History Manga / Kinnikuman

2nd Aug '17 8:46:22 AM fruitstripegum
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* ThemeMusicPowerUp - If you hear the instrumental version of any Idol Choujin's ImageSong, or the current opening theme, it's time for a trademark miracle comeback.
* ThemeNaming - Generally, a given choujin's moves are going to follow a distinct motif when it comes to naming. With Kinnikuman himself, it's "muscle/kinniku", for instance.
* ThinkOfTheChildren: When Kinnikuman is too scared to fight Akuma Shogun and starts considering [[WhatTheHellHero complying with Akuma Shogun's demands]] , he only takes it back when he is told that young choujin are also in danger. There also instances when a child in danger will make Kinnikuman man up against the latest threat.



* ThemeMusicPowerUp - If you hear the instrumental version of any Idol Choujin's ImageSong, or the current opening theme, it's time for a trademark miracle comeback.
* ThemeNaming - Generally, a given choujin's moves are going to follow a distinct motif when it comes to naming. With Kinnikuman himself, it's "muscle/kinniku", for instance.
* ThinkOfTheChildren: When Kinnikuman is too scared to fight Akuma Shogun and starts considering [[WhatTheHellHero complying with Akuma Shogun's demands]] , he only takes it back when he is told that young choujin are also in danger. There also instances when a child in danger will make Kinnikuman man up against the latest threat.



* {{Those Wacky Nazis}} - Brockenman and his son Brocken Jr.

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* {{Those Wacky Nazis}} ThoseWackyNazis - Brockenman and his son Brocken Jr.
2nd Aug '17 8:45:29 AM fruitstripegum
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* OvertookTheManga: Two {{Filler}} arcs were added after the ''Dream Chojin Tag'' arc, which ended up getting the show canceled. The final ''Survivor Match for the Kinniku Throne'' arc was finally animated five years later.
2nd Aug '17 8:44:34 AM fruitstripegum
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* DeaderThanDead: The Choujin Book of Prophecy contains the entire fate of every Choujin in existence. If a choujin's particular page happens to be ruined or outright destroyed, they're [[RetGone erased from existence]]. [[DeathIsCheap Not that this stops their ghosts from doing anything or prevents them from being revived somehow, mind.]]



* DeaderThanDead: The Choujin Book of Prophecy contains the entire fate of every Choujin in existence. If a choujin's particular page happens to be ruined or outright destroyed, they're [[RetGone erased from existence]]. [[DeathIsCheap Not that this stops their ghosts from doing anything or prevents them from being revived somehow, mind.]]
2nd Aug '17 8:43:47 AM fruitstripegum
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* BabiesEverAfter: Basically the entire premise of ''Anime/UltimateMuscle''.



* BabiesEverAfter - Basically the entire premise of ''Anime/UltimateMuscle''.



* BigBrotherMentor - [[spoiler:Ataru Kinniku/Kinnikuman Soldier is this, especially at the last minute before his death when he taught Suguru more about the Muscle Spark, one of the Three Sacred Moves, when he used the second half against Super Phoenix in comparison to the first half used by Suguru that defeated Zebra just so his little brother can complete the sacred move in getting the throne.]]

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* BigBrotherMentor - BigBrotherMentor: [[spoiler:Ataru Kinniku/Kinnikuman Soldier is this, especially at the last minute before his death when he taught Suguru more about the Muscle Spark, one of the Three Sacred Moves, when he used the second half against Super Phoenix in comparison to the first half used by Suguru that defeated Zebra just so his little brother can complete the sacred move in getting the throne.]]



* BigDamnHeroes - No classic shonen manga would be complete without them, the most notable moment being when [[spoiler: Prince Kamehame posesses the Omegaman when he transforms into the Prince and then proceeds to teach Kinnikuman ''all'' of the 100 sacred techniques]].

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* BigDamnHeroes - BigDamnHeroes: No classic shonen manga would be complete without them, the most notable moment being when [[spoiler: Prince Kamehame posesses the Omegaman when he transforms into the Prince and then proceeds to teach Kinnikuman ''all'' of the 100 sacred techniques]].
1st Jul '17 5:05:31 PM nombretomado
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** On TheOtherWiki, the Mammothman vs. Leopardon match is described thus: "The instant he enters the ring he is killed by Mammothman's [[MundaneMadeAwesome '''Nose Fencing'''.]]"

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** On TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, the Mammothman vs. Leopardon match is described thus: "The instant he enters the ring he is killed by Mammothman's [[MundaneMadeAwesome '''Nose Fencing'''.]]"



** Wolfman/Rikishiman gets hit by this even harder. Initially established as a serious threat to Kinnikuman representing Japan at the Choujin Olympics, he's quickly relegated to facing rather plain opponents in one-sided fights... with him being on the losing end. As TheOtherWiki puts it, "He becomes the cannon fodder Seigi Choujin (quickly and easily defeated in order to show off how powerful the bad guys are)". Even in Nisei, Wolfman/Rikishiman can't catch a break. He, along with Buffaloman, Geronimo and Jesse Maivia gets utterly crushed by the Generation X team.

