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->''"Together, we'll be stronger."''
-->--'''Len'''

The second attempt at adapting ''Franchise/KamenRider'' for western audiences, after ''Saban's MaskedRider''. Based on ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'', chosen for its large number of Riders, [[AffirmativeActionGirl including a woman]].

Kit Taylor's life has been rough; in the year since his dad vanished, he's been moved into foster care and gained an unwarranted reputation as a troubled youth. But recently it's gotten ''weird'': his dad has begun to appear in strange visions, telling him things like "don't be afraid of the dragon". Moving back into his old apartment, he finds a deck of strange cards, and he then begins to see things in mirrors including, sure enough, a dragon that seems to be following him around. Throw into the mix a biker who wants his card deck and won't take "no" for an answer. But when the biker gets into trouble, Kit follows his dad's advice and makes a contract with the dragon, becoming Kamen Rider Dragon Knight.

Afterwards, Kit's able to get the story out of the biker, named Len and a Kamen Rider in his own right: there's a world on the other side of our mirrors called Ventara. This world was invaded by an alien named General Xaviax, and they created the twelve Kamen Riders to defend themselves. However, one of the Riders betrayed them and Xaviax took over, stealing their Advent Decks (the source of their power). Now Xaviax has set his sights on Earth, searching for our universe's counterparts to the original Riders and manipulating them to do his bidding, while Len is trying to get the decks before they can be misused.

The show suffered from low ratings throughout its run, and the last two episodes were not broadcast on U.S. television (though they were uploaded on The CW's website). Despite this, it ''still'' won an Emmy award for stunt coordination.

Not to be confused with ''TheDragonKnight'' or ''KnightRider''.

This series has [[Characters/KamenRiderDragonKnight a Character page]].

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!! ''Kamen Rider Dragon Knight'' contains examples of:
* ActingForTwo: Stephen Lunsford as Kit and Adam (The other Riders besides Len and Kase make appearances as both Earth and Ventaran versions, but never have both their characters in the same scene).
** The fight between [[spoiler:Kit and Adam]] brought new meaning to the phrase 'You are your own worst enemy.'
* ActionGirl: Siren, natch.
* AffablyEvil: General Xaviax
* AffirmativeActionGirl: Siren, whose role is beefed up compared to her Japanese counterpart.
** PositiveDiscrimination: Xaviax considers her as good as or better than Wing Knight. (But then again, any of the Ventaran Riders are career soldiers and they are going to outperform the civilians Xaviax had to work with.)
** TheSmurfettePrinciple: She's still the only girl out of twelve, and has the last and briefest appearance in the opening.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Both Trent and Lacey are GenreSavvy about this; when Maya starts hanging out with TroubledButCute Kit, Trent is concerned and Lacey approves (and even looks like she might try to steal Kit for herself).
* AllThereInTheManual
** The names of the Advent Beasts. The only way to get any sort of acknowledgment onscreen is by showing their Advent Cards, and only a few have been shown clearly.
** The names of all the Ventara Riders are listed in the end credits of Episode 39.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Tired of being subtle, Wrath and Strike go to the bookstore, hold Lacey and Trent hostage, and then tear the place to pieces in a knock down, drag out fight with Len and Kase.
* AlphaStrike: Torque's Final Vent.
* AlternateUniverse: Ventara.
* AscendedExtra: Compare Siren, who is part of the show's central PowerTrio, to her Japanese counterpart Femme, who only appeared in a single movie. The same could be said for pseudo-Rider Alternative, which ''Dragon Knight'' uses as Eubulon's combat form.
** Inverted with Camo. His counterpart, Verde, was one of the {{Big Bad}}s in a TV special ''(not to mention a 13th Rider made just for the special)'' and [[spoiler:killed Kamen Rider Knight]]. In ''Dragon Knight'', he barely even appears for one episode.
