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Baki Hanma

Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi (JP, anime), Kappei Yamaguchi (JP, OVA), Nobunaga Shimazaki (JP, Netflix ONA), Robert McCollum (EN, anime), Carter Cathcart (EN, OVA), Troy Baker (EN, Netflix ONA), Alfonso Herrera (LatAm, Netflix ONA)

The protagonist. Baki is a young fighting prodigy living in Japan. Following a traumatic childhood upbringing at the hands of his Abusive Parents, Baki vows to get revenge on his father Yujiro Hanma for killing his mother. There's only one problem with this- Yujiro is, quote, "the strongest creature on the planet", which means that Baki has a long road ahead of him if he ever wants to catch up with his monster of a father and defeat him.

While laid-back and easygoing, Baki is a fiendishly intelligent fighter, capable of adapting his style on the fly with snap decision making abilities and excellent reaction time. The series charters his personal growth into a true fighter, following him from a young 13-year-old boy into a grown adult.

  • Abusive Parents: Out of all of the parents in the world Baki just had to have Yujiro Hanma and Emi Akezawa as his parents.
  • The Ace: Not to the level of his father, but he's considered one of the best fighters in the world, and he's only 17. It's been shown on several occasions that his father Yujiro passed on some of his awesomeness to Baki.
    • Baki has been shown to be close to his father in terms of ability, with Yujiro stating that he will soon be "a Hanma without a care in the world".
    • At the same time, Baki has suffered an intensely traumatic childhood and has many mental issues, making him more of a Broken Ace.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Subverted. When he was younger he showed a lot of enthusiasm when fighting and often got himself into many situations that end up with him almost getting killed, but who could blame him when his dad is the World's Strongest Man. As he grew older, however, and saw just how far the well goes when it comes to martial arts and life-or-death fights, he considerably mellows out, to the point that he's completely unrecognizable to the punk of chapter one while somehow being even more of a battle maniac.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Baki has been studying martial arts all of his life, and has mastered a version of shadow boxing that is so strong that the opponents he conjures up from his imagination can actually HURT HIM. He's also adept at studying, learning and copying his opponent's techniques and skills.
  • Berserk Button: Unnecessary cruelty during a fight or in general. This leads Baki to go into an extraordinary rage due to the way his father Yujiro fights for pure domination. As well as others who disregard the pain they inflict on others as meaningless to them in pursuit of other goals.
    • Yujiro is a walking pillar of anger for Baki due to the history together and how they both have had conflicts to where Baki always has some sort of negative reaction upon seeing him or even hearing his name.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Baki generally is a good natured Nice Guy but he can become a dangerous force to be reckoned with whenever he is angered or if the people he cares about are in danger.
  • Blood Knight: Baki has grown up training rigorously in order to reach the pinnacle of strength to face his father and during his childhood he would often get into random fights to prove his strength as a warrior. Even into his teenage years he is seen enjoying the thrill of fighting and shows off a small smirk whenever he's going up against strong opponents.
  • Broken Pedestal: In his youth, his only wish was to live up to his father's legacy to please his mother. Once Yujiro kills his mother and shows his true brutality, Baki loses interest in impressing his father and becomes more interested in defeating him.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: It's the Baki universe so that goes without saying, but Baki is the son of the strongest creature in the world, Yujiro Hanma. Some of the superhuman things Baki has done are:
    • Super Speed: He can move at 168MPH with a technique he calls the "Cockroach Tackle" which he used on his father, Yujiro, and pushed through multiple walls inside a hotel.
    • Super Strength: Holding a heavyweight fighter's skull so hard that the fighter claimed that Baki's grip felt like a vice and that it was impossible to even budge his hands.
    • After being poisoned, Baki started to physically waste away. It should be noted that the poison was meant to kill most people immediately, and he lasted more than a week before being cured. Then, after eating the equivalent of all the weight he lost from wasting away, his body began to create steam and he regenerated back to his original, healthy, muscular self as if nothing happened.
    • Super Reflexes: Having a super reflex from jumping off a cliff activating a near death reaction.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Baki tends to come to friendly terms with his foes after defeating them, such as the Yasha Ape, Kaoru Hanayama and the mercenary group led by Gaia.
  • Fiery Redhead: Baki had orange hair and was always ready to fight even showing some Hot-Blooded qualities.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Blasé sometime but Baki is a nice person that will fight just as brutally as Jack or Yujiro if needed to.
  • Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb: As for Son of Ogre, in a byproduct of Characterization Marches On, Baki is Yujiro's own Tyke Bomb. Narration even goes through a long-winded analogy likening Yujiro to a glutton that, unable to satisfy his hunger anymore, gets forced to learn to cook and research his own recipes. While in the early installments Baki was just the victim of a jerkass father and an uncaring mother, Son of Ogre implies Yujiro willingly put his son through an hellish life just to create a second Strongest Creature able to give him the fight of their lives, and in the first series he was just disappointed because he thought he failed.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Baki believes he is nothing like his father and it's true for the most part. As he's very kind, caring, calm, and actually enjoys his normal life of spending time being a regular teenager. While he isn't completely unlike Yujiro, as he also loves fighting seeing it as something he enjoys doing since he's been training to fight ever was a child but finds the thrill of it exhilarating. He can also be very bloodthirsty when his Hanma blood boils and unleashing part of his Demon Back can make him very viscous not unlike his father. However he doesn't make a habit out of using it.
  • Megaton Punch: One of his signature moves named Goutaijutsu where aligns his joints perfectly then unleashing a powerful Seiken punch throwing all of his weight into the blow.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Showing up at the Coliseum in a middle of a fight between Doppo and Yujiro, causes Yujiro to use his demon back in rage; not only did it give Doppo less of a fighting chance against his opponent, he'll suffer numerous of injuries such a ruptured eardrum, an eye being gouged out and suffer a near-death experience being struck to the chest.
  • Screaming Warrior: Baki barley goes through a battle without unleashing a scream.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Like his father Yujiro he has the ogre demon back muscles. Also he seems to have inherited Yujiro's hair color and style. But Baki has his mother's facial structure with his dad's eyes and ears. As he gets older he starts to look more like Yujiro.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Baki is a very powerful and skilled fighter, but he tends to lack experience with fighters that have exotic styles and are able to counteract him. Also when his head is not in the right place he becomes very vulnerable to his opponent.
  • Strong and Skilled: Baki is a very skilled martial artist as well as having the pure brute strength to back it up. As he is able to completely master multiple arts of fighting and incorporate it into his style by taking them from other fighters then making it into his own style. He also can utilize and mold his strength in order to overpower his opponents to match them blow for blow. When combining them both he becomes a terrifying force to be reckoned with and earning himself the title of champion amongst the underground league as he's able to counteract against fighters who only use one form of fighting which he switches his style into matching theirs.
  • Spirited Competitor: Unlike his father who is a Sadist and enjoys toying with his opponents before crushing them, Baki never tries to cause pain or seriously hurt his opponents (he takes their injuries as a given because it's a fight afterall but his focus is the fight not trying to break them emotionally or physically) and will often compliment people on their skills and spirit even if they are weaker than him. He likes the challenge of a fight and testing himself not the bloodshed or violence associated with it. If given the choice to end a fight quickly by seriously or permanently crippling his opponent or using a bit more effort so that after he beats them the most they need is some hospital time while recovering to 100%, he's going to choose the second.
  • Super Powerful Genetics: He's a Hanma. It's a given that he comes from a long line of bad-asses.
  • To Be a Master: An interesting inversion. Baki isn't interested in usurping his father's place as the strongest creature alive or any of the fame that comes with it; he just wants to surpass his father specifically. Problem is, Yujiro is so strong Baki will ultimately have to become one of the best fighters on the planet to even stand a chance.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Seriously you "DO NOT" want to make Baki angry. He won't kill you but he'll make you wish you were dead.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: One of Baki's most dangerous qualities is his ability to create mental scenarios to act out in his head. He's able to convince himself that these scenarios are so real that they can actually affect him in the real world, allowing him to train.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He wanted to be the strongest in order to receive the approval of Yujiro, that is before realizing what a massive Jerkass he is. Now he wants to become the strongest in order to be able to defeat him.
  • World's Strongest Man: Though Baki is one of the top contenders for this title due to how far he's come in terms of his abilities as a fighter to where he can go toe-to-toe with the best of the best and even defeating them in combat. Though this subverted when it comes to his father, and during the time of his final fight with Yujiro ends with his father thoroughly winning throughout their entire match, but due to Baki's warrior spirit not being tarnished in the slightest through his strength and determination he just gave up the title to him after realizing he couldn't dominate him completely.

    Yujiro Hanma 

Yujiro Hanma

Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (JP, anime), Akio Ohtsuka (JP, ONA), Matthew Tompkins (EN, anime), Kirk Thornton (EN, ONA), Carlos Segundo (LatAm, Netflix ONA)

The single strongest being on planet Earth, Yujiro is more of a force of nature than a human being. He's impossibly, inconceivably strong, pushing far beyond the limits of the human body into an invincible nightmare of a person. Normal standards of morality do not apply to him.

His one goal in life is to get his son, Baki, to be strong enough to defeat him. The methods he does this with are questionable at best, and as a result, he is the Big Bad of the series and Baki's ultimate goal is to defeat him.

