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Whether just making a bit of trouble at the back of the classroom or out picking fights, schoolyard bullies or members of one of those oddly-decked-out motorcycle gangs, delinquents are a sure sign that not all is right. Japanese Delinquents comes in two distinct flavors: Throw-away minor characters, and major (or main) characters.

The visual style of the Japanese delinquent in fiction has remained more consistent than in Real Life. note  The description below is an up-to-date and relatively realistic one.

For both types, speaking with rolled Rs (to convey a sense of rage) and dyeing their hair in some form is usual (though the likelihood is greatly increased for major characters), with bleached-blond being the most common variety. A ridiculous pompadour or ri-zento/regent hairstyle that juts out from the forehead like a battering ram is a delinquent hallmark; this is seldom played straight nowadays, especially for main characters.


When first seen a male delinquent character will traditionally be in a distinctive pose: head tilted back and to the side and upper body leaning back with hips thrust out and shoulders hunched forward, with either arms folded or hands in pockets. In more recent works, you'll sometimes instead see the "Slav squat" borrowed from Russian gopniks, a deep crouch with heels touching the ground, body leaning forward, and arms resting on the knees (which is called yankii zuwari or unko zuwari in Japan). Narrowed eyes and an upper lip curled into a sneer typically accompany either pose. In the case of minor antagonists, one of these poses on introduction is practically mandatory.

Other visual identifiers include:

  • Bandanas.
  • A facial mask of some kind, especially a surgical one.
  • A school uniform with custom modifications, sometimes the sleeves ripped off.
    • Female delinquents will often have a long skirt (ankle-length) compared to the relatively short skirt common to anime and manga. A case of 80s fashion that hasn't been updated.
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  • Excessive piercings and jewellery.
  • Tattoos, or for the particularly hardcore, scars (almost Always Male).
  • Delinquent Hair.
  • Sarashi.
  • Jackets worn over the shoulders.
  • Trousers rolled up to just below the knee. Sleeves are often rolled up too.
  • Combat pants tucked into boots.
  • A Commissar Cap.
  • Loafers without socks, or alternatively wooden sandals (geta).
  • A twig or blades of straw or grass kept in the mouth.
  • Sunglasses.
  • For the guys, a thin moustache, if the delinquent is old enough to be able to grow one.
  • Weapons tend to be long and blunt (bats, planks, poles, etc.) rather than bladed, especially in comedies and light dramas. This is because it implies less dangerous and more honorable fighting, as well as because the possession of bladed weapons has been strictly regulated in Japan since the Meiji Restoration. Chains and knuckle dusters are popular as well, and wielding nunchaku or using other martial arts weapons is not unheard of. Bokken and shinai are iconic delinquent weapons, often held by leader figures, or sometimes heroic examples to denote an aura of nobility and honor. In extreme cases, a delinquent may even wield a real katana outside of school grounds, but this is usually reserved for the most vicious characters or the most comedic exaggerations. Alternately, the reliance on improvised weapons can be exaggerated by making the character an Improbable Weapon User; this is particularly likely for major characters.

Female delinquents often have their seifuku in some form of purposeful disarray—unknotted scarf, loose socks, partially unbuttoned top, and the skirt either very shortened or very lengthened (the latter being especially popular in the 70s and 80s). A coat or sports jacket, either over the regular jacket or replacing it, also indicates a tough cookie. They will sometimes be portrayed as kogals (who flaunt their disposable income), or some other subculture, or engaging in less violent inappropriate behavior. They'll typically also carry weapons like long rulers and sticks too.

Their behaviour is a general blend of everything you would expect from someone called a delinquent: getting into fights, disturbing the peace, and generally just not getting along with society at large. Their interests, if they have any, tend to be mainly baseball, motorbikes and Professional Wrestling and/or martial arts, due to their penchant for violence and physical fighting, though most of their brawling boils down to Good Old Fisticuffs. If they are trained practitioners themselves, they will be invariably of the Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy type and will harass any fighting character they see as not as tough as them. Villainous examples and mooks are more likely to rely on numbers and weaponry than protagonist delinquents, who often fight unarmed and man-to-man or outnumbered, but even a "good" delinquent tends to fight dirty.

The minor, throw-away type are essentially there to provide trouble for the main cast to clean up. The major character type, on the other hand, carries at least some the above traits, but is almost always a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.

In Japanese, delinquents are referred to, both in real life and in fiction, as yankii (as in "yankee", because of their rebelliousness and Hawaiian-patterned shirts they sometimes wore rather than an affinity with the USA), while their leaders are called banchou. Female leaders can be called sukeban (which has also become associated to all female delinquents, leader or not) or onna banchou. Motorcycle and automobile racers are usually considered a separate subculture of delinquent, known as Bōsōzoku or hashiriya. More recent works may feature color gangs; these guys draw heavy influence from American street gangs, and can be distinguished from the usual riff-raff with their baggy clothing and use of colors as identifiers (jewellery and bandannas are optional).

The Yakuza, Japan's indigenous organized crime syndicates, tend to have little respect for delinquents. In their eyes, Yakuza are professional criminals with a sense of tradition, whereas delinquents are just upstart punks with an attitude. Some very low-ranking yakuza (called "chinpira") do intermingle with the yankii and their close relatives, the bosozoku and hashiriya, mainly because they are a prime method of trafficking illegal substances. Some yankii and bosozoku like to ape yakuza styles, so many civilians are unaware of this hierarchy or see this as a distinction without a difference, lumping all yankii, bosozoku, and hashiriya with hardcore yakuza.

Unlike street gangs, Japanese delinquents tend to focus less on profitable crime (in fiction, at least) and more on delinquency as a lifestyle. Loitering, vandalizing and brawling serve as a pastime as much as an act of rebellion, though shoplifting and shaking down the meek are not unheard of. When conflicts between delinquents occur, they tend either to be unarmed duels over matters of hierarchy or honor, or fullscale rumbles between rival groups. Gang affiliation is typically based on what school you attend, rather than a voluntary enlistment, and turf wars usually break out over toughs from an outsider school showing their faces or making a scene in an arcade or shopping district within a local school's region. Occasionally, resident delinquents may challenge thugs from a rival school for bullying or mugging classmates they would themselves bully or mug, as a matter of pride.

For delinquents in general, including the Western types, see Delinquents, Greaser Delinquents (for the delinquents of The '50s and The '60s), and Lower-Class Lout.

