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-->''Walking the path of Heaven, the man who will rule everything.''

The 2006-2007 series of ''Franchise/KamenRider'' and the seventh installment in the Heisei Era. Also notable for being the 35th anniversary series of the Franchise/KamenRider franchise.

In 1999, a meteor fell to Earth and obliterated the Shibuya district of Tokyo. Along with the destruction the meteor brought something far more dangerous: the Worm, an insectoid race of aliens with the ability to perfectly mimic the appearance and memories of a human. Seven years later, the Worm have infiltrated society and are slowly killing off the human race, replacing them with their own.

Earth's only defence lies in the secret organization ZECT, who are losing ground against the evolved Worm and their [[SuperSpeed Clock Up]] ability. To counter this, ZECT develops the Masked Rider System and [[TransformationTrinket Kabuto Zecter]] weapons, which new recruit Arata Kagami is eager to try out.

Enter Souji Tendou: genius chef, philosopher, loving brother, martial arts expert and all-round [[TheAce Ace]] at everything he does (also, [[{{InsufferableGenius}} kind of a dick]]). During a Worm attack, Kagami calls out for the Kabuto Zecter but [[EmpathicWeapon instead it goes to Tendou]], who proclaims that he is TheChosenOne and uses it to transform into Kamen Rider Kabuto.

This series can also, at times, get [[TearJerker/KamenRiderKabuto really depressing, hence its own Tear Jerker page]].

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!!This series includes examples of:

* AfterTheEnd - The setting of the AlternateContinuity [[TheMovie movie]].
* AllYourPowersCombined - The Perfect Zecter.
* AltarTheSpeed - Hiyori and Kagami in the ''God Speed Love'' movie, because Hiyori is on her deathbed.
* ArcWords: ''I'll always be by your side''. Tendo's not the only to use it. Even the lyrics to ''One World'' (the movie's ending song) uses this line
* BashBrothers - Tendou and Kagami, eventually
* BastardUnderstudy - Shun Kageyama to Masato Mishima. Kageyama's actor, ironically, played another BastardUnderstudy [[ActorAllusion three years prior]] in ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz''.
* TheBeautifulPeople: Practically the season's overarching theme.
* BecomingTheMask - Scorpioworm, who so perfectly mimicked the real [[spoiler:Tsurugi Kamishiro]] that even he was surprised at the revelation that he was a fake.
* BerserkButton - The "Red Shoes System".
* {{BFG}} - The Perfect Zecter's default mode.
* {{BFS}} - The Perfect Zecter in Maximum Hyper Cyclone mode.
* BloodBrothers - Yaguruma and Kageyama.
* {{Bokukko}} - Hiyori Kusakabe.
* BunnyEarsLawyer - Riku Kagami, leader of ZECT, who has a tendency to go on [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic rambling tangents]] about Bach or Beethoven.
* ButNotTooForeign - While Hiro Mizushima merely ''grew up'' overseas, the show hangs a lampshade on this trope by casting a clearly mixed-parentage boy as young Souji Tendou in flashbacks. They do resemble each oher to a degree.
* {{Cameo}} - Kikawada Masaya, who plays Hongo Takeshi/Rider-1 in ''Kamen Rider THE FIRST'', briefly appears in-character to call Tendou a weird guy. EpilepticTrees, away!
** [[CompletelyMissingThePoint But for once]] [[UnfortunateImplications there were no]] [[MemeticMutation female riders.]]
* CatchPhrase - See the page quote.
** Kagami sort of gets one in the Hyper Battle Video: "The man who washes his face in front of a mirror every day."
** Although not a MeaningfulName, Hiyori tends to say any variation of "Why me?"
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower - Tendo has actually been training his whole life to use the Kabuto Zecter, and is shown dealing with an armed mugger ''while not messing up the tofu in his hand'' in the first episode, well before obtaining said Zecter. The fact that all his training gets ignored in future episodes ''while his latent ability isn't'' led to a fair bit of MemeticMutation.
* ChekhovsGun - The "Red Shoes System".
* CheshireCatGrin - You know the world's in trouble when [[spoiler: [[EvilTwin Souji Kusakabe]] (aka Dark Kabuto)]] does this upon entering Earth in Episode 42. Who knew such an innocent-looking smile could be so terrifying?
