List of Kamen Rider Den-O characters

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The cast of Kamen Rider Den-O (as of episode 12). From left to right: Hana, Naomi, Momotaros, Kintaros, Urataros, Owner, and Ryotaro Nogami

This is a list of characters throughout the Japanese tokusatsu series Kamen Rider Den-O.

DenLiner crew[edit]

Kamen Rider Den-O fights against the Imagin with the aid of his partners. Most of them reside within the train known as the DenLiner, a train that traverses the sands of time.

Ryotaro Nogami[edit]

Ryotaro Nogami (野上 良太郎 Nogami Ryōtarō?) is a very unlucky young man. When he first appears, he managed to lodge himself on his bike in a tall tree, due to his horrific streak of bad luck. But though jinxed, Ryotaro keeps looking on the bright side. He also keeps his name tag in his wallet so it can be returned to him when it is stolen. He is the one who discovers the Rider Pass, and after persuasion from Hana, decides to use it for the betterment of mankind as the eponymous Kamen Rider Den-O. He is commonly referred to as a Singularity Point, who can consciously overpower an Imagin who possesses him, as well as exist outside of time.

Ryotaro is portrayed by Takeru Satoh (佐藤 健 Satō Takeru).

Hana/Kohana[edit]

Hana (ハナ) is a Singularity Point and the first DenLiner passenger Ryotaro met, convincing him to become a Kamen Rider while explaining the uses of the Rider Tickets and the Rider Pass. She said that she fights so that she can protect and preserve the flow of time from the Imagin, and she made a contract with the DenLiner's Owner to do so. She originates from a future destroyed by Imagin chaos, still existing because of her status as a Singularity Point. With no timeline to call her home, Hana is filled with malice and spite towards the Imagin, making her capable of subduing the Tarōs when they get out of line, especially Momotaros with a simple punch to the head with force equal to a truck's. Ironically, Hana grew a soft spot for the Tarōs over the course of the series, briefly crying when Urataros, Kintaros, and Ryutaros disappear, though she refuses to admit it. Hana usually worries and looks after Ryotaro, treating him like a younger brother. Over time, the tracks that represent Hana's future are being recreated, resulting with Hana turns back into a child form. Despite being in the body of a ten-year-old, under the alias of Kohana (コハナ), she is still able to pay attention to the Tarōs when their shenanigans aboard the DenLiner get out of line. In the finale, she is revealed as the daughter of Airi and Sakurai (thus being the niece of Ryotaro), the true key to the Junction Point and Kai's downfall as her future connects to the present. However, as her place in time is yet to be restored, Kohana lives on the DenLiner to await for her time. She becomes a member of the DenLiner Police at one time, aiding Kazuya Suzuki by taking out Kuroki's men singlehanded.

Hana is portrayed by Yuriko Shiratori (白鳥 百合子 Shiratori Yuriko), while Kohana is portrayed by Tamaki Matsumoto (松元 環季 Matsumoto Tamaki).

Naomi[edit]

Naomi (ナオミ) is the waitress of the DenLiner's dining car, the setting of nearly all of the action aboard the Den Liner. Despite her efforts, she usually serves poorly made coffee (she once put wasabi in the coffee as an experiment), though the Imagin cannot resist it. She is extremely hyper and does not get surprised easily, sticking to her belief of making only coffee. She is good friends with the Tarōs Imagin and is usually seen playing with Ryutaros. During the series finale, Naomi takes the Den Liner back from the New Mole Imagin and uses it to go into the past to retrieve Urataros, Kintaros, and Sieg for the final battle with Kai's army of Imagin.

Naomi is portrayed by Rina Akiyama (秋山 莉奈 Akiyama Rina).

Owner[edit]

The Owner (オーナー Ōnā) of the DenLiner is Hana's serious yet eccentric contractor, with a habit of speaking in complex riddles when it comes to the nature of time. He states that only those with a "Pass" are able to ride the DenLiner and, with it, transcend time itself. Also, as the DenLiner's owner, he cannot stand fighting in his train and any who would dare alter the flow of time. For either category, Owner possesses Passage Denial tickets, which are able to leave unwanted passengers stranded in the middle of time unless they have tickets. He has great knowledge of how time progresses and points out that sometimes the most minor of changes will not affect the future. No one knows his actual name and just call him "Owner".

