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Seigi/Justice/Idol Choujin (Muscle League in US)

    Kinniku Mantarou 

Prince Kinniku Mantarou AKA Kinnikuman II (Kid Muscle in US)
Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka, Marc Thompson (English dub)
  • Anti-Hero: In the beginning of the series, he fits both the classical cowardly and unlucky model and the modern "Jerkass who does the right things for the wrong reasons" definition. He grows out of this with time, however.
  • Berserk Button: More than a few things can cause him to fight without his usual cowardice dragging him down.
    • Don't wreck the meal his mother gave him like Bone Killer
    • Don't hit spectators, be it a child or your own mentor, like Checkmate.
    • Do not savagely beat his best friend Seiuchin, like Maxman and Clioneman
    • Don't take a hostage in the middle of a match, like Dead Signal.
  • Betty and Veronica: Rinko (Roxanne) and Jacqueline.
  • Book Dumb: Getting scores in the low-to-mid 20's (still a failing grade) was an improvement. In the dub, he even lists words with more than three syllables among his fears.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He's girl-crazy and reads lewd magazines, but his heart is in the right place overall.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: In comparison with his father, Suguru who was more Idiot Hero and a braggart, Mantaro is an even worse coward than he was, but is more battle savvy
  • Cowardly Lion: Oh yes. Normally he'll scream, run, and hide at the sight of a tough enemy, but push his buttons and he'll come out swinging.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Beat Kinnikuman in a match to graduate from the Hercules Factory. Granted his father was well past his prime.
    • He and Chaos beat Kinnikuman and Terryman in the Ultimate Choujin Tag Tournament.
    • Kevin Mask in the anime. Prior to that, Kevin only lost once because his Big Bang Edge didn't land on the ring in time for the countdown to be stopped. (He was fighting his opponent outside of the ring)
  • Determinator: Having the Burning Inner Strength pretty much guarantees this trope.
  • Facial Markings: Like his father, he has the kanji 肉 (niku) on his forehead, but it only appears when he's using his Burning Inner Strength.
  • Finishing Move: Kinniku Buster, Kinniku Driver, Turn-Over Kinniku Buster, Muscle Millennium, and Muscle Gravity.
  • Five Moves of Doom: The Iroha Hell Tour (Alphabet Soup-de-Loop in US), three holds chained together.
  • Four-Man Band: The Casanova Wannabe.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Sanguine.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Most, if not all, of the video games he appears in give him both the Kinniku Buster and the Muscle Millennium as super moves, despite the fact that he completely gave up using the former after inventing the latter.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Seiuchin, especially in the anime.
  • Idiot Hero: Arguably dumber than his father no thanks in part to his sheltered upbringing.
  • Kid Hero: He's 14 at the beginning and is younger than his father when he started wrestling
  • Lazy Bum: Self-admitted in the dub. He even faked getting sick to get out of regular training after the dMp were destroyed.
  • Lovable Coward: He'll try his hardest to duck out of a match and constantly run crying and screaming when he's in one.
  • Momma's Boy: Violently so. He first achieved Burning Inner Strength when his mother's cooking was dishonored.
  • Porn Stash: He's able to keep his dad and grandpa off his case with it.
  • Punny Name: Suguru came up with the name due to Ultraman (whom he is a fan of) having a brother named Ultraman Taro. He then took the name Kinnikuman Tarou and made it Kinniku Mantarou.
  • Spoiled Brat: Suguru wanted Mantarou to have a normal childhood unlike himself and Ataru. Unfortunately, this resulted in him being cowardly, lazy, perverted, and utterly uninterested in becoming a wrestler.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cow and Rice.
  • Younger Than He Looks: He's 14 years old, yet his height and build looks more akin to a young adult.

    Terry The Kid 

Terry The Kid (Terry "The Grand" Kenyon in US)


Gazelleman (Dik Dik Van Dik in US)


Seiuchin (Wally Tusket in US)

    Kevin Mask 

Kevin Mask


Jade (Jaeger in US)

    Dead Signal 

Dead Signal (Road Rage in US)


Clioneman (Hydrozoa in US)

  • Balloon Belly: Has the ability to absorb his opponents into his body to drown or crush them with his rib cage, bloating himself up in the process.
  • Good Is Not Nice: One of the Choujin intended to replace the current Muscle League; Hydrozoa treats his fights with Wally and Mantarou as if he were fighting any legitimately evil foe. Not to mention he seems creepily excited when he decide to absorb Mantarou.
  • Finishing Move: Ice Sword, Jelly Body Trap, XYZ Crash, and Slither Slide Squeeze
  • Good Counterpart: He's a cyan-skinned guy voiced by Dan Green in the English dub who savagely beat up Seiuchin, like Maxman, only he's part of the Muscle League.
  • An Ice Person: He can freeze his arms to create swords and shields, and it's also hinted to be the source of his ability to turn his body into a huge lens.
  • Making a Splash: He's made of water and can make ice shields and ice swords, turn into sea creatures, and absorb people into his body.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Into various sea creatures.

