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Character's name: Ian Yorkland Character's age: 23 Series the character is from: Juuden Sentai Kyouryuuger/Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger/Dinosaur Party Show/How to Slay Your Enemies with Samba Point in canon they're being taken from: Post-series
So Ian. Ian Yorkland. Like the James Bond of the Kyoryuger (Dinosaur Warriors), if James Bond were better-looking and younger.
With high accuracy and an affinity for guns, Ian is an incredibly talented sharp shooter; he goes so far as to claim that his bullets 'never miss', as his actual failure rate is so low it is nearly non-existent.
Unfortunately, when Ian misses, he misses.
As an archaeologist, Ian was exploring ancient civilizations when he and his treasure-hunting friend - Mifune Shiro - were drawn to a castle in Europe, in search of an ancient stone. They found it successfully, but not long after obtaining it they were accosted by a figure clad in a black mantle. The figure seized Shiro, and Ian could see the gap in the creature's clothing that would give him a clear shot at his body. He could do it - there was no margin for error, but he could make that shot.
Except... Shiro's struggles and cries, they distracted him. Ian hesitated, and in that moment, his aim went astray and his bullet missed--drastically. Without even touching the shoulder of his enemy the bullet disintegrated, taking with it any chance of saving his friend.
Unable to do anything, Ian watched in horror as his friend's body was pierced by dark tendrils that in an instant, drained all life from Shiro's body.
The following explosion (because... everything explodes in this world, deal with it) blew Ian out off the castle and sent him on what should have been a life-ending fall down a cliff. Amazingly, he woke up at the base of the cliff; bruised, battered and bloody, but alive. All thanks to the strange bird-like creature and mecha-dinosaur that were his first sights upon waking.
With the knowledge that he'd been saved thanks to the dinosaur - a Zyudenryu apparently, named Parasagun - Ian was instructed to defeat it and become 'a true Dinosaur Warrior'.
When presented with an opportunity like that, who could say no? Nothing solid is given on the details of Ian's adventures with Parasagun, but by the time he meets the rest of the team there are a few things that can be said for certain; 1) Ian Yorkland is smooth as silk with the ladies, and just as appealing. 2) Ian Yorkland's gunmanship is unrivalled. 3) Ian Yorkland has a massive raging hateboner for the thing that killed Shiro.
Having watched his best friend be murdered, and having failed utterly at doing anything to save him, Ian was left with a vast multitude of psychological scars. Terrified of losing a comrade again, he refused to take part in the Sentai any more than necessary, and would only show up after the battle had already started. Not an ideal team-mate, this guy.
The reappearance of the monster that had killed Shiro drove Ian to - without consulting the others - take a ZyuDenchi (the batteries containing the spirits of dinosaurs) from the Spirit Base that he would attempt to use to make the shot he'd failed at before. Unfortunately for Ian, the ZyuDenchi he chose was not one that could be used alone; it required the power of all the Kyoryuger to function. He was caught in the backlash of power, and just like in the past he was blown away from his enemy. Daigo, in an attempt to help Ian, leapt behind him to try to catch him. The power of the backlash sent them both hurtling into a car, resulting in another explosion. During this, the injuries he sustained caused Daigo's form to revert from Kyoryu Red to his unarmored self, leaving him more vulnerable to injury. The result being that due to Daigo's sacrifice, Ian was able to walk away almost unscathed while Daigo himself was barely able to move.
Yet again, Ian had failed. Not only had he been unable to fire his shot, but he was the direct cause of injury to his comrade.
The last to reveal himself to the others, Ian finally showed his identity shortly after returning to the Spirit Base to regroup. He grudgingly released his form after Daigo, who had been reproached by Ian both as Kyoryu Black and as his normal self, put two and two together and deliberately called him by name. When one person has figured something out, there's no point in playing the fool by denying it.
"Were you trying to save me? Don't do anything unnecessary, idiot." To anyone else, Ian's words would have been an insult. Delivered with a cold stare and flippant attitude, Ian intended his words to hurt.
"It's a nuisance for you to get hurt like that." That, coupled with his claim that he had no use for comrades, should have driven all of the others off. It would have worked, had Daigo not been their leader. Daigo, with his absolutely ridiculous penchant for seeing through others.
