|This article is about a/an monster in Kamen Rider, the original series.|
Scorpion Man (さそり男 Sasori Otoko, 3, 13, Rider vs Shocker & Super Hero Taisen) (a.k.a. Scorpion Human (さそり人間 Sasori Ningen)) - A scorpion monster, originally known as Goro Hayase (早濑 五郎 Hayase Goro) (best friend of Takeshi Hongo) who uses his old identity to approach and attack Hongo.
Goro Hayase was Hongo's rival in racing, who became entirely consumed by his rivalry. At some point, he joined Shocker and became a monster to have a chance at surpassing and killing Hongo.
As Scorpion Man, he pursued and killed people who attempted to escape from Shocker. Meanwhile, as Hayase, he approached Hongo, seemingly to help against the organization, but actually working to have his chance at revenge. However, once he revealed his identity as the very same Scorpion Man they were searching for, he couldn't defeat Kamen Rider in direct combat. He was destroyed by Kamen Rider 1's Rider Scissors attack.
Scorpion Man was later resurrected by Shocker as part of the Revived Monster Army and faced Kamen Rider 1 again, but Hongo fought without hesitation and easily beat him in their second battle. He was destroyed afterward by the detonation of Lizardlon's special bomb. Scorpion Man also made a brief return appearance in the crowd shot of the monster army of the Kamen Rider vs. Shocker movie, but did not actually have an active participation there, never actually reappearing after the initial group shot.
Super Hero Taisen
Scorpion Man was revived as part of Dai-Shocker in the Super Hero Taisen incident, led by Tsukasa Kadoya/Kamen Rider Decade, rivaling Captain Marvelous/Gokai Red and Dai-Zangyack. However, Rider Hunter Silva of Dai-Zangyack and Doktor G of Dai-Shocker overthrew their respective leaders and joined forces to destroy the Kamen Riders and Super Sentai. The two evil organizations united and faced off against the combined forces of the Super Sentai and Kamen Riders. During the final battle, Scorpion Man was killed by Kamen Rider OOO's finishing attack with his Medajalibur, the OOO Bash along with Hades God Dagon, Ghoster, and Isoginjaguar.
Super Hero Taisen Z
Scorpion Man was one of the monsters in a Space Shocker force led by Space Spider Man which attempted to capture Psycholon, clashing with the Go-Busters for it. Later on, that group faced a combination of Kamen Riders and Super Sentai teams that came to back up Kamen Rider Beast. Scorpion Man was last seen when he was attacked by Kamen Rider Hibiki, who used his Ongekibou Rekka on him.
Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai
Scorpion Man returned to the world of the living as part of the Kingdom of the Dead, the Badan Empire, during the final battle. He is briefly seen among the initial crowd surrounding the Riders and facing his old rival Kamen Rider 1 at the beginning of the final battle.
Appearances in other media
Kamen Rider SD OVA
- Main article: Scorpion Man (SD)
Scorpion Man was the first villain seen in the short Kamen Rider SD: Strange!? Kumo Otoko. In his secret pyramid base, after expositing about how his new army of monsters would take over the world, he commands the GranShocker troops to activate the machine that would bring them to life, only to be foiled by the arrival of the Battle Riders.
As the base gets demolished, Kamen Rider Black RX activates his Revolcane and slashes Scorpion Man. As his body gets engulfed in flames before he dies, he declares that the Riders haven't won and that GranShocker will live forever before exploding.
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Powers and Abilities
Scorpion Man has the ability to quickly burrow underground. He can roll fast enough to confuse enemies. His physical abilities were inferior to Rider 1's initial power, and after his later training and progression, he is even weaker in comparison, being completely unable to keep up with him during their later battles.
Scorpion Man controls an army of robotic scorpions that release corrosive acid and is able to use his pincer as a weapon.
Behind the Scenes
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- Scorpion Man was featured in the "monster gallery" accompanying the opening narration, following the opening sequence, from episodes 5 to 13.
- A portrait of Scorpion Man appeared lining a wall with those of the other original four monsters (Spider Man, Bat Man, and Sarracenian), in a Shocker base where Gebacondor was created with the strongest traits of the past monsters defeated by Kamen Rider.
- Since the full trope of what a Rider has not been established at this point, Scorpion Man could be considered the first Rider-like character who gains power for the sake of defeating the Rider, due to modifying his body and keeping his free will other than his desire for vengeance; possibly inspiring similar actual Riders later like Kaito Kumon.
- Dokusasori Otoko (Poison Scorpion Man), a similar Shocker kaijin that appeared in Ultraman vs. Kamen Rider
- Kamen Rider
- Kamen Rider X
- Episode 27: Special Edition, Full Force of Five Riders!! (archive footage only)
- Kamen Rider 1 Through RX: Big Gathering (archive footage only)
- Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen
- Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z
- Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai