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->''He [[AbsurdlySharpBlade slashes]], [[WallJump springs]], [[SlideAttack slides]] and [[WallCrawl climbs]]! Every single action he takes is superhuman! Here comes the super-A ranked strider called "Hiryu"!!''
-->Game description from the [=X68000=] version.

''Strider'' is a [[RuleOfCool stylish]] 1989 action/platforming game by Capcom about a {{ninja}} with an [[CoolSword incredibly badass sword]]. The game features our hero Hiryu as he takes on the "Grandmaster", [[GalacticConqueror an entity from another galaxy that has decided to conquer the Earth.]] The arcade game was ported to many systems, including the SegaGenesis, where it was one of the system's first {{Killer App}}s, and the first game to be released on an 8-megabit cartridge.

The arcade version of ''Strider'' was actually the product of a three-way collaboration between Capcom and manga studio Motomiya Kikaku, which also resulted in a separate NES game and a single-volume manga version. The manga and NES version follows Hiryu, as he is forced out of retirement to track down and eliminate Kain, a fellow Strider and friend who has been compromised by his capture. Hiryu must travel around the world, from enemy bases to a moving train and from New York to China. During his mission, he uncovers a conspiracy that involves the Strider organization. The NES version understandably has a much deeper story than the more-famous arcade version, but suffered from many programming and control errors. Notably, the NES version was never released for the Family Computer in Japan, in a bizarre reversal of NoExportForYou.

The game naturally inspired a number of [[FollowTheLeader imitators and similar games]], such as ''VideoGame/RunSaber'' and ''Shadow of the Ninja''. One of these, ''[[VideoGame/CannonDancer Osman]]'', was created by the same designer of the original and is considered its SpiritualSuccessor. In 1990, the European-based company U.S. Gold produced an officially-licensed sequel titled ''Strider II'', which was originally released for various home computer platforms in Europe (specifically the Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum). The game was remade in 1992 for the [[SegaGenesis Mega Drive]] with redesigned stages and play mechanics much closer to the original arcade game. This was that version that was released in North America under the title of ''Strider Returns: Journey From Darkness''. An 8-bit SegaMasterSystem version of ''Strider II'' was also released, with a corresponding American release for the GameGear under the ''Strider Returns'' title.

The series remained silent until 1998, where Hiryu was included as a playable character in ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomClashOfTheSuperheroes Marvel vs. Capcom]]''. Hiryu's speed, easily-chained combos, zone control, and full-screen LimitBreak made him a favorite of {{Scrub}}s and StopHavingFunGuys alike. In 1999, Capcom [[Music/{{Prince}} partied]] with ''Strider 2'', a PlayStation follow-up to the arcade game where Hiryu once again faces the Grandmaster as well as a new foe, the renegade Strider Hien. Since then, Hiryu and his enemies have appeared in ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom''; notably, the Grandmaster gets the honor of being the last BigBad to be confronted before the biggest bad herself. While not present in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' due to copyright issues, Hiryu did join the line-up of its UpdatedRerelease, ''Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3''.

The series received a new sequel in the form of a open-world {{Metroidvania}}-style game in 2014 by Double Helix Games, and was overseen by the original developers.

Not to be confused with the Creator/BeverlyCleary book with the same name, the alias of Aragorn from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', or [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} Dave]].
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[[folder:General]]
* AudibleSharpness: [[MostWonderfulSound SWHING!!]]
** Apparently, it won't be returning in the upcoming new game.
*** Oh it did. It's just very faint.
* {{Badass}}: Strider Hiryu himself.
** Strider Hien is no slouch either.
* BayonetYa: Russians in this series love their bladed guns, even in the new game.
* {{Bishonen}}: In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' and beyond.
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: The kanji on Hiryu's outfit is the head character on his name (飛 or ''Hi'').
** Strider Kain has a "C" (implying that his name is meant to be "[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Cain]]") and Matic has an "M."
** Hien also sports the ''Hi'' character which is also the head character on his name.
* CoolSword: The cypher, specially in the manga and ''Strider 2''.
** AbsurdlySharpBlade: Can cut through boulders, ''people'' and '''''tanks''''' like butter.
** DualTonfas: The weapon is tonfa-shaped. Hien can actually dual-wield his double-edged Cypher as two separate weapons.
** EnergyWeapons
** LaserBlade: The cypher [[HotBlade uses plasma]] to cut through hard targets like tanks.
** NamedWeapons: Hiryu's personal cypher is named "Falchion."
** SwordBeam
* ChildProdigy: The youngest Strider to attain the greatest rank in the organization.
* ConsummateProfessional: Describes Hiryu's personality very well.
* {{Crossover}}: Hiryu appeared as a challenger in the game ''Adventure Quiz: Capcom World 2''. He also appears as one of several [[TheCameo guests]] in Ken's stage in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 2''.