Depressed and downhearted by his failures and reminders of the past, Ian tried to set about his usual day. Sadly, the girl he'd arranged to be with that day turned him down, telling him he wasn't charming at all when he was so depressed. Her presence was quickly replaced by Daigo's, who... without much cajoling at all, managed to get Ian's story out of him.
"So you're just scared of losing another comrade. You're worried about missing another important shot." How Daigo managed to see that in him, from just a story, Ian would never understand.
But Daigo's next words, those resonated with him. "Until you properly fire that shot with your own hands, your regret will never disappear." It's these words that drove Ian to finally join the Sentai, to fight as a true team. This time, his shot hit its mark. This time, he succeeded in saving his friend.
With a seemingly light-hearted promise to never forgive Daigo if he died before Ian did, and a return affirmation that "we're a Sentai. We die together, or we don't die at all!", Ian performed his first Kyouryu Change with the people who would soon become his best friends. So The Bullet Brave, Kyoryu Black officially joined the pre-battle roll call with black explosions and everything.
Ian's developments throughout the series are vast and continuous. Despite initial difficulty getting along with Rippukan Souji - The Slashing Brave, Kyoryu Green - the two end up fighting together proficiently. Initially, Ian's careless façade and playboy lifestyle lead the others to believe he really was as shallow as he wanted to be seen. Once again it was Daigo who saw through him, and helped the other members of the team to understand him better.
The earliest example of this is shortly after Ian properly joined the Sentai. The team were visited by Ramirez, a Spirit Ranger bonded with the Zyudenryu Ankydon. Before meeting Ramirez, Ian had been testing out various Zyudenchi with the others in the Sentai, and recording what each Zyudenchi was capable of. Agitated that Daigo and Nobuharu seemed to be Ian's only guinea pigs, Souji made the comment that "Ian always makes other people do the hard stuff". Ian's swift response was to claim they were all taking turns, and promptly introduced Souji to the Zyudenchi Tuperanda. This Zyudenchi caused Souji's sword to become limp and malleable, and naturally incensed him further.
Ian's response to Souji's anger was to laugh, and whilst dodging his attacks with his limp sword, to call him names such as 'flimsy boy'.
Understandably, Souji's opinion of Ian was not a good one at this point. To further lower himself in Souji's eyes, Ian (for all appearances) seemed to use him as a meat shield against the Cavity Monster they came across shortly afterwards. As soon as the monster began to fire beams from its mouth, Ian pushed Souji in front of him with a simple "you can handle this, right?"
At that point, Souji was unaware that Ian had done that because he was the only person on the team that Ian believed could deflect all of the shots. While Souji was defending, Ian counted each beam their enemy fired - one for each tooth the monster had.
Ian couldn't really blame Souji for being so pissed off with him after that stint, but rather than explain himself, he chose instead to distance himself from the team for a little while. ("Isn't it better with the goof-off gone?") Of course he didn't explain that, either. It was only thanks to Daigo's explanations to everyone else that Souji was able to understand Ian's supposedly flippant attitude. (The reason Ian had gone a different way, Daigo explained, was to give Souji some time to cool off. Until that point, Souji hadn't realized that Ian could be so considerate of other people's feelings.)
Upon finding the monster, Ian believed himself to be capable of taking it on alone. He knew its weak spot, thanks to Souji; all he would have to do was break its teeth, and it wouldn't be able to fire its cavity beam. Unfortunately, the teeth were much harder to break than he'd anticipated and rather than dealing a devastating blow to the enemy, Ian wound up taking a cavity beam to the face.
Disarmed by the excruciating pain of all his teeth rotting at once, Ian was left fairly useless. Thankfully Souji - who had taken off after him once Daigo had given his explanation of Ian's actions - had fantastic timing, and was able to swoop in to defend Ian from further attacks whilst he got himself under control.
Despite the pain in his mouth, Ian managed to co-ordinate his attacks with Souji's, culminating in the monster's defeat and relief from the cavities it had inflicted.
That whole situation taught Souji to never take Ian at face-value, and more importantly Ian himself began to come to the understanding that it wouldn't matter if he was horrible to these guys; they were a Sentai, and they would fight with him and protect him no matter what. Slowly, his trust in the team began to form.
From that point on, whenever co-ordinated fighting was required, Ian would tend to pair up with Souji. Their combined skills and attacks are known as 'Western', and together they made a formidable team. It's not uncommon for them to share their primary Zyudenchi with each-other to boost their attacks, and when one of them falls in battle the other is usually close by to lend aid. They frequently split apart from the rest of the team to take on sectors of enemies together, buying their comrades time to get away.
