The character list for City Hunter.
Ryô Saeba is the protagonist of the story. Living in Tokyo, Shinjuku. He's the most feared sweeper in town. He's a master of hand to hand combat, weapon manipulation and warfare tactics. He would be almost unstoppable if not for his only weakness: women.
Tropes associated with Ryo:
- The Ace: Ryo is the best there is in almost anything to do with his job. Crazy shooting skills, ace driver, superhuman reflexes, and is a great fighter.
- Ambiguously Bi: Is a regular at various gay bars (to the point that, in a pinch, the staff of one let him pretend he worked there himself), and in one occasion acted with Umibozu the same way he acts with beautiful women.
- Badass Longcoat: Occasionally and played with, as the coat is also badass (see Crazy-Prepared for why).
- Berserk Button:
- Don't make a woman cry in his presence. Just don't. Also, if you're a professional killer, don't tell him you do the same job, nor hit children or defenseless people.
- Being caught contrabanding weapons to countries at war or in the middle of a civil war is a surefire way to get your house trashed, your nose broken, and the police at your home. Because he participated in a brutal war himself as a child.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Make no mistake, the man constantly trying to cop a feel of every attractive woman he crosses paths with is one of the deadliest men alive.
- The Big Damn Kiss: With a brainwashed Kaori in the "Farewell, Hard boiled city" episode.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: His antics are really crazy, but he's the best Sweeper in Tokyo.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Whenever he finally decided to tell Kaori he loves her, he's unable to finish the phrase.
- Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Ryo's two only serious love interests are Saeko and Kaori. While he can act perverted toward Saeko, he ran away the one time she was actually willing to do the deed, and can't even get an erection for Kaori. Both are Justified: Saeko and him were in a Love Triangle with the late Hideyuki, and when time came to do the deed he found himself unable to actually do it out of respect for his late friend, and not only he told Kaori he wouldn't consider her a woman anymore if she became his partner, but he's also in denial of his feelings for her and unsure if he actually wanted to keep her as partner or sending her back in the normal world, and was trying (unsuccessfully) to prevent his enemies from targeting her to get at him.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He's physically strong enough to fire a Magnum one-handed and use large marble gravestones as weapons, and is shown training himself hard.
- Child Soldier: How he learned to fight.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Sometimes this, and sometimes just a Handsome Lech. The "chivalrous" part is mainly when he's getting serious. He also WON'T let women harm/kill others, his reasoning being he doesn't want their hands to get soiled like his hands did. He did the same with Kaori, explaining her horrendous shooting, but he relented after she called him out for it.
- Collective Identity: City Hunter started as the collective identity of Ryo and Mick in Los Angeles. Ryo took it for himself once he returned to Japan, but he later declared it a Collective Identity again, this time for Kaori and him.
- Contract on the Hitman: Got multiple contracts on himself. The most important of which, plot-wise, was Union Teope sending Ryo's American rival/buddy, Mick Angel, to kill him.
- Crazy-Prepared: Almost to Batman levels. Often hides a back-up gun on his calf. His belt has a knife hidden in it. Secret pockets of his coat contains a disassembled revolver with ammunitions, plastic explosive with time detonator, and condoms. The sleeves of his coat emit tear gas when set on fire, and the coat itself will explode if shot in the right place. His tooth has a sleeping pill hidden in it, and he routinely carries other sleeping pills and powders. His underwear contains sleeping and paralyzing substances to contaminate people's food supply.
- Creepy Cross Dresser: Has done this a few times for the job. In a particularly glorious instance, Ryo even faked doing it as his job.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Ryo will ignore his work to chase women, and then beat the crap out of anyone stupid enough to get on his wrong side.
- Cruel to Be Kind: Ryo does this constantly. Since it is dangerous to become acquainted with him due to his profession, whenever a client is getting too attached to him, Ryo becomes (more) insensitive, rude or lecherous in order to drive her away.
- Dark and Troubled Past: When Ryo was 3, the airplane he was travelling on with his parents was shot down and he survived that, instilling in him a terrible fear of riding planes. To survive, he joined a guerrilla band in a civil war. He learned how to handle weapons, close combat, warfare tactics. And it turns out Ryô was very good at being a soldier. He met another japanese man during the civil war, and the man named Ryô "Ryô Saeba". After losing comrades during the war, his father figure drugged him with Angel Dust and set him on a military platoon - Umibozu's platoon. He even survived Angel Dust's side-effects and withdrawal symptoms, a feat only one other person replicated: Mick Angel. After the rebels group was disbanded, Ryô went to a rehabilitation clinic to cure him from the angel dust side effects and addiction. He's then found by the same foster father who drugged him and is defeated. But one thing Ryô noticed, the effects of the drug didn't vanish over time. He kept the power, speed and most of the thing granted by the angel dust. Still, by the time everything was over, Ryo came out a Shell-Shocked Veteran with near-crippling depression, daddy issues and and a whole lot of other problems that he keeps hidden with his perverted, goofy exterior.
- The Dreaded: Yakuza clans prefer being bankrupted than facing Ryo. Justified: the one time a Yakuza clan was stupid enough to piss him off, their skyscraper was demolished that very night, and the entire clan was beaten up and left for the cops.
- Dub Name Change:
- In the Italian dub of the TV series, he is called just "Hunter" invoking the Protagonist Title trope, however the Italian dubs of the all of the movies and specials reverted back to using his original Japanese name.
- His name in France is "Nicky Larson", which is also the name of the show in France, as well as Phillipe Lacheau's live action adaptation and Shinjuku Private Eyes. The French dubs of the movies and specials (with the exception of the above mentioned Shinjuku Private Eyes) kept his original Japanese name, however despite the name inconsistency, he still has the same French voice actor (Vincent Ropion).
- Expy: According to Tsukasa Hojo, Ryo is inspired from "The Rat" character in Cat's Eye. The pervert aspect and his overall dementor is very similar.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Subverted; Umibozu nicknamed him "Shinjuku's Stallion" in revenge for Ryo giving him an embarrassing nickname, but he likes it.
- Everyone Has Standards: He'll never touch a minor, no matter how sexy she is, nor will he force himself upon a woman.
- Fastest Gun in the West:
- Or in Japan. He's so fast he once won a duel with an empty gun by drawing the gun and throwing it at his foe's head faster than the opponent could draw his gun.
- Subverted in the anime, where Geruma of the Lodos Mafia manages to outdraw Ryo while using an AutoMag, a gun stated to be bad for a quick draw. Ryo still won by being fast and accurate enough to shoot Geruma's bullet before shooting Geruma while he was too stunned by Ryo's stunt to fire again.
- Firing One-Handed: Where most professionals can pull it off, Ryo is notable for doing it with a large and powerful Magnum and still be incredibly accurate. He pointed out it's not easy himself, and explained it with years of training and exercise.
- Gag Penis: His 'little friend' is positively enormous, and hard enough to break through bulletproof glass.
- Good Is Not Nice: Ryo has a mean streak a mile wide that tends to manifest with humiliating punishments for the villains (ranging from being shot multiple times with short but large crossbow bolts to being forced to wet yourself and photographed) and rather unusual tortures (if he's in a hurry, he'll grab the balls of the Mooks and squeeze hard. If he has time, he'll break out the chickens and the nitroglycerine). And that's without getting into his Casanova Wannabe personality...
- The Gunslinger: His main characteristic as a sweeper are his impressive aim and incredibly quick draw. While all sweepers aside for Kaori (partly because of Ryo modifying her gun to aim off) in the series are good shots and fast drawers, they all tend to specialize in something else (Umibozu and Kaori are trap and demolition experts, The Bat is specialized in explosives, Miki and a one-shot character are hypnotizers, and Silver Fox is a Master of Disguise), but Ryo's specialization is shooting extremely fast without missing a target.
- Hand Cannon: His favourite gun is a Colt Python. He has a lot of other pistols, including two other BFG (a Colt King Cobra and a Smith & Wesson Model 51).
- Handsome Lech: Quite the ladies' man and skirt-chaser, but he doesn't get a chance to take advantage of his success. Other times, he turns down the chance willingly.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Aside for his justified fame as a pervert, most professional killers in Japan consider him their role model and try to emulate him as much as possible, not knowing he's an Hitman with a Heart.