** There's also Xaviax's {{Mooks}}, the Gelnewts. The original Gelnewt was a one-shot monster. ''Dragon Knight'' mass produces them into foot soldiers.
* TheAtoner: Eubulon
* AvengingTheVillain: [[spoiler:Axe]]
* BadassBiker: Technically everyone (Kamen ''Rider'', remember?), but especially Len.
** Played with for some of the Riders - Richie ''has'' a bike, but is never seen riding it, and actually gets it repossessed.
** Brad/Thrust, being a professional motocross racer, probably deserves special mention.
** BikerBabe: Kase
* BadassCape: Siren, sometimes Wing Knight
* BattleCouple: Len and Kase; her being MIA for 20+ episodes makes it take a while to actually occur in the series.
* {{BFG}}: Most of Torque's arsenal.
* BigBad: General Xaviax.
* BloodKnight: Camo.
* BondCreatures: The Advent Beasts, though the bond is generally downplayed compared to ''Ryuki'': the beasts themselves are treated as little more than just another piece of equipment in ''Dragon Knight'', while ''Ryuki'''s rule is "Fight or the dragon will eat you". Camo's beast never even appeared on the show.
* BrokenAesop: Chris's arc was clearly meant to teach the lesson that you can still be a hero despite your setbacks (in Chris's case, those setbacks were being discharged from the military due to his asthma). This is invalidated in the finale when Chris's asthma is cured and he's able to join the military just like he wanted. Uh...
** The entire series can also be seen as one big Broken Aesop, as according to the head writer, one of the main points of the series was to teach kids about the consequences of their actions, but most of the characters don't face any. This is particularly true for Adam, the Ventaran Dragon Knight, who [[spoiler:betrays the entire planet of Ventara to Xaviax]], but receives no known punishment for it. The Advent Master Eubulon even goes as far as to say that he does not have time to punish him because he's needed in the final battle with Xaviax.
** This depends on perspective, really, perhaps the moral was 'good deeds are rewarded', Chris fought for good so he got his asthma cured. As for Adam [[spoiler:it was all Xaviax's fault, he was tricked, along with nearly all of Xaviax's soldiers. The second time he was even blackmailed into it.]] And Xaviax did pay by [[spoiler:being the only character in the show to die.]]
* BrotherChuck: Maya's Aunt Grace, owner of the bookstore, vanished after the early eps once the producers had convinced their bosses that more drama and less comedy wouldn't hurt the ratings. While she clearly still owns the bookstore, her name is never even mentioned again after she vanishes.
* ByTheEyesOfTheBlind: The monsters can only be seen by Kamen Riders and those who have been taken through a mirror portal. These people can also see into Ventara through Earth's mirrors and reflective surfaces.
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "Kamen Rider!" Because no one would get [[GratuitousJapanese "Henshin!"]] and "Transform!" [[TooLongDidntDub sounds boring]]. Also, it's to [[TitleDrop reinforce the title]].
* CaliforniaDoubling: Indoor variant. The rebuilt (or new location) Grace's Books in the finale? [[SarcasmMode Totally not a Borders Bookstore!]]
* CannotSpitItOut: Len, to the point that it takes like five episodes to drag the BackStory out of him.
* CanonForeigner: In a non-human version, ''Dragon Knight'' actually shows Wrath's Final Vent on-screen, while ''Ryuki'' didn't show Odin's; until ''DK'', the only way to see it was to play the {{Playstation}} game.
* CaptainErsatz: Wing Knight sometimes comes awfully close to being a {{Toku}} version of Franchise/{{Batman}}. Especially when he explains he wasn't the leader, he was the Scary One who fought at night...
** Gets a little eerie when you realize that Batman canonically has a British counterpart called Knight, who wears a [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/prev_img.php?pid=6213&cover=1 very similar visor]]. (Almost certainly a coincidence; Knight was essentially a forgotten relic of TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, only brought back to prominence recently.)
