Characters: Dragon Gate
As this is a professional wrestling character page, certain tropes (such as Heel-Face Turn, Face-Heel Turn, Cool Mask, Underwear of Power, etc...) can be considered universal and do not need to be listed for each wrestler.
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- Face-Heel Turn: After Team Veteran Returns was forcibly disbanded by the Millenials, a game of Miracle Doi Darts saw CIMA, Fujii, Gamma and K-Ness join Mad Blankey in hopes of revenge. CIMA also claimed that since Mad Blankey resurrected them from the dead, that meant that they were zombies now.
- A God Am I: Part of his current gimmick involves him claiming to be "all-seeing and all-knowing".
- The Fighting Narcissist: His gimmick as of his June 2013 heel turn.
- The man carries a mirror to the ring, usually hiding it in his Badass Longcoat (not to mention it's sleeveless...). During his entrance, he looks at himself in that mirror, and slowly caresses his own hair.
- Legacy Character: Early in his career, he wrestled as Masato Onodera and had inherited Yasushi Kanda's gimmick (Kanda being injured indefinitely at the time).
- Red Baron: "The Almighty", "The Coolest, Sexiest Wrestler in the World"
- Something Completely Different: Yamato's wrestling style, a much slower moving Mixed Martial Arts based one, makes him stand out amongst his peers in a good way.
- Token Evil Teammate: During his days as Shingo Takagi's friend and having membership in various face stables, he still looked and occasionally acted heelish.
- Decision Darts: The Doi Darts are basically this, whenever he wants to just mix things up a little bit.
- I Know Baseball: His first gimmick, Second Doi, was based in the Japanese baseball player Shozo Doi.
- Jerkass: A huge one during his current heel run, one might argue even more than YAMATO already is.
- Lightning Bruiser: Though he emphases strength.
- So Last Season: Like many Dragon Gate wrestlers, his finishers have suffered epic Badass Decay.
- The Worf Barrage: The Doi 555 to Bakutare Sliding Kick combo.
- With Friends Like These...: Doi seems to have a habit of backstabbing Masato Yoshino. But, since they make such a good tag team, they usually end up back together - only for Doi to backstab Yoshino again.
- Bratty Half-Pint: While not technically smaller than the other guys on the roster, he's comparatively young in age and tenure - and he has a really big mouth, bigger attitude problem, no respect for anyone except maybe the other guys in Mad Blankey, and loves to antagonize the faces.
- I Have Many Names: Aside from having worked as APE Kimata and Super Shenlong II, when he started his current gimmick it took him a long time to settle on a name. He went by Problem Eilong, Problem Ailong and Mondailong before settling on Mondai Ryu. This was partly because his Japanese name doesn't translate into English well.
- Legacy Character: He was the second generation Super Shenlong before he turned heel and joined Mad Blankey.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Had a 50 match trial series in which he went 1-48-1. Convinced he's going to win the Dream Gate title.
- Those Two Guys: First with Kzy, but after Kzy left MAD BLANKEY, with Punch Tominaga.
- The Villain Sucks Song: His theme song is literally a symphony of boos. The song is titled "salty a Boo Boo!"
- Badass Decay: Experienced a severe case of it during 2012. This wasn't just a normal depush, as his fellow wrestlers invoked it against him, mocking him for forgetting how to wrestle. At the nadir of this he had to cut promos apologizing to the fans and other wrestlers for being awful. He started recovering in mid-2013, when he re-joined MAD BLANKEY.
- Beast Man: His gimmick. See also his last name, Kong.
- The Big Guy (face)/The Brute (heel) - pre badass decay
- Demoted to Extra: After having lost his way down the rankings from high upper midcard to jobber, he doesn't even appear on the cards very often anymore.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: It's presumed although not confirmed that his depush was a punishment for something or other.
- The Unintelligible/Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish: A little after 2014 started, he's taken to yelling at his opponents in gibberish.
- A Day in the Limelight: Came completely by chance when he was granted a Triangle Gate Championship match with Gamma and Shachihoko Machine through the Doi Darts in only his 7th ever match!
- Delinquent Hair: Was forcibly given a hairstyle called a Punch Perm, which is often associated with the Yakuza. He decided to live up to the hairstyle and turned heel.
- The Dog Bites Back: Part of his July 2014 heel turn involves him saying that he is out to get Shingo Takagi, who has apparently been tormenting him relentlessly.
- Hair Today Gone Tomorrow: His hairline appears to be receding, even before getting the punch perm.
- Meaningful Name: He lost a match to Kotoka in July 2014 in which the loser was forced to get a punch perm hairstyle, thus the name "Punch".
- Red Baron: "The King of Cheating". Originally, when he turned heel, he often lost matches by disqualification due to his tendency to attack the referee or use brass knuckles. He finally won a match in August 2014, winning a No DQ match against CIMA of all people.
- Creepy Cool Crosses: K-ness on his forehead
- Dark Is Evil: As Darkness Dragon. And according to Mad Blankey, they induced his 2014 heel turn by awakening the dormant dark evil within him.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Although in the beginning he very much was evil, he's played a face for the majority of his career.
- Drop the Hammer: K-ness has a mallet painted in the same scheme as his ring gear
- Evil Counterpart: This was a long time ago, but K-Ness started as Darkness Dragon, an evil counterpart to Ultimo Dragon and Dragon Kid.
- Glass Cannon: In a sort of meta way. K-Ness is one of the best workers on the roster and very popular to boot. He's also extremely injury prone, which makes actually pushing him a risk.
- Horned Humanoid: K-ness's mask has the effect anyway.
- Odd Friendship: In mid 2013 started teaming with Dragon Kid. Although their feud ended almost a decade ago, K-Ness was at one time an evil counterpart of Dragon Kid and it's a bit odd to see them happily teaming together.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Before he became Darkness Dragon he played a vampire character named MAKOTO. MAKOTO lost a Loser Leaves Match with TARU.
- The Reliable One: His Hikari no Wa flash pin move. Once he hits it, victory is almost guaranteed.
- Theme Naming: K-Ness developed a move specifically to counter Dragon Kid's Christo. He called it the Judah. Later, he created a move to counter Masato Yoshino's Sol Naciete (roughly 'rising sun') called the Sol Noches El (roughly 'setting sun').
- Worthy Opponent: He and Masato Yoshino have a worthy opponent based rivalry.
The "Jimmy" thing started when Susumu Yokosuka and KAGETORA were forced to wager their names in a match against BxB Hulk and Akira Tozawa. Tozawa's plan was to humiliate them by generic-izing them. Instead it turned into a major Insult Backfire. Bilingual Bonus: 'jimi' is the Japanese word for 'boring'.
