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Kit Taylor / Kamen Rider Dragon Knight II / Kamen Rider Onyx (Actor: Stephen Lunsford)
Ryuki Counterpart: Kamen Rider Ryuki, Kamen Rider RyugaIn the year since Kit's dad mysteriously vanished, Kit has gained a reputation as a criminal (which he claims is completely undeserved). He appears to have stumbled into the Rider war completely by accident. While he genuinely wants to help out, one of his first priorities is trying to find and help his dad. It turns out his criminal record and his dad's disappearance were set up by Xaviax. After Kit rejected Xaviax's manipulation and joined forces with Len, Xaviax eventually succeeded in sending Kit to the Advent Void. Xaviax took the Dragon Deck as a prize, but Kit got a replacement deck from Eubulon after being pulled back into the real world and became Kamen Rider Onyx.
Tropes associated with Kit Taylor/Kamen Rider Dragon Knight II / Kamen Rider Onyx
- Adaptational Heroism: In Kamen Rider Ryuki, Onyx's counterpart Ryuga was the Big Bad of The Movie. In Dragon Knight, Onyx is only evil in Kit's dreams, when Kit finally becomes him, he's still a hero.
- Bond Creature: Dragreder the dragon (Dragranzer in Survive Mode), Dragblacker the dragon
- Cool Bike: His 600 Suzuki Katana, which transforms into his Dragon Cycle, the Adventcycle (a generic motorcycle for all the riders), and Dragredder transforms into one.
- Cool Sword: His Sword Vent.
- Dark Is Not Evil: As Onyx. He is not a naive hero anymore, but that is because of what he had to go through, not the Onyx deck..
- Disappeared Dad: Kit's main motive at first is to find out what happened to his dad. He later discovers his father was rendered into a vegetative state due to Xaviax's schemes, something the alien general and Strike are fond of using to manipulate him with.
- Dragon Knight
- Evil Costume Switch: Subverted with a vengeance. After a series of nightmares lead him to believe that Onyx is some kind of dark force threatening to possess him, Kit takes up the mantle of Onyx while Adam uses the Dragon Knight armor until the end of the series.
- Oddly enough Len states that all the Riders have those nightmares because it's actually the ADVENT BEAST trying to take over the Rider it's bonded with!!
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Kit explains to Torque and Camo why they should not fight each other.Kit: Torque, stop, listen. Xaxiax has been tricking the other riders, offering each one something he wants. He told Incisor he'd give him a million bucks to take out Wing Knight. This guy (points to Camo) wanted a challenge. Xaviax told him Wing Knight was the toughest man on two worlds. Everyone who's after Wing Knight... (realizing he has been tricked) is working for Xaviax...Torque: (laughs) Congratulations, Kit. Thank you for playing. Let's tell him what he's won... a one-way pass to the Advent Void.
- Deadpan Snarker: Makes sarcastic remarks every now and then. His reaction when he is told that the other riders will be after him because he sides with Len is pure sarcasm.Kit: Great, now I have a Kick me sign on my back.
- Foster Kid: Part of his backstory is that he spent a year in the foster care system since his dad disappeared. He briefly interacts with his foster family when he leaves their care in the premiere, but is otherwise preoccupied with his biological dad throughout the series.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons
- Kill It with Fire: His Advent Beast's main mode of attack
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Guard Vent
- Major Injury Underreaction: When vented. Some rider pleaded for mercy, some were defiant. Kit claimed that he feels weird and assured Len that everything is okay before diasappering.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After he realized that Torque tricked him and he nearly got both Len and himself vented.
- His reaction after venting Spear.
- Naļve Newcomer: But he does get legitimately more badass as time goes on.
- Our Hero Is Dead: Gets vented in episode 31. But the next episode is the one where his friends find the guy who can get people out of the Advent Void.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: "This is for Chris..."
- Superpowered Evil Side: Kit believes Onyx to be this at first. Subverted when the Onyx deck turns out to just be an unfinished prototype deck that's no more evil than his familiar Dragon Knight deck.
- Played partially straight when it's revealed by Len that Onyx is originally a manifestation of Dragreder trying to take control of Kit in his dreams!
- The Hero: Obviously, being the first rider.
Len / Kamen Rider Wing Knight (Actor: Matt Mullins)
Ryuki Counterpart: Kamen Rider KnightLast of the Ventaran Kamen Riders and Xaviax's number one target. Tries to keep everyone out of the Rider conflict for fear of someone getting hurt, but accepts Kit's help once he's gotten involved.
Tropes associated with Len/ Kamen Rider Wing Knight
- A Friend in Need: Kit took him in as he was wounded fighting Torque and practically homeless on Earth.
