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Fear the White Mamba.

That was Gray Yeon's debut fight as a freshman at Eunjang High. I'd never seen anyone as cunning as him before that day, and never saw anyone as cunning as him ever again.
Eugene Gale
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Weak Hero is an action webcomic written by Seopass and drawn by Razen. It's hosted on Naver, with the translated version available on Webtoons here.

Eunjang High School is ruled by tyrants: the delinquents at the top of the hierarchy pray on the weak as their favourite form of entertainment. The Union, a collection of vicious fighters, rules the Yeongdeungpo area with an iron fist. The adults are oblivious, and other students turn a blind eye out of fear that they may be next. For those without the strength to protect themselves, high school is a living hell.

Enter Gray Yeon, an examplary student who ended up in Eunjang after a traumatic incident during middle school. Though weak in stature, Gray is a cunning fighter, employing brutal and calculative tactics to surprise and overwhelm his opponents. Along with Ben Park, one of the school's strongest fighters, and a slowly growing camaraderie of friends, Gray must fight his way up the rankings as the Union scramble to take him down.

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While fighting is core to the series, equal focus is given to the developing friendship between Gray and the group of delinquents he finds himself in. Many of them have had a rough past, and it's through their trust in each other that they're able to overcome their trauma and develop into better people.


Weak Hero contains examples of the following tropes:

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  • Accidental Misnaming: Ben isn't quite able to peg Rowan's name down after he first joins the group.
    Ben: Yo! Norman, how are ya?
    Rowan: It's Rowan, not Norman.
    Ben: Yeah, Mowan.
  • Acting Unnatural: When ordered by Ben to "naturally" invite Gray to the annex building, Eugene asks him while stuttering and shaking. Gray immediately calls him out on it.
  • After-Action Healing Drama: Happens after the middle school fight with Donald Na. Ben, who was only keeping himself conscious through pure instinct, collapses after Donald leaves. His arm's bleeding severely, so Alex has to give him an impromptu tourniquet and then carry him all the way to the hospital.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: Forrest Lee's method of taking down Ben, after Jimmy failed to do so, is to target random students at Ben's school and put the blame at Ben's feet, pressuring him into seeking out a fight with Hyeongshin so that the attacks will stop.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: The trio of bullies that held down Eugene and Rowan in the fight against Wolf are cemented as evil pricks when they're shown throwing rocks at a tied-up kitten. When Teddy finds them, he beats the ever-loving hell out of them. When Teddy tells Rowan what happened, he almost runs off to give them another beating.
  • Bash Brothers: Despite never having fought together before, Gray and Rowan prove to be quite a team when their backs are to the wall, with Gray surprising opponents with his underhanded tactics while Rowan follows up to knock them out.
  • Best Served Cold: Unlike the bullies that came before, Gray spends days putting up with Teddy's abuse. When Eugene asks him why he doesn't fight back, he simply responds that he "hasn't finished studying ahead". When he does eventually fight back, he does so with his usual aplomb.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • When Gray is ganged up on by five students- a number even he is hesitant to face- he's saved from a beatdown by Gerard, Ben, and Alex joining the fun.
    • Eugene, of all people, gets his moment of heroism after the fight with Jimmy Bae. When one of his goons tries to sneak up on Gray with a wooden board, Eugene leaps out of hiding and tackles him before he can hurt Gray.
    • In the fight against Hyeongshin, Alex is ganged up on by six students. He's saved from a thorough beating by Teddy, who had noticed the gang following him beforehand. He fights back the aggressors and then they both make a run for it.
    • As revealed in a flashback, Alex was about to lose consciousness after being beaten by Jimmy when Ben arrived at the last moment, fighting both Jimmy and Donald to protect Alex from further harm.
  • Bit Part Bad Guys: The trio of Sir Lee, Professor Park, and Professor Kim, minor bullies who show up to fill the void that Phillip Kim leaves after he's humbled. They prove their cowardice when they hold down Rowan and Eugene in the fight against Wolf, and their cruelty when they throw rocks at a kitten.
  • Bland-Name Product: Any references to real-life products or people are obscured with a few switched-out letters. For example, Phillip Kim buying a 'Yaxaha' motorbike, or Ben referring to the famous football player 'Benaldo'.
