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-->''"Open your eyes for the next Faiz."''

The 2003-2004 series of ''Franchise/KamenRider'' and the fourth Heisei Era series.

In the future, the Smart Brain [[MegaCorp megacorporation]] has achieved almost global dominance of the electronics and vehicle industry. However, their true goal is to TakeOverTheWorld by [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans forcing mankind]] to [[EvolutionaryLevels the next stage in their evolution]]: the Orphenoch.

A young man named Yuji Kiba is involved in a terrible car accident, falling into a coma for two years and eventually dying. However, moments later he comes BackFromTheDead, reviving as the Horse Orphenoch. Awakening to a world where his parents are dead, his career has been given to another man, his possessions have been stolen and sold by greedy relatives and his fiance has married his former best friend, he goes mad with grief and goes on a [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge killing spree]]. He is stopped by the mysterious Smart Lady, the mascot character of Smart Brain, who gives him a new home and purpose; one that he soon comes to rebel against...

Mari Sonada is an orphan who receives a Smart Brain briefcase and motorbike from her stepfather in Tokyo. On her travels she encounters the [[TheStoic Stoic]] [[TheDrifter drifter]] Takumi Inui, and a mixup with their bags causes him to pursue her. Soon afterwards, Mari is attacked by an Orphenoch who is after the contents of the briefcase: the [[TransformationTrinket Faiz Gear]]. Putting on the Faiz Driver, Mari attempts to transform but is rejected by the belt. In desperation she puts it on Takumi, and he successfully transforms into Kamen Rider Faiz...

What unfolds is a saga between two men on different sides of the same war: [[LivingWithTheVillain friends as Takumi and Yuji but fierce rivals as Faiz and the Horse Orphenoch]]. Things become more complex with the arrival of Masato Kusaka, a fellow orphan and [[TheRival wielder of the Kaixa Gear]], who holds a [[LoveMakesYouCrazy deep infatuation]] with Mari and is not shy about [[MurderTheHypotenuse disposing of any romantic rivals]]. The [[RuleOfThree trio of belts]] is completed with the arrival of the Delta Gear, which can be used by anyone. Opposing them is Smart Brain's [[QuirkyMinibossSquad strongest four Orphenoch]], Lucky Clover, whose objective is to seize all three Gears and awaken the mysterious Orphenoch King.
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!This series contains examples of:
* AlternateContinuity - TheMovie, which poses the question "WhatIf the Orphenochs ''did'' rule the world?"
* AlwaysChaoticEvil - Notably subverted: Orphenochs aren't evil by default. Smart Brain is the true evil of the series and the Orphenochs have little choice in the matter, as Orphenochs who refuse to do as Smart Brain orders are marked for death or tricked into serving them.
* AndYourLittleDogToo - How Murakami convinces Mr. J - now down to his last "life" - to go out and fight again.
* AnyoneCanDie - [[spoiler:Doesn't mean they necessarily stay that way, though]]
* AsideGlance - Kaido gets one when he's rescuing Keitaro and a small boy from a burning building.
* BackFromTheDead - Every Orphenoch, but one non-Orphenoch example is [[spoiler:Mari Sonada]], who is killed in the latter half of the series but brought back to life after [[spoiler:Takumi]] makes a DealWithTheDevil.
** [[spoiler: Pretty much every recurring character not named Keitaro or those two cops have already died once.]]
* BadGuyBar - Bar Clover, the meeting place of Lucky Clover, with one of them moonlighting as the bartender.
* [[BitchInSheepsClothing Bastard In Sheep's Clothing]]: '''KUSAKA'''.
* BastardUnderstudy - Kaido would get one in Yoshio Kobayashi, the Rabbit Orphenoch. Interestingly, the actor who played Yoshio would go on to play another BastardUnderstudy in ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto''.
* BewareTheNiceOnes - Yuka Osada in ''spades''. Later on, [[spoiler:Kiba after his FaceHeelTurn]].
* BelligerentSexualTension: Takumi and Mari. The movie pretty much made them the OfficialCouple.
