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Covers This page covers the two ''Strider'' Arcade games.

''Strider'' was released on March 1989, being the 3rd game in Capcom's CPS-1 Arcade board, following ''VideoGame/ForgottenWorlds'' and ''[[VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins Ghouls 'n Ghosts]]''. Set in the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture "distant" year of 2048]], the game presents a bleak cyber-future in which the [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp Soviet Union still exists]] and conflicts are the order of the day. In such a situation, a mysterious being calling himself [[GalacticConqueror Grandmaster Meio]] appears on Earth and takes over the Eastern Bloc, then starts war in order to conquest the rest of the Earth, which he accomplishes after 5 years of conflict. A group of rebels from the Kazakh Federation, the Grandmaster's seat of power, seek out the assistance of the Striders, a mercenary group with ninja stylings. The mission to eliminate the Grandmaster befell
Strider Hiryu, the greatest agent and the youngest to achieve the group's higest rank, Special-A Class. Playing as Hiryu, the player has to deal with everything and everyone ranging from Russian soldiers, animal-themed machines, acrobatic Chinese assassins, dinosaurs, [[NubileSavage Amazones]] and [[ArtificialGravity gravity-altering machines]] in an epic quest to stop Grandmaster Meio with nothing but a [[AbsurdlySharpBlade nigh-unstoppable]] HotBlade made of plasma on hand.

The game was [[PortOverdosed ported to every known console of the time]], but following a [[VideoGame/StriderReturns Western-made sequel]] [[FanonDiscontinuity most people prefer not to talk about]], the series remained in hibernation until Hiryu's [[BreakoutCharacter surprise popularity boost]] in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom1'' opened the gates for a proper sequel. And so, ''Strider 2'' came out at the tail end of 1999 for the ZN-2
Arcade games.
board, to later be ported to the UsefulNotes/PlayStation. A [[SpritePolygonMix 2D platformer using sprites on 3D backgrounds]], it follows roughly the same plot, [[NonLinearSequel albeit set 2000 years after the first game]]: Grandmaster Meio was defeated, but [[HappyEndingOverride his plans still were carried out]], and now he rules over an Earth populated by his own creations, [[CrapsackWorld a society wrecked by conflicts, genetic diseases and corruption]]. Just as Hiryu receives the order to eliminate Meio, the group is exterminated by Meio's followers with the assistance of [[GenocideFromTheInside Strider Hien]], a former comrade of Hiryu who has betrayed them to join Grandmaster Meio. As the SoleSurvivor of the organization, Hiryu puts everything aside and decides to carry out the Striders' last mission: to eliminate Grandmaster Meio. Just as before, Hiryu will have to deal with a colorful cast of enemies in order to finish this mission once and for all.



* AirborneAircraftCarrier: The Battleship Balrog.

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* AirborneAircraftCarrier: The Battleship Balrog.Balrog is a flying-capable aircraft carrier in the first game, and a Super-Dreadnought class warship in the second.



* AnimatedArmor: One of the bosses in the 2nd stage of ''Strider 2'' is the Dullahan, a ghostly apparition in the form of a headless armor.



* ArtificialGravity: One of the most memorable moments on the first game includes having to go through areas where the gravity is inversed, courtesy of a nearby Gravity Core: in these instances, Hiryu walks across the ceiling as if he were on ground. ''Strider 2'' includes a section just like this, and another in which gravity switches sides constantly.
** The machines altering gravity also appear as bosses which can capture Hiryu in their gravity field and throw him against the walls for damage.



* BaldOfEvil: The Grandmaster.

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* BaldOfEvil: The Grandmaster.Grandmaster has one bald head under his hood.



* {{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.

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* {{BFG}}: Solo favors a flamethrower with a mounted missile launcher as his main weapon, though and he later replaces it in ''Strider 2'' with a plasma cannon.cannon of similar length.



* BubblegloopSwamp: Initial areas in the waterfall stage from ''Strider 2'' are set in a swamp.



* CaveBehindTheFalls: The mythical ruins of El Dorado (Stage 00 in 'Strider 2'') are hidden away behind (and under) a large set of waterfalls.



* 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."

