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Manga / Magic Boy B.T.

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Magic Boy B.T., also known as Magical B.T. and Cool Shock B.T., is Hirohiko Araki's first serialized series. Running from 1982-1983 in Weekly Shonen Jump, it's a collection of short stories featuring the titular character, B.T., whose name has been censored into his initials, and his borderline-criminal escapades with his (often unwilling) friend, Koichi.

The manga recieved a sequel one-shot by NisiOisiN and Demizu Posuka, set 60 years later. Titled Magic Man B.T. (or Cool Shock Old B.T.), the now-older B.T. and Koichi get into an adventure after meeting a mysterious man.

Not to be confused with the 1958 film Shonen Sarutobi Sasuke (relased as Magic Boy in the US).

Also not to be confused with the mecha anime B't X.


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  • Anti-Hero: BT tends to steal and manipulate people for his own benefit and when he does good things, it's usually to sate his own curiosity. However, he does hold a soft spot for Koichi and goes against those who hurt him.
  • Asshole Victim: Everyone who attracts BT's wrath except possibly Date, who probably snapped under pressure.
  • Batman Gambit
    • A lot of the tricks BT pulls off tend to rely on him predicting that his opponents would act in specific ways. An example is fooling a guard that was attacking him by coming up with bogus chemistry to make him surrender.
    • Probably the best one is not by BT but by his grandmother. The reason BT robbed the mall in the first place is because she showed him an ad for an exhibit that would arouse his curiosity. When the guards were chasing the boys, the girl that was with her earlier broke into the mall owner's office so they can get proof of him stealing jewelry.
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  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: BT has eyebrows that extend past his face and onto his hair.
  • Character Tics: When BT gets mad, he touches his ears.
  • Crying Wolf: A strange example: BT convinces Ninomori to attack Date and then pretend to trip and fatally injure his head, so that BT can blackmail Date with murder. Unfortunately, BT's evidence of said blackmail gets accidentally destroyed, Ninomori dies for real, and Date has decided to accuse him of causing said accident. To top it off, Ninomori actually suffered s short coma due to brain trauma..
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Alright, Date is kind of an arrogant jerk, but did he really deserve to be blackmailed for a fake, staged accidental murder because he dares to date the girl BT likes?
  • The Dog Bites Back: Akagawa, after being constantly abused by Kuroyama, loses it when he thinks Kuroyama put the wasp in his trousers.
  • Exact Words: "I saw Kuroyama putting an insect in your clothes.". BT was talking about a dragonfly in Akagawa's shorts.
  • Gaslighting: How BT deals with Mr. X.
  • Invisible Parents: BT's parents are away for work. Averted with Koichi's family.
  • Irony: The freckled boy is ran over by an ambulance meant to help his family.
  • Kick the Dog: Literally done by the freckled boy. Par for the course for Araki.
  • Morality Pet: Koichi is this for BT. Notice that BT gets serious whenever Koichi gets hurt.
  • Never Mess with Granny: BT's sole caretaker. Not even he's fully sure of what she's capable of.
  • No Name Given: BT, due to investigations still ongoing.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: The Major Sergeant.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Well, to be honest it's just Saiko. But he makes that up with being The Brute and with his chain.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: "I'll give you the punishment you deserve!"
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Mr. X, also known as "Commander", and his Major Sergeant.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: The freckled boy's MO: pretend to be accidentally injured by a family, accept hospitality from said family, move his family inside the house, and take everything from inside.


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