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The Shocker Combatmen (ショッカー戦闘員 Shokkā Sentōin, 1-80) are troopers used by Shocker in their goal for world domination. While some are slightly modified humans, others are said to be creations of the Great Leader who are not really alive but puppets that follow every command of him. They are powerful enough to defeat an average human but are not as strong as trained personnel like Kazuya Taki. Shocker Combatmen also appear in the Kamen Rider Decade series and movies, along with the Let's Go Kamen Riders movie.
The first brand of Shocker Combatmen were people dressed in black clothing and berets with red scarves and a belt with Shocker's insignia. As the series moved on new types were introduced. When the Shocker kaijin Saboteguron arrived the iconic image of Shocker soldiers still seen today, people dressed in black clothes and wearing gray makeup, wearing masks similar to lucha libre fighters, that have an insignia on the forehead, while the more elite Combatmen had red designs to their normal black clothes. The most recognizable costumes are the Combatmen in black clothes with white spine and ribcage designs on the shirt and a mask with the Shocker emblem.
All Shocker Combatmen give out a "Yee!" cry, which is usually the most they say. They also occasionally use this cry with the "Sieg Heil" salute used by WWII Nazis. Dai-Shocker and Super Shocker's Combatmen have the special ability to transform into missiles to attack enemies.
- Main article: Gel-Shocker Combatmen
When Shocker merged with Geldam to become Gel-Shocker, the Shocker Combatmen were replaced by the Gel-Shocker Combatmen (ゲルショッカー戦闘員 Geru Shokkā Sentōin). They wore bright purple and yellow costumes, covering their entire bodies from head to toe. Aside from the Shocker Combatmen's standard disguise abilities, they were also capable of traveling from one place to another by transforming into sheets that would drop down onto unsuspecting victims and turning themselves invisible. This version of Combatmen also were physically superior to their predecessors, able to take more blunt violent abuse without lowering combat performance.
- Main article: Dai-Shocker Combatmen
The Dai-Shocker Combatmen (大ショッカー戦闘員 Dai Shokkā Sentōin) are footsoldiers of Dai-Shocker, resembling the Shocker Combatmen and tending to scream out "Yeee" (イーッ Ī). They are able to assume missile-like forms.
Super Shocker Combatmen
- Main article: Super Shocker Combatmen
The Super Shocker Combatmen (スーパーショッカー戦闘員 Sūpā Shokkā Sentōin) are remodeled versions of the Dai-Shocker's footsoldiers, resembling the Shocker Combatmen and tending to scream out "Yeee" (イーッ Ī). Like the Dai-Shocker Combatmen they are also able to assume missile-like forms.
The product of Sendo's desire for like-minded allies to defeat the Kamen Riders, the Combatman Yummy (戦闘員ヤミー Sentōin Yamī) based on the grunts from past villainous groups who fought against Kamen Riders, whom Sendo refers to as the "past generation combatmen" (歴代戦闘員 Rekidai Sentōin). The Combatmen Yummy include, among many others, the Shocker Combatmen Yummy (ショッカー戦闘員ヤミー Shokkā Sentōin Yamī), consisting of an initial male trio and a pair of red-scarved female Combatmen who stay behind and ultimately "go home".
Space Shocker Combatmen
- Main article: Space Shocker Combatmen
The Space Shocker Combatmen (スペースショッカー戦闘員 Supēsu Shokkā Sentōin) are remodeled versions of the Dai-Shocker's footsoldiers, resembling the Shocker Combatmen and tending to scream out "Yeee" (イーッ Ī).
Kamen Rider OOO
In episodes 27 and 28 of Kamen Rider OOO (which were incidentally the 999th and 1000th Kamen Rider episodes), a Shocker Combatman named In Sendo appeared who had a long grudge against the Kamen Riders for always defeating his comrades. But he was not entirely evil as he saved Eiji Hino from falling crates and later realized he was only being used as a pawn by Kazari to create the Ika-Jaguar Yummy. The soldier's desire for strength in numbers allowed the Yummy to duplicate itself into a small army of various combatmen, but he became disillusioned upon discovering that these were merely made of medals.
Kamen Rider Fourze
A trio of Shocker Combatmen were seen fighting Rider 1 in old recorded video footage that Tomoko Nozama found on the internet, along with other clips of past Kamen Riders, who are now known as urban legends.
Underground Empire Badan
The Shocker Combatmen served as a secondary foot soldier force for the Underground Empire Badan. They were all defeated by the 15 Heisei Riders and 15 Showa Riders when they united to take down Badan.
History Modifying Machine
Ninninger Vs. Drive
A force of Shocker Combatmen fought alongside a batch of Hitokarage as part of a combined Shocker/Roidmude/Yokai army led by Shocker Buruburu/"Doctor D" with Roidmude 076. They were ultimately all destroyed by the combined power of Kamen Riders Drive and Mach alongside the Ninningers.
Super Hero Taisen GP: Kamen Rider 3
A near-endless force of Shocker Combatmen span the globe in a rewritten history created by Shocker's History Modifying Machine. They are part of the Shocker army which is destroyed in the final battle with the Kamen Riders.
D-Video Special: Kamen Rider 4
In the resulting twisted timeline of time loops, the Shocker Combatmen served as pilots of the Shocker Air Force, led by Kamen Rider 4 in his Sky Cyclone, which were all destroyed by Booster Tridoron and Zero-Liner.
