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Metropolitan Police Department Special Crime Unit

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The Special Crime Unit, or SCU, was formed in the aftermath of the Global Freeze incident in order to investigate any future cases that may involve Slowdowns. Despite that, the unit is only a small team and their office isn't even located at the Police HQ, but at a driving school. Not that stops them from fighting crime and kicking butt.


    General Tropes 
  • Badass Crew: Don't let their bickering and personal issues fool you - when they get their gear on, no case shall remain unsolved for long.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: They are rather strange, and are the last people you'd think would be able to combat the Roidmudes. Yet, once they get really serious, and with the help of a certain Kamen Rider, they can solve any case.
  • Creature-Hunter Organization: Seeing as all Slowdowns are related to the Roidmudes, they can be seen as such.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The Secret Mission Type TOKUJO mini-series is billed as an origin episode as to how each member of the SCU became a part of it, but the reasons for such are all hand waved at the end and the special is more about solving a cold case from the day of the Global Freeze and foreshadowing how deeply the Roidmudes had infiltrated the Japanese government.
  • Freudian Trio: The Riders, once Chase is reformed.
  • Idiot Ball: For some reason, none of them can figure out Shinnosuke is Drive even though he carries around Shift Cars, wears the Shift Brace in public, and drives the exact same car as Drive!
    • However, this could result from the lack of evidence Drive leaves, as well as the fact that no one can exactly snap a photo of Drive when a Slowdown is in progress...
  • No Respect Guy: #12 has shown us that the SCU are not exactly all that well-thought of...
  • Oddly Small Organization: The group organized to fight the Roimudes, a group of killer robots that almost took over the world consists of only six people.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The team consist of a lazy bum, an otaku, a robotic woman, wacky scientist, an Agent Scully extraordinare and a superstitious chief. In spite of that, They Fight Crime!. And the fact that their weirdness is what makes them a good unit is reminiscent of a certain high school club.
  • Police are Useless: Played with. Within the rest of the police force, the Special Crime Unit is seen as a gathering of weirdos... which is not entirely untrue. But there's no denying that, when on the case, they will succeed where everyone else would be stumped.
    • That's not to say that the regular police are incompetent. On a few occasions, regular police officers have tried to stand up to the Roidmudes (e.g. reborn 007 while he was searching for his human host) but are hopelessly ill-equipped for the task. And there is the small fact that one of the Roidmude bigwigs has infiltrated the government and has a lot of power over the police force and has frequently used memory alterations...
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Played for laughs. When Jun accidentally makes himself an assassination target for the Shoot Roidmude during #34 by handcuffing himself to the android's original target, Kyuu and Gen see no problem with abandoning the two as they're technically not members of the Special Crime Unit.
  • Time Police: Not their intended vocation, but members of the SCU find themselves contending with schemes to alter the time stream by the Roidmudes and Shocker during some of the movies and tv specials they star in.
  • Who You Gonna Call?: For once, the actual police!
  • You ALL Share My Story: The Secret Mission Type TOKUJO mini-series reveals that several members of the SCU were connected well before the unit's formation through the late Professor Odagiri.
    • Lt. Otta was in charge of investigating the professor's death.
    • Kyuu was a student of his, and it's implied he had his work plagiarized by him.
    • Odagiri was Mr. Belt's colleague way back when he was still human.
    • He met several times with Prof. Banno, Kiriko and Gou's father.

    Shinnosuke Tomari/Kamen Rider Drive 

Shinnosuke Tomari/Kamen Rider Drive

Portrayed by: Ryoma Takeuchi (live), Seiji Takaiwa (suit)

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Shinnosuke is a policeman of the Metropolitan Police Department. In his past, he was a hot-blooded elite detective, but he lost his motivation in the "Global Freeze" incident when he severely injured his partner. Shinnosuke was then "exiled" to the Special Crime Unit, traumatized by hurting his colleague and permanently removing him from the force.

Several months later he comes into the possession of the Tridoron, a car that can seemingly talk to him. He discovers that the voice is the Drive Driver, who encourages Shinnosuke to become the secret hero Kamen Rider Drive.

