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Phantoms (ファントム Fantomu?) are the antagonists that appear in the 2012-2013 Kamen Rider Series Kamen Rider Wizard. Born from within the bodies of despairing Gates, a infant Phantom (known also as a Inner Phantom) proceeds to destroy the Gate's Underworld before bursting from the host and gaining a physical humanoid body appearance and receiving the ability to disguise as the Gate which had gave birth to them. Unlike the humanoid Phantoms that emerge from a Gate, the inner Phantoms are more monstrous in form. Each Phantom has a form based on a monster from various Western mythologies.
The Phantoms created on the day of the solar eclipse follow the orders of a mysterious figure called the Wiseman who gives them the task to find more Gates and place them in despair so that more of their kind can be created. However, Kamen Rider Wizard stands in their way of sacrificing more humans. But when it's too late to stop a Gate from falling into despair, Wizard must use an Engage Wizard Ring to enter the wearer's Underworld and destroy the manifested inner Phantom, in turn turning the Gate into a normal human.
Kamen Rider Beast also stands in the Phantoms way, but differ from Wizard. Kamen Rider Beast's top priority is to replenish his mana supply by absorbing Phantoms' mana, rather than saving the Gates like Wizard. However, Kamen Rider Beast can also use his own Engage Ring to trip the Gates's Underworld to destroy their Underworld Phantom and revert the Gates to a normal human. In Movie War Ultimatum, Kamen Rider Fourze can use the Fourze Engage Ring to enter the Underworld. The Phantoms also use familiars called Ghouls, which are created from magic stones and serve as the Phantoms' foot soldiers.
Like humans, Phantoms have different personalities and not all are interested in their supposed cause. So far several of the phantoms such as Caitsìth and Lizardman have shown little personal interest in creating more gates, preferring to fulfill their own desires until forced to take action by the commanders.
Judging from the former lives of Phoenix and Medusa in their former lives as Yugo and Misa, it seems that Phantoms are manifestations of the Gates' darker side. As such, while retaining their abilities as Gates, Phantoms' personalities are the exact opposite of their former selves. It would also seem that the power of Phantoms were determined by the character strength and kindness of Gates. The stronger and kinder Gates are, the more powerful the Phantoms born from them get.
List of PhantomsEdit
- Minotauros (1)
- Hellhound (2-3)
- Caitsìth (4-5)
- Gnome (6-7)
- Gargoyle (10-11)
- Valkyrie (12-13)
- Lizardman (14-15)
- Manticore (17)
- Hydra (18-19)
- Beelzebub (20-21)
- Weretiger (24-25)
- Spriggan (28-29)
- Legion (29-31)
- Bogy (32-33)
- Argus (34-35)
- Raum (36-37)
- Dragon (kept within Haruto Souma in the form of WizarDragon)
- Chimera (kept within Kosuke Nitoh in the form of Beast Chimera as it was mysteriously imprisoned in the Beast Driver until Kosuke discover it)
- Jabberwock (destroyed by Wizard and WizarDragon)
- Cyclops (destroyed by Wizard and WizarDragon)
- Jörmungandr (destroyed by Wizard and WizarDragon)
- Hekatonkheir (destroyed by Wizard and WizarDragon)
- Bandersnatch (destroyed by Beast and Beast Chimera)
- Mayu Inamori's unnamed Inner Phantom.
- Phantoms are similar to the Orphnochs, because in order to make more of their kind, they must kill a human first. Also, when they are about to transform into their monster form, a silhouette of their monster form's face will appear over their human face.