Fantastic Kamiyama Bookstore
Touma Kamiyama/Kamen Rider Saber
Portrayed by: Shuichiro Naito (live), Kosuke Asai (suit)
The protagonist and titular rider of Saber. A fantasy novelist and owner of Fantastic Kamiyama Bookstore, Touma is chosen to become Kamen Rider Saber roped into stopping the reality-eating Megid from replacing his reality with their own.
- Ascended Fanboy: A non-canon version. In the Kamen Rider Saber Prologue episodenote , Touma is shown to be a fan of Aruto Hiden and compiles a two-page report of his activities. He then ends up becoming a Kamen Rider like Aruto himself.
- Badass Baritone: He has a husky voice (especially when compared to his predecessor) and is a Kamen Rider.
- Berserk Button: People using books other than to give joy does not make him happy in the slightest.
- Bookworm: Aside from the obvious job titles, he loves books with a burning passion and fully believes that books should give everyone joy. This crosses into him being a Badass Bookworm, given the fact that he is a Kamen Rider.
- Catchphrase: "This story's ending is for me to decide!", which makes sense considering that he is a writer.
- Childhood Friend: He's one to both Kento and Luna.
- Contrasting Sequel Protagonist: Aruto Hiden was a comedian-turned corporate CEO, Touma is an author and bookstore owner. While both of them are laidback, Aruto had a professional side befitting his status as a CEO while Touma decidedly does not (something that concerns Mei). It is also notable that Touma has opened up his own bookstore, the Fantastic Kamiyama Bookstore, on his own unlike Aruto, who inherited his position as president of Hiden Intelligence from his grandfather.
- Dare to Be Badass: The first episode has him going through literal fire to wield the sword Rekka so that he can fight against the Megid.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was attacked by the Megiddo in his youth and failed to save his friend from being sucked in. It's implied that it's the reason why he keeps promises above all else.
- Determinator: Willing to stand up against a Megiddo untransformed and go through literal fire to save the city from being destroyed.
- Friend to All Children: He absolutely adores children and is willing to give up writing to tell them stories.
- Genre Savvy: His knowledge of stories (such as the fable The Ant and the Grasshopper) give him an advantage when fighting.
- Genius Bruiser: He's a Kamen Rider and his knowledge of books gives him an advantage into figuring out what to do with the Megid.
- Gentle Giant: While he's not muscular, he towers over a good chunk of the characters and is overall a nice person.
- The Hero: The titular main protagonist and Kamen Rider of the series.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: It's in his name, after all.
- I Gave My Word: Touma deeply cares about promises, stating he thinks of fulfilling promises as important as staying alive.
- Most Writers Are Writers: The main protagonist of the series who is a fairly prolific writer.
- Nice Guy: Like most of good-natured primary/titular Rider before him, he's a kind, positive person that won't turn his back on people, putting their promises above all else.
- Nice Hat: He sports this outside of the suit... and it's not just one, it's multiple, not to mention in some very dandy and quirky styles.
- Pun: He's a Kamen Rider, and is also a writer. This pun works especially well when written in katakana, where the words are one letter away from each other.
- Punny Name: His given name of Touma is a pun on the English word tome, which is a large scholarly book.
- Starving Artist: Subverted, the first episode has Mei state his books don't sell well enough for him to make a living off of them but his book store, Fantastic Kamiyama Bookstore, seems to do sufficient business that he's not hurting for money.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: An self-aware example. Despite having dreams of how he gained the Brave Dragon Wonder Ride Book from the previous Saber as a child, he doesn't seem to actually believe it was real. Not even keeping said Book is enough for him to realize that it actually happened, even though Touma knows that he's forgetting something very important.
- With a Friend and a Stranger: Forms this dynamic with Mei (the friend) and Rintaro (the stranger) by episode 2.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Downplayed, and a rare male example. His socks go up to grade C.
Tropes exclusive to Touma as Kamen Rider Saber
- Assist Character : Using Peter Fantasista allows Saber to summon Tinkerbell to assist him.
