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Monster Scorpion Man (怪人さそり男 Kaijin Sasori Otoko), is the third episode of the original Kamen Rider series.
The Shocker organization seeks to draw Kamen Rider out by letting an prisoner "escape" from the deadly stingers of the Scorpion Man's pet scorpions.
Shocker is revealed to be finishing some Nazi Germany unfinished projects, those of making monstruous humans with animal traits. Now is deployed the Scorpion Man...
Shocker also have slaves, who are captured people who weren't chosen by neither to be cyborgs nor combatants or technicians. The Leader of Shocker is challenging them to go away from the desert base within 10 minutes, so they can be free. As they wear burdens, they hardly manage to approach the exit and now the alotted time came to end, they deploy the "man-eating scorpions" that are scorpions who spray an extremely acid liquid from its sting, making most of the slaves' bodies melt. Only one old man survives, and is chosen to be a bait for Kamen Rider 1.
Takeshi Hongou is testing his abilities, understanding how is cyborg body works. Hearing what happened in the radio, Takeshi goes to the place where the slaves died, denying Ruriko's company as it's too dangerous for her. Transforming into Kamen Rider 1, he fights against Shocker minions, and get the old man to his house.
Someone enters Takeshi's house, and it's no one else than Gorou Hayase, a rival and friend of Takeshi. As they didn't see each other for a while, they take time to talk. However, some of the man-eating scorpions and minions enter the house, making everyone in danger. Trying to kill the scorpions, the old man gets sprayed with their acids causing his death. Ruriko gets caught by Shocker minions so Takeshi and Gorou chases them. When questionning the minions, Gorou reveals himself as the Scorpion Man, as he joined Shocker on his own will.
Transforming into Kamen Rider 1, Takeshi fights against Scorpion Man and Shocker minions, as they rapidly hide underground. Kamen Rider 1 just have to crush them by landing on the ground, falling from high rocks. Takeshi finishes Scorpion Man with the Rider Scissors making him fall on a rock, killing him. Now Takeshi goes back home with Rurilko...
- Takeshi Hongo (本郷 猛 Hongō Takeshi): Hiroshi Fujioka (藤岡 弘 Fujioka Hiroshi)
- Tobee Tachibana (立花 藤兵衛 Tachibana Tobee): Akiji Kobayashi (小林 昭二 Kobayashi Akiji)
- Ruriko Midorikawa (緑川 ルリ子 Midorikawa Ruriko): Chieko Morigawa (森川 千恵子 Morigawa Chieko) (Played as Chieko Maki (真樹 千恵子 Maki Chieko))
- Hiromi Nohara (野原 ひろみ Nohara Hiromi): Yōko Shimada (島田 陽子 Shimada Yōko)
- The Great Leader of Shocker (ショッカー首領 Shokkā Shuryō, Voice): Gorō Naya (納谷 悟朗 Naya Gorō)
- Narrator (ナレーター Narētā): Shinji Nakae (中江 真司 Nakae Shinji)
- Goro Hayase (早瀬 五郎 Hayase Goro): Kenji Nagisa (渚 健二 Nagisa Kenji)
- Old Man Ito (伊藤 老人 Itō Rōjin): Yoichiro Mikawa (美川 陽一郎 Mikawa Yōichirō)
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- Scorpion Man would later appear as part of the revived monster armies seen in episode 13 and the movie Kamen Rider vs. Shocker. Following the 40th anniversary, he would cameo in Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen and Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z as one of the various monsters of Dai-Shocker and Space Shocker respectively.
- Three Judo throws were used by Takeshi Hongo and Kamen Rider in this episode, the most so far: Ippon seoinage, Tomoe Nage, and kata guruma.
- This episode would later be adapted as episode 41 of Kamen Rider V3, Oh! People Are Melting! Enter, Marshal Armor.
- Kamen Rider DVD Volume 1 features episodes 1-7.
- Kamen Rider Blu-ray Volume 1 features episodes 1-26.