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** Wolfman/Rikishiman gets hit by this even harder. Initially established as a serious threat to Kinnikuman representing Japan at the Choujin Olympics, he's quickly relegated to facing rather plain opponents in one-sided fights... with him being on the losing end. As TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki puts it, "He becomes the cannon fodder Seigi Choujin (quickly and easily defeated in order to show off how powerful the bad guys are)". Even in Nisei, Wolfman/Rikishiman can't catch a break. He, along with Buffaloman, Geronimo and Jesse Maivia gets utterly crushed by the Generation X team.
29th May '17 8:34:45 PM nombretomado
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* CasanovaWannabe - Kinnikuman. Much like the former [[LeisureSuitLarry Trope Namer]], he was also a disco champ and has a leisure suit to match. Defied with Bibinba as she still loves Kinnikuman despite the fact that he displays all of his worst traits in front of her.

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* CasanovaWannabe - Kinnikuman. Much like the former [[LeisureSuitLarry [[VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry Trope Namer]], he was also a disco champ and has a leisure suit to match. Defied with Bibinba as she still loves Kinnikuman despite the fact that he displays all of his worst traits in front of her.
10th Apr '17 9:36:52 AM Willbyr
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* MoralGuardians - Considering how strict the American {{Media Watchdog}}s of the 80's were, with heroes having to be good role models and cartoon having to be squeaky clean, they would never have allowed a hero like Suguru (despite the fact that Kinnikuman ''did'' have a strong sense of justice, most of the time he acted like a shameless coward, slacker and lech) on our airwaves, let alone a show with all the ToiletHumor and startling amount of violence, gore and people dying so much that it makes [[DragonBallZ DBZ]] deaths look tame. They probably took one look at the show and said there was no way they could import it without censoring it out of existence. And then there's [[ThoseWackyNazis Brocken and Brocken Jr.]]...

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* MoralGuardians - Considering how strict the American {{Media Watchdog}}s of the 80's were, with heroes having to be good role models and cartoon having to be squeaky clean, they would never have allowed a hero like Suguru (despite the fact that Kinnikuman ''did'' have a strong sense of justice, most of the time he acted like a shameless coward, slacker and lech) on our airwaves, let alone a show with all the ToiletHumor and startling amount of violence, gore and people dying so much that it makes [[DragonBallZ [[Anime/DragonBallZ DBZ]] deaths look tame. They probably took one look at the show and said there was no way they could import it without censoring it out of existence. And then there's [[ThoseWackyNazis Brocken and Brocken Jr.]]...



* UrExample: displays many tropes prevelant in modern fighting shonens that were later refined by the TropeCodifier DragonBall/

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* UrExample: displays Displays many tropes prevelant in modern fighting shonens that were later refined by the TropeCodifier DragonBall/''Manga/DragonBall''.
5th Apr '17 11:56:27 PM NoChorus
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** Ashuraman's parents aren't going to win any "Parent Of The Year" awards either, considering that they taught their son that things such as mercy and friendship were ''a heinous crime''.
* ActorExistenceFailure - Eiji Kanie, the voice of Ramenman, died before the series' run had completed.

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** Ashuraman's parents aren't going to win any "Parent Of The Year" awards either, considering that they taught their son that things such as mercy and friendship were ''a a heinous crime''.
* ActorExistenceFailure - Eiji Kanie, the voice of Ramenman, died before the series' run had completed.
crime.



* AesopAmnesia - Several times, Kinnikuman would learn how to not be such a coward...only to revert back to his cowardly self whenever a new villain appeared.
** Finally subverted in the Throne arc. He only ran away at first out of depression, not cowardice.
* AffablyEvil - Apart from the characters who made a HeelFaceTurn:

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* AesopAmnesia - Several times, Kinnikuman would learn how to not be such a coward...only to revert back to his cowardly self whenever a new villain appeared.
** Finally
appeared. It's finally subverted in the Throne arc. He only ran away at first out of depression, not cowardice.
* AffablyEvil - Apart from the characters who made a HeelFaceTurn:



* AllYourPowersCombined - [[spoiler:Kinnikuman Super Phoenix uses this at the end of the series, absorbing the powers of all five Evil Choujin Gods while fighting Kinnikuman. It doesn't save him from being Muscle Sparked after Kinnikuman regains his Burning Inner Strength, though.]]

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* AllYourPowersCombined - [[spoiler:Kinnikuman Super Phoenix uses this at -
** During
the end of American Tour Arc, Kinkotsuman created the series, absorbing the powers of all five Evil Black Shadow, an artificial Choujin Gods while fighting Kinnikuman. It doesn't save him from being Muscle Sparked after Kinnikuman regains with the technique of Robin Mask, the strength of Beauty Rhodes, the brutality of Ramenman - and his Burning Inner Strength, though.]]own brains.
--->'''Iwao''': ''(Thinking)'' ''That last part kind of worries me...''