- Hidden Depths: He's much smarter and sensible than he looks. He's also a traumatized man with major PTSD from being the survivor of a plane crash that killed his parents and a Child Soldier, and being drugged with Angel Dust and surviving.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: He'll always be a devil-may-care lech who'll only save the day if there's no other choice, but is saddened by Hideyuki's death and deep down, cares about Kaori.
- Hitman with a Heart: He's willing to kill, but only if your reasons can move him. Also, he's willing to work for a little girl for 500 yen if she has good reasons, and will slip the money back in her pocket when she's distracted.
- Improbable Aiming Skills:
- With his Python he can fire six shots in the same hole at 15 meters, and his S&W Model 58, due a quirk of fabrication, allows him to do the same at 50. Also, using a Remington Model 700 he can shoot the barrel of another rifle, buttons of a shirt and a belt (the latter without harming the guy wearing them) at about one kilometer.
- Up to Eleven. Ryo's choice of guns is intended to maximize his already extreme aiming skills: the Python and the Remington Model 700 are known for being very accurate weapons, and the Model 58 is chambered for the .41 Magnum round, known for being as powerful as the .44 Magnum while being more accurate. Then he went and had his Python made even more accurate, and, as stated above, his Model 58 is almost impossibly accurate due a quirk of fabrication...
- Improbable Weapon User: He weaponized not only his own underwear, but also a collant filled with lingerie!
- Informed Attribute: He claims hating children, but how he acts shows he adores them.
- It's Personal: With Kaibara. After all, how would you react if your father figure dosed you with a drug that made you a mad berserker and nearly killed you with both its effects and the withdrawal? Even after he got over that hate, Ryo considers it personal, as he sees stopping his madness as his duty as his son.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's goofy, perverted and lecherous... but he will always bend himself backwards to help a woman, no matter what the situation is.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: As explained in Good Is Not Nice, Ryo has a terrifying mean streak, and the villains are lucky if the police is around or Ryo is working for Saeko (or the client's circumstances act as a restraining bolt), for they'll get arrested or, at worst, a quick and painless death. If not... Well, the lucky ones gets completely and utterly humiliated in the worst possible way, the very good ones die a quick death because Ryo can't afford to take a chance to make them suffer, and the unlucky ones die in the most painful and humiliating way Ryo can think of.
- Exhibit A: Koji Inagaki's fate. He was a boxer who made a career by blackmailing his opponents into throwing the fights, and when the chosen opponent of the champion refused to give up his chance he murdered him and started blackmailing the champion, leading to Ryo being hired to kill him. During his championship bout, Ryo shot him in the ear with a gold-tipped bullet fired from a elephant rifle and timed it with the champion's hook, so it would appear the champion killed him with a punch strong enough to throw him out of the ring (the bullet being gold-tipped, it rebounded inside the skull, leaving no marks for anyone to realize his involvement).
- Exhibit B: the fate of a serial killer who raped his victims. Upon being hired to kill him, Ryo baited him so he'd try and kill Ryo, allowing himself to be identified in the process, then made very clear that Ryo could kill him any moment without even showing himself, even throwing off his act to bait his victims. Then he put four crossbow bolts in his arms and legs, the bolts designed and shot in such ways to hurt like hell and being impossible to take out without crippling him in the process. Then Ryo killed him, and that was because his client had put herself on the line of danger and Ryo had to stop tormenting him and finish things fast.
- Exhibit C: the epic trolling of the General at Ryo's hands. First Ryo hit all of his Berserk Buttons just for the hell of it, then stole a crapload of Union Teope money the General was supposed to deliver to his boss and left him alive, then, when they finally fought, Ryo shot him in the stomach and leg before shooting him in the chest to let him bleed out painfully. But the General had taken Angel Dust and wouldn't stay down, so Ryo put knives in his forehead and throat and then blew him up.
- Kilroy Was Here: He enjoys mocking his adversaries and pulling pranks on them, is quite fond of playing this trope when he infiltrates into his enemies' lairs. Before leaving, he vandalizes pictures, writes insults on the walls -or comments about their enemies' penis size-, paints drawings of them... He makes this because an angry enemy is prone to commit mistakes... And also because he gets a good laugh out of pissing them off.
- Lady Killer In Love: He is a notorious and successful Casanova in spite of his job as a Professional Killer, and is in love with his partner Kaori, even if he doesn't want to admit it.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Ryo often spends the first half of the story being goofy and hitting on women, but when real danger rears its head, he'll stop fooling around and beat the crap out of the villains. If they're particularly unlucky, he'll beat them up without stopping fooling around.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: He has a sex drive of truly epic proportions, and a physique guaranteed to make just about any woman happy to be its focus... which is just about the only Restraining Bolt this Lovable Sex Maniac has he knows that he's everything he claims to be, and is thus always patient enough to wait until the girl's in the mood to get wild. He's not above what most would consider outright sexual harassment, however... as long as the girl seems amused by it.
- Marked Change: As a gag. The entire series - with one exception - is drawn with realistic proportions, and Ryo himself has a sculpted, angular face that everyone sees as devilishly handsome... Most of the time. When the little head starts doing the thinking, he instantly becomes a rubber-faced and -limbed goofball straight out of a Tex Avery cartoon, complete with popping eyeballs and literal wolf whistles. People even comment - regularly - that he doesn't look human when he's chasing a beautiful woman.
- MayDecember Romance: He's at least ten years Kaori's senior.
- Mr. Fanservice: He's ridiculously handsome, has a lot of Walkingshirtless Scene.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He is an idiot. That said, he often plays it up so him going all out will have a greater effect. He also does it to not be identified as City Hunter by too many people, to help his clients to not think about why they hired him by amusing them, and to help himself not to think too much about his near-suicidal depression.
- One-Man Army: Definitely. There's a reason why he's The Dreaded in all of Japan. Goofy and perverted he may be, but he will wreck you and humiliate you if you piss him off. It gets worse when he pairs up with Umibozu...
- Properly Paranoid: Go read the Crazy Prepared voice on this entry, and remember: we know about what he hides in his coat because he had to use them.
- Rated M for Manly
- Secret Identity: He has one as City Hunter due to the need to not get arrested (he's still a criminal, after all) and to be left alone by that part of the criminal underworld he never fought.
- Self-Deprecation: He called himself a murderer unworthy to accept money for a job from a little innocent girl.
- She's Not My Girlfriend: The dynamics of his relationship with Kaori. The feeling is mutual.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Survived a plane crash when he was 3, became a Child Soldier who participated in a war, then was turned into a drugged monster with Angel Dust by his own father figure and set upon what was Umibozu's former platoon so Roy could brutally massacre them. He's getting over it, but he's far from recovered. He's just very good at hiding it.
- Shoot the Hostage Taker:
- Early in the manga, Ryo meets a robber who holds hostage the female cashier of a bar Ryo's visiting. When Ryo confronts the robber, he is given a Sadistic Choice - put down his gun and let the robber get away (with the cashier surely getting injured or worse), or try shoot the robber and risk having the bullet of Ryo's Magnum penetrate the window behind and take out a civilian. Ryo instead takes the third option by shooting through his own hand to soften the Magnum bullet's impact so he can kill the robber and rescue the cashier without collateral damage.
- He does it again to rescue his then-future partner Kaori from a sex trafficker - he shoots a bullet at the ground, and the sparks from it ricocheting allows him to locate the trafficker. He then shoots him through the lens of his infrared vision eyepiece while the sparks were still active, which was in a split-second.
- Shrouded in Myth: As City Hunter, he has a level of fame comparable to a superhero.
- Stepford Smiler: Due to his Dark and Troubled Past and his apparently hopeless fight for Shinjuku's freedom and happiness, Ryo is heavily depressed, just on the verge of becoming a Death Seeker, and only Hideyuki and (later, after his partner's death) Kaori's presence kept him from eating the gun. Once in a while, going in a certain place to remember himself that Shinjuku is worth fighting for prevents him from doing just that. It took a one-time character with the ability to read into people's minds and hearts to see through his facade.
- Undead Tax Exemption: Averted: he's legally dead, and thus, technically, he can't either own anything nor marry. Kaori as his partner handles everything for him.
