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http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ChoHenshin.gif [[caption-width:250: One Kamen Rider, a TON of different forms. [[note]]From left to right: [[JokeCharacter Growing]], [[JackOfAllStats Mighty]], [[FragileSpeedster Dragon]], [[GlassCannon Pegasus]], [[MightyGlacier Titan]], [[MidSeasonUpgrade Rising Mighty, Rising Dragon, Rising Pegasus, Rising Titan]], [[SuperMode Amazing Mighty, Ultimate]].[[/note]]]] -->''A New Hero. A New Legend.'' The 2000-2001 entry in the ''Franchise/KamenRider'' franchise, and first in the Heisei Era. A group of archaeologists uncover an ancient tomb of a legendary warrior, and discover a mysterious belt-like artifact known as the [[TransformationTrinket Arcle]]. Unfortunately, they also happen to pop the lid off of the SealedEvilInACan at the same time, unleashing a race of monsters known as the Grongi. The tribe-like Grongi compete against each other in a "game" of killing humans, with the strongest Grongi winning the right to challenge their leader for domination of their race. Enter Yuusuke Godai, your [[TheEveryman typical everyday nice guy]]. While in town visiting one of his archaeologist friends, the building they are in is attacked by one of the Grongi. Seeing the Arcle and feeling an overwhelming urge to protect everyone, Yuusuke instinctively dons the belt, which is then absorbed into his body. From that point on, he can summon the Arcle from within himself to transform into the legendary warrior known only as Kuuga. While Kuuga's power is extremely weak to begin with, Yuusuke learns to use his instincts and burning desire to protect those around him to access new and more powerful forms to battle the Grongi. However, he must also contend with the police who, baffled by the appearance of these "Unidentified Lifeforms", have classed Kuuga as an enemy alongside the Grongi. ''Kuuga'' is notable for being the first Kamen Rider TV series since the end of ''KamenRiderBlackRX'' in 1989 (following a [[ShinKamenRider few]] [[KamenRiderZO stand-alone]] [[KamenRiderJ movies]] released during the 90s), and a successful modern reboot of a classic Toei franchise. ---- !!Provides Examples Of: * AllThereInTheManual: None of Kuuga's forms are given official names in the show aside from referring to them by color, nor are any of his finishers named. * ArcNumber: 2000. Not only is it the year in which the series was shown, but it features prominently, among other things, [[{{Trope2000}} on Kuuga's bikes]] and Godai's abilities (as his transformation into Kuuga is his 2000th skill). * BadassBiker: Who else? The titular hero himself. * BadassNormal: Kaoru Ichijo. He even wears a BadassLongcoat. * BattleAmongstTheFlames: Episode 2; Mighty Form's debut. * BewareTheNiceOnes: Don't mess with kids if there's even a chance Yuusuke will find out. This is your ''only'' warning. * BigBad: [[spoiler:N-Daguva-Zeba]] * BigDamnHeroes: Godai pulls this off a lot. The police get their fair share, too. * BlackSpeech[=/=]CypherLanguage: The Grongi language is a cipher of Japanese. While no translation was present in the original broadcast, subtitles for some of the dialogue appear on the DVD releases and Toei Channel reruns, and the entire cipher was reverse-engineered by fans. * BookEnds: [[spoiler:Yusuke Godai, FriendToAllChildren.]] * ButtMonkey: The bat Grongi Zu-Gooma-Gu. [[spoiler:Who ironically manages to outlive both the Zu and the Me classes and [[WhosLaughingNow acquires an upgrade]], only to be defeated upon the introduction of the strongest of the Go class.]] * CombiningMecha: Sort-of-invoked when the robotic beetle Gouram merges with either of Kuuga's bikes to form [=TryGouram=] or [=BeatGouram=]. * CompilationMovie: A "director's cut" of the first two episodes. * CoolBike: The [=TryChaser=] 2000 and the [=BeatChaser=] 2000. * CurbStompBattle: Kuuga gets one against Go-Jaraji-Da in episode 35. It is not often you see a Grongi bleed in this series but when Godai gets pissed, ''look out''. ** [[spoiler:Also when N-Daguva-Zeba nearly kills Kuuga prior to the FinalBattle, just switch the stomper]] * CutAndPasteEnvironments: In PS1 video game, Zu-Gumin-Ba and Me-Garume-Re have moveset similar to Spider Man and Grimreaper Chameleon's from [[Series/KamenRider the first series]] PS1 game. Kuuga himself, has three forms (Growing, Mighty and Ultimate) that use exactly same moveset. * DepletedPhlebotinumShells: The Nerve-Severing Bullets made from research on the remains of Zu-Gooma-Gu. * DestructiveSaviour: The Rising forms impart enough power that avoiding this is a key plot point of the second half of the series. * DeconstructorFleet: It's not a full deconstruction but it has a lot of subversive elements, like the monsters from the past not being able to speak Japanese, to the fact that cops are heavily involved. The cops themselves show what would happen if normal people dealing with monster would be like - a lot of dead bodies, though down the line, they're not as useless as they were in the beginning. Most Tokusatsu and Shonen shows gloss over elements like these, and in addition common shonen tropes like CallingYourAttacks are avoided by Kuuga. The motivation of the monster isn't even spelled out to us until a bit down the line. Hell, Kuuga growing in power is treated as a scary thing and causes problems later in the series. There are many other examples if you look at the series, while the show can be viewed as a standard toku, if you compare it to later series and even earlier series, it can be rather jarring. * EvilCounterpart: Go-Gadoru-Ba seems to have a counterpart of each of Kuuga's standard forms. For that matter, arguably N-Daguva-Zeba serves this purpose for Kuuga himself (both seem to be based on stag beetles). ** Grapple Form = Mighty Form; Shooting Form = Pegasus Form; Herculean Form = Titan Form; Quick Form = Dragon Form; Shocker Form = Rising Mighty Form. * EyeScream: The Zu-Mebio-Da gets several bullets to the eye. The result is very painful and bloody. She then decides to take revenge for this and takes out several humans' eyes. * FinalBattle: [[spoiler:Deconstructed, as instead of a typical shonen final battle involving a myriad of explosions and absurdly powerful attacks, Kuuga defeats N-Daguva-Zeba in a brutal fistfight that continues well after they both destroy each