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―Skyrider's later transformation call[src]

"That's right, I am a Kamen Rider that can fly! I am Skyrider!"
―while fighting Poison in the air[src]

Hiroshi Tsukuba (筑波 洋, Tsukuba Hiroshi) is Skyrider (スカイライダー, Sukairaidā), the main protagonist of the 1979 Kamen Rider Series installment Kamen Rider, more commonly referred to as Skyrider or The New Kamen Rider and very rarely as Kamen Rider #8.


A kind person with a fascination for the sky, Hiroshi was constantly helping others in both Rider and human forms. While he lost his family at an early age, he managed to live life and tried to enjoy every little bit of it. Even after being altered into a cyborg, Hiroshi decided to help others with his new powers by fighting Neo Shocker. While at times troubled by the situation, he was helped by others around him like his predecessors. Later on Hiroshi shows his parenting side when he took care of Bongo when he was a baby while humorously being called "mama" by him. While Hiroshi stated that he would kill Bongo when he grew up, in the end when Bongo died after he showed how much Hiroshi meant to him, Hiroshi cried tears of sadness. After learning that his parents were still alive, Hiroshi somewhat showed an obsession with finding them which ended tragically. While he was saddened when his parents were killed, he still did his best and defeated Neo Shocker, along with his predecessors, for the innocent people showing how much he has matured as a person.


Hiroshi is a young man who hang glides for fun and studied karate under Ryoichi Miyoshi. Three years prior, he lost his parents and sister in a car crash. While on a picnic with his friends, Hiroshi witnessed Professor Keitarō Shido being pursued while hang gliding and saves him from a gang of Ari Commandos. Soon after, Hiroshi finds his friends have been all murdered for his meddling before being approached by Midori Kanō, who takes him to Shido, as the man informs Hiroshi of the terrorist organization Neo Shocker.

While finding Imata Tonda snooping around Shido's safe house, Hiroshi finds the scientist abducted by Gameleojin, the monster who murdered his friends. But when the pursuit resulted with Hiroshi critically wounded, Shido convinces General Monster, who realized the young man's potential, to allow him to convert Hiroshi into a cyborg. Hiroshi wanders out of the Neo Shocker complex and learns of his new nature before he accidentally transforms into Skyrider. Using his new found ability, Skyrider destroys Gameleojin and embraced his new-found existence as a mean to stop Neo Shocker's evil. To keep a low profile in his search for Neo Shocker's base, Hiroshi founded the Shido Hang Glide Club with Shido.

Eventually, after Neo Shocker Plus-Alpha Bomb on Tokyo, Shido takes his leave without warning to join the Anti-Neo Shocker Committee overseas. However, Shido arranged for Hiroshi to be supported by his old friend Genjiro Tani, who happened to be a mentor to Hirsohi in the past. For the first nineteen episodes of New Kamen Rider, the hero is known as "Kamen Rider", but in the twentieth episode, Kamen Rider Stronger addresses him as "Skyrider". All of the previous Kamen Riders call him Skyrider and the Neo Shocker kaijin do so as well after episode 20. Towards the end of the series comic relief is provided by the bumbling, superhero-wannabe, GanGan G. In episode 48, Skyrider has to fight three fake Skyriders (Dororingo). As usual the evil Riders wear yellow scarves. Later on, Hiroshi meets his parents who turned out to be alive and held hostage by Neo Shocker only to sadly part with them for good. This served as a huge maturity point for him. In the finale, the Riders fought the Great Boss of Neo Shocker. The Leader and Neo Shocker itself is destroyed at the hands of Skyrider and the original seven Riders.


Skyrider appears to help Super-1.

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 Dogma Kingdom and Neo Shocker. When he seemed overwhelmed by his enemies, Rider 1 suddenly reappeared, followed by the other eight previous Riders, all alive. V3 tells Super-1 to let the battle in their hands, and soon they fight against Dogma's troops to open way for Super-1. V3 briefly faces Dogma Fighters, Gyosutoma, and 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)]


Skyrider backs up ZX against Badan.

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 nine Riders gathered in Japan to stop them.

Badan's base was located, and all ten 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. Afterwards, V3 and Rider 2 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 fail 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 of Kamen Rider 10 and soon all of the Riders part ways again to continue their battle against evil around the world. [Birth of the 10th! Kamen Riders All Together!!]

