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- "I am the ruler that walks on the road of providence. I am Soji Tendo."
- ―Tendo's motto[src]
Soji Tendo (天道 総司 Tendō Sōji), formerly known as Soji Kusakabe (日下部 総司 Kusakabe Sōji) is Kamen Rider Kabuto (仮面ライダーカブト Kamen Raidā Kabuto, Masked Rider Kabuto), the main protagonist of Kamen Rider Kabuto.
- 1 History
- 2 Later appearances in Kamen Rider/Super Sentai live action productions
- 2.1 Kamen Rider Decade
- 2.2 OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders
- 2.3 Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen
- 2.4 Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z
- 2.5 Kamen Rider Wizard
- 2.6 Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai
- 2.7 Super Hero Taisen GP: Kamen Rider 3
- 2.8 Kamen Rider Ghost: Legendary! Riders' Souls!
- 2.9 Kamen Rider Ex-Aid "Tricks": Kamen Rider Genm
- 2.10 Kamen Rider Zi-O
- 3 Appearances in other media
- 4 Video Game appearances
- 4.1 Kamen Rider Kabuto video game
- 4.2 Kamen Rider Climax Heroes
- 4.3 All Kamen Rider:Rider Generation 1 & 2
- 4.4 Kamen Rider: Battride War
- 4.5 Kamen Rider: Battride War II
- 4.6 Kamen Rider: Battride War Genesis
- 4.7 Stage Shows
- 5 Personality
- 6 Abilities
- 7 Quotes from his Grandmother
- 8 Kamen Rider Kabuto
- 9 Equipment
- 10 Relationships
- 11 Legend Rider Devices
- 12 Behind the scenes
- 13 Notes
- 14 Appearances
- 15 References
- 16 See also
Soji (born "Soji Kusakabe") lived a typical, happy childhood with his parents until they were murdered and impersonated by mimetic, extraterrestrial creatures known as Worms. He would eventually find himself under the care of his grandmother who would continued to raise him as "Soji Tendo" alongside his step-sister Jyuka. Through unknown means, Tendo would discover that his family survived through a previously unknown sister named Hiyori. In an attempt to meet her, Soji was caught in the calamity caused by the Shibuya Meteor Strike.
At the site, he witnesses the Worms that mimicked his parents injured and desires to kill them to avenge his real parents, but instead he realized that his biological sister, Hiyori, was born through the Worm and decides not to kill them. Later, however, the unstable rubble collapses on Tendo and the copied Kusakabe family, killing the Worms with Tendo injured, attempting to extend his hand out to Hiyori.
Tendo receives the Zecter Belt in two different instances during the Shibuya incident, creating confusion among viewers. Either instances are a negligible difference on the rest of Tendo's history as it merely changed the origin of him receiving the Zecter belt:
- In one instance, he received the Zecter Belt from the Worm who mimicked his father, who gave it to Tendo. Tendo would then save Hiyori who stuck under rubble after putting on the belt when they get collapsed by the unstable rubble.
- In this instance, it appears that God Speed Love never happened and that the meteorite that hit Earth was the same size as the reduced meteorite remnants of the two meteorites colliding in God Speed Love due to Tendo time traveling. However, it does not explain why a mimicked father of Tendo would randomly have a Zecter Belt when the Zecters themselves were not even in a proper development stage.
- In another instance, during the Shibuya incident, Tendo and Hiyori are trapped by the unstable rubble and an alternate Soji Tendo from the God Speed Love timeline gives the young Soji the Zecter Belt and tells him to put it on. The future Tendo then ceases to exist while the younger Soji puts on the Zecter Belt, granting him enhanced strength and durability as he reaches out to Hiyori and saves her.
- This event appears to make the most logical sense as ZECT higher ups and Arata Kagami, who had his own Kabuto Zecter Belt, were confused at the fact that the Zecter Belt was just recently created while Soji Tendo already had his for years. Another supporting factor is that the timeline portrayed at the end of God Speed Love is identical to that of the TV series.
After the Shibuya event, Tendo grew up raising Juka, while training to become Kabuto. He meets Arata Kagami, a young man who had his wallet stolen by a mugger and tells him that he's the man who walks down the path of heaven. Tendo would become Kabuto when Kagami attempts to be Kabuto due to Tendo also having a Kabuto Zecter Belt much to the latter's surprise.
Once as Kabuto, Tendo would come to clash against ZECT, who desires to capture and arrest Soji, & retake the Kabuto Zecter and the Kabuto Zecter Belt as Tendo himself was not part of ZECT. He would then work with ZECT temporarily under the psuedonym "Sojiro Tendoji", but later goes solo once more. He would later also ally himself with Drake from time to time, and Kagami, who had now become Gatack, and Tsurugi Kamashiro, who was Sasword. Another thing that Tendo would do is watch over Hiyori, his biological sister.
When Hiyori transforms into a Worm, her life is endangered, forcing Tendo to attempt a Rider Kick on her during cooperate with an alternate Kabuto from the future which he swaps Hiyori with a Worm right before the kick lands This act is to mislead ZECT which they think she is dead and prevent them to hunt her down. Tendo reveals his past to Hiyori and how they're related. His mother was pregnant when she was mimicked, so the Worm also carried an unborn Hiyori, and that his real name wasn't Soji Tendo, but rather Soji Kusakabe.
Together with Kagami, the two strive to protect Hiyori from all worms so that she can live her life in peace, however, Hiyori is attracted to Area X and disappears with the test subject of the Hyper Zecter, flinging the two to the edge of the universe.
Tendo, after gaining all of the Zecters through different means, attempts to trade them all for the Hyper Zecter, but is unable to as it is destroyed when the suitcase controlling it was rigged. However, a past version of the Hyper Zecter comes to the aid of Tendo, allowing him to Kabuto Hyper Form, granting him "Hyper Clock Up", which slows the flow of time, and can also time travel by travelling faster than the speed of light, while also increasing the output of his Rider Kick.
A mysterious man called Daigo Tachikawa tells Tendo to stop collecting the Zecters, saying that if the Riders do not fight Worms, the Natives will be in trouble. Tendo realizes that Tachigawa is a 'Native' and guards him, as Tachigawa seems to know Hiyori's whereabouts. Riku Kagami calls on Tendo and tells Tendo the story of The Red Shoes, explaining that the Zecters will drive them insane if they refuse to fight Worms. Tachikawa referred to Tendo by his real name, Soji Kusakabe, the one who is chosen by Kabuto, the god of the sun who controls the light.
After Kabuto saves Daigo from a group of Worms, he experiences the 'berserk switch', almost killing Daigo in the process. The Hopper Riders arrive on scene and defeat them instead, leaving with a cruel laugh. Unfortunately, Tachikawa is still killed by Cochlea Worm after trying to escape. He tells Tendo to 'find the solar eclipse' and dies. Tendo and Kagami then promise to kill each other if they were ever under the effects of the Red Shoes System again and try to kill Hiyori (although Kagami seems to reject). Tendo then decided to release all the Zecters that he has obtained from the others.
Later on, Tendo is challenged by two Executive Worms to defeat a powerful Worm without the use of Hyper Clock Up, and in return the Executives would tell him the secrets of the Natives. Tendo remarked that his power always evolving and is faster than light and called upon the Perfect Zecter. Utilizing the power of all 4 Zecters, he defeated Lepotophyes Worm, but was taken through an involuntary Hyper Clock Up to a place 'devoid of all time' with the solar eclipse.
After seeing a fleeting image of Hiyori with another man, he is pulled back into his dimension. Tendo is then left wondering why he still cannot control Hyper Clock Up. Back at the Bistro La Salle, Rena challenges Tendo once more in hopes of taking the Hyper Zecter, but her memory gets erased due to Tendo's Hyper Sting attack. Drake and Kabuto end up fighting each other because Daisuke doesn't believe that Rena is still evil. After Rena loses her fragment of the Shibuya Meteorite, Tendo picks it up and is taken through another Hyper Clock Up to Hiyori's dimension again. After confronting his Worm counterpart, Kamen Rider Dark Kabuto, their Rider Kick collision forces Kabuto back to the real world.
