The Man Himself
Duke Togo AKA Golgo 13
The titular character of the Golgo 13 series. One of the world's best marksmen and assassins.
- Affably Evil: He's fairly civil and polite for a hired killer so long as you don't press one of his Berserk Buttons or try to screw him over.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He is commonly depicted wearing a suit and tie to symbolize his professionalism and emotional detachment to his work. To him, killing is just a job, nothing more.
- Berserk Button: Four of them, actually.
Golgo 13: (to his client) "Understand that if you think to make another replica of me, you'll die as well."
- Do not betray or deceive him. It's one of the few things that can make him break his professional persona and he WILL get back on you on the event you break your end of the contract.
- Do not stand behind him. Just... don't. His reflexive response will lead to him punching the poor sod at best.
- If you must take something out of a pocket or a sealed container in his presence, make sure you do it slowly.
- He doesn't tolerate impersonators. People who imitate him by falsely using his name or appearance more often than not end up with a bullet in their head, for example a priest whose only crime against Golgo was consenting to be surgically altered by the Golgo's clients so they could spend a few years establishing a future disguise for him. This ties into his professionalism. He won't stand to have his reputation tarnished as his reputation is his what makes him so in demand. Interestingly, he doesn't mind if he's name-dropped or if his reputation is used to manipulate other people so long as he isn't directly tied to whatever is going on and no one claims he was responsible for things he clearly wasn't.
- Born Lucky: He has lived through many missions and jobs where he logically should have met his end, including more than one fight where his opponents had him completely cornered. In the end something always saves him, which is fairly ironic considering his code name.
- Bringing in the Expert: Duke is one of the best assassins in the world and when he takes a contract he always fulfills it (unless the client does something in defiance of the agreement in which case they broke the deal not Duke and he'll gladly walk away). Also, his consummate professionalism and treatment of his vocation as a professional means that he commands a high price that many organizations both legal and illegal will pay as they see him as the right man for the job. Sometimes he won't even be brought in to kill someone but to consult with others and give his appraisal and experience to a job.
- Code Name: Subverted. Golgo 13 is the codename well known in certain circles for Duke Togo. But those who need to hire him, always appear to know him by both names, so Togo is probably also an alias. He also never actually introduces himself to anyone as "Golgo 13", and very few actually address him as such, since they know him as Duke Togo anyway. This makes it easy to spot any pretenders who have foolishly referred to themselves by the famous codename.
- Cold Sniper: While he has many talents marksmanship is one area where he truly excels. To list all of the impossible shots he's made over the course of his long career would take half the page but know that nine times out of ten he'll hit exactly what he was aiming for dead in the center.
- Consummate Professional: He sees his assassin career as a job and conducts himself with the utmost professionalism. If you hire him to take someone out, they are dead. End of story.
- Covered with Scars: While not normally visible due to his clothes whenever he goes shirtless he's shown to have many prominent scars covering his torso.
- Cunning Linguist: He's known to be proficient in a number of languages, which helps him for making contact with the locals in a certain country or territory.
- Defiant to the End: Golgo will never betray a client or surrender critical information, even under penalty of pain and death. This is best shown in the Queen Bee movie, when the titular woman has Golgo at her mercy at gunpoint. She asks him if he'll beg for his life and he just stares her down even as she pulls the trigger. (As it turns out the gun wasn't loaded, otherwise he would have died right there.)
- Escape Artist: It's not any kind of magic or trickery, either. Golgo always makes sure to have an exit strategy for when things go sideways. One of the best examples of his skill occurs in The Professional when he gets ambushed by Lt. Bragan's men after completing a hit. In the second between him closing the door to his car and them opening fire he manages to escape into the ocean as the vehicle goes up in flames from the hail of gunfire. The scene then cuts to him swimming away underwater as bullets wizz by on all sides.
- Everybody Has Standards: Duke is just a hired gun. A tool to do a job. Unlike other assassins shown in the series, he doesn't take pleasure from killing, doesn't do what he does for a thrill, and sees what he does as a profession. While he won't risk himself for others or do things that are altruistic, he also has a code of honor and will usually help people who have done him a favor. Beyond that he's just a guy that kills people and so he can get visibly unnerved if not shaken by the more horrible things he's seen other people do.
