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Graphite
Graphite Human
Graphite Bugster
Gender: Male
Series: Kamen Rider Ex-Aid
Motif: Video Game
Dragon
Hunting Games
Villain Type: General
Affiliation: Bugsters
Homeworld: Drago Knight Hunter Z
Height: 206.0 cm
Weight: 107.5 kg
First Appearance: I'm a Kamen Rider!
Last Appearance: TBA
Number of Episode
Appearances:
TBA (Ex-Aid)
Full list of appearances
Actor: Shouma Machii
Graphite Bugster
Graphite monster tab
"Cultivate."
―Graphite's pre-battle catchphrase before transforming into his true Bugster form[src]

Graphite (グラファイト Gurafaito) is one of the main villains of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid. As a Bugsters executive alongside Parad, his main goal is to annihilate the human race. Armed with the Gashacon Bugvisor, it is Graphite who is responsible for spreading the Bugster virus to infect victims, the first before him was Kuroto Dan.

Character History

Origin

Graphite in Zero Day

Graphite during Zero Day

Graphite was one of the Bugsters who spawned as a result of Zero Day, born from the Drago Knight Hunter Z game and Saki Momose. During the Zero Day, Graphite faced Taiga Hanaya as Kamen Rider Snipe and successfully defeated him. By defeating the Doctor Rider, Graphite finally gained his perfect (Permanent) form, draining Saki's life force in the process. Kamen Rider Snipe: Episode ZERO BANG, That Jerk is Coming! A Hollow Beating in the Heart!

Spreading the Bugsters

Graphite reported a new Bugster infection to Parad, proclaiming that they would soon be joined by an influx of comrades. I'm a Kamen Rider!

Continuing the spread, Graphite asked Parad if he was sure that they should not be acting directly, to which Parad conceded that he may as well introduce himself as he set off. Another Prodigy with No Thank You?

Catching up with his old nemesis, Taiga Hanaya, Graphite was stopped short of settling what began five years ago by Parad, who dared Taiga to clear the most games and become the strongest Kamen Rider before the two departed. BANG, That Jerk is Coming!

To create the next Bugster, Graphite infected coroner Yoshitaka Nishiwaki, kidnapping Niskiwaki's sister Riko to aggravate his stress. An Operation Called Dash!

Graphite was a central part of the Bugster's next scheme. In his human form, he "stole" the four Level 3 Gashats from Genm Corp. and infected Yoko Horiuchi with both the Gekitotsu Robots and DoReMiFa Beat Bugster strains. Everyone Gathers for a Clashing Crash!

Shamed by Brave

A Hollow Beating in the Heart!

Graphite in TVO (Genm)

Graphite in the Genm Chapter of "Tricks": Virtual Operations

Graphite intruded on Dan's VR simulation, seeking to test himself as well. Questioned by Dan as to why he almost spoiled his identity as Genm, Graphite replied that no one cared about that. This vexed Dan who transformed into Genm Action Gamer from Level 1 Level 2, proceeding to prepare his Critical Strike finisher. Graphite asked him if he was serious about this to which Dan replied that he definitely was. Enduring Genm's Critical Strike, Graphite was defeated and so the simulation ended. Genm Chapter

Back at Genm Corp., Graphite was still resentful following his defeat at the hands of Brave. Dan told him that he could have intervened but chose not to as a punishment for Graphite having ignored their plan and acted on his own accord. As well as that, Dan confiscated the Gashacon Bugvisor from Graphite for his own use. Graphite confronted Dan on Lazer being aware that he is Kamen Rider Genm only for Dan to retort that he had no proof while Parad told Graphite to calm down as the next game was beginning. The Reason for Some Lies!

Escalating the Conflict and Death

Drago Evolution

Graphite holding Proto Gashat

Graphite holding the Proto Drago Knight Hunter Z.

Eavesdropping on Parad and Dan in the CEO's office, Graphite overheard Parad's warning that the Proto Gashats, while granting unlimited power, would eventually destroy their user. Willing to take this risk for greater power, Graphite later went to Dan's empty office and took the Proto Drago Knight Hunter Z Gashat for himself, unknowingly seen by Parad from a distance. Stepping out, Graphite, proclaiming to himself that he held the power to take the world now, triggered the Proto Gashat. Stabbing the Proto Drago Knight Hunter Z into his chest, Graphite cackled manically as orange and black streams of energy were released. Men, Fly High!

Last Plague

Following his evolution, Graphite personally confronted CR founder Kyotaro Hinata, whom he infected with a specially potent black Bugster Virus from the Proto Drago Knight Hunter Z. Vowing that the leader of his obstacles would become a sacrifice to his allies, Graphite took his leave as Hinata was rushed to care. Confronted by Ex-Aid and Brave as they embarked to save Hinata in the Game Area, Graphite revealed his new Dark form. Engaging the pair alongside the dragon Bugster Union formed within Hinata, Graphite easily overwhelmed the two Level 1 Riders because escaping with the dragon. Proceeding to create an army of new Bugster allies, Graphite dispersed his new potent virus across the general populace resulting in a mass epidemic. Confronted again by Ex-Aid now alone, Graphite engaged him again in the Game Area only to be met by Brave as Ex-Aid faced the now matured dragon. Having been given the refined Drago Knight Hunter Z by Dan, Ex-Aid unlocked the Gashat's power by taking down the dragon. Faced with Ex-Aid at his strongest yet as he assumed Hunter Action Gamer Level 5 Full Dragon himself, Dark Graphite unleashed his Dragon Fang of Rage only to have his technique overcome and beaten back by the out of control Level 5 Rider who was soon forced out of his transformation. Beat Up the Dragon!

