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Ten no Haō Hokuto no Ken Raō Gaiden (lit. "Conqueror of the Heavens: Fist of the North Star Raoh Side-Story") is a spinoff of Fist of the North Star by Youkow Osada, published in Weekly Comic Bunch. The manga chronicles Raoh's rise to power as the Ken-oh, the King of the Fist, as he helps form an army with the help of his childhood friends Reina and Souga. It was adapted into a 13-episode anime series, which was released in English by Sentai Filmworks under the title of 'Legends of the Dark King: A Fist of the North Star Story''.


"Tropes of the Dark King":

  • Adapted Out: Jagi and Amiba are nowhere to be seen in the anime, despite having their own arcs in the manga.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Souga loses his leg whilst escaping Cassandra.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Raoh, hands down. Kokuoh-Go also qualifies.
  • Badass Pacifist: Toki.
  • Berserk Button: Toki may be dying from radiation sickness, but can still fuck your shit up it you harm innocent people.
  • Cool Helmet: Raoh. Uighur's modeled his own helmet after Raoh's own.
  • Cool Horse: Raoh meets Kokuoh-Go during this series, earning not only his loyalty, but the loyalty of all his equine subjects, who become the horses of his army.
  • Crapsack World: What did you expect? It is Fist of the North Star, after all.
  • Dead Guy on Display: The skulls of Igor the Lion King and Rize the Thunder Emperor are made into wine glasses for Raoh's victory party.
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  • Death Glare: Raoh. So much so that even Tywin Lannister would run away in terror.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: How Sakuya does Gaoh the North King in.
  • Dramatic Deadpan: Now you see where Kenshiro gets it from.
  • The Dreaded: Remember how Raoh in the original series was feared throughout the story and was described as this immensely powerful threat? This time, it's Kenshiro who reprises Raoh's infamy. The cast, especially Toki, even warns Raoh about his eventual meeting with Kenshiro.
  • Dual Wielding:
    • Reina and her twin blades, hence her nickname, Reina of the Twin Blades.
    • Uigur and his dual bullwhips.
  • Dungeon Bypass: How does Raoh and his two subordinates get inside Cassandra without triggering the death traps? Raoh simply punched a hole in the wall.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Raoh to his brother, Toki.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Raoh, in both his English and Japanese voices. Especially the English dub, as his voice was done by Andrew Love.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: In his first big moment of pure badassery in the series, Raoh punches the leader of the biker gang – and the building behind him – in half.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side!: Yuda, as his loyalties go from Raoh to Thouzer on a whim.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Those smart enough to surrender to Raoh's forces without a fight.
  • Large and in Charge: Some of the warlords tower over the nearly 7-foot Raoh. But just like his kid brother, size means squat.
  • Made of Iron:
    • So much so that Raoh took a mule-kick from a stallion the size of an elephant.
    • Honorable mention goes to Uighur. Not as impressive as Devil's Rebirth, but the fact that he survived 5 executions under Gion's watch is impressive.
  • Mercy Kill: Raoh deals one out to a mortally wounded foal which Kokuoh-Go was protecting. Reina is appalled, thinking this to be a Kick the Dog moment, until Souga explains that it was already mortally wounded and that Raoh did not cause it any pain when he killed it.
  • Mission from God
  • Car Fu: Raoh wastes a shitload of mooks with a motorcycle.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Ken-oh, Reina of the Twin Blades, Thouzer the Holy Emperor.
  • Oh, Crap!: Several.
    • The Demon King Goran when he finds out he is fighting a practitioner of Hokuto Shinken.
    • Gion himself when he finds out that Raoh and Kokuoh-Go are on their way to his fortress.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil:
    • In the first episode, the Jirai Gang fly a dress which belonged to a young girl like a flag from their vehicle, with very clear implications that this occurred. They don't last long following their encounter with Raoh.
    • In a very downplayed example, Juda (serial rapist extraordinaire) is made into the shows Butt-Monkey, constantly getting belittled and having the crap kicked out of him.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: A requirement for anyone who practices Hokuto Shinken.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Club gets the hell out of Dodge before Ryuga shows him his spine.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Kokuoh-Go's primary form of attack. Granted that he is the size of a freakin' elephant.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: Nice castle, Demon King. I think I'll take it.
  • You Will Be Spared: Raoh not only spares Gion (as it was through his attempts to kill him that he was able to meet and recruit Kokuoh-Go), but makes him a general in his army.