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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Ever since it's revealed that Yuko lied about being wrongly incarcerated, it’s hard to tell which of her statements are true and to what extent. For example, did Yuko tell Sougo to protect the world as a sign of genuine redemption, an attempt to keep the act up to her death, or some weird, delusional mix of both?
    • Was Kagami truly accepted by the Kabuto Zecter, or was it just sent by Tendou to aid Kagami in stopping the impending meteor as well as tasking him to hand it to Sougo as a Ridewatch in his place?
  • Author's Saving Throw:
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    • After Decade‘s AR World premise got some flak from the fandom, the showrunner said this time they will try to get the original actors of the legend riders back for the show where they can, including Kuuga and Double. This is apparent in the trailer, which shows Sento and Ryuga and Emu and Hiiro returning. A picture was released a few days after the end of Build showing the cast with Takumi and Kusaka, lessening fears that later seasons would get more representation.
    • Another major complaint was the fact that "Decade has no story"note , since each story arc was about Tsukasa helping a parallel version of a Rider develop into a hero and thus the main Decade cast didn't get a lot of plot or development. Zi-O addresses this by having its central premise front-and-center from the beginning and basically doing the opposite of Decade, having Sougo developing into a hero by meeting some of the Riders who came before him.
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    • Post-release, some fans felt like Zi-O wasn't taking advantage of its Time Travel component, only using it for the last fight of an arc, which is true… for viewers who only watched the first two arcs, because they really start getting creative in some of the arcs afterwards for example: The Fourze/Faiz Arc where Zi-O and Geiz had to defeat the same monster at two different points in time. The Gaim Arc has a full blown Set Right What Once Went Wrong storyline about Sougo needing to learn he can't do everything by himself. The Ghost Arc has Ghost!Sougo sending Takeru in time so that he can save Another Ghost's life and thus his own. Tsukasa sending Sougo to the future so that he can meet his future counterpart and truly be convinced that they are the same person. They then take it even further by revealing that the main character's action caused another future to be created which causes them to get into conflicts against future Kamen Riders and their Another Rider counterparts, along with meeting Woz's alternate timeline counterpart who became Kamen Rider Woz who has his own agenda.
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    • Some fans found Sougo's dismissive attitude towards the idea of the damage he could cause as Oma Zi-O irritating as he was seemingly brushing off the fact that he could become a horrible mass-murdering tyrant because he could become a king. Then comes episode #15 where he gets a reality check in the form of seeing first hand the Crapsack World Oma Zi-O’s turned the future into.
    • Some fans felt that the plot point about Another Riders stealing the histories of their original counterparts, and the original timeline not being restored even after their defeats, was a confusing Timey-Wimey Ball at best and insulting to the previous seasons at worst. Starting with the Ryuki tribute arc, Another Riders are created in the present day rather than in the past and the plot point about them stealing histories has been dropped, allowing for more focused stories without as much confusing time travel and representing the past seasons better.
    • Many fans were disappointed that various well liked tracks from previous series didn’t return for their respective tribute arcs, so when ”Believe Yourself” returned for the final fight of the Agito arc many fans were thrilled. Subsequent tributes would see the reuse of past music in other ways.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The opening, "Over “Quartzer”", by Shuta Shueyoshi (of AAA, the performers of Kamen Rider Den-O's opening) featuring ISSA, the performer of Kamen Rider 555‘s opening.) With two veteran Rider singers on the job, needless to say it’s amazing. The electronic-influenced music also lends itself very well with the series' theme.
    • Zi-O’s Image Song “Zi-O! King of Time!” is pretty cool as well, and it is sung by So Okuno himself. It was played in episode 16 when Sougo once again decides to become king and episode 22 when Zi-O II debuts.
    • The opening for Rider Time Shinobi, “IZANAGI” is sung by Hideya Tawada and perfectly captures the ninja theme of the rider.
    • The opening for Rider Time Ryuki, “Go! Now! ~Alive A life neo~” is sung by the original singer for "Alive A life", Rica Matsumoto, and its every bit as awesome as the first one.