Tropes that apply to him in general

  • Accidental Misnaming: He mistakenly addresses Captain Terui as "Captain Fukui"
  • Accidental Murder: Not outright murder, but during the initial Global Freeze incident, he accidentally caused an explosion that would cause permanent injury to his partner.
  • The Ace: He was considered to be the best candidate for the role of Kamen Rider Drive by Jun and Krim because he possessed courage, intelligence, and a flexible mentality that would allow him to master the varied powers of the Shift Cars.
  • Adorkable: Despite generally being in-control, Shinnosuke tries to play himself up as cooler than he really is: His naming sense with all of his weapons is awful, he pouts when he's relegated to the passenger seat and is an absolute geek when it comes to cars and eventually anime.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He seems to be suffering from some form of depression.
  • Babies Ever After: At some point after the series' timeline, he has a son called Eiji who appears in Surprise Drive. And Eiji's dialogue about his mother implies that Shinnosuke settles down with Kiriko, which is confirmed in the series finale.
  • Badass Driver: The first Kamen Rider to exclusively use a car as his main vehicle.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: To an extent. In all the material seen thus far, he is commonly wearing a suit. Justified, as he's a police officer and his time on the show often has him on the job.
  • Back from the Dead: After being killed off by 001/Freeze, Shinnosuke is revived via the Shift Tridoron Shift Car, which in turn unlocks Drive's Super Mode Type Tridoron
  • Beauty Mark: Has a mole on the right side of his chin.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Getting innocent people, especially children, involved in an evil plan is going to ensure in an early demise.
    • Any clue to his father's unsolved murder makes him lose his focus, especially if it possibly connects to the Roidmudes. Unfortunately exploited by the Roidmudes on at least two occasions: he was once suspended for assaulting Brain (who had disguised himself as a special advisor to the police) and the second when he tries to confront 001.
    • Albeit, he does share this with both Gou and Chase, but try and involve Kiriko in whatever it is you're doing with malicious intent. Go on. We'll see how much longer you'll last.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Chase's Veronica for Kiriko's Archie. He won.
  • Break the Badass: Was an ace policeman before the series start, but due to an accident he lost all motivation in his work.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: A very good cop, but he tends to slack off during work. Once he straightens his tie though, he'll show you why he was once part of the elite.
  • Brought Down to Badass: He's certainly not helpless when he's out of the suit, being an elite cop and a very smart detective. Best seen in episode 48, when despite being unable to transform anymore, Shinnosuke declares that he's still a cop, AND a Kamen Rider.
  • Came Back Strong: Thanks to Shift Tridoron, he's brought back to life and has reached his true power with Type Tridoron.
  • Catchphrase: "I'm done thinking about it!", "My brain's in top gear now'', and "You're coming along for a ride!"
    • The first one has two meanings, depending on the context. Half of the time, he says it when he just wants to slack off. The other half of the time, it means that he's going to focus all his attention on kicking Roidmude ass.
  • Character Tics: He'll adjust his tie, signaling that he's about to do something really badass.
    • Just like Takumi and Shotaro, he'll sometimes flick his right hand while opening and closing it during battle.
  • Composite Character: He seems to combine Shotaro and Phillip together. He has Shotaro's half-boiled personality and gut instinct combined with Phillip's intelligence and Bat Deduction powers.
  • Cool Car: Tridoron provides him with his sweet transportation, his Handle Sword & Door Gun, and his tires for weapons and special abilities. Tridoron itself is armed with lasers, transforms with him depending on his form, and can even be enhanced with Tires of its own.
  • Cowboy Cop: Ironically, before the Global Freeze he was TOO passionate about his work, with Hayase having to hold him back from severely injuring criminals as seen in episode Zero. Still, it demonstrates why he was almost accepted to be part of an elite unit before the freeze.
    • Shinnosuke regains bits of these traits whenever clues leading to his father's death started to pop up. Example - he nearly kills Heart when Shinnosuke tries to interrogate him for info on 001 in #26.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In AND out of combat. He's probably the most sarcastic Rider, and being a lazy, cynical police officer instead of a hardened hero or an innocent Wide-Eyed Idealist might have something to do with that. In combat, he's just like Spider-Man, constantly taking the chance to annoy, bicker with and insult his opponents with quips, puns and snarks.
  • Defective Detective: Possess a brilliant mind that can solve any case with the smallest amount of leads... but only if he isn't in one of his depression-induced lazy sessions. Later episodes later give him bouts of judgment-impairing anger when clues to his father's killer start popping up.
  • Dismotivation: Suffered from this hard during the interim between the Global Freeze and the events of the present. Ashamed of how he accidentally injured his old partner and believing his career to be all but over with him being transferred to the infamous Special Crime Unit, Shinnosuke spent two whole months slacking off, eating sweets, avoiding Kirkio, and ignoring how cool the Tridoron was and the fact that it seemed to be talking to him.
  • Don't Think, Feel: Aside from stopping himself from thinking too hard being kind of his thing, he only starts to wield the Handle Sword well after trusting his instincts instead of asking about it. Sure enough, he immediately gets a Sword with a steering wheel that MIGHT get more powerful if you turn it, and the rest is history.
  • The Dreaded: Because he took up the mantle of the original Drive, the Roidmudes gave him the Kamen Rider title, the masked warrior who destroys their kind.
  • Expy:
    • Cast in the same mold as Makoto Hikawa and Ryu Terui since both of them are Kamen Riders who worked within the boundaries of law enforcement instead of being a vigilante man like most Kamen Rider protagonists.
    • With Mr. Belt, he's the show's Michael Knight. Just like the protagonist of Knight Rider, he drives a super car as his main vehicle.
  • Excuse Me While I Multitask: Type Technic enables him to do this due to literally giving him eyes in the back of his head and advanced computer skills. He owns Roidmudes in his debut in that form while deactivating their device at the same time.
  • Giver of Lame Names: His naming sense consists of calling an object exactly what it is, much to Mr. Belt's displeasure.
  • Great Detective: Especially whenever he goes serious to his job as a Police Detective.
  • The Grinch: He doesn't like Christmas all too much, due to the fact that his birthday is on Christmas Eve and as a result, gets stiffed on presents every year.
  • Happily Married: With Kiriko after the crossover movie with Kamen Rider Ghost.
  • Henshin Hero: As Kamen Rider Drive.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: After failing to save Gou's life three times in the Kamen Rider #4 DVD, he uses himself as a way to protect him, causing Shinnosuke to die in Gou's place. He also protects Yuto from Yongou's Kick in one time loop.
  • The Hero: Of the show.
  • Image Song: Spinning Wheel, which he shares with Gou and Chase.
  • Karmic Jackpot: After Kamen Rider Drive saved and encouraged a truck driver from a monster attack, that same person later called the ambulance and saved Shinnosuke's life, not knowing he and Drive are the same person.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Out of all the Phase 2 Heisei Riders, Shinnosuke is shockingly cynical compared to guys like Eiji, Gentaro, Haruto, Kouta, Takeru, Emu, Sento and Sougo(to an extend) reacting with calm acceptance when a human chooses to be evil of their own free will. Which makes a lot of sense, since Shinnosuke was a cop before a Kamen Rider and his job was always to stop evil humans from the beginning. As the show goes on, however, it's shown that he can be just as idealistic as them.
  • Legacy Character: As displayed through flashback, there was another Drive before him. Unfortunately, Protodrive couldn't destroy Roidmude cores, and it was presumed that he died in battle. Until The Reveal.
    • And of course, just like Gentaro, he's one of the few Heisei Riders who's actually called a Kamen Rider in-series.
  • Leitmotif: "Don't Lose Your Mind", which is about keeping yourself together no matter how hard things are or how lonely you feel. To a limited extent "Surprise Drive" is mostly his theme as well.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Whenever he adjusts his tie, he shifts into his Great Detective persona, solves crime and kicks ass.
    • Alternatively, as Drive, when his eyes start glowing, you know he'll start kicking ass.
  • Manchild: He acts very immaturely for a person his age, doing things like throwing tantrums and getting upset that he does not get a lot of presents for his birthday. It's even lampshaded by Kyu.
  • Meaningful Name: His surname Tomari derives from the Japanese word "tomaru", meaning "to stop", which has multiple layers of meaning: it represents him as a policeman (since he stops crime), the car theme of the series (as in "stop and go"), his personal state (how he tends towards laziness and apathy until something gets him fired up), and the Roidmudes' ability to stop time.
  • My Greatest Failure: Him accidentally injuring his old partner Hayase has made him suffer depression.
  • Not Quite Dead: Initially thought to be KIA'd in #32, it turned out Mr. Belt integrated his data into him, preventing decomposition, and acts as his life support.
  • Oh, Crap!: He and Mr. Belt reacts this way when Chaser reveals in #5 he can use the Shift Cars by using poor Max Flare, who was only trying to help out.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Not for him, but for Tridoron. How does he disguise his distinctively designed personal car when he's out fighting Roidmudes as Kamen Rider? He just hides the police badge on its front.
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: He himself notes that he's fighting Roidmudes with tools and powers that come from the same source as them, Drive and the Shift Cars. Since Drive even has the power to cause Slowdown on normal people, the fact that he's a good person makes this all the more relevant.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: My name is Kamen Rider Drive! *leans in towards the Roidmude* And you're coming along for the ride.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The balanced, professional blue (one of two) to Gou's reckless and flashy red. Although Gou is consistently more easygoing while Shinnosuke tends to lose his cool rather quickly.
    • In Episode 0, his impulsiveness makes him the red to Hayase's blue.
    • He also served as the red to Chase's stoic blue.
  • Running Gag: Like Haruto, he'll never finish his box of milk balls.
  • Senpai Kouhai: He starts calling Ryū Terui "Senpai" after learning that he's Kamen Rider Accel.
  • She Is Not Girlfriend Material: After Chase asks whether or not Shinnosuke is in love with Kiriko, he denies it, coming up with a collection of excuses why the two would never be together outside of work. Ultimately, it turns out he's definitely in love with Kiriko...and he didn't realize it until Chase asked him in the first place.
  • Super Cop: He was already a badass elite cop before the show. And then he became a Kamen Rider...
  • Take Up My Sword: A self-made one. Once he hears of Proto-Drive and Kiriko's admiration of him, he decides to succeed him and take up his mantle, officially declaring himself Kamen Rider Drive before stomping 010 into dust.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He'll often be seen eating milk balls when off the job, which is often early on. As the show progressed, he eats them less and less, only eating them as a sign he's stumped on something.
  • Tranquil Fury: How he unlocks Type Technic.
    Shinnosuke: It's strange... I never thought I could get so mad that it would clear my head. Now you get to face cool justice.
  • What You Are in the Dark: When alone he's face to face with his father's killer, who is taunting him to take the shot Shinnosuke keeps his cool until his backup arrives.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: He thought he got a date with Kiriko in #11. Turns out it was just his Birthday/Christmas/New Year's End party.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Likes to crack wise during his fights.
  • You Killed My Father: Once it becomes clear that the Roidmudes were involved with the death of his father, this becomes Shinnosuke's Berserk Button, which the androids gleefully keep pressing to their advantage.

