List of Baki the Grappler characters

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The following is a list of characters that appear in Keisuke Itagaki's manga series Baki the Grappler.

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  • Baki Hanma (範馬 刃牙 Hanma Baki) Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi, Kappei Yamaguchi (OVA), Robert McCollum (FUNimation dub) - The series' protagonist, and son of Yuujiro Hanma. He has been training in martial arts since the age of three, and has trained under various teachers and coaches throughout his life. At the age of thirteen, he decided to take his training into his own hands and left the coaches to perform more intense training "in his father's footsteps". He later meets with his father and becomes disillusioned as to his father's true character, and afterwards, aims to defeat and kill him. His fighting style is called "Total Fighting" and includes techniques from many different martial arts. He fights Arudi Regan in round 1, Zool in round 2, Igari Kanji in round 3, and Retsu Kaioh in round 4 before facing his brother in round 5 which are the finals of the tournament. He eventually develops the ogre/demon face on his back when fighting his brother, but manages to suppress it. Unlike Yujiro, he chooses to control his killing intent and fight his battles fair and honorably no matter what the outcome. Many of Baki's unusual training methods often earn him the admiration of many of the fighters of the underground arena; for example, shadowboxing, or visualizing fighting an opponent, is a big part of Baki's regimen - sometimes, his visions take an almost corporeal form and given he can easily remember and replicate any technique he sees this gives him a huge edge over his opponents, as he can "fight" them and learn their weaknesses before actually fighting them. Baki has encounters with all the escaped convicts in the 'Search of Our Strongest Hero' series, and has defeated Biscuit Oliva. He is then faced with a new foe from the prehistoric era, Pickle the caveman, after Retsu and Katsumi are defeated by him. The outcome of the match between Baki and Pickle could be considered to have gone either way: Pickle was the one who was left standing after the fight with Baki, but inadvertently used a "weapon", in the form of a martial arts technique, to beat him. As stated by the onlookers a "weapon" is a tool used by the "weak" against the "strong", which would make Baki the true winner of the fight for having cornered Pickle. Subsequently, Baki's wish to have dinner with his father like a normal family is granted. Yujiro Hanma goes to his house and eats the dinner prepared by his son, dispensing never before seen knowledge with class and proper mannerisms. As thanks for preparing the meal, Yujiro invites Baki to a dinner "in his own style" at Tokyo's best restaurant. At one point during the dinner Baki asks Yujiro why he had to kill his mother; Yujiro refuses to explain his motives "to a resentful brat" and Baki grows confrontational. This triggers their final conflict, and the final part of the manga. The gruesome fight that ensues leaves Baki a broken mess despite using remarkable techniques that earn him the praise of his father. However, Yujiro recognizes Baki's unique fighting spirit and acknowledges that he can no longer be so selfish as to call himself the strongest creature on Earth. To thank Baki he starts using imaginary cooking to prepare Miso soup. Baki plays along but says the soup is a little salty, which angers Yujiro. Baki claims the moral victory due to being able to get his father involved in his own fantasy. The conflict ends in a tie, both fighters recognizing each other's greatness. In Baki dou he is still seen participating in arena fights and engaging in regular intensive training, but has become bored with his day-to-day life.
  • Yujiro Hanma/The King/Ogre (範馬 勇次郎 Hanma Yujirō) Voiced by: Kenji Nomura, Matthew Tompkins (FUNimation dub) - The father of Baki and Jack Hanma. He is often called "chijou saikyou no seibutsu" or "the strongest creature on earth", a reputation he has lived up to. A genius fighter, he is known to have mastered all styles of unarmed combat. His repertoire apparently includes all of the well-known fighting styles (such as karate, boxing, taekwondo, judo, ju-jitsu, wrestling, street-fighting, and so on) as well as some more esoteric ones (such as the udonde or uzunde styles, an actual system used in the Motobu-ryu of karate). He has been fighting on the battlefields, using only his bare hands, since the age of sixteen, when he fought against both American and Vietcong in the Vietnam War. Since then, it appears that he has obtained respect from the American forces even going so far as having them recognize him as his own national power, with each U.S. president swearing friendship to him. In exchange Yujiro begun fighting as a mercenary for them. When Yujiro flexes his Latissimus Dorsi muscles, his back takes the shape of a demon's face, thus increasing his strength and combat abilities. It is said that when he stopped fighting for survival but for pleasure the image of the demon's face appeared on his back. His many physical displays of sheer strength include: stopping an earthquake with a punch to the ground, holding back 100 government agents, being struck by lightning with no effect on health, ripping a wooden table into two and then those two pieces together into quarters, cutting a glass table in half only using his finger as if it were a diamond, drinking a whole bottle of high grade Brandy in one gulp with no intoxication.
  • Doppo Orochi (愚地 独歩 Orochi Doppo) Voiced by: Mugihito, Shōzō Iizuka (OVA), Greg Dulcie (FUNimation dub) - A 10th dan karate grand master and head of the shinshinkai-kan (a karate style which seems to be inspired by the real-life style of Kyokushin karate). One of the few people in the world able to stand toe-to-toe with Yujiro. He whips his students into shape by fighting them regularly, and practices all of his karate techniques at least one thousand times daily. A very devoted karate practitioner, and a mentor of Baki's. Also, the instructor of Katou and father of Katsumi. He fought Yujiro, who gouged his eye out and almost killed him, by stopping his heart. However, Doppo was revived by Kureha. In the Maximum Tournament, he fights Richard Phyllis in round 1 and Amanai Ryu in round 2 before facing another master, Goki Shibukawa, in round 3, which he loses after a brutal match. After that loss, he decides to close down his dojo and start his training all over again. He eventually fights the escaped American convict Dorian in the 'Search of Our Strongest Hero' manga series. Dorian manages to cut off Doppo's hand with a strange wire-cutting technique in which he uses a wire blade projected from a lighter. Doppo later avenges this loss when he, Katsumi, and Retsu track Dorian down. Shortly after this however, Dorian escapes from the hospital and uses an explosive that is implanted into his hand to blow off part of Doppo's face. Doppo later returns to have a battle with Muhammad Ali Jr. He is based on the real-life creator of Kyokushin karate, Sosai Masutatsu Oyama.
  • Katsumi Orochi (愚地 克巳 Orochi Katsumi?) Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (Teenage), Yūko Maekawa - A 3rd dan, Doppo's son and current prodigy of Shinshinkai karate. He fights Roland Gustof in round 1 defeating him easily before fighting Hanayama Kaoru and fighting a more even round 2 using his sonic fists technique. In round 3 he loses miserably to Retsu Kaioh getting knocked out in 1 punch. Retsu was impressed that Katsumi could take one of his punches. A rematch in the 'Search of Our Strongest Hero' series is interrupted when the convict Dorian comes into the Shinshinkai building and attacks Katsumi. Katsumi also later trains the convict Doyle in Shinshinkai Karate. In the anime it is revealed that Doppo is actually Katsumi's adoptive father. The final moments of the anime show him washing up at Doppo's home. He has a fight with Pickle which he loses despite his new Mach Punch technique, and as a result he got his right arm torn off and several limbs broken. He is seen in hospital recovering from his wounds shortly after.
  • Gouki Shibukawa (渋川 剛気 Shibukawa Gouki) - Voiced by: Hiroshi Naka - Master of aikido. Is sixty years of age, and has trained since prior to World War II, in the "old days" of the martial arts. His art makes use of the martial arts principle of aiki, which uses the opponents' attacks against him. In the Maximum Tournament, he manages to make it all the way through to semi-finals, facing Roger Harlon in round 1 and Shinogi Koushou in round 2 before facing Doppo in round 3, losing to Jack Hammer in round 4. In his third match with Doppo, Gouki is shown to act in an insane manner while fighting. He also states that he's killed many people. He later teams up with Baki to face the Japanese convict Yanagi Ryukou in the 'Search of Our Strongest Hero' series. He also has a friendly sparring match with Biscuit Oliva and another match with Mohammad Ali Jr. When not fighting, he's quite eccentric (as well as a bit senile) as he lives the day and fears nothing. Although in the series Gouki is said to be a master of the old style of jujutsu, and when he fights Doppo it is said that he represents Jujitsu, most Gouki's techniques looks like aikido, and even Goki himself resembles the aikido master Gozo Shioda, founder of the Yoshinkan aikido.
  • Kaoru Hanayama (花山 薫 Hanayama Kaoru) - Voiced by: Masayuki Nakata (Teenage), Motoko Kumai, Kyle Hebert (FUNimation dub) - Nineteen-year-old yakuza leader and strongman. When his father died he was adopted by his uncle who saw great potential in him. His grip is so strong that if he grabs an opponent's arm he can usually cause it to explode from restricting the blood flow. He is also a street fighter and it is unknown if he has trained in martial art styles. He broke Yuri Chakosky's arm, thus ending his boxing career, but when they cross paths again they hold no grudge against each other, understanding each other's warrior spirit. He has memorable battles with Baki Hanma, Katsumi Orochi, and the infamous showdown with the convict Speck. Speck manages to place a handful of bullets into Hanayama's mouth and slam it shut, causing them to explode and create two large holes in Hanayama's mouth. Although Hanayama won the battle, he wears a facemask for most of the series. Later on, he is shown surgically treated. His code of honor is great as he chooses not to fall in battle even if it means his death; a family vow which has been held in a long tradition passed from generations. Even after 3 direct strikes from Katsumi, he still chose not to fall and chose to risk death. Katsumi even admitted that he lost his battle to him despite winning the match. He faces Bunnoshin Inagi in round 1, before losing to Orochi Katsumi in round 2. He is looked upon as an older brother figure to Baki. His act of pouring a drink over Emi's grave suggests a feeling of love, but it is not known. He reappears briefly in Baki: Son of Ogre, by having a strength test with Pickle in the streets, interrupted by Baki.
