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->''"I've never seen anyone kick so much ass in my entire life."''
-->-- '''[[InnocentBystander Random Villager]]'''

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On the [[SingleBiomePlanet desert world]] of [[MeaningfulName Gunsmoke]], two young women -- the tall, [[TheDitz ditzy]] Milly Thompson and the tiny, [[{{Tsundere}} short-tempered]] Meryl Stryfe -- hunt for wandering outlaw and [[HonorBeforeReason absolute pacifist]] "Vash the Stampede". Meryl and Milly work for an insurance company that Vash is bankrupting with [[DestructiveSaviour the property damage credited to his name]], all of it collateral from the ridiculous fights he tends to get into, which have resulted in his nickname of "[[RedBaron The Humanoid Typhoon]]". Why all the fights? Vash has a bounty of $$60,000,000,000[[labelnote:*]] (sixty billion [[GlobalCurrency double-dollars]])[[/labelnote]], dead or alive. Every BountyHunter on the planet wants his head (rest of him optional) in their hands so they can collect the money; Meryl and Milly just want to stop Vash from wrecking the cities into which he wanders.

Wacky hijinks ensue for a few episodes, then [[CerebusSyndrome the mood darkens]]. Lots of people die, in many cases slowly and horribly. Survivors discover new things about themselves. Personal growth takes place. There are hints of romance. [[FromBadToWorse Then the mood gets darker still]]. For the eggheads out there, the series even has a fair amount of analysis of certain aspects of Christian theology, as viewed from a Japanese perspective, that examines the contrast between pacifist ideals and the moral obligation to protect the innocent… even if it means taking a life.

In 2010, Yasuhiro Nightow started a modest series of new works for the Trigun universe in anticipation of the movie ''Trigun: Badlands Rumble''. First it was a two-chapter story, going by the same name as the movie, drawn by Nightow himself to serve as a preview for the movie. The second was a One-Shot, ''Trigun: Rising'', it is a short tale about Rai-Dei the Blade, one of the original Gung-Ho Guns, drawn by Yuusuke Takeyama. The third, and final, was another One-Shot, entitled ''Trigun: The Lost Plant'', a story set 6 years after the original manga ending; it was drawn by Boichi and later published as an extra for the 12th Volume of his own series, ''Manga/SunKenRock''. A compilation manga titled ''Trigun: Multiple Bullets'', featuring a number of short stories (including the previously mentioned three), was released in 2011.

There was a game announced for the Playstation 2 in 2002 called ''Trigun: The Planet Gunsmoke'', which was being developed by Creator/RedEntertainment and published by Creator/{{Sega}}. After over a decade of no news about the game, it is presumed to have been cancelled, although some people think that it was rehashed into ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}''.

An exceptionally thorough and entertaining analysis of the first fourteen episodes of the anime can be found [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ou5GWl0Roc/in here]]. The English dub was one of the flagship shows of Creator/AdultSwim (along with ''Anime/CowboyBebop'') and helped to set the mood that the sub-channel was simply for mature audiences and not necessarily "adult" audiences.

The show, formerly licensed in the US by Pioneer/Creator/{{Geneon}} and now licensed by Creator/{{Funimation}}, is on [[https://www.youtube.com/show/trigun YouTube]], [[http://www.hulu.com/trigun Hulu]], and [[http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Trigun_The_Complete_Series/60030879?trkid=2361637 Netflix]].
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!! The 60-Billion Double-Dollar Tropes:
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[[folder: Tropes A-F]]

* TheAce: Vash ''just barely'' avoids fitting this trope ''thanks to'' the fact that he's actually [[StepfordSmiler a completely traumatized individual]] with a borderline SplitPersonality and to the ideological ramifications of his "no killing" policy. (What if he had killed Monev before he went on a rampage? What if he had killed Knives after his StartOfDarkness?)
* ActionGirl: Dominique the Cyclops, but the same can be said for Meryl and Milly. Honestly, pretty much every prominent girl in this series except Jessica counts.
* ADayInTheLimelight: In anime Episode 14 (chapters 10-12 of the manga), the action centers around Meryl and Milly – lampshaded by Vash once he realizes how little screentime he got.
** Several chapters in ''Maximum'' experiment with different points of view, including those of [[VillainEpisode villains]] and [[LowerDeckEpisode side characters]].
* AintTooProudToBeg: Vash in an attempt to save Lina. He's also not too proud to strip naked and bark like a dog.
* AlasPoorVillain: The manga really goes to great lengths if not to humanize the villains, then to make the readers understand their motivations and grief.
* AnAesop:
** Take your pick: [[{{Aesoptinum}} Violence only creates more violence. Non-violence is the key to solving conflicts (maybe)]]. Love thine enemy. HeWhoFightsMonsters. [[GreenAesop "Nuclear" power is bad]]. [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre Regardless of what you've done in the past]], "the ticket to the future is always blank." Respect differences. ...In other words, [[CatchPhrase LOVE AND PEACE!]]
** [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And most importantly, alcohol makes you puke.]]
--->'''Frank Marlon''': ...You drink too much.
--->'''Vash''': I'M SORRY! *heave*
* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: ''Trigun The Lost Plant'' introduces Verona Tsubasa, a woman following Vash around on search for the titular lost plant. [[spoiler:The setting is placed six years later the original manga ending, Verona is the real focus of the story, Vash is just kind of there, and no other characters make a return, in fact, they are not even mentioned]].
* AerithAndBob: The whole world is a mess of Midvalleys and Brads. With names like Vash the Stampede, Legato Bluesummers, and Millions Knives, names like Meryl Strife and Milly Thompson don't exactly seem to fit. And Nicholas D. Wolfwood manages to straddle the line with a perfectly normal AwesomeMcCoolName. At least, until you find out what "D" is short for - Dokonokuminomonjawaresumakinishiteshizumetarokakora. [[note]] It has two meanings - roughly, "[[MeaningfulName Chain smoking]]" or an incredibly specific threat used by Yakuza involving sashimi knives, tatami mats, and a river.[[/note]]
* AfterTheEnd: Just living on Gunsmoke in the first place. The fact that they wound up there after an attempt to escape a ruined Earth went wrong. And then in the manga Armageddon-via-Knives kinda comes and goes and the story carries on.
* AGodAmI: Knives's megalomaniac tendencies and belief that he is a kind of noble crusader or even a kind of Jesus figure. Then [[FromBadToWorse it gets worse]].
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: The anime has [[spoiler:Meryl's growing love for Vash]], but both versions can have this with Rem.
* AlmostLethalWeapons: Vash does everything he can to never take a life. Oddly enough, when there are casualties, it's either because the MonsterOfTheWeek stepped in, or the townspeople were hurting ''each other'' just to catch the guy.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Knives is an Aryan on steroids who rants about being a "superior breed". Legato has his own particular brand of [[NietzscheWannabe Nietzschean philosophy]]: genocides involving high technologies.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: Manga ending falls somewhere between here and HereWeGoAgain. [[spoiler:Since the Knives situation has been resolved, Vash is free to enjoy his wandering life more, but the gag of Meryl and Milly becoming [[{{Paparazzi}} TV reporters hired to chase him around]] is kinda out there, and worse than insurance by a long way.]]
* AnimationBump: For ''[[TheMovie Badlands Rumble]]''.
** Also, the final episode of the TV series has some beautiful animation.
** The FullEpisodeFlashback, "Rem Saverem", looks noticeably better than the episodes surrounding it.
* AntiHero: Wolfwood, and later [[spoiler:Livio.]]
* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler:Vash]] prevents a ApocalypseHow/ClassX4 in ''The Lost Plant''.
* TheArk: The ships that brought people to the planet in the first place.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Vash gets one in episode 19.
* ArtEvolution: Nightow's style changed over the dozen years he drew ''Trigun''. It started out along the lines of "Damn this art is weird, I like the anime better", to "Damn this is detailed." His panel layouts also get much more dynamic. And of course the costumes get even more out there.
* AreWeThereYet: At the beginning of Episode 15, Vash asks this because he's forced to literally carry the Insurance Girls to the next town.
* AssholeVictim: Steve in Episode 17 (the flashback). Pretty much any random townspeople who harass Vash only to fall victim to a BiggerBad later.
* TheAtoner: The series has several.
** Vash is atoning for [[spoiler:destroying July City, then later for the Fifth Moon Incident, and then later still (in the anime) for killing Legato]], plus all the people he's failed to save over his long life.
** Wolfwood, meanwhile, is atoning for [[spoiler:becoming a mercenary]].
** [[spoiler:Livio]] steps into Wolfwood's shoes after [[spoiler:killing him]], which is one of ''many'' things he sets out to atone for.
** Manga only: Rem became the primary caretaker for Vash and Knives because she wanted to atone for [[spoiler:failing to save Tessla from the SEEDS scientists' constant invasive experiments (which soon killed the poor girl)]].
* AuthorAppeal: All the elaborate cowboy-like outfits and uniforms with all sorts of useless straps and buttons, huge collars, etc. Also present in Nightow's other work, ''Anime/{{Gungrave}}''. [[http://www.animefringe.com/magazine/02.10/feature/4/1.jpg See for yourself]]. Also, [[CoolGuns guns]].
* AwesomeMcCoolname:
** Brilliant Dynamites Neon.
** Nicholas D. Wolfwood.
** Hell, most of the cast could qualify. It'd probably be easier to list characters with ordinary, unassuming names.
* AxCrazy: When KnifeNut just isn't enough.
* BackToBackBadasses: Vash and Wolfwood.
* BadassAdorable:
** Young Knives. Vash occasionally even grown. The girls periodically.
** It's hard to take Legato seriously when every time we see him, he's eating. Hotdogs, [[SweetTooth cakes, ice cream...]]
* BadassLongcoat:
** Vash's coat is basically an elaborate red duster, which was inspired by the dusters worn by gunslingers in Westerns. Vash has probably one of the most extreme examples of this trope. In the show's opening and at other times, Vash's coat is shown billowing in the wind looking considerably longer than usual. But then, the RuleOfCool applies here, I guess.[[note]] Also keep in mind that, in Japan, red is the traditional color of the hero. It's explained that Red Geraniums (Rem's favorite) mean "determination".[[/note]]
** Legato's coat counts as well, thanks to the rack of spikes on one shoulder and the human skull on the other.
* BadassTransplant: Anime Only - [[spoiler:Legato's]] MindManipulation ability is because he has [[spoiler:Vash's arm grafted onto him]]. In the manga, he just sorta has psychic powers because psychic powers.
* BarBrawl: In ''Badlands Rumble'', this scene is a CrowningMomentOfFunny. People start fighting and are about to start firing their guns...only to realize that ''Vash has taken out all the bullets from their guns''.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: The female plants lack nipples in the original manga, more or less. [[labelnote:Explanation]] While Nightow's style is not very good for fanservice, the plants DO have nipples, at least, the shape, when seeing one from 3/4 view, also, completely averted in the sequel "The Lost Plant".[[/labelnote]]
* BashBrothers: Vash and Wolfwood would actually be the ''[[FanNickname Bashu]]'' Brothers. Includes a good spoonful of BackToBackBadasses.
