Tvtropes Hajime No Ippo

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    Ippo Makunouchi 

Voiced by: Kohei Kiyasu (JP), Steve Staley (EN), Gabriel Ramos (Latin-American Spanish)

A shy, humble boy, Ippo lost his father Kazuo at a very young age and now spends his free time helping his mother run their fishing boat business.

His introverted nature naturally attracts bullies who like to beat him up.

During one of those beating-up sessions, he is saved by Mamoru Takamura, who takes him to the Kamogawa boxing gym where he also discovers his powerful punch.

As it turns out, working your entire life lifting extremely heavy stuff builds a muscle or two. Ippo joins the Kamogawa gym and begins his boxing career in order to find out the meaning of strength.

Ippo is truly an unwritten paper of a student, closely following what he is taught to the best of his ability.

He is famous for his ridiculously powerful punching power and endurance, often giving him spectacular comeback K.O.s. His defense isn't bad either, as he uses the peek-a-boo style, reminiscent of Mike Tyson. Despite his shy behavior outside the ring, he shows remarkable courage and determination inside it. He is the current Japanese featherweight champion and ranked 7th in the WBC rankings.


  • Adorkable: Shy, awkward, and a late bloomer in love.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Was bullied at school because of his sort-of part time work as a fisherman.
  • Animal Motifs: Gazelles, given one of his signature punches is named after them.
  • Badass on Paper: If you look at only his achievements in the ring- getting every single one of his victories by knockout, for example- you'd probably expect Ippo himself to be some cocky, super capable badass.

    However, his personality outside of the ring couldn't be more disconnected from his prowess inside it.

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    Either way, it doesn't matter much because Ippo remains a dangerous opponent in the ring regardless of his meek nature.

  • Berserk Button:
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Double Subverted. Even after becoming a boxer, he remains meek in his day to day life and practically allows himself to be scared by anybody who wants to scare him.

    However, if you're a boxer set to fight him, it's dangerous to assume he'd be the same way on the clock. In the ring, he seems to think of his opponents differently than he does in social situations; the same men that could easily intimidate him on the street simply become obstacles to punch into oblivion when the bell sounds. Also, pushing his Berserk Buttons is a bad idea.

  • Blood Knight: Ippo is very eager to fight in the ring and often loves to get stronger and face better opponents so he can improve his skill and be the best pro boxer in the world.
  • Brainy Brunette: It was stated that while in high school, Ippo could have gotten into any college, implying that his grades were good.
  • Butt-Monkey
  • Canine Companion: A Boy And His Dog.

    Eventually becomes the owner of a dog, Wanpo.

  • Cannot Spit It Out: He's been dancing around making it official with Kumi for years. Amazingly, they're still not officially dating by the time they're in their mid-twenties despite having known each other since they were 16 and having effectively gone on several dates. To be fair, though, his fear of her brother plays a big part in it and he tried to confess once but she fell asleep right when he started.
  • Chick Magnet: Has three girls fighting over him.
    • Clueless Chick Magnet: However, he's far too shy and reserved to fully grasp and take advantage of the situation.
  • Covert Pervert: Was caught peeking at Takamura's porno magazines and was okay with the idea of Takamura lending him porno videos.

    Secretly, of course. He also jumped at Dr.Yamaguchi's "invitation". Oddly enough he rarely has any these thoughts around the girl he likes, Kumi. It's mainly just modest male urges, and even then nothing too perverted.

    • Special mention goes to when a popular reporter came to visit the gym, asked to spar with him, and he allowed her to hit him for a better *cough*view*cough*.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: After retiring, Ippo comes to view his reliance on the Dempsey Roll as this.

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    While it was crucial in helping him win many fights, he focused so much on refining the Dempsey Roll that he forgot about fundamentals such as defence and proper jabbing.

    As such Ippo became much more reactive rather than proactive, taking hits he otherwise could have avoided and contributing to his Game-Breaking Injury.

  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Ippo is a shy, awkward, overly-polite mama's boy...but once he steps into the boxing-ring, he becomes an intense and unstoppable fighter with a Dynamite Punch that can shatter bones, and an invincible stamina that allows him to keep coming back no matter how many times he's knocked down.

    It's not uncommon for people who've seen him in the ring, to completely fail to recognize him outside of it. Several times, this has worked to his advantage, since any opponent who've met him outside the ring is bound to underestimate the level of brutality he can unleash inside of it.

  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The New Dempsey Roll and the (currently not yet perfected) Diagonal Dempsey Roll, the two evolutions of his Signature Move.

    The New Dempsey Roll requires stopping in the middle of the weaving in order to make the rhythm less predictable (and thus make it more difficult to counter), but suddenly stopping such high momentum places a huge strain on his muscles and ligaments and he runs the risk of tearing something and cutting his career short.

    The Diagonal Dempsey Roll strains the body even worse, as it effectively involves weaving the body full speed in any and all directions and throwing not just hooks, but any kind of punch desired with the momentum (IE an even more effective form of Bryan Hawk's swayback dodge and Infinity Punch combo) while also stopping and starting on a dime at will.

  • Defeat Means Respect: Constantly on the receiving end of this trope. His impressive skill as a boxer and genuine sportsmanship and grace usually keeps from any hard feelings after his victories.

