|This article is about a rider in Kamen Rider, the original series.|
[Justice. Kamen Rider No.2]"
Hayato Ichimonji (一文字 隼人, Ichimonji Hayato) is Kamen Rider 2 (仮面ライダー２号, Kamen Raidā Nigō, Masked Rider 2), or Kamen Rider 2-go, a character from the Japanese Tokusatsu Television series Kamen Rider, the first in the famous Kamen Rider franchise of tokusatsu programs. The secondary protagonist of the series, like Kamen Rider 1, is a motorcycle-riding superhero modeled upon a grasshopper.
Hayato is an optimistic man who tries to make people happy even in the darkest moments, despite his own misfortunes. Although originally resenting his cybernetic enhancements, Hayato learnt to accept them with time, now proud to call himself a Kamen Rider. He often exhibits a playful sense of humor and tendency to tease others, even in the face of danger.
Being a freelance cameraman, Hayato has an artistic side, with a clear policy of what he captures through his camera. This policy includes an absolute refusal to take pictures of solely women, feeling uncomfortable doing so.
Though more cheerful compared to Takeshi's initial attitude, several moments imply Hayato's anger toward Shocker surpass even his predecessor. Disgusted with the organization's cruel actions, Hayato continues to face them with all his might, ensuring the safety of everyone in the world.
Born October 10, 1949, Hayato Ichimonji is a freelance photographer, kidnapped by the organization Shocker in order to become a reconstructed human able to fight the traitor Takeshi Hongo, A.K.A. Kamen Rider. Before Shocker scientists had a chance to brainwash him, Takeshi appears and saves Hayato. Takeshi leaves Japan to fight Shocker branches overseas, and leaves Hayato to become his successor as Kamen Rider, protecting Japan from Shocker.
Arriving in Japan to cover for Takeshi, Hayato first makes his presence known to Tobei Tachibana and Kazuya Taki while they investigated attacks by Shocker cyborg Sabotegron. Initially playing coy as to his identity, he finally reveals that he is, like Takeshi, a Kamen Rider, transforming in front of them to defeat Sabotegron. [The Devil Sabotegron Attacks]. Hayato would then work with Tachibana and Taki and regularly stayed at the Tachibana Racing Club. He and Taki served as the primary defense against Shocker's attacks in Japan for the time, confronting Colonel Zol, Dr. Shinigami and Jigoku Taishi's schemes.
Sometime later, Takeshi Hongo returns to Japan and fights alongside Hayato. Now, Takeshi is known as Kamen Rider 1 and Hayato, Kamen Rider 2. The pair is occasionally called "The Double Riders". With Takeshi back, Hayato left Japan to fight Shocker in South America. Near the end of the series, Kamen Rider 2 returns to help Kamen Rider 1 to defeat Gel Shocker.
The Double Riders next appeared in the sequel, Kamen Rider V3. The titular V3 was Shiro Kazami, a junior of Takeshi's, and he begged them to turn him into a Kamen Rider after the murder of his family by the Destron organization. Despite initially refusing, when the young man was mortally wounded assisting them, the two Riders transformed him into Kamen Rider V3, possessing both Kamen Rider 1's "skill" and Kamen Rider 2's "strength". After fighting and being unable to stop Bazooka Turtle (presumably due to giving Kazami a portion of their power which temporarily weakened them) they decided to stop Bazooka Turtle by unleashing their full power to stun him and grabbed him while jumping at a great height to detonate the atomic bomb inside it away from Tokyo. The Double Riders were initially thought to be killed by the explosion, but reappeared alive and well later on in the series.
G.O.D.'s forces attacked various points of Tokyo. Meanwhile, to fight against this threat, the previous four Riders return from various points around the globe, with Kamen Rider 2 returning from Paris. The five Riders, following one of Franken Bat's bat spies, head to one of G.O.D's bases. After fighting through G.O.D.'s revived monsters, the five Riders face Franken Bat. The four Riders help X execute the "Rider Super High Kick" technique, destroying Franken Bat. They then invade a G.O.D. base and face Kingdark, but the entire complex turned out to merely be an illusion, which disappears while Kingdark taunts them. [Five Riders vs. Kingdark]
When Tobei Tachibana was captured by Leech Dracula, he appeared and saved Tobei. While X remained to face Leech Dracula, Kamen Riders 2 and V3 went ahead to stop Kingdark at once, however, Kingdark easily sealed the path to him, avoiding facing them. [Fear! Kingdark's Revenge!!]
X would later be defeated and captured by the villain monster Tiger Nero, who wanted the plans for the RS Mechanism, which G.O.D. would use to create a powerful weapon, in exchange for his rescue. Tobei Tachibana gave the plans, only to be captured too, but he had also called Shiro Kazami, who transformed into V3 and saved them. However, they were unable to recover the plans. In a later encounter, when Tiger Nero attempted to use the newly built weapon against them, it turned out that one of G.O.D.'s scientists was actually Hayato Ichimonji in disguise, who had sabotaged the experiment. The three Riders then fought together and stopped Nero. Kingdark then appearec before them to challenge them. [The Weapon of Terror Aims at Three Riders!!]
