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So Yaguruma (矢車 想 Yaguruma Sō) is Kamen Rider KickHopper (仮面ライダーキックホッパー Kamen Raidā Kikkuhoppā, Masked Rider KickHopper), before which he was the first user of Kamen Rider TheBee (仮面ライダーザビー Kamen Raidā ZaBī, Masked Rider TheBee). He was also formerly an agent of ZECT, but later became insane after being consumed by an obsessive desire to defeat Kabuto and be the only Kamen Rider to defeat the Worms.
- 1 History
- 2 Post Series and other events
- 3 Appearances in other media
- 3.1 Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders Super Spin-off
- 3.2 OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders: ~Let's Look! Only Your 48 Riders~
- 4 Video Game appearances
- 4.1 Kamen Rider Kabuto video game
- 4.2 All Kamen Rider Series
- 4.3 Climax Heroes Series
- 4.4 Kamen Rider Battle Ganbaride
- 4.5 Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbarizing
- 4.6 Kamen Rider Riderbout
- 4.7 Kamen Rider Battle Rush
- 4.8 Kamen Rider Transcend Heroes
- 4.9 Kamen Rider Buttobasoul
- 4.10 Kamen Rider City Wars
- 5 Personality
- 6 Abilities
- 7 Forms
- 8 Equipment
- 9 Wizard Ring
- 10 Behind the scenes
- 11 Notes
- 12 Appearances
- 13 References
Sou, prior as TheBee, had his own personal army of ZECT Troopers called Shadow, which had yellow stripes on their uniform, indicating that they are an elite unit of ZECT Troopers. He is a perfectionist, believing in a philosophy known as "Kanzen Chōwa" (完全調和 aka "Perfect Harmony"). When he's calm, he's a caring person who possesses a strict code of teamwork and demands perfection. He cares deeply for his team members, and in battle he is a brilliant tactician. However, he's also impulsive, brash and quick to anger. It is interesting to note that during battle he primarily uses kicks, foreshadowing his later role as Kamen Rider KickHopper.
After Souji defeated him, Sou became obsessed with revenge which caused to disregard the safety of his team which cost him TheBee Zecter and his position at Shadow. With the loss of his dignity and rank, Sou went through self-loathing, seeing himself as a loser who can't keep his ideology and started a new one based on hell and darkness. However, he still shows compassion to Shun, allowing him to let him under his wing and putting him out of his misery after he became a Native Worm saying that they will always be partners.
When Souji managed to infiltrate his flawless security team and upstage him by revealing how a Worm had done the same, he was so angry that he immediately challenged Kabuto to a fight. While he managed to defeat Souji and destroy his belt, he was shocked to learn that he had been unsuccessful in his mission to eliminate Kabuto forever when Souji transformed with a repaired belt.
His resulting hatred caused him to disregard the safety of his team in favor of getting revenge against Souji, which led to the TheBee Zecter rejecting him in favor of Arata Kagami. After this he was reassigned to another part of the city, but returned when members of his former team were being eliminated from within by a traitor. Despite his renewed vow to protect his team, the TheBee Zecter had chosen Shun, making him the new leader of Shadow. Afterwards, he asked Shun to let him rejoin Shadow, but Shun turned him down.
He manages to force two Executive level Worms to retreat during his first appearance due to believing that they were laughing at him. After destroying multiple Pupa Worm, Sou quickly stripped Shun of the TheBee Zecter with a Rider Kick after telling him that he had "been to Hell" and attempted to invite Shun to come with him. Though Shun is reluctant at first, he accepts Yaguruma's offer when he saved his life, proving his partner with a Hopper Zecter of his own. With Shun as PunchHopper, Sou ambushed Kabuto and Gatack within an abandoned factory, with the two Hoppers easily defeating Kabuto and Gatack in a matter of minutes after the two were weakened by the activation of the 'Red Shoes' system.
He and Shun attempts to destroy a confused and weakened Rena Mamiya during episode 40, in hopes of eliminating her early. However, he hesitates at the last moment, as if showing affection for Rena when he sees in her eyes that she has gone through the same darkness as he and Shun had. Drake and Rena are then saved by Gon who used a fire extinguisher to distract the Hoppers. Their attempt almost works, but Rena is saved by Kamen Rider Drake. Their plan did have a side-effect, resulting in a recovery of Rena's Worm memories. When asked by Shun later, he says that he has indeed taken a liking to Rena, and therefore did not kill her. Even more so, Sou protects Rena from Subst Worm when she is endangered. This led to an infuriated Shun, as it went against their beliefs of abandoning the light. Later, in his encounter with Rena and Daisuke, when Sou says to Daisuke that he will protect Rena, he gets surprised when Rena, who temporarily reverted back to Uca Worm, hits him hard which sent him flying away. After that, he shows up with an injured face to a laughing Shun and their bond is restored.