    Many a former foe returns throughout the series to cheer Ippo on or mentor him in an aspect of boxing they're more experienced in. Some of the more violent and unscrupulous boxers even noticeably chill out after facing Ippo, and become softer or more fair.

  • Determinator: While normally a required trait for his combat style, it is starting to cost him dearly in a Deconstruction after his second loss.

    The severe accumulated damage he has taken to his body over all his matches including his second loss are causing issues with his eye-sight and possibly other health issues that might hinder or even end his career/life.

  • Disappeared Dad: His father Kazuo died when he was a child, and we don't know about his relatives aside of his mother Hiroko.
  • The Dutiful Son: He is willing to do anything from quitting school to quitting boxing to help Hiroko when she becomes too overworked.
  • Extreme Doormat.

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    At first. His dislike of fighting made him a target for bullying. Even after becoming a fighter, he still tends to let brasher guys walk all over him. Luckily though, this doesn't translate into the ring.

  • Fanboy: Ippo's favorite fighter is Mike Tyson.
  • Gag Penis: He is very well endowed.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: His vision and hand-eye coordination has suffered since his second loss and it remains to be seen if there are other effects from his accumulated damage.

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    Thankfully though, while he can no longer tank punches as well as he used to, this ends up Subverted for the time being when it turns out that he's still well enough to get in the ring.

    • As of Chapter 1197, the damage appears to be extensive enough that he suffers his third loss, prompting what he promised would be a permanent retirement.

      That said, the testing performed on him concluded he did not have punch drunk syndrome yet; and while he would have been at risk of it should he continue boxing, he could recover back to normal given time if he stopped early. Miyata doesn't buy it, thinking Ippo only retired based on suspicion of his symptoms alone and not concrete evidence, and directly asks Ippo who told him he was punch-drunk- Ippo doesn't have an answer, as even the doctors that studied him told him he was not actually punch-drunk.

      In fact, the only person who insists he is, who has consistently said he was, is his own girlfriend.

  • The Gift: Ippo was practically made for elite in-boxing.

    He's naturally short in stature and also has short arms and a solidly built frame, giving him the right physiology for the job. Most tellingly though, his fists happen to be flat and brick shaped and he has puffy palms, meaning every punch lands with as much surface area -and force- as humanly possible.

    In other words, his hands were made for knocking people out.

    • He's also extremely multi talented, he's an excellent fisherman, had good grades in school, and becomes a top notch mangaka assistant even after he shows signs of reduced motor control from his head injury His analytical skills from watching boxing are also incredible.

      Despite his weaknesses in controlling stess and understanding his boxer's emotions, his advice as a second is so good that it leads Kimura and Aoki to several victories against opponents they would have had no hope of defeating otherwise.

  • Heroic BSoD: Upon knocking out Taihei with a single blow after the delinquent lied to him to get boxing lessons so he could fight other students, Ippo realizes that he not only struck a minor with a probable assault charge, but struck him so hard that he nearly killed Taihei outright.

    This breaks him hard enough to immediately want to turn himself into the authorities for what he's done.

  • Heroes Love Dogs: Wanpo.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: His humility knows no bounds, and for most of his career he bashfully downplays his own potential and triumphs when he's praised.

    This is common in Japanese etiquette, where attributing your success and skill to luck or the help of others is good form, but Ippo definitely means it.

    He stays humble as he grows, but with experience comes confidence and he gradually stops selling himself short.

  • Humble Hero: Despite his strength and courage, Ippo still behaves rather meekly out of the ring and often humbles himself around his rivals.

    For example, even though he has defeated both Mashiba Ryou and Sendou Takeshi, he fears Mashiba and tries to avoid discussing a second rematch with Sendou whenever he is around. He also continued to be intimidated by Umezawa Masahiko, his former bully, long after he began boxing. He has a great deal of respect for his gymmate Takamura Mamoru and former Japanese Featherweight Champion Date Eiji and he was completely shocked when World Featherweight Champion Ricardo Martinez requested a spar with him.

    He later recognizes this to be one of his weaknesses after losing to Gonzales.

  • I Just Want to Be Badass: "What does it mean to be strong?"
  • Interrupted Declaration of Love: In a way. Despite being well known among his friends for taking forever to make it official with her, he did actually confess to Kumi during a beach holiday once, but she happened to fall asleep drunk during the whole thing.

    Naturally, he loses his nerve by the time she wakes up.

  • Invincible Hero: He wins almost all of his fights.

    And always by KO. Somewhat justified as he literally can't win in any other way, due to his boxing style; if he's landing enough punches that he might have a chance at winning a decision victory, it's not likely his opponent is going to survive the round, much less the match.

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    Averted as time goes on, his brutal head injuries from his first few losses end his career before he could get a chance to challenge the men at the top.

  • Know When To Fold Them: In Chapter 1208, Ippo talks to a doctor about his condition. Though he shows symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, the doctor can't make a diagnosis until he's dead. With this information, he approaches the coach at his gym and reveals his intentions of retiring.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He later gains incredible dashing speed, weaving ability (is able to dodge completely Shigeta's rapid fire "Shotgun" punch and Mashiba's flicker) and the Spam Attack Dempsey Roll.

    His nickname God of Wind derives from his ability to deal very powerful blows quite rapidly.

  • Like Father, Like Son: He and his dad not only look alike but both love fighting.

