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Protagonists

Computer Rescue Center/CR

Emu Hojo/Kamen Rider Ex-Aid

Portrayed by: Hiroki Iijima
  • Opposites Attract: Emu is both a doctor, and a video-gamer, both careers of which have different personalities for him.
  • Patient Zero: He was supposedly Patient Zero, but it was later revealed to be Cronus.

Hiiro Kagami/Kamen Rider Brave

Portrayed by: Toshiki Seto

Asuna Karino/Poppy Pipopapo/Kamen Rider Poppy

Portrayed by: Ruka Matsuda
  • Heel Face Turn: Asuna starts out as hero before getting brainwashed by Lovelica, turning into a villain, then back to a hero after Emu reprogrammed her.

Haima Kagami

Portrayed by: Hanamaru Hakata

Others

Taiga Hanaya/Kamen Rider Snipe

Portrayed by: Ukyo Matsumoto

Kiriya Kujo/Kamen Rider Lazer (Turbo)

Portrayed by: Hayato Onozuka
  • Armor-Piercing Question: See Break Them by Talking.
  • Back From the Dead: Thrice. The first was in Chou Super Hero Taisen, second in Kamen Sentai Gorider. And third being episode 34 of the TV series.
  • Batman Gambit: Has pulled out two of these:
    • Why was he a Fake Defector? Emu thought about what Kiriya whispered to him in episode 36 to be the latter becoming a Big Bad Friend. Turns out it brought Kiriya enough time to swipe the Proto Gashats from Masamune until Kiriya drops the charade.
    • In episode 42, he goads Kuroto into fighting him whilst spraying him a dose of Gamedeus's virus to create an anti-Gamedeus vaccine. The end result is the Doctor Mighty XX Gashat.
  • Break Them by Talking: He gives a glorious one to Kuroto of all people in the Genm vs. Lazer portion of the Another Ending trilogy. As the exchange between the two of them sums it up:
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Kiriya: Do you not understand even a tiny bit of how precious life is, and of the victim's regrets?

Kuroto: That's why I'm giving the people a chance to restore the lives of the people who have vanished. Whether its a happy ending or a bad ending...is up to the players. That's what a game is!

Kiriya: (chuckles) How is this a game? Their lives might have been stored as data, but Jungo wasn't... No matter how godly your talent, his life... his life can never be restored!

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  • Consummate Liar: And he's very good at it. He manages to make use of it when he tricks Masamune into believing his loyalty towards him, which allowed him to steal all the Proto Gashats from him.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Kiriya died on Christmas Day, ruining it for everyone!
  • Reality Ensues: Invoked in the Genm vs. Lazer portion of Another Ending. Kiriya is fine with Kuroto playing God and using dubious methods of bringing the victims back as Bugsters. The only exception of this is his close friend, Jungo, who died of an accident before his game illness could kick in. Justified, in real life, life is short and a person will experience death once.
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Kiriya: Their lives might have been stored as data, but Jungo wasn't... No matter how godly your talent, his life... his life can never be restored!

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  • The Only One: Kiriya is the one who puts Dan Kuroto down for good. Baring Joker Immunity via movies novels and home video specials. As Emu was shot while everyone else in CR was otherwise occupied tending to or protecting the victims of Kuroto's latest sceam.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The lecture he gave to Kuroto in the Another Ending V-Cinema shows that no matter how Kuroto plays God as whatever he likes, Kiriya points out that he can't bring back a person whose data not stored in Proto Gashats (i.e., Kiriya's best friend, Jungo), let alone victims of the Bugster Virus.
  • Smug Snake: Unless if you're Kuroto Dan.
  • Transformation Causes: Lazer's Level 1 form is humanoid, but his Level 2 form is a bike!

Nico Saiba/Ride-Player Nico

Portrayed by: Reina Kurosaki
  • Expy: Cast in a similar mold as Goro Yura and Yuriko "Gon" Takayama being the Morality Pet towards a gun-wielding Rider.
    • While Taiga is Black Jack, Nico is actually Pinoko Hazama. Being an 18-year old Kid Sidekick to an unlicensed doctor and eventually their source of moral compass.
  • Heel Face Turn: Nico held a grudge against Emu at first for beating her 7 years back, but changed her mind after learning of Emu's disease.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Played with. When we are first introduced to Nico, she would suddenly barge in Taiga's hospital, much to his chagrin. Overtime, Taiga is getting used to allow Nico to follow him throughout, even if he finds her foolish.

