kind of manhwa.
Witches declare war against people, decimating two thirds of the civilized world. They summon monsters called Supporters and devastate human residences... but why?
The surviving humans gather those with extraordinary powers into an organization dubbed 'Witch Hunter'. Aided by a Jack O Lantern-esque supporter, Tasha Godspell is one of the strongest Witch Hunters around. True to his moniker, The Magic Marksman, Tasha crushes Witches with devastating accuracy — yet he cannot come to hate them...
An ongoing manhwa
written and illustrated by Jung-Man CHO. Witch Hunter is equal parts comedy, drama, action, and intrigue, fueled by Rule of Cool
and a truly lovable Power Trio
. Despite its epic scope, Witch Hunter favours character dynamics over politics; Tasha and his comrades (and enemies, and in-betweens) spend more screentime interacting than playing Mr. Exposition
. Also: Every man is Badass
, every woman a Hot Librarian
or Cute Witch
, and awesome binds the universe together. You'll find little Angst
here — unlike that other Asian graphic novel about hunting witches
, Jung-Man Cho's title never takes itself too
The series has been licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment
where it will be released in Ominbus format starting June 2012. And in an unusual move, the translated pages are also being released on a MWF schedule over at Zoom Comics
Here's the character page.
If you're looking for a trope about a type of character, it's The Witch Hunter
Not to be confused with Witch Hunter Robin
This manwha provides examples of:
- Absolute Cleavage: Guinevere, to begin with, then there's Diana and a whole host of witches sporting the look.
- Action Girl: All the Little Miss Badasses and then some. Witches fight via supporters, but Halloween, Bari and Elmar actually fight hands-on. And in chapter 52, D-Class Visul reveals she's actually a more competent fighter than an A-Class.
- Ascended Extra: The author notes that Tarras was originally supposed to be a 'no-name extra'. He changed his mind partway through the first volume, and Tarras has been the Ego to our Power Trio since then. There are constant jabs made at him both in story and in omake, mocking the fact he is basicly still an extra.
- A Love to Dismember: Used as a joke in an omake. Two witches suspect Lancelot is a necrophile when Tasha's severed arm falls out of his cloak.
- All Myths Are True: Let's see... We've got characters of Arthurian legends running around, a Chinese dragon, the Greek Moirae, the Hindu goddesses Parvati and Prithvi, an old Korean kingdom in the sky, the Norse god Surtr and a few more references to Norse mythology with Cooga's emblem and attacks and, of course, witches.
- All There in the Manual: Some volumes include character profiles, which detail everything about the featured characters from height and weight to the author's personal thoughts, as well as Q&A sections giving lots of information about the world and the WH organisation.
- Almighty Janitor:Visul is more powerful than a squad of elite assassins or a regular A-Class.
- Always Someone Better: Yue is this to both Lee and Xing, for different reasons.
- Anachronism Stew: If it's set during the witch-craze, it's likely to be 1400's-1600's, and yes, that means guns and plate-armour. Then again, when one of said guns is a Desert Eagle..The steam train is a little harder to explain...
- Art Evolution: While maintaining the same proportions, the characters are drawn with somewhat sharper angles towards the sixth volume. Cho himself noted a change in art style on his blog. One Korean blogger put up a chart of Tasha's face as drawn over the course of several volumes.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: The WH are ranked by strength, with big leaps in power from one rank to the one directly above: D-Class just do paperwork, C-Class are the Red Shirt Army, and S-Classes Eunryuu, Vihyungran and Tania scare the crap out of the A-Class. Also, the Four Great Witches title is decidedly NOT for show, considering that the highly powered down East can PWN SS-class Vihyungran without too much trouble in addition to being able to scare off Varete and doing this in the process.
- Author Appeal: To the point the author's editor supposedly warned him against putting too much of his 'personal tastes' into the comic and by 'personal tastes' we mean large breasts. Not that pettanko fans would go disappointed either.)
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Xing and Tarras.
- Badass Boast: Tarras. Even though he, Tasha, and Xing are all A Class WH, he constantly reminds them of his 'superiority'.
