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Parado (パラド) is the former antagonist of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid series. As a Bugsters executive alongside Graphite, whose main goal is to annihilate the human race. However, his true agenda is to enjoy fighting his Bugster host Emu Hojo due to the original purpose of his existence while hating humanity for being a prideful race.
He later utilizes the Gashat Gear Dual to transform into Kamen Rider Para-DX (仮面ライダーパラドクス Kamen Raidā Paradokusu).
The first individual Bugster to be born, Parado's genesis lay in Mighty Action C, a demo game created by the teenage Kuroto Dan, son of then Genm Corp. CEO Masamune Dan. The Bugster Virus, which had been discovered by Kuroto on his laptop shortly following the arrival of the New Year in 2000 having appeared as a result of the Y2K bug, was planted on the Mighty Action C disc by Kuroto in an act of spite against eight year old Emu Hojo, whose fan designs he had sent in impressed yet angered Kuroto, who recognized the boy's vision as rivaling his own. Receiving Mighty Action C as "thanks" from Kuroto, the young Emu was unknowingly infected with the Bugster virus and, through his subconscious wish for a friend to play games with, the being who would be known as Parado manifested within him. Unknown to everyone but Kuroto Dan, Parado's conception inside Emu influenced him into becoming the Genius Gamer, "M."
As M, Parado would use Emu's body and play and win various championships, defeating a new challenger who named herself "Genius Gamer N" as a homage to him. After this challenge, Emu was abducted and operated on by Michihiko Zaizen and Parado was separated from Emu's body. This resulted in Emu returning back to his goal of becoming a doctor.
Despite being separated, Emu was still infected with Parado's Bugster Virus. This allowed Emu to transform using a Gashat without a "compatibility surgery." The side effects of being able to transform without it was that it would stimulate the Parado's Bugster Virus within Emu, causing Emu to evoke mannerisms similar to when he and Parado were one by switching from 僕 (Boku) into 俺 (Ore). In return, some of Emu's personality traits would eventually be evoked within Parado as well, as would later be seen during the death of the Burgermon Bugster.
Start of the Bugster Play
Parado is seen playing a portable version of the Mighty Action X game and is informed by Graphite of a new Bugster infection by Graphite. With Graphite proclaiming that they would soon be joined by an influx of comrades, Parado voiced to him his excitement at the prospect of their game field expanding.
As Graphite spread the Bugster virus further, Parado voiced to him that fate was like a puzzle game. When asked by Graphite if he was sure that they should not be acting directly, Parado decided that he might as well introduce himself as he set off.
Meeting Graphite's old nemesis, Taiga Hanaya, Parado called off Graphite from his confrontation. Before they took their leave, Parado dared Taiga to clear the most games and become the strongest Kamen Rider.
Creating a Genm Lie
When Kuroto Dan is defeated as Kamen Rider Genm by Kiriya Kujo, using his newly acquired Chambara Bike Gamer Level 3, in front of Emu Hojo and Hiiro Kagami to prove his traitorous identity, Parado intervenes. Obscured by the explosion, he puts on Kuroto's belt to give the impression that he is Genm. Emu and Hiiro's trust of Kiriya is destroyed, and Kiriya pretends he had lied to get the Giri Giri Chambara Gashat, not finding it worth it to argue against what they saw.
Parado warned Dan that while the Proto Gashats had near limitless potential, using them would ultimately destroy his body. Later on, Parado discovered that Graphite had taken the Proto Drago Knight Hunter Z Gashat from Dan's office. Parado deduced that Dan had allowed Graphite to take the Proto Drago Knight Hunter Z so that he would give the Kamen Riders their most challenging fight yet as he went on a rampage, enthusiastically voicing to Dan that he scared him before the CEO set out to deliver the refined Drago Knight Hunter Z Gashat to CR.
Watching from a distance as Emu initially failed to acquire the co-operation of his fellow Riders, Parado voiced his doubt that they would receive worthy data from this outcome. Dan, however, assured him that they would collect their data eitherway and that they could eventually replace the troublesome doctors with new candidates. Nevertheless, Emu ultimately achieved a collaboration resulting in the four Riders dividing and using the Hunter Gamer together to terminate Graphite. Complimenting Graphite on his performance in spirit, Parado salavaged the Proto Drago Knight Hunter Z left behind from his destruction and, with the Hunter Gamer used to its true potential, Dan was able to complete tests and data recording, allowing him to proceed to the next stage.
The Dr. Pac-Man Incident
"Tricks": Kamen Rider Genm
Following the defeat of Michihiko Zaizen, Parado would adopt the alias of "Dr. Pac-Man" himself. He arrived to save Emu from the copies of Kamen Riders Double, OOO and Fourze whom Kamen Rider Genm summoned with the Ganbarizing Gashat, bringing with him the Pac Adventure, Famista and Xevious Legendary Game Gashats.
Distracting the Riders with his Gashacon Bugvisor, "Dr. Pac-Man" took Emu away before being confronted by Hiiro Kagami and Taiga Hanaya, both intent on defeating him again while Emu started to trust him. With Genm and his Riders catching up with them, "Dr. Pac-Man" handed a Gashat to each of the three doctor Riders, allowing them to face Genm's Riders, before taking his leave with Genm in pursuit. Ultimately, "Dr. Pac-Man" was caught by Genm who took his helmet off, recognizing his true identity as he presented a fourth Gashat, Taiko no Tatsujin.
He arrives to give Emu the Taiko no Tatsujin Gashat, only to steal it again with other Gashats that he gave. Later appearing in Dan's hideout, he takes off his mask and reveals himself to viewers.
Waiting at Dan's lair, Parado was amused to discover that Dan had used the data of his own death to complete his new Gashat, Dangerous Zombie, remarking that he was a truly terrifying man. Looking upon the completed Gashat, Parado voiced his enthusiasm at the start of a new game.
On Dan's behalf, Parado collected the data of the Level 3 Salty Bugster once it was defeated by the Kamen Riders. Returning to Dan, Parado found him working on his ultimate project, Kamen Rider Chronicle.