Examples of minor characters

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    Anime and Manga 
  • The Capsules, Kaneda's bosozoku gang from AKIRA, a rival gang called the Clowns, and many of their classmates.
  • Angel Densetsu is the likely inspiration for the three protagonist examples above.
  • Assassination Classroom:
    • At the end of the story, Nagisa has to deal with a whole class of stereotypical delinquents in his first teaching job.
    • There's also the stereotypically delinquent group of older students who kidnap and threaten to rape Kayano and Kanzaki on the school trip to Kyoto.
  • The class of Battle Royale features a small group of delinquent males led by Empty Shell Kazuo Kiriyama. An even smaller group of females is led by Souma. Both are especially hardcore examples who get involved in serious and violent crime.
  • Blassreiter features a group of delinquents who antagonize everyone in their path from fellow schoolmates to Useless Adults with no fear of reprisal (their ability to manipulate characters and to escape karmic retribution is rage-inducing, but largely for how obvious a rage plant they are). Physical and verbal dog-kicking abound, in addition to forcing Malek's friend Johann to commit suicide. These three school seniors seem to run their neighborhood, and for all we know Japan, with an iron fist until their reign eventually comes to an end as Malek fittingly murders them during the second arc of the series, but the sour taste of their deeds doesn't wash out right away, as much a result of the implausibility of their overblown dog-kicking as the heinousness of it.
  • Bleach, particularly in the flashbacks of Ichigo and Chad's past. More exactly, Chad used to be a delinquent but mellowed out and later refused to fight other punks, and when he was harassed by a whole gang Ichigo defended him, which is what kicked off their friendship. Ichigo is often frequently assumed to be one because of his orange hair and bad attitude.
  • Those Two Guys Inukawa and Nekoyama from Boku No Tsukuru Sekai.
  • Case Closed:
    • An attack on girls wearing inappropriately high heels reminds Chief Megure of an older case where some delinquent, long-skirt wearing girls were targets of a hit-and-run driver. The Sole Survivor of the case is currently his wife, Midori.
    • One of the murder suspects in the "Timeless Cherry Blossom Love", Kikuna Kagitani, is a foul-mouthed ex-delinquent who still bleaches her hair blond and claims to be able to summon many other girl delinquents to do her bidding.
  • Delinquents are The Usual Adversaries in Codename: Sailor V, bullying someone and then getting mauled by the title heroine whenever the plot needs her to waste time and arrive late at her destination. A chapter also features them as the Monster of the Week's Mooks (as the youma is purposefully brainwashing all the delinquents of Tokyo to create an army), with a gang leader (who vented his frustration at never declaring his love for one of his teachers at junior high) appearing as Minako's senpai and one of her many loves.
  • Subverted for multiple times in Daily Lives of High School Boys. Motoharu is called one and looked like one, but he's more a Nice Guy. This goes with most of the Sanada North's School Council sans the School Council President; all of them have a serious case of Face of a Thug despite being actually sensible and well-mannered guys. Lampshaded when the other school's Student Council arrives at the council room and first thought they went into a delinquents' office by mistake.
  • Light kills a delinquent in Death Note while experimenting with its power.
  • In the baseball episode of Excel♡Saga, the whole class is made of these ridiculous stereotypes. The toughest of the bunch has a pompadour haircut that extends a good fifteen feet from his forehead and appears to be prehensile...
  • The Zokugaku Chameleons from Eyeshield 21 are an entire team of minor-character delinquents, except for team captain Rui Habashira, who's more like a secondary character (and placed 5th in the latest character popularity poll).
  • Chi-Chi's eternal fear in Z is her son Gohan turning into one of these if he stops studying and train in martial arts. Considering the type of story Dragon Ball is, she's woefully unsuccessful, at least for the first three arcs.
  • Subaru Mimasaka from Food Wars! is a hulking Badass Biker who wears a tracksuit, earrings, and has his hair shaved except in the middle, where it's tied in several long braids. He's also a Genius Bruiser when it comes to cooking.
  • Fruits Basket:
    • There is a trio of middle-school-aged yanki wannabes who tried to pick a fight with Uotani after stalking her for over an hour. Uotani is easily able to talk some sense into them.
    • Uotani used to be one herself, until Tohru's mother Kyoko (who was also in a gang when she was her age) convinced her to change her ways and quit the gang. Other students still call her a delinquent though, mostly Kyou, because of her rough speech and how she still wears a very long skirt.
  • In Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, a gang of delinquents attempts to mess with Sousuke, first by picking a fight with him and then kidnapping Kaname, only to find they are not prepared to deal with someone like Sousuke. Though to be fair, there aren't many people that are prepared to deal with someone like Sousuke.
  • Jirô in Gokinjo Monogatari. The other characters sometimes start talking in delinquent slang while he looks at them with a pissed expression from the background.
  • See Yankumi's students in Gokusen. Ironically one of the teachers is a real Yakuza princess, compared to the delinquent students in her class. Being delinquents, most of them are too dense to have figured it out.
  • Great Teacher Onizuka. If you're not sure what the minor-type is supposed to look like, see the class Onizuka deals with in the first couple of episodes.
  • Hajime no Ippo:
    • Umezawa starts as this, bullying Ippo alongside his friends. As Ippo becomes better-known as a boxer, they stop bullying him and become his friends, and by the end they graduate from highschool Umezawa has fully reformed.
    • Ippo's fellow boxers Aoki and Kimura were both juvenile delinquents in their backstory, constantly fighting with groups from other schools. Then they got beaten up by Takamura and they stopped being delinquents, instead becoming boxers so that they could defeat Takamura. Well, TRY to defeat him. There's no question that Takamura is leagues above the other two.
  • Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto: Several of the boys in Sakamoto's class are delinquents who try to make Sakamoto look bad since all the girls only have eyes for him. Sakamoto ends up befriending them and even gets one of them to quit smoking. He later serves as upperclassman delinquent Maruyama's errand boy, and helps out their leader Hayabusa after defeating him in a "fight".
  • In Helen ESP, Oguri's brother Midou is one, though he ends up reforming.
  • Hitomi-chan Is Shy with Strangers: Himari is one who's an Unknown Rival to Hitomi, who just tries to be friendly. She may be developing a crush on Hitomi as well, but is too Tsundere to realize or admit it.
    • In Chapters 25 and 26, Hitomi wears a gakuran uniform with the shirt unbuttoned and sarashi covering her breasts, looking very much like a delinquent.
  • Episode 67 of Kirby: Right Back at Ya! features Dirk, Kirk, and Smirk, a Terrible Trio of unruly bullies from Nightmare Enterprises who can't resist having fun picking on others, especially the teachers, and can combine together into a three-headed totem pole-like monster called MT2. It's rather unsurprising when you learn that these three were inspired by Japanese delinquents, and Smirk is based on a bancho, much like his Japanese name suggests.
  • Maid-Sama!'s cast are forced to go on a "rescue mission" (and end up forgetting why they went anyway) only to have the Three Idiots make up with an old ally. They all dress up in delinquent-style clothing for the infiltration.
  • Rin's motorcycle gang (and in the manga, the all-female gang led by Miku) in Midori Days.
  • Episode 17 of My Bride is a Mermaid is a spoof of this idea, with Akeno being forced into being a gang leader. Sun's idea of an ideal man is also a stereotypical bancho.
  • My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU:
    • Saki Kawasaki fits in the look: tall girl with white/light purple hair, doesn't use all the official uniform and have the attitude, but she's not a delinquent. Hachiman Hikigaya seems her as one at the beginning.
    • Also happens with Kakeru Tobe at the beginning of the series, in which rumours said he was a delinquent that made havoc in the neighborhood. Elucidate and clear this is one of the first missions of the Service Club, but the fact his look fits here too, starting for being a red-headed bully, doesn't help him too much. In the end he was just a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • In the comedic High-School A.U. of Neon Genesis Evangelion Petit Eva, Unit-01 is depicted as a yankii, and called "Evancho".
  • Ritsu Kasanoda from Ouran High School Host Club is believed to be one due to having a mean-looking face and a yakuza father. He... isn't
  • The "Bancho Rengoku" (Gang Leader Alliance) attacks Momotsuki Gakuen in episode 13 of Pani Poni Dash!. They consisted of a Girl Ninja, A 50-foot man and a talking bull. There's also the character of Yanki, who dresses like a delinquent but is just a fat, goofy-looking doofus.
  • Pokémon has one in the episode "The Bridge Bike Gang", parodying the "Bowzock" gangs of Japan as well as being a Pragmatic Adaptation of the Biker trainer class from Pokémon Red and Blue. Jessie and James were in a biker gang as kids as well.
  • Aruma, the protagonist of Sacred Seven is in a similar situation, although the real yankees pick on him themselves.
  • Some secondary characters in Slam Dunk are delinquents, in a wide range of positions from street gangs to players in rival teams. As mentioned below, the main character used to be one of these in the past (and is still feared as such).
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann episode 15 introduces a leader of group that were inspired to rise up by Team Dai-Gurren named "Bachon" possessing the typical traits such as school uniform with ragged cap, sarashi around the belly and a piece of straw in the mouth.
  • Tiger & Bunny's first drama CD shows that Kotetsu Kaburagi toed the line of delinquency as a teenager, although he'll protest. It's not his fault that his self-prescribed superhero training required skipping classes to beat up street thugs.
  • Some minor annoyances in Urusei Yatsura are delinquents who are too stupid to stay away from Tomobiki High. Kenshiro showed up in one episode as the school banchou. Providing a good reason for the lack of other delinquents there.
  • Mostly Played for Laughs in Wasteful Days of High School Girls. Saku Momoi tries to be one so that she isn't bullied for her size, but she's too much of a good girl and a sweetheart for the trope to be played straight.
  • Yo-Kai Watch:

