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''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' character sheet. '''This page contains unmarked spoilers for everything up to the end of the Yggdrasill Saga (Episode 19). Proceed with caution if you have not watched up to that point.''' [[foldercontrol]] ---- !Beat Riders !!Team Gaim [[folder:Kouta Kazuraba/Kamen Rider Gaim]] !!Kouta Kazuraba/Armored Rider Gaim[[note]]"armored warrior"[[/note]] !!!Portrayed by: Gaku Sano (live), Seiji Takaiwa (suit) http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gaim_6792.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/koutakazuraba_9969.jpg]] The main character of ''Kamen Rider Gaim''. Kouta is an earnest young man who quits Team Gaim so that he can get a job and support his sister. However, after finding the Sengoku Driver and Orange Lock Seed he is drawn back into the competition between the different "Beat Rider" gangs, believing that his new-found power is the key to his maturation as an adult. ---- * AccidentalMurder: He had no idea that he killed Yuya. This then extends to every single Inves he ever killed, who were all once sentient beings before Helheim made them a part of its ecosystem. * AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Downplayed, but after getting his Rider powers he used them for every little thing while acting very cocky. * {{Adorkable}} * AllLovingHero: ** In #6, he tries to make friends with Kaito even after all the crap the latter has pulled. Kaito, fresh off of Ryoji and Hideyasu's betrayal, rejects it. ** #11: Even after he finds out the truth about Yggdrasill and its involvement in the Invess Game, Kouta still tries to save the people at the base camp, despite clearly not liking - if not outright disgusted by them. ** Further cemented in #12: While Micchy urges him to throw the Driver away and stop being Yggdrasill's guinea pig Kouta can't help but use his power to protect innocent people. ** #14: Despite the fact Ryoji is now an AxeCrazy Bixie Inves, he ''still'' thought he could reach Ryoji... it didn't work and Sigurd jumped in to kill Ryoji. ** #15: He tells DJ Sagara that he intends to use his power only to protect the city, and others. ** #20: Might see this get {{Deconstructed}}. [[spoiler:Kouta, upon realizing that the Inves were once humans, was unable to fight them outside of defending himself]]. ** #23: [[spoiler:He decides after his talk with DJ Sagara to fight so that others don't make the same mistakes that he has made and so that nobody else has to fight against Helheim's invasion.]] * [[spoiler: AllYourPowersCombined: In Kiwami Arms, he can use the weapons of every single Armored and New Generation Rider.]] * ArchEnemy: ** Kouta's morals slowly make him Sid's most hated foe after he becomes Sigurd. ** [[spoiler:Kouta also becomes this to Micchy after the latter's sanity breaks. Micchy starts to see him as the root of all of his problems and attempts to kill him.]] * {{Badass}}: While not all that great at the start of his tenure, he shows signs of this as he was completely willing to fight off a monster before gaining powers. Plus, the intro to the series and his appearance on Series/KamenRiderWizard assures us he will eventually grow into a full-fledged badass, then #11 comes around making his ''Wizard'' appearance look like a joke compared to the potential he showed as a OneManArmy. ** BadassBiker: Just like any other Rider. ** BadassBoast: Gives one to Takatora in #23: --> Kouta: I'll never give up! If you say sacrifices are necessary, I'll fight the world that demands them! * BashBrothers: Formed this with Ryugen. * BelligerentSexualTension: With Mai, [[ShipperOnDeck according to the rest of the team]]. * BerserkButton: Finding out the Yggdrasill Corporation used him and the others as guinea pigs didn't sit very well with him. ** He gets seriously pissed off when Team Red Hot start using the Inves for criminal actions. ** As of #21, upon learning of Yggdrasill's plans to [[spoiler:wipe the city clean]] from Sid, the rage that builds (and Sid experiences, painfully) might as well be this. Ryoma then slams the button even harder the next episode when he explains the plan to [[spoiler:kill six out of every seven people in the world, because the remaining one-seventh is all Yggdrasill will be able to save.]] ** He's enraged when [[spoiler:Takatora apparently betrays hims, not knowing that the Zangetsu Shin trying to kill him is actually Micchy.]] * BewareTheNiceOnes: Friendly, nice, somewhat naive and all around do-gooder... until you piss him off enough. * BigNo: Does an epic one when he tries to stop Sigurd from killing Ryoji. * BloodFromTheMouth: He spits up blood while fighting the Byakko Inves just before his first transformation into Gaim. * BrainsAndBrawn: With Mitsuzane in the early episodes, with Kouta acting as the Brawn. Kouta is noticeably a better fighter than Micchy but, while not stupid, isn't a genius like Micchy. * BreakTheCutie: Gets hit with this hard after [[spoiler:finding out that he unknowingly killed Yuya. He gets better, thankfully.]] * BreakTheHaughty: Doesn't even want to touch his Driver after a particularly bad beating by the hands of Zangetsu.+ * ButThouMust: One of the people in the forest begs him to help when their base is attacked by the Inves. Kouta, at first, actually doesn't want to, because of the fact they see the Armored Riders as nothing other than guinea pigs. He caves in after a moment, but clearly isn't happy to help. ** After some sort of disease begins to spread, the Beat Riders are blamed for all of this, so when an Inves begins to attack, Kouta doesn't start fighting until after he's attacked by Bravo. * CharacterDevelopment: Kouta goes through a lot over the course of the series; fitting, as it's essentially a ComingOfAge story. ** Kouta goes through a significant arc in the first five episodes. He starts off as a straight and narrow NiceGuy, who's doing his best to try and figure out what it means to be an adult. Gaining superpowers and becoming Gaim led him to become a prideful MrViceGuy (albeit one with good intentions who still wants to help his friends and family) who treats the entire situation as a game. His BreakTheHaughty moment (see above) then forces him to realize how serious things really are, to the point that he stops using his powers and tries to caution Micchy about becoming a Rider. However, after hearing how he had inspired Micchy to become stronger, he regains his resolve and becomes Gaim again. * CharacterTics: After he transforms he has a tendency to make a [[https://www.google.com/search?q=horse+stance&espv=210&es_sm=93&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=9E8KU5bxI-Ll0wGAhYCgBw&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=667 Horse Stance]] and hold his weapon over his head with his right hand. * ChildhoodFriends: With Mai. * [[spoiler:TheChosenOne: Sagara seems to believe he will be this, but nobody's been chosen yet.]] * ChronicHeroSyndrome: Suffers from this big time. He will always rush to save people, even when it puts him at odds with Mitsuzane. * CurbStompBattle: ** Delivered them to low class Inves, an army of Kurokages and Sigurd. ** On the receiving end from Zangetsu and Demushuu. ** [[spoiler: He returns the favor to Demushuu after getting Kiwami Arms.]] * CutLexLuthorACheck: Subverted as a rare heroic example. By #3, Kouta has been shown to be perfectly happy with using his powers for self gain. He soon grows out of it and focuses on protecting the city instead. * CombatPragmatist: Best shown when he just shoots his opponent with his Musou Saber when he has them in a blade lock. * ConfusionFu: He didn't really know how to use his powers at first, so his style was really sporadic and weird until around episodes nine or ten. * CoolBigBro[=/=]ParentalSubstitute: He's pretty much this to Micchy. Noticeably, Mitsuzane has a rather distant relationship with his brother, and his parents are never shown. Kouta is his only positive role model...which in hindsight explains why he has such an unhealthy duplicitous relationship with him. He doesn't want to lose the approval of the only good thing in his life. * DeclarationOfProtection: He states this in the first episode to the mysterious woman. ** Later in the series he basically extends this to the entire city, since Yggdrasill isn't doing a thing about the Invase. ** After discovering that [[spoiler:Yggdrasil plans to wipe out 6 billion people, he extends this declaration to pretty much the entire world.]] * {{Determinator}}: He will stop at NOTHING in order to help those in need. * DramaticIrony: Kouta says that he can never kill another human being. ''As he says this'' Micchy and the audience discover that in the ''very first episode'' he unknowingly killed Yuya after he became the Byakko Inves. ** In #29 Kouta makes a speech about how he would have never gotten as far as he did if he didn't trust his friends. [[spoiler: He's saying this to Zangetsu Shin II, who is secretly Micchy (the person he considers his best friend), who is abusing his trust to try and commit first degree murder.]] * DrunkWithPower: Typical of Urobuchi, not even a NiceGuy like Kouta can avoid letting superpowers get to his head, but unlike most cases, it's downplayed to humorous hijinks and he grows out of it quickly. ** ComesGreatResponsibility: Realizes that he can't handle the armor's power if he's using it for himself, but he can if he uses it to help people. #3 shows that he's still working on this, as while he's using it to help other people, he still benefits from it. ** He finally gets over this attitude after his first encounter with Zangetsu. Later, he shows how far he's come when he laments this behavior after finding out that the Armored Riders were being used as Yggdrasil's lab rats. * DressingAsTheEnemy: In #11 when infiltrating Yggdrasill's research camp. * TheDulcineaEffect: His response to being told by a woman he met for the first time that if he is to fight now he will fight to the bitter end is that he'll do it if it means protecting her. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since he thought it was Mai. * EnemyMine: This is what he sees helping Yggdrasill contain the Inves horde in #11 as. He despises the organization, but he won't let his hatred of them let people get hurt. It happens again in #22. * EverythingsBetterWithSamurai * {{Expy}}: To [[Series/KamenRiderKuuga Godai Yuusuke]]. Both are FriendToAllChildren, are generally nice guys and have high hopes for humanity... [[ContrastingSequelMainCharacter the only problem is their attitude,]] which might be attributed to their age, appropriate considering Gaim has elements of a ComingOfAgeStory and the ongoing theme of Kids vs. Adults. Whereas Godai was more down-to-earth, humble, and ''really'' hard to anger or break, only going completely angry once in the entire run, Kouta goes through a DrunkWithPower phase before Takatora beats some sense into him, gets notably angered easier than Godai, and [[spoiler:is absolutely broken when he finds out that he's been fighting humans this whole time]]. ** In addition, he's similar with [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Madoka Kaname]]. Both of them are the [[NiceGuy nicest person]] in their respective series, will do anything to help anyone, and both get broken... ''[[BreakTheCutie hard]]''. * {{Foil}}: Kouta acts as one to all three of the other main characters: ** Kaito resolves to use his power to subjugate the weak, while Kouta wants to use his power to protect the innocent. ** Mitsuzane is willing to keep secrets and manipulate others in order to do what he thinks is right, while Kouta tries to be open and honest. [[spoiler:Mitsuzane also becomes increasingly DrunkWithPower as time goes on and cares more about his own desires than anything else; Kouta gets over himself fairly early on and is firmly dedicated to protecting others.]] ** Takatora is willing to [[spoiler:sacrifice innocent people if it means ensuring the human race's survival, while Kouta refuses to accept this and wants to save everyone.]] [[spoiler:However, it's eventually revealed that Takatora and Kouta are NotSoDifferent from one another, and Takatora is open to working with Kouta when a more idealistic option presents itself.]] * FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Sanguine. * FriendToAllChildren: His first chronological appearance (Wizard #52) has him jumping into an unknown portal because he heard children crying for help. His first appearance in the series has him helping a kid finding said kid's mother. * FromNobodyToNightmare: From Yggdrasil's perspective. He went from being just another of their lab rats to being able to near effortlessly fight his way into their base and only being stopped by Zangetsu. * GoodIsNotDumb: Kouta is the nicest most moral member of the cast, but that doesn't mean he's stupid. He regularly makes accurate deductions, asks the right questions, and thinks things through which is a major change from most AllLovingHero type Kamen Riders. * GoodIsNotSoft: Make no mistake, he ''is'' a NiceGuy and adheres to ThouShallNotKill. But [[BewareTheNiceOnes when he gets truly enraged,]] he tends to turn into a OneManArmy. * GrowingUpSucks: Realizes that he had to mature and find out what it truly means to be an adult. Unfortunately for him, it means he had to give up some of his hobbies and leave his friends for a time. Then the rest of the series progresses, and things quickly get worse. * GuiltComplex: [[spoiler: One of the reasons why he's taking on Yggdrasill and Helheim on all alone is because he considers himself a sinner due to killing Yuuya and doesn't feel deserving of help.]] * TheHero * HeroicBSOD: Did '''not''' take losing for the first time well. ** Considering that said loss was to [[TheDreaded Zangetsu]], it's expected. He could have been ''[[NotAGame killed]]'' [[AdultFear and no one would know that he had perished!]] ** He also did not respond well [[spoiler:when he finds out that all of the Inves were humans and animals at one point before it became what today known as Helheim.]] ** He has another one when he finally [[spoiler:finds out that he's killed Yuuya at the end of #22]]. * HeroWithBadPublicity * HesBack: ** In #5, he breaks out of his HeroicBSOD just in time to save Ryugen. ** Episode #23: [[spoiler:After being utterly broken by the events of the previous episode, DJ Sagara gives Kouta a pep talk and his MidSeasonUpgrade, which causes Kouta to go straight to Yggdrasil headquarters and destroy the Scalar System.]] * HonorBeforeReason: Why he initially opposed Yggdrasill's ways of fighting against Helheim. While acknowledging that their goals were basically the same, he was unhappy about keeping the secret from the general populace and the corporation's manipulation of the Beat Riders. Eventually, however, he opposes them due to finding out the full scope of Yggdrasil's plans and because he realizes that most of its top players are evil nutcases. * HowDoIShotWeb: Most of his fight in the first episode consisted of finding out what all his new powers and gear can do, while desperately finding out the most effective way of taking down the MonsterOfTheWeek. * [[spoiler:IRejectYourReality: Kouta, after a talk with DJ Sagara, decides that his enemy isn't Yggdrasill or even Helheim, but a reality that states you have to sacrifice something to get something. He decides to destroy that rule.]] * IgnoranceIsBliss: Kouta is uncomfortable with this trope. This is best shown when [[spoiler:he expresses reluctance in keeping the existence of Helheim secret from the public, even going so far as to ask his sister whether she would want to know if the world were coming to an end.]] ** Furthermore, in #23, [[spoiler:he wants to tell Mai the truth about what happened to Yuya, feeling that keeping the secret would dishonor his memory and be unfair to Mai. He ultimately tells her the truth in #26.]] * ImplacableMan: Has become this on occasion when pushed too far, both times with Yggdrasil on the receiving end. Zangetsu was the only thing to halt his advance ''either'' time. * ImprovisedWeapon: The orange that appears during the Henshin sequence can actually be used as a weapon. First shown in #2. * TheJuggernaut: Whenever he uses Watermelon Arms. Not even a literal army of Inves could stop him. * KeepingSecretsSucks: Kouta knows many dark secrets and {{Awful Truth}}s, and they give him nothing but grief. * LockedOutOfTheLoop: An odd case where Kouta is actively trying to get into the loop but Micchy is doing all in his power to keep him out of it. * LuckySeven: His Orange Lock Seed is LS-07. ** In #15, his holding room is number seven. * KleptomaniacHero: [[spoiler:In #22, he stole Minato's Peach Energy Lockseed right off her belt.]] * ManInWhite: In Kiwami Arms. * TheMessiah: Shows signs of this. [[spoiler:Too bad he ends up becoming a BrokenMessiah for [[AccidentalMurder killing Yuya by accident]]. He gets better though.]] * MidSeasonUpgrade: The Jimber Arms [[note]]Jimber Lemon, Jimber Cherry, Jimber Peach, and Jimber Melon.[[/note]] and Kachidoki Arms. * MiniMecha: His Watermelon Arms can assume 3 different modes. ** BeTheBall: Big Ball Mode [[note]]Folds up into a giant watermelon with Gaim inside and rolls around crushing anyone in its path.[[/note]] ** {{Flight}}: Gyro Mode [[note]]In this mode, Gaim can also fire seed-like bullets from the fingertips.[[/note]] ** PoweredArmor: Armored Mode [[note]]The warrior form where Gaim is equipped with this Arms' personal weapon.[[/note]] * MoralityPet: To Mitsuzane. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Kouta doesn't realize this, and Micchy starts to degenerate into a PoisonousFriend before renouncing his friendship with Kouta completely.]] ** He becomes one to Kaito during the Helheim Saga. Kaito makes several efforts to bail him out of trouble. * MrViceGuy: While still a good person, becoming Gaim corrupted him for a stretch and made {{Pride}} and money his main vices. He gets over it after Zangetsu roughs him up pretty badly. * MultiformBalance: Titled "Arms". ** Personal Arms: *** JackOfAllStats: Orange *** MightyGlacier: Pineapple and Watermelon. *** FragileSpeedster: Strawberry *** LightningBruiser: The Jimber Arms. [[note]]Among themselves, each form has its own archetype: Jimber Lemon is a MightyGlacier, Jimber Cherry is a FragileSpeedster, and Jimber Peach is a SquishyWizard.[[/note]] *** SuperMode: Kachidoki and Kiwami. *** PaletteSwap: Fresh Orange and Fresh Pineapple. Each one also arms Gaim with two of its weapon. ** Borrowed Arms: *** JackOfAllStats: Banana *** MightyGlacier: Acorn *** LightningBruiser: Durian *** FightingClown: Wizard and #1/Ichigo. * NiceGuy: He seems generally friendly and his first scenes (depending on what you consider his first) involve helping out kids. * NobodyCallsMeChicken: Both Kaito and Sid have exploited this to get him to do what they want. * NotAGame: The reason why he quits in #4. After being crushed by Zangetsu, he realizes that fighting could get him killed and it scares the crap out of him. * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: He does this to a Kamikiri Inves in #28 in a fit of rage and despair after [[spoiler: Micchy tricks Kouta into thinking Takatora betrayed him.]] What's really disturbing is that Kouta does this of his own free will without any SuperpoweredEvilSide. Even he has limits to what he can take. * ObliviousGuiltSlinging: Does this to Micchy on a regular basis. * [[spoiler:OdaNobunaga: In Kiwami Arms.]] * OneManArmy: Whenever he uses Watermelon Arms even swarms of full powered Inves become mere mooks to him. ** With Kachidoki Arms, he turned an entire battalion of Kurokage Troopers into mere cannon fodder. [[spoiler:He later turns three animated Suika Arms (courtesy of Sid's special Lockseed) into scrap metal.]] * OnlySaneMan: He's the only person that points out how dangerous the Inves are long before shit hit the fan and wonder where they come from while everyone else just accepts such an oddity. ** He's also the only person, besides Takatora, who realizes that Bravo could be bad news. ** Seems to be a defining trait for Kouta. He is seemingly the only Rider (besides perhaps Zack) with his head on completely straight, lacking any villainous or anti-hero tendencies. * OrangeBlueContrast: In his Orange, Fresh Orange, and Kachidoki Arms forms. * PreAssKickingOneLiner: "This is my stage now!" * {{Pride}}: Becoming Gaim made his ego steadily grow until Zangetsu severely deflated it in #4. * ProtagonistPowerupPrivileges: He has up to four[[note: But one of them's with Kaito.]] regular lockseeds compared to other's two [[note:Not counting Kaito's Suika Lockseed]] or one and is the only one to not only able to combine three engery lockseeds to his Orange's, but also use two special kinds of lock seeds! * SecretKeeper: Mitsuzane convinces him to [[spoiler:keep Yuya's death a secret from Mai. Kouta's not happy with this, and ultimately tells her the truth.]] * SitcomArchnemesis: To Oren early on, before the latter's {{Jerkass}}ery becomes more serious. * SmarterThanYouLook: Many people write Kouta off as an IdiotHero -- especially Micchy -- but he's actually one of the more philosophical and insightful members of the cast. * SpotlightStealingSquad: InUniverse example, with Mai pointing out that by doing everything for Team Gaim, everyone else has stopped contributing. * StockSuperpowers: Each Jimber Arms form possesses its own unique ability. ** SuperStrength: Jimber Lemon Arms ** SuperSpeed: Jimber Cherry Arms ** SuperSenses: Jimber Peach Arms [[note]]In this case, enhanced hearing. However, [[SensoryOverload it cannot handle higher-pitched sound waves]].[[/note]] * TakeAThirdOption: Kouta is obviously a follower of the [[Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei Neutral Path.]] * TaughtByExperience: Kouta has become noticeably better at fighting as the series goes on. ** Has reached a hell of a plateau as of #21, displaying ludicrous durability and his subsequent [[spoiler:takedown of Sid.]] ** Sort of acknowledged by [[spoiler: Yoko]] in #23. ** Kouta references this trope in #26, stating that [[spoiler:all of the beatdowns he's received from the New Generation Riders have given him the experience needed to now wipe the floor with them.]] * TenMinuteRetirement: Him quitting being Gaim only lasted a single episode. * ThemeMusicPowerup: Seems to have acquired this recently, as evidenced in fights in #17 and #21. ** Interestingly it does not always play, but one can argue it comes up when his tenacity and determination seems to be rising up to uphold his ideals. * TheseHandsHaveKilled: [[spoiler: His reaction after learning he killed Yuuya.]] * ThouShallNotKill: He ascribes to this trope wholeheartedly... Too bad his hands are covered in blood due to him killing countless Inves who were once sentient beings on top of killing Yuya. * ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Showing how much more badass Kouta has become in Gaim he throws his Musou Saber at an Inves that has tackled Ryugen while Ryugen and the Inves were riding on a motorcycle and successfully impaled said Inves without hurting Ryugen. * ThousandYardStare: [[spoiler:In #22 when he finds out he personally killed Yuya. Can't blame the guy]] * TookALevelInBadass: He's been steadily growing in skill over the course of the show. ** Took a major increase in [[spoiler:#23 when he gets Kachidoki.]] ** This even shows outside of his transformed fight. In #21, he ''effortlessly'' beats the stuffing out of a larger, adult criminal untransformed, showing he's become quite the fighter. ** [[spoiler:Upon receiving Kiwami Arms, Kouta is able to effortlessly destroy Demushuu.]] * [[spoiler:{{Ubermensch}}: Becomes one in #23, rejecting the hopeless solutions of the other Riders and choosing an ideal path above moral compromise. He wants to destroy the very rule of the universe that demands sacrifice in exchange for hope.]] * TransformationIsAFreeAction: Subverted; In #5, Baron tries to rush attack Gaim as he changes into Strawberry Arms, though he misses. ** Interestingly this happens multiple times, enemies have attacked when Kouta was transforming, but always fail. * TheUnchosenOne: Unlike most other Riders who are part of Yggdrasill or were handpicked by Sid, Kouta found his Driver in Helheim Forest (dropped by Yuya, who Sid did pick). The difference really shows, since Kouta's moral compass is much stronger than any other Riders'. * UnknownRival: In a weird way, he has this situation going on with [[spoiler:Micchy. Micchy has become increasingly evil and bitter towards Kouta over the course of the series, to the point that he's now secretly attempting to kill him as Zangetsu Shin II. Kouta has absolutely no idea that this is the case and still thinks Micchy is his best friend.]] * UnwittingPawn: Subverted. He's perfectly aware that [[spoiler: DJ Sagara]] might be manipulating him, but goes along with it because he gets power ups out of it. ** Played straight in #26 where Mitsuzane, Kaito, and Minato manipulate him to find the Overlords. * [[spoiler:VictorGainsLosersPowers: Snags Sid's Cherry Energy Lockseed in #21.]] * WeaponOfChoice: ** Personal Arms: *** MixAndMatchWeapon: [[CoolGuns Musou]] [[CoolSword Saber]], which can also [[BifurcatedWeapon combine]] with some of his other weapons for extra power. *** KatanasAreJustBetter: The Daidaimaru in Orange Arms. [[note]]Becomes a [[DoubleWeapon naginata]] when combined with the Musou Saber. Gaim tends to [[DualWielding dual wield]] his Musou Saber alongside the Daidaimaru. There's also a "Fresh" version of the Orange Lockseed seen in the Hyper Battle DVD that provides dual Daidaimaru.[[/note]] *** EpicFlail: The Pine Iron in Pineapple Arms. [[note]]Becomes a kusarigama (chain sickle) when combined with the Musou Saber.[[/note]] *** [[FlechetteStorm Flechette]] [[KnifeNut Knives]]: The Ichigo Kunai in Strawberry Arms. *** DoubleWeapon: The Suika Sojinto in Watermelon Arms. *** TheStraightAndArrowPath: The Sonic Arrow in his various Jimber Arms. *** HandCannon: The DJ Gun in Kachidoki Arms. [[note]]Becomes a [[{{BFS}} big sword]] when combined with the Musou Saber.[[/note]] *** ImprobableWeaponUser: Can fight using ''flags'' [[note]]In fact, they are called the Kachidoki Flags.[[/note]] when using Kachidoki Arms. *** WalkingArmory: Gaim can use any of the basic Arms Weapons [[note]]Daidaimaru, Pine Iron, Ichigo Kunai, Suika Sojinto, Banaspear, Donkachi, Duri Noko, [[CarryABigStick Mango Punisher]], [[{{Handguns}} Budou Ryuhou]], [[DualWielding Kiwi]] [[RingsOfDeath Gekirin]], [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Melon Defender]], [[BladeOnAStick Kagematsu]], and [[DualWielding Kurumi]] [[PowerFist Bombers]].[[/note]], the Musou Saber, Sonic Arrow, and DJ Gun in Kiwami Arms. ** Borrowed Arms: *** JoustingLance: The Banaspear in Banana Arms. *** DropTheHammer: The Donkachi in Acorn Arms. *** [[DualWielding Dual]] [[SerratedBladeOfPain Serrated Blades]]: The Duri Noko in Durian Arms. [[note]]They can also be [[BifurcatedWeapon joined together]] by the ends of the grips.[[/note]] *** SwissArmyWeapon: The Wizar[[CoolSword Sword]][[CoolGuns Gun]] in Wizard Arms. *** BareFistedMonk: #1/Ichigo Arms * WesternZodiac: In #6, he's revealed to be an Aquarius (born January 30) * WhatTheHellHero: Gets called out by Mai, Akira, and Kaito during #3 for their own reasons: ** Mai complains that he is seeking all the attention that comes from being an Armored Rider as well as taking all responsibility from the team, leading them to become lazy with their dancing. ** Akira lectures him for quitting his jobs just to have fun with his friends. While he is earning a lot of money from Inves battles, she believes that his previous jobs (painting buildings and delivering food) were better since they helped other people and society, instead of just making him and his friends happy. ** Kaito confronts him for "just" using his powers to defend Team Gaim's own territory, rather than try to take over other teams' areas. Kaito considers this a waste and criticizes Kouta for not seeking "true power". Considering that Kaito is a {{Jerkass}}, though... * WildCard: Sagara outright calls him one in #32. * YankTheDogsChain: Every time it looks like Kouta is going to get some real help in stopping Helheim or Yggdrasill, something happens that makes said ally betray him [[spoiler: like Kaito and Micchy]] or something horrible happens to said ally [[spoiler: like Takatora being disposed of by the other Yggdrasill Riders.]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Mitsuzane Kureshima/Kamen Rider Ryugen/[[spoiler:Zangetsu Shin II]]]] !!Mitsuzane "Micchy" Kureshima/Armored Rider Ryugen[[note]]"dragon mystery"[[/note]]/[[spoiler:New Generation Rider Zangetsu Shin[[note]]"true slaying moon"[[/note]] II]] !!!Portrayed by: Mahiro Takasugi (live), Daisuke Sato (suit) http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ryugen2_2330.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mitsuzanekureshima_2554.jpg]] A shy but talented member of Team Gaim. Unknown to the others, he is actually an heir to the Yggdrasill Corporation and attends an exclusive private school, a fact that he takes pains to hide from his teammates because he wishes some semblance of normality in his life. Using the Sengoku Driver and the Budou (Grape) Lock Seed, he can transform into Armored Rider Ryugen. [[spoiler:He later obtains his brother's Genesis Driver and Melon Energy Lockseed, succeeding him as the second New Generation Rider Zangetsu Shin.]] ---- * AchillesInHisTent: After he finds out that every time a Rider transforms they just give Yggdrasill more data, Micchy refuses to fight for a while. * AllLoveIsUnrequited: For Mai. * AmbitionIsEvil: [[spoiler:He becomes obsessed with the power of influence and obtaining more of it, seeing it as the most important thing in life.]] * AntiHero -> AntiVillain -> [[spoiler:ClassicVillain]]: He becomes less and less heroic as the story goes on. [[spoiler:As his morality degrades, Micchy becomes an evil and twisted caricature of his former self, representing Pride, Envy, Wrath, and Lust.]] * ArchEnemy: [[spoiler: As of #28, Kaito has it out for Micchy because of his cowardly ways, swearing to destroy him himself.]] ** [[spoiler:He's also become one to Kouta. He has developed an intense hatred for him and is now trying to kill Kouta as Zangetsu Shin II. Unfortunately, Kouta doesn't know how much Micchy hates him and still thinks that they're friends.]] * ArmorPiercingSlap: [[spoiler:Receives one from Mai in #26. Unfortunately, it led to anything but an improvement for his sanity.]] * AxCrazy: By the time the Helheim Saga rolls around Micchy has become a high-functioning version of this trope. * {{Badass}}: ** BadassBiker: When borrowing the Sakura Hurricane and when using his own Rose Attacker. ** BadassInANiceSuit: [[spoiler:Will don one at some point in the future, after having taken over his brother's role at Yggdrasill.]] * BatmanGambit: To lure out Zangetsu, him and Kouta formulate a plan to use the other Riders as bait by playing off their greed and pride. * BashBrothers: Formed one with Gaim after becoming a Rider. * BeYourself: Part of the main reason he is in Team Gaim. In his high-end private school he acts like a stoic, elite student that sees all other students as a rival, but with his team he is much more relaxed and outgoing. ** Eventually deconstructed: his rejection of his brother's expectations for him leads to a complete disregard for everyone else. It also seems that his Team Gaim persona isn't "himself" either. * BeneathTheMask: Micchy was initially introduced as a cheerful and friendly person who just wanted to spend time with his friends. As time goes on, however, he is revealed to be very ruthless and manipulative, and he starts to care more about his own happiness than his friends'. ** By #27, the mask is breaking. Even Mai notices, though she hasn't completely caught on and just comments that he hasn't been acting "like himself". Tellingly, he then asks how he ''should'' act "like himself". * BigDamnHeroes: In #8 he shows up just in time with his new Rose Attacker to save Gaim from a swarm of Inves in the Helheim Forest. * BitchInSheepsClothing: He can seem very cheery and idealistic towards many things, as well as being TheSmartGuy of the group, but give him a goal in mind and he can be just as manipulative and cunning as his brother. ** This becomes more pronounced after Micchy joins Yggdrasil. He continues to act cheerful and friendly towards his friends, all while working with the villains and being completely okay with manipulating and lying to the people who care about him. * BrainsAndBrawn: When working with Kouta in the early episodes, he's the Brains. While Kouta is a better fighter, Micchy is the one who comes up with the plans. Unfortunately, Micchy's conviction that he's the "smart one" leads him to become angry with Kouta when the latter doesn't go along with his plans. * BystanderSyndrome: After learning about Yggdrasill using them as pawns, Micchy starts to suffer from this to the point that he stands by and lets both innocents and Kouta get attacked by Invess without lifting a finger. Though it's only for a short while. He only gets away from this once he's cornered by Kurokage troopers while infiltrating Yggdrasil. He finally stops being this... [[FaceHeelTurn after joining his brother]]. * [[spoiler:CainAndAbel: Cain to Takatora's Abel.]] * ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: In #18, he states, word for word, that he would betray anyone or anything to keep the joy he was feeling. * ControlFreak: Starts to become one more and more after joining Yggdrasil. He tries to manipulate Kouta into doing what Micchy thinks is best, and becomes bitter and angry when Kouta doesn't go along with his plans. ** He expresses very disturbing frustration after [[spoiler:seeing Kouta use Kachidoki Arms for the first time to destroy the Scalar System, after Micchi had practically ordered Kouta not to fight anymore.]] ** He's furious when [[spoiler:Kouta tells Mai the truth about what happened to Yuya, after Micchy had tried to manipulate Kouta into keeping the secret.]] ** He angrily laments how his schemes are constantly being thwarted by outside forces [[spoiler:when his second battle with Kouta is interrupted by Deemushu.]] ** By the time Helheim invades, he's asked whether [[spoiler:Kouta]] used to be an ally, to which he replies that his allies are the ones who ''follow orders''. And after [[spoiler:Kouta pulls ''another'' new Arms out of nowhere]], he's LaughingMad. * ConsummateLiar: Micchy can lie, distort the truth, and misdirect blame with rather disturbing skill. * TheCorruptible: As Sid and many other factors easily prove. * CorruptTheCutie * TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: While Micchy was hinted to have a darker side early on, he still cared about his friends' well-being. As he becomes more DrunkWithPower, he stops thinking about them while only focusing on his own desires [[spoiler:and taking sadistic delight in secretly trying to kill Kouta, his best friend.]] * DespairEventHorizon: He is so shocked by the sight of [[spoiler:a ruined alien civilization]] that he immediately accepts Takatora's offer to join Yggdrasill. * DisproportionateRetribution: Micchy becomes increasingly angry with Kouta when he doesn't go along with his manipulations, even though Kouta is heroically saving lives and clearly isn't doing so to spite Micchy. ** [[spoiler: Micchy's response to Takatora being genuinely happy while speaking highly of Kouta? He gives Kouta a beating while disguised as his own brother, all so that he can destroy any goodwill between the two. Not to mention that fact that he's now willing to nearly murder his best friend.]] * DrunkWithPower: Unlike other characters, Mitsuzane isn't drunk off of the physical power being a Rider gives him. Instead, he becomes drunk off of the power of control and influence that being a part of Yggdrasill gives him. * EvilCostumeSwitch: He's usually seen in brightly colored clothes; when he joins Yggdrasill and immediately switches to a pitch black shirt. ** [[spoiler:While he was already fairly evil, Micchy's switch from Ryugen to Zangetsu Shin symbolizes his complete surrender to his darker instincts.]] * [[spoiler: EvilCounterpart: To Kouta after his betrayal.]] * EvilFormerFriend: Becomes this to Kouta in #26 when he [[spoiler:shoots him in the back. Kouta still doesn't realize this, though.]] * EvilMakeover: As his morality degrades, Mitsuzane begins to resemble a more deranged version of his brother. * EvilIsPetty [[spoiler: In a world where the planet Earth is at risk of being consumed by an EldritchAbomination and multiple factions have grand ambitions of aiming to save the planet, letting it be consumed, or trying to become a god, Micchy is content to use his superpowers and all of the resources of a multi-billion dollar company to try and kill his ex-dance teammate, all out of mere jealousy.]] * {{Expy}}: His desire to protect his friends makes him increasingly more like: ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'''s Homura Akemi...[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion especially since he wants to protect them at any cost]]. Coincidentally, his brother also shares Homura's traits. ** After he joins Yggdrasil, [[spoiler:his AxCrazy and highly unstable personality makes him similar to Ouja from ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki''.]] ** His willingness to [[spoiler: shoot Kouta]] also makes him similar to Masato Kusaka/Kamen Rider Kaixa from ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'', since [[spoiler: he also tried to kill the primary Rider.]] Not to mention they both share {{Yandere}} traits. ** He is also similar to [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Riddhe Marcenas]]. [[spoiler: Both started out as an ally and sidekick to the main character of respective series, but turn against them eventually out of jealousy and conflicting ideals. Both receive upgrades that are [[EvilCounterpart evil counterparts]] to the main rider/gundam (Zangetsu Shin II for Micchy, Unicorn Banshee for Riddhe). Both also become AxCrazy when they betray Kouta/Banagher.]] * FaceHeelTurn: He makes no hesitation to switch to Yggdrasill's side after seeing whatever Takatora shows him in #16. ** HazyFeelTurn: However, his own indecision makes it clear that Micchy has no clue what side he's really on. ** [[spoiler: NeutralNoLonger: Micchy has finally decided what side he wants to be on. [[TheDarkSide Yggdrasil's side.]] [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Then when Yggdrasil falls he sides with the Overlord Redyue...]]]] * FallenHero: Began as a genuine hero but gradually degrades into an AntiVillain [[spoiler:and then a deranged psychopath willing to watch his own brother die and not lift a finger.]] ** He's now [[spoiler:working with Redyue, the Overlord Inves who is leading an invasion of Earth, with no apparent hesitation or remorse.]] * {{Foil}}: Like Kouta, Micchy acts as one to all three of the other main characters: ** Takatora: Micchy is introduced as a hero, but becomes disturbingly more villainous as the show goes on. His brother Takatora first appears as the ruthless leader of the villains, but it becomes apparent later that he is one of the most moral characters in the show, despite being misguided. ** Kouta: Both Riders start out wanting to use their powers to help their loved ones. While Kouta is initially DrunkWithPower, he's limited to using his powers for harmless monetary gain (while still helping his friends and family) and eventually grows out of it, unselfishly dedicating himself to protecting everyone. Micchy becomes much more selfish, allies himself with the villains, tries to protect his friends by lying and attempting to control them, [[spoiler:and becomes so angry and jealous of Kouta that he betrays him.]] ** Kaito: Both are entirely selfish and desire power; however, Kaito desires pure physical power while Micchy desires the power of influence and manipulation. Furthermore, Kaito is upfront with his enemies and despises tactics of deception and dishonesty. While a {{Jerkass}}, he always speaks genuinely and never lies. Micchy's skills at deception are his greatest asset, and he utilizes them to their full extent. In #27, [[spoiler:they come to blows over this difference when Kaito becomes disgusted with and attacks Micchy after witnessing him shooting Kouta in the back and knocking him unconscious.]] * ForegoneConclusion: The opening scene of #1 implies that he will eventually ally with Zangetsu; this becomes true in #16. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope However, much later on he turns against his brother and takes on the mantle of Zangetsu himself.]]]] * ForGreatJustice: Mitsuzane claims that he's helping Kouta fight Yggdrasill because it's the right thing to do. It's immediately subverted when Takatora claims that the real reason why he's doing it is just to rebel against his brother. * ForHappiness: Deconstructed; Micchy justifies his joining Yggdrasil with the desire to protect his friends from the conflict with Helheim and keep them happy. However, he becomes more and more comfortable with lying to his friends and trying to manipulate them into doing what he thinks is best. He eventually goes too far and begins trying to steer them away from ''anything'' that would make them feel bad, even if ''not'' knowing the truth would hurt them. He also becomes bitter and angry with his friends (especially Kouta) when they don't go along with his scheming since he is convinced that he knows what's best for them. ** Eventually, it becomes clear that "their happiness" is really just an excuse for his own happiness and desires: for example, [[spoiler:he uses Inves to sabotage Mai's attempt to warn the city of Yggdrasill's plans due to his own desire to keep her out of the conflict, even though such an act would (and did) clearly not make Mai happy.]] * FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Phlegmatic. * FromNobodyToNightmare: He begins his role as little more than the hero's sidekick, but slowly grows into one of the show's most dangerous villains. [[spoiler:Not to mention how much more of a threat he poses now that he's Zangetsu Shin.]] ** As of #33, [[spoiler:he's now aiding Redyue in her invasion of Earth, making him a threat to all of humanity.]] * GoMadFromTheRevelation: Seeing [[spoiler:the damage Helheim's already done to a alien civilization]] drove him to forgo his own morals and join Yggdrasill. * GreenEyedMonster: #28 all but states that his grudge against Kouta is due to jealousy; he starts to exhibit TranquilFury as he listens to Takatora compliment Kouta. [[spoiler: This causes him to stand by idly as his ''brother is seemingly killed.'' Then he takes his brother's Driver and name, all in an effort to both kill Kouta and to destroy the bond he had forged with his brother.]] * GuileHero: Starts out as one, but he devolves into a ManipulativeBastard. * HeroWorshipper: To Mai and Kouta, [[spoiler:at first]]. * HiddenDepths: When pressed, he can be just as ruthless to his brother. * HopeCrusher: An odd example because he believes destroying [[spoiler: Kouta's hope]] will keep him happy and safe. [[spoiler:As time goes on, he instead tries to do so purely out of anger and jealousy.]] * IDidntTellYouBecauseYoudBeUnhappy: His motivation for keeping Kouta and Mai in the dark as much as possible. * IgnoranceIsBliss: Micchy keeps several secrets about Helheim, Yggdrasil, and the truth about Yuya's disappearance from Kouta out of the belief that keeping him LockedOutOfTheLoop would make him happier in the long run. ** In #23, [[spoiler:he tries to convince Kouta not to tell Mai the truth about Yuya's death, outright stating that she would be happier never finding out.]] * InTheBack: [[spoiler: To symbolize Mitsuzane's fall into a complete villain, he shoots Kouta in the back as an act of spite.]] * IJustWantToBeYou: The first part of his initial motivations. He looks up to Kouta and Mai and wants to grow up to be an adult that has their best traits. ** [[spoiler:Eventually deconstructed: Micchy does want to be like Kouta, but only in the sense that Kouta is admired and respected by Mai, Team Gaim, and Takatora. Instead of realizing that Kouta earns this respect by being a noble, heroic person, Micchy becomes jealous and bitter. This ultimately leads him to betray Kouta, become a {{Yandere}} for Mai, and stand by and do nothing while his brother is nearly killed.]] * {{Irony}}: [[spoiler: Micchy joined his brother in Yggdrasil to protect Kouta from the secrets of Helheim, but Takatora revealed almost all of them to Kouta anyway.]] ** Micchy initially dreaded joining Yggdrasil, had a low opinion of his brother, and cared deeply for Kouta and Mai. Upon joining Yggdrasil, he becomes DrunkWithPower, starts to become more cold and evil than his brother ever was, and [[spoiler:becomes angry and bitter with Kouta and Mai when they don't go along with his manipulations]]. ** Micchy originally wanted to grow up to be just like Kouta and Mai, [[spoiler: but instead became the antithesis of everything they believe in.]] * ItsAllAboutMe: Though he claims his actions are for the benefit of his friends' happiness, it becomes clear from all the lies and deception that Micchy doesn't really respect them as individuals and only cares about the emotional reward that their relationships with him provide. [[spoiler:When Kouta and Takatora (his best friend and brother, respectively) bond with one another, Micchy turns on them with almost no hesitation, to the point that he stands by and lets the latter be nearly killed and tries to kill the former himself.]] * KeepingSecretsSucks: All of those secrets just keep on piling up and are having a notable effect on his sanity. * LackOfEmpathy: Micchy justifies his descent into villainy with his desire to protect his friends, but it becomes increasingly clear that he doesn't really care about their feelings or desires. He instead tries to control them behind their backs and gets mad when they don't go along with his scheming, since he's convinced that only he knows what's best for them. [[spoiler:His anger and frustration leads him to become much more dangerous as time goes on: he's now trying to outright kill Kouta out of jealousy, he threatened innocent people with Inves when Mai was trying to spread information about Helheim to save lives, and he stood by and did nothing while his brother was apparently murdered. He's now working with Redyue and aiding her invasion attempts, despite the number of casualties that would inevitably ensue.]] * TheLancer: Became this to Kouta after becoming Ryugen. [[spoiler:It doesn't last.]] * LaughingMad: At the end of #33 and in #34. * {{Lust}}: Not just in the sexual sense. Apart from his increasingly creepy crush on Mai, Mitsuzane lusts after emotional fulfillment and will lie and manipulate anyone to get it. * [[spoiler:LoveMakesYouCrazy [[LoveMakesYouEvil And Evil]]]] * ManipulativeBastard: Has no problem using his Yggdrasill influences to get what he wants from Sid. He also begins trying to control Kouta in #12, to the point where he almost got him to throw away his belt. ** Whenever Mitsuzane gets serious about trying to get Kouta to do what he wants, he invokes Mai's well-being to try to persuade him, arguing that Kouta doing what he thinks is right would put her in distress. *** This is TruthInTelevision, since this action is a typical, real-world emotional blackmail technique. * [[spoiler: ManInWhite: As Zangetsu Shin II.]] * MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Feminine Boy to Mai's Masculine Girl. * MartyrWithoutACause: A villainous example. Micchy's entire StartOfDarkness came about due to his desire to protect his friends. However, instead of working with and trusting them, he remained convinced that he was the only person capable of making the right decisions and resorted to lies, manipulations, and joining Yggdrasil to force them to do what he thought was best, all in the name of "protecting" them. As Kouta unintentionally defies him again and again, Micchy becomes increasingly bitter, seeing him as an IdiotHero who was ruining Micchy's attempts to keep him safe. * MaskOfSanity * MasterActor: Micchy can pull off his former personality with great skill even though he's become almost the exact opposite. * MiseryBuildsCharacter: He wants to inflict this trope onto Kouta. [[spoiler:After a while, he just wants to make Kouta miserable purely out of hatred.]] * TheMole: He's either this for the Beat Riders or Yggdrasill, Mitsuzane's not really sure yet. [[spoiler:He eventually chooses Yggdrasill.]] * MotiveDecay: At first, Micchy wanted to help Kouta and Mai, then he joins Yggdrasill to protect them and the rest of humanity. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, that eventually degrades into a dangerous lust for power and personal satisfaction.]] * MultiformBalance: Titled "Arms". ** Personal Arms: *** JackOfAllStats: Kiwi *** GlassCannon: Grape *** [[spoiler:LightningBruiser: Melon Energy as Zangetsu Shin]] ** Borrowed Arms: *** FightingClown: Double *** [[spoiler:MightyGlacier: Pineapple]] *** [[spoiler:JackOfAllStats: Banana and Melon]] * MundaneSolution: Two of them in #9. First he stops a Helheim fruit from becoming a Lock Seed by not picking it while wearing the Sengoku Driver, de-powering in the process; then he tracks the Komori Inves by slipping his cell phone onto it. * [[spoiler:MurderIsTheBestSolution: Eventually becomes his go-to answer to every problem in his way.]] * [[spoiler:MurderTheHypotenuse: Tries it on Kouta in #26.]] * NamedAfterSomeoneFamous: Likely named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akechi_Mitsuhide Akechi Mitsuhide]], a general of Nobunaga's who famously betrayed him. * {{Narcissist}}: Micchy shows all the signs of being a real life one. While capable of a full emotional range he has a massive superiority complex and loses it when his self inflated sense of worth is threatened, this leaves him incapable of caring about anyone but himself, and his "friendship" with Kouta and Mai exist solely for emotional satisfaction, and he doesn't care about them as people seeing them more as extensions of himself. [[spoiler: And despite "caring" about them, if they jilt him in any way, he'll easily cut them off and try to kill them.]] * NotSoDifferent: Despite disliking his brother and his lifestyle, Mitsuzane can be just as much of a ruthless SOB when the situation calls for it. ** {{Hypocrite}}: He states outright that he's a Kureshima and just as powerful, if not more so, than his brother - yet he continues to judge Takatora harshly. ** In #6, he openly agrees with Hideyasu's strategy of taking down top dog Kaito by ganging up on him. However, since Kouta decides to defend Kaito, he decides to not go along with the ganging up. ** Takatora makes this claim in #16. He expresses pride in Mitsuzane for taking the initiative to fight in the present instead of waiting for him to secure a future for the younger Kureshima and goes on claiming that Mitsuzane is just like him. [[spoiler:This starts to become subverted as time goes on: Takatora, for all of his faults, genuinely wants to ensure the survival of humanity and feels guilt for his more immoral actions. Mitsuzane becomes more and more DrunkWithPower and degenerates into a PoisonousFriend and ManipulativeBastard who only really cares about his own desires.]] ** He's this to [[spoiler:Ryoma, unfortunately. Both started out as loyal friends to another Rider (Micchy to Kouta, Ryoma to Takatora), but they each became jaded when the object of their loyalty acted out of altruism instead of selfishness or ambition (Kouta wants to save innocents whenever possible in defiance of Micchy's scheming, while Takatora has no desire to rule over the world like Ryoma does). In the present, both are intelligent schemers who primarily act by trying to manipulate others.]] ** [[spoiler: He's this to Redyue, horrifyingly enough.]] * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: In #28, [[spoiler:Micchy becomes Zangetsu Shin II and takes a rather disturbing delight in trying to beat Kouta to death while he's not transformed.]] ** [[spoiler:During their second fight, Micchy ends up on the receiving end of one when Kouta doesn't hold back.]] * NotSoHarmless[=/=]BewareTheNiceOnes: Showed his ruthless streak early on, which is how he got a Sengoku Driver in the first place. It only gets worse from there. * OhCrap: Mitsuzane has this when [[spoiler:Kouta actually ''attacks'' him, no longer falling for his plan of disguising as Takatora]]. ** [[spoiler:He has two during his fight with Kouta in #33: first when Bravo quickly jumps in and alerts Kouta to the fact that Zangetsu Shin is an imposter, then when Kouta in Kiwami Arms is about to finish him off (though he manages to escape).]] * PeekABangs: As his morality degrades, he begins being shown with his hair swept over one eye. * [[spoiler:PoisonousFriend: Micchy becomes obsessed with protecting Kouta, Mai, and the rest of Team Gaim. Unfortunately, he is convinced that he is the only person who knows what to do and proceeds to lie to everyone and manipulate his friends.]] ** [[spoiler:By #23, Micchy is trying to manipulate Kouta into giving up his fight against Yggdrasil and Helheim, and is disturbingly angered that Kouta doesn't listen to him.]] ** When Mai [[spoiler: learns the truth about Yuya's death, Micchy is furious since he wanted to keep her out of the conflict with Helheim entirely. He does not take it well when Mai calls him out on his behavior, and when she tries to warn civilians about the existence of Helheim, Micchy uses Inves to keep people from listening to her.]] ** By #28, [[spoiler:he's become just plain poisonous to Kouta, and takes up the role of Zangetsu Shin II in order to destroy Kouta's trust in Takatora and deliver a vicious beating.]] * {{Pride}}: Micchy is extremely intelligent and knows it. As he goes increasingly evil, it causes his hubris to grow and leads him to believe that he is the only person capable of making the right decisions. As Kouta keeps unintentionally defying Micchy's scheming, the latter becomes increasingly jaded and sees Kouta as an IdiotHero who's ruining Micchy's attempts to "protect" him, even when Kouta doing what Micchy wants would lead to innocent people dying. * ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: The defining theme of his character arc. * PsychopathicManChild: Despite being sixteen, Micchy fiys this trope disturbingly well. He doesn't seem to care about anyone or anything else beyond what he personally wants. [[spoiler:He's even willing to kill his best friend and threaten innocent people if it helps his goals.]] * PsychoSidekick: In the end, no matter what side he ends up on, Micchy's only true allegiance lies with Kouta and Mai and he will cross ''any line'' to "help" them. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he becomes bitter towards Kouta when the latter doesn't go along with his manipulations, and ends up betraying him. Micchy is still technically loyal towards Mai, but [[{{Yandere}} not in a good way.]]]] * TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives one to some snobby student in #24 calling him out on being nothing more than a corporate drone with no dream or ambition that belongs to himself. * RealMenWearPink: He wears pink capris with his Team Gaim uniform. * [[spoiler:{{Sadist}}: Micchy takes ''way'' too much joy in trying to kill Kouta. In #33, he even shoves the Inves who's helping him aside just so he could get in some more hits.]] * SanitySlippage: Becomes more and more crazy as time goes on. * ScrewDestiny: The second part of his motivations. Mitsuzane has had his entire life planned out for him since he was born. He loves the power that being Ryugen gives him because it lets him make his own choices. * SecretSecretKeeper: To Takatora's identity as Zangetsu. ** And as of #15, to the fact that Kouta killed Yuya. * SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sensitive Guy to Takatora's Manly Man. * SilentAntagonist: [[spoiler: As Zangetsu Shin II, he doesn't speak to keep up the faēade that he's his brother.]] * SlowlySlippingIntoEvil: He starts with implied threats to Sid and gets worse from there. * TheSmartGuy: When he's in Team Gaim's garage, he's often seen planning out something for the team, such as comparing the rankings of other Beat Riders or discussing their next move. * SpoiledSweet: [[spoiler:Until the series continued and he was revealed to be an AxeCrazy SpoiledBrat.]] * TeenGenius: One of Japan's brightest students and he shows it with his many schemes and gambits. * TookALevelInJerkass: As time goes on and he becomes more corrupt, Micchy's acts like a prideful jerk to everyone, even [[MoralityPet Kouta]]. * TotalitarianUtilitarian: Just like his brother, only with a noticeable lack of sanity. [[spoiler:It eventually becomes clear that Micchy only really cares about his own desires, though.]] * TragicVillain: His line in #18, which also acts as {{Foreshadowing}} for just how far Micchy is willing to go: -->Micchy: If it's to protect this joy...I'll betray anything and anyone. * [[{{Deuteragonist}} Tritagonist]] * UndyingLoyalty: Micchy has a very unhealthy and somewhat sycophantic devotion to Kouta and Mai. His entire world revolves around him and by the Yggdrasill saga Micchy's only objective is to make them happy. ** [[spoiler:By #26, his loyalty to both is dead: he sees Kouta as a threat and even though he still likes Mai, he sure won't put her desires above his own.]] * TheUnfettered: Once he has a goal in mind he will cross ''any'' line to see it through, from [[PoisonousFriend protecting Kouta]] to [[FallenHero joining Yggdrasill]]. * UnknownRival: In a way, he's this to [[spoiler:Kouta. Micchy spends a good amount of time trying to manipulate Kouta into doing what he wants. Kouta doesn't catch on to this (assuming Micchy is just giving friendly advice) and instead does what he thinks is right, leading Micchy to become bitter and angry with him. It eventually peaks with Micchy becoming Zangetsu Shin II and trying to outright kill Kouta, with the latter completely unaware that his "best friend" has fallen so far.]] * UnskilledButStrong: [[spoiler:As Zangetsu Shin II. He has the sheer power of a New Generation Rider, but Micchy is overwhelmed when Kouta doesn't hold back in their second fight.]] ** This becomes a plot point in #33, where [[spoiler:Bravo identifies him as an impostor because he's not as skilled a fighter as Takatora is.]] * VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Being hurt by Mai sets him off completely and leads him to see Kouta as a major threat.]] ** Has a small one in #29 when [[spoiler:Kouta fights back and overwhelms Micchy before their battle is interrupted by Deemushu. He angrily laments how his plans are constantly being thwarted by forces outside of his control.]] ** And another in #33 after [[spoiler:Kouta foils his plans again by pulling yet another powerup out of nowhere. It's bad enough to leave him LaughingMad.]] * WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: Attends an exclusive school as the son of the Yggdrasill president, and doesn't want his friends to know. * WeaponOfChoice: ** Personal Arms: *** {{Handguns}}: The Budou Ryuhou in Grape Arms. *** [[DualWielding Dual]] [[RingsOfDeath Attack Wheels]]: The Kiwi Gekirin in Kiwi Arms. *** [[spoiler:TheStraightAndArrowPath: Sonic Arrow as Zangetsu Shin.]] ** Borrowed Arms: *** {{Handguns}}: The Trigger Magnum in Double Arms. *** [[spoiler:EpicFlail: The Pine Iron in Pineapple Arms.]] *** [[spoiler:JoustingLance: The Bananspear in Banana Arms.]] *** [[spoiler:LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: The Melon Defender in Melon Arms.]] * WellIntentionedExtremist: Joins his brother as one in Yggdrasill. * WhatTheHellHero: In #26 Mai calls him out on his self-centered behavior. [[spoiler: This jilts him into becoming a flat out villain.]] * WhatYouAreInTheDark: In #26 [[spoiler: he's given the chance to literally shoot Kouta in the back without anyone knowing (except Kaito). He does so.]] ** [[spoiler:His actions as Zangetsu Shin II can be seen as this. With his identity concealed, he makes several attempts to brutally beat Kouta (taking obvious pleasure in doing so). Even worse, he does this all while tricking Kouta into thinking he's really Takatora.]] * [[spoiler:WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou: Micchy starts to develop this sort of attitude towards Kouta. He becomes increasingly jealous of Kouta for the admiration and attention the latter gets from Mai, Team Gaim, and Takatora, and develops a grudge towards Kouta when he doesn't go along with Micchy's scheming (even though Kouta clearly doesn't realize that Micchy is trying to manipulate him). Instead of realizing how dangerous this mindset is, Micchy puts all of the blame on Kouta and sees himself as being justified in his hatred. It gets taken to a horrifying extreme when he becomes Zangetsu Shin II and tries to outright kill Kouta.]] * WildCard: Doesn't care who he has to betray, as long as his goals are met. * WiseBeyondTheirYears: Micchy starts out amazingly intelligent and mature [[spoiler: which makes his degradation into a PsychopathicManchild all the more disturbing.]] * {{Wrath}}: Micchy keeps his rage and frustration bottled up, so it's rather disturbing to watch him unleash it on people who displease him. * WrongGenreSavvy: When he first joins Yggdrasil, it's fairly apparent that Micchy sees himself as TheHero since he's trying to "protect" his friends. As time goes on, he starts to see Kouta, [[TheHero the actual protagonist]], as an IdiotHero who's ruining Micchy's efforts. The aggression that he builds up in response is what largely fuels his further FaceHeelTurn. ** [[spoiler: In #29, Micchy's plan to kill Kouta hinges on Kouta being an AllLovingHero who would be willing to die to keep a fragile alliance and tries to use that to kill him. This plan falls apart because he forgets to figure in that Kouta has a sense of self-preservation unlike most {{All Loving Hero}}es and will use violence for self-defense.]] * XanatosSpeedchess: Rather impressively, he managed to use the remains of his failing plan to steal Kouta's Sengoku Driver in order to solidify his new position in Yggdrasill. * {{Yandere}}: Very slowly being revealed to be a major one towards Kouta and Mai. He's obsessed with "protecting" them, even if it means lying, manipulation, and working with the more villainous members of Yggdrasil. ** [[spoiler:By #26, he's completely turned on Kouta out of anger and frustration for Kouta not going along with his manipulations. He is now only "devoted" to Mai.]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Mai Takatsukasa]] !!Mai Takatsukasa !!!Portrayed by: Yuumi Shida [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/maitakatsukasa_2894.jpg]] The strong-willed second-in-command/acting leader of Team Gaim, and main female protagonist. Mai is a professional dancer who works hard to improve Team Gaim into the best Beat Rider gang on the street. ---- * ActingForTwo: She and the mysterious woman are both played by Yuumi Shida, and is even pointed out when Kouta mistakes the latter for the former. * AllLoveIsUnrequited: According to the series' website, Kouta is who makes her heart melt. * ArmorPiercingSlap: Gives one to [[spoiler:Micchy in #26.]] * BelligerentSexualTension: What the team interprets her bickering with Kouta as. * BrokenMasquerade: This becomes her new goal when she learns the truth. * CharacterTics: Whenever Mai gets depressed or worried, she stands still, tilts her head to the ground, and keeps her hands close to her waist. * ChildhoodFriends: With Kouta. * {{Determinator}}: Nothing will stop Mai from dancing and using it to spread joy. Not Inves, or Oren, or hatred. ''Nothing.'' * FanGirl: Of Bravo of all people, to Kouta's anger. * FirstNameBasis: She's the only character Kaito ever addresses by given name, which he's done just once so far. * ForgottenFirstMeeting: It's implied this happened with Kaito; she was the daughter of the priest at a shrine Kaito used to play at when he was a child. * GirlishPigtails, OdangoHair: Among her wide repertoire of hairstyles. * GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: [[spoiler:{{Deconstructed}}. She slapped Mitsuzane, hoping she'd get through to him and snap him out of his obsessive phase... But much like how slapping an emotionally distraught person in real life works, this only served to make him even ''worse''.]] * IncompatibleOrientation: She has a very bizarre crush on Oren bordering on MindScrew. This will ''never'' work out [[CampGay for]] ''[[DepravedHomosexual so]]'' [[IncompatibleOrientation many]] [[ManlyGay reasons.]] * TheLeader: Takes over as Team Gaim's leader after Yuya's disappearance. ** After #18, she could be seen as the leader of all remaining Beat Riders * LockedOutOfTheLoop: Mitsuzane is dead-set against telling Mai that Yuya's dead, preferring her to be happy and ignorant; and he's convinced Kouta to keep from telling her as well. [[spoiler:She finally finds out in #26.]] * MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Masculine Girl to Mitsuzane's Feminine Boy. * {{Miko}}: Used to be one as a child. * MissionControl: [[spoiler:After Helheim takes over the city, she acts as coordinator for the Riders protecting it.]] * MoralityPet: Is becoming this to Kaito, who tends to show his softer side, explains his more sympathetic motives, or performs a good deed after talking to her. ** She, along with Kouta, are this to Micchy, since one of his primary motivations is to keep them safe. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, neither of them realize this, and Micchy degenerates into a ManipulativeBastard and PoisonousFriend as the series progresses.]] * [[spoiler:NiceJobBreakingItHero: She called Micchy out on his behavior and for not respecting Kouta's point of views in battle, and slaps him. This is the final straw for Micchy and leads him to go fully evil.]] * OnlySaneWoman: Takes up the mantle as Kouta becomes DrunkWithPower. Well, unless Oren is involved. ** Tries to get the other Beat Rider Teams to quit using Inves in #15, so people would see that the teams aren't behind the attacks/illness. It fails but she gets points for trying. * PutOnABus: Defied. Kouta attempts to send her away from the city with the [[Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger ToQGers]] in an attempt to protect her from the potential dangers he learned of in the past few episodes, but once she learned of the plan, she immediately got off the train and decided to walk back home. * StepfordSmiler * {{Tsundere}}: Shows some signs of this towards Kouta for leaving their group. * WhatTheHellHero: After she continues to fangirl over Bravo after he becomes a full time villain, both Kouta and Mitsuzane call her out on her stupidity. ** [[spoiler:Mai calls out Micchy for his behavior after learning the truth about Yuya's death. Unfortunately, it helps cement his slide into villainy.]] * UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: See GetAHoldOfYourselfMan above, especially since she never knew about [[spoiler: Michhy's manipulative nature. Plus, his remorse towards Kouta was recent. This also led into the endgame, Micchy's attempt at Kouta's life led to him showing Takatora the Overlords and led to his inevitable backstabbing/Sid's betrayal. In short, one slap caused the endgame.]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Yuya Sumii]] !!Yuya Sumii !!!Portrayed by: Hiromi Sakimoto [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/yuyasumii_488.jpg]] The leader of Team Gaim, who goes missing after receiving a Sengoku Driver from Sid. It's revealed in Episode 14 that he was the Byakko Invess that Kouta fought in the first episode. ---- * BigBrotherMentor: To Team Gaim. * BitchInSheepsClothing: Not shown (and there's no way to confirm either way), but implied via FridgeLogic: Sid was looking for people hungry for power when handing out Sengoku Drivers, so the fact that he chose Yuya doesn't speak well of him. * CerebusRetcon: Try enjoying the first episode fight now after Episode 14. * ChekhovMIA: He goes missing in the first episode after getting a Sengoku Driver. The trope is then zigzagged: while it's played straight in that he reappears with a major impact on the plot, it's subverted in that he was ''killed'' after going missing and only "returns" in flashbacks. * KilledOffForReal: He's the first monster to go up against Gaim. * ForgottenFallenFriend: Averted; he hasn't been seen for months but he has ''not'' been forgotten, and his friends continue to try and pick up the search for him as opportunities arise. * MissedTheCall: He got a Sengoku Driver, but never used it and Kouta picked it up after he dropped it. * PlotTriggeringDeath: He ate a fruit and transformed into a Inves that Kouta fought. This caused Kouta to become Gaim for the first time, stepped up Yggdrasil's plans, escalated the Beat Rider Inves Games to new and uncontrollable levels, and (once Micchy found out about it) caused led to tension between Kouta and Micchy. * SmallRoleBigImpact: His disappearance and transforming into the Byakko Inves lead to Kouta becoming Gaim and everything else with it. * TragicMonster * WalkingSpoiler: Hello, [[WhamEpisode Episode 14...]] * WeHardlyKnewYe [[/folder]] [[folder:Other ''Team Gaim'' Members]] !!Chucky !!!Portrayed by: Kanon Tsuyama ---- * BoyishShortHair * TomboyishName !!Rica !!!Portrayed by: Miina Yokota ---- * LivingProp !!Rat !!!Portrayed by: Ren Ozawa ---- * CasanovaWannabe: Shown hitting on the girls of Team [=PopUp=] and immediately failing. * TakingTheBullet: Gets wounded by the Bixie Invess while trying to protect Rica. Luckily, he avoids getting infected with the plague that some Invess carry. [[/folder]] !!Team Baron [[folder:Kaito Kumon/Kamen Rider Baron]] !!Kaito Kumon/Armored Rider Baron/[[spoiler:New Generation Rider Baron]] !!!Portrayed by: Yutaka Kobayashi (live), Eitoku (suit) http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/baronda_7692.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kaitokumon_5341.jpg]] The ruthless leader of Team Baron until #18. Believing that modern society is a rotten system where the weak are persecuted by the strong, Kaito works tirelessly to improve both himself and his team so that they can survive in such a world. He has a very powerful and disciplined work ethic, and tries to pass that along to his team. Using the Banana Lock Seed and the Sengoku Driver, he can transform into Armored Rider Baron. [[spoiler:He later obtains a Lemon Energy Lock Seed and Genesis Driver, allowing him to transform into New Generation Rider Baron.]] ---- * ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Thanks to his ego causing the Inves game to explode out of control, everyone hates him. * AboveGoodAndEvil: Kaito holds power above all forms of morality. * AbsurdCuttingPower: He cut through a tv screen by ''throwing a playing card at it''. * AmbiguouslyEvil: [[spoiler:Though he fights against Helheim, he does not care one bit about protecting innocent people, in fact claiming that the weak deserve death.]] * AntiHero[=/=]AntiVillain: Straddles the line between the two in a hard-to-pin way. He does not seem to think about good or evil, holding his SocialDarwinist creed above all morality. * ArchEnemy: [[spoiler:Deemushu begins to view him as this. He spends all of #27 violently demanding from any random human his whereabouts so he can challenge him again.]] * {{Badass}} ** BadassBiker ** BadassCape: In Mango Arms and Lemon Energy Arms. ** BadassLongcoat: A Team Baron staple, along with regular coats in the same colors. ** BadassNormal: In #2, he takes Gaim's dropped Musou Saber and manages to hurt Shika Inves a little before being swept away. *** EmpoweredBadassNormal: By #3, courtesy of Rider powers. * BerserkButton: Does not approve of cheating to win. ** As shown in #13, hurting one of his teammates (even if they are a cheat) is a big mistake. * BigDamnHeroes: After Yggdrasill steps up on its game, Kaito always seems to be there to save Kouta and help him pull off a win. ** #16 has him and Zack do this for Mai and Chucky. * BlueAndOrangeMorality: Kaito's moral system is very hard to comprehend transcending mere Social Darwinism leading to him entering this trope at times. * BreakoutCharacter: His popularity was actually the reason why [[spoiler:the producers decided to give him a Genesis Driver. He wasn't originally supposed to obtain one.]] * BrokenAce * TheBrute: Becomes this for [[spoiler:Ryoma's RenegadeSplinterFaction.]] * BystanderSyndrome: Doesn't give a crap about the Kumori Inves' rampage in #9 and says the other Armored Riders won't care either. [[JerkassHasAPoint He's right]]. * ByronicHero: He hits every mark and keeps on going. Handsome? Check. ItsAllAboutMe? Check. BrokenAce? Check. TheCynic? Check. Runs on the PowerOfHate? Double Check. Cunning and charismatic? Check. And the list just keeps on going. * CassandraTruth: He points out to Micchy that Kouta will never believe a word he says and even proves it for him. Not that he's bothered by it. * CharacterTic: Doing random card tricks whenever he's lounging at home base. ** Just before he henshins, he twirls the Banana Lock Seed on his index finger. * ChildhoodFriends: #12 reveals he was this with Mai; he just didn't recognize her as an adult. ** ForgottenChildhoodFriend * DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Tries to attack Gaim while he's in the middle of his transformation. * DeathDealer: He can ''pierce a TV screen'' by throwing one of his playing cards at it. Makes you wonder what would've happened to Ryoma's back had Yoko not intercepted his card attack in #15. * {{Deuteragonist}}: Positioned ahead of the other two main Riders as most important after Kouta. * EnemyMine: Despite his drive to be the strongest, he still gives away a few high class locks he picked up to the leaders of Invitto and Raid Wild. ** In #13, the forms a brief alliance with Gaim to take down Bravo. ** [[spoiler:His alliance with Ryoma's faction within Yggdrasil also counts, since Kaito is smart enough to know that they will eventually betray him.]] * EstablishingCharacterMoment: In #2, Kaito helps a little boy who's stuck in a tree by encouraging him to jump down on his own; when the boy does so, Kaito catches him and then tells him that he did well and knows to rely on his own strength from now on. * {{Expy}}: ** Let's see... Kaito is TheRival ByronicHero that wears a BadassLongcoat and is a SmugSuper {{Jerkass}} with a FreudianExcuse that [[ItsAllAboutMe that cares only about himself]] unless a MoralityPet is hurt and is also ''really'' [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking good at throwing playing cards]]...[[Anime/YuGiOh Seto Kaiba]]...is that you? ** His outfit (when not comparing it to [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Marvelous]]), WeaponOfChoice, [[TheSocialDarwinist philosophy]], and [[DarkAndTroubledPast backstory]] all echo one of Urobuchi's earlier characters, [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Kyoko Sakura]], sans the [[BigEater appetite trait]]. * FairPlayVillain: Kaito despises underhanded methods going out of his way to make fights and duels to be as honorable as possible so people can show their true strength, [[spoiler: this ties into him opposing Yggdrasill, they want to wipe out six billion humans to save the race while he wants the Helheim Invasion to occur unopposed so each individual human can show their own strength and worth.]] * AFatherToHisMen: Genuinely cares for the core Team Baron members. * {{Fauxshadowing}}: The Yggdrasill Saga made it look like Kaito was going to become a straight up hero. [[spoiler: Turns out that it was foreshadowing how morally grey he actually was.]] * ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler:The first scene of #1 implied he would go on to become an enemy of Gaim. He joins Ryoma, Yoko, & Sid at the end of #20, which will inevitably put him against Kouta.]] * FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Choleric. * FreudianExcuse: Coming from a poor family and being indoctrinated with MightMakesRight ideas after Yggdrasill ruined his life made him the person he currently is. * GenreSavvy: In a subversion of TransformationIsAFreeAction, he tries to rush attack Gaim in #5 once he realizes that he is changing forms. Though he fails, it is surprising to see him go for it. ** He realizes that Ryoma is a MadScientist so he got him to monologue both to fish for information and to create an opportunity to escape. ** He knows full well that [[spoiler:Ryoma and the other New Generation Riders will eventually betray him, despite their alliance, and is merely using them to become stronger.]] * GunboatDiplomacy[=/=]AppealToForce: His plan to deal with the Overlords is to become more powerful than them and then force them to do what he wants. It sadly sounds more rational than Kouta's plan given the [[PsychopathicManchild Overlords]] [[ForTheEvulz overall]] [[BloodKnight behavior]]. * HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Justified. He cares more about power than any morality. * HeroicNeutral: Kaito tends to show his good side only after a far more antagonistic character comes knocking. * HiddenDepths: #12 reveals that he misses the old Shinto culture that Zawame City used to have before Yggdrasill industrialized everything. ** In ''Tokkyuger vs. Gaim'' he could see Rainbow Line, and only those with a great imagination can. ** We see the most of it in #31 and boy is Kaito a far different man than how he acts [[spoiler: he believes that the only thing strong people can do is destroy and that he ''himself'' is weak and that weak people can only struggle to oppose the strong.]] * HiddenHeartOfGold: He may make a big show of being a cold-blooded SocialDarwinist, but when the chips are down, he either fails to follow through on it or conveniently reinterprets his philosophy so that it'll allow him to do the right thing. See also, basically every time he bails out Kouta. * HonorBeforeReason: He views deception and subterfuge as cowardly and refuses to utilize such tactics, even when it could benefit him. * HowDoIShotWeb: More subtle than Kouta, but Kaito obviously doesn't know how to use a lance at first, given how an Elementary Inves almost got the better of him. * HumansAreSpecial: He seems to believe this, thinking that humanity will supplant Helheim. * IFightForTheStrongestSide: Kaito's all about power, which contributes a lot to his moral ambiguity and [[spoiler:him siding with Yggdrasil once he reveals his true colors. Even then, he outright admits he's only using them to become stronger]]. * InstantExpert: After taking a few hits in his first fight, he picks himself up rather quickly and finishes off both the monster he was fighting and the one Kouta was having trouble with. By the next episode, he easily wipes out an entire group of Inves. ** When he summons some fully-materialized Inves in #5, he makes it clear that he has been experimenting with what the Sengoku Driver can do, ahead of the other Riders, and even chides Micchy for not doing the same. * {{Irony}}: Despite seeking absolute power, Kaito is one of the few characters ''not'' to have become DrunkWithPower at some point. * ItsAllAboutMe: Unless you hurt a MoralityPet, he is ridiculously self absorbed and selfish. * ItsPersonal: See also {{Revenge}} below. * {{Jerkass}}: See himself and his team as being on top of the food chain, has no qualms treating his opponents like scum, vocally expresses that anyone deemed "weak" only deserve to be squashed underfoot. ** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Maybe. He clearly disapproved Peco's use of a slingshot to cheat and when Gaim was in trouble, he picked up the Musou Saber and charged in without a second thought. ** JerkassHasAPoint: In #25 he points out how stupid it is to simply ask the Overlords to stop the Helheim invasion because they'd actually have to give a shit for it to work. ** JerkassRealization[=/=]NotSoDifferent: He has this when he hears [[spoiler:Deemushu ranting about how the strong overcomes the weak in a manner not unlike his own talks of strength and power]]. * KickTheDog: In #13, his response to a group of people protesting against him being a Beat Rider is to sic some fully developed Inves on them, regardless of if they were begging for it or not. ** KickTheSonOfABitch: When they resent the very people who save them time and time again, who ''wouldn't'' blame Kaito for pulling that on some people? * KnightInSourArmor * KleptomaniacHero: While stuck in the Helheim Forest, Kaito learns from Kouta that the fruits around them can be harvested into Lock Seeds. The first thing he does afterwards is picking and harvesting as many Lock Seeds he can carry. ** Does it again in #15, where he grabs a "newer" Sengoku Driver Model that can be used by anyone. He eventually gives it to Zack. * LetNoCrisisGoToWaste: [[spoiler: He ''likes'' Helheim's invasion, seeing it as the perfect opportunity to divide the weak from the strong.]] * MeanBoss: This works against him. His lack of respect for his vassals leads to both desertion and betrayal, though he really doesn't seem to mind because he just saw them as {{Sycophantic Servant}}s too weak to make their own decisions. * MightMakesRight: This was the basis for his now once-an-episode strength speech in #6. * MoralityPet: In a very weird way, he's this to Minato. Helping humanize her and showing that there's more to her than a mere BloodKnight. ** In a way, Kouta is often this to him, as working with him normally brings out the best in Kaito. * MultiformBalance: Titled "Arms". ** Personal Arms: *** JackOfAllStats: Banana *** MightyGlacier: Mango *** LightningBruiser: Lemon Energy ** Borrowed Arms: *** MightyGlacier: Watermelon *** FightingClown: OOO *** [[spoiler:FragileSpeedster: Strawberry]] *** [[spoiler:GlassCannon: Kiwi]] *** [[spoiler:JackOfAllStats: Melon]] * NiceJobBreakingItHero: Him starting the Baron Alliance is what started the Inves Game to escalate, allowing Yggdrasill to be able to pin all of the blame of the Beat Riders, which in turn makes everyone hate him preventing important alliances from forming. * NobleDemon: He's a complete {{Jerkass}}, but helps out children, keeps his word, and ''hates'' cheating. ** Also, in spite of his SocialDarwinist views, he actually seems to try to avoid needless violence. His first attempts at contacting [[spoiler: the Overlord Inves]] involved [[spoiler: leaving packages containing Japanese dictionaries all over Helheim to try to set up a dialogue with them peacefully.]] Only when that fails does he actually try to fight them [[spoiler: [[CurbStompBattle and gets his ass handed to him]]]]. ** In #27, [[spoiler:he is disgusted when Micchy cowardly shoots Kouta in the back and attacks him.]] * NominalHero: Cares less about protecting people and more about just wanting to destroy Yggdrasill. ** [[spoiler:He is hardly a hero now. He seems fine with the idea of working with Yggdrasill for unrivaled power, even if his city has to burn.]] * NotSoDifferent: To Kouta. They are perfectly happy to help others in need and believe in fair play, but have contrasting world views. ** In #8, Mai tries to tell him that she and he are Not So Different despite being the leaders of opposing teams; they both lost everything because of Yggdrasill. And they both need to be stronger, except that while Kaito needs to be stronger than ''everyone'', Mai just wants to stop being TheLoad. ** To Kouta again in #13, they easily fight in almost perfect synch against Bravo showing that it's more than in term of some traits, but in combat abilities. ** Utterly solidified when they both become (well, Kaito always was), the {{Ubermensch}}, said by Sagara as the reason why the two of them are stronger people than all of the other Riders. * OneSteveLimit: Averted. You may recognize the name Kaito as the last name of a certain [[Series/KamenRiderDecade dimension-hopping thief]]. * PetTheDog: ** Helps Mai escape the Helheim Forest, even though it doesn't benefit him in #8. ** In #13, he abandons his pride in order to save Peco. ** In #15, he shows genuine sadness over Ryoji's death. ** In #18, he abandons Team Baron, but gives Zack his spare Driver on the way out. While he claims he doesn't want dancing to distract him from his goal of toppling Yggdrasill, you get the sense that the reverse is also true and he doesn't want his team dragged into his quest. ** In #27, [[spoiler:he is pissed when he witnesses Micchy shoot Kouta in the back and knock him unconscious. As Micchy draws in the finish the job, Kaito attacks him and defends Kouta. Afterwards, he hides the still-unconscious Kouta in a tree and covers him with leaved branches to protect him from Inves. It's pretty shockingly nice of him to go so far.]] ** Continuing into #28 [[spoiler: Kaito figures out Micchy's next attempt to murder Kouta so he secretly shadows him during a delivery to protect him.]] * {{Pride}}: He has to be the best. No exceptions. * PowerOfHate: Kaito is motivated by his all-encompassing hatred of Yggdrasill and draws all of his power from it. * ProperlyParanoid: [[spoiler: While he may be working for Ryoma's faction, he knows better than to trust them.]] * RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: The Team Baron color scheme. They're not quite ''evil'', but they are Team Gaim's initial antagonists. * {{Revenge}}: Kaito's ultimate long term goal is revenge on Yggdrasill for ruining his and his families life. * TheRival * ScrewDestiny: In #3, when the Mysterious Woman starts giving him the spiel about being fated to fight endless battles, he interrupts her to say "I make my own fate!" * SecretKeeper: For Micchy. It's not because he vowed to keep a secret, but rather because 1) Kouta will never believe a word he says and 2) he prefers to [[spoiler:kill Micchy himself for what he did]]. * SmugSuper: An odd example; while Kaito looks down on the weak, he never boasts about his own power, and more than anything he believes that it's human nature to seek power. The team at Aesir subs has noted that this makes Kaito's dialogue ''very'' difficult to translate. * TheSocialDarwinist: "The weak shall perish, and the strong shall survive. Such are the rules of nature." as he puts it. He's also called out Kouta several times for having power and only using it to defend his team instead of asserting his superiority. [[spoiler:His TrueColors show this to be his dominant trait, as he believes Helheim invading the world would be a good way to weed out the weak]]. * StarterVillain: He's Kouta's main enemy and rival for the beginning of the story. * StealthPun: [[TheRedBaron He's Baron, and he's red.]] Of course he'd be depicted as TheAce. ** Possibly unintentional, but his banana-themed armor's combination of samurai and European knight influences could be one. * TheStoic: Even during funny scenes, Kaito remains disciplined and composed. * SupportingLeader: Of the Rider Alliance. * TakingTheBullet: For Kouta in #31. * ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: His solution to dealing with Sigurd? [[TheJuggernaut Watermelon Arms.]] * ThrowTheDogABone: See EnemyMine. * {{Troll}}: Only when talking with Micchy, though. * {{Ubermensch}}: Sagara describes him as such. [[spoiler:Kouta follows his example and becomes one too, though he has a more virtuous take on it.]] * WaistcoatOfStyle: Part of the Team Baron dress code; best seen when he's hanging around his base and has ditched his coat. * WeaponOfChoice: ** Personal Arms: *** JoustingLance: The Bananspear in Banana Arms. *** CarryABigStick: The Mango Punisher in Mango Arms. *** TheStraightAndArrowPath: The Sonic Arrow in Lemon Energy Arms. ** Borrowed Arms: *** JoustingLance: An unnamed lance in Watermelon Arms. *** CoolSword: The Medajalibur in OOO Arms. *** [[spoiler:[[FlechetteStorm Flechette]] [[KnifeNut Knives]]: The Ichigo Kunai in Strawberry Arms.]] *** [[spoiler:[[DualWielding Dual]] [[RingsOfDeath Attack Wheels]]: The Kiwi Gekirin in Kiwi Arms.]] *** [[spoiler:LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: The Melon Defender in Melon Arms.]] * WillNotTellALie: Kaito never lies and despite not shouting his ideals to the world will flat out tells someone what he's planning to do if they ask. * TheWorfEffect: Is constantly getting beaten down by every new threat that comes up. Even as he gains new locks, he is quickly knocked back a few notches. * WorthyOpponent: Is beginning to see Team Gaim as one in #5. As he explains, he wants to put the weak in their place, but recognizes that some such as Gaim would eventually gather their strength and fight back, which he sees as worthy of respect. ** Shown in #14 where he stays behind to hold off Zangetsu Shin to allow Gaim to try to reach Hase. Granted he also wanted to settle a prior score, but it still shows he respects his rival(s). ** This is basically how Kaito's entire moral system works. If you stand up for your beliefs and try to be strong, he'll be somewhat courteous and show respect, if you don't meet these standards he'll treat you like garbage. [[/folder]] [[folder:Zack/Kamen Rider Knuckle]] !!Zack/Armored Rider Knuckle !!!Portrayed by: Gaku Matsuda (live), unknown suit actor http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/knuckle_3790.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zackgaim_199.jpg]] Team Baron's second-in-command who becomes the new leader after Kaito leaves. He later becomes Armored Rider Knuckle, transforming using a stolen mass-produced Sengoku Driver given to him by Kaito and the Kurumi (Walnut) Lock Seed. ---- * AppropriatedAppellation: His Driver announces him as "Mister Knuckle Man!" Soon after, he names himself Armored Rider Knuckle. * BadassLongcoat * BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: A rare good example. Zack starts out as nothing but a SmugSnake {{Jerkass}} but evolves into a heroic NiceGuy. * ChekhovsGunman: Is introduced from the first episode, but doesn't become a Rider until #18. Till then most casual viewers wouldn't remember him too much. * CompositeCharacter: Looks like a cross between Kurokage and Gridon. * {{Expy}}: He's a [[LargeHam hammy]], close-range combatant and an [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica "Ally of Justice"]] who became an Armored Rider after the death of the first major character. Sounds familiar? * FragileSpeedster: Knuckle has less attack power than Gridon, but is more agile. * GoodOldFisticuffs: As expected from a Rider named [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Knuckle]]. * HeelFaceTurn: After Kaito leaves Team Baron and he becomes a Rider, he and the team as a whole stop being antagonistic towards the others and Zack in particular becomes an ally of Kouta. * HiddenDepths: As shown in #18 all he really wants to do is dance and have fun. * {{Irony}}: Zack started out as Kaito Junior but developed into a person like Kouta. * {{Jerkass}}: At first. ** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Becomes this by the time he becomes Kamen Rider Knuckle. * LargeHam: "BANANA!? BANA-BANANA?!" * TheLeader: Becomes this for Team Baron after Kaito quits the team. * LineOfSightName: "Knuckle" comes from the Lockseed's rolecall, "Mister Knuckleman". * MegatonPunch: Considering his main weapon, he dishes these out a lot. * NiceGuy: Through CharacterDevelopment he becomes the nicest besides Kouta. * NumberTwo: To Kaito. * OnlySaneMan: He's currently the only Rider besides Kouta that doesn't have some ulterior motive or agenda. * RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: A Team Baron staple. * SmugSmiler * TookALevelInBadass / TookALevelInKindness: Both, after getting his driver. * TheUnchosenOne: One of the few Armored Riders to get his Driver without Sid's involvement. * WaistcoatOfStyle * WeakButSkilled: His Lock Seed is C+ (falling between Kurokage and Gridon), but he's a much better fighter than either of them. * WeaponOfChoice: ** [[DualWielding Dual]] {{Power Fist}}s: The Kurumi Bombers in Walnut Arms. * YouAreInCommandNow: Kaito makes him the new leader of Team Baron so that he can focus on Yggdrasill. [[/folder]] [[folder:Peco/[[spoiler:Kamen Rider Kurokage Shin]]]] !!Peco/[[spoiler:New Generation Rider Kurokage Shin[[note]]"true black shadow"[[/note]]]] !!!Portrayed by: Saku Momose (live), unknown suit actor [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/pecogaim_7915.jpg]] The third major member of Team Baron. He has a true love of dancing. [[spoiler:In the 2014 summer movie, he wields a Genesis Driver and the Matsubokkuri (Pinecone) Energy Lockseed, allowing him to transform into New Generation Rider Kurokage Shin.]] ---- * CharacterDevelopment: Starts out as nothing but one of Kaito's SmugSnake CoDragons, but after his HiddenDepths and motivations are revealed, he becomes Kaito's MoralityPet and TheHeart of Team Baron. * BadassLongcoat * BratsWithSlingshots: Occasionally uses one against opponents. * TheHeart: Grows into this. * HeelFaceTurn: Becomes less antagonistic towards the other teams during the events of #18. * {{Jerkass}}: At first. ** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Becomes one as time goes on. * {{Keet}} * LargeHam: He seems unable to even speak without chewing the scenery. * HiddenDepths: It turns out that he's one of the few Team Baron members that truly cares about dancing. * MoralityPet: To Kaito. * RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: A Team Baron staple. * TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: Known for cheating to help Team Baron win Inves battles. ** [[FridgeBrilliance Which actually makes a lot of sense.]] Peco is one of the few Beat Riders that actually wants to dance for fun, of course he wants to get the part he hates the most out of the way so he can actually dance. * UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The Armored Riders would ''never'' had gotten so popular and things wouldn't have spiraled even ''more'' out of control if he didn't dislodge the Lockseed in Kota's hand in Episode 2. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Didn't think this through, huh?]] * WaistcoatOfStyle * UnexpectedCharacter: [[spoiler: Peco getting a driver isn't too far out of left field - him getting a ''Genesis Driver'', though...]] [[/folder]] !Other Armored Riders [[folder:Hideyasu Jonouchi/Kamen Rider Gridon]] !!Hideyasu Jonouchi/Armored Rider Gridon[[note]]A phonetic anagram of "donguri" ("acorn")[[/note]] !!!Portrayed by: Ryo Matsuda (live), Kazuya Okada (suit) http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gridon_4457.