* TheChosenOne - Each Zecter chooses their own host. [[spoiler:At least until the Natives show up and Tendou proves that you can ''buy'' control of a Zecter]].
* ColonyDrop - The premise of TheMovie. [[spoiler:Eventually averted, see NewPowersAsThePlotDemands below.]]
* CookingDuel - Literally. Multiple times.
* CrossOver - After show segments sometimes feature the characters crossed over with settings or the characters from ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger''.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution - Tsurugi Kamishiro, who began as a one-dimensional rich jerk who was only there to act as yet ''another'' [[TheRival rival]] to Tendou and fill out the show's Rider quota. After Tendou was finished proving his superiority and moved on, Tsurugi developed the most delightfully quirky personality as he sought to regain his lost wealth and learn about the ways of the common people with [[GratuitousEnglish his best friend]] Ka-GA-mi.
* EliteMooks - Shadow, the elite Zectrooper platoon.
* EmpathicWeapon - The Zecters, who choose their masters based on their own personality quirks.
* {{Engrish}} - {{Lampshaded}} by Tsurugi Kamishiro, a native Japanese speaker who takes mundane Japanese words and, believing them to be exotic and foreign, mangles them something fierce. (e.g. Ramen becomes the exotic French dish "La Men".)
* EvilChancellor - Mishima.
* EvilTwin - [[spoiler:Dark Kabuto]]. Though any Worm-clone counts.
* {{Exposition}} - "In the Clocked Up Rider Form, one is capable of speeds far greater than an ordinary human."
** Given that everything is moving in slow motion around them, this has an annoying tendency to turn into CaptainObvious.
* FingerPokeOfDoom - Invoked in ep. 25 when Tendo uses Clock Up to slip into a hostage situation and finger-flick the armed assailants in the head. [[MundaneUtility Clock Up amplifies them into concussions]].
* FinishingMove
** [[color:crimson:Kabuto]][=/=]'''Dark Kabuto''': Rider Kick, Avalanche Break, Avalanche Shot, Avalanche Slash
*** [[color:gray:Hyper]] [[color:crimson:Kabuto]]: Hyper Kick, several with the Perfect Zecter but most noteworthy are Maximum Hyper Typhoon and Maximum Hyper Cyclone
** [[color:yellow:[=TheBee=]]]: Rider Sting
** [[color:cyan:Drake]]: Rider Shooting
** [[color:purple:Sasword]]: Rider Slash
** [[color:blue:Gatack]]: Rider Kick, Rider Cutting
*** [[color:gray:Hyper]] [[color:blue:Gatack]]: Hyper Kick
** [[color:green:[=KickHopper=]]]: Rider Kick
** [[color:sienna:[=PunchHopper=]]]: Rider Punch
** [[color:gold:Caucasus]]: Rider Kick
** [[color:silver:Hercus]]: Rider Beat (Avalanche Break)
** [[color:orange:Ketaros]]: Rider Beat (Avalanche Slash)
* ForgottenPhlebotinum: Clock Up during the last ten-ish episodes. It was much worse than simply letting it go unused - you had a major baddie clobbering Riders via FlashStep and lesser ones speeding away as the Riders [[VIllainExitStageLeft watched helplessly]] on a ''regular basis,'' as if ''all the Rider suits weren't designed to combat just that.''
** The Cassis Worm's FlashStep was actually so potent that even a rider in Hyper Clock Up was basically stationary to him, so this can be partly forgiven.
** The heat-vision binoculars, which were demonstrated to be able to spot a worm in human form in episode 5. They would have been INSANELY useful later in the series, but outside of a brief reappearance in Episode 8, they're never used again.
* GambitPileup - ZECT, the Worms, [[spoiler:the Natives]] and Tendou are all spinning their own series-long {{plan}}s at once.
* AGodAmI: Tendo has one of the biggest God Complexes in all of media history. He never loses a fight, is perfect at everything he does, and the entire story seems intent on fueling that complex (For example, the Kabuto Zecter goes to him instead of Kagami as was planned, he gets the Hyper Zecter from a future version of himself, and the Perfect Zecter lets him steal Zecters from other people even while they're transformed). Heck, just look at his catchphrase! What he is essentially saying is "I will become God!"
* GoodIsDumb - As a rule, the nicer you are the less privvy you are to secret information and the greater you are manipulated by the various plan spinners.