  • The Ace: Yujiro is this to absurd levels. Not only is he considered the strongest creature on earth, he is flat out superhuman. Yujiro is so powerful that the only two people who even have a chance against him are his son (who carries his special blood) and an unfrozen caveman who regularly hunted T-Rexes for food. There is a small circle of fighters that are in the same league as Yujiro and the above-mentioned fighters but nobody is on his level.
    • The only person so far who seems to be around his level is Miyamoto Musashi himself, but their credos are too different for there to be a proper comparison.
  • Above Good and Evil: Yujiro doesn't believe in conventional morality and states that strength is everything. From his perspective, weakness is evil while strength is virtue. Of course as he's the strongest man in the world, everyone else is garbage in his eyes.
  • Archnemesis Dad: He became one to Baki thanks to him killing the latter's mother.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: One of the biggest examples in the shonen genre, believing all other martial artists, including his own son, as pathetic amateurs despite their best efforts and feats, and only worthy as punching bags for when he's bored.
  • Ax-Crazy: Yujiro himself lives for violence. He throughly enjoys crushing his opponents to oblivion in the most brutal fashion along with the emotional and physical trauma he'll inflicted upon them. He's even more homicidal when he activates his Ogre/Demon Back muscles, which reflects his violent nature.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Weakness and mercy. This goes against Yujiro's ideals about strength and how only through hate and rage will one achieve their own power. Being merciful to your enemies and showing signs of compassion utterly disgusts him to no end. Which is why he is mostly disappointed in Baki due to his friendly behavior.
    • He despises those who do not accept their losses and are unable to move on from it.
    • Also, being worried about or protected. Not once in his life has he needed help because he is the strongest creature on earth, and he knows this; so this is the same as being insulted by someone lesser then him. When Ali Jr. arrogantly insinuates that he was glad Yujiro wasn't hurt, it was enough to turn him into a raging maniac tearing down door to door searching for Ali Jr., who luckily waltzed out of a hotel unscathed. In the Musashi Arc, Motobe tells Yujiro he would protect him before throwing a smokebomb disapearing to escape Yujiro's wrath.
  • Big Bad: Or at least the closest thing the series has for one, being the archenemy of his son Baki and being his main motivate for becoming the best martial artist in the world.
  • Blood Knight: His "strength is everything" mentality causes him to roam across the world searching for an opponent that'll give him a decent challenge as he has become incredibly bored with his overwhelming power. This is actually explains why he decided to create his son, Baki, because he figured the only person who'd give him a good fight would be one of his own bloodline.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Strength isn't the be-all and end all for Yujiro. He does have a life outside of fighting and he isn't simply the beast he constantly refers to himself as. Outside of fighting, he can have respect for people and even get along with others. While Yujiro won't hold back against anyone who challenges him, he generally leaves most of his malice and cruelty inside the "ring" so to speak. In public, he usually carries himself as a stoic gentleman. He has refined tastes and excellent manners not to mention being very erudite about various subjects. While Yujiro is an extreme Social Darwinist he isn't a crazy lunatic destroying and killing for the fun of it. However, he definitely was that early on in the manga; see below.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Subverted as he really isn't lazy. He’s just incredibly bored because he literally can’t find have a decent challenge and can one shot anybody he comes across.
  • Celibate Hero: Yujiro is not celibate for obvious reasons, neither is he a hero, and he thinks very little of celibacy in general. On the other hand, he doesn't seem to be particular interested in sex either. His rape of Jack's mother was more a way to humiliate her than an expression of lust, and the main reason he seduced Baki's mother was to produce a child capable of challenging him. He even refuses sex to her out of frustration at Baki's lack of progress.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the beginning of the Baki the Grappler series, Yujiro was little more than a Ax-Crazy, Blood Knight, Sociopath, Villain Sue (even acknowledged In-Universeentire countries refused to deal with him) Manchild who believed that the weak need to be crushed. By the time of the 4th series Way of Baki, Yujiro is more subdued with his blood thirsty tendencies and is shown to be erudite, sophisticated, and insightful. While he will still destroy anyone who gets in his way or crosses him, he has shown many shades of being a Noble Demon and can be downright hospitable to his (few) friends, acquaintances, and is even capable of chatting casually with people he has previously brutalized.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Subverted. While Yujiro HAS been shown to contantly do training that would straight up kill anyone else who attempted it, his bonkers strength, endurance, agility and seeming insensitivity to pain seem to be genetic. In flashbacks, it's shown that he was already scary as a newborn baby, and he was already slaughtering entire platoons of US Special Forces in Vietnam while still a teenager. Pretty much, only his children seem to have any hope of approaching his level of monstrosity simply cause they share the same genes. Everybody else he faces is doomed to getting beaten to within an inch of their lives if if they're lucky.
  • Dads Can't Cook: As a part of the requests before his final fight with Baki, Baki asks him to spend some time with him and cook a meal. Yujiro obliges only after the fight, offering his son a pretend Miso Soup. When Baki actually eats it and claim it tastes off Yujiro claims to know he's unable to cook, and just wanted to humor his son before accepting him as the Strongest Creature in the World
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Yujiro does not hold back ever and what's more, he will not stand to be slighted, taunted, or mocked in any way. Interestingly, it's not due to ego or narcissism exactly. While Yujiro is arrogant and cocky, it's absolutely justified in that he and the world knows that he's the strongest. Aside from strength, Yujiro respects competence, intelligence, and common sense. So when Yujiro punishes people for trash talking him, it's less "How dare you! I am the strongest! Know your place!" and more like "Really? Are you that stupid? Now I've got to kick your ass because you challenged me and also on principle. What kind of dumb-ass provokes a crazy strong guy like me. I'm doing the world a favor by removing you from the gene pool". A few examples are:
    • A muay-thai fighter tried to attack Yujiro because Yujiro made fun of his embarrassing loss. Yujiro let him off easy and knocked him out and even exclaimed that, "Well, your reaction wasn't wrong. If I were you, I'd have probably done the same. Although, I would have succeeded".
    • Yujiro told Yanagi that he lost to Motobe. Yanagi tells Yujiro that it isn't his place to decide the victor. Yujiro agrees and then promptly kills him with a powerful backfist. Again, Yujiro wasn't mad because he felt slighted, he was pissed that the idiot just wouldn't accept that he lost.
  • The Dreaded: Yujiro is hated and feared by nearly everyone who knows him, to the point where whole countries would rather not risk their whole forces dealing with him.
  • Fiery Redhead: His hair is bright crimson red and he's a brutal warrior with a gleeful urge to cause carnage.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: There have been many times where Yujiro has actually had casual and even lighthearted company with the people he had previously hurt or insulted. It seems that in spite of what he's done Yujiro doesn't keep any personal grudges and the others simply know that trying to get revenge would either be useless or suicide.
    • Doppo Orochi asked Yujiro out for a drink at a local bar to ask Yujiro's opinion about his son Katsumi's progress as a fighter. Not only did Yujiro agree, but he even complimented Katsumi's improvement. Orochi even thanked Yujiro for shaming his son Katsumi, and forcing Katsumi to change and reach his full potential. Keep in mind that a while back Yujiro kicked Doppo's ass, took his eye, and technically killed him for a few minutes before he was revived.
    • His dinner with Baki seems to qualify as one when he's been invited over; he really has perfect table manners and very insightful about the food Baki made when they're having a conversation, as Baki stated, he may be terrifying but he isn't a monster.
    • He and Musashi literally walk to the bar together right after their deathmatch and chat like buddies. We see gems like Yujiro introducing the ancient samurai to foreign alcohols and even refilling his glass for him.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: In the final battle in Son of Ogre Yujiro grabs Baki on every different limb and uses him like Nunchaku, hitting every parts of his own body. Considering how terrifyingly durable Yujiro is when Baki is getting slammed on every solid impact....
  • Ground Punch: Appeared to have stopped an earthquake with one, and caused an earthquake with another.
  • Human Hammer-Throw: Like Yuichiro, he uses Baki like a towel.
  • Hidden Depths: While at first glance Yujiro seems very shallow, arrogant, and vain, the truth is a bit more complicated. In his youth, he completely believed in survival of the fittest and might makes right. For most of his life he was obsessed with strength and being the strongest. When he did finally become the undisputed "strongest creature on earth", he quickly realized that he had nothing to strive for and that ultimately his strength was meaningless, as it cut him off from everyone and everything. While he still does genuinely love fighting and brutalizing people, it's implied that a good portion of his attitude and viciousness now stems from his bitterness and isolation at being the strongest in the world.
    Yujiro: There is so much I have never experienced like tragedy or loss. You people don't know what it's like to have strength so great that it destroys your dreams. Strength so great that exceeds any human limitation in every part of your life. When you are too strong, everything is within your grasp.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: The scariest part is that it's never explained how he became so strong.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: His former lover Emi was fascinated by his strength and general brutality.
  • Instant Expert: With his body he can master any martial art with little effort, using his opponent's own fighting style against them just to piss them off.
  • Invincible Villain: He is such a superhuman fighter that it goes past the pseudo-realism the rest of the setting tries to have and flies straight into the fact of the immensely ridiculous. He hunted down and pummeled entire battalions of United States Army soldiers during the Vietnam War (to the point where even many decades later and with a hefty amount of improvement in weapons technology, the standard procedure for when said military finds out he's around is to get the hell out of his way) and stops earthquakes with a single punch. The amount of fighters that can so much as make him break a sweat can be counted with one hand and he's defeated them all by the end of the manga. Baki's series-long goal to take him down ends up being All for Nothing — he can't beat him, but he gives him a good enough fight before going down that Yujiro decides to just hand him the "World's Strongest Human" title and walk away into the sunset. And with his endless list of crimes unavenged.
    • Until he met Miyamoto Musashi who made Yujiro visibly bleed.
  • Jerkass: Yujiro is massive dick to just about everyone around him, and shows no hesitance in brutalizing anyone in whatever way he sees fit, even his own sons.
  • The Juggernaut: He can destroy steel doors, bullet-proof glass and push away a large number of riot policemen together.
  • Mega Manning: It's eventually revealed that he's such a good martial artist that he can replicate martial arts styles and special moves from seeing them done once (example: the Sea King). He just absolutely refuses to use it because he finds it more pleasing to just shrug off their techniques and then tear them apart with as little effort as he deems necessary specifically to show them that all of their efforts are worthless.
  • Necessarily Evil: As far as the United States are concerned, their treaty with Yujiro is this. A government could possibly kill him at the cost of millions of soldier and civilian lives but they will have to deal with the United States for attacking an "ally". Yujiro might make a mockery of the United States' army force and mock their presidents but he consolidates their power by siding with them instead of another country.
  • Never Gets Drunk: While he was in a bar with Doppo, he orders an entire bottle of 10 year old whiskey that consists 70 percent of alcohol. This could've knocked out anyone who couldn't hold their liquor within minutes, but in Yujiro's case; he downs the entire bottle as if it was a glass of water, except it was a large mug.
  • Noble Demon: Surprisingly during his younger years, where he has nothing but absolute respect and admiration for Muhammad Ali Sr. as a person and soul even though he is weaker than he is. He also respects the fight that Ali Sr. had to put up when he fought for the weak and unprivileged African-American during the civil rights movement, against racial discrimination, the draft of war, and the entire nation and government without backing down no matter how big the odds he stood against. For all of Yujiro's contempt for the weak and tendencies for provoking attacks, insulting, and savagely brutalizing his opponents along with anyone else who gets in his way, he's still able to shake Ali Sr.'s hand and proclaim such respect and sincerity for him.
  • Not So Invincible After All: Downplayed, some of the strongest fighters are able to make Yujiro take the fight seriously but he never loses to them. Musashi being able to cut him skin deep is considered the swordsman greatest accomplishment because drawing Yujiro's blood even when he let himself be hit full force is unheard of.
  • One-Man Army: He took on the American military and the Vietcong during the Vietnam War when he was a teenager and was able to push away 100 riot policemen.
  • Pet the Dog: Yujiro is such a powerful person that the rare times he shows mercy can be counted as this. For example, right before his bout with Pickle, Katsumi insults Yujiro and demands his attention. Rather than brutalize him like he's done to so many people before, he merely plays a prank on Katsumi by untying his shoelaces and wrapping them around the boys head. It's likely this is done because Katsumi doesn't fully understand the "consequences" of seriously challenging Yujiro- something that not even his own father has walked away from safely.
  • Red Baron: Known as "The King" amongst the world of fighting. His other one is "The Ogre/Demon".
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Part of his full ogre mode is his eyes turning red while he flexes his back into a demon face.
  • Sadist: Unlike his son Baki, Yujiro loves to fight and enjoys a good challenge but there are times when he goes too far and he either psychologically tortures somebody or brutally cripples them while he laughs madly at the destruction he caused. He does this mostly when he's around Baki as he seems to enjoy toying around with his son. This seems to have been toned down more as the series progressed. As Yujiro became more fleshed out, he went from brutalizing people and mocking them with implications that hurting people gives him a literal hard on to finding pleasure simply in combat and violence. In the recent series, Yujiro doesn't really take pleasure in the pain of his opponents or torturing them so much as he likes to nock them down a few pegs. It's more that he likes to show his opponents how weak they are and show off how strong he is. Since this characterization was the most consistent for the majority of the series starting with New Grappler Baki, the version of him that loved the feeling of breaking bones or the sound of screaming might have been Early Installment Weirdness.
  • Shipper on Deck: When Baki and Kozue were about to have sex, he barges in before they do the deed to tell her to not just fuck him, but fuck his everloving lights out, then leaves wishing them the best.
  • Slasher Smile: He frequently shows one.
  • Smug Super: And unfortunately, there’s almost nothing anyone can do about it.
  • Super Mode: Yujiro uses the Ogre/Demon Back as this. He flexes his back muscles to the point where they form the face of a demon and it increases his strength speed and power.
  • Super Senses: Yujiro mentioned during his fight with Ali Sr. that he honed both his body and senses to be the most powerful man on Earth. He is almost impossible to take by surprise and can somehow sense sickness in other people.
  • Super Strength: If the other tropes didn't tell you. He can stop and cause earthquakes by punching the ground.
  • Super Speed: He can dodge bullets point blank and stop an arrow the moment it’s released from the bow.
  • Super Toughness: Absolutely nothing fazes him. Even the strongest of blows aren’t able to put a dent in Yujiro.
  • Super Weight: He's between level 3 and 4, being capable of stopping or causing an earthquake with a punch and being invulnerable to conventional martial arts moves and weaponry but he doesn't show any over the top powers beyond his great strength, speed and durability.
  • Strong and Skilled: The problem with Yujiro is that he is not some dumb brute who solely relies on strength, but is actually quite knowledgeable in martial arts and is also very adaptable. In fact, he enjoys humiliating fighters by one shotting them with their own styles, and only restrains himself from using techniques due to how boring fights would become otherwise. Once in a blue moon, when a fighter is actually able to pull one over Yujiro, he will instantly adopt a method to counter their techniques either with knowledge or sheer intuition.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Yujiro starting in Baki-Dou, after the Father-Son fight, has mellowed out significantly, humoring a young child's autograph by tearing the paper into neat quarters with his finger, something the old Yujiro would have never done. He gives Motobe a few chances when he comes to declare his intention of protection instead of immediately flying into a rage. Also, he shows uncharacteristic respect for the restored Miyamoto Musashi, taking him out for a drink and even personally refilling his glass, which would have been completely unthinkable for the old Yujiro Hanma.
  • Troll: He gets a kick out of humiliating other fighters, either by using their own fighting styles against them to show how inferior they are or goad them into fighting him through insults.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Yujiro mostly uses this style as he one shots everybody due to his immense strength. He purposefully plays this role against Kaku Kaioh who is pure Weak, but Skilled.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Ali Jr should never had arrogantly boasted about how he was glad Yujiro wasn't hurt.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Women are not exempt from his brutality.
  • World's Best Warrior: He is easily the best fighter in the franchise and will not hesitate to show off his strength or kill someone brutally to show his superiority.
  • World's Strongest Man: He's known in-universe as the strongest creature on the planet. Very few fighters come even remotely close to Yujiro's skill or raw power, and even they are no match for him.
  • Worthy Opponent: He wants Baki to become one just so he could be thrilled to challenge him.

    Jack Hanma 

Jack Hanma

The older, Canadian half-brother of Baki. His story being not too dissimilar to his brothers: Yujiro Hanma raped Jack’s mother during the Vietnam war after she tricked him. Yujiro, unlike with Baki’s mother, did not kill her and Jack’s mom decided to keep the kid. Originally a hopeless, scrawny “failure” whose only goal is, like his half brother, to defeat his father for what he did to his mother and life. This goal was originally woefully unsuccessful no matter how hard he trained and worked out due to a body that was simply unable to get stronger. That all changed when mad scientist, Dr. John, offered him special steroids that could overcome his inability to grow stronger in a bid to create someone stronger than Jack’s father, Yuijro. The steroids worked, making Jack insanely strong and freakishly unstable to a point Dr. John commited suicide, along with the steroids have the tiny side effect of destroying his body and reducing his lifespan. All of this came to a head when Baki defeated Jack in the Maximum tournament, making it seemed like all Jack worked for and sacrificed to become stronger was over...

... key word seemed, as Jack trained and repaired his body after destroying it, along with getting surgery to make himself a lot taller and bigger, giving him the natural(ish) strength and size that his bloodline demands in a bid to defeat his father.

  • Ax-Crazy: Subverted. Jack is very stable at times but he prefers to fight like a wild animal rather than a true Grappler. Though there have been times when Jack was an outright savage in terms of brutalizing his opponents and was bent on ripping whomever he fights to shreds as a side affect of his super steroids, which made him absolutely lose control over his sanity at a point in time.
  • The Berserker: Jack has the inhuman tenacity of a rabid animal, being very brutal and downright ruthless with his fighting style. He even bites his opponents during their fights, making him even more animalistic than what he already was, and willing to continue fighting even if he ends up dying. He often took advantage of this when he utilized his super steroids, losing control over his bodily functions and becoming a mindless beast during his fight with his half brother Baki. Even after he mellows out, he's still ruthless enough that he won't stop beating his opponents until they can't move.
  • Blood Knight: Jack loves fighting just as much as anyone else and during his match against Baki he urged him to utilize his abilities to his fullest in order to also prove his worth as a fighter. He's also very eager to challenge many of the new foes in his path that seem strong enough to take him in a fight. Even when he's backed into a corner and severely damaged doesn’t give up and enjoys the fight.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Gives one to Sikorsky when his dirty tactics doesn't faze him one bit in the Coliseum and later gives a very brutal one to Ali Jr. to the point where he bit his tongue in half.
  • Death Seeker: At first he has a death wish to finally die during the tournament. The drug was apparently killing him so it was his last chance to impress his dad even if he dies by besting Baki. Thankfully, he had managed to push his body to such an insane degree that he reached a level where his body was able to reject the lethal effects of the super steroids he had been taking.
  • Determinator: Jack just doesn't know when to quit, even by the standards of a cast of Determinators. His overtraining would be suicidal, if not for a mad scientist's steroid cocktails being part of his regimen. He's had his skeleton surgically restructured multiple times to get bigger. Even having half his face bitten off by Pickle and waking up in the hospital twice, the second time from a severe coma, he still gets up and goes right back to it.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Following his defeat at the hands of Baki, he became more humble and amicable towards his half-brother.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: At first, he was a weak and frail man who only wanted to grow strong for the sake of his father's approval, but could never do so despite how much training he put himself through. Then he was given the super steroids by a mad scientist, leading to him turning into a giant monster that simply plowed through anything and anyone placed before him in brutal fashion. Thankfully, after his defeat at Baki's hands, he learned to calm down and grow friendlier towards others.
  • Gentle Giant: Nearly 8 feet tall and 443 pounds, has perfect table manners and feeds the koi with little old man Tokugawa.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Startled Pickle after Jack lost to him. Because there is nothing in the wild that prepared the caveman to the sight of a prey seemingly coming back from the dead for a rematch.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Jack is pretty much a walking tank of a man as he's incredibly strong and hits like a steam locomotive while also being extremely fast, enough so that he appeared right in front of Ali Jr without the latter even noticing he moved.
  • Man Bites Man: His signature technique, with jaws strong enough to bite clean through a coconut. At one point he's seen casually biting through bones like they're cookies!
  • Reality Ensues: What happens when a man trains everyday with no rest and pushes himself far past his limits? His body starts to break down and the muscles atrophy from damage. Jack only recovered from muscular atrophy when given the super steroids that turned him into such a beast.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks exactly like Yujiro in terms of his facial appearance and his physique looks to be similar to his grandfather Yuichiro. The only thing he has from his mother is her hair color.
  • Super Strength: He has some incredible feats of strength when he was on the steroids but it only grows even further when he ditches it after they were useless to him.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Yuujiro considers his blood to be "impure", on the basis that he has had slightly worse results than Baki. Jack is nearly bawling when he sees Baki acknowledged by their father in a way that Jack has never been.
  • Worthy Opponent: He almost out-savaged Pickle during their fight and the caveman come to see him as a wasp, the only creature he fears.

