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    Kamen Rider Double (Shotaro Hidari and Philip) 

Shotaro Hidari & Philip: Kamen Rider Double

Kamen Rider Double

Portrayed by: Seiji Takaiwa

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Cyclone, Joker!

Shotaro Hidari was the protege of the late great Hardboiled Detective Sokichi Narumi. Philip is a mysterious boy possessing the True Gaia Memory and gifted with all the world's knowledge inside his head. Together, They Fight Crime! by Sharing a Body as Double.

Voted #1 Kamen Rider in the Kamen Rider W franchise, #2 Kamen Rider in the Heisei era, and #2 Kamen Rider overall in NHK's All Kamen Rider Popularity Vote.


  • All Your Colors Combined: As its name implies, the Prism Memory enables this.
  • All Your Powers Combined: CycloneJokerXtreme's Prism Bicker combines the power of the Cyclone, Heat, Luna, and Joker or Metal Memories to deliver a very potent Maximum Drive.
  • The Berserker: FangJoker was this during its first two uses, due to Philip's difficulty in controlling it.
  • Bizarre and Improbable Ballistics: The LunaTrigger form fires bullets that do not just home in on the target, but can also travel in curves as Double wants. It might as well be firing bullet-shaped explosive bees...
  • Blow You Away: The Cyclone Memory.
  • Body Horror: Most of Double's Joker-Based finishers involve his body splitting in two. Vertically.
  • Broken Record: The result of Shotaro trying to use a Twin Maximum Drive the first time around.
    MAXIMUM DRIVE MAXIMUM DRIVE MAXIMUM DRIVE MAXIMUM DRIVE MAXIMUM DRI-
  • Calling Your Attacks:
    • All of Double's Memory Breaks, as their two halves must be in sync to use one. Shotaro makes up the names himself, and Philip indulges him to allow his partner some fun. May be justified, as speaking in unison is a good first step to mental synch.
    • Averted with CycloneJokerXtreme's Memory Breaks. At first.
  • Catchphrase: Shotaro and Philip share not one, not two, but three of them:
    • "We are two detectives in one."
    • "We are two Kamen Riders in one."
    • "Now, count up your sins!"note 
  • Cool Bike: Double's HardBoilder. And like its owner, it can switch out the back half, forming either the HardTurbular hoverbike or the HardSplasher watercraft.
  • Elemental Powers: Philip's Gaia Memories allow access to Blow You Away, Playing with Fire and Lunacy.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning:
    • Episode 8. It's not called Heaven's Tornado for nothing.
    • FangJoker's rider kick.
    • CycloneMetal's Finishing Move.
  • Explosive Overclocking: Episode 27/28's Twin Maximum Drive. The effects of one person alone trying it makes its usage take on shades of Heroic RRoD as well.
  • Finishing Move: Several, all called Maximum Drives or Memory Breaks.
    • Joker Forms: With the exception of FangJoker, forms using the Joker Memory involve Double's body separating.
      • CycloneJoker: Joker Extremenote 
      • HeatJoker: Joker Grenadenote 
      • LunaJoker: Joker Strangenote 
      • FangJoker: Fang Streiser/Streizer/Stridernote 
    • Metal Forms: All Metal Maximum Drives involve empowering the Metal Shaft with an element.
      • CycloneMetal: Metal Twisternote 
      • HeatMetal: Metal Brandingnote 
      • LunaMetal: Metal Illusionnote 
    • Trigger Forms: All Trigger Maximum Drives involve empowering the Trigger Magnum's shots with an element.
      • CycloneTrigger: Trigger Aerobusternote 
      • HeatTrigger: Trigger Explosionnote 
      • LunaTrigger: Trigger Full Burstnote 
    • CycloneJokerXtreme: This form has a total of five finishing moves.
      • Double Xtreme: A tornado, larger than the one used by CycloneJoker, lifts Double into the sky and speeds them towards the foe.
      • Prism Break: A slash from the Prism Sword.
      • Bicker Charge Break: A slash from the Prism Sword after being charged up by the Bicker Shield using the Cyclone, Heat, Luna, and Joker Memories.
      • Bicker Finallusion: A laser blast from the Prism Bicker with the Cyclone, Heat, Luna, and Joker Memories. A variation with the Metal Memory replacing the Joker Memory creates a laser shield that protects against powerful attacks.
      • Double Prism Xtreme: A Twin Maximum Drive with the Prism Memory in the Maximum Slot; a bicycle kick.
    • CycloneJokerGoldXtreme: Golden Xtremenote 
    • A couple of other Maximum Drives without names have been performed with the Memory Gadgets.
      • Stag Phone with Heat Memory: Engulfs the Stag Phone in fire.
      • Bat Shot with Luna Memory: Sets off a series of flash bulb bursts that disorient the target.
  • Fusion Dance:
    • It's not really two people fusing into one, but more like the soul of one person goes into the other's body. So there's a limp body that needs protecting.
    • Played straight when Double's CycloneJokerXtreme form fuses both Shotaro's and Philip's bodies together.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Before the beatdown.
  • Lunacy: The Luna Memory; invoked Word of God gives its power as "Illusions", but it seems that stretching is the primary manifestation of this power. See the main entry for more information.
  • Incendiary Exponent: The Heat Memory can ignite HeatJoker's right fist or the Metal Shaft as HeatMetal for the Memory Break.

