|This article is about a/an actor in Kamen Rider Gaim.|
Yutaka Kobayashi (小林 豊 Kobayashi Yutaka) is a Japanese actor, singer, and dancer who portrayed Kaito Kumon/Kamen Rider Baron in Kamen Rider Gaim, as well as his doppelganger Shapool in Gaim Gaiden: Kamen Rider Baron. He is a prominent member of the boy group BOYS AND MEN, designated by his color yellow-green.
After he finished high school, Kobayashi had intent in becoming a pastry chef and entered confectionary school. At that time, his friend entered him into the Junon Super Boy Contest, and debuted into the entertainment industry in 2009. By 2010, he auditioned and became a member of Boys and Men, and released his first solo album by 2012.
In late-2010, Kobayashi auditioned for Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger and won the role of Captain Marvelous. However due to previous commitments, he was forced to give it up to Ryota Ozawa, who later admitted they both looked alike. Kobayashi later returned to Tokusatsu through his portrayal of Kaito Kumon.
Post Kamen Rider
After Gaim ended, he continued his acting career through roles in dramas such as Aichi Policemax and Why Can't Seiya Todoin, 16-Year-Old, Get a Girlfriend?. In 2018, he reprised his role as Kaito in Kamen Rider Zi-O.
In February of 2018, Kobayashi was one of the several Japanese torch bearer representatives for the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games opening ceremony.
In December 22, 2020, His agency confirmed that Kobayashi along with several of his fellow member of BOYS AND MEN had tested positive COVID-19 after the BM Theater event.
- In an interview with Hyper Hobby magazine, Kobayashi revealed his love for the Kamen Rider Series, which is why he wanted to take this role to become one. He also wanted to pick up this role to open up a path in his acting career as some of the hottest actors were once Kamen Riders. Kobayashi even went for a motorcycle license for this role.
- Kobayashi watched Kamen Rider Ryuki as a child and was happy that Gaim would feature multiple Riders like Ryuki.
- Kobayashi has an ironic distaste towards bananas as he once participated in a marathon and had to eat it for the entire day. He got sick afterwards and blamed it on the fruit, but later expressed an interest to overcome this.
- Besides acting, Kobayashi also has a specialty in baking. He can be seen in the official Kamen Rider Gaim website's net spin-off called Yuta Cafe, a spin-off series that involves the usage of fruits to bake pasteries. He also invited several cast of Kamen Rider Gaim to eat his pasteries he baked while talking about their role and involvement in the series. This is also demonstrated on-screen as Kaito in Kamen Rider Gaim Hyper Battle DVD: Fresh Orange Arms is Born! and as Shapool in Gaim Gaiden: Kamen Rider Baron.
- Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard: The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle (2013) - Kaito Kumon
- Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai (2014) - Kaito Kumon
- Kamen Rider Gaim: Great Soccer Battle! Golden Fruits Cup! (2014) - Kaito Kumon
- Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Drive & Gaim: Movie War Full Throttle (2014) - Kaito Kumon
- Gaim Gaiden: Kamen Rider Baron (2015) - Kaito Kumon, Shapool
- Gaim Gaiden: Kamen Rider Knuckle (2015) - Kaito Kumon
- Kamen Rider Gaim (2013-2014) - Kaito Kumon
- Ressha Sentai ToQger Vs. Kamen Rider Gaim Spring Vacation Combining Special (2014) - Kaito Kumon
- Kamen Rider Zi-O (2018) - Kaito Kumon
- Kamen Rider Ghost: Legendary! Riders' Souls! (Gaim Chapter; 2016) - Lord Baron (voice only)
- Kamen Sentai Gorider (2017) - Kaito Kumon
- Kamen Rider Gaim: Final Stage (2014) - Kaito Kumon
- He starred as the titular character in Seiya Todoin alongisde Kamen Rider Taisen-star Itsuji Itao.
- In 2019, he starred in the live-action film adaptation of Meiji Tokyo Renka alongside Kyuranger-star Taiki Yamazaki, Gaim-co-star Yuki Kubota, and Ex-Aid-star Tetsuya Iwanaga.
- Eiji Akaso was once an member of BOYS AND MEN alongside Kobayashi, but Akaso left shortly after joining.