Tropes exclusive to him as Kamen Rider Drive

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  • All Asians Wear Conical Straw Hats: Not straw in this case, but Type Fruit gives Drive one that looks like an orange slice.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Type Tridoron gives him the abilities of all the Shift Cars, which are put into groups of three (each group having their own theme), such as Attack 1.2.3 combining the powers of the hotrods Max Flare, Funky Spike, Midnight Shadow.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Though Drive has access to a variety of weapons, in fights he mostly uses his punches, kicks and grapples mixed with the Shift Cars' powers. Justified, as Shinnosuke was trained as a police officer and thus has hand to hand training.
  • The Berserker: Type Dead Heat can cause Shinnosuke to lose control if used for too long. Unusually for the trope, however, he doesn't lose his mind when he goes berserk, but rather, his armor goes wonky.
  • Deadly Upgrade:
    • Type Dead Heat runs the risk of losing control and making the Drive System out-of-control, causing him to attack anyone in the area.
    • Type Formula has its issues as well; Shinnosuke sprains his neck simply by using it's Full Throttle due to the massive g-force he was forced to endure. The Trailer Cannon, Mantarn F01, Jacky F02, and Sparner F03 Shift Cars are all made so that his body can last while in this form without overexerting himself.
  • Finishing Move: By turning Mr. Belt's Advanced Ignition, pressing the Igniter on the Shift Brace, and lifting the Shift Car currently in place once, Drive can perform "Full Throttle" attacks. He probably has the most of any Rider: He has one for every Shift Car, and even finishers for his Handle Sword and Door Gun.
    • SpeeDrop: Type Speed's Rider Kick. In certain situations, Tridoron circles around the Roidmude and Drive while Drive faces away from the monster as tires surround it, spinning rapidly. Once they close in and shoot the monster forward, Drive jumps at the Tridoron and kicks off of it, then strikes the Roidmude, which sends him back to Tridoron, which happens multiple times until Drive comes in for the final kick. All other times, the SpeeDrop is basically a normal Rider Kick.
    • JustiSmash: Type Speed Hunter's Rider Punch. Beforehand, Drive would imprison the monster with the Justice Cage, then tires appear and shoot Drive towards the cage, then does a loop-de-loop, and right when he's about to hit the cage, it goes away, allowing Drive to give the monster a powerful jab. During the fight with 005, the Monster can combine with the Justice Cage, allowing Drive to jump on it to crush whatever was trapped.
    • Million Attack: Type Speed Vegas's finisher. Drive combines the Drum Shields with himself to join with the Dream Vegas Tire, and spin very much like a slot machine. Whatever the icon the wheels land on gets him the appropriate response, with all 7s getting him to shoot out a boatload of gold coins.
    • Drift Slash: The finisher used by the Handle Sword, the effects of which vary based on the Shift Car used. Dream Vegas used in conjunction with three Turn slashes hits the foe for Triple 7, destroying the target.
    • PerfecShot: The finisher used by the Door Gun, the effects of which vary based on the Shift Car used. Using the Shift Speed Car allows Drive to fire five shots and creating a giant tire out of energy, Drive jumps into the air and kicks the tire into the shots, enveloping them in flame and sending them straight into his foe.
    • CannonCrete: Type Speed Mixer's finisher. It fires a salvo of quick dry cement, with emphasis on "quick", as it hardens upon contact with anything solid.
    • MonsCrunch: Type Speed Monster's finisher. First, a tongue comes out of the Massive Monster Tire and brings it close to Drive so he can mash the target with giant energy projections of the Monster.
    • Flare Stream: Type Speed Flare's Rider Shooting. This fires a barrage of fireballs at the target.
    • Unknown: Type Speed Doctor's finisher. It speeds up Drive's healing rate and removes all ailments from his body... too bad he'll experience excruciating pain at the same time.
    • DriRumble: Type Wild Dump's Rider Punch. This has Drive equip the Rumble Smasher and slams it at the opponent with the drill going off at high speeds to bore into the foe.
    • Drift Rotation: An alternative Rider Slash with the Handle Sword. Turning the wheel on the Handle Sword followed by honking the horn as Type Wild, Drive spins rapidly, cleaving through his opponent with several spins around them. As Type Speed (as seen in the Ninninger vs. Drive special), this appears as a enhanced spin slash.
    • Rescue Down: Type Technic Braver's Rider Kick. The Ladder Expander grabs the target and pulls them in towards Drive to kick. This finisher is first seen in the Kamen Rider #4 video series.
    • Dead Heat Drop: Type Dead Heat and Dead Heat Flare's Rider Kick. Drive is surrounded by the Dead Zone aura and comes in for the kill, while Dead Heat Flare's version is with flames added to the attack.
    • Formula Drop: Type Formula's Rider Kick. Drive glows blue and rushes in for a powerful kick, with the X-Fan Booster helping with the momentum of the attack. This is first seen in Drive's fight against Kamen Rider #4.
    • Trailer Impact: The finisher of the Trailer Cannon. To activate it, two Shift Cars must be loaded inside of it while the Formula Shift Car is placed in a special slot above the barrel of the cannon. The finisher slightly depends on the Shift Cars loaded inside, with the most common being a powerful beam of energy.
    • Trailer Big Impact: The finisher of the Trailer Cannon as Type Tridoron. To activate it, the Shift Tridoron must be loaded into it while Drive uses any Type Change Shift Car except for Shift Formula onto the special slot above the barrel. The resulting blast results in Drive shooting an energized Tridoron itself, but in doing so, transforms from Type Tridoron into the Type that is provided by which Type Change Shift Car he inserted beforehand.
  • Fusion Dance: Of the Power Booster / Two Beings, One Body variety. Shinnosuke combines with Mr. Belt, Tridoron, and all of the Shift Cars to become Type Tridoron, with Mr. Belt taking over sometimes.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: He tends to use Justice Hunter's jail cell as one. As Type Wild, he tends to use the tire on his shoulder as a shield as well. The Door Gun also has a function like this.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Type Dead Heat and Type Formula.
  • Offhand Backhand: Type Technic literally has eyes in the back of his head, so he's a master at doing this. Special notice goes to its debut where it deactivates the monster of the week's device while shooting over his shoulder to hold them off.
  • Spam Attack: Drive's default Type Speed form is all about this: Its special attack, Turbo Smash, sweeps the enemy into the air and allows him to perform Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs, while his Rider Kick called the SpeeDrop has him trapping the enemy in a whirlwind of kicks from every angle.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: His first use of the then-incomplete Type Dead Heat involved a lot of spontaneous explosions, none of which seemed to have any connection to anything - they just popped up around him whenever he punched something.
  • Time Stands Still: In Episode 6, Belt-san reveals to Shinnosuke that Drive can also cause Density Shifts. However, he never uses it in the entire show's run.
  • Weapon of Choice
    • Cool Sword: The Handle Sword, which he named. Despite Mr. Belt's disapproval of the rather sad name, he can turn the wheel to power up the sword with TURN! attacks, and after three turns he can perform U-TURN! attacks that allow him to slide across the battlefield. If he honks the horn instead, he performs the "Drift Rotation". By loading Shift Cars into the back of the hilt, he can perform Full Throttle attacks.
    • Cool Gun: The Door Gun. Again, despite Mr. Belt quietly asking him to improve his naming system, Drive can fire powerful shots and recharge the weapon by opening and closing the door on the gun. He can also use it to project an energy shield. And just like the Handle Sword, the Door Gun has a slot for Shift Cars that allow him to perform Full Throttle attacks.
    • Hand Cannon: The Trailer Cannon, usually reserved for Type Formula and Type Tridoron. This time, Mr. Belt has begrudgingly accepted the fact Shinnosuke would name it, Drive can fire powerful shots like a shot gun from this weapon. Like the others, the Trailer Cannon has a slot for Shift Cars to perform Full Throttle attacks. Unusually, it has multiple purposes.
      • Type Formula has it where he has to load the Shift Formula Shift Car into the Shift Landing Slot, located on the top of the barrel, then loads two Shift Cars into the chamber of the cannon, then fire a blast of energy, the loaded Shift Cars altering the effects of the blasts somewhat.
      • Type Tridoron has it where he has to load any that isn't Shift Formula into the slot, then loads Shift Tridoron into the chamber, getting Drive to fire an energized Tridoron at the opponent, transforming into what Shift Car he had used to put into the slot prior to the blast.

    Krim Steinbelt/"Mr. Belt" 

Krim Steinbelt/"Mr. Belt"