Tendo discovers the secret behind the Masked Rider System after conversing with Kagami, learning that it was created by Natives and given to humans who in turned formed ZECT. Through the use of this technology, they fight alien Worms and protect the Natives. It is also revealed that Tendo received his Kabuto Buckle from the Native who mimicked his father. They are also able to conclude that the Natives arrived on a meteorite 35 years ago to assist the humans with the Masked Rider System. Even after learning all this, Tendo's sole resolve is still to defeat all Worms so that Hiyori may be safe.
Tendo meets Reiji Nogi as well, and seemingly holds up a much better fight than Kagami until Nogi activates Freeze, defeating the power of Hyper Clock Up, forcing Tendo back into Rider form. During their second battle, Tendo learns from his last experience and anticipates Nogi's use of Freeze. After getting knocked back, Tendo's Hyper Shooting is still active and stuns Nogi temporarily. Tendo is then able to use the Perfect Zecter's Maximum Hyper Cyclone to defeat Cassis Worm Dimidius, only to have him evolve into a stronger form, Cassis Worm Gladius.
Kabuto and Dark Kabuto meet again during episode 43, and this time, Tendo wants to purposely lose to Dark Kabuto so that he may somehow discover Hiyori's location. However, after realizing this plan made him seems like a coward and a small man, his fighting spirit returns and he defeats Dark Kabuto, only to be interrupted by Hiyori who transforms into Sisrya Worm. She states that she is fine with living in another dimension and proceeds to defend Dark Kabuto. After Hiyori leaves, Tendo explains to Kagami that the only way for her to be happy is to let her leave with the fake Kabuto. Renge arrives with news however, that the entrance to the other world is opened when the solar eclipse occurs. Soon after, Tendo and Kagami both rush for Area Z in hopes of defeating Cassis Worm. There, they see Sasword defending Misaki using his life, and Kagami tells Tendo that Hiyori is acting the same way. She doesn't want to hurt Tendo anymore and so she tries to convince herself that she doesn't want to come back. Tendo, moved by this, leaves and goes after Hiyori as a solar eclipse starts.
After chasing Hiyori back to her dimension, Tendo is able to convince her that Worms are not the evil ones, only the ones that wish to do harm are, and he will always protect her and be by her side. Tendo then talks about how Riders fight for the good of humanity, and she will always be protected. After realizing the one who really cares about her is Tendo, she leaves Dark Kabuto and returns to the human world. Kabuto then goes to find Gatack, on the brink of defeat. Coordinating a three-way Rider Kick with KickHopper and Gatack, they are able to neutralize Cassis Worm while Hyper Kabuto finishes him off with Maximum Hyper Cyclone. After discovering that Hiyori has been injured once again, he takes her to hospital, but she seemingly hides the fact that Dark Kabuto was the one that injured her. Leaving Hiyori, Tendo, along with Riku and Mishima, meet with Negishi, possibly the leader of the Natives. He asks Tendo if he will help the Natives, and then decides to be Tendo's fan.
Soon after, massive groups of Worms begin appearing again, and Tendo goes to defeat them. Tendo attempts to recruit other Riders in an effort to fight the Worms, but when he appears before Kageyama and Yaguruma, he finds them attempting to regain their darkness and quickly leaves, thinking that they are crazy. Tendo meets Nogi once again, this time as Cassis Worm Clipeus, but is unable to fight him as Nogi runs away soon after. After conversing with Kagami and Misaki back at the Bistro, Tendo learns Tsurugi is a Worm (though he does not seem surprise) and automatically decides to defeat him. Kagami however, disagrees, saying there is still good in him.
While Kagami leaves to fight Clipeus, Tendo goes and meets Jiiya, learning of a promise that he must fulfill. Tendo meets Tsurugi after talking with Jiiya and agrees to trade all the Zecters in exchange for Kagami's life. At the last moment, the Zecters are able to escape, and Tendo engages Scorpio Worm in battle. Hesitating for the final blow using the Perfect Zecter, Tsurugi suddenly appears from Scorpio Worm telling Tendo to fulfill his promise. Understanding that Tsurugi wants to destroy all Worms, Tendo activates Maximum Hyper Typhoon, slashing through Scorpio Worm's body.
As Riku announces that the threat of the Worms will finally come to an end to the public, ZECT begins handing out Worm identification necklaces that alert the wearer of nearby Worms. Upon learning this, Tendo begins destroying the necklaces. By destroying the necklaces, the public begins to fear and hate Kabuto. Kabuto and Dark Kabuto once again do battle, interrupting Tendo's quest to destroy the necklaces. Anticipating Dark Kabuto's attack method, Kabuto is able to defeat him by using Hyper Clock Up along with the Maximum Hyper Typhoon. Returning to destroying the necklaces, Gatack tries to persuade Kabuto to stop, but Kabuto simply tells him something is not right about the necklaces and continues destroying them until a blocked bullet from Tadakoro's gun goes stray and hits Renge. Kabuto then fires at Gatack and escapes the area, leaving an infuriated Tadakoro to care for an injured Renge.
Continuing on his mission of destroying the Worm identification necklaces, Tendo ends up rescuing Dark Kabuto from the clutches of Mishima and Negishi, who have taken over ZECT. After saving Dark Kabuto, Gatack finds Kabuto and demands to know the reason behind the destruction of the necklaces. Kabuto reveals that the necklaces are turning humans into Natives and must be destroyed. Not believing this, Gatack attacks Kabuto and defeats him with the help of the ZECT Troopers. Lying under the rubble of the battlefield, Tendo recalls his words to Hiyori of him always being by her side. As he reaches for a lone flower, the rubble from atop him falls and apparently crushes him.
- "I am the world. Whenever the world exists...so will I! "
- ―Tendo upon his return in the final battle[src]
It is revealed that Tendo was indeed still alive after all. He uses the very same lone flower to destroy the controls, causing the meteorite that was turning humans into Natives to overload.
Afterwards, Tendo gives a powerful speech to convert the Native ZECT Troopers to his side. Then Hyper Kabuto defeats Mishima/Gryllus Worm together with Gatack, escaping the first explosion as an irritated Negishi was intend to make Tendo pay for ruining everything he sought to obtain. Dark Kabuto then rushes out at the last moment, telling Tendo to protect their world as he drags Negishi back into the explosion that kills them both. Realizing the battle is over, Tendo releases the Kabuto Zecter, and Kagami soon follows suit, the two then watch the Zecters fly away to an unknown destination.
Tendo then tells Kagami to listen to what he is about to say, for he will only do so once. Tendo then goes on to say that to walk the same path is merely a test of perseverance. Tendo then says, "But the ones reaching different paths together are..." Kagami then interrupts, by finishing it with "friends", and asking him if his grandmother gave him this quote. Tendo smiles and states that those are his words. The two are then greeted by Tadakoro, Renge, and Misaki. Renge leaps to Tendo and gives him a hug, causing Tendo to nearly fall backwards in surprise. Tendo then resumes a normal life. During the epilogue, Tendo is shown in Paris improving his cooking skills, giving his trademark introduction to a Frenchman who recognized him and asked him if he's the famous Soji Tendo.
Later appearances in Kamen Rider/Super Sentai live action productions
Kamen Rider Decade
Kamen Rider Kabuto appears with other Kamen Riders commanded by Wataru Kurenai piloting Kabuto Extender ,but all are murdered by Decade in the episode 1 of Kamen Rider Decade in the dream of Natsumi Hikari and then conclude the dream with Decade as only Rider in the Rider War.
Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker
Kamen Rider Kabuto, Rider Form, appears in the final battle of the movie Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker, alongside the other previous Riders rescuing Decade and facing Dai-Shocker's troops. During the large battle, Kabuto mostly fights alone, eventually defeating Longhorn Orphnoch, a Bakeneko, a Mole Imagin, a Ganikomol and a Shiomaneking while Kamen Rider 1, Kamen Rider 2, and Kamen Rider Black RX fight against Ambassador Hell in his Garagaranda form. After finishing his own battle, Kabuto helps them. Alongside Black RX, he stuns Garagaranda with a punch, allowing Rider 1 and Rider 2 to destroy Garagaranda with a Double Rider Kick. Afterwards, he joins up with the other Riders in a combined Rider Kick which destroys Dai-Shocker's castle and the alternate Shadow Moon, Nobuhiko Tsukikage. Kabuto joins up with the other Riders once more in a combined attack to destroy Dai-Shocker's ultimate weapon, the giant robot, King Dark. After the battle ends, Kabuto leaves the World of Decade alongside the other Riders.
