This is a partial character sheet for Kamen Rider Ghost. Visit here for the main character index. Subjective trope and audience reactions should go on the YMMV page.
Takeru Tenkuji/Kamen Rider Ghost
Portrayed by: Shun Nishime (live), Seiji Takaiwa (suit)
The son of a famous ghost hunter Ryu Tenkuji and the sole heir to the Tenkuji Temple. Takeru is a bright, carefree, and reckless youth who holds true to his beliefs.
10 years after the death of his father, on his 18th birthday, he received a package sent by his father not long before his untimely death. Inside was a Ghost Eyecon, a mysterious, eye-shaped artifact. This lead to an attack by Gamma - monsters from another dimension - on the temple. Takeru is killed by the Gamma while protecting his friend, Akari and Onari, his caretaker. Soon after, he was resurrected as a ghost by a mysterious hermit and given the Ghost Driver, which allowed him to use the Eyecon to fight as Kamen Rider Ghost. However, it wasn't a perfect resurrection - Takeru only has 99 days before he disappears permanently. In order to revive himself, he must collect the 15 Ghost Eyecons within 99 days.
Tropes that apply to him in general
- Agent Mulder: Plays this role opposite Akari, though he's more downplayed compared to Onari: Onari believes in all things supernatural, Akari believes only in science, and Takeru believes whatever he sees with his own eyes. That sort of dies down after, well, he does.
- Alliterative Name: Takeru Tenkuji.
- All-Loving Hero: Takeru is one of the few Riders who uses his powers to protect the innocent people as well as to show any form of compassion towards his enemies.
- Angelic Transformation: Takeru's final form Mugen Damashii is based off this making Ghost look like an angelic savior.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Inverted, according to the Great Eye, Takeru has already become an existence surpassing that of a human being, approaching that of the Great Eye. Takeru told the Great Eye that he prefers to be an ordinary human, which the Great Eye granted.
- Babies Ever After: Ayumu, who appears in the final episode, is strongly suggested to be Takeru's future son. According to the tie-in novel, he is Takeru's son with Chloe.
- Badass Adorable: Loud and childish, as proven with him jumping up and down while yelling 'I did it! I did it!' after defeating the first Gamma. The badass part starts with him coming back from dead to sort things out with his killers the hard way.
- Bash Brothers: With Makoto, after the latter's HeelFace Turn.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Going into space is no problem for him, as being a ghost he doesn't actually need to breathe.
- Berserk Button: Considering the fact that he died, it is not surprising that he gets pissed off if anyone devalues human lives, especially that of their own.
- Don't mock his friends.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Takeru is a kind and gentle person, doesn't mean you should piss him off.
- Break the Cutie: #5. A tad literal at some points.
- Catchphrase: "My life will burn bright!"
"The soul will always live on!"
- He has another one when using Grateful Damashii:
"Human potential is infinite!"
- And a third one when using Mugen Damashii:
- Character Tic: When he transforms, he relaxes his arms and lets them go limp as a Parka Ghost puts itself on him, as though letting it envelop him.
- Cherry Blossoms: Has a coat with a sakura pattern design, and is associated with cherry blossom imagery in promotional materials; symbolic of his dying young and in battle.
- Cherry Blossom Boy: Has several elements of the trope.
- Childhood Friends: With Akari and Makoto.
- Classical Anti-Hero: Started off as a timid and inexperience fighter. He later grows out of this once he resolves to become stronger.
- Cool Bike: Ghost's personal bike, the Machine Ghostriker. Normally a regular motorcycle, it transforms along with him to form a motorcycle with a unicorn head. It can then combine with Ghost's pirate ship to form the Iguana Ghostriker.
- Cool Ship: The Captain Ghost.
- Cooldown Hug: He can remove the Gamma's influence over people by hugging them.
- Deader Than Dead: Takeru's fate should he go over his 99 day time limit, at least if the Sage is to be believed. Apparently, even ghosts cannot exist in the state Takeru is in for any longer than that, and will permanently die when time's up. Or if his Ore Eyecon gets destroyed.
- Death by Origin Story: At the very start of the series, he is slain by Gamma. But then gets an another take on life, with the benefit of becoming a Kamen Rider.
- Determinator: One of Takeru's defining traits is his belief in himself, something his father is said to have inspired within him, and it shows. When Specter caused him to doubt himself, he became noticeably weaker, however once his resolve sharpened again, he fought the more experienced Rider to a near victory.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: After the many, many things he went through, he finally got his wish to be revived as an ordinary human being.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Thrice in Kamen Rider Drive. He first appears in Suprise Future where he briefly helps the Special Crimes Unit by defeating one of the numberless Roidmudes. He also appears in the last two episodes of the series: first by getting Shinnosuke out of the way from vengeance-seeking Roidmude ghosts, then by observing Shinnosuke complete his final case.
- Expy: Plays a similar role as Haruto Soma for being a Mystical Rider who helps out the Victim of the Week by entering their mental world and healing them before they succumb to the monster's manipulations.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: In his civilian form, Takeru often wears a hoodie-robe mix, which have a colorful pastern on its right side. As Ghost, it's mostly symmetrical, with the exception of a little ghost tail at the back of the jacket.
- Fatal Flaw: So to speak. Even in death, he continues to put others priorities before himself and even gives up his chance at reviving for Kanon's. Akari eventually calls him out on it.
- Ghost Memory: After Episode 29, he's started to develop the power to see others memories.
- Guest-Star Party Member: To Kamen Rider Drive for the last two episodes.