Black RX

Skyrider agrees to return to Japan.

Skyrider, 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' main forces, in Japan, still remained and they prepared a final offensive. Rider 1 called all of the Riders to a meeting in a secret facility in Arizona, to prepare for the upcoming battle, where they would go help Kamen Rider Black RX, the Kamen Rider that was defending Japan at the time. [Terror Of The 100 Eyed Hag]

Skyrider, ready to face the Crisis Empire.

The 10 Riders split into two groups, which sparred with each other. Group 1: Riders 1, 2, V3, Riderman, and X; and group 2: Amazon, Stronger, Skyrider, Super-1, and ZX. [The Four Commanders Are Banished] Before Crisis declares a public announcement regarding its invasion of Japan, the ten Riders finally leave for the final battle. [Defeated!! RX]

Skyrider introduces himself to Kohtaro Minami.

After Crisis' 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, Rider 1 arrives, blocking his attack and kicking him away. The nine Riders arrive shortly afterwards, rescuing RX and quickly escaping. Skyrider and the others introduce themselves to Kohtaro Minami. Bosgun finds them, and meeting Kohtaro and 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 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 Skyrider 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 Skyrider 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.

The Riders realize there is an impostor among their ranks.

Afterwards, Skyrider and the other Riders help evacuate the city's population and start to plan defensive measures for the next battle. However, a second Rider 1 appears during their meeting. The real Rider 1 accuses the impostor and punches it, making it reveal its true form, Harmful Nimp. The ten 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. 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. 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 Skyrider, alongside the other Riders, were assisting Kohtaro. Jark challenges Khhtaro 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]

The ten Riders bid farewell to Black RX.

Emperor Crisis calls Kohtaro for a personal meeting. However, 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. Skyrider 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 Rider 1's words, they all decide to part ways and fight evil around the world. [A Shining Tomorrow!]

All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker


To stop the fusion and destruction of the worlds, Tsukasa Kadoya (Kamen Rider Decade) announced a tournament gathering all Riders to find who was the strongest. Skyrider participated in the tournament fought against Kamen Rider Ixa, though he did not make it to the final where Decade emerged victorious. Skyrider and the other defeated Riders disappeared into a dimensional wall and were taken for dead, leading Dai-Shocker to initiate its offensive.

Eventually, 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. Skyrider marched on foot with the other Riders as 1, 2, and V3 rode in on their motorcycles. United, all the Riders proceeded to face off against Dai-Shocker's army. When Shadow Moon was thrown onto the Dai-Shocker Castle, Skyrider participated in the All Rider Kick, using his standard kick alongside the other Riders to destroy Shadow Moon and the Dai-Shocker castle.

Soon after, Dai-Shocker's final weapon, Kingdark, emerged from the ruins of the Dai-Shocker Castle and attacked. Decade was transformed into Final Form Ride Jumbo Decadriver and merged with Kamen Rider J summoned by Diend to face it. To help Decade, Skyrider, alongside the other Riders, turned into giant Kamen Ride Cards to power up the giant Decade's Final Dimension Kick, destroying Kingdark. After the battle was over, Skyrider and the other past Riders bid goodbye to Decade and his friends before leaving through a dimensional wall. [Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker]

In the manga adaptation, Skyrider fought against Kamen Rider Blade Jack Form rather than IXA.

Movie War 2010

Skyrider being chased by Decade's Final Attack Ride.

Hiroshi, along with Sohji (Kamen Rider Kabuto), formed an alliance with Kazuya Oki (Super-1) to fight against Tsukasa (Kamen Rider Decade). But they failed and were defeated by Decade and sealed away in his cards. After Decade was defeated, it is assumed that Hiroshi along with the other riders were restored in the alternate world and its riders were also restored. [Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider W & Decade: Movie War 2010]

Let's Go Kamen Riders

Skyrider as seen in Let's Go Kamen Riders.

A mishap caused by the Greeed Ankh unintentionally altered the timeline which enabled Shocker to utilize a Cell Medal to create the Shocker Greeed which defeated the Double Riders and seemingly erased the legacy of the Kamen Riders from history. In 2011, after Kamen Rider New Den-O's attempt to repair the damage, he along with Kamen Rider OOO and M-Ankh awaited execution. However, it was revealed the Double Riders had their brainwashing removed by a Shocker scientist.