- Although this Kabuto doesn't show his human form, the special feature for the movie OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders, which aired on Hokuriku Asahi Broadcasting, 03/28/2011, at 10:00-10:30am, considered this Kabuto and the Kabuto in the Let's Go Kamen Riders movie the same character, and affirmed that he was Soji Tendo from the original Kamen Rider Kabuto TV series. (Although it is very debatable among communities especially how the fighting style of Kabuto is very different (weaker) compared with the TV series' one, and there is no actual and real evident to support the claim)
The Destroyer of Worlds
Kamen Rider Kabuto, Rider form, appears in episode 31 of Kamen Rider Decade, as one of Wataru Kurenai's companions, who antagonize Decade after he failed in his mission of saving the worlds. In the special version of episode 31, Kabuto is one of the few Riders in the battlefield who isn't shown dying in the Rider War.
A mishap caused by the Greeed Ankh unintentionally altered the timeline which enabled Shocker to utilize the Core Medal to create the Shocker Greeed which defeated the Double Riders and seemingly erased the legacy of the Kamen Riders from history. In 2011, after Kamen Rider New Den-O's attempt to repair the damage, he along with Kamen Rider OOO and M-Ankh awaited execution. However, it was revealed the Double Riders had their brainwashing removed by a Shocker scientist.
The Double Riders joined with New Den-O and OOO to fight Shocker's forces, but were eventually defeated. When the order was given to kill everyone, V3 suddenly appeared, asserting that there were more than four riders. V3 was soon followed by all the other revived riders that came after him, including Kabuto, as even though Rider history was changed, the people's memories haven't changed.
After the riders were united, they faced off against Shocker's Great Leader. Later, when joined by a force of extra riders, Kabuto and all the other riders got on their motorcycles and performed the "All Rider Break", ramming into the Rock Great Leader and defeating it once and for all.
Although his human form isn't shown in the movie itself and he doesn't speak, Kabuto is confirmed to be Soji Tendo by the movie's official website.
Kabuto is one of the Riders who answers what seemed like Kamen Rider 1's call and joins his force to attack the Super Sentai force led by Akaranger in order to preserve the existence of the Kamen Riders. Using his bike, the Kabuto Extender, alongside Double and Kiva, Kabuto attacks the Zyuranger and Megaranger. However, afterwards he attempts to engage Akaranger in combat only to be knocked down and seemingly destroyed by his next attack.
However, that was all part of Tsukasa Kadoya's and Captain Marvelous's plan. They had disguised themselves as Kamen Rider 1 and Akaranger and lead the Super Sentai and Kamen Rider against each other to fool Dai-Shocker and Dai-Zangyack into thinking that the Riders and Sentai had been really wiped out. Kabuto, alongside all the other Rider and Super Sentai forces seemingly destroyed during the battle, reappear from a dimensional wall to face together the Shocker Zangyack Alliance. During the big battle, Kabuto is only briefly seen once, fighting against a Dai-Shocker Combatman in the initial aerial shot.
Kamen Rider Kabuto, Rider form, arrives alongside the reinforcements brought by Kamen Rider 1 and Akaranger to the final battle against the Space Crime Syndicate Madou. Kabuto, alongside BoukenBlack, is shown heading towards a Dogormin to help GokaiGreen.
When all heroes gather to blast the monster army at once, Kabuto is shown using the Kabuto Kunaigun. After the battle was over, he appears alongside the other heroes in a nearby cliff to give goodbye to the heroes who had discovered Madou's plot, Haruto Soma, Kosuke Nitoh, Ikari Gai from the Gokaiger, the Go-Busters and New Gavan.
Kabuto first appears alongside Faiz, summoned to the world within the Magic Stone through their Rider Rings by the alternate young Haruto, to chase down a duo of Salis Worms sent by Amadum, the evil wizard who ruled that world. The Worms having taken the Rider Ring chest along with the prime Haruto. Kabuto enters Clock Up as Faiz assumes his Axel Form and initates Start Up to quickly catch up with the two Worms who molt into the Culex Worm and Cammarus Worm and race off to meet the two Riders. Fighting at super speed, Kabuto and Faiz take their clash with the two Worms, who are joined by Musca Worm, to various points across the city before ending next to Double and Fourze as they deal with trio of Dustards. As Double and Fourze finish their battle, Kabuto destroys Culex and Cammarus with his Rider Kick as Faiz destroys the Musca Worm with his Axel Crimson Smash.
Kabuto is later summoned with all the other Riders when the 13 Rider Rings are taken by Amadum, the evil wizard who rules the world of monsters, to defeat Wizard, only to find out that they will not obey him just because he possesses their rings, and that they will always fight for freedom and not merely justice. After the Riders destroy his initial guard of monsters, Amadum tries to escape with the boy Haruto, summoning his strongest and largest monsters to deal with the Riders. However, the Riders individually pull out their various tricks to deal with the giant monsters, with Kabuto entering Clock Up and boarding the Kabuto Extender (Ex Mode). With his monsters destroyed, Amadum attempts to force the boy to wish to leave this world. The Kamen Riders attempt to stop him but to no avail, having their powers stolen by Amadum's true monstorous form when they try to fight him, with Kabuto having his Kabuto Zecter absorbed. However, the young Haruto defies Amadum after hearing the words from Wizard of turning despair into hope, summoning a new Rider to his world. This new Rider, Gaim, gives himself the Kamen Rider name after being told by Wizard that they come to help when people request it. This revelation that the Kamen Riders aren't bounded by evil turns the tables on Amadum as he is beaten back by Gaim, forcing the powers he stole to be returned to the other Riders, transforming them to their ultimate forms, with the return of the Kabuto Zecter immediately transforming Kabuto into Hyper Form. Kabuto then participates in a successive barrage of Rider Kicks from all 15 Riders against Amadum which is finished by Wizard and Gaim. After Amadum is destroyed, Kabuto stands with the other Riders watching over the young Haruto as he wakes up before returning to his world.
Kabuto was seen flying in as a falling meteor and crashed into a building in Masked Form, switches to Rider Form, then confronts Stronger, and used Clock Up to his advantage to avoid two swings and a Den Punch, then assails him at light speeds, stopping when Stronger used an Electro Fire to halt Kabuto in his tracks. Thinking he had the upper hand, Stronger goes in with a Stonger Den Kick, only for Kabuto to counter it with a Clocked Up Rider Kick, defeating Stronger, but as soon as he Clock Overs, Kabuto was ambushed by Skyrider. Too exhausted to fight, Kabuto was soon defeated by a Sky Flying Saucer while trying to counter with a downward right cross. He later reappeared with the rest of the Main Riders to fight Badan and its soldiers.
Due to the timeline alteration caused by Shocker, Soji became one of the brainwashed Riders in that timeline, donning the name of Shocker Rider Kabuto. Kabuto was one of several Shocker Riders who volunteered in the Rider Grand Prix under Shocker Rider 3, who had been personally challenged by Kamen Rider Drive. During the race, Kabuto found that Drive's Tridoron was catching up on him and, in an attempt to avoid being surpassed, engaged Clock Up before disembarking his Kabuto Extender and opening fire on Tridoron with the Kabuto Kunaigun only to be intercepted by Kamen Rider Faiz on the Auto Vajin, whom engaged him in battle as Faiz Axel. Kabuto ultimately fell short of the Top 2 in which Drive prevailed over Rider 3.
Once Rider 3 was integrated into the Great Leader of Shocker's Rider Robo form, Kabuto was among the Riders who attacked Drive while being caught in the crossfire as the Rider Robo joined the fray. Ultimately, the Double Riders 1 and 2 made their appearance having survived their apparent demise from within the Rider Robo, and broke Shocker's brainwashing on the fallen Riders, enabling all Riders to unite in a final battle against Shocker.