** CapcomVsWhatever: As already said, Hiryu is a playable character in ''Marvel vs. Capcom 1'', ''2'' and ''Ultimate'', as well as ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom''. Ton Pooh appears in the first ''[=MvC=]'' as an AssistCharacter, and she along with the Grandmaster, Solo, Hien and two {{mooks}} are A.I.-only characters in ''[=NxC=]''.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: The Soviet Union still exists in the [=2040s=] and the country of Kazakhstan is referred by its former name of Kazakh SSR in both arcade and NES games, as well as the manga.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Hiryu's enemies tend to fly away in two pieces whenever they are hit by the Cypher.
** In the manga, Hiryu cuts one bastard soldier in half vertically.
* HeroicMime: In the arcade original, Hiryu says only two phrases: "Take me to your boss!", and calling the aerial battleship a toy.
** Unless you're playing the Japanese version, then he'll NEVER shut up...[[MostAnnoyingSound PAAH! PAHPAHPAHPAHPAHPAH!]]
** Hiryu is more or less TheQuietOne elsewhere, ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom'' and ''[=UMvC3=]'' being perhaps the best exceptions.
** In the manga he's much more expressive, emotional and gets along just fine with his friends, although when fighting he's as cold and to the point as he's been known in later characterization.
** He's quite a bit more talkative in the 2014 game, though only when directly speaking to someone. He also has at least two "..." lines. And even when he talks, he's very terse and business-like.
* JobTitle: [[MarketBasedTitle English title]].
** CharacterTitle: Japanese title. Could also be taken as a RoleCalled.
* {{Ninja}}: The Striders aren't ninja ''per se'', but they're pretty damn close.
** HighlyVisibleNinja: Well, ''look at him''. The blue, close-fitting outfit was a step in the right direction, the red scarf and ''glowing sword'' were not. The action is great, but doesn't involve a lot of stealth.
** RankInflation: The Striders go from C to A, and then Special (or Super) A.
* NinjaRun: Hiryu's dashing animation in the NES game, ''Strider 2'' and all crossover appearances.
* NintendoHard: Both the NES and the original arcade games are really hard due to Hiryu's [[HitboxDissonance funky hitboxes]]. The arcade has a extra whammy of not [[JumpPhysics being able to control Hiryu mid-jump]]. The final stage in the original arcade game is almost impossible to complete without memorization.
* OneManArmy: The Striders are billed as being as such. The lowest ranked guys in the group can fight on par with ''entire special force units''.
* PaletteSwap: Hinjo from ''Strider Returns'' is a white and ''neon green'' swap of Hiryu's Genesis sprite. Hien is a black and white head swap of Hiryu.
** The Kuniang are ColorCodedForYourConvenience identical sprites in the first game (Ton Pooh = green, Sai Pooh = [[TrueBlueFemininity blue]], Bei Pooh = red). Averted in the second game and beyond, where they have personalized hairstyles in addition to the color-coding (with Bei/Pei's coloring additionally becoming [[PinkMeansFeminine a lighter shade]] in the 2014 game).
* AProtagonistIsRyu
* RecycledTitle: There are 3 games (out of 5 total) named "Strider": the arcade game, the NES game, and the HD digital game.
** In Japan, the manga is named the same as the arcade game.
* ReformulatedGame:
** The arcade and Famicom versions were developed in tandem. Strangely, the Famicom version was canceled despite the fact that it was heavily promoted by Moto Kikaku's tie-in manga, although it eventually saw a U.S.-exclusive release on the NES.
** ''Strider II'', the U.S. Gold-produced sequel, was remade completely when it was released for the Mega Drive and Master System.
* TheRival: Solo, a cyborg bounty hunter that Hiryu faces at least once per game, often multiple times.
* SameSexTriplets: The Kuniang sisters. They become [[AmazonBrigade an all-female]] SiblingTeam starting in ''Strider 2'' (Ton Pooh, the leader, is the middle sister, Bei is the oldest, and Sai/Nang is the youngest).
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Conspicuously absent in the original arcade game.
* ShutUpHannibal: Hiryu's responses to villains' threats.
* SleevesAreForWimps: Hiryu displays his well-toned arms proudly.
* SlideAttack
* SpellMyNameWithAnS:
** The name of the flying airship in Stage 3 of the arcade, "Ballog", is an obvious mistranslation of "Balrog" (this was corrected in ''Strider 2'').
** Strider Kain has an uppercase "C" on his ninja outfit (matching the "飛" (''Hi'') in Hiryu's and the "M" on Matic's), which seems to suggest that his name is supposed to be "Cain", not "Kain."
** Ouroboros is spelt "Urobolos" in the Genesis in-game sound test and manual.
** In the NES game, there's "Yugdesiral", which should actually be [[NorseMythology Yggdrasil]].
** The Kuniang sisters are specially prone to this, thanks to their Chinese names being filtered through Japanese spelling and then localized, resulting in Ton Pooh/Tong Poo, Bei/Pei Pooh and Nam/Nang Pooh.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''[[VideoGame/CannonDancer Osman]]'' was directed by Isuke, the same director who worked on the arcade version of ''Strider''. Isuke also worked on ''VideoGame/MoonDiver'', essentially a remake for [=PS3=] and Xbox 360.
* SuperSoldier: The Striders are super mercenaries, and Hiryu's the top elite among them.
* SuperSpeed: A constant in all his appearances: he's fast. ''Really'' fast.
