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Kugai Kudo (狗道 供界 Kudō Kugai) was a former researcher in Yggdrasill Corporation who transforms into Kamen Rider Saver (仮面ライダーセイヴァー Kamen Raidā Seivā). His was first appeared in Kamen Rider Gaim Gaiden: Kamen Rider Duke[1] and became the main villain in Kamen Rider Gaim novel.

Character History

Kugai was the predecessor of Ryoma Sengoku in the Yggdrasill Laboratory for Lockseeds. Ordered by Amagi Kureshima to test out his subordinate, Ryoma Sengoku's first functional Lockseed. Kugai was killed during the test and his body was destroyed.

Kugai managed to enter Limbo, aware of the world and managed to gain a physical appearance due to the Sengoku Driver he was equipped with. Kugai also managed to keep the Zakuro Lockseed after his death and facilitated his own mass production laboratory with data stolen from Yggdrasill, creating blank pomegranate Zakuro Lockseeds that explodes upon activation.

Intentionally making his actions aware to Yggdrasill, he taunts Ryoma Sengoku, proclaiming that he can guide him to the path of God alongside him, testing him to overcome his labors. Due to Sid's interference to stop brainwashed members of Black Bodhi and acquiring one of the blank Lockseeds, Ryoma and Takatora track his location, discovering his artificial Helheim factory.

Kugai demonstrates to Ryoma that he is the final task he must overcome, utilizing a Genesis Core Unit as an extension of his Sengoku Driver with his Zakuro Lockseed modified to summon a variant of the Sonic Arrow called the Saver Arrow. Initially gaining the upperhand, fighting Duke and Zangetsu as he can overpower them one on one, he is defeated by their combined efforts.

Days later, Ryoma finishes his Genesis Driver with the intent to destroy Kugai for good. Ryoma taunts Kugai saying that he is third rate and cannot be considered a potential person to acquire Godhood. During his second encounter, Ryoma damages his Sengoku Driver, causing Kugai to wallow in pain as the Driver is what maintains his physical form. Kugai dies when Ryoma shoots his Sengoku Driver directly.

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Sometime after or before, Kugai meets with Shura in a blank space, with Shura becoming an affiliate of the now defunct Black Bodhi terrorist organization. Shura carries on Kugai's legacy, owning several Sengoku Drivers for himself and his fight club, and wishes to enact the Saver System, which will wipe out any unwanted humans who are not worthy.

Personality

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Powers and Abilities

  • Being deceased and having his Sengoku Driver to gain his physical appearance, Kugai can teleport at will.

Arms

Like his fellow Lockseed-using Armored Riders, Kamen Rider Saver's forms are called Arms (アームズ Āmuzu). His Sengoku Driver plays Japanese horagai music and announces "Ha!" (ハ!) before every transformation, while his personal Lockseeds are styled with a mix of Japanese words and English words.

By pressing the Sengoku Driver's Cutting Blade down on the Lockseed after transforming from one to three times, Saver can activate one of three finishing moves based on his current Arms form: Squash (スカッシュ Sukasshu), Au Lait (オーレ Ōre), or Sparking (スパーキング Supākingu).

The Ride Wear (ライドウェア Raido Uēa) is Saver's default form undersuit, which is briefly seen during Saver's transformation sequence before the Armor Part attaches or when he changes Arms. Unique to Saver is that the Armor Part materializes around him and attaches unlike the usual Armor Part descending from a Crack and attaching onto the head of the user.

Blood Zakuro Arms
Armored Rider Saver

Blood Zakuro Arms

"Ha! Blood Zakuro Arms: Kuruizaki Sacrifice! Ha! Blood Orange Arms: Ja no Michi on Stage!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Blood Zakuro Arms (ブラッドザクロアームズ Buraddo Zakuro Āmuzu, lit. "Blood Pomegranate Arms") is Saver's default pomegranate-based armored European Knight form, which is accessed through the simultaneous use of the Zakuro Lockseed and Blood Orange Lockseed via the Genesis Core replacing his Sengoku Driver's Rider Indicator.

