Live Actor: Shunya Shiraishi/Kaito Nakashima (Child)
Suit Actor: Seiji Takaiwa
A survivor of the dark magical ritual, he was able to subdue his emerging Phantom by holding onto hope. This gave him the ability to use magic through the equipment granted to him by the wizard in white.
Big Eater: Can down a box of donuts in one sitting. He explains in Episode 4 that his appetite is partly driven by his need of energy from a high-calorie intake to replenish the mana he's constantly burning while using his magical powers, such as keeping Koyomi alive.
Bond One-Liner: He likes to drop these occasionally. After Phoenix pisses him off by almost killing Rinko, he drops a really good one: "There will be no finale for you.", which he says just as he Rider Kicks Phoenix to the sun.
Character Tic: Throughout the series, he has been making a sigh of relief that sounds like Phii, Fwee, or Fin..., depending on the listener.
Chrome Champion: His suit is already covered in gemstones, but Infinity Style takes the cake by being composed of sparkling silver and glittering diamonds.
Dark and Troubled Past: We don't know what caused his Despair Event Horizon in the first episode, as it shows him being one of the victims to become a Phantom. However, he houses a Phantom, but he never lost hope. Despite that, he remains positive as possible.
As of Episode #8, we now know some details about his past that make him seem even more dark and troubled. While still a child, his parents died in a car crash that left him as the only survivor.
Dark Is Not Evil: His costume and wardrobe are primarily black, but Haruto is by no means a bad person.
Deadpan Snarker: He just loves firing off one-liners before a fight. He saves the snark for his Phantom opponents and Nitoh.
Determinator: In that, he will not let someone become a phantom as long as he has a breath.
The Dragon: Overlaps with Unwitting Pawn. While Fueki has many Dragons, Haruto could be considered his main and most powerful one acting as his primary pawn, asset, and enforcer of his will carrying out the most important parts of his plans while being none the wiser.
Eleventh Hour Superpower: The Hope Ring is almost a subversion, since by the time he gets it Gremlin is basically dying anyway. He only uses it for one final Rider Kick, and then decides to put the ring in a safe place and never use it again.
Extremity Extremist: Favors his legs in combat. He presumably avoids punching so as not to bust up his rings.
Failure Knight: His giving people hope mentality comes from - in his eyes - his failure to save his parents and is extremely afraid of failing anyone.
Familiar: The Garuda, Unicorn, Kraken, and Golem PlaMonsters.
Flash Step: Scanning the Infinity Ring while already in Infinity Style allows him to do this.
Freudian Excuse: The reason behind him being so dead-set on "restoring hope" to everyone? His parents' dying words were that he was their last hope. He took it to heart.
Genre Savvy: Has shades of this, such as being able to quickly deduce that Shunpei's fire 'magic' is caused by the Hellhound instead of discounting the idea because Hellhound was seemingly destroyed in their fight, as well as quickly deducing Hellhound's plan is to build Shunpei up then crush him. Of note, he's so far been able to quickly piece together information to discover the plan of the Phantom or what's needed to save the Gate's hope.
Graspthe Sun: Did that while being in the process of phantomication himself, where he struggled resisting forced despair.
The Gunslinger: Is shown to be a Trick Shot in Flame Style and a Woo while using Hurricane Style.
Heroic Willpower: Managed to survive the ritual by sheer force of will in refusing to give up hope.
Heroic Self-Deprecation: Has a noticeable lack of self-esteem, from the guilt he has towards his parents' death and then his teammate's injury that halted his prospect of becoming a pro-football player, and how he doesn't see himself to have any other role than being Wizard, who has no hope of his own other than restore others'.
Hope Bringer: Serves this role to Gates who have been driven close to the Despair Event Horizon, having to pull them back and defeat the Phantom rampaging in their soul.
Hurting Hero: Has Survivor Guilt from the ritual that created the Phantoms as well as from being the sole survivor of the crash that killed his parents and its clear he's hurting a great deal from it. However, he also uses this as his main motivation and seems to be coping with it well.
Magic Knight: Seems to be the motif of Infinity Style, both in functionality and design.
Martyr Without a Cause: Best shown when he's willing to let himself die to save Koyomi's life when the White Wizard says so. He changes his mind when he learns that he's not the sacrifice, all of Tokyo is.
Meteor Move: Part of his fighting style in Hurricane Style is to get the opponent in the air, then mercilessly assault them from all sides as they fall.
Glass Cannon: The Dragon Styles. note Flame Dragon, Water Dragon, Hurricane Dragon, and Land Dragon. While they are powerful and are capable of dishing out some serious damage, they can't take it or tank their own attacks in return.
Fall Ring: Creates a hole directly below the user. Useful for quick escapes.
Hope Ring: A ring created from the Philosopher's Stone and Haruto's hope. Allows Wizard to perform a powered up version of his Rider Kick summoning energy projections of Dragon representing Fire, Land, Hurricane, Water, and Infinity to strike the opponent.
Finish Strike Ring: Used during the events of Wizard in Magic Land, this equips Infinity Style with all of Dragon's parts save for the head, that being used during the finisher.
Wizard can also use Beast's rings for various effects. It's unclear if this trend will continue however:
Dolphi Ring: Allows the user to melt into liquid and hide/strike from all directions. Furthermore, the user does not need to be transformed first in order to use the spell.
Falco Ring: The user molts into a mass of feathers upon any physical contact, allowing them to be unhurt from strikes. Like Dolphi, it can be used on a non-transformed individual. Used on Nitoh while he lacked the Beast Driver.
Running Gag: He will never be able to fully enjoy a doughnut onscreen, because something bad ALWAYS happens to him when he tries to eat one. Like his parents dying in a car crash.
Sarcasm Mode: Him complimenting Nitoh's downright stupid myna bird plan in Episode 37 was 100% pure sarcasm.
Smug Super: Downplayed, but it's there. He has the bad habit of toying with Lesser Phantoms while showing off his magic in the most dramatic way possible instead of just killing his opponent. A lot of conflict could be avoided if he just got down to business.
The Stoic: Haruto isn't as extreme an example as some, but he doesn't show much emotion.
Not So Stoic: There are a few instances where Haruto really flips his shit. Like when Phoenix first attacked in #8. Their first fight was the first time Haruto seemed panicked and worried he might lose.
Super Dickery: Talking about saving Koyomi implied that he is willing to do the Sabbath ritual like Fueki. In reality, he was referring to saving her soul by letting her rest in peace. This is though retrieving the Philosopher's Stone and hiding it away.
Super Wrist Gadget: The Drago Timer, a device created exclusively for the Dragon Styles. Always used in Flame Dragon.
Me's a Crowd: Summons clones of Wizard's 3 other Dragon Styles. Unlike the Copy Ring, the Dragon Style clones can act on their own.
Finishing Move: Dragon Four-Mationnote When the thumb-like attachment is pressed while all 4 Dragon Styles are together, they are equipped with their respective WizarDragon part and unleash their special attacks.
All Your Powers Combined: By scanning the Drago Timer on the WizarDriver, Wizard can unite the Dragon Styles into All Dragon.
Survivor Guilt: Has signs of this from being one of the only survivors of the ritual that created the Phantoms and surviving the crash that killed his family. While he doesn't say it was all his fault, it clearly effected him deeply.
Trademark Favorite Food: Plain sugar donuts. Episode 52 also shows his personal favorites are from the Donut Shop Hungry truck, as he's eating a donut and comments that it's not the same as from Hungry.
Came Back Strong: After being killed by Legion and revived, he gains the power to transform into the Axcalibur and give Haruto access to Infinity Style.
Character Development: Until #31, Dragon acted like your typical Phantom: destructive and obsessed with bringing his Gate to despair. After Haruto's strong heart revived him, though, he has decided to become Haruto's "hope" and allows him to access Infinity Style.
Finishing Move: Strike Endnote After Wizard scans the Kick Strike Ring, Winger WizarDragon converts into its Strike Phase mode. Afterwards, a projection of Wizard pushes the dragon foot coated in fire towards the enemy.
Heel-Face Turn: While he never exactly had the chance to be a Heel, he was always the Token Evil Teammate. But by #30, Haruto rubbed off on him and ultimately causes him to perform a Heroic Sacrifice to protect Beast and Chimera. He completes his turn in #31 upon being brought Back from the Dead by Haruto's hope, stating that now he is Haruto's hope.