- Vague Age: The fact that Ryo doesn't know when he's born or how old he is himself leads to multiple characters wondering how old he is. At about half of the story, Kaori gives him 26 March as his birthday. His real age is probably early 30's or late 20's when the manga starts.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Has this relationship with Umibozu - they mock and insult each other all the time, but when the shit hits the fan for one of them the enemy will have to face both. They also help each other in ways they don't want to: initially Umibozu didn't want to get engaged with Miki in spite of loving her, but Ryo, after tricking him into revealing his true feelings, successfully roped them together.
- Vocal Evolution: At the start of the anime, Ryo's voice is typically deep and macho, with the 'pratfalls' he does perform during the rarer mokkori scenes of the earlier episodes tending to sound fairly deep and raspy. By episode 10, however, as Ryo's mokkori antics began to increase in frequency, the earlier deeper voice was used increasingly less (although Ryo does still lapse into it during dramatic scenes) and his pratfalls are much higher-pitch and less raspy than in earlier episodes.
- Voice Changeling: With a penchant to wear a bad and ridiculous disguise of the person he's imitating.
- We Help the Helpless: Often takes this sort of jobs (always, if it's an assassination). That's why you write "XYZ" on the message board of Shinjuku Station to ask for his help: those are the last letters of the alphabet, and he may well be your last chance.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Ryo is aerophobic (in travel only, helicopters are fine) which is most probably attributed to his previous childhood experience with planes.
- There are also a few episode of the anime (such as the second episode of the first season) where he flies with no problem that were made before this was revealed in the manga, though.
- Also, he's getting over it: when this fear first appeared he was terrified even by the sound of airplanes or the sight of a toy airplane (partly because that arc started with a plane crashing in his house and nearly hitting him during an attempt at an emergency landing), but when the villain of another arc tries to attack him with toy airplanes filled with explosive he casually shoots the planes and states he's scared of going on planes, not of airplanes.
- And he'll fully (if temporarily) get over it if Kaori is in danger, to the horror of the Bat running away on a plane with her as hostage.
- Willfully Weak: He could dodge Kaori's hammer with ease, but rarely does.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Embodies this trope. He'll flirt with, and (try to) grope a woman, but he'll never hit them. In fact, people who treat women badly will earn his undying hatred (and a bullet through the skull).
- Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka
Ryo's first partner in Japan, and his best friend before being killed. He's the reason Kaori works with Ryo.
Tropes associated with Hideyuki:
- Berserk Button: Don't threaten Kaori in his presence, or you'll find a knife in your hand. Woe is you if you try and attack her.
- Beware the Nice Ones: If sufficiently provoked he can easily overpower two mafia thugs before they realize they pissed him off.
- Cowboy Cop: Used to be one while he was partnered with Saeko.
- A Death in the Limelight: He was a marginal character for most of his presence in the manga, but was the protagonist of the chapter where he was killed.
- Dub Name Change: In Italy his name is "Jeff Mancinelli", while in France his name is "Tony Marconi"
- Dying Moment of Awesome: People dosed with Angel Dust become super strong and near unkillable zombies. When Union Teope set a Giant Mook dosed with Angel Dust on him, Hideyuki died from the wounds, but not before killing him and walking all the way to Ryo's home to warn him of the danger.
- Killed Off for Real: He's killed by a drug cartel early in the manga. More specifically, by the guy the cartel had drugged with Angel Dust.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: His death at the hands of a drug cartel is to be mentioned to explain why Kaori works with Ryo. The drug cartel is Union Teope.
- Leitmotif: In the anime his flashbacks are associated with an instrumental version of Bruce Hornby's "The Way It Is". In the anime-only two-parter where Red Pegasus (the anime counterpart to Union Teope) returns, the song is played in-universe, and is revealed to be his favorite song.
- Love Triangle: Was in one with Ryo and Saeko. While Ryo flirts with Saeko all the time, he never goes farther than that out of respect for his deceased partner.
- Morality Chain: In life, he was the only thing preventing Ryo from slipping back into depression and being a Death Seeker. His sister, Kaori, would replace him as Ryo's Morality Chain after his death.
- My Greatest Failure: Quit the police after failing to dismantle a kidnapping ring, causing the death of another cop in the process.
- Nice Guy: His most defining characteristic.
- Not So Stoic: Whenever Kaori or a child is involved.
- Only Sane Man: Noticeably the sanest character in the whole series.
- Posthumous Character: After his death.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: A stoic, reasonable man who tries to keep his goofy, perverted partner Ryo in line.
- Sacrificial Lion: In the manga his death serves to show how dangerous Union Teope is.
- Sidekick: Was Ryo's sidekick and his co-protagonist for the first few chapters of the manga and episodes of the anime before being Killed Off for Real and replaced by Kaori.
- The Stoic: Most of the times he appears as utterly bored and stoic.
Hideyuki's little sister and Ryo's current partner. She's the only thing standing between Ryo and the female clients he lusts after.
Tropes associated with Kaori:
- A-Cup Angst: Sort-of: in an inversion of Gag Boobs, her breast circumference is a whooping 89 cm (35 in in the Imperial system), but has the bad luck of being compared to Saeko and Kasumi, whose breasts are even bigger (she took Saeko relatively well, but Kasumi, who had a bigger bust at sixteen, nearly sent her in an Heroic BSoD).
- Action Girl: She won't hesitate to bust out the hammer or whatever's in her purse if it'll get results.
- Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Sometimes, she would get annoyed by Ryo's inability to get horny from her.
- Berserk Button: Ryo's goofy advances to women regularly set her off, but on occasions where it appears Ryo has a closer relationship with another person than her, she gets truly furious. Examples include a time when Ryo was cozying up to a male client (actually a woman in disguise found out by Ryo) and a time when Ryo may have been the father of a client's baby.
- Bifauxnen: She's a beautiful woman, but due to her short hair and masculine personality and tastes, she tends to be mistaken for a man rather often.
- Boyish Short Hair: Her default haircut.
- Christmas Cake: She isn't 25 yet, but has dropped hints that Ryo should hurry up and marry her before her 25th birthday, at least until she learned that he doesn't legally exist.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Partially the reason she protects Ryo's clients from him.
- Collective Identity: Ryo declared her City Hunter alongside him.
- Crazy-Prepared: Not at Ryo's level, but still carries various things you just wonder why she should take with her, including a hand grenade with a wire tied to the pin (in case the enemy manages to take the grenade before she can remove the pin, as it happened once) and a defibrillator.
- Damsel in Distress: Tends to get captured rather often, sometimes overlapping with Badass in Distress. Lampshaded at one point in the manga when, while tied up with a strip of tape over her mouth, Kaori thinks to herself "I must be the unluckiest woman in all of Japan!"
- Dub Name Change:
- In the Italian dub of the TV series, she is called "Kreta Mancinelli", the Italian dubs of the movies and specials however refer to her by her original Japanese name.
- In France, her name is "Laura Marconi", the French dubs of the movies and specials however refer to her by her original Japanese name, but for Shinjuku Private Eyes she's back to being "Laura Marconi".
- Dude Magnet: Despite her tomboyish personality, she does have a lot of guys fall for her.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Noted to have a large following among girls and women, even those who realize she's a woman.
- The Ghost: In Jump Force - even though Ryo is the only character from City Hunter to appear there, whenever Ryo tries to hit on ladies a hammer from her smashes into him.
- Greed: Justified by how often they're short of money.
- Happily Adopted: Was the daughter of a robber who died while chased by Hideyuki's father (another cop). Hideyuki and his father both died before telling her, so she doesn't know. Except she found out on her own when Hideyuki was still alive and doesn't care.
- Hammerspace: She can keep a hand grenade, a pistol, a portable defibrillator, two lunches and two giant hammers (of course) in her purse.
- He Is Not My Boyfriend: Her relationship with Ryo.
- Hyperspace Mallet: The giant hammer she uses on Ryo usually pops out from nowhere. She occasionally uses it in serious combat.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Subverted: she can't hit anything with her pistol if not by accident. Turns out Ryo had surreptitiously modified her gun to make sure she never kills anyone. But in a case of Gone Horribly Right, Kaori ended up becoming adept at ricochet shots, even being able to teach someone how to shoot that way.
- Apart from the gun, her aim with the bazooka has been described as bad enough to always miss her target but good enough to knock her foes out with the shockwave.
- The Lad-ette: Her fashion sense and language are distinctly masculine.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: Played for laughs.