    Yuichiro Hanma 

  • Friendly Ghost: He shows up as a ghost near the end of Baki’s climactic fight against his father, with the sole purpose of cheering on his grandson and giving Yujiro a hard time for having so much difficulty fighting against a kid less than half his age. His temporary visit is particularly jarring due to the series otherwise not containing any other explicitly supernatural elements.
  • Gentle Giant: He is a very large man but is also very caring of his family and would often through away fights to support his wife and son. He's also friendly as he is able sustain a friendship unlike Yujiro.
  • Human Hammer-Throw: Yuichiro’s best and for the most part only move. He manages to take the premise of the technique even further by using his opponents themselves as weapons, turning them into a human version of either nunchaku or bullets.(Depending on the distance to his next target.) The power behind his throws are such that he is able to kill just about anyone he hits instantly. What’s more, he can perform his variation of the technique so blindly fast that entire squadrons of soldiers can’t turn their guns fast enough to defend themselves against this truly gruesome move.
  • Long Dead Badass: Temporarily returns as a specter to the 21st century, his presence is so intimidating that even the inhumanly strong caveman Pickle can only tremble at the sight of him.
  • One-Man Army: Father of Yujiro and Grandfather of Baki, so badass that he was the only man before Yujiro to take on the full military might of the US with only his bare hands and win. To the point where General Macarthur, the man in charge of the operation against Yuichiro requested for the use of a nuclear bomb just to kill one man. Unfortunately his request is denied due to the war already being technically over, and he ends up being impaled into the top deck of the battleship Iowa for his trouble
  • Strong as They Need to Be: In the spinoff Baki Gaiden - Kenjin. Doppo calls him out for throwing away his pride and dignity that he can never win back just for a massive payoff even though he could've easily won the fight by blocking and dodging obvious attacks against the pro-wrestler Rikigouzan and struck back. Yuichiro is surprised at Doppo for recongnizing his capability who then grabbed Doppo by the clothes which Doppo swiftly got out of before leaping up and landed tiptoe on his Yuichiro's wrist showcasing true strength and kicked him in the jaw before leaving to set things right and win back Yuichiro Hanma's pride by beating the pro-wrestler he purposely lost to and also prove "The Fight Of the Century" is a fake.


Main Characters

    Gouki Shibukawa 

Gouki Shibukawa

Voiced by: Bin Shimada (JP, Netflix ONA), Vic Mignogna (EN, Netflix ONA Season 1), Todd Haberkorn (EN, Netflix ONA Season 2)

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He looks like wacky old man but his aikido and jujitsu is master level.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: He is actually pretty well built under his kimono, but for decency he prefers keeping it on. He's till scrawny compared to the rest of the cast though.
  • Cool Old Guy: A nice old man that teaches the police force judo in his off time.
  • Fatal Flaw: Like most masters he has a bad case of pride. He knows exactly which fight may end in his death yet still go through and he won't use his more offensive techniques because he wants to prove his aiki is perfect. He challenged a sumo wrestler three times his size and weight into a grapple and is actually shocked he was thrown by sheer power.
  • Glass Cannon: Even though isn't as strong and durable as the The Ogre, Hanayama or even the karate master Doppo himself, Shibukawa on the other hand can make someone like Oliva keel over on his knee making him feel his own weight.
  • Handicapped Badass: He has a glass eye but is still a precise and strong fighter.
  • Imminent Danger Clue: His master had him train to see a mental door stopping him to go further if he is about to fight a losing battle.
  • Logical Weakness: His aikido is good against people he can redirect their attack against themselves like Oliva but against a poison user or a swordsman it doesn't help much as even the smallest contact will either poison or cut him. Jack also defeats him by biting his arms as there is no real way to redirect the teeth sinking in.
  • Retired Monster: Gouki was an assassin in the past. He did it for fun more than anything.
  • Weak, but Skilled: The only person among the main cast not rippling with muscle or destroying concrete like cardboard. Gouki uses Aiki/jujutsu, and a more pragmatic approach than most, to take down more physically imposing foes.

    Kaoru Hanayama 

Kaoru Hanayama

Voiced by: Takuya Eguchi (JP, ONA), Kyle Hebert (EN, anime), Greg Chun (EN, Netflix ONA)

  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Usually seen wearing a white suit when he's not fighting.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Like other fighters, he wanted more of a challenge so he tried to fight Baki in an attempt to get Yujiro's attention, and he did. He got a ruthless beating from Yujiro for it after already being defeated by Baki.
  • The Big Guy: The biggest of the Baki's friends at 6'3 and 363lbs, as well as the physically strongest. His physical strength is great enough that he's the first human that Pickle recognized as a rival, instead of food.
  • Body Horror: His fight with Speck left him with his cheeks blown out and exposing the sides of his jaws. He wears a face mask to cover it up.
    • He later gets his cheeks repaired, but the author makes a point of leaving circular scars on both cheeks. As he does with every other wound he gets in the entire series, giving him an increasingly scarred appearance.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: He's immensely strong, typically brute forcing his way through fights with sheer strength alone. His primary technique is his Vice Grip, which can usually explode an opponent's arm by grabbing it and restricting the blood flow. Doesn't work so well on Yujiro though, Speck however isn't so lucky when he got his arm splattered, piece of his thigh ripped out, and lastly his windpipe crushed by Hanayama.
  • Covered with Scars: Invoked in a flashback, as he felt his Tattoo wasn't complete without some battle damage and actively went and took down a rival Yakuza family to get em. He was only 15. And the longer the series goes, the more scars he keeps collecting along the way.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Originally sought to fight Baki as a way to get Yujiro's attention, and only after being beaten by him do they become good friends. This is best shown during the Death Row Inmates arc, wherein Hanayama ruthlessly grabs Speck by the face and forces him away from Kozue and Baki, who were having a nice romantic date.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Cares greatly for his mother who is terminally ill with cancer, and visits her often.
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: Despite being competent in many fields, he is absolutley horrible at math, struggling with even basic grade school levels of equations.
  • Eye Scream: How he once killed a massive shark that attacked him when he was fishing. As he was diving underwater to undo his stuck hook, he would be ambushed by the marine beast, only for him to ram his entire arms straight into the eye of the animal and crush the brain.
  • Gentle Giant: He takes his time to console Baki when his mother basically disowns him. He also seems unable to refuse a plea for help and despite a gruff exterior he's nice to get along with.
  • The Gift: Like the Hanmas, Hanayamas are ridiculously strong by nature and Kaoru is the strongest of them yet.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: A variation of this trope and interestingly only on Hanayama's side. He's the strongest Yakuza in Japan and therefore a criminal gang leader thats immersed in a dirty world even if yakuza tend to follow a code. Yet, Though he's prepared for his opponents to use every dirty trick in the book and while he won't show mercy and has no issues brutalizing or maiming people to a rediculous degree, he will always relent when his opponent is seriously giving up (just don't pull a I Surrender, Suckers on him or he'll beat you even harder), will always keep it a man to man affair, will not attack until his opponent is up and ready to either defend or attack themselves, and is very straightforward in his approach while never using dirty tricks. He sees himself as just too strong to fight in any other way and the most preparation you'll see from him is remove his suit.
  • Made of Iron: Can take a ton of punishment, especially during his fight with Speck.
  • Serial Escalation: Hanayama just become sturdier and sturdier as the story goes on with no explanation. In the first series Baki and Kasumi could knock him out with multiple strong attack, by the second series his fight with Speck has him shrugging off bullets and prolonged beatings with no issue and later his bones are impervious to swords. The narration also keeps mentionning he never trains, he barely stretches before any of those fights.
  • Tattooed Crook: Has a full back tattoo of 'A Man Standing Up' which is unique to his family.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: His fighting style is simply referred to as Street Fighting, but he's so absurdly strong he usually doesn't need much else. A later chapter even states that being born strong, training is as useful for him as it is for a lion; it won't improve much.
  • Worf Effect: Andreanov suplexes him to establish himself as the new powerhouse of the maximum tournament arc. The only time Hanayama goes down in one hit.
  • Yakuza: Is the Proud Leader of the Hanayama Family.
  • Younger Than They Look: Despite being a hugely muscular and sour-faced Yakuza boss, he's only 19. In fact, little about his appearance has changed from the age of 15 besides more scars.

    Retsu Kaioh

  • The Ace: The greatest Kaioh since Kaku and Kaku only peaked way later in his life. Baki even wants him as a sparring partner for his rematch with Yujiro.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: A literal description of him in the first series. Does nothing but Kung Fu, while angrily proclaiming that Kung Fu is the best. After the Maximum Tournament arc he drops the arrogant part and becomes one of the nicest characters in the series.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When Doyle tries to ambush Retsu in the bar, which ended up backfiring horribly when he beat him to the punch by throwing a knife in his eye before going from Booze Flamethrower to throwing knives and skill based weapons.
  • The Comically Serious: He is more uptight than the rest of Baki's friends but does some really absurd stuff sometime, such as throwing a windmill punch out of frustration.
  • Chef of Iron: A master of Chinese Boxing and Chinese Cuisine, Retsu's medicinal full course meal is what restores Baki from his emaciated state.
  • Heel–Face Turn: While never really a bad guy, he grows from an exemplary stereotype to one of the kindest, most caring people in the series.
  • Hot-Blooded: Contrary to stoic appearances, Retsu is a very passionate man.
  • Nice Guy: Retsu is a very caring individual who likes helping out his friends as well as having a code of honor amongst fighting and always shows respect towarads anyone.
  • Pride: His Fatal Flaw. In both Son of Ogre and Baki-Dou Retsu always wanted to prove that 4000 year old Chinese martial arts can still uphold it's name, even if means going up against a prehistoric caveman or a legendary master swordsman.
  • The Worf Effect: He defeats Katsumi Orochi at the Maximum Tournament with one hit to show he is more than just your average Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy. He is much later murdered by Musashi Myamoto to show how dangerous and ruthless the samurai is.
  • Worthy Opponent: Yujiro sees him as this for Baki, saying that four thousand years of Chinese martial arts is what is needed to awake a Hanma.

    Mitsunari Tokugawa

  • Batman Gambit: Had Yujiro subdued with tranquilizers and sedatives while he was wading through his fighters, though it was Baki's idea since he doesn't want any of his friends to die and suffer at the hands of his father. Tries to do the same thing to Pickle only to be stopped by Doppo who demands him to let the outcome to continue.
  • Idle Rich: Living in very a large estate, spectating fights and owning an underground fight arena is pretty much his entire business. He also oversees a highly-funded discovery of the caveman known as Pickle and the cloning of the renowned warrior of the early Sengoku period.
  • It's All My Fault: Blames himself for Retsu's death.
  • Keet: He's suprisingly energetic and loveable for a guy who runs a brutal underground fighting ring.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: He's a very small old man.
  • Non-Action Guy: Never does any fighting of his own, but is very knowledgeable in the world of martial arts and enjoys spectating battles. He is the tournament runner and owner of the underground arena, where many big fights of the series are held.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He can arrange a fight between people and endangered species with his money and connections.

    Kozue Matsumoto

Voiced by: Sora Amamiya (JP, Netflix ONA), Cherami Leigh (EN, Netflix ONA), Karla Falcón (LatAm, Netflix ONA)

Baki's girlfriend.
  • Meddling Parents: While her mother is quite hands off on Kozue's dating Baki, Yujiro Hanma makes a great point to ship them together, believing a woman like Kozue will grow up to be able to sire a strong son for Baki and help the Hanma family reach new height of moral and physical strength.
  • Out of Focus: After the Muhammad Ali Jr. arc she makes little appearances.
  • Holding Hands: When Kozue and Baki realize their feelings to each other, Baki tries to hold her hand. Kozue has to teach him how, as the freakisly strong Baki never realized how to do something delicate as holding hands.
  • The Power of Love: While Hanayama at first fears Baki's engagement will make him weaker, he's forced to admit Baki is growing even stronger. Yujiro clearly states that having to defend someone's else for the first time in his life made Baki subconsciously desire to get stronger.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: While she knows there is nothing she can do about it she is really frustrated with the fighters throwing their lives and limbs without a care in the world. Even more when they aren't even taking the fight seriously despite the severe beating they give each other. However this comes from a lack of understanding why they gamble their lives on a single fight, but to the extent it's their way of life and have sacrificed normality for the sake of their dream of fighting and growing stronger as time progresses.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Not that she can do much, but she will step up to people seem to be endangering Baki.

