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    Kazuo Yamashita
A beleaguered and passive salary-man. He encounters Ohma in the streets of Tokyo one night, and later becomes his "handler" of sorts, looking after him in-between Kengan bouts.

While he is extremely skittish and put-upon, experiencing the unbelievable sights of the Kengan Association battles awakens something within him...

  • Ascended Fanboy: In a unique sense. He witnesses Ohma in a back alley brawl and is so impressed with the young fighter that he feels an overwhelming wave of respect and awe. He even compares his sense of pride when watching Ohma fight to the love a father has for his son. The next day he gets assigned to be his new idol's assistant and manager, though from here forward he feels more fear and anxiety than fanaticism.
    • In another fashion, he mentions that he's an avid fan of combat sports, enough to recognize a famous kickboxer out of context. Now he has an active role and front row seat for the most brutal martial arts competition in the world.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He's not as silly as he seems. He's incredibly good at gauging an individual's strength. As seen in the " Preliminaries " Arc, where every fighter he perceived to win would win.
  • Character Development: Yamashita was just a meek and lousy Salary Man with an estranged relationship with his wife and two sons, he passiveness towards everything meant that he was pushed around for most of his life. Then he met Tokita Ohma, who helped Yamashita grow out of his meekness and stand up for himself even going so far as to refuse Nogi's offer of giving up the tournament because he had come to respect Ohma's skill and bravery.
  • Hidden Depths: His incredible eyesight turns out to be much more than a fluke. The relationships he has with his estranged sons is also much closer than it initially appears to be.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: Come Kegan Omega, people are lining up to give their business cards. He's a very respected figure.
  • Like a Son to Me: His relationship to Ohma steadily evolves into this, lampshaded when he thinks to himself that Ohma is young enough to be his son and is one of the key reasons why he thought about dropping out of the tournament.
  • Mistaken for Badass: People seem to think he's much more intimidating than he really is. Over the course of the story, it's revealed he's a badass in a very different way, being an incredible analyst.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: A trait he developed in Kengan Omega to hide his increased perceptiveness. He realized that Gaoh was about to finish off Utsubuki after defeating him, so he cheerfully made him a fighter to stop Gaoh and save Utsubuki’s life.
  • Salary Man: His look, as well as his profession at the start of the series before being pulled into the Kengan Association full time. He quits his job to properly create Yamashita Trading Co in the epilogue.
  • Seen It All: In Kengan Omega, he comes off as this, adapting well to his role in the Kengan Association and not showing the same Oh, Crap! reactions that he did in Asura. He has a massive Oh, Crap! when Nogi puts him in charge of creating a team for a tournament between the Kengan Association and its main rival Purgatory, where the winner would merge with and take over the other association.

    Ohma Tokita 
The Asura
"So? You wanna fight, too?"
The protagonist of Ashura. At the beginning of the series, Tokita wanders the streets of Tokyo, fighting whoever challenges him. He's eventually picked up by the Nogi Group as their representative in the Kengan Association, and he begins to bond with Kazuo as a result.

Tokita uses the "Niko Style", a combination of momentum-redirecting attacks to turn his opponents greatest strengths against them. His techniques are divided into four categories: Water Kata, which softens his body and locks down opponents, Flame Kata, which are blows that use running momentum to add force to his blows, Redirection Kata, which redirects the flow of momentum in attacks to disorient his opponents, and Adamantine Kata, which hardens his body. He also has the ability to "overclock" his heart, allowing him to achieve superhuman speed and strength at the cost of damaging his body.

  • A Good Way to Die: Strongly invoked when finally succumbing to his wounds and over usage of the "Advance". When all is said and done, Tokita dies watching the sunset into night, at peace having been able to fight many strong opponents and avenging his Master's death in his own way.
  • Amnesiac Hero: A strange case, he remembers most of his life just fine, however a lot of his techniques seem to have been lost, a side effect of using the "Advance", which causes memory loss and hallucination's hell he doesn't even know what the Advance's real name is. His match with Raian helps regain it though.
  • Blood Knight
  • Cast from Lifespan: His "Advance" technique boosts his physical attributes considerably at the cost of doing massive internal damage.
  • Chick Magnet
  • Counter Attack: What the Niko Style is all about.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Ohma grew up an unnamed orphan in a lawless, fictional district of Japan until he was taken in by his master.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: While not quite as impressive as Gensai DEFEATING Agito, practically nobody expected the relative newcomer Ohma to defeat Wakatsuki, considered by many to be the favorite in actually beating Agito.
  • Full-Name Basis: He addresses people he has respect for by their full name.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: He is considered a "legendary class fighter" in the Kengan Association after the Tournament. It is enough that when Ryuki makes his debut and is mistaken for Ohma, everyone collectively shits their pants at the thought of seeing him fight.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Ohma hits hard and moves even faster, the guy can even take a beating from professional wrestler Jun Sekibayashi and still get back up to use his Dangerous Forbidden Technique to finish the job.
  • Made of Iron: Besides being able to take a lot of punishment, one branch of his Niko Style Martial arts is the Adamantine Kata, that focuses on hardening the body.
  • Turns Red: When using "Advance."
  • Worthy Opponent: It's the only way Ohma remembers his opponent's name. Otherwise, if they didn't put up a strong enough fight he often forgets their name the minute the fight ends.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Over use of his "Advance" technique have damaged Ohma's heart to the point that after the second round of the tournament, he is given only days to live.

    Narushima Koga 
One of the two main protagonists of Omega. A young delinquent and dojo crusher with a history with Ohma.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Oh Boy. In chapter 0 of Kengan Omega, he apparently has a terrible reputation of going from martial-arts school to martial-arts school, just to beat up everyone there and tell them that their martial arts is shit.
    • He has began to lose this after a long, long streak of being the Butt-Monkey, taking up learning Pro Wrestling endurance training from Sekibayashi.
  • Berserk Button: Being called/feeling weak and losing fights. He goes from calm and cordial to violently angry when either happens. His entire motivation for finding Ohma is because he was both beaten and called weak 3 years ago.
  • Boisterous Weakling: Downplayed, as he is more than capable of crushing whole dojos, and would probably do very well in public martial arts. However, compared to the standard fighter of the Kengan Association, he doesn't stand a chance. Won't stop him from trying to become a Kengan Association fighter though.
  • Butt-Monkey: Nothing has gone right for him since he has gotten involved with the Yamashita Trading Co. He has been brushed off, had the shit beaten out of him, and made to look like a complete chump by other fighters at every opportunity.
    • So far he has lost a scuffle with Ryuki, been sidelined in favour of Ryuki for the position of fighter, was completely destroyed by Utsubuki in an alley fight, watched Utusbuki be defeated easily by Ryuki, was backhanded by Himuro for talking out of turn, failed to keep up with Sekibayashi in a squat competition and was dominated in a 3 minute fight against El Ninja, a wrestler training under Sekibayashi who fights for Purgatory, who stood and took hits without blocking for 3 minutes, and would have destroyed him if he could keep track of time. You can't help but feel sorry for Narushima after all of this.
  • Dumb Muscle: Downplayed. When told that Kushida was working in Egypt, he had no idea where that was.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: His grandfather sent him to learn Karate in the hope that he would learn morality. Instead it grew his longing for overwhelming violence and power and made him fall further into delinquency.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He loses his cool and becomes violent over any perceived slight or any of his Berserk Buttons being pressed. This has been a problem since childhood.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy with a Hair-Trigger Temper who goes around crushing dojos and beating people up, but is otherwise relatively polite and good at heart. When he first visits Yamashita Trading Co. He mistakes Kazuo as the janitor, and gives him money to buy himself something nice, though that money was stolen.
    • This is also clearly shown when he challenges Utsubuki Kokuro for the right to fight in the upcoming Kengan match. He calls him out in an alleyway, insults Utsubuki's opponents, and proceeds to attack him. After the fight, Utsubuki notes that there were all sorts of improvised weapons he could have used, but didn't, concluding that he is a good guy at heart.
  • Made of Iron: Downplayed, but he walked out of the hospital after losing to Utusbuki in spite of being close to dying.
  • Sore Loser: Big Time. Why does he have a grudge against Ohma? Because he was beaten in a fight and called weak 3 years ago. Why does he want to fight Ryuki in the Kengan Match? Because he was called weak. What is his reaction after being beaten by Utsubuki, who called him an ambulance? Completely trash the hospital room.
  • Unknown Rival: He is this to Ohma. In chapter 0, he decides to seek out the Kengan Association after seeing a picture of Ohma. The reason; Ohma beat him and his posse 3 years ago when he picked a fight with him. This later extends to Ryuki, based off of his appearance.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: What does he do after being healed by hospital staff after almost being killed by Utsubuki? Completely trash the hospital room, breaking the bed and smashing the windows.

    Gaoh Ryuki 
One of the two main protagonists of Omega. He is the Grandson of Gaoh Mukaku and fights using the Gaoh Style.
  • Berserk Button: The mere mention of the word "Worm" sets him off. Narushima referring to himself as a worm (in the sense that he is weak) was enough to set Ryuki off and threaten to kill him. This likely has to do with Gu, or Worm, the organization that pursued Ohma and are otherwise responsible for a massive amount of the story's more negative events.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: His other trait aside from having No Social Skills is that he is an airhead. Before his first match against Utsubuki, he was more concerned about the strength of the air conditioning of the arena than the fact that he was about to fight. This is later shown to be a problem, with him lacking a conscience about killing people.
    • In spite of being told that Ohma is "no longer with us" and having a whole room of people, mistaking him as Ohma, telling him that they thought he had died, he still has no idea what they are talking about, and still wants to meet Ohma in person.
  • Hidden Depths: Metsudo, Kaede and Narushima get the feeling that he has killed people before and is a dangerous person. He also goes from airhead to murderous when the "Worms" were mentioned. It has also been revealed that like Ohma, he grew up in The Inside.
    • The former is shown to be the case after his win against Utsubuki, where he goes to finish him off out of habit, and needs to be stopped by Yamashita before he can do so. It was later revealed that he has only fought battles to the death before his match with Utsubuki.
  • Lack of Empathy: He has a severe lack of conscience when it comes to killing people because of his upbringing. Notably, he agrees to not kill anyone in the Kengan Matches because the rules say so, and not because of any conscience telling him it's wrong
  • Made of Iron: His Gaoh Style: Armour Clad allows him to tighten his muscles like armour, just like the Niko styles Indestructable technique.
  • Mistaken for Badass: Because of his Suspiciously Similar Substitute appearance to Ohma, when he makes his debut match, everyone thinks he's the Ohma who fought to the finals of the Annihilation Tournament. His lack of social skills and air-headed personality doesn't help convince people otherwise.
  • No Social Skills: He admits to not being good with people, with almost every interaction being taken as challenge to fight by accident. He pushes Narushima's berserk button by calling him weak, then has no idea why Narushima became pissed. This is after Narushima had yelled at him continuously and had specifically told him that he disliked him.
  • Nice Guy: Unlike Ohma or Narushima, he is cordial and avoids fighting as much as possible. However because of his lack of social skills and Cloud Cuckoo Lander tendencies, he finds himself in fights he could avoid.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: He is skilled enough to overwhelm Nikaido Ren in their short fight with ease, but is a massive airhead and apparently has only fighting experience from sparring his grandfather. Given who his grandfather is, his idea of sparring may be very different from others.
    • This is seen in his first fight against Utsubuki, where he is able to get the upper hand in their fight and bring him to his knees with a well placed strike to his solar plexus. He however does not follow through, instead stopping to wonder why the hit didn't finish the fight, leading to him being kicked by Utsubuki's Stinger.
  • The Stoic: Due to his Cloud Cuckoo Lander tendencies and bad social skills, he rarely shows any reaction, whether he's being yelled at, attacked, or about to fight in a Kengan Match. Even when his Berserk Button is pushed, he shows Tranquil Fury. This is because he has a severe Lack of Empathy and emotive capability.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He looks almost identical to Ohma to the point where everyone, including Katahara Metsudo, mistakes him as Ohma. He is shorter, lighter and noticeably skinnier than Ohma though. The fighters who interacted with Ohma during the tournament are not fooled though.