* BeardOfSorrow: In the anime, Vash grows one after he HeroicBSOD's after the incident with Legato during which time Meryl and Milly are taking care of him.
* BerserkButton: Many characters have at least one.
** Knives snaps even harder than usual if Vash contradicts him.
** Murdering innocents is a good way to get Vash to lose it. So is insulting Rem.
** Knives getting hurt is one for Legato.
* BerserkerTears: Vash, several times. Particularly in the anime, such as when [[spoiler:he snaps and almost kills Monev the Gale after Monev slaughters several hundred people]], or near the end when [[spoiler:Legato forces Vash to shoot him, leading to a HeroicBSOD]].
* BewareTheSuperman:
** What everyone tends to think of first when they start to understand just how ''special'' Vash is.
** Wolfwood even has a disturbing yet awesome moment in ''Maximum'' where they're hanging out and brooding together, and he seriously considers [[spoiler:shooting Vash (by this time firmly established as his best friend) in the back right then and there, just to get at least ''one'' of the twins out of the way. He doesn't, but Vash gives him a sad, knowing look later and Wolfwood sort of smirks and thinks, 'who am I kidding? He knew exactly what I was thinking, and he would have survived.']]
* {{BFG}}: This series is '''''known''''' for this.
** The Cross Punishers and Angel Arms are the cream of the crop.
** Or at least they would be, until anime-only baddie Caine the Longshot's '''hundred foot long sniper rifle''' is taken into consideration.
** Loose Ruth, a bounty hunter in the first episode: has a gun that takes the cake for sheer impracticality: a two-barreled lever-action rifle, each barrel having its own long magazine. Every time he works the lever, the entire barrel/magazine assembly rotates 180 degrees like a spinning propeller.
** Don't forget the huge starship gun Chronica tries to blast Knives with.
** And Gasback's sweet machine gun arm.
** Vash is often described as "carrying a big gun": a long-barreled, top-break revolver. Knives carries a blued steel duplicate of in the anime.
** Both of Vash's left-arm guns. The first fires single shots that can take out attacking robots and punch through a bulletproof face shield, and the second is a machine gun that can cut through solid steel floors and throw Vash clear across a room with its recoil.
** Milly carries a non-lethal Gatling-type gun that fires giant X-shaped slugs approximately 4' from one end to the other, and can hit with enough impact to topple an armored car. She can easily hide it under her coat and has no trouble lifting it with one hand.
** Monev the Gale has a minigun attached to each wrist, powered by pressurized gas canisters on his back. When these fail to bring Vash down, he puts together an even bigger one to shoot up the bank where Vash is hiding.
* BigBad: Legato.
* BiggerBad: Knives (to whom Legato is TheDragon).
* BigNo: Vash screams a lot whenever rendered impotent in a life-or-death situation. Also weeps. Man has no dignity to speak of.
* {{Bishonen}}: Can be used to describe Legato and Wolfwood, but probably not the first word you think of. Vash too, but he loses bishie points when he has [[BarbarianLongHair long hair]] and [[BeardOfSorrow beard]] and even more when [[RatedMForManly drawn]] [[TallDarkAndHandsome by]] [[Manga/SunKenRock Boichi]].
* BittersweetEnding: Manga only; it barely avoids being a DownerEnding.
** To clarify, [[spoiler:Vash puts an end to Knives's plans once and for all without killing him and the world is safe. But Wolfwood is dead, the planet is still plagued by outlaws and bounty hunters, Vash is still a wanted man, and the story ends with him [[TheAdventureContinues running off into the desert]]. What makes it really sweet is that [[InHarmsWay Vash is actually happy about things going back to the way they were]] and laughs joyfully as he's being chased by Meryl and Milly, who have been hired as news reporters to follow and interview him, and pretty much the whole world. We even get a few panels of all the friends he's made smiling when they see him on television. Before all that, Knives ultimately pulls a HeelFaceTurn, and entrusts two humans, a father and son, with Vash's life before dying in their backyard and [[BizarreAlienBiology becoming a tree]].]] From an alternative standpoint, Vash's happy ending is that [[spoiler:the world is safe from [[KnightOfCerebus the threat of his brother Knives and the Gung-Ho Guns]], and he gets to continue having wacky SpaceWestern adventures]]. [[EarnYourHappyEnding It's arguably very upbeat.]]
** But then there's the fact that [[spoiler:Vash's hair has turned almost completely black, which means he's used up most of his life and it's unknown how long he has left to live...]]
** Vash is [[spoiler:still alive and his hair is still pitch-black]] in the one-shot sequel manga, ''Trigun: The Last Plant'', which takes place six years after ''Trigun Maximum''.
* BizarreSexualDimorphism: The Plants appear to be this in the anime. However, very late in the manga this is turned on its head when [[spoiler:Domina and Chronica turn up from Earth]]… although a flashback earlier showed documentation on [[spoiler:Tessla, a female independent Plant just like Vash & Knives, who died from being subjected to too many experiments]].
* BloodlessCarnage: Played with. Since Vash aims for non-fatal shots, none of the damage he causes is really bloody. However, the manga strongly averts this and even goes to the extreme at times, and Legato in the anime does what he can to avert this. Though, on that note of the anime, the blood is [[ABloodyMess usually Tomato juice or wine]]. [[FateWorseThanDeath …Usually]].
* BoardingParty: A motorcycle-to-desert-tanker version is pulled off by the Bad Lad Gang in episode 7.
* BoomerangBigot: Done seriously with [[TheDragon Legato]]. He was at least born human [[spoiler:(prior to getting a ton of modifications)]], but is an OmnicidalManiac who wants to kill all humans and anxiously awaits the day when his own boss will kill him. He could very well have been modded in childhood by the [[spoiler:people he hated so much at the place where they were keeping him. At any rate they paid him more careful attention than your average boy whore, worked out he was planning to kill them all, and the simplest explanation for how they were able to use the method they did for killing him is that they developed the cancellation technology from the coin-box, and were using it. Given Legato couldn't stop his death-by-rape but after the building got sliced up a bit could brain-hack ''Knives'' enough to stay alive.]]
* BodyHorror: Vash's body is ''interesting''. Involves a generous helping of TransformationTrauma. After he finally starts to learn how to use this (traumatically), the first time his [[spoiler:Angel Arm instinctively puts up some "feathers" to catch a bullet he gets ''stoned'' by the locals.]] And Meryl "I Wouldn't Run Away" Stryfe breaks down screaming and hiding from him because that first time traumatized her, too.
* BottomlessMagazines: Averted with Vash, who regularly reloads due to his six bullet limit. [[MoreDakka Wolfwood on the other hand...]]
* BountyHunter: ''Thousands'' of these are after Vash.
* BreakTheCutie:
** Legato, regarding Vash: "I will make sure he suffers eternal torment."
** Also Knives and Vash in the manga backstory. Poor, sweet little [[BigBad Knives]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In "Little Arcadia", Vash breaks the fourth wall and says, "Hey, is that all the time I get?" It is also fairly obvious that he does it again a couple times in the series.
* BringMyRedJacket: Arguably the reason for the color of Vash's trademark coat.
** In the anime at least, Vash inner-monologues about Rem and her love of red flowers while the camera pans over his coat.
* ButNowIMustGo: Vash, the initial premise being informed by just the type of Western that codified the trope.
* BullyingADragon:
** Vash, in the manga after he reflexively puts up an Angel wing feather to stop a bullet. The townspeople begin stoning him, which - since Vash is also TheFettered - makes the situation especially difficult for him, so he resorts to being a StepfordSmiler to deal with it. Happens also in anime Episode 25, when the townsfolk in the town he's recovering in find out who he is and proceed to ''keelhaul'' him.
** A strong interpretation of Legato's manga-only backstory is that the [[spoiler:inhibitor device from the finale]] was invented as part of a research project that invented ''him''. Which would mean the people responsible for the collar and the rape and all that he was plotting to kill gave him PeoplePuppets powers ''and then treated him like that''. Ultimately Knives killed them before Legato could, but they were pretty much TooDumbToLive.
* CainAndAbel: Vash and Knives.
* CaptainObvious: Vash to Knives at least once in the manga. [[spoiler:Vash tells him that his true fight should be with himself, meaning his priority should be learning to control his destructive urges. Knives misunderstands this and answers "Yes, the pain I feel is horrible. Thanks for enlightening me to the situation."]]
* CarnivalOfKillers: The Gung-ho Guns.
* CastFromLifespan: [[spoiler:Vash's Angel-arm]] is ridiculously powerful, but every shot costs him life energy and shortens his lifespan.
** Later on in the manga we learn [[spoiler:Knives's Angel-scythe]] is the same way.
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: In the manga, at least – the only seriously recurring women are Meryl and Milly (who are absent for at least half the story and fairly useless most of the time). Also Elendira and Zazie 2.0 if you count them as female. The anime balances things out more by having Meryl as a viewpoint character for part or all of several episodes, along with single-story girls like Marianne and Jessica[[labelnote:*]] (she actually sticks around longer in the manga, yet has less of an impact on the plot)[[/labelnote]]. All the actually significant characters are still male though.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Love and peace~!"
* CattlePunk: A prime example, although Nightow chose to make his setting ''so'' desert there is no space for any actual herdbeasts. They aren't actually compulsory despite the name.
* CatSmile:
** Milly, especially when she's drunk.
** Vash during the first episode of the anime.
* CentralTheme: Basically, the question of whether [[ActualPacifist Actual Pacifism]] can triumph in a harsh, dog-eat-dog world, and how to break a CycleOfRevenge.
* CerebusSyndrome: Happened in both versions, for slightly different reasons.
** The manga at least had "moved from shonen magazine to seinen magazine partway through" to blame for Nightow holding back and then cutting loose.
** The anime front-loaded the series with lighthearted filler before unleashing the plot shortly before the halfway point.
** [[KnightOfCerebus Everything went to hell when Legato showed up]]. That's when the plot kicked off in both the manga and anime.
* CharacterExaggeration: In the manga, Vash was only a skirt-chaser in the pilot chapter and ''very'' early in the series proper; while he might do just about anything to be silly, he wouldn't harass ladies for kicks. In the anime, Vash becomes a CasanovaWannabe.
* ChargeIntoCombatCut: Happens at least twice in the anime.
** The opening sequence of the first episode. After an armed gang demolishes a bar that Vash was drinking in, he slowly stands up after finishing his drink, adjusts his glasses and points his gun at the gang… and cut to a completely different bar where we are introduced to the Insurance Girls. A flashback later in the episode reveals that [[spoiler:Vash had forgotten to load his gun and had to run for cover.]]
** Episode 18 (''[=TriMax=]'' Ch.1) has Wolfwood and Vash approach a disused building filled with dozens of heavily-armed bandits, pull out their guns and… cut to Lina giving Vash a haircut. This time we don't get to see what happened, just the aftermath (the building was literally ''cracked in half'')
* ChasteHero: Vash. Although given what he is, is it even ''possible'' for him to be otherwise?
