Characters: Kinnikuman Protagonists
These are the main characters who appear in the series Kinnikuman
Seigi Choujin/Idol Choujin/Justice Choujin
Kinnikuman AKA Prince (later King) Kinniku Suguru (King Muscle in US)
"I won't even need the push from my farts!"
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Kinnikuman's red trunks and boots from the anime were white in the manga.
- Anti-Hero: Was a Type I at first, but grew out of it.
- Badass: Determinator aside he becomes this, especially after the Genre Shift and Training from Hell from Kamehameha, the first thing he does after training was toby send a choujin through the moon and complained that it got in the way, intending him to head straight to Pluto.
- Berserk Button: Insulting or harming his friends in any way will make him drop the Crouching Moron side and the Hidden Badass will wreck you.
- Birthmark of Destiny: The "KIN" mark, located on his left butt-cheek.
- Bumbling Dad: In the sequel, he's become this to the point that Mantarou doesn't fear or respect him at all.
- Butt Monkey:
"Why does this always happen to me? Dammit!"
- Charlie Brown from Outta Town: Channelman
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When not fighting, he's an idiot who farts around all day (literally!) and can't even tie his shoes. In the ring, Kinnikumanis a master tactician, a Determinator, and a nearly-unstoppable powerhouse.
- Dented Iron: Becomes this in the sequel. All of those years of performing those explosive moves did not fare well for his body in the intervening years, whether he wants to admit it or not.
Bibinba: "Look at you now! All those battles left you with bad knees, herniated discs, not to mention poor eyesight and hemorrhoids! King Muscle? More like King Gristle!"
- Determinator: His Burning Inner Strength essentially requires him to be one.
- Distaff Counterpart: Has one in the form of Kinnikuman Lady. As mentioned on the main page, it could be considered a subversion, as Lady Kin is much nicer than Kinnikuman and unlike Kin she's not an idiot; just spacey at some times.
- Keeping up with the subversion is Lady Kin's attitude. While Suguru knows how to fight, he's (quite famously) reluctant to do so. In contrast, Lady Kin had no idea how to fight but she took it upon herself to learn how to by asking her parents to hire Meat.
- Expressive Mask: So much so that it was years before it was revealed he was even wearing a mask.
- Facial Markings: Technically it's on his mask, but the kanji 肉 (niku), meaning "meat" (and part of kinniku, meaning "muscle"), is on his forehead.
- Fartillery: Not only would he use farts as a weapon, he would also use them to fly.
- Bring My Brown Pants: His bowels would break down so frequently that at one point Meat was considering bringing extra underwear for him.
- Finishing Move: Kinniku Beam (during the monster-hunting days), Kinniku Buster, Kinniku Driver, and the Muscle Spark.
- Five Moves of Doom: The FuuRinKaZan, four moves chained together.
- Gonk: Played with, as originally his bald, ugly mask passed as his real face, and his body was nowhere as fit. Then we start to get hints that his true face could be way different than his mask and the final volume reveals that Kin's real face is very gentle and very handsome.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: In-universe example. Many people had wished for a match between him and Terryman, as according to Mantaro it was "the only legendary match-up that never happened". "Kinnikuman vs. Terryman showed that the matchup did indeed happennote but only a few were there to see itnote . It ends in a draw.
- Henpecked Husband: In the sequel.
- Hot-Blooded: It manifests in the Fire, which usually is his Heroic Second Wind that turns the match around
- Human Aliens: So much so that Suguru didn't believe he was an alien.
- Idiot Hero: Back when Goku didn't exist in media, Kinnikuman was the biggest example.
- Image Song/Leitmotif: "Moeru Champion Kinnikuman" (Burning Champion Kinnikuman)
- Japanese Pronouns: Ore, but he occasionally uses boku.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Normally a bumbling coward, when he finally decides to fight he gives it his all.
- Lovable Coward: Initially. Probably the first thing that would click to someone about him was how willing he was to run away from any villain that looked threatening.
- Meaningful Name: "Kinniku" means "muscle."
- Parental Abandonment: Was confused for a pig when his family was visiting Earth and was thrown out with the trash.