While assuming Blood Zakuro Arms, Saver dons the Blood Zakuro Armor Part (ブラッドザクロアーマーパート Buraddo Zakuro Āmā Pāto, lit. "Blood Pomegranate Armor Part") and his Arms Weapons are the Saver Arrow and Bujin Gaim's version of the Daidaimaru.

The boost in strength from the Genesis Core is apparent, allowing Saver to take on the undefeated Zangetsu, who had back up from Duke. However, Saver's limitations are apparent as the boost in strength is not comparable (despite the Blood Orange Lockseed being comparable to that of an Energy Lockseed) to a finished Genesis Driver or a Sengoku Driver using an Energy Lockseed in the Genesis Core.

Golden Arms
GoldenArmorPart

Golden Arms Armor Part.

"Ha! Golden Arms: Ōgon no Kajitsu! (Baroque choir with harp music)"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Golden Arms (ゴールデンアームズ Gōruden Āmuzu) is Saver's alternate golden apple-based European Knight form, which is accessed through the Golden Ringo Lockseed first used by Kougane as Armored Rider Mars.

While assuming Golden Arms, Saver dons the Golden Armor Part (ゴールデンアーマーパート Gōruden Āmā Pāto) and his Arms Weapons are the Sword Bringer and Apple Reflecter.

This form is exclusive to the Kamen Rider Gaim novel.

Darkness Arms
DarknessArmorPart

Darkness Arms Armor Part.

"Ha! Darkness Arms: Ōgon no Kajitsu! (Sinister choir with harp music)"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Darkness Arms (ダークネスアームズ Dākunesu Āmuzu) is Saver's alternate apple-based Japanese Samurai form first used by Kougane as Armored Rider Jam. Accessed through the Black Ringo Lockseed, this form bears the Black Mask (ブラックマスク Burakku Masuku) helmet with the Steering Eye (ステアリングアイ Sutearingu Ai) visor.

While assuming Darkness Arms, Saver dons the Darkness Armor Part (ダークネスアーマーパート Dākunesu Āmā Pāto) and his Arms Weapon is the Dark Daidaimaru.

This form is exclusive to the Kamen Rider Gaim novel.

Maja Arms (魔蛇アームズ Mājā Āmuzu) is Saver's alternate skull-based Japanese Samurai form relevant to Kamen Rider Maja's power.

This form is exclusive to the Kamen Rider Gaim novel.

Lotus Position "False God" Saver (蓮華座偽神セイヴァー Renge-za Nisekami Seivā) is Saver's alternate form emerging from a giant lotus flower relevant to Kamen Rider Bujin Gaim's power.

This form is exclusive to the Kamen Rider Gaim novel.

Predator Saver (骸骨恐竜 (プレデター)セイヴァー Puredetā Seivā) is Saver's alternate form in an giant skeleton T-Rex appearance relevant to The Generalissimo of Badan's power.

This form is exclusive to the Kamen Rider Gaim novel.

Equipment

Devices

Weapons

Behind the Scenes

Etymology

The katakana used in Kamen Rider Saver, セイヴァー ( Seivā), can be romanized as both Saver and Savior. The latter is mostly used in many localizations and translations and ties in better with the character of Kugai claiming himself to be a Messiah, with the Lockseed number on the Zakuro Lockseed being "LS-MESSIAH".

Portrayal

Kugai Kudo is portrayed by Jun Toba (鳥羽 潤 Toba Jun).[2]

As Kamen Rider Saver, his suit actor is Yugo Fujii (藤井 祐伍 Fujii Yūgo).

