|This article is about a villain in the TV special Birth of the 10th! Kamen Riders All Together!!.|
Kurayami Taishi (暗闇大使, Kurayami Taishi) is the leader of the Badan Empire and the brother of Jigoku Taishi of the Shocker organization. He is a maniacal man who is hellbent on getting what he wants. He was the one that ordered Ryo Murasame's plane to be shot down, thus killing his elder sister. Destroyed by Kamen Rider ZX's ZX Kick.
In the magazine, he was transformed into Southerngros (サザングロス, Sazan Kurosu) who is a horned gastropod-like monster. In this form he could use his electromagnetic hip and left hand claw as well as a snail shell armed with cannons capable of destroying buildings.
Kamen Rider Taisen
Ryo/ZX disguised himself as his arch-enemy to find out what the Badan Empire was up to. Once all the Riders are defeated and turned into Lockseeds, leaving Gaim as the sole survivor, Ryo finally reveals his cover in front of the Empire and Gaim, as he transformed to ZX to help Gaim battle the Empire after the two last surviving Riders from each side released/revived the sealed Riders from the Lockseed seals.
Kurayami Taishi turned his body into mechanicals.
The nominal leader of the Badan Empire and younger cousin of Jigoku Taishi of Shocker, as opposed to the TV Special in which they are twins. The two brothers were once known as General Damon and Colonel Gamon, who fought for the independence of a small Southeast Asian nation later christened "Gamon" after the supposedly deceased Colonel, who in fact joined Badan. Far more powerful than his brother, Kurayami Taishi cannot be killed by physical means, and can regenerate wounds as grievous as being cut in half in a short period of time.
Kamen Rider SD
- Main article: Kurayami Taishi (SD)
- Main article: Jigoku Taishi#Kurayami Taishi
Behind the scenes
In Birth of the 10th! Kamen Riders All Together!!, Kurayami Taishi was portrayed by Kenji Ushio (潮 健二, Ushio Kenji), who also played Jigoku Taishi. In Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai, he is portrayed by Ryo Murasame's actor, Shun Sugata (菅田 俊, Sugata Shun).
Relationship with Jigoku Taishi
There is some dispute as to how Kurayami Taishi and Jigoku Taishi are related. Birth of the 10th! Kamen Riders All Together!! says that Darkness is Hell's twin brother, while in the manga Kamen Rider Spirits, gives an alternate version of the story of ZX, saying they are cousins.
While Darkness and Hell's natural forms are very similar, down to being played by the same actor, their monster forms are completely different.
- In Kamen Rider Taisen, Kurayami Taishi' suit (all while he was a disguised Ryo Murasame) was recycled from Jigoku Taishi in Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker (2009). It would later be used for Jigoku Taishi again in Kamen Rider 1 (2016).
- Kurayami Taishi' Southerngros form had redesigned as a mobile space base with cannons in S.I.C. Hero Saga.(It is an in-joke made by the S.I.C. Hero Saga crew that it look a lot like a piece of feces while the 10 Kamen Riders stand on it, referring to the coprophagia.)
- Badan Greeed, the Greeed embodiment of the Badan Empire made in the image of Kurayami Taishi among the Spacetime Rupture System.
- Birth of the 10th! Kamen Riders All Together!!
- Kamen Rider ZX (TV Land manga)
- Kamen Rider 1 Through RX: Big Gathering (archive footage only)
- Kamen Rider Spirits
- Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai (fake only)
- Kamen Rider ZX: Dragon Road
- Kamen Rider Wizard in Magic Land