Characters: Kamen Rider Kabuto
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Souji Tendou/Kamen Rider Kabuto
- The Ace: He's good at everything, so much that he's the Patron Saint of this trope.
- Badass: One of the most prominent examples in the franchise. He also borders it to memetic status.
- Big Brother Instinct: Borders on a Knight Templar Big Brother, he's very protective of Juka and Hiyori.
- The Chessmaster: During the events of The Movie, set in a post apocaliptic setting, he purposefully stirs up fights between the ZECT and Neo-ZECT Riders, in order to lure out the legendary Golden Rider Caucasus and take a hold of his Hyper Zecter. He then uses the Hyper Zecter to travel back in time and prevent The End of the World as We Know It. (or at least minimizing the damage of said disaster)
- "The man who walks the path of Heaven, and rules over all." note
- "Grandmother said this..." note
- The Chosen One: And boy, does he like to repeatedly establish this!
- Dark Secret: Refuses to reveal where he got the Rider System from, his connection to it, and why he is so set on protecting Hiyori.
- Declaration of Protection: The only reason why Tendou is involved with the fight against the Worms and has been training for years to prove himself worthy of the Kabuto Zecter is to protect Hiyori.
- Finishing Move
- Rider Form: Rider Kick
- Hyper Form: Hyper Kick
- The Perfect Zecter has 6 different finishing attacks that were shown in the series.
- Hyper Blade
- Hyper Sting
- Hyper Slash
- Hyper Shooting
- Maximum Hyper Typhoon
- Maximum Hyper Cyclone
- A God Am I: A rare benevolent variation of this trope.
- Heroic BSOD: Goes through one when Hiyori decides not to stay with him and plans to sacrifice himself to save her from the Timespace.
- It's All About Me: Considering he is the main Rider of the show, this is justified with the attitude to boot.
- Japanese Beetle Brothers: With Kagami.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though he does have some pretty Jerkass moments.
- Lightning Bruiser: Even in human form, this guy's reflexes are insane.
- Not So Stoic: Try putting your finger into a fish without shouting in the credits of the movie. And speaking of the film, he loses it and grieves after Hiyori dies, making him a Tragic Hero in the process. Eventually fades from existence knowing full-well Hiyori will be saved.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Kagami's red. Ironically, his Rider suit is red (but his eyes are blue) and Kagami has a blue suit (with red eyes)
- Weapon of Choice: Two Swiss Army Weapons.
- You Are Not Alone: Repeatedly affirms Hiyori this.
- You Killed My Father: However, Hiyori narrowly changes his mind when he decides to enact on his Revenge.
Kamen Rider TheBee
Arata Kagami/TheBee II (Episodes 10-11)/Kamen Rider Gatack
- Butt Monkey: Oh boy. Whenever he's on the job, and Tendo happens to be there snd his plans while on the job is... the opposite of what he expects. Even as a Rider, he's still one.
- Cannot Spit It Out: He can't bring himself to tell anyone that Tsurugi is really a Worm.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: After becoming Gatack, he kicks just as much ass as Tendou.
- Deuteragonist: To Souji Tendou's protagonist.
- Finishing Move
- Rider Form
- Rider Kick
- Rider Cutting
- Hyper Form: Hyper Kick
- Rider Form
- Idiot Hero: Emphasis on the "idiot" part.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Kagami wanted to become a Rider so he can fight Worms. He does take a role of TheBee, but temporary. He eventually Took a Level in Badass and becomes Kamen Rider Gatack when he was emotionally pushed to his limit when Makoto, who is a Worm, double crosses him.
- Japanese Beetle Brothers: With Tendou.
- Jumped at the Call: Unfortunately was Refused by the Call, but Took a Level in Badass later on.
- Official Couple: With Hiyori in the Non-Serial Movie.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Misaki.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Tendou's blue. But with opposite suit colors with the exception of the eyes.
- Super Mode: Hyper Form, though it only appeared in the Hyper Battle DVD.
- Weapon of Choice
Sou Yaguruma/TheBee I (Episodes 7-9, God Speed Love)/Kamen Rider KickHopper
- Ax-Crazy: Uhhhh... Where to begin?
- Blood Brothers: With Kageyama.
- Berserk Button: Don't ever laugh at his partner, or you'll regret it.
- Finishing Move: Rider Kick
- Put on a Bus: For a while.
- The Bus Came Back: As KickHopper, sporting a grimly nihilistic view on life and a whole new wardrobe.
Shun Kageyama/TheBee III (Episodes 13-33, 44)/Kamen Rider PunchHopper
- Blood Brothers: With Yaguruma, as PunchHopper.