* {{BFG}} - The Faiz Blaster, when it's not a {{BFS}}.
* {{BFS}} - The Orga Stlanzer, when its Exceed Charge activates. The Faiz Blaster also qualifies whenever it's not a {{BFG}}.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: They defeated the Arch Orphenoch[[note]]Not killed, just defeated[[/note]] but at the cost of Kiba's life and the end implies that Takumi is dying, but he still has Mari and Keitaro by his side so he isn't alone]].
* BlackDudeDiesFirst - Mr. J is the first of the Lucky Clover to go.
** He isn't just the first to die, he's the first to die [[DeathIsCheap three times]] before the third one makes it permanent.
* BrandX - Smart Brain.
* BrokenBird - [[spoiler: Osada Yuka, [[IncrediblyLamePun literally]].]]
* BroughtDownToNormal - Happens multiple times when a character has his Rider Gear stolen (and used) by a bad guy.
* ButtMonkey[=/=]DoubleStandard - Keitaro [[spoiler:in episode 41 at least. The fact it's presented as a comedy moment makes it even worse.]]
* CassandraTruth - Takumi, whenever [[YouHaveToBelieveMe he tries to explain]] to ''anyone'' that Kusaka is a [[MagnificentBastard scheming sociopath]]. Naturally, they all assume that Takumi is [[YoureJustJealous just jealous]].
* ChekhovsGun - "The King's sleep is long".
* ChekhovsGunman - Suzuki Teruo
* ChewToy - Itsuro Takuma, who became Kitazaki's bitch once the latter showed up. [[spoiler:[[WhosLaughingNow He later got revenge]]]].
** One can also claim that the Auto Vajin is Takumi's. He seemed to have jumped numerous times directly into enemy fire to protect his master. Notable examples being shot be [[MacrossMissileMassacre hundreds of missiles]] from the Side Bashaar and the Jet Sliger. Maybe enough to make a drinking game.
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: The Rider Gears can be equipped by anyone capable of using them and each of the three main ones (Faiz, Kaixa and Delta) are worn by other characters besides their primary wielders at different points of the series ([[spoiler:in fact, the Delta Gear has several users before it ends up at the hands of Mihara, while Kusaka gets to wear all three]]). This is the first Rider series to work that way - the Riders of ''Ryuki'' had to make a contract, and every Rider before them except for G3 had their powers somehow integrated into them (most of the Showa series had cyborgification, ''Kuuga'' had the driver bond itself to him, and in ''Agito'', Rider forms are the mature state of a natural mutation.)
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}} - Naoya Kaido, the Snake Orphenoch and eccentric to the point of insanity.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive - Kyoji Murakami.
* CreepyChild - Teruo, the [[spoiler: Arch Orphenoch/Orphenoch King.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier - Taken to new heights in the novel, RapeAsDrama (Kusaka's [[LoveMakesYouCrazy raping of Mari]], [[DeathByChildbirth Yuka getting pregnant by Keitaro]] and Yuji beating the shit out of Kusaka for that.) However, this series is also pretty dark compared to the rest of the franchise, maybe coming in second only to ''Film/ShinKamenRiderPrologue''.
* DarkMessiah: The Arch Orphenoch/Orphenoch King.
* DeadlyUpgrade - The Kaixa Gear [[ItOnlyWorksOnce kills most of its wearers after one use]]. The Delta Gear's power [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity is addictive]]. Becoming an Orphenoch - already ''effectively'' this because if it doesn't result in you going nuts and having to be put down by a Rider, it ''will'' result in Smart Brain deciding that this makes you a traitor to Orphenochs and placing you on ''their'' hit list - proves to [[spoiler: be this on its own. ''No one'' can take the conversion; all Orphenochs will suffer from a drastically reduced lifespan.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: The first episode centers almost entirely on Yuji Kiba, giving viewers the impression that he's the one who will receive the Faiz Gear from Mari, while some other viewers (thanks in part to the trailer) believed that it'd be ''Mari'' who'd be the Rider, going to the point where ''she'' was about to henshin. Then the belt gives her an error and Takumi comes in... Ironically, he was the inverse, believed to be the guy who killed one of Mari's traveling people [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler until the monster for that episode comes out and reveals that he did it]].
