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* CastingGag: Yutaka Kobayashi was born on the day episode 20 of KamenRiderBlackRX was broadcast. This episode("The Banana-Eating Ogre") featured a monster called Byakki who liked bananas. Now, ask yourself what is the main Rider form of this actor's character, Kaito Kumon?

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* CastingGag: Yutaka Kobayashi was born on the day episode 20 of KamenRiderBlackRX Series/KamenRiderBlackRX was broadcast. This episode("The Banana-Eating Ogre") featured a monster called Byakki who liked bananas. Now, ask yourself what is the main Rider form of this actor's character, Kaito Kumon?


* Casting Gag: Yutaka Kobayashi was born on the day episode 20 of KamenRiderBlackRX was broadcast. This episode("The Banana-Eating Ogre") featured a monster called Byakki who liked bananas. Now, ask yourself what is the main Rider form of this actor's character, Kaito Kumon?

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* Casting Gag: CastingGag: Yutaka Kobayashi was born on the day episode 20 of KamenRiderBlackRX was broadcast. This episode("The Banana-Eating Ogre") featured a monster called Byakki who liked bananas. Now, ask yourself what is the main Rider form of this actor's character, Kaito Kumon?

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* Casting Gag: Yutaka Kobayashi was born on the day episode 20 of KamenRiderBlackRX was broadcast. This episode("The Banana-Eating Ogre") featured a monster called Byakki who liked bananas. Now, ask yourself what is the main Rider form of this actor's character, Kaito Kumon?


* [[spoiler:DistantFinale: While a large part of #46 takes place three months after Kouta's ascension to [[PhysicalGod Overlord godhood]], #47 is the show's epilogue that takes place another four months later, focusing on Micchy's GuiltComplex and Kougane's return as Kamen Rider Jam.]]

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* [[spoiler:DistantFinale: DistantFinale: [[spoiler: While a large part of #46 takes place three months after Kouta's ascension to [[PhysicalGod Overlord godhood]], #47 is the show's epilogue that takes place another four months later, focusing on Micchy's GuiltComplex and Kougane's return as Kamen Rider Jam.]]


** HyperspaceArsenal: Kiwami Arms has the ability to summon any of the above weapons. There's also the Yomotsuheguri Arms, which can summon the Budou Ryuhou, Kiwi Gekirin, and weapons used by the Over Lords.

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** HyperspaceArsenal: Kiwami Arms has the ability to summon any of the above weapons. There's also the Yomotsuheguri Arms, which can summon the Budou Ryuhou, Kiwi Gekirin, and weapons used by the Over Lords.Overlords.



* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler:The Kiwami Lockseed eventually starts to turn Kouta into an Over Lord.]]

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* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler:The Kiwami Lockseed eventually starts to turn Kouta into an Over Lord.Overlord.]]



* TheBeastmaster: Armored Riders have the ability to fully summon and control Inves. The Over Lords also have this ability.

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* TheBeastmaster: Armored Riders have the ability to fully summon and control Inves. The Over Lords Overlords also have this ability.



** Back in #1, Kouta, like any person, is psychically attracted to eat the Helheim Fruit [[spoiler: which would turn him into an Inves]]. It happens to him again in #45 to show that [[spoiler: eating it as he is now changes absolutely nothing; he's already become an Inves, and an Over Lord at that. Furthermore, it also illustrates that it is LITERALLY the only thing left that tastes good to him, now that he's an Over Lord]].

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** Back in #1, Kouta, like any person, is psychically attracted to eat the Helheim Fruit [[spoiler: which would turn him into an Inves]]. It happens to him again in #45 to show that [[spoiler: eating it as he is now changes absolutely nothing; he's already become an Inves, and an Over Lord Overlord at that. Furthermore, it also illustrates that it is LITERALLY the only thing left that tastes good to him, now that he's an Over Lord]].Overlord]].



** [[spoiler:Over Lords (Roshuo, Redyue, Demushu, and the minor three Over Lords)]]

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** [[spoiler:Over Lords [[spoiler:Overlords (Roshuo, Redyue, Demushu, and the minor three Over Lords)]]Overlords)]]



* DeadlyUpgrade: Kiwami Arms, which [[spoiler: seems to be doing exactly what Sagara promised it would - turning Kouta into an Over Lord.]]

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* DeadlyUpgrade: Kiwami Arms, which [[spoiler: seems to be doing exactly what Sagara promised it would - turning Kouta into an Over Lord.Overlord.]]