- Evil Virtues: Well, the "evil" part is debatable, but he has a lot of virtues attributed to "good guys". These include:
- Determination (He WILL accomplish his contract, no matter what)
- Gratitude (If you help him he will certainly be grateful, and might even get some favours done for you)
- Humility (He doesn't think much about his reputation as the "Hand of God" and treats his skill as pure professional)
- Loyalty (Comes with his Determination. Unless the one who made a contract with him breaks it first, betrayal is not a thing in Togo's vocabulary)
- Patience (Togo might take days to take out his target, but he will wait until the perfect time if needed)
- Honesty (Comes with the Loyalty part. Golgo will always be honest on his contracts)
- Diligence (While he is certainly resourceful, his targets are usually well-protected or with a high number of guards and in situations where Golgo is an disadvantage. He succeeds regardless)
- Lack of Empathy: One of his most defining traits is his complete and utter detachment to emotion and sympathy when eliminating his targets. It doesn't matter if his intended victim is a human being, an animal or an inanimate object... he'll pull the trigger without so much as an ounce of pity or remorse.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: He often dresses in a nice suit and several stories show him to be quite the wine and cigar connoisseur. During a chapter of the manga he even refused a Last Smoke when about to be executed by a group of African soldiers because the cigar offered by the commander was below the standards of his usual brand.
- Mortality Phobia: While Duke is an undisputed badass and has done things that would take nerves of steel, he has admitted that at heart he is a coward and credits that fear as to why he's still alive. Duke never takes unnecessary risks and never leaves anything to chance because he wants to survive. He prioritizes his safety first. While he will take risks for the sake of completing a job, he does everything he can to stack the odds in his favor.
- Mysterious Past: No one know where he came from or what nationality he has. The most common theory is that he's from the Serizawa Family and was the only survivor when his family was targeted in a massacre.
- Nerves of Steel: One of the reasons he's survived so long and completed so many jobs is his ability to think on his feet and avoid panic when the chips are down. The closest he comes to expressing fear or shock is a mildly surprised look that barely changes his facial expression. There'a a reason his default face is so infamous.
- Nominal Hero: Whenever he is hired by the good guys, he only technically qualifies as a good guy himself because he happens to have been hired to take out the bad guys this time. He doesn't have an altruistic bone in his body and only cares about his paycheck.
- One-Man Army: He doesn't get to showcase it as often as his sniping skills, but he's also an expert when it comes to hand to hand combat and regular fighting. Unlike most other examples of this trope he won't just jump headfirst into a fight guns blazing and will instead use careful strategy and tactics to try to catch his opponents off guard. Most of the battles he wins against foes of a superior number are the result of him carefully drawing them out while luring them into a trap.
- Only in It for the Money: Duke only cares about the fee a job will bring. He is NOT a Psycho for Hire and he doesn't take any pleasure in killing. As long as someone can pay his fee and he agrees to the deal, he'll take the job.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Duke never takes unneeded risks and avoids doing anything immoral if it's not required to finish a job. He doesn't really care what immoral acts he needs to perpetrate to get a job done but he doesn't want to risk extra trouble. He's rather pay an informant rather than interrogate someone, hire a commercial photographer to take photos of a target rather than do it himself, and basically leaves anything not involving killing the target to other people he has confirmed to be trustworthy.
- Professional Killer: Key word being professional. He'll kill virtually anyone for any reason so long as he receives a fair payment and is treated with professionalism and honesty in return. If his contacts try to deceive or betray him he has no problem adding them to the body count.
- Punch-Clock Villain: While we rarely see what Duke does in his off time, we can see that he views assassination as a job only. He approaches it like a craftsman and is a true professional. He won't do anything immoral or illegal when it has nothing to do with his work.
- Sex God: He's had no shortage of sexual partners over the years, all of whom seem to enjoy themselves way more than he ever does.
- Signature Move: Golgo is known for his ability to dispatch targets by applying a no-nonsense shot directly to the forehead with whichever weapon he's using. One imitator (a psycho who wanted to be Golgo), tried to be certain to eliminate his victims the same way, castigating himself if he failed.