* TheCastShowOff: Matt Mullins occasionally gets scenes to show off his martial arts skills. Mark Dacascos joins in on a late one when Eubulon and Len spar.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: Len, particularly since that was not his role within the Ventaran Riders.
* TheChick: Maya.
* CirclingMonologue: Xaviax and Eubulon in the finale
* CityOfAdventure: Los Angeles.
* ClearMyName: Thrust's goal.
* ClimacticBattleResurrection: [[spoiler:Eh, not so much. Half of the Riders only return in time to take part in a group FinishingMove.]]
* ClipShow[=/=]RecapEpisode: No less than ''three'' in a ''forty episode run.'' "The Many Faces of Xaviax", "Calm Before the Storm", and "A Dragon's Tale".
** And the second clip show flashed back to the ''first clip show''.
** And the third clip show was ''the final episode.'' Because we [[SarcasmMode really needed]] to see what we just saw happen over the previous 10 episodes during the final episode - leaving only 5 minutes for something resembling a finale. The characters from early in the series, including Kit's dad, one of Kit's primary motivators, pretty much just get a passing mention and nothing else. "Oh yeah, they got better and stuff. But who cares, I'm writing a BOOK!"
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Five {{Mooks}} or so are easily defeated by Len ''without'' transforming. Later fights (note the plural, this happens two or three times) require two transformed Riders to go all-out against ''one''. This is the result of the Gelnewt MonsterOfTheWeek in ''Ryuki'' getting demoted to Mook status in ''Dragon Knight'', creating a jarring difference between reused and original fights.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Maya and Trent. Strike was one until Xaviax confirmed his theories.
* CovertPervert: We know Lacey's kinda boy-crazy, but one time her mind goes to the gutter awfully fast...
-->'''Maya:''' I saw [Len] [[TransformationSequence change]] right in front of me.
-->'''Lacey:''' Ew, he changed? ''(gets a grin on her face)'' Boxers or briefs?
* DangerousSixteenthBirthday: Actually eighteenth - that's when Kit got out of the foster care system and moved back into his old apartment, where he found his Advent Deck.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Technically it was considered this, it was much more serious than PowerRangers and dealt with the slavery of an entire planet, and over all dealt with more mature themes. It also killed the MonsterOfTheWeek formula for an Arc-based one. Which caused a bit of ContinuityLockout.
* DealWithTheDevil: Xaviax's offers.
* DeathByFlashback: [[spoiler:Torque]]
* DemonicPossession: Wrath
* DisappearedDad: Kit's father. [[spoiler:He actually reappears with other missing people, but they're little better than in a coma thanks to Xaviax.]]
* DisappearsIntoLight: Venting.
* DopplegangerSpin[=/=][[DopplegangerAttack Attack]]: Wing Knight's Trick Vent. Sometimes the clones physically exist and will attack, but other times they're just distractions that vanish when hit.
** Dragon Knight's Survive Mode has this as well, and it results in a three on three battle between Wing Knight and Adam as Dragon Knight when both of them put it into play during their confrontation.
* DoomDoors: The iconic sound effect is used in episode twelve as the sound of Strike's motorcycle.
* TheDragon: Strike.
* DragonKnight: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Well, yeah.]]
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler: Adam]] in spite of betraying his team TWICE, though afterwards he realizes his mistake.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Subverted. [[spoiler:When both Kit and Adam are active at the same time, it's Kit (the ''good'' twin) that gets the black Onyx armor.]]
* EvilOverlord: Xaviax.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Onyx, in Kit's dreams
* EvilIsHammy: General Xaviax at all times!
* FaceHeelTurn: Adam
* FanService: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtVclM3ZlAo debut fight of Kase/Siren]] is full of it. The [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome heavy guitar helps.]]
