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Super Hero Taisen GP: Kamen Rider #3 is the fourth installment of the Super Hero Taisen movie franchise after Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen, Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z and Heisei Rider Vs Showa Rider Kamen Rider Wars Featuring Super Sentai. This film will be notable for introducing a Kamen Rider that hadn't been seen since its first appearance. As with other Super Hero Taisen installments, it will also focus on the active series at the time of showing; in this case, it will be Kamen Rider Drive and Shuriken Sentai Ninninger.

Takes place in-between two pieces of tie-in media. It follows the prequel TV special Shuriken Sentai Ninninger Vs Kamen Rider Drive, which aired in place of Super Hero Time a week following the premiere and sets up the events of the movie. It is then followed by D-Video Special: Kamen Rider 4, consisting of three special episodes tying up the loose end of the movie, the death of Kamen Rider Mach.

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Tropes featured in Super Hero Taisen GP: Kamen Rider #3

  • Accidental Truth: Yuuto is lured in to Shocker's base with a story involving Riders #1 and #2 having saved their minds in a computer, when in fact it was the Great Leader of Shocker saved there instead. However, it eventually turns out that #1 and #2 actually did save their minds in the same computer. It is unknown how they got there and why no one notices that Shocker's leader literally share a space together with their greatest adversaries.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the altered timeline, Otta is a loyal Shocker officer, and even has a monster form! And unlike the rest of Shinnosuke's friends, he remains a villain until he's killed near the end of the movie.
  • Alternate Timeline: Most of the film takes place in one, where Shocker rules supreme, thanks to the Kamen Rider #3 killing the Double Riders in the past.
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  • Artifact Title: Despite this being called Super Hero Taisen, the Sentai featured have pretty much the same role they played in last year's movie, if not with less screen time.
  • Badass in Distress: Blade is in Shocker custody in the alternate timeline. He turns out to be a decoy to lure our heroes.
  • Batman Gambit: Shinnosuke plays on both the Great Leader's ego and Kyoichiro's refusal to admit he's won until he's beaten his opponent completely to get them to agree to the Kamen Rider Grand Prix. In addition, the entire race is one of these to get the Great Leader to reveal his true plan.
  • Big Bad: Shocker, again. Of course, seeing as we're dealing with a third Hopper, it makes sense. Their leader? The Great Leader of course.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The timeline is fixed, thus Shocker no longer rules the world and Kyoichiro is back to his normal life as a racer, now never having fought for justice as a Kamen Rider but also being spared the pain of being modified into a cyborg. Gou also remains dead after being killed as Mach in the battle against Shocker, a plot point which will be resolved in D-Video Special: Kamen Rider 4, only to add more bitterness to the ending.
  • Came Back Strong: Kotaro is killed in a Heroic Sacrifice earlier on, but, as in his original series, resurrects as Black RX in time for the final battle.
  • Canon Immigrant: The titular Kamen Rider #3 only appeared once, in a story written by Shotaro Ishinomori way back in 1972. For the record, he's not Kamen Rider V3.
  • Continuity Nod: It was established as far back as episode 41 of the ORIGINAL series in 1972 that Rider 1 and Rider 2 can break Shocker's brainwashing with their telepathic bond. They are able to instantly free all the brainwashed characters when they show up in the movie's finale.
  • Cool Car: The TriCyclone, a car sporting the colors and logo of the Tachibana Racing Team.
  • Day of the Jackboot: The Shocker controlled timeline, of course.
  • Deus ex Machina : The Ninningers. Sure, they are featured heavily in the trailers and promo materials. But in the film they appear out nowhere, fight The Great Leader, and presumably vanish as the timeline restores to normal.
    • Worse yet, neither Drive nor the Ninningers remembers their previous teamup. Although this could be chalked up to their memories being changed because of the History Modifying Machine.
  • Demoted to Extra: The Ninningers.
