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* DesignatedHero: Ichi, Jijii, or Kakihara - pick one, then designate them the "hero".


* {{Narm}}: The faces of many of the characters are drawn in a somewhat comical and exaggerated way, diminishing the terrifying effect.



* {{Narm}}: The faces of many of the characters are drawn in a somewhat comical and exaggerated way, diminishing the terrifying effect.

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* {{Darkness Induced Audience Apathy}}: ''Ichi'' treads perilously close to this trope. Everyone of plot significance is a depraved pervert, murderer, psychopath or manipulative bastard (and that's an INCLUSIVE "or," people!). There's really no character you can feel good about rooting for. Even Jiji, the puppet master whose scheme to destroy Kakihara's Yakuza clan could be seen as dolling out justice in a round about way [[spoiler:is, by the end, unmasked as a nihilistic maniac whose only real motivation for taking on the Yakuza was the pure amusement of the challenge]]. ''Ichi's'' cocktail of black versus black morality, horrific violence and buckets of squick can definitely be hard to stomach at times. Arguably averted (opinions are apt to differ considerably here) due to the extremely tense, coiled plot, and ''Ichi the Killer's'' surprisingly incisive philosophical musings.


** [[VillainProtagonist Masao Kakihara]], a twisted {{combat sadomasochist}} whose boss is murdered by the titular [[PsychopathicManchild Ichi]], begins a hunt for the mysterious assassin in his obsession to discover the ultimate pain. Kakihara participates in a number of murders of Yakuza and civilians alike and has no compunction allowing rape or torture to occur under his watch. ColdBloodedTorture is his specialty, in fact, and he tortures one man by hanging him from multiple needles and hurling hot tempura oil over his bleeding back. Obsessed with the point where pain and pleasure meet, Kakihara terrifies all who meet him.

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** [[VillainProtagonist Masao Kakihara]], a twisted {{combat sadomasochist}} CombatSadomasochist whose boss is murdered by the titular [[PsychopathicManchild Ichi]], begins a hunt for the mysterious assassin in his obsession to discover the ultimate pain. Kakihara participates in a number of murders of Yakuza and civilians alike and has no compunction allowing rape or torture to occur under his watch. ColdBloodedTorture is his specialty, in fact, and he tortures one man by hanging him from multiple needles and hurling hot tempura oil over his bleeding back. Obsessed with the point where pain and pleasure meet, Kakihara terrifies all who meet him.


** [[VillainProtagonist Masao Kakihara]], a twisted {{sombat sadomasochist}} whose boss is murdered by the titular [[PsychopathicManchild Ichi]] begins a hunt for the mysterious assassin in his obsession to discover the ultimate pain. Kakihara participates in a number of murders of Yakuza and civilians alike and has no compunction allowing rape or torture to occur under his watch. ColdBloodedTorture is his specialty, in fact, and he tortures one man by hanging him from multiple needles and hurling hot tempura oil over his bleeding back. Obsessed with the point where pain and pleasure meet, Kakihara terrifies all who meet him.

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** [[VillainProtagonist Masao Kakihara]], a twisted {{sombat {{combat sadomasochist}} whose boss is murdered by the titular [[PsychopathicManchild Ichi]] Ichi]], begins a hunt for the mysterious assassin in his obsession to discover the ultimate pain. Kakihara participates in a number of murders of Yakuza and civilians alike and has no compunction allowing rape or torture to occur under his watch. ColdBloodedTorture is his specialty, in fact, and he tortures one man by hanging him from multiple needles and hurling hot tempura oil over his bleeding back. Obsessed with the point where pain and pleasure meet, Kakihara terrifies all who meet him.