    • "Believe Yourself" from the Kamen Rider Agito OST played in Zi-O #32 during the Zi-O Trinity and Agito Trinity team up fight, and it once again proves it is still one of the best ending themes in the franchise's history.
    • "Kagayaki", the first opening from Kamen Rider Hibiki played in episode 34, during Kiriya’s debut fight as Hibiki. It seems that from now on, the theme music of past seasons will be returning!
  • Badass Decay: Kamen Rider Odin is not nearly the unstoppable force in Rider Time: Ryuki that he was in the original, being taken out by Zi-O and Geiz with the Ryuki and Knight Ridewatches in a Beam-O-War rather easily despite possessing all three Survive Cards, when the original could trounce them all on his own. This is somewhat justified as we see both Survive Rekka and Survive Shippu disintegrate before Odin's Final Vent could be executed, which presumably greatly reduced his power.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The giant robot toad that spits out Shinobi's gear during his transformation. Granted, it's given a name and information in supplementary sources, but the ridiculousness of it and the fact it's never used in combat makes it seem like little more than a "What the fuck" moment. Though, as it turns out in Rider Time Shinobi, this is something every ninja possesses in 2022 for some reason.
    • White Woz’s green Time Mazine. It appears in his debut episode when he arrives in 2019, but that is all we see of it, even though it was implied he also used it offscreen to bring Mondo/Kamen Rider Quiz to 2019 as well.
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • It is very satisfying to see when things don’t go White Woz’s way considering how much of a colossal asshole he is. Especially when he gets beaten up or outsmarted which include: Getting defeated by Another Ryuga and even more satisfyingly is the original (and far more likable) Black Woz tricking him along with Heure and Hiryuu to steal his Kamen Rider powers for himself.
    • Similarly, the end of the Blade arc for fans of the original for finally giving Kenzaki and Hajime a happy ending years later.
    • The Hibiki Arc can come across as this as it finally shows Kyosuke’s character traits in a negative light and how his behavior has lead to him being disliked by other Oni and alienated him from his pupil. Similarly, it’s gratifying to see him finally move past these flaws years after his home series ended.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: A writer’s revolt by the characters to prevent the plot is fairly funny meta humor. Blowing up Toei with everyone in it is going too far, yet still not enough.
  • Ear Worm:
    • As to be expected from a Driver, The Ziku Driver is full of them. It even uses the ear worms of previous season’s Drivers too.
    • ZIKAN ZAXE!
    • The entire set of tunes from the "Taka Watchroid~ TAKA!"
      • "Search Hawk! Sagasu Taka, Taka~!"
      • "Fire Hawk! Moeru Taka, Taka~!"
      • "Blizzard Hawk! Hyou Taka, Taka~!"
      • "Thunder Hawk! Shibiru Taka, Taka~!"
    • RideHeisaber, the new weapon for Decade Armor, has a very catchy standby sound for its final attack mode.
      Hey~ Kamen Riders! HEY-SEI! HEY-SEI! HEY-SEI! HEI-SEI! HE-HE-HE-HEY-SEI!
    • The transforming jingle of the BeyonDriver.
      Sugoi! Jidai! Mirai! Kamen Rider Woz! WOZ!
    • GrandZi-O's Ridewatch is built on this. Its standby alone cycles through all the noises of the past Riders, while the transformation jingle itself name drops every Heisei Rider protagonist.
      Kuuga-Agito-Ryuki-Faiz-Blaaaade!
      Hiiibiki-Kabuto-Den-O-Kiva-Decaaaade!
      Double! OOO! Fourze!
      Wizaaard! Gaim! Drive!
      Ghost! Ex-Aid! Buildooo!
      IWAE!!
      Kamen Riderrr!! GRAND ZI-OOOO!!!
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Upon getting a close look at Oma Zi-O's helmet, people noticed that his eyes and "eyebrows" resemble the shape of an eagle. This has caused some to speculate that Oma Zi-O is somehow connected to Shocker.
    • Kamen Rider Woz’s forms are based on future riders, but instead of being ones from past series (i.e., Aqua, New Den-O), they’re riders who haven't been seen before. Theories range from them being the rider forms of the other Time Jackers, or other riders from the future of Zi-O. Eventually it was revealed that they’re riders from alternate timelines.
