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All villain articles go here. As described by Tsukasa Kadoya, the villains of Kamen Rider are immortal, explaining why so many of them have appeared even after their death. However that was proven false, as shown when villains are defeated they go to an afterlife realm known as the World of Monsters, until they are resurrected by an outside force.

In the Heisei era beginning from Kamen Rider Agito, a unique class of villains would be introduced in the form of evil Kamen Riders (悪の仮面ライダー Āku No Kamen Raidā) who serve opposite of justice, either allying with the monster groups or having their own agenda. They are also known in the toylines as Dark Riders (ダークライダー Dāku Raidā). The Shocker Riders would retroactively be considered the first Dark Riders in franchise history, with subsequent Dark Riders in the Showa era being typically doppelgangers of the genuine article barring minor differences between them, the culprit being a monster created by the evil organization. The Dark Rider trope would later be popularized in Kamen Rider Ryuki, and almost every season since then has had at least one evil Kamen Rider fighting against the heroes. Some of them also become the final villain of their series.

Dark Riders typically serve as foils to the good Kamen Riders in terms of powers and abilities, and in some cases even personality. A hugely popular sub-type of Dark Riders consists of those that copy the appearance of the main Rider and twisting it for evil, usually in the form of dark-colored variants of the Rider's suit.

List of Dark Riders/Villainous Riders

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