- The Hero: The main and titular protagonist of the series.
- Hope Bringer: His main job is to bring victims out of dispair and prevent them from dying.
- I Hate Past Me: Downplayed. He grew visibly annoyed by how spoiled his younger self was. After giving himself a prep talk that he has to save Akari and not just relying on others, his younger self then picks his resolve to save her.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: When told by The Great Eye that he has become a existence surpassing that of a human being and thus, no longer need to be revived, Takeru replies that he prefers to be a normal human that can enjoy the simple joys of life with his loved ones.
- Intangible Man: As a ghost, he has this power. Comes in handy when investigating things.
- Invisible Man: As a ghost, he can become invisible whenever he chooses. Though he can sometimes vanish against his will if his emotions get the better of him.
- The Kirk
- Leitmotif: All his themes involve oriental instruments and mystical chorals, befitting a potential monk-in-training.
- Living on Borrowed Time: Only has 99 days to complete his mission or he'll die again.
- Meaningful Name: His family name contains the characters for "sky/heaven" and "temple."
- Nice Guy: Takeru is a kind and gentle person, who's always willing to help those in needs. That being said, don't piss him off.
- Physical God: While perhaps a bit lesser in scope of power compare to Overlord Kouta, by the end of the series Takeru is still one of the most powerful being in the series. He is the only one capable of permanently killing the Gammaizer and actually defeated The Great Eyezer, who is the combination of two extremely powerful Physical God entities, single-handedly. The Great Eye itself explained that Takeru has already evolved into an immortal entity infused with countless souls similar to The Great Eye. If not for the fact that Takeru wishes to be a normal human again, there's no denying that he could eventually develop into an entity as powerful as, if not more powerful, than The Great Eye.
- Psychopomp: He acts as one in one of the final Drive episodes, meeting a nearly-dead Shinnosuke in some sort of limbo realm. Though he doesn't guide Shinnosuke to the afterlife, he instead directs him away from it and fights off the Roidmude souls trying to drag him there.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Makoto's Blue.
- Your Days Are Numbered: He has 99 days to live and complete his mission before he'll die for good. He runs out by episode 12, but gets another 99 that span the remaining episodes. By the end of the show, he doesn't actually have a time limit anymore, but he doesn't know that until the last episode.
- You Can't Fight Fate: In Kamen Rider Ghost X Kamen Rider Drive: Super War Genesis, he wants to prevent his father from dying on the day he's supposed to. His efforts were in vain as his father gave his life to protect his younger self. While the circumstances of his death had changed, his father's death could not be avoided.
- You Killed My Father: How Takeru reacts after finding out thatAdel killed his father.
Tropes exclusive to him as Kamen Rider Ghost
- All Your Powers Combined: Grateful Damashii, which allows Ghost to use the powers of all 15 Great Hero Eyecons into one very powerful attack.
- Animal Motifs: He's another bug themed Rider, though this time, Ghost's Ore Damashii is based around fireflies, similar to Faiz. Rather coincidentally, both make use of Tron Lines in their transformations.
- Badass Longcoat: Ryoma Damashi is long enough to qualify.
- Chest Insignia: For a majority of Ghost's forms, he has his version of the Ghost Eyecon symbol right in the middle of his chest. Grateful is the one exception, where he has Musashi's emblem in place of an eye.
- Close-Range Combatant: The following Damashii applies to him:
- Musashi: Slashes enemies with the Gan Gun Saber in Nitoryu Mode.
- Newton: When using the Gravity Orbs as a pair of boxing gloves.
- Benkei: Batters enemies with the Gan Gun Saber in Hammer Mode.
- Goemon: Wields the Sunglasseslasher in Sword Mode in a Reverse Grip while fighting.
- Ryoma: When using the Sunglasseslasher in Sword Mode.
- Himiko: When using the Sunglasseslasher in Sword Mode.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Kamen Rider Ghost's main color is black, but is heroic as can be.
- Fantasy Metals: His suit in Grateful Soul form is composed of 'Quantum Metal', the same as Necrom's.
- Finishing Move: Like the finishers of many other Riders with specific name before him, Ghostnote has Omega Drives. Each form of the Gan Gun Saber also has its own Omega [X] attack, activated by scanning the eye on the Gan Gun Saber with the Ghost Driver. With Ghost's future forms, they give a special prefix (Toucon for Toucon Boost, and Inochi for Mugen)
- Omega Drive: Ghost gathers up spiritual energy into his foot and performs a Rider Kick.
- Omega Break: Ghost uses the Gan Gun Saber in Blade Mode.
- Omega Stream: With the Gan Gun Saber in Naginata Mode, Ghost channels energy into his weapon and performs a spinning slash with it.
- Omega Slash: With the Gan Gun Saber in Nitoryu Mode, Ghost channels spiritual energy into his swords and performs an overhead chopping motion with both blades.
- Omega Slash + Omega Drive: After hitting the target with the initial Omega Slash, the target then gets slashed further by swords made of energy.
- Omega Drive: Ghost gathers up electricity into his foot and performs a Rider Kick.
- Omega Shoot: With the Gan Gun Saber in Gun Mode, Ghost gathers all of his stored electricity in front of his weapon and fires it off as a large electric projectile.
- Omega Strike: With the Gan Gun Saber in Arrow Mode, Ghost draws back on his bow while creating a rune in front of his weapon to protect himself. When a phone ring comes out, he fires off a large arrow projectile.