* GratuitousEnglish - The "Masked Rider System" (which is called that, even in Japanese, rather than "Kamen Rider System"), Kamen Rider "[=TheBee=]", ALL ZECTER COMBINE.
** Cast Off henshin is usually accompanied by a voice speaking an English phrase to the effect of "Change (insect)."
** To say nothing of Tsurugi, along with the occasional Gratuitous French, Italian, and Chinese.
** The movie, God Speed Love, contains a good bit in the second half. Two characters speak a few complete sentences in English, and just about everything the computer says is in English.
* HunterOfHisOwnKind: In all honest case, Tsurugi is thoroughly convinced that he's himself, when in fact, the Scorpioworm has taken his identity [[spoiler: after killing the real one]]. The worm then actually forgot his own identity. Eventually, he literally ends up hunting his own kind as a result.
* HellSeeker: Yaguruma/Kick Hopper.
* IKEAWeaponry - 'Suits' in [=ZECT=] carry these for self defence.
* ImprobableWeaponUser - Gatack can combine his twin blades into... giant hedge clippers. Seriously.
** [[Film/{{Zombieland}} "Just gon' take a liiiittle off the top..."]]
* InformedAbility: Remember when Gatack was introduced, they called him "the strongest Rider"? '''''HA!'''''
** Although, in the final battle of the show, that title is justified at least partially... [[spoiler:Gattack's Double Caliburs cut the worm that Hyper Kabuto's Perfect Zecter failed to damage, allowing them to win with a Double Rider Kick.]]
* InvincibleHero: The main problem with Tendou. Hell, it got so bad that the show had to introduce an EvilTwin because no-one else could come close to being a WorthyOpponent. Even then, the twin only lasted two episodes before Tendou overtook him and proceeded to [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomp]] him into the ground. And the show makes it clear that the only reason Tendou had trouble in the first place against the twin was because he was going through a HeroicBSOD.
* JapaneseBeetleBrothers: Kabuto and Gatack.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Around halfway, or even earlier if you look hard enough, Tendou begins to show more signs that he actually cares about those around him despite his attitude. Most notible throughout the entire series with Yuka and eventually with [[spoiler:Hiyori, more obvious when you find out she's Tendou's "sister."]] Kagami might be one, too. To some degree.
* {{Kaitou}} - the Sasword debut arc involves Tadokoro's team creating their own Phantom Thief, 'Shadow', to lure out a Worm that targeted criminals.
* KudzuPlot - ''Kabuto'' has more loose ends than a kitten-infested yarn ball factory.
* LargeHam - Souji Tendou believes himself to be [[AGodAmI walking down the path of heaven.]] From cooking preparation and clothing choices to inexplicably [[MidSeasonUpgrade receiving upgrades FROM THE FUTURE,]] anything Tendou does has to be epic.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia - Gon.
** It's ''heavily'' implied that Gon's memory problems are due to PTSD rather than amnesia. (Which, actually, is relatively accurate - memories blocked due to stress work a lot more like TV-brand amnesia than the actual amnesia condition.)
** Mamiya Rena [[spoiler:aka Uca Worm. After she takes a hard hit in one battle, she loses her memories of being a worm and resumes her human persona's former life.]]
* LastNameBasis - It's very rare for any of the Riders, and several other characters, to be called by their first name. The ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' Kabuto arc reverses this, using first names all around.
* {{Leitmotif}} - the destruction of Worms (particularly by Tendou) will end with a booming Hollywood-worthy theme, accompanied by Tendo's path-of-heaven finger gesture. Without fail.
* LoveRedeems - Renge Takatori. Or rather, ''food'' redeems.
* LoyalPhlebotinum - The Zecters.
* MeaningfulName - Souji Tendo and Tsurugi Kamishiro make highly pretentious [[CatchPhrase catchphrases]] out of the literal meanings of their names. {{Lampshaded}} in the Hyper Battle Video when Kagami wants one too and gets, "The man who washes his face in the mirror every day."
** Also {{Lampshaded}} with Juka, who gets "the beautiful girl who walks on the path of heaven, and makes trees and flowers beautiful."
* MessianicArchetype - A deconstruction of this trope. Tendo shows that if you raise someone from birth to be a savior, train them until they are better than everyone at everything, and tell them that they will be the hope of the world...yeah, there's no way they're not going to have a massive superiority complex.