* DevilInPlainSight - Masato Kusaka. ''A thousand times'' Masato Kusaka.
* DisappearedDad - Hanagata, Mari's stepfather.
* TheDragon - Kitazaki, (appropriately) the Dragon Orphenoch.
* EleventhHourSuperpower - Well before appearing in the series proper, Faiz's [[SuperMode Blaster Form]] was shown in [[TheMovie Paradise Lost]], first presented as a previously unseen piece of equipment. It was shown again during the final battles, with Takumi eventually using it to turn around a losing battle against Kamen Rider Orga and build up hype for it when it appeared in the series proper.
* EnemyToAllLivingThings - Kitazaki, who turns anything he touches, living beings included, to ash.
* [[ThreateningShark Everything's Even Worse With Sharks]] - the ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' Net Movies have revealed that the Faiz suit was partially inspired by sharks. Note the sawtooth-looking mouthpiece and fin-like antennae.
* FacelessGoons - The Riotroopers.
* FallenHero - [[spoiler:Yuji Kiba]].
* FourIsDeath - Lucky Clover again.
* GenkiGirl - Smart Lady. {{Lampshaded}} when one of her co-workers comments on just how annoying her super-happy act is and how she ''never turns off''.
* GoOutWithASmile - [[spoiler:Masato Kusaka]] does this after getting served by Kamen Rider Psyga in the movie.
* TheGunslinger: The Delta Blaster.
* HeroicNeutral - At first, Takumi has no real concerns with fighting Orphenochs and is just trying to live his life. Still, in a crisis he'll actually deal with it rather than run away.
* HollywoodEvolution: The Orphenochs are the "next evolution of humanity and animals," and the reason Orphenoch victims turn to dust is that Orphenochs actually attack by their [[TheVirus method of trying to sire Orphenochs]] but the human body can rarely withstand such "rapid evolution." In the end we find out that [[spoiler: ''all'' Orphenochs are dying; ''no one'' can withstand the "rapid evolution." It takes seconds with most, as seen with the weekly nameless victims who wander in confusion and then fall apart, but no Orphenoch will live anything like a normal human lifespan.]]
* {{Homage}} - The Orphenoch forms of the Lucky Clover members were based on the monster forms of the Hakaider Corps. of the live-action ''{{Kikaider}} 01'', mostly by sharing their animal motifs [[note]]That's a centipede, an alligator/crocodile (both "wani" in Japanese), a dragon, and a lobster/shrimp (both "ebi" in Japanese), just for reference.[[/note]] The clear dome on the Rose Orphenoch's head was also inspired by Hakaider, whose helmet had a BrainInAJar.
* HumansAreBastards - Save for Mari and Keitaro, EVERY Human that Yuji and Yuka meet plays this straight [[spoiler:and it eventually is the basis for Yuji's FaceHeelTurn]]
* ICouldaBeenAContender - Naoya Kaido, who had a promising future as a guitarist before his hand was crushed in an "accident".
* IJustWantToBeNormal - Shuji Mihara, who eventually accepts the call and becomes the Delta Gear's primary user. Also [[spoiler: Itsuro Takuma decides to live out the rest of his "life" as a human in the finale.]]
* InstrumentOfMurder - The Hyper Battle DVD had the Faiz Sounder, a boombox that transformed into a powerful sonic cannon. This was the winning contest entry Toei had for a new weapon for Faiz, which like all other weapons in the show, was based off a real world object.
* InterspeciesRomance - Played straight with [[spoiler: Keitaro and Yuka. [[WolfMan Takumi]] and Mari could count as well.]]
* ItOnlyWorksOnce - ''"The world isn't generous. [[AppliedPhlebotinum Henshin One-Shot]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin only works for one shot.]]"''
