As this is a professional wrestling character page, certain tropes (such as HeelFace Turn, FaceHeel Turn, Cool Mask, Underwear of Power, etc...) can be considered universal and do not need to be listed for each wrestler.
- Ass Kicks You: Uses a lot of hip attacks, in a reminiscence of Shiro Koshinaka.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may be an eccentric singer, but he is quite strong and knows his ropes through years of career, so he can definitely shock everybody whe he gets serious.
- Folk Music: His gimmick is that of an enka singer, and he can really sing. He has released some singles, and performs in opening ceremonies very often.
- Legacy Character: Played Yone Genjin, who was a Suspiciously Similar Substitute to Tsubo Genjin.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Started as one, but he became serious over the years.
- Red Baron: "Enka no Tamashii" ("The Soul of Enka").
- Those Two Guys: With Oyanagi.
- Unfortunate Names: Was once obliged to change his name from Kesen Numajiro to Kesen Numagirolamo, in reference to Girolamo Panzetta, though he thankfully reverted to his old name.
- Stout Strength: Stocky in comparison with his colleagues, he uses some power moves in his mostly ground-based style.
Yapper Man #1
- Kappa: His previous gimmick, Shibaten.
- Real Men Wear Pink: His old Banana Senga gimmick.
- Token Good Teammate: Banana Senga was the only fan favorite in Los Salseros Japoneses, probably because his more comedic approach to the gimmick.
Yapper Man #2
- Cosplay: His gimmick is a tribute to Yatterman.
- Evil Costume Switch: Back when he has named Rei, he changed his white attire for a black one when has forced into the Ken Gundan.
- The Fair Folk: As Rei, whose gimmick was a fairy from the Japanese forests or something.
Yapper Man #3
- The Chick: The only girl in the Yapper Men team and the entire Michinoku Pro.
- Cosplay: Her gimmick is a tribute to Yatterman.
- Non-Indicative Name: Her name has "Man" in it, but she is a woman.
- The Smurfette Principle: Justified, as MPW is an all-male promotion.
- The Artifact: His role in the promotion has remained unchanged for years. Even after turning heel and joining Kowloon, his luck was the same - a perennial mid-carder with no solid hopes of ascending the scale.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: With a tilt to high-flying.
- The Jannetty: Was this to Yoshitsune and later to Kagetora. Only in his recent team with Kenbai he seems to be the major member.
- Cool Sword/Katanas Are Just Better: Carries one to the ring.
- Dance Battler: His gimmick is a dancer from the Onikenbai ritual dance.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Yoshitsune.
- Legacy Character: His old Shinjitsu Nohashi gimmick was this to Jinsei Shinzaki's one. Currently, he (probably unintentionally) resembles more Takashi Iizuka.
- The Quisling: Betrayed Fujita and made Kenou his new leader.
- Meaningful Name: Shinjitsu means Truth.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He is easily the smallest non-midget wrestler in Japan, but he does not lack skill at all.
- Red Baron: "Nippon Saisho Puroresura" ("The Smallest Pro Wrestler in Japan").
- Weapon of Choice: A blue plastic box.
- Big Beautiful Man
- Canon Immigrant: Came from Dragon Gate.
- Fat and Proud: Just see his nickname.
- Horned Hairdo
- Red Baron: "STOP DIET".
- Shout-Out: His name is taken from a character of Sakigake!! Otokojuku.
- A Day in the Limelight: Almost nobody remembers he is is a former Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion.
- The Generic Guy/Flat Character: His main characteristic is probably his lack of characteristics. He has no specific gimmick, no distinctive ring persona, and his moveset is oddly generic.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Hyugaji or Hiugaji?
- I Know Amateur Wrestling: Even wears a wrestling singlet.
Kei and Shu Sato / Brahman Brothers
- Bald of Evil: Their Brahman hairdos.
- Bash Brothers: They had been one of the most strongly pushed tag teams in Japan ever. The duo was ridiculously effective in tag team matches and almost never lost, at least until they became the Brahman Brothers.
- Creepy Twins: The biggest example in pro wrestling.