* ThemeNaming: In ''Marvel vs. Capcom'', Hiryu's moveset is heavily influenced by legendary swords and items ([[JapaneseMythology Ame no Murakumo]], [[KingArthur Excalibur]], [[NorseMythology Gram]], [[HinduMythology Vajra]]) and mythology in general ([[{{Gotterdammerung}} Ragnarok]], {{Ouroboros}}, [[Literature/TheBible Legion]]).
** The Ton Pooh sisters are named for three of the four winds: Ton, Sai, and Bei are respectively the eastern, western, and northern winds. (Ton Pooh also doubles as a musical ShoutOut to the first track of the second side of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_Magic_Orchestra_(album) a self-titled album by the Yellow Magic Orchestra.]]) In the 2014 game, Sai is replaced by a different sister named Nang Pooh (the southern wind), as in this continuity, the trio was trained by a master martial artist named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xi_Wangmu Xi Wang Mu.]]
* WallCrawl[=/=]CeilingCling: One of the iconic elements of the series. In the main series and crossovers, Hiryu uses his Climb Sickle to climb to any surface and ceiling. In the NES game, he can move up specific glowing walls/ceilings with magnetic boots.
** WallJump: An ability in both the NES game and ''Strider 2''. Much loathed in the former due to funky controls.
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[[folder:The arcade game and ''Strider 2'']]
* AdaptationExpansion:
** The Genesis port has some improvements from the arcade version, such as having a unique tune for the Stage 3 theme (some variants of the arcade version reused the Stage 1 theme) and a greatly expanded ending sequence.
** The PC Engine port has an optional stage that was not in any other port of the coin-op version.
* AdvancingWallOfDoom: The third stage in the first game has a pretty frustrating one, where the slight lag in moving will end up with a crushed Strider.
* AirborneAircraftCarrier: The Battleship Balrog.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: The main reason behind Hien's motivation to defeat Hiryu; he's jealous that someone so young could be talented enough to earn the highest honor bestowed to a Strider and the praise that came with it.
* AnimeChineseGirl: The Kuniang trio: Ton Pooh, Bei Pooh and Sai Pooh.
* AssistCharacter: The Options in the first game:
** AttackDrone: The Dipodal Saucer, which circles around Hiryu and shoots a ring-shaped beam at enemies.
** PantheraAwesome: The Terapodal Robo-Panther, a mechanical tiger which lunges at enemies.
** BigBadassBirdOfPrey: The Robot Hawk, a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin robot bird]] which swoops down on enemies.
* BadassBoast: The Grandmaster in the final level of the first game:
--> "I shall raise the city up to the sky and rid the earth of all creatures! I will create a race to fill the new earth--all sons of old gods, die!!!"
* BaldOfEvil: The Grandmaster.
* BattleBoomerang: The Amazons from the fourth stage use either this or [[AnAxeToGrind axes]].
* BattleshipRaid: The Balrog levels in both games, which both include fighting the ship's core, starting a chain reaction that brings it down, and dueling their respective captains in escape ships.
* {{BFG}}: Solo favors a flamethrower with a mounted missile launcher as his main weapon, though he later replaces it in ''Strider 2'' with a plasma cannon.
* {{BFS}}: ''Strider 2'' has the Dullahan and his big-ass sword made of ''{{chainsaw|Good}}s''.
* BigBad: The Grandmaster, in both games.
** TheDragon: Solo in both, Hien in the second.
* BilingualBonus: In the first game, the names of the stages are spelled in Cyrillic, Hebrew and Nordic letters. In fact, the only time the Latin alphabet is ever used is for the fourth stage's location.
* BossGame: ''Strider 2''. There is a wide variety of enemies but the stages are very short and the sub-levels almost always end with a MidBoss battle.
* BossRush: The final stage in the first game. One of the bosses can be skipped, but the repeat of the metallic dinosaur is nearly impossible without memorization, despite a simple pattern.
* BountyHunter: Solo and the Kuniang team.
** ProfessionalKiller: Solo is also a hired hitman.
* CreatingLife: The Grandmaster has the ability to create any form of life at will. He created [[EnemySummoner wolves, piranhas and pteranodons]] in his boss fight in the first game, and has created most of the {{mooks}} found in the second game.
** FlunkyBoss: In-game, this translates into him summoning enemies from previous stages to hunt Hiryu.
* CompilationRerelease[=/=]EmbeddedPrecursor: ''Strider 2'' came packaged with a second CD with the first arcade game.
* {{Cyborg}}: The very first boss of both games, Strobaya and the Chinese Terrorist ([[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Elder Brother]] Honghuo).
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: In the manual for the Genesis version, the Grandmaster is referred by the name of "Grandmaster Meio." However, "Meio" is not actually a name, but a Japanese title equivalent to "Grandmaster."
* DepopulationBomb: The Grandmaster's plan was this, erasing all lifeforms (all the "Sons of Old Gods") off Earth so he could create his own lifeforms and thus [[AGodAmI become a god]].
* DynamicDifficulty: Which tries to make some features less NintendoHard (but there's too many [[ClassicVideoGameScrewYous fun units]] to throw away).
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Hien.
