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-> "''Mirrors facing each other create an infinite number of worlds. There is more than one fate. The only thing that's the same is desire. All humans desire. That's why they fight. And when that desire becomes so great that it becomes unbearable, people... become Riders. The Rider battle... begins.''"
-->-- '''Shiro Kanzaki'''
!!Warning: this Characters page contains unmarked spoilers. Unless noted, this page deals with the ''TV Series'' continuity, not the ''Episode Final'' or ''13 Riders'' continuities.
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::'''Shinji Kido (Kamen Rider Ryuki)'''

-->''"I finally made my decision... I want to close the Mirror World. That is my wish, as a Kamen Rider."''

Shinji is an naive but energetic young reporter who goes about gathering information "as if he's at a festival, and going to every stall". He is a shining optimist who believes in the best in people, even finding something to admire in Asakura. He is a little slow and clumsy, and has a very simplistic way of thinking. His main flaw is that he wants everyone to be happy; when confronted with a situation where one person must lose for another person to gain, he struggles with the moral dilemma.

These qualities would make Shinji the worst kind of candidate for Kanzaki's Rider War, but Shinji's entry into the Rider War was a complete and utter accident. While investigating the home of Koichi Sakakibara (Kanzaki's original candidate) he discovers a blank Advent Deck and is stalked by the dragon monster ''Dragredder''. Yui gives him a chance to live a normal life- to keep the Seal card that would protect him from the Mirror Monsters and give the Deck to her- but after discovering that the Mirror Monsters have been killing people in the real world, Shinji makes the decision to fight. It is an utterly selfless decision, and he only learns of the Rider War after he has been locked into it. But Shinji's resolve remains strong: he decides that he will not fight for the sake of the Rider War, only for the sake of others.

Shinji's presence in the Rider War- his innocence and determination- slowly soften the other Kamen Riders, the exact opposite of what Kanzaki wanted. To try and motivate Shinji to take a more active role in fighting, Kanzaki gives him one of the three Survive cards, but this only allows Shinji to overcome even more incredible odds.

Yet Shinji always struggles with the question of whether or not it is right to stop the Rider War: whether he has the right to impose his will on twelve others who are fighting for their own personal reasons, or whether ''they'' have the right to take twelve other lives in order to fulfill their wishes. Never does this conflict hit him harder than when he discovers that Yui will die, and that only the Prize from the Rider War will save her. He believes that no-one ever listens to him, yet the fact that by this point, no Rider will fight him willingly is proof of the positive effect he had.

Shinji eventually discovers his answer. But it is too late, as he takes a lethal stab wound while protecting a young girl during the Raydragoons' invasion of the real world. His last act is to pass on his courage and determination to Ren, so that his closest friend might survive the Rider War.

Yet Shinji's efforts were not for naught. Whenever he failed, Shiro Kanzaki would reset time, trying to change the Rider War. Due to not being chosen by Kanzaki, Shinji would somehow become Ryuki each and every time, and would constantly oppose Shiro's plans. Shinji's dogged determination, his actions over the course of several wars and finally his words to Shiro that Yui wanted the war to end for his own sake eventually broke Shiro's obsession. Shiro reset time one last time, to a world where the Rider War never existed. Without him ever knowing, he changed the fates of the Riders, and stopped the fighting for good.

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Tropes associated with Shinji/Ryuki:

* AllLovingHero
* BadassBiker: Also rides a motorcycle while not transformed. [[SuperMode Survive Form]] makes Drag Reder into a TransformingMecha called Dragranzer that can transform him into a bike.
* BatmanGrabsAGun: Subverted: Right after he's finally found his desire as a Rider and subsequently his desire to fight and kill, ironically, he dies.
** Shinji generally pulls all the stops when it comes to [[AxCrazy Takeshi]] [[BloodKnight Asakura]], the most insane Rider in the war and the only one he truly hates.
** Subverted with him activating [[SuperMode Survive Form]]. He doesn't do it to kill Ren: He does it to make sure [[TheseHandsHaveKilled Ren stays sane]] by making sure he doesn't kill him. In other words, he does it to, well, [[MeaningfulName Survive]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BreakTheCutie: The last episodes are firmly dedicated to making Shinji's life suck. His WideEyedIdealist beliefs were already shaky after finding out that the other Riders had very good reasons to want the war. It only became worse when he found out that Yui would die on her twentieth birthday, giving him only one month to find an answer. He actually starts seeking out other Riders to fight, even Ren and Kitaoka, yet he can't find himself to finish them. In the end, he finally finds that his desire is to close the Mirror World... and he dies right after.
* BreakableWeapons: Blank Form's Ride Saber breaks ''without leaving a scratch'' on the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* CharacterTic: Before he enters the mirror world, he pumps his fist and says "Yosha!" [[CatchPhrase Saying Yosha itself also counts]].
* CoolSword: Drag Saber, resembling Dragredder's tail. The upgraded Drag Visor-Zwei's extendable blade also counts.
* DeathByIrony: All the other Riders berated Shinji for not having any desire, and Ren mockingly told him that he would die without finding one and that he didn't deserve to be a Rider. Somehow, Shinji survived long enough to become one of the last five Riders... And died after finally finding his desire to close the Mirror World.
* DragonKnight: As his [[KamenRiderDragonKnight American counterpart]] would say, Shinji's aesthetic and use of Dragreder in his attacks make him this.
* DragonRider: While his normal form focuses on the Knight aspect, [[SuperMode Survive Form]]'s aesthetic is that of a Dragon Rider, made all the more appropriate when he can jump on his now evolved Dra Granzer and have him [[TransformingMecha transform into a bike]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Despite dying, Shinji somehow managed to get everyone's wish granted: Thanks to him delaying the end of the Rider War till the end of Yui's birthday and talking some sense into Kanzaki, he convinced him to unmake the War and let everyone live happily ever after. Notably, he's had his idealsim broken in multiple timelines, and his dogged determination persisted each and every time,
* EmpathicWeapon: Though not much comes from it, Shinji's [[PowerFist Strike]] [[BreathWeapon Vent]] Drag-Claw snarls at him when he first summons it, implying it's this.'
* TheEveryman: For both his own series and the entire FRANCHISE. He has no tragic backstory or any special abilities or traits. Shinji's just a normal guy who lived a normal life. No tragic backstories or anything else. He's just a guy who KNOWS that the war is wrong, giving his all to stop it.
* EvolutionPowerup: Has three forms. [[JokeCharacter Blank]] (initial form), [[JackOfAllStats Ryuki]] (made contacted with Dragredder), and [[SuperMode Ryuki Survive]] (powered-up by Survive card). Each form is vastly more powerful than the previous one.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[Anime/{{NeonGenesisEvangelion}} Shinji Ikari]], as both protagonists who were reluctantly drawn into the midst of battle.
** Later on, [[Series/KamenRiderGaim Kouta Kazuraba]] becomes one to him, as the lone Rider who completely uses his power to fight to protect people. This especially becomes evident when [[spoiler: the golden fruit comes into play.]]
* FinishingMove
** [[DivingKick ''Dragon Rider Kick'']]: Ryuki jumps and delivers a Rider Kick powered by Dragredder's flames.
** [[RammingAlwaysWorks ''Dragon Firestorm'']]: Ryuki Survive rides Dragranzer, transformed into a motorcycle, which shoots fireballs at the enemy before ramming it.
** [[RammingAlwaysWorks ''Dragranzer Clash'']]: Dragranzer blasts fireballs at the enemy before jumping up and clashes with the enemy with Ryuki Survive riding it. Replaced ''Dragon Firestorm'' in first two ''VideoGame/KamenRiderClimaxHeroes'' games.
* FriendToAllChildren: Shinji has a soft spot for children, and three episodes show him saving little girls. One in particular, episode 19, has him risk his life in order to comfort a little girl being held hostage by Asakura, secretly playing dolls with her from afar to calm her down and staying with her as Asakura releases everyone else but holds her for insurance.
* TheHeart
* TheHero
** TheHeroDies
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter
* IdiotHero: He's not very smart, nor is he very good at judging people. For all that, [[IndyPloy he can be pretty good at fighting with unusual tactics]].
* IncendiaryExponent: During his ''Final Vent''.
* IntrepidReporter
* IndyPloy: Another part of his fighting style. Despite having [[JackOfAllStats a very average deck]], he thinks up unusual ways of dealing with his enemies that allowed him to survive the majority of the war.
--> '''Tezuka''': You really are unpredictable, aren't you?
* JackOfAllStats: Ryuki has one of the most balanced decks among the riders, with two shields, a sword, and a projectile. His basic form is also this trope among the EvolutionPowerup forms. This is even reflected in his Survive Form: His [[SwissArmyWeapon Drag-Visor Zwei]] is a gunblade that can be used as a sword or a marker for Meteor Bullet, and his Strange Vent can copy cards from other Riders.
* JokeCharacter: Blank Form, which barely keeps him alive until he contracts with Dragredder.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Drag Shield, which can be dual-wielded, attached to his the hardpoints all over his armor, and even used to [[RammingAlwaysWorks ram]].
* MemeticHandGesture: Aside from his Henshin pose being [[Series/KamenRider Ichigo's]], he has his trademark fist pump
* MythologyGag: His Henshin pose is [[Series/KamenRider Rider Ichigo's]] signature cross arm.
* NaiveNewcomer: He didn't become a Rider to get a wish, he became a Rider to protect people.
* NiceGuy: For all his [[IdiotHero idiocy]], Shinji is incredibly nice. He constantly tries to stop the fighting, tries to see the best in people even with a serial killer and dedicated his becoming a Rider to protect people from Mirror Monsters.
* PlayingWithFire: All of his special attacks are fire-based, given that his {{mon}} is a dragon.
* PowerCopying: How ''Strange Vent'' works in the series, it become the next advent card the opponent going to use. AllThereInTheManual states that it changes randomly, though. This brings up an interesting 'chicken or the egg' question: how does it "know" what the opponent will choose next? While presumably it is a wild card in TheMerch's trading card game, the ability to gain the card your opponent is ''about'' to choose is pretty, well, ''strange'' within the context of a story. Of course, it ''could'' simply be the opponent fighting fire with fire.
* PowerFist: His Strike Vent Drag-Claw. Rarely ever used as an actual gauntlet, but instead as a medium for Drag Reder's [[BreathWeapon Drag-Fire]]. In crossovers and future appearances by alternate Shinjis, it could breathe fire without Dragreder's assistance.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Ren's blue.
* ReluctantWarrior: He'll fight Mirror Monsters, but is reluctant to fight Riders.
* HeroicSelfDepreciation: By the end of the war, he feels like useless, unable to save anyone or get anyone to listen to him. It's entirely because of him and his idealism that the happy ending was able to take place.
* RightManInTheWrongPlace: Shinji's entire place in the war: a completely normal guy with no wish and no desire to fight somehow managed to find an Advent Deck and become a Kamen Rider. This is justified because all the other Riders were picked specifically because they would have a reason to fight, and Shinji can somehow resist Shiro's Time Vent due to not being picked.
* [[SixthRanger Second Rider]] - Inverted, as Ren debuted in the first episode.
* SpannerInTheWorks: It seems that Shinji's entire existence is this trope. No matter what Shiro Kanzaki does or how many times use pushes his ResetButton with [[TimeTravel Time Vent]], Shinji somehow manages to become Ryuki every time. Because of this, he manages to get the Riders to delay or even stop their fighting, preventing Shiro from ever reviving Yui at the cost of the lives of the Riders. Eventually, [[EarnYourHappyEnding after many different timelines of having his idealism broken]], Shinji finally wins in the end, with Shiro erasing the Rider War from existence. Being who he is, he does all of this without even knowing it.
* SuperMode: Ryuki Survive, which changes his visor to the [[SwissArmyWeapon Drag Visor-Zwei]], increases his stats and abilities even more, and [[EvolutionPowerup evolves DragReder into Dragranzer]], who can [[TransformingMecha transform]] into a CoolBike for his [[LimitBreak Final Vent]].
* SwissArmyWeapon: Drag Visor-Zwei has a folding blade on it, can shoot beams of light and can be used as a marker for the Meteor Bullet attack.
* TakeUpMySword: Happens to Shinji twice in ''13 Riders'', first with the original Ryuki, then with Ren after the Ryuki deck is destroyed by Odin.
* TookALevelInBadass: A slow, slow process, but throughout the war Shinji slowly gets better and better at fighting. Towards the middle, he even defeated Asakura before the man contracted other monsters. And then he gets [[SuperMode the Survive card]], sees more people die, and hardens his resolution even more. By the end of it all, even as he's dying from a stab wound, he manages to take on an entire ARMY of Raydragoons before finally succumbing to death.
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: Transforming into [[SuperMode Survive Form]] surrounds him with blazing flames, shielding him from attacks and enemies.
* UpgradeArtifact: Averted, in that his transformation to Ryuki still leaves him with beginner fighting abilities. He slowly improves his fighting technique as the series progresses.
** Played Straight with [[SuperMode Survive Form]], wherein he suddenly has knowledge of all his new powers.
* WeaponOfChoice: Like those of every Rider in this series, they're part of his contract monster, Dragreder: His Sword Vent [[CoolSword Drag-Saber]], the Strike Vent gauntlet and the Guard Vent shields. Survive form replaces all three with the [[SwissArmyWeapon Drag Visor-Zwei]] for the first two and the [[SummonMagic Fire Wall]] for the latter.
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::'''Ren Akiyama (Kamen Rider Knight)'''

