* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: A possible case mid-way through the show. [[spoiler:Was Torque's attempt to turn Thrust against Xaviax a grab for power, or did he feel genuine remorse about what he'd done so far and wanted to make amends?]]
* AntiClimaxBoss: How Xaviax is defeated is a subject of this amongst viewers.
* BrokenBase: Kamen Rider fans are quite divided. Some think it's a great adaptation and there are even those who claim it's ''better'' than ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' due to the storyline and American made footage being pretty good. There are those who hate it for various reasons, some of whom hate it just for ''existing''.
* ComplainingAboutPeopleNotLikingTheShow: Try criticizing the show on fan board Henshin Justice Unlimited.
* ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch: On the opposite end of the spectrum are people who bash anyone for even ''watching'' the shows. [[SarcasmMode Because you know, adaptations suck, and they don't need to watch it to make an objective opinion]].
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: When the Cho brothers confront Len for the first time, arrogantly assuming they have a two-to-one advantage, Len gives them a lesson in humility by snatching their decks right out of their hands and kicking their asses all over Ventara, all ''without'' transforming.
** Kit and Adam announcing their entrance with a double Strike Vent against Xaviax.[[note]]It doesn't hurt to realize that this is something fans of Ryuki had been ''begging'' for since Ryuga (Onyx's Japanese counterpart) first showed up in the Ryuki movie.[[/note]]
** TwoWords x 13: [[spoiler:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaOawZbKsyI Link Vent]]]]
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: While the American theme is pretty awesome, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5o16744SCE Dive into the Mirror]]'' simply must be heard to be believed. Yes, ''that'' is the Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight theme in Japan. It might help explain why they loved the show so much.
** Worth noting, defspiral contributed another piece of [=CMoA=] to ''Franchise/KamenRider'' - namely, '' Leave All Behind'', [[Series/KamenRiderDouble Accel's theme]].
* CultClassic
* DiabolusExMachina: Xaviax did it to [[spoiler:Adam]] in Episode 37 Enemy Within.
* EarWorm: If you have ever witnessed at least one full episode at any point in time, chances are you were humming [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqXmxtxOX3g&feature=related the theme song]] to yourself for a week.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Strike for being an [[EvilIsCool undisputed]] BadAss, Thrust for being a compelling [[ArrogantKungFuGuy flawed]]-yet-[[AntiHero tragic]] figure (and still quite badass), and Sting for being a [[TheWoobie Woobie]] par-excellence.
* EpilepticTrees: It's never directly stated what JTC stands for. Wrath's unique gold belt, sheer power, and a few mentions between Len and Vic seem to imply that Nolan, the original Wrath, might have been the leader of the Ventaran Kamen Riders.
* GameBreaker: Wrath. And how!
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Although the show bombed in the US (the market it was made for) and was cancelled before finishing its run, ''Dragon Knight'' is insanely popular overseas, especially in Japan, with a DVD release and three music albums. [=DVDs=] also came out in Germany and Latin America. As a matter of point, ''Dragon Knight'' is so popular in Japan that they've started releasing action figures of the Riders - and these are specifically labeled as the ''Dragon Knight'' versions, not the ''Ryuki'' originals.
** The Japanese are also lucky enough to get a sequel in the form of a novel.
* GrowingTheBeard: The first five or so episodes are awfully slow, with the plot poorly explained and not even that many Monsters of the Week to fight. The pace picks up once Torque and other Riders start showing up and getting in each others' way.
* HamAndCheese: William O'Leary, the actor who plays Xaviax. Also Mark Dacascos while playing [[spoiler:Xaviax in disguise]].
* HilariousInHindsight: So, you have a young man, who has a DisappearedDad (said dad is trapped in another dimension), rides a CoolBike, and has to join in a battle against an EvilOverlord. One wonders if Kit would get along with [[Film/TronLegacy Sam Flynn]].
* HoYay: Between Kit and Len.
** There also seems to be LesYay with Maya and Lacey.
* MagnificentBastard: Xaviax.
** And it works really well in one of his last plans. Not only did he [[spoiler:capture Earth's version of Len's old mentor, Kamen Rider Wrath, and turn him into little more than a puppet for his own whims, but Xaviax ''posessed'' Wrath and used him in open combat against poor Len]]. And when it looked like Xaviax was finally vented, [[spoiler:he stood laughing as ''Wrath's'' body was dissolved into the Advent Void, grinning at Len. [[KickTheDog And then he took Kit's deck]], just to rub in how pointless his sacrifice was]].
* IronWoobie: Thrust may be short-tempered and arrogant, but he's had his entire life ruined by Xaviax's machinations and just wants it back.
* MisBlamed: It's frequently believed that ''DK'' was cancelled by CW [=4Kids=]; in truth, the last two episodes just didn't air before the cut-off point where old shows were cycled out for new ones.
* MoralEventHorizon: When Kit finally realizes Torque's been playing him like a fiddle the whole time, Drew smugly admits it and then [[spoiler:vents Camo, a potential ally to his cause, in cold blood.]]
* {{Narm}}: Kit trying to make a sandwich and he struggles about not having what it takes to be a rider and his choices and almost destroy the sandwich.
* ReplacementScrappy: Although not outright loathed, many viewers still preferred [[spoiler: Sting]] over Kase.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Trent [[spoiler:joining the No-Men]] is announced with a SuspiciouslySimilarSong of "BadToTheBone" of all things.
* TearJerker: A ''huge'' one in episode 19. [[spoiler: Chris gets vented protecting Len from Strike's Final Vent.]] The only thing that makes it sadder? [[spoiler: Len and Kit saluting, fist over heart, as Chris did when as he disappeared from existence. Semper Fi, Chris. *sniff*]]
* TheScrappy: Kamen Rider Incisor, among others. And despite his DarkAndTroubledPast, Adam.
* WhatMeasureIsANonBadass: Discussed by Maya and Kase near the end, when they compare their respective methods of fighting evil - Maya took a go at ActionGirl heroics but doesn't think it's her style, preferring to spread the truth as an IntrepidReporter; Kase respects what she does. Since they're both girls, it also crosses with RealWomenNeverWearDresses.
* TheWoobie: You'll DEFINITELY want to give Sting a hug after all the crap he goes through.

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