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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: In the manual for the Genesis version, the Grandmaster is referred by the name of "Grandmaster Meio." Meio". However, "Meio" is not actually a name, but a Japanese title equivalent to "Grandmaster."



* DynamicDifficulty: Which tries to make some features less NintendoHard (but there's too many [[ClassicVideoGameScrewYous fun units]] to throw away).
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Hien.
* DumbMuscle: Strobaya.

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* DynamicDifficulty: Which Both games ramp up difficulty the less the player dies, which tries to make some features less NintendoHard (but there's too many [[ClassicVideoGameScrewYous fun units]] to throw away).
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Hien.
Back when ''Strider 2'' was just announced, plenty of fans mistook Hien for a brand-new ''female'' Strider.
* DumbMuscle: Strobaya.Strobaya, the Russian not-[[Film/RockyIV Ivan Drago]]. All he does is scream his lungs out as he constantly throws himself at Hiryu. Even in-canon he's noted to have a very one-tracked mind and as such, easy to predict strategies.



* EvilOldFolks: The Grandmaster.

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* EvilOldFolks: The Grandmaster. He's already pretty old-looking, and then he adds +2000 years to his age in ''Strider 2''.



* FatBastard: The Chinese Terrorist ([[AllThereInTheScript apparently named Honghuo]]) in ''Strider 2''.
* {{Flight}}: Solo uses thrusters on his back. The Grandmaster levitates.

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* FatBastard: The Chinese Terrorist ([[AllThereInTheScript apparently named Honghuo]]) in ''Strider 2''.
* {{Flight}}: A big number of enemies can fly. Most notables include Solo uses (who flights through thrusters on his back. The armor's back) and Grandmaster levitates.Meio (who levitates).



* GalacticConqueror: The Grandmaster.

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* GalacticConqueror: The Grandmaster.Grandmaster, having come to Earth in order to rule it as a God. In ''Strider 2'', he's so disappointed in how how his created humanity has corrupted itself that he plans on destroying Earth and leaving to find a new planet where to start from scratch.



* AGodAmI: The Grandmaster.

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* AGodAmI: The Grandmaster.Grandmaster's main obssession is to attain godhood. Failing on forcing the entire planet on worshipping him as one, he resorts to [[KillEmAll killing all life]] and recreating it, so that he'd become their one and only Creator God.



* IndyEscape: The first stage has a quick sequence like this in its 4th stage, Amazon: as soon as Hiryu sets foot on a descending incline a large, round boulder falls from above, forcing him to outrun it until he's able to jump away into a nearby vine. ''Strider 2'' replicates a similar feeling in its 3rd stage, where Hiryu has to outrun a chain of explosions.



* KillerGorilla: Second stage boss Mecha Pon, a ''mechanical'' gorilla.

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* KillerGorilla: Second The first game's second stage boss Mecha Pon, a ''mechanical'' gorilla.gorilla.
* KnightInShiningArmor: The latter half of the 2nd stage in ''Strider 2'' features a group of armored knights as regular enemies.
* LadyLand: In the first game, the Amazon is this. There's a tribe of female-only Amazons living in seclusion in an undiscovered area within the rainforest.



* LevelsTakeFlight: The Balrog in both games, as it is set entirely within said flying airship. Siberia in ''Strider'' ends on a section where Hiryu has to jump across flying platforms in order to reach a larger airship.



* MechanicalHorse: One is a boss in ''Strider 2''.

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* MechanicalHorse: One is a boss Metall Hengst, one of the bosses in the 2nd stage of ''Strider 2''.



* NubileSavage: The Amazons from the eponymous stage.
* PoweredArmor: Solo.

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* NubileSavage: The Amazons from the eponymous stage.
stage look quite good for being an isolated woman-only community dealing with ''ressurected dinosaurs''.
* PoweredArmor: Solo.Solo's primary element is his "Fighting Suit", a technological armor that grants him flight capabilities and a number of extra weapons.



* RecurringLocation: The Balrog and the Third Moon appear in both games, although in both cases they are reconstructions of the originals.



* SegmentedSerpent: Ouroboros in the first game, the Emperor Dragon in ''Strider 2''.