** Fun Fact: Steve Wang posted on his blog at one point that Kamen Rider Siren's introduction was actually sent back to them by The CW and 4Kids, who demanded revisions, but not because the introduction was bad. Why was it sent back? Because Steve had ''actually made her introduction too sexy'', and it had to be toned down to meet broadcast standards. [[FetishFuel It makes one wonder exactly how sexy the original take of Siren's intro was.]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: Defeated Riders get "vented", that is, trapped between dimensions with no hope of escape. Ironically, it was intended to be a better alternative to death, where Eubulon could get them out.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Xaviax, who has some real talent in smooth-talking. He can also be a LargeHam on occasion.
* FemaleGaze: At least one episode has a blatant crotch shot of Len as he's dismounting his bike.
** MaleGaze: [[MostWritersAreMale Of course,]] Kase doesn't escape this either. Why else would she keep her Advent Deck in her ''back'' pocket?
* FightClubbing: Thrust thinks he's doing this at first.
* FinishingMove: the Riders' Final Vents.
* FiveBadBand: Xaviax and his evil riders [[spoiler: the ones who knew he was an alien]]
** BigBad: Xaviax
** TheDragon: James/Strike [[spoiler: CoDragons if you count Xaviax's DemonicPossession of Wrath]]
** TheBrute[=/=]TokenGoodTeammate: Brad/Thurst
** EvilGenius[=/=]TheStarscream: Drew/Torque
** DarkChick: Danny/Axe & Albert/Spear, the Cho Brothers.
* FiveManBand: [[spoiler: Interestingly never shown together as a whole]]
** TheHero: Kit
** TheLancer: Len
** TheBigGuy: Brad
** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Girl]]: Maya
** TheHeart: Chris
** SixthRanger: Kase
*** Configuration 2 [[spoiler: after a few of the Ventaran Riders came into the action]].
** BigGood: Eubulon
** TheHero: Kit
** TheLancer: Kase
** TheMentor: Len
** TheBigGuy: Chance
** TheSmartGuy: Price (who doubles as the second [[TheMentor mentor]] and Hunt.
** TheChick: Maya Young.
** TagalongKid: Trent
** [[spoiler: SixthRanger: Adam]].
* FreudianExcuse: Xaviax jokes about this with the Cho brothers: "Your childhoods were deprived, now you're depraved."
* FusionDance: Strike steals Thrust's and Sting's decks, then can merge their Advent Beasts with his own.
* GiantEnemyCrab: Incisor's Advent Beast, Volcancer.
* GilliganCut: Maya swears up and down that Michelle won't reduce her to just getting coffee. [[YouGetMeCoffee Guess what?]]
* GratuitousJapanese: Despite being made for an American audience, the show kept the "Kamen" in Kamen Rider untranslated even though the English name "Masked Rider" is also used in Japan. Producer Steve Wang stated [[http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2009/02/22/kamen-rider-returns-to-us-television/ in an interview]] that he prefers the actual Japanese moniker over the translated form, but he also wanted to distance ''Dragon Knight'' from Saban's [[InkStainAdaptation earlier attempt]] at making an Americanized Kamen Rider series, simply titled ''MaskedRider''.
* HamToHamCombat: Eubulon VS General Xaviax. That is all.
* HealingHands: Kase displays this ability when healing Kit's injured leg.
* HeroicSacrifice[=/=]TakingTheBullet: Sting
* HumanAliens: Xaviax and Eubulon look human most of the time (they're actually TheGreys).
* HumanPopsicle: The Ventaran Riders (at least after losing Eubulon) took turns protecting Ventara, taking one year out of every twelve, with the remaining Riders kept in stasis.
* ICanStillFight: Sting.
* IdiotBall: Kit very easily believes Drew when he tells him that Len is working for Xaviax, despite repeatedly seeing him fight Xaviax's monsters. (Even alongside Kit!)
** During his fight with the Cho brothers, Len decides to leave their Advent Decks for them to retrieve instead of taking them with him, which ultimately leads to [[spoiler:Chris's venting in "Semper Fi."]]
