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     Emu Hojo/Kamen Rider Ex-Aid 

Emu Hojo/Kamen Rider Ex-Aid

Portrayed by Hiroki Ijima (live), Satoshi Fujita (LV1 suit), Seiji Takaiwa (LV2 suit)

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"I'll change the fate of my patients."

The main protagonist of the series. A video game expert currently at an internship in the pediatric department of the Seito University Hospital, he is given the Gamer Driver by Asuna Karino in order to cure patients infected by the Bugster's virus as Kamen Rider Ex-Aid. He is actually the genius gamer "M", a legend in the gaming community.

Emu is one of the first victim of Bugster infection (the other one is Masamune Dan, who infected himself), that was brought upon him by Kuroto Dan 16 years ago. His dormant Bugster was harvested by Michihiko Zaizen 6 years ago, setting up the Zero Day. It is known both as "M" and Parado and also is the reason of his godlike abilities in gaming, and the progenitor of all Bugsters and Rider Gashats.


  • All-Loving Hero: As a doctor, Emu is a compassionate person dedicating his job to save the lives of others, whenever they are good or bad.
  • Anti-Hero: His gaming persona "M" is a complete opposite of his normal self who doesn't have any concern about the lives of others and he treats his world view as a game. Subverted; M is Parado, and not a hero at all, until episode 36,40-45
  • Badass Bookworm: Is as powerful as any Kamen Rider worth his salt (even at his weakest form he's got several tons worth of power), but he's also rightfully considered a genius in universe when it comes to gaming, which is very helpful in combat when your superpowers are based around video games. He's also knowledgeable about medical world in general, as in the ending of series he becomes a full-fledged doctor.
  • Battle Aura: As Emu's Bugster virus has evolved over the course of the series, it has manifested in differing colors. The first outbreak was orange and green, for the Mighty Brothers XX; while his (not quite) "total outbreak" was colored yellow. When he draws on his virus to create Maximum Mighty X, it changes to the same shade of pink as Mighty. And more interestingly, for the first, and third instances his very DNA changes color to match, showing that his very biology is now altered.
  • Badass Labcoat: Part of his regular attire, since he works in a hospital.
  • Bash Brothers: Gains a strong mutual respect with Hiiro and they work well together. Best shown in #27 where they drudge back to CR soaked with similar looks of disbelief on their face at Taiga and Nico's attitude. Later, he became this with Parado, which is like his younger brother at this point.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Back when he was a little kid, Emu loved video games, but always wanted a friend to play them with him. That friend he got was Parado.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: This is the point of #39. With Nico's life at stake, Emu finally decides to knock some sense into Parado the hardest way possible.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Happens after the fight with Genm in #14. Taiga uses it to get a sample of his blood for tests that later reveal that Emu has the Game Disease.
  • Break the Cutie: It all started with Emu sending fanmail to Kuroto containing game ideas that his life turned upside down, especially in the Gorider special.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Zig-zagged. The reason Nico Saiba hates Emu is because he managed to beat her in a gaming tournament, the only loss on her perfect winning streak. While he did remember it, Nico saw it as the beginning of her long-lasting grudge, while Emu just saw it as another victory against another worthy opponent. Subverted that it was Parado who defeated her that day.
  • Butt-Monkey: Early on Emu is on the receiving end of most of the slapstick and is disrespected by just about everyone else in the hospital. Over the course of the show he gains more respect from his peers, but the Trauma Conga Line that replaces it ensures he still suffers aplenty. The web specials ease up on the emotional abuse, since they're not about him, but replace it with plenty of physical abuse by putting him on the receiving end of some rather brutal and bloody assaults whenever he's not transformed.
  • Catchphrase: "Let's clear this with no continues!"
    • He has another: "I'll change X's fate with my own hands!"
  • Character Tic: Before inserting his Rider Gashat for his Finishing Move, he blows the very bottom first before inserting it into the slot holder. Truth in Television, as this was common practice among gamers in the old days whenever a video game cartridge malfunctioned.
    • Another one he has is when he says his catchphrase, he flicks his hand out.
  • Combat Medic: Played straight as Ex-Aid, but ultimately subverted when he's not transformed as shown in the Heisei Generations movie where the most he can do without becoming a Rider is run, dodge, and block with every attempt at hitting back horribly backfiring on him. In fact, amongst the Gamer Riders there, he's the worst at untransformed combat.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Emu isn't taken very seriously by his patients and is often the butt of jokes. However, when he plays video games, he becomes incredibly competent. This carries over to him as Ex-Aid and shows why he is a good choice for the Gamer Driver. There's a reason he's called the "Genius Gamer".
    • With that said, the true reason he was chosen was for reasons unrelated to his gaming skills.
    • Befitting a gamer, he's surprisingly skilled at manipulating people who wouldn't normally work with him into helping him one way or another. The best examples are tricking Hiiro, Taiga, and Kiriya into working together to use the Drago Knight Hunter Z Gashat by framing it as a contest, and then tricking Parado into getting into Poppy's Gashacon Bugvisor II to seemingly replicate Kuroto's scheme of infiltrating Cronus' Driver... only to instead absorb Parado to be able to use Hyper Muteki and reclaim the power of Genius Gamer M.
  • Deadly Upgrade: His first use of the Mighty Brothers XX Gashat causes him to begin suffering blackout-inducing headaches that reduce in intensity but grow in frequency with time, even when not using the Gashat. He eventually overcome this drawback via Character Development.
  • Demonic Possession: Whenever his "M" personality becomes dominant, it's actually Parado taking over.
  • Determinator: Episode 3 has a standout moment when his health drops down to 5% and he still keeps going through a barrage of fire to save his patient.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: When Parado's sacrifice lets him No-Sell Cronus's Pause even without Hyper Muteki or his own transformation, he stops Cronus from using it all together by punching and cracking the Bugvisor Zwei so hard he sends Cronus flying into his clock with enough force to destroy it.
  • Driven to Suicide: Happened to him once, as mentioned in the follow up novel.
  • Enemy Without: Parado is his Imaginary Friend come to life as a Bugster, and the true identity of his M persona.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Genius Gamer M is hailed as the greatest gamer in the community. It turns out that "M" is not Emu in any way but really Parado possessing his body.
  • The Fool: He spent the entirety of his youth thwarting Kuroto's various attempts to ruin/end his life completely by accident.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: It takes him a while to remember his earlier encounter with Nico and thus the reason why she is mad at him. Unfortunately, she remembers it all too well.
  • Genre Savvy: The only Rider with much in the way of gaming knowledge, he's the only one other than Parado to make consistent use of power-ups and game objects. It occasionally turns to Wrong Genre Savvy, like trying to skip using Level 1 early in the show without realizing it actually serves a purpose, but usually means that the idealistic Rider is the only Combat Pragmatist of the bunch.
    • When "battling" Burgermon, he explains to Taiga that Ju Ju Burger isn't a combat game and approaches it as such, by making Burgmon a burger using the Ju Ju Critical Strike. This cures the patient.
    • In episode 44, he's the one realizing that the cartoonish Level 1 form is the only one able to defeat Gamedeus' Bugster Union Form.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Parado schemed for Emu to become a Worthy Opponent he could fight on even grounds. This led to Emu getting strong enough he could ignore him in favor of more important matters for most of the story onwards. That was actually good for Parado as when Emu finally decides to fight him, it's light year away from duel on even grounds.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: A few characters have assumed Emu is naive, and sometimes he is, for his idealism. Mistaking this for stupidity is often a terrible mistake, as Emu has a good knowledge of how to work other people with Batman Gambits and has come up with multiple, brilliant plans for defeating the villains that generally work very well. He's not called a 'Genius Gamer' for nothing.
  • Healing Hands: Feels that this is only half of his job, with ensuring his patients' happiness being the other. This puts him at odds with Hiiro early on, who also cares for the lives of his patients, but only as far as their lives.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Emu learned that he's the Patient Zero of the Bugster Virus, he has doubts of transforming into Ex-Aid as he might lose his existence. Luckily, he snapped out of his doubts after he resolves to fight again as a doctor and a rider.
  • Hit Me, Dammit!: An invoked lethal variation in #28. Since Emu knows that not all Bugsters are evil (such as Burgermon), he resorted to use this method by pointing Poppy's Bugvisor at his chest and daring her to fire. It works out in his favor in the end, since Poppy's refusal to hurt anyone is his real aim, not the other way around.
  • Hurting Hero: Emu takes up so much emotional and physical abuse that almost every episode he experiences some form of suffering. Poor guy just needs a hug. And yet he takes it in and knows he has to do a job.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Pretty much the exact reason he was chosen to be a Rider. His pro-level reflexes and encyclopedic knowledge on video games makes him a damn near perfect operator for the Gamer Driver.
  • The Intern: Emu is a pediatrician resident at the Seito University Hospital. Later he graduates from pediatrics and begins a surgery internship under Hiiro for 3 months, until episode 24. After the series ends, he become a physician at the hospital.
  • I Owe You My Life: A flashback showed that he was hospitalized as a kid, but a doctor (later revealed to be the current Secretary of Ministry of Health) saved him and gave him a WonderSwan. It inspired him to become a doctor and a gamer, and he now holds saving lives dearly, as he feels it is his turn to pay back. In fact, it's why he's anxious in Episode 9, as Dr. Kyotarou Hinata is infected by game disease and so Emu scrambles to be the one person who will save him.
  • Jerkass: As M, he's an arrogant and competitive bastard who shows no concern for his patients. Normally this aspect is tempered by Emu into just making him cockier than normal while gaming, but whenever the two are separated it becomes much more evident. For instance, whenever M is separated as Parado.
  • King of Games: M has quite a reputation in the gaming community, with many characters calling him a genius gamer (to the point that "The Genius Gamer, M" is a Share Phrase used to describe him by pretty much everyone.) This is why CR went looking for him in the first place; they have doctors who know what they're doing medically, but they needed someone who knew the gaming side of things.
  • The Klutz: Seems to be prone to injuring himself, like falling down or being stepped on by other people.
  • Lack of Empathy: When M is surfacing from Emu, he becomes a Jerkass who only cares about gaming and fighting Bugsters.
  • Letter Motif: Emu is pretty much the syllabic pronunciation of the letter M. M is his gamer persona. All the Gashats that give him important forms also has M in it - Mighty Action X, Mighty Brothers XX, Maximum Mighty X, and Hyper Muteki.
  • Literal Split Personality: When using Mighty Brothers XX, Ex-Aid splits into two halves: Ex-Aid XX R, the orange-colored right half who acts like "M" (a cocky individual that prioritizes defeating the enemy to ensure his victory) and Ex-Aid XX L, the cyan-colored left half who acts like Emu (a calm individual that prioritizes his patient's safety first). Played with in that M isn't Emu's personality at all, though the two are connected.
  • Meaningful Name: "Emu" is spelt with characters for "eternal dream"; appropriate for someone who spends a lot of his time immersed in virtual worlds. And when you pronounce it quickly, it sounds like "M", which is his game persona.
  • Misblamed: In-Universe. In Gorider, Kaoru Kino/Another Agito suspects that Emu has a secret plan after he and four other deceased Riders (Lazer, Baron, Marika, and Bladenote ) somehow was grouped together along with Emu. In truth, Emu doesn't even know how he even manages to get there in the first place.
  • Mismatched Eyes: When he first activated the Mighty Brothers XX Gashat, his right eye became orange-colored and his left eye became cyan-colored, reflecting the colors of the forms.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Played With. Being new to the CR, Emu's knowledge about Bugster and the Rider system is unsurprisingly lacking and he often has to be guided by Asuna. But, thanks to his skills and knowledge as a gamer, not only does he learn pretty quickly, he also knows how the games the Bugster appear from work and how to complete them.
  • Nice Guy: He is overall a friendly young doctor ready to help his patients.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • He wanted to save Kuroto Dan, so he used his reprogramming ability to remove his resistance to Bugster virus. That in turn allowed Parado to kill Genm by infecting him with massive amount of the virus. Then again, he didn't know Parado was going do that.
    • Then he did it again by smacking Parado with a Maximum Critical Finish while they were sharing a body through Double Action Gamer. This allowed Parado to reprogram himself to steal a copy of Emu's DNA, making him compatible with the Gamer Driver.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: People who knew him from the gaming community, such as Nico, only know him as "Genius Gamer M" and calls him as such. Nico was actually surprised to see him act polite, as she only knew him in his cocky "Genius Gamer" persona.
  • Only Sane Man: Played With. Emu is the sole kind person in a group consisting of a narcissistic colleague with no bedside manner, a Back-Alley Doctor with no interest in his patients, and a secret keeper with Mad Scientist aspirations respectively. Unfortunately, they are all way better-informed than Emu (at first) in just about everything going on and serve as foils that remind him of certain realities that can come with his chosen profession.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Kiriya just needs to tell Emu... something and it's enough to make him mad and punch Kiriya in the face. Apparently invoked to help Kiriya keep up the act.
    • He is uncharacteristically cruel while beating Parado in #39. This was to add the last layer of horror to Parado's Villainous BSoD.
  • Or Was It a Dream?: Mistook the surgery him was performed on six years ago as a dream.
  • Patient Zero: Sixteen years before the series, Emu acted as a breeding ground for the Bugster virus. Later on, he was operated on when the virus matured in order to extract the virus. He survived the ordeal, and this experiment allowed him to use a Gamer Driver without the need for the special operation.
  • Personality Blood Types: Revealed to be an AB+. One peculiar trait AB's have? Split personality. Also fits with the gaming motif, with AB representing the usual action buttons on most controllers, while the + references D-pads.
  • Phrase Catcher: Said by the other characters to Emu, usually when commenting to his naivette: "you fail as a doctor".
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Emu's M persona is unbelievably cocky and apathetic, and sees everything as stuff to have fun with, even screwing with Poppy in the DoReMiFa Beat machine. Fits just right in with Parad's mindset...
  • Red Baron: Genius Gamer "M". Masamune calls him "Hyper Muteki".
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: While it takes a bit to start happening, after a few episodes Emu's eyes begin glowing red whenever he switches his persona. This is a clue that he's infected with the Bugster virus, as this usually happens to those infected by the virus.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Hiiro's Blue. Even the colour of his armour is light pink which is close to red.
    • Mighty Brothers XX has him do this to himself, thanks to separating his personalities. The suit colors are even really close to the personalities.
  • Serious Business: Being a doctor, and one who nearly died once as a child, Emu takes life very seriously, respecting his Hippocratic Oath more than any of the other Riders. A huge Berserk Button of his involve killing innocents or disregarding lives as insignificant, regardless of morality, practicality, or whether they are a Bugster or a human.
    • When he heard that the Gashat thief was the Black Ex-Aid, Hiiro and Taiga were willing to let him die when they saw that he had Game Disease, feeling that a life is important regardless of whether the patient is good or bad. As it turns out, the patient was Graphite and he was never in danger because he was a Bugster anyway.
    • Despite Kuroto killing Kiriya and spreading Game Disease everywhere, Emu refuses to let him get arrested when he got Game Disease. Even after discovering that Kuroto made him Patient Zero of Game Disease, he still treated him because it's his responsibility as a doctor, which is what Kuroto wanted all along.
    • After Kamen Rider Chronicle is completed, he's more focused on saving lives and a brainwashed Poppy rather than fighting Parado, which causes the latter to kill players to get his attention and obtain a more powerful form to fight him on even terms.
    • He's refused Enemy Mine with both Kuroto and Parado for ideological reasons. Emu does not like how Kuroto sees the Bugster virus as a better form of medicine that grants immortality since it has led to the death and suffering of many patients. Likewise, he has a greater amount of disgust for Parado for killing the Ride Players and treating their deaths as it were a game. It takes Parado finally learning to fear death after a Trauma Conga Line before Emu forgave him.
    • His appreciation for life extends to Bugsters as well. He figures out Poppy is a good Bugster due to his videogame knowledge and doesn't treat her any different in comparison to the Bugsters he fights. He's also the only one of the Doctor Riders who keeps supporting her even after she's been turned against them by the Bugsters as an enemy of Kamen Rider Chronicles. Additionally, he liked Burgermon and was angry when Genm killed him out of spite.
  • Soul Jar: Not in the traditional sense, but Emu would permanently lose his ability to transform if his Bugster, Parado were to be destroyed. It becomes particularly relevant once Emu's acquisition of Hyper Muteki makes defeating him in direct combat a dubious prospect, prompting his opponents to target his much more vulnerable jar. Unfortunately for Emu, his jar also wants to kill him at first.
  • Split Personality: There's a distinct difference between his doctor-self and his gamer-self. He's a bit clumsy but well-meaning as a doctor, but he becomes eager and confident as the legendary gamer M. He even changes pronounsnote . It was originally presented as just a confidence boost thanks to being in his element, but the glowing red eyes quickly caused it to take on a darker tone. Much later, it's revealed that "M" isn't Emu at all, but is instead Parado taking control.
  • Split-Personality Makeover: When he activates a gashat and becomes M, wind blows his hair back. His expressions and body language become more confident. The difference is most apparent early into the story.
  • Split-Personality Merge: Emu must do this with Parado to use Hyper Muteki as the Genius Gamer M is the only one capable of using it. Unlike most examples, it's only temporary, as Parado splits off after detransforming.
  • The Strategist: His biggest advantage: yes, Emu is Genre Savvy, but more importantly he knows how to use that knowledge. Most of Emu's wins over stronger opponents are based on better use of power-ups and strategy. It even shows in his social interactions at times: while his allies are unreliable at best, Emu knows how to leverage their personal hangups to get them to agree to a teamup.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: In #33. Kuroto is the first person to realize what Emu came up with in order to defeat Cronus. The fact that Emu is pointing at him, ridiculously gleeful, may help.
  • The Social Expert: The only doctor with people skills, which often plays a part in his contribution to their treatment. This proves very important, since Bugster infections are based on the patient's stress, and knowing more about them allows him to anticipate the Bugster's movements. On occasion he even applies it to his fellow Riders, such as appealing to Hiiro's ego when faced with a patient in need of a high-risk surgery that only he could perform.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: He ultimately doesn't want to kill Kuroto, as he is a doctor first before being a Kamen Rider. He even goes through lengths to make sure Kuroto is unable to transform anymore so he could face justice and eventually reform because he believes deep down the man enjoys making games. The fact that Parado kills Kuroto even after doing that shocks him to the core that we later see him shed tears.
  • Token Good Teammate: The other Riders gradually come around, but for a good chunk of early episodes Emu is the only Rider who looks to have a functioning moral compass.
  • Trauma Conga Line: There's a series of events that shaped his life without him knowing, all resulting in him being hurt and giving him despair. And even with his victories, the happiness he gets are merely temporary. His oath to keep people happy and healthy is what's keeping him from breaking down.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Turns out he was a factor in the show's events going into motion: Kuroto chose him to be the breeding ground for stronger Bugsters because Emu sent him fanmail of all things. Definitely not Emu's fault, since it was Kuroto who thought that Emu's ideas on said fanmail were too good.
    • He encouraged Hiiro to pursue reviving Saki from Proto Dragon Knight Hunter Z gashat in #33. This leads Hiiro to take up Masamune's offer, backstabbing everyone in the procces.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Parado. All his successes for the first twenty-eight episodes were because the Bugster let him.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Emu is rightfully pissed off at Hiiro, Taiga, and Nico over their attempted Player Killing of Poppy despite her current mental condition in #28. When Hiiro protested about not killing Poppy, Emu shuts him up.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Not Emu, obviously, but Parado made him do it to Poppy (via Demonic Possession) in #28.