- Omega Strike + Omega Drive: Ghost creates multiple clones of himself to shoot multiple targets at the same time.
- Omega Drive: A utility Omega Drive that supercharges Newton's own ability, which allows Ghost to attract objects with his left hand and repel objects with his right.
- Billy the Kid
- Omega Impact: With the Gan Gun Saber in Rifle Mode, Ghost locks onto the target with his weapon and fires an energy blast from both of its barrels.
- Omega Bomber: With the Gan Gun Saber in Hammer Mode, Ghost channels energy into his weapon and smashes the ground with it, summoning an array of spiritual energy weapons which then fly forwards the opponent.
- Omega Bomber + Omega Drive: Ghost channels energy into his Gan Gun Saber and starts spinning it until he generates a whirlwind to lift him into air to deliver a devastating hammer smash.
- Toucon Boost
- Omega Drive: Ghost gathers up spiritual energy into his foot and performs a Rider Kick. Alternatively, he can channel the energy to the Sunglasseslasher in Sword Mode to deliver a fiery sword slash.
- Omega Shine (Robin): After inserting the Ore and Robin Eyecons into the Sunglasseslasher while in Sword Mode, Ghost draws back on a large Energy Bow before firing a large flaming arrow-shaped projectile from his weapon.
- Omega Shine (Newton & Himiko) + Omega Drive: After inserting the Newton and Himiko Eyecons into the Sunglasseslasher while in Sword Mode, Ghost swings his weapon around to create a series of repulsion waves. Upon activating the Omega Drive, Ghost is able to convert the repulsion waves into an energized Sword Beam.
- Mega Omega Shine: After inserting the Ore and Toucon Boost Eyecons into the Sunglasseslasher while in Sword Mode, Ghost sets his weapon ablaze before using it to cut clean through the opponent.
- Mega Omega Flash: After inserting the Ore and Toucon Boost Eyecons into the Sunglasseslasher while in Blaster Mode, Ghost shoots a stream of intense fire from his weapon at the opponent.
- Mega Omega Flash + Omega Break: After inserting the Ore and Toucon Boost Eyecons into the Sunglasseslasher while in Blaster Mode and scanning the Gan Gun Saber while in Break Mode, Ghost first creates a large Sword Beam with the Gan Gun Saber then shoots at it with the Sunglasseslasher, firing it forwards.
- Omega Drive: Ghost creates a pink vortex around himself and the opponent to keep the latter in place. Afterwards, Ghost slashes the opponent multiple times with an empowered Sunglasseslasher.
- Omega Drive: Ghost summons all of the Heroic Spirits to create a large glyph in the skies. Ghost jumps in front of the glyph, after which the Heroic Spirits combine their powers into a giant fireball which Ghost Rider Kicks into his target.
- Omega Formation: Ghost does various Combination Attacks with the Heroic Spirits he has call for his aid.
- God Omega Drive: The first version has Ghost absorb energy from his friends' emotions and the Gammaizers' energies to deliver a punch powerful enough to permanently destroy a Gammaizer. The second version has Ghost gather said energies to deliver a powerful diving kick, so powerful that it can permanently destroy a Gammaizer. In the movie, it was further powered by Ghost gaining the power from his friends and other Luminary Eyecons, allowing him to gain "wings" in the shape of the infinity symbol.
- Yorokobi Stream: With the Gan Gun Saber in Naginata Mode and the power of Joy, Ghost charges rainbow energy into the Naginata before slashing with yellow energy.
- Tanoshii Strike: With the Gan Gun Saber in Gun Mode combined with the Condor Telephone to form its Arrow Mode and the power of Fun, Ghost fires a powerful orange arrow that can penetrate multiple enemies with ease.
- Shinnen Impact: With the Gan Gun Saber in Gun Mode combined with the Bat Clock to form its Rifle Mode and the power of Faith, Ghost fires a green-hued laser blast.
- Isama Shoot: With the Gan Gun Saber in Gun Mode in tandem with the Sunglasslasher in Blaster Mode and the power of Valiance, Ghost fires a purple blast, with the Sunglasslasher firing two rainbow-hued blasts that travel up and down in opposite timings of each other in a DNA-like pattern.
- Ikari Slash: With the Gan Gun Saber in Blade Mode and the Sunglasslasher in Sword Mode and the power of Anger, Ghost hacks away with bright red slashes, ending it with a overhead twin slash.
- Kanashimi Break: With the Gan Gun Saber in Blade Mode and the power of Sadness, Ghost slashes deeply with one powerful deep blue slash.
- Love Bomber: With the Gan Gun Saber in Naginata Mode combined with the Spider Lantern to form its Hammer Mode and the power of Love, Ghost spins in place while trailing white energy for one powerful strike.
- Omedama: By clicking the Eyecon four times in a row when it's inside the Driver, Ghost summons an astral projection of the Eyecon which he can kick at foes or seal Gamma Holes.
- Strengthened Omega Drive (Ore): The Parka Ghosts in Ghost's possession line up after one another and Ghost jumps backwards onto them to combine with them in order to pull off a super-charged Rider Kick.
- There's a toyline exclusive finisher. Ghost's Gan Gun Saber has compatibility with Specter's Cobra Keitai, with the resulting finisher being named the Omega Crash, which was later use for Necrom.
- Flight: As a ghost, he's capable of levitating and does it during battle. Notably, he's one of the few Riders to have this ability in his default form.
- Guns Akimbo: Ghost in Billy the Kid Damashii can fight like this, with the Gan Gun Saber and Bat Clock in their Gun Modes.