** And when it [[PhlebotinumBreakdown fails]], it doesn't fail the way we've come to expect. [[spoiler:The Kaixa Gear itself disintegrates, rather than Keitaro]].
* {{Jerkass}} - Masato Kusaka, on so many levels.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Naoya Kaido, on so many levels.
* JumpedAtTheCall - Keitaro wanted to, but unfortunately the call didn't want him. Mari also tried to henshin into Faiz more than once, but never succeeded.
* JustEatGilligan - After Lucky Clover spend weeks trying and failing to steal the Rider Gears through force, Kaido and his protege Yoshio succeed in their ''first'' attempt by impersonating police officers and tricking the protagonists into giving up the Gears.
* KarmaHoudini - [[spoiler: Saeko Yageyama, who killed Yuka, and in doing so was resposible for the death of Kiba, as that set off his HeelFaceTurn. Yet she's alive and well at the end of the series, if you call being insane, trapped in Rubber Suit form and possibly immortal "alive and well"]].
** [[spoiler:To say nothing of Kaido, who wears the Faiz gear on Smart Brain's behalf early on, is the only Riotrooper to survive, and gives the Faiz and Kaixa Gears to Lucky Clover. He's the only one of the three Renegades to survive, even though being the only one who did not become an Orphnoch naturally (as opposed to being "sired"), and therefore supposedly weaker.]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch - [[spoiler:Yuji Kiba]] killing [[spoiler:Masato Kusaka]] with the Kaixa Gear, which cemented his [[spoiler:FaceHeelTurn]] and new position on the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil.
* LateArrivalSpoiler - Decade, the Decade net movies, and plenty of signature banners/avatars do not shy away from how Takumi [[spoiler:is the Wolf Orphenoch]].
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn - President Murakami's scenes in his office at Smart Brain HQ always include OminousLatinChanting, but it's not until an underling walks in and the audience needs to hear the following conversation that we realize [[GenreSavvy he's listening to the BGM on a CD player while working or drinking wine]].
* LoveDodecahedron - Played with and lampshaded in the first episode of the pizza house story arc (which leads to the debut of Faiz Accel and the unofficial "Flu Orphenoch").
** The entire main cast and few side ones have some form of affections for the other casts.
** Which are [[spoiler: Kusaka and Sawada were in love with Mari since childhood. While Kusaka is [[{{Yandere}} obsessed with her]], Sawada tries to kill her, so he can kill off his humanity. Kaido is also in love with Mari, but Mari at first was interested in Kiba. Kiba, himself was still reeling from killing his girlfriend Chie, and didn't really notice. Yuka was email friends with Keitaro and had feelings for him, but also had a massive crush on Kaido. While Keitaro was interested in Yuka, he later got his wish and they hooked up. For a time.... While the main character Takumi generally kept out of the mess, but he and Mari had Belligerent Sexual Tension.]]
* LoveMakesYouCrazy - Two words: Masato Kusaka
* LyricalDissonance - The opening theme. It starts out sounding like it's going to be a fairly upbeat, techno-laden song, and, well...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH3ALBTyvzE See for yourself.]]
* MacrossMissileMassacre - Pretty much what The Jet Sliger and Side Basher was made for [[spoiler: Just so you know the Jet Sliger is a [[RuleOfCool jet powered bike]] with a [[FrickinLaserBeams laser cannon]] on it's front and the Side Basher is a motorcycle that [[TransformingMecha transforms into]] a walking weapons platform.]]
* ManBehindTheMan - In the NonSerialMovie, Smart Brain is shown as truly being run by three guys seen as blurry faces on hologram screens. All of them are played by longtime {{Toku}} BigBad voice actors who've been menacing Riders and [[SuperSentai Rangers]] since TheSeventies. (One of them is Creator/GoroNaya, which is really interesting, given the recent WordOfGod about ''every'' Naya-voiced "[Organization Name]'s Great Leader," no matter how different-looking from the last or or clearly dead by the end, being the same guy.)
