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This article is about a/an series of milestones in the Kamen Rider Series.

As a franchise, Kamen Rider is constantly evolving and changing, with new ideas and concepts emerging with each series.

Kamen Rider

Main article: Kamen Rider
  • First series of the franchise.
  • First and second ever Kamen Riders (1 and 2).
  • First and only series to change the primary protagonist for an extended period of time.
  • First use of the Rider Kick and Rider Punch.
  • Longest running entry in the franchise (98 episodes).
  • First series to change the opening theme.
  • Highest rated show in the franchise overall, with episode 41 being viewed by 30.1% of Japan's TV audience and averaging 21.2% throughout its run.
  • First Rider series to have a movie-only reboot (Kamen Rider The First).

Kamen Rider V3

Main article: Kamen Rider V3
  • First direct sequel to a previous Rider series.
  • First Rider to be created for non-evil intentions (V3).
  • First Secondary Rider (Riderman).
  • First (and only official TV) Rider to show part of their face when transformed (Riderman).
  • 4th longest running show in the franchise (52 episodes).
  • 100th episode of the Kamen Rider Series: Last Testament of the Double Riders.

Kamen Rider X

Main article: Kamen Rider X
  • First series to be broadcast without surpassing a year.
  • First series to feature only one Rider.
  • First series to have the Rider armed with a default weapon (Ridol).
  • First default Rider weapon to have multiple forms/states.
  • 4th shortest running show in the franchise (35 episodes).

Kamen Rider Amazon

Main article: Kamen Rider Amazon
  • First non-insect themed Rider.
  • The only Rider TV series which contained graphic violence such as excessive amounts of blood and scenes of decapitation and dismemberment.
  • Shortest series in the franchise (24 episodes).
  • First Bio-Type Rider.
  • First Mystic-Type Rider.
  • First Rider whose powers aren't technology based.
  • First series to not feature the previous Riders.
  • First Rider that doesn't use a belt to transform.
  • First Monster to aid a Rider.
  • Final series to air before the start of the Super Sentai series.
  • 200th episode of the Kamen Rider Series: He Came Forth! The Terrible Great Emperor Zero.
  • First Rider series to have a full-series reboot instead of just movies (Kamen Rider Amazons).

Kamen Rider Stronger

Main article: Kamen Rider Stronger
  • First Female Hero of the series.
  • First series to air on another network (TBS rather than NET).
  • First Rider to have a beetle motif.
  • A prototype example of Form Changing/Final Form.
  • First series to air at the same time as a Super Sentai series (Himitsu Sentai GorengerIcon-crosswiki).
  • Last series to feature Tobei Tachibana.
  • Last series of the original run of the Kamen Rider Series, the five series of the Seven Legendary Riders collectively lasting from April 3rd, 1971 to January 3rd, 1976.
  • 5th shortest show in the franchise (39 episodes).

Kamen Rider (Skyrider)

Main article: Kamen Rider (Skyrider)
  • 2nd longest running show of the franchise (54 episodes).
  • First Rider to have the ability of flight as a superpower.
  • Was meant to be a reboot but was later changed to be a continuation of the series.
  • Second series to change the opening theme.
  • 300th Episode of the Kamen Rider Series: Hiroshi's Father Had Lived! As Altered Human FX777?.

Kamen Rider Super-1

Main article: Kamen Rider Super-1

Kamen Rider ZX

Main article: Birth of the 10th! Kamen Riders All Together!!
  • First Rider to debut in a Manga & TV Special.
  • First Rider to not get his own TV series.
  • First amalgamated villain group.
  • Last appearance of the original TV actors out of costume (until Neo-Heisei Era crossover movies for several of the Riders).

Kamen Rider Black

Main article: Kamen Rider Black
  • First standalone series, with no connection to the previous Riders.
  • First set of villains without Foot Soldiers.
  • Second Monster to aid a Rider.
  • First series in which a Rider dies but comes back to life.
  • First non-clone or imposter evil Rider.
  • 400th Episode of the Kamen Rider Series: The Creation King's True Identity?.