- Always Someone Better: Back in the Toryumon days, he went by his real name, Susumu Mochizuki. However, he was never able to beat Masaaki Mochizuki, losing big matches to him repeatedly - including one for the rights to use Mochizuki as a last name. FINALLY won a singles match against Mochi in 2010.
- Breakup Breakout: He debuted as half of a tag team with Yasushi Kanda. Kanda got injured, Susumu went on to form just-as-successful tag teams with K-Ness and Ryo Saito, and even briefly held the Dream Gate title.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: First person on the Dragon Gate roster to pin Uhaa Nation.
- One Steve Limit: After a couple years of having two unrelated Mochizukis on the roster, Susumu lost a match for rights to the surname to Masaaki and had to change his surname to his home city, Yokosuka.
- Canon Immigrant: Although he started in Toryumon X, he stayed in the Toryumon system after the Toryumon/Dragon Gate split and didn't make it to DG until several years later.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Had a severe case of it late 2009 early 2010, seems to have gotten over it for now.
- Demoted to Extra: He came from the top wrestler status in Michinoku Pro Wrestling and El Dorado Wrestling to the Dragon Gate mid/low card.
- Gratuitous English: His stable in Michinoku Pro was called STONED.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: While suffering from the chronic backstabbing disorder he rapidly joined and quit both face and heel stables.
- Heroic BSOD: After being expelled from Real Hazard.
- Named After Somebody Famous: His name is based in Uesugi Kagetora, a nobleman from the Japanese feudal era.note
- Spinning Piledriver: His Genkonitteki finisher is a watered down version of this.
Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!!
- Badass Decay/Took a Level in Badass: One of his character traits is that he swings between jobber-to-the-stars and upper midcarder on a semi-regular basis. Back in the Toryumon days his upwards swings were tied to the Holy Season; now they just kind of happen and it's openly acknowledged in-universe that he's inconsistent.
- Bald of Awesome: H-A-G-E!
- Bald of Evil: As a heel. His nickname was literally "Bald of Evil". Keeping in mind that he used Bald of Awesome for Popularity Power, part of his heel turn involved him daring to use hair extensions.
- Catchphrase: Who has called me hage?!
- Americans Love Genki Horiguchi: A lower midcarder in Japan, he's not one of the most recognized and most popular DG wrestlers in the USA, but has actually been billed in America for his popularity... in America. This is at least partly because American promoters had to vigorously promote him and his Bald of Awesome gimmick so that his "H-A-G-E!" chant would not be Lost in Translation.
- Hair Today Gone Tomorrow: He debuted as a surfer with a long mane of hair. Started losing it only a year or two into his career.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: His catchphrase being modified to fit with the Jimmy theme of his stable. H.A.Gee.Mee. It sounds like H-A-Jimmy.
- The Load: During the breakup of the Real Hazard stable, Horiguchi, K-Ness and Susumu Yokosuka started turning face. Horiguchi kept dropping falls in trios tag matches so he left the team of his own volition.
- Mundane Made Awesome: His backslides - the Backslide from Heaven moreso than the Backslide from Hell. note
- Translator Buddy: Genki was the only person in the company who could understand Kaientai Dojo's PSYCHO, so he had to translate his babble during his visit to Dragon Gate in 2005. According to Genki, it was because he knew PSYCHO well since the times of his training in Mexico.
- Unrelated Brothers: One of the Toryumon X students was given the gimmick of Hiromi Horiguchi, Genki's younger brother. They weren't actually related, and because Hiromi joined Toryumon very shortly before the Toryumon/Dragon Gate split, they never met in the ring either.
Ryo "Jimmy" Saito
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Before his rise in 2005, Saito was mostly known for losing repeated squash matches to Milano Collection AT. Often they would have best 2 of 3 falls matches and Milano would use one of his two submission finishers for the first fall, then immediately switch to the other one for the second fall.
- Demoted to Extra: He was actually the Dream Gate Champion and the top face in the company in 2005. Over the next couple years he slumped all the way down to lower midcarder. He was on his way back up (actually, he'd recovered most of the lost ground) when he got injured.
- I Know Cycling: His original gimmick. He even came to the arenas with a bike.
- Meaningful Name: After backstabbing Susumu Yokosuka and turning heel in the late 2000s, he added a new Finishing Move to his arsenal - a straightjacket piledriver that he called the Double Cross.
- Arch-Nemesis: Don Fujii, and more recently, Naruki Doi.
- Delinquent Hair: During his M2K days and for a while after his return, he wore his hair in a spectacular mohawk. When he had to stop wrestling but became a heel referee, he quit spiking his mohawk but didn't cut the hair, leaving a very long stripe down the center and shaved on the sides.
- Game-Breaking Injury: He suffered a neck injury off a Beach Break from Genki Horiguchi that came very close to killing him and caused him to miss four years.
- The Jannetty: To Susumu Yokosuka. Partially justified due to his neck injury, but he's been back a long time and is mostly a lower card wrestler.
Mr. Quu Quu Naoki Tanizaki Toyonaka Dolphin
- Atrocious Alias: Invoked - he lost a match for the rights to the name Naoki Tanizaki to an imposter Naoki Tanisaki, and Tanisaki got to pick his new name. He said that Tanizaki's crying reminded him of a dolphin and so renamed him to Mr. Quu Quu Toyonaka Dolphin. Tanizaki later won his name back and the right to force a sucky name on the imposter. Then for some reason he decided he liked the Toyonaka Dolphin name and added it to his own.
- Butt Monkey: Tanizaki's had way more than his share of humiliating angles while in Dragon Gate. He was for several years the only Toryumon X wrestler to jump to Dragon Gate after the Toryumon/DG split, and it seems someone's unwilling to let him forget it.
- Meaningful Name: Tomahawk T.T. said that Tanizaki's whining reminded him of the noise a dolphin makes, and Tanizaki is from Toyonaka, hence, Mr. Quu Quu Toyonaka Dolphin.
- Fake Nationality: In-universe, All of them with the exception of Flamita. The Japanese members of the stable had an extended stay in Mexico to train and perform. When they came back, they took up the gimmick of young Mexican luchadors, despite being Japanese. Flamita, however, actually is Mexican.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Sometimes the way he dresses when not wrestling is a bit...strange, to say the least.
- Delinquent Hair: Before joining the Millennials, he had a mohawk. Now he no longer spikes the mohawk and just wears it down, occasionally tying it.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Not a very big wrestler, but becoming infamous for his vicious chops.
T-Hawk (Tomahawk T.T./Mr. Pii Pii Tomakomai Penguin/Naoki Tanisaki)
- Atrocious Alias: Invoked - he lost a match for the rights to the name Naoki Tanizaki to back to the real Naoki Tanizaki, and Tanizaki got to pick his new name. He said that he reminded him of a penguin, and a penguin's crying sounds like "Pii Pii", and since he is from Tomakomai, Hokkaido, he was renamed Mr. Pii Pii Tomakomai Penguin.
