History Manga / Kinnikuman

25th May '16 5:34:46 AM starofjusticev21
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** 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.

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** 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.other just so Super Phoenix would get a match with Big Body himself.
18th Apr '16 11:17:55 AM Willbyr
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...Well, until 'Anime/KinnikumanNisei'' that is.

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...Well, until 'Anime/KinnikumanNisei'' ''Anime/UltimateMuscle'' that is.is.



* BabiesEverAfter - Basically the entire premise of KinnikumanNisei.

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



** Even the Swastikas end up phased out by the Throne arc, and his history as a Nazi is all but unspoken of by KinnikumanNisei

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** Even the Swastikas end up phased out by the Throne arc, and his history as a Nazi is all but unspoken of by KinnikumanNisei''Anime/UltimateMuscle''.



* NoSwastikas - Notably Averted. Nazi wrestler Brockenman, who was a straight up heel; as well as his ''face'' son, Brocken Jr. both have swastikas prominently displayed on their attire. They had started editing out the swastikas as early as the Throne arc anime, where it was replaced with a bird crest, and by the time KinnikumanNisei comes around it's been changed to a skull and crossbones.

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* NoSwastikas - Notably Averted. Nazi wrestler Brockenman, who was a straight up heel; as well as his ''face'' son, Brocken Jr. both have swastikas prominently displayed on their attire. They had started editing out the swastikas as early as the Throne arc anime, where it was replaced with a bird crest, and by the time KinnikumanNisei comes ''Anime/UltimateMuscle''comes around it's been changed to a skull and crossbones.



* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler: In the Golden Mask arc, the Devil Chojin are decapitated by the higher ranked Devil Knights (the new villians) for failing to kill Kinnikuman.]]

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* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the Golden Mask arc, the Devil Chojin are decapitated by the higher ranked Devil Knights (the new villians) for failing to kill Kinnikuman.]]
20th Mar '16 4:54:29 PM R.G.
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* MerchandiseDriven - those fondly-remembered little pink figurines, known in the US as M.U.S.C.L.E.

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* MerchandiseDriven - those fondly-remembered little pink figurines, known in the US as M.U.S.C.L.E. [[note]] Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere. Kinnikuman became [[DubNameChange Muscleman]] leader of the Thug Busters (the good guys) and Buffaloman became Terri-bull, leader of the Cosmic Crunchers (the bad guys).[[/note]]
6th Mar '16 2:49:05 PM NoChorus
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* DefeatMeansFriendship - Nearly all of the story's major cast members start out as enemies or at least as rivals. The only ones who don't get "befriended" in this series are either one-shot villains or incarnations of TheDevil himself.
** Probably the biggest example of how much this is used is the fact that at one point ''[[LoveInterest Bibinba]]'' was an enemy of Kinnikuman.

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* DefeatMeansFriendship - Nearly all of the story's major cast members start out as enemies or at least as rivals. The only ones who don't get "befriended" in this series are either one-shot villains or incarnations of TheDevil himself. \n** Probably The only Idol Choujin who was ''never'' adversarial towards Kinnikuman or any of the biggest example of how much this ''other'' Idol Choujin is used is the fact that at one point ''[[LoveInterest Bibinba]]'' was an enemy of Kinnikuman.Geronimo. That's literally it.



** The only Idol Choujin who was ''never'' adversarial towards Kinnikuman or any of the ''other'' Idol Choujin is Geronimo. That's literally it.



* {{Determinator}} - Kinnikuman. This is largely what gets him through every single fight he's involved in, and a big part of the reason that [[DefeatMeansFriendship even supervillains come to respect him]].

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* {{Determinator}} - -
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Kinnikuman. This is largely what gets him through every single fight he's involved in, and a big part of the reason that [[DefeatMeansFriendship even supervillains come to respect him]]. One of his character themes have "NEVER GIVE UP" as the first sung lyrics, afterall.



** Well, one of Suguru's character themes have "NEVER GIVE UP" as the first sung lyrics.



** This may be somewhat of a subversion however, since Kin's female counterpart is just kinda spacey and not really a complete idiot like he is.



* DrivenByEnvy - Kinnkuman Super Phoenix, ''and how''.



