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YMMV / Kamen Rider Double

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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: While the movie intends on showing Katsumi Daido's more human side, the fact that his character prior to his Despair Event Horizon is effectively the same as after said event, especially considering how he was already planning on creating the X-Bicker and declared his intent to show up Foundation X for not funding NEVER, it can lead to the interpretation that he hasn't changed and merely used Mina's death as an excuse to attack Futo.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Once Shotaro and Philip got their act together, Terror was surprisingly easy to beat in a straight fight, most likely due to the point of the Gaia Memory being to terrify your opponents into a state of helplessness.
    • Make that Double/Accel worked together. Once Ryu drew the Terror Dragon off and beat it, Ryubee's combat effectiveness was drastically reduced (also notice the fact that Ryubee can only create those liquids when Terror Dragon stayed in his headdress).
    • Unstoppable one-on-one. Easy when you work together. Not so much Anti-Climax Boss so much as re-affirming the whole point of the entire series. Utopia would be the exact same way.
    • Utopia as well. Despite defeating Accel and the Taboo Dopant with no effort, Double makes surprisingly short work against him. Justified in that his strongest ability, absorbing emotions to power himself up, was used to overload him.
      • He gets defeated again in a spin-off movie, though this time it's because his opponent is Dead to Begin With and thus did not qualify as a "living" person to draw power from.
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  • Ass Pull: CycloneJokerGoldXtreme kind of just comes out of nowhere in A to Z and never appears outside of movies. No explanation is ever given as to how it works or why blasting wind through the Xtreme Memory unlocks a Golden Super Mode.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Wailing Desperation, the then nameless One-Woman Wail from the prologue of the first episode; it was really short, but having been presented at a crucial and dramatic moment, it left quite an impact.
    • You can hear it again at the end of the first part of "The Girl...A", but with a more subdued and chilling arrangement as it accompanies an important Reveal.
    • The series theme song, W-Boiled Extreme.
    • Double's three Battle Themes, each with their own fitting style.
    • "Glorious Street", the Heaven's Tornado song from episodes 7 and 8.
    • Accel's Battle Theme, "Leave All Behind", based on his catchphrase.
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    • "Nobody's Perfect", Kamen Rider Skull's theme; sung by the Chief himself, Koji Kikkawa, at the climax of "The B Carried on the Wind".
    • And following that, an upbeating sound of a music as Double starts fighting against the Beast Dopant in his new Super Mode.
      • That same music plays again in Accel Trial's debut.
    • "Extreme Dream" which wasn't used on the show until ten episodes after it was released.
      • "Extreme Dream" is a very good example of how to properly use this trope. It was only played twice over the course of the series, both times during particularly climatic battles, rather then being spammed every fight scene after Double get's his Super Mode.
      • Same can be applied to "Leave All Behind", which was also used a total of two times.
    • "Cyclone Effect (acoustic edit.)", which complements Episode 48 in a manner heartbreakingly perfect.
  • Base-Breaking Character: The fandom's general opinion of Akiko earlier in the series. Very few people in the fandom took the middle ground, but both sides mellowed out over time.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Shotaro fools Jinno into running away from an imaginary yeti at the end of "J's Labyrinth". It turns out there really is one, and Shotaro and Akiko faint.
    • While this is more of an event in the Kamen Rider Decade movie ''All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker," no one should forget Double's debut himself where he plastered Shadow Moon himself when Decade and Rising Ultimate Kuuga cannot.
  • Broken Base: Arguably, the series ending. Some fans preferred the Bittersweet Ending of #48 to serve as the series ending, whereas other fans liked the real ending (#49) as it was.
  • Complete Monster: See here.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: An In-Universe example. A whole V-Cinema is devoted to a girl from Kamen Rider Eternal's past popping out of nowhere and explaining to Shotaro and Phillip that Daido wasn't a bad guy and was just a Fallen Hero. Some people don't buy the tragic backstory.
    • It's mitigated by the fact that Shotaro and Philip still point out that Eternal did a lot of bad stuff and hurt Fuuto badly. Their memorial to him comes off as bittersweet, thinking about what could have been for a man who became a monster but could have been a hero, given different circumstances.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • In short, this series is to Kamen Rider what Shinkenger is to Super Sentai. Being a very well-loved season that's often considered to be one of the best Gateway Series to the franchise. note 
    • Specific examples from within the series include Kamen Rider Joker, Sokichi Narumi/Kamen Rider Skull, and Kirihiko.
      • Skull especially. His Figuarts is notorious for managing to find popularity with people who weren't fans of the franchise and fans who weren't collectors.
  • Epileptic Trees: No, for once, it's not the "Female Riders, No Survivors" one. A single picture of the Core Medals set off a wildfire, convincing people that Foundation X would be the next Shocker. Seriously. While it didn't get an expected pay off, one aspect of the foreshadowing, the "King Medal" does make it into the finale of OOO...