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Godzilla (2014) has a scene where Ford Brody must retrieve his father Joe from a Japanese jail. Before his dad is brought out to him, he sees a delinquent teen being brought into the lobby, whereupon the teen gets fussed at by his parents.


    Live-Action TV 
  • Sukeban Deka: the Live action version of this manga started the Delinquent Hero genre. A Former female gang member is recruited by the Tokyo police to clean up the gangs in the school. The title translates as "Delinquent Detective." She famously uses a Yo-Yo as a weapon, with her badge hidden inside it.
  • Super Sentai:
    • In episode 30 of Engine Sentai Go-onger, Sousuke and Ren get brainwashed into baddies; while Sousuke wears the jacket and pants, Ren goes the 'yankii' route with a Hawaiian shirt.
    • A similar example in the previous year's Juken Sentai Gekiranger, with Ran being turned into a sukeban. Then they learn that their mentor Miki used to be a real one.
    • Also, in an episode of Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, Ian and Utsusemimaru dress up as delinquents in order to help Souji's Love Interest hook up with him by getting him to defend her from their advances. Then Amy, who is not in on the act, comes and beats them both up.
    • An episode of Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger has Dan and Mei act this way after their snow cones are spiked with a potion concocted by Tottopat. They get better.

  • "Konbini" by the Japanese comedy duo Brief & Trunks is about a bored woman going to the local convenience store at night. When she arrives, she double-thinks going inside because a group of punks are hanging around the entrance. All they do is harrass her a bit by asking if she's wearing a bra. In the music video, one of the delinquents wears a bandana and while the other has blond Delinquent Hair.

    Video Games 
  • Just about everyone in River City Ransom. Well, except the shop keepers, waiters, children, the old man at the sauna, Roxy, and Ryan. But still!
  • Pokémon:
    • Pangoro is based off one, and is appropriately a Fighting/Dark type. It even has a "coat" like one.
    • So are the motorcycle gang people you see in Kanto's Cycling Road and the Sevii Islands subplot (who often use Koffing and Grimer) and Unova's variant, who use Scraggy and Sandile lines.
    • The Pokémon Yungoos and Gumshoos have shades of this as well, sporting a permanent scowling face and greased blond hair.
    • Unova's Elemental Monkey trio is an interesting case, as their status as this is meant as double-layered symbolism. Grass-type Simisage has the yankii pompadour and foul temperment. Fire-type Simisear is bosozoku as shown by its fingerless glove markings on its hands, the collar of fur on its neck giving it the appearance of wearing a jacket, and its hands reach out to grab invisible handlebars as if it's on a motorcycle. Water-type Simipour is all dolled up like a kogal would be. It's symbolism because the trio is also meant to represent the Monkey Morality Pose—wide mouthed Simisage being "Speak No Evil", big eared Simisear being "Hear No Evil" and blind Simipour being "See No Evil". Their delinquent status is meant to show that they failed this morality; yankiis are foul-mouthed and rude (hence, Simisage failed to speak no evil), bosozoku produce a lot of noise pollution from their motorcycles (hence, Simisear failed to hear no evil) and kogals are vain and only care about their looks (hence, Simipour failed to see no evil).
  • The DJ characters from beatmania IIDX are depicted this way in the video/overlays for "FAKE TIME" from IIDX RED.
  • In Yandere Simulator:
    • delinquents can be found loitering around the school's incinerator. If Yandere-chan approaches them with a corpse, they will attack her and beat her into a coma. If she's just holding a weapon, they'll still fight, but not to 'into a coma' levels. The Head Delinquent, Osoro Shidesu, is also one of the planned romantic rivals. Their backstory reveals that they had ones been victims of bullying. After the guidance counselor, Genka Kunahito, refused to do anything about it (because at the time she required concrete proof that they couldn't provide), and after witnessing Osoro beat up a number of bullies by herself, the victims began to emulate Osoro and follow her, becoming the delinquents. Genka regrets her inaction and staked her career on trying to reform the delinquents.
    • Until April 2018 the alpha builds had a different set of delinquents, however, since their aesthetic was more akin to delinquents in the Eighties rather than modern times, they were replaced with the above. It's planned to bring them back in 1980's Mode.
  • Great Baggi in Monster Hunter 3 (Tri) and onward is essentially a bancho in raptor form. The crest on its forehead is a clear nod towards the characteristic pompadour, it is causing others trouble by putting them to sleep with his saliva and commands a group of smaller versions of itself.
  • Yo-Kai Watch:
    • Roughraff is a reptilian yo-kai with a giant orange pompadour wearing a sarashi. He inspirits well-behaved youths to become delinquents. His evolution Badude carries around a large nail bat and is explicitly a gang leader.
    • Fusing Roughraff with Jibanyan gives you Baddinyan, a delinquent version of Jibanyan that sports a dark purple pompadour, sunglasses, a scar over his left eye and a uniform with the kanji for "Rebel" drawn in the back. He's also constantly squatting in the typical delinquent way, with his back to the enemies.
  • In Slap City, Ittle Dew changes her appearance to this in her Delinquent skin (first appeared in Ittle Dew 2). This skin also subtly changes her weapons. Her wooden stick becomes a baseball bat, and the ice ring becomes a brass knuckle.
  • A few Digimon video games include the bancho Digimon in their cast, five prideful Mega-level Digimon who emerged from tough battles with unbroken spirit. Each one of them has elements of delinquents in their design, such as the black "Gaku-Ran" Coat Capes that they all share.
    • BanchoGolemon is covered with tattoo-like kanji carvings.
    • BanchoLeomon, as seen in Digimon Data Squad, has the Sarashi, Commissar Cap, rolled-up trousers and katana.
    • BanchoLillymon is a sukeban with a long, torn black skirt and wields a Killer Yoyo with a vine string.
    • BanchoMamemon has the Commissar Cap, the chains, and twin nightstick-knuckledusters.
    • BanchoStingmon has the torn-sleeved jacket, the rolled-up trousers and the spiked shoulders to match.
  • The Battle Cats has the appropiately named unit "Delinquent Cat", whose description says he's known as the Bancho of Cat School. His looks and attack are a refference to Jotaro Kujo, when the unit evolves into Angry Delinquent Cat, he s gains more typical delinquent looks: his uniform gets tattered and his sleeves are ripped, he gets a comisar cap, geta and a blade of grass in his mouth. His final form, Ultra Delinquent Cat, gives him bandages in his (now huge) forearms, gives his uniform a flame design and makes his geta ridiculously tall.

