- Always Chaotic Evil: Their plans are to kill people by driving them to the lowest point so that there can be enough of them to force a ritual where multiple humans die and create Phantoms in their despair. The Phantoms that object to this only do so because they think it'd make more sense if they just murder the people directly or just cause wanton destruction. Even Wizard's own Phantom, Wizardragon, goes on a rampage whenever it is summoned and needs to be tamed. Clinging onto the hope that some Phantoms are good or at least have some humanity? The show even goes out of its way to show that it's close to impossible, with some Phantoms faking their "humanity". Yeah, there's one Phantom who has his humanity intact, but that's only because he was evil to begin with.
- Subverted by Wizardragon eventually, who makes a full HeelFace Turn in #31.
- Becoming the Mask: To a certain degree. Many of the Lesser Phantoms have quirks based on their Gates occupation.
- Minotauros acted like a Dirty Cop.
- Hellhound was rather dramatic while his Gate was a television host.
- Gnome acted like a sommelier.
- Valkyrie, whose Gate was a low-ranking store manager, acts like a Professional Butt-Kisser.
- Lizardman, whose Gate was a filmmaker, likes to "Cast" people as "Corpses".
- Manticore would read people's fortunes.
- Beelzebub was always acting like he was conducting music, or using music terms.
- Spriggan has been giving people words of caution, while acting like a Dirty Cop.
- Sora/Gremlin was both a hair dresser and Serial Killer as a human and continues to perform his second hobby as a Phantom, plus his Rapture blades resemble scissors...
- Raum, who can turn into a Myna Bird, still acts like an animal while in Phantom form.
- Sphinx was once a stage magician and continues to perform slight of hand magic even though he has the real deal now.
- Bishōnen Line: Instead of turning into a giant monster upon defeat, Phantoms start as a giant rampaging monster tearing the victim's soul apart then take on humanoid form upon killing them and materializing into the real world.
- Catchphrase: "The human (name of Gate) died, giving birth to a Phantom... me", normally said upon a Phantom revealing their true identity, though precise wording may vary. Usually a Wham Line.
- "Let the fear of death drive you to despair!" whenever a Phantom can't think of a specific way to make a Gate despair.
- Despair Event Horizon: They are born when a person with supernatural potential is driven over this, tearing them apart from the inside out and killing them from within to materialize into the real world.
- Expy: The Co-Dragons are, in different ways, Expies to the same person: Takeshi Asakura/Kamen Rider Ouja:
- Phoenix is an Ax-Crazy Blood Knight who simply wants to kill anyone he can.
- Medusa is a Manipulative Bitch and shares the same relation to Mayu as Ouja did to Kamen Rider Femme, who Mayu is an Expy of.
- Like Ouja, Sora was a very prolific serial killer before gaining supernatural powers and continued to be one.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Justified: their leader was actively manipulating things so they'd only succeed as much as he wanted them to succeed, rather than actually win.
- Four-Man Band: This defines the Higher Phantoms, with there being three Co-Dragons instead of one Dragon:
- Hope Crusher: By necessity, as it's the way to create new Phantoms.
- In Name Only: Many of them have very little resemblance to the mythological creatures they're named after, except Bogy.
- Kill and Replace: Are born when their Gate suffers Death by Despair, then masquerade as them to try and drive others over the Despair Event Horizon and create more. The extent to which they take the "replace" part depends on their plan and the Phantom's particular host. If a Phantom's host knew the target Gate, or had some special status in society, they will use that, but many Phantoms will reveal themselves immediately upon encountering the Gate.
- Made of Evil: Well made of despair and dark magic.
- One-Winged Angel: Inverted. The monster that Wizard just killed doesn't transform, he travels into their victim's Underworld and fights their yet to be fully awakened Phantom, who is a giant monster.
- Our Demons Are Different: Demons born from despair and dark magic. The part of their host they originate from is even called an 'Underworld'.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: The Lesser Phantoms have become noticeably stronger as the story progresses. Originally Haruto fought jokes like Minotaur, Lizardman, and Hydra that only lasted as long as they did because of either his ego or some other complication, followed by Phantoms that could actually put up a fight like Spriggan, Bogy, Argus, and Raum, and Bahamut who is as strong as Phoenix after multiple revivals. Justified at the half-way mark. Once Gremlin got promoted, he started choosing stronger Phantoms with tricky powers (such as Bogy and Raum), and Medusa started choosing more powerful ones to try and outdo him.
- That Man Is Dead: Phantoms normally state that the person they were born from "died a long time ago" upon revealing their true identity.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: All the Sabbath victims were implied to be decent people at least, as the sole exception who survived the ritual and became a phantom himself was a serial killer to begin with.
- Unwitting Pawn: The entire freaking race.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Played with; some of the Phantoms are smart and clever, using their wits to make the Gates despair. However, there are some who tend to do what Phoenix does and beat the living crap out of their Gates, hoping that them going through a near-death experience will cause them to cross the Despair Event Horizon, hence their catchphrase. Sora actually takes note of this, called out a Phantom for doing this tactic when the Gate was perfectly willing to turn into a Phantom (as she wouldn't despair and attacking her will just kill her) and hires Phantoms that specialize in emotional manipulation. Until he gets the Philosopher's Stone. Then he decides to cut the middleman and do the same tactic as his brethren.
- Would Hurt a Child
Voice Actor: Toshio Furukawa
Suit Actor: Jun Watanabe.
The Carbuncle Phantom and the group's mysterious leader, who is trying to find Gates to send into despair and create new Phantoms for some unknown purpose. In actuality, he is the White Wizard, trying to find Gates to resist despair and become new wizards to use in his second Sabbath.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Big Bad: He's the one calling the shots amongst the Phantoms. He was also the one behind the dark ritual that led to the creation of so many Phantoms.
- Cast as a Mask: His voice actor.
- The Chessmaster
- Degraded Boss: Clones of him appear in the Movie War but the Mages are each able to match one and Ogre devours three of them with no effort. Justified as they seem to just be mindless beasts compared to the original.
- Electric Torture: His main use of his Shock and Awe power.
- Energy Absorption
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Foreshadowing: See Light Is Not Good; it's hinting to his identity as the White Wizard.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: In his first appearance on the show, all we saw was his shadow behind a large white curtain.
- His human form was still subject to the "silhouette only" manner of appearance for a long time after that.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Case in point, even Medusa doesn't seem to know what his true plans are. Gremlin suggests it might have something to do with the mythical Philosopher's Stone.
- His goal also seems to be to hold another Sabbath, the very same ritual that created so many Phantoms in the first place. He claims he can do this without an eclipse if he has enough Phantoms with him.
- And then Gremlin comes to the conclusion that this isn't his true goal. It turns out his goal is to save Koyomi, his daughter.
- Humanoid Abomination: Subverted; the Carbuncle Phantom was an artificially-created Phantom that Fueki implanted into himself. Fueki is still human... which just makes his lack of scruples even worse.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Killing Medusa because they had finally made enough Wizards for Fueki's real plans.
- Killer Rabbit: He is the Carbuncle Phantom.
- Light Is Not Good: His Phantom form is colored in white, and before that was only shown as just a silhouette bathed in light, but he's no good guy.
- Manipulative Bastard: "You're the only one I can trust, Medusa."
- Mysterious Backer: He's the one generating the stones that become Haruto's Dragon Rings, and he actually wants them to fall into his hands. As it turns out, he's the White Wizard.
- Non-Action Big Bad: He has been extremely hands-off and left most of the grunt work to Phoenix and Medusa, then gets out in #30 to confront Gremlin personally over his release of Legion, and he stops to chat with Gremlin. Even when Haruto tracks him down in #36, he just drains his mana to drive him off. He's more active as the White Wizard.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Episode #22 reveals that he follows this trope, with him unhappy about Phoenix's rampage because he might kill another Gate, though lets him rampage when he realizes he just wants to fight Wizard and thus have either option (Wizard or Phoenix being defeated) go in his favor.