He also happens to be a Singularity Point as he displays immunity against Ryutaros's ability to control people, even returning a similar tactic against Ryutaros himself. He is able to outrun the DenLiner and held a Master Pass until Gaoh took it from him. Owner enjoys eating various dishes that have a flag placed in the middle of them. His aim is to eat his entire meal (usually rice or flan) without knocking the flags over so he can finally beat his rival, the Station Master (駅長 Ekichō). Though the two look identical, with the Station Master wearing in white uniform and having effeminate mannerisms, Owner explains that the resemblance is just everyone else's imagination. The Station Master recently gave Owner a set of strangely designed golden spoons, the legendary God Spoon collection. Knowing that it would be the last time before facing him again with the final battle against Kai about to begin, Owner finally beats the Station Master with the flag barely falling over. In Climax Deka, Owner is robbed of the spare Den-O Pass he owns during his training, setting up the DenLiner Police with himself as Chief Inspector. He carries a spare DenGasher that he uses to calm people down by shooting his trademark flags as tranquilizers.

The Den-Liner's Owner is portrayed by Kenjirō Ishimaru (石丸 謙二郎 Ishimaru Kenjirō), who also portrays the Station Master.

Momotaros[edit]

Main article: Momotaros

Momotaros (モモタロス Momotarosu) is the hot-headed Imagin that first possesses Ryotaro without knowing that he is a Singularity Point. He decides that it is more fun to fight other Imagin rather than grant a wish such that he can destroy history to his liking. He is also the subject of most of Hana's abuse, getting easily knocked out by one of her punches. He also demands that he is treated better than the other Imagin as he contracted Ryotaro first. As Den-O, he happily fights other Imagin using his swordsmanship as Sword Form, leads the other Taros in Climax Form, and his power is tapped in the DenKamen Sword's MomoSword mode.

Momotaros is voiced by Toshihiko Seki (関 俊彦 Seki Toshihiko).

Urataros[edit]

Main article: Urataros

Urataros (ウラタロス Uratarosu) is the smooth-talking Imagin that possesses Ryotaro knowing very well that he is a Singularity Point, which allows him to have more freedom than granting the wish of anyone else. He tends to flirt with women more than fight, as well as lie to further his goal. He sarcastically calls Momotaros his senpai (先輩 senpai). As Den-O, he uses his fishing skills as Rod Form, has primary control of the right arm in Climax Form, and his power is tapped in the DenKamen Sword's UraRod mode.

Urataros is voiced by Kōji Yusa (遊佐 浩二 Yusa Kōji).

Kintaros[edit]

Main article: Kintaros

Kintaros (キンタロス Kintaros) is the physically strongest of the Imagin that are linked to Ryotaro and speaks Kansai-ben. He originally possessed a man named Masaru Honjō, but joins Ryotaro when Den-O is unable to defeat the Rhino Imagin. He is mostly found sleeping on the DenLiner, but will possess Ryotaro whenever he hears someone say anything resembling "cry" (泣けるで nakeru de). As Den-O, he lives up to his namesake and fights with an axe as Axe Form, has primary control of the left arm in Climax Form, and his power is tapped in the DenKamen Sword's KinAx mode

Kintaros is voiced by Masaki Terasoma (てらそま まさき Terasoma Masaki).

Ryutaros[edit]

Main article: Ryutaros

Ryutaros (リュウタロス Ryūtarosu) had lain dormant in Ryotaro until being awakened by Issē Miura's super counseling. He possesses Ryotaro so that he could be the conductor of the DenLiner, seeking to destroy Ryotaro to achieve his goal as part of his deal with Kai. However, Ryutaros refuses to carry out the deed due to his feelings for Airi. He also has both a love for break dancing and animals, possessing Kai's ability to control people by snapping his fingers. As Den-O, he uses questionable marksmanship as Gun Form, has primary control of the legs in Climax Form, and his power is tapped in the DenKamen Sword's RyuGun mode.

Ryutaros is voiced by Kenichi Suzumura (鈴村 健一 Suzumura Ken'ichi).

Sieg[edit]

Main article: Sieg

Sieg (ジーク Jīku) is a swan-based Imagin that first opens a contract with a newborn human infant. He is brought onto the DenLiner by Ryutaros because of his love for animals. He soon possesses Ryotaro and tries to return the infant he had possessed while the baby is still in his pregnant mother. He soon begins to deteriorate because the baby does not have enough memory for him to continue to exist, but it is then revealed that he had actually opened a contract with the child's mother Shiori Takayama to keep her son Yūsuke safe. He leaves the DenLiner and lives in the year 1997, the date of Shiori's fondest memory, her wedding day. But Sieg offers his aid to Ryotaro in a few occasions, enabling Den-O to assume Wing Form Fate (運命 Unmei).[1][2][3]

Sieg is voiced by Shin-ichiro Miki (三木 眞一郎 Miki Shin'ichirō).