With Ex-Aid was suspended from the Game Area, Graphite easily overpowered Snipe Combat Shooting Gamer Level 3 and Brave Quest Gamer - restricted to Level 2 with DoReMiFa Beat in Snipe's possession - as well as the late arrival of Lazer Chambara Bike Gamer Level 3, defeating the three divided Riders with the Dragon Fang of Rage. That night, Graphite observed with glee as cases of his virus continued to emerge and paralyze the populace with fear, looking forward to the prospect of soon subjugating humanity. Uneven Doctors!

First Death

"I will never be defeated!"
―Graphite's last words before his final attack and defeat[src]

Ultimately, however, Graphite was drawn to the Game Area for the last time as he was met by all four of his Kamen Rider opponents, Ex-Aid having overcome his rivals to lead them in a temporary team-up as they used the quartered Drago Knight Hunter Z Gashat to each arm themselves with a piece of the Hunter Gamer. Though the four rival Riders found it difficult to fight in unison, they were nevertheless able to overcome their common enemy as they endured his Dragon Fang of Rage together. but the Riders easily block it. At least, each Rider struck to finish Graphite, triggering four Drago Knight Critical Strikes and firing a cavalcade of energy blasts; Graphite used his Graphite Fang blade to deflect as many of the attacks as he could, but eventually they got through and thus Drago Knight Hunter Z was cleared as Graphite was finally destroyed. Uneven Doctors!

Post-mortem

With Graphite eliminated, the Bugster Virus that he had inflicted upon Kyotaro Hinata and numerous civilians was negated. The Proto Drago Knight Hunter Z was salvaged by Parad back in the real world; little did Graphite know, he had served as a pawn in the grand scheme of Kuroto Dan, which Parad was in on. Dan had infact allowed Graphite to take the Proto Drago Knight Hunter Z so as to finish the data collection he was performing with the Gashats through Graphite's ensuing fight with the Kamen Riders whom he provided with the refined Drago Knight Hunter Z. With the test performed, Phase One was completed and Dan moved to the next stage. Uneven Doctors!

The Bugster Horde

Dark Graphite was part of an perpetually reviving army of Bugsters which emerged in the real world as a result of Kuroto Dan's plot to revive in the Game World. This endless horde was held off by Kamen Riders Brave and Snipe, sharing the Gashat Gear Dual β and Hunter Gamer between each other, while Emu was sent from CR to the Game World to stop Dan. Maze 2: Escape Ultimately, the Bugster horde was suddenly dissipated in an instant as the destruction of the Game World brought about by Kazuma Kenzaki thwarted Dan's ambition to revive. Maze 3: Gorider Forever

Kamen Rider Chronicle

Graphite revived

Graphite returns from the Bugvisor.

As Parad takes over the completion of Kamen Rider Chronicle after Kuroto's death, he revives Graphite using data from the Bugvisor. Graphite, along with a brainwashed Poppy Pipopapo, are the final two Bugsters used to complete the data for Kamen Rider Chronicle. Go Together, Embracing Your Ambitions!

Graphite revealed himself to his old nemesis Taiga, now accompanied by Nico Saiba. Daring Taiga to beat Kamen Rider Chronicle, Graphite promised Taiga that he would eventually face him one-on-one should he win enough times to reach his Level. Players Who Bet on Survival

Personality

"Fine with me. I'll smash you all up."
―Graphite's message to the four Riders, in the final battle before his first death[src]

Unlike Parad, Graphite likes battle more than anything else and prefers to approach things more directly than Parad. However, he has no problem to follow his lead, showing great discipline and self-control. But strangely enough, he is later shown to be extremely impatient with Parad and his battle hungry traits become more prominent although that could be attributed to the Riders constant interference wearing out his patience. Unlike Parad, he's loyal to his race, and was upset when a Bugster was destroyed by the Kamen Riders. Eventually, his impatience resulting him in stealing Proto Drago Knight Hunter Z Gashat and using it to become Dark Graphite, before being destroyed by the Kamen Riders.

Forms

Graphite Bugster
KREA-Graphite Bugster

Graphite Bugster

"Infection! Let's Game! Bad Game! Dead Game! What's your name?! The Bugster!"
―Transformation Announcement[src]

By using the Gashacon Bugvisor, he can assume this default monster form.