- The Sociopath: High functioning, borderline, and downplayed in Duke's case. He's as cold as ice and there pretty much nothing he wouldn't do for the sake of a job. For him it's about cold logic and feelings rarely if ever are a factor in his decision making. That said, he doesn't enjoy the criminal or immoral acts he perpetrates but sees them as necessary to get jobs done. In casual life, he never seems to do anything illegal or harmful, can be social, and will even do things like give to charities. While he has done really messed up stuff he only sees it as work like a normal person going in to punch a clock everyday.
- True Neutral: He has committed many villainous and heroic acts over his long career, though he only truly cares about completing his job and getting paid. To him, it doesn't matter if his current employer is a criminal, a government agent or even the president of the USA... as long as he is paid and not betrayed by the one who hired him he'll take virtually any job for any reason.
Golgo 13's Contacts
An informant who gives Golgo 13 info and gadgets to use on his jobs. He is killed by Snake roughly a third of the way through the movie.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He uses his skills as a clockmaker to create gadgets for Golgo 13 to use, such as a wristwatch bomb.
- Knowledge Broker: He primarily serves Golgo 13 as an informant and gives him critical information on his targets.
- No Name Given: He's only known by his alias The Clockmaker and dies before ever giving out his real name.
An arms dealer and mechanic who has an infatuation with Golgo 13. She provides him weapons, modifications and vehicles. She is killed by Snake shortly after he murders of The Clockmaker, becoming his second victim.
- Arms Dealer: Her main role. She even gives some light Description Porn to Duke's modified gun:Rita: The trigger is an electronic push-button. I increased the burst to fifteen rounds per second. And the change in balance from the recoil is held below decimal. And check out the Silencer kit.Golgo 13: Rita, it's okay, I don't need to hear it. I trust you. Just tell me what you want for the modifications and for the car.
- Friend in the Black Market: She provides Duke with most of his equipment in The Professional.
- Wrench Wench: Her other main area of expertise besides firearms is vehicle modification. She apparently even spent some time in Formula One.
Another one of Golgo's many information brokers who is asked to find out who is behind the recent attempts on the legendary assassin's life. He successfully traces a lead back to Dawson but is found out and forced to attack Golgo when his wife and child are threatened, leading to his death.
- Affably Evil: Aside from working for an international assassin he seems like a pretty decent guy. Unfortunately, this gets used against him when Dawson gets a hold of his family and forces him to attack Golgo to save them, which causes his death.
- Apologetic Attacker: When he's forced to draw a gun on Golgo.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He is appalled to learn that Dawson used his own granddaughter to try to kill Golgo at the airport.Golgo 13: Did you find out who ordered it?Pablo: Dawson Enterprises CEO himself, Leonard Dawson.Golgo 13: Just like I thought. I was almost somebody's clay pigeon last night at the airport, Dawson's granddaughter and butler, both of whom were at the boat party.Pablo: Are you sure it was them?Golgo 13: Mmm-hmm. They almost nailed me.Pablo: Sick bastard. That's really cold. The guy must be nuts to drag his granddaughter into this. That's one desperate trap.
- I Have Your Wife: Dawson manages to capture his family before he can report back to Golgo, forcing him to attack his own employer in a desperate attempt to save them. Naturally, Golgo proves to be much quicker on the trigger.
- Knowledge Broker: Golgo hires him to track down the man who keeps sending out goons to try and whack him. He succeeds in tracing a lead back to Dawson but is somehow found out and is forced to attempt a hit on Golgo himself to save his family.
The founder and CEO of Dawson Oil, a multi-billion dollar corporation with power and influence to rival that of the US government. After his son Robert is assassinated by Golgo 13 he dedicates his life to finding and killing the legendary professional who murdered his boy by any means necessary, even if he has to "blow up a few cities" to do it.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist of "The Professional" and the man who sets the whole plot in motion after the death of his son.
- Boom, Headshot!: In the end Golgo 13 finishes him off with a single shot to the head much like he had done with his son at the beginning of the film.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He uses his status as a billionaire oil tycoon to control most of the US government including the Pentagon, the CIA and the FBI. If any of his lackeys refuse his demands he only needs to threaten to shut down the entire nation's economy before they fall back in line.