- Badass Longcoat: A seemingly standard part of the WH uniform. Custom tailored too.
- Bare Your Midriff: Some witches, Halloween, and Prince Yue.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Tasha and Halloween are such jerks to each other (except when they're not), one is led to believe they're the Official Couple.
- Big Brother Mentor: Tasha wants none of Xing's friendly guidance. Cho intended Xing to play the role straight, but claimed it gave him an 'awkward, heavy air' and thus reworked his character.
- As of Vol 7, Xing's played this trope straight at least once. His bro, Lee, seems to play the same role towards Lancelot.
- Big Bad: The Great Witch of the North
- Big Damn Heroes: Almost everyone at some point and boy are they smug about it.
- One example: Tarras came to save Visul and, for a moment, rest his Chew Toy title. The beating he gave was epic... his gloating no so much.
- Bishōnen: Tasha, Tarras, Xing, Yue, Lee Words, Cooga, Lancelot...and everybody else.
- Boobs of Steel: This is what happens when you mix World of Badass and World of Buxom.
- Break the Cutie: Becoming a witch didn't do much good for Aria. She is torn between her wish of being with Tasha and the hard facts that what she has done and what she is make it impossible for her to return. It is implied that the corruption from magic power both initiates and prevents this, as the lack of mana resulted in Aria's old personality resurfacing, utterly broken and woobifying her. The exhilaration and mania coming from the power keeps the witches relatively sane. Kinda throws a different light on the witches being kept in Alcatraz.
- Yue, Well, Xing got broke hard. He loved his people and yet within a year, someone was trying to kill him. He made peace with his assassin, and over two years were falling in love...and then she gets assassinated.
- Cain and Abel: Yue and Lee.
- now Xing has joined the "Slap-Yue-Around" game.
- The Caligula: Hint: Do NOT become the emperor of Bailong.
- Call Back: When Tasha sees Tania using her Flower of Earth, destroying the scenery trying to beat Lancelot, he remarks that it's just like "burning down the house just to catch a flea". Later, Tarras, her brother, uses the same technique against a witch, destroying a few houses in the process, and Visul uses that exact same line against him.
- Can't Catch Up: Only one of the reasons for the three-way Sibling Rivalry between Yue and his brothers... although 3 years later, Lee's got it scarily good.
- Clothing Damage: Inflicted to Visul in volume 11. (Yue just bypassed that and shed his coat himself.)
- Combat Pragmatist: Behold the eternal glory of Tanya Doberg
- Cool Shades: Xing's entire collection of eyewear. He's even got spares in his coat! Lee wears similar ones (which they remark upon in an omake, wondering where the other found such cool glasses), Ryuhwan has magical goggles, and Poine wears aviator/bug goggles.
- Crack Fic: A plethora in Korean (and perhaps French.) Vihyunrang/Ryuhwan Slash Fic is second only in crack-ness to a Witch Hunter cooking contest fic.
- Not to mention Words/Vihyunrang.
- Custom Uniform: Everyone has a different uniform... if that makes any sense.
- Cute Witches
- Crystal Dragon Jesus
- Delayed Reaction: Tasha spends three panels processing the fact that Merlin is a boy. This may seem like Hypocritical Humor on his part, seeing as how several characters have made the same mistake with him, but Merlin is even more incredibly feminine than he is, having very long hair and wearing robes that make it seem like he has curves.
- Demoted to Extra: Poor Monica's made less than five appearances since her arc ended.
- Determinator: Tasha. Getting beaten to the point where it is physically impossible to move and having his arm which supplies him with magical energy cut off does not stop him from continuing to fight Lancelot. Or from using his magic-fueled gun.
- Designated Girl Fight: As of Vol. 9, Halloween and Aria.
- Any female WH getting to actually fight is going to be this, but chapter 52 notably ends with Visul facing three witches. All odds are in favour of a Curb-Stomp Battle though...
- Destructive Saviour: Tarras and his Flower of Earth, full stop. Then we learn about his older sister and it seems the Technique has been passed down the DOBERG line for generations!
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: One of the reasons Lee hates Xing aka Yue is because Visul, Yue's servant saved him from being killed outside his own doorstep for no reason other than her master does not wish for him to die.