* MirrorMatch - [[spoiler:Dark Kabuto]]
* MoodWhiplash - Entire stretches of episodes strung together could be ''made'' of this. You'd switch scenes without a clutch between Kabuto and Gatack fighting for their lives against impossible odds, and Tsurugi running around saying silly words and dressing funny. Even if the actual show didn't already contain copious amounts of this, the after-show joke segments which often followed an incredibly tense cliffhanger ending would probably count.
* MultiformBalance - The Rider Systems created by ZECT follow this.
** MightyGlacier: Masked Form
** JackOfAllStats[=/=]FragileSpeedster: Rider Form [[note]]They're the former at normal speed, but become the latter when they activate Clock Up.[[/note]]
** SuperMode: Kabuto and Gatack's Hyper Forms. Though, the latter's only appeared in the Hyper Battle DVD.
* MundaneUtility - One after-show segment has Tendo allegedly using Clock Up [[spoiler:to cheat at cards.]]
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch - Daigo Tachikawa
* MythologyGag - The double gold stripes on the Shadow Zectrooper uniforms are a reference to the first Franchise/KamenRider, who was redesigned with double ''silver'' stripes towards the end of his series (as opposed to No. 2, who had single silver stripes to differentiate them.) All Zectroopers also carry {{Arm Cannon}}s reminiscent of Riderman's Cannon Arm, lampshading their status as 'normal' soldiers.
** Tendo's {{Koan}}s always refer to himself as the sun. Series/KamenRiderBlack carries the title of 'Black Sun'. [[spoiler:And Dark Kabuto's debut is also marked by an actual black sun ie. an eclipse.]]
** In episode 17, Daisuke, accompanying Gon to the women's restroom because she's scared, is caught by a woman, who then opens up her cell phone to call the police. As she dials the numbers, ''[[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Faiz's]]'' phone effects can be heard.
** In the documents that are found in Area X, the Masked Rider Project was started on April 3, 1971. This was the air date of the first ''Series/KamenRider''.
* TheNeidermeyer: Tsurugi turns into one when he's given a Zectrooper squad, making them run stupid errands like laying seige to a video store so Misaki can return a tape. Possibly subverted, since [[WhatMeasureIsAMook Zectroopers in general don't have the level of characterization to complain.]]
** He didn't get to keep it up for long.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands - Hyper Kabuto can travel back in time... when the writers need him to.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Towards the end of episode 7, Tendou tells Yagumura about the escaped Worm he was fighting. Yagumura believes he's trying to trick him and fights him in the opening of episode 8. When he later receives a call from his superior, he finds out Tendou ''wasn't'' trying to trick him, and it ended up resulted in a death of a smoking man in white clothes earlier.
* NonSerialMovie: Subverted. 99% of the movie is set in an AfterTheEnd alternate universe, but at the end [[spoiler: Tendou goes back in time and alters history, creating the T.V series timeline.]]
** [[spoiler: And in an odd subversion of the TimeyWimeyBall, this actually makes the plot slightly ''less'' confusing by explaining some of the plot points of the series itself (i.e. how Tendou got the Rider Belt and Hiyori's obsession with drawing bug-winged people).]]
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness - ZECT.
* OnceAnEpisode - Tendou's grandmother quotes.
* OnlyMostlyDead - Nogi Reiji.
* PaperThinDisguise - Occasionally, when infiltrating ZECT, Tendou will use an alias by the name of... Tendou Soujirou.
* PetTheDog - Towards the end, Riku attempts to make amends to his son, and they are shown playing catch together.
** Even Tsundere Misaki warms up to Tsurugi late into the series. [[spoiler:Maybe too late.]]
* PlanetOfHats - The Worm.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot - Daisuke Kazama/Kamen Rider Drake had his storyline hastily concluded and took an extended leave of absence when his actor - an up-and-coming male idol - had to record (and promote) his new album. Later, Hiyori Kusakabe was PutOnABus for several episodes (and was almost entirely divorced from the events of the final arc) after her actress developed health problems.
* RealMenWearPink - Tendo's cooking
* RedShirtArmy - The Zectroopers occasionally shift between this and {{Mooks}}
* RedemptionEqualsDeath - [[spoiler:Shun Kageyama, Tsurugi Kamishiro, Dark Kabuto]].