- Power-Up Food: Garlic in the early days allowed him to grow to kaiju size, gave him super strength, and enabled his fart attacks, among other things.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: In fact, he hates his royal duties.
- Spell My Name with an S: In Japanese the name Kinniku is written as キン肉 rather than the two kanji that make the word "muscle" (筋肉).
- Tag Team: The Machine Guns (with Terryman); Muscle Brothers (with Kinnikuman Great)
- Took a Level in Badass: When trained by Prince Kamehame, he goes from someone with Unskilled, but Strong and Born Lucky, to someone who can throw a choujin through the moon, causing a crater, then then complain that he wanted him to fly to Pluto.
- The openings of the original anime also show this progress, with the 1st showing Suguru as an incompetent fool, 2nd and 3rd slowly showing less of these traits and the 4th being a cool Badass
- Underwear of Power: Usually only wore trunks and boots in and out of the ring.
- Unskilled, but Strong: While he knows far more wrestling techniques than the average person, he's still rather dumb and relies mostly on power moves to decisively win matches. He grows out of this later.
- Weak, but Skilled: In Nisei he shows that he can still pull off submission moves at his age. He even pulled off the Choujin Kousatsu Kei against Mantarou.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Kin just can't stand milk.
- Justified in that milk can reduce the effect of herbs and spices (specifically the burning sensation). Since Suguru was powered by garlic in those days, the milk canceled the garlic out.
"Supporting the Justice Choujin...that's my life!"
- Awesomeness by Analysis: In the only match he took part in, he managed to use moves from several other Choujin by just recalling them from his memory.
- Badass Adorable: Arguably.
- Facial Markings: Has the hirigana characters にく (niku), meaning "meat," on his forehead.
- Fan Nickname: Almost always referred to Suguru as Ouji ("prince") and Mantarou as Nisei ("the second" or "junior").
- Human Aliens: Just like Kinnikuman, few even know he is an alien.
- Human Popsicle: It was revealed in Nisei that he willingly became this in order to preserve his mind.
- Image Song/Leitmotif: "Meatball no Meat-kun"(original series), "Meat ni Omakase"(Nisei)
- Japanese Pronouns: Boku.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: If it wasn't for the fact that his age was stated in the manga, it would be quite easy to think that he was just a really short adult.
- Abusive Parent: Played for Laughs. He's a good person, just not a very good parent.
- Bumbling Dad: Apparently it runs in the family.
- Facial Markings: Has the kanji 王 (Oh), meaning "king," on his forehead.
- Fridge Logic: Mayumi often complains about how stupid-looking Suguru's face is. Mayumi seems to forget that he picked out Suguru's mask in the first place.
- Image Song/Leitmotif: "Eikou no Daiou" ("Glorious King")
- Mr. Exposition: Is occasional this at times in later chapters. Sometimes, he lets Suguru know of a certain special technique that helps Suguru win the day; other times, he's even more this at the start of some chapters, where he gives some important information about what ends up being the core element of the plot of the arc.
"Say son, you know about that Golden Mask which was never mentioned before and which probably didn't exist in the series canon until I mentioned it just now? Well, let me tell you something about that old mask..."
- The Rival: Harabote
"Come to think of it, I've heard of this..."
- Berserk Button: Insulting the Justice Choujin is one for all of them in general, but it's probably the biggest one for Terryman.
- Boring, but Practical: Nearly all of his attacks are basic punches, kicks and standard wrestling holds. The only real exceptions are his Texas Condor Kick and holds taught to him by Prince Kamehame (such as the Kinniku Buster and Driver).
- Charlie Brown from Outta Town: Kinnikuman Great II (Lord Wrangler in US)
- Character Tic: Terry has the bad habit of dramatically winding his left arm before a strong blow. This did actually help him in the fight with Ashuraman, though.
- Characterization Marches On: In his first appearance he was a Type 2 Eaglelander instead of a Type 1.
- Distaff Counterpart: Terrygirl is his counterpart. Just like Kin, it's possible that this can be considered a subversion because his counterpart is wilder and much easier to anger than he is.
- Eagleland: Type 1.