Reviving Ambassador Hell
Spring Vacation Combining Hero Festival
A pack of Shocker Combatmen were called by Yamaarashi-Roid, who was working to revive Ambassador Hell, to back him up against Takeru Tenkuji and Yamato Kazakiri, only to be destroyed by Ghost Grateful Damashii and Zyuoh Eagle's respective swords.
Kamen Rider 1
Chou Super Hero Taisen
A pack of Shocker Combatmen were among the Shocker army of the Game World led by Shocker Leader III, the boss of the Chou Shocker Taisen bonus stage. The army was ultimately wiped out by a combined force of Kamen Riders and Sentai Rangers.
Kamen Sentai Gorider
Combatmen were part of the endlessly reviving army of Shocker in the amusement park Game World. Emerging as a result of Kuroto Dan's plot to revive himself, they would persistantly attack, no matter how many times defeated, the Kamen Riders he had gathered for this purpose. Once the Game World was destroyed by Kazuma Kenzaki's Joker Undead power, the Shocker army was assembled one last time under Kamen Rider Genm Zombie Gamer and Totema, but was ultimately wiped out by Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Maximum Gamer Level 99 and the second Kamen Sentai Gorider.
Appearances in other media
Kamen Rider Manga
The Shocker Combatmen appeared in Shotaro Ishinomori's original Kamen Rider manga. Unlike their live-action counterpart, they wear helmets partially concealing their faces and are equipped with machine guns.
Kamen Rider The First & The Next
- Main article: Shocker Combatmen (reboot)
The Shocker Combatmen appear in both reboot films Kamen Rider The First and Kamen Rider The Next, serving as Shocker's henchmen. They wear black clothes with white ribcage design, similar to their original TV series counter part in addition to their gas masks.
Kamen Rider Club
Kamen Rider on Super Famicom
The Shocker Combatmen appear as grunts in Super Famicom Kamen Rider game.
Kamen Rider on PlayStation
The Shocker Combatmen, along with Gel-Shocker Combatmen, appear in the PlayStation Kamen Rider video game. A group of six Combatmen are fought by the player in the "Kamen Rider Story" before fighting a Shocker or Gel-Shocker kaijin. In the "Shocker Story" where you play as a kaijin, you can upgrade to Saikyō Kaijin with the ability to summon six Combatmen or 3 Combatmen if upgrade punching power, kicking power or both. They are used to hurt the Rider 1 before facing the player when all of them are defeated.
Kamen Rider: Seigi no Keifu
The various iterations of the Shocker Combatmen appear as minor-enemies in the game, the types differing by era despite having no true differences in strength. Kamen Riders 1 and 2 fight the Black costumed Combatmen in 1971, while V3 fights the red-costumed variety in 1973. In 1988, Kamen Rider Black battles Gel-Shocker Combatmen, while Kamen Rider Agito battles the more traditional black and bone pattern Combatmen in 2004. All four varieties of Combatmen dissolve into green liquid upon being defeated.
All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation
Shocker Grunts appear as regular enemies in the video game All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation.
Kamen Rider Battride Wars
Shocker Soldiers appear as Common Enemies in the video game Kamen Rider Battride Wars. Kamen Rider: Battride War Genesis features Takeshi Hongo in a Combatman disguise as a playable "joke character", who can be obtained with a download code contained in the game's first print run.
Kamen Rider Atsume
Shocker combatmen appear when there are citizens on items. Unlike other games, this shocker combatman shows a more caring personality. When the combatman scares the citizen for a while, it starts to frown.
Kaizou ~We are SHOCKER~
The Shocker Combatmen sang their own song Kaizou ~We are SHOCKER~, based on Jōnetsu ~We are Brothers~, the theme song of Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen, where they appeared as part of Dai-Shocker. It was released alongside Jōchaku ~We are Brothers~, the theme song of Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z, where they appeared as part of Space Shocker.
Shocker Combatmen appear with Kamen Rider Girls in their single "SSS ～Shock Shocker Shockest～", where they are known as the Shocker Girls (ショッカーGIRLS Shokkā Gāruzu)), with outfits based on those of the Shocker Combatmen.
Behind the scenes
In popular culture
- Shocker Combatmen have appeared in other franchises, either as homages or parodies.
- In the SEGA arcade game, Spider-Man: The Arcade Game, the grunts used by Doctor Doom let out the trademark "Yii!" cry, despite resembling the grunts used by the Hellfire Club.
- In the anime Heartcatch Pretty Cure, the grunts used by the Desertian Apostles are known as "Snackies", lanky sand creatures who wear costumes similar to the Shocker Combatmen, but also have their own cry - "Kii!" - which is also their language.
- Alien Magma from the Ultraman franchise bears a slight resemblance to Shocker Combatmen.
- The Foot Ninja Bots from the second season of Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cry out "EEE!" and "Yii!" when they attack or pursue the Turtles.
- The Clawed Soldiers from Shadow Hearts: Covenant closely resemble the Shocker Combatmen from Kamen Rider The First with their black attires and gas masks. They also let out a high-pitched "Yii!" when they attack as well when they're defeated.
- The combatmen seen in fight scenes of the Sentai parody Kanpai Senshi After V are reminiscent of the Shocker Combatmen, wearing similar black suits and lucha libre masks. Lower members of the evil organization also greet their superiors with "Eee!" like Shocker.