Shotaro Hidari/Kamen Rider Joker

Portrayed by: Renn Kiriyama (live), Seiji Takaiwa (suit)

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Shotaro was the protege of the private detective Sokichi Narumi. Upon the events of Begins Night he takes up on his mentor's mantle, solving Dopant cases. His Gaia Memories, featured on the left side of Double, grant Double a weapon or a fighting style. In the second movie, he takes on the mantle of Kamen Rider Joker after Philip is kidnapped, using a Lost Driver and the Joker Memory to transform. He resumes the mantle of Kamen Rider Joker in the series finale upon Philip's disappearance.

Kamen Rider Joker was voted #3 Kamen Rider in the Kamen Rider W franchise, #15 Kamen Rider in the Heisei era, and #20 Kamen Rider overall in NHK's All Kamen Rider Popularity Vote.


  • Arc Words: "Hard-boiled", what with him being a private detective and all. It makes its way into his bike, the Machine HardBoilder.
  • Badass Normal: Aside from having the Double Driver and training in detective work, Shotaro is more or less a normal human being when not Double. Which is why he can be affected in all manner of negative ways by the attacks of some Dopants such as Old and Terror, which both Philip and Terui can shrug off due to their "unique physiologies", as Shroud puts it.
    • Carries over into his transformation as Kamen Rider Joker. Not only does he have no special powers or weapons outside of enhanced strength, supplementary materials show that stats-wise it is in every way weaker than CycloneJoker. Doesn't stop him from kicking all kinds of ass with it.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: When using the Joker Memory in the Lost Driver to become Kamen Rider Joker.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't you dare make anyone cry in his presence. In particular, the sight of someone crying has lead him to threaten Nasca to never make the children of the city cry and also to attempt a potentially lethal suicidal Twin Maximum Drive when Ryu breaks down in tears after Isaka gives him "The Reason You Suck" Speech about why he is too weak and pathetic to ever defeat the Weather Dopant.
    • Futo Detective chapter 1 shows that he's gotten so sick of being called "half-boiled" that any phrase with the prefix "half-" (like "half-hearted") gets on his nerves.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: He can't bring himself to tell Akiko about her father's death, nor can he tell a little girl her father is in fact dead and not Double. The Movie has Akiko finding out anyway, but she still wants Shotaro to openly say it to her. In the Director's Cut of the film, there's a new scene where Shotaro promises to sit down with Akiko and tell her everything about her father after they resolve the issue with the Dummy Dopant.
  • Can't Catch Up: Shotaro gets this after Philip's power boost from the Xtreme Memory. He does manage to get better, unlocking their Super Mode in the process.
  • Cartwright Curse: A non-lethal variation, but every single time he shows interest in a woman, she's either the Monster of the Week or simply doesn't notice.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He's going to do nearly anything for a lady he fancies. Taken to its logical conclusion during the Invisible Dopant arc, wherein Lily Shirogane lands on Shotaro in an, er, compromising pose.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: A common recurring weakness of his, and a major reason others dub him "Half-boiled". Once he takes on someone as a client he will put his complete faith and trust in them in order to complete their request, regardless of their nature, which oftentimes has him being used as an accomplice for a crime or makes him look extremely naive in general. This often puts him at odds with the more skeptical Philip, who is able to look up their client's history and knows who they're better off avoiding.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Somewhat implied in the Jewel Dopant arc, where his flashbacks show him repeatedly running away from Jinno back when the latter was a beat cop.