- Finishing Move: Rider Punch
- Would Hit a Girl: In one episode, he knocks Hiyori unconscious by punching her in the stomach.
Daisuke Kazama/Kamen Rider Drake
- The Casanova: Shows signs of being a Casanova Wannabe when his own Morality Pet has to supply him with the right pick-up lines.
- Catch Phrase
- When dropping a pick-up line: "Just like a... uhh... umm..." note
- In response to Gon's assistance: "Yes, yes! That, that!" note
- Cool Guns: Drake Grip + Drake Zecter.
- Death by Adaptation: In the Non-Serial Movie.
- The Drifter: He doesn't seem to have an actual home, instead spending the night sleeping in a playground somewhere.
- Finishing Move: Rider Shooting
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Huge Guy to Gon's Tiny Girl.
- Ladykiller in Love: Falls in love with Rena Mamiya, but...
- Put on a Bus: Thanks to his actor deciding to focus on his music career.
- Super Not-Drowning Skills: His Masked Form allows for this.
Tsurugi Kamishiro/Kamen Rider Sasword
- Butt Monkey: Following his Flanderization.
- "The man who swings a sword in the name of God." note
- "I am the man who stands/will stand at the Zenith of ____" note (Where ____ is whatever activity he's come across at a given point in time).
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He was always a little disconnected from normal life from the beginning, but he just got goofier as the series went on.
- Dogged Nice Guy: For Misaki. Parodied with how far and what he's willing to do to impress her.
- Finishing Move: Rider Slash
- Face-Heel Turn: When he becomes aware of his true nature, even though the whole stunt was staged.
- Fallen Princess, Impoverished Patrician: When he finds out that the Discabil family fortune has all but dried up. He becomes bound and determined to restore his family name to prominence, starting out by working a job at a soba stand. Previously, he had been a...
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Tries to be a Shipper on Deck for Kagami and Misaki when the two pretend they are dating.
- It's All About Me: His ego is approximately the size of Tendou's.
- Jekyll & Hyde: He's hellbent on destroying the Worms, especially after his sister's death. However...
- Large Ham: KaGAmi!
- Meaningful Name: See above Catch Phrase.
- Mundane Object Amazement: Tends to get excited over everyday food by mispronouncing their names and declaring them as exotic cuisine.
- Plucky Comic Relief: In the second half of the series Tsurugi becomes the most frequent source of laughs on the show.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: He seems to have nothing better to do than hang around in his mansion all day and/or kill Worms when ZECT asks him to. Then it turns out that he's totally bankrupt and he lost his only source of income when he quit taking orders from ZECT.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Having lived in luxury for his whole life, Tsurugi's not so great when it comes to "common sense".
- Superpowered Evil Side: The Scorpio Worm.
- Tastes Like Chicken: He's one of the only people who can stomach Renge's cooking and actually enjoy it.
- That Man Is Dead: Pulls this when Tendou calls him by his name during his Face-Heel Turn, justified in the fact that the real Tsurugi is dead.
- Tomato in the Mirror: The Scorpio Worm, which he's spent much of his life hunting, turns out to be himself — the real Tsurugi Kamishiro was killed years ago by the Scorpio Worm, which then mimicked him so perfectly he forgot what he really was.
- The Tragic Rose: Abhors roses because it reminds him of his sister's death.
- Weapon of Choice:
Dark Tendou/ Kamen Rider Dark Kabuto
- Always Someone Better: Tendou is able to read all of his moves and acknowledges that he will never be as good as him.
- Despair Event Horizon: Pretty much loses his cool and becomes Ax-Crazy after Hiyori rejects him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite swearing to "destroy everything", he refuses to ally with the Worms and Mishima.
- Finishing Move: Dark Rider Kick
- If I Can't Have You: Tries to kill Hiyori when she chooses Tendou over him.
- Kubrick Stare: Has one right after he knocks out Hiyori, complete with Dramatic Thunder.
- Limp and Livid: How he moves in his first few appearances.
- Man in White: In his earlier appearances, he wears a white jacket in contrast to the dark shades that Tendou wears, ironically.
- No Name Given: Many fans call Dark Tendou "Souji Kusakabe", Tendou's birth name, despite the fact that his own name was never revealed.
- Out-of-Character Alert: He uses polite sentence forms and Japanese Pronouns, smiles more often, and even compliments Renge's cooking. This is how everyone quickly figures out that he is not the real Tendou.
