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The fact this series has such a huge amount of these moments is the best argument against those who accuse it of being shallow or one-dimensional. This series is VERY emotional.

  • When Fudoh absolutely demolishes Raoh and sends the fearsome and tyrannical 'King of Fists' reeling back in sheer terror with the strength given by the love and courage of his (adopted) children.

Raoh: "A man whose stupidity knows no limits... Very well! Then give it your all to scare me and force me to cross this line!"
Fudoh: "You really don't seem to understand anything."

    • It gets better: Raoh explicitly told Fudoh that this was a tune-up fight, a way to overcome the fear that he had felt against Kenshiro, and told his troops to shoot him were he to step over a line behind him... and it's Fudoh simply pointing out the children, with stones in their hands, sadness yet resolve in the children's eyes - the very same in Kenshiro's eyes - that frightens Raoh enough to step over the line, his attempted comeback completely backfiring.
  • Lin, but a nine-year-old little girl, chose to literally walk through fire rather than submit to Raoh's rule and inspired an entire city of men to stand up and fight against the invincible tyrant's army through sheer bravery alone. This doubles as her Crowning Moment of Awesome.
  • The outcome of Kenshiro and Raoh's final battle, in the 2007 film version:

Raoh: "Impossible... how did you defeat the fist of my soul?"
Kenshiro: "Your heart is alone, but in my heart I hold the love I feel for Raoh, Toki and Yuria. Even a mighty fist that can shatter Heaven and Earth can never destroy a heart that holds these small but precious feelings."

Raoh: "Come, let me see the face of the man who has defeated Raoh... You are magnificent, my little brother."
Kenshiro: "Big brother..."

  • The manga's ending:

Kenshiro: "I won't let you die, Bat... because you're my irreplaceable little brother!"

    • Before that, the dying Bat, wanting the amnesiac Lin to be with Kenshiro, tries feebly to insult her and pretends not to know her - however, the warmth and kindness in his eyes actually causes her to regain her memories... and her love for him.
  • Kenshiro and Yuria's wedding at the beginning of Kenshiro Den. When the temple bells ring, and the spirits of Rei, Toki, Raoh, Jyuza, Souther, Shu, Ryuga and Ryuken can be seen, giving their blessing on the wedding... many Manly Tears were shed.
  • Any scene where you see fearsome warriors who can lay waste to hundreds of men single-handedly laugh, play with, and take care of orphaned children like a gentle father would. Rei, Shu and Fudoh are prime examples of this.
  • Even though Hokuto Shinken can have one successor, and Kenshiro is not related to him by blood like Raoh is, Toki as a little boy selflessly saved the former as he lies injured in the bottom of a cliff. When asked by his adoptive father and teacher:

Ryuken: "Why do you do this? If he lives, you'll have to fight him one day for the right of succession!"

    • To which the future doctor answers:

Toki: "It doesn't matter: he's my precious little brother. Come what may, if it is fate, I'll fight him then. My own brother Raoh didn't think about succession rights when he saved me; so until then, I'll protect my little brother like Raoh protected me."

  • Kenshiro halts his journey to reunite with Yuria to save Fudoh, who is about to drown in quicksand to save his adoptive children, in spite of the fact that the nigh-invincible Raoh is rapidly approaching the Last Nanto General and the love of his life, Yuria.

Fudoh: "Why did you come back for us, Kenshiro? You must abandon us for the future of this world!"
Kenshiro: "I refuse to build my own future upon the blood and tears of others!"

  • When a child Yuria completely thaws the heart of a vile villain called Fudoh the Ogre by letting him hold a newborn puppy. The man spends the rest of his days caring for orphans as their adoptive father.
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