As time went on, Ian became a more and more integral part of the team. The most scientifically-inclined of the primary Kyoryuger, he tended to be the head of any research they were doing into their abilities and the uses of the Zyudenchi.
With monsters attacking on a regular basis, you'd think it would make it difficult for any of the Kyoryuger to continue to live their regular lives. Definitely not the case with Ian, who still managed to find time to see all of his girlfriends regularly.
When it came to his love life, Ian was quite content to allow the others to maintain their 'playboy' view of him. It wasn't until Ucchii actually went berserk at him that the truth came out; Ian, despite what he allowed the others to believe, hadn't actually been playing with any woman's emotions or leading her on.
Whenever Ian saw an upset woman, he would approach her and charm her to brighten her mood. Flowers were typically involved, along with compliments and smooth promises. Promises that he would keep, mind you, or try his hardest to.
One such promise was to a girl named Erika, whom Ian had met after Shiro's death. She had lost a close friend herself, and had been crying on a bench due to her work when Ian passed by her. Through her tears, she saw red gerberas starting to land at her feet. Shocked, she looked up - and there Ian was, a bouquet of red gerberas wrapped in his jacket, tossing them at her feet. His reason?
"Crying among the dead leaves doesn't suit you. I promise you... Whenever I meet you, I'll cover the ground with flowers to hide your sadness. This red gerbera is perfect for you."
The red gerbera, symbolising innocence and happiness, is considered to be the perfect flower to brighten someone's day.
Ian's thoughtfulness and consideration doesn't end with the ladies, but it certainly is the most prominent example of just how easily he reads people, and how he desires to keep them happy. There are many examples throughout the series of this, but Erika's story is definitely the clearest.
Ian's primary enemy throughout the series is the Chevalier of Sadness, Aigallon. Aigallon became Ian's most despised enemy when it was revealed that he had been the one to murder Shiro for the ancient stone. Aigallon's sole reason had been 'because I like to steal things', and if Ian hadn't been pissed off before that, he certainly would have been then. Aigallon's careless attitude towards Shiro's murder ("Hm, well... At a castle in Europe about a year ago... I killed a man to get this, I think?") sent Ian into a fury. Blinded by rage, Ian launched an all-out assault on Aigallon - but with such sloppy, passion-driven attacks, he continuously left himself wide open to hits. Souji and Nobuharu attempted to restrain Ian, but in his anger he forced them aside and continued to try to take down Shiro's murderer.
In the end, it was only when he was forced away from Aigallion by another monster's attack that Ian remained still long enough for Souji to pin him. After watching Daigo, Amy and Ucchii become buried under stone tablets due to Ian's carelessness, the three remaining Kyoryuger escaped back to the Spirit Base to regroup.
Wracked by guilt - at putting Daigo, Amy and Ucchii in peril; at breaking his own promise to not lose another comrade, yet completely losing his cool and neglecting to protect them - Ian was reluctant to leave the Spirit Base to return to the battle. ("I don't have any right to go. I swore not to lose another comrade... and yet... I lost my cool. It's not like defeating Aigallon will bring Shiro back.") It was Souji who convinced Ian to leave; to continue fighting. ("Disappointed in me, boy?" "...What you said before wasn't true. You should have said you don't have any right to go yet. We're counting on you. We're a sentai, after all.") Without Souji's words of motivation, Ian would have continued to mull in his regrets.
For the second time, Ian took a Zyudenchi from the Spirit Base without consulting anyone. This time it was Deinosgrander, a powerful spirit that excelled in underground combat. Its capabilities had at that time been unable to be tested, as it had proved too powerful for any of them to control. Once again its power backfired onto Ian as he tried to use it to defeat Aigallon, propelling Ian backwards with the ensuing explosion of energy.
It is important to note that this time, Ian's purpose in attacking Aigallon wasn't for revenge. With a level head, Ian's intent was to get through Aigallon so he could rescue the Kyoryuger who had been buried alive.
With quick thinking and a bit of luck, Ian discovered the key to getting Deinosgrander to work; it required a separate entity to use as a base for itself. Once he had that sorted, Ian used the power to break through the enemy's defences, and dig his friends out.
