[[caption-width-right:215:Close to being ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.]]

->''Welcome to Japan's legendary Temple of Champions, where athletes gather to face the most diabolical challenges ever conceived, testing balance, endurance, and sheer strength! Competitors have one goal...beat the course! But victory is elusive, and the only constant is the bitter taste of defeat. This is the ultimate competition of Man Vs. Obstacle! Who will top the '''Unbeatable...Banzuke'''?''
-->-- '''OpeningNarration'''

Also known by the name ''"Kinniku Banzuke"'', which literally means "Muscle Ranking", ''Unbeatable Banzuke'' is a Japanese athletic GameShow in which competitors are challenged in one of nearly two dozen events, all for the honor of [[BraggingRightsReward adding their name to the list of champions, the titular BANZUKE]]. This show is in a similar vein to ''Series/NinjaWarrior''; [[NoDamageRun failing once]] on any given event means you are out. It was shown in the United States on G4 TV, often hand in hand with ''Ninja Warrior''. In Australia, it premiered on Creator/{{SBS2}} on April 2 2012.

Unfortunately, since it's not on the air anymore, G4 only shows a decent handful of episodes over and over again. Thankfully, they have gotten a fresh batch of episodes in recently, which are going into rotation.
!!This show contains examples of:

* CatchPhrase
-->'''Rome Kanda/Kei Kato:''' "Until next time, this is Kato Kei...the doors to the Temple of Champions are ~ sealed."
* DeadlyUpgrade: Courses that get beaten enough are reimagined and given a different Roman numeral indicator.
** Taken to (il)logical extremes with the upgrade of the unicycle event "Like A Pierrot". After five course upgrades before it were all beaten, the course was upgraded into "Like A Pierrot Ghost", a track with a definitive horror movie theme. The first competitor was [[BreakTheCutie a second-grade schoolgirl]]. No one was able to get past the next-to-last obstacle before the show's cancelation.
* DeathCourse: No shortage of those here.
* {{Engrish}}: In ''Like A Pierrot Ghost'', competitors pick up a phone, which proceeds to play the following soundbyte to them: ''[[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar YOU ARE ARLEADY DEAD]]. * EvilLaugh, DramaticThunder* '' With exactly that enunciation. May be a bit of {{Narm}} for English speaking audiences.
* {{Fanservice}}: Lampshaded in the US airing.
--->'''Creator/DaveWittenberg:''' "She's a school dietician, responsible for student lunches at an elementary school. For some reason, she came to the event dressed as a [[PlayboyBunny waitress]]."
* GratuitousJapanese / TooLongDidntDub: Admit it, ''Unbeatable Banzuke'' sounds [[RuleOfCool a lot cooler]] than ''Muscle Ranking'' or even ''Unbeatable Ranking''.
* HarderThanHard: Again, no shortage of that here.
* HumongousMecha / EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: The opening sequence, commercial headers, and occasional ''scene transitions'' on the G4 airing feature a giant samurai-adorned robot. Yes, G4. We get it. Unbeatable Banzuke is Japanese and badass.
** Also, that ludicrous outfit [[Creator/BrianBlessed BRIAN BLESSED]] has to wear.
* IKnowMaddenKombat: Multiple contestants show up in their full uniform from work or sports, regardless that the skill they came dressed for has no direct link to the challenge at hand[[note]]Why anyone would think that an expert surfer might have an edge for a pogo jumping obstacle course is left for the audience to decide[[/note]]. This usually leads the commentator to ask "Will their [unrelated skill] help them conquer the course?" The answer is always a resounding ''NO.''
* LevelAte: The first half of ''Neko de Drive'', which has obstacles such as a steep, slick watermelon slice and a narrow circular [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin doughnut]] competitors must do a full rotation on before progressing. The second half of the course is more in line with the IncredibleShrinkingMan.
* MegaNeko: The cat-cart in ''Neko de Drive'', a full-sized wheelbarrow decorated like a [[CuteKitten kitten]].
* RareVehicles: There are courses where competitors have to ride on unicycles, skateboards, a pogo stick and a giant rubber ball.
* SeriousBusiness: Apparently there are races held outside of this show where people do indeed ride on unicycles.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: The competitions are dotted all over this scale, from very silly (Kangan, the aforementioned pogo stick course) to very serious (Quick Muscle, a hell-on-earth push-up competition).
** And then there's Neko De Drive. As Wittenberg puts it, "Hard to complete. ''Impossible'' to describe."
* SpinOff: [[Series/NinjaWarrior SASUKE]], which turned into its own phenomenon.
* StageNames: The American host, Rome Kanda, operates under the name Kei Kato.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: See TrueCompanions, below.
* TimedMission: Several events require the player to either finish or reach a CheckPoint (the "Break Zone") within a fairly tight time limit.
** As noted above, "Athletic Love" had a 60-second time limit.
** An event called "Banzai 90" required a six-player team to throw four of its players onto padded logs 9 to 12 feet above the arena floor. The team had 90 seconds to finish. Also counts as a TryNotToDie, since once all four players are on the logs, the remaining two players have to hit a button to start a 10-second countdown, and the players on the logs have to stay on for the duration.
* TrueCompanions: The word "nakama" is used in a co-op event; i.e., an obstacle course where two people tied together by an elastic rope have to navigate a series of obstacles.
* VillainousBreakdown: Unicycle course Like A Pierrot II is beaten by three people in a row. Mr Blessed does ''not'' take this well.