Both Kuga and Raiga were known within the Striders for their team work, performing breathtaking combination attacks to subdue their targets. 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, and often saw himself dragged along by Raiga's reckless actions.
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" (空, sky/air) as his personal emblem.
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.
Kuga's costume color scheme (blue/yellow) is based off the primary color scheme of Kenji, the ninja character from Capcom's "Red Earth". 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.
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