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Fist of the North Star
Actor Allusion: Jakoh's voice actor in the anime is provided by Shigeru Chiba, who in addition to being the show's narrator, also voiced the Filler Villain Joker. Given who he was modeled after, the casting of Chiba as Jakoh was obviously deliberate.
Cash Cow Franchise: Thirty years after the first chapter was published, Hokuto No Ken is STILL churning out new (spin-off) manga, merchandise and video games by the year....
Cross-Dressing Voices: In the TV series, Bat was voiced by a female voice actress, until he became an adult and was replaced by a male actor. Averted in the English dubs for the movie and TV series.
Fan Nickname: While technically "Sunagumo" (Sand Spider) was a derisive nickname Falco gave him, many fans refer to the Nameless Shura as such to differentiate him from the other nameless Shura warriors in the series.
The Jesus Beam, for Toki's ''Hokuto Ujouhaganken ("Merciful Face Break Fist").
" Kung-Fu Jesus" for Toki himself.
Hey, It's That Guy!: Dante Basco, also known as Rufio, plays Bat in the live-action direct-to-video adaptation.
Hey, It's That Voice!: In the Streamline Pictures dub of the movie, Kiba Daioh/Boss Fang was voiced by none other than the late James Avery (aka The Shredder and Uncle Phil) and Shin was voiced by Michael McConnohie. Ken himself was voiced by none other than John Vickery, while Raoh and Jagi were done by Wally Burr and Dan Woren respectively.
Kaneto Shiozawa voiced a side character of the week named Dr. Duran several episodes before the debut of his iconic role as Rei.
Steve Blum went on to voice Shin in the English dub of the anime later on and Lex Lang voiced Kenshiro in the same dub as well.
Kirk Thornton as Toki ( Kisame, Ohgi, and Saito)
Peter Lurie as Jagi ( Kidomaru and Jidanbo)
Joe Romersa as Zeed and Mr. Heart ( Senba)
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as Yuria and Mamiya ( the Major, Cornelia, and Kanoe)
Daran Norris as Rei ( Cosmo and Mercurymon)
Beau Billingslea as Jackal ( Jet, Ogremon, 005, and A, the Fourth Raikage)
Sandy Fox as Lynn ( Sumono and Aska)
Dorothy Elias Fahn as Airi ( Kaoru, Naru, Konan, and 003)
Name's the Same: Where to begin...
Kenshiro is sometimes called by the shortened version of his name, Ken. Ryu's best friend and rival is also known as Ken. In the Original Trilogy, Ryu Hayabusa's dad is also named Ken. And there's this guy named Ken and Ken.
that Rei is Kenshiro's closest friend. He is not connected in anyway to the First Child and pilot of Unit Zero, a freelance photographer, a well endowed zombie-killing schoolgirl or Sailor Mars' civilian identity.
There are two characters named Tobi. The first is Yuria's pet dog in the OVA Yuria Den, while the second is Bista's elder brother in Shin Hokuto no Ken/New Fist of the North Star. It's also the nom de guerre of one Obito Uchiha.
Madara is one of the more feral members of the Kiba Clan. He is also the infamous Uchiha clan head.
Speaking of Kiba, the clan is not named after the son of Tsume Inuzuka.
Nagato is Hyou's No.2 guy in the Shura forces. The other Nagato was the supposed mastermind of the Akatsuki.
Raoh is the eldest of the Four Hokuto Brothers. One of the spirits posessing poor Zappa also shares the name.
Zeed is the first mohawked ruffian whose encounter with Kenshiro did not end well. It's also the name of a criminal syndicate which was destroyed by Joe Musashi.
Speaking of Joe Musashi, one of the bosses in the arcade game he encounters has the name Kenoh. Raoh would still murder him.
Souther is the Holy Emperor whose skill and ambition rivals that of Raoh. He has no connection to the Syndicate member with the clawed gloves from the first game.
Lin is the young girl who joins Kenshiro on his adventures in the wasteland. Her name can also be written as Lynn or Rin.
Joker is Shin's chief lackey. The other Joker needs no introduction, whereas this Joker served in Vietnam, and this Joker serves as pilot to the Normandy.
Yuria, as we all know, is Kenshiro's love interest. The other Yuria is a witch. Yuria is also the name of the world which is home to Tyris Flare, the Ax Battler and Gillius Thunderhead. Yuria is also known as Julia. Guile's wife, Michelle's daughter and Let's girlfriend also shares the name.
In Japan, Ryuken is another name for Ryu Hayabusa's signature sword.