Abilities

  • Energy Ball Projection: In his battle with Snipe 5 years ago, he launched an energy ball attack to defeat the Rider.
  • Teleportation: Graphite has the ability to teleport himself instantaneously.
  • Immortality: Having achieved his complete form, Graphite can be regenerated directly with the Bugvisor without the need of a human host to manifest in.

Attacks

  • Dragon Fang of Rage (激怒竜牙 Gekido Ryuga): Graphite charges his Graphite Fang with red lightning like energy and uses it to draw an "X" sign in the air, then thrusts it into his enemy. This attack is so powerful that it was able to knockout two Level 2 Kamen Riders and slightly damaged a Level 3 Kamen Rider, even after being intercepted by two special attacks from the former ones. A direct hit from this attack was enough to knock Ex-Aid Robot Action Gamer Level 3 out of his transformation.

Appearances: Snipe: Episode ZERO, Ex-Aid Episodes 1-6, "Tricks": Virtual Operations (Genm)

Dark Graphite Bugster
KREA-Dark Graphite Bugster

Dark Graphite Bugster

"Drago Knight Hunter! Z!"
―Transformation Announcement[src]

By infusing himself with the Proto Drago Knight Hunter Z Gashat, Graphite turns into the Dark Graphite Bugster (ダークグラファイトバグスター Dāku Gurafaito Bagusutā), without Gashacon Bugvisor. In this form, he is strong enough to take on 2 Level 3 Kamen Riders and a Level 2 Kamen Rider at the same time.

Abilities

  • Energy Ball Projection: During his battle with Brave and Snipe, he launched green energy balls at Snipe.

Attacks

  • Do-Do-Do Dark Dragon Sword (ドドド黒龍剣 Dododo Kokuryū-ken): A stronger version of Dragon Fang of Rage, when charges his Graphite Fang with yellow and black lightning like energy. He can slash his enemy twice without having to form a X sign first. It's powerful enough to knock all of Brave Quest Gamer Level 2, Snipe a Combat Shooting Gamer Level 3 and Lazer Chambare Bike Gamer Level 3 out of their transformation at once. However, it could not even scratch Ex-Aid Hunter Action Gamer Level 5 Full Dragon, and was easily blocked by the combination of 4 Level 5 Kamen Riders' power.

Appearances: Ex-Aid Episodes 9-10, Gorider Episodes 2-3

Graphite Bugster Level 99
Graphite 99

Graphite Bugster Level 99


Equipment

  • Gashacon Bugvisor - Transformation & virus infection device. Originally Genm's standard side-weapon until Genm confiscated from Graphite, who later used it along with Bugster Buckle as his secondary transformation into Zombie Gamer Level X. Later regained sometime after his revival.
  • Bugster Buckle - First Bugster form only. Never been used in any means
  • Graphite Fang (グラファイトファング Gurafaito Fangu) - Graphite's personal double-bladed pole-arm weapon.
  • Proto Drago Knight Hunter Z Gashat - Secondary transformation & virus infection device.

Behind the scenes

Portrayal

Graphite is voiced, and later portrayed, by Shouma Machii (町井 祥真 Machii Shōma). As Graphite Bugster, his suit actor is Kazuya Okada (岡田 和也 Okada Kazuya).

Etymology

to be added

Notes

  • Graphite's appearance is likely made from Drago Knight Hunter Z's data, as he was diagnosed having symptoms of Drago Knight Hunter Z in episode 6.
  • Graphite's design is similar to the designs of Redyue and Dyudyuonshu.
  • Graphite's role in his season is similar to Chikara Saionji's in Ghost: he is one of two mysterious figures allied with the season's monsters that appears on the sidelines at the beginning, he is the one to summon most of the monsters-of-the-week, and he starts acting on his own while going after the season's collectible devices and ends up dying as a result around episode 10 or 11.
    • However, according to Parad, as Graphite is a Perfect Bugster, he is able to revive at any moment.
  • Graphite is a green-colored general, similar to Gremlin, Redyue, and Brain, but he is a battle enthusiast similar to previous red-colored generals like Phoenix, Demushu, and Heart.
    • However, his right hand is largely red-colored, as well as some of his attacks. Also, like Phoenix, he also can be resurrected anytime.
      • When Graphite became level 99, he turned fully red in color, making him now match previous battle enthusiast characters.
    • Graphite mainly wears red with a green sleeve on his right arm in his human form, which is basically an inverse of his base kaijin form's colors.
    • Eventually, Graphite steals the Proto Drago Knight Hunter Z Gashat to further his own ends, similar to the first two of the previous green-colored generals stealing a source of great power from their superiors. Though unlike Graphite, they normally outright betray and murder their former leaders when they steal their leader's ultimate power for themselves.
    • Graphite's loyalty to his own race is similar to other various villains from previous Kamen Rider series that were loyal to their own kind too, such as Heart for one example.
  • His right hand is somewhat similar to Ankh.
  • Graphite's death could be addressed as a Karmic one: He stole a Gashat (Proto Drago Knight Hunter Z), only to be destroyed by the Kamen Riders using the same type Gashat (Drago Knight Hunter Z). 

Appearances


References

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