    • In Episode 31, it is revealed that Tsukuyomi has no memories prior to joining the Resistance, and that she somehow possesses the ability to manipulate time. While the extent of her powers is unknown, it does make one wonder: could she possibly be Sougo’s daughter or granddaughter?
      • When asked by Woz, Swartz stated he didn't do anything to Tsukuyomi, but Woz stated that the ability she possesses is something only Swartz can grant. This causes Swartz to speculate, in front of Woz, that Tsukuyomi might be an original Time Jacker like him.
      • As it turns out, Swartz was using Exact Words, as they're actually siblings, which is what he meant by them being “cut from the same cloth.” This could lead to another theory that Swartz might also be Sougo's son or grandson, and is actually speeding up and/or altering the process of how his father/grandfather got his powers.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • The Another Riders were well-received by many fans for their unique concept, along with the potential of their twisted designs that cleverly incorporate the aspects of the characters they were based off of.
    • Oma Zi-O is also this thanks to being the evil future counterpart of Sougo whose Rider form traded the original Zi-O's white for royal gold and has insane amount of powers along with the personality befitting the Evil Overlord of the future.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Debate on the extent of his villainy aside, while Woz’s costume is well-liked and appropriate as a post-apocalyptic prophet, White Woz has been mocked for his civilian clothing looking like a teenage girl from a Disney Channel original movie.
  • Growing the Beard: After a rocky start, many agree that the show has gradually improved over time, with a few specific turning points often looked to as when the show got better.
    • Episode 15: “Back to 2068”, the first non-tribute episode of the series, which saw Sōgo come face-to-face with the reality that him becoming Oma Zi-O is a strong possibility, getting his act together after many complaints that he was being too cavalier about causing the Bad Future, and the subsequent plot developments helped the show come into its own identity.
    • Episodes 21 and 22, the Ryuki tribute arc, mark the point where the tribute episodes become more straightforward and comprehensible by having the Another Riders be created in the present, dropping the plot point about their creations stealing the original Riders’ histories, which many fans considered to be a confusing Timey-Wimey Ball that made the time travel a bunch of incoherent shenanigans.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Within a week after episode 36's reveal of Yuko/Another Kiva being a murderous yandere, a legitimate yandere incident occurred in Japan where a woman named Yuka attempted to murder a man out of her obessive love for him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Actor Katsuhisa Namase starred in the TV series Keibuho Yabe Kenzo, whose second season was positively dripping with references to Kamen Ridernote . And then he was cast in this series as Sougo's uncle Junichiro.
    • A fairly common joke answer to the question of “what do you think the 20th Heisei Rider will be” before Zi-O‘s announcement was “Decade 2”. Given the premise of Zi-O and the trailer confirming that old characters will return as Zi-O travels to their time periods, it turns out Zi-O is pretty close to a second Decade! What's even more hilarious is the toy catalogue revealing Zi-O’s Mid-Season Upgrade. It’s called Zi-O 2!
    • For that matter, one of the Decade movie themes is named “The Next Decade”, which becomes oddly prophetic now.
    • Thanks to Another Ex-Aid incorporating the “dreads” from normal Ex-Aid's Muteki form, the end result looks oddly similar to a Predator, considering that this episode came just after the release of The Predator.
    • A meme predating the one about “incels” (involuntary celibates) states that retaining your virginity past the age of 30 turns you into a wizard - guess what the premise behind Another Wizard is.
    • Kamen Rider Gaim had movie-exclusive Legend Rider forms which were shaped like the specific Rider’s head; in the case of Rider #1, this resulted in Gaim wearing his face as a chestplate. Appropriately enough, Zi-O’s Gaim form is set up the same way, so the chestplate is Gaim’s face.
    • This or Harsher in Hindsight. During the last episode of Build, Sento writes up a 49-episode series pitch based on the events of Build so that people would remember him. In Heisei Generations FOREVER, he ends up in a world where he is a fictional character.
    • Rentaro Kagura/Kamen Rider Shinobi’s actor Hideya Tawada had previously portrayed a (cowboy) ninja in a series also written by Kento Shimoyama.
