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The Hero and the Demon are a Tag Team... In other words, the Strongest!

"Contract Complete!"

Kamen Rider Revice is the 2021-2022 entry in the Kamen Rider series, the third series in the Reiwa Era and the thirty-second overall. It also serves as the 50th anniversary season for the Kamen Rider franchise, first airing on September 5, 2021 alongside Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger — and later, Avataro Sentai Donbrothers — in the Super Hero Time block. It ended on August 28, 2022, and was succeeded by Kamen Rider Geats.

In 1971, archaeologists discovered the mysterious Giff Stamp in South America that could summon demons. As of the present day, a demon-worshipping cult known as the Deadmans [sic] seeks to bring the repressed negative desires and attitudes of humans to life through the power of the Vistamps reverse-engineered from the original Giff Stamp, turning them into Deadman monsters to ultimately revive their lord and master, Giff. Opposing them is Fenix, a government organization dedicated to peace and eradicating the Deadmans. Their top scientist, George Karizaki, has invented a system based on the heroes known as Kamen Riders to fight them, but it requires someone to take the dangerous step of releasing their own inner demon and being able to control it to use it.

Meanwhile, an ordinary young man named Ikki Igarashi has mysteriously started to see and hear a demon himself. In a twist of fate, Ikki ends up putting on the Revice Driver, transforming him and his demon into Kamen Riders Revi and Vice (collectively known as Kamen Rider Revice) in order to protect his family and keep his demon on a short leash. Now he finds himself caught up in the fight between Fenix and the Deadmans, along with his brother Daiji, an up-and-coming Fenix agent; and sister Sakura, a high-school student who doesn't want to sit on the sidelines when her brothers are fighting. Plus he still has to deal with an annoying demon (now named Vice thanks to George) whispering in his ear all the time, and threatening to do worse if Ikki loses control of him. But the sides in the war aren't as clear-cut as they seem, and the Igarashi siblings eventually find that their family has deeper ties to demons than they thought...

Kamen Rider Revice's tie-in projects include:

Spoilers for the first 18 episodes are unmarked. You Have Been Warned.

Recurring Kamen Rider tropes include:

  • Cool Bike: Kamen Rider Vice's Ptera Genome form is a hoverbike for Kamen Rider Revi to ride. And it's a real, fully-functional one — on its reveal, Toei announced that they partnered with a manufacturer, A.L.I. Technologies, to create a custom version of their XTurismo model.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: Played Straight. The Deadmen explode at the defeat of Revi and Vice's Stamping Finishes.
  • Evolving Credits:
    • After #16, the original scene of Yujiro Wakabayashi as a commander and Hiromi as a captain is replaced by a scene of Hiromi as a commander alongside the newly introduced director Hideo Akaishi to reflect the changes in Fenix' structure.
    • #22: The Fenix HQ scene now shows only Director Akaishi. The Deadman trio has been replaced by Weekend, and Evil, Live, Jeanne, Barid Rex and Volcano Rex are present now.
    • All opening credits post #39 have Akaishi glowing with red eyes in reference to his powers with his contract with Giff, Hana and Tamaki replacing the "parents" on the Weekend part (while still keeping Hikaru), and Barid Rex and Volcano Rex have been replaced by Giffard Rex (And yes there's no Jack Revice nor Kamen Rider Revice before this).
  • Henshin Hero: A franchise standard, Revice's twist on the formula is that using the Revice Driver, Ikki Igarashi transforms into Kamen Rider Revi, while his inner demon is summoned and made into Kamen Rider Vice.
  • Monster of the Week: The Deadmans, inner demons of humans released and empowered by the animal-themed Vistamps.
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: Zig-Zagged, then Played Straight. The original Giff Stamp was discovered to have the ability to release humanity's inner demons to run amuck. Professor Karizaki made the Vistamps based on it with the good intention of freeing humans from the burden of their inner demons, but those Vistamps were instead stolen by Giff's worshipers, the Deadmans, for the express purpose of Giff's revival to Take Over the World. Karizaki's son George then made the Kamen Rider system in order to recover the stolen Vistamps and use them against the Deadmans. Then it's revealed that the Igarashi siblings are Giff's descendants, playing this trope straight.
  • Swiss-Army Hero: Using the different Vistamps in the Revice Driver, both Revi and Vice change into different forms with the themes and powers of different animals. For example, Revi's main form, Rex Genome, is a Jack of All Trades form with the power to grow muscular tyrannosaurus legs, and Revi Megalodon Genome wields arm blades. Evil and Live can also use these stamps for the same effect.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Invoked with Jeanne, with the Libera Driver's Reflector Opener creating a barrier around her while she transforms.
