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** [[MadScientist Masahiko Minami]] is a xenophobic National Police Agency officer and [[FantasticRacism human supremacist]] who leads an opposition against Orphnochs to [[FinalSolution purge all of them]], living by his own sociopathic dilemma of using those who allow themselves to be used. Introduced stopping a police investigation, Minami recruits an innocent detective to spy on an Orphnoch, and orders his death when the man began sympathizing with Orphnochs. In his facility, Minami has an Orphnoch kept locked inside a glass box [[AndIMustScream as his own guinea pig]], conducting inhumane experiments to revert them back to human form. Making a deal with Smart Brain to have more subjects, Minami captures Yuka and electrocutes her, ignoring complaints that the operation could kill her, as he considers her a "worthless life" anyway. When she is saved by his prisoner, Minami promises that he is trying to work towards human and Orphnoch cooperation, but sets up a squad of heavily armed soldiers to eliminate Yuka, Kiba and Takumi, indirectly causing her death. (He didn't kill her directly, but Yuka is soon confronted by Saeko, naturally not lasting long without her powers.) When the laboratory is attacked by an enraged Kiba, Minami [[BadBoss leaves his staff to die]] and escapes to save his own skin. When he's found and killed by Kiba, Minami spends his last moments laughing at his face and stating that the Orphnochs will never succeed. Existing solely to show that HumansAreTheRealMonsters, Minami proved himself to be far more evil than many Orphnochs.

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** [[MadScientist Masahiko Minami]] is a xenophobic National Police Agency officer and [[FantasticRacism human supremacist]] who leads an opposition against Orphnochs to [[FinalSolution purge all of them]], living by his own sociopathic dilemma of using those who allow themselves to be used. Introduced stopping a police investigation, Minami recruits an innocent detective to spy on an Orphnoch, and orders his death when the man began sympathizing with Orphnochs. In his facility, Minami has an Orphnoch kept locked inside a glass box [[AndIMustScream as his own guinea pig]], conducting inhumane experiments to revert them back to human form. Making a deal with Smart Brain to have more subjects, Minami captures Yuka and electrocutes her, ignoring complaints that the operation could kill her, as he considers her a "worthless life" anyway. When she is saved by his prisoner, Minami promises that he is trying to work towards human and Orphnoch cooperation, but sets up a squad of heavily armed soldiers to eliminate Yuka, Kiba and Takumi, indirectly causing her death. (He didn't kill her directly, but Yuka is soon confronted by Saeko, naturally not lasting long without her powers.) When the laboratory is attacked by an enraged Kiba, Minami [[BadBoss leaves his staff to die]] and escapes to save his own skin. When he's found and killed by Kiba, Minami spends his last moments laughing at his face and stating that the Orphnochs will never succeed. Existing solely to show that HumansAreTheRealMonsters, Minami proved himself to be far more evil than many Orphnochs.


* BadassDecay: Takuma. At first, he's able to curbstomp all three Renegades on his lonesome, is enough for ''one'' of them in ''human'' form, ''will kick your ass with poetry,'' and at one point wields the stolen Faiz Gear against the good guys (admittedly, though, that last seems to happen a lot.) Later in the series, he's a constantly weepy, whimpering ButtMonkey. Takuma circa #20 and Takuma circa #40 have zero in common and not in a good way. To be fair, this trope is Justified; and somewhat Foreshadowed! He IS a dangerous enemy...right up until the episode he gets his butt kicked and nearly killed [[spoiler: by Faiz in Axel Mode]]. After this, at some point we see Lucky Clover gathered in front of some 'Masterpiece' paintings carrying on a discussion; which boils down to him saying "at a certain level, if it isn't perfect its garbage". One can presume that before that episode, he was so used to being on the giving end of a CurbStompBattle that nearly getting killed broke him, and THEN he gets beat up [[spoiler: by a Delta Gear user]]. From here it becomes clearer and clearer that he was always a SmugSnake and is simply undergoing a much slower version of such characters comeuppance.