    • Fans were quick to point out how Kamen Rider Kikai is one big Shout-Out to Kikaider after the cast reveal of his actor, Jingi Irie, who previously portrayed the latest incarnation of Jiro/Kikaider himself in the REBOOT movie. Other elements included his costume being similar to the original Jiro’s, him striking a similar pose, and his debut episode title being a pun on “Kikaider”.
    • Speaking of Kikai, his first few opponents are Humanoise disgused as elderly folk, which is funny if you know about the main selling point in the trailers for Captain Marvel.
    • A Henshin Hero character whose Transformation Trinket is a white watch with magenta in the facenote . Sounds a bit like the Kamen Rider-inspired Viewtiful Joe.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient:
    • The fact that Heure uses the Captain Ghost in episode 4, complete with a strange robot mode to stop Sougo’s Time Mazine and it escalates further with Ora using the Castle Doran in episode 10 as well.
    • Woz becoming a Rider was already something many people saw coming. But Woz using the powers of future Kamen Riders? That threw everybody for a loop. The reveal about Kamen Rider Woz is another shocker—in that he’s a new Woz, appearing simultaneously with the original Woz. Who also looks appropriately shocked.
    • Episode 9 has Past Riders having the potential in becoming Another Riders and Zi-O’s rise to Demon King seems closer than ever.
    • The Heisei Generations FOREVER trailer has the Rider world slowly becoming dissolved into the real world, with an evil Time Jacker intending on erasing all of the Heisei Riders.
    • Tsukasa Kadoya returns, and he uses a magenta colored version of the Decadriver that lets him use the powers of ALL the Heisei era riders. Additionally, his subsequent transformation into his successors’ forms also draws comparisons to the Gokaigers being able to use the Ranger Keys from Go-Busters to Ninningers during their guest appearance in Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger.
    • The long awaited return of Ryotaro Nogami.
    • As of January 2019, not only Riders from the future making an appearance, but also the fact that they also comes with their Another Rider counterpart.
    • As of March 2019, and the Another Zi-O arc, all hell has broken loose. The powers of Kamen Rider Woz have swapped, the Another Riders have crowned their King, and he can birth more himself, and Geiz and Sougo are fighting for the future, with the former gaining his upgrade and finding out its too much for his body to handle. It is also revealed that Swartz was behind both the bus accident, and Sougo becoming Zi-O in the first place.
    • The reveal that Grand Zi-O's main ability isn't just summoning other Riders - but summoning any version of the 20 main Heisei Kamen Riders directly from any point in time. Then the episode after that reveals he can ''rewind and pause'' said summoned Riders.
    • Due to not having the actual Drive Ridewatch, Sougo's fight with Oma Zi-O causes Hiryu of the Another Zi-O arc to return and become Another Zi-O II as well as the new Oma Zi-O.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Woz’s effusive praise and adoration of Sougo can come off this way. Add that to the way he’s always appearing everywhere Sougo is and giving him what can only be described as loving looks it makes you wonder what the exact relationship he has with him in the future.
    • Naturally some of the returning characters are still showing of the Ho Yay they had in their series.
      • Sento Kiryu and Ryuga Banjo are more chummy in the present thanks to time alterations caused by Another Build, but it seems like their bond was strong enough that even Another Build had their Ho Yay installed in his personality with him hugging Ryuga upon seeing him and saying they are a Best Match. Sento even says he feels oddly jealous about this after Ryuga frees himself from Another Build's grasp.
      • While Ankh isn’t present in this series (probably as a result of Another OOO negating the existence of the Greeed) and isn’t even mentioned, it’s still heavily implied Eiji still remembers him in some way. Considering the fact Eiji has a red feather on his suit and that he has two RideWatches with the second one being based on the Tajador Combo.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • The announcement that Kento Shimoyama, who is best known for writing the much maligned Shuriken Sentai Ninninger, would be the head writer, has provoked quite a few negative reactions from the fandom.