Bugsters

Major Bugsters

Parado/Kamen Rider Para-DX

Portrayed by Shouma Kai
  • Expy: Cast in the same mold as Heart from Kamen Rider Drive for being Fair Play Villains and Noble Demons, as well as the rivalry they share with the main hero.
    • Him being the source of Emu's transformation into Ex-Aid brings to mind Dragon. Like how Dragon was destroyed that caused Haruto to lose the ability to transform into Wizard, Emu defeating Parado that lead to his apparent death costed him the ability to transform. Luckily, they came back an episode later.
  • Face Heel Turn: After it becomes obvious he won't able to win on his own and most of his allies are dead. Parado joins the heroes a few episodes after Dan Masumune becomes the main villain.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Para-DX has a red fighter form, and a blue puzzler form. Both of which mix together to make his final form.

Graphite

Portrayed by Shouma Machii

Ren Amagasaki/Lovelica Bugster

Portrayed by Shinya Kote
Portrayed by Musashi Sugawara
  • Bad Boss: Gamedeus is the final boss of Kamen Rider Chronicle.

Others

Genm Corp.

Kuroto Dan/Kamen Rider Genm

Portrayed by: Tetsuya Iwanaga
  • A God Am I: He pretty has a huge God-complex for his role as a Killer Game Master. Even after he joins with the good guys in the third arc of the season, he doesn't know when to shut up in any way.
  • Annoying Laugh : Post-Heel Face Turn.
  • Asshole Victim: Kuroto had it coming ever since he turned Emu into Patient Zero before the series started. Averted when he returns as Genm Level 0 and joins with the doctors.
  • Ax Crazy: Played with by the time he's revealed as the Big Bad for the first half of the series. It goes all the way down there especially when it involved Emu's secret regarding his ability to transform into Ex-Aid. When he comes back in episode 30, the Kuroto we love and knew never changes, and has been played for comedy and memetic levels.
  • Berserk Button: Creating a Gashat without his consent is this for him. As shown when Emu somehow got Mighty Brothers XX and considers it as a bootleg.
  • Beware the Superman: Pre-Heel Face Turn.
  • Big Bad: For the first-half of the season before Parado ices him, and in the Another Ending trilogy films.
  • Breakout Character: Kuroto is one of the fan favorite characters of the season, especially during the episodes where he was still a villain. His Large Ham tendencies and boasting his God-complex earned him as one of the memetic characters of the Kamen Rider franchise. Even Tetsuya Iwanaga himself loved how he played his character.
  • Crazy Prepared: With more emphasis on crazy. Here are some instances:
    • The entire plot of the Kamen Sentai Gorider miniseries is a contingency plan he put in place to resurrect himself in the event of his death. Bonus points for creating this plan when he was presently immortal.
    • Later in the series, it's revealed he had a contingency plan for his contingency plan in the form of the Proto Mighty Action X Origin Gashat, which was uncovered by Poppy, resulting his revival as a Bugster.
    • When Masamune uses his Reset ability to erase Hyper Muteki from existence, it turns out that Kuroto has a contingency plan for it. Not only he successfully recreated Hyper Muteki (at the cost of twelve of his lives due to exhaustion and immense stress), but he also created an Energy Item to prevent Reset's effect from happening to them again.
  • Dark Messiah: In the Another Ending trilogy films. Nevertheless, this is part of his God complex, though.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Though we first saw him as a horrible excuse of a human, he considers his own father as a terrible parent and realizes his actions are anything but fatherly. Granted, because Kuroto himself is the ones being mistreated, but the fact Poppy is his Morality Pet in part of seeing him as a father.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Parado becomes livid the moment he reveals he was just using the Bugsters and proceeds to beat the crap out of him in response. When he's finally lost the ability to fight the Riders on even ground, Parado puts him out of his misery to show that he really had little control over him to begin with.
  • Expy: He is one to Ryoma Sengoku/Kamen Rider Duke. Both are insane geniuses with egocentric personalities, skilled master manipulators, aspirations to godhood, a powerful Rider form connected to the main hero's own, a Crazy Prepared mindset, and a sense of disapproval towards anyone reverse-engineering their inventions. Unlike Ryoma though, Kuroto does have redeeming traits, in a sense, he's very similar to Takatora.
    • Also to Shiro Kanzaki in terms of their backstories and their motives of orchestrating a Rider War. Kanzaki started the 13 Rider War as a means to revive his sister Yui. Kuroto's intent of developing Kamen Rider Chronicle is to revive those who died of game illness, as well his mother.
    • One can arguably compare him to both Akihiko Kayaba and Nobuyuki Sugou, as both are Killer Game Masters with fantasies of godhood. For the first half of the series, Kuroto plays a similar role as Sugou, but his Heel-Face Turn brings to mind Kayaba's redeemable traits.
  • Goroawase Number: The input of his name in numbers are 9-6-10 (ku-ro-to). He even had balloons in the shapes of those numbers as part of his decorations.
  • He Knows Too Much: The reason he murdered Kiriya in episode 12.
    • Kuroto himself is also responsible for Taiga's Start of Darkness, as shown in the Kamen Rider Snipe: Episode ZERO series prequel, due to the fact that Taiga somehow discovered the Bugster viruses, Kuroto arranged him to become a Kamen Rider in order to stall him from studying the viruses even further.
  • Heel Face Turn: As said above, he starts out as a mysterious villain, but then switches sides after his revival.
    • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Starts out as the Big Bad for the first half of the TV series, then joins with the Doctor Riders following his proper revival. And after the events of the True Ending movie, he returns as the Big Bad for the V-Cinema trilogy.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Played for Laughs. Kuroto started out as the Big Bad for the first half of the series, with huge delusions of grandeur and penchant of committing unnecessary cruelty to both humans and Bugsters alike. From episode 30 onward, Kuroto is reduced to a Psychopathic Manchild prone to hissy fits and to the point he's a walking laughingstock. His status as a Killer Game Master along with his God-complex doesn't change anyway.
  • Irony: In the Gorider miniseries, Kuroto found out the hard way of using an Undead's powers — disguising himself as Kazuma Kenzaki drew the ire of the real Kenzaki, who happens to be the second Joker Undead. Said Joker's presence caused the destruction of his Game World.
  • Jerkass
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: While he is still manipulating the other Riders from the shadows in the Brave & Snipe and Para-DX with Poppy parts of the Another Ending trilogy, it's played straight at the last scene of the latter film where Kuroto takes the Parado clone's powers for himself, disposes Saiko Yaotome once she's no longer necessary to him, and subsequently created God Maximum Mighty X, and started his Kamen Rider Chronicle-inspired zombie-apocalypse game in Genm vs. Lazer. Poppy is heartbroken upon seeing Kuroto's true colors afterward.
  • Killer Game Master: And he's proud of it. Woe to anybody whoever creates a Gashat without his permission.
  • Large Ham: And HOW! By the time he's revealed as the villain for the first half of the series, Kuroto starts to becoming more bombastic as the series progresses. He still never changes when he returns in episode 30.
  • Let X Be the Unknown: His level in his Zombie Gamer form. At first, the X stands for Level 10. Later, Kuroto invokes this as Dangerous Zombie allows to gather more data of his death each time he dies and resurrects himself in battle, until it reaches its full potential and erupts into the user's power boost. As such, Genm's power becomes immeasurable.
  • The Many Deaths of You: After joining with the good guys, each Game Over montages involving him are played for laughs, to the point he respawns from a warp pipe. He even dies from overworking[1] in episode 41, which leaves him with 82 lives at that time.
  • Messianic Archetype: Played straight in Another Ending with a mix of Dark Messiah and A God Am I.
  • My Hero Zero: Proto Mighty Action X Origin being an alpha version of the original grants him the power of Level 0.
  • Motor Mouth: Part of his usual Large Ham antics.
  • Mythology Gag: His Rider form in general harkens back to Chase, going from a black prototype of the main Rider's suit to a corrupted version of the same.
  • Narcissist: Of the textbook malignant variety. He has a complete Lack of Empathy for anyone that's not him, to the point even getting his own father thrown in jail as part of a hostile take over, but is quite capable of pretending he does; has an extremely over inflated opinion of himself to the point of a God Complex; and views the Riders as all being disposable 'play testers' for his schemes he's entitled to manipulate however he pleases. Most tellingly, however, is he's prone to particularly violent narcissistic rages at the knowledge of any Gashat that are not created without his consent, such as the Mighty Brothers XX Gashat, Burgermon, and Taddle Legacy both of which are from games he didn't personally create. He's also not only willing to murder people for minute slights, he's shown to take a level of sadistic joy from it.
Kuroto: What's terrifying...is my own talent!
  • Papa Wolf: Do not harm Poppy in his presence. Parado learned that lesson the hard way in episode 31.
  • Sad Clown: Laughably Evil he may be, Kuroto is not without any moment of sadness. His Heroic Comedic Sociopathic antics roots from the abuse he had been through by Masamune. Kiriya was the last person to ever understand his pain for that matter.
  • Shadow Archetype: Most likely for his father, Masamune. It seems Kuroto lived under his own father's shadow and expectations for the first half of the series, that is until he realizes that once Masamune is released from prison and reveals himself as Cronus.
  • Shout-Out: His Level 2 form looks similar to the Ragna-mail Hysterica. And by extension, his resurrective immortality and ability to respawn from a Game Over brings to mind Embryo.
  • Smug Snake: Fits to a T, especially if you're Masamune Dan.
  • Spanner in the Works: Despite being manipulated by his own father, Kuroto spends most of the time outsmarting Masamune as a means to foil his plans. That even includes creating the Hyper Muteki Gashat for Emu, and after Cronus presses the Reset Button, his remaining lives were restored back to 94. Granted, bear in mind as Kuroto of all people is much more Crazy Prepared compared to Masamune.
  • Start of Darkness: Episode 22 reveals before the events of the series that Kuroto, being incensed over someone who has the ideas of making games, which happens to be a young Emu Hojo, responds by sending back a demo game containing a strain of Bugster viruses to the young Emu out of spite, which turned him into the Patient Zero for the virus.
  • Tempting Fate: In the last chapter of Kamen Sentai Gorider, disguising himself as Kamen Rider Blade all the while manipulating the deceased Kamen Riders — Another Agito, Baron, Marika, and Lazer proved to be his undoing, as Kenzaki points out:
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Kenzaki: You made a mistake of taking my form. I'm an Undead... and a Joker.

