Despite what a lot of fans believe (Mostly Black/RX fanboys), the first form changing Rider was in fact Kamen Rider Stronger. After Stronger had something called an "Electro Dynamo" placed in his body, he had the power to "Charge Up", which not only gave him more strength, but for the first time in Rider history, also gave him a new look.
|Stronger, in his Charge Up form.|
Charge Up isn't that much of a change to his regular form. It simply adds some Silver/White to it, but with this his power also increases, with a downfall of only having 1 minute to use up the extra energy he gains in this form, or he will...Explode. With today's standards of form changing, i like to think of this more of a Final form then a simple form change. Form changing was not seen again until 1988, in the series Kamen Rider Black RX. However, in the 1980 series, Kamen Rider Super-1 a concept very similar to that of "Form Changing" appeared.
|Kamen Rider Super-1 with his "Electric Hands"|
The next time a Rider would actually change forms would be Kamen Rider Black RX. An ongoing thing in the fandom is to think of Black RX himself as something of a "Final Form" to Black, but that's irrelevant here anyway, let's get on to his form changing, the first time a rider Completely changed his form.
|Kamen Rider Black, BioRider, RoboRider and Black RX|
|Kuuga, and all of his forms.|
Since then, every Kamen Rider series has seen form changing in some way. Whether it's just one form, such as Ryuki's Survive form or multiple forms such as Den-O's forms, Form changing has become a core element to the Kamen Rider Series.
I apologize that this is starting to get a bit lengthy, but i still have a couple more things to discuss. The first, is the rider i think had the best way of Form Changing, that being Kamen Rider Den-O.
|Den-O's base forms, Rod, Axe, Sword, Gun and Wing.|
|Kamen Rider W and his forms.|
|A number of Kamen Rider OOO forms.|
I could go on to talk about Kamen Rider Decade and his way of Form Changing, but i'm sure everyone knows about that.
Form changing has become a staple and a core element in the Kamen Rider series. Most fans like it; some hate it. But all i can say for now, is that it's not going anywhere anytime soon, as long Form Changing continues to make more money.
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