Portrayed/voiced by: Chris Peppler

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The developer of the Drive System and the Tridoron, who was also was involved in the creation of the Roidmudes. He was killed by Heart 15 years before the story begins, but he transferred his mind into the Drive Driver before his death. Shinnosuke often calls him "Mr. Belt"; a nickname chosen before Krim divulged his identity.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Shinnosuke likes to call him "Mr. Belt" (Belt-san).
  • Badass Baritone: He has a deep, robotic yet smooth voice... when he's not doing his duties as the Transformation Trinket.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": When he calls out Banno for torturing 002 and terminates their partnership.
  • Brain Uploading: He used to be Krim Steinbelt, but was killed by the Roidmudes (with one of them becoming Heart) and had his mind transferred to the belt, in order to fight them. This was also used by Banno, after he stole Krim's mind upload technologies.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Possibly after Roidmude 004 kidnaps him while Shinnosuke is weakened when Banno suddenly betrayed his own son, Go, Mr. Belt and Shinnosuke, and before Shinnosuke arrived once Banno completed the copy of Drive Driver for his use might be related to the summer movie. Apparently to be true, as Banno had 004 implanted Mr. Belt with the "special" chip that makes him evil in the summer movie recently, the same chip that turned the Roidmudes evil.
  • But Now I Must Go: He seals himself, the Mach Driver, the Shift Cars, the Signal Bikes, the Trailer-Hou, Tridoron and both bikes underneath the Drive Pit, but not before bidding farewell to Shinnosuke.
  • Character Tic: When possessing Shinnosuke in Type Tridoron, Krim often coughs into his hand.
  • Cowardly Lion: A braver example than most. When he feared a Roidmude uprising was imminent, he created his own android body to put his consciousness into so he could personally continue the fight against the rogue robots even after his death. However, his will proved too weak to activate ZZZ (in comparison to that of Zoruku "Ultimate Lupin" Tojo's, a master thief who was decades older than him). He then tried to delegate the responsibility of stopping the Roidmudes to his other secret Roidmude, 000 aka Proto-Drive, but his rigid methodology and his partner's stiff adherence to his directives resulted in them being outmaneuvered by the more fluid mental and physical evolutions of their enemies. After they team up, Shinnosuke helps Krim overcome his shame, doubts and fears, encourages the scientist to take more chances and think outside the box, culminating in him joining the fray (in a fashion) as one of the two consciousnesses controlling Type Tridoron during battles.
  • Death Is Cheap: Krim dies six separate times over the course of the show and movies, to the point of it nearly being a Running Gag. It may be a bit of commentary on the habit its predecessors had of creating drama by killing the protagonist's non-human partner in the last act.
  • Deuteragonist: To Shinnosuke's protagonist.
  • Empty Shell: In the Bad Future, Eji Tomari uses a Drive Driver that is exactly like his father's except it doesn't have Krim in it as the scientist was killed years before from Banno corrupting his systems.
  • Equippable Ally: He built and, as a contingency for himself, is the Drive Driver.
  • Expy: Explicitly stated by Word of God to be one to KITT.
  • Famous Last Words: When Lupin kills him in Movie War Full Throttle:
    Belt-san: Shinnosuke... stop Lupin...
  • Fusion Dance: With Shinnosuke in Type Tridoron.
  • Future Me Scares Me: In Surprise Future movie. Later turns out to be Paradox Roidmude, who mimics his appearance.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: As Krim. These days, he can barely do anything physically, so he leaves the building to Rinna.
  • Gratuitous English: He often interjects English word and phrases. Being a Rider transformation device, at this point this is a given. It also helps that the VA's an English speaker. Crosses over into Surprisingly Good English at times.
  • He's Back: Twice.
    • From Movie War Full Throttle
      Belt-san: Okay Shinnouske! Start Our Engine!
    • Then Suprise Future
  • Large Ham: Has No Indoor Voice for every single transformation announcement or special attack. Given that he's not just a pre-programmed voice, he's also (presumably) consciously doing this every time.
    • In Surprise Drive it is shown that he can talk to Shinnosuke while the Trailer Cannon's announcement is being spoken, so either he can talk with two voices at once or the transformation and special attack's announcement are pre-programmed
  • Lonely at the Top: Krim was a top scientist and one of the chief researchers behind the creation of the Roidmudes. Unfortunately, his devotion to his research didn't leave him much time for dating; he was single at the time of his untimely death during the Global Freeze.
  • My Greatest Failure: His role (as Krim Steinbelt) in the creation of the Roidmudes. While he didn't create the Roidmudes, he created the power source they use. He also allowed the creator of the Roidmudes to use said power source, even though Krim knew that the power source could cause Density Shift. It is later revealed that in their past he heard a ruckus coming from Banno's lab and finds out Banno's recent madness, Heart in the appearance of the investor who rejected Banno's project because of the risks and turned Heart into a puppet for his own satisfaction causing their partnership to fall apart and never trust Banno again.
  • Oh, Crap!: He and Shinnosuke reacts this way when Chaser reveals in #5 he can use the Shift Cars by using poor Max Flare, who was only trying to help out.
  • Post-Mortem One-Liner: Nice Drive!
  • Posthumous Character: As a human. He was killed by the Roidmudes and uploaded his mind into the Drive Driver to "survive".
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Start your engine!
  • Properly Paranoid: His unwillingness to go public with Drive's identity or inform the police that the Kamen Rider is working for them might cause Shinnosuke frustration, but he has good reason. After all, the last time he shared technology with someone he thought he could trust, it resulted in the creation of the Roidmudes and the death of a lot of people, himself included. And as he points out to Shinnosuke, the Roidmudes could have eyes and ears anywhere, which happened with the Roidmude who copied Kyu (albeit benevolent), and with 001 who took the form of a government official with oversight over the police. Then again when he met Banno, who is now in tablet form, Mr. Belt thought Banno's darkness was still intact ever since he found out Banno had been abusing Heart before they were killed by the Roidmudes, and warned his allies not to trust him on the chance he's using his former colleagues and allies, including his own family to gather enough data to enact his evil plan (which resulted in stealing Roidmude #006's body to become Kamen Rider Gold Drive after Mr. Belt was kidnapped by #004).
  • Prophetic Names: We have a man named Steinbelt becoming a belt. Shinnosuke notes this once he learns "Belt-san's" real name in Episode 10.
  • Remote Body: He can use the Type Change Shift Cars in this manner. Same with Tridoron.
    • He is also able to do this when Shinnouske obtains Type Tridoron.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: He can sunbathe! He can cough! He can even drink milk (through the mouthplate on his display monitor, no less) with his only issue being that he needs a straw!
  • Robot Buddy: An intelligent belt-like device that aids Shinnosuke.
  • Running Gag: Keeps telling Shinnosuke things that should have been nice to know after they happen.
    • Averted and joked about when he warns Shinnouske about the danger using Type Formula presents.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After witnessing Banno torture Heart in the most cruel ways he can think of, he ends his friendship with Banno. Banno thought he was joking.
  • Secret Keeper: Something that causes increasing amounts of grief for Shinnosuke. He also keeps secrets from Kiriko, such as her brother being a Kamen Rider, until she learned and never thought her brother became a Rider after their reunion. Also keeps the recent revelation of Shinnosuke's true feelings towards Kiriko between Shinnosuke and himself.
  • Shipper on Deck: Thinks that Shinnosuke and Kiriko would be good together
  • Super Prototype: Subverted. The Drive Driver and Shift Brace are much more cumbersome (and far more picky when it comes to their users) than the Mach Driver Honoh which can access a majority of the powers afforded by the Shift Cars by itself. However, it has a higher storage capacity to accommodate a data packet as substantial as a complete digital copy of a person's consciousness such as Krim's. This is why Banno chooses to duplicate it over its technically more advanced successor. That, and it would cheese Krim his old colleague off.
  • Transformation Trinket: Works together with the Shift Brace to transform Shinnosuke and give him his powers.
  • True Companions: Views Shinnosuke as one. He's furious when he awakens from his near-fatal clash with Heart, chastising him for thinking that he could be replaced, since while there can always be another Drive, there can be only one Shinnouske. And he makes him promise that if he should ever die, that Mr. Belt is right there with him, fighting until the end.
    • This is also evident during the standoff with Heart. While Drive was trying to take off Mr.Belt, he wouldn't allow himself to be unbuckled.
    • As the show goes on, he supports Shinnosuke even when he makes decisions that Mr. Belt might disagree with. Despite his insistence on Drive's secret identity, he backs Shinnosuke up when he decides to transform in public to protect Hayase and the hospital from Sword Roidmude.
  • Villain Override: A heroic example. Mr. Belt can remotely control the Tridoron with or without Shinnosuke's consent.
    • Becomes a villainous example during Surprise Future.
  • Visual Pun: With a car based Rider, what else could this guy be based on but an actual seat-belt?
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    Kiriko Shijima 

Kiriko Shijima

Portrayed by: Rio Uchida

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The heroine of Drive, she is a cop belonging to the Special Crime Unit of the Metropolitan Police Department. She accomplishes her jobs and assignments mechanically, and her apparent reluctance to smile or laugh can make her seem frightening. In reality, she knows the true identity of Kamen Rider Drive, and she takes an active part in the fights as Shinnosuke's right-hand (wo)man.