** In the manga, Wolfwood is a chaste ''anti''-hero. Definitely NOT the case in the anime (the "chaste" part).
* TheChessmaster: Knives. In the manga, he steps up his game after the Last Run disaster revealed to him that [[spoiler:he's actually mortal and can't just play around forever.]]
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Vash can't help aiding those in great need, especially the downtrodden.
** Later on, particularly in the anime, Wolfwood gets pulled into it as well, much to his chagrin.
* ChurchMilitant: Nicholas in general. Chapel the Evergreen in the anime. [[spoiler:Nicholas, Chapel, and Livio as part of the Eye of Michael in the Manga.]]
* ChekhovsGun: Anime only. Wolfwood's Cross Punisher after [[spoiler:Vash takes it]]. It saves his life in his fight [[spoiler:with Knives.]]
* ClipShow: The majority of anime Episode 13 showcases some of Vash's silliest (and most awesome) moments, up to the fight with the Nebraskas and Monev.
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Livio is only half competent without his beautiful hat and cape. Also, Vash's coat is bullet-proof and contains airco and bullets.
* ColdSniper: Some of the Gung-Ho Guns, but Caine the Longshot in the anime is the absolute embodiment of the trope. He has ''no'' lines, a huge sniper rifle, and straight-up suicides when Vash defeats him.
* CompensatingForSomething:
** In manga Volume 7, Knives attempts to... [[{{Squick}} fuse with]] [[spoiler:Vash and let him survive as part of Knives when he accepts that his brother is never going to come around. Only, as Legato has already noticed, Vash has more raw power at his disposal, and almost overwhelms him]]. Knives does not like this. He then fuses with every other plant on the planet and becomes [[spoiler:the controlling consciousness of a [[BodyHorror vast collective entity that sprawls across the sky with a thousand wings]].]]
** And in the anime, Father Nebraska likely has a case of this, due to the size of his "son" and the length of the barrel on the gun he pulls after his son falls to Vash.
* {{Confessional}}: Wolfwood even sells confessions shaped like head-sized churches.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: With gunfighters in place of ninjas.
* ContemplateOurNavels: Knives. Legato. Livio to a large extent. Most of the Gung-Ho Guns. Vash mostly escapes this trend through [[StepfordSmiler frantic goofball action]], though he has understandable moments of this too.
* CoolBike: Wolfwood's [[ICallItVera Angelina II]].
* CoolShades: Vash, Wolfwood, and Knives in a few manga artworks.
** Yasuhiro Nightow is fond of giving his gunslingers glasses, especially in his designs for ''Anime/{{Gungrave}}'' characters (Brandon Heat, Bear Walken, Blood War).
* CoolStarship: The Arks, mostly.
* CouldntFindALighter: At a shooting competition (anime Ep.10), one contestant can be seen lighting his cigar with a submachine gun. Wolfwood shooting the gun out of the guy's hands and ''then'' shooting the cigar to re-light it is one of the funnier gags in the episode.
* CountingBullets: Vash does this in Episode 5 (Chapter 1) when he subdues the bounty hunters.
* CoveredWithScars: Vash, as the girls (and readers/viewers) discover when they walk in on him after a shower. [[note]] The audience already knew about the prosthetic arm thanks to the fight with Monev, but Meryl & Milly were a block away and couldn't see it.]] The scars are his price for trying to save everybody all the time. Of course, what some of those metal bits are doing on him is a mystery. [[RuleOfCool What, does he have some pressing medical need to tack his skin to his spleen?]] Might be subverted due to him being a Plant, but apparently it would use up his energy and turn his hair dark if he bothered to heal wounds like that automatically.[[/note]]
* CrapsackWorld: Gunsmoke is explicitly this, and several characters comment on it. The world is full of gunslingers; shootouts and property damage seem to be the norm; the planet itself is a desert and the competition for scarce natural resources is definitely bringing out the worst in people; the fear of the Humanoid Typhoon hangs over every town; Death is never far away… and then there's genocidal maniacs like Knives and Legato lurking in the background.
** The {{irony}} of this is that the Project SEEDS crew considered Earth to be one, which is a big reason why they left. Gunsmoke was meant to be terraformed, but Knives slaughtered almost all of the project's leaders.
* CreepyCoolCrosses:
** Wolfwood. His main weapon looks like a giant cross with a gun handle in its middle. The elongated bottom spoke conceals a machine gun, the top spoke above it holds a rocket launcher, and the two side spokes slide outwards to reveal racks for about a dozen pistols. The anime also has Chapel the Evergreen of the Gung-Ho Guns, who also carries a giant cross, though his separates into two heavy machine guns.
--->'''Man''': "Whoa, this is HEAVY!"\\
'''Wolfwood''': "That's because it's full of mercy."
** Manga Chapel has his own cross-Punisher. Livio has two. Razlo the Tri-P OF DEATH has three, just for shits and giggles.
** Also, manga chapter 16, the recently defeated [[TheMagnificent Monev the Gale]] is crucified on a giant unexplained cross of unclear material composition.
** Given Wolfwood's cross is [[spoiler:the weapon given to him in his role as a member of the Eye of Michael]], crosses are basically a villain calling card in the manga.
* CrossPoppingVeins: Meryl gets these a couple of times early on – when she learns a town's mayor called in the Nebraska Family to take out Vash, and then again when she encounters Vash on the sand-steamer (she didn't have enough money for a ticket and had to get a job in the galley to keep following him).
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Vash is the definitive example. He ''seems'' like a simple gangly fellow with a penchant for donuts and beer… until you piss him off. There's a very good reason why he has a $$60 billion bounty… although the majority of damages attributed to him are actually the fault of all the people chasing him, and the very worst atrocities (Lost July, Fifth Moon) were completely out of his control.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: Wolfwood and Vash.
* CulturalCrossReference: So many, it'll be faster to check the ShoutOut section.
* CuteMonsterGirl: (Arguably) Zazie the Beast's girl terminal in the manga.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Again, once Legato shows up, everything goes to hell. [[spoiler:To highlight it, we go from a rather cheery manga about a gunslinger wanted by the world, to having a cobbler's '''head''' in a paper bag.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Just about every major character except Milly. This includes the majority of the Gung-ho Guns.
* DeadlyDodging: One of Vash's [[MartialPacifist preferred tactics]] - near the start of ''[[TheMovie Badlands Rumble]]'', he pulls this off using ''smoked meat'' as a shield.
* DesertPunk: The series' aesthetic is this combined with a classic Western.
* DespairEventHorizon:
** As it is set in a CrapsackWorld heavy on RuleOfDrama and one of its major questions is whether idealism has any real meaning, so many characters, all the time. Especially in backstories, but the 'eternal suffering to Vash the Stampede' gives us a couple heroic ones in the main timeline. Meryl and Milly are actually ''notable'' for never falling to this point in either version (in fact, the odds of things ''not'' going completely to shit increase significantly in their presence; too bad the guys never notice).
** Especially notable is the one [[spoiler:Vash and Knives had when they were a year old]]. Their reactions were actually relatively similar, but because [[spoiler:Vash didn't pass out from the starvation]], he was able to work things through and come to terms with it; while [[spoiler:Knives, who went into an angst-coma, pretended to have forgotten]] and then… [[KillEmAll killed everyone]]. At least he felt kinda bad about how many plants were included in 'everyone' later.
* DespairGambit: Knives's main plan with regard to Vash. In the anime, this ultimately pushes him into a HeroicBSOD.
* DestructiveSaviour: Vash is called the "Humanoid Typhoon" for a reason, and while he doesn't ''like'' people's homes being wrecked, the only CollateralDamage that's ''really'' important to him is human life. He's willing to die for you, but not for your car. The dark side of this, as it were, comes up in the anime: [[spoiler:apparently his wish to not kill anyone affected the Angel Arm enough when Knives set it off in July that he managed to wreck an entire city without directly killing ''anybody''… but he left behind a city full of refugees in the middle of a desert…]]
* DeterminedExpression: Vash looks like this whenever he drops his façade of idiocy and decides to get serious. Only to be expected from a man whose byword is determination.
** Wolfwood has this look the majority of the time. So does Meryl sometimes.
* DeusExitMachina: In the chapters where Meryl and Milly are protecting the oasis owned by the old couple, Vash is almost entirely absent. The plot instead focuses on giving us a better idea of who the insurance girls are. Vash even lampshades it at one point when he pops out to make a single assist.
* DevilInPlainSight: Legato out to lunch in a bar or having a sandwich on a village plaza. In the manga, Knives is seen hanging around in bars within flashbacks.
* DiabolusExMachina: The Gung-Ho-Guns try to pull this off.
* DieHardOnAnX: The anime episode "B.D.N". The corresponding manga chapter is even called "Die Hards".
* DiedStandingUp: In the anime [[spoiler:Wolfwood]] dies kneeling before an alter.
* DirtyCop: You could say the town Marshal in ''Badlands Rumble' [[spoiler:except that he's with Gasback for a while now.]]
* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: [[spoiler:Amelia's mother]] in TheMovie.
* TheDitz:
** Vash, [[ObfuscatingStupidity or so it seems...]]
** Milly is TooDumbToFool.
* DoesNotLikeMen: Amelia in the ''Badlands Rumble'' movie, to the point of actually developing ''hives'' when touched by "idiot men". Also Meryl[[spoiler:, at least at first.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** Legato mind controls a kid to eat a hot dog, before holding her head [[spoiler:to crush it, except this was apparently an illusion]]. [[{{Squick}} Yeah.]] See the scene [[http://youtu.be/U6WQIv24Fqg?t=22s here]] and judge for yourself.
** Knives is swimming in this, [[spoiler:especially when interacting with his siblings, who provoke genuine-but-psychotic emotional reactions from him. And the forced absorptions that are too rapey for words, especially the attempt on Vash. And when Vash first catches up to him after the Fifth Moon Incident, he's asleep after multiple fusions, with enough pieces of his sisters lying around not yet fully dissolved into his body that it looks distinctly like the aftermath of an incestuous orgy...]]
** Also, his FullFrontalAttack on Vash in the manga looks very much like a rape scene, complete with helpless crying and an involuntary erection (which can happen to men who are raped anally).
* DramaticWind: Occasionally when Vash steps up.
* DrowningMySorrows: Early in the anime, Vash goes to a town and comes across a famous gunsmith who had become nothing more than an alcoholic. He had lost all desire to make/fix guns after [[spoiler:his wife and daughter were shot during a bank robbery… by a gun that he had made, due to their town having no sheriff]]. By the end of the episode, [[spoiler:everyone in town bands together again to drive out the bandit gang, and the gunsmith has decided to stop drinking.]]
* DubInducedPlotHole:
** In the English dub of Episode 5, Vash makes Monica back off by saying "Until I find that man you're after, I have to keep moving!" While this line is technically correct if you look at it in light of the entire series, it makes no sense in its immediate context, considering he really is the bountyhead they're after. The original line, "Until I see '''''him''''' again…", drives the point home much better.
** In the Spanish dub, Vash rejects Rai-Dei's challenge on the saying he cannot read, which contradicts all the other instances in which he is shown reading (in the original scene, he states he cannot read ''kanji'', which was how the text of the message was written). Of course, Vash being Vash, the moment could have been explained as one of his jokes.
