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It's Kamen Rider. Of course it's going to have Awesome Moments by the truckload.

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In General

  • Ankh in generally is one for the special effects team. Despite being just an arm prop, they're able to make him amazingly expressive through his movements. Very well done.

Series

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Ankh... Here we go.
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  • #1: Eiji's undaunted confrontation against Mantis Yummy. Of course he'd come to their aid: he's known those two cops and that disembodied hand since this morning! He's already prepared to attack a Yummy bare handed if he needs to; there's no reason to refuse an offer to use the strange seal the hand gives him to kick ass.
  • #2: Refusing to help Ankh collect Medals if Ankh doesn't let him transform when he wants to help people is a stand-up and noble thing to do. Doing so while falling to your death takes serious balls.
    • The Henshin sequence directly afterwards; even the transformation music adds to the effect.
  • #3: He threatens Ankh with throwing away the OOO Driver if he harms Hina. Triple points for acting like a complete idiot while doing so. note 
    • The TaToBa Kick. Even though the Yummy's boss saved it at the last second, the fact he plowed through several giant pillars to reach it and still manage to cause some damage makes it epic. Added points since most fans seemed to really want to see his Rider Kick.
  • #4: During OOO and Kazari's rematch, the Mantis Medal was lost to the latter. But the crowner comes when Kazari subsequently loses his armor as a result of OOO reaching deep into his Medal body and snatching three of his Core Medals.
    • Ankh and Eiji's talk before confronting the Neko Yummy. It perfectly shows the contrast of their personalities and intentions in merely a few lines.
    Ankh: "Well, I will. The moment you are worthless to me, I will abandon you."
    Eiji: "I'll find an opening in you and save Hina-chan's brother. Even if that means defeating you."
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    • The Cheetah Medal, period. The fight also got really emotionally escalated due to Eiji's resolve and the accompanying BGM.
  • #6: GataKiriBa Combo's debut, complete with a finishing attack involving several clones of OOO that puts the All Rider Kick to shame. As if it's not enough, the debut of "Gotta Keep It Real" pushed the scene up three times higher.
    • The Battle Cry after he uses that combination (all eleven seconds of it!) alone makes it awesome. The rest almost feels like gravy..
    • A whole horde of GataKiriBa Riders rushing towards the Piranha Yummy horde. While the song provides adrenaline-pumping beats. PURE. AWESOME.
    • Kougami tricking an embodiment of greed into giving him his equivalent to food.
      • During the negotiations, Ankh finally gets Kougami to settle on 60% of his and Eiji's medal gain. Then Kogami presents Ankh with the cake we'd seen him making earlier in the episode... with "60%" written on it. Kougami, you magnificent bastard.
  • #9: LaToraTah Combo's debut: Upon transformation, it radiates heat (or is that just concentrated awesome?) with such intensity that four of Mezool's Core Medals pop out just like that. Then the fight against one of the Shark Yummy happens, and Eiji ''flattens it''.
  • #10: Eiji, fed up with the Mad Bomber's schtick, throws a punch at Maki. It misses, but it was this close, made a dent in a wall, and the force causes the doll on Maki's shoulder to fall off, causing him to Freak Out.
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    • Eiji hacking and slashing an entire nest-worth of Shark Yummies to pieces while riding the ToRideVendor!
  • #11: Gotou uses a ROCKET LAUNCHER on the Swallowtail Yummy!
  • #12: SaGohZo Combo's debut: The force of the Gorilla fists pounding on Eiji's chest is so immense, it creates a shockwave that ripples the ground and causes all three of the enemies Eiji was facing to float in the air and fall back to the ground along with debris. The finishing move is nothing to sneeze at either, which involves pounding the ground to ensnare the enemy in the earth and somehow dragging the trapped enemy to OOO who easily punches the lights out of the poor thing.
    • Don't forget how Eiji gets the medals: he just stands up and punches Gamel in the stomach!
  • #15: Kazari's entire plot. Magnificent Bastard is the only way to describe it.
  • #19: A CMoA not quite "intense" as much as "artistic". Eiji, Ankh and Kazari holding up Ankh's three different Core Medals in three different locations at the same time, in 3 vertical split-screens. Then the three birds' crow are heard consecutively... just a split second before the opening beats kick in.
  • #20: A few minutes' worth of footage after the Yummy goes. For one, Ankh and Eiji, despite having a completely valid reason just earlier to break up for good - Ankh's fault, obviously - trust each other completely in regards to defeating the Yummy. For another, Date pretty much "taking in" Goto-chan to train him as the next Birth. All this while a powerful track plays in the background. It's incredible how much context went into these few minutes. Kudos, Kobayashi-sensei.
    • Eiji finally obtains a full set of Ankh's red medals and uses their combo, TaJaDor. The form itself is already extremely badass, but then its theme song, Time Judged All, kicks in and takes it to the next level.
    • Erika showing up to support OOO and Birth...by Dual Wielding guns and wiping out the jellyfish the Yummy created that were giving OOO and Birth so much trouble.
  • #22: Eiji, while in TaJaDor form, uses Giga Scan for the first time. It surrounds him with flames that morph together into a phoenix, which utterly destroy the Batta Yummy.
    • Ankh and Birth working together to break into Uva's body and get back the Grasshopper Medal, as well as snatch the Octopus Medal.
  • #24: ShaUTa Combo's debut: Its Combo power to turn itself into liquid was a start. Then, the way it rode the Manta Ray Yummy was impressive. But of course, the one thing that really made this scene great was ShaUTa's Scanning Charge finisher, where it grabbed and threw the Yummy towards him with the Unagi Whips so he could drill kick it. Truly awesome to watch.
  • #28: Yay, 1000th episode and all, but ShaUTa Combo water-skiing behind Birth CLAWS was freaking incredible. Then, just when you think that CLAWS has been blown up while on the water, it reassembles underground and pounces on the Yummy.
    • One for Hina, too, when she shows just how much Super Strength she has, picking up a giant boulder and flinging it at the Jaguar-squid Yummy.
    • Kougami watching all of the main Riders (save for Shin, ZO, and J, whose movies don't count towards the 1000 episodes) Henshin at once, preparing to watch every fight scene in the franchise. And, yes, we get to see all of them Henshin at once, with the camera slowly scrolling across and showing us every Rider.
  • #29: The first appearance of the other Ankh. He floats down from the sky, surrounded by flames and molting red feathers. Bonus points for the new BGM.
    • Eiji's brief TaJaDor fight against the other Ankh where they both use the same powers and even both use a Rider Kick.
  • #32: PuToTyra debuts by completely annihilating the two yummy who were previously making Eiji and Date look foolish.
  • #33: After Eiji gets forced into the PuToTyra combo fighting a Yummy and once again turning his attention to Date, Goto manages to trick the berserk Eiji into fighting against Kazari instead, the latter of which promptly gets his butt kicked.
  • #34: Ankh single-handedly stops PuToTyra's rampage by blocking the Medagabryu's blade with his Greeed arm, and then forcing the belt to eject the medals back into Eiji's body.
  • #36: Eiji finally gains control of PuToTyra, and is still able to hold his own against the revived Mezool and Gamel, Uva, and the Unicorn Yummy nicely. It's also the debut of its Combo Theme, "POWER to TEARER".
    • In a slightly different vein, when the Unicorn Yummy reveals and tries to destroy Eiji's dream. It discovers that his dream manifests as the entire Earth appearing above his head, and even scaled down, it is simply too large for the Yummy to tear apart.
      • Double points because the Earth-image was STILL growing when the Yummy cancelled the effect, while screaming "too big!"
  • #38: Gotou finally transforming into Birth and epically Curb Stomping Kazari, Mezool and Gamel all the while the song Reverse/Re:birth is playing in the background.
    • Gotou gets one prior to that, when Dr. Maki pulls out the detonator to Birth's auto-destruct and tries to blow Date to pieces for his Heel–Face Turn...and nothing happens. Why? Because unlike Date, Gotou enjoys going over instruction manuals, so as soon as Maki betrayed them, he disabled the auto-destruct.
    Date/Birth: Ohh! Gotou-chan, NICE! *characteristic thumbs-up*
    • Hell, even before that, just the fact that he was willing to stand up to Date and fight for what he believed in. This was Gotou's Episode of Awesome, hands down.
  • #40: A Villainous example is where the Lost Ankh manages to succeed on his first proper attempt to get the Ankh we know back into his body, and he manages to set it up so that Eiji can't simply transform to stop him.
  • #42: The final battle between OOO and Lost Ankh, specifically the way it ends. After a berserk PuToTyra destroys both of Ankh's wings midair, he lands and slashes Ankh so hard it destroys three of his Cores.
    • Gotou finishing off the Ankylosaurus Yummy as well.
      • Gotou already proved he's a bigger Baddass with Birth then Date but he clinches it when the Yummy freezes him in place, but that doesn't stop him from shooting and you can hear him (or possibly the Yummy) chuckling the whole time. The Yummy makes a badass boast only for Gotou to counter "about now is the time for my supervisor to show up"
      • Yes, Gotou actually timed the battle to coincide with Satonaka's late arrivals!
  • #43: Eiji and Ankh have a little showdown. Eiji using the power of the Purple medals is strong enough to force Ankh to withdraw. Note that this is AFTER he says that even with three missing Cores, his power is back to about where it was eight hundred years ago.
  • #44: Kazari's fully revived state, stealing medals from all the other Greeed as well as handing poor Goutou his ass as Birth. Seriously just look at his armor...
    • However that just makes it that much more awesome when Eiji as PuToTyra cracks one of his Lion cores and causes his eventual demise when Dr. Maki in his now-fully complete Greeed form rips out all but that cracked medal, leaving him to bleed out cell medals until he finally deforms and the Lion Core shatters completely. And considering everything he's done over the series, he won't be missed. Which itself is awesome as a testament to how well-done Kazari was as a villain.
    • If you watch closely, Uva manages to avoid Kazari's attack.
  • #45: Despite trouncing RaToraTah and Birth Prototype, Mezool is finally brought down by Eiji using the Medagaburyu to destroy a set of her Medals. Turns out the Medagaburyu is all OOO needs.
    • The fact that Toei finally remembered the Tora Can and the Toride Vendor also counts.
  • #46: DATE IS BACK! And he takes the Birth Prototype to help Gotou take Gamel down.
    • At the same time, Dr. Maki causes Eiji to completely change into a berserk Greeed, and it is utterly Creepy Awesome.
    • Earlier on, Gamel gets a surprisingly-decent shot in at Dr. Maki, who has been established as being horrifically powerful, when he callously dismisses Mezool's death. He also manages to keep going for an entire episode despite Maki's return blow damaging his Core Medals. It takes a double Breast Cannon from Date and Gotou to finally put him down for good. And even then, Gamel still doesn't go down for a moment or two.
  • #47: Ankh performing a full-on Heel–Face Turn and saving Eiji from Maki by lighting Maki's doll on fire.
    • Uva becoming complete.
  • #48: Eiji going Implacable Man against Complete Uva, wielding the Medajalibur and Medagaburyu at the same time.
    • And finally having a successful TaToBa Kick. Against Uva, no less. The same Uva who the two Births didn't stand a chance against.
    • When Eiji walks out at the start of the episode, having gotten a huge power boost, a kicking guitar solo plays in the background while the ground cracks under his feet.
    • Uva gets a small one by saying "I don't need more [Medals]." Yes, a being made of pure greed and desire has decided that he's had enough.
    • Eiji and Ankh teaming up as Putotyra and Ankh's full Greeed form to kick ass and save the city from the mass of Yummies atacking civilians.
    • And Eiji delivering a full Giga Scan with his purple Medals in TaJaDor form, while having Ankh fight with him side-by-side in spirit.
    • Let's not forget the moment where Eiji absorbs all his cell medals into the Medagaburyu, in order to deliver an insanely powerful, spinning slash to Giru/Maki. Maki is saved by the... thing that Uva became right after, but still, that was majorly impressive. Plus, Maki even pointed out that Eiji would hurt himself doing that move... but Eiji still pulled it off fabulously.
    • Listen carefully to the OOO Driver as Eiji Henshins into TaJaDol Combo for the last time. The voice is not that of the usual Akira Kushida, but Ankh! Pretty much drives the point home that they're now truly fighting together.
      • Not just that, but if you look closely at the Taka medal symbol during the henshin sequence, you can see it's not the usual red, but the same gradient as Ankh's wings.
    • Dr. Maki gets one as well. Taking Kiyo-chan off his shoulder and telling off Kougami as he does so. Considering that this is the guy who uses Kiyo-chan as a surrogate and freaks out if someone knocks the doll off his shoulder, this is a pretty awesome bit of Character Development.
      • Kougami one-ups him with this line: "Have you forgotten? Eight hundred years ago, the Core Medals were created in sets of ten." And then he whips out the medals used by the original OOO to transform and pulls off an epic medal toss even Ankh would approve of. His message of hope about how the power of OOO will reinvigorate humanity and inspire us to greater heights also proves that, despite his eccentricities, he really is one of the good guys.
    • How about the simple fact that Eiji and Ankh finish off Maki by shooting him with a BLACK HOLE! That alone is insanely awesome! And not just a black hole, but a flaming black hole!

