Webcomic / Girls of the Wild

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What you see is...kinda the story. Its also got bullying...lots, and lots, of bullying.

Song Jae Gu is a down on his luck middle school graduate who works hard to scrape a living at a local car wash and care for his two younger siblings despite the absence of their parents (death for the father and abandonment by the mother). He must now either end his education there and work full time or go to school somewhere for free.

His ray of hope appears when Wild's High, a private all-girls high school decides to become a co-ed institution to cultivate their students as women as well. Jae Gu ends up the only male applicant and is offered a full scholarship if he chose to attend.

Shortly after, Jae Gu starts off on the wrong foot of Kuudere Yoon In Gyi, The Queen (Wild's High's strongest fighter) by spilling coffee all over her clothes, learns that all extracurricular activities are compulsory and almost always involve martial arts, and realizes he won't be able to keep a low profile and hope no one notices him (he's the only male in the school after all). Despite the rough start, his story at Wild's High begins.

Girls Of The Wild's is a Korean Webtoon by Zhena, artist of Nineteen, Twenty-One, and writer HUN.

The first season of the Webtoon series came to an end after 204 chapters, and the second season starting from chapter 205 started up after a one-month hiatus.


Provides examples of:

  • Accidental Pervert: Song Jae Gu asks where Queen is, and bursts into the women's shower room without thinking to LOOK where he's going.
  • The Ace: Queen
    • Her fiance is practically perfect, aside from the fact that Queen just isn't into him.
    • Broken Ace: Queen has no social skills outside of fighting and doing business.
  • Action Dress Rip: Queen rips her skirt and removes her high heels when she fights Jeffrey, her fiance's best friend's bodyguard who smacked her into a wall minutes before.
  • Action Girl: Queen, Dal Dal, Moon Young... Given that Wild's High is a martial art school, it's easier to list which character isn't one.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Jae Gu has been raising his younger siblings for years, after the death of their father and abandonment of their mother. He absolutely freaks out when they get food poisoning from spoiled sushi, carries them to the hospital barefoot, crying the entire way. By the time he makes it to the hospital, his feet are so cut up he is leaving large bloody footprints wherever he goes and still is more concerned with his siblings then getting his feet bandaged. Even more tragic. He only realized the problem with the sushi because he could not wake his siblings when it was time to get them ready for school. It was only after he got them to the hospital that he learned it was food poisoning, and not something even more serious.
    • Dal Dal's parents suffer this when Dal Dal is kidnapped. What's worse is her father let the kidnappers into the house.
  • Adults Are Useless / Police Are Useless:
    • When Kim Hye Shin's brother realized the bullies weren't phased by the cops, and were in fact happy that he got in trouble too, his hope of "pacifying" them started to fade.
    • It's even more horrifying in chapter 190. We learn that a police station is within walking distance of Jae Gu's house. Yet there have been numerous armed confrontations in the area, and the police never intervened.
    • The senior police officer interviewing the Choi family is more concerned over his junior's typing on a laptop, and some random mugging case than he is about the fact that Dal Dal's parents are in distress because their daughter has been kidnapped by a group of unidentified people, in South Korea, and is only willing to consider a compromise when he hears that one of the people in attendance is closely related to a chief prosecuting attorney in Seoul.
    • The "Safe Walk Home" arc reveals that the police department in that particular city is grossly underfunded and understaffed, and they've been routinely deputizing Wilds High students to do patrols in their place, for years.
  • Almighty Janitor: Wild's school nurse and Principal are both retired martial artists.
  • Amazon Brigade: The whole premise of the comic, really. But specifically, the W.G. - Wild's Guard.
  • Amazon Chaser: While Moon Young is hardly a huge Amazon (and in fact lost weight and muscle to become faster), she becomes the unwitting target of Queen's fiance's apparently newly-discovered affections. Reversed for her, as she's gotten a crush on a younger guy who's even wimpier than Jaegu.
    • Jang Yeol Jeong, Goo Ra High's gym teacher is this trope played straight, pining for Lee Na from the Wild's Guard.