* EarlyBirdCameo - an odd, real life version for the world of manga: At the beginning of a volume, Yudetamago would show all the fan-made Choujin they received from readers. One of them was called Pandaman and was actually used in a chapter. The creator of that fan art? [[OnePiece Eiichiro Oda]]. Whoa.
** In the first chapters of the anime there's also a small reference: At one point, he'd be reading manga, more specifically his encounter with Stecasse King, which happens several chapters later.
* EasilyForgiven - Robin Mask. It's amazing how easy everyone forgave him despite the fact he tried to kill Kinnikuman '''three''' times. One of his attempts was ''training a choujin just to kill Kinnikuman'', for crying out loud!

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* EarlyBirdCameo - an odd, real life version for the world of manga: At the beginning of a volume, Yudetamago would show all the fan-made Choujin they received from readers. One of them was called Pandaman and was actually used in a chapter. The creator of that fan art? [[OnePiece Eiichiro Oda]]. Whoa.
** In the first chapters of the anime there's also a small reference:
At one point, he'd be point in the anime, Kinnikuman was reading the manga, more specifically his encounter with Stecasse King, which King that happens several chapters later.
* EasilyForgiven - Robin Mask. It's amazing how easy everyone forgave him despite the fact he tried to kill Kinnikuman '''three''' times. One of his attempts was ''training a choujin just to kill Kinnikuman'', for crying out loud!
later.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Well, this is a series known for [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face Turns]] happening often, after all.
** Warsman was ruthless, but even he thought that Mr. Barracuda was a monster. He [[spoiler: And his real identity]] is the one person who scares the crap out of Warsman.
** Happens again when Neptuneman announced his plans to remove all of the masks of any defeated masked Choujin. Not even the ''Devil Choujin'' are happy with this.
--->'''Ashuraman''': ''"Even if we Devil Choujin hate our opponent, we'd still never touch their mask!"''
*** Keep in mind that as evil as the Perfect Choujin were, they still had a rule: to never use a weapon that wasn't part of their body. [[spoiler: Particularly important because it leads to Neptuneman making a HeelFaceTurn when the Neptune King, alias Big the Budo, breaks that rule in their fight against Kinnikuman and Terryman.]] Also, they would never think to show their back to an opponent.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Well, this is a series known for [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face Turns]] happening often, after all.
** Warsman was ruthless, but even he thought that Mr. Barracuda was a monster. He [[spoiler: And his real identity]] is the one person who scares the crap out of Warsman.
** Happens again when Neptuneman announced his plans to remove all of the masks of any defeated masked Choujin. Not even the ''Devil Choujin'' are happy with this.
--->'''Ashuraman''': ''"Even if we Devil Choujin hate our opponent, we'd still never touch their mask!"''
*** Keep in mind that as evil as the Perfect Choujin were, they still had a rule: to never use a weapon that wasn't part of their body. [[spoiler: Particularly important because it leads to Neptuneman making a HeelFaceTurn when the Neptune King, alias Big the Budo, breaks that rule in their fight against
When Kinnikuman and Terryman.]] Also, they would never think isn't beating opponents into [[DefeatMeansFriendship joining his side]], this is what usually happens to show their back to an opponent.signal his enemies changing sides.



** Ashuraman embodied this trope before his eventual HeelFaceTurn: he was pretty damn evil, but he had strong morals for a prince of the underworld.
* {{Evil Counterpart}} - Kinkotsuman to Kinnikuman. In name, Kinkotsuman means Tendonman, and Kinnikuman means Muscleman. In appearance, Kinnikuman is a muscular man, and Kinkotsuman is some sort of thin skeleton guy. As far as incompetence goes he matches Kinnikuman fairly well. Unlike his enemy Kinkotsuman couldn't find a more fitting profession and therefore became less prominent when {{Cerebus Syndrome}} kicked in.

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** Ashuraman embodied 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.]]
** An extreme version of
this trope before happens when Neptuneman announces his eventual HeelFaceTurn: he was pretty damn evil, but he had strong morals for a prince plans to remove all of the underworld.
masks of any defeated masked Choujin. Even the ''Devil Choujin'' are appalled by this.
--->'''Ashuraman''': ''"Even if we Devil Choujin hate our opponent, we'd still never touch their mask!"''
** 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.]].
* {{Evil Counterpart}} - -
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Kinkotsuman to Kinnikuman. In name, Kinkotsuman means Tendonman, and Kinnikuman means Muscleman. In appearance, Kinnikuman is a muscular man, and Kinkotsuman is some sort of thin skeleton guy. As far as incompetence goes he matches Kinnikuman fairly well. Unlike his enemy Kinkotsuman couldn't find a more fitting profession and therefore became less prominent when {{Cerebus Syndrome}} kicked in.



