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Takeshi Hongo (本郷 猛 Hongō Takeshi) is Kamen Rider 1 (仮面ライダー１号 Kamen Raidā Ichigō, Masked Rider 1), the original Kamen Rider. He first appeared in Kamen Rider, the first installment in the long-running Kamen Rider franchise of tokusatsu programs. The primary protagonist of the series, Kamen Rider 1 is a motorcycle-riding superhero modeled after a Grasshopper. One of the most recognizable and iconic characters in Japanese entertainment, Kamen Rider 1 is as irrecoverably burnt into the cultural subconscious as the series itself.
Hongo is a young man who was kidnapped by the secret organization Shocker and forced to undergo a procedure that turns him into a super-powered cyborg. Before he can be brainwashed into doing Shocker's bidding, he escapes and becomes the first Kamen Rider, fighting for humanity's freedom against the evil forces that created him. Each episode sees Hongo meeting another of Shocker's soldiers, interacting with supporting characters (such as his mentor, Tachibana Tobei), and ultimately defeating the enemy, often with trademark "Rider Kick" or "Rider Punch" attacks.
The series was drastically altered during the filming of episode 10 when, while attempting to perform a motorcycle stunt, Fujioka shattered his leg. The surrounding episodes were quickly altered to account for this, but Fujioka's injury forced him to take a long-term hiatus from acting. In order for production to continue, Toei introduced a new protagonist, Hayato Ichimonji/Kamen Rider 2, portrayed by Takeshi Sasaki. In the show, it was explained that Shocker had built a duplicate of their original Kamen Rider cyborg in an effort to combat the threat that Hongo posed to their organization. From episode 11 to episode 13, unused footage of Fujioka was used to gradually phase out Hongo, and Kamen Rider 2 was officially introduced in episode 14.
By the time Fujioka had fully recovered from his injury, Kamen Rider had become a moderate success, and Fujioka found other work. Sasaki continued as the lead until episode 49, when Fujioka returned to the series. The two characters worked together as the "Double Riders" for a few episodes until Sasaki's character was eventually written out. From episode 53 through the end of the series, Hongo was again the sole protagonist, but Sasaki periodically returned as Ichimonji for guest spots, in episodes 72, 73, 93, 94, and the finale.
Takeshi Hongo is a heroic and selfless man who is brave enough to fight against all odds to help others. A kindhearted soul, Hongo swore to use his newfound powers as a Kamen Rider to stop Shocker, wishing for no one to suffer as he did. Despite all the troubles he has faced against Shocker's soldiers, Hongo is aware of their misfortune and feels anger at the Great Leader for taking away their humanity. Although far more human than most of Shockers experiments, Hongo knows fully well of his less than human nature and expressed self-loathing early in the series. As time passed by though, Hongo learned to accept himself for who he became, understanding that he is still human inside.
Originally, Hongo was somewhat distant towards others, aside from Tachibana Tobei. As time passed, Hongo became more social and cheerful, having matured significantly as a person.
When making guest appearances in the Neo-Heisei era though, Hongo usually acts very differently than how he was in the original series. Many times, he will show disapproval towards the newer protagonists, seeing them as unworthy to call themselves as Kamen Riders. This is in stark contrast to how he is portrayed in the Showa era and early Heisei era, where Hongo graciously accepted the newer Kamen Riders as his friends and allies. Time and time again though, the Hongo in the Neo-Heisei period will realize his mistake and reconciles with his successor. One silver lining in the this version of Hongo is that despite his stern and rather unfair personality, he genuinely does wish to protect the innocent, something which all versions of Takeshi Hongo share in common.
Battle against Shocker
Takeshi Hongo was a prodigy college biochemistry student at Jounan University's Biochemical Department, in which he also worked alongside Professor Midorikawa. Born on August 15, 1948, Hongo was a young man with an abnormal IQ of 600 as well as amazing physical prowess which attracted the attention of the secret organization Shocker, which planned to bring about a new order to the world, where artificially enhanced beings, both cybernetically and organically, stood at the top of the world. During his younger years, Hongo lost both his parents and had trouble recovering from his emotional pain. The one who helped Hongo deal with said pain was his mentor Tobei Tachibana, whom Hongo came to see as a father-figure. Hongo enjoyed riding motorcycles, and during a practice with Tachibana, he ends up attacked and captured by Shocker`s minions. Hongo was turned into a cyborg by Shocker, but he isn't brainwashed, due to the intervention of Professor Midorikawa, who allows his escape. The Shocker monster Spider Man (Kumo Otoko), pursued them.
While hiding, Professor Midorikawa explains that he had been forced to work for Shocker, and was also the one who unwillingly recommended Hongo to them. Horrified at what had happened to his body, Hongo asks Midorikawa if he will remain like this forever, which Midorikawa sadly confirmed. Deciding to use his new found powers for good, Hongo's spirit as a Kamen Rider is born. Immediately afterwards, Kumo Otoko catches up with them and kills Professor Midorikawa, leading Ruriko Midorikawa, the professor's daughter who had just arrived there, to believe that it was Hongo who killed him. Amongst the confusion, Kumo Otoko knocks out Ruriko and taking her to use as a bait for Hongo. Hongo transforms, calling himself "Kamen Rider", while riding a customized bike made by the Tachibana Racing Club, the Cyclone. He catches up with Kumo Otoko, defeating him and his minions. With Kumo Otoko defeated and Ruriko saved, Hongo feels a moment of relief. Knowing that Shocker will not be easily defeated though, Hongo braces himself for the long battle to come.
Shortly afterwards, another Shocker member, Bat Man (Komori Otoko), goes after Hongo. He implants a virus that transforms his victims into vampire-like creatures under his control. Ruriko is involved in the battle again, with the virus implanted in her blood, and, before she loses consciousness, Komori Otoko reveals to her that her father was killed for betraying Shocker. Hongo defeats Komori Otoko, and, using his own body, cures his victims. Tobei Tachibana, from the Tachibana Racing Club, learns about what happened to Hongo and his battle against Shocker during these events and decides to support him. Meanwhile, Ruriko sees that Hongo wasn't the one who killed her father, and in fact, was fighting against the ones responsible for his death. However, she doesn't learn about his identity as Kamen Rider.
Hongo and Tachibana together soon study the limits of Hongo's new body. Hongo tries to keep Ruriko away from the battle, hiding the modifications done to him and his identity as the Kamen Rider, in hopes of keeping her away from danger. He soon stumbles on an odd case about an old man, supposedly being taken for psychiatric treatment, while asking for help and mentioning Shocker. Suspicious of those events, Hongo soon goes in pursuit, rescuing the man. He was Mr.Ito, who had escaped from a Shocker base, but was immediately pursued in an attempt to stop Shocker's existence from being revealed to the world. Tachibana asked for Ruriko's help to protect Mr. Ito, alongside Goro Hayase, Takeshi's old friend and rival in racing. However, Shocker troops soon surround them, and a strange scorpion kills Mr. Ito. Going in pursuit of the troops, Hongo and Hayase eventually get to a Shocker base, where Hayase reveals that he voluntarily joined Shocker and became a cyborg, Scorpion Man, in order to get a change to best Hongo. Hongo tries to reason with Hayase, who refuses to back down, and is forced to fight against and eventually kill him.
Hongo goes on to fight against many of Shocker's creations, stopping their various plans. Takeshi also often spends his free time and coordinates his battle against Shocker with Tachibana in the "Snack Amigo", which is also frequented by Ruriko. Eventually, studying the various monsters defeated by Hongo, and combining their strongest traits, Shocker created Gebacondor. However, to awaken their superior creation, they needed to blood of young women, and, to obtain that, they start killing women who are about to marry in a certain chapel. Meanwhile, Kazuya Taki, winner of 1970's "All-Japan Championship" racing competition, another great rival of Hongo, sends a letter to the Snack Amigo, announcing his upcoming marriage, before the next tournament. Hongo had learned about the assassinations and was investigating them, and so he doesn't go to his friend's marriage. After the marriage of Kazuya and Yoko Taki, they're attacked by Shocker troops led by Gebacondor. Taki demonstrates an incredible fighting prowess against Shocker's troops, but Yoko is about to be taken, until Hongo arrives and fights as Kamen Rider to stop them. Taki rescues Yoko, but the Kamen Rider's attacks have little effect on Gebacondor, which ends up hitting Hongo with an attack which buries him underground. Gebacondor leaves, believing that he had killed the Rider. Gebacondor continues its attacks, this time not limited to the chapel. Tobei Tachibana prepares a plan involving a fake marriage to attract Shocker's attention, and Taki decides to help. When the Gebacondor reappears, so does Hongo, who recovered from his earlier defeat. However, he still couldn't match the new Shocker creation physically. Following Tachibana's words, however, he uses the Cyclone at max speed to run into Gebacondor, destroying it.
Shocker revives the 11 monsters killed by the Kamen Rider, starting a large operation to invade the Toyo Atomic Energy Research Laboratory. However, Bat Man and Scorpion Man fail to break through the powerful electromagnetic wave barrier surrounding it. The Weapons Research Division, however, soon presents a Barrier Wrecking Ball. Shocker captures, modified and brainwashed the arrogant Soccer Player, Ken Nomoto, creating the Tokageron, a powerful lizard monster. Taki returns to the Snack Amigo, wanting to contact Hongo, however, he yet again was focused on his battle against Shocker, already working to stop their newest operation. Ruriko and Taki also had their own suspicious and investigate by their own, following a suspicious car to a Shocker base. Ken Nomoto, now a brainwashed Shocker agent, convinces Taki to forget the investigation. However, he was preparing a surprise attack against them, causing a rock slide that wounds Taki. The Kamen Rider appears to face him, but he's also defeated. Hongo trains with Tachibana to become stronger, and the result is the creation of a more powerful Rider Kick, the Lightning Rider Kick.
In spite of being wounded, Taki quickly goes back to his Shocker investigation. Tachibana finds an FBI badge left by Taki in the hospital, discovering his reason for involving himself in the battle against Shocker. Taki invades a secret base of Shocker, but Shocker's Great Leader welcomes him through audio-only communication, revealing that they also already knew his identity. He's surrounded by Shocker soldiers, but is saved by the Kamen Rider. Hongo returns to the Research Institute, where he faces all 12 cyborgs at once. Kamen Rider steals and uses the Wrecking Ball that was to be used to destroy the Lab's barrier to destroy the monster army itself.
In spite of their international activities being mostly successful, Shocker's plans weren't progressing in Japan. After the previous attempts at killing Hongo, they decide to create a second Kamen Rider, superior to the original. However, Hongo uncovers their plan and rescues the subject before he's brainwashed. He was Hayato Ichimonji, a freelancer cameraman, who decides to help in Hongo's battle against Shocker. Hongo leaves Japan in Hayato's hands, and travels overseas to fight against Shocker around the world. Ruriko Midorikawa also leaves with him, although eventually they part ways.
Through accepting himself and various battles that strengthened him, Hongo gained a new form known as Sakurajima Ichigou which allowed him to fight more evenly against some of Shockers newer soldiers eventually leading him to Doctor Shinigami, commander of Shocker's Swiss branch. He receives help from Emi, a martial artist who also had skills in decrypting Shocker transmissions, and Mika, a fortuneteller also able to use cards in combat. Shocker discovers about their operations and attempts to kill them, but they're saved by Hongo, who protects them as Kamen Rider. Hongo faces the powerful Shocker cyborg, Snowman, but can't best him in combat. Emi discovers about a large Shocker operation to bring chaos in Japan through an artificial eruption of the Mount Kyushu volcano, with the participation of Doctor Shinigami himself. Hongo tells them to travel there and contact Hayato Ichimonji. Hongo also follows them to Japan, and soon joins Hayato Ichimonji. The two Riders, fighting together, destroy Snowman and move to stop Shocker's operation.
Shocker starts kidnapping many people in the area of Sakurajima to work in their operation, including the members of the Tachibana Racing Club. After finding a young boy whose mother was taken from him, Hongo leaves him under Ichimonji's protection while he goes on to face Shocker alone. Armadillong and Mogurang, two Shocker cyborgs previously defeated by Hayato, are rebuilt and face Hongo, who manages to stop them, however, he soon has to face Ghoster, Shocker's newest creation. Heat resistant and with an enormous strength it defeats Hongo Takeshi, who is captured by Shocker. Intending to proceed with their original plans for Hongo, Doctor Shinigami brainwashes him into becoming a loyal soldier of Shocker, and sends him to kill the second Kamen Rider. Hongo is sent to face Ichimonji and apparently kills him. With his mission done, Ghoster decides to kill Hongo, only to see Hayato getting up just fine. Their minds are linked, and can communicate doesn't matter the distance, as a result, the brainwashing had been undone. Hongo easily destroys Armadillong and, together, the Double Riders kill Ghoster, and free the people enslaved by Shocker. The Double Riders also go after Doctor Shinigami, but he escapes. Hongo leaves Emi and Mika in Japan, going back to Europe to continue fighting by himself. However, Doctor Shinigami stays leading Shocker's operations in Japan.
Sometime later, Hongo recovered Kenzou Nakayama who had been left to die by Shocker Combatmen after discovering a diamond mine. Hongo brought Kenzou back to Japan where he would use the fortune to make a home for him and his grandson as well as other orphans, ruining the ambitions of Shocker who intended to acquire the wealth for their own use. It was thanks to an antidote provided by Hongo beforehand Hayato was able to save the life of Kazuya Taki who had been struck by Shocker's Africa blowdart. Hongo fought alongside Hayato and Taki against the Shocker force led by Isoginchak. After defeating the cyborg monster with his fellow Rider, Hongo left Japan once more for a new mission in Europe.