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* BadassDecay: Takuma. At first, he's able to curbstomp all three Renegades on his lonesome, is enough for ''one'' of them in ''human'' form, ''will kick your ass with poetry,'' and at one point wields the stolen Faiz Gear against the good guys (admittedly, though, that last seems to happen a lot.) Later in the series, he's a constantly weepy, whimpering ButtMonkey. Takuma circa #20 and Takuma circa #40 have zero in common and not in a good way. To be fair, this trope is Justified; and somewhat Foreshadowed! He IS a dangerous enemy...right up until the episode he gets his butt kicked and nearly killed [[spoiler: by Faiz in Axel Mode]]. After this, at some point we see Lucky Clover gathered in front of some 'Masterpiece' paintings carrying on a discussion; which boils down to him saying "at a certain level, if it isn't perfect its garbage". One can presume that before that episode, he was so used to being on the giving end of a CurbStompBattle that nearly getting killed broke him, and THEN he gets beat up [[spoiler: by a Delta Gear user]]. From here it becomes clearer and clearer that he was always a SmugSnake and is simply undergoing a much slower version of such characters comeuppance. He'd gotten to think he was perfect until he lost a round or two, which caused his fear that he's garbage to become ever more crippling.



** After all the abused he received from Kitazaki, Takuma finally getting his revenge on him after the former was weakened by Faiz and Delta. If it's not enough, [[spoiler:Kitazaki's demise at the hands of the Arch Orphnoch is much more satisfying.]]

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** After all the abused abuse he received from Kitazaki, Takuma finally getting his revenge on him after the former was weakened by Faiz and Delta. If it's not enough, [[spoiler:Kitazaki's demise at the hands of the Arch Orphnoch is much more satisfying.]]



** [[MadScientist Masahiko Minami]] is a xenophobic National Police Agency officer and [[FantasticRacism human supremacist]] who leads an opposition against Orphnochs to [[FinalSolution purge all of them]], living by his own sociopathic dilemma of using those who allow themselves to be used. Introduced stopping a police investigation, Minami recruits an innocent detective to spy on an Orphnoch, and orders his death when the man began sympathizing with Orphnochs. In his facility, Minami has an Orphnoch kept locked inside a glass box [[AndIMustScream as his own guinea pig]], conducting inhumane experiments to revert them back to human form. Making a deal with Smart Brain to have more subjects, Minami captures Yuka and electrocutes her, ignoring complaints that the operation could kill her, as he considers her a "worthless life" anyway. When she is saved by his prisoner, Minami promises that he is trying to work towards human and Orphnoch cooperation, but sets up a squad of heavily armed soldiers to eliminate Yuka, Kiba and Takumi, indirectly causing her death. When the laboratory is attacked by an enraged Kiba, Minami [[BadBoss leaves his staff to die]] and escapes to save his own skin. When he's found and killed by Kiba, Minami spends his last moments laughing at his face and stating that the Orphnochs will never succeed. Existing solely to show that HumansAreTheRealMonsters, Minami proved himself to be far more evil than many Orphnochs.

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** [[MadScientist Masahiko Minami]] is a xenophobic National Police Agency officer and [[FantasticRacism human supremacist]] who leads an opposition against Orphnochs to [[FinalSolution purge all of them]], living by his own sociopathic dilemma of using those who allow themselves to be used. Introduced stopping a police investigation, Minami recruits an innocent detective to spy on an Orphnoch, and orders his death when the man began sympathizing with Orphnochs. In his facility, Minami has an Orphnoch kept locked inside a glass box [[AndIMustScream as his own guinea pig]], conducting inhumane experiments to revert them back to human form. Making a deal with Smart Brain to have more subjects, Minami captures Yuka and electrocutes her, ignoring complaints that the operation could kill her, as he considers her a "worthless life" anyway. When she is saved by his prisoner, Minami promises that he is trying to work towards human and Orphnoch cooperation, but sets up a squad of heavily armed soldiers to eliminate Yuka, Kiba and Takumi, indirectly causing her death. (He didn't kill her directly, but Yuka is soon confronted by Saeko, naturally not lasting long without her powers.) When the laboratory is attacked by an enraged Kiba, Minami [[BadBoss leaves his staff to die]] and escapes to save his own skin. When he's found and killed by Kiba, Minami spends his last moments laughing at his face and stating that the Orphnochs will never succeed. Existing solely to show that HumansAreTheRealMonsters, Minami proved himself to be far more evil than many Orphnochs.