The Double Riders joined with New Den-O and OOO to fight Shocker's forces, but were eventually defeated. When the order was given to kill everyone, V3 suddenly appeared, asserting that there were more than four riders. V3 was soon followed by all the other revived riders that came after him, including Skyrider, as even though Rider history was changed, the people's memories haven't changed.

After the riders were united, they faced off against Shocker's Great Leader. Later, when joined by a force of extra riders, Skyrider and all the other riders got on their motorcycles and performed the "All Rider Break", ramming into the Rock Great Leader and defeating it once and for all. [OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders]

Super Hero Taisen

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Skyrider was among the Kamen Riders caught up in the 'Super Hero Taisen' incident. He was presumably 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, Skyrider and the other Riders appeared through the dimensional wall. Skyrider then fought alongside all the other Kamen Riders and Super SentaiIcon-crosswiki.png against Dai-Shocker and Dai-Zangyack's Shocker-Zangyack Alliance. [Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen]

Kamen Rider Taisen

Sky Rider vs Fourze Rocketstates

Skyrider ambushes an exhausted Kabuto and defeats him with a Sky Flying Saucer, only to fight against Fourze in Rocketstates in a dogfight and lost.

Skyrider was later released with all the other sealed Riders by Kamen Riders Gaim and ZX. United, all 30 Kamen Riders teamed-up to take down the revived Badan Empire.

After Badan was defeated, Skyrider fought with the Showa Riders in a final showdown against the Heisei Riders. Skyrider took on Kabuto. The battle was ended when Rider 1 and Gaim reconciled on the differences of the two sides of Kamen Riders. [Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai]

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Due to the timeline alteration caused by Shocker, Skyrider became one of the brainwashed Riders in that timeline. Alongside Super-1, ZX and the Shocker Combatmen, Skyrider attacked the rebel Kamen Rider Zeronos and double agent Kamen Rider, swooping past them with his Sailing Jump. Joined by Decade, Hibiki and Agito Burning, the Shocker Riders overwhelmed Rider 3 as he allowed Mach to escape.

The next day, following the Rider Grand Prix in which Drive emerged victorious over Rider 3, who was promptly integrated into the Great Leader of Shocker's Rider Robo form, Skyrider was among the Riders who attacked the trio of Black RX, Faiz and Mach. Ultimately, the Double Riders 1 and 2 made their appearance having survived their apparent demise from within the Rider Robo, and broke Shocker's brainwashing on the fallen Riders, enabling all Riders to unite in a final battle against Shocker.

Unfortunately, Skyrider was among the Riders whose existence was erased by the Rider Robo. This fate, however, was rendered moot when the Rider Robo was finally destroyed by Shurikenjin TridoronIcon-crosswiki.png, restoring Skyrider's place in history.

Chou Super Hero Taisen

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Saber + Zenkaiger: Superhero Senki

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.

During the climatic final battle itself, he can be seen fighting alongside Red Falcon, Red Hawk and Zyuoh Eagle.

Other Appearances

Kamen Rider SD

SD Skyrider

Main article: Skyrider (SD)

SkyRider: Rather than traveling with a squad, this Kamen Rider is apparently on his own. With his ability to fly, he serves as a "lookout" for the other Kamen Riders, often carrying around a video camera and broadcasting it on "Sky Rider Television." He is last seen being knocked off of a football goal by a stray football during Grand Shocker's attack on a sports arena. Skyrider lacks a motorcycle in the movie, instead riding with Amazon on his Jungler.

Super Hero Taihen

Skyrider appears in the Super Hero TaihenIcon-crosswiki.png net movie, Super Sentai Murder Mystery! You’re the Great Detective! as one of the suspects for the murders of Shinken PinkIcon-crosswiki.png, Gosei PinkIcon-crosswiki.png, and Gokai PinkIcon-crosswiki.png, as the evidence collected suggests a "Hopper"-themed rider is behind it.

When it's revealed that net movie director Hiroyuki Kato was the murder culprit, Skyrider is seen holding a Go-Onger trioIcon-crosswiki.png Change SoulIcon-crosswiki.png and Go-On Blue'sIcon-crosswiki.png BusonIcon-crosswiki.png Engine Soul #2Icon-crosswiki.png as one of several Riders and Rangers holding Super Sentai and Kamen Rider merchandise respectively, when the Go-BustersIcon-crosswiki.png explain to the Kato that all the Riders love Super Sentai and vice versa.