  • Blank White Eyes: The go-to shorthand for when a character is well and truly pissed is when their eyes go completely white. Used most prominently with Ben, as the blank white contrasts strongly with his dark skin.
  • Blind Alley: Alex and Teddy manage to shake off a group of pursuing Hyeongshin students by dipping into an alley after they turn a corner. It works until Teddy's phone goes off and exposes their location.
  • Blocking Stops All Damage:
    • Averted in the first fight between Alex and Jack. Alex crosses his arms to take a blow meant for his chest, but the fist still leaves a nasty bruise on his arm.
    • When facing off against Jimmy, Gerard lets loose with a fierce kick to his head. He blocks it effortlessly with his hand and lets loose with a vicious punch back. When Ben goes against him next, Jimmy is able to safely block an elbow jab that disrupted the air with its ferocity.
    • Donald taunts Wolf into trying to fight him, then effortlessly blocks the fist directed at his face. At the same time he ducks his other fist down to hit Wolf in the neck, incapacitating him for the rest of the battle.
  • Bloody Horror: Wolf is established as being even more vicious than the bullies who came before him. However, even in those fights, people were being beat so severely that it's amazing they didn't need a hospital visit. So in order to establish Wolf's brutality as being on a whole other level, there's a much higher emphasis on the amount of blood that's spilt by his hand. One of the most striking shots is Wolf aiming a fierce kick at Eugene's head, which then cuts to an aerial shot of Eugene's glasses flying through the air and a large spurt of blood following them.
  • Bob Ross Rib: A bearded teacher with a distinctive afro and positive attitude is seen tutoring the class that Eugene signs up for in cram school. It's then revealed in separate instances that his name is Mr. Ross and Bob.
  • Bystander Syndrome: A prevalent theme throughout the comic is the reluctance of bystanders to get involved in any of the conflicts, too scared of being hurt themselves. This is a particularly sore point for Gray, whose best friend was hospitalised due to extensive bullying that their schoolmates turned a blind eye to. Eugene, who suffered at the hands of bullies before, gradually gains the courage to step in and stand up for the victims who can't fight back, which is one of the main reasons Gray accepts him as a friend.
  • By the Hair: A common tactic when the gangs fight, and a showing of how brutal and lawless said fights are.
    • When Helmet grabs Gray from behind, Gray reprimands him for not immediately throwing a punch or instead grabbing him by the hair. He then demonstrates the effectiveness of it by grabbing Helmet's hair and smashing him into the nearby wall.
    • When Alex tries to avoid a fight with Jimmy Bae, Jimmy leaps forward to drag him into the room by his hair and then beat him down brutally while continuing to hold him in place.
    • To show his superiority to the previous Arc Villain, Wolf grabs Forrest by the hair and pulls him close for a verbal beatdown. Donald does the same when it's Wolf's turn to be taken down a peg.
    • When Alex offers himself up to be beaten in Ben's place, Donald grabs him by the hair to assert his authority. Fortunately, he's called away before either of them are hurt.
  • Cassandra Truth: A pretty girl at the cram school ripped up Rowan's bag and then promised to get him a new one on the condition that he hold onto hers. When he tries to explain this to Eugene, the other boy (rather understandably) doesn't believe a word of it, particularly since it's Rowan talking.
  • Challenging the Bully: Once it becomes clear that Phillip is full of hot air, Teddy challenges him to a fight in the middle of the classroom. As expected, when Teddy throws the first punch, Phillip flinches away and proves that he doesn't have anything beyond his bravado.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • As he's been established to use anything on hand as a weapon, the soda can gifted to Gray by Rowan was inevitably going to see use. Sure enough, one chapter later, he pulls it out of his bag and wraps it up in cloth to use as a bludgeon.
    • Jared wins a test in Episode 75, with second place bemoaning that, no matter what he does, there's one question that he can't answer in the same way that Jared did. This offhand comment becomes relevant in Episode 88, where it's revealed that said question was printed wrong. This means that only people with the answer key would answer it the 'right' way, exposing Jared as a cheat.
  • Chiaroscuro: The scene where Donald confronts Wolf about trying to leave is lit much more dramatically than the rest of the comic, with their faces cast in harsh shadows that highlight the tension of the moment.
