YMMV / Kamen Rider

YMMV tropes applying to the Kamen Rider franchise:

  • Broken Base - The issue of whether the later series are as good as the older series, for starters.
    • Wizard and Gaim are both massive divisive seasons, though for separate reasons- Wizard is derided by some as playing it safe with the franchise and having a bland protagonist, but is lauded for the great effects in the fights and likable side-characters. Gaim, on the other hand, is derided for being too dark, having too many characters to keep track of, and having one of the bleakest stories in all of Tokusatu, which had some calling Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy. Alternatively, some love the Darker and Edgier approach and say it's given Kamen Rider its best characters ever.
    • Whether or not the series should get a Power Rangers-esque adaptation - proponents will point towards Kamen Rider Dragon Knight as an example of how to adapt the series properly, as well as point out that if there was an American KR franchise, merchandise would be released over here, and the source material would likely be released similar to how Shout Factory is releasing the Sentai series; opponents, on the other hand, will point towards Saban making the show more appropriate for kids, and also point towards the OTHER American Adaptation as a counter-argument. Still others would prefer a subbed version release on an anime streaming website like Crunchyroll.
  • Complete Monster: Now has a page which includes a list of the most despicable beings in the franchise.
  • Epileptic Trees: One of the longer-running ones is the Neo-Heisei number theory. The first few such series (Double to Fourze) had very clear numerical themes, with the Riders using specific numbers of Transformation Trinkets at once and having a name that reflects said number, incremented by one every year (Decade - one card, Double - two Memories, OOO - three Medals, Fourze - four Switches). A number of fans believe the theory that Toei kept on incorporating the theme on even when the naming/number-of-trinkets aspect was dropped, though just as many think that said believers are only seeing the theme numbers because they want to find the theme numbers, not because said numbers are there on purpose.
  • Fandom Berserk Button:
    • Some members of the fanbase absolutely detest the term "Neo-Heisei" on the grounds that the Japanese Emperor who the era is named after isn't dead yet. On top of that, some people get angry if you think there's a dividing point for the Heisei riders at all.
    • The Number Theory oh god the Number Theory. Depending on who you ask the Number Theory is a cool motif that ties the Second-Phase Heisei rider together or bullshit that doesn't exist that people keep making huge leaps of logic to confirm. There is no middle ground.
    • TV-Nihon subs for a good deal of people. Plagued with inaccuracies, unnecessary swearing, large amounts of words left untranslated,note  overly flashy typeset attacks and transformation phrases, and horribly ugly color coded hardsubbed subtitles mean that they're a source of ire for a good chunk of Rider fans. There have been edit wars on This Very Wiki based on conflicts between TV-N and other subgroups. Some people think the group is just fine, and others think of TV-N as a cancer on the fanbase.
    • On a non-internal conflict note, Saban's Masked Rider. You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who enjoys Kamen Rider who likes Masked Rider. Depending on who you're talking to, saying you like it might be a gigantic mistake.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Since Skull was chronologically the first Rider to appear in the Double-verse, it could be argued that the Spider and Bat Dopants actually were the first MotWs in Double.
  • Macekre - "Saban's Masked Rider". To capitalize on the success of Power Rangers, Saban licensed the already Lighter and Softer Kamen Rider Black RX, dialed the Lighter and Softer elements Up to Eleven, and turned it into "Saban's Masked Rider": a lame old Aesop-tastic romp of a sit-com starring a superhero alien learning about Earth culture with his adoptive American Family. Later the editing got so shoddy that at times you could clearly see the original Japanese actors, or the fact that the footage they were splicing in was from a completely different series starring a completely different hero. (Dex is Black RX one scene, J the next! No, they don't look alike. At all.) To say that Ishinomori was disgusted would be putting it too lightly. Not to mention that the events of the series have been Retconned to be a Show Within a Show in Power Rangers, as seen in "The Quantum Quest".
    • Which is weird, because the backstory of that show happened in canon; the Rangers were even on Edenoi with Dex.
      • Although the Retcon does erase the series out of canon, it does not do the same for the pilot, since A Friend in Need happened in Mighty Morphin, and the part would later be referenced in Alien Rangers of Aquitar. In-Universe, it's entirely possible that the show seen in Time Force was created based on Dex's adventures (i.e., he wrote about them in a book, or the show was made as a biography with him playing himself).
  • Memetic Mutation - CHAMPION OF JUSTICE!
  • Most Wonderful Sound - For anyone surrounded by monsters or whose town/world is being threatened, when all hope for survival seems lost, one word can banish the darkness and bring salvation. That word? HENSHIN!
  • Narm Charm: The series BREATHES this trope. When you can take a bunch of dudes doing Wire Fu in ridiculous jumpsuits against rubber monsters seriously, THAT is an achievement. Taken Up to Eleven in Kamen Rider Gaim, where the plot is about Riders in dance teams using powers themed on fruits, yet it STILL manages to be awesome. And serious. And very dark. Of course, the fact that Gen Urobuchi wrote it probably had something to do with it.
  • Paranoia Fuel - Ryuki. Just think about it. Every mirror - hell - every single reflective body you walk past could be a portal from which a monster whose only desire is to eat you could emerge from. And don't think it's just that odd piece of glass in the streets, or that puddle of water you need to worry about either. Every mirror is fair game, even the ones in your home. Really, the only guarantee of survival in the Ryuki world possible if you were just a 'normal' is to lock yourself in at home and cover up every piece of glass.
    • ...Or if you somehow found a discarded deck like Shinji did.
    • The monsters are essentially relentless, and will never stop hunting you once you are chosen as a target. Lousy luck if you're in the dark about, but if you are aware of their existence..... This applies to Dragon Knight as well, with the trade off of mindless monsters that will eat you at the first opportunity for an organized force that is just waiting for it's shot at conquering the whole damn world, and if not for the Riders, would have succeeded.
    • We should also count the series where the monsters can take human form. like the worms of Kamen Rider Kabuto. They kill the original, and take that person's place. An impersonation so good, that they can fool anyone, including THEMSELVES! This means that anyone you know, Father, Mother, Best friend, ANYONE could be a worm in disguise. Lovely thought.
    • Shocker is everywhere. If you are in their sights, whether it be a random target or worse, if you're a witness, they will find you. Your home is no longer safe, your friends might be monsters in disguise or already dead, your drinks might even be poisoned—No matter what you do, they will always be five steps ahead. Sure, Kamen Rider 1 or 2 can save the day, but lord forbid you're the first victim of the episode. You know, the one nobody ever saves...
  • Periphery Demographic: The adult fans, although that demographic has been acknowledged with works like the extremely dark Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue. Mothers of the core demographic are this as well, which is why Rider has moved towards a Cast Full of Pretty Boys especially in the Heisei series.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids? - Applies to all mainline Rider series, since it airs at Sundays at 8 am in Japan, but especially true for Faiz. With Anyone Can Die, brutal violence, and mind-screws left and right, you would think it would air as a primetime show.