Video Game appearances

Kamen Rider (FM-7)

Skyrider is the player character of the FM-7 Kamen Rider game. The game is an old text based computer RPG, as such the player must input commands via typing a command word and hitting "Enter". Players must navigate a building while fighting Neo Shocker monsters and leveling up to be able to defeat stronger enemies. Key commands in a battle are Fight to attack, do an Action or Run to flee.

Kamen Rider: The Bike Race

Skyrider appears riding Skyturbo in Kamen Rider: The Bike Race, a racing game featuring the majority of Kamen Riders and Rider Machines up to Kamen Rider Agito.

Kamen Rider: Battride War Genesis

Skyrider is among the Showa Riders who make their Battride War debut in this game. Skyrider is considered one of the most difficult characters to learn for beginners, such as to his limited ground normals are mostly followed by jumping attacks and the use of Sailing Jump Mode's playstyle. Sailing Jump Mode can be used in the air or cancel from the attack quickly and has a powerful Dash Attack as Beast Falco Mantle, but lack of Rider Cancel, Rider Glide and Guardings, as well as being vulnerable that cause Skyrider be easily juggled and revert back to his default ground playstyle.

His only finisher is the Rider Break.


Hiroshi is a skilled man who was talented in karate and hand gliding. Aside from defeating most of Neo Shocker's cyborgs, Hiroshi managed to survive being kicked by all of his predecessors at once despite being much weaker than most of them (Aside from Riderman) showing a lot of willpower. Although he is a capable fighter on land, Hiroshi seems to be a greater fighter in his domain, the sky. Neo Shocker's Abunger's analysis on Hiroshi reveals that he needs a daily intake of 100 kilocalories to maintain his body and a fifth of it is used to power his Rider Kick.



Original Skyrider

Rider Statistics:[1][2]

  • Rider Height: 180 cm
  • Rider Weight: 70 kg

Rider Senses:

  • Eyesight: Approx. 100 km[note 1]
  • Enemy Sensing: 200 m[2]

Ability Parameters:

  • Gripping Power: 0.5 t[note 2]
  • Maximum Jump Height: 30 m[2][4][note 3]
  • Maximum Jump Distance: 100 m[2]
  • Maximum Long Jump Distance: 350 m[2]
  • Maximum Flying Height: 10000 m[2][4]
  • Maximum Running Speed: 100 m per 6 seconds[note 4]
  • Maximum Flying Speed: 100 m per 0.45 seconds[note 5]

Special Attacks:

Unlike most of the original Kamen Riders who are based off of grasshoppers, Skyrider is based on a locust. As the name implies, Skyrider could fly via an ability called Sailing Jump and the first Kamen Rider who could fly. Originally Hiroshi Tsukaba said "Henshin" to transform but starting in episode 35 he says "Sky Henshin". Like Riders 1, 2, and V3, Skyrider is wind powered through his "Tornado" henshin belt.

He was able to survive being kicked by all his predecessors showing a lot of durability and willpower.

For the first 19 episodes of New Kamen Rider the hero is known as "Kamen Rider", but in episode 20 Kamen Rider Stronger addresses him as "Skyrider". All of the previous Kamen Riders call him Skyrider and the Neo Shocker kaijin do so as well after episode 20.

Appearances: 1-28

Power Up Skyrider

Power Up Skyrider

Rider Statistics:[2][6]

  • Rider Height: 180 cm
  • Rider Weight: 70 kg

Rider Senses:

Ability Parameters:

Power Up Skyrider (強化スカイライダー, Kyōka Sukairaidā), or New Skyrider (新スカイライダー, Shin Sukairaidā)[7] is a more powerful and permanent upgrade form of Skyrider. After surviving a fight with the Seven Legendary Riders by withstanding the force of their seven Rider Kicks, their combined powers upgrade Skyrider's powers and suit, changing his original dark green color to a lighter shade.

