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YMMV: Kamen Rider Dragon Knight
Alternate Character Interpretation: A possible case mid-way through the show. Was Torque's attempt to turn Thrust against Xaviax a grab for power, or did he feel genuine remorse about what he'd done so far and wanted to make amends?
Broken Base: Kamen Rider fans are quite divided. Some think it's a great adaptation and there are even those who claim it's better than Kamen Rider Ryuki due to the storyline and American made footage being pretty good. There are those who hate it for various reasons, some of whom hate it just for existing.
Complete Monster: General Xaviax for using Sting, not caring if he has asthma; as well as draining energy out of a guy from a hospital (who later becomes Wrath) and using his body as his own weapon along with using Wrath's body to taunt Wing Knight about the original Wrath.
Crowning Moment of Awesome: When the Cho brothers confront Len for the first time, arrogantly assuming they have a two-to-one advantage, Len gives them a lesson in humility by snatching their decks right out of their hands and kicking their asses all over Ventara, all without transforming.
Kit and Adam announcing their entrance with a double Strike Vent against Xaviax.note It doesn't hurt to realize that this is something fans of Ryuki had been begging for since Ryuga (Onyx's Japanese counterpart) first showed up in the Ryuki movie.
Ensemble Darkhorse: Strike and Thrust appears to have developed a bit of a fan-following. And Sting tends to rank high among the most popular Riders.
Epileptic Trees: It's never directly stated what JTC stands for. Wrath's unique gold belt, sheer power, and a few mentions between Len and Vic seem to imply that Nolan, the original Wrath, might have been the leader of the Ventaran Kamen Riders.
Ear Worm: If you have ever witnessed at least one full episode at any point in time, chances are you were humming the theme song to yourself for a week.
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Although the show bombed in the US (the market it was made for) and was cancelled before finishing its run, Dragon Knight is insanely popular overseas, especially in Japan, with a DVD release and three music albums. DVDs also came out in Germany and Latin America. As a matter of point, Dragon Knight is so popular in Japan that they've started releasing action figures of the Riders - and these are specifically labeled as the Dragon Knight versions, not the Ryuki originals.
The Japanese are also lucky enough to get a sequel in the form of a novel.
Growing the Beard: The first five or so episodes are awfully slow, with the plot poorly explained and not even that many Monsters of the Week to fight. The pace picks up once Torque and other Riders start showing up and getting in each others' way.
Ham and Cheese: William O'Leary, the actor who plays Xaviax. Also Mark Dacascos while playing Xaviax in disguise.
And it works really well in one of his last plans. Not only did he capture Earth's version of Len's old mentor, Kamen Rider Wrath, and turn him into little more than a puppet for his own whims, but Xaviax posessed Wrath and used him in open combat against poor Len. And when it looked like Xaviax was finally vented, he stood laughing as Wrath's body was dissolved into the Advent Void, grinning at Len. And then he took Kit's deck, just to rub in how pointless his sacrifice was.
Iron Woobie: Thrust may be short-tempered and arrogant, but he's had his entire life ruined by Xaviax's machinations and just wants it back.
Mis-blamed: It's frequently believed that DK was cancelled by CW 4Kids; in truth, the last two episodes just didn't air before the cut-off point where old shows were cycled out for new ones.
Moral Event Horizon: When Kit finally realizes Torque's been playing him like a fiddle the whole time, Drew smugly admits it and then vents Camo, a potential ally to his cause, in cold blood.
Narm: Kit trying to make a sandwich and he struggles about not having what it takes to be a rider and his choices and almost destroy the sandwich.
Replacement Scrappy: Although not outright loathed, many viewers still preferred Sting over Kase.
Tear Jerker: A huge one in episode 19. Chris gets vented protecting Len from Strike's Final Vent. The only thing that makes it sadder? Len and Kit saluting, fist over heart, as Chris did when as he disappeared from existence. Semper Fi, Chris. *sniff*