- Driven to Suicide: When the last of his hired killers dies he gives up on murdering Golgo 13 and allows him to reach his office where he gives a brief final speech before jumping out the nearby window. Not content with letting Dawson take his own life Golgo 13 then fires one last bullet through his head, killing him seconds before he impacts the ground.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He dearly loved his son Robert and was grooming him to take over Dawson Oil as his heir. When Golgo 13 murders Robert on the day of his promotion Leonard immediately swears revenge on the assassin and uses every resource at his disposal to try and kill him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He is disgusted and appalled by Snake and his desire to rape Robert's widow, calling him scum. Unfortunately, Leonard needs every advantage he can get to avenge his son's murder and ultimately relents on giving the depraved killer what he wants.
- Faux Affably Evil: He can pretend to be friendly and reasonable when he needs to, but is ultimately shown to be ruthless to the core in achieving his goals and doesn't hesitate to make whatever sacrifice is required to get what he desires. He gets called out on this behavior near the end of the film by Robert's widow.Laura: You almost seem like a different man since Robert was killed... no, maybe this is the real you. So cold that you can even freeze your own heart to get what you want.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He was apparently a poor immigrant shoeshine boy when he first set out to make a name for himself in his youth. Decades later he's the billionaire CEO of a powerful oil company with most of the US government under his command and the ability to shut down the entire united states economy if he wanted to.
- Graceful Loser: After spending most of the movie furiously raging and demanding Golgo's head on a platter he finally accepts his imminent death when his last few assassins are killed and calls off the remainder of his men.
- Misplaced Retribution: It's briefly brought up near the end of the film that it's odd how Leonard only wants to kill Golgo 13 himself, rather than whoever ordered the hit on his son in the first place. He merely replies that he can't reveal the reason for this yet and the question goes unanswered. Until the end, at least, where a note from Robert is read aloud as Dawson falls to his death, showing that Robert himself hired Golgo 13 to murder him since he felt he couldn't live up to the esteemed reputation of his father.
- Motive Rant: After being failed by Young, Garvin, and Jefferson for the second time, he details to them how he worked hard to get to where he is for 53 years and how Golgo 13 put everything he accomplished in jeopardy, and threatens them with death if they fail him one more time.Leonard: I will not tolerate it a third time. Do you understand me, that the next time you fail is when you all die!?
- Papa Wolf: The murder of his son at the beginning of "The Professional" sends him into a violent vengeful spiral where he tries to kill Golgo 13 at any and all costs.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: When his government contacts get squeamish about the extremes he's going to, Dawson tells them that if they don't comply, he'll shut down his corporation, and the ripples that would cause would trigger a national recession within days. They fold.
The son of legendary oil tycoon Leonard Dawson and heir to the Dawson Oil company and legacy. He is killed right at the start of the film by Golgo 13, which sends his grieving father into a vengeful rage and kicks off the main plot.
- Boom, Headshot!: Golgo 13 kills him with a single bullet to the forehead right at the start.
- Driven to Suicide: He's the one that hired Golgo 13 to perform the hit on him in the first place. Apparently, he felt that he just couldn't live up to his father's grand expectations and decided to take the easy way out rather than try to run Dawson Oil after succeeding his world famous parent.
- Inadequate Inheritor: He believes himself to be this to the extent that he considers suicide via the world's most famous assassin to be a preferable alternative to attempting to run his father's company.
- Small Role, Big Impact: His assassination by Golgo 13 five minutes into the movie drives most of the plot forward when his billionaire father swears to avenge him at all costs.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His decision to kill himself via Golgo 13 at the beginning of the movie causes all sorts of problems for his family after his father goes off the deep end from grief and despair and tries to kill Golgo 13 to avenge him. He even came close to getting the entire US economy shut down and is indirectly responsible for countless lost/ruined lives.
Robert's wife turned widow who slowly loses everything she holds dear over the course of the movie. By the end she's reduced to prostituting herself on the street.
- Broken Bird: Robert's death was bad enough, but getting raped and losing her daughter as well pretty much destroys her emotionally.
- Rape as Drama Leonard begrudgingly allows her to be raped by Snake twice over the course of the film as payment for going after Golgo 13.