- After gaining Toucon Boost Damashii and the Sunglasslasher, Ghost can fire the Gan Gun Saber in Gun Mode and the Sunglasslasher in Blaster Mode.
- Tenkatoitsu Damashii can provide usage of Gan Gun Hand and the Gan Gun Catcher in Gun Modes.
- In the Hood: All of Takeru's various Rider forms sport a hoodie.
- Instant Runes: He summons an eye-shaped one whenever he activates any of his Omega Drives.
- He can also form Eyecons by tracing an eye shape on the luminaries' important keepsakes.
- Long-Range Fighter: The following Damashii applies to him:
- Edison: Shoots electricity with the Gan Gun Saber in Gun Mode.
- Robin: Fires energy arrows with the Gan Gun Saber in Arrow Mode.
- Newton: When either repelling objects with his right-handed Gravity Orb or attracting objects with his left-handed Gravity Orb.
- Billy the Kid: Either uses the Gan Gun Saber and Bat Clock in Gun Mode or combines them into the former's Rifle Mode.
- Beethoven: Can either control an enemy's musical attacks and send them back or summon musical notes as his own ammunition.
- Ryoma: When using the Sunglasseslasher in Blaster Mode.
- Himiko: When shooting fire from either his crown or fingertips.
- Man of Kryptonite: To the Pac-Man Virus, considering how ghosts are Pac-Man's natural enemy and one weakness in his native game. Hordes of Pac-Man Viruses even take away his transformation for a limited time because he's the only one who could stop the outbreak.
- Meaningful Name: The Eyecon he uses for his main form is the "Ore Eyecon". Ore is just one of many Japanese pronouns for "I", as in it's his own Ghost Eyecon.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Toucon Boost Damashii and Grateful Damashii.
- Mini-Mecha: The Iguana Ghostriker, to which Ghost can ride on. The Iguana Ghostriker can also fight by itself, as it handled the Giant Denki Gamma by itself.
- Phlebotinum Rebel: Subverted normally, as his powers were given to him to fight the Gamma, but Played Straight with Grateful Damashii, as the Gamma originally created it.
- Rainbow Motif: The secondary color scheme for Mugen Damashii. Covering Mugen Damashii are stylized infinity symbols. The ones on his arms are all warm colors, while the ones on his legs are cool colors. The one on his chest is largely warm, though the bottom portion does get cool colors. In addition to that, when activating Finishing Move in Mugen, they are also rainbow-hued.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Himiko Damashii. To be fair, it is incredibly powerful and based off of a woman.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Holy crap, does the Gan Gun Saber run with this trope. Surpassing even the previous champion the Den-Gasher, the Gan Gun Saber can reattach and reassemble its various parts as well as combine with animal gadgets.
- Standard: Blade Mode, Naginata Mode, Nitoryu Mode, and Gun Mode.
- Combination: Arrow Modenote , Rifle Modenote , and Hammer Modenote .
- This also extends to the Sunglasseslasher that is used in Toucon Boost Damashii. It has both a Sword Mode and a Blaster Mode while also being a pair of sunglasses, which hide special slots to load two Eyecons. Using sunglasses as a weapon? Gee, where have we heard that before?
- Summon Magic: After gaining the Eyecon Driver G, he gains the ability to summon the Heroic Eyecons into fighting forms to aid him as Grateful Damashii.
- Super Mode: Mugen Damashii, obtained from using the Mugen Eyecon formed from his (third) rebirth. And seemingly, Tenkatoitsu Damashii in the movie.
- Supernatural Light: The horn on his Rider form's forehead (named the Wisp Horn) is in the shape of a blue flame. Seeing as how Ghost is... well, a ghost, it clearly meant to evoke this trope.
- Took a Level in Badass: He started out getting beaten up by Specter, and was usually only spared out of mercy. Once he's lost his fear of Specter, he's able to fight him on even ground and nearly win. For more points, it's implied Takeru's using something physically weaker to fight him. As the series progress, Takeru gets more and more powerful.
- Transformation Trinket: The Ghost Driver and the Eyecons, the former being spiritually attached to him. Later, he receives an upgraded Eyecon Driver G and later, the Mugen Eyecon.
- Tron Lines: His Rider form is covered in such lines, albeit they're not as prominent as the other uses of this trope. However, once he unleashes an Omega Drive, both his face and the lines light up considerably.
Portrayed by: Hikaru Osawa
Takeru's childhood friend. After his death and return as a Kamen Rider, she actively tries to aid him in his search. A college student majoring in physics, she believes there is a scientific explanation for every paranormal phenomena.
- Agent Scully: To Onari and, to a lesser extent, Takeru's Mulder.
- Want to know how bad she is with this trope? She dissected a figure of speech.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Hands a fierce one to Igor in episode 28. It left a literal impression on his face. In episode 28 it was enough to Free him from Adel's Great Eye backed control!
- Badass Bookworm: She's refused to just fall by the sidelines and become a cheerleader like female leads before her. She really gets to show it during episode 48.
- Boyish Short Hair
- Childhood Friends: With Takeru and Makoto.
- The Determinator: In #6, she grabs Takeru's Musashi Eyecon after Specter's beaten him up. Even at gunpoint, she doesn't budge.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: Holy guacamole, does she hold onto this trope. She seems to be growing out of it after episode 3 though, having met Sage and developed the Shiranui Spray that makes ghosts and Gamma visible.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She is this. With a little help from Sage, she created the Shiranui Spray that can make the Gamma visible to normal people, as well as modifying a leaf blower to dispense it. This has only escalated in the following episodes, with her building Anti-Gamma weaponry, researching the Gamma Eyecons and a live Gamma, and trying to discover how Gamma Portals are formed, all to varying levels of success.