other's {{Transformation Trinket}}s and revert to human form. The battle ends with Yuusuke, not Kuuga, pummeling Daguva to death in the snow.]] * FinishingMove: ** [[color:gray:Growing]] Form: "Growing Kick", a kick with a third of Mighty Kick's power. ** [[color:Red:Mighty]] Form: "Mighty Kick", a powerful kick. Kuuga spins in midair to grant additional power. *** [[color:goldenrod:Rising]] [[color:red:Mighty]] Form: "Rising Mighty Kick", a more powerful version powered up by the Mighty Anklet. Can level city blocks. *** '''Amazing''' [[color:goldenrod:Mighty]]: "Amazing Mighty Kick", an even more powerful version powered up by two Mighty Anklets. Creates ''pillars of flame upon explosion''! ** [[color:blue:Dragon]] Form: "Splash Dragon", a strike with the Dragon Rod's tip. *** [[color:goldenrod:Rising]] [[color:blue:Dragon]] Form: "Rising Splash Dragon", a strike with the Rising Dragon Rod's bladed tip. ** [[color:green:Pegasus]] Form: "Blast Pegasus", an arrow fired from the Pegasus Bowgun. *** [[color:goldenrod:Rising]] [[color:green:Pegasus]] Form: "Rising Blast Pegasus", three arrows fired from the Rising Pegasus Bowgun. ** [[color:purple:Titan]] Form: "Calamity Titan", Kuuga stabs with the Titan Sword. *** [[color:goldenrod:Rising]] [[color:purple:Titan]] Form: "Rising Calamity Titan", a more powerful version of the Calamity Titan, can be performed with two swords for the Double Rising Calamity Titan attack. ** '''Ultimate''' Form: "Ultimate Mighty Kick", a Rider Kick said to be so insanely strong, it could cause an EarthShatteringKaboom if used at full power! Obviously, this attack is [[AllThereInTheManual only mentioned, never shown]]. ** [=TryGouram=] Attack: Kuuga on the [=TryGouram=] [[RammingAlwaysWorks rams a Grongi]]. *** [[color:goldenrod:Rising]] [=BeatGouram=] Attack: "Body Attack", a more powerful version [[RammingAlwaysWorks ramming attack]], used by [=BeatGouram=] powered up with Rising energy. * FishOutOfTemporalWater: Zu-Baduu-Ba witnesses some people buying things, and when he picks up a coin, he offers the coin to people, thinking it would buy him something. Pretty much applies to most of the Grongi; especially given their clothing... * ForHappiness: Practically Godai's official job. * FourIsDeath: Subverted. Kuuga's considered "Unidentified Life Form No.4" by the police, but he couldn't be more a of heroic boyscout even if he tried. ** Played straight by Go-Jaraji-Da's killing method; it takes four days for his victims to die after being attacked, which leads to some victims to commit suicide, which forfeits part of his game. * FriendOnTheForce: An interesting variant with Ichijo, but otherwise applies - note the number of times Kuuga needs to borrow a gun, for starters. ** And as more of the cops learn the truth, he pretty much becomes [[FriendToAllLivingThings Friend To All The Force]]... * GoryDiscretionShot: Happens with some of the more violent Grongi killing sprees; after all, it's still a kid's show. * {{Homage}}: The Go-Bada-Ba is a reference the Showa-era Riders, most likely [[{{Series/KamenRider}} the first one]]. In human form, he rides around on a motorcycle while wearing a red scarf. Rather than simply transforming into Grongi form, he performs the classic [[{{Series/KamenRider}} Rider 1]] henshin pose in order to do so (and that Grongi belt that all the Grongis have is emphasized a bit, as if it were his TransformationTrinket) while still wearing the scarf. Oh, and [[MythologyGag he's also a grasshopper Grongi]], and wears ShotaroIshinomori's infamous afro-like haircut. ** ''Anime/{{Shinzo}}'' is shown in the 19th episode. * HotBlooded: Yuusuke Godai. * HourOfPower: Kuuga can only maintain Pegasus Form for a short time before he forcibly transforms to Growing Form and cannot transform again for two hours. ** Although it's not explicitly mentioned until after it no longer becomes an issue for Yusuke, he could at first only assume the Rising forms for thirty seconds. * HowDoIShotWeb: Each episode arc introducing Kuuga's new forms involves him getting used to the strengths and weaknesses of each, as well as learning which weapon it uses. * HumansAreBastards: The ultimate plan of the Grongi is [[spoiler:to cause humanity to embrace brutality and violence as the Grongi do. [[RousseauWasRight Unfortunately for them..]]]]. * IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each episode's name consists of exactly two kanji. * ImmuneToBullets: The police try to fight the Grongi [[FiveRoundsRapid with their regular pistols.]] It doesn't work out well. ** [[spoiler: At first, then this is subverted. With some serious upgrades, by the end of the series regular humans with guns are able to kill high level Grongi with little effort.]] * ImprobableAimingSkills: Pegasus Form. * ImprovisedWeapon: Subverted. Kuuga's three auxiliary forms can turn random objects in their hands into their WeaponOfChoice. ** Mind, the random object must bear some resemblance to the weapon it transforms into. Not a problem for Dragon (rod - any handy stick) and Titan (sword - the Trychaser's handlebar key will work, something used later in ''KamenRiderFaiz''), but Pegasus needs an ''actual'' gun - usually Ichijo's. * InASingleBound: Dragon Form. * InferredHolocaust: Kuuga's Rising Mighty Kick causes a gigantic explosion, which at one point happens in a heavily urban area. [[spoiler:This is the point in which the show begins to show that Kuuga becoming even more powerful isn't a good idea...]] While no one is actually killed in the blast due to Godai informing Ichijo that his kick might be too powerful, the property damage leads the police to begin doubting No.4's status as an ally. * KissOfDeath: The Mushroom Grongi Me-Ginoga-De uses this as his murder method; he manages to deliver this on Kuuga who falls gravely ill. He gets better, but could only assume Growing Form until he fully recovered. * KillItWithFire: Godai plays it straight in Episode 20. * LethalJokeCharacter: Yuusuke at one point succeeds at defeating a Grongi (see KissOfDeath) using Growing Form. Granted, he needed to use the considerably feeble Growing Kick ''three'' times, but it still ended in Kuuga's favour. ** It must be noted also that Growing Form isn't just "not powerful enough" (like many other {{Joke Character}} forms), it has all the weaknesses of the other forms, and none of the advantages: slow