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[[caption-width-right:344: Kamen Riders 1 through OOO ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and New Den-O]]). ''Almost'' too many to be listed in one caption.[[note]]Starting in the upper-left corner, moving left to right then down: Ryuki, Agito, Kuuga, J, ZO, Shin, RX, Hibiki, Blade, Faiz, Black, ZX, Super-1, Den-O, Kabuto, Sky Rider, Stronger, Amazon, Decade, Kiva, X, Riderman, W, Rider 2, V3, New Den-O, Rider 1, and OOO. That's ''every'' main Kamen Rider from ''every'' television season ''and'' movie (except Kamen Rider G) from ''1971 to 2011''! Post-2011 Riders not pictured: Fourze, Wizard, Gaim, Drive, Ghost, Ex-Aid, and Build.[[/note]]]]

->''"Won't you believe in him? Even if there is no God or Buddha... there is Kamen Rider."''
-->--'''Kazuya Taki''', ''Manga/KamenRiderSpirits''

The ''Kamen Rider Series'', simply known as ''Kamen Rider'' (also known under the English translated title of ''Masked Rider'' in shows prior to ''Kamen Rider Double''[[note]]The switch from ''MASKED RIDER'' to ''KAMEN RIDER'' being a result of ''Kamen Rider Dragon Knight'' keeping the actual Japanese moniker in order to distinguish itself from the earlier ''Saban's Masked Rider''.[[/note]]), is a franchise of {{toku}}satsu series created by Creator/ShotaroIshinomori and produced by the Creator/ToeiCompany in 1971, and has since then become one of the milestones in Japanese pop culture, greatly revolutionizing the Japanese superhero and action genre, effectively becoming the figurehead of classical superheroes and the idea of "poetic justice" in Japan.

Kamen Rider famously launched the "Second Monster Boom" or "Henshin Boom", a period in the 70's that saw the birth of many imitating superhero shows (specifically, that of the HenshinHero variety), moving tokusatsu from the film industry to television. The subsequent domino-effect made Kamen Rider's influences in the current Japanese media deep rooting. Shows such as its brother-show ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'', ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'', and to go even further ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' (and the MagicalGirlWarrior genre as a whole) wouldn't be possible without Kamen Rider, just to name a few.

The central concept is that a lone hero undergoes some great tragedy at the hands of an evil far bigger than they are ([[TheConspiracy usually a large organisation with a secret and sinister agenda]]), but rises to [[BadPowersGoodPeople use the technology of the villains]] [[RebelliousSpirit against them and as a general force for good]]. While the interpretation of this theme can vary wildly from year to year, every single Kamen Rider series embodies this in one way or another. Another important theme is that the hero regrets the act of fighting, but is forced to do so for the sake of humanity; this is shown by the iconic "teardrops" coming from the eyes of the helmet.

It typically has a smaller main cast than (in the west) the relatively more well-known ''Sentai'' (the title of each series refers to a single main Rider instead of ''Super Sentai''[='=]s FiveManBand), but not always. Some series feature huge numbers of Riders, with the most extreme examples being ''Kamen Rider Ryuki'' and its 13 Riders and ''Kamen Rider Gaim'' with 18[[note]] Although Hibiki has far more if you count ones which were only mentioned, and technically Wizard has approximately 7 billion, if you count everyone in the summer movie[[/note]].

[[folder:Official Kamen Rider installments]]
The ''Kamen Rider'' franchise is generally divided into two distinct "eras", mainly based on the division of the Japanese era system of naming years after the reigning emperor. The '''Showa Era''' of ''Kamen Rider'' (1971-1989)[[note]]The Showa Era coincides with the rule of Hirohito as Emperor of Japan, and actually began in 1926[[/note]] includes the following series:
* ''Series/KamenRider'' (1971-1973)
* ''Series/KamenRiderV3'' (1973-1974)
* ''Series/KamenRiderX'' (1974)
* ''Series/KamenRiderAmazon'' (1974-1975)
* ''Series/KamenRiderStronger'' (1975)
* ''Series/KamenRiderSkyrider''[[/index]] (1979-1980; AKA ''New Kamen Rider''; originally called simply ''Kamen Rider'', it was intended as a ContinuityReboot, but the idea was abandoned)
* ''Series/KamenRiderSuper1'' (1980-1981)
* ''Film/KamenRiderZX'' (debuted in 1982 in a series of magazine stories before getting his own TV special in 1984)
* ''Series/KamenRiderBlack'' (1987-1988)
* ''Series/KamenRiderBlackRX'' (1988-1989)[[note]]Because Emperor Hirohito died in 1989, Black RX technically ends as a ''Heisei'' series.[[/note]]

In the 1990s, while ''Kamen Rider'' was not regularly broadcast, a trio of movies was made. Though they were produced after the end of the Showa period (1989), they are generally included amongst the Showa Era series, due to the involvement of Ishinomori during their production. Their inclusion amongst the older generation of ''Kamen Rider'' was made official in the 2014 ''Kamen Rider Taisen'' movie. These three films are:
* ''Film/ShinKamenRiderPrologue'' (1992 direct-to-video movie)
* ''Film/KamenRiderZO'' (1993)
* ''Film/KamenRiderJ'' (1994)

[[OutlivedItsCreator After Ishinomori's death in 1998]], ''Kamen Rider'' was revived as a television franchise in 2000, beginning the '''Heisei Era''' run of the franchise (2000-present).[[note]]The Heisei Era coincides with the rule of Akihito as Emperor of Japan, and actually began in 1989 following the death of his father Hirohito. Akihito will abdicate the throne in early 2019, to and will be succeeded by his son Naruhito who will have his own era name which will undoubtedly be used for the shows produced during his reign.[[/note]] The shows in the Heisei period are:
* ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'' (2000-2001)
* ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'' (2001-2002)
* ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' (2002-2003)
* ''Series/KamenRider555 (Φ's)'' (2003-2004)
* ''Series/KamenRiderBlade (♠)'' (2004-2005)
* ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'' (2005-2006)
* ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'' (2006-2007)
* ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' (2007-2008)
* ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' (2008-2009)
* ''Series/KamenRiderDecade (DCD)'' (2009)

''Decade'' had a half-year run as a show, and its status as an anniversary series brought about a mini-reboot in 2009 in the shows that followed. These shows, referred to in Japan as "Phase 2 Heisei Rider" (第2期平成ライダー)[[note]]and in some English-speaking circles as "Neo-Heisei"[[/note]], set themselves apart from the prior run of shows by having a different production staff, a different tone, a different airing schedule (beginning in August or September rather than January), a switch from using "MASKED RIDER" to "KAMEN RIDER" in the English portions of the logos, and a concerted attempt at creating a SharedUniverse. The shows include:

* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble (W)'' (2009-2010)
* ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' (2010-2011)
* ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' (2011-2012)
* ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' (2012-2013)
* ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' (2013-2014)
* ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' (2014-2015)
* ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'' (2015-2016)
* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' (2016-2017)
* ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' (2017-present)
%%* ''Kamen Rider Zi-O'' (TBA)

[[folder:Other Kamen Rider Media]]
[[AC:TV and Movies]]
* ''Film/KamenRiderTheFirst'' (2005, movie reboot of the original series)
** ''Film/KamenRiderTheNext'' (2007, movie reboot of ''V3'')
* ''Film/KamenRiderG'' (2009, Officially Sanctioned AffectionateParody TV special)
* ''Series/KamenRiderAmazons'' (2016-2017, DarkerAndEdgier miniseries reboot of ''Amazon'')
** ''Kamen Rider Amazons: The Last Judgement'' (2018, movie conclusion to ''Amazons'')

Each Heisei-and-later series also has various tie-in episodes and movies; these are listed on the individual series pages.

