YMMV: Shamo

  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Quite a few.
    • Ryo crushing Sugawara's fist with his skull.
    • Ryo after his fight with Black Monkey where you see him in one scene after he completed his ki training.
    • Ryo defeating the Thai boxer.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Quite prevalent among readers.
  • Designated Hero: If by hero, you mean Lord Byron or the old Roman definition, sure.
  • Evil Is Cool
  • Evil Is Sexy: Ryo does work as a gigolo throughout the series and gets paid very well.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The titular character crosses this when he rapes his foils girl friend completely unprovoked and then makes him listen in on it.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Ryo tries to cremate Rangah on a funeral pyre after the latter apparently dies from injuries. Turns out he wasn't quite so dead.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Ryo is supposed to represent how far society can push an individual, but honestly, he is a nasty piece of work who comes off as being closer to a Villain Protagonist than a Byronic Hero.
  • What Could Have Been: Subverted. It has taken a long LONG time. The series has been canceled twice. Sometimes goes 2 years between chapters, but apparently now, it will have an ending. But then again, who knows.
    • It finally ended in 2015.
  • Woobie: A very dark type in Ryo.