YMMV / Masked Rider

  • Adaptation Displacement: Not just to the Kamen Rider franchise, but to the name "Masked Rider" itself. In Japan, Masked Rider is just Kamen Rider written in English, but overseas it is mostly associated with Saban's adaptation of RX than anything else. When Steve Wang produced Kamen Rider Dragon Knight, he refused to use the "Masked Rider" name despite Ishinomori Production's insistence and he had to convince them to keep it as "Kamen Rider" instead.
    • Audience-Coloring Adaptation: Toei themselves soon followed the example of Steve Wang, starting with Kamen Rider Doublenote . Saban themselves also seems to have taken this stance as well, given that they eventually applied for a trademark that many guessed would lead to an adaptation of Kamen Rider Decade - Power Rider; however, nothing came of this, since Saban let the trademark expire.
  • Awesome Music: The opening theme is surprisingly good (it almost sounds like a tribal tune with the heavy use of drums and the "MASKED RIDER!" chants, while the horns make it sound appropriately superheroic). Take a listen.
  • Cut-and-Paste Translation: A look at the differences and similarities between an episode and its Japanese counterpart can be seen here.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: The series itself is one for the Kamen Rider fanbase. You're probably going to win the lottery and get struck by lightning on the same day before you find someone who likes Kamen Rider that also likes this series. Of course, that's assuming you're able to find someone who admits this show exist.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The idea of a Kamen Rider who goes to high school might have seemed ridiculous at the time. Flash forward to 2008, and the non-serial movie for Kamen Rider Kiva has the titular rider become a high-schooler. 3 years after that, Kamen Rider Fourze came along.
    • While Patsy and Herbie are considered the Bulk and Skull of this show, they're similar to Devin and Cassidy who are the Spiritual Successors of the original duo.
    • Although Time Force may have retconned the entire series to a Show Within a Show, there's one thing that the show did use again - using footage of a character's counterpart from the source material untransformed. Except it worked a lot better in Time Force, mainly because Eric looks more like his Sentai counterpart, Naoto.
  • Macekre: How this series is seen by its detractors. This adaptation removed all serious bits from the original Black RX and made it look more like a cheesy sitcom in which an alien tries to adjust to life on earth, with some superhero action added in to cash in on the success of Power Rangers. It also used footage from other sources than Black RX and made no real effort to hide this.
  • Memetic Mutation: The Masked Rider Warriors. Particularly Skyrider calling himself Amazon.
  • Narm:
    • At least for those familiar with Kamen Rider. The episode "The Invasion Of Leawood" features the Showa Riders as "The Masked Rider Warriors". In one scene they give a roll call of their names, only to mix them up with the other Riders. The only ones who didn't suffer from this were the ones who got new names (Warrior Commander, Warrior Leader, Strongman [which even then was likely meant for Stronger and not Super-1]), and Kamen Rider ZX, who alone escapes with his name intactnote .
    • It gets even worse when Skyrider announces his name (I AM AMAZON!!!!!!). This video probably will cause some Memetic Mutation.
    • Also, they had Stronger, the dude with the giant "S" on his chest, announce himself as "Masked Rider X." Bwuh...?
    • This may have been due to the rider names being read off in chronological order, which didn't match up with the footage. The script seemed to assume that Kamen Rider 2 and Riderman would be there, but they weren't filmed doing their roll call (Rider 2 did appear at the start of the scene but never got to say a name), so V3 got the line that would have gone to Rider 2, X got the line that would have gone to V3, and all the others were moved up two slots.
  • The Scrappy: Ferbus. He has an annoying high pitched voice, does nothing really useful and gets into trouble every few episodes, forcing Dex to go out of his way to save him.
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