* EvilLaugh - [[strike:Some]] Most of the enemies have this.
** And each enemy's laugh is different.

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* EvilLaugh - [[strike:Some]] - Most of the enemies have this.
** And
this, and each enemy's laugh is different.



** TheFaceless: Consequently considering the above, their actual faces are never seen in full, excluding [[spoiler: Robin Mask (anime only)]] and Warsman (who has [[BodyHorror a very good reason]] for wearing that mask).
*** Taken to the extreme with "heel" wrestler Black Hole and his "face" cousin, Pentagon, who ''literally do not have faces''; Black Hole has a giant hole where his face should be and Pentagon just has a star on his face. And yes, Kinnikuman lampshades it when the both of them insult him in the Dream Choujin Tag Team Arc.
--->'''Kinnikuman:''' It's just too bad that neither of you have a face to cry with!



** In the 21st Choujin Olympics this trope is turned UpToEleven in the final. The match rules stated that whoever's mask was removed and his real face was revealed would be the loser. [[spoiler: However, the rules didn't say that you weren't allowed to wear multiple masks.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Done by a person in a vegetative state, of all people, after Kinnikuman beats Warsman in the final of 21st Choujin Olympics.

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** In the 21st Choujin Olympics this trope is turned UpToEleven in the final. The match rules stated that whoever's mask was removed and his real face was revealed would be the loser. [[spoiler: However, the rules didn't say that you weren't allowed to wear multiple masks.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Done by a person To the series' eventual shift in a vegetative state, of all people, genres after Kinnikuman beats Warsman in the final of 21st Choujin Olympics.



* ForgottenPhlebotinum - The fact that Kinnikuman and the other Justice Chojin can grow into giants is forgotten after the shift to wrestling storylines. Also, their ability to fly is gradually forgotten... until 2012, where [[spoiler: Robin Mask, Ramenman, Warsman and Brocken Jr. fly towards the pyramid to face Nemesis' team, taking injured Kinnikuman and Terryman with them]].
* FunetikAksent - In early chapters of the manga, Kinnikuman's speech was mostly written as katagoto (using mainly katakana) to represent his lack of sophistication and intelligence.
* GarbageWrestler - Quite a few Choujin, including many heroic ones, will use weapons in the ring. The rules HandWave it by saying it's allowed as long as the weapon is part of a Choujin's body.
** Junkman would be the most literal example.
* GenderBlenderName - Suguru's father is named Mayumi, which is usually a name for girls. Harabote isn't all above hanging lampshades on that fact, calling him ''Mayumi-chan'' whenever he's mocking him.
* GeniusBruiser - Robin Mask, who's nicknamed "The Choujin Professor" because of this.
** Team Super Phoenix has this as their motif in the Throne Arc, including Mammothman - don't let the guy's tendency to [[LeeroyJenkins charge recklessly at his opponent]] fool you, he's been pretty clever in the Throne Arc, such as in the match against Team Soldier, [[spoiler: he found a way to counter the Napalm Stretch]]

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* ForgottenPhlebotinum - The fact that Kinnikuman and the other Justice Chojin can grow into giants is forgotten after the shift to wrestling storylines. Also, their ability to fly is gradually forgotten... until 2012, where [[spoiler: Robin Mask, Ramenman, Warsman and Brocken Jr. fly towards the pyramid to face Nemesis' team, taking an injured Kinnikuman and Terryman with them]].
* FunetikAksent - In early chapters of the manga, Kinnikuman's speech was mostly written as katagoto (using mainly katakana) to represent highliught his lack of sophistication and intelligence.
* GarbageWrestler - Quite a few Choujin, including many heroic ones, will use weapons in the ring. The rules HandWave it by saying it's allowed as long as the weapon is part of a Choujin's body.
** Junkman would be the most
body. It's taken to a literal example.
* GenderBlenderName - Suguru's father is named Mayumi, which is usually a name for girls. Harabote isn't all above hanging lampshades on that fact, calling him ''Mayumi-chan'' whenever he's mocking him.
* GeniusBruiser - Robin Mask,
degree with Junkman, who's nicknamed "The Choujin Professor" because made of this.
** Team Super Phoenix
garbage and has this as their motif in the Throne Arc, including Mammothman - don't let the guy's tendency to [[LeeroyJenkins charge recklessly at his opponent]] fool you, he's been pretty clever in the Throne Arc, such as in the match against Team Soldier, [[spoiler: he found a way to counter the Napalm Stretch]]trash compactor spikes for hands.



