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'''Yoshikazu Taru''' (b. 1964) is a UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er, better known by his ring name '''TARU'''. Initially a UsefulNotes/{{Karate}} practitioner, he decided to enter professional wrestling and joined Wrestling/KojiKitao's Buko Dojo, which had a soft spot for karatekas. He had his debut as part of Kitao's entourage in Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu's WAR promotion, but he ended up in Wrestling/UltimoDragon's Wrestling/{{Toryumon}} circuit, where Japanese wrestling and Mexican lucha libre meet. Shortly after his arrival, he turned heel and joined the villainous gang Crazy MAX (composed by CIMA, Wrestling/{{TARU}} and Don Fujii), which constituted a change of personality for him: he adopted his name to TARU in all caps as bad boys do, replaced his martial arts ways with eccentric {{Yakuza}} manners, and became the faction's manager, mouthpiece and occasional baseball bat-wielding fourth wrestler. Through many years TARU was part of Crazy MAX's adventures in Toryumon Japan, completing them with some comedy work with Stalker Ichikawa, and eventually outlasted the promotion when it was replaced by Wrestling/DragonGate. However, backstage struggle behind this change led him and SUWA to leave Dragon Gate. TARU moved then to Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, where he initiated a campaign of terror in midst of the Puroresu Love era by founding the incredibly extense and long-lived Voodoo Murders faction, where he was their leader for years. A scandal in which TARU personally beat his stablemate Nobukazu Hirai, which contributed to Hirai ending up in a coma, forced TARU out of professional wrestling (a detailed writeup of the incident can be read [[http://www.armpit-wrestling.com/nobukazu-hirai-vs-yoshikazu-taru/ here]]). TARU finally resurfaced in a new incarnation of the group in Wrestling/ProWrestlingZERO1, where he wrestles now.

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'''Yoshikazu Taru''' (b. Yoshikazu Taru (born August 23, 1964) is a UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er, better known by his ring name '''TARU'''. Initially a UsefulNotes/{{Karate}} practitioner, he decided to enter professional wrestling and joined Wrestling/KojiKitao's Buko Dojo, which had a soft spot for karatekas. He had his debut as part of Kitao's entourage in Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu's WAR promotion, but he ended up in Wrestling/UltimoDragon's Wrestling/{{Toryumon}} circuit, where Japanese wrestling and Mexican lucha libre meet. Shortly after his arrival, he turned heel and joined the villainous gang Crazy MAX (composed by CIMA, Wrestling/{{TARU}} and Don Fujii), which constituted a change of personality for him: he adopted his name to TARU in all caps as bad boys do, replaced his martial arts ways with eccentric {{Yakuza}} manners, and became the faction's manager, mouthpiece and occasional baseball bat-wielding fourth wrestler. Through many years TARU was part of Crazy MAX's adventures in Toryumon Japan, completing them with some comedy work with Stalker Ichikawa, and eventually outlasted the promotion when it was replaced by Wrestling/DragonGate. However, backstage struggle behind this change led him and SUWA to leave Dragon Gate. TARU moved then to Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, where he initiated a campaign of terror in midst of the Puroresu Love era by founding the incredibly extense and long-lived Voodoo Murders faction, where he was their leader for years. A scandal in which TARU personally beat his stablemate Nobukazu Hirai, which contributed to Hirai ending up in a coma, forced TARU out of professional wrestling (a detailed writeup of the incident can be read [[http://www.armpit-wrestling.com/nobukazu-hirai-vs-yoshikazu-taru/ here]]). TARU finally resurfaced in a new incarnation of the group in Wrestling/ProWrestlingZERO1, where he wrestles now.




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* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: He sometimes wore samurai masks in his entrance as part of Crazy MAX.



** TARU and his Crazy MAX pals were the most evil punks in Toryumon Japan until Wrestling/MasaakiMochizuki formed the savage M2K unit and directly out-punked them into babyface status. It helped that Crazy MAX had been really popular despite (or because) their villainy.

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** TARU and his Crazy MAX pals were the most evil punks in Toryumon Japan until Wrestling/MasaakiMochizuki formed the savage M2K [=M2K=] unit and directly out-punked them into babyface status. It helped that Crazy MAX had been really popular despite (or because) their villainy.


'''Yoshikazu Taru''' (b. 1964) is a UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er, better known by his ring name '''TARU'''. Initially a UsefulNotes/{{Karate}} practitioner, he decided to enter professional wrestling and joined Wrestling/KojiKitao's Buko Dojo, which had a soft spot for karatekas. He had his debut as part of Kitao's entourage in Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu's WAR promotion, but he ended up in Wrestling/UltimoDragon's Wrestling/{{Toryumon}} circuit, where Japanese wrestling and Mexican lucha libre meet. Shortly after his arrival, he turned heel and joined the villainous gang Crazy MAX (composed by CIMA, SUWA and Don Fujii), which constituted a change of personality for him: he adopted his name to TARU in all caps as bad boys do, replaced his martial arts ways with eccentric {{Yakuza}} manners, and became the faction's manager, mouthpiece and occasional baseball bat-wielding fourth wrestler. Through many years TARU was part of Crazy MAX's adventures in Toryumon Japan, completing them with some comedy work with Stalker Ichikawa, and eventually outlasted the promotion when it was replaced by Wrestling/DragonGate. However, backstage struggle behind this change led him and SUWA to leave Dragon Gate. TARU moved then to Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, where he initiated a campaign of terror in midst of the Puroresu Love era by founding the incredibly extense and long-lived Voodoo Murders faction, where he was their leader for years. A scandal in which TARU personally beat his stablemate Nobukazu Hirai, which contributed to Hirai ending up in a coma, forced TARU out of professional wrestling (a detailed writeup of the incident can be read [[http://www.armpit-wrestling.com/nobukazu-hirai-vs-yoshikazu-taru/ here]]). TARU finally resurfaced in a new incarnation of the group in Wrestling/ProWrestlingZERO1, where he wrestles now.

