History YMMV / KamenRiderKuuga

1st Aug '17 11:00:16 PM RoarkTenjouin
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** Crosses over with CrowningMomentOfAwesome, Kuuga's battle against the Porcupine Gurongi - it's VERY unnerving to see the normally nice Godai so angry.
5th Jul '17 12:35:29 AM n3xus
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** [[BigBad N-Daguva-Zeba]] is the lord of the Gurongi and the Ur-CM of the Heisei era. An AxCrazy BloodKnight who [[TheSocialDarwinist absolutely despises the lowly and weak]], Daguva doesn’t care about any human or Gurongi lives, and is willing to use any means necessary to make humanity as violent and hateful as he. Upon being reawaked from Kuuga’s sarcophagus, he releases the 200 Gurongi and murders the archaeologists, thereby kicking off the series. After his escape, he restarts the Gegeru and kills 152 of his own kind in Nagano. He then reveals himself to the public by killing [[spoiler:Zu-Gooma-Gu]] for using his armor before resurfacing under the guise of a [[LightIsNotGood white-suited]] [[TeensAreMonsters teenager with an aura]] as he unleashes heavy rain in Japan. After Yusuke Godai (Kamen Rider Kuuga) defeats [[spoiler:Gadoru]], Daguva ambushes Kuuga, [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown mercilessly beats him up]], and incinerates numerous people in his wake as he leaves Yusuke behind. [[spoiler:After continuing his systematic genocide, he meets Yusuke in Mount Kuro where they have their final fight. There, Daguva finally dies, [[EvilLaugh laughing to the very end]] hoping that Yusuke would be [[StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred corrupted by violent hatred]].]]



** [[BigBad N-Daguva-Zeba]] is the lord of the Gurongi and the Ur-CM of the Heisei era. An AxCrazy BloodKnight who [[TheSocialDarwinist absolutely despises the lowly and weak]], Daguva doesn’t care about any human or Gurongi lives, and is willing to use any means necessary to make humanity as violent and hateful as he. Upon being reawaked from Kuuga’s sarcophagus, he releases the 200 Gurongi and murders the archaeologists, thereby kicking off the series. After his escape, he restarts the Gegeru and kills 152 of his own kind in Nagano. He then reveals himself to the public by killing [[spoiler:Zu-Gooma-Gu]] for using his armor before resurfacing under the guise of a [[LightIsNotGood white-suited]] [[TeensAreMonsters teenager with an aura]] as he unleashes heavy rain in Japan. After Yusuke Godai (Kamen Rider Kuuga) defeats [[spoiler:Gadoru]], Daguva ambushes Kuuga, [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown mercilessly beats him up]], and incinerates numerous people in his wake as he leaves Yusuke behind. [[spoiler:After continuing his systematic genocide, he meets Yusuke in Mount Kuro where they have their final fight. There, Daguva finally dies, [[EvilLaugh laughing to the very end]] hoping that Yusuke would be [[StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred corrupted by violent hatred]].]]
17th Feb '17 3:55:13 PM Delphi
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* {{Narm}}: The Grongi's [[LargeHam over-acting]] in human form practically embodies this.

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* {{Narm}}: The Grongi's [[LargeHam over-acting]] in human form practically embodies this.this, and the goth makeup doesn't help.
7th Jan '17 10:56:59 PM flamemario12
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* DemotedToExtra[=/=]DudeWheresMyRespect: In a meta sense. Kuuga was essentially to Kamen Rider what the Ninth Doctor was to ''Series/DoctorWho'': a character/series that revitalized a franchise that was on its last legs, allowing it to eventually rise to new heights of popularity. If not for Kuuga giving the franchise a shot in the arm, the Heisei Kamen Rider era might never have happened. Yet in later works and crossover series, Kuuga is often a background Rider with little direct impact on the plot. Even in the [[Film/HeiseiRiderVsShowaRiderKamenRiderWarsFeaturingSuperSentai Heisei vs Showa movie]], Faiz and W get sub-plots dedicated to them, while the guy who started the Heisei era gets barely any screen time. The closest thing he's ever gotten to increased screen time is his AlternateUniverse counterpart in ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', though until near the end of the show, he's seldom seen transforming into Kuuga.
** Though this is due to a lot of things:
*** Kuuga's tone in general is a lot more deconstructive then even the later shows would be[[note]]Later shows, especially up to Blade, tended to just stick with one or three things to deconstruct, Kuuga had ''several''[[/note]], including Monsters literally exploding in block wide explosions and Kuuga having no secondary support Riders.
*** Kuuga in general being a GameBreaker.