- Brother Chuck: The Tomahawk T.T. character. When he started impersonating Tanizaki, he quit appearing as T.T. They were supposedly two different people and for a while T.T. would appear on NEX events as himself, but that stopped with no acknowledgment.
- Defeat Means Friendship: The end result of his feud with Naoki Tanizaki. This pissed Mad Blankey off and they kicked him out of the stable.x
- I Have Many Names: He's gone from Tomahawk T.T. to Tomahawk to T-Hawk. In addition there was his stint as Naoki Tanisaki, and his brief forced renaming to Mr. Pii Pii Tomakomai Penguin.
- In Name Only: He wasn't the real Naoki Tanizaki. He just dressed up like him, pretended to be him, and temporarily even won the right to the name. The real Tanizaki won the name back and the right to choose the imposter's new name, hence the Atrocious Alias.
- No Sell: When you chop him, he has a tendency to not react, as an emphasis on his chop power.
- Put on a Bus: After losing a Loser Leaves Dragon Gate match to the real Naoki Tanizaki, he went to Mexico.
- Canon Immigrant: Became good friends with T-Hawk and EITA while they wrestled in Mexico, and came back to Japan with them.
- Flat Character: He was born after 1990 (1994 to be exact). He is from Mexico and wears a mask. This is all the personality he's shown so far.
- Masked Luchador: His gimmick.
- The Millstone: Like many rookies in the DG system, when he participates in tag team matches he often ends up in trouble and requiring his stablemates to drop what they're doing and save him.
- It's Personal: In 2014, U-T had his jaw broken by Dragon Kid after an excessively strong jumping back kick, which forced him to leave the match. The rest of the Millennials took this VERY personally, and now they're against every other unit whilst seeking revenge on Dragon Kid.
Yosuke♡Santa Maria (Yosuke Watanabe/Super Shenlong III)
- Abhorrent Admirer: To... everyone she admires, really.
- Except Gamma.
- Ass Kicks You: She has a jumping hip attack in her moveset.
- Legacy Character: As Super Shenlong III. There have been 3 different takes on the Super Shenlong character. The first was a Chinese wrestler who joined the roster while Dragon Gate toured in China. The second was Mondai Ryu. Watanabe was the third one.
- Shocking Swerve: His change from Chinese masked wrestler to transsexual. In-universe, because his stablemates in the Millenials all cut promos that were essentially "wow I didn't see that one coming, how incredibly unexpected."
- Transsexual: After confessing his crush on EITA, joining the Millenials, and beginning to dress like a girl Yosuke now self-identifies as female and demands to be referred to with feminine pronouns.
- Expy: In late 2013, he wrestled as CIBA, a CIMA copycat.
- Red Baron: "Mr. High Tension", as of May 9, 2014.
El Lindaman/Rindaman (Yuga Hayashi)
- Butt Monkey: He filled this role in the promotion for years.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Uhaa Nation.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: On the receiving end of one courtesy of YAMATO, who threw him out of Mad Blankey.
- No Inside Voice: He's almost always yelling. At times, he's so loud he begins screaming.
- Put on a Bus: Finally spent nearly a year and a half away from Dragon Gate, touring in the USA.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to, well, pretty much everyone else's blue.
- Suplex Finisher: His finisher is a slow but solid German suplex. He has an upgraded version of it where he bearhugs the opponent's arms to his sides while delivering the suplex.
- Took a Level in Badass: After he finally returned to DG, he went from being The Millstone for whatever stable he was in, to being able to pin Shingo Takagi cleanly.
- The Ace: Not literally, but "ace" is a puroresu term for the top wrestler in the promotion - and Shingo has been declared DG's ace at least once.
- In July 2013, he defeated CIMA, ending CIMA's 19 month 18 defense long Dream Gate reign.
- Improbable Age: When Shingo first burst onto the scene, a lot of people had difficulty believing that a one-year rookie could be so freaking awesome in the ring. He won the Wrestling Observer Rookie of the Year award, and for good reason.
- Lightning Bruiser: Shingo is famous for his prodigious strength, including his ability to use all of his strongest power moves against giants like Yutaka Yoshie and Takeshi Morishima. Notably, though, he's practically a Mighty Glacier by DG standards - the Lightning comes into play when he travels outside of DG.
- The Stoic: He is the least expressive member of MONSTER EXPRESS.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He was very briefly in the Blood Warriors stable before getting sidelined with an injury.
- Finishing Move: The Uhaa Combination, a gorilla press slam followed by a standing moonsault and finished off with a standing shooting star press.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Akira Tozawa. During an Akira Tozawa vs MAD BLANKEY series, where Tozawa was solo and Uhaa was still with MB, he was the final match in the series. The match never happened, however, because Uhaa Nation refused to fight his best friend Tozawa.
- In a Single Bound: What other nearly 240-pound man do you know that can pull off standing moonsaults and shooting star presses at ease?
- Lightning Bruiser: One of the most remarkable examples in pro wrestling today. Look at what his finisher is.
- Red Baron: One Man Nation, but was that really hard to guess?
- Scary Black Man: Albeit, one whose services are active courted
- Toxic Friend Influence: Su Yung accuses AR Fox being a bad influence on him anyway.
- Even the Guys Want Him: This was how he gained membership to Blood Generation. BloodGen was a heel stable with a theme of no masks and good physiques. CIMA didn't believe that Yoshino (who'd been a face for several years) had what it took to be a heel and wasn't going to let him into BloodGen. Yoshino flexed his abs. CIMA swooned and immediately let him in.
- Loin Cloth: His attire during his old days.
- Mr. Fanservice: Back in his days as YOSSINO his nickname was "Sexy Tarzan". He quit playing his looks up when he cut his hair and started using his real name, though.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Though his style isn't based around strength, he is notably strong.
- Pride: Cannot tolerate the idea of anyone being faster than him and will even challenge them to a race in the middle of a match.
- Red Baron: "Speed Star", "The Fastest Wrestler in the World"
- Wild Child: His old Sexy Tarzan gimmick.
- Worthy Opponent: Has a rivalry along these lines going on with K-Ness.
- Action Dad: He has a son.
- Ascended Extra: Sort of. He went from being an American indy guy associated with Dragon Gate USA (Dragon Gate's American spinoff) to slowly working his way up the card and eventually becoming the first gaijin to hold the Open the Dream Gate Championship, the company's top belt.
- Fragile Speedster: One of the best high-flyers in the planet.
