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Icon-kuuga.png This article is about a rider in Kamen Rider Kuuga.

For the Manga version, see Riku (2015 manga).

Riku (リク) was born long ago to the nature-loving and peaceful Rinto (リント, Rinto) Tribe and was chosen to become the Ancient Rinto Warrior known as Kuuga (クウガ, Kūga) to defend them against the bloodthirsty Gurongi Tribe (グロンギ族, Gurongi Zoku).

Biography

Riku sealing Daguva and himself.

The peaceful Rinto Tribe lived their days coexisting with nature. One day, the tribe Shamans predicted a great darkness approaching and chose Riku to become their defender against the Gurongi Tribe, who have gained beast-like powers after their weapons smith made weapons out of the Amadam meteorite.

Riku's Sarcophagus and Daguva's Seal

A mummified Riku

After Riku defeats every Gurongi attacking his tribe, Daguva confronted him. Riku managed to defeat Daguva with the help of Gouram (in the form of the Horse Armor). He sealed Daguva and the rest of his tribe using his own power and the Amadam's until the year 2000 when a group of archaeologists found and disturbed his sarcophagus, accidentally undoing the seal. Although it was said that his body was destroyed by Daguva, it was revealed in Episode 39 that he was still alive around the time the Gurongi revived.




Forms

The Ancient Rinto Kuuga had four base forms that he relied on. His armor, eyes, as well as the Amadam Core on his belt would change color depending on the form. Like the Go-Gurongi, Kuuga can alter any item he has into a weapon by temporarily changing its atomic structure.

Unlike his successor Yusuke Godai, Riku never gained access to Kuuga's upgraded forms, having received no means of attaining them. While he likely did have the means of using Kuuga Ultimate Form, Riku's version would have likely been uncontrollable, hence why he chose never to use it.

It is unknown if he ever had a Growing Form, as Xu·Gmun·Ba expressed surprise when the future Kuuga showed said form.

Mighty Form

Mighty Form

Rider Statistics:[1]

  • Rider Height: 198 cm
  • Rider Weight: 98 kg

Rider Senses:[1]

  • Eyesight: Several 10 times human
  • Hearing: Several 10 times human

Ability Parameters:[1]

  • Punching Power: 3 t
  • Kicking Power: 10 t
  • Maximum Jump Height: 15 m
  • Maximum Running Speed: 100 m per 5.2 seconds

Mighty Form (マイティフォーム, Maiti Fōmu) is Kuuga's red main form. It is the most balanced out of all of his standard forms, and is thus his most used form. Unlike his other forms, it has no personal weapon, instead opting for hand-to-hand combat.

In this form, Kuuga uses the "Mighty Kick" (マイティキック, Maiti Kikku), a long running kick which leaves his mark on his target, causing them to explode.

Appearances: Kamen Rider Kuuga Edition: Odyssey


Dragon Form

Dragon Form

Rider Statistics:[1]

  • Rider Height: 198 cm
  • Rider Weight: 90 kg

Rider Senses:[1]

  • Eyesight: Several 10 times human
  • Hearing: Several 10 times human

Ability Parameters:[1]

  • Punching Power: 1 t
  • Kicking Power: 3 t
  • Maximum Jump Height: 30 m
  • Maximum Running Speed: 100 m per 3 seconds

Dragon Form (ドラゴンフォーム, Doragon Fōmu) Kuuga's agile blue form. While it is physically weaker than any of his other forms, it is much faster and can leap incredible heights. To make up for its weakness, Dragon Form can transform any pole into the Dragon Rod (ドラゴンロッド, Doragon Roddo) to use as a staff weapon.

Kuuga's finishing move in this form is the Splash Dragon (スプラッシュドラゴン, Supurasshu Doragon), an aerial thrust attack to the torso. This can be in the form of a simple thrust or tossing the Dragon Rod at the target.