  • Action Girl: Helps Drive out in battle.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Admired the original Drive for saving her, but due to his death she instead works on taking care of his successor.
  • Babies Ever After: Eiji Tomari (Shinnosuke's son from Surprise Drive) says his mother rarely smiles and only does so if she's glad, heavily implying she eventually marries Shinnosuke and gives birth to Eiji. This is confirmed in the series finale.
  • Badass Normal: She was able to fight off three Roidmude before showing Shinnosuke how to transform... and she's just a normal human being.
  • Badass Family: Kamen Rider Mach (this season's Secondary Rider) is also her younger brother, Gou.
  • Big Eater: She's able to eat a large bowl of ramen in one sitting, as well as a giant kakiage. This trait is one of the reasons Shinnosuke doesn't consider her girlfriend material. He's just fooling himself.
  • Catchphrase: "I'm taking you in!"
  • Clothes Make the Superman: In episode 16 she gets a pair of boots that dramatically improves her kicking strength.
  • Cold Ham: She is perpetually stoic even when making car puns or performing over the top action.
  • The Comically Serious: Her exaggerated stoicism generates most of her humor.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: A low-key example. Before the start of the series she encountered future Paint Roidmude. She was rescued by Proto-Drive, but because he died in battle her admiration for him pushes her to make sure Shinnosuke is a worthy successor for him. When she encounters that same Roidmude again she freaks out.
    • Apparently as a child before the Paint Roidmude in her first adult year, her father has did something wrong on his own wife, her mother, witness how sad her mother is, causing both couple divorced for some bad reason Banno has on his own family, and both Kiriko and her mother should keep a young Go a secret, due to him too young to understand, until when he's finally grown as an adult, it's time to tell him a truth, shared to Shinnosuke and Krim about Banno's dark past, just in case if she's suddenly not around, or missing or kidnapped by the enemies.
  • Depleted Phlebotinum Shells: In episode 16 she gets special bullets that can penetrate a Roidmude's armor.
  • Dull Surprise: Averted. While her character has this reputation, Rio Uchida is actually extremely expressive.
  • Fair Cop: She's a good looking Policewoman.
  • Happily Married: To Shinnosuke after the crossover movie with Kamen Rider Ghost. In Drive Saga 2, she is currently taking a maternity leave to takes care of the newborn Eiji and seems pretty content with it.
  • Hidden Depths: She's actually a pretty good artist, though most of her drawings are just a way of keeping track of Shinnosuke's habits.
    • Her heavy pressure on Shinnosuke is due to her being saved by the original Drive. Since SHE can't become the Kamen Rider, she wants his successor to act like he does.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Far more focused and driven than Shinnosuke, and doesn't suffer from the limitations of being a belt.
  • Kick Chick: Once she gains the Rear Cowl Boots, she can perform a Rider Kick on her own.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Kiriko has no idea Banno's her father and Gou guilt trips Shinnosuke into keeping it a secret. Then after Gou is brainwashed Chase lies to her, telling her that Gou isn't brainwashed because he misinterpreted some advice Shinnosuke told him. Although in the end he was telling the truth though he didn't know it at the time.
  • Not So Above It All: Anything that has to do with Shinnosuke actually taking his job seriously has her smiling, and when she gets the Rear Cowl Boots she imitates Shinnosuke's Character Tic and even calls the attack a Rider Kick.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: She is understandably terrified when she confronts the Paint Roidmude, due to the trauma she suffered when it attacked her in the past.
  • The Power of Trust: She never lost faith in Chase's innate goodness and sense of justice. Her undying trust in Chase pays off when he saves her life from Sword and becomes a Kamen Rider again in order to live up to being the Knight in Shining Armor she saw him as back when he was Proto-Drive.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: As a model police officer, this is a part of her uniform. But when it isn't...
  • Refused by the Call: Tried transforming into Drive after getting acquainted with Mr. Belt, but didn’t have the proper demeanour to use it. So they went after Shinnosuke.
  • Rescue Romance: Episode 16 suggests she had a crush on Proto-Drive. The episode's Roidmude appeared as the man of Kiriko's dreams. The Roidmude was surprised to learn the Kiriko was seeing Chase.
  • Secret Keeper: Is the only member of the SCU that knows Drive's true identity in the beginning. Later, Rinna joins this crowd, followed by the rest of the SCU after episode 25.
    • Apparently she has an Awful Truth about her not so Dark and Troubled Past in her childhood. When she asked her mother about her father's whereabout, didn't intentionally mean to sadden her mother, realize that Banno is an Abusive Parent, she won't speak to Gou about their father's darkness, due to him was still young to understand at his age. She reveals this to Shinnosuke and Mr. Belt.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Not that she looks unattractive in her police uniform, but when in episode 8 she meets Hayase for the first time in a civilian outfit, she looks really good.
    • In episode 11, she dresses up for the Christmas party and, needless to say, hot !
    • Now that her brother is in the cast, we'll probably be seeing a lot more of her in civilian clothing. Limited Wardrobe? Not any more.
  • Ship Tease: With both Shinnosuke and Chase, though the case with Chase seems to be more along the lines of hero worship.
    • In the finale it is confirmed she ends up with Shinnosuke.
  • The Stoic: Has a cold personality that borders on robotic.
    • Not So Stoic: Shows this in episode 4 when facing her trauma caused by #010.
  • Tsundere: Denies any allegations of smiling, even if she is legitimately happy.
  • When She Smiles: Shinnosuke is mindblown whenever she turns her lips up, and she vehemently denies it when it happens. It DOES look cute.

    Rinna Sawagami 

Rinna Sawagami

Portrayed by: Rei Yoshii

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She is a scientist in electronic physics and an honorary member of the Special Crime Unit of the Metropolitan Police Department. She performs studies of the Roidmudes' powers, and helps Shinnosuke's investigations as the person in charge of the mechanics. She's also soon revealed to be the resident technician of the Drive Pit, helping to develop and maintain Drive's equipment. She is single and is rather impatient on the inside. She also has a bright personality, and is the mood maker of the SCU.
  • Christmas Cake: #16 and 17 show that she's worried about becoming one. This is the driving force of her conflict with Genpachiro during the Heart half of Kamen Rider Drive Saga: Kamen Rider Mach / Kamen Rider Heart because he's dragging his feet when it comes to proposing to her.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Built devices that can detect the "Density Shifts"; and later ones that can counteract the effect. She also created a lot of Drive's equipment, and specialized bullets and kick-enhancing boots for Kiriko.
  • Genius Ditz: She normally acts like a flighty Genki Girl, but her inventions actually work, she managed to manipulate multiple police divisions while acting as a Fake Defector, and she developed Drive's weaponry. That said, her inventions do tend to have some rather odd quirks to them, which the characters often comment on.
  • Genki Girl: She's always in good spirits and with a smile on her face. The only times she isn't is when she's brought down by relationship issues, making upgrades for Drive and Mach causing havoc on her sleep schedule, and when she was run ragged in #4.
  • Hidden Depths: She wants a romantic relationship; partly over concerns about getting past her prime and partly because she's not completely over a prior breakup.
  • Hot Scientist: Or the "Beautiful Scientist", as Otta commented. She even bemoans having to cancel a date in #8 due to having to work on the Door Gun.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Wears one being the resident scientist.
  • Mad Scientist: Because of their creators' love of motorized vehicles, Krim and Harley's inventions are shaped like cars and bikes, but otherwise operate normally once activated. Rinna takes the gimmick to bizarre extremes with inventions like the Door Gun (which can only be reloaded by opening AND closing the door on its side), Handle Sword (which needs to have its wheel spun to activate its finisher), and Signal Ax (which requires the user to wait for a short period of time before they can use its finisher like they would in an actual street crossing) among others. Even among her fellow Large Ham inventors, Rinna is noticeably more excitable and manic.
  • Secret Keeper: As it turns out, she's actually Drive's head mechanic.
  • Ship Tease: With Genpachiro. The V-cinemas confirm that eventually They Do

    Kyuu Saijou 

Kyuu Saijou

Portrayed by: Kenta Hamano

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He is a network student and an honorary member of the SCU. He is a digital expert who possesses a huge amount of network-related books, and he is talented at information-gathering. His occult hobbies enter slightly dangerous areas, and his approach towards cases is sometimes frowned upon by the whole unit.
  • Animal Motifs: Bats. He has poor eyesight, shrieks a lot, stays up late at night, and the Bat Viral Core soundbite is played whenever he does or says something acutely weird. Fittingly, he's replaced by Bat-type Roidmude #72 for a brief period of time after the Christmas episode.
  • Berserk Button: If anything causes him to lose his valuable data, he'll become hellbent on getting revenge.
  • Butt-Monkey: If it isn't Genpachiro getting jokes at his expense, it's Kyu-chan. Best seen back in the Paint Roidmude case, where he falls off the ladder he was on at a snail's pace and after the Gunman case, where he gets assaulted by two girls over wanting info from Gou.
  • Creepy Doll: Often seen with stuffed dolls from Murmur Mansion, an anime he is a fan of.
  • Doppelgänger: Had one in Roidmude #072. He ended up portraying the real Kyuu perfectly to the point where he could have been working inside the SCU's office and the others wouldn't have known about it. He was ultimately killed by Medic for being "defective".
  • Geek Physiques: He's not exactly fit and tends to tire easily when doing work in the field.
  • Hidden Depths: Sure, he's eccentric and a bit creepy, but his heart is good enough that when a Roidmude copied him, it turned good.
  • Meaningful Name: Kyuu Saijou comes from the Japanese word for "Superior" (Saijoukyuu). Turns out it's not his real name.
  • Nerd Glasses: They fit nicely with his otaku persona.
  • Online Alias: "Kyuu Saijou" is apparently this. His real name is Kenta Imai.
  • Otaku: Of the occult.

