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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, and Ex-Aid.[[/note]]]]

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

''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 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.[[/note]] The shows in the Heisei period are:
* ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'' (2000-2001)
* ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'' (2001-2002)
* ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' (2002-2003)
* ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz (555/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) and in some English-speaking circles as "Neo-Heisei", set themselves apart from the prior run of shows by having a different production staff, a different tone, a different airing schedule (begining 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-present)

[[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, AffectionateParody TV special)
* ''Film/KamenRider1'' (2016, technically a ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'' movie but actually about an aged Hongo. Also the MilestoneCelebration for the 45th Anniversity of ''Kamen Rider''.)
* ''Series/KamenRiderAmazons'' (2016, DarkerAndEdgier miniseries reboot of ''Amazon,'' Amazon Prime only)
* Heisei-era tie-in movies:
** ''[[Film/KamenRiderAgitoProjectG4 Kamen Rider Agito: Project G4]]'' (2001)
** ''[[Film/KamenRiderRyukiEpisodeFinal Kamen Rider Ryuki: Episode Final]]'' (2002)
** ''[[Film/KamenRider555ParadiseLost Kamen Rider 555: Paradise Lost]]'' (2003)
** ''[[Film/KamenRiderBladeMissingAce Kamen Rider Blade: Missing Ace]]'' (2004)
** ''[[Film/KamenRiderHibikiAndTheSevenSenki Kamen Rider Hibiki & The Seven Senki]]'' (2005)
** ''[[Film/KamenRiderKabutoGodSpeedLove Kamen Rider Kabuto: God Speed Love]]'' (2006)
** [[/index]]''Kamen Rider Den-O: I'm Born!'' (2007)
** ''Kamen Rider Den-O & Kiva: Climax Deka'' (2008)
** ''Saraba Kamen Rider Den-O: Final Countdown'' (2008)
** ''Cho Kamen Rider Den-O & Decade Neo Generations: The Onigashima Warship'' (2009)
** ''Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider The Movie: Cho Den-O Trilogy'' (2010)
** ''Kamen Rider Kiva: King of the Castle in the Demon World'' (2008)[[index]]
** ''[[Film/KamenRiderDecadeAllRidersVsDaiShocker Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker]]'' (2009)
** ''[[Film/KamenRiderWForeverAToZTheGaiaMemoriesOfFate Kamen Rider W Forever: A to Z/The Gaia Memories of Fate]]'' (2010)
** ''[[Film/OOODenOAllRidersLetsGoKamenRiders OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders]]'' (2011)
** ''[[Film/KamenRiderOOOWonderfulTheShogunAndThe21CoreMedals Kamen Rider OOO Wonderful: The Shogun and the 21 Core Medals]]'' (2011)
** ''[[Film/KamenRiderFourzeTheMovieEveryoneSpaceIsHere Kamen Rider Fourze the Movie: Everyone, Space Is Here!]]'' (2012)
** ''[[Film/KamenRiderWizardInMagicLand Kamen Rider Wizard in Magic Land]]'' (2013)
** ''[[Film/KamenRiderGaimGreatSoccerBattleGoldenFruitsCup Kamen Rider Gaim: The Great Soccer Match! The Golden Fruit Cup!]]'' (2014)
** ''[[Film/KamenRiderDriveSurpriseFuture Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future]]'' (2015)
** ''Kamen Rider Ghost: The 100 Eyecons and Ghost's Fated Moment'' (2016)
* ''Movie War'' films:
** ''Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider W & Decade: Movie War 2010'' (2009)
** ''Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider OOO & W Featuring Skull: Movie War Core'' (2010)[[index]]
** ''[[Film/KamenRiderXKamenRiderFourzeAndOOOMovieWarMegaMax Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Mega Max]]'' (2011)
** ''[[Film/KamenRiderXKamenRiderWizardAndFourzeMovieWarUltimatum Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Wizard & Fourze: Movie War Ultimatum]]'' (2012)
** ''[[Film/KamenRiderXKamenRiderGaimAndWizardTheFatefulSengokuMovieBattle Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard: The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle]]'' (2013)
** ''[[Film/KamenRiderXKamenRiderDriveAndGaimMovieWarFullThrottle Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Drive & Gaim: Movie War Full Throttle]]'' (2014)
** ''[[Film/KamenRiderXKamenRiderGhostAndDriveSuperMovieWarGenesis Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Drive & Ghost: Movie War Genesis]]'' (2015)
** ''[[Film/KamenRiderGenerationsDrPacmanVsExAidAndGhostWithLegendaryRiders Kamen Rider Heisei Generations: Dr. Pacman Vs Ex-Aid & Ghost with Legendary Riders]]'' (2016)
* ''Super Hero Taisen'' movies:[[index]]
** ''Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiSuperHeroTaisen'' (2012, featuring Fourze as the lead Rider)
** ''Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiXSpaceSheriffSuperHeroTaisenZ'' (2013, featuring Wizard)
** ''Film/HeiseiRiderVsShowaRiderKamenRiderWarsFeaturingSuperSentai'' (2014, featuring Gaim)
** ''Film/SuperHeroTaisenGPKamenRider3'' (2015, featuring Drive)
** (2016: series temporarily suspended and replaced with ''Film/KamenRider1'')
** ''Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiChouSuperHeroTaisen'' (2017, featuring Ex-Aid)