    • The much later appearance of Foundation X in Kamen Rider Fourze would eventually confirm that Double, OOO and Fourze all do in fact take place within the same canon.
    • Although Akiko did henshin into Double with no ill effects...unless you count getting her face being sucked by the Utopia Dopant as the ill effect.
      • She only henshined in a dream and it was to combat the Nightmare Dopant. Utopia Dopant came 17 episodes later and sucked the faces off of pretty much everyone in Fuuto.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Saeko and, to a lesser extent, Wakana. As rich villainess, the Sonozaki sisters' vast wardrobes consist of glamourous dresses, expensive jewellery and sharp skirt suits with a new hairdo every episode.
    • Fallen cop Aya Kujo also wears a skirt suit (with a pretty necklace) which shows off her legs as she fights Saeko.
    • Phillip never really turns evil to begin with, but in The Movie he winds up wearing NEVER's jacket for no apparent reason. Many fans thought he looked much sexier that way.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Given the "2 in 1" premise, their extreme trust in each other and the vast amount of Ho Yay, it's inevitable that most if not all fans support Shoutarou x Philip.
  • Faux Symbolism: Accel's jacket carries the slogan "Spiritual state of nothingness makes even itself fire cool", which is paraphrased from a Buddhist philosophy.
  • Foe Yay: Done to creepy lengths courtesy of Izumi/Luna Dopant in the movie A to Z - The Gaia Memories of Fate, from his speech mannerisms to the way how he gyrates.
    Izumi/Luna Dopant: *seeing the early bird cameo* Who's this handsome man? Just who's this handsome man?
  • He Really Can Act: While Genki Sudo is known for Mind Screw feints in between his sick moves in his MMA prime, you really don't expect the Large Ham Manly Gay we got in Forever A to Z.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • While no crossover with Samurai Sentai Shinkenger has been planned (unlike Kamen Rider Decade prior), two unintended parallels have surfaced - Memory Gadgets attach to Double's weapons while each carry one of the season's collectible items (the Gaia Memories much like the Shinkenmaru and Inroumaru with their Hiden Discs), and both Kirihiko and Mako's father married into their respective families.
      • Three now. In Shinkenger, it turned out that the real head of the Shiba family is a girl - fan reaction is mostly positive, but you let Akiko take charge of ONE detective agency, and out come the pitchforks...
    • In Kamen Rider Blade, Hirose attempts to crack the BOARD database and eventually figures out the password: "Double Joker".
      • Blade's Big Bad is, in fact, the Joker Undead. Not to mention that as Kamen Rider Chalice, he uses wind powers. Guess what Double's main form is called.
    • Fang Joker's final attack is basically a high-powered, impossibly awesome spinning kick and has outstanding white colors. They might as well have called him Spinzaku of the Counterattack.
    • Count in the battle between the red-themed Arms Dopant and the white-and-black colored Fang Joker. Then remember a battle between two similar-colored warriors with the alignments inverted.
    • It's interesting to note that with Akiko using the Frog Pod to fake Ryu's voice, we essentially have a woman sounding like a man by way of a frog.
    • Klaus Baudelaire had Gaia Library access before Philip did.note 
    • In one of the DVD shorts, Shotaro daydreams about what life would be like if Akiko were a housewife. Flash forward to the announcement of Movie Wars Core...
    • Manipulating people through their greed and feeding on coins made by feeding off of them - was the Money Dopant the first Greeed?
    • The Gaia Memory Enhancement Adapter in W Returns: Accel works on both Dopant and Riders' memories. In a nutshell, what is good becomes great, what is bad becomes worse.
    • Did Akiko's accent rub off on Queen?
    • Pay attention in #30 when we enter Akiko's dreamworld. You can hear Gentaro's ringtone!
    • From the same arc, the Jidaigeki dream sequence has Phillip turn into a peacekeeping official named Phillipachi. Now his actor plays Shinpachi in the Live-Action Adaptation of Gintama!
    • What Could Have Been would have had Double wearing a trenchcoat when Shotaro and Philip transformed. Three years later...
    • Episodes 7 and 8 deal with street dancing.
    • Episode 24 isn't the only instance of a girl having a Heroic BSoD over a character played by Masaki Suda being a prettier girl than her.
    • If you saw the T2 Trigger Dopant's catchphrase out of context, you'd be forgiven for thinking he plays a character from Kamen Rider Ex-Aid instead of this series.
    • Episode 36 isn't the first time that a villain named Isaka gets his ass kicked by a red, vengeance-filled secondary Rider.
  • Ho Yay: Shotaro Hidari & Philip. The fact they share a body when in Extreme (or when just being Kamen Rider W) might have helped, but these two have generated a fair amount of theories based on their behavior.