    Visual Novels 
  • Mondo Oowada/Owada from Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a direct parody of a Japanese delinquent, attending Hope's Peak Academy as the Ultimate Biker Gang Leader. He is hostile, rolls his rs quite often, and has a pompadour to boot.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry features a gang of reoccuring delinquents with pompadours who pop up. In one arc, Rika intentionally provokes them to prove that she's "lucky" in this universe.
  • Most of the Tokimeki Memorial games sometimes pit you against delinquents during dates, and you'll have to fight them Final Fantasy battles-style. When defeated, their Banchou comes to fight you; if you defeat him, he'll acknowledge you as the new Banchou and will make excuses for his underlings' rudeness. In Tokimeki Memorial 2, the delinquent gang is fleshed out (but still as secondary characters), with their Banchou revealed as Kaoru Ichimonji aka the Knight Templar Big Brother of one of the datable girls (Akane), and the Banchou of the first game, and having under its order a Quirky Miniboss Squad of 4 members known as the Four Heaven Kings, all having a specific name, face and personnality, and all having a role in the aforemented datable girl's storyline.

Examples of major characters

    Anime and Manga 
  • The casts of the Hiroshi Takahashi mangas Crows and Worst are almost entirely composed of delinquents, specifically Harumichi Bouya and Tsukishima Hana, the respective protagonists. The opponents they encounter can be divided into two distinct groups: Rivals (delinquents who respect the codes of honor and companionship in high school gang warfare) and Bad Guys (jerks).
  • Itsuki "Ikki" Minami from Air Gear.
  • Tetsuo Shima and Shotaro Kaneda in AKIRA, plus the rest of the Capsules (Kaisuke, Yamagata, etc.) are a violent motorcycle gang. They're attending a reform school, but its goal of turning them into productive members of society seems to be failing — badly. And yes, back in the '80s criminal rebellious bikers in Japan apparently had side-parted hair and wore pink polo shirts.
  • The main cast in Angel Densetsu. The scariest looking of the bunch, however is a Messianic Archetype, and manages to mellow them all down. (Kuroda and Ogisu remain totally useless people, so they do not count). MostAll of the guidance counsellors too.
  • Assassination Classroom has a "delinquent" clique within the cast consisting of Terasaka, Muramatsu, Yoshida, Hazama, and later Horibe. They're of the rumbustious rather than the seriously criminal kind.
  • Azumanga Daioh:
    • Sakaki is mistaken for one of these: A Huge Schoolgirl + totally inexpressive + unusually skilled athlete + Kamineko hurts her hand = everyone assuming she's a Delinquent who loves picking fights for quite a few episodes of the series. During the school athletic festival, she and Kagura even hung a lampshade on it by dressing up as delinquents... boy delinquents, but delinquents nonetheless.
    • Parodied when Chiyo-chan and company dressed up as delinquents during the Sports Festival.
    • Also parodied during Kaorin's hatsuyume (the first dream of the new year), when all of the girls (except Sakaki) are wearing face masks and long skirts, implying gang membership. Then Sakaki rides in on a white horse, knocks them down, and sweeps Kaorin away. Kaorin was quite disappointed to wake up just then.
  • Be-Bop Highschool has the two laid-back main characters.
  • Each and every student of Ishiyama High in Beelzebub. The main character himself is the top delinquent, who rules the entire institution. It's questionable how the school qualifies as a school seeing as it's basically gang headquarters for all the delinquents in the general vicinity, while the only faculty employees on campus are the principal (who doubles as the janitor) and the lunch lady, while the school building has gotten destroyed twice already. And theirs isn't the only delinquent school in the area!
  • Rantaro from Beyblade Burst has the looks and brash personality. He has a blond pompadour, wears his gakuran open and as a cape (despite the fact that his school doesn't even use uniforms), near permanently keeps a lollipop in his mouth, and has a bandage on his nose.
  • Magna Swing from Black Clover has this image to a T with the chain, dark shades, dyed mohawk, leather jacket and boots, and tough guy attitude. He's even called "Funny-Glasses Delinquent" by others.
  • Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach. Subverted as most of the fights Ichigo got into were people picking fights with him, often because of his hair, which is naturally strawberry blond. He himself hates being seen as such.
  • Bunny Drop has Kouki act like this as a teenager, even dyeing his hair and having a delinquient girlfriend. Rin is not impressed by this.
  • Takane from Burst Angel is at the same time a reformed Delinquent, a Badass Longseifuku, and The Idiot from Osaka.
  • For the first half, Campus Special Investigator Hikaruon plays like an old-school delinquent manga with the lead embodying the demeanor in class.
  • A Certain Magical Index: The Level 0 street gangs known collectively as "Skill-Out" are depicted in this manner. One of the three protagonists, Shiage Hamazura, is a former Skill-Out member. Indeed he was rather highly placed, being second-in-command of one of the largest gangs in the city. Kuroko's senior officer in Judgement, Mii Konori, is also a former Skill-Out, although the particular gang she belonged to was a rather benign one that didn't commit crimes.
  • Chameleon is all about the main character wanting to be Japan's biggest bancho.
  • Cheeky Angel:
    • Genzo Souga.
    • Half of the extras. The entertainment value of the show went down every time they showed up, too.
  • Tsunoda in Chou Kuse ni Narisou.
  • Tomoya Okazaki and Youhei Sunohara in CLANNAD are known as these, due to their tendency to skip classes. Sunohara's tendencies to pick a fight and be naughty (but always fails) doesn't help. However, the real delinquent would be Sakagami Tomoyo, who actually became (in)famous for it. By the time the story starts, she renounces her delinquency to be eligible to become the Student Council President.
  • Pretty much everybody in Cromartie High School is a delinquent, although they split their time equally between having odd conversations and fighting rival schools.
  • One of the two protagonists in Crossplay Love: Otaku x Punk, Shuumei Satogiri, is a yankii who dresses as a girl to get close to the girl he likes — who unknown to him, is also a crossdresser. Even as "Mei", some of Shuumei's Hot-Blooded nature shows through.
  • Joe Shimamura's original backstory in Cyborg 009 had him and his friends as one of these. It's bowdlerized in the new series, where they are Heartwarming Orphans instead.
  • Delinquent In Drag somewhat parodies this, but all the main characters fit.
  • Masaru Daimon of Digimon Data Squad is a banchou and a street fighter, and it really showsnote . He actually needs to punch a Digimon to trigger his DigiSoul, and more often than not his punches do more damage than any of the ally Digimon. Meanwhile, BanchouLeomon is pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin: a humanoid lion themed after a banchou; however, he instead fills a mentor role.
  • Durarara!!:
    • Kida Masaomi, ex-leader of the Yellow Scarves, Ryuugamine Mikado, current leader of the Dollars, and Heiwajima Shizuo, when he was in high school, although that wasn't entirely by choice but just all those myriad Berserk Buttons flooding to the surface.
    • Many of the characters here are members of the Dollars, who aren't your usual delinquents since most of them are regular people who joined for kicks. There's another gang of note who are really the only one from the show that really qualifies, the Yellow Scarves, which used to be in power some time ago. Izaya seems to put down Saika's children as another faction that has infiltrated the other two.
  • Eyeshield 21 also has Jumonji, Kuroki, and Togano (the "Ha-Ha" Brothers, from habit of going "Hah?" in sequence when confused), three punks who initially pick on Sena, but end up getting recruited as linemen for the Devil Bats and becoming his friends.
  • Arisa Uotani (and in her teenage years, Honda Tohru's mother, Kyoko) in Fruits Basket. Kyouko's case in special in that she actually used to be a legendary delinquent known as the "Red Butterfly" due to the trail left by her red bike, and Arisa used to idolize her... too bad this coupled with Kyouko being a badly-abused Broken Bird, and her delinquent behavior was an outlet for her inner pain.
  • Gang King has basically every male as a delinquent in gangs, etc.
  • Haine from The Gentlemen's Alliance spent years as a delinquent, complete with blond hair.