Milk Dipper regulars[edit]

The Milk Dipper (ミルクディッパー Miruku Dippā) is a library and café run by Airi, as well as the home of the Nogami family. Most of her customers are young men who all have a crush on Airi, often leaving her a multitude of gifts that, in her ignorance, Airi leaves in the lost and found for the café.

Airi Nogami[edit]

Airi (left) serving coffee to Yuto Sakurai

Airi Nogami (野上 愛理 Nogami Airi) is Ryotaro's elder sister and owner of the Milk Dipper that belonged to their parents. A motherly figure to her brother, she constantly tries to help Ryotaro in an attempt to find his lucky star. Originally, she was to be married to Yuto Sakurai on January 10, 2007, pregnant with their unborn child who is the Junction Point. However, Kai's intent to kill them to destroy the Junction Point forced Airi to allow Sakurai to erase himself and their child from normal time so they can evade Kai and his Imagin army. This resulted with Airi losing all memory of her fiancé Sakurai. Although she actually goes to the place she and Sakurai spent time together, the park at Kibōgahara after being hypnotized by Miura by accident, she cannot remember much, particularly about the railway watch which is all that Sakurai left.

When she encounters Fujishiro and is kidnapped, Airi begins to clearly remember Sakurai until Yuto uses his final Zeronos Card, wiping her memories of his future self as a result. However, Airi feels that something is missing with Ryotaro hoping it means she is regaining her memory. When Yuto later uses the red sided Zeronos Card, all of his memories with Airi are burned when he assumes Zero Form for the first time. But eventually, when Ryotaro meets Airi's past self, she is revealed to have known about Sakurai obtaining the ZeroLiner and the identity of the Junction Point: their daughter Hana.

In the series finale, Airi regains her memories of Sakurai as they meet one final time before he fades from existence, though she is confident that they will meet again in the near future. During Climax Deka, Airi meets Ryutaros face to face, giving him a treat which he bashfully takes. Later, during the events of Episode Red: Zero no Star Twinkle, Airi meets with Yuto and now knows that he is her lover's past self. Though she believes that their future can no longer be with Yuto as he is, she realizes that she may be wrong after he saves her and shows her the nighttime sky on their way home.

Airi is portrayed by Wakana Matsumoto (松本 若菜 Matsumoto Wakana).

Seigi Ozaki[edit]

Miura (left) and Ozaki (right)

Seigi Ozaki (尾崎 正義 Ozaki Seigi) is the journalist who is the chief editor of a short-lived magazine where Ryotaro worked. He is always looking for a new good story to restore his magazine, sometimes revealing Imagin attacks to Ryotaro this way. He is a regular customer at the Milk Dipper and is trying to court Airi. Ozaki also has a habit of flirting with other women since first grade, despite the fact that he focuses on Airi. During Climax Deka, Ozaki learns the truth behind Ryotaro when Airi takes him and Miura into the DenLiner.

Seigi Ozaki is portrayed by Akira Nagata (永田 彬 Nagata Akira) of RUN&GUN.

Issē Miura[edit]

Issē Miura (三浦 イッセー Miura Issē) is a self-styled super counselor. He is a regular customer at Milk Dipper and is also trying to court Airi, but he is more introverted than Seigi in this regard. He believes that Ryotaro is possessed by evil spirits after witnessing the "confrontation" between Momotaros and Urataros. Unknowingly, his attempt to hypnotize Ryotaro in hopes of exorcising the evil spirits result in Ryutaros revealing himself. As a result, Miura is the only one who is somewhat aware of the Tarōs' possessions, though no one believes him until Climax Deka, where Airi brings him to the DenLiner to see Ryotaro.

Issē Miura is portrayed by Ryo Ueno (上野 亮 Ueno Ryō).

ZeroLiner crew[edit]

The ZeroLiner is a steam locomotive that is the home and base of operations for Kamen Rider Zeronos. It was supposedly destroyed with a previous timeline as was its previous owner. According to Yuto, he has been lent the ZeroLiner from its former owner and was given the Zeronos powers as a result.