Hope Bringer: After being reborn by Haruto's sheer force of will, he declares he will become Haruto's hope through the Infinity Style and AxCalibur.
Hunter of His Own Kind: Subverted at first, as when summoned, Haruto has to control him to fight other phantoms.
In the Back: Dragon might be a hope bringer, but he has no qualms trying to take over Haruto when given the chance, as shown in the movie.
And now that he willingly lends Haruto his power, he may become more of this.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Surprisingly the Wizardragon does show slight signs of this, despite being a hostile Phantom inside Haruto. He was mildly surprised when Haruto willingly called him his hope.
Pragmatic Villainy: But, Dragon still teases Haruto about how he will end up giving up to despair and laughs at the fact Haruto calls him the opposite of it. He allows him to borrow his powers mostly because if Haruto dies without losing hope, he will die with him. Better shown in the movie, despite the fact Dragon declared he will be Haruto's hope.
A mysterious young girl who was given to Haruto by the White Wizard. She has the supernatural ability to discern Phantoms through their human disguises. According to the White Wizard, she was a victim that died in the same Sabbath ritual that Haruto suffered through; though her body somehow stayed intact and can be kept reanimated by a wizard's mana.He's lying, partially. She is a reanimated corpse, but she died of natural causes. Her father Fueki turned to magic and became the White Wizard to try and save her, keeping her "alive" with the Philosopher's Stone and performing the Sabbath in an attempt to resurrect her completely.
A Friend in Need: No matter what, Koyomi will always be there for Haruto to help lift him up out of his darkest hour.
Ambiguously Human: According to pre-release material, she doesn't know whether she is a human survivor of the ritual, or a Phantom in human form. Turns out she's human, but not exactly a "survivor"...
Berserk Button: A surefire way to make Koyomi angry is to insult Haruto. Do not imply he is trying anything but his hardest around her.
Came Back Strong: She's shown in a picture for Gaim and Wizard's Movie War, with a Driver of her own, how she came back... is unknown.
Killed Off for Real: Gremlin kills her by forcefully removing the Philosopher's Stone that was keeping her alive and unlike Kengo, she wasn't revived in the final episode. Then again, considering how trying to revive her caused the mess in the first place and how she told her own father that he shouldn't have bothered with bringing her to life, it could be for the best.
Subverted with the confirmation of the Wizard x Gaim Movie War. She's back, but she looks darker and edgier... made even WORSE by the fact she's inherited her father's Rider powers, and is going to fight Haruto...
With Haruto taking the Philosopher's Stone out of Gremlin, there may still be hope. Haruto made brief contact with Koyomi before the Philosopher's Stone became the Hope Ring. Though Haruto decides not to use it again after destroying Gremlin, he keeps it in a safe place, so there's still a possibility like with Ankh's broken Taka Medal.
MacGuffin Girl: She's the Philosopher's Stone that everyone in the know wants.
Meaningful Name: Means "calendar", relating to her fortune-telling ability.
Missing Mom: It's mentioned that her mother passed away some time ago.
Mission Control: For Haruto. She controls the PlaMonsters and searches for Phantoms with her crystal ball while Haruto gumshoes.
Morality Chain: For Fueki. More precisely, Fueki abandoned any morals after she died in order to bring her back to life.
Team Dad: Has the wisdom and life experience to impart good advice to the rest of the group.
Live Actress: Yuko Takayama (Adult)/Ichino Suehara (Child)
A rookie detective who is devoted to protecting the lives of innocents. She has become interested in Kamen Rider Wizard after being saved by him, and because he is the key to fighting the Phantoms that threaten the city.
Big Eater: Early in #3, she eats all of Haruto's donuts in a matter of about one minute. Made funnier when in the following episode, she asks Haruto how he can eat so many donuts in one sitting.
Heroic BSOD: Ends up having this in the last episode. Just as Haruto shows up to (as he put it) "save Koyomi", Rinko ended up thinking Haruto had gone bad. She gets out of it when Haruto explained he was gonna save Koyomi's spirit.
Tells what she believes to be a good Phantom that he shouldn't follow orders and just do what he wants. Said Phantom turns out to be Phoenix, who takes her advice and decides he's going to have as much of his'fun' as he wants.
Another is exposing the real arsonist (a Gate's pet bird), where the bird transformed into the phantom in front of a Gate's eyes, causing him to despair. Surprisingly, this is Played for Laughs.
Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: She has standing orders to ignore the Phantom threat, but is going behind her boss' back to help Haruto anyway. Eventually, Agent Kizaki informs her superiors to not interfere with her association with Wizard after he comes around.
The Klutz: Known to frequently trip, break things and/or injure himself.
Large Ham: His expressions are over-the-top. Nuff' said.
The Load: Episodes 12 and 13 have him fearing that he is this because he feels like he doesn't contribute anything to the fight against the Phantoms compared to everyone else on Team Wizard. This is subverted when he realizes his strength is his Nice Guyness.
Nice Guy: His greatest strength. His energetic personality, persistance, determination, and unconditional kindness inspire people to believe in hope and the good in the world and not to fall into despair. Best shown in episode 13.
Apocalypse Maiden: He was kidnapped by the Akumaizer during Ultimatum and used to bring about the end of the world.
Berserk Button: People messing up his donuts, as seen when he noticed Kosuke spreading mayonnaise on some donuts. Subverted when he tasted one of them himself, as it gave him an inspiration to make a new kind of donut, then played straight again when he served Kosuke a new donut which already had mayonnaise in it, and Kosuke spread more mayo on top. The Manager was furious and refused to let Kosuke eat it.
Camp Gay: Is very effeminate and even dresses like a woman while working on his food truck. Ironically, the actor playing him, who is openly gay, actually tones down his campiness for this character.
Gossipy Hens: The Manager is all-too-quick to start going on about things like Haruto's potential love life and his own dreams. In fact, much of the Funny Background Events involve his assistant physically trying to shut him up before he goes too far.
Local Hangout: When the good guys are not discussing the problem of the week or relaxing in the antique shop, they will definitely be doing so at the donut truck. Strangely, the Manager and his employee never make anything of it until they see Haruto transform in front of them well into the series.
A man who works in the Donut Shop Hungry food truck, always in the company of the Manager.
Flat Character: Perhaps one of the most blatant cases in any Kamen Rider series. He really never has much to say or do except to keep his boss in check when he gets into TMI territory, and be frustrated alongside the Manager when Haruto only asks for plain sugar donuts.
A mysterious wizard in white robes who gives Haruto the equipment needed to fight the Phantoms. Later in the series he's shown to be an equally mysterious man named Sou Fueki. He's revealed to be Wiseman, leader of the Phantoms.
Badass: Well, what did you expect? He repelled a Phantom using a magical rune without needing to physically do anything.
Later he delivers a Curbstomp Battle to Beelzebub, who even Haruto's Flame Dragon Style couldn't beat, with two attacks, both of which pack so much force Beelzebub gets Blown Across the Room. Once more, he barely had to lift a finger to do it.
His response to Medusa, a Greater Phantom that just beat the crap out of Haruto? Say "Begone!" and blow her away with a wave of his hand.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In his earlier appearances he was your standard Big Good, but by the end, it has become obvious that he only values people depending how useful they are to him and his goals.
Blatant Lies: Him playing the destiny card is rather obvious BS in and out of universe.
Broken Ace: He's a brilliant scientist who has made countless discoveries that has helped mankind, the most powerful Wizard in the setting, reinvented magic, is the World's Strongest Man, but he's also a mass murdering egocentric maniac who was driven insane by his daughter's death.
Brown Note: Whenever the White Wizard uses his weapon in a flute-like manner. Kizaki and Beast were victims of this.
But Thou Must: There are some people who turned down his offer in becoming a magician. The White Wizard simply chained them up, bring them to another place and made them Brainwashed and Crazy.
But Not Too Evil: He's a loving father, so of course he's not totally evil. While a lot of people died and became phantoms by his hands, but judging by the dialogue between him and Gremlin in #50, he's definitely not proud of it.
Cast as a Mask: After he's revealed to be Fueki, his voice actor is replaced by Fueki's actor.