* GameBreaker: '''Ultimate''' Form. Its '''normal punches and kicks''' are as powerful as Amazing Mighty's Amazing Mighty Kick.
* GenreBlindness: [[NightmareFuel Scary]] as they are, the Grongi are NOT very smart. Despite Kuuga having a near-100% win rate against them, not a single Grongi ever hesitates to fight Kuuga when they run into him. Instead, they just run in and get themselves killed. Every. Single. Time.
** Sometimes [[JustifiedTrope justified]] with Grongi like Zu-Zain-Da (#22, the Rhino grongi) who was arrogant and reckless even by Grongi standards to begin with, but not for all of them.
** Zu-Gooma-Gu (#3, the Bat Grongi) actively ignores his status as the resident ButtMonkey, often demanding Ra-Baruba-De (B1, the Rose-Tattooed Woman) for a chance at the Gegeru, only to be turned down.
*** Gooma later falls into TooDumbToLive territory when he [[spoiler:powers himself up with a piece of Daguva's armor [[FearlessFool and decides to challenge Daguva himself with it]]. It didn't end well]].
** Another explanation is that they're attempting to exploit ItOnlyWorksOnce. The Grongi had to be revived ''specifically as a result'' of having fought a Kuuga in the past, who at least a couple note was a better warrior than the present-day iteration, so they may just think they've got an edge this time around...
* HilariousInHindsight: [[spoiler:It's stated in the finale that the Gouram was intended to disintegrate if Kuuga somehow grew too powerful, yet it doesn't happen even after he gains Ultimate Form. Fast forward to ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'', where he certainly qualifies after gaining an additional ''Rising'' Ultimate Form...]]

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* GameBreaker: '''Ultimate''' Form. Its '''normal punches and kicks''' are as powerful as Amazing Mighty's Amazing Mighty Kick.
* GenreBlindness: [[NightmareFuel Scary]] as they are, the Grongi are NOT very smart. Despite Kuuga having a near-100% win rate against them, not a single Grongi ever hesitates to fight Kuuga when they run into him. Instead, they just run in and get themselves killed. Every. Single. Time.
HilariousInHindsight:
** Sometimes [[JustifiedTrope justified]] with Grongi like Zu-Zain-Da (#22, the Rhino grongi) who was arrogant and reckless even by Grongi standards to begin with, but not for all of them.
** Zu-Gooma-Gu (#3, the Bat Grongi) actively ignores his status as the resident ButtMonkey, often demanding Ra-Baruba-De (B1, the Rose-Tattooed Woman) for a chance at the Gegeru, only to be turned down.
*** Gooma later falls into TooDumbToLive territory when he [[spoiler:powers himself up with a piece of Daguva's armor [[FearlessFool and decides to challenge Daguva himself with it]]. It didn't end well]].
** Another explanation is that they're attempting to exploit ItOnlyWorksOnce. The Grongi had to be revived ''specifically as a result'' of having fought a Kuuga in the past, who at least a couple note was a better warrior than the present-day iteration, so they may just think they've got an edge this time around...
* HilariousInHindsight:
[[spoiler:It's stated in the finale that the Gouram was intended to disintegrate if Kuuga somehow grew too powerful, yet it doesn't happen even after he gains Ultimate Form. Fast forward to ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'', where he certainly qualifies after gaining an additional ''Rising'' Ultimate Form...]]



* MemeticMutation: Kuuga sure is a cool guy.

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* MemeticMutation: MemeticMutation:
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Kuuga sure is a cool guy.



* SpecialEffectFailure: They ''really'' should have stuck to practical effects for the monster explosions. They look like something out of a [=PS1=] game.
** SpecialEffectsEvolution: At the same time, this allowed them to have explosions in locations that would have been suicidally absurd to use practical effects in/on, and made some of the NightmareFuel possible in the first place.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/kamenrider/images/a/a7/Kuuga_Ultimate_Concept_Art.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20150122124525 early designs]] for Ultimate Kuuga had a much more regal (and gold) aesthetic. This becomes HilariousInHindsight when [[SerialEscalation Rising]] [[Series/KamenRiderDecade Ultimate]] comes around and is just that.