  • Arranged Marriage: Queen's family is planning one for her but it's purely for business. Jaegu tries to cheer her up by saying it could be a Perfectly Arranged Marriage... Wrong answer Jaegu.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Lee Na, Hwang Jae Oh, Kim Yeojung and Kim Joongu.
  • Badass Boast: The girls frequently throws these at their opponents, and they have plenty of skills to back them up.
  • Berserk Button: Do anything to threaten Jae Gu's siblings, and he'll snap.
    • Don't call Lee Moon Young a pig or mention her weight in general.
    • Although all the girls that have decided on a close relationship with Jae Gu have this, Dal Dal has 3: insulting her cooking, insulting her family's cooking, and hurting Jae Gu outside the ring.
      • Trying to seriously harm Jae Gu and his siblings in general will get Dal Dal, Moon Young and Queen on your case like no other.
    • Get ready for a beatdown if you harm one of the principal's students.
    • Wild's medical doctor Jun Soomin, when someone gets violent around her patients, even if they are one of her patients themselves.
    • Don't hurt Kim Hye Sung's mom.
    • Don't abuse an animal in front of Kim Ho Pae
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. With a cast of mainly females in a fighting comic, fights can be downright brutal and the girls sure don't come out of hard fights looking pretty. Played for Laughs as well, if one of the cast gains an amusing injury, or Dal Dal and Moon are arguing.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In a school centered around various sport competitions and is the host site for the Wild Tournament - the most premiere amateur mixed martial art tournament in the country - nearly anyone who is nice can certainly afford to be.
    • Lee Go Seul. She's the least likely person to be a master in Chinese Wushu and have slight Blood Knight tendencies (when prodded), specially given her usual geeky, bespectacled look and clumsy behavior.
      • Gets taken a step farther when she has to off those 'geeky glasses'. Fighting with her glasses on is Go Seul being nice. Since she can't see her opponent's expressions with her glasses off, she is no longer afraid to hit them and therefore, doesn't gauge the strength of her strikes.
    • Driver Park too. He's the Eyes Always Shut Cool Old Guy that acts as Queen's chauffeur (he doesn't seem that old, though). But when some idiot comes by the car wash and treats Queen like she could be a hooker, all she does is say Park's name and he pulls a gun on the idiot's ass, eyes wide open.
    • Driver Park's senior, In Sung's Battle Butler Secretary Jang, is the same way, with an added dose of Dissonant Serenity.
    • Wild's Principal, Lee Pal Bong. He's short, balding, and incredibly unassuming. He is also a retired pro boxing champion, undefeated with 48 wins over the course of his career, 38 of them KOs. Nickname: Beolgyo's Nuclear Fist. Harm one of his students and he will destroy you.
    • Jae Gu, once you press his Berserk Button.
  • Bifauxnen: Kim Yeo Jung, who seems to be even more popular with the ladies than Jae Gu.
  • Big Ball of Violence: Moon Young and Dal Dal in chapter 37 and many thereafter.
  • Blood Knight: Kim Ho Pae
  • Bridal Carry: Due to fear of cockroaches, no less!
  • Broken Pedestal: Kim Hye Sung to Kim Hye Shin, his younger sister, as he became a cowardly recluse. He did so because the bullies he tried to pacify threatened to stalk his family. They implied were going to target Hye Shin and since she has no idea why her brother changed, it appears that his tactic worked.
  • Bully Hunter: Jae Gu in chapter 94.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Well, tiger ears, anyway- Choi Dal Dal is not only an excellent fighter (one of the few who can take on Queen without getting absolutely destroyed), but also a great cook.
  • Butt Monkey: See Ignored Enemy.
    • After his defeat at the hands of Jae Gu, Han Gyul isn't even considered a threat anymore.
  • Charm Point: Choi Dal Dal is extremely obsessed with her lips and how kissable they apparently are. Or, at least, she was in her introduction- this particular point hasn't come up often since then, instead focusing on her martial arts skill and her cooking.