** And before either of those guys, during the American Tour Arc, Kinkotsuman created the Black Shadow, an artificial Choujin with the technique of Robin Mask, the strength of Beauty Rhodes, the brutality of Ramenman - and his own brains.
--->'''Iwao''': ''(Thinking)'' ''That last part kind of worries me...''

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** And before either of those guys, during [[spoiler:Kinnikuman Super Phoenix uses this at the American Tour Arc, Kinkotsuman created end of the Black Shadow, an artificial series, absorbing the powers of all five Evil Choujin with the technique of Robin Mask, the strength of Beauty Rhodes, the brutality of Ramenman - and Gods while fighting Kinnikuman. It doesn't save him from being Muscle Sparked after Kinnikuman regains his own brains.
--->'''Iwao''': ''(Thinking)'' ''That last part kind of worries me...''
Burning Inner Strength, though.]]



* ArtisticLicensePhysics - The explanation for the Napalm Stretch makes absolutely ''no'' sense whatsoever. Ironic in the fact that the one time they try to explain physics in this series, it completely fails.
** To elaborate: The technique involves dropping someone chest first onto the ground from a great height while the user pulls their opponent's arms back and hooks their legs together to prevent escape. Where it falls head-first into this trope is that [[VariableTerminalVelocity the amount of air resistance that occurs as they're falling is strong enough to carve the letter A to onto the victim's chest]]. Definitely powered by the RuleOfCool.



* AuthorAvatar[=/=]CreatorCameo - A square headed man wearing a baseball cap, who often appeared back when the manga was strictly gags.
** [[AsHimself As Themselves]]- Both of them have also appeared in the movies as spectators, naturally voiced by themselves.

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* AuthorAvatar[=/=]CreatorCameo - A The creators were represented by a square headed man wearing a baseball cap, who often appeared back when the manga was strictly gags.
** [[AsHimself As Themselves]]- Both of them
gags. Their real selves have also appeared in the movies as spectators, naturally voiced by themselves.background characters.



* BecomingTheMask - Robin Mask's gentleman personality was originally all a [[IncrediblyLamePun mask]] to hide the fact that he was quite the violent person, but over time he genuinely became one.
* BerserkButton - If it's one thing that Kinnikuman will not stand for, it's harming or endangering children, even if they do make fun of him.
** Warsman was a ruthless competitor in the Choujin Olympics but he did '''NOT''' take it well whenever somebody hit Bibinba[[note]] This was changed to Natsuko in the anime.]] [[spoiler: Too bad Robin Mask didn't realize that.[[/note]]



* BigNo - Super Phoenix tended to do it a ''lot'' whenever he was hit by an attack far stronger than he thought it would be.



* BloodFromTheMouth - Once again, this is a classic shonen manga. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for Super Phoenix, it has a much deeper meaning.]]
* BodyHorror - Warsman reveals that being half-robot comes with many problems...
** What was left of Brockenman after his fight with Ramenman in the manga.

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* BloodFromTheMouth - Once again, this is a classic shonen manga. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for Super Phoenix, it has a much deeper meaning.]]
* BodyHorror - Warsman reveals that being half-robot comes with many problems...
** What
A surprising amount, considering the cartoony art-style. Bones at was left of Brockenman after his fight with Ramenman in the manga.



* BoringInvincibleHero - Subverted. While Kinnikuman only loses a few times in the entire series, being a {{Determinator}}, he didn't exactly cruise to victory.



* BumblingDad - Mayumi Kinniku, Kinnikuman's dad. Justified, as[[spoiler:he was extremely strict with his eldest son Ataru, which caused him to rebel and run away. He becomes this to prevent the same thing from happening to Suguru.]]
* ButtMonkey - Kinnikuman. Before the end of the 21st Choujin Olympics, nobody gave him any respect, including his friends and even ''his own parents''.
** Specialman and Canadianman step into this role after Kinnikuman gains some respect, and they become far worse butt monkeys than Kinnikuman ever was.

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* BumblingDad - Mayumi Kinniku, Kinnikuman's dad. dad, Mayumi. Justified, as[[spoiler:he as [[spoiler:he was extremely strict with his eldest son Ataru, which caused him to rebel and run away. He becomes this to prevent the same thing from happening to Suguru.]]
* ButtMonkey - Kinnikuman. -
** Kinnikuman at first.
Before the end of the 21st Choujin Olympics, nobody gave him any respect, including respect. Even his friends and even ''his own parents''.
parents would berate him.
** Specialman and Once Kinnikuman takes a level in badass, Canadianman step into this role after Kinnikuman gains some respect, and they become far worse Specialman fill the butt monkeys than Kinnikuman ever was.monkey void left by him.
** Wolfman.