like Titan Form, weak like Dragon Form, feeble like Pegasus Form AND it doesn't have any weapon like Mighty Form. * LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler: Daguva is seen in white for both his human and Grongi forms. Which is actually appropriate, considering he's somewhat akin to {{Satan}} or the Antichrist.]] ** DarkIsNotEvil: Kuuga's Amazing Mighty and Ultimate Forms are black with gold, and in the final episodes Yusuke wears a lot of black. He's still as heroic as he ever was, though. * LikesOlderWomen: Jean Michel Sorrel and his thing for single-mother lab tech Hikari Enokida. * MadeOfIron: Titan Form. * MagikarpPower * ManInWhite: [[spoiler:Daguva's human form.]] * {{Masquerade}}: Subverted. The police try to cover up the first few incidents to prevent panic, but once they realize the scale of the problem they don't hesitate to reveal everything in the interest of public safety. From then on it becomes TheUnmasquedWorld, with frequent news reports warning people about the latest Grongi attacks and newspaper articles detailing Kuuga's various battles. * MeaningfulName: Kuuga's name comes from the Japanese reading for "Clear-self", but it also contains Ku(空), the Japanese symbol for "Sky" or "Void" and the fifth element in Japanese Elements, or ''Godai''. ** Also, if SpellMyNameWithAnS is invoked, the villains are called {{Guro}}ngi. * MemeticHandGesture: Godai is known for his use of the thumbs-up. * MidSeasonUpgrade: As a result of his [[spoiler:resurrection after his supposed death at the hands of a Grongi]], Kuuga's basic 4 forms are upgraded - complete with gold-trimmed armor and upgraded weaponry. ** [[spoiler:Subverted later with the last of the Go class Grongi getting multiple forms like Kuuga and Zu-Gooma-Gu.]] ** Not to mention Yuusuke/Kuuga acquiring the [=BeatChaser=] 2000 after [[spoiler: the [=TryChaser=] is wrecked in a battle with Go-Bada-Ba.]] * MultiformBalance ** JokeCharacter: Growing Form ** JackOfAllStats: Mighty and Rising Mighty Forms. ** FragileSpeedster: Both Dragon Forms. ** GlassCannon: Both Pegasus Forms. ** MightyGlacier: Both Titan Forms. ** LightningBruiser: Amazing Mighty Form ** SuperMode: Ultimate Form ** SuperpoweredEvilSide: Black-eyed Ultimate Form [[spoiler:and [[KamenRiderDecade Rising Ultimate]] [[KamenRiderDecade Form]]]]. [[hottip:*:Only while he's under the control of Dai-Shocker. Once he's back to normal, it becomes more of a GodMode[=/=]LightningBruiser.)]] *** [[spoiler:As mentioned above, several late-series Grongi have the ability to perform Form Changes much like Kuuga, with obvious parallels - their Fighting, Quick, Shooting, and Herculean Form correspond to Mighty, Dragon, Pegasus, and Titan Forms respectively. Go-Gadoru-Ba has a full-powered Shocker Form which parallels Rising Mighty or Amazing Mighty, while N-Daguva-Zeba has an Imperfect and a Perfect Form, paralleling Growing and Ultimate Form respectively.]] * MyHorseIsAMotorbike: The Gouram was originally armor for a horse that the original ancient Kuuga would ride. When Kuuga returned in the modern day, it adapted to work with a motorcycle instead. * MythologyGag: Not only is there a spider monster in the first episode (a recurring element in ''Franchise/KamenRider'' in general), but all Grongi have their own uniform belt buckles, much like the classic Shocker mooks & monsters do. ** Also a bat monster in the second episode, which is also a recurring monster with ''Franchise/KamenRider'' in general, though not as much as the Spider. ** At one point Yusuke starts wearing a T-shirt with the Kuuga symbol on it, much like Jou Shigeru and his ''[[KamenRiderStronger Stronger]]'' shirts. ** Ultimate Kuuga and Daguva's face-off somewhat echoes that of [[KamenRiderBlack Black Sun and Shadow Moon]]. * NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: This is ''actually'' the explanation given as to how Yuusuke unlocks some of his forms. (e.g, he doesn't unlock the agile Dragon Form until he fights a opponent who he can't reach and thinks, "I need to jump high too!") * MookHorrorShow: Go-Jaraji-Da towards the end of Kuuga's RoaringRampageOfRevenge is cornered at a lake while Kuuga approaches him with an UnflinchingWalk, not even paying heed to any of the Grongi's attacks as they just bounce off his armor. Jaraji, at this point, actually looks ''terrified'', and rightfully so, as when he reaches him Kuuga ''brutally'' finishes him off. * NoodleIncident: The cafe owner's mountaineering exploits in the Himalayas. * OneManArmy: ''Kuuga'' still stands unique amongst the other Heisei series as being the '''only''' one to feature a single Rider. There are no other secondary, rival, or evil Riders here. * PoliceAreUseless: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]], they're doubtlessly a RedShirtArmy whenever they confront a Grongi face-to-face, but are extremely competent in every other aspect of their job. They're really at their most effective when serving as Kuuga's MissionControl, using their resources and deductive powers to track the Grongi's movements and warning/evacuating the citizens whenever necessary in order to minimize casualties. In the end mostly subverted when they invent bullets that ''do'' work on Grongi. * RecapEpisode: Episode 17. Episode 31. * RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:Inverted. Black-eyed Ultimate Kuuga is powered by rage, and is thus prone to becoming evil. Godai's good nature negates it and replaces the black eyes with Mighty Form's red eyes.]] * RedshirtArmy: Almost every episode had policemen getting killed while feebly trying to combat the Grongi. * ReluctantWarrior: Godai himself actually hates fighting, but has to do so to protect everyone. * {{Revival}} * RobotBuddy: The Gouram arguably counts as a LostTechnology variant; it not only serves as barding for Kuuga's bikes but also a flying support mech. * RousseauWasRight: Pretty much the theme of the whole series. Also the reason why Godai keeps fighting for everyone and [[spoiler:why the Grongi didn't succeed on having humanity embrace brutality and violence like they do]]. * RummageSaleReject: The Zu class, and the Me class to a lesser extent, dress in outlandish clothing. The Go class manages to blend in human society better. * SnowMeansDeath: The final battle occurs on the snowy slopes of Mount