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YMMV tropes applying to the Kamen Rider franchise:

  • Broken Base - The issue of whether the later series are as good as the older series, for starters.
    • Kamen Rider Wizard and Kamen Rider Gaim are both massive divisive seasons, though for separate reasons- Wizard is derided by some as playing it safe with the franchise and having a bland protagonist, but is lauded for the great effects in the fights and likable side-characters. Gaim, on the other hand, is derided for being too dark, having too many characters to keep track of, and having one of the bleakest stories in all of Tokusatu, which had some calling Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy. Alternatively, some love the Darker and Edgier approach and say it's given Kamen Rider its best characters ever.
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    • Whether or not the series should get a Power Rangers-esque adaptation - proponents will point towards Kamen Rider Dragon Knight as an example of how to adapt the series properly, as well as point out that if there was an American KR franchise, merchandise would be released over here, and the source material would likely be released similar to how Shout Factory is releasing the Sentai series; opponents, on the other hand, will point towards Saban making the show more appropriate for kids, and also point towards the OTHER American Adaptation as a counter-argument. However, this is countered back that 4Kids Entertainment of all people made Dragon Knight without straying too far from the darker side of its source material. Still others would prefer a subbed version release on an anime streaming website like Crunchyroll, which Shout Factory finally provided for the original series and Kuuga. Others still would prefer a Hong Kong Dub over just subtitles.
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  • Complete Monster: Now has a page which includes a list of the most despicable beings in the franchise.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • One of the longer-running ones is the 2nd Phase number theory. The first few such series (Decade to Fourze) had very clear numerical themes, with the number incremented by one every year (Decade's number was 10, but easily serves as 1 in the pattern; Double was "two Riders in one" and used two Memories at once, OOO's Medals came in threes, and Fourze was named for 40 Switches ("Four-zero") and used four at a time). A number of fans believe the theory that Toei kept on incorporating the theme even when the Rider's name and number of trinkets didn't reflect it, though just as many think that said believers are only seeing the theme numbers because they want to find the theme numbers, not because said numbers are there on purpose. The theory died down over time, as there was little discussion over any presence of tens in Build. The theory was finally put to rest by Shirakura on twitter, confirming that it was never more than a coincidence.
    • To a lesser extent, there's "Power Rider", a trademark Saban filed...but never did anything with. Was Saban intending to adapt Kamen Rider a second time? Was it just a trademark they filed so it couldn't be used? Or was it something else entirely?
  • Fridge Brilliance: Since Skull was chronologically the first Rider to appear in the Double-verse, it could be argued that the Spider and Bat Dopants actually were the first MotWs in Double. And since chronologically, Skull was active before all Heisei ridersnote , that would make the Spider and Bat Dopants the first MotWs for the entire Heisei (and 2nd Phase Heisei, if you believe there's a dividing point) era.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • With both the Super Sentai and Power Rangers fanbase. The former for being sister series and having different yet equally valid interpretation of their genres and the latter for helping them being introduced to the greater toku genre and their shared hatred of Saban’s Masked Rider.
    • In an rather interesting case, Kamen Rider seems to be really friendly with the Pretty Cure fandom, thanks to no parts of having multiple KR references and, in the case of DokiDoki! PreCure, borrowed themes and motifs from two of its Heisei seriesnote . Additionally, both fans were clamoring for a possible Kamen Rider/Pretty Cure crossovernote .
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In a meta sense, an episode of the Super Hero Taihen net movies had a gag plot where veteran suit actor Eitokunote  attempted to eliminate fellow suit actor Seiji Takaiwa to ursurp his role as the lead Kamen Rider, but was caught at the end and mocked by his "victims" that he would not amount to anything more than a Monster of the Week actor. Years later, Takaiwa's retirement from the lead Rider role has him pass down the mantle to Yuya Nawata, a relatively new suit actor who started off as MoTWs before taking up more popular Kamen Rider roles such as Genm and Geiz.
  • Macekre: "Saban's Masked Rider". To capitalize on the success of Power Rangers, Saban licensed the already Lighter and Softer Kamen Rider BLACK RX, dialed the Lighter and Softer elements Up to Eleven, and turned it into "Saban's Masked Rider": a lame old Aesop-tastic romp of a sit-com starring a superhero alien learning about Earth culture with his adoptive American Family. Later the editing got so shoddy that at times you could clearly see the original Japanese actors, or the fact that the footage they were splicing in was from a completely different series starring a completely different hero. (Dex is Black RX one scene, J the next! No, they don't look alike. At all.) To say that Ishinomori was disgusted would be putting it too lightly. Not to mention that the events of the series have been Retconned to be a Show Within a Show in Power Rangers, as seen in "The Quantum Quest". The only remaining canon material from the series is the Backdoor Pilot episode of Power Rangers.
  • Memetic Mutation: Enough to have a dedicated page.
  • Narm Charm: The series BREATHES this trope. When you can take a bunch of dudes doing Wire Fu in ridiculous jumpsuits against rubber monsters seriously, THAT is an achievement. Taken Up to Eleven in Kamen Rider Gaim, where the plot is about Riders in dance teams using powers themed on fruits, yet it STILL manages to be awesome. And serious. And very dark. Of course, the fact that Gen Urobuchi wrote it probably had something to do with it.
  • Paranoia Fuel:
    • Kamen Rider Ryuki. Just think about it. Every mirror - hell - every single reflective body you walk past could be a portal from which a monster whose only desire is to eat you could emerge from. And don't think it's just that odd piece of glass in the streets, or that puddle of water you need to worry about either. Every mirror is fair game, even the ones in your home. Really, the only guarantee of survival in the Ryuki world possible if you were just a 'normal' is to lock yourself in at home and cover up every piece of glass... but even that did not work out so well for De-Powered Shinji in Zi-O
      • ...Or if you somehow found a discarded deck like Shinji did.
      • The monsters are essentially relentless, and will never stop hunting you once you are chosen as a target. Lousy luck if you're in the dark about, but if you are aware of their existence..... This applies to Dragon Knight as well, with the trade off of mindless monsters that will eat you at the first opportunity for an organized force that is just waiting for it's shot at conquering the whole damn world, and if not for the Riders, would have succeeded.
      • We should also count the series where the monsters can take human form. like the worms of Kamen Rider Kabuto. They kill the original, and take that person's place. An impersonation so good, that they can fool anyone, including THEMSELVES! This means that anyone you know, Father, Mother, Best friend, ANYONE could be a worm in disguise. Lovely thought.
    • Shocker is everywhere. If you are in their sights, whether it be a random target or worse, if you're a witness, they will find you. Your home is no longer safe, your friends might be monsters in disguise or already dead, your drinks might even be poisoned—No matter what you do, they will always be five steps ahead. Sure, Kamen Rider 1 or 2 can save the day, but lord forbid you're the first victim of the episode. You know, the one nobody ever saves...
    • The Imagin from Kamen Rider Den-O - you think that the worms are bad? At least the worms are restricted to what time they show up; the Imagin could've potentially gone back to when any previous rider series took place and wrecked havok. Unless you happen to be a singularity point (something which seems to be very rare), if one forms a contract with you, you'd better hope it's a benevolent one, otherwise they'll go back in time and pretty much rewrite the present as you know it.
    • The Magia from Kamen Rider Zero-One. Sure, they doesn't look that scary,think about it, you're just doing your normal activities, maybe exercising, maybe eating at your favorite place to eat, probably aided with a Humagear, but suddenly, this random dude show up, strapping a random belt called ZetsumeRiser and a Unknown card thingy called ZetsumeRise Key to a Random Humagear, after that, the Humagear LED turns red. You think you safe, Right? Well not if the recently hacked Humagear slides that ZetsumeRise Key into that ZetsumeRiser. The hacked Humagear burn his ENTIRE skin of, revealing a metal body that looks straight out of Terminator, after that they opens their face, revealing their VERY CREEPY skulls with a LOT of teeth. and then having THAT open up its mouth and pukes up a LOT of wires to strangle and stab itself to become a Magia. All the while said Humagear screams painfully. Then they start killing EVERY human they found. and that's not counting the fact they can hijack other Humagear by JUST moving near them
  • Periphery Demographic: The adult fans, although that demographic has been acknowledged with works like the extremely dark Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue. Mothers of the core demographic are this as well, which is why Rider has moved towards a Cast Full of Pretty Boys especially in the Heisei series.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Or rather, an organization - Foundation X could've easily filled the role of villainous organization that Shocker has filled in almost all the post-Double works involving Shockernote ...yet after Movie War Megamax, they've pretty much been Demoted to Extra, with the only thing they played a direct part being the "Beast Rider Squad" special of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid. Their absence is especially jarring in Movie War Core, considering that they were also shown to be interested in the medals that Kamen Rider OOO uses.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?:
  • Woolseyism: The official Asian English dub that started from Ryuki uses "Transform!" for the Riders' transformation callnote . It wasn't until midway through OOO did the dubbing team in-charge at that point decided to adopt the fan-preffered original term "Henshin".