    Rin Kushida 
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Is sent by Nogi to keep Yamishita out of trouble, witch she try's to do, and is also keeping watch on Ohma and Nogi for Metsudo Katahara.
    • She stops being this at the end of the tournament, going on to work for Yamashita properly in the epilogue.
  • Eyes Always Shut
  • Hidden Depths: Apart from her Double Reverse Quadruple Agent status, she also hides the fact that like Ohma, she is from The Inside.
  • Put on a Bus: In Omega, she is constantly flying for business meetings and is in Egypt at the start of the series.


Nogi Group

    Hideki Nogi
CEO of Nogi Group and Yamashita's former boss. He introduces Yamashita into the Underworld of Kengan Matches and is looking to become the next head of the Kengan Association
  • The Atoner: The reason he had Kazuo enter the Kengan Tournament was because his ancestor fought and died for the Nogiya family in the earliest Kengan tournament, and as such Nogi's family have sought to find a descendant of Yamashita to repay their debt.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After being humiliated by Metsudo, having his own employee, Yamashita refuse to forfeit his chances of winning and not being able to win the Annihilation tournament, Nogi was still nominated as the Kengan Association Chairman, saving him from possible bankruptcy.

    Kaede Akiyama 
  • Opt Out: Early in the tournament she gets fed up with Nogi's underhanded tactics, especially his manipulation of Ohma and Yamashita, and decides to completely stop helping him. She doesn't actually quit her job though.She does quit properly in the epilogue, going to work for Yamashita after he properly set up Yamashita Trading Co.
  • Sexy Secretary
  • The Stoic: Word of God is that it's only because she's actually a very shy person.

    Sen Hatsumi 
The Floating Cloud
  • Amicable Exes: Used to be in an on and off relationship with Shion Soryuin. In spite of some antagonism between them, he gets on well with her, at least until he starts flirting with a younger woman. She shows great concern when he loses to the Fang, running down to the arena to tend to him.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He's an extremely moody person and his fighting ability depends on that same mood, so at the worst of times, he can lose to even an average fighter. At his peak, however, he's a chillingly masterful Aikido master who was able to beat even Wakatsuki in the past. He was scouted out to be the Fifth Fang of Metsudo, but ducked out after a week because he became bored. Therefore, Kanoh Agito took the role.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Combined with Confusion Fu, Hatsumi's seems to favour finishing his fights in seconds after securing a joint lock. He also has no problem gouging the eye of a vastly stronger and dangerous opponent.
  • Confusion Fu: His Hatsumi Style Aikido combined with self taught moves makes him unpredictable.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers one to Chiba Takayuki, beating him in 25 seconds. Is on the receiving end of one from Kanoh Agito, having his techniques nullified and being unable to injure him, performing far worse than Kanoh's previous opponents.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Despite what his record in the Kengan matches might suggest, he's never actually lost a fight he participated in. He's also one of the many characters who wish to defeat the undefeated Fang of Metsudo.
  • Fingore: Ends up getting his finger horribly mangled after he fails to use one of his striking techniques on Kanoh Agito
  • Nonchalant Dodge: At his peak condition he can do this, moving millimeters to dodge his opponent's attacks. He does it so well that it looks like he's being hit, when in fact he takes no damage.
  • Signature Move: His Gathering Clouds: Triple Strike; three rapid blows to vital points on the face with a raised knuckle, knocking the opponent out. He tried this on the Fang, and but was countered and had his finger broken.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Downplayed, as he's not that weak, being able to break bones with an Aikido pin, but compared to the other fighters, he is physically an ordinary man. He makes up for it with his impressive skills in Hatsumi Style Aikido, finishing his fights in seconds after securing a joint lock, including against an opponent with Abnormal Limb Rotation Range.
  • The Worf Effect: After two impressive wins and being hyped as a candidate for the title of "Fang of Metsudo", he loses badly against Kanoh Agito, barely scratching him to show Kanoh's improvements and that he has started to focus on winning.


Dainippon Bank

    Metsudo Katahara 

  • Born Lucky: Survived a Kamikaze run, and then rose to the Head of the Kengan Association from nothing.
  • Professional Gambler: Before he joined the Kengan Association.
  • Victory Is Boring: He's been the head of the Kengan Association for over 50 years with no one willing to challenge him for the title, and always assuming that his fighter will come out on top. This leads him to inviting Gensai to the tournament in the hope that he will beat Agito, so that he could give up the title and become a challenger in the Kengan Association again.

    Retsudo Katahara 
He is Metsudo's son and Sayaka's younger half brother. He is the captain of the Extermination Force.
  • The Captain: He is the Captain of the Extermination Force, a special task force that can easily beat a Bodyguard Captain. When he clashed with the Black Messengers, they considered him to be completely inhuman.
  • Facial Markings: He has a facial tattoo over his eye which says "to wish upon the fist" in Hebrew.
  • Heroic Bastard: He is the son of Metsudo and one of his concubines, and is a badass.
  • Incest Subtext: Seems to be a Siscon and have incestuous thoughts towards Sayaka. She does not reciprocate.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Is incredibly overprotective of his older sister, telling her to cover up when she wears one of her Stripperific outfits. This is because he is a siscon.

    Sayaka Katahara 
She is Metsudo's daughter and Retsudo's older half sister. She is the announcer and commentator to the Kengan Anihilation Tournament.
  • The Announcer: This is one of her main roles, and is responsible for giving the reader information about each fighter's statistics, including their win-loss ratio.
  • Combat Commentator: This is other main role in the tournament. However, because she herself is not a fighter, she is unable to understand or see a lot of the techniques employed by the fighters. Jerry Tyson usually picks up the slack when it comes to understanding techniques and explaining it to the crowd (and the reader).
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: In contrast to her father and half-brother. This is because she is the daughter of one of Metsudo's concubines.
  • Heroic Bastard: She is the daughter of Metsudo and one of his concubines.
  • Incest Subtext: Averted. Unlike Retsudo, she shows no incestuous affection towards her half-brother.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is always wearing Stripperific outfits, and has been hit on by many characters in the story, not least Himuro and Hatsumi.
  • Nice Girl: She is an open minded nice girl who has gotten on well with the numerous fighters and guest commentators including Saw Paing, Himuro and Sekibayashi. She even let Karla and Elena join her on the commentators seat because it would make her feel less lonely. She also later makes Jerry Tyson an official second commentator for the tournament.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Is comfortable entering into a mixed bath with no clothes.
  • Stripperific: She enjoys wearing revealing clothes, much to Retsudo's chagrin.

    Agito Kanoh 
The Fang of Metsudo
  • Adaptive Ability: He constantly evolves in each fight, coming up with a style specially made to fight his opponent.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Kanoh likes to best his opponents in their fighting style. When fighting Okubo Naoya, he fought him using grappling and MMA. When fighting Gaolang Wongsawat, he initially fought him using Gaolang's same boxing style, changing styles only when he was pushed.
  • Blood Knight: He's easily the most bloodthirsty character in the series, barring the actually insane characters.
  • Character Development: He begins the story as a stoic Smug Super, confident in his own abilities and willing to show off. He views the matches as "fun", and tries to enjoy his time with his opponents. He receives a crash-course in dignity and practicality during his fight against Gaolang, who utterly thrashes him and forces Kanoh to take him seriously. As the fights continue, he gains more and more respect for his opponents, and mostly loses his ego. When Gensai defeats him, he is ultimately humbled by the loss and decides to travel the world, seeking to discover himself. Indicated by how he stops referring to himself as "We" and uses "I" instead.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He and many others were sealed underground in a twisted parody of a Kodoku/Gu ritual by a group presumed to be the same one that is after Ohma, and had to kill everyone else there to survive, resulting in his bestial and schizophrenic nature. Fortunately, Metsudo dug him out before he perished and then gave him a good education as well as the psychological aid he needed to mostly overcome his bloodlust.
  • Fatal Flaw: His "Formless" martial art allows him to rapidly adapt to his opponent's fighting style, build one to counteract, and then steal their techniques for his own use. Sounds flawless at first, but it also means he has to consider dozens if not hundreds of counteractions to every single one of his opponent's moves, meaning his reaction time takes a huge hit. It gets to the point in the Annihilation Tournament where Omori, the ex-Fang, has to step in and tell Kanoh to either get his shit together and fight for real before he accumulates more damage or be replaced in the next rounds.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: His combat outfit is an elaborate plastic-looking onepiece that shows off his immense musculature.
  • Legacy Character: He is the current fifth Fang of Metsudo.
  • Noble Demon: While brutal and murderously violent in a fight, he's fairly curt outside of it, even striking up friendly conversation with Okubo after their fight. He's also able to restrain himself even with his extreme bloodlust and seize fighting when his opponent drops.
  • Oh, Crap!: Gaolang causes this to him several times, from causing him to black out early in the fight to forcing Kanoh utterly into a corner by switching fighting styles halfway through the match. Kanoh describes his fight with Gaolang afterwards as the first time he stared pure terror in the face, causing him to stop messing around with his Formless state for the rest of the tournament.
  • Slasher Smile: When he's pleased with his opponents performance and then moves to crush them, he adopts a hellish smile that barely looks human.
  • Super Strength: He's retardedly strong, to the point where he's able to send Ohma flying across a hallway with a single kick when he talked shit to Kanoh and Wakatsuki. This is augmented greatly by his ability to throw One-Inch Punches at any range, allowing each of his attacks to have the power of a knockout blow.
  • Verbal Tic: He refers to himself with different pronouns depending on how excited he is. In casual conversation, he simply uses I or "Watashi", which is fairly normal. When he's in or about to get into a fight, he uses "Ore", a more gruff and masculine pronoun, which is translated as "We" to better communicate his schizophrenic behavior.
  • World's Strongest Man: He's the undisputed strongest fighter in the Kengan Association with a staggering 157-win streak as of the start of the story, and while several fighters claim to be on his level, and even more are claimed by spectators to be on that level, very, very few people are able to even fight the Fang, much less stand a fighting chance. He eventually loses the title to Kuroki Gensai.
  • Worthy Opponent: Throughout the tournament, he gets into fights with some of the most powerful fighters in the tournament. He openly respects Okubo for giving him a good fight in the first round, acknowledges that Gaolong is better than him in boxing, and even treats Hatsumi Sen with respect during their fight. Kuroki Gensai has nothing but respect for him and acknowledges him as an equal before defeating him and winning the tournament on the finals.