** Siren sees Dragon Knight fighting (and losing to) Axe, so she decides to jump in and fights Axe. After forcing him to retreat, she attacks Dragon Knight, claiming he's working for Xaviax. So instead of just letting Axe vent him like he was so close to doing, she decides to jump in, fight Axe, and then fight Dragon Knight, who she's convinced is evil. HUH?
** Eubulon says that there is no time to punish Adam for betraying them and the planet Ventara... TWICE! The first time is somewhat forgivable, as he [[spoiler:was tricked by Xaviax, but the second time is completely of his own free will]]. So they decide to trust a known liar and traitor just because they need his help to defeat Xaviax, despite having no reason to trust him at all.
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Father]]: Strike pulls this.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Adam
* IfItSwimsItFlies: Sting's Advent Beast, Evildiver.
* ImageSong: Apparently it's doing well enough in Japan that the dubbers for the characters are singing songs about them!
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Sting, thanks to his asthma. At least he's able to go out [[HeroicSacrifice on his own terms]].
* IntrepidReporter: Maya.
* InvisibleMonsters: Xaviax's monsters, to anyone who doesn't have an Advent Deck or hasn't been through a mirror portal.
* ItNeverGetsAnyEasier: [[spoiler:Kit]] wonders if it does after he vents [[spoiler:Spear]].
* IWorkAlone: Hunt (the Ventaran Kamen Rider Axe).
* JigsawPuzzlePlot
* KickTheDog: When Maya decides to go behind Michelle's back so she won't steal the credit for her investigation, Michelle frames her for libel and gets her fired - then offers to help get her job back if she can be let in on the story. After Maya politely tells Michelle where she can shove her blackmail, Michelle eavesdrops to steal the story anyway.
** PetTheDog: Michelle eventually realizes what a bitch she was being and apologizes.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Adam, who wanted out of the Rider gig so he could be with a girl.
* ManipulativeBastard: Xaviax. Less successfully, Torque.
* MeaningfulName: Richie the rich kid.
* MeleeATrois: Every Rider has their own agenda, and a couple episodes have brought together everyone active at the time for large brawls.
* TheMenInBlack: the No Men
* TheMentor: Eubulon. On a smaller scale, the Ventaran Wrath mentored Len and Len mentors Kit.
* MirrorMonologue[=/=]RageAgainstTheReflection: Len, after Sting's sacrifice. Of course, being a Rider, his fist just goes through.
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: Len, a couple times. The first time, "I sense that guy (Richie) is Incisor", can be written off as a cover for recognizing Ventara!Incisor's Earth double. "I sense that [[spoiler:Torque]] has just been vented", however, is harder to handwave.
** This is possibly explained as an advanced form of [[{{Comicbook/Spider-Man}} Spider Sense]] in that the Advent Void... or their decks... or ''something'' keeps letting the Riders know when people are in danger. And it ''never'' lets up. This in itself is kinda cool, as the idea's similar to the noises made by the Mirror World in ''Ryuki''.
*** The fact that the Riders' ability to sense when they are needed never letting up is at least in part responsible for how [[spoiler: Xaviax tricked Adam. As Len explains to Maya, Adam felt trapped by his own good nature. He points it out by asking her, "If you had an alarm clock that let you know whenever there was someone in danger, could you ignore it?" Like all the heroic Riders, Adam could not, and he was ''desperate'' to get his life back. Xaviax was more than willing to use that against him.]] Adam himself explains this in part when he tells the team how he wound up in his situation, though he didn't reveal to them a very key fact. [[spoiler: Xaviax was essentially holding his girlfriend hostage while at the same time using her as emotional blackmail material to force him to sabotage the Riders' attempt to save Earth.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Genocider. Renamed Cerebeast in ''Dragon Knight'' according to the DS video game. Still not the kind of name you want to hear. The creature itself wasn't exactly going to inspire most people to think it was harmless either.
* {{Nerd}}: Trent's hacker friends (Trent himself is closer to HollywoodNerd)
* NeverSayDie: Defeated Kamen Riders don't die, they get "vented". Eventually justified as something you ''can'' return from.