-->''"Don't fight because you are angry or upset. Fight because you are a Kamen Rider."''

Ren is the first Rider introduced, and appears at first to be the epitome of the kind of Rider that Kanzaki wanted in the Rider War: cold, determined and utterly focused on obtaining his wish. He used to be a drifter that would travel the country frequenting bars and getting into fights with people that annoyed him. The person who saved him from this dead-end life was a girl: Eri Ogawa.

His contract monster is the batlike ''Darkwing'', the same Mirror Monster that attacked Eri and put her in a coma. Kanzaki appeared then and told Ren that if he won the Prize, he could use it to revive his love. And so Ren accepted the Advent Deck and fought.

He got close to Yui Kanzaki because she was useful to him, but that developed into a friendship. He started out as an adamant rival of Shinji, but despite all of Ren's efforts he soon warmed to the boy. Herein lies Ren's flaw: his tough guy persona is merely an act, and given time and reason he will naturally gravitate towards emotional attachment, and friendship. But this in turn led to disaster: Ren was convinced that the only way he could take another human's life- and thus win the Rider War- was to ''be'' as cold and emotionless as the mask he wore, and the longer he spent in the company of people like Yui and Shinji the harder it became to pretend. Thus, Shinji inadvertently became Ren's greatest rival, an obstacle that he had to overcome (and never did) to win.

He received one of the Survive Cards from Tezuka (who in turn received it from Kanzaki) because the former didn't want to use it. Kanzaki makes several attempts to manipulate Ren into continuing the fight- such as forcing Eri out of her coma for a brief instant to give him a glimpse of his reward- but these things only strengthen Ren's resolve to fight against the system.

Following the climax of the Rider War, Ren is the last Rider standing. He fought against Odin and won, if only because of Kanzaki's forfeit. He accepts the Prize and uses it to save Eri, perhaps dying from the injuries he sustained afterward.

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Tropes associated with Ren/Knight:

* {{Badass}}
* BadassBiker: One of surprisingly few Riders to ride a motorcycle in the real world.
* BadassCape: Darkwing can attach to Ren to grant him this, which can defend him from attacks and allow him to fly. Survive Form has this by default.
* BadassLongcoat: It's Ren usual costume.
* {{BFS}}: Wing Lancer, though technically, it's a lance that Ren happens to use as a sword.
* BlowYouAway: Knight Survive's ''Blust Vent'' has Darkraider launch two tornadoes. [[TransformationSequence Using the card itself]] surrounds him with a barrier of wind.
* CharacterTic: Takes out his rapier and poses before jumping into the Mirror World.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DefrostingIceKing
* {{Deuteragonist}}
* DoppelgangerSpin: ''Trick Vent'' allow him to create up to eight copies of himself.
* {{Expy}} - Any resemblance to another [[Franchise/{{Batman}} bat-themed dark knight]] is purely coincidental.
* FinishingMove
** ''Hishou Zan'': Darkwing forms a cape and cloaks Knight as he uses the Wing Lancer as a [[ThisIsADrill drill]] to destroy a foe.
** ''Shippudan'': Knight Survive rides Darkraider, which transforms into a motorcycle and fires a paralyzing laser followed by [[ThisIsADrill wrapping darkness around Ren and itself and drilling into the enemy]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LightningBruiser: Ren has a pretty versatile Deck. His Trick Vent provides him with clones to give him backup, he has a Sword Vent and his rapier to deal close range damage, [[MakesMeWannaShout Nasty Vent]] to help him GET close, a Guard Vent for sticky situations, and his Mirror Monster can attach to him to help him fly. Problem is, he has no long-range options. [[SuperMode Survive Form]] takes away this weakness while making him even MORE powerful.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy
* MakeMeWannaShout: ''Nasty Vent'' has Darkwing attack the opponent with sonic waves.
* OnlyFriend: In all 3 continuities (movie, TV special, series), Ren pretty much admits that Shinji is the his only friend.
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Shinji's red.
* RoyalRapier: Dark Visor, which gives him a slight advantage over some others in that he doesn't have to use a card to have a weapon on hand.
* TheStoic
* SugarAndIcePersonality
* SuperMode: Knight Survive
* SwissArmyWeapon: Dark Visor-Zwei, which can change into a [[CoolSword sword]], a [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe shield]] or a crossbow.
* TookALevelInKindness: Over the series, he eventually comes to consider Shinji as a true friend and is very reluctant to kill him. He doesn't deny allegations of them working together when Imperer comes in, and where he originally would've strangled Shinji without hesitation, his final fights with him actually have him unable to raise a blade at him when his friend is [[HeroicBSOD ranting about what he should do to save everyone]].
--> '''Shinji''': I won the last battle. You didn't fight seriously, did you?
--> '''Ren''': Saying [[JerkassWithAHeartOfGold yes]] or [[CantCatchUp no]] [[GenreSavvy wouldn't be good for me either way.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: In normal form, he has the Wing Lancer, a lance he uses as a sword and his RoyalRapier Dark-Visor. The Dark-Visor Zwei in [[SuperMode Survive Form]] houses an sword, and it can transform into a shield or a crossbow.

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::'''Masashi Sudoh (Kamen Rider Scissors)'''

-->''"Just trying to be as efficient as possible."''