** The movie's ending; [[spoiler:yes, Takumi saved Mari, but the world is still overrun by Orphenochs with the human race near extinction and the resistant force abandon Mari and her friends]].

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** The movie's ending; [[spoiler:yes, Takumi saved Mari, but the renegade trio are all dead, we're down to one Rider since there's no sign of Delta, and the world is still overrun by Orphenochs with the human race near extinction and the resistant force abandon abandons Mari and her friends]].



*** Extended even more when in Kamen Rider Yongou, [[spoiler: it reveals that EVERYONE, except for Kaido, died. This includes Mari and Keitaro, and yes, Takumi. However, due to being revived in the twisted timelines, he's had enough of sacrifices, thus causing the constant time loops. The movie ends with Takumi finally ending the loops and dying for good... But at least preserving the fact that he [[GoOutWithASmile died with a smile]].]]

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*** Extended even more when in Kamen Rider Yongou, #4, [[spoiler: it reveals that EVERYONE, except for Kaido, died. This includes Mari and Keitaro, and yes, Takumi. However, due to being revived in the twisted timelines, he's had enough of sacrifices, thus causing the constant time loops. The movie ends with Takumi finally ending the loops and dying for good... But at least preserving the fact that he [[GoOutWithASmile died with a smile]].]]



* FanonDiscontinuity: Both of 555's novels, with one (Grotesque Flowers) featuring [[spoiler:[[JerkAss Masato]] coming back from the dead and ''[[RapeAsDrama rapes Mari]]'', and the second (part of the Heisei novel series) references said rape. Since the subject of rape hasn't even been a topic of discussion in the franchise prior to or since then, this comes out way out of left field. [[OutOfCharacterMoment Maybe even when it concerns Masato]]]].

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* FanonDiscontinuity: Both of 555's novels, with one (Grotesque Flowers) featuring [[spoiler:[[JerkAss Masato]] coming back from the dead and ''[[RapeAsDrama rapes Mari]]'', and the second (part of the Heisei novel series) references said rape. Since the subject of rape hasn't even been a topic of discussion in the franchise prior to or since then, this comes out way out of left field. [[OutOfCharacterMoment Maybe even when it concerns Masato]]]]. It's actually hard to put it in continuity, and his darkening is a major part of it. Show Masato is a treacherous snake who puts his own desires above others' lives, and that's bad, but book Masato is more like something out of a horror movie.



** The fact that Kiba Yuji died as a young man in the beginning of the series becomes saddening when as of August of 2015, his actor had also passed away at the age of 35. Harsher still [[spoiler:he died in both the series finale and the Paradise Lost film.]]

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** The fact that Kiba Yuji died as a young man in the beginning of the series becomes saddening when as of August of 2015, his actor had also passed away at the age of 35. Harsher still [[spoiler:he died in both the series finale and the Paradise Lost film.]]]] On top of that, he's in a series where DeathIsCheap, and was first encountered in a coma after an accident. Though the actor died of an illness, not an accident, it's still a very sharp reminder that in the real world, when your condition is something doctors don't know how to treat, it doesn't mean you wake up with superpowers, it just means you die. It also makes his AdaptationalVillainy when seen in flashbacks in Heisei Vs. Showa harsher - it's like he's being badmouthed when he's not here to defend himself.



** Just how do Orphnochs kill and/or turn a human? [[spoiler: By having tentacles enter their insides and go into the heart (Though Kiba just downright ''stabs the heart with his sword''), shown rather graphically ([[SpecialEffectsFailure against a backdrop of a chest X-ray, thankfully]]).]] ButWaitTheresMore. [[spoiler:Said target then continues to live for a few minutes, wandering in some confusion before dying and turning into dust... or reviving as an Orphnoch.]]

