|This article is about a/an villain in Kamen Rider, the original series.|
Doctor Death/Ikadevil (死神博士/イカデビル Shinigami Hakase/Ikadebiru, 40-52, Rider vs Shocker, 61, 63 & 68, V3 27 & 28 & Decade: All Riders vs Great-Shocker, Let's Go Kamen Riders) is an executive member of Shocker from the Switzerland branch.
Before joining Shocker, Doctor Death was known as Ivan Tawanovitch a half-Japanese, half-Russian citizen who was given the title 'Death' due to the deaths of people he met, even if he did not have anything to do with the deaths and 'Doctor' after he graduated from college with a doctorate as a famous researcher.
Death was working with the Nazis during WWII when Japan was allied with them. He was working on a way to make replacement bodies for dying people, one of them was his father but it was a failure. His sister had become ill and after an accident in the arctic, her body was frozen. After the war, the doctor traveled the world after hearing rumors of a monk who can bring back the dead. After finding the monk, Chan Mao, in Tibet, the doctor begged the monk to tell him the secret of bringing back the dead. But the monk refused as the doctor because he is too bound to human emotions. A few years later, Death finds Mao supposedly dead in South America, but Mao had actually just transcended his Earthly body. Mao then asks Death to join him in his goal to take over the world offering to help save his sister.
Death began working in modified human research in Europe, but his creations were destroyed by Kamen Rider One whose constant interference made the doctor focus on defeating the rider. After Colonel Zol's destruction at the hands of Rider Two, Death takes command of Japan's branch.
He faces Rider Two in Japan several times and came close to success, but with the help of the original Rider, the Double Riders stopped his plans. Eventually, he left Japan to South America only to be followed by Rider Two.
Death then goes through a reconstruction process to become Squidevil, a squid monster with the ability to use his tentacles as whips and a pincer claw for his left hand. However, Death predicts he will die in battle. He returns to Japan and works alongside Ambassador Hell to take down Takeshi Hongo.
Hongo confronts a transformed Death as Squidevil when he's ambushed while testing the New Cyclone. Frustrated by Rider One's continuous interferences, Death decides to attack him personally by kidnapping Tobei Tachibana and forcing him to train him to crush Rider One. However, that just leads to Tobei noticing Squidevil's weak point, his head.
Finally, Death challenges Takeshi Hongo to a duel. When they meet, Death discards his cape and transforms into his cyborg form, Squidevil, revealing his identity to Hongo. Shocker Combatants take care of Kazuya Taki while he fights Hongo. At first, Squidevil has the upper hand, but with guidance from Tobei, Rider One manages to overpower Squidevil and weaken him with a Rider Chop aimed at his weak point near the neck before finishing him off with his Rider Drill Shoot.
Along with Colonel Zol, Ambassador Hell, and General Black. He was resurrected by Doktor G to initiate Operation: Japan Annihilation using a new toxic gas called Girard Gamma. His assignment is Osaka. When Ambassador Hell captured by V3, he agrees to execute him alongside V3 until Great Leader interference stating they cannot afford to lose even Ambassador Hell when carried out their mission and let V3 go as he pleases. He died with the other revived commanders when Destron's base accidentally self-destructed.
Let's Go Kamen Riders
Due to a change in history caused by Ankh leaving an O Medal behind in 1971, Shocker created the Shocker Greeed. The Double Riders learn about Shocker's plan and attempt to replace the medal with a tracker device to find their headquarters. However, they had merely secured another fake medal and were ambushed when attacking Shocker, facing a large army of resurrected monsters, which included the recently defeated Squidevil and Garagaranda. These troops eventually manage to overwhelm and capture the Riders, while their allies escaped. In the present, Squidevil continued as a Shocker member even as it expanded to include members from other groups that would have been separate organizations in the original timeline, alongside making a huge alliance to lead under its banner the organizations that did appear. When the Riders returned as people's belief in justice partially restored the timeline, Squidevil along with Ganikomol and Garagaranda was destroyed by Kamen Rider Den-O Climax Form's Boistous Slash and Kamen Rider New Den-O's Counter Slash.
Pretty Den-O Appears!
- Main article: Space Ikadevil
Space Ikadevil (スペースイカデビル Supēsu Ikadebiru) is a squid-like commander of Space Shocker and powered up form of Ikadevil. Alongside other Space Shocker members, he was revived through the power of magic, but, unlike most of the others, he was also strengthened by the magic that brought them back, giving him a new form. In his initial appearance under Space Shocker, he oversaw the capture of Psycholon but was ultimately destroyed by the Gokaigers using the Metal Hero Keys.
- Years later, he was revived by Shocker and appeared in the Kyurangers' world where he was destroyed by Shishi Red with assistance from Kamen Rider Ex-Aid.