Not long after, in Europe, an Unicorn fossil is discovered, but mysteriously disappears. It's taken by Shocker to be used in the creation of their new monster, Unicornos. Hongo sends a letter to Hayato and soon follows to help him. While Hayato protected people and investigated Shocker, Hongo infiltrated their base of operations and faced Unicornos and Doctor Shinigami. Doctor Shinigami escapes, but the two Riders fighting together destroy Unicornos.
Soon afterwards, Doctor Shinigami and Gilgalass started an operation involving a brainwashing gas. Hayato attempts to stop them, but he's defeated by Shocker's troops with Gilgalass help. Hongo appears to face Gilgalass, who recognizes his fame as stopping many Shocker operations in Europe. Gilgalass seemingly beats him, but it was just a trick to infiltrate Shocker's base. Hongo confronts Doctor Shinigami, but Gilgalass escapes. Hayato joins in the battle against Gilgalass, while Doctor Shinigami escapes from Hongo, who decides to help Hayato. Hongo and Hayato destroy Gilgalass with a Double Rider Kick. After the battle was over, Hayato decides to leave Japan in Hongo's hands, leaving to fight against Shocker abroad, while Hongo stayed in Japan. Hayato also gives Hongo his camera to keep it until their battle was finished.
Return to Japan
Hongo is captured once again by Shocker, which proceed to enhance his body even further than originally and brainwash him into a loyal servant, however, by using self-hypinosis, Hongo avoids the brainwashing and returns as a more powerful Kamen Rider. This is the origin of the original Rider's famous design with silver gloves and boots that would go on to appear in all of his appearances starting from this point. 
While training for a racing competition, Hongo is attacked by Shocker troops led by Jaguarman. Their battle is spied onto by Ambassador Hell, the new commander that takes over Shocker's activities in Japan. Using Jaguarman's powers, Shocker controls animals to attack humans. Hongo and Taki investigate the reports about animals attacking humans and soon run into Shocker troops, and are welcomed by Ambassador Hell, through an hologram. Hell introduces himself and reveals that Hongo's companions of the Tachibana Racing Club had been kidnapped. Hongo exchanges their freedom with his, and was crucified and about to be executed, when Taki returns and rescues him. Hongo transforms into the new Rider 1 and easily destroys Jaguarman with a new air grappling technique, the Rider Head Crusher.
After Ambassador Hell's operations fail several times against Hongo, Doctor Shinigami returns from America to cooperate with Ambassador Hell in Japan. Doctor Shinigami brings with him a new cyborg made in the USA, Namazugiller, based on an electric catfish, able to release powerful electric shocks and take over victims with them. Ambassador Hell captures Goro Ishikura, a young member of the Tachibana Racing Club. Hongo and Taki, while investigating Shocker's activities, run into Namazugiller and Hongo briefly faces the new cyborg, which soon escapes. Goro Ishikura is sent back to the Racing Club members, but brainwashed and releasing electric shocks against them. However, after the charge runs out, he goes back to normal. Afterwards, Taki becomes his next target and attacks Hongo, but Hongo knocks him out and then destroys Namazugiller, alongside the Shocker base in the region, bringing everyone back to normal.
Doctor Shinigami soon brings a monster from Shocker's African branch, Saigang. Isao Katsumaru, a fellow racer friends with Hongo, is captured and brainwashed by Shinigami. During a racing competition, Hongo and Taki are attacked, but Hongo manages to fight away Katsumaru and the Shocker troops. Katsumaru is left dizzy afterwards, and uses the sabotaged fuel that was meant to be used for Hongo's bike. Katsumaru's bike blows up, but he survives and is recovers his senses. Hongo catches up with him, defeats the Shocker troops, and destroys Saigang. Hongo and Taki quickly get back into the race and manage to win.
Kamikirikid, a longhorn beetle monster, attacks people who approach the Shocker graveyard, where dead monsters are taken after being killed. They sacrifice Kato, a captured human, in front of a skull adorned cross from where the Great Leader communicated with his followers. Afterwards, several monsters were brought back to life, Jaguarman, Saigang, Poison Lizard Man, Harinezuras and Zanjioh. Led by Kamikirikid, they started an operation to bring vengeance upon the first Kamen Rider and his friends, aiming to sacrifice them for an even greater ritual. Kato miraculously appears alive in the Tachibana Racing Club, asking for help, but it's just an appearance taken by Kamikirikid, who leads Hongo away from his friends while the other monsters capture them. However, Hongo returns and defeats all monsters together by himself, destroying the Shocker Graveyard.
A couple sees a meteorite falling and heads to see it from upclose. They find a red glowing stone, but, when Katsuo approaches it, the rock explodes and covers him in sparks. It was all just the beginning of an operation led by Doctor Shinigami to destroy all of Japan with meteorites. Meanwhile, Hongo tests a remodeled New Cyclone. During his training, Hongo's ambushed by Shocker troops led by a squid cyborg, Ikadevil. His Rider Kick fails against it, and he's severely wounded. Shortly afterwards, Tachibana is captured by Doctor Shinigami, who wants him to work as a trainer for Shocker's cyborgs. Meanwhile, Hongo trains with Taki's help to surpass the new enemy. Hongo faces Shinigami, who reveals his true form as Ikadevil. Kamen Rider faces Ikadevil, and, during the battle, Tachibana, who manages to escape, tells Hongo that Ikadevil's weakness was his head. Ikadevil reveals that soon the meteorties will fall and Japan will be destroyed. Kamen Rider uses the Rider Tailspin Shoot, sending him crashing onto a montain. After Ikadevil is defeated and explodes, the meteorites fall out of control around him, destroying one of Shocker's bases and stopping their own operation.
The Tachibana Racing Club travels to take a little summer vacation from their encounters with Shocker, but little they knew that they were just stepping into one of their newest operations. Mosquiras was testing its poison that reduces people to bones, and Tachibana watches him in action. It moves to silence him, but he's soon interrupted by a Kamen Rider with red gloves and boots. Mosquilas escapes, and the Rider is revealed to be Hayato, who had followed Mosquilas back to Japan after fighting against Shocker in the Amazon. However, in spite of his efforts, the members of the Tachibana Racing Club are kidnapped and used as hostages by Ambassador Hell. After the trouble comes up, Hongo and Taki soon join to rescue them. The two Riders together, rescue the Tachibana Racing Club members and destroy Mosquilas with a Rider Double Kick. However, Ambassador Hell still didn't give up, moving ahead with a new attack led by Shiomaneking.
Ambassador Hell planned to build a large underwater base for Shocker, and, for that project, Shiomanking captured professor Sakai, who was forced to work for Shocker. He refused though, and so Shiomaneking proceeded to attempt to hold his wife and child as hostages in order to force him to work for Shocker. Taki, and soon, Hongo got in Shiomaneking's way, protecting the professor's family. The battle between Hongo and Shiomaneking ended in a stalemate, but soon Shocker launched a second attack to capture Sakai's family. Hongo attempted to face them, but was unable to take care of the Shocker soldiers, Shiomaneking and Ambassador Hell, all at once, even with Taki's help. However, Ichimonji soon arrived to help, taking on Shiomaneking while Hongo took care of the Shocker troops and Taki rescued the hostages. With a Rider Double Kick, Shiomaneking was destroyed and Shocker's operation fell apart. Soon afterwards, Ichimonji left Japan again to continue his fight abroad.
Naoki and Mitsuru, two boys who had been following the adventures of the Tachibana Racing Club are gifted with Rider themed uniform and pendants with transmissors, becoming the first two members of The Boys' Kamen Rider Squad, prepared by Tachibana and the Racing Club. They also received trained birds for comunication. Shortly afterwards, more children join them. The monster Shiracuras, following orders from Ambassador Hell, starts an operation to brainwash children. The brainwashed children brought more children to become Shocker followers. However, they soon run into Tatsuo Itou, a new Rider Squad member, who refuses to join them. He finds his father and asks for his help, but his father had been brainwashed too. He sends a bird to ask for help, but isn't unable to write any message. However, Hongo, Taki and the Tachibana Racing Club members, by analyzing who had received the bird, soon track down the location where trouble was brewing. They soon face the people controlled by Shiracuras, including Tatsuo, and Shiracuras himself. The Kamen Rider had advantage against it, but Taki is hurt in combat, and the monster uses the opportunity to retreat. Afterwards, the Rider Squad spreads all over the city, looking for any signs of Shocker, until Naoki finds a suspicious car, calling for help. The Kamen Rider thanks them and silently follows the car to their hideout. Hongo destroys their base and easily defeats Shiracuras.
Alnogside the Boys' Kamen Rider Squad, Hongo continues his battle against Shocker defeating several cyborgs. One night, in the Otake village, a child sees a plane being destroyed in the middle of its flight, and decides to go near the area. He wanders into a graveyard, where Shocker soldiers were messing with a grave. After they live, the child approaches, only to see a strange Sea Urchin. Unidogma soon appears, telling him that he couldn't let him escape after seeing his form. The child escape to his parents who just melt when he approaches them. In spite of being in panic, the child still manages to escape. Ambassador Hell was furious at his troops for allowing a mere child to slip from their hands. The child runs into Tachibana, and tells him everything that he saw. However, when they go check his home, his parents are there, seemingly alive. After initially leaving the child behind, Tachibana signals to Hongo and Taki back in Tokyo that something was wrong, and returns for the child, rescuing him from Shocker. Hongo and Taki head there, but, in the way, run into a thick fog and a mysterious monster. Hongo tells Taki to go ahead and faces the new monster. He's impressed by the strength of the new Shocker cyborg, but receives a puzzling answer from the monster, who tells Hongo that the Shocker monster is Unidogma in the Otake village. The Kamen Rider is unable to do any damage to the monster and is punched to the ground before it disappears in a blink. After the interruption, Hongo soon manages to arrive and destroy Unidogma. The Great Leader tells Ambassador Hell that he's responsible for all their failures, and shows him the mysterious monster, although he refuses to reveal its identity. Feeling pressured, Ambasador Hell promises to win next time.
Garagaranda attacks people who live close to the ocean, but his attack is soon interrupted by the Kamen Rider. Confused by how Hongo could have learned about his plans, Hongo reveals that he received information from someone who betrayed Shocker. Garagaranda refuses to accept that and attacks, but he's defeated by the Kamen Rider with a powerful kick. Back in his command center, Ambassor Hell is chained by his own soldiers, the Great Leader accuses him of betraying Shocker, since only two people knew about Garagaranda's operation - Ambassador Hell and Shocker's leader himself. In the Rider Squad control room, Tobei Tachibana receives a messager bird that wasn't one of the ones given to the Rider Squad members. In fact, it was a voice message from the Great Leader of Shocker, talking about the execution of Ambassador Hell, and inviting Hongo for it. Although they couldn't trust Shocker, Hongo choses to take that chance, while making some preventive measures of his own. Takeshi Hongo goes to the meeting place and is about to see Hell's execution when, with Taki's help, they rescue Ambassador Hell. Hongo stays facing the Shocker troops, while Taki takes Ambassador Hell. Hell wonders if Hongo would be fine staying behind, telling Taki about the existence of the mysterious monster. After Hongo defeats the Shocker soldiers, the mysterious monster appears again, and disappears flying into the sky after knocking down Rider 1.
Ambassador Hell tells the Tachibana Racing Club about Ganikomol, the true name of the monster, and about how he had been fooled by Shocker's promises of world domination, and that's why he chose to help them stopping Garagaranda. He reveals that Garagaranda's next target was in the Japanese desert. Hongo decides to investigate, while leaving Ambassador Hell with Tachibana and the girls of the Racing Club. However, soon Ambassador Hell reveals that he is Garagaranda, taking all of them as prisoners. When Taki and Hongo arrive in the desert, they see Ambassador Hell with them as hostages, buried under the sand. Taki rescues them, while the Kamen Rider faces Garagaranda. After receiving a Rider Kick, Ambassador Hell returns to human form before exploding, screaming that the Shocker Army is eternal. However, the voice of the Great Leader soon echoes, telling the Rider that Shocker was finished, but an even more menacing organization soon would appear. Following the leader's speech, Ambassador Hell's base in Japan self destructs.
Shocker soldiers around Japan are killed by Ganikomol, meanwhile, Hongo and Taki are ambusshed by new soldiers. Hongo can still keep up with them, but they easily dodge and counter Taki, while also showing strange abilities, like disappearing and turning into paper sheets to fly. Soon, Ganikomol appears before them, announcing that the name of the new organization is Gel-Shocker. Hongo watches it completely destroy the body of a dead Shocker soldier. Hongo works with Taki and captures one of the new soldiers. The soldier tells them that their Japanese hideout is in the Sarushima island, and that their leader is General Black. He also reveals that they all had to return before 3 o'clock, but he's immediately self destructed remotely. Hongo and Taki investigate the island, and find a completely immobile Tachibana lying down under a blanket. Ganikomol appears, and they're surrounded by Gel-Shocker soldiers who capture them. Afterwards, Tachibana stands up, only to reveal that it was just a disguise by General Black, the leader of Gel-Shocker's Japanese invasion, who had come from Africa. The Gel-Shocker troops raise a flag for the beginning of their invasion, while General Black talks about how Shocker now also had Geldam's strength and with that they'll certainly conquer Earth. However, Kamen Rider reappears and faces Ganikomol once again. Taki goes after General Black, but he's stopped by the Gel-Shocker soldiers. Meanwhile, Kamen Rider and Ganikomol clash and seemingly explode together in the skies of Sarushima.
Taki and all the Racing Club members mourn the Rider's loss. They soon receive a message from Gel-Shocker, which turns out to be a time bomb. Taki gets rid of it, but is still hurt. Sasoritokages proceeds with the execution of surviving Shocker scientists, but one of them, Shintaro Mine, escapes. Gel-Shocker troops immediately head towards his home, only to be surprised by Hongo, still alive. Hongo's survival is revealed to the Rider Squad communication room, but Tachibana, who wasn't with them, doesn't learn about it. Tachibana's attacked by Sasoritokages, who reveals that Hongo is alive, right before attempting to kill Tobei. However, the Kamen Rider arrives and rescues Tachibana. He faces the Gel-Shocker troops and Sasoritokages, who is destroyed by the Rider Return Kick.