- Riches to Rags: Over the course of "The Professional" she goes from the happy and loving wife of a billionaire oil tycoon's heir to a near penniless hooker who's lost everything she had, including her young daughter. Interestingly, Leonard offered to pay her whatever amount of money she wanted as compensation for giving up her daughter but she clearly turned it down, either out of disgust or principle.
Robert and Laura's young daughter who plays a small but important role in the movie.
- Harmful to Minors: Seeing her father and her caretaker shot dead right in front of her eyes can't have been good for her psyche. Being trained to kill the man who did it probably wasn't very fun either.
- Laser Guided Tyke Bomb: Dawson has her removed from her mother and trained in firearms so that she can kill Golgo when he arrives. She comes very close to hitting him with a headshot but is off by just a few inches.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Golgo isn't shown killing her after she attempts to shoot him, but she doesn't appear after that scene either.
E. Young, F. Garvin & General T. Jefferson
The CIA deputy director, FBI section chief and Pentagon information director, respectively. These men were all hired by Dawson for one purpose: the elimination of Golgo 13 by any means necessary. With their combined brains and brawn, not to mention a small army of special forces and elite agents, they hope to finally put an end to the fabled assassin once and for all.
- CIA Evil, FBI Good: Played with. Both Young and Garvin are equally corrupt and amoral but between the two Garvin is shown to be more Affably Evil and is the first of the trio to object to Dawson asking them to bring in Gold & Silver.
- Even Evil Has Standards: They were completely against bringing in Gold & Silver and were actually about to walk out on Dawson before he threatened to shut down the United States economy if they didn't comply with his demands. They only relent after he promises to avoid civilian casualties.
- Fat Bastard: Garvin is particularly pudgy.
- Karma Houdini: Despite being corrupt and having a direct hand in the plot against Golgo 13 none of them are ever shown receiving any sort of punishment. They just sort of disappear from the movie after Garvin introduces Gold & Silver and aren't seen again after that. There's no indication that Golgo went after them or even knew who they were, either.
Mercenaries and Marks
The wealthy and heavily guarded daughter of Dr. Z. After agreeing to a contract put out on her father Golgo 13 uses Cindy to get closer to him and flush him out of hiding. Though it is quickly revealed that she herself is the infamous Dr. Z and was hoping to lead Golgo 13 off her trail. Unfortunately for her, he sees through the act and soon dispatches her before making his escape from her manor house.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: She's seen using a cigarette holder while relaxing and is a Mafia Princess so its definitely evil smoking.
- Mafia Princess: She lives a wealthy and privileged life thanks to the work of her father and is constantly seen accompanied by guards wherever she goes. Ultimately subverted though. She herself is Dr. Z and was attempting to fool Golgo 13 into thinking she was merely his daughter. After seeing through the ruse Golgo 13 makes short work of her before making a quick escape to his next assignment.
- Miss Fanservice: She is first introduced stripping off a fur coat to go skinny-dipping and spends about half of her screentime in the nude.
- Samus Is a Girl: Especially notable given that The Professional first came out in 1983, meaning she actually beat the Trope Namer herself by about three years. Had Golgo 13 been a bit more popular in america this trope might've even been known as "Cindy Is Dr Z" instead.
- Starter Villain: She gives Golgo a bit of trouble as Dr. Z, but is taken out rather effortlessly compared to the later villains in The Professional. She's also one of the few targets who has no connection to Leonard Dawson, instead being assassinated by Golgo because she took out a hit on a rival mob family.
- Would Hurt a Child: As Dr. Z she put out a hit on a rival crime family that ended up killing several young children. This leads to her death when one of the surviving family members asks Golgo 13 to kill her for revenge.
Lt. Bob Bragan
A specialist called in to kill Golgo 13. He meets his end shortly after he and his men fail to finish Golgo 13 off after ambushing him on a job, but not before delivering one last attack that very nearly kills the legendary assassin.
- Bad Boss: He cares very little for the lives of his own allies so long as he gets his target.
- Boom, Headshot!: And he still manages to nail Golgo with a near lethal shot before he dies.