Unfortunately, Kabuto was among the Riders whose existence was erased by the Rider Robo. This fate, however, was rendered moot when the Rider Robo was finally destroyed by Shurikenjin Tridoron, restoring Kabuto's place in history.
Kamen Rider Ghost: Legendary! Riders' Souls!
Kamen Rider Ex-Aid "Tricks": Kamen Rider Genm
Despite not appearing in the web-exclusive series, Kabuto and 13 Heisei Riders were the projections of the Ganbarizing Critical Strike.
Kamen Rider Build: Be The One
Among the first 18 Heisei Riders, Kabuto fought against numerous monsters in a melee briefly witnessed by Sento Kiryu before being caught in the crossfire as Kamen Rider Zi-O BuildArmor used his Vortex Time Break to wipe out his enemies.
Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Forever
2019: First Love, Finaly!
Soji made a brief appearance at the end of episode 36, where his arm was seen grabbing the Kabuto Zecter.
Appearances in other media
35th Masked Rider Anniversary File
Tendo is one of a group of five characters from Kabuto who appear hosting the 35th Masked Rider Anniversary File, a collection of five featurettes shown during episodes 23 through 27 of Kabuto, this segment acted as a look back to the Kamen Rider franchise and an early advertisement for the God Speed Love movie.
Non-canon TV appearance
Kamen Rider G
Kamen Rider Decade: The World of Tsukasa Kadoya ~The Garden Inside the Lens~
In the novel reimagination of the Kamen Rider Decade TV series, Kamen Rider Decade: The World of Tsukasa Kadoya ~The Garden Inside the Lens~, the World of Kabuto is, as one of the Nine Worlds, not an alternate reality like in the TV series but the original world. Having already traveled to six worlds, the World of Kabuto is the third and last of the three remaining worlds the Hikari Studio group, Tsukasa/Decade, Kaito/Diend, and Natsumi, explore during the novel.
Arriving in the World of Kabuto, they meet Soji Tendo, still as arrogant and confident as ever, and considering himself the strongest Rider. The group enters Bistro La Salle where Hiyori Kusakabe works. Hiyori sees Kaito and Tsukasa, dressed as a ZECTroopers, claiming that the two of them ate without paying. Tendo hears this and is enraged. The three of them fight and Tendo actually beats them with only a pair of chopsticks. Turns out it was a pair of Worms that ate without paying. Tsukasa and Kaito are eventually captured by ZECT, only to have Tendo save them. Tsukasa thanks him, in spite of rarely thanking people. Tsukasa starts respecting Tendo afterwards. Tendo has the Clock Up Attack Ride Rider Card and gives it to Tsukasa after he realizes that he is Kamen Rider Decade. Tsukasa uses the Clock Up card as Kuuga, and, in the end, the Worms that impersonate both Tsukasa and Kaito are defeated. When the fight is over, Decade's trio goes back to Tsukasa’s world.
Video Game appearances
Kamen Rider Kabuto video game
Kamen Rider Climax Heroes
Kamen Rider Kabuto appears in all Kamen Rider Climax Heroes installments. His Hyper Form debuted in Climax Heroes OOO.
All Kamen Rider:Rider Generation 1 & 2
Kamen Rider: Battride War
Kamen Rider Kabuto reappeared in Kamen Rider: Battride War II, summoned by Cinema along with the remaining Heisei Riders in order to create the "ultimate movie". Kabuto's stage was based of from Kamen Rider Kabuto: God Speed Love, with Kamen Rider Caucasus as his main enemy.
Kamen Rider Kabuto reappeared in Kamen Rider: Battride War Genesis
In a stage show where the Boukengers are seen fighting their usual foes, a Worm and Kamen Rider TheBee show up and wind up defeating them. Kamen Rider Kabuto and Gatack, in Rider form, arrive and assist the Boukengers.
Kamen Rider Kabuto Stage Show at WAKAYAMA Marina-cityble
In a stage show where Kamen Rider Kabuto & Kamen Rider Gatack in Rider Form are fighting Worms, Kamen Rider Ichigo, Kamen Rider Nigo, Kamen Rider V3, Riderman, Kamen Rider X, Kamen Rider Amazon, & Kamen Rider Stronger arrive and assist Kamen Rider Kabuto & Gatack.
He is the user of the Kabuto Zecter, who is also a mysterious, quiet 21-year old man that often seems to follow monk-like philosophies of peace. His name literally means "Heavenly path, rules over all" and he always uses it to introduce himself ("Walking the path of Heaven, the man who will rule over everything").
Tendo often spouts amazingly appropriate zen-like phrases which he has supposedly learned from his grandmother, prefacing them with "Grandmother said this" (お母ちゃんが言っていた Obaachan ga itteita). He also often does a 'point to the sky' pose, usually after he defeats a Worm or introduces himself. Tendo has no actual job and does not attend college (he maybe already graduated due to his intellect) because he believes that he is destined for something bigger (Which is becoming Kabuto. In fact, the first episode implies that he has been training all his life waiting for the Kabuto Zecter).
Despite having many talents and abilities (from cooking to hairstyling to excelling at various sports to the extent that he can handle entire teams alone), he is usually uninterested in pursuing anything until his belt activates. He calls himself a "National Treasure" and "Universal Treasure". Tendo stays in a big home with his little sister Jyuka, loves cooking, and seems to have an interest in Kagami's co-worker, Hiyori. As a result, he is a regular customer at Bistro La Salle.
Because of his abilities and outlook, combined with his talents and abilities of being far ahead of those around him, Tendo comes off as rude, cocky and exceedingly arrogant. This was the primary reason why he has few to no friends in the first place (but he is very popular and likable by women). However, behind this unlikable personality is the caring emotions he has for humanity as a whole and his sisters especially. Deep down, Tendo is essentially a good person with a very strong sense of justice and morality who is always more than willing to help those in need, in one way or the other. Those who are closest to him, Kagami, Hiyori and Jyuka know this, and that he can always be trusted to do the right things in the end.
His feelings for his two sisters are among the few things that can break his serious demeanor, as Hiyori is also Soji's little sister. This is sometimes shown humorously such as when Juka states that she has a lover but in fact is her classmate not Juku.
He possesses an uncanny ability (in fact using his intellect to deduce and analyze) to see through the Worms' disguises as well as detect if there are any nearby without the use of any devices. Tendo acts quite mercilessly against Worms, saying that as long as they are Worms, they will be destroyed. While this may seem slightly cruel, this is pretty justifiable as the Worms kill numerous people including Tendo's parents and most of the worms did harm others. He does however seem to make an exception if he feels it`s right as he spares Hiyori's life. He also hesitates at killing Tsurugi until being convinced by him, showing that Tendo does not kill Worms out of malicious reasons as well as further showing how much he can actually care for others close to him. By his own words, he only shows no mercy to those who are a threat to humanity only. This does however, show that he can make hard and seemingly cruel decisions when he feels the need to. Tendo sometimes cloud his judgments by his sisters as he once tried to kill Kagami when he found out Hiyori's identity as a worm before being convinced not to, and defeated other Riders in order to prevent them to harm Hiyori (although at last he gives all the Zecters back to the original users). Despite this, Kagami is still Tendo's most trusted friend, and they support each other in times of need.
Tendo has been called a "first-rate human" by Masato Mishima: he has a wide range of skills, and has repeatedly shown himself to be at peak levels of physical and mental condition. One of his most noticeable traits is his ability to stay calm and collected during any battle, which has allowed him to win virtually every battle he has been in.