Kamen Rider Black RX

Main article: Kamen Rider Black RX
  • First in the series to fully utilize the concept of form changing and Form-exclusive Weapons.
  • First Rider to be the same person as a previous one.
  • The first series and the only one in the Showa Era where a Rider drives a car.
  • Final Rider series to be created and produced by Shotaro Ishinomori before his death in 1998.
  • This series is both a Showa and Heisei one due to the passing of Emperor Hirohito taking place during its original broadcast.
  • Final crossover team-up of the Ishinomori Rider series.
  • Final villains to utilize Foot Soldiers in the Showa Era.
  • First Rider series to be adapted in the USA (Saban's Masked Rider).
  • Final Rider Series to air on TBS, all future Kamen Rider shows would return to being broadcast on its original network, TV Asahi.

Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue

Main article: Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue
  • Labeled as the 20th anniversary of the franchise, when in fact it was in its 21st year.
  • First Rider not to use a belt in any way.
  • The only Bio-Type Rider whose powers don't come from a mystical source.
  • First Rider of the 90's Movie Rider Trio.
  • First Rider feature to be aimed at an older audience.

Kamen Rider ZO

Main article: Kamen Rider ZO
  • Labeled as a 20th anniversary production, when in fact it was the 22nd year of the franchise.
  • Second Rider not to use a belt in any way.
  • Second Rider in the 90's Movie Rider Trio.
  • Second Rider of the franchise to not get a proposed TV series spinoff.

Kamen Rider J

Main article: Kamen Rider J
  • First Rider to have size manipulation as a superpower.
  • First pure Mystic-type Rider.
  • Third Rider in the 90's Movie Rider Trio.
  • The last Kamen Rider production of Shotaro Ishinomori's career before his death in 1998.

Kamen Rider Kuuga

Main article: Kamen Rider Kuuga
  • First Kamen Rider Series to be produced after the death of Shotaro Ishinomori and thus the official start of the Heisei era, introducing the following trends:
  • First installment not to use the term "Kamen Rider" to refer to its transformed heroes in-universe.
  • First Rider to have a pre-Form to the Rider's main form.
  • First (and currently only) main Rider whose final form does not wield a weapon.
  • The last series to feature only one Rider throughout the entire run of the show.
  • Highest rated show of the Heisei Era averaging at 11.7% of the Japanese TV viewing audience.
  • First series to have a standardized format for its episodes' titles (one word each).
  • First Heisei Kamen Riders that don't have "Masked Rider" title for English translation.

Kamen Rider Agito

Main article: Kamen Rider Agito
  • 30th anniversary of the franchise.
  • First series to have more than two Riders.
  • First series where the Secondary Rider appears before the Primary Rider.
  • First Series to have at least one of each kind of Rider type:
    • Agito & Another Agito: Mystic Riders
    • G3/G3-X & G4: Tech Riders
    • Gills: Bio/Mystic Rider.
  • First main Rider whose final form weapon is a new state of a previous weapon.
  • 2nd longest Heisei series (51 episodes).
  • First series with a summer movie shown alongside those of Super Sentai.
  • First series to replace its theme song with a remixed version of itself instead of a new song.
  • Last series to use the traditional transformation belt.
  • First series that uses a voiced weapon.
  • First series in which a Rider dies and doesn't come back to life (Kamen Rider Another Agito).
  • First Heisei Rider to reappear in a production with the following Rider.
  • First time a Rider not referred to as "Kamen Rider" in their own series is referred to as such in a production from another series.
  • First Heisei Generation 1 Riders that have "Masked Rider" for English translation.