    Masamichi Omori 
The Fang of Metsudo
One of Metsudo's personal bodyguards and the fourth person to hold onto the title of The Fang of Metsudo.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: A given, seeing as how he is a bodyguard.
  • Badass Teacher: He teaches Kanoh about the weakness of his "Formless" martial art and gets him to improve in a short space of time.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Does this to Kanoh after his performance against Gaolang by challenging him for the right to fight in the tournament. Ends up using the fight to teach him about the weakness of his style and how to improve it.
  • Legacy Character: He is the former fourth Fang of Metsudo.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Omori was modeled after pro wrestlers Omori Takao and Marufuji Naomichi.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: His fight against Kanoh. We don't get to see it, but he's slightly bruised and no worse for wear.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His most noticeable trait is his hairstyle, parted so the right side is short whilst the left side hangs down and obscures his eye.
  • Retired Badass: Was Metsudo's former fighter, but has retired from fighting Kengan Matches in place of Kanoh. Doesn't mean that he won't be willing to step up to replace him if he feels he hasn't got his shit together.
  • World's Strongest Man: Was this at one point, though he's lost it to Kanoh. The only hint of his fighting capability was his offscreen match against Kanoh, which he lost with light bruising.

    Minoru Takayama 
The Closest Man to The Fang
One of Metsudo's personal bodyguards and the top candidate to be the sixth Fang of Metsudo.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: A given, seeing as how he is a bodyguard. He is able to sneak up behind Ohma and choke him out in spite of towering over him, and defeats Kito Gunji, the strongest Guardian with little effort.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: From the little fighting we have seen of him, he seems to have little care about his own safety, letting himself be sliced by a sword and have his finger sliced off to get the opportunity to attack. It gets stitched back on later.
  • Determinator: He's lost to Agito a multitude of times in his attempts to claim the title as "Fang" and even had his face torn open by him in the past, but he still refuses to give up trying to take the title from Agito, which both Metsudo and Agito respect him greatly for.
  • Glasgow Grin: A significant one he recieved from Kanoh when they were younger. He wears a mask to cover it up when on the job.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: His fighting style is referred to in the end-of-chapter commentaries as "Killer Brawling".
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Takayama was modeled after pro wrestlers Takayama Yoshihiro and Suzuki Minoru.
  • Super Strength: Appears to have this, completely caving in Kito Gunji's face and leaving an imprint of his shoe on his face.
  • World's Strongest Man: Not yet, but he's looking to dethrone Kanoh.

Toyo Electric Power Co.

    Katsumasa Hayami 
The CEO of Toyo Electric Power Company and the man closest to seizing the chairman's seat, Katsumasa Hayami is the leader of the Society of a Hundred, the most powerful faction in the Kengan Association.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Is fond of giving these out.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Is the father of Kurayoshi Rino and has no problem trying to take her fighter's spot. She seems him as her biological father, and nothing else.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Half his face is heavily scarred from an unknown cause.
  • The Starscream: He eventually tries to lead a coup against Katahara in a bid to take over the Kengan Association. Unfortunately for him, turns out that both Katahara and Nogi were aware due to having moles within his faction and it was quickly foiled.

    Julius Reinhold 
The Monster
  • Genius Bruiser: He's stated to be very well-read on matters such as sports physiology and medicine as well as psychology and physics, meaning that he has the knowledge to properly utilize his massive strength.
  • Germanic Depressives: He's quiet at the best of times and oppressively annoyed most of the rest of the time.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Not only is he unbelievably strong and durable, but he is able to move with the speed of a first class sprinter.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: He is locked out of Hayami's plan B to take over the Kengan Association, including his plan to blow up the island, all Kengan members, fighters and politicians along with it. When he finds out, he goes ape shit and turns on his employer.
  • Made of Iron: He is able to block a high speed kick with his trapezius muscle with no reaction. He is able to take punches from Wakatsuki, a man with muscle density 50 times the normal human who can destroy concrete with punches, as if they were normal punches. It requires Wakatsuki to use his Blast Core to do any serious damage. His endurance reaches its limit when he is kicked in the head by Wakatsuki.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His physical appearance is based on the Polish strongman turned MMA fighter Mariusz Pudzianowski.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Is a firm believer that brute strength overcomes martial arts. However, not knowing martial arts and relying on his extreme physical abilities does not mean that he is stupid, or unable to strategise. He is able to figure out the weakness and range of Wakatsuki's Blast Core and counter him, almost ending the match.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: His muscle grow at a rate where even if he had clothes made for his size, he would grow out of them in no time, so he simply only wears underwear.
  • World's Strongest Man: Is able to block a spinning kick with his trapezius muscle and break the leg by clenching his hand. Made the stadium shake by throwing Sawada Keizaburo against the wall.

Byakuya News

    Ren Nikaido 
The Watchman

    Takemoto Hisayasu 
  • Old Master: His reputation.
  • Red Herring: Introduced as a major contender, but doesn't make it into the tournament.

Muji TV

    Naoya Okubo 
The King of Combat
  • Boring, but Practical: Unlike virtually every other fighter in the tournament, he has no superhuman abilities, no ancient martial art, and no secret techniques. He is simply good at all aspects of combat. His "finishing move" is a kick to the head of a downed opponent.
  • Combat Commentator: Explains a lot about grappling to his friends, and the audience, throughout the tournament.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Is very proficient in grappling, striking, throwing and submitting, but is not a specialist or superhuman like other competitors. This is what makes him a strong fighter. Because he proficient in all areas of fighting, he can use a synthesis of techniques and transition from one area of fighting to another so that he is out of sync with his opponent. If they want to grapple, he will strike and if they want to strike, he will grapple. He is fast enough transitioning into different areas of fighting that even the Fang can't keep up with it.
  • Odd Friendship: Is great at making these, he's just that nice.
  • Nice Guy
  • Those Two Guys: Forms this with Rihito while on the ship to the tournament, it evolves to those four guys with Kaneda Suekichi and Himuro Ryo, the four idiots, once they reach the island.

Furumi Pharmaceuticals

    Takeshi Wakatsuki 
The Wild Tiger
The most successful fighter in the history of the Kengan Association and one of the favorites to win the tournament, Takeshi Wakatsuki has an unparalleled match record of 306 wins and 2 losses with assets acquired totaling ¥3,277,395,000,000. In Omega, he is chosen to be one of the 13 fighters representing the Kengan Association.
  • Achilles' Heel: Perhaps as a shout out, Wakatsuki's weakness is an old injury to his ankle.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's very friendly and amicable outside of the ring. In it, however, he lives up to his near-monstrous reputation not for his bloodlust, but for his absolutely unbelievable power and speed.
  • Boring, but Practical: Due to his overwhelming strength and speed, he can flatten most people in just a few punches or kicks, and his main strategy in the Kengan tournament is simply making people watch out for his Blast Core so that he can use his strength and skill to put them into a corner instead.
  • Born Winner: He was born with Myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy, and an exceeding exceptional case at that, resulting in his muscle density being over 50 times higher than a normal human's. This means that he weights 193kg despite only being 193cm tall, but it also means he has actual superhuman strength, to the point where he can punch through concrete walls with ease.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: His sheer power and imposing physique hides a guy who worries before every match he's in, even if he's almost guaranteed to win. Once he steps into the ring, however, he's able to calm himself almost instantly.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He had to basically grow up as a lab rat because he couldn't control his enormous strength, causing him to break basically anything he touched. After Furumi makes him throw a punch with all of his strength for the first time, he learns how to control it and grows up an otherwise fairly happy child, however.
  • The Dreaded: In the Kengan Association this reputation came quite naturally since he's only suffered two losses in a career of almost 20 years, with a long list of incredibly strong opponents that he's one-sidedly crushed. He had this reputation as a kid too from trashing a gang of highschool delinquents singlehandidly when he was only ten years old.
  • Eye Scream: Having his face smashed against a wall and then dragged along it by Julius puts out the sight in his right eye.
  • Facial Horror: Has the skin of the right side of his face scraped off, but it's only a temporary disfigurement due to the doctors involved with the tournament.
  • Fatal Flaw: Unleashing his ace-in-the-hole, the Blast Core, requires him to use every muscle in his body at once, including his ankle that will probably never recover from the damage the Fang inflicted on it. Naturally this causes him quite a bit of pain and risks furthering the damage, but the results of said attack speak for themselves.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: His ankle was broken in a fight against The Fang of Metsudo, and has never quite recovered. He is still considered one of the top fighters in the Kengan association despite this.
  • Happily Adopted: His parents are only briefly mentioned and he seems to have otherwise been raised by Furumi and his uncle, but he's very fond of Furumi and basically sees him as a second father.
  • Lightning Bruiser: To ridiculous levels. Due to his superhuman body, he has raw speed and strength exceeding pretty much anyone, with only people like Julius being able to match it. He's also insanely tanky, able to shrug off blows even from people who can almost match his specs.
  • Made of Iron: His ridiculous musculature works both ways, rendering him incredibly tough on top of his strength and speed. Even an all-out pummeling from the only other person at his level of strength in the tournament, Julius, doesn't do any lasting damage besides the scraped-off skin on half of his face and putting out his right eye.
  • Super Strength: His natural musculature combined with having basically trained his whole life has resulted in him being able to destroy pretty much whoever he can get his hands on in a few hits. Ohma makes a rough estimate that even with using his Ironbreaker Kata, Wakatsuki's normal punches are at least five times stronger than his own.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He used to fight purely through his overwhelming brute force, but began actually learning martial arts after he got his ass handed to him in the past by the Fang of Metsudo, so these days, he's a subversion.
  • Wipe the Floor with You: Gets part of his face scraped off onto the arena wall by Julius Reinhold.
  • Worthy Opponent: He and Ohma establish a friendship shortly before their fight due to their admiration for the other’s fighting skills. Wakatsuki wanted Ohma to resign partly because he was concerned by the latter’s injuries and he inwardly begged Ohma to surrender during their fight as he didn’t want to injure him out of respect.
  • Younger Than They Look: This tank of a man does not look 40, though it helps that he doesn't quite act like someone of that age either.