Consummate Liar: Everything that came out of his mouth during the first three quarters of the show were nothing more than excellently crafted lies.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Everytime he pulls a Big Damn Heroes moment, he is curb-stomping someone. First he knocked away Lizardman with a magical rune, and he sent Beelzebub running with just two attacks. And he did so both times without moving from his spot. Later curb-stomp victims include Medusa, Beast (twice), and Gremlin.
Might be subverted because right after he goes through it, he creates an artificial phantom.
Enigmatic Empowering Entity: He gives Haruto the WizarDriver and teaches him how to use it before disappearing. Later, he anonymously delivers the magic stone for the Flame Dragon Ring, directs Koyomi to the Water Dragon stone, and helps Haruto create the Drago Timer. He even eventually takes on Mayu and Yuzuru as apprentices - even though Yuzuru doesn't want to be one.
Entitled Bastard: He pretty much states that everyone that he turned into a Phantom should be happy that they died for him.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Fueki may be evil, but he truly does love his daughter and seems to miss his wife a great deal.
Evil Counterpart: Examining him closely you'll realize he's a pretty solid one to Haruto. They both lost their loved ones (and bonus points for the inverse relationship, with Haruto being the child who lost his parents and Fueki being the parent who lost his child) and while Haruto was able to move on from his loss and become a selfless Nice Guy, Fueki became a selfish, callous human being. They also got their powers in opposite ways, as Haruto gained his magic from the power of hope while Fueki got the idea to give himself magic powers after passing the Despair Event Horizon. Both were motivated by Koyomi but in the end, Haruto knew when to stop chasing ghosts while Fueki didn't.
Evil Sorcerer: He's got all the bases covered. All-powerful and mysterious? Check. Summons demons? Check. Mass human sacrifice? Triple check. What stops him short from totally being one? His objective.
Expy: Of Shirou Kanzaki, post-#48. His tendency to teleport and overpower absolutely everyone also bears resemblance to Shirou's Dragon, Kamen Rider Odin. Bonus points for the fact that Shirou is technically Odin in a sense. It's also worth noting that, while the names have different spellings, Shiroi note white, as in White Wizard and Shirou sound almost the same.
Familiar: The White Garuda and Cerberus PlaMonsters.
Laser-Guided Karma: His plans come crashing down because he pissed off the wrong person (Nitoh) in his second attempt to save Kyomi, and was utterly defeated by two people who were birthed from his first attempt (Sora and Haruto).
Hoist by His Own Petard: He's killed by the same weapon he used to pin Sora to a tree with... By the very same guy no less.
Manipulative Bastard: His relationship with Mayu is disturbingly similar to his alter-ego's relationship with Medusa. And let's not forget that he's responsible for the death of Mayu's sister and parents in the first place.
Master Actor: Fueki was able to con everyone with his skills. He was able to play the role as a benevolent Big Good as the White Wizard, a mysterious Evil Overlord as Wiseman, and a morally ambiguous Anti-Hero in the later phases of his plan all while hiding that he really isn't all that sane.
Moral Myopia: He truly loves his daughter, but outside of that he's an outright sociopath considering kidnapping, assault, mass murder, and human sacrifice to be perfectly acceptable practices.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His killing of Medusa in #48 when he decided that she wasn't needed after finding his fourth Wizard. By that point, with the exception of the Wizard's Phantoms, it would appear that she and Gremlin were the only Phantoms left. If only Fueki had kept her alive and manipulated her for just a while longer, seeing as how out of everyone she was perhaps most cautious of Sora and as stated by Wiseman himself, she was the only one he really trusted. She might have taken Sora down just as he was about to make his move.
Not So Different: To Gremlin of all people. Both are selfish mass murderers who have driven themselves insane chasing ghosts and both exemplify why Humans Are the Real Monsters. This is probably why he flipped out when Gremlin called him "Father", it hit a little too close to home.
Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He's said to be a famous physicist, but has also contributed to a number of other fields, including medicine and technology. Not to mention being a biologist and magicologist, since he invented an artificial Phantom (Carbuncle, AKA Wiseman) and implanted it in himself to let him wield magic.
Palette Swap: His costume is unique in a sense, but he and Wizard share the same base.
His belt was initially a blatant example of a repaint of Haruto's Wizardriver during his debut and early appearances, but the producers replaced the repainted prop with an actual slightly different White Wizardriver.
Papa Wolf: DoNOT mess with his daughter; Gremlin learned this the hard way...TWICE.
Pride: Fueki is completely convinced in his own infallibility, superiority, and righteousness, making him incapable of seeing himself in being wrong in any way. This causes him to leave loose ends, like letting Nitoh and Sora live.
Shadow Archetype: Not just in the traditional way, but even his own Driver has its own 'dark' versions of Wizard's spells. Of special note, it replaces the Wizardriver's "Please" with "Now", "Chou ii ne!* Very nice!" with "Yes!" and "Saikoooou!* Fabulous!" with "Understand?!"
Space Master: Materials identify his magic as space-based, evidenced by his signature rings: Explosion (supercompresses and then releases magic in a very small area) and Teleport (self-explanatory).
Stranger Behind the Mask: Fueki is introduced one episode before he's revealed as the White Wizard. Subverted when he's revealed to be Wiseman.
Super Empowering: When a Gate manages to resist despair, he immediately teleports in to offer them the chance to become a wizard. And doesn't take "no" for an answer. Also applies to himself, since he became a Wizard by creating an artificial Phantom and implanting it in his own body.
The Engineer: It is heavily implied that he makes his own rings, though not particularly as good as Wajima when it comes to quality.
The Stoic: The White Wizard is strangely calm for almost everytime he appears.
Tranquil Fury: He does, however, show subtle hints that he's definitely not the nicest person.
The Fury part is more evident whenever he does his Henshin call.
Not So Stoic: Just look at how pissed he gets when Beast ruins his plans.
This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Strangely enough, The White Wizard doesn't seem to give a shit about Phantoms, despite his power. The Lizardman, Phoenix, Beelzebub, Medusa, and Legion Phantoms were all at his mercy, but they lived (a little longer) because of his choice to let Haruto do the dirty work instead.
Almost subverted in #46; Gremlin pushes Fueki a bit too far, with the latter actually aiming to kill Gremlin. Fueki almost gave chase when Gremlin flees, but is stopped by Haruto.
Tragic Villain: All he wanted to do was save his daughter's life, but in the end failed to accomplish even that, only succeeding in creating an army of monsters and allowing a SociopathicSerial Killer to gain unspeakable power by killing his daughter.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: While he has done enough atrocities to fill a book on purpose there was no way he could have known that the campy hairdresser he kidnapped was a sociopath and a Serial Killer that would eventually become an all powerful monster that he couldn't control.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: His goal of stopping phantoms doesn't stop the fact that he kidnaps Yuzuru to do this, as well as beat up Kizaki and Beast for interfering.
As it turns out his real goal is to help his daughter Koyomi, and if that means taking things to the extreme, so be it.
World's Strongest Man: He is clearly in a league of his own. Wizard had to go all out with Infinity just to beat him and even that knocked Haruto out of his transformation.
Xanatos Speed Chess: The first Sabbath was supposed to revive Koyomi but it was only halfway successful. Seeing Haruto overcome his despair caused Fueki to modify his plans to use Wizards as the sacrifices instead.
Kosuke Nitoh/Kamen Rider Beast
Live Actor: Tasuku Nagase
Suit Actor: Jun Watanabe
A student archeologist who discovered a mysterious belt known as the Beast Driver in one of his expeditions.
This may have to do with the Stealth Pun with the Engage Ring.
Heroic Sacrifice: He sets Chimera free to stop the second Sabbath. Even Chimera didn't know what would happen to Nitoh afterwards, but in the end Nitoh just loses his powers. In a way, he and Haruto are even, doing something to protect the other at the cost of their powers.
Hidden Depths: Episodes that focus on him tend to show that he's not as angst-free about his condition as he acts.
Let's Get Dangerous: Tends to suffer from lack of focus but when the situation calls for it he'll get serious. Best shown with the Legion situation.
Slyphi's crimes made him become extremely dangerous.
By Episode 42 you'll wonder if he's the same person with how serious, angry, and dangerous he's become.
Locked Out of the Loop: When he first arrived, he knew next to nothing about Phantoms except Chimera eats them. Until Haruto fills him in, this was part of the reason for their conflict.
Magical Girl: To hide his identity from his grandmother, he resorted to calling himself this.