    Jun Honganji 

Jun Honganji

Portrayed by: Tsurutarou Kataoka

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He is the section chief of the Special Crime Unit of the Metropolitan Police Department. He is a political centrist who really hates trouble, and orders Kiriko to keep an eye on Shinnosuke because of his habit to skip work. He is interested in fortune-telling and feng shui, and the color of his necktie matches the lucky color of each day.
  • Aside Comment: He does this a lot.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: At times the Chief seems like he's far more competent than he lets on. In #6, he tells Shinnosuke about the driver whom he had saved as Drive earlier, had returned the favor, returning his motivation and allowing him to activate Type Wild. And he did this JUST when it was most needed.
    • In #11, he seemingly has a random conversation with a friend about some favor that he was owed, while Shinnosuke and Kyuu are discussing how to get access to a potential lead who's in prison. Turns out that whoever it was was able to get Shin time to interview the Copycat Pirate, whom had information in Volt's case. As Kyuu put it afterward: "He's an enigma, wrapped in a mystery."
    • Turns out he's a trusted colleague of Krim Steinbelt and knew Shinnosuke was Drive the whole time.
  • The Captain: Of the SCU.
  • Large Ham: Has a speech quirk, as well as tends to make melodramatic or exaggerated motions.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: It's unclear how much of his quirkiness is real, but he's been in on the loop the whole time without anyone but Krim knowing, and set up the SCU for the express purpose of allowing Drive to work within the police.
    • From 26 onward, some of his quirks are still there but much less exaggerated, suggesting that he intentionally played them up to divert suspicion.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Shinnosuke and Kyuu are completely floored when he shows off his office politics skills in #11.
    • And in 33, when Nira tells him to stop joking and try to find a new Kamen Rider, the chief just breaks down, leaving the goofy persona for that moment.
  • Put on a Bus: Gone on vacation from #16 on, during which he's replaced with a cardboard cutout. Kiriko notes in #18 that he was only supposed to be out for one week, but by that point had been gone for three. He apparently spent some time playing golf and currying favor with his superiors, allowing the team a little leeway in later missions.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: When Drive's identity is publicly exposed, it turns out he already knew! He kept this from Shinnosuke, Kiriko, and Rinna.
  • Team Dad: He most often finds himself playing peacemaker. #3 even had him go into fortune-telling to help dissuade conflict.
  • Signature Device: His flip phone.

    Genpachirou Otta 

Genpachirou Otta

Portrayed by: Taira Imata

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He is the assistant police inspector belonging to the Metropolitan Police Department's first investigation division. A very active detective, he has been dispatched from his division to liaison with the Special Crime Unit. He thinks that the work of the SCU is completely terrible, mocking it as an "occult club". He has a sharp tongue, but he is a competent detective whose methods surprisingly match Shinnosuke's. In reality, there is an childish side to him, and it's the one thing he doesn't want anyone to know.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Repeatedly messes up the word "Roidmude". Episode 32 reveals that this is due to 001's memory-altering powers, and when he's administered the antidote he can finally get it right.
  • Ace Custom: The Heavy Acceleration Particle Measuring Device he commissions from Rinna has the ability to let him move during Density Shifts and grants him a measure of immunity against electrical attacks on top of having all the normal functions of the previous model and a much sleeker design; the associated helmet also resembles a police siren rather than a dish with blinking lights attached to it.
  • Agent Scully: In the first few episodes; to such an extreme that he disbelieves in Slowdown, a widely experienced and acknowledged phenomenon, even while he's in the middle of experiencing it himself. He starts turning his opinion around after seeing a Roidmude for real in #5, and by #12 has become an...
    • Agent Mulder: To the point that he insists Slowdown is involved with a crime even when the rest of the SCU says there's not enough evidence. He was later proven right.
    • This brutally justified in episode 32 when it's shown that THE ENTIRE POLICE FORCE was subjected to memory-alterations of anything Roidmude related, making their Arbitrary Skepticism completely unintentional.
  • Brick Joke: Early in the show, Gen ends up in positions where he only sees a bit of Drive's body at a time, and each time while he's in a different form. His artist's rendition of Drive thus has Type Technic's head with Type Speed's arms and Type Wild's legs. Over a year later, the Kamen Rider Heart movie briefly makes the mashup into an actual form.
  • Butt-Monkey: Can find himself being made the butt of jokes most of the time.
  • Can't Catch Up: He's got the drive and desire to fight Roidmudes once he acknowledges their existence, and is even willing to wear any of Rinna's stupid-looking inventions to that end, but he can't really keep pace with the Riders physically and Rinna keeps giving all her real top-notch equipment to Shinnosuke and Kiriko.
  • Character Development: His transformation from Agent Scully to Agent Mulder over the course of the first 12 episodes.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While the plot might force Gen to be comic relief, when he finally gets the spotlight, he shows that he's just as good as Shinnosuke.
  • Contrived Coincidence: When he's part of the action the plot goes to ridiculous lengths to make sure Gen's knocked unconscious so he can't figure out Shinnosuke and Gou are the Kamen Riders. Until #25, that is, thanks to the Sword Roidmude attacking a hospital.
  • Determinator: The Running Gag is eventually revealed as the sign of one: Gen was forcing himself to remember that Roidmudes existed, even though Freeze's ability meant he was physically incapable of having that thought. Indeed, it comes up repeatedly that Gen's determination is his greatest virtue, both in the show and in the Kamen Rider Heart/Kamen Rider Mach movie.
  • Driven by Envy: Played very much for laughs, concerning Public Safety in #5.
  • Friend on the Force: With the normal police, since the protagonists are a Ragtag Band of Misfits on a SCU.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Very nearly gets himself killed when his bullet got deflected back onto him thanks to the Crash Roidmude.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He loves kids... not that he wants anyone to find out.
    • That being said, he looked like he was going to go ballistic when his personal unit laughed at the SCU in #12.
    • As the series goes on, his loyalty to the SCU only increases, and in 25 he tells Shinnosuke that no matter what happens, he'll always have his back.
  • Malaproper: As noted under Running Gag, he can't seem to remember the name "Roidmude", instead calling them things like "Hemmoroido". Lampshaded in episode 27 where, when infected by a Roidmude's Hate Plague, he angrily rants that the other members of Special Crimes think he's an idiot for doing this... while still doing it. Later on, we learn it's justified, as the entire force is brainwashed to not remember.
  • The Nicknamer: To wit: Kyuu is "Kyu-taro", Kiriko is "little lady", and Rinna is just "Doc". Apparently Honganji and Shinnosuke, being the closest to detective rank like him, warrant being called by their proper names. Or he just can't remember them all.
  • Not So Above It All: He seems to be pretty excited about seeing Kamen Rider, he dresses up in costume during a Christmas party, and when an actress asks the SCU for protection, he claims he's the actress's biggest fan.
  • Running Gag: He often sees Kamen Rider at the scene - but only part of him at a time, leading to a wildly inaccurate image. He's seen Type Speed's arm, Type Wild's legs, and Type Technic's face. He gets further confused when he sees a picture of Mach, not realizing that there are two Kamen Riders running around. And then when he sees Drive and Mach together, he thinks that Types Wild and Technic are also separate Kamen Riders.
    • His other running gag is that he always mispronounces the name "Roidmude". Justified, as the entire force was brainwashed into not focusing on them.
  • Ship Tease: With Rinna. Eventually They Do.
  • That One Case: Featured in #18-19, where he and his mentor went after the owner of a revenge-by-proxy website.
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     Gou Shijima/Kamen Rider Mach 

Gou Shijima/Kamen Rider Mach

Portrayed by: Yu Inaba (live), Jun Watanabe (Suit)

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Kiriko's younger brother, a freelance photographer who returns to Japan for urgent business. He transforms using the Mach Driver Honoh. Unlike Drive, Mach's motif revolves around bikes, which aligns him more to a traditional Rider, though he has a secondary theme revolving around road signs. His various forms change the sign on his chest.