* CompleteMonster: This is a twisted manga, and its VillainProtagonist and his CoDragons reflect this.
** Kakihara, a twisted sadomasochist whose boss is murdered by the titular [[PsychopathicManchild Ichi]] begins a hunt for the mysterious assassin in his obsession to discover the ultimate pain. Kakihara participates in a number of murders of Yakuza and civilians alike and has no compunction allowing rape or torture to occur under his watch. ColdBloodedTorture is his specialty, in fact and he tortures one man by hanging him from multiple needles and hurling hot tempura oil over his bleeding back. Obsessed with the point where pain and pleasure meet, Kakihara terrifies all who meet him.
** The CreepyTwins and CoDragons to Kakihara, Jiro and Saburo, brag they've raped hundreds of women. Driven to outdo one another, they introduce themselves by asking a pair of lovers who the women preferred in bed. When the women give an answer, the offended twin viciously tortures and kills them. The two later abduct a prostitute after brutalizing her and rape her to get her pimp to talk. Despite Kakihara's orders not to kill them until he verifies their information, the two play a game to see who can hurt the two worse solely to prove who's better at causing pain. When one accidentally kills the pimp, the other kills the girl just to prove he can kill someone as well. After Ichi kills Jiro, Saburo is only angry because [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou he wanted to kill his brother himself one day]]. He then proceeds to kill a man Kakihara tortured earlier and rapes and murders the girl with him, before killing her with a knife through her genitals.

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* CompleteMonster: This ''Manga/IchiTheKiller'' is a twisted manga, and its VillainProtagonist and his CoDragons reflect this.
as these characters demonstrate:
** Kakihara, [[VillainProtagonist Masao Kakihara]], a twisted sadomasochist {{sombat sadomasochist}} whose boss is murdered by the titular [[PsychopathicManchild Ichi]] begins a hunt for the mysterious assassin in his obsession to discover the ultimate pain. Kakihara participates in a number of murders of Yakuza and civilians alike and has no compunction allowing rape or torture to occur under his watch. ColdBloodedTorture is his specialty, in fact fact, and he tortures one man by hanging him from multiple needles and hurling hot tempura oil over his bleeding back. Obsessed with the point where pain and pleasure meet, Kakihara terrifies all who meet him.
** The CreepyTwins and CoDragons to Kakihara, **Kakihara’s CoDragons, [[CreepyTwins Jiro and Saburo, Saburo]], brag that they've [[SerialRapist raped hundreds of women. women]]. Driven to [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne outdo one another, another]], they introduce themselves by asking a pair of lovers who the women preferred in bed. When the women give an answer, the offended twin viciously tortures [[ColdBloodedTorture tortures]] and kills them. The two later abduct a prostitute after brutalizing her and [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape her her]] to get her pimp to talk. Despite Kakihara's orders not to kill them until he verifies their information, the two play a game to see who can hurt the two worse solely [[ForTheEvulz to prove who's better at causing pain.pain]]. When one accidentally kills the pimp, the other kills the girl just to prove he can kill someone as well. After Ichi kills Jiro, Saburo is only angry because [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou he wanted to kill his brother himself one day]]. He then proceeds to kill a man Kakihara tortured earlier and rapes and murders the girl with him, before killing her with a [[GroinAttack knife through her genitals. genitals]].


** The CreepyTwins and CoDragons to Kakihara, Jiro and Saburo, brag they've raped hundreds of women. Driven to outdo one another, they introduce themselves by asking a pair of lovers who the women preferred in bed. When the women give an answer, the offended twin viciously tortures and kills them. The two later abduct a prostitute after brutalizing her and rape her to get her pimp to talk. Despite Kakihara's orders not to kill them until he verifies their information, the two play a game to see who can hurt the two worse solely to prove who's better at causing pain. When one accidentally kills the pimp, the other kills the girl just to prove he can kill someone as well. After Ichi kills Jiro, Saburo is only angry because [[TheOnlyAllowedToDefeatYou he wanted to kill his brother himself one day]]. He then proceeds to kill a man Kakihara tortured earlier and rapes and murders the girl with him, before killing her with a knife through her genitals.