Kuro, WhereItAllBegan. * SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: First, we see the Zu class. Then we see the Me class. After the Me, we see the Go class, who are supposed to be the strongest group of the Grongi besides [[BigBad their overlord]], [[spoiler:N-Daguva-Zeba]]. (Then again, there are also the Ra class, who aid in keeping score for the MonsterOfTheWeek and the Nu class, who build weapons) This is justified by the "league" system that the Grongi have: the victor of the "Zu" class games gets promoted to "Me" class, the winner of the "Me" games is promoted to "Go" class and the winner of the "Go" games fights the sole member of the "N" class for supremacy. * StealthPun: The title of the first episode is "Revival"[[hottip:* :''Fukkatsu'' in Japanese, which, like the English term, can mean either a resurrection or a media revival]]. While there are two in-story revivals in that episode, it also indicates the beginning of the {{Revival}} of the ''Franchise/KamenRider'' franchise. * SuperpoweredEvilSide: Ultimate Form, which combines the powers of all of Kuuga's other forms but at the (rather vaguely defined) risk that the user would become evil. * SuperSenses: Pegasus Form. The strain it puts on Godai's nervous system necessitates its HourOfPower. * SuperSpeed: Dragon Form. * ThemeNaming: Each of the Grongi is named in a certain fashion; the first part refers to their class, the second is a personal name of sorts[[hottip:*:which typically forms a pun on the Japanese word for what plant/animal they resemble]], and the third part refers to their species/type. * ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Yuusuke's final battle. * ThoseTwoGuys: Arguably, Sugita and Sakurai, Ichijo's colleagues in the Science Police. [[spoiler: They do manage to defeat Ra-Dorudo-Gu with the Nerve-Breaking Bullets later on.]] * TookALevelInBadass: Apart from the obvious hero, special mention goes to the Grongi [[ButtMonkey Zu-Gooma-Gu]] [[spoiler: who, after taking a part of Daguva's power for himself, manages to overcome his photophobia and go toe to toe with the remaining Go-class Grongi.]] ** [[spoiler: Add in the fact that he also was on the verge of killing Kuuga and would have done it had he not sensed Daguva near by and went to challenge him only to be killed off screen]] * TranquilFury: The version of Ultimate Form Yuusuke takes in the final battle. * UnflinchingWalk: Yusuke's solution to defeating the Squid Grongi after obtaining the well-armored Titan form. ** Really, Yusuke's default strategy whenever he uses Titan form. * UnstoppableRage: What Ultimate Form would be if Godai entered it out of rage. * WeaponOfChoice: ** BareFistedMonk: Growing Form, All Mighty Forms, and what we see of Ultimate Form. ** SimpleStaff: Dragon Form. Rising Dragon Form gets a [[DoubleWeapon two-ended]] BladeOnAStick. ** BlowGun: Pegasus Form. Rising Pegasus gets a {{BFG}}. ** CoolSword[=/=]{{BFS}}: Titan Form. Rising Titan gets the DualWielding option. * WhereItAllBegan: Kuuga battles [[spoiler: Daguva]] at the mountain where the Grongi were sealed (and revived in the first episode). ----
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http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ChoHenshin.gif [[caption-width:250: One Kamen Rider, a TON of different forms. [[note]]From left to right: [[JokeCharacter Growing]], [[JackOfAllStats Mighty]], [[FragileSpeedster Dragon]], [[GlassCannon Pegasus]], [[MightyGlacier Titan]], [[MidSeasonUpgrade Rising Mighty, Rising Dragon, Rising Pegasus, Rising Titan]], [[SuperMode Amazing Mighty, Ultimate]].[[/note]]]] -->''A New Hero. A New Legend.'' The 2000-2001 entry in the ''Franchise/KamenRider'' franchise, and first in the Heisei Era. A group of archaeologists uncover an ancient tomb of a legendary warrior, and discover a mysterious belt-like artifact known as the [[TransformationTrinket Arcle]]. Unfortunately, they also happen to pop the lid off of the SealedEvilInACan at the same time, unleashing a race of monsters known as the Grongi. The tribe-like Grongi compete against each other in a "game" of killing humans, with the strongest Grongi winning the right to challenge their leader for domination of their race. Enter Yuusuke Godai, your [[TheEveryman typical everyday nice guy]]. While in town visiting one of his archaeologist friends, the building they are in is attacked by one of the Grongi. Seeing the Arcle and feeling an overwhelming urge to protect everyone, Yuusuke instinctively dons the belt, which is then absorbed into his body. From that point on, he can summon the Arcle from within himself to transform into the legendary warrior known only as Kuuga. While Kuuga's power is extremely weak to begin with, Yuusuke learns to use his instincts and burning desire to protect those around him to access new and more powerful forms to battle the Grongi. However, he must also contend with the police who, baffled by the appearance of these "Unidentified Lifeforms", have classed Kuuga as an enemy alongside the Grongi. ''Kuuga'' is notable for being the first Kamen Rider TV series since the end of ''KamenRiderBlackRX'' in 1989 (following a [[ShinKamenRider few]] [[KamenRiderZO stand-alone]] [[KamenRiderJ movies]] released during the 90s), and a successful modern reboot of a classic Toei franchise. ---- !!Provides Examples Of: * AllThereInTheManual: None of Kuuga's forms are given official names in the show aside from referring to them by color, nor are any of his finishers named. * ArcNumber: 2000. Not only is it the year in which the series was shown, but it features prominently, among other things, [[{{Trope2000}} on Kuuga's bikes]] and Godai's abilities (as his transformation into Kuuga is his 2000th skill). * BadassBiker: Who else? The titular hero himself. * BadassNormal: Kaoru Ichijo. He even wears a BadassLongcoat. * BattleAmongstTheFlames: Episode 2; Mighty Form's debut. * BewareTheNiceOnes: Don't mess with kids if there's even a chance Yuusuke will find out. This is your ''only'' warning. * BigBad: [[spoiler:N-Daguva-Zeba]] * BigDamnHeroes: Godai pulls this off a lot. The police get their fair share, too. * BlackSpeech[=/=]CypherLanguage: The Grongi language is a cipher of Japanese. While no translation was present in the original broadcast, subtitles for some of the dialogue appear on the DVD releases and Toei Channel reruns, and the entire cipher was