* RedOniBlueOni - Gatack and Kabuto respectively, though the colors are reversed personality-wise.
* RefusedByTheCall - Kagami, until he becomes Gatack.
* SeriousBusiness - Cooking. (And for Daisuke Kazama, make-up.)
* ShootTheDog - Literally with Kageyama (at least the first time), leading into a HeroicBSOD for Kagami (also the first of several).
* ShoutOut - The Hopper Zecters to the Double Riders, Kabuto himself to Stronger, "Maximum Hyper ''Typhoon/Cyclone''" (named after, respectively, Rider 1's belt and motorcycle).
** And in a non-Franchise/KamenRider example, Hyper Kabuto's design bears similarities to [[Series/JuukouBFighter Super Blue Beet]]. [[spoiler:Not to mention that both of them have {{Evil Twin}}s wearing black armor.]]
** The Hopper Hell Brothers are also a reference to the original Series/KamenRider--originally, Kamen Rider's name was going to be "Kamen Rider Hopper King".
** Tendou's finisher itself is a shout out, as it's the first Heisei finisher to be explicitly named "Rider Kick" (even though past kick finishers resembled the original much more than the ones in Kabuto.)
** After Daisuke gets dragged into a womens' restroom by Gon, a random girl catches him in there and calls the police with a red-colored cell phone that sounds exactly like the [[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Faiz Gear]] Phone.
** And then there's Kick Hopper's FinishingMove combo: Rider ''Jump!'' Rider ''Kick!'' Just like the theme song to the original ''Series/KamenRider'' series.
** The seventh Heisei Rider and the seventh Showa Rider are both rhinoceros beetle themed.
* SitcomArchNemesis - Renge to Kagami.
* SuperSpeed - Clock Up.
** FlashStep - Hyper Clock Up.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish - The Zecters, voiced by an Indian actor. Also, Hiro Mizushima (Tendou) can [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3Lu4U7Lt2E#t=27 speak fluent English]]. He only ever speaks with an English accent in non-canon bonus material though; in-character, he uses a Japanese accent like anyone else (e.g. still pronouncing Rider as Raidaa).
* StrawNihilist - Kick/Punch Hopper.
* SwissArmyWeapon - Kabuto Kunai can be use as handgun, axe or combat knife.
* TakeUpMySword - parodied in episode 29.
* TeamSpirit - Sou Yaguruma's philosophy, otherwise known as "Perfect Harmony".
* TimeTravel - Hyper Kabuto's speciality.
* TimeStandsStill - An ability of Cassisworm Dimidius.
* TimeyWimeyBall - Everything to do with Hyper Kabuto and the Hyper Zecter.
* TokyoTower - a prominent backdrop for much of the series. Lampshaded in Series/KamenRiderDecade, which uses a TokyoTower backdrop to represent Kabuto World.
* TomatoInTheMirror - [[spoiler:Tsurugi is the Scorpioworm In The Mirror]]
* TookALevelInBadass - the Hoppers, [[spoiler:Kagami, once he finally becomes Kamen Rider Gattack]].
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans.
* WeaponOfChoice
** BareFistedMonk: Caucasus
** CoolSword: Sasword ([[CaptainObvious duh]]) and Kabuto after he gains the Perfect Zecter, which is also a SwissArmyWeapon.
** DualWielding: Gatack, who uses paired [[CoolSword shotels]].
** ExtremityExtremist: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin PunchHopper and KickHopper]]. No points for guessing ''which'' extremity.
** {{Handguns}}: Drake
** PowerFist: [=TheBee=]. In the stage shows and ''[[Series/KamenRiderDecade Decade]]'', the Zecter can also function as a needle gun.
** SwissArmyWeapon: Kabuto, Dark Kabuto, Hercus and Ketaros all use the Kunai Gun, which functions as [[KnifeNut knives]], [[{{Handguns}} guns]], and [[AnAxeToGrind axes]].
* WhatWouldXDo - Tendou's frequent quoting of his grandmother.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue
* TheWorfEffect - Kabuto and Gatack against the Hoppers in episode 36. [[spoiler:Though Tendo had conveniently fallen victim to the 'Red Shoes' system at the time, but still.]]
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