I see a lot of fan art that depict this move (even though nothing of the sort happens from the show/series where the characters came from) and even in Nichijou we have the school principal giving a deer a tiger suplex:

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Shuichi drops a suplex in Gravitation

GTO dishes one out

Episode 87 of Gintama is: "Perform a German Suplex On a Woman Who Asks If She or the Job Is More Important"

From Lagrange, the mechas do one: enter image description here

And all the endless fanart:

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Why is this so popular? Is this because wrestling is popular in Japan? But why this specific move?

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    lol, I can't stop watching the gif :P Apr 25, 2013 at 10:30
  • @SingerOfTheFall That whole sequence is hilarious, and it doesn't make a lick of sense
    – Jon Lin
    Apr 25, 2013 at 10:40
  • Because it's so brutal and yet, funny? XD
    – Pocoyo
    Apr 26, 2013 at 3:18
  • I guess is because the video of a woman using it to stop a thief: youtube.com/watch?v=v4xpOsCcWIw
    – user2357
    Sep 9, 2013 at 16:26
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    Sep 9, 2013 at 16:49

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Yes, it's very likely because of the popularity of puroresu (wrestling) in Japan. Antonio Inoki is credited with making wrestling popular in the country and he himself was impressed with and inspired by the amateur wrestling style of Karl Gotch (nicknamed Kami-sama) who had become famous in Japan. The German suplex was Gotch's signature finishing move.

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There's a compilation of Gotch's moves on YouTube.

  • Yeah, this is why, friend had confirmed it a few hours ago when I asked. He also said none of these moves are a "tiger" suplex which is a double underhook.
    – Jon Lin
    Apr 25, 2013 at 21:39

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