An Orphnoch (in Japanese: オルフェノク Orufenoku) is a human evolutionary stage seen in the Kamen Rider 555 series. Orphnochs are supposed to be the next stage in human evolution. They are stronger, tougher, and faster, with various other special abilities. The term Orphnoch is the combination of the names of Greek mythological hero Orpheus and biblical character Enoch.
There are two types of Orphnochs in the most of series: the Original Orphnochs who are "born" when a certain human suffers a violent death and 'resurrected' into an Orphnoch and Sired Orphnochs that are created when certain humans survive being attacked by an Orphnoch and become ones themselves, though weaker than the Original Orphnochs. But the most unique of type that appear in the series finale are the Evolved Orphnochs, the first of this type is the Orphnoch King, which are genetically perfect to the point of being unable to resume human form. An Orphnoch King can remove the genetic flaw from other Orphnochs, evolving them as well at the cost of their humanity.
All Orphnochs have their senses enhanced to a superhuman level, able to hear, smell or see great distances, tuning out background noise to focus on their target. They can also regenerate an ability as well as a first sense when the Orphnoch survived its human death, with the regenerating abilities depending on the Orphnoch in question. The stronger Orphnochs may fire energy blasts from their hands, though used a surprise attack due to its attack speed being slow and inaccurate for long distance attacks. But the Orphnochs' greatest ability is to 'siring' other Orphnochs (similar to Vampires or Werewolves) by attacking humans and (usually) stabbing them through the heart. This has a very low success rate, and usually results in disintegrating the human in question. Some Orphnochs seem to be capable of using long, skin piercing tentacles specifically for siring others. However, most cases of siring occur when the "sirer" is in Orphnoch form.
Every Orphnoch can interchange between their original human form and a unique Orphnoch form, light grey in colour with characteristics of either a plant or an animal with a body armour resistant to standard small firearms blasts and its strength varies wildly among Orphnochs as good measure of one's power. Only more powerful conventional weaponry can penetrate the body armour and harm or even kill some Orphnochs, while others can withstand even the basic attacks of the Rider Gears. Orphnochs can also generate signature weapons from their bodies. While in Orphnoch form, some of their kind can assume a Hybrid Form, becoming more creature-like in form. Few Orphnochs can assume a Secondary Form, increasing their standard Orphnoch form abilities at the cost of losing self-control. An Orphnoch can change their shadow into a hologram of their human form.
It is uncertain when or how Orphnoch die of natural causes due to the infinite lifespan, but they are almost invulnerable to just about untimely demise ranging from various injuries that would be fatal to humans. In addition, their wounds recover quickly; Orphnochs can be seen injured when (a) small blue flame(s) burst(s) from their wound. Unfortunately, it seems that they can only be destroyed at the hands of a Rider or another Orphnoch; possibly because they're powerful enough to kill them, disintegrating as a result.
Former chief of Smart Brain, Hanagata, learned a revelation that only few Orphnoch know of, that "human body cannot stand such a rapid evolution", and that as such, they were doomed to die of inevitable break down and disintegration within any number of years of becoming an Orphnoch depending on their transformation into and out of Orphnoch form or use of the Rider Gears, which takes an amount of time from that person's lifespan. Others, however, have exhibited signs of early disintegration (the process starts with the skin turning grey, and slightly ash-like, before their entire body is destroyed) but subsequently showed a recovery. The only known solution to this problem is the Orphnoch King, who can "complete" Orphnochs' evolution, apparently forcing them to remain in Orphnoch form, but granting long life and a higher level of power.
In Paradise Lost, although the Orphnoch King is not seen or mentioned, Orphnochs no longer seem to suffer a limited lifespan.
World of Faiz
The Orphnoch also exist in the A.R. World of Faiz, where they are fought by the alternate Kamen Rider Faiz, Takumi Ogami. Similar to the originals, they are humans who have entered the next stage in evolution, possessing heightened physical and other various special abilities. Faiz High School's Phantom Thief 555 Faces, 1 Treasure Several Orphnoch appear in the first episode where Decade assumes Faiz's form to fight them off. They include the Octopus, Okra, Pigeon, Dolphin and Rhinoceros Beetle Orphnoch.
