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This article is about a/an recurring plot element in the Kamen Rider Series.

Every primary Kamen Rider's main Final Form from Kuuga to Zero-One

Every secondary Kamen Rider's main Final Form from G3 to Vulcan

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) (alternatively Strongest Form (最強フォーム Saikyō Fōmu) 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 Riders have also obtained a Final Form.

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.

The predecessor of the Final Forms came from the Showa era Rider, Kamen Rider Stronger, with his Charge Up 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 WozGingaFinaly
    • Kamen Rider WozGingaWakuseiForm
    • Kamen Rider WozGingaTaiyoForm

Kamen Rider Zero-One

Notes

  • Despite also being called "strongest forms", Final Forms may be statistically weaker than Super Forms. Examples include: Den-O Liner Form, Zeronos Zero Form, Double CycloneJokerExtreme, AccelTrial, Wizard Infinity Style, and Gaim Kiwami Arms. The toolkits of the Final Forms usually serve to offset the weakened offensive output.
  • 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. GrandZi-O goes back to being predominantly gold whilst ditching the rainbow accent.
      • Being the first primary Rider final form in the Reiwa era, Zero-Two's design does not follow any trends from the Heisei era, instead opting for having just minor design differences from Zero-One's default form.
    • The secondary riders' Final Forms usually have blue as a dominant color in their design. Garren, Zeronos, Baron, and Birth are the only exceptions as they have a red color scheme, while Mach only has the color blue on his Driver and visor, with his Extra Final Form (Mach Chaser) having more blue instead. Cross-Z is a special case, as his base and power-up forms are dominantly blue, while his final form is the negative of blue, being dominantly orange instead. Geiz has two final forms that are orange and blue respectively, which are complementary colors.
  • In a few cases, some Final Forms also have special requirements and dangers that are generally caused by users' own physiology. Such cases include:
    • Stronger Charge Up: After using his finisher moves, Stronger would temporarily become vulnerable, a weakness that was exploited by his enemies.
    • Kuuga Ultimate Form: Kuuga must have a pure heart or he will lose control of himself.
    • Blade King Form: Due to Blade's high compatibility with the Undead, excessive usage of King Form will slowly turn him into a Joker Undead.
    • OOO Putotyra Combo: Unless OOO gains control over Purple Medals, extended use will turn him into a mindless beast, a severely painful process.
    • Fourze Cosmicstates: Fourze must maintain his faith in his friends or he will lose access to this form.
    • Ryugen Yomi: Ryugen is not only diverted to evil but also loses his life force over long time usage.
    • Gaim Kiwami Arms: The Kiwami Lockseed's side effect causes Gaim to become an Over Lord Inves, thus stripping away his humanity and turning into a god himself.
    • Drive Type Tridoron: Drive must believe in his devotion to protect people and his friends to use Shift Tridoron.
    • Ex-Aid Muteki Gamer: Ex-Aid requires Para-DX to be alive in order to maintain sufficient Bugster immunity.
    • Brave Legacy Gamer: Brave must be fully resolute in his actions in order to activate the Taddle Legacy Gashat.
    • Para-DX Level 99: Para-DX requires human DNA to use the Gamer Driver.
    • Build Genius: Build must completely maintain his heroic traits to activate the Genius Fullbottle.
    • Evol Black Hole Form: Evol can lose control over his body if the Evol Trigger is struck.
    • Cross-Z Magma: The Cross-Z Magma suit emits intense heat which can injure him if not properly maintained.
    • Grease Blizzard: Due to the unstable increase of his Hazard Level by Faust, Grease's life force will be depleted after usage, thus causing his death.
    • GeizRevive: The Revive Ridewatch's expansion and contraction of time can severely damage Geiz's body, even at the risk of death.
    • GrandZi-O: If any constituent Ridewatch's existence is contradicted, GrandZi-O becomes weak in using that power. The absence of any Ridewatch makes the form inaccessible.
    • RampageVulcan: Though never brought up in the show, the lock on the Rampage Gatling Progrisekey must be authorized by breaking it open with a sufficient level of strength, and is implied to be incapable of being unlocked through more conventional means in-universe.
    • Ark-One: The Ark's malicious aura constantly keeps Aruto in pain, reflected by his grief and cries; he, however, has a negative chance to be forced out of transformation and weakens his body at the risk of death.
  • Kaixa and Ibuki are the only secondary riders without a Final Form.
  • There are often moments towards the end of a series/last episode where Riders can transform directly into their Final Forms without using the corresponding form-accessing device or even their belt.
  • Both Wizard and Ghost have final forms named after infinity. However, Ghost uses the Japanese word Mugen (ムゲン lit."Infinity"(無限)).
    • The two forms are also crystalline in appearance and have robes.

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