History Manga / TigerMask

20th Dec '16 2:10:47 AM Xtifr
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'''''Tiger Mask''''' is a Japanese manga series written by Ikki Kajiwara and illustrated by Naoki Tsuji. It was later adapted into an anime series by Creator/ToeiAnimation.

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'''''Tiger Mask''''' ''Tiger Mask'' is a Japanese manga series written by Ikki Kajiwara and illustrated by Naoki Tsuji. It was later adapted into an anime series by Creator/ToeiAnimation.
16th Oct '16 12:56:54 PM TendouMan
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'''''Tiger Mask''''' is a Japanese manga series written by Ikki Kajiwara and illustrated by Naoki Tsuji. It was later adapted into an anime series by Toei Animation.

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'''''Tiger Mask''''' is a Japanese manga series written by Ikki Kajiwara and illustrated by Naoki Tsuji. It was later adapted into an anime series by Toei Animation.
Creator/ToeiAnimation.
13th Oct '16 4:25:06 PM EDP
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** Surprisingly PlayedStraight by Great Zebra, AKA [[spoiler:Giant Baba]], who managed to hide his identity thanks to a costume that covered his whole body, a mask that altered his voice, and not using his signature move (that would have been a dead giveaway). Tiger Mask ultimately realizes his real identity, but that's because [[DamnYouMuscleMemory he nearly used his signature move by reflex]] and that got the Tiger's Cave pupil to think about how he acted and his height.
27th Dec '15 10:24:10 AM EDP
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* RealityEnsues: Early on, Tiger Mask wins Mr. X's tournament to declare the world champion among masked wrestlers. At first it's treated mostly as an afterthought, as only the JWA recognized it, but then he gained more fame and the NWA recognized it... And as a NWA champion he quickly got multiple challenges he could not refuse, first The Convict ''on the same day the NWA recognized him as champion'', and after that was dealt with he got ''seven at the same time''.
20th Nov '15 7:26:06 AM EDP
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* CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown: Horrifically {{Deconstructed}}: as mentioned by Naoto once, a past Tiger's Cave wrestler who didn't want to pay half his gains tried this but was quickly identified from his style, and Tiger's Cave wrestlers hit him only in his head until [[DrivenToSuicide he had himself ran over by a train to stop the noise he was hearing]].
** {{Averted}} during Tiger Mask's brief stint at FightClubbing: he didn't bother change masks, and later, under suggestion of New York's crime boss Rico Gold, [[RefugeInAudacity went wrestling at Tiger's Cave own underground fighting ring in Paris]], resulting in the staff laughing and getting him on the ring-at which point their own rules prevented him from unmasking him until he was defeated, thus stopping them from just gunning him down upon confirming his identity.


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* FightClubbing: Tiger's Cave maintains an underground fighting ring in Paris, and crime boss Rico Gold has another in New York.
11th Nov '15 2:36:23 PM Berrenta
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* UsefulNotes/KoreansInJapan: Not only Wrestling/{{Rikidozan}} (father of pro-wrestling in Japan, born somewhere in modern day North Korea as Kim Sin-rak) and Kintarō Ōki (born in Jeollanam-do, South Korea, as Kim Il) are shown, but Ōki's origins and real name are actually aknowledged, and he's depicted as one of the best wrestlers of the Japan Wrestling Association, second only to Baba and Inoki (and the later series Tiger Mask), and easily outsmarts the in-universe [[WorldsStrongestMan strongest and most experienced wrestler in history]].
** Also the Tiger Mask Imposter is Korean, orphaned and taken by Tiger's Cave during the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar.
9th Nov '15 10:28:08 AM Berrenta
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* NoKoreansInJapan: Averted: not only Wrestling/{{Rikidozan}} (father of pro-wrestling in Japan, born somewhere in modern day North Korea as Kim Sin-rak) and Kintarō Ōki (born in Jeollanam-do, South Korea, as Kim Il) are shown, but Ōki's origins and real name are actually aknowledged, and he's depicted as one of the best wrestlers of the Japan Wrestling Association, second only to Baba and Inoki (and the later series Tiger Mask), and easily outsmarts the in-universe [[WorldsStrongestMan strongest and most experienced wrestler in history]].