* MerchandiseDriven - Sure, you have commercials promoting [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n27j5ESRvbw replica Faiz belts]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4KgtuvDKIo&feature=related Kaixa weapons.]] But did you know they also had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-scez5eXZw Faiz HOT DOGS, AND CURRY?!?]] Yep, that's further proof that [[CashCowFranchise Toei makes bank with the Kamen Rider franchise.]]
** Within the ranks of Kamen Rider merchandise, complete sets of Rider Gear are some of the most expensive items. And those are just the original toys--there are also more professional types for adult fans which regularly net over a thousand dollars if you can actually find them.
* MidSeasonUpgrade - Axel Form
* MoralDissonance - Of the "Franchise/{{Batman}} and JokerImmunity" variety. Riders with no problem with killing keep sparing Sawada ''over and over'' despite his favorite hobby being ''killing sprees to the point of the other villains actually telling him to cut back.'' They ''know'' what happens ''every'' time they let him go. Yeah, he was your friend waaay back when... but so were some of his victims.
** Also, there's the fact that the belts were derived from the villains, the Orphenoch themselves, and that our heroes [[spoiler: use their own Orphenoch powers to use said devices]] to kill their own kind, albeit the prime creator defected, so maybe not.
* MoralityPet - Kaido had one in Teruo, before it turned out [[spoiler: the latter [[ChekhovsGunman was the Orphenoch King]].]]
* MultiformBalance - Faiz is the only Rider to have more then one form.
** JackOfAllStats: Faiz Form
** FragileSpeedster: Axel Form
** SuperMode: Blaster Form
* MusicalEpisode - The Hyper Battle Video.
* MythologyGag - The Orphenoch King was clearly designed with the Old Gen Kamen Riders in mind, ScarfOfAsskicking and all.
** The Faiz Edge being a sword with a motorbike handle as a handle evokes Series/KamenRiderKuuga; Kuuga's Titan form typically used his bike handlebar to transform into his sword.
** There's a lot of old-school KR in this series. The Riotroopers are basically the new Shocker Riders (there are even six of them! Gold armor to go with the Shocker Riders' gold gloves and boots, no less.), and a lot of the technology is classic Rider attacks we [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief willingly suspended disbelief]] for given a reason to work that way, ''Film/BatmanBegins'' style. And while it's a bit of a stretch, the Orphenochs are reminiscent of some of the unwillingly-enhanced former human monsters from the old days: All of them were normal people to begin with, a fact the plot gives due attention to, except when it doesn't. Most didn't want the change, and once it happened, some became monsters, some remained themselves and were forced to do things they don't want to by the organization, and a precious few defied the organization and lived to tell. The main Rider is [[spoiler: the prime example of the latter]]. And not everyone survives the conversion process (though Shocker didn't seem to have to kill hundreds to get one monster out of it.)
** When Kusaka sees Hanagata again for the first time and demands to know what's going on, he tells him to fight, and keep fighting and winning (and we hear that repeated a few times) and it sounds very much like [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Shiro Kanzaki]]. To really hammer it in, when Hanagata steps out in Goat Orphenoch form, ''we hear the mirror world noise.''
* NeverTrustATrailer - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3L_oXGBJU8 This trailer]] seems to portray Takumi as a villain and Mari as Faiz. The show, not so much...
* OopsIDidItAgain - And again. And again. And again.
* OnTheNextEpisodeOfCatchphrase: [[GratuitousEnglish "Open your eyes for the next Faiz".]]
* OnlyMostlyDead - Mr. J, who had three "lives".
* OrphanageOfFear - Though the Ryuusei Orphanage wasn't that bad on its own, [[spoiler:all of the orphans were eventually killed and used as guinea pigs in Smart Brain experiments]].
* OutDamnedSpot - Masato Kusaka.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The Orphenochs are essentially zombies in a sense. BackFromTheDead? Check. Power to infect others? Check. They have also been compared to vampires, until [[Series/KamenRiderKiva the true vampires of Kamen Rider]] came along.