Giving Emu the Mighty Brothers XX Gashat
Kuroto Dan is nearly finished with a new, larger Rider Gashat meant for Parado, but it requires more data. Kuroto gives it to Parado and sends him to collect data, but Parado brings up the possibility of one of the Kamen Riders stealing it. Kuroto explains that it would infect them with a lethal amount of the Bugster virus if anyone but Parado were to use it. With this information, Parado gives Emu Hojo the Gashat, telling him to change his fate with it, and telling Emu to show him that he could change his fate again while hidden in a tree. Though the Gashat injected a deadly amount of Bugster Virus into Emu like Kuroto said it would, it mysteriously does not and instead converts into the Mighty Brothers XX Gashat, granting Emu much greater power. Parado is fascinated by this development while Kuroto is angered.
While Dan was confounded at how Emu used the Gashat, Parado pointed out that he was unique among the Riders, which was what made him so exciting. Dan conceded that the transformation was useful in that it would allow him to create a new Gashat for Parado, who noted that he was to thank along with M, Dan nevertheless vowed to assert his dominance as game master by eliminating Ex-Aid's bootleg game.
Debut as Kamen Rider Para-DX
- "Kamen Rider Para-DX Level 50. Let me show you my game. Let's play!"
- ―Para-DX's proclamation[src]
Kuroto Dan once again creates a larger Rider Gashat for Parado, this time fully finished. Parado decides to "play" it by intruding on a battle between Hiiro, Taiga, and Emu, defeating all three using both of his forms. He initially knew that Ex-Aid wasn't fighting at all when Brave and Snipe attacked him one-sidedly, which "bores" him, telling the attacking Riders to "not be such a killjoy". After defeating Emu, he tells him he'll "play" with him any time.
He later "plays" with Emu as Ex-Aid Level XX, assuming the form of Para-DX Puzzle Gamer Level 50, fighting alongside Kuroto as Genm Level X. Upon easily defeating Ex-Aid Level XX, he mocks Emu that "that is all he's got" until Revol shoots him in the back, claiming that the Bugster will attain his true form by defending Emu. This angers Parado to the point of claiming that "non-playable characters aren't that smart to begin with", forcing him to assume Fighter Gamer Level 50. Genm attempts to deter Para-DX by saying that Revol "is not his opponent", but Para-DX refuses to listen and claims that he will "crush anyone who hinders his fun". He would later proceed to destroy Revol with a variant of the Knock Out Critical Smash, but not before Revol futilely attempts to retreat.
Hostility Against Kuroto
When he fought Emu as Para-DX Puzzle Gamer, he noticed Ex-Aid wasn't using Mighty Brothers for their battle. When Ex-Aid revealed that he left it at home, along with his other Gashats, save for Mighty Action X, Para-DX complained that it was "lame as hell". However, he did express some interest when he saw the new Level 4 Ju Ju Burger Gashat, stating that he'd never thought he'd see a Level 4 Gashat. As Ex-Aid was helping Burgermon escape, he said to himself that things were getting interesting before making his leave too. Back at Kuroto's hideout, he expressed that he was surprised that someone else other than Kuroto could make a Gashat, with Kuroto explaining that he initially didn't have enough workers to finish it in time and shelved it. But now that the Gashat was completed, Kuroto claimed that he needed to reclaim it.
Later, he teamed up with Genm to take the new Gashat for Kamen Rider Chronicle, but was shocked when Genm murdered Burgermon in cold blood. After returning to the hideout, he asked if killing Burgermon was necessary, stating that he thought Kuroto just wanted to reclaim the Gashat. Kuroto stated that he can't allow games without his permission to be made as the Game Master. Parado then emotionlessly said Kuroto should just delete the game's data, but Kuroto decided not to since he was the one who proposed it in the first place, telling Parado to not lump the Gashats and Bugsters together. After which, he revealed that he needed the Gashats to create the world of Kamen Rider Chronicle.
He would eventually have enough of Kuroto's god complex and keeps his hope of defeating Emu. Just as Kuroto, as Genm Zombie Gamer Level X, was about to threaten Emu by handing over all his Gashats, Parado, as Kamen Rider Para-DX Fighter Gamer Level 50, punched Genm in the back to save Emu. He then proclaimed about his reason of killing Revol: He was simply playing the game by the rules and the Bugster race as a whole lives to compete, not to survive. Para-DX then proceeded to beat Genm senselessly before transforming into Puzzle Gamer Level 50 and using three Muscular Energy Items before finishing off Genm with a Perfect Critical Combo to knock him out of his transformation. Kuroto would later punish him for his defiance by telling Emu that he is the first man to be infected with the Bugster virus as Parado lifts him by his jacket, knowing that he was too late to stop this revelation.
- "Welcome back, Emu."
- ―Parado's words to Emu.[src]
Seeing the Game Disease overwhelm Emu, Parado promptly let go of Kuroto and vanished. Emu, however, survived the outburst; as Parado would later reveal, he had infact stepped into Emu's body in that instance to manage his stress and save him, Fantasy Gamer Level 50, seeing that "M" had returned back to Emu.after which the "M" persona would be dominant for an extended period of time. Parado would later witness from a distance Genm's defeat at the hands of Brave
As a test to see how Hiiro could handle the power of a Level 50 Gashat. Parado transforms into Para-DX Puzzle Gamer Level 50 while Hiiro transforms into Brave Fantasy Gamer Level 50. The two appear to be evenly matched even after Para-DX assumes Fighter Gamer Level 50, but as Para-DX was about to finish Brave off, Brave holds his chest in pain thus making Para-DX hesitate to deal the final blow as there is no honor in finishing off an exhausted opponent. Parado cancels his transformation and tells an exhausted Hiiro that Level 50 is too much for him, before leaving in hopes of being able to "play" with him again sometime. He is then seen back at Dan's hideout, telling Dan to complete his project: Kamen Rider Chronicle. Dan states that Parado knows nothing about the power of Level X, in which Dan refers to as "the unknown".
When Parado challenges Taiga in their Level 50 forms, as Taiga is now even to pit against Parado thanks to his experience with Proto Gashat's side effects 5 years ago during the first Zero Day, Parado also warned Taiga to look out for Kuroto's other plans relating to his Level X upgrade and Kamen Rider Chronicle before departing.
Still looking for thrills, Parado would confront Snipe and Brave again, keeping the two from handling the latest Bugster outbreak. Parado left as soon as the victim was revealed to be Kuroto, but continued to observe Genm from a distance.