  • Chekhov's Gun: When Jea Gu meets with some of Queen's fans, he glances at their car and notices a dashcam. After Dal Dal is kidnapped, and the front of the school has a camera blind spot, he remembers they were parking close to the suspicious car that might have taken Dal Dal.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Jae Gu learns a lot about cars and notices details of their status thanks to his job washing cars. This fact allows him to recall details about the car that Dal Dal's kidnappers likely were in.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In the very first chapter, Jae Gu falls into Queen and spills coffee all over her. She demands he replace her clothes, valued at 150 and 130 (speaking in terms of 10,000 Won, which is common in Korea). She meant 2.8 million Won (about $2,500). He gives her 280 Won (about 25 cents). Queen is so shocked that she just stands there staring at the money.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Choi Dal Dal showing why she's an S-Rank. Also Lee Go Seul is a very unassuming, twintail, glasses-wearing, world-class Wushu practitioner. Moon Young's father so casually destroys four of Johnathan's fighters that even he was stunned at how easy it was. Dal Dal's father so utterly destroys some members of the stalker gang, that the witnesses simply can't register that it happened.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Too many to list seeing as virtually all the female students compete in professional-grade fights and tournaments and therefore, are all well-trained fighters. Many who fight against an S-ranked Wild High student end up on the receiving end of this. Queen, being the badass of the entire school, is very prone to handing them out to anyone. Her rivals, Choi Dal Dal and Lee Moon Young are also very capable of handing them out as well.
    • Kim Ho Pae gives one to Park Junghyun, the previous year's runner-up. Then he gets one courtesy of Lee Moon Young. She also gives his men a group version too. The next day, Kim Ho Pae gets one again courtesy of Queen in the official match, lasting a total of a 2 kicks and a punch.
    • Jae Gu even gets to hand one out against Kim Hoe Pae.
    • Any matter that involves the ladies of the Wild Guard - the Wild High School Disciplinary Group.
    • Queen (and possibly Moon Young) was on the verge of being on the receiving end of one courtesy of Johnathan's bodyguard Jeffrey
    • Jae Gu gets to hand out a few during the Kidnapping arc, but the most notable is when he gets to curbstomp a car in chapter 239 with a single jump kick.
    • Dal Dal's father does it literally in chapter 240.
  • Date Peepers: Queen's grandfather does this to Jae Gu and Queen during their island vacation at the YK resort. He's quick to assume the worst of every situation where Queen and Jae Gu are together.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Yoon In Gyi. Bonus points for actually being called "Queen". Of course, she wasn't so much an Ice Queen as she was simply socially awkward and unsure how to act around boys.
  • Dirty Coward: Han Gyul
  • Disappeared Dad: Jae Gu's dad got sick soon after his siblings were born, so he took a large part in caring for them. Two years later, his dad passed away and his mother, overwhelmed by the situation, left one day and never came back.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Jae Gu. While he can be cold at times, he was unwilling to hit anybody. Even Han Gyul, until he pressed his Berserk Button.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Imagine this. The main character of an action romance is forcefully pinned down by a stranger who wants a Forceful Kiss. Here, it's Dal Dal, a girl, on top of Jae Gu, a boy, and it's played for comedy.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Well, not exactly rape. Jae Gu makes it absolutely clear to Dal Dal that he's not interested, which results in her completely ignoring him and continuing to bug him and declare that he's hers. Just a little sexual harassment, nothing to worry about. It's even played for comedy, and when she goes Look, a Distraction! and kisses him on the cheek, it's supposed to be romantic.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Choi Kang Rok, the middle school-aged boy who earns Jae Gu's respect by fighting off his bullies. Observe what happens when Dal-Dal compares Jae-Gu's body to his.
  • Dynamic Entry: Choi Dal Dal's introduction.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: The entire school for Jae Gu in chapter 36 and 38.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: Or a roach, in this case.
  • Easily Forgiven: A source of stress for Jae Gu is the knowledge that if his mother returns, his siblings will probably forgive her right away and he would rather she never come back. It's implied one of the reasons she might not have returned yet is because of how Jae Gu feels.