* DumbMuscle: Strobaya.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Seen in the fourth stage, courtesy of the Grandmaster.
** StockDinosaurs: T-Rex, Triceratops, Brontosaurus and [[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Pteranodon]].
* EvilCounterpart: Hien to Hiryu.
** There could be a case for the fourth stage boss Admiral Wilhelm, who uses similar techniques to Hiryu and even wields a curved sword that's more like a counterfeit Cypher.
* EvilLaugh: The Grandmaster starts the arcade game off with one of these.
* EvilOldFolks: The Grandmaster.
* TheFaceless: Solo is always seen with his mask/visor on.
* FallenHero: According to AllThereInTheManual, Captain Beard Jr. used to be a good guy right before he lost his limbs in a fight against the Grandmaster and decided to switch allegiances.
* FatBastard: The Chinese Terrorist ([[AllThereInTheScript apparently named Honghuo]]) in ''Strider 2''.
* {{Flight}}: Solo uses thrusters on his back. The Grandmaster levitates.
* FragileSpeedster: Solo moves ''really fast'' and has a lot of firepower... but dies in 3 hits.
* GainaxEnding: The ending of ''Strider 2''. [[spoiler:Among other things, it's implied that Strider Hiryu is the {{reincarnation}} of the Strider who defeated Grandmaster Meio almost 2,000 years ago (i.e. the events of the original ''Strider''). Strider Hiryu does kill Grandmaster, so it's not a matter of being a DownerEnding... It's simply that this plot element will probably remain an AbortedArc. Now it's a matter of seeing if the new "retelling"/reboot will try to address this.]]
* GalacticConqueror: The Grandmaster.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: [[spoiler:Caduceus, the FinalBoss of the second game. There's a bit of foreshadowing in that Meio creates pieces of it in the previous boss fight, though.]]
* GloriousMotherRussia: The arcade version of the game stays mostly within the Soviet Union, except for the fourth level, which takes place [[JungleJapes deep in the Amazon]].
* AGodAmI: The Grandmaster.
* GravityScrew: Certain areas in both games have the gravity reversed, which forces the player to walk in the ceiling.
* GratuitousRussian: While the first ''Strider'' contains some Russian, it's not always the case it's fairly accurate. Just as a little example, the subtitles at the end of stage one don't even remotely point at what the USSR leader is saying. And thanks to the horrible accent acting and the fact that Meio interrupts his speech out of nowhere, the supposed phrase "Никто не уйдёт живым!"[[note]]Nikto ne ooydjot zhivim - No one will leave alive[[/note]] has turned into "Никто не идиот!"[[note]]Nikto ne idiot - No one is an idiot[[/note]]
** This trope follows straight after that cutscene: the location name of stage 2, "Сибирь", is actually spelt correctly, but it's obvious that Capcom didn't used the English-Russian dictionary the right way... [[DontExplainTheJoke They forgot to remove the stress mark.]]
* HeadlessHorseman: Not with his horse, but a Dullahan is summoned and, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard after killing his summoner]], engages in a boss battle in ''Strider 2''.
* HuskyRusskie: Strobaya, the first boss in the original game. He's a hulk of muscles that can only grunt and shout. The expanded PC-Engine game apparently paints him as a BloodKnight.
* InTheHood: The Grandmaster is always wearing a [[EvilWearsBlack black]] hood.
* JungleJapes: Amazon in the first, the PlayStation-exclusive "Waterfall stage" in the second (mixed with TempleOfDoom).
* KickChick: The three Kuniang are all about kicks... that can create ''blades of plasma''.
* KillerGorilla: Second stage boss Mecha Pon, a ''mechanical'' gorilla.
* LargeHam: The Grandmaster in the arcade game.
* LongSongShortScene: Stage 3 of the first game was supposed to have its unique theme music, but some variants of the arcade version reuses the BGM from Stage 1 instead. Most of the home versions fix this however.
* MadScientist: Grandmaster Meio appears to mix some of it along his Sorcery. ''Strider 2'' introduced the German Herzog Schlange as well.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: One of Solo's attacks in the first game.
* MechanicalHorse: One is a boss in ''Strider 2''.
* MovesetClone: In ''Strider 2'', Strider Hiryu and Strider Hien. Both use the same techniques, but Hiryu is mostly up close and personal, while Hien uses throwing weapons.
* {{Pirate}}: The Balrog's captain, Beard Jr. Comes with peg leg and hook hand included!
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: General Mikiel is a thinly-veiled Gorbachov caricature.
* NubileSavage: The Amazons from the eponymous stage.
* PoweredArmor: Solo.
* PowerupLetdown: The robot panther looks awesome, but doesn't shoot and has serious problems keeping up with Hiryu and not falling off ledges. Most experienced players avoid further power-ups once they have two droids.
* PromotedToPlayable: Hien becomes playable in the PS port of ''Strider 2''.
* RecurringBoss: Solo is fought two or three times (depending if the player ignores the first encounter) in the first game, and twice in the second (the initial fight being now two phases). Hien is a recurring boss in the PS port of ''Strider 2'', since he's in the PS-only bonus stage.