  • Transformation Trinket: The Vistamps are the main transformation item, with the Deadmans using them to create Deadman monsters and the Riders combining them with Driver belts to suit up. Each Rider has a different Vistamp/Driver set.
    • Revi and Vice use the Rex Vistamp with the Revice Driver.
    • Evil and Live use the Bat Vistamp with the Two Sidriver.
    • Demons uses the Spider Vistamp with the Demons Driver, while Over Demons uses the Kuwagata Vistamp.
    • Jeanne uses the Cobra Vistamp with the Libera Driver.
    • Vail uses the Kabuto Vistamp with the Vail Driver.
    • Aguilera uses the Queen Bee Vistamp with the Week Endriver.
    • Destream uses the Hercules Vistamp with the Destream Driver.
    • Chimera and Daimon both use the Chimera Driver, with — respectively — the Twin Chimera and Tri-chimera Vistamps.
    • Juuga uses the Juuga Driver with the Juuga Vistamp.
    • There are also a selection of other Vistamps, which unlike the personal Vistamps are visually based on various past Kamen Riders. Revi, Vice, and Evil/Live can use them for form changes (and generally use the ones based on Heisei Riders), while the rest can channel their powers (usually the Showa Rider stamps) for weapons and abilities.
  • Weapon Specialization: A number of weapons are exclusively used by certain characters.
    • Revice has multiple:
      • The Ohinbusternote 50, a Mix-and-Match Weapon that switches between Axe and Gun Modes.
      • The duo later gains the Osutoderuhammernote 50, a hammer that produces abilities based on whatever item it is stamped on. It can also combine with the Ohinbuster50 to form the ReviSlasher Cool Sword.
      • Jack Revice Form has the Rolling Vistamp, which doubles as a knuckle-duster.
    • Evil and Live wield the Evilblade/Livegun, a Swiss-Army Weapon derived from the Two SiDriver that can switch between sword and gun modes.
    • All Fenix agents (including Ikki and Vice, once they sign on) are issued the Gundephonenote 50, a smaller gun that is converted from a smartphone.

Buddy Up! 空飛ぶ! 遊ぶ! ノンストップ! トロープ! I'll ruin your life!
(Buddy Up! Soratobu! Asobu! Non-stop! Trope! I'll ruin your life!note )

  • Aborted Arc:
    • We never learn what the so-called secret within Fenix was that caused Chigusa Yamagiri to defect from them. We do learn of a secret Fenix has, that their leader also founded the Deadmans, but it's hard to imagine why that would have caused Chigusa to join the Deadmans.
    • When Olteca first used the Demons Driver in #21, not only was he able to use it without any problems compared to Hiromi, but Vail himself hinted that Olteca was a demon. This was never acknowledged again in the series and even gets contradicted by showing Olteca's past as a human.
    • Several hints are dropped that Giff, Diablo and other demons like them aren't demons at all, but some sort of extraterrestrials which came to Earth in the distant past. This never gets expanded upon and we don't learn anything else about where they came from.
  • All There in the Manual:
    • While not explicitly stated in the series, a breakdown of the Vistamps on TV-Asahi's website states the Vistamps the Deadmans stole and use are incomplete prototypes known as Proto Vistamps. After their retrieval by Fenix, George would add a mysterious element known as "R Factor" into them to complete them as proper Vistamps for Revice's use.
    • The DX Juuga Driver reveals that if the Chameleon and Planarian Vistamps were to be purified, they would become Vistamps based on Kamen Riders Mach and Chaser.
  • Anti-Magical Faction: Weekend, an organisation which opposes any attempts to study Giff's casket, believing him to be too dangerous and better off destroyed instead.
  • Anyone Can Die: Not to the extent of a show like 555, but being the Big Good isn't a guarantee you'll survive in this series, as Commander Wakabayashi found out in #14. Being turned into a Gifftarian involves being eaten alive by the demon created by the Giff stamp with zero hope of coming back, and ANYONE can be a Gifftarian.
  • Arc Number: Number 50 is a recurring number as the show premiered on the series' 50th anniversary. The Revice Driver shows 50 when in standby state, the two Riders' primary weapon is called "Ohinbuster 50" and Revi and Vice's chestplates and boot soles have "5" and "0" imprinted on them respectively, with the boot numbers merging into 50 when they are doing a Rider Kick together. The discovery of the Giff mummy that kicked off the plot had also happened 50 years prior as well. The movie Rider, Century, also hails from 2071, exactly 50 years after Revice's debut. The series' biggest Wham Episode is #25, which is half of 50.
  • Artifact Title: While the scarce appearances of motorcycles has been increasingly noticeable in the franchise over the years, it's especially egregious how Revi only has a Rider Machine in one specific side form (that quickly gets Demoted to Extra once the Midseason Upgrades start coming), and it's not even a motorcycle (see Cool Bike). There's also the fact that "Masked" Rider Vice's helmet is just his untransformed head, plus a hood, minus his face mask.