During episode 41, Shun and Sou fight with a depressed Tsurugi as Punch and KickHopper. After defeating Tsurugi, Sou offers him a place as his little brother, which Tsurugi happily accepts. Sou meets Souji once more, and challenges him to a tofu cook-off, but since the seller is sold out, they would have to reschedule. The trio then encounters Reiji Nogi who makes short work of them using "Freeze" to move out of the way and cause all their Rider Finishers to collide. Continuing from the comical arc of the tofu cook-off, near the end of the episode, Souji accidentally stood them up, and Sou and Shun are left in the street wondering if Tendo will come and if the challenge will still commence. During episode 43, the TheBee Zecter is once again offered to him by Tadokoro, but he declares that he is enjoying his stay in the pitch black hell, as he kicks the case containing the Zecter.
Shun and Sou watch as Reiji Nogi advances into Area Z during episode 44, and Shun wants to help them fight. Sou laughs at him for trying to be a hero. However, after meeting with Souji and Arata as they prepare to face Cassis Worm, he decides to help them as Cassis Worm Gradius defeated Shun (who went and fought earlier as TheBee for the last time) and Gatack. Thinking that Cassis Worm laughed at Shun, he tells Cassisworm to laugh at him, as well. They perform a Triple Rider Kick and effectively neutralize his "Absorb" ability. Sou later laughs at Shun for straying from the path of darkness and becoming TheBee, and so Shun returns to him, as PunchHopper once again.
Sou displays his desire for the darkness during episode 45, he and Shun binding themselves with chains and weights so that they would not be able to fight for justice. Ignoring Tendo's request for assistance, he along with Shun sit and meditate, attempting to regain their darkness.
Along with Kamen Rider PunchHopper, KickHopper defeats one of the two Cassis Worm Clipeus in episode 46. The two Hoppers utilize the Rider Jump function to send Cassis Worm flying into the air, destroying him with a Rider Kick and Punch as he falls to the earth. After seeing a picture of the Northern Lights, Sou begins to ponder returning to the light again. Upon seeing Shun with a Worm identification necklace, Sou scolds him for using such a device (apparently aware of its effect on human).
In episode 48, Yaguruma realizes that Shun has become a Native Worm and can no longer control his form. As a show of pity, he uses a Rider Kick to end Shun's suffering. Holding his fallen partner, Sou looks up to the stars in the night sky and says that he and Shun will always be partners and that they have to regain the light once again. His ultimate fate was left up to the viewer as he was given an ambiguous resolution.
Post Series and other events
Kamen Rider Decade
The World of Kuuga
He later appears in Kamen Rider Decade episode 2 with his partner PunchHopper in the World of Kuuga during a dimensional distortion caused by Narutaki to fight Decade. However, they start focusing their rage on Kuuga instead of Decade.
- "'Another hell awaits'"
- ―The Hoppers before go to another universe.[src]
Yaguruma appears in Kamen Rider Decade 3 with his partner PunchHopper. Narutaki caused another dimensional distortion that sent the two to another world where Kamen Riders Delta and Tiger appeared to be waiting.
Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker
Yaguruma later appears in the World of Decade to prevent Dai-Shocker from taking over. However, due to wanting to experience the hell that is Dai-Shocker, he sides with them. Diend summons PunchHopper, Gai, and Raia to fight him and Ouja. He fights PunchHopper and appears to have the upper hand. The results are not shown.
OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders
Kamen Rider KickHopper was part of a group of reinforcement riders led by Akira Date/Kamen Rider Birth to aid the primary riders in defeating the Rock Great Leader. All the Kamen Riders got on their bikes and performed the All Rider Break attack which destroyed the Great Leader.
Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER
Kamen Rider KickHopper appears as a toy, when Sento Kiryu and Sougo Tokiwa they find Ataru Hisanagahe brings them to his room which is filled with Kamen Rider memorabilia, with Sougo and Sento stunned to see toys of themselves. Ataru reveals that Kamen Riders are fictional.
Appearances in other media
Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders Super Spin-off
Petition! Diend Super Machine Legend!!
Both So Yaguruma and Shun Kageyama are mentioned by Natsumi Hikari while talking with Yusuke and Tsukasa of Riders' personal vehicles, saying that if Daiki Kaito continues to sulk, he will end up joining the Hell Brothers.
That One! Eitoku: Beware of Eito-Kun?
Kamen Rider KickHopper appears with Saga, Rey, Diend and Den-O Rod Form, cited as examples of the costumes used by Eitoku. Later in the beginning of the questionnaire and Kenichi asks which Rider is Eitoku referring to the five Riders, it is finally discovered that it is saga.
OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders: ~Let's Look! Only Your 48 Riders~
Type11. - Anyway, We Do Like Hell!
Kamen Rider KickHopper behind his partner PunchHopper telling him that he envies him and that he is someone worthless immersed in the depths of hell.
Type37. - Get it! The Chain of Destiny!!
Kamen Rider KickHopper appears with Ryuki Survive, Dragon Form, and OOO Rakiriba combo. According to Kivat-Bat the 3rd, KickHopper is considered a perfect boyfriend for women.
Video Game appearances
Kamen Rider Kabuto video game
All Kamen Rider Series
All Kamen Rider: Rider Revolution
KickHopper appears in All Kamen Rider: Rider Revolution among other Riders. He performs his Rider Jump/Kick in the Game in All Kamen Rider: Rider Revolution.
All Kamen Rider: Generation 2
Sou as KickHopper, appears as the boss and is able to be unlocked after the game is cleared in All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation 2.
Climax Heroes Series
Kamen Rider Climax Heroes OOO
Sou appears in Kamen Rider Climax Heroes as KickHopper. He later also appears as TheBee in the last running game. As KickHopper, Rider Jump -> Rider Kick is his finisher.
Kamen Rider Climax Heroes Fourze
Sou reappears in this game as KickHopper, receiving an update to his Rider Jump -> Rider Kick as his finisher .
Kamen Rider Super Climax Heroes
Sou reappears as KickHopper in this game, while his persona as TheBee making his debut as well. His finisher as TheBee is also Rider Sting, though it differs from Shun's version, with his variation starting by having his Shadow subordinates fire on the opponent before utilizing his finisher.
Kamen Rider Battle Ganbaride
Kamen Rider KickHopper as a playable character in this video game Kamen Rider Battle Ganbaride.
Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbarizing
Kamen Rider KickHopper is a playable character in Kamen Rider Battle Ganbarizing. Later a card featuring 3 users of TheBee is released, including Yaguruma's version in Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbarizing.
Kamen Rider Riderbout
Kamen Rider KickHopper appears as a playable character with the other Heisei and Showa Kamen Riders in Kamen Rider Riderbout.
Kamen Rider Battle Rush
Kamen Rider KickHopper appears as a playable and support character in the video game Kamen Rider Battle Rush using Rider Kick.
Kamen Rider Transcend Heroes
Kamen Rider KickHopper appears as a playable character with others Kamen Riders in the video game, performer his Rider Jump -> Rider Kick against his enemies Kamen Rider Transcend Heroes.
Kamen Rider Buttobasoul
Kamen Rider KickHopper is a playable character in Kamen Rider Buttobasoul.
Kamen Rider City Wars
Kamen Rider KickHopper is a playable character alongside the other Kamen Riders in Kamen Rider City Wars.
During his time with ZECT, Yaguruma is an elitist who believes in his concept of "Perfect Harmony" in terms of leadership and pride. Most of the Shadow ZECTroopers answer to him without question. He is a kind leader who cares greatly about his subordinates, especially Shun Kageyama. After his encounter with Tendo, Yaguruma becomes bitter and envious towards him, and his pride becomes his fatal flaw, to the point the TheBee Zecter rejects him and chooses Kagami, and later Kageyama. Eventually, this results in him leaving ZECT.
During his time post-ZECT as Kamen Rider KickHopper, Yaguruma has seemingly lost all traces of his former pride and has isolated himself from society. He, at this point, has turned into an antisocial nihilist who thinks that he is not loved and cared about by anyone or anything but "darkness", and that he prefers to stay in the darkness of Hell. He shows no hesitation in attacking his former colleagues at ZECT. When Shuichi offered him the TheBee Zecter and a position in ZECT again, he does not even care, and kicks the Zecter out of his sight coldly, as he no longer wants to go out into the "light" and fight for justice anymore. However, at the end of the series, he and Kageyama have decided to try looking for the "light" again, the "light" of their own that nobody can touch.
He can be easily angered if he sees anyone "laughing" at him or his partner Kageyama, as shown with his confrontation against the Cassis Worm.
Despite his and Kageyama's isolating themselves in the darkness, Yaguruma still cares about Kageyama, seeing him as a young brother of sorts. When Kageyama is in a dark period like he is, Yaguruma offers him the Hopper Zecter and invites him to go with him to "hell". He is reluctant and visibly sad in having to end his partner's life in the finale due to the fact that he is transforming into a Native Worm.