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** Just how do Orphnochs kill and/or turn a human? [[spoiler: By having tentacles enter their insides and go into the heart (Though Kiba just downright ''stabs the heart with his sword''), shown rather graphically ([[SpecialEffectsFailure against a backdrop of a chest X-ray, thankfully]]).]] ButWaitTheresMore. [[spoiler:Said target then continues to live for a few minutes, wandering in some confusion and often eerily trying to continue whatever it was they're doing as if the brutal attack we'd just seen hadn't happened, before dying and turning into dust... or reviving as an Orphnoch.]]


** Also Kitazaki, a young sociopath and the series' second HateSink after Kusaka, but damn [[EvilIsCool is he cool]].

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** Also Kitazaki, a young sociopath and the series' second HateSink after Kusaka, Kusaka ([[BloodKnight and also worse than him]] [[PsychoForHire in some areas]]), but damn [[EvilIsCool is he cool]].


* FanonDiscontinuity: [[spoiler:Both of 555's novels, with one (Grotesque Flowers) featuring [[JerkAss Masato]] coming back from the dead and ''[[RapeAsDrama rapes Mari]]'', and the second (part of the Heisei novel series) references said rape. Since the subject of rape hasn't even been a topic of discussion in the franchise prior to or since then, this comes out way out of left field. [[OutOfCharacterMoment Maybe even when it concerns Masato]]]].

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* FanonDiscontinuity: [[spoiler:Both Both of 555's novels, with one (Grotesque Flowers) featuring [[JerkAss [[spoiler:[[JerkAss Masato]] coming back from the dead and ''[[RapeAsDrama rapes Mari]]'', and the second (part of the Heisei novel series) references said rape. Since the subject of rape hasn't even been a topic of discussion in the franchise prior to or since then, this comes out way out of left field. [[OutOfCharacterMoment Maybe even when it concerns Masato]]]].


* The little girl who played Mari as a kid? Creator/AoiYuuki as a kid.

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* ** The little girl who played Mari as a kid? Creator/AoiYuuki as a kid.

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* {{Fanon}}: A meta example, as it’s believed that the reason why Psyga’s dialogue is in English is because his actor’s spoken Japanese during filming is hard or outright impossible to understand and he was instructed to speak English.


*** Series/KamenRiderZiO basically tried to cut them some slack when [[spoiler: unrelated timeline changes result in Takumi and Kusaka coming BackFromTheDead due to their history as Riders being erased for the most part. Kusaka isn't even as bad as he usually is since his real goal is to help out two classmates with their problems (one of them being the MonsterOfTheWeek) [[WellIntentionedExtremist Even if he has to do it in his typical fashion.]] A V-Cinema taking place after the series, where Kusaka makes another appearance, implies that their resurrections stuck.]]

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*** Series/KamenRiderZiO ''Series/KamenRiderZiO'' basically tried to cut them some slack when [[spoiler: unrelated timeline changes result in Takumi and Kusaka coming BackFromTheDead due to their history as Riders being erased for the most part. Kusaka isn't even as bad as he usually is since his real goal is to help out two classmates with their problems (one of them being the MonsterOfTheWeek) [[WellIntentionedExtremist Even if he has to do it in his typical fashion.]] A V-Cinema taking place after the series, where Kusaka makes another appearance, implies that their resurrections stuck.]]



* MemeticLoser: If there's anything else that people enjoy about Kusaka the most. [[KarmaHoudiniWarranty It's that he eventually gets what he deserves.]] The show itself? [[spoiler: Kiba snaps his neck and takes the Kaixa gear.]] ''Paradise Lost''? [[spoiler: Killed by Psyga near the beginning.]] The novels? He ''totally'' [[AdaptationalVillainy wasn't going to get away with what he did there]]. He's not even save from things like ''Kamen Rider Taisen'' with [[spoiler: the retelling of his death]] or ''KamenRiderZiO'' where [[spoiler he almost gets his neck snapped again]] even though he isn't as bad as he usually is.