- Elemental Powers: Vihyungrang can command the spirits of Earth and Fire.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: This leads to a witch's downfall in Chapter 9 when she tries to convince Monica, now a witch herself, to help her escape. She forgets to take into account that she just spent the last month or so killing villagers including Monica's best friend. Monica tells her to piss off.
- Evil Twin: Xing's got/is one, depending on how you look at it. Two of them, in fact.
- Exactly What I Aimed At: Tasha pulls this off very nicely in chapter 12: Ryuhwan has proved very good at dodging bullets, but notices that Tasha completely missed one particular shot, and looks back to see the bullet has hit his supporter... and gone through its head to hit Tasha's real target: one of Halloween's seals.
- Face-Heel Turn: Tasha's trying to end Aria's. As of chapter 58, the real Xing has had one. What is with that family?
- Fanservice: Of all kinds in spades.
- Fantastic Racism: Witches versus everyone else, not helped by the witches' most known characteristic of being Ax-Crazy.
- Also, Ryuhwan's entire hat. That guy hates witches.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Cho makes explicit references to Britain and Arthurian legend around Vol. 6. The Bailong Empire is more-or-less analogous to China.
- For Want of a Nail: The whole problem with Bailong is that "Yue" is emperor and most of the kingdom wanted Xing to be emperor. Except Xing is "Yue" but only Xing's father, the former emperor and Xing's other brother Lee know that. It goes down hill from there.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Xing to Tasha, in a rare moment of non-subverted Big Brother Mentor skillz.
- Godiva Hair: Tyrfing
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: Ryu Hwan's seemed to just be cool-looking but useless, but chapter 42 revealed they can actually track mana.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: So far, all the evil witches seem to have needlepoint pupils.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Yue and Lee gave each other pretty large ones. Lancelot is also responsible for the one over Gawain's eye, apparently.
- Good Witch Versus Bad Witch
- Happiness in Slavery: The Contract of a Supporter's Golden Rule of Loyalty makes them have emotions resembling love for their masters. Ryu Hwan points out that once Tasha breaks the final seal all the emotions it robs her of will come to the surface and Tasha's own feelings for her will have been the only ones that were real and it will hurt.
- Subverted in that Halloween is content with the false emotions and feels that way with or without them as she feels entitled to him.
- How We Got Here: Used often, the most mindbreaking example being vol 5, which treated us to a sudden three-chapters long flashback and immediately followed by a flash-forward showing Tasha with his arm ripped off. Then vol 6 picked back up to before the flashback started, and the next three volumes or so show us the long way to getting Tasha in this predicament.
- Hot Witches
- I Didn't Mean To Turn You On: Indirect. When Tarras comes up with a plan to get back at Tasha for all his abuse, Xing gets... really excited at the thought of Tasha getting furious at him. Tarras is creeped out.
- Important Haircut: All three of the Bailong Princes (also a Close-Call Haircut in one case), which makes things interesting since they're triplets, initially only differentiated by their hairdos.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Must be the reason why there's so few cosplayers...
- The Witches' hats are absolutely ridiculous.
- Improbable Age: Black Class WH Tasha and his rival Cooga are only sixteen years old. Justified since: A) They are in a war of extinction against witches with horrendous level of mortality and B) They are among the most powerful humans alive, which mean the organization or the human race wouldn't give a damn how young they might be.
- Informed Ability: Both subverted and, erm, inverted, due to No Export for You. Visul is revealed to be actually stronger than a Black Class in #52, which was a surprise to most readers... but actually it had been mentioned in the extra character file a few volumes in advance. And #57 makes it straight it again as for all her reveal, she needed a Black Class to save her... which he does with almost embarrassing ease.
- The Blackstar Brothers are A-class hunters. The only time they get to do some Kung Fu action they get utterly destroyed.
- It Runs in the Family: You thought Tarras was bad? Check out Tanya. There's also a case of taking Sibling Rivalry too far in the Bailong family, but that's almost Family Curse territory... there's a good chance having 50+ voices in your head makes you a little loopy.