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** The CreepyTwins and CoDragons to Kakihara, Jiro and Saburo, brag they've raped hundreds of women. Driven to outdo one another, they introduce themselves by asking a pair of lovers who the women preferred in bed. When the women give an answer, the offended twin viciously tortures and kills them. The two later abduct a prostitute after brutalizing her and rape her to get her pimp to talk. Despite Kakihara's orders not to kill them until he verifies their information, the two play a game to see who can hurt the two worse solely to prove who's better at causing pain. When one accidentally kills the pimp, the other kills the girl just to prove he can kill someone as well. After Ichi kills Jiro, Saburo is only angry because [[TheOnlyAllowedToDefeatYou [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou he wanted to kill his brother himself one day]]. He then proceeds to kill a man Kakihara tortured earlier and rapes and murders the girl with him, before killing her with a knife through her genitals.


** The CreepyTwins and CoDragons to Kakihara, Jiro and Saburo, brag they've raped hundreds of women. Driven to outdo one another, they introduce themselves by asking a pair of lovers who the women preferred in bed. When the women give an answer, the offended twin viciously tortures and kills them. The two later abduct a prostitute after brutalizing her and rape her to get her pimp to talk. Despite Kakihara's orders not to kill them until he verifies their information, the two play a game to see who can hurt the two worse solely to prove who's better at causing pain. When one accidentally kills the pimp, the other kills the girl just to prove he can kill someone as well. After Ichi kills Jiro, Saburo is only angry because [[OnlyIAmAllowedToDefeatYou he wanted to kill his brother himself one day]]. He then proceeds to kill a man Kakihara tortured earlier and rapes and murders the girl with him, before killing her with a knife through her genitals.

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** The CreepyTwins and CoDragons to Kakihara, Jiro and Saburo, brag they've raped hundreds of women. Driven to outdo one another, they introduce themselves by asking a pair of lovers who the women preferred in bed. When the women give an answer, the offended twin viciously tortures and kills them. The two later abduct a prostitute after brutalizing her and rape her to get her pimp to talk. Despite Kakihara's orders not to kill them until he verifies their information, the two play a game to see who can hurt the two worse solely to prove who's better at causing pain. When one accidentally kills the pimp, the other kills the girl just to prove he can kill someone as well. After Ichi kills Jiro, Saburo is only angry because [[OnlyIAmAllowedToDefeatYou [[TheOnlyAllowedToDefeatYou he wanted to kill his brother himself one day]]. He then proceeds to kill a man Kakihara tortured earlier and rapes and murders the girl with him, before killing her with a knife through her genitals.


* CompleteMonster: Jiro and Saburo are twin brothers, whose sibling rivalry makes them bring out the worst in each other. It's hard to say what's the most terrifying about them. These [[CreepyTwins unnerving twins]] ooze tension whenever they appear and their [[UncannyValley uncanny faces like parodies of humanity]] with features squashed together only add to their scariness. Their actions are so violent and insane that even their fellow Yakuza gangsters are shocked and disgusted. The twins keep marathoning further and further beyond the [[MoralEventHorizon depravity line]] and by the time Saburo rapes a girl to death by shoving a sword in her vagina, you barely feel anything.
** Kakihara is only slightly less twisted. An extreme sadomasochist, he hideously tortures and kills people at the drop of a hat, whether or not it's warranted. His actions are so extreme that [[EvenEvilHasStandards everyone else in the Yakuza organization and most of the men under his control are revolted by them]]. This eventually gets him kicked out. He then starts looking for the titular Ichi the killer in his quest for ultimate pain and pleasure.

