Series: Kamen Rider Stronger
Kamen Rider Stronger
"The heavens cry out! The earth cries out! The people cry out! They cry out for me to destroy evil! Listen up, evildoers...I am the warrior of justice, Kamen Rider Stronger!"
is the fifth Kamen Rider
Former football player Joh Shigeru's friend is captured and killed by the Black Satan group, which looks for athletes in prime physical condition to be changed into "kaijins"—monster humanoids.
Joh himself goes undercover and allows himself to be captured and altered, becoming the Electric Human Stronger. When he is forced to pledge loyalty to Black Satan's Great Leader, he shows his true colors, calling himself Kamen Rider Stronger and escaping to seek out revenge against Black Satan for killing a friend of his. While escaping from their base, he rescues a woman who had been altered by Black Satan, but not brainwashed, Misaki Yuriko, who became Electric Human Tackle, helping Stronger in his battle against the organization Black Satan.
Eventually, Black Satan falls before Stronger, but he ends up faced with the Delza army, composed by inhabitants of an underground kingdom. However, as it turns out, he wasn't the only one facing Delza's forces around the world...
This series provides examples of:
- Achilles' Heel: Jou Shigeru, as Stronger, has electric and magnetic powers, easily beating most "kaijin" (hard to translate; of the many renderings you'll see, "inhumanoids" is probably the best, if an unwieldy word. Comes of the same base as Kaiju but suggests a more humanoid form, the catch-all term for the monsters in series like Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, and the rest of that genre.) of Black Satan easily. However, later in the series, the "Kaizou Majins" (Remodeled demons) from the Delza Army appear, and they're completely immune to Stronger's electric and magnetic attacks in standard conditions, putting Stronger in a great disadvantage.
- In addition, Black Satan's first great commander, Titan, was weak against... water.
- The Kaizou Majin in general seemed to be actually hurt by Stronger's standard electric attacks if they were immersed in water.
- The Ace: Jou Shigeru is pretty much the prototype for Tendou Souji.
- Action Bomb: Tackle, poisoned and dying, losing alongside Stronger against the Delza Army troops, chooses to sacrifice herself to kill one of the commanders, Doctor Kate.
- Alternate Continuity: The manga version where Tackle lives and fights alongside the 7 Riders.
- Artificial Limbs: Jou has cybernetic arms that he always covers up with black gloves. And with good reason - Stronger can shake peoples' hands without electrocuting them, but Jou can't.
- Badass: Jou Shigeru, full stop.
- Blessed with Suck: The Charge Up form must have all it's energy expended, or else Stronger will explode.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S"
- Calling Your Attacks
- Clip Show: The 7 Riders special that aired after the tv show's ending, reuniting the actors of the seven first Riders one last time.
- Coat Over the Shoulder: Jo's trademark.
- Continuity Nod: When Riders 1 and 2 show up to help Stronger late in the series, the music from their team-up battle scene is the same music from their team-up battle with V3 in his own series, now with added lyrics.
- Cursed with Awesome: He's a cyborg with the strength and power to take on all evildoers, but those gloves Jou always wears are insulated. (It's under this trope as it gives Jou a "handy" trick in human form, and he doesn't seem too worried by it.)
- He even laughs when his new powers are being explained to him and the energy from his perpetually-electrified hands set something on fire without him trying to.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Tackle's final attack Ultra Cyclone.
- Although it is speculative if she could have survived using it in normal condition. It definitely costs her a great amount of energy, similar to V3's Reverse Double Typhoon.
- The Drag-Along: Tachibana Tobei unfortunately seemed to be reduced to this role for most of the series until Jou became less of a Jerkass after Tackle's death.
- Elemental Punch: The Den-Punch, and there's the Den-Kick, Den-Chop... Then he gets his Chou-Denshi (Super Electronnote ) attacks. (The "den" has to do with electricity in this case, if you haven't guessed.)
- Enemy Civil War: Constant. First Titan vs. Shadow, then Shadow vs the whole Black Satan organization, then, when he starts his own Delza Army organization, we get all the new villains versus each other for leadership, which he encourages, figuring they'd try extra hard to get Stronger while chasing the reward (when in practice, Stronger owes more than one victory to the villain who had him cornered being prevented from striking the final blow by another... much as it was when Shadow would cheat Titan out of victory but not be able to seal it himself. Not learning from the past is Shadow's greatest weakness.) Then one of 'em decides to go after Shadow himself...
- Faux Action Girl: Misaki Yuriko/Electro-Wave Human Tackle. If you only know her by how sad fans were to see her die or how cool the Kamen Rider Decade alternate version is, you'll be surprised to find her unable to deal with any Monster of the Week. Her one victory is the one that cost her her life.
- Faux Affably Evil: Both Titan and General Shadow are various degrees of affable. With Titan it mainly comes from his suave attitude, and with General Shadow it's his honour and knightly code of conduit (such as refusing to use underhanded tricks to defeat his adversaries). Both are as evil as evil comes however, but Titan especially loses his cool after suffering many defeats by Stronger.
