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1* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: A possible case mid-way through the show. [[spoiler: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?]]* AntiClimaxBoss: How Xaviax is defeated is a subject of this amongst viewers.* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:** ''[[ Dragon Knight]]'' by [=Cage9=] set the action with a heavy rock theme. Overseas markets like it so much it was featured arguably even more prominently than in the United States, even in Japan alongside its counterpart below.** While the American theme is pretty awesome, ''[[ Dive into the Mirror]]'' simply must be heard to be believed. Yes, ''that'' is the Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight theme in Japan. It might help explain why they loved the show so much.** Worth noting, defspiral contributed another piece of Awesome Music to ''Franchise/KamenRider'' - namely, '' Leave All Behind'', [[Series/KamenRiderDouble Accel's theme]].* BrokenBase: Kamen Rider fans are quite divided. Some think it's a great adaptation and there are even those who claim it's ''[[BetterThanCanon better]]'' than ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' 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''.* CompleteMonster: [[InsaneAdmiral General Xaviax]]/[[ManipulativeBastard Kamen Rider Wrath]] is an arrogant alien warlord and the [[BigBad one behind all the tragedies]] throughout the series. Originating from the planet of Karsh, Xaviax devastated his own planet with a long-lasting civil war and decided to enslave civilizations from other planets, starting with Ventara. Having badly injured his former ally Eubulon and vented nine of the original Ventaran riders, Xaviax saw Earth as his next target. Kidnapping humans and leaving them in a coma, Xaviax manipulated a group of people into becoming riders, taking advantage of Kit's love for his father, one of his victims. Xaviax's ultimate goal was to not only make humanity his next victim, but to hunt for the Ventaran riders who had escaped from him, especially Len. Succeeding in bringing riders to his side, Xaviax orders his right-hand man to vent the agents whom he considers to be loose cannons, and was indifferent to his venting at the hands of a furious Len, possessing the body of a comatose patient to use him as his new puppet. Failing to achieve his goals, Xaviax made a final attempt to manipulate the riders before his death. While seemingly caring for his planet, his [[FauxAffablyEvil superficial charm]], [[LackOfEmpathy extreme methods]] and [[CardCarryingVillain pride towards his own cruelty]] reveal his [[NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist noble intentions as the empty excuses]] of an unfeeling tyrant with a superiority complex and a self-proclaimed evildoer.* ContinuityLockOut: Arguably the main reason why the show failed, but a rather odd case, considering that it doesn't have any prequels or sequels. It was ''far'' more serialized than ''Power Rangers'', and as such, if you missed an episode, you'd have to either find it online or hope they repeat it. This, combined with the fact that it didn't have the brand recognition of ''Power Rangers'' (even though it's only real competition was ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', which was ScrewedByTheNetwork by Disney) and the below-mentioned weak start, likely resulted in the show failing.* CultClassic: Despite not being popular enough to start an American ''Kamen Rider'' franchise like with ''Power Rangers'', this series still has many dedicated fans.* EarWorm: 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.* EnsembleDarkhorse: Strike for being an [[EvilIsCool undisputed badass]], Thrust for being a compelling [[ArrogantKungFuGuy flawed]]-yet-[[AntiHero tragic]] figure (and still quite badass), and Sting for being a [[TheWoobie Woobie]] par-excellence.* EpilepticTrees: 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.* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Xaviax jokingly tells JTC that he shouldn't forget to feed the Minions at one point. Well, the novel has the monsters [[spoiler: turn feral and start hunting people for food because Xaviax is not around anymore to keep them under control.]]* GameBreaker: Wrath. And how! Especially in the actual Wii video game based on the series.* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: 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. They were even lucky enough to get a sequel in the form of a novel.* GrowingTheBeard: 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.* HamAndCheese: William O'Leary, the actor who plays Xaviax. Also Mark Dacascos while playing [[spoiler:Xaviax in disguise]].* HilariousInHindsight:** So, you have a young man who has a DisappearedDad (said dad is trapped in another dimension), rides a CoolBike, and has to join in a battle against an EvilOverlord. One wonders if Kit would get along with [[Film/TronLegacy Sam Flynn]].** As noted on the trivia page, Jason David Frank almost got the part of Len, but the producers chose not to give him the part, not wanting people to associate the series with ''Franchise/PowerRangers''. Apparently Toei heard about this and thought it was a good idea, because during the run of ''Dragon Knight'', ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', the ''Kamen Rider'' series airing at the time, had a "World of [[Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger Shinkenger]]" crossover arc, and [[Recap/ResshaSentaiTokkyugerVsKamenRiderGaim 5 years later]] it became a yearly tradition. For that matter, Mark Dacascos was almost the Red Ranger in the pilot for the ''Series/ChoudenshiBioman'' adaptation that Saban attempted in the mid 1980's.