- Defiant to the End: Even with all of his men dead and staring down the barrel of Golgo 13's gun he refuses to give up and tries one last-ditch attack in an attempt to kill him. He manages to wound the legendary assassin, but suffers a fatal car crash immediately afterwards.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He serves as the main threat towards Golgo 13 for the first half of "The Professional" only to be killed off near the halfway point of the movie. Afterwards Leonard Dawson takes on the role of Big Bad for the rest of the movie.
- Multiple Gunshot Death: Duke pelts him with bullets as he drives towards him which causes him to crash his car and die in the explosion.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: He seems to be fond of cursing, which distances him from the much more reserved and psychotic Snake and Gold & Silver.
- Villainous Valour: Even after having all of his men wiped out he refuses to give up and tries running down Golgo in his car, which gets him filled full of lead. Despite being only seconds away from death he still finds the strength to fire off one last shot that seriously wounds Golgo before finally perishing in a car crash and explosion.
Don Hughes AKA Brenhart Muhller
A former nazi SS captain living under a false name in San Francisco. Golgo 13 is hired to assassinate him by a former concentration camp survivor and does so by making a borderline impossible shot through the windows of an obstructing building.
- Boom, Headshot!: How he meets his well-deserved end via Golgo 13 sniping clean through the windows of another building to reach him.
- Out with a Bang: He gets shot right through the head while engaging in an orgy with several women at the top of his penthouse.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He was a former nazi SS captain after all.
A creepy and mysterious assassin who is enlisted by Leonard Dawson to kill Golgo 13. After a heated and close battle in an elevator he is caught off guard by an attack helicopter and riddled with bullets, finally puting an end to the depraved madman.
- Animal Motifs: Snakes, obviously. He is shown slithering around and is a cunning and deadly murderer.
- Hero Killer: He kills a squad of elite special forces soldiers as well as The Clockmaker and Rita and gives Duke Togo one of his closest fights in the entire franchise.
- Knife Nut: He wields a pair of small blades connected to wires and is a sadistic and cruel man.
- Multiple Gunshot Death: He fails to notice an approaching attack chopper and is riddled with bullets while Golgo 13 takes cover.
- One-Man Army: He effortlessly massacres several elite soldiers and personally kills two of Duke's contacts.
- Purple Is Powerful: He wears an all purple uniform and is by far the deadliest assassin Dawson has at his command.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He quickly proves himself to be the worst of the worst not by murdering countless people, but by raping Laura Dawson twice in exchange for killing Golgo 13.
- Razor Floss: His primary weapons are a pair of blades attached to lethally sharp wire.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: He rarely speaks and never raises his voice, even while slicing apart elite commandos or engaged in a battle to the death with Golgo 13.
Gold & Silver
A pair of extremely deadly hitmen that were part of a government experiment between 40 of the best professional killers in the world and 2000 guerrilla fighters in the jungle. After being arrested for violent sexual crimes and landing on death row the duo are released by Dawson to hunt down Golgo 13. In the end they prove to be formidable opponents but are ultimately no match for the elite assassin and meet their demise fighting him.
- An Arm and a Leg: Gold has a prosthetic gold arm while Silver has a silver leg, presumably to replace the limbs they lost in the jungle.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Both men are formally introduced wearing stylish gold and silver suits.
- Bling of War: In case the names didn't clue you in both men wear gold and silver suits and prosthetics.
- Boxed Crook: Both men were on death row waiting to be executed for "some very perverted murders" until Dawson came along to set them free on the condition that they kill Golgo 13.
- Eye Scream: Gold lost one of his eyes during the events in the jungle, which was replaced with a golden replica. It falls out after Golgo shoots him five times at point blank range
- Facial Horror: Silver is heavily scarred underneath his mask
- Fire-Forged Friends: It's heavily implied that their struggles together in the jungle turned them into the inseparable pair they are now.
- Handicapped Badass: The gruesome injuries the duo suffered from their time in the jungle do nothing to hinder their combat effectiveness.
- Laughing Mad: Gold laughs like a lunatic while trying to kill Golgo, especially once he gets close enough to grab ahold of his bandaged stomach wound with his fake hand. He only stops after Golgo gives him a skull fracture by smashing the butt of his gun against the back of his head, and even then, he lets out a few giggles as he tries to drag himself after his target
- Off with His Head!: Silver is killed by having his head blown off with a grenade.