The first truly evil (and a MauveShirt) Franchise/KamenRider to grace the entire franchise who wasn't a RedShirt nor is redeemable like [[Series/KamenRiderBlack Shadow Moon]].

Sudoh was a CorruptCop who was taking advantage of his position to carry out a variety of evil acts. After he killed his partner-in-crime for [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness demanding a bigger share]], Kanzaki appeared before him to give Sudoh an Advent Deck. It's not known what Sudoh would have chosen as his Prize (in fact it's not even hinted that Kanzaki even told him about it); to him, the greatest advantage of being a Rider was that he now had a perfect method of disposing of anyone who got in his way (by feeding them to his crablike contract monster ''Volcancer'').

Shinji first meets Sudoh in battle as Kamen Rider Scissors, and despite Ren's warnings the naive Rider attempts to befriend Sudoh. Sudoh exploits this for all it's worth, gaining information that allows him to target Ren and Yui, culminating in his later attempt to murder Shinji himself.

After his cover is blown by Reiko's investigations, Sudoh duels Ren within the Mirror World. Sudoh's bad karma catches up to him when Ren shatters his Advent Deck: with the contract to his Monster broken, ''Volcancer'' goes wild and consumes Sudoh, body and soul.

* CorruptCop
* DeathByIrony: He fed people to his Mirror Monster to make it more powerful, and died by getting eaten by him as well.
* FinishingMove: ''Scissors Attack'' [[note]]Scissors is launched by Volcancer into the air, finishing with a somersault attack.[[/note]]
* ImprobableWeaponUser: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Scissors Pincer]], which is just one of Volcancer's claws.. Also his Scissor Visor, which is sort of a blend of shears and BladeBelowTheShoulder.
* {{Jerkass}}: When he reveals his true colors.
* JokeCharacter: Has the worst deck among the riders. Advent and Final vent aside, all he has are a Strike Vent (which is kind of an awkward weapon to use) and a Guard Vent, no special cards whatsoever like Raia's ''Copy'' or Gai's ''Confine''; on top of that, his cards have very low AP.
** In terms of the series, though, he was less JokeCharacter and more StarterVillain--the inexperienced Shinji wouldn't have stood a chance against the heaviest hitters in the Rider War early on, and really had his hands full with this first "real" enemy.
** Despite being a StarterVillain, he was actually winning his fight with Ren before his Advent Deck is broken.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Shell Defense, shield that resembles Volcancer's back armor.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Gets killed off in the two-episode arc that introduces him. Even Imperer lasted longer than him!
* WeaponOfChoice: Like those of every Rider in this series, they're part of his contract monster, Volcancer.

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::'''Shuichi Kitaoka (Kamen Rider Zolda)'''

-->''"I can do whatever I want, for however long I want. Is there no greater prize?"''

A self-proclaimed "Super Lawyer", Kitaoka prides himself on being able to get the Innocent verdict every single time even if the person or company he is defending is clearly guilty. This reputation led to him acquiring the nickname of "The [[BlackAndWhiteMorality Black-Or-White]] Lawyer" and a lot of enemies in some very nasty places. But Kitaoka doesn't do it for the morals or even the money: he does it because he can, because he loves knowing that he is the best. And he will refuse cases which even he sees as impossible (such as Asakura), preserving his own pristine court record.

Despite his smugness and success at life, Kitaoka has a nasty secret: he has terminal cancer. Instead of going into treatment in order to delay the inevitable, Kitaoka chose to live his life as normally as possible and hide his cancer from everyone except his manservant Gorou. He is also Kamen Rider Zolda, and his wish is simple: {{immortality}}, to survive his cancer and "do whatever I want, for however long I want".

During the early stages of the Rider War, he comes off as an incredible dick. He fakes Zolda's death in order to break Shinji's morale and force the boy to quit the War. He saw his act as just another way of fighting the War; he may have felt guilty had he known that it pushed Shinji to the brink of suicide. As the Rider War progresses and he becomes closer to the other participants- especially Shinji- he comes to terms with his mortality and loses his desire to win. As he puts it, "I've already lived a pretty awesome life."

At one point he develops a crush on Reiko and pursues her for the rest of the series, sending her presents and dropping cheesy pick-up lines that the fiercely independent Reiko rejects every time. He also makes an enemy of Asakura by refusing to represent him in court because of his certain guilt, but mostly because he doesn't like him.

At the climax of the Rider War, he finally gets Reiko to go on a date with him. But feeling responsible for Asakura's transformation into a Rider and subsequent reign of terror, he is determined to finish things with his arch-rival first. He does neither, for the cancer that had been stalking Kitaoka for so long finally cripples his body, and he dies peacefully in his home.

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Tropes associated with Kitaoka/Zolda:

* ALoadOfBull: Magnugiga, and outside of Dragedder and Venosnaker, it's the largest Mirror Beast, so much that the prop is too big to use in fights, so all it does it take part in his [[FinishingMove Final Vent]].
* AmoralAttorney
* ArchEnemy: To Asakura.
* * {{BFG}}: Giga Launcher, a huge cannon that's formed from Magnugiga's arms. It's comparable in size to an actual artillery gun of some sort, and is nearly twice Zolda's height!
* TheCharmer
* CombatPragmatist: He rarely takes part in direct fights, and one of his preferred methods is sneak up a on fight in progress and try to kill the combatants with his [[FinishingMove Final Vent]].
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: His trick where he fakes Zolda's death, it nearly broke Shinji's will before he found Gorou ([[WrongGenreSavvy whom he thought was Zolda at the time]]) turns out to be alive. Later in the series he manages to nearly remove Asakura from the fight by playing the coward and luring into a squad of police officers, whom on his instructions, take Asakura's Advent Deck, and [[CrazyPrepared when transporting him cover all the windows in the truck near him]]. The only reason Asakura escaped was because he kept a Contract Card under his shirt and the tore off the paper covering the windows.
* DramaticGunCock: Justified. He can fire Magna Visor without cocking it, but he has to cock Magna Visor in order to slot in his Advent Cards, which are always important. This is especially true of his [[FinishingMove Final Vent]].
* FinishingMove: ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast End Of World]]'' [[note]]Zolda uses the Magna Visor as a trigger for the summoned Magnugiga to deliver [[AlphaStrike a salvo]] of [[MacrossMissileMassacre missiles]], [[MoreDakka bullets]] and [[BeamSpam energy blasts]].[[/note]]
* GracefulLoser: When cornered and about to be beaten up, Kitaoka's last tactic is to drop to his knees and beg for mercy. Subverted when he actually used this opportunity to call for the police.
* TheGunslinger: His visor is a handgun, his deck has two long range weapons, and his contact monster is loaded with large number of missiles, cannon and beam gun. Notably, [[AllThereInTheManual he had a Strike Vent and another Guard Vent]] that were never used in the series because the former completely went against his style, and the latter was just plain redundant.
* {{Handguns}}: Magna Visor, a handgun with very impressive rate of fire. Like Ren, this gives him the advantage of having a weapon even before using any cards.
* TheHedonist: His reason for wanting to live forever? So he has more time to enjoy life.
* ImmortalityImmorality
* ImmortalitySeeker
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Giga Armor and Giga Tector. The latter is [[AllThereInTheManual never used in the series]] and the former is very, very rarely seen.
* MultiRangedMaster: His visor is a handgun, he hastwo BFG weapons for multiple situations and his [[FinishingMove Final Vent]] has him use Magnagiga to unleash [[AlphaStrike everything in his arsenal]].
* PetTheDog: Since he's terminally ill, he has a soft spot for people in similar conditions, doing things such as pay for the operation to save the life of a young girl's mother and going a date with an old girlfriend of his that he thought was terminally ill, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny though the latter turned out to be a miss-diagnosis]].
* PowerFist: Giga Horn, resembling Magnu Giga's head. [[AllThereInTheManual Never used in the series.]]
* ShoulderCannon: Giga Cannon, a double beam cannon that resembles Magnu Giga's legs.
* SoapOperaDisease: He starts showing symptoms towards the end of the series, as they become more severe.
* StoneWall: How he tries to operate. He finds a nice spot away from the opponent and starts sniping them with his Shoot Vents while possibly hiding behind [[TheJuggernaut Magna Giga]]. If he can find a chance to take out other Riders fighting, he'll sneak around and use his Final Vent.
** MightGlacier: If he actually [[AllThereInTheManual used his Strike Vent and his other set of shields]]: Two sets of shields, two guns, a close-range weapon and a powerful finisher. These things need him to stand still or move slowly because they're heavy, but they pack a powerful punch.
* TookALevelInKindness: He becomes less antagonistic to Ren and Shinji as the series progresses. During the early episodes of his screentime, he tries to find ways to kill both of them, but this fades away after a while. He eventually gets a sort of working relationship with them. Near the end of the series, he indirectly shows he cares a little bit for Shinji.
* WeaponOfChoice: Like those of every Rider in this series, they're part of his contract monster, Magnugiga. Notably, some of them (i.e. the shields and PowerFist) don't mesh with his ranged-combat style.

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::'''Jun Shibaura (Kamen Rider Gai)'''

-->''"You were supposed to make my game more fun..."''

The spoiled son of a rich businessman, Jun had the money, intelligence and free time to treat life as a game. His first act in the series was to create a computer game that sent subliminal messages to the player, stimulating their base fighting instincts and urging them to recreate the battle royale of the game in real life. He intended to distribute the program to every one of ORE Journal's subscribers, creating a city-wide orgy of violence. To Jun, this was just a way of making his life more fun.