  • Eikichi Onizuka himself, and many others, in Great Teacher Onizuka and its prequels Bad Company and GTO: The Early Years (though by the time of GTO he's an adult and has cleaned up his act a bit).
  • Kodaka, the protagonist of Haganai, is mistaken for one by his peers due to his naturally-blond hair and ostracized as a result; his reputation is shown to have some benefits as well, however, which he doesn't mind exploiting.
  • Hajime no Ippo:
    • Mamoru Takamura. Even in the ring, he rocks the pompadour and has the extreme Jerkass personality to match. He started boxing in order to keep out of trouble and it took him far. Also, Takuya Kimura and Masaru Aoki, though they had to reconsider their delinquent status once they ran into the force of nature that is Takamura.
    • Takeshi Sendoh and Ryuuhei Sawamura as well. In Sendoh's backstory, we learn that he actually became a delinquent and gang-leader in order to protect his classmates.
  • Hana no Asuka-gumi is a wildly popular shoujo variation of this trope.
  • The main character in Hareluya II Boy may count as one and he and his group run into a number of these.
  • Harlem Beat: Kiriko, Kosuke, Sawamura love to smoke, gamble and skip school. And then there's the Kyan team.
  • Katsuya Kimura from Hell Teacher Nube. Waaay older than he should be for a fifth-grader, smokes, often associates with less than savory elements, openly lusts for Miki, and often the root of serious trouble for Nube and his classmates. Then again, he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold that would put his life on the line for his friends, loves animals, is very kind when you get to know him, and is unbelievably protective of his little sister Manami.
  • England from Hetalia: Axis Powers was said to be quite the delinquent as a teen, something which he fervently denies due to his current status as a (self-proclaimed) gentleman. This is also touched in Gakuen Hetalia where in England's official bio it mentions how he had been given such a reputation in the past.
  • Hungry Heart: Wild Striker: Kyousuke Kanou began the story with the appearance of one, having his hair dyed red-orange and picking fights with street thugs. As the story advances, it's revealed that he became this in an effort to distinguish himself from his brother Seisuke, to whom he was constantly compared.
  • Idol Densetsu Eriko: Eriko's sempai Yasuko is the archetypal "tough girl", who likes fighting and motorbikes, and is mentioned to have been expelled from school. She's on Eriko's side come what may, though.
  • Tobitaka Seiya in Inazuma Eleven is the formerly leader of a gang of delinquents, who was known as "Tobi the Kicker" due to his excessive use of legs in fights. Coach Hibiki (who was a delinquent himself in his youth) sees potential in him and suggests him to play soccer, something his kicks would be useful for.
  • Airs Blue from Infinite Ryvius, a gang leader who gets his hands on the only gun on the Ryvius.
  • Keisuke Takahashi in Initial D used to run a delinquent gang when he was younger, before he started street racing professionally with his brother. It pays dividends in Fourth Stage when a rival racing team hires a bosozoku gang to attack Project D for beating them fairly; as it turns out, the gang's leader was one of Keisuke's former subordinates, and he does not appreciate being hired to beat on his former aniki.
  • Inuyasha: Honorable mention: Kagome's trio of friends at school interpret her evasive descriptions of Inu-Yasha as describing a yankii boyfriend.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Subverted with Jotaro, Josuke, and Okuyasu. Jotaro may be a self-proclaimed punk with his highly unorthodox school uniform and rude attitude, but he's well-read and doesn't try to deliberately cause trouble. Josuke and Okuyasu on the other hand may look like stereotypical Japanese delinquents with their pompadours and customized school uniforms, but they're pretty friendly and respectful to others. In fact, Josuke himself gets bullied by actual Japanese delinquents in his first chapter (that is, until they insult his hair).
    • Jotaro's daughter, Jolyne, was a delinquent in her teens, but she had straightened herself out before her story begins.
    • Played more straight with Yuya Fungami, who has the looks, is a gang member and even a trio of fan girls that carry weapons like the typical female Japanese Delinquent. Even then however, he manages to side with Josuke after his initial antagonistic role.
  • Kagerou Daze: Invoked (but subverted) by the main cast, since they're a gang. Kido especially tries to create this image to appear tough (one pant-leg rolled up to the knee, hood always up, high collar hiding bottom half of her face) and make her gang look cool, but in reality she's actually very friendly, and quite shy. The rest of the gang have minor design details that indicate this kind of image (for example, Momo's two-tone bleached hair), but they don't really do much that would indicate delinquent behavior (Kano's Consummate Liar tendencies not-withstanding).
  • Kill la Kill: Ryuko Matoi admitted she started to pick fights when she was very young, and became a full-blown delinquent by her first year in high school. One of her adversaries, Uzu Sanageyama used to be one in his middle school days. Mako's uniform as president of the Fight Club, meanwhile, evokes this, consisting of a Coat Cape, chains, a nailed bat, brass knuckles and a clover straw to chew on.
  • Madoka Ayukawa in Kimagure Orange Road is a particular example: despite her heroic personality she has a very bad reputation as a delinquent because she's able to fight against real delinquents. In fact she is believed to be a sukeban, and she's feared and hated due to the bad fame she acquired. In the first episode she takes on and defeats five male delinquents. In a filler one she has to face a bunch of other girl delinquents who think she has messed around with their leaderess, and beat up Hikaru as revenge. It's a misunderstanding, and said leaderess is very angry when she finds out.
  • In case the title didn't make it clear, Kongoh Bancho's main character (and nearly the entire cast) are delinquents.
  • Almost the entire cast (both main characters, minor characters and even one-shot characters) of Kyō Kara Ore Wa!!, as the protagonist is one and tends to interact mainly with other delinquents.
  • Hatori from Life (2002). She's not in a gang, and she doesn't fight people, but she has quite the reputation. Most of it is just rumor though.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid has Hallie Tribeca, one of Vivio and Einhart's rivals in the Inter-Middle Tournament and the leader of a small gang of female delinquents.
    • ViVid Strike!: The Protagonist, Fuka Reventon is frequently gets into scraps with entire gangs due to her violent temper and subsequently gets into trouble with the police. As a loner orphan, this did not help her living conditions as she's been kicked out from various jobs and from her orphanage due to all the trouble she causes.
  • Mazinger Z's Boss is a classic anime example.
  • Metsuko ni Yoroshiku has Akiko and her two friends Yuzu and Kaoru (though Kaoru never takes part in their activities, she just kind of hangs out with them). By the time of I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying, they've all become Former Teen Rebels. Hilariously, while Kaoru does have bleached hair, she only started doing so after she got married.
  • Midori Days:
    • Seiji Sawamura; sure, he gets into fights, argues with teachers, and does horribly in classes, but if you so much as touch one of the students of HIS school, he will punch you through your car.
    • And his sister's way tougher than him.
  • Haruka Minami from Minami-ke apparently had a history of delinquency as many characters speak of her having been a 'legendary' banchou. She spends most of her screentime being a nice Ms. Fanservice, but the heavy handed way she solves a few problems hints that the rumors might be true.
  • Yuuichi from My-HiME (both the anime and manga, although the circumstances are different in each) used to be a delinquent until he ran into Shiho, who helped him overcome those tendencies and has looked up to him as a "big brother figure" ever since.
  • Naruto Uzumaki from Naruto starts this way at the beginning of the series. He even gets the standard yankii uniform during the High-School A.U. ending credits (and the Shippu Konoha Gakuen Den special that was inspired by it) and wants to be in the yakuza.
  • Metal Bat from One-Punch Man is modeled on this trope, being a parody of characters like Yusuke Urameshi. He's easily one of the most heroic people in the series, though.
  • The cast of Ore-sama Teacher is full of them. Pretty much everyone either used to be a delinquent, is a delinquent or is trying to quit being a delinquent. The internal justification being, although being an Elaborate University High, Midori ga Oka has a serious enrollment issue. As a result, it accepts nearly any transfee, a lot of them being previously expelled due to this trope.
