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Icon-krorig.pngThis article is about a monster in Kamen Rider, the original series.

For the version from the 2005 film re-imagination, see Spider.
For the version from the 2013 film re-imagination, see Space Man Spider.
For the version from the 2023 film re-imagination, see Man Spider (Shin Kamen Rider).

Man Spider[src] (蜘蛛男, Kumo Otoko) is a monster created by Shocker. He is a monster specializing in assassination and was responsible for kidnapping Takeshi Hongo so that Shocker could create Kamen Rider 1.

History

The creation of Kamen Rider 1

"Takeshi Hongo, you traitor! I'll stop your breath this time!"
―Man Spider, disgusted of Hongo's Shocker betrayal[src]

Man Spider was one of the monsters created by Shocker to help in the process of world domination. He was sent to kidnap Takeshi Hongo so Shocker could turn him into a super cyborg, Hongo's capture was a success and everything was going according to plan until Hiroshi Midorikawa, one of Shocker's scientists, betrayed the organization and saved Hongo, Man Spider discreetly chased the two until they reached a hideout and killed Hiroshi, in an unfortunate coincidence, Hiroshi's daughter, Ruriko Midorikawa, arrived at just this moment and believed that Hongo had killed her father, but before she could do anything, Man Spider knocked her out and kidnapped her, Hongo went into combat against the monster and several Shocker Combatmen arrived to help Man Spider kill Hongo, Hongo turned into Kamen Rider 1 and had a brief fight against the monster, which was finally defeated with a Rider Kick.The Eerie Man Spider

Creation of Gebacondor

Man Spider's portrait

A portrait of Man Spider appeared lining a wall with those of the other original four monsters (Bat Man, Scorpion Man, and Sarracenian), in a Shocker base where Gebacondor was created with the strongest traits of the past monsters defeated by Kamen Rider. The Blood-Sucking Monster Gebacondor

Resurrection and attack on Toyo Atomic Energy Research Laboratory

A revived Man Spider confronts Ken Nemoto, who would become Shocker commander Tokageron.

Later, Man Spider was resurrected alongside all of the other Shocker monsters killed by Kamen Rider 1, he received orders alongside Shinigami Chameleon to go kidnap the football player named Ken Nemoto for the plan to invade the Toyo Atomic Energy Research Laboratory could be a success, Nemoto had a brief fight against the two monsters but was easily captured by Man Spider's webs. He along with the other resurrected monsters and Tokageron launched an attack on the laboratory, but were easily overpowered by Kamen Rider 1 and killed by the explosion of the Barrier Destruction Ball of Tokageron.

Kamen Rider vs. Shocker

Man Spider also made a brief return appearance in the monster army of the Kamen Rider vs. Shocker movie but did not actually have an active participation there.


Appearances in other media

Kamen Rider Manga

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Man Spider appeared in Shotaro Ishinomori's original Kamen Rider manga, like the TV series he is the first monster to be introduced and face Hongo. His appearance is almost similar to his live-action counterpart, with the exception of his four arms.

Unlike his live-action counterpart, Man Spider actually survived his first battle with Hongo. He was rescued by fellow Shocker monster, Moray Man, who brought him back to Shocker's base where he begged the Great Leader for a second chance to defeat Hongo. After being repaired, Man Spider once again set out to hunt Hongo while being watched by Bat Man, who was under orders to execute him should he fail. Unable to defeat Hongo, Man Spider chose to end his own life out of fear.

Anime

Kamen Rider SD

SD Kumo Otoko.

Main article: Kumo-Otoko (SD)

Kumo-Otoko: A member of Grand Shocker. The very first monster to ever appear in Kamen Rider is the main villain whom RX is fighting against in this animated short. He kidnaps Michiru and brainwashes her, and sets a trap for Black RX. He is weakened by the other Riders just in time for Black RX to destroy him.

Video Games

Kamen Rider Club

Man Spider appears among the monsters of Shocker which is fought by the six Kamen Riders 1, 2, V3, X, Amazon, and Stronger in Kamen Rider Club.

Kamen Rider on Super Famicom

Man Spider is among the Shocker enemies in the Super Famicom Kamen Rider game.

Kamen Rider on PlayStation

Kumo Otoko Saikyo Kaijin Form.

Kumo Otoko is one of several Shocker and Gel Shocker monsters that appear in the PlayStation Kamen Rider video game. They are fought by the player in the "Kamen Rider Story". In the "Shocker Story" players play as Shocker monsters 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.

All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation 2

Man Spider in All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation 2.

Man Spider appears as a monster in the video game All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation 2.

Personality

Man Spider is a loyal member of Shocker capturing Takeshi Hongo for getting more members for the organization and killing Doctor Midorikawa for helping Hongo escape and defecting Shocker.

Powers and Abilities

Man Spider

Statistics[1]

  • Height: 198 cm
  • Weight: 94 kg

Man Spider[src] (蜘蛛男, Kumo Otoko) has heightened strength and agility, enabling him to accomplish jobs like assassinations and abductions.

Abilities
  • Webs: Man Spider can shoot webs to trap his opponents and to use as a climbing rope, these webs were originally white but turned yellow after resurrection.
  • Darts: Man Spider can fire darts from the mouth, these darts can liquefy an entire human in seconds.
  • Spider Trackers: Man Spider can control Spider Trackers that chase opponents and send information to Man Spider's base.
  • Super Jump: Man Spider is capable of jumping much higher than an average human.
Arsenal
  • Stick: After being resurrected, Man Spider gained the ability to fight with a stick that is commonly used by Shocker Combatmen.

Appearances: Kamen Rider Episodes 1, 11 (portrait), 13, Kamen Rider X Episode 27 (archive footage only), Kamen Rider 1 Through RX: Big Gathering (archive footage only)

Behind the Scenes

Portrayal

Man Spider was voiced by Ryūji Saikachi (槐 柳二, Saikachi Ryūji) and portrayed by an unidentified suit actor.

Legacy

Man Spider holds the status of being the first monster in the entire Kamen Rider franchise. As a result, he and the second Shocker Inhumanoid, Bat Man, are often referenced by the first monsters created or encountered in many later series sharing the same animal motifs. In these cases, the spider-based monster is the first to be encountered, while the bat-based monster appears second or alongside the spider monster. Together with Cobra Man, the first monster to attain a stronger form, the spider, bat, and cobra form a trio of reoocurring monster motifs.

First monsters who are spider-based include:

Spider monsters that are not first but still appear very early in a series:

Additionally, some spider-based Kamen Riders form a spider-bat-cobra trio:

The Other Spider-Man

Man Spider is not to be confused with the Marvel Comics character with a similar name or the tokusatsu versionIcon-crosswiki.png of that character.

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