This did mean that Ian deliberately and knowingly passed up his opportunity for revenge. But his realization from earlier had stuck; even if he killed Aigallon now, it wouldn't bring Shiro back - and more than that, it wouldn't help the people who were still alive.
Souji, having noticed Aigallon holding Shiro's ancient stone, took up Ian's discarded weapon to fire a Parasa Shot at Aigallon's hand. The stone flew into the air, and thanks to Souji's agility, he was able to catch the stone and return it to Ian.
Shortly thereafter, when each of the Kyoryuger is sent into a mental training ground to develop their potential, Ian's greatest barrier to unlocking his ability is shown to be his lack of trust in himself. ("It's no good... I'm not good at doing anything else.") With his vision blocked by foul-smelling gas, Ian has to believe in his abilities to take the shot that will release him. ("Mind's eye... Using the eyes of my spirit... to shoot!") From that point on, Ian has been able to tap into the deep well of power contained within his spirit to boost his attacks. His brave power has a distinctly ultra-violet (almost black) hue, and tapping into his power primarily increases his agility and the damage his shots do to an enemy.
Throughout the series, Ian is shown to frequently struggle with the self-doubt that formed within him due to his failure to save Shiro's life. Despite clearly being Daigo's second-in-command, and despite being the one who develops the majority of their plans and the one who issues the most strategic commands during battle, Ian is unwilling to take up the position of 'temporary leader' when Daigo is unable to fight with them. When Daigo's body is consumed by the powerful spirits of the tyrannosaurus, he is left with the mind and instincts of a wild animal, making him incapable of operating on a level even close to being 'human'. It's during this moment of transformation that they're ambushed by the enemy, causing the Kyoryuger's training day to end abruptly before they could figure out a solution to Daigo's problem.
It's worth noting that the ambush had specifically targeted Ian, as the enemies (Aigallon and the newly created Chevalier of Resentment, Endolf) were looking to draw out deep sadness and hatred from someone. When he was told they were to do this, Aigallon quite cheerily announced he had the perfect human in mind - all Aigallon had done was kill one pathetic human, and this guy still hadn't gotten over it a year later! What a loser!
Aigallon's taunting got to Ian as easily as always, driving him to recklessness. ("What's this? My vengeful opponent can only muster up this much power? You know, you're--" "Shut up! I'm not the bad guy here!") Ian's distraction led to Aigallon being able to seize him by the throat, and while choking him Aigallon was able to draw on Ian's sadness to boost his power - while Endolf nearby also received a large dose of Ian's hatred.
Souji, ever-vigilant, shouted a warning to Ian - "Ian! Don't respond to his provocation!" - but his attempt to get closer was thwarted by an attack from Endolf. Eventually it is Daigo who saves Ian; even with his body consumed by the spirits of the tyrannosaurus, when Daigo sees his friend in danger his instinct is to defend him - and so Daigo charged Aigallon, biting him and causing him to become distracted from his attacks on Ian.
The battle culminated when Daigo was attacked by Aigallon, causing him to turn and run far, faaaaaaaar away from the Kyoryuger and enemies.
Ian's quickly-fired instructions to the others allow them to retreat safely, though doing so left them with no idea of where Daigo had gotten to. Being a sentai with no leader would not have served them well, as Nobuharu pointed out. And his suggestion for temporary leader was, well, Ian. ("With King [Daigo] missing right now, we need a temporary leader to get us out of this trouble. I... think Ian is best.") Souji was the first to support the suggestion, and from there all of the others agreed readily ("Choosing Ian is a good idea.") - except Ian.
Frustrated, Ian tried to explain to them why he was the worst choice. ("Cut it out. Didn't you see that fight just now? You can't choose someone like me, who always falls for the enemy's harassment.")
Once again, it's Souji who steps forward first to pick Ian's spirit back up. ("It's because of that fight that we chose you.") Ucchii's and Nobuharu's contributions ("The leadership during that was all from you, Ian-dono." "Ian, you're King's right-hand man and the brains of this team, right?") were met only with resistance - "Don't burden me with this responsibility."
Not wanting to hear any more on the topic, Ian left. Fortunately, Amy - the most empathic of the Kyoryuger - followed him, and it was to her that Ian revealed his reasons for spurning the suggestion of leadership. He was scared - Shiro's death had hit him deeply, and the thought of losing another comrade was too much for him. To have the responsibility of everyone's lives in his hands--he couldn't accept that.