* CannonFodder - While in the anime, some of these characters do get a major victory here and there, in the manga, Canadianman, Specialman and Gazelleman are all punching bags meant to show off a new antagonist's abilities and not much else. (Gazelleman having been demoted to side-character status after Yudetemago forgot that he was one of the main characters) It is especially bad with Specialman as the only time audiences got to see him fight in the manga, he was not even allowed to throw so much as a punch before being defeated alongside his partner, Canadianman. Wolfman also fits this category to a certain degree, though he actually won his first on-screen match. The same can be applied to Seiuchin from Nisei who starts off as cannon fodder but is not only seen defeating Sharkman to be allowed into the Choujin Olympics but also becomes a badass villain in The Ultimate Choujin Tag Arc.



* CasanovaWannabe - Kinnikuman. He's even a disco champ and he has the sleazy suit to match.
** Defied with Bibinba. Kinnikuman displays all of his worst traits in front of her, but she loves him all the same.
* CatchPhrase - Kinnikuman's catchphrase is quoted at the top of the page. Nobody understands what he means when he says it, but they do comment on how confident he sounds when he says it.
** Terryman's catchphrase was "Come to think of it, I've heard of this..."
* {{Cerebus Syndrome}} - The series started as a parody of ''Ultraman'' that revolved around Kinnikuman trying to gain respect from the populace and fighting various monsters of the week. Later, the series became a full fledged wrestling series and while humor remained, the general plot line became more serious.

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* CasanovaWannabe - Kinnikuman. He's even Much like the former [[LeisureSuitLarry Trope Namer]], he was also a disco champ and he has the sleazy a leisure suit to match.
**
match. Defied with Bibinba. Bibinba as she still loves Kinnikuman despite the fact that he displays all of his worst traits in front of her, but she loves him all the same.
her.
* CatchPhrase - Kinnikuman's catchphrase is quoted at the top of the page. Nobody understands what he means when he says it, but they do comment on how confident he sounds when he says it.
** Terryman's catchphrase was "Come to think of it, I've heard of this..."
* {{Cerebus Syndrome}}
CerebusSyndrome - The series started as a parody of ''Ultraman'' that revolved around Kinnikuman trying to gain respect from the populace and fighting various monsters of the week. Later, the series became a full fledged wrestling series and while humor remained, the general plot line became more serious.



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: When he was first introduced in the superhero arc, Terryman (yes, ''that'' [[AllAmericanFace Terryman]]) was a Type 2 example of Eagleland, only fighting monsters for pay and representing the big business side of America that other countries sees as evil. This becomes rather hard to shake from a reader's mind once he becomes the renowned NiceGuy of the series.
** Kinkotsuman used to provide genuine conflict in the earlier parts of the manga, but became more and more prone to VillainDecay as the manga went on, culminating to the point where he was comedic relief.
** Ramenman had a ''LOT'' more homicidal tendencies in the earlier part of the series. For one, he used to describe blood as ''tasty''.
* CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown - Kinnikuman Great, who appears twice as a disguise for characters who then team up with Kinnikuman in situations where he could not find a tag partner, or where the characters themselves wouldn't normally be allowed to compete. The first time it's Prince Kamehame, the second time it's Terryman.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: CharacterizationMarchesOn:
**
When he was first introduced in the superhero arc, introduced, Terryman (yes, ''that'' [[AllAmericanFace Terryman]]) was a Type 2 example of Eagleland, cold-hearted asshole that only fighting fought monsters for pay, going so far as to kick a child when they didn't have enough money to pay and representing the big business side of America that other countries sees as evil. This becomes rather hard him to shake rescue their father from a reader's mind once monster. Compared to his established character as an almost pure-hearted AllAmericanFace, it's quite a change.
** While
he becomes the renowned NiceGuy of the series.
**
was still very silly, Kinkotsuman used to provide genuine conflict was treated as a serious threat in the earlier parts of the manga, but became more and more prone to VillainDecay as the manga went on, culminating to the point where he was comedic relief.
** Ramenman had a ''LOT'' more homicidal tendencies in the earlier part
Monster Extermination era of the series. For one, He was the first villain to give Kinnikuman a lot of trouble, and while it was mostly with the use of his monsters he used would sometimes fight himself -- and put up a surprisingly good fight despite his physique. He was even the only villain to describe blood as ''tasty''.
have the foresight to carry around Kinnikuman's weakness (milk) so he could cancel out the power of garlic whenever Kinnikuman tried to power up to defeat his monsters. Now contrast that with his character once the series switched to wrestling, a feeble coward who became strictly comic relief.
** Ramenman is known for being the wise and revered martial artist of the Justice Choujin, but in his original appearance he was a Brutal Choujin who was nothing more than a psychopath and a cannibal.
* CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown - Four times.
**
Kinnikuman Great, who appears twice as a disguise for characters who then team up with Kinnikuman in situations where he could not find a tag partner, or where the characters themselves wouldn't normally be allowed to compete. The first time it's Prince Kamehame, the second time it's Terryman.