Tropes that apply to him in general

  • Attention Whore: He uses Amazing Circus to make a show of his first transformation in front of Shinnosuke and Kiriko.
    • He even sets up his camera with the Signal Bikes to take pictures of himself as Mach.
      Mr. Belt: You're quite the little narcissist...
  • Always Someone Better: Around the time of Type Formula's introduction, it starts becoming apparent that he has started feeling inferior to Drive and is frustrated with himself for falling short.
  • Anti-Hero: After Cerebus Syndrome kicked in, he becomes this. He is far more cynical than the rest of the cast, seeing Roidmudes only as monsters deserving death. He also suggests killing criminals working with Roidmudes in front of Kiriko and Shinnosuke.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Dr.Banno, having created the Roidmudes that he initially was so determined to kill them all, and is a total madman in general.
  • The Atoner: Being the son of Dr.Banno, the creator of the Roidmudes, Gou feels compelled to wash the sins from his family name with his own hands.
  • Badass Biker: Obviously. Even his Rider gimmick are tiny motorcycles. His bike is called the Rider Macher.
  • Bequeathed Power: Chase gives him his Signal Bike, which he uses to become Chaser Mach, allowing him to defeat Gold Drive.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Like most heroes, he doesn't take kindly to loved ones getting hurt.
    • Chase is also a major Berserk Button for him. He hates Roidmudes in general, but most of them live down to his low opinion of them so it's not treated as a big deal. Chase, on the other hand, is actually semi-heroic and Kiriko and Shinnosuke believe in his goodness, which flies in the face of Gou's cynicism and ticks him off.
    • Banno. After it was revealed that he never saw neither Gou nor Kiriko as family, Gou stops calling Banno "father" and will stop at nothing to kill him. He succeeds.
  • Bi the Way: In the audio drama, Gou gets trapped in a dream, and according to the monster in the drama (who said that he cannot control the base of the dream), Gou wants to do "lovey dovey" stuff with Chase.
  • Big Damn Heroes: His pre-debut appearance has him save his big sister while transformed.
  • Black and White Insanity: In Gou's world everyone exists in a specific spot of morality, when reality fails to adhere to this simple ideal Gou goes Ax-Crazy. Subverted. He still has his morals.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Becomes this in episode 29, thanks to Roidmude 001. Subverted, he was actually Good All Along, planning to rescue his father, whose mind was revealed to be alive inside Brain's tablet, yet felt guilty on seeing Freeze kill Shinnosuke and Mr. Belt, as he didn't mean for that to happen.
  • Break the Haughty: With the twist that he was broken from the moment we met him, but the Seeker Roidmude arc marks the point where Gou can no longer convincingly play the Sad Clown.
  • Butt-Monkey: In GP Kamen Rider #3 and the online series #4, he gets KILLED in both the alternate timeline and in a "Groundhog Day" Loop, more times than the other Riders.
    • He also got the Mach Driver Honoh temporarily destroyed when he lost control of his Dead Heat form. The only other form he has.
    • He also gets conned by the Seeker Roidmude and while pretending to be brainwashed by the Roidmudes, couldn't do anything to save Shinnosuke from his "death". Poor dude can't get a break.
    • And when he tries to get Mr. Belt and Dr. Banno to bury the hatchet....he turns out to be evil and gets attacked by his own father.
    • In Drive Saga: Kamen Rider Chase, Shin, Gou and Kiriko are drinking juice together at the cafeteria along with Krim, Chase shows up all human and full of emotions. Cue general Spit Take, right at Gou's face, and in slow motion.
  • Can't Catch Up: A common trend for secondary Riders, but for Mach it especially hurts because Chaser is also stronger than him in every way. To say he's agitated over this would be an understatement. Averted at least somewhat when he becomes the undisputed master of Dead Heat form, allowing him to overheat himself without going berserk. Tragically averted in the penultimate episode when he gets Chase's powers to fuse with his own... After Chaser's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Searching... Destroying... Doing both at... mach speed! Kamen Rider - Maaach!". Complete with a series of corresponding poses.
    • Catch Phrase Interruptus: In #14, the Roidmude opens fire on him while he's doing all this. Mach tries again a minute later, only to find at the end that the Roidmude has escaped while he's done so. When he transforms again later in the episode, he cuts himself off to keep it from happening again; and in the next episode against the same Roidmude he doesn't even try.
  • Character Development: Gou starts out as a wacky Large Ham before revealing the bitter, jaded man underneath, and after it comes out he spends a long time getting worse before he starts to get better. By the end of the show he's finally started to stabilize a little.
  • Cool Bike: The Ride Macher.
    • Combining Mecha: It can combine with another motorcycle to from a car called the Ride Crosser. That motorcycle happens to belong to Mashin Chaser - which means Mach actually steals the villain's bike. Chase later returns the favor.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Gou is cheerful, goofy, and has a good relationship with the show's main Rider; meanwhile, the previous show's Second Rider Kaito Kumon was a Comically Serious Jerkass (with a very small heart of gold) and openly antagonized the main Rider from the start, even to the point of being the "Final Boss" Gaim defeats at the end of the series. Eventually, Gou subverts this trope showing traits similar to both Kaito And Micchy and starts to show darker shades to his character, much as Kaito evolved into a more sympathetic and morally complex character. This is still in effect due to his own sympathetic background, and while he was really just a Fake Defector, he still ends up going through a similar redemption progress like Micchy did, but it's ultimately made much easier.
  • Coup de Grâce: After destroying Banno's body, he finishes him off by destroying the Evil Drive Driver containing his consciousness this way with a Signal Ax Full Throttle.
  • The Cynic: Usually where the Roidmudes are involved, especially towards Chase.
  • Eagleland: Gou's been living in America for a while prior to returning to Japan. Not only is his adopted home reflected in his mannerisms and general speech and Rider coloring, even his henshin phrase is a western one. "Let's Henshin!" He's most definitely a Type 2, albeit a little more polite and agreeable than most.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Gou could originally casually defy physics without his powers for gags and had Medium Awareness. These all disappear and he becomes much Darker and Edgier.
  • Expy In terms of Kamen Rider characters, he's reminiscent of Beast as a hammy, laid-back secondary Rider that gets more serious and anti-heroic as time goes on.
    • Aside from being a homage to the Double Riders, his profession as a photographer and being in the position of a secondary rider makes him the second coming of Hayato Ichimonji.
    • He's also reminiscent of Micchy. Younger sidekick looking up to the hero as a Big Brother Mentor? Check. Really cares for the main heroine? Check. Starts losing his marbles after the world stops conforming to his wants leading to a Face–Heel Turn? Yes, but he was faking that last part. Although if he weren't, he would have just been brainwashed. He did also believe it was for a good cause, and ultimately realizes the error of his ways after The Hero's apparent death, so there's still that.
  • Face–Heel Turn: For a good chunk of the Eisuke Arc. After getting Brainwashed by 001. Subverted, he was Good All Along and managed to avoid the brainwashing.
  • Fantastic Racism: While the whole cast aims to seek and destroy all of the Roidmudes, Gou hates them with a passion well beyond what's necessary.
  • Fun Personified: He spent his entire debut episode playfully trolling Shinnosuke, doing backflips everywhere, and playing with the special effects. It's very quickly inverted as he becomes far and away the most dour member of the cast.
  • Good Counterpart: To Mashin Chaser due to having the same motorbike motif. It's later inverted with Chase as the Good Counterpart while Gou was brainwashed. In the end Gou was revealed to be Good All Along after Shinnosuke's death by Freeze, making this trope a subverted one.
  • Gratuitous English: He spent enough time in America that the language rubbed off on him, and he peppers his dialogue with random English.
  • Henshin Hero: Just like Shinnosuke.
  • Hidden Depths: Shinnosuke suspects there's something deeper besides just his goofy exterior. Part of it is hinted in #22 where Gou declares himself the destroyer to Drive's protector.
    • Episode 27 confirms this, when Gou reveals Professor Banno is his father, and he's trying to destroy the Roidmudes to atone for Banno's mistakes.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Lampshading and discussing a theme that's been present throughout the entire franchise, Gou believes that since the Riders' powers come from the same source as the Roidmudes, that makes them monsters as well.
    • This becomes kind of ironic though, when you remember that this time it's the monsters who stole the hero's powers, instead of the other way around like with most Rider seasons.
    • His view of being a monster himself becomes even more odd when it becomes apparent just how much he hates Roidmudes. Makes more sense since he's Dr. Banno's son.
  • Image Song: Spinning Wheel, which he shares with Shinnosuke and Chase.
  • In the Hood: He's usually seen in a hoodie, with has the same colors and patterns as his Rider form.
  • In the Name of the Moon: Has a habit of make a long and hammy introduction after transforming. Ends up becoming a Deconstructive Parody when a Roidmude manages to get away in the middle of his introduction!
  • Ironic Echo: When plagued by his inability to keep pace with Drive anymore, Gou asks Rinna about creating an upgrade for him, which leads her to create a second Mach Driver by the time he cancels the request. When Chase dies, Gou takes the Chaser Signal Bike for himself, a Signal Bike that was created as a result of that very request, and thus gets the upgrade he asked for in a way that makes him not want it anymore.
  • It Runs in the Family: Gou is able to do the same kind of jumps Kiriko can do, except better and across buildings!
  • Jerkass: A downplayed example. He's not a bad guy by any means, but his hatred of Roidmudes drives him to do some pretty jerkish stuff. No matter what proof there might be to the contrary, he firmly and stubbornly believes all Roidmudes to be evil and worth nothing other than destruction. Even during recent events with 072, and later Chase, it becomes clear that he's wrong, but he seemingly does not care. And, we see him attacking Chase as a Rider! Even with him switching sides, Gou still resents him.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The Gou from his first appearance compared to the Gou from #28 are completely different beasts. The Reveal of who Gou's father is makes things much darker.
  • Large Ham: DEAR LORD, is he ever! He may possibly be the hammiest Rider in history, and that's saying something! Case in point, he doesn't just have a post-henshin catchphrase, he has an entire choreographed routine! Then he stops being a Large Ham and shit gets very real.
  • Leitmotif: "Full Throttle", basically a Bragging Theme Tune for Mach, but despite the lighthearted and hammy boasting it also shows some disturbing Hidden Depths.
    "I'm Double-Faced!"
  • Little Brother Instinct: He's pretty protective of his older sister, especially when Chase is around. He eventually tolerates Chase's presence, but it takes Chase's death to get Gou to finally see him as a comrade.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Successfully guilt trips Shinnosuke into keeping his and Kiriko's father's identity a secret. Chase on the other hand, after Gou revealed to be Good All Along tells him not lie as it would break her heart instead.
  • Medium Awareness: He can see and even interact with Shinnosuke's Sherlock Scan flashbacks.
  • Mundane Solution: Is the bad guy taking control of your bike so it will combine with his own and form a mini-tank to attack you with? Just don't bring it in the first place!
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Inverted in that he approves his sister getting together with Shinnosuke, much to the duo's annoyance. Chase, on the other hand...needed to save his life first before they were finally on speaking terms.
    • Is back in full force towards Chase, when he reveals he's fallen in love with Kiriko much to Gou's fury, though it possibly has to do with him being a Roidmude.
  • Mythology Gag: His signature sound effect is the exact same as the original transformation sound effects from the original series.
    • He's also a photographer like Hayato Ichimonji, Rider number 2.
  • Not So Different: Gou could use Chase as a shaving mirror now.
  • Oedipus Complex: Gou hates his father (for a rather good reason before learning it was much worse) and becomes rather obsessive over Kiriko as he undergoes Sanity Slippage. Ironically, by the time he actually does kill his father, he's back to being sane and did it to stop his completely sinister plan.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He gets unexpectedly serious in episode 14, when Mr. Belt tells Shinnosuke about the true identity of Chase. Also when he rescues his sister from Chase.
  • Power Parasite: Gou in his debut is already as strong as the Mach System will ever be, and though it takes him a few episodes to master the stress that being Mach places on his body, he soon enough hits the limit of what he can do on his own. All of his upgrades from then on are based on stealing the abilities of another Rider, and resemble his costume with elements of theirs tacked on. It runs in the family.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The reckless and flashy red to Shinnosuke and Chase's balanced and professional blue.
  • The Rival: To Drive. Even the powerful Dead Heat form is indicative of this. Both Riders share the form, meaning that the two are in a literal dead heat. Later, he is more to Chase now, after Chase is reformed and return to his former-self.
  • Sad Clown: By the second half of the season, Gou's goofball and over-the-top schticks would eventually erode, revealing a highly-strung, cynical, and insecure man.
  • Sanity Slippage: The events of #27-28 revolve around driving Gou insane. He gets better.
  • Say My Name: As per tradition of Phase 2 Heisei Kamen Rider when a key character with a mysterious past that is linked to the main villains of the series is killed. He cries out Chase's name as he witnesses his core destroyed for good.
    CHAAAAAASE!!!
  • Shipper on Deck: He thinks that Shinnosuke and Kiriko make a cute couple, and immediately starts calling Shinnosuke "Big Brother" because of it (though by the end of the episode, the two talk it over and seem to shift the nickname to a Big Brother Mentor meaning).
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Gou's father is the creator of the Roidmudes, and he feels responsible for cleaning up his father's mistake.
  • Sixth Ranger: Mach is the Secondary Rider of Drive.
    • Sixth Ranger Traitor...by way of Brainwashing, courtesy of 001. Then it's subverted when it's all revealed to be a facade to save his dad from Brain.
      • After his own dad is revealed to be Evil All Along, having used his own son as an Unwitting Pawn, Gou becomes an official member of S.I.D. to stop his dad.
  • Smarter Than You Look: He acts like a goofball, but he's also usually one step ahead of everyone.
  • Smug Super: He's very arrogant about his abilities, but he usually can back it up with power and intelligence. He loses the smugness as he drops in both power and goofiness.
  • Stepford Smiler: Initially appearing as bright and cheerful, once Gou's mask of showmanship breaks he reveals himself to be intensely bitter and spiteful underneath.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Keeps Chase's license and his Signal Bike after the battle with his father.
  • Transformation Trinket: The Mach Driver Honoh (Flame) and Signal Bikes.
  • Troll: He deliberately messes with Shinnosuke in his first episode, taking the cake when he interrupts the latter's Sherlock Scan and physically knocks the images out of the air.
  • The Unfettered: #13 shows that he's more than willing to cause Slowdowns, regardless of if it means that he's no better than the Roidmudes or if the Slowdowns are traumatizing.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To his own dad.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: He believes that Roidmudes are irredeemable monsters; contrasting how his sister feels that there's hope for Chase at least.
  • You Are What You Hate: Gou's hatred and wrath and bigotry turn him into a stoic, serious man and opens the door to him being brainwashed into a grim hitman for the Roidmudes just like Chase used to be which Brain gleefully points out. Long story short, Gou's hatred turned him into the man who he hates the most. Zig-zagged, as Gou is revealed to be Good All Along, but the toll his undercover work took on him caused him to become jaded and stoic; just like Chase.
    • Just like his father, Gou is a Power Parasite who can only get stronger by "stealing" the abilities of the more talented Riders around him. The difference is that Gou's friends willingly provide their gifts to him, as opposed to his taking them by force.

