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"I can do whatever I want, for however long I want! Is there any greater prize than that?"
―Shuichia on his wish for immortality[src]

Shuichi Kitaoka (北岡 秀一 Kitaoka Shūichi) is Kamen Rider Zolda (仮面ライダーゾルダ Kamen Raidā Zoruda, Masked Rider Zolda), a character in the tokusatsu production Kamen Rider Ryuki. He is the fourth of the 13 Kamen Riders the story revolves around. However, he served as the third main Rider in the series.

History

He is a self-proclaimed "Super-lawyer", tends to only help someone if he has something to gain. Because he has a terminal case of cancer and was given only several more months to live, Shuichi accepted Shiro Kanzaki's offer to join the Rider war. His prize is to be immortal so that he could continue his extravagant lifestyle. Because of his illness, he suffers from frequent dizzy spells and fainting.

He first meets Shinji Kido after he clears the Sakura Company of its credit fraud charges and is later pursued by its bookies after taking their dirty money as added payment for his services. Though Shinji was unaware of this at first, he attempts to save Shuichi only to be rescued by his apprentice Goro Yura. Shinji later meets Shuichi again when he and Reiko wanted permission from the Kawazu Pharmacy to inspect their factory for environmental violations. Interested in Shinji, Shuichi allows Shinji to hang around with him and understand his ideology until Shinji hit a nerve of Shuichi's thought to live for one's own desire seemed hollow made Shuichi kick him out.

Later, after attacking Kamen Rider Ryuki just as Ryuki kills a Zebraskull, Shuichi learns that Shinji is in jail for suspected kidnapping and agrees to help him on the condition that Reiko writes a special article to boost his positive image. However, learning that Shinji's Ryuki with seeing the wound he inflicted in their fight, Shuichi goes to Atori Cafe to get his pay from Ren. However, when a Wildboarder attacks, Shuichi exposes himself while learning that Ren is a Rider - Kamen Rider Knight - as well. After fighting him, Shuichi questions Ren's reasons for not killing Shinji. Shuichi had intended to frame Shinji for kidnapping but after being fired as Shinji's lawyer when his intentions were revealed, Shuichi is annoyed that Shinji is freed because of a girl named Yukari whom he brushed off while refusing to aid her. But after learning that her mother is hospitalized, Shuichi secretly pays for her mother's surgery and earns the girl's respect. However, Zolda manages to sneak attack Ryuki and Knight while they were fighting the Wildboarder with Magnugiga, killing the monster while giving Ren memory loss in the overkill attack.

Shuichi later gives Goro use of Zolda for a while to conceal himself, until get sets up a scheme of having Shinji believe he accidentally killed Goro to have him quit being a Rider. But his arrogance of barring ORE from a press conference to spite Reiko led to her helping Ren expose the lawyer as the real Zolda. After bailing out the son of one of his clients, Jun Shibaura, Shuichi drops his long time client Takeshi Asakura out being tired of the man's attitude, leading Takeshi receiving aid from Shiro. Eventually the two found out they were both Riders and they began a personal feud against each other. Though Shinji would attempt to warn him of this while under the effect of Kamen Rider Odin's Time Vent, Shuichi faked helping Shinji and later states that fulfilling his wish to win the Rider War is more important than Takeshi staying behind bars.

As the war goes on, Shuichi becomes weaker and weaker. He begins to have doubts whether he can truly win the war. He also grows to care for Shinji, unwilling to fight him when he saw that, while Shinji requested to fight, his heart wasn't in it.

Death

"The weather is so bad today. I can't see your face clearly anymore, Goro."
―Shuichi's last words before passing away[src]

Shuichi was the only Rider to voluntarily give up the fight rather than be killed, realizing that while his life was a short life, it was a good one. While he died in peace at his home, Goro went to fight against Ouja in his place as Zolda; Goro, not used to Zolda's long-range style, died with Takeshi learning too late that he is denied taking Shuichi's life himself. After Shiro restored time to its proper course after Yui's death, Shuichi and Goro were both given a second chance at life, though it was never revealed if Shuichi still has cancer or not. Although in Rider Time: Ryuki, it is implied by Goro that Shuichi still has cancer and eventually passed away, hence why Goro becoming Zolda in place of Shuichi.

Post-Series Events

Hyper Battle Video - Ryuki vs Agito

Zolda, Knight and Ouja fighting the rest back. They apologize for being late; when Ryuki accuses Ouja of being a villain, they all claim that as Kamen Riders they are the protectors of humanity, all completely out of character. They rush in to keep fighting the Monsters as Ryuki stands in confusion, but he eventually joins in. As they fight the monsters down, explosions knock them all back, and the mysterious figure appears, named by Knight as Kamen Rider Agito, and by Zolda as the ruler of the "Miracle World". Burning Agito attacks them with fire before a gold figure jumps in, introducing himself as the real Kamen Rider Agito, saying Burning Form is a Miracle World illusion. The five Riders strike a pose and rush forward to fight the Fake Agito and his Mirror Monsters. the real Agito appears in Ground Form and teams up with Kamen Rider Ryuki, who imitates Agito's Rider Kick to destroy the imposter. In the end, this is revealed to be Shinji's dream.

Chou Super Hero Taisen

Shuichi was selected to join Team Ex-Aid, formed and led by Emu Hojo to fight for the title of Kamen Sentai Gorider in the Chou Super Hero Taisen tournament.

Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER

Kamen Rider Zolda appears as a toy, when Sento Kiryu and Sougo Tokiwa they find Ataru Hisanagahe brings them to his room which is filled with Kamen Rider memorabilia, with Sougo and Sento stunned to see toys of themselves. Ataru reveals that Kamen Riders are fictional.

Rider Time Ryuki

Shuichi is only mentioned by Takeshi when Zolda appears believing it was but in reality is Goro, Asakura with his memories he says to Goro that he is Shuichi's butler.

Personality

Shuichi is flamboyant, playful, cunning, and clever. He often flirts with reporter Reiko Momoi, much to her annoyance. As a lawyer, he helped many people escape their sentences, though actually never caring for their moralities and as such is only interested in both the money and his vanity. If it benefits him, he is not afraid to deceit others, which was shown when he falsely recoreded Shinji's desires as evidence to get him to stay in prison, and in his numerous battles with Asakura. He also believes that fighting for others is a sign of weakness, often lashing out on Shinji and Ren for their desires in saving lives. One can easily brush off Shuichi as a bad person, though it's shown many times that he isn't as bad as he seems, which was once shown when he paid for the medical expenses of a little girl's mother. Despite his many questionable means in winning the Rider Battle, he only does so to cure himself from his own sickness, as he fears the pain that he experiences. As time passed, Shuichi had finally let go of his outlandish personality, realizing that his wish for eternal life was only a lie, and that he wanted only to live without pain, much to the pleasure of his servant Goro. As such, he used what little time he had left to do actual good. He used his deceit to fool Reiko away from the truth of the Mirror World for her own safety, he lectured the deranged Satoru on his wrongful path in becoming a 'hero', he warns Ren on Shinji's concerning mental health, and when it finally came down to four riders, he refuses to fight.

In his final moments, he sees now the value of others, now realizing that Ren was right about Shinji being the better man. He also shows regret, lamenting for allowing Asakura to become a Kamen Rider and for not being able to spend more time with Reiko.

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