Primary Arc Antagonists

    Kaku Kaioh

  • Cool Old Guy: They didn't call him the Kaioh of Kaioh's for nothing, aside from being the Grandmaster of the 4,000 year old Chinese Kempo.
  • Evil Old Folks: He is a hundred and fifty years old and can trade blows with Yujiro thanks to decades of practice. He also started as cruel and slightly racist.
  • I Have No Son!: After his son's flash defeat against Baki, just after he promised to kill him to save the Chinese team's face, Kaku tells him he is not sure if he is really his son and he should drop martial arts forever.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He quickly incapacitated a Muay Thai fighter just by literally catching him with his pants down.
  • Strong, but Unskilled: Prior to his fight against Yujiro, he revealed that he used to be this, focused entirely upon building up his muscles, and looking down on martial artists, until he encountered a truly skilled one, who defeated him. That defeat was what prompted Kaku to invert this trope, training to perfect his skills, while allowing his muscles to degrade, until he reached the point of where he was so frail, he could barely pick up his bowl and chopsticks to eat, but skilled enough to toss more powerful men around like they weighed nothing.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After losing to Yujiro, in Son Of Ogre story arc, he becomes more kind and friendly with a comedic sense of humor.
  • Troll: Stopped his own heart to prevent Yujiro from delivering the final-blow, managing to trick him in the last second before restarting his heart a few minutes later. Even Yujiro had to admit that he found it Actually Pretty Funny and crafty.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He is over a hundred years old which sapped all his strength but by pure skill he can deliver blows that can send Yujiro's flying and even take full powered hits from the Ogre by relaxing his body to completely absorb them. He even asserts that this is arguably the point of martial arts, stating that they were created to allow the weak to stand up to the strong. As such, when mastered, martial arts would allow even children or old women to stand up against powerful men, like Yujiro.
  • You Have Failed Me: Cut the hands of three elders for giving the title of Kaioh to subpar fighters.

    Muhammad Ali Jr.

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: An arrogant boxer, in his case. He even goes as far as to say that he's perfected the art of boxing, only for the rest of the arc to show that he he isn't nearly as good as he thinks he is.
  • Boisterous Weakling: He is a great fighter as long as his opponent doesn't treat the fight as a serious life or death combat. If the rules are out or he faces a merciless fighter like Jack he doesn't stand a chance.
  • Boxing Battler: Although he doesn't call it boxing but his own martial art invented by his father. In practice it is still boxing but with lower punches allowed.
  • Bullying the Dragon: He doesn't take the Hanma family as seriously as he should.
    • When he was a kid, he decided to box the big adult talking to his father for fun. Yujiro was surprisingly restrained when he simply send him flying with a flick of his finger, then told him to stop crying.
    • Common sense dictates that usually hitting on someone else's girlfriend and asking her to marry him would've been an automatic death sentence, especially when it's right in front of their significant other. Jr. not only does this, but does so to KOZUE, Baki's girlfriend. At the time, Jr. Was lucky that Baki still retained his Nice Guy demeanor. HOWEVER, when they get in the ring, Baki never bothers with even trying to entertain him or his pride, basically manhandling him the moment the fight began, then smashing in Jr.'s testicles the moment he finally decides to take the match seriously, followed by Baki bashing his head in and attempting to break his neck before Ali Sr. had to intervene. To cap it off, Baki then uses his win to challenge Yujiro, effectively making everyone involved completely forget about Jr.
    • After his wins over Gouki and Doppo he decides to pick a fight with Jack, since he was the last opponent Baki faced during the tournament. Jack gives him his first brutal defeat.
    • Then Gouki and Doppo decide to have a rematch when Jr. hasn't fully recovered and go all out on the kid. Jr. just thinks they are sore losers, is too prideful to decline and gets destroyed by the old men.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His Humiliation Conga started with Jack, who shrugged off his punches and beat him within an inch of his life.
    • At the hands of Baki, who gave him a concussion from a right hook, then a kick to the crotch causing him to writhe in pain, which leads to Baki stomping on his face repeatedly until he couldn't fight anymore. Baki had him by a chokehold in attempt to break his neck, until Ali Sr. stepped in to prevent stop him from killing his son by sucker punching Baki off of Jr.
  • Curb-Stomp Cushion: Invoked, Baki says it looked easy but if Jr. punches landed he would have lost, which is why Baki made it quick.
  • Dance Battler: A few fighters comment on how he moves like a dancer. His footwork is one of his biggest advantage as he can close into punching distance with speed and grace.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The second half of The Great Raitai Tournament arc focuses almost exclusively on Jr., as he goes through a classic, if condensed, Shonen plot. He faces off against a variety of strong fighters, triumphing in his first couple of battles, only to be humbled by his fight against Jack, before his previous opponents come back and humble him further. He's then humbled even more by his mentor/father, and then motivated to persevere and keep pushing. He undergoes a brief Training from Hell montage in preparation for his showdown with his destined rival, then faces off with Baki in the ring, where... Baki promptly crushes him in a matter of seconds. Afterwards, he's almost completely forgotten by the other characters, his brief fight completely overshadowed by Baki finally delivering his challenge to Yujiro and Yujiro accepting, and Jr. has been reduced to inarticulate blubbering, his pride and confidence utterly destroyed by his brush with death.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Not intentionally, but he was lucky he didn't get his head torn off by Yujiro when he smugly told him he was happy that he wasn't hurt before walking out of the hotel.
  • Determinator: He keeps getting back up even after horrible punishment. This is Deconstructed as his inability to know when to give up makes him come across less as valiant and awe-inspiring and more like an arrogant asshole. After all, the people he goes up against are individuals who fight to the death on a routine basis- failing to admit defeat against them when they willingly spare you is basically spitting in the face of their mercy.
  • Fatal Flaw: His strikes are dangerous and his footwork makes him nimble enough to get in reach but he is too laid back against fighters that are willing to kill or die for victory. As well, his immense Pride means that while he is a good fighter, he isn't nearly as good as he thinks he is, and this means that people are able to exploit his weaknesses very easily.
    • The first time his flaw is shown is when he fights Doppo and can't land blows mid fight. Doppo explains it's because his body realized the fights changed from a training spar to a real fight. Ali Jr. is still able to get the upper hand thanks to his footwork and Doppo not pressing the advantage.
    • His fight with Jack ends with him seriously injured because Jack just powers through his punches and he refuses to give up when he can't win so Jack brutalizes him until he can't stand.
    • His fight with Baki ends in a flash because Baki has already planned to kill him while Jr. only relied on finishing him with one punch like usual.
  • Glass Cannon: While he is durable he takes too long to recover from hits. In boxing it wouldn't be much of an issue since the fight is interrupted when the person is down but in underground fights his opponent are going to keep pounding him until he can't fight back.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Kozue, who, while friendly, really doesn't seem all that interested in him, and has to turn him down multiple times untill he gets the hint.
  • Humiliation Conga: After his fight with Jack, who makes Jr. regret his no giving up attitude, almost everyone he defeated before come back to punch his face in since he is too wounded to fight back and too prideful to give up. His own father decides to pick a revenge match on him when he still needed crutches. It is topped by Baki beating him with one punch and a Groin Attack with his dad having to step in before Baki would have broke his neck.
  • Killing Intent: Averted, he doesn't have any serious desire to kill his opponents, apparent in the anime where he doesn't get a Red Eyes, Take Warning moment unlike the other fighters.
  • One-Hit Kill: One good hit delivered by him is an instant knock-out against pretty much everyone he faced except Jack, and even Jack faltered a bit.
  • Tongue Trauma: Jack's final punch to the face nearly split Jr's tongue in half. Which is his own fault for sticking it out to him anyway.

    Biscuit "Unchained" Oliva

  • Badass Bookworm: He might not look or act like it, but he sure enjoys himself with a massive collection of books in his private prison.
  • Bounty Hunter: Though he is deemed a prisoner by the state he has very many special privileges in exchange for his services as a bounty hunter, specifically for catching other fugitives. Most of the prisoners in his Arizona State Prison were those he captured himself. Commissioner Morio Sonoda enlists his help to capture the 3 remaining death row convicts after Speck and Dorian were defeated.
  • Big Fun: While sometimes as an arrogant, attention-loving giant hunk of muscle; He's actually a fun guy to hang out and have a drink with, heck he'll even offer the Police Captain Morio Sonoda a Japanese imported beer during his visit at his Luxury Prison Suite.
  • Chubby Chaser: He adores his morbidly obese wife.
  • Dub Name Change: The English dub of the ONA calls him Oliver, presumably due to Biscuit sounding less than intimidating.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: One of the most powerful men in the world is a walking slab of muscle named Biscuit.
  • Friendly Enemy: Oliva is another fighter who wants to defeat Yujiro but he is also one of the very few characters who exchanges friendly banter with the Ogre.
  • Gilded Cage: Baki convinced him that his luxury is what keeps him chained, as he prefers fame and food over proving his strength in a fight.
  • Hyperactive Metabolism: He rapidly heals several hole-shaped scars he got from shotgun pellets by eating several steaks.
  • Informed Ability: Despite being considered the second strongest person on Earth, his feats aren't that different from Kaoru or Speck and the introduction of Pickle and Nomi takes him down the ranking too.
  • Luxury Prison Suite: His prison allows him to enjoy fine steak dinners and wine whenever he desires along with his very own library. The warden even lets him sleep in a bed with his wife as he knows if Oliva's ego and hedonism are not fulfilled the army won't be enough to stop his escape.
  • Made of Iron: Even by the series' standards he's inhumanly durable, to the point of shrugging off point-blank shotgun rounds. He even has a subdermal plate covering his chest, which foils an attempt to stab him through the heart with a katana.
  • Manchild: Acts a lot like a happy go lucky spoiled brat, even Baki get tired of it at one point when he turns what should be a fight into a childish game.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: He's an extremely muscular man, so much so that he initially looks obese in clothing. His muscles are strong enough to let him withstand shotgun blasts and let him pop off the pellets by simply flexing his muscles. Even Sikorsky's barrage of sharp knuckle strikes fails to cut his chest.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: As the series went on Oliva, while still having among the biggest muscles yet, loses a sparring match (meaning they traded blow for blows with power and weight and nothing like speed and agility) with Baki and gets destroyed by Nomi.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Visually based on and named after championship bodybuilder Sergio "The Myth" Oliva.
  • Pet the Dog: Oddly enough while acting as a manager to Dorian while he's participating in the Raitai tournament, when Dorian's candy just got knocked out of his mouth by another Kaioh ranked opponent before losing the fight, Oliva cleans the candy before putting it back in his mouth.
  • Punched Across the Room: Sends both Sikorsky and an ex-NYPD cop turned terrorist flying out of buildings with a single punch.
  • The Red Baron: The Unchained, he is one of the two inmates in the Arizona prison that walks free (Che Guevara being the second) and it's stated that it's because they simply can't chain him, as he can go through the walls like paper.
  • Scary Black Man: Hard not to be intimidated by a fellow of his size and might.
  • Smug Smiler: It's pretty much his default facial expression, especially during fights. It's rare that anyone manages to wipe it off his mug.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Relies primarily on the strength and durability granted by his massive muscles. He's able to overpower Olympic-level judokas with minimal effort. Against Shibukawa, that's a different story... It gets deconstructed over the course of the series. His reliance on solely his muscles means he does progressively worse in fights against Strong and Skilled opponents. Being the only one who has trouble against his Raitai opponent and outright being Worfed by Nomi.
  • Worf Effect: Gets his ribs broken by Nomi and slammed onto the floorboard, luckily he survives; as Nomi stated that if it was a solid concrete floor; he would've been dead.

    Pickle the Caveman 
  • All Cavemen Were Neanderthals: He's over 8 feet tall, with long powerful limbs, sharp canines and originally came from the Jurassic/Cretacious era.
  • Bishōnen: Has a pretty face for a huge and animalistic caveman.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Pickle is too primitive to understand modern morality but still human enough to not be put down like a wild animal. He can appreciate other fighters' spirits but he still tries to attack and sexually assault innocents if he feels like it. He also can't fight his instinct to eat his kills, as he comes from a time where expending calories fighting something and not eating it could mean starvation. He cries in sorrow as he eats Retsu's leg, having come to respect the man greatly, but cannot help but eat him.
  • Cute Mute: An animalistic variation with a very pretty face, yet he's still a primitive caveman that's unable to speak; let alone using only grunting sounds and incoherent yells to try and communicate.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: It's how Baki ended up befriending him, and even teaching him about respect and some etiquette.
    • Also, despite Miyamoto Musashi beating him badly enough to leave him bleeding and scarred, next time they meet Pickle is genuinely happy of having found a strong friend and offers him crocodile meat and entrails he hunted in the sever as a gesture of affection.
  • Human Popsicle: Was perfectly preserved in a saline rock formation for millions of years.
  • I am a Humanitarian: Pickle eats anything he kills.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's immensely strong, fast, and durable on a level above almost all other characters. In his time, he hunted and killed Dinosaurs with his bare hands.
  • Man Bites Man: He uses his canines to tear human flesh during a fight and afterward.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Jack comes back for another round, Pickle thought he was a ghost for a moment as he was dead as far as he knew.
  • Picky People Eater: Because of his hunting instinct he will only eat something that can attack him without fear.
  • Primal Stance: Pickle is so ancient he only became a biped later in his life.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Being a prehistoric humanoid, he fights very much like a beast. He is one of the strongest characters of the series so he doesn't need much else.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He isn't afraid of any beast, except for wasps. His survival instincts cause him to see any other creature that could genuinely threaten him as a wasp, as is the case in his fights against Jack and Miyamoto Musashi.