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* MemeticLoser: If there's anything else that people enjoy about Kusaka the most. [[KarmaHoudiniWarranty It's that he eventually gets what he deserves.]] The show itself? [[spoiler: Kiba snaps his neck and takes the Kaixa gear.]] ''Paradise Lost''? [[spoiler: Killed by Psyga near the beginning.]] The novels? He ''totally'' [[AdaptationalVillainy wasn't There's no way that version of him was going to get away with what he did there]]. did.]] He's not even save safe from things like ''Kamen Rider Taisen'' with [[spoiler: the retelling of his death]] or ''KamenRiderZiO'' ''Series/KamenRiderZiO'' where [[spoiler [[spoiler: he almost gets his neck snapped again]] even though he isn't he's [[WellIntentionedExtremist not as bad as he usually is.usual]].


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* MemeticMutation: 'MemeticLoser: If there's anything else that people enjoy about Kusaka the most. [[KarmaHoudiniWarranty It's that he eventually gets what he deserves.]] The show itself? [[spoiler: Kiba snaps his neck and takes the Kaixa gear.]] ''Paradise Lost''? [[spoiler: Killed by Psyga near the beginning.]] The novels? He ''totally'' [[AdaptationalVillainy wasn't going to get away with what he did there]]. He's not even save from things like ''Kamen Rider Taisen'' with [[spoiler: the retelling of his death]] or ''KamenRiderZiO'' where [[spoiler he almost gets his neck snapped again]] even though he isn't as bad as he usually is.
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*** Series/KamenRiderZiO basically tried to cut them some slack when [[spoiler: unrelated timeline changes result in Takumi and Kusaka coming BackFromTheDead due to their history as Riders being erased for the most part. Kusaka isn't even as bad as he usually is since his real goal is to help out two classmates with their problems (one of them being the MonsterOfTheWeek) [[WellIntentionedExtremist Even if he has to do it in his typical fashion.]] A V-Cinema taking place after the series, where Kusaka makes another appearance, implies that their resurrections stuck.]]

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* The little girl who played Mari as a kid? Creator/AoiYuuki as a kid.


* EarWorm: The Hyper Battle Video, especially the Three Belts song.

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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: While respected by the Japanese fandom, the (seemingly) American Leo, aka Kamen Rider Psyga is naturally loved by English-speaking fans for his [[SurprisinglyGoodEnglish perfect English]] in a franchise that has been [[GratuitousEnglish historically bad with its English]].


** ''Series/KamenRider555'': [[MadScientist Masahiko Minami]] is a xenophobic National Police Agency officer and [[FantasticRacism human supremacist]] who leads an opposition against Orphnochs to [[FinalSolution purge all of them]], living by his own sociopathic dilemma of using those who allow themselves to be used. Introduced stopping a police investigation, Minami recruits an innocent detective to spy on an Orphnoch, and orders his death when the man began sympathizing with Orphnochs. In his facility, Minami has an Orphnoch kept locked inside a glass box [[AndIMustScream as his own guinea pig]], conducting inhumane experiments to revert them back to human form. Making a deal with Smart Brain to have more subjects, Minami captures Yuka and electrocutes her, ignoring complaints that the operation could kill her, as he considers her a "worthless life" anyway. When she is saved by his prisoner, Minami promises that he is trying to work towards human and Orphnoch cooperation, but sets up a squad of heavily armed soldiers to eliminate Yuka, Kiba and Takumi, indirectly causing her death. When the laboratory is attacked by an enraged Kiba, Minami [[BadBoss leaves his staff to die]] and escapes to save his own skin. When he's found and killed by Kiba, Minami spends his last moments laughing at his face and stating that the Orphnochs will never succeed. Existing solely to show that HumansAreTheRealMonsters, Minami proved himself to be far more evil than many Orphnochs.

