->''"On a distant and embattled planet called Edenoi, a young prince named Dex is given great powers by his grandfather, the King, and is sent to the planet Earth, to protect it from the advancing evil of Count Dregon and his vicious Insectivores. Once on Earth, he is adopted by a kind family, and learns to live as a human. With his companion Ferbus at his side, Dex is ever-vigilant, ready at a moment's notice to call on his powers to become... Masked Rider."''
--> '''OpeningNarration'''

''[[ByThePowerOfGreyskull Ectophase Activate!]]''

''Saban's Masked Rider'' is an American television series produced by Saban Entertainment that aired from 1995 through 1996. In much the same way as ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' with ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', this show was adapted from the ninth ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series ''Series/KamenRiderBlackRX''. Like Power Rangers series that have [[Series/PowerRangersInSpace recontextualized]] [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder the]] [[Series/PowerRangersRPM source footage]] [[Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger from]] [[Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger their]] [[Series/EngineSentaiGoonger original plots]], Masked Rider recontextualizes Black RX's footage by using it to fit a SitCom type show with a more... [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} traditional]] Sci-Fi premise.

The plot concerned a young alien prince named Dex, sent from a distant planet Edenoi to fight against his wicked uncle Count Dregon and his [[MonsterOfTheWeek Insectovores]]. Having already rendered Edenoi near-uninhabitable, Dregon has turned his attention to Earth.

Dex arrives in a town named Leawood and is adopted by a multiracial American family, dad Hal (white), mom Barbara (East Asian), sister Molly (white) and brother Albee (black). Dex also brought along his pet bipedal duck/bear creature named Ferbus.

Dex was introduced in a [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot three-part episode]] in the beginning of the third season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', but the show itself had no references to that series. Whilst the pilot demonstrated a powerful message about enslavement and environmental damage, and left Edenoi with somewhat of a DownerEnding by the end of the third part, the changes in the series ignored this ending and underused a lot of potentially dramatic material in favor of a more simplistic good versus evil story based on Earth.

The first handful of episodes were fairly comparable to the quality of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' but it soon dropped fast. The main reason for the criticism includes turning the already LighterAndSofter ''Series/KamenRiderBlackRX'' UpToEleven, making it into even more of a comedic and vapid program. If nothing else, Dex's guest appearance in ''Mighty Morphin Power Rangers'' was the closest thing to a Rider/Sentai crossover until the 2009 ''[[Series/KamenRiderDecade Decade]]''/''[[Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger Shinkenger]]'' team-up.[[note]]The 1979 ''JAKQ vs. Gorenger'' movie featured cameos by Amazon and [=V3=] in the form of photographs, but the actual characters themselves are never involved in the story.[[/note]]

Until 2009's ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'', it was the only American adaptation of ''Franchise/KamenRider''. Still, the show does have a cult fandom and introduced many to the ''Kamen Rider'' franchise. Some of the background music was [[RecycledSoundtrack later used]] in Saban's dub of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''.

!!The show contains examples of:

* AdaptationAmalgamation: While primarily based on ''Series/KamenRiderBlackRX'', six of the show's forty episodes included footage from the Kamen Rider films ''Film/KamenRiderZO'' and ''Film/KamenRiderJ'', adapting all but one villain (Garai/Cobra Man of ''Kamen Rider J'') from the two movies as [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters Of The Week]].
** ZO's footage was used in ''Escape From Edenoi'' parts 1 and 2 (with separate fight scenes for [[BigBad Doras]] and later a monster from Black RX) and ''Cat-Atomic'' (which again had two major fight scenes, one with the minor monster Koumori Man and one with a monster from Black RX).
** J's footage was used in ''Saturday Morning Invasion'' (with [[BigBad Fog Mother]] as Ultivore) and ''Ectophase Albee'' (minor monster Agito/Lizard Man).
** Footage from ''both'' movies was used in ''Stranger From the North'', which began by using J's minor monster Zu/Bee Woman as Hydrasect and switching to ZO's monster Kumo Woman as her more powerful form Arachnida.
* AmusingAlien: Dex has traces of this at times. One example would be that his race, Edenoians, derive from insects instead of apes -- so guess what he answered on an Earth biology test on the subject of human origins...
* BigBad: Count Dregon
* BlindIdiotTranslation: The Masked Rider Warriors (the show's counterpart to Kotaro's Rider predecessors in ''RX'') had their names accidentally switched during the roll call due to an inconsistency between how the Japanese footage was edited and how it was actually dubbed.[[note]]Specifically, the Rider names were mentioned in the same order they were in the Japanese show, with Rider 1 and Rider 2 being renamed "Warrior Leader" and "Warrior Commander" respectively, but Rider 2 and Riderman were edited out of the actual footage.[[/note]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r67jBFQXJ7E The results are hilarious]], with the part where Sky Rider proclaims himself to be "Amazon" becoming a popular meme.
* BatmanInMyBasement: When Ferbus first arrived, Molly and Albee had to hide him due to Hal's allergies, but Hal is not allergic anymore around Ferbus; once he revealed himself, Ferbus was accepted as part of the family.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: The Electro Saber was made to shoot fireballs as stabbing monsters through the body and out again was deemed "too violent". (Strangely, the nigh-identical Laser Lance finisher in ''Series/VRTroopers'' was not altered.)
** Possibly because ''Masked Rider'' aired on network television, while ''Series/VRTroopers'' aired in syndication, meaning the latter could get away with it due to less restrictions.
*** That and most of the villains in ''VR Troopers'' were robots, and the show can and did say destroyed villains would be rebuilt (to explain why they could be seen in [[StockFootage recycled crowd shots]] if nothing else.) With how about two thirds of the monsters on ''Masked Rider'' were aliens or mutants, maybe they didn't think they could get away with goring obviously living opponents through with a lightsaber.
*** Ironically averted in one of the later episodes where Dex destroys Ocusect by stabbing her through her giant eye! To be more specific she switches from her humanoid form to her giant flying eyeball form and Dex throws his electro saber at her, stabbing right through the eye. He then grabs hold of his weapon with her still attached and thrusts it in for a few moments while Ocusect writhes in pain and THEN explodes.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Donais, to become the Robo Rider. Also, Dregon once brainwashed Barbara to replace Nefaria when he got fed up with her.
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "Ectophase Activate!"
* CatchPhrase: "It'll take a lot more than that to stop Masked Rider!"
* CharacterAsHimself: Ferbus (partially justified as he was an animatronic puppet in the first few episodes before becoming a guy in a suit)
* CoolCar: Magno
* DemBones: Skull Reapers
* DemotedToExtra: The true BigBad of ''Black RX'', Emperor Crisis, was just a monster named Lavasect here- so named because it was trapped in the Earth's core for 10 billion years.
* EvilUncle: Count Dregon
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When Magno the talking car is introduced, her sultry female voice invites Dex to "feel free to check out the merchandise."
* GreenAesop: One episode deals with one of Count Dregon's servant Cyclopter making a monster out of parts from older monsters that had been destroyed. Once Dex/Masked Rider destroys it, Count Dregon admits that recycling can be most useful at saving money/energy...but notes that all of the materials needed to be sorted and labeled first, and so sends Cyclopter to do it.
* HeroForADay: Albee accidentally getting Dex's Masked Rider powers.
** Turns out it was [[AllJustADream just a daydream]].
* IDontKnowMortalKombat: Averted. Dex's superhuman reflexes make him a master at the (likely less violent) in-universe expy of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat''. He eventually quits it because is ''too good'' at it, [[CursedWithAwesome considering his skills cheating]].
** Dex is so good at video games, the overload of WIN can break the TV! Wait...
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: Dex does this at times. More particularly during the ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' crossover.
-->''[[http://youtu.be/eTo4x2bL25M?t=37s "In the name of King Lexian, rightful ruler of Edenoi...Ectophase Activate!!"]]''
* InsultBackfire: In "Bugs on the Loose".
-->'''Masked Rider:''' You're just as ugly as I expected.\\
'''Mothitron:''' Thanks!
* JediMindTrick: Roborider uses this trick on the Principal when he infiltrates the school.
--> '''Principal''': May I see your hall pass?
--> '''Roborider''': (zaps with lasers) You will say ''never mind''!
--> '''Principal''': Uh, never mind...
* {{Kiai}}: Dex does this. A lot.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQYpuINSXyE&feature=youtu.be&t=11m18s "EUUAAAGH!" ]]''
** '' "Now villains! You shall know the Power of the Masked Rider...and the Power Rangers! [[http://youtu.be/eTo4x2bL25M?t=49s EY-YUH! HEY-YUH! HUH! EY-YAH! EY-YAH! HEY-YAH! EY-YAH!"]]''
** '' "Don't you know it's illegal to impersonate a driving instructor, buddy? Now I'm gonna have to teach you a little lesson! [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wr2kNuzLWA EY-YAH! HUH! EY-YAH! HUH...Uh-hoh!"]]''
* KirksRock: Features prominently in many episodes, just as in [[Franchise/PowerRangers related series]].
* LaserBlade: Masked Rider's Electro Saber.
* MadeOfExplodium: A literal example, in one episode where a monster with banana weaponry was actually trying to steal a substance called Explodium.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Here it's somewhat justified in that Count Dregon only sends one monster at a time: sending them all is actually suggested in the premiere, but he says that all those monsters could not be controlled at once.
* {{Narrator}}: Used at the end of each episode over the end credits where he would talk humorously about the events of the episode.
--> Will Hal's TV quit smoking? Will Dex ever learn to take his clothes off before he showers? All this and more on the next exciting adventure of... ''Masked Rider!''
* NoEnding: Much like with some of the other Saban adaptations, the series never had a proper conclusion, as it was canceled rather abruptly - in fact, if one was to watch episode 40 without knowing it's the last episode, they'd be forgiven for thinking it's an episode from somewhere in the middle of the series.
* RaisedByGrandparents: Dex was raised by his grandfather.
* ShowWithinAShow: An episode of ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' shows ''Masked Rider'' as this. [[MST3KMantra Best to not think about this]].
** A few conversations about the episode with a PromotedFanboy chalks up the ''Masked Rider'' television series to be something Dex created when the battles with Dregon were over and he settled on Earth.[[note]]Though most post-Zordon Era series tend to be more self-contained.[[/note]]
* SitcomArchNemesis: Masked Rider's talking vehicles Magno and Combat Chopper tend to bicker.
* StockFootage: Aside from the obvious use of RX footage, expect to see reused shots from time to time.
* SwordBeam: This is Dex' finisher when using the Electro Saber. In fact, he is never seen using it as a melee weapon at all. This is a result of {{Bowdlerization}}, as the title character of Black RX finished his opponents by stabbing them rather violently. Naturally, the MoralGuardians did not approve, fearing children would imitate this, so they forced the showrunners to make the Masked Rider shoot his enemies to death...with a sword.
* ThatManIsDead: Robo Rider about Donais.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Robo Rider feels this way towards Masked Rider.