- Cool Sword: The Sword of Fire Rekka.
- Combat Pragmatist: Because of his lack of knowledge and experience as a Kamen Rider, he uses very unconventional tactics to get by in fights, which sometimes works against him because of said-lack of knowledge and experience. Rintaro/Blades has no problem calling him out for it in battle when it backfires.
- Dragon Knight: Even more than Ryuki. Saber has a Dragon motif and is able to summon a dragon and is a knight.
- Elemental Powers:
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Saber really takes the cake here, as far as main Riders go. Due to the SworDriver's powerset splitting his body into three sections vertically, his default from Brave Dragon grants a red dragon-motive armor and a coat to only his right side, leaving the black and white sections on his left and middle respectively as blank slates until he activates other Wonder Ride Books that grant further mismatching armor for them. That being said, even the shape of his eyes is mismatched.
- Finishing Move: Saber can use different finishers with his sword or belt.
- Seiken Swordriver:
- Hiryu Shugekiha: His Rider Kick in any form
- Dragon Wonder: By pressing on the Brave Dragon WonderRide Book, Saber can do a fiery punch that sends a dragon construct at the enemy.
- Kaenken Rekka:
- Kaen Juujizan: Saber slashes at the enemy with the Kaenken Rekka.
- Seiken Swordriver:
- Hook Hand: When using the Peter Fantasista WonderRide Book, Saber gains a hook on his left hand.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: His base form uses the Brave Dragon Wonder Ride Book.
- Instant Expert: A franchise staple. As soon as he receives the Seiken Swordriver, he immediately understands how it works, and curb-stomps the Monster of the Week Starter Villain without breaking a sweat, even when it turns giant on him. Possibly justified, since he could draw the knowledge directly from his Wonder Ride Book. That said, when it comes to other forms such as Dragon Peter, he clearly shows a lack of knowledge when it comes to actually wield it, thus it backfires on him when he tries to brute-force his way through it.
- Red Is Heroic: His suit is half-red/half-black.
- Shoulders of Doom: Saber has a singular shoulder pad in the form of a dragon's head by default.
- Technician vs. Performer: Saber is the Performer to Blades' Technician. Saber's lack of finesse and experience with combat leads to him using unconventional tactics to get the job done, which has the high risk of backfiring on him if he rushes into it. Blades is far-more experienced and careful, using the WonderRide Books with a fine control that Saber lacks, getting the job done in a conventional, but effective fashion.
Portrayed by: Asuka Kawazu
Touma's friend and current editor. While energetic and social-media obsessed, she has to keep Touma in check so that he can meet his deadlines.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To Is and Yua Yaiba from Kamen Rider Zero-One.
- Both Mei and Is are assistants to the main protagonist of their series. While Is was a HumaGear with a lack of free will (though that slowly decreased as the show went on), Mei is just an ordinary civilian and editor. Personality-wise, Is was blunt and stoic while Mei is hyperactive and energetic.
- Unlike Yua Yaiba, who was a technical advisor of AIMS, Mei is an editor working at Touma's bookshop, Yua was a level-headed and composed professional, Mei is a clumsy and cheerful Genki Girl. While Yua was the first main female rider who fought frequently in the battlefield along with the other male Riders of her series, Mei is an ordinary civilian who can't fight on her own. Relationship-wise, Yua and Aruto are acquaintances, while Mei is Touma's friend and assistant but both of them do respect the main protagonist of their series.
- Genki Girl: An energetic and very enthusiastic character, reacting to nearly everything with utter glee.
- Large Ham: Her reactions can get very hammy really fast.
- Skewed Priorities:
- When Touma and her got trapped in Wonder World, she instantly starts snapping photos of the scenery instead of worrying about their situation. Unfortunately, the photos, later on, don't show up on her phone at all.
- She would take every opportunity to usher everyone out of the bookstore whenever Touma gets inspiration to write his next novel, in order to leave him alone to get his next manuscript out as fast as possible for her job. Even dragging out an unwilling Sora who insisted to stay while waiting for his father, which ended up getting the poor kid accidentally transported to Wonder World.