Despite Ian's unwillingness to lead, there was no time to argue the topic further. The enemy doesn't wait for disputes to be settled, after all, and very soon an attack was launched nearby the Kyoryuger's location.
Aigallon's first move is to taunt Ian again - ("Ah? Red-chan's not here? Did I kill him back there, just like your old friend?") - and instantly Endolf is able to begin harvesting the resentment brewing in Ian. Aigallon's next words ("It's sad... I only hurt his friends a little bit, and he went and bit me!") had the opposite effect however, as they made Ian realize that while Daigo was out of reach and the odds of him returning to his normal self was low, he'd seen his friends in danger and helped them.
In a flash Ian's resentment and sadness disappeared, being replaced with hope - and he allowed his fear to abate. With his usual cool attitude he took Daigo's place in leading the team through their roll-call, and for once allowed his leadership skills to shine through fully by issuing rapid-fire strategic commands to his comrades.
Through the battle, Aigallon continued to try to taunt Ian into losing his cool; however with this newfound hope and trust in himself, nothing he said could drive Ian to recklessness. ("I'll cooly shoot down Shiro's murderer... With the help of my comrades.")
Thanks to Ian's leadership, the battle was over quickly, though... not entirely satisfactorily. When it seemed like the Kyoryuger were going to win, Endolf became a giant, forcing the Kyoryuger into one of their mechas to fight him. Unfortunately with Daigo gone their usual combinations were unusable, leaving them to fight with a combination they hadn't used before.
Unused to the Plezu-Oh Parasagun combination and one person short on their team, the Kyoryuger were hard-pressed to maintain their footing, and found themselves being quickly cut down by Endolf. Once again it was Ian's quick thinking that allowed them to scrape by; using a finishing move to distract Endolf, Ian had Souji quickly call for Zakutor, using him to quickly deliver a true blow against Endolf. It should have worked, but Endolf was too fast, and somehow managed to grasp Zakutor's blades in his hands. It seemed like the Kyoryuger were going to lose, but then - quite unexpectedly - Endolf deliberately plunged Zakutor's blades into his chest, destroying the mirror there.
"This will just make me resent you more," was Endolf's only explanation, leading Ian to the only realization possible - "he's insane".
It was only Endolf's abrupt decision to leave that saved the Kyoryuger, and shaken but determined they returned to their base to regroup... Where the topic of a temporary leader was broached again.
This time, Ian stepped forward willingly. ("I know, I know. I'll try to muster what little wisdom I have. Everyone... Put your lives in my hands for the moment.")
And they do. With the utmost faith in Ian, the Kyoryuger willingly accept his leadership, even going along with Ian's idea to draw Daigo out by creating a trap where the bait consists of things he likes. Except, well... Daigo likes everything, so in lieu of that Ian just had everyone gather their own favourite items to use as bait, and tied Amy to a pole in the centre to call out for help. Because Daigo was a sucker for people in need, and with a pretty lady being the one to call, who could resist? (As a note, Ian's contribution to the 'offering of favourite things' was a couple of fossils, and a few well-read books on ancient civilizations.)
Ian's plan worked, and after a while Daigo appeared. Sadly, this was where his team-mates stopped listening to him - despite Ian's instruction to slowly approach, their excitement overwhelmed them and the others rushed Daigo at once, causing him to turn and flee again.
Exasperated, Ian reprimanded them ("Oh my. Listen to me when I tell you something, won't you?") before taking them to speak with Gabutyra in a last-ditch effort to come up with a way to catch their leader.
Using Zakutor to speak to Gabutyra, and then getting Souji to translate Zakutor's speech for them, Ian and the others were merely told that they would need patience to perform their ambush. It was only Ian's gentle reprimand - "Calm down, Gabutyra. You're too big to go stomping around after him." - that spawned an idea in Ian's mind. This idea, that they should investigate further into their dinosaurs' feelings, led him back to the base while he sent the others to continue looking for Daigo.
In the base, Ian suggested the idea to Yayoi, who was still looking into what had caused Daigo to become possessed by the spirits of the tyrannosaurus. Their conversation was cut short by an emergency call Ian received shortly after, alerting him to the fact that the others had been attacked by Endolf and that he was hunting Daigo with the intent of killing him.
Ian rushed to their location, transforming along the way, and was just in time to keep the enemy from successfully capturing Daigo. Before he could accomplish much more than that, the enemy's attack sealed his transformation device and hit him with a blow powerful enough to dissolve his transformation, leaving him without armour and without a weapon.
