Sunshine (サンシャイン) is a key antagonist towards Kinnikuman. He is a member of the dMp, while he will later go on to mentor Check Mate in the sequel series of Kinnikuman Nisei.


Sunshine worked alongside Chojin like Asuraman, as he worked alongside major antagonists in the series, and was eventually absorbed by Akuma Shogun. He later planned to steal the Friendship Power of the Seigi Chojin, but was defeated in the Tag Tournament. After this, he retired from wrestling and was not seen again until Kinnikuman Nisei, in which he trains Check Mate and Rex King, and eventually comes to respect the Seigi Chojin on his defeat. It is at this point he explodes the dMp base and eradicates all evil Chojin, except for one that miraculously survives named Scarface. He is very rarely seen again within the anime or manga.



Kinnikuman Sunshine
Sunshine appeared as one of the Devil Knights, a group of Akuma Choujin who had supposedly stolen the Golden Mask, a sacred relic on planet Kinniku that was once the head of a god. He fought Geronimo during the Five Story Ring battle within Warsman's unconscious body. Though he nearly killed Geronimo, he was ultimately defeated by his Apache War Cry technique after his weakness was discovered to be loud noises. Like the other Devil Knights, he was absorbed by Akuma Shogun before the fight with Kinnikuman.

Later, he and Asuraman escape and plot to steal the Friendship Power of the Seigi Choujins using Cursed Dolls. They enact their plan during the Dream Tag Tournament, where they compete as the Stray Devil Choujin Combo. After they are defeated by Kinnikuman and Kinnikuman Great during the semi-finals they decide that "Demons also have friendship", but Sunshine is killed by Neptuneman.

Sunshine would later appear during the Survivor Match for the Kinniku Throne Arc as one of the Choujins The Omegaman captured, killed, and therefore could now transform into.

Kinnikuman: Nisei

dMp Arc

Sunshine appears first on a television set, after the Tokyo matches against the dMp members: Kevin Mask, Maxman and Tel-Tel Boy. He is with two mysteriously cloaked men, who are his two proteges, and he is also in Osaka after having defeated Gorgeousman and Barbarian. [2] He is a founding member of the DMp and head of their Akuma Chojin division. In the past thirty years, he states he has grown bitter and angry at the Muscle League, and has found two of the strongest proteges to get revenge on his behalf. [3] He declares his proteges are The Nightmares.

They meet again in an izakaya (bar), where Sunshine claims that he is neither friend nor foe until the matches, and treats Mantaro Kinniku and Alexandria Meat in a civil manner. [3] He reveals he is now blind in one eye and lost much of his power, as well as feels abandoned by those of his team who sided with the Seigi Chojin, and - due to feeling alone - he doubled down on his quest for revenge. He notices that Terry the Kid has broken in the Osaka Dome via a portable television set, and orders his Nightmares to capture him. He leaves and reappears later to catch Mantaro in an adult establishment, despite him being underage, and so he blackmails Mantaro into being the referee for the following match. [4]

Sunshine (Nisei)
Sunshine announces the "Osaka Battle at High Noon", as well as that Mantaro will be acting as the referee for the upcoming match, and Mantaro acts as a strict referee and often penalises the Kid. [5] Sunshine obtains a yellow card when Mantaro begins to help the Kid, as he steps into the ring, but he obeys and returns to observing the match from the side. [6] Sunshine antagonises the Kid to gain the upper hand, but soon Rex King is defeated and he infuses Check Mate with his spirit to make him stronger, so as to prepare for the second match against Mantaro Kinniku. [7] Sunshine announces the following match. [8]

It is revealed in flashbacks that Sunshine beat and tortured Checkmate, so that he would be impervious to pain and an invulnerable warrior. [9] Checkmate then reveals he carries a photograph of his old team, which he holds dear, and that he founded the dMp with two other members in hopes of gaining his own faction to control. Sunshine then intervenes with the match when Mantaro is unable to fight, begging Check Mate to stop, but - disgusted by his tears and emotion - Checkmate attacks him and pins him to the ropes. [10] He is devastated when Checkmate tears up his photo, which is his sole memento of the past, and follows this by preventing Check Mate from attacking a small child, saving the child's life. Checkmate proceeds to attack him, until he loses his eye-patch, and is eventually helped up by Mantaro. [11]

After Checkmates crosses boundaries in battle, he starts to cheer for Mantaro. This inspires the crowd to rally behind Mantaro and provide him invaluable strength and inspiration to continue. [12] Checkmate is then defeated. Sunshine refuses to allow anyone else to tend to his wounds, as he runs to his protege who he still holds with great regards and affection, but his colleagues in the dMp send an arrow crashing through the roof of the stadium to kill Sunshine. [13] His army back at base stages a rebellion, but loses in the fight, and so one creates an explosion that destroys all of the dMp and its base. Sunshine - in his bittersweet victory - carries a bleeding Checkmate out of the stadium with the promise to train him to be better. [13]

Demon Seed Arc

Sunshine appears drunk in Osaka, where he laments nostalgically for the events of 36 years ago, where there were ‘real’ Akuma Chojin: the seven Devil Chojin and Six Devil Knights. [14] He sees the Demon Seed as mere imitations of their predecessors, and leaves in a drunken stupor to Ganryu Island where the last two Demon Seed are preparing to battle the Blood Evolutions. [14] He swims across the sea to reach the General Rib in his attempt to reach the last of the Demon Seed. [15]

Sunshine arrives as Asuraman resurrects. [16] He offers Checkmate the chance to return to the path of evil, as he explains that Asuraman always regretted joining the Muscle League. Asuraman rejects Sunshine's attempt to reconcile and form a tag-team. [16] He periodically compliments Checkmate, while cheering on Asuraman during his match. [17] Sunshine later weeps to see Asuraman angry, as he reminisces about the past. [18] After Asuraman wins the match against the B-Evolutions, he proceeds to attack Kevin Mask despite him being incapacitated and the match over, and Sunshine stops him. [19]