  • Exponential Plot Delay
  • Expressive Ears: Choi Dal Dal's animal ears, which are actually just clip-ons.
  • Family Business: Queen's. She had been training since childhood to take over — and then her brother was born. She's actually okay with him taking over.
  • Female Gaze: As Jae Gu washes his face and wrings the sweat out of his shirt, leaving his body rather visible, the many girls of Wild High decide to take pictures.
  • Fighting Series
  • First Kiss: Dal Dal to Jae Gu. it is revealed moments later that he blocked her lips with his hand. Then she gets to be the first and, for now, only girl of the cast to have kissed him.
  • Fragile Speedster: Choi Dal Dal, trained in taekwondo, and the fastest of the trio, is this, not because she cannot take hits, but because she lacks the stamina vis-a-vis other high-class fighters.
  • Freudian Excuse: Both the Queen and Jae Gu hate the opposite sex for various reasons. Jae Gu hates woman and sees them as monsters because his mother walked out and abandoned him and his siblings after their father's death. Queen hates men and sees them as liars because the boy she liked in grade school blew her off because she dressed up as a boy. When he later learned she was rich in middle school, he tried to woo her by claiming he did like her, which only led her to beating him up since she knew what he really wanted.
  • Future Loser: Of the three bullies who tormented Kim Hye Shin's brother, one is jobless (apparently Korean colleges and human resources take detentions seriously, especially if you have them every day) and another is a barely competent delivery guy (they haven't found the third one yet but he'll probably be extremely destitute or undeservedly successful). However, the gangster guy points out that while they aren't exactly living the way their facebook pages suggest, they aren't paralyzed with fear and shame either.
    • The last one's been found and amazingly he's both: he's a petty gangster with a bit of pull, but he loses it all when he's humiliated by Kim Hye Shin and the Wild's crew.
  • Genre Shift: Interestingly, this manhwa started off looking like it was going to be a harem genre fanservice comic, but then the Panty Shots vanished like five chapters in and we started getting far more Shirtless Scenes from the guys than up-skirts from the girls.
    • Also, the focus changes from the drama of Jae Gu's hardship to romance and mostly the fighting.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Kim Ho Pae is rather friendly with Jae Gu and Kim Hye Sung when he's not trying to antagonize everyone at Wild's High.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Kim Hye Sung, the hikkikomori, though the bags are quick to reappear.
  • Heir Club for Men: Queen had been training all her life to take over her family's company, and then her brother was born. She's surprisingly okay with it. More to the point, she's actually relieved.
  • Hikkikomori: Kim Hye Shin's older brother, to her annoyance. He used to be a boxer and stood up to a gang of bullies, who then kept coming after him despite losing every single time. After he saw that almost getting arrested had zero effect on them and they implied they were going to target his sister (and may have given his mother a concussion by dropping a vase on her), he became a paranoid wreck who stayed on the internet all the time to monitor the bullies' social network pages.
    • Queen and Dal Dal After Jae Gu dumped them.
  • Honor Before Reason: Lee Mi Nam in his fight vs. Jae Gu.
    • Jae Gu in his fight with Kim Ho Pae. It doesn't end well.
  • Hypocrite: Kim Ho Pae for telling Lee Moon Young not to get ahead of herself because she used a "petty trick" in the first few seconds of their match, when earlier, he sucker-punched Song Jae Gu without even waiting for the bell to ring. Not to mention near the end of the match, he tries to knock her out with a chair in the corner of the ring, only to get his ass thoroughly handed to him. His Mooks are no better, calling out the main cast for their supposed arrogance while boasting about how badass their group is. Guess how that turned out.
    • Han Gyul tries to make Jae Gu feel bad for humiliating him by beating him in a fair fight, conveniently disregarding all the unprovoked bullying Han Gyul has put Jae Gu through.