Iwami Heavy Industries

    Togo Tomari 

    Muteba Gizenga 
The Genocider
  • Boring, but Practical: Muteba is not a martial artist, and therefore uses the most brutal and practical techniques to win his fights with minimal damage. When fighting Sekibayashi, he targets his injuries from the first round with hit and run tactics, dodging Sekibiyashi's attacks and running away. It bores the audience, but it works.
  • Ear Ache: Does this to Meguro after the eye poke didn't work, ramming his finger into Meguro's ear and crushing his semicircular canal. Is also subjected to this in the second round to "blind" him.
  • Electronic Eyes He is implanted with these by Tomari, and uses them when his hearing is damaged in the third round. They have several modes, including one that senses vibrations and infrared vision. Somewhat Downplayed in their usefulness in a one on one fight, but is better suited on the battlefield.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even a mercenary like him is disgusted by Meguro and knows that a psychopath like him should be killed.
  • Eye Scream: His go to move, also subjected to it himself in the first round, it barely slowed him down since he's already blind. Done intentionally to condition other fighters to look out for the eye poke, and distract from his other moves.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: A subversion, when his fight against Wakatsuki threatens one, he backs out.
  • Handicapped Badass: Was blinded in the past, didn't slow him down one bit.
  • Hidden Depths: In his free time, the ultra macho Muteba is a sapeur; someone in the Congo and other areas big into fashion.
    • Despite being a merciless killer, he differentiates himself from serial killers. He is forced to kill Meguro in the first round because he realizes his opponents is nothing more than a mad dog who will cause chaos if left unchecked. This is also why he spares Sekibiyashi- he has an immense amount of respect for the wrestler, and as a professional it would be wrong of him to kill his opponent when the situation doesn't call for it.
  • Noble Demon: While a pretty grisly guy, he has a sense of honor to an extent, and spares Sekibayashi from death because he likes the guy that much.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: He quits the tournament when it looks like Wakatsuki might permanently injure him.
  • Private Military Contractors: He even has business cards.
  • Scary Black Man: With his tattoo's and white eyes, he sure looks like one. Of coarse his profession doesn't help.
  • Super Senses: Just like Daredevil. He was blinded in battle through unknown means without losing his eyes, so his other senses are powerful beyond belief to the point where he himself claims he can "see" better than the average man.
  • The Pornomancer: Has a way with the ladies that defies belief, literally leaving trails of satisfied women in his wake.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: While he forfeits the tournament, he thanks his employer for both his new eyes as well as him having a good time overall by offering to do a job for free the next time they do business.
  • Touch of Death: His Heart Jab technique, an ancient Chinese assassination technique which involves striking below the ribcage and tapping the heart, stopping it.

Tochigi Destiny Land

    Nezu Masami 
The Man from the Land of Dreams
  • Badass Biker: He was the former leader of a biker gang.
  • Delinquent Hair: A swirly pompadour.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: An inversion. His ability to fit into the normal size Mockey costume makes every one shocked by how tall he is.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He is this with female biker gang leader and fellow mascot Takemaru Miki. They end up engaged in the epilogue.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He's mentioned to be a very powerful fighter, but as he was up against Rei Mikazuchi in the first round, he really didn't stand much of a chance.


    Ryo Inaba 
The Black Phantom
  • Childhood Friends: With his employer Urita Sukizo and Nishihonji Akira. They have been friends since elementary school through to high school, and their friendship remains strong in spite of Inaba's father assassinating Nishihonji's father, and dying from wounds taken during the assassination.Urita also refuses to treat Inaba as anything less than his best friend, in spite of his clan being historically subservient to the Uritas.
  • Flash Step: Using super strong toes.
  • Prehensile Hair: Supposedly it's just special hair products and muscle techniques, but it sure looks like this.
  • Older Than They Look: In spite of his short stature, youthful face and long hair, he is 30 years old.
  • Running on All Fours: Is more comfortable walking on four limbs than two.
  • The Clan: Part of the Inaba Assassin Clan, one of three such clans participating in the Kengan Annihilation tournament.
  • Worthy Opponent: Fights hard enough to force Ohma to use his Advance technique, as well as recall some of his forgotten Niko style.


    Haruo Kono 
The Destroyer
  • Acrofatic: Despite his size he's still exceptionally agile.
  • Fish out of Water: When he first came to Japan.
  • Formerly Fit: He was formerly a massive wall of muscle, but due to his sponsor letting him eat whatever he want and attending to his every needs has made him massively overweight (but still a very dangerous fighter).
  • Gentle Giant: Formerly, and becomes it once again after losing to Akoya. He's 242cm tall and gentle as a teddy bear, but he is in no way a pushover.
  • Nature Hero: He's the greatest warrior of a Nepalese mountain tribe who's background is borderline mythological in its delivery, with stories of him able to run down a sheer cliff and fighting bears and tigers.
  • Spoiled Brat
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Didn't used to be this way, but he's fallen out of shape, big time, once he came to japan.

Wakasa Life Insurance

    Shunka Hiyama 
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Akoya fully intends on murdering her eventually, but until then she's kept alive because he deems her useful.
  • Good with Numbers: She has perfect internal clock and is able to do calculations with superhuman speed. She uses this to calculate Akoya's opponent's respiratory patterns, and direct Akoya to use pre practiced combos instantly when they breathe.
  • Mission Control: She helps out Akoya by feeding him information about his enemies through a hidden mic. She also directs him to attack during the intervals when they breathe before they attack. She also helps reign in his bloodlust to prevent him from going berserk.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Before the story started. After her father died and she inherited his company, her cousin attempted to murder her after admitting to having killed her father, as well as his own.

    Akoya Seishu 
The Executioner
  • The Berserker: Without Hiyama to keep him restrained he dives into a psychotic frenzy.
  • Gradual Grinder: Combined with Stone Wall. During the initial phases of a fight, Akoya will use his Ripper, where he catches his knuckles on his opponent's skin to cut them. In spite of the blood, the move does little damage and is more of a harassment technique than damage dealing. He will later use these cuts when he uses his Super Reflexes to jab and gouge out their wounds.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: His double life as a vigilante has done a number on his psyche.
  • Knight Templar: He believes in nothing less than agonizing death to anyone who he deems "evil". In his case, his idea of "evil" doesn't just extend to criminals but also their family members in order to ensure that they do not procreate and "spread the seed of evil".
  • Living Emotional Crutch: For Hiyama.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Uses his arm as a riot shield.
  • Man Bites Man: Takes a chunk out of Imai's leg with his teeth. Then gratuitously chews it just to mess with him.
  • Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: He is cheating by receiving information from Hiyama about when his opponents will breathe before they attack. This, combined with his Super Reflexes and pre practiced combos, means he can react and strike his opponent before they can even launch their attack, something he otherwise would never be able to do.
    • In the second round, Hiyama is caught by Nishihonji, and threatened to throw the match before the company's reputation is destroyed by revealing the information. It doesn't work, as he simply becomes The Berserker in his match, and can't be stopped by his employer.
  • Police Brutality: But only off the clock.
  • Stone Wall: Combined with Gradual Grinder. During the initial phases of the fight, he will block his opponent's attacks and harass them with his Ripper technique. Once Hiyama figures out his opponent's breathing pattern, he reverts to using his Super Reflexes and goes on the offensive.
  • Super Reflexes: He has a reaction time of 75 milliseconds. Combined with Hiyama's precise internal clock and a radio implant, he can attack the instant his opponents breathe before they attack with pre practiced combos, making it virtually impossible for his opponents to attack without being interrupted. However, this is reliant on Hiyama giving the signal when his opponents will breathe, and her internal clock being precise. It cannot be used if the opponent radically changes their breathing patterns, or Hiyama is stopped from giving the signal.
  • Vigilante Man: What criminal's he can't punish as a Police officer, he takes care of on his own time.
  • Villain Ball: Picks this up hard in his fight against Imai Cosmo. After biting him, Imai is sent into a panic at the thought of dying, attacking ineffectually and running away in fear. Instead of going for the kill and winning the match, he takes his time torturing him, breaking his ribs one by one. This gives Imai enough time to overcome his mental hurdle and fight back to a clutch win.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Would slap Hiyama when she starts freaking out.

Nishihonji Security Services

    Akira Nishihonji 

    Cosmo Imai 
The King of Stranglers
  • Animal Motifs: Imai is strongly associated with snakes, especially pythons.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He learns how to do this during the tournament, able to predict 1 to 2 moves ahead of his opponent. Unfortunately, because he is inexperienced in using it, he becomes over reliant on it to compensate for his Dented Iron status, leading to his defeat.
  • Bullet Time: His "Zone" technique allows him to take advantage of this.
  • Choke Holds: His specialty. In Omega, he has instead been improving his hand to hand, enough to knock out a professional MMA fighter in two hits
  • Defeat Means Friendship: He and Adam Dudley form a friendship after their match.
  • Dented Iron: The short time frame of the tournament turns Imai into this in the later rounds.
  • Fatal Flaw: His Jiu-Jitsu fighting style is capable of knocking out much larger, stronger opponents by choking them out, but otherwise does not give him other options to win a fight. His hand to hand is above what one would expect for someone his size, but is not enough to give him an outright win. This means that against a much larger and stronger opponent, he tends to wrack up more injuries than they do before winning by choke hold. For normal Kengan matches, this isn't a problem. During the Annihilation tournament though, where he is required to fight back to back over the course of a few days, the damage wracks up quickly.
    • In Omega, he has focused on his hand to hand over the past two years, and is now competent enough to defeat a professional lightweight MMA fighter in two hits.
    • His newly awakened Foresight, because of his inexperience with it, leads to his reactions being slowed down during combat. His over-reliance on his new ability to compensate for his Dented Iron status leads to him being defeated
  • Heroic Second Wind: Against Akoya, his beaten down, tortured and about to give up on winning in fear. It is only until he is nearly killed that he realises that he doesn't enjoy the thrill of the fight, but instead grows a strong desire to win. From this he is able to obtain a clutch victory.
  • Likes Older Women: According to his character profile.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he gets his leg bitten by Akoya, he enters into a Heroic BSoD at the thought of dying horribly in the fight, but snaps out of it to get a clutch win
  • Punched Across the Room: By Adam Dudley in the first round.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Cosmo by itself is a bizarre name for a Japanese person, but he also has a brother named Meteor.

Koyo Academy Group

    Shion Soryuin 
  • Amicable Exes: Used to be in an on and off relationship with Hatsumi. In spite of some antagonism between them, it is clear that she still holds affection for him, only for it to be tossed aside by his constant flirting and womanising. She still keeps a torn and taped up photo of them in their younger days in a photo collage on her desk.
  • Has a Type: A trait of her family is a taste for heavily-muscled men, which was what attracted her to Hatsumi.
  • Smoking Is Cool

    Setsuna Kiryu 
The Beautiful Beast

Ginokuniya Bookstores

    Ken Ohya 
  • The Alcoholic: He is always seen drinking, and ends up forging a friendship with Yamashita over it. This friendship continues in the epilogue, with him coming to pick up Yamashita and take him to his new office.

    Ryo Himuro 
The Icy Emperor

    Suekichi Kanada 
The Giant Killer
  • Ambiguously Gay: Enough for Himuro to wonder about it, anyway.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He has a talent for reading his enemies, which translates into him being able to predict their actions once he sees them in action.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: It's noted that one of the reasons he has trouble is his fighting style - kujin, an ancient martial art designed for battlefield combat, and therefore based around the assumption that the two fighters are wearing armor and have weapons. Because of this, it has very few techniques based on the barefisted fighting required in Kengan (since kujin assumes that in most situations where you can punch or kick an opponent, you'd be better off stabbing them), and many of its own techniques are fairly useless (what point is disarming an unarmed opponent?), leaving Suekichi with some fairly massive gaps in his skillset.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: He took Ryo's spot in the tournament, but there were no hard feelings afterwords.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Does this against Gaolang Wongsawat The Thai God Of War during their bout, Gaolong moved by Kanada's pride goes all out against him and defeats Suekichi in 'ten moves afterwards
  • Eyes Always Shut
  • Smart People Play Chess: Shogi in his case.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Has average to poor physical abilities, but his ability to read people makes up for it.

Motorhead Motors

    Kirimi Takakaze 
  • Cincinnatus: Despite the fact that he wins the Kengan Tournament, he has no interest in personal power, having only entered for Kuroki's sake and instead nominates Nogi as the Kengan chairman.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Looks like Lemmy.
  • Walking the Earth: Even though he's a CEO he has no permanent address.