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hideyasujonouchi_906.jpg]] The cunning leader of Team Invitto. He compensates for his physical weakness through the use of underhanded tactics, and by manipulating more powerful people to do his bidding. Using the Donguri (Acorn) Lock Seed, he can transform into Armored Rider Gridon. ---- * AdvertisedExtra: Gridon was part of the original series reveal alongside Gaim, Baron, Ryugen, and Zangetsu, even going as far as having a cameo in the first scene where all the riders revealed were featured. While the others are the series' main characters, Gridon became merely the PluckyComicRelief and he's often absent from episodes. He hasn't even been a major part of the plot since hebecame Bravo's lackey. * AloneInACrowd: Realizes this in the beginning of #25 now that [[spoiler:all the Beat Riders are working together and the battles are over. It doesn't help when he overhears Mai, Chucky and one of Invitto's girls mocking him.]] * BadassBiker: Well, he has a bike, the badass part is lacking. * BashBrothers: With Ryoji. * BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: When he challenges Team Gaim in #4, Mitsuzane mentions how Hideyasu is well known for his underhanded trickery; he says he prefers the term "tactics." * BrainsAndBrawn: The Brains; Ryoji's the Brawn. Hideyasu has shown he's much smarter and cunning than Ryoji, but is clearly not that competent as a fighter. * BulletproofHumanShield: This is what Ryoji sees him as after he becomes Gridon. * ButtMonkey: He starts out presented as a cunning schemer, but once he becomes Gridon this pretty much vanishes. First of all, he can't fight at all. Kurokage uses strategies that involve Gridon as a human shield and stepping stone, and gave him a lame name to boot. Working with Bravo is even worse. * CerebusRetcon: His comedy routine with Ryoji becomes this when he reveals that he was planning to betray him the whole time. * TheChewToy * CoDragons: Him and Ryoji become this to Kaito for about two episodes after becoming his vassals. * ChekhovsGunman: Easy to miss, but Gridon is visible on Baron's side during the Sengoku Rider War sequence in the opening of #1, {{Foreshadowing}}... something. * ChronicBackstabbingDisorder * TheDandy: Dresses and talks rather flamboyantly. * DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: His real motivation, and the drive behind his own ComingOfAgeStory. * {{Determinator}}: While it doesn't come up in how he actually fights, Jonouchi's belt isn't exactly lying when it says he never gives up. When it became clear his team couldn't continue on its own without a Sengoku Driver, he went and got one, and kept it even after being beaten up by Team Gaim and Bravo. Even getting trashed by Zangetsu didn't keep him down long, and he's next seen asking for training from Bravo of all people. * DirtyCoward: Best shown when Bravo's mere presence sent him running. [[spoiler:Though he seems to be growing out of it; after a long time without becoming Gridon, the first thing he does when he's able to again is save Kouta and Oren from a horde of Inves by Taking the Bullet.]] * TheDragon: To Oren. * DramaticIrony: In #25 he admits that he misses Ryoji and asks Kouta how he's doing [[spoiler: having no idea that he was one of the key factors that caused his death.]] * EvilCostumeSwitch: After he and Oren become agents of Yggdrasil, or more specifically agents of Mitsuzane, he is shown wearing a dark scarf and black jacket as opposed to the bright clothing he wore before. * EvilCounterpart: To Knuckle. Both are based on Medieval armor. * EvilDuo: With Ryoji. He's the superego. * EvilGenius: Much smarter and more cunning than Ryoji, and was the first to point out just how beneficial becoming a vassal of Baron would be for all parties. He then is also the first to realize how a continued alliance with Baron would eventually lead to the detriment of the teams allied to Baron. * {{Expy}}: Long story short, his relationship with Ryoji and Oren draws direct parallels to [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Nagisa Momoe]]. * FaceHeelTurn: Even if he was doomed to fail from the start, preparing to attack Kouta's sister of his own free will made him into a flat out villain. * FailOSuckyname: Neither he nor the members of Team Gaim care for "Gridon". Making matters worse, it wasn't Hideyasu's name; Ryoji came up with it, not five seconds after giving himself the AwesomeMcCoolname "Kurokage". ** Even his ''weapon'' suffers from this! "Donkachi" is just "Tonkachi" [[note]]"hammer"[[/note]] with an accented "to" kana! * FalseFriend: Ryoji genuinely sees Hideyasu as a friend...Hideyasu doesn't. * FourEyesZeroSoul * GangOfHats: Gaim and Baron wearing blue and red is one thing, but from what we've seen of Team Invitto, they're all in glasses. * HarmlessVillain * HesBack: [[spoiler:He finally transforms for the first time since abandoning Ryoji in #25, in which he saves Kouta and Oren from an Invess attack after thinking over his actions.]] * HiddenDepths: #25 shows that he's completely aware off how much of a loser he is causing his villainous behavior. * HypocriticalHumor: Is known for underhanded schemes, but when Ryugen fires on him he complains that ranged weapons aren't fair. * {{Irony}}: Hideyasu prefers the intelligent approach, but his weapon as Gridon is anything but subtle. ** Going purely by the numbers, Gridon is a MightyGlacier on par with Gaim's Pine Arms or Baron's Mango Arms[[note]]Gridon's running speed and jumping height are equal to Pine Arms, while he has stronger punches but weaker kicks[[/note]]; now recall that this set of Arms ended up in the hands of a [[TheDandy Dandy]] who's not really a fighter. * {{Jerkass}}: A bit more passive than most examples of this, but there is no denying that this guy is a dick. * LaserGuidedKarma: He ditches Ryoji after he loses his Driver and looks for a new doormat... Said doormat makes ''him'' his new doormat. * LockedOutOfTheLoop: Bravo and Gridon haven't been kept appraised of the latest plot developments (well, Kouta tried but Bravo refused to listen). In #25 they start getting a clue that they're about twelve episodes behind. * MadeASlave: What Oren basically does to him and he totally deserves it. * ManipulativeBastard: Ryoji never realized that Hideyasu was only feigning friendship. * {{Megane}} * MightyGlacier: Jonouchi is this stats wise, but his incompetence is PlayedForLaughs and makes him a JokeCharacter. * MilesGloriosus: Sees himself as a cunning tactician and great warrior, but every other faction has successfully manipulated him at some point and he can barely beat a mook Inves. ** #12 shows he's more than aware of this by now - the first thing he does after cutting ties with Ryoji is go beg Oren to teach him how to actually fight. * MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: While Kaito hasn't been outright abusive, in #5 he talks about how he hates the weak and how Team Gaim might be a possible WorthyOpponent by standing up to him. Hideyasu realizes this doesn't bode well for the teams that ''haven't'' done so, including his own; so he takes Ryoji and they go behind Kaito's back to get their own Drivers and break off from Baron's alliance. Turns out being an ass doesn't earn loyalty, Kaito. * ObliviouslyEvil: Jonouchi has no idea about the consequences of a lot of his more villainous actions, seeing all of the bad things he does as part of the Inves Game. * RealMenWearPink * RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Ryoji's red. Hideyasu is calmer and more level-headed, preferring to resort to trickery rather than head-on fighting. * RedemptionPromotion: As a villain, Jonouchi is a useless slime ball, as a hero he's an effective warrior who's well on his way to making something out of his life. * SissyVillain: As a dandy, he was always kinda effeminate, but he was less a villain and more selfish. The after he went under Bravo's control he seems to become more feminine and more and more villainous. ** [[spoiler:Though in #25, he tries to shake it off. He ends up staying with Oren, but he regrets what he did to Ryoji.]] * SmallNameBigEgo * SmugSmiler * SurroundedByIdiots: Says this pretty much word-for-word in #11 when he convinces Ryoji to go after Ryugen while he just sits back and collects Lock Seeds. * TheStarscream: To Kaito, along with Ryoji. * ThatOneGuy: He is the only male member of Team Invitto. * TakingTheBullet: For Bravo, defending him from a assault from a swarm of Kumouri Inves. * TookALevelInBadass: Is in the middle of taking one, as [[spoiler:he took the bullet for Kouta and Oren in #25. The level is fully taken in #32, where he fought alongside other Riders against Deemushu and his horde of Inves. To further point it out, back nera the beginning of the series, Hideyasu had trouble even with minor, common Invess, but now he went up against stronger ones, among them a red Lion Invess, which was first seen when Kouta had to use Jimber Lemon to fight it.]] * UnskilledButStrong: A case where the "Unskilled" completely eclipses the "Strong". He's a MightyGlacier but he can barely stand up to mook Inves. * WesternZodiac: A Virgo (born August 30) as revealed in #12. * YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: While he doesn't ''kill'' anyone, he decides to abandon Ryoji after his DePower. * VillainousCrossdresser: Done in #25 as part of Oren's training to become a true man. * WeaponOfChoice: ** DropTheHammer: The Donkachi in Acorn Arms. [[/folder]] [[folder:Ryoji Hase/Kamen Rider Kurokage]] !!Ryoji Hase/Armored Rider Kurokage[[note]]"black shadow"[[/note]] !!!Portrayed by: Atsushi Shiramata (live), Yasuhiko Imai (suit), Yuki Anai (Hekija Inves voice) http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kurokage_9612.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ryojihase_6578.jpg]] The hot-headed leader of Team Raid Wild. Using the Matsubokkuri (Pinecone) Lock Seed, he can transform into Armored Rider Kurokage. ---- * AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Teams Baron and Gaim seem to have become this to him as he's been trounced by Kaito and Kouta, resulting in Raid Wild moving lower on the teams' ratings system and Gaim to pass them by. * AxeCrazy: As the Bixie Inves he's nothing more than a wild animal obsessed with power. * BadassBiker * BashBrothers: With Hideyasu. * BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: He wanted power after losing the ability to transform. Well, he got it when he was turned into a new Invess. * TheBerserker * BrainsAndBrawn: The Brawn; Hideyasu's the Brains. Ryoji's certainly not bright, but he's a better fighter than Hideyasu, and even tries to implement strategies in battles. * BroughtDownToNormal: Zangetsu accidentally destroys his Sengoku Driver and he loses respect from just about everyone. * TheBrute: Becomes this for Baron after becoming a vassal. He is much more hot-headed and was initially going to start a fight when he heard Kaito's offer. * CantCatchUp: He wants to show that he and his team are strong, but he gets painfully defeated two episodes in a row. In #2, he challenges Team Baron to an Inves game, where Kaito uses three Inves to Ryoji's one to beat him easily, and in #3, he adopts the multiple Inves strategy as he challenges Team Gaim, only for his two Inves to be easily defeated by Kouta in his Rider suit. He gets a bit better once he becomes Kurokage, but his transformation Lock Seed is at the second-lowest rank (Class C), which doesn't help that much. ** And then he loses what he does have in #12, which makes him desperate... * CoDragons: Him and Hideyasu become this to Kaito for about two episodes after becoming his vassals. * DespairEventHorizon: He loses ''everything'' between #11 and #13. His powers, his friends, his dignity; no wonder he gets desperate. * {{Determinator}}: Despite his crappy state his determination and tenacity can make him a threat at times. Best shown when he forced Zangetsu to go on the defensive, even if it was only temporarily. * DrunkWithPower * DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: After losing his powers, Ryoji's behavior has many parallels to a person going through a drug withdrawal with a sidedish of PTSD.] * {{Delinquent}}: Dresses like one * DelinquentHair: He has a somewhat American greaser style. * DePower: Gets his belt smashed by Zangetsu, rendering him powerless. * {{Expy}}: (Urobuchi to Shiramata, Hase's actor, before the filming of [[WhamEpisode #14]]): "Hase-chan is in the [[SacrificialLamb same position]] as Mami-san from [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica MadoMagi]], because they both create [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore the turning point]] of the story." ** His death even aired one day (January 19, 2014) before Mami's (January 20, 2011). ** An Armored Rider who ends up becoming an Inves and then killed off? Does this remind you of Sayaka? * EvilDuo: With Hideyasu. He's the id. * FamousLastWords: "Give me back my power!" * {{Foreshadowing}}: His Inves form is very similar to the Byakko Inves... OhCrap. * HotBlooded * HypercompetentSidekick: At times you get the feeling that he's both stronger ''and'' smarter than Hideyasu. * IJustWantToBeBadass: He loves being Kurokage. Losing his powers drives him to become an Inves to be badass again. * {{Irony}}: In his first battle, he tries to destroy Baron's Sengoku Driver so Kaito can never transform again, but fails. This exact thing happens to him later on. * KilledOffForReal * LeeroyJenkins * MasterOfNone: Stat-wise, Kurokage is the weakest Armored Rider to date; his attack power is comparable to Gaim's Strawberry Arms, but he lacks the [[FragileSpeedster speed and agility]] that balances it out. That said, he's a good enough fighter to keep from being a total JokeCharacter. * MeaningfulName: Not his actual name, but the name of the team he's with: Raid Wild. After becoming an Inves, he ''raided'' Droopers and was more like a ''wild'' monster. * NominalImportance: Inverted, he was the only Armored Rider who had no individually assigned suit actor (he was played by Yasuhiko Imai, Bravo's suit actor), meaning that he wouldn't be in the series long enough to specifically assign someone to it. * PantheraAwesome: As the Bixie Inves. * PlayingWithFire: Can breathe it as the Bixie Inves. * ThePowerOfFriendship: He genuinely seems to believe in this and is trying to pass it on to Hideyasu. It fails. * RedOniBlueOni: The red to Hideyasu's blue. Ryoji is more hot-headed and eager to fight head-on. * RedRightHand: After becoming an Inves, when he takes human form his WolverineClaws stay. * SanitySlippage: Ryoji starts to hallucinate Invess, [[TheDreaded Zangetsu]], and [[LethalJokeCharacter Bravo]] all around him after losing the ability to transform. And not long after, he is turned into an insane Invess. * ShellShockedVeteran: Those creepy hallucinations in #13 can remind a guy of PTSD. * TheStarscream: To Kaito along with Hideyasu. * TragicMonster: After Zangetsu damaged his belt and everyone wrote Ryoji off as worthless, he sought out power and was turned into an Invess for his troubles....and then killed off. * UnwittingPawn: #12 reveals that he was this to Hideyasu all along. * WalkingSpoiler: Being turned into an Invess and killed early on is his main contribution to the plot. * WeakButSkilled * WeaponOfChoice: ** Kurokage *** BladeOnAStick: The Kagematsu in Pinecone Arms. ** Bixie Inves *** WolverineClaws [[/folder]] [[folder:Oren Pierre Alfonzo/Kamen Rider Bravo]] !!Oren Pierre Alfonzo/Armored Rider Bravo !!!Portrayed by: [[AwesomeMcCoolname Metal Yoshida]] (live), Yasuhiko Imai/Jun Watanabe (suit) http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bravo_4518.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/orenpierrealfonso_4858.jpg]] A famous pātissier (and former special-forces soldier) who runs a bakery in Zawame City. Finding the Beat Riders to be offensive to his aesthetic tastes, he seizes a Sengoku Driver and inserts himself into the Invase Game. ---- * AffablyEvil: Yeah, he beats the crap out of Riders just for entertainment, but he's rather comical for a villain and doesn't actually have an evil plan or act with prejudice compared to Zangetsu. ** PunchClockVillain: Heck, he cares more about his bakery job than fighting. ** Ironically, after becoming an Yggdrasill agent, he became a full out villain. *** In truth he's only evil in the sense that he is completely in the dark on what's going on. Once he learns what's really at stake, he ditches the evil aspect. * AllLoveIsUnrequited: He falls in head over heals for Zangetsu during the Christmas game. Needless to say, Takatora shot him down. * AndroclesLion: [[spoiler: He starts treating Kouta better after the latter gives him some food and helps him find a way out of Helheim in #27.]] * AppropriatedAppelation: We hear one of the spectators yell "Bravo" in #7, and the rest is history. * AssKicksYou: They abandoned whatever subtlety they had left in #18. * AntiVillain: Type I, for about an episode but his point of view reveals that he's a Type III. * {{Archenemy}}: He works his way to becoming this to Kaito. After he hurts Peco, Kaito abandons his pride and teams up with Kouta just to knock him off his high horse. * ArrogantKungFuGuy: His reason for entering the Inves Game despite not being a Beat Rider was to show the others what a real fight is supposed to be like. * AttentionWhore: He loves people praising his name. * AwesomeByAnalysis: [[spoiler: Despite only seeing Zangetsu-Shin twice, he immediately deduced that the one in Zangetsu-Shin's armor in #33 was ''not'' Takatora, thus giving Kouta the right motivation to wail on Micchy.]] * {{Badass}}: He rips through other Armored Riders like they're made of cardboard. ** BadassBiker: Added to his resume in #10. ** BadassNormal: How did he get his own Sengoku Driver? He spotted Team Red Hot boasting about snagging one of their own, and ''took it from them by force.'' *** EmpoweredBadassNormal: Leading to him becoming Bravo. * [[spoiler:BadassInDistress: The end of #25 seems to [[WhamShot imply this]] when he enters Helheim via a crack. Confirmed in #27, where Kouta comes across him wandering the forest, lost and starving.]] * BaldOfAwesome[=/=]BaldOfEvil * BewareTheSillyOnes: His campy and effeminate mannerisms either hide or enhance how dangerous he is depending on the scene. * BlueAndOrangeMorality: Pastry chefs in ''Kamen Rider'' function on a system of morality that neither good or evil can understand or comprehend. * BloodKnight * TheBrute: How Yggdrasill uses him. * TheBully: Essentially devolves into one as the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil progresses. * CampGay: Flamboyant is [[UpToEleven an understatement.]] ** ManlyGay: While he does act effeminate, he does have a rather brawlic physique and is more than capable of taking on multiple opponents on his own. * CallToAgriculture: Averted. Running his own cake shop sounds like the ultimate retirement plan, except he's not nearly done with kicking ass and taking names, and JumpedAtTheCall even when it wasn't really his. * CharacterTic: Ripping off his head-scarf-thingy once he starts getting annoyed. ** As Bravo, he tends to twirl around in circles when not fighting. * ChefOfIron: Not only is he an Armored Rider, he's also a highly renowned pātissier, or as is more commonly known, a pastry chef, and he owns his own cake and desserts shop. * ChekhovsSkill: His soldier training allows him to survive in Helheim and gives him the will power to resist the fruits' psychic lure. * {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Deconstructed. Oren's lack of common sense, inability to actually understand the entire situation at hand, and tact makes him an unwitting, and somewhat cruel, villain. * CombatAestheticist: And Everything-Else Aestheticist, really. * CoolOldGuy: Whenever Oren actually focuses or listens to other people, he can actually come off as a okay guy. * CoolShades * CutLexLuthorACheck: While he enjoys fighting, Oren also uses his Bravo identity to advertise his shop and gain more customers. * DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Being fully aware that Armored Riders are far more powerful than an average joe, he is able to prevent a person from using a Sengoku Driver to transform and actually take it from him. * DelinquentHair: Sports a mohawk as Bravo. Justified as he's modeled on a Roman gladiator, which had those on their helmets, but still. * DepravedHomosexual * DiscOneFinalBoss: Tends to play this to the Next Generation Riders. Bravo puts up a tough fight, goes down, Kouta thinks it's all over, but only half of the episode is done leading the Next Generation Rider becoming the final threat of the episode. * TheDragon: Jumped to be this to Takatora. * TheDreaded: To the Beat Riders, his campaign of terror against them is one of the reasons they won't unite against a common threat. * DramaticSpotlight: In a lot of his comedy skits. * EccentricMentor[=/=]TricksterMentor: To Jonouchi. * EvenEvilHasStandards: In episode 17, he goes against Yggdrasil by refusing to use Kouta's sister as a hostage, [[SpannerInTheWorks screwing up Micchy's plans in the process. He flat-out states that customers in his shop will never be inconvenienced or bothered in any way, which goes all the way back to his debut episode, where he kicked out Team Red Hot in part because they were being loud and obnoxious]]. ** Like Kaito, he is not fond of underhanded tactics. ** [[spoiler:While Oren is definitely a {{Jerkass}} in his response, he genuinely does believe that the Beat Riders and their Inves game are threatening the city, and wants to put a stop to it.]] * EvilLaugh: His NoblewomansLaugh sounds noticeably deeper and eviler after his FaceHeelTurn. * EvilIsPetty: His plan to ruin Mai's Beat Rider team up comes off as completely disproportionate and needlessly cruel with no other reason than Oren being an asshole, especially since he goes out of his way to be mean to Mai, a person who hero worships him (though he didn't know that). * FaceHeelTurn: Subverted. He started out ChaoticNeutral, but after Taketora hires him, he appeared to have become a straight up villain, but ultimately his own standards still often shine through, and like most of the other characters, he still has his own personal agenda. These factors have gotten directly in the way of him being properly evil at least once. * FightingFingerprint: In #33 [[spoiler: he interferes in a battle between Gaim and the fake Zangetsu (Micchy). Bravo calls out Zangetsu as an imposter, claiming that the fake isn't elegant enough when fighting.]] * FrenchJerk: Downplayed on the French part, where it applies to his name. Sometimes he also says French phrases. * GoingNative: He came back from France more French than Japanese. * GladiatorGames: His armor is modeled on a Roman Gladiator, but he also carries the mentality of using violence as entertainment for the masses. * GratuitousEnglish: Mainly with Military jargon, but he also likes the word "showtime". * GratuitousFrench: Tends to insert French words into his speech pattern, particularly when trying to get his point across. * HairTriggerTemper: It doesn't take a lot to set him off. Which contributes to his ObliviouslyEvil status. * HeelFaceTurn: Seems to have done this when he finds out what's ''actually'' going on and Kouta shows him kindness. * HeroicSacrifice: Parodied when he ends up TakingTheBullet for Takatora. [[DiedInYourArmsTonight Dying in the arms of the one you love]] tends to become a whole lot more difficult when you're not even that badly hurt. * HiddenDepths: Toward the end of #25 we see that his "training" of Hideyasu does seem like he's truly more interested in helping him to become a better person than just relishing the chance to punish someone he thinks is a young punk. In addition, he seems to genuinely believe the accusations that he makes against the Beat Riders; eventually, he begins to see there really might be more to the story of the Inves than the Beat Riders releasing them into Zawame. * HoistByHisOwnPetard: Oren's callous actions set up his own defeat causing Kaito to shake off his BystanderSyndrome and team up with Kouta just to defeat him. * HonorBeforeReason: Turns down a major advantage against Gaim because it would have interrupted a customer at his store, and also because it would make their battle unfair. * InLoveWithYourCarnage: He reacts very... ''intensely'' when he sees Zangetsu take down Baron. * InstantExpert: With the Sengoku Driver and Durian powers. Justified, because he's watched Armored Rider battles along with being a soldier before becoming a chef. ** And then averted with summoning Inves with Lock Seeds to fight for him. Since he's only ever watched the Armored Rider battles and not the Inves games, he ends up summoning a large horde of Inves by unlocking and then releasing the Lock Seeds, not knowing that letting go of the Lock Seeds will make the Inves run wild. * IrrationalHatred: Of people with the Aquarius zodiac sign. * JerkAss: He's a very smug guy who intimidates a young Beat Rider member into giving him his Sengoku Driver by force, and even before that he refused to even give Kouta a proper interview for a part-time job, rejecting him only because of Kouta's birthday and clothing. He also wants to take down and disband pretty much all the Beat Rider teams only because he doesn't think their dancing is "true art". ** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite how he comes off as, he's actually not ''that'' nasty of a guy and when you get to know him can actually be a CoolOldGuy. The main issue is he more or less has ''no'' idea what's actually happening. * JerkassHasAPoint: in #25. Even if it's him being...well, him. [[spoiler: The overarching plot of the last few episodes points out that he's more or less completely right about the Beat Riders wasting their time, even if he doesn't know the full scale of the threat.]] * JumpedAtTheCall: It only took a microsecond for him to become TheDragon to Takatora. * KickTheDog: All of #18 was him finding new ways to ruin the Beat Riders' lives. * LargeHam: Comes with the {{camp}}. * LightningBruiser: He hits hard, moves fast, and can tank some serious damage. According to his stats, he's actually the most powerful of the normal Armored Riders, being even stronger (though less skilled) than Zangetsu. * LockedOutOfTheLoop: Bravo and Gridon haven't been kept appraised of the latest plot developments (well, Kouta tried but Bravo refused to listen). In #25, they finally start getting a clue that they're about thirteen episodes behind. * MadArtist: Judges everything by its artistic quality. While it's certainly helped him become a top pātissier, he also carries this attitude into battle, wanting to show off his superior "artistry" against the other Armored Riders. He even wants to run the unpowered Beat Rider teams out of town because their dancing isn't "True Art". * NiceJobFixingItVillain: His callousness is what lead to Kaito finally shaking off his BystanderSyndrome. ** His compulsive need to be a {{Jerkass}} in #18 is one of the reasons that made the Beat Riders gather to Mai's cause. * NinjaPirateZombieRobot: As one person commented, "A Japanese man with a French name changes into a Roman gladiator with a a Indonesian/Malaysian fruit theme while American/British metal plays from his Sengoku driver." [[LampshadeHanging Yup, quite the mixed bag.]] * NobleDemon: Even if he's a crazy, psychotic, pastry chief, he's got lines he will not cross. * NoblewomansLaugh: Rare male example. Usually done when he's finished kicking someone's ass. * NotAGame: In a very different way from Kouta. Oren despises that the Beat Riders are treating their Sengoku Drivers and powers like toys and wants to show them how a real fight is done. * ObliviouslyEvil: Oren doesn't seem to get that his campaign to stop those punk kids makes him engage in crimes like intimidation, threats, malicious slander, and assault. He also genuinely had ''no'' idea what was actually happening--see LockedOutOfTheLoop for more info. * PetTheDog: His slave-driving of Jonouchi is played for laughs at first, but #25 reveals that he honestly does want to help him grow into an adult and find his purpose in life. ** In #17, it looks like he's genuinely using Akira, Kouta's sister, as leverage and will let Jonouchi harm her, until he completely throws that out the window and never comes close to letting her be harmed. * PoorCommunicationKills: The main reason why Oren is a villain is because he ''constantly'' jumps to conclusions and refuses to listen to what other people have to say. * {{Pride}}: Even more so than Kouta pre-CharacterDevelopment and Kaito. * ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Bravo takes pride in being a real warrior and not some punk that lucked in on his superpowers. * PsychoForHire: He becomes Takatora's psycho, to be exact. Though it's in part because he has a crush on Zangetsu who works for Yggdrasil (though he didn't know ''who'' was wearing the mask.) * QueerPeopleAreFunny * RealMenWearPink: He is a flamboyant pastry chef but at the same time he's got muscles on his muscles and can wreck face. Plus he fills this trope literally, as he's seen lounging around his home in a pink bathrobe. * RedemptionPromotion: While he'd lost a lot of steam as a bad guy due to Kouta and Kaito's upgrades, when he's fighting Inves to actually protect people, he can still kick a lot of tail. * RetiredBadass / HiddenBadass: It is heavily implied he used to be a veteran soldier. That would explain why he's a rather powerful Rider. ** The uniform in his apartment shows he was a part of the French special forces unit, or possibly even the [[LegionOfLostSouls French Foreign Legion]]. *** The mention of a parachute unit in #7, along with the red beret, is a solid lock (ha) on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_Parachute_Brigade 11th Parachute Brigade.]] (And ''not'' part of its Foreign Legion division, or his beret would be green.) *** It is to note however that when Sid was reviewing his profile, and when he was playing DrillSergeantNasty to Jonouchi, the beret was green. * TheRival: To Baron. To the point where Kaito gave up a chance to go up in the ratings just for a chance to have a rematch. * RuggedScar: Bravo's helmet sports a VERY subtle scar traveling down the left eye/visor. * RunningGag: The pink dialogue balloons that appear when he speaks French, showing how the word or phrase he just spoke is written both in French and in kanji. * SeriousBusiness: Takes his duties as a pātissier ''very'' seriously, whether in making pastries or making sure people enjoy them. To the detriment of Micchy's plan and Hideyasu's head in episode 17. * ShooOutTheClowns: Disappears from the plot when it's dealing with the more serious storylines. Unfortunately, this is deconstructed because since he's not involved in those storylines, he himself has no idea what's going on and situations that involved him and other Riders get worse. * SitcomArchnemesis: To Kouta at first. He moves out of this trope as he becomes more of a {{Jerkass}} to just about everyone around him. * SleevesAreForWimps * SmartBall: [[spoiler:In #27, he ''almost'' eats an unripe Lockseed, but stops himself at the last moment when he remembers his survival training, which said never to eat unknown flora in the field.]] ** [[spoiler:In #33, he realizes that the Zangetsu Shin fighting Kouta isn't the original by paying attention to his fighting style and noting that he's not as skilled as Takatora.]] * SpannerInTheWorks: Takatora fears that he could become this for Yggdrasill's plans due to his past as a soldier. ** Happens in an entirely different way in #17: he derails Micchy's plan to steal Kouta's Driver because it would have involved interrupting Akira (Kouta's sister) as she dined at Charmant. ** [[spoiler:He deduces that the Zangetsu Shin fighting Kouta isn't the original by observing his fighting style, putting a wrench in Micchy's schemes again.]] * SpikesOfVillainy: The presence of spikes is justified by the fact he's using a Durian Lock Seed - but the ''number'' of spikes is not. His armor even has spikes on the arms and legs that ''don't'' come from the Durian Arms. * StopHavingFunGuys: He has this attitude InUniverse towards the other Beat Riders. {{Justified}}, as he was a soldier back in his prime and knows what ''real'' fighting is like. On top of that, he appears to be rigidly opposed to ''any'' kind of public artistic performance by amateurs. * SupremeChef: He's considered the best in the prefecture, and with good reason, as Mai points out he has won the Coupe de Monde, which is considered the best worldwide competition for pātissiers. * SympatheticPOV: In #25 we get to see things from Oren's perspective. From his point of view, he's just stopping dangerous delinquents from releasing monsters into the city, and if he has to use force to do so, so be it. * [[spoiler:TakingTheBullet: In #27, he protects Zangetsu Shin from one of Deemushu's energy balls.]] * TalkingIsAFreeAction: Averted. Him stopping to do an EvilLaugh allowed Gaim to shoot him and gain an advantage. * ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Does it ever -- when thrown, the Duri Noko spin in mid-air and [[FlechetteStorm fire off a hail of spikes]]. * TookALevelInJerkass: Oren was always a {{Jerkass}}, but he takes his douchebagery to new and exciting extremes in #18 by being a bigger dick in that episode than all of his previous appearances combined. * TheUnchosenOne: All of the other Armored Riders except for Kouta have been chosen by Sid and Yggdrasill. Oren, disgusted at how the Beat Riders were treating their situation like a game, decided to choose himself and teach them about what they really signed up for. * VillainDecay: Bravo started out as a major antagonist, rivaling Zangetsu as the strongest Rider of the series. But as the threats ramped up, Bravo... just stayed the same. He's still stuck on bullying children because nobody's told him otherwise about the situation nor has he really got involved to really know what the heck's going on. He's still pretty badass against normal Inves though. Eventually he fights alongside the heroes once he learns what's really going on. * VillainForgotToLevelGrind: See above. His failure to keep on top of current events plus the tendency of major characters to get ever-stronger powerups means nothing good for him. Only counts in his status as a villain, as when fighting on the good side he normally kicks a lot of butt, as he's still the strongest base Rider. * VillainWithGoodPublicity: #13 sees him hired by Takatora to be this, acting as a hero of justice against the Beat Riders after the city turns on them because of the Helheim disease... It certainly didn't help that Kaito tried to attack people with Inves, thus causing Oren to be seen as the hero. * WeaponOfChoice: ** [[DualWielding Dual]] [[SerratedBladeOfPain Serrated Blades]]: The Duri Noko in Durian Arms. [[note]]They can also be [[BifurcatedWeapon joined together]] by the ends of the grips.[[/note]] * TheWonka * TheWorfEffect: He has actual combat training and the most raw power out of any of the non-Yggdrasil Riders, but then Zangetsu hands him his ass in #11 (not in the way he probably would have preferred, but still) to show much even Oren's outclassed by him. Since then he's become the show's designated punching bag to show how Kouta and Kaito make a good team when they have a reason to fight on the same side, or how Kouta's Jimber Arms stack up against the ordinary Armored Riders. As of #25, his descent into pure comic relief seems complete. However, he gets better [[RedemptionPromotion after he turns good.]] ** WorfHadTheFlu: His first two losses were a case of this. The first time he had to leave to attend to his shop, the second time he was distracted. * WorthyOpponent: Considers Baron one, hence why he gives Kaito back his Banana Lock Seed so that the latter can become stronger. [[/folder]] !Yggdrasill Corporation [[folder:General Tropes]] [[quoteright:163:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/team_ygg_7201.png]] ---- * AntagonistTitle: They are the main antagonists of the Yggdrasill Saga. * BigBrotherIsWatchingYou * EvilVersusEvil: Them versus the Helheim Forest. * TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Yggdrasill is pretty much hyper-competent about everything except with their security detail. The guards forget to watch the cameras, the executives never turn off or log out of computers with sensitive information, and the Kurokage Troopers spectacularly fail during critical moments: Not only can they be tricked by simply making a sharp turn; they manage to let three targets escape while not landing a single hit with their cannons. And let's not get started on how a 16-year-old flying a Dandeliner for the first time does a better job than the mooks specifically trained for it... * ItIsDehumanizing: Many members of Yggdrasill call the Armored Riders 'guinea pigs'. * KillItWithFire: Whenever the Helheim Forest encroaches onto Zawame City Yggdrasill puts a stop to it with a copious amount of fire. * TheMasquerade: Yggdrasill is all over the place with this from making people think that the Armored Riders are a new fad to covering up the Helheim Forest's existence and stopping it from encroaching onto the human world. * MeaningfulName: One of the show's many references to NorseMythology. * OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness[=/=]NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: Yggdrasill's inner circle is somewhere in between these two tropes. While they know a lot more than anyone else about what's going on; it's clear that they don't know everything, they're barely able to get along, and Takatora admits that they can barely control the Helheim situation. * RenegadeSplinterFaction: One [[spoiler: led by Professor Ryoma that has pretty much completely taken over the organization with Takatora as the only Rider that's not a member of Ryoma's nut club.]] * SupervillainLair: Yggdrasill Tower. It lords over Zawame City, has a permanent portal to Helheim in it, is heavily armed with laser guns, has an InvisibilityCloak to stop the populace from realizing anything weird is going on, and possesses the Scalar System, a WMD that can destroy the entire city and kill everyone in it. * VillainsWantMercy: In #11 when the Yggdrasill camp is being overrun by Inves, one of the scientists begs Kouta for help despite laughing and talking about how the Beat Riders are just guinea pigs before. Kouta calls him out on being a {{Hypocrite}}, but still helps save the day. * VillainWithGoodPublicity: Yggdrasill encourages the popularity of the Inves Game by distributing Lock Seeds, hands out Drivers to kids as part of their shady experiments, and later frames them for the outbreak of the Inves Plague. Granted, #16 hints that Yggdrasill might not be so villainous after all, as their means might be justified to save humanity. * TheWorldTree: Evoked in their name, which ties into the whole "fruit" theme[[note]]If you don't get it, what is one of the things that fruit grows on?[[/note]]. Their headquarters is even a tree-shaped tower. [[/folder]] [[folder:Takatora Kureshima/Kamen Rider Zangetsu (Shin)]] !!Takatora Kureshima/Armored Rider Zangetsu[[note]]"slaying moon"[[/note]]/New Generation Rider Zangetsu Shin[[note]]"true slaying moon"[[/note]] !!!Portrayed by: Yuki Kubota (live), Jun Watanabe (suit) http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zangetsu_3343.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/takatorakureshima_767.jpg]] The older brother of Team Gaim's Mitsuzane Kureshima. As an heir to the Yggdrasill Corporation, he has already taken on responsibilities within the company and is currently the head of the R&D Department. Though ruthless, he loves his brother dearly. He initially uses the Melon Lock Seed and the Sengoku Driver to transform into Armored Rider Zangetsu. Later, he becomes the first user of the next-generation Genesis Driver, which, along with the Melon Energy Lock Seed, allows him to transform into New Generation Rider Zangetsu Shin[[labelnote:tl]]"Shin" = "true" or "new". Often used as a prefix to indicate the new (and perfected) iteration of something, much in the same way "Super" was added onto videogame sequels like Super Mario Bros. or Super Metroid.[[/labelnote]]. ---- * AllAccordingToPlan: According to him, Gaim getting the Sengoku Driver has advanced Yggdrasill's agenda in some way. ** Shown in #12: the various Riders using the Sengoku Driver has allowed Yggdrasill to both mass produce Drivers in the "form" of Kurokage for their mooks, and allowed the creation of both the Genesis Driver, and Energy Lock Seeds. * AllThereInTheManual: Neither of his Rider names have been spoken in the show. He's only ever referred to as "the white Armored Rider". * AloofBigBrother: Is Ryugen's big brother, but instead of participating in the conflict between Beat Riders, he works for that big shady company. * AntiVillain -> [[spoiler: AntiHero]]: He has been shown to have standards, loves his brother, is genuinely well-intentioned, and is the only member of the inner circle that hasn't gone out of his way to be a dick in some way. ** [[spoiler:He is very uneasy about his decisions and wants Kouta to despair out of the belief that it would validate Takatora's own actions]]. * ArrogantKungFuGuy: Has the arrogance down, most likely due to his wealthy upbringing and role in Yggdrasill's grand plan. His combat ability is unquestionable. * AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Is a high ranking member of the Yggdrasill Corporation and strong enough to causally deliver a CurbstompBattle to Gaim. * AuthorityInNameOnly: While he's supposedly TheLeader and BigBad of the [[PsychoRangers New Generation Riders]] none of them actually follow his commands and really defer to Professor Ryoma. * BeneathTheMask: At first glance Takatora is a stoic, arrogant man, but underneath it all he hates himself for what he plans to do but genuinely sees no other choice. * BigBrotherInstinct: For all of his faults, Takatora does genuinely care about his brother's future and well-being. ** He did not take Sid's suggestion that Micchy took the Watermelon Lock Seed well. ** His reaction to finding out Micchy is an Armored Rider... was not very good. He then also put two and two together about the Suika Lock. An episode later, he angrily demands answers out of Sid as to why he gave his brother one of the Drivers. When he confronts Mitsuzane about it, he even outright admits that he's upset because he wanted to protect him from the entire conflict with Helheim. * BishieSparkle: How he's seen through Bravo-Vision. * {{Badass}}: Nearly killing Gaim is the least of his accomplishments to put it lightly. He is the strongest Rider leaving everyone else really far below him. ** BadassBaritone: This merely accentuates his imposing and foreboding presence. ** BadassInANiceSuit * BreakTheCutie: Takatora wants to do this to Kouta. A rare example where he doesn't really want to do so out of outright hatred or malice, but because [[spoiler: he has genuine doubts about his actions and Yggdrasil's agenda. Takatora believes that seeing someone as heroic and idealistic as Kouta back down from challenging him would help ease his conscience and prove his course of action to be correct.]] ** He also unintentionally did this to his own brother. Takatora showed Micchy the truth about the Helheim Forest in order to convince him to join Yggdrasil and help Takatora. However, it ended up causing Micchy's StartOfDarkness. * BreakThemByTalking: [[spoiler: He breaks Kouta in #22 by showing Kouta's fight against Yuuya and pointing out how everything worked out because he killed his friend.]] * BrokenPedestal: To Ryoma in a really weird way. Ryoma used to hero worship Takatora, seeing him as the next God Emperor of mankind. However, after finding out that Takatora wants to use his powers for altruistic reasons, he turns against him. * [[spoiler:CainAndAbel: Abel to Mitsuzane's Cain.]] * CharacterDevelopment: Takatora started out as an arrogant man who saw the Beat Riders as "street trash" but as he fought Kouta his arrogance wanes and he develops respect and sympathy for them. * ComesGreatResponsibility: He believes that its the rich and powerfuls' duty to protect the weak, even referring to it as ''Noblesse oblige''. * TheComicallySerious: Becomes this when interacting with Bravo. * CorporateSamurai: An almost literal example, since his armor as Zangetsu has a distinctly Japanese motif. * CurbStompBattle: Delivers one to Kouta in #4, then curb-stomps ''all five'' other Riders in #11. ** Does it again in #12 when testing the Genesis Driver against a squad of Kurokage mooks. It appears that "Curbstomp" is his default setting. ** #14 has him do this once again to Baron. However according to him, the Sengoku Drivers and Base Riders can't hope to equal an New Generation Rider. ** In #19 this happens again: Kouta does better but Kouta couldn't touch him at all. * DarkMessiah: In direct contrast to Kouta. * DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: In #28 Takatora "dies" by being thrown off a cliff. To no one's surprise he's shown to be alive the very next episode.]] * DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: In #29 [[spoiler: Takatora meets Roshuo, King of the Overlords, who saves his life and regales him with his life story.]] * DramaticIrony: [[spoiler: In #20 he makes a speech about how one evil person can ruin the hard work of a hundred virtuous efforts... cue a scene where the rest of the New Generation Riders gleefully admit that they plan to screw Takatora over when the time is right.]] ** The irony is furthered in the following episodes: he accuses Kouta of being naive, but [[spoiler:Takatora now seems to be the only major player who doesn't realize that his associates are planning to betray him, as well as being the only major character oblivious to the existence of the Overlord Inves]]. ** Takatora genuinely cares about and wants to protect his brother, but showing Mistuzane the truth about the Helheim forest and bringing him into Yggdrasil has set the latter on the path to outright villainy. * TheDreaded: Kouta is scared to death of him. And after #11, this also applies to everyone but Micchy and Oren. ** Even the other New Generation Riders fear him. [[spoiler: When the time comes to betray him Minato is actually cautious and after his supposed death Sid feels confident enough to betray Ryoma.]] * EducationMama: Male example. He continuously reminds Mitsuzane about the importance of his education and advises him to avoid any "distractions" in his life. * EtTuBrute: [[spoiler: In #28, after getting betrayed by Sid and then Minato, Takatora applies this trope on Ryoma (who he honestly saw as his closest friend) who then proceeds to finish off Takatora.]] * EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: The term evil may not be the right word for him, but Takatora does genuinely love his younger brother and wants what is best for him. In the two earliest tie-in films, he even sides with Mitsuzane and the other Armored Riders in the conflicts. * EvenEvilHasStandards: He openly says that a trained soldier having a Sengoku Driver is too dangerous during #7 and requests the Driver be returned. Everyone else, however, seems to entertain the idea of Oren having the belt in one way or another. ** He shows disgust whenever his other members do things ForTheEvulz. ** He also doesn't aim to kill when fighting other Armored Riders. In #15, he makes it clear that without their belts the Beat Riders should even be protected. Unfortunately Sid seems to disagree... ** After [[spoiler:Takatora breaks Kouta by revealing the truth about Yuya's death to him, he simply lets him go since he doesn't think he's a threat to Yggdrasil's plans anymore. This is in spite of Sid's skepticism and the fact that he could probably kill Kouta easily in is depressed state.]] * EveryScarHasAStory: Has a prominent one on his right shoulder, inflicted during his first transformation into Zangetsu. [[spoiler:#27 reveals that it still very much hurts, meaning that he has been fighting with a handicap the entire time.]] * EvilCounterpart: To Kouta, big time. Both are the lead characters in their respective factions and noticeably more moral than the other Riders - in fact, the only real difference between them is that Zangetsu has accepted having to ShootTheDog; Gaim hasn't. As for their Rider forms, they're not only both samurai; but they both have the Musou Saber as an extra sidearm and their armors are in many ways {{Palette Swap}}s of one another. ** Later subverted; [[spoiler:Takatora's not evil, just more cynical. As soon as Kouta shows him the potential for a more idealistic solution, he's all in.]] * [[spoiler:ExactWords: Zangetsu was compared as the Ouja of the series. Turns out they weren't talking about THIS Zangetsu...]] * {{Expy}}: ** WordOfGod through Urobuchi implies that his role will be similar to that of Ouja from ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki''. [[spoiler:This was later revealed to be Urobuchi teasing the fans through ExactWords; the Ouja Expy turns out not to be Takatora, but his younger brother Mitsuzane, who becomes the second Zangetsu Shin.]] ** Takatora actually holds many similarities to [[LightNovel/FateZero Kiritsugu Emiya]]. Both are intimidating men in suits who turn themselves into monsters for what they deem the greater good while secretly being conflicted over their decisions and both are {{Totalitarian Utilitarian}}s of the WellIntentionedExtremist variety. * AFatherToHisMen: Shown to genuinely care for the mooks directly under his command. * {{Foil}}: Takatora is a strong foil to his younger brother as well as to Kouta. With Mitsuzane through their opposite moral developments, and with Kouta through their heroic similarities. * FourIsDeath: His Melon Lock Seed is LS-04, while his Melon Energy Lock Seed is ELS-04. * FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Melancholic. * [[spoiler:GoodAllAlong]] * [[spoiler: HeroWithAnFInGood: Oh, ''holy God yes.'' Every attempt he's made to try to stop Helheim has either shifted power back towards the people trying to manipulate him or somehow ended up making the entire situation worse for both sides.]] * HeroicBSOD[=/=]DespairEventHorizon: Happens in #28 [[spoiler: after he realizes Ryoma has betrayed him he loses the will to fight.]] * HiddenAgendaVillain: Keeps his plans hidden for a significant portion of the story. * HiddenDepths: During his CurbstompBattle with the other Riders, he takes extra caution to not actually ''kill'' anyone, even Oren who he thinks shouldn't be a Rider, by [[SetSwordsToStun holding his Musou Saber backwards]]. He's actually horrified when he winds up destroying one of the Sengoku Drivers. ** Furthermore, he tried to stop Ryoji from eating a Helheim Fruit, and after his transformation, he made Sid take him down in order to try to make him feel responsibility for his actions. ** In #21, [[spoiler: he admits that he has genuine doubts about his more morally questionable actions and Yggdrasil's plans, and respects Kouta's heroism and resolve.]] * HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: This is one of Takatora's [[FatalFlaw Fatal Flaws]]. He relies on some rather ObviouslyEvil people, and can find no wrong in his brother. Micchy outright states that Takatora has a habit of trusting people that he really shouldn't in #23. * TheJuggernaut * KnightOfCerebus: In-universe for Kouta. Once he shows up in his life, he stops taking his life as an Armored Rider as a game. * KubrickStare[=/=]PerpetualFrowner: His default expression. * LargeHam: Minor example: Though we the audience only see it once, his pre-transformation pose as Zangetsu is the most grandiose of all the Armored Riders, using CGI even before the transformation is initiated. He does no pose or gesture as Zangetsu Shin, however. * LockedOutOfTheLoop: [[spoiler:By #23, he has become by far the most unaware major player. He doesn't realize that his associates are plotting behind his back, and he's the only major character who doesn't know about the Overlord Inves.]] ** Played for laughs in the ''[[Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger ToQger]]'' crossover. He doesn't even notice a giant robot/monster battle outside of his office window. * ManInWhite: As Zangetsu. * MidSeasonUpgrade: Melon Energy Arms * MultiformBalance: Titled "Arms". ** Personal Arms: *** JackOfAllStats: Melon, though he fights like TheJuggernaut. *** LightningBruiser: Melon Energy ** Borrowed Arms: *** FightingClown: Fourze *** [[spoiler:FragileSpeedster: Strawberry]] *** [[spoiler:MightyGlacier: Mango]] *** [[spoiler:JackOfAllStats: Grape]] * NamedAfterSomeoneFamous: After [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C5%8Dd%C5%8D_Takatora Toudou Takatora]]. * NecessarilyEvil: How he perceives all of the morally unjust things he does. He still feels immense guilt for them, though. * NiceJobBreakingItHero: Attacks Buijin Double right as he was about to finish off [[BigBad Buijin Gaim]], resulting in Double's defeat, thinking Buijin Gaim was the Gaim he knew. While he wasn't exactly a 'hero' at the time, he was still on the hero's ''side'' during the conflict at hand. * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Gives Kouta one so brutal in #4, it leaves the poor guy [[TheDreaded absolutely terrified of him.]] * NotSoAboveItAll: [[spoiler: In #22, he chuckles before showing Kouta that he killed Yuya.]] * NotSoDifferent: Both Takatora and Kouta have doubts about fighting the Inves, care for those close to them, and ultimately want to protect people; the key difference between them is that [[spoiler:Takatora has accepted the idea that innocent people must be sacrificed for the greater good, while Kouta wants to save everyone.]] ** Takatora purposefully tries to invoke this on Kouta: when Kouta calls him out on being willing to sacrifice lives in #22, Takatora turns it back on him by explaining that Kouta and other people are only alive today because he [[spoiler:took ''Yuya's'' life]]. However, Kouta soon regains his resolve, rejects Takatora's belief, and [[spoiler:destroys Yggdrasil's Scalar System with Kachidoki Arms.]] ** In #27,[[spoiler: his backstory reveals his goal to save as many people as possible from the Helheim invasion, similar to Kouta. Both of them also have a villainous sidekick that they genuinely view as their friend, while their sidekicks have their own goals and are willing to betray them any time (Ryoma to Takatora, and Micchy to Kouta).]] * OffscreenTeleportation[=/=]VillainTeleportation: Demonstrates this ability in Helheim Forest in #4. * OnlySaneMan: For Yggdrasill. He's the only one who hasn't done something solely ForTheEvulz and is focused on their main objective while the other members of the inner circle tend to prefer making the Armored Riders suffer for fun. ** Becomes more pronounced as time goes on: Takatora is the only New Generation Rider [[spoiler:who actually wants to save humanity and acknowledges that Yggdrasil's actions are cruel; the others all see the Helheim invasion as a good thing and don't care that their plans will cause the deaths of billions.]] * TheProudElite: Repeatedly refers to Beat Riders as "street trash" that's beneath him and tries to pass this attitude on to Mitsuzane. * PsychoticSmirk: Flashes a Sid-worthy one when [[spoiler: he shows Kouta that he killed Yuya.]] * ReasonableAuthorityFigure * RainOfArrows: Assuming the abilities shown of the Sonic Arrow aren't shared by all New Generation Riders, Zangetsu Shin's arrows can do this, as shown in #12. * SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly Man to Mitsuzane's Sensitive Guy. * SelectiveObliviousness: This is Takatora's other FatalFlaw: he tends to ignore whatever challenges his worldview or inconveniences his plans unless he can't avoid it anymore. ** He initially refused to consider the idea that his beloved little brother wasn't the stoic, diligent student he pretended to be [[spoiler:and fails to notice that showing Micchy the truth about Helheim has had a very horrifying effect on his sanity]]. ** He fails to realize that all his trusted allies aren't [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well-Intentioned Extremists]] like him and are conspiring against him. By #23, he appears to be the only major character who hasn't figured out that they're ObviouslyEvil. ** He's also so far into the "sacrifice the many to save the few" plan (in spite of the guilt it brings him) that he refuses to accept anything else. Takatora also assumes that his allies are all just as dedicated to the plan as he is. ** PlayedForLaughs in the [=ToQger=] crossover, when he's completely oblivious to a giant mecha battle going on outside his window. * Shirtless Scene: In #27, his bare shoulders and part of his back can bee seen during a shower scene. It shows that EveryScarHasAStory. * SkilledButNaive: While he's definitely not naive, he's a very oblivious person due his [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter tendency]] of relying on some extremely untrustworthy people and his inability to notice his brother's downward spiral. * SoProudOfYou: To Mitsuzane's shock, he actually applauds him for going behind his back and going against his planned out life by telling him that [[ItRunsInTheFamily "you definitely have Kureshima blood in you"]]. * SympathyForTheHero: He seems to have gained a soft spot for Kouta, admiring his resolve and idealism, despite setting out to break his will. ** [[spoiler:Upon meeting Demushuu and having Kouta tell him the truth about the Overlord Inves, Takatora immediately believes Kouta and the two join forces. Despite Kouta destroying the Scalar System, he seems to be more than willing to let bygones be bygones and give Kouta's idealism a chance.]] ** Eventually, Takatora develops a very high opinion of Kouta and genuinely wants to help him. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Micchy has other plans.]] * TakeUpMySword: [[spoiler: In #28, right before Sid sends Takatora plummeting to his doom, Takatora sees Mitsuzane in the distance and tells him to help Kouta and save humanity. Too bad Takatora doesn't know his little brother has made a FaceHeelTurn.]] * [[{{Deuteragonist}} Tetragonist]] * ThrowingYourShieldAlwaysWorks: Demonstrated in #11 when fighting against Ryugen. * TokenGoodTeammate: Though ruthless and rather amoral in his methods, he's the only one of the New Generation Riders to have humanity's best interests at heart. * TotalitarianUtilitarian: A PG version, with some similarities to [[LightNovel/FateZero Kiritsugu Emiya.]] * UnwittingPawn: To [[spoiler:Sid, Ryoma, and Yoko, who all ''want'' Helheim to invade and are using Takatora to become stronger.]] * WeaponOfChoice: ** Personal Arms: *** MixAndMatchWeapon: [[CoolGuns Musou]] [[CoolSword Saber]] as Zangetsu. *** LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: The Melon Defender in Melon Arms. *** TheStraightAndArrowPath: Sonic Arrow as Zangetsu Shin. ** Borrowed Arms: *** RocketPoweredWeapon: The Rocket Module in Fourze Arms. *** [[spoiler:[[FlechetteStorm Flechette]] [[KnifeNut Knives]]: The Ichigo Kunai in Strawberry Arms.]] *** [[spoiler:CarryABigStick: The Mango Punisher in Mango Arms.]] *** [[spoiler:{{Handguns}}: The Budou Ryuhou in Grape Arms.]] * WellIntentionedExtremist: Identifies as one, as he claims his plans are all for the good of helping humanity. He also goes on to say all of Yggdrasill is this, as it is their role in the world. ** #16 shows that whatever he is trying to do is meant to save the world and has something to do with what's at the heart of the Helheim Forest. ** Confirmed in #20. [[spoiler: Takatora is trying to prevent Helheim from spreading over the earth]], and in #21, if he has no other option to stop the spread, [[spoiler:they use the ring on the tower to destroy all of Zawame]]. Sid, when revealing the latter to Kouta, pretty much states that [[TheNeedsOfTheMany it's a necessary evil if it means saving mankind]]. * WorldsBestWarrior: It's pretty much agreed upon by both the Beat Riders and Yggdrasill that he is impossible to beat one-on-one. * WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide: G-Rated version. Yggdrasill does not "control" Zawame City, they enhance and improve it. * {{Workaholic}}: Shows shades of this. When he's not working, what little interaction he has with his brother is interrupted by his phone ringing. He also shows disgust towards most of the youth of Zawame City and especially the Beat Riders, since in his eyes they contribute nothing to society. * WrongGenreSavvy: Believes he's in a CosmicHorrorStory and that only through sacrifice would anything be achieved. In short, he thinks he's in a Creator/GenUrobuchi story. He's not too far off the nose with the former, but Kouta shows him that the latter is not true. * YankTheDogsChain: Takatora was actually happy in #28, smiling and basically acting like an adult Kouta. [[spoiler: Cue his brother and comrades completely expected betrayal.]] * YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: After the Genesis Driver is finished, he declares that Yggdrasill has no need for the Armored Riders and plans to make them "face reality". Thankfully, he takes a non-lethal approach (in contrast to his allies). ** [[spoiler:Takatora is on the receiving end of this trope when his allies finally betray him in #28.]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Ryoma Sengoku/Kamen Rider Duke]] !!Ryoma Sengoku/New Generation Rider Duke !!!Portrayed by: Tsunenori Aoki (live), Kenji Tominaga (suit) http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/duke_8498.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ryomasengoku_3146.jpg]] A scientist working in the R&D Department of Yggdrasill under Takatora. He is the creator of the Sengoku and Genesis Drivers, and is studying the expansion of Helheim Forest with great interest. Although he is technically the subordinate of Takatora, he speaks to his boss with a overly-familiar tone and is not afraid to undermine him for the sake of his experiments. He later becomes a user of the next-generation Genesis Driver, using the Lemon Energy Lock Seed to transform into New Generation Rider Duke. ---- * AbsentMindedProfessor: Another dark take on an otherwise comedic trope. Ryoma lives in his own nutty world of mad science, and unless reality can help him with it he completely lacks empathy. * AceCustom: His Rider powers definitely seem to act this way, having the strongest punches and kicks than any other rider, including the ones who use Genesis Drivers. He is also the only one whose Driver has a transformation call (which carried over to Kaito's Driver). * AffablyEvil: Sure, he only cares about his own plans, but that doesn't stop him from being one of the most polite characters in the show. ** [[spoiler:FauxAffablyEvil: #20 reveals his views are exactly the same as Kaito and he wants Helheim to invade. He maintains his politeness, but that revealed him as a complete villain.]] * AlmightyJanitor: On the surface he's just a quirky MadScientist [[spoiler: but in reality he's a crazy SocialDarwinist that leads his own faction that controls all of Yggdrasill's Kamen Riders.]] * AmbiguousDisorder: His social skills are similar to someone with high-functioning autism. * AmbitionIsEvil: Heavily gives off this vibe. As long as he can create new Drivers, he seems entirely unconcerned about the citizens suffering under the expansion of the Helheim Forest. * ArtisticLicenseBiology: Ryoma putting his brain into Hakaider's body violates so many biological laws it's not even funny even by tokukatsu standards and raises way too many questions: Like why his body didn't decompose. ** MythologyGag: of course those who have watched the original Kikaider series or anime knows that this is perfectly reasonable within the series. * AwesomeMcCoolname: His surname translates to something like "Extreme War" and is a homonym for the era of the samurai. * {{Badass}} ** BadassBookworm ** BadassCape: As Duke. ** BadassLabcoat * BerserkButton: Not knowing something. Seeing Kachidoki Arms made him flip out. * BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Ryoma also wanted to go TransHuman. Hakaider allowed him to do that...and he didn't exactly know what he was getting into. * BiggerBad: Of Yggdrasil, since he's the one who knew about Helheim first. * BigBad: By #25 it's pretty obvious who's really in charge of Yggdrasill. * BunnyEarsLawyer: The guy has his quirks. When asked why the Sengoku Drivers make catchphrases, he admits it's a guilty pleasure. * CurbStompBattle: Delivers one to both Kouta and Kaito in #19. * [[spoiler:{{Cyborg}}: Temporarily, when he transplants his brain into Hakaider.]] ** [[spoiler:CyberneticsEatYourSoul: He's surprised to find that Hakaider's directive to destroy begins overriding his personality.]] * DidntThinkThisThrough: Yes, Ryoma, put your brain into a KillerRobot ForScience without checking the risks like you've always done before. [[SarcasmMode Nothing could possibly go wrong]]. * DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Blames this as a result of his own inexperience in combat. * DragonInChief: [[spoiler: He is the one that all of the Yggdrasill Riders bow down to while using Takatora as a figurehead.]] * DragonWithAnAgenda: Wants Kouta's and Kaito's help in creating a new Driver that exceeds even the Genesis Drivers in power. ** Not his only agenda, either. [[spoiler:He also WANTS for the Helheim Forest to invade the Earth, knowing that it would cause the deaths of thousands and not giving a damn.]] * DrunkWithPower: Gives a speech that implies he was this long before becoming Duke. * DullSurprise: Unless Mad Science or a CosmicHorrorStory is going on, Ryoma does a very bad job at pretending to care. * {{Egopolis}}: Named the Sengoku Drivers after himself. But with a name like his, who could blame him? * EvilCounterpart: To Baron. Both are based on European knights and named after aristocratic titles; and both are obsessed with pursuing something to the exclusion of everything else. ** To Ryugen as well, both are [[spoiler: former]] {{Psycho Sidekick}}s with UndyingLoyalty to another more powerful and charismatic Rider who turn against them when they're told something they didn't like. * EvenEvilHasStandards: After almost being consumed by Hakaider's killer programing he wonders who'd be monstrous enough to run an organization like DARK. * EvilGenius: Yggdrasill's most important one. He invented the Sengoku Drivers, as well as the Genesis Drivers. * EvilLaugh: In #25 he tries to keep himself from doing this [[spoiler: when Sagara confirms that Helheim contains a "forbidden fruit" that grants great power.]] * {{Expy}}: A younger and more dangerous [[Series/KamenRiderOOO Doctor Maki.]] There would be no CreepyDoll holding him back, that's for sure. * FalseFriend: [[spoiler: He sees Takatora as a tool and nothing more.]] ** [[spoiler: EvilFormerFriend: Flashbacks from #27 show that Ryoma had once thought of Takatora as a man that could become the king of a post-Helheim infested world, showing genuine concern over Takatora getting injured and even designed the first Sengoku Driver as a sort of regalia for him. Of course, Takatora preferring TheNeedsOfTheMany over his own concerns, just wants Ryoma to just produce as many general Drivers as possible, which leads to a GlassesPull event that marked the beginning of Ryoma's condescending tone towards Takatora and general decision to leave him LockedOutOfTheLoop.]] * FirstNameBasis: Addresses Takatora without any honorifics whatsoever, implying a certain level of closeness to the guy. [[spoiler: Shown in #27 to have been a former friend to Takatora.]] * ForScience: Seems to have this as a motivation. Even with both the Sengoku Driver and Genesis Driver performing well, he's already seeking to design a new belt that further taps into Helheim's power. ** [[spoiler: He serves as the antagonist for the Kikaider crossover after ''removing his brain and putting it into Hakaider''.]] * FourEyesZeroSoul: During #27's flashbacks. ** TheGlassesComeOff: Surprisingly, it's only after he takes them off that he begins to be [[spoiler:the MadScientist we all know and love]]. * AGodAmI: His ultimate motive. He either wants to become a god or create one. * HiddenAgendaVillain: [[spoiler: Ryoma doesn't care about Project Arc and is only going along with it so he can take the resources for whatever it is he's ''really'' planning.]] * ItAmusedMe: The ''real'' reason for all those Sengoku Driver voices. * LackOfEmpathy: Notice that whenever science isn't concerned Ryoma doesn't seem to emote properly, with his voice rather dull, and his facial expressions forced. And him apologizing about Ryoji's death was incredibly half-hearted. Outside of science, Ryoma just doesn't care. * LargeHam: The fact that he put voices in the Sengoku Driver purely for fun is quite silly. And as a New Generation Rider, his Genesis Driver is the only one (again, discounting Kaito, whose Driver is a copy of his) that has a transformation call. He is also the only one of the group who has his own transformation pose. Adding all of these up, Ryoma almost seems like a real-life Kamen Rider fanboy. * LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: His reaction to the Kikaider crossover. * LikeAGodToMe: He used to view Takatora as some kind of God Emperor of Mankind before being jilted. * MadScientist: His AGodAmI MotiveRant in #15 establishes that "sanity" isn't something that Yggdrasill wants on your resume. * MightyGlacier: Very powerful, but notably slower than the other New Generation Riders. * MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Yggdrasill sure didn't hire him with ethical concerns involved. * NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Japanese historical figure [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakamoto_Ry%C5%8Dma Sakamoto Ryoma.]] * OOCIsSeriousBusiness: [[spoiler:He is in shock when he witnesses Kouta's transformation into Kachidoki Arms as he does not recognize the Kachidoki Lockseed as one of his own, which is a stark deviation from his apathy or curious interest we are familiar with.]] * PeekABangs: He has some long bangs on the side, which sometimes hang over his face. * PsychoSidekick: Flashbacks show that Ryoma used to be Takatora's Micchy before turning against him. * SkunkStripe: Has a whitish streak in his hair. * SocialDarwinist: Him and Kaito have much more in common than just their Rider motifs. * [[spoiler: SoLongSuckers: Seen leaving Yggdrasil Tower in an escape rocket just as it gets overgrown by Helheim in #32.]] * SureLetsGoWithThat: In #17, Micchy makes up an excuse as to why he didn't [[ShootYourMate betray Kouta]], claiming that Ryoma didn't want Kouta to lose his belt yet. Whether or not he's right, his quick thinking impresses Ryoma enough that he's willing to back up Micchy's claim when Takatora comes calling. * [[spoiler:TheStarscream: He frequently schemes behind Takatora's back and ultimately leads a coup against him.]] * StrongButUnskilled: At least according to him, he doesn't fully get how to completely rein in the power of his armor yet. * ThisCannotBe * TranquilFury: After regaining his composure after seeing Kachidoki Arms in action he enters this state. * TransHuman: His other ultimate goal. * UnderestimatingBadassery: He thinks that the Beat Riders are just going to roll over and die after the public turns against them, boy is he wrong. * VillainousBreakdown: In #23 seeing Kachidoki arms and realizing that he [[BerserkButton doesn't know something]] he temporarily flips his shit. * VillainTakesAnInterest: He thinks that either Kaito or Kouta could become the next Big Thing. * WeCanRuleTogether: He offers both Kouta and Kaito a chance to become a part of his god scheme. Both turn him down, knowing that he's nuts. ** He gives another offer to Kaito in #20. [[spoiler:It works this time.]] * WeHaveReserves * WeaponOfChoice: ** TheStraightAndArrowPath: Sonic Arrow * WithMyHandsTied: Subverted. He simply utilizes only one arm when battling Kouta in #19. * WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide: [[spoiler: All but says that Yggdrasill is planning on killing six billion people.]] * YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: After getting Kaito to join his side, he gives Sid the okay to kill Kouta, having no more use for him.]] ** [[spoiler: Spoke to give Takatora a momentary respite, but does not follow through until #28.]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Sid/Kamen Rider Sigurd]] !!Sid/New Generation Rider Sigurd !!!Portrayed by: Kazuki Namioka (live), Tatsuya Kaneko (suit) http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sigurd_1416.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sidgaim_1548.jpg]] An agent of Yggdrasill who masqueraded as a self-employed "Lock Dealer" and sold Lock Seeds to the kids of Zawame City. His true purpose was to observe the effects of the experimental Sengoku Drivers on their users and ensure that things did not get out of hand. While a subordinate to Takatora, he is a slimy career-chaser who will gladly make back-alley deals if it secures him more power and influence in Yggdrasill. He later receives one of the next-generation Genesis Drivers, using the Cherry Energy Lock Seed to transform into New Generation Rider Sigurd. ---- * TheAggressiveDrugDealer: "Aggressive" isn't quite the right word for Sid, but he looks and acts like a drug dealer and has sacrificed profit in the name of escalating the Invase Game more than once. * AntiRoleModel: What he essentially is. He goes on and on about how being an adult is all about making tough decisions, but as Kouta points out, about 90% of what he says is just an excuse to be a dick. * ArchEnemy: The only person Kouta openly hates and shows no regret about hurting. * AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:While Roshuo's method of killing him was absolutely brutal, there's little doubt a monster like Sid had it coming.]] * {{Badass}}: Yes, he's a smug slime ball, but he can back it up. ** BadassBeard: His goatee of evil ** BadassLongcoat ** HiddenBadass * BigBadWannabe: While he is a dangerous, manipulative threat and the New Gen Rider most actively trying to kill the heroes with or without orders, he doesn't measure up to Ryoma and Takatora. [[spoiler:He makes an effort to break off and grab the Forbidden Fruit for himself, even teaming up with Micchy, but ultimately doesn't last three episodes before being killed off by Roshuo.]] * BigEater: Subtle, but he's always snacking on something. The only times he isn't is when he's meeting with Takatora. * BeardOfEvil * BeneathTheMask: While he's a bit of a jerk, he seemed fairly harmless and while the Beat Riders didn't like him very much, he still seemed willing to help him..but when he's enraged, he tends to fly into a psychotic rage and openly enjoys the heinous actions he commits. * BerserkButton: Kouta makes him angry in a way no one else can. * BreakThemByTalking: After becoming Sigurd, almost all of his dialogue with Kouta revolves around trying to verbally crush him on a moral and ideological level. * BunnyEarsLawyer: Evil version. All of the Beat Riders hate him, but he's just too good at getting good Lock Seeds to just ignore. * CaptainErsatz: [[Series/{{Firefly}} It's the Badger!]] * CharacterTics: Holding and messing around with his S Lock Seed. ** Before and after transforming, he tips his fedora, and in battle, he has the tendency to hold onto his head like his hat is there. * ChekhovsGun: Remember that S Lockseed he always carries around? [[spoiler: He can use it to control the Suika Arms armor.]] * ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: [[spoiler:Backstabs Takatora and Ryoma in the same episode.]] * TheChooserOfTheOne: Picked out which Beat Riders were to get Sengoku Drivers, generally looking for ones who would escalate the conflict. * CombatPragmatist: Best shown when he shot the Banana Lockseed out of Kaito's hands ''before'' he could transform. * TheCorrupter: He takes great joy in bringing out Mitsuzane's dark side. * [[spoiler:CruelAndUnusualDeath: Roshuo uses telekinesis to trap and crush him between two cliff faces. Perhaps one of the most violent deaths ever seen in the Kamen Rider Series.]] * DangerouslyGenreSavvy: The way he choose the Riders was ridiculously genre savvy. He made sure every person he gave powers to was either desperate, weak-willed, or just plain evil which would make them easily manipulable, disposable, or able to be converted to his side if they showed potential. Now if only Kouta hadn't gotten Yuya's Sengoku Driver. ** [[spoiler: After Takatora was dealt with, Sid decided that as a Rider, he was just as qualified to pluck the forbidden fruit as any other Rider was. And so, in order to get a head start over the Yggdrasil Riders (Ryoma in particular), he destroyed the tech that kept the crack on the Takatsukasa shrine tree open so that they could no longer have a free pass into Helheim and destroyed all of their [=LockVehicles=] so that nobody else could track him down or go into Helheim as they pleased (save for the Riders that had [=LockVehicles=] prior to Sid's systematic destruction).]] * DarkIsEvil * [[DeathByIrony Defeat By Irony]]: Non-Lethal example. While Sid captured Kouta with the Kurokage troopers, it's the DJ's "carelessly leaving behind" his keycard that allows Kouta to escape. Recall how early on, Sid himself "carelessly left behind" a Sengoku Driver for Mitsuzane. ** In that same episode, Kouta and Kaito take pleasure in [[spoiler:knocking Sid on his rear [[HoistByHisOwnPetard with the very same equipment he gave them.]]]] ** And again in #24. [[spoiler: Kouta blitzed him using Jimber Cherry Arms. Which come from the Cherry Energy Lockseed.]] ** [[spoiler: Becomes truly fatal in #31 [[LaserGuidedKarma when the second Rider to die in the series turns out to be the one who killed the first.]]]] * TheDragon: Among Yggdrasill's Riders, he takes the role of enforcer. * [[spoiler:DefiantToTheEnd: Despite Roshuo's Telekinesis [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking staggering him to the point where he can barely even move, atomizing his Lockseed and Driver, and blowing off his hat,]] he still refuses to back down.]] * EasilyForgiven: After Takatora finds out Sid gave his little brother a Sengoku Driver, his initial reaction is to grab him by the collar in a moment of barely suppressed rage. While Sid brings up a good point in his defense, Takatora's line of "I expect you to follow through this time" comes off as nothing but naļve. He also goes unpunished for trying to use lethal force against Gaim and Baron, despite Takatora's insistence on protecting them. * EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity: Distributes the Sengoku Drivers and bikes to the various Beat Rider teams, often even for free. The Riders didn't know that it was for the purpose of giving Yggdrasill new lab rats. * EnigmaticMinion: While he's working for Yggdrasill, he kept the fact that he gave Mitsuzane a Driver a secret from his brother for an unknown reason. More than that, he gave Takatora every opportunity to find out, but was amused that he hadn't taken the bait. * EvilCounterpart: To Bravo (well, Evil-er Counterpart). Unlike the other Armored/New Generation Rider comparisons, they don't share an armor theme, but they both enjoy antagonizing others and especially picking on children. [[spoiler:However, Sid ultimately turns out to be completely irredeemable, while Oren starts working with the heroes once he's appraised of the whole situation.]] * EvilLaugh * EvilWearsBlack: Bonus points for being the most evil person on the show. * {{Expy}}: Has [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Gilgamesh]]'s hero motif as Sigurd. * [[spoiler:FamousLastWords: I...I...I will become more than human!]] * ForTheEvulz: Seems to be the reason he likes screwing with people's heads and seemed to actually get a kick out of killing Hase and then smugly rubbing it in Kouta's face. * [[spoiler: FreudianExcuse: Implied. Part of his motive for getting the Fruit for Knowledge was so that no one would look down on him again. There was also his attitude towards Kouta and Kaito about how adults are the responsible ones.]] * FriendInTheBlackMarket: To anyone willing to pay for his services in the first arc. He closes up shop afterwards, partly because Kouta called him out on just using the Beat Riders as lab rats and partly because Yggdrasill was ending that project anyway. * [[spoiler:GoryDiscretionShot: When Roshuo crushes him the camera tilts upward swiftly to spare the viewer from seeing his gruesome demise.]] * HateSink: Sid is such a [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal slimy, smug, soulless, scumbag]] that AllLovingHero Kouta openly hates him, telling the audience to direct their hate onto Sid. * HeroKiller: Kills off Hase during his first bout as Sigurd. * HomingProjectile: His arrows can do this. * HopeCrusher: Sid has made it his personal goal to crush Kouta's ideals. * HopeIsScary: He tells Kouta he opposes him because he's giving people false hope that will only be crushed. Given it's Sid, however, it's not clear how much he believes it and how much is just an excuse to mess with Kouta's head. * {{Irony}}: ** Every attempt Sid has made to crush Kouta's resolve has somehow strengthened it. ** Sid originally let Kouta live because it was fun to make him squirm while Takatora wanted to take more decisive action. Nowadays Sid is the biggest advocate for killing Kouta while Takatora lets him go out of sympathy. ** [[spoiler:The rider responsible for the first Rider death ends up being the next Rider to die.]] ** Originally, Sid distributes the Sengoku Drivers to Beat Rider teams because of how easily manipulable and accepting they are of power given to them for free, and he believes that 'adults' like Sid would question this. [[spoiler: This comes to bite him in the ass in #31, as he was easily tempted by the forbidden fruit offered by Redyue, getting him killed. Micchy knows that it is a trap and decides not to follow him.]] ** Sid comments that Micchy [[spoiler:watching his brother supposedly die without trying to stop his killers]] was rather cold of him. It's that same coldness that has Micchy [[spoiler:not inform Sid of the trap and just have him march to his death]]. To add further irony, his brother gets to [[spoiler:watch ''Sid'' die without trying to stop his killer]]. * ItsPersonal: For some reason, he hates Kouta on a personal level, dropping his SlimeBall persona when fighting him in favor for a more bitter, jaded outlook on life while trying to break him. * JackOfAllStats: The most balanced of the New Generation Riders. * {{Jerkass}}: To the point where AllLovingHero Kouta hates him. * KidsVersusAdults: He often tends to talk about how adults are the master authority towards kids and how they should respect their elders. Both Kouta and Kaito respond by telling him where he can shove his agism. * [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]] * KnightOfCerebus: Responsible for the show's first Rider death, which the lead writer calls [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore the turning point of the story]] and says the one line that confirms that this is a {{deconstruction}} of Kamen Rider. * [[spoiler:LaserGuidedKarma: The murderer of the first Rider fatality is the second Rider fatality]] * MeaningfulName: Twofold: The first being his name being a sound-a-like to ''seed'', as in Lock''seed''. Then there's his Rider name. Sigurd relates to a heroic monster hunter. Hence his speeches regarding hunting down monsters being heroic. * ManipulativeBastard: He just ''loves'' to find out your hopes and dreams, then twists and corrupts them for his own amusement. * NiceHat: A black bowler. It's ultimately used for a [[spoiler:DeadHatShot.]] * NiceJobFixingItVillain: ** As noted above in {{Irony}}, every attempt Sid has made to crush Kouta's HeroicResolve just makes him bounce back stronger than before. ** {{Inverted}} in #21. [[spoiler:Him telling Kouta about the Scalar Weapon actually had Kouta team up with Yggdrasil to prevent Inves from coming out of a public crack.]] But played straight again in #23 as [[spoiler:Kouta learns to go for the Scalar system while StormingTheCastle and trashes it completely.]] * NotSoHarmlessVillain: While Sid was never harmless, all he seemed like was your typical corporate slime ball who would fold after the Riders got tired of his BS...But then he's revealed to be New Generation Rider Sigurd, who proves this assumption to be very wrong when he kills Ryoji. * ObviouslyEvil * OnlyInItForTheMoney: Claims that money is his only motivation. This is a very obvious lie. * PintsizedPowerhouse: He's rather short, but very tough. * PunnyName: Sid <-> Seed. Also '''Si'''gur'''d'''. * PsychoForHire: Unlike the other Yggdrasil employees, who either view their actions as a NecessaryEvil or a means to an end, he ''enjoys'' his heinous actions, including killing Hase and trying to kill Kouta. While he talks a heroic talk, it seems to be only an excuse to perform heinous acts because he ''wants'' to. * RedEyesTakeWarning: As Sigurd. * RedIsHeroic: Well, he ''insists'' he's heroic, but [[InvertedTrope he's far from it]]. * ShootTheDog: He describes his execution of Hase as this, though primarily as a way to mock Kouta - he doesn't seem to be the type who's concerned about "morality". * SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: He constantly taunts Kouta that his ideals are immature and childish. * SlimeBall: The man ''oozes'' corporate slime. * SmugSmiler * TheSociopath: Is charismatic enough to have easily convinced the Beat Riders to take his wares, takes a sadistic pleasure in screwing with people's heads, and has [[LackOfEmpathy zero empathy for anyone else]]. He also escalates the Invase Game seemingly on a whim without orders from his superiors more than once. He also shows a violent, homicidal streak when he's actually enraged, to the point of [[spoiler:outright trying to kill Baron and Gaim]] in anger when they get the slip on him. He also seemed to ''enjoy'' killing Hase as opposed to his comrades, who either viewed it as a NecessaryEvil or were indifferent. * SoftSpokenSadist: While he has a charisma and speaks calmly most of the time, the guy is notably the only Yggdrasil member to outright ''enjoy'' his heinous actions instead of seeing them as a NecessaryEvil or a means to an end. * SpellMyNameWithAnS: The TV-Nihon fansub initially Romanized his name as "Cid" before switching to the more accepted "Sid." * [[spoiler:TheStarscream: He not only helps Ryoma undermine Takatora, once that's out of the way he backstabs ''Ryoma'' too.]] * ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: His solution to deal with Kachidoki Arms is ''three'' Watermelon Arms. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]] * UnskilledButStrong: Sid's fight with Kouta in Episode #21 shows that he's not that skilled of a fighter when he doesn't have the sheer power of being a New Generation Rider to rely on. When Kouta evens the odds between them by changing into his Jimber Lemon Arms, he is quickly outmatched and defeated. * VillainHasAPoint: In the end, he's right about killing Ryoji being the only option, and that if he was allowed to run free he could have hurt a lot more innocent people. Kouta admits he may have a point, but argues that using justice as a rationalization for killing is wrong. * VillainousBreakdown: A very minor one after Kouta and Kaito give him the slip in episode 15. ** A much bigger one after [[spoiler:Kouta beats him and steals his Lockseed in episode 21. Given how Sid was completely confident that he'd kill Kouta, the shock on his face after Kouta managed to decisively beat him is priceless.]] * WeaponOfChoice: ** TheStraightAndArrowPath: Sonic Arrow * WouldHurtAChild: Despite viewing the Beat Riders as kids, and them being ''much'' younger than him, he has no problem beating the tar out of them and trying to outright ''kill'' them. * YouGotSpunk: A rather dark take on this trope. The reason why he gave Mitsuzane his Sengoku Driver was because he was impressed by his dark side. He also gave out the last three Drivers to teams willing to break away from Baron's alliance. * YoureInsane: Kouta calls him this [[spoiler: after he reveals Yggdrasill's backup plan to nuke the city if the situation goes completely FUBAR.]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Yoko Minato/Kamen Rider Marika]] !!Yoko Minato/New Generation Rider Marika[[note]]derived from "malika"; Arabic for "queen"[[/note]] !!!Portrayed by: Minami Tsukui (live & suit), Satoshi Fujita (suit understudy) http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/marika_2801.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/yokominato_2830.jpg]] An employee of Yggdrasill Corporation working under Ryoma Sengoku. She acts as his personal bodyguard and assistant in the company using her incredible martial arts. Using the Peach Energy Lock Seed and the Genesis Driver, she can transform into New Generation Rider Marika. ---- * AllAmazonsWantHercules: While flirting with Kaito, she admits that she has a thing for powerful people. * ArmorPiercingQuestion: Gives one to Kouta in #33. [[spoiler: Also doubles as a WhamLine.]] -->'''Yoko:''' What are you going to do with your power? -->'''Kouta:''' To protect everyone. -->'''Yoko:''' And once they're safe? * {{Badass}}: Her "debut" has her beat Kouta and Kaito like they're filled with candy. And doing so in a way that makes it seem like she was only phoning it in. ** BadassInANiceSuit: An Urobuchi staple. * BattleButler[=/=]NinjaMaid * BigDamnHeroes[=/=]VillainousRescue: Shows up just in time to save Baron from [[spoiler: Deemushu]] in #24. * BodyGuardBabes: To Ryoma, though he doesn't really need one. * BoyishShortHair * DarkActionGirl -> [[spoiler:ActionGirl]] * TheDragon: To Ryoma, whose side she never seems to leave as of late. ** DragonWithAnAgenda: When noted by Ryoma that she willingly holds herself back while fighting, he theorizes that she has a plan of her own. Not that he cares, it would only make things more interesting for him. And to further this theory of his, she does nothing to deny it and just gives a smug smile as a response. * EnigmaticMinion: To Ryoma, she starts off as his SatelliteCharacter but her interactions with Kaito show that she has other plans. * EvilCounterpart: To Ryugen. Both are are modeled on Eastern warriors, Ryugen being Chinese and Marika being Arabian. In terms of personality, they're both morally questionable and have UndyingLoyalty to another Rider. ** [[spoiler:{{Foil}}[=/=]GoodCounterpart: Though with Ryugen's downward slide, it's getting harder to call Marika the evil one of the two.]] * {{Expy}}: Plays the role of [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Kyoko Sakura]] to Ryoji's Mami Tomoe. Bonus points for her peach theme, since Kyoko's sister is named "Momo". * FragileSpeedster: The most nimble New Generation Rider. * GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Non-literal, but "Marika" is a derivative of Queen. And she can [[IncrediblyLamePun "royally" hand you your ass.]] * HeelFaceTurn: After Ryoma abandons Yggdrasill, she joins Kaito at his side. It remains to be seen if this applies to her morally, though. * HiddenDepths: Ryoma hints that she has the same level of hidden potential as Kouta. On top of that, she has yet to show her full power in combat. Even holding back, Kouta thinks she may be stronger than Sid. * KickChick * MagicSkirt * MasterOfDisguise * MsFanservice: Due to her kicking ass and climbing stairs in a DangerouslyShortSkirt. * NoSenseOfPersonalSpace * PerpetualSmiler: Unfortunately, it's a SlasherSmile. * PetTheDog: In #24 she saves Kaito even though she didn't have anything to gain from it. ** Then when Ryoma is about to give Kaito the axe she convinces him to give Kaito a second chance and give him a Genesis Driver along with it. * PinkMeansFeminine * TheSmurfettePrinciple: The only female Rider of eleven so far. * StrangerBehindTheMask: Kind of. Duke and Sigurd's human identities were seen before their appearance, but Yoko was a new character. * ShesGotLegs * UndyingLoyalty: She appears to be completely devoted to Professor Ryoma, at least on the surface. ** After Ryoma bails in #32, this loyalty shifts to Kaito, whom she admittedly likes a lot more. * TheVamp: Her advances on Kaito could be entirely manipulation. * VillainRespect: In #28 she admits that she respects Takatora's abilities as a warrior and calls out Sid for underestimating him. * VillainTakesAnInterest: She finds Kaito's endless search for more power exciting. Ryoma finds this investment to be especially strange considering her general disinterest in others. * WeaponOfChoice: ** TheStraightAndArrowPath: Sonic Arrow [[/folder]] [[folder:DJ Sagara]] !!DJ Sagara !!!Portrayed by: Tomomitsu Yamaguchi [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/djsagara_1393.jpg]] The host of "Beat Riders Hotline", an internet radio station with its finger on the pulse of Zawame City's urban scene. He reports on the activities of the Beat Riders street gangs and runs popularity polls to determine who the top dog is. He is actually an agent of Yggdrasill Corporation who uses his web channel to distribute propaganda and galvanize the conflict between the Beat Riders. ---- * AffablyEvil: Even if he is evil, the DJ is a very CoolOldGuy and an excellent judge of character, and all around good company. * AlmightyJanitor: He's a mild-mannered DJ [[spoiler: who seems to have more power than anything barring an Overlord Inves or the Priestess.]] * AnimalMotifs: [[spoiler:A snake.]] * TheAntiNihilist * [[spoiler: AmbiguouslyHuman: Knows the Priestess, can invade dreams, and apparently created the [[MidSeasonUpgrade Kachidoki Lockseed]] from an actual orange just by holding it. [[HolyShitQuotient The Hell is up with this guy?]]]] ** [[spoiler: And then #24 adds ''another'' detail: He was able to communicate with the Overlord Inves while using some sort of astral projection.]] ** [[spoiler: In that same scene, Redyue pretty much confirms he's not human when she asks if he's "assuming their form now?"]] * AntiVillain: Unlike his co-workers, he is shown to respect the Beat Riders and even warned Takatora not to underestimate them. A later episode also shows him helping Kouta by springing him from an Yggdrasill holding cell and giving him a Lemon Energy Lock Seed with an adapter piece to use it with the Sengoku Driver. Whether he did that to be genuinely helpful or to help his own agenda is up in the air, however. * ArmorPiercingQuestion: Gives one to [[spoiler: Roshuo.]] --> '''DJ Sagara''': You'll let seven billion people die just to save the one woman you love? * AuthorAppeal: Anyone who has seen Urobuchi's [[LightNovel/FateZero previous]] [[Anime/PsychoPass works]] should know he just loves nietzschean philosophy and Sagara loves to go on filibusters filled to the brim nietzschean undertones. * BeneathSuspicion: [[SarcasmMode Yeah, like the DJ would be able to screw everybody over.]] [[spoiler: Even after he's found out, the New Generation Riders have trouble wrapping their heads around how thoroughly they've been played.]] * [[spoiler:BigGood: Well maybe. He's certainly this when he starts helping Kouta. Time will tell if he's a subversion or not.]] ** [[spoiler:#24 seems to subvert it, he can communicate with the Overlords]] *** [[spoiler:#31 takes it back in the other direction, with him calling Roshuo out on breaking the rules of the "game" (Helheim's invasion) and convincing him to give humanity a fair chance.]] * CoolOldGuy: A rare (maybe) evil example. For a propaganda officer, DJ Sagara is one cool dude. * [[spoiler:CrazyPrepared: When Redyue asks him why he's disguised as a human, he states "Unpreparedness is one's greatest enemy."]] * DragonWithAnAgenda: Just ''why'' is he helping out the Beat Riders when the rest of Yggdrasill's left them for dead? * EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity: To Kouta. [[spoiler: He gives Kouta a Lemon Energy Lockseed, the upgrade to use the Energy Lockseeds, the Kachidoki Lockseed, and finally the Kiwami Lockseed. Sagara's motivations are less than clear.]] * EnigmaticMinion: He's proving to be even more enigmatic than Sid. [[spoiler: He might be Roshuo's minion, but even that's still up in the air.]] * EvilCostumeSwitch: In a sense. [[spoiler: When conversing with the Overlord Inves, he wears white priest robes instead of his normal attire and when talking to Ryoma, he wears a completely snakeskin outfit.]] * EvilGenius: Yggdrasill's third one. He's in charge of information control and propaganda. * ExactWords: [[spoiler: In #32 Kouta accuses Sagara of lying about the Overlords. Sagara says he didn't lie - he told Kouta that Overlords ''could'' stop Helheim, but he never said that they ''would'' do it. Moreover, he never said that Kouta should try to talk to the Overlords, [[TakeAThirdOption as there is another solution...]]]] * {{Expy}}: [[spoiler: Make a [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica contract]] with the DJ and become an Overlord!]] * FairPlayVillain: [[spoiler: The reason why he's giving Kouta power ups is because he wants the fight for the Forbidden Fruit to be as fair as possible and he thinks that Yggdrasill started the game at an unfair advantage. Maybe, since Sagara has shown himself to be an ''excellent'' liar.]] ** [[spoiler:And again in #31, when he argues to Roshuo that humanity at least deserves a fair chance to obtain the Forbidden Fruit; this convinces Roshuo to create the Kiwami Lockseed from a portion of the Fruit.]] * {{Foil}}[=/=]GoodCounterpart: To Sid of all people. [[spoiler:Both are {{Enigmatic Minion}}s, both are master manipulators, both give away artifacts that empower the Riders. But then they diverge: Sid wears black at all times, while Sagara dresses in bright colors, Sid is revealed to be the AntiRoleModel underneath his enigmatic exterior, while Sagara has actual depth, Sid handed Rider powers over to people who show negative character traits, while Sagara gave a power up to Kouta after he saw positive character traits.]] ** He's also one [[spoiler: to the Priestess. Both are extremely enigmatic figures who have the same mysterious powers concerning Helheim, both love vague philosophical filibusters, and both seem to be the only people who seem to know what the heck is going on. But then they diverge, the Priestess is a pessimistic, cynical fatalist who believe everyone is doomed to whatever fate she has saw and tells them to run. In contrast DJ Sagara is a cheery idealist who tells destiny to screw itself while convincing people to stand up and fight for what they believe in.]] * GenreSavvy: He's the only member of the inner circle to realize that the Armored Riders weren't going to roll over and die after Yggdrasill didn't need them anymore. * GogglesDoNothing * TheGoodChancellor: [[spoiler: Seems to be this to Roshuo acting as his advisor and counseling him to give humanity a second chance.]] * HiddenDepths: #7 shows that he's acquainted with Sid and Takatora, implying a connection to Yggdrasill Corporation and hinting a darker side to his character. One wonders if the sole purpose of his pirate radio station is not to provide excitement so much as to allow Yggdrasill to keep a close eye on their 'lab rats'. ** He's genuinely impressed by the Riders, so when Kouta tells him that he only wants power to help others, he is moved to help. ** He also has good insight into human nature. ** He's either a damn good hacker or has some other tricks up his sleeve, since he supposedly doesn't have the required clearance to access the area where Ryoma keeps the Genesis prototypes, but was able to steal them anyway. ** If all the above wasn't enough, #23 [[spoiler: makes us question whether or not he's entirely human due to his ability to transform a ''normal'' orange into the Kachidoki Lockseed. Heck, the same episode reveals he's acquainted with the Priestess in some form.]] ** [[spoiler:He personally knows the Overlords and is on speaking terms with Roshuo. He's even able to persuade Roshuo to give humanity a second chance.]] * TheIdealist: In a direct contrast to the [[spoiler: Priestess.]] * IRejectYourReality: [[spoiler: He tells Kouta that power can only be used to destroy...so Kouta should use his power to destroy the rule of reality where hope requires sacrifice.]] * LargeHamRadio * ManipulativeBastard: He manipulates people through his show to make them think that the Armored Riders are some kind of cool new fad instead of Yggdrasill's pawns. ** [[spoiler: More darkly, it's clear that he's manipulating Kouta for his own ends. He even admits as much in Episode 32.]] * MrExposition: His job is to explain the new status quo each episode... well, the status quo Yggdrasill wants people to know. * MysteriousBacker: [[spoiler:He decides to become Kouta's benefactor after being impressed by his inner ubermensch.]] ** [[spoiler:He is the one that gives Kouta the Kachidoki Lockseed. What's more, Ryoma doesn't recognize it as one of his projects.]] ** [[spoiler:He also gives Kouta the Kiwami Lockseed.]] * NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagara_S%C5%8Dz%C5%8D Sagara Sozo]], whom some viewers may remember as [[RurouniKenshin the origin of Sagara Sanosuke's name]]. [[spoiler:He led the Sekiho army in an ill-fated rebellion, which is particularly appropriate considering what DJ Sagara's been doing.]] * NiceCharacterMeanActor: InUniverse. On stage he's a friendly LargeHam, off stage he's a rude and condescending {{Jerkass}} towards Takatora. ** Then again, he was perfectly nice to Kouta in person and seems to be sympathetic to the Beat Riders' cause. ** Possibly explained in #23: [[spoiler:he thinks little of Takatora (and Yggdrasil) since Sagara sees the belief that "sacrificing innocents is a NecessaryEvil" as moral weakness. In contrast, he respects Kouta since he is determined to save everyone and refuses to compromise that belief.]] * TheNicknamer: He's the one who gives Kouta, Micchi, and Oren their Armored Rider names. * NotSoSmallRole: Thrice over. [[spoiler: At first he seems like a MrExposition BitCharacter, and is then revealed to be Yggdrasill's proganda officer, and when it looks like his role in the plot is done, he reveals himself to be quite the philosopher and becomes Kouta's MysteriousBacker. This is then turned up far beyond eleven when its revealed that he opposes the Priestess of Fate and has the same powers as her.]] ** As if that weren't enough, [[spoiler:he knows the Overlords and is on speaking terms with Roshuo, to the point that he's able to persuade him to give Kouta the Kiwami Lockseed.]] * PetTheDog: In #15, when he learns that Kouta is being detained by Yggdrasill, he not only finds Kouta's cell but gives him a Lemon Energy Lock Seed, an adapter piece to use with his Sengoku Driver, and left behind his key card on the off chance Kouta could escape. ** Another in #18: where he aids the Beat Riders, going against Takatora's wishes. *** Just to make himself even more [[MysteriousBacker mysterious]], he does it AGAIN in #19, gifting a Tuliphopper to the guys. ** And AGAIN in #23 [[spoiler: He pulled Kouta out of his Yuuya murder funk by pointing out that since power is only good for destroying things, why not use it to destroy the rule that "hope require sacrifice"?]] ** [[spoiler:He convinces Roshuo to give humanity a piece of the Forbidden Fruit so that they can prove themselves, leading to Kouta gaining the Kiwami Lockseed.]] * ThePhilosopher: He often expounds on such things, particularly in episode #23. * PleaseSpareHimMyLiege: [[spoiler: After Roshuo finished talking to Takatora in #31 he was going to write humanity off as a lost cause, cue Sagara showing up to convince him to give them a second chance.]] * PropagandaMachine: His original job. He's...