* DealWithTheDevil - How Buffaloman got his [[PowerLevels 10 million Choujin Power]].

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* DealWithTheDevil - How Buffaloman got DealWithTheDevil:
** All of the Akuma Choujin did this in the past, but it is especially tied to Buffaloman, as he was considered to be a mediocre fighter before he did this to get
his [[PowerLevels 10 million Choujin Power]].



** All of the Akuma Choujin did this in the past.



** Oddly enough, some of the villains switch to being good for no explained reason; The Ninja didn't even fight Kinnikuman in the series, yet after being PutOnABus in the Dream Choujin Tag Team Arc, he suddenly returns to join the good guys despite his insistence that he's still a Devil Choujin. And there's Black Hole, whose alignment is anybody's guess; he was killed by Kinnikuman in his introductory arc without any indication that he had reformed, yet in the Dream Choujin Tag Team Arc, he's teamed up with Pentagon, who was a rather prominent Justice Choujin before he gets pummeled by Warsman, and recently returned as a Devil Choujin [[spoiler: and possibly Pentagon has become one too judging from the last chapter.]]

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** Oddly enough, some of the villains switch to being good for no explained reason; The Ninja didn't even fight Kinnikuman in the series, yet after being PutOnABus in the Dream Choujin Tag Team Arc, he suddenly returns to join the good guys despite his insistence that he's still a Devil Choujin. And there's Black Hole, whose alignment is anybody's guess; he was killed by Kinnikuman in his introductory arc without any indication that he had reformed, yet in the Dream Choujin Tag Team Arc, he's teamed up with Pentagon, who was a rather prominent Justice Choujin before he gets pummeled by Warsman, and recently returned as a Devil Choujin Warsman. [[spoiler: and possibly Pentagon has become one too Though judging from the last chapter.new series, Pentagon has possibly become a Devil Choujin too, so it may not be a coincidence that Black Hole teamed up with him.]]



** Warsman was ruthless, but even he thought that Mr. Barracuda was a monster. He is the one person who scares the crap out of Warsman. [[spoiler: for good reason too, considering his real identity.]]

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** Warsman was ruthless, but established as an absolutely ruthless competitor in the 21st Choujin Olympics arc... with an even he thought that more ruthless trainer in Mr. Barracuda was a monster.Barracuda. He is the one person who scares the crap out of Warsman. [[spoiler: for good reason too, considering his real identity.]]



** Subverted with the Perfect Choujin. As evil as they were, they still had two rules: to never show a back to an opponent, and to never use a weapon that wasn't part of their body. While they follow the first one, [[spoiler: the only person that actually follows the latter rule is Neptuneman, which becomes especially important because it leads to Neptuneman having a crisis of faith once Big the Budo (now unmasked as the Neptune King) breaks that rule in their fight against Kinnikuman and Terryman.]].

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** Subverted with Although the Perfect Choujin. As evil as they were, Choujin were elitist jerks, they still had two rules: to never show a back to an opponent, and to never use a weapon that wasn't part of their body. While they follow the first one, [[spoiler: it's subverted in that the only person that actually follows the latter rule is Neptuneman, which becomes especially important because it leads to Neptuneman having a crisis of faith once Big the Budo (now unmasked as the Neptune King) breaks that rule in their fight against Kinnikuman and Terryman.]].



* {{Expy}} - Terryman is an obvious one of Terry Funk [[note]]Keep in mind that Terryman actually resembled ShawnMichaels when he first appeared in the wrestling, though[[/note]], Robin Mask is one of Billy Robinson, Buffaloman is one of Bruiser Brody, and Neptuneman is an evil version of HulkHogan.

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* {{Expy}} - Terryman is an obvious one of Terry Funk [[note]]Keep in mind that Terryman actually resembled ShawnMichaels when he first appeared in the wrestling, though[[/note]], Funk, Robin Mask is one of Billy Robinson, Buffaloman is one of Bruiser Brody, and Neptuneman is an evil version of HulkHogan.



* FunetikAksent - In early chapters of the manga, Kinnikuman's speech was mostly written as katagoto (using mainly katakana) to highliught his lack of sophistication and intelligence.

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* FunetikAksent - In early chapters of the manga, Kinnikuman's speech was mostly written as katagoto (using mainly katakana) to highliught highlight his lack of sophistication and intelligence.



* LoudOfWar - Steccase King's "''Akuma no Symphony''" (Symphony of the Devil), which is loud enough to damage eardrums of the victim and the audience near the ring.

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* LoudOfWar - Steccase King's "''Akuma "Akuma no Symphony''" Symphony" (Symphony of the Devil), which is loud enough to damage eardrums of the victim and the audience near the ring.