More Dakka: A normal Saber Strike summons the number of mana creatures he rolls on the Dice Saber. A Hyper Saber Strike takes that number and multiplies it by four (the number rolled per each of his Mantles).
Multiform Balance: Rather than a form change, he uses capes with different abilities called "Mantles".
Ring of Power: Allows him to transform and switch powers. Rather than having Styles like Wizard, he has Mantles, which influences his power depending on what half-cape he dons on his right side.
Beast Ring: When inserted into the Beast Driver and turned, this ring opens the buckle and activates the transformation.
Driver On Ring: Calls on the Beast Driver.
Falco Ring: Equips Beast with the Falco Mantle.
Chameleo Ring: Equips Beast with the Chameleo Mantle.
Buffa Ring: Equips Beast with the Buffa Mantle.
Dolphi Ring: Equips Beast with the Dolphi Mantle.
Griffon Ring: Allows Beast to Summon the Green Griffon Plamonster. Interestingly, Nitoh has to use Driver On in order to summon Griffon.
Chimerise Ring: Summons BeastChimera.
Engage Ring: Enables Beast to enter a Gate's Underworld.
Hyper Ring: Changes Beast into his Hyper Style and arms him with the Mirage Magnum.
The Rival: As of #19, he views Haruto as this, though he seems to mean it in a friendly or joking manner. He even says that rivals ought to give one another a hand every so often.
He also declared the White Wizard as a Rival upon meeting him, but let's face it, the White Wizard is way out of Nitoh's league. As the White Wizard eventually proved; but Nitoh got the better of him when it counted.
So Last Season: Soon after he showed up, Haruto got access to the Drago Timer. Even getting his Super Mode didn't help much, as one arc after Nitoh getting Hyper Beast, Haruto's set to get Infinity Style. Poor Nitoh.
What an Idiot: In-Universe example. This is what Haruto thinks of his plan to catch Raum with bird seed. He was proven right when Nitoh almost got eaten alive by crows.
Wrong Context Magic: His magic works differently than Haruto's in that he needs to eat Phantoms' Mana in order to survive. He originally thought all magic worked this way and his initial conflict with Haruto is largely due to this misunderstanding.
Nitoh's Phantom, though unlike other Phantoms, it was not manifested within Nitoh. Instead, it was sealed inside the Beast Driver a long time ago, when magic and science were used together. It merged with Nitoh when he discovered and first used the Beast Driver.
Bond Creature: To Nitoh. In exchange for using his power, Nitoh needs to feed him the Mana from other Phantoms.
Breath Weapon: Its Beast Laser attack fires a beam from each of its mouths.
But Now I Must Go: Invoked by Chimera after Kosuke breaks the Beast Driver as a last ditch attempt to stop the second Sabbath. Chimera also spared Kosuke from being eaten as a token of good will... and because Kosuke amused him.
Expy: Reminiscent of the Hachibi (personality-wise, at least), contrasting Dragon's Kyubi.
Noble Demon: Unlike Dragon, he seems a good bit less vicious and is a good deal more willing to cooperate with Nitoh. He just asks Nitoh to feed him the Mana from other Phantoms in return for lending him his powers. However if Nitoh fails to keep him filled, he will kill him.
Solidifies his position as this when Nitoh releases him from the Beast Driver to stop the second Sabbath. After doing so, Chimera tells him their deal is finished and Nitoh is free to go.
Sealed Badass in a Can: Unlike Dragon, he's stuck in the belt, rather than the person. Is released in #49, and turns out to be a rather nice guy.
Mayu Inamori/Kamen Rider Mage
Live Actor: Erina Nakayama
Suit Actor: Satoshi Fujita
The twin sister of Misa Inamori a.k.a. Medusa. She, like Haruto, managed to suppress her phantom and after training with the White Wizard, returns as a witch.
Deal with the Devil: The White Wizard said he will give her the means of defeating Medusa in trade for the Infinity Ring. She eventually tells Haruto about it...and he gives her the ring of his own free will.
Distress Ball: Grabs it after The Reveal. She becomes so broken that she's easily kidnapped by Fueki's latest Dragon, Yuzuru (a child).
Expy: Of Kamen Rider Femme, in that both are out to avenge the one who killed their older sister. It becomes even more blatant after Fueki and Wiseman are revealed to not only be the same person, but also a Shirou Kanzaki Expy who, like Kanzaki, gave both people involved their powers.
Faux Action Girl: Became one after Medusa's defeat. Justified as she only becomes a magician just to avenge her family. Not to mention she was distracted in her conflict with The White Wizard after his reveal. She gets better in the finale, and even becomes Haruto's successor in Section Zero.
Foreshadowing: Kamen Rider Mage is nothing more than an overglorified mook. Looks like Toei is being lazy again, huh? WRONG! Mage is based off of a pawn, and that's all Fueki see's Mayu as, she isn't a powerful bodyguard like Haruto was supposed to be, all she was needed for was as a sacrifice for a second Sabbath. Her form as Mage represents Fueki's true colors.
Not So Different: She and Medusa are both emotionally dependent on the same person.
Always Chaotic Evil: Their plans are to kill people by driving them to the lowest point so that there can be enough of them to force a ritual where multiple humans die and create Phantoms in their despair. The Phantoms that object to this only do so because they think it'd make more sense if they just murder the people directly or just cause wanton destruction. Even Wizard's own Phantom, Wizardragon, goes on a rampage whenever it is summoned and needs to be tamed. Clinging onto the hope that some Phantoms are good or at least have some humanity? The show even goes out of its way to show that it's close to impossible, with some Phantoms faking their "humanity". Yeah, there's one Phantom who has his humanity intact, but that's only because he was evil to begin with.
Subverted by Wizardragon eventually, who makes a full Heel-Face Turn in #31.
Becoming the Mask: To a certain degree. Many of the Lesser Phantoms have quirks based on their Gates occupation.
Hope Crusher: By necessity, as it's the way to create new Phantoms.
In Name Only: Many of them have very little resemblance to the mythological creatures they're named after except Bogy.
Kill and Replace: Are born when their Gate suffers Death by Despair, then masquerade as them to try and drive others over the Despair Event Horizon and create more. The extent to which they take the "replace" part depends on their plan and the Phantom's particular host. If a Phantom's host knew the target Gate, or had some special status in society, they will use that, but many Phantoms will reveal themselves immediately upon encountering the Gate.
Sorting Algorithm of Evil: The Lesser Phantoms have become noticeably stronger as the story progresses. Originally Haruto fought jokes like Minotaur, Lizardman, and Hydra that only lasted as long as they did because of his ego, followed by Phantoms that could actually put up a fight like Spriggan, Bogy, Argus, and Raum, and now we have guys like Bahamut who is as strong as Phoenix after multiple revivals.
Of note, once Gremlin got promoted, he started choosing stronger Phantoms with tricky powers (such as Bogy and Raum), and Medusa started choosing more powerful ones to try and outdo him.
That Man Is Dead: Phantoms normally state that the person they were born from "died a long time ago" upon revealing their true identity.
Too Good for This Sinful Earth: All the Sabbath victims were implied to be decent people at least, as the sole exception who survived the ritual and became a phantom himself was a serial killer to begin with.
When All You Have Is a Hammer: Played with; some of the Phantoms are smart and clever, using their wits to make the Gates despair. However, there are some who tend to do what Phoenix does and beat the living crap out of their Gates, hoping that them going through a near-death experience will cause them to cross the Despair Event Horizon, hence their catchphrase. Sora actually takes note of this, called out a Phantom for doing this tactic when the Gate was perfectly willing to turn into a Phantom (as she wouldn't despair and attacking her will just kill her) and hires Phantoms that specialize in emotional manipulation. Until he gets the Philosopher's Stone. Then he decides to cut the middleman and do the same tactic as his brethren.
Live Actor: Narushi Ikeda Voice Actor: Toshio Furukawa Suit Actor: Jun Watanabe.
The Carbuncle Phantom and the group's mysterious leader, who is trying to find Gates to send into despair and create new Phantoms for some unknown purpose. In actuality, he is the White Wizard, trying to find Gates to resist despair and become new wizards to use in his second Sabbath.
His goal also seems to be to hold another Sabbath, the very same ritual that created so many Phantoms in the first place. He claims he can do this without an eclipse if he has enough Phantoms with him.
And then Gremlin comes to the conclusion that this isn't his true goal. It turns out his goal is to save Koyomi, his daughter.
