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Dogfight is a furry fighting Korean Webtoon, featuring anthropomorphic animals engaging in martial arts. The story is written by Hyun-Wook in Naver under the title of "Gaepan" but it is also translated to English by Pressed Ratpie. The story focuses around Baul, an hybrid fighting dog who faces discrimination as a result of his pedigree. After his Hair-Trigger Temper prevents him from starting his boxing career as a result of him hurting a pure breed fighting dog who insulted him, Baul meets Alessa, a vixen who offers him work at Amaranth, an organization full of heroes that deliver justice where evil is lurking behind the shadows. While initially skeptical, after failing too many times in getting a job and a chance fight with a Killer Rabbit, Baul finally decides to give Amaranth a try. Thanks to his new job, Baul will now find himself facing new enemies, those who oppose Amaranth...and those who lurk in the organization from the inside.


The completed story is found at Naver but is no translated on English, remaining on its native Korean language. Currently, only the first 32 chapters are available in a blog but no further attempts have been made on the translation since then.

Tropes include:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Norman's knives can cut through metal.
  • Action Girl: Costa.
  • Adorkable: Baul and later Aaron on account of their young ages.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Costa likes to be called Coss.
  • Ambition Is Evil: For a rat, Dorian was quite ambitious in the slums, managing to enlist Dirk and Hoover as his muscles. Eventually, he became a crime boss and that led to his fallout with Dirk.
  • The Apprentice: Norman Pluto is this to Baskerville.
    • Aaron becomes this to Baul
  • Arc Words: Pawn is pretty much used repeatedly during Baul's mission with Dorian.
    • Rule of Symbolism: The pawn is the weakest and most expendable piece in chess, but it has the potential of defeating a queen and capturing the king in spite of that. He refers to Baul as such because he believes that Baul being unknown to the world gives him the potential of accomplishing much within the shadows. After his defeat, Norman wonders if he is a pawn in the sense that he was expandable to accomplish Baskerville's mission.
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  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Every fighter in Amaranth seems to use suits as uniforms. Independent agents like Baskerville and Norman have fancier suits though to reflect their professions as killers.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Everyone in the cast is barefoot as the anatomy of their feet would make the use of shoes unnecessary or impractical.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Averted, as Dirk is a polar bear but he is a nice guy. Played straight if you get him mad.
  • Berserk Button: Baul does not like it when people assume that he should be or do something just because of his heritage. It was what got him banned from boxing for beating up pure bred fighting dogs who insulted him.
    • Chrome does not like to be called Rolf, his former name before joining Amaranth.
  • The Berserker: Dirk is this when he gets serious. In the few occasions he fought he defeated Hoover twice and seriously injured him. He would have killed Dorian too had Chrome and company not arrived. Hoover appears to be this most of the time as well.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Chrome and some cheetah twins arrive to prevent Dirk and Hoover from further rampaging and to fight Baskerville.
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  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Baskerville has this as his trademark weapon and a main part of his fighting style.
  • Blood Knight: Whether as a spectator or as a participant, Norman enjoys a good fight.
  • Boxing Battler: Baul was training to be a boxer at the beginning of the story so his fighting style consists mostly of this. It is subverted in that Baul also uses brawling, grappling, and the occasional kick against his opponents.
    • Aaron counts as this after Baul takes him under his wing.
  • Break the Haughty: Norman suffers from this after he was defeated and taken into custody by Amaranth.
  • Broken Pedestal: Dorian, and Hoover to a lesser extent, be ame this to Dirk in the past. The same thing happened again with Aaron after an accident nearly kills Dirk.
    • Rebuilt Pedestal: By the end of the story arc Dorian makes it up to the two by assisting in the defeat of Norman, he then goes back to being friends with Dirk.
  • Cane Fu: Costa is badass enough to actually fend off professional assassins with Pann's walking cane.
  • Cats Are Mean: Norman Pluto fits this trope perfectly.
    • Pretty much every feline that is not Chrome counts as this.
  • Cool Big Sister: Costa acts like one to Baul since he joins Amaranth, even coming with him on his first mission.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Baskerville dishes this in most of his appearances.
    • Costa gives one to two of the Lycaon brothers during Baul's first mission.
  • Dance Battler: Hester tends to use lots of kicks and handstands when fighting.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Chrome has this as Alessa explained to Baul. He was declawed and left to die before he joined Amaranth., to be specific about his past.
  • Determinator: Pretty much what allows Baul to change the tides on his fights or to survive them against superior opponents is his fighting spirit.