Notes

Saviour Concept Art
  • Concept art of Saver shows that the silver armor parts on Saver's Ride Wear were originally intended to be painted red in color. However, they remained as silver on the finalized suit.
  • Saver is the first Armored Rider to utilize a Sonic Arrow, or at least a variant of the Sonic Arrow, without using an Energy Lockseed.
  • Saver is the only Armored Rider who uses two normal Lockseeds inserted onto a Sengoku Driver with a Genesis Core. He is also the only Armored Rider who doesn't utilize a Jimber form despite having a Genesis Core on his Sengoku Driver.
    • This is most likely due to both of his Lockseeds being normal Lockseeds, as opposed to Gaim and Knuckle, who both use Energy Lockseeds in the Genesis Core.
  • Saver is the only Armored Rider who has different shoulder pads. The left side of shoulder pad is from Kamen Rider Bujin Gaim's Blood Orange Arms while the right side is from that from the Armor Parts that are normally associated with the Ringo Arms.
    • Saver's helmet is a recolored Kamen Rider Mars' helmet with additional "mummified" bandages on its mouthpiece.
    • Saver's armor part is a recolored version of Ringo Arms' armor part (besides the Blood Orange Shoulder-pad).
  • Saver's transformation into Blood Zakuro Arms does not involve an Armor Part from a crack collapsing onto his body. Instead, the armor pieces materialize around him and attach to his suit.
  • Chronologically speaking, Saver is the first user of Genesis Core, followed by Gaim, and later Knuckle.
  • Chronologically, Saver is the first Armored Rider who doesn't have his own Rider Indicator faceplate on his Sengoku Driver but rather having a Genesis Core attached to it as a default. The second is Kamen Rider Gaim Yami.

References

Icon-gaim Kamen Rider Gaim
Armored Riders
TV Series: Kouta Kazuraba - Kaito Kumon - Mitsuzane Kureshima - Takatora Kureshima - Hideyasu Jonouchi - Ryoji Hase - Oren Pierre Alfonzo - Zack - Kurokage Troopers
Movie/Special/Stageshow-exclusive: Bujin Gaim - Ren Aoi - Lapis - Kougane - Touka Akatsuki - Shura - Kugai Kudo - Maja
New Generation Riders
TV Series: Takatora Kureshima - Ryoma Sengoku - Yoko Minato - Lock Dealer Sid - Kaito Kumon - Mitsuzane Kureshima
Movie-exclusive: Peko (alternate) - Alfred
Rider Gear
Sengoku Driver - Genesis Driver - Lockseeds - Armor Parts - Arms Weapons - Musou Saber - Sonic Arrow
Rider Machines
Sakura Hurricane - Rose Attacker - Dandeliner - Tulip Hopper
Allies
TV Series: Mai Takatsukasa - Yuya Sumii - Akira Kazuraba - Chucky - Rica - Rat - Peko - Kiyojiro Bando - Iyo - Kikaider (REBOOT)
Movie-exclusive: Ieyasu - Shu Aoi - Saki Aoi - Shapool - Azami
Beat Rider Teams: Team Gaim - Team Baron - Team Raid Wild - Team Invitto - Team Red Hot - Team Soten - Team Pop Up - Team Spingere - Team Boost - Team Mouryou - Team Severe Beat

Locations: Zawame - Charmant - Yggdrasill Tower

Yggdrasill Corporation
Takatora Kureshima - Mitsuzane Kureshima - Ryoma Sengoku - Lock Dealer Sid - Yoko Minato - DJ Sagara - Amagi Kureshima
Remnant groups: Black Bodhi - Neo Baron

Zawame City Restoration Bureau

Inves
Femushinmu (Over Lord Inves): Rosyuo - Demushu - Redyue - Dyudyuonshu - Grinsha - Shinmugurun - Over Lord Queen
Lapis - Kougane
Other Over Lords: Lord Baron - Tyrant
Advanced Inves: Byakko Inves - Seiryu Inves - Hekija Inves - Shika Inves - Kamikiri Inves - Komori Inves (Mutant) - Inoshishi Inves - Lion Inves - Yagi Inves
Elementary Inves

Helheim (Forest) - Forbidden Fruit - Man of the Beginning - Woman of the Beginning - Femushinmu Planet - Planet of Helheim

Other Villains
Grasshopper Monster - Badan Empire - Pitcher Plant Monster - Megahex - Hakaider (REBOOT)
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