- Purple Is Powerful: Has segments on his body that seem to be composed of some purple jewel.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: A villainous example. In the Flame Dragon debut arc, he understood that Phoenix was fed up with the manipulative approach and rolled with it, directing him to an appropriate target for his wrath.
- The Reveal: Who is the Wiseman? Fueki, the White Wizard.
- The Unfought: As Wiseman, Haruto only fought Fueki once. Their final confrontation had him in his White Wizard form.
- Kamen Rider X Kamen Rider Gaim And Wizard The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle reveals that several Carbuncle Phantoms were created, which the Riders then fight. However, the Carbuncle Phantoms are not as powerful as Wiseman.
- Running Both Sides
- Shock and Awe: Can generate electricity, as shown when he is dealing with Gremlin.
An energetic and unhinged Greater Phantom. He is the most powerful Phantom currently active, and uses his strength to intimidate lesser Phantoms into doing his bidding. He was born from Yugo Fujita, a quiet, hard-working man with a love for flowers.
- And I Must Scream: Subverted when Medusa turned him into stone, then played straight when Kamen Rider Wizard kicked him to the sun.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: As a Greater Phantom, he is one of the most powerful.
- Ax-Crazy: He is rather unhinged, best shown with the way he almost beat the Victim of the Week to death in #8. Medusa is hesitant to let him go after Gates because he's so psychopathic she's afraid he'll kill them! He also states repeatedly he's frustrated at having to wait to do go on the rampage.
- Back from the Dead: Every time he gets destroyed by Wizard, he comes back... He's a Phoenix! What would you expect?
- Badass Mustache: In human form only.
- Badass Beard: Well, Badass Goatee in human form once more.
- Battle Aura: After his third revival he's able to generate an aura of Hellfire to defend himself from attacks.
- BFS: Uses a large sword called Catastrophe in battle.
- Blood Knight: Flat out admits in #16 that he doesn't care about the Gate, he just wants to fight Haruto.
- Brains and Brawn: With Medusa; he's the Brawn.
- The Brute: With Wiseman as the Big Bad, the violently psychopathic Phoenix is just the Phantoms' muscle.
- Came Back Strong: According to him, every time he revives he becomes stronger. He proves this in #16, by taking on Flame Dragon's Finishing Move which previously killed him without taking any damage.
- Worse? By the third time, he's grown so powerful it takes him seconds to regenerate.
- Climax Boss: His defeat not only marks Haruto mastering Dragon's power fully with his All Dragon (an arc that began with his first battle with Phoenix), but the whole ordeal is presented in a very climactic light as well.
- Co-Dragons: With Medusa.
- Evil Counterpart:
- Can be seen as one to Wizard and all Riders in general; it's suit looks like what a Henshin Hero would look like, he's red and gold to Wizard's default red and silver, he wants to spread despair while Wizard is the Hope Bringer, and both use fire.
- He's also one to Nitoh. Both Phoenix and Nitoh care about something else rather than their objective (bringing about despair and stopping the latter respectively) and both are pretty boisterous about it. The only difference is that Nitoh stopped and began to focus on his objective while Phoenix went for his ambition and landed in the sun.
- Fate Worse than Death: Haruto, in his All Dragon form, sends Phoenix to the sun, where he will be trapped forever, stuck in a constant cycle of death and rebirth, whilst surrounded by burning hot flames every time he comes back. This is quite possibly the harshest fate a Rider has given to his arch-enemy in the history of the franchise, but considering he seems to be truly immortal, this is quite possibly the only way he could be beaten.
- For the Evulz: Admits that driving Gates into despair is mainly an excuse for him to spread havoc and destruction when Wiseman brings it up.
- Fire and Brimstone Hell: His fate, for all intents and purposes. Just in the opposite direction from where Hell is typically depicted.
- Genius Ditz: He is most definitely not a rocket scientist but in a straight up fight he's brilliant, able to block Wizard's Finishing Moves after only seeing them once.
- The Heavy: Wiseman gives him and Medusa some direction, but otherwise leaves them to their own devices.
- Hurl It into the Sun: His final fate.
- Innocent Flower Guy: Yugo, before becoming Phoenix. The life-threatening part was his high magic potential to become a Phantom.
- Ironic Hell: The fire-powered Phantom obsessed with causing nonstop death and destruction is left trapped in the sun where he will be killed over and over again forever by solar flames.
- Irony: In #20, Yugo's boss believed that he "wouldn't hurt anyone". Oh, if only he knew...
- Also, in his first fight with Wizard, he boasted about his Hellfire. When Wizard finally beats him, Phoenix is stuck on the sun, surrounded by the hottest flames there are.
- It Only Works Once: Invoked by Phoenix himself. After being hit by a Finishing Move, he'll instantly figure out a way to block it. Ultimately subverted when Wizard finally defeats him. Even if he could survive the sun's flames a second time, he isn't going anywhere.
- Kicked Upstairs: All things considered, while he was brought up to Co Dragon status, it's only so that he doesn't wind up killing Gates and destroying the place.
- Knight of Cerebus: While past Phantoms were definitely not nice. Phoenix is an Ax-Crazy monster who is definitely monstrous even by Phantom standards. To finish off his Knight of Cerebus status he is disturbingly brutal. He brutalizes anyone in his way. Best shown when he invades the hospital. He went out of his way to maul the hospital staff and attacked a person in a wheelchair. Also, unlike other Phantoms, he doesn't particularly care about driving Gates into despair, he just enjoys causing havoc and destruction.
- Any episode that he is the main villain of tends to lack the funny scenes that other episodes usually have.
- No-Sell: To Medusa's Taken for Granite vision and most of Wizard's arsenal.
- Playing with Fire: Not just any fire, according to him, it's Hellfire. It's a lot stronger than Haruto's.
- Power Gives You Wings: After his fourth revival he gains the ability to make huge energy wings that almost vaporize Wizard.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Type E.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Medusa's blue. (One of two)
- Resurrective Immortality: His special ability, he can't be killed for good and will simply revive stronger than before. In the end, the only way Haruto can permanently stop him is by throwing him into the sun and trapping him there.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Since he's immortal and can't die, Haruto is forced to throw him into the sun to defeat him once and for all, trapping him there forever.
- Story-Breaker Power: His Came Back Strong immortality is completely broken, if he was allowed to stay on the show he would have eventually become more powerful than the entire cast combined to the point of being a Physical God.
- Tempting Fate: Phoenix proudly proclaimed that even with Wizard's new Drago Timer, he can never destroy him fully. So he didn't.
- Took a Level in Badass: Everytime time he dies and comes back he is noticeably stronger. He doesn't just adapt—he becomes stronger in all areas. Best shown when it took three finishing moves in a row in Water Dragon Style to take him down a second time.
- Too Powerful to Live: Seriously, when you think about it he would have eventually become a god far stronger than even the White Wizard if he was allowed to last the whole series.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: This, before Yugo fell to despair and became Phoenix.
- Would Hit a Girl: More like beat a woman an inch away from death.
- Would Hurt a Child: ...in order to psychologically destroy her son.
A cruel and calculating Greater Phantom. She has the ability to perceive Gates, humans with magical potential who can be transformed into Phantoms. She was born from a high-school girl named Misa Inamori.
- Alas, Poor Villain: While she was a callous manipulator who would kill a pregnant woman without a second thought, she did it all for Wiseman, and was truly loyal to him in a way you would think only a Noble Demon could be. Her death at Wiseman's hands was truly heartbreaking given that he revealed that she served a lie all of her life as she died crying at the hands of the only person she ever cared about.
