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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.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's easily the most talented Rider in the show in terms of fighting skills, which he does not hesitate to point out to others, seeing himself as the only decent Rider. He's also not above seeing himself as the best at any other activity and will not hesitate in participating in sports as long as his own team gets excluded so that he can do it by himself.
- 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 Casanova: Bested Daisuke in a dating competition and has made a few of his grandmother quotes regarding the beauty of women.
- 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.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's far from the nicest Rider in the series, but he's anything but villainous
- Gratuitous French: Displays the ability to speak French in the first and last episode.
- The Hero: The titular protagonist of the series.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: 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.
- Light Is Good: His powers are light based when he becomes Hyper Kabuto.
- 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)
- The Stoic: It takes a lot to elicit an emotional reaction out of him.
- Smug Super
- Super Mode: Hyper Form
- Supreme Chef: One of his defining characteristics.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: Snarky comments are his main source of humor.
- 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.
- The Everyman: How he started at the beginning of the series.
- Finishing Move
- Rider Form
- Rider Kick
- Rider Cutting
- Hyper Form: Hyper Kick
- Rider Form
- Good Is Dumb: He's prone to rash decisions that nearly got him expelled from ZECT.
- 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.
- Informed Attribute: His Rider form is apparently the strongest. Played with in that he can take down Worms even in Masked Form, and his swords are shown to be stronger than Tendou's Infinity+1 Sword when they cut through the monster that Tendou couldn't even scratch in the finale.
- 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.
- Skilled, but Naïve: Even as a Rider, he can be still naive at times.
- 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
- A Father to His Men: He was this back when he was TheBee...until his obsession with beating Tendou made him unworthy of the Zecter.
- Ax-Crazy: Uhhhh... Where to begin?
- Blood Brothers: With Kageyama.
- Berserk Button: Don't ever laugh at his partner, or you'll regret it.
- Extremity Extremist: Fights with his legs after becoming KickHopper.
- Finishing Move: Rider Kick
- Light Is Not Good: He shows some less than heroic traits as TheBee when Tendou starts to outperform him.
- 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.
- The Perfectionist: His "Kanzen Chouwa" note philosophy. Gets deconstructed when his obsession to remove Tendou out of the equation got the best of him, and subsequently Kageyama taking over.
Shun Kageyama/TheBee III (Episodes 13-33, 44)/Kamen Rider PunchHopper
- Bastard Understudy: Serves as one to Mishima.
- Blood Brothers: With Yaguruma, as PunchHopper.
- Dying as Yourself: Had Yaguruma mortally wound him with his Rider Kick to prevent him from fully becoming a Native.
- Extremity Extremist: He prefers fighting with his fists in both of his Rider forms.
- 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".
- Sad Clown
- Spoiled Sweet: He doesn't know much about the world outside of the nobility since he was "raised to be an emperor" all his life. However, he appreciates the life lessons he learned from Jiiya, his friendship with Kagami and Juuka, and his crush on Misaki.
- 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.
- Spotting the Thread: 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.
- Walking Spoiler: Everything about his presence reveals Hiyori and Tendou's past, as well as Mishima's plans.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He 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.
- Big Eater: Misaki is often seen eating large bowls of ramen whenever she is having lunch with Kagami.
- Bridge Bunnies: Plays this on occasion with Tadakoro.
- Distressed Damsel: Aside from one episode, where Misaki is posing as a phantom thief to catch the attention of a Worm, she often needs to be saved by Kabuto, Gatack, or Sasword. It gets a little ridiculous when you see she's capable of fighting.
- 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, she decides to side with Kagami instead of ZECT.
- Tsundere: Misaki gets very flustered around Tsurugi, but later warms up to him.
- 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.
- Broken Bird
- Catchphrase: "Why me?" or "Why do I have to?" note
- Deadpan Snarker: Hiyori is often sarcastic and grumpy in her responses.
- Distressed Damsel: Whenever Hiyori runs into a Worm, she often needs rescuing. It makes sense, however, when you realize why Tendou decided to become a Rider.
- 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.
- Morality Pet: The only thing that stopped 10-year-old Tendou from killing the Worms who murdered his parents? A tiny Hiyori crushed under rubble, weakly crying, "No! Don't kill them!"
- 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.
- O.O.C. 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.
- The Nameless: "Gon" is only a placeholder for her real name, and it's short for "nanashi no gonbei" (nameless person).
- 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