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"No matter how many times you reset them, Roidmudes make the same bad decisions. So, aside from me, Heart and a chosen few, it would be more pragmatic to dispose them."
―Medic's explanation for this division's existence.[src]

The Reaper Legion (死神軍団 Shinigami Gundan), alternatively known as Reaper Units (死神部隊 Shinigami Butai), was a division of remodeled and mid-evolved Low-Class Roidmudes of any type who perform the duty of a Reaper to eliminate unruly and/or rogue Roidmudes, replacing Mashin Chaser after Medic altered his base program to defend Roidmudes, followed by his defection to the humanity. All of them were led by Medic, and later Kamen Rider Gold Drive after she was rendered "mindless" by said Rider's programming. The alterations also adorned them with capes and allowed them to receive cockroach-like attributes.

Ultimately, a total of 24 Roidmudes, amounting to two ninths of the 108, were modified to join the Reaper Legion.

History

The Reaper Legion was first put to action with 044 and 094 being sent to eliminate 072, a Roidmude who copied Kyu Saijo from the Special Investigation Unit, fighting Kamen Riders Drive and Mach along the way. After expressing his wish to live in peace with humans, 072 was personally terminated by Medic, who proceeded to condemn her two Reapers to destruction as well, using them as shields against a rageful Drive Type Dead Heat Flare's Dead Heat Drop Full Throttle. When Did Kyu Saijo Become a Roidmude?

A second division of the Reaper Legion was soon formed with the memberships of 034054, 104, with 104 being terminated by Kamen Rider Mach's Signal Kaksarn-powered Beat Macher soon after Medic, 034, and 054 abandoned him. What Can Be Spoken About the Irregular Dead? While Drive was still recovering from the whiplash Type Formula gave him, Kamen Rider Mach fought the remaining two Reaper Legionnaires when Medic picked up Chase when he was starting to revert back into his old Grim Reaper self, destroying them with a Heat Kick Macher. How Can I Use the F1 Body to Fight?

Roidmude 001 requested the services of a couple of Reaper Units, with Medic providing him with 028, who had previously appeared by the disguised 001's side What Really Happened to the Robbery Event?, and 092. Appearing in human form as aides of 001's persona, National Bureau of Defense secretary "Soichi Makage", they backed him up when Shinnosuke confronted "Makage" having realised his true identity. Assuming their true forms, the Reapers attacked Shinnosuke who, having came without Mr. Belt, was at a disadvantage until Chase, formerly the original Reaper of the Roidmudes, arrived to deal with his successors. Transforming into Kamen Rider Chaser and taking the fight outside, Chase soon destroyed the Roidmudes with the Across Breaker. Why Did the Important Memories Disappear?

Medic later had the Reaper 041 accompany her when she interrupted Drive Type Tridoron's attack on the Cook Roidmude, making him the latest test subject for her "Super Evolution Experiment". With Medic using Cook's golden sauce, Honfleur's Dusk on him, he began to go haywire and burst with flames. When he tried to sacrifice himself to let Cook finish both Drive and himself, Heart blocked both attempts, then placed his hand on 041, soothing and stabilizing the effects of the sauce on him. Who is Aiming for the Ultimate Taste?

041 was later summoned by Medic alongside 045 to intercept Kamen Rider Chaser who was pursuing Cook on his Ride Chaser, initally overwhelming Chaser before Drive Type Formula arrive to even the odds. They were soon joined by Cook, whose fighting capability was enhanced by Medic after they gave her the perfected Honfleur's Dusk. With Deadheat Mach arriving as well, determining that the Honfleur's Dusk was important to Medic after she changed the scene of battle, the three Kamen Riders rallied with Deadheat Mach going into controlled Burst Mode while Drive became Type Tridoron. With Drive facing Cook as well as Medic, Mach and Chaser took on the Reapers each, beating back 045 and 041 respectively before the two Riders performed their respective Full Throttles to destroy the Reapers, starting with Chaser assaulting them with his Across Breaker before Deadheat Mach finished them off with his Heat Kick Macher. Why is the Devil Still Seeking Evolution?

Having taken command of the remaining Roidmudes after achieving his Gold Drive form, Tenjuro Banno sent a trio of Reapers consisting of 013, 022, and 080 to accompany Medic, who he had brainwashed, in hunting Brain so he could complete the Promised Number, brutalizing 013 when he arrived with news of Brain's location late. Alongside the Super Evolved Medic, they attacked Brain, disguised as a van driver, who reassumed his own Super Evolved State to resist before help arrived in the form of the three Kamen Riders: Drive (Type Technic), Deadheat Mach, and Chaser. Facing the Reapers as Medic and Brain fought evenly matched, the Riders soon enough defeated them, respectively beating back 022, 013 and 080 before finishing them off with the Frostreamer, Zenrin Shooter amplified by Burst Mode, and Shift Max Flare in the Break Gunner. With her back-up gone, Medic promptly left but not before telling Brain that she would be back to take him to the Promised Land. When Will the Second Global Freeze Start?