  • Persona 4: The Animation has Kanji. See under the Video Game folder.
  • According to the "The Bridge Bike Gang" episode of Pokémon, Jessie and James were delinquents as teenagers before becoming Team Rocket (which is yakuza inspired) members as adults.
  • Jin Akutsu from The Prince of Tennis.
  • Kyoko Sakura in Puella Magi Madoka Magica is one of these by way of Pater Familicide. She's very violent and abrasive, ties her hair with a bandana, and wanders the city stealing food and money to sustain herself while leaving weak people to die and generally causing commotion. Yet she turns out to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, true to this trope.
  • Hayato Gokudera in Reborn! (2004) Kyouya Hibari and his followers, though they are also the Disciplinary Committee and are delinquent only in the name of their school which Hibari really, really loves. Ironic much?
  • Nearly everyone in Rokudenashi Blues is a delinquent, although the main characters try not to pick fights.
  • Rosario + Vampire:
    • In an episode of the anime, after Tsukune had been kidnapped by a gang of delinquents (monster delinquents, at that), the main group of girls dresses up as stereotypical high school delinquents to fight the gangsters and save him (though that was more for show than anything else, since it was an idea from resident cosplay fetishist Ruby).
    • In the first manga, however, the deliquent gang called Anti-thesis served the main antagonistic group. The Committee of Public Security did count as well, acting like the mafia. The former group was founded by Kiria Hoshi who used it to spy on the Yokai Gakuen for Fairy Tale, the main antagonistic group of the whole series. Both leaders of the two said groups, Kuyou and Hokuto, joined Fairy Tale later on.
  • Sanosuke Sagara in Rurouni Kenshin. Though not a school student, he fits in every other respect.
  • Sailor Moon: Makoto Kino (Sailor Jupiter) was originally conceived of as a smoker and sukeban leader in Codename: Sailor V, but in the final published version, the character just kept the pseudo-yankii design of a long skirt and curly hair. This and her unusual height and strength makes people assume she's a delinquent, but in fact she keeps the long skirt from her old school because there wasn't anything in her size, and her curly hair is natural.
  • Sakigake!! Otokojuku has a whole class of Japanese Delinquents trained to hone their honor and friendship with each other to the point where you can't call them "delinquents" anymore.
  • Kenji Harima from School Rumble fits as one of the major-character type, complete with getting into fights, riding a big bike, and wearing an open jacket.
  • SD Godzilla World: Godzilla Kun, a Godzilla gag manga by Super Mario-kun author Yukio Sawada depicts King Ghidorah as a bancho with Gigan as his crony.
  • Ryu from Shaman King.
  • Shounan Bakusozoku (a.k.a. Bomber Bikers of Shonan) is one of the most popular entries into the Delinquent genre (in Asia anyway). Its premise is a parody of the trope (Eguchi isn't only the leader of the Biker gang but also of the school's handicraft club), but the series plays it straight quite often.
  • Himeko from Sket Dance was one at first, but she changed.
  • Slam Dunk:
  • The Story Between a Dumb Prefect and a High School Girl with an Inappropriate Skirt Length: Yuu Izubuchi, the health committee representative, is a former delinquent (apparently the student council president got him to quit), but he still looks and acts like one. When the president calls for more people to collect donations, he calls up a crowd of delinquents to help.
  • Saki Asamiya from the anime and live-action versions of Sukeban Deka.
  • Souichirou Nagi, Bob Makihara, and Bunshichi Tawara in Tenjho Tenge.
  • Joe Yabuki from Tomorrow's Joe. He's a subversion, thought: he starts the story as a homeless Street Urchin and has never even been in a school. (Which bites him in the ass later.)
  • Tono to Issho: Maeda Keiji, as the narrator likes to remind us, would be considered one nowadays. Which means that he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who rescues stray kittens.
  • Ryuuji, the protagonist of Toradora!, is similarly feared by most other students due to his intimidating face (the white part of his eyes is unusually large), which he inherited from his father - a violent yakuza. Ironically, he's a Nice Guy and not a delinquent at all. Taiga, on the other hand, sometimes behaves like one, and is shown with a bokken in the title sequence.
  • Ultimate Teacher is a parody of the Delinquent genre, set in Japan's worst school. The school's leader, Hinako, is the school's prettiest (and cleanest) girl and the teacher that's supposed to straighten them out turns out to be the biggest bully of them all.
  • In Why the Hell Are You Here, Teacher!?, "Lone Wolf" Minamoto-sensei was formerly a yankii and supposedly beat up 50 guys by herself, uniting biker gangs across the country.
  • The main villain, Duo Haguro, of Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest is supposedly a yakuza (or at least a yakuza heir), but due to his age and status as a high-schooler fits many aspects of this trope. His student underlings and his girlfriend Ryuuko Kounuma also qualify.
  • The entire main cast of Yankee-Kun to Megane-Chan (Flunk Punk Rumble in English translation) is made up of people who are, used to be, or everyone is convinced are delinquents.
  • Yandere Kanojo has several, most prominently the female lead, Reina Ryuuzaki, as well as some of her old delinquent friends and rivals as minor characters. The title of the manga is even a pun on Reina's nature as Manabu Tanaka's yankee but dere dere girlfriend (rather than her going yandere).
    • Onidere is very similar to Yandere Kanojo in this regard, with a delinquent female lead and her gang friends as secondary characters.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Joey Wheeler/Katsuya Jounouchi from Yu-Gi-Oh!, before the show begins.
    • Also, in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Yuma's Gagaga Monsters are based on the concept. (They seem friendlier than most, however.)
  • YuYu Hakusho:
    • Yusuke Urameshi.
    • Kazuma Kuwabara fits the trope even better than Yusuke, since not only is he a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, but he has an open jacket, wears a "Sarashi", and has a bright red pompadour.
    • Also Asato Kido and Mitsunari Yanagisawa, two of the three relatively minor characters Genkai recruits for a Secret Test of Character and the story arc that follows. They don't have a very big part, but they do show up in the background for the entire arc.
  • Saki of Zombie Land Saga used to be second-in-command in a biker gang that terrorized Saga, before she died in a biking accident. When brought back as a zombie as part of an Idol Singer group, she retains her gruff and threatening personality, to the point where "You wanna die?" is her catchphrase. She takes over the group as leader and does slowly warm up to the others as the series goes on; she spells out her personal philosophy in the sixth episode, that all anybody has is their guts and their crew. Her Day in the Limelight episode sees her getting involved in her old gang's problems, as she deals with her old boss Reiko's strained relationship with her daughter, now the gang's current boss, and the gang getting in over their head against a rival gang.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Ichiko from Shimotsuma Monogatari (released in the US as Kamikaze Girls).
  • Most of the cast from Crows Zero and Crows Zero 2 (both loose adaptations by Takashi Miike of the manga Crows)
  • Many "pink movies" from the '70s featured gang girls for titillation: Sukeban Guerrilla, Girl Boss Sukeban and the Stray Cat Rock series are some representative titles.
  • The Warped Ones: An aspiring gang member, his buddy the rapist, and his girlfriend the prostitute.
  • Most of the cast from Volcano High School, which is basically a live-action of Rival Schools.
  • Suicide Squad sees Katana wear a modified version of her New 52 outfit that evoke the bosozoku variety, wearing an open shirt with a sarashi covering her breasts.
  • Cruel Story of Youth: Kiyoshi is supposed to be a student but he's really a petty criminal hoodlum. He rapes Makoto, also a student. After she falls in love with him, he employs her in a scheme where she attracts wealthy older men, only for Kiyoshi to beat and rob them.
  • Everything Goes Wrong: Jiro is a teen who instead of getting ready to go to college is hanging out with other rebellious teens, drinking, smoking, whoring, and committing petty crimes. He's filled with rage after finding out his mom is The Mistress of a wealthy businessman.