  • Chromosome Casting: Every character of importance is male, and most of the supporting cast are too. One hundred chapters in the amount of female characters can be counted on one hand- and of those, only one has had any relevance to the plot.
  • Comfort Food: This is the first step of Ben's counselling technique: feeding his 'client' to help them feel better first. An aside notes that it's proven to be effective in real life.
  • Compromising Call: Alex and Teddy manage to shake off a group of pursuers by hiding down an alleyway. Just as they think they're safe, Teddy's cellphone loudly goes off, to their blank-eyed horror.
  • Conveniently Placed Sharp Thing: Gray restrains Wolf by pulling his sleeves over his hands and then tying them behind his back. Wolf is eventually able to escape from it thanks to a nail sticking out of a nearby structure.
  • Cool Teacher: Mrs. Lee from Byuksun Middle School. Whereas the homeroom teacher was a curmudgeon with a personal grudge against Gray and Stephen for making him look bad, Lee was always shown to support the boys and was vocally against the school's decision to cover up the circumstances behind Stephen's hospitalisation.
  • Cross Counter:
    • In the fight between Ben and Jimmy, Jimmy throws a punch that Ben decides to take head-on, retaliating with his own punch that hits at the same time. Both come out of it standing, and it devolves into a fiercesome flurry of blows.
    • Another cross counter happens between Ben and Jimmy when the comic flashes back to their fight in middle school. The difference in power between their punches makes Jimmy realise that he can't win the fight.
  • Daydream Surprise: When he comes face to face with Teddy, Gray loses his temper, rushes up the stairs towards him, and ends up getting kicked back down... or that's how it plays out in his imagination. Gray realises that he has to contain his temper, and leaves Teddy alone until he has a better opportunity to fight back.
  • Deep Breath Reveals Tension: Ben rushes all the way to the construction site where Jimmy is beating down his friend Alex. Upon arriving, there's a long shot of him taking a calming breath before he approaches the two of them.
  • Delayed Reaction: Ben asks Gray if he wants to hang out at the pool hall, but fully expects Gray to refute him like he'd done before. So when Gray agrees to it, it takes Ben a second to stop saying he understands to brighten up.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Jared forces Toby to host him and his friends at the chicken shop that Toby's father runs. He also forces Toby to serve him alcohol, and then gets the shop suspended for serving alcohol to minors. Toby doesn't feel like he can do anything to retaliate until Jared's gang is taken down by the Eunjang students; once that's done, Toby readily gets back at Jared by exposing his evil deeds online.
  • Draw Aggro: While hiding from Hyeongshin students, Teddy's cell goes off and accidentally exposes his and Alex's location. Since the students believe that the two split up, Alex runs out of the hiding place and draws their attention so that Teddy will be safe. It seems to work, until Teddy tries to leave and runs into the group's leader.
  • Dynamic Entry: Lampshaded when Gray arrives at the Eunjan vs. Yoosun fight by violently headbutting one of the guards, causing him to stumble into the middle of the field.
    Jimmy: Did some hero make his entrance or something?
  • Ear Ache: Ben performs a dramatic version of the otherwise comedic 'ear yank' version of this trope: when he finds Alex beaten down by Forrest, he grabs Forrest by the ear with a grip like a vice and demands to know if he was responsible for the beating.
  • Face Doodling: Teddy torments a nameless student by doodling sideburns onto their face, then forces them to draw a large 'X' on Gray's shirt with the same marker.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: After being beaten down by Donald, Ben is on the verge of unconsciousness and operating purely on instinct. This is visualised as his face being entirely in shadow except for his Blank White Eyes.
  • False Flag Operation: Jared, an underling of Ganghak's Wolf Keum, gets two lackeys to steal Wolf's prized bag containing important business files. He also orders them to steal it while wearing Eunjang uniforms, and then sets things up so that the Eunjang student Rowan ends up toting the empty bag. This is all to direct Wolf's attention to Eunjang High in the hopes that he'll conquer it.
  • Fanservice:
    • The flashback to Gray's middle school years has a sequence where the beautiful Stephen showers at Gray's house, with his wet back and chest on full display.
    • At one point Ben is seen doing pull-ups in the schoolyard, with his rippling back muscles rendered in full detail.