Movies and Specials

  • The birth of TaJaDor Combo in Movie War CORE. Just as it looks like Eiji's about to be defeated, he rises from the water and not only holds off Core, but causes CycloneJokerXtreme to become Gold once more, buying both Riders enough time to set up their finishers.
  • The preview for OOO's summer movie shows a brief scene of TaToBa Combo posing alongside his SEVEN other Combo forms. Say, haven't we seen this kind of thing before?
    • The actual scene pretty much plays out an early WMG to the letter - OOO goes into GataKiriBa form, summons a ton of clones, and the Core Medals are divided between them to summon all of OOO's Combo forms simultaneously. What pushes this into true CMoA territory is the fact that it's an Enemy Mine moment, with all of the Greeed donating Core Medals to make it possible.
    • BuraKaWani Combo's debut in the movie. His battle includes using kicks with projections of a biting crocodile, blocking with his arm shields, and playing a flute to summon a giant cobra from the cobra head. He then finishes the Nue Yummy with a sliding Rider Kick.
    • Kamen Rider Fourze arriving in a fireball to help OOO out. The whole scene reflects the atmosphere of the next Kamen Rider series perfectly.
      • Better yet, unlike the previous two times, Fourze doesn't make the monster being fought suffer The Worf Effect. He fights him briefly, then does a Fastball Special with OOO, giving the latter the necessary momentum to land a critical blow on Gara.
    • How Eiji outdoes the Big Bad Gara before that certainly counts. He offers himself in place of the civilians being harvested for Cell Medals, and singlehandedly overloads Gara's Doomsday Device.
      • Kougami gets a nice assist on that one, having been the one to trick the Big Bad into making the above happen (and being the Magnificent Bastard that he is, his reaction makes it clear that yes, it totally was his plan all along).
  • Movie War Megamax:
    • Eiji seemingly Took a Level in Badass and fighting decently untransformed.
    • Ankh from the future reuniting with Eiji, allowing him to take on the mantle of OOO again.
    • Satonaka once again showing her combat capabilities, and twice at that!
    • OOO showing that he can go toe-to-toe with Poseidon perfectly, who has shown the ability to beat both Gotou and Date as Birth at once.
    • Eiji managing to separate Minato Miharu from Poseidon despite all the odds.
    • Gotou and Date, despite their injuries, are still determined to help defeat Poseidon.
    • Miharu finally defeating his fear and transforming into Kamen Rider Aqua, showing some kickin' jet ski skills and helping OOO to finally defeat Poseidon.
    • Another one alongside Fourze, described in two words and a letter by the OOO Driver.
    • OOO's transforms into Super TaToBaand fights the Super Galaxy King alongside Fourze Rocket States.
      • Super TaToBa is powerful enough that Eiji completely neutralized Kannagi's time-stop ability and not only fought him on equal ground, but was clearly winning. Hell, if he'd used that form when they were further from space, Gentaro's presence would have been completely unnecessary.
      • Any of the battles before this could count, from Double's rapid chain of transformations and Maximum Drives, OOO using every combo at his disposal to destroy the army of mooks, Fourze cycling through his switches against said mooks, and the seven legendary Kamen Riders and Aqua destroying the dummies of the Dopants and Greeed created by Kannagi.
  • In Movie War Ultimatum, Eiji pulls a Big Damn Heroes to save Koyomi when she's threatened by some mooks, beating them down untransformed and barehanded. He then leads Birth, Double, and Accel into the Underworld to help Wizard and the Fourze Riders, and does the most damage to the villains' transport thanks to the return of BuraKaWani and PuToTyra. And then he goes Super TaToBa and, along with the other OOO and the Double Riders, plus Meteor and Nadeshiko, performs a sextuple Rider Kick to finish said transport off.
  • In Let's Go Kamen Riders, after General Black is killed by OOO, all of his fellow Riders run in and the entire Kamen Rider Legion poses at once, showing that they'll never die.
    • And then, when Great Leader Colossus, the true form of Shocker's Great Leader finally appears and proves too much for every main Rider in the show's history to handle, a combination Big Damn Heroes and Big Damn Villains moment occurs when every single other Rider from the show's history, good and evil arrives, and together, they mount their motorcycles and charge, striking the villain down with a salute to the show's 40 years of awesomeness: The All-Rider Break.

Meta and other

  • In the OOO novel, Eiji's section features him using the power of the medals and all the single-colored combos to stop a war in a middle eastern country. It also serves as a great bookend to the first part of the novel, where we see the original OOO from 800 years ago do the same thing... only while the ancient king used the power of OOO to bring conquest and destruction, Eiji is now using that power to bring peace.
    • Also, the novel heavily implies that the show's epilogue, where Eiji talks long-distance with the others, takes place in a barren desert because he just single-handedly stopped that war right then and there. Now that is the true power of OOO.
      • More impressive? Eiji doesn't even kill anyone, even saving the enemy pilots of the air force he brings down.
  • Take a look at all the scenes of Ankh perched in a tree or high off the ground. Now look at those again but with the knowledge that his actor is afraid of heights. The only thing that gives this away at all is that you can occasionally see one of his hands tightly wrapped around something to brace himself. He's also reportedly afraid of water which makes scenes where he has to jump into some very impressive as well.
  • The Complete Selection Modification release of the OOO Driver is slated to not only come with every medal ever released, (and several shown onscreen that didn't get proper releases, including the Super Medals) but several medals that weren't released at all, that were only found in the driver's sound files. Not only that, they made entirely new medals to go with them, for the sake of making full combos with their own songs, names, and illustrated designs. If this is the end of the line for OOO, his toyline certainly went out with a bang.
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