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* SpecialEffectFailure: They ''really'' should have stuck to practical effects for the monster explosions. They look like something out of a [=PS1=] game.
** SpecialEffectsEvolution:
game. At the same time, this allowed them to have explosions in locations that would have been suicidally absurd to use practical effects in/on, and made some of the NightmareFuel possible in the first place.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/kamenrider/images/a/a7/Kuuga_Ultimate_Concept_Art.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20150122124525 early designs]] for Ultimate Kuuga had a much more regal (and gold) aesthetic. This becomes HilariousInHindsight when [[SerialEscalation Rising]] [[Series/KamenRiderDecade Ultimate]] comes around and is just that.
place.
18th Nov '16 5:57:34 PM Godzillawolf
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** The Grongi in general. They're basically a entire ''race'' of ''{{Serial Killer}}s''.
17th Nov '16 10:30:34 AM Jarkes
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*** In a metasense, Joe Odagiri, Kuuga's actor more or less disowning the role due to what happened with Shigenori Takadera with [[Series/KamenRiderHibiki Hibiki's]] ReTool, which was one of the reasons for the AU plot in Decade.
18th Aug '16 1:11:52 AM Rabukurafuto
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* DemotedToExtra[=/=]DudeWheresMyRespect: In a meta sense. Kuuga was essentially to Kamen Rider what the Ninth Doctor was to Dr. Who: a character/series that revitalized a franchise that was on its last legs, allowing it to eventually rise to new heights of popularity. If not for Kuuga giving the franchise a shot in the arm, the Heisei Kamen Rider era might never have happened. Yet in later works and crossover series, Kuuga is often a background Rider with little direct impact on the plot. Even in the [[Film/HeiseiRiderVsShowaRiderKamenRiderWarsFeaturingSuperSentai Heisei vs Showa movie]], Faiz and W get sub-plots dedicated to them, while the guy who started the Heisei era gets barely any screen time. The closest thing he's ever gotten to increased screen time is his AlternateUniverse counterpart in ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', though until near the end of the show, he's seldom seen transforming into Kuuga.

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* DemotedToExtra[=/=]DudeWheresMyRespect: In a meta sense. Kuuga was essentially to Kamen Rider what the Ninth Doctor was to Dr. Who: ''Series/DoctorWho'': a character/series that revitalized a franchise that was on its last legs, allowing it to eventually rise to new heights of popularity. If not for Kuuga giving the franchise a shot in the arm, the Heisei Kamen Rider era might never have happened. Yet in later works and crossover series, Kuuga is often a background Rider with little direct impact on the plot. Even in the [[Film/HeiseiRiderVsShowaRiderKamenRiderWarsFeaturingSuperSentai Heisei vs Showa movie]], Faiz and W get sub-plots dedicated to them, while the guy who started the Heisei era gets barely any screen time. The closest thing he's ever gotten to increased screen time is his AlternateUniverse counterpart in ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', though until near the end of the show, he's seldom seen transforming into Kuuga.
30th May '16 8:51:08 PM Angeldeb82
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** [[BigBad N-Daguva-Zeba]] is the lord of the Gurongi and the Ur-CM of the Heisei era. An AxCrazy BloodKnight who [[TheSocialDarwinist absolutely despises the lowly and weak]], Daguva doesn’t care about any human or Gurongi lives, and is willing to use any means necessary to make humanity as violent and hateful as he. Upon being reawaked from Kuuga’s sarcophagus, he releases the 200 Gurongi and murders the archaeologists, thereby kicking off the series. After his escape, he restarts the Gegeru and kills 152 of his own kind in Nagano. He then reveals himself to the public by killing [[spoiler:Zu-Gooma-Gu]] for using his armor before resurfacing under the guise of a [[LightIsNotGood white-suited]] [[TeensAreMonsters teenager with an aura]] as he unleashes heavy rain in Japan. After Yusuke Godai (Kamen Rider Kuuga) defeats [[spoiler:Gadoru]], Daguva ambushes Kuuga, [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown mercilessly beats him up]], and incinerates numerous people in his wake as he leaves Yusuke behind. [[spoiler:After continuing his systematic genocide, he meets Yusuke in Mount Kuro where they have their final fight. There, Daguva finally dies, [[EvilLaugh laughing to the very end]] hoping that Yusuke would be [[StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred corrupted by violent hatred.]]]]

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** [[BigBad N-Daguva-Zeba]] is the lord of the Gurongi and the Ur-CM of the Heisei era. An AxCrazy BloodKnight who [[TheSocialDarwinist absolutely despises the lowly and weak]], Daguva doesn’t care about any human or Gurongi lives, and is willing to use any means necessary to make humanity as violent and hateful as he. Upon being reawaked from Kuuga’s sarcophagus, he releases the 200 Gurongi and murders the archaeologists, thereby kicking off the series. After his escape, he restarts the Gegeru and kills 152 of his own kind in Nagano. He then reveals himself to the public by killing [[spoiler:Zu-Gooma-Gu]] for using his armor before resurfacing under the guise of a [[LightIsNotGood white-suited]] [[TeensAreMonsters teenager with an aura]] as he unleashes heavy rain in Japan. After Yusuke Godai (Kamen Rider Kuuga) defeats [[spoiler:Gadoru]], Daguva ambushes Kuuga, [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown mercilessly beats him up]], and incinerates numerous people in his wake as he leaves Yusuke behind. [[spoiler:After continuing his systematic genocide, he meets Yusuke in Mount Kuro where they have their final fight. There, Daguva finally dies, [[EvilLaugh laughing to the very end]] hoping that Yusuke would be [[StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred corrupted by violent hatred.]]]]hatred]].]]



* GenreBlind: [[NightmareFuel Scary]] as they are, the Grongi are NOT very smart. Despite Kuuga having a near-100% win rate against them, not a single Grongi ever hesitates to fight Kuuga when they run into him. Instead, they just run in and get themselves killed. Every. Single. Time.

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* GenreBlind: GenreBlindness: [[NightmareFuel Scary]] as they are, the Grongi are NOT very smart. Despite Kuuga having a near-100% win rate against them, not a single Grongi ever hesitates to fight Kuuga when they run into him. Instead, they just run in and get themselves killed. Every. Single. Time.



** Zu-Gooma-Gu (#3, the Bat Grongi) actively ignores his status as the resident [[ButtMonkey butt monkey]], often demanding Ra-Baruba-De (B1, the Rose-Tattooed Woman) for a chance at the Gegeru, only to be turned down.

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** Zu-Gooma-Gu (#3, the Bat Grongi) actively ignores his status as the resident [[ButtMonkey butt monkey]], ButtMonkey, often demanding Ra-Baruba-De (B1, the Rose-Tattooed Woman) for a chance at the Gegeru, only to be turned down.



** It was hilarious even before that when [[spoiler:Decade ''turned Kuuga himself'' into a Gouram]], but was further compounded in the ''Final Chapter'' movie by [[spoiler:Kuuga having the ability to become Ultimate Gouram form at will.]]

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** It was hilarious even before that when [[spoiler:Decade ''turned Kuuga himself'' into a Gouram]], but was further compounded in the ''Final Chapter'' movie by [[spoiler:Kuuga having the ability to become Ultimate Gouram form at will.]]will]].



* PuritySue: Yusuke Godai. He is always happy, has no flaws or weaknesses (being overly willing to sacrifice himself to protect others does ''not'' count as a flaw - Tell that to [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Shirou]]), and everyone around him not only instantly loved him, but was also infected by his happiness.
** He scored a 44 on the [[http://www.springhole.net/quizzes/marysue.htm Universal Mary-Sue Litmus Test]]. Which is quite high
** [[spoiler: In a way, this is more or less required. [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Kuuga's Ultimate form has the potental to turn the user evil]] if the user does not have a clear mind, thus starting the whole thing over again. This is the main reason why in ''Decade'' Yusuke was in Black eyed Rising Ultimate, since unlike Godai, he had a lot of doubts as the series went on, but once he got over them, he was able to control it... That, and well, that whole BrainwashedAndCrazy thing.]]
* SpecialEffectsFailure: They ''really'' should have stuck to practical effects for the monster explosions. They look like something out of a [=PS1=] game.

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* PuritySue: Yusuke Godai. He is always happy, has no flaws or weaknesses (being overly willing to sacrifice himself to protect others does ''not'' count as a flaw - Tell that to [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Shirou]]), and everyone around him not only instantly loved him, but was also infected by his happiness.
** He scored a 44 on the [[http://www.springhole.net/quizzes/marysue.htm Universal Mary-Sue Litmus Test]]. Which is quite high
** [[spoiler: In a way, this is more or less required. [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Kuuga's Ultimate form has the potental to turn the user evil]] if the user does not have a clear mind, thus starting the whole thing over again. This is the main reason why in ''Decade'' Yusuke was in Black eyed Rising Ultimate, since unlike Godai, he had a lot of doubts as the series went on, but once he got over them, he was able to control it... That, and well, that whole BrainwashedAndCrazy thing.]]
* SpecialEffectsFailure:
SpecialEffectFailure: They ''really'' should have stuck to practical effects for the monster explosions. They look like something out of a [=PS1=] game.
28th May '16 10:27:28 PM nombretomado
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* SpecialEffectsFailure: They ''really'' should have stuck to practical effects for the monster explosions. They look like something out of a PS1 game.

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* SpecialEffectsFailure: They ''really'' should have stuck to practical effects for the monster explosions. They look like something out of a PS1 [=PS1=] game.
2nd Feb '16 2:44:56 PM Ares101
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*** Kuuga's tone in general is a lot more deconstructive then even the later shows would be[[note]]Later shows, especially up to Blade, tended to just stick with one or three things to deconstruct, Kuuga had ''several''[[/note]], including Monsters literally exploding in block wide explosions, Kuuga being the only rider, [[spoiler: and being the one of the few in the end to lose their powers for good.]]

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*** Kuuga's tone in general is a lot more deconstructive then even the later shows would be[[note]]Later shows, especially up to Blade, tended to just stick with one or three things to deconstruct, Kuuga had ''several''[[/note]], including Monsters literally exploding in block wide explosions, explosions and Kuuga being the only rider, [[spoiler: and being the one of the few in the end to lose their powers for good.]]having no secondary support Riders.
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