Sword of Logos
- Badass Crew: When your order is made up of experienced and highly trained swordsmen, you're bound to be this.
- Contrasting Sequel Protagonist: Unlike A.I.M.S, which was a public military organization recently formed under the eye of the government, Swords of Logos is a secret guild of knights that had been fighting off the Megid for eons now. A.I.M.S fights off malicious A.I. with firearms while Swords of Logos obviously fights off the Megid with swords.
- Covert Group: Rintaro describes it as a secret guild that been fighting threats for eons now.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: They are an organization full of swordsmen after all.
- Heroic Sacrifice: It's been mentioned multiple times that the Megid killed off many swordsmen of the order, but they didn't go down without fighting.
- Oddly Small Organization: Subverted. While they have a small group of people at the start of the series, it's been implied many times that there are and were many swordsmen in the order who are either not revealed yet or have been killed in action by the time the series started.
Rintaro Shindo/Kamen Rider Blades
Portrayed by: Takaya Yamaguchi (live), Eitoku (suit)
The water swordsman of "Sword of Logos", an organization that is sworn to protect and keep the power of "Wonder World". He wields the Sword of Water Nagare and transforms into Kamen Rider Blades.
- Breaking Old Trends:
- Unlike most Riders who use regular two-wheeled motorcycles, he uses a three-wheeled motorcycle, a modified Spyder F3T of all bikes, as his Rider Machine.
- Unlike many secondary Riders who started off as cold and hostile towards their main Riders but eventually warmed up to them after their Character Development, Rintaro breaks this trend and gets along well with Touma since the day they met. Many secondary Riders started off as an Anti-Hero obsessed with revenge, but Rintaro starts off as a heroic Rider who's clearly fighting for the greater good.
- Comically Missing the Point: He understands that entering with your shoes on is considered rude in Japanese culture, so when he meets Touma and Mei for the first time, he's riding on a blue lion inside the bookstore, thinking this is okay. This is forgivable, due to his Fish out of Water status.
- Contrasting Sequel Protagonist: Both Rintaro and Isamu Fuwa are Experienced Protagonists who are associated with the color blue and are also the main secondary Rider of their series. However, Fuwa got his Rider form at the beginning of his series while Rintaro became a Rider before his series even started. Personality-wise Fuwa has a Hair-Trigger Temper and comes off as rash and reckless (though he gradually mellowed after getting his Character Development), while Rintaro is far more level-headed, careful, and laid-back. He also instantly got along with Touma, while Fuwa took some time to warm up to Aruto.
- Dork Knight: Despite being a competent swordsman and far more knowledgeable about the Megid and WonderRide Books than Touma, he's also quite a major Fish out of Water due to the fact that he's from Wonder World and only knows about this world from books he read. As such, he doesn't really know a whole lot about our world and has to rely on Touma and Mei to guide him.
- Experienced Protagonist: Compared to the relatively new Touma, he's been working as a swordsman for Swords of Logos for some time now.
- Full-Name Basis: Befitting his polite nature, he calls everyone by their full name with the appropriate honorific when he first meets them. Otherwise, he usually sticks to calling people by their first or last name depending on the situation.
- Genius Bruiser: He has an immense amount of knowledge thanks to reading quite a few books and is an experienced swordsman. In situations with the Megid, his immense knowledge does help, but in social situations... not so much.
- Japanese Pronouns: Unlike his fellow Riders, who use the aggressive ore, he uses the polite, but still masculine boku, befitting his polite and formal nature.
- Nice Guy: He's overall very polite, if not a little awkward due to his Fish out of Water status.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: A downplayed version with Touma. He's the calm, polite Blue to Touma's fiery, but laidback Red. It's even Color-Coded for Your Convenience.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Before an official spelling came out, no one knew if it's supposed to be Kamen Rider Blades, Kamen Rider Blaze, or something more obscure like Brace, Braise, or Braze; or even a made-up word like "Blays". It was then revealed to be "Blades" through merchandise.