    Gensai Kuroki 
The Devil Lance
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: True to his name, his "Devil Lance" is essentially this. By repeatedly breaking and strengthening his fingers (as well as every other joint in his body) through decades of training, he's able to punch straight through muscle, rock and even steel with just his fingers. Even when every finger on his right hand has been utterly destroyed by the Fang, he's able to stab a hole in the Fang's hand with his thumb alone.
  • Animal Motifs: In his fight with Rei, he's portrayed as an elephant, which fits quite well; he's wise, experienced, patient and unbelievably strong.
  • Anti-Villain: He's quite polite when outside of fighting, even telling Ohma the full backstory of Tokita Niko to him right before their Finals match out of respect for him and his master. Gensai has no malicious goals in the tournament other than to find a strong opponent who can beat him.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Similarly to Kaneda, he's mastered the art of foresight and refined it with his Karate movements, resulting in a level of prediction that allowed him to block a bullet with a ceramic jar in a flashback while the shooter's entire face were hidden, so that Kuroki could not see when he would be shot at.
  • Badass Beard: It's enormous and looks almost like a lion's mane, giving him an immediately intimidating appearance.
  • Boring Yet Practical: His fighting style is... Karate. Admittedly a regional variety that also incorporates elements of Wushu, but still, it's Karate. And his mastery of it is so great that spectators claim it makes any Karate they've ever seen look like an exercise routine. It's brutal, powerful, lightning fast, monstrous on the defense and because his capacity for it exceeds the norm by such an unbelievable degree, there is no need to hide his cards because people simply can't comprehend how good he is at it.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He hands these out like Halloween candy. In his first fight, he utterly trashes Rihito without even trying, then goes on to annihilate some of the most lethal foes in the tournament, Kiryu and Rei. He has a relatively even, but ultimately victorious fight against the Fang and then dunks on Ohma in the finals despite the latter's best efforts.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: He is the first fighter to ever defeat Kanoh Agito, "The Fang Of Metsudo" after 160 matches.
  • Final Boss: He stomps his way through the right side of the bracket, even defeating the Fang, and ends up as Ohma's opponent in the finals..
  • Fingore: Yeesh. He seems physically unable to win a fight without breaking his fingers. By the time he wins the tournament, he has broken every finger on his right hand up to three separate times, on top of his entire arm looking like a bloody dishrag from taking the brunt of Ohma's Demonsbane.
  • Foreshadowing: His incredible power is actually hinted at before the tournament even begins during the bracket lottery. Notice that when Rihito is the last to choose a spot on the bracket, Kuroki's spot is the only one open. To repeat, other companies would rather fight Wakatsuki, The Fang and Kure Raian than Kuroki.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Utterly averted. There's not even a hint of that, like other fighters, Gensai was blessed with some godly talent from birth. His unbelievable prowess simply comes from a lifetime of dedication to an unreasonably tough training regime, nothing more, nothing less.
  • Hero Killer: He Knocks Rihito out of the tournament in the first round. He also defeats Ohma and indirectly leads to his death when he forces him to use the Advance one last time.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite Wandering the Earth, he has several close-knit friends, one of which being the CEO of Motorhead Motors, but he still feels lonely because he's grown so strong that he has no one left to fight but himself, explaining why he doesn't mind teaching Rihito and Rei a lesson and why he's partly relieved Kiryu survived the battle with him; He's left with no option but to try and give lessons to the younger fighters so that they might one day beat him.
  • Implacable Man: He's so utterly unbothered by injuries that the other fighters in the tournament start to believe he doesn't feel pain at all, but as he reveals to Ohma after crushing Kanoh Agito, it's more a matter of self-discipline than it is him being impregnable. Regardless, he truly comes off as utterly unstoppable in that he keeps using his right hand despite breaking the fingers on it several times over and repeatedly cracking his ribs.
  • Invincible Villain: He's an absolute menace who stomps through the right block of the tournament, taking out powerhouses like Kiryu and Rei mostly untouched and even thoroughly trouncing the Fang of Metsudo and beating Ohma in the finals.
  • Mighty Glacier: He's by no means slow, in fact he's one of the fastest fighters in the tournament when it comes to attacking, but his fighting style revolves around wearing his opponent thin with his incredible defense, then striking them down with his unbelievably powerful blows. It's to the point where Rei outright envisions him as an impregnable fortress that only risks harm to his opponent the more they try to attack him.
  • Lonely at the Top: He is so strong that his only challenge comes from improving himself. We see this in the epilogue after winning the tournament, still training and considering himself "too green" and still too far from where he wants to be.
  • Made of Iron: He shrugs off Kiryu breaking his fingers with ease simply because he already does his murderous hand training routine even with broken hands or fingers. He's almost as beat up as Ohma is by the time the finals roll around thanks to his titanic battle with the Fang, yet it doesn't seem to slow him down one bit.
  • Master of All: He's mastered his Okinawan Karate to such an extent that he's nothing less than this. On the defensive he's an unbreakable wall of muscle and power and on the offensive he strikes with such precision and skill that his blows match even the physical heavy-hitters of the tournament like Gaolang and Wakatsuki.
  • Old Master: To the point where Mikazuchi Byo, Inaba Jozaemon and Kure Erioh, the actual Old Master spectators who are a good few decades older than Gensai, are seen visibly sweating at his utter dominance against Rei, with Byo even calling Gensai a monster.
  • Noble Demon: While ruthless in combat to an extreme, he's fairly amicable off the battlefield and doesn't even seem to mind Ririto hounding him around after Gensai beat him to learn his tricks.
  • Professional Killer: One of several assassins participating in the tournament.
  • Stop Hitting Yourself: Essentially how he utterly defeats Mikazuchi Rei. By simply placing his fist or elbow in the direction Rei is charging him from with perfect timing, Gensai makes Rei multiply the damage of the hit, causing the poor guy to nearly knock himself out in two hits.
  • Strong Flesh, Weak Steel: His fingers can carve concrete like clay, and punch through metal. One of his warmup routines is to carve a Deva statue out of a random wall in the Kengan Annihilation arena.
  • Tranquil Fury: Upon connecting the dots that Kiryu Setsuna is the one responsible for the death of his friend, he spends his fight against the boy in a barely contained rage.
    Know your place, boy.
  • Villainous Underdog: Somewhat. The tournament is the first time he's appeared in the Kengan matches, and while he had a reputation even before then, no-one expected he'd end up utterly dominating the tournament, even with favorites like Wakatsuki and The Fang at play.
  • World's Strongest Man:The unexpected and undisputed champion of the Annihilation Tournament, defeating: Rihito, Kiryu, Rei, The Fang of Metsudo, and Ohma.
  • Worthy Opponent: He openly acknowledges Kanoh Agito as an equal before defeating him in the semifinals.

Gold Pleasure Group

    Rino Kurayoshi 
  • Compelling Voice: She is capable of giving men "commands" that they will go to any lengths to do.
  • High-Class Call Girl: Was one in the past. Now owns a company that provides them.

    Rei Mikazuchi 
The Lightning God
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Rino can use her hypnosis on Rei to make him even faster, unfortunately, that level of speed damages his feet and can actually slows him down if he uses it.
  • Fatal Flaw: All his techniques require so much speed that they can't really be used in a tricky fashion and have to be executed from a charge. This isn't normally a huge issue because very few people can even keep up with his speed, but when faced with someone like Kuroki Gensai, it ends up making him too predictable and causes his downfall.
  • Insistent Terminology: He's not fast as lightning, he is lightning.
  • In Harmony with Nature: Supposedly where his super speed comes from.
  • Submissive Badass: Rino has him wrapped around her finger, he is perfectly happy with this.
  • Super Speed: Bar none the fastest fighter in the entire tournament. Not that it ended up helping him much against Gensai.
  • The Clan: The inheritor of the Mikazuchi Assassin technique.
  • The Worf Effect: He's one of the strongest fighters in the tournament, but he gets his ass utterly handed to him by Kuroki Gensai even with his power-up from Rino.

Yato Trading Co.

    Gaolang Wongsawat 
The Thai God of War
The heavyweight boxing champion and a Thai patriot. In Omega, he is chosen to be one of the 13 fighters representing the Kengan Association.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He's a monster of a technical boxer and as such basically knows how to counter everything in boxing, which he exploits against the Fang by moving in such a way that the Fang has to use boxing moves against him, allowing Gaolang to dominate him at first.
  • Boxing Battler: He is the heavyweight boxing champion of the world. His actual forte, however, is Muay Thai. He's at his absolute strongest if he combines the footwork and options of Muay Thai with his boxing blows, allowing him to beat down even the Fang of Metsudo.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: He learned boxing in an attempt to make up for Muay Thai's lack of punching techniques to avert this.
  • Disappointed in You: He expresses his utter disappointment in Saw Paing after the latter loses to Mikazuchi Rei, calling him a spineless coward for giving up after just one loss. It, along with Gaolang's stellar performance against the Fang, ends up reigniting Saw Paing's will to fight.
  • The Dreaded: He's the best boxer and Muay Thai fighter in the world by a country mile and thus one of the favorites to win the Kengan Annihilation tournament right off the bat. He ends up dropping out in the second round, but the Fang acknowledges that Gaolang's loss was essentially just bad luck due to Agito accidentally blocking Gaolang's fist with his elbow, shattering it. Agito shamefully admits to himself the endgame of his fight with Gaolang is the first time in his life he's been genuinely terrified.
  • Expy: According to the authors, Broly was among one of the character's inspirations appearance-wise.
  • Friendship Denial: All the time with Saw Paing. Even though it's clear from his chapter in the prequel manga Kengan Asura Zero, that he has a lot of respect for him and in the omakes, they cook together and are seen to text frequently.
  • Graceful Loser: He's completely unaffected by the usual terror that strikes people that survive a fight with the Fang, saying that he'll just have to get stronger for next time.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Kaneda actually calls him out on this, telling him that it's insulting to his opponents to hold back, at which point Gaolang admits that he had been overtaken by arrogance and gets serious. It turns out he was still holding back, simply because he has a different approach to combat depending on if he considers it a "match", such as against Kaneda, or if he considers it a "fight to the death", such as his battle with the Fang.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Only got involved with the Kengan Matches because his king told him to. He's also very patriotic, and always sings the national anthem of Thailand when he goes out for karaoke.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His jab is known as "The Flash" because it's actually just that stupidly fast. He's able to throw about 13 of them in a single breath with gloves on, and he can go much faster than that without them.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Saw Paing's Red.
  • Slasher Smile: Busts one out that makes even The Fang pause when he gets serious.
  • The Stoic: While he's very expressive in his calmness, he rarely changes expression from his usual bored, dead-eyed look.
  • World's Strongest Man: He's the title champion of all four major boxing leagues and has never not won a fight by TKO. Sandrovich made him in part with the express purpose to defy the usual trope of boxers being enormous jobbers in fighting manga, as he reasonably argues in the end-of-chapter author's notes that there's no way a heavyweight boxing champion would be a pushover.
  • Worthy Opponent: Does this to Suekichi Kaneda at the end of their fight, and is openly impressed that he can do so well against him even though he is physically inferior to him.
  • Younger Than They Look: In spite of his appearance, stoic demeanour, relationship with the hot blooded Saw Paing, he is the younger of the two at 28 years old.