* TheDyingWalk: In the anime, [[spoiler:Wolfwood]] is mortally wounded and after delivering a friendly last piece of advice to Vash, walks away, finds his way to the local church, pours his heart out, and then dies.
* DysfunctionJunction: Oh boy...
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Both versions, particularly the manga.
* EnfantTerrible: Young Knives.
** Zazie in the anime.
* EnvironmentalSymbolism: It was once stated that everyone in a town had become as emotionally dried up as the environment.
* MrFanservice: A few characters fit this trope, but Wolfwood is practically the archetype. Too bad his only mate is an inflatable doll, as the [[{{Omake}} gag covers]] suggest. In the anime, Wolfwood [[spoiler:hooked up with Milly right before he died.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Neon sticks to what he says and ''really'' likes it when someone "sparkles" brightly. He outright refuses to kill Vash despite pretty much winning a duel they had. He even helps stop the massacre he ''started'' because he agreed to do whatever Vash said if Vash won their duel.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Legato could make it happen. Then again, he seems to have a crush on Knives.
* EveryoneIsArmed: Hint -- the planet is ''named'' "Gunsmoke".
* EvilCounterpart:
** Knives to Vash, but Livio to Wolfwood might be a case if you believe [[{{Yandere}} Wolfwood]] can have an "evil counterpart".
** For one rather confusing fight, there was Midvalley in his white suit and Wolfwood in his black, both kind of ambivalent but fighting like hell, with the whole 'wolf fangs' theme going. Manga only.
* EvilGloating: The very minute Vash is trapped, assume this from the villain that's trapped him.
* EvilVirtues: Several of the bad guys, but Legato is especially noteworthy in that he ''is'' in many respects a genuinely brave, loyal, self-sacrificing man… who just so happens to be completely devoted to a genocidal maniac who wants to destroy humanity!
* EvolvingCredits: Each episode's opening (except for episode 2) shows a couple of scenes from that episode.[[labelnote:*]] The 2000 North American release by Pioneer uses Ep.1's opening throughout, because it was the only one that had a "clean" version they could put translated credits on.[[/labelnote]] Starting in episode 18, the wanted poster also changes to one warning people that Vash is coming.
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: Vash never hits a fatal spot, instead opting to hit areas like the shoulders and legs. Lampshaded in a fight in the manga: Vash is seen practicing his aim on a target board shaped like a person, but it seems he's unable to actually hit the vital spots. The villain of the chapter assumes that, because of this, he must be wounded. [[spoiler:Turns out he was not only ''aiming'' for the non-vital spots, but he was actually able to hit those spots precisely multiple times in a row.]]
* ExplosiveOverclocking: [[spoiler:Wolfwood]] after taking two vials of serum. He regenerates almost instantly from almost any wound, but [[spoiler:burns out his life and dies shortly afterwards.]]
* {{Expy}}:
** Knives has been accused of being a [[Anime/DragonBallZ Vegeta]] Expy.
** Monev the Gale is very intentionally a Venom expy.
* EyeScream: In the manga, when Vash snaps at Monev, he shoves his gun in Monev's right eye socket so hard the guy's eye apparently ''ruptures''. Also, Zazie's flies crawl in and out of his eyes. Midvalley's horn playing also seems to make eyes bleed/explode, and he even (temporarily) blinds Wolfwood.
* TheFaceless: Knives during most of the first ''Trigun'' manga and almost all the anime. Even when he does show up at the end of the first manga, much of his face is hidden by a mass of improbable curly hair -- presumably because Nightow still wanted to conceal his resemblance to Vash.
* FaceHeelTurn: Many characters, out of sheer desperation, will suddenly pull a gun on the guy they were once chatting with just for the $$60 billion bounty.
* FanDisservice:
** ''Everything'' about Legato. ''Especially'' in the manga. *shiver*
** Arguably, Vash, given that under that jacket he's covered head-to-toe in scars and is missing an arm.
** Knives' FullFrontalAssault.
* {{Fanservice}}: Lots of eye candy if you love big muscles. Or long legs. Or glowering.
* FantasticMeasurementSystem: Distances are measured in "iles" and "yarz", although it's never made clear whether those are actually miles and yards with letters removed and different spellings, or something different.[[note]] The manga is inconsistent on this, as Nightow sometimes used metric early on – the English translation adapts the fantastical units to standard Imperial ones, but keeps the metric ones as-is.[[/note]] Money is called "double dollars" ($$).
* FearfulSymmetry:
** EvilCounterpart [[spoiler:Vash and Knives]] in the anime. Very strange and gratuitous because it's extremely unlikely [[spoiler:Knives]] would have the same gunfighting training and practise as [[spoiler:Vash]], having just left SealedEvilInACan state and being secluded from the real world.
** Averted in the manga: [[spoiler:Vash wins by a split second… Then gets ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice.]]
* TheFettered: Vash. Source of his philosophical dispute with Wolfwood. Arguably the same with Knives; Knives is just much further on the other end of the scale.
* FillItWithFlowers: Being a desert planet, the setting touches on this a lot, but especially in the episode "Little Arcadia".
** Rem explicitly wanted to see this happen.
%%* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: Wolfwood is the Cynic (or the Conflicted), Vash is the Optimist, Meryl is the Realist, Milly is the Apathetic (when being silly) or Conflicted (the rest of the time).
* FreakinessShame: Averted. [[spoiler:Knives has people around him who think his [[FreakyIsCool freakiness is pretty damn awesome]], but so does he. Meanwhile, Vash could do with someone thinking his wings are beautiful, but no one can actually bring themselves to say it; [[AvertedTrope his wings freak them out way too much]]. In fairness, they are pretty terrifying wings. (Manga) Meryl is so badly traumatized by the situation in which she first sees them that she burrows into Milly's arms and screams the next time he reflexively puts up a feather to catch a bullet. 'Colorless Emotions' is a depressing chapter all round.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Most of the villains and even some of the 'good guys'.
* FriendOrFoe: The main conflict with Wolfwood in the manga.
* FriendToAllChildren:
** Vash. Playing with children is one of his many activities whenever he stays in one place more than a few hours, and if he stays more than a few days the local kids will all consider him their personal minion.
** Wolfwood doesn't play with them quite so much, but they're an even bigger part of his world.
* FromBadToWorse: Frequently. Also, the apocalypse kinda comes and goes during the manga. Story proceeds.
* FullFrontalAssault: Knives, in manga Chapter 20 (the last of the original series).
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* GallowsHumour: The humour tied to Legato and Knives's insanity and to Vash goofing around in the most desperate circumstances gets particularly disturbing -- so much that Nightow edited out some of the "offending" passages of the last three or four volumes, presumably under fandom pressure.
* GeckoEnding: The anime has this… sort of. It's an odd example, as Nightow was directly involved in the planning and many events play out as a dry-run of key thematic points the manga would get to years later.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Vash in "Diablo", the story where things get DarkerAndEdgier, as a sign of his UnstoppableRage. In hindsight, also an early indication of [[BizarreAlienBiology how damn freaky his body is]].
* GoodCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler:Livio.]]
* AGlassOfChianti: Knives in the anime.
* TheGlovesComeOff: Happens to Vash when he's forced to [[spoiler:kill Legato]] in order to save Milly and Meryl. Unusually for the trope, the act itself is rather understated.
* {{Gonk}}:
** The vast majority of antagonist characters are this, if they're not MrFanservice.
** Also a lot of the background characters.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Knives, UsedToBeASweetKid. Vash too, briefly.
* GoodFeelsGood:
** Vash, obviously.
** The series also underlines that, even though it may ''seem'' so, [[EvilFeelsGood evil does NOT feel good]] – Legato is suicidal, Knives seems to be quickly going insane (even by his standards), {{Villainous Breakdown}}s abound, Wolfwood is terribly conflicted over his questionable actions, etc.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Wolfwood, Livio (in the manga), and Knives. Vash has the power but refuses.
* GratuitousEnglish: Gunsmoke is an explicitly English-speaking world, so this abounds. Unfortunately, Nightow's English skills are less than perfect (and the anime had {{Engrish}} abound).
** The second episode shows us a flier for a "BODYGARD" who is a "CREAT SHOOTER LIKE VASH THE STANPEAT".
** There's also a sign that says "COFFE & RESTLANT!!" in Episode 5.
** When Vash uses the computer in Episode 26, it says "Searth Target, All People Relate to Lem Sayblam".
** In the manga, there's one instance where there's a container of salt labeled "solt".
** The Quickdraw application in the eponymous episode is pretty legible, though. Maybe Wolfwood is just a better-than-average speller?
** The whiskey labels are very faithful reproductions of actual brands… except for "Dim Deam", though that may be an intentional BrandX-ing of Jim Beam.
** And of course, "LOVE AND PEASU!"
* GratuitousForeignLanguage:
** Vash occasionally utters a few words in French, crying for his "maman" and greeting his food with "Bonjour! Je t'aime!". The first time, he then questions why the hell he's speaking French.[[note]] HilariousInHindsight as Creator/MasayaOnosaka was later cast as France in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''.[[/note]]
*** "Danke, danke!"
** In the anime, Rai-Dei presents him with a formal Japanese challenge… whereupon Vash says he can't understand a word of it.[[note]] The challenge, written on a card, is "Shi-Ai", which Rai-Dei translates (incorrectly) as "fight to the death". The phrase literally means "testing by meeting" and is used to refer to a contest.[[/note]]
* GroinAttack: Episode 19 had Meryl delivering a swift groin kick to a random {{Mook}} who got close to her after hearing something about a typhoon (which was possibly a reference to Vash).
* GunFu: Vash vs. Knives in the anime and Wolfwood vs. Midvalley in the manga seem lifted directly from a John Woo flick.
* GutPunch: Legato's introduction. Everything's fine and dandy, then Legato [[spoiler:fakes snapping the neck of a child, threatens to Vash that he will slaughter the entire town he's in, and leaves laughing.]]
* TheGunslinger: Vash most notably. But ''several'' characters could qualify.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Vash's gold hair matches his heart. Oh-so-averted with Knives.
* HandyFeet: A kidnapped and hand tied Meryl frees herself by firing Milly's stungun with her feet.
* TheHeartless: The manga heavily implies that Knives and to a lesser extent Legato function symbolically as this.
* HeelFaceTurn: After the death of [[spoiler:Wolfwood]], [[spoiler:Livio]] joins the heroes.
* HereWeGoAgain: The manga ends with everyone once again [[spoiler:chasing after Vash. And he couldn't be happier.]]
* HeroesGoneFishing: Often involves donuts and/or noodles.
* HeroicBSOD: Once or twice with Vash in the anime. Repeatedly in the manga, and not just with him.
* HiddenEyes: The manga contains quite a few variations on this, including ScaryShinyGlasses. The latter is standard in the anime when Vash finally gets serious.
* [[spoiler:HitMeDammit]]: [[spoiler:In the last volume, right before he can be killed, Vash hesitates, Legato starts to piss off and demands Vash to kill him otherwise Livio will be killed by Elendira. Livio survives.]]
