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The Zoid Rider Wannabe!
Dub The Zoid Rider Wannabe!
Name Translation Rival!? Genius Zoid Hunter
Japanese Name ライバル!?天才ゾイドハンター
Romanization Raibaru!? Tensai zoidohantā
Japanese Opening Defiance
Japanese Ending Blue Moon
English Opening Zoids Wild
English Ending Zoids Wild (instrumental)
Season Zoids: Wild
Episode (season) 015 (Zoids: Wild)
Episode (series) 015 (Wild series)
Episode (lifetime) 184 (Zoids)
Japanese Airdate October 13, 2018
English Airdate August 14, 2020 (Netflix)
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The Zoid Rider Wannabe! is the fifteenth episode of Zoids: Wild. It first aired in Japan on October 13, 2018.


This episode introduces a "Rival" to Arashi, however it's quickly clear this is a joke character, and not a serious contender. The character, Maverick, can't ride or touch Zoids, despite leaving his village two years ago to become a Zoid Seeker.

He does help them out though, so in return Arashi and the other entertain him and pretend he's the leader of team Freedom to impress his parents.

Death Metal show up and he actually manages to pilot the Liger briefly.

The post-credit scene is of some importance in this episode, as it shows Battalia talking on a radio, saying she's watching Arashi and the Liger.


  • Maverick being able to touch the Liger is highly unusual, as only a handful of characters in the series can actually do it.


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