|This article is about a/an henchmen group in Kamen Rider, the original series.|
|Villain Type:||Foot Soldier|
|First Appearance:||The Mysterious Spider Man|
|Last Appearance:||Gel-Shocker Appears! Kamen Rider's Last Day!|
|Number of Episode|
|80 (Kamen Rider) |
The Shocker Combatmen (ショッカー戦闘員 Shokkā Sentōin?, 1-80) are troopers used by Shocker in their goal for world domination. While some are slightly modified humans, others are said to be creations of the Great Leader 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 personel like Kazuya Taki. Shocker Combatmen also appear in the Kamen Rider Decade series and movies, along with 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.
- Main article: Gel-Shocker Combatmen
When Shocker merged with Geldam to become Gel-Shocker, the Shocker Combatmen were replaced by the Gel-Shocker Combatmen (ゲルショッカー戦闘員 Geru Shokkā Sentōin?). They wore bright purple and yellow costumes, covering their entire bodies from head to toe. Aside from the Shocker Combatmen's standard disguise abilities, they were also capable of traveling from one place to another by transforming into sheets that would drop down onto unsuspecting victims and turning themselves invisible. This version of Combatmen also were physically superior to their predecessors, able to take more blunt violent abuse without lowering combat performance.
- Main article: Dai-Shocker Combatmen
The Dai-Shocker Combatmen (大ショッカー戦闘員 Dai Shokkā Sentōin?) are footsoldiers of Dai-Shocker, resembling the Shocker Combatmen and tending to scream out "Yeee" (イーッ Ī?). They are able to assume missile-like forms.
Super Shocker CombatmenEdit
- Main article: Super Shocker Combatmen
The Super Shocker Combatmen (スーパーショッカー戦闘員 Sūpā Shokkā Sentōin?) are remodeled versions of the Dai-Shocker's footsoldiers, resembling the Shocker Combatmen and tending to scream out "Yeee" (イーッ Ī?). Like the Dai-Shocker Combatmen they are also able to assume missile-like forms.
Space Shocker CombatmenEdit
- Main article: Space Shocker Combatmen
Kamen Rider OOOEdit
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 (戦闘員ヤミー Sentōin Yamī?) based on the grunts from past villainous groups who fought against Kamen Riders, whom Sendo refers to as the "past generation combatmen" (歴代戦闘員 Rekidai Sentōin?). The Combatmen Yummy include, among many others, the Shocker Combatmen Yummy (ショッカー戦闘員ヤミー Shokkā Sentōin Yamī?).
Kamen Rider FourzeEdit
Kamen Rider The FirstEdit
- Main article: Shocker Combatmen (reboot)
In Kamen Rider The First, the Shocker Combatmen are shown wearing gas masks in addition to the normal black clothes.
Video Game appearancesEdit
Kamen Rider video gameEdit
The Shocker Combatmen, along with Gel-Shocker Combatmen, appear in the PlayStation Kamen Rider video game. A group of six Combatmen are fought by the player in the "Kamen Rider Story" before fighting a Shocker or Gel-Shocker kaijin. In the "Shocker Story" where you play as a kaijin, you can upgrade to Saikyō Kaijin with the ability to summon six Combatmen or 3 Combatmen if upgrade punching power, kicking power or both. They are used to hurt the Rider 1 before facing the player when all of them are defeated.
All Kamen Rider: Rider GenerationEdit
Shocker Grunts appear as regular enemies in the video game All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation.
Kamen Rider Battride WarsEdit
Shocker Soldiers appear as Common Enemies in the video game Kamen Rider Battride Wars.
Music Video appearancesEdit
Kaizou ~We are SHOCKER~Edit
The Shocker Combatmen sang their own song Kaizou ~We are SHOCKER~, based on Jōnetsu ~We are Brothers~, the theme song of Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen, where they appeared as part of Dai-Shocker. It was released alongside Jōchaku ~We are Brothers~, the theme song of Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z, where they appeared as part of Space Shocker.
Shocker Combatmen appear with Kamen Rider Girls in their single "SSS ～Shock Shocker Shockest～", where they are known as the Shocker Girls (ショッカーGIRLS Shokkā Gāruzu)?), with outfits based on those of the Shocker Combatmen.
Behind the scenesEdit
In popular cultureEdit
- Shocker Combatmen have appeared in other franchises, either as homages or parodies.
- In the SEGA arcade game, Spider-Man: The Arcade Game, the grunts used by Doctor Doom let out the trademark "Yii!" cry, despite resembling the grunts used by the Hellfire Club.
- In the anime Heartcatch Pretty Cure, the grunts used by the Desertian Apostles are known as "Snackies", lanky sand creatures who wear costumes similar to the Shocker Combatmen, but also have their own cry - "Kii!" - which is also their language.
- Alien Magma from the Ultraman franchise bears a slight resemblance to Shocker Combatmen.
- The Foot Ninja Bots from the second season of Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cry out "EEE!" and "Yii!" when they attack or pursue the Turtles.
- The Clawed Soldiers from Shadow Hearts: Covenant closely resemble the Shocker Combatmen from Kamen Rider The First with their black attires and gas masks. They also let out a high-pitched "Yii!" when they attack as well when they're defeated.
- The combatmen seen in fight scenes of the Sentai parody Template:TK are reminiscent of the Shocker Combatmen, wearing similar black suits and lucha libre masks. Lower members of the evil organization also greet their superiors with "Eee!" like Shocker.