He presumably joined the Rider War because he saw it as the ultimate game; his intended Prize for winning was unknown. His Contract Monster, the powerful[[RhinoRampage Metalgelas]], compensated for Jun's natural lack of strength and fighting experience and put him on equal ground with the other Riders. Perceptive and manipulative, Jun noticed Ren's hesitancy to deliver an almost fatal blow and exploited that weakness for all it was worth. He was also the first to discover the civilian identities of all the other Riders, a fact that filled him with glee.

When Asakura became a Rider, Jun was happy to fill the new guy in on some of the rules and point him in the direction that would cause maximum conflict. Though Jun probably acknowledged that Asakura was dangerous, he simply saw him as another wild card that would make the Rider War even more interesting for himself. Perhaps [[WhatAnIdiot he even thought he could manipulate the madman]]. He never expected that Asakura would use him as a human shield against Zolda's ''End Of World'' attack, and turn on him without a moment of hesitation or gratitude. Jun cursed Asakura, saying that he was supposed to make the game fun for him, but the murderer simply shrugged and said that it was his fault for being close, and quickly finished him off.

And so, fittingly, the manipulator died to the manipulated.

* AntiMagic: Confine Vent. When played just after another Rider plays a card, this will cancel the effect (de-summoning a {{mon}} or causing a weapon to disappear).
* AssholeVictim
* DeathByIrony: He loves manipulating people in order to seem better than them, and thus created a six way battle between the Riders. Fittingly, he was killed by one of the people he thought he had under control, [[AxCrazy Asakura]].
* EvilIsNotAToy: As noted above, he helps Asakura get acclimated to the Rider war to make it more exciting, and also likely for the purpose of using him. It doesn't exactly pan out.
* FinishingMove: ''Heavy Pressure'' [[note]]Gai rides Metalgelas and [[RammingAlwaysWorks rams the foe]] with the Metal Horn.[[/note]]
* JerkAss
* PowerFist: Metal Horn, resembling Metalgelas's head. Due to its big size and its shape, it can also be used as a shield.
* SpoiledBrat
* UnskilledButStrong: Truth be told, while he can competently fight, when the other Riders finally get it in their heads that they REALLY want to fight this guy, he doesn't stand a chance. He only survives due to his form's heavy defense, his cunning manipulation and the fact that his opponents generally don't want to fight him.
* WeaponOfChoice: He only has one "weapon" to speak of, that being the [[PowerFist Metal Horn]].

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::'''Miyuki Tezuka (Kamen Rider Raia)'''

-->''"My predictions are never wrong."''

Tezuka is a young fortune teller who plays his trade on the streets, and boasts that his prophecies are always correct. Due to this, he believes that destiny is predetermined and cannot be changed. Tezuka is also the only other Rider aside from Shinji who is against the Rider War, and works to stop the in-fighting between the Riders. Due to this, he becomes fast allies with Shinji.

Tezuka's opposition to the Rider War becomes clear when it is discovered that he was never intended to be a Rider in the first place: instead, a good friend of his- Yuichi Saito- was chosen, but refused to participate and was devoured by the Mirror Monster Guldthunder. Taking his Card Deck, Tezuka contracted ''Evildiver'' and vowed to avenge his friend.

Because Tezuka refused to participate in the Rider War, he was a hindrance to Kanzaki. At first, Kanzaki attempted to motivate Tezuka by giving him a major advantage: the first of the three Survive Cards. Tezuka didn't even consider using it, instead giving the card to Ren. In retaliation, Kanzaki ordered Guldthunder to attack Tezuka, successfully triggering a berserk rage in the young man towards his friend's killer. However, after defeating the Monster Tezuka returned to normal.

He and Shinji always clashed on the question of whether or not it's possible to change your own fate. When Tezuka predicted that Ryuki would be the next Rider to die, he panicked and lied to Shinji by telling him that Raia was the fated one. Later, when Ryuki and Ouja fought, Tezuka pushed Shinji out of the way of a lethal Final Vent and took the blow himself. He had changed his own fate, but ironically fulfilled a false prophecy at the same time.

Shinji manages to drag Tezuka into the real world before he dies, sparing him the fate of dissolving in the Mirror World. In his dying moments, Tezuka seems to realize that Yui is the key to everything, yet is unable to communicate this to Shinji before he dies.

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Tropes associated with Tezuka/Raia:

* FinishingMove: ''Hide Venom'' [[note]]Raia uses Evildiver as a mount and [[RammingAlwaysWorks rams]] the foe.[[/note]]
* GenderBlenderName
* DeathByIrony: He predicted that Shinji would die next, but lied to Shinji saying that he himself would be the one to die. He performed a HeroicSacrifice for Shinji, averting his true prophecy yet fulfilling his fake one. [[HarsherInHindsight My predictions are never wrong indeed]].
* EvolutionPowerup: [[NoExportForYou The SIC stories]] gave him a Survive Form.
* HeroicSacrifice
* GoOutWithASmile: He finally manages to ScrewDestiny to save Shinji, dying happily as he believed his friend Yuuichi had no regrets just like him and believing SHinji would change the fate of the Riders.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Even Asakura's presence doesn't motivate him into fighting.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Evil Visor, a small shield in the shape of Evildiver.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Evildiver, though it's a subversion since its user is one of the undisputably good Riders.
* NiceGuy
* PowerCopying: Copy Vent, which allows him to wield a duplicate of his opponent's weapon.
* {{Revenge}}: What got him involved in the first place.
* UnstoppableRage: Against the monster that killed his friend.
* WeaponOfChoice: Sting Vent, a whip, is his base weapon, but he prefers to copy other Riders' more powerful and balanced weapons.
* WhipItGood: Evil Whip. Resembling Evildiver's tail, it isn't really powerful, but has good reach.
* YouCantFightFate: By {{irony}}. He predicted Shinji would die, but lied and said he himself was the next one to die. Later, Shinji was about to be killed by Ouja, but Tezuka made a DivingSave and took the hit for him, proving his faked prophecy correct. [[GoOutWithASmile He didn't mind at all]].

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::'''Takeshi Asakura (Kamen Rider Ouja)'''

-->''"Being a Rider is fun."''

Asakura is not a hero. Nor is he an AntiHero. Nor is he [[BadassDecay misunderstood]]. He is a psychopath, plain and simple.

He is drawn to violence, feeling an unbearable tension that can only be eased through fighting. When confined in a jail cell, he becomes so frustrated that he begins banging his head on the wall until he draws blood. Yet he is not mindless; he is capable of intelligent manipulation and does not make stupid decisions. Kanzaki could not have picked a better Rider; an assessment that is immediately proven when Asakura kills Gai in his first battle as Ouja.

Kitaoka is initially assigned to defend Asakura in court, but the "super lawyer" takes a dislike to his client and smugly tells him that there's nothing he can do. This ignites a rivalry that lasts for the entire series.

Asakura racks up the highest body count of all the Riders, killing Gai, Raia, Imperer and Zolda. When the monsters of Gai and Raia come to exact revenge for the death of their masters, Asakura binds them to his will instead, making him the only Rider with three Contract Monsters and gaining access to all of Gai and Raia's powers. Furthermore, he can use ''Unite Vent'' to fuse them into one, creating ''Genocider'', the second most powerful Monster in the series. The disadvantage is that he now has three monsters to feed, something that nearly leads to his death when he starves his monsters and they threaten to devour him.

At the climax of the Rider War, the Japanese police force are given orders to shoot Asakura on sight. But Asakura will not surrender, not until he has killed Kitaoka in battle. And so he faces Zolda in battle, and finally lands the killing blow he had been waiting so long for... only to find out that Gorou had taken Kitaoka's place as Zolda. Asakura could not comprehend it: why he had been robbed of something he had waited so long for and wanted so badly, and why Gorou had selflessly taken Kitaoka's place. Overcome with frustration and rage, he makes [[SuicideByCop a suicide run at the police and is shot down like a dog]].

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Tropes associated with Asakura/Ouja:

* ArchEnemy: To Kitaoka.
* ASinisterClue
* AwesomeButImpractical: Having contracted with three Mirror Monsters (his original Venosnaker, then Metalgelas and Evildiver taken after killing their Riders), he gains at least some cards from their decks (their associated Final Vents and weapons; he's never shown using Raia's Copy or Gai's Confine), allowing him three different finishing moves AND the ability to [[FusionDance fuse them into]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Genocider]]. However, it means he has three times as many {{mon}}s to feed, which is a problem for him when he doesn't feed them for a while.
* BigBadWanabee: The most active, in terms of directly fighting the protagonists, villain the series, and typically is the biggest threat to them unless Odin shows up. In most series with a ThereCanBeOnlyOne format, he'd likely have been the BigBad, but Kanzaki using Odin means he never had a chance of winning the Rider War and in the end is largely Kanzaki's pawn.
* BloodKnight: The wish he'll have granted if he wins? To have the war go on for eternity. He didn't even know about that part of the battle for most of the series, Kanzaki's promise of fighting was all it took to draw him in.
** In one fight with Shinji and Ren, he even gets so lost in the thrill of it that he nearly stays in the Mirror World past the time it's safe for him and nearly dies.
* CatchPhrase: Whenever he finds something that annoys him, he'll say "This vexes me..."
* CharacterTic: He cracks his neck and breathes "Ahhh" before jumping into the Mirror World.
* ConsummateLiar: Surprisingly, he managed to spin a convincing lie about trying to save his younger brother during the fire that burned their house down.
* CoolSword: Veno Saber, resembling Venosnaker's tail. Initially, his ONLY weapon before killing other Riders and getting their monsters. It's the most balanced melee weapon among his WeaponOfChoice.
* CrazyPrepared: When caught in a trap by Kitaoka that got his deck stolen, he kept the Contract Card for Megalgelas underneath his shirt, have apparently guess Kitaoka might have been trying to trick him.
* DeathByIrony: Asakura finally got what he wanted since the start of the war: To fight and beat Zolda. Unfortunately, he killed Gorou, and not Kitaoka. Sickened and maddened by dissatisfaction, he purposely walks into a police ambush and dies without a fight.
** Similarly, despite being a serial killer who killed many Riders throughout the war, he never actually managed to kill the ones he wanted to kill the most (Zolda of course, then Shinji, then Toujou).
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Hinted at when he killed his younger brother, as he had difficulty understanding why anybody cared that he did it in the first place.
* TheDragon: In a weird way. He is surprisingly amicable towards Shiro Kanzaki for freeing him from jail and giving him the chance to fight, and offers him food and does his bidding if he approaches. Of course, since those requests all involve killing people and he'd probably kill Kanzaki and Odin if he had the chance, this doesn't exactly hold.
* EvilIsPetty: Naturally given his temper.
* EvilIsStylish: It's no fun for him to kill an opponent outside of a rider battle, so even though he gets fair of number of chances to, he never does so. Non-riders, however...
* EvilIsBigger: His first Mirror Beast Venosnaker is among the largest to appear in the main series, a little bigger than Dragredder. Then he merges him with Evildiver and Metalgeas, and Genocider is DAMN big.
* EvolutionPowerup: [[NoExportForYou The SIC stories]] gave him a Survive Form.
* FinishingMove: Has two of his own, plus Gai and Raia's after taking their Contract Monsters.
** ''Veno Crash'': Venosnaker launches Ouja at the foe with a spray of venom as he does a bicycle kick.
** ''Doomsday'': Ouja corkscrew kicks a foe into a vortex that opens within Genocider.
* FusionDance: His ''Unite Vent''.
* HateSink
* HeroKiller
* {{Irony}}: Despite being very willing to kill, and having the biggest kill count among the Riders, if he deliberately targets someone, he never manages to kill them. This is made the most apparent with Kitaoka.
* {{Jerkass}}
** JerkWithAHeartOfJerk
* JokeCharacter: Blank Form, seen only once in ''Episode Final'' after Genocider is killed.
* KickTheDog: Killing his bother.
** KickTheSonOfABitch: Turning on Jun. Nobody but Shinji cared.
* KnightOfCerebus: The Rider War wasn't exactly puppies and sunshine, but before Asakura came on the scene, only one Rider--a clearly evil one, at that--had died, and the current five at that time weren't doing all that good a job at the whole [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne killing each other thing.]] That changed once he became Ouja, and he's responsible for four dead Riders, a little below a fourth of all of them.
* MagikarpPower: His deck. Advent and Final Vent aside (the latter of which did succeed in killing whatever target he hit it with), it started with just a Sword Vent and nothing else. However, it is the only deck that has spare Contract Cards. By the end, he has three melee cards and three {{mon}}s, which can be fused into the formidable Genocider.
* PetTheDog: He gets one moment: when he stays with a young girl (who viewed him as her saviour) until her recovery even when he no longer needed to.
** Subverted since he only stayed near her because she was targeted by a trio of Mirror Beasts and he was hoping to kill them when they showed up. When a hungry Venosnaker hits her trying to attack him, he doesn't even flinch.
* PowerFist: Metal Horn, after Ouja becomes contracted to Metalgelas. Stronger but shorter than his Veno Saber.
* SaveTheVillain: Shinji saved him from being devoured by his own Mirror Monsters. He did this because he supposedly saved a little girl, but in reality he was just using her as bait for other Monsters. Shinji still finds saving him justified, and in a trope view it still is, because if he died the girl would have gone into severe depression.
* SelfMadeOrphan: He burned down his own house as a child trying to kill his younger brother.
* HairTriggerTemper: He is ''VERY'' prone to violent outbursts against anyone that even slightly annoys him, and if there's nothing around he'll just beat on whatever random object is near by even if involves beating his head on a concrete wall or punching glass.
* UpToEleven: The WhatIf scenario of ''SIC Hero Saga'' not only gives him [[SuperMode Survive Form]], but also upgrades the Genocider into Genosurviver, formed by combining ''every'' contract monster into one, even the ones with Riders still alive. Of course, since Dragreder is still contracted to Shinji at that point, it's not exactly obedient.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: When he kills his archenemy Kitoaka / Zolda, he discovers that it wasn't Kitoaka wearing the suit and the real Kitoaka died peacefully at home during the fight. This pretty much results in him allowing himself to be gunned down by the police.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: When he contracted Venosnaker, aside from the obligatory [[SummonMagic Advent]] and [[FinishingMove Final Vent]] Asakura only had a grand total of ONE card : Veno Saber. Even when he receives the powers of other Advent Decks, he still prefers using it over the others. Justified, since in the real world he often uses a metal pipe to fend off police, and Veno Saber is shaped like one.
* WhipItGood: Evil Whip, after Ouja becomes contracted to Evildiver. The weakest of his WeaponOfChoice, but has the longest range.

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::'''Satoru Toujou (Kamen Rider Tiger)'''

-->''"You're an important person to me. If I sacrifice you, maybe I'll become stronger."''

Satoru Toujou might have just been another one of many 25 year old men had Kanzaki not selected him to become a Kamen Rider. Unknown to Satoru, the day he made the choice to accept Kanzaki's offer was the day his life---as well as the lives of those closest to him---would be forever ruined.

A man of subdued character, Satoru is arguably no less deranged than the likes of Asakura, possessing a sociopathic mentality that forces him into single-mindedly pursuing one goal: becoming a hero. He confesses to Sano at one point that he has never had many friends, and that he believes that if he becomes a hero, people will like him.

As a student of Semeiin University, Satoru had become very close to one Professor Kagawa, who took the young man under his wing and was probably the closest thing Satoru had to a father figure. It was perhaps little surprise that Satoru initially chose to side with his mentor in their quest to destroy the Mirror World. Kagawa impressed upon the young man his utilitarianist philosophy that a hero was someone who has the courage to sacrifice one person- even those closest to them- to save ten.

Alas, Kagawa's mantra had an unintended effect: Satoru reasoned that Kagawa's philosophy would work in reverse, and that by sacrificing those closest to him he would achieve his dream of becoming a hero. This conclusion was only reaffirmed by Kanzaki's Rider War: all of his closest friends were Riders, and if Satoru was the last to remain then he could use The Prize to become a hero. And so when Kagawa let down his guard, Satoru attacked, shedding tears as he killed the most important man in his life.

Perhaps his most vile act, however, occured after the professor's murder. After a bad run-in with Asakura, Satoru was rescued by Sano Mitsuru AKA Kamen Rider Imperer, who had previously allied with both Satoru and Professor Kagawa. Providing a safe haven for Satoru, Sano asked if they were friends, a statement which the former confirmed claiming that besides Professor Kagawa, Sano had been the only person who'd been kind to him. Later that day, Satoru betrayed Sano, stabbing the latter in the torso and leaving him for dead, cementing the insane Rider's villainy.

He would only grow more unbalanced as the days passed, culminating in an attempt to eliminate all the Riders at once. While his attempt failed, Satoru was convinced he'd succeeded cackling as he made his escape. Yet, the words of his former idol haunted him, and from across the street, Satoru witnessed a man and his son, rekindling in Satoru the memory of his deceased teacher and his own child. As a truck careened into the family, Satoru- unthinkingly- ran to push them out of the way, sacrificing himself for their sakes.

As he lay dying, Satoru yet found himself wracked by his inability to attain his wish, never knowing that his final act had made him that which he'd desired to be all along: a Hero. As he finally closed his eyes, the tragic story of a man consumed by his own hubris came to a silent conclusion.

The next day, a crumpled newspaper is seen blowing across the streets. The latest news is of a man who sacrificed himself to save two others, and became a hero...
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Tropes associated with Toujou/Tiger:

* AnIcePerson: ''Freeze Vent''. It does exactly what it sounds like, freezing enemy Contract Monsters (but curiously, not Riders themselves).
* ApologeticAttacker: Toujou apologizes to [[spoiler: both Kagawa and Sano]] after betraying them. It's debatable how sincere said apologies were.
* AwesomeYetImpractical: His FinishingMove is brutal, but easily stoppable if the enemy is fully aware.
* AxCrazy
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder
* DeathByIrony: He constantly sacrificed others in order to try and become a hero. He died sacrificing himself to save a father and son, and was called a hero the next day.
* DivingSave
* FinishingMove: ''Crystal Break'' [[note]]Destwilder drags the foe as Tiger stabs him with the Dest Claw.[[/note]]
* GoneMadeFromRevelation: His mental health was always bad, but hearing from Asakura that he failed to kill Sano, he loses it even more.
* HeroicSacrifice
* HeroicWannabe: A truly frightening example given his instability.
* LaserGuidedKarma: His betrayal of Sano leaves him all alone, and hearing from Asaskura the he failed to kill him causes him to fully lose it.
* TheNeedsOfTheMany: An avid believer, but he never saved anyone.
* PantheraAwesome: His design theme and Destwilder's.
* WeaponOfChoice
** AnAxeToGrind: Dest Visor, a battleaxe. Like Knight and Zolda, this gives him the advantage of a weapon even before using a card.
** WolverineClaws: Dest Claws, which are his monster's forearms and bladed fingers.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He makes himself out to be this, and to some extent wanting to kill Yui to end the Rider War counts. Unfortunately, in seeking to become a true hero, he easily took to the sacrificing part but didn't quite get into the saving part.