    Check Mate 

Check Mate
  • Adaptational Nationality: The dub made him British. He's originally from Monaco.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When he saved Dik Dik from Monsieur Cheeks and Mr. French's two-on-one assault.
  • Cultured Badass: He acts refined and gentlemanly unlike his partner Rex King. However, once he begins fighting, Check Mate is much more brutal and ruthless.
  • Elemental Shape Shifter: His Rook and Grand Slam forms transform his body into solid stone.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Back when he was in the dMp, as explicitly noted by both Terry the Kid and Sunshine. Averted post-Heel–Face Turn, as he's now exactly as heroic as he looks.
  • Feels No Pain: At first. He overestimates this and forgets that he only doesn't feel pain, but his body still feels the damage and strain from the attacks like any other person, and this comes back to bite him HARD against Mantaro, and is the ultimate reason for his defeat.
  • Flowery Elizabethan English: Talks like this in the dub.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Started out as a villain, but turned to the light side after his defeat.
  • Lack of Empathy: His inability to feel pain drove him to label those who do as "weak."
  • One-Winged Angel: His Knight, Rook, and Grand Slam
  • Our Centaurs Are Different: His Knight and Grad Slam forms turn him into a centaur.
  • Training from Hell: Sunshine put him through the most agonizing regiment ever, resulting in Check Mate finally blocking out all feelings of pain.
  • Villain with Good Publicity
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can "chess piece change" from King to Knight to Rook, or to the "Grand Slam", a combination of all three.
  • Would Harm A Child: He elbows a boy who calls him out on his brutal tactics.


Scarface (Eskara in US anime and games) AKA Mars


Ilioukhine (Comrade Turbinski in US)
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": The "k" is silent.
  • Morality Pet/Morality Chain: Meat. He admits that he used to be absolutely brutal in his fights prior to meeting Meat, and that when Meat stops him from crashing after Kevin Mask throws him off a high-altitude ring, Ilioukhine lets go of his brutality.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can change into any kind of plane to attack his enemies


Barrierfreeman: Nils (Young Body) & Jijioman (Georgioman in US) (Old Body)

Akugyou/Evil Choujin/Demon-Making Plant (dMp)

    Tel-Tel Boy 

Tel-Tel Boy (Dialbolic in US)


MAXman (Pumpinator in US)

    Rex King 

Rex King (Tyrannoclaw in US)

    The Rigani 

The Rigani (Cranky Doodle Claw Daddy in US)
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: While he does prove a challenge, he's much easier to deal with than Checkmate and Mars.


Click here to see his true form 

    Bone Killer 

Bone Killer (Addversarious in US)
  • Beard of Evil
  • Kick the Dog: He stomps on Mantaurou's bowl of rice and cow and proceeds to mock him.
  • Starter Villain: He serves as Mantaurou's first opponent in the anime, only to get taken out by him.

No Respect/The Gruesome Threesome

    Fork The Giant 



    Bone Cold 

Bone Cold (Lone Bone Cold in US Manga)

Poison Six Pack

     In General 
  • Canon Foreigner: They're anime-exclusive, originating in the two Non Serial Movies and being brought over to the anime proper for the first Post-Script Season 4Kids Entertainment commissioned. Baron Maximilian, El Kaerun, Dazzle, and Protector in particular originated as fan-submitted wrestlers for the Nintendo GameCube game, Legends vs. New Generation
  • Noodle Incident: They have a grudge against Kinniku Suguru for reasons unstated.
  • Sins of the Father: ....and target Mantarou for this very reason. They even say the trope name explicitly in the dub.

     Baron Maximilian 

Baron Maximilian

  • Big Bad: Of the Poison Six Pack arc.
  • Misplaced Retribution: In the dub, he claims Suguru called him a phony in '82. Suguru claims it was actually Buffaloman.
  • Noodle People: His default form is quite skinny. His two transformations, however...
  • One-Winged Angel: He has two extra forms: Maximum Maximilian and Maximilian Overdrive.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: In his default form.

     The Cyborg 

The Cyborg (Jagg-Ed in US


Puripuriman (Monsieur Cheeks in US)

  • Bizarre Alien Biology: According to El Kaerun he has two brains, one for each buttcheek, also has the ability to turns his arms into a pair of extra legs.
  • Breaking Speech: Delivers one to Gazelleman and Seiuchin poking fun at their less than glorious record it works wonders with Gazelleman but Seiuchin is unfazed by it.
  • Fartillery: What can be more expected from a guy with a butt for head?
  • French Jerk: He’s given an exaggerated french accent and is an obnoxious sort.