      • However, supporters of this decision quickly countered with the fact that Shimoyama was later the head writer for Kamen Sentai Gorider, arguably one of the best received Rider crossovers in the whole franchise. The backdraft came back in full force when another counter-argument was brought up in regards to Shimoyama’s writing style is his tendency to give Adaptational Heroism to antiheroic/villainous riders such as Kaito Kumon & Yoko Minato from the aforementioned Gorider web series, and Masato Kusaka from the Fourze/555 tribute arcs.
    • The backdraft goes Up to Eleven when it was revealed that Shinichiro Shirakura, the executive producer for the second half of Kamen Rider Hibiki, the controversial Super Hero Taisen movies and the progenitor of a certain controversial “fangs” statement about Kamen Rider Amazons would be the producer.
      • Apparently some members of the cast and crew were aware of Shirakura’s notoriety, and this was mercilessly lampshaded in episode 6.5.
      • He came under even more backlash after he went on Twitter commenting that he believes that there is “…no fanbase of Kamen Rider in the west practically”, after a fan asked if they would bring more Kamen Rider to the west. This naturally caught the extreme ire of many Kamen Rider fans in the west, ironically.
      • After realizing how much backlash he caused in his tweet, he responded with two following tweets. While praising the fact that there are indeed Kamen Rider fans in the west, he is also conscious about bringing it there as well, stating that both attempts to adapt Kamen Rider has had very mixed results, regarding Masked Rider and Kamen Rider Dragon Knight. He later states he would like to find some way to bring it over, without the need for adaptation, but now isn’t a good time for them. While these comments were received more positively, overall sentiment towards Shirakura is still rather negative.
    • The preview for episode #33 revealing that the current Hibiki is Kyosuke Kiriya cased some backlash from the fanbase. This was reversed to a degree when the episode itself reveals that He’s still Kyoki, having only self-proclaimed himself as being Hibiki without having truly earned the title. The arc of the tribute is meant to be a Rescued from the Scrappy Heap story for him by giving him actual character development and having him realize that he really was a jerk in his youth.
    • Shirakura came under backlash once more during the Kiva Arc when fans noted that the Geiz Revive Ridewatch's side effect suddenly disappeared with no in-show explanation. When questioned about it on Twitter, Shirakura likened the side effect's disappearance to how he would get nosebleeds from starting a workout three years ago, and then the bleeding stopped after a week's worth of exercising. This did not sit well with fans, citing Shirakura's explanation to be "weak" and "lazy writing".
  • Jerkass Woobie: Yuko Kitajima was falsely arrested for a crime she did not commit, lost 4 years of her life, and even lost her former lover in the process. However, her method of making things better is to destroy anything in her way of what she views as a better world. Or at least it seems that way.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The scene where Prophet Woz gives the Ziku Driver to Sougo on a velvet cushion has been edited to show him giving various desired items to someone.
    • Anything either Woz tends to say is at least somewhat meme-worthy, the most notable being “Waga Maō” (“My lord”) and “Iwae!” (“Rejoice!”)
    • Even before the show started, when it was revealed that Zi-O’s visor was actually the katakana for “Rider”, fans immediately began writing in different words on the visor.
    • Similar to its spiritual predecessor, there was “This was all Zi-O’s fault!” And “ONORE ZI-O!”.
    • Episode 3.5, if only for the mere fact that Sougo and friends blow up Toei.
    • Similar to the “Sad Batman” meme from Batman V Superman, a leaked filming pic of Ex-Aid hanging limply from a crane has been joked as Ex-Aid being depressed with his life.
    • “Next Time on/On the Next Kamen Rider Zi-O…” explanation 
    • Kouta’s robe with his return rather than his usual god armor has elicited many reactions, from serious speculations that the original costume was damaged, to jokes about how he didn't have enough time to change into it, him being a yogurt salesman, or a casual Jesus.
    • Geiz is a tsundere.note 
    • French Woz note 
    • “You are supposed not to know about Trinity” explanation 
    • “It wasn't True or False, I asked an endlessly debatable question.” explanation 
    • “THIS TOO, IS DECADE’S FAULT.” explanation 
    • The manhole cover explanation 
    • Grand Zi-O’s jingle. Explanation 
    • Drive Arc never. Explanation 
    • This fanmade video that shows Grand Zi-O taking away the main riders before they even finish their opponents... just to kick Another Den-O.