reverse-engineered by fans. * BookEnds: [[spoiler:Yusuke Godai, FriendToAllChildren.]] * ButtMonkey: The bat Grongi Zu-Gooma-Gu. [[spoiler:Who ironically manages to outlive both the Zu and the Me classes and [[WhosLaughingNow acquires an upgrade]], only to be defeated upon the introduction of the strongest of the Go class.]] * CombiningMecha: Sort-of-invoked when the robotic beetle Gouram merges with either of Kuuga's bikes to form [=TryGouram=] or [=BeatGouram=]. * CompilationMovie: A "director's cut" of the first two episodes. * CoolBike: The [=TryChaser=] 2000 and the [=BeatChaser=] 2000. * CurbStompBattle: Kuuga gets one against Go-Jaraji-Da in episode 35. It is not often you see a Grongi bleed in this series but when Godai gets pissed, ''look out''. ** [[spoiler:Also when N-Daguva-Zeba nearly kills Kuuga prior to the FinalBattle, just switch the stomper]] * CutAndPasteEnvironments: In PS1 video game, Zu-Gumin-Ba and Me-Garume-Re have moveset similar to Spider Man and Grimreaper Chameleon's from [[Series/KamenRider the first series]] PS1 game. Kuuga himself, has three forms (Growing, Mighty and Ultimate) that use exactly same moveset. * DepletedPhlebotinumShells: The Nerve-Severing Bullets made from research on the remains of Zu-Gooma-Gu. * DestructiveSaviour: The Rising forms impart enough power that avoiding this is a key plot point of the second half of the series. * DeconstructorFleet: It's not a full deconstruction but it has a lot of subversive elements, like the monsters from the past not being able to speak Japanese, to the fact that cops are heavily involved. The cops themselves show what would happen if normal people dealing with monster would be like - a lot of dead bodies, though down the line, they're not as useless as they were in the beginning. Most Tokusatsu and Shonen shows gloss over elements like these, and in addition common shonen tropes like CallingYourAttacks are avoided by Kuuga. The motivation of the monster isn't even spelled out to us until a bit down the line. Hell, Kuuga growing in power is treated as a scary thing and causes problems later in the series. There are many other examples if you look at the series, while the show can be viewed as a standard toku, if you compare it to later series and even earlier series, it can be rather jarring. * EvilCounterpart: Go-Gadoru-Ba seems to have a counterpart of each of Kuuga's standard forms. For that matter, arguably N-Daguva-Zeba serves this purpose for Kuuga himself (both seem to be based on stag beetles). ** Grapple Form = Mighty Form; Shooting Form = Pegasus Form; Herculean Form = Titan Form; Quick Form = Dragon Form; Shocker Form = Rising Mighty Form. * EyeScream: The Zu-Mebio-Da gets several bullets to the eye. The result is very painful and bloody. She then decides to take revenge for this and takes out several humans' eyes. * FinalBattle: [[spoiler:Deconstructed, as instead of a typical shonen final battle involving a myriad of explosions and absurdly powerful attacks, Kuuga defeats N-Daguva-Zeba in a brutal fistfight that continues well after they both destroy each other's {{Transformation Trinket}}s and revert to human form. The battle ends with Yuusuke, not Kuuga, pummeling Daguva to death in the snow.]] * FinishingMove: ** [[color:gray:Growing]] Form: "Growing Kick", a kick with a third of Mighty Kick's power. ** [[color:Red:Mighty]] Form: "Mighty Kick", a powerful kick. Kuuga spins in midair to grant additional power. *** [[color:goldenrod:Rising]] [[color:red:Mighty]] Form: "Rising Mighty Kick", a more powerful version powered up by the Mighty Anklet. Can level city blocks. *** '''Amazing''' [[color:goldenrod:Mighty]]: "Amazing Mighty Kick", an even more powerful version powered up by two Mighty Anklets. Creates ''pillars of flame upon explosion''! ** [[color:blue:Dragon]] Form: "Splash Dragon", a strike with the Dragon Rod's tip. *** [[color:goldenrod:Rising]] [[color:blue:Dragon]] Form: "Rising Splash Dragon", a strike with the Rising Dragon Rod's bladed tip. ** [[color:green:Pegasus]] Form: "Blast Pegasus", an arrow fired from the Pegasus Bowgun. *** [[color:goldenrod:Rising]] [[color:green:Pegasus]] Form: "Rising Blast Pegasus", three arrows fired from the Rising Pegasus Bowgun. ** [[color:purple:Titan]] Form: "Calamity Titan", Kuuga stabs with the Titan Sword. *** [[color:goldenrod:Rising]] [[color:purple:Titan]] Form: "Rising Calamity Titan", a more powerful version of the Calamity Titan, can be performed with two swords for the Double Rising Calamity Titan attack. ** '''Ultimate''' Form: "Ultimate Mighty Kick", a Rider Kick said to be so insanely strong, it could cause an EarthShatteringKaboom if used at full power! Obviously, this attack is [[AllThereInTheManual only mentioned, never shown]]. ** [=TryGouram=] Attack: Kuuga on the [=TryGouram=] [[RammingAlwaysWorks rams a Grongi]]. *** [[color:goldenrod:Rising]] [=BeatGouram=] Attack: "Body Attack", a more powerful version [[RammingAlwaysWorks ramming attack]], used by [=BeatGouram=] powered up with Rising energy. * FishOutOfTemporalWater: Zu-Baduu-Ba witnesses some people buying things, and when he picks up a coin, he offers the coin to people, thinking it would buy him something. Pretty much applies to most of the Grongi; especially given their clothing... * ForHappiness: Practically Godai's official job. * FourIsDeath: Subverted. Kuuga's considered "Unidentified Life Form No.4" by the police, but he couldn't be more a of heroic boyscout even if he tried. ** Played straight by Go-Jaraji-Da's killing method; it takes four days for his victims to die after being attacked, which leads to some victims to commit suicide, which forfeits part of his game. * FriendOnTheForce: An interesting variant with Ichijo, but otherwise applies - note the number of times Kuuga needs to borrow a gun, for starters. ** And as more of the cops learn the truth, he pretty much becomes [[FriendToAllLivingThings Friend To All The Force]]... * GoryDiscretionShot: Happens with some of the more violent Grongi killing sprees; after all, it's still a kid's show. * {{Homage}}: The Go-Bada-Ba is a reference the Showa-era Riders, most likely [[{{Series/KamenRider}} the first one]]. In human form, he rides around on a motorcycle while wearing a red scarf. Rather than simply transforming into Grongi form, he performs the classic [[{{Series/KamenRider}} Rider 1]] henshin