Kamen Riders 2, V3, and X all went their own ways looking for G.O.D.'s main base, but neither 2 nor V3 found it on time, leaving the final battle to X by himself. [Farewell, X-Rider]
After the destruction of the previous evil organizations, he returns with Kamen Rider 1, coming back from India to rescue Stronger who was hanging on a waterfall from Marshal Machine, Commander Jishaku, and Armored Knight who were trying to lure and trap X and Amazon. Later he fights as well and nearly loses against Marshal Machine while Kamen Rider 1 fights against Armored Knight and Kamen Rider Stronger fights against Commander Jishaku. After Commander Jishaku and Armored Knight were defeated and captured by Kamen Riders 1 and Stronger, he points a gun against Commander Jishaku and Armored Knight and tries to negotiate with Marshal Machine by telling him if he wants his two subordinates alive, he must release both Kamen Rider V3 and Riderman. However, Marshal Machine tells them that if his two subordinates are not released, he will order his troops to kill both V3 and Riderman. Just when it seemed like there was no choice but to free both of his subordinates, Kamen Rider X and Kamen Rider Amazon appeared to tell them that it was no longer necesary since they freed both V3 and Riderman. The seven riders, which would be known as the Seven Legendary Riders, grouped together for the first time and marched against the Delzer Army, who had captured Tobei Tachibana. Finally, Stronger finished off Marshal Machine. They reunite with their mentor Tachibana, but soon a familiar voice welcomes them: Delzer Army's Great Leader.
The Great Leader reveals that he had been behind the Delzer Army, Gel Shocker, and other previous evil organizations opposed by the Riders. He takes on the form of a rock giant, impervious to the attacks of the Riders. However, they combine their powers and go into his body. There, they find a giant alien brain that self destructs in an attempt to kill all seven Riders, but they all escape successfully and leave, reminiscing about everything they've gone through so far. [Goodbye! The Glorious Seven Riders!]
The evil organization Neo Shocker moved ahead with its plans of global genocide. Hayato Ichimonji, Kamen Rider 2, alongside the other Seven Legendary Riders fought around the world against it, leaving Japan's protection to the new Kamen Rider, Hiroshi Tsukuba, Skyrider.
Eventually, Neo Shocker gathers a Second Generation Cyborg Corps in Japan, led by Gurand Bazarmy, known as the Strongest Cyborg on Earth, and also plans to launch a direct offensive with an experimental tank, the Varithium Cannon, led by Hirubiran. To save Japan, the seven Riders return and, alongside Skyrider, destroy the experimental Varithium Cannon and Hirubiran. However, they are soon challenged by Gurand Bazarmy and his troops. [Tank and Kaijin the Second Generation Corps, Full Force of Eight Riders]
Neo Shocker troops start kidnapping many people around Japan in order to work as slaves in their operation to bring about a large volcanic eruption in Japan. The seven Riders spread around Japan to fight against various attacks from Neo Shocker. In a later battle, Skyrider is easily wounded and left unconscious while trying to face Gurand Bazarmy. While he recovers, the Riders communicate telepathically with the unconscious Hiroshi Tsukuba. The Riders tell Skyrider that he should go through an intense training where he'd receive their powers, multiplying his strength 20 times to fight against Gurand Bazarmy again.
After Skyrider's training is finished, all Riders leave to face Neo Shocker again. Skyrider faces Gurand Bazarmy, while the Legendary Seven fight against Neo Shocker's Second Generation Cyborgs troops. Gurand Bazarmy and his army quickly fall before the Riders. After the battle is over, the Seven Riders leave Japan again, to fight Neo Shocker all over the world, while Skyrider remains to protect Japan. [Eight Riders' Great Training of Friendship]
Neo Shocker makes an alliance with an alien, the self-proclaimed GingaOh, and starts an operation to detonate Mount Fuji. When Skyrider is ambushed by another troop of second-generation Second Generation Cyborgs led by Jaguar Van, all seven Riders arrive to face their forces and allow Skyrider to proceed. After the battle, all 8 Riders leave to fight Neo Shocker elsewhere. [Eight Riders vs. GingaOh]
Having located Neo Shocker's main base, Hayato and Shigeru summoned their fellow Riders from across the world, uniting the Seven Legendary Riders. They head to Neo Shocker's underwater base, only to be faced with a giant dragon, Neo Shocker's, Great Leader himself. Kamen Rider 2's and everyone else's attacks prove to be ineffective against the Great Leader, however, they hold on long enough for Skyrider to arrive. Skyrider stuns the Great Leader by shooting his foot with a crossbow, and, using the opportunity, all Seven Legendary Riders hit him with their Rider Kicks, knocking down the giant. However, he was still alive and decides to explode alongside a giant bomb, taking out not only himself but Earth itself by destroying its atmosphere. The eight Riders combine their powers and use Skyrider's Sailing Jump together, grabbing the Great Leader and taking him to the distant sky, where they all explode, all eight Riders seemingly perishing alongside it when in truth they were blasted across space until they regrouped in Super-1. [Farewell, Hiroshi Tsukuba! Eight Heroes Forever....]