- I Was Just Passing Through: Played with when Cooga fries a witch that was threatening Tasha, who of course complains that he didn't need his help. Cooga replies that he'd actually been aiming to get Tasha in the back, but he missed. Tasha dares to be shocked when he did the same thing minutes ago.
- Ki Attacks: Implied to be the nature of Xing's abilities.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: In chapter 57, a witch is stabbed in the back. She and her friend had just spent the last few chapters making zombies of several Witch Hunters and stealing several people's movesets.
- King Arthur: Except the "canon" is played with to hell and back.
- Lampshade Hanging: Visul calls Xing out on his uncanny attraction towards Tasha.
- Large Ham: Tarras. And Tania. But mostly Tarras.note
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: Played with◊ when Ryu Hwan convinces his supporter that boasting a red horn will make him three times more powerful. Seems like JMC has heard of Char Aznable.
- Little Miss Badass: Loads.
- Living MacGuffin: Tasha himself is a crucial part in the plans of North, East and Varette. Aria, Diana and Vihyungrang also have a special interest in him.
- Living Shadow - Varete, her supporter The Abyss is just a shadow. She used it as she was Casting a Shadow.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Minor characters, really, but loads all the same.
- Magic Skirt: Everyone's except, notably, Visul's.
- Medieval European Fantasy: More or less.
- Also, the Empire of Bailong. Based of medieval Korea.
- Albion is entirely European, however. Except for the plate armor.
- Meaningful Name: Kind of minor, but Bari is the name of a Korean goddess associated with death and shamans.
- Meet Cute: Tasha and East meet in prison. Monica gets to know Tasha through pick-pocketing.
- Subverted in East's case, she set that up. How is an enigma, though.
- Mind Rape: Becoming the Emperor of Bailong involves this.
- Most Common Superpower: Generally speaking, if you see a well-endowed woman in this verse, run for your lives.
- Mr. Fanservice: Xing rarely covers his stomach.
- Ms. Fanservice: Visul, plus most of the witches.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: Tarras and Xing get that a lot. In chapter 10:
Tasha: "Monica... ! ... and others."
- Mythology Gag: The author explains in a omake that the joke about a feminine Tasha is a reference to the fact Tasha was first planned to be a female character.
- Nice Hat: The witches' hats. A witch's hat is the source of her mana.
- Witch-hater Cooga wears lots of very nice hats, too. He makes them.
- Not So Stoic: The only thing that seems capable of deeply affecting Words is a good wine.
- No Fourth Wall: Tasha takes Tarras down a peg by mentioning he barely did anything until Volume Two.
- Tarras is also called out on the fact that he was just intended to be an extra by Xiao and Myun, which leads him to suspect the author of spreading lies.
- Parvati insults Amos by calling him an extra.
- Older Than They Look: East apparently suffered a Plot Relevant Age Down. Also, witches in general, as fully mastering their powers causes them to suddenly look younger and stops their aging. (Didn't happen to Monica and Aria because they aren't full-fledged master witches yet.)
- One of Us: JMC is a master of Memetic Mutation. Three Times Faster, Objection!, Gaijin Yonkoma...
- Panty Shot: Oddly enough, far from as many as you'd expect with the sheer amounts of sexy females in skirts, but still a few - so far, always Visul. Seems her skirt is the only non-magic one.
- The amount of panty shots increased dramatically in volume 11 - again mostly Visul, but Myun got a couple, as well.
- Pastimes Prove Personality: Subverted, in that the characters' Informed Attribute hobbies seem mismatched with their personalities. For example, the egotistical Tarras is a loving gardener who names his plants and Cooga is a big follower of fashion who makes his own hats.
- Personality Blood Types
- Person of Mass Destruction: Everyone.
- Physical God: The fourth Witches had shown to be beyond mortal comprehension in power, being armies unto themselves. Hell, East posses Surtr, The king of the Jötunn, Primordial of all living flames and deicide extraordinary as her support, for crying out loud.
- Power Limiter: Tasha and Ryu Hwan, most prominently.
- Posthumous Character: Edea Florence. Or is she?
- Played for Laughs: Lots of things.