pose in order to do so (and that Grongi belt that all the Grongis have is emphasized a bit, as if it were his TransformationTrinket) while still wearing the scarf. Oh, and [[MythologyGag he's also a grasshopper Grongi]], and wears ShotaroIshinomori's infamous afro-like haircut. ** ''Anime/{{Shinzo}}'' is shown in the 19th episode. * HotBlooded: Yuusuke Godai. * HourOfPower: Kuuga can only maintain Pegasus Form for a short time before he forcibly transforms to Growing Form and cannot transform again for two hours. ** Although it's not explicitly mentioned until after it no longer becomes an issue for Yusuke, he could at first only assume the Rising forms for thirty seconds. * HowDoIShotWeb: Each episode arc introducing Kuuga's new forms involves him getting used to the strengths and weaknesses of each, as well as learning which weapon it uses. * HumansAreBastards: The ultimate plan of the Grongi is [[spoiler:to cause humanity to embrace brutality and violence as the Grongi do. [[RousseauWasRight Unfortunately for them..]]]]. * IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each episode's name consists of exactly two kanji. * ImmuneToBullets: The police try to fight the Grongi [[FiveRoundsRapid with their regular pistols.]] It doesn't work out well. ** [[spoiler: At first, then this is subverted. With some serious upgrades, by the end of the series regular humans with guns are able to kill high level Grongi with little effort.]] * ImprobableAimingSkills: Pegasus Form. * ImprovisedWeapon: Subverted. Kuuga's three auxiliary forms can turn random objects in their hands into their WeaponOfChoice. ** Mind, the random object must bear some resemblance to the weapon it transforms into. Not a problem for Dragon (rod - any handy stick) and Titan (sword - the Trychaser's handlebar key will work, something used later in ''KamenRiderFaiz''), but Pegasus needs an ''actual'' gun - usually Ichijo's. * InASingleBound: Dragon Form. * InferredHolocaust: Kuuga's Rising Mighty Kick causes a gigantic explosion, which at one point happens in a heavily urban area. [[spoiler:This is the point in which the show begins to show that Kuuga becoming even more powerful isn't a good idea...]] While no one is actually killed in the blast due to Godai informing Ichijo that his kick might be too powerful, the property damage leads the police to begin doubting No.4's status as an ally. * KissOfDeath: The Mushroom Grongi Me-Ginoga-De uses this as his murder method; he manages to deliver this on Kuuga who falls gravely ill. He gets better, but could only assume Growing Form until he fully recovered. * KillItWithFire: Godai plays it straight in Episode 20. * LethalJokeCharacter: Yuusuke at one point succeeds at defeating a Grongi (see KissOfDeath) using Growing Form. Granted, he needed to use the considerably feeble Growing Kick ''three'' times, but it still ended in Kuuga's favour. ** It must be noted also that Growing Form isn't just "not powerful enough" (like many other {{Joke Character}} forms), it has all the weaknesses of the other forms, and none of the advantages: slow like Titan Form, weak like Dragon Form, feeble like Pegasus Form AND it doesn't have any weapon like Mighty Form. * LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler: Daguva is seen in white for both his human and Grongi forms. Which is actually appropriate, considering he's somewhat akin to {{Satan}} or the Antichrist.]] ** DarkIsNotEvil: Kuuga's Amazing Mighty and Ultimate Forms are black with gold, and in the final episodes Yusuke wears a lot of black. He's still as heroic as he ever was, though. * LikesOlderWomen: Jean Michel Sorrel and his thing for single-mother lab tech Hikari Enokida. * MadeOfIron: Titan Form. * MagikarpPower * ManInWhite: [[spoiler:Daguva's human form.]] * {{Masquerade}}: Subverted. The police try to cover up the first few incidents to prevent panic, but once they realize the scale of the problem they don't hesitate to reveal everything in the interest of public safety. From then on it becomes TheUnmasquedWorld, with frequent news reports warning people about the latest Grongi attacks and newspaper articles detailing Kuuga's various battles. * MeaningfulName: Kuuga's name comes from the Japanese reading for "Clear-self", but it also contains Ku(空), the Japanese symbol for "Sky" or "Void" and the fifth element in Japanese Elements, or ''Godai''. ** Also, if SpellMyNameWithAnS is invoked, the villains are called {{Guro}}ngi. * MemeticHandGesture: Godai is known for his use of the thumbs-up. * MidSeasonUpgrade: As a result of his [[spoiler:resurrection after his supposed death at the hands of a Grongi]], Kuuga's basic 4 forms are upgraded - complete with gold-trimmed armor and upgraded weaponry. ** [[spoiler:Subverted later with the last of the Go class Grongi getting multiple forms like Kuuga and Zu-Gooma-Gu.]] ** Not to mention Yuusuke/Kuuga acquiring the [=BeatChaser=] 2000 after [[spoiler: the [=TryChaser=] is wrecked in a battle with Go-Bada-Ba.]] * MultiformBalance ** JokeCharacter: Growing Form ** JackOfAllStats: Mighty and Rising Mighty Forms. ** FragileSpeedster: Both Dragon Forms. ** GlassCannon: Both Pegasus Forms. ** MightyGlacier: Both Titan Forms. ** LightningBruiser: Amazing Mighty Form ** SuperMode: Ultimate Form ** SuperpoweredEvilSide: Black-eyed Ultimate Form [[spoiler:and [[KamenRiderDecade Rising Ultimate]] [[KamenRiderDecade Form]]]]. [[hottip:*:Only while he's under the control of Dai-Shocker. Once he's back to normal, it becomes more of a GodMode[=/=]LightningBruiser.)]] *** [[spoiler:As mentioned above, several late-series Grongi have the ability to perform Form Changes much like Kuuga, with obvious parallels - their Fighting, Quick, Shooting, and Herculean Form correspond to Mighty, Dragon, Pegasus, and Titan Forms respectively. Go-Gadoru-Ba has a full-powered Shocker Form which parallels Rising Mighty or Amazing Mighty, while N-Daguva-Zeba has an Imperfect and a Perfect Form, paralleling Growing and Ultimate Form respectively.]] * MyHorseIsAMotorbike: The Gouram was originally armor for a horse that the original ancient Kuuga would ride. When Kuuga returned in the modern day, it adapted to work with a motorcycle instead. * MythologyGag: Not only is there a spider monster in the first episode (a recurring element in ''Franchise/KamenRider'' in general), but all Grongi