- Socially Awkward Hero: In battle, he's a skilled warrior who can take down hoards of Megid with ease. Outside of the battlefield, he really means well, but comes off as socially awkward due to his Fish out of Water status and overall lack of true social skills outside of what he read in books.
- Sweet Tooth: Seems to be attracted to sweets, a fact Mei exploits early on.
- The Unsmile: Appears to Touma and Mei with a smile that is absolutely unassuring even though he truly means well.
Tropes exclusive to Rintaro as Kamen Rider Blades
- Cool Sword: The Sword of Water Nagare.
- Finishing Move: Blades can use different finishers, depending on if he uses his sword or driver.
- Seiken Swordriver:
- Leo Cascade: A Rider Kick thats enhanced in water energy.
- Lion Wonder: By pressing on the Lion Senki WonderRide Book, Blades can send a slash of water that also sends a lion construct at the enemy.
- Suiseiken Nagare:
- Hydro Stream: A rider slash of water energy.
- Shutoku Issen: by scanning a Wonder Ride Book, Blades can use an attack of the book.
- 'Jackun-to-Domamenoki'': Blades slashes at the enemy and sends green bean energy projectiles.
- Seiken Swordriver:
- Force and Finesse: While Touma brute-forces his way through battles due to his inexperience and lack of knowledge of the WonderRide Books, Rintaro is far more refined in his fighting style and can clearly handle WonderRide Books with a fine control that Touma lacks.
- Hook Hand: When using the Peter Fantasista WonderRide, Blades gains a hook on his left hand.
- King of Beasts: His primary form uses the WonderRide Book Lion Senki.
- Making a Splash: Wields the Sword of Water Nagare.
Kento Fukamiya/Kamen Rider Espada
Portrayed by: Ryo Aoki (live), Yuji Nakata (suit)
The lightning swordsman of Swords of Logos who wields the Sword of Lightning Ikazuchi, transforming into Kamen Rider Espada. He is a childhood friend of Touma's.
- Big Damn Heroes: He rescues Saber and Blades from their first encounter with Calibur.
- Childhood Friend: He's a friend of Touma's and Luna's from his childhood.
- Magic Carpet: He rides one into Touma's bookstore during his introductory scene.
- Shock and Awe: His signature element is lightning, powered by the Sword of Lightning Ikazuchi.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He is very tall, (with his actor coming in at 188 cm/6'2), dark-haired, and very handsome indeed. Mei's first reaction to him is to comment about how handsome he is.
Ren Akamichi/Kamen Rider Kenzan
Portrayed by: Eiji Togashi (live)
The wind swordsman of Sword of Logos who wields the Sword of Wind Hayate, transforming into Kamen Rider Kenzan. He has a strong sense of justice and a rivalry with the Sage's childhood friend, who just so happens to be Touma.
Ryo Ogami/Kamen Rider Buster
Portrayed by: Yuki Ikushima (live), Jirō Okamoto (suit)
The earth swordsman of Sword of Logos who wields the Sword of Earth Gekido transforming into Kamen Rider Buster. He is the strongest swordsman in the Order, and as such is a powerful Rider. In addition, he raises his son Sora alone. He fought alongside Calibur in the Order and considered him a friend. As such he wants to find out why he ultimately betrayed them.
- Action Dad: Ryo is a single father and is part of Swords of Logos as an active swordsman. He's specifically described as "strongest swordsman and powerful parent."
- Badass Baritone: Has quite the gruff voice on him and is the most powerful swordsman in Sword of Logos.
- Berserk Button: Harm to his son Sora does not make him happy by any means, whether you are friend or foe.
- BFS: Gekido is a pretty big greatsword.
- Experienced Protagonist: He's clearly been working as a swordsman and Kamen Rider for a while, as he delivers two Curb Stomp Battles in his debut episode. He even mentions in his fight with Dezast that it's been 15 years since they last meant, which implies that he's been fighting far longer than any of his fellow Riders in the current Swords of Logos.