* GlassCannon - Prisman is a literal example. His only attack was an attack that could kill ''all'' Choujin (Even Super Phoenix admits that Prisman could kill him with it). However, being a literal example of this trope, you can probably see his weakness.
* GoodScarsEvilScars - In the Seven Devils arc, Buffaloman's scars are one the weirdest plays of this trope, if not the weirdest. Thanks to his DealWithTheDevil, every time he's defeated an enemy he gains a scar, which is weird enough, but the weirdest part is that they are ''living'' scars, which he can place on his enemies, which usually result in [[HighPressureBlood one thing]] happening to the victim.



* HarmlessVillain - Kin's rival from his superhero days is Kinkotsuman, who generally fails to be much of a threat at all.



* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor - Up until the end of the 21st Choujin Olympics, Robin swings back and forth between respecting Kinnikuman and wanting him dead.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard - Jessie Mavia, after Kinnikuman gets him to go on the offensive.
** Stecasse King, when he uses an outdated copy of a tape of Kinnikuman's moves in order to copy the moves of the cowardly yet heroic Kinnikuman and only copies the "cowardly" part of him [[spoiler: and later on when he fights Turboman with Warsman's tape, allowing him to overcharge SteCasse and making him lose control of his moves.]]
** When Planetman bursts through the bottom of the ring against his match against Kinnikuman, this ultimately ends up being used to defeat him.
** [[spoiler: Mister Khamen after using the Mummy Package on Crushman, realizing he doesn't have bodily fluids but bolts and other mechanical components.]]
** Robin Mask suggested his Olympic final with Kinnikuman have three-count pinfalls like standard wrestling (since Kin lacked a FinishingMove at the time). Guess how Robin loses.
* HollywoodCyborg - Warsman.
* HotBlooded - Just about every member of the Idol Choujin.
* HotScoop - Natsuko Shouno, Terryman's redheaded and tomboyish love interest.
* HumanoidAbomination: Black Hole
* TheHyena - Kinkotsuman, especially in the anime.
--> ''Mu-hyo-hyo-hyo-hyo!~''
* HypercompetentSidekick: Meat, who in the beginning was even ''better'' at being a superhero than Kinnikuman ever was!
* {{Hypocrite}} - The Perfect Choujin state that to be one, you're supposed to be neither good or evil and lack any sort of emotion. Kendaman was a snickering, arrogant bastard, Neptuneman was a [[LargeHam hammy]], dog-kicking BloodKnight and Big The Budo[=/=][[spoiler:Neptune King]] was just like Neptuneman. The only Perfect Choujin that exemplifies what a Perfect Choujin is was Screw Kid, and he too [[VillainousBreakdown shows]] [[NotSoStoic some emotion]] when he loses, since "losing a match" is synonymous with "death penalty" to the Perfect Choujin.
** Even further, [[GoodOldFisticuffs their own code of honor forbids the use of weapons]], yet Kendaman, Screw Kid, and Big The Budo[=/=][[spoiler:Neptune King]] resort to using shards of glass and the ring post on their opponents when they start losing.
** In the 2012 series, the worst hypocrite of all is [[spoiler:Grim Reaper who revealed himself as Psychoman, the Perfect Tenth of the Perfect Origin and perhaps the rest of them. When Buffaloman called him out that as Perfect Choujin, he should have go under the rule of defeat as suicide especially since he technically lost as Grim Reaper before fading away to teleport it turns out. Psychoman responded that he and the Perfect Origin are exempt from the rule which only applies to normal Perfect Choujin. Why? It's because the Perfect Origin ''already attained perfection''!]]
* IdiotHero - The title character, Kinnikuman.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard - Jessie Mavia, after Kinnikuman gets him to go on the offensive.
** Stecasse King, when he uses an outdated copy of a tape of Kinnikuman's moves in order to copy the moves of the cowardly yet heroic Kinnikuman and only copies the "cowardly" part of him [[spoiler: and later on when he fights Turboman with Warsman's tape, allowing him to overcharge SteCasse and making him lose control of his moves.]]
** When Planetman bursts through the bottom of the ring against his match against Kinnikuman, this ultimately ends up being used to defeat him.
** [[spoiler: Mister Khamen after using the Mummy Package on Crushman, realizing he doesn't have bodily fluids but bolts and other mechanical components.]]
** Robin Mask suggested his Olympic final with Kinnikuman have three-count pinfalls like standard wrestling (since Kin lacked a FinishingMove at the time). Guess how Robin loses.
* HollywoodCyborg - Warsman.
* HotBlooded - Just about every member of the Idol Choujin.
* HotScoop - Natsuko Shouno, Terryman's redheaded and tomboyish love interest.
* HumanoidAbomination: Black Hole
* TheHyena - Kinkotsuman, especially in the anime.
--> ''Mu-hyo-hyo-hyo-hyo!~''
* HypercompetentSidekick: Meat, who in the beginning was even ''better'' at being a superhero than Kinnikuman ever was!
* {{Hypocrite}} - The Perfect Choujin state that to be one, you're supposed to be neither good or evil and lack any sort of emotion. Kendaman was a snickering, arrogant bastard, Neptuneman was a [[LargeHam hammy]], dog-kicking BloodKnight and Big The Budo[=/=][[spoiler:Neptune King]] was just like Neptuneman. The only Perfect Choujin that exemplifies what a Perfect Choujin is was Screw Kid, and he too [[VillainousBreakdown shows]] [[NotSoStoic some emotion]] when he loses, since "losing a match" is synonymous with "death penalty" to the Perfect Choujin.
** Even further, [[GoodOldFisticuffs their own code of honor forbids the use of weapons]], yet Kendaman, Screw Kid, and Big The Budo[=/=][[spoiler:Neptune King]] resort to using shards of glass and the ring post on their opponents when they start losing.
** In the 2012 series, the worst hypocrite of all is [[spoiler:Grim Reaper who revealed himself as Psychoman, the Perfect Tenth of the Perfect Origin and perhaps the rest of them. When Buffaloman called him out that as Perfect Choujin, he should have go under the rule of defeat as suicide especially since he technically lost as Grim Reaper before fading away to teleport it turns out. Psychoman responded that he and the Perfect Origin are exempt from the rule which only applies to normal Perfect Choujin. Why? It's because the Perfect Origin ''already attained perfection''!]]
* IdiotHero - The title character, Kinnikuman.Guess.