[[AC:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/KamenRiderClimaxHeroes'' series (UsefulNotes/PlayStation2, UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}, [[UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable PSP]])
* ''Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbaride'' (UsefulNotes/{{Arcade|Game}})
** ''Kamen Rider Ganbaride: Card Battle Taisen'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoDS adaptation)
** ''Kamen Rider Ganbarizing''
* ''VideoGame/AllKamenRiderGenerations'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoDS, [[UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable PSP]])
* ''VideoGame/KamenRiderBattrideWar'' (UsefulNotes/PlayStation3)
* ''Kamen Rider Batton Line'' (Online)
* ''Kamen Rider Travelers Record'' (UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS)
* ''Kamen Rider Summonride'' (UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, UsefulNotes/WiiU)
* ''Lost Heroes'' ([[UsefulNotes/PlayStationVita PS Vita]], UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS): A crossover with Ultraman and Gundam

[[AC:Western Adaptations]]
* ''Series/MaskedRider'' (1995-1996, based on ''Black RX'')
* ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'' (2009, based on ''Ryuki'')

[[AC:Other Media and Related Links]]
* ''Manga/KamenRiderSPIRITS'' manga, featuring Showa Riders up to ZX
* Toys/SHFiguarts action figures
* Series/SuperHeroTime, the programming block featuring ''Kamen Rider'' along with ''Franchise/SuperSentai''