    • Lee Higyeong: Is close friends with Jonathan, who runs an underground fight ring, looks down on women, and is engaged in all sorts of unpleasant and unsavory activities, yet lectures Queen on "hanging out with the wrong people" because Jae Gu is in her list of friends.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Lee Seub Seul, the elder sister of Lee Go Seul, is a member of the Kendo Club and enters her fight without the benefit of a weapon specifically for use in the tournament. When her opponent calls her out, she attacks swiftly with bare-hand techniques, knocking her to the ground. She then reveals that the one who trained Lee Go Seul in Wushu was her.
  • Idiot Ball: Kim Ho Pae and his mafia. He gets better. Sorta.
    • Kim Hye Sung's bullies.
  • Ignored Enemy: After the tournament, Hwang Jae Oh at the car wash as Moon Young and Dal Dal are spying on Queen and Jae Gu - he gives up and hunkers down with them to spy.
    • And AGAIN in the very next chapter when he starts boasting that he's going to beat Queen, and the driver hollers at him to move his bike.
      • At this point, its pretty much a running gag that Hwang Jae Oh is completely ignored in any scene he is in.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Played differently. Lee Mi Nam catches Han Gyul on this, stating that Jae Gu never said anything about his siblings getting food poisoning. Han Gyul denies it, and Lee Mi Nam chooses to believe him, but then forfeits during the main tournament without harming Jae Gu to give him a fair fight against Han Gyul.
    • Happens again when Jae Gu encounters the guy who stole Dal Dal's very distinctive clip on tiger ears.
  • Informed Ability: Sadly, since technology has not advanced to the point we can taste Dal Dal's cooking through the screen, we'll have to take Moon Young's word for it.
  • Jaw Drop: The first thing Jae Gu does at the start of his round with Mi Nam is dash right in for a punch. This comes at great surprise to Han Gyul.
  • Jerkass: Han Gyul. If there were any doubts, they'd be washed away when he poisons two little kids and doesn't even have the decency to feel sorry about it.
  • Kick Chick: Queen and Dal Dal.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Lee Mi Nam beating the crap out of Hwang Jae Oh in the tournament.
  • Kuudere: Queen. Her helpless look at Moon Young every time she does not know what to do about her emotions is priceless.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Exhibit A: Afro and glasses.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Moon Young, to the surprise of everyone, including the readers, in chapter 71.
  • Love at First Punch: The Goo Ra coach for Lee Na. So far, completely one-sided, but he's praying for a Tsundere.
  • The Matchmaker: Queen plays this role by setting Daldal and the Myung brothers up to meet, and then tells Hwan, the elder brother, she thinks Daldal likes him.
  • Men Are Tough: Moon constantly points out that being a man makes you pretty lucky, since on the physical and biological level, a man can have a bigger build and more muscle mass on average then a female, but it is also shown that because they train so much more, the female cast is typically much stronger and more skilled then your average male fighter.
  • Missing Mom: And a very serious case of one, for Jae Gu's family. She went missing voluntarily, abandoning her children to their luck.
  • Minor Living Alone: Jae Gu is a high schooler that lives alone, taking care of his two kindergarten age siblings.
  • Morton's Fork: The first fight of the tournament pits Dal Dal and Moon Young against each other.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Jae Gu is both a straight example and an in-universe one, especially after he begins his training. At one point he goes to wash his face, noting how he's never sweat so much before in his life, lifting up his shirt to wipe his face off, revealing his abs. Then the panel pans out to reveal that all of the girls are staring at him, blushing and smiling and taking pictures with their cellphones.
    • There's also the college student who helps take Dal Dal's mind off of Jae Gu after she realizes he's not into her.
  • Mugging the Monster:
    • The Wild's gain prominence after 2 such incidents, one where 26 male thugs were arrested after accosting a group of 6 Wild's students and another case where an armed bank robbery was foiled by a teller who was a graduate.
    • In her younger days, Kim Hye Shin was attacked by some girls on orders from a guy who wanted to torment her big brother. She beat them up and some went to the hospital.
    • Three middle school girls try to assault Moon Young when the latter refuses to buy cigarettes for them.
    • The guy who took Dal Dal's clip-ons thought beating up on a very pissed-off Jae Gu was a good idea.