  • Retsu Kaioh (烈 海王) - Voiced by: Kunihiko Yasui - Chinese kung-Fu (referred to as "Kenpo" in Japanese) practitioner. Trained in China and became the heir to his Kung Fu style in his temple. He fights Sergei Taktarov in round 1, Mount Toba in round 2, and destroys Orochi Katsumi in round 3. He then makes it to the semi-finals of the Maximum Tournament and is pitted against Baki Hanma where Baki nearly kills him by breaking his neck. Despite his great knowledge in his style, there is one flaw in his system that Baki seems to possess. In the 'Search of Our Strongest Hero' saga, he has encounters with the British convict Hector Doyle and American convict Dorian. Retsu brings Baki to China to cure his poisoned body and have him fight in a Chinese Tournament. He reappears in Baki: Son of Ogre, during the Pickle saga, having a fight with the prehistoric man and losing it. He then gets his leg eaten by Pickle, as a "gift" for his victory. He later trains Katsumi so that he can become stronger before his fight with Pickle. Retsu later trains in boxing making a name for himself in America.
  • Jack Hanma (or Jack Hammer) (ジャック・ハンマー) - Voiced by: Kōichi Sakaguchi - Baki's half brother who, like Baki, must follow the Hanma path. He's a pitfighter from Canada and the son of Yujiro and a Canadian United Nations operative who Yujiro met in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Like Baki, he has since childhood wished to surpass his father Yujiro in strength and martial ability. His obsession to defeat his father led to extreme overtraining at various fighting gyms which led to the deterioration of his body. He claimed he will never be able to defeat his father with normal training. After his encounter with the Yujiro-inspired scientist, he received from him steroids to match his overtraining and gained immense power in the process. One of his main techniques is biting, and he can bite hard enough to easily crush wood with his teeth. He fights Sergio Silva in round 1, and Misaki Kengo in round 2 before beating the undefeated Andre Andov Garrand in round 3. In round 4 he fights Goki Shibukawa and he then fights Baki Hanma in the finals of the Maximum Tournament where he congratulates his brother for a well fought victory. Afterwards, he takes on his father and is soundly defeated. Makes an appearance in the 'Search of Our Strongest Hero' series and battles against the Russian convict Sikorsky and Mohammed Ali Jr. He is treated by Kureha Kosho by having his limbs extended, making Jack Hammer even bigger than when he fought in the Maximum Tournament. In the English dub, his name has been changed to Jak Xamma (pronounced "Zah-mah"). He reappears in Baki: Son of Ogre, in the military base where Pickle is captive, along with 7 other fighters (Doppo Orochi, Katsumi Orochi, Jyaku Kaiou, Retsu Kaiou, Kureha Shinogi, Gaia, Goki Shibukawa). He is currently fighting Pickle in the Korakuen area. First they do a "bite challenge", and Jack gets his jaw's flesh stripped off, leaving his teeth and muscles. It appears Jack has taken drugs once again, and he manages to hit Pickle many times while also getting his right ear bitten off. Then, he get a clean hit from Pickle with full power to the jaw, and get his jaw as well as his teeth and parts of his cranium broken. However, he choose to continue to fight, making Pickle run out of fear, but then Jack is K.O. once again, and tied to the flag of a building. Upon learning this, Jack has a mental breakdown. After being one of many witnesses to Baki's fight with Yujiro he trains even harder to beat his father with new found determination. He is based on the legendary British professional wrestler Dynamite Kid.
  • General Strydum (ゲリー・ストライダム?) - Voiced by: Hidetoshi Nakamura, Mark Stoddard (FUNimation dub) - A Captain and later general in the US Army and Yujiro's companion and comrade-at-arms. Originally met Yujiro as an enemy in the Vietnam War, where he was nearly killed by him. He eventually developed an admiration for Yujiro, and now he travels, fighting with him on the battlefields across the world. He somewhat understands Yujiro's mentality and mentions that he is the only person to bring the United States to its knees. He is also a friend and mentor of Baki's, who keeps him up to date about Yujiro's whereabouts.
  • Shinogi Koushou (昂昇 鎬 Shinogi Koushou?) - Voiced by: Kazuhiro Tanaka, Kaneto Shiozawa (OVA) - The younger brother of Kureha, and an expert in himo-kiri karate. He fights using a technique called cord cutting which involves cutting your opponents nerves so they can't move. He does this because he was over shadowed by his older brother, Kureha, who always came to his rescue when they were children. Shinogi fought Baki in season 1 and was knocked out. In the Maximum Tournament, he fights his brother in round 1 who gives up after seeing Shinogi's resilience. In Round 2, he fights Goki Shibukawa and though he breaks Goki's fake eye he still loses. Returns in the 'Search of Our Strongest Hero' series and fights against the convict Doyle. Doyle uses an explosive device in his chest to defeat Shinogi, and it is later shown that his older brother Kureha has been taking care of his burn wounds following the battle. He is shown putting himself through harsh training after seeing Baki and Yujiro fight. Gouki comments that "He goes through a lot of duck tape on his heavy bags."
  • Shinogi Kureha (昂昇 紅葉 Shinogi Kureha?) - Voiced by: Mitsuru Miyamoto - (Teenage)Yukie Maeda. The older brother of Shinogi, he is very narcissistic and trains to develop the perfect body through rigorous weight training and claims to have all the traits of several Olympic level athletes, the speed of a sprinter, the endurance of a marathon runner, the flexibility of an amateur wrestler and the reaction time and strength of a heavyweight boxer, yet he does not have any known formal training in a martial art like his younger brother. In the Maximum Tournament, he fighting style is listed as "Athlete". He is also a surgical genius able to do surgeries that normally take several hours in only 30 minutes, though he does not have a license. He fights Baki Hanma and is destroyed in combat by him after Baki meets the people that got screwed over by him. Ironically, he is saved by one of his victims when he needed a blood transfusion after his match with Baki. In the Maximum Tournament, he fights his younger brother Koushou and though he destroys Koushou he decides to give up to let his younger brother continue in the tournament. During that match, despite losing his eyesight when Shinogi severed two of his cords, he surgically fixed his nerves during his fight. He serves as tournament medic as the matches go on and tried to stop Jack Hammer from using any steroids only to be beaten by him. Later, he helps Jack Hanma develop new ways of getting stronger without the use of steroids. He decides to puts aside his medical profession and puts himself through harsh training after seeing baki and yujiro's fight.
  • Kyosumi Katou (加藤清澄?) - Voiced by: Takehiro Murozono, Kazumi Tanaka (OVA) - A top student of Doppo orochi, who left the dojo after having enough of Doppo's "weak" training regime and trained around the world. He returns to Japan after finding out about the Underground tournaments. Katou's attitude is best described as arrogant, but usually being the butt of a joke; especially around Doppo, Katsumi, Tokugawa, and Baki. However, it is shown that he truly admires and cares for Doppo. He originally is supposed to fight Mike Gerald, but both of them are beaten senseless by a Giant Red Gorilla called Ghost Monkey. Their match is declared a no contest. Katou shows up in the 'Search of Our Strongest Hero' and fights against the convict Dorian in his secret underground hiding place. Katou has his face scarred horribly from a broken glass bottle and is announced "dead" upon his body being found by Retsu Kaioh in the Shinshinkai building. It is later revealed that Katou is alive.
  • Atsushi Suedou (末堂厚?) - Voiced by: Yosikazu Nagano, Kōji Totani (OVA) - A 3rd dan Shinshinkai student, he fought Baki in a karate tournament, representing Doppo's Shinshinkai karate, and was defeated by Baki. His role is greatly downsized in the anime TV series. He is somewhat skilled, but he does not compete in the tournament. When Katou vandalized the Shinshinkai building, Suedo was one of many who tried to defeat him. Like the rest of his friends, he failed miserably. He later has a fight with Dorian in the Convicts saga, to avenge Katou's defeat, but he fails and is nearly killed by falling from a rollercoaster. He reappears in Son of Ogre, alive and well.
  • Mitsunari Tokugawa (徳川 光成 Tokugawa Mitsunari?) - Voiced by: Naomi Kusumi, Naoki Tatsuta (OVA) - The tournament runner and owner of the underground arena. He is an old man of very small stature, possibly even being a dwarf. While not a fighter himself, he is very knowledgeable about the martial arts and can easily point out several fighting techniques, regardless of whether they are obscure or well-known. He has the final say in each and every one of the battles that take place in his arena. His love for combat and watching bloodshed borders on a sociopathic, or even psychotic degree. While he usually prefers to keep every fight in order, he will sometimes bend the rules if it means amplifying the fight in some way, even going so far as to threaten one of his own doctors with a knife when they tried to stop the fight between Baki and Jack. He is close personal friends with Doppo and Igari, as well as acquaintances (though not exactly friendly) with Yujiro. He is one of the few people to ever outsmart Yujiro. When Yujiro attempted to upset the balance of his tournament, he had his snipers, who he had secretly stationed around the arena, to shoot him with enough tranquilizer to put down a blue whale. This gives him the very rare achievement of being the only person who has ever knocked Yujiro unconscious. While it is unknown if Tokugawa was once a fighter himself in his early days, his odd antics and physical appearance make him more likely to be nothing more than an eccentric billionaire who prefers to watch fights instead of participating in them. His namesake is clearly based on Ieyasu Tokugawa and Mitsunari Ishida, the opposing commanders at the Battle of Sekigahara.
  • Kozue Matsumoto (松本梢江 Matumoto Kozue?) Voiced by: Sachiko Kojima, Yumi Touma (OVA) - A girl from Baki's school/ girlfriend, her mother is Baki's landlord. Her father fought and died in the Underground arena. She cares deeply for Baki, but denies when asked. She is dissilusioned by Baki's violent life as an Underground fighter and begs him several times to quit. Though she still disapproves, Kozue better understands Baki's resolve after visiting Emi's grave site. After Baki's first tournament match, he reveals that he cares for Kozue. She became his love interest in 'Search for Our Strongest Hero', and makes love with him just before his fight with Yanagi, allowing Baki to become a "full man". She became also the love interest of Ali Jr., and despite loving Baki, she develops a cheerful relationship with him. Kozue makes a brief appearance in the Son of Ogre series, after Baki's fight with Pickle. She walks Baki to school while reminiscing about Baki's fight with Ali Jr. In the final fight between Baki and Yujiro, Yujiro approves her of being Baki's lover and thanking her for making him strong.
  • Izo Motobe (本部 以蔵 Motobe Izō?): Voiced by: Masayuki Omoro - An old Japanese jujutsu master, he is beaten in the first round by Kin Ryuzan, but continues to offer commentary for future fights and insight into various and often obscure techniques an example would be Baki's life like shadowboxing technique. He later appears again in the 'Search of Our Strongest Hero' manga, this time fighting against the convict Ryuuko Yanagi. He develops new techniques in order to fight Yujiro, but usually fails. After seeing Baki and yurjiro's fight he takes his training even further.