- Peak Human Condition: As the former leader of the elite troop Shadow, is in top physical condition (although nowhere near Tendo's level). Yaguruma effectively knocked down and knocked out numerous highly trained ZECT troopers with one kick (they were wearing heavy armors and helmets) with ease. And even pressuring and knocking down Salis Worms (they are bulletproof even using specialize bullet against them and strong enough to causally walk through concrete walls) using little effort without transformed. He was able to survive getting backhanded through the woods by Uca Worm.
- Expert Combatant: As the former leader of the elite troop Shadow, Yaguruma has considerable fighting prowess and leadership skills. During his time post-ZECT, he is shown to be perfectly able of fighting and pressuring Salis Worms without transformed. In fact, he was able to easly knock out highly trained ZECTroopers easily with nothing but his kicks alone, proving his sheer skill and strength. As KickHopper, he is also strong enough to force two high-level Worms (one of them is an Executive) to retreat rather than take their chances with him in his debut. As TheBee he focused on boxing with both punching and kicking in terms of Kickboxing. As KickHopper, his fighting style becomes solely kick-based.
- Expert Chef:
In his first appearance, he assumed the form of Kamen Rider TheBee. Later on, he became Kamen Rider KickHopper.
- ―Transformation announcement[src]
- Punching Power: 8 t.
- Lifting Power: 25 t.
- Kicking Power: 9 t.
- Maximum Jump Height: 21 m.
- Maximum Running Speed: 100 m. per 8.6 sec.
Masked Form (マスクドフォーム Masukudo Fōmu) is TheBee's strong, heavily armored, but less offensive form resembling a beehive. This is the default form until the rider rotates TheBee Zecter around the wrist to initiate the Cast Off command.
- "Cast Off! Change Wasp!"
- ―Transformation announcement[src]
- Eyesight: 2 km.
- Punching Power: 3 t.
- Kicking Power: 6 t.
- Maximum Jump Height: 39 m.
- Maximum Running Speed: 100 m. per 5.6 sec.
- Rider Sting: 17 t.
Rider Form (ライダーフォーム Raidā Fōmu) is TheBee's sleeker, faster, and more offensive form which merely resembles the wasp motif. In this form TheBee can initiate the Clock Up command to travel at near light speeds to match the speed of Worms. By pressing a button on TheBee Zecter, the Rider Sting (ライダースティング Raidā Sutingu) tachyon-powered punch is activated, allowing the user to pierce through a Worm with the stinger on the TheBee Zecter.
- "Henshin! Change KickHopper!"
- ―Transformation announcement[src]
- Hearing: 5 km.
- Punching Power: 3 t.
- Kicking Power: 6.5 t.
- Maximum Jump Height: 39 m.
- Maximum Running Speed: 100 m. per 5.6 sec.
- Rider Kick: 20 t.
Unlike all of the other Riders in Kamen Rider Kabuto, the Kamen Rider Hopper Series Riders only have one form that they transform into. Kamen Rider KickHopper (仮面ライダーキックホッパー Kamen Raidā Kikkuhoppā) has a green Acrida cinerea motif and by raising the legs on the Hopper Zecter (ホッパーゼクター Hoppā Zekutā), KickHopper can jump high into the sky. By lowering the legs on the Hopper Zecter, the energy is concentrated into a tachyon-powered Rider Kick (ライダーキック Raidā Kikku). The impact upon landing on the ground again powers up another kick.
- Rider Brace: TheBee's transformation brace
- TheBee Zecter: TheBee's transformation device
- ZECT Buckle: TheBee's Clock Up belt, and KickHopper's transformation-Clock Up hybrid belt
- Hopper Zecter: KickHopper's transformation device
- Zecter Needle: TheBee's prick-stinger used to perform Rider Sting attack
- Anchor Jack: The gold-joints installed onto the left leg of KickHopper
This Rider Ring which bears the likeness of Kamen Rider KickHopper is exclusive to Kamen Rider Wizard's Wizard Ring toyline. When used by a Wizardriver wearer, it would be able to summon Kamen Rider KickHopper.
Behind the scenes
So Yaguruma is portrayed by Hidenori Tokuyama (徳山 秀典 Tokuyama Hidenori), who later portrayed Hiroto Sutou/Go-On Gold in Engine Sentai Go-Onger. As Kamen Rider KickHopper, his suit actor was Eitoku (永徳).
- Originally the eyes of both Hell Brothers were going to be purple as seen in the early design but were later changed to their current colors.
- Throughout the show, neither Yaguruma or Kageyama demonstrated a Clock Up ability using the Hopper Zecters, although they have the ability to in the Kamen Rider Kabuto Playstation 2 video game, and later each of them performed it in Kamen Rider Zi-O.
- In Let's Go Kamen Riders net movie view another Kamen Rider KickHopper in the Type17. - You're Great, Hell Bride!.