Much to his joy, CR was able to create a new Gashat to counter Genm, but was disappointed to see Emu spare Kuroto's life in favor of the former CEO getting punished for his crimes. Parado found Emu soon after and attempted to convince him to kill Kuroto, reasoning that it wouldn't count as killing to finish off the twisted husk that Genm was. When Emu spared Genm's life again (albeit removing his Rider compatibility), Parado took matters into his own hands. Pretending to help Kuroto up, he quickly punched him to the ground before giving him the "ending" he deserved: a lethal dose of Bugster virus from his own Bugvisor. Parado taunted and thanking the "Game Master" that he would take Kamen Rider Chronicle for himself before leaving the doomed Kuroto to die. Later, Parado looks at the still incomplete Kamen Rider Chronicle Gashat and exclaimed that he'll complete the game.
Chou Super Hero Taisen
Parado transforms alongside Taiga after observing what was going on. As Kamen Rider Para-DX, Parado joined in the Chou Shocker Taisen, fighting in a temporary alliance with his Rider adversaries as well as Sentai Rangers against the army of Shocker from the Game World.
Completing Kamen Rider Chronicle
Parado was later seen in the basement of Genm Corp, where he use the Bugsters data inside of the Gashacon Bugvisor to revive them, including Graphite. Parado explained to a confused Graphite that he can be revived anytime since Graphite is a Perfect Bugster which even Kuroto didn't know, which Graphite smirks bitterly while muttering that his death was one of his puzzles. Parado then said that the final component of Kamen Rider Chronicle is already on their way, and it turned out to be none other than Poppy, whom recently got brainwashed by the new CEO of Genm Corp, Ren Amagasaki. Parado greeted her warmly, which Poppy kindly responded back.
After all the Bugsters had assembled, Parado took the incomplete Kamen Rider Chronicle Gashat and activated it. The Bugsters except Parado and Ren were absorbed into the title screen, with Poppy and Graphite filling up the remaining two blank spaces. The Gashat is then finally completed with its official logo. Parado happily exclaimed that the game of Kamen Rider Chronicle had started.
Parado appeared before Emu again after the latter had been robbed of his Gashats by some of the Ride Players. Welcoming Emu to the ultimate game, Parado transformed into Para-DX. Killing all the players with ease, Parado revealed to Emu his hatred of humanity, and Kamen Rider Chronicle was simply a means to wipe out humanity.
Hijacking Emu and Achieving Level Max
- "I'll change the Bugsters' fate!"
- ―Para-DX emulates Ex-Aid during their face-off.[src]
After Poppy was restored to her original self by Ex-Aid's reprogramming ability, she began to regain memories belonging to the host she had taken over. Still asserting that Poppy is an ally of the Bugsters, Parado takes her back to Genm Corp. As she questions why the Bugsters and humans should be fighting each other, Parado threatens her, saying that she should be enjoying the game more.
The next day, as Brave, Snipe, and Ride-Player Nico attack Poppy, Parado demands Emu to have a proper duel with him, despite Emu being more focused on saving Poppy, much to Parado's disappointment. As Emu manages to save Poppy and clear her game without needing to destroy her, Parado later appears, stating that Emu is him before possessing Emu.
Using Emu's body to transform into Para-DX, Parado overpowers Brave and Snipe before heading back to Genm Corp, still in Emu's body. Parado then leaves Emu, taking out a Gamer Driver (presumably Kuroto's) and attempts to level up, but fails as the Gamer Driver can only be used by humans. Parado then drags Emu outside, revealing that he was born from Emu's desires, and that they have been connected all this while. Emu then realizes that Parado was his own Bugster, as Parado possesses Emu yet again, transforming in Ex-Aid Level XX. Parado, now as Level XX R, challenges Emu as Level XX L to a duel. Emu was not willing to fight, even after Parado gave him the Gashacon Key Slasher and the Maximum Mighty X Gashat as a "handicap".
Parado later has Emu remember the moment when he first learnt he had game illness. Emu was supposed to have died back then, but it was Parado who gave his life a continue by taking over Emu and releasing his stress, thus hitting Emu with the hard truth that his fate was ultimately in Parado's hands in the end. Parado challenges Emu to show that he can change his own fate, finally spurring Emu to fight and unleashing a Maximum Mighty Critical Finish onto Parado. At first it seems that Parado had lost, but Parado still has one trick up his sleeve: thanks to Ex-Aid's reprogramming ability, Parado now has Emu's human DNA imprinted on him, finally enabling him to use a Gamer Driver and transform into Para-DX Level 99. After managing to overpower Brave and Snipe, and even Ex-Aid Level 99, Parado takes over Emu's body once again, leaving the scene.
Masamune Dan's Return and True Color Revealed
Helping Emu Beat Cronus
With Snipe taken out by Graphite, Parado and he were not faced by Brave as expected but Cronus himself, who intended to terminate them personally. Though Graphite successfully neutralized Cronus' ability to pause through use of the Gamedeus virus, this was rendered moot as Cronus retained the advantage by seizing control of all Energy Items, allowing him to easily defeat both Para-DX and Graphite who were only saved by the arrival of Genm and Lazer Turbo, who fought to preserve Parado as his existence was what enabled Emu, the only who could defeat Cronus, to transform.
"Death" of Para-DX
- "No, no! No!"
- ―Parado's words before dying[src]
- ―Parado's last word to Emu[src]
As Parado tries to find and take his revenge on Cronus alone, he meets Emu, who's goal was to eradicate Parado to obtain the Perfect Knockout Gashatrophy, in order to summon Genmdeus to aid in curing Nico. The two engage in a fight, as a way for Emu to fulfill his earlier promises with Parado. Parado and Emu reminisces about their own near-death experiences, before Emu mercilessly ends Parado with a Hyper Critical Sparking after Parado unsuccessfully attempted to escape.
Redemption and Unfortunate Reset
- "Let's clear it together with super co-op play!"
- ―Para-DX's proclamation before battle, along with Ex-Aid[src]
Parado's death was revealed to be Emu's plan to make Parado learns about the fear of dying when he actually had his core to be absorbed before disappearing. Parado didn't want to admit his misdeed but became confused and lost at the same time. After a talk with Asuna, Parado returned to Emu and cried, begging for forgiveness for what he has done. Emu forgave Parado and took him as a new ally to defeat Cronus. Parado, with the new resolve to fight for humanity, took Emu's hand and finally co-operated with him to defeat Masamune.