- Peak Human Condition: Tendo through intense training such as push-ups with single hand, pull-ups, boxing etc. for seven years, in order to become a better fighter. In addition, with healthy and strict diet to enable his body to develop and operate at its most proficient. His physical attributes are at the natural limits far above than that of an Olympic-level athlete that has ever competed. His physical includes his strength, speed, durability, agility, stamina, reflexes, senses, healing and endurance represents the pinnacle of human physical prowess, all of which have naturally heightened his abilities to the highest levels of peak human potential and perfection, even on par with the most powerful worms include Tsurugi Kamishiro and Reiji Nogi in their human form. As he can knock out a single person with only one hit, from normal police to trained ZECT troopers which they are wearing armors and helmets. Tendo can perform various of sports at an Olympic-level including football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, kendo, bowling (scoring perfectly), fencing, and baseball, only rivaled by Tsurugi Kamishiro who is a Scorpion Worm but Tendo is able to surpass him in fencing. Tendo is able to fight or do sports which exert himself at peak capacity for long periods of time without showing any sign of fatigue. Tendo also shown that he is hardly injured even suffering from fierce attack, for instance he could withstand Kamen Rider Dark Kabuto multiple kicks and punches without resisting and countering, even withstanding a final attack in point-blank without transformed back into human. Tendo's tolerance for pain is almost inhuman, able to withstand Kamen Rider TheBee final attack in point-blank and stabbing through his shoulder while had no flinching and walked away as if he had no injured. An impressive feat has shown that his physical condition is on par with Reiji Nogi who is a Cassis Worm in his human form, Tendo without transformed was able to fight against him in his human form, which previously Nogi was able to utterly overpower Kamen Rider Gatack and defeated him while the former was still in his human form but the latter was transformed. Even he was fatally wounded (everyone thought he was dead) after the battle between him and Kamen Rider Gatack which cause him trapped under the rubble, Tendo's resilience enabled him to survive stockpile of heavy rubble compressed and crushed on him, he then managed to escape and healed up rapidly without leaving a trace of injury only within several days. His conditioning lets him recover from most injuries very quickly, though not superhuman.
- Master Acrobat: Tendo is proven very agile and evasive, able to fluidly dodge attacks from multiple directions with coordinated flips, twists, and sharp turns without losing balance. He often utilizes these talents in combat for both evasive and offensive purposes. He is also very maneuverable and graceful, able to chase and outrun enemies through various terrains with no wasted effort or time. For example, he was able to catch up the taxi (a worm mimicking Misaki in the taxi about to kill Juyka) immediately after receiving a call from Hiyori Kusakabe that his sister was in danger and then he ran from a bridge near the river to the city with tremendous speed which successfully prevented the worm from killing her.
- Honed Senses: Tendo is able to pick up danger before anyone else in his vicinity does, showing noticeably sharp hearing and sight. His acute skills of perception offer aid in otherwise detrimental situations. Tendo reflexes and agility could easily dodges the pinpoint knife attack by a pickpocket while carrying a bowl with tofu inside, and dodge bullet fire by Kamen Rider Drake even though he was not transformed. He could easily detect if he was following by someone or hiding away from him. He could catch four dishes that accidentally fell off by Jiiya easily. Moreover, Tendo easily dodged Renge Takatori's asassination attempted from behind without looking even though she was trained perfectly which able to surpass most of ZECT troopers.
- Master Hand-To-Hand Combatant/Martial Artist: Tendo is extraordinarily skilled hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist, an infamously formidable master in multiple forms of martial arts, and almost unrivaled skill. He analyzes the fighting style of the opponents and easily defeat them. His fighting style also incorporates and takes full advantage of his proper use of physical forces, momentum, and leverage, as well as his knowledge of anatomical weaknesses and pressure-points, combined with his nigh-superhuman strength, executing it all at very high speeds. Tendo's style is extremely unpredictable, proven as flexible and precise in his maneuvers, easily changing tactics and attack patterns to suit the situation to systematically take down his foes. Therefore, he is being able to swiftly overpower normal human and trained ZECT troopers without transformed, most Worms or even other ZECT Riders with ease. In fact, even when he is not transform, he is capable of fighting just as effectively as ever. He is presumably be the strongest hand-to-hand combatant among all Kamen Riders.
- Weapon Proficiency: Tendo is proficient in handling any weapon including gun, knife and sword when battling worms or ZECT Riders. He had shown using sword better than Tsurugi Kamishiro as they had a duel in fencing which Tendo won. He also knew how to maximize the use of the weapon's properties, as shown when he used his Hyper Zecter to counter Cassis Worm's time-stopping ability.
- Genius-Level Intellect: Tendo is an extraordinarily intelligent individual, he always aims himself to become perfect in all aspect (which he actually did). Hence, he is very sharp-witted, methodical and confident man, alert and adaptive to the situation. He is highly tactical, both in preparation and while in action, always remain calm even in critical and dangerous situation. Hence, able to quickly analyze the situation and how best to handle it. Some manifestations of this are his exceptionally perfect charisma, eloquence, leadership skills, deductive/analytical skills, and tactical genius. He has extraordinary perception that allowed him to quickly and easily deduce and analyze people who are mimic by worms, and almost no one can lie, deceive or manipulate him. He masters almost any kind of sports including football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, kendo, bowling, fencing and baseball. He also masters in cooking and playing the piano. Tendo was the first one who saw through Negishi's master plan as Tendo deduced the Worm identification necklaces was actually Native necklaces which were able to turn any human into Native Worm, not even Riku Kagami who was the leader of ZECT and the others ZECT members including Syuichi Tadokoro, Yuzuki Misaki and Arata Kagami knew and suspicioned about them. He is presumably be the third most intelligent character among all Kamen Riders, with only Kamen Rider Build surpassing him in science and Takeshi Hongo who has an IQ of 600.
- Master Tactician/Strategist: Tendo is a master accomplished strategist, he can instantly create strategies and plans several steps ahead of his enemies and allies alike. He is able to formulate battle strategies and his brilliant tactical sense allows him to alter near any strategy to fit the changing needs of the situation and has demonstrated the ability to quickly process multiple information streams, and rapidly respond to any changing tactical situations by creating perfect winning strategies rapidly. For example, Tendo had been able to catch the Cassis Worm - who had the ability to freeze time - off-guard through various tactics. He also able to recognize and predict the actions of others, including their mindsets, for example, he predicted Dark Kabuto's plan accurately as Dark Kabuto wanted to use a self-sacrifice attack by smashing Kabuto to the ground and having the advantage in Masked Form. However, Tendo already predicted his plan and able to counter attack him which completely caught the latter off guard and won easily.
- Expert Leader: Despite preferring to work alone, Tendo is a highly effective and capable leader when the situation requires. He led the Shadow troopers into victory against Worms, and his leadership ability was instrumental in the mission to stop Worms from killing the humans. Masato Mishima stated that Shun Kageyama's leadership abilities was far inferior than Tendo's. He also led Kagami, Misaki and Renge as a team to investigate Seika Academy middle school division effectively, they successfully found out that the school's director was manipulating behind the scenes and eliminated the worm afterwards.
- Expert Pianist: Tendo can play the piano very well as he played duet with Tsurugi Kamishiro with a difficult piano piece even without any preparation.
- Multilingualism: Tendo speaks his native Japanese, as well as speaking many languages fluently, including Italian, French and English.
- Master Chef: Tendo has consistently proven himself to be an exceptional cook, having been taught by his grandmother and secretly self-learning from Jiiya's cooking book. After Tendo acquired training from Jiiya's twin brother which he learned the true purpose of cooking, he was worthy to wield the legendary white knife and his cooking skills had improved tremendously. He finally able to beat Ikesu Isshiro who was a worm with enhance senses and a master chef in his own rights, enable to beat all his opponents including Jiiya. His cooking ability is rivaled only by Jiiya and Hiyori.
- Master Spy: Tendo is very elusive. He can sneak in and out of most guarded buildings silently and breaching high-security facilities with ease without being detected, follow his targets and sneak at the back of people for long periods of time unnoticed, and quickly disappear from sight even in broad daylight. Tendo's remarkable speed and almost ape-like agility allow him to move away from the sight of others and stalk enemies from the shadows and higher vantage points. For example, he was managed to infiltrate So Yaguruma's flawless security team to reveal the Worm, and able to sneak behind Kageyama (who was supposedly a trained ZECT agent) and left without any trace.
