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Lightning strikes twice.
Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z is the sequel to Super Hero Taisen, which premiered in Japanese theaters on April 27 2013, features the first on-screen crossover between characters of Toei's three main Toku franchises, Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, and the Space Sheriff Series. The casts of Kamen Rider Wizard, Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, and Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie appear in the film. The Space Ironmen Kyodain from Kamen Rider Fourze the Movie: Space, Here We Come! also make an appearance. The teaser for the film was shown after Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Wizard & Fourze: Movie War Ultimatum.

A third movie was later released, Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai.

Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Anti-Magical Faction: The Galactic Union Police act as this for the first part of the movie, targeting the magic-wielding Kamen Riders due to the belief that because they use magic they are linked with Space Shocker's magic attacks.
  • Ascended Extra: Yoko, who only had a few lines in the first Super Hero Taisen movie and had her spot in Go-Buster Oh taken by Fourze in the Final Battle has a central role in this movie.
  • Back from the Dead: Space Shocker and the Madou consist entirely of resurrected villains, with a few appearing in new forms.
  • Batman Gambit: Reider and Shadow Moon's whole plan was to bring the Genmu Fortress to Earth in order to provoke the Galactic Union Police into firing the Space Dimensional Cannon at the planet, so they could harness its energy to revive Demon King Psycho.
  • Behemoth Battle: Kyoryuzin vs. Demon King Psycho.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Space Shocker's Shadow Moon and Madou's Strategist Raider, both working to bring the Genmu Fortress to Earth and to revive Demon King Psycho, who is the mastermind behind his own resurrection and Space Shocker's/Space Crime Madou Syndicate's plans.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Happens multiple times, with multiple groups of heroes.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Geki is unable to transform into Gavan Type-G for a good portion of the movie after being revoked of his position as a Space Sheriff.
  • Continuity Nod: The Go-Busters remember both Geki and the Gokaigers from their past meet ups and vice-versa.
  • Continuity Snarl: A minor case but when Ikari Gai showed up to interrupt the brief fight between Daigo and Haruto, Daigo doesn't seem to know who Gai is although he knows about the Go-Busters and Gokaiger, especially his predecessors Hiromu and Captain Marvelous.
  • The Cameo: Both Kotoha and Beet J. Stag make quick appearances.
  • The Cavalry: Kamen Rider #1 and Akaranger arrive with this and a large group of Riders and Sentai teams.
  • Co-Dragons: Space Ikadevil and Space Spider Man are Space Shocker's main two enforcers.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: Exaggerated, with this fate befalling all the villains in this movie. Special mention goes to the Final Battle, where Psycho's entire monster army explodes simultaneously after the assembled Riders and Sentai throw their finishers and weapons at them.
  • Demoted to Extra: All protagonists from the first Super Hero Taisen movie return here. Most of them have their roles reduced, but Decade is the one sidelined the most by that. Decade only appears as an extra for a battle scene with a single line, saying his own name, not even appearing among the heroes in the movie's final battle, unlike Kamen Rider OOO, Fourze, the Gokaiger and the Go-Busters.
    • Ironically, the Shinkengers and Kuuga appeared to join in the final battle, the team and Rider who teamed up with Decade before.
  • Dimension Lord: The Madou, who plan to drag everyone into their home dimension of Genmu Space.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: The villains are after Psycholone, Yoko's new Robot Buddy, because it is actually the Soul Jar of Dark Lord Psycho.
  • Double Vision: Kotoha has a scene alongside Geki's assistant Sherry, both played by Suzuka Morita.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: It is revealed that Gai disguised himself as a Space Shocker Combatmen to infiltrate the Genmu Fortress.
  • Dynamic Entry: Kamen Rider #1 arrives for the Final Battle by giving a monster a Rider Kick.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Kyoryu Gold's cameo has him acting as an Aloof Ally, which he did for approximately two episodes of Kyoryuger before opening up to the group.
  • Evil Plan: All Space Shocker/Madou do is for the revival of Demon King Psycho.
  • Fake Shemp: Inevitable, even before one takes into account the actors who died, retired from acting, or are just too busy.
  • Final Battle: Kamen Riders Wizard, Beast, Fourze, Meteor and OOO, the three Space Sheriffs, six Gokaigers, three Go-Busters and five Kyoryugers face the Madou's army of monsters at Genmu Castle. They are later backed-up by Sentai and Rider reinforcements including Kyoryu Gold.
  • Futile Hand Reach: Having been mortally wounded by Space Ikadevil, the Kyodain reach for each other's hands just before they explode.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: When they discover that they only have an hour to to stop Space Shocker before Gavan's higher ups Shoot the Dog to save the universe, Gai decides to perform this trope and call the Kamen Riders and Super Sentai teams for back up. As a result, throughout the film multiple groups of Sentai and Kamen Riders show up to join the battle. Inazuman (the one from Movie War Ultimatum) also arrives, apparently from the future.
  • Gratuitous English: Reider occasionally spouts off English words.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: At one point, Raider uses his powers to lift Beast and smash him into Wizard.
  • Hero Antagonist: The Galactic Union Police oppose the Wizard Riders, but only because they believe them to be responsible for the magical attacks that have been happening throughout the universe. Though they do skew dangerously close into Well Intended Extremist territory when they fire the Super Dimensional Cannon at Earth to destroy Space Shocker.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted. The Space Sheriffs seemingly sacrifice themselves to save the Earth from the Super Dimensional Cannon, but survive and blast Psycho back to Earth when he tries to finish his plan.
    • Played straight with Psycholon who breaks free from Demon King Psycho from some help from Yoko and takes a blast for her, dying in the process. Though at least he's stated to be capable of being repaired.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Inverted. In the end, Space Shocker is but a front for the revived Space Crime Syndicate Madou.