Humanoid Abomination: Subverted; the Carbuncle Phantom was an artificially-created Phantom that Fueki implanted into himself. Fueki is still human... which just makes his lack of scruples even worse.
Mysterious Backer: He's the one generating the stones that become Haruto's Dragon Rings, and he actually wants them to fall into his hands. As it turns out, he's the White Wizard.
Non-Action Big Bad: He has been extremely hands-off and left most of the grunt work to Phoenix and Medusa, then gets out in #30 to confront Gremlin personally over his release of Legion, and even then, he stops to chat with Gremlin. Even when Haruto tracks him down in #36, he just drains his mana to drive him off. Of course, he's more active as the White Wizard.
Pragmatic Villainy: Episode #22 reveals that he follows this trope, with him unhappy about Phoenix's rampage because he might kill another Gate, though lets him rampage when he realizes he just wants to fight Wizard and thus have either option (Wizard or Phoenix being defeated) go in his favor.
Purple Is Powerful: Has segments on his body that seem to be composed of some purple jewel.
Reasonable Authority Figure: A villainous example. In the Flame Dragon debut arc, he understood that Phoenix was fed up with the manipulative approach and rolled with it, directing him to an appropriate target for his wrath.
The Reveal: Who is the Wiseman? Fueki, the White Wizard.
The Unfought: As Wiseman, Haruto only fought Fueki once. Their final confrontation had him in his White Wizard form.
Shock and Awe: Can generate electricity, as shown when he is dealing with Gremlin.
Live Actor: Atsumi
An energetic and unhinged Greater Phantom. He is the most powerful Phantom currently active, and uses his strength to intimidate lesser Phantoms into doing his bidding. He was born from Yugo Fujita, a quiet, hard-working man with a love for flowers.
And I Must Scream: Subverted when Medusa turned him into stone, then played straight when Kamen Rider Wizard kicked him to the sun.
Ax-Crazy: He is rather unhinged, best shown with the way he almost beat the Victim of the Week to death in #8. Medusa is hesitant to let him go after Gates because he's so psychopathic she's afraid he'll kill them! He also states repeatedly he's frustrated at having to wait to do go on the rampage.
Took a Level in Badass: Everytime time he dies and comes back he is noticeably stronger. He doesn't just adapt—he becomes stronger in all areas. Best shown when it took three finishing moves in a row in Water Dragon Style to take him down a second time.
Battle Aura: After his third revival he's able to generate an aura of Hellfire to defend himself from attacks.
BFS: Uses a large sword called Catastrophe in battle.
Blood Knight: Flat out admits in #16 that he doesn't care about the Gate, he just wants to fight Haruto.
The Brute: With Wiseman as the Big Bad, the violently psychopathic Phoenix is pretty much just the Phantoms' muscle.
Came Back Strong: According to him, every time he revives he becomes stronger. He proves this in #16, by taking on Flame Dragon's Finishing Move which previously killed him without taking any damage.
Worse? By the third time, he's grown so powerful it takes him seconds to regenerate.
Climax Boss: His defeat not only marks Haruto mastering Dragon's power fully with his All Dragon (an arc that began with his first battle with Phoenix), but the whole ordeal is presented in a very climactic light as well.
Can be seen as one to Wizard and all Riders in general; it's suit looks like what a Henshin Hero would look like, he's red and gold to Wizard's default red and silver, he wants to spread despair while Wizard is the Hope Bringer, and both use fire.
He's also one to Nitoh. Both Phoenix and Nitoh care about something else rather than their objective (bringing about despair and stopping the latter respectively) and both are pretty boisterous about it. The only difference is that Nitoh stopped and began to focus on his objective while Phoenix went for his ambition and landed in the sun.
Fate Worse than Death: Haruto, in his All Dragon form, sends Phoenix to the sun, where he will be trapped forever, stuck in a constant cycle of death and rebirth, whilst surrounded by burning hot flames every time he comes back. This is quite possibly the harshest fate a Rider has given to his arch-enemy in the history of the franchise, but considering he seems to be truly immortal, this is quite possibly the only way he could be beaten.
For the Evulz: Admits that driving Gates into despair is mainly an excuse for him to spread havoc and destruction when Wiseman brings it up.
Innocent Flower Guy: Yugo, before becoming Phoenix. The life-threatening part was his high magic potential to become a Phantom.
Ironic Hell: The fire-powered Phantom obsessed with causing nonstop death and destruction is left trapped in the sun where he will be killed over and over again forever by solar flames.
Irony: In #20, Yugo's boss believed that he "wouldn't hurt anyone". Oh, if only he knew...
Also, in his first fight with Wizard, he boasted about his Hellfire. When Wizard finally beats him, Phoenix is stuck on the sun, surrounded by the hottest flames there are.
It Only Works Once: Invoked by Phoenix himself. After being hit by a Finishing Move, he'll instantly figure out a way to block it. Ultimately subverted when Wizard finally defeats him. Even if he could survive the sun's flames a second time, he isn't going anywhere.
Kicked Upstairs: All things considered, while he was brought up to Co Dragon status, it's only so that he doesn't wind up killing Gates and destroying the place.
Knight of Cerebus: While past Phantoms were definitely not nice. Phoenix is an Ax-Crazy monster who is definitely monstrous even by Phantom standards. The two episodes where he took center stage had a large amount of blood, gore and destruction for a toku show. To finish off his Knight of Cerebus status he is disturbingly brutal. He brutalizes anyone in his way. Best shown when he invades the hospital. He went out of his way to maul the hospital staff and even attacked a person in a wheelchair. Also, unlike other Phantoms, he doesn't particularly care about driving Gates into despair, he just enjoys causing havoc and destruction.
On a side note, any episode that he is the main villain of tends to lack the funny scenes that other episodes usually have.
Resurrective Immortality: His special ability, he can't be killed for good and will simply revive stronger than before. In the end, the only way Haruto can permanently stop him is by throwing him into the sun and trapping him there.
Sealed Evil in a Can: Since he's immortal and can't die, Haruto is forced to throw him into the sun to defeat him once and for all, trapping him there forever.
A cruel and calculating Greater Phantom. She has the ability to perceive Gates, humans with magical potential who can be transformed into Phantoms. She was born from a high-school girl named Misa Inamori.
Alas, Poor Villain: While she was a callous manipulator who would kill a pregnant woman without a second thought, she did it all for Wiseman, and was truly loyal to him in a way you would think only a Noble Demon could be. Her death at Wiseman's hands was truly heartbreaking given that he revealed that she served a lie all of her life as she died crying at the hands of the only person she ever cared about.
Animal Battle Aura: She can create giant mana constructs in the shape of snakes to attack her opponents.
Archenemy: Mayu's main goal in life is to kill her.
Badass: Seems to be a requirement to be one of Wiseman's Dragons. She took out Haruto as easily as Phoenix did.
Berserk Button: She doesn't like to be tricked by someone else. When Gremlin tricks her and Wizard into fighting each other without her knowledge, she outright tries to kill Gremlin.
Boring, but Practical: Her fighting style might not be as flashy and badass as Phoenix's, but with her ability to drain mana she can easily deprive the Kamen Riders of their Super Modes, leaving them vulnerable.
This does have some justification, though, as it's likely she'd want to at least try to drive Haruto to despair in order to break Dragon out of him. In later episodes she seems to have learned and tries to find ways to get Wizard out of the way with as little collateral as possible, like telling Manticore to finish Haruto when he's helpless or attempting to get the two Riders to fight and take each other out.
Creepy Monotone: Speaks like this unless Gremlin/Sora is screwing around or Wiseman is complimenting her.
The Heavy: Wiseman gives her and Phoenix some direction, but otherwise leaves them to their own devices. Of the two, she seems to be in charge, if only because Phoenix is a Psychopathic Manchild. She becomes the sole Heavy for a while between Phoenix's defeat and Gremlin's promotion.
Irony: The master manipulator spent the entire season being manipulated by Fueki as Wiseman, and for part of it by Gremlin.
Karmic Death: Her first act upon becoming a Phantom was to kill her Gate's parents in an act of sadism. She dies when the closest thing to a father figure she has stabs her In the Back while she was seriously wounded by her Gate's sister.