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* SecretLevel: By clearing the original game in the PlayStation port of ''Strider 2'' and saving to a Memory Card, a new "stage 00" is unlocked in the latter. This stage was actually planned for the Arcade version, but was scrapped and left DummiedOut in the end.
* SegmentedSerpent: Ouroboros in the first game, game and the Emperor Dragon in ''Strider 2''.2'' are long multi-segmented machines resembling a centipede and an Eastern dragon respectively.



* SkyscraperCity: Later areas of Neo Hong Kong City in ''Strider 2'' are set on the upper layers of the city where the rich and powerful live.



* SpiderTank: Enemies in the first stage.
* SpritePolygonMix: ''Strider 2''.

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* SpiderTank: Enemies The "Mosqueman" enemies in the first stage.
game are walking, four-legged, laser-spewing tanks.
* SpritePolygonMix: ''Strider 2''.2'' mixes sprites for characters, items and enemies with fully polygonal backgrounds and certain bosses (usually the large, mechanical ones).


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* TreeTopTown: The middle area in the Amazon stage of the original game features Hiryu jumping across swinging vines, avoiding poisonous mushrooms and thorned walls and reaching the village of the Amazoness on top of the trees.


* CanonForeigner: The PC-Engine version of the first arcade game gives us the nameless navigator for the Striders' side, and the nameless desert commander and tank pilot for the Grand Master's side.
* 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).



* 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).


-->-- Text from the box for the PS1 version of Strider 2.


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-->-- Text from the box for the PS1 [=PS1=] version of Strider 2.


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->''"Outside the underbelly of a dark and dangerous future, emerges an elusive hero who wages war for peace and justice."''
-->-- Text from the box for the PS1 version of Strider 2.



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Covers the Strider Arcade games.

* 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, improved and more detailed cutscenes and an extra set of dialogues for most bosses.
** The [=PlayStation=] port of ''Strider 2'' included an exclusive extra "Stage 0" and made [[TheRival Strider Hien]] playable.
* 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.
** FeatheredFiend: The Robot Hawk, a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin robot bird]] which swoops down on enemies.
** PantheraAwesome: The Terapodal Robo-Panther, a mechanical tiger which lunges at 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!!!"
** Hiryu gets one in as well, doubling as an insult towards the Balrog battleship.
--> "You must be joking! You're sending a toy into battle?"
* 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.
* BigFancyCastle: Herzog Schlange's Fortress Wahnen from ''Strider 2'', mixing an ancient German castle with ThoseWackyNazis technology.
* 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.
* BlackoutBasement: One part in the Siberia stage is set in an abandoned power plant, where the lights go off constantly when electricity is discharged everywhere.
* 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.
** BossOnlyLevel: Several of the smaller areas in each stage are just a boss battle, even.
* 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.
* EerieArcticResearchStation: In the third level of ''Strider 2'', Strider Hiryu explores a hidden research station in Antarctica. Aside from soldiers, it contains a cyborg mammoth as its guardian, anti-gravity sections, lab scientists that turn into beasts, and the boss, a giant squid-like monster that's presumably part of the research project.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Seen in the fourth stage, courtesy of the Grandmaster.
** StockDinosaurs: T-Rex, Triceratops, Brontosaurus and [[UsefulNotes/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.
* FakeDifficulty: The original game has a metric ton of this, with an abundance of traps requiring players to be clairvoyant to avoid, combined with Hiryu being unable to be controlled while jumping and his propensity to fall off anything he's clinging onto if [[SomeDexterityRequired he isn't controlled just right]].
* 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.]]
* 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.
* LegacyCharacter: ''Strider 2'' takes place over two ''thousand'' years after the rest of the series, leaving it unclear whether Hiryu had actually survived those two millennia or if another Strider had come along to take his place. WordOfGod eventually confirmed the latter.
* 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.
* NostalgiaLevel: The final two stages in ''Strider 2'' are recreations of the 3rd and 5th stages in the original, albeit with their own twists added here and there.
* 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: Any characters of English or otherwise unspecified nationality (in this case, Meio and Solo) speak perfectly legible English.
--> "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}}.
* VirtualTrainingSimulation: Home computer ports only. The home computer versions appear to follow the arcade version story (aside from a stage swap), revealing only after destroying Mecha Pon in the fifth stage that it is a training simulation to prepare when the real invasion begins.
* WhipItGood: Beard Jr. uses a whip.

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