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Written by Yuya Takahashi
Directed by Satoshi Morota
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Ex-Aid, Brave, and Snipe have all been defeated at the hands of Kamen Rider Para-DX Level 99! Also, Parado begins to manipulate Emu's body as his own in order to retain the infection. Much to the other Rider's surprise, Poppy brings out another Proto Mighty Action X Gashat and a Gamer Driver! Poppy had found them thanks to her revived memories of a young Kuroto. What is the meaning behind this Gashat?! Poppy manages to use the power of Level 0, in the hopes of bringing Emu back to normal...

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This Episode contains the following Tropes:

  • Back from the Dead: Kuroto is given a Bugster body following his resurrection.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Seeing Parado makes Genm go nuts. Considering the fact that Parado was the one who killed him, it's understandable.
    • Parado, being Parado, is getting irritated at everyone else for interfering in his business with Emu, and that includes a royally pissed off Genm.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Even without his Level X form, Genm can still keep up with Para-DX despite the gap between their Levels.
  • The Bus Came Back: The (Killer) Game Master is back, and he's DEFINITELY not happy with Parado's treachery.
    Genm: You're having a good time for sure, Parado! Although you didn't consider inviting me: the Game Master!
  • Did Not See That Coming: When Parado attempts to possess Emu again (and fails) after being fed up with their fight being interrupted. Poppy and Genm explained to him that the Proto Mighty Action X Origin Gashat is the Bugsters' Kryptonite.
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  • Did Not Think This Through: After failing to realize the dangers of using the powers of Kenzaki/Blade, unaware that Kenzaki is the Joker Undead in the Gorider special, it seems that Kuroto forgot to do his homework again when he finds out that becoming a Bugster is the cost of his resurrection and Poppy can easily seal him with her Bugvisor.
    Poppy: Don't be too cocky!
  • Enemy Mine: Poppy brings back Kuroto to life in exchange for him saving Emu from Parado.
    • The preview for #31 implies that the Doctors will have this arrangement with Kuroto for some time.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Even after Poppy brought Kuroto back to life, he still keeps on bragging about his narcissistic greatness. None of the Doctor Riders were amused.
  • Godzilla Threshold: As Taiga said, using the Proto Mighty Action X Origin Gashat proves to be too dangerous for Poppy. In a sense, he's right: she just brought back a dangerous maniac to life.
  • It's Personal: Looks like Parado's treachery adds more salt into Genm's injuries.
    Poppy: Hey! This wasn't part of the plan!
    Genm: Shut up! He betrayed me, and I'll never forgive him!
  • Hyde Plays Jekyll: Emu approaches the CR crew, only to use wrong prounoun and out himself as being possesed by Parado, who imitated him perfectly otherwise.
  • Kryptonite Factor: The Proto Mighty Action X Origin Gashat can weaken Bugster viruses.
  • Mood Whiplash: Kuroto goes on and on about how great and "godly" he is in front of the Doctor Riders... only to forget that he's a Bugster when Poppy uses her Bugvisor to seal him. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Narcissist: Kuroto has never learned his lesson about keeping his ego in check.
    Nico: What's with him? It's creeping me out...
  • Oh, Crap!: Para-DX didn't expect that Genm would show up again, this time for his blood.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The Doctor Riders' interference, Genm's resurrection, and the Proto Mighty Action X Gashat's Kryptonite Factor are getting on Parado's nerves.
    • Played With during Poppy's trip into the world of the Proto Mighty Action X Origin Gashat, one of the Bugsters is non-hostile. This reveals that it's the remnants of Kuroto's data.
  • Revenge: The first thing Genm did following his resurrection is ignoring Poppy's favor of helping Emu and instead going to fight Para-DX head-on.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The moment Parado finds out that Genm's Proto Mighty Action X Origin Gashat can nullify his Demonic Possession technique, which he attempted to use it on Emu again, he's forced to withdraw.
    Parado: How boring.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Played for laughs when Poppy simply seals Kuroto in her Bugvisor in response to his continuous boasting.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Emu tries to invoke this trope by telling everyone to do their own responsibilities and let him deal with Parado. They all however find ways to subvert it however: Hiiro goes since Emu still has game disease and is worried that he may not be well enough to fight at 100%, Nico convinces Taiga to go defeat Parado since he is a boss in Kamen Rider Chronicles, and Asuna brings back Kuroto from the dead.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: At least Genm is strong enough to land a good hit on Para-DX.
  • Villainous Rescue: Played With in the case of Genm, who only bails out Emu due to his huge beef towards Pallad for killing him back in #23.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Perfect Knock Out Gamer definitely isn't weak, but it's still below Maximum Gamer overall. But, thanks to Pallad's superior skill, as he is the actual genius gamer "M", he still managed to defeat Ex-Aid.
  • Where It All Began: Parado's choice of where to start his perceived Final Battle with Emu: the same surgery room where the two of them were originally separated and by extension where the Bugster Virus as it currently is originated.
  • Worf Had the Flu: The other reason reason why Ex-Aid is KO'ed at the end his fight against Para-DX is because he's too exhausted from the last fight.
  • 0% Approval Rating: At this point, everybody loathes Kuroto, human or Bugster alike.

    Gashat Count: Ex-Aid: 8 Brave: 3 Snipe: 3 Poppy: 1 Nico: 1 Genm: 1 (Respawned) Para-DX: 2
    Gashatrophies Collected: 5
    Genm's Continues Left: 99
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