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::'''Mitsuru Sano (Kamen Rider Imperer)'''

-->''"I just wanted to be happy."''

There was once a young man who was disowned by his father. The father was a wealthy businessman and only wanted his son to go through the steps of a self-made man to insure that he would be a suitable and competent successor.

Things did not ''quite'' go the way he planned.

Mitsuru Sano is first seen working in a parking lot, pandering to the egos of men like his father to earn the odd tip, spending his free hours reminiscing for the life he once had. Chosen to become a Kamen Rider by Kanzaki, Sano contracted with the weak but massive herd of Gigazelle Mirror Monsters, becoming Kamen Rider Imperer. Like the Gigazelles under his command, Sano needed a herd of his own and began looking to ally himself with other Kamen Riders...for a price. Eventually, Sano decided to team up with Kagawa and Toujou to kill Yui, though that decision lead to nowhere when the latter betrayed and killed his mentor.

Once again alone, Sano found himself without allies though a ray of hope was just around the corner. It was soon after Sano took an injured Toujou back to his home and nursed his former comrade when he received a call; his father had died and left the company in his hands. With his new status, Sano also came to know a lovely girl by the name of Yuri. What's more, Sano had come to develop a friendship with Toujou, a sentiment which the other man seemed to share. At last, Sano had what he always wanted: Happiness.

But because he finally had what he wanted, there was no longer any reason for him to fight as a Kamen Rider. Unfortunately for Sano, the Rider War didn't work that way. A stern threat from Kanzaki and the leering, hungry glares of his Contracted Monsters was all that was needed for Sano to realize that the only way to survive was to win the War. Teaming up with Toujo, Sano attacked Shinji/Ryuki...until suddenly being betrayed by the man he had believed was his friend.

Mortally wounded, Sano attempted to escape the battlefield but ended up instead in Kamen Rider Ouja's line of sight. Ouja dealt the fatal blow, shattering Sano's deck and leaving the man to dissolve in the Mirror World. His last moments were in the rain, screaming for help, gazing sadly into his world as his body was slowly eaten away.

Meanwhile, in the real world, Yuri waited for Sano to return...

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Tropes associated with Sano/Imperer:

* AntiHero -> [[spoiler:AntiVillain]]
* TheBeastmaster
* DeathByIrony: He actually became happy during the war, having no more need for the wish. Unfortunately, he had to fight in order to survive, and was betrayed by Toujou, whom he thought was his best friend. He died to Asakura soon after.
* [[spoiler:Hypocrite]]
* FinishingMove: ''Drive Divider'' [[note]]Imperer's Zelles stampede the enemy and he finishes with a knee attack to the head.[[/note]]
* NiceGuy: While he's fickle with his choice of allies, he's not a bad guy and will try to help the people he cares about.
** [[spoiler:BewareTheNiceOnes: After he became a president of his father's company, he became more aggressive in terms of personality.]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: He saved Toujou and took care of him even though when he started doing so he was still struggling to support himself, and it landed him with an ally that turned on him beat to the point where he was an easy kill for Asakura.
* ThisIsADrill: Gazelle Stab, which is a sort of PowerFist with two long spiral horns.
* WeaponOfChoice: His Spin Vent's Drill, Gazelle Stab.
* YankTheDogsChain: In the cruelest way possible. He actually gets what he wants without having to kill anyone, and would have dropped out of the Rider War and been no trouble... Then Kanzaki forced him to keep fighting, and it got him killed not long after.
* ZergRush: On the surface, his deck isn't very impressive, with only a rather awkward melee weapon and a mediocre {{mon}}, Gigazelle. However, Gigazelle itself is the leader of a herd of other Zelle monsters, which allows him to use ZergRush tactics with them.

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::'''Miho Kirishima (Kamen Rider Femme)''' ''(Episode Final)''

The first female Kamen Rider of the series, although it would not be until Series/KamenRiderHibiki before a TV Female Rider appeared.

A con-artist who seduced men for money, she joined the war for the same reason as Ren: to save the life of a loved one. For her it was her sister, whose body is preserved in a state of "cryogenic stasis" after being killed by Asakura.

She meets Shinji after running from a man she tried to swindle, and the two develop an awkward romantic relationship. Though they often argued with each other (primarily over the Rider War and her loose sense of morality), her small kindnesses and flirtations served to confuse Shinji as he tried to figure out her character, complicated by her attempt to pickpocket his Advent Deck.

As Femme, she is able to hold her own against Mirror Monsters but is outmatched in combat ability against other Riders. After Kanzaki imposes a three-day time limit to the Rider War, she attempts to kill Asakura and avenge her sister, but finds herself helplessly outmatched. She is almost killed when she is saved by the dark Ryuga, whom she mistakes for Ryuki in the dim light.

The next day she takes Shinji out to dinner as thanks, something that confuses him even further. However, their date is cut short when Ryuga emerges from the Mirror World to attack her. They transform to battle in the Mirror World, and she is mortally wounded by Ryuga's overwhelming power, only saved from total annihilation by the real Ryuki. They return to the real world and Shinji walks her home, leaving with assurances from Miho that her injuries are not as severe as he suspected. However, after he leaves she collapses to the pavement and dies, her body ignored by the thousands of pedestrians who walked the streets the next day.

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Tropes associated with Miho/Femme:

* DistaffCounterpart: Of Knight.
* FinishingMove: ''Misty Slash'' [[note]]Blancwing produces a gust that [[BlowYouAway blows the foe]] into the path of Femme's Wing Slasher.[[/note]]
* {{Foil}}: To Ren. While he's primarily black and blue, Miho's white and black. Similarly, while Ren's combat style revolves around down and dirty one on one combat, Miho's focuses on graceful illusions and crowd control. Both of them even become close to the resident IdiotHero Shinji.
* GoldDigger: At first.
* RescueRomance: Falls in love with Shinji because she thought he saved her from Asakura. It was actually [[EvilTwin Ryuga]]. Falls in love with him for real after Shinji saves her from Ryuga... then dies right after.
* {{Revenge}}
* TheSmurfettePrinciple
* WeaponOfChoice
** CoolSword: Blanc Visor, a RoyalRapier like Knight's.
** DoubleWeapon: Wing Slasher, which is [[DoubleWeapon two]][[BladeOnAStick blades on a stick]]
** LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Wing Shield

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::'''Itsurou Takamizawa (Kamen Rider Verde)''' ''(13 Riders)''

-->''"Every human being is a Rider."''

The thirty-eight year old head of the Takamizawa Group, Takamizawa is a rich and respected businessman who keeps his true megalomania hidden to all but the other Kamen Riders. He saw the Rider War as an allegory for human society: individuals struggling to make their dreams come true at the expense of others. His reason for joining the Rider War is simple: power. If he won, he would use the Prize to rule the world. His Contract Monster, the chameleon Monster Biogreeza, grants him numerous powers of deception which he uses to ruthless effect in the ''13 Riders'' special.

A charismatic man, he convinces Kitoaka and Shibaura to team up with him against the naive Shinji, whose attempts to stop the Rider War he viewed as a threat to his plans. Though he kills Raia (by tricking him into lowering his guard) and mortally wounds Ren, he is unable to defend himself against Ren's last Final Vent attack and dies.

* CostumeCopycat: His ''Copy Vent'' (apparently different from Raia's card of the same name, which copied weapons).
* GenreSavvy: Sees the idealistic Shinji and immediately makes plans to kill him for fear that he get in his way. Considering that in the TV series that he managed to get Riders to actually stop fighting anybody but him, he was completely right.
* FinishingMove: ''Death Punish'' [[note]]Biogreeza sends Verde at a foe, and Verde finishes with a piledriver.[[/note]]
* {{Invisibility}} - His ''Clear Vent''. Comes with a chameleon-based Contract Monster.
* JerkAss
* KillerYoYo: Bio-Winder, his WeaponOfChoice.

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::'''Kamen Rider Ryuga''' ''(Episode Final)''

-->''"I am no longer an illusion in the mirror! I exist! As the strongest Kamen Rider."''

Ryuga is the Mirror World Rider, born when a young Yui Kanzaki wished for a playmate in the Mirror World and created it in the image of the mystery boy that she had befriended: Shinji Kido. Where Shinji is kind and compassionate, Ryuga is cruel, manipulative and utterly merciless. His Rider self is a soulless reflection of Ryuki, as is his contract Monster ''Dragblacker''.

As a denizen of the Mirror World, Ryuga followed the opposite rules from regular Riders: he could pass into the real world for a time, but after a while he would begin to dissolve and had to return. He wished to absorb Shinji to eliminate this weakness and [[BecomeARealBoy become a real person]], not simply an illusion in the mirror. He has no need for a reflective surface to summon his V-Buckle, as he himself is a living conduit to the Mirror World's energies.

He kills Ouja and Femme, and succeeds in absorbing Shinji by convincing the poor boy that it was what Yui wanted. He would have killed Knight, if not for Shinji realizing the truth and rejecting Ryuga. This forces a final confrontation where their Final Vents clash. Ryuga is the loser in this fight: even if they were equals once, Shinji's rediscovered resolve was too much for Ryuga to handle.