  • Never My Fault: Han Gyul has a bad habit of taking advantage of people and hurting them while never realizing that he's in the wrong. He even tries to blame Jae Gu for the lack of stuff to do aside from training in his life, rather than the fact that he's a delinquent who likes to mooch off of other people.
    • Lee Higyeong feels compelled to blame Queen and Jae Gu for all the troubles of the fight arc, and the fact that Queen doesn't like him, but completely ignores his own actions leading up to it.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Jae Gu. Of course, it's not just that a lot of them are violent, a lot of them have absolutely no idea how to talk to men, non-combatants, or men who are non-combatants.
  • No Social Skills: Wild's girls do not know how to talk to men when it doesn't involve fighting them. This basically kicks off the whole plot of the series as the school Principal wants them to learn said skills rather than just learning to become fighting machines, which leads to Jae Gu being the first male student admitted.
  • Not So Different: Queen's grandfather was in a situation similar to Jae-Gu in his youth.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: The Queen's little brother. Don't let his lack of patience and childish demeanor fool you, he's actually a very capable fighter.
  • Odd Friendship: The friendship trio of Queen, Dal Dal, and Moon Young for sure.
    • Kim Hye Shin and Jae Gu develop this as well.
  • Oh Crap!: Hwang Jae Oh when he realizes there's more to Lee Mi Nam than he initially thought.
    • This Cannot Be!
    • Han Gyul, in chapter 26. Thinking that the Wild's girls at Jae Gu's house can't attack without getting expelled, he's set to attack Queen for being humiliated previously. Queen just calls up her secretary as she shuts the gate behind her. The look on his face when he overhears this:
    Queen: "...I believe a little something may happen soon... and I'd like to ask you to clean up for me. If you don't... I may get injured."
    Secretary: "Don't worry! As long as it's not murder, I'll be able to take care of it!"
  • One Head Taller: Jeffrey, Johnathan's bodyguard, is at least a foot taller than Queen.
  • Only Sane Man: Jae Gu. Possibly Lee Mi Nam as well.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: The story initially places much emphasis on Jae Gu's hardship before moving to martial arts and school-life.
  • Out of Focus: Queen.
  • Nosebleed: Never played for laughs. It's either the result of an injury, or a medical condition.
  • Panty Shot: Noticeably sparse, considering the story takes place in an (almost) all-girls high school. Most of the shots are out of focus, blocked by objects or covered by Censor Shadow.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Kim Ho Pae and his mafia aren't listed under Idiot Ball for no reason. Despite their side being at a clear disadvantage, it seems that every time they get offended, their first response is to resort to violence and intimidation, even if it is clear as day they have ZERO chance at coming out on top.
    • A sad but very justifiable case with Jae Gu after his siblings were food poisoned. He walks all the way from the hospital, with bloody feet, to Goo Ra High, were Han Gyul is to beat him up.
    • Possibly Queen's fiance, who starts plotting revenge after she deliberately acts more affectionate to Jaegu than she does to him, and apparently sees no problem being betrothed to Queen and falling in love with his "Valkyrie" Moon Young. Definitely the fiance's best friend Johnathan, who organizes fight clubs in warehouses and his idea of "befriending" Queen is to get his cameraman to take photos of her in the ladies' room and sic his taller, heavier, and more experienced bodyguard on a (basically) defenseless 16-year old girl (he may or may not be avenging his friend by humiliating Queen). There's also the female party guests who see a barefoot Queen with a torn skirt about to fight an adult and dismiss her as a hothead.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Queen again. She commissioned winners of architectural prizes to design and decorate the male showers. She doesn't even like it after completion, partly because it lacks the clawfoot bathtub she wanted.
  • Running Gag:
    • "Wild's medical doctor Jun Soomin, Wild's 25th year graduate 4-time Hapkido champion. After mending the bones of the fighters that she broke herself, she entered medical school. She begins to recall that fabulous past..."
    • Hwang Jae Oh getting ignored by everyone.