Kazuya Oki, Kamen Rider Super-1, fought against the Dogma Kingdom to stop them from awakening an ancient weapon. However, in his way stood the Dogma Revenge Corps, troops of rebuilt cyborgs from the Dogma Kingdom and Neo Shocker. When he seemed overwhelmed by his enemies, Kamen Rider 1 suddenly reappeared, followed by the other 8 previous Riders, all alive. V3 tells Super-1 to let that battle in their hands, and soon they fight against Dogma's troops to open the way for Super-1. V3 briefly faces Dogma Fighters, Gyosutoma, ArigiThunder. Fighting alongside Riderman, V3 finishes off Zombieda with a throw while his partner does the same to Ganigannii. V3, Riderman, and X go on to use a triple Kaiten Kick to finish off, respectively, Kamagirigan, Snakecobran, and ArigiThunder. Thanks to the help of the Riders, Super-1 reaches Dogma's troops on time and stops them. After the battle, the Riders show themselves to Super-1 and his friends and promise to fight for humanity's future together. [Kamen Rider Super-1 (film)]
The Badan Empire, led by Kurayami Taishi, spread its claws around the world, and, to face it, the nine Riders came together. When Badan initiated its Spacetime Rupture System, a destructive dimensional weapon, all 9 Riders gathered in Japan to stop them.
Badan's base was located, and all 10 Riders went towards it. Kurayami Taishi welcomed them and sent all of Badan's troops against the Riders. V3 faced Dokuga-Roid and his Combat-Roids again, and after a long battle managed to destroy him by throwing him onto a fallen Yamaarashi-Roid. Afterward, Kamen Riders 2 and V3 teamed up against Jūjin Ōmukade, a revived Gedon monster. however, before the battle could be finished, Kurayami Taishi attempted to use hostages to make the Riders surrender. His plan fails due to Super-1's interference and Kurayami Taishi decides to use the Spacetime Rupture System, only to destroy Badan's remaining troops. After V3's call, the ten Riders gather their power with Rider Syncro, weakening Kurayami Taishi and allowing ZX to finish him off. After Darkness is defeated, evil energy gathers in the shape of a giant skull, The Generalissimo of Badan, giving farewell to the Riders and laughing at them.
V3 bestows upon ZX the official name Kamen Rider 10 and soon all Riders part ways again to continue their battle against evil around the world. [Birth of the 10th! Kamen Riders All Together!!]
Kamen Rider 2, alongside the other Nine veteran Riders, fought against the secret forces of the Crisis Empire spread throughout the world, defeating them in each country. However, Crisis's main forces, in Japan, still remained and they prepared a final offensive. Kamen Rider 1 called all Riders to a meeting in a secret facility in Arizona, to prepare for the upcoming battle, where they'd go to help Kamen Rider Black RX, the Kamen Rider that was defending Japan at the time. [Terror Of The 100 Eyed Hag]
The 10 Riders split into two groups, which sparred with each other. Group 1: Kamen Riders 1, 2, V3, Riderman and X; and Group 2: Amazon, Stronger, Skyrider, Super-1, and ZX. [The Four Commanders Are Banished] Before Crisis makes a public announcement regarding its invasion of Japan, the 10 Riders finally leave for the final battle. [Defeated!! RX]
After the Crisis Empire's war declaration, they immediately sent Gran Zairus, which landed on Earth like a meteor, destroying an entire island. Naval Commander Bosgun moved to attack Black RX, soon receiving help from Gran Zairus, who could resist all of RX's attacks. When Bosgun is about to finish him off, Kamen Rider 1 arrives, blocking his attack and kicking him away. The 9 Riders arrive shortly afterward, rescuing RX and quickly escaping. Kamen Rider 2 and the others introduce themselves to Kohtaro Minami. Bosgun finds them and meeting Kohtaro and Kamen Rider 1 proposes a duel against Black RX. However, Kohtaro's friend, Kyoko Matoba soon notices a Chap hiding behind some crates to prepare an ambush and flushes it out. As the 10 veterans fight them off, Black RX faces Bosgun in a fair match and destroys him.
Meanwhile, Gran Zairus easily rips through the Japanese defense forces and brings down the city with his unmatched power. Kohtaro decides to fight, but Kamen Riders 1 and 2 argue that even Black RX's attacks are ineffective against Gran Zairus and they need a strategy before facing it again. Kohtaro decides to fight anyway, even if he dies trying. He leaves to fight again, and Kamen Rider 2 and the other Riders follow him. [Fight! All Riders]
The 11 Riders face Gran Zairus, but even a combined Rider Punch with the power of the 11 Riders is useless against him. Gran Zairus transforms into a flaming rock, burning above 1000°C, and easily knocks out Kamen Rider 2 and the others. In the end, Black RX becomes Biorider and manages to destroy Gran Zairus from the inside out, but seemingly explodes with it.
Afterward, Kamen Rider 2 and the other Riders help evacuate the city's population and start to plan defensive measures for the next battle. However, a second Kamen Rider 1 appears during their meeting. The real Kamen Rider 1 accuses the impostor and punches it, making it reveal its true form, Harmful Nimp. The 10 Riders face Spirit World Demons, resurrected Crisis warriors. Unfortunately, when the monsters knocked down, they quickly get up again. When the battle seems hopeless, Colonel Maribaron, the one behind this attack, reveals that the monsters don't die as long as she keeps a set of golden feathers with her, but Biorider returns, alive, stealing the feathers. Kamen Rider 1 receives one of the golden feathers, and V3 holds Harmful Nimp while he uses the feather to stop it. Biorider then destroys the monsters all by himself.