  • Artistic License – Biology: The Revice system purportedly works by drawing power out of the latent genetic information of powerful animals hiding in people's DNA. Now consider that the primary Vistamp Revice uses is of a T-Rex...
  • As Himself:
    • Comedy duo Kūki Kaidan guest stars as such in episodes 22 and 23.
    • Vice and Lovekov's voice actors, Subaru Kimura and Miku Itō — as well as veterans Ryō Horikawa, Hiroshi Kamiya and Kenichi Suzumura — make guest appearances as themselves in episodes 30 and 31.
    • Kazuyoshi Miura of Yokohama F.C. appears in the final episode.
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: A part of the opening implies something would happen with Ikki in which he would wear a suit in the middle of a burning building while sporting a Psychotic Smirk. However, by the time he sports the suit near the end of the show, he's simply wearing it to an interview with no strings attached to it.
  • Bash Brothers: A specific feature of the Revice powerset is that in involves Revi and Vice fighting as a pair. After Daiji becomes Kamen Rider Live, he and Ikki occasionally form a literal example of this trope. As do both with Sakura after she becomes a Kamen Rider as well.
  • The Big Bad Shuffle: Aguilera is the leader of the Deadmans and the one set up as the main antagonist in the beginning until she's revealed to be a figurehead used by Olteca. Olteca in turn turns to out to be serving a mysterious figure who is the true founder of the Deadmans. All of these villains have goals that revolve around reviving Giff, who is reawakened in #28 and becomes the main antagonist after Akaishi meets his demise. After Giff is destroyed, George goes crazy and briefly becomes an Interim Villain, before Vice turns around and becomes the Final Boss, if only to get Ikki to defeat him so he'll regain his memories.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Giff is gone, the Deadmans are gone, Fenix is gone, and George ended his rampage. All is well, except Ikki has lost his memories, so Vice tricks Ikki into fighting him so their contract can be broken and Ikki can get his memories back. Ikki catches on to the act so the two have one final friendly sparring match together until the contract ends, and Vice disappears for good, with Ikki forgetting him in place of remembering everything else. Ultimately everyone moves on, and despite the loss of Vice, the demon still kind of lives on in Ikki in a sense.
  • Breaking Old Trends:
    • Revice is the first season where its Legend Rider gimmicks do not actually give their users the corresponding Rider's powers, only a suit based off of them. Even Zero-One, which didn't use the Legend Rider Progrisekeys to create new forms, still enabled their holders to use the techniques of past Riders.
    • Played With with Jack Revice. Previous seasons' Mid-Season Upgrade forms were usually either forms that put an immense physical strain on the user, turn the Rider into a raging berserker, or in the case of Metal Cluster Hopper the Rider had zero control over their actions. Revice bucks this trend by introducing Jack Revice, an upgrade form for Kamen Rider Revi, which Word of God calls a "Hijack form". Fittingly, it causes Vice to take over Ikki's body, and it comes with no downsides aside from the initial chaos of Ikki being reduced to a spectral figure while Vice is in control of his body. Later on, it does become The Berserker not unlike the previous Reiwa forms.
    • Zero One and Saber's final battles had the titular riders receiving a new gimmick item that transforms them into a new form... that's just their base form visually with new powers. Revice doesn't do this, Giffard Rex is the final stamp they receive in the series.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Episodes 30 and 31 have Vice and Lovekov appearing alongside their voice actors.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Remember when this series looked like it was gonna be a Lighter and Softer series just like the first half of the Neo-Heisei? #14 apparently changed this. It gets worse.
  • City of Adventure: The action takes place in the fictional ward of Keikoku (渓谷区), mostly centered in Izuna Motomachi Town (いずみ元町).
  • Clueless Aesop: Daiji finally overcomes his personal demon Kagerou by literally killing him, only to become increasingly unhinged after going through the ringer far more times than is funny, eventually culminating in a Face–Heel Turn. The narrative portrays this as a result of him losing his personal demon, which are necessary to be balanced… a fine message, if it weren’t for the fact that several secondary characters have had their inner demons destroyed and suffered no such Sanity Slippage or Face–Heel Turn (indeed, former villains Aguilera and Julio end up joining the heroes after their inner demons are destroyed). Arguments could be made that their situations are different, especially considering we see Aguilera's inner demon in one of the spin-offs, but the point still stands.
  • Conveniently an Orphan:
    • Ikki notably averts this, being pointedly a Family Man and very protective of his parents and siblings.
    • His father, Genta Igarashi/Junpei Shiranami, however plays this straight as the Hero of Another Story and chronologically being the actual first demon-based Rider in-series.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Weekend. Their members wear predominently black and they have a very spooky vibe about them, but they're the most heroic of the three factions in the series.