The Kamen Rider goes on to face and stop many Gel-Shocker cyborgs and operations in Japan, like Shocker before them. However, Gel-Shocker's monsters were stronger and his battles harsher. Mukadetiger, a centipede and tiger monster, brainwashed and kidnapped children around Japan. The Rider Squad headquarters receive a message addressed from a wasteland, and Hongo decides to investigate, alongside Taki. There, Mukadetiger shows that the Rider Squad children now are Gel-Shocker Scouts. Hongo avoids hurting them and faces Mukadetiger, but his Rider Kick is defeated by its Mukade Punch. When Taki returns to the base after battle, he soon notices that Tachibana and everyone else had been brainwashed. Taki himself also is poisoned and can't do anything. Hongo is found and rescued by a Rider Squad member that hadn't been brainwashed alongside his sister, Yumi. However, Gel-Shocker soon attacks them, and, using him as a hostage, forces Yumi to give Hongo's location. Mukadetiger burns Hongo's hideout, which explodes, but the hot wind makes the typhoon belt spin, transforming him and saving his life. Regretful for her actions, Yumi looks at the destroyed cabin in desolation, but Kamen Rider appears and tells her that her actions weren't wrong. Peace and justice aren't as important as human life. He promises that he'd save her brother and leaves to face Mukadetiger again. The Kamen Rider invades the Gel-Shocker school and takes on Mukadetiger. The fight reaches the top of a dam, from where the Rider and Mukadetiger fall, seemingly exploding together. General Black decides that it's an unique opportunity and calls forth another Gel-Shocker members, a Kamen Rider with yellow gloves, boots and scarf. Taki and the Rider Squad search for the original Kamen Rider near the explosion, but find no traces left.
Haetoribachi, a venusflytrap/bee monster goes after two men, who he describes as human guineapigs for Gel-Shocker's cyborgs, before easily killing them with an acid spit. However, Hongo's voice challanges Haetoribachi, who looks up to see the yellow Rider. They start fighting, but soon General Black interrupts them, revealing that it was just a training session for the Shocker Rider. Their goal is to eliminate the Anti-Shocker Alliance before they can join with the Rider Squad. Gel-Shocker's computers detect that the Anti-Shocker Alliance have information regarding the Great Leader's real identity, and move to destroy it. Tobei Tachibana is contacted by the Anti-Shocker Alliance, and meets their leader, Seichiro Komura. Seichiro tells Tobei about how they're a worldwide organization, and many members have personal grudges against Shocker, like how his son had been killed by them, while his assistant, who contacted Tobei, Ishigami Chie, had lost her mother. Their compute had obtained information about the identity of the Leader of Gel-Shocker and wanted to give it to the Kamen Rider. The Shocker Rider appears in the Rider Squad base, speaking with Hongo's voice, and assuring them that he was fine and would obtain the information. Taki goes with him, and, right after the disguised Shocker Rider receives the data in a suitcase, they're attacked by Gel-Shocker combatents. Meanwhile, Ishigami Chie was attacked by Haetoribachi, who tells her that he knew where to find her because they had given the information to the Kamen Rider, their ally. However, she's rescued in the last moment by Takeshi Hongo, who was still alive. He transforms into Kamen Rider and rescues Ishigami, allowing Haetoribachi to escape. The original Kamen Rider notices that there must be a Shocker Rider identical to him, and promises her that he'd stop it. Tachibana and Taki meet the Shocker Rider, who, mimicking Hongo's voice, refuses to give them the Anti-Shocker Alliance's data about the Great Leader and attacks them both. However, soon the original Rider returns and steals the data. The Shocker Rider drops the voice change, and fights against the original Kamen Rider. They're perfectly matched, and the Shocker Rider even has his own Cyclone. However, soon the Shocker Rider reveals his own tricks, like a blade build into his leg, that could be detached and wielded as a knife. Haetoribachi reappears, and, fighting alongside the Shodker Rider, easily defeats the original one, who's left hanging on rocks to avoid falling into the sea.
The original Kamen Rider grabs onto Haetoribachi's leg, falling and disappearing into the sea with it. The Shocker Rider commemorates the original Riders' death, proclaiming himself the only Kamen Rider now. The Shocker Rider attempts to destroy the data about the Great Leader, but he's stopped by Eidokugar, a batoidea/poisonous moth monster. There was a change of plans, and Gel-Shocker wanted the information, while they should give a false device to the Anti-Shocker Alliance that would kill them all. Taki and Tachibana approach the battle's location and receive the false suitcase, while the Shocker Rider and Haetoribachi act like they're fighting against each other. The Shocker Rider claims that the false Rider has been destroyed, when a group of Gel-Shocker soldiers appears. He tells Tachibana and Taki to take the suitcase, while he'd stay behind. The Great Leader receives the Anti-Shocker Alliance data and tells General Black to analyze it to understand the scale of their organization. However, it turns out that they had obtained false data. The Great Leader decides that the Anti-Shocker Alliance must be immediately destroyed. The Shocker Rider, mimicking Hongo's voice, returns to the Anti-Shocker Alliance base, and warns them about the bomb in the device they had received. He tells them to leave the base and activates the bomb, although it does no damage to himself. Hayato Ichimonji arrives with the real data, but the Shocker Rider insists on getting it. Hayato wonders about that yellow muffler and soon his drops his guise and they fight. Hayato destroys the Shocker Cyclone, seemingly alongside the Shocker Rider and recovers the suitcase with the data. However, soon afterwards, a Rider with a white scarf and Hongo's voice appears in the Rider Squad base. It was actually the Shocker Rider Number 2, alongside Eidokugar, who proceed to kidnap the children and women left in the base. Hongo returns, and transformed into Kamen Rider, faces Eidokugar and Shocker Rider 2, but he's knocked out by Shocker Rider 2 and the hostages are taken away. Soon afterwards, Ichimonji, Taki and Tachibana find a wounded Hongo. General Black contacts them, using the hostages to obtain the computer data in the hands of the Anti-Shocker Alliance. Seichiro Komura refuses to handle the data to them, saying that they need to look at the bigger picture, but Ishigami Chie gives them the suitcase with the data device, asking them to carry on the revenge for her mother. Hongo recovers and goes alongside Hayato and Ichimonji for the negotiations. They give the suitcase to an helicopter, but they don't give the hostages, and so Taki grabs onto a cord following it. Meanwhile, Shocker Riders Number 1 and Number 2 reappear, quickly followed by four others, Shocker Rider Number 3, Shocker Rider Number 4, Shocker Rider Number 5 and Shocker Rider Number 6. Hongo and Ichimonji transform into Kamen Rider 1 and Kamen Rider 2 and prepare for the battle.
In addition to the Shocker Riders, more combatents appear, and the Shocker Riders show their own unique abilities, like a micro-missile barrage. While the fight goes on, Tachibana acts and rescues the hostages. Seichiro Komura returns and uses a gas weapon to allow the Riders to escape. They jump to the helicopter and immobilize Eidokugar, recovering the suitcase. Seichiro decides to lock the data device into a safe to keep it away from Gel-Shocker. Eidokugar is captured, but remains in complete silence, not giving any information. Meanwhile, Tachibana decides to train Hongo and Ichimonji to develop a new technique against the Shocker Riders. Namekujikinoko is sent as General Black's last ace in the mission. He kills Seichiro Komura and possesses his body. At the same time, Eidokugar starts moving again, breaking from his prison and killing agents of the Anti-Shocker Alliance. Gel-Shocker soldiers appear and possess their bodies too. However, Hongo's presence stopped them from acting openly. The data finally is seemingly analyzed, revealing that Gel-Shocker's leader's hideout is in Japan and giving its coordinates. Dokugar appears and tries to stop the Rider Squad and Anti-Shocker Alliance members from heading there, but Rider 1 and 2 together destroy it. They head into the Gel-Shocker hideout, but it was a trap, false information planted into the Anti-Shocker Alliance's computer to trap the two Kamen Riders and kill all of their enemies. Komura reappears, holding Chie as a hostage, and reveals the real Komura is dead, and he's actually Namekujikinoko. Taki rescues Chie and the Riders start their counterattack. The 2 Riders are surrounded by the Shocker Riders, and, although they can beat them individually, as a group the Shocker Riders still are stronger. However, they use the Rider Wheel - running in circles and jumping to create a destrutive force that pushed the Shocker Riders against each other, exploding them. Afterwards, with a Rider Double Kick, they quickly destroyed Namekujikinoko. Afterwards, Ichimonji leaves to continue fighting abroad.
Hongo and the Rider Squad face a few more Gel-Shocker cyborgs stopping their operations again and again. A couple is attacked by a Gel-Shocker monster, Hiruchameleon. The man attempts to hold the monster, while the girl escapes. She soon runs into boys from the Rider Squad, who report the Gel-Shocker sighting. Meanwhile, using human life force absorbed by Hiruchamelon, the Gel-Shocker scientists were able to ressurect Ganikomol, and planned to bring even more of them back to life. Hongo and Taki find a Gel-Shocker base close to the place reported by the Rider Squad and infiltrate it, disguising themselves as Gel-Shocker soldiers. Entering there, they find Ganikomol. Kamen Rider 1 beats it easily enough this time, but it wasn't the monster reported by the kids, which suggested that there was something else out there. Meanwhile, Ganikomol studies Hongo's transformation and how to stop it. Prisoners escape from Gel-Shocker's base, but are both killed before escaping. Later that night, Hongo is attacked by Hiruchameleon, who disappears after his surprise attack fails. However, he's followed by Rider 1, who fights against him briefly before it escapes. Right after the battle, a man who claims to have escaped from a Gel-Shocker base meets Hongo. He tells the Rider Squad the location and takes Hongo and Taki there, but as soon as they leave the base, Tachibana and the other members are struck and left unconscious by Gel-Shocker. Taki is attacked by their guide, while Hongo is caught into a trap. Their guide was actually Ganikomoru himself, mimicking one of the dead prisoners. Hiruchameleon uses all of the Rider Squad as hostages against Hongo, telling that their life will be used for monsters. Hongo attempts to transform, but his belt is stopped by a substance emitted on it.
Rider 2 returns and defeats the Gel-Shocker troops, rescuing the Rider Squad members and Hongo himself. They proceed to capture Hiruchameleon and ask him about General Black's location, but he refuses to speak. General Black's voice through the speakers tells them to bring Hiruchamelon to him and so the Double Riders follow their only lead, taking Hiruchameleon to the arranged place, only to see themselves surrounded by revived Gel-Shocker monsters. General Black's voice comes from Hiruchameleon himself, who leads them to that trap and reveals itself to be General Black himself. However, to his surprise, the two Riders were already expecting that. Hongo and Hayato go after General Black, while Taki tells them that he'll handle the monsters, which escape in a truck. Hiruchameleon can't keep up with the Riders, and attempts to escape by using his invisibility. However, Rider 1 and 2 sense his presence and hit him with a double chop, which finishes off the Gel-Shocker commander. Taki catches up with the monsters, just to be captured. Using a digital voice mimicking Taki's, the Great Leader sends Rider 1 and 2 towards Gel-Shocker's headquarters. They're surrounded by the Gel-Shocker monster troops, but managed to destroy all of them once again. Afterwards, the Rider Squad members are used by the Great Leader as hostages, and the Riders run through a minefield to reach them. The Riders seemingly fall, only to surprise the Great Leader by appearing in his command room. The Great Leader was covered by a mantle, and Rider 2 grabs it, only to reveal a head full of snakes. Promising to send them to hell for destroying Gel-Shocker, the Riders are hit by powerful waves of energy, but managed to run through them and grab the Great Leader's head, and pulling the sneaks, only to reveal a palid featureless cyclops undernearth. The Great Leader tells thems that this is the end of Gel-Shocker, and they'll all die together, before falling on the ground just as the explosions start. Hayato notices the Great Leader's supposedly real form fallen on the ground, and attempts to approach it, but when they're about to do that the explosions just increase and the entire underground headquarters, and even the lake above it, explode.
With Gel-Shocker destroyed, Taki's mission is complete, and he returns to the USA. Hongo and the others watch his plane's departure, believing for a moment that peace has returned and the days of fighting finally ended.
Takeshi Hongo and Hayato Ichimonji next appeared in the sequel Kamen Rider V3. During a certain night, Shiro Kazami, a junior of Hongo's, watches as a monster kills a construction worker. Immediately afterwards, a car attempts to run over him, and after arriving home, when he attempts to drink a cup of coffee, only to accidentally drop it after a playful fright from his sister, Kazami watches as the coffee starts burning the floor. He takes the coffee's remains to be analyzed by Takeshi Hongo, who concludes that it's Tibetan poison. Later, Hongo talks with Tobei Tachibana about the possibility of some organization marking witnesses of their activities to death. Shortly afterwards, Shiro Kazami, who was practicing in the Tachibana Racing Club is hit by an explosion. Hongo goes to rescue him, and soon is joined by Hayato, who is called by Tobei to help. Hongo leaves Hayato to take care of Shiro, while Hongo heads out to find the source of the explosion. He finds a macabre procession, where people covered in black robes muttering the word "Destron". They leave flowers next to a cross, with "Grave of Hongo Takeshi" written there. Shiro is sent by Hayato in an ambulance, but when Hongo arrives, so does a second ambulance. They go after Shiro Kazami, who just suffered another attempt against his life. Hongo then decides to keep a close eye on Kazami to protect him from any further threats. Later that day, Shiro tells the Racing Club Members about how he had saved the life of a woman, Junko Tama, and Hayato concludes that she likely was attacked because she saw something too, warning Shiro about his family too. Hongo heads out there right after Shiro, arriving just after Scissors Jaguar killed his entire family and was about to finish off Shiro and Junko. Takeshi transforms into Rider 1, revealing his identity to Shiro, who recognizes the Kamen Rider, and defeats the black clad Destron soldiers, while Scissors Jaguar escapes. Rider 2 soon joins him and both mourn the loss of Shiro's family. They sadly see what their mistakes have cost and become determined to stop Destron's amitions. Shiro then begs them to turn him into a Kamen Rider for vengeance, but the Double Riders tell him that revenge is not the right way and that living as a human but not a human as well fighting against other cyborgs should be a burden carried only by them.