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Tropes associated with Ryuga:

* BecomeARealBoy - His wish.
* EvilSoundsDeep - His Visor has a noticeably deeper voice than others when reading cards.
* EvilTwin
* FinishingMove: ''Dragon Rider Kick'' [[note]]Ryuga levitate himself then has Dragblacker "launch" him in a straight horizontal torpedo strike, with black flames.[[/note]]
* ManipulativeBastard
* PaintItBlack
* WeaponOfChoice: Just as Ryuga is a dark version of Ryuki, his weapons are [[PaletteSwap black versions of Ryuki's weapons]].
** CoolSword: Drag Saber
** [[KillItWithFire Kill It With]] [[CastingAShadow Darkness]]: Drag Claw.
** LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Drag Shield.
* TheWorfEffect - Within minutes of his introduction, he effortlessly defeats Ouja.

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::'''Kamen Rider Odin'''

-->''"It is none of your concern. Continue to fight. Only the final Rider may face me."''

The thirteenth Rider, one who was only supposed to be fought by the Rider who defeated the other eleven. As Kanzaki's personal trump card, Odin was [[GameBreaker ludicrously overpowered]] to the point of [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard outright cheating]]: he was so fast no-one could touch him, could steal other Riders' equipment via ''Steal Vent'', possessed the third Survive card (with a power rating of ''Infinity!'', though he never even had to use it) and had the most powerful Mirror Monster ''Goldphoenix'' contracted to him. Odin's responsibilities are two-fold: to protect Yui Kanzaki, and to defeat the final Rider and win the Prize on behalf of Kanzaki.

His most important ability is the ''Time Vent'' card, which [[ResetButton rewinds the Rider War back to the start and erases the memories of all involved]]. Kanzaki would use this ability over and over again, each time making a change in order to edge closer to the conclusion that he wanted. Only Shinji has a resistance to the memory-erasure, as he was never one of Kanzaki's chosen Riders.

Despite the {{Foreshadowing}} to the contrary, Odin is ''not'' Kanzaki. Odin is an anonymous person that Kanzaki gave the Odin Advent Deck to. But unlike other Advent Decks, the Odin Deck erases the identity of the person who uses it, leaving only Kanzaki's puppet and stand-in who can interact with the real world in ways that Kanzaki- as a being of the Mirror World- cannot. This made him even more an unfair edge for Kanzaki, because if Odin was killed he could replace him. During the course of the series, Kanzaki goes through at least three Odins: the first is killed by Knight in order to motivate Ren into killing the rest of the Riders; the second dies at the hands of Knight and Ryuki when Odin attempts to stop them; the third confronts Knight at the climax of the Rider War but is killed by Kanzaki himself, after the latter realizes the futility of the War.

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Tropes associated with Odin:

* BadassArmFold: His default pose, more or less.
* BadassBaritone/EvilSoundsDeep
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: Gold Phoenix and his design theme.
* BlingOfWar: His armor, Visor, and weapons are all golden.
* {{Brainwashed}} - The person acting as the host for Odin.
* CombatPragmatist: While not a skilled fighter, he does take full advantage of his teleportation power and spams the hell out of it.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard - Seriously, could Kanzaki have made Odin ''any'' more unfair to fight against?
* CurbStompBattle: Every fight he takes part in. Ren beating the first one only happened because he got careless and left himself open, and the second because he got distracted and allowed Shinji to hold him in place for Ren's FinishingMove. Odin would've killed Ren the third time around, if not for the fact that at literally the last second Kanzaki changed his mind.
* DragonInChief: To Kanzaki. His plans need him around to succeed and he's the strongest enemy the other riders face.
* TheFaceless: His identity is never seen, because it's actually not important---Odin is a vessel for Kanzaki's will and his hosts are always brainwashed.
* FinishingMove: ''Eternal Chaos'' [[note]]Never completely displayed in the series, but its video game and its American adaptation say it's pretty much a full out charge to the opponent[[/note]]
* FlashStep: A big of why fighting him is so futile; he moves out the way of every attack used on him ([[SincerityMode you can literally count the number times somebody hit him on one hand]][[note]]only three times[[/note]]) and can attack his enemies from various angles too quickly for them to respond.
* TheJuggernaut: Ren and Shinji in their [[SuperMode Surive forms]] couldn't even slow him down, and that incarnation only died after a lot more teamwork a bit of sheer luck when he got distracted by Yui screaming.
* LargeHam: He practically shouts all his lines
* LightningBruiser: He's strong enough to send a speeding truck off its course and can move too fast for his enemies to even touch him. He's no slouch for taking hits either, one of the few times he was his was hit (a punch from Shinji's [[PowerFist Strike Vent]] was more a shock to him that Shinji hit him than anything else)
* LightIsNotGood
* MeaningfulName: He's named after a god, which rings true considering just how overpowered he can be.
* OminousLatinChanting: His entrance during his debut episode.
* PowerGlows
* ResetButton: Time Vent, which turns time back to however far Kanzaki wants and has been used an unspecified number of times by the time the show starts. Two of the resulting timelines are seen in the events of the TV Special and the Movie, and the main series is the last.
* SuperMode: Survive Form, using the Survive Mugen card. He's never needed to use.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Unlucky to face.
* UnskilledButStrong: Since Odin is just a random person acting as Kanzaki's puppet, he wins by means his overwhelming power and FlashStep abilities rather than actual skills. Of course, given his ridiculous power, he can afford to be this way.
* WeaponOfChoice
** ArmorPiercingSlap - It's strong enough to knock over a frigging ''truck''.
** DualWielding {{Cool Sword}}s: Gold Sabers, though prior to the finale he only uses one.
** LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Gold Shield

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::'''Hideyuki Kagawa (Alternative Zero)'''

-->''"To sacrifice one life in order to save ten: that is the meaning of a true hero."''

Once a mentor to Shirou Kanzaki, Kagawa accidentally glimpsed notes made by his student concerning the Mirror World and due to his PhotographicMemory, was able to recall every detail of Kanzaki's plans. When his student, Satoru Toujou became Kamen Rider Tiger, Kagawa enlisted the young man and one of Kanzaki's former colleagues, Hajime Nakamura, to close the Mirror World, on the pretense that it was the [[HeroicWannabe heroic]] thing to do. Living by the mantra '[[TheNeedsOfTheMany One Life To Save Ten]]', Kagawa attempted to assassinate Yui to render Kanzaki's plans redundant but would find the likes of Shinji and Ren a constant thorn in his side.

Eventually, when at a hair's breadth away from fulfilling his mission, Kagawa was betrayed and killed by Toujou, his body dissolving from the arms of his treacherous student.

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Tropes associated with Kagawa:

* BlessedWithSuck: Possibly more so than anyone. If not for his PhotographicMemory, he would have never known about the Rider war. He even stated himself that it causes him problems. He was right.
* CoolSword: Slash Dagger
* FinishingMove: ''Dead End'' [[note]]Alternative Zero rides the Psyco Rotor and spins rapidly towards the enemy.[[/note]]
* HeroAntagonist: He is genuinely good person trying to stop a terrible event that over the course of the series claims dozens of innocent lives, it's just that his willing to take more extreme measures to do so.
* HostageForMacguffin: Kanzaki pulls this on him, threatening to set a Mirror Monster on his family unless he gives up the Alternative deck. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope He refuses]]]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: His teachings of "sacrifice one life for ten" to Tojo ultimately results [[spoiler: in the latter killing him.]]
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Kept Toujou around even after [[ChronicBackStabbingDisorder the latter killed one of their allies.]] [[JustifiedTrope Although he may not have had much of a choice in the matter.]]
* TheNeedsOfTheMany: An avid believer.
* PhotographicMemory: He says whenever he looks at something, it sticks in his head. He took one short look at Kanzaki's file, and remembered enough to create fake Advent Decks and hypotheses to seal the Mirror World.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He's the leader of the three Riders fighting to seal the Mirror World. For all his unfettered tendencies, he is willing to reveal their secrets to those he thinks they can trust, and is the most altruistic of the three, unwilling to kill unless necessary and having no ulterior motives for sealing the Mirror World.
* SuperSpeed: Accel Vent
* TheUnfettered: He's willing to dirty his hands and even sacrifice his own family to stop the Rider War. However, he draws the line at needlessly killing people, something which his student unfortunately had a penchant for doing.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He's willing to kill Yui to end the Rider War. And is even willing to sacrifice his family, even though it grieved him to do so. Unlike his student, he is entirely aware that killing people is wrong, and that taking human lives is a burden you'll have on your head for the rest of your life.
* WrongGenreSavvy: [[spoiler: His assumption that Yui is the key to ending the Rider War. He's right, but because she's the only one that can convince Kanzaki to stop it, her death will do nothing.]]

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::'''Hajime Nakamura (Alternative)'''

A former colleague of Shirou Kanzaki at the Ejima Lab. He was away when Kanzaki conducted his experiments, thus he became the only survivor from the lab's staff. Although Yui and Reiko each ask him about his involvement, he vehemently refuses to answer them. Later, he is discovered to have teamed up with Hideyuki Kagawa and Satoru Toujou, seeking to close Mirror World by killing Yui. After Shinji thwarts his attempts, he is ambushed by Toujou, showing that the latter would not be afraid to betray his allies to fulfill his twisted morals.
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Tropes associated with Nakamura:

* {{Revenge}}: His motivation for joining forces with Kagawa.
* WeaponOfChoice: As his Alternative deck has little to no differences with Alternative Zero's, he uses similar weaponry.
** CoolSword: It can even fire a SwordBeam.