- Expy: Of Super Shisa and Shark Boy, while machine is a common moniker for masked wrestlers. (Black Pain, Kane, several Charlie Brown from Outta Town types)
- Bilingual Bonus: "Shachihoko" roughly translates to "orca" or "killer whale".
- Guttural Growler: Has an extremely raspy voice, to the point where his stablemates and other wrestlers have to really try to hear him.
- Secret Identity: BOY used to work as both Shisa BOY and Shachihoko Machine. He'd sometimes get the gimmicks scrambled and come out as both at once. Eventually Shachihoko BOY became his main gimmick.
- The Apprentice: To Magnum TOKYO, in his rookie days
- Bishōnen: In a fed full of them he still stands out (when working face, that is).
- Bishie Sparkle: Word a lot of glittering silver stuff during his ring entrance during his face days.
- Celebrity Resemblance: His Killer Hulk outlook has been noted to resemble the Japanese singer Gackt.
- Evil Albino: For a while after joining Mad Blankey he had stopped tanning and wore black makeup and dark eyeshadow to make himself look even paler.
- Family-Friendly Stripper: His first gimmick.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: His First Flash finisher is a superkick to a downed opponent.
- Legacy Character: Inherited his character from Magnum TOKYO, albeit in a more juvenile light.
- Let's Get Dangerous: His evil "Killer Hulk" persona.
- Lightning Bruiser: His finisher are both power moves and aerial techniques.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: How he turned face in 2014. After the main event of DEAD or ALIVE 2014, he just couldn't take anymore of Mad Blankey's crap, so he kicked Doi and YAMATO in the head and quit the stable.
- Ascended Fanboy: Was a Nobuhiko Takada admirer, and his moveset and its moves's names are based in Takada.
- Badass Grandpa: He's the oldest guy on the roster.
- Battle Strip: Over the years, he has been reducing his attire. He started wrestling in a karategi, later changed it to a long pants and finally adopted regular tights. Since siding with BxB Hulk though he went back to long pants.
- Canon Immigrant: He was trained in the Kitao Dojo and came to Toryumon as a freelancer before becoming a permanent member.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Wore only martial arts footguards during his times in the Kitao Dojo.
- Hurricane Kick: He has it in his moveset.
- I Know Karate: He and TARU are trained in karate under Koji Kitao.
- Something Completely Different: He was the first shoot-style wrestler in Toryumon. Even nowadays, he and YAMATO are the only examples in a lucharesu promotion.
- Odd Friendship: With K-Ness in mid 2013 as explained above in K-Ness' entry.
- Religious Bruiser: Although he doesn't pray in the ring or anything, several of his trademark and finishing moves have a Christian theme.
- Shout-Out: On the receiving end of one. Dragon Kid innovated the Christo. Gail Kim was the first mainstream wrestler in the USA to use the move. She called it the Flying Dragon. Possibly unintentional, since the name fits her gimmick fairly well, but seeing as Dragon Kid is a Dragon known for his flying offense and Kim had to get the idea from someone, it's at least likely.
Big R Shimizu (Ryotsu Shimizu)
- Expy: His name, outfit and hair just screams Big E Langston.
- The Big Guy
- Finishing Move: A huge falling chokeslam known as the Shot-put Slam.
- I Know Football: In his moveset there is a running football tackle.
- Old Shame: In-universe, he declared his anime police officer gimmick to be one. Mad Blankey stole his pants, but when Shimizu got them back he just tore them up and said he was done with that nonsense.
- Spiritual Successor: To Lupin Matsutani. Both of their gimmicks were heavily inspired by anime series and both wore garish costumes to make them better resemble the animated characters. However, Shimizu abandoned his anime gimmick after about a year, and unfortunately Matsutani suffered a career ending injury before he had a chance.
- Bald of Evil: Lost his hair as a result of the main event of DEAD or ALIVE 2014.
- Breakup Breakout: Due to a most unfortunate circumstance. He and a guy named Lupin Matsutani were far and away the best of the Dragon Gate NEX students, and they joined the main roster as a tag team - and then Matsutani almost immediately suffered a career ending neck injury.
- Dreadlock Rasta: Returned in 2015 from an eye injury with dreadlocks.
- Expy: Took part of the gimmick and some of the moveset of brother YASSHI. As well as the ability to never win matches ever.
- Finishing Move: Kzy Time, a diving splash which he almost never hits. He also has a double underhook piledriver, called the Impact, which is extremely effective.
- Heel-Face Turn: In the first Korakuen Hall show of 2015, Dr. Muscle joined up with MAD BLANKEY to take part in a 6 on 6 all-out war against the Millennials. In the closing moments of the match, he attacked CIMA and caused them to lose. Dr. Muscle unmasked and revealed himself as Kzy, who quit MAD BLANKEY and joined Dia.HEARTS.
- Jobber: From about the year 2009 through 2014, he was the least pushed wrestler on the roster for no particular reason. Even some wrestlers who were worse than he was (e.g. Mondai Ryu) got more screen time and attention. He's started to improve in 2014 - not much but 2014's only half over and he's earned more pinfalls than he did in the previous 2 years.
- Pretty Fly for a Japanese Guy
- Those Two Guys: With Mondai Ryu.
- The Ace: For a while, part of his gimmick was that he could counter any finisher.
- Anti-Hero: During his beginnings along Crazy MAX in Toryumon, his persona was esentially a young punk with an attitude problem who led a gang of rebels. His character didn't changed even after their Heel-Face Turn, and it had to wait years to became a more clean cut hero. Even today, he retains part of their old bratty self.
- Bald of Awesome: Lost his hair as a result of the 2015 DEAD or ALIVE cage match, and turned face afterwards.
- Boring Invincible Hero/Boring Invincible Villain: Part time. CIMA tends to slowly get booked to look stronger and stronger until he's so damn good he needs half the roster to interfere to make him lose, and even then he gets away with blaming it on an injury. Then he'll suddenly be reigned in and shoved away from the main event scene for a while.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Don Fuji. He, Fuji, Judo Suwa and Yoshikazu Taru formed the stable CrazyMAX in the early days of Toryumon, and although Suwa and Taru went their separate ways CIMA and Fuji have both worked in Toryumon/Dragon Gate since the start of their careers.
- Lightning Bruiser: When he got his start in WCW he was a high-flyer but diversified after it began messing his body up, he still uses some top rope moves though.
- Man in a Kilt: His entrance attire, although he wears normal wrestling trunks under it.
- The Hero (face) / The Big Bad (heel)
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Gamma. They are best friends whenever not going after each other's throats.
- Worf Had the Flu: He has (had?) a tendency to blame every loss he suffers on "not being 100%".
- The Artifact: He's a good worker and a good character, but the bookers obviously have absolutely no idea what to do with him.
