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  • Alas, Poor Villain: Albert Cho's "venting" and his brother's reaction.
  • Broken Base: Kamen Rider fans are quite devided. Some think it's a great adaptation and there are even those who claim it's better than Kamen Rider Ryuki due to the storyline and American made footage being pretty good. There are those who hate it for various reasons, some of whom hate it just for existing.
  • Complete Monster: General Xaviax for using Sting, not caring if he has asthma; as well as draining energy out of a guy from a hospital (who later becomes Wrath) and using his body as his own weapon along with using Wrath's body to taunt Wing Knight about the original Wrath.
  • Complaining About People Not Liking the Show: Try criticizing the show on fan board Henshin Justice Unlimited.
  • Complaining About Shows You Don't Watch: On the opposite end of the spectrum are people who bash anyone for even watching the shows. Because you know, adaptations suck, and they don't need to watch it to make an objective opinion.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: When the Cho brothers confront Len for the first time, arrogantly assuming they have a two-to-one advantage, Len gives them a lesson in humility by snatching their decks right out of their hands and kicking their asses all over Ventara, all without transforming.
    • Kit and Adam announcing their entrance with a double Strike Vent against Xaviax.[1]
    • Two Words x 13: Link Vent
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: While the American theme is pretty awesome, Dive into the Mirror simply must be heard to be believed. Yes, that is the Kamen Rider Dragon Knight theme in Japan. It might help explain why they loved the show so much.
  • Cult Classic
  • Ear Worm: If you have ever witnessed at least one full episode at any point in time, chances are you were humming the theme song to yourself for a week.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Although the show bombed in the US (the market it was made for) and was cancelled before finishing its run, Dragon Knight is insanely popular overseas, especially in Japan, with a DVD release and three music albums. DVDs also came out in Germany and Latin America. As a matter of point, Dragon Knight is so popular in Japan that they've started releasing action figures of the Riders - and these are specifically labeled as the Dragon Knight versions, not the Ryuki originals.
    • The Japanese are also lucky enough to get a sequel in the form of a novel.
  • Ham and Cheese: William O'Leary, the actor who plays Xaviax. Also Mark Dacascos while playing Xaviax in disguise.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: So, you have a young man, who has a Disappeared Dad (said dad is trapped in another dimension), rides a Cool Bike, and has to join in a battle against an Evil Overlord. One wonders if Kit would get along with Sam Flynn.
  • Ho Yay: Between Kit and Len.
    • There also seems to be Les Yay with Maya and Lacey.
  • It Gets Better: The first five or so episodes are awfully slow, with the plot poorly explained and not even that many Monsters of the Week to fight. The pace picks up once Torque and other Riders start showing up and getting in each others' way.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Xaviax.
    • And it works really well in one of his last plans. Not only did he capture Earth's version of Len's old mentor, Kamen Rider Wrath, and turn him into little more than a puppet for his own whims, but Xaviax posessed Wrath and used him in open combat against poor Len. And when it looked like Xaviax was finally vented, he stood laughing as Wrath's body was dissolved into the Advent Void, grinning at Len. And then he took Kit's deck, just to rub in how pointless his sacrifice was.
  • Mis Blamed: It's frequently believed that DK was cancelled by CW 4Kids; in truth, the last two episodes just didn't air before the cut-off point where old shows were cycled out for new ones.
  • Narm: Kit trying to make a sandwich and he struggles about not having what it takes to be a rider and his choices and almost destroy the sandwich.
  • Tear Jerker: A huge one in episode 19. Chris gets vented protecting Len from Strike's Final Vent. The only thing that makes it sadder? Len and Kit saluting, fist over heart, as Chris did when as he disappeared from existence. Semper Fi, Chris. *sniff*
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: Discussed by Maya and Kase near the end, when they compare their respective methods of fighting evil - Maya took a go at Action Girl heroics but doesn't think it's her style, preferring to spread the truth as an Intrepid Reporter; Kase respects what she does. Since they're both girls, it also crosses with Real Women Never Wear Dresses.

Notes

  1. It doesn't hurt to realize that this is something fans of Ryuki had been begging for since Ryuga (Onyx's Japanese counterpart) first showed up in the Ryuki movie.
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