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YMMV: Baki the Grappler

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Interestingly, the dub. Baki was originally portrayed as dreaming of being the strongest to take down his psychopathic father and for love of fighting. The dub portrays Baki as someone who was born into it, and while he likes fighting, he'd give it up for a nice, normal life.
    • Well, in the manga Baki also says, that if his father was weakest man on the Earth, he would have been satisfied with being the second weakest.
      • Yujiro has gotten a lot of characterization. he believes himself to simply be an animal and above human morals. All he wanted in life was simply to fight someone as an equal. Now that Baki has gotten near Yujiros level, Yujiro is seemingly happy and treating Baki more like his own son rather then a maggot.
  • Complete Monster: Yujiro Hanma, definitely. He beat the everloving crap out of his own son, titular Baki Hanma, so that Baki's entire body, except his face, is covered in scars, killed Baki's mother, and then beat up Baki's friends and allies just to show he could, ALL IN LESS THAN AN HOUR. Yujiro has enough Charles Atlas Superpower to be effectively untouchable by police and authorities (even the military) and uses his abilities to do whatever suits his fancy without repercussions to put relentless psychological pressure on his son (including, but not limited to, threatening to kill his girlfriend if Baki fails his expectations, and to subject Baki's possible children to the same abuse he had piled on Baki), just to create an opponent worthy of himself. And that's not counting the thousands of people he murdered since he was at least sixteen, or the fact that every fight we've seen him in ended in him delivering a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown while grinning like a maniac, just because it's the sadistic bastard's idea of fun. Or how he treats his other son (i.e. less than dirt on his slippers). Baki puts himself through Training from Hell and a series of incredibly brutal martial arts tournaments just to become able to protect himself and his loved ones from Yujiro. The worst part is that Yujiro hasn't got his comeuppance yet - after about 600+ chapters - although this is somewhat understandable, as his defeat probably would end the series.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: And how!
  • Game Breaker: Yujiro. It's so far beyond badass, Can't Catch Up and Villain Sue that it's ridiculous.
    • The defining example of how broken Yujiro is? His article on the other wiki lists what styles he's beaten and destroyed. The list goes on for a while, and ends with The Forces of Nature Itself, with a link to the Acts of God article.
      Baki: "Not even cancer or AIDS could do a thing against him."
      • Plus, the anime's last two episodes are a flashback to Yujiro's youth, when among other things he went on a 2-year romp/killing spree through a warzone at the tender age of 16. Turns out he's one of the main reasons America had to pull out of Vietnam.
      • The final fabled fight between Baki and Yujiro has come to pass. Yujiro seems to have accepted Baki as his son, and it is the first time anyone has ever matched blows with him.
      • And in the end Yujiro still beats Baki with ease.
    • plus the aforementioned clone of Miyamoto Musashi down below, who could probably give even Yujiro a run for his money when it comes to this..
  • Moral Event Horizon: Yujiro's brutal and deadly maiming of Emi, while their son (and everybody else) is incapable of doing anything to stop him.
  • Nausea Fuel: Many things in the series, but most of the characters are drawn so muscular and with such little body fat that they look disgusting. It doesn't help that the art style makes them look realistic while simultaneously looking cartoony, making the characters look creepy as hell.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: The fighting manga genre on acid. At first the series is fairly realistic, albeit pushing your suspension of disbelief. After the Maximum Tournament though, all bets are off. By the time you reach Son Of Ogre you'll be wondering what the hell the author was on. Considering the author is a former amateur boxer and practices kempo, you wonder if he has brain damage.
  • Villain Sue: Interestingly enough though, everyone in the series knows Hanma Yujiro is this as well. Its almost a deconstruction of the fighting manga genre, showing what kind of world it would be if everything revolved around Charles Atlas Super Power and My Kung Fuis Stronger Than Yours, and if there was a real life World's Strongest Man. It isn't pretty.
    • People still hate the character, though.
      • And now there's a new one. Yes, a New Villain Sue in the series.In Baki Dou, we are introduced to the clone of Miyamoto Musashi, who is apparently so damn powerful that he can beat freaking Baki with laughable ease. Keep in mind, this Baki post final Yujiro fight.