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'''Yoshikazu Taru''' (b. 1964) is a UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er, better known by his ring name '''TARU'''. Initially a UsefulNotes/{{Karate}} practitioner, he decided to enter professional wrestling and joined Wrestling/KojiKitao's Buko Dojo, which had a soft spot for karatekas. He had his debut as part of Kitao's entourage in Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu's WAR promotion, but he ended up in Wrestling/UltimoDragon's Wrestling/{{Toryumon}} circuit, where Japanese wrestling and Mexican lucha libre meet. Shortly after his arrival, he turned heel and joined the villainous gang Crazy MAX (composed by CIMA, SUWA Wrestling/{{TARU}} and Don Fujii), which constituted a change of personality for him: he adopted his name to TARU in all caps as bad boys do, replaced his martial arts ways with eccentric {{Yakuza}} manners, and became the faction's manager, mouthpiece and occasional baseball bat-wielding fourth wrestler. Through many years TARU was part of Crazy MAX's adventures in Toryumon Japan, completing them with some comedy work with Stalker Ichikawa, and eventually outlasted the promotion when it was replaced by Wrestling/DragonGate. However, backstage struggle behind this change led him and SUWA to leave Dragon Gate. TARU moved then to Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, where he initiated a campaign of terror in midst of the Puroresu Love era by founding the incredibly extense and long-lived Voodoo Murders faction, where he was their leader for years. A scandal in which TARU personally beat his stablemate Nobukazu Hirai, which contributed to Hirai ending up in a coma, forced TARU out of professional wrestling (a detailed writeup of the incident can be read [[http://www.armpit-wrestling.com/nobukazu-hirai-vs-yoshikazu-taru/ here]]). TARU finally resurfaced in a new incarnation of the group in Wrestling/ProWrestlingZERO1, where he wrestles now.



* FallenHero: A Fallen ''AntiHero'' in this case. While TARU was never a good guy, he was still TrueCompanions with the rest of Crazy MAX and sticked with them every time the gang turned face, and he could also be a funny, charismatic guy by himself if he wanted. When he arrived to AJPW, however, he became a full-fledged warlord without redeeming qualities other than circumstancial EvilVersusEvil situations.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: In Crazy MAX, phlegmatic.



* PetTheDog: Despite being an evil mastermind, he unambiguously liked to be part of Crazy MAX.

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* PetTheDog: Despite being an evil mastermind, TARU might have always been a douchebag, but he unambiguously liked to be part of genuinely cared for his friends in Crazy MAX.MAX, and it has been implied several times in-universe that he still regards those days as the best times of his career. It could be even said that it was precisely after losing his beloved gang and his place in Toryumon that TARU fell into the insane villainy of Voodoo Murders.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In a bit of out-of-character for him, he used to play this role in El Dorado.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In He was actually not a bit of out-of-character for him, BadBoss in Voodoo Murders, and he used to play this role also played a very decent GM in El Dorado.



* TheUnfavorite: To the bookers of Toryumon, apparently. Of the four core Crazy MAX guys, CIMA and SUWA were the ones who contended at the main event scene, 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.

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* TheUnfavorite: To the bookers of Toryumon, apparently. Of the four core Crazy MAX guys, CIMA and SUWA were the ones who contended at the main event scene, and Fuji formed a trios team with them, but TARU mostly teamed with whatever newcomer [=C-Max=] [=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.


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* VillainousFriendship: He was TrueCompanions with CIMA, SUWA and Don Fujii, even if he only keeps SUWA inside arm length nowadays. He also developed one with YASSHI while in Voodoo Murders.


* AntiHero: TARU spent a chunk of his career as a babyface after Crazy MAX did a HeelFaceTurn, but he didn't really change his character or stop being a nasty dude. Same for his brief EvilVersusEvil moments in Voodoo Murders or when doing charity work for eathquake victims.

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* AntiHero: TARU spent a chunk of his career as a babyface after Crazy MAX did a HeelFaceTurn, but he didn't really change his character or stop being a nasty dude.fiend. Same for his brief EvilVersusEvil moments in Voodoo Murders or when doing charity work for eathquake victims.



* TheFace: During his time in Crazy MAX, he served as their manager and mouthpiece. It helps that he is a ''very'' good speaker.



* TheFace: During his time in Crazy MAX, he served as their manager and mouthpiece. It helps that he is a ''very'' good speaker.



* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: How he introduced SUWA, his former pal in Crazy MAX, as an one-night Voodoo Murders member.



* KnightOfCerebus: Relatively speaking. AJPW was already in a heated feud with Wrestling/TAKAMichinoku's stable RO&D since 2003, but it was when TARU came in 2005 and replaced him as the promotion's main villain that things turned serious. Bonus points because Voodoo Murders's first member, Johnny Stamboli, had just left the faction Love Machines, an appropriately named team of funny antiheroes with colorful masks.

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* KnightOfCerebus: Relatively speaking. AJPW was already in a heated feud with Wrestling/TAKAMichinoku's stable RO&D since 2003, but it was when TARU came in 2005 and replaced him as the promotion's main villain that things turned serious. the conflict became downright scary: aside from being an unexpectedly dangerous DiabolusExNihilo, he and Voodoo Murders brought more brutal tactics than any faction had used up to the point, and they also rocked a horror-themed gimmick to boot in contrast to the thuggish yet relatively mundane RO&D. Bonus points because Voodoo Murders's VM's first member, Johnny Stamboli, had just left the faction Love Machines, an appropriately named team of funny antiheroes with colorful masks.


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* NoodleIncident: The exact reasons why he left Dragon Gate remain unknown, although the promotion going LighterAndSofter and the end of Crazy MAX probably had something to do.
* PetTheDog: Despite being an evil mastermind, he unambiguously liked to be part of Crazy MAX.


* AscendedFanboy: Was a fan of Hiroyoshi Tenzan, and his visual style sometimes reflects it. He got to team up with him in a Ring Soul event.


'''Yoshikazu Taru''' (b. 1964) is a UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er, better known by his ring name '''TARU'''. Initially a UsefulNotes/{{Karate}} practitioner, he decided to enter professional wrestling and joined Wrestling/KojiKitao's Buko Dojo, which had a soft spot for karatekas. He had his debut as part of Kitao's entourage in Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu's WAR promotion, but he ended up in Wrestling/UltimoDragon's Wrestling/{{Toryumon}} circuit, where Japanese wrestling and Mexican lucha libre meet. Shortly after his arrival, he turned heel and joined the villainous gang Crazy MAX (composed by CIMA, SUWA and Don Fujii), which constituted a change of personality for him: he adopted his name to TARU in all caps as bad boys do, replaced his martial arts ways with eccentric {{Yakuza}} manners, and became the faction's manager, mouthpiece and occasional baseball bat-wielding fourth wrestler. Through many years TARU was part of Crazy MAX's adventures in Toryumon Japan, completing them with some comedy work with Stalker Ichikawa, and eventually outlasted the promotion when it was replaced by Wrestling/DragonGate. However, backstage struggle behind this change led him and SUWA to leave Dragon Gate. TARU moved then to Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, where he initiated a campaign of terror in midst of the Puroresu Love era by founding the incredibly extense and long-lived Voodoo Murders faction, where he was their leader for years. A scandal in which TARU personally beat his stablemate Nobukazu Hirai, which contributed to Hirai ending up in a coma, forced TARU out of professional wrestling - a detailed writeup of the incident can be read [[http://www.armpit-wrestling.com/nobukazu-hirai-vs-yoshikazu-taru/ here]]. TARU finally resurfaced in a new incarnation of the group in Wrestling/ProWrestlingZERO1, where he wrestles now.

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'''Yoshikazu Taru''' (b. 1964) is a UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er, better known by his ring name '''TARU'''. Initially a UsefulNotes/{{Karate}} practitioner, he decided to enter professional wrestling and joined Wrestling/KojiKitao's Buko Dojo, which had a soft spot for karatekas. He had his debut as part of Kitao's entourage in Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu's WAR promotion, but he ended up in Wrestling/UltimoDragon's Wrestling/{{Toryumon}} circuit, where Japanese wrestling and Mexican lucha libre meet. Shortly after his arrival, he turned heel and joined the villainous gang Crazy MAX (composed by CIMA, SUWA and Don Fujii), which constituted a change of personality for him: he adopted his name to TARU in all caps as bad boys do, replaced his martial arts ways with eccentric {{Yakuza}} manners, and became the faction's manager, mouthpiece and occasional baseball bat-wielding fourth wrestler. Through many years TARU was part of Crazy MAX's adventures in Toryumon Japan, completing them with some comedy work with Stalker Ichikawa, and eventually outlasted the promotion when it was replaced by Wrestling/DragonGate. However, backstage struggle behind this change led him and SUWA to leave Dragon Gate. TARU moved then to Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, where he initiated a campaign of terror in midst of the Puroresu Love era by founding the incredibly extense and long-lived Voodoo Murders faction, where he was their leader for years. A scandal in which TARU personally beat his stablemate Nobukazu Hirai, which contributed to Hirai ending up in a coma, forced TARU out of professional wrestling - a (a detailed writeup of the incident can be read [[http://www.armpit-wrestling.com/nobukazu-hirai-vs-yoshikazu-taru/ here]].here]]). TARU finally resurfaced in a new incarnation of the group in Wrestling/ProWrestlingZERO1, where he wrestles now.



** TARU and his Crazy MAX pals were the worst punks in Toryumon Japan until Wrestling/MasaakiMochizuki formed the savage M2K unit and directly out-punked them into babyface status. It helped that Crazy MAX had been really popular despite (or because) their villainy.

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** TARU and his Crazy MAX pals were the worst most evil punks in Toryumon Japan until Wrestling/MasaakiMochizuki formed the savage M2K unit and directly out-punked them into babyface status. It helped that Crazy MAX had been really popular despite (or because) their villainy.



* {{Heel}}: Actually has it printed on his shirt.
* IKnowKarate: He was a UsefulNotes/{{Karate}} fighter and trainer before getting into pro wrestling.

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* {{Heel}}: Actually has it A hell of a example, to the extent he sometimes wears a shirt with the word printed on his shirt.
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* IKnowKarate: He Taru was a UsefulNotes/{{Karate}} fighter and trainer before getting into pro wrestling.wrestling, and was often announced as a former member of his master's Buko Dojo. He also had clearly some grappling knowledge, probably learned there.



* LightningBruiser: His moveset contains moonsaults and diving leg drops along with power moves and karate kicks.

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* LightningBruiser: His moveset contains moonsaults and diving leg drops along with power moves and karate kicks. He was noted to lack some maneuverability, though, probably from being a stocky guy who liked better to kick and brawl from stationary positions.


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* MundaneMadeAwesome: One of his early signature moves was an ''ippon seoi nage'', a basic UsefulNotes/{{Judo}} throw, only performed to an opponent in the second or top rope.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: His character in Toryumon was simultaneously a yakuza, a martial artist, a powerhouse, a garbage wrestler and a manager.


* AntiHero: Taru spent a chunk of his career as a babyface after Crazy MAX did a HeelFaceTurn, but he didn't really change his character or stop being a nasty dude. Same for his brief EvilVersusEvil moments in Voodoo Murders or when doing charity work for eathquake victims.