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** ''Series/KamenRider555'': [[MadScientist Masahiko Minami]] is a xenophobic National Police Agency officer and [[FantasticRacism human supremacist]] who leads an opposition against Orphnochs to [[FinalSolution purge all of them]], living by his own sociopathic dilemma of using those who allow themselves to be used. Introduced stopping a police investigation, Minami recruits an innocent detective to spy on an Orphnoch, and orders his death when the man began sympathizing with Orphnochs. In his facility, Minami has an Orphnoch kept locked inside a glass box [[AndIMustScream as his own guinea pig]], conducting inhumane experiments to revert them back to human form. Making a deal with Smart Brain to have more subjects, Minami captures Yuka and electrocutes her, ignoring complaints that the operation could kill her, as he considers her a "worthless life" anyway. When she is saved by his prisoner, Minami promises that he is trying to work towards human and Orphnoch cooperation, but sets up a squad of heavily armed soldiers to eliminate Yuka, Kiba and Takumi, indirectly causing her death. When the laboratory is attacked by an enraged Kiba, Minami [[BadBoss leaves his staff to die]] and escapes to save his own skin. When he's found and killed by Kiba, Minami spends his last moments laughing at his face and stating that the Orphnochs will never succeed. Existing solely to show that HumansAreTheRealMonsters, Minami proved himself to be far more evil than many Orphnochs.


** [[DragonWithAnAgenda Masahiko Minami]] is a radical human [[MadScientist scientist]] working for Smart Brain who belives that Orphnochs [[FantasticRacism deserve to be experimented on]]. Introduced stopping a police investigation, Minami recruits an innocent detective to spy on an Orphnoch, and orders his death when the man began sympathizing with Orphnochs. In his facility, Minami keeps an Orphnoch inside a glass box, calling him an "abomination". Minami believes that if humanity accepts the Orphnochs as equal beings, then humans will not be "pure" anymore, seeking to disable their shapeshifting abilities so they can die as monsters. Making a deal with Smart Brain to use Orphnochs as weapons, Minami captures Yuka and electrocutes her, ignoring complaints that the experiment could kill her, as he considers her a "worthless life". When she is saved by the Orphnoch he kept in a box, Minami sets up a squad of heavily armed officers to eliminate Yuka, Kiba and Takumi, indirectly causing her death. When his base is attacked by an enraged Kiba, Minami [[BadBoss leaves his staff to die]] and escapes, but is later found and killed by him, spending his last moments laughing at his face and stating that the Orphnochs will never succeed. Existing solely to show that HumansAreTheRealMonsters, Minami proved himself to be far more evil than many Orphnochs.

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** [[DragonWithAnAgenda ''Series/KamenRider555'': [[MadScientist Masahiko Minami]] is a radical human [[MadScientist scientist]] working for Smart Brain who belives that Orphnochs xenophobic National Police Agency officer and [[FantasticRacism deserve human supremacist]] who leads an opposition against Orphnochs to [[FinalSolution purge all of them]], living by his own sociopathic dilemma of using those who allow themselves to be experimented on]].used. Introduced stopping a police investigation, Minami recruits an innocent detective to spy on an Orphnoch, and orders his death when the man began sympathizing with Orphnochs. In his facility, Minami keeps has an Orphnoch kept locked inside a glass box, calling him an "abomination". Minami believes that if humanity accepts the Orphnochs box [[AndIMustScream as equal beings, then humans will not be "pure" anymore, seeking his own guinea pig]], conducting inhumane experiments to disable their shapeshifting abilities so they can die as monsters. revert them back to human form. Making a deal with Smart Brain to use Orphnochs as weapons, have more subjects, Minami captures Yuka and electrocutes her, ignoring complaints that the experiment operation could kill her, as he considers her a "worthless life". life" anyway. When she is saved by the his prisoner, Minami promises that he is trying to work towards human and Orphnoch he kept in a box, Minami cooperation, but sets up a squad of heavily armed officers soldiers to eliminate Yuka, Kiba and Takumi, indirectly causing her death. When his base the laboratory is attacked by an enraged Kiba, Minami [[BadBoss leaves his staff to die]] and escapes, but is later escapes to save his own skin. When he's found and killed by him, spending Kiba, Minami spends his last moments laughing at his face and stating that the Orphnochs will never succeed. Existing solely to show that HumansAreTheRealMonsters, Minami proved himself to be far more evil than many Orphnochs.

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* FountainOfMemes: Kusaka's one of the most memetic characters in the franchise for his extreme {{Jerkass}} behavior, SlasherSmile, and obsession with Mari, all of which his actor actively encourages to the point that September 13 (9/13) is an annual celebration of how enjoyably awful he is.

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