Tropes exclusive to him as Kamen Rider Ex-Aid

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Let's Game! Metcha Game! Mutcha Game! What's your name?! I'm a Kamen Rider!
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Mighty Jump! Mighty Kick! Mighty Mighty Action X!
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Ore ga Omae de! Omae ga Ore de!note  (We Are!) Mighty! Mighty! Brothers (Hey!) Double X!
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Saidaikyuu no Powerful Body! Dariragan! Dagozuban! Maximum Power~ X~!
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Kagayake! Ryuusei no Gotoku! Ougon no Saikyou Gamer!note  Hyper Muteki Ex-Ai~d!

  • Action RPG: Drago Knight Hunter Z, more specifically based on Monster Hunter and similar games. The basis for all four Hunter Gamer Level 5 forms, with each carrying a piece of the full armor, Ex-Aid's piece being the chest-mounted body armor/biter "Fang". Ex-Aid can also take the full armor for himself as Full Dragon rather than share it, but despite looking much more impressive, this form is considerably weaker and harder to use.
  • Anime Hair: Ex-Aid proudly sports a set of spiky pink hair on his helmet. Double Action Gamer replaces it with a half-shaved head and spiky cyan/orange hair on the other half, while Muteki Gamer instead sports long golden dreadlocks.
  • Badass Longcoat: Sports pink coat tails as Creator Gamer.
  • Cool Sword:
    • The Gashacon Breaker can switch into sword mode.
    • Gets a second in the Gashacon Keyslasher.
  • Cool Helmet: Gains one in his Robot Action Gamer Level 3 form, which comes with a familiar V-fin.
  • Drop the Hammer: Uses his Gashacon Breaker in hammer mode quite extensively.
  • Explosive Overclocking: Hyper Muteki can only be used for ten seconds by other Riders in order to prevent this, while Ex-Aid's Muteki Gamer form instead features hair that vents the excess heat and prevents the suit from exploding from just how overclocked it is.
  • Faster Than They Look: With how tall and bulky Maximum Gamer Level 99 is, one would expect it to be a Mighty Glacier. As Genm would attest to though, it's as fast as it is tough.
  • Finishing Move:
    • Mighty Critical Strike: Charging energy into his right foot, Ex-Aid performs an acrobatic display of kicks, hitting the target multiple times.
    • Mighty Critical Finish: In Hammer Mode, the Gashacon Breaker is swung into the ground, the energy within knocking a foe away.
    • Gekitotsu Critical Strike: Charging energy into the robot fist, Ex-Aid fires it at his target which rockets them forward until they collide with something, at which point Ex-Aid rushes forward and punches his fist back into the robot arm, hitting the target with a massive amount of force.
    • Drago Knight Critical Strike: Charging energy, Ex-Aid breathes fireballs at his foe.
    • Mighty Double Critical Strike: Charging energy into opposite feet, the Brothers perform a series of rapid acrobatic kicks, rejoining into Lv. 10, before hitting the target again and jumping into the air, and ending with a double Diving Kick.
    • Maximum Critical Break: Ex-Aid punches into the ground to send the enemy flying into the air, then jumps after it and delivers a kick to it as the enemy descends. It also contains the Reprogramming effect, removing any of opponent's enhancement.
    • Hyper Critical Sparking: Ex-Aid delivers a series of Flash Step kicks that do no apparent damage until a few moments after all of them connect. A varient with the Gashacon Keyslasher sees him deliver a barrage of blindingly quick golden slashes with the same delayed reaction effect.
  • Flash Step: Muteki Gamer's Hyper Critical Sparking looks like a Teleport Spam, but is officially him moving with such Super Speed it looks like he's teleporting. Turns out he can do it without the Finishing Move, but has some difficulty actually controlling it, as the first time he did it he actually stepped passed the target.
  • Fragile Speedster: JuJu Burger has no real upgrades to physical combat, being based off of a game about cooking. On the other hand, its skates give the user great agility and speed, to the point of dodging shots from Snipe without trouble.
  • Game Maker: Mighty Creator VRX, the basis for Ex-Aid's movie-exclusive Creator Gamer form. Based on games like Super Mario Maker, as well as VR gaming, it features Mighty and Ex-Aid himself wearing a transparent VR headset. It provides Ex-Aid with a Green Lantern Ring in the form of being able to create sketch-like constructs of any object or weapon he can imagine.
  • Golden Super Mode:
    • Muteki Gamer, his final form. Notably, it's the first Rider of the 2010s to have a Golden Super Mode that's not just a movie exclusive recolor of their normal Super Mode and the first one period since Kiva's Emperor Form. Judging by the 'box art', it represents one for Mighty (the character he's based off of) as well.
    • His Bike Action Gamer Level 0 form is this to an extent as it greatly enhances Ex-Aid's strength and speed while giving him a bright yellow color scheme and additional weapons courtesy of fusing with Lazer's Bike Gamer.
  • Healing Shiv: He heals patients of the Bugster virus by whacking'n'slashing the infection out of the patient. And they actually call this an "operation".
  • Infinity +1 Sword: Invoked with the Hyper Muteki Gashat, which was intentionally made by Kuroto to counter and replace the power of Cronus (the original Infinity +1 Sword for Kamen Rider Chronicle that Masamune hijacked) and make defeating both Kamen Rider Cronus and Gamedeus possible.
  • Invincibility Power-Up: It's the basis for the Hyper Muteki Gashat. When it's used by another rider, it gives 10-seconds of super speed and invincibility, also immunity to Cronus' Pause. As for Ex-Aid...
    "My invincibility has no time limit!"
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: He's not as strong as Brave or Snipe, and he's not as fast as Lazer. However, he has better agility than Brave, can take more hits than Snipe and Lazer, and, unlike Lazer in his Level 2 form, is physically capable of fighting without aid. His higher forms also follow this trend, with Sports Action Gamer, Hunter Action Gamer, Double Action Gamer and Maximum Gamer all being all-around upgrades rather than emphasizing any one statistic. Only Robot Action Gamer and Burger Action Gamer buck the trend.
  • Lightning Bruiser:
    • Maximum Gamer Level 99 is one of the few forms that retains this status for a considerable period. Despite its size and bulk, Ex-Aid remains quite fast while wearing the armor, and by ejecting from it he can regain the mobility of his Level 2 form while retaining the raw power of Level 99. These features are often more useful than the reprogramming function of the Gashat, which is difficult to use except as a surprise attack and on one occasion (against Parado) even proves an active hindrance.
    • Muteki Gamer is even stronger than Maximum Gamer, dominating every other Rider in the show in terms of strength, speed, and durability alike. After this form debuts, the Big Bad has to resort to underhanded methods to defeat Emu, as beating him in direct combat is no longer an option. While Gamedeus and Gamedeus Cronus can provide Emu with a suitable challenge in this form by being able to knock him back by impact and endure Ex-Aid's attacks, they cannot give him a Game Over nor force him out of his transformation, and at seven episodes before they appear it holds the record for the longest period that a Rider form stays unchallenged at the top in Ex-Aid.
  • Meaningful Name: The "ex" in Ex-Aid's name stands for "extreme". So his full Rider name would be "Extreme Aid". Fitting, as he's curing the Bugster virus first via a hammer on a cellular level and then by kicking them into oblivion.
  • Mecha Game: Gekitotsu Robots, the basis for Ex-Aid's Robot Action Gamer Level 3 form. It equips him with a huge robotic hand on his left arm and greatly increases his physical power. Maximum Mighty X is also based on this genre, specifically on games like Kirby: Planet Robobot where a platformer hero pilots a Mini-Mecha.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Double Action Gamer Level XX and Maximum Gamer Level 99.
  • Mighty Glacier: Downplayed. In Robot Action Gamer form, he loses a bit of agility, but it's a rather small price to pay in exchange for the large amount of power he gets.
  • No-Sell: Kamen Rider Cronus's Time Stands Still ability simply doesn't work against his Muteki Gamer form. Even if he's mid transformation at the time.
  • Numerological Motif: Maximum Gamer Level 99. Besides the level number, all of its stats are associated with 99. note  Hyper Muteki is instead associated with 128, the value of a signed byte.
  • Obvious Rule Patch:
    • Maximum Mighty X was created to be the patch. It allows Emu to access Maximum Gamer, which has the power to apply Nerfs via reprogramming, it was the only way to counter Zombie Gamer's Resurrective Immortality and make Genm vulnerable again.
    • Likewise Hyper Muteki was created to be one for Kamen Rider Cronus, basically being another Infinity +1 Sword so something could stand up to the other Infinity +1 Sword.
  • Original Character: In universe. Mighty Brothers XX is based off drawings Emu made as a child, given life by his Bugster infection. Again with Maximum Mighty X as it's created by Emu's imaginations as the progenitor of all Bugsters and Rider Gashats.
  • Palette Swap: His Pac Action Gamer form is just his Robot Action Gamer form with two gauntlets and a golden-colored breastplate. Ex-Aid himself can be considered a pink palette swap of Genm given how the so-called "Black Ex-Aid" was created first.
  • Platform Game:
    • Mighty Action X, the basis for Ex-Aid's primary Action Gamer Level 1 & 2 forms. It bestows great mobility, allowing amazing jumps in a Mario-esque fashion. It also gives him the same ability as Genm to summon digital platforms in midair while he's fighting.
    • Mighty Brothers XX is also based on this genre, but more specifically on 2-player co-op platformers like New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
  • Power Fist: Gekitotsu Robots gives him one for his left arm.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: Triggered by his first few uses of Mighty Brothers XX. It gets better.
  • Prehensile Hair: As shown in #40, Muteki Gamer's dreadlocks are capable of grabbing onto enemies to toss them around.
  • Purposefully Overpowered: Muteki Gamer is definitely overpowered, but it was also created to counter the equally Purposefully Overpowered Cronus and Gamedeus.
  • Puzzle Game: Juju Burger, the basis for Ex-Aid's Burger Action Gamer Level 4 form. It equips him with rollerblades as well as ketchup and mustard guns on his wrists. The game itself combines elements of puzzle games like Diner Dash with what appears to be Jet Set Radio.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Ex-Aid's main color is pink.
  • Rocket Punch: Naturally, being a mecha themed form, Robot Action Gamer Level 3 Ex-Aid's finisher is this.
  • Rollerblade Good: Juju Burger grants him a pair of rollerblades and a helmet.
  • Service Sector Stereotypes: Burger Action Gamer screams the Burger Fool stereotype. He has the helmet and skates often seen on drive-thru fast food waiters, and even has condiments on his arms.
  • Sports Game: Shakariki Sports, the basis for Ex-Aid's Sports Action Gamer Level 3 form. It equips him with a set of shoulder-mounted Deadly Discs and improves his all-around performance.
  • Star Power: The whole motif of Hyper Muteki is this. Using it as a secondary Gashat gives the user invincibility shown by star glitters like a certain game. Meanwhile, Muteki Gamer form evokes that of a shooting star, with the dreads always flowing to give an effect of a star's trail, more prominent in this image.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Hyper Muteki was created to be completely invincible, and whenever it's used, it more than lives up to that intention. Unlike most Super Modes in Kamen Rider though, rather than introduce an enemy that can overpower it, there are usually circumstances that keep Emu from actually using it. Furthermore, every battle is under a strict time limit to cure the patient so outright defeating Hyper Muteki isn't required for the villains to win. And for the record, this Super Mode is actually unbeatable by any villains of the series, the first in any Second Phase Heisei series!
  • Strong and Skilled: Once he gets his Super Modes, he becomes this. He's not only the physically most powerful Rider and has invincibility, he's still the 'Genius Gamer' and by far the most skilled Rider in terms of their video game powers. This is especially true when fighting Cronus, who is Unskilled, but Strong.
  • Swiss Army Weapon:
    • Ex-Aid's Gashacon Breaker can switch between hammer mode and sword mode with just a press of the "A" button. B increases the number of blows that land, based on the number of presses.
    • The Gashacon Keyslasher doesn't require a physical change to utilize its three modes. Just hit the button of the mode you need (Sword, Gun, Axe) and you're set. Multiple presses increase damage done.
  • Sword of Plot Advancement: Mighty Brothers XX is the Gashat that first grants the sword which serves as Ex-Aid's primary weapon for the remainder of the show, and long after its utility as a combat tool has passed, the Gashat itself and the truth of what it actually does drives a considerable segment of the plot.
  • Technician vs. Performer: The performer to Genm's technician. While his fighting style is flashy, focuses on agility, and makes use of energy items to win, Genm uses simple, yet effective brutal attacks to overpower his opponents and keep them down.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Muteki Gamer's eyes are rainbow colored.
  • Video Game Genres: Ex-Aid has access to a wide array of game-based powers, depending on what game in the form of a Gashat is inserted in his Gamer Driver.
  • Weak, but Skilled: His Level 2 is the Jack-of-All-Stats when it comes to statistics and powers, but he's by far the most skilled in regards to actual video game mechanics and taking advantage of them. It's eventually averted, as he grows into the highest-level Rider of all.
  • You Are Already Dead: Muteki Gamer's Hyper Critical Sparking does this: with Ex-Aid delivering a Flash Step combo kick that seems to do no damage... then all the damage hits them at once a few seconds later.