* ReflectingLaser: Several enemies have this ability. The first stage sub-boss Novo throws 4 at a time, which bounces off the walls around it.
* TheRival: Strider Hien in ''Strider 2''. Solo believes himself to be one too.
* SecretCharacter: Hien in ''Strider 2'', unlockable only after completing Mission 00 (unlocked by finishing both ''Strider 2'' and the first ''Strider'', which is included with its sequel). Additionally, beating the game with Hien grants the player [[BraggingRightsReward the option to use the Boost skill an infinite amount of times]].
* SegmentedSerpent: Ouroboros in the first game, the Emperor Dragon in ''Strider 2''.
* SinisterScythe: Ouroboros, the first arcade boss, uses one, though it's more of a sinister sickle. [[GloriousMotherRussia With a hammer.]]
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Siberia in the first, Antarctica in the second.
* SpaceBase: The Third Moon, the Grandmaster's moon-shaped lair.
** ThatsNoMoon
** OminousFloatingCastle
* SpentShellsShower: One enemy in the first arcade game with a big machinegun ejects them [[MoreDakka constantly]] as he (tries to) shoot Hiryu.
* SpiderTank: Enemies in the first stage.
* SpritePolygonMix: ''Strider 2''.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish:
--> "Hmm... it is Strider Hiryu. He will ''never'' leave Eurasia alive!" [[TheDragon "I got you."]]
* SwordBeam: Hiryu can do this in the second game after activating a power up. They also [[HomingProjectile home-in]] on enemies.
* TeleportSpam: The Grandmaster gains this tactic in ''Strider 2''.
* ThisIsADrill: The humongous drill machine used as a giant boss in ''Strider 2''.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Hien's main method of attack. It's also his AchillesHeel, as he's vulnerable in-between each throw.
** EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Hien [[WeaponTwirling spins]] his [[DoubleWeapon dual-bladed cypher]] to [[SpinToDeflectStuff parry your attacks]], [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang throw his blades like boomerangs]], and fire [[ShockAndAwe a beam of concentrated lightning]] at you.
* TimedMission: With all the slowly approaching hazards, you probably wouldn't see ''Time Over'' very often.
* TranslationConvention: Averted in the original arcade game, where each character speaks in his or her own native language during voice clips (i.e. Japanese for Hiryu, English for Solo and the Grandmaster, Mandarin for Ton Pooh). Played straight by the PC Engine version, where everyone speaks Japanese.
* TrashTalk:
--> "You must be joking. You're sending a toy into battle?"
* TheTriadsAndTheTongs: Enemies belong to the Chinese mafia in the first stage of ''Strider 2''.
* TsurimeEyes: Almost everyone except for Hien, who is a {{Tareme|Eyes}}.
* WhipItGood: Beard Jr. uses a whip.

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[[folder:Manga and NES]]
* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler:The Zain computer goes batshit crazy after all the human baddies are killed.]]
* BadassGrandpa: Striders' director Kuramoto, in the manga. Not for nothing he's known as the "[[InSeriesNickname God of Death]]."
* BadassMustache: Faceas Clay sports quite a mustache.
* BerserkButton: If you use innocent people as guinea pigs and then as meat shields, or even worse children... it's best that Hiryu never discovers that, lest you want to end up in tiny pieces.
* BigBad: Faceas Clay, with [[spoiler:Matic as the true mastermind.]]
** TheDragon: Manga-exclusive character Yuri.
* BloodKnight: Captain Keith in the manga.
* BossRush: The NES game has a MiniBoss Rush, pitting the player against previous stage sub-bosses before facing Matic and the Zain machine.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Kain. [[spoiler:Hiryu's sister is revealed to be one as well.]]
* ButNotTooForeign: Little is known of Hiryu's past other than that he's an orphan of Asian descent (likely Japanese), but when you consider that his sister [[{{Mukokuseki}} has blond hair]] and a Russian/Ukrainian first name, it's possible the manga/NES continuity meant for Hiryu to be Eurasian.
* ContinuityCameo: Both manga-exclusive enemies Arana and Kubira appear as enemy grunts in some stages of the NES game.
** A weapon from the manga, the "Shadowtag Bullets", appears to be used by a Russian soldier in the first arcade game ([[AllThereInTheManual according to the manual]], at least).
* ContractOnTheHitman: Both stories start out with Matic forcing Hiryu out of retirement to kill Kain, who was captured by the enemy.
* CorridorCubbyholeRun: Areas in the China and Los Angeles stages have small openings in the ground, where one hides as spiked walls pass by.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Faceas Clay.
* CurbStompBattle: Most enemies Hiryu faces in the manga can't even lay a finger on him.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Strider Kain in the NES game just before the final stage (he survives in the manga).]]
* {{Determinator}}: Hiryu. Specially near the end of the manga.
* DodgeTheBullet: An ''awesome'' display of this in the manga. [[note]]The aforementioned Shadowtag Bullets are able to perfectly track the movements of any target, to the point that they could be considered anti-Strider weaponry. Hiryu dodges them ''effortlessly''.[[/note]]
* EvilBrit: [[spoiler:Matic.]]