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* AntiHero: Taru TARU spent a chunk of his career as a babyface after Crazy MAX did a HeelFaceTurn, but he didn't really change his character or stop being a nasty dude. Same for his brief EvilVersusEvil moments in Voodoo Murders or when doing charity work for eathquake victims.



* EvilVersusEvil: When TARU arrived to AJPW, Wrestling/TAKAMichinoku and his RO&D stable were the main antagonists, so it was natural for them to clash once Voodoo Murders caught momentum. As usual with this kind of angles, it made RO&D turn slightly babyface, though unlike most examples (for instance, when TARU's previous group Crazy MAX were in the receiving end of this against M2K), they didn't become necessarily heroic. Only TAKA himself turned face when RO&D was disbanded.

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* EvilVersusEvil: EvilVersusEvil:
** TARU and his Crazy MAX pals were the worst punks in Toryumon Japan until Wrestling/MasaakiMochizuki formed the savage M2K unit and directly out-punked them into babyface status. It helped that Crazy MAX had been really popular despite (or because) their villainy.
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When TARU arrived to AJPW, Wrestling/TAKAMichinoku and his RO&D stable were the main antagonists, so it was natural for them to clash once Voodoo Murders caught momentum. As usual with this kind of angles, it made RO&D turn slightly babyface, though unlike most examples (for instance, when TARU's the previous group Crazy MAX were in the receiving end of this against M2K), example, they didn't become necessarily heroic. Only TAKA himself turned face when RO&D was disbanded.disbanded.
** The opposite happened when Voodoo Murders feuded with F4, a very impopular BigBadWannabe stable founded by Hiroshi Yamato and former VM guy Satoshi Kojima. While Voodoo Murders remained villainous, the crowd actually cheered when they defeated F4 and forced them to disband.
** TARU expelled Kengo Nishimura from the new Voodoo Murders because the latter was wrestling at the same time for another heel(ish) stable in Wrestling/MichinokuProWrestling, Hayato Fujita's BAD BOY. (Out of kayfabe, this was done to explain Kengo's departure from Wrestling/ProWrestlingZERO1 after he signed up full time with MPW.)



** Sometimes attacks ring crew ForTheEvulz.

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** Sometimes He often attacks ring crew and splashes fans with a water bottle ForTheEvulz.


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* ShallowParody: In-universe. His Tarultimo Dragón character was an intentionally lame parody of Wrestling/UltimoDragon, as he lacked the agility and technical brilliance of the original and instead resorted to TARU's usual dirty tricks.


'''Yoshikazu Taru''' (b. 1964) is a UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er, better known by his ring name '''TARU'''. Initially a UsefulNotes/{{Karate}} practitioner, he decided to enter professional wrestling and joined Wrestling/KojiKitao's Buko Dojo, which had a soft spot for karatekas. He had his debut as part of Kitao's entourage in Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu's WAR promotion, but he ended up in Wrestling/UltimoDragon's Wrestling/{{Toryumon}} circuit, where Japanese wrestling and Mexican lucha libre meet. Shortly after his arrival, he turned heel and joined the villainous gang Crazy MAX (composed by CIMA, SUWA and Don Fujii), which constituted a change of personality for him: he adopted his name to TARU in all caps as bad boys do, changed his martial arts ways for eccentric {{Yakuza}} manners, and became the faction's manager, mouthpiece and occasional baseball bat-wielding fighter. Through many years TARU was part of Crazy MAX's adventures in Toryumon Japan, completing them with some comedy work with Stalker Ichikawa, and eventually outlasted the promotion when it was replaced by Wrestling/DragonGate. However, backstage struggle behind this change led him and SUWA to leave Dragon Gate. TARU moved then to Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, where he initiated a campaign of terror by founding the incredibly extense and long-lived Voodoo Murders faction, where he was their leader for years. A scandal in which TARU personally beat his stablemate Nobukazu Hirai, which contributed to Hirai ending up in a coma, forced TARU out of professional wrestling - a detailed writeup of the incident can be read [[http://www.armpit-wrestling.com/nobukazu-hirai-vs-yoshikazu-taru/ here]]. TARU finally resurfaced in a new incarnation of the group in Wrestling/ProWrestlingZERO1, where he wrestles now.

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'''Yoshikazu Taru''' (b. 1964) is a UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er, better known by his ring name '''TARU'''. Initially a UsefulNotes/{{Karate}} practitioner, he decided to enter professional wrestling and joined Wrestling/KojiKitao's Buko Dojo, which had a soft spot for karatekas. He had his debut as part of Kitao's entourage in Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu's WAR promotion, but he ended up in Wrestling/UltimoDragon's Wrestling/{{Toryumon}} circuit, where Japanese wrestling and Mexican lucha libre meet. Shortly after his arrival, he turned heel and joined the villainous gang Crazy MAX (composed by CIMA, SUWA and Don Fujii), which constituted a change of personality for him: he adopted his name to TARU in all caps as bad boys do, changed replaced his martial arts ways for with eccentric {{Yakuza}} manners, and became the faction's manager, mouthpiece and occasional baseball bat-wielding fighter.fourth wrestler. Through many years TARU was part of Crazy MAX's adventures in Toryumon Japan, completing them with some comedy work with Stalker Ichikawa, and eventually outlasted the promotion when it was replaced by Wrestling/DragonGate. However, backstage struggle behind this change led him and SUWA to leave Dragon Gate. TARU moved then to Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, where he initiated a campaign of terror in midst of the Puroresu Love era by founding the incredibly extense and long-lived Voodoo Murders faction, where he was their leader for years. A scandal in which TARU personally beat his stablemate Nobukazu Hirai, which contributed to Hirai ending up in a coma, forced TARU out of professional wrestling - a detailed writeup of the incident can be read [[http://www.armpit-wrestling.com/nobukazu-hirai-vs-yoshikazu-taru/ here]]. TARU finally resurfaced in a new incarnation of the group in Wrestling/ProWrestlingZERO1, where he wrestles now.