     Hiiro Kagami/Kamen Rider Brave 

Hiiro Kagami/Kamen Rider Brave

Portrayed by Toshiki Seto (live), Jiro Uchikawa (LV1 suit), Jun Watanabe (LV2 suit)

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"There's nothing I cannot cut!"

An elite surgeon working at the Seito University Hospital, where his father is the director. He was previously working in the United States before being recalled to Japan in the wake of Game Disease outbreak. After being given the Gamer Driver, he transforms into Kamen Rider Brave.

Five years ago, Hiiro lost his girlfriend because of Bugster's infection, which turns out was Taiga's case. Since then, he had deep animosity with Taiga.

At some point, Masamune used said girlfriend's data as a hostage to force Hiiro to serve him, in order to prolong Kamen Rider Chronicle.


  • The Ace: A master surgeon and a damn good fighter at that. Averted, however, when it comes to games.
    Emu: Well, you don't even open the chests! Do you even play games?
  • Anti-Hero: Not as much as Kiriya or Taiga, but he still only fights to cure the Bugster's infection and doesn't care for the patient other than operating on them. Temporarily becomes an Anti-Villain while working with Masamune... reluctantly, all because he want to see Saki once again.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: He may be cold to his father, but when he learns that he was fighting as a Ride-Player and is infected with the Bugster Virus, he immediately tells everyone to retreat. He also tells Emu and Asuna that it was his father himself that inspired him to become a doctor in the first place.
  • Badass Bookworm: Is referred to as a genius level surgeon, and lives up to it. He's also quite the combat capable fighter in combat and the one with more physical power out of the Riders.
  • Badass Boast: "There is nothing I cannot cut!" Usually done while raising his hands in preparation. It's also his Catchphrase.
  • Badass Labcoat: Same as Emu; it's part of his regular attire.
  • Bash Brothers: Gains a strong mutual respect with Emu and they work well together. Best shown in #27 where they drudge back to CR soaked with similar looks of disbelief on their face at Taiga and Nico's attitude, and in #39 when they tag-teamed Cronus.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Taiga is a walking one for him. Anytime Hiiro sees him, there's nothing more he wants to do than to beat the crap out of Taiga and take away his Driver and Gashat.
    • Later, Graphite also becomes this for him, after finding out he was responsible for Saki's death.
  • Character Tic: Raising his hands in front of his face. He usually does this before transforming or entering Level 2. This ties into his doctor motif, as surgeons do this before commencing an operation.
  • The Comically Serious: Difficult surgery in the OR, fighting the Bugsters, eating an apple pie?.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: The source of considerable conflict during the second ten episodes, as Emu's Bugster infection makes Hiiro fret over whether or not he should tell Emu the truth. Given Emu's reaction when he finds out, Hiiro's hesitance ends up justified.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He lost his girlfriend to the Bugster virus, and blames Taiga for it. This fuels the great animosity he has for Taiga in the present. It's revealed in #34 that he always thought that he is the one responsible for Saki's death, so he jumps at the chance given by Masamune to revive him.
  • Deadly Upgrade: Fantasy Gamer being a jump from Level 5 to Level 50, using it just once leaves Hiiro clutching at his chest for a considerable amount of time afterwards. A second use causes him to collapse in the middle of battle. He gets better at using it as the series progress.
  • Deal with the Devil: When Masamune offers him Saki's data in exchange for his cooperation with the former, he accepts.
  • Defrosting Ice King: By the twenty-episode mark he's defrosted enough to not only be shocked at M's Jerkass ways, but take up the job Emu normally does of connecting to the patient. He's still much more comfortable playing it cool and detached, but it's made clear he's come to see Emu's methods as having value.
  • Dr. Jerk: Hiiro only focuses on performing his operations and nothing else, openly disregarding the patient's feelings. This puts him at odds with the much kinder Emu, though each is forced to see the effectiveness of the other's methods. He gradually softens his stance over time, but remains cold and standoffish compared to Emu.
    • Jerkass Has a Point: He throws a "Reason You Suck" Speech at Emu after Taiga swipes the latter's Rider Gashat. This is downplayed as Emu still saved Yuuki and doesn't seem to mind, confusing Hiiro.
      Hiiro: You reap what you sow. This is what happens when you take on risky operations.
  • Expy: His motif as a knight and his status as a cynical secondary Rider to an idealistic main Rider echoes that of Ren Akiyama. The parallel between him and Ren was reinforced even further when he happens to fight against Takeshi Asakura/Kamen Rider Ouja in Revival of the Beast Squad, which brings up the conflict Ouja had with Ren - fighting for pleasure against fighting out of necessity.
    • To take it further, the way he suddenly acts like a Jerkass to the main character, like Makoto Fukami for attempting to bring back the loved one he lost.
    • Fantasy Gamer makes comparisons to Kaito Kumon even stronger by displaying many of the same powers that Kaito had as Lord Baron, and featuring just as demonic an aesthetic.
    • Can also be seen as one of Sakuya Tachibana/Kamen Rider Garren - while he's not a gun-wielding rider, he's a rider who's older than the main ridernote , his relationship with Emu is similar to Tachibana's with Kenzaki's at firstnote  and had his girlfriend die at the hands of one of the villains (Isaka/Graphite) - although unlike Sayoko, Saki died before the events of Ex-Aid.
  • Evil Costume Switch: While calling it evil might be stretching it a bit, he ditches his lab coat and simply dons a black formal two-piece suit after accepting the deal from Masamune.
  • Forced into Evil: As a result of being offered a deal from Masamune, which has something to do with his decision to save Saki.
  • Grade Skipper: Being the genius that he is, Hiiro is said to have skipped grades before graduating from a top-class foreign university. This is why despite being the same age as Emu, he is already far more experienced in the medical field.
  • Gratuitous English: He gives a "no thank you" to anyone he deems a nuisance. Seeing as he studied in America for a while, this is to be expected.
  • Heartbroken Badass: The reason he became a Rider was the death of his girlfriend, Saki Momose, who was Graphite's host. Her wish for him to become the best doctor in the world is also the reason why he worked so hard to become as skillful as he is now.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: In #33, Hiiro is forced to backstab the Doctor Riders and Kuroto just to get Saki's data from Masamune, becoming the latter's right-hand man in the process. At the same time, this act would also convince Parado and Graphite to form an Enemy Mine with them. At the end of #36, Masamune's deal is later revealed to be a Hostage Situation when the latter proposes a Sadistic Choice to him. It took Taiga being hospitalized to snap Hiiro out of his personal issues over Saki's death.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Believes that the reason Saki didn't tell him that she was suffering from the Bugster Infection was that she didn't love him anymore, because of his neglectful treatment of her in favor of his studies.
  • Hypocrite: Constantly talks down to Emu for getting emotionally invested in things...but as Emu points out, Hiiro himself constantly allows his hatred of Graphite and Taiga to get in the way of his job.
    • Another example comes up when he is visibly upset because of his inability to save Emu, although it's more a sign of Character Development, as by that point he's essentially stopped complaining about Emu's methods after seeing how well they can work. He even picks up the slack on connecting with a patient when Emu's left unable to.
    • And the most hypocritical thing he's done is letting his emotional side won him over to Masamune.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Inverted. He can use DoReMiFa Beat (which is a rhythm game) because he knows CPR.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Saki.
  • In-Series Nickname: "The Super Surgeon who Never Fails".
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Hilariously shown in episode 6 when he cleanly slices a cream puff with a knife.
  • Irony: His Taddle Fantasy and Legacy Powers with quite contrasting situation, Hiiro using Taddle Fantasy while he was in the good side with reluctance to do dirty works. But His Taddle Legacy is more to Good power but his situation becoming dirty worker for Masamune.
  • It's Personal: Graphite is this for him due to having killed his girlfriend Saki back when he'd infected her.
  • The Lancer: Fulfills this role as the secondary Rider who works with Emu, and traditionally, the only one get a Super Mode.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kagami" means mirror, with is supposed to represent how different he is from Emu. It also represents him and Taiga being Not So Different. "Hiiro", of course, is "hero", which fits with his RPG protagonist-inspired Rider form. Doubly so when you look at Saki (whose spelling uses a character that means "princess") Taddle Legacy (a game where a hero rescues a princess).
  • Not So Different: Despite his animosity towards Taiga, they're actually quite alike in some ways - they're both Smug Super Jerkasses who are very confident in their own abilities and they see Emu as an Idiot Hero. Both of them also don't care about their patients' feelings, Hiiro being a strict perfectionist who will complete his operation without any flaw, while Taiga will do whatever it takes to win, no matter who gets in the way. They also have a personal vendetta against Graphite, though they have different reasons for said vendetta. Taiga eventually warns Hiiro not to end up like him, a broken and disgraced man with nothing left to lose.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Saki's data, which is in Masamune's possession.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Emu's able to tell that Hiiro is hiding something from him, and that it's about Emu himself, because Hiiro's visibly upset for once.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted in a strange coincidence, as there was another Kagami who was also a blue secondary Rider.
  • The Perfectionist: He isn't called "The Super Surgeon who Never Fails" for nothing. He carries this mentality even outside the operating room, whether it's a battlefield or time for dessert.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Emu's Red. The colors also match, as Brave has light blue schemes on his armor.
  • Smug Super: He views himself as superior to everyone he meets, especially Emu. Seeing his track record as a surgeon and his prowess as a Rider, it's hard to not agree with him on some level. This is especially true when it comes to his surgeon skills, given he's multiple times successfully performed 'impossible' surgeries with complete success.
  • The Stoic: As part of his "surgeon 24/7" mindset, Hiiro rarely emotes, no matter the situation.
    • Not So Stoic: Graphite is the first to crack his armor and elicit rage from Hiiro. Later on, his reaction to having his Gashats stolen by Genm makes it clear to Emu that there's more going on than simple theft.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: In #26. It's one of the things marking his Character Development. Having to stand aside because of ministry's orders visibly pains him and disagreeing with Emu, who decided on this trope pretty much immediately doesn't make it any better. Ultimately, he also settles down on this trope.
  • Sweet Tooth: Has a penchant for cakes and sweets. He didn't until after his girlfriend's death. As one of the last things she did for him was bring him some sweets, it appears that he developed a taste for them in her memory.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: At first he merely treats Emu as an intern. As episodes go on however, he begins to respect him and even acknowledge his skill in defeating Bugsters. He eventually warms up to Emu particularly when he learns of the intern's disease, wanting to be the person to cure him. And at the debut of Maximum Mighty X, he believes in Emu to be able to create the Gashat, calls him by his name rather than his occupation, and even tries to solace him.
    • The way he interacts with Taiga goes from hate to Teeth-Clenched Teamwork through the time, at large thanks to Emu directly or indirectly. The two are forced to work with each other multiple times, particularly after Graphite's defeat. With Emu's health and life on at stake, Hiiro works with Taiga in order to get cure the intern's disease. And towards the Gashat Gear Dual Beta's debut, he finally acknowledges Taiga, especially after the latter telling him not to waste his accomplishments by following his dark path.
    • As of episode 28, he's taken a few more. After Emu non-lethally clears Poppy's Game, Hiiro tells him to his face that he did well (for an intern), then goes a step further by personally apologizing to Poppy for trying to kill her.
  • Tritagonist: After Emu and Kuroto, the series focuses most on Hiiro, specifically on his development as he interact with the rest of the cast and his still very strong feeling for the late-Saki.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Had he not stopped Emu from beating Cronus' pause ability, Masamune would have been stopped right there and Saki would still be inside the Proto Gashat, not being held hostage.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: Comes to this realization after helping kill Graphite. Instead of feeling happy about avenging Saki's death, he's left questioning if there was ever a point in doing so since it doesn't change anything. This ultimately marks the start of his Character Development.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: While the two have extremely different personalities and frequently disagree on the proper way to handle patients, he and Emu have built a close working relationship and friendship by the end of the second arc.

Tropes exclusive to him as Kamen Rider Brave

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Let's Game! Metcha Game! Mutcha Game! What's your name?! I'm a Kamen Rider!
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Taddle Meguru! Taddle Meguru!note  Taddle Quest~!
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Tadoru Meguru RPG! Tad~dle Fan~tasy!
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Tadoru Rekishi! Mezameru Kishi!note  Taddle Leg~acy!