* EvilPlan: The whole story of the manga is revealed to have been the work of [[spoiler:Matic]], who started it three years before its beginning as a way to get enough power and resources to TakeOverTheWorld.
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: This is the driving force behind [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Faceas Clay]] in the ''Strider'' manga: a [[TheSociopath sociopath]] with no regards for others and a preference for machines over human companions, he compares [[HumansAreBastards humanity's potential for doing evil]] to a computer glitch left behind by a careless God, and plans to "fix" this "factory error" by taking over humanity's free will through [[MindControlDevice a mind-control weapon]], creating an [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans utopian world]] with equality and no conflicts under his guidance.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Faceas Clay's motivation in the manga is to force humanity to evolve through mind control, as he believes all humans to be [[HumansAreBastards flawed since inception with malice.]]
** AGodAmI: He actually says he wants to "take the seat of God" and finish his work.
* TheGunslinger: Sheena.
* HealThyself: Hiryu gains three healing skills as he levels up in the game.
* InASingleBound: Jump Trick.
* JungleJapes: Africa in the NES game.
* [[spoiler:KillTheOnesYouLove: Hiryu is tasked with killing his sister Mariya, an A-Class Strider (and the first woman to obtain the rank), after [[BrainwashedAndCrazy she went mad]] and slaughtered ten trainees for the organization. At the end of a fierce battle, Hiryu manages to {{impale|dWithExtremePrejudice}} her with Cypher, and a crying Mariya, the shock rousing her out of the brainwashing, asks her brother what happened as she dies. The ordeal affected Hiryu so deeply that he retired from the Striders and spent two years living in Mongolia with a young girl named Rin who reminded him of his sister.]]
* LetsGetDangerous: Kain is essentially the [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]] of the NES game and manga; his easy-going personality (in contrast to [[TheStoic Hiryu and Sheena]]) belies his ability, that of a man who is [[TheAce Hiryu's]] equal.
* LocomotiveLevel: The first area in the Egypt stage.
** TraintopBattle
* LongSongShortScene: There's an unique music theme for the two machines Hiryu needs to destroy in order to access the game's final area. Thing is, those machines do nothing and can be destroyed in seconds, so the theme goes to waste unless the player stands idly and listen to it.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Badger in the NES game has a rather large shield that protects him from any attack...[[AttackItsWeakPoint as long as it's not coming from behind]].
* MadScientist: The manga has one, working for Enterprise.
* MagicFloppyDisk: The files you find in the stages to take back and analyze.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Matic is revealed at the end of the manga as this.]]
* MeaningfulName: One of the manga's enemies is Arana, which is Spanish for spider, and he uses [[RazorFloss web-like threads to ensnare his targets]].
* MegaCorp: Enterprise in both.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: [[MeaningfulName Ka]][[HinduMythology li]] in the manga.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Kain ''really'' freaks out after [[spoiler:finding out he killed Sheena while under mind control]] in the manga.
** [[spoiler:Hiryu was forced to kill his sister Mariya as part of a mission, which led to him retiring from the Striders. Later he discovers she was brainwashed courtesy of Enterprise.]]
* NoNameGiven: A good number of manga-exclusive characters are only known by their profession.
* ObfuscatingDisability: Director Kuramoto from the manga suffers from senility, appearing very dispersed and oblivious about what's going on around him. Then, [[spoiler:when a group of Matic's men show up with orders to kill him, Kuramoto suddenly stands up and kills them instantly, revealing his condition to be faked as he awaited for Matic to show his true colors.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Kain [[spoiler:and Kuramoto]] in the manga.
* ObviousBeta: The NES game.
* OnTheNext: The NES game has short "episode previews" when you leave the game after requesting a password.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Faceas Clay is calmly awaiting for Hiryu while sitting in one, in both versions.
* PlayingWithFire: Hiryu gains several fire-based attacks as he levels up.
** ShockAndAwe: In the manga, Hiryu's Cypher makes use of electricity.
* PosthumousCharacter: Hiryu's sister, Mariya.
* RetiredBadass: Hiryu starts as one in both.
* RazorFloss: The WeaponOfChoice of Strider Arana in the manga.
* RazorSharpHand: The manga shows Hiryu cleanly slicing off human limbs with his bare hand.
* [[spoiler:SacrificialLion: Sheena.]]
* {{Samurai}}: One of the bosses in the NES game.
* SecretPolice: Kazakh has one, and it's not [[PoliceBrutality very nice]].
** JudgeJuryAndExecutioner: They kill off captured rebels just to save off court fees.
* SinisterShades: Matic wears a set of round glasses at all times. We never get to see his eyes even.
** [[spoiler:FourEyesZeroSoul: The guy's truly irremediably evil too.]]
** OpaqueLenses
* SchrodingersCast: [[spoiler:Kain]] dies at the end of the NES game, but survives in the manga.
* SmugSnake: Matic in the manga, ''full stop''.
* SpaceStation: The Striders' main base, the Blue Dragon, in the game. Matic has a SpaceBase that's his personal copy of it, named the Red Dragon.
* SparedByTheAdaptation Kain dies in the NES game, but survives in the manga.
* SwordBeam: An unlockable ability for him in the game, known as Plasma Arrow.
