ketsu" in their name.[[note]]In Japanese, the name of the team is "Ryozanpaku 16-ketsu".[[/note]]
* ThemeTuneCameo: The first years sing the anime opening tune, en route to the safari park in episode 8.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Togashi and Toramaru are relegated into this trope as the manga goes on. They do most of the [[CombatCommentator commentary]], dramatically announce the name of the next battler, and such. Lampshaded quite a few times.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Doctor Eberstein, who looks like Hitler and is possibly based on Josef Mengele. Hitler himself is mentioned.
** In ''The Legend of Edajima Heihachi'', Göring and Hitler himself ([[BodyDouble or is it?]]) shows up. Not very surprising, since the story takes place during World War II, Japan was allied with Germany and Edajima is part of the Japanese force.
* TigerVersusDragon: Momo vs. Gouki.
* TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged.]] Many established characters show off some new move or style in each of their battles, which doesn't always stick. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] with characters like Raiden, who are explicitly stated to know several different kinds of martial arts. For some characters the new move becomes a returning staple for them (such as J's Flash Piston Mach Punch) and others are never heard of again (like any of Togashi and Toramaru's tag team attacks).
** Baron Dino is perhaps the most jarring example, as most characters who show off something new does it as an extension of their established style. Not so for Dino - partway through the Great Heaven-Challenging Tournament, he switches to "Hell's Magician" style, using a deck of cards, misdirection and sleight of hand - which doesn't have ''any'' resemblance to the way he fought prior to that. Henshouki also switches to using bats, which hadn't been seen before then.
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with Manjimaru, who could create 10 images of himself when fighting J in the Great Trembling Conquest, but says he can do at most 5 when fighting Gemini in the Heaven-Challenging Tournament.
* ToiletHumor: Raiden's monkeys sometimes throw poo, Pharaoh drinks a chimpanzee's pee, etc.
* TookALevelInBadass : If there is a inappropriate students in Otokojuku, most of the time, they are going to have tons of this in short time. And by most, we mean everyone but one person.
* TournamentArc: Pretty much ''every'' arc once the comedy chapters stop.
** The Tusks Arc is both this and a RescueArc, as Edajima was kidnapped and needs to be saved.
* TragicKeepsake: Togashi's hat, passed down from his older brother who perished in the Great Trembling Conquest.
** In the live action movie, Oni-Hige gives Togashi his brother's dagger the night before the Three Great Trials of Terror, though it only makes one appearance and Togashi never even uses it in his battle.
* TrainingFromHell : Daily activity of the Otokojuku. To put it simply, the only subject that matters in Otokojuku is this, both educational and (especialy) physical.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Several times throughout this series characters "die" only to come back without explanation. For example, several people fall into acid but then are just somehow alive by the begining of the next arc, often with no explanation given. If there's anything said about it, it's usually related to Wang Taaren and "3000 years of Chinese medicine". In fact Miyashita made it worse by using his thin-worn trope of having someone demonstrate that the hazards in the fight are real, so one couldn't even assume it wasn't actually acid.
** Rasetsu cuts off his own arm in his fight against Sanen, but the next time he shows up he has both of his arms again.
* UnreliableNarrator: The narrator of this series is a lying, cheating bastard who only cares to make you invested in a fight by making it "for real", so he goes on and on about how this or this character just "died", in no uncertain terms. But then it's revealed all of the characters survived despite the narrator clearly saying otherwise. Togashi actually "died" three times during the course of the series, and was twice confirmed dead by the narrator.
* UnskilledButStrong: Toramaru is this more than anything else. While he does pull some tricks, his "Fierce Tiger" style is entirely invented by himself, and he's essentially the ''only'' fighter in the entire series without ''any'' kind of gimmicks, relying on brute strength first and foremost.
** In a sense, for most of their fights, this also applies to the protagonists in general when compared to their opponents. First Momo, Togashi, J and Toramaru in the Four Great Trials of Terror, then when they're joined by Date and the Three Fists in the Great Trembling Conquest, and then all of Otokojuku in the Heaven-Challenging Tournament. Usually, their opponents are presented as much stronger, with better training, and should logically be outclassing them. It's even brought up when they are about to fight Gandhara in the preliminaries of the tournament - Otokojuku has already suffered two casualties and most of the rest of the team is pretty beat up, whereas the Gandhara team doesn't even have a scratch. But Otokojuku still powers through everything and pull out a lot of their wins from their unparalleled sheer tenacity, guts and ''never staying down'', no matter how much of a beating they take. Date Omito is the shining exception even in the Great Trembling Conquest, probably being the best fighter on the Otokojuku team - often having more conclusive victories than even Momo. In addition to the Otokojuku tenacity, of course.
* UseYourHead: How Togashi crushes the ball holding the antidote during his fight with Michele.
** The entire fight between Edajima and Zuikyou.
* WhereItAllBegan: The final arc was something of a 'return to roots', as it was set in the actual school, relied more on gags and gave the spotlight back to Tazawa and Hidemaro (not really [[NonActionGuy Matsuo]], though).
* WhipItGood: Suiketsu has two of these, which bury into the ground and attack opponents from below.
** Baron Dino.
* WolverineClaws: Horus (they're poisoned), Raja Mahal.
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Master]]: Why Manjimaru wants to fight Taiketsu and Touketsu.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Almost every student looks at least 30. They're 16-18.
** In a subversion, Jaki is at least 28 years old and he's a third-year. Wrap your head around THAT one.
* YourSizeMayVary: Huge opponents are frequent, in a similar fashion as FistOfTheNorthStar. Momo even lampshades it during the final battle of the anime.
** The huge form Jaki takes when he first shows up is later HandWaved as simply ''appearing'' huge due to his aura. In a flashback later on, it's shown that Edajima did the same to Jaki back in the day.
** Yin-Ren in ''Akatsuki!! Otokojuku'' can change the size of his body at will.
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