Shocker, alternatively spelled SHOCKER, is a mysterious terrorist organization appearing as the primary antagonist faction of the Japanese TV series Kamen Rider.
They are an international secretive terrorist organization seeking to conquer the world with an army of mutant kaijin and unify it under their supreme authority. They were founded after World War II by surviving Nazis, and quickly grew to an organization with global influence, possessing numerous secret bases all across the world and an army of fanatical followers. In Kamen Rider The First, "Shocker" is an acronym for Sacred Hegemony Of Cycle Kindred Evolutionary Realm.
Despite Shocker eventually being defeated, its legacy would inspire several restorations that would persistently torment subsequent generations of Kamen Riders. Shocker later returns as the main antagonist of the Kamen Rider 40th anniversary movie OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders, one of the two main antagonist organizations of the film Kamen Rider 1 (along with the splinter group Nova Shocker) as well as the main antagonists of the Super Hero Taisen movies Super Hero Taisen GP: Kamen Rider 3 and Chou Super Hero Taisen. They return again as the main antagonists of the Kamen Rider 50th anniversary film Kamen Rider: Beyond Generations.
The organization was founded after World War II ended by surviving members of the Nazis who vowed to avenge the deceased Hitler and unify the world under a totalitarian global regime. Together they founded a secret society to realize these goals, which would eventually morph into an international terrorist organization with branches in every country -- Shocker.
Shocker's operatives have been kidnapping millions of innocent humans to use for surgery and experimentation. Most of their human subjects are used to create kaijin via Shocker's scientists giving them animal/plant DNA and robotic cybernetics, transforming them into cyborg-like mutants with superhuman abilities.
Shocker's grunts are called Shocker Combatmen and are genetically modified so that each one is tougher, faster, and stronger than a typical human being.
Ruthless and inhumane, Shocker would also kidnap prominent scientists and coerce them to work with them. And then they would kill them when either their usefulness was done or they managed to double-cross them. Thankfully, one of their victims was Takeshi Hongo, who escaped after he was given the power to transform into Kamen Rider #1 and vowed to use his powers to fight against the organization. Shocker later tried to create another Kamen Rider using photographer Hayato Ichimonji, but it backfired when Hongo rescued him from being brainwashed. Hayato then became Kamen Rider #2 and continued the fight against Shocker in Japan while Hongo left to combat Shocker internationally.
Eventually, after the loss of several of Shocker's key commanders, the Great Leader of Shocker met with General Black, an executive of a mysterious secret society known as Geldam, to discuss merging the two organizations. After the lower levels of Shocker were eliminated under the direction of the Great Leader, who deemed them unfit for the merger, Shocker and Geldam unified into a new organization known as Gel-Shocker.
While Shocker has numerous cells throughout the world, the main branch seen in the 1971 Kamen Rider series is Shocker's branch in Japan. They were the ones responsible for kidnapping Takeshi Hongo and turning him into the first Kamen Rider, later performing the same procedure on Hayato Ichimonji to turn him into the second Kamen Rider. Initially, the members of the Japan Branch received orders directly from Shocker's Great Leader, but after their continued failures to defeat Kamen Rider the Great Leader summoned one of his lieutenants to oversee the branch's operations.
The Shocker Mexico Branch was headed by the kaijin Saboteguron. Under Saboteguron's direction, the Mexico branch successfully destroyed the Paras Dam and were 99% close to conquering all of Mexico by the time Saboteguron was redirected by the Great Leader to Shocker's Japan branch.
Shocker's Middle East branch was originally headed by Colonel Zol before he was called off to Japan by the Great Leader to improve Shocker's success there. They seem to have been fairly successful in solidifying Shocker's dominion in the Middle East, as Zol was renowned for his efficiency at crushing dissent.
Shocker's Swiss branch was originally headed by Dr. Shinigami before he was called off to Japan to deal with the continued nuisance of Hayato Ichimonji / Kamen Rider 2. While fighting Shocker in Europe, Takeshi Hongo / Kamen Rider 1 uncovered a plan by the Swiss branch to make volcanos erupt worldwide and cause chaos, leading him to head to Japan to warn his associates there of what Shocker was planning.
Shocker's New England branch was headed by Ambassador Hell before he was transferred to Japan.