!!Universal tropes of the series are


[[folder:A to M]]
* TheAce: Shigeru Jo and Souji Tendo, Jo perhaps even more.
* AdaptationalVillainy:
** Several movies include villains that are updated versions of heroes created by Creator/ShotaroIshinomori. At least one movie combined this with AdaptationalHeroism by including characters based on villains from the older show, who turn out to be good.
** In crossovers, expect at least one AntiHero or AntiVillain monster from a Kamen Rider show to just be downright evil.
* AnyoneCanDie: The series does not shy away from death. Both main characters and background ones can and have died. Not every season features this, but on occasion, you will get people dropping like flies within the last ten episodes. Heck, even Fourze, one of the most idealistic and saccharine series of the franchise, couldn't get away without killing off a few characters or putting them in a [[AndIMustScream worse condition]].
* TheArtifact:
** In the Heisei era, the Rider Kick finishers have tended to become this. Every main Rider gets one just out of tradition, but they usually only get used once at the start of the series, and then are immediately forgotten in favor of finishers using the Rider's weapons until around the end of the series when you might get another use of them just to remind the viewers they exist. They do get used a bit more in team-ups, as it's really cool to have multiple Riders kicking the enemy at the same time.
** The same goes for the motorcycles. Every lead Rider (and some secondary Riders) still gets one, but they're rarely given any focus. ''Drive'' went ahead and dropped the bike for once, getting a car instead.
* ArtifactTitle:
** Some of the main Riders don't actually go by the "Kamen Rider" title in-universe at first. Showa Rider series like ''Stronger'' popularized the practice of 'earning' that title via a crossover with previous Riders (though both he and Tackle are still shown to have chosen their respective titles in their second episode); ''Kuuga'' and ''Agito'' revived this practice in the Heisei era, which got pretty inconsistent after that (''Hibiki'' is the best known aversion). Later, ''Decade'' applied Kamen Rider title to all that come before it and afterwards. ''Double'', ''Fourze'', and ''Ex-Aid'' used the name extensively, and even used that practice of earning the title in crossovers. ''OOO'', ''Wizard'', and ''Ghost'', though, not so much. ''Gaim'' plays the issue oddly, as the common term used there is ''Armored'' Rider.
** For a more literal version, some of the Riders don't use their bikes that much (Drive doesn't even ''have'' a bike); and others like Amazon, Shin, and Hibiki don't wear masks at all, they physically transform into their Rider alter-egos.
*** Many of the pre-''Decade'' Heisei riders only had "normal" motorcycles (i.e. run of the mill bikes with no indication of their owner's superhero identity) and rode them almost solely in their untransformed states.
* AssKickingPose:
** Earlier series usually depend on a series of this in order to transform.
** There are some exceptions, though: Hibiki and Ryuga do not pose when they transform, for example.
** ''Black'' (later ''Black RX'') is pretty extreme with this. Not just transform, they use them [[PunctuatedForEmphasis AS! EMPHASIS!]]
* BadassBiker: It's there in the title, after all. Again, more apparent in the Showa series where more attention was drawn to them. Special mention goes to Lazer from ''Ex-Aid'', as his primary henshin form ''is'' a bike.
* BadassNormal: Taki Kazuya regularly faces cyborgs ''hand-to-hand'' despite being completely human. Riderman (V3's Rival) was, in his original appearance, basically a Mook with a swappable right forearm - he TookALevelInBadass between that and ''SPIRITS''.
** EmpoweredBadassNormal: All of the Showa riders except Riderman.
* BareFistedMonk: Most of the Showa Era Kamen Riders didn't use any weapons.[[note]]The only exceptions are Riderman, X, and Black RX.[[/note]] Instead, they relied on good old martial arts and some devices embedded in their body. When Kamen Riders 1 and 2 did use weapons, they were usually stolen from enemy soldiers.
%%* {{BFG}}: Hyper Kabuto's Perfect Zecter in ''Kabuto'', pretty much Zolda's entire arsenal in ''Ryuki''. Riderman's Machine Gun Arm is literally that. Faiz's Faiz Blaster, Zeronos' [=Denebick=] Buster, and Kiva Arrow may count as well.
* {{BFS}}: Most Heisei-era Riders get a sword as part of their powerset. If not at the start, then as part of a MidSeasonUpgrade; or even one at the start ''and'' another with the upgrade.
* BlessedWithSuck: More prominent in Showa Riders (almost all of them are transformed into cyborgs, usually against their will); Gills is a prominent Heisei example. Some Heisei Riders get retconned to invoke this for Decade. Then there's [[BodyHorror Shin...]]
* BodyHorror: Implied in any season where the Rider is created on the BigBad's operating table. Played completely [[UpToEleven straight]] with Shin Kamen Rider, in ways that Amazon and Gills can only hope to accomplish. His face ''broke open!''
* BoringButPractical: During crossovers, Showa Era Riders are capable of keeping up with their Heisei counterparts. This is due to the fact that while they lack the fancier powers of their modern successors, many of them are heavily modified cybernetic beings with enormous amounts of durability and strength while Heisei Riders mostly consist of ordinary people in PoweredArmor.
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull:
** "Henshin!", and variations thereof.
** Modified with Amazon, whose transformation cry is his own name: "A-MA-ZOOON!"
** Mach says "Let's Henshin".
** Averted with the Riders (actually [[InsistentTerminology Oni]]) in ''Hibiki'', who don't have transformation calls.
*** The lone exception to this aversion is in the second to last episode of ''Decade'', where the alternate reality version of Hibiki uses the familiar "Henshin" cry while transforming.
* CallingYourAttacks:
** '''RIDER KICK!'''
** Every Showa TV series use this tropes.
** In general, the Heisei Riders themselves don't do this, but their TransformationTrinket does it for them.
* TheCameo: Traditionally, every year there is usually at least one cameo by one of the suit actors outside of costume (or at the very least, a martial artist from JAE, the martial arts organization where the suit actors come from). This also happens regularly in ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' as well.
* {{Camp}}: A lot of the motions in the series are exaggerated in order to provide greater effect. This especially comes into play once the comedy kicks in, with everyone, suited or not, starts exaggerating everything.
* CanNotSpitItOut: Writer Creator/ToshikiInoue includes ''extremely'' heavy doses of this, with [[{{Tragedy}} tragic results]], in every single series or movie he writes. Inoue was the head writer of ''Agito'', ''Faiz'', the second half of ''Hibiki'', and ''Kiva'', plus {{The Movie}}s based on those four shows, ''Kamen Rider The First'' and ''The Next'', ''and'' the {{Non Serial Movie}}s for ''Ryuki'' and ''Blade'', in addition to fill-in episodes on many Heisei Rider series he wasn't head writer of. You can guarantee that if a Rider series or movie involves tragedy resulting from the main characters not wanting to simply sit down and explain the situation to each other, it was written by Toshiki Inoue. Or Shouji Yonemura, who has made a career of copying and [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderizing]] Inoue's style. Of course, if characters ''do'' confront each other over something, either a Rider vs. Rider battle will ensue, or one character will punch the other in the face and leave the room. Neither will resolve anything.
* CarFu: The series used to be built on ''Motorcycle'' Fu (he's called Kamen ''Rider'' for a reason), including the finishing move consisting of a ramming charge through the monster, known as ''Rider Break''. It tapered off at times, but Double really brought it back, and the film ''Let's Go Kamen Rider'' has a truly epic moment when [[spoiler:the Great Leader of Shocker's OneWingedAngel was defeated this way courtesy of '''ALL''' the Riders in the entire series. They called it the ''All Rider Break''.]]
* CatchPhrase:
** Several characters; by far much more prevalent in the newer series. A fine example is Momotaros' ''Ore, Sanjo!'' (I, have Arrived!) in ''Den-O''.
** ''Den-O'' as a series, while not the first to have catchphrases, was the most well known for them; and started a trend of just about every Rider after it having a catchphrase (though not always stated by the Rider himself, as is the case with "Kivatte Ikuze" (Let's go Kiva!) wherein Kivat says the phrase instead)
** Most Showa Riders have "Rider ______" as their attacks.
** ''Heisei Generations Final'' has a humorous moment where Ex-Aid starts of one of his catch phrases, seemingly expecting the other Riders present (Build, Ghost, Gaim, Fourze, and OOO) to join in and finish it together. However, instead they all deliver their own individual catch phrases, resulting in a barely-understandable cacophony of shouting, followed by them all looking at each other while saying "Huh?" "What?" and the like.
* CentralTheme: Most series have a main subject that it looks at; with the main franchise theme asking what the line is between being a man and a monster. For some specific series themes:
** ''Den-O'': Memory
** ''Kiva'': Destiny
** ''Double'': Partnership
** ''OOO'': Desire
** ''Fourze'': Friendship
** ''Wizard'': Hope and Despair
** ''Gaim'': Power
** ''Drive'': Emotion, Family
** ''Ghost'': Bonds between people, human potential
** ''Ex-Aid'': The Value of Life, Redemption
** ''Build:'': War
* CharacterTic: Most of the Riders have at least one, especially if Seiji Takaiwa is in the suit. For example, it distinguishes who's using the Faiz gear: a hand flick for Takumi and adjusting the collar for Kusaka.
* {{Cliffhanger}}:
** ''Rider'' series are notorious for showing something cool and unexpected in the next episode previews, and then not revealing said cool thing until the last 30 seconds of the episode.
** The original series (and especially ''V3'') would sometimes show the Rider mere moments from death at the end of the episode... then be doubly awesome in the next one.
** ''Decade'' ends the last episode on a cliffhanger, with the finale only being available in theaters months later.
* ConflictBall: When it comes to Rider-versus-Rider battles. The original happened back in ''V3''. Taken UpToEleven with ''Ryuki'', ''Decade'', and ''Gaim''; which have pretty much everyone fighting everyone else. Justified by ''Ryuki'' and ''Gaim'' though, as the antagonists specifically picked the Riders that could escalate conflicts. ''Double'' and the following series largely avert this. Post-Gaim series vary.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: If a Rider's family situation is brought up at all, usually he's this. In some shows, ''V3'' in particular, it's his primary motivation to fight evil.