- Bat out of Hell: The overall malice depends on your allegiance.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Kit
- Big Brother Instinct: To Adam before his betrayal . Starts feeling this way for Kit through the early part of the story.
- Bond Creature: Black Wing the bat, Advent Beast of the Wing Knight deck. Its form in Survive Mode is called Black Raider.
- Cool Bike: He has 4, his Kawasaki ZX-14 which transforms into his Wing Cycle, his Adventcycle, and Black Wing turns into one for his survive mode Final Vent.
- Cool Sword: His rapier, which doubles as his card-slot. Also his Sword Vent.
- The Chains of Commanding: Len mentions he wasn't that high on the chain of command with the original Ventaran Riders, now he finds himself leading the resistance against Xaviax on Earth.
- Dark Is Not Evil: It depends what side you are on. He is fairly amiable to people he trusts and fairly strict or even downright terryfying to people he does not.
- Expy: Admit it, when you saw this guy, you thought "Hey, it's Batman in a knight costume!"
- Or for those aware, "Hey, it's Knight, the British Batman!" (Yes, that's actual DC Comics canon.)
- Deadpan Snarker: Some of his reaction cross into this territory.Len: (to Kit, very much angry) You are Kamen Rider Dragon Knight now. Happy?
- Fire-Forged Friends: Has a tendency to create this kind of bond with people he trusts. Kit being a notable example.
- Friendship Moment: Mentioned above. Len got severely hurt surving Torque´s Final Vent and attempting to vent the man himself. He could not go to hospital for obvious reason and he did not have any actual place to stay, so Kit and Maya brought him to Kit´s flat. It was shortly after Kit realized that Torque tricked him into believing that Len was working for Xaviax and nearly got both of them vented.
- It's Personal: When Kase was vented by Strike.
- I Did What I Had to Do: How he feels about [[having to vent the Earth riders to get the Advent decks back]].
- Intergenerational Friendship: His friendship with basically anyone outside the Ventaran riders. Len looks 20-something, but he is actually in his 80s due to spending decades in suspended animation.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Once Kase is vented, Len cuts the crap and goes right for the throat. Strike is practically crapping his pants in fear at that point.
- Supporting Leader
- You Are Not Alone: When he and Kit finally start working together. Also, when he becomes the last rider standing again Maya gives him a hug.
Richie Preston / Kamen Rider Incisor (Actor: Tony Moras)
Ryuki Counterpart: Kamen Rider ScissorsA wealthy preppie cut off from his family fortune and told to get a job, he's offered a million-dollar paycheck for each defeated Rider.
Tropes associated with Richie Preston/Kamen Rider Incisor
- Bond Creature: Volcancer the crab, Advent Beast of the Incisor deck.
- Bounty Hunter: He's promised a million bucks for each Rider he vanquishes.
- Giant Enemy Crab
- Jerk Ass
- Upper-Class Twit
- Meaningful Name: Richie the rich kid.
- Spoiled Brat
- Starter Villain
- Punch Clock Villain: He doesn't know about Xaviax's master plan or the motives of the opposing Kamen Riders, all he wants in the end is his paycheck.
Drew Lansing / Kamen Rider Torque (Actor: Christopher Foley)
Ryuki Counterpart: Kamen Rider ZoldaA scam artist and one of the few on Xaviax's side to be aware of his true plans, recruited to "convince a group of people to wage an all-out war". Tries to turn the various Riders against each other for his own benefit, with... mixed results.
Tropes associated with Drew Lansing/Kamen Rider Torque
- A Load of Bull: His main theme.
- Alpha Strike: His Final Vent.
- BFG: His deck is loaded with these!
- Bond Creature: Magnugiga the ox, Advent Beast of the Torque deck.
- Power Fist: His Strike Vent
- Small Name, Big Ego: Overestimates his abilities, to say the least.
- Smug Snake: He is very sure of himself and his abilities to manipulate people. It came back to bite him in the rear later on.
- The Chessmaster: He tries to be, but things don´t always work out the way he would want them.
- The Starscream: Unfortunately for him, Xaviax seems to have learned from Megatron's mistakes...
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He decided to trip Xaviax. Not humored, the warlord decided to get rid of him.
- Oh Crap!: When he hears that Maya knows he lies he is has a tiny one he quickly covers.
- Villainous Breakdown: [[spoiled:Related to his ultimate fate as rider mentioned above. He was smug about most things up until Strike started to hunt him. He fought for survival, but got more and more desperate through the fight until he actually started to plead for mercy.]]