  • Darker and Edgier: Revice is deceptively darker than its predecessor. Saber mostly focused on the Power of Friendship and True Companions between the Riders even if it did have darker moments such as infighting between the riders, betrayal, a dark conspiracy, character deaths, and an impending apocalypse. Revice, on the other hand, has the Deadmans that are summoned from humans through sealing the deal with their inner demons using Vistamps, taking physical form from the contract papers produced. While Vice, being the series' resident comic relief, and Lovekov, being the resident Token Mini-Moe, brings the lightheartedness and comedic moments in this series; Revice became much, much darker when it's revealed that Anyone Can Die given the right time and circumstances, the Deadmans having finished their goal, and the Gifftarians.
    • The first arc itself is overall darker in that it heavily focuses on Ikki's brother Daiji, having suffered a major Heroic BSoD as a result of the first episode's events. This inadvertently caused his own inner demon to be born out of his jealousy towards Ikki being The Unchosen One and other inferiority issues, who constantly takes over him to achieve his subconscious wish of getting rid of his brother; ironically the exact thing Daiji was afraid to awaken, much to his horror.
  • Deal with the Devil: The series' theme, with added Magically-Binding Contract elements. The Deadmans are summoned from humans through sealing the deal with their inner demons using Vistamps, taking physical form from the contract papers produced. Similarly, Ikki forms a deal with his inner demon Vice in order to use his powers and assistance.
  • Deconstruction: During Akashi's take over of FENIX and Weekend's coming out of the shadows, the show smashes open the concept of a Kamen Rider fighting for peace and freedom by forcing the Riders to choose one or the other. Do they choose peace for the human race, but be subjugated to slavery under Giff and Akashi's thumb? Or do they fight for freedom, but ultimately have no peaceful resolution and lots of casualties along the way? Several Riders make their decisions, though Ikki chooses to fight for people's smiles instead.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune:
    • Subaru Kimura (Vice) sings parts of the opening theme, "liveDevil", with vocal and dance group Da-ice.
    • Kentaro Maeda (Ikki), Wataru Hyuga (Daiji/Kagero), and Ayaka Imoto (Sakura) all preform an insert song together that starts being used in the sixteenth episode.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Before the series started, Ikki and Vice appeared first in a feature accompanying Kamen Rider Saber + Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger Super Hero Senki, and then they made a guest appearance with George in the epilogue episode of Kamen Rider Saber. In turn, Kamen Rider Geats makes an early-bird appearance in Battle Familia.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness:
    • In the preview crossover episode with Kamen Rider Saber Revi and Vice are portrayed in a much goofier manner than they would be in-series, with Vice in particular made to seem a lot more of a humorous character complete with fart jokes.
      • Also worth noting is that spiritual Vice in said crossover special was portrayed such that he can only come out of orifices on Ikki's body such as his ears or mouth, the latter of which would cause Speech Impediment problems for Ikki. This is mostly absent in the series proper as Vice can come out of anywhere on Ikki's body, usually rooted to his back by default (although Vice could be coming out of Ikki's anus). Though The Movie that was double billed with Kamen Rider Saber + Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger Super Hero Senki and episode 13 shows that he can also come out of the orifices and seems to do it that way to annoy Ikki.
    • It's more in retrospect than anything else, but in the first episode both the Mammoth and Rex Deadmen attack their contract holders. While this seemed normal at the time, the later reveal that the goal of the Deadmans is to get humans to fuse with their demon to become a sacrifice and all other Deadmen are not directly hostile to their hosts makes this seem a bit odd.
      • But then again it makes sense in retrospective since they were forced contracts that the humans didn't have a choice or agreed to it, becoming involuntary contact holders by an additional party or unexpected circumstances. Case in point that Kagero made a scammer trio he beat-up and detained into contract holders of Brachio Deadmen and he was the one leading the latter. If the scammer trio had willingly made a contract then the Brachio Deadmen would help their contract holders instead of their captor Kagero.
    • Early on, George was seen as a bit of a Manipulative Bastard, being the direct cause of the Kagero conflict by giving Daiji the TwoSiDriver that served to enhance Kagero and guilt-tripping Hiromi into using the Demons Driver while neglecting to mention that the Demons Driver is slowly eating him from the inside out, all for the purpose of creating the ultimate Rider. However, over the series, he mellows out as though his earlier actions didn't matter. Though, it's eventually revealed in #43 that his father implanted his own Inner Demon into him, this explaining those actions.
  • Enemy Within: The series plays on the concept that all humans have an inner demon that could be let loose, even those in the Special Ops formed to eradicate those demons. The Vistamps were made with the purpose of separating and relieving humans of their inner demons, but were stolen by the Deadmans to instead amass an army of demons for their ancestor Giff's revival.
