ok then how about top 10 best girl character in super sentai and kamen rider
Oooo that’s a good one! Let me take a shot at this. Mind you, this is only my opinion and I am going to set some ground rules. I won’t be including anyone from Kamen Rider Ex-Aid or Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger, those shows are still airing and could make certain characters better or utterly torpedo them by the end. I want to only include characters from completed TV shows so I can judge them by their entire arc.
I am also going to take girl to just mean any female character, as I don’t want to limit the list to those under the age of majority. I am also limiting this to one character per entry, so no doubling up on characters from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger for example.
So, let’s get started!
10. Bandora from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger
There is a reason Machiko Soga is a legend in the tokusatsu community. For those of us in the West, her most famous role would be as Bandora from the 1992 entry in the Super Sentai franchise. She embodied the chaotic, capricious witch with a hate on for the Dinosaurs and children in general. Yet, she was a pretty chill boss to work for; handing out rewards for success, not punishing her underlings for failure and even having massive song and dance sessions when things were going good. Heck, were she not determined to wipe out humanity, she’d be the perfect boss!
9. Yoko Minato/Kamen Rider Marika from Kamen Rider Gaim
Loyal to the Yggdrasil company (or at least to Ryouma) Minato is one of the characters that kept me watching Kamen Rider Gaim to the end. Her backstory was even expanded upon in the later V-Cinema releases which made her even more interesting. She started out a spy specializing in corporate espionage but was caught and, instead of being arrested and prosecuted, hired by her intended target to work for them instead. What’s even better is she got some great character moments in the recent Kamen Sentai Gorider special that really cemented her as one of my favorites. Sadly, as with a lot of female Riders, she got killed.
8. Kiriko Shijima from Kamen Rider Drive
Kiriko is probably my poster woman for the trope of how women get screwed out of being Kamen Riders. They had to make up some arbitrary story reason why she couldn’t use the Drive Driver. Still, she was a tough police officer who often had to keep Shinnosuke in line at first and later taught a robot how to love which brought him back to the side of good. She later got sidelined and turned into ‘the girlfriend’ or she would place higher on this list. Maybe she was lucky not to be a Rider because with female Riders you either never get to be one or you die before the end of the series.
7. Megumi Misaki from Choujuu Sentai Liveman
Megumi/Blue Dolphin is the only female member of the Liveman team and acts as something of a second in command behind Yuusuke/Red Falcon. She sometimes questions his plans and strategies, leading him to come up with better ones. She is a marine biologist by study though she is also very skilled at archery, swimming and bicycling. Of all of her team, she is the most collected and caring, even wanting to help her former friends who betrayed the human race in favor of the Brain Army Volt and occasionally a monster of the week or two.
6. Yuriko Misaki/Electro-Wave Human Tackle
The absolute closest any character came to being a female Kamen Rider in the Showa Era was Yuriko from 1975′s Kamen Rider Stronger. Like her male counterpart, she was remodeled by the evil Black Satan organization but freed when Kamen Rider Stronger left their employ. Together, they became a force for justice, battling the very organization that had created them in true Kamen Rider tradition. She was also Shigeru/Stronger’s love interest and closest confidant before her death saving him from being poisoned, starting the trend of powered heroines in Kamen Rider dying.
5. Rei Tachibana from Kagaku Sentai Dynaman
One of the central characters in her series, I think Rei got more focus episodes and character bits than any other member of her team, including Dyna Red! I have a feeling this had to do with her actress, Sayoko Hagiwara, being that darn good at her job that the writers wanted to give her more and more to do. She’s a scientific genius. inventor and animal lover (aside from cats) who cannot stand the evils of the Evilution Empire and seeks to rid the world of their vicious misuse of science and diabolical sorcery. She’s also amazing in hand to hand combat and an expert fencer! Man, she’s great!
4. Ahim De Famille from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger
She may be a space Princess from a dead world but Ahim De Famille is no shrinking violet or pampered layabout. She is the voice of moderation for the Gokaiger team, the one to negotiate with friends and win over those who might be hesitant to deal with pirates. She’s also something of the big sister to everyone else, the one her friends can come to when things are going bad for advice or consolation. She can talk a kidnapper out of his plans one minute and kick the crap out of a foe in a floofy dress the next. She may have started as a Princess but she is now a pirate through and through, just a kinder, gentler pirate than most.
3. Mele from Jyuken Sentai Gekiranger
One of the most well developed female antagonists in the history of Super Sentai, Mele was the second in command of the forces of Rin Jyuken Aku Gata in the 2007 series. She was also undead, having been brought back to life by Rio as part of his army of evil. She died many years ago in the first battle between the two opposing schools of Jyuken. Though not truly alive, she is in love with the man who brought her back and would do or give anything for him. This love and devotion eventually leads her (and in some ways Rio) away from the path of villainy and two die for good as heroes protecting the world for an even greater evil than they could have ever been.
2. Peggy Matsuyama from Himitsu Sentai Goranger
The original Pink heroine, Peggy Matsuyama a.k.a. Momoranger is just amazing. Not only is she the first Sentai heroine, she’s still among the best, holding her own with her male counterparts and then some. She is an explosives expert and build the team’s main finishing weapon, the Goranger Storm. She also has grenades for earrings and is an expert at hand to hand combat. She is so much more than what most women were allowed to be in tokusatsu at the time and even when captured, she’d be more likely to rescue herself or give her captors a hard time than rely on anyone to rescue her.
1. Tsuruhime from Ninja Sentai Kakuranger
I am not even going to try and hide my bias here. I LOVE Tsuruhime. She’s one of the best characters to ever have a lead role in a Super Sentai series. She was also the very first female leader of a Sentai team (later to be joined by Yuri/Time Pink from Mirai Sentai Timeranger). Competent, skilled and the most serious-minded member of her team, Tsuruhime had the unenviable position of trying to keep her self-interested, easily distracted and sometimes incompetent teammates together to stop the Youkai Army Corps. Sure, they eventually got better and all grew as people but most of that is due to Tsuruhime keeping them on mission. She also has her own drama to deal with, especially with her Father apparently joining up with the Youkai!
I know this list is a little Sentai heavy but it’s really hard to find female characters in Kamen Rider with as meaty roles as their team-based counterparts. As said earlier, they are either denied the powered heroic roles or killed off by the end. I really, really hope that Kamen Rider Ex-Aid can beat that trend!