     El Kaerun 

El Kaerun (Mr. French in US)




Dazzle (Dazz-Ling in US)

Demon Seed

  • Deal with the Devil: They were given the General Stones by General Terror to become newly powered Devil Chojin.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Constellation and Gepparland were victims of it by Chojin-hating humans before they became empowered by the General Stones.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: They went from weak Chojin who didn't live their lives well to becoming super powerful Devil Chojin via the General Stones and Ashuraman goes back to his prime from it.

    Reborn Ashuraman 

Reborn Ashuraman

    The Constellation 

The Constellation

  • Evil Genius: He gave Mantaro a very hard fight and even defeated his Muscle Millenium. He was then defeated by the Incomplete Muscle Gravity.
  • Expy: Of Pentagon and Black Hole since he is a 4D Choujin himself.
  • Finishing Move: New Boa Suplex and Purple Cairo Rose.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Due to his nature as a constellation being, he can split himself into two bodies, grow horns, a scorpion tail wings and transform himself into a bear and crab.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: He's Mantaro's 1st opponent since his loss against Kevin Mask.





  • Beard of Evil
  • Expy: Of Bikeman.
  • Sensor Character: In Bike Mode, he has the Choujin Navigation System that works like a GPS that contains data of past and present Choujin of their info including weaknesses. The CNS helps create invisible roads whether he wants to take the shortest route or scenic route to go after his enemy, even if is Ilioukhine using Stealth Genetic thanks to the Devil Choujin satellite utilizing it.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can turn into a motorbike with the addition of a side-car he can launch against his opponent.
    The Tattooman 

The Tattooman


Ultimate Choujin Tag Arc characters

    Time/Jikan Choujin 

Time/Jikan Choujin

  • Bad Powers, Good People: There were good Time Choujin in their planet who don't use their time powers for evil and is actually neutral until the Evil Time Choujin, Lightning and Thunder, killed off every one of them but Chaos who escaped.
    • Then it is revealed that Time Choujin were a variant of Brutal Choujin born with the Demonic Time Horn and this would be a case of Bad Powers, Bad People, if it weren't for the very Time Choujin named Horae Avenir with a sense of justice that founded the tribe of Justice Time Choujin and ban the use of Evil Time Horn to prevent abuse. He has his tribe travel to the farthest of spaces to the planet that would become Planet Avenir. Since then, the world by Justice Time Choujin were at peace for 250 years... until the Five Disasters came along.
  • Time Master: They can remove their Evil Time horns to travel in time only once, morph their body parts into clock parts, and use their Evolution Mouthpieces to forward time and heal themselves via the power of Exotic Matter which can do it all. As well as using the Exotic Matter to warp time and it is not limited to age Mt. Fuji by 276 years to cause a eruption!
  • Time Travel

    Five Disasters 

Five Disasters
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Similar to the Dream Choujin Tag arc, they had an evil alliance with Neptuneman and Mammothman by the semifinals and all four even worked with Satan to take Kinnikuman out!
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Lightning is average sized Choujin who's more technical while Thunder is large and more brutal in power moves.
  • Finishing Move: Death Watch Branding and World Destruction Finale
  • Hero Killer: They killed Robin Mask in the past which could have got Kevin Mask to not exist but Mantaro and others managed to stop it but Alisa was then the victim instead. They also cut off Brocken Jr.'s arm. They even defeated Neptuneman and Mammothman although the latter abandoned his own partner to be with Kinnikuman Super Phoenix.
  • Time Travel: As Time Choujin, they can do this after pulling off their Demonic Time Horns. With the Completion Bulbs, they would do this more than once to eliminate all Justice Choujin in history!



  • Big Bad: Of the Ultimate Choujin Tag Arc.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Has both in his true form for his signature attacks.
  • The Chessmaster: What makes him along with Thunder dangerous is not his strength, but how EVIL his genius is.
  • Driven to Suicide: When Mantaro and Kevin decides to restore him and Thunder using small pieces of the Completion Bulbs which they were after to become more powerful, Thunder took it but Lightning did not because he didn't want to except pity from the Seigi Choujin. He said while Thunder has his own mother to worry about, Lightning says he has no one that will miss him. So, he jumps into the volcanic Mt. Fuji and perishes into ashes.
  • Dying Alone: He decides this fate since he believes no one will miss him and that at least Thunder has his mother that does.
  • Healing Factor: He can reverse all the damage he suffered with Evolution mouthpiece upside down via technique called Body Clock Back-Spin! However, doing this too many times will eventually cause his body to break down to irreversible damage.
  • Shapeshifter: He can split his body to avoid attacks.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: He can turn his legs into minute hands for the Death Watch Branding finishing move.
  • Spikes of Villainy: His true form has them.
  • Time Stands Still: His Acceleration with a special mouthpiece.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Thunder was taken down by Mantaro and Kevin's NIKU->LAP which cost them Round 2, he didn't took it very well and even kicks down his own partner for it!