  • Awesome, but Impractical: When Hiiro goes all-out, Fantasy Gamer Level 50 is phenomenally powerful. Not only does it comes with higher overall stats than all three other Level 50 forms, it's got a plethora of magical skills including gravity control, magical barriers, teleportation, Summon Magic, the ability to remove Para-DX's biggest advantage by dispelling his power-ups, a combat ready Badass Cape and enhanced senses. Many of the powers it displays are ones normally reserved for a final boss, which of course is what it's based on. However, actually using any of these powers causes Hiiro to collapse from the strain within as little as a minute of combat. Using it as just a physical power-up seems to be considerably less strenuous, but wastes the vast majority of its potential.
  • Action RPG: Drago Knight Hunter Z, more specifically based on Monster Hunter and similar games. The basis for all four Hunter Gamer Level 5 forms, with each carrying a piece of the full armor, Brave's piece being the right arm-mounted Blade. Brave can also take the full armor for himself as Full Dragon rather than share it, and while lacking quite the same proficiency with it as Snipe, he doesn't suffer from Ex-Aid's Clipped-Wing Angel status either, able to make up the difference with Energy Items.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: His Rider Kick has him striking this pose.
  • Badass Cape: Fantasy Gamer Level 50 and Legacy Gamer Level 100 come with damn impressive ones. Helped by the fact that it can actually be used to attack as well.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Fantasy Gamer Level 50 comes with an array of powers better suited for an Evil Overlord than a heroic knight, such as summoning minions, telekinesis, energy barriers, levitation, and teleportation.
    Genm: He made the Demon King's power his own?!
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: While DoReMiFa Beat likely isn't intended to be this, Hiiro's use of CPR techniques to create a rhythm make it this.
  • Combos: The main gimmick of his Level 3 form: as long as he continues attacking along with the beat of the music playing, his strength multiplies up to four times. Hitting a full combo on Graphite clearly hurts a great deal.
  • Cool Sword: His trademark weapon, the Gashacon Sword. It comes with both fire and ice-enhanced modes.
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: Subverted both due to the fact it's not safe, and that fact is why he does it. To use the rhythm power of his Level 3 form, he uses a weaponized CPR, complete with aiming for the heart. The result is pretty much what you'd expect with or without the Super Strength: Graphite in serious pain and clutching his injured chest.
  • Dance Battler: You'd think so, but nope, totally averted. Hiiro uses the DoReMiFa Beat Gashat by combining his fighting skills with... CPR. Does make some sense though, considering that there is a tempo for it (which is about 100 compressions per minute) and CPR in real life often results in broken ribs even when trying to save lives instead of pummeling monsters into submission.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Though Fantasy Gamer's armor is from a demonic source, Brave uses it's power to cure others.
  • Dispel Magic: One of Fantasy Gamer's abiities, allowing him to remove any power up effects used.
  • Dragon Knight: When using the Drago Knight Hunter Z Gashat
  • Elemental Weapon: His Gashacon Sword can switch between Fire Mode and Ice Mode with A. B increases or decreases the temperature of the blade, depending on the element. While in level 1, he can either summon the weapon, or wrap himself in its two elements for physical strikes.
  • Enemy Summoner: One of Fantasy Gamer's many, many powers is the ability to create Bugster Mooks for Brave to control, due to being a Villain Protagonist Evil Overlord game. He can even fling them out of a portal en masse as missiles.
  • Excalibur in the Rust: His trademark weapon first appears as a "legendary sword" that's covered in rust and embedded in a stone before he picks it up and the rust comes off.
  • Finishing Move:
    • Taddle Critical Strike
    • Taddle Critical Finish: Charging either burning and freezing energy into the Gashacon Sword, Brave slashes his target, thus scalding or chilling them.
    • DoReMiFa Critical Finish: Charging musical energy into the Gashacon Sword, Brave lands several blows in time with the rhythm, each growing stronger the more in tune he is.
    • Drago Knight Critical Strike: Charging power into the Dragon's Blade, Brave sends a flurry of Sword Beams at his target.
    • Taddle Critical Slash: Enveloping the enemy in a field of Magic, Brave unleashes a diving Rider Kick that rams its way through every available target.
  • Flechette Storm: Can be done in Fantasy Gamer with dark constructs of the Gashacon Sword.
  • Flunky Boss: Fantasy Gamer' is capable of creating Bugster Mooks for the user to control, making this a rare occasion that the hero gets to be this.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: The premise of the Taddle RPG series where the adventuring Knight in Shining Armor from Taddle Quest becomes the Villain Protagonist of Taddle Fantasy who's trying to kill the new hero out to stop him until reconciling his two aspects in his old age during Taddle Legacy, winding up as an Anti-Hero of dubious alignment who's out to save his princess no matter the cost.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Wields a blade named the Gashacon Sword. As battling is considered a medical procedure here, he refers to it as his scalpel.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Brave fulfills the "Knight" part due to his primary Gashat, Taddle Quest, being based on RPGs. The "Sour" part comes from his Combat Pragmatist tendencies and the death of his girlfriend Saki due to the Bugster virus.
  • Magic Knight: Fantasy Gamer qualifies once he recovers his Gashacon Sword, retaining all the combat skills he had with Taddle Quest and more along with his new arsenal of sorcery. The Gashacon Sword's own power is even increased by the form.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Fantasy Gamer is an enormous all-around upgrade, combining both speed and power equal to his Level 50 peers with a vast arsenal of magic.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Brave has a shield on his left arm. Its shape changes depending on his form: in Level 1 it's a handheld, while in Level 2 it's more buckler-ish in appearance.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Fantasy Gamer Level 50.
  • Mighty Glacier: Brave has more power and defense than Ex-Aid and Genm, but lacks speed and agility compared to them. Makes sense, since he's based on the knight, a typical RPG class that protects themselves with heavy armor.
  • Mini-Game: His Level 3 form basically weaponizes this. The robot assistant it summons can let loose an onslaught of musical notes that must be danced to; failing to do so results in his opponent taking heavy damage when it ends. In terms of Brave's Level 3 form: it revolves around him playing a rhythm game with his fists, attacking in time with the beat until it ends, his power increasing more and more as he keeps the Combos going.
  • Palette Swap: His Legacy Gamer Level 100 is virtually identical to Kamen Rider True Brave's Legacy Gamer Level 50, just with the base color changed. Similarly, the armor granted to him by Night of Safari is just his Hunter Gamer mode with a leopard motif and his Famista Quest Gamer form is a scarlet recolor of his Beat Gamer form but with the speakers and turntable replaced with a pitching machine and baseball glove.
  • The Power of Friendship: Taddle Legacy makes Hiiro stronger whenever his allies attack and gives him extra power boosts when they fall in battle in order to avenge them. However, this works so long as he considers them his friends so if he were to attack them while still considering them his comrades, he'd be empowered regardless.
  • Reverse Grip: When the Gashacon Sword's edge grows glacier cold, Brave wields it like this.
  • Rhythm Game: DoReMiFa Beat, the basis for Brave's Beat Quest Gamer Level 3 form. It allows him to use rhythm to become a Bare-Fisted Monk or produce streams of musical notation with his sword.
  • Role-Playing Game:
    • Taddle Quest, the basis for Brave's primary Quest Gamer Level 1 & 2 forms. It gives him the ability to summon the Gashacon Sword, with allows him to attack with fire and ice. His Power Ups come from chests rather than Ex-Aid's blocks.
    • Taddle Fantasy is also based on this genre, but more specifically on role-reversal games like Overlord and Disgaea. It is, oddly enough, not based on Final Fantasy in anything but name, while Taddle Quest is a more straightforward homage to Dragon Quest.
    • Then comes Taddle Legacy, which will allow Hiiro to access his Super Mode, again based on this genre.
  • Shoulders of Doom: In his Quest Gamer Level 2 form, Brave gets shoulder pads with pretty intimidating spikes protruding to the side. His Fantasy Gamer Level 50 form has even bigger, badder pauldrons.
  • Status-Buff Dispel: One of his abilities in Level 50 is canceling the effects of Energy Items, making him the perfect match against Para-DX Puzzle Gamer.
  • Stealth Pun: Taddle Legacy is about a hero who saves the princess using powers of light and the devil. Saki's name has a character that means "princess". The user's name is Hiiro.
  • Super Mode: His Legacy Gamer Level 100 form, which resembles his Level 50 form but has a gold and white angelic motif. He uses the Taddle Legacy Gashat to access it, which is the same one Game World's Hiiro uses to transform into True Brave. Unlike True Brave though, Hiiro can access Level 100 using it, while True Brave can only access Level 50 with it. Masamune gave this to him as a mean to defeat the CR.
  • Sword Beam: He can do this in his Level 3 form. However, they're not fast enough to keep up with the likes of Snipe's Combat Shooting Gamer Level 3 form.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: His Level 3 form invokes this: it begins playing a remix of the shows theme and if he attacks to the beat of the song, his power keeps going up as long as he keeps it up.
  • Too Awesome to Use: Taddle Fantasy is extraordinarily powerful for its level, but almost never used, both due to Snipe hogging the Gashat for the period where it's a dominant force and due to the issues that keep Hiiro from using it properly. By the time he's ready to use it, the remaining threats have greatly eclipsed it in power, and it's only a few episodes from being replaced with Taddle Legacy as his primary Gashat.
  • Video Game Genres: Like Ex-Aid, Brave can use his set of Gashats to gain an array of video game abilities for his operations.
  • Villain Protagonist: The premise of Taddle Fantasy, Brave's Level 50 game. The player plays as the Demon King, who must kill the Hero in order to rule the world.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Forced into this position around the midway point of the show by his inability to wield the power of Taddle Fantasy without collapsing. Snipe, who can use Bang Bang Simulations without issue, claims control over the Gashat Gear Dual Beta, leaving Brave stuck with Drago Knight Hunter Z as his strongest available Gashat. To close the gap he begins making considerably more use of Energy Items than either of the other Riders.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: The premise and thus ability set of Taddle Legacy. With the combined powers of the Hero and Demon King, the protagonist now must save the Princess.

     Kiriya Kujo/Kamen Rider Lazer (Turbo) 

Kiriya Kujo/Kamen Rider Lazer

Portrayed by Hayato Onozuka (live), Jiro Uchikawa (LV1 suit), Honda CRF250L (LV2 "suit"), Satoshi Fujita (LV3 onwards)

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"Alright, I'm on board."

A medical examiner who's been investigating the Bugster Virus outbreaks on his own. Some time ago, he blackmailed Kuroto Dan about Zero Day to get the Bakusou Bike Gashat, becoming Kamen Rider Lazer.

His curiosity got him killed by Kuroto. Later, he is "respawned" to serve as Masamune's lackey, but quickly rejoins the Doctor Riders after revealing himself to be a Fake Defector. Because of his actions in #42, he's officially recruited into CR. He finally became human once again in the ending of Kamen Rider Genm vs. Lazer.


  • Anti-Hero: Reveals himself to be one at the end of Episode 4, as he only wanted a Bugster sample for research and his own interest in them. It's soon subverted, as he turns out to be the second most heroic Rider after Emu.
  • Alliterative Name: Kiriya Kujo
  • Back from the Dead: He returns in the Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Chou Super Hero Taisen movie, the Kamen Sentai Gorider miniseries, and the Hyper Battle DVD special. And again in the main series.
  • Bequeathed Power: Passes on his Gamer Driver and Bakusou Bike Gashat to Emu during his final moments. It's a bit more macabre than most examples, as the Gashat can be used to summon a mindless, blank-eyed version of Kiriya's corpse to ride around on. His Girigiri Chambara Gashat and the Gashacon Sparrow weapon it provides, meanwhile, are taken as trophies by his killer.
    • Eventually his Gamer Driver becomes important as Emu loses his own through Kuroto's Critical Dead. His Girigiri Chambara Gashat is recovered by Emu after Kuroto perishes.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: The way he acts when in Level 1 form is rather goofy compared to the other Riders. Turns out, he's rather cunning and a really good liar.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: In his final moments before dying, he tells Emu that "he can change his fate with his own hands".
  • Came Back Wrong: By the time he comes back later in the TV series, he's in cahoots with Masamune. Or at least that's what he wants everyone to think.
  • Cassandra Truth: After lying to Emu and the others, very few people in the CR were willing to trust him for some time.
  • Cool Shades: Often shown wearing them. He take it off when getting serious.
  • The Coroner: He's a medical examiner.
  • Crying Wolf: His lying to Emu leaves the rest of the Cyber Rescue team very distrustful of him to the point where even Emu struggles to trust him when he's actually being honest. It works quite well at playing into the hands of the villains, who don't have to do much to discredit him when he finds out information that they don't want him to spread around.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: He's a motorcyle-themed Kamen Rider that gains a bike-themed form, and can summon his level 2 form (which is a motorcycle) for his finishing attack.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: He could've run away, but Kiriya fought to the end, even attempting to kick away Genm's Finishing Move. Even after taking its full brunt, which eventually proved fatal, a demorphed Kiriya kept trying to hold onto Genm's leg and climb to his feet to continue.
  • Evil Costume Switch/Paint It Black: When he's brought back from his Proto-Gashat, he's working for Cronus and his jacket and Hawaiian shirt have changed to mostly black. Subverted, as he was only pretending to be evil and he switches back to his normal clothes when he comes back to the CR.
  • Extremity Extremist: As shown in both Heisei Generations & once he is brought back to "serve" Cronus as Lazer Turbo. Kiriya tends to almost exclusively favor his legs in unarmed combat preferring use his arms for blocking.
  • Expy: Ends up resembling a mix between Hideyasu Jonouchi and Ryoji Hase. The Smug Snake tendencies and habit of lying while being quite poor at it relative to the real manipulators among the cast are from Jonouchi, while the black armor, goofy whimsy in combat and death at the end of the first act are from Hase. After his resurrection, he also seems to have Zack's Fake Defector status where he's only working for the Big Bad as part of his own plan, and lets the main rider know ahead of time.
    • He's also one to Miyuki Tezuka/Kamen Rider Raia, being the one to retrieve the titular rider's power after another rider stole it from them (Gai stole the Advent card for Dragreder, and Snipe stole the Mighty Action X gashat), being the most heroic of the riders after the main character, ultimately ending up on the same page as the hero after a misunderstanding at first, only eventually dying at the hands of the most villainous rider in the show, helping the main rider as he died.
    • A liar who's part of the race the Monster of the Week belongs to that pulls a fake defection later in the show? Is that you, Urataros?
    • As a rider who can become his own bike, as well as constantly seen wearing a red jacket, and having lost at least 1 person close to him from circumstances connected to the MOTWs prior to the start of the show, he's also arguably a much friendlier Ryu Terui.
  • Fake Defector: Pretends to be a willing minion of Masamune... just long enough to gain his trust and swipe the Proto Gashats out from under his nose, stabbing him in the back to help Emu.
  • False Friend: In his first appearance he pretends to be Emu's friend, even going as far as getting his Gashat back for him, only to betray him to get a Bugster sample. However, Genm immediately shows up and attacks them to prevent that.
    • By the time he dies, the friendship becomes a real one.
  • Foreshadowing: Kamen Rider Chronicle has a silhouette that has of features Lazer's Level 1 helmet design (particularly the mohawk) but is on a tall body of a Level 2. Kiriya returns as Kamen Rider Lazer Turbo Level 0, which pretty much has features of his Level 1 form (barring the handle bars) on a Level 2 body.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted. He dies at the end of the first cour, but his death has an outlying effect on Emu and the other Riders, not to mention that the information he gained upon his death becomes important around the end of the second cour.
  • Four Is Death: Is the fourth Rider to be introduced officially. He is the first one to die.
  • He Knows Too Much: The reason Kuroto Dan kills him. It wasn't that he found out about Emu's Bugster infection six years ago, but rather that he knows about Kuroto's father and the incident sixteen years ago.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the Gorider miniseries, he gives up any chance of resurrecting to make sure Genm stays dead and Emu and Kenzaki can escape the collapsing game world. He's last seen holding onto Genm with the other dead Riders to force him into his own Taking You with Me attack to destroy him for good. He comes back later, though.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Implied in episode 7, when he plays into Parado's hands and makes it look like he was lying about Genm's identity just to get the Giri Giri Chambara Gashat. He lies to Emu that it is what he really wanted because now there's no way to convince him otherwise.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Part of being a Consummate Liar seems to come from his guilt over his friend's death, which involved telling him the truth about being infected by the Bugster virus, and wanting to hide his pain from it. Episode 7 strongly implies that when he does tell the truth, only for things to look like he was lying again, he pretends that's the case knowing he can't get anyone to believe him any further. He also makes it look like he Came Back Wrong as part of his plan for CR to get all the Proto Gashats, even managing to get Emu's help in keeping up the masquerade.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • Yes Kiriya, tell the evil Rider that you know his secret identity. That's not going to bite you in the ass, no siree.
    • A far worse case in episode 12, when Kiriya opts to use the Dangerous Zombie Gashat on Dan Kuroto who just gave it to him, rather than sticking with his tried-and-tested GiriGiri Chambara Level 3, especially knowing that Dan now lacks the Shakariki Sports advantage. It costs him his life.
  • I Lied: His response when Emu confronts him after getting thrown off. He (seemingly) doesn't feel guilty about it either.
    Emu: Aren't we friends?!
    Kiriya: Oh, yeah! It was all a lie.
  • Irony:
    • Since he's just a bike in his Level 2 form, he needs a partner to bring out his full power. Now consider the above tropes and think about why that might be a problem. Of course, since he pretty much blackmailed his way into getting a Driver, it's possible that Kuroto gave him the Bakusou Bike Gashat on purpose.
    • After lying to the Riders for so long, Kiriya decides in episode 7 that it's time to tell them the truth about what happened to his friend and who Genm is. Unfortunately, thanks to Parado swapping out himself for Genm at the last moment, he only ends up making their trust in him even worse. For extra irony, he lies to Emu about lying knowing he can't get them to believe him now.
    • He's a medical examiner, the guy responsible for reporting how victims died as well as the fourth rider to make his transformation debut, so of course...
    • The reason Kuroto killed him was so he couldn't give the Riders the info they needed to stop his plans. Turns out his death let them find what he'd already uncovered anyways. Oops.
  • Killed Off for Real: He's killed by Genm Zombie Gamer in episode 12. Eventually subverted, after Masamune brings him back.
  • Legally Dead: Inverted. While Cyber Rescue, the Ministry of Health, and the villains know he is dead, the public thinks he's missing as that was reported to the public. His poor friend doesn't know where he is.
    • Played straight in the final episode. He's alive, but as a Bugster, and is still counted among the victims of Kamen Rider Chronicle.
  • No Body Left Behind: His final fate. His body disintegrates when he dies, leaving nothing behind but his Gamer Driver.
  • Not Brainwashed: After Emu uses Maximum Gamer's reprogramming power on him, he detransforms and proceeds to kick him in the face to show that, yes, he's doing this willingly. Luckily for Emu, he's still the same old heroic liar whose real plan is to help him.
  • One Steve Limit: There actually was a Kiriya in the past who was The Scrappy whose heart turned out to be in the right place - though his path to Rider-hood was a bit different.
  • Redemption Equals Death: While he is far from evil (and in fact the most heroic Rider next to Emu), his constant lying and scheming puts him at odds with Emu. However, at episode 11, his actions get vindicated while learning the value of trusting people, becoming friends with Emu. Come episode 12, he gets murdered by a Level 10 Kamen Rider Genm.
  • Sacrificial Lion: The first Kamen Rider to be killed off.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: While his character never lasted for a fourth of the show, his actions have a long-lasting impact in the plot. Even his seemingly small actions have shown to be quite useful, as Emu is now using his Gamer Driver. And then he comes back as Lazer Turbo, mostly to make sure Gamedeus can't stop Cronus just yet. Then he joins CR to stop Rider Chronicle once and for all.
  • Self-Proclaimed Liar: Part of his Hidden Heart of Gold-hiding act: Emu seemingly found out that he's a Consummate Liar in Episode 4 after defeating the Motors Bugster. He was once a believer in Brutal Honesty, but events in his past led him to become afraid of the consequences that telling unpleasant truths can have.
  • Smug Snake: An anti-heroic example, best shown in episode 4. He's a serious smart-ass — he fakes his backstory to Emu and pretends to be his best friend before showing his true motives. In that same episode, Kiriya learned his place when Genm showed up.
  • Trademark Clothing: His Hawaiian shirt. It shows up as a logo in his computer to show his ownership.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: Moco Loco according to the web series Poppy's room.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Following his resurrection, he pretends to do this by making it look like he sees Emu as a Broken Pedestal and goes into great lengths to torture and kill him, but also asks Emu to help him keep up the charade until he gets all the Proto Gashats away from Masamune.
  • Turning Back Human:Thanks to Saiko Yaotome he's turned completely back to human by the end of Lazer vs Genm.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Given this dynamic with Kuroto of all people, with many of their scenes late in the show playing off one another and the pair even jointly voicing a Gashat. It's made quite clear, however, that despite hitting all the beats of the trope, they aren't anything remotely resembling friends.