* TheManBehindTheMan - [[spoiler: Big the Budo, who for the past two rounds had been working as Neptuneman's lackey, is revealed not only to be Neptune King, the one in charge, but the one who turned Kenkaman INTO Neptuneman, making him the true BigBad of the Choujin Tag Arc]]
** Similarly, [[spoiler: Mr Barracuda, Warsman's trainer unmasks himself as Robin Mask, who says that he trained Warsman specifically to kill Kinnikuman, making him the true BigBad of the 21st Choujin Olympics.]]

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* TheManBehindTheMan - [[spoiler: Big the Budo, who for the past two rounds had been working as Neptuneman's lackey, is revealed not only to be Neptune King, the one in charge, but the one who turned Kenkaman INTO Neptuneman, making him the true BigBad villain of the Choujin Tag Arc]]
** Similarly, [[spoiler: Mr Barracuda, Warsman's trainer unmasks himself as Robin Mask, who says that he trained Warsman specifically to kill Kinnikuman, making him the true BigBad villain of the 21st Choujin Olympics.]]



** Played with in the match between Team Super Phoenix and Team Soldier. Kinnikuman Soldier says that the Justice Choujin's friendship isn't a very good one: sure, they're all pals, but they're very dependent on one another, proven true when Buffaloman wants to tag in Soldier when he sees the terrifying power of Mammothman's tusks because he's injured. Soldier states that this kind of friendship will never make them any stronger-in fact, it will probably make them ''weaker''. Soldier then says he plans to teach them True Friendship Power.

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** Played with in the match between Team Super Phoenix and Team Soldier. Kinnikuman Soldier says that the Justice Choujin's friendship isn't a very good one: sure, they're all pals, but they're very dependent on one another, proven true when Buffaloman wants to tag in Soldier when he sees the terrifying power of Mammothman's tusks because he's injured. Soldier states that this kind of friendship will never make them any stronger-in fact, it will probably make them ''weaker''.weaker. Soldier then says he plans to teach them True Friendship Power.



* ShoutOut -

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* ShoutOut - ShoutOut: Several.



** During the current arc, [[spoiler:The Devil Choujin]] refer to [[spoiler: their master]] as [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson "The Great One"]]
** The trope is inverted in regards to the Kinniku Buster. Put 'kinniku buster' in the search bar on Danbooru and just see how much pictures you get of anime characters doing the Kinniku Buster, ranging from characters from ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' to [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Miku Hatsune]]. It's also quite common to see shoutouts to Muscle Docking.
*** The series was an inspiration for the ''[[FanficRecs/{{Touhou}} Tag Dream]]'' comic. That's right, Kinnikuman gets multiple shoutouts from VideoGame/{{Touhou}} fandom, of all things.
*** In ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Super Street Fighter IV]]'', the Ultra Combos of the character El Fuerte are definitely Kinnikuman references. One of them, the Ultra Spark, is a modified Incomplete Muscle Spark, and the Flying Giga Buster resembles Big Body's Maple Leaf Clutch.
*** Even Zangief gets in on the action with his second Ultra, Siberian Blizzard. It's a spinning Kinniku Driver (because EverythingsBetterWithSpinning)

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** During the current Nemesis arc, [[spoiler:The Devil Choujin]] refer to [[spoiler: their master]] as [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson "The Great One"]]
** The trope is inverted in regards to the Kinniku Buster. Put 'kinniku buster' in the search bar on Danbooru and just see how much pictures you get of anime characters doing the Kinniku Buster, ranging from characters from ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' to [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Miku Hatsune]]. It's also quite common to see shoutouts to Muscle Docking.
*** The series was an inspiration for the ''[[FanficRecs/{{Touhou}} Tag Dream]]'' comic. That's right, Kinnikuman gets multiple shoutouts from VideoGame/{{Touhou}} fandom, of all things.
*** In ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Super Street Fighter IV]]'', the Ultra Combos of the character El Fuerte are definitely Kinnikuman references. One of them, the Ultra Spark, is a modified Incomplete Muscle Spark, and the Flying Giga Buster resembles Big Body's Maple Leaf Clutch.
*** Even Zangief gets in on the action with his second Ultra, Siberian Blizzard. It's a spinning Kinniku Driver (because EverythingsBetterWithSpinning)
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* ThinkOfTheChildren: When Kinnikuman is too scared to fight Akuma Shogun and starts considering ''[[WhatTheHellHero complying with Akuma Shogun's demands]]'' , he only takes it back when he is told that young choujin are also in danger. There also instances when a child in danger will make Kinnikuman man up against the latest threat.
* ThisLoserIsYou: Kinnikuman was an extreme example of this at the beginning of the manga; a hopeless coward, slacker and pervert. As CerebusSyndrome kicked in, this aspect faded away and Kinnikuman transformed into the bumbling yet heroic character that everyone (well, except for [[MoralGuardians America]] and [[BannedInChina France]]) came to know and love in the 80s.
** To give a specific example, in the first chapter of the manga an army of monsters even gave up on their plans to invade the Earth because Kinnikuman was the only superhero available to fight them and they didn't want to ruin their reputations by being seen fighting a loser like him.

