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  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Kentarou Ozaki seemed pretty nonchalant about the fact that a master sniper essentially used him as bait
    • Kichi doesn't stay depressed for very long.
  • Anticlimax Boss: Kengo who was knocked down after two punches by Kichi.
    • Both in and out of universe after a month of prep for this fight. Kichi completely decimated Shiyachi after the gong went off. After just 3 seconds the neo wrestler went down.
      • Out of universe all of this was done show the fight between Phantom Joe and Kiryu quicker.
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  • Anvilicious: The simple fact that the series focuses on an assassination art makes any usage of Thou Shalt Not Kill this by default.
  • Ass Pull: Split second revelation.
    • The nadashinkageryu in general. The fact that it seems to have a technique for virtually any occasions a lot of kichi’s victories seem to be this especially since he’s mastered and even become aware of a lot of those techniques the exact moment he needed them.
    • Kiryu being alive despite the fact that the massive amount of blood pooling under his body showed that the bullet hit dead on. The people who handled his body were most likely don Jos’s men it seems highly unlikely that not only was he able to survive but escape without anyone noticing
    • The fact that Kichi turns out to be adopted, but can use skills that are supposed to be blood specific.
    • Son o stating that the reason Kiryu lost to Phantom Joe was to learn and copy his Fist of Nothingness with his own body.
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    • Even though it was shown that Weasal was able to dodge the strike he still showed the symptoms of being struck by the Kaishuken. Of course all this was done so that Son-o really didn’t lose.
  • Broken Base:
    • Is the manga more realistic than most martial arts manga’s out there?
    • The overuse of Defeat Means Friendship. Despite the fact that many of the people Kichi has fought have been violent murderers/rapists yet they get beaten by Kiibo and BAM that person is a nice guy and wants to be friends with the MC.
    • The constant learning of new silly martial art moves when Kichi’s own family style is obviously the superior in every way.
  • Cry for the Devil: Kiba’s death really did effect Kichi.
  • Damsel Scrappy: Kichi's mom only purpose in the story it to be saved and give birth to Kichi. The first time we see her Oton marries her after Kakugo abandons her and the second time is after she and Kakugo meet where she is instantly kidnapped by a sex slaver.
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  • Designated Hero: In universe Ted Austin is a hero in the USA so against him any other fighter will always have the role of the bad guy.
  • Designated Love Interest: Takako was introduced as Kurudo’s girlfriend after his and Kichii’s fight she’s never seen again.
  • Designated Villain: A truck driver accidentally ran over a dog at first the driver tried to explain that it was an accident but got angry when people started talking about calling the police. However Mitsuhidei Kuroda dismattling the man’s truck is seen as completely justified.
    • The fact that the driver got down on his hands and knees crying about how sorry he was only made Mitsuhidei’s actions even worse.
    • While Garcia regularly cripples his opponent’s they are usually vicious monsters. In fact the only reason the hero of the series Kichi wants to fight Garcia is because he’s stronger then him. Made even worse due to the fact that Kichi was disgusted when he found out that Garcia was a government assassin despite assassination being the basis of his family art and he has used lethal techniques on numerous people.
    • In universe the general public blamed Oton for Kiba’s death since he didn’t step in to stop his fight against Garcia.
  • Deus ex Machina: Jet’s high kick shaking Kikuta’s brain to such an extent that it sent the N.T.S drug into short remission saving his life.
    • Kichi surviving Son-O’s finally attack with a technique that not only had he never heard of but wasn’t even apart of his school while being completely drained of energy and barely conscious.
      • Not only that but he had instinctively improved it to a perfect level.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Kiryu .
    Kiryu: I have been to various countries and have been with various women in those places. But they were woman I only used for what you may call fun. Not one of them was strong enough to keep my interest.
  • Fan Disservice: Kido running after Ishige with his pants down and his penis flopping about.
    • Kichi accidently walking in on Oton while he’s using the bathroom.
  • Funny Moments: Oton crying after agreeing to give to charity only to realize that he only had a 10000 yen bill left. Then having to go back and ask the person collecting donations for bus fare.
    • While in a crowded train Kiryu attempted to nonchalantly touch a young woman’s ass but ended up touching an elderly old woman’s ass by mistake. She was not happy.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The Buddhist prayer becomes a huge source of Nightmare Fuel once we learn exactly what Gulhad’s praying for.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Kiryu’s conversation with one of Jos goons about how money means nothing in the face of true strength.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Komatsu’s husband having an affair is depicted as a Moral Event Horizon that ended their relationship however her affair with President Ijuin is played for laughs.
  • Idiot Ball: Don Gambino has someone assassinated right in front of him but doesn’t check the body.
  • Informed Ability: While Oton is described to be a powerful martial artist the only fight we see him win are either happened years before the series began or against mooks.
    • Played with as it’s hinted that he threw most of the fights he did lose.
    • Iron Kiba’s status as one of the strongest fighters in the world. However besides the occasional unnamed mook he’s lost every fight he’s been in.
      • Plus the whole sending fighters to destroy the Nadashinkage for the chance to fight his seems kind of cowardly.
      • The fact that he had such a hard time defeating Kichi shows that he was never a match for Oton.
      • Oton himself mentioned that Kiba wouldn’t have lasted a minute against him.