Emu and Parado immediately met up with Masamune, deciding to destroy the Master Gashat to cure Nico and save humanity. Masamune accepted their challenge but was easily defeated with the ultimate combination of Hyper Muteki Ex-Aid and Para-DX Level 99. Making Masamune cry in anger telling "if only Hyper Muteki did not exist!" and raised his Bugvisor II to reset the time, surprising everyone even Masamune as he didn't expect it to happen. Reset time to the point where Hyper Muteki wasn't created yet.
Sacrifice and Revival
- "We're both Bugsters, so let's end this together..."
- ―Parado to Gamedeus while dying together
- "I hope this makes up for my deeds, somewhat...it may have been a short time, but playing games with you... It was the last fun I've ever had, Emu."
- ―Parado's second last words to Emu
Watching the Kamen Rider doctors desperately try to oppose the rampaging plague of Super Gamedeus, Parado decided to take action with Poppy. Taking Doctor Mighty XX, Poppy made the first move as she used herself as a conduit to cure all the infected, sacrificing her own existence to neutralize Super Gamedeus's virus. Recovering Doctor Mighty XX, Para-DX carried it in his Gamer Driver as he intercepted Gamedeus, now seperated from Masamune Dan, just in time to stop the behemoth from finishing off his fellow Riders. Parado told Gamedeus that they would die together as the Bugster god began to disintergrate; Parado hoped that this act would make up for even a little of what he had done in the past, thanking Emu for the brief but fun ride. Emu ran over to him too late as Parado faded away, the last speck of him disappearing in Emu's hand. Masamune, still holding the power of Cronus declared that, with the access to Emu's Muteki Gamer now gone, the doctor Riders would face a "Bad End."
Though Cronus initially overwhelmed all five Riders, Parado's sacrifice proved to have weakened him sufficiently for Emu to break through the Pause and ultimately defeat him with his fellow Riders. They were, however, unable to stop Masamune from destroying the Rider Chronicle Master Gashat with himself in a final act of spite, robbing them of their chance to retrieve the Game Disease victims from the Proto Gashats. Later, back at CR, Kuroto Dan, having managed to restore Poppy from a fragment she had left in his hand, revealed to Emu that his being able to transform after Parado disappeared meant that he had reinfected Emu, who rejoiced from the realization. Sure enough, Parado rematerialized from within Emu immediately after, surprised and happy to be alive. An emergency call comes in, and Emu answers it. Soon after, Parado and Poppy bore witness to the reveal of Dan's new game, Kamen Rider Build, the Gashat of which was tested by Emu.
Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL: Build & Ex-Aid with Legend Riders
After Takumi Katsuragi/Kamen Rider Build steals Emu's ability to transform into Ex-Aid, Parado, follows him to the portal to the World of Build to get Emu's powers back, however while trying to confront Build, both fell into the portal, after arriving, Katsuragi and Parado landed in different places leaving Parado stuck in the World of Build for two years (on the A.R. World's timeline) as well. Unaware of the Original Build's identity, Parado found and mistakenly confronted Sento Kiryu, the current Build (who also is an amnesic Katsuragi bearing a new face) who claimed to have no recollection of the event, thinking of it as a dream. After Sento realizes that Parado comes from another world, Parado surprises as Sento should already know that but Sento tells him that only remembers the last year of his life and suffers amnessia which makes Parado mad and ordering Sento to give back the Doctor and Game Fullbottles, however they were interrupted by Soichi Isurugi who takes the bottles and explains the situation to both. Soichi gives Parado the Game Fullbottle and tells him to shake it closer to his ear so he can contact Emu, by doing it Parado finds out that in the main world only passed a week as the fluct of time is different in the two worlds but thanks to Enigma the fluct of time of the two worlds synchronized. After ending the call, Parado fell unconcious due to a side effect caused by the Game Fullbottle as his status as a Bugster Virus. After recovering consciouness, Parado once more confronted Sento who was fighting the Nebula Bugster. Sento told him that it was not the time for it and ordered him to help the civilians which made Parado notice that Sento was like Emu, in that moment Kaisei Mogami/L Kaiser appeared and Build fought him but he escaped, however Sento somehow managed to track him to his base and told Parado that he would sent him home. During the road, Sento asked Parado what was the Muteki thing that was in Katsuragi's data which Parado responds that as it's name says, He and Emu combine so they gain invincibility which leads Sento to believe that Katsuragi stole the Ex-Aid powers in order to protect them from Enigma's effect. Sento ask Parado to tell Emu Mogami's plan so he can be aware of what's going on. After arriving to Mogami's base, Parado starts to feel weak so Sento continues alone inside, he later joins him after recovering. When Mogami runs away and is about to activate Enigma, the two run to stop it but it is nowhere to find until a man wearing an orange jacket appears and kicks it revealing it's location. The man reveals himself as Kouta Kazuraba/Kamen Rider Gaim who tells Sento and Parado to go inside Enigma while he fights the Guardians that are dropped from it. Once inside Enigma, Parado tells Emu via Game Fullbottle what to do while Sento is about to activate Enigma earlier which causses Parado to have doubts on him but Emu tells him to trust Sento. Once activated, Sento and Parado arrive in the World of Ex-Aid. When the final battle is about to start, Sento gives Emu the Doctor and Game Fullbottles and tells him to open them and shake them in order to regain his powers which works. Parado merges with Emu once again in order to transform into Ex-Aid. After the final battle as well Build and Cross-Z's departure to their homeworld, Emu and Parado are joined by their friends of the C.R.
Kamen Rider Para-DX with Poppy
Kamen Rider Genm vs. Lazer
- "Fate is like a puzzle game."
- ―Parado's motto of doing things[src]
No one can read his mind from his innocent smile. He has a great obsession with games and is often seen playing on handheld consoles. And true to his obsession Parado treats all matters like one and operates in a more relaxed and playful manner unlike Graphite. As such, he take joys in observing the event before him unfold and acts in more of a general oversight role while, Graphite tends to take care of the fieldwork. However, despite his usual cheerful attitude, Parado can be serious enough, to the point that Graphite himself can't help but to obey him. However, unlike Graphite, who is loyal to the race of Bugsters, Parado didn't hesitate to trick and use his comrade to collect more data from the fights with the Kamen Riders, as a part of his former collusion with Kuroto Dan. He didn't even seem to be sad or remorseful when Graphite is killed because of his plan. Since he had already reach a perfected form, Parado can just simply revive him again, which he does eventually.