- Fully Absorbed Finale: Rider 1, 2, V3 and Riderman participate in Stronger's finale, which ties a certain plot thread left hanging around from their own series. The show's ending segment even includes the first Rider's and V3's openings playing alongside flashbacks of their series.
- Hour of Power: Stronger's Charge Up must expend all the extra energy within one minute, or suffer fatal Phlebotinum Overload. Which is more than enough time, anyway.
- In the Name of the Moon: See the top of the page. Almost always spoken by Stronger from higher ground, before leaping down to kick Black Satan ass. Done at least once while kicking Black Satan ass, in the style of a Jidaigeki.
- Large Ham: I AM KAMEN RIDER STRONGER!!!
- Leeroy Jenkins: Tackle had a tendency to charge into battle all by herself. It never worked.
- The Man Behind the Man: The Great Leader reveals he was responsible for the Government of Darkness and Geddon.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: General Shadow wants to defeat Stronger himself and cares little about anything else.
- Phlebotinum Rebel: Stronger gets himself rebuilt on purpose to get revenge on Black Satan for the death of a friend.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Tachibana Tobei, much to the chagrin of fans.
- Power Levels: Only brought up once or twice, such as Stronger's first final fight with Mr. Titan, to explain why Stronger's usual attacks weren't hurting him. Fortunately Titan turns out to have a Weaksauce Weakness to water.
- Shock and Awe: His bread and butter.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: The enemies that Stronger faces keep getting more powerful throughout the series. Even an early villain was upgrade to justify his return.
- Super Mode: Charge Up form. Notable as the first example in the Kamen Rider franchise; previous riders had gotten upgraded powers as their shows went on, but they were permanent prior to this: Training from Hell or a new technological tweak resulted in beating the crisis of the day and presumably being stronger thereafter, and when you realize they increase their powers as much as the new guys do but without any changes to the suit, it's no surprise to see the old Riders keeping up with the new ones in the teamup movies. However, an actual form change happens for the first time here, as does the "it's crazy strong but has requirements/drawbacks" idea.
- Taking You with Me: Tackle kills Doctor Kate, a Kaizou Majin, alongside herself, using her own Suicide Attack.
- Villain Song: "Wahahaha! Terrorizing the Country"
- Villain Pedigree: The Delza Army's Kaizou Majin, altered demons, who replace Black Satan's Kikaijins, altered humans, as the standard enemies in the second half of the show.
- Will They or Won't They?: Jou is in love with Yuriko, and she seems to feel the same, though they never tell each other.
- Worthy Opponent: Mr Titan
- Women in Refrigerators: Tackle is killed late in the series, and her actress dies of cancer in the 80s, turning Tackle's death into Harsher in Hindsight. Her being officially considered not a true Rider but a mere sidekick only adds insult to injury. This is referenced in the Kamen Rider Spirits manga.
- More like rectified: Spirits gives a better explanation for Tackle not being considered a Kamen Rider, saying that Jou and Tachibana felt she had done enough and wanted her to rest in peace as a normal woman, not a warrior.
- Spirits' take on the issue has its own Unfortunate Implications. In the series, after Tackle's death, when she sacrificed herself in battle to kill a foe that not even Stronger could match, while hiding the fact that she had been fatally poisoned, Shigeru, while leaving her grave, said "Yuriko... no, Tackle.", respecting her as a warrior even if not calling her a Kamen Rider. Meanwhile, in Spírits, Shigeru claims that she's just Yuriko and died as a normal woman.
- More recently, the KR Decade short films raised the question of Tackle's rider status directly, and Tackle featured prominently in one of the Decade movies. The jury's still out, but there seems to be a swell of support for Tackle being given full Kamen Rider status posthumously. With the creation of Kamen Rider Kivala, and Decade showing female riders in the Hibiki-verse, there may yet be hope for female Kamen Riders. Decade also treated Yuriko a lot better than Stronger did; where Stronger's Yuriko seemed to end up tied up if faced with anything worse than two Mooks and had to die to beat Doctor Kate in her only instance of surpassing that, Decade's Yuriko, while having a quite different personality (Decade's Yuriko is a Genki Girl Third-Person Person, but it's covering a good deal of pain.) was a force to be reckoned with. Yuriko's fans surely had no problem with her telling Decade "No, let me handle this" and sending six Riotroopers (Evil Knockoff Riders from Kamen Rider 555, a homage to the Shocker Riders of old) flying like ragdolls with one Electro-Wave Throw (yes, that attack that was only capable of pushing one or two footsoldiers - basic grunts, the kind that are routinely beaten by humans with decent chop-socky skills - back but without actually stopping them in Stronger.) She didn't just return, she returned with powers as strong as her will always was, and it was beautiful.
- The change regarding Tackle makes sense in context. Yuriko is shown in all of the flashbacks to have been someone who loved Jou, but could never live a normal life with him because of Black Satan's reconstruction of them. Thus, by acknowledging Yuriko as a woman, Jou is giving her in death the one thing she couldn't have: her old life back. If anything, Jou was just respecting her wish.
- The big irony of Tackle not being titled a Kamen Rider (and the reference in the Decade special) is that, after Shigeru gave himself the title of "Kamen Rider", Yuriko chose to go by "Denpa Ningen" instead.