    Miyamoto Musashi
  • Above Good and Evil: Musashi only cares about cutting down opponents in order to gain recognition and little else. He doesn't see his actions as evil, as it is the only thing that he knows how to do. When confronted upon his apparent lack of purity by Yujiro, Musashi immediately questions whether such purity is even necessary and childishly exclaims that he will make a name for himself once more. This is is noted to be Musashi's own kind of purity.
  • Affably Evil: He's generally a pretty polite and relaxed guy, but nevertheless only cares about killing people in duels.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Due to being unfamiliar with the development of modern fighting, Musashi is initially very overconfident in the superiority of swords over fists, believing the very idea that fists could ever be equal to be a joke. He quickly learns the hard way what the fighters of Baki are capable of. Many of the times he gets hit, it is because of something he didn't know was even possible, such as his sword failing to cut through Haneyama's hard bones.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Musashi was restored by Tokugawa out of a rather irresponsible curiosity at how he would stack up against the strongest fighters the modern world has to offer. Musashi quickly demonstrates that he doesn't follow the code of fighters, but rather sees his opponents only as stepping stones for his personal fame. As such, he prioritizes victory above all else and sees every serious fight as a battlefield. Motobe, another warrior in the same vein as Musashi, specifically lectures Tokugawa if he realizes the can of worms that he has unwittingly opened.
  • Blood Knight: Despite his calm, awkward demeanor, he is one of the most bloodthirsty characters in Baki. All he cares about is slashing people, and getting fame and fortune for having slashed them. Unlike the modern fighters, who are satisfied with just knocking out their opponents, Musashi has zero reservations about killing.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: He seems like The Sociopath from a modern perspective as he hardly shows much of any concern on who he injures or maims that's unlucky to challenge him. In the fight between him and Pickle, he says that it gets very dull and boring when his enemies and opponent goes down within a single hit, as for Pickle; Musashi can slash him as many times as he wanted to. That said, he does have a code of honor and will only respond to an opponent's level of force with an equal level of force. Anyone who fights him one on one, he will follow the "rules" as his opponent dictates them. If his opponent explicitly won't use lethal force and is not trying to kill him, then Musashi will likewise do the same and only defeat his opponent while not killing them (Doppo and Baki only wanted to challenge him to a fight unarmed and while it was a no rules fight, they weren't trying to kill him, merely risking their lives. Musashi just knocked out Baki and Doppo.) When a police officer challenged him with a gun and stated his intent to kill if Musashi moved then Musashi killed him without hesitation. Even then Musashi paid respects to the man by kneeling down to his fallen body, realizing that he was just doing his job as an officer of the law, while later telling his fellow officers to be at peace as their comrade died in a proper contest without fear. He will, however, show no mercy to multiple opponents attacking him with the intent to kill or do serious harm to him as he sees it as "war" not a "contest".
  • Character Exaggeration: The duel between Miyamoto Musashi and Kojiro Sasaki was suppose to be one of the greatest challenges he's ever faced, but it wasn't legendary like it was supposed to be since in actuality Musashi, in his own words, tells Tokugawa that Kojiro wasn't "weak, but wasn't special either". He doesn't even remember Kojiro right away, but on the other hand, simply being considered not weak by Musashi's monstrous standards probably meant Kojiro wasn't a pushover either.
  • Death by Irony: Well, defeat-by-irony, but still. His final fight with Baki ends with Baki telling him, in no uncertain terms, that Baki is here to kill Musashi, and will not hesitate to take him down via any means necessary. Musashi balks at this, angrily stating that no one is taking him seriously... only for Baki to rebuke that no, everyone here is taking him seriously, and then baits him into being distracted long enough for Sabuko to exorcise him. Musashi made a life out of trickery and using every tactic in the book to defeat his opponents, so Baki went the extra mile and hired outside help to finally be rid of him.
  • The Dreaded: Motobe thinks so, also warning Retsu not to face him in combat and telling him that if he's going up against Musashi; then he might as well bring a machine-gun in a fight considering that he's going to be facing one of the most renowned swordsman and deadliest warrior.
    • It's pointed out that this is especially true since most of the people who face Musashi are Japanese, enough so that the sight of Musashi drawing a second sword is enough to send a Special Assault Team running.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: He is somehow more alien to the modern era than Pickle, a literal prehistoric caveman. Musashi's ideals of cutting down opponents to earn recognition is utterly incompatible with the laws of the modern world. When Baki tells him to his face that he doesn't belong in this world, Musashi laughs that he already learned this but states that he will continue to do so. He becomes so dangerous that he needed to have his soul be forcibly exorcised from his body the same way he was reincarnated in the first place.
  • Gonk: His face looks like a cross between a lion and human, especially when he's positioned sideways sitting down. Hell, his constant dead-eyed look makes him come off as more of a caveman than the actual caveman of the series!
  • Hero Killer: Yujiro and Pickle may have horribly maimed main characters but Musashi will kill them if he decides they are serious threats. He murders Retsu and almost kill Hanayama before being interrupted. Motobe even risks his life just so the fighters stop challenging Musashi.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: While the Real-Life Musashi was no slouch, this one can not only defeat modern-day soldiers easily and is powerful enough to probably defeat an entire army, he can make Yujiro bleed with his sword.
  • Historical Domain Character: Yes, that's right. THAT Miyamoto came back from the dead.
  • Horrifying the Horror: He has become among the very few things that can frighten Pickle into running away in fear due to his fighting-style making the caveman see him as a giant wasp. Later on, Oliva hidden in the audience starts sweating bullets at his mere presence.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Musashi will often take hits even if he can already see them coming because he is curious on how techniques have evolved. As such, he often bites off a tad more than he can chew, simply because he did not know such things were possible. He often takes such humiliations in strides and treats most spars as learning experiences. However, in a true match, Musashi will not hold anything back and will do anything to kill his opponents.
  • Killing Intent: Can dish these out to the point people think they were already slashed, and that's not even considering his Your Mind Makes It Real imaginary swords. Naturally, he can also sense every other persons killing intent.
  • Manchild: The core of Musashi's motivation is to gain the recognition and praises from people, not a search for greater inner strength or enlightenment. Unfortunately, the only way he knows how to gain recognition is cutting down people, which he is ridiculously good at. After his bout with Hanayama, he is escorted by an entire platoon of police and is gawked by countless onlookers, and his response is childish delight on how quickly he has earned himself a following.
  • Master Swordsman: He has achieved such unity with the sword that he doesn't even need an actual sword to fight. He is also arguably the second strongest character in the entire series, possibly the strongest depending on the context. See World's Best Warrior.
  • One-Man Army: At Sekigahara, he slaughtered a numerous amount of soldiers while surrounded. Even against a modern day defence force with firearms, he is able to force them to surrender by virtue of the fact that even coming close to wounding musashi would require an untold number of fatalities on their side; moreso then he had already inflicted.
  • Pure Is Not Good: Miyamoto Musashi may well be the purest character in the series, along with the caveman Pickle. All he cares about is cutting down opponents to earn the admiration of others. He vies for material pleasures and seeks to be "the brightest star the world has ever seen" once more. This makes him particularly dangerous even in the world of Baki, to the point where Baki himself realizes that Musashi doesn't belong in the modern world. Killing and war are the only things Musashi has ever known, and there is nothing than will deter him from it.
  • Spider-Sense: He can predict an opponents attack before they even form the decision to do it. This pretty much gives him Super Reflexes that make him almost untouchable. The fact that he is either unfamiliar with modern fighting (for example, bones that can't be cut by swords) or intentionally wanting to get hit is it is often the only reason he ever gets injured.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The entirety of Baki-Dou revolves around him, and consists of him trouncing through essentially every major character in the series save Yujiro. However, his presence has been alluded to quite a few times prior to his debut, such as the name of Baki's dog and during the Oliva fight.
  • Strong and Skilled: His insane sword mastery may be the most dangerous thing about him, but he's also extremely strong and can take a lot of punishment. Like many characters in the series however, his ego is his biggest fault in his seemingly impenetrable defense.
  • Troll: His favored form of greeting is mentally slashing others with his imagination, which is so potent that his victims actually believe themselves to have been cut, although there is no actual physical damage. Musashi seems to take particular pleasure in how unpleasant the experience is for others, but it also seems to double as a pragmatic way to gauge the strength of his opponents without actually attacking them. For example, when introduced to a Master Swordsman Tokugawa brings as a sparring partner, the swordsman is slashed seven times without being able to put up resistance. But against Doppo Orochi, Musashi tries three attempts but notes he was subdued each time.
  • World's Best Warrior: The concept of the "strongest fighter" started with him. He was pretty much the Yujiro Hanma of his age, "invincible under the heavens", and he proves this by dishing out one Curb-Stomp Battle after another to the majority of the cast. Even his duel with Yujiro is interrupted, and it is kept ambiguous whether full power Musashi could have harmed Yujiro, although Motobe believes Yujiro may have been killed by the attack if it landed, which is why he took the hit for him. A main focus of Baki-Dou is how Musashi is a "warrior" who prioritizes victory and survival above all else, as opposed to the rest of the cast, who are "fighters", who engage in no-rules matches for the sake of pure competition and improvement. As such, he cannot exactly be compared in the same vein as the others.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: He is even better than this than Baki. His Sword Simulation technique can make opponents felt as they've been slashed by an actual katana. Also, his ultimate technique completely forgoes the usage of swords and uses the pure force of his imagination.

    Nomi no Sukune II 
  • Acrofatic: He propelled himself only two steps onto the rock climbing wall reaching the top without any safety harness, before dropping down and landing on his feet which shocks the crowd, including Baki.
  • Big Beautiful Man: For a very large and an imposing guy, Baki even says his face looks pretty girlish.
  • Charles Atlas Super Power: His bloodline had done what Yujiro couldn't do twice in the span of 272 generations; turning coal into diamond with his grip strength.
  • The Giant: He's easily over two meters tall and weights somewhere around 250kg of pure muscle.
  • Heroic Lineage: He is a direct descendant of Nomi-no-Sukune, the winner of the first "sumo" bout in history in 23BC.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He is a Rikishi but his initial rush is terrifyingly fast.
  • Made of Iron: He's above Oliva in term of durability.
  • Naïve Newcomer: He is new to underground fighting and doesn't know who the Hanmas are. It's only after Baki land him on his ass with one kick that he takes him seriously.
  • Stout Strength: He is a sumo wrestler. His body is even well rounded for giving the best stance and power possible.

Shinshinkai Dojo Members

    Doppo Orochi

Voiced by: Takayuki Sugo (JP, Netflix ONA), Steve Blum (EN, Netflix ONA)
  • An Arm and a Leg: Dorian cut his arm off with fiber wire in their first fight. Doppo was later able to have it reattached via surgery.
  • Bald of Awesome: Doppo is one of the most badass fighters in the series with a head as smooth as a bowling ball. He's also one of the few people in the world along with Baki or Kaku Kaioh to be able to go up against with Yujiro and survive due to Kureha managing to save him before he went flatlined.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Not really a monk, but of all the fighters in the series, Doppo specializes in punching techniques and many of his attacks will be based around his fists.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Dorian tries to use a concealed weapon attached to his shoes only for Doppo to successfully catch the blade and countered Dorian.
  • Blood Knight: They don't call him the "God of War" for nothing.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Doppo loves to fight and has a joyful personality.
  • Brick Break: Doppo, as a Karateka, often practices his skills on various objects as part of his routine or as a demonstration to the public or would be opponents.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Zig-Zagged. Doppo is a firm believer in "there are no rules in a real fight" but believe's in style and aesthetics. He believes that since martial artists train to make their bodies into weapons that bringing a weapon to a fight is the same as saying your martial art is useless as what was the point of learning it if you're going to use a weapon. He does, however, believe that the point of a martial art is to win and if you can't win then it's useless. He will follow logic, believing in using weapons if they are part of your art (like kenjutsu or sword arts) and he's also fine with dirty tricks or using what's on hand at the time of the fight like throwing sand in your opponent's eyes or taking of your belt to use as a weapon.
    • He had no problem beating the hell out of Ali. Jr after losing to him when Jr. was badly injured from his fights with Jack and Shibukawa as it was the best chance to pay Ali back.
  • Crazy-Prepared: His philosophy on combat assumes that the opponent will never voluntarily surrender. This saves his ass in the fight against Dorian, as he anticipates every move Dorian could make even while under the effects of a form of hypnotism that fakes Dorian's surrender.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Got it after Yujiro popped it out of his skull during a fight.
  • Expy: Not unlike Yujiro with Akuma, Doppo is often compared to Sagat from Street Fighter, both being bald, eye-patch wearing martial artists who live for the fight and are associated with tigers. Doppo even wears similar trunks in his second fight with Dorian.
  • Fantastic Fighting Style: Oddly enough for this series Doppo's fighting style isn't all that unique or special. It's just that the insane amount of training he puts into it makes him a walking weapon of mass destruction.
  • Genius Bruiser: During the Nomi Arc when Baki asked Doppo about Sumo Wrestling from a 10th Dan Karate Master persective, he does however frown upon their lifestyle and training — since their world is somewhat pretty dark.
  • Heroes Fight Barehanded: While most of the fighters shown rarely, if ever, use a weapon, Doppo goes out of his way to state that one should never premeditate the use of a weapon, as a true martial artist (Karateka specifically) must make their own body into a weapon. Given that he can chop a piece of wood in half as cleanly as a blade, he makes a pretty damn compelling argument.
  • Honor Before Reason: Holds Tokugawa at his mercy when he tries to have his men tranquilize Pickle and demands him to stand down while threatening him since neither of the two opponents signed up for this fight and let Katsumi die on his own term as a warrior.
  • I Know Karate: Will often make it clear to his opponents beforehand. Justified in that Doppo owns the largest Karate schools in the world with over a million members and has tremendous pride in being a Karateka.
  • Kung-Fu Clairvoyance: Doppo is so experienced in combat and has trained for so many hours, he can predict even the strongest of fighters moves before they make them. Hell, the one-eyed bastard managed to predict an opponent who had HYPNOTIZED him and the hallucination of his opponent moved exactly like the real version.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Right after losing his arm to Dorian he comments that he always hated how painful his fingers felt during training, and that now he doesn't have to worry about that anymore. Then he punches Dorian with his stump.
  • Old Shame: In-Universe. This is part of the reason why he doesn't confirm the rumors of him killing a tiger with his bare hands. Last thing an endangered species needs are karateka killing them to look cool.
  • Passing the Torch: He lets his son Katsumi in charge of the dojo.
  • Self-Serving Memory: There is a glaring example where he says Ali Jr. ambushed him to win their first fight when it was the other way around. Later it's revealed he was trying to teach Jr. what he and Baki learned from the escaped prisoner arc about unfair fight but it seems he just wanted to beat up Ali when the kid is too wounded to stand a chance.
  • Younger Than They Look: During his younger years, he still looks the same without any scars, when he crossed paths with Yuichiro Hanma during Baki Gaiden - Kenjin.
  • You Wouldn't Believe Me If I Told You: The other main reason he doesn't talk about the time he killed a tiger with his bare hands. He's more than happy to let it stay as a rumor.