* CoolBike: They're not called "Riders" for nothing; every season has at least one nice motorcycle in it. Even when the series broke tradition and denied Drive a bike in favor of a car, his supporting cast (Mach and Chaser) still had bikes. Kamen Rider Lazer even ''is'' a motorcycle in his main form, and Accel can turn into one.
* CreatorCameo:
** Creator/ShotaroIshinomori has been on screen a few times. He's the guy with the FunnyAfro planting the bug in the beginning of ''Shin Kamen Rider''.
** He also played the fisherman who tells Kotaro Minami about Onigashima in the ''Kamen Rider Black'' movie ''Hurry to Onigashima''. And he made an appearance in episode 84 of the original ''Kamen Rider'' series, playing yet another fisherman who encounters Isogin Jaguar, that episode's MonsterOfTheWeek. Though he looks different from how people might remember him because he doesn't have the FunnyAfro or glasses.
* CrisisCrossover:
** ''Decade'' for the Heisei Era, ''SPIRITS'' for the Showa Era, and ''Super Hero Taisen'' for Toei's toku as a whole.
** Phase 2 Heisei era shows made it a tradition to have a finale where multiple Riders band together.
* {{Curse}}: [[FanNickname Called by fans as the "Female Rider Curse"]], it refers to Female Kamen Rider's tendency to [[KilledOffForReal die]] ever since [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Femme]] is introduced, whether it's on TV or the movies. [[spoiler:Up until Ex-Aid and excluding temporary Female Riders (i.e. [[Series/KamenRiderKiva Megumi]] as Ixa in one episode of Kiva), only [[Series/KamenRiderDecade Natsumi]], [[Series/KamenRiderFourze Nadeshiko]], [[Series/KamenRiderWizard Mayu]],[[Series/KamenRiderGhost Alia]], [[Series/KamenRiderExAid Poppy]] (who actually subverted this trope when she sacrifices herself at the penultimate episode before being revived at the finale) and [[Series/KamenRiderExAid Nico]] have survived, thus [[AvertedTrope averting]] this trope[[note]]Even if Ryuki's US adaptation ''[[Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight Dragon Knight]]'' is included, no female Rider from Dragon Knight will fully avert the Curse; since Kase, despite being alive at the end, was [[NeverSayDie vented]] (KRDK's equivalent of being killed) at the end of the Rider War arc and Maya is only a temporary user of the Siren deck before Kase is revived[[/note]].]]
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** Compared to ''Franchise/SuperSentai''. Although it should be mentioned that ''Kamen Rider'' is older than ''Sentai''.
** Specific series invoking this trope compared to other KR series include ''Kamen Rider X'', ''Stronger'', ''Black'', ''Shin Kamen Rider'', ''Kuuga'', ''Ryuki'', ''Faiz'', ''Gaim'', ''Ex-Aid'', and ''Build''.
*** The adult-oriented Amazon Prime web series ''Amazons'' goes UpToEleven, by having it [[BloodierAndGorier more focused on violence and straight-up horror]] that's not for kids anymore. This is why ''Amazons'' was streamed on web service first.
** There's even an entire darker and edgier toyline, S.I.C., which reimagines the Riders in a more organic form. More recent entries are tamer, but the initial figures in the line were somewhat twisted.
** Very rarely does a ''Kamen Rider'' series get to be LighterAndSofter. The only known ones at the moment are ''Black RX'', ''Agito'', ''Blade'', ''Den-O'', ''Fourze'', ''Drive'' (but downplayed) and ''Ghost'' (though ''OOO'' can be a contender for this sometimes). [[CrapsaccharineWorld Mind you though, that doesn't mean these series are all sunshine and rainbows.]] Just that compare to the darker entries, they are usually lighter. ''Agito'' for example, has a lot of scenes that won't look out of place in a horror movie. Both ''Agito'' and ''Blade'' also contain rather complex stories and characters with dark pasts.
*** In general, the majority of Heisei-era Riders' backstories are less-depressing than Showa-era Riders' backstories; [[RealLifeWritesThePlot considering the technologies in surgery have improved over the years, the producers have produced a strong stigma on cyborg surgeries so they decided to discard this old element in favor of having normal humans transforming into Kamen Riders instead]].
** ''Black'', already at the dark and gritty end of the spectrum for the series, has a manga adaptation drawn and written by Ishinomori himself that's straight-up terror.
** ''Kamen Rider The First'' is this to the original, and ''The Next'' is this to ''The First''.
* DeadlyUpgrade:
** Stronger's Charge Up, Kuuga Ultimate Form, the first version of [=G3X=], the G4 Armour, Gills Exceed ''(subversion)'', the Kaixa and Delta Gear in ''555'', Blade King Form in ''Blade'', the Hopper Riders in ''Kabuto'', OOO [=PuToTyra=] Combo in ''OOO'', Kiwami Arms and Yomotsuheguri Arms in ''Gaim'', and Build Hazard in ''Build''.
** Completely inverted in ''Fourze'' and ''Drive'', where the key to activating their {{Super Mode}}s actually ''[[spoiler:bring Gentaro and Shinnosuke back to life]]!''
* {{Deconstruction}}: Though the series itself has other examples and can vary sometimes. ''Ryuki'', while not as brutal as ''Shin'' really tears into the concept of Mons and what is a Kamen Rider, and ''Kuuga'' itself is a DeconstructorFleet by being a more realistic take on the genre. ''Gaim'' has a ton of deconstructions as well.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: A common trend in the Heisei era is that in addition to the lead Rider, there is usually a secondary main character, who may or may not be the secondary Rider.
* DivingKick: The Rider Kick, easily the TropeCodifier (If not the outright TropeMaker) in all of Japanese Media, and any other that shouts out to it usually is a reference to the Rider Kick.
* {{Dorama}}: Much as ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' and the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' are ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' [[JustForFun/XMeetsY With Punching]], post-Kuuga ''Kamen Rider'' shows are heavily influenced by {{Dorama}} in terms of tone and characters. They often share cast members with famous ''dorama'', too.
* EarlyBirdCameo: It's become tradition for the tie-in movies to have these; the upcoming Rider will make a cameo in the summer movie, and the secondary Rider will make an appearance in the following ''Movie War'' installment. Starting with ''Wizard'', the last two episodes of a series will often be an epilogue to the main story that involves the upcoming Rider showing up.
* ElementalPowers: Some Riders have them, and here's a notable list.
** BlowYouAway: Riders 1, 2, and V3.
** PlayingWithFire: Ryuki and Hibiki.
** ShockAndAwe: Stronger and Blade. ''Kabuto'', as a {{Homage}} to ''Stronger'', adds electrical effects to all the Riders' finishers.
** Riders that employ MultiformBalance like ''Agito'' and ''Double'' have elements associated with each of their forms.
* EvilTwin: The series has a proud tradition of including evil Riders who use recolored versions of the heroes' suits. Some of them are even twins underneath the suits, too.
** Rider 2 was this, in the ''original'' manga. The original series also included a squad of Shocker Riders.
** Ryuga was a literal mirror image of Ryuki. Its adaptation ''Dragon Knight'' played with it with A) [[spoiler:the "evil" twin took over the Dragon Knight suit while the "good" twin got the black Onyx repaint]], and B) [[spoiler:both characters were actually good at heart; the "evil" one just made a selfish mistake]].
** Dark Kabuto.
** Dark Kiva is arguably an inversion, as he came first in-story and the regular Kiva could be considered his good twin.
** ''Den-O'' had the rare monster version with Momotaros and Negataros. Of course, the latter also gets to be Nega Den-O.
** Bujin ("Warrior God") Gaim in the ''Wizard x Gaim'' movie. His homeworld also has "Bujin" twins of the other Heisei Riders, but Bujin Gaim is the only outright evil one. One of the post-series [=DVDs=] also features Black Baron. (While an evil Gaim Yami also shows up in a movie, that one's just regular Gaim BrainwashedAndCrazy.)
** Drive has two, Dark Drive and Gold Drive; though Dark Drive is a little more elaborate than just a black repaint of the original. [[spoiler:He's also a subversion, as he's really a hero who had his identity hijacked by the villain.]]
** ''Ghost'' duplicates all three of its Riders in its summer movie, with Dark Ghost, Zero Specter, and three evil alternate-colored Necroms. The series proper also had a series of evil Specter clones running around.
** ''Ex-Aid'' features a black repaint of the hero from day one with Kamen Rider Genm, though the two eventually get different upgrades that reduce the resemblance. Cronus also shares the same basic suit design as Ex-Aid and Genm, but with extra elaboration like a BadassLongcoat. Brave and Para-DX get evil twins in tie-ins, called True Brave and Another Para-DX.
%%** Although they had different combat forms, Shadow Moon was Black's stepbrother and evil counterpart.
%%** ''Decade'' travels to an entire world of evil counterparts.
%%** In the ''Double'' movie the Cyclone, Heat, Luna, Metal, and Trigger Dopants use the powers normally owned by Double.
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: In TheMovie, the main cast will often perform complex fight scenes untransformed, displaying fighting abilities that they've never had before in the tv show, nor will they display them again once the movie's over. This is partly because Rider movies have a greater budget, but also because regularly setting up fight scenes with non-stunt performers on a tv show is difficult, time-consuming, and risky. The very first ''Kamen Rider'' series ran into trouble when its lead actor (who did all his own stunt work) broke his leg, so basically every series since refuses to risk the same thing happening again. (There has, so far, been [[http://kamenrider.wikia.com/wiki/Yoko_Minato one exception]] to this.)
* EvilerThanThou: You might be a mutant, a demon, a ghoul, a warlock, an alien, or even just a regular human with villainous ambitions. But make no mistake, Shocker will always find a way to be far more terrifying and far worse than you should you ever cross paths.
* EvolutionPowerup: There are generally three tiers to the Kamen Riders' powers, especially in the Heisei era: The default form (including any elemental or weapon transformations), the MidSeasonUpgrade forms and the Final (SuperMode) forms, with each tier rendering the previous ones practically obsolete as the new level of power makes the Rider perform LEAGUES better. Late-Heisei shows have added more intermediary steps, so that some Riders end up going through four or ''five'' tiers.
* ExponentialPotential: The franchise flirts with it from time to time. The Heisei Riders are often {{Swiss Army Hero}}es with MultiformBalance, and some shows give them more forms than they know what to do with.