** Kaito himself is arguably a deconstruction of the [[SixthRanger Second Rider]] trope. Many of the Second Riders from the franchise start off as TheRival to the hero ([[Series/KamenRiderV3 Riderman]], [[Series/KamenRiderW Accel]], [[Series/KamenRiderFourze Meteor]]), before undergoing a HeelFaceTurn. Kaito starts off as a vicious rival, then seems like he's going to realize what he's doing is wrong and fight alongside Kouta, only to quickly go right back to his old ways after he finds out whatever is in Helheim will help him on his quest for more power. He does aid the hero on several more occasions, but he remains a very morally ambiguous character. [[spoiler: He ultimately becomes the BigBad of the final arc after gaining Over Lord powers, seeking to rule the world with the Forbidden Fruit's powers.]]

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** Kaito himself is arguably a deconstruction of the [[SixthRanger Second Rider]] trope. Many of the Second Riders from the franchise start off as TheRival to the hero ([[Series/KamenRiderV3 Riderman]], [[Series/KamenRiderW Accel]], [[Series/KamenRiderFourze Meteor]]), before undergoing a HeelFaceTurn. Kaito starts off as a vicious rival, then seems like he's going to realize what he's doing is wrong and fight alongside Kouta, only to quickly go right back to his old ways after he finds out whatever is in Helheim will help him on his quest for more power. He does aid the hero on several more occasions, but he remains a very morally ambiguous character. [[spoiler: He ultimately becomes the BigBad of the final arc after gaining Over Lord Overlord powers, seeking to rule the world with the Forbidden Fruit's powers.]]



** Takatora is arguably a deconstruction of the BigBad. For the first part of the series, he's shown to be in charge of the massive organization that controls the city, has a secret agenda that he's determined to carry out, considers the other Armored Riders beneath him, delivers an utter CurbStompBattle and the traditional tossed-into-the-drink scene to Gaim, and is built up to be a major threat as the most powerful character. However, as time goes on, it becomes clear that Takatora isn't as "in control" as he seemed, since all of his underlings have formed an alliance behind his back and are keeping critical information from him. The reason for all this is because ''they're'' the greedy, evil ones, and Takatora is actually as noble and idealistic as Kouta, but had to suppress it because the only apparent way to save humanity from Helheim would involve sacrificing billions. When he learns about the existence of the Over Lords, Takatora is greatly relieved at the chance to [[EverybodyLives save everybody]], and gladly [[HeelFaceTurn joins forces with Kouta]], [[spoiler:at which point Ryoma's alliance strikes and apparently kills him (he survives, thankfully)]].

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** Takatora is arguably a deconstruction of the BigBad. For the first part of the series, he's shown to be in charge of the massive organization that controls the city, has a secret agenda that he's determined to carry out, considers the other Armored Riders beneath him, delivers an utter CurbStompBattle and the traditional tossed-into-the-drink scene to Gaim, and is built up to be a major threat as the most powerful character. However, as time goes on, it becomes clear that Takatora isn't as "in control" as he seemed, since all of his underlings have formed an alliance behind his back and are keeping critical information from him. The reason for all this is because ''they're'' the greedy, evil ones, and Takatora is actually as noble and idealistic as Kouta, but had to suppress it because the only apparent way to save humanity from Helheim would involve sacrificing billions. When he learns about the existence of the Over Lords, Overlords, Takatora is greatly relieved at the chance to [[EverybodyLives save everybody]], and gladly [[HeelFaceTurn joins forces with Kouta]], [[spoiler:at which point Ryoma's alliance strikes and apparently kills him (he survives, thankfully)]].



* [[spoiler:DistantFinale: While a large part of #46 takes place three months after Kouta's ascension to [[PhysicalGod Over Lord godhood]], #47 is the show's epilogue that takes place another four months later, focusing on Micchy's GuiltComplex and Kougane's return as Kamen Rider Jam.]]

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* [[spoiler:DistantFinale: While a large part of #46 takes place three months after Kouta's ascension to [[PhysicalGod Over Lord Overlord godhood]], #47 is the show's epilogue that takes place another four months later, focusing on Micchy's GuiltComplex and Kougane's return as Kamen Rider Jam.]]



* TheFellowshipHasEnded: [[spoiler: After the Over Lords are defeated, the Rider Alliance falls apart and go back to the good old days of backstabbing each-other.]]

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* TheFellowshipHasEnded: [[spoiler: After the Over Lords Overlords are defeated, the Rider Alliance falls apart and go back to the good old days of backstabbing each-other.]]



*** SixthRanger: [[spoiler: Kaito Kumon]], he joined them for power, and is used as a field agent to scout out Helheim and collect data on the Over Lords.

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*** SixthRanger: [[spoiler: Kaito Kumon]], he joined them for power, and is used as a field agent to scout out Helheim and collect data on the Over Lords.Overlords.