  • The Dreaded: Baskerville is this to Hester due to him being sent to kill him and succeeding. He then goes to become this to Baul.
  • Drop the Hammer: One of the Lycaon brothers has a sledgehammer for a weapon, which he attempts to use against Baul.
  • Evil Brit: The Lycaon brothers.
  • Extremity Extremist: Baul has a preference for fighting with his fists Asa result of being a Boxing Battler. Hester is a hare and a Dance Battler so he uses kicks when fighting. When fighting seriously, Chrome prefers to use kicks due to him being declawed and only able to use the claws on his feet for serious battles.
  • Fantastic Racism: Baul is not very lucky in getting a job thanks to his heritage. His boxing career is stalled due to fighting dogs looking down on him for not being a pure breed like him. Similarly, regular dogs are scared of him due to him being a fighting dog. This is why he ends up joining Amaranth in the first place.
    • Felines are not very popular among other animals and the feeling is mutual. Norman and the cheetah twins were shown remarking their superiority due to them being felines.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Among felines being declawed counts as this. Chrome doesn't seem to mind though s he still badass and uses the claws of his feet for fighting.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Baul is given a couple of these as a gift before going on his second mission.
  • Finishing Stomp: Costa finishes a fight with one of these. Subverted in that she misses her opponent's head on purpose to do an Intimidation Demonstration so that she could convince him to give up. Her opponent gives up immediately as Costa's large hoof stands beside his head.
  • Fragile Speedster: Hester is fast and agile enough to hit Baul repeatedly in their fight. However, he can't take a hit as Baul is quick to beat him down once he gets within striking distance.
  • French Jerk: Norman Pluto.
  • Genius Bruiser: Baul may be a fighting dog, but he is very perceptive and a strategist in combat. During his fight with Norman, he used close spaces to prevent him from using his knive effectively, allowing him to get a strong hit on him.
  • Glass Cannon: Norman Pluto is fast, agile, and he can use his claws and weapons to severely injure Baul. But just like Hester, he cannot take a hit once an opponent gets close enough.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Fight scenes usually show the characters eyes glowing when they fight, often leaving color outlines when they move around and attack their enemies.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It's what ruined Baul's boxing career in the first place and what got him working on Amaranth.
  • Happily Adopted: Aaron looks up to Dirk ever since he adopted him as his nephew. The feeling is mutual with Dirk.
  • He Knows Too Much: It is implied that this is why Baskerville was tasked to kill Hester in the first place.
  • Hell Hound: Baskerville fits this theme with his red eyes, black fur, and his occupation as an assassin.
  • Heroic BSoD: Baul does not take his first meeting with Baskerville well especially with Hester being killed in front of him.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: Baul has the misfortune of facing opponents than are more than a match for him in either size or skill.
  • Idiot Hero: Baul is not dumb per se but he does commit foolish mistakes that are lethal in his new line of work. This includes fighting against opponents that outmatch him, revealing his real name to Baskerville, and nearly revealing his mission to Pann in spite of the possibility of him being a traitor. He gets called out repeatedly on this.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Pretty much why Aaron wants Baul to teach him boxing. He believes that if he is strong then he can help Dirk with his conflict with Dorian.
  • Impaled Palm: Baskerville does this to Baul in their first fight.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Costa can beat professional assassins by using a walking cane as a weapon. She can also use the hooves that she has for feet to block strikes from weapons and crush them underfoot.
    • Chrome also counts with the way he uses the claws on his feet.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Dirk is a polar bear and his adopted nephew Aaron is a wolf.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Baul is a dog and he has made friends with a vixen, a snow leopard, a horse, and a goat in his work. Given that the setting is about anthropomorphic animals, friendships between species are to be expected.
    • Chrome is a snow leopard who is best friends with Hester, a hare.
    • There is also the friendship between Dirk, Dorian, and Hoover with them being a polar bear, a rat, and a bull respectively.
  • Intimidation Demonstration: Costa appears to use a Finishing Stomp at the end of her fight with the Lycaon brothers, only for her hoof to be shown next to her opponent's head. She then asks him to give up, which he does as he notices that Costa's hoof is big enough to crush his head underfoot.
    • During their fight, Baskerville non-lethally slits Chrome's throat, just to show him that he could have killed him anytime in their fight and that he only spared him because he was paid to give him a message.
  • Jerkass Façade: Deep down, Dorian misses Dirk and regrets losing his friendship. He is very ashamed when an attempt to intimidate Dirk nearly kills him. However, he is willing to pretend that he doesn't care to keep up appearances. Deconstructed as this nearly got Hoover killed, had him watch Dirk go berserk again, and nearly cost him his life by the climax of his arc.