    • Choi Dal Dal going on about her relationship with Song Jae Gu, or offering him a kiss, only to turn around and see he's already left.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Kim Yeojung and Kim Joongu. Hilarity Ensues when its revealed they're actually girls.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Averted with Queen in episode 203. As her brother later notes had Queen simply berated the frustrated retail worker and then fired her for her rudeness, that would have violated several company policies. If this worker is having a problem, it likely isn't hers alone and a symptom of a larger issue, so best find what that problem is and handle it for the good of everyone. As Queen was there as a customer, it would have been further wrong to abuse the power. So, simply asking for an apology was the right action.
  • Sempai Kouhai: In Korea, the equivalent term for a Sempai is "Sunbae". This gets thrown around a lot.
    • Similarly, "Unni/Noona" (Onee-san/big sister) gets used a lot as well.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: Played for Laughs. The "Embarassing Queen Photos" arc. Even though it gave us some really good fight scenes, it turned out to be pointless. Not only the photos were uploaded to the net, but all they depicted was Queen washing her hands, which everyone else thought she was doing it in a very dignified way, and thus not embarrassing at all.
    Moon Young:What? You put on such a show for pictures like these?
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Moon Young. Big time.
  • She's Got Legs: Lee Na.
  • Shipper on Deck: Queen's little brother has begun to actively ship Jae-Gu x Queen ((OR, Jae-Qu, if you will)), even going so far as to hang a banner from a helicopter over Jae-Gu's house!.
  • Shout-Out: When Jae Gu asks Lee Moon Young who her opponent is, she says that it's the Demon King Piccolo.
    • Queen's little brother mentions missing the latest episode of Pokémon when Queen starts holding up the limo.
    • Kim Hye Shin's older brother looks like L.
    • Hwan Jae Oh compares Jeff to the Incredible Hulk in chapter 194.
  • Shower Scene: Queen (see Accidental Pervert above). Later on Jae Gu gets one as well.
  • Shown Their Work: A subtle but impressive one by the author in chapter 51, with Han Gyul's elbow strike. The fight appears to be using slightly modified MMA rules, and the 12-6 elbow strike he used (elbow starts high, in the 12 o'clock position, and strikes vertically downward to the 6 o'clock position), is in fact illegal in current MMA competition, where most other elbow strikes are legal.
    • Also, the attire worn by certain men when Queen is in Dubai.
  • Sleep Cute: after Jae-Gu's tournament victory against Han Gyul, he gets so exhausted that he falls asleep. Moon Young and Dal Dal, who have been tending to his bruises, for some reason also fall asleep next to him.
  • Small Name, Big Ego:
    • Everybody from Goo Ra, with the possible exception of Lee Mi Nam. Special note goes to Kim Hye Shin, who got torn apart by Queen in the first chapter in a fight where Kim Hye Shin had even stacked the rules in her own favor, but keeps posturing and screeching that it was all a fluke and she'll beat Queen easily.
    • None of the Goo Ra crowd has won a fight against Wild's High on panel yet, but they all are completely convinced every one of their defeats was an accident and they are the best fighters in the world.
    • Johnathan is completely helpless without Jeff protecting him, yet he thinks he's a "king" and can intimidate anyone by his sheer presence alone.
  • Spit Take: Daldal has one in episode 203 while drinking juice because Queen just told Myung Hwan she thinks Daldal likes him. Some even came out of her nose.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Queen's entire family. Her brother, and later her grandfather, attempt to put up the same cold front that Queen does, but Jae-Gu's consistently treating them like anyone else and his cute, innocent younger siblings melts them in record time.
  • Staircase Tumble: In 205 while at the resort, the group is climbing some stairs to the summit of Seongsan Ilchulbong when a random Chinese girl falls and Jeagu catches her, much to Daldal and Queen's frustration.
