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This article is about a/an recurring plot element in the Kamen Rider Series.
Ever since Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker, the protagonist of an upcoming new Kamen Rider series has made his first appearance in the summer movie (or in Gaim's case, the final episode) of his predecessor. This also foreshadows an upcoming Movie War film. The only Heisei Era Phase 2 Rider that has failed to make a pre-series cameo debut is Kamen Rider Drive.

Kamen Rider W

Main article: Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker

Kamen Rider Double appears to fight Shadow Moon, who is giving Decade and Kuuga Rising Ultimate a hard time, before heading back to Futo.

  • First early-bird cameo to feature the new Rider's Rider Machine.

Kamen Rider OOO

Main article: Kamen Rider W Forever: A to Z/The Gaia Memories of Fate

Kamen Rider OOO appears and defeats the Luna Dopant as Double heads to Futo Tower.

  • First early-bird cameo where the new Rider first appears in civilian form and then transforms.
  • First early-bird cameo where the new Rider meets his predecessor.
  • First early-bird cameo where the new Rider not only defeats his opponent, but also finishes them off.

Kamen Rider Fourze

Main article: Kamen Rider OOO Wonderful: The Shogun and the 21 Core Medals

Kamen Rider Fourze appears fighting Gara along with OOO before heading back to Amanogawa High.

  • First early-bird cameo where the new Rider fights only in his main form.
  • First early-bird cameo where the current Rider fights with the new Rider rather than leaving it to him.
  • First early-bird cameo where the new Rider appears in Rider form first before negating his transformation to reveal his human form.
  • First early-bird cameo to feature additional characters from the new Rider's series. In this case, Yuki Jojima and Kengo Utahoshi.

Kamen Rider Wizard

Main article: Kamen Rider Fourze the Movie: Everyone, Space is Here!
Main article: Final Episode: Youthful Galaxy

Kamen Rider Wizard appears to fight the remaining four replicas of the Horoscopes members for Fourze and Meteor as they head into space with the Kamen Rider Club.

  • First early-bird cameo to take place in the middle of the movie rather than towards the end.
  • First early-bird cameo since All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker where the new Rider does not appear out of suit.
  • First early-bird cameo where the Secondary Rider meets the new Rider.
  • First early-bird cameo where the new Rider faces multiple opponents rather than just one.
  • First early-bird cameo where the current Rider does not watch the new Rider's fight.
  • First early-bird cameo to play the new Rider's theme song (Director's Cut only).
  • First early-bird cameo where the Rider appeared twice (in the movie and the final episode).

Kamen Rider Gaim

Main article: The Kamen Rider Rings
Main article: Neverending Story

Kamen Rider Gaim travels through a portal to the location where Wizard and Beast are and finishes off the Monsters they were fighting. Afterwards, he introduces himself to the Riders as Gaim before returning to the main world. He later returns to fight Amadum along with the other Riders. After Amadum is defeated, he vanishes back to the main world.

  • Unlike other Rider cameos, Gaim first debuts in the current Rider's series instead of his summer movie.
  • First early-bird cameo where the new Rider's equipment does not announce any of his attacks nor shows his transformation sequence.
  • First early-bird cameo where the new Rider finishes off his opponent with the current Rider.
  • First early-bird cameo where the new Rider meets more than one of his predecessors.

Kamen Rider Ghost

Main article: Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future
Main article: Who Will You Entrust the Future to, My Friend?
Main article: Final Story (Special Edition): The Case of Ghost

Kamen Rider Ghost arrives and battles a few Future Roidmudes before he disappears once he finishes off the Roidmudes. He later appears in Shinnosuke Tomari's dream, defeating the spirits of Freeze (Over Evolved State), Sword and Thief, before appearing yet again in reality, destroying the Gamma Assault who was after the Newton Ghost Eyecon and claiming the Eyecon back.

  • First early-bird cameo where the new Rider does not meet his predecessor in the movie. However, he does in the predecessor's TV series.
  • First early-bird cameo since OOO's debut where the new Rider uses more than one form.
  • First early-bird cameo since Wizard's debut where the new Rider appears in both his predecessor's movie as well as the TV series.
    • Unlike Wizard, Ghost appeared for 2 episodes whereas Wizard only made a cameo appearance in Fourze's final episode.
  • First early-bird cameo to feature the villain for the upcoming series. In this case, the Gamma.
  • Unlike Double's and OOO's debut, the transformation sequence when changing into a different form is not shown.
  • Ghost is credited as ??? in the credits, despite Shun Nishime already being cast as Ghost at the time of filming. Toei wanted to keep the actor's identity a secret until the press conference of the Kamen Rider Ghost TV series

Kamen Rider Ex-Aid

Main article: Kamen Rider Ghost: The 100 Eyecons and Ghost's Fateful Moment
Main article: Infinity! Power of Humanity!
Main article: Final Story (Special Edition): Future! Connected Thoughts!