  • Everyone Is Related: Because Genta was infused with Giff's cells, his own children are all considered descendants of Giff and as such developed their own inner demons. This also means that Aguilera — had her marriage with Giff gone through — would have been the Igarashis' step-grandmother. Furthermore, Akaishi was infused with Giff's cells as well, and as such considers the Igarashi siblings "family."
  • Family Portrait of Characterization:
    • The Igarashi family is shown to be all together in their family portraits, showing their strong family bond. When Ikki starts disappearing from the photos after becoming a Kamen Rider, it shows something is really, really wrong which serves as one of the Driving Questions of the story.
    • The Igarashis' family friends the Ushijimas, on the other hand, are characterized by the utter lack of family photos in their house. That's because they're not a real family in the first place, and later on we see Tasuke's real family in his Fatal Family Photo.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: The multiple users of Kamen Rider Demons use the suit's powers in contrasting ways, giving them this dynamic:
    • Hiromi has a straightforward approach of combining the Demons suit's brute strength, his military training and the occasional Genomix to boost his power, making him the Fighter.
    • Olteca tends to use two or more Genomixes at once to overwhelm the enemy with their combined powers, making him the Mage.
    • George makes creative use of the Demons suit's webbing and has an agility-based fighting style, but can't handle the backlash of a Genomix as well as the other two, making him the Thief.
    • Hikaru falls somewhere between a Mage and a Thief, as Over Demons has a speed-based fighting style thanks to the agility and flight granted by the Kuwagata Vistamp, and much like Olteca, #43 shows with intense training he can use four Genomixes at once to overpower Akaishi.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Three (technically four) of the main duo's power-ups constitute this trio: Revi Barid Rex Genome is ice (as well as Vice Barid Rex Genome), Revi Volcano Rex Genome is fire, and Kamen Rider Revice is lightning.
  • Five-Man Band: The Igarashi Kamen Riders and their allies.
    • The Leader: Ikki Igarashi/Kamen Rider Revi, eldest of the Igarashi siblings and the one front and center whenever they go together to battle the Deadmans.
    • The Lancer: Daiji Igarashi/Kamen Rider Live, the middle Igarashi sibling who tends to be the one to plan things, with Ikki even referring to him as their "cool head."
    • The Smart Guy: George Karizaki, who invents the gear the Riders use.
    • The Big Guy: Hiromi Kadota/Kamen Rider Demons, a determined fighter who provides extra muscle to the Igarashi siblings in battle.
    • The Heart: Sakura Igarashi/Kamen Rider Jeanne, the headstrong but compassionate youngest Igarashi sibling, who can fight just as good as her brothers.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • During the Title Sequence, a brief glimpse shows the inversed positions of Vice and Ikki. Sure enough, this becomes the basis of Jack Revice.
    • During Ikki's first transformation sequence, several characters react very oddly to what should otherwise be a heroic moment. Buu-san and Yukimi have experience with belt-wearing demons, while the Ushijima family is almost excited to see a rider who isn't already aligned with Fenix.
    • When Vice peeps into Hiromi's body, he's not shown to have an inner demon in the same way the Igarashi siblings do. There's a good reason for that. He's not related to Giff like the Igarashi siblings are.
    • Kamen Rider: Beyond Generations, the crossover movie with Saber, features an allusion to what the Deadmans' true goals are: a One World Order ruled by demons, with humans as subservient to them.
    • Despite having never done any VA work related to the Kamen Rider franchise as a whole beforehand, Ryō Horikawa appears As Himself in #30 and #31 alongside other veteran voice actors. Come #47, and it turns out he voiced the Juuga Driver.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Ikki and Vice's mental conversations via their Mental Picture Projector may require multiple freeze frames to read due to the filming angles and the swiftness of their Transformation Sequence, but nonetheless prove to be an amusing read.
  • Fusion Dance:
    • Revi and Vice can merge, Two Men, One Dress style, into whatever animal their current forms are based off of (called "Remixes").
    • The Rolling Vistamp allows Vice to take over Revi's body, Ikki having traded places with him.
    • The true-blue example, Kamen Rider Revice is an equal fusion of Revi and Vice accessed with the Thunder Gale Vistamp.
  • Gambit Pileup: As of #21 there's three factions all after Giff for differing reasons (Fenix, the Deadmans and Weekend).
  • Genetic Memory: The Vistamps work by tapping into the genetic imprint humans possess of all other organisms that have existed, with the primary form being derived from a Tyrannosaurus.
  • Genre Mashup: Revice could be described as a Science Fiction-inspired tokusatsu work that has elements of mystery, Dark Fantasy and domestic Comedy Drama.