* HiveMind: Apparently kinda-sorta the case with the bulb plants, even before [[spoiler:Knives starts subsuming them into himself]]. In the manga also to some degree the case of the sand worms, whose psychic network extends over most of the planet's native life and learns how to invest itself in a human vessel, giving Knives the Gung-Ho Gun 'Zazie the Beast'. They have some kind of alliance with him against the human invaders, although this is never properly explored.
* HopeSpot: In episode 21 of the anime, Vash looks like he's about to [[spoiler:revive a wounded plant and save Sky City… when Hoppered regains consciousness and destroys the plant with a suicidal LastBreathBullet.]]
* HowToStopTheDeusExMachina: Vash is incredibly skilled with his weapons and probably capable of taking out every single baddie he ever faced, short of [[spoiler:his own brother]]. What holds him back? [[MartialPacifist Martial Pacifism]]. If he really unleashed himself, he'd hurt a lot of people, and he doesn't even want to hurt the bad guys. Unfortunately, attempting other options sometimes allows harm to come to innocent bystanders, although not as often as one would think. In fact, the impression is given that, before Knives sicced the Guns on him, he pulled off a miracle practically every time, if at great personal cost, so his world goes through a bit of a paradigm shift while the audience watches.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Being nearly two feet taller than Meryl, Vash really has to bow down when he wants to hug her. That or he hoists her up.
* HumanPopsicle: The entire original generation of humans on Gunsmoke. The "Old Men" in Sky City are still held in suspended animation for reasons unexplained.
* HumansAreBastards: The root of the problem.
* IHaveManyNames:
** Vash only ever gives "Vash" if actually pressed into introducing himself[[labelnote:*]] (except that one time when he met Wolfwood and introduced himself as "Valentinez Alkalinella Xifax Sicidaboheretz Gumbigobella Blue Stradivari Talentrento Pierre André Charton-Haymoss Ivanovichi Baldeus George Doitzel Kaiser the Third")[[/labelnote]] but he's also "The Stampede", [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "The Humanoid Typhoon", "The Demon of July", "The Walking Disaster", "God's Armed Arm", "The First Human Act of God"]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Spikey/Needle-Noggin/Broom-head]].
** Oh, and "Eriks" that one time when he [[TenMinuteRetirement finally gave up]].
** Nicholas D. Wolfwood is also Nicholas the Punisher. And [[spoiler:Chapel.]]
* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight:
** Vash does this pretty much every time he meets Knives in the manga.
*** From Knives's perspective, ''he'' must be the one doing it to Vash, which brings once again the question of whether the twins are by "nature" peace-loving or mindlessly violent.
** Given their silent sisters appear to all be sweethearts, albeit easily influenced, Vash appears to have a leg up in this argument. Chronica, meanwhile, has a bit of a temper and apparently a rather military mindset, vaguely like a sane Knives, while Domina is sweet and spunky.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Descartes suffers this fate in the manga, courtesy of Grey the Nine-Lives. Also, [[spoiler:Elendira]] and [[spoiler:Vash in his final confrontation with Knives in the manga]].
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Rai-Dei the Blade can block bullets.
* ImportantHaircut: The first haircuts that the young Vash and Knives receive in episode 17. Even more of an example of this trope than in most other anime, as it's a major defining character moment for both of them (and also serving to pinpoint the moment of [[spoiler:Knives's StartOfDarkness]]).
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Also note that in the Trigun ''verse'', nothing is cooler than a coat with the bottom part torn apart by dozens and dozens of bullets. With ScaryShinyGlasses!
* ImprobableAimingSkills:
** A must for any MartialPacifist operating as a gunslinger. Vash almost invariably hits what he aims at, no matter how absurd the shot, though a combination of rigorous training and superhuman potential count for a lot. On one occasion a terrible hangover made him reflexively hit all the targets in a quickdraw tournament he'd been forced into, when he'd meant to miss some.
** In the same episode, he throws pebbles from the sidelines to knock bullets askew and make sure all wounds are nonfatal during other people's duels. And moves so fast no one notices. Kind of disappointing after that that he was never reduced to 'throwing stones' as a combat technique.
** In another, he concusses an opponent by flinging the bullets out the back of his gun, and blocks the hammer of another guy's gun with the bubblegum he had been chewing, apparently ''at range''.
** On the other hand, on one occasion his response to an ambush netted one accidental potentially-fatal blow somewhere on the abdomen, so he interrupts his role as John [=McClane=] in a DieHardOnAnX episode to staunch the enemy's bleeding in alarm, to the consternation of his young ally. So he's not infallible or anything.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Played straight with Midvalley, whose saxophone is actually pretty sinister in the manga. Also, the deadliness of CreepyCoolCrosses is directly proportional to their size.
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: Legato is this way towards Knives. Especially in the manga.
* InstantDogend: Wolfwood's cigarettes. Actually, this series doesn't have a "normal" cigarette to be seen.
* InstrumentOfMurder: Midvalley's saxophone.
* InsultBackfire: "Knives, you're inhuman!" and "Knives, you calamity!" Also, go ahead and try to insult Legato, we'll wait for you.
* ItsPersonal: Vash's conflict with Knives got personal about two seconds after it began.
** His feud with Legato soon becomes this too, with Vash announcing loudly "From now on, I'm hunting YOU!"
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Nicholas D. Wolfwood. The manga never quite explains why his TrueCompanions inflict it upon themselves to put up with him in the first place, knowing that he expresses his affection by distributing humiliating nicknames ("Tongari/Spikey", "big girl", "small girl", "crybaby Livio"), "playful" insults, and various blows. Plus, his manga version is particularly macho and even tries to protect Milly from Midvalley... by pretending he'll shoot her if she doesn't leave immediately, then punching her in the stomach to knock her out (he gets booed by onlookers). Borders on ValuesDissonance when his mistreatment of Vash is [[HilarityEnsues played for fun]]. It's even a wonder Nightow still manages to make him such a likable and well-written character for all his KnightTemplar and {{Jerkass}} traits.
** From the anime: [[spoiler:Dying]] Wolfwood goes for a cigarette and remembers a scene from Ep.11:
--->'''Milly''' [-(flashback)-]: "It's bad for the baby, dear!" (ItMakesSenseInContext).\\
'''Wolfwood''' [-(present)-]: "I'm sorry, honey."
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: Vash, surprisingly, does this to Monev the Gale after shooting him in the face while in an Unstoppable Rage. Vash walks slowly up to Monev, lamenting over how many people have died and when Monev expresses his lack of caring, gets a boot to the face, showing us just how pissed off Vash is.
* KillAllHumans: Knives and Legato.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Wolfwood, [[ItWasHisSled if you didn't know that already]].]]
* KirkSummation: one of Vash's MartialPacifist techniques, consistent with his belief that any criminal can reform.
* KlingonPromotion: How [[spoiler:Wolfwood]] got into the Gung-Ho Guns in the manga back story. Shot his teacher, Chapel, in the back and used the contractual auto-replace feature to step in as the new Chapel.
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Knives is a big brother complex gone ''horribly wrong''. He's pretty much of a {{Yandere}} over Vash, with huge emphasis on the "Yan". Also, Knives basically ''decided'' he was the older twin (there's no proof he is or if Plants even work that way) and it's up for debate which of them is the more childish.
* LargeHam: This is to be expected in a series that revolves around absurdly huge guns.
** Several of the series villains, especially filler baddies in the anime, are hams.
*** This series seems, for the most part, to have an inverse relationship between how over-the-top a villain acts and how powerful they are. Monev and E.G. Mine, the weakest of the Gung-Ho Guns, are also the hammiest. Knives is usually very subdued, but can get like this if Vash sets him off.
** Of the good(-ish) guys, Razlo and Wolfwood get pretty hammy.
*** Vash too, albeit in quite a different style. Kaite calls him on it during the sandsteamer ordeal.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Vash and Meryl are like this in the manga ([[PromotedToLoveInterest less so in the anime]]), though there's still enough material for shippers to use.
* LivingBattery: All Plants are this.
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: Vash doesn't age and has a lot of angst, but he's also a goof who spends his time helping the people of Gunsmoke. He doesn't ''like'' outliving people and the alienating effect it has, but there are definitely a lot of things that bother him more, and on the whole it's an advantage.
* LoveTriangle:
** One official. Sorta. Legato and Elendira both like Knives. He hates them both, of course. Very uncompromising racist.
** Also there's Brad likes Jessica and Jessica likes Vash and Vash's opinion on the matter is, "Can't we just pretend you're still five like you were last time I saw you?"
* TheMagnificent: Most major characters have one of these. Whether the name was earned by exploits or assigned as part of ThemeNaming by employers etc. seems to vary. At least one was inherited via KlingonPromotion.
** Meryl and Milly shake up the trend by having ''nommes de guerre'' that come ''before'' their proper names and do not involve prepositions.[[note]] Stun-Gun Milly and Derringer Meryl, in case you're interested. They share with Nicholas the Punisher the convention of being named after your weapon.[[/note]]
** Vash [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Stampede, the Humanoid Typhoon. Destroyer of July. God's Right Hand of Destruction.]]
** ALL the Gun-ho Guns have these. Unclear whether this is Knives's taste or Legato's, considering the level of delegation and that neither of them has one.
*** Monev the Gale.
*** Nicholas the Punisher. (Not [[ThePunisher that one]].)
*** Midvalley the Hornfreak.
*** Chapel the Evergreen has great rhythm but doesn't do the scary thing that well, either.
*** Livio the Double Fang and [[AxCrazy Razlo]] the [[UpToEleven Tri-Punisher of Death]] help make up the Eye of Michael's scary name quotient.
*** Elendria the Crimson Nail.
* ManlyTears: Vash, Wolfwood; (manga only) Knives, Legato, Livio.
* MaybeEverAfter:
** In the manga, after gradually becoming closer to each other and reuniting, Meryl eventually [[spoiler:cries and hugs Vash before he goes off to battle Knives]]. He does something akin to blowing kisses by kissing his knuckles, prompting her to kiss hers and pressing theirs together. Later, after coming back to the ship and before going to [[spoiler:finally finish Knives off once and for all, Vash]] uncharacteristically makes a promise he has never made before: a promise to come back to Meryl and asks her to please wait for him. After this, the relationship is completely left hanging as the HereWeGoAgain ending six months afterward comes in to play, and no further hints of a relationship are given.
** In the anime, while things are more one-sided, Milly tells a crying Meryl to [[spoiler:tell Vash about her feelings when he comes back from his confrontation with Knives]]. At the end of the anime, we see Meryl saying that [[spoiler:Vash wouldn't keep a good woman like her waiting, and Vash does come back to Meryl and Milly at the very end]], leaving us to guess what happens next for the two.
* MayflyDecemberRomance:
** ''Anyone'' Vash could hypothetically hook up with would be about [[spoiler:150]] years younger than him, and he'd still probably outlive them.[[note]] Except [[{{Squick}} his twin brother]], and potentially that plant woman Chronica in the manga.[[/note]] A major factor in his status as ChasteHero, since he's the emotional type.
** Applies to Knives too, except he really doesn't care.
* MeaningfulName:
** Rem's name is written in katakana, but if put into kanji it can be translated to English as "the world", depending on the context. Knives somehow acquired, as an adorable child, a name much more suited to his future as a homicidal maniac.