Manipulative Bitch: If Phoenix can't intimidate a Phantom into doing their job, she'll manipulate them into getting the job done. And it's clearly shown that she considers everyone around her a pawn, even her CoDragon, Phoenix. In episodes eight and nine she manipulates him like she manipulates Lesser Phantoms but in #16, Phoenix calls her out on it.
Gorgeous Gorgon: Nitoh's first reaction to her human form was even "Whoa, she's a cutie". Her Phantom form isn't exactly hideous, either.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Her attempts to make a Phantom from Mayu blew up in her face because she didn't expect two things: Mayu using her Heroic Willpower to suppress the Phantom inside her, the reason being that she told her that she's just a monster pretending to be Misa, which led to said willpower, and the White Wizard himself appearing and teleporting Mayu away, presumably to make her an apprentice. Let's just say that in the near future, Medusa's gonna have to go through three Kamen Riders.
Subverted. Turns out everything was going according to plan, so she never fixed anything.
Only Sane Woman: She's easily the sanest Phantom, lacking any of the insanities, besides her Complexity Addiction, that plague the others (well, for someone who wants to kill people to create monsters) - but this trope shows considerably since her partner is an Ax-CrazyPsychopathic Manchild and half of the Phantoms employed use their job as an excuse to beat up their target.
Pet the Dog: Her only humanizing trait is her genuine, loyalty and love for Wiseman.
Psychotic Smirk: Flashes one worthy of Gremlin when she realizes that a Gate has a pregnant wife.
Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: While she and Phoenix never formed a Villainous Friendship and were as different as night and day, they could at least get along with each other and form a cohesive unit. After Phoenix becomes... 'indisposed' then Gremlin starts meddling and Medusa hates every second of it. Her Oh Crap reaction to finding out he's been promoted to her boss speaks volumes.
Villainous Breakdown: After countless setbacks, what it took for her to finally lose it was to be betrayed by the only person she cared about.
It started a bit earlier when she sees the latest Gate suppress his Phantom and finally decides to just wipe the Riders out.
Villainous Friendship: Type III with Wiseman. Medusa worships the ground Wiseman walks on and seems to be in love with him, Wiseman doesn't give a crap and simply uses these feelings to better manipulate Medusa.
We Have Reserves: She really doesn't seem to care how many Phantoms die by Wizard's hands despite there being a limited amount of them.
Zigzagged if compared to Gremlin/Sora, however. Gremlin seems to be a Psychopathic Manchild and we got to see it true in #35, but this is the Man Child that not only tricked Medusa, but also Wiseman into making him the sole Dragon, with Medusa serving under Sora as the result.
Woman Scorned: Of a partner instead of her significant other variant, where she got tricked by Gremlin. Subverted when her attacks couldn't even reach him.
A strangely playful Phantom with an unclear alignment. A sometimes-ally to Wiseman's forces; he seems to have an interest in Haruto increasing his power, such as giving Section Zero the stone for Hurricane Dragon or giving Koyomi the magic stone for the fourth and final Dragon Style, but is otherwise manipulating all parties involved for some reason. He was born from (or in fact, is) a serial killer named Sora Takigawa who worked as a hairdresser, and is currently trying to get close to Wiseman in order to get some information from him. Unlike most Phantoms, Sora considers himself a different case as he has kept all of his gate's traits and personality, making him feel more human than Phantom; and in fact wants to regain his lost humanity.
0% Approval Rating: Everyone hates his guts to different degrees. Phoenix can barely stand him, the only reason why he's still alive is because he has blackmail on Wiseman, Medusa wants him dead, and every heroic character hates seeing him, and treats him with complete disdain. This hate is completely justified on multiple degrees. One degree is that he is generally annoying to them, the other degree is that he's pretty much a third party and nearly screwed up Wiseman's plans by freeing Legion, and the third degree, the ones that the heroes are on, is that he used to be a Serial Killer before being a Phantom... and still is.
By #50, practically everyone wants him dead for his heinous actions.
Ambiguously Evil: He was this for a long time, as he has his own agenda apart from Wiseman's, and helped Haruto and trolled his fellow Phantoms as often as he did the reverse. #34 muddied the waters further, having him claim that he kept his humanity, before #35 settled the issue: human or Phantom, he's still a monster.
And Then What?: Is the first Phantom to wonder aloud why they're trying to hold another Sabbath on Wiseman's orders.
Arch-Enemy: He has become this to Haruto after being outed as a Serial Killer. Haruto attacks him with much more hatred and malice than he did Phoenix.
Ax-Crazy: #35 establishes that he's just as nuts as Phoenix, he's just better at hiding it.
Badass: Very badass when you think it over. Unlike other Phantoms he wasn't preprogramed with any skills and his power set is rather weak but through pure cunning, willpower, sheer determination, and brass tacks he takes down the White Wizard all by himself through his own efforts. He'd be a Magnificent Bastard if he wasn't so annoying.
Bad Boss: Hinted at when Raum feared failing him. Confirmed when he let Slyphi die after he had outlived his usefulness with his trademark smile on his face.
Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Yes, Fueki was sympathetic, but he was also a self-centered mass murderer and Entitled Bastard, there was no way that Haruto could have come up with a morally correct solution to deal with him. Good thing Gremlin came along and sorted all those pesky moral problems by killing Fueki, am I right?
Batman-Gambit: A master of this trope. All of his plans rely on predicting how a person will act based on their personality, from Phoenix's impulsiveness, Medusa's loyalty, to the Kamen Riders Chronic Hero Syndrome.
Beware the Silly Ones: Despite his silly personality and playful attitude, when he gets promoted to CoDragonand Medusa's superior, his plans turn out to be surprisingly crafty and deadly compared to Phoenix and even Medusa's. He's also even moreAx-Crazy than Phoenix with a huge body count.
Catchphrase: A very Engrish-y "Hello~" with a little wave.
Character Development: Inverted. As his character arc unfolds we learn more and more about who he was up until The Reveal where he shows what a monster he is and begins to drop his Mask of Sanity showing what an ass he really is. This is justified, because Sora is a low-functioning sociopath, and is literally incapable of developing as a character.
The Chessmaster/Indy Ploy: It's never revealed if Sora had everything planned out from the start, if he was making things it up as he went along, or making calculated risks, guesses, and gambits, or if he ever played Xanatos Speed Chess.
Death Glare: Gives one to Argus when he tries to attack a Gate that he wants to protect...so he could kill her himself.
Deliberate Injury Gambit: Provokes the White Wizard into stabbing him in #50 so he can steal the Hamel Cane, thus letting him take the Philosopher's Stone.
Determinator: After all of his plans fall apart instead of whining he drops being a Sissy Villain and shows some serious balls when he risks himself in direct confrontation with the White Wizard.
Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: He successfully blackmailed Wiseman with unknown information, and with it, became Wiseman's highest-ranking Dragon. That said, Wiseman is only using the deal to control Sora, and has no intention of upholding his end of the bargain.
Disproportionate Retribution: He killed a girl just because she rejected him. And continues killing similar girls with black hair and white dresses.
Enigmatic Empowering Entity: Gave up the Land Dragon stone with little to no explanation. The next episode has him pleased that Haruto's achieved all four Dragon Styles, though why was never made clear.
Episode 34 reveals that he was also the one who supplied the Hurricane Dragon stone to Kizaki's boss as well.
Evil Counterpart: Sora is this to Haruto. Both of them clung onto their humanities after the Sabbath, but through differing means. The driving force of what sets these two apart is what they do with their new found change. Whereas Haruto uses his Phantom to help save people from other Phantoms, Sora wants to get rid of it and become a human again.
Evil Laugh: An extremely psychotic one has replaced his giggles by Episode 42.
Eviler than Thou: Sora is this to his own Phantom. Phantoms are basically twisted evil parodies of their Gate. But Sora was such a monster that there was nothing that could make him worse so he got to stay in control.
After Episode 35, you can add Sweeney Todd and Ted Bundy to that list.
Faux Affably Evil: He has this charm about him that makes him likeable, but it only highlights his own madness and insanity when you know the real him.
First Name Basis: Of sorts; he has a tendency to call Phantoms by their Gates' names. He also prefers to called by his own Gate's name.
Flash Step: Displays an ability similar to this, often using it to leap out of reach of someone he's approached and even to run on walls.
Foil: To Haruto since he claims to still have his human heart even though his body changes into a phantom, making his a human trapped in a Phantom body as opposed to a Phantom trapped in a human's body like Haruto. In the final episode, he even tells Haruto he's fighting for his own hope.