  • Feud Episode: The flashback to Ben and Alex's middle school days shows the period of time where they drifted apart due to being put in different classrooms, with Alex getting embroiled in the wrong crowd and snapping at Ben when he raises concerns over it. Of course, when said crowd ditches Alex when he's attacked by Jimmy Bae, Ben is the one to arrive at his side and protect him.
  • Fireball Eyeballs: When he realises that he missed out on a pizza, Gerard grabs Rowan by the shoulder and compels him silently with fire in his eyes to be invited next time. Particularly humorous since Gerard's eyes are always covered by his hair.
  • Fisticuff-Provoking Comment: When Gray faces off against Jimmy's gang in the underpass, Ben tries to defuse the situation by threatening them enough with his words to get them to back down. However, Jack bites back with a threat to break Ben's arm, which triggers Alex into pummelling him and sparking a full fight.
  • A Friend in Need: In the middle school fight against Jimmy Bae, Alex is abandoned by his new friends when they're given the option to run instead of take the beating alongside him. Just when he's resigned to be beaten into unconsciousness, who should arrive but his childhood friend Ben, who takes on both Jimmy and Donald Na to protect Alex.
  • A Glass in the Hand: After confirming that Alex was beaten up by Jimmy, Ben effortlessly crushes his can of soda as he becomes resolved to take down Jimmy and the Union.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: If a character smokes then high chances are that they're one of the antagonistic, crude delinquents that are opposed to Ben's gang. The only good character that smokes is Gerard, and he regrets how expensive and unhealthy it is for him.
  • Good-Times Montage: When Alex starts to drift apart from Ben in middle school, Ben flashes back to sweet memories of them growing up together as best friends, and wonders what's going on with Alex that's pulling them apart.
  • Go Through Me: After Ben is taken down by Donald, Alex forces himself between the two and begs Donald not to hurt Ben any further. Donald scoffs at him and kicks him away, which causes the nearby woodwork to lose balance and Ben to hurt his arm protecting Alex from them.
  • Heroic Resolve: Subverted when Eugene, seeing Gray getting beaten by Wolf, escapes from the boy holding him down and tries to stop Wolf. He's easily grabbed by another mook who mocks him for thinking that his anger would give him newfound strength.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Wolf beats down Gray, triggers his Berserk Button, but beats him down again in the ensuing fight. The onlooking Eugene and Rowan are convinced that not even Gray can recover from it. Then Gray leaps out of the dust with a container he uses to hit the pressure point in Wolf's foot.
  • Hey, Catch!: Before fighting with Ben, Jimmy throws him a pack of wipes to help clean up his bloodied friend. It's a ruse, however, as Jimmy punches him the second that Ben is distracted with his catch.
  • I Am Your Opponent: Not wanting the innocent Gray to get pulled into a fight, Ben shouts at Jimmy Bae that he is Jimmy's opponent, and to keep his attention on him.
  • I Have Your Wife: Jared convinces Gray to come to Wolf's location by showing him a picture of Eugene and Rowan after they were violently beaten by Wolf, implying that worse would happen to them if Gray didn't come along.
  • Impossibly Delicious Food: The chicken served at Ttosikki, which is Ben's go-to Comfort Food. The Stoic Gray sparkles when he tries it for the first time.
  • Improvised Weapon: If it's on hand, then Gray can and will use it as a weapon: school bags, pens, books, chalkboard dusters, soda cans, bins, curtains, dirt, his phone, his belt, anything.
  • Inciting Incident: Stephen Ahn's hospitalisation is what kickstarts the plot, as Gray takes revenge on his bullies, gets transferred to Eunjang as a result, and from there becomes determined to take down all the bullies that get in his way.
  • Ironic Echo: Ben carries Gray to the hospital after the fight with Wolf. When Gerard questions why he took Gray to a hospital that was so far away, Alex flashbacks to the time in his past where he was the one carrying Ben to the same hospital.
  • Ironic Juxtaposition: In Episode 40, there's a shot of a banner promoting safe streets protected from school violence while Eugene is getting beat up by students from another school.
  • I Shall Taunt You: After Wolf expresses his intention to quit the Union, Donald taunts him into a fight by calling him a dog and then effortlessly beats him down, putting him back in his place.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: To stop Alex from getting away, Forrest grabs his new acquaintance Teddy and threatens to pummel him if Alex runs. He reluctantly allows himself to get captured, and then the two of them get beaten up anyway.