As one of the races of the Nine Worlds, the Orphnoch are part of the Dai-Shocker alliance, a coalition of all villain organizations fought by the Kamen Riders, who have ambitions to conquer the multiverse.
The Butterfly, Giraffe, Longhorn, Slug, Wild Boar, Pelican Orphnoch, Stinkbug, and Arch Orphnoch, were part of the Dai-Shocker army that was fought and wiped out by a gathering of 25 Kamen Riders in the World of Decade after Dai-Shocker started their invasion of the worlds.
The Scorpion Orphnoch was a member of the Dai-Shocker remnant, Super Shocker, that appeared in the World of the Rider War.
The Orphnoch King is of a special type who possesses the power to "complete" Orphnochs' evolution, removing all traces of humanity in the process while granting long life. Unlike others, the Orphnoch King can disintegrate them instantly. The Rider Gears were originally created to protect the Orphnoch King.
- Teruo Suzuki/Arch Orphnoch
A company that is a front for a group of Orphnochs that sees themselves as the master race and are dedicated to the genocide of the human race and increase of the Orphnoch population. They experiment in making their race even more powerful and developing weapons that only Orphnochs can use. This is the largest coordinated group of Orphnochs ever seen, and in the movie Paradise Lost they seem to have formed a de-facto world government after the Orphnoch Revolution.
An elite quartet of Orphnochs within Smart Brain who are "cream of the crop"; in other words, elite assassins, and answer to the Chief. Only two of the original four survived.
- Kitazaki/Dragon Orphnoch
- Saeko Kageyama/Lobster Orphnoch
- Itsuro Takuma/Centipede Orphnoch
- Mr. J/Crocodile Orphnoch
- Aki Sawada/Spider Orphnoch
- Hiroshi Izawa/Stingfish Orphnoch
- Coated Man/Elephant Orphnoch
- Aoki/Ox Orphnoch
- Midorikawa/Mantis Orphnoch
- Akai/Cactus Orphnoch
- Professor/Owl Orphnoch
- The Man of Glasses/Scarab Orphnoch
- The Masked Man/Snail Orphnoch
- Equisetum Orphnoch
- Bicycle Rider/Flyingfish Orphnoch
- Yoshimasa Morishita/Armadillo Orphnoch
- Clown/Toadstool Orphnoch
- Oonogi/Scorpion Orphnoch
- Koichi/Worm Orphnoch
- Wind-Salaried Man/Sea Cucumber Orphnoch
- Yoshio Kobayashi/Rabbit Orphnoch
- The Man in a Club/Frog Orphnoch
- The Man who was in the Shrine/Stinkbug Orphnoch
- A (not so) Gorgeous Man/Swordfish Orphnoch
- Murakami's Subordinates/Rhinoceros Beetle Orphnoch
- Murakami's Subordinate/Stag Beetle Orphnoch
- A Young Man/Octopus Orphnoch
- Takuma's Subordinate/Pigeon Orphnoch
- Smart Brain Employee/Barnacle Orphnoch
- Okra Orphnoch
- Aonuma/Sloth Orphnoch
- Frilled Lizard Orphnoch
- The Sunglasses Man/Bat Orphnoch
- The Leather Jacket Man/Coral Orphnoch
Paradise Lost Movie
- Smart Brain Lady Employee/Butterfly Orphnoch
- A Couple's Woman/Giraffe Orphnoch
- A Couple's Man/Longhorn Orphnoch
- Smart Brain Employee/Pelican Orphnoch
- Smart Brain Employee/Wild Boar Orphnoch
- Smart Brain Employee/Slug Orphnoch
- Riotrooper member/Mole Orphnoch
- Riotrooper member/Moose Orphnoch
- Riotrooper Commanding Officer/Lion Orphnoch
- Elasmotherium Orphnoch