YMMV / Golgo 13

  • Memetic Mutation: Duke's face has gone memetic much like the Yaranaika face among Japanese artists, and gets slapped on just about any character's face as a source of quick comedy due to its out-of-place 'coolness'.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • In the first anime movie The Professional, Corrupt Corporate Executive Leonard Dawson, seeking revenge for the assassination of his son Robert, crosses the horizon when he becomes desperate enough to concede to a Psycho for Hire's demand to be allowed to rape Robert's wife. And things get worse from there.
    • In the series, Togo passes a potential MEH of his own when he sleeps with and later kills an innocent who makes the mistake of following him to a job. This is played around due to Togo's Pragmatic Villainy: He won't betray a client even under torture and one of the few times he failed ("Telepath") he tried to return the money (he later made good.) However, he doesn't care who his client is, who his target is, or the reasons behind the hit. As long as he's paid and not double-crossed, eh, anything goes.
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: Takao Sakai originally wrote Golgo 13 as a way to continue making James Bond-style stories while bypassing any copyright issues with Ian Fleming.
  • Special Effect Failure: The infamous CG helicopter scene in The Professional. It... doesn't hold up, to say the least.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: The codename "Golgo 13" is apparently a reference to Golgotha, the hill where Jesus Christ was crucified, and Judas Iscariot, considered the 13th person at the last supper Passover meal, (though, in reality, there were AT LEAST 14 people there, it's a common association). For bonus points, the Japanese logo for the series prominently features a skeleton wearing a crown of thorns...