    • "It works like a clock." Explanation 
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Oma Zi-O, Sougo’s future self from the original timeline, already crossed it before (or after?) the series by invading the world through giant destructive robots and cutting the entire world's population in half thus turning the world into a Crapsack World.
    • Swartz clearly crosses this when he turns Heure, a kid and his own ally, into Another Kikai just because he might stabilize the bug into a Ridewatch. However it turns out he even crossed it before that by causing the bus accident that killed Sougo’s and Hiryu’s parents and to make this even worse he gave the former the dream of becoming a king which caused him to become the Evil Overlord noted above and turned the latter into Another Zi-O since Hiryu blames Sougo for the death of his parents while it was actually Swartz's fault.
    • Ora crosses it by revealing she was in on Swartz’s plan on using Heure to become Another Kikai, and had it not been for Zi-O II, Ora’s actions would have gotten Tsukuyomi killed by the feral Another Kikai. Though if that doesn't do it, then maybe actually killing Yuko once she's loses her powers as Another Kiva (no matter how much she may have mistreated her and the other Time Jackers) will.
    • White Woz definitely crossed it with him turning Amane into Another Blade so that it would start a chain of events that would result in the Undead Battle Fight resuming and ending the world after absorbing Blade and Chalice’s powers, leaving her the last Joker standing. Why? Because the chances for the Geiz Revive timeline is finished, making him in danger of getting a Ret Gone, so if he doesn’t have a future, no one else should.
    • According to Tsukuyomi, Black Woz originally crossed it when he betrayed the resistance group that he himself was in charge of to Oma Zi-O, resulting in her and Geiz being the only survivors.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: As usual for the franchise, the Ziku Driver and BeyonDriver produces a few of these. The Ridewatches, which most of the sounds came from, also produce heavenly sounds, and the past Rider Ridewatches also borrow parts of the transformation sounds from their respective Rider's Drivers for both the transformation and finisher, many of which also qualify.
    • The standby music for Ride HeiSaber, Zi-O II, and Woz's forms, are among the most glorious standby music Kamen Rider fans have ever heard, instantly becoming major fan favorites.
  • Narm:
    • Episode 1 has Tsukuyomi taking Sougo back to the Cretaceous period, where our hero is eyed by a Tyrannosaurus as a meal. Nothing too crazy for a show using time travel… until the T. Rex starts making elephant noises.
    • The Humanoise in Kikai’s future are robots with the appearance of humans who want to wipe out all human life. Not a bad concept, but because of the Humanoise not wearing any sort of uniform or indication along with the age of the first ones we see, it comes across as Kikai just randomly beating up the elderly.
  • Older Than They Think: The harmful effects of Geiz Revive on Geiz being given a Hand Wave would come across as a cheap explanation... until you remember that Otoya Kurenai also suffered harmful effects from using the proto Ixa system, before eventually becoming its most frequent user and his eventual death is implied to be from using Dark Kiva and injuries sustained in the final battle, rather than proto Ixa.
  • Snark Bait: Sougo's motivation of wanting to be a king was met with memes and laughter by quite a few fans online.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • ORE Journal from Ryuki was considered as annoying and unfunny back in its home series. When it was revealed in Zi-O that it is closed down for good, there was much rejoicing among the fandom.
    • The Hibiki arc pretty much bashed on how Kyosuke Kiriya is not a good successor to Hibiki and that it was his behavior that caused his former pupil to become Another Hibiki. Even after he become Hibiki, he immediately gave his Ride Watch to Sougo, knowing that he’s not on the same level as his master.
  • Unexpected Character: Since many actors from the previous season return in this one, this was bound to happen.
    • It was a big surprise in Ex-Aid tribute arc that Heure’s Time Mazine would incorporate Captain Ghost.
    • "Fourze/Faiz Arc":
      • While Gentaro was expected to be a Fake Shemp, what wasn't expected was that Sota Fukushi was still able to record some dialogue.