    Although Ippo started to like fighting when he was introduced to boxing. Both also are very selfless and care more about others than their own selves as Kazuo saved a crew mate on his boat during a storm and Ippo initially supports bullied victims and comforts his friends in their darkest times.

  • Magnetic Hero: Earns the respect of many boxers he met.
  • Mighty Glacier: At the beginning, he only has his strength and endurance; he later becomes a Lightning Bruiser.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Early on in the series, after he accidentally trips into Miyata's butt, Takamura jokes that he had suspicions about Ippo's sexuality from the beginning and says that he "really must be a homo".

    Ippo's usual mellow Nice Guy reaction to this, of course, then gets him funny looks from all of the other boxers. Keep in mind that Takamura already knows Ippo is straight at this point; he's just a Jerkass.

  • Modesty Towel: Tries to wear one around his waist when he first showers with the guys simply because, well... he's a modest person. Takamura mistakes this for size insecurity and removes it for giggles- which is how he discovered Ippo's a "heavyweight".
  • Nice Guy: Ippo is a friendly and kind young man.
  • Odd Friendship: Ippo and Sendo probably have the closest relationship between any of the rival boxers.

    This, despite their contrasting personalities, which end up being a major source of humor whenever they're together.

  • Older Than They Look: At least David Eagle seems to think he looks young, as he mistakes a 22 year-old Ippo for a kid and autographs the back of his shirt. The stoic Miyata then tells Ippo that the Japanese "just tend to look young to foreigners"... and then turns around to reveal that even he got an autograph.
  • One-Hit Kill: Gives one to Kojima.

    The punch was so severe that the poor guy literally lost all memory of the fight!

  • Otaku: This guy probably knows more about Miyata's matches than Miyata's own father, to the point of being able to reenact the whole thing.

    Actually, he was the first one to figure out the reason behind Miyata cancelling his match against Ippo.

  • Pintsized Powerhouse: The whole point of his Signature Move the Dempsey Roll is to take down bigger fighters as Ippo is shorter than most of his opponents.
  • Power of Trust: Has this going on with coach Kamogawa and his training.

    Much of his determination comes from the fact that he refuses to give up unless he has put everything he was taught to use. He comes back from the brink of a K.O.

    multiple times simply because he felt like hadn't used everything he learned yet.

  • Reality Ensues: Unfortunately, despite all his hard work for 10 months, years of poor defensive technique and eating punches finally catch up to him in his attempted comeback match against Guevarra; it turns out that he really is punch drunk and can no longer take punches or even attempt to dodge them like he once could.
    • Not that long thereafter, Ippo demonstrates why a professional boxer's hands are considered weapons, as in his Unstoppable Rage he strikes a minor so hard with a palm slap across the face that the boy was unconscious on impact, and nearly killed outright.

      Not only is this a solid demonstration of the raw difference between a citizen and a boxer, but Ippo letting his emotions get the better of him committed an assault on a minor to boot.

  • Red Baron: God of Wind.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The passive, kind, meek blue oni to Takamura and Sendo's tough, Hot-Blooded, boisterous red oni. Ippo is also the emotional, talkative red oni to Miyata's stoic, calm blue oni.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He's basically the sensitive guy to any of the other boxer's manly-men attitudes, but he fits this dynamic best in scenes with Takamura.

    In a funny twist, he himself comes off as the "manly man" in comparison to Naomichi when they're together.

  • Shonen Hair: It refuses to stay down too, always snapping back into it's usual messy look when he tries to keep it down.
  • Shrinking Violet: He is usually a kind and reserved person who dislikes conflict, and because of that he had been bullied since grade school.
  • Signature Move: Gazelle Punch, Liver Blow, Dempsey Roll, and the Tekken.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Ippo is notoriously simple-minded.

    In nearly all of his matches, difficulties arose when his opponent did something he had not prepared for, such as Malcolm Gedo's Magic Punch and Woli's Corner Work.

    In fact, he lost the championship match with Date Eiji entirely because he failed to grasp how the champ was negating the power behind his punches. Interestingly, the few times Ippo did something his opponents didn't expect, he won the match (such as his southpaw stance in his first fight, or his brawling stance in his match with Kojima).

  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks like a younger version of his father.
  • Tiger Versus Dragon: Ippo is the dragon to Sendo's tiger.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Transforms from a wimpy doormat to a one of the top boxers of Japan.
  • Twice Shy: With Kumi.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He starts out as this when he only relied on his hard punches and only had minimal technique.

    But this later becomes an aversion as he learns more boxing skills and he becomes a quick Lightning Bruiser rather than a more enduranced Mighty Glacier.

  • Unstoppable Rage: This becomes a recurring event for him.

    When angered, Ippo blacks out and forgets what he is doing, becoming extremely violent and dangerous. It finally backfires on him outside of the ring when he assaults a minor (though one that probably deserved it) yet has no memory of even doing it.

  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: His Dempsey Roll.

    Mamoru Takamura 

Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (JP), Eddie Frierson (EN), Mario Arvizu (Latin-American Spanish)

Big, loud-mouthed, perverted and mean, Takamura is a jerk.

He is also undefeated two-time world champion and the idol of everyone at the Kamogawa gym.

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Because despite his bullying behaviour, he is something of a big brother to the other boxers: he is the one that got all of them into boxing and occasionally uses his vast knowledge to give them advice.