- MayDecember Romance: Is at least ten years younger than Ryo.
- Memento MacGuffin: Her pistol was previously Hideyuki's.
- Morality Chain: The one thing that keeps the PTSD-ridden Ryo from reaching for the gun, a role that she took over from Hideyuki after her brother's death.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: Her masculine ways and taste in clothing and aggressive temper scare away most potential suitors after they discover she's a woman.
- Oblivious to Love: The only person who hasn't guessed Ryo's actual feelings for her, and will constantly misunderstand other people's attempts at making her realize them.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Dress her elegantly, or just give her a wig and some make up, and she'll rival Saeko.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's taller than most men. The reason it's not immediately obvious is that Ryo is even taller.
- Super Strength: Not from the start, but by the end of the manga, she can move out of house bringing her bed with her with no effort at all.
- Took a Level in Badass: At the start she was barely good enough in combat to play the bait. At the end of the manga she's a competent Trap Mistress, can physically beat up anyone short of Umibozu, has finally learned to shoot, and managed to sneak up on Miki and Umibozu (the latter believed to be impossible due Umibozu's very good senses of hearing and smell).
- Trap Master: She learned from Umibozu, and is very good at it.
- Tsundere: She is a pretty classic Harsh type, with her wrath most often triggered by Ryo's mokkori ways. Expect hammers labeled "100 tons" or "National Shame" to follow. But if Ryo does anything affectionate towards her, blushing ensues.
- Vocal Evolution: An extreme more extreme example than Ryo in the anime, where in her earlier appearances (mainly before she became Ryo's partner) her voice is relatively high but deeper and more 'normal-sounding' than the higher, harsher voice she later adopts. Lampshaded in the anime episode where Kaori receives amnesia; when affected, her voice sounds more similar to her earlier incarnation. As the episode also establishes that she had forgotten all the events of her prior anime appearances, it is possible that her life with Ryo initiated this evolution.
- Voice Changeling: Thankfully she doesn't share Ryo's penchant for bad disguises...
- Voiced by: Yoko Asagami (Japanese), Jana Brockman (English, ADV), Marissa Lenti (English, City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes)
A gorgeous police inspector who tends to give Ryo very ungrateful jobs. She's also a good friend of him, and was Hideyuki's partner when he was in the police.
Tropes associated with Saeko:
- Action Girl
- All Amazons Want Hercules:
- She says she vowed to marry only a man stronger than herself, but knowing her it could be a way to get out of her father continuously trying to get her in an Arranged Marriage. So far, the first six men who her father tried to marry her off to ended to the hospital when she "tested" them, and she wasn't interested at all in the one who actually passed the test (who fell for Kaori and then left town anyway).
- Could also be played straight, as her two known love interests are Ryo and Makimura, who are stronger than her (or were, in Makimura's case).
- Christmas Cake: Her age isn't specified, but she's implied to be over 25, possibly 30 near the end of the manga. She doesn't care, but her crazy father does...
- Cowboy Cop: On one hand, she's a very good and fair cop. On the other, she covers for Ryo and Umibozu (both professional killers), uses Ryo in her job (offer her own body to pay, only to skirt out of the payment), and has framed a man for a murder he had failed to commit (Ryo foiled him, and convinced Saeko to frame him. To be fair, the man was a criminal with a record black enough he would have gotten a death sentence anyway...).
- Dub Name Change: In the Italian dub of the TV series, she is called "Selene", the Italian dubs of all of the movies and specials however refer to her by her original Japanese name.
- In France, her name is "Hélène Lamberti", though the French dubs of the movies and specials refer to her by her original Japanese name, but for Shinjuku Private Eyes she's back to being "Hélène Lamberti".
- Fair Cop: A cop and the resident Femme Fatale.
- Femme Fatale: A rare case of one of the (anti-)heroes being this. Ryo keeps a long and detailed list where Saeko owes him for the various favours he's done for her, which she always manages to avoid repaying.
- Horrible Judgeof Character: In one case, she sided with an obvious Dirty Cop, but once Ryo exposed the cop she was quick to express her disgust.
- Knife Nut: While a capable shooter, she's more capable with her scalpel-like knives, both at throwing them with great strength and precision and at cutting the clothes and the hairs of the poor bastard who gets near her.
- Knight of Cerebus: If she shows up, the story arc tends to be more serious and less wacky than usual.
- Love Triangle: Was in one with Ryo and Hideyuki.
- Ms. Fanservice: The hottest character in the series and she takes advantage of this.
- Not So Different: From Ryo: they often have similar antics, such as both claiming they're twenty or feigning to seduce people of their same gender for kicks.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: She is quite prone to act the part of the beautiful and vapid girl to get into knife range of her target.
- Sexy Coat Flashing: In episode 17 of Season 2 Saeko Nogami enlist Ryo Saeba's professional sniper skills in taking out terrorists holding a plane hostage on the tarmac. To prove she has no weapons, she boards the plane wearing nothing but her bra and panties under her trench coat.
- Show Some Leg
- Voiced by: Yoshino Takamori (Japanese), Katherine Catmull (English, ADV)
Saeko's younger sister, and Ryo's neighbour. Just as sexy and manipulative as her sister, and even more overbold.
Tropes associated with Reika:
- Cowboy Cop: She's implied to have been one.
- Does Not Like Men: At the start, due the enormous line of perverts at her door.
- Dub Name Change: In France, her name is "Rachel Lamberti" with the exception of the French dub of .357 Magnum where she's referred to by her original name.
- Fair Cop: Was one before quitting the police.
- Femme Fatale: It runs in the family.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Ryo, to an extent: Ryo finds her gorgeous and sexy, but is utterly terrified of her attempts at marrying him.
- Not So Different: From Ryo and Saeko:
- She's usually way more serious than Ryo, but when Kaori caught him as he was about to dig a tunnel from her building to Ryo's their fight was stopped by the discovery Reika had already dug one and was using one of Ryo's guns on their shooting range.
- She claims to be the responsible sister to Saeko's foolish, and that she'd never use her sex appeal to get a man to help her-she just manipulates them with her beauty. She also has some of her sister's antics, just not as often-but way crazier whenever they emerge.
- Refuge in Audacity: A corrupt cop had her partner killed and dishonored, so she reacted by blackmailing the Yakuza clans paying the corrupt cop until they begged him for help, and duping City Hunter into protecting her when she lured the corrupt cop out. Oh, and she kept the evidence against the Yakuza under Ryo's bed.
- Voiced by: Tessho Genda (Japanese), Lou Perryman (English, ADV), Chris Rager (English, City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes)
A gigantic sweeper and the only man in Tokyo that can fight City Hunter and hope to win.
Tropes associated with Umibozu:
- Always Someone Better: Ryo is considered this by virtue of besting Umibozu twice (first when they were fighting on opposite sides of a civil war and Ryo, under the effects of Angel Dust, wiped out Umibozu's platoon and left him for dead, and then, during the series, when they have an epic Duel to the Death where Ryo's last bullet destroys Umibozu's gun). This gets on Umibozu's nerves, as he and Ryo have absolutely no idea on who would win in a straight fight (the Duel to the Death had multiple interferences, so for them it doesn't count).
- Bald of Awesome: He's bald and walking awesomeness.
- Beta Couple: With Miki.
- BFG: His sidearm is a Hand Cannon. His usual weapons are the machine gun and the bazooka.
- Cannot Talk to Women
- Crazy-Prepared: This guy brought a bazooka and a machine gun to his own marriage. He had to use them.
- The Dreaded: Pretty much on the same level as Ryo...
- Dual Wielding: When pissed off enough, he'll attack with a machine gun and a bazooka.
- Dub Name Change: In the Italian dub, they just stuck with "Falcon" as his nickname, the Italian dub of Shinjuku Private Eyes however refers to him by his original Japanese name.
- In France, he's known as "Mammouth" or "Sargoss" and instead of "Hayato Ijuuin", it's "John Arteu", however in the French dubs of the movies and specials, they just stuck with "Falcon" like the Italian dub, but for Shinjuku Private Eyes he's "Mammouth" again.
- Early Installment Weirdness: At first he didn't wear his sunglasses, spending his first appearance (still unnamed) and half of the second without them.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Umibozu is a kind of sea monster, and the nickname was given to him by Ryo.