With Kohtaro alive, the 10 Riders decide to spread themselves to observe and take on the Crisis forces, while Black RX protects his friends. [False Rider's Last Days]
Wanting revenge against Black RX, a powered up General Jark, commander of the Crisis forces, gains a new form called Jark Midler, kills Sunkichi and Utako Sahara and faces V3 and Riderman while X And Amazon bring their kids to Kohtaro. Meanwhile, Crisis' forces start a human hunt. Kamen Riders 1 and 2 arrive to help Kohtaro face the Chaps' troops. Stronger, Skyrider, Super-1, and ZX soon follow. X And Amazon show up with the kids and inform Kotaro on what happened. V3 and Riderman are launched through the air, falling downtown, near the combat zone where Kamen Rider 2, alongside the other Riders, were helping Kohtaro. Jark challenges Kohtaro to a duel, and he accepts, rejecting the help of the other Riders. Black RX ends up victorious over Jark, destroying him while the other Riders watch in amazement. [The Riders' All Out Charge]
Emperor Crisis calls Kohtaro for a personal meeting. However, Kamen Rider 1 tells Amazon to follow them, and all the other Riders go too. The emperor offers Kohtaro the chance of becoming the commander of Crisis' invasion forces, however, after Kohtaro refuses, General Dasmader appears alongside a group of Chaps and attacks Kohtaro. Amazon and the other Riders arrive and face the Chaps, but soon the entire cave is destroyed by the Crisis Fortress called by Dasmader. Black RX boards the fortress and destroys Dasmader, the Emperor, and even Crisis itself. Meanwhile, the other Riders survive the attack and meet RX after the battle is over. Following Kamen Rider 1's words, they all decide to part ways and fight evil around the world. [A Shining Tomorrow!]
All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker
Decade turned against Dai-Shocker and faced its troops alone. However, a large dimensional wall appeared in the battlefield, and from it, all Riders thought to be dead reappeared. Kamen Rider 2 arrived with his New Cyclone alongside Kamen Riders 1 and V3 in their New Cyclone and Hurricane bike. When A.R. Shadowmoon is thrown onto Dai-Shocker's castle, he participates in the All Riders Kick, using his standard Rider Kick alongside the other Riders to destroy Shadowmoon and the Shocker castle. Afterward, Dai-Shocker's final weapon, Kingdark, appeared from the rubles of the castle, and Decade merged with the Kamen Rider J summoned by Diend to face it. To help Decade, Kamen Rider 2, alongside the other Riders, turned into giant Kamen Ride cards to power up the giant Decade's final attack, destroying Kingdark. After the battle was over, Kamen Rider 2 silently gave a goodbye to Decade alongside Kamen Riders 1 and V3 and left through a dimensional wall with all the other Riders. [Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker]
Let's Go Kamen Riders
During the events of OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders, the Greeed Ankh unintentionally altered the timeline that enables Shocker to utilize the Cell Medal to create the Shocker Greeed. Though Kamen Rider New Den-O attempted to avert the process, the result of the Double Riders' defeat by the Shocker Greeed wasn't negated. However, a boy trapped in the past Naoki, ensured that Kamen Riders 1 and 2 never had their mind-altering surgery completed and played the role of Shocker agents until they have no more need for the charade and destroy the Shocker Greeed before helping Kamen Rider OOO put an end to the Shocker Leader with the help of all the other Kamen Riders.
Movie War Mega Max
In Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Mega Max, Hayato appears during the prologue, battling the forces of Foundation X alongside Hongo in Europe. Later, they join with the other members of the Seven Legendary Riders to confront Foundation X's Lem Kannagi, only to fall into Kannagi's trap and be caught in an energy beam.
Later, when Eiji Hino and Gentaro Kisaragi chase Kannagi to Foundation X's spaceport, they make Kannagi drop a briefcase during the ensuing struggle. Gentaro opens it and finds four Astroswitches and three Core Medals, bearing the markings of the Seven Legendary Riders. These turn out to be the Riders themselves, turned into this state by Kannagi's trap, and restored when OOO and Fourze use the items in a Scanning Charge and Limit Break, respectively. Foundation X unveils its trump card, copies of the Sonozaki Family Dopants (Terror, Claydoll, R Nasca and Smilodon) and Greeed (Uva, Kazari, Mezool, and Gamel), and the Seven Riders offer to stay and fight them so Eiji and Gentaro can pursue Kannagi into space. Hayato battles the copy Gamel, finishing it with his Rider Punch. Meanwhile, OOO and Fourze managed to stop Lem Kannagi in space. Afterward, in a scene added to the movie's Director's Cut, the young Riders, and also another Rider from the future, Aqua, said their goodbyes to each other and to the veterans, everyone parting ways. [Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Mega Max]
Super Hero Taisen
Kamen Rider 2 was among the Kamen Riders caught up in the 'Super Hero Taisen' incident. He was sent to the dimensional rift, under the pretense of being defeated, by Captain Marvelous while he was apparently hunting the Riders. When his and Tsukasa's ruse was revealed, Kamen Rider 2 and the other Riders appeared through the dimensional wall. Kamen Rider 2 then fought alongside all the other Kamen Riders and Super Sentai against Dai-Shocker and Dai-Zangyack's Shocker-Zangyack Alliance. He is seen in the final battle fighting Zangyack Commander Daiyarl in the background with GoggleBlack and then kicking a Sugoumin. [Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen]
Super Hero Taisen Z
Kamen Rider 2 was part of a force of Rider and Sentai reinforcements led by Kamen Rider 1 and Red Ranger that came to assist the Riders and Sentai of recent years who were overwhelmed by the revived monster army of the Space Crime Syndicate Madou. Kamen Rider 2 is seen facing Chinomanako, while the combined forces of superheroes turn the tide against the Madou army. They line up and use their various finisher attacks to destroy the revived monsters.