Appearances: Eight Riders VS. GingaOh, Episodes 28-54, Super-1: The Movie, Birth of the 10th! Kamen Riders All Together!!, Black RX Episodes 41-47, All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker, Let's Go Kamen Riders, Super Hero Taisen, Kamen Rider Taisen, Super Hero Taisen GP, Kamen Rider Saber + Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger: Superhero Senki


At first Skyrider has only two special combat techniques, "Sky Kick" and "Sky Punch". He also the special power, "Sky Drill", using his hand to drill through solid rock. Using his motorycle Skyturbo he can smash through walls with "Sky Break". In episode 21 Kamen Rider Stronger helps Skyrider to learn "Revolving Sky Kick". After the charge up Skyrider gains "Mid-air Sky Kick", "Gun Drop", "Sky Screw Kick", "Rider Spin", "Sky Chop", Sky Flying Saucer", "Sky Double Kick" etc.



Main article: Tornado

The Tornado (トルネード, Torunēdo) is Skyrider's transformation belt and can give off the Super Light Wave (スーパーライトウェーブ, Sūpā Raito Wēbu) from the Tornado. Skyrider can perform the Sailing Jump (セイリングジャンプ, Seiringu Janpu) flight ability using the Gravity Reduction Equipment (重力低減装置, Jūryoku Teigen Sōchi) system on his belt. Like his predecessors, this belt is powered by wind.[8] The Tornado can also emit a bright flash used in the Super Lightwave attack.


Main article: Skyturbo

The Skyturbo (スカイターボ, Sukai Tābo) is Skyrider's motorcycle and can perform the Rider Break (ライダーブレイク, Raidā Bureiku). It also features high-powered jet-boosters that are activated by a switch.

Legend Rider Devices

KamenRide: Sky Rider

KamenRide: Sky Rider (カメンライドスカイライダー, Kamenraido Sukai Raidā) is the Kamen Ride Card which contains the power of Skyrider. 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 Skyrider, and Heisei Riders into Kamen Ride cards for Decade to travel through as opposed to Final Attack Ride cards before hitting the target.

In Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Double & Decade: Movie War 2010, Decade acquires Kamen Ride Cards for all of the Kamen Riders he defeats, including Skyrider, Super-1, and J.

In theory, this card would allow Kamen Rider Decade to transform into Skyrider.

Final AttackRide: Sky Rider

Final AttackRide: Sky Rider (ファイナルアタックライドスカイライダー, Fainaru Attakuraido Sukai Raidā)

Skyrider Switch (スカイライダースイッチ, Sukairaidā Suitchi, Cross): An Astroswitch bearing the likeness of Skyrider. It is exclusive to Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbaride, where it can be used by Kamen Rider Fourze to arm him with the Skyrider Module (スカイライダーモジュール, Sukairaidā Mojūru) on his right leg. It is unknown if it has the power of artificial flight.

Skyrider Ring

This Rider Ring which bears the likeness of Skyrider is exclusive to Kamen Rider Wizard's Wizard Ring toyline. When used by a Wizardriver wearer, it would be able to summon Skyrider.

Skyrider Lockseed (スカイライダーロックシード, Sukairaidā Rokkushīdo): A Lockseed bearing the likeness of Kamen Rider Skyrider, created when Skyrider 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 Tornado while the lid backside image depicts his belt's Gravity Reduction Equipment. When inserted into a Sengoku Driver or when channeled through the Showa Rider Lockseed, it would allow an Armored Rider to assume Skyrider Arms (スカイライダーアームズ, Sukairaidā Āmuzu). It is styled for Ryugen in the toyline.

  • Transformation: Skyrider Arms: Sky, Henshin, Sail-ing Jump!
    • Squash: Sailing Jump (セイリングジャンプ, Seiringu Janpu)
    • Au Lait: Skyturbo (スカイターボ, Sukai Tābo)
    • Sparking: Big Revolving Sky Kick (大回転スカイキック, Dai Kaiten Sukai Kikku)

Behind the scenes


Hiroshi Tsukuba was portrayed by Hiroaki Murakami (村上 弘明, Murakami Hiroaki). As Skyrider, his suit actor was Tetsuya Nakayashiki (中屋敷 哲也, Nakayashiki Tetsuya).

Rider No.

As the leading Rider protagonist of Kamen Rider (Skyrider), Hiroshi Tsukuba (Skyrider) is labeled Kamen Rider #8 (仮面ライダー8号, Kamen Raidā Hachigō) and Showa Rider #8 (昭和ライダー8号, Shōwa Raidā Hachigō). [Quiz! Decade Countdown!!]