- Animal Battle Aura: She can create giant mana constructs in the shape of snakes to attack her opponents.
- Archenemy: Mayu's main goal in life is to kill her.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: As a Greater Phantom, she's naturally one of the strongest Phantoms.
- Berserk Button: She doesn't like to be tricked by someone else. When Gremlin tricks her and Wizard into fighting each other without her knowledge, she outright tries to kill Gremlin.
- Boring, but Practical: Her fighting style might not be as flashy and badass as Phoenix's, but with her ability to drain mana she can easily deprive the Kamen Riders of their Super Modes, leaving them vulnerable.
- Brains and Brawn: With Phoenix; she's the Brains.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Mayu's Abel.
- Co-Dragons: With Phoenix, then later (to her horror) with Gremlin.
- Complexity Addiction: Her Fatal Flaw. There have been multiple times where she could have just killed Haruto. But nope, he has to die in some overcomplicated plot trying to save the Victim of the Week.
- This does have some justification, though, as it's likely she'd want to at least try to drive Haruto to despair in order to break Dragon out of him. In later episodes she seems to have learned and tries to find ways to get Wizard out of the way with as little collateral as possible, like telling Manticore to finish Haruto when he's helpless or attempting to get the two Riders to fight and take each other out.
- Creepy Monotone: Speaks like this unless Gremlin/Sora is screwing around or Wiseman is complimenting her.
- Dark Action Girl: Kicks Haruto's ass with little effort.
- Death by Despair: While not explicitly stated, after being stabbed In the Back by Wiseman, she crosses the Despair Event Horizon and instead of exploding like any other Phantom when killed, she crumbles into ash in a similar way that Gates who become Phantoms die.
- Determinator: Anything for Wiseman.
- Energy Absorption: Able to drain mana with the use of her snake hairs.
- Expy: To Mezool (or Mezuru, Mezul). Both are blue and water themed as well as their personalities match.
- Evil Genius: Between her and Phoenix, she's usually the one to come up with the plans.
- Evil Twin: Is this to Misa's sister Mayu.
- Evil Counterpart: She has the same amount of devotion towards the Wiseman as Mayu does for the White Wizard, with the added bonus that they're the same guy.
- The Heavy: Wiseman gives her and Phoenix some direction, but otherwise leaves them to their own devices. Of the two, she seems to be in charge, if only because Phoenix is a Psychopathic Manchild. She becomes the sole Heavy for a while between Phoenix's defeat and Gremlin's promotion.
- Irony: The master manipulator spent the entire season being manipulated by Fueki as Wiseman, and for part of it by Gremlin.
- Karmic Death: Her first act upon becoming a Phantom was to kill her Gate's parents in an act of sadism. She dies when the closest thing to a father figure she has stabs her In the Back while she was seriously wounded by her Gate's sister.
- Killed Off for Real
- Love Martyr: In a sense she's this for Wiseman. She lives for his love and approval and follows downright suicidal orders just to gain simple compliments.
- Magic Staff: Fights with a scepter called Arrogant.
- Manipulative Bitch: If Phoenix can't intimidate a Phantom into doing their job, she'll manipulate them into getting the job done. And it's clearly shown that she considers everyone around her a pawn, even her CoDragon, Phoenix. In episodes eight and nine she manipulates him like she manipulates Lesser Phantoms but in #16, Phoenix calls her out on it.
- She also pulls this trope on Nitoh and gets him to fight Haruto.
- Gorgeous Gorgon: Nitoh's first reaction to her human form was even "Whoa, she's a cutie". Her Phantom form isn't exactly hideous, either.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Her attempts to make a Phantom from Mayu blew up in her face because she didn't expect two things: Mayu using her Heroic Willpower to suppress the Phantom inside her, the reason being that she told her that she's just a monster pretending to be Misa, which led to said willpower, and the White Wizard himself appearing and teleporting Mayu away, presumably to make her an apprentice. Let's just say that in the near future, Medusa's gonna have to go through three Kamen Riders.
- Subverted. Turns out everything was going according to plan, so she never fixed anything.
- Oh, Crap!: Has a mixture of this and This Is Gonna Suck when she finds out Wiseman promoted Gremlin and he's now her boss.
- Only Sane Woman: She's easily the sanest Phantom, lacking any of the insanities, besides her Complexity Addiction, that plague the others (well, for someone who wants to kill people to create monsters) - but this trope shows considerably since her partner is an Ax-Crazy Psychopathic Manchild and half of the Phantoms employed use their job as an excuse to beat up their target.
- Pet the Dog: Her only humanizing trait is her genuine, loyalty and love for Wiseman.
- Psychotic Smirk: Flashes one worthy of Gremlin when she realizes that a Gate has a pregnant wife.
- Purple Is Powerful: Her more powerful spells are purple.
- Prehensile Hair: Has very long hair in human form which becomes weaponized in Phantom form as sentient snake hair that can rip through Land Style's Defend spells like they're made of wet tissue paper.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Phoenix and Gremlin's red.
- Self-Made Orphan: Reveals to Mayu she killed their parents, in order to send her into despair and release a new Phantom. She almost got away with it too.
- The Smurfette Principle: She is the only female phantom to appear until Siren gets called. Despite the previous ritual have women too, this trope is played straight.
- The Stoic: Always keeps her cool and speaks in a Creepy Monotone unless...
- Not So Stoic: Sora/Gremlin really makes her lose her cool. Mainly because he annoys her rather than his usual schtick.
- Taken for Granite: She is based on Medusa.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: While she and Phoenix never formed a Villainous Friendship and were as different as night and day, they could at least get along with each other and form a cohesive unit. After Phoenix becomes... 'indisposed' then Gremlin starts meddling and Medusa hates every second of it. Her Oh, Crap! reaction to finding out he's been promoted to her boss speaks volumes.
- This Cannot Be!: Her reaction to Phoenix No Selling her Taken for Granite ability.
- And again, when Mayu actually overcomes her despair and suppresses her Phantom.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Her reaction to Gremlin/Sora becoming not only her Co Dragon but her superior, meaning she'll have to take orders from him.
- Tranquil Fury: After Gremlin/Sora becomes her boss she spends all of her time in a state of barely controlled hatred and rage.
- The Vamp
- Undying Loyalty: To Wiseman. She both shows it and enforces it in other Phantoms. This is the reason why she goes after Phoenix for going rogue, and part of her annoyance with Gremlin.
- Unwitting Pawn: Was one to Fueki.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid
- Villainous Breakdown: After countless setbacks, what it took for her to finally lose it was to be betrayed by the only person she cared about.
- It started a bit earlier when she sees the latest Gate suppress his Phantom and finally decides to just wipe the Riders out.
- Villainous Friendship: Type III with Wiseman. Medusa worships the ground Wiseman walks on and seems to be in love with him, Wiseman doesn't give a crap and simply uses these feelings to better manipulate Medusa.
- We Have Reserves: She really doesn't seem to care how many Phantoms die by Wizard's hands despite there being a limited amount of them.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: One way to see her relationship with Wiseman.
- Women Are Wiser: Especially if compared to Phoenix.
- Woman Scorned: Of a partner instead of her significant other variant, where she got tricked by Gremlin. Subverted when her attacks couldn't even reach him.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Gets offed by Wiseman/Fueki mainly because she's finished doing what he wants: creating more mages for his master plan.
A strangely playful Phantom with an unclear alignment. A sometimes-ally to Wiseman's forces; he seems to have an interest in Haruto increasing his power, such as giving Section Zero the stone for Hurricane Dragon or giving Koyomi the magic stone for the fourth and final Dragon Style, but is otherwise manipulating all parties involved for some reason. He was born from (or in fact, is) a serial killer named Sora Takigawa who worked as a hairdresser, and is currently trying to get close to Wiseman in order to get some information from him. Unlike most Phantoms, Sora considers himself a different case as he has kept all of his gate's traits and personality, making him feel more human than Phantom; and in fact wants to regain his lost humanity.