He states that Asuraman never shed blood needlessly, but Asuraman says he's changed. [19]

Sunshine later appears at the Demon Womb, as the final match commences. [20] Kinnikuman realises that Asuraman plans to resurrect General Terror, as he spots Sunshine about to enter the Demon Womb, and proceeds to tickle Sunshine until his stomach opens up, allowing Kinnikuman to hide inside his abdomen. Sunshine then enters the Demon Womb (unknowingly with Kinnikuman). [20] Inside, Sunshine comments that Asuraman is even more ruthless than their time together in the past. [21]

It is at this point that Kinnikuman bursts out of his stomach. [21] Sunshine is commanded by Asuraman to ring the bell that shall awaken the Demon Womb from its slumber. [22] He bickers with Kinnikuman, before ordering Asuraman to kill Mantaro Kinniku. [23] Kevin Mask later drags Sunshine into the waters beneath the ring, where his sand merges with the electricity to gold-plate his body. [24]

As Sunshine is made of gold dust, this allows him to defy the micro-waves of Voltman. [25] Sunshine loses his legs in the process. [25] After General Terror is revived and defeated, the Diamond Dust of Rebirth restores his legs and allows him to walk again. [26] He swears friendship to Asuraman, who - now elderly - is helped out of the Demon Womb by Sunshine, as they leave to safety together. [26]  

Ultimate Muscle: Anime Changes

In the dub, it is explained that after the events of the Dream Choujin Tag Arc, when his friend Asuraman left to join the Muscle League, he grew a great urge to destroy Kinnikuman and the Muscle League, and that after the Devil Chojin were presumed destroyed. He moved to Miami, Florida, where his appearance was ruined by sunburn (he claimed to have been banned from every public beach in South Florida, and that the lines on his arms no longer formed a perfect grid as he used to). In the final season of the anime, he is seen with Clioneman and Dead Signal, indicating that he may have been training them.


Sand Hell (砂地獄, Suna Jigoku)
Sunshine turns his body to sand and spreads out on the ring, trapping an opponent.
Hell's Pyramid (地獄のピラミッド, Jigoku no Piramiddo)
Sunshine turns into a pyramid that impales the enemy.
Hell's Arch (地獄の凱旋門, Jigoku no Gaisenmon)
Sunshine turns into an arch that falls on the enemy.
Hell's Top (地獄のコマ, Jigoku no Koma)
Sunshine turns into a top that attacks the enemy.
Concrete Press (コンクリートプレス)
Cursed Roller (呪いのローラー, Noroi no Rōrā)
Sunshine's chest opens, revealing a ringer that the enemy is driven through.
Giant Swing
Sunshine grabs the enemy's legs and spins then throws the enemy into the air.
Canadian Backbreaker
Complete Sand Cemetery Press
Sunshine grabs and lift the enemy into the air, then using his Sand Hell, Sunshine turn into sand and rebuilt him and his enemy in a pose which he bends and hook the enemy's legs with his legs and grabs both their arm and slam into the canvas. Sunshine first use to against Thingman, by laid out his DIsc Cutter in the ring, Sunshine was able to pierce Thingman's indestructable body and defeat him.

Career Information


  • One of the Six Devil Knights (Sunshine is one of the Devil Knights without any champion records, and the only one to ever lose to a human)
  • New Nightmares Coach


  • Sand Hell Guard

(The Japanese name, "Suna Jigoku no Bannin", is a pun of sorts. "suna" means sand, whereas "jigoku" means "hell", hence "Guardian of the Sand Hell". However, an alternate reading/interpretation would be "Sunaji Goku no Bannin", which would mean "Guardsman of the Sand Prison", since "sunaji" means "sandy place/soil" and "goku" means "prison".)

  • Giant Sand Wall

Win/Loss Record (Singles)

Win/Loss Record (Tag)

Stray Akuma Chojin Combo (Asuraman)



  • Submitted by: Baba of Miyagi Prefecture
  • Theme Song: "Sand Monster (サンドモンスター)" by Kōrogi '73
  • His body is made of gold dust [25]


  1. Kinnikuman: Volume 58: Calendar
  2. Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 12
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 13
  4. Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 14
  5. Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 15
  6. Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 16
  7. Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 19
  8. Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 21
  9. Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 22
  10. Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 24
  11. Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 25
  12. Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 26
  13. 13.0 13.1 Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 27
  14. 14.0 14.1 Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 249
  15. Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 250
  16. 16.0 16.1 Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 252
  17. Kinnikuman Nisei: 253
  18. Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 257
  19. 19.0 19.1 Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 260
  20. 20.0 20.1 Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 269
  21. 21.0 21.1 Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 270
  22. Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 271
  23. Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 272
  24. Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 277
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 278
  26. 26.0 26.1 Kinnikuman Nisei: Chapter 293


Akuma Chojin
Leaders SatanAkuma Shogun
Seven Akuma Chojin BuffalomanSpringmanAtlantisThe MountainMister KhamenBlack HoleStereo Cassette King
Six Akuma Knights AsuramanSunshineThe NinjaJunkmanPlanetmanSneagator
Demon Seed VoltmanThe TattoomanMeltdownGepparlandThe Constellation
Asura Clan Asuraman's FatherAsuraman's MotherIvonneShivaSamson
Omega Centauri's Six Spears Omegaman AristeraHailmanPiratemanGear MasterMariquitamanLunaight
Others PuripurimanSneagator Jr.MAXmanCheck MateRex King
Related articles Chojin Blood BindMakaiCursed DollsMagic Square RingDemon SeedDemon Womb
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