Village of the Dawn

    Saw Paing Yoroizuka 
The Howling Fighting Spirit
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Is a friendly energetic guy, who is so loud he doesn't need a microphone in a stadium that holds thousands.
  • Hard Head: His skeleton is hard as metal, and his best move is a headbutt. He developed this from taking a hammer to the face since the age of five.
  • Heroic BSoD: After losing a match and seemingly dooming the Village of the Dawn to be demolished. After seeing Gaolang's match against the Fang, he snaps out of it.
  • Hot-Blooded: In an action series full of fighting men, he stands out.
  • Immigrant Patriotism: He's Burmese, but loves his adopted home of the Village of the Dawn so much that he adopted a Japanese surname.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Isn't told he's participating in a fixed fight.
  • No Indoor Voice: He is constantly yelling at the top of his voice.
  • Older Than They Look: In spite of his youthful appearance, hot blooded demeanour and one sided rivalry with Gaolang, he is the older of the two at 30 years old.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Gaolang's Blue.
  • The Rival: Self proclaimed one to Gaolang Wongsawat.
  • Use Your Head: He uses Lethwei, a Burmese martial art that makes use of headbutts.

SF Cold Storage

The Superman
  • Born Winner: The origin of his nickname. Rihito's Razor's Edge technique was something he was born with.
  • Charles Atlas Super Power: His insane grip strength is not a product of training, but in fact comes to him naturally. He's shown breaking a coin in half during a flashback to his childhood.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After losing in a Kengan match to Ohma, Rihito is all for them being friends. He even befriends Kuroki Gensei after their match.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Has one with Ohma.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Razor-Sharp Hand: his Razor's Egdge technique. His grip strength is so powerful that he can cut off the opponent's skin and muscles by just grazing them with his fingers.
  • Stage Names: His real name is Nakata Ichiro, but he thinks Rihito is cooler.
  • Those Two Guys: Becomes this with MMA Champ Naoya Okubo before the tournament starts.
  • Training from Hell: He's implied to have begun this together with Gensai at the end of the first series, where he's seen in the middle of an intense workout next to a waterfall.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He's known Keizaburo Sawada since high school and they have always gotten on each other's nerves, but continue to hang out.

Teito University

    Hajime Hanafusa 
The Dissector
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Has surgically altered his arms with bone blades that pop out of his wrists.
  • Creepy Shadowed Undereyes
  • Deadly Doctor: He's a surgeon who uses his medical knowledge to augment his body to unnatural extremes.
  • Fragile Speedster: Seems to be the case at the beginning of his fight with Bando, but this trope is ultimately subverted when its revealed that Hajime can't feel pain, making him a lot more endurable by virtue of that he can flat-out ignore most injuries.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Gets his neck snapped, but the surgeries he performed on himself keep him alive until someones friendly enough to pop his head back into place, after which he acts like nothing happened.
  • Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: All of the organic and implanted weapons he brings in count as cheating, but because they were never caught in the pre fight inspection, he can get away with it.
  • Poisonous Person: His blood is full of deadly diseases. Had he been allowed he would have infected the entire island with a plague just to get things over with.
  • Pressure Point: His martial arts, Lingshu Chin Na, strikes acupuncture points.
  • Professional Killer: His main job. Notable though he's a government sponsored one.
  • Weak, but Skilled: His martial art doesn't quite pack a punch like the Kure-style or the Niko Style, but because it strikes acupuncture points it even manages to harm giants like Bando with it.

    Kokomi Yoshizawa 

Juoh Communications

    Yohei Bando 
The Bloody Tusk
  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: His key trait that makes me so hard to kill is that his joints have 140 degree of lateral movement and he has complete control over it. It allows him to survive 45 executions by hanging, Doctor Hanafusa Hajime's attack to his spine, and Hatsumi Sen driving his head directly into the ground.
  • Dented Iron: He takes some of the worst wounds in the tournament. Over a dozen pressure point hits, sliced by a hidden sword which left a permanent scar on his face, gets infected with a lethal disease and cured in one day, gets his eye gouged and is tough enough to not be blinded, his arm is shattered in 2 places and he is slammed on his head by a throw that was meant to kill him. He survives all of this in 2 days.
  • Foreshadowing: Several hints and interactions of some of the more antagonistic characters seem to imply that his previous killings had some sort of relation to "Worm", the organization who have an interest in Ohma. It's left as Sequel Bait for now, however.
  • Made of Iron: See that list under Dented Iron? He walked almost all of that off without help, the lethal disease being the only ones requiring serious medical attention. He fights the day after contracting it without any hinderance to his performance.
  • Mighty Glacier: Compared to other Unskilled, but Strong fighters, he is glacial. He is never seen running in any of his fights, simply walking to his opponents or using his "whips" whilst standing still. His "whips" however are fast as shit, requiring Hatsumi to never stop running the entire fight to avoid being hit.
  • Serial Killer: One of the two most notorious in Japan.
  • Slipped the Ropes: With handcuffs in his introduction.
  • The Man They Couldn't Hang: Because he is this, and hanging is the only legal way to execute prisoners in Japan, the government decides to get creative and allow Bando to participate in Kengan matches.
  • Touch of Death: He is able to end fights with one attack, with both his opponents avoiding him and using hit and run attacks. Once he gets his hands on Hajime, he breaks his neck with ease, and would have cut Hatsumi in half with one hit from his arm-whips.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He is not a martial artist, but is strong enough to easily break a man's neck and destroy concrete with his "whips". He was strong enough to kill his victims with his bare hands. In both of his fights, one clean hit was/would be all that was needed to kill his opponent.
  • Whip It Good: By dislocating his joints, he can use his arms like whips to strike at a distance. His "whips" are strong enough to destroy concrete and kill a man with one blow.

Under Mount, Inc.

    Masahiko Ohta 

    Kenzo Yamashita 
  • The Shut-In: He stays locked in his room and is seemingly just a NEET. In reality, he's the secret backer of a corporation.
  • The Man Behind the Man: How he controls Under Mount, Inc. and how he planes to control the Kengan association.

    Raian Kure 
The Taboo Descendent
The Devil
The Kure representative for Under Mount, Inc. In Omega, he has disappeared, with Fusui trying to find him.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Like all members of the Kure Clan.
  • Black Sheep: The Kure clan is made up of friendly assassins, except for Raian who even his own family can't stand.
  • Blood Knight
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He takes his name from the late Ryan Gracie, member of the Gracie martial arts family that the Kure clan are based off of.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: Word of God was that Raian was playing at this. At 21 he's the third youngest participant in the tournement, Imai is 19 and Kiozen Takeru is 20. Ohma's age is unknown but somewhere in his late 20's. Raian's inexperience as a fighter is commented as contributing to his loss to Ohma.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To Kure Erioh in his youth. Both are/were violent Black Sheep who shunned the techniques of the Kure Clan and end up losing in a Kengan Match, leading to them deciding to use other clan techniques.
  • Super Mode: The Kure Clans greatest secret, Removal. Of the family he's the best at it.
  • The Clan: Part of the Kure Clan, a large family of friendly neighborhood assassins.
  • Uninhibited Muscle Power: How Removal works, Raian can use 100% of his muscle power, though only for a limited time.
  • Willfully Weak: He refuses to use the renowned Kure Style martial arts on fighters he considers inferior, relying on his natural born physical strength.


    Jun Sekibayashi 
Hell's Angel
  • Combat Pragmatist: Downplayed as his Marvelous Seki persona, he still refuses to block blows, but he is more willing to use dirty moves, such as clapping his opponent's ears and bursting their eardrums. He also has ways of taking critical blows like eye gouges "safely", moving slightly so they hit somewhere else.
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town: His Marvelous Seki persona, which is just Sekibayashi in face-paint.
  • How Much More Can He Take?: Sekibayashi refuses to block blows, but he's so good at tanking them his opponents are left questioning if there doing any damage at all.
  • Kayfabe: He takes the role of wrestler so seriously that he refuses to block any strikes, because "wrestlers cannot block". Turned Up to Eleven with his Marvelous Seki persona, even using Gandai's right of substitution to substitute "Jun Sekibayashi" for "Marvelous Seki".
  • Made of Iron: His main talent is to take as much damage as possible without going on the defensive. He is so tough that his opponents end up hurting themselves attacking him.
  • Master Actor: Can play the Face or the Heel in order to get on his opponents nerves.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's based off of Keiji Mutoh, with his Marvelous Seki persona his take on The Great Muta.
  • Victory by Endurance: His win against Kiozan is this. He lets Kiozan pummel him with all sorts of techniques, tiring and damaging himself until he can hit him with a powerbomb.

Umiichi Securities

     Meguro Masaki 
The Crying Man
  • Ax-Crazy: The most insane individual in the series. He is little better than a wild beast. The reason for his madness...there is none! He was just insane from the get go.
  • Child Prodigy: By the age of 13 he was able to match gold medallist Judokas. Thats also the age when he slaughtered everyone in his dojo, including his father.
  • Eye Scream: Will go for the eyes if given the chance. Is subjected to this himself by Muteba Gizenga.
  • Fatal Flaw: Because he is completely insane, and has a case of Feel No Pain, he never attempts to block any damage which comes his way. Because he doesn't block serious injuries and keeps attacking, he exposes himself to more damage than required. This leads to Muteba deciding he is too dangerous to let live, and ends up brutally killing him.
  • Feel No Pain: Meguro was born with a brain that translates pain as pleasure, adding to his madness.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He dies seeing the ghosts of his father and former students, and thinking that the fight was fun.
  • It Can Think: Despite being basically a giant pile of bloodlust masquerading in a human shape, his Judo skills are well-polished and nothing to shake a finger at.
  • Killed Off for Real: Is killed in a brutal fashion by Muteba after it becomes clear that he cannot be stopped.
  • Mask of Sanity: Had one before giving in to his inner desires.
  • Psycho for Hire: Isn't an assassin but is willing to kill on other peoples orders.
  • Rasputinian Death: The sheer amount of damage he takes during the fight is incredible. He has his eye gouged out, his semicircular canal crushed, his testicles destroyed to the point where they bleed heavily. He then has his arm dislocated, fingers broken, head stomped on and is finally killed when Muteba severs his spinal cord at the neck and STABS HIM THROUGH HIS GOUGED OUT EYE SOCKET AND INTO HIS BRAIN! It looks like a fatality that could come out of a Mortal Kombat game.
  • Running on All Fours: To show his animal like nature.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Killed his father in the most brutal way possible, continuously throwing him until he was a battered and bloody mess.
  • Serial Killer
  • Tears of Blood

Yoshitake Real Estate

    Yoshitake Yoshiro 

    Chiba Takayuki 
The Faceless Man
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: The entire first part of his fight is him explaining how his ability works. Naturally, well... see below.
  • Fatal Flaw: His power is a genuine menace, but he ends up overestimating himself by using an Aikido technique against Sen, a well-established Aikido master, and subsequently gets destroyed when it is easily countered.
  • Master Actor: An Actor of the Underworld.
  • Power Copying: His forte, but it takes hours of study and practice to pull off, and he can't copy people's physical strength or unique traits, only their technique.
  • Unreliable Expositor: He lies to his opponent about his powers to gain a psychological advantage before combat, telling them he can copy techniques by watching them once.