- Expy: Of Terry Funk.
- Facial Markings: Usually confused for an asterisk, he has the kanji for America (米) on his forehead.
- Finishing Move: Texas Clover Hold, Spinning Toe Hold, Calf Branding.
- Handicapped Badass: Thanks to Kinkotsuman's failed attempt at killing Kinnikuman, Terryman got shot in the leg, which eventually had to be amputated.
- Image Song/Leitmotif: "Texas Bronco"
- Japanese Pronouns: Mii, the usual pronoun used by someone of Eagleland status.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Kinnikuman.
- Tag Team: The Machine Guns (with Kinnikuman); The New Machine Guns (with Geronimo); Muscle Brothers (with Kinnikuman, as Kinnikuman Great)
- Underwear of Power: Wrestled in trunks, boots, and gloves.
- Weak, but Skilled: He admits that he's not a powerhouse, but he easily matches Robin Mask in terms of skill and technique.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Was berated by Kinnikuman for refusing to fight monsters for free back in the monster-fighting days.
- Abusive Parent: In Nisei he pushed his son Kevin so hard in training and studying that Kevin ran away and became at best an Anti-Hero and at worst an Anti-Villain.
- The fact that he doesn't seem to be bothered by this doesn't really help matters.
- To be fair, it's implied that Robin simply raised Kevin the way he'd been raised by his father. During his fight with Mariposa, Robin mentions he was "...Scolded... by my father that night." when the family staff was stolen.
- The Ace: Generally considered as this by the Justice Choujin.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: The anime turned his silver armor into dark blue/black and had him wearing blueish-purple "undershirt" underneath, making him appear to have blue skin.
- Bishōnen: The anime shows Robin without his mask and he is quite the looker.
- Becoming the Mask: Back in the 20th Choujin Olympics, his trainer explicitly stated that he just pretended to be a gentlemen to hide the wild demeanor he had. Eventually, he did start to actually be one.
- Big Brother Mentor: Despite being just a few years older than everyone, he's still considered this by many of the Justice Choujin.
- Broken Pedestal: When people saw his true self in his match against Kinnikuman in the 20th Choujin Olympics they were absolutely horrified.
- Charlie Brown from Outta Town: Mr. Barracuda, Warsman's trainer.
"Fool! 3,000 years of Chinese history no lose to 300 years of Gyudon history!"
- Actor Existence Failure - Eiji Kanie, the voice of Ramenman, died before the series' run had completed.
- Ascended Meme: Was the first person to coin the term Kajiba no Kuso Djikara (Burning Inner Strength).
- Badass: The single martial artist in a wrestling world, he often brings back the wind of victory whenever he shows up, especially in the 7 Devil Choujin Arc
- Banjō Ginga: Yes, he did voice Ramenman, but it was only for a few episodes and two of the TV movies.
- Characterization Marches On: When he was introduced in the 20th Choujin Olympics, he was basically a noodle-eating psychopath who described blood as tasty.
- Charlie Brown from Outta Town: Mongolman (Lomienman in US)
- Deadpan Snarker: Had elements of his in the time between the 20th and 21st Choujin Olympics.
- Facial Markings: Has the kanji for China (中) on his forehead.
- Finishing Move: Camel Clutch, Kowloon Sen Drop, Leg Lariat
- Handicapped Badass: Had his brain punctured by Warsman, leaving him in a vegetative state unless he covers the wounds with a special material. It's never revealed how he got over it for the sequel.
- Heel-Face Turn: Was introduced as a Brutal Choujin, but turned to Justice after his match against Kinnikuman in the 20th Choujin Olympics.
- Heroic Second Wind: He gives one to Kinnikuman twice. Curiously, both times were right before the Choujin Olympics finals, and both times, Robin Mask was involved.
- Image Song/Leitmotif: "Kung Fu Fighter", "Asia no Ookami" (Asian Wolf) as Mongolman
- I'm a Humanitarian: In the anime, instead of ripping Brockenman in half with his camel clutch, he instead makes noodles out of his body and eats him.