** ChargedAttack: It needs to be charged before use too.
* TempleOfDoom: The Egypt stage from the NES game.
* TreacherousAdvisor: [[spoiler:Matic.]]
* TrueCompanions: Hiryu, Kain and Sheena. They're been friends since training school and had been frequently joined together for previous missions in the past.
** TriangRelations: While Hiryu [[ShipperOnDeck teases Sheena about how she and Kain would make for a good couple]], Sheena secretly harbors feelings for Hiryu (as evidenced by how her personality does a complete 180 around him). [[spoiler:Sheena doesn't make her feelings known (sort of) [[DyingDeclarationOfLove until she's on her deathbed]].]]
* TubeTravel: Found in the NES game.
* WallJump
* WarpWhistle: The game's aptly-named "Warp" ability.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Some of the early enemies in the manga, mostly secret police officers, pretty much vanish once the story starts focusing on Enterprise.
* WouldHurtAChild: The police Commander.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: How Kain is captured at the beginning of the manga.
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* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer
* AnIcePerson: The "Ultra-Cold" Cypher upgrade.
** HumanPopsicle: Can turn enemies into climbable chunks of ice.
* AllYourPowersCombined: [[spoiler:Xi Wang Mu can use all the powers of the Kuniang sisters and has some tricks of her own.]]
* AttackDrones: The glorious return of the Option A drones.
* AttackReflector: The aptly-named Reflect Plasma lets Hiryu deflect shots with his swings.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Hiryu can find and wear the outfits of other fallen Striders across the city.
* BackFromTheBrink: Supplemental material (and the "fallen Striders" you can find) make it clear that many Striders were sent to kill Meio as he gained power, and all were spectacularly unsuccessful. Hiryu is considered humanity's last chance to stop Meio.
* BigBad: Grandmaster Meio is back at it.
** TheDragon: New character Juroung.
* BilingualBonus: ''A lot'' of Russian can be found in posters, signs or written in walls, plus most Russian-made MechaMooks are named after Russian words, like "Vityaz" (Knight) and "Bulava" (Mace).
* BossSubtitles: All bosses and sub-bosses have one in their introduction.
* CannedOrdersOverLoudspeaker: The player gets to hear General Mikiel encourage the people of Kazakh City to be good and obedient citizens this way, as they make their way through the slums of the Historic Sector.
* CanonImmigrant: This game's version of the [[AnimeChineseGirl Kuni]][[AmazonBrigade ang]] [[KickChick M.A.]] [[SiblingTeam Team]] is known as the Four Winds, their line-up consisting not of Ton Pooh, Sai Pooh, and Bei Pooh, but Ton Pooh, Bei Pooh, and '''Nang''' Pooh. Nang, [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute who has assimilated most of the traits]] of the [[PutOnABus bus]][[ExiledFromContinuity sed]] Sai (such as being the youngest sister of the trio and wearing a blue outfit), is a based on a minor enemy of the same name from ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom'' who was a grey PaletteSwap of Ton and noted to be a clone of her. That Nang was in turn a nod to an [[SkippableBoss optional rematch against the trio]] in the original game, where all three sisters wore black-and-grey outfits.
* ChargedAttack: Hiryu quickly gets an upgrade that lets him extend his attack range and punch through (most) shields and blocks.
* CityOfAdventure: The game happens entirely in an homage-filled Russian location known as "Kazakh City."
* CodeName: The mention in the profile of Strider Rouga (one of the fallen Striders whose mark/clothing you can obtain) that "only Striders of A Rank or greater are allowed an animal name" suggests this of Hiryu (and all other Striders), as opposed to the original continuity.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Certain enemies (shielded ones in special) are color-coded with the Cypher upgrade required to destroy them.
* ContinuityNod[=/=]MythologyGag: The Ouroboros here is the Ouroboros Mk.III, presumably alluding to the original Ouroboros model and its successor from ''Strider 2'', the Emperor Dragon.
** One of the unlockable costumes gives Hiryu the color scheme of ''Strider 2''[='s=] Hien.
* CombatStilettos: The Kuniang sisters all sport heeled shoes with blades extending from the back/soles. (Bei/Pei did wear stilettos in ''Strider 2'' instead of slippers, but they were normal pumps, not blades.)
* CoolTank: General Mikiel's [=MechTank=], the Tornado.
* DeathFromAbove: Hiryu's Down Strike.
* DegradedBoss: Several of the mid-bosses become common mooks following their introductory boss fight.
* DivingKick: A favored move of the Kuniang sisters (though originally exclusive to missing sister Sai in previous games), and one of the few moves they all share. Things can get a bit hairy when Tong, Pei, and Nang decide to start synchronizing their attacks due to the limited space of their boss arena.
* DoubleWeapon: The first boss (Vityaz-1) is seen with a two-sided laser spear.
* DualBoss: The sisters Pei and Nang fight together the second time they fight Hiryu, then all three fight together the third time.
* EliteMook: Vityaz-1, the first boss in the game, is referred to as [[PraetorianGuard "Meio's Elite Guard."]]
* EpicFlail: The Heavy Trooper robot has two instead of hands.