** After he shows up, Demushu quickly becomes Kaito's ArchEnemy, in large part due to Kaito was the first person to actually wound him. [[spoiler:Much later in the series when Kaito becomes an Over Lord himself, his new WeaponOfChoice is Demushu's sword.]]

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** After he shows up, Demushu quickly becomes Kaito's ArchEnemy, in large part due to Kaito was the first person to actually wound him. [[spoiler:Much later in the series when Kaito becomes an Over Lord Overlord himself, his new WeaponOfChoice is Demushu's sword.]]



** Once again averted in #27, when [[spoiler:Takatora has his first encounter with an Over Lord]]. Kouta explains what he is, and Takatora not only believes him, but it opens up a mutual trust and understanding between them, since they each realize that the other has the same goal and noble intentions... too bad [[spoiler:Sid fights Takatora and Mitsuzane takes up his mantle, thus causing Kouta to distrust him all over again.]]

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** Once again averted in #27, when [[spoiler:Takatora has his first encounter with an Over Lord]].Overlord]]. Kouta explains what he is, and Takatora not only believes him, but it opens up a mutual trust and understanding between them, since they each realize that the other has the same goal and noble intentions... too bad [[spoiler:Sid fights Takatora and Mitsuzane takes up his mantle, thus causing Kouta to distrust him all over again.]]



* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler: Guess who Redyue's first "toys" were after becoming an Over Lord. This might be the point where Micchy realizes ''just'' what level of lunatic he's thrown in with.]]

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* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler: Guess who Redyue's first "toys" were after becoming an Over Lord.Overlord. This might be the point where Micchy realizes ''just'' what level of lunatic he's thrown in with.]]



** The early-40s episodes have a series of Whams leading into the endgame: [[spoiler:The last Overlords are killed, leaving Helheim to be the humans' problem. Sagara reveals himself to be Helheim itself. The Forbidden Fruit has been entrusted to Mai, and Ryoma dissects her to get it; but instead her spirit becomes the Woman of the Beginning from the start of the show. Ryoma also manipulates Mitsuzane into another attempt to kill Kouta, and he apparently ''succeeds'' when Kouta [[Main/NotQuiteDead seemingly]] sacrifices himself to save and forgive Mitsuzane; and the loss of both his friends leaves Micchy a sobbing wreck. Finally, Kaito eats a Helheim fruit and becomes an Over Lord, declaring his intention to destroy the world, and starts off with finishing off Ryoma. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Oh, and three of the four remaining Genesis Drivers are destroyed.]]]]

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** The early-40s episodes have a series of Whams leading into the endgame: [[spoiler:The last Overlords are killed, leaving Helheim to be the humans' problem. Sagara reveals himself to be Helheim itself. The Forbidden Fruit has been entrusted to Mai, and Ryoma dissects her to get it; but instead her spirit becomes the Woman of the Beginning from the start of the show. Ryoma also manipulates Mitsuzane into another attempt to kill Kouta, and he apparently ''succeeds'' when Kouta [[Main/NotQuiteDead seemingly]] sacrifices himself to save and forgive Mitsuzane; and the loss of both his friends leaves Micchy a sobbing wreck. Finally, Kaito eats a Helheim fruit and becomes an Over Lord, Overlord, declaring his intention to destroy the world, and starts off with finishing off Ryoma. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Oh, and three of the four remaining Genesis Drivers are destroyed.]]]]



** #40: [[spoiler: Helheim vines spread out of Kouta, completing his transformation into an Over Lord.]]
** #41: This episode is full of them. For example, [[spoiler: Kouta's Over Lord powers of teleportation and his summoning of Helheim vines.]]

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** #40: [[spoiler: Helheim vines spread out of Kouta, completing his transformation into an Over Lord.Overlord.]]
** #41: This episode is full of them. For example, [[spoiler: Kouta's Over Lord Overlord powers of teleportation and his summoning of Helheim vines.]]

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* {{Expy}}: Gaim's helmet had an asymmetrical crescent-shaped crest similar to that of UsefulNotes/DateMasamune.
** Gaim's Kiwami Arms armor is visually inspired by the armor of UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga.


** To give you an idea of just ''how'' dark this series managed to get, prior to this series airing, the darkest live-action entry was ''Film/ShinKamenRiderPrologue'', which featured rampant BodyHorror, the rider's powers being the result of genetic alteration as opposed to being a cyborg or using other powers, had an AntiHero rider as the lead, and [[spoiler: aside from the main character, [[KillEmAll the only named character to survive was Shin's gym buddy]]]]. After this series aired, Shotaro Ishinomori's manga works were the only things darker, and the only series able to out-trump ''Gaim'' as the darkest entry in the franchise is none other than ''[[Series/KamenRiderAmazons Amazons]]''.