Grappler Baki characters[edit]

  • Emi Akezawa (朱沢 江珠 Akezawa Emi?) - Voiced by: Yurika Hino - The mother of Baki Hanma. It is implied that she was a prostitute before she married into money. She and her husband saw Yujiro while on vacation. Her husband was angered by her infatuation of Yujiro and hit her, but he had his neck broken by Yujiro. She loved him and vowed to raise Baki to be a warrior like Yujiro. Over time, her love becomes obsession and she never acts lovingly toward her son. Yujiro wasn't satisfied with Baki's skills however and left her, leaving Emi with hatred towards Baki. When Baki and Yujiro fought, Emi looked on as Baki was beaten into the ground, seemingly dead. Suddenly she snapped and risked her life to save Baki. Although Baki survived the ordeal, Yujiro killed Emi, breaking her back with a bearhug.
  • Hitoshi Kuriyagawa (栗谷川等?) - Voiced by: Masayuki Komuro - Emi Akizawa's personal assistant. His job to keep an eye on Baki as well as set up "fights" for him. Despite his age, he is a capable fighter. He serves as a father figure to Baki.
  • Detective Kido (木戸刑事?) - Voiced by: Naomi Kusumi - A neighborhood detective who sees potential in Baki. He is off struck by Baki's nature and usually hangs out by Baki's house smoking a cigarette. He eventually finds out why Baki is the way he is and is shocked by this revelation. Like Kuriyagawa, he serves as a father figure to Baki.
  • Dinoy (ディーノイ?) - Voiced by: Zeniti Nagano - Former Muay Thai champion. Since every boxer was afraid to spar Yuri, Dinoy stepped in to be a sparring partner. He was easily defeated by Yuri.
  • Kitazawa (北沢?) - Voiced by: Takuo Kawamura - A street thug from Baki's school. He hates Baki because of his fighting skills. He gathers members from his gang and fight Baki; unfortunately, he and his gang are no match for him. He comes to realize how powerful Baki really is and admits defeat.
  • Naito (内藤?) - Voiced by: Masayuki Nakata
  • Wakimoto Takemi (脇本 丈巳?)
  • Shibata Katsutoshi (柴田 勝利?)
  • Nishida Tōru (西田 徹?)
  • Hirao Fumihiko (平尾 文彦?)
  • Susumu Murakami (村上 進?)
  • Aota (青田?)
  • Kizaki (木崎?) - Voiced by: Jin Yamanoi - Kaoru Hanayama's bodyguard and right-hand man, he does most of the talking for Hanayama. He was also a friend of Kaoru's father, in turn Kaoru sometimes refers him as "uncle". His sister adopted Kaoru after his father was killed. He's seen Kaoru's strength firsthand and has great confidence in him. In the first season, his name is unrevealed and he's credited as "Slick", but during Kaoru's 1st match in the Maximum Tournament, it's revealed that his real name is Kajima.
  • Ishimaru Trainer (石丸トレーナー?) - Voiced by: Shinichi Namiki
  • Tommy Carbine (トミー・カービン?)
  • Yajima (矢島?)
  • Keechi Ando (安藤玲一?) - Voiced by: Katsuhiro Kitagawa. Once a friend of Yujiro's. Ando is a mountain of a man, comparable in size to the yasha ape. He lives as a hermit secluding himself deep in the woods on a treacherous mountain. Few could even survive the journey to his home, much less eke out a life there. But because of Ando's physical and mental strength, he thrives. His trains by eating a lot and chopping logs with his heavy ax. He appears in New Grappler Baki, searching for a cure for Baki after he got poisoned by Yanagi, but fails and then Retsu brings Baki to the Dai Raitai Sai.
  • Yasha-zaru (夜叉猿?) - (The Yasha Ape, The Beast of Yasha Crag) - Voiced by: Eiji Yanagisawa. While training in the mountains Baki encountered this simian yasha. It is said that it stands 9 feet tall. Warriors who went to face the beast were never seen again. He was able to fight Ando and injuring him despite being struck by Ando's ax. In his rematch with Baki, its eye was gouged out only to be eaten by him afterwards. In the end Baki won his fight with him showing Baki a sign of respect. It was revealed that Yujiro killed the Yasha Ape's wife. In return, Baki returned the skull of his wife as a sign of respect. Likewise, he gave Baki one of his fangs as a gift. It's shown that it is a docile creature and only fights to survive. As Baki departs, it reveals that he was raising three children on his own. Later, it is revealed that he is murdered by Yujiro, who then showed his head to Baki. Baki's battle, and victory, against the Yasha Ape is his first fight after gaining near-death concentration(死に際の集中力).
  • Yuri Chakovsky (ユリー・チャコフスキー?) - Voiced by: Masaya Takatsuka. The first opponent to ever soundly defeat Baki. He is from the fictional Jigil ethnicity portrayed as a tribe of fierce warriors who apparently reside in today's Asian Russia. He was a welterweight boxing champion moving up to heavyweight. He was injured by Hanayama, due to his impatience to fight Baki. As a result, his arm was broken and he could not compete in boxing again. However, his will enables him to fight anyway. He holds no grudge against Hanayama for what he has done and understands why Hanayama did what he did. He is cheered on by his little sister, Nina.
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  • Nina (ニーナ?) - Voiced by: Kiyomi Asai. Yuri's younger sister. Yuri once saved her from a pack of wolves. Since then she has supported and encouraged her brother in boxing. When Yuri was injured his manager berated him and threatened Nina, but Baki stopped him.
  • Yuri's Grandfather (ユリーの祖父?) - Voiced by: Naomi Kusumi. He helped Yuri become stronger and gave him advice that inspired his boxing career.
  • Julio Quevas (フリオ・ゼール・ケバス?) - Voiced by: Zeniti Nagano. Former middleweight boxing champion who fought Yuri. He was no match for Yuri, who beat him in one punch.
  • Hanayama's Mother (花山の母?) - Voiced by: Mami Horikoshi. She was a good mother to Hanayama. She wore rose perfume, as roses were her favorite flowers. She was afflicted with cancer, making her a feeble shell of her former self. Hanayama visits her often. He revealed to Baki that she was 35 years old but looked 90 because of the cancer, and that he was jealous that Baki's mother was still alive and well.
  • Kenichi Akezawa (朱沢健一?) - Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono - Emi's ex-husband and former head of the Akezawa Group. He married Emi and showed her off to his colleagues. When he noticed that she had become enthralled by Yujiro, Kenichi hit her. He threatened to shoot Yujiro when Yujiro broke in to his house, but Yujiro choked him to death.
  • Lorion Tracy (ロリオン・トレーシー?) - Voiced by: Toshitaka Shimizu - A judo master and a friend of Kenichi Akezawa. Emi witnessed a no-holds-barred fight between Tracy and Harmon, which Tracy easily won. When Yujiro entered the ring he killed the judo master with an axe kick,.his name is obviously a remolding of the name Rorion Gracie a famous practitioner of Gracie Jiu Jitsu which is a derivative of Judo.
  • John Harmon (ジョン・ハーロン?) - Voiced by: Takuo Kawamura. Former heavyweight world boxing champ. He fought judo master Lorion Tracy in a no-holds-barred ring. Tracy proceeded to break Harmon's arm, despite Harmon tapping out. 
  • Kojushakin (コジュシャーキン?) - Voiced by: Tsutomu Tsuji
  • Gaia/Nomura (ガイア/野村?) - Voiced by: Kōji Yusa. The leader of a mercenary group who fought Baki. He was once a reckless mercenary called Nomura who loved killing. However, after facing the "ultimate fear" when faced with a firing squad during the Ugandan Bush War, he lost his hair and the personality of Gaia manifested from Nomura, as well as gaining supersensory ability. It is said that Gaia is Yujiro's equal in combat. However, when it comes to jungle warfare, he is considered to be the king and he is often called as "Mr.War" and "War god". As evidence of his ability, he and his mercenary team was hired by the JGSDF as an instructor for non-conventional warfare, and they defeated an entire company of soldiers including a Type 90 Tank in a training battle with ease. As Nomura he is best described as a weakling who acts as a medic for the team. However, when the situation is right and his adrenaline starts pumping, the Gaia personality will manifest itself to fight. He utterly despises Yujiro, stating he is nothing but a thrill seeker that fights for pleasure. He fights Baki and honorably loses to him. When he crossed paths with Yujiro, Gaia told him that Baki is a better warrior than Yujiro can ever be before the two fight (even though he loses miserably). Gaia makes a surprising appearance in the 'Search of Our Strongest Hero' manga by replacing Jack Hammer during his fight with the Russian convict Sikorsky. He proceeds to defeat Sikorsky with ease, and terrorises Sikorsky into admitting defeat. His three philosophies when fighting are one, take care of your body and give it rest; two, free your body from the control of your mind; and finally, use every part of your surroundings as a weapon. In the current series, he no longer works for the JGSDF, and is seen working as a bodyguard for the new American president.
  • Sanada (真田?) - Voiced by: Dai Matsumoto - Baki's first opponent from Gaia's squad. His expertise is knife combat.
  • Kuraishi (倉石?) - Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa. Baki's second opponent from Gaia's squad. He's a Catholic and prays after "killing" Baki. His specialty is grappling. Baki learns from him how to fight "dirty".
  • Chiba (千葉?) - old brother Voiced by: Tomohiro Nishimura - young brother Voiced by: Siniti Namiki - Twin brothers in Gaia's squad who fight as one. Usually, the two have to wear disguise so their allies won't be confused. But against the enemy they can fight as one person shifting back and forth against an opponent. Chiba is a close combat and blade expert, while his brother, Sanada, is a wire and trap specialist.
  • Kanemoto (金本?) - Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa - A hunter who uses bows and arrows instead of guns. He's a friend of Yujiro. He used titanium arrows a bow that requires 200 pounds to draw to try to kill Yujiro as part of a little game suggested by Yujiro. The attempt failed as Yujiro caught the arrow just as Kanemoto released it.
  • Kurokawa (黒川?) - Voiced by: Eiji Yanagisawa. A master swordsman who Baki tests his speed on by attempting to dodge his blade. Although his sword actually did cut Baki, it was only a small cut, not the eviscerating blow that he had thrown. After the test, Kurokawa found that he respected Baki not only for his tremendous skill, but also his humility and work ethic.
  • Dickson (ディックソン?) - Voiced by: Katsuhiro Kitagawa. A Brazilian martial artist whose style is never stated. In sanctioned fights, he had 600 victories and no losses. Through his fighting he amassed great wealth and fame. Baki visited him to ask where he could find the best fighters in the world, only to find a broken Dickson, having suffered a loss. Dickson told Baki that the path to true greatness as a fighter exists in the underground arena, saying that even fighters like himself with so much fortune and fame are nothing compared to those who fight underground. He is based on Brazilian fighter Rickson Gracie.
  • Hideaki Kano (加納秀明?) - Voiced by: Kenichi Ono. Former chief of security at the Tokugawa residence and veteran underground fighter. He has no particular style, rather imitating his opponent's stance to anticipate their movements. He's a defensive fighter who rarely attacks, and thus his offense is not very strong. He is easily read and defeated by Baki. His defeat landed Baki into the underground arena starting from his position as the lowest fighter in the C league which made Baki's ascension to champion that much greater of an achievement.
  • Kinuyo Matsumoto (松本きぬよ Matumoto Kinuyo?) - Voiced by: Yurika Hino, Sanae Takagi (OVA). Kozue's mother and Baki's landlord. Her husband fought and died in the underground arena. For years she hid the truth from Kozue. Kinuyo admires Baki as he reminds her of her late husband.
  • Musashi (ムサシ?) - Voiced by: Takayuki Fujimoto. An old, scarred dog that Baki found during his travels. Musashi is shown to be quite lazy. He doesn't even eat food unless it is right in front of him. Although he's Baki's dog, Musashi is more partial to Kozue.
  • Mai (麻衣?) - Voiced by: Ryoko Aoyanagi. She's one of Baki and Kozue's classmates and presumed to be Kozue's best friend, she often jokes about how Baki and Kozue act like a married couple,much to Kozue's annoyance and embarrassment, when a group of thugs from Baki's school kidnapped Kozue, Mai ran to the police for help, they unfortunately were useless, luckily Baki was running by and quickly rushed to Kozue's aid(and broke a few of the thugs arms with just the strength of his grip)
  • Natsuki Orochi (愚地 夏恵 Orochi Natsuki?): Voiced by: Ako Mayama. Doppo's wife and Katsumi's adoptive mother. She is very timid and, like Kozue, she always fears for her loved ones' safety. Unlike Kozue, however, she supports Doppo's violent lifestyle and always cheers for him calling him her Superman, it is unknown if she ever directly knew that Doppo had been killed by Yujiro or whether it was just that part of her knew something was terribly wrong.She appears frequently throughout the series,showing up to watch Doppo fight in the Maximum tournament vs The Bouncer and Yu Amanai(during this match Doppo completely ignored Amanai's opening monologue and yelled into the stands proclaiming his love for Natsuki and that he was going to win it for her,). She was thought to be killed by Dorian during the escaped convict story but in fact, he left her unharmed.Later in Baki Son Of Ogre when Katsumi prepares to face off against Pickle, she appears before him saying she had contacted Katsumi's real mother to wish him luck before the fight, Katsumi embraced his adoptive mother thanking her for raising him and always supporting him at which point Natsuki bursts into tears of confusion saying she wasn't his real mother, in his head Katsumi says to himself he doesn't care what she says and that she has always been the best mother anyone could want being supporting and loving
  • Hanada (花田?) - Voiced by: Toshiaki Shimizu
  • Dr. Zyon (ジョン博士?) - Voiced by: Yosikazu Nagano. In the English translation he is called Dr. Buren. He was a doctor who tried to create a serum that could exponentially increase human strength. However, no one wanted to test it. The idea came from a chance encounter with Yujiro, whom he saw kill a polar bear with his bare hands. He developed a serum and then found Jack Hammer saying he was perhaps the hardest working but weakest fighter in the world given Jack's frail physique at the time, however due to Jack's immense tolerance for pain the Doctor thought Jack would be the only test subject that could withstand the transformation the super steroid provides, after Jack takes the drugs Buren monitors Jacks training and abilities with Jack reaching higher and higher peaks of athletic performance, sprinting great distances within 10 seconds, lifting near literal tons of weight with one arm and obliterating the best sparring partners that any fighting gym could offer. The serum proved to bequite successful in increasing his strength, but he took too much and it turned him into a ruthless monster of a fighter. Dr. Buren's idea was good and his intentions pure, but Jack took things way too far. In the anime, Buren is last seen typing a document of his sighting of Yujiro and his experience with Jack. Once finished, he shoots himself in the head.
  • Jane (ジェーン?) - Voiced by: Yurika Hino - The mother of Jack Hammer. She acted as if she was attracted to Yujiro's fighting skills and traveled with him during the Vietnam War. It was all part of a ploy to capture and kill him. Yujiro knew almost instantly, but he kept her around anyway. When he revealed that he knew that her real name was actually Diane Neil and that she was working for the United Nations, Yujiro raped her. Unlike Emi, who Yujiro chose to bare his son, Yujiro raped Jane out of anger rather than desire. She reappears very briefly at the end of Grappler Baki. Apparently she has followed the Korakuen Tournament in the shadows. She doesn't reappear after that.