The others reached him at that point, and Ian found they were all in the same situation as him. With no option left, Ian quickly devised a plan - with false bravado, he told the enemy that they still had one transformation left up their sleeve, and that Ucchii would demonstrate it to them.
Ucchii was understandably confused by this, but with the urging of his team-mates he promptly faked a transformation sequence; the Dororon Shinobi Change.
Of course the transformation didn't work, but Ian's plan did succeed. The intention had merely been to distract the enemy long enough for Daigo's wild instincts to take over, and for him to run away.
Despite the certainty of losing, the Kyoryuger rushed into battle as a team once Daigo was gone. Thankfully their mentor, Torin, was able to - quite literally - swoop in to save the day. Using some of his magic to hold Daigo still, Torin was able to force him to release his transformation and this return him to normal.
Even though they were all quite certainly going to be killed for their lack of ability to defend themselves, Ian was not happy to see Daigo - returned to normal - approaching the battle. ("You idiot! Run! Who do you think we're sacrificing ourselves for?!") Daigo's very firm response was to rip off his shirt and kick the enemy's ass while the others looked on.
Thanks to Ian's earlier suggestion of researching the dinosaurs' feelings, Yayoi was able to realize what had caused Daigo's transformation to go awry and corrected it, leading to the introduction of Gabutyra's mini form and the Kyoryu Carnival transformation.
After watching Daigo kick some serious ass, it was back to business as usual for the Kyoryuger. Which... meant watching their mentor Torin be brainwashed into becoming their enemy and trying to kill them.
AND THOSE ARE THE SUPER IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS FOR IAN. This is getting way, way too long so...
Dot point time!
> The brainwashing and subsequent death of Torin hits Ian hard, reigniting his grief and fear of losing his friends. It adds fuel to his desire for revenge, uuuuuup until they gather a bunch of ancient stones and sing a song to bring life back to Torin. I'm not joking.
> The use of those ancient stones to revive Torin brings the realization to the Kyoryuger that they're actually kind of important items. After some studying of them, Ian manages to discover that each stone contains a fossil belonging to the dinosaur species of each zyudenchi they have. Along with that, Shiro's stone - the one that Souji recovered for him - seems to be the same type as them, although it's clear and contains no fossil.
With the importance of these stones realized, the Kyoryuger set to the task of gathering all of them.
> Eventually, all of those ancient stones are used to revive Bragigas, the most powerful zyudenryuu of all.
> Through the series, Ian develops close bonds to all the other Kyoryuger. He learns to control his rage and sorrow, and eventually, he gets his closure regarding Shiro. His revenge on Aigallon is bittersweet, and leaves him with a lot of conflicting emotions - but Shiro's murderer learned remorse before he died. That, at least, Ian can appreciate.
> Ian is shown time and time again to be willing to do anything to protect his friends. When it appears some of them have died, Ian is the first to break and subsequently the first to approach them when they're found to be alive. Ian does not hold back at those times; they, and one other, are the only times he has allowed himself to seem vulnerable.
> The one other time is when it appears all is lost. Their comrade has fallen, and the Kyoryuger have been scattered by an enemy blast. Ian and Souji find themselves together in a forest, where Souji is coming to grips with the death of their friend. With a set face and deliberately uncaring expression, Ian utters the words "The end... might be closer than we thought." This prompts Souji to stand in front of Ian, and while acknowledging that Ian likes to put up a strong front, Souji implores him to be honest with his feelings.
I can definitely write a lot more if you'd like.
Personality: Ian's most hated thought is shown to be that he could be considered untrustworthy. Despite his snarky banter and supposedly careless attitude, Ian is a very genuine person. His automatic reaction in any given situation is to disguise how he truly feels, but his intentions are usually always well-meaning - to be told he can't be trusted is one of the things that Ian does not take well at all.
Even though he loathes the idea that he may not be trusted, Ian is still genuinely surprised when the others in the Kyoryuger consider him to be Daigo's 'second-in-command', and turn to him for leadership when Daigo is unavailable. Ian is undeniably the most analytically-minded of the Sentai, and it's his plans and strategies that they rely on, mostly.