- Main article: Shocker Combatmen
The main fighting force of Shocker. They are grunts given superhuman abilities through genetic engineering and cybernetic enhancements, while also being programmed to be unquestionably loyal to Shocker and its Great Leader.
Shocker Combatmen initially wore black leotards and berets, leaving their faces exposed. Higher ranked ones also wore suits with red markings. There was also a corps of female Shocker Combatmen who wore fishnet stockings and red scarves. Starting with Saboteguron's arrival in episode 14, however, the Shocker Combatmen began wearing black lucha libre-esque masks as well. These masks at first had a red patch showing the logo of the Shocker Kaijin they were serving under on the forehead, but after Dr. Shinigami arrived to take control of the Japan branch the patches were replaced with a white Shocker eagle. The displayed ranks of the Shocker Combatmen would eventually be ceded out as well, with all Shocker Combatmen donning a skeletal look on their suits later on.
The Shocker Scientists comprise Shocker's scientific branch and are responsible for conducting its experiments to turn people into kaijin. Many of them were originally normal people until they were abducted and conditioned to be loyal to Shocker. Similar to the Shocker Combatmen, they initially had their faces exposed, which wearing white labcoats and hats with a gold, jewel-encrusted medallion in the center. They would also wear white surgical masks while performing surgeries and experiments. Later on, they would begin donning suits similar to the Shocker Combatmen, except all-white to designate their status as scientific researchers.
Occasionally seen throughout the show were military officers who served as Shocker's lieutenants, commanding both Combatmen and Kaijin alike. Their uniforms were similar to those worn by the Nazis and served as yet another allusion to Shocker's origins as a Nazi organization. They mostly appeared during Colonel Zol's tenure as Japan branch head and made seldom appearances afterward.
- Main article: Shocker Kaijin
The Kaijin are the elite fighting force of Shocker organization. They are mutant cyborgs created by merging plant or animal DNA with that of a human, granting them a variety of unique powers. While some willingly chose to undergo the procedure to become a kaijin, others were forced after being kidnapped by Shocker and made test subjects. All of Shocker's highest commanders underwent the procedure to become Kaijins. Throughout the show, Shocker would occasionally kidnap those who demonstrated great physical process to convert them into kaijin and put their fitess to use for their organization's goals.
After Shocker was originally defeated, it continued to resurface in numerous forms.
Gel-Shocker was formed by the remnants of Shocker merging with another organization called Geldam. After Ambassador Hell's defeat, the Great Leader went forward with his plans to merge Shocker and Geldam, reorganizing Shocker from the ground up and destroying all remaining secret bases. The remaining Shocker Combatmen were massacred and replaced by the stronger Gel-Shocker troopers.
Destron was formed by the mysterious Great Leader and other surviving members of Gel-Shocker. Though it had branches in every country, it focused most of its attention on Japan. Destron's Mechanical Army at first weren't directly supervised, but after their many failures the High Destron placed Doktor G in charge of the day to day operations of Destron's division in Japanese.
Black Satan was a new organization led by the Great Boss of Black Satan. similar in several aspects to Shocker itself though unlike Shocker, it used Kikkaijin, "Bizarre Machine Men") rather than the inhumanoids used by Shocker and Destron. It also utilized "Satan Bugs" to mind control people around the world, alongside. The organization's downfall came when it was betrayed by General Shadow and destroyed by Kamen Rider Stronger.
Shocker was once again reformed as Neo-Shocker. It was responsible for many terrorist attacks against the Japanese government and mysterious disappearances of people. They sought to eliminate two thirds of the current human population on Earth with them as the dominant majority. Skyrider defeated the organization's Japanese branch commanders and, with the help of the Seven Legendary Riders, defeated its international members as well. The organization later dissolved after the death of their Great Leader.
The Badan Empire was an amalgam of previous groups who had attempted to conquer the Earth and were defeated by the Kamen Riders. It was headed by the Generalissimo of Badan, with Ambassador Darkness serving as a decoy leader. In addition to members relating to Shocker's various incarnations, as well as Geddon and Dogma Kingdom, it also utilized a new powerful "Roid" series of cyborgs.