    • Prior to that, Queen's grandfather also stumbles and falls backwards while ranting at Jae Gu, following the latter home. Queen's grandfather has an interesting reaction when Jae Gu catches him, and it gets even more interesting when Jae Gu treats the latter's back pain and feeds him some instant noodles.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Queen.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Queen, on at least two occasions, used the "I did not (insert unusually big favor here) because I worry about him (Jae-Gu) or anything" variety.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Apparently every high school outside of Wild's is infested with vicious gangs of bullies who are crueler than actual gangsters. Worse, we find out in the Kang Rok bullying arc and the arc starting in chapter 244 that this issue trickles down to middle school, if not sooner, and some of these students have ties to actual gangsters, and see nothing wrong with calling in favors from gangs when they find themselves outmatched by the people they've decided to victimize.
  • Through His Stomach: Dal Dal's primary advantage over Moon Young and Queen - and then Queen hauls out a BANQUET with her catering staff on call 24-7.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Hwang Jae Oh, in part because no one really cared about him, but most notably Kim Ho Pae, heir to the Mafia, who appeared initially as an antagonist, but has become sort of friends with Jae Gu and Hyu Sung.
  • Token Good Teammate: Fighter No 2 in the Garbage Fight arc.
  • Triang Relations:
    • Type 1, with a twist: Queen's fiance wants Queen and Moon Young. He apparently sees no problem with being betrothed to one girl while having a crush on another (he might be viewing the betrothal as more of a business agreement than a romantic relationship). Type 1 normal: Dal Dal wants Jaegu but might also want the handsome college student.
    • Type 3: Dal Dal and Queen want Jaegu.
    • Type 4: Dal Dal wants Jaegu, Jaegu and Queen may have unspoken feelings for each other.
    • Type 5: Dal Dal wants Jaegu, Jaegu may want Queen. Also Queen's fiance wants Moon Young, Moon Young wants her "student".
  • Unusual Ears: Choi Dal Dal's tiger ears – they're actually detachable hair pins. They're also quite expressive for being just hair ornaments.
    • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: No one seems to comment on them, or even notice they're there, at first. They become a critical plot point later.
  • Unwanted Harem: Jae Gu tried pretty hard to get rid of it in the beginning.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Three Badass fighters – Queen, Moon Young, and Dal Dal – all seem to be afraid of cockroaches.
  • Weight Woe: Moon Young used to be a lot thicker, having previously been in a heavier boxing class. Doubles as a Berserk Button that Dal Dal enjoys pushing.
    • Although toyed with: Moon cut weight to be faster, which is shown to have served her exceedingly well.
  • Webcomic Time: Bordering on the other version the entire series happens in no more then a couple months. Yet there's time for lots of characters to be introduced and have Character Development. Meanwhile the Tournament Arc apparently only holds like one match a day then takes a week off or something.
  • Wham Line: Chaper 198, page 31.
    In Seung: "Um... I couldn't do anything about this. He already knew to some point, so... This is the chairman, my grandfather."
  • Again in Chapter 225, page 36.
    Moon Young: " Queen said... She's not coming to school."
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Jae Gu calls out Dal Dal for being really harsh with Kang Rok, specially after Jae Gu notices his bruised back over the constant kicking he's victim of.
  • The Worf Effect: Lee Mi Nam against Hwang Jae Oh.
    • I Am Not Left-Handed: Turns out Lee Mi Nam was holding back in their first encounter, because he knows how dangerous Boxing can be outside of sanctioned events.
    • Played straight with Park Junghyun, the runner-up in the previous year tournament against a newcomer. Later, Park was noted by Moon Young, her previous trainee, to be out of practice after a year of retirement.
    • Played far more seriously with the introduction of Jeff.
  • World of Badass: Everyone can fight. The students. The teachers. The principal. The nurse. The hikikomori is a national-level fighter. Song Jae Gu's five-year-old siblings are pretty much the only non-combatants, and even Jae Hyung fought a boy his own age to protect Jae Som.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Moon Young and Dal Dal, with a heavy emphasis on the "vitriolic".
  • Zip Me Up: Dal Dal invokes this in episode 202 when she is trying on bikinis with Jae Gu. Averted as he left before she could finish her monologue, and didn't even come close to tying her bikini up.


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