Jagi is also the name of a town in Iran.
Toki has no relation to the tribesman who was later turned into an ape or a sex-crazed mouse girl.
Ein is the bounty hunter who joins up with Kenshiro and the Hokuto Resistance. For a while, it was Hayate's alias. It's also a dog.
Asuka is Ein's adopted daughter whom he affectionately refers to as his 'little lady.' He would probably freak if she turned out to be a maid in a haunted mansion, the the Second Child, or the niece and cousin to Jun and Jin Kazama respectively.
Mamiya is the woman warrior whom Rei is attracted to. The other Mamiya is a a malevolent spirit haunting a mansion or a boy whose first name is Otaru.
Shin is Ken's former friend who is spurred into stealing Yuria from him. Its also the name of a mostly peripheral character who happened to be immortal and funnily enough, tried to commit suicide via throwing himself from a great height, though that Shin's suicide attempt failed.
Shin's alias is King. Also going by that name is the French kickboxer, two masked Mexican wrestlers, a man garbed in red T-rex-themed spandex, and it was the alias of one George Sears, better known as Solidus Snake.
Ryo is the poor kid who dies from eating poisoned bread during the Souther arc. Also sharing the name is Takuma Sakazaki's eldest son. It's also a form of currency.
Southern Cross is the first story arc of the series. It's also Shin's stronghold. In Robotech, its the second story arc - and army - with Dana Sterling as the main character.
Reina is Raoh's childhood friend and a lieutenant in his army. The other Reina is a Silver Claimer out for revenge or a Vegan Ace Pilot.
The Colonel is the commander of the Golan Army, whereas this Colonel is the second-in-command of the Repliforce.
Jackal's gang is known as The Warriors, no relation to the gang who hails from Coney Island.
Shiva is Shew/Shuu's son who saves Kenshiro's life by way of a Heroic Sacrifice. Then there's the ice summon and Mr. X's right-hand man.
Kenshiro, Toki and Raoh's homeland is called either Asura or Shura. The former has no connection with a rampaging demigod hell-bent on revenge, the warrior with a grudge against Yuga the Destroyer, Lord Death's son, or a spaceship used by the Time-Space Administration. The latter has no connections to a female swordswoman who is posessed by a demon, a Muay Thai kickboxer, or one of the Gold Saints.
Danne is a girl who disguises herself as a boy named Dan in Kenshiro Den. She has no connection to one of Joseph's 12 sons, the Saikyo fighter or Tsunade's deceased lover.
Sara is a doctor and Toki's friend in Toki Den. There is another medics with the same name in Shin Hokuto no Ken. The other Sara is Seta's adopted daughter.
Geese is a false practioner of Hokuto Shinken in the opening of the OVA New Fist Of The North Star that dies at Kenshiro's hands. He would also lose against the other Geese.
Falco is working for Jakoh to ensure the safety of the Celestial Emperor. We also have one disgraced quarterback, a police detective, and wingman to Fox McCloud.
Jun is one of Amiba's pressure point victims. There is also the female tech/demolitions expert with a swan motif and the mother and aunt to Jin and Asuka Kazama.
In Shin Hokuto no Ken/New Fist of the North Star, Sara was being held hostage inside the Tower of Joy. Think she could have ran into Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark hiding there by any chance?
Anna is Jagi's romantic interest who meets a brutal and violent end in the aftermath of the nuclear war. Jagi might be interested in Nina Williams's younger sister or the survivor of a vampire apocalypse.
Shachi is involved with a woman named Leia during his stay in the land of Asura. No, not THAT Leia.
Cassandra is the city-prison in which Uligur is the sadistic warden. We also have the prophetess, a fledging singer, and Sophitia's kid sister.
In some cases Hyoh, Kenshiro's older biological brother, is spelled Hyo. There is also the katana-wielding twin brother of Kyosuke Kagami.
Kaioh is the last villain of Fist of the North Star 2, is the strongest of the Rasho and is a seriously evil git and master of the art of Hokuto Ryuken. The other Kaioh is more commonly known as King Kai. (Though his JP name is spelt "Kaio" and he's otherwise known as "Kaio-sama.")
Relationship Voice Actor: Most of the voice cast reunite again in the Japanese versions of the saga.
Metal Gear The Wiki Rule: Hokuto No Ken Wikia
What Could Have Been: The Dream Mode of Ken's Rage is this in a nutshell.
Mr. Heart was originally going to be renamed "Elephant" in the movie to go along with the animal Theme Naming of Jackal and Fox (Jagi's two underlings in the movie).