- Badass Grandpa: One of the oldest in the roster, and a member of the veteran stable Zetsurins.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With CIMA, even when they're not in the same stable they acknowledge their friendship and no matter how far down the card Fuji slides CIMA treats him with the utmost respect.
- I Have Many Names: Used to change his name once a year. Started as Sumo Fuji, then went through Big Fuji, Sumo Dandy Fuji, Sumo Dandy Fuji 2000, and Don Fuji. He stopped the annual renaming thing after he became Don Fuji.
- I Know Sumo: In the early days of his career moreso than now, but he still uses sumo throws and palm thrusts.
- Implacable Man: Turns into one of these if someone tries to initiate a chest chop battle with him.
- Mighty Glacier: Not really that big or that slow, but compared to the rest of the roster...
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Again, he is a very small wrestler in comparison with most of Japanese heavyweights, but he has a surprising strength and can comfortably chokeslam his junior opponents.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The "Don" in his name kept the puroresu fans wondering for a long time. Actually it is not known whether it should be taken as the Japanese word for "boss", as a first name (some sites first identified it as a reference to Don Frye, who was very popular in Japan at the time Fujii adopted the name) or even as the Spanish honorific for "mr." (which was how Mexican announcers used to spell it).
- Suplex Finisher: His main finisher is a sober German suplex called "Nice*German".
- Bald of Evil
- Canon Immigrant: Well technically, he came in from Osaka Pro.
- Power Copying: Many of his finishers are moves parodied from other Dragon Gate wrestlers in order to disrespect them.
- Squick: Invoked by the commentators whenever Gamma uses his "Sweet Angel's Kiss" move. The move involves spitting water and sometimes chewed food on his opponent. He also corners an opponent, spits into his own hands, and rubs them into his opponent's face.
- Superpowered Evil Side: His "Gamma Daio" persona, which he created to fight Killer Hulk. The character is supposedly a descendant of an empire of "gammas" from 10.000 BC or something.
- Too Much Alike: Back in Osaka Pro, he was basically the resident version of CIMA. When he was brought by Magnitude Kishiwada to their stable, CIMA wasn't amused. Ironically, after years of rabid clashing, they became friends due to this very similarity.
- Villain Decay:
- A pretty severe case in his original home, Osaka Pro. He was the company's first real top heel, but after a fantastic initial run, was pretty much a comedy figure.
- A fairly severe case of it in Dragon Gate too. When he first arrived in DG it was as the "spiritual leader" of heel stable Blood Generation, and he would also have a leadership spot in BG's successor stable the Muscle Outlawz. Since then he's primarily been a midcard face and become friends with everyone he hated.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With CIMA. Their relation fluctuates between best friends and hateful enemies.
- The Alcoholic: It's been part of his character for most of his career. As a heel he'd spit beer in people's faces and use empty bottles as weapons.
- The Artifact: Temporarily averted, after getting the same treatment as a few other Toryumon guys, he reinvented himself by joining Tozawa-juku, and was a solidly midcard to upper midcard performer for quite some time. However since Tozawa-juku and the start of his heel run in Real Hazard, he was re-Demoted to Extra.
- Bald of Awesome: Shaved his head around 2003ish and never looked back.
- Demoted to Extra: He's Dragon Gate's representative in other promotions, but that leaves him wrestling elsewhere more often than not. These days he appears exclusively on Koruaken Hall shows, usually in the dark match.
- Hard Head: Hit him in the head with a chair or blue box and he won't just No Sell it, he'll be re-energized.
- It Will Never Catch On: He started in the promotion Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling, but he was dropped out of the dojo as he failed the training tests and the trainers thought he would never make it as a wrestler. Time proved they were wrong.
- Lightning Bruiser: Able to perform 450º splashes and tombstone piledrivers.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: His response to Team Veteran Returns being forcibly disbanded was to refuse to participate in the stable's farewell speech and leave the arena alone.
- Shout-Out: He's a fan of the Hanshin Tigers baseball team, and he calls his Tiger Suplex Finisher the Hanshin Tiger Suplex.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Spelling of his name vary between "Kenichiro", "Ken'ichiro" and "Keni'chiro".
- Ascended Extra: After years of hanging out in the opening matches and rarely doing anything, in 2010 Shisa suddenly started winning matches. He took Magnitude Kishiwada's place in the Veteran Army and also participated alongside CIMA and Gamma in the interfed rivalry with Osaka Pro.
- Brilliant but Lazy: 'Lazy' isn't quite the right word for it, but part of Shisa's character is that he's just not that interested in being a front line competitor and prefers to focus on his job as a trainer for the Dragon Gate dojo - but if he's pushed hard enough he can be one of the best on the roster.
- Expy: The Super Shisa character is a Shisa, but looks similar to Tiger Mask. He even uses moves like the Tiger Wall Flip.
- Finishing Move: The Yoshi Tonic, a move he invented. It is said to have a near 100% success rate.
- The Unreveal: For years it was believed that Shisa was actually Toryumon alumni SAITO (real name Yoshiyuki Saito, not to be confused with Ryo Saito and many other Saito-named wrestlers). Shisa denied it for years. Turned out that yeah he was SAITO all along.
- Ur Example: He was the first Toryumon wrestler in using intensively the Mexican llave style, years before Toryumon 2000 Project came.
- Beat Them at Their Own Game: By fellow comedy wrestlers, most notably Kikutaro.
- Butt Monkey: Is famous for his eternal defeats. In fact, he is usually pinned after a slap mere seconds into the match and it has to being restarted. Not a bad perspective for him, as he never gives up and always seeks bigger challenges, which normally take form in Japanese wrestling legends beating him up.
- It is said that he is cursed with 400 years of losing.
- Subverted in 2008, when he (as ICHIKAWA) pinned The Great Sasuke of all people thanks to a crazy highspot tried by Sasuke which unsurprisingly failed.
- It is said that he is cursed with 400 years of losing.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Just look at his attire. It is... difficult to describe.
- Let's Get Dangerous: His evil persona ICHIKAWA, which is a parody to The Great Sasuke's own evil character SASUKE. He even was banned from WPW for viciously ranting against the crowd.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- The Millstone: During his time as an official member of CrazyMAX.
- Suplex Finisher: His official finisher is a German suplex called "Ina Bauer German", but he never has the opportunity to use it.
- Would Hit a Girl: Yep, he sure would. Of course, Stalker's himself, and the girl he hit was Akira Hokuto, so it went pretty badly for Stalker.
- Secret Identity: So many different wrestlers have donned the Dr. Muscle costume over the years, that it's safe to say there is no Dr. Muscle. Yet every now and again someone dresses up in the costume.
