YMMV / Kamen Rider V3

  • Awesome Music: When Kamen Rider 1 and 2 arrive at the last minute to save V3's ass, the original Kamen Rider theme starts.
    • And when Riderman kicks ass through an army of Mooks to stop the Pluton Rocket, he gets his own theme, and the only one in the entire show with lyrics played in-show.
  • Complete Monster:
    • The Great Leader resurfaced here in V3, where he would create the organization Destron and attempted to launch Operation: Japan Annihilation, which would release Deadly Gas across the entire country and take the lives of millions; he even attempted to throw his own son in a pool of acid for defying him.
    • Together with Doctor G, a revived Colonel Zol plans to initiate Operation: Japan Annihilation, 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. Zol stands out even to this day as one of the very worst the franchise ever produced.
    • Marshal Armor, AKA Zariganna, is the fourth and final Destron Commander. When he assumes command of Destron, his first act is to plant evidence against their head scientist, Jo(u)ji Yuki, whom he views as a threat, and execute him via acid pit. Knowing the man values his hands for his work, Armor begins the execution by burning one off first. From there, Armor launches a number of deadly schemes, including attempting to cover Tokyo in nerve gas, kidnapping children for slave labor, and unleashing Vampire-Chameleon on more children to feed off their blood. When Vampire-Chameleon kills a pair of his own men, Armor coldly remarks that if they weren't so weak they wouldn't have died. When ordered by the Destron Leader to launch a nuclear assault on Tokyo, Armor kidnaps a scientist's family to force him to work on the weapon. When he frees the heroes, Armor has him killed, and hangs his corpse outside the Destron base as a warning to all who would defy him.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With fellow tokusatsu show Kikaider, both aired together in Hawaii and enjoyed mass popularity. The website Generation Kikaida features the (official) english release of both Kikaida and V3 from localizing company JNProductions. Conventions for the two shows are held jointly.
  • Hawaiians Love Kamen Rider V3: The Hawaiian fandom for V3 made it the first Japanese Kamen Rider series to get a stateside DVD release.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Memetic Mutation: Thanks to his ridiculous disguises and entrances, it's been said that V3 is the ultimate troll.
    • ONORE, V3!
  • Paranoia Fuel: Destron is very far reaching. Any number of people could be a Destron Mook, or a monster infiltrating some organization in order to find you. EMT crew taking away an injured man? Destron soldiers. Truck Driver finding a traumatized old man? He's a disguised Combatman. Once a surgeon thought he was seeing a patient, only for the medical Destron staff to get a hold of him and turn him into TV-Fly. V3 tries his hardest to save people, and many times he succeeds. However he can't always make it in the nick of time and people just end up dead in order to further the ambitions of Destron.
  • Special Effect Failure: As prone to this as most other Showa Era Kamen Riders. It's obvious when the actor has been replaced by a dummy during especially dangerous special effects. When Baron Tusk fights against the Three Riders his prop spear is broken in certain cuts and flops around uselessly whilst other cuts it holds together fine.
  • Tear Jerker: The ending of Episode 39. V3 saves Shuichi's sister from Destron, and the two reunite. Shiro is touched by the happy siblings, but soon his smile fades as he reflects on his own sister, Yukiko, and his family, having long since lost them. It's a surprising aversion to Shiro's Angst? What Angst?, and the episode ends with him sadly contemplating the sunset, whilst the narration says:
    Once again, V3 saved a love. However, he has no loving family of his own. And now, for that very reason, in order to save even one more family relationship, he is determined to fight for our tomorrows.