- Master of Disguise: Tendo is adept to disguise as different kind of jobs in order to infiltrate different organizations without being noticed his true intentions by others and easily gain the trust from the superiors, such as becoming the leader of Shadow troopers to know more information about ZECT and worms, disguising as a ZECT trooper to escape, disguising as a piano teacher to infiltrate Tsurugi's house in order to help Misaki to catch the worm, disguising as a high ranking police officer from central station to investigate the upper ranks of the police, and as a chaplain and a doctor to investigate who is the real worm.
- Master Escapologist: Tendo is a master escape artist, able to free himself from various confinements, such as removing handcuffs by himself. He escaped from the ZECT building easily when he was being held captive, even more impressive feats which he managed to escape from stockpile of heavy rubble compressed and crushed on him.
- Indomitable Will: Tendo has tremendous determination and strength of will, which make him an extremely formidable opponent, one who absolutely refuses to hunker down and give up, even when placed against seemingly insurmountable odds which is known to keep fighting to the end. He always said to Kagami that even if the world became his enemies, he all alone didn't give up even in the end. In the final battle, Tendo refused to give up even though the winning side is on the Native Worm as many humans had already turned into Native Worm.
- Overprotective: If Tendo ever notice if any of his sisters are endangered, he sometimes will lose his calm and act recklessly to face the problems.
Quotes from his Grandmother
Throughout the series, Tendo would always quote dictations from his adoptive grandmother. Sometimes his stepsister, Juka, would also quote it as well.
- "Walking the path of Heaven, the man who'll rule everything."
- "As long as I am wanted, destiny will always be at my side."
- "Force the world to revolve around you. It's more fun to think that way."
- "People become stronger through adventures."
- "If you're going to an adventure, make it a big adventure."
- "When people love others, they grow weaker, though it's nothing to be ashamed of. True weakness lies elsewhere. Because this is not true weakness. Only those who know weakness will be truly able to become stronger."
- "When not close by, one is even closer."
- "Chase two birds, and you catch two birds."
- "Sickness occurs because of the food. You can't spell great without eat."
- "Each meal only happens once in your life, so make each one the most important."
- "If you're going to eat it anyway, then eat the best one first."
- "People who steal things lost something even more important."
- "It is enjoyable to eat something delicious, but the greatest joy comes from the time spent waiting for it."
- "No matter what condiment, what ingredient... there is something greater: the love of the person cooking"
- "There are no bad restaurants or bad experiments in this world."
- "Fancy food does not taste good. No matter what truth you try to hide, you cannot hide it."
- "Fancy flavors cannot hide poor cooking."
- "If you wish it to be so, luck will always be on your side."
- "If I wish for it, fate will always be my ally."
- "Flowers can make any girl glow."
- "All girls are equally beautiful."
- "There are two things a man must never do. One is to not make girls cry... The other is to not handle food so crudely!"
- "A truly famous store does not put out advertisements."
- "Fighting is something done from the stomach. Put the energy from your stomach into it!"
- "Work is as sticky as natto."
- "Immature fruit is sour, producing immature fights."
- "A knife can only bring happiness when used in cooking."
- "It's fun to add a secret flavor so that no one knows. But... it's more fun to find it."
- "Even the devil's whispers can sometimes sound like an angel's voice."
- "One that drowns in oneself will eventually fall to darkness."
- "Even in a world full only with enemies, there will always be someone you must protect."
- "A cuisine's flavor is decided by preparation and performance. Its the same with battle."
- "If you receive a little kindness, give them a large serving."
- "Imitating others is not bad. That's how we recognize ourselves."
- "Once you know the real thing... you won't be fooled by an imitation."
- "Children are treasures. The greatest sin in this world is to damage those treasures."
- "The strong are saved. The weak crumble. Only the strong need to survive."
- "Angels descend during meals. Therefore, it's a sacred time."
- "The sun is wonderful. It can even make the dirt shine."
- "Life is a long path to a goal. Drop your heavy luggage and enjoy walking with your hands empty."
- "Men must be cool. Boiling water turns into vapor."
- "I am the center of the world. So... I will save the world."
- "Truly delicious food will change the life of the one who eats it."
- "Cooking spreads to another. The flavor connects one person to another."
- "With strength as a goal, I will become even stronger... always as much as necessary."
- "The wishes of the children are the future's reality... adults that laugh at such dreams are no longer human."
- "People walk on the path of people and that which opens that path up is the path of Heaven."
- "A bond is a deep connection that can never be broken. Even if apart, heart and heart are still connected."
- "My evolution is faster than the speed of the light. There is nothing in the whole universe that can keep up with my evolution."
- "Justice is myself. I am justice."
- "There is only one name in the world that you must remember. Walking the path of Heaven... the man who will rule over all."
- "There is nothing wrong with imitating a person... as long as it's to find who you really are." (In Hyper Battle Video only)
- "They who control the water will control the world." (In movie only)
Kamen Rider Kabuto
The Kabuto Zecter (カブトゼクター Kabuto Zekutā) allows Soji Tendo to transform into Kamen Rider Kabuto. As with all of the Zecters, Kabuto has two basic forms that he can transform into.
- ―Transformation announcement[src]
- Punching Power: 8 t.
- Lifting Power: 25 t.
- Kicking Power: 10 t.
- Maximum Jump Height: 20 m.
- Maximum Running Speed: 100 m. per 8.9 sec.
Kabuto's Masked Form (マスクドフォーム Masukudo Fōmu) is a heavily armored form resembling a pupa. Due to the heavy armor, Masked Form offers strong defensive but low offensive capabilities. This is Kabuto's default form, until he flips the "horn" on the Kabuto Zecter (カブトゼクター Kabuto Zekutā), like a switch, to initiate the Cast Off (キャストオフ Kyasuto Ofu) command. This primes the armor to "Cast Off," which when fully activated, sends the armor flying off his body, destroying all lower Worms that get hit with the ejected armor parts and revealing the sleeker Rider Form. It is shown to be possible for Masked Form to be bypassed altogether, as seen in the Hyper Battle Video and by the alternate version of Kamen Rider Dark Kabuto in Kamen Rider Decade, by flipping the horn immediately after placing the Kabuto Zecter on the belt before the armor materializes. When Kabuto switches the horn on the Kabuto Zecter back to its original position, it will initiate Put On (プットオン Putto On) sequence, where all of the extra armor reattaches to him, restoring Masked Form either partially or completely.
The Armor of Masked Form consists of the following parts:
- Kabuto Receiver (カブトレシーバー Kabuto Reshībā) is the V-shaped horn on the forehead, usually has more than four times the hearing ability of a person, listens to sounds in the range of 16 Hz to 120 thousand Hz, and can even hear a needle falling 5 km ahead.
- Manipulator Arm (マニピュレーターアーム Manipyurētā Āmu) is the silver armor supported and reinforced by HP Pod (ＨＰポッド HP Poddo), it is possible to continue to lift with heavy load even with heavy objects of 25 tons for a long time.
- Lung Slit (ラングスリット Rangu Suritto) is the black shoulder tip that take in air. Gas is separated, converted into high-compression oxygen, and the oxygen concentration in the body is made up, and make Oxygen Value (オキシジェンバルプ Okishijen Barubu) spreads throughout the body. Only activated by qualified person can make him to be able to use the Masked Rider System freely.
- Kabuto Exclusive Zect Mark (カブト専用ゼクトマーク Kabuto Sen'yō Zekuto Māku)
- Enhanced Chest (強化チェスト Kyōka Chesuto) hidden inside the Masked Armor, stores high compressed oxygen which can be operated freely for more than 10 hours even above 5000 m above sea level. In Masked Form, Kabuto Horn is stored and isolated in chest.
- Masked Armor (マスクドアーマー Masukudo Āmā) is molecularly coupled by electric force called van der Waals force. Also, by Cast Off, Masked Armor can blow off at the initial speed of 2000 m/s and can give damage to enemies nearby.
- "Cast Off! Change Beetle!"
- ―Transformation announcement[src]
- Hearing: 5 km.
- Punching Power: 3 t.
- Kicking Power: 7 t.
- Maximum Jump Height: 37 m.
- Maximum Running Speed: 100 m. per 5.8 sec. (After Clock Up : near the speed of light)
- Rider Kick: 19 t.