Yuto Sakurai[edit]

Main article: Kamen Rider Zeronos

Yuto Sakurai (桜井 侑斗 Sakurai Yūto) is a man that revealed himself to Ryotaro and Hana following the defeat of the Wolf Imagin. He is the past version of Airi's fiancé, but acts nothing like him. Revealing himself as a Kamen Rider, Yuto advises Ryotaro not to go looking for his future self as it would tamper with time, believing that protecting the flow of time is not the same as saving lives, and thus believes Ryotaro is unfit to be one. However, in time, Yuto began to warm up to Ryotaro and help in any way he can. His Rider Ticket, with the image of Zeronos' Altair Form on it, is emblazoned with the date May 27, 2007 (the air date of his premiere episode).

Yuto Sakurai is portrayed by Yuichi Nakamura (中村 優一 Nakamura Yūichi).

Past Man[edit]

The "Past Man" (過去の男 Kako no Otoko) is a mysterious figure that appears in times in the past where Imagin appear after fulfilling their contracts, usually to go after him. He has a Seiko pocket watch that has the phrase "The past should give us hope" on the back etched on it. He wears a trenchcoat and many caps. When Ryotaro bumps into the "Past Man" at one point, he saw that he was the Yuto Sakurai he knew: Airi's fiancé who mysteriously disappeared and is believed to be dead. Ryotaro remembers him as a kind figure who was into astronomy and loved Airi's coffee, and as such, almost considered him family. As he is Yuto's future self, Sakurai has access to the Zeronos arsenal. Eventually, the memory of Sakurai is completely erased from mostly everyone within Ryotaro's time. This happens because Sakurai provided Deneb with the first set of Zeronos Cards Yuto uses at the cost of his future self's existence, with the final Zeronos card presented to Yuto in the final battle completely erasing him from time. Airi though is confident that her love will return to her in time.

The Past Man is portrayed by Tomonobu Okano (岡野 友信 Okano Tomonobu).

Deneb[edit]

Main article: Deneb

Deneb (デネブ Denebu) is the only Imagin contracted to Kamen Rider Zeronos. He acts as a butler to Yuto Sakurai while on the ZeroLiner and is constantly the subject of his master's abuse. He is named after the star Deneb in the constellation Cygnus the Swan. He is able to transform Kamen Rider Zeronos into Vega Form as well as assume the form of the Denebick Buster for Zeronos Zero Form.

Deneb is voiced by Hōchū Ōtsuka (大塚 芳忠 Ōtsuka Hōchū).

New DenLiner crew[edit]

The New DenLiner appears in Saraba Kamen Rider Den-O: Final Countdown and is the base of operations for Kamen Rider New Den-O.

Kotaro Nogami[edit]

Main article: Kamen Rider New Den-O

Kotaro Nogami (野上 幸太郎 Nogami Kōtarō) is the grandson of Ryotaro from the future who has the ability to transform into Kamen Rider New Den-O (仮面ライダーNEW電王 Kamen Raidā Nyū Den'ō). In Final Countdown, he helps the DenLiner gang out when Ryotaro is captured by Shiro.

Kotaro Nogami is portrayed by Dori Sakurada (桜田 通 Sakurada Dōri).

Teddy[edit]

Main article: Teddy

Teddy (テディ Tedi) is the sole Imagin contracted to Kotaro, aiding him as the Macheteddy (マチェーテディ Machētedi) to fight other Imagin.

Teddy is voiced by Daisuke Ono (小野 大輔 Ono Daisuke).

Gaoh[edit]

Gaoh (牙王 Gaō, literally "Fang King") is a thief-king who targets Time Trains and a renegade Kamen Rider. Disillusioned with time itself, Gaoh wishes to take over all of space-time by obtaining a legendary time train known as the GaohLiner (ガオウライナー Gaōrainā). Originally known as God's Train (神の列車 Kami no Ressha), it was created by an ancient civilization with the power to control time and wipe out Singularity Points before being sealed away for fear of its power. Gaoh and his Imagin followers took camp at May, 2000 to await his plan to come to fruition, by sending the Molech Imagin to 2007 to set the pieces up. When the DenLiner arrives as planned, Gaoh takes it over and uses his Master Pass to enter the Sengoku Era where he manipulates Yukimura Sanada into unsealing the cave where the GaohLiner is sealed within the time of its creation. While he eventually obtains the GaohLiner and wreaks havoc upon the feudal village before heading into 1988 to erase Ryotaro for his interference, Gaoh faces Zeronos and the three other Ryotaros that were assembled for the 'Climax Scene' arrive as they destroy his followers. While Gaoh manages to defeat Zeronos and the three past Den-O's with his Full Charge, the present one in Sword Form uses his Extreme Slash (special version) to trick Gaoh and wound him. Gaoh attempts to escape aboard the GaohLiner but it is destroyed by the ZeroLiner and DenLiner. Gaoh survived, but died in the final clash against Den-O Sword Form, dissolving to dust as he is 'consumed by time'.

