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This article is about a/an villain and ranger in Ressha Sentai ToQger.

Z (ゼット Zetto?), also known as the Emperor of Darkness (闇の皇帝 Yami no Kōtei?) is the master of the Shadow Line. The Shadow Line works to gather the darkness in human hearts to complete the railway so they can grant the Emperor entry into the world and to make the Earth habitable for Z. Miss Gritta is being groomed to be his wife.

"Darkness is too old fashioned. This is now the sparkling age!" - Emperor of Darkness Z

Z Concept Art

Z concept art

Zshin

Z Shin concept art

Biography

In his past, Z was raised by Marchioness Morc, to the point of being informal around him despite their status.

At some point during his reign, Z banished Grand Duke Hei, who had attempted to overthrow him and take the throne for himself, from the Shadow Line. He would not return until 2017, taking command of the Shadow Line two years after Z was defeated. Ressha Sentai ToQger Returns: Super ToQ 7gou of Dreams

Attracted by the Subarugahama's light during the town's festival, he commanded the Shadow Lines to raid it. Seeing a familiar light, he tried to reach it but found himself impossible. The light itself was Right Suzuki, the future ToQ 1gou and that his actions would eventually lead to a huge impact as the series progress. Station 45: The Home We Left Behind

Unlike his subordinates, Z hates living in darkness and wants to live in the light, but unfortunately light is toxic to Z and can only survive a few hours before it starts to make him sick. Due to his desire to live in the light, Z is obsessed with everything that shines, be it literally or figuratively. This obsession of his lead to his first encounter with the ToQgers at an amusement park, shortly following his arrival in the human world, where he quickly became friends with them and enjoyed a fun filled day together. Unfortunately, his time with them was cut short due to his subordinates' arrival to rescue him where Baron Nero revealed to the ToQgers that he was their leader. A battle between the 2 groups quickly ensued following this revelation with the ToQgers being quickly defeated by the Shadow Line's superior might. Before Madame Noir could deal the finishing blow, Z saved the ToQgers by easily deflecting her attack. When his subordinates asked him why he protected them, Z responded by saying that he didn't want to see their glorious "Shining" extinguished before collapsing from over exposure to light. His bodyguard Lamp Shadow quickly collected Z's unconscious body and retreated to Z's personal train so Z could recover. Station 11: The Emperor of Darkness

Z used Ring Shadow to give Right and Akira rings on their forehead which caused them to have an painful headache whenever they hear their name. Z transformed Akira into Zaram with his Dark Power and caused him to make it rain. Meanwhile in his Kuliner, he watched Ring Shadow checking on Right with a flashlight. When Right begged Z to stop creating darkness, he knocked him away with his dark shock wave. As he sat on his throne, Ring Shadow continued to torture Right. Z hears Akira's song as he arrives to save Right. Z asked him how he learned about the light. Z says "Zaram" to Akira to give him a painfully massive headache. With the help of the ToQgers, they break the curse on Akira and Z feels exhausted after saying "Twinkle twinkle little star". He then leaves, having Ring Shadow stay behind to deal with ToQgers. Station 18: And What Do We Call You?

Z marries Miss Gritta during the ceremony and however, he was swallowed by Gritta in order to steal his throne and become the Empress. Station 22: The Birth of the Empress After Empress Gritta was defeated, Z broke free from her body and absorbed her shining, assuming his monster form for the first time in the process. In this form Z easily disposed of General Schwarz, though Schwarz survived the encounter.Station 23: United Hand in Hand

Gritta's shining within Z would weaken his power over the next several months, with Noir and Schwarz each scheming against him all the while. At Christmas, when the overflowing light of the holiday season suppresses darkness, both plans came to a head. In the ensuing chaos Z briefly acquired Akira's Applichanger and used it to become ToQ 6gou, though he was soon defeated in this form by Right, after which Schwarz and Noir successfully extracted Gritta from his body at the cost of Noir's life. Shortly after the extraction, Z's darkness began to overflow like never before and he transformed into the new, more powerful Z Shin. Using his new power he killed Schwarz, then attacked Nero and Mork as well for no other reason than that their joy at his new darkness irritated him. Station 41: The Christmas Battle

