Val Char Cost Roll Notes 45 STR 35 18- Lift 12.8 tons; 9d6 HTH Damage  23 DEX 26 14- 30 CON 20 15- 23 INT 13 14- PER Roll 14- 13 EGO 3 12- 10+10 PRE 0 11-/13- PRE Attack: 2d6/4d6 9 OCV 30 9 DCV 30 3 OMCV 0 3 DMCV 0 4 SPD 20 Phases: 3, 6, 9, 12 8+12 PD 6 Total: 8/20 PD (0/12 rPD) 8+12 ED 6 Total: 8/20 ED (0/12 rED) 15 REC 11 40 END 4 20 BODY 10 60 STUN 20 Total Characteristics Cost: 234 Movement: Running: 12m/24m Leaping: 22m/44m Swimming: 4m/8m Cost Powers & Skills Transforming Hero, all slots Only In Alternate Identity (-¼) 8 1) Cool Costume: +10 PRE; Only In Alternate Identity (-¼) Notes: Takeshi is more impressive and confident in costume. 4 2) Helmet: Hearing Group Flash Defense (5 points); Only In Alternate Identity (-¼) 8 3) Helmet Visor: Sight Group Flash Defense (10 points); Only In Alternate Identity (-¼) 14 4) Helmet, Boots, Gloves, Padding: Resistant Protection (6 PD/6 ED); Only In Alternate Identity (-¼) TV Martial Arts Maneuver OCV DCV Notes 4 Block +2 +2 Block, Abort 4 Dodge -- +5 Dodge, Affects All Attacks, Abort 4 Rider Punch +0 +2 11d6 Strike 5 Side/Spin Kick -2 +1 13d6 Strike 4 Rider Kick +0 -2 11d6 +v/5 Strike, FMove Notes: 15d6 with Hopper Leap 7 Can Leap From Tall Buildings: Physical Damage Reduction, 50%; Only Versus Damage From Falls (-1 ½), Requires A Breakfall Roll (Skill roll; Active Point penalty to Skill Roll is -1 per 20 Active Points; -¼) 18 Cyborg Construction: Resistant Protection (6 PD/6 ED) 17 Hopper Leap: Leaping +18m (22m forward, 11m upward) (Accurate), Combat Acceleration/Deceleration (+¼) Perks 15 The Cyclone: Motorcycle Notes: Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R, but SPD 5. HERO System Vehicle Sourcebook, page 23 Skills 3 Acrobatics 14- 3 Breakfall 14- 3 Climbing 14- 3 Combat Driving 14- 3 Concealment 14- 3 Electronics 14- 2 KS: Karate 11- 2 KS: Superhuman World 11- 3 Language: Cantonese (completely fluent) 0 Language: Japanese (idiomatic; literate) 3 Lockpicking 14- 3 Mechanics 14- 3 PS: Research 14- 3 SS: Biochemistry 14- 3 SS: Chemistry 14- 3 Security Systems 14- 3 Stealth 14- 3 Shocker Experience: Streetwise 11- (13-) 0 TF: Two-Wheeled Motorized Ground Vehicles Total Powers & Skill Cost: 166 Total Cost: 400 400+ Matching Complications (75) 5 Dependent NPC: Asuka Midorikawa, Investigative Reporter 8- (Normal; Useful Noncombat Position or Skills) 5 Distinctive Features: Cyborg (Not Concealable; Noticed and Recognizable; Detectable Only By Technology Or Major Effort) 15 Hunted: Shocker 8- (Mo Pow; Harshly Punish) Notes: The evil organization that created the Masked Rider. 20 Psychological Limitation: Defend the Innocent, Protect the Weak (Common; Total) Notes: The Masked Rider risks his secret and his life to protect the innocent. 20 Psychological Limitation: In love with Asuka (Common; Total) 10 Psychological Limitation: Shy, Repressed, Self Effacing outside of combat (Common; Moderate) Total Complications Points: 75
Background/History: Brilliant university student Takeshi Hongo loved biochemistry, motorcycles, and the beautiful but unobtainable reporter Asuka Midorikawa. Takeshi's old life ended when he was kidnapped by Shocker, an evil organization dedicated to world conquest! Shocker stole Takeshi's memories and transformed him into "Hopper", a superhuman Cyborg Kaijin. Hopper served his masters until ordered to kill Asuka and her fiance, Katsuhiko.
Leaving his Hopper identity behind him and obtaining the amazing Cyclone Super Cycle from old friend Tachibana, Takeshi Hongo became The Masked Rider! Eventually joined in his fight by Katsuhiko (who became the second Masked Rider), Takeshi began a war against Shocker, and against all enemies of justice.
Personality/Motivation: Takeshi Hongo is repressed and self effacing to the point of self sabotage. He lacks the confidence to pursue Asuka, the woman he loves; he refuses to defend himself against accusations of murder, for fear that Asuka will risk death if she pursues the real killers; he fails to explain himself in situation where silence makes his life far more difficult. That said, he does show physical and moral courage, and even moments of selfless heroism.
When wearing the helmet of the Masked Rider, Takeshi becomes more confident, almost fearless, at least when facing physical threats. He defends the innocent not just out of guilt over his crimes as "Hopper", but because he is at his core a good man.
Quote: [silence] [gestures for girl to get on his bike]
Powers/Tactics: The Masked Rider is always faster, tougher and stronger than any normal man. Much of this strength is in his legs. He can make incredible leaps, take incredible falls, and kick with enough power to seriously hurt even other cyborgs. Even when not in his Masked Rider identity, he has demonstrated enough strength to stop a small truck moving at roughly 40 mph.
Takeshi assumes his identity as the Masked Rider by activating his Typhoon Belt. This gives him access to advanced body armor, including a helmet. Takeshi is also the owner of the Cyclone, an advanced racing motorcycle that he often uses in combat.
Takeshi is well trained, both from his former life as a student and his time in Shocker. He is a competent thief and investigator, and has considerable skill in Karate. He will often use his risky but powerful Flying Kick as a finishing move in combat.
Campaign Use: This write up is based on the 2005 film Masked Rider the First, which re-launched the Kamen Rider series. The Takeshi Hongo in the new series is not quite the same as the Takeshi Hongo in the old, and displays somewhat different powers, skills, and motivations. The write up is balanced for a convention game, and may need to be adjusted for other campaigns.
While not one of Japan's first costumed superheroes, Kamen Rider is one of Japan's most iconic, with a TV and movie history going back to 1971.
Appearance: In civilian clothes, a handsome young Japanese man in his early 20s. As Kamen Rider, an odd figure in green, black, red blue and silver armor with a grasshopper theme.
Character by Shotaro Ishinomori. Character sheet by Robert Dorf, 2009.
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