* TheNthDoctor: Since an Advent Deck is locked to the DNA of its user, to become Kamen Rider Wrath, Xaviax must possess the body of the Wrath suit's designated user or his double. The show never makes Wrath's true identity clear, but [[AllThereInTheManual the official website]] tells us its Vic Frasier, a construction worker who was comatose after an accident (he was actually life-drained by Xaviax the same way Kit's father was). As such, Xaviax gets a different actor for a span of several episodes.
* OhCrap: For a brief, ''brief'' instant as the collective riders are pulling their Link Vent cards out, Xaviax's SmugSnake exterior actually slips into a facial expression that says this.
** There's also the moment when Torque first [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill unleashes]] [[MacrossMissileMassacre his]] [[MoreDakka Final]] [[BeamSpam Vent]]. Even suited, the way Wing Knight takes one look at Magnugiga [[SuckingInLines powering up]] and stops short before he legs it just says it all.
* OneWingedAngel: The [[{{Mooks}} minions]] upgrade from the red versions ([[AllThereInTheManual Gelnewts]]) to the white versions (Sheerghosts) against Wrath (and get beaten anyway.) From then on, all {{Mooks}} are Sheerghosts, though. Also, in an earlier episode, before Sheerghosts are properly introduced, there's a flashback to Ventara of Sheerghosts transforming into blue, dragonfly-like monsters (Raydragoons) when battling Siren, Wing Knight, and the original Strike (and getting beaten anyway.) The last couple of episodes have armies of ''all three types'' as the Riders [[StormingTheCastle storm the castle]]. [[RuleOfThree They get beaten anyway]].
* TheOnlyOne: Len from ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'' not only starts ''out'' like this, he wants to ''keep it that way'' at first because he doesn't believe anyone from Earth can be trusted with the Kamen Rider Advent Decks, particularly Kit, who is the mirror twin of the Rider who betrayed the team. The fact that most of the Earth Riders actually tend to be bad guys (though a few are innocently duped or framed) doesn't help matters any. He gets better about it as the series goes on, and then it's revealed that he ''wasn't'' the last of the Ventaran Riders to escape being vented anyway.
* OptOut: When the Riders and TheMenInBlack start uniting to take out Xaviax for good, Lacey asks to be excused and goes home.
** WrittenInAbsence: The real reason she goes home is because her actress had to take time off for personal reasons.
* [[spoiler:OurHeroIsDead]]: in "[[WhamEpisode Xaviax's Wrath]]"
* PaintItBlack: Dragon Knight becoming Onyx in Kit's dreams. (Averted in actual events; the Dragon and Onyx Decks are separate objects.)
* ParentalAbandonment: Acknowledged; when Kit learns Xaviax might have taken his dad, he reflects that he thought his dad just needed some time away.
* ParentheticalSwearing: [[spoiler:Michelle]], when Kit tricks the No-Men and escapes from custody: "slippery little ''weasel''!"
* PhantomZone: Ventara is the "we can fight without affecting Earth" kind, and the Advent Void is the "bloodless alternate to death" kind.
* PlugNPlayTechnology: Xaviax's teleporter beacons take [=USBs=].
* PowerCopying: Camo's and Sting's Copy Vents.
* PretentiousLatinMotto: But we'll give it a pass because it belongs to the Marines: ''Semper fi'', or "Always faithful". Sting uses it a couple times in the episode of the same name.
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: Kit's visions of his dad, and later, of Onyx
* RecursiveImport: The show is being dubbed into Japanese, with a vocal cast featuring several ''Franchise/KamenRider'' veterans. For extra points, Len's dub actor is the actor who played Ren Akiyama/Kamen Rider Knight, Wing Knight's Japanese equivalent.