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* NoKoreansInJapan: Averted: not UsefulNotes/KoreansInJapan: Not only Wrestling/{{Rikidozan}} (father of pro-wrestling in Japan, born somewhere in modern day North Korea as Kim Sin-rak) and Kintarō Ōki (born in Jeollanam-do, South Korea, as Kim Il) are shown, but Ōki's origins and real name are actually aknowledged, and he's depicted as one of the best wrestlers of the Japan Wrestling Association, second only to Baba and Inoki (and the later series Tiger Mask), and easily outsmarts the in-universe [[WorldsStrongestMan strongest and most experienced wrestler in history]].
31st Oct '15 9:10:05 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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In the manga and anime, Tiger Mask was a feared heel wrestler in America who was extremely vicious in the ring. After returning to Japan Tiger Mask joined the Japanese League headed by [[Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling Giant Baba]] and Wrestling/AntonioInoki (also RealLife wrestlers) who were then on the verge of kicking him out for his use of villanous techniques. Tiger Mask (whose real name was Naoto Date) was raised in an orphanage and later joined Tiger's Cave (a criminal cartel whose main activity was to train young people to became Heel wrestlers) to became "Strong as a Tiger".

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In the manga and anime, Tiger Mask was a feared heel {{heel}} wrestler in America who was extremely vicious in the ring. After returning to Japan Tiger Mask joined the Japanese League headed by [[Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling Giant Baba]] and Wrestling/AntonioInoki (also RealLife wrestlers) who were then on the verge of kicking him out for his use of villanous villainous techniques. Tiger Mask (whose real name was Naoto Date) was raised in an orphanage and later joined Tiger's Cave (a criminal cartel whose main activity was to train young people to became Heel wrestlers) to became "Strong as a Tiger".



** Also, Miracle 3, is described as this by Mr. X: according to his manager, Miracle 3 could have revealed Tiger Mask every strength and weakness of the challengers for the NWA Maskmen World Championship as he had seen them fighting. There's some truth in this claim, as before Tiger Mask finally accepts his challenge we see him observing Tiger Mask fighting to try and find a way to counter the Fujiyama Tiger Breaker, then he claims he can do so... And when they finally fight, he actually does it.

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** Also, Miracle 3, is described as this by Mr. X: according to his manager, Miracle 3 could have revealed Tiger Mask every strength and weakness of the challengers for the NWA Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA Maskmen World Championship as he had seen them fighting. There's some truth in this claim, as before Tiger Mask finally accepts his challenge we see him observing Tiger Mask fighting to try and find a way to counter the Fujiyama Tiger Breaker, then he claims he can do so... And when they finally fight, he actually does it.



** Again from Miracle 3: at one point in his first bout for the NWA Maskmen World Championship with Tiger Mask (reigning champion), Miracle 3 complimented Tiger Mask for his ability, worth of the ''former'' Champion, speaking as if his victory was already decided. He then proceeded to defeat Tiger Mask.

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** Again from Miracle 3: at one point in his first bout for the NWA Maskmen World Championship with Tiger Mask (reigning champion), Miracle 3 complimented Tiger Mask for his ability, worth worthy of the ''former'' Champion, speaking as if his victory was already decided. He then proceeded to defeat Tiger Mask.



* BadassNormal: The ability to receive punishment of the wrestlers is above real life normal human levels. Pretty every wrestler is a BadassNormal since he can receive full force wrestling techniques (including falls from above) and survive. In the first episodes a wrestler (Black Python) kills a tiger bare handed breaking its neck.