Parado, despite his playful and fun-loving behavior, can be provoked if anyone interrupts him while he is having fun fighting, as shown when the Revol Bugster shoots him from behind, which he responds by just quickly destroying Revol, much to Kuroto's dismay. However, he won't kill any Bugsters that don't attack him at all, nor provoke him, like Graphite and Burgermon. After seeing Kuroto destroying Burgermon and Motors (when the latter is used as a tool), he would eventually drive a wedge between their partnership. He reveals to have a code of honor among the gaming rules and his own species, such as disliking of unfairness like how Kuroto sees and treated the Bugster species as nothing more than the tools for his own ambition unfairly, and also deeply shocked when Lovrica is killed permanently by Cronus. Eventually, having lost his patience with Kuroto and his hubris, Parado murders him in cold blood, all while he promises to finish Kamen Rider Chronicle by in his own way.
After completing Kamen Rider Chronicle, Parado reveals his contempt towards humanity for their arrogance, considering Kuroto's treatment towards his kind as expendable pawns. His plan for Kamen Rider Chronicle contradicts from Kuroto, as Parado uses the game as a meaning to wipe off humanity. Parado also shows his more violent side to play with Emu and even attempted to kill Poppy since she allied herself on the side of humanity.
However, upon Masamune revealing himself as Cronus and even killed Lovelica permanently, Parado shows a sign of fear against him. This fear was amplified after Masamune killed Salty permanently by using the Master Kamen Rider Chronicle Gashat. The trauma and fear was so great that Parado was cowering in a fetal position after Masamune reminded the Bugsters that he could kill them at any time for their disobedience, showing an immense fear of truly dying. But, after being reprimanded by Graphite about his initial objective (to "Play" against Emu) and saw Emu's almost successful plan in dealing with Cronus, Parado regained his confidence once more, stating that his heart is burning once again, only because he knew his weakness.
It is revealed that Parado is only blinded of the fear of dying and just knows how to have fun. When Cronus' power even without Pause showed how strong he is, Parado finally broke down. His breakdown was also revealed when Emu found and seemingly killed him. After he realized his sin, he decided to seek for redemption.
While a redeemed individual, Parado still does not discard his friendship to his kind. Despite now on the side of humanity, he tried to reason with Graphite to stop eradicating humanity. As humanity's savior, he also showed his newfound combat affinity with Emu which was able to pressure even Cronus.
Powers and Abilities
- Teleportation: Just like any Bugsters, Parado has shown the ability to teleport himself, but with coloring glitch effect.
- Forcefield Generation: Even with his untransformation form, Parado was able to protect Genm/Kuroto from Lazer Chambara Bike Gamer Level 3's Giri Giri Critical Finish without any ill effect. It is possibly foreshadowing one of his ability in Puzzle Gamer or in Perfect Knock Out Gamer.
- Host Possession: Like other high level imperfected Bugsters, he can take control the body of his host, Emu Hojo, or vice versa,the host merges with Parado. A side affect of this ability is Parado's survival is ensured as he is literally preserved in Emu.
- Acquired Human DNA: After tricking Emu (XX L) to use Maximum Mighty X's reprogramming ability, Parado obtained Emu's human DNA and this allowed him to use Kuroto's first Gamer Driver.
- Emu Hojo's Bugster Antibody: As a Bugster created from Emu Hojo, Parado can maintain Emu's existence from any Bugster-based attacks, preventing the latter to succumb into game disease.
- Level 0 Gashats: Bugsters who are in the Game Areas created from Level 0 Gashats will have their certain abilities restricted, in Parado's case he can't possess any humans including Emu. Also, any attacks with the usage of Level 0 Gashats can effectively damage Bugsters, regardless of their level gap. Gashats like this can also "Level Down" any enemy rider as shown in episode 31 when Parado's Level dropped down to 75 as he fought Kuroto, and later dropped to 50 as Emu and Kuroto joined forces. This effect however, is temporary as after he canceled his transformation, his level seems to return back to normal.
- Death Anxiety: Ever since Emu was injured in an accident in his childhood, Parado developed the fear of death through Emu's heart, though this was disregarded due to the immortal nature of Bugsters. However, ever since Parado's witnessing the "death" of Bugsters, as well as experiencing it, he has once again succumbed to this fear again and losing the will to fight.
- Game Fullbottle: Due to this Fullbottle is made by the Ex-Aid Powers, it allows Parado to contact Emu from the World of Build by shake it, however due to Parado's status as a Bugster Virus, after the call is finished or some time after it, Parado will either, lose consciousness or feel weak.
- "Dual Up! Get the glory in the chain! Perfect Puzzle!"
- ―Transformation Announcement[src]
- Height: 200.5 cm.
- Weight: 110.5 kg.
- Punching power: 59.0 t.
- Kicking power: 68.5 t.
- Maximum jump height: 62.0 m.
- Maximum running speed: 100 m. per 1.9 sec.
Para-DX's Puzzle Gamer attack style is to manipulate the Energy Items on the field. He can reveal the hidden Energy Items and choose the best Energy Items that suits him depending on the situation he is in.
He is also able to generate puzzle piece-styled energy shields to deflect enemy attacks and generate a puzzle pieced-styled veil to cancel some abilities of other Riders. For example, in Episode 20, he used this ability to make the Bugster Viruses summoned by Brave Fantasy Gamer Level 50 disappear.
This form's finisher is the Perfect Critical Combo (パーフェクト クリティカルコンボ Pāfekuto Kuritikaru Konbo): Para-DX mainly combines his attacks with some Energy Items.
Presumably, the maximum use of Energy Items for his attacks in this form are three. Currently, Para-DX hasn't used more than three Energy Items for an attack while in this form.
- Jumping and Elastic Energy Items: Para-DX kicks the enemy in mid-air using his feet enhanced flexibility.
- Speeding-Up and Muscular Energy Items: Para-DX rushes towards the enemy at superhuman speeds and kicks them away when close.
- Muscular Energy Items x3: Para-DX rushes towards the enemy and performs a powerful flying kick at them with his tremendous feet enhanced strength.