When Gritta leads the ToQgers on a raid to Castle Terminal, Z battles Right in a one-on-one duel. Eventually, he somehow forgot their first encounter but was shocked to discover that Right's attempt to transform causes the darkness inside him to manifest, Emperor Z regains enough of his memory to remember that the light he saw in Subarugahama was Right himself and is shocked to find the youth transformed into a dark-version of his ToQ 1gou form. While in the middle of the fight, Nero and Mork spirited Z in their Kuliner. Emperor Z finds Gritta and learns that her actions for betraying him and relocating the Castle Terminal were an act of mercy and pity to him. After apparently killing Gritta, now intent on destroying all light if he cannot have it, Z-Shin decides to mount an assault on the world and orders Castle Terminal to surface. He was challenged by ToQ 1gou of Darkness during his final raid on Castle Terminal as he emerging to greet him. After Emperor Z inquires about Right no longer having his inner light, the two begin their fight with Z-Shin derailing the Ressha when the Conductor, Ticket, and Wagon attempt to run him over. Once ToQ 1gou is defeated, Z-Shin has Castle Terminal transform into the Behemoth of Darkness that blankets the entire city and Subarugahama in darkness before Emperor Z leaves a powerless Right to waste away in the dark. Eventually, the other ToQgers joined the battle as they defeated the remaining Shadow Line armies. After Emperor Z is hit by the Yudou Rainbow Rush, Nero and Mork sacrifice themselves for their leader to restore his power by absorbing their darkness. However, the other ToQgers give ToQ 1gou their Ressha to use them, combined with the Hyper Ressha to become Rainbow ToQ 1gou. This allows ToQ 1gou to overpower Z-Shin with all of his power before he and his friends use the Daikaiten Cannon for the final blow. Returned to his usual form, the dying Emperor Z finally gained his light after seeing a rainbow (much like Zaram), before he explodes into a torrent of darkness that is gathered by Gritta, revealed to having been spared by him, as she brings the reconstituted emperor back into the darkness. Gritta holds his hands, advising him that light cannot exist without darkness and vice versa. Station 44: To Subarugahama Station 45: The Home We Left Behind Station 46: The Final Destination Terminal Station: The Shining Ones

Zyuohger

A duplicate of Z Shin was created by Bangray to fight both the Zyuohgers and the Gokaigers. The duplicate is ultimately destroyed alongside the duplicate of Dokoku Chimatsuri when most of the Gokaigers (except Captain Marvelous) use Final Wave on the two. Ep. 29: The Monarch of the Monarchs

Video Game appearances

Super Sentai Battle Base

Emperor of Darkness Z, appearing in both his initial and true Shadow form as well as ToQ 6gou, is among the vast pantheon of villains which appear in the mobile game Super Sentai Battle Base.

Forms

Z Kaijin

First monster form

Emperor Z's original form, debuted in Station 23. His appearance here resembles his human form's clothing. He has the Shadow Line's insignia on his stomach, addressing his rank.

Powers and Abilities
Darkness Manipulation
As one of the Shadow Line residence, Emperor Z can manipulate and generate darkness. His power over darkness normally manifests as shockwaves of raw unfocused darkness, but when facing a tougher opponent he often wields a sword which channels his power into blood-red energy slashes. His power always active in low levels, as evidenced when boarding the ToQgers' Ressha, he emits thick dusts that can even be hardly cleaned.
Superhuman Abilities
Z possesses enormous superhuman strength, speed, and durability even in his human form, far exceeding that of any other character in the show.
Kuliner Summon
Z can summon Kuliners as transportations or to escape any battle he loses. He wield his own Kuliner, the Imperial Kuliner.
Swordsmanship Proficiency
Like Schwarz, Z himself is also a master of swordsmanship. To make things even worse, he can combine it with his dark powers.
Indomitable Will
While having himself being consumed by Gritta, Z's mind retained while his powers were used by Gritta, allowing him to make his way out from Gritta and absorb her instead.
Light Immunity
After absorbing Gritta, Z can sustain himself in light for a longer period.
Arsenal
Imperial Killer Sword (皇帝系キラーソード Kōtei-kei Kirā Sōdo?)
A sword used in combat, Z can even channel his darkness into the attacks made.
Imperial Kuliner
Z's personal Kuliner, while it can assume a robot mode, Z refused this function.


RST-Z Shin

Second monster form

  • Height: 209 cm
  • Weight: 206 kg

Z Shin (ゼット 真 Zetto Shin?) is Z's true form after banishing Gritta in Station 41. It is implied that in Station 23, when Z said that he gained "Gritta's light", it had regressed him to his weaker form until said episode.