* PeaceAndLoveIncorporated - Smart Brain.
* PoorCommunicationKills - At one point, Takumi and Yuji are on the verge of either clearing up a major misunderstanding or becoming even worse enemies. It all hinges on their two easily-distracted friends delivering messages (of the "Tell him I said..." kind) to the other person accurately. Guess what happens.
** The series is full of this trope. The fact that Takumi and Yuji only meet both transformed or both untransformed for quite a while, and them having an increasingly awkward relationship thanks to horrible coincidences both help this along, but this problem - among others - would be so much simpler if not for the protagonists having abysmal communication skills.
** This trope is a recurring theme in the work of Toshiki Inoue, who wrote every single episode of Faiz. Inoue used to be subtle about it (e.g. in ''Series/KamenRiderAgito''); it reached PlotTumor status in Faiz, and it became an even bigger PlotTumor in ''Series/KamenRiderKiva''.
** This trope is an inadvertant result of Japanese culture more than anything. They are pretty big on not just telling people about your personal problems, because it makes you seem like you're being imposing (or worse, trying to push your problems onto other people). Due to this, big misunderstandings are common.
** There's a world of difference between that and just walking off rather than saying "I'm not a traitor to humanity, I helped that Orphenoch because she saved my life" the fifth or so time your friends ask you ''why you attacked another Rider.'' Numerous such examples exist, to the point where the series would be half as long without them.
* PowerTrio - Faiz, Kaixa and Delta, with the roles switching depending on who is wearing each Gear.
** FreudianTrio - In terms of the main users of the Rider Gears.
*** Ego - Takumi
*** Superego - Kusaka
*** Id - Shuji
* PeopleJars - In TheMovie, Murakami is a head in a jar.
* PerkyFemaleMinion - Smart Lady.
* PhlebotinumBreakdown - Because [[spoiler:the human body cannot withstand such rapid evolution, continued transformation into an Orphenoch will eventually lead to the Orphenoch's [[DeaderThanDead destruction]]. Destruction furthers if you use a Rider Gear, with Kaixa users having the higher risk]]. Also, Masato undergoes this when the [[spoiler:Orphenoch DNA]] powering his Kaixa Gear starts to run low.
** Kamen Rider Delta goes through something like this after leaving Kitazaki's hands. It's more a case of less powerful ''users'', really.
* PrematureEmpowerment - Mari forces the TransformationTrinket on Takumi before he has any idea what's going on. Also applies to anyone who revives as an Orphenoch after being killed by another Orphenoch.
* PsychoticSmirk - Masato Kusaka, which gradually morphs into a SlasherSmile.
* PunnyName - The titular rider, sort of. [[SpellMyNameWithAnS One of the ways you can read his name]] is 555, as seen in the show's logo. 555 is also what has to be typed into the phone used to become Faiz. The pun comes from the fact that 555 is the Japanese equivalent of 911, and thus the titular rider both has to dial for emergency aid to transform, and IS essentially emergency aid for dealing with Orphenochs.
** Pretty much all the Riders qualify, as the numbers associated with each are tied to their name (e.g., Kaixa and 913 [[note]]Pronounced "ku-i-sa" in Japanese ''goroawase'', which is close enough to "Ka-i-za"[[/note]], Delta and 333 [[note]]The Greek letter delta is shaped like a triangle, which has three sides[[/note]], Psyga and 315 [[note]]Similarly to Kaixa, it would be pronounces "sa-i-go" in ''goroawase", which is close enough to "Ps-i-ga[[/note]], and Orga and 000 [[note]]With Japanese pronunciation, "Orga" sounds like "Oga", which could also be interpreted as "0ga"[[/note]]).
* TheQuietOne - Yuka Osada, the Crane Orphenoch.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad - Lucky Clover
** BadassBookworm - Itsuro Takuma, the Centipede Orphenoch.
** OmnicidalManiac - Kitazaki, the Dragon Orphenoch.
** ScaryBlackMan - Mr. J, the Crocodile Orphenoch.
** TheVamp - Saeko Kageyama, the Lobster Orphenoch.
** EnigmaticMinion - [[spoiler:Aki Sawada, the Spider Orphenoch]], who replaced the deceased [[spoiler:Crocodile Orphenoch]] after a long "we need a new fourth member so our name isn't ironic" storyline.