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  • Ubermensch: To Masamune's Last Man. While an egomaniac to a fault; Kuroto claims that his godly talents can make things possible; and by starting Kamen Rider Chronicle as the only way to bring back those who vanished from the Bugster infection or those who got a Game Over from playing Rider Chronicle

Masamune Dan/Kamen Rider Cronus

Portrayed by: Hiroyuki Takami
  • 0% Approval Rating: Villain with Good Publicity aside, Masamune is loathed by both humans and Bugsters alike. He only sees them as his company's products to that in mind.
  • Asshole Victim: Revived than killed by his own son to remove any doubt that he would end up a Karma Houdini. Not like he didn't deserve though. As Masamune is much worse between the two of them.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Masamune Dan.
  • Ax Crazy: Even worse than his own son. After we see his plans began to backfire miserably, Masamune becomes completely irritable and paranoid per every Villainous Breakdown.
  • Control Freak
  • Dropped THE MOON on him: After God-Kuroto turn out to be immune to his time stopping powers. His own son pulls it out of the sky and smashes Luna into Masamune. Good thing for the rest of Earth, EX-Aid Riders battle in another world like Ryuki.
  • Driven to Suicide: After his defeat by Ex-Aid, which took the Doctors' chances of bringing the lives of the Bugster infectees.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Played with in Genm vs. Lazer. Masamune might be a Control Freak with no redeeming qualities whatsoever, he is not okay with Kuroto's agenda of using Zombie Chronicle to bring back his wife from the dead.
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Masamune: She still lives in my heart! I will not forgive anyone who toys with her life!