* ArchEnemy: Half of Japan's pro wrestlers are or have been at some point enemies of TARU and his factions, but as individual examples we could count Wrestling/MasaakiMochizuki (in Toryumon Japan), Wrestling/TAKAMichinoku (in his beginnings in AJPW), Wrestling/KeijiMutoh and Wrestling/MinoruSuzuki (during AJPW's gang wars) and Wrestling/ShinjiroOtani (in [=ZERO1=]). Parodied with Stalker Ichikawa.

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* ArchEnemy: ArchEnemy:
**
Half of Japan's the Japanese pro wrestlers of today are or have been at some point enemies of TARU and his factions, but as individual examples we could count Wrestling/MasaakiMochizuki (in Toryumon Japan), Wrestling/TAKAMichinoku (in his beginnings in AJPW), Wrestling/KeijiMutoh and Wrestling/MinoruSuzuki (during AJPW's gang wars) (for the rest of his AJPW tenure) and Wrestling/ShinjiroOtani (in [=ZERO1=]). Parodied [=ZERO1=]).
** The whole concept was parodied in Toryumon
with Stalker Ichikawa.Ichikawa, who always tried to best TARU in comedic matches and was constantly kicked around in equally comedic ways.



* BatterUp: During his Crazy MAX days, he used to carry around a black baseball bat painted with the gang's "Flower of Evil" logo. After leaving Dragon Gate, he replaced it with a crude [[PipePain lead pipe]], perhaps symbolizing his bygone era.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Became a Crazy MAX member after they spared him from a wild attack on the participants of a match featuring Kitao Dojo trainees. He had already teamed up once with the gang in Mexico, so they probably clicked then.
* BigBad: He could be considered the main villain of AJPW's gang wars.

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* BatterUp: During his Crazy MAX days, he used to carry around a black baseball bat bat, nicely painted with the gang's "Flower of Evil" logo.logo, which he would use to club people during brawls. After leaving Dragon Gate, he replaced it with a crude [[PipePain lead pipe]], perhaps symbolizing his bygone era.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Became a Crazy MAX member after they spared him from a wild attack on the participants of a match featuring Kitao Dojo trainees. He had already teamed up once with the gang in Mexico, so they it was probably clicked then.
then when they clicked.
* BigBad: He could While he delegated most of the action to who happened to be TheHeavy of Voodoo Murders at that moment (usually Shuji Kondo or Suwama), TARU was the leader of the stable and the mastermind behind their misdeeds, so he can be considered the main central villain of AJPW's gang wars.the AJPW Puroresu Love age.



* TheChessmaster: His specialty. One of his greatest examples happened with TAKA Michinoku during a match between their respective factions, Voodoo Murders and RO&D, in which the loser would be officially disbanded. TAKA had accepted the stipulation believing he had the advantage against TARU, but in the climax of the bout TARU revealed he had bought the loyalty of TAKA's champions Wrestling/DLoBrown and Bull Buchanan a long time ago and that it had been all a ruse. After that, RO&D lost the match and the traitors were integrated into Voodoo Murders.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: TARU's first three cronies in AJPW were all gaijins, which implied he would emulate TAKA Michinoku and create a foreign army led by a Japanese. This changed when Shuji Kondo and YASSHI joined.
* TheChessmaster: His specialty. One of his greatest examples happened with TAKA Michinoku during a match between their respective factions, Voodoo Murders and RO&D, in which the loser would be officially disbanded. TAKA had accepted the stipulation stipulations believing he had the advantage against TARU, but in the climax of the bout TARU revealed he had bought the loyalty of TAKA's champions PraetorianGuard, Wrestling/DLoBrown and Bull Buchanan a Buchanan, long time ago and that it had been all before the match. As a ruse. After that, result, RO&D lost the match bout and was disbanded, and the traitors were integrated into Voodoo Murders.



* EqualOpportunityEvil: Has no qualms about the people he recruits for Voodoo Murders, including gaijins and former enemies of his. His very first two henchmen in the stable, Shuji Kondo and YASSHI, were his sworn enemies in the Toryumon Japan gang wars.

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* EqualOpportunityEvil: Has no qualms about the people he recruits for Voodoo Murders, including gaijins and former enemies of his. His very first two henchmen in the stable, native henchmen, Shuji Kondo and YASSHI, were his sworn enemies in the Toryumon Japan gang wars.



* EvilVersusEvil: When TARU arrived to AJPW, Wrestling/TAKAMichinoku and his RO&D stable were the main antagonists, so it was natural for them to clash once Voodoo Murders caught momentum. As usual with this kind of angles, it made RO&D turn slightly babyface, though unlike most examples (for instance, when TARU's previous group Crazy MAX were in the receiving end of this against M2K), they didn't become necessarily heroic. Only TAKA himself turned face when RO&D was disbanded.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: First, he turned from a random karateka into the manager of the worst punks in Toryumon Japan. Then, he tuned from the manager of the worst punks in Toryumon Japan into the ''leader'' of the nastiest stable in the history of AJPW.



* KnightOfCerebus: Relatively speaking. AJPW was already in a heated feud with Wrestling/TAKAMichinoku's stable RO&D since 2003, but it was when TARU came in 2005 and replaced him as the promotion's main villain that things turned serious. Bonus points because Voodoo Murders's first member, Johnny Stamboli, had just left the faction Love Machines, an appropriately named team of funny antiheroes with colorful masks.



* NonActionBigBad: Subverted. TARU was the BigBad of the AJPW 2000s gang wars, but while he did wrestle with regularity, he wasn't interested in winning titles for himself or carrying on himself his attacks. He usually acted more as a mastermind who happened to be a wrestler than a wrestler who happened to be a mastermind.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In a bit out-of-character for him, he used to play this role in El Dorado.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In a bit of out-of-character for him, he used to play this role in El Dorado.