- Power Trio: Taras (Id), Tasha (Ego), Xing (Superego).
- Or rather, Big Ego (Xing), Bigger Ego (Tasha) and Biggest Ego (Tarras).
- Praetorian Guard: The Nightcrow of the Bailong's Empire.
- Psycho Smirk: The witches in general, North in particular. The ones in Bailong even hide it a little behind their huge sleeves.
- Really 700 Years Old: We're told the exact age, which is rather rare: Merlin is 586 years old.
- Red Baron: All the high-ranking WH have official aliases relating to their special ability.
- Rightful King Returns: As announced dramatically in chapter 49.
- Royally Screwed Up: The Bailong triplets have problems.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Halloween, a.k.a. Princess Mordred. Plus, the royal family of Bailong Empire is raised to be badass.
- Rule of Cool
- Samus is a Girl: Halloween.
- Subverted in chapter 50 with Merlin
- Serious Business: Cooga is more concerned with the fact Tasha shot through an earflap of his hat than the fact he was aiming for his face. Also, Tarras will turn on his teammates in the middle of a fight if his greatness is insulted.
- Shout-Out: Xing, Lee and Yue hilariously reference Dragonball in a yonkoma. Also, the Tasha Truman Show.
- Sibling Rivalry: Gets real bad between the Bailong princes, as they're competing for the throne. Between Tanya and Tarras, it's not really equal rivalry.
- Slasher Smile: Aria, Cooga, Lee, Tyrfing, Rose and South are all prone to those. Tasha also often has more comical ones, and more seriously when he removes his limiter and upgrades to S-Class. He sports one as well during his recent battle with Lancelot. And of course, it's Halloween's default expression until the seal is broken, but then Ryuhwan's is there to pick up the slack. (After all, what would WH be without a grinning pumpkin ?)
- Slash Fic: With the amount of Les Yay (and, to a lesser degree, Ho Yay) in this series, this is inevitable. There are already a few Xing/Tasha fics floating around, though they're written by French and other ESL fans.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Until the first three profile pages were scanlated, most of the English fandom misspelled Tasha's surname, Tarras' first name, and Xing's full name.
- Often the result of the translators not getting mythological and/or cultural references. For instance, the Doberg family worships an Earth deity which has been referred to as "Fribity" in the French publication and "Prevhiti" in English scanlations. It just might actually be the Hindu goddess Prithvi. Aria's supporter is known as "Isis" (as in the Egyptian goddess) or "Aegis" (some sort of weapon/shield in Greek mythology), with the latter making more sense. (It should be noted that translating names from Korean isn't as easy as it looks... though apparently that doesn't explain how Prithvi was translated into Fribity.)
- Stripperiffic: Whilst most costumes don't show all that much skin, the skin-tight nature of a lot of the witch's clothing leaves little to the imagination...
- Subordinate Excuse: Strongly hinted at between Visul and Xing, that is, Yue. She's actually an absurdly good fighter and only stays a D-Class so that she can keep an eye on him. Chapter 52 shows she'll go to great lengths to keep Yue's secret, and chapter 54 shows she ruthlessly killed a dozen men to save Lee solely because Yue wanted Lee to survive.
- Ametyn. Not only she took Virsul's attacks directly without getting a single scratch and brought her down with one finger, but even Calia, South's direct underling who crushed cooga during Camelot invasion, is wary of her. Even so she deems an absolute honor to be called Lee's servant and she is quite jealous of her position.
- Succession Crisis: Even before the death of The Emperor.
- Take a Third Option: Does Tasha give up Halloween and train under Merlin or Get arrested for disobeying an order? Neither, he quits the WH.
- Technical Pacifist: The WH are contractually forbidden from killing witches, but it's a personal decision in the case of our Power Trio. Yes, even and particularly absurdly-violent Tasha.
- Ted Baxter: Surprisingly subverted with Tarras. While he has a massive ego and is the end of most accidents, he has demonstrated to be actually a superb warrior and had singlehandedly beaten extremely powerful witches over and over again like his fight in Chapter 57. The BadassBoasts make everyone in-universe hate him but they're completely justified.