- Flanderization: They were somewhat prone to Garbage Wrestling since their FaceHeel Turn in 2005, but over time their moveset was taken over by it and nowadays they can literally work an entire match without a single wrestling move. The technical mastery they learned in Toryumon has been practically forgotten.
- Hollywood Satanism: A sort of.
- Idol Wrestlers: Their first gimmick was a Boy Band named Sailor Boys. Back in Toryumon X they were completed by Taiji Ishimori, so The Great Sasuke tried to replace him in Michinoku Pro, with disastrous results.
- Kick Guys: Use a variety of shoot kicks, including spots like Toshiaki Kawada's punt kicks and Masaaki Mochizuki's sankakugeri.
- Non-Indicative Name: They are Brahmans only in name. Their gimmick is apparently a pair of zombie satanists.
- Super Spit: As part of their zombie gimmick, they puke green goo over their enemies. It doesn't seem to have any supernatural effects, but it once turned Kuishinbo Kamen and Kikutaro into zombies. Weird stuff.
- Tag Team Twins: A paradigmatic example.
- The Ace: Not literally, but "ace" is a Japanese term for the top wrestler in the promotion, and Hayato has been the top heel for most of his career. Ironically, or perhaps intuitively, he is not a lucharesu wrestler.
- Anti-Hero: Is arrogant, cocky and coarse, but the crowds love him.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: His heel persona is a notorious one.
- The Apprentice: Though his fighting style could not be more different to his, Hayato was scouted, trained and introduced by Jinsei Shinzaki.
- Ax-Crazy: Has shades of it as a heel.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Fits the lucharesu role of young punk with an attitude problem, very much like CIMA at his beginnings.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Had a short face run in 2005, having a one-night feud with Los Salseros Japoneses before being sent to Toryumon Mexico to gain experience.
- Hero Killer: Became one after utterly destroying Yoshitsune and The Great Sasuke.
- In the Blood: His father Hayato Fujita Sr. was a accomplished wrestler despite suffering from cerebral palsy.
- Kick Guy: Uses hard shoot kicks to demolish his opponents.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Red Baron: "Junior", "God Bless".
- Spell My Name with an "S": Some sites spell his name in the Japanese order, "Fujita Hayato", which is technically correct, but not adequate to the context.
- Something Completely Different: His hard hit shoot-style gives him advantage over the luchadores of the promotion.
- True Companions: With Minamino and Ooma, who were the only Kowloon members that refused to betray him. They jumped to protect him from a beatdown by Kenou and the rest of the stable and went to form Bad Boy with him and Ken 45º.
- Villainous BSoD: Had one after being betrayed by his Kowloon pals.
- The Ace: Used to be the heel ace of the promotion, back when he led Los Salseros Japoneses.
- Bash Brothers: With Maguro Ooma as the Tonery Family tag team.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Back in Toryumon X, he was the youngest Último Dragón trainee ever.
- Dancing Is Serious Business: As part of Los Salseros Japoneses. They danced salsa before and after their matches.
- Delinquent Hair
- Demoted to Extra: Despite his status as a promising rookie and his succesful tenure as top heel in M-Pro, the dissolution of LSJ got him demoted to a mid-carder mook for the next young heel, Hayato Fujita. He stayed in the low midcard since then.
- Japanese Delinquents: His current gimmick, along Manjimaru.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Spell My Name with an "S": Some sites spell his last name as "Minaminno" or "Minnamino".
Manjimaru / Maguro Ooma
- Ass Kicks You: Uses hip attacks.
- Bald of Evil
- Bash Brothers: With Minamino as the Tonery Family tag team.
- Batter Up!: Often uses a spiked bat during brawls.
- Cane Fu: With a shinai. One of his signature moves, in fact, is a second rope diving shinai shot.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Wore MMA footstraps or no footwear during his early gimmicks.
- Fundoshi: Wore one during his early career, first during his MMA gimmick (For the Funnyz) and later during his fisherman tenure (as fundoshi are used in Japan as swimsuits, and are commonly worn by traditional fishermen).
- Legacy Character: His first gimmick ever, done under his real name Manabu Murakami, was supposedly a parody of MMA fighter Kazunari Murakami (no relation).
- Japanese Delinquents: His current gimmick, along Takeshi Minamino.