[[{{Understatement}} branched out]] since then. * TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: He's very good at picking apart peoples' motivations and ideals. ** [[spoiler: He give an oddly polite and well meaning one to Kouta. He points out that without Yggdrasill's secret backing, the Beat Rider teams would have never gotten anywhere in life. Kouta can't disagree.]] ** [[spoiler: In #23, he gives one to Yggdrasill in general, calling them cowards that pretend to be strong but are too afraid to stand up for their beliefs. He criticizes their reluctant acceptance of the idea that innocent people must be sacrificed for the greater good; specifically, that they believe that it's morally wrong but choose to do it anyway.]] * ScrewDestiny * SharpDressedMan: Changes out of his goofy DJ clothes into a stylish grey suit in #25 when conversing with Ryoma. * StealthHiBye: Demonstrates this occasionally. [[spoiler: In #23, he even borrowed a cue from the Priestess by supposedly invading Kouta's dream.]] * SympathyForTheHero: When Kouta says he only wants power so he can protect the innocent, Sagara is pleased enough to leave behind a keycard, a Lemon Energy Lockseed, and the adapter piece to let him use it. * TakeAThirdOption: He tries to get Kouta to do this. [[spoiler: When Kouta believes that the only way to save the world is through sacrifice, he tells Kouta about the Overlords and how they have the power to stop Helheim. Later on, when Kouta finds that the Overlords are not interested in saving humanity, Sagara tells Kouta to become an Overlord himself.]] * TokenGoodTeammate: While Takatora is an AntiVillain, Sagara seems to be one of the only genuinely good characters besides him to work for Yggdrasill. * TheUnchosenOne[=/=]TheChooserOfTheOne: [[spoiler: He seems to be both at once. According to the Priestess, he shouldn't be doing whatever it is he's doing. DJ Sagara basically tells her that he doesn't care and that he makes his own decisions.]] * UnreliableExpositor: Sagara has appeared to three different factions and talked to them and supported their ideology to a certain degree all while giving contradictory information. It's unknown which side he even supports at this time, if he's even on a side. * [[spoiler:VoluntaryShapeshifting: Heavily implied: in #24, Redyue asks him if he's "assuming their form." Before that, his hologram(?) entered as a snake before changing to his appearance. Deemushu even calls him a "damn snake".]] * WeAreAsMayflies: A rather positive take on this trope. He points out that human lives are short, fragile, and insignificant, but it also inspires each individual human to be the best and most powerful person they can be. * WeAllDieSomeday: In #15, the speech he gives to Kouta is about this. * TheWatcher: Outright claims to be one in #25, though unlike most Watchers he clearly shows some biases and he's okay with interfering a little. (Okay, ''most'' Watchers interfere a little, but Sagara doesn't make any pretense that he's "supposed" to stay out of it.) * WildCard: [[spoiler: In #23 he tells Kouta to find the Overlords, but then in #24 he's revealed to be in contact with them. In #25 he claims to Ryouma that he is an observer, and only helped out Kouta because Yggdrasil had an unfair advantage. He then says he'll give some help to Ryouma's group...but all he really does is confirm what Ryouma already deduced. (Although Ryouma seemed happy with that.)]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Kurokage Troopers]] !!Kurokage Troopers !!!Portrayed by: Yuki Anai (voice), various suit actors http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kurokage_9612.png The private security force of Yggdrasill Corporation, who use a mass-produced version of the Sengoku Driver to transform into copies of Armored Rider Kurokage. ---- * CoolBike: The Dandeliners. Unlike the Beat Riders' cycles, these are ''hover'' bikes. * DegradedBoss: When Ryoji was the only Kurokage, he was originally presented as roughly equal to the other Armored Riders (despite having lower stats). [[ConservationOfNinjutsu Now it's a Mook powerset.]] * {{Mooks}} ** RedShirtArmy: Sort of; throughout the series, they're aren't shown to be that good at their job. * {{Ninja}}: A cross between this and Japanese footsoldiers; moreso than Ryoji was. The Troopers are very good at magically appearing and disappearing like the warrior that they were based on. * VillainTeleportation * WeaponOfChoice: ** BladeOnAStick: The Kagematsu in Pinecone Arms. ** KillItWithFire: They are each sometimes equipped with flamethrowers, specifically to burn down all plants grown by Inves. [[/folder]] !Helheim Forest [[folder:Helheim Forest]] * AlienKudzu: Played for horror - more than usual, anyway. Most uses of this trope have it as a symptom of an alien threat; Helheim ''is'' the threat. It's an unfeeling force of nature, and NatureIsNotNice. * [[spoiler:AssimilationPlot: Adds entire worlds to itself, converting all animal life in them into its Inves hordes.]] * BigBad: In a BigBadEnsemble with Yggdrasill. While whether or not its a GeniusLoci hasn't been revealed, it's actively invading the Earth [[spoiler:and Earth isn't its first victim.]] * EldritchLocation: An unearthly forest filled with monsters and covered in alien plants [[spoiler:that turn anything that eats them into more monsters.]] ** [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination: After TheReveal, it comes across as more like this. It spreads from planet to planet, dimension to dimension, overgrowing entire worlds and converting all animal life inside them into Inves.]] * {{Expy}}: [[spoiler: EldritchAbomination that spreads from planet to planet, dimension to dimension, overgrowing entire worlds and converting all animal life inside them into monsters, [[VisualNovel/SayaNoUta seems familiar?]]]] * HumanityOnTrial: [[spoiler: According to Sagara, Helheim's invasion is a way to judge humanities worth in some way.]] * [[spoiler:PlanetaryParasite: Overgrows entire worlds.]] * TheProphecy: It is said repeatedly that Helheim will someday "choose" a particular individual. What this means is unknown at the moment, except that TheChosenOne could be any of the Riders. ** [[spoiler: DJ Sagara says that Helheim has a "forbidden fruit", and whoever gets it will gain great power. He says that Helheim grants evolution "to the ones worthy of ruling the world to come".]] * WalkingSpoiler: Its true nature is this. [[/folder]] [[folder:Inves]] !!Inves The MonstersOfTheWeek summoned to fight in the Inves Game that dwell in the Helheim Forest. While the Inves Game is in action, they'll obey the one holding their Lock Seed and fight until ordered to retreat. However, should their wielder drop their Lock Seed, the Inves will go on a rampage and attack anything in sight. Some also emerge from dimensional tears that are opening to their dimension. * AirborneMook: Eating unripe Lock Seeds cause the Mook Inves to sprout wings in #3. * AnimalMotifs: ** BigCreepyCrawlies: The {{Mook}} class Inves seem to be insect-based, as well as the Kamikiri Inves that first appeared in #10. ** PantheraAwesome: The Byakko and [[GratuitousEnglish Lion]] Inves. ** TheMarvelousDeer: Shika Inves. ** BatOutOfHell: The Komori Inves, the Inves Ryugen went up against in his debut. There was also a mutated version of the Bat Inves genus in #9. ** FullBoarAction: The Inoshishi Inves, which was first fought as an Evolved Inves. ** InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: The Seiryu Inves. ** OurMonstersAreWeird: The Hekija/Bixie Inves. ** SeldomSeenSpecies: The Yagi Inves in #30. * BlackBlood: They seem to possess this. Strangely, the only times you see it are in a fight scene with Marika in #22, and when [[spoiler:Baron pierces Deemushu with an arrow in #26]]. * BladeBelowTheShoulder: The Byakko Inves had them. The Komori Inves just has one. * BreathWeapon: The Seiryu Inves breaths blue fire. * BrokenStreak: Up until the debut of the Lion Inves, all of the Inves have had their species names be written by their Japanese names. * DarkIsEvil: The Komori Inves. * DegradedBoss: Inves that act as MonstersOfTheWeek often reappear as {{Mook}}s in later episodes. * EvolutionaryLevels: Keeping with the Mons theme, the Inves evolve as they eat more Lock Seeds, starting out as [[{{Mook}}s Elementary Inves]], then evolving into [[MonsterOfTheWeek Berserker-State Inves]], and finally into an [[OneWingedAngel Evolved Inves.]] If an Elementary Inves eats a whole lot of Lock Seeds it skips directly to an Evolved Inves. [[spoiler: And now there are Overlord Inves, which makes every other character look wimpy in comparison.]] * {{Expy}}: While monsters being former humans is a ''Kamen Rider'' staple, the [[Creator/GenUrobuchi writer]] and the nature of TheReveal indicate they're stand-ins for [[TheHeartless the Witches]] of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. * {{Flight}}: The Komori Inves. * FrickinLaserBeams: The Komori Inves can fire a BIG black laser beam when cornered. * TheFourGods: The Byakko Inves from #1; The Seiryu Inves from #8. It's worth noting that these Inves are different from the other Inves, as they have armor that makes them look more like jade statues. * HomeFieldAdvantage: Kouta notes that the Inves are stronger in the Helheim Forest and it shows with Gaim, Ryugen, and Baron having trouble defeating simple mook Inves. * TheHorde: What the Inves can become when they get enough momentum going * ImplacableMan: The Seiryu Inves. * LawOfChromaticSuperiority: The red Lion Inves is the strongest Inves encountered yet, needing Jimber Lemon Arms to be taken down. * LightningBruiser: The Evolved Shika Inves, the Seiryu Inves and the Lion Inves. * MakeMeWannaShout: The Komori Inves. * MeaningfulName: #20 implies that Invess is short for the English phrase [[spoiler:''invas''ive species]]. * {{Mons}}: A {{Deconstruct|edTrope}}ion of the trope, as while they're loyal so long as you hold the Lock Seed that summoned them, drop it and they'll go berserk. Uncontrolled Invase can also appear on their own, ''and'' they're disease carriers. * MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Those bulbous bodies on the {{Mook}} Inves? [[http://static3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131007030632/kamenrider/images/7/7b/Combined_Invase_Warrior.png Those are all jaws.]] * {{Nerf}}: It is established in #9 that Inves summoned by Lock Seeds are much weaker than Inves that come into our world directly. Best shown with the mutated Komori Inves that could fight both Gaim and Ryugen at once and it explains why the Byakko and Seiryu Inves were so much trouble. * NiceJobFixingItVillain: The Lion Inves tearing off the Sengoku Driver's faceplate is what finally reveals the space for the Genesis Core. * NoSell: The Seiryu Inves... until our heroes switch to blunt force weapons. * NotSoHarmlessVillain: In its first appearances, the Komori Inves got stomped by Ryugen and Gaim on two separate occasions - the mutated one in #9 can fight both of them at once. * OneWingedAngel: If one of the Mooks eats a mature Lock Seed, it becomes a full fledged MonsterOfTheWeek called a Berserker Inves. If one of ''those'' eats one, they turn into a giant monster called an Evolved Inves. ** If one of the Mooks eats a whole lot of Lock Seeds at once, they will evolve straight into their Evolved State! ** As #13 revealed, some Inves are this for humans like Ryoji. To clarify, humans can become Inves and gain more power, but seem to lose all sense of humanity, based off of how Inves-Ryoji was acting during #14. * PlayingWithFire: The Shika Inves can do this, as well as the Seiryu Inves, followed by the Komori Inves. * PowerGivesYouWings: The Lion Inves gains them after its Lock Seed malfunctions. * PrimalStance: The Evolved Shika Inves resembled a primate more than a deer. * PowerLevels: Lock Seed classes play a vital role in how far the Inves evolves. Combining Lock Seeds also has that effect. * RedRightHand: So far, the three Inves that are confirmed to have been human once, all had their right hands formed differently than their left. The Byakko and Bixie had large claws, and one Komori had a blade-like talon. * TechnicolorFire: The Seiryu Inves breathes blue fire as a sign of its power. * VillainPedigree: The non-{{Mook}} Inves slowly become Mooks themselves. This culminates in #32 and #33, [[spoiler: where the Overlords act as the MonstersOfTheWeek in their place.]] * TheVirus: Indirectly. Those injured by them seem to sprout or turn into Lock Seed plants, which in turn produce immature Lock Seeds capable of transforming people into more Inves. * WasOnceAMan: Some of them anyway, with two cases confirmed (Yuya and Hase), one suspected (a worker in #9), and who-knows-how-many-more possible. * WhipItGood: How the Long-Horned Beetle Inves uses its antenna in battle. [[/folder]] [[folder:Spoilers]] !! Overlord Inves An elite category of Inves that managed to retain their intelligence and receive great power from their transformation. They are capable of controlling lesser Inves, as well as the Helheim Forest itself. * AliensSpeakingEnglish: Subverted, they speak an alien language (though a cipher of Japanese). They have to ''learn'' Japanese, and even then they aren't {{Instant Expert}}s except for Roshuo. * BrilliantButLazy: They have godlike power, but don't really do much with it. Beyond just power, Redyue is able to grasp the basics of Japanese in just a few hours and Deemushu follows shortly. Roshuo masters Japanese ''fluently'' in the same amount of time. * ColorfulThemeNaming: When translated from their CypherLanguage. * CypherLanguage: After their first major episode, [[http://www.tokunation.com/showpost.php?p=341872&postcount=42 fans were able to translate their language back into Japanese.]] * EvilCounterpart: To three of the four main Riders. Their colors and regional armor designs are an almost exact match. * {{Foil}}: Redyue notes that all Overlords are this to the Armored Riders. The Overlords survived Helheim by using its powers to permanently mutate into Inves, while the Armored Riders safely channel Helheim's power while retaining their humanity to conquer Helheim. Basically, the Overlords gave into Helheim while humanity conquered the forest. * GoMadFromTheIsolation: According to Redyue, living in the forest for so long has made them really, really bored. To the point where they attack Kouta and Kaito just to get some entertainment. * GreenThumb: They control the plants of Helheim the same way they control other Inves. * ItCanThink: And ''speak''. * MonsterKnight: They wear armor and carry weapons, setting them apart from their brethren. * MonsterLord: As their name implies, they are basically the rulers of Helheim. * OrcusOnHisThrone: It would probably take a lot less than ten years for Helheim to overtake Earth if the Overlords were leading its invasion, yet they seem content to just sit around doing nothing, letting the forest do all the work. On the flip side, they also don't care to restrain Helheim either. This is all justified, as Roshuo doesn't ''want'' to take over Earth, but doesn't particularly care for humanity either. * {{Telepathy}}: They are able to communicate with each other through telepathy. Roshuo in particular is also able to MindRape the others through this. * TimeAbyss: How long they've been around is unknown, but, seeing as they survived the fall of their civilization, however long their civilization took to destroy itself, and for a long enough span of time that it's nigh impossible to tell Helheim ''was'' a civilized world at one time, they're most likely this trope. * WalkingSpoiler * WasOnceAMan: Like all Inves, but Overlords somehow gained great power from Helheim instead of becoming mindless beasts. !!Deemushu !!!Portrayed by: Creator/TomokazuSugita (voice), unknown suit actor The first Overlord-class Inves introduced. Deemushu is bellicose and armed with a formidable array of powers. ---- * AnnoyingArrows: Shrugs off Baron's Lemon Energy arrow, though it leaves a scar. * ArcVillain: Can be seen as this for the Overlord Saga, as his arrival kicks it off [[spoiler:and his demise ends it.]] * AuthorityEqualsAssKicking: Deemushu is the Overlord that shows us why they are on the top of Helheim. * AxCrazy: He's short tempered, violent, and when he loses his cool bad things happen. * {{Badass}}: Marika or Kouta using Jimber Peach couldn't touch him. ** When Takatora struggles with you, you know you're this. * BadassBaritone * BadassCape * {{BFS}}: Fights with one. * BloodKnight: Seems to be all he lives for. * ColorfulThemeNaming: "Deemushu" translates to "Shinku", or "Crimson". * CurbStompBattle: Kaito didn't even get one clean hit in #23. Neither does Kouta in #24. ** [[spoiler: Finally ends up on the receiving end once Kouta accesses Kiwami Arms in #32.]] * EvilCounterpart: To Baron. Both are red, have a European armor themed design, and like to show off their power. * EvilLaugh: Usually does this when he's hurting someone. * EvilSoundsDeep * ForTheEvulz: On top of his envy, Deemushu freely admits he enjoys hurting people for the sake of hurting them. * GreenEyedMonster: When asked why [[spoiler:he begins destroying the city with no provocation]], he replies that he hates humanity for still having what his species has lost. * HairTriggerTemper: He's the most violent and badmouthed of all Overlord-class Inves. * TheHeavy: Of the Overlords. His love of war and vendetta against Kaito make the others take more interest in Earth. * HotBlooded: To psychopathic levels. * ImplacableMan: In all of his fights he's fought multiple Riders in succession and keeps going, even when his opponents tag out or have had a chance to recuperate while he hasn't. * {{Jerkass}}: Deemushu is a rude, vicious, violent thug, and that's all there is to him. * KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: Does this with sadistic glee in #31. * [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: With the debut of Kiwami Arms in #32.]] * KnightOfCerebus: Deemushu has always been bad news but when he escapes to Earth he effortlessly destroys TheMasqurade and begins the shows DarkestHour. * LargeHam: He's like a Japanese [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Lord Zedd]]. * MagicKnight * TheMcCoy * NiceJobFixingItVillain: His RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Kaito caused Takatora to become aware of another way to save humanity, causing him to support Kouta. * OmnicidalManiac: His social Darwinism reaches this level. He just wants people to hurt, subjugate, and kill each other until there's only one last man standing. * OneManArmy: Levels city blocks easily and can fight six Kamen Riders at once. * PlayingWithFire * {{Pride}}: His ego seems to trump even Kaito's. * RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Goes ballistic when Kaito wounds him, killing everything he can get his hands on while trying to find him. * ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Deconstructed. His pride in his combat prowess just shows that he's nothing more than a monstrous sadist. * {{Sadist}}: It becomes obvious that Deemushu likes the "hurting people" part of combat much, much more than the "fighting people" part. * ShouldersOfDoom: Gains these after getting his OneWingedAngel form. * SuperSmoke: Seems to be able to turn into this to quickly move around and attack. * SuperToughness: While it hurt him, taking a direct hit from Kaito's Lemon Energy finisher did a lot less damage to him than one would expect. * ScarsAreForever: Retains a large scar that Kaito gave him during their second battle. * SirSwearsALot: He sure likes the word "bastard". * SonOfAnApe: Refers to humans as 'apes' whenever he talks to them. * SocialDarwinist: To omnicidal extremes. * SorcerousOverlord: Pun aside, Deemushu wields a tremendous amount of magical(?) power in addition to its physical skill with a sword. * TeleportSpam: Uses this tactic whenever he's calm. * VillainousBreakdown: Does ''not'' take being wounded by Kaito well. * WarIsGlorious: Holds this mindset; it helps to show how horrible a person he is. * WeComeInPeaceShootToKill: The package containing a Japanese dictionary and a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer_plaque pioneer plaque]] (with an Inves added in the diagram) shows that Kaito is willing to try communicating with the Overlord before anything else. Unfortunately, Deemushu isn't having any of it, and the gesture simply enrages him. !!Redyue !!!Portrayed by: Creator/KenjiroTsuda (voice), unknown suit actor The second Overlord-class Inves. Eerily similar to Ryugen in color and design. Redyue is calmer and seemingly more intelligent than Deemushu, but is no less malevolent, wanting a 'toy' to alleviate the boredom of existing in Helheim for so long. ---- * AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: In #32 Redyue [[spoiler: has Helheim infect Yggdrasill tower turning it into the Overlords main base of operations on Earth.]] * ArcVillain: Seems to be shaping up as this for the Forbidden Fruit Saga. * AnAxeToGrind * ColorfulThemeNaming: "Redyue" translates to "Hisui", meaning "Emerald" or "Jade". * DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: Redyue wants to take the Forbidden Fruit just to be king and wants to conquer Earth because she thinks it will be a nice new toy. * EvilCounterpart: To Ryugen, which is quite a feat at this point. Both are primarily green and have a Chinese armor themed design. * EvilLaugh: Whenever she finds a really interesting new toy. * FauxAffablyEvil * TheHeavy: Takes the role from Deemushu after Roshuo gives the official order to attack Earth becoming the main face and power of Helheim's first actual military assault, giving the invasion a proper leader. * ILetYouWin: Threw her fight against [[spoiler: Sid and Mitchy in #31]] so she could lead them to Roshuo [[spoiler:and have him kill the two]]. * IntriguedByHumanity: Seems so. The girl not only learned Japanese in what amounted to a day or a few days, but also seems to be the most fascinated by humans in general, especially when compared to her [[BloodKnight counterpart.]] * ItAmusedMe: Seems to be more this than [[ForTheEvulz Deemushu]]. While she ''does'' enjoy suffering, she seems to see no difference between learning Japanese and seeing a human beaten up so long as it alleviates her boredom. * ManipulativeBitch * [[spoiler:NotSoDifferent: With Micchy, horrifyingly enough. Both are willing to manipulate and threaten others so long as their own goals are met. The two even start to work together.]] * PsychopathicWomanchild: Type C. An intelligent sophisticated being that treats humans like they're her newest toys. Also has traits of Type E, as she seems to see little difference between learning Japanese and seeing a human hurt. * RedEyesTakeWarning: This trope even sounds like her name. * TheSmurfettePrinciple: The only female Overlord revealed thus far. * SoftspokenSadist: Speaks quietly and calmly, finds great pleasure in watching Kouta get beaten to a pulp. * TheSpock * TheStarscream: Micchy suspected the reason she led him and Sid to the Forbidden Fruit was to kill Roshuo. She could then finished off the duo and have the Forbidden Fruit for herself. This fails, considering it's [[PhysicalGod Roshuo]]. * ISurrenderSuckers: An odd example. Redyue surrenders, but doesn't strike back. Instead leading her opponents to Roshuo so that ''he'' can kill them. [[spoiler:She gets interested when one of them refuses to go and cites it being a trap]]. * TakeOverTheWorld: Wants to conquer Earth for herself solely because she's begun to find Helheim boring and wants to see what its like to rule a concrete jungle. * UriahGambit: Tricks [[spoiler: Sid]] into fighting Roshuo to see what would happen. * VictoryIsBoring * VillainTakesAnInterest: Yet another villain that finds Micchy interesting; this will ''not'' end well. * VocalDissonance: Redyue is officially a girl, but she doesn't sound like one. !!Roshuo !!!Portrayed by: Creator/JojiNakata (voice), unknown suit actor A white-colored Overlord. He is Deemushu and Redyue's superior; Redyue interrupted Deemushu and Kaito's rematch in fear of angering him, also addressing him as "Lord". He is the "King" of the Overlords, and by extension of Helheim and the Inves. ---- * AffablyEvil * AntiVillain: Isn't really evil anymore, having long abandoned his SocialDarwinist philosophy. He doesn't so much want to destroy mankind as thinks giving them what could save them would be a wasted effort, as he believes they're no different from his kind and would only destroy themselves with it. Even then, he's willing to give them a chance to prove him wrong. * ArmorPiercingQuestion: Gives one to [[spoiler:Takatora]]. --> '''Roshuo''': Is that tool there for defending the weak? Or will it tempt the strong to sin? * AsskickingEqualsAuthority: He fought his way to the top of Helheim, he's in charge for a reason. * AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: [[spoiler:Annihilates Sigurd without ''needing'' to lay a hand on him.]] * {{Badass}}: He's the most dangerous thing in Helheim for a reason. * BadassBaritone * BadBoss: Justified. His subjects are all violent psychopaths so he makes an effort to keep them on a very short leash. Takatora could learn from his management style. * TheBadGuyWins: Won in his original world. [[WasItReallyWorthIt And wishes he hadn't.]] * BeingEvilSucks * BewareTheNiceOnes: Isn't a bad guy really, and while brutal on his minions, it's more because he ''needs'' to be than because he ''wants'' to be. He even [[spoiler:saves Takatora's life and lets him stay with him. However, while he does offer Sid a chance to save himself, when he doesn't take it, he dishes out one of the most brutal Rider deaths ever.]] * [[spoiler:{{BFS}}: Leaked images show him using one in a fight with Sigurd and Zangetsu Shin, likely Micchy.]] [[spoiler:The fight [[CurbstompBattle does not appear to go their way.]]]] * BoomerangBigot: He hates his own species. Not hard to see why. * TheChosenOne: He was the one chosen by Helheim back in his cycle and now acts as the guardian of the Forbidden Fruit * ColorfulThemeNaming: "Roshuo" translates to "hakua", meaning "chalk". * TheCynic: Believes that HumansAreBastards and will turn out just as bad as his species did. * DimensionLord: Of Helheim Forest. * DontMakeMeDestroyYou: [[spoiler:Tells Sid to just turn around and leave so he won't have to kill him. Sid doesn't take it, and Roshuo keeps his word.]] * DoNotTauntCthulhu: [[spoiler:Despite his intrinsic qualities and generally being more of a guardian than a villain, he is ''not'' someone you want to piss off. Just ask what's left of Sid. He even offered him a chance to just run, which he didn't take.]] * TheDreaded: He makes sure his vassals have a healthy fear of him. * EvilCounterpart: To Zangetsu. Both are white, resemble samurai, are on another level than the Riders/Overlords shown before them, and while they aim for their goals, they get undermined by their subordinates' own plans. ** [[spoiler:He's also a more direct one to Takatora himself (even though Roshuo is revealed to not be very evil). Both believe that HumansAreBastards who will turn on each other given the chance. The difference is that Takatora still cares enough to want to save humanity, while Roshuo is apathetic and willing to write them off until DJ Sagara convinces him to give them another chance.]] * EvilOverlord: Deconstructed and justified. Roshuo really isn't evil but all of his subjects are murderous psychopaths so he acts as a ruthless despot to keep them in line. * EvilSoundsDeep * FertileFeet: Helheim plants grow where he walks, fitting for Helheim's ChosenOne. * [[spoiler:GoodIsNotSoft: He's easily the least malevolent Inves in the series and was nice enough to save Takatora's life and let him stay with him. He also generally tries to keep his minions in line, and even offered Sid a chance to just leave with his life. However, when Sid didn't take it, Roshuo killed him. Brutally.]] * [[spoiler:HiddenDepths: Takatora is found and patched up by Roshuo, who tells him about the former inhabitants of Helheim. Furthermore, Roshuo appears to have genuinely cared about his queen and wants to bring her BackFromTheDead.]] * HumansAreBastards: Is of this opinion, believing they're just as power hungry and monstrous as his species was. He believes the Forbidden Fruit would be wasted on them and even if they got it, they'd only destroy themselves with its power. However, he's still willing [[spoiler:to give Sagara a piece of the Forbidden Fruit to test Kouta to see if he's worthy.]] So while he believes this trope is true, he's still willing to give them a chance. * KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:His killing of Sid fulfills this trope while at the same time showing that GoodIsNotNice in his standards.]] * TheKirk: The only Overlord that is rational or sane. * LastSecondChance: After a talk with [[spoiler: DJ Sagara]] he decides to give humanity a chance to prove that they're not as horrible as his species was. * TheLostLenore: His dead queen, who he's shown to still pine for and keep her coffin in sight of his wrecked throne room. [[spoiler:He also desires to bring her back to life.]] * MacGuffinGuardian: Is the guardian of the Forbidden Fruit. * ManInWhite: Or chalk, if you prefer. * MindOverMatter: Has extremely powerful telekinesis, enough to ''literally'' split mountains. * MindRape: Does this to Deemushu while talking to him telepathically in #27. * MisanthropeSupreme: Hates both his own species and humanity, thinking that when faced with adversity the weak ones will become cowardly backstabbers while the strong become violent despots. * [[spoiler:{{Necromantic}}: Roshuo's main goal is the revival of his Queen, who died at some point prior to the series.]] * [[spoiler:NotSoDifferent: He's pretty much an older, victorious Kaito who's grown to regret his own philosophy of power.]] ** [[spoiler:He also bears similarities to Takatora. Both are cynical and have a somewhat low opinion of humanity, but neither of them are outright evil and both have HiddenDepths.]] * OnlyTheChosenMayWield: Firmly believes this about the Forbidden Fruit and refuses to give it over to anyone else. * OnlySaneMan: For the Overlords. He's the only one who realizes that how horrible the species has really become. * OrcusOnHisThrone: Justified once more. Roshuo doesn't ''want'' to destroy the Earth but his vassals do, so he uses all of his power to keep them off the game board. * PhysicalGod: Presumably, considering he obtained the Forbidden Fruit. What we've seen of him only supports the possibility. * RedBaron: King of the Overlords. * ReasonableAuthorityFigure * SacredHospitality: He doesn't take kindly to people attacking people he's nursing [[spoiler:as Sid discovers]]. * [[spoiler:TheSocialDarwinist: What he once was; the new world that he created was based on these rules and only the strong survived, but these remaining inhabitants ended up destroying each other, with Roshuo and his Overlord vassals being the only remaining members of their species.]] * SympathyForTheHero * WasItReallyWorthIt: No. No it wasn't, and Roshuo is completely aware of it. * WhatYouAreInTheDark: [[spoiler: He stole humanities' Forbidden Fruit and had a chance to revive his Queen with it, but after talk with Sagara he decides to give humanity a second chance.]] * WhoWantsToLiveForever: Has outlived his mate and his entire civilization, having had a ''long'' time to think about what he's done and has come to regret it. * ZenSurvivor !!Dyudyuonshu * [[spoiler:HumanShield: Well, Inves Shield. Zangetsu Shin uses him as this in #33 to escape Gaim's finisher, resulting in the Overlord's death.]] * MeaningfulName: His name translates to [[TheFourGods Suzaku]]. * MonsterOfTheWeek: Justified for two reasons. First, he's a minion of Redyue. Second, [[spoiler: Kouta's Kiwami Arms make him as powerful as an Overlord.]] * WeHardlyKnewYe !![[spoiler:Grinsha]] [[/folder]] !Unaffiliated Characters [[folder:Residents of Zawame City]] !!Akira Kazuraba !!!Portrayed by: Rika Izumi The older sister of Team Gaim's Kouta Kazuraba. She is his primary caretaker, and it is for her sake that Kouta tries to mature as an adult so he won't have to impose on her any longer. ---- * CoolBigSis * ParentalSubstitute * ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In #28, she actually encourages Kouta to do what he had to do instead of hurrying getting a job and contribution. She somehow knows that he's no longer fighting for fun, unlike the first few episodes. * RedHerring: The site says that she's affiliated (i.e. working for) Yggdrasil. In any normal show, this would have been exploited and she would have some involvement in the major plot. However, so far her role is a moot point, and considering the only members of Yggdrasil that play roles in the major plot are higher ups like Takatora and Ryoma, it makes sense. * ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:When the city starts getting taken over, she tries to flee and just leaves a note behind for Kouta.]] !!Kiyojiro Bando !!!Portrayed by: Tomohisa Yuge The main proprietor of the fruit parlour "Drupers". As such, he is ideally placed to know about the underground scene of Zawame City, from rumors to recent trends. ---- * CoolOldGuy: Well more like middle aged, but he is very kind and gives good advice to Kouta in times of need. * LocalHangout: Runs the local one. While not terribly important to the story, everyone is often seen eating or relaxing at Drupers. * NonActionGuy: He can't handle combat, which is most likely why he keeps Iyo around despite not contributing to Drupers. !!Iyo !!!Portrayed by: Yui Natsuki A young lady who works as a waitress and cashier at Drupers. Despite seeming to be Bando's only worker, she spends much of her time playing on her phone and taking frequent breaks. ---- * BodyGuardBabes: She's this to Bando. * CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Singlehandedly beats the crap out of Bravo in #25 after he made a mess in Drupers trying to attack Kouta. Keep in mind she's not even a ''Rider''. ** And one of her weapons of choice? ''[[spoiler:A dustpan.]]'' * FunnyBackgroundEvent[=/=]MoodWhiplash: In #14 she dramatically draws and brandishes a broom when Ryoji turns Inves and attacks the fruit bar. * HyperCompetentSidekick: When she's actually motivated she's this to Bando. * HyperspaceArsenal: The only way to explain where she keeps [[SimpleStaff staff]] and [[FightingWithChucks nunchaku]]. * [[TheGlovesComeOff The Shoes Come Off]]: In #25 before she hands Bravo his ass. * TheSlacker !!Team Red Hot One of the Beat Rider teams led by a kid named Sonomura, and the only one to get any screentime while not being involved in the Rider conflicts (though not for lack of trying - Sid sold them a Sengoku Driver but Oren caught them gloating and beat them up to take it from them). They're, to put it bluntly, irresponsible idiots. ---- * ButtMonkey: It's generally karmic payback for their stupider actions, though. * {{Delinquent}}s: Of the non-romanticized thug variety. * EvenEvilHasStandards: When Sonomura actually makes the Lion Inves attack Kouta, the rest of Team Red Hot looks rather disturbed. * FromNobodyToNightmare: Goes from a low level team with not a lot of screen time to the first people in the series to use Inves for criminal actions obtaining an Inves powerful enough that it almost beats Gaim easily. * HoistByHisOwnPetard: Their leader nearly gets killed by his own Lion Invase when it escapes his control. * HumansAreTheRealMonsters: They represent this trope. * {{Jerkass}}es: Sonomura especially. * TheLeader: Sonomura. * RefusedByTheCall: Sonomura ''had'' a Driver, but made the mistake of causing a ruckus in Oren's bakery, leading him to confiscate it. * UnwittingPawn: Of Sid. * WeCanRuleTogether: Sonomura makes this offer to Kouta. [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules Kouta's answer should be obvious.]] * YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb [[/folder]] [[folder:Priestess of Fate]] !!Priestess of Fate !!!Portrayed by: Yuumi Shida A strange blonde-haired girl [[RedRightHand whose right eye is a striking red color]]. She bears a resemblance to Team Gaim's Mai Takatsukasa, and has a connection to the Inves and the mysterious forest. ---- * ActingForTwo: Yuumi Shida plays both her and Mai. * AmbiguouslyHuman: [[spoiler: DJ Sagara]] has put her humanity into question. * CameraScrew: Her appearances are usually accompanied by weird visual effects. * TheCynic: She believes that everyone is doomed, constantly making pessimistic speeches on how they should all run and that their lives will be filled with nothing but pain, regret, and death. * TheFatalist * GreenThumb: Is shown to make Helheim plants sprout from beneath her feet during the Fateful Sengoku Movie. * IdenticalStranger: To Mai, they even have the same actress to hammer it home. ** The two meet in #12. Mai bluntly asks if the Priestess is herself. * MysteriousWaif: Fits every criteria needed. * NotSoOmniscientAfterAll: [[spoiler: DJ Sagara]] is putting her all [[BuffySpeak knowingness]] into question. * RedEyesTakeWarning * RedRightHand * StealthHiBye: Part of her 'mysterious character' shtick. * OhCrap: Has this reaction when [[spoiler: DJ Sagara tells her he knows who she really is.]] * VaguenessIsComing: She seems to be one of the few people who actually seem to know what is going on. Of course, she has to be as cryptic as possible about it. * WomanInWhite * YouCantFightFate: The gist of what she says is that if the characters keep doing what they're doing their fates are predetermined. She even asks Mai to ScrewDestiny by leaving the city. [[/folder]] ! Crossover Characters !!Super Sentai [[folder:Ressha Sentai [=ToQgers=]]] !!Ressha Sentai [=ToQgers=] The main characters of ''Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger''. See [[Characters/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger their show's characters page]] for more information. [[/folder]] !!Kikaider [[folder:Jiro/Kikaider]] !!Jiro/Kikaider !!!Portrayed by: Jingi Irie (live), unknown suit actor The protagonist of the 2014 film ''Kikaider REBOOT''. ---- * AllAnimalsAreDogs: He was basically the Kazuraba siblings dog for the episode. * AmnesiacHero: Thanks to that ridiculously convenient bolt of lightning. * {{Badass}}: He ''is'' the Legendary Hero. * DeusExMachina: That Lightning Bolt of Amnesia was basically this trope setting things up for the crossover plot. * HenshinHero * LethalChef: Since he can't taste, all of the food he makes for Kouta and Akira is too salty. * LiteralMinded: When Kouta shows her childhood photo with his puppy, he goest out and found the same puppy as he saw in the photo. * NoisyRobots: Most of his movements are punctuated by mechanical sounds. * RedIsHeroic: Inverted; Kikaider's red half represents evil, while it is his blue half that represents good. * ResetButton: Both InUniverse and plotwise. Rebooting Kikaider made him forget his time with Kouta allowing him to move on to his own plot and to provide an excuse for him not to get entangled into ''Gaim's'' plot thus making his episode not really matter in the overall plot. * [[RobotMaid Robot Butler]]: What he essential is for most of the episode for the Kazuraba family. * ShockAndAwe [[/folder]] [[folder:Hakaider]] !![[spoiler:Ryoma Sengoku]]/Hakaider !!!Portrayed by: [[spoiler:Tsunenori Aoki]] (voice), unknown suit actor Kikaider's nemesis; an android belonging to the organization DARK. His body was given to Ryoma by a colleague of his for final testing. ---- * AxCrazy * {{Badass}}: Was able to stand up to Gaim Kachidoki Arms and Kikaider at once. * BadBoss: As that MookHorrorShow in the tunnel can verify. * CatchPhrase: "''Hakai''(Destroy)... ''hakai''... ''Hakaider!!''" * [[spoiler:CompositeCharacter: [[{{Cyborg}} The crossover episode's Hakaider is controlled by Ryoma's brain]].]] * DrunkOnTheDarkSide * EvilCounterpart: To Kikaider. * EvilLaugh: A rather robotic cackling one. * EvilIsNotAToy: As Ryoma finds out. * ForTheEvulz: [[spoiler: Ryoma decides to place his brain in the robot for reasons that basically amount to "I'm bored and a friend of mine gave me a dangerous new evil toy to play with."]] * HandCannon: He's got a BIG pistol. * TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: [[spoiler:Ryoma's personality]] changed into more and more AxCrazy the longer his brain occupy Hakaider's body, something that he found out much to his horror when he returned to his human body. * MotiveDecay: He originally wanted to collect data then his programming made just do things ForTheEvulz. * RoboticPsychopath: [[spoiler:Ryoma]] mixed with Hakaider programming could only create this. * SanitySlippage * [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Super Powered Eviler Side]]: Hakaider somehow makes [[spoiler:Ryoma]] worse. [[/folder]] ! Movie Characters !! Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard: The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle [[folder:Kamen Rider Bujin Gaim]] !!Kamen Rider Bujin Gaim !!!Portrayed by: Creator/RikiyaKoyama (voice), Kenji Tominaga (suit) The villain of Gaim's section in ''Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle''. An AlternateUniverse counterpart of Gaim bent on conquest. ---- * {{Badass}}: Is strong enough to fight ''Zangetsu'' head on, which at the time was ''unheard'' of. * BadassBaritone * BadassBoast: Instead of going OhCrap like most villains would in response to facing six Kamen Riders (including three experienced ones) by himself, he gives one of these. --> '''Bujin Gaim''': I'll take you all on! * BigBad: Of the NonSerialMovie. * TheConqueror: His general characterization. Notable because in his world, he's the ''only'' Bujin to not have a general and to be acting on his own. * DiabolusExNihilo: Bujin Gaim just appeared one day wanting to take over the world, being eviler, meaner, and more powerful than the other Bujin for no explained reason. * TheDreaded * EvilLaugh: He's rather fond of these. * EvilSoundsDeep * EvilTwin * GenericDoomsDayVillain * GreenThumb: His OneWingedAngel form. His [[TheDragon Dragon]] is also a PlantPerson. * GodOfWar: He and the other Bujin Riders are perceived as this in their own world. * HeroKiller * HumanoidAbomination: The Bujin have evolved beyond the need to transform, and are confused when they meet Riders who have human forms. * TheJuggernaut: Can easily fight ''six'' Kamen Riders at once and can keep on going. * OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Lotus Position, in which he fuses with a giant, sacred tree.]] * OutsideContextVillain: From the perspective of the other Bujin, as not only did he act on his own, but leads an army of Kaijin instead of humans, which didn't seem to otherwise exist in that world. * PaletteSwap: The base suit is mostly the same as "our" Gaim, but his Arms is a red Blood Orange as opposed to Gaim's orange... [[ShapedLikeItself Orange]]; and parts of his forehead crest are blood-red, too. The center of his mouthpiece is also colored black, in contrast to Gaim's all silver. Interestingly, Gaim gets the same mouthpiece in his Jimber Arms forms. * RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver * VillainousBreakdown: Loses it when [[spoiler:Gaim and Wizard begin to overpower him.]] * WeaponOfChoice: ** MixAndMatchWeapon: [[CoolGuns Musou]] [[CoolSword Saber]] ** KatanasAreJustBetter: A red Daidaimaru in Blood Orange Arms. [[/folder]] !! Heisei Riders vs. Showa Riders: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai [[folder:Ren Aoi/Kamen Rider Fifteen]] !!Ren Aoi/Kamen Rider Fifteen !!!Portrayed by: Itsuji Itao (live), unknown suit actor The villain of ''Kamen Rider Taisen''. He serves the Badan Empire (the villains of ''Film/KamenRiderZX'') and uses the Heisei Rider Lockseed to copy the powers of Heisei Riders. ---- * BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: Wears a crown in the shape of the kanji for "fifteen". * EarlyBirdCameo: Averted. He appears near the end of the ''[=ToQger=]'' crossover special...but the movie the special was promoting was released the day ''before'' the special even aired. * ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Named Fifteen, and can tap into the Heisei Riders's powers. There are fifteen Heisei Riders. ** Even more literally, the "十五" on his helmet actually means "fifteen" in Japanese. * PowerCopying: He uses the previously established Wizard and Fourze Arms, as well as Decade and even ''Gaim Arms!'' * SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset [[/folder]] !! The Great Soccer Match! The Golden Fruit Cup! [[folder:Kogane/[[spoiler:Kamen Rider Malus]]]] !!Kogane/[[spoiler:Kamen Rider Malus]] !!!Portrayed by: Kataoka Ainosuke VI (live), unknown suit actor ---- * BigBad: From what's been said, he's the film's main antagonist. * ClassicallyTrainedExtra: Kogane's actor is a renowned Kabuki performer - basically the Japanese equivalent of a classically trained [[ShakespearianActors Shakespearian Actor]]. The reason he took the part? [[http://tokusatsunetwork.com/2014/05/23/renowned-kabuki-actor-to-portray-villain-in-kamen-rider-gaim-movie/ He grew up watching Kamen Rider]], and he hopes that his role as the movie's villain will cause children [[HeyItsThatGuy to recognize him]] when they watch Kabuki performances with their families. * MeaningfulName: Malus is not only a genus of apple tree but it is also Latin for evil. * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: His name is Latin for evil. [[/folder]] [[folder:Lapis/[[spoiler: Kamen Rider Kamuro]]]] !!Lapis/[[spoiler:Kamen Rider Kamuro]] !!!Portayed by: Taketo Tanaka (live), unknown suit actor [[/folder]]
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''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' character sheet. '''This page contains unmarked spoilers for everything up to the end of the [[index]] * [[Characters/KamenRiderGaimBeatRiders Beat Riders]] * [[Characters/KamenRiderGaimYggdrasillCorporation Yggdrasill Saga (Episode 19). Proceed with caution if you have not watched up to that point.''' [[foldercontrol]] ---- !Beat Riders !!Team Gaim [[folder:Kouta Kazuraba/Kamen Rider Gaim]] !!Kouta Kazuraba/Armored Rider Gaim[[note]]"armored warrior"[[/note]] !!!Portrayed by: Gaku Sano (live), Seiji Takaiwa (suit) http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gaim_6792.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/koutakazuraba_9969.jpg]] The main character of ''Kamen Rider Gaim''. Kouta is an earnest young man who quits Team Gaim so that he can get a job and support his sister. However, after finding the Sengoku Driver and Orange Lock Seed he is drawn back into the competition between the different "Beat Rider" gangs, believing that his new-found power is the key to his maturation as an adult. ---- * AccidentalMurder: He had no idea that he killed Yuya. This then extends to every single Inves he ever killed, who were all once sentient beings before Corporation]] * [[Characters/KamenRiderGaimHelheimForest Helheim made them a part of its ecosystem. Forest]] * AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Downplayed, but after getting his Rider powers he used them for every little thing while acting very cocky. [[Characters/KamenRiderGaimOthers Other Characters]] * {{Adorkable}} * AllLovingHero: ** In #6, he tries to make friends with Kaito even after all the crap the latter has pulled. Kaito, fresh off of Ryoji and Hideyasu's betrayal, rejects it. ** #11: Even after he finds out the truth about Yggdrasill and its involvement in the Invess Game, Kouta still tries to save the people at the base camp, despite clearly not liking - if not outright disgusted by them. ** Further cemented in #12: While Micchy urges him to throw the Driver away and stop being Yggdrasill's guinea pig Kouta can't help but use his power to protect innocent people. ** #14: Despite the fact Ryoji is now an AxeCrazy Bixie Inves, he ''still'' thought he could reach Ryoji... it didn't work and Sigurd jumped in to kill Ryoji. ** #15: He tells DJ Sagara that he intends to use his power only to protect the city, and others. ** #20: Might see this get {{Deconstructed}}. [[spoiler:Kouta, upon realizing that the Inves were once humans, was unable to fight them outside of defending himself]]. ** #23: [[spoiler:He decides after his talk with DJ Sagara to fight so that others don't make the same mistakes that he has made and so that nobody else has to fight against Helheim's invasion.]] * [[spoiler: AllYourPowersCombined: In Kiwami Arms, he can use the weapons of every single Armored and New Generation Rider.]] * ArchEnemy: ** Kouta's morals slowly make him Sid's most hated foe after he becomes Sigurd. ** [[spoiler:Kouta also becomes this to Micchy after the latter's sanity breaks. Micchy starts to see him as the root of all of his problems and attempts to kill him.]] * {{Badass}}: While not all that great at the start of his tenure, he shows signs of this as he was completely willing to fight off a monster before gaining powers. Plus, the intro to the series and his appearance on Series/KamenRiderWizard assures us he will eventually grow into a full-fledged badass, then #11 comes around making his ''Wizard'' appearance look like a joke compared to the potential he showed as a OneManArmy. ** BadassBiker: Just like any other Rider. ** BadassBoast: Gives one to Takatora in #23: --> Kouta: I'll never give up! If you say sacrifices are necessary, I'll fight the world that demands them! * BashBrothers: Formed this with Ryugen. * BelligerentSexualTension: With Mai, [[ShipperOnDeck according to the rest of the team]]. * BerserkButton: Finding out the Yggdrasill Corporation used him and the others as guinea pigs didn't sit very well with him. ** He gets seriously pissed off when Team Red Hot start using the Inves for criminal actions. ** As of #21, upon learning of Yggdrasill's plans to [[spoiler:wipe the city clean]] from Sid, the rage that builds (and Sid experiences, painfully) might as well be this. Ryoma then slams the button even harder the next episode when he explains the plan to [[spoiler:kill six out of every seven people in the world, because the remaining one-seventh is all Yggdrasill will be able to save.]] ** He's enraged when [[spoiler:Takatora apparently betrays hims, not knowing that the Zangetsu Shin trying to kill him is actually Micchy.]] * BewareTheNiceOnes: Friendly, nice, somewhat naive and all around do-gooder... until you piss him off enough. * BigNo: Does an epic one when he tries to stop Sigurd from killing Ryoji. * BloodFromTheMouth: He spits up blood while fighting the Byakko Inves just before his first transformation into Gaim. * BrainsAndBrawn: With Mitsuzane in the early episodes, with Kouta acting as the Brawn. Kouta is noticeably a better fighter than Micchy but, while not stupid, isn't a genius like Micchy. * BreakTheCutie: Gets hit with this hard after [[spoiler:finding out that he unknowingly killed Yuya. He gets better, thankfully.]] * BreakTheHaughty: Doesn't even want to touch his Driver after a particularly bad beating by the hands of Zangetsu.+ * ButThouMust: One of the people in the forest begs him to help when their base is attacked by the Inves. Kouta, at first, actually doesn't want to, because of the fact they see the Armored Riders as nothing other than guinea pigs. He caves in after a moment, but clearly isn't happy to help. ** After some sort of disease begins to spread, the Beat Riders are blamed for all of this, so when an Inves begins to attack, Kouta doesn't start fighting until after he's attacked by Bravo. * CharacterDevelopment: Kouta goes through a lot over the course of the series; fitting, as it's essentially a ComingOfAge story. ** Kouta goes through a significant arc in the first five episodes. He starts off as a straight and narrow NiceGuy, who's doing his best to try and figure out what it means to be an adult. Gaining superpowers and becoming Gaim led him to become a prideful MrViceGuy (albeit one with good intentions who still wants to help his friends and family) who treats the entire situation as a game. His BreakTheHaughty moment (see above) then forces him to realize how serious things really are, to the point that he stops using his powers and tries to caution Micchy about becoming a Rider. However, after hearing how he had inspired Micchy to become stronger, he regains his resolve and becomes Gaim again. * CharacterTics: After he transforms he has a tendency to make a [[https://www.google.com/search?q=horse+stance&espv=210&es_sm=93&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=9E8KU5bxI-Ll0wGAhYCgBw&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=667 Horse Stance]] and hold his weapon over his head with his right hand. * ChildhoodFriends: With Mai. * [[spoiler:TheChosenOne: Sagara seems to believe he will be this, but nobody's been chosen yet.]] * ChronicHeroSyndrome: Suffers from this big time. He will always rush to save people, even when it puts him at odds with Mitsuzane. * CurbStompBattle: ** Delivered them to low class Inves, an army of Kurokages and Sigurd. ** On the receiving end from Zangetsu and Demushuu. ** [[spoiler: He returns the favor to Demushuu after getting Kiwami Arms.]] * CutLexLuthorACheck: Subverted as a rare heroic example. By #3, Kouta has been shown to be perfectly happy with using his powers for self gain. He soon grows out of it and focuses on protecting the city instead. * CombatPragmatist: Best shown when he just shoots his opponent with his Musou Saber when he has them in a blade lock. * ConfusionFu: He didn't really know how to use his powers at first, so his style was really sporadic and weird until around episodes nine or ten. * CoolBigBro[=/=]ParentalSubstitute: He's pretty much this to Micchy. Noticeably, Mitsuzane has a rather distant relationship with his brother, and his parents are never shown. Kouta is his only positive role model...which in hindsight explains why he has such an unhealthy duplicitous relationship with him. He doesn't want to lose the approval of the only good thing in his life. * DeclarationOfProtection: He states this in the first episode to the mysterious woman. ** Later in the series he basically extends this to the entire city, since Yggdrasill isn't doing a thing about the Invase. ** After discovering that [[spoiler:Yggdrasil plans to wipe out 6 billion people, he extends this declaration to pretty much the entire world.]] * {{Determinator}}: He will stop at NOTHING in order to help those in need. * DramaticIrony: Kouta says that he can never kill another human being. ''As he says this'' Micchy and the audience discover that in the ''very first episode'' he unknowingly killed Yuya after he became the Byakko Inves. ** In #29 Kouta makes a speech about how he would have never gotten as far as he did if he didn't trust his friends. [[spoiler: He's saying this to Zangetsu Shin II, who is secretly Micchy (the person he considers his best friend), who is abusing his trust to try and commit first degree murder.]] * DrunkWithPower: Typical of Urobuchi, not even a NiceGuy like Kouta can avoid letting superpowers get to his head, but unlike most cases, it's downplayed to humorous hijinks and he grows out of it quickly. ** ComesGreatResponsibility: Realizes that he can't handle the armor's power if he's using it for himself, but he can if he uses it to help people. #3 shows that he's still working on this, as while he's using it to help other people, he still benefits from it. ** He finally gets over this attitude after his first encounter with Zangetsu. Later, he shows how far he's come when he laments this behavior after finding out that the Armored Riders were being used as Yggdrasil's lab rats. * DressingAsTheEnemy: In #11 when infiltrating Yggdrasill's research camp. * TheDulcineaEffect: His response to being told by a woman he met for the first time that if he is to fight now he will fight to the bitter end is that he'll do it if it means protecting her. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since he thought it was Mai. * EnemyMine: This is what he sees helping Yggdrasill contain the Inves horde in #11 as. He despises the organization, but he won't let his hatred of them let people get hurt. It happens again in #22. * EverythingsBetterWithSamurai * {{Expy}}: To [[Series/KamenRiderKuuga Godai Yuusuke]]. Both are FriendToAllChildren, are generally nice guys and have high hopes for humanity... [[ContrastingSequelMainCharacter the only problem is their attitude,]] which might be attributed to their age, appropriate considering Gaim has elements of a ComingOfAgeStory and the ongoing theme of Kids vs. Adults. Whereas Godai was more down-to-earth, humble, and ''really'' hard to anger or break, only going completely angry once in the entire run, Kouta goes through a DrunkWithPower phase before Takatora beats some sense into him, gets notably angered easier than Godai, and [[spoiler:is absolutely broken when he finds out that he's been fighting humans this whole time]]. ** In addition, he's similar with [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Madoka Kaname]]. Both of them are the [[NiceGuy nicest person]] in their respective series, will do anything to help anyone, and both get broken... ''[[BreakTheCutie hard]]''. * {{Foil}}: Kouta acts as one to all three of the other main characters: ** Kaito resolves to use his power to subjugate the weak, while Kouta wants to use his power to protect the innocent. ** Mitsuzane is willing to keep secrets and manipulate others in order to do what he thinks is right, while Kouta tries to be open and honest. [[spoiler:Mitsuzane also becomes increasingly DrunkWithPower as time goes on and cares more about his own desires than anything else; Kouta gets over himself fairly early on and is firmly dedicated to protecting others.]] ** Takatora is willing to [[spoiler:sacrifice innocent people if it means ensuring the human race's survival, while Kouta refuses to accept this and wants to save everyone.]] [[spoiler:However, it's eventually revealed that Takatora and Kouta are NotSoDifferent from one another, and Takatora is open to working with Kouta when a more idealistic option presents itself.]] * FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Sanguine. * FriendToAllChildren: His first chronological appearance (Wizard #52) has him jumping into an unknown portal because he heard children crying for help. His first appearance in the series has him helping a kid finding said kid's mother. * FromNobodyToNightmare: From Yggdrasil's perspective. He went from being just another of their lab rats to being able to near effortlessly fight his way into their base and only being stopped by Zangetsu. * GoodIsNotDumb: Kouta is the nicest most moral member of the cast, but that doesn't mean he's stupid. He regularly makes accurate deductions, asks the right questions, and thinks things through which is a major change from most AllLovingHero type Kamen Riders. * GoodIsNotSoft: Make no mistake, he ''is'' a NiceGuy and adheres to ThouShallNotKill. But [[BewareTheNiceOnes when he gets truly enraged,]] he tends to turn into a OneManArmy. * GrowingUpSucks: Realizes that he had to mature and find out what it truly means to be an adult. Unfortunately for him, it means he had to give up some of his hobbies and leave his friends for a time. Then the rest of the series progresses, and things quickly get worse. * GuiltComplex: [[spoiler: One of the reasons why he's taking on Yggdrasill and Helheim on all alone is because he considers himself a sinner due to killing Yuuya and doesn't feel deserving of help.]] * TheHero * HeroicBSOD: Did '''not''' take losing for the first time well. ** Considering that said loss was to [[TheDreaded Zangetsu]], it's expected. He could have been ''[[NotAGame killed]]'' [[AdultFear and no one would know that he had perished!]] ** He also did not respond well [[spoiler:when he finds out that all of the Inves were humans and animals at one point before it became what today known as Helheim.]] ** He has another one when he finally [[spoiler:finds out that he's killed Yuuya at the end of #22]]. * HeroWithBadPublicity * HesBack: ** In #5, he breaks out of his HeroicBSOD just in time to save Ryugen. ** Episode #23: [[spoiler:After being utterly broken by the events of the previous episode, DJ Sagara gives Kouta a pep talk and his MidSeasonUpgrade, which causes Kouta to go straight to Yggdrasil headquarters and destroy the Scalar System.]] * HonorBeforeReason: Why he initially opposed Yggdrasill's ways of fighting against Helheim. While acknowledging that their goals were basically the same, he was unhappy about keeping the secret from the general populace and the corporation's manipulation of the Beat Riders. Eventually, however, he opposes them due to finding out the full scope of Yggdrasil's plans and because he realizes that most of its top players are evil nutcases. * HowDoIShotWeb: Most of his fight in the first episode consisted of finding out what all his new powers and gear can do, while desperately finding out the most effective way of taking down the MonsterOfTheWeek. * [[spoiler:IRejectYourReality: Kouta, after a talk with DJ Sagara, decides that his enemy isn't Yggdrasill or even Helheim, but a reality that states you have to sacrifice something to get something. He decides to destroy that rule.]] * IgnoranceIsBliss: Kouta is uncomfortable with this trope. This is best shown when [[spoiler:he expresses reluctance in keeping the existence of Helheim secret from the public, even going so far as to ask his sister whether she would want to know if the world were coming to an end.]] ** Furthermore, in #23, [[spoiler:he wants to tell Mai the truth about what happened to Yuya, feeling that keeping the secret would dishonor his memory and be unfair to Mai. He ultimately tells her the truth in #26.]] * ImplacableMan: Has become this on occasion when pushed too far, both times with Yggdrasil on the receiving end. Zangetsu was the only thing to halt his advance ''either'' time. * ImprovisedWeapon: The orange that appears during the Henshin sequence can actually be used as a weapon. First shown in #2. * TheJuggernaut: Whenever he uses Watermelon Arms. Not even a literal army of Inves could stop him. * KeepingSecretsSucks: Kouta knows many dark secrets and {{Awful Truth}}s, and they give him nothing but grief. * LockedOutOfTheLoop: An odd case where Kouta is actively trying to get into the loop but Micchy is doing all in his power to keep him out of it. * LuckySeven: His Orange Lock Seed is LS-07. ** In #15, his holding room is number seven. * KleptomaniacHero: [[spoiler:In #22, he stole Minato's Peach Energy Lockseed right off her belt.]] * ManInWhite: In Kiwami Arms. * TheMessiah: Shows signs of this. [[spoiler:Too bad he ends up becoming a BrokenMessiah for [[AccidentalMurder killing Yuya by accident]]. He gets better though.]] * MidSeasonUpgrade: The Jimber Arms [[note]]Jimber Lemon, Jimber Cherry, Jimber Peach, and Jimber Melon.[[/note]] and Kachidoki Arms. * MiniMecha: His Watermelon Arms can assume 3 different modes. ** BeTheBall: Big Ball Mode [[note]]Folds up into a giant watermelon with Gaim inside and rolls around crushing anyone in its path.[[/note]] ** {{Flight}}: Gyro Mode [[note]]In this mode, Gaim can also fire seed-like bullets from the fingertips.[[/note]] ** PoweredArmor: Armored Mode [[note]]The warrior form where Gaim is equipped with this Arms' personal weapon.[[/note]] * MoralityPet: To Mitsuzane. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Kouta doesn't realize this, and Micchy starts to degenerate into a PoisonousFriend before renouncing his friendship with Kouta completely.]] ** He becomes one to Kaito during the Helheim Saga. Kaito makes several efforts to bail him out of trouble. * MrViceGuy: While still a good person, becoming Gaim corrupted him for a stretch and made {{Pride}} and money his main vices. He gets over it after Zangetsu roughs him up pretty badly. * MultiformBalance: Titled "Arms". ** Personal Arms: *** JackOfAllStats: Orange *** MightyGlacier: Pineapple and Watermelon. *** FragileSpeedster: Strawberry *** LightningBruiser: The Jimber Arms. [[note]]Among themselves, each form has its own archetype: Jimber Lemon is a MightyGlacier, Jimber Cherry is a FragileSpeedster, and Jimber Peach is a SquishyWizard.[[/note]] *** SuperMode: Kachidoki and Kiwami. *** PaletteSwap: Fresh Orange and Fresh Pineapple. Each one also arms Gaim with two of its weapon. ** Borrowed Arms: *** JackOfAllStats: Banana *** MightyGlacier: Acorn *** LightningBruiser: Durian *** FightingClown: Wizard and #1/Ichigo. * NiceGuy: He seems generally friendly and his first scenes (depending on what you consider his first) involve helping out kids. * NobodyCallsMeChicken: Both Kaito and Sid have exploited this to get him to do what they want. * NotAGame: The reason why he quits in #4. After being crushed by Zangetsu, he realizes that fighting could get him killed and it scares the crap out of him. * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: He does this to a Kamikiri Inves in #28 in a fit of rage and despair after [[spoiler: Micchy tricks Kouta into thinking Takatora betrayed him.]] What's really disturbing is that Kouta does this of his own free will without any SuperpoweredEvilSide. Even he has limits to what he can take. * ObliviousGuiltSlinging: Does this to Micchy on a regular basis. * [[spoiler:OdaNobunaga: In Kiwami Arms.]] * OneManArmy: Whenever he uses Watermelon Arms even swarms of full powered Inves become mere mooks to him. ** With Kachidoki Arms, he turned an entire battalion of Kurokage Troopers into mere cannon fodder. [[spoiler:He later turns three animated Suika Arms (courtesy of Sid's special Lockseed) into scrap metal.]] * OnlySaneMan: He's the only person that points out how dangerous the Inves are long before shit hit the fan and wonder where they come from while everyone else just accepts such an oddity. ** He's also the only person, besides Takatora, who realizes that Bravo could be bad news. ** Seems to be a defining trait for Kouta. He is seemingly the only Rider (besides perhaps Zack) with his head on completely straight, lacking any villainous or anti-hero tendencies. * OrangeBlueContrast: In his Orange, Fresh Orange, and Kachidoki Arms forms. * PreAssKickingOneLiner: "This is my stage now!" * {{Pride}}: Becoming Gaim made his ego steadily grow until Zangetsu severely deflated it in #4. * ProtagonistPowerupPrivileges: He has up to four[[note: But one of them's with Kaito.]] regular lockseeds compared to other's two [[note:Not counting Kaito's Suika Lockseed]] or one and is the only one to not only able to combine three engery lockseeds to his Orange's, but also use two special kinds of lock seeds! * SecretKeeper: Mitsuzane convinces him to [[spoiler:keep Yuya's death a secret from Mai. Kouta's not happy with this, and ultimately tells her the truth.]] * SitcomArchnemesis: To Oren early on, before the latter's {{Jerkass}}ery becomes more serious. * SmarterThanYouLook: Many people write Kouta off as an IdiotHero -- especially Micchy -- but he's actually one of the more philosophical and insightful members of the cast. * SpotlightStealingSquad: InUniverse example, with Mai pointing out that by doing everything for Team Gaim, everyone else has stopped contributing. * StockSuperpowers: Each Jimber Arms form possesses its own unique ability. ** SuperStrength: Jimber Lemon Arms ** SuperSpeed: Jimber Cherry Arms ** SuperSenses: Jimber Peach Arms [[note]]In this case, enhanced hearing. However, [[SensoryOverload it cannot handle higher-pitched sound waves]].[[/note]] * TakeAThirdOption: Kouta is obviously a follower of the [[Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei Neutral Path.]] * TaughtByExperience: Kouta has become noticeably better at fighting as the series goes on. ** Has reached a hell of a plateau as of #21, displaying ludicrous durability and his subsequent [[spoiler:takedown of Sid.]] ** Sort of acknowledged by [[spoiler: Yoko]] in #23. ** Kouta references this trope in #26, stating that [[spoiler:all of the beatdowns he's received from the New Generation Riders have given him the experience needed to now wipe the floor with them.]] * TenMinuteRetirement: Him quitting being Gaim only lasted a single episode. * ThemeMusicPowerup: Seems to have acquired this recently, as evidenced in fights in #17 and #21. ** Interestingly it does not always play, but one can argue it comes up when his tenacity and determination seems to be rising up to uphold his ideals. * TheseHandsHaveKilled: [[spoiler: His reaction after learning he killed Yuuya.]] * ThouShallNotKill: He ascribes to this trope wholeheartedly... Too bad his hands are covered in blood due to him killing countless Inves who were once sentient beings on top of killing Yuya. * ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Showing how much more badass Kouta has become in Gaim he throws his Musou Saber at an Inves that has tackled Ryugen while Ryugen and the Inves were riding on a motorcycle and successfully impaled said Inves without hurting Ryugen. * ThousandYardStare: [[spoiler:In #22 when he finds out he personally killed Yuya. Can't blame the guy]] * TookALevelInBadass: He's been steadily growing in skill over the course of the show. ** Took a major increase in [[spoiler:#23 when he gets Kachidoki.]] ** This even shows outside of his transformed fight. In #21, he ''effortlessly'' beats the stuffing out of a larger, adult criminal untransformed, showing he's become quite the fighter. ** [[spoiler:Upon receiving Kiwami Arms, Kouta is able to effortlessly destroy Demushuu.]] * [[spoiler:{{Ubermensch}}: Becomes one in #23, rejecting the hopeless solutions of the other Riders and choosing an ideal path above moral compromise. He wants to destroy the very rule of the universe that demands sacrifice in exchange for hope.]] * TransformationIsAFreeAction: Subverted; In #5, Baron tries to rush attack Gaim as he changes into Strawberry Arms, though he misses. ** Interestingly this happens multiple times, enemies have attacked when Kouta was transforming, but always fail. * TheUnchosenOne: Unlike most other Riders who are part of Yggdrasill or were handpicked by Sid, Kouta found his Driver in Helheim Forest (dropped by Yuya, who Sid did pick). The difference really shows, since Kouta's moral compass is much stronger than any other Riders'. * UnknownRival: In a weird way, he has this situation going on with [[spoiler:Micchy. Micchy has become increasingly evil and bitter towards Kouta over the course of the series, to the point that he's now secretly attempting to kill him as Zangetsu Shin II. Kouta has absolutely no idea that this is the case and still thinks Micchy is his best friend.]] * UnwittingPawn: Subverted. He's perfectly aware that [[spoiler: DJ Sagara]] might be manipulating him, but goes along with it because he gets power ups out of it. ** Played straight in #26 where Mitsuzane, Kaito, and Minato manipulate him to find the Overlords. * [[spoiler:VictorGainsLosersPowers: Snags Sid's Cherry Energy Lockseed in #21.]] * WeaponOfChoice: ** Personal Arms: *** MixAndMatchWeapon: [[CoolGuns Musou]] [[CoolSword Saber]], which can also [[BifurcatedWeapon combine]] with some of his other weapons for extra power. *** KatanasAreJustBetter: The Daidaimaru in Orange Arms. [[note]]Becomes a [[DoubleWeapon naginata]] when combined with the Musou Saber. Gaim tends to [[DualWielding dual wield]] his Musou Saber alongside the Daidaimaru. There's also a "Fresh" version of the Orange Lockseed seen in the Hyper Battle DVD that provides dual Daidaimaru.[[/note]] *** EpicFlail: The Pine Iron in Pineapple Arms. [[note]]Becomes a kusarigama (chain sickle) when combined with the Musou Saber.[[/note]] *** [[FlechetteStorm Flechette]] [[KnifeNut Knives]]: The Ichigo Kunai in Strawberry Arms. *** DoubleWeapon: The Suika Sojinto in Watermelon Arms. *** TheStraightAndArrowPath: The Sonic Arrow in his various Jimber Arms. *** HandCannon: The DJ Gun in Kachidoki Arms. [[note]]Becomes a [[{{BFS}} big sword]] when combined with the Musou Saber.[[/note]] *** ImprobableWeaponUser: Can fight using ''flags'' [[note]]In fact, they are called the Kachidoki Flags.[[/note]] when using Kachidoki Arms. *** WalkingArmory: Gaim can use any of the basic Arms Weapons [[note]]Daidaimaru, Pine Iron, Ichigo Kunai, Suika Sojinto, Banaspear, Donkachi, Duri Noko, [[CarryABigStick Mango Punisher]], [[{{Handguns}} Budou Ryuhou]], [[DualWielding Kiwi]] [[RingsOfDeath Gekirin]], [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Melon Defender]], [[BladeOnAStick Kagematsu]], and [[DualWielding Kurumi]] [[PowerFist Bombers]].[[/note]], the Musou Saber, Sonic Arrow, and DJ Gun in Kiwami Arms. ** Borrowed Arms: *** JoustingLance: The Banaspear in Banana Arms. *** DropTheHammer: The Donkachi in Acorn Arms. *** [[DualWielding Dual]] [[SerratedBladeOfPain Serrated Blades]]: The Duri Noko in Durian Arms. [[note]]They can also be [[BifurcatedWeapon joined together]] by the ends of the grips.[[/note]] *** SwissArmyWeapon: The Wizar[[CoolSword Sword]][[CoolGuns Gun]] in Wizard Arms. *** BareFistedMonk: #1/Ichigo Arms * WesternZodiac: In #6, he's revealed to be an Aquarius (born January 30) * WhatTheHellHero: Gets called out by Mai, Akira, and Kaito during #3 for their own reasons: ** Mai complains that he is seeking all the attention that comes from being an Armored Rider as well as taking all responsibility from the team, leading them to become lazy with their dancing. ** Akira lectures him for quitting his jobs just to have fun with his friends. While he is earning a lot of money from Inves battles, she believes that his previous jobs (painting buildings and delivering food) were better since they helped other people and society, instead of just making him and his friends happy. ** Kaito confronts him for "just" using his powers to defend Team Gaim's own territory, rather than try to take over other teams' areas. Kaito considers this a waste and criticizes Kouta for not seeking "true power". Considering that Kaito is a {{Jerkass}}, though... * WildCard: Sagara outright calls him one in #32. * YankTheDogsChain: Every time it looks like Kouta is going to get some real help in stopping Helheim or Yggdrasill, something happens that makes said ally betray him [[spoiler: like Kaito and Micchy]] or something horrible happens to said ally [[spoiler: like Takatora being disposed of by the other Yggdrasill Riders.]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Mitsuzane Kureshima/Kamen Rider Ryugen/[[spoiler:Zangetsu Shin II]]]] !!Mitsuzane "Micchy" Kureshima/Armored Rider Ryugen[[note]]"dragon mystery"[[/note]]/[[spoiler:New Generation Rider Zangetsu Shin[[note]]"true slaying moon"[[/note]] II]] !!!Portrayed by: Mahiro Takasugi (live), Daisuke Sato (suit) http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ryugen2_2330.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mitsuzanekureshima_2554.jpg]] A shy but talented member of Team Gaim. Unknown to the others, he is actually an heir to the Yggdrasill Corporation and attends an exclusive private school, a fact that he takes pains to hide from his teammates because he wishes some semblance of normality in his life. Using the Sengoku Driver and the Budou (Grape) Lock Seed, he can transform into Armored Rider Ryugen. [[spoiler:He later obtains his brother's Genesis Driver and Melon Energy Lockseed, succeeding him as the second New Generation Rider Zangetsu Shin.]] ---- * AchillesInHisTent: After he finds out that every time a Rider transforms they just give Yggdrasill more data, Micchy refuses to fight for a while. * AllLoveIsUnrequited: For Mai. * AmbitionIsEvil: [[spoiler:He becomes obsessed with the power of influence and obtaining more of it, seeing it as the most important thing in life.]] * AntiHero -> AntiVillain -> [[spoiler:ClassicVillain]]: He becomes less and less heroic as the story goes on. [[spoiler:As his morality degrades, Micchy becomes an evil and twisted caricature of his former self, representing Pride, Envy, Wrath, and Lust.]] * ArchEnemy: [[spoiler: As of #28, Kaito has it out for Micchy because of his cowardly ways, swearing to destroy him himself.]] ** [[spoiler:He's also become one to Kouta. He has developed an intense hatred for him and is now trying to kill Kouta as Zangetsu Shin II. Unfortunately, Kouta doesn't know how much Micchy hates him and still thinks that they're friends.]] * ArmorPiercingSlap: [[spoiler:Receives one from Mai in #26. Unfortunately, it led to anything but an improvement for his sanity.]] * AxCrazy: By the time the Helheim Saga rolls around Micchy has become a high-functioning version of this trope. * {{Badass}}: ** BadassBiker: When borrowing the Sakura Hurricane and when using his own Rose Attacker. ** BadassInANiceSuit: [[spoiler:Will don one at some point in the future, after having taken over his brother's role at Yggdrasill.]] * BatmanGambit: To lure out Zangetsu, him and Kouta formulate a plan to use the other Riders as bait by playing off their greed and pride. * BashBrothers: Formed one with Gaim after becoming a Rider. * BeYourself: Part of the main reason he is in Team Gaim. In his high-end private school he acts like a stoic, elite student that sees all other students as a rival, but with his team he is much more relaxed and outgoing. ** Eventually deconstructed: his rejection of his brother's expectations for him leads to a complete disregard for everyone else. It also seems that his Team Gaim persona isn't "himself" either. * BeneathTheMask: Micchy was initially introduced as a cheerful and friendly person who just wanted to spend time with his friends. As time goes on, however, he is revealed to be very ruthless and manipulative, and he starts to care more about his own happiness than his friends'. ** By #27, the mask is breaking. Even Mai notices, though she hasn't completely caught on and just comments that he hasn't been acting "like himself". Tellingly, he then asks how he ''should'' act "like himself". * BigDamnHeroes: In #8 he shows up just in time with his new Rose Attacker to save Gaim from a swarm of Inves in the Helheim Forest. * BitchInSheepsClothing: He can seem very cheery and idealistic towards many things, as well as being TheSmartGuy of the group, but give him a goal in mind and he can be just as manipulative and cunning as his brother. ** This becomes more pronounced after Micchy joins Yggdrasil. He continues to act cheerful and friendly towards his friends, all while working with the villains and being completely okay with manipulating and lying to the people who care about him. * BrainsAndBrawn: When working with Kouta in the early episodes, he's the Brains. While Kouta is a better fighter, Micchy is the one who comes up with the plans. Unfortunately, Micchy's conviction that he's the "smart one" leads him to become angry with Kouta when the latter doesn't go along with his plans. * BystanderSyndrome: After learning about Yggdrasill using them as pawns, Micchy starts to suffer from this to the point that he stands by and lets both innocents and Kouta get attacked by Invess without lifting a finger. Though it's only for a short while. He only gets away from this once he's cornered by Kurokage troopers while infiltrating Yggdrasil. He finally stops being this... [[FaceHeelTurn after joining his brother]]. * [[spoiler:CainAndAbel: Cain to Takatora's Abel.]] * ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: In #18, he states, word for word, that he would betray anyone or anything to keep the joy he was feeling. * ControlFreak: Starts to become one more and more after joining Yggdrasil. He tries to manipulate Kouta into doing what Micchy thinks is best, and becomes bitter and angry when Kouta doesn't go along with his plans. ** He expresses very disturbing frustration after [[spoiler:seeing Kouta use Kachidoki Arms for the first time to destroy the Scalar System, after Micchi had practically ordered Kouta not to fight anymore.]] ** He's furious when [[spoiler:Kouta tells Mai the truth about what happened to Yuya, after Micchy had tried to manipulate Kouta into keeping the secret.]] ** He angrily laments how his schemes are constantly being thwarted by outside forces [[spoiler:when his second battle with Kouta is interrupted by Deemushu.]] ** By the time Helheim invades, he's asked whether [[spoiler:Kouta]] used to be an ally, to which he replies that his allies are the ones who ''follow orders''. And after [[spoiler:Kouta pulls ''another'' new Arms out of nowhere]], he's LaughingMad. * ConsummateLiar: Micchy can lie, distort the truth, and misdirect blame with rather disturbing skill. * TheCorruptible: As Sid and many other factors easily prove. * CorruptTheCutie * TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: While Micchy was hinted to have a darker side early on, he still cared about his friends' well-being. As he becomes more DrunkWithPower, he stops thinking about them while only focusing on his own desires [[spoiler:and taking sadistic delight in secretly trying to kill Kouta, his best friend.]] * DespairEventHorizon: He is so shocked by the sight of [[spoiler:a ruined alien civilization]] that he immediately accepts Takatora's offer to join Yggdrasill. * DisproportionateRetribution: Micchy becomes increasingly angry with Kouta when he doesn't go along with his manipulations, even though Kouta is heroically saving lives and clearly isn't doing so to spite Micchy. ** [[spoiler: Micchy's response to Takatora being genuinely happy while speaking highly of Kouta? He gives Kouta a beating while disguised as his own brother, all so that he can destroy any goodwill between the two. Not to mention that fact that he's now willing to nearly murder his best friend.]] * DrunkWithPower: Unlike other characters, Mitsuzane isn't drunk off of the physical power being a Rider gives him. Instead, he becomes drunk off of the power of control and influence that being a part of Yggdrasill gives him. * EvilCostumeSwitch: He's usually seen in brightly colored clothes; when he joins Yggdrasill and immediately switches to a pitch black shirt. ** [[spoiler:While he was already fairly evil, Micchy's switch from Ryugen to Zangetsu Shin symbolizes his complete surrender to his darker instincts.]] * [[spoiler: EvilCounterpart: To Kouta after his betrayal.]] * EvilFormerFriend: Becomes this to Kouta in #26 when he [[spoiler:shoots him in the back. Kouta still doesn't realize this, though.]] * EvilMakeover: As his morality degrades, Mitsuzane begins to resemble a more deranged version of his brother. * EvilIsPetty [[spoiler: In a world where the planet Earth is at risk of being consumed by an EldritchAbomination and multiple factions have grand ambitions of aiming to save the planet, letting it be consumed, or trying to become a god, Micchy is content to use his superpowers and all of the resources of a multi-billion dollar company to try and kill his ex-dance teammate, all out of mere jealousy.]] * {{Expy}}: His desire to protect his friends makes him increasingly more like: ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'''s Homura Akemi...[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion especially since he wants to protect them at any cost]]. Coincidentally, his brother also shares Homura's traits. ** After he joins Yggdrasil, [[spoiler:his AxCrazy and highly unstable personality makes him similar to Ouja from ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki''.]] ** His willingness to [[spoiler: shoot Kouta]] also makes him similar to Masato Kusaka/Kamen Rider Kaixa from ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'', since [[spoiler: he also tried to kill the primary Rider.]] Not to mention they both share {{Yandere}} traits. ** He is also similar to [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Riddhe Marcenas]]. [[spoiler: Both started out as an ally and sidekick to the main character of respective series, but turn against them eventually out of jealousy and conflicting ideals. Both receive upgrades that are [[EvilCounterpart evil counterparts]] to the main rider/gundam (Zangetsu Shin II for Micchy, Unicorn Banshee for Riddhe). Both also become AxCrazy when they betray Kouta/Banagher.]] * FaceHeelTurn: He makes no hesitation to switch to Yggdrasill's side after seeing whatever Takatora shows him in #16. ** HazyFeelTurn: However, his own indecision makes it clear that Micchy has no clue what side he's really on. ** [[spoiler: NeutralNoLonger: Micchy has finally decided what side he wants to be on. [[TheDarkSide Yggdrasil's side.]] [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Then when Yggdrasil falls he sides with the Overlord Redyue...]]]] * FallenHero: Began as a genuine hero but gradually degrades into an AntiVillain [[spoiler:and then a deranged psychopath willing to watch his own brother die and not lift a finger.]] ** He's now [[spoiler:working with Redyue, the Overlord Inves who is leading an invasion of Earth, with no apparent hesitation or remorse.]] * {{Foil}}: Like Kouta, Micchy acts as one to all three of the other main characters: ** Takatora: Micchy is introduced as a hero, but becomes disturbingly more villainous as the show goes on. His brother Takatora first appears as the ruthless leader of the villains, but it becomes apparent later that he is one of the most moral characters in the show, despite being misguided. ** Kouta: Both Riders start out wanting to use their powers to help their loved ones. While Kouta is initially DrunkWithPower, he's limited to using his powers for harmless monetary gain (while still helping his friends and family) and eventually grows out of it, unselfishly dedicating himself to protecting everyone. Micchy becomes much more selfish, allies himself with the villains, tries to protect his friends by lying and attempting to control them, [[spoiler:and becomes so angry and jealous of Kouta that he betrays him.]] ** Kaito: Both are entirely selfish and desire power; however, Kaito desires pure physical power while Micchy desires the power of influence and manipulation. Furthermore, Kaito is upfront with his enemies and despises tactics of deception and dishonesty. While a {{Jerkass}}, he always speaks genuinely and never lies. Micchy's skills at deception are his greatest asset, and he utilizes them to their full extent. In #27, [[spoiler:they come to blows over this difference when Kaito becomes disgusted with and attacks Micchy after witnessing him shooting Kouta in the back and knocking him unconscious.]] * ForegoneConclusion: The opening scene of #1 implies that he will eventually ally with Zangetsu; this becomes true in #16. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope However, much later on he turns against his brother and takes on the mantle of Zangetsu himself.]]]] * ForGreatJustice: Mitsuzane claims that he's helping Kouta fight Yggdrasill because it's the right thing to do. It's immediately subverted when Takatora claims that the real reason why he's doing it is just to rebel against his brother. * ForHappiness: Deconstructed; Micchy justifies his joining Yggdrasil with the desire to protect his friends from the conflict with Helheim and keep them happy. However, he becomes more and more comfortable with lying to his friends and trying to manipulate them into doing what he thinks is best. He eventually goes too far and begins trying to steer them away from ''anything'' that would make them feel bad, even if ''not'' knowing the truth would hurt them. He also becomes bitter and angry with his friends (especially Kouta) when they don't go along with his scheming since he is convinced that he knows what's best for them. ** Eventually, it becomes clear that "their happiness" is really just an excuse for his own happiness and desires: for example, [[spoiler:he uses Inves to sabotage Mai's attempt to warn the city of Yggdrasill's plans due to his own desire to keep her out of the conflict, even though such an act would (and did) clearly not make Mai happy.]] * FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Phlegmatic. * FromNobodyToNightmare: He begins his role as little more than the hero's sidekick, but slowly grows into one of the show's most dangerous villains. [[spoiler:Not to mention how much more of a threat he poses now that he's Zangetsu Shin.]] ** As of #33, [[spoiler:he's now aiding Redyue in her invasion of Earth, making him a threat to all of humanity.]] * GoMadFromTheRevelation: Seeing [[spoiler:the damage Helheim's already done to a alien civilization]] drove him to forgo his own morals and join Yggdrasill. * GreenEyedMonster: #28 all but states that his grudge against Kouta is due to jealousy; he starts to exhibit TranquilFury as he listens to Takatora compliment Kouta. [[spoiler: This causes him to stand by idly as his ''brother is seemingly killed.'' Then he takes his brother's Driver and name, all in an effort to both kill Kouta and to destroy the bond he had forged with his brother.]] * GuileHero: Starts out as one, but he devolves into a ManipulativeBastard. * HeroWorshipper: To Mai and Kouta, [[spoiler:at first]]. * HiddenDepths: When pressed, he can be just as ruthless to his brother. * HopeCrusher: An odd example because he believes destroying [[spoiler: Kouta's hope]] will keep him happy and safe. [[spoiler:As time goes on, he instead tries to do so purely out of anger and jealousy.]] * IDidntTellYouBecauseYoudBeUnhappy: His motivation for keeping Kouta and Mai in the dark as much as possible. * IgnoranceIsBliss: Micchy keeps several secrets about Helheim, Yggdrasil, and the truth about Yuya's disappearance from Kouta out of the belief that keeping him LockedOutOfTheLoop would make him happier in the long run. ** In #23, [[spoiler:he tries to convince Kouta not to tell Mai the truth about Yuya's death, outright stating that she would be happier never finding out.]] * InTheBack: [[spoiler: To symbolize Mitsuzane's fall into a complete villain, he shoots Kouta in the back as an act of spite.]] * IJustWantToBeYou: The first part of his initial motivations. He looks up to Kouta and Mai and wants to grow up to be an adult that has their best traits. ** [[spoiler:Eventually deconstructed: Micchy does want to be like Kouta, but only in the sense that Kouta is admired and respected by Mai, Team Gaim, and Takatora. Instead of realizing that Kouta earns this respect by being a noble, heroic person, Micchy becomes jealous and bitter. This ultimately leads him to betray Kouta, become a {{Yandere}} for Mai, and stand by and do nothing while his brother is nearly killed.]] * {{Irony}}: [[spoiler: Micchy joined his brother in Yggdrasil to protect Kouta from the secrets of Helheim, but Takatora revealed almost all of them to Kouta anyway.]] ** Micchy initially dreaded joining Yggdrasil, had a low opinion of his brother, and cared deeply for Kouta and Mai. Upon joining Yggdrasil, he becomes DrunkWithPower, starts to become more cold and evil than his brother ever was, and [[spoiler:becomes angry and bitter with Kouta and Mai when they don't go along with his manipulations]]. ** Micchy originally wanted to grow up to be just like Kouta and Mai, [[spoiler: but instead became the antithesis of everything they believe in.]] * ItsAllAboutMe: Though he claims his actions are for the benefit of his friends' happiness, it becomes clear from all the lies and deception that Micchy doesn't really respect them as individuals and only cares about the emotional reward that their relationships with him provide. [[spoiler:When Kouta and Takatora (his best friend and brother, respectively) bond with one another, Micchy turns on them with almost no hesitation, to the point that he stands by and lets the latter be nearly killed and tries to kill the former himself.]] * KeepingSecretsSucks: All of those secrets just keep on piling up and are having a notable effect on his sanity. * LackOfEmpathy: Micchy justifies his descent into villainy with his desire to protect his friends, but it becomes increasingly clear that he doesn't really care about their feelings or desires. He instead tries to control them behind their backs and gets mad when they don't go along with his scheming, since he's convinced that only he knows what's best for them. [[spoiler:His anger and frustration leads him to become much more dangerous as time goes on: he's now trying to outright kill Kouta out of jealousy, he threatened innocent people with Inves when Mai was trying to spread information about Helheim to save lives, and he stood by and did nothing while his brother was apparently murdered. He's now working with Redyue and aiding her invasion attempts, despite the number of casualties that would inevitably ensue.]] * TheLancer: Became this to Kouta after becoming Ryugen. [[spoiler:It doesn't last.]] * LaughingMad: At the end of #33 and in #34. * {{Lust}}: Not just in the sexual sense. Apart from his increasingly creepy crush on Mai, Mitsuzane lusts after emotional fulfillment and will lie and manipulate anyone to get it. * [[spoiler:LoveMakesYouCrazy [[LoveMakesYouEvil And Evil]]]] * ManipulativeBastard: Has no problem using his Yggdrasill influences to get what he wants from Sid. He also begins trying to control Kouta in #12, to the point where he almost got him to throw away his belt. ** Whenever Mitsuzane gets serious about trying to get Kouta to do what he wants, he invokes Mai's well-being to try to persuade him, arguing that Kouta doing what he thinks is right would put her in distress. *** This is TruthInTelevision, since this action is a typical, real-world emotional blackmail technique. * [[spoiler: ManInWhite: As Zangetsu Shin II.]] * MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Feminine Boy to Mai's Masculine Girl. * MartyrWithoutACause: A villainous example. Micchy's entire StartOfDarkness came about due to his desire to protect his friends. However, instead of working with and trusting them, he remained convinced that he was the only person capable of making the right decisions and resorted to lies, manipulations, and joining Yggdrasil to force them to do what he thought was best, all in the name of "protecting" them. As Kouta unintentionally defies him again and again, Micchy becomes increasingly bitter, seeing him as an IdiotHero who was ruining Micchy's attempts to keep him safe. * MaskOfSanity * MasterActor: Micchy can pull off his former personality with great skill even though he's become almost the exact opposite. * MiseryBuildsCharacter: He wants to inflict this trope onto Kouta. [[spoiler:After a while, he just wants to make Kouta miserable purely out of hatred.]] * TheMole: He's either this for the Beat Riders or Yggdrasill, Mitsuzane's not really sure yet. [[spoiler:He eventually chooses Yggdrasill.]] * MotiveDecay: At first, Micchy wanted to help Kouta and Mai, then he joins Yggdrasill to protect them and the rest of humanity. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, that eventually degrades into a dangerous lust for power and personal satisfaction.]] * MultiformBalance: Titled "Arms". ** Personal Arms: *** JackOfAllStats: Kiwi *** GlassCannon: Grape *** [[spoiler:LightningBruiser: Melon Energy as Zangetsu Shin]] ** Borrowed Arms: *** FightingClown: Double *** [[spoiler:MightyGlacier: Pineapple]] *** [[spoiler:JackOfAllStats: Banana and Melon]] * MundaneSolution: Two of them in #9. First he stops a Helheim fruit from becoming a Lock Seed by not picking it while wearing the Sengoku Driver, de-powering in the process; then he tracks the Komori Inves by slipping his cell phone onto it. * [[spoiler:MurderIsTheBestSolution: Eventually becomes his go-to answer to every problem in his way.]] * [[spoiler:MurderTheHypotenuse: Tries it on Kouta in #26.]] * NamedAfterSomeoneFamous: Likely named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akechi_Mitsuhide Akechi Mitsuhide]], a general of Nobunaga's who famously betrayed him. * {{Narcissist}}: Micchy shows all the signs of being a real life one. While capable of a full emotional range he has a massive superiority complex and loses it when his self inflated sense of worth is threatened, this leaves him incapable of caring about anyone but himself, and his "friendship" with Kouta and Mai exist solely for emotional satisfaction, and he doesn't care about them as people seeing them more as extensions of himself. [[spoiler: And despite "caring" about them, if they jilt him in any way, he'll easily cut them off and try to kill them.]] * NotSoDifferent: Despite disliking his brother and his lifestyle, Mitsuzane can be just as much of a ruthless SOB when the situation calls for it. ** {{Hypocrite}}: He states outright that he's a Kureshima and just as powerful, if not more so, than his brother - yet he continues to judge Takatora harshly. ** In #6, he openly agrees with Hideyasu's strategy of taking down top dog Kaito by ganging up on him. However, since Kouta decides to defend Kaito, he decides to not go along with the ganging up. ** Takatora makes this claim in #16. He expresses pride in Mitsuzane for taking the initiative to fight in the present instead of waiting for him to secure a future for the younger Kureshima and goes on claiming that Mitsuzane is just like him. [[spoiler:This starts to become subverted as time goes on: Takatora, for all of his faults, genuinely wants to ensure the survival of humanity and feels guilt for his more immoral actions. Mitsuzane becomes more and more DrunkWithPower and degenerates into a PoisonousFriend and ManipulativeBastard who only really cares about his own desires.]] ** He's this to [[spoiler:Ryoma, unfortunately. Both started out as loyal friends to another Rider (Micchy to Kouta, Ryoma to Takatora), but they each became jaded when the object of their loyalty acted out of altruism instead of selfishness or ambition (Kouta wants to save innocents whenever possible in defiance of Micchy's scheming, while Takatora has no desire to rule over the world like Ryoma does). In the present, both are intelligent schemers who primarily act by trying to manipulate others.]] ** [[spoiler: He's this to Redyue, horrifyingly enough.]] * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: In #28, [[spoiler:Micchy becomes Zangetsu Shin II and takes a rather disturbing delight in trying to beat Kouta to death while he's not transformed.]] ** [[spoiler:During their second fight, Micchy ends up on the receiving end of one when Kouta doesn't hold back.]] * NotSoHarmless[=/=]BewareTheNiceOnes: Showed his ruthless streak early on, which is how he got a Sengoku Driver in the first place. It only gets worse from there. * OhCrap: Mitsuzane has this when [[spoiler:Kouta actually ''attacks'' him, no longer falling for his plan of disguising as Takatora]]. ** [[spoiler:He has two during his fight with Kouta in #33: first when Bravo quickly jumps in and alerts Kouta to the fact that Zangetsu Shin is an imposter, then when Kouta in Kiwami Arms is about to finish him off (though he manages to escape).]] * PeekABangs: As his morality degrades, he begins being shown with his hair swept over one eye. * [[spoiler:PoisonousFriend: Micchy becomes obsessed with protecting Kouta, Mai, and the rest of Team Gaim. Unfortunately, he is convinced that he is the only person who knows what to do and proceeds to lie to everyone and manipulate his friends.]] ** [[spoiler:By #23, Micchy is trying to manipulate Kouta into giving up his fight against Yggdrasil and Helheim, and is disturbingly angered that Kouta doesn't listen to him.]] ** When Mai [[spoiler: learns the truth about Yuya's death, Micchy is furious since he wanted to keep her out of the conflict with Helheim entirely. He does not take it well when Mai calls him out on his behavior, and when she tries to warn civilians about the existence of Helheim, Micchy uses Inves to keep people from listening to her.]] ** By #28, [[spoiler:he's become just plain poisonous to Kouta, and takes up the role of Zangetsu Shin II in order to destroy Kouta's trust in Takatora and deliver a vicious beating.]] * {{Pride}}: Micchy is extremely intelligent and knows it. As he goes increasingly evil, it causes his hubris to grow and leads him to believe that he is the only person capable of making the right decisions. As Kouta keeps unintentionally defying Micchy's scheming, the latter becomes increasingly jaded and sees Kouta as an IdiotHero who's ruining Micchy's attempts to "protect" him, even when Kouta doing what Micchy wants would lead to innocent people dying. * ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: The defining theme of his character arc. * PsychopathicManChild: Despite being sixteen, Micchy fiys this trope disturbingly well. He doesn't seem to care about anyone or anything else beyond what he personally wants. [[spoiler:He's even willing to kill his best friend and threaten innocent people if it helps his goals.]] * PsychoSidekick: In the end, no matter what side he ends up on, Micchy's only true allegiance lies with Kouta and Mai and he will cross ''any line'' to "help" them. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he becomes bitter towards Kouta when the latter doesn't go along with his manipulations, and ends up betraying him. Micchy is still technically loyal towards Mai, but [[{{Yandere}} not in a good way.]]]] * TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives one to some snobby student in #24 calling him out on being nothing more than a corporate drone with no dream or ambition that belongs to himself. * RealMenWearPink: He wears pink capris with his Team Gaim uniform. * [[spoiler:{{Sadist}}: Micchy takes ''way'' too much joy in trying to kill Kouta. In #33, he even shoves the Inves who's helping him aside just so he could get in some more hits.]] * SanitySlippage: Becomes more and more crazy as time goes on. * ScrewDestiny: The second part of his motivations. Mitsuzane has had his entire life planned out for him since he was born. He loves the power that being Ryugen gives him because it lets him make his own choices. * SecretSecretKeeper: To Takatora's identity as Zangetsu. ** And as of #15, to the fact that Kouta killed Yuya. * SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sensitive Guy to Takatora's Manly Man. * SilentAntagonist: [[spoiler: As Zangetsu Shin II, he doesn't speak to keep up the faēade that he's his brother.]] * SlowlySlippingIntoEvil: He starts with implied threats to Sid and gets worse from there. * TheSmartGuy: When he's in Team Gaim's garage, he's often seen planning out something for the team, such as comparing the rankings of other Beat Riders or discussing their next move. * SpoiledSweet: [[spoiler:Until the series continued and he was revealed to be an AxeCrazy SpoiledBrat.]] * TeenGenius: One of Japan's brightest students and he shows it with his many schemes and gambits. * TookALevelInJerkass: As time goes on and he becomes more corrupt, Micchy's acts like a prideful jerk to everyone, even [[MoralityPet Kouta]]. * TotalitarianUtilitarian: Just like his brother, only with a noticeable lack of sanity. [[spoiler:It eventually becomes clear that Micchy only really cares about his own desires, though.]] * TragicVillain: His line in #18, which also acts as {{Foreshadowing}} for just how far Micchy is willing to go: -->Micchy: If it's to protect this joy...I'll betray anything and anyone. * [[{{Deuteragonist}} Tritagonist]] * UndyingLoyalty: Micchy has a very unhealthy and somewhat sycophantic devotion to Kouta and Mai. His entire world revolves around him and by the Yggdrasill saga Micchy's only objective is to make them happy. ** [[spoiler:By #26, his loyalty to both is dead: he sees Kouta as a threat and even though he still likes Mai, he sure won't put her desires above his own.]] * TheUnfettered: Once he has a goal in mind he will cross ''any'' line to see it through, from [[PoisonousFriend protecting Kouta]] to [[FallenHero joining Yggdrasill]]. * UnknownRival: In a way, he's this to [[spoiler:Kouta. Micchy spends a good amount of time trying to manipulate Kouta into doing what he wants. Kouta doesn't catch on to this (assuming Micchy is just giving friendly advice) and instead does what he thinks is right, leading Micchy to become bitter and angry with him. It eventually peaks with Micchy becoming Zangetsu Shin II and trying to outright kill Kouta, with the latter completely unaware that his "best friend" has fallen so far.]] * UnskilledButStrong: [[spoiler:As Zangetsu Shin II. He has the sheer power of a New Generation Rider, but Micchy is overwhelmed when Kouta doesn't hold back in their second fight.]] ** This becomes a plot point in #33, where [[spoiler:Bravo identifies him as an impostor because he's not as skilled a fighter as Takatora is.]] * VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Being hurt by Mai sets him off completely and leads him to see Kouta as a major threat.]] ** Has a small one in #29 when [[spoiler:Kouta fights back and overwhelms Micchy before their battle is interrupted by Deemushu. He angrily laments how his plans are constantly being thwarted by forces outside of his control.]] ** And another in #33 after [[spoiler:Kouta foils his plans again by pulling yet another powerup out of nowhere. It's bad enough to leave him LaughingMad.]] * WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: Attends an exclusive school as the son of the Yggdrasill president, and doesn't want his friends to know. * WeaponOfChoice: ** Personal Arms: *** {{Handguns}}: The Budou Ryuhou in Grape Arms. *** [[DualWielding Dual]] [[RingsOfDeath Attack Wheels]]: The Kiwi Gekirin in Kiwi Arms. *** [[spoiler:TheStraightAndArrowPath: Sonic Arrow as Zangetsu Shin.]] ** Borrowed Arms: *** {{Handguns}}: The Trigger Magnum in Double Arms. *** [[spoiler:EpicFlail: The Pine Iron in Pineapple Arms.]] *** [[spoiler:JoustingLance: The Bananspear in Banana Arms.]] *** [[spoiler:LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: The Melon Defender in Melon Arms.]] * WellIntentionedExtremist: Joins his brother as one in Yggdrasill. * WhatTheHellHero: In #26 Mai calls him out on his self-centered behavior. [[spoiler: This jilts him into becoming a flat out villain.]] * WhatYouAreInTheDark: In #26 [[spoiler: he's given the chance to literally shoot Kouta in the back without anyone knowing (except Kaito). He does so.]] ** [[spoiler:His actions as Zangetsu Shin II can be seen as this. With his identity concealed, he makes several attempts to brutally beat Kouta (taking obvious pleasure in doing so). Even worse, he does this all while tricking Kouta into thinking he's really Takatora.]] * [[spoiler:WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou: Micchy starts to develop this sort of attitude towards Kouta. He becomes increasingly jealous of Kouta for the admiration and attention the latter gets from Mai, Team Gaim, and Takatora, and develops a grudge towards Kouta when he doesn't go along with Micchy's scheming (even though Kouta clearly doesn't realize that Micchy is trying to manipulate him). Instead of realizing how dangerous this mindset is, Micchy puts all of the blame on Kouta and sees himself as being justified in his hatred. It gets taken to a horrifying extreme when he becomes Zangetsu Shin II and tries to outright kill Kouta.]] * WildCard: Doesn't care who he has to betray, as long as his goals are met. * WiseBeyondTheirYears: Micchy starts out amazingly intelligent and mature [[spoiler: which makes his degradation into a PsychopathicManchild all the more disturbing.]] * {{Wrath}}: Micchy keeps his rage and frustration bottled up, so it's rather disturbing to watch him unleash it on people who displease him. * WrongGenreSavvy: When he first joins Yggdrasil, it's fairly apparent that Micchy sees himself as TheHero since he's trying to "protect" his friends. As time goes on, he starts to see Kouta, [[TheHero the actual protagonist]], as an IdiotHero who's ruining Micchy's efforts. The aggression that he builds up in response is what largely fuels his further FaceHeelTurn. ** [[spoiler: In #29, Micchy's plan to kill Kouta hinges on Kouta being an AllLovingHero who would be willing to die to keep a fragile alliance and tries to use that to kill him. This plan falls apart because he forgets to figure in that Kouta has a sense of self-preservation unlike most {{All Loving Hero}}es and will use violence for self-defense.]] * XanatosSpeedchess: Rather impressively, he managed to use the remains of his failing plan to steal Kouta's Sengoku Driver in order to solidify his new position in Yggdrasill. * {{Yandere}}: Very slowly being revealed to be a major one towards Kouta and Mai. He's obsessed with "protecting" them, even if it means lying, manipulation, and working with the more villainous members of Yggdrasil. ** [[spoiler:By #26, he's completely turned on Kouta out of anger and frustration for Kouta not going along with his manipulations. He is now only "devoted" to Mai.]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Mai Takatsukasa]] !!Mai Takatsukasa !!!Portrayed by: Yuumi Shida [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/maitakatsukasa_2894.jpg]] The strong-willed second-in-command/acting leader of Team Gaim, and main female protagonist. Mai is a professional dancer who works hard to improve Team Gaim into the best Beat Rider gang on the street. ---- * ActingForTwo: She and the mysterious woman are both played by Yuumi Shida, and is even pointed out when Kouta mistakes the latter for the former. * AllLoveIsUnrequited: According to the series' website, Kouta is who makes her heart melt. * ArmorPiercingSlap: Gives one to [[spoiler:Micchy in #26.]] * BelligerentSexualTension: What the team interprets her bickering with Kouta as. * BrokenMasquerade: This becomes her new goal when she learns the truth. * CharacterTics: Whenever Mai gets depressed or worried, she stands still, tilts her head to the ground, and keeps her hands close to her waist. * ChildhoodFriends: With Kouta. * {{Determinator}}: Nothing will stop Mai from dancing and using it to spread joy. Not Inves, or Oren, or hatred. ''Nothing.'' * FanGirl: Of Bravo of all people, to Kouta's anger. * FirstNameBasis: She's the only character Kaito ever addresses by given name, which he's done just once so far. * ForgottenFirstMeeting: It's implied this happened with Kaito; she was the daughter of the priest at a shrine Kaito used to play at when he was a child. * GirlishPigtails, OdangoHair: Among her wide repertoire of hairstyles. * GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: [[spoiler:{{Deconstructed}}. She slapped Mitsuzane, hoping she'd get through to him and snap him out of his obsessive phase... But much like how slapping an emotionally distraught person in real life works, this only served to make him even ''worse''.]] * IncompatibleOrientation: She has a very bizarre crush on Oren bordering on MindScrew. This will ''never'' work out [[CampGay for]] ''[[DepravedHomosexual so]]'' [[IncompatibleOrientation many]] [[ManlyGay reasons.]] * TheLeader: Takes over as Team Gaim's leader after Yuya's disappearance. ** After #18, she could be seen as the leader of all remaining Beat Riders * LockedOutOfTheLoop: Mitsuzane is dead-set against telling Mai that Yuya's dead, preferring her to be happy and ignorant; and he's convinced Kouta to keep from telling her as well. [[spoiler:She finally finds out in #26.]] * MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Masculine Girl to Mitsuzane's Feminine Boy. * {{Miko}}: Used to be one as a child. * MissionControl: [[spoiler:After Helheim takes over the city, she acts as coordinator for the Riders protecting it.]] * MoralityPet: Is becoming this to Kaito, who tends to show his softer side, explains his more sympathetic motives, or performs a good deed after talking to her. ** She, along with Kouta, are this to Micchy, since one of his primary motivations is to keep them safe. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, neither of them realize this, and Micchy degenerates into a ManipulativeBastard and PoisonousFriend as the series progresses.]] * [[spoiler:NiceJobBreakingItHero: She called Micchy out on his behavior and for not respecting Kouta's point of views in battle, and slaps him. This is the final straw for Micchy and leads him to go fully evil.]] * OnlySaneWoman: Takes up the mantle as Kouta becomes DrunkWithPower. Well, unless Oren is involved. ** Tries to get the other Beat Rider Teams to quit using Inves in #15, so people would see that the teams aren't behind the attacks/illness. It fails but she gets points for trying. * PutOnABus: Defied. Kouta attempts to send her away from the city with the [[Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger ToQGers]] in an attempt to protect her from the potential dangers he learned of in the past few episodes, but once she learned of the plan, she immediately got off the train and decided to walk back home. * StepfordSmiler * {{Tsundere}}: Shows some signs of this towards Kouta for leaving their group. * WhatTheHellHero: After she continues to fangirl over Bravo after he becomes a full time villain, both Kouta and Mitsuzane call her out on her stupidity. ** [[spoiler:Mai calls out Micchy for his behavior after learning the truth about Yuya's death. Unfortunately, it helps cement his slide into villainy.]] * UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: See GetAHoldOfYourselfMan above, especially since she never knew about [[spoiler: Michhy's manipulative nature. Plus, his remorse towards Kouta was recent. This also led into the endgame, Micchy's attempt at Kouta's life led to him showing Takatora the Overlords and led to his inevitable backstabbing/Sid's betrayal. In short, one slap caused the endgame.]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Yuya Sumii]] !!Yuya Sumii !!!Portrayed by: Hiromi Sakimoto [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/yuyasumii_488.jpg]] The leader of Team Gaim, who goes missing after receiving a Sengoku Driver from Sid. It's revealed in Episode 14 that he was the Byakko Invess that Kouta fought in the first episode. ---- * BigBrotherMentor: To Team Gaim. * BitchInSheepsClothing: Not shown (and there's no way to confirm either way), but implied via FridgeLogic: Sid was looking for people hungry for power when handing out Sengoku Drivers, so the fact that he chose Yuya doesn't speak well of him. * CerebusRetcon: Try enjoying the first episode fight now after Episode 14. * ChekhovMIA: He goes missing in the first episode after getting a Sengoku Driver. The trope is then zigzagged: while it's played straight in that he reappears with a major impact on the plot, it's subverted in that he was ''killed'' after going missing and only "returns" in flashbacks. * KilledOffForReal: He's the first monster to go up against Gaim. * ForgottenFallenFriend: Averted; he hasn't been seen for months but he has ''not'' been forgotten, and his friends continue to try and pick up the search for him as opportunities arise. * MissedTheCall: He got a Sengoku Driver, but never used it and Kouta picked it up after he dropped it. * PlotTriggeringDeath: He ate a fruit and transformed into a Inves that Kouta fought. This caused Kouta to become Gaim for the first time, stepped up Yggdrasil's plans, escalated the Beat Rider Inves Games to new and uncontrollable levels, and (once Micchy found out about it) caused led to tension between Kouta and Micchy. * SmallRoleBigImpact: His disappearance and transforming into the Byakko Inves lead to Kouta becoming Gaim and everything else with it. * TragicMonster * WalkingSpoiler: Hello, [[WhamEpisode Episode 14...]] * WeHardlyKnewYe [[/folder]] [[folder:Other ''Team Gaim'' Members]] !!Chucky !!!Portrayed by: Kanon Tsuyama ---- * BoyishShortHair * TomboyishName !!Rica !!!Portrayed by: Miina Yokota ---- * LivingProp !!Rat !!!Portrayed by: Ren Ozawa ---- * CasanovaWannabe: Shown hitting on the girls of Team [=PopUp=] and immediately failing. * TakingTheBullet: Gets wounded by the Bixie Invess while trying to protect Rica. Luckily, he avoids getting infected with the plague that some Invess carry. [[/folder]] !!Team Baron [[folder:Kaito Kumon/Kamen Rider Baron]] !!Kaito Kumon/Armored Rider Baron/[[spoiler:New Generation Rider Baron]] !!!Portrayed by: Yutaka Kobayashi (live), Eitoku (suit) http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/baronda_7692.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kaitokumon_5341.jpg]] The ruthless leader of Team Baron until #18. Believing that modern society is a rotten system where the weak are persecuted by the strong, Kaito works tirelessly to improve both himself and his team so that they can survive in such a world. He has a very powerful and disciplined work ethic, and tries to pass that along to his team. Using the Banana Lock Seed and the Sengoku Driver, he can transform into Armored Rider Baron. [[spoiler:He later obtains a Lemon Energy Lock Seed and Genesis Driver, allowing him to transform into New Generation Rider Baron.]] ---- * ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Thanks to his ego causing the Inves game to explode out of control, everyone hates him. * AboveGoodAndEvil: Kaito holds power above all forms of morality. * AbsurdCuttingPower: He cut through a tv screen by ''throwing a playing card at it''. * AmbiguouslyEvil: [[spoiler:Though he fights against Helheim, he does not care one bit about protecting innocent people, in fact claiming that the weak deserve death.]] * AntiHero[=/=]AntiVillain: Straddles the line between the two in a hard-to-pin way. He does not seem to think about good or evil, holding his SocialDarwinist creed above all morality. * ArchEnemy: [[spoiler:Deemushu begins to view him as this. He spends all of #27 violently demanding from any random human his whereabouts so he can challenge him again.]] * {{Badass}} ** BadassBiker ** BadassCape: In Mango Arms and Lemon Energy Arms. ** BadassLongcoat: A Team Baron staple, along with regular coats in the same colors. ** BadassNormal: In #2, he takes Gaim's dropped Musou Saber and manages to hurt Shika Inves a little before being swept away. *** EmpoweredBadassNormal: By #3, courtesy of Rider powers. * BerserkButton: Does not approve of cheating to win. ** As shown in #13, hurting one of his teammates (even if they are a cheat) is a big mistake. * BigDamnHeroes: After Yggdrasill steps up on its game, Kaito always seems to be there to save Kouta and help him pull off a win. ** #16 has him and Zack do this for Mai and Chucky. * BlueAndOrangeMorality: Kaito's moral system is very hard to comprehend transcending mere Social Darwinism leading to him entering this trope at times. * BreakoutCharacter: His popularity was actually the reason why [[spoiler:the producers decided to give him a Genesis Driver. He wasn't originally supposed to obtain one.]] * BrokenAce * TheBrute: Becomes this for [[spoiler:Ryoma's RenegadeSplinterFaction.]] * BystanderSyndrome: Doesn't give a crap about the Kumori Inves' rampage in #9 and says the other Armored Riders won't care either. [[JerkassHasAPoint He's right]]. * ByronicHero: He hits every mark and keeps on going. Handsome? Check. ItsAllAboutMe? Check. BrokenAce? Check. TheCynic? Check. Runs on the PowerOfHate? Double Check. Cunning and charismatic? Check. And the list just keeps on going. * CassandraTruth: He points out to Micchy that Kouta will never believe a word he says and even proves it for him. Not that he's bothered by it. * CharacterTic: Doing random card tricks whenever he's lounging at home base. ** Just before he henshins, he twirls the Banana Lock Seed on his index finger. * ChildhoodFriends: #12 reveals he was this with Mai; he just didn't recognize her as an adult. ** ForgottenChildhoodFriend * DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Tries to attack Gaim while he's in the middle of his transformation. * DeathDealer: He can ''pierce a TV screen'' by throwing one of his playing cards at it. Makes you wonder what would've happened to Ryoma's back had Yoko not intercepted his card attack in #15. * {{Deuteragonist}}: Positioned ahead of the other two main Riders as most important after Kouta. * EnemyMine: Despite his drive to be the strongest, he still gives away a few high class locks he picked up to the leaders of Invitto and Raid Wild. ** In #13, the forms a brief alliance with Gaim to take down Bravo. ** [[spoiler:His alliance with Ryoma's faction within Yggdrasil also counts, since Kaito is smart enough to know that they will eventually betray him.]] * EstablishingCharacterMoment: In #2, Kaito helps a little boy who's stuck in a tree by encouraging him to jump down on his own; when the boy does so, Kaito catches him and then tells him that he did well and knows to rely on his own strength from now on. * {{Expy}}: ** Let's see... Kaito is TheRival ByronicHero that wears a BadassLongcoat and is a SmugSuper {{Jerkass}} with a FreudianExcuse that [[ItsAllAboutMe that cares only about himself]] unless a MoralityPet is hurt and is also ''really'' [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking good at throwing playing cards]]...[[Anime/YuGiOh Seto Kaiba]]...is that you? ** His outfit (when not comparing it to [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Marvelous]]), WeaponOfChoice, [[TheSocialDarwinist philosophy]], and [[DarkAndTroubledPast backstory]] all echo one of Urobuchi's earlier characters, [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Kyoko Sakura]], sans the [[BigEater appetite trait]]. * FairPlayVillain: Kaito despises underhanded methods going out of his way to make fights and duels to be as honorable as possible so people can show their true strength, [[spoiler: this ties into him opposing Yggdrasill, they want to wipe out six billion humans to save the race while he wants the Helheim Invasion to occur unopposed so each individual human can show their own strength and worth.]] * AFatherToHisMen: Genuinely cares for the core Team Baron members. * {{Fauxshadowing}}: The Yggdrasill Saga made it look like Kaito was going to become a straight up hero. [[spoiler: Turns out that it was foreshadowing how morally grey he actually was.]] * ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler:The first scene of #1 implied he would go on to become an enemy of Gaim. He joins Ryoma, Yoko, & Sid at the end of #20, which will inevitably put him against Kouta.]] * FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Choleric. * FreudianExcuse: Coming from a poor family and being indoctrinated with MightMakesRight ideas after Yggdrasill ruined his life made him the person he currently is. * GenreSavvy: In a subversion of TransformationIsAFreeAction, he tries to rush attack Gaim in #5 once he realizes that he is changing forms. Though he fails, it is surprising to see him go for it. ** He realizes that Ryoma is a MadScientist so he got him to monologue both to fish for information and to create an opportunity to escape. ** He knows full well that [[spoiler:Ryoma and the other New Generation Riders will eventually betray him, despite their alliance, and is merely using them to become stronger.]] * GunboatDiplomacy[=/=]AppealToForce: His plan to deal with the Overlords is to become more powerful than them and then force them to do what he wants. It sadly sounds more rational than Kouta's plan given the [[PsychopathicManchild Overlords]] [[ForTheEvulz overall]] [[BloodKnight behavior]]. * HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Justified. He cares more about power than any morality. * HeroicNeutral: Kaito tends to show his good side only after a far more antagonistic character comes knocking. * HiddenDepths: #12 reveals that he misses the old Shinto culture that Zawame City used to have before Yggdrasill industrialized everything. ** In ''Tokkyuger vs. Gaim'' he could see Rainbow Line, and only those with a great imagination can. ** We see the most of it in #31 and boy is Kaito a far different man than how he acts [[spoiler: he believes that the only thing strong people can do is destroy and that he ''himself'' is weak and that weak people can only struggle to oppose the strong.]] * HiddenHeartOfGold: He may make a big show of being a cold-blooded SocialDarwinist, but when the chips are down, he either fails to follow through on it or conveniently reinterprets his philosophy so that it'll allow him to do the right thing. See also, basically every time he bails out Kouta. * HonorBeforeReason: He views deception and subterfuge as cowardly and refuses to utilize such tactics, even when it could benefit him. * HowDoIShotWeb: More subtle than Kouta, but Kaito obviously doesn't know how to use a lance at first, given how an Elementary Inves almost got the better of him. * HumansAreSpecial: He seems to believe this, thinking that humanity will supplant Helheim. * IFightForTheStrongestSide: Kaito's all about power, which contributes a lot to his moral ambiguity and [[spoiler:him siding with Yggdrasil once he reveals his true colors. Even then, he outright admits he's only using them to become stronger]]. * InstantExpert: After taking a few hits in his first fight, he picks himself up rather quickly and finishes off both the monster he was fighting and the one Kouta was having trouble with. By the next episode, he easily wipes out an entire group of Inves. ** When he summons some fully-materialized Inves in #5, he makes it clear that he has been experimenting with what the Sengoku Driver can do, ahead of the other Riders, and even chides Micchy for not doing the same. * {{Irony}}: Despite seeking absolute power, Kaito is one of the few characters ''not'' to have become DrunkWithPower at some point. * ItsAllAboutMe: Unless you hurt a MoralityPet, he is ridiculously self absorbed and selfish. * ItsPersonal: See also {{Revenge}} below. * {{Jerkass}}: See himself and his team as being on top of the food chain, has no qualms treating his opponents like scum, vocally expresses that anyone deemed "weak" only deserve to be squashed underfoot. ** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Maybe. He clearly disapproved Peco's use of a slingshot to cheat and when Gaim was in trouble, he picked up the Musou Saber and charged in without a second thought. ** JerkassHasAPoint: In #25 he points out how stupid it is to simply ask the Overlords to stop the Helheim invasion because they'd actually have to give a shit for it to work. ** JerkassRealization[=/=]NotSoDifferent: He has this when he hears [[spoiler:Deemushu ranting about how the strong overcomes the weak in a manner not unlike his own talks of strength and power]]. * KickTheDog: In #13, his response to a group of people protesting against him being a Beat Rider is to sic some fully developed Inves on them, regardless of if they were begging for it or not. ** KickTheSonOfABitch: When they resent the very people who save them time and time again, who ''wouldn't'' blame Kaito for pulling that on some people? * KnightInSourArmor * KleptomaniacHero: While stuck in the Helheim Forest, Kaito learns from Kouta that the fruits around them can be harvested into Lock Seeds. The first thing he does afterwards is picking and harvesting as many Lock Seeds he can carry. ** Does it again in #15, where he grabs a "newer" Sengoku Driver Model that can be used by anyone. He eventually gives it to Zack. * LetNoCrisisGoToWaste: [[spoiler: He ''likes'' Helheim's invasion, seeing it as the perfect opportunity to divide the weak from the strong.]] * MeanBoss: This works against him. His lack of respect for his vassals leads to both desertion and betrayal, though he really doesn't seem to mind because he just saw them as {{Sycophantic Servant}}s too weak to make their own decisions. * MightMakesRight: This was the basis for his now once-an-episode strength speech in #6. * MoralityPet: In a very weird way, he's this to Minato. Helping humanize her and showing that there's more to her than a mere BloodKnight. ** In a way, Kouta is often this to him, as working with him normally brings out the best in Kaito. * MultiformBalance: Titled "Arms". ** Personal Arms: *** JackOfAllStats: Banana *** MightyGlacier: Mango *** LightningBruiser: Lemon Energy ** Borrowed Arms: *** MightyGlacier: Watermelon *** FightingClown: OOO *** [[spoiler:FragileSpeedster: Strawberry]] *** [[spoiler:GlassCannon: Kiwi]] *** [[spoiler:JackOfAllStats: Melon]] * NiceJobBreakingItHero: Him starting the Baron Alliance is what started the Inves Game to escalate, allowing Yggdrasill to be able to pin all of the blame of the Beat Riders, which in turn makes everyone hate him preventing important alliances from forming. * NobleDemon: He's a complete {{Jerkass}}, but helps out children, keeps his word, and ''hates'' cheating. ** Also, in spite of his SocialDarwinist views, he actually seems to try to avoid needless violence. His first attempts at contacting [[spoiler: the Overlord Inves]] involved [[spoiler: leaving packages containing Japanese dictionaries all over Helheim to try to set up a dialogue with them peacefully.]] Only when that fails does he actually try to fight them [[spoiler: [[CurbStompBattle and gets his ass handed to him]]]]. ** In #27, [[spoiler:he is disgusted when Micchy cowardly shoots Kouta in the back and attacks him.]] * NominalHero: Cares less about protecting people and more about just wanting to destroy Yggdrasill. ** [[spoiler:He is hardly a hero now. He seems fine with the idea of working with Yggdrasill for unrivaled power, even if his city has to burn.]] * NotSoDifferent: To Kouta. They are perfectly happy to help others in need and believe in fair play, but have contrasting world views. ** In #8, Mai tries to tell him that she and he are Not So Different despite being the leaders of opposing teams; they both lost everything because of Yggdrasill. And they both need to be stronger, except that while Kaito needs to be stronger than ''everyone'', Mai just wants to stop being TheLoad. ** To Kouta again in #13, they easily fight in almost perfect synch against Bravo showing that it's more than in term of some traits, but in combat abilities. ** Utterly solidified when they both become (well, Kaito always was), the {{Ubermensch}}, said by Sagara as the reason why the two of them are stronger people than all of the other Riders. * OneSteveLimit: Averted. You may recognize the name Kaito as the last name of a certain [[Series/KamenRiderDecade dimension-hopping thief]]. * PetTheDog: ** Helps Mai escape the Helheim Forest, even though it doesn't benefit him in #8. ** In #13, he abandons his pride in order to save Peco. ** In #15, he shows genuine sadness over Ryoji's death. ** In #18, he abandons Team Baron, but gives Zack his spare Driver on the way out. While he claims he doesn't want dancing to distract him from his goal of toppling Yggdrasill, you get the sense that the reverse is also true and he doesn't want his team dragged into his quest. ** In #27, [[spoiler:he is pissed when he witnesses Micchy shoot Kouta in the back and knock him unconscious. As Micchy draws in the finish the job, Kaito attacks him and defends Kouta. Afterwards, he hides the still-unconscious Kouta in a tree and covers him with leaved branches to protect him from Inves. It's pretty shockingly nice of him to go so far.]] ** Continuing into #28 [[spoiler: Kaito figures out Micchy's next attempt to murder Kouta so he secretly shadows him during a delivery to protect him.]] * {{Pride}}: He has to be the best. No exceptions. * PowerOfHate: Kaito is motivated by his all-encompassing hatred of Yggdrasill and draws all of his power from it. * ProperlyParanoid: [[spoiler: While he may be working for Ryoma's faction, he knows better than to trust them.]] * RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: The Team Baron color scheme. They're not quite ''evil'', but they are Team Gaim's initial antagonists. * {{Revenge}}: Kaito's ultimate long term goal is revenge on Yggdrasill for ruining his and his families life. * TheRival * ScrewDestiny: In #3, when the Mysterious Woman starts giving him the spiel about being fated to fight endless battles, he interrupts her to say "I make my own fate!" * SecretKeeper: For Micchy. It's not because he vowed to keep a secret, but rather because 1) Kouta will never believe a word he says and 2) he prefers to [[spoiler:kill Micchy himself for what he did]]. * SmugSuper: An odd example; while Kaito looks down on the weak, he never boasts about his own power, and more than anything he believes that it's human nature to seek power. The team at Aesir subs has noted that this makes Kaito's dialogue ''very'' difficult to translate. * TheSocialDarwinist: "The weak shall perish, and the strong shall survive. Such are the rules of nature." as he puts it. He's also called out Kouta several times for having power and only using it to defend his team instead of asserting his superiority. [[spoiler:His TrueColors show this to be his dominant trait, as he believes Helheim invading the world would be a good way to weed out the weak]]. * StarterVillain: He's Kouta's main enemy and rival for the beginning of the story. * StealthPun: [[TheRedBaron He's Baron, and he's red.]] Of course he'd be depicted as TheAce. ** Possibly unintentional, but his banana-themed armor's combination of samurai and European knight influences could be one. * TheStoic: Even during funny scenes, Kaito remains disciplined and composed. * SupportingLeader: Of the Rider Alliance. * TakingTheBullet: For Kouta in #31. * ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: His solution to dealing with Sigurd? [[TheJuggernaut Watermelon Arms.]] * ThrowTheDogABone: See EnemyMine. * {{Troll}}: Only when talking with Micchy, though. * {{Ubermensch}}: Sagara describes him as such. [[spoiler:Kouta follows his example and becomes one too, though he has a more virtuous take on it.]] * WaistcoatOfStyle: Part of the Team Baron dress code; best seen when he's hanging around his base and has ditched his coat. * WeaponOfChoice: ** Personal Arms: *** JoustingLance: The Bananspear in Banana Arms. *** CarryABigStick: The Mango Punisher in Mango Arms. *** TheStraightAndArrowPath: The Sonic Arrow in Lemon Energy Arms. ** Borrowed Arms: *** JoustingLance: An unnamed lance in Watermelon Arms. *** CoolSword: The Medajalibur in OOO Arms. *** [[spoiler:[[FlechetteStorm Flechette]] [[KnifeNut Knives]]: The Ichigo Kunai in Strawberry Arms.]] *** [[spoiler:[[DualWielding Dual]] [[RingsOfDeath Attack Wheels]]: The Kiwi Gekirin in Kiwi Arms.]] *** [[spoiler:LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: The Melon Defender in Melon Arms.]] * WillNotTellALie: Kaito never lies and despite not shouting his ideals to the world will flat out tells someone what he's planning to do if they ask. * TheWorfEffect: Is constantly getting beaten down by every new threat that comes up. Even as he gains new locks, he is quickly knocked back a few notches. * WorthyOpponent: Is beginning to see Team Gaim as one in #5. As he explains, he wants to put the weak in their place, but recognizes that some such as Gaim would eventually gather their strength and fight back, which he sees as worthy of respect. ** Shown in #14 where he stays behind to hold off Zangetsu Shin to allow Gaim to try to reach Hase. Granted he also wanted to settle a prior score, but it still shows he respects his rival(s). ** This is basically how Kaito's entire moral system works. If you stand up for your beliefs and try to be strong, he'll be somewhat courteous and show respect, if you don't meet these standards he'll treat you like garbage. [[/folder]] [[folder:Zack/Kamen Rider Knuckle]] !!Zack/Armored Rider Knuckle !!!Portrayed by: Gaku Matsuda (live), unknown suit actor http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/knuckle_3790.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zackgaim_199.jpg]] Team Baron's second-in-command who becomes the new leader after Kaito leaves. He later becomes Armored Rider Knuckle, transforming using a stolen mass-produced Sengoku Driver given to him by Kaito and the Kurumi (Walnut) Lock Seed. ---- * AppropriatedAppellation: His Driver announces him as "Mister Knuckle Man!" Soon after, he names himself Armored Rider Knuckle. * BadassLongcoat * BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: A rare good example. Zack starts out as nothing but a SmugSnake {{Jerkass}} but evolves into a heroic NiceGuy. * ChekhovsGunman: Is introduced from the first episode, but doesn't become a Rider until #18. Till then most casual viewers wouldn't remember him too much. * CompositeCharacter: Looks like a cross between Kurokage and Gridon. * {{Expy}}: He's a [[LargeHam hammy]], close-range combatant and an [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica "Ally of Justice"]] who became an Armored Rider after the death of the first major character. Sounds familiar? * FragileSpeedster: Knuckle has less attack power than Gridon, but is more agile. * GoodOldFisticuffs: As expected from a Rider named [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Knuckle]]. * HeelFaceTurn: After Kaito leaves Team Baron and he becomes a Rider, he and the team as a whole stop being antagonistic towards the others and Zack in particular becomes an ally of Kouta. * HiddenDepths: As shown in #18 all he really wants to do is dance and have fun. * {{Irony}}: Zack started out as Kaito Junior but developed into a person like Kouta. * {{Jerkass}}: At first. ** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Becomes this by the time he becomes Kamen Rider Knuckle. * LargeHam: "BANANA!? BANA-BANANA?!" * TheLeader: Becomes this for Team Baron after Kaito quits the team. * LineOfSightName: "Knuckle" comes from the Lockseed's rolecall, "Mister Knuckleman". * MegatonPunch: Considering his main weapon, he dishes these out a lot. * NiceGuy: Through CharacterDevelopment he becomes the nicest besides Kouta. * NumberTwo: To Kaito. * OnlySaneMan: He's currently the only Rider besides Kouta that doesn't have some ulterior motive or agenda. * RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: A Team Baron staple. * SmugSmiler * TookALevelInBadass / TookALevelInKindness: Both, after getting his driver. * TheUnchosenOne: One of the few Armored Riders to get his Driver without Sid's involvement. * WaistcoatOfStyle * WeakButSkilled: His Lock Seed is C+ (falling between Kurokage and Gridon), but he's a much better fighter than either of them. * WeaponOfChoice: ** [[DualWielding Dual]] {{Power Fist}}s: The Kurumi Bombers in Walnut Arms. * YouAreInCommandNow: Kaito makes him the new leader of Team Baron so that he can focus on Yggdrasill. [[/folder]] [[folder:Peco/[[spoiler:Kamen Rider Kurokage Shin]]]] !!Peco/[[spoiler:New Generation Rider Kurokage Shin[[note]]"true black shadow"[[/note]]]] !!!Portrayed by: Saku Momose (live), unknown suit actor [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/pecogaim_7915.jpg]] The third major member of Team Baron. He has a true love of dancing. [[spoiler:In the 2014 summer movie, he wields a Genesis Driver and the Matsubokkuri (Pinecone) Energy Lockseed, allowing him to transform into New Generation Rider Kurokage Shin.]] ---- * CharacterDevelopment: Starts out as nothing but one of Kaito's SmugSnake CoDragons, but after his HiddenDepths and motivations are revealed, he becomes Kaito's MoralityPet and TheHeart of Team Baron. * BadassLongcoat * BratsWithSlingshots: Occasionally uses one against opponents. * TheHeart: Grows into this. * HeelFaceTurn: Becomes less antagonistic towards the other teams during the events of #18. * {{Jerkass}}: At first. ** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Becomes one as time goes on. * {{Keet}} * LargeHam: He seems unable to even speak without chewing the scenery. * HiddenDepths: It turns out that he's one of the few Team Baron members that truly cares about dancing. * MoralityPet: To Kaito. * RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: A Team Baron staple. * TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: Known for cheating to help Team Baron win Inves battles. ** [[FridgeBrilliance Which actually makes a lot of sense.]] Peco is one of the few Beat Riders that actually wants to dance for fun, of course he wants to get the part he hates the most out of the way so he can actually dance. * UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The Armored Riders would ''never'' had gotten so popular and things wouldn't have spiraled even ''more'' out of control if he didn't dislodge the Lockseed in Kota's hand in Episode 2. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Didn't think this through, huh?]] * WaistcoatOfStyle * UnexpectedCharacter: [[spoiler: Peco getting a driver isn't too far out of left field - him getting a ''Genesis Driver'', though...]] [[/folder]] !Other Armored Riders [[folder:Hideyasu Jonouchi/Kamen Rider Gridon]] !!Hideyasu Jonouchi/Armored Rider Gridon[[note]]A phonetic anagram of "donguri" ("acorn")[[/note]] !!!Portrayed by: Ryo Matsuda (live), Kazuya Okada (suit) http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gridon_4457.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hideyasujonouchi_906.jpg]] The cunning leader of Team Invitto. He compensates for his physical weakness through the use of underhanded tactics, and by manipulating more powerful people to do his bidding. Using the Donguri (Acorn) Lock Seed, he can transform into Armored Rider Gridon. ---- * AdvertisedExtra: Gridon was part of the original series reveal alongside Gaim, Baron, Ryugen, and Zangetsu, even going as far as having a cameo in the first scene where all the riders revealed were featured. While the others are the series' main characters, Gridon became merely the PluckyComicRelief and he's often absent from episodes. He hasn't even been a major part of the plot since hebecame Bravo's lackey. * AloneInACrowd: Realizes this in the beginning of #25 now that [[spoiler:all the Beat Riders are working together and the battles are over. It doesn't help when he overhears Mai, Chucky and one of Invitto's girls mocking him.]] * BadassBiker: Well, he has a bike, the badass part is lacking. * BashBrothers: With Ryoji. * BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: When he challenges Team Gaim in #4, Mitsuzane mentions how Hideyasu is well known for his underhanded trickery; he says he prefers the term "tactics." * BrainsAndBrawn: The Brains; Ryoji's the Brawn. Hideyasu has shown he's much smarter and cunning than Ryoji, but is clearly not that competent as a fighter. * BulletproofHumanShield: This is what Ryoji sees him as after he becomes Gridon. * ButtMonkey: He starts out presented as a cunning schemer, but once he becomes Gridon this pretty much vanishes. First of all, he can't fight at all. Kurokage uses strategies that involve Gridon as a human shield and stepping stone, and gave him a lame name to boot. Working with Bravo is even worse. * CerebusRetcon: His comedy routine with Ryoji becomes this when he reveals that he was planning to betray him the whole time. * TheChewToy * CoDragons: Him and Ryoji become this to Kaito for about two episodes after becoming his vassals. * ChekhovsGunman: Easy to miss, but Gridon is visible on Baron's side during the Sengoku Rider War sequence in the opening of #1, {{Foreshadowing}}... something. * ChronicBackstabbingDisorder * TheDandy: Dresses and talks rather flamboyantly. * DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: His real motivation, and the drive behind his own ComingOfAgeStory. * {{Determinator}}: While it doesn't come up in how he actually fights, Jonouchi's belt isn't exactly lying when it says he never gives up. When it became clear his team couldn't continue on its own without a Sengoku Driver, he went and got one, and kept it even after being beaten up by Team Gaim and Bravo. Even getting trashed by Zangetsu didn't keep him down long, and he's next seen asking for training from Bravo of all people. * DirtyCoward: Best shown when Bravo's mere presence sent him running. [[spoiler:Though he seems to be growing out of it; after a long time without becoming Gridon, the first thing he does when he's able to again is save Kouta and Oren from a horde of Inves by Taking the Bullet.]] * TheDragon: To Oren. * DramaticIrony: In #25 he admits that he misses Ryoji and asks Kouta how he's doing [[spoiler: having no idea that he was one of the key factors that caused his death.]] * EvilCostumeSwitch: After he and Oren become agents of Yggdrasil, or more specifically agents of Mitsuzane, he is shown wearing a dark scarf and black jacket as opposed to the bright clothing he wore before. * EvilCounterpart: To Knuckle. Both are based on Medieval armor. * EvilDuo: With Ryoji. He's the superego. * EvilGenius: Much smarter and more cunning than Ryoji, and was the first to point out just how beneficial becoming a vassal of Baron would be for all parties. He then is also the first to realize how a continued alliance with Baron would eventually lead to the detriment of the teams allied to Baron. * {{Expy}}: Long story short, his relationship with Ryoji and Oren draws direct parallels to [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Nagisa Momoe]]. * FaceHeelTurn: Even if he was doomed to fail from the start, preparing to attack Kouta's sister of his own free will made him into a flat out villain. * FailOSuckyname: Neither he nor the members of Team Gaim care for "Gridon". Making matters worse, it wasn't Hideyasu's name; Ryoji came up with it, not five seconds after giving himself the AwesomeMcCoolname "Kurokage". ** Even his ''weapon'' suffers from this! "Donkachi" is just "Tonkachi" [[note]]"hammer"[[/note]] with an accented "to" kana! * FalseFriend: Ryoji genuinely sees Hideyasu as a friend...Hideyasu doesn't. * FourEyesZeroSoul * GangOfHats: Gaim and Baron wearing blue and red is one thing, but from what we've seen of Team Invitto, they're all in glasses. * HarmlessVillain * HesBack: [[spoiler:He finally transforms for the first time since abandoning Ryoji in #25, in which he saves Kouta and Oren from an Invess attack after thinking over his actions.]] * HiddenDepths: #25 shows that he's completely aware off how much of a loser he is causing his villainous behavior. * HypocriticalHumor: Is known for underhanded schemes, but when Ryugen fires on him he complains that ranged weapons aren't fair. * {{Irony}}: Hideyasu prefers the intelligent approach, but his weapon as Gridon is anything but subtle. ** Going purely by the numbers, Gridon is a MightyGlacier on par with Gaim's Pine Arms or Baron's Mango Arms[[note]]Gridon's running speed and jumping height are equal to Pine Arms, while he has stronger punches but weaker kicks[[/note]]; now recall that this set of Arms ended up in the hands of a [[TheDandy Dandy]] who's not really a fighter. * {{Jerkass}}: A bit more passive than most examples of this, but there is no denying that this guy is a dick. * LaserGuidedKarma: He ditches Ryoji after he loses his Driver and looks for a new doormat... Said doormat makes ''him'' his new doormat. * LockedOutOfTheLoop: Bravo and Gridon haven't been kept appraised of the latest plot developments (well, Kouta tried but Bravo refused to listen). In #25 they start getting a clue that they're about twelve episodes behind. * MadeASlave: What Oren basically does to him and he totally deserves it. * ManipulativeBastard: Ryoji never realized that Hideyasu was only feigning friendship. * {{Megane}} * MightyGlacier: Jonouchi is this stats wise, but his incompetence is PlayedForLaughs and makes him a JokeCharacter. * MilesGloriosus: Sees himself as a cunning tactician and great warrior, but every other faction has successfully manipulated him at some point and he can barely beat a mook Inves. ** #12 shows he's more than aware of this by now - the first thing he does after cutting ties with Ryoji is go beg Oren to teach him how to actually fight. * MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: While Kaito hasn't been outright abusive, in #5 he talks about how he hates the weak and how Team Gaim might be a possible WorthyOpponent by standing up to him. Hideyasu realizes this doesn't bode well for the teams that ''haven't'' done so, including his own; so he takes Ryoji and they go behind Kaito's back to get their own Drivers and break off from Baron's alliance. Turns out being an ass doesn't earn loyalty, Kaito. * ObliviouslyEvil: Jonouchi has no idea about the consequences of a lot of his more villainous actions, seeing all of the bad things he does as part of the Inves Game. * RealMenWearPink * RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Ryoji's red. Hideyasu is calmer and more level-headed, preferring to resort to trickery rather than head-on fighting. * RedemptionPromotion: As a villain, Jonouchi is a useless slime ball, as a hero he's an effective warrior who's well on his way to making something out of his life. * SissyVillain: As a dandy, he was always kinda effeminate, but he was less a villain and more selfish. The after he went under Bravo's control he seems to become more feminine and more and more villainous. ** [[spoiler:Though in #25, he tries to shake it off. He ends up staying with Oren, but he regrets what he did to Ryoji.]] * SmallNameBigEgo * SmugSmiler * SurroundedByIdiots: Says this pretty much word-for-word in #11 when he convinces Ryoji to go after Ryugen while he just sits back and collects Lock Seeds. * TheStarscream: To Kaito, along with Ryoji. * ThatOneGuy: He is the only male member of Team Invitto. * TakingTheBullet: For Bravo, defending him from a assault from a swarm of Kumouri Inves. * TookALevelInBadass: Is in the middle of taking one, as [[spoiler:he took the bullet for Kouta and Oren in #25. The level is fully taken in #32, where he fought alongside other Riders against Deemushu and his horde of Inves. To further point it out, back nera the beginning of the series, Hideyasu had trouble even with minor, common Invess, but now he went up against stronger ones, among them a red Lion Invess, which was first seen when Kouta had to use Jimber Lemon to fight it.]] * UnskilledButStrong: A case where the "Unskilled" completely eclipses the "Strong". He's a MightyGlacier but he can barely stand up to mook Inves. * WesternZodiac: A Virgo (born August 30) as revealed in #12. * YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: While he doesn't ''kill'' anyone, he decides to abandon Ryoji after his DePower. * VillainousCrossdresser: Done in #25 as part of Oren's training to become a true man. * WeaponOfChoice: ** DropTheHammer: The Donkachi in Acorn Arms. [[/folder]] [[folder:Ryoji Hase/Kamen Rider Kurokage]] !!Ryoji Hase/Armored Rider Kurokage[[note]]"black shadow"[[/note]] !!!Portrayed by: Atsushi Shiramata (live), Yasuhiko Imai (suit), Yuki Anai (Hekija Inves voice) http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kurokage_9612.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ryojihase_6578.jpg]] The hot-headed leader of Team Raid Wild. Using the Matsubokkuri (Pinecone) Lock Seed, he can transform into Armored Rider Kurokage. ---- * AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Teams Baron and Gaim seem to have become this to him as he's been trounced by Kaito and Kouta, resulting in Raid Wild moving lower on the teams' ratings system and Gaim to pass them by. * AxeCrazy: As the Bixie Inves he's nothing more than a wild animal obsessed with power. * BadassBiker * BashBrothers: With Hideyasu. * BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: He wanted power after losing the ability to transform. Well, he got it when he was turned into a new Invess. * TheBerserker * BrainsAndBrawn: The Brawn; Hideyasu's the Brains. Ryoji's certainly not bright, but he's a better fighter than Hideyasu, and even tries to implement strategies in battles. * BroughtDownToNormal: Zangetsu accidentally destroys his Sengoku Driver and he loses respect from just about everyone. * TheBrute: Becomes this for Baron after becoming a vassal. He is much more hot-headed and was initially going to start a fight when he heard Kaito's offer. * CantCatchUp: He wants to show that he and his team are strong, but he gets painfully defeated two episodes in a row. In #2, he challenges Team Baron to an Inves game, where Kaito uses three Inves to Ryoji's one to beat him easily, and in #3, he adopts the multiple Inves strategy as he challenges Team Gaim, only for his two Inves to be easily defeated by Kouta in his Rider suit. He gets a bit better once he becomes Kurokage, but his transformation Lock Seed is at the second-lowest rank (Class C), which doesn't help that much. ** And then he loses what he does have in #12, which makes him desperate... * CoDragons: Him and Hideyasu become this to Kaito for about two episodes after becoming his vassals. * DespairEventHorizon: He loses ''everything'' between #11 and #13. His powers, his friends, his dignity; no wonder he gets desperate. * {{Determinator}}: Despite his crappy state his determination and tenacity can make him a threat at times. Best shown when he forced Zangetsu to go on the defensive, even if it was only temporarily. * DrunkWithPower * DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: After losing his powers, Ryoji's behavior has many parallels to a person going through a drug withdrawal with a sidedish of PTSD.] * {{Delinquent}}: Dresses like one * DelinquentHair: He has a somewhat American greaser style. * DePower: Gets his belt smashed by Zangetsu, rendering him powerless. * {{Expy}}: (Urobuchi to Shiramata, Hase's actor, before the filming of [[WhamEpisode #14]]): "Hase-chan is in the [[SacrificialLamb same position]] as Mami-san from [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica MadoMagi]], because they both create [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore the turning point]] of the story." ** His death even aired one day (January 19, 2014) before Mami's (January 20, 2011). ** An Armored Rider who ends up becoming an Inves and then killed off? Does this remind you of Sayaka? * EvilDuo: With Hideyasu. He's the id. * FamousLastWords: "Give me back my power!" * {{Foreshadowing}}: His Inves form is very similar to the Byakko Inves... OhCrap. * HotBlooded * HypercompetentSidekick: At times you get the feeling that he's both stronger ''and'' smarter than Hideyasu. * IJustWantToBeBadass: He loves being Kurokage. Losing his powers drives him to become an Inves to be badass again. * {{Irony}}: In his first battle, he tries to destroy Baron's Sengoku Driver so Kaito can never transform again, but fails. This exact thing happens to him later on. * KilledOffForReal * LeeroyJenkins * MasterOfNone: Stat-wise, Kurokage is the weakest Armored Rider to date; his attack power is comparable to Gaim's Strawberry Arms, but he lacks the [[FragileSpeedster speed and agility]] that balances it out. That said, he's a good enough fighter to keep from being a total JokeCharacter. * MeaningfulName: Not his actual name, but the name of the team he's with: Raid Wild. After becoming an Inves, he ''raided'' Droopers and was more like a ''wild'' monster. * NominalImportance: Inverted, he was the only Armored Rider who had no individually assigned suit actor (he was played by Yasuhiko Imai, Bravo's suit actor), meaning that he wouldn't be in the series long enough to specifically assign someone to it. * PantheraAwesome: As the Bixie Inves. * PlayingWithFire: Can breathe it as the Bixie Inves. * ThePowerOfFriendship: He genuinely seems to believe in this and is trying to pass it on to Hideyasu. It fails. * RedOniBlueOni: The red to Hideyasu's blue. Ryoji is more hot-headed and eager to fight head-on. * RedRightHand: After becoming an Inves, when he takes human form his WolverineClaws stay. * SanitySlippage: Ryoji starts to hallucinate Invess, [[TheDreaded Zangetsu]], and [[LethalJokeCharacter Bravo]] all around him after losing the ability to transform. And not long after, he is turned into an insane Invess. * ShellShockedVeteran: Those creepy hallucinations in #13 can remind a guy of PTSD. * TheStarscream: To Kaito along with Hideyasu. * TragicMonster: After Zangetsu damaged his belt and everyone wrote Ryoji off as worthless, he sought out power and was turned into an Invess for his troubles....and then killed off. * UnwittingPawn: #12 reveals that he was this to Hideyasu all along. * WalkingSpoiler: Being turned into an Invess and killed early on is his main contribution to the plot. * WeakButSkilled * WeaponOfChoice: ** Kurokage *** BladeOnAStick: The Kagematsu in Pinecone Arms. ** Bixie Inves *** WolverineClaws [[/folder]] [[folder:Oren Pierre Alfonzo/Kamen Rider Bravo]] !!Oren Pierre Alfonzo/Armored Rider Bravo !!!Portrayed by: [[AwesomeMcCoolname Metal Yoshida]] (live), Yasuhiko Imai/Jun Watanabe (suit) http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bravo_4518.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/orenpierrealfonso_4858.jpg]] A famous pātissier (and former special-forces soldier) who runs a bakery in Zawame City. Finding the Beat Riders to be offensive to his aesthetic tastes, he seizes a Sengoku Driver and inserts himself into the Invase Game. ---- * AffablyEvil: Yeah, he beats the crap out of Riders just for entertainment, but he's rather comical for a villain and doesn't actually have an evil plan or act with prejudice compared to Zangetsu. ** PunchClockVillain: Heck, he cares more about his bakery job than fighting. ** Ironically, after becoming an Yggdrasill agent, he became a full out villain. *** In truth he's only evil in the sense that he is completely in the dark on what's going on. Once he learns what's really at stake, he ditches the evil aspect. * AllLoveIsUnrequited: He falls in head over heals for Zangetsu during the Christmas game. Needless to say, Takatora shot him down. * AndroclesLion: [[spoiler: He starts treating Kouta better after the latter gives him some food and helps him find a way out of Helheim in #27.]] * AppropriatedAppelation: We hear one of the spectators yell "Bravo" in #7, and the rest is history. * AssKicksYou: They abandoned whatever subtlety they had left in #18. * AntiVillain: Type I, for about an episode but his point of view reveals that he's a Type III. * {{Archenemy}}: He works his way to becoming this to Kaito. After he hurts Peco, Kaito abandons his pride and teams up with Kouta just to knock him off his high horse. * ArrogantKungFuGuy: His reason for entering the Inves Game despite not being a Beat Rider was to show the others what a real fight is supposed to be like. * AttentionWhore: He loves people praising his name. * AwesomeByAnalysis: [[spoiler: Despite only seeing Zangetsu-Shin twice, he immediately deduced that the one in Zangetsu-Shin's armor in #33 was ''not'' Takatora, thus giving Kouta the right motivation to wail on Micchy.]] * {{Badass}}: He rips through other Armored Riders like they're made of cardboard. ** BadassBiker: Added to his resume in #10. ** BadassNormal: How did he get his own Sengoku Driver? He spotted Team Red Hot boasting about snagging one of their own, and ''took it from them by force.'' *** EmpoweredBadassNormal: Leading to him becoming Bravo. * [[spoiler:BadassInDistress: The end of #25 seems to [[WhamShot imply this]] when he enters Helheim via a crack. Confirmed in #27, where Kouta comes across him wandering the forest, lost and starving.]] * BaldOfAwesome[=/=]BaldOfEvil * BewareTheSillyOnes: His campy and effeminate mannerisms either hide or enhance how dangerous he is depending on the scene. * BlueAndOrangeMorality: Pastry chefs in ''Kamen Rider'' function on a system of morality that neither good or evil can understand or comprehend. * BloodKnight * TheBrute: How Yggdrasill uses him. * TheBully: Essentially devolves into one as the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil progresses. * CampGay: Flamboyant is [[UpToEleven an understatement.]] ** ManlyGay: While he does act effeminate, he does have a rather brawlic physique and is more than capable of taking on multiple opponents on his own. * CallToAgriculture: Averted. Running his own cake shop sounds like the ultimate retirement plan, except he's not nearly done with kicking ass and taking names, and JumpedAtTheCall even when it wasn't really his. * CharacterTic: Ripping off his head-scarf-thingy once he starts getting annoyed. ** As Bravo, he tends to twirl around in circles when not fighting. * ChefOfIron: Not only is he an Armored Rider, he's also a highly renowned pātissier, or as is more commonly known, a pastry chef, and he owns his own cake and desserts shop. * ChekhovsSkill: His soldier training allows him to survive in Helheim and gives him the will power to resist the fruits' psychic lure. * {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Deconstructed. Oren's lack of common sense, inability to actually understand the entire situation at hand, and tact makes him an unwitting, and somewhat cruel, villain. * CombatAestheticist: And Everything-Else Aestheticist, really. * CoolOldGuy: Whenever Oren actually focuses or listens to other people, he can actually come off as a okay guy. * CoolShades * CutLexLuthorACheck: While he enjoys fighting, Oren also uses his Bravo identity to advertise his shop and gain more customers. * DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Being fully aware that Armored Riders are far more powerful than an average joe, he is able to prevent a person from using a Sengoku Driver to transform and actually take it from him. * DelinquentHair: Sports a mohawk as Bravo. Justified as he's modeled on a Roman gladiator, which had those on their helmets, but still. * DepravedHomosexual * DiscOneFinalBoss: Tends to play this to the Next Generation Riders. Bravo puts up a tough fight, goes down, Kouta thinks it's all over, but only half of the episode is done leading the Next Generation Rider becoming the final threat of the episode. * TheDragon: Jumped to be this to Takatora. * TheDreaded: To the Beat Riders, his campaign of terror against them is one of the reasons they won't unite against a common threat. * DramaticSpotlight: In a lot of his comedy skits. * EccentricMentor[=/=]TricksterMentor: To Jonouchi. * EvenEvilHasStandards: In episode 17, he goes against Yggdrasil by refusing to use Kouta's sister as a hostage, [[SpannerInTheWorks screwing up Micchy's plans in the process. He flat-out states that customers in his shop will never be inconvenienced or bothered in any way, which goes all the way back to his debut episode, where he kicked out Team Red Hot in part because they were being loud and obnoxious]]. ** Like Kaito, he is not fond of underhanded tactics. ** [[spoiler:While Oren is definitely a {{Jerkass}} in his response, he genuinely does believe that the Beat Riders and their Inves game are threatening the city, and wants to put a stop to it.]] * EvilLaugh: His NoblewomansLaugh sounds noticeably deeper and eviler after his FaceHeelTurn. * EvilIsPetty: His plan to ruin Mai's Beat Rider team up comes off as completely disproportionate and needlessly cruel with no other reason than Oren being an asshole, especially since he goes out of his way to be mean to Mai, a person who hero worships him (though he didn't know that). * FaceHeelTurn: Subverted. He started out ChaoticNeutral, but after Taketora hires him, he appeared to have become a straight up villain, but ultimately his own standards still often shine through, and like most of the other characters, he still has his own personal agenda. These factors have gotten directly in the way of him being properly evil at least once. * FightingFingerprint: In #33 [[spoiler: he interferes in a battle between Gaim and the fake Zangetsu (Micchy). Bravo calls out Zangetsu as an imposter, claiming that the fake isn't elegant enough when fighting.]] * FrenchJerk: Downplayed on the French part, where it applies to his name. Sometimes he also says French phrases. * GoingNative: He came back from France more French than Japanese. * GladiatorGames: His armor is modeled on a Roman Gladiator, but he also carries the mentality of using violence as entertainment for the masses. * GratuitousEnglish: Mainly with Military jargon, but he also likes the word "showtime". * GratuitousFrench: Tends to insert French words into his speech pattern, particularly when trying to get his point across. * HairTriggerTemper: It doesn't take a lot to set him off. Which contributes to his ObliviouslyEvil status. * HeelFaceTurn: Seems to have done this when he finds out what's ''actually'' going on and Kouta shows him kindness. * HeroicSacrifice: Parodied when he ends up TakingTheBullet for Takatora. [[DiedInYourArmsTonight Dying in the arms of the one you love]] tends to become a whole lot more difficult when you're not even that badly hurt. * HiddenDepths: Toward the end of #25 we see that his "training" of Hideyasu does seem like he's truly more interested in helping him to become a better person than just relishing the chance to punish someone he thinks is a young punk. In addition, he seems to genuinely believe the accusations that he makes against the Beat Riders; eventually, he begins to see there really might be more to the story of the Inves than the Beat Riders releasing them into Zawame. * HoistByHisOwnPetard: Oren's callous actions set up his own defeat causing Kaito to shake off his BystanderSyndrome and team up with Kouta just to defeat him. * HonorBeforeReason: Turns down a major advantage against Gaim because it would have interrupted a customer at his store, and also because it would make their battle unfair. * InLoveWithYourCarnage: He reacts very... ''intensely'' when he sees Zangetsu take down Baron. * InstantExpert: With the Sengoku Driver and Durian powers. Justified, because he's watched Armored Rider battles along with being a soldier before becoming a chef. ** And then averted with summoning Inves with Lock Seeds to fight for him. Since he's only ever watched the Armored Rider battles and not the Inves games, he ends up summoning a large horde of Inves by unlocking and then releasing the Lock Seeds, not knowing that letting go of the Lock Seeds will make the Inves run wild. * IrrationalHatred: Of people with the Aquarius zodiac sign. * JerkAss: He's a very smug guy who intimidates a young Beat Rider member into giving him his Sengoku Driver by force, and even before that he refused to even give Kouta a proper interview for a part-time job, rejecting him only because of Kouta's birthday and clothing. He also wants to take down and disband pretty much all the Beat Rider teams only because he doesn't think their dancing is "true art". ** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite how he comes off as, he's actually not ''that'' nasty of a guy and when you get to know him can actually be a CoolOldGuy. The main issue is he more or less has ''no'' idea what's actually happening. * JerkassHasAPoint: in #25. Even if it's him being...well, him. [[spoiler: The overarching plot of the last few episodes points out that he's more or less completely right about the Beat Riders wasting their time, even if he doesn't know the full scale of the threat.]] * JumpedAtTheCall: It only took a microsecond for him to become TheDragon to Takatora. * KickTheDog: All of #18 was him finding new ways to ruin the Beat Riders' lives. * LargeHam: Comes with the {{camp}}. * LightningBruiser: He hits hard, moves fast, and can tank some serious damage. According to his stats, he's actually the most powerful of the normal Armored Riders, being even stronger (though less skilled) than Zangetsu. * LockedOutOfTheLoop: Bravo and Gridon haven't been kept appraised of the latest plot developments (well, Kouta tried but Bravo refused to listen). In #25, they finally start getting a clue that they're about thirteen episodes behind. * MadArtist: Judges everything by its artistic quality. While it's certainly helped him become a top pātissier, he also carries this attitude into battle, wanting to show off his superior "artistry" against the other Armored Riders. He even wants to run the unpowered Beat Rider teams out of town because their dancing isn't "True Art". * NiceJobFixingItVillain: His callousness is what lead to Kaito finally shaking off his BystanderSyndrome. ** His compulsive need to be a {{Jerkass}} in #18 is one of the reasons that made the Beat Riders gather to Mai's cause. * NinjaPirateZombieRobot: As one person commented, "A Japanese man with a French name changes into a Roman gladiator with a a Indonesian/Malaysian fruit theme while American/British metal plays from his Sengoku driver." [[LampshadeHanging Yup, quite the mixed bag.]] * NobleDemon: Even if he's a crazy, psychotic, pastry chief, he's got lines he will not cross. * NoblewomansLaugh: Rare male example. Usually done when he's finished kicking someone's ass. * NotAGame: In a very different way from Kouta. Oren despises that the Beat Riders are treating their Sengoku Drivers and powers like toys and wants to show them how a real fight is done. * ObliviouslyEvil: Oren doesn't seem to get that his campaign to stop those punk kids makes him engage in crimes like intimidation, threats, malicious slander, and assault. He also genuinely had ''no'' idea what was actually happening--see LockedOutOfTheLoop for more info. * PetTheDog: His slave-driving of Jonouchi is played for laughs at first, but #25 reveals that he honestly does want to help him grow into an adult and find his purpose in life. ** In #17, it looks like he's genuinely using Akira, Kouta's sister, as leverage and will let Jonouchi harm her, until he completely throws that out the window and never comes close to letting her be harmed. * PoorCommunicationKills: The main reason why Oren is a villain is because he ''constantly'' jumps to conclusions and refuses to listen to what other people have to say. * {{Pride}}: Even more so than Kouta pre-CharacterDevelopment and Kaito. * ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Bravo takes pride in being a real warrior and not some punk that lucked in on his superpowers. * PsychoForHire: He becomes Takatora's psycho, to be exact. Though it's in part because he has a crush on Zangetsu who works for Yggdrasil (though he didn't know ''who'' was wearing the mask.) * QueerPeopleAreFunny * RealMenWearPink: He is a flamboyant pastry chef but at the same time he's got muscles on his muscles and can wreck face. Plus he fills this trope literally, as he's seen lounging around his home in a pink bathrobe. * RedemptionPromotion: While he'd lost a lot of steam as a bad guy due to Kouta and Kaito's upgrades, when he's fighting Inves to actually protect people, he can still kick a lot of tail. * RetiredBadass / HiddenBadass: It is heavily implied he used to be a veteran soldier. That would explain why he's a rather powerful Rider. ** The uniform in his apartment shows he was a part of the French special forces unit, or possibly even the [[LegionOfLostSouls French Foreign Legion]]. *** The mention of a parachute unit in #7, along with the red beret, is a solid lock (ha) on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_Parachute_Brigade 11th Parachute Brigade.]] (And ''not'' part of its Foreign Legion division, or his beret would be green.) *** It is to note however that when Sid was reviewing his profile, and when he was playing DrillSergeantNasty to Jonouchi, the beret was green. * TheRival: To Baron. To the point where Kaito gave up a chance to go up in the ratings just for a chance to have a rematch. * RuggedScar: Bravo's helmet sports a VERY subtle scar traveling down the left eye/visor. * RunningGag: The pink dialogue balloons that appear when he speaks French, showing how the word or phrase he just spoke is written both in French and in kanji. * SeriousBusiness: Takes his duties as a pātissier ''very'' seriously, whether in making pastries or making sure people enjoy them. To the detriment of Micchy's plan and Hideyasu's head in episode 17. * ShooOutTheClowns: Disappears from the plot when it's dealing with the more serious storylines. Unfortunately, this is deconstructed because since he's not involved in those storylines, he himself has no idea what's going on and situations that involved him and other Riders get worse. * SitcomArchnemesis: To Kouta at first. He moves out of this trope as he becomes more of a {{Jerkass}} to just about everyone around him. * SleevesAreForWimps * SmartBall: [[spoiler:In #27, he ''almost'' eats an unripe Lockseed, but stops himself at the last moment when he remembers his survival training, which said never to eat unknown flora in the field.]] ** [[spoiler:In #33, he realizes that the Zangetsu Shin fighting Kouta isn't the original by paying attention to his fighting style and noting that he's not as skilled as Takatora.]] * SpannerInTheWorks: Takatora fears that he could become this for Yggdrasill's plans due to his past as a soldier. ** Happens in an entirely different way in #17: he derails Micchy's plan to steal Kouta's Driver because it would have involved interrupting Akira (Kouta's sister) as she dined at Charmant. ** [[spoiler:He deduces that the Zangetsu Shin fighting Kouta isn't the original by observing his fighting style, putting a wrench in Micchy's schemes again.]] * SpikesOfVillainy: The presence of spikes is justified by the fact he's using a Durian Lock Seed - but the ''number'' of spikes is not. His armor even has spikes on the arms and legs that ''don't'' come from the Durian Arms. * StopHavingFunGuys: He has this attitude InUniverse towards the other Beat Riders. {{Justified}}, as he was a soldier back in his prime and knows what ''real'' fighting is like. On top of that, he appears to be rigidly opposed to ''any'' kind of public artistic performance by amateurs. * SupremeChef: He's considered the best in the prefecture, and with good reason, as Mai points out he has won the Coupe de Monde, which is considered the best worldwide competition for pātissiers. * SympatheticPOV: In #25 we get to see things from Oren's perspective. From his point of view, he's just stopping dangerous delinquents from releasing monsters into the city, and if he has to use force to do so, so be it. * [[spoiler:TakingTheBullet: In #27, he protects Zangetsu Shin from one of Deemushu's energy balls.]] * TalkingIsAFreeAction: Averted. Him stopping to do an EvilLaugh allowed Gaim to shoot him and gain an advantage. * ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Does it ever -- when thrown, the Duri Noko spin in mid-air and [[FlechetteStorm fire off a hail of spikes]]. * TookALevelInJerkass: Oren was always a {{Jerkass}}, but he takes his douchebagery to new and exciting extremes in #18 by being a bigger dick in that episode than all of his previous appearances combined. * TheUnchosenOne: All of the other Armored Riders except for Kouta have been chosen by Sid and Yggdrasill. Oren, disgusted at how the Beat Riders were treating their situation like a game, decided to choose himself and teach them about what they really signed up for. * VillainDecay: Bravo started out as a major antagonist, rivaling Zangetsu as the strongest Rider of the series. But as the threats ramped up, Bravo... just stayed the same. He's still stuck on bullying children because nobody's told him otherwise about the situation nor has he really got involved to really know what the heck's going on. He's still pretty badass against normal Inves though. Eventually he fights alongside the heroes once he learns what's really going on. * VillainForgotToLevelGrind: See above. His failure to keep on top of current events plus the tendency of major characters to get ever-stronger powerups means nothing good for him. Only counts in his status as a villain, as when fighting on the good side he normally kicks a lot of butt, as he's still the strongest base Rider. * VillainWithGoodPublicity: #13 sees him hired by Takatora to be this, acting as a hero of justice against the Beat Riders after the city turns on them because of the Helheim disease... It certainly didn't help that Kaito tried to attack people with Inves, thus causing Oren to be seen as the hero. * WeaponOfChoice: ** [[DualWielding Dual]] [[SerratedBladeOfPain Serrated Blades]]: The Duri Noko in Durian Arms. [[note]]They can also be [[BifurcatedWeapon joined together]] by the ends of the grips.[[/note]] * TheWonka * TheWorfEffect: He has actual combat training and the most raw power out of any of the non-Yggdrasil Riders, but then Zangetsu hands him his ass in #11 (not in the way he probably would have preferred, but still) to show much even Oren's outclassed by him. Since then he's become the show's designated punching bag to show how Kouta and Kaito make a good team when they have a reason to fight on the same side, or how Kouta's Jimber Arms stack up against the ordinary Armored Riders. As of #25, his descent into pure comic relief seems complete. However, he gets better [[RedemptionPromotion after he turns good.]] ** WorfHadTheFlu: His first two losses were a case of this. The first time he had to leave to attend to his shop, the second time he was distracted. * WorthyOpponent: Considers Baron one, hence why he gives Kaito back his Banana Lock Seed so that the latter can become stronger. [[/folder]] !Yggdrasill Corporation [[folder:General Tropes]] [[quoteright:163:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/team_ygg_7201.png]] ---- * AntagonistTitle: They are the main antagonists of the Yggdrasill Saga. * BigBrotherIsWatchingYou * EvilVersusEvil: Them versus the Helheim Forest. * TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Yggdrasill is pretty much hyper-competent about everything except with their security detail. The guards forget to watch the cameras, the executives never turn off or log out of computers with sensitive information, and the Kurokage Troopers spectacularly fail during critical moments: Not only can they be tricked by simply making a sharp turn; they manage to let three targets escape while not landing a single hit with their cannons. And let's not get started on how a 16-year-old flying a Dandeliner for the first time does a better job than the mooks specifically trained for it... * ItIsDehumanizing: Many members of Yggdrasill call the Armored Riders 'guinea pigs'. * KillItWithFire: Whenever the Helheim Forest encroaches onto Zawame City Yggdrasill puts a stop to it with a copious amount of fire. * TheMasquerade: Yggdrasill is all over the place with this from making people think that the Armored Riders are a new fad to covering up the Helheim Forest's existence and stopping it from encroaching onto the human world. * MeaningfulName: One of the show's many references to NorseMythology. * OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness[=/=]NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: Yggdrasill's inner circle is somewhere in between these two tropes. While they know a lot more than anyone else about what's going on; it's clear that they don't know everything, they're barely able to get along, and Takatora admits that they can barely control the Helheim situation. * RenegadeSplinterFaction: One [[spoiler: led by Professor Ryoma that has pretty much completely taken over the organization with Takatora as the only Rider that's not a member of Ryoma's nut club.]] * SupervillainLair: Yggdrasill Tower. It lords over Zawame City, has a permanent portal to Helheim in it, is heavily armed with laser guns, has an InvisibilityCloak to stop the populace from realizing anything weird is going on, and possesses the Scalar System, a WMD that can destroy the entire city and kill everyone in it. * VillainsWantMercy: In #11 when the Yggdrasill camp is being overrun by Inves, one of the scientists begs Kouta for help despite laughing and talking about how the Beat Riders are just guinea pigs before. Kouta calls him out on being a {{Hypocrite}}, but still helps save the day. * VillainWithGoodPublicity: Yggdrasill encourages the popularity of the Inves Game by distributing Lock Seeds, hands out Drivers to kids as part of their shady experiments, and later frames them for the outbreak of the Inves Plague. Granted, #16 hints that Yggdrasill might not be so villainous after all, as their means might be justified to save humanity. * TheWorldTree: Evoked in their name, which ties into the whole "fruit" theme[[note]]If you don't get it, what is one of the things that fruit grows on?[[/note]]. Their headquarters is even a tree-shaped tower. [[/folder]] [[folder:Takatora Kureshima/Kamen Rider Zangetsu (Shin)]] !!Takatora Kureshima/Armored Rider Zangetsu[[note]]"slaying moon"[[/note]]/New Generation Rider Zangetsu Shin[[note]]"true slaying moon"[[/note]] !!!Portrayed by: Yuki Kubota (live), Jun Watanabe (suit) http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zangetsu_3343.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/takatorakureshima_767.jpg]] The older brother of Team Gaim's Mitsuzane Kureshima. As an heir to the Yggdrasill Corporation, he has already taken on responsibilities within the company and is currently the head of the R&D Department. Though ruthless, he loves his brother dearly. He initially uses the Melon Lock Seed and the Sengoku Driver to transform into Armored Rider Zangetsu. Later, he becomes the first user of the next-generation Genesis Driver, which, along with the Melon Energy Lock Seed, allows him to transform into New Generation Rider Zangetsu Shin[[labelnote:tl]]"Shin" = "true" or "new". Often used as a prefix to indicate the new (and perfected) iteration of something, much in the same way "Super" was added onto videogame sequels like Super Mario Bros. or Super Metroid.[[/labelnote]]. ---- * AllAccordingToPlan: According to him, Gaim getting the Sengoku Driver has advanced Yggdrasill's agenda in some way. ** Shown in #12: the various Riders using the Sengoku Driver has allowed Yggdrasill to both mass produce Drivers in the "form" of Kurokage for their mooks, and allowed the creation of both the Genesis Driver, and Energy Lock Seeds. * AllThereInTheManual: Neither of his Rider names have been spoken in the show. He's only ever referred to as "the white Armored Rider". * AloofBigBrother: Is Ryugen's big brother, but instead of participating in the conflict between Beat Riders, he works for that big shady company. * AntiVillain -> [[spoiler: AntiHero]]: He has been shown to have standards, loves his brother, is genuinely well-intentioned, and is the only member of the inner circle that hasn't gone out of his way to be a dick in some way. ** [[spoiler:He is very uneasy about his decisions and wants Kouta to despair out of the belief that it would validate Takatora's own actions]]. * ArrogantKungFuGuy: Has the arrogance down, most likely due to his wealthy upbringing and role in Yggdrasill's grand plan. His combat ability is unquestionable. * AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Is a high ranking member of the Yggdrasill Corporation and strong enough to causally deliver a CurbstompBattle to Gaim. * AuthorityInNameOnly: While he's supposedly TheLeader and BigBad of the [[PsychoRangers New Generation Riders]] none of them actually follow his commands and really defer to Professor Ryoma. * BeneathTheMask: At first glance Takatora is a stoic, arrogant man, but underneath it all he hates himself for what he plans to do but genuinely sees no other choice. * BigBrotherInstinct: For all of his faults, Takatora does genuinely care about his brother's future and well-being. ** He did not take Sid's suggestion that Micchy took the Watermelon Lock Seed well. ** His reaction to finding out Micchy is an Armored Rider... was not very good. He then also put two and two together about the Suika Lock. An episode later, he angrily demands answers out of Sid as to why he gave his brother one of the Drivers. When he confronts Mitsuzane about it, he even outright admits that he's upset because he wanted to protect him from the entire conflict with Helheim. * BishieSparkle: How he's seen through Bravo-Vision. * {{Badass}}: Nearly killing Gaim is the least of his accomplishments to put it lightly. He is the strongest Rider leaving everyone else really far below him. ** BadassBaritone: This merely accentuates his imposing and foreboding presence. ** BadassInANiceSuit * BreakTheCutie: Takatora wants to do this to Kouta. A rare example where he doesn't really want to do so out of outright hatred or malice, but because [[spoiler: he has genuine doubts about his actions and Yggdrasil's agenda. Takatora believes that seeing someone as heroic and idealistic as Kouta back down from challenging him would help ease his conscience and prove his course of action to be correct.]] ** He also unintentionally did this to his own brother. Takatora showed Micchy the truth about the Helheim Forest in order to convince him to join Yggdrasil and help Takatora. However, it ended up causing Micchy's StartOfDarkness. * BreakThemByTalking: [[spoiler: He breaks Kouta in #22 by showing Kouta's fight against Yuuya and pointing out how everything worked out because he killed his friend.]] * BrokenPedestal: To Ryoma in a really weird way. Ryoma used to hero worship Takatora, seeing him as the next God Emperor of mankind. However, after finding out that Takatora wants to use his powers for altruistic reasons, he turns against him. * [[spoiler:CainAndAbel: Abel to Mitsuzane's Cain.]] * CharacterDevelopment: Takatora started out as an arrogant man who saw the Beat Riders as "street trash" but as he fought Kouta his arrogance wanes and he develops respect and sympathy for them. * ComesGreatResponsibility: He believes that its the rich and powerfuls' duty to protect the weak, even referring to it as ''Noblesse oblige''. * TheComicallySerious: Becomes this when interacting with Bravo. * CorporateSamurai: An almost literal example, since his armor as Zangetsu has a distinctly Japanese motif. * CurbStompBattle: Delivers one to Kouta in #4, then curb-stomps ''all five'' other Riders in #11. ** Does it again in #12 when testing the Genesis Driver against a squad of Kurokage mooks. It appears that "Curbstomp" is his default setting. ** #14 has him do this once again to Baron. However according to him, the Sengoku Drivers and Base Riders can't hope to equal an New Generation Rider. ** In #19 this happens again: Kouta does better but Kouta couldn't touch him at all. * DarkMessiah: In direct contrast to Kouta. * DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: In #28 Takatora "dies" by being thrown off a cliff. To no one's surprise he's shown to be alive the very next episode.]] * DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: In #29 [[spoiler: Takatora meets Roshuo, King of the Overlords, who saves his life and regales him with his life story.]] * DramaticIrony: [[spoiler: In #20 he makes a speech about how one evil person can ruin the hard work of a hundred virtuous efforts... cue a scene where the rest of the New Generation Riders gleefully admit that they plan to screw Takatora over when the time is right.]] ** The irony is furthered in the following episodes: he accuses Kouta of being naive, but [[spoiler:Takatora now seems to be the only major player who doesn't realize that his associates are planning to betray him, as well as being the only major character oblivious to the existence of the Overlord Inves]]. ** Takatora genuinely cares about and wants to protect his brother, but showing Mistuzane the truth about the Helheim forest and bringing him into Yggdrasil has set the latter on the path to outright villainy. * TheDreaded: Kouta is scared to death of him. And after #11, this also applies to everyone but Micchy and Oren. ** Even the other New Generation Riders fear him. [[spoiler: When the time comes to betray him Minato is actually cautious and after his supposed death Sid feels confident enough to betray Ryoma.]] * EducationMama: Male example. He continuously reminds Mitsuzane about the importance of his education and advises him to avoid any "distractions" in his life. * EtTuBrute: [[spoiler: In #28, after getting betrayed by Sid and then Minato, Takatora applies this trope on Ryoma (who he honestly saw as his closest friend) who then proceeds to finish off Takatora.]] * EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: The term evil may not be the right word for him, but Takatora does genuinely love his younger brother and wants what is best for him. In the two earliest tie-in films, he even sides with Mitsuzane and the other Armored Riders in the conflicts. * EvenEvilHasStandards: He openly says that a trained soldier having a Sengoku Driver is too dangerous during #7 and requests the Driver be returned. Everyone else, however, seems to entertain the idea of Oren having the belt in one way or another. ** He shows disgust whenever his other members do things ForTheEvulz. ** He also doesn't aim to kill when fighting other Armored Riders. In #15, he makes it clear that without their belts the Beat Riders should even be protected. Unfortunately Sid seems to disagree... ** After [[spoiler:Takatora breaks Kouta by revealing the truth about Yuya's death to him, he simply lets him go since he doesn't think he's a threat to Yggdrasil's plans anymore. This is in spite of Sid's skepticism and the fact that he could probably kill Kouta easily in is depressed state.]] * EveryScarHasAStory: Has a prominent one on his right shoulder, inflicted during his first transformation into Zangetsu. [[spoiler:#27 reveals that it still very much hurts, meaning that he has been fighting with a handicap the entire time.]] * EvilCounterpart: To Kouta, big time. Both are the lead characters in their respective factions and noticeably more moral than the other Riders - in fact, the only real difference between them is that Zangetsu has accepted having to ShootTheDog; Gaim hasn't. As for their Rider forms, they're not only both samurai; but they both have the Musou Saber as an extra sidearm and their armors are in many ways {{Palette Swap}}s of one another. ** Later subverted; [[spoiler:Takatora's not evil, just more cynical. As soon as Kouta shows him the potential for a more idealistic solution, he's all in.]] * [[spoiler:ExactWords: Zangetsu was compared as the Ouja of the series. Turns out they weren't talking about THIS Zangetsu...]] * {{Expy}}: ** WordOfGod through Urobuchi implies that his role will be similar to that of Ouja from ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki''. [[spoiler:This was later revealed to be Urobuchi teasing the fans through ExactWords; the Ouja Expy turns out not to be Takatora, but his younger brother Mitsuzane, who becomes the second Zangetsu Shin.]] ** Takatora actually holds many similarities to [[LightNovel/FateZero Kiritsugu Emiya]]. Both are intimidating men in suits who turn themselves into monsters for what they deem the greater good while secretly being conflicted over their decisions and both are {{Totalitarian Utilitarian}}s of the WellIntentionedExtremist variety. * AFatherToHisMen: Shown to genuinely care for the mooks directly under his command. * {{Foil}}: Takatora is a strong foil to his younger brother as well as to Kouta. With Mitsuzane through their opposite moral developments, and with Kouta through their heroic similarities. * FourIsDeath: His Melon Lock Seed is LS-04, while his Melon Energy Lock Seed is ELS-04. * FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Melancholic. * [[spoiler:GoodAllAlong]] * [[spoiler: HeroWithAnFInGood: Oh, ''holy God yes.'' Every attempt he's made to try to stop Helheim has either shifted power back towards the people trying to manipulate him or somehow ended up making the entire situation worse for both sides.]] * HeroicBSOD[=/=]DespairEventHorizon: Happens in #28 [[spoiler: after he realizes Ryoma has betrayed him he loses the will to fight.]] * HiddenAgendaVillain: Keeps his plans hidden for a significant portion of the story. * HiddenDepths: During his CurbstompBattle with the other Riders, he takes extra caution to not actually ''kill'' anyone, even Oren who he thinks shouldn't be a Rider, by [[SetSwordsToStun holding his Musou Saber backwards]]. He's actually horrified when he winds up destroying one of the Sengoku Drivers. ** Furthermore, he tried to stop Ryoji from eating a Helheim Fruit, and after his transformation, he made Sid take him down in order to try to make him feel responsibility for his actions. ** In #21, [[spoiler: he admits that he has genuine doubts about his more morally questionable actions and Yggdrasil's plans, and respects Kouta's heroism and resolve.]] * HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: This is one of Takatora's [[FatalFlaw Fatal Flaws]]. He relies on some rather ObviouslyEvil people, and can find no wrong in his brother. Micchy outright states that Takatora has a habit of trusting people that he really shouldn't in #23. * TheJuggernaut * KnightOfCerebus: In-universe for Kouta. Once he shows up in his life, he stops taking his life as an Armored Rider as a game. * KubrickStare[=/=]PerpetualFrowner: His default expression. * LargeHam: Minor example: Though we the audience only see it once, his pre-transformation pose as Zangetsu is the most grandiose of all the Armored Riders, using CGI even before the transformation is initiated. He does no pose or gesture as Zangetsu Shin, however. * LockedOutOfTheLoop: [[spoiler:By #23, he has become by far the most unaware major player. He doesn't realize that his associates are plotting behind his back, and he's the only major character who doesn't know about the Overlord Inves.]] ** Played for laughs in the ''[[Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger ToQger]]'' crossover. He doesn't even notice a giant robot/monster battle outside of his office window. * ManInWhite: As Zangetsu. * MidSeasonUpgrade: Melon Energy Arms * MultiformBalance: Titled "Arms". ** Personal Arms: *** JackOfAllStats: Melon, though he fights like TheJuggernaut. *** LightningBruiser: Melon Energy ** Borrowed Arms: *** FightingClown: Fourze *** [[spoiler:FragileSpeedster: Strawberry]] *** [[spoiler:MightyGlacier: Mango]] *** [[spoiler:JackOfAllStats: Grape]] * NamedAfterSomeoneFamous: After [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C5%8Dd%C5%8D_Takatora Toudou Takatora]]. * NecessarilyEvil: How he perceives all of the morally unjust things he does. He still feels immense guilt for them, though. * NiceJobBreakingItHero: Attacks Buijin Double right as he was about to finish off [[BigBad Buijin Gaim]], resulting in Double's defeat, thinking Buijin Gaim was the Gaim he knew. While he wasn't exactly a 'hero' at the time, he was still on the hero's ''side'' during the conflict at hand. * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Gives Kouta one so brutal in #4, it leaves the poor guy [[TheDreaded absolutely terrified of him.]] * NotSoAboveItAll: [[spoiler: In #22, he chuckles before showing Kouta that he killed Yuya.]] * NotSoDifferent: Both Takatora and Kouta have doubts about fighting the Inves, care for those close to them, and ultimately want to protect people; the key difference between them is that [[spoiler:Takatora has accepted the idea that innocent people must be sacrificed for the greater good, while Kouta wants to save everyone.]] ** Takatora purposefully tries to invoke this on Kouta: when Kouta calls him out on being willing to sacrifice lives in #22, Takatora turns it back on him by explaining that Kouta and other people are only alive today because he [[spoiler:took ''Yuya's'' life]]. However, Kouta soon regains his resolve, rejects Takatora's belief, and [[spoiler:destroys Yggdrasil's Scalar System with Kachidoki Arms.]] ** In #27,[[spoiler: his backstory reveals his goal to save as many people as possible from the Helheim invasion, similar to Kouta. Both of them also have a villainous sidekick that they genuinely view as their friend, while their sidekicks have their own goals and are willing to betray them any time (Ryoma to Takatora, and Micchy to Kouta).]] * OffscreenTeleportation[=/=]VillainTeleportation: Demonstrates this ability in Helheim Forest in #4. * OnlySaneMan: For Yggdrasill. He's the only one who hasn't done something solely ForTheEvulz and is focused on their main objective while the other members of the inner circle tend to prefer making the Armored Riders suffer for fun. ** Becomes more pronounced as time goes on: Takatora is the only New Generation Rider [[spoiler:who actually wants to save humanity and acknowledges that Yggdrasil's actions are cruel; the others all see the Helheim invasion as a good thing and don't care that their plans will cause the deaths of billions.]] * TheProudElite: Repeatedly refers to Beat Riders as "street trash" that's beneath him and tries to pass this attitude on to Mitsuzane. * PsychoticSmirk: Flashes a Sid-worthy one when [[spoiler: he shows Kouta that he killed Yuya.]] * ReasonableAuthorityFigure * RainOfArrows: Assuming the abilities shown of the Sonic Arrow aren't shared by all New Generation Riders, Zangetsu Shin's arrows can do this, as shown in #12. * SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly Man to Mitsuzane's Sensitive Guy. * SelectiveObliviousness: This is Takatora's other FatalFlaw: he tends to ignore whatever challenges his worldview or inconveniences his plans unless he can't avoid it anymore. ** He initially refused to consider the idea that his beloved little brother wasn't the stoic, diligent student he pretended to be [[spoiler:and fails to notice that showing Micchy the truth about Helheim has had a very horrifying effect on his sanity]]. ** He fails to realize that all his trusted allies aren't [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well-Intentioned Extremists]] like him and are conspiring against him. By #23, he appears to be the only major character who hasn't figured out that they're ObviouslyEvil. ** He's also so far into the "sacrifice the many to save the few" plan (in spite of the guilt it brings him) that he refuses to accept anything else. Takatora also assumes that his allies are all just as dedicated to the plan as he is. ** PlayedForLaughs in the [=ToQger=] crossover, when he's completely oblivious to a giant mecha battle going on outside his window. * Shirtless Scene: In #27, his bare shoulders and part of his back can bee seen during a shower scene. It shows that EveryScarHasAStory. * SkilledButNaive: While he's definitely not naive, he's a very oblivious person due his [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter tendency]] of relying on some extremely untrustworthy people and his inability to notice his brother's downward spiral. * SoProudOfYou: To Mitsuzane's shock, he actually applauds him for going behind his back and going against his planned out life by telling him that [[ItRunsInTheFamily "you definitely have Kureshima blood in you"]]. * SympathyForTheHero: He seems to have gained a soft spot for Kouta, admiring his resolve and idealism, despite setting out to break his will. ** [[spoiler:Upon meeting Demushuu and having Kouta tell him the truth about the Overlord Inves, Takatora immediately believes Kouta and the two join forces. Despite Kouta destroying the Scalar System, he seems to be more than willing to let bygones be bygones and give Kouta's idealism a chance.]] ** Eventually, Takatora develops a very high opinion of Kouta and genuinely wants to help him. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Micchy has other plans.]] * TakeUpMySword: [[spoiler: In #28, right before Sid sends Takatora plummeting to his doom, Takatora sees Mitsuzane in the distance and tells him to help Kouta and save humanity. Too bad Takatora doesn't know his little brother has made a FaceHeelTurn.]] * [[{{Deuteragonist}} Tetragonist]] * ThrowingYourShieldAlwaysWorks: Demonstrated in #11 when fighting against Ryugen. * TokenGoodTeammate: Though ruthless and rather amoral in his methods, he's the only one of the New Generation Riders to have humanity's best interests at heart. * TotalitarianUtilitarian: A PG version, with some similarities to [[LightNovel/FateZero Kiritsugu Emiya.]] * UnwittingPawn: To [[spoiler:Sid, Ryoma, and Yoko, who all ''want'' Helheim to invade and are using Takatora to become stronger.]] * WeaponOfChoice: ** Personal Arms: *** MixAndMatchWeapon: [[CoolGuns Musou]] [[CoolSword Saber]] as Zangetsu. *** LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: The Melon Defender in Melon Arms. *** TheStraightAndArrowPath: Sonic Arrow as Zangetsu Shin. ** Borrowed Arms: *** RocketPoweredWeapon: The Rocket Module in Fourze Arms. *** [[spoiler:[[FlechetteStorm Flechette]] [[KnifeNut Knives]]: The Ichigo Kunai in Strawberry Arms.]] *** [[spoiler:CarryABigStick: The Mango Punisher in Mango Arms.]] *** [[spoiler:{{Handguns}}: The Budou Ryuhou in Grape Arms.]] * WellIntentionedExtremist: Identifies as one, as he claims his plans are all for the good of helping humanity. He also goes on to say all of Yggdrasill is this, as it is their role in the world. ** #16 shows that whatever he is trying to do is meant to save the world and has something to do with what's at the heart of the Helheim Forest. ** Confirmed in #20. [[spoiler: Takatora is trying to prevent Helheim from spreading over the earth]], and in #21, if he has no other option to stop the spread, [[spoiler:they use the ring on the tower to destroy all of Zawame]]. Sid, when revealing the latter to Kouta, pretty much states that [[TheNeedsOfTheMany it's a necessary evil if it means saving mankind]]. * WorldsBestWarrior: It's pretty much agreed upon by both the Beat Riders and Yggdrasill that he is impossible to beat one-on-one. * WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide: G-Rated version. Yggdrasill does not "control" Zawame City, they enhance and improve it. * {{Workaholic}}: Shows shades of this. When he's not working, what little interaction he has with his brother is interrupted by his phone ringing. He also shows disgust towards most of the youth of Zawame City and especially the Beat Riders, since in his eyes they contribute nothing to society. * WrongGenreSavvy: Believes he's in a CosmicHorrorStory and that only through sacrifice would anything be achieved. In short, he thinks he's in a Creator/GenUrobuchi story. He's not too far off the nose with the former, but Kouta shows him that the latter is not true. * YankTheDogsChain: Takatora was actually happy in #28, smiling and basically acting like an adult Kouta. [[spoiler: Cue his brother and comrades completely expected betrayal.]] * YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: After the Genesis Driver is finished, he declares that Yggdrasill has no need for the Armored Riders and plans to make them "face reality". Thankfully, he takes a non-lethal approach (in contrast to his allies). ** [[spoiler:Takatora is on the receiving end of this trope when his allies finally betray him in #28.]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Ryoma Sengoku/Kamen Rider Duke]] !!Ryoma Sengoku/New Generation Rider Duke !!!Portrayed by: Tsunenori Aoki (live), Kenji Tominaga (suit) http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/duke_8498.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ryomasengoku_3146.jpg]] A scientist working in the R&D Department of Yggdrasill under Takatora. He is the creator of the Sengoku and Genesis Drivers, and is studying the expansion of Helheim Forest with great interest. Although he is technically the subordinate of Takatora, he speaks to his boss with a overly-familiar tone and is not afraid to undermine him for the sake of his experiments. He later becomes a user of the next-generation Genesis Driver, using the Lemon Energy Lock Seed to transform into New Generation Rider Duke. ---- * AbsentMindedProfessor: Another dark take on an otherwise comedic trope. Ryoma lives in his own nutty world of mad science, and unless reality can help him with it he completely lacks empathy. * AceCustom: His Rider powers definitely seem to act this way, having the strongest punches and kicks than any other rider, including the ones who use Genesis Drivers. He is also the only one whose Driver has a transformation call (which carried over to Kaito's Driver). * AffablyEvil: Sure, he only cares about his own plans, but that doesn't stop him from being one of the most polite characters in the show. ** [[spoiler:FauxAffablyEvil: #20 reveals his views are exactly the same as Kaito and he wants Helheim to invade. He maintains his politeness, but that revealed him as a complete villain.]] * AlmightyJanitor: On the surface he's just a quirky MadScientist [[spoiler: but in reality he's a crazy SocialDarwinist that leads his own faction that controls all of Yggdrasill's Kamen Riders.]] * AmbiguousDisorder: His social skills are similar to someone with high-functioning autism. * AmbitionIsEvil: Heavily gives off this vibe. As long as he can create new Drivers, he seems entirely unconcerned about the citizens suffering under the expansion of the Helheim Forest. * ArtisticLicenseBiology: Ryoma putting his brain into Hakaider's body violates so many biological laws it's not even funny even by tokukatsu standards and raises way too many questions: Like why his body didn't decompose. ** MythologyGag: of course those who have watched the original Kikaider series or anime knows that this is perfectly reasonable within the series. * AwesomeMcCoolname: His surname translates to something like "Extreme War" and is a homonym for the era of the samurai. * {{Badass}} ** BadassBookworm ** BadassCape: As Duke. ** BadassLabcoat * BerserkButton: Not knowing something. Seeing Kachidoki Arms made him flip out. * BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Ryoma also wanted to go TransHuman. Hakaider allowed him to do that...and he didn't exactly know what he was getting into. * BiggerBad: Of Yggdrasil, since he's the one who knew about Helheim first. * BigBad: By #25 it's pretty obvious who's really in charge of Yggdrasill. * BunnyEarsLawyer: The guy has his quirks. When asked why the Sengoku Drivers make catchphrases, he admits it's a guilty pleasure. * CurbStompBattle: Delivers one to both Kouta and Kaito in #19. * [[spoiler:{{Cyborg}}: Temporarily, when he transplants his brain into Hakaider.]] ** [[spoiler:CyberneticsEatYourSoul: He's surprised to find that Hakaider's directive to destroy begins overriding his personality.]] * DidntThinkThisThrough: Yes, Ryoma, put your brain into a KillerRobot ForScience without checking the risks like you've always done before. [[SarcasmMode Nothing could possibly go wrong]]. * DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Blames this as a result of his own inexperience in combat. * DragonInChief: [[spoiler: He is the one that all of the Yggdrasill Riders bow down to while using Takatora as a figurehead.]] * DragonWithAnAgenda: Wants Kouta's and Kaito's help in creating a new Driver that exceeds even the Genesis Drivers in power. ** Not his only agenda, either. [[spoiler:He also WANTS for the Helheim Forest to invade the Earth, knowing that it would cause the deaths of thousands and not giving a damn.]] * DrunkWithPower: Gives a speech that implies he was this long before becoming Duke. * DullSurprise: Unless Mad Science or a CosmicHorrorStory is going on, Ryoma does a very bad job at pretending to care. * {{Egopolis}}: Named the Sengoku Drivers after himself. But with a name like his, who could blame him? * EvilCounterpart: To Baron. Both are based on European knights and named after aristocratic titles; and both are obsessed with pursuing something to the exclusion of everything else. ** To Ryugen as well, both are [[spoiler: former]] {{Psycho Sidekick}}s with UndyingLoyalty to another more powerful and charismatic Rider who turn against them when they're told something they didn't like. * EvenEvilHasStandards: After almost being consumed by Hakaider's killer programing he wonders who'd be monstrous enough to run an organization like DARK. * EvilGenius: Yggdrasill's most important one. He invented the Sengoku Drivers, as well as the Genesis Drivers. * EvilLaugh: In #25 he tries to keep himself from doing this [[spoiler: when Sagara confirms that Helheim contains a "forbidden fruit" that grants great power.]] * {{Expy}}: A younger and more dangerous [[Series/KamenRiderOOO Doctor Maki.]] There would be no CreepyDoll holding him back, that's for sure. * FalseFriend: [[spoiler: He sees Takatora as a tool and nothing more.]] ** [[spoiler: EvilFormerFriend: Flashbacks from #27 show that Ryoma had once thought of Takatora as a man that could become the king of a post-Helheim infested world, showing genuine concern over Takatora getting injured and even designed the first Sengoku Driver as a sort of regalia for him. Of course, Takatora preferring TheNeedsOfTheMany over his own concerns, just wants Ryoma to just produce as many general Drivers as possible, which leads to a GlassesPull event that marked the beginning of Ryoma's condescending tone towards Takatora and general decision to leave him LockedOutOfTheLoop.]] * FirstNameBasis: Addresses Takatora without any honorifics whatsoever, implying a certain level of closeness to the guy. [[spoiler: Shown in #27 to have been a former friend to Takatora.]] * ForScience: Seems to have this as a motivation. Even with both the Sengoku Driver and Genesis Driver performing well, he's already seeking to design a new belt that further taps into Helheim's power. ** [[spoiler: He serves as the antagonist for the Kikaider crossover after ''removing his brain and putting it into Hakaider''.]] * FourEyesZeroSoul: During #27's flashbacks. ** TheGlassesComeOff: Surprisingly, it's only after he takes them off that he begins to be [[spoiler:the MadScientist we all know and love]]. * AGodAmI: His ultimate motive. He either wants to become a god or create one. * HiddenAgendaVillain: [[spoiler: Ryoma doesn't care about Project Arc and is only going along with it so he can take the resources for whatever it is he's ''really'' planning.]] * ItAmusedMe: The ''real'' reason for all those Sengoku Driver voices. * LackOfEmpathy: Notice that whenever science isn't concerned Ryoma doesn't seem to emote properly, with his voice rather dull, and his facial expressions forced. And him apologizing about Ryoji's death was incredibly half-hearted. Outside of science, Ryoma just doesn't care. * LargeHam: The fact that he put voices in the Sengoku Driver purely for fun is quite silly. And as a New Generation Rider, his Genesis Driver is the only one (again, discounting Kaito, whose Driver is a copy of his) that has a transformation call. He is also the only one of the group who has his own transformation pose. Adding all of these up, Ryoma almost seems like a real-life Kamen Rider fanboy. * LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: His reaction to the Kikaider crossover. * LikeAGodToMe: He used to view Takatora as some kind of God Emperor of Mankind before being jilted. * MadScientist: His AGodAmI MotiveRant in #15 establishes that "sanity" isn't something that Yggdrasill wants on your resume. * MightyGlacier: Very powerful, but notably slower than the other New Generation Riders. * MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Yggdrasill sure didn't hire him with ethical concerns involved. * NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Japanese historical figure [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakamoto_Ry%C5%8Dma Sakamoto Ryoma.]] * OOCIsSeriousBusiness: [[spoiler:He is in shock when he witnesses Kouta's transformation into Kachidoki Arms as he does not recognize the Kachidoki Lockseed as one of his own, which is a stark deviation from his apathy or curious interest we are familiar with.]] * PeekABangs: He has some long bangs on the side, which sometimes hang over his face. * PsychoSidekick: Flashbacks show that Ryoma used to be Takatora's Micchy before turning against him. * SkunkStripe: Has a whitish streak in his hair. * SocialDarwinist: Him and Kaito have much more in common than just their Rider motifs. * [[spoiler: SoLongSuckers: Seen leaving Yggdrasil Tower in an escape rocket just as it gets overgrown by Helheim in #32.]] * SureLetsGoWithThat: In #17, Micchy makes up an excuse as to why he didn't [[ShootYourMate betray Kouta]], claiming that Ryoma didn't want Kouta to lose his belt yet. Whether or not he's right, his quick thinking impresses Ryoma enough that he's willing to back up Micchy's claim when Takatora comes calling. * [[spoiler:TheStarscream: He frequently schemes behind Takatora's back and ultimately leads a coup against him.]] * StrongButUnskilled: At least according to him, he doesn't fully get how to completely rein in the power of his armor yet. * ThisCannotBe * TranquilFury: After regaining his composure after seeing Kachidoki Arms in action he enters this state. * TransHuman: His other ultimate goal. * UnderestimatingBadassery: He thinks that the Beat Riders are just going to roll over and die after the public turns against them, boy is he wrong. * VillainousBreakdown: In #23 seeing Kachidoki arms and realizing that he [[BerserkButton doesn't know something]] he temporarily flips his shit. * VillainTakesAnInterest: He thinks that either Kaito or Kouta could become the next Big Thing. * WeCanRuleTogether: He offers both Kouta and Kaito a chance to become a part of his god scheme. Both turn him down, knowing that he's nuts. ** He gives another offer to Kaito in #20. [[spoiler:It works this time.]] * WeHaveReserves * WeaponOfChoice: ** TheStraightAndArrowPath: Sonic Arrow * WithMyHandsTied: Subverted. He simply utilizes only one arm when battling Kouta in #19. * WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide: [[spoiler: All but says that Yggdrasill is planning on killing six billion people.]] * YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: After getting Kaito to join his side, he gives Sid the okay to kill Kouta, having no more use for him.]] ** [[spoiler: Spoke to give Takatora a momentary respite, but does not follow through until #28.]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Sid/Kamen Rider Sigurd]] !!Sid/New Generation Rider Sigurd !!!Portrayed by: Kazuki Namioka (live), Tatsuya Kaneko (suit) http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sigurd_1416.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sidgaim_1548.jpg]] An agent of Yggdrasill who masqueraded as a self-employed "Lock Dealer" and sold Lock Seeds to the kids of Zawame City. His true purpose was to observe the effects of the experimental Sengoku Drivers on their users and ensure that things did not get out of hand. While a subordinate to Takatora, he is a slimy career-chaser who will gladly make back-alley deals if it secures him more power and influence in Yggdrasill. He later receives one of the next-generation Genesis Drivers, using the Cherry Energy Lock Seed to transform into New Generation Rider Sigurd. ---- * TheAggressiveDrugDealer: "Aggressive" isn't quite the right word for Sid, but he looks and acts like a drug dealer and has sacrificed profit in the name of escalating the Invase Game more than once. * AntiRoleModel: What he essentially is. He goes on and on about how being an adult is all about making tough decisions, but as Kouta points out, about 90% of what he says is just an excuse to be a dick. * ArchEnemy: The only person Kouta openly hates and shows no regret about hurting. * AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:While Roshuo's method of killing him was absolutely brutal, there's little doubt a monster like Sid had it coming.]] * {{Badass}}: Yes, he's a smug slime ball, but he can back it up. ** BadassBeard: His goatee of evil ** BadassLongcoat ** HiddenBadass * BigBadWannabe: While he is a dangerous, manipulative threat and the New Gen Rider most actively trying to kill the heroes with or without orders, he doesn't measure up to Ryoma and Takatora. [[spoiler:He makes an effort to break off and grab the Forbidden Fruit for himself, even teaming up with Micchy, but ultimately doesn't last three episodes before being killed off by Roshuo.]] * BigEater: Subtle, but he's always snacking on something. The only times he isn't is when he's meeting with Takatora. * BeardOfEvil * BeneathTheMask: While he's a bit of a jerk, he seemed fairly harmless and while the Beat Riders didn't like him very much, he still seemed willing to help him..but when he's enraged, he tends to fly into a psychotic rage and openly enjoys the heinous actions he commits. * BerserkButton: Kouta makes him angry in a way no one else can. * BreakThemByTalking: After becoming Sigurd, almost all of his dialogue with Kouta revolves around trying to verbally crush him on a moral and ideological level. * BunnyEarsLawyer: Evil version. All of the Beat Riders hate him, but he's just too good at getting good Lock Seeds to just ignore. * CaptainErsatz: [[Series/{{Firefly}} It's the Badger!]] * CharacterTics: Holding and messing around with his S Lock Seed. ** Before and after transforming, he tips his fedora, and in battle, he has the tendency to hold onto his head like his hat is there. * ChekhovsGun: Remember that S Lockseed he always carries around? [[spoiler: He can use it to control the Suika Arms armor.]] * ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: [[spoiler:Backstabs Takatora and Ryoma in the same episode.]] * TheChooserOfTheOne: Picked out which Beat Riders were to get Sengoku Drivers, generally looking for ones who would escalate the conflict. * CombatPragmatist: Best shown when he shot the Banana Lockseed out of Kaito's hands ''before'' he could transform. * TheCorrupter: He takes great joy in bringing out Mitsuzane's dark side. * [[spoiler:CruelAndUnusualDeath: Roshuo uses telekinesis to trap and crush him between two cliff faces. Perhaps one of the most violent deaths ever seen in the Kamen Rider Series.]] * DangerouslyGenreSavvy: The way he choose the Riders was ridiculously genre savvy. He made sure every person he gave powers to was either desperate, weak-willed, or just plain evil which would make them easily manipulable, disposable, or able to be converted to his side if they showed potential. Now if only Kouta hadn't gotten Yuya's Sengoku Driver. ** [[spoiler: After Takatora was dealt with, Sid decided that as a Rider, he was just as qualified to pluck the forbidden fruit as any other Rider was. And so, in order to get a head start over the Yggdrasil Riders (Ryoma in particular), he destroyed the tech that kept the crack on the Takatsukasa shrine tree open so that they could no longer have a free pass into Helheim and destroyed all of their [=LockVehicles=] so that nobody else could track him down or go into Helheim as they pleased (save for the Riders that had [=LockVehicles=] prior to Sid's systematic destruction).]] * DarkIsEvil * [[DeathByIrony Defeat By Irony]]: Non-Lethal example. While Sid captured Kouta with the Kurokage troopers, it's the DJ's "carelessly leaving behind" his keycard that allows Kouta to escape. Recall how early on, Sid himself "carelessly left behind" a Sengoku Driver for Mitsuzane. ** In that same episode, Kouta and Kaito take pleasure in [[spoiler:knocking Sid on his rear [[HoistByHisOwnPetard with the very same equipment he gave them.]]]] ** And again in #24. [[spoiler: Kouta blitzed him using Jimber Cherry Arms. Which come from the Cherry Energy Lockseed.]] ** [[spoiler: Becomes truly fatal in #31 [[LaserGuidedKarma when the second Rider to die in the series turns out to be the one who killed the first.]]]] * TheDragon: Among Yggdrasill's Riders, he takes the role of enforcer. * [[spoiler:DefiantToTheEnd: Despite Roshuo's Telekinesis [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking staggering him to the point where he can barely even move, atomizing his Lockseed and Driver, and blowing off his hat,]] he still refuses to back down.]] * EasilyForgiven: After Takatora finds out Sid gave his little brother a Sengoku Driver, his initial reaction is to grab him by the collar in a moment of barely suppressed rage. While Sid brings up a good point in his defense, Takatora's line of "I expect you to follow through this time" comes off as nothing but naļve. He also goes unpunished for trying to use lethal force against Gaim and Baron, despite Takatora's insistence on protecting them. * EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity: Distributes the Sengoku Drivers and bikes to the various Beat Rider teams, often even for free. The Riders didn't know that it was for the purpose of giving Yggdrasill new lab rats. * EnigmaticMinion: While he's working for Yggdrasill, he kept the fact that he gave Mitsuzane a Driver a secret from his brother for an unknown reason. More than that, he gave Takatora every opportunity to find out, but was amused that he hadn't taken the bait. * EvilCounterpart: To Bravo (well, Evil-er Counterpart). Unlike the other Armored/New Generation Rider comparisons, they don't share an armor theme, but they both enjoy antagonizing others and especially picking on children. [[spoiler:However, Sid ultimately turns out to be completely irredeemable, while Oren starts working with the heroes once he's appraised of the whole situation.]] * EvilLaugh * EvilWearsBlack: Bonus points for being the most evil person on the show. * {{Expy}}: Has [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Gilgamesh]]'s hero motif as Sigurd. * [[spoiler:FamousLastWords: I...I...I will become more than human!]] * ForTheEvulz: Seems to be the reason he likes screwing with people's heads and seemed to actually get a kick out of killing Hase and then smugly rubbing it in Kouta's face. * [[spoiler: FreudianExcuse: Implied. Part of his motive for getting the Fruit for Knowledge was so that no one would look down on him again. There was also his attitude towards Kouta and Kaito about how adults are the responsible ones.]] * FriendInTheBlackMarket: To anyone willing to pay for his services in the first arc. He closes up shop afterwards, partly because Kouta called him out on just using the Beat Riders as lab rats and partly because Yggdrasill was ending that project anyway. * [[spoiler:GoryDiscretionShot: When Roshuo crushes him the camera tilts upward swiftly to spare the viewer from seeing his gruesome demise.]] * HateSink: Sid is such a [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal slimy, smug, soulless, scumbag]] that AllLovingHero Kouta openly hates him, telling the audience to direct their hate onto Sid. * HeroKiller: Kills off Hase during his first bout as Sigurd. * HomingProjectile: His arrows can do this. * HopeCrusher: Sid has made it his personal goal to crush Kouta's ideals. * HopeIsScary: He tells Kouta he opposes him because he's giving people false hope that will only be crushed. Given it's Sid, however, it's not clear how much he believes it and how much is just an excuse to mess with Kouta's head. * {{Irony}}: ** Every attempt Sid has made to crush Kouta's resolve has somehow strengthened it. ** Sid originally let Kouta live because it was fun to make him squirm while Takatora wanted to take more decisive action. Nowadays Sid is the biggest advocate for killing Kouta while Takatora lets him go out of sympathy. ** [[spoiler:The rider responsible for the first Rider death ends up being the next Rider to die.]] ** Originally, Sid distributes the Sengoku Drivers to Beat Rider teams because of how easily manipulable and accepting they are of power given to them for free, and he believes that 'adults' like Sid would question this. [[spoiler: This comes to bite him in the ass in #31, as he was easily tempted by the forbidden fruit offered by Redyue, getting him killed. Micchy knows that it is a trap and decides not to follow him.]] ** Sid comments that Micchy [[spoiler:watching his brother supposedly die without trying to stop his killers]] was rather cold of him. It's that same coldness that has Micchy [[spoiler:not inform Sid of the trap and just have him march to his death]]. To add further irony, his brother gets to [[spoiler:watch ''Sid'' die without trying to stop his killer]]. * ItsPersonal: For some reason, he hates Kouta on a personal level, dropping his SlimeBall persona when fighting him in favor for a more bitter, jaded outlook on life while trying to break him. * JackOfAllStats: The most balanced of the New Generation Riders. * {{Jerkass}}: To the point where AllLovingHero Kouta hates him. * KidsVersusAdults: He often tends to talk about how adults are the master authority towards kids and how they should respect their elders. Both Kouta and Kaito respond by telling him where he can shove his agism. * [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]] * KnightOfCerebus: Responsible for the show's first Rider death, which the lead writer calls [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore the turning point of the story]] and says the one line that confirms that this is a {{deconstruction}} of Kamen Rider. * [[spoiler:LaserGuidedKarma: The murderer of the first Rider fatality is the second Rider fatality]] * MeaningfulName: Twofold: The first being his name being a sound-a-like to ''seed'', as in Lock''seed''. Then there's his Rider name. Sigurd relates to a heroic monster hunter. Hence his speeches regarding hunting down monsters being heroic. * ManipulativeBastard: He just ''loves'' to find out your hopes and dreams, then twists and corrupts them for his own amusement. * NiceHat: A black bowler. It's ultimately used for a [[spoiler:DeadHatShot.]] * NiceJobFixingItVillain: ** As noted above in {{Irony}}, every attempt Sid has made to crush Kouta's HeroicResolve just makes him bounce back stronger than before. ** {{Inverted}} in #21. [[spoiler:Him telling Kouta about the Scalar Weapon actually had Kouta team up with Yggdrasil to prevent Inves from coming out of a public crack.]] But played straight again in #23 as [[spoiler:Kouta learns to go for the Scalar system while StormingTheCastle and trashes it completely.]] * NotSoHarmlessVillain: While Sid was never harmless, all he seemed like was your typical corporate slime ball who would fold after the Riders got tired of his BS...But then he's revealed to be New Generation Rider Sigurd, who proves this assumption to be very wrong when he kills Ryoji. * ObviouslyEvil * OnlyInItForTheMoney: Claims that money is his only motivation. This is a very obvious lie. * PintsizedPowerhouse: He's rather short, but very tough. * PunnyName: Sid <-> Seed. Also '''Si'''gur'''d'''. * PsychoForHire: Unlike the other Yggdrasil employees, who either view their actions as a NecessaryEvil or a means to an end, he ''enjoys'' his heinous actions, including killing Hase and trying to kill Kouta. While he talks a heroic talk, it seems to be only an excuse to perform heinous acts because he ''wants'' to. * RedEyesTakeWarning: As Sigurd. * RedIsHeroic: Well, he ''insists'' he's heroic, but [[InvertedTrope he's far from it]]. * ShootTheDog: He describes his execution of Hase as this, though primarily as a way to mock Kouta - he doesn't seem to be the type who's concerned about "morality". * SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: He constantly taunts Kouta that his ideals are immature and childish. * SlimeBall: The man ''oozes'' corporate slime. * SmugSmiler * TheSociopath: Is charismatic enough to have easily convinced the Beat Riders to take his wares, takes a sadistic pleasure in screwing with people's heads, and has [[LackOfEmpathy zero empathy for anyone else]]. He also escalates the Invase Game seemingly on a whim without orders from his superiors more than once. He also shows a violent, homicidal streak when he's actually enraged, to the point of [[spoiler:outright trying to kill Baron and Gaim]] in anger when they get the slip on him. He also seemed to ''enjoy'' killing Hase as opposed to his comrades, who either viewed it as a NecessaryEvil or were indifferent. * SoftSpokenSadist: While he has a charisma and speaks calmly most of the time, the guy is notably the only Yggdrasil member to outright ''enjoy'' his heinous actions instead of seeing them as a NecessaryEvil or a means to an end. * SpellMyNameWithAnS: The TV-Nihon fansub initially Romanized his name as "Cid" before switching to the more accepted "Sid." * [[spoiler:TheStarscream: He not only helps Ryoma undermine Takatora, once that's out of the way he backstabs ''Ryoma'' too.]] * ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: His solution to deal with Kachidoki Arms is ''three'' Watermelon Arms. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]] * UnskilledButStrong: Sid's fight with Kouta in Episode #21 shows that he's not that skilled of a fighter when he doesn't have the sheer power of being a New Generation Rider to rely on. When Kouta evens the odds between them by changing into his Jimber Lemon Arms, he is quickly outmatched and defeated. * VillainHasAPoint: In the end, he's right about killing Ryoji being the only option, and that if he was allowed to run free he could have hurt a lot more innocent people. Kouta admits he may have a point, but argues that using justice as a rationalization for killing is wrong. * VillainousBreakdown: A very minor one after Kouta and Kaito give him the slip in episode 15. ** A much bigger one after [[spoiler:Kouta beats him and steals his Lockseed in episode 21. Given how Sid was completely confident that he'd kill Kouta, the shock on his face after Kouta managed to decisively beat him is priceless.]] * WeaponOfChoice: ** TheStraightAndArrowPath: Sonic Arrow * WouldHurtAChild: Despite viewing the Beat Riders as kids, and them being ''much'' younger than him, he has no problem beating the tar out of them and trying to outright ''kill'' them. * YouGotSpunk: A rather dark take on this trope. The reason why he gave Mitsuzane his Sengoku Driver was because he was impressed by his dark side. He also gave out the last three Drivers to teams willing to break away from Baron's alliance. * YoureInsane: Kouta calls him this [[spoiler: after he reveals Yggdrasill's backup plan to nuke the city if the situation goes completely FUBAR.]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Yoko Minato/Kamen Rider Marika]] !!Yoko Minato/New Generation Rider Marika[[note]]derived from "malika"; Arabic for "queen"[[/note]] !!!Portrayed by: Minami Tsukui (live & suit), Satoshi Fujita (suit understudy) http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/marika_2801.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/yokominato_2830.jpg]] An employee of Yggdrasill Corporation working under Ryoma Sengoku. She acts as his personal bodyguard and assistant in the company using her incredible martial arts. Using the Peach Energy Lock Seed and the Genesis Driver, she can transform into New Generation Rider Marika. ---- * AllAmazonsWantHercules: While flirting with Kaito, she admits that she has a thing for powerful people. * ArmorPiercingQuestion: Gives one to Kouta in #33. [[spoiler: Also doubles as a WhamLine.]] -->'''Yoko:''' What are you going to do with your power? -->'''Kouta:''' To protect everyone. -->'''Yoko:''' And once they're safe? * {{Badass}}: Her "debut" has her beat Kouta and Kaito like they're filled with candy. And doing so in a way that makes it seem like she was only phoning it in. ** BadassInANiceSuit: An Urobuchi staple. * BattleButler[=/=]NinjaMaid * BigDamnHeroes[=/=]VillainousRescue: Shows up just in time to save Baron from [[spoiler: Deemushu]] in #24. * BodyGuardBabes: To Ryoma, though he doesn't really need one. * BoyishShortHair * DarkActionGirl -> [[spoiler:ActionGirl]] * TheDragon: To Ryoma, whose side she never seems to leave as of late. ** DragonWithAnAgenda: When noted by Ryoma that she willingly holds herself back while fighting, he theorizes that she has a plan of her own. Not that he cares, it would only make things more interesting for him. And to further this theory of his, she does nothing to deny it and just gives a smug smile as a response. * EnigmaticMinion: To Ryoma, she starts off as his SatelliteCharacter but her interactions with Kaito show that she has other plans. * EvilCounterpart: To Ryugen. Both are are modeled on Eastern warriors, Ryugen being Chinese and Marika being Arabian. In terms of personality, they're both morally questionable and have UndyingLoyalty to another Rider. ** [[spoiler:{{Foil}}[=/=]GoodCounterpart: Though with Ryugen's downward slide, it's getting harder to call Marika the evil one of the two.]] * {{Expy}}: Plays the role of [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Kyoko Sakura]] to Ryoji's Mami Tomoe. Bonus points for her peach theme, since Kyoko's sister is named "Momo". * FragileSpeedster: The most nimble New Generation Rider. * GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Non-literal, but "Marika" is a derivative of Queen. And she can [[IncrediblyLamePun "royally" hand you your ass.]] * HeelFaceTurn: After Ryoma abandons Yggdrasill, she joins Kaito at his side. It remains to be seen if this applies to her morally, though. * HiddenDepths: Ryoma hints that she has the same level of hidden potential as Kouta. On top of that, she has yet to show her full power in combat. Even holding back, Kouta thinks she may be stronger than Sid. * KickChick * MagicSkirt * MasterOfDisguise * MsFanservice: Due to her kicking ass and climbing stairs in a DangerouslyShortSkirt. * NoSenseOfPersonalSpace * PerpetualSmiler: Unfortunately, it's a SlasherSmile. * PetTheDog: In #24 she saves Kaito even though she didn't have anything to gain from it. ** Then when Ryoma is about to give Kaito the axe she convinces him to give Kaito a second chance and give him a Genesis Driver along with it. * PinkMeansFeminine * TheSmurfettePrinciple: The only female Rider of eleven so far. * StrangerBehindTheMask: Kind of. Duke and Sigurd's human identities were seen before their appearance, but Yoko was a new character. * ShesGotLegs * UndyingLoyalty: She appears to be completely devoted to Professor Ryoma, at least on the surface. ** After Ryoma bails in #32, this loyalty shifts to Kaito, whom she admittedly likes a lot more. * TheVamp: Her advances on Kaito could be entirely manipulation. * VillainRespect: In #28 she admits that she respects Takatora's abilities as a warrior and calls out Sid for underestimating him. * VillainTakesAnInterest: She finds Kaito's endless search for more power exciting. Ryoma finds this investment to be especially strange considering her general disinterest in others. * WeaponOfChoice: ** TheStraightAndArrowPath: Sonic Arrow [[/folder]] [[folder:DJ Sagara]] !!DJ Sagara !!!Portrayed by: Tomomitsu Yamaguchi [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/djsagara_1393.jpg]] The host of "Beat Riders Hotline", an internet radio station with its finger on the pulse of Zawame City's urban scene. He reports on the activities of the Beat Riders street gangs and runs popularity polls to determine who the top dog is. He is actually an agent of Yggdrasill Corporation who uses his web channel to distribute propaganda and galvanize the conflict between the Beat Riders. ---- * AffablyEvil: Even if he is evil, the DJ is a very CoolOldGuy and an excellent judge of character, and all around good company. * AlmightyJanitor: He's a mild-mannered DJ [[spoiler: who seems to have more power than anything barring an Overlord Inves or the Priestess.]] * AnimalMotifs: [[spoiler:A snake.]] * TheAntiNihilist * [[spoiler: AmbiguouslyHuman: Knows the Priestess, can invade dreams, and apparently created the [[MidSeasonUpgrade Kachidoki Lockseed]] from an actual orange just by holding it. [[HolyShitQuotient The Hell is up with this guy?]]]] ** [[spoiler: And then #24 adds ''another'' detail: He was able to communicate with the Overlord Inves while using some sort of astral projection.]] ** [[spoiler: In that same scene, Redyue pretty much confirms he's not human when she asks if he's "assuming their form now?"]] * AntiVillain: Unlike his co-workers, he is shown to respect the Beat Riders and even warned Takatora not to underestimate them. A later episode also shows him helping Kouta by springing him from an Yggdrasill holding cell and giving him a Lemon Energy Lock Seed with an adapter piece to use it with the Sengoku Driver. Whether he did that to be genuinely helpful or to help his own agenda is up in the air, however. * ArmorPiercingQuestion: Gives one to [[spoiler: Roshuo.]] --> '''DJ Sagara''': You'll let seven billion people die just to save the one woman you love? * AuthorAppeal: Anyone who has seen Urobuchi's [[LightNovel/FateZero previous]] [[Anime/PsychoPass works]] should know he just loves nietzschean philosophy and Sagara loves to go on filibusters filled to the brim nietzschean undertones. * BeneathSuspicion: [[SarcasmMode Yeah, like the DJ would be able to screw everybody over.]] [[spoiler: Even after he's found out, the New Generation Riders have trouble wrapping their heads around how thoroughly they've been played.]] * [[spoiler:BigGood: Well maybe. He's certainly this when he starts helping Kouta. Time will tell if he's a subversion or not.]] ** [[spoiler:#24 seems to subvert it, he can communicate with the Overlords]] *** [[spoiler:#31 takes it back in the other direction, with him calling Roshuo out on breaking the rules of the "game" (Helheim's invasion) and convincing him to give humanity a fair chance.]] * CoolOldGuy: A rare (maybe) evil example. For a propaganda officer, DJ Sagara is one cool dude. * [[spoiler:CrazyPrepared: When Redyue asks him why he's disguised as a human, he states "Unpreparedness is one's greatest enemy."]] * DragonWithAnAgenda: Just ''why'' is he helping out the Beat Riders when the rest of Yggdrasill's left them for dead? * EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity: To Kouta. [[spoiler: He gives Kouta a Lemon Energy Lockseed, the upgrade to use the Energy Lockseeds, the Kachidoki Lockseed, and finally the Kiwami Lockseed. Sagara's motivations are less than clear.]] * EnigmaticMinion: He's proving to be even more enigmatic than Sid. [[spoiler: He might be Roshuo's minion, but even that's still up in the air.]] * EvilCostumeSwitch: In a sense. [[spoiler: When conversing with the Overlord Inves, he wears white priest robes instead of his normal attire and when talking to Ryoma, he wears a completely snakeskin outfit.]] * EvilGenius: Yggdrasill's third one. He's in charge of information control and propaganda. * ExactWords: [[spoiler: In #32 Kouta accuses Sagara of lying about the Overlords. Sagara says he didn't lie - he told Kouta that Overlords ''could'' stop Helheim, but he never said that they ''would'' do it. Moreover, he never said that Kouta should try to talk to the Overlords, [[TakeAThirdOption as there is another solution...]]]] * {{Expy}}: [[spoiler: Make a [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica contract]] with the DJ and become an Overlord!]] * FairPlayVillain: [[spoiler: The reason why he's giving Kouta power ups is because he wants the fight for the Forbidden Fruit to be as fair as possible and he thinks that Yggdrasill started the game at an unfair advantage. Maybe, since Sagara has shown himself to be an ''excellent'' liar.]] ** [[spoiler:And again in #31, when he argues to Roshuo that humanity at least deserves a fair chance to obtain the Forbidden Fruit; this convinces Roshuo to create the Kiwami Lockseed from a portion of the Fruit.]] * {{Foil}}[=/=]GoodCounterpart: To Sid of all people. [[spoiler:Both are {{Enigmatic Minion}}s, both are master manipulators, both give away artifacts that empower the Riders. But then they diverge: Sid wears black at all times, while Sagara dresses in bright colors, Sid is revealed to be the AntiRoleModel underneath his enigmatic exterior, while Sagara has actual depth, Sid handed Rider powers over to people who show negative character traits, while Sagara gave a power up to Kouta after he saw positive character traits.]] ** He's also one [[spoiler: to the Priestess. Both are extremely enigmatic figures who have the same mysterious powers concerning Helheim, both love vague philosophical filibusters, and both seem to be the only people who seem to know what the heck is going on. But then they diverge, the Priestess is a pessimistic, cynical fatalist who believe everyone is doomed to whatever fate she has saw and tells them to run. In contrast DJ Sagara is a cheery idealist who tells destiny to screw itself while convincing people to stand up and fight for what they believe in.]] * GenreSavvy: He's the only member of the inner circle to realize that the Armored Riders weren't going to roll over and die after Yggdrasill didn't need them anymore. * GogglesDoNothing * TheGoodChancellor: [[spoiler: Seems to be this to Roshuo acting as his advisor and counseling him to give humanity a second chance.]] * HiddenDepths: #7 shows that he's acquainted with Sid and Takatora, implying a connection to Yggdrasill Corporation and hinting a darker side to his character. One wonders if the sole purpose of his pirate radio station is not to provide excitement so much as to allow Yggdrasill to keep a close eye on their 'lab rats'. ** He's genuinely impressed by the Riders, so when Kouta tells him that he only wants power to help others, he is moved to help. ** He also has good insight into human nature. ** He's either a damn good hacker or has some other tricks up his sleeve, since he supposedly doesn't have the required clearance to access the area where Ryoma keeps the Genesis prototypes, but was able to steal them anyway. ** If all the above wasn't enough, #23 [[spoiler: makes us question whether or not he's entirely human due to his ability to transform a ''normal'' orange into the Kachidoki Lockseed. Heck, the same episode reveals he's acquainted with the Priestess in some form.]] ** [[spoiler:He personally knows the Overlords and is on speaking terms with Roshuo. He's even able to persuade Roshuo to give humanity a second chance.]] * TheIdealist: In a direct contrast to the [[spoiler: Priestess.]] * IRejectYourReality: [[spoiler: He tells Kouta that power can only be used to destroy...so Kouta should use his power to destroy the rule of reality where hope requires sacrifice.]] * LargeHamRadio * ManipulativeBastard: He manipulates people through his show to make them think that the Armored Riders are some kind of cool new fad instead of Yggdrasill's pawns. ** [[spoiler: More darkly, it's clear that he's manipulating Kouta for his own ends. He even admits as much in Episode 32.]] * MrExposition: His job is to explain the new status quo each episode... well, the status quo Yggdrasill wants people to know. * MysteriousBacker: [[spoiler:He decides to become Kouta's benefactor after being impressed by his inner ubermensch.]] ** [[spoiler:He is the one that gives Kouta the Kachidoki Lockseed. What's more, Ryoma doesn't recognize it as one of his projects.]] ** [[spoiler:He also gives Kouta the Kiwami Lockseed.]] * NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagara_S%C5%8Dz%C5%8D Sagara Sozo]], whom some viewers may remember as [[RurouniKenshin the origin of Sagara Sanosuke's name]]. [[spoiler:He led the Sekiho army in an ill-fated rebellion, which is particularly appropriate considering what DJ Sagara's been doing.]] * NiceCharacterMeanActor: InUniverse. On stage he's a friendly LargeHam, off stage he's a rude and condescending {{Jerkass}} towards Takatora. ** Then again, he was perfectly nice to Kouta in person and seems to be sympathetic to the Beat Riders' cause. ** Possibly explained in #23: [[spoiler:he thinks little of Takatora (and Yggdrasil) since Sagara sees the belief that "sacrificing innocents is a NecessaryEvil" as moral weakness. In contrast, he respects Kouta since he is determined to save everyone and refuses to compromise that belief.]] * TheNicknamer: He's the one who gives Kouta, Micchi, and Oren their Armored Rider names. * NotSoSmallRole: Thrice over. [[spoiler: At first he seems like a MrExposition BitCharacter, and is then revealed to be Yggdrasill's proganda officer, and when it looks like his role in the plot is done, he reveals himself to be quite the philosopher and becomes Kouta's MysteriousBacker. This is then turned up far beyond eleven when its revealed that he opposes the Priestess of Fate and has the same powers as her.]] ** As if that weren't enough, [[spoiler:he knows the Overlords and is on speaking terms with Roshuo, to the point that he's able to persuade him to give Kouta the Kiwami Lockseed.]] * PetTheDog: In #15, when he learns that Kouta is being detained by Yggdrasill, he not only finds Kouta's cell but gives him a Lemon Energy Lock Seed, an adapter piece to use with his Sengoku Driver, and left behind his key card on the off chance Kouta could escape. ** Another in #18: where he aids the Beat Riders, going against Takatora's wishes. *** Just to make himself even more [[MysteriousBacker mysterious]], he does it AGAIN in #19, gifting a Tuliphopper to the guys. ** And AGAIN in #23 [[spoiler: He pulled Kouta out of his Yuuya murder funk by pointing out that since power is only good for destroying things, why not use it to destroy the rule that "hope require sacrifice"?]] ** [[spoiler:He convinces Roshuo to give humanity a piece of the Forbidden Fruit so that they can prove themselves, leading to Kouta gaining the Kiwami Lockseed.]] * ThePhilosopher: He often expounds on such things, particularly in episode #23. * PleaseSpareHimMyLiege: [[spoiler: After Roshuo finished talking to Takatora in #31 he was going to write humanity off as a lost cause, cue Sagara showing up to convince him to give them a second chance.]] * PropagandaMachine: His original job. He's...[[{{Understatement}} branched out]] since then. * TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: He's very good at picking apart peoples' motivations and ideals. ** [[spoiler: He give an oddly polite and well meaning one to Kouta. He points out that without Yggdrasill's secret backing, the Beat Rider teams would have never gotten anywhere in life. Kouta can't disagree.]] ** [[spoiler: In #23, he gives one to Yggdrasill in general, calling them cowards that pretend to be strong but are too afraid to stand up for their beliefs. He criticizes their reluctant acceptance of the idea that innocent people must be sacrificed for the greater good; specifically, that they believe that it's morally wrong but choose to do it anyway.]] * ScrewDestiny * SharpDressedMan: Changes out of his goofy DJ clothes into a stylish grey suit in #25 when conversing with Ryoma. * StealthHiBye: Demonstrates this occasionally. [[spoiler: In #23, he even borrowed a cue from the Priestess by supposedly invading Kouta's dream.]] * SympathyForTheHero: When Kouta says he only wants power so he can protect the innocent, Sagara is pleased enough to leave behind a keycard, a Lemon Energy Lockseed, and the adapter piece to let him use it. * TakeAThirdOption: He tries to get Kouta to do this. [[spoiler: When Kouta believes that the only way to save the world is through sacrifice, he tells Kouta about the Overlords and how they have the power to stop Helheim. Later on, when Kouta finds that the Overlords are not interested in saving humanity, Sagara tells Kouta to become an Overlord himself.]] * TokenGoodTeammate: While Takatora is an AntiVillain, Sagara seems to be one of the only genuinely good characters besides him to work for Yggdrasill. * TheUnchosenOne[=/=]TheChooserOfTheOne: [[spoiler: He seems to be both at once. According to the Priestess, he shouldn't be doing whatever it is he's doing. DJ Sagara basically tells her that he doesn't care and that he makes his own decisions.]] * UnreliableExpositor: Sagara has appeared to three different factions and talked to them and supported their ideology to a certain degree all while giving contradictory information. It's unknown which side he even supports at this time, if he's even on a side. * [[spoiler:VoluntaryShapeshifting: Heavily implied: in #24, Redyue asks him if he's "assuming their form." Before that, his hologram(?) entered as a snake before changing to his appearance. Deemushu even calls him a "damn snake".]] * WeAreAsMayflies: A rather positive take on this trope. He points out that human lives are short, fragile, and insignificant, but it also inspires each individual human to be the best and most powerful person they can be. * WeAllDieSomeday: In #15, the speech he gives to Kouta is about this. * TheWatcher: Outright claims to be one in #25, though unlike most Watchers he clearly shows some biases and he's okay with interfering a little. (Okay, ''most'' Watchers interfere a little, but Sagara doesn't make any pretense that he's "supposed" to stay out of it.) * WildCard: [[spoiler: In #23 he tells Kouta to find the Overlords, but then in #24 he's revealed to be in contact with them. In #25 he claims to Ryouma that he is an observer, and only helped out Kouta because Yggdrasil had an unfair advantage. He then says he'll give some help to Ryouma's group...but all he really does is confirm what Ryouma already deduced. (Although Ryouma seemed happy with that.)]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Kurokage Troopers]] !!Kurokage Troopers !!!Portrayed by: Yuki Anai (voice), various suit actors http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kurokage_9612.png The private security force of Yggdrasill Corporation, who use a mass-produced version of the Sengoku Driver to transform into copies of Armored Rider Kurokage. ---- * CoolBike: The Dandeliners. Unlike the Beat Riders' cycles, these are ''hover'' bikes. * DegradedBoss: When Ryoji was the only Kurokage, he was originally presented as roughly equal to the other Armored Riders (despite having lower stats). [[ConservationOfNinjutsu Now it's a Mook powerset.]] * {{Mooks}} ** RedShirtArmy: Sort of; throughout the series, they're aren't shown to be that good at their job. * {{Ninja}}: A cross between this and Japanese footsoldiers; moreso than Ryoji was. The Troopers are very good at magically appearing and disappearing like the warrior that they were based on. * VillainTeleportation * WeaponOfChoice: ** BladeOnAStick: The Kagematsu in Pinecone Arms. ** KillItWithFire: They are each sometimes equipped with flamethrowers, specifically to burn down all plants grown by Inves. [[/folder]] !Helheim Forest [[folder:Helheim Forest]] * AlienKudzu: Played for horror - more than usual, anyway. Most uses of this trope have it as a symptom of an alien threat; Helheim ''is'' the threat. It's an unfeeling force of nature, and NatureIsNotNice. * [[spoiler:AssimilationPlot: Adds entire worlds to itself, converting all animal life in them into its Inves hordes.]] * BigBad: In a BigBadEnsemble with Yggdrasill. While whether or not its a GeniusLoci hasn't been revealed, it's actively invading the Earth [[spoiler:and Earth isn't its first victim.]] * EldritchLocation: An unearthly forest filled with monsters and covered in alien plants [[spoiler:that turn anything that eats them into more monsters.]] ** [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination: After TheReveal, it comes across as more like this. It spreads from planet to planet, dimension to dimension, overgrowing entire worlds and converting all animal life inside them into Inves.]] * {{Expy}}: [[spoiler: EldritchAbomination that spreads from planet to planet, dimension to dimension, overgrowing entire worlds and converting all animal life inside them into monsters, [[VisualNovel/SayaNoUta seems familiar?]]]] * HumanityOnTrial: [[spoiler: According to Sagara, Helheim's invasion is a way to judge humanities worth in some way.]] * [[spoiler:PlanetaryParasite: Overgrows entire worlds.]] * TheProphecy: It is said repeatedly that Helheim will someday "choose" a particular individual. What this means is unknown at the moment, except that TheChosenOne could be any of the Riders. ** [[spoiler: DJ Sagara says that Helheim has a "forbidden fruit", and whoever gets it will gain great power. He says that Helheim grants evolution "to the ones worthy of ruling the world to come".]] * WalkingSpoiler: Its true nature is this. [[/folder]] [[folder:Inves]] !!Inves The MonstersOfTheWeek summoned to fight in the Inves Game that dwell in the Helheim Forest. While the Inves Game is in action, they'll obey the one holding their Lock Seed and fight until ordered to retreat. However, should their wielder drop their Lock Seed, the Inves will go on a rampage and attack anything in sight. Some also emerge from dimensional tears that are opening to their dimension. * AirborneMook: Eating unripe Lock Seeds cause the Mook Inves to sprout wings in #3. * AnimalMotifs: ** BigCreepyCrawlies: The {{Mook}} class Inves seem to be insect-based, as well as the Kamikiri Inves that first appeared in #10. ** PantheraAwesome: The Byakko and [[GratuitousEnglish Lion]] Inves. ** TheMarvelousDeer: Shika Inves. ** BatOutOfHell: The Komori Inves, the Inves Ryugen went up against in his debut. There was also a mutated version of the Bat Inves genus in #9. ** FullBoarAction: The Inoshishi Inves, which was first fought as an Evolved Inves. ** InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: The Seiryu Inves. ** OurMonstersAreWeird: The Hekija/Bixie Inves. ** SeldomSeenSpecies: The Yagi Inves in #30. * BlackBlood: They seem to possess this. Strangely, the only times you see it are in a fight scene with Marika in #22, and when [[spoiler:Baron pierces Deemushu with an arrow in #26]]. * BladeBelowTheShoulder: The Byakko Inves had them. The Komori Inves just has one. * BreathWeapon: The Seiryu Inves breaths blue fire. * BrokenStreak: Up until the debut of the Lion Inves, all of the Inves have had their species names be written by their Japanese names. * DarkIsEvil: The Komori Inves. * DegradedBoss: Inves that act as MonstersOfTheWeek often reappear as {{Mook}}s in later episodes. * EvolutionaryLevels: Keeping with the Mons theme, the Inves evolve as they eat more Lock Seeds, starting out as [[{{Mook}}s Elementary Inves]], then evolving into [[MonsterOfTheWeek Berserker-State Inves]], and finally into an [[OneWingedAngel Evolved Inves.]] If an Elementary Inves eats a whole lot of Lock Seeds it skips directly to an Evolved Inves. [[spoiler: And now there are Overlord Inves, which makes every other character look wimpy in comparison.]] * {{Expy}}: While monsters being former humans is a ''Kamen Rider'' staple, the [[Creator/GenUrobuchi writer]] and the nature of TheReveal indicate they're stand-ins for [[TheHeartless the Witches]] of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. * {{Flight}}: The Komori Inves. * FrickinLaserBeams: The Komori Inves can fire a BIG black laser beam when cornered. * TheFourGods: The Byakko Inves from #1; The Seiryu Inves from #8. It's worth noting that these Inves are different from the other Inves, as they have armor that makes them look more like jade statues. * HomeFieldAdvantage: Kouta notes that the Inves are stronger in the Helheim Forest and it shows with Gaim, Ryugen, and Baron having trouble defeating simple mook Inves. * TheHorde: What the Inves can become when they get enough momentum going * ImplacableMan: The Seiryu Inves. * LawOfChromaticSuperiority: The red Lion Inves is the strongest Inves encountered yet, needing Jimber Lemon Arms to be taken down. * LightningBruiser: The Evolved Shika Inves, the Seiryu Inves and the Lion Inves. * MakeMeWannaShout: The Komori Inves. * MeaningfulName: #20 implies that Invess is short for the English phrase [[spoiler:''invas''ive species]]. * {{Mons}}: A {{Deconstruct|edTrope}}ion of the trope, as while they're loyal so long as you hold the Lock Seed that summoned them, drop it and they'll go berserk. Uncontrolled Invase can also appear on their own, ''and'' they're disease carriers. * MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Those bulbous bodies on the {{Mook}} Inves? [[http://static3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131007030632/kamenrider/images/7/7b/Combined_Invase_Warrior.png Those are all jaws.]] * {{Nerf}}: It is established in #9 that Inves summoned by Lock Seeds are much weaker than Inves that come into our world directly. Best shown with the mutated Komori Inves that could fight both Gaim and Ryugen at once and it explains why the Byakko and Seiryu Inves were so much trouble. * NiceJobFixingItVillain: The Lion Inves tearing off the Sengoku Driver's faceplate is what finally reveals the space for the Genesis Core. * NoSell: The Seiryu Inves... until our heroes switch to blunt force weapons. * NotSoHarmlessVillain: In its first appearances, the Komori Inves got stomped by Ryugen and Gaim on two separate occasions - the mutated one in #9 can fight both of them at once. * OneWingedAngel: If one of the Mooks eats a mature Lock Seed, it becomes a full fledged MonsterOfTheWeek called a Berserker Inves. If one of ''those'' eats one, they turn into a giant monster called an Evolved Inves. ** If one of the Mooks eats a whole lot of Lock Seeds at once, they will evolve straight into their Evolved State! ** As #13 revealed, some Inves are this for humans like Ryoji. To clarify, humans can become Inves and gain more power, but seem to lose all sense of humanity, based off of how Inves-Ryoji was acting during #14. * PlayingWithFire: The Shika Inves can do this, as well as the Seiryu Inves, followed by the Komori Inves. * PowerGivesYouWings: The Lion Inves gains them after its Lock Seed malfunctions. * PrimalStance: The Evolved Shika Inves resembled a primate more than a deer. * PowerLevels: Lock Seed classes play a vital role in how far the Inves evolves. Combining Lock Seeds also has that effect. * RedRightHand: So far, the three Inves that are confirmed to have been human once, all had their right hands formed differently than their left. The Byakko and Bixie had large claws, and one Komori had a blade-like talon. * TechnicolorFire: The Seiryu Inves breathes blue fire as a sign of its power. * VillainPedigree: The non-{{Mook}} Inves slowly become Mooks themselves. This culminates in #32 and #33, [[spoiler: where the Overlords act as the MonstersOfTheWeek in their place.]] * TheVirus: Indirectly. Those injured by them seem to sprout or turn into Lock Seed plants, which in turn produce immature Lock Seeds capable of transforming people into more Inves. * WasOnceAMan: Some of them anyway, with two cases confirmed (Yuya and Hase), one suspected (a worker in #9), and who-knows-how-many-more possible. * WhipItGood: How the Long-Horned Beetle Inves uses its antenna in battle. [[/folder]] [[folder:Spoilers]] !! Overlord Inves An elite category of Inves that managed to retain their intelligence and receive great power from their transformation. They are capable of controlling lesser Inves, as well as the Helheim Forest itself. * AliensSpeakingEnglish: Subverted, they speak an alien language (though a cipher of Japanese). They have to ''learn'' Japanese, and even then they aren't {{Instant Expert}}s except for Roshuo. * BrilliantButLazy: They have godlike power, but don't really do much with it. Beyond just power, Redyue is able to grasp the basics of Japanese in just a few hours and Deemushu follows shortly. Roshuo masters Japanese ''fluently'' in the same amount of time. * ColorfulThemeNaming: When translated from their CypherLanguage. * CypherLanguage: After their first major episode, [[http://www.tokunation.com/showpost.php?p=341872&postcount=42 fans were able to translate their language back into Japanese.]] * EvilCounterpart: To three of the four main Riders. Their colors and regional armor designs are an almost exact match. * {{Foil}}: Redyue notes that all Overlords are this to the Armored Riders. The Overlords survived Helheim by using its powers to permanently mutate into Inves, while the Armored Riders safely channel Helheim's power while retaining their humanity to conquer Helheim. Basically, the Overlords gave into Helheim while humanity conquered the forest. * GoMadFromTheIsolation: According to Redyue, living in the forest for so long has made them really, really bored. To the point where they attack Kouta and Kaito just to get some entertainment. * GreenThumb: They control the plants of Helheim the same way they control other Inves. * ItCanThink: And ''speak''. * MonsterKnight: They wear armor and carry weapons, setting them apart from their brethren. * MonsterLord: As their name implies, they are basically the rulers of Helheim. * OrcusOnHisThrone: It would probably take a lot less than ten years for Helheim to overtake Earth if the Overlords were leading its invasion, yet they seem content to just sit around doing nothing, letting the forest do all the work. On the flip side, they also don't care to restrain Helheim either. This is all justified, as Roshuo doesn't ''want'' to take over Earth, but doesn't particularly care for humanity either. * {{Telepathy}}: They are able to communicate with each other through telepathy. Roshuo in particular is also able to MindRape the others through this. * TimeAbyss: How long they've been around is unknown, but, seeing as they survived the fall of their civilization, however long their civilization took to destroy itself, and for a long enough span of time that it's nigh impossible to tell Helheim ''was'' a civilized world at one time, they're most likely this trope. * WalkingSpoiler * WasOnceAMan: Like all Inves, but Overlords somehow gained great power from Helheim instead of becoming mindless beasts. !!Deemushu !!!Portrayed by: Creator/TomokazuSugita (voice), unknown suit actor The first Overlord-class Inves introduced. Deemushu is bellicose and armed with a formidable array of powers. ---- * AnnoyingArrows: Shrugs off Baron's Lemon Energy arrow, though it leaves a scar. * ArcVillain: Can be seen as this for the Overlord Saga, as his arrival kicks it off [[spoiler:and his demise ends it.]] * AuthorityEqualsAssKicking: Deemushu is the Overlord that shows us why they are on the top of Helheim. * AxCrazy: He's short tempered, violent, and when he loses his cool bad things happen. * {{Badass}}: Marika or Kouta using Jimber Peach couldn't touch him. ** When Takatora struggles with you, you know you're this. * BadassBaritone * BadassCape * {{BFS}}: Fights with one. * BloodKnight: Seems to be all he lives for. * ColorfulThemeNaming: "Deemushu" translates to "Shinku", or "Crimson". * CurbStompBattle: Kaito didn't even get one clean hit in #23. Neither does Kouta in #24. ** [[spoiler: Finally ends up on the receiving end once Kouta accesses Kiwami Arms in #32.]] * EvilCounterpart: To Baron. Both are red, have a European armor themed design, and like to show off their power. * EvilLaugh: Usually does this when he's hurting someone. * EvilSoundsDeep * ForTheEvulz: On top of his envy, Deemushu freely admits he enjoys hurting people for the sake of hurting them. * GreenEyedMonster: When asked why [[spoiler:he begins destroying the city with no provocation]], he replies that he hates humanity for still having what his species has lost. * HairTriggerTemper: He's the most violent and badmouthed of all Overlord-class Inves. * TheHeavy: Of the Overlords. His love of war and vendetta against Kaito make the others take more interest in Earth. * HotBlooded: To psychopathic levels. * ImplacableMan: In all of his fights he's fought multiple Riders in succession and keeps going, even when his opponents tag out or have had a chance to recuperate while he hasn't. * {{Jerkass}}: Deemushu is a rude, vicious, violent thug, and that's all there is to him. * KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: Does this with sadistic glee in #31. * [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: With the debut of Kiwami Arms in #32.]] * KnightOfCerebus: Deemushu has always been bad news but when he escapes to Earth he effortlessly destroys TheMasqurade and begins the shows DarkestHour. * LargeHam: He's like a Japanese [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Lord Zedd]]. * MagicKnight * TheMcCoy * NiceJobFixingItVillain: His RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Kaito caused Takatora to become aware of another way to save humanity, causing him to support Kouta. * OmnicidalManiac: His social Darwinism reaches this level. He just wants people to hurt, subjugate, and kill each other until there's only one last man standing. * OneManArmy: Levels city blocks easily and can fight six Kamen Riders at once. * PlayingWithFire * {{Pride}}: His ego seems to trump even Kaito's. * RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Goes ballistic when Kaito wounds him, killing everything he can get his hands on while trying to find him. * ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Deconstructed. His pride in his combat prowess just shows that he's nothing more than a monstrous sadist. * {{Sadist}}: It becomes obvious that Deemushu likes the "hurting people" part of combat much, much more than the "fighting people" part. * ShouldersOfDoom: Gains these after getting his OneWingedAngel form. * SuperSmoke: Seems to be able to turn into this to quickly move around and attack. * SuperToughness: While it hurt him, taking a direct hit from Kaito's Lemon Energy finisher did a lot less damage to him than one would expect. * ScarsAreForever: Retains a large scar that Kaito gave him during their second battle. * SirSwearsALot: He sure likes the word "bastard". * SonOfAnApe: Refers to humans as 'apes' whenever he talks to them. * SocialDarwinist: To omnicidal extremes. * SorcerousOverlord: Pun aside, Deemushu wields a tremendous amount of magical(?) power in addition to its physical skill with a sword. * TeleportSpam: Uses this tactic whenever he's calm. * VillainousBreakdown: Does ''not'' take being wounded by Kaito well. * WarIsGlorious: Holds this mindset; it helps to show how horrible a person he is. * WeComeInPeaceShootToKill: The package containing a Japanese dictionary and a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer_plaque pioneer plaque]] (with an Inves added in the diagram) shows that Kaito is willing to try communicating with the Overlord before anything else. Unfortunately, Deemushu isn't having any of it, and the gesture simply enrages him. !!Redyue !!!Portrayed by: Creator/KenjiroTsuda (voice), unknown suit actor The second Overlord-class Inves. Eerily similar to Ryugen in color and design. Redyue is calmer and seemingly more intelligent than Deemushu, but is no less malevolent, wanting a 'toy' to alleviate the boredom of existing in Helheim for so long. ---- * AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: In #32 Redyue [[spoiler: has Helheim infect Yggdrasill tower turning it into the Overlords main base of operations on Earth.]] * ArcVillain: Seems to be shaping up as this for the Forbidden Fruit Saga. * AnAxeToGrind * ColorfulThemeNaming: "Redyue" translates to "Hisui", meaning "Emerald" or "Jade". * DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: Redyue wants to take the Forbidden Fruit just to be king and wants to conquer Earth because she thinks it will be a nice new toy. * EvilCounterpart: To Ryugen, which is quite a feat at this point. Both are primarily green and have a Chinese armor themed design. * EvilLaugh: Whenever she finds a really interesting new toy. * FauxAffablyEvil * TheHeavy: Takes the role from Deemushu after Roshuo gives the official order to attack Earth becoming the main face and power of Helheim's first actual military assault, giving the invasion a proper leader. * ILetYouWin: Threw her fight against [[spoiler: Sid and Mitchy in #31]] so she could lead them to Roshuo [[spoiler:and have him kill the two]]. * IntriguedByHumanity: Seems so. The girl not only learned Japanese in what amounted to a day or a few days, but also seems to be the most fascinated by humans in general, especially when compared to her [[BloodKnight counterpart.]] * ItAmusedMe: Seems to be more this than [[ForTheEvulz Deemushu]]. While she ''does'' enjoy suffering, she seems to see no difference between learning Japanese and seeing a human beaten up so long as it alleviates her boredom. * ManipulativeBitch * [[spoiler:NotSoDifferent: With Micchy, horrifyingly enough. Both are willing to manipulate and threaten others so long as their own goals are met. The two even start to work together.]] * PsychopathicWomanchild: Type C. An intelligent sophisticated being that treats humans like they're her newest toys. Also has traits of Type E, as she seems to see little difference between learning Japanese and seeing a human hurt. * RedEyesTakeWarning: This trope even sounds like her name. * TheSmurfettePrinciple: The only female Overlord revealed thus far. * SoftspokenSadist: Speaks quietly and calmly, finds great pleasure in watching Kouta get beaten to a pulp. * TheSpock * TheStarscream: Micchy suspected the reason she led him and Sid to the Forbidden Fruit was to kill Roshuo. She could then finished off the duo and have the Forbidden Fruit for herself. This fails, considering it's [[PhysicalGod Roshuo]]. * ISurrenderSuckers: An odd example. Redyue surrenders, but doesn't strike back. Instead leading her opponents to Roshuo so that ''he'' can kill them. [[spoiler:She gets interested when one of them refuses to go and cites it being a trap]]. * TakeOverTheWorld: Wants to conquer Earth for herself solely because she's begun to find Helheim boring and wants to see what its like to rule a concrete jungle. * UriahGambit: Tricks [[spoiler: Sid]] into fighting Roshuo to see what would happen. * VictoryIsBoring * VillainTakesAnInterest: Yet another villain that finds Micchy interesting; this will ''not'' end well. * VocalDissonance: Redyue is officially a girl, but she doesn't sound like one. !!Roshuo !!!Portrayed by: Creator/JojiNakata (voice), unknown suit actor A white-colored Overlord. He is Deemushu and Redyue's superior; Redyue interrupted Deemushu and Kaito's rematch in fear of angering him, also addressing him as "Lord". He is the "King" of the Overlords, and by extension of Helheim and the Inves. ---- * AffablyEvil * AntiVillain: Isn't really evil anymore, having long abandoned his SocialDarwinist philosophy. He doesn't so much want to destroy mankind as thinks giving them what could save them would be a wasted effort, as he believes they're no different from his kind and would only destroy themselves with it. Even then, he's willing to give them a chance to prove him wrong. * ArmorPiercingQuestion: Gives one to [[spoiler:Takatora]]. --> '''Roshuo''': Is that tool there for defending the weak? Or will it tempt the strong to sin? * AsskickingEqualsAuthority: He fought his way to the top of Helheim, he's in charge for a reason. * AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: [[spoiler:Annihilates Sigurd without ''needing'' to lay a hand on him.]] * {{Badass}}: He's the most dangerous thing in Helheim for a reason. * BadassBaritone * BadBoss: Justified. His subjects are all violent psychopaths so he makes an effort to keep them on a very short leash. Takatora could learn from his management style. * TheBadGuyWins: Won in his original world. [[WasItReallyWorthIt And wishes he hadn't.]] * BeingEvilSucks * BewareTheNiceOnes: Isn't a bad guy really, and while brutal on his minions, it's more because he ''needs'' to be than because he ''wants'' to be. He even [[spoiler:saves Takatora's life and lets him stay with him. However, while he does offer Sid a chance to save himself, when he doesn't take it, he dishes out one of the most brutal Rider deaths ever.]] * [[spoiler:{{BFS}}: Leaked images show him using one in a fight with Sigurd and Zangetsu Shin, likely Micchy.]] [[spoiler:The fight [[CurbstompBattle does not appear to go their way.]]]] * BoomerangBigot: He hates his own species. Not hard to see why. * TheChosenOne: He was the one chosen by Helheim back in his cycle and now acts as the guardian of the Forbidden Fruit * ColorfulThemeNaming: "Roshuo" translates to "hakua", meaning "chalk". * TheCynic: Believes that HumansAreBastards and will turn out just as bad as his species did. * DimensionLord: Of Helheim Forest. * DontMakeMeDestroyYou: [[spoiler:Tells Sid to just turn around and leave so he won't have to kill him. Sid doesn't take it, and Roshuo keeps his word.]] * DoNotTauntCthulhu: [[spoiler:Despite his intrinsic qualities and generally being more of a guardian than a villain, he is ''not'' someone you want to piss off. Just ask what's left of Sid. He even offered him a chance to just run, which he didn't take.]] * TheDreaded: He makes sure his vassals have a healthy fear of him. * EvilCounterpart: To Zangetsu. Both are white, resemble samurai, are on another level than the Riders/Overlords shown before them, and while they aim for their goals, they get undermined by their subordinates' own plans. ** [[spoiler:He's also a more direct one to Takatora himself (even though Roshuo is revealed to not be very evil). Both believe that HumansAreBastards who will turn on each other given the chance. The difference is that Takatora still cares enough to want to save humanity, while Roshuo is apathetic and willing to write them off until DJ Sagara convinces him to give them another chance.]] * EvilOverlord: Deconstructed and justified. Roshuo really isn't evil but all of his subjects are murderous psychopaths so he acts as a ruthless despot to keep them in line. * EvilSoundsDeep * FertileFeet: Helheim plants grow where he walks, fitting for Helheim's ChosenOne. * [[spoiler:GoodIsNotSoft: He's easily the least malevolent Inves in the series and was nice enough to save Takatora's life and let him stay with him. He also generally tries to keep his minions in line, and even offered Sid a chance to just leave with his life. However, when Sid didn't take it, Roshuo killed him. Brutally.]] * [[spoiler:HiddenDepths: Takatora is found and patched up by Roshuo, who tells him about the former inhabitants of Helheim. Furthermore, Roshuo appears to have genuinely cared about his queen and wants to bring her BackFromTheDead.]] * HumansAreBastards: Is of this opinion, believing they're just as power hungry and monstrous as his species was. He believes the Forbidden Fruit would be wasted on them and even if they got it, they'd only destroy themselves with its power. However, he's still willing [[spoiler:to give Sagara a piece of the Forbidden Fruit to test Kouta to see if he's worthy.]] So while he believes this trope is true, he's still willing to give them a chance. * KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:His killing of Sid fulfills this trope while at the same time showing that GoodIsNotNice in his standards.]] * TheKirk: The only Overlord that is rational or sane. * LastSecondChance: After a talk with [[spoiler: DJ Sagara]] he decides to give humanity a chance to prove that they're not as horrible as his species was. * TheLostLenore: His dead queen, who he's shown to still pine for and keep her coffin in sight of his wrecked throne room. [[spoiler:He also desires to bring her back to life.]] * MacGuffinGuardian: Is the guardian of the Forbidden Fruit. * ManInWhite: Or chalk, if you prefer. * MindOverMatter: Has extremely powerful telekinesis, enough to ''literally'' split mountains. * MindRape: Does this to Deemushu while talking to him telepathically in #27. * MisanthropeSupreme: Hates both his own species and humanity, thinking that when faced with adversity the weak ones will become cowardly backstabbers while the strong become violent despots. * [[spoiler:{{Necromantic}}: Roshuo's main goal is the revival of his Queen, who died at some point prior to the series.]] * [[spoiler:NotSoDifferent: He's pretty much an older, victorious Kaito who's grown to regret his own philosophy of power.]] ** [[spoiler:He also bears similarities to Takatora. Both are cynical and have a somewhat low opinion of humanity, but neither of them are outright evil and both have HiddenDepths.]] * OnlyTheChosenMayWield: Firmly believes this about the Forbidden Fruit and refuses to give it over to anyone else. * OnlySaneMan: For the Overlords. He's the only one who realizes that how horrible the species has really become. * OrcusOnHisThrone: Justified once more. Roshuo doesn't ''want'' to destroy the Earth but his vassals do, so he uses all of his power to keep them off the game board. * PhysicalGod: Presumably, considering he obtained the Forbidden Fruit. What we've seen of him only supports the possibility. * RedBaron: King of the Overlords. * ReasonableAuthorityFigure * SacredHospitality: He doesn't take kindly to people attacking people he's nursing [[spoiler:as Sid discovers]]. * [[spoiler:TheSocialDarwinist: What he once was; the new world that he created was based on these rules and only the strong survived, but these remaining inhabitants ended up destroying each other, with Roshuo and his Overlord vassals being the only remaining members of their species.]] * SympathyForTheHero * WasItReallyWorthIt: No. No it wasn't, and Roshuo is completely aware of it. * WhatYouAreInTheDark: [[spoiler: He stole humanities' Forbidden Fruit and had a chance to revive his Queen with it, but after talk with Sagara he decides to give humanity a second chance.]] * WhoWantsToLiveForever: Has outlived his mate and his entire civilization, having had a ''long'' time to think about what he's done and has come to regret it. * ZenSurvivor !!Dyudyuonshu * [[spoiler:HumanShield: Well, Inves Shield. Zangetsu Shin uses him as this in #33 to escape Gaim's finisher, resulting in the Overlord's death.]] * MeaningfulName: His name translates to [[TheFourGods Suzaku]]. * MonsterOfTheWeek: Justified for two reasons. First, he's a minion of Redyue. Second, [[spoiler: Kouta's Kiwami Arms make him as powerful as an Overlord.]] * WeHardlyKnewYe !![[spoiler:Grinsha]] [[/folder]] !Unaffiliated Characters [[folder:Residents of Zawame City]] !!Akira Kazuraba !!!Portrayed by: Rika Izumi The older sister of Team Gaim's Kouta Kazuraba. She is his primary caretaker, and it is for her sake that Kouta tries to mature as an adult so he won't have to impose on her any longer. ---- * CoolBigSis * ParentalSubstitute * ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In #28, she actually encourages Kouta to do what he had to do instead of hurrying getting a job and contribution. She somehow knows that he's no longer fighting for fun, unlike the first few episodes. * RedHerring: The site says that she's affiliated (i.e. working for) Yggdrasil. In any normal show, this would have been exploited and she would have some involvement in the major plot. However, so far her role is a moot point, and considering the only members of Yggdrasil that play roles in the major plot are higher ups like Takatora and Ryoma, it makes sense. * ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:When the city starts getting taken over, she tries to flee and just leaves a note behind for Kouta.]] !!Kiyojiro Bando !!!Portrayed by: Tomohisa Yuge The main proprietor of the fruit parlour "Drupers". As such, he is ideally placed to know about the underground scene of Zawame City, from rumors to recent trends. ---- * CoolOldGuy: Well more like middle aged, but he is very kind and gives good advice to Kouta in times of need. * LocalHangout: Runs the local one. While not terribly important to the story, everyone is often seen eating or relaxing at Drupers. * NonActionGuy: He can't handle combat, which is most likely why he keeps Iyo around despite not contributing to Drupers. !!Iyo !!!Portrayed by: Yui Natsuki A young lady who works as a waitress and cashier at Drupers. Despite seeming to be Bando's only worker, she spends much of her time playing on her phone and taking frequent breaks. ---- * BodyGuardBabes: She's this to Bando. * CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Singlehandedly beats the crap out of Bravo in #25 after he made a mess in Drupers trying to attack Kouta. Keep in mind she's not even a ''Rider''. ** And one of her weapons of choice? ''[[spoiler:A dustpan.]]'' * FunnyBackgroundEvent[=/=]MoodWhiplash: In #14 she dramatically draws and brandishes a broom when Ryoji turns Inves and attacks the fruit bar. * HyperCompetentSidekick: When she's actually motivated she's this to Bando. * HyperspaceArsenal: The only way to explain where she keeps [[SimpleStaff staff]] and [[FightingWithChucks nunchaku]]. * [[TheGlovesComeOff The Shoes Come Off]]: In #25 before she hands Bravo his ass. * TheSlacker !!Team Red Hot One of the Beat Rider teams led by a kid named Sonomura, and the only one to get any screentime while not being involved in the Rider conflicts (though not for lack of trying - Sid sold them a Sengoku Driver but Oren caught them gloating and beat them up to take it from them). They're, to put it bluntly, irresponsible idiots. ---- * ButtMonkey: It's generally karmic payback for their stupider actions, though. * {{Delinquent}}s: Of the non-romanticized thug variety. * EvenEvilHasStandards: When Sonomura actually makes the Lion Inves attack Kouta, the rest of Team Red Hot looks rather disturbed. * FromNobodyToNightmare: Goes from a low level team with not a lot of screen time to the first people in the series to use Inves for criminal actions obtaining an Inves powerful enough that it almost beats Gaim easily. * HoistByHisOwnPetard: Their leader nearly gets killed by his own Lion Invase when it escapes his control. * HumansAreTheRealMonsters: They represent this trope. * {{Jerkass}}es: Sonomura especially. * TheLeader: Sonomura. * RefusedByTheCall: Sonomura ''had'' a Driver, but made the mistake of causing a ruckus in Oren's bakery, leading him to confiscate it. * UnwittingPawn: Of Sid. * WeCanRuleTogether: Sonomura makes this offer to Kouta. [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules Kouta's answer should be obvious.]] * YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb [[/folder]] [[folder:Priestess of Fate]] !!Priestess of Fate !!!Portrayed by: Yuumi Shida A strange blonde-haired girl [[RedRightHand whose right eye is a striking red color]]. She bears a resemblance to Team Gaim's Mai Takatsukasa, and has a connection to the Inves and the mysterious forest. ---- * ActingForTwo: Yuumi Shida plays both her and Mai. * AmbiguouslyHuman: [[spoiler: DJ Sagara]] has put her humanity into question. * CameraScrew: Her appearances are usually accompanied by weird visual effects. * TheCynic: She believes that everyone is doomed, constantly making pessimistic speeches on how they should all run and that their lives will be filled with nothing but pain, regret, and death. * TheFatalist * GreenThumb: Is shown to make Helheim plants sprout from beneath her feet during the Fateful Sengoku Movie. * IdenticalStranger: To Mai, they even have the same actress to hammer it home. ** The two meet in #12. Mai bluntly asks if the Priestess is herself. * MysteriousWaif: Fits every criteria needed. * NotSoOmniscientAfterAll: [[spoiler: DJ Sagara]] is putting her all [[BuffySpeak knowingness]] into question. * RedEyesTakeWarning * RedRightHand * StealthHiBye: Part of her 'mysterious character' shtick. * OhCrap: Has this reaction when [[spoiler: DJ Sagara tells her he knows who she really is.]] * VaguenessIsComing: She seems to be one of the few people who actually seem to know what is going on. Of course, she has to be as cryptic as possible about it. * WomanInWhite * YouCantFightFate: The gist of what she says is that if the characters keep doing what they're doing their fates are predetermined. She even asks Mai to ScrewDestiny by leaving the city. [[/folder]] ! [[Characters/KamenRiderGaimCrossoversAndMovies Crossover Characters !!Super Sentai [[folder:Ressha Sentai [=ToQgers=]]] !!Ressha Sentai [=ToQgers=] The main characters of ''Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger''. See [[Characters/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger their show's characters page]] for more information. [[/folder]] !!Kikaider [[folder:Jiro/Kikaider]] !!Jiro/Kikaider !!!Portrayed by: Jingi Irie (live), unknown suit actor The protagonist of the 2014 film ''Kikaider REBOOT''. ---- * AllAnimalsAreDogs: He was basically the Kazuraba siblings dog for the episode. * AmnesiacHero: Thanks to that ridiculously convenient bolt of lightning. * {{Badass}}: He ''is'' the Legendary Hero. * DeusExMachina: That Lightning Bolt of Amnesia was basically this trope setting things up for the crossover plot. * HenshinHero * LethalChef: Since he can't taste, all of the food he makes for Kouta and Akira is too salty. * LiteralMinded: When Kouta shows her childhood photo with his puppy, he goest out and found the same puppy as he saw in the photo. * NoisyRobots: Most of his movements are punctuated by mechanical sounds. * RedIsHeroic: Inverted; Kikaider's red half represents evil, while it is his blue half that represents good. * ResetButton: Both InUniverse and plotwise. Rebooting Kikaider made him forget his time with Kouta allowing him to move on to his own plot and to provide an excuse for him not to get entangled into ''Gaim's'' plot thus making his episode not really matter in the overall plot. * [[RobotMaid Robot Butler]]: What he essential is for most of the episode for the Kazuraba family. * ShockAndAwe [[/folder]] [[folder:Hakaider]] !![[spoiler:Ryoma Sengoku]]/Hakaider !!!Portrayed by: [[spoiler:Tsunenori Aoki]] (voice), unknown suit actor Kikaider's nemesis; an android belonging to the organization DARK. His body was given to Ryoma by a colleague of his for final testing. ---- * AxCrazy * {{Badass}}: Was able to stand up to Gaim Kachidoki Arms and Kikaider at once. * BadBoss: As that MookHorrorShow in the tunnel can verify. * CatchPhrase: "''Hakai''(Destroy)... ''hakai''... ''Hakaider!!''" * [[spoiler:CompositeCharacter: [[{{Cyborg}} The crossover episode's Hakaider is controlled by Ryoma's brain]].]] * DrunkOnTheDarkSide * EvilCounterpart: To Kikaider. * EvilLaugh: A rather robotic cackling one. * EvilIsNotAToy: As Ryoma finds out. * ForTheEvulz: [[spoiler: Ryoma decides to place his brain in the robot for reasons that basically amount to "I'm bored and a friend of mine gave me a dangerous new evil toy to play with."]] * HandCannon: He's got a BIG pistol. * TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: [[spoiler:Ryoma's personality]] changed into more and more AxCrazy the longer his brain occupy Hakaider's body, something that he found out much to his horror when he returned to his human body. * MotiveDecay: He originally wanted to collect data then his programming made just do things ForTheEvulz. * RoboticPsychopath: [[spoiler:Ryoma]] mixed with Hakaider programming could only create this. * SanitySlippage * [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Super Powered Eviler Side]]: Hakaider somehow makes [[spoiler:Ryoma]] worse. [[/folder]] ! Movie Characters !! Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard: The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle [[folder:Kamen Rider Bujin Gaim]] !!Kamen Rider Bujin Gaim !!!Portrayed by: Creator/RikiyaKoyama (voice), Kenji Tominaga (suit) The villain of Gaim's section in ''Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle''. An AlternateUniverse counterpart of Gaim bent on conquest. ---- * {{Badass}}: Is strong enough to fight ''Zangetsu'' head on, which at the time was ''unheard'' of. * BadassBaritone * BadassBoast: Instead of going OhCrap like most villains would in response to facing six Kamen Riders (including three experienced ones) by himself, he gives one of these. --> '''Bujin Gaim''': I'll take you all on! * BigBad: Of the NonSerialMovie. * TheConqueror: His general characterization. Notable because in his world, he's the ''only'' Bujin to not have a general and to be acting on his own. * DiabolusExNihilo: Bujin Gaim just appeared one day wanting to take over the world, being eviler, meaner, and more powerful than the other Bujin for no explained reason. * TheDreaded * EvilLaugh: He's rather fond of these. * EvilSoundsDeep * EvilTwin * GenericDoomsDayVillain * GreenThumb: His OneWingedAngel form. His [[TheDragon Dragon]] is also a PlantPerson. * GodOfWar: He and the other Bujin Riders are perceived as this in their own world. * HeroKiller * HumanoidAbomination: The Bujin have evolved beyond the need to transform, and are confused when they meet Riders who have human forms. * TheJuggernaut: Can easily fight ''six'' Kamen Riders at once and can keep on going. * OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Lotus Position, in which he fuses with a giant, sacred tree.]] * OutsideContextVillain: From the perspective of the other Bujin, as not only did he act on his own, but leads an army of Kaijin instead of humans, which didn't seem to otherwise exist in that world. * PaletteSwap: The base suit is mostly the same as "our" Gaim, but his Arms is a red Blood Orange as opposed to Gaim's orange... [[ShapedLikeItself Orange]]; and parts of his forehead crest are blood-red, too. The center of his mouthpiece is also colored black, in contrast to Gaim's all silver. Interestingly, Gaim gets the same mouthpiece in his Jimber Arms forms. * RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver * VillainousBreakdown: Loses it when [[spoiler:Gaim and Wizard begin to overpower him.]] * WeaponOfChoice: ** MixAndMatchWeapon: [[CoolGuns Musou]] [[CoolSword Saber]] ** KatanasAreJustBetter: A red Daidaimaru in Blood Orange Arms. [[/folder]] !! Heisei Riders vs. Showa Riders: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai [[folder:Ren Aoi/Kamen Rider Fifteen]] !!Ren Aoi/Kamen Rider Fifteen !!!Portrayed by: Itsuji Itao (live), unknown suit actor The villain of ''Kamen Rider Taisen''. He serves the Badan Empire (the villains of ''Film/KamenRiderZX'') and uses the Heisei Rider Lockseed to copy the powers of Heisei Riders. ---- * BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: Wears a crown in the shape of the kanji for "fifteen". * EarlyBirdCameo: Averted. He appears near the end of the ''[=ToQger=]'' crossover special...but the movie the special was promoting was released the day ''before'' the special even aired. * ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Named Fifteen, and can tap into the Heisei Riders's powers. There are fifteen Heisei Riders. ** Even more literally, the "十五" on his helmet actually means "fifteen" in Japanese. * PowerCopying: He uses the previously established Wizard and Fourze Arms, as well as Decade and even ''Gaim Arms!'' * SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset [[/folder]] !! The Great Soccer Match! The Golden Fruit Cup! [[folder:Kogane/[[spoiler:Kamen Rider Malus]]]] !!Kogane/[[spoiler:Kamen Rider Malus]] !!!Portrayed by: Kataoka Ainosuke VI (live), unknown suit actor ---- * BigBad: From what's been said, he's the film's main antagonist. * ClassicallyTrainedExtra: Kogane's actor is a renowned Kabuki performer - basically the Japanese equivalent of a classically trained [[ShakespearianActors Shakespearian Actor]]. The reason he took the part? [[http://tokusatsunetwork.com/2014/05/23/renowned-kabuki-actor-to-portray-villain-in-kamen-rider-gaim-movie/ He grew up watching Kamen Rider]], and he hopes that his role as the movie's villain will cause children [[HeyItsThatGuy to recognize him]] when they watch Kabuki performances with their families. * MeaningfulName: Malus is not only a genus of apple tree but it is also Latin for evil. * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: His name is Latin for evil. [[/folder]] [[folder:Lapis/[[spoiler: Kamen Rider Kamuro]]]] !!Lapis/[[spoiler:Kamen Rider Kamuro]] !!!Portayed by: Taketo Tanaka (live), unknown suit actor [[/folder]]Characters]] [[/index]] ----
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[[folder:Takatora Kureshima/Kamen Rider Zangetsu (Shin)]] !!Takatora Kureshima/Armored Rider Zangetsu[[note]]"slaying moon"[[/note]]/New Generation Rider Zangetsu Shin[[note]]"true slaying moon"[[/note]] !!!Portrayed by: Yuki Kubota (live), Jun Watanabe (suit) http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zangetsu_3343.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/takatorakureshima_767.jpg]] The older brother of Team Gaim's Mitsuzane Kureshima. As an heir to the Yggdrasill Corporation, he has already taken on responsibilities within the company and is currently the head of the R&D Department. Though ruthless, he loves his brother dearly. He initially uses the Melon Lock Seed and the Sengoku Driver to transform into Armored Rider Zangetsu. Later, he becomes the first user of the next-generation Genesis Driver, which, along with the Melon Energy Lock Seed, allows him to transform into New Generation Rider Zangetsu Shin[[labelnote:tl]]"Shin" = "true" or "new". Often used as a prefix to indicate the new (and perfected) iteration of something, much in the same way "Super" was added onto videogame sequels like Super Mario Bros. or Super Metroid.[[/labelnote]].
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[[folder:Takatora Kureshima/Kamen Rider Zangetsu (Shin)]] !!Takatora Kureshima/Armored Rider Zangetsu[[note]]"slaying moon"[[/note]]/New Generation Rider Zangetsu Shin[[note]]"true slaying moon"[[/note]] !!!Portrayed by: Yuki Kubota (live), Jun Watanabe (suit) http://static.[[folder:General Tropes]] [[quoteright:163:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zangetsu_3343.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/takatorakureshima_767.jpg]] The older brother of Team Gaim's Mitsuzane Kureshima. As an heir to the Yggdrasill Corporation, he has already taken on responsibilities within the company and is currently the head of the R&D Department. Though ruthless, he loves his brother dearly. He initially uses the Melon Lock Seed and the Sengoku Driver to transform into Armored Rider Zangetsu. Later, he becomes the first user of the next-generation Genesis Driver, which, along with the Melon Energy Lock Seed, allows him to transform into New Generation Rider Zangetsu Shin[[labelnote:tl]]"Shin" = "true" or "new". Often used as a prefix to indicate the new (and perfected) iteration of something, much in the same way "Super" was added onto videogame sequels like Super Mario Bros. or Super Metroid.[[/labelnote]].org/pmwiki/pub/images/team_ygg_7201.png]]