Kabuto's Rider Form (ライダーフォーム Raidā Fōmu) is the sleeker and more offensive-based form. This form resembles more of a Japanese rhinoceros beetle, which Kabuto is named and themed after. In this form, Kabuto has access to the Clock Up (クロックアップ Kurokku Appu) command, enabling him to move freely through the flow of time to match the Worms. By pressing the three buttons on the belt in succession, Kabuto can perform his tachyon-powered Rider Kick (ライダーキック Raidā Kikku). Kabuto Rider Form has three known variations of Rider Kick: a normal 180 degree roundhouse kick, a counter kick (360 degree roundhouse kick, which is used to surprise opponents who attempt to attack him from behind), and a flying side kick.
Rider Form consists of the following parts:
- Kabuto Horn (カブトホーン Kabuto Hōn) has the same capabilities with Masked Form's Kabuto Receiver. Also, when charged up with the Kabuto Zecter, it receives a wave and glows red.
- O Signal (Ｏシグナル O Shigunaru) senses the disturbance of the space-time at the same time as a Worm doing Clock Up and informs it to Kabuto.
- Bourne Shell Met (ボーンシェルメット Bōnsherumetto)
- Compound Eye (コンパウンドアイ Konpaundo Ai) has a field of view to instantaneously identify targets 2 km away covering the wide angle of 130 degrees in all directions. Moreover, enemies can be identified by fluoroscopy with X-rays, neutron rays, and infrared rays even in hidden objects and darkness.
- Kabuto Breast (カブトブレスト Kabuto Buresuto)
- Sign Suit (サインスーツ Sain Sūtsu)
- Rider Armor (ライダーアーマー Raidā Āmā)
- Rider Balm (ライダーバーム Raidā Bāmu)
- Full Throttle (フルスロットル Furu Surottoru)
- Rider Stomper (ライダーストンパー Raidā Sutonpā)
Appearances: Kabuto Episode 2-49, God Speed Love, Kamen Rider G, Decade Episode 31, All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker, W & Decade: Movie War 2010, Super Hero Taisen, Super Hero Taisen Z, Wizard Episode 52-53, Kamen Rider Taisen, Super Hero Taisen GP, Legendary! Riders' Souls!, "Tricks": Kamen Rider Genm, Be The One
- "Hyper Cast Off! Change Hyper Beetle!"
- ―Transformation announcement[src]
- Hearing: 5 km.
- Punching Power: 10 t.
- Kicking Power: 15 t.
- Maximum Jump Height: 50 m.
- Maximum Running Speed: 100 m. per 4.2 sec. (After Hyper Clock Up : faster than the speed of light)
- Hyper Rider Kick: 30 t.
Kabuto is able to access Hyper Form (ハイパーフォーム Haipā Fōmu), a stronger version of Rider Form. Accessed through the Hyper Zecter (ハイパーゼクター Haipā Zekutā), Tendo transforms into this form via Hyper Cast Off (ハイパーキャストオフ Haipā Kyasuto Ofu).
In Hyper Form, Kabuto also has access to Hyper Clock Up (ハイパークロックアップ Haipā Kurokku Appu), an even faster version of Clock Up as he able to time travel due to its faster-than-light speed properties. The extent of Kabuto's time travel is currently unknown, but he has been shown travelling up to seven years in the past. Kabuto is also able to take objects back in time along with him. He is also equipped with jets on his back, the flames of which resemble insect wings, which he can use to fly. In God Speed Love, Kabuto was shown to be able to fly through space, and the jets had enough power to move a meteor far larger than him.
This form's finisher is the Hyper Kick (ハイパーキック Haipā Kikku), which is activated by first pulling the Hyper Zecter's horn before performing the usual process for the Rider Kick.
- Kabuto Zecter - Kabuto's transformation device
- Rider Belt - Kabuto's transformation belt
- Zectmizer - A device that deploys minidrones
- Hyper Zecter - Kabuto's transformation device to become Hyper Form
- Arata Kagami: Soji has an interest in Arata initially because of his straight forward mind. At first, their relationship has a difficult start due to the differences in their personality. As time goes by, Tendo and Kagami grow closer through countless battles and ordeals. Tendo helps Kagami learn a few valuable lessons when he is in doubt, while Kagami offers his support to Tendo when he is in a dilemma. Tendo even grows to trust Kagami enough to be the only one to defeat him should he lose control because of the Red Shoes system. At one point, while facing the Cassis Worm, he notes to the monster that their bond is unbreakable. Eventually, Tendo and Kagami become the greatest of friends who always have each other's backs despite their differences, a fact lampshaded by Tendo in the final episode.
- Yuzuki Misaki: She becomes Tendo's intellect and trusted ally among some Zect members. She keeps the secret that Soji is Kabuto from ZECT HQ for a while. Despite this, she is not above being agitated by Tendo's behaviour.
- Syuichi Tadokoro: Shuichi is also a trusted person who provides Soji with intellect.
- Daisuke Kazama: The first person whom Tendo called "weird" due to his principles of "living like the wind" and also his overly womanizing manner. He has to call him out on more than one occasion because of his naivety towards women. Tendo has once see him as a "jerk" because he does not even care of Gon, until she is held hostage. In spite of all that, the two still support each other on the battlefield when needed.
- Gon: Tendo is friendly to Gon, because he has the principle of "Children are the world's number one treasure"
- Tsurugi Kamishiro: The first person 99% able to match Soji. Tsurugi sees Tendo as a rival in killing Worms because he wants to avenge his sister. At first, he does not like Tsurugi because his attitude causes harm to his sister. Over time, Tsurugi has learned a few things from Tendo and becomes a better person, and Tendo comes to care about him too. In fact, his respect for Tsurugi even makes him hesistant at dealing the killing blow to the Scorpio Worm until he is convinced by him to do it.
- Jiiya: One of the very few people he ever respects. Soji will always accept to help him on any problem and even goes far as to call him "Treasure of humanity". Soji also reveals that he learns how to cook from his book.
- Renge Takatori: At first, Renge is a spy sent to kill Soji. However, after Soji warmed her heart to enjoy life properly, she becomes an apprentice of Soji. Soji is always surprised by her weird cooking which turns out to be rather delicious.
- Grandmother: The one who takes Soji in after the death of his parents. She is the one who teaches and leads Soji to become what he is now. He loves and respects her greatly.
- Jyuka Tendo: His adoptive sister. He cares for her and is extremely protective of her. She looks up to him as a brother as well.
- Hiyori Kusakabe: At first, their relationship can be mistaken as "love" at the first sight. Nevertheless, it is soon revealed that she is Soji's true sister. Despite the fact that she is actually a Native, Soji still goes to great lengths to protect Hiyori the same way as he does with Jyuka.
- So Yaguruma: Soji has no interest in Sou, even calling his Perfect Harmony imperfect. When Tendo begins to outperform him, Yaguruma's pride becomes his greatest flaw, it costs him his TheBee Zecter and his position in ZECT. When he returns as KickHopper, he states that he does not wish to be with the light of the "Sun" (implying Tendo).
- Shun Kageyama: Soji dislikes Shun because of his manipulative nature, especially when he kicks Sou from the team and uses Arata as a deadly bait to find a traitor. Shun dislikes Tendo as well, because he is not allied with ZECT. During his time as PunchHopper, he follows Yaguruma.
Legend Rider Devices
- "Kamen Ride: Kabuto! (Kabuto Zecter's Cast off transformation sound) Change Beetle!"
- ―DX Neodecadriver Transformation announcement[src]
Transforms Decade into Kabuto's Rider Form, used once before its power is sealed.Mayu the true meaning about her Grandmother's saying of looks being deceiving while praising Sohji's family bonds. During Super Hero Taisen event, Tsukasa is shown able to summon Kabuto Kunaigun when assume as Kabuto. He also able to use Clock Up without using Attack Ride Clock Up card, first shown when battling Go-Busters.Regained when Tsukasa taught
- Kabuto Masked: Decade transforms into Kamen Rider Kabuto Masked Form. This card is not used in the series, but in the S.I.C. Hero Saga side story, Masked Rider Decade: World of Stronger where Decade uses this card to protect himself from Delza Army General Steel's steel shaft. Unlike the other Form Ride Cards, this card transforms Decade into the default form of the Rider instead of a mid-upgraded form.