Boss Burger

    Adam Dudley 
The Emperor
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After his loss, he and Imai get along great.
  • Eagleland: He fits every sterotype of the obnoxious American.
  • Everything Is Big in Texas: He sure is, and Texas happens to be his home state.
  • Hockey Fight: He's a pro Hockey player who got his fighting experience as well as his ability to throw solid punches on uneven footing from in-game brawls.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His language may be colorful and he loves to play the jerk, but he's quick to jump to the defense of a wounded Cosmos Imai.
  • Sir Swearsalot: Has "Fuck" on his grill for crying out loud. Flashbacks show that his father also had the exact same grill.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He's little more than a brawler but still good enough to be a competitor.


    Mokichi Robinson 
The Exterminating Vicar
  • Badass Preacher: Cultivates this image.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Didn't stand a chance against Raian.
  • Delinquents: Used to be one. Once he learned about Elena he reined himself in and got better.
  • Heroic Lineage: He descends from one of the Ten Braves of Edo.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: For Elena.
  • Neck Snap: Raian finishes him off this way. Thanks to Hanafuda however he's able to survive.
  • Shout-Out: His martial arts, Baritsu, is mentioned as being what Sherlock Holmes used. In-series, it was a mix of classic Jiu-Jitsu and British wrestling and bare-knuckle boxing developed by a Japanese Kengan fighter in the Meiji period.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He has a 48-0 record in the Kengan matches with an enormous amount of assets acquired even for the Kengan Association, but ends up getting crushed by Raian, who is downright superhuman.

Murder Music

    Togawa Yoshiko 

    Sawada Keizaburo 
The Bird of Darkness

Ajiro Fisheries

    Karo Yoshinari 
The Giant of the Sea of Japan
  • Acrofatic: When he gets his land legs going. His sense of balance is as good as Sawada Keizaburo's, the Dance Battler of the tournament.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: He allows himself to be hit on the head to shake his brain and cure him of his land sickness. This makes him Acrofatic, as opposed to a straight up brawler.
  • The Stoic: A man of few words.
  • Throwing the Fight: He's ordered to do this or lose the fishery. He fights to win, but ends up losing anyway.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He is not a martial artist, but is incredibly strong, having a trunk which is as strong as Adam Dudley. He does however put his skills as a fisherman into use, using techniques which mimic whaling and fish slaughtering techniques against his opponent.


    Sakura Akyama 

    Takeru Kiozan 
The Brawler of the Sumo Ring
  • Achilles' Heel: His "ancient sumo", while effective, is not suited for his "modern sumo" body type leading to him using up more stamina a lot faster than usual.
  • Black Sheep: His older brothers are respectable Yokozuna, while he's fighting in underground matches. Though it turns out when they were younger they were a lot like him.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: His ancient sumo, which consists of illegal moves in sumo (such as kicks and punches). He objects to this, hence his Black Sheep status. Unfortunately for him, there's a reason sumo doesn't allow those moves: for a sumo wrestler's bodytype and fighting style, they're exhausting, while the traditional slaps, grapples, and charges are energy-conservative.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Is very fast in spite of being over 150kg.
  • Super Speed: His Raging Vigour technique, where charges faster than Murobuchi for 4.55 meters.
  • Sumo Wrestling: He wants to bring sumo back to its more violent roots.

United Clothing

    Gozo Murobuchi 
The Immeasurable
  • The Ace: He was considered one of the best in the Decathalon, beating numerous specialists in their own sports and only losing five times internationally. In the Kengan Matches however, he's in the upper echelon of fighters but nowhere near the top.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Is utterly destroyed by Wakatsuki in their rematch, being beaten in two minutes whilst Wakatsuki only uses his right hand, and having his "worlds fastest flying knee" to his head do barely any damage.
  • Determinator: He will never give up his goal of beating Wakatsuki. In the epilogue, he starts to undergo secret training to beat Wakatsuki, in spite of being so badly beaten in the tournament.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Wakatsuki. Wakatsuki does think of him as a strong competitor in the tournament, but he considers Kanoh Agito to be far more of a rival because of his prior loss and damaged leg.
  • Javelin Thrower: One of his best events in the decathlon along with the hammer throw.
  • Super Speed: Said to be the fastest man alive. While he might not quite live up to that title, his sprint from a crouching start is so murderously fast that Wakatsuki can't even react in time to block or divert the hit that follows. Not that he needed to, but its the thought that counts.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He's a genuine amateur with zero martial arts experience, but that doesn't matter when he is physically one of the best sportsmen in the world. It's enough for him to win 19 matches.

Other Kengan Association Members

    Koji Kaburagi 
Medicine Man
Fighter for Koyama Mart, Inc. who was Ohma's second opponent in the Kengan Matches.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Always fights dirty, is rarely caught.
  • Go for the Eye: Puts poison on his fists to blind his opponents.
  • Hidden Weapons: His specialty, including a needle in his wrist he uses to finish off his blinded opponents.
  • Sonic Stunner: Uses a High frequency sound that can only be heard by young people to stun and distract his opponents.

    Jerry Tyson 
Rocket Man
Fighter for 22th FAX Corporation. He fought Ohma in the preliminaries of the Annihilation Tournament, and was knocked out, but stuck around to spectate.

  • Combat Commentator: Actually become's an official commentator of the tournament after just spontaneously hopping into the booth in the first round. He is able to spot techniques and explain them, unlike his cohost.
  • Fantastic Fighting Style: Uses Xing Yi Quang, but instead of mimicking the movement of animals, he mimics weapons.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: Most of his moves are him charging through people.
  • Friendly Enemy: He's pretty nice to everyone in the prelims, as he's kicking their asses.

The Arabian Whirlwind
Fighter for Persia Petroleum. He passes the prelims of the Annihilation Tournament, but picks a fight with Metsudo Katahara over his methods and is tossed out by one of the Bodyguards.

    Utsubuki Kokuro 
The Wolf Soldier
Fighter for Taneshi Confectionary Inc. He is a rookie fighter in the Kengan Matches with only a year under his belt. He has racked up an impressive score of 7 wins against reputable fighters, and is considered the best rookie fighter of the year. He is the first fighter that both Ryuki and Narushima face in Omega.

  • Ambiguously Brown: He is noticeably darker skin colour and unlike Himuro or Sayaka, is not a Dark-Skinned Blond.
  • Foil: To Rihito in his first appearance. Both of them are womanisers who spend time impressing and flirting with women. However, whilst Rihito was an arrogant womaniser who looked down on Ohma and sought him out before their first fight, Utsubuki is a humble Nice Guy who was challenged to a fight by Narushima.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Chapter 4 of Omega starts with him in Gold Pleasure Group club impressing women by destroying numerous hundred thousand yen bottles of alcohol to get a date, followed by him facing Narushima in an alley, and telling him not to dare insult the fighters he has beaten. This shows him to be a womaniser with an honourable Nice Guy streak.
  • Humble Hero: He has great respect for the fighters he has beaten. He states that his fight against Harada was a tough fight, and he doubts that he would have been able to beat Murobuchi if he was not recovering from a previous injury.
  • Nice Guy: Contrary to his initial appearance, he is an humble, honourable and forgiving person .
    • This is seen in his first interaction with Narushima. He respects the opponents he has defeated, telling Narushima not to badmouth them. He then calls for an ambulance after beating him badly, and invites him to come watch his match against Ryuki. When he next sees Narushima, he is friendly and holds no grudge against him for picking a fight with him.
  • Signature Move: His "Stinger", a kick which lands with his big toe that can pierce through bottles and cause immense damage. The kick is faster than a jab and none of his opponents were able to see it coming and dodge it.
  • Smoking Is Cool: So far he has always been seen smoking a cigarette after a workout or a fight.
  • Starter Villain: Whilst not a villain, he is the first opponent that both Narushima and Ryuki face in Omega.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: He is this to Narushima, showing the gap between him and Kengan Association fighters. They both use Karate and they both "dabbled" in other martial arts. He completely trounces Narushima in their fight, barely taking a scratch.

Kure Clan

A clan of influential assassins with strong ties to the Kengan Association. They have been known to send fighters to represent companies in Kengan Matches.
  • Affably Evil: The family are almost all polite, friendly and generally likeable. They also kill people for a living.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: All members of the clan have this trait. Subverted as all of them, Raian are relatively normal people...minus being assassins.
  • The Clan: It's in their name. They are a large family of friendly neighbourhood assassins who are often contracted to fight for the Kengan Association. In Omega it is implied that the Kure Clan of Japan is an offshoot clan from the unmentioned Wu Clan in China.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: They are based off of the Gracie family.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Most of the clan have normal productive jobs in society, and only kill when they have been contracted to do so. This is best seen when three Kure members finish their job of patrolling a neighbourhood, being thanked by numerous members of the public and a police officer. They then immediately kill said police officer because he was a contract target.
  • Super Breeding Program: The Kure have done this for hundreds of years, seeking out strong warriors or daughters of strong warriors to mate with. This has led them to be bred for combat, and they end up being more durable and able to use Removal.
  • Super Mode: The Kure Clans greatest secret, Removal.
  • Theme Naming: The epithets of all significant members of the Kure clan are based off of demons.
  • Uninhibited Muscle Power: How Removal works. All members of the clan are able to use Removal for a limited period of time, but each member can only release a portion of their power, ranging from anywhere as little as 19% to the maximum of 100%

     Kure Erioh 
The Mighty Demon
The Fang of Metsudo
The patriarch of Kure clan and the first holder of the title "Fang of Metsudo". He and Metsudo have a long history dating back to just after the Second World War, and was instrumental in Metsudo's rise to the position of Kengan Chairman.
  • Absurdly High-Stakes Game: He makes the second match of the Annihilation Tournament this for Yamashita, betting Yamashita's son's life on the outcome of the match between Ohma and Raian. He loses and calls off the hit.
  • A Lesson in Defeat: Lost a Kengan Match when fighting for Metsudo which convinced him to throw away his pride and go back and learn all of the Kure Clan techniques.
  • Badass Grandpa: 91 years old and is still powerful enough to destroy a large portion of the floor by activating Removal in anger. Was able to protect Metsudo from Guardians during an attempted coup. This is not surprising given that he was Metsudo's former representative fighter, the original title holder of The Fang of Metsudo and the one who won him the chairmanship.
  • Befriending the Enemy: In his case, he was the enemy to Metsudo, being hired to kill Metsudo, only to be convinced to fight for him and becoming a lifelong friend.
  • Berserk Button: His great-granddaughter Karla entering a relationship and the Kure Clan being deceived. The former is Played for Laughs, the later is played straight, with him organising a hit on Yamashita Kenzo, sending dozens of his clan to destroy the house and kill him.
  • Black Sheep: Used to be this, even rebelling from the Kure Clan entirely in his youth, but after having his ass whooped for the first time in the Kengan matches, he mellowed out and is now the patriarch of the clan.
  • Doting Parent: Or in his case, grandfather, in particular towards his grandaughter Karla. He gushes about how brilliant she is, tries to pay her surprise visits, and will absolutely destroy any male who he might think is hitting on her. This also extended to his children when they were born, buying all sorts of baby equipment to help him with parenting.
  • Legacy Character: Was the first person to hold onto the title of The Fang of Metsudo.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Based off of Helio Gracie.
  • Overprotective Dad: Towards his great-granddaughter Karla. Any hint that someone may be hitting on her, whether real or not, is enough to send him into a childish tantrum followed by murderous fury.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To Kure Raian in his youth. He looked like a thinner Raian with slick black hair, and was just as bloodthirsty. He was as much of a Black Sheep as Raian, moreso in that he left the clan to pursue his own way. He eventually mellowed out, returned to the clan, learned their techniques and became the patriarch. He goes back to that when he becomes enraged though.
  • Uninhibited Muscle Power: Enough that he could break a samurai sword with his teeth in his youth. He is limited to using Removal for 30 seconds by overusing it, but it is enough for him to destroy a massive portion of the floor by stomping on it in his old age.