  • Girl's Night Out Episode: The "Girls Remix" special which sees Sakura and Hana teaming up with Reika Shindai, Izu, Poppy Pipopapo and Akiko Narumi.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Episode 13 - Revice is benched due to George taking the Driver in order to develop Barid Rex, and Ikki is forced to use the Rex Vistamp the same way he did in episode 1, which allowed Vice to run rampant. Subverted, as this turns out to be the only way to unlock Barid Rex.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: In the Saber crossover episode, George claims that he's trying to collect ten specific Vistamps: Rex, Megalodon, Eagle, Mammoth, Ptera, Lion, Jackal, Kong, Kamakiri and Brachio. While there are Vistamps outside this set such as Batta, George deems them irrelevant to his personal plans. This was vaguely mentioned in the series as by episode 5 George mentions they are only short of one more to complete the set, with the reasoning behind it simply being that it is his "favorite selection". In the closing storyline, these ten Vistamps end up being the shared motif for George's Rider form of Kamen Rider Juuga.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All of the series' episode titles are in the form of exclamatory sentences, much like Kamen Rider Gaim's during the first arc. They also have a Rhymes on a Dime Theme Naming as well, with occasional Added Alliterative Appeal.
  • In the Hood: Vice's Rider forms have him wear animal-head hoods over his normal face.
  • Incest Subtext: The Hyper Battle DVD is full of this. To lure out a Deadman who has been terrorizing weddings, George decided to set up a fake wedding between Ikki and Daiji (with Daiji as the bride). It should be noted that they also have Sakura, and both Daiji and Sakura get upset about how Sakura's not the bride (while it can be understood that she's upset because she's a girl and wants to wear a pretty dress, it would still be her brother Ikki as the groom anyway, so it really raises a few eyebrows). Ikki is, for some reason, unusually eager about kissing his younger brother. And later on, Ikki trips on Daiji's dress, causing an Accidental Kiss between them. It has to be seen to be believed.
  • Ironic Echo: When Hiromi confronts George over giving him the Demons Driver despite the fact that the thing actively kills its user as an intended feature, George tells him there's nothing to complain about. After all, Hiromi says he'll lay down his life to save the world every damn episode, so obviously there's no problem with him dying on the job.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: Revice sets up a number of plot threads at the beginning, some so subtle you may not even notice them at first, which get developed and expanded on as the series goes on.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The Big Bad of Revice: The Mystery has been replicating the process of the Barid Rex Vistamp, but replacing other Revice forms with past series' kaijin that could take human form, whether by Transformation Trinket, They Look Like Us Now, or Kill and Replace. This was meant to be a major reveal about the Inves from Kamen Rider Gaim.
  • Lensman Arms Race: Due to the existence of the Libera Driver and Rolling Vistamp having been developed without George Karizaki's consent or involvement, Weekend appears to have spurred one of these with Fenix. Late into the series, Weekend have to continuously produce new Vistamps and Drivers in order to keep up with the villains, who are now able to produce Elite Mooks that are strong enough to take on each of the Riders in their Super Modes.
  • Mental Picture Projector: The Revice Transformation Sequence includes Ikki and Vice's inner arguments about the current events displayed on a holographic LINE chatroom. Fittingly enough, the Vistamp appears on the chatlog as an actual stamp when inserted into the belt.
  • Mythology Gag: This is the 50th anniversary of the Kamen Rider franchise, so it would naturally have lots and lots of homages to its other Rider seasons to the point of having its own page.
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • Early promotional material (cameos, press releases etc.) portrayed Revice as a fairly whacky series in the style of Den-O. The titualar riders in particular are played for laughs in all pre-series material to the point of many being worried about 4th wall breaking toilet humor. The series itself is much more serious with humour largely being situational and an ever increasing focus on the darker themes found in the core concept of forming a contract with your personal demons.
    • Played with, in order to show off the show's motorcycle but not most of the alternate forms yet, early promotional material hid the fact that Vice's hoverbike form was tied to the Ptera Genome. While the Ptera stamp mark could be seen on the side, the bike was labeled "Super Machine Vice" and Revi was shown riding it while in his Rex Genome form. The Movie that was double billed with Kamen Rider Saber + Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger Super Hero Senki, shows that Vice can change forms independently when a Vistamp is used on his Genobreast's Ohinjector that is on his left side.
  • One-Steve Limit: Zigzagged; we have Hideo Momose, one half of Beyond Generations' Kamen Rider Century, and Hideo Akaishi, Director of FENIX, though their names are written differently in Kanji (秀夫 and 英雄, respectively).
  • Our Demons Are Different: There are several varieties of demon, each of which have their own rules:
    • Giff Juniors are weak demons serving as foot soldiers summoned using the Giff Junior Vistamp from people whose Inner Demons are too weak to make a Deadman. They're mindless and generally only follow the orders of more powerful demons.