Tournament Contenders[edit]

A Block[edit]

  • Baki Hanma
  • Andreas Regan (アンドレアス・リーガン?) Voiced by: Shinya Hashimoto - A man of immense size, he is over 8 feet tall and weighs over 600 pounds. He is easily the biggest man in the tournament, second only to Andre Andov Garrand, and makes Mount Toba look small. He fights using professional wrestling and loses to Baki in round 1. According to Toba, just one small strike from Regan can knock a person out, and because of it many wrestling promoters got angry at him for ending matches quickly. Baki convinces him to use all of his might which surprises him because no one has ever asked him to use all his power. Andreas Regan is based on pro wrestling legend André René Roussimoff, also known as André the Giant. During the credits in the anime's second to last episode, he is seen sleeping during the flight back home.
  • Zulu (ズール?) - Voiced by: Takuo Kawamura - More of a beast than a man, he is a large fighter from Brazil that uses Vale Tudo. He beats Dentoranee Jitpika in the first round before losing to Baki in the second. He is based on the legendary vale tudo fighter Rei Zulu.
  • Dentoranee Jitpika (デントラニー・シットパイカー?) - A kickboxer that got destroyed by Zulu in the first round of block A. He is one of many fighters that continue to get their faces punched in after the fight is over.
  • Rob Robinson (ロブ・ロビンソン?) - Voiced by: Dai Matsumoto. An American kickboxing champion who fights Igari Kanji in the first round. Thinking he will have an easy win over Igari because Igari is old he proceeds to get beaten senseless. He later gets his leg broken by Yujiro. Is confronted and has his throat slit by Doyle.
  • Kanji Igari (猪狩 完至 Igari Kanji?) - Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa. An old pro wrestler known all over the world. Tokugawa mentions that Igari once had a great battle with Doppo Orochi. In the Tournament, he fights and defeats Rob Robinson in the first round and Kin Ryuzan in the second round before losing to Baki in the third. Before the 3rd match, he realizes he could lose and goes so far to kneel and cry, begging Baki to let him win but this is simply one of his means of psychological warfare to make Baki underestimate him. He is well known for fighting dirty going as far to kick Baki in the balls, as well as pretend to give up so he could sneak attack Baki and even going so far as to hire an actress who looked enough like Baki's mother Emi Akezawa to try to psych Baki out further. He is based on real life Japanese pro wrestler Antonio Inoki,known for his high pain tolerance and a large skillset of martial arts techniques typical of the more realistic Japanese Pro Wrestling circuits which are less gimmicky than their western counterparts and quite similar to modern Mixed Martial Arts bouts in appearance. In the English dub, he's called Kanjo. In New Grappler Baki, he is defeated two times and left for dead by Sikorsky who scars his face badly in the shape of a star. However he survives and reappears in helping transport Sikorsky to the Korakuen arena. At the end of New Grappler Baki he witnesses the shadow boxing fight that Baki visualizes against Yujirô. He hasn't reappeared yet in Baki: Son of the Ogre. He also appeared in the anime and during the credits of the second to last episode, he is seen drunk in a bar with Mount Toba, who is also drunk.
  • Izo Motobe - A well known master of freestyle fighting. This grey veteran is said to have adopted many forms of martial arts into his reportior he acts as a pseudo ringside commentator during most of the Tournament after he is defeated in Round 1 by KinRyuzan the Yokozuna,during this time it appears Katou and Baki also color commentate alongside him pointing out different techniques wondering how they work and even guessing at the other fighters intentions with specific techniques at the same time Doppo and his son Katsumi offer additional commentary to Motobe's words from viewing the fights onscreen in the waiting area.It appears that the one martial artist in the arena he respects and admires most his Shibukawa probably because both men are masters of JuJitsu,however although knowing many unarmed techniques Motobe appears much more at home with a katana in hand such as against the convict Yanagi hinting that his base discipline could be Kenjutsu
  • Kinryuuzan (金竜山?) - Voiced by: Takuo Kawamura. The current yokozuna, he beats Motobe Gizo in round 1 before accidentally breaking his arm and shoulder in the fight with Igari Kanji in round 2 which resulted in his trainer throwing in the towel, it is revealed that te Yokuzuna had tried to stop himself from falling on Igari and crushing him thus the reason he broke his own arm from it being completely straight upon impact with the ground. Afterwards he rips off his top knot as a sign of disgrace only to be congratulated by Igari for a good fight and convinces him to never stop fighting. Later almost has his back broken by Yujiro.