After Demon King Psycho is destroyed and the battle ends, Kamen Rider 2 appears standing on a cliff with all the other veteran heroes to say goodbye to the heroes of recent years before taking their leave. [Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z]
ToQger Vs. Kamen Rider Gaim
Kamen Rider 2, along with Kamen Riders 1 and V3, arrive where the ToQgers are as they fight Kamen Rider Fifteen before the enemy retreats. [Ressha Sentai ToQger Vs. Kamen Rider Gaim Spring Vacation Combining Special]
Kamen Rider Taisen
At the climax, Kamen Rider 2 is one of the surviving Riders in the battle between Heisei and Showa. He performs his Rider Punch on Decade, the two Riders taking each other out at the same time and transforming into Lockseeds. Gaim is soon left as the last Rider standing before Kurayami Taishi of the Badan Empire reveals himself to be Ryo Murasame (Kamen Rider ZX). Together, they restore the other Riders and all 30 Kamen Riders defeat the Badan Empire. [Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai]
The Double Riders were mentioned in the photo after a Roidmude case was shown to have an involvement with Shocker.
While the Double Riders were on a trip back home after defeating the Shocker Leader, suddenly, a mysterious car blocks their path, revealing Kamen Rider Three, a Rider created to eliminate the Double Riders. He easily overpowered and killed them in an explosion. Due to his existence, the timeline was greatly altered, with Shocker having achieved full global domination and the majority of succeeding Kamen Riders become brainwashed to serve them.
However, after the Shocker Leader was turned into Rider Robo, there's a moment when he and Kamen Rider 1 are revived, freeing the other Riders from their mind control. However, after this, some Riders were erased from existence, leaving him, Kamen Riders 1, 3, and other remaining Riders (including Drive) facing the final battle, joining forces with Shuriken Sentai Ninninger.
Chou Super Hero Taisen
A digital copy of Kamen Rider 2, part of the Chou Super Hero Taisen Game World, was a member of Team Resurrection in the tournament fought to inherit the power of the Kamen Sentai Gorider. However, Team Resurrection is defeated in their first match by Team Genm.
Though he was seemingly erased as a result of Asmodeus’ manipulations, he was restored back into existence once Touma Kamiyama had helped Shotaro regained his passion in drawing out the superheroes that he wants to draw out.
Kamen Rider: Beyond Generations
Kamen Rider SD
- Main article: Kamen Rider 2 (SD)
Kamen Rider 2: The second Kamen Rider, Rider 2 is apparently on vacation in the tropics with his squad, only making a brief cameo towards the end of the movie. He is on the same squad as Amazon and Stronger. He appears in his red gloves form. He rides in his New-Cyclone motorcycle.
Super Hero Taihen
Kamen Rider 2 appears in the Super Hero Taihen net movie, Super Sentai Murder Mystery! You’re the Great Detective! as one of the suspects for the murders of Shinken Pink, Gosei Pink, and Gokai Pink, as the evidence collected suggests a "Hopper" rider is behind it.
When it's revealed that net movie director Hiroyuki Kato was the murder culprit, Kamen Rider 2 holds up Gosei Black's Gosei Card and Tensouder as one of several Riders and Rangers holding Super Sentai and Kamen Rider merchandise respectively, when the Go-Busters explain to the Kato that all the Riders love Super Sentai and vice versa.
Shin Kamen Rider Spirits
The first volume of the revived Kamen Rider Spirits Manga gives readers a more detailed origin story of Hayato and how he became Kamen Rider 2.
After witnessing Kamen Rider 1's battle with Bat Man from afar while on a rooftop, Hayato began investigating Kamen Rider and Shocker's activities. He then observed Takeshi Hongo from a distance and took photographs of him from 800 meters away, which Takeshi detects thanks to his super hearing. He then was followed by Takeshi on his motorbike and the young photojournalist said he simply wants the truth and has learned about Shocker. Takeshi was silent about the issue and after leaping over an oncoming truck, told Hayato to stay away from Shocker if he valued his life. Hayato introduced himself to Takeshi and told him he would still pursue the truth regardless.
Hayato interviews victims and relatives of Shocker victims, who try to convince Hayato of their story and give details on Shocker. As he gets angry about all the pain the organization has caused, he then gets a call from Ruriko Midorikawa who wishes to speak with him. He learns her father's murderer was not who she thought it was and wants Hayato to drop the investigation. Hayato asks her if she knows the Kamen Rider and correctly deduces that he is Takeshi Hongo, which causes her to slap him after his teasing and prodding.
The manga then showcases an alternate version of Episode 13, with Hayato witnessing Takeshi become Kamen Rider while observing the FBI trying to investigate Shocker. While Kamen Rider is pre-occupied with the Revived Monster Army, the agents on the stakeout are ambushed by more of the monsters. Most of them are killed, but Hayato rushes in to save the last two, beating down the monsters with his bare hands. Dr. Shinigami observes these events and decides Hayato would be the perfect candidate for "The Next" project. Death then orders the monsters to capture Hayato, who despite his injuries manages to fend them off long enough for the other FBI agents to escape.