** Legato named himself. Presumably he meant something by it. It will forever be a mystery what. (''Legato'' is a musical term meaning something like "played smoothly and connected"; the mystery lies in exactly why he felt it was appropriate, or if he just liked the sound of it).
** The planet's names themselves. While it's generally referred to as "Gunsmoke" in promotional materials (never named in the anime), a name given in the manga is "No Man's Land". For a pure desert planet that's essentially [[RecycledInSpace the Wild West in Space]], they fit.
* MexicanStandoff: Happens a few times throughout the anime and manga, but by far the most over-the-top one occurs in Volume 5 of ''Maximum''. [[spoiler:Those involved include Wolfwood, Zazie, Hopperd, Legato, and Vash… sort of. Here's what happens — Wolfwood has guns trained on Legato and Zazie. Zazie has guns on Legato and Wolfwood. Hopperd is crippled and is trying to fire on Legato. Legato is holding back Hopperd with his powers while also trying to contain Vash. Vash's involvement is debatable, as he's simply losing control of his Angel powers and trying not to destroy everyone. The standoff is broken by (of all people) Meryl leaping up from beneath Vash and taking a shot at Legato. Guns go off all over the place, but the only one who dies is Hopperd.]]
* MistakenIdentity:
** A bit of a running gag early in the anime. Due to there being no proper pictures of Vash, just a vague description, people with a red coat, blond hair, and a big weapon become mistaken for Vash. It gets to the point that two bounty hunters ''mistake each other'' for Vash.
** Averted in the manga, where there is explicitly a photo on his wanted poster.
* TheMobBossIsScarier: A non crime case. In the anime, when Vash defeats Caine and offers him a chance to surrender, Caine [[spoiler:promptly shoots himself rather than suffer Knives' wrath for failing.]] This also seems to be affecting Midvalley, who outright says that he has no choice but to kill or be killed in his fight with Vash.
* MoralEventHorizon: Discussed in-universe by multiple characters.
** Vash doesn't believe in it, claiming that no one is beyond redemption. He got this from Rem, who often talked about how anyone can reinvent themselves, because the future is open.
** Wolfwood ''does'' believe in it, and thinks he crossed it long ago.
** Legato discusses it in his typical manipulative nihilist way.
--->''"So many people have died. I've caused so much suffering. A being like myself shouldn't be allowed to live."''
* MoreDakka: Another hallmark of this series.
** Within the first three minutes of the first episode of the anime, an entire ''building'' is blown to pieces by Descartes and his {{mook}}s' gunfire. This sets the tone for the entire show.
** Every member of the Eye Of Michael lives and breathes this.
** So does Monev, although it doesn't end well for him.
** In the first story after the Fifth Moon Incident, Vash and Wolfwood go to rescue Lina from some bandits who have holed up in a disused building. Literally hundreds of guns are trained on them. The bandit leader gives the order to fire and… cut to the building ''reduced to rubble'' and Lina safe.
* {{Mordor}}: Pretty much everywhere! Except geo-plant areas.
* TheMovie: Got one a dozen years after the anime ended (three years after the manga ended).
* MookHorrorShow:
** Vash sometimes plays up the horror factor that his reputation gives him, since it gets him out of fights and he actually has a strict moral code against killing. He's done the sneak-around-and-pick-your-dudes-off thing and the ImplacableMan advance-while-singing-a-terrifying-ditty-about-genocide thing.
** A note: Singing in Ep.19/[=TriMax=] Vol.1 didn't work.
*** Further note: Kicking the RPG fired by a terrified mook into the ceiling ''after'' singing that ''did'' work.
** Monev the Gale found out the hard way how scary a genuinely angry Vash can be when Monev gunned down a bunch of innocent civilians. He compared Vash's Glowing Eyes of Doom to the eyes of the devil himself. Note that he had never actually met [[EvilTwin his boss]].
* MuggedForDisguise: [[spoiler:One of Leonof's puppets does this to poor Jessica in the anime, leaving her BoundAndGagged on the floor after stealing her clothes]].
* MurderInc: The Eye of Michael. Bonus points for the AncientConspiracy undertones.
* MustMakeAmends: In the manga, Young Vash and Knives discover that [[spoiler:before they were born, the SEEDS crew encountered another sentient plant like them, who they named Tessla]]… and the crew in their curiosity performed endless experiments [[spoiler:on her, and the stress of it killed her]]. They also learned that their surrogate mother was one of the researchers. After learning the truth, Knives fell into a coma and Vash simply refused to eat. In an attempt to make him eat, Rem started to peel an apple… and Vash [[spoiler:leapt for the knife in what was probably a suicide attempt, but ended up stabbing Rem in the side when she put up a struggle. At first he [[SlasherSmile seemed relieved]] but quickly started panicking and put her to bed in a med-birth and patched her up.]]
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: [[spoiler:Legato uses his own death to psychologically torture Vash.]] It worked.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast:
** Millions Knives.
** Legato Bluesummers, on the other hand, just carries an air of faint menace.
** Most of Vash's nicknames count: the Humanoid Typhoon, the Demon of July, the First Human Act of God, etc. etc.
* NemesisWeapon: As shown in a flashback in the anime, after wrecking a fleet of {{Colony Ship}}s, Knives uses some of the ships' remains to make a pair of pistols which, if used by one of his race, can transform into weapons of mass destruction called "Angel Arms". He gives one of the guns to Vash, still thinking he can bring his good twin around. It becomes Vash's weapon of choice, with its twin only appearing in the finale.
* NeverFoundTheBody: After the Fifth Moon Incident, Wolfwood and Meryl separately use this as justification in their belief that Vash survived. They're right.
** In the movie [[spoiler:after Vash gets shot by one of Gasback's henchman.]] However, [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt nobody in the audience would believe it]], given how the manga ends.
* NietzscheWannabe: Several characters, but Legato practically ''defines'' the trope.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Nightow's official genre classification (see the caption to the page image). Also, some of the character designs. Rai-Dei is a Cowboy Samurai Assassin on Steampunk Rocket Skates! In space!
* NonchalantDodge: Vash does this a lot.
* NoRomanticResolution: In the anime, the relationship between [[spoiler:Meryl and Vash]] is left hanging.
* NotSoDifferent: Knives and Legato both try to invoke this on Vash without much success… until Vash [[spoiler:kills Legato; at that point, he (temporarily) feels he no longer has any right to face Knives]].
** In ''Badlands Rumble'', Amelia has a minor HeroicBSOD when she realizes [[spoiler:that her indifference to possibly shooting the plant while chasing revenge against Gasback]] meant that she was just like him.
* NunTooHoly: Wolfwood is the male version, obviously.
-->'''Vash:''' What the hell kind of churchman are you, anyway?!
** The most extreme interpretation of his position in the anime is, as described on the main NunTooHoly page, ''[[spoiler:Knives priest]]''. The least extreme is [[ProfessionalKiller assassin with a church front]].
* [[Theatre/OedipusRex Oedipus Complex]]:
** Both in the manga and in the anime, Nicholas D. Wolfwood has a bad complex towards his tyrannical mentor/father figure. No mothers need apply.
** On the other hand, Vash had only a foster mother, and has been accused of spending way too much time thinking about her.
* OffModel:
** Early on in the manga, characters' faces often look… weird. Especially women.
** The TV series is known for being all over the map in terms of its animation quality. Individual episodes can and often do jump between this and AnimationBump depending on the scene.
*** The worst-looking episode by far is Ep.16, "Fifth Moon". Unfortunately, that episode contains major plot development… and the all-important lead-up to the Incident is where the animation really takes a nosedive.
*** Episode 3 is a noticeable step down in quality from the first two.
*** Most of Ep.25 ("Live Through") looks fine, but there's one sequence near the halfway point that manages to have the laziest animation of the entire series.
* {{Omake}}: The gag covers, and they're doozies. Also, the end-of-volume pages involving SuperDeformed Nightow prancing around in near-insanity.
* OmnicidalManiac: Legato wants to witness and be part of TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt because he feels his existence is meaningless. Actually creepier than Knives, who (at least in the manga) has actual motivations and intends to save his species… sort of. The world would be way scarier if Legato was the BigBad instead of a young creep psychologically dependent on someone stronger than him.
* OnceAnEpisode: Appearances from Kuroneko-sama in the anime.
* OneWingedAngel: Manga only, but it was pretty awesome.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Vash looks like that he's around 27[[spoiler:, but he is actually [[Really700YearsOld over 100]].]]
* OnlyALighter: The third episode sees an outlaw boss DualWielding long-barrel revolvers that are actually matching cigarette lighters. This HarmlessVillain with a SlasherSmile plots a bank heist posing as Vash.
* OnlySixFaces:
** All the non-{{Gonk}} characters must have only ''four'' faces or something. This happens so much in Nightow's work that most ''Manga/BloodBlockadeBattlefront'' characters look like ''Trigun'' expies. Vash's face must be the most overused one -- Livio even looks like Vash/Knives with a fancy tattoo. Even ''Chronica'' sort of looks like them.
** Anime Vash and Knives have moderately different coloring. Some of the manga scenes are almost incomprehensible at first or second look, especially if both of them are in it and there are a lot of sound effects. This looks intentional in the flashback to the twins as kids -- wow, can't even tell which one said what, they're joined at the hip! -- but problematic later.
* OverlyLongName: Vash's long-winded introduction to Wolfwood:
-->'''Vash:''' I am Valentinez Alkalinella Xifax Sicidabohertz Gumbigobilla Blue Stradivari Talentrent Pierre André Charton-Haymoss Ivanovicci Baldeus George Doitzel Kaiser. Don't hesitate to call.[[note]] Your translation may vary, because wow.[[/note]]
* PacifismBackfire: A pretty hefty amount of InUniverse angst and (in and out-of-universe) arguing is how much personal sacrifice and CrazyEnoughToWork plans Vash has to go through for his pacifist calling (which is noble, but ''definitely'' clashing with the CrapsackWorld, "anybody with a gun and a desperate need for money (which is ''everybody on the planet'') is out to get Vash's bounty" setting), ''especially'' when the Gung-Ho Guns and Knives come calling and the fact Vash can't bring himself to even give them something slightly greater than flesh wounds allows them to throw their contempt for Vash's beliefs to his face via ''massive'' slaughters.
* PalsWithJesus: Though Vash and (especially) Knives are often referred to as "HIM" by various characters in the manga.
** In the anime, Meryl busts out a much less flattering "''that'' guy" in reference to Vash.
* PapaWolf: Wolfwood, for any child he happens to encounter at all. Made his anime [[spoiler:killing of Zazie all the more shocking]] (and even more of a gesture of attachment to Vash, but Vash wasn't really in a state to appreciate that).
* ParentalAbandonment: Most of the cast are either abandoned or orphaned; some even killed [[Theatre/OedipusRex a father figure]] or mother figure as a result of abuse or insanity...
* PastelChalkedFreezeFrame: Wolfwood in "Quick Draw" right after he turns around screaming with GunsAkimbo. It's the only one in the entire anime.