Skyrider is featured as #35 in the 1986 archive compilation video Toei 100 Great Heroes Super FightIcon-crosswiki.png.


  • Starting with episode 9 of his series, next episode trailers would be introduced by Hiroaki Murakami in character as Tsukuba, he is the only leading Rider to do this.
  • Ironically, despite being infused with the power of his predecessors, Skyrider has been observed to give a somewhat poor performance in his post-series appearances compared to his contemporaries.
  • Since Skyrider's Sky Kick originally had 500 kg power, that would mean Skyrider had one of the weakest Rider Kicks in the franchise.
  • Although Skyrider's series showed Hiroshi's parents were alive until later on, it was unknown what ever happened to Hiroshi's lost sister.
  • Skyrider is said to have 99 techniques. Despite this impressive number of abilities, only about a third of them have ever been seen or listed.
  • An error shown in Kamen Rider Taisen was that Skyrider could fire energy blasts while in the air at Kamen Rider Kabuto during their battle. This is incorrect and a fault on the writing team's part as Skyrider has never displayed or used any ranged projectile abilities. It is possible this is part of his 99 Techniques, but it has never been stated.
  • As of yet, Hiroaki Murakami is the only Showa television series Rider actor to never reprise his role in any form following the end of his starring series.
  • Initially, Toru Hirayama considered Giant Robo star Mitsunobu Kaneko for the role of Hiroshi Tsukuba but ultimately declined citing job reasons. Had he played the role, he would have been the second Kamen Rider star actor to have died, after a car wreck in 1997 ended Mitsunobu's life at age 39.
  • Though Toei officially identifies Skyrider as the first Kamen Rider with flight capabilities, this is not true. The Double Riders possess airborne powers as well[9], with V3 also being capable of flight via his Glide Mufflers[10].


Main article: Hiroshi Tsukuba/Appearances


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  8. Though in practice he is able to fly, the explanation given for the power (his transformation belt is able to "reduce gravity") suggest that he is more accurately gliding.
  9. Last Testament of the Double Riders
  10. V3's 26 Secrets!?


  1. 20 times human[3]; conversion: 8 times human = 40 km
  2. 500 kg[2]
  3. 200 m with reduced gravity[2]
  4. 60 km/h[2]
  5. 800 km/h[2][4]
  6. 500 kg[5]
  7. 30 times human[3]; conversion: 8 times human = 40 km
  8. 30 km according to one source[3]
  9. 500 kg[3]
  10. 200 m with reduced gravity[3][6]
  11. 5000 m according to one source[3]
  12. 120 km/h[3]
  13. 800 km/h[3]

See Also

Kamen Rider
Hiroshi Tsukuba
Tornado - Sky Turbo
Keitaro Shido - Midori Kanō - Yumi Nozaki - Michi Sugimura - Imata Tonda - Genjirō Tani - Numa - Aki Ozawa - Naoko Itō - Kanji Yada
The Legendary Seven Riders: Takeshi Hongo - Hayato Ichimonji - Shiro Kazami - Joji Yuki - Keisuke Jin - Daisuke Yamamoto - Shigeru Jo
Neo Shocker
Great Leader of Neo Shocker
General Monster - Admiral Majin - Galaxy King - Ari Commandos - Skull Assassination Squad - Neo Shocker Scientists - Galaxy King's Soldiers
Gameleojin - Kumonjin - Komorujin - Sasoranjin - Dokubachijin - Kinokojin - Kamagirijin - Mukadenjin - Cobranjin - Kaningerjin - Sanshojin - Namekujin - Arijigokujin - Haejigokujin - Aokabijin - Gokiburijin - Shibirayjin - Okamijin - Sai Dump - Kurageron - Kogoensky - Musasabader Brothers - Madarakajin - Suddendas - Jaguar Van - Armadig - Zogameron - Bongo - Dokuganba - Hirubiran - Gurand Bazarmy - Hikarabeeno - Obakuron - Torikabutron - Golden Jaguar - Dobunezugon - Mantle Kong - Tako Gang - Kiginger - Dragon King - Gamagiras - Uni Demon - Okappa Priest - Kuchi Yurei - Zombieda - Miminger - Doronyango - Abunger - Hebinger - Mirror Lizard - Dororingo - Zanyoju - Tagameras - Ring Bear - Commander Hebizuka