    Katsumi Orochi

  • An Arm and a Leg: Pickle tears his arm off at the end of their first fight. The arm was useless after the hitless blow anyway.
  • Badass Transplant: After losing his right arm to Pickle he's offered a replacement limb, called a treasure among martial arts practicioners. The severed arm of Retsu Kaioh, harvested from his death bout and willed to him.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: His mach punch and ultimate form, the hitless blow, is a hit that breaks the sound barrier, which is a great way to defeat a strong enemy but severely damages the hand, making Katsumi vulnerable for a while and can permanently cripple him.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Kicked the bucket of gasoline that Dorian was holding all over him before setting him ablaze with his own lighther. Granted, considering that Dorian have murdered most of Tokugawa's securities and tried to set everyone on fire including Baki's friends, either way, two can play at that game.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: In the 2018 series, he calls Dorian a "white man" as a racial slur, after the later pressed the Japanese cultural Berserk Button on entering on any place with his shoes on, in either the original Japanese, Latin American Spanish and likely other dubs. In the English dub, however, this was changed to "old man" instead.
  • Take Up My Sword: Retsu Kaioh willed his right arm to him after his death, to be grafted as a replacement of his original limb
  • Worf Effect: He gets beat down a lot by newer threats. Retsu, Dorian and Pickle notably showed their strength by destroying Katsumi in a fight.

    Atsushi Suedou 
  • Warm-Up Boss: He's the very first named character of the series that Baki faces.
  • The Big Guy: The biggest of the Shinshinkai dojo members and is very strong, capable of sending a rapidly spinning cup in a teacup ride containing Dorian (who is about his size) flying with a single kick. He is able to go toe-to-toe with Dorian as well.

    Kyosumi Katou 
Voiced by: Anri Katsu (JP, Netflix ONA), Robbie Daymond (EN, Netflix ONA), René García (LatAm, Netflix ONA)
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Admits that his karate is his only pride and more of a tool than anything.
  • Blood Knight: He leaves the dojo for a period to experience real fighting, with eye gouging and groin kicks, When he returns, the prospect of fighting in a rule-free underground tournament thrills him.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: He tries this on Doppo after returning to the dojo, bragging that the no-holds-barred brawling he did on the streets and in underground contests taught him far more about fighting than stuffy old Karate that doesn't even allow punches to the face. It blows up in his face when Doppo shows off some dirty tricks of his own.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He does have shades of this when he tries to eye-gouge his opponents or kick anyone in the nuts — he takes it to the next level in the Prisoner Arc when he cut off Dorian's ear with a makeshift weapon that's made from a rubber tubing and fishing line; he claims it doesn't really count as a weapon since he just happens to have it on him when he enjoys going fishing.
  • Eye Scream: He claims to have gouged out opponents' eyes in his time away from the dojo, and Doppo repays his arrogance by nearly doing the same.
  • Groin Attack: One of his signature moves. He assumes most formally-trained martial artists won't expect it, but it rarely works on his opponents with underground fighting experience.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is mean spirited and deemed Doppo's training as weak but he greatly respects him. Motobe described him as a dark fighter trying to find the light.
  • Made of Iron: He sustains multiple critical and life-threatening injuries after picking a fight with Dorian and survives despite not getting immediate medical attention.
  • Worf Effect: He's made out to be one of the dojo's finest fighters, surpassed only by Katsumi and Doppo himself, but he spends most of his time in the series getting his ass handed to him.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Stuffed into a punching bag. He somehow survived but the trashing and arguably his re-introduction in the series was to get massacred by Dorian to anger the whole Shinshinkai dojo.

Childhood Saga Characters

    Reichi Ando 

    Yuri Chakovsky 
  • Warm-Up Boss: He's one of the skilled fighters he's ever faced during Baki's childhood.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Even when he starts whaling on Yuri, Baki ends up getting knocked down with a couple of hits for his trouble.

  • Bald of Awesome
  • Combat Medic: He is both the leader and the medic of his team, depending which one of his personalities is in control.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He calls himself "Master of Enviroment" for a reason, being able to use pretty much anything around him as a weapon, including sand and discarded teeth.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Can yell extremely loudly, quieting the crowd booing him and even causing temporary deafness in Sikorsky.
  • Orifice Evacuation: In an omake featuring him he demonstrates his 'dark tunnel' technique on a large military officer posing as him. While hiding under his couch, he enters the man's ass making his way up the body, and brutally coming out of the officer's mouth, killing him in the process. He states that this is only possible because of how small he is. The sight of this causes one of the female reporters to piss herself.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Despite being one of the smaller fighters he is very strong and capable of beating the much larger Sikorsky into submission.
  • Split Personality: He changes between being the shy and humble medic of his mercenary team and being a deadly master of the environment.
  • Stealth Expert: As a master of the environment he can pull off some incredible camouflage technique. When all the fighters that infiltrated a military base to fight Pickle were spotted and told to go home Gaia reveals himself later that night and just leaves. He also beat up Sikorsky by using the sand on his skin to become invisible.

    Yasha Ape 

Maximum Tournament Competitors

    Kousho Shinogi 
  • Bullying the Dragon: Feels shafted about not being selected to fight the five death row convict and decides to go fight Doyle. He dominates the fight until Doyle shows him what dirty fighting is all about and throws an explosive at him.
  • Razor-Sharp Hand: He can severe nerves with them.

    Kureha Shinogi 
  • Martial Medic: His specialty when it involves the human body, he also managed to save Doppo from dying who got punched in the heart so hard by Yujiro he nearly flatlined.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He's never had any combat training, but he makes due with a body that is the absolute apex of human physical perfection. Somewhat downplayed because he uses his medical knowledge to strike at some of Baki's weak points.

    Motobe Izou 
  • Acrofatic: Despite having quite the gut, he's one of the best weapon masters in the series and quite fast at that.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Is one by default as a weapon master, but he even outshines Yanagi in this department. What does he do when Yanagi takes out his Kusarigama and starts spinning it around? He just walks next to some Monkey Bars, causing Yanagi to cease his spinning when he realizes he can't swing without getting his chain tangled and giving Motobe the opportunity to attack. When he fights Musashi, he comes at him with every weapon he can think of and most of them are distractions on top of hiding armor under his clothes. He also straight up tells Musashi either he accept his challenge or he is gonna shank him in the back.
  • Cool Old Guy: He beats Musashi to protect all the other fighters.
  • More Expendable Than You: As far as Motobe is concerned he is just an old master-at-arms, every other martial artists are gifts to their art like the Orochis being the two suns of karate and Gaia being the master of environment. That's why he is fine being looked down and getting hurt first since he can die and the world wouldn't lose a prodigy.
  • Multi-Melee Master: Favors katana but he has plenty of other weapons ready for the job.
  • Only Sane Man: During the Musashi arc Motobe takes upon himself to protect the other fighters from Musashi but also from themselves as they are not treating the legendary swordsman as seriously as the should. It becomes apparent to Motobe that even Yujiro might get injured badly by trying his usual antics on Musashi.
  • Walking Armory: From chainmail to Katanas and ancient japanese weapons, he's ready to go up against someone like Musashi. He'll use explosives if he has to.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Despite being one of the physically weakest fighters his skills are capable of going toe to toe with the most powerful fighters should he be equipped with weapons.

    Kanji Igari 
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Performs a supplication pose when he realize Sikorsky is still above his level even armed. It doesn't work.
  • Asshole Victim: Sikorsky beats him so hard he seemingly die, but that was after Igari kidnapped him and tried torturing him to death in a gym. Also this is the guy who hired an actress to stage as Baki's mom just to get an edge and spoiled one of the biggest martial event when he fought Ali Sr.
  • Unexplained Recovery: He manages to survive the attack from Sikorsky with only some scars on his face and neck and when Jack knocks out Sirkosky and Igari hand him thrown into the coliseum ring. He appears in the front seat watching him get humiliated by both Jack and Gaia. He also appears in the Ali Jr. Arc including the final chapter when he relays the news to Jack that Baki is going to challenge Yujiro.

    Mount Toba 

    Artemis Reagan 
A huge wrestler that appears in season 2 of the Anime.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His character is based on Andre The Giant.
  • Throwing the Fight: He was ordered to do this several times by his manager because people wanted to "see Goliath lose". He wasn't too happy about it.

    Yasha Ape Jr. 

    Yuu Amanai 
  • Virtue Is Weakness: Gets brutally injured and thrown across the coliseum by Yujiro, just for showing an ounce of mercy towards Doppo.

    Andreanov Zargon 
  • Husky Russkie: Being a huge Russian wrestler, he definitely counts.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: He's very patriotic and claims to fight for his country. He even beats up a fellow Russian fighter Sergei for losing early in the tournament.
  • Not Quite Dead: Despite showing on panel how badly Sikorky beat him and the guards mourning their national hero he turns out to have survived.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Despite being one of the strongest fighters of the Maximum Tournament, he's beaten and nearly killed off-screen by Sikorsky. However, he did sustain serious injuries from fighting Jack and was likely still recovering from them when he was attacked by Sikorsky. One guard also mentions that Zargon would have won in a wrestling match against Sikorsky anytime.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: A very strong and skilled wrestler, he tanks a punch to the face from Hanayama and knocks him out with ONE mighty suplex.

Most Evil Death Row Convicts

    In General 
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine:
    • Speck gets annihilated by someone whose much more bigger and stronger then he is that never lets up, not only his arm got exploded by a vice-grip, Hanayama proceeds to rip a piece of his leg thigh before choking the air out of Speck which pretty much shows that he's not as durable as he say he is.
    • Dorian overlies on underhanded tactics and cheap tricks, but once all that goes out the window, he can't stand a chance against Doppo who happens to get his hand back. Then he really gets a wake up call from both Doppo and Retsu.
    • Sikorsky, who was so well known for his dirty tactics, not only suffers a massive beat-down by Baki at least over half a dozen times, but also gets absolutely torn apart by Gaia (who mastered using the environment in a similar way but many times more proficiently) to the point where Sikorsky starts begging for his life.
    • Doyle suffers one by Retsu who decided to play his game when the rule book is thrown out the window, he gets the living shit kicked out of by Doppo, and gets pounded into humility by Katsumi.
    • Yanagi gets brutally mutilated by another weapon user named Motobe before getting killed by Yujiro.
  • Ax-Crazy: There is clearly something wrong with them as they all aren't quite right in the head. Tokugawa mentions they have all killed at least ten inmates before being put in solitary.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Most of them don't handle the defeat they sought well.
  • Blood Knight: They all came to Tokyo in search of a good fight and to finally be defeated.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: All freakishly strong by human standards, easily capable of murdering civilians with their bare hands.
  • Combat Pragmatist: All of them are more than willing to fight dirty. Tokugawa even refers them as the black martial artist side of people with no formal discipline but ruthless street fighting where everything goes.
  • Death Row: They were all scheduled to be executed right before they escaped their prisons.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: The first half of New Grappler Baki is devoted to fighting them, only for each and every one of them to get beaten into the dirt. The second half of the arc then focuses on the Kaioh tournament and Ali. Jr.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Being criminals instead of martial artists their weapons are mainly everything they can find and smack their opponents with.
  • Enemy Civil War: They're NOT working together, and when all 5 of them meet for the first time they almost broke into fighting each other until Baki and his friends showed up.
    • Subverted later on when Sikorsky interrupts a fight between Baki and Yanagi, and the 2 convicts decide to temporarily gang up on Baki when they realize how much stronger he's gotten. They get their asses kicked by him anyway.
    • Sometime after that, Yanagi ambushes Doyle at the docks and attempts to kill him, seeing Doyle softening up and becoming friends with Katsumi as dishonorable.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Later on in their arc it becomes clear that they may be dangerously strong criminals, but most of their abilities aren't all that special compared to the many other martial artists of the series and can be easily beaten in a fair fight. Emphasis on 'fair fight'.
  • Sore Loser: Despite their motive to "taste defeat", vey few of them are able to accept it and even then it took a long time for that to happen. They only consider death as defeat in their eyes, but it goes beyond that point. Even when they mentally acknowledge that they’ve been beaten, they simply refuse to admit it, keep going after the other fighters after losing to them, and resort to sneak attacks to get the job done. They’re so stubborn that even someone as merciless as Yujiro thinks that they’re too stupid for their own good.
    • After Doppo crushed Dorian and his underhanded tactics with nothing but Chinese Kenpo, Dorian responded by later ambushing and bombing him in the face in his home. A final defeat by Retsu causes him to mental regress, realizing that he had never won a fair fight in his life and had wasted his potential as a Kaioh.
    • Yanagi cries and screams in frustration when Baki runs off with his girlfriend after easily stomping him and Sikorsky. Even with his arm cut off by Motobe, himself down on his knees and Yujiro Hanma himself outright telling him that he lost straight to his face, he utterly refuses accept that the fight was over. Motobe mentally calls him a fool for this, as this defiance earns him a brutal backhand from Yujiro.
    • Doppo and Katsumi eventually wise up to this habit when fighting Doyle. Doppo mocks him for making excuses as to why he didn't "lose" to his previous opponents before beating him into unconsciousness and handing him over to Katsumi, who knocks over and over until he finally admitted defeat. Doyle, fittingly, seems to be at peace with this defeat and thus gets off far lighter than his fellow convicts until Olivia manages to catch up with him. He is a wanted murderer after all...
  • Synchronization: Played With, these 5 do not have any past connections with one another, they all just decided to bust out of their respective prisons across the world at the same time and go to Japan with one wish; to know defeat. The narration points out that while this event was pure coincidence, you could definitely read some kind of cosmic symbolism into it.
  • Where Are They Now: A much more ominous example than usual for this trope. The final episode of the Great Raitai Tournament Arc goes into this. Yanagi escapes from prison, slaughtering the guards who were supposed to take him to a normal hospital, under the assumption that the damage he’d suffered at Yujiro’s hands had reduced him into little more than a vegetable. After this, Sonoda is prompted to look into what has happened to the other Death Row Convicts, only to find that they’ve all begun to undergo severe training in preparation for...something. To wit...
    • Dorian, who’s been taken in by the monks at his old temple, where he paints pictures of candy (they sell pretty well). However, he does so while practicing a martial arts stance that strengthens his lower body, a process that he repeats for hours every day, until the muscles of his legs have bulked up to the point of absurdity.
    • Doyle, who was blinded in his fights against Retsu and Yanagi, has gone on to destroy his own eardrums, rendering himself deaf as well, and has been refining his sense of touch through his skin to the point that he can feel vibrations in the air around him to the extent that he can catch small, fast-moving bats in his prison cell.
    • Sikorsky has been practicing his Wall Crawl in his cell by clinging to the wall all night long, while he’s sleeping, which has honed his grip strength to the point that he can ball up a metal nickel like it was a piece of paper.
    • Speck, who was last seen shriveled and bedridden, after getting the taste of defeat he’d longed for, has been revealed to have been training, even in his comatose, unmoving state, by working his muscles in a pattern that’s revealed to be that of the butterfly stroke for swimming. On top of that, his level of exertion is not that of someone swimming through water, but someone swimming his way through a viscous, syrupy fluid. As a result, he’s quickly begun to bulk up again.