- Iron-Body and 2 Muscular Energy Items: Para-DX performs a powerful flying kick at them with his hard tremendous feet enhanced strength.
- Speeding-Up, High-Jump, and Muscular Energy Items: Para-DX runs at the enemy, sending it high into the sky, then high-jumps after it, and delivers several powerful kicks.
Appearances: Ex-Aid Episodes 15-18, 20-22, Chou Super Hero Taisen, Ex-Aid 25-26, 28, 40 (via Mighty Brothers XX Gashat)
- "Dual Up! Explosion Hit! Knock Out Fighter!"
- ―Transformation Announcement[src]
- Height: 201.5 cm.
- Weight: 110.5 kg.
- Punching power: 64.0 t.
- Kicking power: 68.5 t.
- Maximum jump height: 62.0 m.
- Maximum running speed: 100 m. per 1.9 sec.
Fighter Gamer Level 50 (ファイターゲーマーレベル50 Faitā Gēmā Reberu Fifuti) is Para-DX's second primary form, activated by turning the Gashat Gear Dual to the Knock Out Fighter side. This form is based on fighting games.
The main tool of Para-DX in this form is the Materialize Smasher (マテリアライズスマッシャー Materiaraizu Sumasshā), which was Puzzle Gamer's shoulder parts. These gauntlets can throw powerful punches of fire.
As shown in Episode 18, when Parado is truly angered and full of rage, his attack power and attack speed, along with the destruction by the attacks are further enhanced.
This form's finisher is the Knock Out Critical Smash (ノックアウトクリティカルスマッシュ Nokkuaoto Kuritikaru Sumasshu): Para-DX does a flaming uppercut to enemy, sending him into the air, before punching the enemy again with great force, empowered by fire from his gauntlet, once the enemy has fallen back into punching range.
- A variation of this is he leaps forward at his enemy and do a Jolt Haymaker instead of the usual sky uppercut and the K.O. Punch.
Appearances: Ex-Aid Episodes 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, Chou Super Hero Taisen, Ex-Aid 26, 28, 40 (via Mighty Brothers XX Gashat)
- "Gachan! Mazaru Up! Akai kobushi tsuyosa! Aoi Puzzle rensa! Aka to ao no kousa! Perfect Knock Out!"
- ―Transformation Announcement[src]
- Height: 201.0 cm.
- Weight: 102.1 kg.
- Punching power: 90.0 t.
- Kicking power: 94.4 t.
- Maximum jump height: 92.6 m.
- Maximum running speed: 100 m. per 1.2 sec.
Perfect Knock Out Gamer Level 99 (パーフェクトノックアウトゲーマーレベル99 Pāfekuto Nokkuauto Gēmā Reberu Nainti Nain) is Para-DX's super form, achieved by utilizing the Gashat Gear Dual in the Gamer Driver. This form combines aspects of Puzzle Gamer and Fighter Gamer.
In this form, despite Para-DX's stats being slightly lower than Ex-Aid's Level 99, his amazing combat skills fill the gap, putting him on par with Ex-Aid and easily towering all the other Riders in every stat, including some Riders that have the stats of Level X.
This form does seem to have the ability to manipulate the Energy Items like Puzzle Gamer, as shown when he first fought Snipe using this form.
The main weapon of Para-DX in this form is the Gashacon Parabragun (ガシャコンパラブレイガン Gashakon Parabureigan), which can switch between a gun and a hand axe.
Before its debut, Para-DX Level 99 was briefly seen in the new opening sequence.
At first, this form could not be accessed, due to a Bugster being unable to use a Gamer Driver that were specifically made for humans to use. However, by tricking Emu, which caused the latter to use Maximum Mighty X's reprogramming ability on him, fusing their genes together while the two's genetic makeup were one through Mighty Brothers XX, Parado can now use the Driver and Level Up into this form at will.
By inserting the Mighty Brothers XX Gashat into the Gashacon Parabragun, Para-DX can split into both of his Level 50 forms. The Puzzle Gamer gains mannerisms similar to Emu's soft-spoken nature, while the Fighter Gamer retains Parado's regular demeanor.
This form has mainly five finishers:
- Gamer Driver Finishers
- Perfect Critical Combo (パーフェクト クリティカルコンボ Pāfekuto Kuritikaru Konbo)
- Knock Out Critical Smash (ノックアウトクリティカルスマッシュ Nokkuaoto Kuritikaru Sumasshu): Para-DX delivers a powerful Rider Punch at the enemy covered in red and purple energy.
- Perfect Knock Out Critical Bomber (パーフェクトノックアウトクリティカルボンバ Pāfekuto Nokkuauto Kuritikaru Bonbā): Para-DX jumps up in the air and performs a powerful Rider Kick covered in red and blue energy.
- Gashacon Parabragun finisher:
- Para-DX mainly combines his attacks with some Energy Items. Presumably, the maximum use of Energy Items for his attacks in this form are two. Currently, Para-DX hasn't used more than two Energy Items for an attack while in this form.
- Ax: Knock Out Critical Finish (ノックアウトクリティカルフィニッシュ Nokkuaoto Kuritikaru Finisshu)
- Speeding-Up and Muscular Energy Items: Para-DX speeds up to the enemy and delivers a powerful slash.
- Gun: Perfect Critical Finish (パーフェクトクリティカルフィニッシュ Pāfekuto Kuritikaru Finisshu)
- Iron-Body and Separation Energy Items: Para-DX creates clones of himself and performs several powerful consecutive blasts.
- Dangerous Zombie Gashat: Para-DX gets consumed painfully by purple and black dark energy, before transferring the energy to the weapon, creating a powerful dark energy blast at the enemy.
- Ax: Knock Out Critical Finish (ノックアウトクリティカルフィニッシュ Nokkuaoto Kuritikaru Finisshu)
- Para-DX mainly combines his attacks with some Energy Items. Presumably, the maximum use of Energy Items for his attacks in this form are two. Currently, Para-DX hasn't used more than two Energy Items for an attack while in this form.
Appearances: Ex-Aid Episodes 29-32, 34, 37-42, 44, True Ending, Another Ending (Para-DX with Poppy)
Double Fighter Gamer Level 39 (ダブルファイターゲーマーレベル39 Daburu Faitā Gēmā Reberu Sāti Nain) is Para-DX's special form accessed when Emu and Parado use the Knock Out Fighter 2 Gashat together, splitting a form between Ex-Aid and Para-DX similarly to Mighty Brothers XX. Para-DX's appearance in this form is identical to Fighter Gamer Level 50, baring a Gamer Driver and Gashats in a Kimewaza Slot Holder.