- One-Man Army: Both men managed to single-handily overcome and kill 2000 guerrilla soldiers while stranded in the jungle without any weapons or supplies.
- Sanity Slippage: Though they ultimately managed to survive the government experiment that killed all the others it's clear from their present state that both their bodies and their minds didn't come out of it unscathed.
- Single Tear: Silver weeps a single bloody tear after Gold is killed
- Sole Survivor: They were the only two survivors of a group of 40 professional killers who managed to survive on a jungle island against 2000 guerilla. They were also the only ones who lasted longer than a week.
Golgo 13's Contacts
A mysterious man who provides Golgo 13 information on his newest assassination target, Queen Bee.
- Knowledge Broker: He provides Golgo 13 with most of his information on Queen Bee, her army of guerrilla soldiers and her family and past.
- No Name Given: He's known only as The Informant.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: His role and appearance in "Queen Bee" is nearly identical to that of The Clockmaker from "The Professional" who was killed by Snake early in the movie. The main difference between the two is that The Informant actually manages to survive the film he appears in.
Queen Bee & Associates
Queen Bee AKA Sonia AKA Joanna Hardy
An enigmatic and mysterious female soldier who becomes Golgo 13's main target for her self-titled movie when she calls for the assassination of presidential candidate Robert Hardy. Not much is known about her aside from the fact that she is an extremely lethal fighter who commands the total loyalty and respect of her men.
- Benevolent Boss: She's extremely kind to her subordinates and genuinely cares for them. When she's forced to ask one of her men to sacrifice himself to allow her and the others to escape she wastes no time in finding the guy who set them up and caps him without remorse.
- Dark Action Girl: Of the highest order.
- Ethical Slut: She gets about as much action as Golgo himself but genuinely cares about and loves the men she sleeps with, which makes them undyingly loyal to her.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She may be a ruthless guerrilla soldier and drug dealer but she really does care about her subordinates and her children.
- Face Death with Dignity: She laments her death at Golgo 13's hands but uses her last few breaths to give him a farewell kiss and ask him to accept a contract to put an end to the man who caused all this suffering to begin with.
- Fiery Redhead: What else would you expect from a woman who screws and/or kills about 90% of the guys she meets? She's also got a pretty sharp wit and has the courage to snark even when her own life is in danger.
- Mama Bear: She brutally disembowels a soldier that was about to shoot her children.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Has 7 kids, each with a different man.
- Miss Fanservice: A beautiful and actiony redhead with enough nude scenes to fill an issue of playboy? Hell yes.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: She definitely knows how extremely sexy she is and won't hesitate to use that to her advantage. Over the course of "Queen Bee" she shows more skin than a bus full of pornstars.
An accomplice and lover of Queen Bee who runs the local mafia.
One of Queen Bee's comrades who sacrifices himself to give her and the others a chance to escape a drug bust by the police.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He willingly sacrifices himself at Queen Bee's request so that the rest of his comrades can escape a police sting operation.
- Taking You with Me: He kamikazes his vehicle into several police cruisers to create an opening for Queen Bee and the rest of his crew to escape. Both he and the cops perish.
- Undying Loyalty: To Queen Bee. When confronted by the police during a drug bust she casually asks him to sacrifice himself so that she and the others can escape... and he does so without any argument or hesitation.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He only lasts about a minute after his introduction and the only point of his character is to show how much loyalty and respect Queen Bee commands from her subordinates.
Robert Hardy & Associates
The democratic candidate for for the upcoming US presidential election. Robert Hardy is a haunted and weary man whose past hides a dark secret connection to Queen Bee.
- The Alcoholic: Big time, and it's not his only vice either.
- Driven to Suicide: After failing to kill his running mate Thomas in revenge for manipulating him for several years and having just thrown away everything he's worked towards he decides to end his own life as he's tackled to the ground by security.
- Functional Addict: Manages to keep himself composed enough to have a decent shot at the presidency despise having an addiction to what appears to be heroin.
- Heel Realization: After finding out that his daughter Joanna has been alive all these years and that his supposed "friend" Thomas was keeping her a secret from him.