    • Inner Demons/Deadmen: Demons inside of everyone embodying their inner flaws and darkness manifested by a Vistamp and infused with animal DNA. While Deadmen are non-sapient, some Inner Demons like Vice, Kagero, and Lovekov are fully sapient. If the human they're bonded to dies, so does the demon. These demons are notably capable of having redeeming qualities.
    • Gifftexes are humans who merge with their Deadman to become demons themselves.
    • Gifftarians are more powerful demons summoned using the Giff Stamp and all identical. They're fully sapient and devour the person used to summon them. Giff is also able to personally summon even stronger variants, called "True" Gifftarians.
    • There exist an extremely powerful type of demon that are fully sapient and from ancient times. This includes Giff and Diablo, both of whom are wholly independent and not linked to a human host, and who serve as progenitors for other demons. These demons are the most dangerous variety. It's later implied they're actually Ancient Astronauts who came to Earth in the ancient past.
    • Vail is an anomaly; he's more than an inner demon, yet not fully independent either. He also appears to have been born directly from Giff's cells injected into Genta's heart, and might actually be Genta's heart. He is also much more powerful than any normal Inner Demon or Deadman by a gigantic margin. It's eventually revealed, like Giff and Diablo, he's a pre-existing, powerful demon and the surgery merely bonded him to Genta and the Vail Driver.
    • Vice, Kagero, and Lovekov are demons born as a result of Genta having children after Vail's creation, and thus are somewhere between Inner Demons and whatever Vail is.
    • Crispers are demons created by Diablo from a combination of his own DNA and the Crisper Stamps containing the DNA of various historical figures.
    • Giffdemos are humans transformed into powerful demons. While akin to Gifftexes, they don't seem to be fused with their inner demon but wholesell turned into one.
  • Palette Swap: Bandai took advantage of the fact that previous Riders had used this trope and released various alternate-colored Vistamps; by changing the color of the Vistamp and Revice's corresponding Genome forms, these alternates can reference a different Rider (or form) without having to modify the image of the Rider on the Vistamp or the Genome.
    • The stamp referencing Eagle/Double was recycled to be Condor/Joker.
    • Lion/Kuuga became White Leo/Kuuga Amazing Mighty.
    • Ptera/Faiz became Quetzalcoatlus/Faiz Axel.
    • Subverted for the Neo Batta Vistamp in Beyond Generations. Despite sharing the same grasshopper motif as the original Batta Vistamp, the grasshopper on its body and print is shaped differently, made to more closely resemble Zero-One himself, while the Rider image behind it was also changed from Ichigo to Zero-One. The Genome form is also a new design, as one was never made for Ichigo in the first place.
  • Police Are Useless: Not quite police, but Fenix is still a competent organization. In the same vein as Kuuga, while the Riders are needed to deal with the stronger Deadmans, Fenix is still capable of evacuating civilians and supporting the Riders where needed.
  • Post-Climax Confrontation: The main conflict of the series is resolved in #46 with Giff's destruction. The remaining four episodes are first dedicated to George going crazy to start a conflict and then undoing Ikki's memory loss by having him fight Vice.
  • Power Copying: Played with, unlike every Legend Rider gimmick that has preceded Revice. The Vistamps are modeled after past Riders, but only some of the Genomes created from them channel their powers and are instead mostly based on separate Animal Motifs.
    • Eagle Genome can invoke wind, like the Cyclone Half of Kamen Rider Double.
    • Revice Mammoth can summon train rails like when Kamen Rider Den-O Liner Form does a finishing attack with the DenKamen Sword.
    • Ptera Genome allows Revi to move at super speed like when Kamen Rider Faiz is in Axel form. Same thing goes for Neo Batta Genome but Zero-One Rising Hopper form.
    • Lion Genome let's both Revi and Vice do fire empowered attacks like Kamen Rider Kuuga Ultimate Form.
  • Product Placement: Played for laughs in episode 13, when Vice "develops" his own armaments by using a Japanese version of gorilla glue to stick the debris left by Revi Barid Rex together.
    • Fenix agents are seen using AK-based carbines with white furniture. They're Tokyo Marui AK White Storm AE Gs, which were released in December, but debuted on TV in November 2021.
  • Public Bathhouse Scene: The Igarashis run a bathhouse, so it's a given that you'll see them and their friends in the baths on occasion.
  • Red Herring:
    • Aguilera's rooting for Sakura in #11 implies that she was the one who sent the Libera Driver. #21 reveals that it was in fact the Ushijimas.
    • A meta example with the toys, namely the Demons Driver. The transformation call for a Kamen Rider named Over Demons heavily implied that it would be the Super Mode for the original Demons and that Hiromi would use it. However, #35 reveals that not only is Over Demons a separate Rider altogether, but that he's Hikaru Ushijima instead, with Hiromi returning a few episodes later.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: The Revice Driver's announcements do this.