** Decade could {{Power Copy|ing}} and take on ''any'' of the previous Riders' (non-MidSeasonUpgrade) forms, plus his own SuperMode.
** Double could mix-and-match his powers, two slots by three options each, for nine forms plus some {{Super Mode}}s.
** OOO had ''three'' slots by ''five'' options each for '''125''' forms, before his own SuperMode and additional promotional powersets.
** ''Fourze'' dialed this back by giving him a large ''arsenal'' - 40 weapons to choose from - but not anything combinable. His SuperMode could also [[AllYourPowersCombined combine the traits of two weapons]], such as [[MacrossMissileMassacre Launcher]] plus [[KillItWithIce Freeze]] producing a freeze missile launcher.
** Ghost had ten alternate forms of his own, could borrow five others from Specter and Necrom (though he didn't actually do so), and got a number of additional ones in tie-ins.
** Ex-Aid and his cohorts (who use the Gamer Driver) have one slot for their base form and a second slot for any of a number of interchangeable powerups, although most of the Riders stick with one set of powerups for themselves.
** Build uses Double's mix-and-match system, but has several more options - ''thirty'' in each slot as opposed to Double's three; putting his combinations in the hundreds.
* {{Fanservice}}: Here and there throughout the Heisei shows, mostly in the form of bishonen Riders and leggy female sidekicks. ''Kiva'' is probably the fanserviest show of all, with plenty of short skirts for the girls, shirtless scenes for the guys, and a lot of bathing scenes for the protagonist.
** In Japan, it is more or less accepted that in the Heisei run of shows, [[ParentService the lead actor is chosen for his appeal to the mothers who watch the show with their children]]. This was even parodied in ''Manga/CrayonShinChan'' in an episode where Misae develops a crush on the actor from a new superhero show Shinnosuke has started watching.
* FinishingMove: Rider... KICK! (and Punch, Chop, Slash, etc.)
* FunWithAcronyms:
** Example: GOD = Government Of Darkness, from ''Kamen Rider X''.
** In an extreme case, Shocker is given a [=Backronym=] in ''Kamen Rider The First'': [[GratuitousEnglish Sacred Hegemony Of Cycle Kindred Evolutional Realm]].
* GRatedDrug: A few of the later Heisei series (''Double'', ''Fourze'', and ''Gaim'') has applied a drug metaphor to whatever turns people into the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* GenreMotif: Starting with ''Kiva'', each show's background music has a distinctive genre. This also shows up in the releases of the opening and ending songs, which usually get a remix in the style specific to the show. ''Kiva'' has violins, ''Decade'' has both a full orchestra and hard rock, ''Double'' throws in some jazz, ''OOO'''s seems to be ska and ''Fourze'' uses both techno and classic rock. ''Gaim'' takes this UpToEleven with different Riders having different motifs based on their costume.
** The trend was probably started with ''Den-O'' and the innumerable variations of the battle theme "Double-Action". The standard version (for Sword Form) has a rock feel with guitar, "Rod form" uses horns, "Ax form" has obvious enka/kayokyoku motifs with more strings, "Gun form" has hip-hop stylings, "CLIMAX form" has a mix of all of the other forms' motifs, "Wing form" has an Arabian feel for some reason, "Coffee form" (for Naomi and Airi) is sugary pop, and "Strike form" (from the Trilogy movies for Kotaro and Teddy) has more guitars. Then there's the two variations of "Action-ZERO" for Zeronos with its own musical motif and "Real-Action" for Liner Form's solo fights.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Like many other Japanese fictional heroes, the Riders are often [[NiceGuy nice people]] who won't hesitate to pummel and kick the [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters of the week]] and their {{Mook}}s to death.
* {{Gorn}}: The manga of the older series gets quite gory at times...
* GottaCatchThemAll: A few series involve this kind of plot. ''Ghost'' featured 15 Eyecons that the heroes had to collect, while ''Build'' featured 60 Bottles that everyone was after. ''OOO'' and ''Fourze'' had downplayed versions: In ''OOO'' everyone was after the same Medals and they frequently changed hands, but there was nothing particularly special that would happen if anyone got ''all'' of them. Meanwhile, ''Fourze'' made a point of the heroes needing all 40 Switches to activate something, but they always had the complete set and just had to finish building them; and the villains didn't want them.
* GottaKillThemAll: Multiple series have premises where a specific number of enemies must be defeated. In ''Blade'' and ''Drive'', it's the 52 Undead[[note]]many of whom are already sealed at the start of the series[[/note]] and 108 Roidmudes[[note]]this includes the mooks[[/note]] respectively. ''OOO'' and ''Fourze'' have specific ensembles to target (five Greeed and twelve Horoscopes) while still allowing for unlimited numbers of lesser monsters. ''Ex-Aid'' plays with this in later arcs, as the protagonists have to clear all the involved games; this usually involves the defeat of the associated Bugster -- but not always, and Bugsters don't stay dead anyway. ''Ryuki'' and ''Decade'' provide the heroes with hit-lists of ''other Riders'' to wipe out, though they tend to balk at crossing that line.
* GratuitousEnglish: Most of it comes from the talking transformation devices. Less frequently used by characters.
* {{Hammerspace}}: It's not always entirely clear ''where'' on their person the riders keep their belts (and their MerchandiseDriven trinkets for that series) when they're not wearing/using them. If no in-series explanation is given for this, then expect to see the belts getting pulled out of seemingly nowhere on a weekly basis.
* HeelFaceTurn: While many secondary Riders start out in antagonistic AntiHero roles, since ''Gaim'' it's become more common for characters who were out-and-out villains at first to join the heroes' side later on.
* HenshinHero: TropeNamer and TropeCodifier. Nearly every rider since Rider 1 has used the cry of "Henshin!"
* HeroesPreferSwords: Virtually every Heisei Kamen Rider either uses a sword as one of their weapons, or has a primary/ultimate form where a sword is the main weapon. Though how often they utilize said sword is sometimes a matter of contention (such as in ''OOO'').
* HijackedByGanon:
** If it's a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover and it's written by Shouji Yonemura, the series' original NebulousEvilOrganisation, Shocker, is normally involved. Most notably in ''Decade'', which features the similar organization [[LegionOfDoom Dai-Shocker]], an alliance of villains from across the ''Kamen Rider'' series.
** In the Showa era, Shocker's Great Leader turned out to be behind any number of evil organizations.
** Phase 2 Heisei shows produced by Hideaki Tsukada (which, so far, include ''Double'' and ''Fourze''), the villain faction Foundation X is usually involved. The other Phase 2 Heisei shows' staffs seem less keen on using Foundation X: They had little to no presence in ''OOO''[='s=] series (despite {{foreshadowing}} in TheMovie of ''Double'') and absolutely no involvement in or after ''Wizard''. In ''Movie Wars [=MegaMax=]'', the BigBad of ''OOO''[='s=] segment is not related to Foundation X in any way, until the very end. They eventually resurface in ''Ex-Aid'', but only in a tie-in special.
* HotBlooded: One of the TropeCodifier in Japanese pop culture, in fact.
* HorrifyingHero: While definitely not anymore, during conception ''Kamen Rider'' was designed to be a more fearsome and grotesque figure compared to the comtemporaries at the time, which initially led to the Manga/SkullMan-esque design. Producers thought this would be too intimidating to the kids, so it was toned down to the grasshopper design we all know today.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: As part of the franchise's "humanity vs. monstrosity" theme, the monsters frequently have an all-too-human element to them. Often the ultimate villain is a human who is far more evil than the monsters were, and has turned himself monstrous in the pursuit of his goal.
* HumongousMecha:
** King Dark from ''Kamen Rider X''.
** Castle Doran and Powered Ixer from ''Kiva''. (The former isn't quite a mecha, but the intent is there.)
** The [=DenLiner=] in ''Den-O'' can assume this role too, especially when [[spoiler:combined with the [=KingLiner=].]] The former is a train, and the latter? A train ''station''. And in ''[[Film/HeiseiRiderVsShowaRiderKamenRiderWarsFeaturingSuperSentai Kamen Rider Taisen]]'', it combines with a ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' CombiningMecha.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon:
** Most of the original series does this, but ''Stronger'' took it to the next level by giving the main character a tell-tale whistle whenever he wanted to drop in on the bad guy, and an entire speech - ''from higher ground''! Later, he does this while handing out beatings.
** Decade also does this when he's about to take down the BigBad of each world he visits. It's usually a PatrickStewartSpeech about why the Rider of the arc is awesome and how Decade has learned from them, followed by a team-up fight.
* JapaneseBeetleBrothers: Either as heroes or villains, depending on the series. This is most prevalent in ''Blade'' and ''Kabuto'' with the main protagonists, Blade and Garren, and Kabuto and Gatack respectively.
* {{Kiai}}:
** Many of the Showa Riders tend to say "'''TOH!'''" while fighting, while Amazon instead has a high-pitched "'''KIIIII!'''" Blade has "'''UEEI!'''"
** [[Series/KamenRiderFourze Kamen Rider Meteor]] has "'''WAZAA!'''" to match his jeet kun do inspirations.
* LastVillainStand: Many of the Generals/Commandants/Warlords, whatever they were called in their specific organization, would face down their Rider after he'd slaughtered their armies and ruined their plans enough, transform into a monstrous form with incredible power behind it, and fight the Riders one on one.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: With the start of the Heisei seasons, the production people have tried to make each Rider start out red, but the trope has been zigzagged with a vengeance, with some Riders saving their red variant for a form change (Agito, Faiz, Hibiki, Decade, Double, Fourze, Gaim), while some never do at all (Blade).
* LetteredSequel: Showa era series has many unexplained letters behind the titles (and Rider names): ''X'', ''ZX'',''RX'', ''ZO'', and ''J''. Heisei era also has ''W'', ''OOO'' and the unofficial ''G''.
* LighterAndSofter: While it is still darker and has more character deaths than Super Sentai, the content has definitely gotten more kid-friendly since ''Den-O'', compared to the early Heisei shows that had the monsters brutally killing people almost every episode.
* LongRunner: 2016 was the franchise's 45th anniversary. Like [[Series/DoctorWho another popular science fiction franchise]], TheNineties marked a long period of absence during which the franchises' only screen presence was in the [[Film/ShinKamenRiderPrologue form]] [[Film/KamenRiderZO of]] [[Film/KamenRiderJ movies]].
%%* LoveHurts: Boy howdy, ''does it''.
%%** Literally in ''X'', where the titular character originates after being gunned down by his fiance, a spy for GOD...and later lost ''another'' love interest.
* {{Magitek}}: In ''W'' and ''Gaim'', both the monsters and the Riders derive their power from a mystical or otherworldly source (The memories of the earth/Gaia Memories in ''W'', Helheim fruit/Lock Seeds in ''Gaim''). In both shows, the characters must utilize the human-made technology of transformation Drivers to wield the power without going insane. ''Ghost'' similarly revolves around soul-manipulating technology.