- Shout-Out: His name, Manjimaru, is taken from a character of Sakigake!! Otokojuku.
- Spinning Piledriver: His finisher, the Octopus Drop.
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: His old gimmick was a fisherman.
- Big Bad Wannabe: During his Ken Gundan tenure, in which he recruited jobbers to form an evil stable. Unsurprisingly, the team didn't last.
- Combat Pragmatist: Has an elaborated wrestling expertise based in this.
- Dancing Is Serious Business: As part of Los Salseros Japoneses.
- Groin Attack: Has it as a casual signature move, and for some reason he is never disqualified for it.
- Red Baron: "Kyoru no Rock Yaro" ("The Fury Rock Rascal"), "New Age Wrestler".
- Rockers Smash Guitars: Both as a rocker and as a salsero.
- The Rock Star: His current gimmick.
- Batter Up!: Uses a bat to hit his opponent.
- I Know Baseball: His gimmick is based on the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles baseball team.
- Celebrity Resemblance: He looks a lot like Shuji Kondo, which was noted later in his career. Amusingly enough, he debuted before Kondo himself.
- Mighty Glacier: Is slow, but comparatively heavy and very strong.
- Our Monsters Are Different: His current gimmick, Shisao, is based in a Shisa. He is unretaled to Super Shisa, however.
- The Rock Star: Sported a rock star gimmick in the past as GAINA, though it was most based around appearance than true musical performance.
- Stout Strength: Only 5'9 but 308 lbs. And most of it isn't fat!
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Wore in green and sported green hair.
119 Inoue Taiin
- Satellite Character: His MPW run was as a team wrestler with no real personality, first with Los Carros Exóticos (under the name of Murciélago) and later with an unnamed trio with 119 Kogure Taiin and 119 Katagami Taiin. Even after he left for Osaka Pro Wrestling and developed his own name as Flash Moon, he never received other description that "that masked high-flying guy who teams up with Tigers Mask."
- Sentient Vehicle: His gimmick was a wrestling car and later a wrestling ambulance.
- I Coulda Been a Contender!: A promising rookie until he got injured and had to retire from professional wrestling in 2008. He returned in 2015 as a sporadic freelancer, but did not sign up with MPW again.
- Dented Iron: He was accepted into M-Pro as a possible big player, but his irregular training and chronically injured neck impeded him from breaking out.
- Put on a Bus: Was released in order to make space for the younger, hotter wrestlers. Still, The Bus Came Back on a couple occasions.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: His gimmick was created as a replacement for Hayabusa in FMW.
- Giant Enemy Crab: Not exactly giant, but an enemy crab nonetheless.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Was mostly a comedy wrestler, though unlike many modern examples, one who could actually wrestle aside from doing comedy.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Named After Somebody Famous: His name is based in Uesugi Kagetora, a nobleman from the Japanese feudal era.note
- Put on a Bus: He left for Dragon Gate.
- Spinning Piledriver: His Genkonitteki finisher is a watered down version of this.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Shanao. Kagetora betrayed him after the Futaritabi Tag Team Tournament 2005 and went to form the STONED stable.
- Welcome Back, Traitor: After the STONED demise in El Dorado Wrestling, he was welcomed back into the Michinoki Seikigun.
- Lightning Bruiser: Despite being a junior wrestler, he uses power finishers like piledrivers and headlock elbow drops.
- Mr. Fanservice: He is famously handsome, and even was part of an official Estrogen Brigade in Fighting Opera HUSTLE.
- Our Dragons Are Different: He started as a masked wrestler named Shiryu, which means "crouching dragon".
- The Ace: Not literally, but "ace" is a Japanese term for the top wrestler in the promotion.
- Affably Evil
- Big Bad
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Cleanly pinned KENTA in Pro Wrestling NOAH back when he was still a mere M-Pro representative.
- Evil Counterpart: To Hayato Fujita.
- The Fighting Narcissist: As a heel.
- I Know Nippon Kenpo
- Kick Guy: Uses hard shoot kicks to demolish his opponents.
- Meaningful Name: Kenou means Fist King.
- Put on a Bus: He left for Pro Wrestling NOAH.
- Red Baron: "Shin Seiki Hasha" ("New Century Champion").