Dai-Shocker is a conglomeration of all Kamen Rider villain organizations aiming to conquer all dimensions. Their insignia is double-headed version of Shocker's eagle crest with the "DCD" enscribed on it, hinting at Decade's ties to them. They stationed their agents in various alternate worlds in order to achieve total domination over the multiverse and creation itself. After being defeated, it was briefly reformed as Super Shocker, but was defeated again by the Heisei Riders.
Space Shocker is an organization comprised of resurrected Kamen Rider villains seeking to conquer the entire universe. The man behind their resurrection was Reider from the Space Crime Syndicate Madou, who used Space Shocker as a distraction while he worked to complete his own plan.
Nova Shocker is a splinter organization that has been planning to overthrow the original Shocker, leading to a civil war between Nova Shocker and Ambassador Hell, the last leader of his Shocker faction. Their primary goal is to kidnap Tobei Tachibana's granddaughter, Mayu, to release Alexander the Great Eyecon from her body.
Shocker (Game World)
A collection of Shocker forces resided in the Game World along with other past foes of the Kamen Riders and Super Sentai under the leadership of Shocker Leader III. They were summoned from the Game World after Team Ex-Aid won the Chou Super Hero Taisen tournament and in turn triggered the Chou Shocker Taisen bonus stage, causing Shocker to emerge and begin destroying the world. Game World Shocker also had an alliance with the Space Shogunate Jark Matter, as seen when Shocker Leader III summoned a Jark Matter Big Moraimarz Robo to pilot.
This version of Shocker was later revived again by Kuroto Dan and Totema as part of the former's scheme to revive himself, now comprised of an army of revived monsters that continuously revived after being defeated. The Game World Shocker forces later fought against the second Kamen Sentai Gorider after Kuroto unleashed them upon the real world.
OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders
After coming across a Core Medal Ankh had dropped while traveling to the year 1973, Shocker used it to create their strongest kaijin, Shocker Greeed, who decisively defeated the Double Kamen Riders and enabled Shocker to conquer the entire globe. By the year 2011, the entire world was united under Shocker, with the various evil organizations and kaijin races that would have come after Shocker's downfall in the original timeline instead having their members annexed into Shocker. The Shocker regime was governed by a council comprised of leaders from each villainous faction. Though there were disagreements among the members of the council, with leaders such as High Priest Darom desiring to exterminate humanity rather than rule over them, they were all more-or-less united in stomping out the remaining Kamen Riders and any other opposition to their regime.
Super Hero Taisen GP: Kamen Rider 3
As revealed in the Shuriken Sentai Ninninger Vs. Kamen Rider Drive Spring Vacation One-Hour Combining Special remnants of Shocker managed to survive into 2015, led once more by the Great Leader.
After Roidmude 089 joined Shocker and copied Doctor D's cells to assume his identity, he was able to complete the History Modifying Machine the late doctor had been working on. With the History Modifying Machine fully operational, Shocker used it to alter history by inserting a third Kamen Rider loyal to them in the year 1973 to defeat Kamen Riders 1 and 2. With the Double Riders out of the way, by the year 2015 Shocker had succeeded in conquering the world, brainwashing most of the Kamen Riders who came after to serve as their loyal enforcers. To round up Shinnosuke Tomari and the remaining Kamen Riders who had evaded being brainwashed, the Great Leader had Kamen Rider 3 pose as a defector from Shocker in order to lure Drive and the others into a trap. Once all the Kamen Riders were in his clutches, the Great Leader arranged for them all to participate in a race to determine the strongest Rider, with the winner being assimilated into the History Modifying Machine to turn it into the Rider Robo. Though Drive one, he refused to capitulate to the Great Leader and Kamen Rider 3 was absorbed instead. With backup from the Ninningers, the Kamen Riders fought against the Shocker army and destroyed the History Modifying Machine.
Kamen Rider Drive D-Video Special: Kamen Rider 4
Though the History Modifying Machine was destroyed by Drive and the Ninningers and the alterations to the timeline were undone, Shocker had two backup plans: the salvaged remains of the History Modifying Machine and a fourth Kamen Rider. Through experimentation with the History Modifying Machine, Shocker's scientists inadvertently created a time loop, which led Shinnosuke Tomari, Yuto Sakurai and Takumi Inui to investigate. They eventually came across Shocker's secret bunker and discovered that the Great Leader's incarnation in 2015 was a future Takumi Inui. The Great Leader attempted to start another loop, but was stopped by present Takumi, who destroyed the History Modifying Machine and returned the timeline to normal.