  • I Will Fight No More Forever: In the end, Beet J. Stag shows up, sweeping the landscape but not helping his fellow Go-Busters as he's lost the will to fight after the series' end.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Yoko to Psycholone; it actually works, and Psycholone breaks free of Psycho's main consciousness to take the bullet for Yoko.
  • Legion of Doom: Space Shocker, an organization comprised of revived Kamen Rider villains.
    • Later on, after Demon King Psycho is revived he brings Back from the Dead a bunch of Super Sentai villains and Gavan villains.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Gavan Type-G is charged with attempting to stop Space Shocker and is told their leaders use magic. This leads him to think Kamen Rider Wizard and Beast are the bad guys and goes out to fight them. Later on, after Gavan realizes the truth he winds uo fighting Sharivan, who is sent to defeat Wizard in his place.
  • Gentarou, You Are My Teacher: The Inazuman from Movie War Ultimatum appears here and confuses Gentarou by calling him a teacher, since he's still a student here.
  • Man Bites Man: Amazon uses his Jaguar Shock biting attack on the Kamakiri Yummy.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: We've got the Kamen Riders and Super Sentai crossing over again with the addition of the Space Sheriffs this time. We also get a cameo from the new Inazuman at one point, plus other Metal Heroes as Ranger Keys.
  • Milestone Celebration: With Space Crime Syndicate Madou as the villains, the revival of Reider and the return of Shōzō Iizuka as Demon King Psycho, and the new Sharivan, Kai Hyuga, having a supporting role, this can be considered somewhat of a homage to the 30th anniversary of Space Sheriff Sharivan, following on from the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Gavan the previous year.
  • Mooks: In addition to their own Shocker Combatmen, Chaps are also seen fighting for Space Shocker.
  • Mythology Gag: First there's the obvious ones: we're seeing a lot of characters come back, and a lot of past technology does everything it used to do with updated effects, recreating a lot of beloved Stock Footage sequences beautifully and making those who grew up with them drool. However, there's one less obvious one: When Kikaider appears at the end, he says that these are not the only heroes of Earth. This is reminiscent of Movie Wars 2010, where Ryu Terui/Kamen Rider Accel, foreshadowing his upcoming introduction in Kamen Rider Double, says that Double is not the only Kamen Rider in Fuuto.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: If the Space Sheriffs' bosses hadn't fired the Super Dimensional Cannon trying to destroy the Earth in a Shoot the Dog, the movie probably would have ended with Strategist Raider's demise.
  • No Plot? No Problem!: The Stinger, which has classic Kikaider appearing in an undisclosed location to comment on the heroes the audience have seen, setting up a ''Kikaider'' movie which ends up being a Continuity Reboot with a whole new incarnation.
  • Oh, Crap!: The army of enemy kaijin react this way to seeing an army of Sentai teams and Kamen Riders preparing their finishing moves all at once.
  • One-Winged Angel: After being gravely wounded by Wizard and the Kyoryugers, Strategist Raider transforms into his true form, the monstrous Space Raider.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: After Geki saves Skydain from being Thrown Out the Airlock, the Kyodain develop this attitude towards Gavan; they even save him from other Space Shocker members at one point just so they can fight him, which gets them killed by Space Ikadevil.
  • Save the Villain: During Gai and Geki's first fight with the Kyodain, Geki saves Skydain from being sucked into Genmu Space, leading to a rivalry between the Kyodain and the Space Sheriff.
  • Shared Universe: Taken by itself, Super Hero Taisen Z depicts a world in which Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, Metal Heroes plus the rebooted Inazuman, Kyodain and perhaps classic Kikaider too, all co-exist, which is enforced by Gai being just as familiar with the Kamen Riders as he has always been with Sentai. While later crossovers stick to the concept of the prime Super Sentai and Metal Hero worlds being one and the same, there is a flipflop between whether the prime Kamen Rider and Super Sentai/Metal Hero worlds are the same, or seperate universes in the Toei Tokusatsu multiverse.
  • Shout-Out: Similar to Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker, Black RX and Ryuki are seen standing side by side combined Finishing Move; both were adapted for American television as Masked Rider and Kamen Rider Dragon Knight respectively. Incidentally, they are also standing next to GoGo Sentai Boukenger, which was adapted into the notoriously maligned Power Rangers Operation Overdrive.
  • Space "X": Space Shocker, lead by Space Ikadevil and Space Spider Man.
  • The Stinger: An after credits scene reveals Kikaider, teasing at the upcoming movie.
  • Superman Stays Out of Gotham: Averted like in most other Super Hero Taisen films where most currently active heroes partake as well as several other veteran team and Riders, but also with the Space Sheriff's which imply they're making a special case in getting involved with Earth with all the other heroes around as there's other inhabited worlds in the galaxy that requires their protection. At the end Geki tells Gai he'll leave protecting the Earth to him implying he won't be sticking around to help, and this would indeed be the last Super Hero Taisen that involved the Space Sheriff's though Geki would return to Earth and team up with their heroes at least a few more times in Dekaranger vs Gavan, Kyuranger, and Kyuranger vs Space Squad.
  • Supervillain Lair: The Genmu Fortress functions as this for Space Shocker/Madou.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Psycho goes up into space, only to meet the Wave-Motion Gun of the three Space Sheriffs' Humongous Mecha, crashes back to Earth and right on the Kick Strike Brave Finish executed by the Kyoryugers and Wizard.
  • Tranquil Fury: After seeing Ikadevil kill the Space Ironmen and mock their sibling bond, Gai loses his usual Hot-Blooded behavior when undergoing the Transformation Sequence.