- Manly Tears: After coming in fourth in the first Choujin Olympics (via purposely disqualifying himself in his third place match against Terryman), he tearfully begs Kinnikuman to defeat Robin Mask in order to win the tournament and make the battle they had fought something he could be proud of. In the manga, he cried Tears of Blood.
- My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: After all, Ramenman has "10,000 years of Chinese history" on his side.
- Nonstandard Character Design: He's drawn a lot more stylized and cartoonish than other characters.
- Noodle People: He believed in this back when he was a Brutal Choujin. By that, we mean that he believed that people are noodles.
"Noodles are people, people are noodles!"
- The Obi-Wan: To Mantarou at the start of Nisei. Ramenman even uses a small, flying, spherical robot to train him.
- Stereotypes of Chinese People: Initially had the unfortunate trait of poor grammar associated with Japanese views on Chinese People, at least before his character was really established
- Tag Team: 20 Million Powers (with Buffaloman, as Mongolman)
- You No Take Candle: In the anime, he spoke like this when he was a Brutal Choujin, which had the Unfortunate Implication of fans assuming that he was much stupider than he really is. The truth is that it's actually the Japanese stereotype of how Chinese people speak Japanese.
- Tag Team: Big Bombers (with Canadianman)
"My father was a dirty fighter and got what he deserved, but I still cannot forgive you!" Voiced by:
Tetsuo Mizutori(original series), Kawazu Yasuhiko(Nisei
), Wayne Grayson (dub
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His green uniform was turned black for the anime. Also, his skin was made white (or really pale).
- The Alcoholic: In the intervening time between Nisei and the original series, he becomes this.
- Avenging the Villain: His main reason of entering the 21st Choujin Olympics was to avenge his father's death at the hands of Ramenman.
- Badass Boast: in the TV Special.
Brocken Jr.: How big is the enemy?
Beansman: An army over one thousand.
Brocken Jr.: And how many of us?
Brocken Jr.: Seven is too many!
- Banned in France: The fact that Brocken Jr. was a good Nazi kept the show from airing in France.
- When the figures were brought to the US as M.U.S.C.L.E., Brockenman's and Brocken Jr.'s were removed from the lineup.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: A really weird subversion. In the Throne Arc it was revealed that the Brocken family are born as humans and then are subjected to extremely harsh training. Once they make it through the training alive, they are given a skull insignia that gives them the power to become Choujin.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Yes, he wears a Nazi uniform, but just look at the way the guy acts throughout the series and just try to say that he displays Nazi-like behavior.
- Empowered Badass Normal: See Charles Atlas Superpower.
- Finishing Move: Berurin no Akai Ame/The Red Rain of Berlin (renamed The Red Rain Of Pain in US)
- Burokken no Kikan/Brocken's Repatriation - Like the Red Rain of Berlin, only now Brocken has a blade appear in his leg. Developed as a result of the Timey-Wimey Ball.
- Heroic BSOD: After the 21st Choujin Olympics, seeing a cement-coated ring can cause one.
- Image Song/Leitmotif: It's the same name as his finishing move.
- Informed Ability: An early chapter had listed him as an up and coming power in the Choujin world. The thing is that he never had much wins (or battles) to prove this claim.
- Kill It with Fire: In the sequel, he states that his Finishing Move is incomplete and that Jade's version of the move (which is to also have your hand be engulfed in flames as well as having a blade protrude from your hand) is the true version.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Only in the Ultmate Muscle dub, he is Jaeger's father.
- Memento MacGuffin: The skull insignia on his cap is a reminder for the harsh training he endured as a youth.
- The Obi-Wan: To Jade
- Putting on the Reich
- Spell My Name with an S: Brocken or Blocken? Japanese media has used both when spelling his name in English.
- Tag Team: Most Dangerous Combo (with Wolfman); The Choppers (with Geronimo)
- Those Wacky Nazis: Completely subverted. Brocken Jr. dresses like a Nazi, but doesn't hold any of their beliefs.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: In the latest story arc he lost his hand in a fight in the past. Now in the present he has a hook for a hand, which in turn rewrote how he trained Jade.
- Training from Hell: Has used the exact expression when referring to how he trained Jade.