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* CompleteMonster: This is a twisted manga, and its VillainProtagonist and his CoDragons reflect this.
** Kakihara, a twisted sadomasochist whose boss is murdered by the titular [[PsychopathicManchild Ichi]] begins a hunt for the mysterious assassin in his obsession to discover the ultimate pain. Kakihara participates in a number of murders of Yakuza and civilians alike and has no compunction allowing rape or torture to occur under his watch. ColdBloodedTorture is his specialty, in fact and he tortures one man by hanging him from multiple needles and hurling hot tempura oil over his bleeding back. Obsessed with the point where pain and pleasure meet, Kakihara terrifies all who meet him.
** The CreepyTwins and CoDragons to Kakihara,
Jiro and Saburo are Saburo, brag they've raped hundreds of women. Driven to outdo one another, they introduce themselves by asking a pair of lovers who the women preferred in bed. When the women give an answer, the offended twin brothers, whose sibling rivalry makes them bring out the worst in each other. It's hard to say what's the most terrifying about them. These [[CreepyTwins unnerving twins]] ooze tension whenever they appear and their [[UncannyValley uncanny faces like parodies of humanity]] with features squashed together only add to their scariness. Their actions are so violent and insane that even their fellow Yakuza gangsters are shocked and disgusted. The twins keep marathoning further and further beyond the [[MoralEventHorizon depravity line]] and by the time Saburo rapes a girl to death by shoving a sword in her vagina, you barely feel anything.
** Kakihara is only slightly less twisted. An extreme sadomasochist, he hideously
viciously tortures and kills people at them. The two later abduct a prostitute after brutalizing her and rape her to get her pimp to talk. Despite Kakihara's orders not to kill them until he verifies their information, the drop of two play a hat, whether or not it's warranted. His actions are so extreme that [[EvenEvilHasStandards everyone else in game to see who can hurt the Yakuza organization and most of two worse solely to prove who's better at causing pain. When one accidentally kills the men under pimp, the other kills the girl just to prove he can kill someone as well. After Ichi kills Jiro, Saburo is only angry because [[OnlyIAmAllowedToDefeatYou he wanted to kill his control are revolted by them]]. This eventually gets him kicked out. brother himself one day]]. He then starts looking for proceeds to kill a man Kakihara tortured earlier and rapes and murders the titular Ichi the killer in his quest for ultimate pain and pleasure.girl with him, before killing her with a knife through her genitals.

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* IAmNotShazam: Kakihara is usually the one shown in advertising of the comic and movie - sometimes they even put a "1" on his face. The titular Ichi, on the other hand, is a sobbing weakling wearing a stuntman suit.


* {{Narm}}: The faces of many of the characters are drawn in a somewhat comical and exagerated way, diminishing the terrifying effect.

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* {{Narm}}: The faces of many of the characters are drawn in a somewhat comical and exagerated exaggerated way, diminishing the terrifying effect.


* CompleteMonster: The twin brothers Jiro and Saburo. Kakihara, despite not being a rapist, is also this trope, torturing and murdering people at the drop of a hat.

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* CompleteMonster: The twin brothers Jiro and Saburo. Kakihara, despite not being a rapist, is also this trope, torturing Saburo are twin brothers, whose sibling rivalry makes them bring out the worst in each other. It's hard to say what's the most terrifying about them. These [[CreepyTwins unnerving twins]] ooze tension whenever they appear and murdering their [[UncannyValley uncanny faces like parodies of humanity]] with features squashed together only add to their scariness. Their actions are so violent and insane that even their fellow Yakuza gangsters are shocked and disgusted. The twins keep marathoning further and further beyond the [[MoralEventHorizon depravity line]] and by the time Saburo rapes a girl to death by shoving a sword in her vagina, you barely feel anything.
** Kakihara is only slightly less twisted. An extreme sadomasochist, he hideously tortures and kills
people at the drop of a hat.hat, whether or not it's warranted. His actions are so extreme that [[EvenEvilHasStandards everyone else in the Yakuza organization and most of the men under his control are revolted by them]]. This eventually gets him kicked out. He then starts looking for the titular Ichi the killer in his quest for ultimate pain and pleasure.


* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Ichi.

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Ichi.


* HighOctaneNightmareFuel: At least one instance per chapter.

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* HighOctaneNightmareFuel: NightmareFuel: At least one instance per chapter.



* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Ichi.

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Ichi.Ichi.

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