* ReallyGetsAround - How the belts end up being used, especially Delta.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath - [[spoiler:Yuji Kiba]].
* RhinoRampage - Variant: The movie-only Elasmotherium Orphnoch rampages, with [[spoiler: Kiba/Orga]] as one of its victims.
* TheRival - Too many rivalries to count.
* RefusalOfTheCall - Takumi had no interest in being Faiz. Unfortunately for him, [[YouCantFightFate a series of coincidences and mistakes]] throws the Faiz Gear back into his hands again and again until he gives up.
* SatchelSwitcheroo - The first two episodes are built around this trope.
* TheScrappy - In-universe example: Smart Lady, at least for Smart Brain's employees.
* ScaramangaSpecial - The various Rider Gears.
* SchoolForScheming - The Ryuusei Orphanage, which doubled as a school.
* ShoePhone - The items making up the Gears are disguised as mundane items: cellphones, cameras and binoculars to name a few.
* ShoutOut - Kaido's classic Series/KamenRider henshin pose, ''complete with sound effect,'' just before saving Teruo from some bullies. It's especially brilliant because while Takeshi Hongo is a ''little'' [[TheSeventies before]] young viewers' time, it was ''also'' Shinji's pose in ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki.''
** Not to mention Delta's Rider Kick, named Literature/LucifersHammer.
* SlasherSmile - Masato Kusaka plays this trope straight, but most notably in Episode 30 after he uses the Faiz gear to [[spoiler: sabotage Kiba's and Takumi's friendship.]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kusakacreepysmile_4521.jpg And when Kusaka smiles,]] it's down right scary.
* SmugSnake - Masato Kusaka.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The soft, beautiful guitar playing of [[spoiler:Kaido]] as Inui fights the [[spoiler:Scarab Orphnoch]] and Yuji fights [[spoiler: Owl Orphnoch/Kaido's Professor]].
** Also, Sawada has his headphones blasting, treating the audience to a mashup of gangsta rap [[note]][[Music/BustaRhymes "Pass The Courvoisier Part 2" by Busta Rhymes]] and [[Music/KrissKross "Jump" by Kriss Kross]][[/note]] while [[spoiler:killing a whole busful of people]]. It also manages to be totally awesome.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS - There are three ways to spell the show's name (which is also the main Rider's name), all of which are official. The show's logo gives ''both'' "555" and "Φ's" next to the katakana. TV Asahi's website and the official merchandise spell it as "Faiz".
** The show is "555" in Japanese, "Φ's" when translated into English, and the Rider is "Faiz", all of which are ''Faizu'' in Japan.
** ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', which gave us official English spellings of pretty much every Rider ever, identifies him as "Faiz".
* SpotTheImposter - In a subversion, Yuji often ''fails'' to notice when the Faiz Gear has switched hands and assumes that it's always the same person under the mask.
* StarCrossedLovers - The moment [[spoiler: [[InterspeciesRomance Keitaro and Yuka]]]] hooked up, you knew their sweet relationship was going to be sabotaged by Orphenochs who found out. And then [[spoiler: Keitaro finds out that Yuka's been killed by Orphenochs...]] [[TearJerker Oh boy... sniff.]]
* StuffedIntoTheFridge - [[spoiler:Yuka Osada]], whose death sparks [[spoiler:Yuji's [[BreakTheCutie breaking]] and FaceHeelTurn, [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor again]]]].
* SuperPrototype - The Delta Gear, being the first Gear created, is the most powerful but also has the least number of gadgets.
** The Riotroopers are the production models of the Rider Gears and much weaker. Also, Psyga and Orga in TheMovie are the newest model, and while both are much stronger than Faiz's basic form, Faiz Blaster is stronger than them both despite being a much older model.