      • Chuta Ohsugi was a really unexpected character since unlike the other returning actors, he isn't a rider at all.
      • What was also unexpected were the unannounced appearance of Nezu and Kong from Movie Wars Ultimatum (two of the characters from Fourze's modernized take on Ishinomori's Inazuman manga).
    • "Wizard Arc": Kousuke Nitoh, aka Kamen Rider Beast was also a surprise since he hasn't reprise his role at all after the Wizard and Gaim movie.
    • "OOO Arc":
      • Kuroto Dan, returns, and as Another OOO of all things.
      • Eiji's return was unexpected as well, as they manage to keep it a secret until the next episode promo.
      • The Time Jackers pull out another custom Time Mazine, this time made by combining with Castle Doran.
    • "Gaim Arc": Sougo gets help from none other than… himself from 3 days into the future.
    • Heisei Generations FOREVER:
      • The Master of Fumen, an Ascended Extra who presents Sougo the W Ridewatch as the only returning character of Kamen Rider W.
      • While Kamen Rider Den-O, the Taros and DenLiner crew appear as expected, the most unexpected surprise return during the film’s premiere is Takeru Sato finally reprising his role as Ryotaro Nogami/the original Kamen Rider Den-O ever since a decade after Saraba Kamen Rider Den-O: Final Countdown. Takuya Mizoguchi plays a de-aged Ryotaro in the Cho Den-O Movie Series and Momotaros himself plays the role of Den-O in crossovers due to Satoh’s strict agency and Toei being unable to afford him.
      • To a lesser extent, Toshiki Kashu and Takamasa Suga both reprise their voice-only roles as Shouichi Tsugami/Kamen Rider Agito and Shinji Kido/Kamen Rider Ryuki ever since the former made a brief cameo in Kamen Rider Decade: All Kamen Riders vs. Dai Shocker while the latter had not reprised his role aside from video games. Then they eventually appear in the series proper in their respective arcs.
      • Riku/the original Kuuga as a corpse, possibly as an Excuse Plot to provide a source for Kuuga’s powers.
    • "Ryuki Arc":
      • While Shinji’s return was expected because of Heisei Generations FOREVER, no one expected Daisuke Okubo to return since not only is he not a rider like Chuta Ohsugi, but he came from a series that came over 15 years ago.
      • Everyone expected for the Another Rider to be Another Ryuki, but no one expected it to be Another Ryuga instead, which makes this the first non primary Another Rider and just as surprising is the return of Dark Shinji is a movie villain just like Ryuga.
      • On that note, an evil Mirror World Sougo/Zi-O, who was only revealed in the episode 21 preview for the Ryuki Arc.
    • "Rider Time Ryuki": No one expected Kamen Rider Abyss to appear as he is not part of the original 13 riders.
    • "Kikai Arc": Most expected Kamen Rider Kikai to be portrayed by a former Super Sentai actor who played a Ranger, but instead, he is portrayed by Jingi Irie who portrayed the reboot version of Kikaider and played Zamigo Delma, a Sentai villain from Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger.
    • "Blade Arc": Kazuma Kenzaki/Blade and Hajime Aikawa/Chalice were expected, but no one also expected Amane Kurihara reprised by Hikari Kajiwara, who is also not a Rider like Chuta Ohsugi and Daisuke Okubo. It turns out she gets turned into Another Blade.
    • "Agito Arc": Shouichi Tsugami/Agito was expected but no one predicted Takahiro Omuro and Mana Kazaya returning with the latter being reprised by none other than Rina Akiyama for the first time since the end of the original series. The insert song "Believe Yourself" also makes a reappearance in #32.
    • "Hibiki Arc": Tomizo Todayama aka Kamen Rider Todoroki not just is a unexpected surprise but Kyosuke Kiriya, who is also The Scrappy in the original series and unpopular character in the fandom also makes an unexpected appearance, especially with the latter's actor being more well-known for portraying Yuto Sakurai/Kamen Rider Zeronos instead. It become more infuriately surprising is that he succeeded Hitoshi Hidaka as the new Kamen Rider Hibiki.note 
    • "Kiva/Ginga Arc":
      • Garulu’s human identity Jiro and Yuri Aso, especially with the latter’s character having passed away by the 2008 era of Kiva‘s timeline. Turns out the latter is playing a new character instead, referred to only as “Sailor-san”.