- Replacement Goldfish: Mishima brought him up with the sole purpose of testing the Rider System and eventually replacing Tendou.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Kabuto Kunai Gun
- This Is Unforgivable!: He still can't bring himself to forgive Hiyori after she abandons him for Tendou.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Hiyori leaves him.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Swears to destroy everything, but lacks the power to do so.
- Bridge Bunnies: He's the middle-aged male version of this.
- Tomato Surprise: Tadakoro is actually a native Worm.
- Action Girl: Misaki's capable of fighting as long as she isn't hit by the Distress Ball. In later episodes, she appears to be more of a Faux Action Girl.
- Bridge Bunnies: Plays this on occasion with Tadakoro.
- Last Name Basis: No one calls her by her first name, Yuzuki.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Kagami.
- Took a Level in Badass: Near the end of the series, when she decides to side with Kagami instead of ZECT.
- Cute Bruiser: Very cute. Very dangerous.
- Dojikko: Despite all the military training Renge has undergone, she's very clumsy. A lot of her time at Bistro La Salle consists of cooking poorly or tripping over.
- Genki Girl: After Renge starts working at Bistro La Salle, she's shown to be energetic and perky.
- Lethal Chef: Unless your name is Tsurugi and Tendo's evil twin.
- Razor Floss: Proficient with it.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Hiyori's actress, Yui Satonaka, developed health issues and took a break after filming for The Movie ended. As a result, Renge was written in shortly after Hiyori was Put on a Bus to introduce the Hyper Zector, and took her place in Bistro La Salle.
- Big Bad: In the movie, where he willingly made a deal with the Worms
- Dark Secret: Keeps it under wraps that he and Tendou's father chose their own sons to wield the Rider System before they were even born.
- Large Ham: Some of his lines are really hammy.
- Alliterative Name: Masato Mishima.
- The Dragon: In the movie, where he and Riku made a deal with the Worms to annihilate humanity.
- For Science!: He's not above conducting experiments on an innocent young boy to unlock the true nature of the Rider System.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears glasses and has little empathy for others.
- The Glasses Come Off: During the final battle with Kabuto, he threw off his glasses to assume is One-Winged Angel form.
- Megane: He wears glasse.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Whatever Mishima was doing was ignored in favor of the goal of destroying all Worms and the saving Hiyori subplot. Come episode 47, Mishima becomes a One-Winged Angel and is revealed to be a converted Native!
- The Starscream: Getting tired of Riku's bullshit, he decides to take things into his own hands, becoming the Final Boss in the process.
- One-Winged Angel: His Worm form.
Bistro La Salle
- Bokukko: Hiyori uses the "boku" pronoun when speaking.
- Catchphrase: "Why me?" or "Why do I have to?" note
- I Am a Monster: This was her reaction to discovering that she is a Worm.
- Ill Girl: In the Non-Serial Movie.
- Long-Lost Relative: She's the child of a Native Worm who impersonated Tendou's mother - down to her pregnancy.
- Meganekko: Sports a pair of glasses near the end of the non-serial movie.
- Official Couple: With Kagami in the Non-Serial Movie.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Hiyori was Put on a Bus for several episodes after her actress, Yui Satonaka, developed health problems and had to take a break after filming The Movie. This caused her to be temporarily replaced by Renge, who filled in for her screentime.
- Supreme Chef: By Tendou's standards. He claims that she makes the best mackerel miso and even makes her a judge between his and Yaguruma's tofu battle.
- Tomboy: To Juka's Girly Girl.
- Tsundere: Type A in the series as a whole. Type B in the movie.
- You Killed My Father: Initially blames Kabuto for the death of her parents.
- Big Brother Worship: Juka adores Tendou very much.
- Genki Girl: Juka is very cheerful, as seen when she eats breakfast every morning.
- Girly Girl: To Hiyori's Tomboy.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Remains blissfully unaware of everything Tendou is doing in spite of being acquainted with members of ZECT.
- Meaningful Name: Lampshading Tendou and Tsurugi's Meaningful Names, she has one of her own spoken in lieu of Tendou's Catchphrase: "The beautiful girl who walks on the path of heaven, and makes trees and flowers beautiful." note
- Morality Pet: Put Juka in danger and you'll be dealing with Tendou. In fact, when she gets into a car accident inadvertently caused by Tsurugi, that's one of the only times we see Tendou lose his cool.
- OOC Is Serious Business: In one episode, when Juka comes to eat breakfast glumly, Tendou starts to get worried.
- Sailor Fuku: She wears this as her school's uniform.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: In contrast to Tendou, who's usually a Jerkass Insufferable Genius to others, Juka is openly kind to others. In fact, some people can't believe Juka is related to Tendou because of how their personalities are different.