With Junko's help, Rider 1 and 2 locate Destron's base, easily defeating the soldiers protecting it. However, they are welcomed by the Great Leader of Gel-Shocker's voice who turned out to be alive. The Great Leader claims to have created a new organization called Destron, the ultimate organization. Immediately afterwards, Rider 1 and 2 are hit by a Cyborg Disruptor Ray, created especially to kill them. When they were about to fall, Shiro Kazami arrives, destroying the machine, but being mortally wounded by it. Hongo decides that there is only one way to save his life, and the two Riders worked together to transform him into Kamen Rider V3, possessing both Kamen Rider 1's "skill" and Rider 2's "strength". However, the entire base is bombed and destroyed by another cyborg, the Turtle Bazooka. Rider 1 and 2 emerge undamaged and face the Destron troops outside. Meanwhile, the main building of the Rider Squad starts sinking underground due to Turtle Bazooka's attacks. Shiro Kazami emerges as Kamen Rider V3, taking on Turtle Bazooka.
Rider 1 and 2 leave V3 to defend the Rider Squad's headquarters while they take on Turtle Bazooka. Meanwhile, Hongo gives instructions to V3 while he battles through long range communication. Shiro Kazami is told about the 26 secrets in his body, special abilities that give him various advantages. In the same way, when V3 learns that Turtle Bazooka had an atomic bomb in his body that was about to be used to destroy Tokyo, he warns the Double Riders. The Double Riders quickly reach Turtle Bazooka, but presumably due to to adding a portion of their powers to V3 (which may have temporarily weakened them), they were unable to stop him. Deciding to protect the city at all costs, they charge up their maximum energy together, releasing an energy blast that stuns Turtle Bazooka for a moment. Then they grab him and jump with enormous strength, launching themselves towards the sea while holding onto Turtle Bazooka. They keep holding onto it, until the bomb explodes over the sea. V3 watches the explosion, screaming for Hongo and Ichimonji. The two Riders talk with V3 telepathically, telling V3 that they won't die, but, for now, everything will rest in his hands.
The Double Riders continue their battle in secret, taking on Destron's forces around the world. However, before leaving Japan, they rescue Dr. Okajima, a nuclear physicist, who had been forced to work for Destron. George Kamamoto, an Interpol agent, finds a vial made by the Double Riders with a secret information about a weakness in V3's structure. The secret was supposedly held in a box left in Japan. Following the instructions, Shiro Kazami meets Dr. Okajima and his daughter, Tamami, who tell him about how Okajima had been saved by the Double Riders. V3 finds the box left behind by the Riders, containing instructions about his powers and their weakness.
V3's battle in Japan takes him to Shikoku, where he receives a mysterious medallion at a hotel. When V3 was about to be defeated by the Guillotine Dinosaur, he hears Hongo's and Ichimonji's voices transmitted to his mind through the Medallion, telling him to cross his arms and activate one of his 26 secrets, the Cellular Strength Device, allowing V3 to ignore Guillotine Dinosaur's attack. V3 finally realizes that the Double Riders truly still are alive.
In Shikoku, Nuclear physicist Tetsuo Okita discovers the rare element Satanium, which had capacity to generate energy much higher than Uranium. Destron moves an entire army of cyborgs to capture him and obtain the element. Tetsu Okita dies, but Shiro Kazami moves to protect the scientist's family. At the time, Rider 1 and 2 were fighting in Australia, but return to Japan upon learning about Destron's plans. Rider 1 and 2 join with V3 and the three Riders face Destron's cyborg troops. Rider 1 takes on Missile Gecko and Burner Bat, while Rider 2 faces Spray Mouse and Lens Ant, and, after defeating them, punches Pickel Shark off a cliff, jumping from it to Rider Kick Toad Boiler. Poison Needle Spider attempts to escape from V3, just to run into Rider 1 and stay surprise in place, allowing V3 the chance to hit it with his V3 Return Kick. In spite of most Destron troops still being alive, Doktor G orders Cannon Buffalo to fire on the battlefield. Rider 1 and V3 dodge the first attack, which just destroys Poison Needle Spider. Rider 1 takes on Burner Bat, while Rider 2 faces Lens Ant and Chain-Sickle Ladybug together. Pickel Shark attempts to attack Rider 1 from behind, but he's just kicked away. Doktor G orders Cannon Buffalo to attack again, in spite of the cyborgs still fighting against the Riders. An explosion covers the battlefield, but the three Riders emerge unarmed from it, while all Destron cyborgs had been destroyed. Rider 1 and 2 hit Cannon Buffalo with their Rider Double Kick, followed by V3 with his V3 Kick. Buffalo Cannon explodes, and Doktor G runs away from Shikoku. After the battle, Shiro Kazami tells Tobei Tachibana about how the Double Riders had returned to Australia to fight against Destron's forces there. Tachibana realizes that Hongo and Ichimonji only will return to live in Japan when peace, real peace, can be achieved throughout the whole world.
Baron Kiba, the leader of Destron's Fang Clan, who originally operated in Africa, moves to head Destron's operations in Japan after Doktor G is killed by V3. He uses black magic through Doovoo rituals, and is considered a fearsome enemy by the first two Riders, who, after learning about him moving to Japan, also head back there. And, like they had foreseen, Shiro Kazami was paralyzed and defeated by Snow Wolf, while Baron Kiba captured Tachibana and other Rider Squad members. However, Takeshi Hongo had come from Australia to stop his plans, allowing the Rider Squad members to escape. When Snow Wolf attempts to stop Tachibana from escaping, Ichimonji Hayato reveals himself, having just arrived from America. The double Riders transform and destroy one of Baron Kiba's bases. All three Riders take on Snow Wolf, who still was strong enough to stand up against them. However, after Rider 1's Rider Reversal, it's stunned and hit by Rider 2 and V3, who finish it off with V3 Spinning Chop. Baron Kiba promises vengeance against the 3 Riders.
Baron Kiba resurrects the Primordial Tiger, ancestor of all Fanged Beasts, and mother of the Fang Clan, Smilodon. Hongo tells Tobei that after hearing about Baron Kiba's activties, he contacted Hayato in America and both returned to Japan. Meanwhile, Hayato attempts to search for Baron Kiba's hideout alone. Smilodon, taking the name Anekoji, visits the Rider Squad's base, and gives them a cursed doll. Hongo touches it and immediately falls due to the strong poison within. Hongo is taken to a hospital, but the doctors were actually Destron agents that capture him. V3 soon falls before Smilodon's power. Hayato returns to meet Tachibana and the others, only to see a suspicious letter, once open, poison is spilled out. However, he avoids it and notices Anekoji outside, pursuing her. He transforms into Rider 2 while chasing her on a custom fang bike, and soon she transforms too to reveal her real form as the Primordial Tiger. Smilodon uses a blast of fire that soon becomes an explosion, engulfing Rider 2, who is taken for dead. She returns to Baron Kiba's side and together they prepare to torture the captured Shiro Kazami and Hongo Takeshi. However, Hongo and Shiro had already recovered, and were just playing along to get to Baron Kiba's hideout, however, they soon find themselves unable to transform in their cell. Meanwhile, Hayato was silently following Smilodon and frees the other two Riders. The 3 Riders together face Smilodon and Baron Kiba. Baron Kiba soon retreats, leaving Smilodon behind. Even with the Primordial Tiger is unable to beat the united Riders, however. Rider 1 and 2 board their Cyclones, while V3 stands on top and they use their new Rider Triple Power charge attack, destroying Smilodon. With her death, Baron Kiba's altar of Doovoo also was destroyed and the Fang clan lost its power.
After that victory, Hongo and Ichimonji leave Japan in Shiro's hands, while they return to fighting against Destron's evil around the world. It is likely that after defeating Destron, Hongo and the others rescued Riderman in Tahiti.
G.O.D.'s forces attack various points of Tokyo, and to fight against his threat, the previous four Riders return from various points of the globe. Rider 1 returns from New York. A little boy called Masaru hears voices from bellow his home, and believes that they're from G.O.D.'s forces, in spite of his family's disbelief. The boy leaves his home looking for Kamen Rider X, but the one he finds right after stepping out is actually Kamen Rider 1. Rider 1 thanks the boy for the information and reveals that he had been investigating about G.O.D. However, when he asks about what he had heard, the boy couldn't remember anything. The 5 Riders gather afterwards with Tobei Tachibana. After Masaru is attacked by G.O.D. and escapes, he returns to Rider 1 and reveals G.O.D.'s plan. They needed blood for their newest monster. X follows one of the Franken Bat's bat spy cameras to one of G.O.D's bases, and all Riders go with him. Rider 1 faces Cyclops and Chronos, followed by Cadeus and Alseides. Cadeus manages to put pressure on Rider 1, but it's thrown from the top of a tower afterwards. Rider 1 regroups with the other Riders when Franken Bat attempts to escape. In this second battle, Rider 1 takes on Atlas and Pannic, defeating Atlas with an aerial throw, and finished off Cerberus with a kick. Afterwards, the five Riders face Franken Bat. Rider 1 and Rider 2 hit Franken Bat with their Rider Kicks, destroying its wings. The four Riders helped X execute the Rider Super High Kick technique, destroying Franken Bat. They invade G.O.D.'s base and face King Dark, but the entire complex is merely an illusion, which disappears while King Dark laughs at them.
By the time of Stronger, Rider 1 and 2 were considered mere urban legends by unknowing people. However, following the movement of the Delza Army troops, Rider 1 and 2 return to fight in Japan again. Rider 1 comes back from the United States, alongside Rider 2 from India, and rescue Shigeru Jo, Kamen Rider Stronger, who had been hanged on a waterfall by Marshal Machine, Commander Jishaku, and Armored Knight. They take on Marshal Machine and his troops while Tobei Tachibana takes care of an unconscious Shigeru. After subduing Marshal Machine, they force him to take them to where V3 and Riderman, were being held by the Delza Army. They're taken to a Delza Army base, but are caught in a trap room. However, Stronger soon breaks in to rescue them, and Rider 1 discovers plans for Delza's operations. They leave to stop them, but are caught into a trap, and disappear in an explosion. However, they soon reappear alive, stopping Delza's plans. Rider 1 takes on Armored Knight, while Rider 2 fights against Marshal Machine and Stronger fights against Commander Jishaku.
Rider 1 and Stronger easily defeat and capture Commander Jishaku and Armored Knight, and use them as hostages to make Marshal Machine release both Kamen Rider V3 and Riderman. Marshal Machine tells them to release his subordinates, otherwise, his troops would kill both V3 and Riderman. However, Kamen Rider X and Kamen Rider Amazon appear, and reveal that they had already rescued V3 and Riderman. The Seven Legendary Riders surround the three Delza Army commanders. However, a monstrous rocky face appears in a nearby mountain and from its eyes release destructive beams. Using the explosions created by the attack, the Delza commanders escape. A voice in the skies announces that Tobei Tachibana is in the Delza Army's hands. Afterwards, the head in the mountain awakens again, and orders the Delza Army to revive, restoring several Delza and Black Satan members. The Riders march against the Delza Army troops in a final battle. Rider 1 takes on and easily subdues Commander Jishaku again, along with a revived Kikkaijin Mecha-Gorilla, which explodes after Rider 1 throws it at the ground, alongside all other Delza troops. Finally, Stronger finishes off Marshal Machine and frees Tobei Tachibana. The Riders reunite with Tachibana, but soon a familiar voice welcomes them, Great Leader. The Great Leader reveals that he had been behind not only Shocker, Gel-Shocker and Destron, but also G.O.D. and Geddon. The Great Leader stands up from the mountain, taking the form of a rock giant, impervious to the attacks of the Riders. However, the Riders combine their powers and fly into his body. There, they find a giant alien brain who self-destructs in an attempt to kill all seven Riders, however, they all escape successfully and leave, reminiscing everything they've gone through so far.
All Together! Seven Kamen Riders!!
Tobei Tachibana tells children about the adventures of the Seven Legendary Riders. The children are excited by the stories, and so he takes them to watch a stage show homaging the heroes. While watching the actor portraying Rider 1, he reminisces about Hongo's battle against Shocker, up to Shocker's destruction with Ambassador Hell's death, only to be surprised by the arrival of Takeshi Hongo himself, alongside Hayato Ichimonji, Shiro Kazami and Joji Yuki. They had missed Japan and Tachibana and so had returned. They continue talking about various past battles while the other Riders also arrive. Suddenly, the Rider actors on the stage start being beaten up by the supposedly fake monsters. Shigeru Jo realizes that those are real monsters, and all Riders start guiding the people to outside of the area. They all transform and take on the Delza troops on stage, before following them to inside the backstage. The Great General Darkness, a Delza Army commander, appears before V3, alongside a revived Commanding Officer Frank and General Wolf. He announces the conquest of Japan and the monsters attack. Rider 1 takes on a revived Kikkaijin Mecha-Gorilla once again, before, alongside the other 6 Riders turning his attention to the General Darkness. The 7 Riders unite their powers into a destructive wave which completely destroy General Darkness. After the battle, the seven Riders reunite once more with Tachibana and give him their farewells.