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::'''Shirou Kanzaki'''

-->''"Fight."''

The BigBad and mastermind behind the Rider War. Kanzaki is the creator of the Advent Decks, chooses who to give them to and subconsciously encourages the wielders to fight. He is a psuedo-being of the Mirror World, living in the Mirror World and able to travel through reflections but unable to tangibly interact with the real world in the way that Mirror Monsters can. He can also control the Mirror Monsters, sending them to fight specific Riders and provoking conflict. He promises to offer power great enough to grant a single wish to the last remaining Rider: this is a half-truth, as his plan is to have Odin kill the last Rider and take the power for himself.

For the majority of the series, Kanzaki's motives are wrapped in mystery. But despite his inhuman demeanour and powers, his motives are far too human: to save the life of his sister Yui. For it was his decision as a child- an all-too-human decision- that led to the Mirror World Yui replacing the life of his dead sister; a decision he made because he could not stand to lose the one thing in his life that brought him hope. And when he was forcefully separated from her, taken to America by relatives, he screamed and pleaded not to go.

From that point on he dedicated his existence to finding a way to save her. He studied the Mirror World, discovering how to harness its power and extend Yui's life. He even discovered how to use it to manipulative time itself, and became a being of the Mirror World.

But Kanzaki couldn't get the outcome he wanted. After every failure, he would rewind time and do things differently, making small changes in the hope that it would edge him closer to his desired outcome. But no matter how many times he ran the Rider War, no matter how many advantages he gave himself or how many changes he made, he could never do it. And there were some things that he couldn't change at all: Shinji always became a Rider, and would always be an unwanted presence in Kanzaki's plan. And Yui, upon finding out the purpose of the Rider War, would always reject the new life he had worked so hard to give her.

It is unknown how many times Kanzaki rewound time, changed history and ran the Rider War. But distortions were beginning to appear in time itself. For example, there were records showing that Kanzaki had died in America at the same time he was studying in Japan. In the end, he finally accepts the bitter truth: that Yui would never accept the new life, that all his efforts were misguided. So once again he rewinds time to the moment of Yui's death, but this time he enters the Mirror World to be alongside her Mirror World self forever. Yui is never reborn, the Mirror World remains closed, and the Rider War never occurs in the first place.

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Tropes associated with Kanzaki:

* BadassBaritone/EvilSoundsDeep
* BadassLongcoat
* BerserkButton: Threatening Yui.
* BigBad
** NonActionBigBad: Since he's dead, he relies on sending Mirror Monsters, other Riders and Odin to do his dirty work.
* TheChessmaster
* DeadAllAlong
* FreakOut: After Yui kills herself in TheMovie, Shiro has a freakout so huge, it breaks the barriers between the real world and the Mirror World, shattering glass for seemingly miles around.
* InvincibleVillain: Even though the Rider War doesn't go entirely the way he wants it to, there is '''NOTHING''' that any of the riders can do against him. He's a [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghost]], so they can't attack him, he controls the single most powerful Rider, so should they even try they're almost certainly going to fail. It isn't until the finale where it's even hinted that things won't go the way he planned them.
* LoveMakesYouEvil
* ManipulativeBastard
* MoralityPet: Deconstructed. Yui is the only thing that has any meaning in Shiro's life, so he's willing to sacrifice anything and everything for her.
** This leads to some cases of shortsightedness when it comes to her. When he learned of the plots of the Alternatives, [[WellIntentionedExtremist people who wanted to seal the Mirror World by killing Yui]], he gave the [[EvolutionPowerup Survive Rekka]] to Shinji to protect her. Shinji, [[ThouShaltNotKill the Rider who's the BIGGEST obstacle to people killing each other,]] now has the power to [[MeaningfulName survive]] even greater odds.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent
* RealityWarper: Not only did he and Yui somehow create the Mirror World and gain the power to control Mirror Monsters and grant any wish, he created the Advent Decks, and one of those cards can even [[ResetButton go back in time.]]
* ResetButton: Time Vent, via Odin, which resets the whole Rider War. He's willing to use this for many reasons, ranging from Yui dying to ''a vase of water accidentally spilling and ruining one of Yui's childhood paintings''.
* StealthHiBye: Constantly doing this. He'll appear, briefly speak to a Rider, and leave without a trace.
* TheStoic
** NotSoStoic: Towards the finale, leading up to his VillainousBreakdown.
* TheUnfettered
* VillainousBreakdown - Fantastically achieved in the last two episodes when [[spoiler: Yui dies]]. When his voice loses the echo effect it almost always has, you know he's reached his breaking point.
* {{Yandere}}: A very extreme one. He ignores most of Yui's pleas to stop the Rider War, justifying his actions saying she doesn't understand the pain she go through in her death, [[VillainHasAPoint and he's not entirely making that up]], but even when she opposes him despite that it still takes him time to come to his senses. By time, we mean [[ResetButton several Rider Wars, spanning a period of several years worth of alternate timelines]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Very extreme, he lets the Mirror Beasts run wild and kill innocent people by the masses and manipulate the lives of everybody involved in the Rider War, but all to save his little sister.

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::'''Yui Kanzaki'''

-->''"Oniichan."''

As a young girl, Yui Kanzaki was cursed with the power to see the Mirror World and its monstrous residents; an ability which made her the victim of merciless taunts by skeptical schoolmates. Added to that an abusive family-life and it was little wonder that Yui gravitated so closely to her brother, Shiro. Together, they formed the foundations of the Mirror World, creating the Mirror Monsters to act as their guardians but then...[[DeadAllAlong Yui died]].

Unable to accept her death, Shiro made a deal with Yui's Mirror World self to resurrect her, although she would disappear forever on the day of her 20th birthday. The resulting breach in realities as the Mirror World-Yui merged with the real Yui caused a fire in the Kanzaki mansion, killing both their parents. Yui was adopted by her grandmother Sanako while Shiro was taken in by a different set of relatives and sent to America.

For years, Yui lived ignorant of her death and would likely have remained so if not for the Rider War. Refusing to believe that her brother would be so cruel as to set twelve individuals against each other, she begged for answers from her now estranged brother. Eventually, realizing the truth as her body slowly began to crumble away, Yui made a final desperate plea for Shiro to stop the Rider War.

She would succeed, as on the verge of allowing Kamen Rider Odin to become the final Rider, Shiro finally had a change of heart and destroyed his own minion. Shiro then reversed time and allowed himself to die alongside Yui, entering the Mirror World with her alongside their Mirror World selves to live the rest of eternity in peace.

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Tropes associated with Yui:

* ApocalypseMaiden - Professor Kagawa believes that Yui is the key to the Mirror World, and that killing her will make it all go away. [[spoiler:He is in fact wrong, as seen when she dies in both the series and in TheMovie and the Mirror World and all its monsters continue existing.]]
* [[DangerousSixteenthBirthday Dangerous Twentieth Birthday]]
* DrivenToSuicide: In TheMovie's ending, she kills herself. Her brother doesn't take this well...
* TomatoInTheMirror

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::'''Gorou Yura'''

-->''"You... have a good whistle."''

Gorou is the manservant of Shuichi Kitaoka, and utterly devoted to the man. He's a talented cook and martial artist, and for a brief moment it was hinted that he was Zolda. He also has an odd habit of whistling, and admires anyone who has an equally good whistle. Gorou knows about Kitaoka's double-life as Zolda, and it causes him great pain to think that his master is fighting for his life every time he transforms.

Gorou's dedication to Kitaoka came from a sense of guilt: Kitaoka had defended Gorou in court against a false charge instead of attending a medical examination that could have detected his cancer and saved his life. Kitaoka holds no grudge against Gorou, but the young man feels beholden to Kitaoka. At one point, Gorou nearly murders Asakura to protect his master. But Kitaoka stops him, knowing that the act would have shattered Gorou emotionally and gently telling him that it was not his duty to fight his battles for him.

Sadly, it was the very act of fighting one of Kitaoka's battles for him that led to Gorou's death. Having refined his abilities to the level of a master chef, Gorou could have left and lived his own life. But instead, with Kitaoka determined to finish things with Asakura but unable to because of his rapidly failing health, Gorou takes the Zolda Deck and goes in his place. The Mirror World is where Gorou meets his end.

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Tropes associated with Gorou:

* BadassNormal: So much so that Shinji initially assumes he's Zolda.
* BattleButler
* FaceOfAThug
* IdentityImpersonator

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::'''Daisuke Ookubo'''

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::'''Reiko Momoi'''

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Tropes associated with Reiko:

* CoolBigSis
* IntrepidReporter
* OnlySaneMan: Among the rest of the ORE journal's employees.

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::'''Nanako Shimada'''

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Tropes associated with Nanako:

* BerserkButton - You do ''not'' want to insult her computer skills. Or manhandle her computers.
* BewareTheNiceOnes - Shibaura/Gai found that out the hard way.
* CloudCuckooLander

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::'''Megumi Asano'''

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Tropes associated with Megumi:

* TheDitz
* NinjaMaid: In her debut episode, she singlehandedly defeats five gangsters.
* UnreliableNarrator: when recounting her history with Kitaoka.

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