Grant Staley / Kamen Rider Camo (Actor: Christopher Babers)
Ryuki Counterpart: Kamen Rider VerdeBelieves he was hired by a private military contractor, and fights for the opportunity to become "the strongest man on two worlds". While specifically sent after Wing Knight, he tends to pick fights with the other Riders as well, not wanting them to steal his glory.
Tropes associated with Grant Staley/Kamen Rider Camo
- Blood Knight: He does not have any qualms about cheating to win and loves fighting. Being recruited under the pretense of fighting to be the champion of two worlds sure fits him.
- Bond Creature: Biogreeza the chameleon, Advent Beast of the Camo deck. Unlike his Ryuki counterpart, Verde, he did not use it.
- Combat Pragmatist: He's not above fighting dirty if it means winning.
- Demoted to Extra: The Ryuki version of Camo was the Big Bad of The Movie and killed Kamen Rider Knight. Here he doesn't even last an episode.
- Hidden Depths: It´s hinted that he is not as bad as he looks like, but that´s all.
- Scary Black Man
- We Hardly Knew Ye
James Trademore / Kamen Rider Strike (Actor: Scott Bailey)
Ryuki Counterpart: Kamen Rider OhjaA wanted hacker well-known in paranormal blog circles as "JTC". Xaviax broke him out of jail, and he uses his new mirror-warping ability to get at any classified secre;řčzýu˛xsěwQt he wants. He's used his reputation to feed information to Maya and "help" along her own Kamen Rider investigation (and thereby manipulate Kit). As a Rider, he's Xaviax's right-hand man.
Tropes associated with James Trademore/Kamen Rider Strike
- Badass: The fact that he has the highest body count of all Riders and that he's able to hold his own against veteran Riders Wing Knight and Siren speaks volumes about him.
- Bond Creature: Venosnaker the cobra, Advent Beast of the Strike deck. It merged with Metalgelas and Evildiver into Cerebeast the chimera after he used the Unit Vent.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Was one until Xaviax proved him right.
- Deadpan Snarker: He is actually pretty funny with most of his snarks despite the fact that he usually uses them to mock his opponents futile attempts to fight him.
- The Dragon: To Xaviax's Big Bad.
- Fallen Hero: In Maya and Trent's eyes.
- Fusion Dance: His Unite Vent
- Hero Killer: While Torque was undoubtedly an Asshole Victim and Axe was more of an Alas, Poor Villain at best, Sting and Siren, two of the most unambiguously heroic Riders, are sent to the Void by his hands. Thrust, interestingly enough, was disposed of so he wouldn't become one, making Strike effectively a Pre-Hero Killer
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: Joined Xaviax because he believed Xaviax's forces had the best chance of winning the war. In the video game, his story mode has him perform a Heel–Face Turn because he comes to believe the Riders side is stronger (though the story mode still pits him against the good guys).
- Ironic Echo: He repeats Drews 'I have an ace up sleeve.' as a response why he wasn´t vented.
- The Quisling: He truly believes resistance against Xaviax's invasion is a lost cause and sided with him out of self-preservation. Maya angrilly tells Trent that since he's proven himself to be one of the strongest Riders, he could have easily turned the tides in the heroes' favor.
- Villains Want Mercy: When Wing Knight goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge in Survive Mode on him after he vents Siren, Strike resorts to begging for mercy due to how completely Wing Knight is curbstomping him.
Brad Barrett / Kamen Rider Thrust (Actor: Keith Stone)
Ryuki Counterpart: Kamen Rider GaiA motocross pro that Xaviax had framed and blacklisted for sabotaging another competitor; he is convinced that he must win in "Battle Club" in order to get the proof that will clear him. He's soon set straight, but that changes nothing - Xaviax is still blackmailing him.
Tropes associated with Brad Barrett/Kamen Rider Thrust
- Adaptional Anti-Heroism: Thrust is portrayed with a lot more sympathy than his Ryuki counterpart, Gai.
- Arrogant Motocross Guy
- Badass Biker
- Badass Boast: "Brad Barrett always wins!"
- Bond Creature: Metalgelas the rhino, Advent Beast of the Thrust deck.
- The Big Guy
- Clear My Name: His ultimate goal
- Fight Clubbing: What he thinks he's doing at first.
- Power Fist: His Strike Vent
- Rhino Rampage
- Sixth Ranger: Subverted. Kit, Len, and Chris all know Brad isn't a bad guy and try desperately to sway him to their cause, but Xaviax orders Strike to terminate him because he feared it was only a matter of time before he defected.