- Hot-Blooded: A very passionate man indeed, to the point where he's the first Rider in the series so far to be at odds with Touma.
- Last-Name Basis: Because of his status and experience, the others refer to him as "Ogami-san".
- Large Ham: He can ham it up pretty well if he's showing off his strength or Sora. This even extends to his Rider form, where his WonderRide Book announcement is far longer than any of the other Riders so far.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: While Ryo definitely looks to be more fit than either Touma or Rintaro, he's most assuredly not built in the way you'd assume someone wielding a huge blade like Gekido would be. And even further, he's capable of wielding it one-handed.
- Papa Wolf: Cares deeply for his son Sora, to the point where he handily beats up a Megido who kidnapped the boy. His surname even means "wolf" in Japanese.
- Shout-Out: A Rider named Buster wielding a very large single-edged sword? Sounds a lot like Cloud Strife's signature weapon.
- World's Best Warrior: He's the strongest swordsman of the Order and it greatly shows in his debut episode, taking down two Megiddo in a single attack without so much as flinching.
Tropes exclusive to Ryo as Kamen Rider Buster
- The Big Guy: Compared to all the other Kamen Riders, Buster has a larger frame, chunkier armor, and a much bigger sword befitting a more straight forward power-based fighting style.
- BFS: Gekido is an enormous sword that dwarfs all the other swords that Buster's fellow Kamen Riders wield. And when he uses his finisher, it's grown to an even bigger size.
- Cool Sword: The Sword of Earth Gekido.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Gekido is capable of this, along with just being very powerful.
- Finishing Move: By scanning the Genbu Shinwa WonderRide Book into the Dogouken Gekido, he can use his finishers.
- Dai Dan Dan: Rock surrounds the Dogouken Gekido as Buster slashes at the enemy with a downward or horizontal slash.
- The Four Gods: Genbu Shinwa represents the Black Turtle of the North.
- Mighty Glacier: Compared to the agile and well-rounded Saber and Blades, Buster clearly relies on a high rate of power and defense. This is not only due to his elemental affinity, but also his Ride Book, based off a turtle, known for their own defenses...let alone a mythical one.
- Simple, yet Awesome: Buster's Gekido may only use one book at a time to transform but it can demolish enemies that gave two of his fellow Kamen Riders, who are more flexible in terms of abilities, a hard time with a single stroke.
- Turtle Power: His primary WonderRide Book, Genbu Shinwa.
First Kamen Rider Saber
Portrayed by: Hiroyuki Hirayama
The previous user of the Sword of Flames, Rekka. Fifteen years ago, he saved Touma from Calibur and the Megiddo, passing off the Brave Dragon WonderRide Book. His whereabouts unknown, he appears in Touma's dream.
- Determinator: Even when beaten, bruised, bloody, on his knees, and surrounded by enemies, he still refused to yield.
- Heroic Sacrifice: 15 years ago, he plunged his sword to the ground to engulf the Megiddo in flame along with himself, saving Touma and the city. His whereabouts are currently unknown.
- Legacy Character: He is the one to hold the mantle of Kamen Rider Saber right before Tomua.
- Playing with Fire: As the previous user of Rekka, he had mastery over fire.
Portrayed by: Rina Chinen
A mysterious woman that is the founder of Swords of Logos, helping to protect the books that made the world.
Portrayed by: Hiroaki Oka
A mechanic that maintains the swords of Sword of Logos and the Wonderide Books.
Hayato Fukamiya/Kamen Rider Calibur
Portrayed by: Mitsuru Karahashi (live), Kenji Tominaga (suit)
- Badass Baritone: His voice in-suit is very deep, befitting his badass nature, but it's clear that it's a voice modifier to hide his true identity.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His first appearance outside of the Megid's lair has him wiping the floor from Rintaro and Touma quite easily. Though to give both a little credit, they were tired after their battle with the Hanzaki Megid.
- Dark Is Evil: Calibur is themed around darkness and is one of the main antagonists. Further, his sword as with the blades of the Logos Riders has an elemental power tied to it, also darkness.