- Hypocrite: Built his campaign on a staunchly anti-drug platform despite being a massive alcoholic and drug addict himself.
Rob Hardy's running mate and potential VP. He's quick to keep Robert on the straight and narrow with the election getting so close but it seems like Thomas doesn't really have the presidential hopeful's best interests at heart...
- Big Bad: He is the true villain of "Queen Bee" not Joanna or Hardy as it first appears.
- Boom, Headshot!: Just when it looked like he might get away clean with his misdeeds Golgo 13 puts an end to the vile son of a bitch with a well-deserved headshot during the end credits.
- Faux Affably Evil: The guy puts up the facade of being a caring and helpful friend who only wants to make sure his partner stays on the right path. In reality, he's a cruel manipulative snake of a man who doesn't give a damn about Robert or his family.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Pretends to be Robert's best friend and loyal adviser while manipulating him in the hopes of winning the upcoming presidential election and doesn't hesitate to rape a young Joanna before separating her from her father for good.
- Evil Chancellor: He spends most of Queen Bee pretending to be Robert's loyal lackey while controlling his every move in the hopes of becoming the vice president. Eventually, he is revealed to be the true Big Bad of the movie who was behind everything that happened.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Raped an 11-year old Joanna Hardy.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Even after Robert calls him out on his crimes in in front of the whole world and commits suicide he manages to spin it so that Robert appears to have snapped under the pressure of his campaign and he comes off as the grieving friend. Luckily, Golgo manages to track him down shortly afterwards and kills him alongside his cronies.
A corrupt general working for Thomas Waltham.
- Beard of Evil: He has a thick beard and is a very amoral general.
- Boom, Headshot!: Golgo executes him near the end of the movie by putting a bullet through his eye.
- Crazy-Prepared: He helped Benning avoid justice for his many crimes during the war because he knew he'd one day need a man with his diehard loyalty and particular skill set. Once he gets hired by Thomas to kill Queen Bee he finally comes calling and sends the psychopath after her.
- Eye Scream: Meets his end during the credits of "Queen Bee" when Golgo shoots him in his left eye.
Mercenaries and Marks
A psychotically unhinged and bloodthirsty former soldier who is tasked by General Gordon to find and kill Queen Bee.
- Blood Knight: To an absolutely disturbing degree.
- Eye Patch Of Power: He wears an eye patch over his left eye and is a deadly and vicious soldier.
- Eye Scream: He is killed by having his own knife impaled through his remaining eye.
- Knife Nut: Ultimately comes back to bite him when Golgo gains the upper hand in their fight and stabs him clean through the eye, killing him instantly.
- Sociopathic Soldier: And when we say sociopathic we fucking mean it:Lt. Benning: I was only obeying my orders!General Gordon: Of course you were, son. Your loyalty was never in question.Lt. Benning: I'd walk through the gates of hell if my superiors ordered me to!General Gordon: Oh, I know. I remember ordering you to destroy that village but your orders did not include cutting open a woman who was six months pregnant, dragging her back to camp and frying up strips of her flesh in a frying pan! Or returning to base with a chopper full of human heads, I don't recall ordering anything like that!
- Would Hurt a Child: He apparently had no problem cutting up and eating a pregnant woman and happily leads a raid on Queen Bee's village where her young children live.
Original Manga & 2008 Anime Series
Golgo 13's Contacts
A recurring arms dealer and master gunsmith who assists Golgo in many of his jobs by providing special equipment or modifications need to complete them.
- Arms Dealer: His primary business is running an underground gun shop for high profile clients like Golgo. He even makes and modifies much of his own merchandise which earns him a lot of extra cash on the side when a customer needs something extremely specific for a job.
- Friend in the Black Market: He's Golgo's main source for guns, goodies and gadgets outside the movies and although he charges some pretty steep fees for his work he always delivers the goods on time.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He regularly crafts, modifies and customizes the gear he sells to Golgo, often while under a strict time limit and for a very high price.
- Ultimate Blacksmith: Or gunsmith in this case. Nobody else can match his precision and skill in the time Golgo needs his guns to be ready and he commonly does days worth of work in mere hours.