- Bad Boss: Towards Stalker Ichikawa. Despite Okamura already being the Dragon Gate chairman, he used to don his karategi and squash Stalker in opening matches for fun.
- Canon Immigrant: Came from Kitao Dojo.
- I Know Karate: Another Kitao trainee, along with Mochizuki and TARU.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Mostly.
- Kicked Upstairs: From wrestler, to referee, to general manager.
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: Originally Pescatore Yagi, a wrestling fisherman, and then Bakery Yagi, a wrestling baker.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: How his career as a wrestler ended. Yagi (in his Bakery Yagi gimmick) was part of the heel faction of the Italian Connection, and when the ItaCon finally split, he followed Shuji Kondo, brother YASSHI and Shogo Takagi. They sent him to get some bread, and while he was away, Toru Owashi came out. Owashi told Yagi that "sumos don't eat bread" and attacked him.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: His re-disappearance following the half-hearted 2012 return was never addressed, and he hasn't been seen on the cards since even though he's technically still on the roster.
- Put on a Bus: Put himself there, actually. He actually decided to retire in 2009, his stablemates convinced him not to. Instead, he took an "indefinite leave of absence" to heal nagging injuries.
- Satan: His original gimmick was Takamichi Iwasa, the Crown Prince of Hell and the Satanic Mat Master.
- The Bus Came Back: He made a return to wrestling in the spring of 2011, but never moved out of the undercard or up to a full time schedule, and eventually disappeared again.
- Took a Level in Badass: Actually, considering he went from jobber to comedy wrestler to main eventer, about ten levels in it.
- The Artifact: Johnson debuted when Taku "Michael" Iwasa and Raimu "Daniel" Mishima were doing the Florida Brothers gimmick. The Florida Brothers proper ended in April 2006. Johnson stuck around and occasionally worked with Jackson, but Jackson was phased out of the cards by 2011. Johnson still shows up every once in a while.
- Secret Identity: He's really Takayuki Yagi.
- The Ace: Started as the great Toryumon ace, but lost the status over the years and actually didn't try to take it back. Later he was it again in HUSTLE until its end.
- The Apprentice: In real life to Genichiro Tenryu, the man who introduced him to wrestling, despite technically being Ultimo Dragon the one who made him a wrestler.
- Arch-Enemy: CIMA in Dragon Gate, Monster HG in HUSTLE.
- Dancing Is Serious Business: He used to came to the ring dancing and/or accompanied by a troupe of dancers.
- Family-Friendly Stripper: His gimmick.
- The Fighting Narcissist: Had shades of it as a heel.
- I Know Karate: He didn't used it as his wrestling style like Mochizuki or TARU, but Tokyo had an extensive karate background, and currently works as a Daido-Juku Kudo trainer.
- It's All About Me: His heel character was nicknamed "Mr. Egoist". According to some, this was his true personality.
- Lightning Bruiser: Very much like CIMA, he started as a high-flyer, but had to ground his style due to injuries. At the end of his Dragon Gate career, his style resembled more his friend and mentor Genichiro Tenryu than none other.
- Mr. Fanservice
- The Quisling: It's widely believed that he held a lot of the responsibility for the split between Último Dragón and the promotion.
- Real Men Wear Pink
- Badass Grandpa: Was a member of the Zetsurins veteran unit with Mochizuki and Fujii.
- The Big Guy: For the Zetsurins unit.
- Canon Immigrant: Came to Dragon Gate as a freelancer mostly wrestling in All Japan Pro Wrestling and Pro Wrestling ZERO1.
- David Versus Goliath: His match against Naruki Doi was one. Given this is Dragon Gate, even his trios matches qualify, as in some instances he weighted as much as the entire rival team.
- Death from Above: Among his finishing moves there are the diving splash and the Banzai Drop.
- The Giant: Actually the biggest in Japan.
- I Know Sumo: A former yokozuna or grand champion.
- Kevlard: Required five Bakatare Sliding Kicks by Naruki Doi to be pinned, an eventuality notable even for Doi's well known Worf Barrage.
- Mighty Glacier
- Stout Strength
Anthony W. Mori
- The Artifact: Another Toryumon holdover that the Dragon Gate bookers don't seem to know what to do with. They never did figure it out and he retired.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The official line is that he has an inner brutal streak that he can rarely tap into. The last time he managed to, he choked out Magnitude Kishiwada.
- Bishōnen: If it's possible for a real human being to be a trope codifier...
- Defeat Means Respect: With Magnitude Kishiwada.
- Something About a Rose: During his days in Tozawa-Juku, he pinned a rose to the front of his uniform.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Easy to forget watching his mid-late 2000s career where he was known mostly for having a big mouth and being a coward that he was an accomplished wrestler and MMA hobbyist.
- Flanderization: May have hamstrung his wrestling career. Originally he was a former amateur wrestler who happened to like rap and partying, and tied for second highest ranking in T2P with Masato Yoshino (behind Milano Collection AT). The love of rap and partying aspect of his character completely overtook the rest. Likewise, he was initially Shuji Kondo's smaller buddy, and got flanderized into Kondo's Tagalong Kid.
- Forgot Flanders Could Do That: While working in El Dorado tried to invoke this by working his amateur wrestling into his gimmick and even starting a stable based on amateur wrestling ability. It didn't get over.
- Groin Attack: A staple of his offense.
- I Have Many Names: Started as Stevie "brother" Tsujimoto, then became YASSINI, then "brother" YASSINI, and finally "brother" YASSHI. In Ring Soul he was briefly "brother" Tom Yankun, a muay thai kickboxer gimmick.
- I Know Amateur Wrestling: The theme of his stable in El Dorado.
- Insistent Terminology: For whatever reason he was always insistent that his name contain the word 'brother'. When he first joined the Italian Connection and was renamed to YASSINI, he whined constantly until Milano Collection AT said "whatever" and added 'brother' to the name.
- The Load: See above.
- Pretty Fly for a Japanese Guy
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Left AJPW abruptly after spending several years as a whipping boy. He retired for 4 years, then resurfaced in Pro Wrestling ZERO1 where he's been pretty successful.
- Butt Monkey: Not to the extent of Raimu Mishima or Akira Tozawa's early days, but he spent a good portion of his career trying to convince people to team with him or let him join their stables, only for them to turn on him at the last second.
- Canon Immigrant: Came from Kitao Dojo.
- I Know Karate: Like TARU and Mochizuki.
- Non-Indicative Name: His ring name was likely inspired in Chocoball Mukai, but he didn't sport the same gimmick (or any in particular).
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: Was TARU's assistant in Crazy MAX for a months until he betrayed them and turned face. Not very surprising, as KOBE was part of the Kitao Dojo team which was squashed by Crazy MAX when they recruited TARU.