- Weak, but Skilled
- Charlie Brown from Outta Town: Twice in Nisei: Kuroé/Chloe/Cloé (Lord Flash in US) during the Choujin Olympics Revival, and then Hell's Bear Belmond during the time travel arc.
- Finishing Move: Screwdriver/Double Screwdriver, Palo Special, Storm Elbow
- Heel-Face Turn: After his fight with Kinnikuman.
- Hollywood Cyborg: One of the more frightening examples of the trope.
- Hour of Power: Super Friendship Mode, which lasts 10 minutes, is used to defear Polarman.
- Husky Russkie: Pretty much subverted. He's incredibly intelligent (being a living computer and all) and he's not even close to being the most muscular character.
- Image Song/Leitmotif: "Kanashimi No Bear Claw" ("Bear Claws of Sorrow")
- Knight of Cerebus: While Kin's battle against Robin Mask had already shown that the series was going to be more than just an Ultraman parody, Warsman's introduction is where things really get serious.
- Mother Russia Makes You Strong
- Mega Manning - Warsman's fight against Buffaloman has a great one. First, you hardly ever see a secondary protagonist do it. It's either the goodest good guy or the most diabolical villain pulling this stunt. Furthermore, it's quite rare when the main character gets a power MegaManned by a fellow good guy. Even weirder, Mega Manning hardly EVER fails. However, Warsman heroically comes to an understanding of Kinnikuman's Burning Inner Strength and refines his techniques to temporarily increase his Power Level by severalfold. He is ultimately not victorious. This situation is more Mega Manning than Awesome by Analysis because Warsman has previously fought Kinnikuman.
- Given that the 12,000,000 power Double Screw Driver actually managed to slice through solid bone, it would have likely won the match if it had been a direct hit.
- Morality Pet: Bibinbanote , Komandas in Warsman Begins.
- Name's the Same: His birth name is Nikolai Volkoff.
- The Obi-Wan: To Kevin Mask
- The Reveal: Seems fond of these.
- Russian Guy Suffers Most: The writers sure like dumping on Warsman, don't they?
- Slasher Smile: The only expression that appears on his mask, and it's damn scary! Fans call it the "creepy smile" for a reason.
- Tag Team: Choujin Master/Student Combo (with Robin Mask); Hell's Bears (with Michael (Mammothman), as Belmond)
- Training from Hell
- Vader Breath: AKA "creepy breath.''
- The Voiceless: Never talked until after his match with Kinnikuman.
- The Worf Effect: After his fight with Kinnikuman, he seems to be beaten for the sake of showing how powerful a villain is.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The man may have been a literal killing machine before his Heel-Face Turn, but his life was an absolute hell when he was growing up because of his cyborg heritage. He even states that he turned to wrestling because it was the only way he could fight back.
- Warsman Begins makes him even more of a Woobie: his mother died when he was young, and when he was only a baby his cyborg father blew himself up because he had a power overload and accidentally brutalized his opponent and the referee, making him think he had "encroached on the realm of God" and needed to repent.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: He's overjoyed after being selected by the SKGB to represent Russia in the Choujin Olympics, and worked hard to survive the multiple Training from Hell montages that he's put through. Then he overhears that the SKGB is just a front, and they're really just training Warsman to mass-produce him in order to battle the West with robot Choujin.
- An Axe to Grind: He's almost always shown wielding tomahawks. Not that he uses them in battle...
- Ascended Fanboy: Strove to become a Choujin because one saved his life as a child.
- Badass Normal: He was shown to be pretty badass by saving the Seigi Choujin from having their life force drained by Akuma Shogun, going toe-to-toe with Sunshine and winning and saving the Seigi Choujin again from being trapped inside of Warsman's body.
- Bowdlerization/"Blind Idiot" Translation/Cut-and-Paste Translation: His character was completely changed in the US from a Native American to a British man with a bad Ringo Starr impression for a voice. His attack names in the US-released games remained the same, making things even more absurd.
- Came Back Wrong: Because he was a normal human at the time, he was comatose after the Perfect Mask revived all Choujin. Terryman fixed it by helping him become a Choujin.
- Determinator: Manually restarted his heart. By forcing it to pump. WITH HIS HAND.