Due to his status as the golden champion, he's also their idol. As much as he looks like someone with a giant ego and nothing to back it up, Takamura is something of a Guile Hero, rarely being defeated in anything even unrelated to boxing. He used to be a delinquent feared by everyone on the streets, until coach Kamogawa discovered him and got him into boxing, for which Takamura is very thankful.

And despite his normally dirty behaviour, he is honest and serious about boxing. Despite being a natural genius, he is also a hard worker.

We first meet Takamura as he saves Ippo from bullies and takes him to the boxing gym.

He has a troubled (due to his jerkass personality) but nonetheless close relationship to coach Kamogawa. Kamogawa notes that he loves to see Takamura fight in the ring. Takamura is actually the disinherited middle son of the Takamura Development company. He was kicked out after starting a huge fight during one of his older brother Suguru's rugby matches. (Despite that, his sister and little brother still support him.)

Takamura gains his first title in an epic fight against Bryan Hawk, WBC Junior Middleweight Champion.

He later climbs up a weight class and fights against David Eagle for the next title. Another one of his most notable feats is beating a bear in a fight. The story even made it into the local news, which resulted in the temporary nickname Bearslayer. It also gave him three huge scars on his chest, but those only make him look even manlier.

Word of God has it that he's the best boxer in the series.

He's described in-story as the ideal boxer, combining athleticism and skill as well as intelligence and instincts. His strength and stamina are almost superhuman and his instincts border on the supernatural. Upon their first meeting, Kamogawa described him as a "diamond that didn't need to be polished", easily able to take the Japanese title at that point already. Kamogawa also believes that Takamura has completely surpassed his teachings and thus often lets him fight however he wants in the ring.

He's only had real trouble in three fights so far (his three matches for world belts) and often knocks out his opponent in the first round in showy fashion. Due to his boxing insight, he often serves as the Mr. Exposition during matches of other people.


  • The Ace: Takamura is one of the most invincible characters in the series along with Ricardo Martinez. Not only is he undefeated with every win a KO (despite his weight management handicap), he has accomplished feats such as KOing a bear, lifting a truck and defeating a troupe of wild monkeys.
    • However, it's Subverted in the sense that he's not The Ace at anything aside from fighting.

      He was quite aimless in life before being found by Kamogawa. He's also laughably bad at most other activities aside from boxing, including fishing, singing, and picking up girls.

  • Achilles' Heel: While his boxing is flawless, he does have two fatal flaws beyond it - First, his attitude and temper, which can lead him to do reckless or pointless things, and secondly the lack of stamina that comes from his harsh weight management due to fighting several classes under his natural weight.
  • Animal Motifs: Multiple, actually.

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    The hawk, the bear and the rhinoceros beetle. Every fighter he has fought since winning the WBC Jr. Middleweight Championship has been named after an animal (Rickey Mouse, David "Golden" Eagle, Ronald Duck, Richard Bison)

  • Badass Boast: Pulls one on Hawk, although it's only in his head:

    "That cocky little mug.

    I bet you never lost a fight before, have you...? But that's because...I've never been...TO AMERICA!!!"

    • He also gives a similar one to Richard Bison:

    "You score 100. But unfortunately for you, I'm the Million Point Man."

  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: It's Takamura going berserk that ultimately and finally turns the tides against the unorthodox Hawk at the darkest moment of the fight. Against the by-the-books Eagle, it's remembering his boxing training with Kamogawa to guide his hands when he couldn't see any more.
  • Bears Are Bad News: He has to box with a Mama Bear.

    He lives to tell. And gains the scars to prove it.

  • Berserk Button: As an arrogant egomaniac, boxers who either insult him or actually make him work harder for a victory will quickly send him flying into a rage in the ring. Like Ippo, he's also not fond of people who cheat in the ring or otherwise disrespect the sport of boxing. Lastly, on a more comical note, he can't stand women paying attention to other guys around him (especially if it's Ippo) and he usually reacts with violence.
    • In a chilling example, he agrees to spar with Sendo, a much younger, lighter and less experienced boxer.

      Takamura holds back at first, and still effortlessly outpaces his foe, but when Sendo sneaks in an elbow blow on purpose, Takamura begins to beat on him pretty mercilessly. Once Sendo get a solid blow in, Takamura snaps and retaliates with his full strength, completely obliterating Sendo in a single punch. If Sendo hadn't been wearing protective gear, the consequences would have been dire.

  • Big Brother Bully: Pretty much has this relationship with Aoki, Kimura, and Ippo most of the time (despite not being blood related, of course).

    Although he bullies them, it's relatively harmless in the sense that Aoki and Kimura are also scrappy fighters who aren't too afraid to argue and fight with him; in fact, they typically join him in teasing Ippo, who takes it in stride.

  • Big Brother Mentor: In an, uhm, special way.
  • The Big Guy: It's even his nickname.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's very loud, very tough, and very obnoxious.
  • Book Dumb: He's not really much of an intellectual, as he didn't know what the word "aspiration" meant and had to have Ippo explain it to him.

    Not surprisingly though, he gets enraged as soon as he senses that Ippo was judging him and then starts chewing him out.

  • Boring, but Practical; No Sunday punches or gimmicks here.

    Takamura is simply a well-trained boxer who has perfected his fundamentals and mastered every textbook punch and maneuver.

    Rather than limiting him, his orthodox style, combined with his natural instincts, have made him the best boxer in the series, bar none.