Kamen Rider Ryuki

Main article: Kamen Rider Ryuki
  • First Heisei series where the term "Kamen Rider" is used to describe the transformed warriors in-universe.
  • First series where the Riders commonly use cards.
  • First Heisei series that foregoes the traditional Ishinomori transformation belt, introducing a modular system.
  • First series where Kamen Riders use monsters to aid them in battle and enhance their fighting capabilities.
  • First Heisei Rider to battle a giant monster.
  • First series to feature a female Rider (Kamen Rider Femme).
  • First series to feature Evil Riders that aren't just clones of the main Rider and one that is.
  • First series to feature a Rider that isn't human (Kamen Rider Odin).
  • First series where the Riders' powers are based on a point system.
  • First series where all Riders have voiced equipment.
  • Second Rider series to be adapted in the USA (Kamen Rider Dragon Knight).
  • First series to have a Rider as the final opponent.
  • First Heisei series to include the Primary Rider meeting a previous Heisei Primary Rider.
  • First main Rider whose final form weapon is an altered state of something that was not previously a weapon.
  • First and only series where the Primary Kamen Rider doesn't win because he was killed, but the Secondary Kamen Rider does.

Kamen Rider 555

Main article: Kamen Rider 555

Kamen Rider Blade

Main article: Kamen Rider Blade
  • Second Heisei series where the term "Kamen Rider" is used to describe the transformed warriors in-universe.
  • Second series where the Riders commonly use cards.
  • Second series where the Riders' powers are based on a point system.
  • Second series to feature a female Rider (Kamen Rider Larc).
  • Second series to feature Riders that are also Monsters.
  • Second series to have a Rider as the final opponent.
  • First series where the hero does not kill the monster-of-the-week.
  • First series where an Extra Rider appears before the official Secondary Rider.
  • First series to have a Rider under 18 years of age (Kamen Rider Leangle).
  • Third series to change the opening theme.
  • First series where a Supporting Rider gains a Super Form (if only prior to an S.I.C.-only Final Form).

Kamen Rider Hibiki

Main article: Kamen Rider Hibiki
  • The only series that does not feature the Rider Kick as a primary finisher.
  • The first series to use music and Japanese folklore as a theme.
  • A prototype example of the Support Robots.
  • First Rider to use a breath attack.
  • First Heisei Rider to fight giant monsters on a regular basis.
  • Fourth and last series to change the opening theme.
  • Second Heisei Kamen Riders that don't have "Masked Rider" title for English translation.

Kamen Rider Kabuto

Main article: Kamen Rider Kabuto
  • 35th anniversary of the franchise.
  • First Heisei series to feature an enemy from space.
  • First series where the Primary Rider always first transforms into a pre-form before changing to their Base Form.
  • Third series to feature Riders that are also Monsters.
  • First, Second, Third and Fourth Riders in space (Kabuto, Ketaros, Gatack, and Caucasus).
  • First Rider to time travel.
  • Last Heisei Kamen Riders that don't have "Masked Rider" title for English translation.

Kamen Rider Den-O

Main article: Kamen Rider Den-O
  • Most popular and successful entry in the franchise with 49 episodes, six movies, an anime spin-off, and numerous cameos and crossovers with other Riders many series later.
  • First series to use time travel as a recurring plot element.
  • First series that the Riders use a pre-battle catchphrase.
  • Second series to use elements of Japanese folklore as a theme.
  • First Heisei Rider to have a special armament to fight giant monsters.
  • First Heisei series whose summer movie is clearly in continuity with the main show.
  • First Heisei Rider to have a crossover movie with the following Rider.
  • First series to release a movie only featuring its own story elements during the run of a later series.

Kamen Rider Kiva

Main article: Kamen Rider Kiva
  • This series aired on the year of what would have been Shotaro Ishinomori's 70th birthday.
  • First Rider to have a horror themed motif inspired by the classic Universal movie monsters (Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, The Wolfman, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon).
  • First series to have a collection of Net Movies attached to its summer movie.
  • First Rider of the Heisei Era to meet one of his predecessors in a movie.
  • Third Rider to time travel.
  • First Heisei series to make use of stock footage sequences on a CGI backdrop, for Kiva's Arms Monster form changes and Rising Ixa.