- Mama Bear: Is quick to denounce Igor's treatment of his fellow Gamma, stating that they have hearts just like humans do.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Her usual attire, although she is bare-legged on occasion.
- Ship Tease: In the second episode, Onari seems to suggest that she wants to be seen as cute by Takeru.
- Her seemingly selfish birthday present to Takeru, two tickets to a science expo he has no interest in, could be interpreted as her wanting to go on a date with him.
- In episode 48, she gets flustered after Onari suggests that her concern for Igor is a sign of love.
- The Spock: Somewhat Subverted. While she does believe heavily in logic and science, she's also rather emotional. When met with her Evil Counterpart on the Gamma's side, Igor, she quickly comes to hate him for his cold, callous, and purely logical approach to science.
- Tsundere: She leans towards type A in her first appearance.
Portrayed by: Takayuki Yanagi
The head monk of the Tenkuji temple, he took care of Takeru ever since his father passed away.
- Adoptive Peer Parent: Has been Takeru's primary caretaker ever since Ryu Tenkuji's death 10 years ago. Onari's age is given by official material as 26, so this trope applies.
- Agent Mulder: A more vocal one to Akari's Scully than Takeru.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Due to having more experience, he's very observant even in the heat of battle, so he ends up helping Takeru a lot by finding weakpoints, pointing out info or even finding Eyecons.
- Bald of Awesome: He's a monk - its to be expected.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Perhaps the hammiest and strangest monk in the world. Still manages to help out A LOT.
- Butt-Monkey: Tends to have some of the worst things happen to him during Gamma-related incidents.
- Catchphrase: "UNACCEPTABLE!!" (He's clearly yelling that in the OP too.)
- Dark and Troubled Past: His conversation with Javel in episode 27 hint at this, according to him, he did a lot things he regretted in the past.
- Hidden Depths: Shows a lot of this throughout the series. Him reciting the teachings of Buddha in episode 27 is a primary example.
- Large Ham: Typically monks are vegetarian. Onari's diet consists primarily of the scenery.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Says he used to be like this after Igor turns him into Rapunzel.
- The McCoy
- Nice Guy: He's generally kind and forgiving. He even save Javel's life and gave him food when Javel was dying.
- Odd Friendship: He's started developing one with, of all people, Javel.
- Parental Substitute: He does genuinely care for Takeru, and wants to train him to be as great as his father. Being a servant of the house, he also values his approval greatly.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: He has this dynamic with the Gazai Gamma/Cubi due to his round head fitting the bill of what the artistic Gamma loves to paint.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Despite his butt monkey traits, Onari does have occasional moments to shine. In fact, part of Javel's HeelFace Turn stems from his own advice.
- Warrior Monk: The head monk of the Tenkuji temple and not afraid to directly fight against the Gamma.
"Hermit"/Edith/Kamen Rider Dark Ghost
Portrayed by: Naoto Takenaka
The mysterious ghostly old man who resurrects Takeru, kick-starting the plot. Since then, he's been hanging around the Tenkuji Temple and advising Takeru on what Ghost Eyecons are about to show up and on general ghost matters. He later gets his own Ghost Driver to transform into the second Kamen Rider Dark Ghost.
- Ace Custom: His Gamma Ultima form is black, and powerful enough to go one on one with Adel in his Perfect Gammaizer form for a short amount of time.
- Badass Baritone: As Edith.
- Cool Old Guy
- Defeat Means Friendship: Being defeated by Ryu Tenkuji allowed him to see the infinite potential that humans possess and aid Ryu as a result.
- Eccentric Mentor: He does have his moments.
- A God I Am Not: When Takeru meets him after dying, he asks if he's God. He denies it, but doesn't specify what he actually is, either. He's actually Magistrate Eadith, a high-ranking Gamma who was friends with Adonis.
- Greater-Scope Villain: He's the one who gave the Ghost Driver to Argos, who becomes the Big Bad of The Movie.
- Ma'am Shock: Inverted- Takeru addresses him as Ot-chan ("Uncle") rather than the more age-appropriate Ojii-san ("Grandpa.")
- My Greatest Failure: He clearly seems to regret creating the Gammaizers and the life supports system that caused his people's own life force to stagnant and worse, it does the opposite (placing them in a slow and painless deaths).
- No Name Given: Takeru calls him "Ot-chan" ("Uncle"), which one fansub renders as "Gramps". Other names used by fans include "Sennin", "the Hermit" and "the Sage". This is because he's actually Magistrate Eadith.
- Not So Above It All: While Edith seems incredibly serious and calm, he immediately drops into Sage's mannerisms when he realizes that he returned after Adel destroyed him while wearing his Sage getup because he forgot to change.
- Psychopomp: He acts as Takeru's, meeting him after dying and guiding him in his undeath.
- Sad Clown: He verges into this in episode 42 after The Reveal. His Cool Old Guy Troll self hides his magistrate persona, all while having a well-hidden Guilt Complex especially with Takeru's well-being and existence. Akari and company call him out on this; Eadith himself took it the hardest as they feel so much concern for Takeru. He gets over it when Takeru deduces that he feels the same way, and reaffirms that he connects with the feelings of others.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: He has tendency to appear out of nowhere and then disappear as soon as no one is looking at him.