  • Brutal Honesty: He's not one to mince words when it comes to telling inferior boxers just how inferior they are. He even let's his own friends know how bad they are if they're not looking sharp (well, Aoki, mostly).
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Absolutely badass as a boxer.

    Almost absolutely Jerkass when not at work or at training.

  • Casanova Wannabe: He very rarely actually gets some action with the ladies, mostly because he acts like a perverted Jerkass the second he sees an opening. Regardless, he himself has a very high view of his alleged "ability" to get women, as you might expect.
  • Cherry Tapping: Beating an opponent with just his left. There was no particular reason for it, he just wanted to show off.
  • Combat Commentator: He gives excellent and accurate commentary while sitting in the stands, and his comments usually serve to educate Aoki, Kimura, and whoever else (including the viewer) when they give an inaccurate assessment of a fight.

    Ironically though, whenever he actually gets the chance to do official commentary for a fight on the mic, he usually messes it up by saying something crazy or, in one case, choosing to focus on pestering Date instead of commenting.

  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was an aimless delinquent who roamed the streets getting into trouble after being disinherited from his family's fortune.
  • Determinator:You could BLIND this guy and he'd still hit you with his best
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  • Disproportionate Retribution: Specializes in it.

    Pretty much any and every minor thing that irritates him will warrant a punch to the face to the unlucky person who annoyed him.

  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: To avoid becoming a Boring Invincible Hero, Takamura has to deal with several difficulties.

    Against lesser boxers, these don't matter, but against world champions they ensure that the match is exciting and tough. The first is his lack of stamina from fighting several weight classes below his natural weight. The second is his inexperience in fighting at the highest level of boxing, because he quite literally doesn't have a sparring partner, forcing him to learn and adapt to things he hasn't encountered before on the spot.

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    The third weakness is the ongoing question whether or not he has a blind-spot in his right eye.

  • Finishing Move: Averted. Takamura does not have a Sunday Punch. His basic punches and boxing style is so effective that he's never needed one.
    • More along the lines of Zigzagged as he's actually a bit miffed by the fact that all his fellow gym members have a Sunday Punch save for himself.

      It gets to the point that he invented his own Sunday Punch called the Bettle's Uppercut... which is just an orthodox uppercut with a bit more oomph added to it. During the one and only time he uses it, it ends up doing nothing against his opponent so he goes back to his usual boxing style, and settles it very quickly soon afterwards.

  • The Gift: Many boxers in the series have this, including Ippo and Woli, but Takamura's case is particularly impressive.

    An aimless miscreant, his potential is noticed by Kamogawa and he begins training at the gym. His strength and stamina far surpass anyone else in the gym from day one, and he has no trouble whatsoever with Kamogawa's intense regimen.

    He wins his first match a mere few months later in twenty-five seconds with a round one knockout, and absolutely zero sparring in the ring beforehand and no formal training but running and bagwork with only his left hand. He wasn't even warned of the match beforehand, yet quickly overcame the nerves from fighting a professional boxer for the first time in his life, when all his previous fights had been with untrained street punks well below his level.

    To call this superhuman would hardly be an overstatement. That said, he paid for this by being absolutely worthless when it comes to everything else. It's outright said that if Kamogawa had never found him, he would have lived a sad and lonely life as a bum.

  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: His are good.

    And very Badass.

  • Green-Eyed Monster: Although he doesn’t show it openly, Takamura is jealous that Kamogawa pays more attention to Ippo than him, to the point of getting angry at Ippo for causing distress to Kamogawa by losing twice in a row. In reality, Kamogawa knows that Takamura doesn't actually need his help for many things anymore and chooses to work with someone who has more potential to grow rather than someone who is already at the top.
  • Guile Hero: A master of the Indy Ploy when in the ring.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Despite clearly having some Berserk Buttons, pretty much anything can set Takamura off.

    For one thing, he gets irritated both when people are rude and cocky to him and when people are too polite and meek with him, so invoking his wrath is practically unavoidable.

  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Despite ostensibly being a Japanese hero due to his prowess in the ring, he's pretty much despised by the public thanks to his personality.

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    It's not uncommon for his matches to begin with applause and then end with boos and food being thrown at him by the time he's in the winner's circle.

  • Hidden Depths: He comes across as a violent, crass bully, but his passion and respect for boxing is sincere and his loyalty to his coach is absolute. Despite his natural strength, he trains extremely hard and devotes every day to keeping in shape and making weight, and his thug-like demeanor belies a keen eye and a deep understanding of the scientific and technical aspects of the sport.

    Takamura is also capable of being a Nice Guy when he wants to be one. And he likes animals.

  • Hot-Blooded: Attacks everything in his life with a burning passion and a disregard for others' safety and/or feelings.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Takamura is a fundamentally traditional boxer, with no Sunday punches or gimmicks, just good form and excellent conditioning.

    Observers may make the mistake of thinking he's a Master of None, but the reality is that Kamogawa had to drill this balanced, composed style into him, and he's actually far more dangerous when he's brawling with abandon.

  • Icy Blue Eyes: When he absolutely destroys Bryan Hawk in an Unstoppable Rage.

    His eyes turn into a very light icy blue.