Friendly Enemy: Due to his nature, he is sometimes this to Haruto, doing such things as giving him the Land Dragon stone or wishing him luck in a coming fight. Of course, for the same reasons, he's sometimes a pretty nasty enemy.
Kick the Son of a Bitch: His killing of Fueki can be seen as this for some people, which would explain why his next action would be to kill his daughter too.
Killed Off for Real: In the episode #51, after receiving a Rider Kick empowered within the Philosopher's Stone from Haruto.
Knight of Cerebus: A more subtle example than most. At first, he didn't particularly do anything evil, but once he gets promoted and starts being put in charge of sending out Phantoms, his plans are more competent than Medusa's, almost never revolving around the simple 'let fear of death drive you to despair' method. Then there's the reveal that he's actually a Serial Killer, and has been since he was human. With this reveal, a lot of his comical traits suddenly become far more frightening.
After The Reveal his personality has become Darker and Edgier as well. He speaks in a lower voice, doesn't skip around as much, his movements are noticeably sharper, has begun to threaten the Lesser Phantoms under him if they don't do a good job, and the most jarring change of all: he has stopped giggling when he appears onscreen, making his appearances far more foreboding and menacing. His general attitude would also remind one of a more threatening straight up Dragon role, rather than his original quirky Dark Chick personality.
Plot Hole: It's never explained how Sora learned about the Philosopher's Stone — Wiseman's biggest secret, or Wiseman's secret itself. Knowing both of these things are vital to his real agenda so it makes a few things make no sense.
Pragmatic Villainy: In the beginning he was like this, but as he gets closer to the Philosopher's Stone, as a low-functioning sociopath, his poor impulse control overwhelms him and he begins to Kick the Dog a lot more.
The Sociopath: Rather disturbingly like a real life sociopath akin to Ted Bundy, he is able to charm young woman into trusting him so he can kill them without interference and while around others can pretend to be a normal likeable guy. As the plot unfolds Sora has shown that he is an actual sociopath. He shows a grandiose sense of self worth about himself, has a superficial charm that makes certain people like and trust him instantly, has poor impulse control announcing his plans just to get a rise out of people even when it threatens his position, is easily bored and comes up with complicated scenarios to amuse himself or hurt people, is a natural manipulator, and has a complete Lack of Empathy outside of being a Manipulative Bastard or Jerkass.
Spanner in the Works: He's the one who informs Nitoh about the Sabbath and drove him to become his own spanner.
That Man Is Dead: Subverted, he's notably the only Phantom to insist on being called by his Gate's name, even to Wiseman himself.
This is because he claims that he still has his humanity, even though his body is that of a Phantom. Too bad his human self is as bad as any Phantom.
Too Dumb to Live: Gremlin thought it would be funny to attack and hold Koyomi hostage in front of a helpless Haruto. He ended up pissing off Fueki—the White Wizard—which is probably one of the last things one should ever do.
The fact that the White Wizard is also his boss, Wiseman, only further solidifies this.
It makes him seem even dumber when you realize that Gremlin knew Wiseman was the White Wizard.
Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: It's implied that he got to keep his soul because he was already a monster. Assuming he had a soul in the first place.
Trick Boss: Despite being a live-action television series, he comes across as this.
Troll: Best shown when he tricks Haruto into a fight with Medusa...then laughs his head off at both of them. While he tells her it was to dispose of Haruto, the fact he didn't bother telling her that and the sheer glee he got out of it implies he just did it to annoy her.
We Have Reserves: He'll send as many Phantoms as he needs too their deaths at the Riders hands as long as it gets him closer to his unknown goal.
Wild Card: As mentioned above, at separate times he's helped and wished Haruto luck, favored a traitor's methods, and ratted on said traitor anyway. It's hard to tell just whose side, if anyone's, he's on.
Invoked in his human form with the playing card motif his outfit has.
Woman Scorned / Yandere: A rare male example: this was his actual personality when he was the normal human Sora Takigawa, which leads to his Start of Darkness when he flipped out, as detailed in previous examples.
You Monster!: After being mortally wounded, he says that Haruto steals hope from people, and asks why Haruto calls himself a wizard. Haruto responds by saying Gremlin lost his soul long ago and that he doesn't consider him a person. Gremlin's response? "You got me there".
Live Actor: RIKIYA
The first Lesser Phantom that Wizard fights onscreen. While disguised as Rinko's partner Amino, Minotauros attempted to drive her to despair.
Use Your Head: Attempts to bull-rush Wizard during the fight. It doesn't quite work as well as he hoped.
Live Actor: Takeshi Kongochi
The second Lesser Phantom Wizard fights. Hellhound attempted to drag Shunpei into despair by tricking him into thinking he possessed magical powers. Possesses the ability to breathe fire and hide in and travel through shadows. Born from a TV presenter named Kazuo Tajima.
Teleport Spam: Uses this during his fight with Wizard, but along as long as he has access to any form of shadow.
Live Actor: Bernard Ackah
The third Lesser Phantom Wizard encounters. Caitsith is a lazy Phantom that is tasked with driving a pianist to despair. However, he'd much rather sleep than do his job. Possesses formidable speed and agility.
The fourth Lesser Phantom Wizard deals with. Gnome works as a sommelier, a skill enhanced by his unnaturally keen sense of smell. Gnome is sent after a female con artist who managed to scam three of Wizard's friends in addition to a rich young man. Has the ability to tunnel rapidly through dirt.
Dishing Out Dirt: Can cause cave-ins, tunnel rapidly and pull targets into the ground with ease.
Wine Is Classy: Is first seen smelling and sampling some fine wines when Medusa and Phoenix come calling.
Live Actor: Kenji Yamachi
The fifth Lesser Phantom Wizard faces, Gargoyle disguises himself as a blue-collar maintenance worker. Gargoyle originally attempted to drag down a high school student (and son of Agent Kizaki's late partner) into despair, but failed when the boy left town. Now that he's returned, Gargoyle seeks to finish the job. Has the power to turn himself into an immobile and nearly indestructible statue.
The sixth lesser Phantom Wizard fights. He was born from Kiritani, a manager of a Japanese sweets department when he succumbed to despair. This phantom was tasked by Medusa specifically to ruin a boss' sweets shop to being him despair.
Spam Attack: Can fire a barrage of green energy blasts from a distance.
Live Actor: Keisuke Ueda
The first Phantom Haruto encountered after the sacrifice, the Phantom is easily driven off by the White Wizard when it tried to kill Haruto. He was born from a student filmmaker. Haruto later runs into him and initially mistakes him for a Gate (as he was running from Medusa at the time), only to have to continue the act in order to keep up the spirits of an actual Gate, a girl that had been inspired to become an actress by being in one of his films.
Ax-Crazy: Like Phoenix, he likes to kill people to the point where Medusa worries Gates will be killed in the process.
Chekhov's Gunman: First seen in #2's flashback, attacking Haruto in the aftermath of the ritual.
Cyclops: Assuming the orange dot on his head is his eye.
Dirty Coward: When it came to fighting anyone he thought was stronger than him, he would resort to hiding, running, or trickery. He's been on the run from Medusa for quite some time because of this, and the only reason he ever fought Wizard head-on was because Haruto saw him transform.
Evil Counterpart: In a way, with Kamen Rider Beast, as both have a lion as part of their motifs (at least the manticore aspect for the phantom's case) and both have a pair of big green eyes.
Poisonous Person: His ability to lethally poison people is the driving force of his episode.
Smug Snake: Thinking his poison makes him unstoppable, he becomes insufferable after getting in a lucky shot against Wizard, with him talking smack to Phoenix, and telling off Medusa when she tells him to just kill Wizard when he's weak instead of gloating.
Jerkass Has a Point: The only flaw in Manticore's plan was Beast, which nobody, not even Wiseman, seemed to know about. On top of that, it made sense from a villainous standpoint to want to see the enemy who had been kicking your collective asses suffer, and if Haruto's poisoning had been slow enough, he could have been forced to helplessly watch other Gates turn into Phantoms, which could easily have pushed him over the Despair Event Horizon and unleashed Dragon (giving the Phantoms a very powerful ally), which would be impossible if they'd just killed him.