* {{Masquerade}}:
** Most seasons include enhanced humans or monsters trying to pass themselves off as normal people until the hero uncovers them. Also the ''whole point'' of the Riders ''needing'' to transform - giving meaning to the title, Kamen (Masked) Rider.
** Generally averted in a number of Heisei series, though; as while the Riders don't call attention to themselves, they also don't keep [[SecretIdentity Secret Identities]] and don't try to keep up a ruse that the monsters don't exist. A few like ''Kuuga'', ''Double'', ''Gaim'', ''Drive'', ''Ex-Aid'', and ''Build'' take the aversion further by having the general public aware of the monster attacks; either from the start or the police/government go public once incidents start piling up.
*** Incidentally, ''Double'' has a Masquerade-type Dopant. Instant faceless henchmen.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: ''Decade'' was a series devoted to this, and began a tradition of ''Movie Taisen'' winter films (later rebranded ''Heisei Generations'') which crossover the currently airing Rider with their direct predecessor, often though not always featuring a number of other past Riders in supporting roles. The predecessor Rider's storyline will often act as an epilogue for their series, while the current Rider may receive {{Foreshadowing}} of upcoming twists. The ''All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker'' and ''Let's Go Kamen Riders'' films, succeeded by the ''Super Hero Taisen'' films, instead feature ''all'' of the Riders as well as ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and various other Ishinomori creations, including Inazuman, Kikaider (both of them) and Zubat. These films typically forgo a strong central narrative in favor of an UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny.
* MeaningfulName: Plenty there, if you're really knowledgeable in Japanese.
* MerchandiseDriven:
** Anything from multiple Riders to multiple power-ups, season depending. Much more pervasive in the newer series.
** Many series will have the official toys as their props.
* MessianicArchetype: Many recent series feature a protagonist who is unafraid to sacrifice themselves for the greater good and displays extraordinary capacity for mercy and {{Forgiveness}}. However, their disregard for their own lives is almost always portrayed as a negative thing.
* MidSeasonTwist: While not every Rider show has one, Heisei Phase 2 saw a move to stronger central narratives that brought with them this trope. A typical Rider show from this era will have at least two or three twists that change the structure of the central conflict, occurring roughly at the end of each 13-episode cour. The first twist will usually, though not always, coincide with the defeat of the StarterVillain and/or arrival of the secondary Rider, the second with the acquisition of the main Rider's second-strongest form, and the third with the acquisition of their final form. ''Gaim'', ''Ex-Aid'' and ''Build'' are particularly notable for having many more twists than this, but still save their largest for the end of each cour.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: Heisei era Kamen Riders normally have at least one upgrade that sits between their initial loadout and their eventual [[SuperMode final form]]. Two midgame upgrades is the most common structure, with each getting roughly one cour's worth of focus, but extreme cases have had as many as four. On rare occasions a secondary Rider will also get one intermediary upgrade, but almost never more than that.[[note]]The current record as of 2018 is held by Kamen Rider Brave, with three.[[/note]]
** Among Showa Riders, Stronger is the only one to get a noticable upgrade in the sense of having a disparate upgraded form. Black RX also gets his Roborider and Biorider forms, though the original for is still used for finishing moves. Other Showa Riders did get upgraded powers over the course of their shows, but they were otherwise permanent with the one hero form they could assume just being stronger than it was originally.
* {{Mons}}: Noticeably embraced by the Heisei Riders from ''Ryuki'' onwards (though Gouram in ''Kuuga'' can also count). Ranging from Deconstructions (''Ryuki'', ''Kiva'', ''Gaim''), played straight (''Blade'', ''Hibiki'', mechanical ones in ''Faiz'') and parodied (''Den-O''). Since ''Double'' this has shifted somewhat to [[RobotBuddy Robot Buddies]] instead.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: In the case of ''Kuuga'' and from ''Den-O'' onwards, Monster of the Fortnight (thanks to two-week mini-arcs). Monsters in the Showa series were almost always altered humans ([[TranshumanTreachery sometimes willingly,]] [[TragicMonster sometimes not]]) except for Black RX which used alien warriors instead. The Heisei shows have more variety.
** Kuuga has the Grongi, an ancient demon tribe.
** Agito has the Lords, an ancient angel tribe.
** Ryuki has the Mirror Monsters, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin monsters who live in mirrors.]]
** Faiz has the Orphenochs, the next step in human evolution [[spoiler: or so they think, they're really just mutants.]]
** Blade has the Undead, immortal beast gods.
** Hibiki has the Makamou, another ancient demon tribe.
** Kabuto has the Worm, identity-stealing aliens.
** Den-O has the Imagin, time ghosts.
** Kiva has the Fangire, yet another ancient demon tribe.
** Decade has [[MonsterMash all of the above.]]
** W has the Dopants, transformed humans (willing).
** OOO has the Yummies, coin-based homunculi.
** Fourze has the Zodiarts, more transformed humans (willing).
** Wizard has the Phantoms, demons born from despair.
** Gaim has the Invess, extradimensional invaders.
** Drive has the Roidmudes, androids.
** Ghost has the Ganma, evil ghosts.
** Ex-Aid has the Bugsters, living computer viruses.
** Build has the Smash, yet more transformed humans (unwilling).
* {{Mooks}}: ''Kamen Rider'' has a more sporadic relationship with this trope than ''Super Sentai''; it's used in the Showa series except for ''Black'', shows up again during the Heisei series with ''Kabuto'', used in some episodes of ''W'', ''OOO'' and ''Fourze'' and then used regularly again in ''Wizard'' onward.
* MotorcycleJousting: Happens infrequently in the franchise. A prime example occurs during the final battle of Series/KamenRiderFourze's [[TheMovie movie]].
* TheMovie: Heisei series have a number of feature film tie-ins. It's grown to the point that there are three a year:
** The first is a double-feature with the current year's ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' movie in a "summer roadshow" (aka Series/SuperHeroTime: TheMovie (insert year here)).
** Starting with ''Decade'' and ''Double'',[[note]]or as early as ''Den-O'', which had a couple precursor crossover films[[/note]] there have been annual Christmas-time "Movie War" movies involving two lead Riders meeting each other.
** ''Fourze'' introduced ''Super Hero Wars'' films that combine ''Kamen Rider'' and ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' (and in one case, ''Series/SpaceSheriffGavan'').
* MultiformBalance: First started with ''Black RX''. Since then, it was codified by ''Kuuga'' and has become a tradition for Heisei-era Kamen Riders.
* TheMusical: There's been a few, including a 2010 show simply called ''Masked Rider Live & Show 2010'' which is a ''Decade'' themed show, but actually focuses on Decade!''Kuuga'' and a not-so-evil member of Dai-Shocker who eventually does a HeelFaceTurn. It also features gratuitous appearances by Riders from just about every possible show, from both eras.
* MythologyGag:
** The first Monster of the Week in nearly every season is based on a spider, the second is just as likely to be based on a bat. ''Blade'' turned its one spider-based [=MotW=] into a recurring villain of sorts, while the first episode's monster was based on a grasshopper, much like the first Kamen Rider was. And the first use of a GiantSpider in ''Hibiki'' paved the way for more [[SerkisFolk massive CGI monsters]], after the one in ''J'' had been all but forgotten.
** ''Kiva'' had both the spider and bat. The spider was technically the first monster to appear, but wasn't the first MOTW and in fact managed to survive for almost half the series. Being vampire-themed, the bat motif was used for Kiva, [[TransformationTrinket Kivat]], and the [[BigBad King Fangire]].
** ''Blade'' actually has Kamen Rider Leangle, a spider-themed Rider. We are through the looking glass.
** ''Double'' and ''Ghost'' have gadgets based on a spider and a bat, among others.
*** ''Movie War Core'' shows that when Sokichi Narumi first became Kamen Rider Skull, his first opponents were indeed the Bat and Spider Dopants.
** ''Den-O'', on the other hand, had a bat monster first, and didn't have a spider monster until much later on. Instead, the first few monsters parallel the Contract Monsters of several Riders from ''Ryuki'' (bat for Knight, chameleon for Verde, crustacean for Scissors, crow for Odin, and rhino for Gai).
** ''Ryuki'' also had an example: The first monster was a spider while the first Rider, Knight, was a bat.
*** Thinking about it; if Shinji had used his Contract Card on the spider, he and Knight would have become the first (anti-)heroic example of the spider & bat combo.
** ''Drive'' has its basic monsters come in three varieties: Spider, Bat, and Cobra.
** ''Agito'' has another gag. Being direct sequel to ''Kuuga'', the first two monsters are jaguar and turtle. Just like ''V3'', the first sequel of Showa series.
*** Kamen Rider G3/G3-X doesn't transform. He's a BadassNormal in a suit of PowerArmor, similar to Riderman being a BadassNormal who fights monsters using gadgets instead of superpowers.
** After running the gamut of belt designs in the Showa era, the Heisei era begins with Kuuga and Agito, whose belts may have been all about the bells and whistles, but in fact maintained design elements from the iconic Typhoon belt - a horizontal oval structure with a spinning circular hub, and two boxy units at the side with some important function built in. In addition to this, the silver straps on Kuuga's belt were a parallel to Hongo Takeshi's original white belt while Agito's red straps similarly mirrored Hayato Ichimonji's belt.
** The Greeed of [[Series/KamenRiderOOO OOOs]] have belts that look somewhat like golden versions of the Typhoon belt.
** See AssKickingPose above. Rider-1's right-arm-thrust-to-the-upper-left pose is so iconic that it's been reused several times - every other Showa rider, and Kuuga, Ryuki, Blade, Den-O in concept art, even Double to a small degree (just Shotaro). That's not counting the examples under ShoutOut. In fact, most of the main Rider poses are variants of it, with one arm extended ''away'' from its body.
** Mentor characters named Tachibana, in homage to Tobei Tachibana from the original series; ''Blade'' and ''Fourze'' both indulged in this. And in inspiration to Blade's rather memetic use of it, [[spoiler:Tachibana will always be, in one form or another, a traitor]].