Appearances: Kamen Rider Kuuga Edition: Odyssey


Pegasus Form

Pegasus Form

Rider Statistics:[1]

  • Rider Height: 198 cm
  • Rider Weight: 98 kg

Rider Senses:[1]

  • Eyesight: Several 1000 times human
  • Hearing: Several 1000 times human

Ability Parameters:[1]

  • Punching Power: 1 t
  • Kicking Power: 3 t
  • Maximum Jump Height: 15 m
  • Maximum Running Speed: 100 m per 5.2 seconds

Pegasus Form (ペガサスフォーム, Pegasasu Fōmu) is Kuuga's green sniper form with massively boosted senses, enabling him to see, hit and hear his opponents with deadly precision. This extreme sensory stimulation is overwhelming to Kuuga, preventing him from using this form for more than 50 seconds without being transformed into Growing Form and made unable to transform again for 2 hours. Pegasus Form can transform any gun-like object into the Pegasus Bowgun (ペガサスボウガン, Pegasasu Bōgan), a powerful crossbow. While Yusuke can transform any gun-like object into Pegasus Bowgun, it is unknown what Riku used in his era, considering any fire arms are not created yet at the time.

With the Pegasus Bowgun, Kuuga performs the "Blast Pegasus" (ブラストペガサス, Burasuto Pegasasu), an arrow shot from the Bowgun after pulling the hammer back to the fullest length.

Appearances: Kamen Rider Kuuga Edition: Odyssey


Titan Form

Titan Form

Rider Statistics:[1]

  • Rider Height: 198 cm
  • Rider Weight: 111 kg

Rider Senses:[1]

  • Eyesight: Several 10 times human
  • Hearing: Several 10 times human

Ability Parameters:[1]

  • Punching Power: 7 t
  • Kicking Power: 10 t
  • Maximum Jump Height: 10 m
  • Maximum Running Speed: 100 m per 7.2 seconds

Titan Form (タイタンフォーム, Taitan Fōmu) is Kuuga's purple Herculean form - it sacrifices speed for incredible durability and strength. Titan Form can endure enemy attacks long enough to approach opponents with the Titan Sword (タイタンソード, Taitan Sōdo), summoned from certain pole objects, normally the control handle of his bike.

Titan Form's finishing move is the "Calamity Titan" (カラミティタイタン, Karamiti Taitan), a powerful sword thrust wherein Kuuga twists the blade as it is impaled.

Appearances: Kamen Rider Kuuga Edition: Odyssey


Equipment

Devices

Weapons

Vehicles

  • Horse
  • Gouram - Mechanical beetle

Behind the scenes

Portrayal

Riku is portrayed by Kenji Tominaga (富永 研司, Tominaga Kenji), who also portrays the Rider in-suit throughout the series.

Notes

  • Considering how many of Yusuke Godai's victories against the Gurongi tribe came from assistance by the police and access to Kuuga's upgraded forms, Riku's victory against them in the distant past is highly questionable, as he apparently had no means of combating them aside from Kuuga's most basic powers and arsenal.
    • Theoretically, it is possible that Riku had used some alternate method to defeat them, in that he had sealed away the entire tribe at the cost of his own freedom, rather than engaging in direct combat like Godai did.
    • Furthermore, the Gurongi tribe itself hints several times that their powers had grown since their initial defeat, noting both Kuuga and humanity have become stronger like they have.

Appearances

References

See also

Icon-kuuga.png Kamen Rider Kuuga
Kamen Rider Kuuga
Riku - Yusuke Godai - Mika Natsume (Novel Only)
Rider Gear
Arcle - Amadam - Gouram - TryChaser 2000 - BeatChaser 2000 - Dragon Rod - Pegasus Bowgun - Titan Sword - Mighty Anklet
Tokyo Police Department
Kaoru Ichijo - Hikari Enokida - Sadao Matsukura - Morimichi Sugita - Tsuyoshi Sakurai - Nozomi Sasayama
Other Allies and Characters
Sakurako Sawatari - Minori Godai - Shuichi Tsubaki - Tamasaburo Kazari - Nana Asahina - Jean Michel Sorrel - Mika Natsume - Shoji Kanzaki - Junichi Chono
Gurongi
N·Daguva·Zeba
Nu·Zajio·Re
La Group

La·Balva·De - La·Doldo·Gu

Xu Group

Xu·Gmun·Ba - Xu·Goma·Gu - Xu·Mevio·Da - Xu·Vazuu·Ba - Xu·Zain·Da

Me Group

Me·Vagis·Ba - Me·Geega·Gi - Me·Byran·Gi - Me·Garido·Gi - Me·Gadra·Da - Me·Ginoga·De - Me·Galme·Re - Me·Garima·Ba

Go Group

Go·Buuro·Gu - Go·Bemiu·Gi - Go·Gamego·Re - Go·Badaa·Ba - Go·Jalaji·Da - Go·Zazalu·Ba - Go·Jaaza·Gi - Go·Babel·Da - Go·Gadol·Ba

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