Powers and Abilities
Darkness Manipulation
As one of the Shadow Line residence, Emperor Z can manipulate and generate darkness. His power over darkness normally manifests as shockwaves of raw unfocused darkness, but when facing a tougher opponent he often wields a sword which channels his power into blood-red energy slashes. His power always active in low levels, as evidenced when boarding the ToQgers' Ressha, he emits thick dusts that can even be hardly cleaned.
Shadow Town Creation
As Z Shin, his darkness is sufficient to create a Shadow Town by his mere presence even during Christmas.
Superhuman Abilities
Z possesses enormous superhuman strength, speed, and durability even in his human form, far exceeding that of any other character in the show.
Kuliner Summon
Z can summon Kuliners as transportations or to escape any battle he loses. He wield his own Kuliner, the Imperial Kuliner.
Swordsmanship Proficiency
Like Schwarz, Z himself is also a master of swordsmanship. To make things even worse, he can combine it with his dark powers.
Indomitable Will
While having himself being consumed by Gritta, Z's mind retained while his powers were used by Gritta, allowing him to make his way out from Gritta and absorb her instead.
Arsenal
Imperial Killer Sword (皇帝系キラーソード Kōtei-kei Kirā Sōdo?)
A sword used in combat, Z can even channel his darkness into the attacks made.
Imperial Kuliner
Z's personal Kuliner, while it can assume a robot mode, Z refused this function.
Weaknesses
Light Poisoning
As a creature of darkness, the more light environment he is exposed to, the weaker he becomes.

Appearances: Episode 41, 44-47


Tqg-toq-6

ToQ 6gou

"ToQ 6gou, ToQ 6gou!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Z 6gou (ゼット6号 Zetto 6-gō?, Z #6)

Arsenal

Ressha

Appearances: Episode 40-41

Ranger Key

ToQ 6 Ranger Key

ToQ 6gou Ranger Key

The ToQ 6gou Ranger Key (トッキュウ6号レンジャーキー Tokkyū Roku-gō Renjā Kī?) is a Ranger Key released as part of the Ranger Key Set: RAINBOW EDITION. It is unknown if it will appear in a future crossover. Of course as with all Ranger Keys, should it exist, it would be able to transform one, i.e. Gokai Silver, into ToQ 6gou.

Appearances

Theme Song

"Where Darkness Is" from "Ressha Sentai ToQger Character Songs Shadow Line album".

Notes

  • Z is one of three known Shadow Line members who have a human form, the others being Akira Nijino and Coin Shadow.
  • He shares his name with Doctor Z, a villain from Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger.
  • Z shares a similarity with each of the two main villains from the previous two series.
    • Both Z and Enter have some type of rivalry with the Red Ranger of their Sentai enemy.
    • Both Z and Chaos know their Sentai enemy's Red Ranger's human identity name.
  • In a Magazine interview by S.H.T. 2014 Summer[1] Z's name was romanized as Zet[2], but Kengo Ohkuchi tweeted that "Actually, the Shadow Line's Emperor of Darkness' name, rather than 'Zet' , is 'Z' !!"[3]
  • Z becoming ToQ 6gou is similar to the story of NobunagaIcon-crosswiki from the Kamen Rider OOO side of the film Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider OOO & W Featuring Skull: Movie War CoreIcon-crosswiki, both of whom are major villains that use the powers of the assisting Rider/Ranger for a short period of time. (Nobunaga is the first user of the Kamen Rider BirthIcon-crosswiki armor.) Coincidentally, both characters are portrayed by Kengo Ohkuchi.
  • Z is one of the only Sentai Final Villains (along with Witch Bandora, Daimaou, Arch Priest Gajah and Long) to not die at the end of their series.
  • Interestingly, his Killer Sword, where the word "Killer" can also meant "kira" (キラー?), the Japanese onomatopoeia for sparkling, mirroring his obsession for light.

References

  1. 2014.07.27 - Ressha Sentai ToQger Station 22 Preview Summary: Publishing Information
  2. 2014 - Screencapped image from TOEI Hero Cast PHOTOBOOK S.H.T. 2014 summer edition
  3. 2014.05.17 - Kengo Ohkuchi's Tweeter Post - "Actually, the Shadow Line's Emperor of Darkness' name, rather than 'Zet' , is 'Z' !!" (実はシャドーライン闇の皇帝の名はゼットではなくZ なのです!!?)

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