- 0% Approval Rating: Everyone hates his guts to different degrees. Phoenix can barely stand him, the only reason why he's still alive is because he has blackmail on Wiseman, Medusa wants him dead, and every heroic character hates seeing him, and treats him with complete disdain. This hate is completely justified on multiple degrees. One degree is that he is generally annoying to them, the other degree is that he's a third party and nearly screwed up Wiseman's plans by freeing Legion, and the third degree, the ones that the heroes are on, is that he used to be a Serial Killer before being a Phantom... and still is.
- By #50, practically everyone wants him dead for his heinous actions.
- Ambiguously Evil: He was this for a long time, as he has his own agenda apart from Wiseman's, and helped Haruto and trolled his fellow Phantoms as often as he did the reverse. #34 muddied the waters further, having him claim that he kept his humanity, before #35 settled the issue: human or Phantom, he's still a monster.
- And Then What?: Is the first Phantom to wonder aloud why they're trying to hold another Sabbath on Wiseman's orders.
- Arch-Enemy: He has become this to Haruto after being outed as a Serial Killer. Haruto attacks him with much more hatred and malice than he did Phoenix.
- Ax-Crazy: #35 establishes that he's just as nuts as Phoenix, he's just better at hiding it.
- Bad Boss: Hinted at when Raum feared failing him. Confirmed when he let Slyphi die after he had outlived his usefulness with his trademark smile on his face.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Yes, Fueki was sympathetic, but he was also a self-centered mass murderer and Entitled Bastard, there was no way that Haruto could have come up with a morally correct solution to deal with him. Good thing Gremlin came along and sorted all those pesky moral problems by killing Fueki, am I right?
- Batman Gambit: A master of this trope. All of his plans rely on predicting how a person will act based on their personality, from Phoenix's impulsiveness, Medusa's loyalty, to the Kamen Riders Chronic Hero Syndrome.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Despite his silly personality and playful attitude, when he gets promoted to CoDragon and Medusa's superior, his plans turn out to be surprisingly crafty and deadly compared to Phoenix and Medusa's. He's also even more Ax-Crazy than Phoenix with a huge body count.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing. Twice over. at first he seems like the Phantoms Affably Evil Token Good Teammate but then he's revealed to be The Sociopath and a Serial Killer before he was a Phantom, but at least he follows Pragmatic Villainy, right? Wrong, it's later revealed that he beats up little girls for fun and is just a sadistic prick underneath his superficial charm.
- Camp Straight: This becomes a plot point...
- Catchphrase: A very Engrish-y "Hello~" with a little wave.
- Character Development: Inverted. As his character arc unfolds we learn more and more about who he was up until The Reveal where he shows what a monster he is and begins to drop his Mask of Sanity showing what an ass he really is. This is justified, because Sora is a low-functioning sociopath, and is incapable of developing as a character.
- The Chessmaster/Indy Ploy: It's never revealed if Sora had everything planned out from the start, if he was making things it up as he went along, or making calculated risks, guesses, and gambits, or if he ever played Xanatos Speed Chess.
- Chromatic Arrangement: Green, which contrasts nicely with Phoenix's red and Medusa's blue.
- Cool Sword: Originally his Rapture blades, but after taking out the White Wizard he switches out for the much cooler Hamel Cane.
- Dark Chick: At first, but he defies it later on.
- Death Glare: Gives one to Argus when he tries to attack a Gate that he wants to protect...so he could kill her himself.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: Sora's wish to become a human, when combined with his insanity and sadism, completely deconstructed the usually sympathetic I Just Want to Be Normal trope. He would go onto a mass killing spree across the city after gaining the Philospher's Stone, trying to fuel it with Mana and revert him back to a human being.
- Deliberate Injury Gambit: Provokes the White Wizard into stabbing him in #50 so he can steal the Hamel Cane, thus letting him take the Philosopher's Stone.
- Determinator: After all of his plans fall apart instead of whining he drops being a Sissy Villain and shows some serious balls when he risks himself in direct confrontation with the White Wizard.
- Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: He successfully blackmailed Wiseman with unknown information, and with it, became Wiseman's highest-ranking Dragon. That said, Wiseman is only using the deal to control Sora, and has no intention of upholding his end of the bargain.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He killed a girl just because she rejected him. And continues killing similar girls with black hair and white dresses.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": His name isn't Gremlin, it's Sora.
- The Dragon: Not at first, but he worms his way into being one of Wiseman's lieutenants.
- Co-Dragons: Alongside Medusa. In fact, he's her superior.
- Dragon with an Agenda: As far as we can tell, he's playing everyone against each other. See Hidden Agenda Villain.
- The Starscream: Once he realizes Wiseman won't give him the Philosopher's Stone.
- Dragon Ascendant: Kills Wiseman/Fueki and becomes Haruto's final opponent.
- Dual Wielding: Wields twin swords called Rapture in battle, which together look like a pair of scissor blades...
- Enigmatic Empowering Entity: Gave up the Land Dragon stone with little to no explanation. The next episode has him pleased that Haruto's achieved all four Dragon Styles, though why was never made clear.
- Episode 34 reveals that he was also the one who supplied the Hurricane Dragon stone to Kizaki's boss as well.
- Enigmatic Minion
- Evil Counterpart: Sora is this to Haruto. Both of them clung onto their humanities after the Sabbath, but through differing means. The driving force of what sets these two apart is what they do with their new found change. Whereas Haruto uses his Phantom to help save people from other Phantoms, Sora wants to get rid of it and become a human again.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Whenever he gets really serious his voice noticeably deepens.
- Evil Laugh: An extremely psychotic one has replaced his giggles by Episode 42.
- Eviler Than Thou: Sora is this to his own Phantom. Phantoms are twisted evil parodies of their Gate. But Sora was such a monster that there was nothing that could make him worse so he got to stay in control.
- Expy/Composite Character: He's the love child of JK and Enter.
- Faux Affably Evil: He has this charm about him that makes him likeable, but it only highlights his own madness and insanity when you know the real him.
- First-Name Basis: Of sorts; he has a tendency to call Phantoms by their Gates' names. He also prefers to called by his own Gate's name.
- Flash Step: Displays an ability similar to this, often using it to leap out of reach of someone he's approached and to run on walls.
- Foil: To Haruto since he claims to still have his human heart even though his body changes into a phantom, making his a human trapped in a Phantom body as opposed to a Phantom trapped in a human's body like Haruto. In the final episode, he even tells Haruto he's fighting for his own hope.
- Friendly Enemy: Due to his nature, he is sometimes this to Haruto, doing such things as giving him the Land Dragon stone or wishing him luck in a coming fight. For the same reasons, he's sometimes a pretty nasty enemy.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Started out as a normal guy who then became a dangerous Serial Killer. He then became a Phantom, becoming even more dangerous.
- Giggling Villain
- Griping About Gremlins
- Hidden Agenda Villain: He's running his own plan apart from Wiseman's. What's odd is that Wiseman finds out and lets him do it.
- He later tells Medusa that his dream is to use the Philosopher's Stone to become human - Wiseman knows he wants the Stone and is using it to ensure his cooperation.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The White Wizard gored him through and pinned him to a tree, but thanks to his trademark determination he survived.
- The Informant: All of the Riders' actual knowledge comes from his gloating.
- Irony: As a normal upstanding civilian he couldn't get a girl. But as The Sociopath he can easily get girls to fall for him when now, he only wants to either hurt or kill them.
- It Amused Me: Unlike Phoenix, his idea of fun amounts to 'whatever seems the most fun at the time.' Naturally, this means who he's impeding at any given moment may change at the drop of a hat depending on whether he's in the mood to antagonize the good guys or Troll his own allies.