Tropes exclusive to him as Kamen Rider Mach

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  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Chaser Mach
  • Finishing Move: Like Drive, Mach's finishing moves are titled as Full Throttles, and are activated by lifting the Signal Landing Panel, hitting the Boost Ignitor button, then placing the Signal Landing Panel back down.
    • Kick Macher: Mach's default Rider Kick, where Mach vertically spins in place with yellow energy being generated from the spinning before zooming in for the kill.
    • Hit Macher: Mach's Full Throttles that are executed through the Zenrin Shooter. As such, this finisher can be subjected to the Boost Ignitor's alterations if in different forms. During the Ninninger vs. Drive special, Deadheat Mach did a variant where he used a Full Throttle from the belt itself, then fired blasts of energy that resembled the motorbike part of Shift Dead Heat.
    • Beat Macher: The melee Full Throttle version of the Zenrin Shooter, Mach must spin the wheel before hand to activate this.
    • Roughening Kick Macher: The Full Throttle version of Mach Arabull, Mach attaches the Rumble Smasher on his leg before flying at the enemy. When used as Deadheat Mach, it insteads enshrouds the leg with energy, and continues to wield the Rumble Smasher normally.
    • Heat Kick Macher: Deadheat Mach's Full Throttle Rider Kick. Think the Kick Macher, only with red and blue energy.
  • Flawed Prototype: The Mach suit is supposed to be more powerful than Drive, but it is physically taxing on the wielder; Gou had a tendency to fall asleep after battles. This is likely due to Gou taking the Mach gear before it could be properly finished.
  • The Gunslinger: Not only is Mach's main weapon a gun, but he can equip Signal Bikes to activate a number of trick shots. Unlike Drive, who changes his equipped Tire, Mach's Signal Panel changes to show a different signal sign, based on the bike equipped. Mach can also utilize Drive's Shift Cars.
    • Signal Bikes
    • Shift Cars
      • Shift Dead Heat - A motorcycle with a oversized sidecar: Mach uses this Shift Car to transform into Deadheat Mach.
      • Mach Moerl - Max Flare: Mach can fire burning shots. Revving the Mach Driver Honoh makes the shots explode in firey bursts, severely burning his target.
      • Mach Arabull - Rumble Dump: Mach is equipped with the Rumble Smasher, which can also be placed on his right leg for its Finishing Move. Sounds familiar...
      • Mach Mazerl - Spin Mixer: Mach can fire liquid concrete. Revving the Mach Driver Honoh once makes the fired concrete harden, clogging up whatever the liquid concrete got in. This was used in the Ninninger VS. Drive special against Turtle Bazooka.
      • Deadheat Mach (Naorl) - Mad Doctor: Unintentional transformation, due to Kiriko being the one who put the Shift Car into Mach's belt during the Shoot Roidmude's poisonous upgrades. Like Type Speed Doctor earlier in the season, it was used to combat and cure Brain's poison, but in a rather painful way.
  • Lightning Bruiser: At first Mach's stats take the best of all of Drive's Types combined, with a further bump when he gains Shift Dead Heat. Can't Catch Up soon applies, and even with Dead Heat he's left as the weakest of the three main Riders.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: The Zenrinnote  Shooter.
  • Power Fist: Mach can use the Zenrin Shooter as a knuckle, by punching with the tire. Interestingly this, like many other aspects of Mach's design is something shared by Mashin Chaser.
  • Time Stands Still: Like others that are powered by Core Driviars (i.e. Roidmudes and Drive), he can cause Density Shifts.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: While Drive has access to a dozen tools and abilities, Mach relies almost entirely on the Zenrin Shooter and anything the Signal Bikes can power it with. There's also the acrobatics, of course.

    Chase/Kamen Rider Chaser 

See his character sheet under Roidmudes.


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