  • Finishing Move: As Kamen Rider Joker, Shotaro has two, arguably homages to Kamen Rider BLACK:
    • Joker 1: Rider Kicknote 
    • Joker 2: Rider Punchnote 
  • The Heart: It's his good heart that makes Philip ultimately reaffirm their partnership, even after the events of the Beast arc. He also manages to transform Ryu Terui from a rage-powered man who hates Futo to a warrior on the side of love.
  • Hardboiled Detective: An interesting subversion. He tries to model himself after Sokichi, who was every bit the hard boiled detective of noir fame. In practice this tends to lead to him spouting lines that seem like they've come straight from a crime novel all while being a highly emotive person with levels of hamminess that could power a small city with the level of ham he brings out. It also makes him an extremely open and caring person. His being "half-boiled" is in reality due to his strengths as both a person and detective being combined with the lessons he's learned from Sokichi, bringing together the best elements of both of them.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Phillip, at least by the end. They even call each other 'partner'.
  • Homage: Kamen Rider Joker from The Movie is one to Kamen Rider BLACK, arguably.
  • I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham: Shotaro's reaction to the Jidaigeki Show Within a Show Kaze no Saheiji, Panic Revenger.
  • Large Ham: Look at his facial expressions. Look at them.
  • Master of None: As Kamen Rider Joker.
  • Meaningful Name: His surname literally means "left", and he's the left side of Double.
  • My Greatest Failure: Sokichi's death, which Shotaro thinks is his fault because he went against direct orders from the boss. Addressed quite directly when the dying Sokichi passing on his cool hat; Shotaro says he's not ready for it, to which Sokichi responds "Then become a man worthy of wearing it." In the penultimate episode, Shotaro pulls the hat off the wall and wears it when he confronts Kazu, showing that he's finally gotten past the guilt.
  • Private Detective: Almost the Hardboiled Detective variety.
  • Private Eye Monologue: He has a penchant for these and usually ends up saying them out loud when he shouldn't. Every arc usually ends with one.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Phillip's blue
  • Running Gag: His "Half-boiled" lifestyle, used to mock his self-proclaimed hard-boiled image.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: A mild version; he's somewhat competent, just not as hardboiled as he thinks he is.
  • Spanner in the Works: Both to Shroud's plans, initially and later to Ryubee's. Ironically Shroud would end up relying on Shotaro being this to Ryubee, calling him a Wild Card. It's not all good, though; this trope does take a dark take when he screws up his mentor's plan through rescuing Phillip, which eventually cost Narumi his life.
  • The Unchosen One:
    • In Shroud's eyes. Being physically normal with no resistance to Gaia Memory effects, according to her Shotaro had never been the ideal partner for Philip, and had Ryu teamed up with Philip instead they could have unlocked Double's full potential as CycloneAccelXtreme. Nevertheless, being a Badass Normal allows Shotaro to prove more than his worth as Philip's chosen partner.
    • Subverted when he learns that T2 Gaia Memories choose their users; He quickly realises the hole blown through his office's roof was the T2 Joker Memory making its way to reach him, promptly finds it crash-landed next to his desk, and acknowledges the fact that his Wild Card tendencies had called the Memory to choose him.
  • Wild Card: Well, he IS Kamen Rider Joker. As it turns out, Shotaro's presence screwed with a LOT of people's plans.

Philip (Raito Sonozaki)