- Jerkass: He hides it very well, but by Episode #46 it has become very obvious that Sora/Gremlin's faux affability just enhances how much of a douchebag he is.
- Karma Houdini: Depending on whether you're sympathetic to Sora's back story or not, the Karma in question was being a part of the Sabbath Ritual, where he becomes a Phantom instead of being killed and impersonated by one. He still dies in the end of the series though.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: Does this to Haruto and Koyomi in Episode #46 just for shits and giggles.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His killing of Fueki can be seen as this for some people, which would explain why his next action would be to kill his daughter too.
- Killed Off for Real: In the episode #51, after receiving a Rider Kick empowered within the Philosopher's Stone from Haruto.
- Knight of Cerebus: A more subtle example than most. At first, he didn't particularly do anything evil, but once he gets promoted and starts being put in charge of sending out Phantoms, his plans are more competent than Medusa's, almost never revolving around the simple 'let fear of death drive you to despair' method. Then there's the reveal that he's actually a Serial Killer, and has been since he was human. With this reveal, a lot of his comical traits suddenly become far more frightening.
- After The Reveal his personality has become Darker and Edgier as well. He speaks in a lower voice, doesn't skip around as much, his movements are noticeably sharper, has begun to threaten the Lesser Phantoms under him if they don't do a good job, and the most jarring change of all: he has stopped giggling when he appears onscreen, making his appearances far more foreboding and menacing. His general attitude would also remind one of a more threatening straight up Dragon role, rather than his original quirky Dark Chick personality.
- Laughing Mad: After The Reveal, he temporarily drops his Mask of Sanity evolving from a Giggling Villain into this trope.
- By Episode 42 he has replaced his silly giggles with a downright insane laugh to herald his appearances.
- Made of Iron: He survived an attack from the White Wizard when he was actually trying to kill Sora/Gremlin.
- He later survived being impaled by Fueki's Hamel Cane.
- Psychopathic Man Child: A Type C.
- Manipulative Bastard: He's started out manipulating Haruto, Medusa, Phoenix, and Wiseman. And he went all out from there playing everyone like a fiddle. He's able to pretend to be a normal, likable guy as well. Justified, as he's a more realistic depiction of how a real life Serial Killer such as Ted Bundy acts, who typically are quite effective at doing this to lure their victims or evade suspicion.
- Mask of Sanity: Just like real life sociopaths Gremlin/Sora is able to pretend to act like a normal, rational person.
- Nerves of Steel: No matter how badly he's beaten or how often his plans fall apart he never has a Villainous Breakdown and instead just changes gears.
- Nice Hat
- No Name Given: At first, in his debut.
- Not So Different: Tries to invoke this on Haruto. Haruto tells him to shut it.
- One-Winged Angel: Was a human Serial Killer who, unlike most other Phantoms, became his Phantom.
- Later gains another one, Evolved Gremlin, who becomes the Final Boss.
- Playing Both Sides: He started out playing three sides.
- Plot Hole: It's never explained how Sora learned about the Philosopher's Stone — Wiseman's biggest secret, or Wiseman's secret itself. Knowing both of these things are vital to his real agenda so it makes a few things make no sense.
- Pragmatic Villainy: In the beginning he was like this, but as he gets closer to the Philosopher's Stone, as a low-functioning sociopath, his poor impulse control overwhelms him and he begins to Kick the Dog a lot more.
- Pinocchio Syndrome: He tells Medusa his dream is to become human.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Medusa's blue. (One of two)
- Oddly, he often serves as the blue to a Lower Phantom (Weretiger)'s red.
- Serial Killer: Was one before becoming a Phantom. To be specific, a Hedonist one with Revenge as a motive, becoming a Supernatural one as well after becoming a Phantom. A more realistic version than most, as his charisma and ability to seem like an average, good person is indicative of many real life serial killers such as Ted Bundy.
- Shear Menace: His twin swords look like scissor blades. For good reason, his favorite human murder weapon is a pair of scissors.
- Sixth Ranger: For the Phantoms, but he seems to be...
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: ...This. And he is after stealing the Hamel Cane from Fueki.
- Smug Smiler: He always has a know-it-all grin on his face.
- Psychotic Smirk: As he reveals his true colors his smirk becomes less funny and more insane looking, with the transformation being complete in Episode 42.
- Start of Darkness: His flashback implies that he starts killing long-haired women after being dumped by the first victim.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: A master of this trope.
- The Sociopath: Rather disturbingly like a real life sociopath akin to Ted Bundy, he is able to charm young woman into trusting him so he can kill them without interference and while around others can pretend to be a normal likeable guy. As the plot unfolds Sora has shown that he is an actual sociopath. He shows a grandiose sense of self worth about himself, has a superficial charm that makes certain people like and trust him instantly, has poor impulse control announcing his plans just to get a rise out of people even when it threatens his position, is easily bored and comes up with complicated scenarios to amuse himself or hurt people, is a natural manipulator, and has a complete Lack of Empathy outside of being a Manipulative Bastard or Jerkass.
- Spanner in the Works: He's the one who informs Nitoh about the Sabbath and drove him to become his own spanner.
- That Man Is Dead: Subverted, he's notably the only Phantom to insist on being called by his Gate's name, even to Wiseman himself.
- This is because he claims that he still has his humanity, even though his body is that of a Phantom. Too bad his human self is as bad as any Phantom.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: While he is a tad strange, everyone who knew him from before his transformation thought he was a normal, nice guy and never suspected he was a Serial Killer. This is actually a rather realistic depiction of a Serial Killer, who's are typically described similarly by those who knew them.
- Too Dumb to Live: Gremlin thought it would be funny to attack and hold Koyomi hostage in front of a helpless Haruto. He ended up pissing off Fueki—the White Wizard—which is probably one of the last things one should ever do.
- The fact that the White Wizard is also his boss, Wiseman, only further solidifies this.
- It makes him seem even dumber when you realize that Gremlin knew Wiseman was the White Wizard.
- The fact that the White Wizard is also his boss, Wiseman, only further solidifies this.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: It's implied that he got to keep his soul because he was already a monster and too evil for his Phantom to make any worse. Assuming he had a soul in the first place.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Has a fondness for bubblegum.
- Trick Boss: Despite being a live-action television series, he comes across as this.
- Troll: Best shown when he tricks Haruto into a fight with Medusa...then laughs his head off at both of them. While he tells her it was to dispose of Haruto, the fact he didn't bother telling her that and the sheer glee he got out of it implies he just did it to annoy her.
- We Have Reserves: He'll send as many Phantoms as he needs too their deaths at the Riders hands as long as it gets him closer to his unknown goal.
- Wild Card: As mentioned above, at separate times he's helped and wished Haruto luck, favored a traitor's methods, and ratted on said traitor anyway. It's hard to tell just whose side, if anyone's, he's on.
- Invoked in his human form with the playing card motif his outfit has.
- Woman Scorned / Yandere: A rare male example: this was his actual personality when he was the normal human Sora Takigawa, which leads to his Start of Darkness when he flipped out, as detailed in previous examples.
- Would Hit a Girl: He hits Koyomi a couple of times just because he can.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: It's either this or the Indy Ploy, a lot of his plans are never explained.
- You Monster!: After being mortally wounded, he says that Haruto steals hope from people, and asks why Haruto calls himself a wizard. Haruto responds by saying Gremlin lost his soul long ago and that he doesn't consider him a person. Gremlin's response? "You got me there".
The first Lesser Phantom that Wizard fights onscreen. While disguised as Rinko's partner Amino, Minotauros attempted to drive her to despair.
- An Axe to Grind: Minotauros' main weapon is a large halberd.