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* BadassNormal: The ability to receive punishment of the wrestlers is above real life normal human levels. Pretty much every wrestler is a BadassNormal since he can receive full force wrestling techniques (including falls from above) and survive. In the first episodes a wrestler (Black Python) kills a tiger bare handed breaking its neck.



* BullyingTheDragon: Happens late in the manga, when, during the Fake Tiger Mask arc, Tiger Mask is thought to have returned an heel: when he goes to America to find the imposter and prove he's still a face fighting other wrestlers without fouls, American wrestlers attack him with fouls to get a first strike. Mr. K is initially lucky, as Tiger Mask doesn't reply in kind, but later he and another wrestler have a run-in with the imposter, [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown who shows them exactly]] ''[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown why]]'' [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown Tiger's Cave wrestlers are so feared]].

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* BullyingTheDragon: Happens late in the manga, when, during the Fake Tiger Mask arc, Tiger Mask is thought to have returned an heel: when he goes to America to find the imposter and prove he's still a face {{face}} fighting other wrestlers without fouls, American wrestlers attack him with fouls to get a first strike. Mr. K is initially lucky, as Tiger Mask doesn't reply in kind, but later he and another wrestler have a run-in with the imposter, [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown who shows them exactly]] ''[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown why]]'' [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown Tiger's Cave wrestlers are so feared]].



** According to El Sicodelico, being unable to do them right is the only reason he and his stronger brother Mil Mascaras are unable to defeat Dory Funk Jr. (then reigning NWA world champion), Verne Gagne (AWA champion) and Wrestling/PedroMorales (WWWF champion). Dory Funk Jr.'s apparition seems to confirm this in-universe, as when Tiger Mask fought him for the championship [[spoiler: and was on the verge of defeating him he punched the referee, losing by disqualification but keeping the belt.]]

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** According to El Sicodelico, being unable to do them right is the only reason he and his stronger brother Mil Mascaras are unable to defeat Dory Funk Jr. (then reigning NWA world champion), Verne Gagne (AWA (Wrestling/{{A|mericanWrestlingAssociation}}WA champion) and Wrestling/PedroMorales (WWWF (Wrestling/{{W|orldWrestlingFederation}}WWF champion). Dory Funk Jr.'s apparition seems to confirm this in-universe, as when Tiger Mask fought him for the championship [[spoiler: and was on the verge of defeating him he punched the referee, losing by disqualification but keeping the belt.]]


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* {{Expy}}: The motivation to save an orphanage through pro wrestling brings to mind Fray Tormenta.
3rd Aug '15 8:37:09 AM AlienPatch
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* NiceToTheWaiter: Tiger Mask is unfailingly polite with anyone who isn't the wrestler he currently fighting (or Mr. X).

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* NiceToTheWaiter: Tiger Mask is unfailingly polite with anyone who isn't the wrestler he he's currently fighting (or Mr. X).
15th May '15 9:39:20 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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Most people outside Japan, though, only know Tiger Mask as a real professional wrestler from a fad in TheEighties. While it only began as a homage and promotion to the fictional character, it grew into a popularity of its own, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff especially in the West]], due to the memorable Wrestling/DynamiteKid fights. Since then five wrestlers have adopted Tiger's identity: ''Wrestling/SatoruSayama'', ''Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa'', ''Koji Kanemoto'', ''Yoshihiro Yamazaki'' and ''Ikuhisa Minowa'', in that order.

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Most people outside Japan, though, only know Tiger Mask as a real professional wrestler from a fad in TheEighties. While it only began as a homage and promotion to the fictional character, it grew into a popularity of its own, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff especially in the West]], due to the memorable Wrestling/DynamiteKid fights. Since then five wrestlers have adopted Tiger's identity: ''Wrestling/SatoruSayama'', ''Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa'', ''Koji Kanemoto'', ''Yoshihiro Yamazaki'' and ''Ikuhisa Minowa'', in that order.
order.(before them there was also Samson Kutsuwada in Korea but that didn't spawn a continuous legacy)
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