As Kamen Rider Gaoh (仮面ライダーガオウ(牙王) Kamen Raidā Gaō), his only form being Gaoh Form (ガオウフォーム Gaō Fōmu), he transforms using the Gaoh Belt (ガオウベルト Gaō Beruto) in conjunction with the gold-plated Master Pass (マスターパス Masutā Pasu) that allows the user to travel to any moment in time. Gaoh uses the GaohGasher (ガオウガッシャー GaōGasshā), a serrated version of the DenGasher's Sword Mode, for his Full Charge attack Tyrant Crash (タイラントクラッシュ Tairanto Kurasshu). While possessing the GaohLiner, Gaoh can control it from its crocodile-shaped GaohLiner Kiba (ガオウライナーキバ(牙) Gaōrainā Kiba) car using the Machine GaohStriker (マシンガオウストライカー Mashin GaōSutoraikā) motorcycle.

Gaoh is portrayed by Hiroyuki Watanabe (渡辺 裕之 Watanabe Hiroyuki).

Kai[edit]

Kai (カイ) is an antagonist of the series and is a Singularity Point from the future who is the mastermind behind the Imagin attacks, psychically giving them the orders to destroy the key to the Junction Point to ensure the future of the Imagin. To pick ideal dates to send Imagin back to, Kai uses a black page-a-day calendar where he has several hosts' memories and his own to pick from. To find these dates, he can look into human minds for strong memories much like the Imagin. When his own memories are used, a past incarnation of Kai appears in the past only to dissolve into a pile of sand.

Kai is also capable of opening up portals through time and travel through it without the use of a time-traveling train, and through this ability can also release blasts of energy capable of erasing everything but himself from time and space. After mentioning how he feels about an event, he says "I have the face for it, don't I?" (俺、そういう顔してるだろ? Ore, sōiu kao shiteru daro?). He often has an emotionless or angry expression on his face when he says this. Kai also has psychic abilities akin to Ryutaros's, having the ability to control people as well as summon up a small troupe of break dancers. Despite his villainous methods, Kai believes that his goal of saving the Imagin's future is altruistic, having true feelings for their kind.

He originally believes that the key to the Junction Point is the elder Yuto Sakurai, traveling back in time to January 10, 2007, to kill him. However, when the changes to the timeline from Sakurai's death are undone, he believes that Den-O is the culprit, and sends the Imagin Ryutaros to the DenLiner with a permanent ticket with the charge of killing Ryotaro. When Ryutaros refuses to follow through with his mission, Kai reveals himself and tries to get Ryutaros to sabotage the ZeroLiner, taking the DenLiner and Den-O Belt out of commission. After this fails, he notices that Yuto does not protect his future self from harm in the past, but rather protects Ryotaro.

After questioning him, Kai discovers that Airi is the one being protected, and Kai sends an army of Imagin to kill her. As Airi's memory loss and other quirks confound him, Kai creates the Death Imagin from all his remaining memories and will. Kai's army destroys the city until he finally discovers that the key to the Junction Point is not Sakurai or Airi but rather their child, the Singularity Point Hana. After Den-O, Zeronos, and their Imagin partners protect Hana by destroying the Death Imagin, all of Kai's memories are used up and he dissolves away into sand, taking all of the Imagin except for the Tarōs, Deneb, Sieg, and a few other isolated cases with him.

Kai is portrayed by Hideo Ishiguro (石黒 英雄 Ishiguro Hideo).

Imagin[edit]

Main article: Imagin

Imagin (イマジン Imajin) are the creatures that arrive from the future to conquer the past for Kai. Some are evil and assist Kai in changing time, while few have justice within them and refuse to aid Kai, lending their power to the Kamen Riders in order to fight. Imagin listed here are ones that serve major purposes in the story, being more than a monster of the week.

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