- A Load of Bull
- Use Your Head: Attempts to bull-rush Wizard during the fight. It doesn't quite work as well as he hoped.
The second Lesser Phantom Wizard fights. Hellhound attempted to drag Shunpei into despair by tricking him into thinking he possessed magical powers. Possesses the ability to breathe fire and hide in and travel through shadows. Born from a TV presenter named Kazuo Tajima.
- Casting a Shadow: Can hide in, and travel through shadows.
- Playing with Fire: Can breathe both streams of flame and explosive bolts.
- Not Quite Dead: Seems to go down in one episode like the previous phantom, but he got away to safety.
- Smarmy Host
- Teleport Spam: Uses this during his fight with Wizard, but along as long as he has access to any form of shadow.
The third Lesser Phantom Wizard encounters. Caitsith is a lazy Phantom that is tasked with driving a pianist to despair. However, he'd much rather sleep than do his job. Possesses formidable speed and agility.
- Affably Evil: Almost to Punch-Clock Villain level. Seems cheerful and carefree... for a demon charged with bringing despair.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Can turn his forearms into swords.
- Cats Are Mean: Caitsith's idea of driving his victim to despair? Cut off his hands!
- "Get Back Here!" Boss
- Scary Black Man: Subverted. He is black, but his personality is miles away from being scary.
- Super Speed
The fourth Lesser Phantom Wizard deals with. Gnome works as a sommelier, a skill enhanced by his unnaturally keen sense of smell. Gnome is sent after a female con artist who managed to scam three of Wizard's friends in addition to a rich young man. Has the ability to tunnel rapidly through dirt.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Can cause cave-ins, tunnel rapidly and pull targets into the ground with ease.
- Gentleman Snarker: Has a very snobbish demeanor when interacting with other people, even Phoenix and Medusa.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Type 2. Serves as his primary melee weapon.
- They Have the Scent!: Is able to track his target by scent.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: And it was his sensitive nose that partly did him in thanks to the Smell Ring.
- Wicked Cultured
- Wine Is Classy: Is first seen smelling and sampling some fine wines when Medusa and Phoenix come calling.
The fifth Lesser Phantom Wizard faces, Gargoyle disguises himself as a blue-collar maintenance worker. Gargoyle originally attempted to drag down a high school student (and son of Agent Kizaki's late partner) into despair, but failed when the boy left town. Now that he's returned, Gargoyle seeks to finish the job. Has the power to turn himself into an immobile and nearly indestructible statue.
- Our Gargoyles Rock
- Stone Wall: Turtling varient; his self-petrification lets him block most of Wizard's attacks.
- Taken for Granite: Self-Inflicted and reversable.
The sixth lesser Phantom Wizard fights. He was born from Kiritani, a manager of a Japanese sweets department when he succumbed to despair. This phantom was tasked by Medusa specifically to ruin a boss' sweets shop to being him despair.
- Blade on a Stick: Valkyrie's main weapon.
- Faux Affably Evil: Acts quite polite, but he's introduced when he explains to Phoenix and Medusa that he was late because he was busy "adjusting the jaw" of his human boss.
- Gender Flipped: Normally, Valkyries are female, but this phantom came from a man. Who doesn't even look like a girl!
- Professional Buttkisser: Part of his Faux Affably Evil facade. While he is trying to kiss up to Phoenix and Medusa, it;s all an act around anyone else.
- Spam Attack: Can fire a barrage of green energy blasts from a distance.
The first Phantom Haruto encountered after the sacrifice, the Phantom is easily driven off by the White Wizard when it tried to kill Haruto. He was born from a student filmmaker. Haruto later runs into him and initially mistakes him for a Gate (as he was running from Medusa at the time), only to have to continue the act in order to keep up the spirits of an actual Gate, a girl that had been inspired to become an actress by being in one of his films.
- Ax-Crazy: Like Phoenix, he likes to kill people to the point where Medusa worries Gates will be killed in the process.
- Chekhov's Gunman: First seen in #2's flashback, attacking Haruto in the aftermath of the ritual.
- Cyclops: Assuming the orange dot on his head is his eye.
- Dirty Coward: When it came to fighting anyone he thought was stronger than him, he would resort to hiding, running, or trickery. He's been on the run from Medusa for quite some time because of this, and the only reason he ever fought Wizard head-on was because Haruto saw him transform.
- Expy: Looks somewhat like an organic M'Quve's YMS-15 Gyan, down to his using a sword.
The eighth Phantom Wizard fought until he was poisoned by his stinger. He is finally defeated by Kamen Rider Beast.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: He looks all bug rather than part insect, part lion.
- Bald of Evil: In human form.
- Beware My Stinger Tail
- Death Dealer: Can use his cards as weapons, ala Gambit.
- Evil Counterpart: In a way, with Kamen Rider Beast, as both have a lion as part of their motifs (at least the manticore aspect for the phantom's case) and both have a pair of big green eyes.
- Poisonous Person: His ability to lethally poison people is the driving force of his episode.
- Smug Snake: Thinking his poison makes him unstoppable, he becomes insufferable after getting in a lucky shot against Wizard, with him talking smack to Phoenix, and telling off Medusa when she tells him to just kill Wizard when he's weak instead of gloating.
- Jerkass Has a Point: The only flaw in Manticore's plan was Beast, which nobody, not even Wiseman, seemed to know about. On top of that, it made sense from a villainous standpoint to want to see the enemy who had been kicking your collective asses suffer, and if Haruto's poisoning had been slow enough, he could have been forced to helplessly watch other Gates turn into Phantoms, which could easily have pushed him over the Despair Event Horizon and unleashed Dragon (giving the Phantoms a very powerful ally), which would be impossible if they'd just killed him.
The ninth Phantom Wizard faces, who targets an artist who has lost his inspiration. He was born from a scuba diver.
- Blade on a Stick
- Combat Tentacles
- Master of None: He's easily the weakest Phantom Haruto ever fought. Even in the water where he's a Lightning Bruiser he was still pathetic. All he really had going for him was being smart enough to come up with a decent plan.
- Super Not-Drowning Skills
The tenth Phantom Wizard fought to protect a targeted housewife.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: In human form.
- Blown Across the Room: Gets this twice, both times due to being hit with the White Wizard's Explosion Ring.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: He can make normally kind people into abusive dicks.
- Combat Pragmatist: He uses his Space Master powers to redirect Wizard's attacks to hit Beast.
- Familiar: How he makes people Brainwashed and Crazy.
- Faux Affably Evil: Treats his victims' suffering as though he's conducting an orchestra, and is always softspoken and calm despite being one of the most sadistic Phantoms seen thus far.
- Gratuitous German
- I Am Not Left-Handed: He didn't reveal his Space Master powers until Beast showed up to help Wizard and Wizard went Flame Dragon.
- Knight of Cerebus: He's extremely competent for a Monster of the Week, and his Evil Plan is disturbingly cruel. He first brainwashes all of his victim's friends into abandoning her, then he brainwashes Shunpei into physically assaulting her. Then to put the icing on the cake he makes her husband physically assault her. Oh, and he can also kick Haruto's ass. This guy is a certifiable nightmare.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Slasher Smile
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Acts perfectly serene as he ruins a woman's life. He even outright states he likes drawing out the suffering he causes just For the Evulz.
- Space Master: Can make portals that redirect attacks.
- Thinking Up Portals
Born from a bodybuilder when he fell into despair, he is tasked by Medusa to turn Nitoh's grandmother into a phantom. He is finally defeated and his mana consumed by Beast.
- Berserk Button: He really doesn't like to be referred to by his Gate's name, as seen when Sora's First-Name Basis habit kicks in.
- Chest Blaster: With explosives coming out from its eye-like nipples.
- Panthera Awesome: Having the tiger aspect of the weretiger.