Tropes exclusive to him as Kamen Rider Lazer / Lazer Turbo

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Let's Game! Metcha Game! Mutcha Game! What's your name?! I'm a Kamen Rider!
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Bakusou Dokusou Gekisou Bousounote  Bakusou Bike!
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Lazer Turbo Level 0
Click here to see Lazer Level X 
Giri-Giri-Giri-Giri (Wow!) Chambara (Wow!)

  • Action RPG: Drago Knight Hunter Z, more specifically based on Monster Hunter and similar games. The basis for all four Hunter Gamer Level 5 forms, with each carrying a piece of the full armor, Lazer's piece being the arms and legs-mounted Claw.
  • Combining Mecha: His Level 3 form is basically this, being a combination of his level 2 bike form and the little robot ally the Gashat summons.
  • Cool Bike: With a twist: he is the bike. He can summon it in his Lazer Turbo form to perform a finisher.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: By far the fastest of the Riders, fast enough that he can even fight Genm on even ground, but his vehicle Level 2 form makes him dependent on someone to ride him. GiriGiri Chambara provides him with the much-needed ability to fight solo, turning him into a Lightning Bruiser.
  • Discard and Draw: As Lazer Turbo, he loses the ability to transform into a bike in exchange for a base Level 2-esque humanoid form that can fight independently and arm itself with Masamune's cache of Proto Gashats.
  • Everything's Better with Samurai: Lazer's Level 3 form is based on samurai/swordsmanship games.
  • Evil Knock Off: Wary of his son's Bugster abilities after they were used against him, Masamune decides to hire a Level 0 Kamen Rider of his own to neutralize them by "respawning" Lazer. Although the entity he's meant to act as a knock-off to isn't exactly good.
  • Finishing Move:
    • Bakusou Critical Strike: Charging power from both himself and his rider, Lazer fires out energized exhaust that destroys his foe.
    • Bakusou Critical Finish: Charging energy into both his partner's Gashacon weapon, as well as his back tire, both Lazer and his Rider drift around his target, hitting them multiple times with both charged weapons.
    • Giri Giri Critical Finish: Charges power into the Gashacon Sparrow and fires a Rain of Arrows at the opponent.
      • Lazer can do an alternate version in Dual Scythe mode, where he slashes his foe twice.
    • Drago Knight Critical Strike: Lazer mimics both Brave and Snipe and launches both of their Strikes at his foe.
    • Bakusou Critical Finish (Turbo version): Lazer rides Bike Gamer Lv 2 to perform a ramming attack to the enemy.
  • Fragile Speedster: In his Level 1 and Level 2 forms, Lazer is the fastest of the Riders, but not the most durable.
  • Hack and Slash: GiriGiri Chambara, the basis for Lazer's Chambara Racing Gamer Level 3 form. It equips him with an enormous amount of armor which trades in some of his speed for immense power, as well as the flexible Gashacon Sparrow weapon.
  • Improbable Weapon User: At least in comparison to the other Riders. The action-themed Ex-Aid has the Super Mario-esque Gashacon Breaker and the knight style Brave has the Gashacon Sword. So what is Lazer's motorbike racing and samurai game themed Level 3's weapon? The Gashacon Sparrow, a bow that can turn itself into a pair of handheld scythes. Later he gains a bike wheel in Lazer Turbo's Proto Shakariki Gamer.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Chambara Racing Gamer is the strongest of the Level 3s statistically, trading a small amount of speed for a great amount of strength and durability. On top of that, unlike the other Riders, who specialize in either melee or ranged combat, Lazer's Gashacon Sparrow is equally proficient at both.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Already stands out because of the bike thing, and at Level 3 he has a heaping lot of additional armor compared to the others.
  • Palette Swap: His Super Mode for Genm vs. Lazer Episode is the recolored version of Chambara Bike Gamer Lv. 3.
  • The Power of Friendship: Unfortunately for him, the Bakusou Bike Gashat is apparently dependent on this.
  • Racing Game: Bakusou Bike, the basis for Lazer's primary Racing Gamer Level 1 & 2 forms. It provides him with unmatched speed, at the cost of being a living vehicle who needs another Rider to function properly. His power-ups come from racing trophies.
  • Rain of Arrows: His Level 3 finisher for the Gashacon Sparrow in bow mode is this.
  • Shoot 'em Up: Proto Jet Combat, the basis for Lazer Turbo's Combat Bike Gamer Level 0 form. It offers all of the same abilities that the finished Gashat does in Snipe's hands, but at an enormously higher level of power.
  • Sports Game: Proto Shakariki Sports, the basis for Lazer Turbo's Sports Bike Gamer Level 0 form. It offers all of the same abilities that the finished Gashat does in Genm or Ex-Aid's hands, but at an enormously higher level of power.
  • Super Mode: In Genm vs. Lazer Episode, he gains Lazer X utilizing Buggle Driver II.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: As Lazer Turbo Level 0, he's not only humanoid, but can also use the various weapons of seemingly all the Level 3 Proto-Gashats, which would be awesome for the heroes... except when he's faking his service to Cronus.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: The Gashacon Sparrow can switch from bow and arrow to dual scythes by pressing A. B depends on the mode. Dual Scythe mode seems to increase the slashing power, whereas Bow mode seems to increase the impact strength of the arrows.
  • Too Fast to Stop: In his Level 1 form, he's incredibly fast and obliterates the giant Bugster in a few seconds. He just has trouble stopping afterwards.
  • Video Game Genres: Lazer can use his set of Gashats to augment his movements based on their games' genres.

     Asuna Karino/Poppy Pipopapo/Kamen Rider Poppy 

Asuna Karino/Poppy Pipopapo/Kamen Rider Poppy

Portrayed by Ruka Matsuda

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Asuna Karino/Poppy Pipopapo

An official personnel from the Ministry of Health. Her true identity is Poppy Pipopapo, the mascot character of the DoReMiFa Beat rhythm game and its Bugster. She serves as a navigator for the Riders in their battles against the Bugsters. She was given a Buggle Driver II and the Toki Meki Crisis Gashat by Ren Amagasaki while working with the Bugsters, allowing her to transform into Kamen Rider Poppy.
  • Actual Pacifist: Even after Amagasaki gave her Rider powers and Emu reprogrammed her in their second fight, she refuses to fight or hurt anyone, which would've costed her life while fending off the Doctor Riders and Nico if it weren't for Emu calling them out for attempting to kill her. Since she's a Rhythm Game-based Bugster, this is understandably justified.
    • Subverted later when she transforms into Poppy Level X again and teams up with Nico to fight Motors Bugster.
  • Alliterative Name: Up to Eleven Poppy Pipopapo.
  • All-Loving Hero: Poppy, in her normal state, refuses to fight or hurt anyone just because she's a Bugster.
  • And Then What?: She says this word for word to Parado and Graphite as unlike them, she realizes there is no point to the Bugsters' war against humanity. Parado woud start to realize this after Emu opened his eyes. Graphite decided it's not his purpose to wonder about this because he is an enemy character and there is no And Then What? for him.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Of sorts. While Poppy is a Bugster, she's understandably horrified after finding out that she was supposed to be the "enemy of humanity".
  • Artificial Family Member: Was created and named by Dan Kuroto who Poppy sees as her birth father. The feeling is surprisingly mutual as Kuroto also sees her as family. Might also be because Poppy is the Bugster of his mother.
  • Back from the Dead: In the final episode, Kuruto's able to resurrect her from the remaining data following her death.
  • Badass Pacifist: She may be an Actual Pacifist, but didn't became a Kamen Rider for nothing.
  • Benevolent A.I.: Like all Bugsters, she's video game character data that became self aware. Unlike the rest of her kind, however, she's benevolent and helpful. Even being reprogrammed into a malevolent AI by Amagasaki didn't last very long.
  • Brainwashed: Inverted. Kuroto tampers with Poppy's original Bugster programming so he could use her to act as a data collector within CR. Amagasaki erases her save data and reverts Poppy back to her true self.
  • Break the Cutie: She's no better than Emu in this department when she had a huge breakdown upon regaining her "save data" in #28. To elaborate, she finds out that she was born from unknowingly killing a human (who turned out to be Kuroto's ill mother), got strangled by Parado, who tells her to "enjoy the game", called a "monster" by two random Ride Player thugs, and then targeted by Hiiro, Taiga, and Nico as part of their Doctor Rider business. Emu has to snap her out of her Heroic BSoD by demanding her to shoot him!
    • At the end of the same episode, Parado possessing Emu to punch her in the face would probably leave her with more emotional injuries.
  • Clark Kenting: In public Poppy disguises herself as a regular nurse, or occasionally a businesswoman. It's not a bad disguise, but she sometimes accidentally breaks character.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: While working under the Bugsters, her voice changes into a deeper one when she is about to transform into Kamen Rider Poppy. Most notably, when she is saying Henshin!.
  • First-Name Basis: She calls all the Riders by their first name. Even Taiga, surprisingly.
  • Foreshadowing: In #12, Poppy tells Emu and Hiiro that she's a Bugster despite the latter two knowing it the whole time. This leads to her becoming a Rider after Amagasaki "seduced" her into joining the Bugsters' side.
  • Genki Girl: As Poppy, in stark contrast to her Asuna persona.
  • Girl Friday: Serves this role to the Doctor Riders and used to be one of these for Kuroto during the early days of CR when he was more personally involved with the group.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: She's a DoReMiFa Beat Bugster who started out as the Doctor Riders' Token Heroic Orc, and then Amagasaki dragged her back into the Bugsters' ranks until Emu reprogrammed her again.
  • Heroic BSoD: Being a Bugster and a punching bag for anyone, ally or enemy alike, damages her mental health. Thank god Emu, the Doctor Riders' Only Sane Man, gives her the needed emotional therapy, but still...
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Injects the Gamedeus antibody into herself, dispersing herself to cure all of the infected at once at the cost of her own life.
  • I Owe You My Life: While she knows that he only created her to save his mother and his persona of a benevolent genius turned out to be a sham, Poppy still has a degree of fondness (with limits) for Kuroto.
  • Kid with the Leash: Becomes this after Kuroto's resurrection. Since she's the one holding onto the Bugvisor II, she can just suck him inside whenever he gets too out of line.
  • Manchurian Agent: Twice over. Originally planted in CR by Kuroto Dan as a means of gathering data on the Riders, Parado giving Kuroto misinformation about how perfect Bugsters functioned meant he was also able to keep her there as the Bugster for DoReMiFa Beat, ensuring Kuroto could never complete Kamen Rider Chronicle on his own. All Ren had to do was erase her save data and she reverted back to her raw Bugster programming, joining the others to complete the game.
  • Magical Girl
  • Meaningful Name: Her civilian name, Asuna Karino, is an anagram of kari no naasu, meaning "provisional nurse". Hiiro finds it suspicious for a human to have such a fitting name.
  • Modesty Shorts: A small white pair can occasionally be seen when she twirls.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: She will revert to talking like Poppy when in "Asuna Mode", if called by her real name.
  • Perky Female Minion: Serves as one to the Bugsters while under Amagasaki's control. And honestly, she's not too far off from being a heroic version when she's among the doctors, either.
  • Parental Substitute: To Kuroto, whose mother is her host.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When she first transforms into Crisis Gamer Level X, she has red eyes. In the second version of EXCITE, she has blue eyes instead.
  • Refugee from TV Land: Like all Bugsters, she's a video game mascot come to life.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: It's made rather clear that, due to the forced limitations of Bugsters, Poppy has no idea how to sing without a backing track of some kind.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: To the Doctor Riders while working under Amagasaki. To be fair, she was supposed to be this from the start when Kuroto sent her to CR as his spy. As of #28, she's also this to the Bugsters.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: In the latter half of the series Poppy ends up on the receiving end of a lot of the physical comedy. Not to Emu's extent but far more than the Director and the other Riders.
  • Split Personality: She is serious and composed as Asuna, but is perky and preppy as Poppy.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: In #40. When Emu doesn't provide her with a good answer to why he finished off Parado in the end of #39, she asks again and much louder.
  • Team Mom: Thanks to Maximum Gamer's reprogramming, Poppy has gained access to the memories of Kuroto's mother, which she uses to keep him in check.
  • Token Good Teammate: She's among the least malicious Bugsters, even after Amagasaki reprogrammed her to do Parado's dirty work.
  • Token Heroic Orc: She's a Bugster, yes, but she's also on the side of the Riders. At least, until she was temporarily turned into a Bugster Manchurian Agent via Amagasaki's reprogramming.
  • Took a Level in Badass: From a loud cutesy supporting character to a loud cutesy Kamen Rider. Notably her Toki Meki Crisis Gashat is Level X, the same as Dangerous Zombie!
  • The Un-Twist: In-Universe, Poppy's status as a Bugster is fairly obvious, but she doesn't outright state it until episode 12. Emu and Hiiro both respond by pointing out all of the obvious signs: they already knew that "Poppy Pipopapo" is a game character, and that even her "nurse" name was a bit too on-the-nose.note 
  • Verbal Tic: Peppers her speech with a number of "p-" syllables like the ones that make up her name. During Episode 12, she even sings a cover of "Jingle Bells" comprised of nothing but her name's syllables in a string of festive gibberish.
  • Video Game Genres: Poppy herself is a mascot from a rhythm game, DoReMiFa Beat.
  • Was Once a Man: Being a Bugster who can take human form suggests she at one point killed a human and took over their body for herself. Parado eventually confirms that no, being a Token Heroic Orc doesn't make you an exception to that particular rule. And then later on revealed that her host was Kuroto's mother.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: As Poppy, she has bright pink hair.