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* AntagonistTitle: They are the main antagonists of the Yggdrasill Saga. * BigBrotherIsWatchingYou * EvilVersusEvil: Them versus the Helheim Forest. * TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Yggdrasill is pretty much hyper-competent about everything except with their security detail. The guards forget to watch the cameras, the executives never turn off or log out of computers with sensitive information, and the Kurokage Troopers spectacularly fail during critical moments: Not only can they be tricked by simply making a sharp turn; they manage to let three targets escape while not landing a single hit with their cannons. And let's not get started on how a 16-year-old flying a Dandeliner for the first time does a better job than the mooks specifically trained for it... * ItIsDehumanizing: Many members of Yggdrasill call the Armored Riders 'guinea pigs'. * KillItWithFire: Whenever the Helheim Forest encroaches onto Zawame City Yggdrasill puts a stop to it with a copious amount of fire. * TheMasquerade: Yggdrasill is all over the place with this from making people think that the Armored Riders are a new fad to covering up the Helheim Forest's existence and stopping it from encroaching onto the human world. * MeaningfulName: One of the show's many references to NorseMythology. * OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness[=/=]NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: Yggdrasill's inner circle is somewhere in between these two tropes. While they know a lot more than anyone else about what's going on; it's clear that they don't know everything, they're barely able to get along, and Takatora admits that they can barely control the Helheim situation. * RenegadeSplinterFaction: One [[spoiler: led by Professor Ryoma that has pretty much completely taken over the organization with Takatora as the only Rider that's not a member of Ryoma's nut club.]] * SupervillainLair: Yggdrasill Tower. It lords over Zawame City, has a permanent portal to Helheim in it, is heavily armed with laser guns, has an InvisibilityCloak to stop the populace from realizing anything weird is going on, and possesses the Scalar System, a WMD that can destroy the entire city and kill everyone in it. * VillainsWantMercy: In #11 when the Yggdrasill camp is being overrun by Inves, one of the scientists begs Kouta for help despite laughing and talking about how the Beat Riders are just guinea pigs before. Kouta calls him out on being a {{Hypocrite}}, but still helps save the day. * VillainWithGoodPublicity: Yggdrasill encourages the popularity of the Inves Game by distributing Lock Seeds, hands out Drivers to kids as part of their shady experiments, and later frames them for the outbreak of the Inves Plague. Granted, #16 hints that Yggdrasill might not be so villainous after all, as their means might be justified to save humanity. * TheWorldTree: Evoked in their name, which ties into the whole "fruit" theme[[note]]If you don't get it, what is one of the things that fruit grows on?[[/note]]. Their headquarters is even a tree-shaped tower. [[/folder]] [[folder:Takatora Kureshima/Kamen Rider Zangetsu (Shin)]] !!Takatora Kureshima/Armored Rider Zangetsu[[note]]"slaying moon"[[/note]]/New Generation Rider Zangetsu Shin[[note]]"true slaying moon"[[/note]] !!!Portrayed by: Yuki Kubota (live), Jun Watanabe (suit) http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zangetsu_3343.png [[quoteright:155:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/takatorakureshima_767.jpg]] The older brother of Team Gaim's Mitsuzane Kureshima. As an heir to the Yggdrasill Corporation, he has already taken on responsibilities within the company and is currently the head of the R&D Department. Though ruthless, he loves his brother dearly. He initially uses the Melon Lock Seed and the Sengoku Driver to transform into Armored Rider Zangetsu. Later, he becomes the first user of the next-generation Genesis Driver, which, along with the Melon Energy Lock Seed, allows him to transform into New Generation Rider Zangetsu Shin[[labelnote:tl]]"Shin" = "true" or "new". Often used as a prefix to indicate the new (and perfected) iteration of something, much in the same way "Super" was added onto videogame sequels like Super Mario Bros. or Super Metroid.[[/labelnote]].[[/labelnote]]. ----
15th Jun '14 4:50:27 PM Camilla
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*** In truth he's only evil in the sense that he is completely in the dark on what's going on. Once he learns what's really at stake, he ditches the evil aspect.

