Series: Kamen Rider V3

Kamen Rider V3, Shiro Kazami, is an altered human. Mortally wounded by Destron, he is rebuilt by Kamen Riders 1 and 2, reborn as Kamen Rider V3.

Kamen Rider V3, the second Kamen Rider series, aired from 1973 to 1974.

Kazami Shiro was marked for death by the evil group Destron after witnessing a murder by their hands. When Destron forces him to watch the murder of his family, Kazami pleads with his saviors, the Kamen Riders to make him into a cyborg-warrior too. They only comply after he is wounded saving their lives; now, after the sacrifice of his saviors, Kazami as Kamen Rider V3 takes on the forces of Destron. Later, he is joined by former Destron scientist Yuki Jouji, who takes up the mantle of Riderman, also known as the fourth Kamen Rider.

This show features examples of:

  • Achilles' Heel: A devastating, but handily forgotten, one is discovered in the third episode when it turns out that if the fans in V3's belt are clogged he loses his power. Slightly more prevalent is that once Shiro changes, he has to wait exactly three hours before he can do so again.
    • However, the show does take pains to show that V3's Henshin sequence isn't a free action. Kazami being interrupted while doing it is a minor Running Gag.
  • All Your Powers Combined: A lesser example of this. V3 was stated to have all the strength of #2 and all the technique of #1. His more well-known trait, the "26 Secrets," are unique to him.
  • Badass Biker: Take a guess.
  • Curbstomp Battle: What happened when a mutant tried to kidnap, brainwash, and marry V3's love(?) interest. He spent the better part of seven minutes simply punching the hell out of the guy through at least three different scenes.
  • Death by Falling Over: While the monsters are usually killed by a finishing move, Magnet Boar in episode 13 charges at V3 (who dodges by accidentally falling over) overshoots him and falls off a small cliff. He then gets back up... and explodes.
  • Death by Origin Story: Shiro's family, subverted with Riders 1 and 2.
  • Decoy Leader: Hinted when V3 cracks open the skull of Destron's leader, revealing a tape player.
  • Evil Twin: Riderman gets one late in the series. He actually ends up switching places with him.
  • Expy: Of a sort. While most (if not all) Riders are based off of some animal or have some sort of theme, Riderman is generically based on a 'Kamen Rider'. This ties into Yuuki's backstory, and for most of his appearances during this show he is specifically fighting Marshall Armor, not Destron. That he actually gets an Evil Twin is just flat out ironic.
  • Eye Scream: Lens Ant's eye beams are reflected back at him in episode 11 using V3's Red Lamp power, blowing his eyes up.
  • Fully Absorbed Finale: The series ends with a large unresolved plot thread, Destron's leader alive and well, with the monster defeated by V3 just having a tape player inside. However, V3 and Riderman would return in Kamen Rider Stronger to finish that plot thread in Stronger's own finale.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Kazami has a vicious streak when it comes to Destron. (Later media tone this down a bit.)
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: In Episode 10, when Tachibana and some of the Rider Scouts are in a Destron prison, a guard makes a point to come down to give the scouts back their helmets as a mocking "final gift." Tachibana grabs him in a headlock through the bars and has the kids steal his keys.
  • Heel Realization: Riderman has a hell of a realization when he learns the truth behind Destron's actions, which lead him to say some damning words about his obliviousness…
    "I've been worshipping the devil!"
    • …thus setting up the scene for his…
  • Heroic Bystander: In episode 7, Professor Kawai is attacked by Knife-Armadillo. He runs into a jogger, who defends the professor and attempts to fight the monster. Though Knife-Armadillo kills him, he later expresses frustration that the jogger managed to stall him long enough for the professor to escape.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Riderman stops a Pluton Rocket from hitting Tokyo by blowing it up mid-flight. While inside. He gets better.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Burner-Bat likes to jump to higher trees and hang from them upside-down in order to evade attacks and to put himself in a better position to rain attacks down on his enemies. After being shot by a civilian, the bullet wound is untreated, and all of his acrobatics and upside down hangings cause him to bleed out.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: V3 has 26 abilities, and since Riders 1 and 2 are apparently killed before they can tell him what they all are, V3 has to figure out what he can do all by himself.
  • Large Ham: Knife Armadillo rocks this trope like Van Halen. (His human form, not so much.)
    • Destron's first commander, Doktor G, allows rocks this trope.
  • Nuclear Weapons Taboo: Averted; in the very second episode, Riders 1 and 2 sacrifice themselves to stop a nuclear bomb planted by the Destrons from going off in the center of Tokyo.
  • Obviously Evil: Lens-Ant's human form is a grotesquely deformed man with an obvious hunch, crooked protruding teeth, a horrific burn on half his face, and a threateningly awkward air about him. He even offers Tachibana and three Rider Scouts, some milk (which he insists they drink) and food that appears from nowhere. The four pretty easily figure out he's a monster.
  • Papa Wolf: In episode 15, when Dr. Okajima sees his daughter being menaced by Burner-Bat, he blasts the monster with a shotgun, making him retreat.
  • Powered Armor: What the Riderman suit basically is, as Yuuki is either a unaltered human or a mook-level cyborg.
  • Religion of Evil: Destron has many facets, one of which manifest as a group of cultist like Shocker mooks whose uniform consists of long black robes and pointed face obscuring hoods. They treat Destron as their religion.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Kazami's entire career as V3 is this, as is Yuuki's career as Riderman, but for different reasons. Kazami is hunting all of Destron, while Yuuki simply has beef with Marshal Armor and (until just prior to his Heroic Sacrifice) considers himself a loyal member of Destron.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: V3 has not one, but two Scarves Of Asskicking. They're actually attached to his shoulders like capes, and V3 couldn't wear a scarf anyway because of his high collar... but what else are we gonna call this?
  • Sinister Minister:
    • In the first episode, Scissors-Jaguar takes the form of a priest to make himself less suspicious, before dropping the act and acting like an evil preacher.
    • In episode 17, Spray-Rat finds and kills a local priest before taking on his form in order to lure in an unsuspecting couple to kill with a toxin. As the priest he's prone to evil bouts of laughter, sadistic banter, and general creepiness.
    • There's also a division of religious Shocker Mooks who wear black robes and pointed hoods. They treat Destron like a Religion of Evil, perform a threatening funeral for Rider 1, and help oversee an evil marriage between Drill Mole and Junko.
  • Tagalong Kid: The Rider Scouts tend to fill this role. Whichever one is involved with the monster of the week's schemes, or reports the action hangs around the gang while they solve the mystery. Junko's brother Shigeru is the most recurring.
  • Training from Hell: Practically any time V3 loses a fight, he turns to Tachibana Tobei. Who... Well. Trains him in ways that involve motorcycle racing, machine guns, taking shots from a wrecking ball...
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Very much averted. Kazami Shiro frequently has to move to higher or safer ground and restart his transformation.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: The origin of V3. One of those cases where they didn't give him a full manual, though.

Alternative Title(s):

Kamen Rider V 3