When the agents bring a blueprint of a Shocker base in Yumesima Landfill to Ruriko, Kamen Rider investigates with Kazuya Taki and finds Hayato converted into a cyborg. He saves him, but Hayato is unable to control his super-strength. Hayato at first doesn't accept what he is but then comes to the aid of Kamen Rider when Shocker sends the Shocker Riders to destroy him, christening himself as Kamen Rider 2. While looking around the base, Ruriko finds a fleet of motorcycles and steals one for Hayato to ride. After a long and brutal fight, Hayato destroys the last Shocker Rider with his first true Rider Punch. Hayato then collapses from his injuries and Takeshi repairs his body, lamenting that maybe he should not have saved him as now he has led another down the hellish path he walks. Takeshi thinks that his humanity made him desire a friend to quell his loneliness, and as if a twisted answer to his desire, another individual has become like him. However, Hayato accepts what he is and wants to fight alongside him. The volume ends by stating that despite Takeshi's lament, nine heroes now walk the same path as Takeshi.
Video Game appearances
Kamen Rider 2 has appeared in various video games.
A new character created to be Kamen Rider's rival. He is a mutant modeled after a mantis or a long-horned beetle. His design differs depending on the game, such as in Gaia Saver, where one of his arms resembles the petal of a carnivorous plant. Moreover, his body is colored green in the games but is depicted as blue in official illustrations. In Battle Dodge Ball 2, he appears as a member of the Shocker Eagles team. In Gaia Saver, he is actually a brainwashed remodified version of Kamen Rider 2.
Kamen Rider Club
Kamen Rider on Super Famicom
Hayato Ichimonji/Kamen Rider 2 is controlled by Player 2 alongside Player 1's Takeshi/Kamen Rider 1 in the Super Famicom Kamen Rider game.
Kamen Rider on PlayStation
Kamen Rider 2 appears with Kamen Rider 1 in the PlayStation Kamen Rider video game.
In the "Kamen Rider Story," the player must defeat the evil Shocker organization to restore the peace by battling against 6 Combatmen before fighting against Shocker monsters; if the monster or player's health is 50% or less, the game automatically switches the position of the player on the screen. If all Shocker and Gel Shocker monsters are defeated, the player will immediately fight against the Shocker Leader without fighting Combatmen or switching around.
In "Shocker Story" players play as Shocker monster which must defeat enemy Shocker monsters. If the player successfully passes the 8th round, the player's Shocker monster turns into Saikyō Kaijin (最強怪人) which is stronger and has a different appearance from the original form. The player can then upgrade punching power, kicking power, or both or can summon 6 Combatmen to aid them. the player then must defeat Kamen Rider 1 before facing Kamen Rider 2.
Super Tokusatsu Taisen 2001
Hayato Ichimonji/Kamen Rider 2 is a playable character in the Sony PlayStation crossover strategy game Super Tokusatsu Taisen 2001 along with Takeshi Hongo, Shiro Kazami, Joji Yuki and Kohtaro Minami.
Kamen Rider: Seigi no Keifu
In this crossover PS2 game, Hayato appears as Takeshi is incapacitated, and takes over his role in the 1971 timeline for a short period. Hayato appears in his second costume (although his original outfit is available as an unlockable) and shares most of Takeshi's finishers. Hayato's original actor, Takeshi Sasaki returned to voice the character.
Kamen Rider: The Bike Race
"To be added"
All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation and Rider Generation 2
"To Be Added"
Climax Heroes series
"To be added"
Although Kamen Rider 2 is thought to be an easy character to pick, but he has a hidden R1 function like W FangJoker and his separate left-half Kamen Rider Joker. His hidden R1 function is a Quick Cancel, giving Rider 2 canceling the attack and making him the most powerful Rider to do an infinite combo.
- Master Combatman: Like Takeshi, Hayato is a highly skilled warrior, having years of experience in combat. Since before Shocker's modification, Hayato possessed a sixth-degree judo black belt and a fifth-degree in karate, being at his physical peak. Once converted into Kamen Rider 2, Hayato quickly adapted to his powers, outclassing even Gebacondor in battle. With his skills sharpened further by facing Shocker's monsters, Hayato grew far beyond his initial capabilities, gaining a new form in the process. Only being slightly outdone by Takeshi in skill, Hayato proved able to fight off several of the Great Leader's elite soldiers, with only Yuki Ookami and Marshal Mashin ever able outfight him.
- Bike Racer: Hayato is a capable motorcyclist, able to defeat Shocker Rider 1 in a drag race. However, among the Tachibana Racing Club, Hayato is vastly inferior to Takeshi and Kazuya, being deemed by Tobei as an "amateur" in technique.
- Photography: His unique policies aside, Hayato is a skilled photographer, being a professional in the trade. Humorously, both Hajime Aikawa/Kamen Rider Chalice and Tsukasa Kadoya/Kamen Rider Decade have praised Hayato as fellow cameramen, asking for tips to improve their photography.
- Rider Height: 172 cm
- Rider Weight: 65 kg
- Rider Senses
- Hearing: 4 km
- Enemy Sensing: 100 m
- Ability Parameters
Originally created to best and kill the traitor Takeshi Hongo, Hayato was modified to be capable of transforming via stylish hand positions to absorb wind power as opposed to Takeshi's need for a outside source of wind power to charge him, becoming a more versatile fighter as a result. However, Hayato was rescued by Takeshi before being brainwashed, and fights against Shocker during Takeshi's absence. Like Takeshi, Hayato seems to require no food or water whatsoever.