The evil organization Neo-Shocker moved ahead with its plans of global genocide to create a new world order. Hongo Takeshi, Kamen Rider 1, alongside the other Seven Legendary Riders fight around the world against it, leaving Japan's protection to the new Kamen Rider, Hiroshi Tsukuba, Skyrider. Eventually, Neo-Shocker gathers an army of Second Generation Cyborgs in Japan, led by Gurand Bazarmy, known as the Strongest Cyborg on Earth, and also plans to launch a direct offensive with an experimental tank, the Varithium Cannon, led by Hirubiran. To save Japan, the seven Riders return and, alongside Skyrider, destroy the experimental Varithium Cannon and Hirubiran. However, they are soon challenged by Gurand Bazarmy and his troops.
Neo-Shocker troops start kidnapping many people around Japan in order to work as slaves in their operation to bring about a large volcanic eruption in Japan. The seven Riders spread around Japan to fight against various attacks from Neo-Shocker. Rider 1, Rider 2 and Amazon intercept the troops led by the second generation cyborgs Jaguar Van, Shibirayjin, Gokiburijin, Madarakajin and Dokuganba. Rider 1 faces Shibirayjin, but soon the battle is interrupted by Gurand Bazarmy's arrival. Gurand Bazarmy challenges the three Riders to fight against him by himself, while the other cyborgs continue taking the people away. Moving with great speed, it easily dodges Amazon's Great Slice and the Double Riders' Rider Double Kick, before disappearing with an incredible speed. In a later battle, Skyrider is easily wounded and left unconscious while trying to face Gurand Bazarmy. While he recovers, the Riders communicate telepathically with the unconscious Hiroshi Tsukuba. Rider 1 watches his determination to fight again, in spite of his defeat, and tells him that he expected no less from Skyrider. The Riders tell Skyrider that he should go through an intense training where he'd receive their powers, multiplying his strength 20 times to fight against Gurand Bazarmy again.
After Skyrider's training is finished, all Riders leave to face Neo-Shocker again. Skyrider faces Gurand Bazarmy, while the Legendary Seven fight against Neo-Shocker's Second Generation Cyborgs troops. Rider 1 faces the 2nd generation Sai Dump, countering his attacks and destroying it with a Rider Kick, and Kogoensky, which is destroyed with a simple throw attack. Finally, a second Rider Kick was used to destroy Yamorijin. Gurand Bazarmy and his army quickly fall before the Riders. After the battle is over, the Seven Riders leave Japan again, to fight Neo-Shocker all over the world, while Skyrider remains to protect Japan.
Neo-Shocker makes an alliance with an alien, the self proclaimed Galaxy King, and starts an operation to explode Mount Fuji. When Skyrider is ambushed by another troop of second generation Second Generation Cyborgs led by Jaguar Van, all seven Riders arrive to face their forces and allow Skyrider to proceed. Rider 1 takes on Shibirayjin and Kumonjin, but still catches up with Skyrider when Jaguar Van attacks him. Rider 1 takes the battle against the Neo-Shocker commander by himself. Rider 1 destroys Kumonjin with a Rider Kick, meanwhile Riderman and the new Neo-Shocker cyborg, Armadig, join the battle too. Rider 1 takes on Armadig, breaking him out of his defense mode and destroying him with a Rider Kick. Riderman has problems fighting alone against Jaguar Van's sword and shield, but Rider 1 disarms Jaguar Van, and with Riderman's help, finishes him off with another Rider Kick. After the battle, all 8 Riders leave to fight Neo-Shocker elsewhere.
Answering the call of Stronger and Rider 2, who had located Neo-Shocker's main headquarters, in Japan, Rider 1 travels from Mexico, joining up with V3, Riderman and Amazon who return from various countries around the world. Rider 1 takes leadership of the group, and they head to Neo-Shocker's underwater base, only to be faced with a giant dragon, the Great Leader of Neo-Shocker himself. The attacks of all Riders prove to be infective against the Great Leader, however, Stronger and Rider 2 motivate the others to continue fighting and they hold on long enough for Skyrider to arrive. Skyrider stuns the Great Leader by shooting his foot with a bowgun he stole from a Neo-Shocker member, and, using the opportunity, all Seven Legendary Riders hit the Great Leader with their Rider Kicks, knocking down the giant. However, he was still alive, and decides to detonate the Oxygen Destruction Bomb, which would destroy Earth's atmosphere completely. The eight Riders combine their powers and use Skyrider's Sailing Jump together, holding the Great Leader inside an energy barrier that contains the explosion's blast. However, all eight Riders seemingly perishing alongside it (In reality being blasted to space where they eventually regroup).
- "Super-1, you did a fine job!"
- ―Rider 1 to Super-1[src]
Kazuya Oki, Kamen Rider Super-1, fought against the Dogma Kingdom to stop them from awakening an ancient weapon. However, in his way stood the Dogma Revenge Corps, troops of rebuilt cyborgs from Dogma Kingdom and Neo-Shocker. When he seemed overwhelmed by his enemies, Rider 1 suddenly reappeared, followed by the other 8 previous Riders, all alive. V3 tells Super-1 to let that battle in their hands, and soon they fight against Dogma's troops to open way for Super-1. Rider 1 faces a resurrected Golden Jaguar, initially, before being surrounded by Dogma Fighters, Fire Kong, Ganigannii and ChameleKing. Kamagirigan also attempts to attack Rider 1, only to retreat after one attack. Spiderbaban and Golden Jaguar attempt to take on Rider 1 again, only to be defeated and destroyed with a single Rider Kick. Thanks to the help of the Riders, Super-1 reaches Dogma's troops on time and stops them. After the battle, the Riders show themselves to Super-1 and his friends, and promise to fight for humanity's future together.
The Badan Empire, led by Ambassador Darkness, spread its claws around the world, and, to face it, the nine Riders came together. When Badan attempts to initiate its Space Break System, a destructive dimensional weapon, all 9 Riders gather in Japan to stop them. Rider 1 and Amazon infiltrate a port with ships carrying Badanium 84, an element necessary for Badan's secret weapon. Their presence aborts Badan's operation there. However, there were multiple transports of Badanium. Rider 1 and Rider 2 team up again and stop one of the trucks carrying Badanium. Taka-Roid was responsible for the transport, but quickly retreats, leaving Rider 1 and 2 to defeat Combatroids and destroy the truck with a Double Kick. In spite of the efforts of the Riders, one truck with Badanium still arrives to their base. However, Rider 1 locates Badan's Japanese headquarters and calls the other Riders telepathically.
All 8 Riders meet up with Rider 1, and are joined by ZX, a Badan cyborg who turned against them. Ambassador Darkness welcomes the 10 Riders and sends all of Badan's troops. Bara-Roid takes on Rider 1, soon joined by Yamaarashi-Roid, however, Rider 1 blocks their weapons and destroys Bara-Roid with a Rider Kick. Yamaarashi-Roid attempts to face Rider 1 again, only to be beaten up and thrown next to Dokuga-Roid, which was defeated by V3, and both blow up together. Jigoku-Roid and Rider 1 fight against each other, but before the battle could be finished, Ambassador Darkness attempted to use hostages to make the Riders surrender. His plan fails due to Super-1's interference and Ambassador Darkness decides to use the Space Break System, only to destroy Badan's remaining troops. After V3's call, the ten Riders gather their power with Rider Syncro, weakening Ambassador Darkness and allowing ZX to finish him off. After Darkness is defeated, evil energy gathers in the shape of a giant skull, The Generalissimo of Badan, giving farewell to the Riders and laughing at them.
V3 bestows upon ZX the official title Kamen Rider 10 and soon all the Riders part ways again to continue their battle against evil around the world.
Kamen Rider 1, alongside the other Nine veteran Riders, fought against the secret forces of the Crisis Empire spread throughout the world, defeating them in each country. However, Crisis' main forces, in Japan, still remained and they prepared a final offensive. Rider 1 called all the Riders to a meeting in a secret facility in Arizona, to prepare for the upcoming battle, where they'd go to help Kamen Rider Black RX, the Kamen Rider that was defending Japan at the time.
The 10 Riders split into two groups, which sparred with each other. Group 1: Riders 1, 2, V3, Riderman and X; and Group 2: Amazon, Stronger, Skyrider, Super-1 and ZX.Before Crisis makes a public announcement regarding its invasion of Japan, the 10 Riders finally leave for the final battle.
Gran Zairus landed on Earth like a meteor, destroying an entire island. Naval Commander Bosgun moved to attack Black RX, soon receiving help from Gran Zairus, who could resist all of RX's attacks. When Bosgun is about to finish him off, Rider 1 arrives, blocking his attack and kicking him away. The 9 Riders arrive shortly afterwards, rescuing RX and quickly escaping. Rider 1 and the others introduce themselves to Kohtaro Minami. Bosgun finds them, and meeting Kohtaro and Rider 1, proposes a duel against Black RX. However, Kohtaro's friend, Kyoko Matoba soon notices a Chap hiding behind some crates to prepare an ambush and flushes it out. As the 10 veterans fight them off, Black RX faces Bosgun in a fair match and destroys him.
Meanwhile, Gran Zairus easily rips through the Japanese defense forces and brings down the city with his unmatched power. Kohtaro decides to fight, but Riders 1 and 2 argue that even Black RX's attacks are ineffective against Gran Zairus and they need a strategy before facing it again. Kohtaro decides to fight anyway, even if he dies trying. He leaves to fight again, and Rider 1 and the other Riders follow him.
The 11 Riders face Gran Zairus, but even a combined Rider Punch with the power of the 11 Riders is useless against him. Gran Zairus transforms into a flaming rock, burning above 1000°C, and easily knocks out Rider 1 and the others. In the end, Black RX becomes Biorider and manages to destroy Gran Zairus from the inside out, but seemingly explodes with it.
Afterwards, Rider 1 and the other Riders help evacuate the city's population and start to plan defensive measures for the next battle. However, a second Rider 1 appears during their meeting. The real Rider 1 accuses the impostor and punches it, making it reveal its true form, Harmful Nimp. The 10 Riders face Spirit World Demons, resurrected Crisis warriors. Antront and Harmful Nimp attack Rider 1, but V3 comes to his help. Unfortunately when the monsters are knocked down, they quickly get up again. When the battle seems hopeless, Colonel Maribaron, the one behind this attack, reveals that the monsters don't die as long as she keeps a set of golden feathers with her, but Biorider returns, alive, stealing the feathers. Rider 1 receives one of the golden feathers, and V3 holds Harmful Nimp while he uses the feather to stop it. Biorider then destroys the monsters all by himself.
With Kohtaro alive, the 10 Riders decide to split themselves to observe and take on the Crisis forces, while Black RX protects his friends.
Wanting revenge against Black RX, a powered up General Jark kills Sunkichi and Utako Sahara, but X And Amazon rescue their kids. Meanwhile, Crisis' forces start a human hunt. Riders 1 and 2 arrive to help Kohtaro face the Chaps' troops. Stronger, Skyrider, Super-1 and ZX soon follow. X and Amazon show up with the kids and inform Kotaro on what happened. Jark appears in front of them and challenges Kohtaro to a duel, and he accepts, rejecting the help of the other Riders. Black RX ends up victorious over Jark, destroying him while the other Riders watch in amazement.
Emperor Crisis calls Kohtaro for a personal meeting. However, Rider 1 tells Amazon to follow them, and all the other Riders go too. The emperor offers Kohtaro the chance of becoming the commander of Crisis' invasion forces, however, after Kohtaro refuses, General Dasmader appears alongside a group of Chaps and attacks Kohtaro. Rider 1 and the other Riders reveal themselves and face the Chaps, but soon the entire cave is destroyed by the Crisis Fortress called by Dasmader. Black RX boards the fortress and destroys Dasmader, the Emperor and even Crisis itself. Meanwhile, the other Riders survive the attack and meet RX after the battle is over. Following Rider 1's words, they all decide to part ways and fight evil around the world.
Ultraman vs. Kamen Rider
When Shocker's new kaijin Dokusasori Otoko began threatening the Tokyo's citizens, Kamen Rider 1 soon mounted his bike and took down the road into action as Ultraman flew overhead to confront the kaiju Gadoras, who was also ravaging the city at the same time. Kamen Rider confronted Dokusasori-Otoko, battling the demon with a flurry of martial arts, blocking his strikes and fighting back with his own. However, Dokusasori-Otoko grabbed the masked hero with his claw and sprayed him with his gas, but Kamen Rider broke free and leapt to a nearby building, leaping off and dealing his signature Rider Kick!
Dokusasori-Otoko was badly hurt, but then merged with Gadorasu to form Sasori Gadoras and attacked Ultraman, Kamen Rider dodging an explosion from its horn lightning. Kamen Rider watched the creature attack Ultraman and realized the Ultra hero wasn’t strong enough to defeat the hybrid kaiju alone. Kamen Rider used the Cyclone, dodging several of Sasorigadorasu’s assaults before flying the machine straight through the monster’s shoulder, then grew to giant size for the first time ever to aid Ultraman. Ultraman then used his force field while Kamen Rider used the Rider Punch to shatter the horn but was forced back by its tail, which Ultraman quickly removed with an Ultra Slash. The two heroes charged and grabbed Sasorigadorasu, giving him a double Suplex. As Ultraman’s timer began to blink, the two heroes nodded to one another, Kamen Rider leaping into the air and coming down with the Rider Kick as Ultraman fired the Specium Ray, both finishing attacks strike Sasori Gadoras simultaneously and destroying him in a huge explosion.
Following the battle, Kamen Rider and Ultraman approached one another and shook hands out of respect. Kamen Rider returned to human size and rode off into the sunset, his new ally Ultraman flying off along with him, both sworn to defend the Earth at all costs.
Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker
- "As long as Riders are needed, we will never die!"
- ―Rider 1[src]
When A.R. Shadowmoon is thrown onto Dai-Shocker's casle, Rider 1 participates in the All Riders Kick, using his standard Rider Kick alongside the other Riders to destroy Shadowmoon and the Shocker castle. Afterwards, Dai-Shocker's final weapon, King Dark, appears from the rubbles of the castle, and Decade merges with the Kamen Rider J summoned by Diend to face it. To help Decade, Rider 1, alongside the other Riders, turn into giant Kamenride cards to power up the giant Decade's final attack, destroying King Dark. After the battle is over, Rider 1 silently gives a goodbye to Decade alongside Riders 2 and V3, and leaves through a dimensional wall with all the other Riders.
OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders
During the events of OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders, the Greeed Ankh unintentionally altered the timeline, letting a Cell Medal fall in Shocker's hands in the past. That enables Shocker to utilize their own Core Medal to create the Shocker Greeed, leading to them conquering the world in the future. Kamen Rider New Den-O and the Denliner crew go back to the past to stop that from happening.
When Mitsuru and Naoki, two boys from the present, alongside Nokko, a Rider Squad member, are surrounded by Shocker troops, led by Shiomaneking and Poison Lizard Man, Rider 1 and 2 join the battle for the medal. Using a Rider Kick, Rider 1 defeats Poison Lizard Man while Rider 2 destroys Shiomaneking with another one. Meanwhile, Hiruchameleon retreats after seemingly stealing the Cell Medal. However, Rider 1 and 2 have the real medal and destroy it, and actually let the Shocker commander steal a tracking device that would lead them to Shocker's base.
Rider 1, Rider 2, New Den-O and Momotaros invade the Shocker base located under a lake, and meet Shocker's Great Leader. However, it's actually General Black, who reveals that the one the Riders had destroyed was a fake, and they had prepared a trap for them there. The Shocker Greeed is created combining the cell medal with the Shocker Medal and the Riders are surrounded by many Shocker troops, including resurrected Ikadevil and Garagaranda. Kamen Rider 1 is hit by the resurrected Garagaranda, but recovers and defeats many Shocker Combatmen. Rider 1 counter attacks Garagaranda with a Rider Punch, burying it inside a wall, when Rider 2 joins up with him and the true Shocker Leader appears. Rider 2 unmasks him, but both Riders are soon blasted and fall. Meanwhile, outside, Turtle Bazooka starts attacking the Denliner while the Shocker Greeed beats up New Den-O and Momotaros. Rider 1 and 2 return to protect them, allowing their escape, however, they can't surpass the power of the Shocker Greed and fall before him. Rider 1 and 2 easily beat Ganikomoru and rescue Mitsuru from the Shocker Greeed. Kamen Rider New Den-O and OOO are freed and join their battle. Garagaranda attempts to face Rider 1 again, only to be beaten, but the Shocker Greeed beat Rider 1 once again, and the other three Riders also fell. However, watching their battle, the people remember the Riders, who start to return and join the battle, in spite of the timeline having been changed.
All Riders join together and depart to face Shocker's Great Leader. However, OOO is attacked by the Shocker Greeed. Rider 1 and 2 interrupt their battle with a Rider Double Punch and take on the Shocker Greeed together, now prepared to fight against it. Their Rider Double Kick pierces through his blasts and destroy the Shocker Greeed. After the Riders are united, they face Shocker's Great Leader. Later, when joined by a a force of extra riders, Rider 1 and all the other riders get on their motorcycles and perform the "All Rider Break", ramming into the Rock Great Leader and defeating it once and for all. All Riders disappear immediately after the battle is over, leaving only OOO and the Denliner crew behind. However, Hongo's voice tells them that everything will be in their hands, until it comes the time of all Riders joining forces again.
Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Mega Max
In Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Mega Max, Takeshi appears during the prologue, battling the forces of Foundation X alongside Hayato in Europe. Later, they join with the other members of the Seven Legendary Riders to confront Foundation X's Lem Kannagi, only to fall into Kannagi's trap and be caught in an energy beam.
Later, when Eiji Hino and Gentaro Kisaragi chase Kannagi to Foundation X's spaceport, they make Kannagi drop a briefcase during the ensuing struggle. Gentaro opens it and finds four Astroswitches and three Core Medals, bearing the markings of the Seven Legendary Riders. These turn out to be the Riders themselves, turned into this state by Kannagi's trap and restored when OOO and Fourze use the items in a Scanning Charge and Limit Break, respectively. Lem Kannagi unveils its trump card, copies of the Sonozaki Family Dopants (Terror, ClayDoll, R Nasca and Smilidon) and Greeed (Uva, Kazari, Mezool, and Gamel). The Seven Riders explain Kannagi's plan, and how he has to be stopped before going to space, and offer to stay and fight the copies so Eiji and Gentaro can pursue Kannagi into space. Takeshi battles the copy R Nasca, finishing it with his trademark Rider Kick. Meanwhile, OOO and Fourze manage to stop Lem Kannagi in space. Afterwards, in a scene added to the movie's Director's Cut, the young Riders, and also another Rider from the future, Aqua, give goodbye to each other and to the veterans, before parting ways.
Rider 1 first appears alongside the rest of the Legendary Riders to confront Captain Marvelous, who has come to kill them in retaliation for Tsukasa Kadoya, leading a restored Dai-Shocker, killing their Sentai counterparts, the Himitsu Sentai Gorenger. Rider 1 and Rider 2 are the first to fall, followed by the others. All disappearing in purple explosions.
Later, Rider 1 seemingly returns, leading the Heisei era Riders into a final confrontation with Akaranger and the remaining Sentai heroes. Both groups are killed and Rider 1 and Akaranger are revealed to be Tsukasa and Marvelous, leading the heroes against each other. However, they were only acting to sabotage Dai-Shocker's and Dai-Zangyack's plans. Rider 1, OOO and Akaranger reappear from a dimensional wall, and reveal that none of them had died. They were just hiding in a space between the dimensions, waiting for the time to attack. Soon, they're followed by all other Riders and Sentai, who engage the united army of Dai-Zangyack and Dai-Shocker. In the beginning of the battle, Rider 1 fights against several Gormin. He reappears near the ending, facing Doktor G, but can't get through his laser barrage. However, with the help of the Goseiger, the card-using Riders overpower him.
Kamen Rider 1 appears with Akarenger leading a force of Rider and Sentai reinforcements that come to assist the Riders and Sentai of recent years who are overwhelmed by the revived monster army of the Space Crime Syndicate Madou. Rider 1 hits Suugu with a Rider Kick, rescuing OOO, before calling the other heroes. The combined forces of superheroes are able to turn the tide against the Madou army. They line up and use their various long range attacks to destroy Madou's revived monster army.
After Demon King Psycho is destroyed, 1 appears on a cliff alongside the other past heroes to say goodbye to the heroes of recent years before taking their leave. He says that they would meet again.
ToQger Vs. Kamen Rider Gaim
- "We Showa Riders will not work with the Heisei Riders."
- ―Kamen Rider 1[src]
Rider 1, along with Rider 2 and V3, rescue the ToQgers from Badan's powerful warrior, Kamen Rider Fifteen before the enemy retreats. ToQ 1gou asks him if they were Kouta's comrades as Rider 1 tells him that they, the Showa Riders, are not working alongside the Heisei Riders before leaving.
Kamen Rider Taisen
Kamen Rider 1 leads the Showa Riders to stop Badan's newest operation in Zawame City. Hongo meets Kouta Kazuraba when he attempts to protect Shuu Aoi, and Demands him to hand the boy to him, saying that he doesn't acknowledge Gaim as a Rider. However, Badan's Combatroids arrive, and Hongo decides to face them as Kamen Rider, telling Kouta to escape with the boy. When Gaim is taken to his limit by Badan's troops, Rider 1 soon returns, alongside Kamen Rider 2 and V3, taking on Kamen Rider Fifteen and Yamaarashi-Roid while Gaim escapes with the boy. Rider 1 tells Gaim that he should stay out of the battle and leave Badan to them, but he refuses.
Soon, the Showa Riders start attacking the Heisei Riders, saying that they needed to be eliminated since Badan's return was their fault. Rider 1 appears leading the last 6 remaining Showa Riders, Rider 2, V3, Riderman, X, Amazon and Black confronting Kamen Riders Gaim, Faiz, Decade, Joker, Wizard, Kiva and OOO. Hongo reveals that Badan is actually the Kingdom of the Dead. They gained power to invade the surface due to the attachment of the Heisei Riders to the dead. Refusing to throw away their feelings the Heisei Riders fought against them. In the end, Rider 1 is defeated by Gaim, and All Riders, except for Gaim himself, are seemingly killed during the battle.
However, it's eventually revealed that it was all a plan formulated by Takeshi Hongo and ZX. ZX recovers the Rider Lockseeds that Badan had obtained after each Rider seemingly died and used them with Gaim's help to bring all Riders back from the Helheim Forest. While Badan activates their Mega Reverse machine, which would reverse the living and dead worlds, killing everyone alive, Rider 1 and the other Riders set out to defeat them and destroy their machine. Rider 1 and Gaim briefly face Fifteen together in the beginning of the battle but later all three go in separate ways. Later during the battle, while Rider 1 faces Combatroids, the ToQger reappear, led by Right, who claims to want to help another Number 1. When Gaim takes on Fifteen again, while Rider 1 faced more Combatroids and Shocker Combatmen, Rider 1 gives Gaim the Showa Rider Lockseed. Using the new power, Gaim easily defeats Fifteen. After the Mega Reverse machine and the Generalissimo of Badan are destroyed, the fifteen Showa Riders, led by Rider 1 use the power of Rider Syndrome to allow Shuu Aoi to meet his mother one last time before his soul leaves the world of the living.
After everything is over, however, Rider 1 admits that, even though the in fighting was just part of the plan to stop Badan, the differences between the Showa and Heisei Riders were real. Takeshi Hongo claims that the Heisei Riders, with their half-hearted kindness could be considered as bringing the last crisis to themselves. The Heisei Riders hesitate for a moment, but soon they all start fighting. Rider 1's opponent in the battle is Gaim.
Heisei Ending (Ending shown in theaters)
Rider 1 uses a Rider Kick against Gaim as he blocks the attack with his weapons, but, in spite of that, is knocked down, damaged. However, Hongo stops the battle once he notices that Gaim had chosen to block his attack, rather than dodge, to protect a lone flower in the battlefield. Rider 1 concedes defeat and acknowledges that the kind strength shown by Kouta to protect even the smallest life form could be real strength, accepting him as Kamen Rider Gaim.
Showa Ending (Home release exclusive alternate ending)
Gaim and Rider 1 are seemingly matched, but, right before unleashing a powerful attack, Gaim gives up, claiming defeat. Narutaki, who watched the battle, comments that Rider 1 had many chances to counterattack, but chose to wait, doing everything to draw out more power from Gaim. Gaim noticed what Rider 1 had done and gave up, realizing that Rider 1's kindness is real strength. In turn, Rider 1 acknowledges him as Kamen Rider Gaim.
After either version of the ending, both teams would call truce. Rider 1 says that the ones who'll build the future and cross generations are the youth. Gaim doesn't know where they'll get, but they'll try, and everyone will fight together for the future. Afterwards, Takeshi Hongo leaves alone in his New Cyclone.
The Double Riders were mentioned in the photo after a Roidmude case was shown to have an involvement with Shocker.
While the Double Riders were on a trip back home after recently defeated the Great Leader, suddenly, a mysterious car hold them off, revealing Kamen Rider 3, a Kamen Rider created to eliminate Kamen Riders 1 and 2. He easily overpowered and killed them in an explosion. Due to his existence, the timeline was now greatly altered, with Shocker had achieved full global domination and majority succeeding Kamen Riders had brainwashed to serve them.
However, after the Great Leader was turned in Rider Robo, there's a moment when he and Rider 2 are revived, freeing also to the other Riders from their mind control. However, after this, some Riders were erased from existence, leaving he, Rider 2, Rider 3, and other remaining Riders (including Drive), facing the final battle, joining forces with Shuriken Sentai Ninninger.
In 2016, having upgraded to a "Power Up" form, Takeshi Hongo continued his fight against the remnant Shocker in 2016. At the same time Kamen Rider Ghost thwarted Yamaarashi-Roid's plot to revive Ambassador Hell with Zyuoh Eagle back in Japan, Kamen Rider #1 fought a Zanjioh and his Combatmen beyond the country.
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Kamen Rider Ghost: Legendary! Riders' Souls!
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Chou Super Hero Taisen
Kamen Rider 1 is shown to be one of the characters in the title screen of the in-universe game Chou Super Hero Taisen. However, that digital copy is never seen in an actual physical form, unlike other characters, and plays no role in the movie's events.
Appearances in other media
Kamen Rider SD (OVA)
- Main article: Kamen Rider 1 (SD)
Kamen Rider 1: The original and most experienced Kamen Rider, whom everyone simply refers to as "sempai." He is often found racing around on his Cyclone motorcycle trying to beat his track records, while at the same time putting up with the daily annoyances of Black RX and ZX. He often lectures the other Riders on focusing on their training. He is the team leader of his squad, which includes Black RX and ZX. His finishing move is the "Rider Kick" and appears in the movie in his silver-gloved form. He rides in a modified version of the New-Cyclone motorcycle.