YMMV tropes applying to the first Kamen Rider series:

  • Complete Monster: See here.
  • Critical Research Failure: Mostly through the Riders' ally Kazuya Taki, the show depicts the FBI as an intelligence agency that monitors international crime.
  • First Installment Wins: To this day, no other Kamen Rider series has had more episodesnote , and of all the riders who return in later works, Takeshi Hongo has made the most. He's also the only Showa era rider to have a movie crossover with a 2nd phase Heisei rider - although Black and Amazon would have arcs in Kamen Rider Decade, the amount of appearances that Takeshi Hongo has had either unmorphed or as Ichigo is the most of all Showa Riders.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • Shocker is established to have ties to the Nazis, with several of it's key members having been Nazi officers. The Great Leader of Shocker is implied in later series to be an evil spirit powered by and sustained by human evil. Is it any wonder the guy first surfaced, that we know of, after the atrocities of WWII and brought many Nazi officers along with him?
    • Gel-Shocker's symbol of a snake crushing an eagle is thematic, as the snake (Geldem) merged with the eagle (Shocker) and effectively crushed any resemblance that the latter had.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Although not to the same extent as Goranger, it's a bit jarring to watch this series if one was introduced to Kamen Rider through one of the Heisei-era shows - while it does have a secondary rider, initially the secondary rider acts more as a replacement as opposed to a supporting character, the lack of Swiss Army Heronote , the main character having a permanent upgrade to gain more powers as opposed to a Super Mode they can transform in and out of, and the fact that the main character's powers come from him being a cyborg as opposed to getting his powers from other sources.
  • Special Effects Failure: Granted, it's an old series, but there are a lot of moments where it really tends to show its age.
    • This was partially justified by the fact that the show had a very low budget even for it's time.
    • Exhibit A: Before defeated monsters began to explode, they would instead dissolve. At first, this was represented by foam, but then someone would pull beads to show this.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Through the series, we see Shocker's monsters turning people into skeletons and ashes. The effects are laughable but still!
    • Episode 2 ends with a monster thrown off a building and splattered.
    • The Sarracenian monster in episode 4 killed someone by literally crushing him with his bare hands.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Ambassador Hell's outfit, which it has been described by some as Ross Perot in a cockroach suit.


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