* IncrediblyLamePun - Kinnikuman did it often, even ''after'' the series underwent CerebusSyndrome.



** Heck, the first time they actually did something harmful to the heroes (Kinkotsuman shot Terryman in the leg) was completely by accident, because he was aiming for Kinnikuman.
*** The fact that Kinkotsuman was shooting to ''kill'' doesn't really make it any better.
* IShallTauntYou - How Kinnikuman gets Jessie Mavia to open himself up to defeat.
* JapanesePronouns - Pretty much every Choujin uses ''ore'', the only exceptions being Geronimo (''ora''), Kinnikuman Great I/Prince Kamehame, Robin Mask and Neptuneman (''watashi''), Meat (''boku'') and Terryman (''mii'')

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** Heck, the first time they actually did something harmful to the heroes (Kinkotsuman shot Terryman in the leg) was completely by accident, because he was aiming for Kinnikuman.
***
Kinnikuman. The fact that Kinkotsuman was shooting to ''kill'' doesn't really make it any better.
* IShallTauntYou - How Kinnikuman gets Jessie Mavia to open himself up to defeat.
* JapanesePronouns - Pretty much every Choujin uses ''ore'', the only exceptions being Geronimo (''ora''), Kinnikuman Great I/Prince Kamehame, Robin Mask and Neptuneman (''watashi''), Meat (''boku'') and Terryman (''mii'')
better.



--->'''Mariposa:''' ''What are you doing...?''



* LightIsNotGood - Sunshine. He's a Devil Choujin.



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



** 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 or possibly even a BiggerBad of the 21st Choujin Olympics.]]

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** 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 or possibly even a BiggerBad of the 21st Choujin Olympics.]]



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone - Robin Mask invokes this trope during a fight in which he thinks he's accidentally killed Kinnikuman, who in actuality [[NotQuiteDead wasn't quite dead]].