Chris Ramirez / Kamen Rider Sting (Actor: Christopher Cardelle)
Ryuki Counterpart: Kamen Rider RaiaWas to be a fifth-generation US Marine until getting a medical discharge for advanced asthma. Still desiring to serve his country, he was recruited by a federal agent to help fight the alien invaders - unaware that he was actually fighting for the aliens. The Knights are able to correct him as to who the bad guys are, but unfortunately, asthma and Toku superheroics don't mix...
Tropes associated with Chris Ramirez/Kamen Rider Sting
- Bond Creature: Evildiver the stingray, Advent Beast of the Sting deck.
- The Heart
- Flying Seafood Special
- Heroic Sacrifice / Tear Jerker: His venting, and Kit and Len's reaction.
- Incurable Cough of Death: A result of his asthma.
- The Load: Chris believes himself to be this, though Len and Maya try to convince him otherwise.
- Military Brat
- Power Copying: His Copy Vent
- Real Men Wear Pink: A Marine no less!
- Semper Fi
- Sixth Ranger: Briefly
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He wants to do his father proud and carry on his family's military tradition, but his asthma kept that from happening.
- Whip It Good: His Swing Vent.
Danny and Albert Cho / Kamen Riders Axe and Spear (Actor: Mike Moh & Tony Sano)
Ryuki Counterparts: Kamen Riders Tiger and ImpererTwo-bit crooks looking for a big score. Xaviax posed as a crime boss to recruit them for "the biggest heist in the history of Earth". After Albert gets vented, Danny becomes dead-set on avenging him.
Tropes associated with Danny and Albert Cho/Kamen Riders Axe and Spear
- Asshole Victim: Albert for Kit, Danny for James. Worth noting that out of all the Riders he had eliminated by that point, Danny was the only one he had felt guilty about venting.
- Jerk Asses
- BondCreatures: Destwilder the tiger of the Axe deck and Gigazelle the gazelle of the Spear deck, respectively
- Kick the Dog: The brothers are very quick to mock the state of Kit's father and the recently-vented Sting quite viciously. Kit does NOT take this well, as Spear found out the hard way the next episode.
- Irony: Guess who loses a loved one next?
- Sibling Team
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Axe, after Kit vents his brother
- Both of them do this in their story line of the video game because the other is vented. However, unlike the show, the target is Xaviax.
- Panthera Awesome: Axe
- An Axe to Grind: Do I even need to say it?
- They Call Him Sword
- This Is a Drill: Spear's Spin Vent
- Wolverine Claws: Axe's Strike Vent
- Zerg Rush: Spear's Final Vent
Kase / Kamen Rider Siren (Actress: Carrie Reichenbach)
Ryuki Counterpart: Kamen Rider FemmeTo the surprise of everyone, she's another survivor of Ventara. She's not happy with Kit's involvement at first, but she comes around (and Len wasn't much better at the start anyway).
Tropes associated with Kase/Kamen Rider Siren
- Action Girl: Of course.
- Ascended Extra: Her counterpart in Ryuki only appeared in the movie and was killed off rather unceremoniously. Here, she plays a much bigger role.
- Badass Biker
- Badass Cape
- Battle Couple: With Len.
- Biker Babe: And how.
- Bond Creature: Blancwing the swan, Advent Beast of the Swan deck.
- Cool Sword: Her Weapon of Choice
- Distaff Counterpart: to Wing Knight.
- Sixth Ranger: to Kit and Len
- The Smurfette Principle: Siren is only female Rider out of 12.
- Swans A-Swimming
- Take Up My Sword: While Kase is stuck in the Advent Void, Maya temporarily takes the reins as Kamen Rider Siren.
- Woman in Black: When not transformed.
- Woman in White: In rider form.
Vic Frasier / Kamen Rider Wrath (Actor: Mark Wystrach)
Ryuki Counterpart: Kamen Rider OdinA construction worker and one of Xaviax's kidnapping victims, and like the rest was drained of energy and put into a catatonic state. Xaviax can control his body to take part in the fight directly.
Tropes associated with Vic Fraiser/Kamen Rider Wrath
- All There in the Manual: Wrath's real name was never directly said in the series, but is frequently found in official supplementary material.
- Badass Arm-Fold
- Bond Creature: Goldphoenix the phoenix, Advent Beast of the Wrath deck.
- Demonic Possession: Xaviax controls Vic's body directly.
- Flat Character: Well, not a whole lot of characterization is available when you're comatose and possessed.
- The Mentor: The original Wrath was this to Len. Xaviax wastes no time toying with him about it.