- The Chains of Commanding: Invoked by Yue as the reason he'd rather leave the throne to his brothers.
- The Faceless: North and Edea Florence until chapter 31, anyway.
- The Mole: As of Vol. 9, we're still unsure whether or not Words is The Mole or a Double Agent. Eunryu seems to be this, what with being an S-Class WH and North's henchman.
- The Stoic: Words Blondy von Worth (yes, really) hasn't smiled on-screen to date.
- Theme Naming
- Trigger Happy: Tasha. Ryuhwan on a slightly lesser degree, but his first reaction to people sneaking up on him is still aiming his gun at them, then look surprised.
- Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Tania initially calls Tasha "Miss Godspell", which Cooga of course finds hilarious. That's because only females are supposed to have a mana source in their body. The official French translation adds the sexual-orientation issue and even more hilarity by having Tania call Tasha a flirty (and feminine-only) word for "my cutie". Just a little later, Merlin drops one on Tasha by revealing he's in the same situation.
- Vanhelsing Hate Crime: Discussed. The witch in Chapter 9 emphatically states this to try and convince Monica that WH will not let her live free. Rather refreshingly, WH is, as Tasha said, only in the job of hunting evil witches and is indeed largely staffed with witches willing to fight for, rather than against, humanity. However, there are a number of people that appear not to care too much about the distinctions, such as Cooga in the WH and Ryuhwan outside it (despite being taught by a witch himself).
- Walking Shirtless Scene: While he doesn't go entirely shirtless, Xing's post-uniform upgrade outfit shows off his abs and biceps (and scar). Fanservice at its finest!
- Web First: Only for the english release: As mentioned before, the story has been partially uploaded to Zoom Comics before the Omnibus came out.
- Wham Chapter: West, Tasha and Ryuwhan's Master, appears inside Tasha's barrier in 104(128).
- Wham Line: Volume 11 ends on Badass Emperor Xing, fresh as a rose, easily stopping the deathmatch between his two brothers... and grabbing Yue by the throat.
- Don't forget the end of volume 12 when Tasha decides what to do about giving up Halloween:
- What the Hell, Hero?: Tasha is this trope. Tarras also routinely destroys villages while on mission; Xing often calls them both out on it.
- Whip It Good: Tanya apparently owns a whip... or maybe Tarras was being overdramatic, but somehow I doubt that.
- Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: In chapter 52, Lee tells Yue he's responsible for the Bailong Empire being destroyed, thus ruining Xing's life, and in general it's all Yue's fault Lee ended up killing Xing. Worst thing? Judging from Yue's reaction, he probably agrees. We got a master Manipulative Bastard here.
- As it turns out, he's not entirely wrong. It seems the reason the rebellion happened anyway is because the kingdom and its officials thought Xing was Yue and rebelled because of it.
- Actually, the rebellion happened because of their Father needing to lure the brothers back.
- With Friends Like These...: Tasha routinely shoots his allies. Sometimes just with anaesthetic bullets. Xing gets that particular treatment so much that he's apparently got himself an antidote for the anaesthetics for the times when he gets to team up with Tasha.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Seems to be what happened to Aria. Magic is stated to take its toll on the human user's mind and body. Temporarily happens to Tasha in vol 8.
- Worf Effect: A staple of this series, which is used to show the fact of the matter is that none of the main characters, or even supporting characters are anywhere close to being the best of the best and that there are countless threats out there way more powerful then them.
- World of Badass: Going hand in hand with World of Ham, especially when Tarras and Tania are around.
- X Meets Y: D.Gray-Man meets King Arthur plus the Fantasy Kitchen Sink. With extra lulz.
- Yandere: Wai halo thar, Aria! Visul just might be a lighter case in regards to Yue, though thus far she hasn't killed any nice guy.
- Yaoi Fangirl: In one omake yonkoma, the author's assistant comments on a very Les Yay picture and suggests doing another one, but with guys. She then starts listing possible yaoi pairings, to the author's annoyance.
- Yonkoma: Jung-Man Cho treats us to a funny one the end of every chapter.
- Recently, they're just regular Omake.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: And purple hair, and silver hair, and pink hair...