* StartMyOwn: He founded the short-lived Ring Soul promotion, which actually was more of a El Dorado spin-off.
* StoutStrength: While not exactly fat, he is wide of waist, and whenever he wants, he lifts people up with ease.

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* StartMyOwn: He founded the short-lived Ring Soul promotion, which was actually was more of a an El Dorado spin-off.
* StoutStrength: While not exactly fat, he is wide of waist, and whenever he wants, he waist. He also lifts people up with ease.ease whenever he wants.



* {{Yakuza}}: His character evokes clearly the stereotype: he wears fancy suits when not wrestling, sports tattoos, carries some of their classical mannerisms and poise, used to be referred as "aniki" (a yakuza term for a BigBrotherMentor) in Crazy MAX and "ojayi" (yakuza for TheDon) in Voodoo Murders, and prefers to lead other wrestlers in a mafia style as opposed to doing the dirty work himself. Also, although it isn't clear which style of karate he trained, some sources have it as Shidokan Karate, a school very popular among yakuzas in real life. There are, in fact, persistent rumors that he actually was yakuza at one point and isn't entirely retired from it.

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* VileVillainSaccharineShow: While it might look a bit farfetched to call "saccharine show" a Japanese wrestling promotion, AJPW was starting the Puroresu Love era under Wrestling/KeijiMutoh's direction when TARU arrived. That means the promotion's most brutal and dangerous villain came precisely during the promotion's most colorful and theatrical age.
* {{Yakuza}}: His character evokes clearly the stereotype: he wears fancy suits when not wrestling, sports tattoos, carries some of their classical mannerisms and poise, used to be referred as "aniki" (a yakuza term for a BigBrotherMentor) in Crazy MAX and "ojayi" (yakuza for TheDon) in Voodoo Murders, and prefers to lead other wrestlers in a mafia style as opposed to doing the dirty work himself. Also, although it isn't clear which style of karate he trained, some sources have it as Shidokan Karate, a school very popular among yakuzas in real life. There are, in fact, persistent rumors that he actually was a yakuza at one point and isn't entirely retired from it.


* PintSizedPowerhouse: He uses moves usually associated to superheavyweight wrestlers, like the chokebomb and the over the shoulder piledriver, and by Japanese standards he is certainly a rather big man, but he is still just a regular heavyweight.

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* PintSizedPowerhouse: He uses moves usually associated to superheavyweight wrestlers, like the chokebomb and the over the shoulder piledriver, and by Japanese standards he is certainly a rather big man, but he is still just a regular heavyweight. Of course, he started using these moves in his Toryumon days, and Toryumon's roster consisted primarily of cruiserweights and often wrestlers too small to be given a chance elsewhere.


* {{Yakuza}}: His character evokes clearly the stereotype: he wears fancy suits when not wrestling, sports tattoos, carries some of their classical mannerisms and poise, used to be referred as "aniki" (a yakuza term for a BigBrotherMentor) in Crazy MAX and "ojayi" (yakuza for TheDon) in Voodoo Murders, and prefers to lead other wrestlers in a mafia style as opposed to doing the dirty work himself. Also, although it isn't clear which style of karate he trained, some sources have it as Shidokan Karate, a school very popular among yakuzas in real life.

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* {{Yakuza}}: His character evokes clearly the stereotype: he wears fancy suits when not wrestling, sports tattoos, carries some of their classical mannerisms and poise, used to be referred as "aniki" (a yakuza term for a BigBrotherMentor) in Crazy MAX and "ojayi" (yakuza for TheDon) in Voodoo Murders, and prefers to lead other wrestlers in a mafia style as opposed to doing the dirty work himself. Also, although it isn't clear which style of karate he trained, some sources have it as Shidokan Karate, a school very popular among yakuzas in real life. There are, in fact, persistent rumors that he actually was yakuza at one point and isn't entirely retired from it.


'''Yoshikazu Taru''' (b. 1964) is a UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er, better known by his ring name '''TARU'''. Initially a UsefulNotes/{{Karate}} practitioner, he decided to enter professional wrestling and joined Wrestling/KojiKitao's Buko Dojo, which had a soft spot for karatekas. He had his debut as part of Kitao's entourage in Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu's WAR promotion, but he ended up in Wrestling/UltimoDragon's Wrestling/{{Toryumon}} circuit, where Japanese wrestling and Mexican lucha libre meet. Shortly after his arrival, he turned heel and joined the villainous gang Crazy MAX (composed by CIMA, SUWA and Don Fujii), which constituted a change of personality for him: he adopted his name to TARU in all caps as bad boys do, changed his martial arts ways for eccentric {{Yakuza}} manners, and became the faction's manager, mouthpiece and occasional baseball bat-wielding fighter. Through many years TARU was part of Crazy MAX's adventures in Toryumon Japan, completing them with some comedy work with Stalker Ichikawa, and eventually outlasted the promotion when it was replaced by Wrestling/DragonGate. However, backstage struggle behind this change led him and SUWA to leave Dragon Gate. TARU moved then to Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, where he initiated a campaign of terror by founding the incredibly extense and long-lived Voodoo Murders faction. He was their leader for years, until a scandal related to one of his underlings being beaten into a coma forced TARU out of professional wrestling. TARU finally resurfaced in a new incarnation of the group in Wrestling/ProWrestlingZERO1, where he wrestles now.