* RedOniBlueOni: Dragon Knight and Wing Knight
* TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised: Not only were the last two episodes only viewable online, but a sequel to the series is coming out in Japan... [[http://www.amazon.co.jp/KAMEN-DRAGON-KNIGHT-2WORLD-1HEARTS-カメンライダー-ドラゴンナイト/dp/4781604366/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1283472885&sr=8-15 as a book.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Axe and Wing Knight, though the latter is able to finish his rather quickly.
* RoswellThatEndsWell: The Roswell incident was Eubulon landing on Earth.
* SarcasticConfession: As Michelle puts it, Maya can't expose the truth about the Kamen Riders... but there's nothing stopping her from writing a "fictional" account.
* SemperFi: Sting
* [[spoiler:SenselessSacrifice: Kit gets vented, but is able to take out Xaviax-in-Wrath... nope, only Wrath goes and Xaviax is still here.]]
* ShoutOut: When Michelle checks out one incident, she dismisses it with "So [[Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} a spider guy]] shot webs at you, and then [[Franchise/{{Batman}} a man dressed like a bat]] came down and saved you?" before mocking him for being a comics nerd.
** Incidentally, the first two monsters in [[Series/KamenRider the very first Kamen Rider series]] were ''named'' [[http://www.henshinhalloffame.com/riders/shocker.htm "Spider-Man" and "Bat-Man"]]. Coincidence or deliberate nod?
** There's a more blatant one with the crest on the wall of No-Men HQ, which is CaptainAmerica's old shield with some stuff around it.
** Xaviax deems the Cho brothers [[Film/WestSideStory depraved on account they're deprived]].
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: Surprisingly serious, especially when compared to [[PowerRangers that other Americanized toku show]].
** Blame it on the franchise, Franchise/KamenRider has usually been a degree or two more serious compared to SuperSentai.
* SphereOfPower: The Riders' transformation sequence utilizes this, and acts as a protective barrier while changing.
* SpiritAdvisor: Kit's dad. [[spoiler:Actually, Xaviax ''pretending'' to be Kit's dad, as part of his ManipulativeBastard routine.]]
* SmallNameBigEgo: Michelle, except that she seems to be liked by her editors by using the [[Franchise/HarryPotter Gilderoy Lockhart]] method of accomplishment without the memory-wiping. [[spoiler:Or maybe they're just in on the fact that she's an undercover agent.]]
* SmugSnake: Torque. Let's throw Michelle in there, too, but she gets better.
* TheStarscream: Torque.
* StormingTheCastle: Upon learning the location of the building where Kit's being held captive by the No-Men, Maya, Len, and Kase rush off to save him. Ironically, [[RedundantRescue he escapes before they even get to him]], but that doesn't stop Len and Kase from going in and wreaking complete havoc.
** And then Eubulon and the freed Riders (plus Maya and Trent) storm Xaviax's castle in the finale.
* SuperMode: Survive Mode
* SupportingLeader: Wing Knight.
* TeleportSpam: Wrath
* TitleThemeTune: "Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight! Together we can fight the fight!"
* UpgradeArtifact: The Advent Decks, to a certain extent. Though when [[spoiler:Maya becomes Siren]], it looks like Eubulon did most of the work in that regard.
* UpperClassTwit: Incisor.
* VillainousBreakdown: Xaviax gets desperate when Eubulon returns, and it shows.
* VoidBetweenTheWorlds: The Advent Void.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Sting
* WhamEpisode: "Xaviax's Wrath". The Knights pull out Survive Mode to finish the fight for good. The result? [[spoiler:Every last remaining Earth Rider gets vented - including Kit - leaving it once again down to just Xaviax and Wing Knight.]]
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: At least Chris thinks so, when Maya's trying to cheer him up about his asthma weakness by complimenting his "heart". Strike shares the sentiment: "You got heart, kid - but no lungs!"
* WhipItGood: Sting's Swing Vent.
* WigDressAccent: No accent, but the first two are how Maya eludes the No Men's surveillance.
* AWizardDidIt: [[spoiler:Everything Eubulon does up to and including the finale.]]

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