B Block[edit]

  • Sergei Taktaroff (セルゲイ・タクタロフ?) - A sambo fighter from Russia who breaks Regan's arm before his match with Retsu Kaioh as a show of strength. Though he is almost killed by Retsu in round 1, he is brutally beaten again, but this time by Andre Andov Garrand because he failed Russia. He is based on the Russian fighter Oleg Taktarov.
  • Retsu Kaiou - A Chinese Kenpo master, he is a man of great discipline and skill. He is sworn to uphold the honor and pride of the ancient art of kung-fu although in time he learns to appreciate the diversity of all the worlds martial arts rather than claiming Kung Fu to be the strongest as he had done throughout the entire tournament. He gets defeated by Baki in the semi-finals of the Underground tournament where Baki almost killed him due to Retsu's skills forcing Baki to unknowingly tap into the hidden potential of the Hanma Bloodline becoming vicious and enhancing his already staggering strength tenfold to the point where he nearly broke Retsu's neck twice, once when he used Retsu's hair to separate his spinal column and again when he delivered a kick to Retsu's skull
  • Robert Geran (ラベルト・ゲラン?) - A man who appears to be a boxer/street fighter, he was supposed to fight Katou. However, he and his trainer were beaten by the Red Ape before the match could start.
  • Kyosumi Katou - A top student of Doppo Orochi known for using dirty techniques. He left Orochi's Karate school to travel the World in search of challenging fighters. He returns after finding none. He is defeated by the Red Ap which crashed the tournament, however Katsumi easily defeated the ape,much to Baki's anger given his former friendship with the Ape's father, however the match was deemed a no contest and Katou did not continue in the tournament instead staying to cheer on his master Doppo and his fellow student Katsumi and also hanging around with Motobe and Baki to provide the lighter side of their commentary of most of the fights.
  • Kaoru Hanayama - A young Yakuza member, he first meets and fights Baki at the age of 15 and is said to be Japan's strongest fighter. He is defeated by Baki, who is 13 years old at the time, and they become friends after. Kaoru is huge, he has an "X" shaped scar in his face and a large tattoo on his back covered with more scars. He only makes it to the 2nd round in the tournament. His mother is terminally diseased with cancer.
  • Bunnoshin Inagi (稲城 文之信 Inagi Bunnoshin?) - Voiced by: Takuo Kawamura. Inagi fights Hanayama Kaoru in the first round using a style called Nippon Kenpo which is a form of full contact fighting in Japan that uses many elements from different styles. He taunted Hanayama by offering him a face guard, which Hanayama promptly crushed and rolled into a ball. In turn, Inagi was offered a katana by Kaoru, which he broke with his fist. He breaks his own leg blocking an uppercut from Hanayama and shatters his own spine attempting to put Hanayama in a submission lock prompting his trainer to attempt to fight Kaoru after their fight though Kaoru talks him out of it.
  • Roland Gustaf (ローランド・グスタフ?) - Voiced by: Eiji Yanagisawa. (Teenage) Akeno Watanabe. A catch-as-catch-can wrestler who is beaten by Orochi Katsumi in round 1. He lost despite managing to dislocate two of Katsumi's joints. He is fairly well known as Doppo knew quite a bit about him. He is trained by Billy Riley, who happened to be a real-life legendary trainer of catch wrestlers in Great Britain. He later fights and is choked out by Yujiro. He was given the nickname "Lion Slayer" for fighting lions while training in Africa.
  • Katsumi Orochi - Adopted son of Doppo Orochi. Said to be karate's greatest asset.

C Block[edit]

  • Li Mouko (李 猛虎?) - Voiced by: Yoshikazu Nagano. The only Taekwondo user in the tournament he fights Ian McGregor in round 1. He nearly wins but is knocked out in one punch by the boxer. He later fights and is knocked out in one axe kick by Yujiro.
  • Ian McGregor (イアン・マクレガー?) - Voiced by: Mitsuru Ogata. Ian is the heavyweight boxing champ. He knocks out Li Mouko in the first round and fights Shiba Chiharu in the second round. The spirit of Ian's stepfather's father (Ian's stepfather is also his boxing trainer) appears to him in order to give him inspiration to continue fighting against the very tough Shiba Chiharu. He is clearly based on John Lawrence Sullivan because he describes himself as a bare-knuckle boxing champion with only one loss on his record, and he has a very similar appearance to Sullivan. In the fight against Shiba one of Ian's hands are broken and his trainer throws in the towel in order to protect his boxing career. Despite this, Ian chooses to keep fighting, but he eventually breaks both hands, causing his trainer to run into the arena and restrain him. As a result, his decision is overruled and he loses. He is later knocked out by Yujiro with an uppercut. Baki encounters Ian inside the Arizona Prison. Ian had been trying to become the strongest convict - a dream he gives up on. Before he is released he's beaten by Mouth, only to be rescued by Guevara. He may have been based on Mike Tyson. In the English dub, his name is changed to Olam McGregor (perhaps to avoid confusion with the actor Ewan McGregor). During the credits of the second to last episode, he is seen on a flight back home sitting across from Regan.
  • Chiharu Shiba (柴 千春 Shiba Chiharu?) - Voiced by: Tomohiro Nishimura. Leader of the Kurenai racing gangs, he is a street fighter that doesn't seem to feel pain. He fights Hatanaka Kouhei in round 1 where he severely breaks his own arm as a form of intimidation before viciously beating Kouhei. In round 2 he fights Ian McGregor with shadow bonding and nearly defeats the boxer. Shiba wins by breaking both of McGregors hands with his rock hard skull. Though he wins he is unable to continue due to injury. He is replaced By Andre who proceeds to throw him through the ceiling after a disgruntled Shiba confronts him and demands to know why he's being replaced by Andre in the tournament. After recovering from that, he is struck in the throat by Jack Hammer and knocked out. He's last shown (still injured), riding with his gang. Shiba makes a surprise return in the Son of Ogre series. At the request of Hanayama Kaoru, Shiba is to be Baki's training partner for the upcoming fight with Yujiro. Kaoru says Shiba must be Baki's partner because Shiba is weak. Baki is reluctant to fight Shiba at first, but finds a reason of his own when Shiba keeps on attacking him at various times throughout the day.
  • Kohei Hatanaka (畑中 公平 Hatanaka Kōhei?) - Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa. A judo practitioner who breaks Chiharu's left arm before being beaten senseless by Chiharu. He later fights Yujiro who destroys him again by using his own style of judo against him and throwing into the ground.
  • Kengo Misaki (三崎 健吾 Misaki Kengo?) - Voiced by: Jin Yamanoi. A shorinji kempo user who beats Mike Queen in round 1 with an armlock, before having his wrist and ankle bitten into by Jack Hammer and getting knocked out in round 2.
  • Mike Queen (マイク・クイン?) - Voiced by: Takuo Kawamura. An American Pro Wrestler who loses by submission to Misaki Kengo. He is based on the famous pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior.
  • Sergio Silva (セルジオ・シルバ?) - Voiced by: Mizuki Saitō. The only Brazilian jujutsu user in the tournament. He is brutally knocked out by Jack Hammer in round 1.
  • Jack Hanma - First known as Jack Hammer. Jack Hanma is a son of Yujiro that came forth out of a secret Vietnam op where Yujiro intervened and took out half the army. Yujiro had sex with a soldier woman named Jane which resulted in the birth of Jack. Jack was found by a body sculpting scientist. At that time he was practicing non-stop on a punch bag for several hours. He wasn't much more than skin and bones because his body had been damaged by overwork. The scientist promises him great results if he tries using a special chemical that will enhance his body. The drugs that made him invincible nearly kill him in the final match against Baki.

D Block[edit]

  • Jagatta Sherman (ジャガッタ・シャーマン?) - A grappler with a scarred face. Nothing is known about him, not even his style. He doesn't fight in the tournament because Yujiro brutally breaks his back to substitute Yu Amanai for him.
  • Minoru Yamamoto (山本 稔 Yamamoto Minoru?) - Voiced by: Yoshirō Matsumoto A shootwrestler who loses to Amanai Ryu in round 1 before even getting any offense in the fight. Based on Pancrase founder Minoru Suzuki.
  • Richard Filth (リチャード・フィルス?): Voiced by: Masayuki Nakata He's a bouncer from America. Though his style could be described as brawling, he more less just stands there and takes punishment. Though this works with 3 men armed with baseball bats this does not work with Doppo. He wears a tuxedo to the ring and Doppo complied by wearing a nice suit of his own. He later fights and loses to Yujiro after breaking his hand punching Yujiro in the head, and a groin kick that makes him fly away. In the English dub his name is changed to Phyllis, perhaps not to label Americans as filth.
  • Doppo Orochi - The world famous Orochi God of Fight Doppo is a karate veteran. In a certain episode of the series he claims he is the only one able to fight Hanma Yujiro on an equal level. He adopted Katsumi Orochi when Katsumi was a child.
  • Roger Harlon (ロジャー・ハーロン?) - A Greco-Roman wrestler who loses to Gouki Shibukawa in round 1. He is also one of the many people Yujiro beats on his rampage by giving him a powerful belly to belly suplex. Harlon is shown to be a big fan of Andre Anov Garland. He is possibly based on Rulon Gardner
  • Gouki Shibukawa: An Aikido fighter that fights Doppo Orochi and defeats him in the ultimate clash of Japanese style between Aikido and Karate.
  • Shinogi Koushou: A fighter who uses a deadly nerve severing type of karate.
  • Kureha Koushou - A world famous doctor and older brother of Shinogi. He competes in the tournament to try out his experiment; the perfect human body, which he claims to have. His martial arts style is similar to Shinogi, except he doesn't use nerve severing techniques and he has a few of his own techniques based on the training he's done in various Olympic sports. Kureha defeated by forfeiting the match against his brother and allowing him to advance to the next fight.