- Troll: Loves acting weirdly and playing pranks.
- Two Aliases, One Character: He is also Edith.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Every scene he's in, he's wearing another wacky costume.
Portrayed by: Aoi Yuki (voice)
A rather rude phantasm who is assigned by the Hermit to guide Takeru after he becomes Ghost. While the Hermit explains how ghosts work and the like, Yurusen is the one who instructs Takeru in how to use his Kamen Rider gear. It is revealed in the finale that its true form is Edith's cat; it slepts in the same pod as him.
- Aside Comment: If it ain't straight up snark, Yurusen makes these.
- Bedsheet Ghost: Yurusen creates this effect with the cloak it wears.
- Blush Sticker: Has very faint ones, but they're there.
- Cats Are Snarkers: If its true form is of any indication.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Yurusen's smile resembles this the most.
- Ends up having an actual meaning considering that its original body is a cat.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Yurusen first appears in the final episode of Kamen Rider Drive observing Shinnosuke complete his final case, though most of the time, Yurusen was commenting on him holding onto the Newton Eyecon.
- Episode Title Card: It forms these.
- Meaningful Name: Its name is based off of "Yuurei" (spirit).
- Punny Name: Its name is also a syllable or two away from "Urusai", translating into "shut up". Kind of funny considering who it is. Oddly enough, it is also homonymous to the Japanese phrase for "to forgive/forgiveness"; what that means is anyone's guess.
- Mentor Mascot: To Takeru, which is very odd to a Henshin Hero show.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Is a rather cute little ghost.
- Troll: Given the fact that its true form being a cat makes perfect sense.
Portrayed by: Kazuhiko Nishimura
Takeru's late father who passed away in front of Takeru's eyes. He's the owner of the Dai-Tenkuji Temple, and a Ghost Hunter who apparently could see ghosts.
- Badass Normal: He's just a normal human being, but is capable of fighting Gamma with nothing but his fighting and ghost hunting skill. He even managed to defeat Magister Eadith in the past. Mind you, Eadith is a Gamma Ultima, one of the most powerful of the Gamma types. Even Takeru needed Grateful Damashii to defeat one. Ryu defeat one when he's just a normal human.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: To the point he even gave his son a power boost in Kamen Rider Ghost X Kamen Rider Drive AND extend his son's deadline another 99 days.
- Disappeared Dad
- Heroic Sacrifice: Gives up his own afterlife to extend his son's 99 day deadline, while granting him the powerful Toucon Boost.
- In Kamen Rider Ghost X Kamen Rider Driver, he risked his own life to save his younger son as Takeru (from the future) could not stop his death from happening.
- Papa Wolf: The man not only gives up his afterlife to restore his son's, but it's his soul that acts as Boost's Parka Ghost. There's no stopping the love of a parent, not even in death.
- Parental Substitute: For Makoto and Kanon.
- Posthumous Character: By the start of the story, he's been dead for ten years.
- Tragic Keepsake: Gives Takeru a pendant made from a tsuba of Miyamoto Musashi's sword just before he expired.
- You Can't Fight Fate: He tells his older son from the future he was fated to die as he is dying in front of him again.
Shibuya and Narita
Portrayed by: Takuya Mizoguchi (Shibuya), Reo Kansyuji (Narita)
Trainee priests at the Tenkuji Temple who assist Takeru.
- Distressed Dude: First taken over by a Gamma, and then held hostage? Shibuya's got no luck.
- Irony: Shibuya gets taken over by a Gamma, which is ironic given his actor played the younger Ryotaro.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Subverted , as the former's full name is revealed to be Shibuya Hachioji, while the latter's full name was Narita Kisarazu as revealed in the sequel novel Kamen Rider Ghost: Memories of the Future.
- Out of Focus: They get the least screentime out of the heroes. Probably because they're absolutely normal humans.
- Those Two Guys: If one is around, odds are the other is with him.
Makoto Fukami/Riyon/Kamen Rider Specter
Portrayed by: Ryosuke Yamamoto (live), Jun Watanabe (suit)
Takeru's mysterious rival, who also seeks to obtain the Ghost Eyecons. In contrast to our main protagonist, Makoto is a calm and calculating fellow. He is also Takeru's and Akari's childhood friend who disappeared 10 years ago alongside his sister.
Tropes that apply to him in general
- Ambiguously Human: Alain implies that Makoto isn't completely human anymore.
- Considering he turned into an Eyecon to return to the Gamma world just like Alain did, he's definitely not human anymore.
- Ultimately revealed to be an artificially-made human, but like the Gamma, projecting his spirit from outside his physical body. Given that Ghost drivers can seemingly only be used by those with a tie to the spiritual, this makes a lot of things make a lot more sense.
- Considering he turned into an Eyecon to return to the Gamma world just like Alain did, he's definitely not human anymore.
- Anti-Hero: Like his fellow Secondary Riders such as Knight and Baron, Makoto has his own agenda when he fights as a Rider. He's become heroic after his sister revived.
- Acquired Poison Immunity: A variant. During the Double Chapter of the Rider's Souls! web-series, the Terror Dopant hits him with his namesake power. Turns out, Makoto had already fallen to fear and despair and refuses to do so ever again for Takeru and Kanon's collective sake.
- The Atoner: Since Kanon's revival, Makoto's been very ashamed to be around the others. Further, he says he will tell Takeru about his time in the Gamma World after her "rectifies his mistake."