Tropes exclusive to her as Kamen Rider Poppy

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Dreaming Girl! (Wow!) Koi no Simulation! Otome wa itsumo Toki Meki Crisis! (Wow!)
  • Badass Adorable: She may look incredibly cute, but make no mistake, her stats as Kamen Rider Poppy is enough to rival that of any of the Level 50 forms.
  • Cute Bruiser: Kamen Rider Poppy. With the sugariest Transformation Sequence ever as she transforms with a Dating Sim-based Gashat, her cutesy personality doesn't waver as she hands Emu and Taiga their asses. Her weapon? A freaking chainsaw. Her finisher? The cartoon hearts and stars that fly around when she transforms return as she spins... and then fly at you and EXPLODE! Her driver phrases alternate between a deep evil male voice and a perky female one too.)
    Poppy: Your po-pa-pi-pu-penality is disqualification.
  • Dating Sim: The Toki Meki Crisis Gashat, which allows her to transform into Poppy Level X, is based on a dating game.
  • Finishing Move:
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: Wields the Gashacon Bugvisor II, and seems to really like it in chainsaw mode.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Both as the Bugster for DoReMiFa Beat and the user of the Toki Meki Crisis Gashat, Poppy proves more than capable of keeping up with the CR Riders in a fight.
    • Also rather literally in that her Finishing Move involves floating pink hearts exploding the crap out of anyone unlucky to get in their path.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Without Amagasaki's influence, her true eye color is blue.
  • The Power of Love: To repeat: Dating Sim Gashat.
  • Video Game Genres: As with all Gamer Riders, the Gashat she uses is base on a video game, though its genre does not match hers.

    Haima Kagami 

Haima Kagami

Portrayed by Hanamaru Hakata

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The director of Seito University Hospital and Hiiro's father. As the Kamen Rider Chronicle started, he fights as a Ride-Player to resurrect Hiiro's vanished girlfriend.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: As expected of a mentor in a Kamen Rider show. In Episode 32, Hiiro reminds the others that his father was the inspiration for his own decision to become a doctor.
  • The Ditherer: He can be counted on to agree with whoever spoke last. Even if it's in direct opposition to the previous guy he agreed with.
  • Doting Parent: He will always believe his son is in the right... well, unless Poppy points out otherwise.
  • Expy: Cast in the mold of the eccentric, goofy, older mentor figure to the Rider such as Kousei Kougami, Honganji and Onari.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: It looks like he's disappeared from the plot when the Kamen Rider Chronicle arc begins... then he reappears as a Ride-Player!
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: He's not too much on the wacky side, but compared to his generally more serious son, he's this.
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    Satsuki Ogimachi and Mizuki Mizoguchi 

Satsuki Ogimachi and Mizuki Mizoguchi

Played by: Mayuna Saburi (Satsuki) and Megumi Mizoguchi (Mizuki)

The assistant nurses of Hiiro who accompanied him during his first Bugster operation.
  • Distressed Damsel: Both end up at Asakura's mercy on separate occasions during the special. Satsuki gets brutally beaten with a pipe during her route from work while Mizuki is kidnapped from her shower and almost gets stabbed with a glass shard.
  • Hero-Worshipper: They hold Hiiro in high regard.
  • Out of Focus: After their first appearance, they hardly appear much at all. They do have more speaking lines in the Kamen Rider Brave special though.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The camera really likes to pan at their legs.
  • She's Got Legs: Oh yes they do!

    Kyotaro Hinata 

Kyotaro Hinata

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The Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Health. He was the doctor who saved Emu Hojo when he was a child.
  • Big Good: In contrast to Kuroto, Parado, and Masamune's role as the Big Bad, he is served as this to the CR Kamen Riders.
  • The Chains of Commanding: He really starts feeling them by the Chronicle arc. He has to balance keeping the public informed of the very real threat Kamen Rider Chronicle has produced, all the while trying to prevent a mass panic. The Ride-Players continue to disobey him either out of arrogance or the belief that they need to save themselves regardless of the Ministry's input and Hiiro and Emu bounce back and forth between obeying his requests to stay under the radar or disobeying him to save the already infected.
  • The Comically Serious: He remained stoic in front of Asuna and Haima's antics.
  • Red Herring: Was suspected to have something to do with Emu allowing him to become Kamen Rider Ex-Aid when he performed surgery 16 years ago. All he did was giving him a game console; Emu unknowingly had a separate operation that wasn't led by this guy.
  • Turn in Your Badge: Upon failing to capture Kuroto and Emu's destroyed Driver he presents this as an ultimatum to Hiiro and Emu: stop Kuroto or be discharged from CR and return their Gashats and Drivers. He's not happy with the option, but with the Ministry taking an unfavorable view of the Riders in light of not killing Kuroto he's had to bow to the pressure.

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    Taiga Hanaya/Kamen Rider Snipe 

Taiga Hanaya/Kamen Rider Snipe

Portrayed by Ukyo Matsumoto (live), Satoshi Fujita (LV1 suit), Eitoku (LV2 suit)

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"I am the only Kamen Rider needed."

An unlicensed doctor who also came into the possession of a Gamer Driver, becoming Kamen Rider Snipe. He was previously a member of the radiology department at the Seito University Hospital, and used the Proto Bang Bang Shooting gashat as Kamen Rider Proto Snipe to fight early Bugster attacks. Five years ago he failed to stop Graphite from manifesting and killing his host (who is Hiiro's girlfriend) which caused his firing from Seito and also cost him his medical license.

He collects the Rider Gashats for becoming the only Kamen Rider in existence. In #43, he's become the second Kamen Rider Cronus.