- Something Completely Different: His hard hitting shoot-style gives him the advantage over the luchadores of the promotion.
- Red Baron: "Tsugaru ni Teioh" ("The Emperor of Tsugaru").
- Shout-Out/Homage: With his black tights, black wrestling shoes and strong-style moveset, Oyanagi intentionally evoked old submission wrestlers of the Antonio Inoki era.
- Something Completely Different: His wrestling style was mostly based around grappling.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name is sometimes spelled as Oyanagei.
- The Comically Serious
- Those Two Guys: With Numajiro.
- Gay Bravado: His entire gimmick, in fact. He's such a hunk that he can wrestle with a dog collar and do pelvic thrusts on every opportunity without being other than manly.
- Mr. Fanservice: And not without reason, as he is a former Mister Kyoto contest winner.
- Acrofatic: A big guy able to do moonsault and flying splashes with ease.
- The Brute: For Los Salseros Japoneses. He was the biggest member.
- Dancing Is Serious Business: As part of Los Salseros Japoneses, he danced salsa (what else?) during his entrance.
- Put on a Bus: Left entirely for El Dorado Wrestling, unlike several of his M-Pro partners who chose to work for both promotions at once.
Masao Orihara / Sasuke the Great
- Evil Counterpart: As Sasuke the Great to The Great Sasuke.
- Those Two Guys: With Takeshi Ono, as the Tonpachi Machine Guns.
- Facial Markings: Wore makeup as part of his kabuki gimmick.
- Unflinching Walk: Has a very personal way to land casually on his feet after hitting a plancha or a suicide dive.
- Put on a Bus: Left for Osaka Pro Wrestling, where he had his true breakout thanks to the promotion's penchant for colourful gimmicks.
- Big Brother Mentor: A professional one. He leads the MEN's Club, a wrestling division for young cruiserweight wrestlers who lack exposure elsewhere.
- Homage: His first gimmick, Terry Boy, was taken from Terry Funk.
- Mighty Glacier: Unusually for a lucharesu wrestler, he use few to no high-flying moves in favor of a more grounded and power-based moveset.
- Delinquent Hair: Dyed blond and with a punk hairdo.
- Red Baron: "Damashi Tamashii" ("Deceiving Soul").
- Walking the Earth: Despite his consistent pushes in most companies, Fujita is known for his liking to move along the pro wrestling scene, wandering from very small promotions to big ones from time to time.
- Canon Immigrant: Originally came from Toryumon. His stay in MPW was arguably a stepping stone, as he was more interested in returning to the Toryumon system than anything.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He and his enemy Manjimaru were forced to team up in El Dorado Wrestling in order to win a tag tournament prize and pay the fine they received for destroying equipment during their violent feud.
- Defeat by Modesty: Was forced to join the Ken Gundan after Ken45º threatened to reveal an "embarrassing secret" about him.
- This Means Warpaint: Wears orange, yellow and black warpaint over his left eye.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Manjimaru in El Dorado Wrestling. They eventually warmed up to each other during their forced team, and after they managed to gain enough money to pay their fine, they departed in good terms. Shimizu even handed Manjimaru his part of the leftover cash in order to pay for his shoulder surgery, and then the two promised jokingly to break more equipment and accumulate a new debt when Manjimaru returned (which didn't happen, sadly).
- Big Bad
- Heroic Dolphin: Subverted. He is an evil example.
- Start My Own: Left to form Osaka Pro Wrestling.
- Time to Unlock More True Potential: He developed the Osaka Rinkai Uppercut move while training with Takehiro Murahama in 1997 in order to make his return to the ring.
Takeshi Ono / Masked Tiger
- Evil Counterpart: As Masked Tiger to Tiger Mask IV.
- Those Two Guys: With Masao Orihara, as the Tonpachi Machine Guns.
- Something Completely Different: Was a shoot-style practitioner, as he came from Battlarts.
- Expy: Of Tiger Jeet Singh.
Tiger Mask IV
- Legacy Character: To the Tiger Mask line.
- You Remind Me of X: The first time they faced off at an interpromotional event, Toryumon Japan's SUWA commented how Tiger Mask IV reminded him of his Arch-Enemy Dragon Kid. Their matches were predictably violent.