The ninth Phantom Wizard faces, who targets an artist who has lost his inspiration. He was born from a scuba diver.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: He attacks Haruto, knowing that he would have the Gate run for it...right into his army of Ghouls who enable the source of the Gate's hope to be destroyed. It worked perfectly up until Beast showed up.
Master of None: He's easily the weakest Phantom Haruto ever fought. Even in the water where he's a Lightning Bruiser he was still pathetic. All he really had going for him was being smart enough to come up with a decent plan.
Knight of Cerebus: He's extremely competent for a Monster of the Week, and his Evil Plan is disturbingly cruel. He first brainwashes all of his victim's friends into abandoning her, then he brainwashes Shunpei into physically assaulting her. Then to put the icing on the cake he makes her husband physically assault her. Oh, and he can also kick Haruto's ass. This guy is a certifiable nightmare.
Born from a man named "Naitou", he is apparently so powerful and disobedient that Wiseman keeps him chained up.
Ax-Crazy: Like Phoenix and Lizardman, he had no interests in turning Gates into Phantoms and would rather wreck people's minds for fun, putting them into a coma in the process. Unlike those two, Wiseman took no chances and sealed him away.
Space Master: His halberd can cut through normal space just as well as well as Underworld space.
Too Good for This Sinful Earth: His targets of choice seem to not be Gates, but good people in general. Three examples are a guitarist with an expressive song, a woman who helped an elderly and Haruto showing his Heroic Resolve. By being put into a coma, the victims ended up being this.
Superpower Lottery: He can just walk into peoples Underworlds and destroy them. If he followed Wiseman's agenda there would be a lot more Phantoms running around.
This phantom was tasked to employ a group of people with a million dollar a day pay. This way, Medusa could identify who among the workers is the Gate(s). After that, he would bring them all to an abandoned building to scare them into despair, though he was stopped by the heroes in the nick of time. Or not.
Asteroids Monster: After Wizard in Infinity Style destroys his main body, Bogy was reduced to 6 pieces that eventually matured into 6 Bogy clones, though they seemed weaker than the first Bogy.
Obviously Evil: It was a miracle anyone trusted him in human form. He dressed in a black overcoat, was hunched over like Igor, looked as shifty as hell, and spoke in a deep, forboding voice.
Only Mostly Dead: As noted by Gremlin himself, after being defeated by Kamen Rider Wizard the first time.
Stone Wall: Almost comically slow, but his ability to become intangible makes him a tough combatant.
Suicidal Overconfidence: The last Bogy thought he was would avoid Beast Hyper's Mirage Shooting just by standing in place. He didn't count on the fact that said move shoots Chimera himself as the attack.
Badass: Previously Dragon Time was the same words as 'death sentence' to a Phantom (not named Medusa). Not this guy. While Infinity Style finally defeats him rather easily, but he deserves credit for being the first Phantom to take multiple slashes of Wizard's Shining Strike to take out and even fending off a few of them.
Challenge Seeker: In his first appearance he beat Haruto and was about to do the normal 'let the fear of death drive you into despair' plot, but stopped halfway through because he thought it was too boring and decided that a more personal Despair Event Horizon would be funner.
The Juggernaut: Whichever form, mantle or gimmick the riders tried, neither of them work. That's until Kamen Rider Wizard changed to Infinity Style, but even that required multiple hits from his Shining Strike to destroy Bahamut.
Medusa tasked this phantom to bring despair to an esteemed author who was looking for a young woman (who is revealed to be Koyomi). As a young girl, she gave him both the inspiration to continue writing after a severe case of writer's block, and the hope to move forward with his life after he had become suicidal. He is now looking for her to return a ring that she dropped during their initial encounter, and to express his gratitude towards her.
Cane Fu: Though he can walk fine, he always carries one, even in human form.
Cool Sword: Switches weapons during his fight with Beast.
Zerg Rush: His solution to dealing with Wizard? Don't fight him at all. He instead uses a large amount of Ghouls to stall him instead.
This phantom was tasked to bring a retiring teacher, who is in fact Haruto's old elementary school teacher, into despair. The teacher stumbled into Haruto once again on his hunt for a rare model of a toy plane that was stolen from the shrine of his deceased son.
Charm Person: She got Wajima to partly help her in her plans. He forgot the whole thing afterwards. Subverted with the child, though-she easily convinced him to get a toy plane without her charm ability.
Gender Flipped: Averted, unlike Valkyrie and Sylphi. She is a female phantom based on a female-based mythological creature.
Limited Wardrobe: Averted. Unlike every other Phantom who only seems to have one set of clothes, she's gone through five different outfits during her two episode run, which is more than the main cast has.
Manipulative Bitch: Notably on the next half of the arc, where you got a boy to hand her the toy plane without her charm ability.
More than Mind Control: Said boy really wanted to break that plane so that his father would care less about his toy collection.
The Smurfette Principle: The very Combo-breaker of this trope; we have seen over 20 male phantoms after Medusa! Too bad it becomes a double-subversion after her destruction.
The Vamp: Even more so than Medusa, where she made use of her charm ability.
Stage Whisper: Partly to show how she seductively got Wajima to help her despite him being an ally.
After finding the next Gate, a soon-to-be father, Medusa tasked this phantom to go after him. Holds the distinction of being the last of the Lesser Phantoms to appear in-series.
Phantoms who are manifested from a Gate's despair. They are called "unreleased", due to Wizard destroying them before they are able to break free from the Gates.
The very first Phantom Wizard fought on-screen in a Gate's Underworld. For this case, the Gate was Rinko Daimon, who fell into despair when Minotaur destroyed her pendant which was her memento of her father.
Cyclops: Though he isn't the only phantom with one eye
The third Unreleased Phantom Wizard battled. It was manifested from the mana of a youth, Naoki Katayama, after Gargoyle revealed how the young man's father died by his hands attempting to protect his son.
Body Motifs: For this case, it's modeled after a right hand.
The fifth Unreleased Phantom to appear after Hydra smashed an artist's precious painting. While Wizard was busy fighting Hydra and the Ghouls, Beast managed to engage this unreleased Phantom and defeat it.
Manifested in Mayu Inamori, twin sister to Medusa's Gate Misa, after Medusa revealed her true nature to her. Neither Wizard nor Beast could reach her in time, being occupied with fighting Medusa and Gremlin. However, just as it was about to break free, Mayu managed to overcome her despair and force the Phantom back into her body with new-found hope. Now, Mayu is training directly under The White Wizard.
It manifested within this character after his name was cleared, but this is because he saw his pet to really be the real arsonist, Phantom Raum.
All There in the Manual: Averted so far. The site that normally shows all phantoms including unreleased ones did not give any background information on this phantom.
Black Comedy: Nemoto showing signs of a phantom being about to burst out of him is played as a punchline to show Rinko and Shunpei wasting their effort in preventing despair on one case when another did the job instead.
Fat Bastard: If the phantom were to succeed in bursting out of Nemoto, killing him and impersonate him, its human form will most likely become this.
Great Offscreen War: Downplayed as it's a battle between it and either Kamen Rider Wizard, Kamen Rider Beast or both with their own respective phantoms.
It first manifested when Syphi sabotaged Yuzuru's bike trick and blown his bicycle to his neighbor, Akari. While he managed to prevent Kamen Rider Beast from entering Yuzuru's underworld, he regained hope after seeing Akari recovering from the hit. Sylphi's next plan was to kidnap Akari and made the group see her getting crushed by metal beams, only for it to backfire horribly for this pantom. Afterwards, deciding not to become a magician, Yuzuru was offered by Kamen Rider Beast to destroy the inner phantom, only to be stopped and abducted by The White Wizard.
It manifested within Arachne's target after Medusa helped blasting his pregnant wife to bits. Unfortunately for this inner phantom, it could not even emerge out of his body out thanks to Wizard protecting the wife from the explosion.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Summoned the 13 Riders from the Rings to try and kill Haruto...not realizing that they don't just follow the orders of whoever summons them, they do what they think is right. They promptly all turn on him.
Rasputinian Death: Takes consecutive Rider Kicks from every Heisei Rider in their Super Modes, followed by a double Rider Slash from Wizard and Gaim.
Ring of Power: Noteworthy averted example in that he is able to call out the name of a spell to cast it. These spells are the same as Kamen Rider Wizard and other Kamen Riders or magicians in this series. That's because he was an evil wizard who was imprisoned in the stone for his crimes.