This form is exclusive to Kamen Rider Ex-Aid "Tricks": Kamen Rider Para-DX.
These forms are exclusively available to be simulated with Para-DX in the Level UP Rider Series toyline.
- "Gachan! Double Up! Ore ga Omae de! Omae ga Ore de! (We Are!) Mighty, Mighty Brothers! (Hey!) Double X!"
- ―Transformation announcement[src]
- Height: 206.0 cm.
- Weight: 98.8 kg.
- Punching power: 32.3 t
- Kicking power: 40.6 t.
- Maximum jump height: 66.0 m.
- Maximum running speed: 100 m. per 2.0 sec.
Parado transforms into Kamen Rider Ex-Aid when he takes over Emu's body or is within him at the time he splits apart. He takes the place of Genius Gamer M as Level XX R.
Parado can directly change into Para-DX Level 99 while in this form.
Appearances: Ex-Aid Episodes 29, 40, 41, True Ending
- Gashat Gear Dual - Transformation device.
- Para-DX Buckle - Primary Gamer Form Level 50's belt
- Gear Holder
- Proto Drago Knight Hunter Z Gashat (gave it back to Kuroto after Graphite's death)
- Bandai Namco Gashats
- Gashacon Bugvisor (borrowed from Kuroto once until Parado's defect him, then steals it on Kuroto's downfall to be powerless from being a Rider anymore, given to Ren Amagasaki)
- Gamer Driver - Transformation belt for Level 99.
- Materialize Smasher - Fighter Gamer Level 50's personal weapons and Puzzle Gamer Level 50's shoulder pads.
- Gashacon Parabragun - Perfect Knock Out Gamer Level 99's personal weapon.
- Gashacon Key Slasher - Used when Parado becomes Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Double Action Gamer Level XX R.
- Emu Hojo: Parado is very interested in Emu for unknown reasons. He shows to 'help' Emu in many ways, including giving him the blank version of Mighty Brothers XX Gashat. He also showing joy upon seeing his recovery from fully being M. The sole reason of him helping Emu is that he wants to be the one who defeats Emu. There are subtle implications that he sees Emu as a friend (or at least a special exception of some sort) due to their competitive natures. The feeling is not reciprocated by Emu. But after revealing himself to Emu as 'his' Bugster, he wants to fight against him to the existing point. It wasn't until Emu defeated and revived Parado that the Bugster finally realized his wrongdoings.
- Hiiro Kagami: Parado's opinion on Hiiro is mostly unknown, but he was willing to back off from battling him when it was clear to him Hiiro was too exhausted from the strain of Level 50.
- Taiga Hanaya: Parado was truly impressed by Taiga's combat skills when both of them had a tie while fighting each other and finishing the fight with their Kimewaza Finishers. He also gave a helpful warning to Taiga about Genm trying to break the Level concept with the true power of Level X before he left the scene.
- Kuroto Dan: Parado was once allied with Dan for unknown reasons and given numerous Gashats for his use. After Dan had killed Burgermon Bugster in cold blood, Parado left him. Though he still stayed close to Dan in hopes of looking into the completion of Kamen Rider Chronicle, Dan tells him that he "understands nothing" about the data of death that is the Dangerous Zombie Gashat, which, despite being Level 10, is also Level X, also called "The Unknown". Now realizing that Kuroto's recent plan relating to Kamen Rider Chronicle project is a far much more potential threat to humans and Bugsters alike, Parado wanted him dead for good. Eventually, Parado had a change in his mind. He does kill Kuroto for good, but promised that he will finish Kamen Rider Chronicle his way. However, following his revival, Kuroto vowed his revenge against him, much to his dismay.
- Masamune Dan: Parado was initially either unaware of Masamune or unconcerned about him until he reveals himself as Kamen Rider Cronus, and considers both Bugsters and Kamen Riders alike as mere products of Genm corp. Upon killing Lovelica and explaining that he is permanently dead due to Cronus' time-stopping abilities, Parado becomes horrified upon the revelation that even a Perfect Bugster can be killed. To date, Masamune is the only person to instill fear into Parado, though Parado eventually resolves to defeat him when Graphite helps him remember why he's "playing" Kamen Rider Chronicle in the first place.
- Sento Kiryu: In Heisei Generations FINAL, Parado encounters Sento Kiryu and begins to fight him, mistaking him for the Build that appeared in True Ending.
- Kouta Kazuraba: Kouta later helps Parado and Sento during the events of Heisei Generations FINAL.
Behind the scenes
- Parado is portrayed by Shouma Kai (甲斐 翔真 Kai Shōma). His suit actor as Kamen Rider Para-DX is Kazuya Okada (岡田 和也 Okada Kazuya). While possessing Emu Hojo, he is portrayed by Hiroki Iijima (飯島 寛騎 Ījima Hiroki) while his suit actor as Ex-Aid Level XX R is Seiji Takaiwa (高岩 成二 Takaiwa Seiji).
- Both his name and Rider designation are derived from the word "Paradox" (パラドックス Paradokkusu). His Rider name is even pronounced similarly to said word, though without the sokuon (ッ) katakana.
- The design of his pants are reminiscent of pixels from retro video games.
- Parado's clothing and enigmatic personality is similar to Kai from Kamen Rider Den-O and Enter from Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters.
- His clothing's coloration is also similar to that of Genm's color scheme, even though he only posed as him instead of actually transforming into Genm.
- Coincidentally, Parado's actor, Shouma Kai, shares his name with the character Kai as well.
- Kamen Rider Para-DX is the first Ex-Aid Rider to not have a gamepad like Rider Gauge in any of his default forms, instead only having one in his upgraded Level 99 form.
- Parado as Para-DX Fighter Gamer bears some resemblance to Ex-Aid and Genm, though his "hair" has more spikes compared to them. The resemblance is played even further with the appearance of Para-DX's Level 99 form, with the visor and "hair-spike" design" being very similar to Ex-Aid's, only that Para-DX has double the number of hair-spikes. This is likely to further the point of Parado being the Bugster born from Emu.