  • Japanese Delinquents: The focus of the story is on the various delinquent hierarchies that exist between the various schools of Yeongdeungpo. When Gray arrives at Eunjang and starts to take down the bullies there, it threatens the entire delinquent standing, and so they all start to converge on him.
  • Just in Time:
    • A conveniently timed phone call by Donald Na is all that stops Alex from getting his face pounded into paste by Jimmy Bae.
    • Happens with Alex again, this time saving him from a beating by Donald himself when he's interrupted by a business call.
  • Knockback Slide: In the middle school brawl between Ben and Jimmy, the first hit of Ben's that connects sends Jimmy skidding across the construction site, only kept upright by blocking the attack with his arms.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Gray's a fan of taking down his opponents in ways that are based off their own bullying techniques:
    • Teddy starts off his bullying of Gray by dumping cola on him, dunking his schoolbag into water, and marking his back with a giant black X. When Gray retaliates, he does so by soaking Teddy's prized backpack in the rain, knocking him out with a cola can, and then topping off with the X across his back.
    • When taking down Oswald's gang after they hospitalise Stephen, Gray makes use of the safety pin Stephen gifted him to restrain Oswald, and then wraps them all up in the tape that Stephen used to use, and which got him made fun of by the gang.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: After a lengthy flashback sequence to Gray's middle school days, Alex comments that it feels like it's been a while since the gang have been at high school.
  • Loophole Abuse: In the middle school flashback, Jimmy Bae would've gotten in trouble if he instigated a fight against Eunjang. Instead, he orders one of his lackeys to annoy the Eunjang students into punching him first, allowing Jimmy the opportunity to fight them without technically being the instigator.
  • Made of Iron: Some of the fights can get extremely brutal, with characters being pummelled so intensely that a visit to the hospital would be required at the very least. However, for the most part, they'll show up the next day looking right as rain aside from a smattering of band-aids.
  • Madness Mantra: Gray tells Eugene that he doesn't do rooftops. When Wolf forcibly brings him to one, Gray falls into a Tranquil Fury and starts beating Wolf relentlessly, repeating to himself "I told you. I told you. I told you."
  • Men Act, Women Are: Though the cast is overflowing with young men who are constantly throwing themselves into battle, the sparse amount of women in comparison mostly stick to the sidelines and bemoan the inability for anyone to step in and stop them. The idea that a woman could step up and try to end a fight is never even presented as a possibility.
  • Mob War: Because of Gray stirring the waters, the existing gang hierarchy of Yeongdeungpo ends up in a long, drawn-out war with him and Ben's gang.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: Interestingly, every character has a Western first name (Ben, Alex, Gerard, Donald) combined with a Korean surname (Park, Go, Jin, Na).

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  • Noodle Incident:
    • Before the battle with Hyeongshin, Alex is hanging out separately from Ben. When asked why, he only says that Ben is a "traitor" without ever elaborating.
    • Whatever Myles Joo did to get excommunicated from the Union. It involved crossing Donald in some way, but the details have yet to be elaborated on.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • After saying that he's sick of his work and sick of Donald Na, a distinctively tattooed hand reaches out from the darkness and taps Wolf on his shoulder. Wolf's wide-eyed fear says it all.
    • In their first fight, Donald offers Ben a free hit. He takes it and Donald reflects it with such force that it immediately throws Ben into a panic.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: Rowan's claim that a pretty girl tore up his backpack for no reason seems ludicrous at first. The next chapter flashbacks to the event in question to provide some context. Later on, the scene is flashed back to again to elaborate more on the girl's motivation, and how it ties into the main plot.
  • Party Scattering: This is Forrest's strategy to take down the Eunjang gang- since Ben, Alex, Gerard, and Gray are far too powerful to take as a group, Forrest instead waits for the perfect opportunity to ambush them while they're all seperated. It might've worked too, except he underestimated Ben and Gerard and didn't account for the surprise intrusions of Teddy and Rowan.
  • Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: Alex got involved with the wrong crowd in middle school after they appealed to his pent-up anger and pride. Even though Ben pointed out that they're a bad influence on him, Alex ignored him and continued to get into fights. It's because of this that he ended up going against Jimmy Bae, which in turn led to Ben's severe arm injury. Even in the present day, Alex still hasn't forgiven himself for what happened.