Portrayed by: Masaki Suda

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Philip is a mysterious boy, possessing the True Gaia Memory. He was rescued by Sokichi Narumi and Shotaro during the events of Begins Night. He aids Shotaro in solving Dopant cases by accessing the Gaia Library, allowing him to look up endless amounts of information. This ability also lends itself to his obsession with research. His Gaia Memories, on Double's right, grant him an elemental power, or in FangJoker's case, an upgrade. Is kidnapped in The Movie for NEVER's plans, yet Shotaro rescues him and the two defeat Kamen Rider Eternal. Later, Philip is revealed to have died twelve years prior to the series, being resurrected as an avatar of the Gaia Memory. Due to this and Ryubee initiating the Gaia Impact, which eventually failed, Philip slowly broke down into data, until a transformation into Double would make him disappear forever. However, Wakana eventually learns the truth, sacrificing her own body to provide a way for Philip to regenerate in the recreated Xtreme Memory.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Has green hair the sequel manga.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: See Disguised in Drag below.
  • Big Eater: Philip will do this for the sake of his research.
  • Bishōnen: So much that some people new to the show mistake him for a girl at first. At one point he even dressed as Wakana and even Akiko was bluffed at how convincing he was.
  • Catchphrase: "Fascinating!"note , as well as "Bingo!" as a minor one.
  • Cute Bookworm: Shy? Not exactly. Vulnerable? Depends. Cute and brainy? Definitely. Also doubles as Badass Bookworm.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Shotaro's red
  • Deadly Upgrade: FangJoker set Philip's mind on fire at first, despite it taking the protagonists two minutes after its television debut to get proper control over it.
  • Disguised in Drag: Except for his voice, he makes for a very convincing Wakana. Well, his clothing is marketed towards women... It also helps that Philip and Wakana are siblings.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The Fang Memory, made to protect him, has a Velociraptor-like Live Mode, and allows access to the spiny FangJoker form. Fang also takes the shape of a dinosaur head when connected to the Double Driver.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Philip develops a taste for... vinegar, after Akiko used it a couple of times on him as an all-purpose elixir.
  • Expy: After he was revealed to be Dead All Along who was revived through otherworldly means, he is also one to Yui Kanzaki. However, unlike her, he gets better after he's revived in the final episode.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: In Forever A to Z, when Phillip got captured by NEVER, they dressed him up in one of their uniforms.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Shotaro, at least by the end. They even call each other "partner"note .
  • Heroic RRoD: His body starts to disintegrate after the initial plan for Gaia Impact is ruined.
  • Immortality Begins at Twenty: Delusion Diary #11 hints that Philip will forever remain seventeen years old because he's composed of the Earth's data.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: Very noticeble in episode 16. His hair looks messy after taking off his motorcycle helmet, but in the next shot it's as perfect as always.
  • Instant Expert: Every now and then the data Phillip searches for will stick in his head for a while.
  • Meaningful Name: His real name is Raito Sonozaki, and he's the right side of Double. His name also references Philip Marlowe.
  • Of Corpse He's Alive: Whenever his mind is in Double's body, Philip is unconscious, so his lifeless body is a sitting duck. In episode 7, nobody tried to interact with them, but Akiko had to make-believe they were napping sweethearts, so as not to draw attention on the bus.

  • Phlebotinum Breakdown: After the failed Gaia Impact, Philip's body is returning to data, hastened by transformation.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "How thrilling!"
  • Scarf of Asskicking: The Cyclone Memory comes with the iconic scarf, known as the Windy Stabilizer according to supplementary materials.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is spelt as "Philippe" in the aura that surrounds his body when he enters the Gaia Library, but now Toei seems to have gone with Philip.
  • Touched by Vorlons: His encounter with the Xtreme Memory gave him a huge power boost that Shotaro can't keep up with. Not to mention that he died as a child and the "green light" of the True Gaia Memory revived him, along with the ability to access the Gaia Library.
    Akiko Narumi 