[[AC:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/KamenRiderClimaxHeroes'' (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 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.
* AlternateContinuity: All the pre-Decade Heisei movies except the Den-O ones.
* 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 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'' and ''Fourze'' used it 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'', Zolda's final weapon 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}}: Zeronos' [=ZeroGasher=] in ''Den-O'', Kabuto's Perfect Zecter in ''Kabuto'', Den-O's [=DenKamen=] Sword in ''Den-O'', Blade's King Rouzer in ''Blade'', Kiva's Zanvat Sword in ''Kiva'', Decade's Blade Blade (a sword made from the Kamen Rider Blade) in ''Decade'', Fourze's ''Barizun Sword'' in ''Fourze'', Wizard's Axcalibur (which doubles as AnAxeToGrind) in ''Wizard'', and [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters many many more.]]
* 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!''
* 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.
* 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'': Death
* 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. Largely rolled back in recent series like ''Double'' and ''OOO'', though.
* 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.
* CosmicRetcon: Of a complicated sort. The parallel universe premise of ''Decade'' has since disappeared, while a new unified continuity has started from ''Double'' onward. The ReBoot is cemented by ''Movie War Megamax'', which states the Showa era are UrbanLegend, while ''Double'' to ''Fourze'' are the "new" Kamen Riders, with nary a mention of any Heisei series prior to ''Decade''. The Super Hero Taisen films complicate the matter further by seemingly retconning some of the endings to previous series.
* CreatorCameo:
** 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.
* 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'', and ''Ex-Aid''.
*** 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'', 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 contains rather complex stories and characters with dark past.
*** In general, 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'', and Kiwami Arms and Yomotsuheguri Arms in ''Gaim''.
** 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.
* 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.
* EnemyWithin: subverted in ''Den-O'' - and how!
* 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.
%%** 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.)
* 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.
* ExponentialPotential:
** The franchise flirted with it for a few years. The Heisei Riders are often {{Swiss Army Hero}}es with MultiformBalance, but ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' could {{Power Copy|ing}} and take on ''any'' of their forms, plus his own SuperMode.
** ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' could mix-and-match his powers, two slots by three options each, for nine forms plus some {{Super Mode}}s.
** ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' had ''three'' slots by ''five'' options each for '''125''' forms, before his own SuperMode and additional promotional powersets.
** ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' dialed this back by giving him a large ''arsenal'' but not anything combinable. Fourze could still qualify, if you consider that his belt has four slots (each representing one of his limbs), each possessing ten options, meaning he has just shy of '''''10,000''''' combinations[[note]]There's a single matched pair that throws off the count slightly[[/note]], and his SuperMode can [[AllYourPowersCombined combine the traits of two weapons]], such as [[MacrossMissileMassacre Launcher]] plus [[KillItWithIce Freeze]] producing a freeze missile launcher.
* 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.
* 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...
* GottaKillThemAll: Multiple series have premises where a specific number of enemies must be defeated. In ''Blade'' and ''Drive'', it's the 52 Undead and 108 Roidmudes respectively. ''OOO'' and ''Fourze'' have specific ensembles to target (five Greeed and twelve Horoscopes) while still allowing for unlimited numbers of lesser monsters. ''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 from the talking transformation devices.
* {{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.
* 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.
%% * {{Homage}}
* 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'', 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!'''"
* 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''.
* 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.
%%* MaskPower: Well... Kamen Riders.
* {{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'', and ''Drive'' take the aversion further by having the general public aware of the monster attacks.
*** Incidentally, ''Double'' has a Masquerade-type Dopant. Instant faceless henchmen.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: ''Decade'' was a series devoted to this, but the ''All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker'' and ''Let's Go Kamen Riders'' films reunite all of the Riders. The latter featured other Ishinomori creations, including Inazuman, Kikaider (both of them) and Zubat. There's also the ''Super Hero Taisen'' series which crosses over with ''Franchise/SuperSentai''.
* 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.
** In their defense, they make the transformation devices too awesome to resist.
* 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.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: The pre-SuperMode forms of the Heisei era Kamen Riders.
** 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).
* MotorcycleJousting: Happens infrequently in the franchise. A prime example occurs during the final battle of Series/KamenRiderFourze's [[TheMovie movie]].
* TheMovie:
** Double-featured with the current year's ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' movie in a "summer roadshow" (aka Series/SuperHeroTime: TheMovie (insert year here)).
** Starting with ''Decade'' and ''Double'', have been annual Christmas-time "Movie War" movies as well. And now, ''Super Hero Wars'' films that combine ''Kamen Rider'', ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', ''and other series'' have arrived.
* MultiformBalance: First started with ''Black RX''. Since then, it was codified by ''Kuuga'' and has become a tradition for Heisei-era Kamen Riders.
* TheMultiverse: It was originally believed by fans that every entry in the franchise after ''Black RX'' was set in alternate time lines with a few movies being confirmed to be in different continuities and shaping the setting of ''Decade''. However, the first episode of ''Fourze'' debunked this notion as V3, Black RX, Kuuga, and W were present in their continuity. This was further cemented in the Gaim-[=ToQger=] crossover.
* 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.