When Kamen Rider Decade is in his Complete Form, he uses the K-Touch to summon the Final Forms of the Nine Heisei Riders. After he presses the Rider's symbol, a card of that Rider's Final Form appears in a set of nine on Kamen Rider Decade's chest. The Kabuto Hyper card summons Kamen Rider Kabuto Hyper Form. Using the Kabuto Final AttackRide card allows Decade to execute a double Hyper Kick or a Maximum Hyper Cyclone (armed with the Perfect Zector in Gun Mode) alongside Kabuto Hyper Form. Also used by default form Decade to transform into Decade Kabuto Hyper Form in SIC Hero Saga, World Of Stronger to fight Stronger Charge Up Form, but was defeated. Also used again by Decade Complete to fight Stronger Charge Up Form but unfortunately beaten by Stronger Charge Up' Super Stronger Electric Kick.
These cards allow Decade to perform any of their own attacks, Decade is also able to use any signature attacks of whatever Kamen Rider he has transformed into.
- Clock Up: As Kabuto, or Decade moves extremely fast to the point that seconds slow down into minutes. In the novel, the card somehow ended up in Tendo's possession and give it to Tsukasa after he realized that he is Decade with the card itself being used by Decade while in Kuuga Mighty Form.
- When this attack is used in Kabuto form, Kabuto Zecter's voice will be played. But Decadriver's voice will be played instead if Tsukasa stays in his Decade form.
- Hyper Clock Up : As Kabuto Hyper Form, Decade is able travel at near light speeds, allowing him to travel forward or backward through time. This card is not shown in the TV series, but is used in the S.I.C Hero Saga side story published in Hobby Japan magazine.
The Zecter Kabuto card transforms Kabuto into a giant Kabuto Zecter, able to burrow underground.
The Zecter Kabuto charges at the opponent in a devastating mid-air body slam, Decade Meteor. With the target left vulnerable in mid-air, Kabuto and Decade execute their respective kick attacks while in Clock Up. The same card can be used by Decade in Kabuto's Rider Form to execute Kabuto's Rider Kick.
Kabuto Rider Form Medal (カブトライダーフォームメダル Kabuto Raidā Fōmu Medaru): Based on Kamen Rider Kabuto Rider Form.
Kabuto Hyper Form Medal (カブトハイパーフォームメダル Kabuto Haipā Fōmu Medaru): Based on Kamen Rider Kabuto Hyper Form.
The Kabuto Module (カブトモジュール Kabuto Mojūru) is the legendary Fourze Module based off of Kamen Rider Kabuto, which is equipped on the left leg of Kamen Rider Fourze via the triangle-based Kabuto Switch (カブトスイッチ Kabuto Suitchi). The Kabuto Module allows Fourze to perform Kabuto's Rider Kick. Like Kabuto, the module is in a Masked mode when activated until it is able to Cast Off and then the module changes to Rider mode.
This Rider Ring which bears the likeness of Kamen Rider Kabuto is exclusive to Kamen Rider Wizard's Wizard Ring toyline. When used by a Wizardriver wearer, it would be able to summon Kamen Rider Kabuto.
- Kabuto Lockseed (カブトロックシード Kabuto Rokkushīdo): Allows the user to transform into Kabuto Arms, equipped with the Kabuto Kunaigun. The core image depicts the Kabuto Rider Belt while the lid backside image depicts the Kabuto Zecter. Gaim/Kurokage/Bujin Gaim/Kamuro-styled Lockseed.
- Signal Legend Kabuto (シグナルレジェンドカブト Shigunaru Rejendo Kabuto, Based on Kamen Rider Kabuto's Kabuto Extender): Allows Mach to activate a Kourin Signal Legend. When used in the DX Drive Driver, it gives the sound for a Tire Exchange into Drive: Kabuto (ドライブ・カブト Doraibu - Kabuto).
Kabuto Ghost Eyecon (カブトゴースト眼魂 Kabuto Gōsuto Aikon) is one of the 16 title Kamen Riders' Ghost Eyecons. It shows the number R07 on its Startup Time setting, Kabuto Rider Form's face on its Transformation Time setting, and Kabuto's symbol on its Move Invocation Time setting.
- Insect Wars Kabuto Gashat (昆虫大戦争カブト Konchū Dai Sensō Kabuto): Based on Kamen Rider Kabuto.
- "(Digital beeping) Kabuto!"
- ―Activation announcement[src]
- "Rider Time! (Electronic beat mixed with Kabuto Zecter post-Rider Form noises) Change Beetle! Kabuto!"
- ―Transformation announcement in the Ziku-Driver's right-hand slot[src]
- "(Right-hand Ridewatch's announcement)! Armor Time! (Electronic beat mixed with Kabuto Zecter post-Rider Form noises) Change Beetle! Kabuto!"
- ―Rider Armor transformation announcement[src]
- "(Digital beeping) Hyper Form!"
- ―Activation announcement[src]
- "(Right-hand Ridewatch's announcement)! Armor Time! Habatake! Chou soku! Hyper Kabuto! Hyper Beetle!"
- ―Transformation announcement in the Ziku-Driver's left-hand slot[src]
- "Finish Time! Kabuto! Hyper Clock Time (Break/Burst/Jack)!"
- ―Finisher announcement in left-hand slot[src]
Kabuto Hyper Form Ridewatch (カブトハイパーフォームライドウォッチ Kabuto Haipā Fōmu Raidowotchi): Based on Kamen Rider Kabuto Hyper Form, this Ridewatch would provide access to the KabutoHyperFormArmor. It is dated 2006, but shown on the Ziku-Driver's screen as FIN.
Another Kabuto Watch (アナザーカブトウォッチ Anazā Kabuto Wotchi): A twisted version of the Kabuto Ridewatch used to transform into Another Kabuto.
The Kousoku Kabuto Goroku Wonder Ride Book (高速カブト語録ワンダーライドブック Kōsoku Kabuto Goroku Wandā Raido Bukku, lit. "High-Speed Kabuto Sayings Wonder Ride Book") is based on Kamen Rider Kabuto and his forms. The book's name is shortened to "Kabuto" in the Swordriver's announcements, and announced as "Worm" in the Ankokuken Kurayami.
Behind the scenes
Soji Tendo is portrayed by Hiro Mizushima (水嶋 ヒロ Mizushima Hiro). The younger Tendo from seven years prior to the series is portrayed by Sean Wiig (ショーン・ウィーグ Shōn Wīgu), while seventeen years prior he is portrayed by Kosuke Takeda (武田 航介 Takeda Kōsuke). In Kamen Rider Climax Heroes and Kamen Rider Battride War, Kabuto was voiced by the late Tsuyoshi Takishita, and recordings of this voice was recycled in later Battride War installments, even after his death in 2013. In Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai, Kabuto was voiced by Hiroshi Kamiya (神谷 浩史 Kamiya Hiroshi).
- Its design is based on a "Kabutomushi", other wise known as the Japanese rhinoceros beetle.
- This would make Kabuto the second Rider designed based on rhinoceros beetle, the first was being Stronger.
- Coincidentally, both are red, have a Japanese rhinoceros beetle motif, and are the seventh main riders of their respective eras.
- This would make Kabuto the second Rider designed based on rhinoceros beetle, the first was being Stronger.
- A unique design element among Final Forms is that his right foot possesses additional plating and colored differently from his left.
- Few Final Forms would replicate this trait during kick-based finishers, such as Emperor Form's Emperor Moon Break producing energy bat wings, and Build Genius Form's Genius Break emphasizing the same side's foot as Kabuto's.
- Wizard's Extra Final Form, Infinity Dragon, possessed Wizardragon's head on the right foot when executing Infinity End.
- Few Final Forms would replicate this trait during kick-based finishers, such as Emperor Form's Emperor Moon Break producing energy bat wings, and Build Genius Form's Genius Break emphasizing the same side's foot as Kabuto's.
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- TV Asahi. (2006). Kamen Rider Kabuto Hyper Form.
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