    Live-Action TV 

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Dump Matsumoto and the Atrocious Alliance from All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling in the '80s, who were massively over as heels by being the exact kind of bullies that the target audience of schoolgirls were likely to know in real life.
  • After team no respect set out to destroy the legacy of Hayabusa in Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, including but not limited to actually banning the Hayabusa gimmick, he eventually became the delinquent known as H.

    Video Games 
  • "Banchou" from Gate Keepers. Subverted in that he looks and talks like a delinquent but acts more like a Love Freak.
  • Jet Set Radio: A group of them known as the Rudies are the protagonists of the game.
  • Kyo Kusanagi from The King of Fighters is a mild example, he gets into fights, skips school almost constantly, ignores/neglects his girlfriend and seems to enjoy brawling random people.
  • Rival Schools:
    • Daigo Kazama, Eiji "Edge" Yamada and Gan Isurugi. Of course, the school they attend is nothing but deliquents.
    • Subverted with Akira, Daigo's sister. While in her biker costume she tries to act very tough and brash, to fit with the rest of the delinquents. But afer she reveals herself to be a girl, she makes a complete 180 degrees change to a very soft, caring, almost shy, girl.
    • In the sequel Project Justice, they're joined by female delinquent Aoi "Zaki" Himezaki and her all-female gang, the Ladies Team. The two gangs even face off against each other in the game's story mode, as illustrated above.
    • Without being one of them, Batsu Ichimonji also fits here, mostly because of his Hot-Blooded attitude and his cross-like scar on the forehead.
  • Eri Kasamoto, debuted in Metal Slug 2, is one. Being a former sukeban from Japan, she still sports blond hair and has tough personality to begin with. Unusual for this trope, she was found abandoned before she ran away to become one for a street gang.
  • Persona:
    • Yukino from the original Persona is a reformed one. Still wears the long skirt though.
    • Persona 4:
      • Kanji Tatsumi. He certainly has the bleached hair, leather jacket, brash attitude and intimidating appearance of one. Though, the reason he's like this is to mostly hide his insecurities. Despite his outward appearance, he's a pretty nice guy in general. In the epilogue for Golden, he's taken out his piercings, styled his now-black hair in a corporate haircut, and wears a plain white button-down though.
      • The main character's Persona Izanagi was intentionally designed to look like one, in keeping with his role as the party's leader. In the fighting game Persona 4: Arena, the announcer explicitly refer to him as a delinquent (as well as a Siscon).
    • Persona 5: Your high school's local "problem kid", Ryuji Sakamoto, has brightly-dyed hair, punkish attire, rough speech patterns, and preference for blunt weapons. As the quotation marks may imply, he's just seen as a problem kid because of adults painting him as one for having a violent argument against Coach Kamoshida when the latter treated him like trash on the track team. However, Ryuji happily enjoys being seen as such once he becomes part of the Phantom Thieves, though he wishes to fix everything that went wrong in his life.
  • Inverted in Disgaea 3 where Raspberyl is a demon delinquent. Oh, she's rebelling against the ideals of the School of Evil culture alright. By wearing proper clothing, going to class, abiding by a curfew that she made herself, and donating blood whenever she can. She's a nice girl herself, but pissing off everyone else does make it fun. The other students do genuinely appreciate her tendency to bail them out of trouble, though.
  • Riki and Kunio (Ryan and Alex) from the Kunio-kun series. The third stage of Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun had Kunio fighting a sukeban gang.
  • Masamune Date and his men from Sengoku Basara. Think Sengoku Era biker gang.
  • Kenka Banchō is a series of video games for the PS2 and PSP where you get to play a delinquent. The plots are about being the biggest bancho of your school (4, 6), your hometown (1, 5), or the whole country (3, Bros.). The second game even introduces a whole faction of its close cousins, the bosozoku, and the game adds a ton of motorcycle mechanics and a true open world to make up for it.
  • Samurai Warriors 3: Masanori Fukushima, despite living in the Sengoku era, sports a pompadour hairdo and has delinquent-esque mannerisms.
  • Akira, from the near-future chapter of Live A Live, is the very image of a delinquent. He even slouches.
  • Michiru Hanaten in 2nd Original Generation is just a typical Japanese Delinquent who wants to become the number one in Japan. He also becomes the pilot of the newest machine of the series: the G-Bankaran. The rest is history.
  • Daidouji from Senran Kagura is notable for being explicitly based on this trope while not actually being one. Her Ninja Turnover outfit is based on the "bancho" character type, and is nearly identical to Jotaro Kujo, down to the frayed hat. Her normal school outfit resembles sukeban, especially Makoto Kino (Sailor Jupiter)'s outfit.
  • In Aggressors of Dark Kombat there're Joe Kusanagi and Goh Kidokoro, a yankii and a bosozoku respectively. Also both of them are The Bancho of their gangs.
  • Makiko Date from Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth has the mannerisms and talks like a typical Japanese delinquent, which is strange since she's a detective with the police department.
  • The villain team from Pokémon Sun and Moon, Team Skull, is a mish-mash of this and American Street gangs. They have quite a few hallmarks of the yankii subculture, such as bandanas, face masks, Delinquent Hair, excessive jewelry and tattoos.