Kamen Rider Decade

Main article: Kamen Rider Decade
  • 3rd shortest running series in the franchise and shortest Heisei series (31 episodes).
  • First crossover with its sister franchise Super Sentai.
  • Most Riders featured in a single season (41 Riders).
  • First main Rider whose final form uses the same weapon as their main form.
  • First Heisei series to feature Showa Riders.
  • Third (and currently last) series where the Riders commonly use cards.
  • First series to establish the concept of parallel universes.
  • Kamen Rider Hibiki's Rider Kick is shown.
  • First series in which the next Rider saves the current one. This becomes a standard in most future Rider series.
  • Introduces the arcade game Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbaride which as well as including past Kamen Riders, is also updated to include shows after Decade.
  • First series to have a Climax Heroes video game.
  • Last Heisei Kamen Riders that have "Masked Rider" title for English translation.

Kamen Rider W

Main article: Kamen Rider W
  • First series of the Neo-Heisei era, introducing the following trends:
    • First Rider to debut in the summer movie of the previous series.
    • First series to have a Movie War film with the previous series.
    • First series to fully utilize Support Robots. This becomes a standard for all future Rider series, except Kamen Rider Gaim.
  • First time in the Heisei Era that the second season in a row has used the term "Kamen Rider" to describe the transformed warriors in-universe.
  • First Rider to be two people.
  • Second series where the hero does not kill the monster-of the-week.
  • First use of partial Form Changes where multiple powers can be used at once and switched individually.
    • Therefore the first series where the main Rider needs more than one collectible device at once to transform at all.
  • First series where the collectible devices that cause transformations can be moved from the belt to the weapon and trigger a finishing move.
  • First series to have follow-up adventures of non-Primary Riders.

Kamen Rider OOO

Main article: Kamen Rider OOO
  • 40th anniversary of the franchise.
    • The series reached its 1,000th episode on the day of its 40th anniversary.
  • Largest number of form changes in a Rider series with 131 forms in total (OOO's 129 forms + Birth's 2 forms).
    • Also, the first Rider to surpass 100 forms.
  • First Rider to be made with only CGI (Kamen Rider Core).
  • First series to have three movies during its run.
  • First series to have a handheld video game which teamed-up with All Primary Riders.

Kamen Rider Fourze

Main article: Kamen Rider Fourze
  • First Rider to have a base of operations in space.
  • First series to have a Super Hero Taisen movie during its run.
  • Third series where the hero does not kill the monster-of-the-week.
  • First series in which the main Rider is under 18.
  • The only series to use the ending song from a video game on two occasions.

Kamen Rider Wizard

Main article: Kamen Rider Wizard
  • First series where the protagonists' powers are purely magic based.
  • First team-up with other Ishinomori heroes not from Kamen Rider or Super Sentai.
  • First Rider whose Super Form is completely computer generated instead of a suit.
  • 3rd longest running show of the franchise and longest Heisei series (53 episodes).
  • First to have a new game to team up with all Heisei Riders (Battride War).
  • Last series to have a Director's Cut of the movies.
  • First Neo Heisei collectible device to not directly attach to the transformation belt.

Kamen Rider Gaim

Main article: Kamen Rider Gaim
  • First series in the Neo Heisei Era to not use the two-part episode format.
  • First Rider series to use food and plants as a motif (fruits, nuts, and flowers).
  • Only series since Decade to not use Support Robots.
  • First series where a Secondary Rider gains a Super Form.
  • First series where a Secondary Rider doesn't gain a Final Form (although Kaito gains the pseudo-Final Form: Lord Baron).
  • First series since Agito to have a Supporting Rider gain a Final Form.
  • First series where an Evil Rider gains a Final Form.
  • First series to show Riders being recklessly transformed into Monsters.
  • Lowest rated show in the franchise, averaging at 5.2% on the TV ratings scale.
  • 3rd shortest Heisei series (47 episodes).
  • First time since Den-O to not feature a series of Net Movies to promote the films.
  • First series where the main Rider can use either one collectible device to take a main form, or two at once to take a stronger form (Jimber Arms).