  • Les Yay: In #22, Aya manhandling Saeko and pinning her down to the floor while crouching over her.
  • I Am Not Shazam: It's a bit complicated as both the show and rider have used "W" or "Double" at various points in time. The offical international rominizations for both averts this out right with both being "MASKED RIDER DOUBLE". In spite of this, western fans tend to go with "W" (one notable exception being the FANDOM wiki)
  • Jerkass Woobie: Did bad stuff happen to the Puppeteer Dopant? Yes. Should you feel pity for the poor guy? Yes. Does that excuse any of the shit he pulls? No.
  • Memetic Badass: Sokichi Narumi, aka Kamen Rider Skull.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The screencaps with two-colored text. "Fuck Nasca!" pictures are rather popular.
    • "Akuma Dino Three Yuki?" Explanation 
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • If the powers of the Utopia Dopant don't convince you that Jun is a monster, then the fact that he went after Shotaro and Philip's friends and sucked their faces off will convince you to want to see Jun get his ass handed to.
    • The Spider Dopant killing a multitude of people by spreading bombs which will kill the one their host loves the most when they touch all over the city, likely racking up the highest death count in the series. Narumi even tells him that he crossed the line with that action.
    • Commander kidnapping Akiko with the intention to kill her in front of Terui to make Terui the copy of him. The fact she's an innocent person who has done nothing wrong is what makes him cross the line.
    • Two words: "Heaven's Fall".
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The henshin sound for the Xtreme transformation, which could almost belong in a Vanity Plate.
  • Narm:
    • In The B Carried On The Wind, when Shotaro and Philip were walking towards the Beast Dopant near the end, Philip falls down, as usual when they transformed. What makes it hilarious is that they tranform in a semi-slowmo fashion, with the music "Nobody's Perfect", sung by Koji Kikkawa, the actor who plays Sokichi Narumi, their boss, and Philip literally falls on his face...In slowmo.
      • Even before that part, we got Terui being handed his behind on a platter. Slo-mo along the song. Pure gold.
    • Hikaru Yamamoto's acting as Akiko can get a little too over the top. It really showed in episode 30 where she thinks Phillip is dead, and her reaction was hard to take seriously because she sounded like how she normally did during her comedic moments of raging.
  • Nausea Fuel: Deliberately invoked with "Find the C"'s Cockroach Dopant, whose apparently decorative appendages sometimes flutter involuntarily like actual cockroaches.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The possessed doll from "The P's Game" would be absolutely terrifying, if it didn't make squeeky noises whenever it moved.
  • Special Effect Failure: Isaka's defeat. You'd think that by now they've stopped getting sloppy with the enemies exploding.
    • The movie has an example with all of Katsumi Daido's transformations. It's painfully obvious that he magically grows a foot whenever he becomes Eternal.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: The Delusion Diaries, little shorts of Shotaro having really bizarre daydreams. Entries include 'what if Akiko was a little sister' (featuring the cast as his family, complete with Ryu as a housewife and the Weather Dopant as his father), 'what if Akiko was an idol' (ending in Akiko marrying the Triceratops Dopant) and 'what will the agency be like in the future' (featuring old man Shotaro, old woman Akiko, Ryu as a ghost haunting the agency, and Philip having not aged a day due to being data).
  • Too Cool to Live: Pretty much Sokichi in Begins Night. It's a given that he dies, but damn it he's so hardboiled it hurts.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The Movie features Dopants that use the T2 versions of 5 of the memories used by Shotaro and Phillipnote . Too bad we never see a Dopant based on the T2 Accel memorynote .
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Some western fans deride Kirihiko as a Henpecked Husband because he is deferential to Saeko, took her name after their marriage and has been physically abused by her on at least one occasion, along with the implication that it wasn't the first time. A Japanese audience would be less inclined to see him as weak, since their society emphasises reverence towards social superiors and loyalty to one's employer.
      • Hell, you don't have to be an expert on Japanese culture to see it working this way. Saeko is the Big Bad's daughter, and Kirihiko is just a good Memory salesman. If Darth Vader had a daughter he actually liked and doted on and a pretty decent officer (sorta guy Vader won't hesitate to strangle) married her, if the officer thought he'd be her equal, he's Too Dumb to Live. If you're brave enough, it's still quite a desirable position - fifth-highest member of the organization. And if he hadn't acted respectful, there is no way he would have had a chance of getting that high in the first place.
    • Shotaro's fashion choice might turn off some Western fans, due to the infamous "fedora stigma" in the west recently.note  Said stigma is not common to Japan, fortunately.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Philip. His feminine dress sense and that his actor is quite pretty don't help. Episode 24 didn't help either.
  • The Woobie: Akiko, especially after she finds out why her father could never see her again in Core.


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