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* ThinkOfTheChildren: When Kinnikuman is too scared to fight Akuma Shogun and starts considering ''[[WhatTheHellHero [[WhatTheHellHero complying with Akuma Shogun's demands]]'' demands]] , he only takes it back when he is told that young choujin are also in danger. There also instances when a child in danger will make Kinnikuman man up against the latest threat.
* ThisLoserIsYou: Kinnikuman was an extreme example of this at the beginning of the manga; a hopeless coward, slacker and pervert. As CerebusSyndrome kicked in, this aspect faded away and Kinnikuman transformed into the bumbling yet heroic character that everyone (well, except for [[MoralGuardians America]] and [[BannedInChina France]]) came to know and love in the 80s.
** To give a specific example, in
early as the first chapter of the manga an army of monsters even gave up on their plans to invade the Earth ''solely'' because Kinnikuman was the only superhero available to fight them and they didn't want to ruin their reputations by being seen fighting a loser like him.him. As CerebusSyndrome kicked in, this aspect faded away.



* TomboyAndGirlyGirl - Mari and Natsuko

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* TomboyAndGirlyGirl - Mari and NatsukoNatsuko.



* UrExample: displays many tropes prevelant in modern fighting shonens that were later refined by the TropeCodifier DragonBall

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* UrExample: displays many tropes prevelant in modern fighting shonens that were later refined by the TropeCodifier DragonBallDragonBall/



* TheWorfEffect: Often a powerful Chojin will be brutally beaten by the designated BigBad of the arc. Ramenman gets pummeled by Warsman, Warsman gets a beatdown [[spoiler: resulting in his death]] from Buffaloman, Buffaloman and the other Devil Choujin get punished and decapitated by Ashuraman and the Devil Knights, and Buffaloman, Warsman, Ashuraman, Sunshine and even Robin Mask get this trope at the hands (or forearms) of the Hell's Missionaries.
** Then Kinnikuman Big Body, the physically strongest of the Five Fated Princes, being defeated by Kinnikuman Super Phoenix in showing the real Muscle Revenger and establishing Suguru's final opponent in the Throne Arc. Not to mention that Mammothman defeated all but one of Big Body's teammates and faked a tie with the other just so Super Phoenix would get a match with Big Body himself.
** Canadianman and Specialman. Canadianman was beaten by Robin Mask in the 20th Choujin Olympics to establish how powerful Robin was while Specialman was eliminated thanks to Kinkotsuman's cheating. Then, they decide to enter the Dream Tag Team Tournament. Do they win? Nope. They didn't even get to ''enter''; Ashuraman and Sunshine beat the crap out of them and ''take away their entry spot''. It's no wonder why they become less active as fighters.
** Wolfman/Rikishiman. He often ends up facing rather plain opponents in one-sided fights and often loses. As TheOtherWiki puts it, "He becomes the cannon fodder Seigi Choujin (quickly and easily defeated in order to show off how powerful the bad guys are)". Even in Nisei, Wolfman/Rikishiman can't catch a break. He, along with Buffaloman, Geronimo and Jesse Maivia gets utterly crushed by the Generation X team.

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* TheWorfEffect: TheWorfEffect:
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Often a powerful Chojin will be brutally beaten by the designated BigBad of the arc. Ramenman gets pummeled by Warsman, Warsman gets a beatdown [[spoiler: resulting in his death]] from Buffaloman, Buffaloman and the other Devil Choujin get punished and decapitated by Ashuraman and the Devil Knights, and Buffaloman, Warsman, Ashuraman, Sunshine and even Robin Mask get this trope at the hands (or forearms) of the Hell's Missionaries.
** Then Kinnikuman Big Body, the physically strongest of the Five Fated Princes, being defeated by Kinnikuman Super Phoenix in showing the real Muscle Revenger and establishing Suguru's final opponent in the Throne Arc. Not to mention that Mammothman defeated all but one of Big Body's teammates and faked a tie with the other just so Super Phoenix would get a match with Big Body himself.
** Canadianman and Specialman.Specialman get hit by this hard. Canadianman was beaten by Robin Mask in the 20th Choujin Olympics to establish how powerful Robin was while Specialman was eliminated thanks to Kinkotsuman's cheating. Then, they decide to enter the Dream Tag Team Tournament. Do they win? Nope. They didn't don't even get to ''enter''; wrestle a single match as Ashuraman and Sunshine beat the crap out of them and ''take away their entry spot''. It's no wonder why they become less active as fighters.
** Wolfman/Rikishiman. He often ends up Wolfman/Rikishiman gets hit by this even harder. Initially established as a serious threat to Kinnikuman representing Japan at the Choujin Olympics, he's quickly relegated to facing rather plain opponents in one-sided fights and often loses.fights... with him being on the losing end. As TheOtherWiki puts it, "He becomes the cannon fodder Seigi Choujin (quickly and easily defeated in order to show off how powerful the bad guys are)". Even in Nisei, Wolfman/Rikishiman can't catch a break. He, along with Buffaloman, Geronimo and Jesse Maivia gets utterly crushed by the Generation X team.team.
** Come the ThroneArc, there's Kinnikuman Big Body who's canonically established as the physically strongest of the Five Fated Princes. He gets curbstomped by Kinnikuman Super Phoenix just to establish the latter as Suguru's final opponent in the Throne Arc [[spoiler: and to show that he knows how to do the real Muscle Revenger]]. His wrestling team doesn't fare much better: Mammothman defeated all but one of Big Body's teammates and faked a tie with the other just so Super Phoenix would get a match with Big Body himself.