Kamen Rider 1
Though Shocker's Japan branch was destroyed, holdouts persisted around the world and Shocker was able to retain a lot of power internationally. By the year 2016 however their power and influence had begun to dwindle thanks to Takeshi Hongo's efforts at combating them around the world. A group of Shocker forces led by Yamaarashi-Roid sought to resurrect Ambassador Hell to lead them, but they were thwarted by Kamen Rider Ghost and ZyuohEagle. Despite this, Shocker was later able to revive Ambassador Hell.
Ambassador Hell's Shocker competed against the splinter faction Nova Shocker to capture Mayu Tachibana, the daughter of Tobei Tachibana, who held the secret to unlocking the Alexander the Great Eyecon. This led to a three-way battle between the two Shocker organizations and Takeshi Hongo / Kamen Rider 1, Mayu's sworn protector.
Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Chou Super Hero Taisen
Shocker at some point retreated into the Game World, now led by Shocker Leader III. They were summoned into the Game World by Eight Kirino after he tricked Team Ex-Aid into activating the "Chou Shocker Taisen" bonus stage of the Chou Super Hero Taisen game he had coded. Interestingly, this incarnation of Shocker also included a number of Super Sentai villains and monsters. The Shocker forces wreaked havoc in the real world until their army was defeated by the Game World counterparts of various Super Sentai and Kamen Riders.
- Great Leader of Shocker - Leader
- Colonel Zol/Golden Wolf Man - Head, Middle East
- Dr. Shinigami/Ikadevil - Head, Switzerland
- Ambassador Hell/Garagaranda - Head, New England
- General Black/Hiruchameleon (Gel-Shocker)
- Mohammed - Head, Morocco
- Humphrey - Head, Gibraltar
- Yang - Head, Singapore
- Chang 40 - Head, Hong Kong
- Spider Man
- Bat Man
- Scorpion Man
- Mantis Man
- Grimreaper Chameleon
- Bee Woman
- Cobra Man
- Shocker Greeed
Colonel Zol's Kaijin
- Antlion Thunder
- Experimental Wolf Man
Doctor Shinigami's Kaijin
- Fly Man
Ambassador Hell's Kaijin
- Sea Snake Man
- Cockroach Man
- Poison Lizard Man
- Earthworm Man
- Owl Man
- Seadragon I
- Seadragon II
- Seadragon III
- Shocker Riders
- Shocker Rider #1
- Shocker Rider #2
- Shocker Rider #3
- Shocker Rider #4
- Shocker Rider #5
- Shocker Rider #6
In OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go, Kamen Riders!, when Ankh and Eiji accidentally left a Core Medal in 1971, the medal was picked up by Shocker and used to defeat the Double Riders and take over the world, with the members of other evil organizations that would come after Shocker instead joining them in their conquest.
- Shocker Council
- Monster Army
- Jin Dogma
- Crisis Empire
- Neo Organism
- Fog Mother
- Mirror Monsters
- Ambassador Hell - Leader
- Poison Lizard Man
- Ganikomol (traitor)
- Shocker Combatmen
Shocker (Game World)
- Other Members
- Himiko Crisper
- Khufu Crisper
- Edison Crisper
- Leonidas Crisper
- Devil Rider Corps
- Government of Darkness
- Delza Army
- Dogma Kingdom
- Jin Dogma
- Crisis Empire
- Mirror Monsters
- Overlord Inves
- Black Cross Army
- Neo Deboth Army
- Evil Army Shadow Line
- Kibaoni Army Corps
- Space Shogunate Jark Matter
- Kuroto Dan
- Shocker and their Great Leader are iconic for being one of the original examples of a secretive, evil organization in Japanese media and have inspired numerous other evil organizations in their archetype, both within the Kamen Rider series and outside it. Destron, SHADOW, Black Cross Army, Neo-Shocker, ISS and Faust are some examples.
- In the original conception for Kamen Rider, when it was called "Maskman K", Shocker was intended to only be the villains for the first 13 or so episodes, with another evil organization replacing them afterwards. However, this was changed in later plans and when the series was finalized as "Kamen Rider", it was decided Shocker would be the main villains for most of the show.
Kibaoni Army Corps
Izayoi Way Ninja Army Corps