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* NonSerialMovie: Lots of early Heisei series have them, specifically ''Ryuki'', ''Faiz'', ''Blade'', ''Hibiki'' and ''Kiva''.
** 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 author 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 the warriors are named "''Armored'' Riders" thanks to a local DJ. 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, with little significance in-universe.
** 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."
* PainfulTransformation: Averted in almost all cases - including the organic Riders like Amazon and Gills, the latter of which suffered from aftereffects. Played very straight, however, with Shin Kamen Rider.
* 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; 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, rather successful ([[ScrewedByTheNetwork not rating based, sadly]]).
* ProductPlacement:
** Honda makes all the bikes in the Heisei era since ''Agito'' (Gas Gas made the bikes in ''Kuuga'') and Suzuki in the Showa era, but it's nowhere as obvious as the Shoei helmets that all Riders tend to wear. Not averted till the Heisei era - Shinji of ''Ryuki'' uses a moped, and Ryotaro of ''Den-O'' use a bicycle, both of which do not require the full face helmet.
** Averted in ''Double'', where while main rider Shotaro/W rides a Honda, second rider Ryu Terui AKA Accel rides a red Ducati named Diablossa.
* 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, too.
* RuleOfPool: See SuperDrowningSkills. 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.
* 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, or even tenth.)
* SliceOfLife: The first half of ''Hibiki'' in particular has elements of this, as does ''Kuuga''.
* SpaceIsNoisy: with the sounds of beatings.
* 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]] ''[[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.
* SuperDrowningSkills:
** 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.
* 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.
** There's actually a number of battle themes in the recent series, as well. ''Double'' has three of them, for example.
*** ''Den-O'' had about 6 by the series end, and a few more for the movies.
*** ''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!
*** Similar same goes for ''Kiva''. When the main actor is also a singer, you get ass-kicking music based on all the heroes, the Arms Monsters, a couple villains, and your SuperMode. You know who's coming by the first few notes.
* 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 second ''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. It's inverted in Decade because Tsukasa hates sea cucumber. Kougami could be a subversion since he's never shown eating them himself.
* 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''