      • Made all the more obvious by the fact that the moment he moved out of the world of wrestling he lost in the first 52 seconds.
    • Ricardo Itoh the Grappling Wizard who is said that when it comes to pure Jiu jitsu is even better than Hyce was taken out with a quick jab from Garcie. The match lasted 3 seconds.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Given how much of a monster Kiryu is this when he was finally defeated by Phantom Joe. At first it was more a case of Kick the Son of a Bitch then Phantom Joe tried to give him his punishment.
    Narrator: That man threw away his affection for women and his love towards his brothers. His heartlessness made him so the extremes of martial arts. So that he would be claimed the strongest of Nadashinkageryu and become feared as the Devil. But now that devil has fallen, useless, unconscious and with his belly split open he lies on the ground.
    • However do to another Ass Pull used to explain the loss away as well as the fact that Phantom Joe tried to torture someone he defeated while Kiryu tried to torture someone, someone else defeated causes this to go into more Rooting for the Empire territory.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Kiryu.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Wind crossed this due to how he defeated Miyagi Aika.
    Kichi: In combat taking one’s self-respect by force leaves only humility. After carelessly making that girl cry, I’d have thought you learned that.
    • Kiryu did it by revealing the secret of Kichi’s birth during the Hyper Battle just to get a rise out of him
  • Rooting for the Empire: Shiyachi doesn’t fit the deconstruction of martial artist that the series usually gives. While he was vicious against Bull the fight itself was staged and Bull attacked him first. During the rematch he fought honorable with no Kick the Dog moments usually seen Bull just couldn’t catch up. Finally his troubling past wasn’t treated like a Freudian Excuse for his actions. All of this combined with the many Deus ex Machina, and Jerkass moments of Kichi its hard not to root for him.
    • As the series goes on start to become this due to how hypocritical they are. This is probably best seen in Oton’s match against Morozov in Tough. Even though the match was promoted as the fight against fathers Oton was fighting for a combination of three totally selfish reason’s Morozov was fighting for basically the same reason Kichi was fighting in underground tournaments at the beginning of the series, to pay for his wife’s hospital bills. To further add to the parallel’s Morozov’s wife had stage 4 cancer while Oton’s body was being ravished by the cancer like Kaishuken. While it’s not quite Designated Hero / villain it’s hard to root for Oton in this scenario.
    • Made all the more sad due to the fact that Morozov’s wife died while Oton didn’t.
    • This could be seen as an in universe example as Oton was perfectly aware of this which is why he told Morozov’s son that he was dying as well.
  • Self-Deprecation: Ukons discussion with Kichii about the how violent the entertainment industry is.
  • Squick: In this series legs get broken, arms get snapped, and in the most extreme cases bones splinter causing them to pop through the skin not pretty.
    • During a fight a karateka broke his ring finger. The flesh over the finger has been ripped to the point of exposing the bone, but he still continued to strike with it. When the doctor decided to interrupt the fight, the finger was being held by a tiny piece of skin.
    • Wind using the Wind Strike to melt the all the fat in Hou. With all the distended flesh he ended up looking like an amoeba.
    • Udo choppin off a fighters nose.
    • Wakabashi knows of a good Chinese restaurant that disposes bodies as ingredients of noodle soup.
    • Mammoths bloated body washing up the tokyo bay his innards being eaten by figh and crabs.
    • Yams flashback of learning to gut and skin a sheep.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The change from martial arts is a result of training from hell to gain Charles Atlas Superpower in koko to martial arts are a natural super power in tough. Making it seem like something out of naruto with Miyazawa’s expy’s of the Uchiha.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The politics between Nagashinkage and Nagashinsho was never stressed upon
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Kiba’s Freudian Excuse is that he is the illegitimate son of a famous wrestler and an Ax-Crazy mother who tried to force him to commit suicide with her when said wrestler died. However given the sheer viciousness and even cowardly way he deals with people makes it hard to fell sorry for him once this is found out.
    • Kiba has been divorced 8 times his last marriage ended when he punched his wife hard enough to cause her to fly across the room crashing face first into a mirror for doing little more than being a career woman (which was the reason he fell in love with her).
    • Also for all of his talk about being a good parent he ended up leaving the whole of his estate to any random fighter who won a tournament.
  • Villain Ball: The yakuza member who shot the sign beside Kichi to prove that his gun was real instead of shooting him-
    • Yokoyama had Kiryu completely at his mercy. Yet for some reason decided to wait until later to kill him.
  • What an Idiot!: Naito even if your opponent is blind he became one of the remaining 16 fighters for a reason.
    • Dogen how do you expect your fighters to give their all in a match is they’re worried about you selling they’re organs if they lose.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Kichi giving Waka Manji’s life ring after he defeated him looked a lot like a proposal.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Kichii gave one to his father after he attacked the drunk Fujita with all his might..
  • Willing Suspension of Disbelief: Averted due to the New Powers as the Plot Demands makes the Invincible Hero aspect of Kichi gets tiring as the series goes on. For example even though he wasn’t able to keep up with their training regiment Kichi was able to defeat all of the trainees at the black dragon temple. He was even able to defeat one of their strongest member Chosho with a fever while fighting in a ring of fire.
    • Then he only ended up defeating him using a technique he only saw once with a broken arm.

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