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* NonSerialMovie: Lots of early Heisei series have them, specifically ''Ryuki'', ''Faiz'', ''Blade'', ''Hibiki'' and ''Kiva''. Later Heisei series tend to fit their movies into the show continuity instead.
** Subverted in ''Kabuto''. 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. Rather than creating a TimeyWimeyBall, this time travel actually ''explains'' some of the plot points of the series (i.e. how Tendou got the Rider Belt and Hiyori's obsession with drawing bug-winged people).]]
** ''Movie Taisen Core'' averts this trope and plays it straight ''simultaneously'', being a crossover between ''Double'' and ''OOO''. While it fits neatly into Double's continuity, trying too hard to work it into ''OOO''[='s=] chronology will just give you a migraine. This is due to very little of the '''OOO''' series having been etched in stone as the movie was being written - imagine a decent fanfic taking place after episode thirty... of a series you've only seen episode one of. That's what the writer of Core had to do and there was no way for it to work out better than it did; Creator/ToshikiInoue gets MisBlamed for it, however.
** ''[[Series/KamenRiderDecade All Riders Vs Dai-Shocker]]'' is particularly baffling, because while the events of it don't seem to fit anywhere in the show's continuity, it also contains massive revelations about the whole plot, and events from it were mentioned in ''Decade'' 's finale movie, which is canon to both ''Decade'' and ''Double''. [[AWizardDidIt The worlds were probably merging.]]
* NotUsingTheZWord: Most of the Heisei era shows tend to avoid using the term "Kamen Rider" in series, except for the purpose of {{Crossover}}s. This was much more common in Phase 1 than in Phase 2: Phase 2 shows alternated between using "Kamen Rider" and not using it every other year, and now they use it consistently.
** The only Phase 1 Heisei shows that averted this trope are ''Ryuki'', ''Blade'', and ''Decade'', though ''Kabuto'' played with it:
*** Since ''Ryuki'' is all about the idea that ThereCanOnlyBeOne Kamen Rider, they have to use the phrase to identify the participants in that conflict.
*** One of the recurring themes of ''Blade'' is that the Kamen Riders are an urban legend.
*** ''Kabuto'' never used "Kamen Rider", but instead referred to the technology that powers the Riders as the "Masked Rider System", in English. This, however, is a reference to every Rider in the show (except the Hoppers) having both a Masked Form and a Rider Form.
*** Since teamups use the term and ''Decade'' is ''about'' teamups, this trope never stood a chance. Decade and company always call other Riders Riders, and his CatchPhrase is to refer to himself as a Kamen Rider who is 'just passing through'. Diend also refers to himself as a Kamen Rider throughout. This series is the ''only'' time you'll ever hear the words "Kamen Rider Kuuga" and "Kamen Rider Faiz" in-show.
** In the first few Phase 2 series, this trope was either averted or played with by shows that premiered in odd-numbered years, ''Double'', ''Fourze'', and ''Gaim'':
*** Averted in ''Double''. In the beginning the titular Rider/Riders were just called "Double" by their friends, but the public eventually started referring to the [[MaskPower mask-wearing]], [[BadassBiker motorcycle riding]] hero as a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Kamen Rider"]] and since then all the Riders in the show introduced themselves as Kamen Rider so-and-so. However, Shotaro and Philip are quite protective of the term the people gave them; you have to uphold the ideal to earn the right to call yourself a Rider.
*** Also averted in ''Fourze'', where past Riders are an urban legend, much like in ''Blade''. Fourze is called just Fourze until Tomoko points and says "A Kamen Rider!" Gentaro adopts the name, and they and their friends become the Kamen Rider Club. (Tomoko is also so far the only one to call Wizard a Kamen Rider thus far; in his own series, Wizard is right back to the Heisei series norm of ''never'' using the phrase.)
*** Played with in ''Gaim'', where most of the warriors are named "''Armored'' Riders" thanks to a local DJ. Furthermore, the Riders using the Genesis Driver[[note]]A new generation of Rider transformation device in Gaim, intended to replace the Sengoku Drivers that the Armored Riders use[[/note]] as their transformation device are referred as the "''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin New Generation]]'' Riders"[[note]]The New Generation Riders ''never'' say that during the show, as the term only appears via other means such as scans and toys[[/note]]. Furthermore, "Rider" part also has nothing to do with vehicles - the initial public users were from street-dancing groups collectively called "Beat Riders" by that same DJ. "''Kamen'' Rider" is as usual restricted to crossovers.
** Starting with ''Drive'', this trope is consistently averted.
*** In ''Drive'', where the Roidmudes coin the term for the one hunting them. Drive himself made a conscious decision to adopt the title in honor of his fallen predecessor.
*** In ''Ghost'' and ''Ex-Aid'', the title is granted to the protagonists along with their transformation gear. While there's little significance in-universe for ''Ghost'', in ''Ex-Aid'' it has a somewhat more prominent significance early on, as originally only those that have a special surgery to receive immunity to the [[TheVirus Bugster virus]] can transform into a Kamen Rider.
** Even ''Kamen Rider The First'' and ''Kamen Rider The Next'' don't use it. Riders 1, 2, and V3 are Hopper Version 1, 2, and 3 respectively (the V in V3, whose meaning is never addressed in the ''V3'' series, actually stands for 'version,' even.)
* NumericalThemeNaming: The Kamen Riders from ''Decade'' to ''Fourze'' all took on number-related names: Decade ('''1'''0), Double (2), OOO (3) and Fourze ('''40'''; "'''four'''-'''ze'''ro"). The following Riders don't have number names, but may still continue the theme (it's not clear whether it's intentional or fans are just looking too hard): Wizard's belt symbol is a hand with ''five'' fingers, while Gaim uses padlocks which resemble a ''6'', and [[JapaneseRanguage "lock" can be pronounced "roku"]] which ''means'' six...
** Several other Riders took numerical names as well, like ZO (which is shaped like 20, signifying the 20th anniversary of Kamen Rider) and Faiz (which sounds like Fives, as in 555, though it's also based on the greek letter Phi.)
** The original Kamen Rider actually has this as well. The first is Ichigo (literally number one), second Nigo (Literally number two), and the third was V3.
* OnTheNextEpisodeOfCatchPhrase: Most series have them. "Awaken the soul!" (''Ryuki'') "This clinches it!" (''Double'') Saying "Next time on [show name]" is ''rare,'' and not nearly as awesome. Except for the GratuitousEnglish "Open your eyes for the next Faiz!" in the voice of the Faiz Driver. For the GrandFinale, it became "Open your eyes for the ''final'' Faiz."
* PaletteSwap: For budget reasons, monsters in the new-gen series are sometimes given repaints or differently colored wardrobes to make "new" monsters. Sometimes happens with Riders too, particularly the movie-only Riders. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] on occasion, where the monsters are representatives of the same type or species - an example being that the first three monsters Agito fights are essentially siblings.
* PeopleInRubberSuits: The extent to which they are rubbery depends on the series and design, not so much on the era. Played straight with the Mooks from ''The First'' and ''The Next.'' they wear gas masks and corresponding uniforms, being quite creepy, until you find that [[NightmareRetardant they still shout "yee!" a lot]].
* PhantomZone: A few series have this. Most notably, battles in ''Ryuki'' take place in the mirror world.
* PhlebotinumRebel: This one dates back to the very first series, and extends into the Heisei era; Creator/ShotaroIshinomori's trademark, actually.
** Lampshaded and discussed in ''Wizard'''s [[PostScriptSeason Post-Script]] two-part crossover, where the villain notes that every Rider's powers is connected to those of their enemies in some way - and he somehow can't grasp how the Riders can be good in spite of having their powers based in evil.
* PragmaticAdaptation: ''Kamen Rider Dragon Knight'', to certain degree, was rather successful ([[ScrewedByTheNetwork not ratings-wise, sadly]]).
* ProductPlacement:
** Suzuki makes all the bikes in the Showa era and Honda in the Heisei era, with a few exceptions in the latter (Gas Gas made the bikes in ''Kuuga'', and while main rider Shotaro/W rides a Honda in ''Double'', second rider Ryu Terui AKA Accel rides a red Ducati named Diablossa). Also, all Riders tend to wear Shoei helmets.
** Going in the other direction, ''Televi-kun'' magazine regularly promotes ''Kamen Rider'', and ever since the Heisei era started they've distributed a "Hyper Battle" [[invoked]]BonusEpisode DVD each year (and starting with ''Drive'', they've released ''multiple'' Hyper Battles a year).
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: After the "Rider Break" incident in ''Skyrider'' (see that show's entry on this for details), it's been a requirement that anyone who plays a main or secondary Rider has to have a motorcycle license and prove they are proficient in riding one, to avoid further accidents.
* RealTime: While the episodes aren't filmed in a real time format, dates in the ''Kamen Rider'' universe sync up with the broadcast dates. (For example, when Japan is celebrating New Year's, the ''Kamen Rider'' characters are celebrating New Year's too. The same with Christmas, often with ...amusing... results.) ''Ghost'' in an exception, taking place in much less time since a 99-day time limit is a plot point: [[spoiler:that time runs out after 12 episodes and is then reset, and the second 99 days spans three times that many episodes]].
* RippleEffectProofMemory: ''Ryuki'' & ''Den-O'': this is critical to the plot in the latter.
* TheRival: Prepare for many a FaceHeelTurn and HeelFaceTurn in newer series - Riderman in ''V3''.
* RobotBuddy: It's common for Phase 2 Heisei Riders to have little helper robots. ''Hibiki'' had some in Phase 1, as well.
* RuleOfPool: See WetMeansDefeated. Any time a Rider has a fight near a large body of water, ''especially'' if it's on a bridge, odds are good that someone's going for a swim.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Another part of the Rider package, almost as iconic as the kick, the belt and the bike.
** Unfortunately, dropped starting with ''Black'' in favor of just armor - apparently, [[RealityEnsues it's too easy for the suit actors to get tangled up in scarves]]. Lampshaded or subverted, depending on your point of view, when the EvilTwin from ''Blade'' is only distinguishable by the fact that he's wearing a scarf.
** Completely inverted in ''Hibiki'', where the Mooks are the ones wearing the scarves.
** Ryotaro Nogami, the protagonist of ''Den-O'', occasionally wears a red scarf (though really a muffler) as part of his street clothes in what is assuredly a ShoutOut to his precursors; however, he doesn't really do any ass-kicking while wearing it. When Momotaros possesses people during the Den-O arc of ''Decade'', they gain a ridiculously long red scarf.
** Returned with Double, who has a silver scarf while the Cyclone [=GaiaMemory=] is active, but the subsequent series haven't used it as of yet.
*** Along with [[TheRival the Nazca Dopant]], who sports V3-style double scarves.
*** In fact, the scarf ''is'' a part of W's suit - we just don't always see it because it isn't tied around his (their?) neck(s); instead, it sticks out through an opening at the back of the suit.
** Before ''W'', Another Agito of ''Agito'' incorporated a muffler into his design.
* ScarabPower: Scarabs (specifically the JapaneseBeetleBrothers) readily show up in the franchise, due to ''Kamen Rider'' having a preference for insect themes.