  • The Pen Is Mightier: When it comes to a five-on-one fight against Jimmy Bae's gang, Gray starts it off with a bang by plucking the pen out of his pocket and stabbing Helmet through the hand with it. It traumatised Helmet so much that Gray clicking a pen later on causes him to freeze on the spot.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: After gaining his Heroic Second Wind and beating down Wolf, Gray succumbs to his injuries and collapses. Ben catches him before he falls, cradling him in the pieta position. Then he picks him up and carries him away in the same manner with the sun setting behind them.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Happens between Ben and Alex in their middle school days. Alex constantly gets in fights to defend Ben's honour, but deflects Ben's questions about it since he doesn't want Ben blaming himself for it. However, at the same time, he expects Ben to understand him even though he doesn't speak up, and resents him for not doing anything about the situation. Had the two boys communicated better, then they might not have run afoul of Donald Na.
  • The Power of Friendship: One of the comic's major themes is Gray slowly befriending Ben and his gang, and coming to realise that he's more powerful with them at his side rather than without. Gray withdrew into himself after his first friend was hospitalised by bullies, but the constant show of camaraderie and loyalty by the gang are able to draw him back out of his shell.
  • Punched Across the Room: Jimmy has a fierce right hook. In the pool hall he hits a student hard enough to send them rocketing into one of the pool tables. When he fights Gerard he punches him hard enough that the air around him spins as he falls to the ground.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Once Gray takes down the bullies that hospitalised Stephen, he lays into the teachers who were complicit in letting the bullies get away with it, all because their parents were influential figures.
    Gray: That city representative Oscar Yang's second son, Oswald Yang. His repeated offenses of school violence were all minimized and covered up by the higher-ups, out of fear that the school's image might be tainted. Principal, Daryl Bae. Received a massive donation for the school from the chairman through Oscar Yang. And still unsatisfied, pocketed additional money from him personally. Vice-Principal, Gilbert Gu. Partnered with the principal to continuously monitor and keep students and teachers from leaking information. Teacher, Jerry Bang. Offered a deal by the other men, and falsified a report on the incident in favour of Oswald Yang and Bryce Oh. Such shallow-minded people you are... Running around trying to silence something that everyone and their mother knows. You'd have better luck trying to cover the sky with your hands.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: When Wolf declares that he's leaving the Union, Donald emerges from the shadows behind him, taunts him into a fight that Donald wins effortlessly, and then tells Wolf that he has another job for him when he calms down.
  • Retcon: In the early chapters, Jack states that he's the one responsible for messing up Ben's arm. When the actual event is shown, about ninety chapters later, this isn't the case at all- Ben's injury was caused by protecting Alex from collapsing debris as a result of Donald Na.
  • Sadistic Choice: Upon being defeated by Ben, Robin reveals that he was just bait, and now Ben has to choose whether to go save Alex, Gerard, or Gray. He's saved from the decision by Gerard's timely intervention, having already taken down the gang that had ambushed him. Gerard heads off to support Gray while Ben is able to go save Alex.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: The bullies in Gray's middle school got away with hospitalising Stephen because one of them had a city representative as a parent. At least, they got away with it until Gray took matters into his own hands.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In the first chapter, Colton spits on a fellow student and says he's supposed to melt when a Hydralisk spits on him.
    • In the flashback to Gray's middle school days, one of the students wants to visit an internet café to play some PUBG.
    • In their friendship montage, Gray and Stephen are seen playing Takkan 7, with Gray using Hechihai.
    • When bullying a fat student, Bryce jokes that he must have eaten a Gum Gum Fruit to get such stretchy fat. Later on, Jake Ji is seen reading Two Piece.
    • When Eugene laments his stupidity after he signs up for cram school, the artstyle shifts so that Eugene resembles a character from the despair-heavy Kaiji.
    • A picture that Gerard texts to Alex references Once Upon a Time in High School, which is also about a transfer student having to deal with their new, sadistic school environment.
    • Alex and Ben make fun of each other's (lack of) guitar skills, leading Ben to strangle Alex. The artstyle shifts so they resemble Simpsons characters, in reference to Homer infamously strangling Bart as a Running Gag.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: Invoked by Teddy, who lets his hair loose to make himself look more unhinged before he confronts Phillip Kim.