Akiko Narumi/Terui

Portrayed by: Hikaru Yamamoto

Akiko is the Boss's daughter, coming in to replace her father. As Shotaro's landlady she proclaims herself as the Chief of the Narumi Detective Agency, specializing in Dopant cases.
  • Armed Legs: Played for laughs with her slipper.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Episode 32 has her genuinely worried about Shotaro as he goes through his Heroic BSoD, which even leads to her calling out Philip for thinking about abandoning him as a partner and disregarding his feelings, showing that despite her constant annoyance with Shotaro, she really does care about him.
  • Babies Ever After: By the events of the Chaser special, she and Ryū have a daughter named Haruna.
  • Berserk Button: Akiko will cop to the beautiful part, but she's no middle-schooler!
  • Big Eater: Can wolf down enormous quantities of sweets
  • Big "NO!": After giving word of her treat to two men whose appetite she knows nothing about.
  • Catchphrase: "No one told me about this~!"note 
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She as actually quite the competent detective when the chips are down.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Slipper-slaps Clay Doll Dopant, just after the latter's upgrade process.
  • Happily Married: Subverted for a while in Accel's V Cinema. She got better afterwards.
  • Iconic Item: Her slipper.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: Has shades of this, given her quite black and white view of the world, but she does keep Shotaro focused on the case.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Akiko refers to herself using the uchi- pronoun. It does help that her actress Hikaru Yamamoto is from Osaka just like her character.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Even though she's mostly a goofy and earnest girl, some of her father sometimes shines through in her personality. Shotaro even sees her as her father momentarily in Episode 10, where she smashes a chair into the Sweets Dopant she'd previously been terrified to tears of because it made the mistake of trying to attack her client.
    Akiko: Don't lay a finger on my client!
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: One that Shotaro doesn't want in his life.
  • The Napoleon: Don't call her a middle-schooler (but she'll gladly be called beautiful).
  • Older Than They Look: Shotaro often calls her a middle school student, but Akiko is 20 years old.
  • Official Couple: With Ryu.
  • Shoe Slap: Akiko's slipper-slap acts as a Dope Slap (on Shotaro ), as a Get A Hold Of Yourself Man (on Philip in episode 4), then finally gets played straight (used on Wakana as Claydoll Dopant).
    • In Ep. 14, Shotaro gets payback by hitting her with her own slipper.
    • In a more meta example, she combines the slipper slap with Percussive Maintenance in the music video for the opening theme song. The results are bizarre, to say the least.
    • Durning her dream in the Nightmare arc, her slipper serves as CycloneJoker's primary weapon, and she beats the crap out of the Nightmare Dopant with it (or tries to, at least).
    • And she manages to outdo herself yet again in episode 40 by slapping Wakana in her Claydoll form who had just received the Gaia Progressor.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Her relationship with her father was like this when she was a child, with Akiko becoming upset that he was too busy to visit her, including on her birthday (though she wasn't aware at the time that he was a Kamen Rider.) This almost became a point of contention with her and Ryu during their wedding, afraid that him being a Kamen Rider would keep him away from spending time with her, and during their early married life in the Accel V-Cinema when it almost did, but thankfully, by the time they have a daughter during the events of Kamen Rider Drive, this is completely averted in their daughter's case.

    Sokichi Narumi/Kamen Rider Skull 

Sokichi Narumi/Kamen Rider Skull (Crystal)

Portrayed by: Koji Kikkawa

Sokichi Narumi was Shotaro's boss, who taught the young man the trade of a Private Detective. During a mission to liberate a young man he dubbed Philip, he was shot to death. The events of Movie Wars 2010 reveal that he was Kamen Rider Skull, while Movie Wars CORE is a Whole Episode Flashback showing him as Skull Crystal ten years before the Double TV series.

Voted #4 Kamen Rider in the Kamen Rider W franchise, #32 Kamen Rider in the Heisei era, and #39 Kamen Rider overall in NHK's All Kamen Rider Popularity Vote.

Tropes that apply to him in general

  • The Atoner: He counts up his own crimes.
    Sokichi: First, I wasn't able to reveal the darkness within a friend who's always close to me. Second, I hesistated for a while in combat. Third, because I did these things, the city cries.
  • The Cast Show Off: Koji Kikkawa sings his own theme song.
  • Cool Old Guy: Well, not THAT old, but you get the point.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Well, "if Daddy ever touches you again you'll explode" probably qualifies for a darn good reason.
  • Death by Origin Story: He dies in the Cold Open of the first episode.
  • Fedora of Asskicking: He wears one and passes it on to Shotaro when he dies. He also insists that wearing one of these is something one has to be worthy of.
  • Hardboiled Detective: So much so that he's inspired Shotaro to try to be one.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: He even gets to die in The Hero's arms.
  • Nice Hat: A batch of which he apparently passed on to Shotaro.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Possibly the only aversion in all of tokusatsu. For once, defeating the monster does not remove its curse so he can never see his daughter again.
  • Not So Stoic: The Chief is revealed to have a half-boiled side in episode 32.
  • Posthumous Character: He bites it at the very beginning of the first episode, and his character is fleshed out through flashbacks, mostly in the movies.
  • invoked Too Cool to Live: The few times we see him in action, he's everything Shotaro wants to be: smooth, stylish, intelligent, a badass, and a pretty cool Kamen Rider to boot. So of course he died.
  • Touch of Death: Thanks to the Spider Dopant, he can never touch Akiko or she will explode - thus explaining his long absence from his daughter's life.