  • Downer Beginning: The movie starts with the death of the original Double Riders at the hands of Kamen Rider #3.
  • The Dragon: Kamen Rider Leangle is a high-ranking member of Shocker in the altered timeline
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Chief Honganji gets thrown THROUGH a window in the second floor into pavement below.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Almost every Shocker Rider is merely a Kamen Rider that got defeated and brainwashed. There are exceptions, though. See More Than Mind Control below.
  • Fake Shemp:
    • Tobei Tachibana is portrayed by Rakkyo Ide in the place of Akiji Kobayashi, who passed away in 1996. Subverted since he's not really Tobei Tachibana at all, but rather General Black.
    • Tomokazu Seki voices the Great Leader of Shocker. This is the second time he has filled in as the Great Leader following Goro Naya's death in 2013, as he first voiced his Badan incarnation in Kamen Rider Taisen.
  • Evil Costume Switch: In the alternate timeline the entire Special Unit gets hit with this.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In a trailer showing the start of the race, the person who waves the flag is actually a Shocker Girl.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: You think the "GP" in the title was just something fancy? Nope! There's gonna be a race, too!
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Kotaro sacrifices himself to help Kiriko and Shinnosuke escape Shocker. Thankfully, he Came Back Strong as Black RX.
  • Humongous Mecha: Shocker finally gets in on the giant robot business with the Shocker Rider Robo, something the Ninningers and Kamen Rider J must fight.
  • Large Ham: Kotaro Minami, as always.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: The preview that showed up in Movie Wars Full Throttle already question if Drive and #3 will fight or be allies.
  • Make Wrong What Once Went Right: More or less the entire reason Shocker created their History Modification Machine in the first place. They send Kamen Rider 3 back in time to kill the original 2 Kamen Riders to alter history.
  • Might Makes Right: Judging from this quote, "Win and you are justice, lose and you are evil", Kamen Rider Sangou just might be a Social Darwinist.
  • Mooks: In addition to the Shocker Combatmen, Destron Combatmen, Combat-Roids, and Chaps are also seen fighting for Shocker.
  • More Than Mind Control: Blade and Garren GENUINELY WISH to join Shocker alongside Chalice and Leangle. Takumi/Faiz is also a Shocker Rider that's not brainwashed, although he doesn't seem interested in doing Shocker's dirty works
  • Mythology Gag:
    • V3 destroying the Weather Dopant is a reference to the parallels between V3 and Weather's arch-enemy Kamen Rider Accel. Both Riders are motivated by the deaths of their parents and little sister, and in Accel's case the Weather Dopant was the one who committed the murders.
    • The movie borrows quite a few aspects from Shotaro Ishinomori's manga version of Kamen Rider, including Hongo living in a palatial estate with Tobei Tachibana as his butler and a secret laboratory in the basement (much like Batman). The (false) suggestion that the Double Riders saved their brains is also a nod to the manga, where Hongo's body is destroyed by the Shocker Riders, but his brain is preserved in a computer and serves as Mission Control for Ichimonji.
    • During the credits, there are scenes from the movie that are drawn in an art style similar to Shotaro Ishinomori, the creator of Kamen Rider and Super Sentai.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The trailers made it look like there'd finally be a scene of Kamen Rider J fighting alongside a Sentai mecha. In the actual film, he's deleted by the Rider Robo before the Sentai mecha itself even shows up.
  • Our Souls Are Different: Kuroi claims that the souls of Kamen Rider is stored inside a neural database in Rider Town. It actually stores the soul of Shocker's Great Leader and the Double Riders.
  • Oxymoronic Being: Cheetahkatatsumuri, one of the Shocker's monsters, is a cross between the slow snail and the fast cheetah.
  • Ret Gone: The History Modifying Machine can be weaponized to erase its victims from existence.
  • Worf Had the Flu: All the Riders under Shocker's thrall are significantly weaker than they were at the conclusions of their respective series and lack access to their more powerful abilities because they were hunted down and enslaved early in their careers.

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