To distinguish from his later upgrades, this form is usually referred to as Old 2 (旧２号, Kyū Nigō).
The original manga gave an in-depth analysis of the entire schematics used by Takeshi, Hayato, and the Shocker Riders.
- Ultrasensitive Antenna: a radar from the antenna
- Cat's Eye: allows infrared night vision
- Signal O: a brainwave transmission device that can detect other cyborgs
- Crusher: The face plate that can break chains
- Artificial Lungs: can recycle oxygen for two hours
- Pulmonary Converter: catches wind power to convert it to energy, also acts as a radiator
- Power Converter: capsules on the belt to store energy
- Typhoon: transformation belt which is an anemometer which measures the rider's energy
- Artificial Muscle: gives the rider the strength to jump like a giant grasshopper
- Jump Shoes: the soles are elastic-like springs.
- Rider Height: 172 cm
- Rider Weight: 65 kg
- Rider Senses
- Ability Parameters (Initial → Trained)
- Punching Power: 75 t[note 3]
- Gripping Power: 10~15 times human
- Kicking Power: 90 t[note 3]
- Resistance: 100 t
- Maximum Jump Height: 21 m → 35 m[note 4]
- Maximum Running Speed: 100 m per 2 seconds
The form displayed by Hayato upon his return from Nanki, Kamen Rider 2 dons the title of New 2 (新２号, Shin Nigō) while gaining an upgrade to his capabilities to the extent of surviving and apparently unharmed by the effects of a nuclear bomb. Retaining his great strength from the original stage, Hayato now maintains the title of "Power of 2" (力の２号, Chikara no Nigō), an aspect later passed to Kamen Rider V3. (Episode 72 and onward appearanes)Sometimes, Hayato's helmet would take on the coloration of his old one in order to further differentiate Rider 2 from Kamen Rider 1.
The original form of Hayato Ichimonji as he debuted in the original Manga, this was the form Hayato maintained before being brutally kicked by Takeshi in the head, resulting in a return of Hayato's memories. Ironically, he and the other Shocker Riders in this manga were made in similar designs and appearances, identical to that of Kamen Rider 2.This form is exclusive to S.I.C. Hero Saga Kamen Rider Edition: Missing Link.
- Rider Kick - Leaping high into the air Kamen Rider 2 kicks the enemy with a tremendous force. Because of his exceptional strength, the Rider Kick became his absolute finishing technique.
- Rider Kaiten Kick - By performing a forward flip in mid-air Kamen Rider 2 increases the force of his Rider Kick.
- Rider Manji Kick (ライダー卍キック, Raidā Manji Kikku) - By adding spins and twirls in mid-air Kamen Rider 2 increased the power of his Rider Kick
- Rider Punch - A powerful punch and one of his most used attacks. He has three variations:
- Superman Punch
- Rider Chop - Standard Karate Chop move where Kamen Rider 2 strikes with the edge of his hand.
- Rider Gaeshi (Rider Counter/Rider Gaeshi) Kamen Rider 2 grabs hold of the enemy and leaps into the air, throwing the enemy over his shoulder towards the ground.
- Rider Nidangaeshi (Rider 2-Level Counter/Rider 2-Step Reversal) After leaping into the air Kamen Rider 2 spins the enemy in the air once before throwing them.
- Rider Kirimomi Shoot (Rider Spinning Shoot/Rider Kirimomi Shoot) Kamen Rider 2 grapples the enemy and jump into the air with them. In mid-air, he turns them upside down and throws them while spinning them at a high speed. This became one of his well-known attacks.
- Rider Hoden (ライダー放電, Raidā Hoden) - Kamen Rider 2 is able to discharge power directly into enemies as an offensive attack. He first uses it against Eiking, countering his own electric attack, but without a name announcement. However, later on he uses it as a finisher, revealing its name while destroying Hilguerrilla.
- Rider Hanten Screew Gaeshi
- Rider Double Kick
- Rider Triple Kick
- Rider Super High Kick
- Rider Double Chop
- Rider Sharin
- Head Crusher
- Rider Synchro
- Typhoon: Transformation Belt
Legend Rider Devices
KamenRide: 2 (カメンライド２号, Kamenraido Nigō) is the Kamen Ride Card which contains the power of Kamen Rider 2. In All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker, Decade Complete Form Jumbo Formation performed the Final Dimension Kick, a variation of the Dimension Kick, transforming the Shōwa Riders, including Kamen Rider 2, and Heisei Riders into Kamen Ride cards for Decade to travel through as opposed to Final Attack Ride cards before hitting the target.In theory, this card would allow Kamen Rider Decade to transform into Kamen Rider 2.
Final AttackRide: 2 (ファイナルアタックライド2号, Fainaru Attakuraido Nigō)
2 Switch (2号スイッチ, Nigō Suitchi, Square): An Astroswitch bearing the likeness of Kamen Rider 2. In Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbaride, it can be used by Kamen Rider Fourze to arm him with the 2 Module (2号モジュール, Nigō Mojūru) on his left arm, boosting his punching power.The 2 Switch appears on-screen in Movie War Mega Max, when the Seven Legendary Riders are captured by Lem Kannagi. Rider 2, along with Rider 1, V3, and Riderman, were turned into Switches (while X, Amazon, and Stronger were turned into Core Medals) and kept in a suitcase by a member of Foundation X. The Riders were able to return back to normal when Fourze inserted the Switches into the Fourze Driver and performed a Limit Break.