  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: His left shoulder possesses a large lion's claw when it is used for his Lion Claw, Lion Finger, and Lion's Authority Signature Move.
  • Animal Motifs: Lion since is one part of it.
  • Bastard Bastard: How he had grown up to be this after finding out about his father kidnapping his mother which led to his birth and his mother left him after he was looking more like his father.
  • Child by Rape: He's the result of his father kidnapping his mother Sophia for 6 months before the former's death by Justice Choujin squad rescuing her.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Unfortunately, she was scared of him because of the trauma due to his father and leaved him to his grandmother's care.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He's the child of an Evil Time Choujin and a Justice Choujin of Planet Popyu.
  • Healing Factor: Same as Lightning. Including the same flaws.
  • How Much More Can He Take?: A lot of Choujin fits this trope, but Thunder stood out. He was thrown into the swords but got back up normally thanks to the swords not hitting his vital organs, took a Cross Bomber and lived though thanks to Mammothman backstabbing Neptuneman via power vector, accidentally fell victim of his and Lightning's own Death Watch Branding intended for Mantaro and Kevin, then took a NIKU->LAP to finally bring him down, and then somehow... he managed to get back up to stop Mantaro's Muscle Spark from finishing off Lightning! Let's see if Kevin's Big Ben Edge can finally bring him down.
    • He is finally defeated along with Lightning but not with Big Ben Edge but the Muscle Kingdom!
  • Instrument of Murder: His Shapeshifter Weapon the Legendary Destruction Bell that mentally attack the Seigi Choujins which reminds of their past battles and pain.
  • Manly Tears: His reaction to Lightning's suicide.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Instead of finding his Missing Mom Sophia after losing, he uses all his Exotic Matter to recharge the Time Warp 8's Time Machine to get them back home... knowing he'll die from it which he did.
  • Time Stands Still: Like Lightning.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: And how!
  • Zipperiffic: His first outfit and his mask before it was shredded up to reveal his lion mask and his armor.

    Chaos Avenir 

Chaos Avenir
  • Ascended Fanboy: He is a Choujin Otaku who ends up joining Mantaro in the Ultimate Choujin Tag Arc.
  • Badass Normal: Subverted since he believed he was a regular human during the tournament until he regain his memories.
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town: Kinnikuman Great III
  • Future Badass: He is said to be the one who stopped a wave of Evil Choujin during the time the Seigi Choujin were raising their own children... which is how he likely died in combat from exhausting his limited Exotic Matter.
  • Generation Xerox: He is similar to his father Minute Avenir right down to the very Signature Move the King German Suplex.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: It's implied that his heroic future would have been this considering there was his tombstone appearing in the present.
    • He saved Neptuneman from falling into Mt. Fuji before restoring him back to life and then sending him back to the 21st Century using his time powers... knowing he would die from using all of his Exotic Matter due to taking out his Time Horn before age 15 and then getting blasted by another eruption from Mt. Fuji.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Chaos is a selfish jerk but at the same time he can be nice to people he admires.
  • Kid from the Future: He comes from the same timeline as Lightning and Thunder at age 5 before time traveling to years before the Dream Choujin Tag Tournament via pulling his Time Horn at Age 5.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: He doesn't remember his past but only his name and his memories are eventually restored by his Memory Key.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Chaos displays arguably even more jerkass traits than either Kinniku family protagonist. When he finally gets his head in the game, he treats almost everyone he idolizes like crap. This is mostly because their heelish behavior fails to meet his standards.
  • Verbal Tic Name: According to the matron of his orphanage, Chaos was found with no memories and would only ever say it word "Chaos". That is where he gets his name.
  • You Killed My Father: To the Five Disasters who are the ones who killed his family and his father Minute Avenir.

Other Ultimate Choujin Tag Arc Characters

    Hell Carpenters 

Deiku Toryo


    The Wailing Ghost Gang 


The Gaon

    Team Cosmos 

Team Cosmos

  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: They consider themselves the true representatives of USSR than their fluffy counterparts Hell's Bears who they call Misha. It didn't end well for them as their opponents are NOT as fluffy as they seem and it is NOT just because of this trope.



    Carpet Bombers 



Alternative Title(s): Kinnikuman Nisei


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