- Finishing Move: Tomahawk Chop Tempest, Apache War Cry (Apache Yell in US, Wild War Cry in Throne Arc), Apache Death Yell (Nisei)
- Image Song/Leitmotif: "Tamashii no Otakebi" ("War Cry From The Soul")
- Magical Native American: Sort of. He's a Native American who's a Choujin, so this probably counts. Also, one of these helped him become a Choujin.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: His Apache War Cry and later his Apache Death Yell.
- Tag Team: The New Machine Guns (with Terryman); The Choppers (with Brocken, Jr.)
- Took a Level in Badass: His ascension from human to Choujin.
Wolfman (Rikishiman in the anime; Sosumi in US)
- Death Is Cheap: Has died three times throughout the series.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He originally despised Kin before he was beaten by him in their match in the 21st Choujin Olympics.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Pulled one to bring Kinnikuman back to life in the Golden Mask arc.
- Hypocritical Humor/Irony: In his big introduction before the 21st Choujin Olympics, he said that he's the real "Muscleman" and that Kinnikuman should change his name to Flabbyman. Seeing as Wolfman is a sumo-wrestling Choujin, you can guess why this trope is listed.
- Monochromatic Eyes: His eyes have no pupils...for some reason. In the anime they're also yellow.
- Shout-Out: The name Wolfman references sumo wrestler Mitsugu "Wolf" Chiyonofuji.
- Tag Team: Most Dangerous Combo (with Brocken, Jr.)
- Worf Effect: Forget Canadianman, he got hit with this trope the hardest.
See Kinnikuman Antagonists
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- Badass: While overshadowed by her husband's exploits, it should still be noted that Bibinba is no Distressed Damsel. When she joined the Earth Defense Force during the Monster Extermination saga, she quickly became The Ace of the entire organization. She was so good, the Justice Choujin were put out of work because she left no monsters left for them to deal with.
- Fridge Brilliance: The reason why the series made a Genre Shift to wrestling? Well, with no monsters left to kill thanks to Bibinba, who else for the Choujin left to fight but themselves?
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Why she fell for Kinnikuman.
- She also has a non-romantic version with Warsman.
- Character Development: It's interesting how time has treated Bibinba. Before the original series was completed, there was absolutely nothing that Kin could do to make her reconsider becoming his wife - she was the one girl that the Casanova Wannabe couldn't disgust. In fact, Bibinba was probably the person that respected him the most as she addressed him as "Suguru-sama".Now, in Nisei, we see that 28 years of putting up with Suguru's bad habits and constantly having to remind him that he's not the Kinnikuman that he used to be have clearly worn her out, but she still shows that she loves him, with or without muscles.
- Chickification: Parodied.
- Defeat by Modesty: Inadvertently done by Kinnikuman with her sword in their fight early on.
- Modest Royalty: It's easy to forget that she's the princess of the Horumon tribe.
- What Does She See in Him?: The usual reaction from seeing her devotion to Kinnikuman
Kinniku Ataru / Kinnikuman Soldier II
- Borrowed Catchphrase: In the US manga: "I'm Vance McMadd, dammit!"
- Facial Markings: In the original anime only, has the kanji 委 (i) on his forehead. The character is part of 委員長 (iinchou), meaning "committee chairman."
- Flanderization: In both the original series and Nisei, his disdain for Suguru and Mantaro was that they were fools that tarnished the reputation of the honor of choujin, and often was harsh for the sake of trying to keep the matches fair, even though often they were in the enemies' advantage. By the time of the Chojin Crown, it had degenerated into petty jealousy (He also became excessively greedy).
- Jerk Ass: Which is then Flanderized in Nisei
- Money, Dear Boy: His primary motivation for reviving the Choujin Olympics.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His attempt to replace Mantarou and his friends for slacking off on superhero duty did much more harm than good considering that one of the replacements was an Evil Choujin in disguise.
- The Rival: The entire Kinniku family, but especially Mayumi.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Again, Mayumi.
- Ungrateful Bastard: He's always berating Suguru and Mantarou despite the fact that they've saved the world multiple times.