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'''Yoshikazu Taru''' (b. 1964) is a UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er, better known by his ring name '''TARU'''. Initially a UsefulNotes/{{Karate}} practitioner, he decided to enter professional wrestling and joined Wrestling/KojiKitao's Buko Dojo, which had a soft spot for karatekas. He had his debut as part of Kitao's entourage in Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu's WAR promotion, but he ended up in Wrestling/UltimoDragon's Wrestling/{{Toryumon}} circuit, where Japanese wrestling and Mexican lucha libre meet. Shortly after his arrival, he turned heel and joined the villainous gang Crazy MAX (composed by CIMA, SUWA and Don Fujii), which constituted a change of personality for him: he adopted his name to TARU in all caps as bad boys do, changed his martial arts ways for eccentric {{Yakuza}} manners, and became the faction's manager, mouthpiece and occasional baseball bat-wielding fighter. Through many years TARU was part of Crazy MAX's adventures in Toryumon Japan, completing them with some comedy work with Stalker Ichikawa, and eventually outlasted the promotion when it was replaced by Wrestling/DragonGate. However, backstage struggle behind this change led him and SUWA to leave Dragon Gate. TARU moved then to Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, where he initiated a campaign of terror by founding the incredibly extense and long-lived Voodoo Murders faction. He faction, where he was their leader for years, until a years. A scandal related to one of in which TARU personally beat his underlings being beaten into stablemate Nobukazu Hirai, which contributed to Hirai ending up in a coma coma, forced TARU out of professional wrestling.wrestling - a detailed writeup of the incident can be read [[http://www.armpit-wrestling.com/nobukazu-hirai-vs-yoshikazu-taru/ here]]. TARU finally resurfaced in a new incarnation of the group in Wrestling/ProWrestlingZERO1, where he wrestles now.


* CastSpeciation: Deconstructed. The original Voodoo Murders included two superb speakers in TARU and Brother YASSHI, but the latter's MotorMouth tendences often annoyed the more aristocratic TARU, who had to tell him to cut his crap in order to end their promos.

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* CastSpeciation: Deconstructed. The original Voodoo Murders included two superb speakers in TARU and Brother brother YASSHI, but the latter's MotorMouth tendences often annoyed the more aristocratic TARU, who had to tell him to cut his crap in order to end their promos.


'''Yoshikazu Taru''' (b. 1964) is a UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er, better known by his ring name '''TARU'''. Initially a UsefulNotes/{{Karate}} practitioner, he decided to enter professional wrestling and joined Wrestling/KojiKitao's Buko Dojo, which had a soft spot for karatekas. He had his debut as part of Kitao's entourage in Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu's WAR promotion, but he ended up in Wrestling/UltimoDragon's Wrestling/{{Toryumon}} circuit, where Japanese wrestling and Mexican lucha libre meet. Shortly after his arrival, he turned heel and joined the villainous gang Crazy MAX (composed by CIMA, SUWA and Don Fujii), which constituted a change of personality for him: he adopted his name to TARU in all caps as bad boys do, changed his martial arts ways for eccentric {{Yakuza}} manners, and became the faction's manager, mouthpiece and occasional baseball bat-wielding fighter. Through many years TARU was part of Crazy MAX's adventures in Toryumon Japan, completing them with some comedy work with Stalker Ichikawa, and eventually outlasted the promotion when it was replaced by Wrestling/DragonGate. However, backstage struggle behind this change led him and SUWA to left Dragon Gate. TARU moved then to Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, where he initiated a campaign of terror by founding the incredibly extense and long-lived Voodoo Murders faction. He was their leader for years, until a scandal related to one of his underlings being beaten into a coma forced TARU out of professional wrestling. TARU finally resurfaced in a new incarnation of the group in Wrestling/ProWrestlingZERO1, where he wrestles now.

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'''Yoshikazu Taru''' (b. 1964) is a UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er, better known by his ring name '''TARU'''. Initially a UsefulNotes/{{Karate}} practitioner, he decided to enter professional wrestling and joined Wrestling/KojiKitao's Buko Dojo, which had a soft spot for karatekas. He had his debut as part of Kitao's entourage in Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu's WAR promotion, but he ended up in Wrestling/UltimoDragon's Wrestling/{{Toryumon}} circuit, where Japanese wrestling and Mexican lucha libre meet. Shortly after his arrival, he turned heel and joined the villainous gang Crazy MAX (composed by CIMA, SUWA and Don Fujii), which constituted a change of personality for him: he adopted his name to TARU in all caps as bad boys do, changed his martial arts ways for eccentric {{Yakuza}} manners, and became the faction's manager, mouthpiece and occasional baseball bat-wielding fighter. Through many years TARU was part of Crazy MAX's adventures in Toryumon Japan, completing them with some comedy work with Stalker Ichikawa, and eventually outlasted the promotion when it was replaced by Wrestling/DragonGate. However, backstage struggle behind this change led him and SUWA to left leave Dragon Gate. TARU moved then to Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, where he initiated a campaign of terror by founding the incredibly extense and long-lived Voodoo Murders faction. He was their leader for years, until a scandal related to one of his underlings being beaten into a coma forced TARU out of professional wrestling. TARU finally resurfaced in a new incarnation of the group in Wrestling/ProWrestlingZERO1, where he wrestles now.


'''Yoshikazu Taru''' (b. 1964) is a UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er, better known by his ring name '''TARU'''. Initially a UsefulNotes/{{Karate}} practitioner, he decided to enter professional wrestling and joined Wrestling/KojiKitao's Buko Dojo, which had a soft spot for karatekas. He had his debut as part of Kitao's entourage in Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu's WAR promotion, but he ended up in Wrestling/UltimoDragon's Toryumon, where Japanese wrestling and Mexican lucha libre meet. Shortly after his arrival, he turned heel and joined the villainous gang Crazy MAX (composed by CIMA, SUWA and Don Fujii), which constituted a change of personality for him: he adopted his name to TARU in all caps as bad boys do, changed his martial arts ways for eccentric {{Yakuza}} manners, and became the faction's manager, mouthpiece and occasional baseball bat-wielding fighter. Through many years TARU was part of Crazy MAX's adventures in Toryumon Japan, completing them with some comedy work with Stalker Ichikawa, and eventually outlasted the promotion when it was replaced by Wrestling/DragonGate. However, backstage struggle behind this change led him and SUWA to left Dragon Gate. TARU moved then to Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, where he initiated a campaign of terror by founding the incredibly extense and long-lived Voodoo Murders faction. He was their leader for years, until a scandal related to one of his underlings being beaten into a coma forced TARU out of professional wrestling. TARU finally resurfaced in a new incarnation of the group in Wrestling/ProWrestlingZERO1, where he wrestles now.

