Fridge: Kamen Rider Ryuki

Fridge Brilliance

  • Why does Gorou, upon assuming Zolda's identity, stick to using ranged attacks, despite being a good hand-to-hand fighter? Because he didn't want to give away the deception to Asakura.
  • Ren/Knight, despite having little or no qualms about fully participating in the Rider War, can't bring himself to kill another Rider, and the one whom he did, Odin, never really died in the sense of the Odin persona remaining alive. It makes more sense when his status as a Batman Expy is remembered.
  • Kanzaki's right hand man is Kamen Rider Odin, whose motif is a phoenix. What are phoenixes known for?
  • Asakura's death scene makes a lot more sense when you realize he's obsessed with finishing what he started. Look at how he manipulated Reiko into tracking down and reuniting him with his brother, all for the sake of getting another shot at him. That was years ago, when they were kids, but he never forgot and was probably thinking about it all this time. Now he spent the whole series trying to kill Kitaoka, and failing. The weaselly lawyer always got away. After what happened with his brother, he probably decided he would never let someone he was trying to kill escape. When he again failed to kill him, it finally drove him insane... well, insaner.
  • If you watched Kamen Rider Agito, you'll know why the evil Agito Burning Form, existing simultaneously with regular Agito in the Ryuki vs Agito short, isn't that farfetched an idea.note 
    • It also relates to how Shinji had a mirror copy who was downright evil.
    • That, and well... It Was All Just A Dream.
  • Ren's later horror for when seemingly killed Odin and unwillingness to kill Jun seems to run contrary to how he didn't bat an eye to when Suuichi was killed by Volcancer after Ren broke his deck, but when one thinks about it, Ren didn't deliver the killing blow on him, Volcancer did, so to avoid admitting to himself that he was responsible for Suuichi's death, he simply thought of Volcancer as the real killer.
  • Compared to other Rider series, Ryuki Riders seem pretty fragile. In most series, getting hit with another Rider's Finishing Move might knock you out of transformation and rough you up, but won't kill you unless it's at the end of a major battle or something. But here, getting nailed directly with a finisher is much more often fatal, not to mention how easy it is to break the Advent Decks. This makes sense when you remember with the exception of Odin, all the Riders are 'supposed' to die. The Riders in this verse are intentionally more fragile than the Riders of other series for obvious reasons. To add support to this, in Decade the alternate universe Ryuki Riders are typically just as hard to kill as most Riders.

Fridge Horror

  • In future crossovers, Ryuki and the others appear, rider belt and all. At first, given the concept of alternate universes as presented by Kamen Rider Decade, this might be a good explanation of how they have their decks even when the Reset Button Ending states that they no longer have those, but you then think a bit carefully, and you realize that somewhere in an alternate world, the war never ended. It's more bone-chilling when you consider the alternate endings, where a good chunk of them are Bolivian Army Endings, and one of them ended with the war resetting, just that now Shinji has Ren's deck. Though thanks to Ryuki's Hyper Battle Video and Decade's take on Ryuki, where the riders are either heroes of justice or lawyers respectively, it could be possible that the Ryuki Riders came from those universes.
  • Asakura is consistently shown to be one of the deadliest (if not the deadliest) fighters in the Rider War; he only dies in the final timeline because he chose to. His stated wish is for the Rider War to go on forever. It's entirely possible that he's won the war before, maybe even multiple times, because when he wins he just wishes for the whole thing to restart. Hell, think about it too much, and you might think he's the reason Time Vent even exists in the first place.