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** To give you an idea of just ''how'' dark this series managed to get, prior to this series airing, the darkest live-action entry was ''Film/ShinKamenRiderPrologue'', which featured rampant BodyHorror, the rider's powers being the result of genetic alteration as opposed to being a cyborg or using other powers, had an AntiHero rider as the lead, and [[spoiler: aside from the main character, [[KillEmAll the only named character to survive was Shin's gym buddy]]]]. After this series aired, Shotaro Ishinomori's manga works were the only things darker, and the only series able to out-trump ''Gaim'' as the darkest entry in the entire franchise is none other than ''[[Series/KamenRiderAmazons Amazons]]''.


** To give you an idea of just ''how'' dark this series managed to get, prior to this series airing, the darkest live-action entry was ''Film/ShinKamenRiderPrologue'', which featured rampant BodyHorror, the rider's powers being the result of genetic alteration as opposed to being a cyborg or using other powers, had an AntiHero rider as the lead, and [[spoiler: aside from the main character, [[KillEmAll the only named character to survive was Shin's gym buddy]]]]. After this series aired, Shotaro Ishinomori's manga works were the only things darker, and the only series able to top ''Gaim'' was the second season of ''Series/KamenRiderAmazons''...which was web exclusive aimed at adults.
** BloodierAndGorier: And it is hinted in #1 when Kouta is spitting BloodFromTheMouth, complete with a couple of frightening [=BGMs=]. [[spoiler: [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath The deaths of Sid and Roshuo]] in #31 & #41 respectively further cements this trope, though the [[BloodlessCarnage "Bloodier" part is less obvious the the "Gorier" part]].]]

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** To give you an idea of just ''how'' dark this series managed to get, prior to this series airing, the darkest live-action entry was ''Film/ShinKamenRiderPrologue'', which featured rampant BodyHorror, the rider's powers being the result of genetic alteration as opposed to being a cyborg or using other powers, had an AntiHero rider as the lead, and [[spoiler: aside from the main character, [[KillEmAll the only named character to survive was Shin's gym buddy]]]]. After this series aired, Shotaro Ishinomori's manga works were the only things darker, and the only series able to top out-trump ''Gaim'' was as the second season of ''Series/KamenRiderAmazons''...which was web exclusive aimed at adults.
darkest entry in the franchise is none other than ''[[Series/KamenRiderAmazons Amazons]]''.
** BloodierAndGorier: And it is hinted in #1 when Kouta is spitting BloodFromTheMouth, complete with a couple of frightening few intense [=BGMs=]. [[spoiler: [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath The deaths of Sid and Roshuo]] in #31 & #41 respectively further cements this trope, though the it's [[BloodlessCarnage "Bloodier" part is less obvious the the "Gorier" part]].not as gruesome]] as ''[[Series/KamenRiderExAid Ex-Aid]]''.]]


* ''Kamen Rider Zangetsu Stage -Gaim Gaiden-'', a theatrical play set after the series. It features [[spoiler:Zangetsu using a new green version of the Kachidoki Lockseed]].

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* TheVictimMustBeConfused: Mitsuzane slowly undergoes SanitySlippage and starts to see Kouta as a idiot who will doom the world with his bumbling instead of a selfless hero. This is because Kouta acts contrary to Mitsuzane's plans and wind up saving the day because of it, becoming resentful of the praise it earns him. When their mutual friend Mai tries to defend Kouta's actions, Mitsuzane ignores her argument and dismisses her as "confused", and starts threatening more of their friends to make her come with him.


* ''Kamen Rider Zangetsu Stage -Gaim Gaiden-'', a theatrical play set after the series.. It features [[spoiler:Zangetsu using a new green version of the Kachidoki Lockseed]].

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* ''Kamen Rider Zangetsu Stage -Gaim Gaiden-'', a stage show with as-yet undetermined timing. It features [[spoiler:Zangetsu using a new green version of the Kachidoki Lockseed]].

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* ''Kamen Rider Zangetsu Stage -Gaim Gaiden-'', a stage show with as-yet undetermined timing.theatrical play set after the series.. It features [[spoiler:Zangetsu using a new green version of the Kachidoki Lockseed]].



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* ''Kamen Rider Zangetsu Stage -Gaim Gaiden-'', a stage show with as-yet undetermined timing. It features [[spoiler:Zangetsu using a new green version of the Kachidoki Lockseed]].

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