- Firing One-Handed: Thanks to his enormous size and strength, he can do it with a machine gun and a bazooka. At the same time.
- Gentle Giant: He's so tall he can barely stand in a normal-sized home, but he's really gentle.
- Hand Cannon: Due his size he can only wield enormous guns, as a Smith & Wesson Model 29.
- Handicapped Badass: He's nearly blind, yet he can fight on the same level as Ryo. Later he gets completely blind... And it doesn't slow him down in the slightest.
- Hitman with a Heart: Mostly averted. He does have occasional moments of this, but is generally too lawful and heroic to qualify.
- Immune to Bullets: He can be wounded by bullets, but they need to be high powered for him to notice.
- Knight of Cerebus: Averted: differently from the characters related to Ryo's time in the US and Central America, he never introduces more drama, and the one time he does it's by mentioning a Noodle Incident that becomes Harsher in Hindsight only during the final battle with Kaibara, when he finally provides the context (already known to Ryo, who nonetheless refrained from mentioning it at first).
- It's Personal: His hatred for Kaibara is caused by him dosing Ryo with Angel Dust and sicking him on his platoon during the war, resulting in the death of everyone in the platoon but the commander and Umibozu himself, who got his eye wound in the process.
- Luminescent Blush: Every time he's embarrassed.
- Made of Iron: While every sweeper in the series has survived enormous punishment, Umibozu is by far the toughest. Brought Up to Eleven in the anime-only Lodos Mafia story arc: he survived having a hand grenade explode on his face, dozens of dynamite stick blowing up around him and a skyscraper demolished with him inside in very rapid succession, and still had enough strength to leave the building's remains and walk away, and fought off a small army of Lodos Mafia Mooks the day after.
- More Dakka: He wields a machine gun more often than a pistol.
- MayDecember Romance: With Miki. While his actual age isn't revealed, he was already a grown man when she was eight, implying he's at least twelve years her senior and probably more.
- Only Known By His Nickname: He demands to be called either Falcon (the codename he used before returning to Japan) or Umibozu, as he's embarrassed by his real name.
- Punch-Clock Villain: First appearance only, where he was hired to kill the person Ryo was protecting.
- Scary Black Man: Sort of: he's dark only when compared to other Japanese people, but he's really scary.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Has mostly recovered from it, but still has some Survivor Guilt, and his former hatred for Ryo was born because Ryo was unwillingly the cause for this.
- Shipper on Deck: Ships Ryo X Kaori. Too bad that Kaori always misunderstands him when Umi tries to tell her Ryo's true feelings...
- Special Person, Normal Name: His real name is Hayato Izuin, an embarrassingly normal name for someone like him.
- Sunglasses at Night: Justified by him being nearly blind, and later becoming fully blind, so it's not as troublesome as it would be for normal people.
- Super Strength: Due his enormous size, he's strong enough to shatter concrete with a punch or Dual Wield a machine gun and a bazooka and fire them at the same time.
- Trap Master: Every sweeper worth his salt can put together some decent traps, but Umibozu is the best.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: At the end of the manga, due their marriage, his scariness and Miki's beauty.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: While he used to hate his guts, he now has this relationship with Ryo: they insult and mock each other all the time (Umibozu once ran all the way from the Cat's Eye to Ryo's home just to mock Ryo with some particularly humiliating gossip), but when the shit hits the fan for one of them the enemy will have to face both.
- Two Mooks once decided to hire Umibozu to kill Ryo and his current clients (that Umibozu had convinced Ryo to work for). Umibozu personally delivered them at Ryo's home while they complained they couldn't have known they were allies.
- They also try and help each other in ways they don't want. Like Umibozu's attempts at setting Ryo and Kaori together.
- War Is Hell
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's absolutely terrified by cats. The cuter they are, the more he's scared. Even someone meowing will cause him to jump.
- The Worf Effect: Was hit with this twice in the final Union Teope arc to showcase the terror of facing someone dosed with Angel Dust, first by revealing that the platoon destroyed by Ryo when dosed with Angel Dust was his, and then by having him fight a dosed Mick and lose.
When a merc, Umibozu saved a small girl and taught her to defend herself, only to run away when he realized he accidentally made her a Child Soldier in love with him. After over twenty years, Miki finally found him... And succeeded in marrying him.
Tropes associated with Miki:
- Action Girl
- Berserk Button: Don't call Umibozu with that name in her presence, but use the codename Falcon or his actual name.
- Beta Couple: With Umibozu.
- Career Versus Man: Averted and shot to pieces.
- Christmas Cake: Sort of: she has the age (implied to be twenty-eight when she first shows up), but, aside her irritation at growing older, she doesn't care as long as Umibozu is with her.
- Dub Name Change: In France, her name is either "Mirna" or "Mimi", the French dubs of the movies and specials however refer to her by her original Japanese name, but for the French dub of Shinjuku Private Eyes she's back to being "Mimi".
- Head-Turning Beauty: She constantly gets this reaction from people.
- Hypnotic Eyes: A skill she didn't learn from Umibozu: she can hypnotize people who look in her eyes for too long.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Subverted: she may prefer working at her cafe, but she has no problem going out and helping Umibozu on the job.
- MayDecember Romance: With Umibozu.
- Mythology Gag: She's the current owner of the Cat's Eye Cafe.
- Shipper on Deck: Ships Kaori and Ryo.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Her usual sidearm is a Colt King Cobra grabbed from Umibozu's closet.
- Snipe Hunt: When she first showed up in the series, Umibozu tried to refuse her request for marriage by telling them to kill Ryo (something she couldn't possibly do in spite of her skills), and then, after Ryo found out, told her to shoot him with one of ten paint bullets in a week. To Umibozu's chagrin and happiness, Ryo saw the giant sweeper's true feelings and set Umibozu himself to shoot him with one of the two last paint bullets (Ryo shot Umibozu with the other to make it look that Miki set them up).
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: At the end of the manga she becomes Umibozu's hot wife... But is convinced he's not ugly, just solemn.
The man who introduced Ryo to the sweeper job and to perversion.
Tropes associated with Doc
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He may be a pervert and have a sense of humour even more childish than Ryo, but he's still a very competent medic and can find or plant any information.
- Dirty Old Man: He once groped Kaori while fainted.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep"
- Knight of Cerebus: A most subtler example than the other Americans, as this will be hidden under his crazy antics and the fact the context of the events he talks about is provided only much later.
- Knowledge Broker: His current job.
- The Medic: Since the times in Central America.
- Only Sane Man: The most well-adjusted of the characters linked to Ryo's past in America.
- Put on a Bus: Disappeared with Kazue after Silver Fox's second story arc, reappearing only at the end of the final Union Teope arc.
- Voiced by: Miina Tominaga
A Phantom Thief who hired Ryo to help her, first for a heist and later to avoid an Arranged Marriage. She then went to work for Miki at the Cat's Eye, having been kicked out of home until she could get her heart back from Ryo (her grandmother's way to give her permission to marry her beloved Ryo).
Tropes associated with Kasumi:
- Arranged Marriage: The traditions of the Aso family require that the daughters will stop stealing and marry at age 20, with their groom chosen by the family among the best thieves around. The only way out is that the woman choose their own candidate husband that will have to prove himself better than the chosen of the family... And this for Kasumi means Ryo, even if she didn't love him (yet).
- Demoted to Extra: After her second story arc.
- Dub Name Change: In France she's "Samantha"
- In the Italian dub of the TV series, she alternated between either "Carmen Aselli", "Clara" or "Serena", to make things more confusing she still was voiced by the same actress despite this.
- Expy: Of the Kisugi sisters from Cat's Eye, even ending up working at the Cat's Eye Cafe.
- Karmic Thief: Her family only steals when commissioned to do this.
- Mythology Gag: A phantom thief working in a coffee house called Cat's Eye? Why does Miki find this familiar? Also, her debut scene included her being chased by an inspector resembling Takeshi Hirano, one of the member of the squad specifically assigned to catch Cat's Eye, and her first story had a mention of Inunari (the fictional area of Tokyo where the Kisugi sisters lived).
- Phantom Thief: From a long line of phantom thieves who work on commission.
An immunologist who ended up hiring Ryo for protection from a Corrupt Corporate Executive. She later fell in love with Ryo and started working as Doc's assistant.