Gon (Yuriko Takayama)
- Bratty Half-Pint: She's capable of being this at times.
- Cassandra Truth: In one of his Jerkass moments, Daisuke refuses to believe Gon when she insists that she is being stalked by Kageyama.
- Deadpan Snarker: Gon often snarks whenever Daisuke turns into a Large Ham around women.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Tends to become this when Daisuke shows interest in another woman.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Tiny Girl to Daisuke's Huge Guy.
- Kid Sidekick: Self-explanatory: she's a little kid who always accompanies Daisuke.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Gon doesn't remember much about her life before meeting Daisuke at first.
- Morality Pet: To Daisuke.
- Nice Hat: She often wears a knit cap. When she regains her memories and forgets about Daisuke, she stops wearing the hat. When she remembers Daisuke, she starts wearing it again.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Prior to receiving her memories back, she was referred to as "Gon", short for "Nanashi no Gonbei" (nameless person). Come the end of the series, however, she prefers to be addressed by her real name, Yuriko.
- Tagalong Kid: As Daisuke's Kid Sidekick.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Gon is very smart and is the brains to Daisuke's brawn.
- Cool Old Guy: In Tendou's own words, if he's the world's treasure, then Jiiya is humanity's treasure.
- Morality Pet: To Tsurugi.
- Old Retainer: Tsurugi's loyal manservant.
- Parental Substitute: Since Tsurugi's the last surviving member of the Discabil family, Jiiya's pretty much raised him from childhood.
- Supreme Chef: His cooking skills rival Tendou's.
- Undying Loyalty: Going above and beyond what's normally required of a valet.
Rena Mamiya/Uca Worm
- Catch Phrase: "The name is Rena Mamiya. Remember that name when you want to die."
- Dark Action Girl: She's the only notable female Worm who is a villain, and a threatening one at that.
- Dark Is Evil: Her human form is dressed completely in black, with a black veil over her face.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: She dies in Daisuke's arms.
- Fighting from the Inside: When Rena's real personality takes over, she starts panicking when she realizes she's a Worm. Daisuke has to give her a Cooldown Hug on one instance to calm her down.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Rena's real memories are suppressed until a critical hit causes her to remember all of them.
- Rule of Drama: Why she doesn't explode.
- Shrinking Violet: Rena's real personality is shy and somewhat of an Extreme Doormat.
- Split Personality: The Rena we're introduced to is cruel and ruthless. The real Rena is actually very shy.
- Woman in Black: Rena's appearances prior to receiving her memories back have wearing black clothing.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After Rena's real personality and memories take over, the Worms decide to eliminate her.
Reiji Noji/Cassis Worm
- Badass Longcoat: Part of his regular attire.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Black slacks and shirt, grey tie, black hooded longcoat and even a classy silver-topped cane.
- Cane Fu: When in human form he sometimes uses his silver-topped cane, managing even to beat the crap out of a Rider in full armored form.
- Dark Is Evil: Dresses in all black and transforms into a deep purple Worm.
- Flash Step: In a series where every Rider can go super-speed, this guy is so quick that the Hyper Clocked Up Kabuto is literally stationary to him.
- Irony: He's based on a snail, yet he's the fastest Worm.
- Power Copying: Pulls this one out to great effect In his second form, Cassis Gladius and can even copy Riders' finishing moves.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Employs this sometimes in human form. YMMV on whether it's Badass or Narm.
Characters appearing in Kamen Rider Kabuto: God Speed Love
Hidenari Oda/Kamen Rider Hercus
- Finishing Move: Rider Beat
- Supporting Leader: He's leader of Neo ZECT.
- Swiss Army Weapon: ZECT Kunai Gun.
Tetsuki Yamato/Kamen Rider Ketaros
- The Dragon: To Kurosaki.
- Evil Counterpart: The Ketaros Zecter is one of Kabutech Zecters, which is based on Kabuto's.
- Finishing Move: Rider Beat
- Knife Nut: Only uses the Kunai Gun as a knife.
Issei Kurosaki/Kamen Rider Caucasus
- Big Bad: Of God Speed Love movie.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Easily defeats Hercus with his Hyper Zecter, which uses Hyper Clock-Up. He also handles Kabuto and Gatack with no problem. Until Gatack catches his foot mid-attack, allowing Kabuto to steal the Hyper Zecter. Then Kabuto defeats him in return just after using Hyper Clock-Up a few minutes backwards, and Hyper Kicks him to annihilation.
- Evil Counterpart: The Caucasus Zecter is one of Kabutech Zecters, which is based on Kabuto's.
- Finishing Move: Rider Kick