* FragileSpeedster: On Hard this is basically your lot. Taking everyone head on is usually trouble because they can chew up your health very fast but Strider Hiryu is nimble as a cat and can easily jump and dodge his enemies to confuse their line of fire whilst attacking from all sides. On lower difficulties you can tank hits better but on Hard it's best to hit and run as much as possible.
* GravityScrew: In the proud tradition of the series, there are gravity-inverted halls. There are also sections with small floating cores with their own gravity, letting Hiryu run around them.
* KnifeNut: In the vein of the ''VideoGame/{{Shinobi}}'' series, Hiryu can now use kunai [[ImprobableUseOfAWeapon for ranged attacks]]. They double as your means for toggling switches in later segments of the game.
* LifeEnergy: Hiryu's plasma is now generated by himself and channeled by the Cypher. His scarf is now a flow of red energy, as he generates so much plasma it leaks out of his body.
** [[SlidingScaleOfGameplayAndStoryIntegration Gameplay and Story Integration]]: It's explained this was done to serve as a visual cue of the mode/type of energy the player is using.
* MadScientist: The guy in the Research area is one nutty case.
* MakingASplash: Juroung can manipulate water into several shapes to attack.
* MechaMooks: The Russian mooks are now robots.
** Which in later stages can be infected with mutant bugs to become robozombies.
* {{Metroidvania}}
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Grandmaster Meio turns into a humongous Caduceus-like creature named Meio Prime after the first battle.]]
* PlayingWithFire: The "Explosive Cypher" upgrade.
** KillItWithFire: It can set enemies on fire.
* PointOfNoReturn: Right before you enter Meio's Tower. The game outright warns you that if you decide to proceed, you won't be able to go back into the city to pick up any other items.
* ProfessionalKiller: The Kuniang sisters are subordinates of Grandmaster Meio who are specifically tasked with assassination missions.
** Hiryu is, of course, also one, as his whole purpose for being in Kazakh City is to kill Grandmaster Meio. Solo is more of a HiredGun.
* PurelyAestheticEra: The game is set in Meio 0048, a dystopian alternate era ruled by the iron fist of the Grandmaster.
* RocketPunch: Mecha Pon can now do this.
* RoyalWe: Meio uses it inconsistently.
* ShockAndAwe: Mecha Pon's extended skillset now includes plenty of electricity.
** Meio shoots ''pink'' lightning bolts.
* ShoutOut: The enemy at the end of the gameplay video is one to the {{Segmented Serpent}}s of the past: Ouroboros and the Emperor Dragon. It's even called the Ouroboros Mk.III.
** Several of Hiryu's animations are drawn in reference to his previous games as well as the ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' entries.
** The game's intro (as seen in the preview gameplay video) is one to the original game's, even throwing in the Grandmaster's old EvilLaugh straight out of the arcade title.
** Mecha Pon's strategy appears to draw inspiration from that of [[VideoGame/MegaManX1 Spark Mandrill]], another electric robo-ape from Capcom.
** Hidden deep within the Research area is one to ''VideoGame/MegaManX'': [[spoiler:it's an X capsule!]]
** Tong Pooh believes the Grandmaster owns Hiryu, but Hiryu knows that she is the one who is a slave to her master. Mikiel would also like Hiryu to know that he'll never leave Eurasia alive. Both are shout-outs to the dialogue of the Arcade original.
** The trophy/achievement names also reference a bunch of stuff, like [[ThatsNoMoon That's No]] [[Franchise/StarWars Moon]], [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Master of Unlocking]], and [[Franchise/StreetFighter You Must Defeat Sheng Long]].
* SmugSnake: Special mention goes to General Mikiel, who mocks Hiryu for only having a "knife" -- despite the fact that [[spoiler:Hiryu just completely destroyed Mikiel's gigantic tank with that knife -- and shoots Hiryu. Unsurprisingly, Hiryu just reflects the bullet, killing Mikiel with it.]]
* SpiderTank: The Brainwalker.
* TheStoic: Strider Hiryu does ''not'' emote often. Whether confronting hordes of cyborg troopers, a corrupt general, mutant abominations, or the equivalent of a ''PhysicalGod'', Hiryu's usual reaction is one of calm, focused determination.
* SwordBeam: The Magnetic Cypher upgrade gives Hiryu one of these. It isn't as rapid-fire as Hiryu's other plasma types, however, so beware.
* ThreePointLanding: Hiryu's preferred method of touching down.
* TubeTravel: A few of them, as a nod to the NES game.
* WeaponOfChoice: Alongside their new repertoire of {{Combination Attack}}s, the Kuniang sisters each sport one in this game: Ton wields a [[SinisterScimitar dao]], Nang uses a [[BladeOnAStick spear]], and Bei brandishes [[DualWielding twin]] [[HooksAndCrooks hook swords]] [[SwordAndGun built into]] [[CoolGuns submachine guns]].
* [[spoiler:WeCanRuleTogether: Meio offers this to Hiryu. He doesn't bite.]]
* YouHaveFailedMe: [[spoiler:Grandmaster Meio does this to Herzog Schlange after he completely fails to defeat Hiryu.]]
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