* SuperSpeed - Faiz [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Accel/Axel]] Form.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish - Leo/Kamen Rider Psyga from TheMovie, played by America-born Hongkong-based actor Peter Ho, speaks perfect English. According to legend his Japanese was so bad that the director told him to stick to English.
* SwissArmyWeapon - The Kaixa Blaygun and Faiz Blaster Form's Faiz Blaster.
* SympatheticPOV- A unique thing about this series is how much time is spent on the monster's motivation, almost all of them get a day in the limelight and expand on their motivations. Your Millage May Vary on how sympathetic they actually are.
* TallDarkAndSnarky - Masato Kusaka.
* TenLittleMurderVictims: the plot of both games- The Ryuusei Orphanage reunion.
* ThemeNaming - The Riders in this season derive their names from [[GratuitousGreek Greek]] letters: Faiz = Phi, Kaixa = Chi, Orga = Omega, Psyga = Psi, and Delta is pretty obvious. WordOfGod says the Riotroopers represent Omicron, while the stage shows introduce Alpha, Beta, and Gamma, and a scan of an "in-universe" Smart Brain catalog from ''Paradise Lost'' depicts the Neo-Alpha, police and rescue-use Seeda (Theta) and the civilian sporting-use Pyron (Pi).
* TransformingMecha - Autovajin, which could transform from a bike into a support mecha. And The Side Basher which transforms into a 20 foot tall robot with a right arm that launches [[MacrossMissileMassacre Missiles that split into MORE]] missiles... Really.
* TronLines - On all of the Rider armors. AllThereInTheManual states they're the channels through which "photon blood" passes through, hence the look of the transformation: once the lines are filled in and the circuit is complete, the suit appears.
* {{Tsundere}} - Mari Sonada.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: In the movie, no one bats an eye when a group of Orphenochs attack a group of humans. Justified since a majority of the Earth population are Orphenochs.
* VillainSong - The Smart Lady gets several in the Hyper Battle DVD.
** Don't forget ''My Name Is Smart Lady''
* VoluntaryShapeshifting - Orphenochs, once awakened, can shapeshift at will.
* TheVirus - Orphenochs are created in one of two ways: either a human dies and naturally becomes one, or they are murdered by an existing Orphenoch, in which case there is a ''chance'' that they revive as an Orphenoch.
** A ''very small'' chance. Hundreds of victims turn to dust for every one that turns into an Orphenoch. Most MonsterOfTheWeek Orphenochs do their murdering by the siring method, with no fear of their victims turning into a stronger monster and kicking their butts. Kaido was the only time we've seen it work with our own eyes, and none of the others in the main cast were sired.
* WhamEpisode - Episode 34. People never saw the twist involving [[spoiler: [[WolfMan Takumi Inui's]]]] true identity as an Orphenoch coming.
** [[spoiler: It's actually pretty obvious when you consider episode four - after Mari and Keitaro both fail and the Orphenoch uses it saying "Not just anyone can transform". That alone is sufficient reason to be suspicious. Especially given Faiz's dark tone and the ContinuityNod, it's not unreasonable to assume "Our hero is the monster" like in Showa series of old.]]
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue
* WideEyedIdealist - Keitaro Kikuchi.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity - The Delta Gear, which can be used by anyone but whose power is highly addictive... until the end of its introduction arc, after which its critical flaw is [[{{Handwave}} handwaved]] away.
** Even in its introductory arc, it was stated that ''some'' could use it safely. Mihara's just one of the lucky ones, and ''he'' doesn't see himself as so lucky and ''really'' wishes he could [[RefusalOfTheCall refuse the call]].
* WolfMan - [[spoiler:Takumi Inui, the Wolf Orphenoch]].
* {{Yandere}} - Masato Kusaka, who is practically a male version of this.
* ZombieApocalypse: TheMovie shows the scenario of what if the Orphenochs took over 99.9% of the world. (The answer is, it sucks to be a human in that world, but the Orphenoch majority lives pretty much like we do.)
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