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'''Yoshikazu Taru''' (b. 1964) is a UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er, better known by his ring name '''TARU'''. Initially a UsefulNotes/{{Karate}} practitioner, he decided to enter professional wrestling and joined Wrestling/KojiKitao's Buko Dojo, which had a soft spot for karatekas. He had his debut as part of Kitao's entourage in Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu's WAR promotion, but he ended up in Wrestling/UltimoDragon's Toryumon, Wrestling/{{Toryumon}} circuit, where Japanese wrestling and Mexican lucha libre meet. Shortly after his arrival, he turned heel and joined the villainous gang Crazy MAX (composed by CIMA, SUWA and Don Fujii), which constituted a change of personality for him: he adopted his name to TARU in all caps as bad boys do, changed his martial arts ways for eccentric {{Yakuza}} manners, and became the faction's manager, mouthpiece and occasional baseball bat-wielding fighter. Through many years TARU was part of Crazy MAX's adventures in Toryumon Japan, completing them with some comedy work with Stalker Ichikawa, and eventually outlasted the promotion when it was replaced by Wrestling/DragonGate. However, backstage struggle behind this change led him and SUWA to left Dragon Gate. TARU moved then to Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling, where he initiated a campaign of terror by founding the incredibly extense and long-lived Voodoo Murders faction. He was their leader for years, until a scandal related to one of his underlings being beaten into a coma forced TARU out of professional wrestling. TARU finally resurfaced in a new incarnation of the group in Wrestling/ProWrestlingZERO1, where he wrestles now.


* AntiHero: Even when Crazy MAX turned babyface, TARU didn't really stop being nasty.

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* AntiHero: Even when Taru spent a chunk of his career as a babyface after Crazy MAX turned babyface, TARU did a HeelFaceTurn, but he didn't really change his character or stop being nasty.a nasty dude. Same for his brief EvilVersusEvil moments in Voodoo Murders or when doing charity work for eathquake victims.



* BrilliantButLazy: He's a skilled shoot-style wrestler, but prefers to wrestle in a very slow, even lazy brawling style if he can get away with it. Since founding Voodoo Murders, he uses few wrestling moves aside from cheapshots and illegal attacks, and only reacts energetically whenever his opponent is outclassing him.
* CardCarryingVillain: Many villains in puroresu become so out of ambition and/or personal enmities. Not TARU: he's a heel because he is evil and loves it.

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* BigBad: He could be considered the main villain of AJPW's gang wars.
* BrilliantButLazy: He's a skilled shoot-style wrestler, but instead prefers to wrestle in a very slow, even lazy brawling style if he can get away with it. Since founding Voodoo Murders, he uses few wrestling moves aside from cheapshots and illegal attacks, and only reacts energetically as an emergency mode whenever his opponent is outclassing him.
* CantCatchUp: Either intentionally or unintentionally, the way TARU was booked as a Crazy MAX member gave the impression he was the weakest of the four main members. CIMA and SUWA were portrayed as wrestling geniuses, while Fujii's role was that of an undersized brute that nonetheless was surprisingly effective, but TARU often played the part of an arrogant part timer that wasn't as good as he believed when he stepped into the ring. For extra irony, he was the only of them who had shoot-style training, which in lucharesu promotions is usually a good way to be booked as a dangerous dude; it's only that, in his case, he was OvershadowedByAwesome.
* CardCarryingVillain: Many villains in puroresu become so out of ambition and/or personal enmities. Not TARU: he's he is a heel because he is evil and loves it.



* {{Cult}}: Not overtly, but Voodoo Murders gradually took cultish overtones late in its history. Some of his members sported occult symbols in their clothing and facepaint, and at least some of the babyfaces TARU turned into villains were implied to have been influenced in some dark way.



* MinoredInAsskicking: TARU is an atypical manager because, aside from his mouthpiece and logistic tasks, he actually wrestles along with his protegees. However, at least since founding Voodoo Murders, he does very little by himself when in the ring: he only tags in to punish and mock downed opponents, and when it's an one on one, he routinely has his cronies sneaking in to cheapshot his opponent. His job in the ring could be described as a MissionControl for heel tactics than a regular wrestler.



* TheUnfavorite: To the bookers of Toryumon, 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.
* {{Yakuza}}: His character evokes clearly the stereotype: he wears fancy suits when not wrestling, sports tattoos, carries some of their classical mannerisms and poise, used to be referred as "aniki" (a yakuza term for a BigBrotherMentor) in Crazy MAX, and prefers to lead other wrestlers in a mafia style as opposed to doing the dirty work himself. Also, although it isn't clear which style of karate he trained, some sources have it as Shidokan Karate, a school very popular among yakuzas in real life.

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* TheUnfavorite: To the bookers of Toryumon, apparently. Of the four core Crazy MAX guys, CIMA and SUWA were the ones who contended for at the UDG title, main event scene, 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.
* {{Yakuza}}: His character evokes clearly the stereotype: he wears fancy suits when not wrestling, sports tattoos, carries some of their classical mannerisms and poise, used to be referred as "aniki" (a yakuza term for a BigBrotherMentor) in Crazy MAX, MAX and "ojayi" (yakuza for TheDon) in Voodoo Murders, and prefers to lead other wrestlers in a mafia style as opposed to doing the dirty work himself. Also, although it isn't clear which style of karate he trained, some sources have it as Shidokan Karate, a school very popular among yakuzas in real life.

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