* NiceGuy - Played straight with Terryman, but then it's deconstructed in the Dream Tag Choujin arc when he believes that this aspect of his character is actually a weakness and tries to get rid of this aspect.
* NiceGirl - Mari Nikaido, to a degree. She can also be argued to be a Type B {{Tsundere}}.
* NighInvulnerability - Akuma Shogun, who uses at least seven out of the nine forms of the trope in the fight with Kinnikuman.



* NobleDemon - Samson Teacher, Ashuraman's trainer and later Satan Cross, saves Meat from drowning in his own "Makai no Numa" (Hell Swamp).
** In a more literal example, Ashuraman himself--both in the sense that he is a demon prince (he calls himself the Prince of the Akuma Choujin, comparing himself to Suguru, the Prince of the Seigi Choujin)
** Surprisingly Kinnikuman Super Phoenix who actually made a truce with Suguru to save Bibinba by stalling the 20 out-of-ring count.
** [[spoiler: The Seven Devil Choujin in the current arc, fighting the Perfect Large Numbers while the Idol Choujin recovered from the Throne Arc.]]



* NoSwastikas - Notably Averted. Nazi wrestler Brockenman, who was a straight up heel; as well as his ''face'' son, Brocken Jr. both have swastikas prominently displayed on their attire.
** ''Ultimate Muscle'' replaced Brocken's swastikas with skulls and crossbones. Although I'm not sure if this was the dub only or both both dub and sub.
** They had started editing out the swastikas as early as the Throne arc anime, where it was replaced with a bird crest.

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* NoSwastikas - Notably Averted. Nazi wrestler Brockenman, who was a straight up heel; as well as his ''face'' son, Brocken Jr. both have swastikas prominently displayed on their attire.
** ''Ultimate Muscle'' replaced Brocken's swastikas with skulls and crossbones. Although I'm not sure if this was the dub only or both both dub and sub.
**
attire. They had started editing out the swastikas as early as the Throne arc anime, where it was replaced with a bird crest.crest, and by the time KinnikumanNisei comes around it's been changed to a skull and crossbones.



* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler: In the Golden Mask arc, Buffaloman and the six Devil Chojin are decapitated by the higher ranked Devil Knights (the new villians) for failing to kill Kinnikuman.]]

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* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler: In the Golden Mask arc, Buffaloman and the six Devil Chojin are decapitated by the higher ranked Devil Knights (the new villians) for failing to kill Kinnikuman.]]



* PetTheDog: Warsman gets a ''lot'' of moments like this in the 21st Chojin Olympics, mainly due to Bibinba's support. However, he can't escape his reputation as a monstrous heel easily; He actually went a little nuts after a child he had tried to help up violently rejected him.
** Another example of this is Ramenman in the 20th Chojin Olympics. A young boy walks up to him asking him for his autograph. Ramenman seemingly responds by angrily snatching the book away... and calmly giving him the autograph.



* PowerCopying - Warsman's fight against Buffaloman has a great one. First, you hardly ever see a secondary protagonist do it. It's either the goodest good guy or the most diabolical villain pulling this stunt. Furthermore, it's quite rare when the main character gets a power [[MegaManning PowerCopying]] by a fellow good guy. Even weirder, PowerCopying hardly EVER fails. However, Warsman heroically comes to an understanding of Kinnikuman's Burning Inner Strength and refines his techniques to temporarily increase his PowerLevel by severalfold. He is ultimately not victorious. This situation is more PowerCopying than AwesomeByAnalysis because Warsman has previously fought Kinnikuman.
** Given that the 12,000,000 power Double Screw Driver actually managed to slice through solid bone, it would have likely won the match if it had been a direct hit.
** Also, Stecasse King and his Choujin Encyclopedia tapes allow him to copy the moves and style of any wrestler he chooses. This proves to be his downfall [[spoiler: twice]] when he uses an outdated Kinnikuman tape and is left a wimpering, unskilled coward [[spoiler: And when he uses Warsman's tape, allowing Turboman to overcharge him.]]
** Kinnikuman Soldier also made a point of using his teammates' signature techniques in his fight with Kinnikuman Super Phoenix.
** Peek-A-Boo is a Perfect Choujin introducing in the latest arc of the manga, whose power is to learn techniques incredibly quickly (and how to counter them). [[spoiler: However, he loses to Kinnikuman because he didn't learn how to counter basic moves.]]



* TheResenter - In the Scramble For The Throne arc, Super Phoenix is this, bitter that a buffoon like Suguru has so much wealth and fame, while he grew up in poverty and obscurity.



