|~ The iconic battle cry of the Shocker Combatmen.|
The Shocker Combatmen are troopers used by Shocker in their goal for world domination and antagonists in the 1971 Tokusatsu television series Kamen Rider. While some are slightly modified humans, others are said to be creations of the Great Leader of Shocker who are not really alive but puppets that follow every command of him. They are powerful enough to defeat an average human but are not as strong as trained personnel like Kazuya Taki. Shocker Combatmen also appear in the Kamen Rider Decade series as the footsoldiers of Dai-Shocker, as well as in the Let's Go Kamen Riders movie.
The first brand of Shocker Combatmen were people dressed in black clothing and berets with red scarves and a belt with Shocker's insignia. As the series moved on new types were introduced. When the Shocker kaijin Saboteguron arrived the iconic image of Shocker soldiers still seen today, people dressed in black clothes and wearing gray makeup, wearing masks similar to lucha libre fighters, that have an insignia on the forehead, while the more elite Combatmen had red designs to their normal black clothes. The most recognizable costumes are the Combatmen in black clothes with white spine and ribcage designs on the shirt and a mask with the Shocker emblem.
All Shocker Combatmen give out a "Yee!" cry, which is usually the most they say. They also occasionally use this cry with the "Sieg Hail" salute used by WWII Nazis. Dai-Shocker and Super Shocker's Combatmen have the special ability to transform into missiles to attack enemies.
Kamen Rider OOO
In episodes 27 and 28 of Kamen Rider OOO (which were incidentally the 999th and 1000th Kamen Rider episodes), a Shocker Combatman named In Sendo appeared who had a long grudge against the Kamen Riders for always defeating his comrades. But he was not entirely evil as he saved Eiji Hino from falling crates and later realized he was only being used as a pawn by Kazari to create the Ika-Jaguar Yummy. The soldier's desire for strength in numbers allowed the Yummy to duplicate itself into a small army of various Showa-era combat men, but he became disillusioned upon discovering that these were merely made of medals.
The product of Sendo's desire for like-minded allies to defeat the Kamen Riders, the Combatman Yummy based on the grunts from past villainous groups who fought against Kamen Riders, whom Sendo refers to as the "past generation combatmen" . The Combatmen Yummy include, among many others, the Shocker Combatmen Yummy.
Kamen Rider Fourze
A trio of Shocker Combatmen were seen fighting Ichigo in new video footage that Tomoko Nozama found on the internet, along with other clips of past Kamen Riders, who are now known as urban legends.
The design of the Shocker Combatmen went through several changes in the original Kamen Rider show.
For the first thirteen episodes, the Shocker Combatmen wore plain black jumpsuits and berets instead of masks, having their faces exposed and painted green. There also existed a set of female Shocker Combetmen who dressed similar to the male ones, except they had skirts and fishnet stockings instead of pants and wore red scarves.
Starting with Saboteguron's arrival in episode 14, the Shocker Combatmen began to wear lucha libre-like masks. Initially they wore patches indicating the Shocker kaijin they served under on their foreheads, but later on this would be replaced by just the Shocker logo instead. Only by the time of Dr. Shinigami's arrival in episode 40 however would the Shocker Combatmen finally adopt their now-iconic look of white skeletal markings on their suits.
Operations-Type Shocker Combatmen
Elite variants who lead squads of regular Shocker Combatmen. They often work in pairs or groups of three. They are designated by the red markings on their suits. Despite their elite status, they do not seem to be particularly stronger than regular Combatants.
Scientific variants of the Shocker Combatmen, they wear all-white versions of the standard Combetmen uniform. They are responsible for performing the remodeling surgeries on test subjects to convert them into Shocker Kaijin.
The Dai-Shocker Combatmen are footsoldiers of Dai-Shocker, resembling the Shocker Combatmen and tending to scream out "Yeee". They are able to assume missile-like forms.
Super Shocker Combatmen
The Super Shocker Combatmen are remodeled versions of the Dai-Shocker's footsoldiers, resembling the Shocker Combatmen and tending to scream out "Yeee". Like the Dai-Shocker Combatmen they are also able to assume missile-like forms.
Space Shocker Combatmen
The Space Shocker Combatmen are remodeled versions of the Dai-Shocker's footsoldiers, resembling the Shocker Combatmen and tending to scream out "Yeee".
- Shocker Combatmen are iconic for being one of the first examples of enemy footsoldiers in Tokusatsu shows, having inspired the footsoldiers in many other shows as well as numerous parodies and homages.