- Super Strength
- Threatening Shark: Resembles a tiger shark, for whatever reason.
Born from a security guard, he was ordered to turn a archeology professor into a Phantom.
- Catchphrase: A threatening "You really ought to be more careful."
- Dirty Cop
- Expy: A split-colored being with a sword and shield. Better yet, the shield holsters the sword. Sounds quite similar to another Rider, right?
- Fat Bastard: In human form.
- The Fair Folk
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Named "Riddle".
- Shoulder Cannon: Or the magical equivalent, at least.
Born from a man named "Naitou", he is apparently so powerful and disobedient that Wiseman keeps him chained up.
- Ax-Crazy: Like Phoenix and Lizardman, he had no interests in turning Gates into Phantoms and would rather wreck people's minds for fun, putting them into a coma in the process. Unlike those two, Wiseman took no chances and sealed him away.
- Blade on a Stick: Fights with a double-edged halberd.
- Catchphrase: "Exciting."
- Cyclops: Zigzagged for this case. It is unclear whether he has one large eye or many eyes patterned around his face.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: The make-up department went all out to make this guy as creepy looking as possible.
- Energy Ball: His long range attack, and its very powerful.
- Hero Killer: Downplayed—he killed Wizardragon and rendered Haruto powerless.
- Journey to the Center of the Mind: Has the ability to enter people's underworlds.
- Knight of Cerebus: You thought Beelzebub was bad? Legion is even worse than him!
- Lean and Mean: He's disturbingly thin in human form.
- Man in White: In human form.
- Mind Rape: Enjoys entering people's minds and tearing them apart from the inside out. We only see the full process once with Haruto, and it's horrifying.
- Psycho for Hire
- Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Is on the receiving end against Wizard's Infinity Style, who just stands there taking his slashes without even flinching. The 'Uh Oh' part comes when Legion's Halberd breaks on Wizard's armor.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes glow red when he gets serious.
- Space Master: His halberd can cut through normal space just as well as well as Underworld space.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: His targets of choice seem to not be Gates, but good people in general. Three examples are a guitarist with an expressive song, a woman who helped an elderly and Haruto showing his Heroic Resolve. By being put into a coma, the victims ended up being this.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Wiseman locked him up due to how powerful and Ax-Crazy he is.
- Superpower Lottery: He can just walk into peoples Underworlds and destroy them. If he followed Wiseman's agenda there would be a lot more Phantoms running around.
This phantom was tasked to employ a group of people with a million dollar a day pay. This way, Medusa could identify who among the workers is the Gate(s). After that, he would bring them all to an abandoned building to scare them into despair, though he was stopped by the heroes in the nick of time. Or not.
- Asteroids Monster: After Wizard in Infinity Style destroys his main body, Bogy was reduced to 6 pieces that eventually matured into 6 Bogy clones, though they seemed weaker than the first Bogy.
- Blade on a Stick: Yet another Phantom that uses a spear.
- Came Back Strong: An odd version, after dying, his ghosts gain luck-based powers.
- Intangible Man
- Luck-Based Puzzle Boss: Turns out, he has the ability to change one's luck, and he used it to his advantage every time Wizard fought him. But since this is a toku show, his luck finally runs out.
- Our Ghosts Are Different
- Plant Ghost Demon
- Obviously Evil: It was a miracle anyone trusted him in human form. He dressed in a black overcoat, was hunched over like Igor, looked shifty, and spoke in a deep, forboding voice.
- Only Mostly Dead: As noted by Gremlin himself, after being defeated by Kamen Rider Wizard the first time.
- Stone Wall: Almost comically slow, but his ability to become intangible makes him a tough combatant.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: The last Bogy thought he was would avoid Beast Hyper's Mirage Shooting just by standing in place. He didn't count on the fact that said move shoots Chimera himself as the attack.
- Winds of Destiny, Change
Born from a photographer, he was instructed by Medusa to target a model. He was stopped by Sora, though, but that's because he wanted to be the one doing that job instead.
- Extra Eyes: Which he can detach to attack from a distance.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There
- Eye Beams: Up to Eleven, given all of his extra eyes.
- Light 'em Up
It disguises itself as a Myna Bird owned by a Gate it spies on. It seemed to be helping the Gate instead, but in reality, it was tasked to frame him for arson.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Being described as an oddball as well as not appearing to be paying attention to Sora speaking to him, even in human form!
- Animorphism: It may look like to be born from a bird at first, but that's the Phantom being able to shape shift into an animal.
- Blade on a Stick: Phantoms really like spears, don't they?
- Demon Lords and Archdevils: The real Raum is a Great Earl of Hell.
- Eye Beams: He can fire purple energy blasts out of his eyes
- Feathered Fiend
- Irony: Sora threatened him, possibly with death should he screwed up. But getting busted and exposing his true nature to the Gate precisely brought him to despair!
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Very fast, can fly, has a ranged attack, and is competent in close combat.
- Manipulative Bastard: A very, very good one. Given that he only needed to use one word to manipulate his Gate.
- Almighty Janitor: He's a Lesser Phantom, but his power level is somewhere around Phoenix's level after his fourth revival.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: And he can back it up.
- Badass Bandolier: In human form.
- Bare-Fisted Monk
- Blood Knight
- Blade Below the Shoulder
- Bullet Catch: A key part of his Establishing Character Moment to show that he wasn't just a normal Monster of the Week.
- Challenge Seeker: In his first appearance he beat Haruto and was about to do the normal 'let the fear of death drive you into despair' plot, but stopped halfway through because he thought it was too boring and decided that a more personal Despair Event Horizon would be funner.
- Fat Bastard: In human form
- The Juggernaut: Whichever form, mantle or gimmick the riders tried, neither of them work. That's until Kamen Rider Wizard changed to Infinity Style, but even that required multiple hits from his Shining Strike to destroy Bahamut.
- Lean and Mean: In Phantom form
- Lightning Bruiser
- Sociopathic Soldier: Given his composed personality, human clothing, and general attitude, he comes off as a Type II.
- Sword Beam
Sora tasked this phantom to bring a boy to despair. He successfully fulfilled the task by sabotaging he boy's bike trick to his neighbor, only for the boy to awaken as a wizard instead.
- An Axe to Grind
- The Bad Guy Wins: He has effectively brought his target to despair in a short while!
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain! Only for his target to awaken as a wizard.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Like the Phantom who sent him, his quirky personality only serves to enhance how morally bankrupt he is.
- Blow You Away
- Camp: Tempting as it is to put him as Camp Gay, it is not known whether phantoms have any sexuality at all (other than Siren exploiting her charm ability on males).
- Confusion Fu
- Expy: Similar in both appearance and behavior to the Spider Fangire. Coincidentally, the phantom he would have helped birth had a spider motif to it.
- The Fair Folk: He's actually rather similar to how real fairies acted in mythology. With his faux affability and penchant for screwing people over.
- Faux Affably Evil
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: In human form.
- Hearing Voices: Unique case where he can listen to air vibrations to listen to people far away.
- Gender Flipped: Like Valkyrie, the Sylphs are usually female.
- Gratuitous English: Lots of it, but "Hey, hey, hey!" seems to be his catchphrase.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Manipulative Bastard: Continuing the tradition of Sora's Phantoms specializing in emotional manipulation. He uses a poor kids Puppy Love to send him past the Despair Event Horizon.
- Sissy Villain: Unlike Valkyrie's Gender Flipped example, Sylphi's human for has long hair, fingernails painted blue, walk in an effeminate manner and talks as if he's flirting with his target.
- Super Senses: Hearing for this case, though that was through his ability to pick up air vibrations.
- Would Hit a Girl/Would Hurt a Child: He noticeably creates a situation where he gets to do both at once.
