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Mamodo Partner
Kido Dr. Riddles
キッド Kiddo ナゾナゾ博士 Nazonazo-hakase
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Kido (キッド Kiddo, often romanized as Kid in the Japanese version but romanized as Kedo in the VIZ manga translation) and Dr. Riddles (ナゾナゾ博士 Nazonazo-hakase, "Dr. Nazonazo") are two major characters of the Zatch Bell! anime and manga series.

Kido

Kido2
Kido
(called Kid in the original and spelled Kedo in the VIZ manga translation) is a lanky child mamodo who wears a blue jumpsuit with a K on it. He is partly robotic, which is shown in his various spells which involve weapons and changing the size of his body part. His spell power also happens to be machinery and artillery. Personality-wise, he is childish, cocky,and very gullible, showcased by a common scene in which Kido explains something with a lie Dr. Riddles had previously made up, and is utterly shocked when Dr. Riddles revealed he had been "kidding". Kid is shown to be easily scared, though he has grown considerably brave in the various battles he had encountered with Dr. Riddles.

Despite it all, Kido is very loyal to Dr. Riddles, going as far as to sacrifice himself to protect him, Kanchomé, and Parco Folgore in battle from Belgim E.O. He has great admiration and respect for Dr. Riddles and their relationship is viewed as that of a father and a son.

Kido appears again to aid Zatch Bell in his battle against Clear, using his strongest spell, "Mikoruo Shin Zegaruga" to destroy the fragments of Clear's severed tail, telling Zatch not to lose focus. He is later seen in the library with Zaruchim, Sugino, Momon, Zabas, Robnos, and Furigaro.

Kido is voiced by Brianne Siddall in the English version and by Akemi Okamura in the Japanese original.

Dr. Riddles

Doctor ridlles
Dr. Riddles
(known as Dr. Nazonazo in Japan) is a tall, old American man with a prominent mustache, a top hat with a floating question mark above it, a monocle and fancy black clothing. He often claims to be the "mysterious professor who knows all." While he is clearly exaggerating, it may not be far from the truth, since he is one of the users of the Answer Talker ability. A frequent scene between him and Kido shows Kido explaining something that Dr. Riddles had told him earlier, only for Riddles to say he was "kidding", which causes Kido's expression to become shocked and photo negative.

Dr. Riddles is a fun and easy-going man that likes to joke about. However, he can be serious when he wants to and has a vast amount of knowledge, as shown when he teaches Kido the importance of light. Dr. Riddles is also shown to be very wise, teaching Kido many lessons about life that Kido is shown to be thankful about.

He first met Kido when Kido visited his library-of-a-house. Dr. Riddles ended up in seclusion in that house, reading many books because of a failed surgery on a child (grandson in the original version) as a doctor, which could explain his purpose for having his answer talker. He quit that job in shame, but felt more pride in purpose with Kido's help. Dr. Riddles first told Kido, when the mamodo asked him, that he was a person who knew nothing. He manages to read the spell book that Kido had presented him with and an excited Kido tells him to go outside so that he could be made the mamodo king, adding that it would be a waste if Dr. Riddles doesn't, since he knew so much.

In the battle with the Ancient Mamodo in South America, their final battle was with Belgim E.O., unlocking a new spell, Mikor Ma Zegaruga. After the battle, Dr Riddles was still upset and grieving over Kido. But when Kanchomé and Parco Folgore came around to cheer him up, he reflected about all his happy moments he had and began to embraced it, and no longer feels alone as Kido's spirit will linger around him.

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Dr. Riddles saying goodbye to kido

Even though Kido's book is burned, Dr. Riddles continues to accompany the other mamodo teams, and is the primary source of information throughout the series afterward, supplying Zatch and Kiyo with data regarding Maestro and Faudo.

In the King Festival arc, after defeating Clear Note and Vino, Dr. Riddles adopts the baby Vino as a son.

Dr. Riddles is voiced by Quinton Flynn in the English version and by Rokuro Naya in the original. In the Youtube dub he will be voiced by Chris Bastin.

Kido and Dr. Riddles as a team

Dr. Riddles and Kid's relationship resembles that of a father and son and the duo are very close. Kido, before being sent back to the mamodo world, states that Dr. Riddles is his king. Thus, Dr. Riddles is shown to be very depressed after the loss of Kido, but is cheered up when Folgore and Kanchome visit him.

Since most of Kido's spell require distance to work effectively, Dr. Riddles usually takes advantage of Kido's robotic body. Kido will stand there and take a few hits while putting distance between him and his opponent. Eventually, Kido fires several shots ending the match. Using this plan they burned quite a few books.

The Majestic Twelve

Main article: The Majestic Twelve

Dr. Riddles leads a league of American superheroes called the Majestic Twelve. They are seen at various points in the series, though they are generally little more than support characters. The members are Lightning Eye, Rocket Foot, Flying Beat, Second Sight, Dinosaur Arm, Future Wonder, Psychic Jungle, Fire Elbow, Lady Susan, Blizzard Thing, Tremor Mole, and Telepathy Radar.