  • Rule of Two: Every villain in the series has a henchman of some sort. Orteca is this to Aguilera (or so it seems) for the first quarter. After the Deadmans split, Aguilera has Julio while Orteca has Kanae Motomura and later Aguilera after blackmailing her into servitude. Orteca himself is this to the founder of the Deadmans, Akaishi, who later gains Vail as an enforcer and is seeking to make Daiji his as well. And Akaishi is himself loyal to Giff.
  • Running Gag:
    • An early one had someone ask Irabu what his day job is, only for him to reply that he can't say.
    • Every male character Sakura interacts with is immediately assumed to be her boyfriend.
  • Shared Family Quirks: The Igarashi siblings seems to have a thing for catchphrases that includes homophones of or share a written character in their own given name.
    Ikki (一輝): "Ikki ni ikuze!" ("一気に行くぜ!")
    Daiji (大二): "Daiji ni kimeyou ka!" ("大事に決めようか!")
    Sakura (さくら): "Sakutto taosu yo!" ("サクッと倒すよ!")
  • Shirtless Scene: Happens plenty since the Igarashi family runs a bathhouse after all.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sibling Team: The Igarashi siblings form one when they all become Kamen Riders, usually working together in battles.
  • Spoiler Opening: Hana and Tamaki replacing Tasuke and Kimiko as the primary members of Weekend featured in the opening as of episode 39 hints at their individual demise in the same episode and the following one.
  • Supervillain Lair: The Deadmans Base, their secret, saucer-shaped hideout from which they plan their operations to create more Deadmen.
  • Three... Two... One...: Often when a dynamic Finishing Move is preformed by Revi (with Vice and/or another ally Rider), Vice counts down from 3 until the enemy explodes.
  • Title Drop: Kamen Rider Revice follows the Gundam tradition and names the Mid-Season Upgrade Kamen Rider Revice, as it's a literal fusion of Ikki (Revi) and Vice.
  • Unwanted Rescue: In episode 15, Revi and Vice actively try to stop the Deadmans' sacrificial ritual and rescue Aguilera, who isn't too happy about it as she wants to be sacrificed to Giff.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Episode 14 drops two bombshells at once: the Chameleon Deadman's true identity is Commander Wakabayashi — or rather, an imposter who killed the real one and took his place. He, along with Kudo and Haitani, are transformed into Gifftex during the ceremony, where Olteca reveals that Aguilera is the final sacrifice needed to revive Giff.
    • Episode 18 shows that not even important side-characters are safe from turning into a Gifftarian.
    • #21 apparently makes #14 tame in comparison, such as the Director of Fenix being the founder of Deadmans, Olteca being the new Kamen Rider Demons, and Hiromi's (possible) death. Not to mention the Ushijima Family being part of a secret organization and Genta's reaction to Giff...
    • #25 further ups the ante with the reveal that Ikki actually has Laser-Guided Amnesia caused by Vice, due to witnessing Vail possessing Genta and destroying the original Happy Spa bathhouse. And then it turns out that Genta is Vail's original host, and the Igarashi siblings are Giff's descendants.
    • #35, while not as shocking as the previous two, shows how powerful Giff is when unleashed. Saying the Riders lost would be quite an Understatement.
    • #39 kills off Kimiko Ushijima and fully cements Daiji's Face–Heel Turn by having him lead the assault on Weekend's shelter.
  • Wham Line: #21 drops the bomb concerning Fenix and Deadmans, specifically, Olteca having some communication with Hideo Akaishi, the head of Fenix:
    Olteca: It has been a while.
    • The Rolling Vistamp causes Ikki and Vice to switch places, which is shocking enough that you'd wonder why George would design it. The problem? He didn't.
      George: WHAT IS THAT STAMP!? Whoever you are, you better not get ahead of yourself!
  • Wham Shot: Near the end of #15, Haitani and Kudo are defeated by the Igarashi siblings' Rider Kicks. However, instead of them separating from the demons, as seen with the Phase 1 and 2 Deadmen and their hosts... they disintegrate and are absorbed into Giff.
  • The Worf Effect: The entire Fenix organization suffers one in #35 when Giff lays waste to their fleet. This was actually invoked and exploited by Akaishi, who uses their defeat as a way of showing why it's hopeless to oppose Giff, in order to get humanity to surrender to the demon.
  • Xanatos Gambit: The plan of the villains is essentially either the Deadmans find enough candidates to become Gifftex and use them to revive Giff, or the Igarashi siblings defeat all the demons they summon and Giff absorbs their energy, bringing about his revival anyway.

Vice: All together, everyone! 3! 2! 1! Your life is RUINED~!!! [kaboom!]


Get out, Trash!

Nice going, Sakura.

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