- Bash Brothers: After his HeelFace Turn, Makoto becomes this with Takeru.
- Berserk Button: Talking about his little sister after she's reduced to an Eyecon. No longer an example when she revives.
- Blood Knight: He's accused of being this when Kanon calls him out.
- Blue Is Heroic: In contrast with Takeru's heroic orange, his dark blue shows that leans more towards anti than hero. He's become more of a straight hero afterwards.
- But Now I Must Go: A few months after their battle against the Great Eyezer, he and Kanon had decided to leave the Daitenku Temple to aid Alain in their prospect to turn the Gamma world into a utopia just like Earth.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: He's this between episode 17 and 22, thanks to Alain.
- Catchphrase: "Let me show you the path I've chosen!"
- Character Tic: While Takeru simply allows the Parka Ghosts to envelop him, Makoto flexes his arms as though putting them or forcing them on when he transforms.
- Cloning Blues: Re:Birth Specter reveals that Makoto and Kanon (and by extension the Makoto clones) are attempts by Danton to create the perfect human. He doesn't take well to this revelation at all.
- Combat Pragmatist: While skilled in battle, he's not above doing things such as stepping on Takeru's hand to steal his Eyecon.
- Cool Bike: His Rider Machine, the Machine Hoodie. Like the Machine Ghostriker, it is normally just a regular motorcycle. However, once Specter activates the Houdini Eyecon, it combines with him to allow access to the Houdini Damashii form.
- Dragged Off to Hell: Ten years ago, he and his sister were dragged into the Gamma dimension.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Makoto appeared in the third episode before his official debut in the fourth episode.
- Expy: Of Ren Akiyama. Like Ren, Makoto's determined to revive a loved one from the dead by fighting another rider.
- Fatal Flaw: Attacking and refusing to trust those who generally want to help him, like Takeru, whilst listening to the ones who obviously shouldn't be trusted, like Saionji.
- Freudian Excuse: Yeah, he's a bit of a ruthless jerk, but who wouldn't be after being trapped in what amounts to Hell for who knows how long and losing their sister?
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Delivers this to both Takeru and Alain at different points of time. It works.
- Gone Mad from the Revelation: After findind out his true origin in Specter Re:birth. Saying that he didn't take it well would be a major understatement.
- HeelFace Turn: Fights alongside Takeru after the latter uses his wish to resurrect Kanon.
- Heel Realization: Has this reaction when Takeru got the wish, meaning that all the pain he'd caused him was All for Nothing. It gets worse when Takeru wishes Kanon back to life, proving he'd been hurting someone genuinely trying to help him. This causes his HeelFace Turn.
- Hellbent For Leather: Is dressed from head to toe in it a la Chase.
- Leit Motif: His battle theme is quick and heavy on guitar riffs.
- Meaningful Name: His family name is written with the characters for "deep sea", a parallel to Tenkuji containing the character for "heaven" or "sky."
- Ninja Looting: To the letter of the trope, what Makoto did to obtain the Nobunaga Eyecon from Takeru's grasp.
- Parental Abandonment: His father left both him and Kanon after their mother died.
- Pet the Dog: In #6, he's in a perfect position to kill Akari and steal the Musashi Eyecon. He decides to just leave her alone. For now...
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Takeru's Red.
- Gets switched up in #8 and #9. While Takeru's trying to encourage Makoto to calm down and remember how they were friends, Makoto's enraged and more focused on killing him to take his Eyecons.
- The Rival: To Takeru's The Hero.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Gives one to the Terror Dopant when he frees himself from the Dopant's powers, and punctuates it with his fists.
- Trapped in Another World: Was trapped in the Gamma World ten years ago with his sister.
- Tears of Joy: After Kanon is revived.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Both Takeru and Kanon have remarked on how much Makoto has changed over the years.
- We Used to Be Friends: On both ends. Takeru is horrified of him because of how much he has changed while Makoto wants to defeat Takeru to gain his Eyecons, though he also hates him because of his father, who caused him to be teleported to the Gamma World with his sister. After Takeru revives his sister, Makoto becomes friendly once again.
- What the Hell, Hero?: His sister eventually gets fed up over his behavior towards Takeru, stating that she doesn't want be revived if he continues attacking Takeru and trying to steal his Eyecons. She even goes as far as accusing him that the only reason he's picking fights with him is no reason at all. This is after he very nearly uses a Rider Kick on both an untransformed Takeru and a defenseless Akari.
Tropes exclusive to him as Kamen Rider Specter
- Awesome, but Impractical: His Omega Fang finisher is terrifying and powerful, generating a black hole. However, the black hole only activates if the initial energy blast connects, and Takeru has effectively countered it twice simply putting something between him and it.
- Boring, but Practical: He can do a variant of the Omega Fang that slashes foes in a wide radius around him. It's nowhere near as devastating or flashy as a black hole, but it is great for taking out large groups of Commando Gamma.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: As Necrom Specter.
- Chest Insignia: Has a modified Ghost Eyecon symbol on his chest, where it has two whisps instead of one.
- Close-Range Combatant: His Tutankhamun Damashii, where he uses the Gan Gun Hand in Sickle Mode.
- Finishing Move: Like the finishers of Ghost and many other Riders with specific names before them, Specter has Omega Drives and likely the Omedamas as well.
- Omega Drive: Specter gathers up spiritual energy into his foot and performs a Rider Kick.
- Omega Smash: Specter uses the Gan Gun Hand in Rod Mode.