      • Kamen Rider Ginga himself, and the fact that his own Future Rider arc is even combined with Kiva's, not to mention being voiced by Tomokazu Sugita, who was known to have voiced Kivat from Kiva itself instead.
    • "Kabuto Arc":
      • Arata Kagami/Kamen Rider Gatack, as his return was thought to be impossible due to him leaving his agency. The sight of Sou Yaguruma/KickHopper and Shun Kageyama/PunchHopper is also surprising especially with the latter who is actually dead in the original series before he fully become a Native Worm.
    • "Den-O Arc":
      • The younger Yuuto Sakurai/Kamen Rider Zeronos in-person, due to the fact that complications might arise since his actor Yuichi Nakamura had also reprised his earlier unrelated role of Kyosuke Kiriya/Kamen Rider Hibiki II.
    • Other examples:
      • Many people were awaiting the return of Tsukasa Kadoya/Kamen Rider Decade, but nobody could've seen him becominga recurring character! Complete with a new magenta Decadriver.
      • Like Decade, everybody expected Kimito Totani to reprise his role as Daiki Kaito/Kamen Rider Diend, but like Decade, nobody expected that his Diendriver would get a cyan recolored upgrade just like his Neo Decadriver.
      • Everyone expected Kamen Rider Woz to be well… Woz. They were right in a way, but almost no one expected the Woz in question to be Woz from another timeline. This also made it more unexpected that Black Woz will become Kamen Rider Woz after all.
      • It's a recent tradition for the summer movies to feature a Dark Rider, but Over Quartzer not only has three movie Riders which are known as Quartzer, but they're all based off 'lost Heisei Riders', AKA Rider productions in the Heisei era but aren’t officially called Heisei, known as Kamen Rider Barx, Kamen Rider Zonjis, and Kamen Rider Zamonas.
      • Absolutely no one expected the Drive tribute to be merged with the summer movie.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: It is easy to mistake Heure as being a girl not only due to his feminine appearance, but also his high-pitched voice. His actor, Rihito Igataki, is actually just a child actor.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: While it may have been due to the returning actors’ schedules, some fans have this reaction to news of well-known actors of the Kamen Rider franchise reprising their lesser-known roles compared to their more popular ones.note 
    • Adding to this is the fact that Tomokazu Sugita, well-known for his voice role of Kivat-bat the 3rd in Kamen Rider Kiva, was announced to return in the shared Kiva/Ginga Arc but was casted to voice new character Kamen Rider Ginga instead of reprising his role of Kivat.
    • As it was eventually confirmed that Yuichi Nakamura would still also play Yuto Sakurai/Kamen Rider Zeronos, some fans still have this reaction anyways, with others expecting an I Am Not Spock joke to be made in the show, which does happen, which is in 2007: DenLiner Crash!
  • Woolseyism: A lot of Zi-O’s naming conventions and puns don’t translate well into English, so Over-Time’s subs substitute those names for these. Some of them are better than others.
    • Zikan Gilade = Edge of Time
    • Giri Giri Slash = Edge Slash
    • Zikan ZAxe = Time Z-Axe
      • Bow Mode Sound = You bow to me!note 
      • Axe Mode Sound = Oh no, an Axe!note 
    • Giwa Giwa Shoot = Brink Shot
    • Ōma Kōrin Reki = Twilight Chronicle
    • Dan Kuroto Ō = Dan KuroKingnote 
    • Zikan Despear = Time’s Upspearnote 
      • Spear Mode Sound = Spearsome
      • Scythe Mode Sound = Sicklest
      • Cane Mode Sound = Caneonical
    • Kamen Rider Quiz’s Catchphrase = “The answer is ‘to save the world’. And it’s always the right answer.”note 
    • Kamen Rider Kikai’s Finishing Move = Mechanical Annihilatornote 
    • Gōretsu and Shippu forms = Fury and Typhoon, basically straight translations.
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