  • Insufferable Genius: He's good. And he knows it. And he'll make sure everyone around him knows it.
    • Thought it's balanced by him being a Butt-Monkey outside the ring, especially when it comes to his terrible luck with women.
  • It's All About Me: Takamura is incredibly self-centered, to the point where it's his most prominent trait aside from his arrogance.
  • Japanese Delinquents: What he used to be in the past.
  • Jerkass: Hoo boy, is he ever.

    He's a rude, obnoxious, vain, perverted, and extremely arrogant bully with little remorse for how often he offends people- no matter how you look at it, Takamura is genuinely an asshole.

    Still, his personality being entirely Played for Laughs, his honorable boxing code, and the fact that he's a Butt-Monkey outside of the ring ensures that he never gets too unbearable.

  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He certainly is a jerkass without remorse in every circumstance but one: Boxing.

    He not only swore that he would never be dishonest about boxing, it is the only time he will act genuinely helpful to his gym mates, adopting a kind of big brother relationship with Ippo. He was even protective of Aoki despite bullying him almost daily otherwise, simply because he felt that the sport itself was tainted by Aoki's opponent and his coach. His introduction, significantly, is a major Pet the Dog moment—saving Ippo from the bullies and challenging him to become strong.

    Also the whole battle with Hawk is a Pet the Dog moment as he promises to take the belt from Bryan Hawk and give it to Kamogawa also when declares he'll win for the pride of Japan and it's world former world champions.

  • Lightning Bruiser: His punching power and stamina is completely unmatched in the story, but he's also very fast.

    Faster than people in the Featherweight class, including Ichiro Miyata.

  • Lonely at the Top: Takamura is proud of his strength as the World Champion, but he also feels isolated and alone since no lower ranked boxers can relate to him.

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    Seeing Ippo lose on his second return match makes Takamura believe that he’s alone and better off that way.

  • Master of All: Easily the most well-rounded boxer in the series.

    He can in-fight, out-fight, brawl and counter as well or better than any of the characters who specialize in these respective styles. He can win with traditional technique, wild swinging or subtle mind games.

    His proficiency in almost every aspect of boxing is lampshaded multiple times by other characters.

  • Meaningful Name: Taka means hawk. Thus, his nickname in the ring is The Japanese Hawk.
  • Mr. Exposition: Usually serves as this during the matches of other people, when it's not one of the reporters doing it.

    In particular he was the first person to notice why Ippo's famous punches weren't doing much to Eiji Date.

  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His skills and fighting style as well as attitude were based on Sugar Ray Robinson, the man who has been cited as the greatest boxer who ever lived.
    • He may also be a nod to Shinji Takehara, a streetfighting, hard-punching Japanese middleweight boxer who held the world title for a time.

      Takehara was forced to retire due to retinal detachment, and Takamura has had reoccurring issues that match the symptoms of the injury.

  • Not Me This Time: When it looked like he was about to attack Bryan Hawk, the rest of the gang tries to stop him only for him to shout that he's actually trying to stop Kamogawa.

    Since the rest of the guys are holding him back and realize it too late, the old man grabs Hawk by the collar and ends up getting backhanded for his trouble. Takamura was furious.

  • O.O.C.

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    Is Serious Business: If Takamura isn't being arrogant, obnoxious or visibly enraged, something terrible has happened and/or he's about to do something worse.

  • One-Hit Kill: His ungodly punching power makes these very common occurences.
  • Power Copying: He has no Sunday punches of his own, but has a knack for imitating the techniques and stances of other boxers to Beat Them at Their Own Game.

    It makes him an ideal sparring partner, as he can adapt almost any style of fighting adequately enough to emulate most boxers he has seen in action.

  • Power Limiter: In a way, his weight management. Because Japan lacks boxers in higher weight classes, Takamura needs to lose a lot of weight in order to fight in the lighter weight classes. Because of that he never really fought a boxing match being AT Full Power.
  • Rated M for Manly
  • Red Baron: Japanese Hawk, Bear Slayer.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Literally the red oni to almost everyone in the show but to his closes peers he is red to Kamogawa and Ippo's blue.

    He could be the blue to Bryan Hawk's red even though the two hate each other with a passion. But he's more serious and temperamental while Hawk is a boisterous maniac that is extremely bloodthirsty.

  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: "I've won against a bear! I'll tear you to to shreds!"
  • Scars Are Forever: Three scars on his chest from a fight with a bear.
  • Sempai/Kohai: The Sempai to just about every other boxer at Kamogawa since he's the symbol of the gym.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He has this dynamic with Ippo.
  • Shonen Hair: When it's not styled with hair gel into his usual pompadour.

    Incidentally, the very rare occasions when this happens are a good time to run the other direction.

  • Showy Invincible Hero: When told to make a big show of his next title defense in order to attract attention for the possibility of a world title run, he decided to play up the stories of his getting attacked by a bear during the gym's training camp by entering the ring in a bear skin mantle, whipping it off to reveal the fresh bear claw scars on his chest and shoulders, and beating his opponent senseless in the first round with only his non-dominant hand. Even the famously-stern Kamogawa admits that there's not a damn thing he can say to scold him after pulling that off.
  • Sir Swearsalot
  • Small Name, Big Ego: In everything BUT Boxing.

    He still has a huge ego when it comes to boxing, but at least there he damn well backs it up.

  • Smug Super: Being a sports series, no one is actually superhuman, but Takamura comes damn near close and he knows it.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He has a very similar face and physique to his older brother, who also happens to be a gifted and renowned athlete.