* SatelliteLoveInterest - Mari Nikaido, in the anime. In KinnikumanNisei, however, she reappears as [[spoiler: the adoptive mother of Mantarou's love interest, Rinko]]



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere - Done ''many'' times by Kinnikuman, but the worst one was in the Golden Mask arc. After the Devil Knights tell him that he must defeat them to get back the Gold Mask (which was draining all of the energy of the Seigi Choujin), Kinnikuman ''throws away'' the Silver Mask, which must be reunited with the Gold Mask.

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere - Done ''many'' many times by Kinnikuman, but the worst one was in the Golden Mask arc. After the Devil Knights tell him that he must defeat them to get back the Gold Mask (which was draining all of the energy of the Seigi Choujin), Kinnikuman ''throws away'' the Silver Mask, which must be reunited with the Gold Mask.



* ShoutOut - Kinnikuman's given name, Suguru, is a reference to baseball player Suguru Egawa.

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Kinnikuman's given name, Suguru, is a reference to baseball player Suguru Egawa.



**** 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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**** *** Even Zangief gets in on the action with his second Ultra, Siberian Blizzard. It's a spinning Kinniku Driver (because EverythingsBetterWithSpinning)



* SlasherSmile - Warsman. Oh dear Lord, ''Warsman''. The other characters in the series even call it the "Warsman Smile" and talk about how it's creepy as hell. Thankfully, he stops doing it when he has his HeelFaceTurn, or at least until [[spoiler:he's revived in the Throne arc and he fights The Vice]]

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* SlasherSmile - Warsman. Oh dear Lord, ''Warsman''. The other characters in the series even call it the "Warsman Smile" and talk about how it's creepy as hell. Thankfully, he stops doing it when he has his HeelFaceTurn, or at least until [[spoiler:he's revived in the Throne arc and he fights The Vice]]Vice]].



** Then it goes up in the 2012 manga series with the Perfect Large Numbers who are consisted of Perfect Chojin who are sent by the Perfect Origin, the ''original'' Perfect Chojin who Goldman and Silverman were originally part of!
* SympathyForTheDevil - Costs Robin Mask dearly when he faces Kinnikuman Mariposa.
** It's hard not to feel sympathy for the other contenders in the Throne arc when you learn that they weren't exactly living the high-life before they were given power by the Evil Choujin Gods.
* TakingYouWithMe - The Mountain tries this to Terryman but the latter survived [[spoiler: And seven years later, to Strong The Budo]], Sneagator does this to Suguru and succeeded but the latter got better thanks to Wolfman's HeroicSacrifice.

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** Then it goes up in the 2012 manga series with the Perfect Large Numbers who are consisted of Perfect Chojin who are sent by the Perfect Origin, the ''original'' Perfect Chojin who Goldman and Silverman were originally part of!
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* SympathyForTheDevil - Costs Nearly costs Robin Mask dearly when he faces Kinnikuman Mariposa.
** It's hard not to feel sympathy for the other contenders in the Throne arc when you learn that they weren't exactly living the high-life before they were given power by the Evil Choujin Gods.
* TakingYouWithMe - The Devil Choujin's motto. Several of their members have shown that they're willing to enact upon it.
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Mountain tries does this to in every appearance he's been in: In his match against Terryman in the Devil Choujin arc, he attempts to drag down Terryman with him before falling into the abyss below the ring but the latter survived fails.[[spoiler: And seven Seven years later, he does this to Strong The Budo]], Budo]].
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Sneagator does this to Suguru and succeeded Kinnikuman as a built-in response to being killed but the latter got Kinnikuman gets better thanks to Wolfman's HeroicSacrifice.



* ThisIsADrill: For Screw Kid, drilling into his enemy is his entire "thing" - his Hell Driver maneuver with Kendaman is insanely deadly. Motorman has a drill for a ''head'' but specializes in ShockAndAwe primarily.

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* ThisIsADrill: ThisIsADrill:
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For Screw Kid, drilling into his enemy is his entire "thing" - his Hell Driver maneuver with Kendaman is insanely deadly. Motorman has a drill for a ''head'' but specializes in ShockAndAwe primarily.



* TohokuRegionalAccent - Geronimo



* UngratefulBastard: Harabote and humanity in general, showing no respect for the actual champions like Kinnikuman or great fighters when they lose, you'd wonder why no evil choujin made this argument against the Justice Choujin



* UnskilledButStrong - Being only the first half of this trope was the reason Buffaloman made his DealWithTheDevil to get the second half.
** Canadianman counts, seeing as he was able to lift the ''stadium'' he and Robin Mask were fighting in.
* UnwittingPawn - Super Phoenix to the Evil Choujin Gods.