* PersonOfMassDestruction:
** Vash is classified as a '''Human Act of God''' for insurance purposes. For some reason this also causes the bounty to be taken off his head. Gunsmoke must have some ''weird'' tort law.
** And Knives, of course. Shooter of satellites and spaceships. Bringer of the Apocalypse. Though he would probably object to being called a "person".
* PillowPregnancy: In anime Ep.11, Milly tries to [[TwoMenOneDress hide a slave-girl who is being chased by having her cling to her belly under her coat]], then pretending she is pregnant and Wolfwood is the dad.
* PlotBasedVoiceCancellation: When Rem makes her Heroic Sacrifice to save Vash, she yells something at him that is cut off by the blast doors closing. Vash still takes this "something" as gospel some twenty years later. [[note]] The English dub of the anime translates this as "Take care of Knives!", but in Japanese the verb is missing – all we hear is "Knives wo…" and then silence. The manga doesn't even give that much; everything Rem says after "Vash…" is muffled.[[/note]]
* PowerGivesYouWings: Creepy ones. And only the twins.
* PriceOnTheirHead: Vash has $$60,000,000,000 on his head for the destruction of a city. Up until the Bernadelli Insurance Corporation declares him a "human act of God".
* ProfessionalKiller: The Eye of Michael are a ring of the planet's scariest assassins with a front as a respectable church.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Meryl and Vash are LikeBrotherAndSister in the original manga. In the anime, by contrast, there's a distinct romantic subtext (at least from Meryl's end). A concise example of the difference is in the scene where Meryl and Milly see Vash shirtless and he says the sight of him would make girls run away – in the anime, she blushes and grows flustered, insisting that women (read: she) wouldn't run; in the manga, she basically rolls her eyes and continues with the matter at hand.
* PsychoForHire:
** Legato and the Gung-Ho Guns.
** There are also the [[ProfessionalKiller Eye of Michael]], who have slots in the Guns as an organization instead of individuals. Of course, even they as high-end assassins are less than qualified as simple professionals, since there was a plant-worshipping cult involved in their evolution as an organization.
* PsychoSupporter: Legato, especially in the manga.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Legato, Knives and Wolfwood, occasionally. Lazlo, ALL. ''THE''. ''TIME!!''
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[[folder: Tropes Q-Z]]
* RapeAsBackstory: [[spoiler:Legato]] in the manga.
* RatedMForManly: Moreso in the hands of [[AscendedFanboy Boichi]].
* RazorWings: One of Knives' powers is part of his body turning into feathers which are monomolecular blades.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Interestingly, some other characters are YoungerThanTheyLook in the manga.
* RealityEnsues: Vash rushes to treat one of the Bad Lads after he shoots him. Even if the shot was non-lethal and missed his organs, he's still in danger of bleeding out.
** Meryl's AwesomeButImpractical fighting style has her continuously drawing and discarding derringer pistols every two shots. After one shootout she's seen walking around picking them all back up.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Knives, Legato, and (manga) Wolfwood to Vash. Vash to Knives in the manga.
* RecklessPacifist: Vash. He'll save everyone's lives if at all possible (and sometimes even if it's not), but don't expect there to not be massive collateral damage as a result.
* RecurringExtra: Kuroneko-sama
* RedOniBlueOni: Vash is the blue to Wolfwood's red. Legato is the blue to Vash's red.
** Vash vs. Knives is more complex, as Knives is the more cerebral of the two but also the more impulsive and violent.
** Meryl and Milly play both roles depending on the situation. Meryl is (usually) more hotheaded but less impulsive, yet Milly often has to talk her down.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Nicholas D. Wolfwood]].
** RedemptionEqualsLife: [[spoiler:With Livio instead, who goes on and lives as a drifter, and probably helping orphans like his old comrade]].
* TheReveal: Vash is [[spoiler:an ArtificialHuman]]! Knives is [[spoiler:his EvilTwin]]! The Gung-ho Guns' coins are [[spoiler:meant to activate a device that de-powers Legato]]!
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: When LaResistance is made out of trauma-fueled genocidal psychos and a massively oppressed species.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Deconstructed. Just because you refuse to kill doesn't mean that others will choose to follow your highly idealistic philosophy. Indeed, following this philosophy will not only cost you dearly, but make you less effective at actually ''stopping'' suffering and misery than being willing to kill does, because [[KillHimAlready some people are so irredeemably evil that the only way they will stop causing misery is when they are DEAD]].
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Most characters actually use machine guns or semiautomatics. Vash, however, uses an ancient custom six-shooter as his primary weapon… and is able to beat nearly everyone with it.
* RuleOfCool: As you can probably guess from every other trope on this page, the series ''runs'' on this.
** Deep Space Planet Future Western Gun Action!! Also see NinjaPirateZombieRobot.
** In the third episode of the anime, Vash somehow manages to deflect machine-gun fire using only a garbage-can lid. Which he'd previously been wearing as a hat.
* RuleOfFunny: Right now, someone is talking to his donut. In GratuitousFrench.
* SchizoTech: Justified by the AfterTheEnd setting. Most tech used by ordinary people is early-1900's at best – there's electric lights, automobiles, and trains but not planes – however, there are examples here and there of the more advanced "Lost Technology" known to the original generation who survived the Great Fall (though the ability to ''create'' that stuff died when Knives slaughtered the Project SEEDS crew). Then of course there are the Plants, which are even more advanced than that, and are the literal lifeblood of the human race; almost everything people need to survive comes from them.
** The economic system of Gunsmoke is also pretty schizo. The Plants seem to be, with rare exceptions, municipally owned, but everything else is libertarian in the extreme. This can be explained by this world running on Western movie tropes rather than anything logical for the situation. [[labelnote:Fan Wank -]] There are presumably a variety of quasi-socialist arrangements to allow the plant-manufactured foodstuffs and things to be disseminated to the public and from there bought and sold, although probably some places are outright capital-feudalist about it and the public essentially belongs to whoever controls the plant in exchange for their lives, and therefore it all comes down to rationing. Computers and miniaturized tech seem to have been mostly and most visibly lost. On a world of quartz this may seem odd, but many of the elements required, in RealLife, to get silicon pure enough for chips would be available only via plant manufacture. On the other hand, all that red sand? Iron is to be had far more conventionally.[[/labelnote]]
* SdrawkcabName:
** Monev the Gale's name backwards is Venom, a ShoutOut along with his costume to the Marvel character.
** And an odd musical example, as the outro to commercial and intro from commercial are mirrored versions of the same guitar riff.
* ShirtlessScene: Vash; occasionally Livio, Wolfwood and [[FullFrontalAssault nekkid!Knives]].
* ShoutOut: Several.
** The sandworms, among others, are an obvious allusion to ''Franchise/{{Dune}}''.
** The name "Wolfwood" (Urufuudo) is an allusion to a Japanese band called "The Ulfuls" (Urufuuruzu) and the character in question is designed after their singer.
** Many to American popular culture. Includes such gems as "double dollars", country-style music, and countless loans from western movies and American comics, noticeable both in plot elements and graphic references.
** Often in chapter titles, such as the one to Creator/QuentinTarantino in the chapter "Reservoir Dogs."
** Tessla probably alludes to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla a certain Serbian-American inventor and engineer,]] himself [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Five_Fists_of_Science a glorious Steampunk hero]] (click if you dare).
** The GunFu battles may be shoutouts to John Woo.
** Monev's name. See above.
** Vash seems to be riding a wheeled [[Anime/LastExile Vanship]] during the trailer for ''Badlands Rumble''.
** Blink-and-you'll-miss-it one in the very last episode. The photo shown for [[spoiler:the man related to Rem that Vash was tracking down in July]] is a still of single-episode character Shiro Tokita from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', right down to his outfit in said shot.
** An internal shout-out to the mangaka appears in ''Badlands Rumble'' when Vash uses a pole bearing several street signs to deflect bullets - one sign is for "Nightow Street".
** One crowd shot in ''Badlands Rumble'' features what appears to be a [[Film/StarWars gonk droid]], or at least someone cosplaying as one.
* ShutUpHannibal: Vash to Knives in the manga, several times but especially when he confronts him at the end of ''Trigun Maximum''. A fan translation had him say "You're a wimp with a bulldozer" while the official translation rang, "You, by your own efforts, have become a mindless bulldier who chases weaklings."
* ShutUpKirk: Knives to Vash in the manga, multiple times, with some TheReasonYouSuckSpeech thrown into the mix.
* SiblingYinYang: The entire point of Vash vs. Knives. They are twins who are exact opposites in worldview.
* SingleBiomePlanet: [[FridgeBrilliance Although, with the twin-suns, is it any surprise it's a desert world?]]
* SlapYourselfAwake: In a variant, Vash concentrates on the pain from his previously injured finger to counteract a villain who uses hypnosis to paralyze people.
* SlasherSmile:
** Knives; Legato; manga Wolfwood; Livio; Lazlo; Elendira.
** Little Vash between when he tries to kill himself and when he decides to save Rem.
* SleeperStarship: Project SEEDS consisted of millions of humans on ice in thousands of ships, while a small awake crew looked for a planet to settle. Most of them were killed when Knives crashed the fleet into Gunsmoke.
* SlouchOfVillainy: Manga Knives, generally with a hand over his eyes of forehead to show he's Full of Upset.
* SmokingBarrelBlowout: Wolfwood likes to do this. Vash does it occasionally too.
* SpaceWestern: And the soundtrack reflects this extremely well.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The anime and manga were translated years apart by completely different teams. It's honestly surprising there aren't ''more'' discrepancies, and the ones that do exist mostly come down to how to transliterate kana.
** The most notable & controversial one crops up in the manga: Razlo (official) vs Lazlo (fan-scans).
** Count Revenant[[labelnote:*]](manga)[[/labelnote]]/Lebnant[[labelnote:*]](anime)[[/labelnote]] Vasquez[[labelnote:*]](all official English translations)[[/labelnote]]/Buskus[[labelnote:*]](according to on-screen text in the anime)[[/labelnote]]
** Tessla (official manga) vs. Tesla (fan-scans).
** Kaite (anime subs) vs. Kite (English dub & manga) vs. Kaito (what the kana says)
** Milly (anime) vs. Millie (manga). By that same token, Meryl Stryfe (anime) vs. Strife (manga).
** Leonof (manga) vs. Leonoff vs. Leonov
** Even Rem isn't immune. Her last name is "Saverem" in the anime but "Seibrem" in the manga. And the Spanish dub calls her "Lem" for some reason.
** Some cities are ambiguous too: Ainpril/Einpril (kana) vs. Inepril (subs) vs. April (manga). The anime can't decide whether May City is called that or "Mei", as the spelling on the signs changes every other shot.
* StagedShooting: Twice. Once, Vash shoots two kids he was hired to kill with rubber bullets, then demands the contract rpice on thme, playing the part of "insane killer." The second time, Vash and Wolfwood shoot each other in a quickdraw contest, only to reveal to the crooked men running the contest that it was actually fake blood in empty booze bottles.
* SteamPunk: Even though it takes place in the future.