In the original, Telepathy Radar is voiced by Toshinobu Iida, Wonderful to the Future and Blizzard Thing by Jun Azumi, Second Sight by Kazuhiko Nishimatsu, Psycho Jungle by Satoshi Tsuruoka, Dinosaur Arm by Gou Shinomiya, and Big Boing by Ai Nagano. In the English dub, Lady Susan is voiced by Michelle Ruff. Lady Susan (known as "Big Boing" in the Japanese version) is the most recurring character out of the Majestic Twelve.

Spells

Zegar
The First Spell
Laser
Laser
Japanese Name: Zegaru (ゼガル)
Type(s): Attack Episode: 49 Chapter: 96
Description: A small cannon appears out of Kido's mouth and fires a beam of energy
Known user(s):


Zerusen
The Second Spell
Wrench
Mechanical
Japanese Name: Zerusen (ゼルセン)
Type(s): Attack Episode: 49 Chapter: 96
Description: Kido's fists turn to steel an shoot at the enemy like rockets. They can be controlled
Known user(s):


Zeburuk
The Third Spell
Wrench
Mechanical
Japanese Name: Zeburuku (ゼブルク)
Type(s): Assist Episode: 49 Chapter: 96
Description: Kido can detach his upper half from his lower half
Known user(s):


Zegaruga
The Fourth Spell
Laser
Laser
Japanese Name: Zegaruga (ゼガルガ)
Type(s): Attack Episode: 49 Chapter: 96
Description: Powerful beam cannon blast from his mouth
Known user(s):


Am Zegar
The Fifth Spell
Wrench
Mechanical
Japanese Name: Amuzegaru (アムゼガル)
Type(s): Attack Episode: 49 Chapter: 96
Description: Kido's fist grows and turns to steel, then he hits the opponent with an uppercut
Known user(s):


Koburuk
The Sixth Spell
Wrench
Mechanical
Japanese Name: Koburuku (コブルク)
Type(s): Attack/Assist Episode: 50 Chapter: 97
Description: Creates tiny, but powerful versions of himself
Known user(s):


Ganzu Zegar
The Seventh Spell
Wrench
Mechanical
Japanese Name: Ganzu Zegaru (ガンズ・ゼガル)
Type(s): Attack Episode: 50 Chapter: 98
Description: Multiple-gun cannon fired from a machine gun formed from his arms
Known user(s):


Raja Zerusen
The Eighth Spell
Wrench
Mechanical
Japanese Name: Raajia Zerusen (ラージア・ゼルセン)
Type(s): Attack Episode: 50 Chapter: 98
Description: A colossal, steel, rocket-like fist shot from his arms
Known user(s):


Gigano Zegar
The Ninth Spell
Laser
Laser
Japanese Name: Gigano Zegaru (ギガノ・ゼガル)
Type(s): Attack Episode: 72 Chapter: 125
Description: Powered-up version of Zegaruga, but fired from the chest
Known user(s):


Mikor Ma Zegaruga
The Tenth Spell
Wrench
Mechanical
Divine
Divine
Japanese Name: Mikoruo Ma Zegaruga (ミコルオ・マ・ゼガルガ)
Type(s): Attack Episode: 73 Chapter: 136
Description: A huge metallic goddess is created from Kido's power.
Known user(s):


Mikoruo Shin Zegaruga
The Eleventh Spell
Wrench
Mechanical
Divine
Divine
Japanese Name: Mikoruo Shin Zegaruga (ミコルオ・シン・ゼガルガ)
Type(s): Attack Episode: N/A Chapter: 317
Description: A strengthened version of Mikor Ma Zegaruga, and Kido's strongest spell. This spell is only seen in Zatch's golden spellbook, but released by Kido
Known user(s):
Zatch's Golden Spellbook


Video game spells

Zeshield
The Mechanical Hand Shield Spell
Wrench
Mechanical
Shields
Shield
Japanese Name: Zeshirudo (ゼシルド)
Type(s): Defense Episode: N/A Chapter: N/A
Description: A hand from Mikor Ma Zegaruga appears to act like a shield.
Known user(s):


Known Spell books they burned

  • Kalura, on the outskirts of an old village (episode 67)
  • Paramakion, on the outskirts of an old village (episode 67)
  • Denshin, on the outskirts of an old village (episode 67)
  • Belgim E.O., in the Devolo Ruins (with help from Kanchome) (episode 73)
  • Kamakku, in a forest near the Devolo Ruins (episode 92, flashback)

Trivia

  • Dr. Riddles constantly teases Kido and others by saying "Just Kidding" or "Not Really".     
  • It is a common gag in the series that Dr. Riddles does not use logic. Instead of explaining himself, he answers all questionings of his logic by saying "I am Dr. Riddles the marvelous doctor that knows everything."
  • Lady Susan is the only member of the Majestic Twelve that Makoto Raiku says does not need help from his fans to come up with ideas for a new appearance.
  • They are the first couple to use a "Ma" class attack.
    • It is worth noting, however, that Tia and Megumi Oumi were the first to use a "Ma" class spell, Ma Seshield, however Kido and Dr. Riddles were the first to use a "Ma" class attack.

References

  1. Dr. Riddle's character profile from a databook.

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