Kamen Rider Manga
Unlike in the TV series, after a bike accident during his race course with his mentor Tobei Tachibana, Hongo awoke during the procedure that turns him into a super-powered cyborg, but escapes before he can be brainwashed to do Shocker's bidding. Afterwards, he battles various Shocker Kaijin just like in the TV series, but he soon faces 12 Shocker Riders. He was subsequently killed but 1 of the 12, named Hayato Ichimonji, receives a head injury that causes him to regain his memories and personality from before his brainwashing. Hayato destroys all 11 Shocker Riders and becomes Kamen Rider by reprising Hongo's role during his absence. Hongo then acts as Ichimonji's mentor through connecting his brain to Ichimonji. Near the end of the manga story, Hongo is resurrected by transplanting his brain into a Kamen Rider body designed to be more powerful and returns to battle alongside with Hayato to confront Big Machine, Shocker's Commander. Although it seemed Big Machine had the edge because of his ability to stop machinery from functioning, Hongo prevails and defeats Big Machine. Hongo then destroys the super computer Big Machine planned to use to brainwash the citizens of Japan. With Shocker's plan foiled, the base started to self-destruct, with Hongo, Ichimonji, and Taki narrowly escaping in time.
Timeranger Stage Show at Super Hero Nagoya Dome
In a stage show where the Timerangers are seen fighting their usual foes, a Lord shows up and winds up defeating them. Kamen Riders 1, 2, V3 & Kuuga, Aka & AoRanger & Robocon then arrive to assist the Timerangers.
Dekaranger Stage Show at Super Hero Nagoya Dome
In a stage show where the Dekarangers are seen fighting their usual foes, an Undead shows up and winds up defeating them. Kamen Riders 1, V3, Faiz, Blade, Garren, Chalice & Leangle & Akaranger arrive to assist the Dekarangers.
Boukenger Stage Show at Super Hero Nagoya Dome
In a stage show where the Boukengers are seen fighting their usual foes, a Worm shows up and winds up defeating them. Kamen Riders 1, Hibiki, Kabuto & Gatack, Akaranger, & Magi Red, & Magi Shine then arrive to assist the Boukengers.
Let's Go Kamen Rider
In the 36th net movie Listen Quietly! What Modifies My Life!!, Rider 1 does the Kamen Rider State of the Union address, only for him to rant about how the protagonists of the Heisei Era are not cyborgs and that they are not worthy of the name Kamen Rider because of it. He then suggests that the Heisei Riders should undergo conversion and training to be more worthy of the name. While Rider 2 rushes in to support the idea, the two get dragged off by an embarrassed OOO and Den-O.
Super Hero Taihen
Rider 1 appears in the Super Hero Taihen net movie, Super Sentai Murder Mystery! You’re the Great Detective! as one of the suspects for the murders of Shinken, Gosei, and Gokai Pink, as the evidence collected suggests a "Hopper"-themed rider is behind it.
When it is revealed that net movie director Hiroyuki Kato was the murder culprit, 1 holds up three Ranger Keys and a Mobilate as one of several Riders and Rangers holding Super Sentai and Kamen Rider merchandise respectively, when the Go-Busters explain to the Kato that all the Riders love Super Sentai and vice versa.
Super Hero Taisen Otsu
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Kamen Rider 1 has appeared in various video games.
Kamen Rider Club
Kamen Rider (Super Famicom)
Takeshi Hongo/Kamen Rider 1 is controlled by Player 1 alongside Player 2's Ichimonji/Rider 2 in the Super Famicom Kamen Rider game.
Kamen Rider (PS1)
Rider 1 appears with Rider 2 in the PlayStation Kamen Rider video game.
In the "Kamen Rider Story" the player must defeat the evil Shocker organization to restore the peace by battling against 6 combatmen before fighting against Shocker kaijin, if the kaijin or player's health is 50% or less, the game automatically switches the position of the player on the screen. If all Shocker and Gel-Shocker kaijin are defeated, the player will immediately fight against Great Leader without fighting combatmen or switching around.
In "Shocker Story" players play as Shocker kaijin which must defeat enemy Shocker kaijin. If player successfully passes the 8th round, the player's Shocker kaijin turns into Saikyō Kaijin (最強怪人) which is stronger and has a different appearance from the original form. The player can then upgrade punching power, kicking power or both or can summon 6 Combatmen to aid them. the player then must defeat Kamen Rider 1 before facing Kamen Rider 2.
Super Tokusatsu Taisen 2001
Kamen Rider: Seigi no Keifu
Hongo Takeshi stars as the main character in the 1971 Timeline in this crossover game. (Although for a time, he is replaced as the playable character by Ichimonji.) Hongo must fight off Shocker and General Zol, who is slowly turning human beings into werewolf kaijin as part of a much larger plot in the not-so-distant future. Eventually, he travels to 1988 along with V3 and Agito to aid Kamen Rider Black in the final battle. Hiroshi Fujioka returns to voice the role. Kamen Rider 1 appears in his second outfit (although the Sakurajima version of his outfit is available as an unlockable).
Kamen Rider: The Bike Race
Kamen Rider #1 is among the Showa Riders who make their Battride War franchise debut in this game. As a first for the franchise, he has a starter set, which enter the battle as Takeshi Hongo (depicted as he appeared in 1971) anytime and will be able to transform into Rider #1 during gameplay permanently. As Rider #1, he can change Stance Modes between "Melee Mode" (which uses close-combat attacks like the Rider Kick and Rider Chop), and "Grapple Mode" (which uses grappling attacks like the Rider Reversal and Rider Tailspin Shoot), which can be used in the air (Melee Mode's Jumping Rider Kick and Grapple Mode's Rider Tailspin Shot).
The first print run of the game will include a download code featuring Hongo disguised as a Shocker Combatman as a separate character from Rider #1, featuring much weaker attacks (including a weaponized version of the Shocker salute).
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From the start, Hongo Takeshi was a greatly gifted man. Alongside having an IQ of 600 and expertise in biochemistry, Hongo was very adept at sports in general. Even without his cybernetic enhancements, Hongo's racing skills were enough to rival Taki and far surpassed Ichimonji. Hongo's skills are to the extent that he, alongside Tachibana, were the ones that helped Kazami become the proficient motorcycle racer he is now. Often taking command when fighting alongside other Kamen Riders, Hongo's great leadership skills prove invaluable to stopping evil from triumphing.
After becoming a Kamen Rider, his already impressive skills were boosted greatly. His body easily surpassed most of Shocker`s minions at the time, even those that had been created after he had become a Kamen Rider. When faced with an opponent he could not defeat by might alone, Hongo would train himself to surpass his limits. This proved to be the key to surpassing such opponents. In the penultimate episode of the original series, Hongo managed to easily defeat not only Ganikomol (a powerful cyborg who's strength and reflexes seemingly surpassed Hongo's) but multiple revived cyborgs that he also had trouble with, showing how much his skills and power have improved throughout the many battles faced. Hongo's years of experience makes him one of the most skilled Kamen Riders in the franchise.
Kamen Rider 1
- Height: 180 cm
- Weight: 70 kg
- High jump power: 15.3 m
- Long jump power: 48.7 m
Because he was meant to be Shocker’s greatest altered human, Kamen Rider 1 has the ability to hear at distances of 4 kilometers. He can break a meter thick tree trunk or a metal rod 10 cm thick with his Rider Chop. His Rider Kick has enough power to bend steel supports of buildings. Even when he wasn't fully transformed, this form was strong enough to withstand a 50 thousand volt electric shock.
Unlike in his later forms, Takeshi can't transform automatically in this form, needing external wind to jump start the Typhoon's turbine and give him access to his suit and most of his fighting strength. That wind is generally generated by riding his bike, but it also can come from other sources, like an explosion that pushes hot wind towards the Typhoon belt. It is thinkable that becoming Kamen Rider 1 has granted him a degree of immortality and immunity to organic diseases, viruses, bacteria and poison due to becoming a cybernetic human.
The original manga gives an in-depth analysis of the entire schematics used by Hongo, Ichimonji, and the manga Shocker Riders.
- Ultrasensitive Antenna: Sense the presence of enemies and incoming attacks
- Cat's Eye: Allows infrared night vision
- Signal O: A brainwave transmission device that can detect other cyborgs
- Crusher: The face plate that can break chains
- Artificial Lungs: Can recycle oxygen for two hours
- Pulmonary Converter: Catches wind power to convert it to energy, also acts as a radiator
- Power Converter: Capsules on the belt that store energy
- Typhoon: Transformation belt which is an anemometer which measures the Rider's energy
- Artificial Muscle: Gives the Rider the strength to jump like a giant grasshopper
- Jump Shoes: The soles are elastic-like springs.
The original form of Kamen Rider 1 returned in Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai, as a cameo during Hongo's transformation into his current "New" Rider 1 form before the battle between the Showa Riders and Heisei Riders.
Appearances: Episodes 1-13
The form Takeshi shows after fighting against Shocker in Europe for some time. His appearance changed due to the effects of the constant fighting on his physical appearance and acceptance of himself.
In the TV show, this form doesn't seem to be any stronger than the original 1 form, but with stronger combat power due to Hongo's experience by this point. However, in the movie Kamen Rider vs. Shocker, this form was shown to be able to transform without needing external wind sources.
This version of Rider 1 is referred to as Sakurajima 1 (桜島 １号 Sakurajima Ichigō), due to the story arc where it debuted mostly taking place there.
Appearances: Episodes 40, 41, 49, Kamen Rider vs. Shocker, 51 & 52
New 1 (新１号 Shin Ichigō) is the third form of Kamen Rider 1. Takeshi Hongo is captured by Shocker and taken for a second reconstruction surgery, which gives him abilities far surpassing his original ones. Hongo uses self-hypnosis to escape Shocker's brainwashing, turning their own power against them once again.
The upgrade allows Hongo to transform instantly, without needing external wind sources, gives him enough power and durability to survive a subzero trap and even a nuclear bomb close range with no apparent damage, and gives Hongo the versatility for different techniques that can satisfy demands otherwise unattainable in his previous forms, giving Takeshi the nickname "Skill of #1" (技の１号 Waza no Ichigō); this capability was later passed to Kamen Rider V3.
This form also gives Hongo access to Rider Power, a temporary boost in Rider 1's battle power, triggered with a switch in his new Typhoon belt, that greatly increases his strength, making Rider 1 much stronger than most (if not all) of Shocker's creations.
Appearances: Episodes 53-68, Kamen Rider vs. Ambassador Hell, 69-98, V3 Episodes 1 & 2, 21, V3 vs. Destron Mutants, 33 & 34, Five Riders vs. King Dark, Stronger Episodes 38 & 39, All Together! Seven Kamen Riders!!, Eight Riders vs. Galaxy King, Skyrider Episodes 27, 28 & 54, Super-1 Movie, Birth of the 10th! Kamen Riders All Together!!, Black RX Episodes 41-47, All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker, Let's Go Kamen Riders, Fourze Episode 2, Movie War Mega Max, Super Hero Taisen, Super Hero Taisen Z, ToQger vs. Gaim, Kamen Rider Taisen, Super Hero Taisen GP
- Height: 219 cm
- Weight: 219 kg
In the Kamen Rider 1 film, which celebrates the franchise's 45th anniversary, Kamen Rider 1 is given another stronger Power Up (パワーアップ Pawā Appu) upgrade version of his final form, which sports a more muscular-looking suit, to fit Takeshi's current aged physique. The suit also takes on a color scheme similar to the one used by the Sakurajima 1 suit. The suit also sports a modern version of the Typhoon, which has a shielded metal cover to protect the belt's fan turbine when Takeshi isn't transformed.
It is currently unknown how this upgrade was obtained, nor if this upgrade is permanent or simply a one-off.
Appearances: Ghost Episode 24, Kamen Rider 1
In Ultraman vs. Kamen Rider, Rider 1 gains the ability to grow to Ultraman's size in order to balance out their size differences.
Segata Sanshiro (せがた三四郎 Segata Sanshirō) is a fictional advertising mascot created by Sega for the Sega Saturn. He is a mysterious martial artist who travels the land to hone his skills at playing video games and mercilessly beats up anyone who isn't playing a Sega Saturn.
During the 49th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen with Segata Sanshiro, Ikadevil appeared and attacked with a platoon of Shocker Combatmen. Segata revealed that he was actually Takeshi Hongo and transformed into Kamen Rider 1 to fight Ikadevil's forces alongside Kamen Rider 2, V3 and Black RX.
This "form change" is mostly a joke reference to the fact that Hiroshi Fujioka portrays both Segata and Kamen Rider 1.
Kamen Rider 1 uses the power of the wind to fight. To transform, Hongo originally speed on his motorcycle, Cyclone, and leaps into the air, creating wind-pressure against his Typhoon belt. The pressure spins the wheel in the center of his belt which then activates the micro-nuclear engine and allows him to transform.
Later on as he grew more powerful he learned to transform by absorbing the wind by himself (although he can still use any source of wind generated outside of his powers) thus getting rid of a major weakness. Like Kamen Riders 2 and V3, Hongo has a crippling weakness to the cold and can't transform properly when hit by sub-zero coldness as shown in episode 98 of his series.
The "old" Rider did not have a shout or a pose when he transforms.
- ―Hongo's most recent transformation call into Kamen Rider 1[src]
- Rider Kick (ライダーキック Raidā Kikku)
- Used to destroy Spider Man
- Used to destroy Sarracenian
- Used to destroy Mantis Man
- Used along with Rider Chop to destroy Grimreaper Chameleon
- Used to destroy Bee Woman
- Used to destroy Cobra Man
- Used on Tokageron but was unable to destroy him
- Used along with Rider Back Jump to destroy Sea Snake Man
- Used to destroy Gireera
- Used to destroy Dokumondo
- Used to destroy Earthworm Man
- Used alongside Rider Hammer to destroy Owl Man
- Used alongside Rider Reversal to destroy Semiminga
- Used to destroy Kabutorong
- Used to destroy Kamikirikid
- Used to destroy Gillerkorogi
- Used to destroy Garagaranda
- Used to destroy Utsubogames
- Used to destroy Nekoyamori
- Used to defeat Sabotenbat
- Used with Rider 2's Rider Kick and X's Rider Super Five Kick to destroy G.O.D. Akuninkaijin Franken Bat
- Used a weakened version to subdue Marshal Machine and get information out of him
- Used a weakened version to subdue Armored Knight and hold him hostage
- Used to destroy Neo-Shocker kaijin Armadig
- Used to destroy Neo-Shocker kaijin Jaguar Van
- Used to destroy Badan Empire cyborg Bara-Roid
- Used to destroy Poison Lizard Man
- Used to destroy Foundation X's copy of the R Nasca Dopant
- Used by Kamen Rider Decade as Rider 1 to defeat the Dekarangers and the Zyurangers (actually sending them to the dimensional wall)
- Used to save Kamen Rider OOO from Suugu.