- Omega Fang: With the Gan Gun Hand in Sickle Mode, Specter flings a triangle-shaped projectile from his weapon which explodes upon hitting something.
- Omega Fang: With the Gan Gun Hand in Sickle Mode, Specter flings a triangle-shaped projectile from his weapon which upon hitting the target creates a pyramid with his logo on it behind them where it proceeds to suck them through a wormhole into a dimension and eventually kills the target. Alternatively, Specter extends the blade of the scythe to a ridiculous size and swings it around, hitting a wide range around himself.
- Omega Drive: The Machine Hoodie fires multiple chains at the opponent to bind them in place, after which Specter performs a spinning Rider Kick.
- Necrom Specter
- Omega Drive: Specter gathers green spiritual energy into his foot and performs a Rider Kick. Alternatively, he can gather the same energy into his Gan Gun Hand in Gun Mode to fire a liquid-like energy ball.
- Omega Spark: With the Gan Gun Hand in Gun Mode, Specter gathers green energy into his weapon, which he fires out as a large green beam.
- Deep Specter
- Giga Omega Drive: Specter gathers up purple spiritual energy into his foot and performs a Rider Kick.
- Giga Omega Dama: With the Deep Slasher in Blaster Mode, Specter gathers purple energy into his weapon, which he fires out as a large manganese blue fireball.
- Giga Omega Giri: With the Deep Slasher in Sword Mode, Specter gathers purple energy into his weapon, which he would then use to slash enemies with a giant manganese purple slash wave.
- Horned Humanoid: Instead of Ghost's whispy single horn made to resemble a ghost light, Specter has two curved Wisp Horns.
- When using Houdini Damashii, they become the proportionally bigger Striker Horns. And as Deep Specter, they become the even bigger and jagged, antler-like Chaos Wisp Horns.
- In the Hood: Specter's suit comes with a hood as does Ghost's.
- Long-Range Fighter: His Nobunaga Damashii, where he uses the Gan Gun Hand in Gun Mode.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Houdini Damashii.
- Power Gives You Wings: Gains six angelic wings in Sin Specter Damashii.
- Seven Deadly Sins: To contrast Mugen Damashii's emotional attacks, Sin Specter Damashii has seven finishers themed after the sins.
- Super Mode: Deep Specter Damashii and later Sin Specter Damashii.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Specter's Gan Gun Hand has four less modes than Ghost's Gan Gun Saber, but one more than his Sunglasseslasher.
- The Worf Barrage: The Omega Fang was shown to be a pretty powerful move. Every use afterwards is not as potent as the first time, but it shows how Takeru is able to overcome said finisher.
Kanon Fukami/Mion/Kamen Rider Kanon Specter
Portrayed by: Mio Kudo
Makoto's little sister, who died sometime after being sucked into the Gamma World and lives on as an Eyecon.
- Back from the Dead: Takeru wishes her back to life the first time all fifteen Eyecons are gathered.
- Blush Sticker: As an Eyecon, she has two pink patches to either side.
- But Now I Must Go: She decided to go alongside Makoto and Alain in their quest to turn the Gamma world into a utopia.
- Expy: Of Yui Kanzaki and Eri Ogawa, since she was served as a Morality Pet to Makoto just like how Yui and Eri act to Ren.
- Meaningful Name: Kanon is the same as a figure from Buddhist beliefs who got trapped in Hell because she had absorbed the sins of people so they could leave, but also inevitably made it a better place.
- Morality Pet: For both Makoto and Alain.
- Parental Abandonment: Her father left her and Makoto after their mother died.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her Eyecon has a pink hue to separate it from other Gamma Eyecons.
- Soul Jar: Her soul resides in an Eyecon or did, until she was resurrected.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the series proper, Kanon was mostly the Morality Pet for Makoto and Alain. In Specter x Blades, she receives her own Ghost Driver and Eyecon, becoming Kamen Rider Kanon Specter.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: A particularly weird inversion. While Kanon never did anything to cause great disaster, Takeru brought her back to life, which in turn led to him still being a threat to the Gamma as he and his friends continue their quest to get the Eyecons for his own resurrection. In short, because of her situation and Takeru fixing said situation, the Gamma still had to deal with Takeru.
- Walking Spoiler: She's resurrected and joins the supporting cast after the first arc.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She calls Makoto out on antagonizing Takeru, even if it's for her sake.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Even after seeing Alain brainwash her brother, she really believes that he can be better. Eventually she's correct.
See his page in Kamen Rider Ghost Gamma
Portrayed by: Yasuomi Sano
Mailman in charge of delivery to the Tenkuji Temple. He is another of Takeru's allies.
A kindly woman who runs a takoyaki stand that Takeru, Akari, and the Fukamis frequented as kids; and Kanon has started visiting her again now that she's back in the human world. Due to meeting her during his visits to Kanon, Alain soon forms a friendship with her as well.
- Shipper on Deck: For Kanon and Alain based on how close they are and on how Kanon uses the "-sama" honorific for him, not realizing that their relationship is platonic.
- Killed Off for Real: In a story where few people die for good thanks to being spirits, she passes away of old age in #29, and her own spirit only shows up in #30 so Alain can give her a proper goodbye.
- Morality Pet: For Alain, frequently encouraging him to follow his heart.
- Weirdness Censor: She regularly either misinterprets Alain's comments about not being human, or just dismisses him as being a weirdo. Her appearing to him in spirit form in #30 to say goodbye adds a third option. She didn't care if he was human or not.