  • Abandoned Hospital: Episode 3 showed that he uses one for his medical practice, which is unsurprising, considering he's practicing without a license and must do it in secrecy. Though it seems that CR or anyone with knowledge of the Bugsters has an easy time finding the place.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Because he originally fought using the Proto Bang Bang Shooting Gashat, he's far better able to withstand the side effects of using the Gashat Gear Dual β and Level 50 than Hiiro is. Near the end of the series it turns out that he's the perfect candidate to become Kamen Rider Cronus for the same reason.
  • Air Quotes: One-handed quote mocking someone, that is. He is usually holding something (like gashat) in the other hand. Nico mocked this habit of his once and used both hands.
  • Anger Born of Worry: His first reaction when Nico's actions get her into trouble. #27 sees him getting so mad at her that he has to be dragged out of CR's medical bay by Hiiro. Despite his attitude there, he was reallly just worried sick about her and then torn with conflict over what she told him.
  • Anti-Hero: Easily the most anti-heroic of the main Riders. He's selfish, arrogant, downright unpleasant and couldn't care less about any of the patients the Bugsters infected.
  • Arch-Enemy: Graphite is this for him. He has a longtime grudge against him and wants nothing more than to destroy him. Even the reason he wants to collect all the Gashats is so that he can get revenge on Graphite.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: More like Arrogant Sharpshooter Guy or Marksman Guy. In his case, his incredible skill is more than enough to back it up.
  • Back-Alley Doctor: He's an unlicensed doctor, similar to a past Rider. As a radiologist known for his incredible skill (capable of spotting an early onset of rare kind of cancer), Taiga seems to be quite successful and very wealthy.
  • Badass Bookworm: A very skillful fighter and was referred to as the "genius radiologist" when he was still working at Seito and a member of CR.
  • Badass Labcoat: While the others wear them too, the lab coat he wears is particularly long, making it more noticeable.
  • Badass Normal: Taiga is shown to be skilled in hand to hand combat, in contrast to Emu.
    • In a less combat-wise sense, the reason he was chosen as Kamen Rider Snipe was because he managed to find the Bugster Virus infection in the patient only using standard medical equipment.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: From the gentle doctor to the self-centered Jerkass. Character Development starts to turn him back again once Nico settles down in his office.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: #27 reveals that he tolerated Nico because he was happy that she called him her doctor.
  • Blood from the Mouth: The strain of using proto Bang Bang Shooting Gashat causes this in Episode Zero.
    • After being badly injured in #37.
  • Berserk Button: Graphite. Even seeing him causes the usually disturbingly composed Taiga to fly into a rage. Treating the Kamen Rider business as a game is another way to set him off. Threatening Nico is also a thing after he started to care about her. Unfortunately, Nico loves pushing his buttons and endangers herself every so often.
  • Broken Ace: He had a reputation of genius radiologist and used to be CR's Rider five years ago, then lost his medical license and position. He must practice illegally now while seeing his old position being filled by other Riders. Episode 8 heavily implies that being thrown out of CR really damaged his pride and sense of self-worth, as he keeps saying how "one of us [Riders] is enough" and that he's "the only Kamen Rider needed".
    • Episode 20 reveals the extent of the damage inflicted upon him from being chosen as a Rider pre-series: Taiga sees absolutely no value in his life other than being a Rider, and he posits this makes him better-suited than Emu or Hiiro to shoulder the burden of fighting the Bugsters as he has nothing left to lose.
  • Character Development: Slower than Hiiro's, but visible nevertheless: over the course of the first twenty episodes he gradually softens from Jerk with a Heart of Jerk to Jerk with a Heart of Gold, or maybe bronze. Still an improvement.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Taiga is not afraid to use any dirty tactics in order to defeat his opponent.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: His reasons for fighting Ex-Aid some more during the second ten episodes: he reasons that telling Emu about his Bugster infection would be dangerous, while attacking Emu under pretense of trying to take his Gashats won't stress him out at all because he expects Taiga to act like a jerk who wants to take his stuff. He's right.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Five years before the story began, he was both a doctor for the Seito University Hospital and a Rider for the CR. After failing to defeat Graphite, which resulted in the death of a patient named Saki Momose, who also turned out to be Hiiro's girlfriend, he had his medical license revoked and was forbidden from fighting as a Rider.
  • Declaration of Protection: Towards Nico in #27 and #43. He failed to save a patient once and he is not going to do so again no matter what happens.
  • Determinator: Taiga has considerably more willpower than either Emu or Hiiro. The former is demonstrated in his ability to wield Drago Knight Hunter Z alone with much greater power and proficiency than Emu displayed, while the latter is demonstrated by his ability to use Bang Bang Simulations, a Level 50 Gashat when Taiga's highest-level Gashat before then was a mere 5, without the crippling backlash that Hiiro suffered from using Taddle Fantasy. Taiga notes that his experience with the side effects of Proto Bang Bang Shooting acted as Training from Hell that prepared him for more strenuous Gashats than the other Riders were ready for. It nearly kills him in #37, where his desire to keep fighting until Graphite is finally dead results in him getting stripped down to his human form, and then cut up by Graphite, leaving him bleeding out.
  • Dr. Jerk: He's even more unpleasant than Hiiro, not even pretending to care about the patient's condition.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: His usual expression are stoic, annoyed and angry, but also has an apathetic one that involves this. As it's caused by him losing everything in past, it reduces in frenquency once he gets stuck with Nico and CR crew acknowledges him as an ally.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After the hell he had to go through as the first Gashat-based Kamen Rider, losing his friends, respect, and license, the Ministry of Health gives him a chance to start over, turning his abandoned hospital into a game disease clinic so he can practice as a doctor within the law and with a strengthened resolve by the end.
  • Everyone Can See It: Taiga insists that Nico is his "patient". But, everyone apart from them have different ideas:
    • The first one poking fun at them is Ren Amagasaki who said that they're a couple. Then, Ren also threatens Taiga about Nico.
    • Kiriya, when came back from Masamune's side, also teases them about their relationship.
    • In #40, Hiiro stops an injured Taiga that wants to fight Masamune to save Nico.
    • Finally, Poppy's last words to Taiga is that he must act more gently to her.
  • Expy:
    • Being a gun-using tertiary Rider who is morally grey and rather selfish, with the main and secondary Rider that were introduced before him being an idealistic melee based fighter and a cynic with a knight motif, respectively, puts him on the bench with Shuichi Kitaoka and Mitsuzane Kureshima.
    • He's in some ways a dark inversion of Eiji Hino. Both of them were emotionally and mentally-scarred by events that happened to them prior to the start of the series they were in, leading both to adopt a 'nothing-to-lose' mentality. What differentiates them is that while Eiji retained his kind personality but developed a penchant for overcompensating in his desire to save people to an almost fatalistic degree, Taiga became a shell of the man he once was, no longer worried about the well-being of others and desiring nothing less than the Bugsters' complete destruction by his own hand.
  • Fallen Hero: Back when he was chosen as Kamen Rider Snipe five years ago during Zero Day, he was a nice guy who prioritized the patients first before the Bugsters. While he gets better, by the time the series starts, he's a lot less willing to do it for the people and is a lot more selfish in his actions as he fights.
    • Hiiro asks him if he really wants things to stay like this in #42, but is brushed off.
  • Fiction 500: Not to the point of Takatora or Itsuro Takamizawa, but Taiga's still pretty loaded. He's capable of throwing lots of money at Kuroto in exchange for a Gamer Driver and the Bang Bang Shooting gashat. Later on, he has no problem forking up more so Tsukuru can develop a new game to defeat Genm and according to Taiga, he still has more if Tsukuru needed it.
  • Finger Gun: As befitting of his Rider motif, he does this to Emu from afar after watching his first fight as Ex-Aid.
    • Also does this during the "Select!" stage of his transformation.
    • He is also aiming for Emu on the cover of the 62nd volume of Hero Vision magazine.
  • Foil:
    • To Emu. Both Emu and Taiga enjoy games, but while Emu truly enjoys playing them, Taiga is obsessed with them and doesn't care about anything else other than winning.
    • He's also this to Hiiro. Both of them are unpleasant but incredibly skillful at what they do. While Hiiro is a strict perfectionist, Taiga is relentless and will do whatever he wants without caring about what anyone else thinks or who gets hurt.
      • Oh it goes deeper than that. Seeing as they're such bitter rivals, it's likely not a coincidence that their specializations mirror one another. Hiiro, the close-quarters fighter, against Taiga, the long-range one. Heck, the same even goes for their normal work life! While Hiiro's job as a surgeon requires him to be hands-on and up close with his patients, Taiga (as a radiologist) treats his patients through the use of medical imaging techniques.
  • Gun Twirling: Fittingly, his henshin pose includes him twirling his Gashat before entering it into the driver, just like how someone would twirl a gun before putting it into their holster.
  • He Knows Too Much: Fearful of how he was able to spot an early onset of Game Disease with just his normal radiologist equipment and keen experienced eye, Kuroto arranged for Taiga to become a Kamen Rider so that the young doctor would be too busy fighting Bugsters to have any time or inclination to study them further.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: It's hidden far beneath his ego, selfishness and resentment, but it's definitely still there. It's shown quite well in episode 20, when a passed out Hiiro finds himself in Taiga's abandoned hospital after his body gave out due to Level 50 being too much to handle. Taiga could've just stolen the Gashat Gear Dual Beta and walked off, but he didn't.
    • Unfortunately, this hidden heart very much contributes to his suffering as it torments him with regrets over people he couldn't save.
  • Hidden Depths: He gets pissed off when Nico asks him how to become a rider so she can satisfy her childish grudge against Emu, telling her that being a Rider isn't a game despite the fact that he himself said earlier in the series that it was. Not to mention that earlier on when he discovers that Emu has the Game Disease he decides to take it upon himself to operate on him before the virus gets critical, even going as far as to inform Hiiro about what he learned when he had no reason to.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Nico, who reaches up to his chin only because she is wearing platform shoes with high heels most of the time.
  • It's All About Me: Taiga doesn't want anyone else to be burdened by the dangers of being a Rider after experiencing the tragedy it brought him, but that same tragedy left him damaged enough that he ends up making it sound much more selfish than it is.
    • Maki tells him in Episode Zero to stop acting like he is the 'chosen one' who has to stop Bugster Virus all on his own. It was in response to Taiga ruinning himself by working tirelessly on curing a patient after patient.
  • I Should Have Been Better: This continues to haunt him as his perceived failures. His last words after being gravely injured fighting Graphite in #37 certainly implies this.
  • It's Personal: Graphite and his animosity to one another. It's strong enough to get him to stop playing around and fight at max strength.
  • Jacob Marley Warning: He has a hard time spitting it out, but this is the main reason he wants to be the only Rider, to save others from having their lives ruined by the job the way his was. He delivers a much more personalized one to Hiiro, who's a genius surgeon the way Taiga was once a genius radiologist and who Taiga sees has the same potential to break.
    • So it naturally hurts him when his warning goes unheard and Hiiro starts working for Masamune.
  • Lack of Empathy: He shows no sign of caring about anything other than achieving his goals. He's not afraid to even endanger the life of a patient just so he can get what he wants. He gets better over the course of the series, especially thanks to Nico as his Morality Pet.
    • #42 finally averts this as he is shown caring about patients suffering from Gamedeus Game Disease.
  • Meaningful Name: His first name consist of 大(big) and 我 (ego/I/selfishness), lampshading his jerkish tendencies.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: The delivery is far from deadpan, but also far from appropiate reaction. The aftermath of him losing a fight against Graphite is one of the most gory scenes that had transpired in the main continuity tv-series (not counting V-cinema, spin-off and so on) in quit a few years. He is bleeding all over, in great pain and coughing up blood. He is aware of his state enough to try and deter other Doctor riders from providing him with first aid, knowing he doesn't have very long to live. Yet, this doesn't seem to bother him as much as that he lost the aformentioned fight and is going to leave Nico on her own. Whether shock has been at play depends on the interpretations as this fits him perfectly.
  • Nominal Hero -> Hero with an F in Good: Yes, he fights against the Bugsters, but it's not because he cares about the patients or their lives. He just wants to collect all the Gashats so can he destroy all the Bugsters and get his revenge on Graphite. He also doesn't care about who gets hurt because of his actions. He gets better.
  • Not So Different: With Hiiro; they're both Smug Super Jerkasses who don't care for the feelings of their patients — Hiiro is mostly focused on getting his job done, while Taiga only cares about collecting Gashats. And then, there's the personal vendetta against Graphite which they both share, but for different reasons. Taiga eventually brings it up, and warns Hiiro that if he's not careful he could go down the same road that led Taiga to become the broken man he is today.
  • Not So Stoic: Nico proves exceptionally skillful at pressing Taiga's buttons, such as taking him to a haunted house where it's revealed he's scared of ghosts and jumpscares.
    • Nico pushes all of his buttons at once in #27 causing him to get so mad at her that Hiiro has to drag him out of the room.
  • Not So Above It All: He is seen in Nico's Tastes Like Diabetes room toying with a puzzle in #28, obviously okay with everything.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. There is another Taiga who is also a Rider from eight years before Ex-Aid.
  • Pet the Dog: He gets his first moment of it in episode 13. When Nico pretends to be infected with the Game Disease, Taiga actually believes her and is shown panicking a bit, even making sure to check her up (which she points out). The fact that the usually apathetic Taiga would actually do something for someone else shows that the person he was before the Graphite incident is still there, even if buried deep inside. This marks the start of his Character Development, as Pet the Dog moments from him become steadily more frequent after this point. Being Taiga, of course, he doesn't necessarily pet the dog gently or kindly.
  • Player Killing: He starts off trying to achieve the goal of being the only rider in existence by stealing Gashats of other riders.
  • Red Baron: His nickname is the "Dark Doctor".
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: How Taiga managed to get his Driver and Gashat even though he was already forbidden from fighting as a Rider - he just bought them directly from Kuroto Dan. As it turned out, Kuroto allowed this because he needed someone to clear the games and Taiga was good option with his experiences. Also, the money was good.
  • Ship Tease: He's always together with Nico, to the extent that Ren Amagasaki calls him and Nico "that couple", which they reacted by separating. The joke aside, Taiga is actually softening when he's with Nico, concerned with her well-being and protecting her from shady people (such as Kuroto or Ren). Again in #36, when Kiriya teases them about it.
  • Shout-Out: His skunk stripe, getting his way by throwing literal mounds of cash at it and the fact that he's an unlicensed doctor makes him very similar to Dr. Kuro'o Hazama/Black Jack.
  • Skunk Stripe: Taiga's hair has some white streaks in them.
    • His younger self in Kamen Rider Snipe Episode Zero lacks them. They appear after he casts away his previous good nature and becomes the apathethic, cynical shell of a person he is known as in the story proper.
  • Smug Super: He may be a jerk, but his skill is undeniable. While in term of fighting prowess he's still a little below Emu and Kuroto, his experience as a veteran more than makes up for it. One of the few facial expressions Taiga allows himself early on is a smirk.
  • Start of Darkness: The events leading up to Zero Day were one big Trauma Conga Line for him that saw the loss of a close friend, his medical license, and his ability to smile. He came out of the experience completely unrecognizable as who he once was.
  • Start X to Stop X: Taiga brought up the idea of becoming the second Cronus as his last resort in response to Masamune's absorption of Gamedeus' data. He puts up a good fight against Gamedeus Cronus but it didn't help him anyway so he went back to being Snipe again instead.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Ends up the straight man to Nico, to his chagrin.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: The tallest and meanest of the Doctor riders.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Early on, while he's one of the heroic Riders fighting the Bugsters, that's literally the only thing heroic about him. It steadily lessens over the course of the show thanks to his Character Development. He's still not the nicest person around, but at least he's not as self-centered as he used to be.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: When he was first chosen as a Rider, he actually declined, as he was truly dedicated to his job as a radiologist and viewed it as more important. Fast-forward 5 years later, he's an asshole who doesn't really care about anybody, even the patients of the Bugster's infection and cares more about getting the Gashats.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Nico calls him out on everything in episode 27, from his "only Kamen Rider needed" attitude to his supposed obsession with Gashats. He is not happy, even more so when Hiiro elaborates.
  • Training from Hell: His experience with using the Proto Gashats paid off in spades for him later, as Taiga can use other Gashats much more easily than the other Riders can due to being used to the strain. This gives him best chances at being able to become second Cronus. Still, the strain of doing so is nearly too much even for him.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Due to Graphite being the one who got him disbarred, Taiga disregards all form of tactics when it comes to him, and decided to just hit him with everything he has on two occasions. Both fail miserably, but it's the second time he tries this tactic that puts him into critical health.
  • Used to Be More Social: In Episode Zero, he has a close friend and good relationship with his patients, contrasting his (at best) arrogant aloofness in the story proper.
  • Visual Pun: His clothing has a picture of a tiger and a flower on it, both of which have a connection to his namenote .
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: As shown with Burgermon, he doesn't have much of a game plan for dealing with the Bugster Virus outside of "shoot everything until they stop moving and the patient recovers."
    • Actually, since destroying Bugsters is his first priority, this really is a viable plan from his point of view as he generally isn't concerned with patient's condition.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: This confident badass is terrified of ghosts, and Nico loves teasing him over it.

Tropes exclusive to him as Kamen Rider Snipe

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Let's Game! Metcha Game! Mutcha Game! What's your name?! I'm a Kamen Rider!
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Ba-Ba-Bang! Bang-Ba-Bang! (Yow!) Bang Bang Shooting!
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Scramble da! Shutsugeki Hasshin! Bang Bang Simulations! Hasshin!
  • Action RPG: Drago Knight Hunter Z, more specifically based on Monster Hunter and similar games. The basis for all four Hunter Gamer Level 5 forms, with each carrying a piece of the full armor, Snipe's piece being the left arm-mounted Gun. Snipe can also take the full armor for himself as Full Dragon rather than share it, and unlike Ex-Aid, he can actually use it all at once without issues, becoming nearly as strong as a Level 10 Rider.
  • Alpha Strike: His Level 3 and Level 50 forms both have 'lock on and fire everything at once' as their Finishing Move. In the former, this is a barrage of gattling gun fire and missiles, in the latter, it's 10 naval cannons.
  • Anime Hair: Not as prominent as Ex-Aid and Genm, but that Peek A Bang looks hardly practical to be anything else.
  • Awesome, yet Impractical: As the second Cronus, he's extremely powerful, and can use any of the Gashacon Weapons of the original 4 Riders, (which are further enhanced in his hands), and due to his training with Proto-Gashats, he's able to endure the strain of Bugster Virus better than the other riders. However, emphasis on endure, not negate, as he still feels plenty of pain while using it, and combined with the lack of Cronus's time control and other abilities, it ends up being less useful than Masamune's version of Cronus.
  • Badass Cape: Sports a yellow one in his Level 2 form, which covers his right side.
  • Boring, but Practical: Simulation Gamer Level 50 doesn't offer anything like the array of versatile spells and melee abilities that its counterpart Fantasy Gamer does. What it does offer are guns. Lots and lots of guns. As a bonus, it doesn't tire Taiga out like Taddle Fantasy does with Hiiro.
  • Cool Guns: His Gashacon Magnum, with its plethora of firing modes that puts Contra to shame!
  • Cool Helmet: Snipe's helmet design incorporates a plethora of hi-tech visors and whatnot, clearly evoking the image of a SWAT member.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: During episode 43, he gets Kamen Rider Chronicle, letting him transform into Cronus. Unfortunately it proves to be Awesome, yet Impractical, and he switches back to his Level 50 form shortly afterward.
  • Finishing Move:
    • Bang Bang Critical Strike
    • Bang Bang Critical Finish: In Rifle Mode, the Gashacon Rifle charges energy and fires a concentrated blast of energy. Snipe can augment the shot with his built-in aiming sights.
    • Jet Critical Strike: Snipe takes aim and proceeds to unload his entire arsenal of bullets and missiles at whatever happens to be in front of him.
    • Drago Knight Critical Strike: Charging energy into the Dragon's Gun, Snipe launches electrical blasts at his foe.
    • Bang Bang Critical Fire: Locks on and charges up all of his cannons on the enemy and fires them all at the same time.
  • First-Person Shooter: Bang Bang Shooting, the basis for Snipe's primary Shooting Gamer Level 1 & 2 forms. It equips him with the Gashacon Magnum, a powerful gun that can switch between a handgun and rifle form with the ability to target multiple enemies simultaneously. His power-ups are found in steel drums in contrast to Ex-Aid's blocks and Brave's treasure chests.
  • Gatling Good: In Level 3, he's equipped with two large gatling guns called the Gatling Combats.
  • Glass Cannon: Snipe is almost as strong as Brave and almost as fast as Ex-Aid, but has weaker defense than they do. Even lampshaded by Taiga himself in his debut episode.
  • Gun Fu: Snipe will just not stand still - he will hop, lunge and roll around during his fights, all the while hitting bulls-eyes.
    • This make sense to those who player shooter games themselves. You're just a sitting duck by staying in place for too long in an FPS, unless you're absolutely certain the area you're in is clear.
  • The Gunslinger: By virtue of so far being the only Rider in this series that uses a gun and being based off FPS games.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Fitting for the genre he's based on, Snipe's no rook when it comes to marksmanship; he got his Jet Combat Gashat by shooting it out of the Collabos Bugster's head after shooting down its jet pack while he was flying away.
  • Lightning Bruiser: For the time it appears, Jet Combat offers overwhelming advantages compared to the other Level 3 Gashats, due to pairing the only Rider with good projectile attacks with flight making it so Ex-Aid and Brave can't even touch him. The only other Level 3 Rider who might have a chance against Snipe in this form is the bow-wielding Lazer, who never fights him. Like nearly every form in Ex-Aid, though, the advantage is fleeting.
    • His Level 50 is statistically the slowest out of all the Level 50 forms, but it's still fast enough to keep up with Para-DX Fighter Gamer.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: His Jet Critical Strike is this combined with More Dakka.
  • More Dakka: His Level 3 form has some serious firepower that rivals Zolda. His Level 50 is even better, being equipped with 10 powerful naval cannons.
  • Nice Hat: His helmet as Simulation Gamer is a rather spiffy-looking admiral's cap.
  • Palette Swap: His Xevious and Combat Shooting Gamer forms are virtually identical in function and appearance save for their color schemes though it's a little less glaring than the other instances of this trope as their Gashats are of the same video game genre.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Half of Snipe's face is covered, invoking this. The "bang" is flipped upwards when he uses Level 3.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Snipe has red eyes, which shows off very well paired with the bright yellow on the suit itself.
  • Shoot 'em Up: Jet Combat, the basis for Snipe's Combat Shooting Gamer Level 3 form. It equips him with flight and a pair of underslung gatling cannons.
  • Simulation Game: Bang Bang Simulations, the basis for Snipe's Simulation Gamer Level 50 form. Based on simulation naval warfare games such as Harpoon or Naval Ops, it equips Snipe with a massive array of cannons all across his body.
  • Super Mode: As Brave & Snipe Episode trailer reveals, his ultimate form is indeed Cronus, but this time he's using the Buggle Driver II, so he can access the dreaded Pause ability. He still can use any of the Gashacon Weapons.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Snipe's Gashacon Magnum switches from Handgun to Rifle Mode with a press of the A button. Pressing the B button seems to have different effects based on what Snipe needs at the time and what mode it's in. They're machine-Gun fire rate, multi-targeting, cannon-like fire.
  • Video Game Genres: As with all Gamer Riders, Snipe can gain a variety of game related boosts by using different Rider Gashats.

