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the-last-alicorn  asked:

Black Satan has got to be the dumbest organization in the history of Kamen Rider. Seriously, Stronger went up to them and was like, "Turn my into a cyborg, I TOTALLY won't betray you!" And they were like, "Okie dokie." "Aha! As it turns out, I planned to betray you the entire time!" Bunch a idiots. At least have a SCREENING PROCESS.

I think that’s generally an issue with evil organizations in Kamen Rider, they have really lax standards.  I pointed it out in my panel this weekend that so many of them are all gung ho about the transforming people into cyborg monstrosities but not so big on making sure they are loyal first.

Look at Shocker, they turned Takeshi Hongo into a cyborg to work for them but they left the brainwashing till last?  Who decided giving someone super powers BEFORE you wipe their mind and make them loyal was a good thing?

At least Kamen Rider 2 and Kamen Rider V3 were already loyal to the cause of Justice BEFORE they were converted (at least on TV).

No one seems to learn though because Neo Shocker pulls the same stupid stunt in Kamen Rider (1979) a.k.a. Skyrider.  You’d think General Monster would have learned -something- from the likes of Shocker, Gel Shocker and Black Satan. 

Heck, he didn’t even learn not to look down on a Rider.  

Evil repeats the same mistakes once we get to the Kamen Rider ZX special as Badam turns Ryo Murasame into a cyborg.  At least he WAS loyal for a while, until he got his memories back and turned on them.


I would have given Golgom some slack at one time because I thought they existed in a separate universe from their villainous predecessors but nope, because Kamen Rider Black RX had the other Showa Riders show up, it established that both of the Black series occurred on the same Earth.

At least they got it right with Shadow Moon.

So I don’t blame Black Satan for being incautious with their recruitment efforts.  They are just following in the grand, mad tradition of Showa Kamen Rider villains.  They keep repeating the same mistakes, expecting a different outcome (notice they keep making Spider and Bat monsters) which is the very definition of madness.

At least by the time the Heisei series started, most of the bad guys learned their lesson not to create enemies capable of defeating them that they couldn’t control.


I didn’t realize that the American Masked Rider show included the original Kamen Riders in one of its episodes.

I also didn’t realize it completely fucked up their names.

A spread from a 1992 issue of Terebi Magazine with a lineup of all 12 Kamen Rider heroes!  From right to left:

Kamen Rider
Kamen Rider 2
Kamen Rider V3
Kamen Rider X
Kamen Rider Amazon
Kamen Rider Stronger
Kamen Rider Super-1
Kamen Rider ZX
Kamen Rider Black RX
Shin Kamen Rider