** The Gelnewts, the [[{{Mook}} minions]] of General Xaviax, were a MonsterOfTheWeek in ''Ryuki''. In a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, the Gelnewts would eventually become canon minions in the ''Kamen Rider'' franchise in Japan in the crossover film between ''Decade'' and ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'', The Onigashima Battleship.** Story allusion crossing over with real life: You have a young man (18 years old to be precise) searching for his father and getting involved in much bigger plan, namely saving the world. It's ambigious what would happen if Kit and [[Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge Tyler]] met, but Stephen Lunsford and Brennan Mejia seem to get along just fine, working together in Shot First Productions.** Probably a combination with HarsherInHindsight: Dragon Knight has the message that ''end doesn't justify the means''. It's source material, ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' ponders over it at length, but doesn't make a solid statement. Then comes ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'', which starts with completely opposite statement. It's right there in opening theme - '''Justiφ's''' / ''end justiφ's the mean''.** Len and Danny fighting each other. Matt Mullins (Len) would later appear in ''WebVideo/MortalKombatLegacy'' and Mike Moh (Danny) would appear in ''WebVideo/StreetFighterAssassinsFist.'' That's right. You're watching Johnny Cage fight Ryu.** Creator/TatsuhisaSuzuki playing Kit in the Japanese dub becomes this once he gets some live action tokusatsu experience in ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'' as Usada Lettuce.* HoYay: Between Kit and Len.** There also seems to be Les Yay with Maya and Lacey.* IronWoobie: Thrust may be short-tempered and arrogant, but he's had his entire life ruined by Xaviax's machinations and just wants it back.* MagnificentBastard: Xaviax.** And it works really well in one of his last plans. Not only did he [[spoiler: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, [[spoiler:he stood laughing as ''Wrath's'' body was dissolved into the Advent Void, grinning at Len. [[KickTheDog And then he took Kit's deck]], just to rub in how pointless his sacrifice was]].* MisBlamed: 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. CW actually really liked the series and continued to market and air the show despite low ratings, it was just a time policy they couldn't break.* MoralEventHorizon: When Kit finally realizes Torque's been playing him like a fiddle the whole time, Drew smugly admits it and then [[spoiler: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.* ReplacementScrappy: Although not outright loathed, many viewers still preferred [[spoiler: Sting]] over Kase.* RetroactiveRecognition: General Xaviax was previously [[Series/HomeImprovement Tim Taylor's brother Marty]].* SpecialEffectFailure: You can quite easily tell when the show switches over to ''Ryuki'' footage- that show plus ''Faiz'' and ''Blade'' all had this odd, videotape-style effect over the images, making the footage look soft and a bit blurry.* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Trent [[spoiler:joining the No-Men]] is announced with a SuspiciouslySimilarSong of "BadToTheBone" of all things.* TearJerker: A ''huge'' one in episode 19. [[spoiler: Chris gets vented protecting Len from Strike's Final Vent.]] The only thing that makes it sadder? [[spoiler: Len and Kit saluting, fist over heart, as Chris did when as he disappeared from existence. Semper Fi, Chris. *sniff*]]* TheScrappy:** Kamen Rider Incisor, among others. Although considering [[StarterVillain his role in the series]], this may have been intentional.** Despite his DarkAndTroubledPast, Adam.* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter:** Camo is barely in two episodes before he gets vented. We never see his Final Vent, his Advent Beast, or- probably his most interesting ability- Copy Vent. [[note]] Camo's ''Ryuki'' counterpart- Kamen Rider Verde- has the ability to take on the appearance and powers of any Rider he's fighting. If the Dragon Knight Wii game is to be believed, Camo has this power too, but never gets the chance to use it. May be a JustifiedTrope in the case of Biogreeza, however, considering that a good amount of the footage available for said Advent Beast involved him killing Raia, whose counterpart on this show, Sting, didn't appear until after Camo died[[/note]]** [[spoiler:[[DubNameChange Cerebeast]]- the result of Strike's Advent Beast fusing with those of Sting and Thrust-]] is only briefly seen in one episode and never really put to any use.** To a lesser extent, Spear- who gets vented after barely being in four episodes and whose Advent Beast and Final Vent we also never see.** Incisor was only in three episodes before being vented, but his status as TheScrappy meant most weren't too broken up about that.* WhatMeasureIsANonBadass: Discussed by Maya and Kase near the end, when they compare their respective methods of fighting evil - Maya took a go at ActionGirl heroics but doesn't think it's her style, preferring to spread the truth as an IntrepidReporter; Kase respects what she does. Since they're both girls, it also crosses with RealWomenDontWearDresses.* TheWoobie: You'll DEFINITELY want to give Sting a hug after all the crap he goes through.----


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