- Dragon Knight: Much like Saber, he has this motif. Calibur uses the Jaaku Dragon Wonder Rider Book.
- Evil Counterpart: To Touma. Their designs are more similar to each other than the other riders and both have a dragon motif.
- Fallen Hero: Was once a great hero until he turned to evil.
- Knight of Cerebus: As soon as he makes his first move out on the playing field, he wipes the floor from Rintaro and Touma and has to be held off by Kento so that they can escape.
- Purple Is Powerful: Has purple all over his Rider form and is a villainous Kamen Rider.
Portrayed by: Robin Furuya
- Meaningful Name: His name is a play on "Story".
Portrayed by: Kairu Takano
- Meaningful Name: His name is a play on "Legends".
Portrayed by: Koji Saikawa
Portrayed by: Kouki Uchiyama (voice), Kazuya Okada (suit)
- Blood Knight: He constantly seeks a good fight, to the point of allowing Ryo to keep the Wonder Ride Book he'd stolen off him as he believes it would bring him even stronger opponents to beat
- Dark Is Evil: Primarily all black and is on the side of the Megid.
- Fangs Are Evil: His face has fangs akin to the Norse wolf Fenrir. His shoulder pads are also modeled after a wolf's head.
- Knight of Cerebus: His appearance spells trouble for the heroes, as he manages to give Ryo a hard time in their fight.
- Reality Warper: Using blank Wonderide Books, they can steal parts of reality and trap it in Wonder World.
- Resurrective Immortality: Whenever a Mamono is destroyed, they can be revived because the Alter Ride Book used to create them still exists.
Voiced by: Hiroshi ShirokumaA legendary creature Mamono released from the Gansekiou Golemnote Alter Ride Book, based on the Golem.
- Dishing Out Dirt: He is capable of launching rocks from his hand, as well as assimilate rocks and soil to become larger.
- Detachment Combat: The hands on his head can detach and grapple Saber.
- Make My Monster Grow: In the final stage of his fight, he absorbs all the dirt and rubble around him to grow to ginormous size.
Ari and Kirigirisu Megid
Voiced by: Akinori EgoshiA pair of fairy tale Mamono released from the Ari ka Kirigirisunote Alter Ride Book, based on The Grasshopper and the Ants.
- Acid Attack: The Ari Megid spits acid.
- Brown Note: The Kirigirisu Megid can rub its arm sickles to produce high-pitched noise that can make a human to fall unconsciously.
- Dual Boss: Both of them must be destroyed to return the world to normal.
- In a Single Bound: Kirigirisu Megid, naturally. Later upgraded to flight through being imbued with the Peter Fantasista Wonder Ride Book.
- Mook Maker: The queen Ari Megid can make copies of itself. Later upgraded to making giant ants through being imbued with the Jackun-to-Domamenoki Wonder Ride Book.
- Musical Assassin: True to its nature, the Kirigirisu Megid makes "music" by rubbing its arm sickles together like a fiddle, but the sound produced is so terribly ear-screeching that it causes normal humans to faint.
Voiced by: Junji MajimaA regular animal Mamono released from the Hanzaki Sanshouounote Alter Ride Book, based on a Japanese Giant Salamander.
- Berserk Button: Being called a lizard causes him to angrily state he is a salamander.
- Covered in Gunge: He is covered in a thick layer of slime that causes most enemy attacks to just slip off him.
- From a Single Cell: He is able to regenerate from any part of his body left behind after his destruction.
- Nested Mouths: Has a second pair of teeth in his mouth-head.
Portrayed by: Les Romanesques TOBI
A mysterious performer and storyteller from Wonder World. Unknown to everyone, he reads off Touma's successes as if he were reading off a story.
- Gratuitous French: Tassel's catchphrase "Bonne lecture", or "Happy reading". Tassel's actor TOBI lived in Paris for several years, where he began his comedic musical group Les Romanesques.
- Narrator: He reads off the stories of Touma's successes to the audience.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: None of Saber's promotional materials provide any clues to his existence.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has green hair.