have their own uniform belt buckles, much like the classic Shocker mooks & monsters do. ** Also a bat monster in the second episode, which is also a recurring monster with ''Franchise/KamenRider'' in general, though not as much as the Spider. ** At one point Yusuke starts wearing a T-shirt with the Kuuga symbol on it, much like Jou Shigeru and his ''[[KamenRiderStronger Stronger]]'' shirts. ** Ultimate Kuuga and Daguva's face-off somewhat echoes that of [[KamenRiderBlack Black Sun and Shadow Moon]]. * NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: This is ''actually'' the explanation given as to how Yuusuke unlocks some of his forms. (e.g, he doesn't unlock the agile Dragon Form until he fights a opponent who he can't reach and thinks, "I need to jump high too!") * MookHorrorShow: Go-Jaraji-Da towards the end of Kuuga's RoaringRampageOfRevenge is cornered at a lake while Kuuga approaches him with an UnflinchingWalk, not even paying heed to any of the Grongi's attacks as they just bounce off his armor. Jaraji, at this point, actually looks ''terrified'', and rightfully so, as when he reaches him Kuuga ''brutally'' finishes him off. * NoodleIncident: The cafe owner's mountaineering exploits in the Himalayas. * OneManArmy: ''Kuuga'' still stands unique amongst the other Heisei series as being the '''only''' one to feature a single Rider. There are no other secondary, rival, or evil Riders here. * PoliceAreUseless: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]], they're doubtlessly a RedShirtArmy whenever they confront a Grongi face-to-face, but are extremely competent in every other aspect of their job. They're really at their most effective when serving as Kuuga's MissionControl, using their resources and deductive powers to track the Grongi's movements and warning/evacuating the citizens whenever necessary in order to minimize casualties. In the end mostly subverted when they invent bullets that ''do'' work on Grongi. * RecapEpisode: Episode 17. Episode 31. * RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:Inverted. Black-eyed Ultimate Kuuga is powered by rage, and is thus prone to becoming evil. Godai's good nature negates it and replaces the black eyes with Mighty Form's red eyes.]] * RedshirtArmy: Almost every episode had policemen getting killed while feebly trying to combat the Grongi. * ReluctantWarrior: Godai himself actually hates fighting, but has to do so to protect everyone. * {{Revival}} * RobotBuddy: The Gouram arguably counts as a LostTechnology variant; it not only serves as barding for Kuuga's bikes but also a flying support mech. * RousseauWasRight: Pretty much the theme of the whole series. Also the reason why Godai keeps fighting for everyone and [[spoiler:why the Grongi didn't succeed on having humanity embrace brutality and violence like they do]]. * RummageSaleReject: The Zu class, and the Me class to a lesser extent, dress in outlandish clothing. The Go class manages to blend in human society better. * SnowMeansDeath: The final battle occurs on the snowy slopes of Mount Kuro, WhereItAllBegan. * SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: First, we see the Zu class. Then we see the Me class. After the Me, we see the Go class, who are supposed to be the strongest group of the Grongi besides [[BigBad their overlord]], [[spoiler:N-Daguva-Zeba]]. (Then again, there are also the Ra class, who aid in keeping score for the MonsterOfTheWeek and the Nu class, who build weapons) This is justified by the "league" system that the Grongi have: the victor of the "Zu" class games gets promoted to "Me" class, the winner of the "Me" games is promoted to "Go" class and the winner of the "Go" games fights the sole member of the "N" class for supremacy. * StealthPun: The title of the first episode is "Revival"[[hottip:* :''Fukkatsu'' in Japanese, which, like the English term, can mean either a resurrection or a media revival]]. While there are two in-story revivals in that episode, it also indicates the beginning of the {{Revival}} of the ''Franchise/KamenRider'' franchise. * SuperpoweredEvilSide: Ultimate Form, which combines the powers of all of Kuuga's other forms but at the (rather vaguely defined) risk that the user would become evil. * SuperSenses: Pegasus Form. The strain it puts on Godai's nervous system necessitates its HourOfPower. * SuperSpeed: Dragon Form. * ThemeNaming: Each of the Grongi is named in a certain fashion; the first part refers to their class, the second is a personal name of sorts[[hottip:*:which typically forms a pun on the Japanese word for what plant/animal they resemble]], and the third part refers to their species/type. * ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Yuusuke's final battle. * ThoseTwoGuys: Arguably, Sugita and Sakurai, Ichijo's colleagues in the Science Police. [[spoiler: They do manage to defeat Ra-Dorudo-Gu with the Nerve-Breaking Bullets later on.]] * TookALevelInBadass: Apart from the obvious hero, special mention goes to the Grongi [[ButtMonkey Zu-Gooma-Gu]] [[spoiler: who, after taking a part of Daguva's power for himself, manages to overcome his photophobia and go toe to toe with the remaining Go-class Grongi.]] ** [[spoiler: Add in the fact that he also was on the verge of killing Kuuga and would have done it had he not sensed Daguva near by and went to challenge him only to be killed off screen]] * TranquilFury: The version of Ultimate Form Yuusuke takes in the final battle. * UnflinchingWalk: Yusuke's solution to defeating the Squid Grongi after obtaining the well-armored Titan form. ** Really, Yusuke's default strategy whenever he uses Titan form. * UnstoppableRage: What Ultimate Form would be if Godai entered it out of rage. * WeaponOfChoice: ** BareFistedMonk: Growing Form, All Mighty Forms, and what we see of Ultimate Form. ** SimpleStaff: Dragon Form. Rising Dragon Form gets a [[DoubleWeapon two-ended]] BladeOnAStick. ** BlowGun: Pegasus Form. Rising Pegasus gets a {{BFG}}. ** CoolSword[=/=]{{BFS}}: Titan Form. Rising Titan gets the DualWielding option. * WhereItAllBegan: Kuuga battles [[spoiler: Daguva]] at the mountain where the Grongi were sealed (and revived in the first episode). ----[[redirect:Series/KamenRiderKuuga]]
9th Jun '13 2:02:41 PM ZeroWizard
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** The Archer: Pegasus Form. Rising Pegasus gets a {{BFG}}.