     Kure Karla 
The Succubus
Kure Erioh's great-granddaughter and high school student. After a brief clash with Ohma, she decided that she must mate with him at all costs.
  • The Cameo: Not her, but her mother Kure Yakusha appears as a teacher to the protagonists in Sandrovich's other work Danberu Nan Kiro Moteru.
  • Little Miss Badass: A nice, cute schoolgirl who is also an incredibly strong fighter. According to other members of the Kure Clan, she is a deviant who would be able to wipe the floor with most of the clan and keep up with Ohma in a brief clash. Word of God says that if the Kengan Association had a female division, she would reign supreme.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Although its directed at Ohma, she has done everything possible to bed him. She has flung herself onto him and started stripping straight after his matches.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is continuously and willing stripping down to nothing in an attempt to woo Ohma. It is very noticeable compared to the other female characters
  • Nice Girl: Especially friendly, making friends with Elena Robinson, wishing Mokichi well against her relative Raian, and comforting her after her brother was badly injured against Raian. She is the most stand out friendly member of the Kure Clan.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Based off of Kyra Gracie, Carlos Gracie's great-granddaughter.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She has eyes for only Ohma.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She has no problem stripping down in front of other people, in fact, stripping down and flinging herself at Ohma is her go-to seduction tactic.
  • Uninhibited Muscle Power: Like the rest of the Kure, she can unleash a whopping 85% of her body's limit via Removal. This is the second highest behind Raian and maybe Erioh.

     Kure Fusui 
The Wicked Shooter
Raian's younger sister, who was sent with her relative Henzo to keep an eye out on their client, Yamashita Kenzo. As of Omega she has become the liaison between the Kure clan and the Kengan Association.
  • Brainy Brunette: She has dark hair and is an honour student at Koyo Academy
  • Friendly Sniper: She is a sniper who spends her time checking on the latest trends and chatting with her relative Henzo.
  • Nice Girl: Unlike her brother, she is nice and personable.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: Her entire involvement in the story is to keep an eye on Kenzo and take a shot if ordered to do so. Unfortunately, because Kenzo is a Crazy-Prepared Hikikomori, there is not much to survey. She later appears on the island during the coup, staying out of the way of her brother.
    • Her appearance in Omega seems to mark a more involved role in the story, being the liaison for her clan and the Kengan Association, and searching for her brother Raian, who has disappeared since the Tournament in Asura.
  • Uninhibited Muscle Power: She can only release 28% via Removal. Instead of using it for hand to hand combat, like other members of her clan, she targets specific muscles and her eye to help her with her sniping.

     Minor Members 
The minor named members. They consist of Henzo, Hollis, Horio (Hollis' uncle) and Reiichi.

  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Kure Hollis and Kure Reiichi are always seen escorting Kure Erioh, even when he is giving his great-granddaughter a surprise visit. The same Kure Erioh who can destroy concrete floors under him with his Removal and fend off Guardians with ease in his old age.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Kure Hollis and Reiichi are this to Erioh, having to calm him down whenever he throws a tantrum or becomes murderous, often because he believes someone hit on Karla.
  • Flat Character: Most of the minor Kure members are flat characters, with perhaps one minor trait about them. Hollis is this especially, with his trait being worrying about not having hobbies.
  • Red Baron: All of the minor members have epithets based off of demons.
    • Kure Henzo - The Hunter Demon
    • Kure Reiichi - The Admantine Demon
    • Kure Horio - The Ox Demon
    • Kure Hollis - The Wailing Demon
  • The Rival: Muteba Gizenga was this to Kure Horio on one of his contracts. Horio was unable to kill his target, who was protected by Muteba, until his target ran out of money and Muteba left. To this day Horio does not want to fight Muteba again.
  • Stout Strength: Kure Horio has an incredibly large, rotund stomach. He also has the 4th highest known Removal rate of the clan and survived a run-in with Muteba, cementing himself as a high-tier fighter in his own right.
  • Uninhibited Muscle Power: They can all do this to varying levels.
    • Kure Henzo - 19%
    • Kure Reiichi - 50%
    • Kure Horio - 65%
    • Kure Hollis - 80%
  • What Could Have Been: Word of God said Kure Hollis was meant to fight instead of Raian. Metsudo also comments on the choice of Raian over Hollis. It is hinted that Hollis, in comparison to Raian, is both more experienced at fighting and at using Kure Clan techniques, as opposed to having pure strength like Raian.


Another organisation which is part of the Japanese underground martial arts industry. It was second to the Kengan Association in Asura. However, in Omega, it has become the largest scale underground martial arts promotion in Japan, and is looking to do a merger with the Kengan Association.
     Idimitsu Toyoda (Spoilers!!) 
The representative of Purgatory and the richest tycoon in Japan.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: His pupils are wide like a goat's. No explanation for why this is the case has been given yet.
  • Fiction 500: He is absurdly wealthy, having total assets that exceed that of the Kengan Association (which runs on contributions from member corporations, including the ones above.) He could buy his own country if he wanted to.
    • To give an idea of how absurdly wealthy he is, he owns his own private island, with a massive mansion, filled with "lost" artwork from the World War 2 and it's own private aquarium large enough to be built under the ocean and filled with animals such as Whale Sharks. The kicker. He brought the island and built everything on it for one of his mistresses.
    • Unlike the Kengan Association, which has to manage fighters from over 400 different companies and negotiate on which fighters to send, Idimitsu can freely choose the strongest 13 fighters he wants without issue. Purgatory is truly a one man show.
  • Hidden Depths: In spite of his Manchild tendencies, he is a very shrewd and sharp businessman. When he made his proposal to shorten the time till the tournament to one month and increase the number of fighters to 50, part of it was because of his Manchild tendencies, the other part was because he knew about the Kengan Associations issues with internal policies and their more limited roster.
  • Manchild: He is a slave to his desires like a child. He eats what he wants and takes what he wants because he has the power and wealth to do so. Why did he build a massive aquarium? Because he likes them, so he had to have one of his own. Why does he want to merge the Associations? Because he wants to take over the world, starting with the Japanese economy. Why does he want to do that? Because he needs to occupy his time whilst he builds his own spaceship to go to the moon? Why? BECAUSE HE WANTS TO AND HE CAN!!
    • May lean into Psychopathic Manchild, as he arranged a meeting with Nogi because he wanted to change the time for preparation from a year to a month, and increase the number of fighters from 13 to 50 because it would be more entertaining. His whole reason for doing things is based upon selfish desires, and he seems willing to do anything to get what he wants.
  • Yakuza: Subverted, though he may look like a yakuza because of his tattoos, and was born as the son of a yakuza crime syndicate boss, he renounced his status, built everything off by himself and went from Rags to Riches.

     Edward Wu 
One of the 13 representative fighters for Purgatory. He was chosen by Idimitsu upon first meeting him and has a history with the Kure clan. He is also a member of Worm, the organisation that pursued Ohma.
  • The Big Guy: Compared to every other Kure member so far, he is a walking mountain of muscle, to the point where he looks to be around the size of Wakatsuki.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: He has this, just like the Kure clan, though he isn't a member of their clan. He does however consider the Kure clan to be a bunch of "fakes" compared to his clan.
  • The Clan: He implies that he is part of a large clan, that the Kure clan is an offshoot from his. He refers to the Kure clan as "fakes" that have been left alone for a thousand years, and are his sole reason for fighting for Purgatory instead of the Kengan Association.
  • Foreshadowing: He is first seen in the final chapter of Asura with the "Tiger Vessel" and another man in Hong Kong, with it being clear that they were involved in killing members of the Guardians, including Long Min. Come Omega, he has become a main fighter for Purgatory, and appears to be connected to the mysterious Worm organisation.
  • Meaningful Name: The character for his last name "Wu" translates to "Kure" in Japanese. It is clear that he is related to them in some manner.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: His face looks very similar to both Kure Erioh and Kure Raian from the eyes to a similar hairstyle, except on a body that makes Wakatsuki look small. This is because he is somehow related to the Kure clan.

Other Characters

     Niko Tokita 
Master of the Niko style who taught it to Ohma. Killed several years before the start of the story.
  • Counter Attack: The specialty of the Niko style. The Ultimate move of the Niko style is one too.
  • Made of Iron: His Adamantine technique makes him quite a bit harder than iron.
  • Meaningful Name: Gensai reveals that the name of Niko Tokita is in fact multiple people who have trained under Gaoh Mukaku in hoping of turning the name into a legend
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Kiryu is responsible for a conspiracy that resulted in his death after leading Niko into fights with multiple strong opponents.
  • Posthumous Character: He passed away long before the events of the series but still plays a major role in Ohma's character arc.
  • Spirit Advisor: It's unclear if the Niko who is teaching Ohma during the story is really a ghost, or just a hallucination.
  • Too Cool to Live

     Gaoh Mukaku (SPOILERS!) 
A legendary fighter of the Gaoh Style of Classical Jiu-Jitsu who tried to unify the Inside for over thirty years, and the founder of the Niko Style, which he taught to many of the orphans of the Inside such as Ohma's Niko. He disappeared in Gakigahara Forest many years before the series began.

  • Covered in Scars: Outside of two scratch-like scars on his forehead, he was untouched when he went into the Inside. Thirty years down the line, he's almost got more scars than he has unblemished skin.
  • Determinator: He fought for thirty years straight against opponent after opponent to try and create order in the Inside. He didn't succeed, but it was one hell of an attempt.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: Gaoh was absolutely huge, even by the standards of the series. Even in his old age he was a hunk of muscle that stood twice as tall as the teenagers he's seen instructing in the Niko Style.
  • Old Master: He wasn't this when he started his conquest on the Inside, but he's visibly graying by the time he decided to found the Niko Style.
  • One-Man Army: Explicitly described as such by Kuroki Gensai, no less.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Tried to create this by teaching many orphans the Niko Style and getting them to adopt the name "Niko". He planned to control the Inside by spreading the myth of "Niko", an invincible warrior who is capable of being everywhere at the same time. After an incident in Gakigahara Forest, which lead to the death of many of the orphans, he disappeared, becoming a myth himself.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Possibly to accentuate the accumulating scars he gains during his tirades in the Inside, he's never seen with his shirt on, only a set of cloth wrappings and his pants.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate is technically still unknown, but he went missing after an incident in the Gakigahara Forest while he was teaching the Nikos Demonsbane, and a majority of the Nikos were killed in said incident as well. The existence of Gaoh Ryuki seems to imply that he may have survived, however.
  • World's Strongest Man: Definitely one of the contestants for the title, given that he went undefeated for thirty years of fighting the problem-makers of the Inside nonstop, which was filled to the brim with violent gangs, psychopaths and other martial artists.


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