- Used while fighting against Kamen Rider Fifteen.
- Used to defeat Kamen Rider Kiva, turning him into a Lockseed.
- Used to destroy Shiomaneking
- Used to destroy Urga with the power of Alexander the Great
- Lightning Rider Kick (電光ライダーキック Denkō Raidā Kikku)
- Rider Return Kick (ライダー反転キック Raidā Hanten Kikku)
- Rider Flash of Lightning Kick (ライダー稲妻キック Raidā Inazuma Kikku)
- Used to destroy Harinezuras
- Rider Drop Kick (ライダードロップキック Raidā Doroppu Kikku)
- Used to destroy Shiracuras
- Rider Screw Kick (ライダースクリューキック Raidā Sukuryū Kikku)
- Used to destroy Imoriges
- Rider Windmill Triple Kick (ライダー風車3段キック Raidā Fūsha Sandan Kikku)
- Rider Point Kick (ライダーポイントキック Raidā Pointo Kikku)
- Used to defeat Isoginjaguar
- Rider Moon's Surface Kick (ライダー月面キック Raidā Getsumen Kikku)
- Rider Throw
- Used to destroy Bat Man
- Rider Reversal (ライダー返し Raidā Gāeshi)
- Rider Tailspin Shoot (ライダーきりもみシュート Raidā Kirimomi Shūto)
- Rider Scissors (ライダーシザース Raidā Shizāsu)
- Used to destroy Scorpion Man
- Rider Chop (ライダーチョップ Raidā Choppu)
- Rider Flying Chop (ライダーフライングチョップ Raidā Furaingu Choppu)
- Used to destroy Kumolion
- Rider Flying Chop (ライダーフライングチョップ Raidā Furaingu Choppu)
- Rider Wheel (ライダー車輪 Raidā Sharin)
- Rider 1 and Rider 2 used a combination of Rider Wheel, Rider Reversal, and Rider Double Kick to destroy Isoginchak
- Rider Punch (ライダーパンチ Raidā Panchi)
- Rider Head Crusher (ライダーヘッドクラッシャー Raidā Heddo Kurashā)
- Rider Jump (ライダージャンプ Raidā Janpu)
- Used numerous times throughout the series
- Rider Back Jump
- Used along with Rider Kick to destroy Sea Snake Man
- Rider Hammer (ライダーハンマー Raidā Hanmā)
- Used alongside Rider Hammer to destroy Owl Man
- Rider Crash (ライダークラッシュ Raidā Kurasshu)
- Rider Knee Block (ライダーニーブロック Raidā Nī Burokku)
- Rider Screw Block (ライダースクリューブロック Raidā Sukuryū Burokku)
- Used to destroy Bararanga
- Combined Techniques
- Rider Double Kick (ライダーダブルキック Raidā Daburu Kikku) (with Rider 2)
- Used to destroy Snowman
- Used to destroy Ghoster
- Rider 1 and Rider 2 used a combination of Rider Wheel, Rider Reversal, and Rider Double Kick to destroy Isoginchak
- Used to destroy Zanjioh
- Used to destroy Unicornos
- Used to destroy Gilgalass
- Used to destroy Mosquiras
- Used along with Rider Reversal to destroy Shiomaneking
- Used to destroy Namekujikinoko
- Used with V3's V3 Kick to defeat Destron kaijin Cannon Buffalo
- Used to destroy Garagaranda
- Used to destroy the Shocker Greeed
- Rider Triple Kick (ライダートリプルキック Raidā Toripuru Kikku) (with Rider 2 and V3): Used to defeat multiple enemies at once
- Can also be done alongside Rider 3 in place of V3.
- X Rider Super Five Kick (Xライダースーパーファイブキック Ekkusu Raidā Supā Faibu Kikku) (with Rider 2, V3, Riderman and X): Used to defeat Franken Bat
- Rider Synchro(in conjunction with multiple Riders): Used against the Great Leader multiple times
- Rider Double Chop (ライダーダブルチョップ Raidā Daburu Choppu) (with Rider 2) :Used to destroy Hiruchameleon
- Rider Double Kick (ライダーダブルキック Raidā Daburu Kikku) (with Rider 2)
- Typhoon: Transformation belt
- Cyclone: Rider 1's Rider Machine
- New Cyclone: Rider 1's additional Rider Machine
- Neo Cyclone: Rider 1's additional Rider Machine
Legend Rider Devices
With the Kamen Ride: 1 card, Kamen Rider Decade transforms into Kamen Rider 1 as seen in Super Hero Taisen. Previously, in All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker, Decade Complete Form Jumbo Formation performed the Final Dimension Kick, a variation of the Dimension Kick, transforming the Shōwa, including Kamen Rider 1, and Heisei Riders into Kamen Ride cards for Decade to travel through as opposed to Final Attack Ride cards before hitting the target. Unlike his other Kamen Rides, Decade's Decadriver changes along with his costume, taking on the appearance of the Typhoon Belt. However, when Captain Marvelous (as Akarenger) strikes the "Typhoon" during battle, it seems to short out and changes back into the Decadriver, revealing "Rider 1" to be Decade after all.
1 Switch (1号 スイッチ Ichigō Suitchi, Cross): An Astroswitch bearing the likeness of Kamen Rider 1. In Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbaride, it can be used by Kamen Rider Fourze to arm him with the 1 Module (1号モジュール Ichigō Mojūru) on his right leg, boosting his kicking power and jumping height.
The 1 Switch appears on-screen in Movie War Mega Max, when the Seven Legendary Riders are captured by Lem Kannagi. Rider 1, along with Rider 2, V3, and Riderman, were turned into Switches (while X, Amazon, and Stronger were turned into Core Medals) and kept in a suitcase by a member of Foundation X. The Riders were able to return back to normal when Fourze inserted the Switches into the Fourze Driver and performed a Limit Break.
Kamen Rider 1 Lockseed (仮面ライダー１号ロックシード Kamen Raidā Ichigō Rokkushīdo): A Lockseed bearing the likeness of Kamen Rider 1, created when Rider 1 was defeated in the battle between the Showa Riders and Heisei Riders. The core image depicts the Typhoon while the lid backside image depicts Kamen Rider 1's Rider Kick gesture. When inserted into a Sengoku Driver or when channeled through the Showa Rider Lockseed, it would allow an Armored Rider to assume 1 Arms (１号アームズ Ichigō Āmuzu). It is styled for Gaim, Kurokage, Bujin Gaim, and Kamuro in the toyline.
- Transformation: 1 (Ichigō) Arms: Waza no Ichigō, Let's go!
- Signal Legend 1 (シグナルレジェンド１号 Shigunaru Rejendo Ichigō, Based on Rider 1's New Cyclone): Allows Mach to activate a Kourin Signal Legend. When used in the DX Drive Driver, it gives the sound for a Tire Exchange into Showa Rider.
- Hayato Ichimonji/Kamen Rider 2: After being rescued from Shocker by Hongo, Ichimonji becomes his trusted partner and is left to defend Japan while Hongo went to fight Shocker's international branches. After Hongo's return to Japan, the two worked together to stop Shocker and their forces of evil. The two are the best of friends and have fought together since the year 1971.
- Tobei Tachibana: Hongo sees Tachibana as his mentor and father-figure. Having lost his family members in a car accident, Tachibana also saw Hongo as a son. Realizing his immense potential, Tachibana trained Hongo to become a great bike racer. When Hongo had become a Kamen Rider, Tachibana was the one who coached him to used his powers more effectively, which would prove invaluable in overcoming Shocker's forces. Among all the Kamen Riders, Hongo is likely Tachibana's favorite.
- Kazuya Taki: Hongo's other best friend, Taki was originally his rival at bike racing. The two have great trust in each other, with Taki having helped Hongo many times.
- Shiro Kazami/Kamen Rider V3: Takeshi's junior at Jonan university, he is made into Kamen Rider V3 through the combined efforts of Kamen Riders 1 and 2. He later succeeds Takeshi and Hayato, leading the next generation of Showa riders. The two are very close friends, with Hongo even referring to Kazami as a brother at one point.
- Other Kamen Riders: Throughout the series, Takeshi interacts with all of the Kamen Riders, acting as a leader, mentor, and partner, helping them to become better, stronger heroes.
Behind the scenes
Takeshi Hongo was played by Hiroshi Fujioka (藤岡 弘、 Fujioka Hiroshi) in the original Kamen Rider. Originally, Hiroshi Fujioka did his own stunts as Kamen Rider 1. This made Kamen Rider history when early on in the show, Hiroshi shattered his leg in a motorcycle stunt gone wrong. This resulted in him being replaced by Takeshi Sasaki, who played Hayato Ichimonji/Kamen Rider 2. Eventually, Hiroshi recovered returned to the show, joining Takeshi as the Double Riders.
After the conclusion of the original series, Hiroshi reprised his role in the next, Kamen Rider V3. Unlike many of his fellow Rider actors however, Hiroshi did not actively reprise the role of Hongo Takeshi whenever Kamen Rider 1 appeared in following Kamen Rider series, the lone exception being his appearance in Kamen Rider Stronger. Stock footage of Hiroshi from the original Kamen Rider series was used to portray Hongo in Five Riders vs. King Dark, where Fujioka only had a voice role, using an incorrect white Henshin belt. Michihiro Ikemizu (who voiced many monsters, including Shocker Rider #1 in the original series) voiced Kamen Rider 1 in The New Kamen Rider, Kamen Rider Super-1: The Movie and Birth of the 10th! Kamen Riders All Together!!.Rintarō Torii voiced Rider 1 in Kamen Rider Black RX.
In recent crossover movies, early riders are voiced by new actors, with Kamen Rider 1 being voiced by Tetsu Inada (稲田 徹 Inada Tetsu), first voicing the rider in Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker (2009). However, in 2011, Hiroshi returned to voice Kamen Rider 1 in the 40th anniversary movie of the Kamen Rider Series, OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders, alongside Takeshi Sasaki and Hiroshi Miyauchi. In Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Mega Max (2011), Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen (2012), Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z (2013) and Ressha Sentai ToQger Vs. Kamen Rider Gaim Spring Vacation Combining Special (2014), Kamen Rider 1 was once again voiced by Tetsu Inada.
It would be many years later that Hiroshi Fujioka would return to portray his own character, as well as transforming into him in Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai, followed by in Kamen Rider 1, the 45th anniversary movie of the Kamen Rider Series.
Kamen Rider is featured as #27 in the 1986 archive compilation video Toei 100 Great Heroes Super Fight.
A statue of Kamen Rider was observed still standing firm after the earthquake in Japan in March 2011 in Ishinomaki in Miyagi, a city hit by the tsunami, and considered as the hometown to Kamen Rider.
- Similarly a statue of Rider 1's Super Sentai counterpart, AkaRenger, in front of the Ishinomori Manga Museum, still stood among the devastation.
- Since Hongo has an IQ of 600, the most experience out of all the Kamen Riders, was able to survive a zero degree freeze machine's effects, a zero oxygen trap and even the full effects of a nuclear bomb up close (apparently unharmed and conscious in the latter) while weakened, he may well be one of the most intelligent and powerful Kamen Rider throughout the franchise.
- Contrary to popular belief, Takeshi was not the first Kamen Rider to utilize the stylish hand motions that would later be iconic for transformations in the Kamen Rider Series. The honor actually belongs to Hayato Ichimonji, transforming in episode 14 via the hand motions.
- Though little information is given about Hongo's parents in the series, official sources state that Hongo had a very close relationship with his mother and father, and continues to remember them fondly.
- Recent Heisei and Neo-Heisei developments in the in-series universe timeline indicate that Hongo is not the first Kamen Rider, as other heroes have come long before he was born. (Ex. The first Kuuga, Riku)
- However, he is the first to be called "Kamen Rider" as his predecessors were referred to only by name. (Ex. Kuuga or Riku instead of Kamen Rider Kuuga). Most Heisei Riders after him seem to avoid using the title of Kamen Rider altogether, as simplifying their names to just their given one makes them easier to identify for fans as there are now over 100+ Kamen Riders in the franchise.
- It should also be noted that most of the Rider series after the Showa Era are technically not connected with another, as the continuity is sometimes written for the shows to be their own stand alone stories. The real world fact is that Hongo was the first Rider created by Ishinomori himself, thus Hongo is more than deserving of his title Kamen Rider 1.
- Rider 1's title of Waza no Ichigo (Number 1 of Skill) is often used for Kamen Riders to describe their unarmed forms, calling themselves Waza no Senshi (Warriors of Technique).
- A notable habit of Hongo as shown throughout the series is that he is sometimes seen riding his motorcycle without wearing a motorcycle helmet. This is especially seen in recent crossover movies like Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai and in Kamen Rider 1.
- ↑ The events surrounding Rider 1's upgrade aren't directly acknowledged in the series, only in written material. However, they're indirectly acknowledged in TV show itself with the new scenes in the opening narration, and a later flashback in episode 86 where Hongo recalls his use of self-hypnosis to escape.