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Film / Birth of the Tenth! Gather All Kamen Riders!!
aka: Kamen Rider ZX

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Spoilers for all Showa Kamen Rider entries preceding this one, including Kamen Rider Super-1, will be left unmarked. You Have Been Warned!

After the end of Kamen Rider Super-1, the Kamen Rider Series went on another hiatus. But fans still campaigned for a new series, even to the point of proposing their own "Kamen Rider J" (not that Kamen Rider J), so Shotaro Ishinomori introduced a new Kamen Rider—without a TV show.

A "tenth Rider" debuted on July 1982, in an illustration published by such Japanese magazines as TV Magazine and TV Land. The next month, singer Kushida Akira (already known for Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan) would release Dragon Road, a single song for the new Rider. After a year-long multimedia campaignnote , Kamen Rider ZX finally made his TV debut in the January 3, 1984 hour-long special Birth of the 10th! Gather All Kamen Riders!!, in which Dragon Road and FORGET MEMORIE'S from Kushida's 1982 single would be used as opening and ending songs.

Ryo Murasame, captured by the Badan Empire in the Amazonian rainforest with his sister Shizuka, is remodeled into their own Super-Soldier, ZX,note  while Shizuka is killed just as soon. Initially Brainwashed and Crazy, Ryo miraculously recovers and escapes. He eventually meets three strangers revealed to be V3, Riderman and Super-1, who personally introduce him to the other Kamen Riders and join him in his fight against Badan.

The manga Kamen Rider SPIRITS is an alternate take on the ZX story. The crossover film Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai (released on the 30th anniversary year of ZX) puts a large focus on ZX, with the return of both Ryo and the Badan Empire.

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Alternative Title(s): Kamen Rider ZX