Tropes associated with Kazue:
- Bee Afraid: Her late fiancee was duped in creating them, and she wants to destroy them to avenge him.
- Dub Name Change: In France, her name is "Christelle Martin"
- In the Italian dub of the TV series, her name is "Katia Natoli", the Italian dub of Shinjuku Private Eyes however refers to her by her original Japanese name.
- Hot Scientist
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She willingly renounces the chance to get with Ryo because she knew he loved Kaori.
- The Loins Sleep Tonight: She had to do this to Ryo: he got stung by a killer bee, and the initial antidote had this effect.
- Only Sane Woman: She's a rational and (mostly) normal person who has around such madmen as Ryo, Kaori and Doc.
- Pair the Spares: She ends up with Mick Angel
- Put on a Bus: Disappeared with Doc after Silver Fox's second story arc, reappearing only at the end of the final Union Teope arc.
- Voiced by: Makoto Kosaka
Tropes associated with Rosemary Moon:
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Bloody Mary.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: She acts like a Valley Girl, but seeing her is enough to make Umibozu wary.
- Punch-Clock Villain: She tried to kill Ryo because an old enemy of them had kidnapped her fiancee and threatened to kill him.
- The Red Baron: She's known as Bloody Mary.
- Voiced by: Rica Matsumoto
The daughter of Ryo's second partner in the US. She arrived in Japan to kill Ryo by hiring Umibozu for the job.
Tropes associated with Sonia:
- Action Girl
- I Just Want to Be Special: Wanted to be Ryo's partner, but her father and Ryo wanted her out of the criminal underworld.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Why she encouraged Kaori to stay with Ryo.
- Jailbait Wait: Inverted: she was in love with Ryo since she was a child.
- Punchclock Villain: She had her good reasons to kill Ryo. On the other hand, so Ryo had for killing her father.
- Woman Scorned: It happens, when you find out your love killed your father...
- You Killed My Father: Her reason to try and kill Ryo.
- Voiced by: Hidekatsu Shibata
Sonia's late father, killed by Ryo in a duel.
Tropes associated with Kenny:
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Namely, a criminal organization wanted him to kill Ryo and threatened Sonia's life, so he challenged Ryo at a duel he knew he couldn't win.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Not really evil, but he still wanted Sonia out of the criminal underworld, and made sure, both in his will and by telling Ryo about it, that Sonia wouldn't follow in his footsteps. Then she found out how he died...
- Punchclock Villain
- Suicide by Cop: He did have Ryo kill him...
- Voiced by: Ken Narita
A friend of Ryo from Los Angeles, he's practically an American version of Ryo in both abilities, antics and perversion.
Tropes associated with Mick:
- Brainwashed and Crazy: After being found dying by Union Teope, Kaibara has him healed and brainwashed in a killing machine to sick on Ryo.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Just as Ryo.
- The Casanova: Walks the fine line between this and Handsome Lech, but his preference for married and engaged women puts him into this category.
- Collective Identity: In the US City Hunter was the name for Ryo and him. He later made a bet to exclude Ryo from the name, but lost.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: His antics are even crazier than Ryo (and between the two of them Kaori was going mad), and when the time comes he's just as badass as Ryo.
- Disney Death: The end of his introductory arc ends with a bomb exploding on his face while he's on a plane. The immediately following arc reveals he survived the bomb and was healed by Kaibara.
- Establishing Character Moment: We first see him seducing a hostess who was about to marry.
- Exotic Weapon Supremacy: Averted: he himself considers it a downgrade, and calls his new weapons toys.
- Expy: He's based on the anime-only character Robert Harrison in pretty much everything, the only difference being that Robert tends to be more serious.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: How the Pair the Spares entry happened.
- Flechette Storm: Starts using this after crippling his arm to the point he can't shoot anymore.
- Friendly Enemies: Ryo's reaction to Mick announcing he's there to kill him? Inviting him out to drink, and then letting him stay at his home! Friendlier than that...
- The Gunslinger: He's on Ryo's level, to the point that Umibozu and Ryo and Mick themselves can't tell who would win in a duel.
- Handicapped Badass: During his time under Angel Dust, he crippled his right arm to the point he can't shoot a gun anymore, but he can still give Ryo a run for his money and kick the ass of lesser foes.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Why he renounces to kill Ryo: he's truly fallen for Kaori.
- Ladykiller in Love: Falls for Kaori while trying to seduce her before killing Ryo, and renounces the hit because of this. He later falls for Kozue.
- Knight of Cerebus: Much more than the other Americans, as his arrival in Japan heralds Union Teope's return in the story.
- Let's You and Him Fight: His way to announce his arrival in Japan is to barge in his home, cry "Ryo! You're a dead man!" and start shooting, with Ryo firing back until they empty their guns. Then they start laughing.
- Only in It for the Money: According to Umibozu he'd kill his lover for money.
- His anime counterpart showed the same philosophy, to an absurd degree: hired to kill a princess if she survives a series of attempts on her life, he helps Ryo defending her as a favour to his friend, and when she survives all the other attempts he calmly shoots her.
- Pair the Spares: He ends up with Kozue.
- Pet the Dog: Subverted: he says he seduces the women of his male targets so they won't suffer when he kills them, but both Umibozu and his own actions make clear he just likes proving himself more charming than other men.
- Punchclock Villain: Of course, he comes to Japan to try and kill Ryo, and has a very good reason for it.
- According to Umibozu, he'd kill his lover for money, if paid well enough. Also, back when Umibozu and Ryo were mortal rivals, he had the habit of joining Ryo in a mission and Umibozu in the following, depending on his client.
- His anime counterpart went farther than that: he showed up helping Ryo defending a princess as a favor to him, then, after she had survived a series of attempts on her life, he shot her because he had been hired to kill her if she survived those, and continued trying to kill her even after the death of the villain because it was his job.
- Rare Guns: He uses a Desert Eagle Mark VII, chambering unknown (online resources list .44 Magnum), in contrast with his anime counterpart using a Walther P38.
- Red Baron: The original City Hunter when he worked with Ryo.
Tropes associated with Union Teope in general:
- Adaptation Distillation: The anime cut out most of the Union Teope parts, replacing it with the small drug cartel Red Pegasus to kill off Hideyuki.
- The Dreaded: Even other criminal organizations are terrified of the Union, and with good reasons. In fact, Ryo's reputation as The Dreaded stems from kicking Union Teope out of Japan when they first tried to expand there.
- Laser-Guided Karma: A good chunk of the money Ryo stole from them was given to the rehabilitation clinic where Ryo had sent a few dozens of women they had addicted to drugs.
- Psycho Serum: Angel Dust make the victim stronger and near-immune to pain, resulting in them being practically unstoppable unless you behead or blow them up (they will be harmed by bullets, but will continue 'till they bleed out unless the bullet hits something vital). The victim will also obey any order, and the withdrawal is 99% lethal.
- The Syndicate: They are involved in drugs, prostitution, illegal gambling, jewelry theft (with the jewels sold in apparently legitimate shops owned by the Union), and probably more.
- You Have Failed Me:
- If you fail at your job, you have 24 hours to redeem yourself before the whole Union will hunt you down. Luckily, this only applies if your failure is particularly dire or embarrassing (like having Ryo steal a crapload of Union money from under your nose and sparing your life because 'he can kill you when he wants, but can steal the money only in that occasion'), and only if the Major finds out before your immediate superior (in that case you'll get a quick death).
- If you aren't a member of the Union and refuse their orders they'll apply this trope anyway and sick a guy dosed with Angel Dust on you.
Tropes associated with Kaibara:
- Abusive Parent: He used his adopted son as test subject of Angel Dust!
- Bad Boss: Seriously, firebranding your men when they fail their job?!
- Big Bad
- Cool Gun: A Colt Anaconda, basically a larger Colt Python.
- Death Seeker: In the back of his mind he hopes he'll get killed and stopped.
- The Dreaded: He can terrify Ryo and Umibozu, and Mick preferred killing Ryo to facing his wrath.
- FaceHeel Turn: Was once a freedom fighter, until the war hit his psyche a little too much...
- Faux Affably Evil
- Handicapped Badass: Before his FaceHeel Turn, he lost his leg saving Ryo. He's still just as good as him, and sometimes he'll keep a bomb in his fake leg.
