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PrimaryRiderFinalForm

Every primary Kamen Rider's main Final Form from Kuuga to Zi-O

Secondary Rider Final Forms - 2018 v1

Every secondary Kamen Rider's main Final Form from G3 to Cross-Z

In every installment of the Kamen Rider series in the Heisei era, at least one Kamen Rider gains a form that is statistically more powerful or thematically more important, called a Final Form (最終形態 Saishū Keitai) (or Strongest Form (最強形態 Saikyō Keitai) or Final Power-up (最終パワーアップ Saishū Pawā-appu)[1]). This is typically reserved for the titular Kamen Rider, but other, non-titular Riders have also obtained a Final Form.

The predecessor of the Final Forms came from the Showa era Rider, Kamen Rider Stronger, with his Charge Up form.

In rare cases, some Riders' Final Forms too have restrictions and dangers when used. Such cases include-

  • Stronger Charge Up: After using his finisher moves, Stronger would temporarily become vulnerable, a weakness that was exploited by his enemies.
  • Blade King Form: Due to Blade's high compatability with the Undead, excessive usage of King Form will slowly turn him into a Joker Undead.
  • Fourze Cosmic States: Fourze must maintain his faith in his friends or he will lose access to this form.
  • Ex-Aid Muteki Gamer: Ex-Aid requires Para-DX to be alive in order to maintain sufficient Bugster immunity.
  • Para-DX Lvl. 99: Para-DX requires Human DNA to use the Gamer Driver.
  • Evol Black Hole: Evol can lose control over himself.
  • Grease Blizzard: Due to unstable increase of his Hazard Level by Faust, Grease's life force will be depleted after usage, thus causing his death.

The name comes from Kamen Rider Decade, where Decade accessed the nine previous main Kamen Riders' (from Kuuga to Kiva) Final Forms in cards called "Final Kamen Ride" Cards while in his own Final Form.

In recent years, several Kamen Riders have gone on to, usually in movies, access forms that are even further advanced from the Final Form.

Kamen Rider Stronger

Kamen Rider Kuuga

Kamen Rider Agito

Kamen Rider Ryuki

Kamen Rider 555

Kamen Rider Blade

Kamen Rider Hibiki

Kamen Rider Kabuto

Kamen Rider Den-O

Kamen Rider Kiva

Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight

Kamen Rider Decade

Kamen Rider W

Kamen Rider OOO

Kamen Rider Fourze

Kamen Rider Wizard

Kamen Rider Gaim

Kamen Rider Drive

Kamen Rider Ghost

Kamen Rider Amazons

Kamen Rider Ex-Aid

Kamen Rider Build

Kamen Rider Zi-O

  • Kamen Rider Woz
    • Kamen Rider WozGinga Finaly
      • Kamen Rider WozGinga WakuseiForm
      • Kamen Rider WozGinga TaiyoForm

Notes

  • In the Showa era, instead of an accessible transformation, the Riders gain a permanent upgraded form in the middle of the series.
  • The Final Forms of pre-Decade Primary Riders usually contain at least one of three colors (red, gold, or black), while every post-Decade Primary Rider uses any other possible color scheme for their's, while also usually including white or silver as a base color.
    • Particularly, final forms from Gaim onward have minor rainbow-like accents on various parts of their suits: Gaim Kiwami Arms' visor, Drive Type Tridoron Attack 1.2.3's Shift Tire, Ghost Mugen Damashii's horn, Ex-Aid Muteki Gamer's eyes, and Build Genius Form's center chest piece.
    • The Secondary Riders' Final Forms usually have blue as a dominant color in their design. Garren, Zeronos, Baron and Birth are the only exceptions that their's have red color, except Birth, while Mach only has the color blue on his Driver and visor. Cross-Z is a special case, as his base and power-up forms are dominantly blue, while his final form is dominantly orange instead.
  • Kaixa and Ibuki are the only Secondary Riders without a Final Form.
    • Baron is the odd one out of the bunch. While technically having an Over Lord form as his Final Form doesn't really count as such, ironically, it is counted to be one in Kamen Rider: Battride War Genesis and Kamen Rider games after Gaim's run afterwards.
  • There are moments towards the end of the series/last episode where Riders can transform directly from their civilian form to their Final Form which typically requires them to be in their rider form. This process is similar to Warp-Digivolution from Digimon, but has no official name.
  • Both Wizard and Ghost share the same final form name, both being Infinity. However the only difference is that Ghost uses the Japanese word Mugen (ムゲン lit."Infinity"(無限)) instead to differentiate in between the two.
    • The two forms are also crystalline in appearance and have robes.

References

  1. We call them "最終パワーアップ - Saishu Power-up". "Power-up" is a so-called Janglish/Engrish word meaning "improve". - Shinichiro Shirakura's tweet
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