Tournament Reserves[edit]

  • Mount Toba (マウント斗羽?) - Voiced by: Yū Shimaka A large Pro wrestler known all over the world. He first started fighting in the underground to prove his legitimacy as a fighter. He fought Baki and lost honorably. He fights as a replacement for the Katou/Monkey fight and goes up against Retsu Kaioh in round 2 losing by submission to kneebar. Like Igari he also fights dirty going as far as to kick sand into Retsu's eyes as well as throw his cape over Retsu to bind him like a net. He later provides commentary for Igari's matches in the tournament. He is based on real life pro wrestler Giant Baba. He dies in Baki Gaiden after a fight with Igari. A grand funeral is held in his honor after his death.
  • Yashazaru Jr. (夜叉猿Jr.?) (The Ghost Ape) - Voiced by: Eiji Yanagisawa (Teenage)Kiyomi Asai A giant red ape that fights Katou in the first round though he beats Katou. Orochi Katsumi proceeds to almost kill the ape before the intervention of Baki. He is the son of Yasha, The Beast of Yasha Crag. He crashed the tournament to avenge his father by hunting for Yujiro. Baki promised him that he would avenge him and his father by winning the tournament.
  • Amanai Yuu (天内 悠?) - Voiced by: Masaya Takatsuka. Yujiro's apprentice. Yujiro meets him in America, where he is serving as a bodyguard to the President. It is unknown whether he is Japanese or American, but it is most likely that he is American but of Japanese descent. However, he might be based on a young follower of Che Guevara. In the manga Yujiro takes him under his wing after he kidnapped the president. If that is the case he's from La Serna which is explained in the manga. His style is based on love in contrast to Yujiro's style which is more aggressive and based on rage. He fights Yamamoto Minoru in the first round, before losing to Doppo. After the fight he begged Tokugawa to end his match for Doppo's safety, and Yujiro nearly kills him and calls him weak. His fighting style is "Amanai Grappling" which seems to be loosely based on Capoeira given the Jumping and Kicking attacks in his fighting style as well as his fighting uniform consiusting of white pants and a red rope.
  • Andre Anov Garland (アンドレアノフ・ガーランド?) - Voiced by: Eiji Yanagisawa A giant Greco-Roman wrestler who has over 6000 wins and no losses. He replaces the injured Chiharu and is beaten by Jack Hammer who almost bites off his hand leaving it dangling by a piece of skin and stabs his ribs into his heart . He is later nearly killed by the Russian convict Sikorsky. He requested himself to be chained with specialized titanium shackles because he could not control his strength, but vowed to unlock himself if "Mother Russia" was in danger; thus given the nickname by his peers, "The Chained Patriot", what is most remarkable about him is that he does not possess any formal training apart from the basic rules of any combat sport he competes in and relies heavily on his own natural strength,strength which enabled him to cut down a tree with a single swing of his axe,rip the full roots of it from the ground and dig not any mere hole but a near meteor sized crater . In the English dub his name is pronounced "Zeigan/Zargan". This character is based on the real life Russian wrestler Alexander Karelin.
  • Francis Xavier (フランシス・シャビエル?) - A reserve who is seen in the ending credits of Maximum Tournament. Even though he does not make an actual appearance, his fighting style is Capoeira.
  • Takuji Kuriki (栗木拓次?) - A reserve who is seen in the ending credits of Maximum Tournament. Even though he does not make an actual appearance, his fighting style is Traditional School Karate.

New Grappler Baki characters[edit]