- The Heavy: Directly or indirectly, he did the following:
- The destruction of Umibozu's platoon during the war in Central America;
- Umibozu's poor sight and eventual blindness, a consequence of a wound in the destruction of his platoon;
- Turned Ryo and Umibozu into Shell-Shocked veterans;
- Killed Makimura;
- Caused the fight with Snake and the near-death of Umibozu's protege;
- Forced Mick to try and kill Ryo;
- Was likely the one who ordered Kenny Field to try and kill Ryo, causing his death and his daughter's hate for Ryo;
- Implied to be the one gunning for Miyuki Kobayashi through the agents of a government he controlled.
- Kick the Dog: His reaction to Mick's surviving being blown up? Healing him and then brainwashing him with Angel Dust.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Union Teope first retreat from Japan after Ryo killed the General because he had nobody else on that level, and sending other men against Ryo would only weaken the Union.
- Name's the Same: According to Word of God, he's not the same Shin Kaibara who appears in Cat's Eye, just a guy with the same name, face, fashion sense and twisted sense of humour.
- Pet the Dog: Dosing Mick with Angel Dust saved his life (at the time he was literally too weak to live, and the drug gave his body the strength to survive long enough to heal), and it could have been intentional. Mixed with Kick the Dog, given what he did with him after saving his life...
- Redemption Equals Death: After being shot by Ryo he gives him a way out of his sinking ship.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Why he created Angel Dust in the first place and did everything else he did.
- War Is Hell
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He originally created Angel Dust to help the freedom fighters winning the war.
- Voiced by: Rokuro Naya
The leader of the Union's army, and their strongest fighter.
Tropes associated with the General:
- Adaptation Distillation: One of only two Union Teope characters to appear in the anime, killing Hideyuki in place of an Angel Dust addict. He also gets an Expy when Red Pegasus tries to recover.
- Arm Cannon: He has an assault rifle with grenade launcher in place of his right forearm, throwing knives hidden under the rifle mount, and a bigger grenade launcher in the thigh.
- Berserk Button: He likes beautiful things over anything, and his jewel shop and art collection over that, and absolutely hates pigs. To throw him off and make him an easier target, Ryo demolished his jewel shop and filled it with pigs, fed the jewels to the pigs, and as he was assessing the damage there destroyed his art collection and vandalized his home.
- The Dragon
- Humiliation Conga: Ryo first revealed that his jewelry sold stolen jewels, then devastated it and fed his jewels to pigs (he hates pigs), then destroyed his art collection, and finally stole from under his nose a crapload of money he was supposed to give to the Union. After the latter, Kaibara firebranded him and gave him 24 hours to kill Ryo before sicking the whole Union on him.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: He's always dressed with fine suits, and had a magnificent art collection before Ryo ruined it.
- More Dakka: See the list at Arm Cannon.
- Psycho Serum: Took Angel Dust before his final confrontation with Ryo.
- Rasputinian Death: In the manga he was shot in the chest, the arm and again the chest, knifed in the forehead and the throat, and finally blown up when Ryo shot in his thigh-mounted grenade launcher.
- Shout-Out: When he revealed the Leg Cannon Ryo compared him to 004.
- You Have Failed Me: Apart being a victim of this, he pulled it on some of his subordinates, the guards that failed to even notice Ryo sneaking in his house and ruining his art collection and a subordinate who not only failed to stop Ryo's stunt in the jewelry (and got beaten up and nearly eaten by the pigs when he tried) but didn't realize Ryo had planted a bug on him. To be fair, he only applies it when you screw up hard (the guy who got beaten up by Ryo was initially going to survive, as it wasn't his fault Ryo was so much better. The bug, on the other hand, was too much).
Tropes associated with the Baron:
Tropes associated with the director:
- Voiced by: Kōichi Yamadera
A professional killer with a long story with Ryo (mostly unscreen). We met him when he tried to kill Ryo's charge and when he decided to kill Kaori in revenge for being humiliated by Ryo.
Tropes associated with Silver Fox:
- Bring My Brown Pants: In his first appearance he's defeated when Ryo fools him into pissing himself and has an accomplice take a picture of him.
- Butt-Monkey: While competent, he's really unlucky and the butt of some of the craziest jokes of the series.
- Cool Guns: He wields a Browning Hi-Power and a Remington 700 chambered for the .308 Winchester. The latter doubles as a literal Chekhov's Gun via Genius Bonus, as the first hint of his return is someone shooting Kaori's shoe with a Remington 700 chambered for that exact ammo.
- Fingore: He's defeated for good when Ryo shoots off his index finger, preventing him from ever firing a gun again.
- Good Guns, Bad Guns: Subverted: he may be a villain, but uses what should be guns for good guys.
- Iron Butt Monkey: He survived stepping in a field that Kaori had filled with mines, spears, and other potentially lethal traps.
- Master of Disguise: He's really good at disguising himself. Sadly he tends to do some small mistakes due things he doesn't know (how to act as a professional photographer) or being too good in the acting (he knew that Ryo could get horny from Kaori, while Kaori didn't), allowing Ryo and Kaori to see through them.
- Meaningful Name: Silver Fox is tied to the Japanese legend of the Kitsune as a trickster and shapeshifter, and his kills are done with tricks and disguises.
- Mundane Made Awesome: He and Ryo have a Mexican Standoff... With Polaroids! Granted, one of them was a gun in disguise and only Ryo knew which, but still...
- Only Known By His Nickname: His real name remains unknown.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: He's good, but Ryo is better. That's why he brings a bra to distract him in the event he'll have to face him.
- Professional Killer: The coolest in Tokyo, he says.
- Remember the New Guy?: Ryo and Silver Fox have some sort of history, but we only saw their last two encounters.
Tropes associated with the Unryu Chief:
- Know When to Fold 'Em: He knows better than to mess with City Hunter, and is rather quick to give up the moment he realizes he's being dragged in just that situation.
- Mugging the Monster: People involved with him have the habit of picking fights with City Hunter without knowing who they're dealing with.
- Oh, Crap!: Pulled a very epic one upon recognizing Ryo, and an even bigger one when they met again.
- Oh, No... Not Again!: His reaction to Ryo visiting his home.
- Papa Wolf: First appeared to try and avenge his son being continuously beaten up by Ryo. Of course he still didn't know it was Ryo...
Tropes associated with the Bat:
- Animal Motifs: The bat. And to drive it home, has a bat drawn on the gun he uses in his first appearance, goes drinking in the Bat Shot Bar, and looks like a vampire.
- Combat Pragmatist: Never forgets to rig the situation to his advantage, even handing Ryo an empty gun for their duel when Ryo proposes they exchange guns.
- Humiliation Conga: In both his appearances:
- When he first appears Ryo shoots his hand to stop him, and when he's trying to escape in a plane Ryo appears and shoots him in the shoulder left-handed.
- In his second appearance he gets the duel with Ryo he broke out of jail for, a duel he rigged when Ryo proposed they exchanged guns by handing him an empty one, but Ryo hits him with the empty gun right between the eyes faster than he could draw, breaking his glasses in the process, then, when he tries to fight on, Ryo shoots his hand with Umibozu's gun (a .44 Magnum), then he gets knocked down by Kaori, and finally Umibozu, pissed off for having been made a fool of previously, grabs him and says he'll bring him back to jail after thanking him.
- Jerkass: Let's see... After Ryo beats him he kidnaps Kaori to use as hostage and plans to kill her as soon as he's far enough, after being thrown into jail he threatens to kill the three years old daughter of the best gunsmith around if she won't improve his gun...
- Jerkass Has a Point: When he handed Ryo an empty gun for their duel he declared himself the better gunslinger because Ryo had apparently not noticed. Had Ryo actually not noticed, he'd have been right.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: His specialization.
- Only Known By His Nickname: Real name unknown.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: He's a competent killer... It's just that Ryo is better, and so fast that he beat him in a duel by drawing his unloaded gun and throwing it at his head faster than he could draw.
- Sore Loser: After being humiliated by Ryo in his first appearance he didn't take it well.
- Sunglasses at Night
- Would Hit a Girl, and a Child: His mark when he first showed up was a woman, he threatens to kill Kaori and hits another girl, and then threatens to murder a three years old girl...
- Voiced by: Yuko Mita
Daughter of a Yakuza boss. Ryo was hired to guard her from a biker gang.
