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Kuga
Strider kuga colors
Stats
Japanese: 空牙 (くうが)
Kūga
Debut: Strider (2014)
Profile
Gender: Male
Hair Color: Black
Nationality: Unknown
Affiliation: Striders
Strider Rank: B
Weapon: Plasma Sword

Strider Kuga (ストライダー空牙, meaning Sky Fang) is a minor character introduced in the 2014 Strider, as part of the "Fallen Striders" costume/alternate color set.

Kuga was a B-Rank Strider within the organization, and the twin brother of Strider Raiga. Like his brother and fellow B-Rank agent Shinden, Kuga wielded a Plasma Sword as his weapon of choice.[1]

Both Kuga and Raiga were known within the Striders for their team work, performing breathtaking combination attacks to subdue their targets[1]. In contrast to his brother's brash behavior, Kuga was a calm and collected man. When they worked together, Kuga always stood behind as his brother rushed ahead[1], and often saw himself dragged along by Raiga's reckless actions.[2]

Kuga wore a light blue-ish chest armor, chaps and mask over a yellow under armor, leggings and white shoes. He carried the first kanji of his name, "ku" (, sky) as his personal emblem.

StoryEdit

Strider (2014)Edit

Kuga was one of the 11 agents who infiltrated Kazakh City previous to Hiryu, carrying the mission to assassinate Grandmaster Meio. Kuga and his brother Raiga infiltrated Kazakh City together, and were eventually faced by Grandmaster Meio's personal assassins, the Winds. In the confrontation, they were unable to overcome the sisters' own combination attacks and both were eliminated in the end.[1]

Design NotesEdit

Kuga's costume color scheme (blue/yellow) is based off the primary color scheme of Kenji, the ninja character from Capcom's "Red Earth"[3]. Hiryu was first given this same color scheme/reference as "Color 3" in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. The scheme is also the reverse of his brother's, who wears a yellow armor over a blue under suit.

The pronunciation of Kuga's name is similar to the katakana spelling of "Cougar" (クーガー), a large feline often called a mountain lion. Coincidentally, the name of his brother Raiga approximates the katakana spelling of another large feline, the Liger.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Capcom (February 2014, multi). Strider Hiryu (Japanese). Story Intel #16: Strider Ouga
  2. Capcom (February 2014, multi). Strider Hiryu (Japanese). Story Intel #21: Strider Raiga
  3. Chris (March 14, 2014). "The Secret Stuff That Inspired Strider". capcom-unity.com. Accessed May 29, 2014

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