    They could be twins, if not for Mamoru's pompadour. Inverted with his older sister, who is drop-dead gorgeous, and baby brother, a meek little boy, both of whom have softer features and lighter hair than their brothers.

  • Strong and Skilled: Takamura is projected as the ideal when it comes to boxing. As he knows plenty of styles and can use the fundamental orthodox style and can calculate his opponent's weakness and use his amazing punching power to knock out his opponent.

    He also has a hybrid stance which shows his inane talent. His combination of pure instincts and science makes him the World's Strongest Man of boxing.

  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky
  • Teeny Weenie: Subverted and Played for Laughs. Though it looks small when we first see it flaccid, judging by his therapy session with Yamaguchi hundreds of chapters later, Takamura's Raging Stiffie actually seems fairly average and maybe even on the bigger side; however, he's still apparently nothing compared to Ippo, and he instantly gets both insecure and enraged whenever Ippo gets positive attention from women.
  • Testosterone Poisoning
  • Training from Hell: He subjects others and himself to this.

    In his case, he has to forcibly keep himself five classes underweight for a title match since there's a general lack of credibility in the Pacific Heavyweight scene, to the point that near fight time he's typically so dehydrated he has trouble urinating.

    • In the case of others, he's frequently tapped to emulate major opponents; for example, when Ippo fought Jason Ozuma, Takamura was used because Ozuma's famous specialty hooks are about on par in power with his own despite the much higher weight class.

      Of course, he enjoyed himself so much (and not being one to hoard the fun) that he dragged Aoki and Kimura into the sparring ring for the same practice to keep his arms warmed up while Ippo recovered from his own near-death experiences.

  • Tranquil Fury: Exceedingly rare, given his Hot-Blooded nature, but if he looks solemn in the ring, somebody is in serious trouble.
  • Trash of the Titans: His apartment is always full with heaps of trash and scattered porn magazines.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Minor but still significant, he loses his trademark hairstyle after a severe beating by Hawk.

    Inversion occurs as every fan will tell you he looks downrightbeautiful that way.

    Happens again during his match against Bison.

  • The Un-Favourite: He was disinherited for crying out loud!
  • Unstoppable Rage: Against Hawk.

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    Big fucking time.

  • Unskilled, but Strong: Averted. With his raw power and wild personality, this is his natural style of fighting, but Kamogawa has trained him to favor the fundamentals of boxing and a cool head over fury and force. But if he's pushed too far, he willrevert to this style and there willbe blood.

    Even Kamogawa admits that reckless slugging is Takamura's strong suit.

  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
  • Volleying Insults: With Date.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Deals these to Ippo twice. Once when he thinks he's not serious enough as a boxer, later when he almost falls victim to Kobashi's tactics.
    • He also secretly resents Ippo for losing to Gonzales, because of the negative emotional impact it had on the coach.
    • On the other hand, he's also often in the receiving end.

      His Jerkass behavior is often brought up by many others, and Team Dad Kamogawa beats him up with his cane when he goes too far.

  • World's Best Warrior: Current unified WBC and WBA middleweight world champion. Word of God calls him the best fighter in the series, above even the legendary Ricardo Martinez.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Not even kids are safe from getting punched or having rocks thrown at them if they're around when he's in a bad mood.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Often uses elaborate suplexes and head/armlocks to show off and harass his friends at Kamogawa Gym.

    It's pretty harsh, but considering how hard he can punch they should count themselves lucky he's not just hitting them instead.

    Masaru Aoki 

Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (JP), Jim Taggert (EN), Benjamín Rivera (Latin-American Spanish)

Ippo's senpai and Kimura's best friend.

Aoki provides much of the gym's comic relief and exercises one of the world's most unusual fighting styles.

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A few of his signature techniques include the fan-favorite Frog Punch, double punch, an untorqued (ineffective) corkscrew punch, and the utterly ridiculous Lookaway (which has also been adopted by Takamura). In the past, he and Kimura were the toughest high-school thugs around, but now Aoki's real job is at a ramen restaurant.

Due to the numerous times being dumped by the pretty girls in high school, he's developed a taste for women with unattractive faces. He has fought for the Japanese lightweight championship, losing in a draw, and shares an apartment with his girlfriend, Tomiko, a friend of Kumi Mashiba whose nice personality and good body more than compensate for her less-than-stellar face. Aoki seems to be based on either former world champion Jorge Páez, or hardcore fight fan hero Emanuel Augustus for their offbeat fighting styles and records.

His current record stands at 20 Matches 11-6-4 (W-L-D), with 6 KOs, and the best rank he reached is 1st in Lightweight. His signature "Look Away" technique is based on a skill former World Middleweight Champion Jake LaMotta had used in his career and his signature move the "Frog Punch" is based on real-life former world champion Koichi Wajima whose signature move was called the "Frog Jump".

Aoki is ranked 7th in JBC Lightweight rankings.


  • The Ace: Subverted with Boxing, but played straight with everything else.

    Aoki is good at baseball (people from his high school team say that if he and Kimura kept playing, they would have went to Koshien), bowling, and his ramen shop is extremely successful. He's also the only one of the main characters with a girlfriend. Even Takamura begrudgingly acknowledges that Aoki (and Kimura) are untouchable at every sport but boxing.