  • Jobber: Baul was this to pure bred fighting dogs. He even refers to himself as such during a conversation.
  • The Juggernaut: Hoover is a bull and can take a lot of punishment without losing his fighting efficiency. Dirk also counts when he is angry enough.
  • Killer Rabbit: Hester, who is quite a good fighter in spite of being a hare. He is introduced when he tries to kill Alessa and would have succeeded had Baul not defeated him. Somewhat subverted as he is not that much of a threat compared to other characters that Baul will face or meet after him.
  • Knife Nut: Downplayed, Norman is wearing Kukiri knives but he fights better with his claws and martial arts.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Chrome is bigger, faster, and stronger than Baul in their fight. The same can be said about Costa in her fight scene. Baskerville is fast and deadly with his fighting style.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Dorian once had Aaron put a bomb at the basement of Dirk's inn. Subverted in that he never meant for Dirk to be caught in the blast, only wanting to intimidate him and feeling guilty about it.
  • Mighty Glacier: Baul is not fast or agile but he is also very resistant and his attacks are quite damaging in comparison to his enemies.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: Hoover's eyes are milky white, which is fitting given his intimidating posture inside and outside fighting.
  • My Greatest Failure: Baul being unable to protect Hester from Baskerville in his first mission really depressed him.
  • Natural Weapon: Being a fighting story featuring anthropomorphic animals, the characters use their natural anatomy to their advantage.
    • Baul bites on account of being a dog.
    • Chrome and feline characters use their claws to slash at their enemies as well as their natural agility and flexibility.
    • Costa also uses her hooves as makeshift shields against weapons and then crush them underfoot to disarm her opponents
  • The Nose Knows: Being a dog, Baul can track his opponents by scent, either to look for them or defend himself against sneak attacks.
  • Noble Demon: Baskerville only kills his intended targets and he doesn't like to kill cowards.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Subverted, Dirk is the only character in the series to have footwear. However, he uses sandals rather than shoes.
  • Parasol of Pain: One of the Lycaon brothers use this one as his preferred weapon.

  • Plot-Triggering Death: Baskerville's desire to kill Hester is pretty much what caused Baul to join Amaranth.
  • Professional Killer: Baskerville, and Norman to a lesser extent.
  • The Red Baron: Todd Baskerville...otherwise known as the Hellhound.
  • Redemption Equals Death: After Dirk nearly kills Hoover during their second fight be due of his association with Norman and Baskerville and nearly trimg to kill him, Dorian attempts to give up his life as penance. Luckily, Chrome and company arrive to save him.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Baskerville has red eyes and he is also a professional killer. Coupled with the Glowing Eyes of Doom that happen in the story, makes him attacking a very scary sight.
  • Retired Badass: Pann may be an old goat with a need for bodyguards but he was a former agent and still has enough skill to slip through security and talk to Baul.
  • Scars Are Forever: Baul gets a scar on his hand after his first encounter with Baskerville ends with an Impaled Palm.
    • At the end of the second arc, Hoover lost one of his horns in his rematch with Dirk.
  • She-Fu: All feline characters favor their agility in their fight scenes.
  • The Stoic: Hoover is a bull of few words. Once he gets into a fight though...
    • Not So Stoic: He's pretty much a rampaging bull bent on destroying his enemies. He does have a soft side as he felt insecure with the bomb that was planted on Dirk's basement, to the point on which Dorian had to reassure him, in spite of him just recently been beaten by Dirk in a fight. He later comforts Dirk over Aaron leaving at the end of the story arc.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Baul does take after his father, as shown by one of his family pictures.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Aaron is this on account of being stuck in the conflict between Dirk and Dorian.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Dorian and Hoover used to be friends with Dirk but they grew apart as they grow older, to the point of Dirk getting into a fight with Hoover after a disagreement with Dorian. By the end of the story arc, the three of them are on the road to repair their friendship.
  • World of Badass: Zigzagged between characters. Some characters are excellent fighters because of their species, particularly most of the cast being filled with big predators (such as felines and canines) with claws and teeth to kill and big prey (like bulls and horses) with hooves and horns to defend themselves. Other characters like Dorian (a rat) are just not meant to be fighters, which is why he relies on Hoover to do the fighting for him. Being a half fighting dog, Baul has trouble adapting to a world that is not this trope as he is discriminated for his breed.
  • World of Funny Animals: The cast is made of anthropomorphic animals.

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