Ex-Aid appears at the Island of Eyecons and fights Dark Necrom B, allowing Takeru and his friends to rescue Kanon. Later in the series, Genm appears to assist Specter and Necrom fighting the Gamma army before leaving. He later appears when Ayumu Tenkuji takes his Shakariki Sports Gashat and fights Specter and Necrom. Ex-Aid appears to help Ghost fight the Bugster Viruses. After that, Ghost mistakes Ex-Aid for Genm and attacks him. Later Genm shoots at Ayumu and Ex-Aid shields him allowing Genm to take the Gashat. After destroying the rest of the Viruses, Ex-Aid gives Takeru an Energy Item that later turns into the Ex-Aid Ghost Eyecon before leaving.

  • First early-bird cameo to have 2 Riders (Ex-Aid, Genm) appearing in the predecessor's TV series.
  • First early-bird cameo to have one of the new Riders not being the main protagonist of their series (Genm).
  • First early-bird cameo to have one of the new Riders not have any lines or make any grunt noise. In this case, Kamen Rider Genm.
  • First early-bird cameo to use soundtrack from the next series.
  • Ex Aid is credited as ??? in the credits, despite Hiroki Iijima already being cast as Ex-Aid at the time of filming. Toei wanted to keep the actor's identity a secret until the press conference of the Kamen Rider Ex-Aid TV series

Kamen Rider Build

Main article: Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: True Ending
Main article: The Last Smile

While Genm is fighting the Bugster Virus, Kamen Rider Build arrives, mistakes him for Ex-Aid, and prepares to extract his essence with an Empty Bottle. When Genm resists, he gets into a fight with Build. After taking away one of Genm's lives, Build apologizes to him for not realizing that he is not Ex-Aid before leaving.

After the events of True Ending, while Ex-Aid Double Action Gamer Level XX is fighting a group of Bugster Virus, Build arrives and dispatches the Bugsters, and prepares an Empty Bottle. Suspicious, Parado transforms into Kamen Rider Para-DX Perfect Knock Out Gamer Level 99 and tries to fend off Build, but Build defeats him using his GorillaMond Form and extracts Ex-Aid's essence into the Ex-Aid Fullbottle before affably introducing himself to Emu and Parado and leaving.

  • Unlike other Rider cameos, Build fights his predecessor instead of assisting him. Additionally, he seems to have some knowledge of his predecessor.
  • First early-bird cameo since Gaim's debut to not feature the villain for the upcoming series.
  • First early-bird cameo where the new Rider isn't the primary user of that Rider form. In this case, it's Takumi Katsuragi that becomes Build instead of Sento Kiryu.
  • First early-bird cameo to have the new Rider appearing in a post-credit scene in the summer film.
  • First early-bird cameo to have an in-universe explanation.
  • First early-bird cameo to not have the new Rider appearing in the final episode of the current series. However he did appear in the penultimate episode.
  • First early-bird cameo since Gaim to have only 1 character appearing in the predecessor series.

Kamen Rider Zi-O

Main article: Kamen Rider Build: Be The One

Kamen Rider Zi-O arrives where the past Riders are fighting with his Time Mazine. He then assumes into BuildArmor and easily defeated the army of monster before introducing himself to Sento.

  • First early-bird cameo since OOO where the main Rider only appeared in the summer film.
  • First early-bird cameo where the new Rider does not fight in his default form.
  • First early-bird cameo to feature the new Rider's mecha.

Kamen Rider Zero-One

Main article: Kamen Rider Zi-O: Over Quartzer

During one of Sougo Tokiwa's dreams, he saw Black Woz introducing Kamen Rider Zero-One. Later, Zero-One appears to face Kamen Rider Zonjis, introducing himself to be the only one for being the true first Reiwa Rider.

  • First early-bird cameo to start at the very beginning of the film.
  • First early-bird cameo since Ghost where the new Rider does not meet his predecessor in the movie. However, he does meet his predecessor in his upcoming movie.
  • First early-bird cameo since OOO where the rider does not have a modular vocal effect applied.
  • First early-bird cameo since Ex-Aid where the new Rider had confrontation with previous Movie Exclusive Rider (Ex-Aid against Dark Necrom B & Zero-One against Zonjis).

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