* AwesomeByAnalysis: [[spoiler: Despite only seeing Zangetsu-Shin twice, he immediately deduced that the one in Zangetsu-Shin's armor in #33 was ''not'' Takatora, thus giving Kouta the right motivation to wail on Micchy.]]

* ChekhovsSkill: His soldier training allows him to survive in Helheim and gives him the will power to resist the fruits psychic lure. * {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Deconstructed. Oren's lack of common sense and tact makes him an unwitting, and somewhat cruel, villain.
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* ChekhovsSkill: His soldier training allows him to survive in Helheim and gives him the will power to resist the fruits fruits' psychic lure. * {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Deconstructed. Oren's lack of common sense sense, inability to actually understand the entire situation at hand, and tact makes him an unwitting, and somewhat cruel, villain.

* HiddenDepths: Toward the end of #25 we see that his "training" of Junoichi does seem like he's truly more interested in helping him to become a better person than just relishing the chance to punish someone he thinks is a young punk. In addition, he seems to genuinely believe the accusations that he makes against the Beat Riders; eventually, he begins to see there really might be more to the story of the Inves than the Beat Riders releasing them into Zawame.
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* HiddenDepths: Toward the end of #25 we see that his "training" of Junoichi Hideyasu does seem like he's truly more interested in helping him to become a better person than just relishing the chance to punish someone he thinks is a young punk. In addition, he seems to genuinely believe the accusations that he makes against the Beat Riders; eventually, he begins to see there really might be more to the story of the Inves than the Beat Riders releasing them into Zawame.