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  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Beneath his sociopathic and egotistical personality lies a loving husband to his wife. It's no surprise why both he and Kuroto's respective Starts of Darkness was the reason of her death. To be taken with a huge grain of salt though. As psychopaths like Masamune tend to view their spouse and children as extensions of themselves or property.
  • Expy: He's basically Tenjuro Banno in terms of manipulating their sons to further their goals. However, Masamune is a deconstruction of Banno because not only he veers on the Smug Snake territory, he is also paranoid and prone to violent outbursts when things don't go well for him. What also separates him from Banno is that he deeply cared for his wife, where Banno sees his family as nothing more than guinea pigs for experiments.
    • Also to Kiyoto Maki in the way they were first introduced. Maki had a small role in the first half of his series before he takes the spot as the Big Bad.
    • His Rider form in general is this to Kamen Rider Odin; both feature the ability of time manipulation. Odin has the ability to rewind time via the Time Vent card, Cronus can pause time by pressing both A and B buttons simultaneously on his Buggle Driver II. Like Odin, Cronus does have the ability to rewind (or in his case reset) time.
    • He could be also a Kamen Rider version of Ragyo Kiryuin, both have a familial relationship with one of the main characters who also happens to manipulate them behind the scenes. They are also corrupt company figureheads whose goals to rule the world. After their last stand against the heroes, both of them chose to kill themselves to simply spite them.
  • Hypocrite: Claims to be disguised by Dan Kurto actions. He's worse than his own son ten times over. Being responsible for the Start of Darkness of both him and the Bugsters.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Even worse than his own son's. While he might put up being a Benevolent Boss to his employees, outside of that, he's anything but those what the workers think of him.
  • Never My Fault: Masamune calls out the Doctors as 'defilers of life' during his last stand even though he's the mastermind behind the series' events.
  • Nietzsche Wannabe
  • Not So Different: To his own son, Kuroto. While both father and son are psychos; what separates them is that Kuroto is a Crazy Prepared Insufferable Genius and a borderline Well-Intentioned Extremist who used Kamen Rider Chronicle as a means to preserve data of those who are "killed" by him or succumbed to the Game Disease and is understandably pissed off over someone else hijacking his original plan, while Masamune is an out-and-out psychopath who wants to Take Over the World with the aforementioned game and is not above using underhanded methods for unbelievably selfish reasons.
    • The Another Ending V-Cinema takes a deep exploration that Masamune appeared to geniunely cared for his wife. And Kuroto's machinations that caused her to be infected with the Bugster virus served as the catalyst of Start of Darkness for both father and son.
  • One-Winged Angel: Gamedeus Cronus
  • Patient Zero: He himself infected himself with the Bugster Virus to obtain his powers long before Emu was infected.
  • Properly Paranoid: Part of each Villainous Breakdowns he experiences shows that he becomes completely high-strung as all of his actions tend to backfire without realizing it. Masamune reaches into this once the Riders summon Gemdeus in episode 41.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: After being beaten by the Doctor Riders in the finale, Masamune stabs himself with the Kamen Rider Chronicle's Master Gashat and vanishes into data. So far, he's the first Kamen Rider villain to ever commit suicide rather than being killed by the heroes.
  • Smug Snake: Big time.
  • Thanatos Gambit: He kills himself by stabbing the Kamen Rider Chronicle Master Gashat, thus taking away the Doctor Riders' chance of extracting the data of the victims of the Bugster infection away from them.
  • That Man Is Dead: Him injecting Gamedeus's data into his body in a fit of insane desperation removed all traces of his humanity. As a result, he no longer refers himself as Masamune Dan, but rather as a fusion of Gamedeus and Cronus.
  • Time Stands Still: Using Pause freezes the flow of time around Cronus. The only exceptions being Ex-Aid Muteki Gamer, Bugsters who have Gamedeus's virus like Graphite, a Ride Player with two Kamen Rider Chronicle Gashats and God-Kuroto.
  • Too Clever by Half: His Fatal Flaw. While he might be a brilliant schemer than his son, in actuality he's not completely in control as he think he is. Most of his gambits easily backfire in some ways. 1) Reviving Kiriya as his left-hand man only allowed Kiriya to steal the Proto Gashats.  2) Him manipulating Emu into killing Parado only allowed him to respawn the latter via Mighty Brothers XX. 3) Keeping the Energy Items for himself only allowed Para-DX to steal them back. 4) Him pressing the Reset Button inadvertently undone many of his actions aside from erasing Hyper Muteki from existence; namely the Gamer Drivers and Gashat he stole from the Doctor Riders are returned to them, Nico's Gemdeus disease being undone, Kuroto's lives being restored back to 94, and the Proto Gashats are returned to him.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He may be a manipulative bastard who sees everyone as a commodity, but the reactions of the Genm Corp employees to his return indicates that Masamune is very good at winning the loyalty of those who work for him. He helps this by claiming to his board that he has every intention to work hard to return the lives of those lost to the game, to which they applaud to. Of course, we know he doesn't really give a damn about that.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He doesn't take to kindly getting ass kicked by Ex-Aid Muteki Gamer. Things go south for Masamune in this state each time his plans backfire.
  1. in Japan, it's called karoshi, which refers to death by overwork and job exhaustion
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