Medic would later send another trio of Reapers consisting of 021, 032, and 083 to corner Brain while heading for the Promised Land, which was supposedly a lakeside. The Reapers keep the Kamen Riders at bay to activate the Sigma Circular with enough energy for a second Global Freeze, but with Medic being the sacrifice to avoid the Sigma Circular from overloading, the Reaper trio refuses to help her since they were actually made to serve only Gold Drive. This triggers Brain's do-or-die move of transferring the evil chip to his own body, sacrificing himself in the process. The Reaper Trio then continues their assault on the Kamen Riders but were eventually destroyed by Chaser's Across Breaker.Who Loves Heart the Most?

The rest of the Reaper Legion are now gathered at the place Gold Drive calls "The Promised Land", the SSDC main building. The first trio, now under Gold Drive's wing, are sent to destroy the Drive Pit to ensure a second "true" worldwide Global Freeze without resistance. This triggers the appearances of the Kamen Riders who would then proceed to destroy the Reapers with their triple SpeeDrop. The second trio, also under Gold Drive's wing, demonstrated their Heavy Acceleration on three helpless humans, turning them into data for the Sigma Circular's awakening, as it was Gold Drive's plan to ensure a true second worldwide Global Freeze where any who resist are denied a physical form. This enrages the Riders, now with help from Heart and Medic, as they aim to not only kill Gold Drive but also destroy Sigma before its awakening is complete. As the Kamen Riders fight the second Reaper Legion trio, Heart, Medic, and Drive head upstairs for Sigma, while Mach and Chaser fight Gold Drive and the Reapers. These Reapers are eventually destroyed by Chaser's Across Breaker.What is a Roidmude's Last Dream?

The last trio of the Reapers are sent by Gold Drive once again to keep the Riders at bay for the second Global Freeze, but their bodies were destroyed by the combined efforts of Drive, Heart, and Medic. And while Medic attempts to recover their Cores, they are helpless and are destroyed instead, hinting is as some sort of a trap set up by Gold Drive.Why Must They Fight?

Notable members

Ultimately, a total of nine Cobra-Type Roidmudes were modified to join the Reaper Legion.

Ultimately, a total of nine Spider-Type Roidmudes were modified to join the Reaper Legion.

Ultimately, a total of seven Bat-Type Roidmudes were modified to join the Reaper Legion.

Gallery

Powers and Abilities

Heavy Acceleration
The signature ability of the Roidmude is to somehow slow down the movement of surrounding objects', including that of humans, with their unaffected consciousness aware of their impass during this time. One can be protected by the Heavy Acceleration effect by carrying Shift Cars or Signal Bikes on their person.
Advanced Camouflage
Roidmudes can generate disguises through film-layers around their body that function similar to the cerebral cortex.
Energy Attack
Low-Class Roidmudes all have machine-gun-like fingers from which they can fire energy bullets. This feature is forsaken for greater power upon evolution into an Advanced Roidmude.
Data Mimicry
Roidmudes can transform their bodies into data to travel within the electricity/cyberspace while in their Core modes. They can as well temporarily morph their bodies into data to easily phase through solid objects.
Enhanced Combat Capability
After modifications made by Medic, their combat capabilities arise, which make them stronger than other Low-Class Roidmudes.
Superhuman Jump
Reaper Legion Roidmudes can jump in a greater height.
Acceleration
Reaper Legion Roidmudes can run in a blinding speed.
Talons
Certain Reapers wield a set of talons on their right hands.
Arm Cannon
Certain Reapers wield a huge arm cannon on their right hands.
Roidmude Core Elimination
According to Medic, members of Reaper Legion can eliminate any Roidmude's Core.

Arsenal

Hell Scythe (ヘルサイス Heru Saisu)
A scythe used for combat.

Behind the scenes

Conception

Roidmude Reaper (093) Early Design

Concept art of 093, a member of the Reaper Legion

Reaper Roidmudes were designed by Takayuki Takeya, who designed all of the Roidmudes in Kamen Rider Drive.

Notes

  • Costumes for Roidmudes who wielded sharp talons and arm cannons were recycled/replicated from Roidmude 096 and Roidmude 005's suit respectively.
  • Given that nine of the Reaper Legionnaires seem to have their numbers associated with the digit number 4, it is likely their codes are common references to tetraphobia, a superstition most common in East Asian and Southeast Asian regions due to the word for "four" (四 Sì) sounding similar to the word for "death" (死 Sǐ).
    • Their cockroach motif is a reference to katsaridaphobia, the fear of cockroaches.
    • It is possible that the appearance of more battalions without the digit number 4 is due to the decreasing Roidmude with said number, forcing them to be recruited.

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