Ian has a strong desire to help lift people - women especially - out of their sadness and to ensure their happiness. To this end, he has multiple 'girlfriends'. These women all know about each-other, and aren't truly involved in any romantic entanglements with him. Rather, Ian takes them each out on wonderful dates where he can show them the joy of the world, and to remind them that they are cared for. This is where his playboy reputation comes from, and it's not something that he cares to correct anyone on.
When it comes to reunions with friends, Ian has been shown to be the one to take the first step each time. His sorrow at watching Shiro die has instilled in him a strong fear that any of his friends could disappear from his life at any time, and the only times he doesn't try to hide his emotions is when he's being reunited with friends he thought gone. His primary weak point is definitely in his fear of loss. Ian has done and will do crazy, stupid things if it means protecting his loved ones - he couldn't bear to lose any of them again.
After the loss of Shiro, Ian closed himself off and refused to allow anyone to get close to him. His aloof, carefree attitude was carefully cultivated so that people wouldn't want to know him closely unless he made it that way. Even though Daigo and the other Kyoryuger have managed to strip that facade away, it's still an attitude that Ian has perfected and is able to use.
Behind his cool demeanour, Ian is actually quite playful and mischevious. He's always playfully taunting someone, and if the opportunity arises to make a joke of one of his friends, he'll take it. This ranges from nicknames ('boy', 'Nossan') to Zyudenchi attacks (he's always happy to use Pukuptor on anyone other than himself, to inflate them into a balloon), and even to strategic calls. Ian will quite happily use one of the Kyoryuger as an embarrassing distraction; even better if doing so has a true benefit!
Despite their initial difficulties in getting along, through the series Souji very quickly becomes the person who Ian is shown to rely upon the most. It's Souji who first demonstrates a deep understanding of Ian; when Souji's club manager, Katsuyama Rin, drops a love letter intended for him that instead winds up in the possession of Ucchii and Ian, Ian volunteers himself as a 'Black Cupid' to help her in confessing her love. The long story short is that Ian accidentally leads her to a store where Amy and Souji are shopping together, and Rin mistakenly believes that Ian has taken her to watch Souji with his girlfriend, to make fun of her. Distressed and betrayed, Rin slaps Ian while saying how cruel he is, before turning and running away.
The sound of the commotion draws Souji's attention, and it's Ian - kneeling on the ground, holding his face in shock - who catches Souji's eye first.
Being a person whose genuine aim is to help people, Ian was deeply hurt by Rin's words more than her slap. For someone to think he had betrayed them, to think that he would willingly hurt them like that - it was the kind of thing that very, very easily gets to Ian. Adding on to that the fact that Souji ran past him, out after Rin; Ian had thought that his team-mate also believed the worst of them.
It wasn't the case, however. When Ian followed them outside, the scene he came upon... wasn't necessarily one of comfort.
"Wait, Katsuyama-san!" "Let me go! Your friends are horrible! They were making fun of me! Showing me you and that college girl on a date..." "You're wrong! It's a misunderstanding!" "Whatever! It doesn't matter to me who you go out with, Souji-kun!" "That's not it! It's about Ian! Ian would never do that! He looks irresponsible on the outside... but he's really passionate and hates hurting other people!"
Being defended like that, by someone who had hated him during their initial meeting--it meant more than Ian could express. The moment was soon interrupted by an enemy attack, but with the new knowledge that Souji understood him more than he'd previously thought Ian continued on with a new perspective on his team-mate.
Aside from Ian's personal growth, the development of his friendship with Souji is remarkable and consistent throughout the series. Souji is the member of the team that Ian turns to first when he needs assistance with something; immediately after settling their differences thanks to the Cavity Monster, there is a situation where an amusement park is covered with an energy barrier that they cannot penetrate. With Souji's help, Ian locates the weakest part of the barrier, and together they're able to break it to set the people trapped inside free.
Whenever the team is separated, Ian most often finds himself with Souji. Their skills and capabilities are compatible to the point where they are the first two in the team to take up the position of fighting back-to-back, trusting the other to watch over them.
One of the biggest developments of their friendship is towards the end of the series, when - surrounded by a literal army of enemies, and unable to transform - Ian and Souji stand together to stop the army from going after the rest of their friends. In a very trusting move, Souji passes his Gaburevolver (the item that doubles as his transformation device) to Ian, summoning a second sword for himself in its place. This makes them the first two to demonstrate true dual-wielding in the series, and as they stumble backwards from the enemy to rest with their backs together, helping to brace the other, Ian decides that their deaths are just a little bit too impending to not be a little bit honest.
