- Ensemble Darkhorse: Minoru Kuramochi, a.k.a "Mr. Octopus." He has been ranked at number 4 on G4's craziest contestant poll and the number 4 reason to worship Ninja Warrior.
- That One Level: The Cliffhanger, on stage 3, where you have to move laterally while hanging on to a ledge about one knuckle deep, has ruined the runs of many all-stars, until they started figuring out that you need to swing like a pendulum, and only move your hands when you're at the right peak when your weight is at its lowest.
- The Woobie: Katsumi Yamada's legacy of failure and the consequences in his personal life.
- Kazuhiko Akiyama as well. After his victory, his health worsened and his sight started to fade. The announcers always let us know about this fact.