  • Soda Can Shakeup: To torment Gray, Teddie shakes up his soda and spills it all on the poor kid from a few stories up.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: The antagonists of the webcomic form a hierarchy that are steadily taken down from the weakest to the strongest. First is Jimmy Bae, a low-ranked thug with a personal grudge against Ben and Alex. After him is Forrest, who proves a bigger threat due to his divide and conquer strategy. Next is Wolf, who's the first fighter to give Gray a serious run for his money. After all of them is Jake Ji, the second strongest fighter in the series behind the leader of the Union, Donald Na himself, who's so powerful that he beat down Big Ben without taking a single hit.
  • Talk to the Fist: A kid from Alex's past makes his reintroduction by mocking Alex's new friends, prompting Alex, with a deadpan expression, to sock him in the face while he's still in the middle of talking.
  • Tarot Troubles: When Gerard uses a personalised tarot deck to read for Rowan, the result reads that Rowan is going to have a tumultuous life at Eunjang High.
  • There Are No Adults: Despite the central conflict being between high school kids, there's next to no intervention by their teachers- especially jarring since half of their fights take place in the classroom. And forget about their parents getting involved; they're lucky if they even get shown on-screen at all.
  • Trash Talk: A staple of every fight in the series. Normally by the bullies, but the protagonists have been known to insult and goad their opponents when they get wrapped up in the heat of things.
  • Unknown Rival: When the gang are split up by Forrest Lee, Gerard is approached by a thug who proclaims himself to be "Hyeongshin's Scorpion". Gerard is offput by him- not because the Scorpion is intimidating, but because he had no idea who the Scorpion is.
  • Use Your Head:
    • A tall Mook mocks Gray's height by jabbing him in the head with his jaw. Gray responds by slamming his head up, knocking the dude flat on his back.
    • When Jack taunts Alex for his inability to throw anything besides mindless haymakers, Alex's response is a surprise headbutt.
      Alex: My whole body... is a weapon!
    • Robin tries to get the upper hand against Ben by having a mook knock him off balance and then smashing his face in while he falls. He's in for a nasty surprise when Ben ducks his head down so that Robin punches his cranium instead, fracturing a good amount of his finger bones.
  • Victory by Endurance: Ben's victory against Jimmy Bae is won by outpacing him, enduring his hits until Jimmy's muscles are so exhausted that his punches do nothing.
  • Villainous Face Hold: Wolf's Berserk Button is people staring into his eyes for longer than three seconds. When Gray does so, and then shows up to a battle days later too dazed to look Wolf in the eye (due to the fight being on a rooftop, which Gray has traumatic memories associated with) Wolf grabs him by the chin and demands that he stare at Wolf like he did the first time.
  • Villainous Rescue: When Eugene gets ganged up on by Hyeongshin students, it's not one of his friends who rescues him but Teddy Jin, slowly turning over a new leaf since he was humiliated by Gray.
  • Whole Episode Flashback:
    • Episodes 26-37 are one long flashback to Gray's experience in middle school, finally elaborating on the tragedies of his past and the identity of Stephen Ahn.
    • Episodes 93-99 elaborate on Ben and Alex's past, showing how they came to be friends and the incident with Donald Na that led to Ben's arm injury.
  • Wrong Name Outburst: Gray falls into a Tranquil Fury when reminded of Stephen's hospitalisation, and beats down Wolf even though he's barely able to stand himself. When Ben arrives on the scene and hurries over to help Gray, the semi-delirious Gray sees his silhouette, calls out Stephen's name, and then falls unconscious in Ben's arms.
  • You Have No Idea Who You're Dealing With:
    • Rowan tries to instill fear in a possible opponent by asking them "Do you know who I am?" Rowan isn't actually anyone of note, but he does excel at bullshitting his way out of his problems.
    • When Forrest tries to intimidate Wolf, Wolf grabs him by the hair and reminds him none-too-politely that he's fucking Wolf Keum. Unlike Rowan above, the name is very much one to be scared of.
  • You Remind Me of X: This is how Phillip realises that Rowan is bluffing about his fighting prowess; it reminds Phillip of himself, and all the bluffing he did to get into his current position.
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