Tropes exclusive to him as Kamen Rider Skull

  • Cool Bike: The SkullBoilder, which is an black version of the HardBoilder.
  • Cool Guns: Skull Magnum.
  • Finishing Move:
    • Skull Punishernote 
    • An unnamed Rider Kick executed with the Skull Memory in the Maximum Slot, which creates an energy skull that Sokichi kicks towards the Dopantnote .
  • Homage: His design and urban legend nickname are both homages to Shotaro Ishinomori's proto-Kamen Rider Skull Man.
  • Nice Hat: He tips his hat when transforming into Skull, and pops it back on, making him one of the only be-hatted Kamen Riders out there.
  • Super Prototype: Skull is the prototype for Double, best illustrated by its being a jack-of-all-trades combination of Shotaro's Memories (melee brawler like Joker, good defense like Metal, The Gunslinger like Trigger).

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    Ryu Terui/Kamen Rider Accel 

Ryu Terui/Kamen Rider Accel

Portrayed by: Minehiro Kinomoto (live), Eitoku (suit)

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Ryu Terui is a police superintendent assigned to the Futo Police Department's Paranormal Crime Investigation Division, and is thus Jinno and Makura's superior. His family was murdered by a man with a W memory, giving him a motivation to exact revenge. When he meets up with the enigmatic Shroud, she gives him his gear, allowing him to transform into Kamen Rider Accel.

Voted #5 Kamen Rider in the Kamen Rider W franchise, #39 Kamen Rider in the Heisei era, and #50 Kamen Rider overall in NHK's All Kamen Rider Popularity Vote.

Tropes that apply to him in general

  • Affectionate Nickname: Initially because she insisted she was the Chief of the Narumi Detective Agency, Ryu respectfully called Akiko as "Chief". He still calls her that even after they've gotten together and even married with a daughter.
  • Babies Ever After: His last scene in the Drive Saga V-Cinema has him talking to Akiko on the phone, and the conversation reveals that they have a daughter, Haruna.
  • Badass Biker: Let's see: his attire completely fitting of a biker (leather jacket and pants, riding gloves and boots), he rides around on a motorcycle that's not a Rider Machine (and a Ducati at thatnote ), he has a motorcycle Motif as a Rider, and he can become a bike while transformed into Accel.
  • Berserk Button: He won't listen to reason once the Weather Dopant comes calling. Learning to rein himself in whenever Weather baits him is part of his Character Development.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Flashbacks showed that Ryu's sister was very important to him, and even was the one who gave him the necklace he wears in the series. One episode arc has him helping out a victim because she resembled his sister to a T.
  • Catchphrase: Four of them.
    "Don't question me."note 
    "Now, let's break away!"note 
    "Despair awaits you at the finish line."note 
    "It's time for your despair!"
  • Character Development: Starts out brash, standoffish and focused entirely on revenge. Over the course of the series he warms up to the cast and ultimately succeeds in letting go of his desire for vengeance, culminating in him defeating Isaka using the newly gained Accel Trial purely out of a desire to protect an innocent.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Both Ryu Terui and Daiki Kaito are the Secondary Riders of their respective shows. Daiki was a dimension-hopping Phantom Thief who steals items from each world he visits while Ryu is a police officer who secretly doubles his duty as a Kamen Rider. Furthermore, their Rider forms are also contrasts to each other; while Diend is colored blue (cyan) who is a long-ranged gun-wielder, Accel is a sword-wielding short-ranged fighter in hot red.
  • Cool Bike: Ryu's rad red Ducati 999, Diablossa.
  • Death by Origin Story: One that pays homage V3's. His entire family was murdered by a Dopant with a "W" Memory that froze them to death, though they lingered long enough to die right in front of him. The murderer turns out to be Isaka with the "Weather" Memory.
  • Death Glare: Enough to unnerve Shinnosuke and Gou
  • Death Seeker: Ryu becomes one when he finally tracks down Dr. Isaka. Shotaro calls him out on it, and he eventually gets over it.
  • Happily Married: With Akiko during the events of Movie War Core.
  • Homage: His character design mirrors that of Kaneda. Also, his Rider armor is red and has a monoeye, he holds a high rank despite being young, and is rivals with one who has a W crest... Char Aznable?
  • Irony: While his Kamen Rider form emphasizes speed, he has the slowest henshin phrase as he says it in a Punctuated! For! Emphasis! manner.
  • Love Redeems: He believes his love for Akiko helped him overcome his craze for vengeance.
  • Meaningful Name: He wears bright red and has fire-themed powers, and his name means 'Dragon Shining-well'.
  • Official Couple: With Akiko.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: For the Weather Dopant.
  • Only Sane Man: Once he gets over his dream of vengeance, Ryu is probably the most sensible main character compared to everybody else.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Hen... SHIN!"
  • The Rival: Ryu initially presents himself as though he'll be one, aided by this being the default relationship of nearly all prior secondary Ridersnote , who often would hate and antagonize the main Rider for most if not all of the show. Ryu looks like he'll be the same way, as someone whose moral stance and personality begin fundamentally opposed to Shotaro's, but he undergoes enough Character Development in his debut two-parter alone to completely avert the formation of a rivalry. The two instead become genuine friends, setting the new standard for nearly all secondary Riders going forward.
  • Tranquil Fury: How he ends up ultimately defeating Isaka.
  • The Worf Effect: Ryu suffers a few beatings to showcase the power of some of the stronger Dopants, most notably in the final act against both the Terror and Utopia Dopants.
  • invoked Unexpected Character: He teams up with Shinnosuke and Gō in the Drive Saga V-Cinema.