    Dorian Algardos 
Voiced by: Banjo Ginga (JP, Netflix ONA), Aaron LaPlante (EN, Netflix ONA), Santos Alberto (LatAm, Netflix ONA)

  • Alas, Poor Villain: He was the first Western Kaioh who even Retsu's master; Ryu Kaioh, held in high regard, and was strong enough to dig a large tunnel in rock with his bare hands. Come the present, he's still a threat but his life of crime and over-reliance on under-handed tactics have deteriorated the so-called Kaioh so much that Doppo easily beats him when he figures out his tricks. After he incapacitates Orochi in a cowardly surprise attack, he realizes in his final confrontation with Retsu that he hasn't fairly won any of his fights and that he's wasted his life as an opportunistic fighter, causing him to mentally regress into having a child's mind to cope after being knocked out with one punch from Retsu. Retsu even takes pity on him, promising to buy the now childish Dorian a mountain of candy while holding back tears.
  • Arc Villain: For Retsu and Doppo anyways, when Dorian encapsulates one large part of the whole Prisoner arc in that his desire to know defeat is the desire to be proven wrong; something that he can't admit because of the ego he's developed as a result of all of his success. Deep down Dorian realizes all of his victories are meaningless because he's won by trickery and ruthlessness, but he clings to them because that's all he has. In a weird sort of way, Suedo was his best fight because he wasn't that much stronger or weaker than Dorian, hence why Dorian seemed to enjoy it so much, but the fights with Doppo and Retsu were the wake-up call he'd been asking for all along. He also has much more solo screentime than other convicts in the early part of the arc.
  • The Bus Came Back: In the oneshot Revenge Tokyo!!, still trying to metally recover after his loss to both Doppo and Retsu, he undergoes an intense training of Chinese Kenpo while painting a picture full of candy.
  • Badass Decay: In-universe, while it's up to debate if he grew weaker relying on underhanded techniques or his Chinese Kenpo was great enough to fare better against Doppo and Retsu if he kept training (both are legendary in their disciplines) his short appearance during the Raitai tournament shows he simply can't fight anymore. Justified as he mentally regressed to the point he is barely aware of his surroundings.
  • Combat Pragmatist: And how! He fights with hidden micron wire, fists covered in glass shards adhered with grease, and even a micro-bomb implanted in his right palm.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Thinks Doppo and the other karateka are this as they mastered only karate while he mastered kenpo and many other tricks. This ends up inverted as Dorian's refusal to specialize himself made him too good to enjoy a genuine victory and too weak to fight someone with as much experience as him but as dedicated their life to one discipline. It's the reason Retsu's master doesn't give Retsu his kaioh title too early, like Dorian his potential made him worthy of it earlier but he hasn't honed his skills yet.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Suffers one against Doppo during their rematch, who's grown privy to his tricks and even got his severed hand miraculously reattached. Suffers a more instant one later on to Retsu, justified by him still sustaining serious injuries from the earlier fight with Doppo.
  • Evil Gloating: Constantly does this in pretty much all the fights, even in the rematch with Doppo; Doppo then makes him eat his own words.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His disrespectful behavior in the Karate Dojo and unprovoked sneak attack on Katsumi is everything you need to know about Dorian.
  • Face Palm Of Doom: His ultimate technique is a tiny bomb hidden in his palm so he can blow someone's face off with it.
  • From Camouflage to Criminal: Was a soldier for the US stationed in Japan before he traveled to China to eventually reach the rank of Kaioh in Chinese Kenpo. He would go on to become a death row inmate prior to the events of the arc.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He interrupts a meeting at Tokugawa's place with the intent of burning them all with a bucket of gasoline, Katsumi blindsides him and spills all the gasoline on him before setting him ablaze.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Prides himself that unlike Doppo who only learned karate he learned many things. Of all the convicts Dorian is the most balanced in terms of strength, skill and cunning, bordering Master of All had he decided to increase his mastery instead of just assimilating what he likes.
  • Jerkass: Imagine Yujiro being stripped of all superhuman abilities. Now you're left only with a condescending and disrespectful fighter with a massive ego which makes Yujiro look like congenial sugar daddy in comparison that relies solely on under-the-table tricks against his opponents
  • Made of Iron: He has his left-hand bones shattered, knees broken, and rib-cage SHATTERED by Doppo during their fight. He still gets out of the hospital later to blow a bomb up in his face. It's Downplayed when he is confronted by Retsu right after and was no longer in any shape to decently fight him. During the Raitai tournament where he is in no mental state to compete, he gets back up after his defeat like nothing happened.
  • Manchild: Downplayed, but he seems to have a bit too much fun by himself at the Amusement Park. Played straight later on when he mentally regresses into having a childlike mind, after being defeated by Retsu once and for all and realizing he's never fairly won a fight.
  • Mighty Whitey: He's Caucasian, and not only a Kaioh from Retsu's school but among the greatest Kaioh, being tough enough to carve a cave when most carved rocks into spheres.
  • Mind Manipulation: Has the ability to somehow hypnotize opponents by simply clapping his hands together, causing them to experience an illusion of the fight going in their favor.
  • Ocular Gushers: Being defeated by Doppo and having a semi-conscious Kato nearly sicked on him reduces him to this.
  • Old Master: The oldest looking member of the Convicts (Though Speck may actually be older) with a fully grown beard of white hair. He's still a huge, muscular man, and extremely dangerous. He even schooled the karateka that ambushed him in a clean fight to make a point that they are just not at his level.
  • Razor Floss: His lighter hides a wire that is invisible to the naked eye and strong enough to not only cut through flesh but also helps Dorian break his fall from a roller coaster ride by lassoing to a street lamp.
  • The Reveal: Dorian was formerly a student of the same Chinese temple Retsu trained in, and achieved the title of Kaioh despite being a westerner, long before Retsu even started training.
  • Sore Loser: After seeming like he was soundly defeated by Doppo (even saying he's been defeated while crying) he somehow gets out of the hospital he was taken to, vandalizes Doppo's house, and surprise attacks him with a bomb to the face.
  • Strong and Skilled: Of the convicts at least, he's terrifyingly fast, strong and seems to be very skilled with utilizing stances and strikes reminiscent of Chinese martial arts. This is due to him being a Kaioh, like Retsu.
  • Sweet Tooth: Loves candies. His dad didn't want to spoil him so he seldomly gave him some.
  • Villainous BSoD: After being struck so hard by Retsu, his mind regressed into a childlike state.

Voiced by: Chafurin (JP, Netflix ONA), Kyle Hebert (EN, Netflix ONA), Alex Montiel (LatAm, Netflix ONA)

  • Ax-Crazy: Granted, none of the convicts are what most people would call fully sound of mind, but Speck is the most psychotic and dangerous out of all of them, being far more gleeful about his many murders than the others.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Subverted. He does actually get to know defeat but almost immediately shrivels into an old man and passes away having fulfilled this wish. This is compared to a similar case involving a treasure hunter passing away mere weeks after success. Overall, he seems to be the only one of the convicts who truly wanted to be beaten, as his defeat at Hanayama's hands is the "success" he needed to pass on.
  • Bald of Evil: He's a ruthless and sadistic serial killer.
  • Blasphemous Boast: Claims his fists can destroy Gods.
  • The Brute: The biggest of the Convicts at over 7 feet tall, and strong enough to nearly destroy the Statue of Liberty. Hanayama soundly beats him in sheer strength and durability however, leading him to utilize some very dirty tactics.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: The ability to hold your breath for 5 minutes seems like an odd talent for a career psychopath to have... but in addition to helping him escape from a submarine prison 200 meter underwater, it's also the key to his Apnea Rush, a flurry of attacks so relentless specifically because Spec himself doesn't stop to breathe..
  • Hidden Depths: He's far and away the most psychotic of the Death Row Inmates, but is one of the only two to actually accept his defeat well enough to be at peace with it. As a result he Dies Smiling.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Up there with Dorian in terms of how scummy he is in a fight. To him, every battle is life or death and anything goes, even bullets and flashbangs.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Speck has the same name of a particular type of italian smoked ham.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Acts in a jovial and polite manner right before trying to murder someone.
  • Gratuitous English: He utters beautiful! when Hanayama takes off his clothes to fight him.
  • Implacable Man: Gets a lot of focus early on in the Convicts arc because most of the police forces sent against him are utterly ineffective at stopping him. Even an elite force of highly trained officers just get horribly crushed by him, as he simply tanks their kicks and iron ball bullets, which have the force of a pro baseball player hitting a ball from 2 meters away. He seemed almost unstoppable, until he fought Hanayama.
  • Improbable Weapon User: His first series of attack on Hanayama was grabbing the closest thing on the ground and smack him with it.
  • Older Than They Look: Seems middle-aged, but is actually 97.
  • Rapid Aging: Following his defeat from Hanayama, his appearance suddenly changes to better reflect his actual age of 97.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Always has a childish glee when commiting violent acts or when pretends to be polite.
  • Rapidfire Fisticuffs: His Apnea Rush is this, with some kicking thrown in. It's strong enough to dent the Statue of Liberty so bad that it almost fell. When Speck claims that his Apnea Rush will never give his opponent a chance to counter attack until they into a liquified pile of mess after being pummeled, however when Speck hesistated for a short moment when the attack didn't faze Hanayama for a bit, Speck gets pounded into submission for his troubles.
  • Slasher Smile: Almost always has one.
  • The Needless: Downplayed. Speck can hold his breath for five minutes even under extreme workout. It's key to his escape and his signature move. We don't see him need much aside a place to rest and it's implied the only thing driving his muscular body is his desire to know defeat, as once he tastes it his body return to a malnourished old man.

    Sikorsky Evans 
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (JP, Netflix ONA), Grant George (EN, Netflix ONA), José Gilberto Vilchis (LatAm, Netflix ONA)

  • Break the Haughty: He is quite the cocky bastard, even on the losing end of fights. Eventually he breaks down in fear and begs for mercy after being thrown into Tokugawa's coliseum and forced to fight losing battles with Jack Hanma and Gaia.
  • Butt-Monkey: As much as he poses a threat just like the other convicts, none of the fighters seem to care or take him anywhere near seriously when he keeps getting his ass handed to him.
  • Bullying the Dragon: Seems to be a frequent fan of this even towards Baki. See Smug Snake right down below.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His escape relied on wall climbing out of a missile silo, when Baki defenestrates him off a building he simply climbs back for round two.
  • Combat Pragmatism: Sikorsky does not rely on weapons as much as the other convicts but he enjoys attacking opponents out of nowhere, mocking wrestlers that need to be told ready set go before fighting. Baki throws this back in his face when he confronts him in the shower.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: During his fight with Jack Hanma his attacks arguably have more of an effect on him than they do on Oliva, and was able to tackle and push back his much larger opponent to the sidelines so it seems like he had a fighting chance. Unfortunately, after that point, he's effortlessly picked up and thrown to the other side of the arena.
  • Dirty Coward: Deconstructed, while his specialty is blindsinding his opponents usually going after novice fighters or anyone whose incapable of fighting back, not to mention that he caught Andreanov Zargon off guard while he was recovering. For all his talk about wanting to face one of the most worlds strongest and boasting how much Baki is a waste of his time, he's nothing but a murderous small-fry who gets gets humiliated nonstop and never even seems to win in a single fight against any of the known fighters compared to the rest of the five deathrow inmates who went against their respective opponents.
  • I Have Your Wife: Kidnaps Baki's girlfriend; Kozue, to get his attention. Turns out Yujiro put him up to it.
  • Irony: He shows utter contempt for professional fighters who've been trained to fight only in formal matches. By the end of the Convicts arc, he's ambushed and knocked out by Jack and dragged into a coliseum fight against Jack and Gaia, and even with express permission to fight as dirty as he wants, he gets utterly beat down in one of the formal fights he showed so little regard for.
    • Even better, when Gaia camouflages himself with sand from the area and starts getting in sneak attacks, Sikorsky, the reigning king of dirty sneak attacks, demands that Gaia stop hiding and fight him like a man.
  • Jerkass: He takes the most joy humiliating his opponent either by scarring their faces or pissing on them.
  • Kick the Dog: The only convict to escape without killing a bunch of guards, only to mercilessly track and beat Andreanov to near death before leaving for Japan.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: A frequent target of this, vicously beaten by Baki, knocked out of a building by Oliva before being taken back to custody, then he gets beaten again by Baki when trying to team up with Yanagi, manhandled by Jack, last but not least he gets brutally pelted with sand laced with finger nails and broken teeths before being beaten into submission by Gaia, but whose gonna feel sorry for an egoistical, ruthless convicted murderer who really should've known his own place in the bottom of a food chain.
  • Logical Weakness: His scraping knuckles rely on friction with the flesh, if you simply go with the direction of the fist it'll just brush off your face.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Surviving so many beatdowns from most top-tier fighters, but for him the point is to win, not to survive, and Sikorsky simply just couldn't do it. And instead of admitting defeat he would rather run away and claim he wasn't defeated because he's still alive while also having the balls to talk smack after being beaten senseless. All it takes is someone like Gaia to shatter his inflated ego and turn him into a begging mess.
  • Post-Final Boss: Sorta, the others convicts had more personal grudge and climax than Sikorsky. However Sikorsky is the last to be beaten during the Prisoner Arc and all it takes is someone who is more high-tier to beat him into submission horrifically.
  • Punched Across the Room: Is sent flying out of a building this way by Oliva.
  • Rapidfire Fisticuffs: Performs a barrage of his knuckle cutting strikes against Oliva to no effect.
  • Razor-Sharp Hand: Or more specifically; razor-sharp knuckles. He can cause deep cuts on his opponents with swift knuckle strikes.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Sikorsky thinks himself a badass ready to go toe-to-toe with the world's strongest fighters, but he's shown just how small of a fish he really is by Baki, Oliva, Jack and Gaia.
  • Smug Snake: Even after he kept on getting his ass handed to Baki several times in a row, he'll still act like a sniveling punk that dares to be in the same room with Yujiro and Oliva. By the time Baki caught up to him in the shower room — he wastes absolutely no time beating the ever loving crud out of Sikorski, even going as so far to slam a water bucket on his head and continue on giving him absolutely zero chance to recover. Jack and Gaia immediately puts him in his place in the Coliseum at the end of the Prisoner Arc.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: Thinks he can challenge the likes of Yujiro and Oliva even though he can't even beat Baki.
    • He eventually realizes he's messing with guys far above his weight class when Jack Hanma finds and challenges him, and seeing his attacks have no effect on the beast he tries to run away only to get beaten unconscious.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Gaia traumatizes him during the fight.
  • Wall Crawl: Is able to climb on completely smooth surfaces due to his inhuman grip strength.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Though he looks down on wrestlers, he performs a flying dropkick a few times.