- Game-Breaking Injury: Jackson Florida was a comedy character whose routine revolved around his injured and useless knee - and his refusal to stop using the diving knee drop as a staple of his offense.
- Battle Couple: He and real life wife and former wrestler Akira Hokuto. Akira often accompanied to his matches, and she even came out of retirement for a 10 man tag match.
- The Big Guy: Of the Florida Bros. Really, he dwarfed just about everyone on the roster.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After repeatedly losing to the Florida Bros via their trickery, Sasaki gave up on pulping them and joined them.
- It Will Never Catch On: Akira Hokuto was originally adamantly opposed to the whole angle and gimmick, thinking that it would ruin Sasaki's legacy. Instead it revitalized his career, and she decided the Florida Bros routine was Actually Pretty Funny - she could often be seen at ringside first corpsing and then looking irritated at herself.
- Fan Nickname: "Kenskee." It became in-universe when the Floridas started calling him that too.
- No Sell: A big part of Florida Bros comedy was the weakness of Michael and Daniel contrasted to the badassery of Sasaki.
- The Floridas did several variations on the spot where Sasaki would forget to sell, so they'd do the spot over again and Sasaki would oversell horribly.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Tended to cause this in other wrestlers. One time five guys at him, and he no-sold four of the kicks and caught the fifth (Magnum Tokyo's). The other four bailed leaving Tokyo to get killed. Another time K-Ness hit him with a series of chops that he utterly ignored - so K-Ness turned around and went back to the ring apron.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: After joining the Floridas, wore American Flag pattern shorts.
- Demoted to Extra: Twice.
- He was a student of the T2P class, but never graduated and became a referee instead.
- After a fairly long stint as the heel referee who supported the Muscle Outlawz, Tomoaka was kicked out of the stable, turned face, briefly worked a full schedule as a wrestler - and then disappeared for a few months and came back as a generic ref .
- Spell My Name with an "S": Tomoaka or Tamaoka?
- Tattooed Crook: His gimmick.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite being a comedy wrestler, he was a formidable llavenote master, and could snatch wins with regularity.
- Get a Hold of Yourself Man: He relinquished his comedy light and became a centered wrestler after being beaten by TARU, who recommended him turning serious.
- Old Soldier: His first comedy gimmick was a Filipino soldier who lost his memories during the war.
- Ordinary High-School Student: His second comedy gimmick was a student who carried a textbook to the ring and studied while wrestling.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Put on a Bus: He quit wrestling in 2003. After returning, he joined El Dorado and later Michinoku Pro Wrestling.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name is sometimes spelled as Oyanagei.
- Something Completely Different: After becoming serious, he adopted "a Strong-Style approach" and donned an Antonio Inoki-esque black outfit, mixing his Mexican grappling mastery with classic Strong-Style moves. The result was quite impressive.
- Took a Level in Badass: Went from a (already considerably badass) comedy wrestler to a serious, hyper-competent grappler able to score a clean win over The Great Sasuke.
- Acrofatic: During his main run, in which he could do standing moonsaults and the like while being quite stout. During his 2012 return he'd lost quite a bit of weight.
- The Brute: He was big, he was mean, and except for a very short stint in an age-based stable was a heel for his entire Dragon Gate run.
- Canon Immigrant: Came from Osaka Pro.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Went from the first non Toryumon or Dragon Gate trueborn to hold the Dream Gate Title, to a part time performer, to... just quietly not getting booked anymore.
- The Bus Came Back: He came back for a few months in the fall of 2012, long enough to briefly hold the Triangle Gate belts even.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Very much like Fujii or Cyber Kong, Kishiwada is fairly small compared to the long tradition of Japanese heavyweights (and it can be argued that after his weight loss he is not a heavyweight anymore), but has an insane amount of strenght and is able to do easily elevated powerbombs and drivers.
- Real Men Wear Pink: During his school days he trained in MMA, powerlifting and artistic gymnastics, which is the thing that explains his acrofatness.
- Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object: Magnitude's match against Cyber Kong. Magnitude won.
- World's Strongest Man: He is billed as The Strongest Man in Osaka.
- Bash Brothers: With NOSAWA Rongai and the rest of their stable, Tokyo Gurentai.
- Canon Immigrant: Trained in lucharesu under Tatsumi Fujinami in the New Japan Pro Wrestling Muga mark before freelancing in Japan and Mexico. He and his Gurentai pals came to Dragon Gate in 2008 as freelancers and kept appearing whenever they can.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to NOSAWA's red.
- Those Two Guys: With NOSAWA in a variety of promotions.
Milano Collection A.T.
- The Ace: Was considered the ace of Toryumon 2000 Project, which (like late Toryumon X) only had one compared with the three from Toryumon Japan.
- The Dandy
- Even Evil Has Standards: He tried to stop Kondo and YASSHI when they attacked Venezia, the mascot of the stable, after losing a match.
- Evil Versus Evil: During the feud between Toryumon Japan and Toryumon 2000 Project, both his Italian Connection stable and Crazy MAX used heelish tactics against each other.
- Imaginary Dog: He had an invisible dog named Mikeru-chan...
- Not So Imaginary Dog: ...who often dragged him around the ring.
- Suplex Finisher: Two of his finishers are elaborated suplexes.
- Bash Brothers: With MAZADA and the rest of their stable, Tokyo Gurentai.
- Canon Immigrant: Started in an obscure Japanese independent promotion and trained in lucha libre under Negro Casas in Mexico, wrestling as a freelancer onwards.
- Cloudcuckoolander: A definitely kinky one. He is known for having stolen a taxi while drunk, among other eccentricities.
- Facial Markings: Uses facepaint in form of black teardrops.
- Garbage Wrestler: Is proficient in it.
- It Amused Me: Tokyo Gurentai hasn't a concrete alineation in any promotion, they just come to wreak havoc. in Dragon Gate they initially allied with Real Hazard, but then switched to WARRIORS-5 when RH turned on them.
- Juggalo: His main trait. He has worked in the Insane Clown Posse promotion Juggalo Championship Wrestling.
- The Leader: Of Tokyo Gurentai, except when Minoru Suzuki is around.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to MAZADA's blue.
- Those Two Guys: With MAZADA in a variety of promotions.
- Always Someone Better: He was overshadowed by Shuji Kondo in Toryumon 2000, although he ended catching him up.
- The Apprentice: To CIMA.
- Break the Cutie: He started as a popular and promising face, then was approached by Crazy MAX and went through heel to became a member, and when he started to be an important part of Toryumon, was injuried by YASSHI and had to retire.
- Lightning Bruiser
- The Team Wannabe: In Crazy MAX. He was just starting to become a respectable member of the team instead of a wannabe when he was injured and disappeared.