Tropes exclusive to him as Kamen Rider Accel

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  • Body Horror: While the transformations of Gaia Memory-using Riders are complete alterations of their bodies, it's usually not obvious compared to the blatantly inhuman Dopants. Accel's Bike Form, however, requires contorting his body in some rather unsettling ways.
  • Cool Bike: He can become one himself when he assumes Bike Form. Granted, it's all CGI, but still Rule of Cool.
  • Cool Sword: Engine Blade. Although it is quite heavy for him to wield when he isn't transforming.
  • Finishing Move: Several:
    • Accel: Accel Glanzernote 
    • Engine: Four variations:
      • Dynamic Ace: The EngineBlade blasts a giant letter A out of the blade into the enemy.
      • A-Slasher: Accel uses the EngineBlade to make three slashes in the shape of the letter A, be it a birds eye view or in front of him, to attack.
      • Engine Bike Dasher: Accel transforms into Bike Form and then drives straight through the target.
      • (Unnamed): Accel spins around while slashing multiple targets before stopping a moment to spin into the opposite direction (still slashing) and then stops again to finish them off with normal slashes.
    • Cyclone: Accel performs a wind-powered slash with the EngineBlade.
    • AccelGunner: Gunner Full Breaknote 
    • AccelTurbuler: AccelTurbuler Phoenixnote 
    • Trial: Machine Gun Spikenote 
    • Trial / Engine: Machine Gun Slashernote 
    • AccelBooster / Engine: Boost Slashernote 
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Accel's Engine Blade has settings for steam, fire, and lightning, representing three types of engines (Steam, Jet, and Electric).
  • Fragile Speedster: Accel Trial loses much of Accel's armor in return for moving at Super Speed.
  • It Was a Gift: All of his gear was given to him by Shroud.
  • Juggle Fu: Part of Machine Gun Spike. He starts the Trial Memory's countdown, throws it ahead of him, runs up to his opponent and kicks them an insane amount of times, then catches the Trial Memory on its way down.
  • Mighty Glacier: Downplayed. Despite having a heavier armor compared to his two future form, Trial and Booster, he wasn't hindered by the restricted mobility and can still move as if he is a Lightning Bruiser.
  • Super Mode: By upgrading the Accel Memory with the Gaia Memory Enhancer Adapter, he gained Accel Booster in the process.
  • Super Speed: Courtesy of Accel Trial.
  • Zorro Mark: Invoked with one Engine Blade Finishing Move, down to the three-cuts gimmick (marking an A instead of a Z).
    Detective Mikio Jinno 