  • Animal Motifs: The frog. As he puts it himself, he "may never fly" like a bird, but he'll never stop jumping towards his goal regardless.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: His Frog Punch.

    It is an upper thrown with his entire body in order to amplify its power. It is a high-risk, high-reward move suitable for someone who lacks raw brute strength.

  • Butt-Monkey: Bordering on Cosmic Plaything every now and then.
  • Can't Catch Up: Inverted, and Played for Laughs.

    He and Kimura get picked on by Takamura constantly for allowing Ippo to catch up to and then surpass them in both skill and in terms of career success within just a few years.

  • The Chew Toy: Even more unlucky than Ippo, and that's something.
  • Confusion Fu: His fighting style is rather unorthodox.
  • Cowardly Lion: Coward might be a bit strong, but out of the protagonists, he's the one most likely to complain and/or be scared when he has to face a strong opponent.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Sort of.

    Before he became a boxer, he burned off some his restless energy by constantly having his hands down his pants and fiddling around with himself. In public.

  • Delinquents: He and Kimura, in their Back Story.
  • The Gift: Inverted in regards to the shape of his fist; unlike Ippo and Itagaki who have fists that are perfectly made for their style of boxing, Aoki's fist has a round shape, which means they will always naturally slip off his target and are actually terrible for boxing.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Irony: Aoki is excellent at just about every sport but boxing- which of course, happens to be the only sport he wanted to pursue professionally.
  • Playing Possum: A favorite tactic of his in the ring.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Hot-Blooded red oni to Kimura's Only Sane Man blue oni.
  • Shipper on Deck: Among Ippo's friends he is the one who tries the hardest to get Ippo together with Kumi, sadly all his attempts have failed to this day.
  • Signature Move: Frog Punch and Look Away.
  • Team Chef: Justified, he has a part-time work in a ramen restaurant.
  • Those Two Guys: With Kimura.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Played it straight in his backstory, then inverted it when he became the only Kamogawa boxer with a girlfriend - and Tomiko is a Genki Girl as well as a borderline female Gonk.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Aoki lacks the brute strength that most of the series' boxers posses, and his stamina isn't particularly great either.

    He makes up for this by employing a very unorthodox fighting style, and making use of intricate tactics and mind-games during his matches. Most who see it end up thinking he's just a clown fooling around, but there's much more to it than that.

    Tatsuya Kimura 

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (JP), Grant George (EN), Alfredo Gabriel Basurto (Latin-American Spanish)

Ippo's senpai and Aoki's best friend.

He is the smooth, collected type and a romantic at heart, but trains as hard as anyone. His style incorporates a fast left and faster footwork and is considered by Miyata to have "no weaknesses" yet, it also doesn't have strengths either which creates Kimura's weakness.

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In the OVA, which was dedicated to Kimura, he is in training for his bid for the Japanese junior lightweight championship against Ryo Mashiba, he developed a devastating vertical combination known as the Dragon Fish Blow, which Kimura learned while watching his pet fish jump up and eat his meal in front of him. Another interesting fact is that, out of all the opponents that had fought Ryo Mashiba, Kimura is the only one Ryo had feared during a match.

In the past, he and Aoki were the toughest high-school thugs around, but now Tatsuya's real job is at his family's flower shop.

His current record stands at 24 Matches 17-5-3 (W-L-D), with 8 KOs, and the best rank he reach is 3rd in Jr. Lightweight. However, this rank was enough for him to get a title match, because the 1st & 2nd resigned from fear of Mashiba.

Kimura is ranked 7th in the JBC Jr.

Lightweight rankings. After losing to Ryo Mashiba, he announced his retirement from boxing. Shortly after, unable to stay away from boxing, he returned saying he'd spell his name in katakana (タツヤ, Tatsuya) instead of kanji (達也,, Tatsuya). Kimura's character seems to be at least partially based on former world champion "Fearless" Freddie Pendleton, who had been a journeyman fighter his entire career, yet was still able to fight on even terms with some of the best in the world with his high level of skill.


  • Big Brother Mentor: Has his moments, being more down-to-earth than Aoki and Takamura.
  • Can't Catch Up: Inverted, and Played for Laughs.

    He and Aoki get picked on by Takamura constantly for allowing Ippo to catch up to and then surpass them in both skill and in terms of career success within just a few years.

  • Delinquents: He and Aoki, in their Back Story.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: During Kimura's spar against Miyata in preparation for his match against Mashiba, Miyata tells Kimura that he has no weaknesses, but he doesn't have any strengths either.

    This comment is what led to Kimura developing a Sunday punch.

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    To emphasize this further, even the shape of his fist is completely standard and unremarkable.

  • Nice Guy: At Kamogawa Gym. Miyata is cold and condescending before he leaves, Takamura is a wicked bully, Aoki is a crass prankster and Kamogawa is a gruff old taskmaster. Kimura is, for the most part, benign and helpful, and seems the most welcoming at the gym when Ippo's training begins, though he can still get in on some mischief at Ippo's expense from time to time.

    His pleasantness stands out less over time as they all take a shine to Ippo.

  • Not So Above It All: Takamura and Aoki are petty, thickheaded stooges who constantly harass Ippo and each other. Kimura usually stays out of it, though it's not uncommon for him get caught up in Aoki's mischief or roped into Takamura's debauchery.
  • Only Sane Man: Sometimes.