* HonorBeforeReason: Turns down a major advantage against Gaim because it would have interrupted a customer at his store, and because it would make their battle unfair.
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* HonorBeforeReason: Turns down a major advantage against Gaim because it would have interrupted a customer at his store, and also because it would make their battle unfair.

* KickTheDog: All of #18 was him finding new ways to ruin the Beat Riders lives.
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* KickTheDog: All of #18 was him finding new ways to ruin the Beat Riders Riders' lives.

* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Bravo and Gridon haven't been kept appraised of the latest plot developments (well, Kouta tried but Bravo refused to listen). In #25 they start getting a clue that they're about twelve episodes behind.
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* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Bravo and Gridon haven't been kept appraised of the latest plot developments (well, Kouta tried but Bravo refused to listen). In #25 #25, they finally start getting a clue that they're about twelve thirteen episodes behind.

* ObliviouslyEvil: Oren doesn't seem to get that his campaign to stop those punk kids makes him engage in crimes like intimidation, threats, malicious slander, and assault. He also genuinely had ''no'' idea what was actually happening.
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* ObliviouslyEvil: Oren doesn't seem to get that his campaign to stop those punk kids makes him engage in crimes like intimidation, threats, malicious slander, and assault. He also genuinely had ''no'' idea what was actually happening.happening--see LockedOutOfTheLoop for more info.

* PoorCommunicationKills: The main reason why Oren is a villain is because he constantly jumps to conclusions and refuses to listen to what other people have to say.
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* PoorCommunicationKills: The main reason why Oren is a villain is because he constantly ''constantly'' jumps to conclusions and refuses to listen to what other people have to say.

* PsychoForHire: He becomes Takatora's psycho, to be exact. Though it's in part because he has a crush on Zangetsu who works for Yggdrasil (though he didn't know ''who'' was wearing the mask.
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* PsychoForHire: He becomes Takatora's psycho, to be exact. Though it's in part because he has a crush on Zangetsu who works for Yggdrasil (though he didn't know ''who'' was wearing the mask.)

*** It is to note however that when Sid was reviewing his profile, and when he was playing DrillSergeantNasty to Jonouchi, the beret was green,.
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*** It is to note however that when Sid was reviewing his profile, and when he was playing DrillSergeantNasty to Jonouchi, the beret was green,.green.

* ShooOutTheClowns: Disappears from the plot when it's dealing with the more serious storylines.
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* ShooOutTheClowns: Disappears from the plot when it's dealing with the more serious storylines. Unfortunately, this is deconstructed because since he's not involved in those storylines, he himself has no idea what's going on and situations that involved him and other Riders get worse.

* VillainDecay: Bravo started out as a major antagonist, rivaling Zangetsu as the strongest Rider of the series. But as the threats ramped up, Bravo... just stayed the same. He's still stuck on bullying children because nobody's told him otherwise about the situation. He's still pretty badass against normal Inves though. Eventually he fights alongside the heroes once he learns what's really going on.
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* VillainDecay: Bravo started out as a major antagonist, rivaling Zangetsu as the strongest Rider of the series. But as the threats ramped up, Bravo... just stayed the same. He's still stuck on bullying children because nobody's told him otherwise about the situation.situation nor has he really got involved to really know what the heck's going on. He's still pretty badass against normal Inves though. Eventually he fights alongside the heroes once he learns what's really going on.
13th Jun '14 5:46:45 PM Camilla
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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The Armored Riders would ''never'' had gotten so popular and things wouldn't have spiraled even ''more'' out of control if he didn't dislodge the Lockseed in Kota's hand in Episode 2. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Didn't think this through, huh?]]
13th Jun '14 12:09:43 PM Godzillawolf
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* ArcVillain: Seems to be shaping up as this for the Forbidden Fruit Saga.
12th Jun '14 11:24:23 PM tatobarontan
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* {{Expy}}: [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica If Ryoji is Mami Tomoe, Yoko would be Kyoko Sakura]].
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* {{Expy}}: Plays the role of [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica If Ryoji is Mami Tomoe, Yoko would be Kyoko Sakura]].Sakura]] to Ryoji's Mami Tomoe. Bonus points for her peach theme, since Kyoko's sister is named "Momo".
12th Jun '14 5:38:34 PM thezogg
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Let's give Urobuchi some credit to his originallity, Kota is far too competent, rational, badass, and too much personality to be Shirou, Minato is too independant to be Rider, and Mitccy has too large an emotional range to be a sociopath, he actually shows signs of real life narcissm
** He is also similar to [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Shirou Emiya]]. Both of them are inexperienced [[{{Determinator}} determinators]] who [[TookALevelInBadass took several levels in badass]] while having [[ChronicHeroSyndrome heroic tendencies]]. And just like Shirou, Kouta is [[BewareOfTheNiceOnes not above using violence when provoked]].

** He * {{Narcissist}}: Micchy shows all the signs of being a real life one. While capable of a full emotional range he has a massive superiority complex and loses it when his self inflated sense of worth is also similar to [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Shirou Emiya]]. Both threatened, this leaves him incapable of them are inexperienced [[{{Determinator}} determinators]] who [[TookALevelInBadass took several levels in badass]] while having [[ChronicHeroSyndrome heroic tendencies]]. And just like Shirou, caring about anyone but himself, and his "friendship" with Kouta is [[BewareOfTheNiceOnes not above using violence when provoked]].and Mai exist solely for emotional satisfaction, and he doesn't care about them as people seeing them more as extensions of himself. [[spoiler: And despite "caring" about them, if they jilt him in any way, he'll easily cut them off and try to kill them.]]

* PsychopathicManChild: Has shades of this. Micchy doesn't seem to care about anyone or anything else beyond what he personally wants. [[spoiler:He's even willing to kill his best friend and threaten innocent people if it helps his goals.]]
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* PsychopathicManChild: Has shades of this. Despite being sixteen, Micchy fiys this trope disturbingly well. He doesn't seem to care about anyone or anything else beyond what he personally wants. [[spoiler:He's even willing to kill his best friend and threaten innocent people if it helps his goals.]]

* TheSociopath: [[spoiler:The way he drastically changes his views of his loved ones at the drop of a hat is very much abnormal and sociopathic. His willingness to kill Kouta is due entirely to jealousy and anger, even though Kouta is acting heroically and saving peoples' lives. He also shows absolutely no reaction or angst about his brother's apparent death, as if Takatora doesn't even register in his mind anymore.]] ** He doesn't seem the least bit bothered by [[spoiler:working with Redyue, even though she's planning a full-scale invasion of Earth.]]

* TheSociopath: [[spoiler:The way he drastically changes WiseBeyondTheirYears: Micchy starts out amazingly intelligent and mature [[spoiler: which makes his views of his loved ones at degradation into a PsychopathicManchild all the drop of a hat is very much abnormal and sociopathic. His willingness to kill Kouta is due entirely to jealousy and anger, even though Kouta is acting heroically and saving peoples' lives. He also shows absolutely no reaction or angst about his brother's apparent death, as if Takatora doesn't even register in his mind anymore.]] ** He doesn't seem the least bit bothered by [[spoiler:working with Redyue, even though she's planning a full-scale invasion of Earth.more disturbing.]]

* {{Expy}}: Knows European language? Check. Veteran Fighter? Check. SupremeChef? Check. Has a father-son relationship with another Armored Rider? Check. The only thing he needs to do is saying [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica "Tiro Finale!"]] while landing a deathblow.

** Since he's [[ManInWhite "the white]] [[EvilCounterpart Armored Rider"]] and [[NecessarilyEvil the boss]] [[AuthorityInNameOnly of Yggdrasil's R&D]], Takatora plays the role of [[Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica Oriko Mikuni]] to Kouta's Madoka Kaname.

** Her role as Ryoma's [[TheDragon Dragon]] (until #32) and Micchy's {{Foil}} makes her similar to [[Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica Kirika Kure]] without any [[PsychopathicManchild psychopathic]] AxCrazy tendencies. ** She can also be compared to [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Rider]], since both of them switched their loyalties to another Armored Rider/Master.
12th Jun '14 2:35:16 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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** Played for laughs in the ''[[ResshaSentaiTokkyuger ToQger]]'' crossover. He doesn't even notice a giant robot/monster battle outside of his office window.
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** Played for laughs in the ''[[ResshaSentaiTokkyuger ''[[Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger ToQger]]'' crossover. He doesn't even notice a giant robot/monster battle outside of his office window.

The main characters of ''ResshaSentaiTokkyuger''. See [[Characters/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger their show's characters page]] for more information.
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The main characters of ''ResshaSentaiTokkyuger''.''Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger''. See [[Characters/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger their show's characters page]] for more information.
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