    Hector Doyle Caglios 
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP, Netflix ONA), Johnny Yong Bosch (EN, Netflix ONA), Idzi Dutkiewicz (LatAm, Netflix ONA)

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: When Doyle says it's fine for any to fight dirty which including when someone brings a gun to a fight, then Retsu starts to beat the shit out of Doyle using all sorts of variety of weapons.
  • Bishōnen: Has a fairly feminine face, enough to let him pass as a policewoman to perform a surprise attack on Oliva.
  • Character Development: Arguably gets the most of this out of all the Convicts, starting out just as needlessly cruel and ruthless as the rest, he eventually shows that he's got some more noble qualities.
  • Combat Pragmatism: Strydum is disgusted by Doyle resorting to explosives in a fight, Doyle doesn't see why he shouldn't use his best weapons in a fight.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Disguises himself as a policewoman to get the drop on Oliva, even going as far as putting on lace print panties.
  • Cyborg: To an extent, he has metal blades in his limbs that he can retract at will, and a generator in his heart that boosts his strength as well as a mechanism that powerfully extends his arm that can catch opponents off guard and send them flying. He also has a bomb in his chest that detonates at will, though it's only used once.
  • Evil Redhead: Red haired and a death row convict. He is still the least evil of the bunch.
  • Eye Scream: Retsu throws a kunai into his left eye socket before he could even react. Yanagi punches his remaining right eye with his poisonous right hand, rendering him completely blind.
  • Graceful Loser: While not yet admitting defeat, he makes sure to look after Retsu after Jack drugs him into unconsciousness, even as he nearly bleeds out. After being beaten down multiple times by Katsumi, he amicably admits defeat to him.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: It seemed like he was about to turn a new leaf after finally getting over himself and admitting defeat to Katsumi, only to get attacked by Yanagi, blinded, and barely escapes alive into the sea. Shortly after that, he's found by Oliva, who breaks his back and apprehends him.
  • Humiliation Conga: Suffers this later on in the 3rd season, as he initially defeats or kills most of his opponents with ease. Tougher fighters like Oliva and Koshou start giving him much more trouble, having to run away from the former and only beating the latter by detonating the bomb in his chest. Then Retsu, enraged that Doyle defeated Koshou in such a way, utterly curbstomps him by giving him a taste of his own medicine and using similarly underhanded tactics against him. Later on, Doppo demolishes him instantly with his own bare hands, and is taken into Katsumi's custody (who recently treated Doyle's injuries from fighting Retsu and got him and his dojo burned for it). Doyle tries to attack him when he comes to, but Katsumi easily beats him down three times, almost as if it's just a game for him, in an effort to make him accept defeat. He ends up being a much more humble person after all of this.
  • In a Single Bound: Jumps from the ground level outside of Baki's school and cannonballs through a window into Baki's classroom on the 2nd floor to face him.
  • Pet the Dog: The first sign that Doyle is not as heartless as the other inmates is that he stands on guard in front of an unconscious Retsu despite massively bleeding due to their fight.
  • Stage Magician: His fighting style is inspired by the stories of magicians willing to mutilate themselves for their tricks. He is pretty good at disappearing act and pulling tricks out of his sleeves himself. His picture is similar to a magician pose.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: How does he repay the Shinshinkai members for treating his injuries after his fight with Retsu and donating blood when he lost too much? He burns them and their dojo.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: He advocates his opponents to do it on him, he really doesn't see why you shouldn't use blades, explosives or guns in a fight if losing is the alternative.

    Ryukou Yanagi 
Voiced by: Issei Futamata (JP, Netflix ONA), Chris Edgerly (EN, Netflix ONA)

  • Armor-Piercing Slap: A literal example, with his 'Whip Strike' technique. He makes his body as fluid as a liquid to enable it to act as a whip, letting him stretch and flex his limbs like such for devastating slaps. It's so powerful that it can easily tear off an opponent's skin and expose their musculature. After using it on Baki during their rematch though, Baki tells him that Yujiro also taught him that technique as a child, easily recalling how it's done and doing it right back at him. He ultimately meets his end this way, courtesy of Yujiro. Yujiro Backhands him so hard it messily dislocates his jaw and sends several of his teeth flying, instantly killing him.
  • Defiant to the End: Even after getting his leg impaled and his poisonous right hand cut off in a crushing defeat by Motobe, he refuses to admit defeat when Yujiro casually stops by to tell him he lost.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: After being defeated by Motobe, he is approached by Yujiro who tells him he lost to his face. Yanagi acknowledges that he's the strongest creature in the world, but proceeds to say he has no right to decide the outcome of the battle anyway. Yujiro kills him for this.
  • Fantastic Fighting Style: His way of the void, an assassination art that allows him to vacuum out the air out of anything and slap hard enough to flay opponents. He is the only convict who actively uses a martial arts instead of street fighting.
  • Hero Killer: Wins against Baki and Gouki at first, then like all convicts he becomes less of a threat, but unlike other convicts his poison is still as dangerous and almost kills Baki after losing thanks to it and even blinds Doyle after the latter just did a Heel–Face Turn. He's the only villain in the Convicts arc with such a lasting impact with Baki still wasting away from his poison long after his death.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In their second fight, Baki uses his slapping technique on him. Unlike Baki, Yanagi actually does feel the immense pain the technique causes.
  • Knockout Gas: Yanagi does this to his opponent with oxygen, or rather lack thereof. His palm allows him to vacuum out oxygen from the air that his opponent breathes by smacking it onto their face.
  • Not Quite Dead: In Itagaki's retconned oneshot Revenge Tokyo!! while he's back in imprisoned he manage to survive with only half of his face missing and his right hand replaced with prostetic hook after it's been cut off by Motobe. When a group of prison guards who are suppose to escort Yanagi to a mental facility — one the prison guard proceeds to provoke Yanagi by taunting him which proves to be a fatal mistake who then proceeds to gruesomely massacre the entire escort before escaping confinement.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Played for laughs, When Yanagi uses a suprises attack on Shibukawa making him catch a pot of hot water, he does the same thing at Yanagi in return only for it to be cold, payback is utterly a bitch indeed.
  • Poisonous Person: Downplayed, but he does a painful procedure of dipping his right hand into a mixture of extremely lethal poisons, infusing it with his hand to make it capable of transmitting the lethal poisons on his opponents when he strikes them with it in battle.
  • The Rival: Him and Shibukawa have a previous rivalry. He is the one winning most of their fights.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Among the convicts, he is the least imposing. But he masters a martial art style that allows him to snuff the appropriate amount of oxygen that his opponent breathes with his palm and also a Master Poisoner. By human standards, however, he is Strong and Skilled as his weight lifting training his so extreme it ruined his molars.

Raitai Tournament Competitors

    Lee Kaioh 

    Jyaku Kaioh 
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: It's not clear if his offer to recruit masters into teaching Japanese kids self-defense is true or just misdirection to sucker punch his opponent but even if it is a Chinese tournament or trying to test his self-defense on a caveman feels like it's not a sane way around it.
  • Combat Pragmatism: He dislocates Retsu's arm trying to go for a handshake (granted Retsu more or less let him and he replaced it during the fight too) and distract him to give a savage headbutt.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: During the Raitai, he is a Kaioh but also Japanese so he joins the Japan-US team instead of the Chinese Kaiohs. He also gains a lot of heat by doing some underhanded tricks on Retsu.
  • Mauve Shirt: For a participant that went up against Retsu in the Raitai Tournament Arc, he starts appearing along side with the rest of the fighters in Son Of Ogre to see Pickle in the containment area and also made frequent appearence at that Coliseum whenever there's going to be a major fight involved, noticibly when it's Musashi versus Retsu or Pickle's versus Musashi.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's the Baki-verse's stand-in for Doshin So, the founder of Shorinji Kempo. Both sre bespectacled, bald men with beards, and like Jyaku's style, Shorinji Kempo focuses on self defense and personal betterment over violence, utilizing knowledge of the human body both for joint locks and healing, such as resuscitation and bone setting. Shorinji Kempo is a combination of Japanese martial arts and Chinese martial philosophies, based on Doshin's time in China, which would explain how Jyaku earned a Chinese title. It is also worth noting that the author of the manga himself is a practitioner of Shorinji Kempo.

    Shobun Ron 
  • Combat Pragmatism: He is a master of the dark martial art, he spits in Oliva's eye before stabbing him with his hand.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Of the defeated Kaioh he is the only one that put up a decent fight and even threatened Oliva.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: His style is this but with fists and pockets.
  • Razor-Sharp Hand: He is able to stab Oliva with a spear hand strike, it doesn't work later when Oliva tightens his body.
  • The Stoic: He is a really composed and quiet man. He even makes sure to put his hand back in his pockets when he is about to pass out.

    Shunsei Kaku 
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Like most of the Kaioh he is confident that he is the best and no non Chinese can defeat him.
  • Informed Ability: We don't see what he is capable of, as Baki was way over his level in the only instance that he'd get to show his skills.
  • Red Baron: The invincible beast.
  • Smug Snake: His plan during the tournament was to kill Baki to eclipse the Chinese team's first defeat. He underestimated Baki by a pretty large margin.

    Ryu Kaioh 
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: After being told fighting Yujiro would be like using Chinese martial arts against modern weaponry he laughs it off as certain victory for the Chinese participant.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: On the receiving end during the tournament. Pretty much a Foregone Conclusion since his first opponent was Yujiro.
  • Made of Iron: Survives having his face ripped off.
  • The Mentor: He was Retsu's master. He took a long time to pass him as kaioh since he saw Retsu's potential not being finished.
  • Tear Off Your Face: At the hands of Yujiro.

Other Major Recurring Characters

    Gerry Strydum 
  • Four-Star Badass: An American general being on good terms with Yujiro gives him some badassery. He also has the guts to call out Doyle on his underhanded ways.

    Emi Akezawa 
Baki's mother
  • Children Raise You: In her final moments, she really cares for Baki, while before she had no affection for him. And she's killed trying to save his life
  • Evil Matriarch: Until the end she puts Baki to Hell and beyond to raise him strong. Not because she cares for him, but to present her husband with a fighter worth his strength.
  • I Have No Son!: Emi's love for Baki is a function of his physical prowess. When Yujiro deems him worthless and blames Emi for having failed raising him strong, she blatantly disowns him, biting his arm when he asks for a single hug.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Basically her entire backstory: rich heiress of a rich family, she got noticed by a young Yujiro by admiring his trail of blood and revealing a bloodthirsty nature matching his own. Going from there to get her first husband killed by Yujiro and accept to sire a strong child and groom him to become the second Strongest Creature in the World and give Yujiro the fight he desires takes just a moment.
  • Mama Bear: She ends up becoming one but only in the end. After realizing Yujiro will kill Baki because he wasn't ready to face him properly, she calls the Strongest Creature in the World off, throwing her gauntlet for Baki's sake. It doesn't end up well.

    Diane Niel 

Baki's dog

    Muhammad Ali Sr. 
  • 100% Adoration Rating: He is beloved world over. Treated by many as a hero and a god. Even Yujiro, despite acknowledging he could defeat the boxer still highly respected him for standing up for what he believed was right.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: As made obvious by the name, the character is based entirely off of the legendary heavyweight boxer dubbed 'The Greatest.'
  • Papa Wolf: Manages to intervened the fight between Baki and his son by punching Baki off of Ali Jr before the latter could break his son's neck.
  • Disappointed in You: After having to step in to save his son from getting his neck snapped by Baki, he just walks off as his son is bawling his eyes out after a humiliating defeat from Baki at the end of the Ali Jr. Arc.
  • Troll: Pulls some huge shit eating grins after succesfully taunting his son into fighting him when he was in no shape to win against his dad and when Tokugawa says Jr. will compete in his arena after all the humiliating beatdowns he received.

    Che Guevara 
  • Luxury Prison Suite: Even though his access to luxury is somewhat limited, he maintains the same privilege as Oliva.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He is half of the literal trope name- a former pirate trained in ninjutsu.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His entire likeliness is based on Che Guevara.
  • Pirate: Use to be one, before becoming an anarchist who ran his own sovereign nation called 'La Serna'.
  • Red Baron: "The Second" as in the second inmate to get special treatment. While he doesn't get his own cell and library like Oliva, he gets better meals, and the guards pretend they don't see him when he steals their cigarettes or breaks lines. Other inmates get shot without warning.
  • Super Mode: When he's being threatened in a straight-up fight against three identical triplets, he uses his own blood as a face paint and proceeds to beat all three of them in a berserk fashion, while making one of them run away in terror.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: Played with. After his match with Oliva, Oliva mentions that he could've opened the front gate and left the prison anytime he wanted. Not only would that undermined the credibility of the prison guards, but it would also humiliate the security forces of the prison. Instead, Che does the guards a favor, discretely digging his way out, so as to not embarrass them too badly.

    Albert Payne 
  • Admiring the Abomination: No matter how savage and destructive Pickle is, Payne still cherishes him as a national treasure and a miracle of science.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He is willing to drive the Siberian tigers to extinction to feed Pickle, and disregards Pickle's rape of a Japanese reporter as an accident, all For Science!, but feeding him martial artists is a bit crazy even for Payne.
  • Mad Scientist: Subverted, while he loses his calm and goes on a rant about driving a species to extinction to feed Pickle, he actually does find an alternative by cloning the tyranosaurus Rex meat so no fighters or tigers have to die to keep Pickle alive. He is just that excited about discovering a preserved, living caveman, and his research keeps being interrupted by people trying to punch it in the face.

    The Mouth 
  • Combat Pragmatism: Their "martial art" is simply ganging up three on one with perfect teamwork.
  • The Dividual: They are triplets whose only distinction is their voice, shown as different typefaces.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: The other the two fled the fight after one of them was utterly destroyed by Che.

    The Narrator 
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: His purpose is to give exposition to the audience, and so he talks directly to the audience.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Befitting his position as the exposition-spouting, unknown narrator, we never see him on screen, none of the characters hear him, and they don’t know he exists.
  • Mr. Exposition: As mentioned above, that's his entire job in the show.

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