Kamen Rider Drive

Main article: Kamen Rider Drive
  • The 25th entry in the franchise and the 16th Heisei Era series.
  • First series to use cars and road signs as a motif.
  • Second protagonist in the franchise and the first in the Heisei Era to use a car as a Rider Machine.
  • First series to have the titular character debut in his own series since Decade.
  • First Rider Machine car to be made by a European company rather than a Japanese brand.
  • First series where the main protagonist is a police officer and works within the boundaries of the law rather than as a vigilante.
  • First Rider to fuse with their Rider Machine to access a form.
  • First time a transformation device was both a belt, and a bracelet.
    • First time the transformation device's DX toy used Infrared to connect its components.

Kamen Rider Ghost

Main article: Kamen Rider Ghost
  • 45th anniversary of the franchise.
  • First Rider Series whose motif is based off of actual real world historical figures (and one possibly fictional), spirits, eyeballs, and fashion.
  • First Riders to wear an article of clothing that is part of all their main forms and covers the masks (in this case, a hoodie jacket).
  • First protagonist who is a non-corporeal member of the deceased to become a Rider.
  • First Secondary Rider to fuse with their Rider Machine to create a new form.
  • First Heisei series to make use of stock footage sequences on a CGI backdrop for the initial transformation, though also using the Rider-standard on-location transformations.
  • Second time in the Heisei Era that the second season in a row has used the term "Kamen Rider" to describe the transformed warriors in-universe.

Kamen Rider Amazons

Main article: Kamen Rider Amazons
  • First unnumbered entry to be a full series instead of one or more movies or specials.
  • First full Kamen Rider series to debut during the run of another Rider series (Ghost).
  • Second standalone production based on a Showa Era Rider produced during the Heisei Era (after the Reboot movies).
  • First full series based on a Showa Era Rider produced during the Heisei Era.
  • First series to debut on an online streaming source instead of on television.
  • First series to get a true second season of the same show with the same name.
  • Shortest single season of a Kamen Rider series (13 episodes).
  • 2nd shortest Rider series (26 episodes, including season 2).
  • Only series to have episodes longer than 24-25 minutes (standard of 30 minutes, but as long as 46 and 40 minutes for episodes 1 and 2; therefore also the only series to have episodes of wildly varying lengths).
  • First series to feature multiple central Riders named after the show's title (Kamen Rider Amazon Alpha, Amazon Omega, Amazon Sigma, and Amazon Neo).

Kamen Rider Ex-Aid

Main article: Kamen Rider Ex-Aid
  • First Rider Series to have a theme revolving around retro video games and video game genres.
  • First time in the Heisei Era that the third season in a row has used the term "Kamen Rider" to describe the transformed warriors in-universe.
  • First ever Heisei Series to use the Showa era concept of using surgery to become Kamen Riders.
  • First series to incorporate medical drama stories as the weekly focus.
  • First series to use the Summer movie as a definitive ending to the show.
  • First crossover with a non-tokusatsu Bandai property.
  • First series since 555 to not have any secondary writers.
  • First series to have the main villain commit suicide instead of being killed off by the heroes.
  • 2nd shortest Heisei series (45 episodes).
  • Final Heisei series to have a male vocalist.

Kamen Rider Build

Main article: Kamen Rider Build
  • This series will air through the year of what would have been Shotaro Ishinomori's 80th birthday (2018).
  • First series since Wizard to premiere on September.
  • Last series to have its full run during the real-world Heisei Period.
  • This is the 3rd series with Mix and Match forms after W and OOO.
  • This is the 2nd double-sided rider after Kamen Rider Double.
  • First series in the entire franchise to have a Non-Native Japanese singer sing the intro.

Kamen Rider Zi-O

Main article: Kamen Rider Zi-O
  • First protagonists to have clocks and hiragana as a costume motif and the second to use the powers of past Riders as their main abilities after Decade and Diend.
  • First Rider to use the power of a previous anniversary Kamen Rider to access an enhanced form and use enhanced, unique variants of past weapons and gear from the Heisei Rider franchise as part of their main arsenal.
  • 20th Heisei Rider protagonist
  • First series to run past the abdication of Emperor Akihito into a new era.
  • First secondary protagonist to be from the future

See also