Tropes associated with Sayaka:
- Abhorrent Admirer: She becomes one for Ryo. The abhorrent part exists only because she's a minor, no matter how sexy she is.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: Gender-inverted example: she tried to force Ryo to marry her by moving in his apartment (getting mistaken for Kaori's wife in the process).
- Arranged Marriage: She is in one with the son of another Yakuza boss. Given her fiancee is a moron, she's not thrilled.
- Only Sane Woman: Her father is an half-crazy yakuza boss who is not above ogling on her or trying to set her with Ryo, Ryo and Kaori antics are already known, her fiancee is a short Big Bad Wannabe fixated with biker gangs and using a muscolar lookalike to try and impress people (even those who know how he really looks like. His antics caused Ryo to get embarrassed)... Can you blame her for being on a short fuse and facepalming almost constantly?
- Reverse Cerebus Syndrome: The manga chapter where she appeared signaled the shift from the dark beginnings to the wacky tone of most of the series.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She disappeared with no apparent reason.
- Yakuza Princess: Her father is a Yakuza boss and supports her life, but she hates the Yakuza and left home for this. It's not clear how much this is out of actual dislike for the Yakuza (she lives in an apartment owned by her father and gets an allowance from him) and not out of being annoyed at his crazed antics and getting her an idiotic fiancee.
- Voiced by: Yoshiko Sakakibara
Kaori's biological sister, who searched her for years.
Tropes associated with Sayuri:
- Doesn't Like Guns: And doesn't like Kaori using them either.
- Hyperspace Mallet: How Ryo accepted her identity as Kaori's sister: she malletted him.
- Intrepid Reporter: Director of Weekly News, she has no qualms at inquiring over corrupted politicians, and will calmly destroy letters of threat without even opening them if they aren't grammatically perfect.
- Shipper on Deck: Before leaving for America she started shipping Ryo and Kaori together.
- Tomboy And Girly Girl: Where Kaori is a tomboy, Sayuri is a proper and feminine woman.
- Voiced by: Kinryuu Arimoto
Tropes associated with Nogami-san:
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: And how!
- Bumbling Dad
- Heir Club for Men: The reason he has five daughters and is obsessed with having grandchildren is that he can't father a male child.
- I Want Grandkids: Male grandkids, to be accurate. And Saeko should be the one to provide them... Too bad she doesn't care in the slightest.
- Modern Major General: He's totally ineffective as police superintendent.
- Overprotective Dad: He tries to protect his daughters, embarrassing them in the process.
- Papa Wolf: Subverted: he may have jumped on Ryo when he believed he was having sex with his third daughter, but was completely ineffective.
- Police Are Useless: Seriously, how did he become the highest-ranking cop of all Japan?!
Tropes associated with Kitao:
- Accidental Pervert: Saeko keeps her knives on the thigh, and called him out for putting an hand under her skirt and caressing her thigh in the process without her realizing.
- Arranged Marriage: Police superintendent Nogami tried to set him with Saeko, but he left at the end of his arc.
- By-the-Book Cop
- Identical Stranger: Clothing aside, he's identical to Hideyuki, to the point Kaori's reaction at seeing him was to hug him and calling him brother. On the other hand, the personalities are very different, and Ryo saw this immediately.
- It's Personal: Hates hitmen because one of them killed his older brother (a cop himself), and hates City Hunter because most hitmen consider him a role model and a goal to defeat.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Well, he's hunting Ryo because he's a criminal. In the end, when he realizes Ryo is good to some extent, he lets him go.
Tropes associated with Yuka:
- Fille Fatale: Still too young to be a Femme Fatale like her older sister, but already drop-dead gorgeous and manipulative.
- Oh, No... Not Again!: Ryo's reaction to her: he knew perfectly what was about to happen. Happens again when she reveals she has two younger twins and her father is still trying to have (male) children.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: As a novelist she goes by Yuka Kitano.
- Shipper on Deck: Ships RyoXKaori because not only they act as an old married couple already (to the point she initially mistook them for a married couple), but her new novel has protagonists based on them and her readers would want them married.
- Smug Snake: Still too unexperienced to be a Magnificent Bastard like her older sisters, but she still can force Ryo to let her live there by hiring him through Kaori.
- Write What You Know: In-universe. The protagonists of her award-winning novels are heavily based on Reika and Saeko (she even stole information from the police for the second novel), and decides to crash at Ryo's when she got the inspiration to write a novel about a sweeper.
- Voiced by: Emi Shinohara
A high school friend of Kaori, now a famous fashion designer.
Tropes associated with Eri:
- Cloudcuckoo Lander: If it's not about fashion, she is unable to care. Landed her in big trouble when she accidentally entered in possession of a microfilm with the formula of a chemical weapon and used its drawing to decorate a swimsuit.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: After falling for Ryo, she decides to try and get him with Kaori because she realized their feelings and knows Kaori enough to see through her denial.
- Old Shame: In-Universe. Near the end of her story arc she decides to create a coat inspired to Ryo's Badass Longcoat and the weapons and other needed items he hides in it and make it elegant by using the weapons as decoration, but it's so ridiculous she's embarrassed by it in the very following chapter.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Eri Kitahara is her professional name. Her actual first name (mentioned by Kaori) is Eriko, but her real family name remains unknown.
- Only Sane Man: Inverted: the rest of the world is sane and has this reaction to her. Including Saeko.
- Serious Business: She is absolutely obsessed with fashion, good taste in clothes (and will criticize even her own kidnapper if he's not elegant) and finding models for her clothes (she tried to hire Saeko while she was arresting her).
- Voiced by: Yuriko Yamamoto
A freelance courier for criminals: as long as the money is good, she'll transport anything and anyone (well, almost anything and anyone). She hires City Hunter as a bodyguard after being attacked by unknown criminals.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Had to kill her own father. And she was eight.
- Death by Origin Story: Her parents' deaths are the reason for her hate of drugs.
- Drives Like Crazy: Seriously, don't get in a Car Chase against her.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Won't transport drugs or people and things involved in murders. Also, the one time she was hired by a nuclear plant to dispose of radioactive waste she left it at the door of a police precint, and her 'ethics' impose her to deliver her package or message only to the specified recipient.
- Femme Fatale: Played with: she acts like one, but, once there's nobody to listen her, she'll admit she prefers not earning (or sparing) money that way.
- Hitman with a Heart: She may be in it for the money, but she favours working for people who have no honest way to survive, and loves giving trouble to usurers and irresponsible nuclear plants.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Her singing has been compared to the cry of a beast having her throat being cut.
- Justified Criminal: The reason she does her job is to get the money to open a rehabilitation clinic for drug addicts and their families.
- Knight of Cerebus: Her story arc brings back the darker theme of drug trafficking, and the villains of her arc are implied to be affiliates of Union Teope.
- Miser Advisor: The greediest character in the series.
- Only in It for the Money: As long as you pay her, she'll deliver anything. Even nytroglicerin.
- We Help the Helpless: The kind of job she prefers.
- Armies Are Evil: Subverted: he and his men are soldiers, but their coup is defeated by soldiers from the same army.
- Combat Pragmatist: His direct intervention in the series starts with one of his soldiers shooting Miki on her wedding day to distract Umibozu and Ryo from the group that kidnaps Kaori.
- Cool Guns: His men are armed with MP5 submachine guns, RPG-7 rocket launchers and M79 grenade launchers, and he carries a Walther P38 as his sidearm.
- Final Boss: The last enemy of the series. Also literally, as he's the last guy to be taken down.
- Good Guns, Bad Guns: Subverted: He and his soldiers carry a mix of 'good guns' (the MP5s and the M79s) and 'bad guns' (the RPG-7s and the P38).
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Ryo takes out his bodyguards thanks to two RPG-7s he took from his men that he had already killed.
- Revenge: Comes to Japan to kill Ryo for indirectly foiling his coup.
- Underestimating Badassery: While he knows that Ryo and Umibozu are dangerous enemies he fails to realize just how dangerous they are until he's told that they've wiped out half of his remaining men.
- Would Hit a Girl: Has Miki shot on her wedding day, and was willing to personally kill Kaori.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Thinks that having Kaori (that he identified as Ryo's beloved) as hostage will ensure his victory. Too bad that Ryo considers dying for the woman he loves as a really stupid action...