- Butt Monkey
- Genre Savvy: During a 5 vs 5 match, he faced off against Magnum TOKYO, who hopelessly outclassed him in the ring. But the match allowed over the top rope eliminations, and Mishima jumped and grabbed onto TOKYO and dragged him out.
- All Gays Are Promiscuous: Part of his gimmick, even though he was bisexual rather than gay.
- Anything That Moves: Also part of his gimmick.
- Full-Frontal Assault: In Big Japan, 666 and other risqué promotions, one of his antics involves taking off his tights and wrestling nude. No, really.
- Legacy Character: Started in a backyard puroresu promotion as Magnum KYOTO, a parody of Magnum TOKYO. Some of his moves come from him.
- Lightning Bruiser: His finishers are a powerful lariat and a beautiful shooting star press.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse
- Real Men Wear Pink
- A Day in the Limelight: He has his own stable in Toryumon X, Los Carros Exóticos. It didn't last long.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: His fighting style was based around boxing.
- I Know Boxing
- The Unfavorite: Of Aagan Iisou. He was the least known member, always relegated to a low-standard team with Toru Owashi.
- Big Eater: A huge fan of the meat dish sukiyaki, Kondo actually named an entire stable after it while wrestling in El Dorado.
- Deceptive Disciple: To Masaaki Mochizuki when they were in the Hagure Gundam stable together. Ended up kicking Mochi out of the stable and renaming it to Aagan Iisou.
- I Know Rugby: And he shows it.
- The Juggernaut: Just look how he tramples wrestlers with his spears and tackles.
- Lightning Bruiser: Incredibly fast and strong.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: His power based style changed the junior heavyweight scene significantly.
- Those Two Guys: With brother YASSHI.
- Artistic License – Martial Arts: His famous "John Woo dropkick" is just a regular running dropkick which in turn knocks his opponents several feet away. The move was created during his feud against Dragon Kid, who used to sell his attacks like hit by a car, and was swiftly made canon.
- Ax-Crazy: Was defined as a psycho brawler, prone to snap at any time.
- Bald of Evil
- Beat Them at Their Own Game: During the war against the llave based Toryumon 2000 Project, SUWA showed his own submission expertise adopting a catch wrestling-like crooked headscissors as a finisher.
- Jerkass: In character and, depending on who you ask, out of character too.
- Serious Business: SUWA has made many, many derogatory remarks about the comparatively light hearted nature of Dragon Gate as compared to other federations like Pro Wrestling NOAH.
- Breakup Breakout: He started off teaming with Anthony W. Mori in the Royal Brothers. Now he's one of the most notorious heels on the Japanese indy scene, while Mori hasn't done anything except win the Brave Gate title and immediately vacate it.
- The funny thing is that it looked like Mori was going to be the breakout after the team split. He won their feud, and then Suguwara got fired. But Suguwara reinvented himself on the indies while Mori did nothing in DG.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After his return he disappeared for a while in mid 2010 with an injury. After his return, instead of being on all the shows he only participated in Dragon Gate sporadically. And with the new super-heel stable forming out of the remnants of his Deep Drunkers stable, he just quietly vanished from the cards.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Even in pro wrestling, where it's actually quite common for a wrestler to play different gimmicks before finding a profitable one, it's especially jarring to watch Henry III Suguwara and compare him to Takuya Suguwara.
- Gratuitous English: Sugawara's stables tend to have names like this. Aside from the gramatically incorrect "Deep Drunkers". He's lead stables called "STONED" and "HELL DEMONS", the latter of which he botched their debut promo by calling them "Dell Hemons".
- The Unfavorite: Among many fans, mainly because his somewhat dull performance and the fact that is moveset is almost completely devoid of the exciting lucharesu moves commonly found in Dragon Gate. Part of the problem is that in his very early days Sugawara trained as a power wrestler, but he was too small to use the style outside the Toryumon system.
- Ax-Crazy: Has (kayfabe) attacked fans and ring crew For the Evulz.
- Got fired from All Japan Pro Wrestling for real when he reportedly lost his temper on another wrestler named Nobukazu Hirai and beat him in backstage. Hirai subsequently suffered a severe stroke. He has recovered, however, and TARU has made amends with him.
- Batter Up: His reliable baseball bat, decorated with the Crazy MAX's "Flower of Evil" logo. After leaving Dragon Gate, he replaced it with a simple lead pipe, perhaps symbolizing his bygone era or something.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Became a Crazy MAX member after they helped him in a match featuring Kitao Dojo trainees. He had already teamed up once with the gang in Mexico, so they probably clicked then.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Usually wrestles in a slow, even lazy brawling style, mostly based in cheapshots and illegal attacks. However, if the occasion requires it, he can be a skilled shoot-style and power wrestler.
- Canon Immigrant: Comes from the Kitao Dojo.
- Groin Attack: One of C-Max's trademark moves was for two of the other members to stand an opponent on his head and pull his legs apart into a Y, and then TARU would axe kick him in the groin.
- The Face: During his time in Crazy MAX, he served as their manager and mouthpiece.
- Heel: Actually has it printed on his shirt.
- I Know Karate: He and Masaaki Mochizuki are trained in karate under Koji Kitao.
- Lightning Bruiser: His moveset contains moonsaults and diving leg drops along with power moves and karate kicks.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: When not wrestling he generally wears tailored suits.
- Spinning Piledriver: His finisher, the TARU Driller. He inherited it from Kitao, who used it as the Kitao Driller.
- Start My Own: He founded the short-lived Ring Soul promotion, which actually was more of a El Dorado spin-off.
- The Unfavorite: To the bookers, apparently. Of the four core Crazy MAX guys, CIMA and SUWA were the ones who contended for the UDG title, and Fuji formed a trios team with them, but TARU mostly teamed with whatever newcomer C-Max was trying to add to the stable (most notably JUN) and subbed into the trios team when one of the other three was injured or wrestling elsewhere.
- Acrofatic: Fat but able to do a rolling kip-up.
- Animal Motif: Eagles.note He even founded an animal-themed stable in El Dorado.
- Fat Bastard: He is the heaviest Toryumon trainee ever and a notorious Jerkass heel.
- Fat and Proud: Well, he was a sumo wrestler.
- I Know Sumo
- Big Beautiful Man: After a long time as a generic and not particularly talented rookie, he started gaining massive amounts of weight - and inexplicably briefly became hugely popular for it.
- Fat and Proud
- Put on a Bus: In 2008 he became the first wrestler trained at the Dragon Gate dojo to leave the promotion. Four years later, the bus carried him to Michinoku Pro Wrestling, where he currently wrestles.
- The Bus Came Back: Has wrestled in some dark matches under his Katsuo gimmick in late 2012 and sporadically through 2013.