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Kamen Rider X was the third Kamen Rider series from Shotaro Ishinomori, there was also a manga released around the same time.

Keisuke Jin is a guy living in Japan with his father and fiancee, his father is a famous inventor as well as a judo expert. His father has been working on a motor that could be revolutionary. However, the latest evil organization Government of Darkness(or GOD for short) wants the invention. Jin's fiancee is a spy for GOD and executes both Jin and his father, but not before Dr. Keitaro manages to SOMEHOW drag Keisuke Jin all the way into his lab and install the engine into him. Dr. Keitaro dies shortly after, but not before leaving his son the gear to become Kamen Rider X. X vows to destroy the Government of Darkness, and avenge his father.


This series provides examples of:

  • Badass Biker: Rider X of course.
  • Badass Bystander: The climax of episode 32 takes place inside a restaurant with an African theater group. When the fighting breaks out and the woman with the schematics is cornered, one performer powers through them and easily subdues the GOD mooks.
  • BFG: Apollo Geist has one that's attached to his right arm and boy it's friggin powerful.
  • Black Knight: Apollo Geist fits this description, only in red armor.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Not quite to Amazon extent in terms of gore, but close, with enemies being sliced in half, decapitated, and impaled. And Keisuke Jin is bloodily executed via machinegun fire in Ep. 1. The manga of X extremely gory at times.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: SET UP!!
    • Following X's upgrade surgery, DAI HENSHIN!!
  • Cyborg: The previous two Kamen Rider series referred to Riders as kaizo ningen ("modified human"), which has a wider meaning than the usual English rendering "cyborg". This series used the term Kaizorg.
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  • Darker and Edgier: Compared to the two series before, X is much darker. The number of on-screen deaths is noticeably higher and the overall tone is much more grimmer and depressing.
  • Death by Origin Story: Keisuke Jin (sort of) and his father. His father uploads himself into a computer to help him in the fight against evil, but literally one episode later realizes this is actually holding X back and blows himself up.
  • Emergency Transformation
  • Evil Twin: Government Of Darkness Rider (actually a camouflaged monster)
  • Fake Shemp: Riderman in The Movie is played by a suit actor, stock footage from the tv show and an uncredited voice actor.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: In Episode 2, Keisuke Jin suddenly uses a two-barrel blowdart gun. It takes out some attacking GOD minions and even saves the Kid Of The Week from being lynched. In spite of it looking like the coolest thing ever, it is never seen again.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The Government Of Darkness.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Let's just say the acronym GOD would not fly in many other countries...
    • Never mind that when the minions appear from their hiding places, their hands are pressed together like they're praying.
  • Gorn: The manga is filled with it.
  • History's Crime Wave: A variation, where the Nebulous Evil Organisation G.O.D. has the Villan Monsters, made by combining animal DNA with the DNA of historical figures. However, their list is all over the place: while it includes a few recognized villains like Al Capone, Genghis Khan, and Adolf Hitler (who resulted in the memetic Starfish Hitler), it also includes figures who were more ambiguous (Ishikawa Goemon, Geronimo), completely unremarkable (Benjamin Ogle), and some who were just straight-up fictional (Dracula, Arsène Lupin).
  • Humongous Mecha: King Dark
  • Love Hurts: Literally.
  • Love Is a Weakness: In the first episode Jin's dad is killed, but uploads his brain into a computer to be able to keep advising him. This lasts literally one episode before he decides having his dead dad to moan to is actually making Jin weaker, and he blows himself up so Jin will have to toughen up enough to save the world.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Apollo Geist uses his shield as a weapon.
  • The Man Behind the Curtain: King Dark's pilot is Dr. Noroi, a former friend of Keisuke's dad. He isn't very impressive by himself.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: After X is defeated by Spider-Napoleon, V3 upgrades him. He gains a new transformation pose ("Dai Henshin!") and a new finisher, the Vacuum Hell Wheel.
  • Monster of the Week
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Pretty much every kaijin in the second half is an example. The monsters in the second half are combinations of animals and historical figures. Hence you get Scorpion Geronimo, Ant Capone, and, of course, Starfish Hitler.
  • Non-Serial Movie: 5 Riders vs King Dark. It's supposedly in continuity due to bringing back Riderman, but can't fit well into the series at any point. Rider X still hasn't been upgraded in the movie, but already knows the Riders, while in the tv show he only meets Rider 2 for the first time after getting his upgrade.
  • Punny Name:
    • Hitode is Japanese for starfish, so Starfish Hitler in the original Japanese would be pronounced "Hitode Hittora".
    • One that works in both Japanese and English is Ant Capone, or "Ari Capone".
  • Putting on the Reich: Starfish Hitler's GOD Mooks are all dressed in custom uniforms (being some of the few mooks with such radically different clothing) based on the SS uniforms.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: It even has an X on it!
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Professor Nambara is just another victim of GOD, a scientist captured and forced to construct an experiment. However before he's killed, he splits up his blueprints and sends them to his friends, setting up the Macguffin hunt that goes through most of the remaining episodes.
  • Stone Wall: X-Rider isn't any slower than the other Riders, but he's built to withstand the deepest ocean depths, and is therefore very sturdy. (The others mostly have stylized chest muscles protecting their torsos - X has body armor.)
    • Early on in the series the villains try shooting him repeatedly with machine guns. They stop around the time he walks through a hail of gunfire like Superman.
    • Comes to a head in SPIRITS, when a dude punches Keisuke in the face while untransformed... and breaks his hand, while Keisuke just gets a bloody nose which goes away in a few panels.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: As a hasty means to resolve a story arc, both Ryoko and Kiriko, Jin's ex-girlfriend turned-traitor and her mysterious twin sister respectively, both die in Episode 8.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: STARFISH HITLER!!!
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: Subverted. X is made to swim, and has an edge in underwater combat.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: The Ridol, which is a combination staff/whip/rapier.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Starfish Hitler is a walking Nazi stereotype.
  • Villain Song: GOD's March, sung by Koorogi '73. A small segment is heard at each title card.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: X's origin, and slightly later in the series how Apollo Geist is resurrected.


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