This Rider Ring which bears the likeness of Kamen Rider 2 is exclusive to Kamen Rider Wizard's Wizard Ring toyline. When used by a WizarDriver wearer, it would be able to summon Kamen Rider 2.
- Kamen Rider 2 Lockseed (仮面ライダー２号ロックシード, Kamen Raidā Nigō Rokkushīdo): A Lockseed bearing the likeness of Kamen Rider 2, created when Rider 2 was defeated in the battle between the Showa Riders and Heisei Riders. [Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai] The core image depicts the Typhoon while the lid backside image depicts Kamen Rider 2's Rider Punch gesture. When inserted into a Sengoku Driver or when channeled through the Showa Rider Lockseed, it would allow an Armored Rider to assume 2 Arms (２号アームズ, Nigō Āmuzu). It's styled for Gaim, Kurokage, Bujin Gaim, and Kamuro in the toyline.
- "(Digital beeping) 2!"
- ―Activation announcement[src]
2 Ridewatch (２号ライドウォッチ, Nigo Raidowotchi): Based on Kamen Rider 2, this Ridewatch would provide access to the 2Armor. It is dated 1971.
This Ridewatch was obtained by Hiryu Kakogawa through unknown means and was one of the Ridewatches absorbed by him to become Another Ohma Zi-O.
Behind the Scenes
Hayato Ichimonji is portrayed by Takeshi Sasaki (佐々木 剛, Sasaki Takeshi), who was brought onto the show following Fujioka's injury and departure from the show. After Fujioka recovered and the show becoming a moderate success, the story began to write in Takeshi's return and the two appeared as the Double Riders in time for several finale episodes. After the conclusion of the original series, Sasaki reprised his role in Kamen Rider V3, Five Riders vs. Kingdark, Kamen Rider Stronger and Kamen Rider (Skyrider). However, Sasaki had suffered a personal crisis in the 1980s, leaving him no longer able to reprise his role and his character being voiced by replacements.
- In Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker (2009), Kamen Rider 2 was voiced by Takahiro Fujimoto
- In 2011, Takeshi Sasaki returned to voice Kamen Rider 2 in the 40th-anniversary movie of the Kamen Rider Series, OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders, alongside Hiroshi Fujioka and Hiroshi Miyauchi.
- In Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Mega Max (2011), Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen (2012) and Ressha Sentai ToQger Vs. Kamen Rider Gaim Spring Vacation Combining Special (2014), 2 was once again voiced by Takahiro Fujimoto.
- In Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z (2013), Kamen Rider 2 was voiced by Yuuki Anai
- In Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai (2014), Kamen Rider 2 was voiced by Hiroshi Kamiya.
- In Super Hero Taisen GP: Kamen Rider 3, he was voiced by Kunihiro Kawamoto.
Kamen Rider 2 is featured as #28 in the 1986 archive compilation video Toei 100 Great Heroes Super Fight.
Kamen Rider 2's helmet has received a multitude of changes throughout the franchise:
- Originally, his helmet was colored dark green and white, in contrast with Kamen Rider 1's teal and grey helmet. In the later episodes of his original run, including the Sakurajima arc and in Kamen Rider vs. Shocker, a black helmet was introduced, and was used interchangeably with his dark green helmet up until episode 52. When his costume was updated as Kamen Rider New 2, he gained the same helmet as Kamen Rider 1's new suit.
- In Kamen Rider 2's return in the V3 movie, he once again had his original dark green helmet, possibly due to being too similar to Kamen Rider 1. However, in the V3 series, Kamen Rider 2 still has his light green helmet. The same happened in the Kamen Rider X show and film, with Kamen Rider 2 having a dark helmet in Five Riders vs. Kingdark, but a light one for his television appearance.
- Finally, in Stronger, Kamen Rider 2 reused the black helmet, which kept being used for all of his appearances up until the Kamen Rider ZX TV special. He returned to the light helmet during Kamen Rider Black RX and his first two Heisei crossover appearances, Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker and Let's Go Kamen Riders, but in Movie War Mega Max, the black helmet returned and was also used in Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen. The helmet returned to its light color in Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z and Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai, and has remained as such in future crossovers ever since.
- The black helmet is also used in Kamen Rider Spirits and Kamen Rider SD.
- It is to be noted that nearly all of New 2's appearances featuring the black helmet involve his association with the Seven Legendary Riders, wherever they were featured as a group distinct from the rest of the Showa Riders.
- The character of Kamen Rider 2 was created when Hiroshi Fujioka suffered a motorcycle accident when doing his own stunts as Kamen Rider. With Fujioka unable to play his role, the show producers chose to create another Kamen Rider, with a different stunt actor for action scenes.
- Contrary to popular belief, Kamen Rider 2 is the first Rider to transform without any external sources. Kamen Rider 1 originally transformed by using his Cyclone bike, until around the events of Kamen Rider vs. Shocker.
- In the Malaysian English dub, both Kamen Rider 2 and Kamen Rider 1 are called "Black Mask Rider".
- Tong Chi Wai - counterpart in Super Riders. See comparison page.
- Unnamed Masked Rider Warrior 1 - counterpart in Masked Rider. See comparison page.
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