- An iteration of Space Ikadevil was among the Shocker army of the Game World led by Shocker Leader III, the boss of the Chou Shocker Taisen bonus stage. This army was ultimately wiped out by a combined force of Kamen Riders and Sentai Rangers.
- Space Ikadevil was part of the endlessly reviving army of Shocker in the amusement park Game World. Led by Kuroto Dan and Totema, they were ultimately wiped out by Ex-Aid and the second Kamen Sentai Gorider.
Video game appearances
Kamen Rider Club
Kamen Rider SD: Sortie!! Rider MachinesSquidevil appears as the second boss at the end of the second stage. He is seen riding in a spider-like version of Bowser's Koopa Clown Car and attacks using his tentacles. Kamen Rider Two must damage his vehicle until the legs fall off and then attack the main ship to defeat Squidevil.
Kamen Rider on Super Famicom
Squidevil appears as a Shocker boss in the Super Famicom Kamen Rider game.
All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation
Squidevil appears as a monster in the video game All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation.
Kamen Rider The First
- Main article: Shocker Staff: Elderly Gentleman
Shocker Staff: Elderly Gentleman (ショッカー幹部・老紳士 Shokkā Kanbu Rōshinshi): Depicted in the film as the figurehead of Shocker, he is a mysterious elderly man with vampire-like fangs and dons a long black and red cape. During the course of the film, he appears only via satellite on screens in the Shocker headquarters. His physical whereabouts are unknown. He is an adaptation of the original television series' character Doctor Death (死神博士 Shinigami Hakase).
Kamen Rider Decade
- Main article: Eijiro Hikari
All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker
In Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker, a new version of Doctor Death appeared, under the guise of Eijiro Hikari as a Dai-Shocker commander, using cape once again to assume transformations. Like in Kamen Rider, Death has the ability to assume his cyborg form, Squidevil. In the film, Squidevil now has the ability to shoot flaming squids at his opponents called Ika Missiles. He is destroyed in the final battle against the Riders by Kamen Rider Decade, Kamen Rider Diend, and Momotaros using the Final Form Rides of Kiva, Blade, and Faiz, telling the Riders that he'll be seeing them again. Despite this, Ejiro lives to have no memories of being Death.
In spite of his different appearance, his official profiles originally just gave him the story of the Death from the original Kamen Rider series as his backstory. However, in Movie War 2010, the true nature of the new Death was revealed as something else.
In the manga adaptation, Eijiro's transformation into Doctor Death was played for real. Natsumi was more visibly upset and Eijiro didn't return at the end after Death was destroyed. Death also didn't transform into Squidevil neither did Ambassador Hell transform into Garagaranda.
In Kamen Rider Decade: Final Chapter, Eijiro regains his memories after seeing a squid dish and a bottle of beer presented to him by Narutaki. Through the black Doctor Death Gaia Memory, given to him by Ryubee Sonozaki, Eijiro becomes Super Doctor Death (スーパー死神博士 Supā Shinigami Hakase), the leader of Super Shocker. In the movie, he revives the Neonoid to destroy Decade. However, Super Doctor Death reverts back to Eijiro as the Memory ejects out of him caused by Kamen Rider Double HeatMetal's HardMammother Maximum Drive and he is saved by Natsumi in her Kamen Rider Kiva-la form.
Behind the scenes
In Kamen Rider the original series, Doctor Death was portrayed by Hideyo Amamoto (天本 英世 Amamoto Hideyo). In Kamen Rider The First, Shocker Staff: Elderly Gentleman is portrayed via archive various pieces of footage of the late Amamoto recorded before his death in 2003, including several from Kamen Rider, the original series. He was overdubbed by Eiji Maruyama (丸山 詠二 Maruyama Eiji).
The Eijiro Hikari version of Doctor Death in Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker is portrayed by Renji Ishibashi (石橋 蓮司 Ishibashi Renji), who also appeared as Super Doctor Death in Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider W & Decade: Movie War 2010. Squidevil's suit actor in All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker was Jiro Okamoto (岡元 次郎 Okamoto Jirō).
In Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z, Space Squidevil was voiced by Tomokazu Seki (関 智一 Seki Tomokazu), while his suit actor was Tatsuya Kaneko (金子 起也 Kaneko Tatsuya).
Space Squidevil was designed by creature designer Hiroshi Maruyama.
- In the early script, Doctor Death would become the Sawsharkus rather than a squid monster.
- "Doctor Death" would later be used as the name of a guest villain (portrayed by Nobuo Yana) in episode 53 of the original Sentai series, Himitsu Sentai Gorenger.
- Squidevil's design was homaged by Squid Evo, the monster-of-the-week in episode 20 of Kagaku Sentai Dynaman.
- Height: 205 cm
- Weight: 75kg