"I want to say this while I can." "What is it, Ian?" "You've been surprisingly strong... I'm glad we're together in the end, Souji."
It being the first time Ian refers to Souji by name in the series, it demonstrates directly how Ian's opinion of the youngest Kyoryuger changed. When they first formed together as a Sentai, Ian would refuse to call him anything other than 'greenboy'; a reference to Souji's image colour, and also a euphemism for a greenhorn, or someone whose skill was lacking. After Souji works with Ian to defeat the Cavity Monster, Ian removes the 'green' but keeps the 'boy', a constant allusion to how he perceives Souji's ability to still be within its growing stage.
It's only when Souji stands up to both of his parents and unlocks the full potential of his spirit that Ian begins to realize how much he's grown, and after Souji single-handedly wipes out the enemies the rest of them had been struggling with, makes the comment of "Guess it's about time I stopped calling you boy."
When it comes to trusting others, Ian is still slow to accept them. Shiro's death has left him with a multitude of scars and a deep, pervasive fear that he will be unable to protect the people he cares about. If it seems like one of his comrades is about to die, Ian completely loses his cool and his actions become born from desperation; at these times, it tends to be either Souji or Daigo who restrain him or talk him down.
Being a qualified archaeologist and well-travelled, Ian is used to knowing pretty much anything he needs to - and if he doesn't know something, he's always eager to learn about it. His knowledge of dinosaurs in particular proves useful to the team on more than one occasion, and it's because of his connections as an archaeologist that the team is brought one of the ancient stones required to awaken Bragigas.
Despite all of this deep and meaningful stuff, Ian is also a jokester and enjoys having a laugh at others' expense. He enjoys a good flirt, has the local florist on speed-dial, and can easily locate the best coffee in town.
Uhhhhhhh if you wanna know more I can probably keep going for like, a few more pages.
Sample Journal Post: [Video] [Oh, look, someone's settling in well if the grin is anything to go by. Ian may not have been able to understand the Welcome Ladies very well, but who could be terribly upset after waking up to such pretty women? It certainly softened the blow of waking up somewhere unfamiliar, at least.]
'Miracle Country', hm? Oh my. A name so grand certainly has a lot to live up to. I wonder if it can manage? Let's see... to start with, I'd like the miracle of a pretty lady to show me around.
[He doesn't seem at all perturbed or skeptical. If anything, he seems rather pleased as he raises two fingers to his mouth and uses them to blow a kiss to the journal. A wink accompanies the gesture, and naturally the end of the kiss-blow ends in a brief 'gunshot'.]
Don't let me down, Pretty Miracle Ladies~ Meet with me at the Sakura Park, and I'll gladly show my appreciation for your company.
[One last charming smile and another wink, and that's it - Ian out.]
Additional samples: Waking up had... certainly been an experience. Ian would never admit to it, but coming to in an entirely unfamiliar place, surrounded by entirely unfamiliar women? Not actually a good way to wake up.
His hand had automatically gone to his thigh to unholster his Gaburevolver; something he quickly learned was pretty difficult to do when it wasn't there. Tamping down on the panicked instincts (they'd get him nowhere) hadn't been the easiest thing he'd done recently, but he managed to pull out the charm and chat with the ladies long enough to get the supposed story of why he was there.
Miracle Country, journal, communications, inability to leave... All of it just screamed 'Deboss attack'. It wasn't the first time he'd been caught in one of their illusions, and as always it felt so real. Ian was almost actually convinced that everything he'd gathered from the Welcome Ladies was true! The only explanation he could think of for all this was that Candelira-chan must have been trying to find a new way to make people happy, by sending them on a forced vacation of sorts - but why on Earth would she choose something like this?
'Why's aside, how did she even get the power to manage it? If she and Luckyuro still had enough ability to pull this off, then Ian and the others should have been keeping much closer tabs on the pair.
Well... Not like he could do much about it at that exact moment. The only option left to him was to gather information, and seek out some sort of opening to escape. Perhaps some of the other Kyoryuger had been roped in, too - if he could find them, their chances of hatching a viable escape plan increased exponentially.
It's with that thought in mind that he makes his very first journal post; deliberately smooth with just a touch of flitation. Flamboyancy was one of the best ways to bring opinionated men and pretty women out of the woodworks; from them, Ian had the potential of getting some additional information.