- His Puzzle Gamer form's helmet also has a slight, but vague, resemblance to Brave's helmet. Along with a more clear resemblance to one of Gentaro Kisaragi's hairstyles, if exaggerated with it's length.
- Incidentally, the color scheme of Para-DX's Level 99 form is the negative of the color scheme of Ex-Aid's Level XX forms.
- The change of helmet while switching forms is similar to the "Face Change" of Shurikenger from Ninpu Sentai Hurricaneger.
- Incidentally, to an extent, Para-DX's Fighter Gamer form and Shurikenger Fire Mode both share elements related to fire.
- Parado is also similar to Alain as they were first introduced as generals to their respective factions and get to become Kamen Riders themselves.
- Also like Alain, rather than using a transformation belt like the other riders, he uses a transformation device much like Alain's Mega Ulorder, though Parado would go on to use a Gamer Driver much later.
- Both are also redeemed by the primary rider though Parado takes a very late turn instead. And as redeemed, they also tried to reason with their own former ally before it turns into fight (Alain with his brother Adel and Parado with Graphite)
- Kamen Rider Para-DX Fighter Gamer's hands are covered by punching gauntlets much like Kamen Rider Knuckle Kurumi Arms and Kamen Rider Ghost Newton Damashii.
- In Episode 15, Fighter Gamer demonstrates the ability to launch a wave of fire along the ground, similar to the "ground fireballs" seen most prominently in fighting games by SNK such as the Fatal Fury and King of Fighters series of games (such as Terry Bogard's Power Wave, Geese Howard's Reppuken, and Kyo Kusanagi's 108 Shiki Yami Barai).
- By detaching the shoulder armor to form punching gauntlets, it is also similar to Gundam Maxter from Mobile Fighter G Gundam.
- His Rider designation, Para-DX, can be a wordplay for both "paramedic" and "diagnosis" (often abbreviated as "DX").
- It is also an abbreviation for "Deluxe", referring to certain first-class toys.
- Parado's Rider title being Para-DX could also be a reference to his nature as an unusual Bugster: Beyond (Para-) Diagnosis (DX).
- The first name basis for Para-DX's main forms are terminologies in fighting game:
- Perfect Puzzle: Indicated the player's victory without having their health gauge drained.
- Knock Out Fighter: Indicated the opponent or a player's defeat.
- Currently, Parado is the only rider to have two base starting forms, though Puzzle Gamer Level 50 is sometimes shown first in some media.
- It is also shown when the Gashat Gear Dual is put into the Gamer Driver.
- Like Ex-Aid when he changes to Level 2, Para-DX says "Dai Henshin" when changing forms.
- This carries over to Level 99 as well, when Parado says "Max Dai Henshin" before the transformation.
- Parado's interest towards Emu as well his enjoyment of fighting the latter is similar to N-Daguva-Zeba of Kamen Rider Kuuga.
- Unlike Daguva though, Parado doesn't like unnecessary bloodshed to a certain extent, preferring to keep his opponents alive, and isn't completely heartless to even his own kind.
- He also has a code of honor amongst his own kind, making him similar to Heart.
- Despite his preference of keeping his foes alive, Parado enjoyed massacring the Ride Players playing Kamen Rider Chronicle. Not unlike Daguva enjoying the countless slaughter of humans in the infamous Gurongi game, the Gegeru.
- Para-DX and Ex-Aid having somewhat similar faces in their final forms could be another possible parallel to Daguva and Kuuga.
- Also, he holds some similarities with Masato Kusaka in terms of driving a wedge between the main protagonists and their comrades to further their goals - Kusaka tricked Kiba and Takumi into making them fight each other, Parado is more willing to form a truce with Emu as a means to defeat Cronus after witnessing Hiiro's betrayal, while he is not above asking Emu to eliminate Brave.
- Parado is the only Rider to have two level designations depending on how he uses his Gashat.
- Emu is almost the same as he can access a stronger form by connecting the Hyper Muteki Gashat to the Maximum Mighty X Gashat.
- The Taddle Legacy Gashat seems to be the opposite, as it has different Levels depending on which Rider uses it, despite both using the Gashat in the Gamer Driver's first slot.
- Para-DX's Perfect Knock Out Gamer Level 99 is similar to Paradox Roidmude's Supreme Evolution State as he awakens and combines the past Roidmude 108. Likewise, the fusion of Perfect Puzzle and Knock Out Fighter and his name are shared with Paradox Roidmude as well.
- Parado's transformation to Para-DX in Perfect Puzzle is also similar to the Riders from the Kamen Rider Blade series.
- When using the Gamer Driver to transform, Parado makes a pose similar to Emu, but inverted. Which could be a reference to his relationship with Emu.
- This same pose is also similar to the pose Kamen Rider Ryuki makes during his Final Vent.
- Parado is one of the few Non-Human Riders who are the members of their respective antagonists that has never revealed their monster form,the others will be Taiga Nobori (Kamen Rider Saga,Dark Kiva II) and Lapis (Kamen Rider Kamuro).
- Parado being the source of Emu's ability to transform into Ex-Aid brings to mind WizarDragon from Kamen Rider Wizard. Unlike WizarDragon however, Parado started out as a villain until revealing himself to Emu about his origin, while Haruto managed to contain the Phantom inside him and became Wizard. The episodes that featured their respective destruction resulted the said Riders to lose their ability to transform, only to be resurrected an episode later. It was also after their revival that they managed to peacefully coexist with their hosts on good terms.
- Para-DX's appearance when in Perfect Knock Out Gamer is rather fitting as it represents a unity of combat might (Knock Out Fighter) and military strategy (Perfect Puzzle) to produce a more powerful force than when separate.
- As Perfect Knock Out Gamer Level 99, Para-DX is the first Rider of the season to:
- insert their Gashat into a Driver before it plays any announcement (barring errors where announcements simply weren't played).
- transform with a Gamer Driver but not use a selection screen to choose their Rider form from.
- Due to chasing Takumi Katsuragi before his fake murder to the World of Build, Parado has living off-screen in this A.R. World from the beginning of the Kamen Rider Build series to the episode 14 (which takes place before the events of Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL: Build & Ex-Aid with Legend Riders) of this one.
- Due to the events of Heisei Generations FINAL, Parado is two years older in Kamen Rider Ex-Aid "Tricks": Kamen Rider Para-DX and Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Trilogy: Another Ending.