  • Osoru Shidesu, the leader of the delinquents mentioned above in the Yandere Simulator example, is planned to be one of the rivals Yandere-chan must get rid of to get Senpai. Not much is known about her at this time, other than a rumor that she beat up at least ten bullies, possibly more, by herself, and that she'll be suspended from school for a serious infraction until the week she needs to be eliminated. The Delinquent backstory video hints that she was suspended not so much for a serious infraction but to separate her from the other delinquents, whom Genka hopes to reform.
    • Yandere-chan can also join the delinquents if she dyes her hair, adopts a 'tough' persona, and does some tasks for the delinquents, with the bonus of being able to intimidate anyone, at the cost of a permanently lowered reputation.
  • In Ensemble Stars!, Kuro used to be one before joining Yumenosaki, having been in a gang. He tried to leave that scene in order to protect his younger sister, but he still has the look (dyed red hair pushed back, earrings, and the Face of a Thug) and the speech pattern and so is often perceived as one. Souma is also sometimes mistaken for a delinquent due to the sword he always carries with him, but he's not yakuza, just a very old-fashioned Cloud Cuckoo Lander who acts like a Samurai.
  • Cloud in Final Fantasy VII is supposed to incorporate a little bit of imagery associated with delinquents - he has an obnoxiously teased bright blond hairstyle, an earring, enormous combat pants tucked into boots, a rude and rebellious personality, and is shown riding motorbikes and fighting with a baseball bat. (In Dissidia Final Fantasy, this is lampshaded with one of his equipment sets, "Force of the Resolute", which incorporates the Nail Bat, Skull Wristlet, Spirit Band and Bomber Jacket.) In Final Fantasy VII Remake he has the stereotypical hands-on-hip pose as one of his idle animations.
  • Mega Man X DiVE has the "Campus Festival" special event, which brings "Gangsta Boy" Sigma and "Gangsta Girl" Eratoeir as playable characters. Both of them dress up the part with the typical uniforms of Japanese school gang leaders (Sigma wears a Commissar Cap while Eratoeir wears Sarashi) and even have baseball bats as their defaulr weapons.

    Web Animation 
  • Gang Leader-senpai from Senpai Club is one of these. Apparently he's been this way all his life because the ending theme shows him ten years ago as a delinquent looking little boy with a sarashi on. Gang Leader-senpai apparently has a yellow smiley face tattoo on his shoulder that really kills his image, though he likes it apparently.
  • ATTACK on MIKA has examples of these from time to time. Unlike most examples, they can be very helpful. For example this video, they helped out a blind girl who ran away from her parents.

  • Mob Psycho 100:
    • Onigawara Tenga is very much a classic example, right down to his massive pompadour. As the leader of Salt Middle School's delinquent gang, his actions (and their consequences) have large impacts between the start of the Teruki Arc and the start of the Claw Arc.
    • Teruki Hanazawa also starts as the Urabanchou (Hidden Leader) of Black Vinegar Middle School's delinquents before being humiliated by Mob during one of his blackouts. Mob himself doesn't really count, though the Salt Mid gang proclaims him as their own Urabanchou under the title of "White T Poison" after said blackout.
  • Sleepless Domain: Knuckle Thrash is a Magical Girl who seems to be based in part on the sukeban archetype, with a pair of magical brass knuckles as her weapon of choice. She's usually somewhat reserved and no-nonsense, but there are hints that she comes from a rebellious past; at one point, she mentions having sworn off getting into fistfights after she became a magical girl. The artist herself has even drawn her in traditional sukeban attire, complete with a leather jacket and black Sailor Fuku.

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    Real Life 
  • Japanese singer Nanase Aikawa is known for being a former sukeban. Her music was/is popular with bosozoku.
  • The members of the band Blankey Jet City were bosozoku in their youth.
  • Visual Kei was born from bosozoku and yankii in The '80s, when both preferred Hard Rock / Heavy Metal / Punk Rock. Atsushi Sakurai of BUCK-TICK was a yankii. X Japan in 1987-92 was more than half bosozoku - Yoshiki, Toshi, and Taiji were all bosozoku, with hide and Pata not being so but easily falling in. As a result, many of the first round of signings for both Extasy Records and Free Will Records were very heavy on ex or current bosozoku or yankii, and at least one band - the Extasy signed Tokyo Yankees - was not only entirely made up of yankii but a Shout-Out to the subculture. While rap and hip-hop are now preferred among many active younger bosozoku and yankii (and Visual Kei became far less connected to them through the late The '90s), that was how the style and scene originated.
    • Kishidan is a Japanese group which uses bosozoku/yankii aesthetics as part of them, included the use of motorcycles and weapons from bosozoku as well from Greaser Delinquents. Most of his songs are referred to bosozoku themes, as well songs to cheer up. Their songs are used in Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan games and in one ending of Naruto Shippuden.
    • Lead singer Daishi from Psycho le Cému in various of their videoclips uses this attire and personality, especially in the songs Yume Kazaguruma where the band members are dressed as various japanese stereotypes being Daishi the bosozoku, and ''Love is Dead where he appears as a yankii (a Shout-Out of Jotaro Kujo.)
  • Japanese comedians Masaki Sata and Kiyoto Omizo, known as the Bad Boys, are former biker gang members, with Sata leading a large group in Fukuoka. Though he now sports a mohawk, Sata previously had a large pompadour. The duo often dress in yankee fashion while performing.
  • In the 1980s a photographer named Satoru Tsuda came up with Namennayo, photos of adorable little kittens being adorable little delinquents. It caught on in the US for a while under the name Perlorian and expanded to include non-delinquent kitties.

Alternative Title(s): Japanese Delinquent