* WoundedGazelleGambit - The Manriki pretended to be dazed and prone after Warsman tore off his Scramble Vise, only to grab Kinnikuman at the first opportunity when his vise simply grew back.

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* WoundedGazelleGambit - The Manriki pretended to be dazed and prone after Warsman tore off his Scramble Vise, only to grab Kinnikuman at the first opportunity when his vise simply grew back.WoundedGazelleGambit:



* YankTheDogsChain - Happened a lot to Suguru back in his Monster fighting days. One time he gets hospitalized while saving Mari, Meat and a couple of schoolkids from a monster. While he ''does'' get some recognition in the newspaper, the kids visit the hospital to ''beat him up'' because he destroyed their schoolbus by accident while saving them, meaning that they now have to walk to school.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics - The explanation for the Napalm Stretch makes absolutely ''no'' sense whatsoever. Ironic in the fact that the one time they try to explain physics in this series, it completely fails.
** To elaborate: The technique involves dropping someone chest first onto the ground from a great height while the user pulls their opponent's arms back and hooks their legs together to prevent escape. Where it falls head-first into this trope is that [[VariableTerminalVelocity the amount of air resistance that occurs as they're falling is strong enough to carve the letter A to onto the victim's chest]]. Definitely powered by the RuleOfCool.
* YouHaveFailedMe -

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** In the Throne Arc, The Manriki pretended to be dazed and prone after Warsman tore off his Scramble Vise, only to grab Kinnikuman at the first opportunity when his vise simply grew back.
* YankTheDogsChain - Happened a lot to Suguru back in his Monster fighting days. One time he gets hospitalized while saving Mari, Meat and a couple of schoolkids from a monster. While he ''does'' get some recognition in the newspaper, the kids visit the hospital to ''beat him up'' because he destroyed their schoolbus school bus by accident while saving them, meaning that they now have to walk to school.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics - The explanation for the Napalm Stretch makes absolutely ''no'' sense whatsoever. Ironic in the fact that the one time they try to explain physics in this series, it completely fails.
** To elaborate: The technique involves dropping someone chest first onto the ground from a great height while the user pulls their opponent's arms back and hooks their legs together to prevent escape. Where it falls head-first into this trope is that [[VariableTerminalVelocity the amount of air resistance that occurs as they're falling is strong enough to carve the letter A to onto the victim's chest]]. Definitely powered by the RuleOfCool.
* YouHaveFailedMe -
YouHaveFailedMe:



** Perfect Choujin seem to have the policy that if you lose, you had better die in battle, or else you will be executed.



** Perfect Choujin seem to have the policy that if you lose, you had better die in battle, or else you will be executed.
19th Jan '17 12:22:10 PM Willbyr
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** The trope is inverted in regards to the Kinniku Buster. Put 'kinniku buster' in the search bar on Danbooru and just see how much pictures you get of anime characters doing the Kinniku Buster, ranging from characters from ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' to ''Miku Hatsune'' of {{Vocaloid}}. It's also quite common to see shoutouts to Muscle Docking.

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** The trope is inverted in regards to the Kinniku Buster. Put 'kinniku buster' in the search bar on Danbooru and just see how much pictures you get of anime characters doing the Kinniku Buster, ranging from characters from ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' to ''Miku Hatsune'' of {{Vocaloid}}.[[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Miku Hatsune]]. It's also quite common to see shoutouts to Muscle Docking.
30th Dec '16 10:13:08 PM nombretomado
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** During the current arc, [[spoiler:The Devil Choujin]] refer to [[spoiler: their master]] as [[DwayneJohnson "The Great One"]]

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** During the current arc, [[spoiler:The Devil Choujin]] refer to [[spoiler: their master]] as [[DwayneJohnson [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson "The Great One"]]
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