YMMV tropes applying to the first Kamen Rider series:

  • Awesome Music: Lets Go Rider Kick.
  • Complete Monster: There’s a reason why Colonel Bakarashin Iinodevitch Zol continues to be the franchise’s definitive monster to this day. After serving as a Nazi officer in World War II, Zol joins Shocker where he gains a reputation for wreaking havoc in the Middle East. He quickly lives up to this reputation when he’s transferred to Japan to deal with Kamen Rider Nigo. He fails to show any sense of shame for his crimes, ranging from brainwashing children into becoming Shocker guerilla soldiers to using Wolfsbane to gas attack Goro’s town. Colonel Zol is also a horrible boss to his men. Case in point: Zol praises a revived Egyptus, a mummy kaijin that can incinerate victims, for testing his abilities on (and ultimately killing) one of his mooks. The sequel series Kamen Rider V3 only adds to his crimes. Together with Doctor G, a revived Zol plans to initiate Operation: Japan Annilhilation, which involves unleashing a toxic gas in Hokkaido to kill innocents. Zol also does not care about fellow Shocker and Destron officers at all, as seen when he tries to have fellow Destron officer Ambassador Hell executed for failing to defeat Kamen Rider V3.
  • First Installment Wins: To this day, no other Kamen Rider series has had more episodesnote , and of all the riders who return in later works, Takeshi Hongo has made the most. He's also the only Showa era rider to have a movie crossover with a 2nd phase Heisei rider - although Black and Amazon would have arcs in Kamen Rider Decade, the amount of appearances that Takeshi Hongo has had either unmorphed or as Ichigo is the most of all Showa Riders.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Shocker is established to have ties to the Naizs, with several of it's key members having been Nazi officers. The Great Leader of Shocker is implied in later series to be an evil spirit powered by and sustained by human evil. Is it any wonder the guy first surfaced, that we know of, after the atrocities of WWII and brought many Nazi officers along with him?
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Although not to the same extent as Goranger, it's a bit jarring to watch this series if one was introduced to Kamen Rider through one of the Heisei-era shows - while it does have a secondary rider, initially the secondary rider acts more as a replacement as opposed to a supporting character, the lack of Multiform Balancenote , the main character having a permanent upgrade to gain more powers as opposed to a Super Mode they can transform in and out of, and the fact that the main character's powers come from him being a cyborg as opposed to getting his powers from other sources.
  • Special Effects Failure: Granted, it's an old series, but there are a lot of moments where it really tends to show its age.
    • This was partially justified by the fact that the show had a very low budget even for it's time.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Through the series, we see Shocker's monsters turning people into skeletons and ashes. The effects are laughable but still!
    • The Sarracenian monster in episode 4 killed someone by literally crushing him with his bare hands.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Ambassador Hell's outfit, which it has been described by some as Ross Perot in a cockroach suit.