The Loop (TV)
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- Complete Monster: A few of the Undead qualify. Isaka, the Catagory Jack of Diamonds Peacock Undead kidnapped hordes of people, got Tachibana hooked on a potentially deadly plant, killed his girlfriend for just trying to help him, and brainwashed a large number of people in his quest to create the "Ultimate Rider". He never shows a hint of remorse about this in any fashion.
- The Catagory King of Spades Undead. He runs around, causing pain and suffering because he likes to. He ultimately steals of of Hajime's cards to reawaken the Joker, an Omnicidal Maniac who could destroy all life on Earth. Why did he do it? For fun.
- Ironically, the worst monster in the series is a human! Hiroshi Tennoji arranged for the Undead to be unleashed, knowing full well that a massive amount of death and destruction would ensue. He brainwashed Trial B, who was meant to watch over his creater's daughter, for his own selfish purposes. He ultimately created the Kerberos Undead, watching gleefully as it slaughters the scientists who helped create it. He then fuses with it in an attempt to win the battle fight, trying to kill the Riders himself. Why did he do all this? Because he wants to win the Battle Fight himself and become the God of the new world he will create. He does think he can make the world better, though - his version of humanity will be more peaceful. The problem? All current humans would be erased in favor of his new humanity.
- Contractual Purity: Averted; while pictures of Takayuki Tsubaki in a gay porn film were made public, he was still kept as the lead, and even returning in a couple episodes of Kamen Rider Decade.
- Creator's Pet: Mutsuki Kamijo
- Fan Nickname: As explained below, Kenzaki is referred in Japan as the 'Prince of Ondul'. Similarly:
- Tachibana is nicknamed Daddi. (Tachibana-san getting misheard as Daddiana-zan)
- Hajime is nicknamed as Mukkorosu. (Ore wa omae wo korosu ('I'll kill you') getting misheard as Orya kusama yo mukkorosu)
- Mutsuki is nicknamed as Mukki. (Mutsuki getting misheard as Mukki)
- Fountain of Memes: In its native Japan; other than the Ondulish "language" this series Riders (especially Garren, for some reason) tend to cross over in other series fan art.
- Funny Aneurysm Moment: The Joker Undead defies whatever connotations its name implies, by being quite possibly the scariest monster in the show, despite being armed with just a knife. Heath Ledger would do the same thing some years later.
- Game Breaker: King Form.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: This show is EXTREMELY popular in Thailand, more so than it ever was in Japan. They even made their own version of Kamen Rider Blade. As you can see here, it was just a cheap rip-off of the original.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: This series is filled with things that would be awesome Mythology Gags if this series had aired about ten years later. A wind-powered Rider whose Rider Kick lifts its Rider in a cyclone, and who is associated with black and the joker? We'll see it again five years later. Also, a password at one point is "Double Joker." And we'll be seeing the Japanese Beetle Brothers with a Red Oni, Blue Oni dynamic again in Kamen Rider Kabuto, though with the colors swapped to fit the trope better. Also, the card names are two words: the effect and the animal the sealed undead is based on. This makes the card Blade uses for changing "Change Beetle," a phrase we'll become very familiar with in Kamen Rider Kabuto.
- Ho Yay: A lot between Kenzaki and Hajime. Especially given the ending. And even moreso given the tone and content of this song.
- The first opening theme's "BLADE BRAVE" line sounds like "Wa~y! Wa~y!"
- In the MISSING ACE movie, Hajime screaming Amane's name (as she is sealed by the Albino Joker) seriously sounds like "Abaranger".
- Memetic Mutation: A relatively unknown meme in the West (for obvious reasons), the Japanese have had a lot of fun with Kamen Rider Blade. Onduru-Go (roughly translated as "The Ondul Language" or "Ondulish"), is a meme originating from protagonists, Kenzaki's fairly heavy-handed enunciations. The meme name comes from the first episode where Kenzaki is supposed to be saying, Hontou ni uragittan desuka!? ("Have you really betrayed us?"), but ended up sounding like, Onduru ruragittan disukaa!? Since then, it's reached a fair amount of popularity as a Japan-based net meme and has in fact received reference within the Blade Alternate Universe episodes of Kamen Rider Decade, as well as a shout-out in Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu. It got another nod in the net movies for Let's Go Kamen Rider (the 40th anniversary movie), where the phrase that inspired the meme is the title of the episode that focuses on Blade. Kenzaki, for his part, has since been labelled the Kenjaki, the Prince of Ondul Planet.
- Another aspect of this meme is the Blade emoticons — ( 0w0), ( 0M0), ( 0H0), (<::V::>) — and chibi Blade's going "Wa~y!" (Mondegreen from the original opening theme's "BLADE BRAVE" line).
- Memetic Loser: Mutsuki's boast of being the "strongest" had led fans seeing him as a weak Rider that's all bark and no bite. The reveal of Leangle's Jack Form in the S.I.C. (Super Imaginative Chogokin) stories did very little to make the joke die down.
- Narm Charm: Also doubles as Narm:
- Once "Rebirth" (Tachibana's character song) is played occasionally in several episodes, you can't take the song very seriously once you hear how the singer pronounces "Gotta Be Strong" as "Kara Miso (A Japanese Spicy Miso premix)".
- In Missing Ace, Amane being sealed by the Albino Joker (aka Junichi Shimura) may come as a shock for Hajime, if it wasn't on how he yelled her name (with the -chan suffix) that really sounds like a title of a certain Dino Sentai team.
- Nightmare Fuel: The Leangle belt leaks spiders, which should creep anyone who has arachnophobia out.
- Also, children could get easily freaked out by Mutsuki when the Spider Undead possesses him.
- Signature Scene: Kenzaki/Blade questioning Tachibana/Garren's betrayal...with a slurred line, plus the latter watching him from behind the wall.
- The Scrappy: Amane, due to being a Clingy Jealous Girl for Hajime.
- Tear Jerker: Trial B's death.
- Also, the whole damn series finale. Kenzaki sacrifices his humanity to save Hajime and the world from annihilation. As a result, he has to stay as far away from any of his friends, including Hajime and Tachibana, as possible. Fuck....
- Wangst: Mutsuki's childhood trauma from being kidnapped and locked into a safety box as an infant was brought up early in the series, apparently reinforcing his resolve to become a Rider... at least until the trauma's resolved and the Wangst is all that remained.
- Women in Refrigerators - The fact that female Riders end up dead - 100% unbroken at the time of blade - is toyed with with Larc in The Movie. She dies, yeah, but all three Movie Riders are eventually killed off. As such, it doesn't end up seeming like it happened because she was a 'she.' She fares better in Decade, though.
- Although that was to be expected, what with what happened in the previous movies.
- Then there's the time the four series Riders reunited near the end of 2011. While it turned out to be for promoting a Bandai Premium line of show-accurate Rouse Cards, it still didn't stop the fans from guessing about them making an appearance in the Kamen Rider/Super Sentai crossover Super Hero Taisen.
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