  • Dorian (ドリアン?) - An American convict that escaped from Argathos prison after being hanged. In his youth he was a Private in the United States Army shortly after World War II, and he was stationed in Japan where he presumably started learning martial arts. He became a practitioner of Chinese kenpo and learned from the same school, and reached the same rank of Kaioh as Retsu, the first Western man in history to attain that title. Besides Chinese Kempo he also knows a form of hypnosis to cloud his opponents' senses and allows Dorian to defeat them. He has memorable battles with Doppo Orochi and Katou where he nearly killed them. After being beaten by Doppo he is hospitalised where he escaped and goes to Doppo's house where he attacks him and blows part of Doppo's face off using a bomb located in his wrist. He is later defeated by Retsu and is mentally incapacitated, making him harmless. He is later seen, under the protection of Oliva, at the Chinese Tournament where he loses in the first match. He is briefly seen in the anime during the Maximum Tournament storyline, making a cameo as both the man who dug a cave overnight and the man who recommended Retsu for his title. Of all the five convicts, he is most notable for his use of a wide variety of tools in fights, such as flammable materials, lightweight wire, and even covering his knuckles in broken glass.
  • Hector Doyle (ヘクター・ドイル?) - A British convict who escaped after surviving his execution on the electric chair. While not clearly stated, he was probably a soldier in the British Armed Forces since in Britain the death penalty only exists for treason and military law, and he had a soldier acquaintance who helped his escape to Japan. He attacked and severely injured Rob Robinson and later scares Baki at school, although they don't actually fight. He has fights with Biscuit Oliva, Shinogi, Orochi Katsumi, Retsu Kaioh and later Doppo after Doyle used explosives to detonate the floor of the Shinshinkai dojo. After being stabbed in the eye by Retsu, he later befriends Katsumi and plans on escaping the country on a ship. Yanagi comes and nearly kills Doyle and blinds him before Doyle escapes. Doyle is later seen in a cave where Oliva finds and captures him. His fate remains unknown. He fights using metal blades implanted into his joints and controlled by his nervous system. He also has a generator where his heart is which boosts his strength. As a side note, he is presumed to be Scottish since he referred Ardbeg Scotch as being "a drink from my home country" during his conversation with Retsu.
  • Sikorsky (シコルスキー?) - A Russian convict who escaped from Evanse prison in Russia. To do this he had to climb up the smooth surface of a missile silo since the prison was converted from an old ICBM base. After escaping, he nearly killed Andre Andov Garland. He fights with Baki, Oliva, and Jack Hammer and even teams up with Yanagi to try to defeat Baki. He is defeated by Gaia in the Maximum Tournament arena. Gaia uses his environmental battle method to beat up and terrorise Sikorsky, and forces him to surrender and admit his defeat. His fate afterwards is unknown. Although it does not say if Sikorsky has a particular martial art, it seems he uses just strength and has extremely powerful fingers, capable of carving into his opponents flesh with his raised knuckles.
  • Speck (スペック?) - American convict who escaped from a Florida state prison, located 200 feet underwater in a giant submarine. Speck kills the councillor, who came to see him in prison, before escaping and killing five more guards on the shore. After wanting to fight Baki he is arrested. Instead of yielding to the law, he decides to make the Japanese detention centre his second home. Speck has quite possibly the bloodiest battle in the series with Hanayama Kaoru where they both inflict severe injuries on each other. He threw bullets into Hanayama's mouth and forced his jaw shut, setting them off and blowing two large holes in his face. Speck has his throat ripped out after their second fight, which ultimately kills him. He knows a technique called "The Apnea Rush" where he throws a hundred rapid punches, without breathing, that destroys an opponent by melting their bones. Speck used it to heavily damage the Statue of Liberty which was almost destroyed. After his defeat, he aged rapidly and it is found out he is actually 97 years old. This character is based on the real life serial killer Andrei Chikatilo and Richard Speck.
  • Yanagi Ryuukou (柳 龍光?) - Japanese convict who escapes from being enclosed in rocket-proof special glass. The smallest of the convicts physically, he is later being shown as the most deadly. He is the only convict whose crime is known, that he killed a dozen men in prison as a test bed for his new skill. He uses a special martial art called Way of the Void. In this style he practices Vacuum Palm, Whip of Mercury, Poison Hand and many others. He is seen to be an old acquaintance of Shibukawa Gouki. He has fights with Shibukawa, Baki, Doyle and Izo Motobe. He is responsible for poisoning Baki with his Poison Hand technique and also for nearly killing Doyle and for destroying Shibukawa's eye preceding the storyline. He fights with Izo who uses kenjutsu to stab his leg and cut off his Poison Hand. Yujiro then comes and declared Yanagi the loser which Yanagi did not accept. As Yujiro was ready to leave he quickly spins and breaks Yanagi's neck with a backhand, presumably killing him. Yanagi's death ended the Escaped Convicts saga.
  • Morio Sonoda (園田 盛男?) - The Japanese inspector in charge of the escaped convicts. After the failure of the special forces of police, he hires Oliva to finish the job. He respects the grapplers fighting the convicts, since they do a better job than the police. However, he doesn't understand how powerful the fighters actually are.
  • Tateoka (館岡?)
  • T. Katahira (片平 恒夫?)
  • Bart Allen (バート・アレン?)
  • Julius Norton (ジュリアス・ノートン?)
  • Barenchin Sokolov (バレンチン・ソコロフ?)
  • John Spencer (ジョン・スペンサー?)
  • Hidenobu Nago (名護秀信?)
  • Michael Holes (マイケル・ホールズ?) - Warden of The Arizona Prison. He arranged a fight between Ian McGregor and "The Mouth", to ensure that Ian could not restart his boxing career.
  • Biscuit Oliva (AKA the Dark Arrow, Unchained) (Oliver in the English dub) (ビスケット・オリバ?) Voiced by: Yūsaku Yara - An assassin working for the US. He possesses an iron body and is almost invulnerable to anything. He and Yujiro crossed paths while he was sent to assassinate a drug cartel leader. At the same time, he ran into Yujiro. He refers to Yujiro as "Mr. Ogre" and tends to be polite and eccentric before fighting. Yujiro mentions to him that he should take time with his kills rather than being quick about it. Oly understands Yujiro's blood lust, but prefers to do his job than play around. His trademark is his punch which can go through his opponent's heart. Is brought in by the US government to track down and capture the escaped convicts in the Search For Our Strongest Hero manga series. He has just defeated "Che Guevara" in the Arizona Prison and was recently defeated by Baki Hanma in a brute force showdown. He doesn't seem to practice any form of martial arts, instead using his freakish strength and resilience to overcome threats. His various feats of strength and muscle control seen in the manga are doing an exercise in which he repeatedly pulls a Chinook helicopter towards the ground, withstanding multiple shotgun blasts and then squeezing out the shot by flexing, breaking through iron doors with ease in the Arizona prison (in one case by turning a locked handle until the metal twists and ruptures around it), and flinging the convict Hector Doyle by one ankle into the floor with such force that the entire building they are in shakes. He also has one bizarre technique in which he curls into a perfect sphere of muscle in which he is impervious to attacks, but can uncurl and seize his opponents, 'eating' them "like Pac-Man". He then crushes them with his muscles. He uses this on Baki, but fails the second time he tries to use it. He is then beaten unconscious, if briefly, by Baki when they abandon the use of techniques and simply pound each other with all their might without dodging or blocking. His appearance and name are based on former Mr. Universe and three-time Mr. Olympia Sergio Oliva.
  • Jeff Markson (ジェフ・マークソン?) - A former NYPD cop, who used to threaten and extort from hippies, as a "secret side job". As a result of his corruption, Oliva was sent to hunt him down. Markson encountered Oliva while he was doing his usual side job, and Oliva destroyed every part of his body, "barely within a limit of not killing a human" according to Markson, leaving him in a hideously disfigured shape. Since then, Markson lived only thinking of avenging Oliva. 24 years later, he attacked and took control of a business building after setting a bomb, taking two dozen hostages. He demanded Oliva to face him in exchange of the life of the hostages, to which Oliva happily complied. He welcomed Oliva with several blasts of shotgun, but the bullet was stopped by Oliva's muscle. Markson then drew out a Japanese sword and attacked him, but again it had no effect on him. Oliva, disappointed by Markson's powerless attack, gave a punch into Markson's chest. The punch crushed his heart, killing him instantly and the force of the punch blasted Markson's body out of the building's window.
  • Master Kunimatsu (マスター国松?) - Ryuukou Yanagi's sensei. He appears to be about Tokugawa's age, being very thin and old. His left arm is missing and he later divulges to Tokugawa that he had his left arm removed to prevent Yanagi from killing him with his poison hand technique. Yanagi keeps his teacher's rotten arm on display. Kunimatsu's dojo roster features students from across the globe, but none from Japan (Yanagi being the one exception).
  • Muhammad Ali (マホメド・アライ?) - The legendary boxer who dedicated his life in fighting for the weak, and developing a perfect art of fighting. When he was still young, he encountered a young Yujirô with whom he had a fight, to see how his art of fighting is developed. Yujirô gained the upper hand, and the two legends have since kept a friendly relationship. He became catatonic after his son defeated him soundly, 5 years before the events of New Grappler Baki. However, he finally retrieves his punch and starts training again, explaining his reason for doing so during an interview. He saved the life of his son during his fight with Baki, by punching him before he killed Ali Jr. He left his son crying after his defeat.
  • Muhammad Ali Jr. (マホメド・アライJr.?) - The son of the famous boxer Muhammad Ali. He possesses some of the fastest reflexes and has destructive power in his punches. He participated in the Chinese tournament alongside the Japanese/American team. During the tournament he showcased his amazing abilities as a fighter. He claims to have perfected a martial art that only involves punches. After the tournament he challenged Baki's friends to provoke Baki himself. He easily defeated Gouki in match (Gouki didn't take it as a life or death fight) and slightly struggled against Doppo Orochi (he wasn't taking Ali seriously, and Ali dominated in their match), but is then beaten senseless by Jack Hammer who never really shows mercy in any fights unlike Doppo and Gouki. He is then seriously injured and totally defeated by Doppo and Gouki in fights in which they do not hold back against Ali Jr. Despite this, he still challenges Baki to a fight in the Korakuen Underground arena, believing that his strength and style is better. However he has one major weakness: unlike every other fighter who has faced Baki, he was not prepared to face the possibility of his own death in the fight, which goes back to his losses against Gouki and Doppo in the second matches he had against them. He loses to Baki without landing a single hit, and Baki almost kills him before Ali Sr. jumps into the ring and stops him.
  • Ryu Kaioh (劉 海王?): Voiced by: Mitsuru Ogata - An aged warrior, though not as old as Kaku Kaioh. Ryu challenged his students to reach the Kaio rank, but was disappointed by failure. He's encountered by Retsu Shaorin (having not yet achieved Kaio). Disillusioned with Retsu's past misdeeds, Ryu had no intention of letting Retsu become Kaio. However, Dorian recommended making Retsu a Kaio. Ryu obliged, stating that Dorian could never be mistaken. He is apparently 100 years old and has retained a massively muscled physique. He battles Yujiro in the Raitai's first battle, and loses badly. He fails to land a single hit, and has his face ripped off. He is able to stand and attack again despite this injury, but Yujiro dodges and kicks him square in the face again, taking him out for good. Retsu later learned that his master is still alive.
  • Kaku Kaioh (郭 海皇?) - The Kaioh of Kaiohs in Retsu's system of Chinese fist fighting, and current champion of the Raitai (the Chinese tournament of Kaiohs against Kaiohs), he is roughly 146 years old when first seen in the manga. He is a shrunken old man, even shorter than Baki, who is almost skeletally thin, has a severely receding hairline, and a fantastically wrinkled face, who requires glasses and gets around in a wheelchair when not fighting. Despite his advanced age, however, he is a phenomenally lethal and skilled fighter with an almost sociopathic ruthlessness and pride in Chinese fighting and culture, viewing all others in contempt. His skills, the result of over a century of training in Chinese martial arts, allow him to easily defeat a Muay Thai-using 'Kaioh', who is a fifth his age, in less than ten seconds wthout sustaining injury. He can slice several human limbs off with a simple chop of his hand, and even injure and send flying Yujiro himself. Kaku Kaioh's primary technique is called 'Xiao-lee' or hyposthenia, a form of bodily control that allows him to present zero resistance to oncoming blows. He absorbs the impact of attacks so perfectly that even Yujiro's punches at full force only give him a slightly bloody nose. This also allows him to put his entire body weight into his blows, along with the force of his opponent's own attacks. This allows his withered fists to blast craters in stone walls and injure Yujiro. It is Kaku who disrupts the structure of the Chinese tournament, turning it into a 'Chinese team vs Japanese/American team' match-up when the majority of other Kaiohs at the tournament prove disappointing and are easily defeated by Baki and his friends. He ends up battling Yujiro Hanma, and is shown to be one of the opponents that Yujiro respects. The match ends in a draw, and Kaku bestows the title of 'Kaioh' on Yujiro after the fight-as well as a challenge to battle again in another hundred years. He surprisingly reappears in Baki: Son of Ogre, to help Katsumi in the fusion between the 500 years in karate and the 4000 years of Chinese martial arts.
  • Zyaku Kaioh (寂 海王?) - A bald Kaiou with beard and glasses, he uses a fighting style which focuses on not harming the adversary. He joined the Stranger Team when the Raitai had his rules changed by Kaku, and was defeated by Retsu during a long fight, in which Zyaku focused on defense and managed to take many hits without being so harmed. In the end, Retsu hits his vertebral column, and takes him down with one punch in the face, despite this, Zyaku remains standing even when unconscious, which leads Retsu to declare him the victor. He reappears in Baki: Son of Ogre, in the military base, searching to fight Pickle. He also has a tendency to ask other fighters to go back to Japan with him.
  • Han Kaioh (範 海王?) Brother of Ri Kaiou and part of the Chinese team, he fights Ali Jr. and gets his face slashed before being defeated in one hit.
  • Ri Kaioh (李 海王?) Brother of Han and master of poisons, like Yanagi. He fights the poisoned Baki in the Raitai and manages indirectly to "heal" him with his poisoned hands, as a counter effect. He is then knocked out in two hits.
  • Somewane Kaioh (サムワン 海王?) - A Thai-born Muay Thai user, Samwon is 25 at the time of the Raitai tournament. He had apparently been spotted and trained by another former Kaioh while playing with a live Cobra in the streets. While his Muay Thai skills were impressive enough for him to be granted the title of Kaioh in China and qualify for the Raitai, they aren't nearly enough against Kaku Kaioh, who pulls off his pants and flicks his testicles, paralysing him with pain and defeating him in a profoundly humiliating manner. He later attempts to take out some of his anger and frustration on Yujiro, an ill-advised move that ends with his head smashed into the floor. He has little respect or even belief in the more philosophical or mystic side of martial arts, believing that "whoever uses his body better, wins". This is what leads to his downfall against the more logical or intellectual style of Kaku Kaioh. Samwon, or a character who resembles him, is briefly seen in the Underground Tournament arc of the anime as a champion of Muay Thai. He tries to fight Yujiro, who labels him as a hollow champion. Samwon launches a fierce attack, but his blows are blocked only by Yujiro's finger. Yujiro knocks him out with a flick on the forehead.
  • You Kaioh (楊 海王?) A Kaiou specifically trained into having a "diamond body" (by a harsh training where he is hit by sticks, cars, torrents, rocks...). He defeats the mentally retarded Dorian Kaiou and then tests his body against Oliva's strength, but he is crushed by one hand.
  • Zyo Kaioh (徐 海王?) A tall Kaiou who fights again Ali Jr, he is rapidly defeated after not even landing a single hit.
  • Son Kaioh (孫 海王?) A Kaiou focusing on a style with fingers, he is defeated in an arm wrestling match (or finger wrestling match) against Retsu.
  • Tin Kaioh (陳 海王?) A Kaiou who fights Jyaku Kaiou and is distracted by his kindly nature, and then is beaten by having his arm twisted on the ground.
  • Mou Kaioh (毛 海王?) - A fat Kaiou who doesn't fight all because he is knocked out by Kaku with one finger in the chin, because Kaku changed the rules of the Raitai in the Chinese vs Stranger team.
  • Ron Shun Bun (龍書文?) User of Yami Kenpou (Dark arts), an unbeaten fighter of the Chinese underground area hired by Kaku Kaiou to make the Chinese team. He hardly speaks Japanese and is mainly silent. He fights Oliva and manages to wound him significantly with is Kiai (hidden stance) which focuses on a "pocket trick", mainly letting both hands in the pockets and then attacking (like a sword stance). However Oliva blocks him and defeats him with powerful headbutts.
  • Kaku Shunsei (郭春成?) Nicknamed "crazy beast", he was conceived when Kaku Kaioh was 27 years old (He's his son, 125 years old). He gets KO by Baki before even landing a single hit.