* WeakButSkilled: Terryman.
** Brocken Jr. isn't exactly strong either. In a WhatCouldHaveBeen match between him and Warsman, they said Brocken could only hope for a ''draw''.
* WeaksauceWeakness - In the superhero portion of the series, Kinnikuman's weakness was ''milk''.
* WhatTheHellHero - Kinnikuman gets called out on his cowardly behavior often throughout the manga (even moreso in his superhero days), but most notable is in the Golden Mask arc, where Kinnikuman's cowardice causes him to do some rather questionable things, the worst one being when he actually considered ''handing over the Silver Mask to Akuma Shogun''. It doesn't really help that Wolfman/Rikishiman and Geronimo ''[[HeroicSacrifice gave up their lives]]'' to prevent such a thing from happening. This display of cowardice manages to cause everyone to leave him behind on their way to Akuma Shogun's lair, and anger ''Robin Mask'', of all people, to the point where he '''punches out''' Kinnikuman. Fortunately, Kinnikuman has a change of heart.
** Kinnikuman himself calls out the audience at the Choujin Olympics ''twice'': In the 20th Choujin Olympics, it was for insulting Robin Mask for losing to Kinnikuman, [[DoubleStandard despite the fact that there was one point where it looked like Robin Mask won the match by killing Kinnikuman and they were absolutely horrified]] and in the 21st Choujin Olympics it was for when they urge him to drop Warsman head-first on his own bear claw (which would pierce his ''brain''), justifying it with the fact that Warsman was, at that point, nothing more than a killer and that [[spoiler: Warsman had critically injured Ramenman using those claws]], which in response, Kinnikuman states that doing such a thing wouldn't make him any better.



** 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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** 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)".
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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.



* YouFailPhysicsForever - [[strike:Possibly]]More than likely, TheyJustDidntCare, but 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.

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* YouFailPhysicsForever ArtisticLicensePhysics - [[strike:Possibly]]More More than likely, TheyJustDidntCare, but 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.



* YouHaveFailedMe - Devil Choujin seem to have this policy. It's also used when [[spoiler: the five evil Choujin gods wish to kill Super Phoenix for losing to Kinnikuman.]]

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* YouHaveFailedMe - -
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Devil Choujin seem to have this policy. policy.
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It's also used when [[spoiler: the five evil Choujin gods wish to kill Super Phoenix for losing to Kinnikuman.]]
23rd Nov '15 5:38:27 PM kkhohoho
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* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: To the umpteenth degree, and crosses over with AssPull. It seems that during nearly every other match, someone summons up some new powers out of their arse to turn the tide with no real build-up whatsover, and chances are you aren't going to see that power again too often after it's run its' course.
12th Nov '15 10:14:24 AM Willbyr
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** The DistaffCounterpart manga Kinnikuman Lady seems to be a shoutout to DevilmanLady, at least in name.

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** The DistaffCounterpart manga Kinnikuman Lady seems to be a shoutout to DevilmanLady, Manga/DevilmanLady, at least in name.
23rd Oct '15 12:33:34 PM nduns
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* 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 they 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.

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* 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 they 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.
23rd Oct '15 12:32:30 PM nduns
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* 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 they 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.


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* EyesAlwaysShut - Ramenman is rarely ever seen with his eyes open. In fact, the only time we actually see his eyes is when the anime gives us a close-up of his face during a dramatic moment. The only other time we saw so much as one eye open was when Kinnikuman forced it open while posing as a nurse.
22nd May '15 9:08:54 AM Krendall
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[[caption-width-right:216:Kinnikuman, Kinkotsuman, Robin Mask, Meat, Ramenman and Terryman]]

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[[caption-width-right:216:Kinnikuman, [[caption-width-right:216:Front Row: Terryman, Kinnikuman, Meat\\
Back Row: Ramenman,
Kinkotsuman, Robin Mask, Meat, Ramenman and Terryman]]
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14th Apr '15 9:44:32 PM Anicomicgeek
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...Well, until ''KinnikumanNisei'' that is.

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...Well, until ''KinnikumanNisei'' 'Anime/KinnikumanNisei'' that is.
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