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** The Archer: BlowGun: Pegasus Form. Rising Pegasus gets a {{BFG}}.
22nd Apr '13 5:08:59 PM ZeroWizard
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** JackOfAllStats:Mighty]] and Rising Mighty Forms.
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** JackOfAllStats:Mighty]] JackOfAllStats: Mighty and Rising Mighty Forms.
22nd Apr '13 2:16:39 PM ZeroWizard
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** JokeCharacter: [[color:gray:Growing]] Form ** JackOfAllStats: [[color:red:Mighty]] and [[color:goldenrod:Rising]] [[color:red:Mighty]] Forms. ** FragileSpeedster: Both [[color:blue:Dragon]] Forms. ** GlassCannon: Both [[color:green:Pegasus]] Forms. ** MightyGlacier: Both [[color:purple:Titan]] Forms. ** LightningBruiser: '''Amazing''' [[color:goldenrod:Mighty]] Form ** SuperMode: '''Ultimate''' Form ** SuperpoweredEvilSide: Black-eyed '''Ultimate''' Form [[spoiler:and '''[[KamenRiderDecade Rising Ultimate]]''' [[KamenRiderDecade Form]]]]. [[hottip:*:Only while he's under the control of Dai-Shocker. Once he's back to normal, it becomes more of a GodMode[=/=]LightningBruiser.)]]
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** JokeCharacter: [[color:gray:Growing]] Growing Form ** JackOfAllStats: [[color:red:Mighty]] JackOfAllStats:Mighty]] and [[color:goldenrod:Rising]] [[color:red:Mighty]] Rising Mighty Forms. ** FragileSpeedster: Both [[color:blue:Dragon]] Dragon Forms. ** GlassCannon: Both [[color:green:Pegasus]] Pegasus Forms. ** MightyGlacier: Both [[color:purple:Titan]] Titan Forms. ** LightningBruiser: '''Amazing''' [[color:goldenrod:Mighty]] Amazing Mighty Form ** SuperMode: '''Ultimate''' Ultimate Form ** SuperpoweredEvilSide: Black-eyed '''Ultimate''' Ultimate Form [[spoiler:and '''[[KamenRiderDecade [[KamenRiderDecade Rising Ultimate]]''' Ultimate]] [[KamenRiderDecade Form]]]]. [[hottip:*:Only while he's under the control of Dai-Shocker. Once he's back to normal, it becomes more of a GodMode[=/=]LightningBruiser.)]]
29th Mar '13 7:59:37 PM EcliptorCalrissian
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** It must be noted also that Growing Form isn't just "not powerful enough" (like many other {{Joke Character}}s), it has all the weaknesses of the other forms, and none of the advantages: slow like Titan Form, weak like Dragon Form, feeble like Pegasus Form AND it doesn't have any weapon.
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** It must be noted also that Growing Form isn't just "not powerful enough" (like many other {{Joke Character}}s), Character}} forms), it has all the weaknesses of the other forms, and none of the advantages: slow like Titan Form, weak like Dragon Form, feeble like Pegasus Form AND it doesn't have any weapon.weapon like Mighty Form.
13th Feb '13 8:00:41 PM Bluefever
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* DeconstructorFleet: It's not a full deconstruction but it has a lot of subversive elements, like the monsters from the past not being able to speak Japanese, to the fact that cops are heavily involved. The cops themselves show what would happen if normal people dealing with monster would be like - a lot of dead bodies, though down the line, they're not as useless as they were in the beginning. Most Tokusatsu and Shonen shows gloss over elements like these, and in addition common shonen tropes like CallingYourAttacks are avoided by Kuuga. The motivation of the monster isn't even spelled out to us until a bit down the line. Hell, Kuuga growing in power is treated as a scary thing and causes problems later in the series. There are many other examples if you look at the series, while the show can be viewed as a standard toku, if you compare it to later series and even earlier series, it can rather jarring.
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* DeconstructorFleet: It's not a full deconstruction but it has a lot of subversive elements, like the monsters from the past not being able to speak Japanese, to the fact that cops are heavily involved. The cops themselves show what would happen if normal people dealing with monster would be like - a lot of dead bodies, though down the line, they're not as useless as they were in the beginning. Most Tokusatsu and Shonen shows gloss over elements like these, and in addition common shonen tropes like CallingYourAttacks are avoided by Kuuga. The motivation of the monster isn't even spelled out to us until a bit down the line. Hell, Kuuga growing in power is treated as a scary thing and causes problems later in the series. There are many other examples if you look at the series, while the show can be viewed as a standard toku, if you compare it to later series and even earlier series, it can be rather jarring.
6th Feb '13 5:12:27 PM Kayube
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* MemeticHandGesture: Godai is known for his use of the thumbs-up.
8th Jan '13 8:55:32 PM Kuruni
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** [[spoiler:Subverted when N-Daguva-Zeba nearly kills Kuuga prior to the FinalBattle]]
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** [[spoiler:Subverted [[spoiler:Also when N-Daguva-Zeba nearly kills Kuuga prior to the FinalBattle]]FinalBattle, just switch the stomper]] * CutAndPasteEnvironments: In PS1 video game, Zu-Gumin-Ba and Me-Garume-Re have moveset similar to Spider Man and Grimreaper Chameleon's from [[Series/KamenRider the first series]] PS1 game. Kuuga himself, has three forms (Growing, Mighty and Ultimate) that use exactly same moveset.
5th Jan '13 3:09:50 AM SeptimusHeap
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Misuse/Zero Context Example of renamed trope. Please do not readd without writing up a full example that complies both with the trope description and with How To Write An Example
** TheArcher: Pegasus Form. Rising Pegasus gets a {{BFG}}.
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** TheArcher: The Archer: Pegasus Form. Rising Pegasus gets a {{BFG}}.

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9th Oct '12 10:58:39 AM lu127
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It's not just about any Spanish character, but a very specific Zorro-like archetype.
* BadassSpaniard: No, not a character, but Kuuga's {{Cool Bike}}s were both made by Spanish manufacturer Gas Gas. Coincidentially, ''Kuuga'' has the most awesome [[CarFu Bike Fu]] of any Heisei ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series.
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