Medusa tasked this phantom to bring despair to an esteemed author who was looking for a young woman (who is revealed to be Koyomi) to return a ring to after she talked him out of his suicidal depression.
- Cane Fu: Though he can walk fine, he always carries one, even in human form.
- Cool Sword: Switches weapons during his fight with Beast.
- Gentleman Wizard: ONLY looks like one - he's definitely not gentlemanly!
- High-Class Glass: Somewhat; His specs has one missing glass piece.
- Playing with Fire: His main form of attack.
- Manipulative Bastard: Like some of the Phantoms in the show, Sphinx knows the best way to send a Gate past the Despair Event Horizon is to destroy the source of their hope.
- Magic Staff: His Weapon of Choice and is good for close range and long range combat.
- Mummy Wrap: He can wrap himself with bandages and escape via teleporting.
- Nice Hat: Wears a nice top hat in human form.
- Sharp-Dressed Man
- Would Hit a Girl: He smacks Koyomi in the face.
- Zerg Rush: His solution to dealing with Wizard? Don't fight him at all. He instead uses a large amount of Ghouls to stall him instead.
This phantom was tasked to bring a retiring teacher, who is in fact Haruto's old elementary school teacher, into despair. The teacher stumbled into Haruto once again on his hunt for a rare model of a toy plane that was stolen from the shrine of his deceased son.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Gave one to Haruto after he struggled to successfully foil her plan.
- Blade on a Stick
- Blow You Away
- Charm Person: She got Wajima to partly help her in her plans. He forgot the whole thing afterwards. Subverted with the child, though-she easily convinced him to get a toy plane without her charm ability.
- Feathered Fiend: Has a bird motif.
- Gender Flipped: Averted, unlike Valkyrie and Sylphi. She is a female phantom based on a female-based mythological creature.
- Limited Wardrobe: Averted. Unlike every other Phantom who only seems to have one set of clothes, she's gone through five different outfits during her two episode run, which is more than the main cast has.
- Manipulative Bitch: Notably on the next half of the arc, where you got a boy to hand her the toy plane without her charm ability.
- More Than Mind Control: Said boy really wanted to break that plane so that his father would care less about his toy collection.
- The Smurfette Principle: The very Combo-breaker of this trope; we have seen over 20 male phantoms after Medusa! Too bad it becomes a double-subversion after her destruction.
- The Vamp: Even more so than Medusa, where she made use of her charm ability.
- Stage Whisper: Partly to show how she seductively got Wajima to help her despite him being an ally.
After finding the next Gate, a soon-to-be father, Medusa tasked this phantom to go after him. Holds the distinction of being the last of the Lesser Phantoms to appear in-series.
- An Axe to Grind
- Bat Out of Hell: He looks like he's part bat! Did the writers even bother to look up the myths?
- Big Creepy-Crawlies
- Dumb Muscle: Compared to the last batch of Phantoms who were excellent Manipulative Bastards, Arachne is a incompetent brute who's only a threat because Medusa is actively backing him.
- Gender Flipped: In a similar case to Valkyrie.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Oh, Crap!: His reaction to being surrounded by Wizard Infinity Style and Beast Hyper.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: His only power.
- Would Hit a Girl/Would Hurt a Child: Gets to do both at once when he attempts to kill a pregnant woman.
The very first Phantom Wizard fought on-screen in a Gate's Underworld. For this case, the Gate was Rinko Daimon, who fell into despair when Minotaur destroyed her pendant which was her memento of her father.
The next Unreleased Phantom Wizard fought after it manifested from Shunpei's magic potential, after Hellhound humiliated him publicly and burnt his inspirational book.
The third Unreleased Phantom Wizard battled. It was manifested from the mana of a youth, Naoki Katayama, after Gargoyle revealed how the young man's father died by his hands attempting to protect his son.
The fourth Unreleased Phantom Wizard battled, when Phoenix burned all the Christmas presents a yanki man (Tatsuro) worked hard to get for the children in an orphanage.
- Do Not Go Gentle: When Wizard goes to do his Kick Strike with the WizarDragon, he actually delivers a kick of his own to try and stop Wizard.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous
The fifth Unreleased Phantom to appear after Hydra smashed an artist's precious painting. While Wizard was busy fighting Hydra and the Ghouls, Beast managed to engage this unreleased Phantom and defeat it.
- Easily Detachable Robot Parts: Not a robot, but for this case, after the phantom was sliced, the chopped up bodies moved on its own.
Mayu's Inner Phantom
Manifested in Mayu Inamori, twin sister to Medusa's Gate Misa, after Medusa revealed her true nature to her. Neither Wizard nor Beast could reach her in time, being occupied with fighting Medusa and Gremlin. However, just as it was about to break free, Mayu managed to overcome her despair and force the Phantom back into her body with new-found hope. With the training from the White Wizard, she is able to become Kamen Rider Mage and use the Phantom's powers as her own.
- No Name Given: Mostly due to the manual not listing said Phantom.
- Playing with Fire: Implied when Mayu, as Kamen Rider Mage, used the Special Ring.
- Silicon-Based Life: Implied to be so when it began emerging from Mayu's body.
- Spikes of Villainy: From what little we see of it. Said spikes looked crystalline in nature.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Subverted at the last minute.
Nemoto Kazuyoshi's Inner Phantom
It manifested within this character after his name was cleared, but this is because he saw his pet to really be the real arsonist, Phantom Raum.
- All There in the Manual: Averted. The site that normally shows all phantoms including unreleased ones did not give any background information on this phantom.
- Black Comedy: Nemoto showing signs of a phantom being about to burst out of him is played as a punchline to show Rinko and Shunpei wasting their effort in preventing despair on one case when another did the job instead.
- Fat Bastard: If the phantom were to succeed in bursting out of Nemoto, killing him and impersonate him, its human form will most likely become this.
- Great Offscreen War: Downplayed as it's a battle between it and either Kamen Rider Wizard, Kamen Rider Beast or both with their own respective phantoms.
- No Name Given
Yuzuru Iijima's Inner Phantom
It first manifested when Syphi sabotaged Yuzuru's bike trick and blown his bicycle to his neighbor, Akari. While he managed to prevent Kamen Rider Beast from entering Yuzuru's underworld, he regained hope after seeing Akari recovering from the hit. Sylphi's next plan was to kidnap Akari and made the group see her getting crushed by metal beams, only for it to backfire horribly for this pantom. Afterwards, deciding not to become a magician, Yuzuru was offered by Kamen Rider Beast to destroy the inner phantom, only to be stopped and abducted by The White Wizard.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Implied with the emerged spider limbs.
- No Name Given: Like Mayu's.
- Spider Limbs: From what we saw, it's possibly some type of Spider Phantom
- The Bad Guy Wins: Subverted the first time in a similar manner to Mayu's. During the second time, Sylphi tried to bring this gate to despair again, only to had his plan thwarted by Kamen Rider Mage.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Since Yuzuru doesn't want to be a magician, Kamen Rider Beast offered him to have his inner phantom removed.
It manifested inside Masafumi Saionji after Sphinx successfully melted his precious ring. Kamen Rider Wizard handled this phantom while Kamen Rider Beast took care of Sphinx.
- Cyclops: Subverted. In addition of one singular eye, there is one red dot on the palm on each of its hands. These dots are revealed to be eyes as well.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: Specifically, its extra eyes are on its hands.
- Giant Hands of Doom: It has a pair of them.
- Inescapable Net: Its centre body and turn into one, but as a subversion, Wizardragon managed to escape on time.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Only for its hands.
Masahiro Yamamoto's Inner Phantom
It manifested within Arachne's target after Medusa helped blasting his pregnant wife to bits. Unfortunately for this inner phantom, it could not even emerge out of his body out thanks to Wizard protecting the wife from the explosion.