    Nico Saiba/Ride-Player Nico 

Nico Saiba/Ride-Player Nico

Portrayed by Reina Kurosaki (Live), Satoshi Fujita (Ride Player Nico)

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"Transcend! Strongest! Genius! Ride-Player Nico is here!"

A young girl who has it out for Emu and is pushing Taiga to rough him up. She's a fellow pro gamer who fought M in the finals of a video game tournament six years ago resulting in a clean defeat, and she's still salty about it to this day. Until she gets her revenge however, she helps out Taiga with his day-to-day activities as a sort of assistant, much to his chagrin. She later transforms into a customized version of the Ride Player.


  • Arch-Enemy: Considers "Genius Gamer M" to be hers, and really wants Taiga to beat him up. Turns out it's the incredibly childish reason that he was the first to beat her in a video game, and she wants payback. After knowing that the one that defeated her is Parado, she shifts the target to him.
  • And Then What?: She asks Taiga what he will do after he takes everyone's Gashats. He answers that he will defeat all Bugsters and she takes it for the moment as she doesn't know he doesn't plan to live after that yet.
  • Broken Win/Loss Streak: Emu (or rather, Parado) was the only one to ever beat her in a game and she wants to avenge her loss.
  • Character Development: Like Taiga, it's subtle, but it's there. While before she tried everything she could to get Taiga to beat up Emu, she later shows some genuine concern for Taiga's well-being, taking him to an amusement park to snap him out of his funk and showing happiness when he's reclaimed his Bang Bang Shooting Gashat from Genm. By #22, she's basically become less of an intentional aggravation and more of a surrogate little sister to Taiga. During the beginning of #23 she actually shows a heroic side to herself by helping people get away from Genm and his Dangerous Zombie Mooks. By #27, she gains enough to actually help the Doctor Riders fight the Bugsters using her custom Ride Player form. In #29, once she found out that M is Parado, she joins the Doctor Riders in their fight against Parado.
  • Damsel in Distress: As she's the only Ride Player capable of finishing Kamen Rider Chronicle, Masamune always targets her.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: This girl doesn't come equipped with a fine tuned instinct of self preservation.
    • She attacked Kamen Rider Genm with nothing but a mop in #16 and got flung for her troubles.
    • #19 has her insulting Kuroto only to get freaked out by his Slasher Smile.
    • She challenges Parado-posessed Emu to a game in #29 after he got access to Perfect Knockout and steamrolled Hiiro and Taiga. Fortunately for everyone, he only brushed her off.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: The reason for her animosity for Emu. He was the first to defeat her in a video game competition and is still very sour about it.
  • Distaff Counterpart: From her attitude to her nickname of "Genius Gamer N", she's this to "M".
  • Everyone Can See It: Despite Taiga's insistence that Nico is his "patient", everyone apart from them have different ideas:
    • The first one poking fun at them is Ren Amagasaki who said that they're a couple. Then, Ren also threatens him about Nico.
    • Kiriya, when he came back from Masamune's side, also teases them about their relationship.
    • In #40, Hiiro stops an injured Taiga that want to fight Masamune to save Nico.
    • Finally, Poppy's last words to Nico is that she must take care of Taiga.
  • Expy: Her somewhat antagonistic acts that are caused due to misunderstandings and not knowing things (unaware that M is Parado, for instance) makes her similar to Oren Pierre Alfonzo, as Oren having no idea on what's going on is what causes him to antagonize Kouta at first. Once both Oren and Nico understands what's going on, they quickly join the protagonists' side. They're also the strongest Riders in a certain way (Oren, being military trained beforehand, is the strongest of the Armored Riders; Nico is easily the strongest Ride-Player).
  • Fiction 500: Again, not as extreme as other examples from the franchise, but apparently she made 100 million Yen (approximately $920,000 in 2017 conversion of Yen to US Dollars) every year in total winnings from her gaming career. She's so rich, in fact, that she becomes Genm Corporation's majority shareholder.
  • Gamer Chick: She happens to be a talented gamer just like Emu, as such she became a runner up in a gaming tournament at the age of only 12. She's even gone pro and can make a living on her tournament winnings.
  • Genki Girl: A very negative example. Her overly energetic personality grates heavily on Taiga's nerves, and her enthusiastic and childish grudge on "M" gets her into serious danger.
  • King of Games: She gets the same "genius gamer" title that Emu does, and has only one loss to her record.
  • Irrational Hatred: Her grudge towards "M" is this considering it's based in the fact that he beat her at a game tournament. He wasn't even rude or rub it in her face. All he did was pat her on the back and compliment her skills while expressing a desire to play with her again.
    • After knowing that Emu is infected with Bugster virus, she theorized that the one who defeated her years ago is Emu's Bugster, so she no longer held grudges against him.
    • When said theory is proven correct by #29 with the revelation that Parado is Emu's Bugster and in actuality "M", she even says word for word that she owes Emu an apology for all of the unnecessary and unreasonable antagonism on her part.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite being childish, selfish, and headstrong, she does seem to have good qualities. When she saw Genm attacking Taiga with intent to kill she flinched with every hit and eventually charged in and hit him with a mop. She was also visibly horrified at how Genm basically murdered Burgermon.
    • After Kuroto took Taiga's gashat, she went out of her way to take Taiga to an amusement park to cheer him up (too bad Taiga's bad with haunted house). She later looks very dejected after hearing Taiga's views about why he wanted to be the only Kamen Rider in existence, implying that she's worried about him.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Taiga. She reaches up to his chin only because she is wearing platform shoes with high heels for most of the time.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Her childish behavior and selfishness comes back to bite her when fiddling with the Bang Bang Shooting Gashat causes her to be infected with the Bugster Virus.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: She stuck around long enough to start caring about Taiga and for him to care about her and it made him a better person (again). Severing their relationship, or just threatening to, can't go on without both of them suffering. Nico can live without Taiga. Taiga living without Nico is much more of a question.
  • Manchild: She acts really, really childish and immature (being 12 years old 6 years ago makes her 18) and only seems to care about sating her grudge against "M". Said grudge is that he beat her in a video game and she's still salty about it.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Rare negative example - for all her haranguing of Taiga, her real objective is goading him into antagonizing Emu.
    • She eventually outgrows this, starting with tonning down her obnoxious behavior, dropping most of her grudge against Emu and taking nicer approach towards Taiga. Her most important step out of MPDG territory comes in #27, when she becomes Ride-Player Nico so she could complete Kamen Rider Chronicle and save the players who had Game Over. This is still a negative example, as while her intentions have a good side to them, and are somewhat justified, they cause some grand chaos. note  Things get better after it's sorted out, though.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She often relies on manipulation, mostly emotional, to get what she wants. Even faking having the Bugster Virus which even Taiga thought wasn't okay.
    • Smug Snake: That said, other then the aforementioned little lie about being infected, her attempts at getting Taiga to budge never work and her attempt at beating up Emu by stealing Taiga's Gamer Driver and Gashat fails miserably. Also, while she considers Emu her greatest enemy, it's implied that all he ever remembered was a little glimpse of her as a kid at best. Turns out that Emu just beat her in a video game and happened to be the first one to beat her. He didn't even gloat or anything, and it clearly wasn't as important to him as it was for her. Then it turns out it wasn't even actually Emu who beat her.
  • Morality Pet: Zigzagged on being one to Taiga. On one hand, she got his moral side revealed; when she fakes having the Bugster virus, he actually seems to care as he tried to diagnose her symptoms. But on the other hand, she is manipulative and tried to get him to defeat M. After some time, seeing how dangerous being a Rider actually is, and a generous helping of Character Development, she's starting to become a more proper example of this.
  • Never My Fault: Her reaction to getting herself infected by the Bugster Virus? Blame Taiga for not beating Emu up like she wanted him to. Yeah, sure Nico. It's all Taiga's fault. Not yours for stealing his property and then not being careful with it, like he just told you a few seconds ago. Even if she meant that Taiga should have beaten Emu up sooner instead of causing her to try doing it herself, it's not like he didn't have anything far more important to do than her petty request.
  • Nice Hat: A tie-dyed baseball cap adorned with various Mighty Action X buttons. She also wears it on her Ride Player form, likely to differentiate herself from the other Ride Players.
  • Older Than They Look: She's actually 18, but you wouldn't think so with the way she acts and dresses.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: She says that she should apologize to Emu for antagonizing him as it was actually Parado's fault in #30. Taiga points out that this is unusual from her. She probably realized it too and didn't tell Emu anything.
    • She usually doesn't seem to have a problem with violating someone's personal space and especially not when it comes to Taiga. Still, she hesitated to touch him in serious comforting manner in #34, unsure what reaction it would provoke.
  • Plucky Girl: What else would you call a Muggle who charged Kamen Rider Genm armed with nothing but a mop?
  • Punny Name: Saiba sounds like "cyber".
  • Red Baron: Genius Gamer "N".
  • Refused by the Call: Her attempt at using Taiga's Gamer Driver and Bang Bang Shooting Gashat fail miserably because she hasn't been immunized like the other riders.
  • The Rival: To M. She wants to beat M no matter what the cost is. Originally targeting Emu because he's the person that beats her and he's Genius Gamer M, once she realizes that M is actually Parado, she shifts her focus to try and beat Parado.
  • Security Cling: She usually clings to Taiga after encoutering something creepy (like Kuroto proclaiming himself to be god).
  • Ship Tease: She's always with Taiga, even not concerned with body contacts such as hugging him from behind (to troll him) and cheering him when his gashats are stolen. Ren Amagasaki (a Dating Sim bugster) even calls her and Taiga "that couple".
    • In #32, she gives Taiga his doctor robe and pleads him to "finish the job as a doctor".
    • In #36, she hides behind Taiga when Kiriya wants to introduce himself, and he immediately teases them about it.
    • And finally, after the series end, she happily applies to Taiga's clinic as a nurse.
  • Shout-Out: Aside from the aforementioned Distaff Counterpart, many have compared her to Pinoko Hazama, due to having become a side kick of Taiga's of sorts.
  • Skewed Priorities: The end-result of Nico's Irrational Hatred of Emu. Nico's grudge against Emu stems not from a wrong done to her, but from her losing to Emu at an old gaming tournament, which prevented her from attatining a record of perfect wins. Rather small potatoes compared to the sentient gaming virus epidemic that's killing people. Of course, this ends up subverted to hell with the reveal that the one who beat her wasn't Emu, but rather the leader of said sentient gaming virus, meaning that her priorities were ironically spot-on from day one, as Parado's defeat would go a long way toward ending the Bugster threat once and for all. She simply focused her hatred on the wrong 'person.'
  • Sore Loser: The reason she hates Emu so much is because he beat her at a video game tournament. It's been years since then and she still isn't over it.
  • Take Up My Sword: Parodied. She wants Taiga to defeat Emu in her place, because after he retired from professional gaming, she can't compete with him as a medicinal intern or Kamen Rider.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: In-Universe example. She has an affinity for this as seen with her stuff like pink pajamas and a colorful luggage. When she was kept in CR, she decorated the room with balloons, confetti, and clothes.
    • She has her own room in the abandoned hospital as shown in #28. It's decorated exactly like this and Taiga is OK with it.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Pulls out one in #27 to Taiga after hearing too many times that Taiga alone will beat Kamen Rider Chronicle.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Eventually become this to Taiga, as she starts frequenting his hospital and eventually decides to actually live there, much to his annoyance at first. After a while though, Taiga starts to get used to it.
  • Troll: Taiga is her primary target. She also screws with CR crew while having to stay there as they treat her Game Disease.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Although cured of the Bugster Virus she openly mocks Emu for getting beaten by a clearly stronger enemy, though there it's hinted that she's forcing herself to say the things she did after seeing that what he does is dangerous work.
  • Worthy Opponent: Emu viewed her as this after the tournament and treated her as such. She didn't return the gesture though.

Tropes exclusive to her as Ride-Player Nico

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  • Ace Custom: Her version of the Ride-Player Gashat.
    • To put this in perspective, the average Ride-Player can't even be considered Level 1. Nico's stats put her at Level 10.
  • Badass Adorable: Her Rider form is on par with Ex-Aid and Genm Level 10.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Played with. Because Kamen Rider Chronicle Gashat doesn't require a Gamer Driver in order to transform, Nico has to announce all of her attacks.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Since Ride-Players don't have announced moves, Nico calls them all herself.
  • The Chosen One: Sort of. Since's she's the only Ride-Player with a realistic chance of winning against the Bugsters (not to mention she has the Doctor Riders as her main partner), this makes her this in the context of advancing Kamen Rider Chronicle.
  • Confusion Fu: Her first fight has Nico make up for relatively weak stats with the power of slapstick.
  • Finishing Move: Notably, she's the only Ride-Player so far to have a finishing move (three in fact).
    • Nico Critical Kick: Nico jumps up in the airnote  to did a rainbow-charged Rider Kick to the victim.
    • Nico Critical Punch: Nico does an rainbow-charged uppercut Rider Punch to the victim.
    • Rider Critical Finish: Whilst theoretically this can happen when using any Gashacons (Breaker, Sword, etc.), this (so far) is only shown with Taiga's Gashacon Magnum. She inserts her own Kamen Rider Chronicle Gashat inside the Magnum, which lets her shoot a powerful energy blast to the victim with a force so strong, she ended up flying several meters backwards from the recoil of the shot.
  • Lethal Joke Character: She's much stronger than the average Ride Player, but she's a Ride Player nonetheless. However, she still manages to help the Doctor Riders gather all the Gashatrophies and clear the game all the way up to Gamedeus.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: In-Universe. Not only her Ride-Player form is decorated with some of her own accessories, wearing a hat, backpack, colorful wristbands, and a large button on her chest; her Finishing Move has a rainbow-charged effect on it!
  • Weak, but Skilled: Similar to Hiiro in Level 5, Nico is able to overcome the level gap between her and the Gashat Bugsters through clever use of Energy Items and the local terrain. Because she's a Rid-Player, she's the only one among the group who can actually advance Kamen Rider Chronicle, as the Gashatrophies needed to advance to the next Bugster are only awarded to Ride Players who land the finishing blow to the Bugster. While a few Gashatrophies are gained by other means, she manages to gain the vast majority of them by legitimately defeating the Bugsters, even if she had much higher-leveled allies helping.
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