* StopOrIShootMyself: Wolfwood seems to do this, to provide a visual example on how someone's chosen action will lead to the death of hundreds. It is quickly revealed however, that he never intended to put himself in any danger, and was using an empty clip. However, there's a chilling scene in the manga, on the other hand, where to prove how serious he is, Wolfwood holds Vash's (loaded) gun to his own forehead while it's still in Vash's hand and demands, '''''shoot'''''. Saying if he could trigger a willingness to do what's necessary and keep moving in Vash, that would be completely worth his life.
* StuffBlowingUp: The reason why everyone runs Vash out of town.
* SuspectIsHatless: Everyone looking for Vash in the first episode of the anime is using a different description, which is technically accurate on at least two points (tall + wearing red) but is vague enough that it also matches one of the other parties looking for Vash.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: Vash and Knives are technically ''not'' alien life-forms, but there are strong suggestions of this trope, especially in the anime since [[spoiler:there are no "ThereIsAnother" plants from Earth]]. And, let's face it, manga Vash and (even more) Knives are very [[AGodAmI god-like]], which [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic ties in]] with the [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory religious subtext]].
* SuperDeformed: Happens sometimes in the more comedic moments of both anime and manga. It feels very out of place when it occurs.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler:Livio/Lazlo]]. [[spoiler:Vash]] might fit too.
* SuperSpeed:
** Vash shoots about six times faster than a human gunman, which is ''impossibly awesome''. Also played with with Dominique the Cyclops. He ''makes gunpowder explode faster than normal''. He breaks physics through physical contact! And we thought he didn't have the girly family superpowers.
** Elendria rams nails through peoples bodies ''faster than the eye can see''.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: [[spoiler:Livio, for Wolfwood]].
* TakeAThirdOption: Vash constantly adheres to this. That's the reason why Episode 24 of the anime is such a WhamEpisode; there ''is'' no easy way out this time, so [[spoiler:Vash must ''kill Legato'']] and later have a [[HeroicBSOD mental]] [[AngstComa breakdown]] over it.
* TeachHimAnger:
** Likely the intent of the BreakTheCutie campaign that forms the backbone of the plot… well, the part that isn't just Knives's inner child throwing a tantrum about his brother not doing what he wants. Vash is already perfectly badass, with a sizable temper if pushed far enough, but as a MartialPacifist and FriendToAllLivingThings he lacks the genocidal anger his twin brother wants to see.
** Also one of the many contradictory goals of poor Wolfwood, especially in the manga. He is perfectly willing to die for the sake of convincing Vash to actually ''kill'' the bad guys (specifically Knives) and really ''solve'' problems, because he's pretty sure Vash would fill his chosen role of [[ThePunisher righteous executioner]] much better and longer than he can.
* ThereIsAnother: Manga only. [[spoiler:Turns out there are other Independent Plants… and they come from Earth with a message of salvation. Unfortunately for them, Knives finds out first and intercepts it.]]
* ThoseTwoGuys: Those two girls, Meryl and Milly, fit the description to a large extent.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Vash believes in not killing, ever. The ramifications of this are explored as Vash [[spoiler:is shown to have been torn to shreds under his jacket from numerous wounds he acquired while winning fights without hurting people.]]
** He got the idea from Rem, who preached this as gospel.
* TimeSkip: After the Fifth Moon Incident (which also marked the point where the manga changed from ''Trigun'' [shonen] to ''Trigun Maximum'' [seinen]), two years pass before Wolfwood manages to track Vash down. The anime version, however, doesn't give a timespan; it's certainly shorter than in the manga, but still several months.
** Six years pass between the end of the main series and ''Trigun: The Lost Plant''.
* TrainingFromHell: Vash; Wolfwood; Livio; Monev; Rai Dei hints at this too. Strangely enough, Knives's apparent lack of regular training doesn't reduce his deadliness and muscle mass, because being an {{Ubermensch}} apparently gives you a near-unlimited supply of [[RuleOfCool cool]].
* TransformationTrauma: Vash does not take his involuntary unleashing of his Angel-arm well.
** Meryl happened to be right next to him one time it happened and was psychologically scarred by it. When, later on, Vash sprouts a feather to stop a bullet, she collapses to the ground screaming and backs away when Vash reaches out to her.
* TricksterArchetype: Vash, in particular, is an incredibly impish, baffling, and tricky character.
* TrueCompanions: Vash, Meryl, Milly, and Wolfwood in the anime (they're not together for very long in the manga).
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: The name that Vash gives to Wolfwood upon their first meeting in the anime. It's quoted elsewhere on this page.
** Wolfwood's WordOfGod middle name is "Dokonokuminomonjawaresumakinishiteshizumetarokakora", which translates as a dig at his constant smoking.
* UglyGuysHotDaughter: The only identified daughter of the Nebraska Family is an attractive teenage girl, while her dad is an ancient-looking ugly guy with three teeth and a giant derringer grafted onto his crotch… and her mom is basically an OppositeSexClone of Gofsef, the deformed cybernetically-augmented giant, only without the cyber-mods.
* UngratefulBastard: To appease a bunch of bandits whose leader was posing as him, Vash stripped naked and barked like a dog. Later Wolfwood [[WhatTheHellTownspeople called the towns people out]] for mocking him, reminding them of the fact that they wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for Vash.
** In the anime, Brad calls out his fellow Ship-dwellers for getting mad at Vash for the Ship crashing when they did absolutely nothing to help him stop it from happening (Brad at least tried).
* UnflinchingWalk: Vash and Wolfwood in "Goodbye for Now".
* TheUnreveal: There are many things in this series that the reader/viewer simply never learns.
** What exactly were Rem's final words to Vash? Added lines in the dubs aside, we'll never know.
** Why and how do Autonomous Plants (Vash, Knives, Tessla, Chronica, etc.) exist? It's never explained. Indeed, their existence is a borderline HandWave. Anything goes…
* UnstoppableRage: Frequent. Vash's is the most impressive, Knives's the most destructive.
* UsedToBeASweetKid:
** [[spoiler:Knives]].
** Also Wolfwood, Livio, and Legato, for a given value of 'sweet'; they were respectively already bitter, already carrying an EnemyWithin, and already vengeance-driven at the earliest points in their lives we see them, but by comparison they come across as heart-twistingly innocent.
** Vash, by contrast, has forcibly changed as little as possible over the years leaving him ridiculously childish at times. Of course, it's not all genuine.
* VillainEpisode:
** The manga has a few chapters with Legato, Knives, Livio etc. as focal characters or even narrators.
** Midvalley's narration of his fight with Wolfwood (during much of which Wolfwood is blind) does a lot to bring depth to his character.
* VillainousBreakdown: Happens to quite a few villains, some of whom commit suicide or start W/{{Angst}}ing if they fail.
* VillainsOutShopping:
** Played for [[GallowsHumor gruesome fun]] with Legato's junk food addiction. Never has eating ice cream looked creepier.
** Also creepy in the case of Knives, seen [[SealedEvilInACan hanging around naked in a tube]] and drinking AGlassOfChianti in an oasis in the anime, and playing the organ in bondage gear in his base and [[{{Wangst}} hanging around with a depressed/psychotic expression]] in the manga. Knives might be the laziest, most idle BigBad around, which is bound to make us think he'd be less messed-up if he had a hobby or something.
** As for Elendira, she likes reading cards while fawning over Knives, apparently.
* WeaponOfMassDestruction: This world has two… and they're sentient.
* WeaponTombstone: [[spoiler:Vash uses Wolfwood's cross punisher as his gravestone. Considering its shape, it's very fitting.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Knives; Wolfwood to a certain extent. Wolfwood tends to be heavy on the Well Intentioned and lighter on the extreme, whereas Knives is the other way around.
* WhamEpisode: The anime has several of these, but the biggest one is probably Episode 12, "Diablo". Up to this point, the majority of the series was basically 'The Wacky Adventures of Vash & Friends'. This episode introduces Legato, and things only get darker from there.[[note]] With the notable exception of Episode 14, "Little Arcadia", which in the original manga takes place ''before'' Legato appears.[[/note]]
** Then there's Episode 24, where [[spoiler:Vash ''kills Legato'' to save Meryl and Milly]].
* WhamLine: Accomplished in anime Episode 6, "Lost July", with a single word!
-->'''Vash:''' ''[-(to [[spoiler:Elizabeth]])-]'' "What's going on? Am I being punished?"\\
'''[[spoiler:Elizabeth]]:''' "I want you dead."\\
'''Vash:''' "Are you after that stupid reward?"\\
'''[[spoiler:Elizabeth]]:''' "[[LittleNo No.]]"
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The SEEDS crew just didn't seem to have thought through the possible side effects of constant experimentation on a toddler, and poor Tessla died as a result.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Averted. Vash is at ''least'' as concerned with not killing mooks as not killing named characters -- notable in the scene on the Sandsteamer when he misjudged a shot and starts bandaging a random bandit so he won't bleed out. Wolfwood in turn is slightly ''more'' willing to kill named characters on the whole, because mostly the named characters are the ones dangerous enough to be worth the trouble.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Episode 17 of the anime, "Rem Saverem".
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: AerithAndBob accounts for most of these, but… Rem, who names their foster-son ''Knives''? Crazy ninjas, that's who! Pirates! Not pacifist astronauts conspiring to prevent the kid from being dissected by their coworkers! [[MeaningfulName It's like you were asking for it.]] [[note]] It should be noted that watching ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' for the first time immediately after an episode of ''Trigun'' automatically renders Knives Chau about eight times more hilarious a being.[[/note]]
* WindowWatcher: In an early episode, Vash has been hired to guard a young woman named Marianne. He hears the water running in her bathroom, and ties a rope around his waist so that he can lower himself from the roof to peek through the window. She wasn't there, though, and when Millie walks in a second later, he claims that he had been checking the roof for spooks.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Legato, Knives; possibly Livio.
* WordSaladTitle: Either justified or debatable for the manga's subtitle: Deep Space Planet Future Gun Action!!!
* WriterOnBoard: Yasuhiro Nightow is a Catholic convert retaining some Buddhist influences by his own admission, and boy does it show.
* XDaysSince: In an interesting variation of this trope, the first chapter of the manga shows a sign in one city counting the number of murders and serious injuries that had occurred that day.
* {{Yandere}}: Manga Wolfwood can be seen as CuteAndPsycho -- you start suspecting something's wrong, when [[NightmareFuel he turns Grey the Ninelives into minced meat]], with a SlasherSmile. Also, Knives might be a {{Yandere}} for Vash, because nothing is too creepy or dysfunctional for him. Depending on interpretation, Vash might also be CuteAndPsycho.
* YellowBrickRoad: Getting to [[BigBad Knives]].
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Even bad guys express regret about this, along with nostalgia to more "innocent times".
** Vash and Knives, since their home burned up in Gunsmoke's atmosphere (courtesy of Knives).
** Also Wolfwood, as he finds out when he revisits the orphanage he grew up in.
** Livio angsts about this.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Legato; some of the mutant characters.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Vash and Knives in both versions of the flashback -- they were a year old when the Fall happened.
** [[spoiler:Wolfwood]] in the manga. He's in his mid to late teens when introduced, and dies before he's twenty.
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