- The Phoenix
- Teleport Spam
Adam / Kamen Rider Dragon Knight I (Actor: Stephen Lunsford)
Advent Beast: Dragreder the dragon (Dragranzer in Survive Mode)
Ryuki Counterpart: Kamen Rider RyukiAdam was one of the Ventaran Kamen Riders, but became tired of the job. When one of Xaviax's race approached him and offered to release the Advent Deck's DNA lock, he jumped at the chance, only to realize too late it was Xaviax. Late in the invasion of Earth, Xaviax, running out of options, gave the reclaimed Dragon Deck back to Adam and ordered him to become a Heel–Face Mole to the returning Ventaran Riders.
Tropes associated with Adam/ Kamen Rider Dragon Knight I(Actor: Stephen Lunsford)
General Xaviax (Actor: Williem O´Leary)The Big Bad. Is quietly abducting people one by one, until he can create a genetic database big enough to do mass kidnappings and enslave the human race. Something of a Master of Disguise; while he only has one human form, he's used it to pose as a lawyer, a mercenary, a federal agent, and so on. He's also transformed into Eubulon's human form and even duplicated his Kamen Rider armor, right down to the cards he uses.
- Affably Evil
- Big Bad
- Large Ham: He maybe one of the very reasons why many watches this show.
- Manipulative Bastard: Most of the Riders are only working for him because he played them like fiddles.
- Shape Shifter
Frank Taylor (Actor: Jeff Davis)Lonely, hardworking man and Kits father. The death of his wife left him to deal with running household, making a living and rising his only son all alone.
- Disappered Dad: He is to Kit, as he vanished year before the start of the story.
- Empty Shell: Ended up in a vegetative state due to Xaviax' machinations.
Maya Young (Actress: Aria Alistar & Yvonne Arias)An Intrepid Reporter who writes for a paranormal blog. While investigating the rash of mysterious disappearances and the armored vigilante reports, she briefly is pulled through a mirror, allowing her to see Xaviax's monsters. She teams up with Kit to compare notes and figure out just what's going on. Much later, she temporarily takes Kase's place as Kamen Rider Siren, while Kase is stuck in the Void.
- Conspiracy Theorist
- Intrepid Reporter
- Non-Action Girl: And elects to remain so even after a taste of Action Girl-hood.
Trent Mosley (Actor: Taylor Emerson)Maya's coworker in the bookstore and the paranormal business. Might or might not have a crush on Maya, which might have contributed to his initial distrust of Kit and the Riders. After getting involved with the Riders, he's given a decision: join the MIBs or go to jail. He chooses the MIBs.
Lacey Sheridan (Actress: Marisa Lauren)Maya's Valley Girlish and spunky best friend. At first tolerant of her friend's apparent conspiracy theories, she becomes increasingly frustrated and concerned as Maya and Trent delve into the Kamen Rider world. She eventually witnesses Riders in person, which unnerves her and leaves her open to manipulation by Michelle, but she ultimately sticks by her friends even though she's still uneasy with all the weirdness.
- Black Best Friend: But Not Too Black given her assorted hairdos.
- Genki Girl: played up in the Japanese dub (but of COURSE!)
- Opt Out: Steps out during the final episodes, having trouble coping and not being able to contribute much.
Michelle Walsh (Actress: Kathy Christopherson)One of the senior reporters for the blog Maya works for. Generally bitchy and condescending to everyone, she often steals credit for stories and tries to undermine Maya when she won't play along. However, we eventually find that this is a cover, and she's actually a government agent for a top-secret paranormal division called the "No Men". After she successfully gets Maya's intel, the No Men start getting involved in the Rider war, ultimately becoming allies. And Michelle starts reining in her bitchiness, too.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Kick the Dog: When Maya won't share what she knows, Michelle goes ahead and steals the data.
- Pet the Dog: She eventually loosens up and apologizes.
- The Men in Black
Eubulon (Actor: Mark Dacascos)
Ryuki Counterpart: AlternativeThe Advent Master. The only one with the power to reassign Advent Decks and retrieve defeated Riders from the Advent Void (originally intended to be a safe zone for them, not a prison). Was originally Xaviax's top scientist, but had a Heel–Face Turn and developed the Riders for Ventara. When defeated in Ventara, he was accidentally sent to Earth instead to the Void.
- Adaptational Heroism: Let's just say that his Ryuki counterpart was not a nice person.
- Big Good: To the Ventaran riders.
- Defector from Decadence: He fell ill after arriving on Ventara. Local family took him in and nursed him back to health. He decided that saving his own planet by destroying another one is wrong and started a plan to help them.
- Heel–Face Turn: In his backstory as mentioned above.
- Hope Bringer: As only person capable of operating the Advent Void, he could make it so that being sent there wasn´t permanent.
- Roswell That Ends Well: The alien landing in Roswell was him being sent there instead to the Advent Void.