* SchizoContinuity: The "Bait-And-Switch" style. Toei takes a flexible approach to inter-season (and with ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' crossovers, inter-series) continuity. Sometimes different ''Rider'' series take place in alternate universes (as in ''Decade''); sometimes they don't. [[MST3KMantra Don't waste too much time thinking about it.]]
* SignatureMove: RIDER KICK! Also RIDER PUNCH! and RIDER CHOP!, but these tend to get dropped in the newer series.
* SixthRanger: Or in this case, Second Rider. Kamen Rider 2 from the original series, but more often done in the Heisei series with, among others, Gatack, Zeronos, IXA, Diend, and Accel. (For that matter, every Heisei series except ''Kuuga'' has a second rider... and in some cases, a third, fourth, tenth, or ''more'' with ''Ryuki'' and ''Gaim''.)
* SliceOfLife: The first half of ''Hibiki'' in particular has elements of this, as does ''Kuuga''.
* SpaceIsNoisy: with the sounds of beatings.
* StatisticallySpeaking: Toei publishes statistics for nearly every Rider during the run of their show, which since the beginning of the Heisei era has been standardized as a measurement of punching power and kicking power in tons, jump height in meters, and running speed by how fast the character can run a 100-meter dash. More often than not, [[LiesDamnedLiesAndStatistics these numbers are totally arbitrary nonsense]] and have little to no bearing on the character's actual performance in the show.
* StupidStatementDanceMix:
** A side effect of Heisei Rider belts having [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPc5SkMox9M electronic voices.]]
** It's gotten so bad that someone spawned [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdcUGlfUHyA this]] ''[[[invoked]][[EarWorm insanely catchy]]'' mv, with ''almost'' every single Heisei transformation voice or phrase.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnZfWEltH6Q This]] not only takes the transformation sounds, but '''other''' voices from the various ''Kamen Rider'' shows.
** OOO's ''official'' {{Image Song}}s are these; their names are homophones for his combos ("[=ShaUTa=]" becomes "Shout Out", for example), and the belt's transformation announcements are worked into the songs themselves.
** Wizard's belt is just ''asking'' for a dance mix, [[CatchPhrase please]]. When it's primed, it sings out a catchy little tune on a loop until it activates a ring.
* SuperMode:
** Started with Stronger's charged-up form, but doesn't become a staple until the Heisei series, where it's commonly referred to as an 'Ultimate Form' in honor of Kuuga's final form. While some Riders, Kuuga in particular, went through several intermediate forms, the SuperMode is the bare minimum (eg. Ryuki and Decade).
** In an interesting twist, Decade's Super Mode has the power of summoning duplicates of the other Riders' Super Modes to fight alongside him.
** Teamups or TheMovie even give a SuperMode ''on top of'' the Super Mode. Rising Ultimate Kuuga, Den-O Super Climax, Double Gold Xtreme, Fourze Meteor (Nadeshiko) Fusion States, OOO Super Tatoba Combo and Wizard Infinity Dragon (''Gold'').
* SuperSpeed: Seen in several seasons, but taken to ridiculous extremes in ''Kabuto'' - ''expected'' extremes, if you know your Ishinomori.
* SwissArmyHero: Started with ''Black RX'' and has been a series staple since.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: When the current EndingTheme kicks in, you know the battle is on. That, and older series had actual ass-kicking battle themes - ''several'' of them - which gets used to magnificent effect in the ''SPIRITS'' manga.
** For the Heisei series, the "ending theme" isn't played over the end credits (they don't use end credits [except for ''Hibiki'']), but rather it's used as ''the'' battle song (and they often serve as {{Image Song}}s as well). The shows from ''Agito'' through ''Kabuto'' played around with this, but they had two or three songs throughout the whole series run. However...
*** ''Den-O'' used multiple non-final non-SuperMode forms in the first half of the series, and with them came a different arrangement of the ending theme, and that's not including the second Rider's theme song, TheMovie form and villain theme songs, the SuperMode theme song, and an ImageSong for the hero's sister and the BridgeBunny. All but two of these were just remixes of the first theme song, bringing us to a grand total of 9 ending themes, and that's not including the songs for the sequel movies.
*** ''Kiva'' followed the trend and had different theme songs for each of Kiva's forms, but ended up never using one of the songs at all despite promoting its existence during the show's broadcast. They also had the cast perform the ending themes and on various concept albums; the lead actor fronted a rock band made up specially for the show, the main secondary Rider's actor covered his own theme song, and anyone else whose character got in suit for the secondary Rider joined up on a concept album about the secondary Rider.
*** ''Decade'' was fairly minimalistic, only having two themes, one for each Rider and sung by the actor. Instead, the music team went all out producing three albums putting their own style on the 9 previous series theme songs.
*** ''Double'' went off the rails like ''Den-O'', having multiple songs for multiple forms, secondary Riders, cast members, and {{The Movie}}s, but it was implied that all of the ending themes were actually InUniverse pop songs, performed by bands played on the official radio show. One song (performed by the two cast members who are singers from Music/{{AKB48}}) was even tied into a short story arc.
*** ''OOO'' gives a full, awesome song to ''every'' full Combo, plus [=TaToBa=] Combo, plus Birth, and all of them take on a deeper meaning when you know the characters: they're {{Image Song}}s as well!
*** Starting with ''Fourze'', the show has mostly dialed back the song-after-song nature of the franchise, with ''Ghost'' remarkable in that it had ''no'' EndingTheme whatsoever. ''Ex-Aid'' is returning back to the use of ending themes...even though for several episodes in a row they completely omitted the opening sequence entirely, only to have to promise that with the 2nd half of the show they would have a brand new sequence.
* ThemeNaming: Following ''Decade'', all of the belts in Kamen Rider are known as "Drivers", such as the [[Series/KamenRiderDecade Deca Driver]], the [[Series/KamenRiderW W Driver]], the [[Series/KamenRiderOOO OOO Driver]], and so on. Previously, all of the belts had unique names, starting with Kamen Rider 1's Typhoon and ending with [[Series/KamenRiderKiva Kiva's Kivat]].
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne: The central concept of ''Ryuki'' and ''Gaim''. Also featured in ''Kuuga'' and ''Blade'', interestingly between the bad guys. ''Kabuto'' forced this point somewhat with its BFS, and ''Agito''... erm, suggested it would happen. ''Decade'' does this with entire worlds.
* TimeTravel: ''Den-O'' (one of the series' main themes), ''Kabuto'' and ''Kiva'' to an extent. Riders 1 and 2, V3, Black, and Agito also meet up in the game ''Seigi no Keifu'', sorta. It appears to some degree in ''many'' series; ''OOO'' managed to get into time shenanigans with nary a time train in sight in their ''three'' movies (and one ''with'' 'em, in the ''All Riders'' movie.)
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Seems to be a recurring theme in recent years; Tendou liked tofu and both he and Kagami loved Hiyori's mackrel miso, Otoya in ''Kiva'' liked Yuri's Omurice and Megumi liked seafood, Owner and his fried rice and pudding in ''Den-O'', Akiko liked takoyaki and everyone loved ramen in ''Double'', in ''OOO'' there's Ankh and his ice pops, Kougami and his birthday cake and Date with his oden, and in ''Wizard'' we have Haruto's sugar donuts and Kosuke's mayonaise. Kougami could be a subversion since he's never shown eating them himself. ''Drive'' has Shinosuke eat milk candies when slacking off. It's inverted in Decade because Tsukasa hates sea cucumber. Takoyaki also shows up in ''Ghost'' as Alain's first and favorite food, similar to Ankh. Hiiro applied his surgery skills to cream puffs and cakes in ''Ex-Aid''.
* TrainingFromHell: Again one of the {{Trope Codifier}}s in Japan. The original Kamen Rider duo had to undergo intense training under their friend and mentor Tachibana in order to develop new techniques and tactics against the formidable enemies.
* TransformationTrinket:
** While its gimmicks may vary from year to year, the transformation belt is an important part of any Rider's arsenal. Heisei series varies pretty widely in what they actually do.
** ''Hibiki'' ditches the traditional belts in favor of using handheld items and braces to transform (indicative of the fact that ''Hibiki'' [[DolledUpInstallment wasn't originally intended to be a Kamen Rider series]]). Some of their weaponry is belt-worn, though.
** [=TheBee=], Drake, Sasword, Hercus, Ketaros and Caucasus from ''Kabuto'', as well as Diend and Necrom use different kinds of trinkets other than the traditional buckle. Diend and Drake transform using guns, Sasword uses a sword, [=TheBee=], Hercus, Ketaros, Caucasus, and Necrom use armbraces.
** Drive mixed it up a little with armbrace as an integral part of the device, acting as a receiver for the sub-trinkets denoting individual forms and weapons, but still had the belt.
** Sole exception from Showa series is ''Amazon'' whose trinket is actually a bracelet (later ''two'' bracelets) on his forearm.
* TrueCompanions: ''Eventually.'' But this ain't ''Franchise/SuperSentai''; the Riders almost never begin on the same page, and often even come to blows when neither is "evil" in the working-for-the-villains sense. Even ''Blade,'' where we've got a HeroesRUs organization, managed to have four agendas for four Riders. However, sometimes the main Rider and his supporting cast are this from the start.
%%* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans - ''Faiz'', ''Blade'', ''Kabuto'' and ''Den-O''
* WetMeansDefeated:
** Falling into a large body of water is almost always a KO, whether you're a monster or a Rider. Basically, it's become a RunningGag for the first enemy who's badder than a normal MonsterOfTheWeek to beat the crap out of the Rider and then send him flying into the drink. It's not the water that keeps them down, it's the CurbStompBattle that ''ended'' with the dip. That said, Riders who suffer from this usually emerge from the water in a lot of pain but not seriously injured. The exceptions to the rule are Riders and forms specifically built for water: X, Drake, Den-O Rod Form, OOO [=ShaUTa=] Combo, and Wizard's Water Style.
** The series tradition is deconstructed in ''Gaim'', where after [[spoiler:Zangetsu]] gets thrown in the water he's not seen for almost the entire rest of the series, and when he does show up he's in a coma from oxygen deprivation.
* TheWorfEffect: Since they peak lower and sooner than the main character, this happens a lot to secondary riders. But ''Kamen Rider'' is kind of unique in that the main hero himself will usually get stomped before getting a big new power-up to make his comeback more impressive.