Hanma Baki characters[edit]

  • (規格外象?)
  • Saman (サマン?)' - Leader of a special task force in Africa. He gathered many troops together to kill a raging elephant. The elephant was ten or more times bigger than a normal elephant. It was big enough to impale a lion with its tusks. Saman's weapons could not defeat it, and neither could anti-aircraft weapons. Yujiro came and killed the elephant without a weapon. Saman relayed this story to the news, only to be ridiculed.
  • Rumina Miyugawa (鮎川ルミナ?)' - A grade-schooler who challenged Baki to become the strongest. Baki slapped him. Afterwards, Rumina was complimented for taking a blow. Baki then took Rumina to his home and demonstrated his shadow boxing.
  • Jun Gebaru/'Che' Guevara (純・ゲバル?) - In the 'Son of Ogre' series, an 'alternative universe' version of the famous Che Guevara exists. This Edwardo 'Che' Guevara is a former pirate of the high seas who went on to found his own sovereign nation of 'La Serna'. His appearance is nearly identical to the real Guevara as seen in the classic photograph, and he is one of the three strongest men in the entire world, along with Biscuit Oliva (the second) and Yujiro Hanma (the first). Much like the real-life version, this manga version of Guevara is notorious for his radical political philosophy, his anti-captitalist and more specifically anti-US stance (the crime he is presumably imprisoned for is that he broke into George W. Bush's house and threatened his family, after Bush considered using bullying military tactics against La Serna), and his harsh discipline. It is this discipline that has made him so powerful, as he is described as 'one of the three men alive more powerful than a machine gun'. He uses a fighting style developed from the exclusive use of bare hands against all weapon types, and so is quite capable of killing someone in a single hit. He can defeat an opponent who has a gun to his head, or destroy several abnormally strong and/or skilled opponents at once. He is first encountered in the Arizona prison, as he has intentionally allowed himself to be captured and imprisoned there in order to battle Biscuit Oliva, a man he sees as representing the strength and arrogance of the United States. He puts up a good fight against Oliva, but loses in the end after enduring several hits from Oliva's full strength, Oliva noting that he is the first man in ages to be able to withstand his full strength. Apart from these obvious differences in personality and ability, this manga version of Guevara is also much younger than the real-life version would be, being about mid-thirties at the oldest, with the manga being set in current times. He goes back to his country after his defeat.
  • George W. Bush (ジョージ・ボッシュ?) - The President of the United States. He considered taking military action against La Serna, only to be thwarted by one of Guevara's men. He was later kidnapped by Baki. Over a cup of coffee, Baki told Bush that he kidnapped him because it was an offense making Baki worthy to go to the Arizona Prison.
  • Chamomile Lessen (カモミール・レッセン?) - One of Guevara's underlings, he infiltrated the secret service as a bodyguard of President Bush. While Bush was having a conference about military action in La Serna, Chamomile stopped him and informed him that Guevara's men have infiltrated every state.
  • Samuel (サミュエル?) - The coach and manager of Ian McGregor. he appears first in the Maximum Tournament arc, where he is very protective of Ian. He later interferes with Ian's match against Chiharu Shiba, costing him the fight. Samuel briefly appears in "Son of Ogre" at the Arizona prison. In the English dub of the anime, it is said that Samuel is Ian's stepfather. Neither the Japanese version nor the manga make such indications, however.
  • Mouth (Lips, Teeth, and Tongue) (唇(リップ)・歯(トゥース)・舌(タング)?) - Identical triplets who have a knack for finishing each other's sentences. They are formidable soldiers sent to fight Ian McGregor to ensure that he can't start his boxing career again. Fighting all at once, they beat Ian nearly to death, but Che Guevara stops them. Che urinated on Tongue, who unleashed much profanity before being beaten by Guevara. With a core member defeated, Lips and Teeth knew they could not win and retreated, to which Guevara casually said, "As usual, the Tongue was the only one who got dirty".
  • Maria (マリア?) - A morbidly obese woman and the lover of Biscuit Oliva. Oliva is stunned by her beauty, so much that he says that a handkerchief from her hometown has the most intense scent. However, Maria constantly belittles and insults Oliva. She watches the Guevara/Oliva fight from atop her king-sized bed. It is later revealed she was once a slim and incredibly attractive woman, but an unknown disease and the drugs used to treat it caused her massive weight gain, possibly affecting her metabolism. Oliva continues to love her because her attitude and bearing never changed despite her hardship.
  • Pikuru/ Pickle (ピクル?) - A primitive form of man found perfectly preserved in a saline rock formation (hence he is 'pickled') this giant humanoid supposed lived originally in the Jurassic/Cretaceous era. He is revived from his long suspended animation in Baki 10.5, and is sent to Japan by Strydum after he defeats entire army battalions and even a high-tech exo-skeletal powersuit sent against him. Pickle does not resemble any form of primitive man (Neanderthal or Cro-Magnon) or even modern humans, standing taller than Jack Hammer and possessing a level of muscular development equivalent to Oliva, this has led some to believe Pickle is a missing link in the evolutionary chain. He possesses upper and lower exaggerated canines, giving him a 'fanged' appearance, and his nails resemble claws. His muscles are so developed and powerful that he withstands three 9 mm. shots to the stomach at point blank range, none of which penetrate his abs, and indeed he believes the man who shot him to be engaging in some sort of rough-house 'game'. He hunted, killed and ate T-Rexes without the use of weapons in his prehistoric life, and is one of the most blatantly superhuman characters in the entire manga. He has never been heard to speak intelligibly so far in the manga. His strength is shown in various occasions, being capable of withstanding a strength test with Yujiro himself, resisting a charge from Hanayama, sending Baki flying through the Korakuen arena with a single kick, chopping a leg from Retsu Kaiou after beating him, and enduring Katsumi Orochi's attacks and taking his right arm, then praying over the severed limb to show his reverence and respect for Katsumi. When fighting Jack Hammer he lost his left ear to a bite attack after ripping off the flesh from Jack's jaw. He goes mad after this and beats Jack senseless. In Baki's battle against Pickle, Baki's adaption of dinosaur-like stances has led Pickle into believing that he's as dangerous as the only creature that ever defeated him during his youth: a wasp. He defeated Baki with a shoulder throw and began to roam the city freely, learning to speak Japanese and eventually interrupting Baki and Yujiro's fight before Baki roundhouse kicked him and stunned him into complacency.
  • Dr. Albert Payne (アルバート・ペイン?) - A nobel prize winner. He appears to be very knowledgeable about Pickle, whom he views as a treasure to the human race. Thus he harshly rebukes anyone who tries to defame Pickle, saying that his acts (i.e., sexually assaulting a female reporter, killing and eating an endangered tiger) are only natural to him in his time and thus is not wrong. He is based on Albert Einstein.
  • Amur Tiger (シベリアトラ ?) A Siberian Tiger that was sacrificed as a meal to Pickle. Pickle ate it because it attacked him without fear. Doctor Payne suggested sacrificing the entire species (including around 500 tigers) to satisfy Pickle's hunger. Retsu Kaiou stopped this by sacrificing himself.
  • Takesi Kenmoti (剣持武志?)
  • Terada (寺田?)
  • Sakimura (崎村?)
  • Katsumi's Mother (克巳の母?)
  • Tsutomu Mukōyama (向山努?)
  • Barack Obama (バラク・オズマ?) - The newly elected President of the USA appears in the Gaia Gaiden. He's out jogging and is targeted by a sniper who is quickly dispatched by Gaia.
  • (藻木?)
  • (波斗山征夫?)
  • Kin Shōchū (金尚中?)
  • Yoda Masamichi (與田政道?)
  • (木頼武?)
  • (世戸内若鳥?)

Pickle characters[edit]

  • Allen (アレン?):
  • (M.P.B.M?) - A soldier outfitted in a massive set of powered armour, who was required to more or less live in the suit for two and a half years. Despite his huge level of skill in using the armour (he was able to feed himself with a normal set of cutlery with the massive gauntlets, and even knit), the armoured, hydraulic powered suit was no match for Pickle when the army deploys the suit against him. He first shatters the armoured canopy, frightening the pilot into attempting to use lethal force, and when he attempts to break Pickle's neck, he grabs the arm of the suit and the rest of the machine gets twisted under its force instead.

Scarface characters[edit]

  • Hiroshi (ヒロシ?)
  • Ken Tanaka (田中KEN?)
  • Horio Yoshiharu (堀尾吉晴?)
  • Dog (?)
  • (登倉竜士?)
  • Keizō Hanayama (花山景三?) - The father of Kaoru Hanayama.
  • Taro Akita (秋田太郎?)
  • (源王会会長?)
  • Yakichi Hanayama (花山弥吉?)
  • Jihad Master (マスタージハド?)
  • Lieutenant Arthur (アーサー中尉?)

Other characters[edit]

  • Tsutomu Sekine (関根努?)
  • Ogura Tsune (小倉ツネ?)
  • Yujiro's Mother (勇次郎の母?) - Yujiro's mother and Baki and Jack's grandmother. Her face is never seen and her name is unknown. Apparently Yujiro was her first and last child, after which she apparently went into a monastery. She has great feelings of shame, fear and disgust for her monstrous offspring, and is fully unaware of the existence of Jack and Baki.
  • (某国元指導者?)
  • Yuichiro Hanma - Yujiro's father and Baki and Jack's grandfather. He briefly appears during the fight between Baki and Yujiro as a shadow image and gives Baki words of encouragement to beat Yujiro. As Tokugawa purported, Yuichiro is the only other being to beat the United States before Yujiro did so. His special technique was nicknamed "dress" by the USA military and it consist of grabbing the opponent and using him as a human nunchaku.