Detective Mikio Jinno

Portrayed by: Takeshi Nadagi

Detective Jinno is a friend of Shotaro's, frequently letting him deal with Dopant cases. He is never seen without his trademark back scratcher.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The Jewel Dopant arc.
  • Clear My Name: The subject of #41-42.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In Kamen Rider W Returns.
  • Friend on the Force: He's Shotaro's main police contact and the first episode establishes that he regularly "misplaces" intel for the Half-Boiled detective.
  • Good Is Dumb: He'll fall for anything (even Look Behind You), but Shotaro says that it's his strength; Jinno is so earnest that people want to believe he's right, and when he believes that rough characters are actually good deep down, they want to be good to prove him correct. A prime example of this is Shotaro himself, as shown in flashbacks in the Jewel Dopant arc.
  • Gratuitous English: Most common user among the cast.
  • Iconic Item: His back scratcher.
  • Inspector Lestrade: He seems to be slightly aware that he's not a particularly good detective at least and mostly relies on Shotaro and Philip's handiwork.
  • Spanner in the Works: Doesn't even need to be in the action to fill this role in the Jewel Dopant arc.
  • Those Two Guys: With Makura.
    Detective Shun Makura 

Detective Shun Makura

Portrayed by: Shingo Nakagawa

Makura is Detective Jinno's rookie partner, who usually quarrels with Shotaro.
  • Butt-Monkey: If something bad can happen and he and Jinno are on the scene, it's usually going to happen to Makura (not that he doesn't deserve it much of the time).
  • Cowboy Cop: Or at least he likes to think he is.
  • Fair Weather Friend: He's very quick to write off Jinno as a thief on shaky evidence during the Jewel Dopant arc, acting like such a massive Jerkass to the point where the Narumi Detective Agency's members call him out on it constantly.
  • Incoming Ham: "Maakurrra des'!"; for whenever he follows Jinno (or Ryu) in introducing himself around the crime scenes.
  • Karmic Butt-Monkey: A lot of the scenes that he appears in have him getting abused or verbally slapped around, but Makura is such an ass most of the time that it's hard to feel bad for him. For example, he acts like a huge Jerkass during the Jewel Dopant arc, only to get his clock cleaned by the Monster of the Week later on. He even has an ice pop stolen right off him by Shotaro at another point.
  • Large Ham: If he's on the screen, he's overacting.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: He develops a crush on Aya, the transfer agent from the Triceratops Dopant arc. His selfish desire to impress her causes him to endanger the case by running off on leads half-cocked. It also causes him to fail to notice the signs that she's the Triceratops Dopant.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Shotaro, though definitely not a serious case. Part of this seems to stem from frustration over police detectives like him and Jinno having to rely on a private detective like Shotaro.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: In spades.
  • Those Two Guys: With Jinno.
  • You, Get Me Coffee: He frequently gets sent on food runs by Jinno.

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    General 
  • Big Eater: Watcherman and Santa-chan go though several bowls of ramen (eight each, to be exact) in the time it takes for Akiko to make a phone call.
  • Recurring Character: Shotaro's informants, nicknamed after the Baker Street Irregulars from the Sherlock Holmes series.
  • Those Two Guys: Watcherman and Santa-chan count, with Queen and Elizabeth as Those Two Girls.
    Watcherman 

Watcherman

Portrayed by: Nasubi

An anonymous blogger with an afro.
  • Butt-Monkey: Watcherman finds himself the target of most of the show's comedic violence.
  • Ephebophile: Played for laughs. He's not actually one, but he operates a blog that gathers pictures of cute girls who consented to be photographed and his Otaku mannerisms make him seem like one.
    Santa-chan 

Santa-chan

Portrayed by: Zennosuke Fukkin

A man who dresses as Santa Claus and wanders around Futo handing out presents.
    Queen & Elizabeth 

Queen & Elizabeth

Portrayed by: Tomomi Itano (Queen), Tomomi Kasai (Elizabeth)

A pair of "street" teenage girls seen together.
  • Informed Attribute: Queen and Elizabeth don't spend a lot of time in high school, do they? Given their Gyaru aesthetics it's very likely they're skipping school.
  • Joshikousei: Queen and Elizabeth.
  • Kawaiiko: Elizabeth.
  • Ship Tease: Begins Night and the ending of "The B Carried on the Wind" implied that Elizabeth has a crush on Philip. "If Philip-kun's not going to eat his candy apple, then let ♥ me ♥ do ♥ it! ♥"

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