A while ago I wrote a post about Kamen Rider OOO and Fourze 2012 MEGAMAX, and made a question about dbl-rocket stats, and realised that i have my own terminology for all rider forms, which probably aren't the same ones used by most KR fans. So I made a flow-chart with my terms for rider forms, under which all forms of all riders would go under. This is based on all material as of september 2011, so one form on the chart is not quite accurate, and as the show progresses (given the new stages added by decade and w), i will update the chart whenever a new rider shows up with a form that doesn't fit in the chart (most notably fourze dble rocket and rocket drill state). This chart and post is to introduce a universal terminology for the forms so that if I, or anyone else, mentions "mid-" "side-" or "final-" forms of any given rider, old or new, everyone else would understand what is meant by it. ex: if I ask "what is W's mid-form?", you'd be easily able to understand that the answer is "fang-joker". Though some recent riders have different names for their forms such as "combo" or "state", my universal terminology will use "form" since it's been used so much in pre-decade era. Even gatakiriba combo and elec states would both be side-form in my chart. Anyways, here it is:
Incuded in each catagory, is an example or two of rider forms that fall under each catagory.
The main form for all riders, I call base form....no particular reason, but it was the first that came to my head (fourze base state might have influence over the name). All riders have a base form.
Proto form is a weaker stage that some riders have. Often when they first transform, they start off in this form before going to base form. the only to have that are kuuga growing, ryuki plaid, kabuto masked, and den-o plaid.
Sub-base is a weaker version of base form. usually it is used when a rider can't go to base form and uses an alternative transformation. riders who use this include w joker form, skull crystal form, and birth proto version (though it's called proto, do not get confused and put it in the proto-form catagory).
Super-base, in contrast to sub-base, is a powered up version of base form. as of 9/2011, there are only two riders who can use it: kuuga rising-mighty form, and decade fury form.
Side is when the rider dons an alternative form (almost always changes colors) with new powers and changes to statistics such as power, stamina, speed, etc. Side forms were first introduced in black rx with robo and bio rider, the the trend continued with kuuga, agito, den-o, kiva, w, ooo, and fourze.
Super-side is a powered up version of a coresponding side form (the side form equivelent of super-base form). the only rider so far to have any is kuuga with rising dragon, rising pegasus, and rising titan.
Sub-side was first introduced in W, and W and OOO are the only riders so far to have them. With their skill being combinations of two or three sideforms respectively, they can use slightly less powerful cobinations to get out of a pinch in fast pace melee combat. for example, w has two side forms, heatmetal and lunatrigger, but if he were using heatmetal, and needed an extra reach, he would have a lower division of form change by swapping out heat for luna, so that he would still have his metal rod, but with the elongation capability of luna. In addition, each complete combo has an added ability when all three medals are of the same color, but sometimes, he'd need to swap out sonic chest bongo and seismic stomping for cheetah speed for example by going from saigorzo to saigortah.
DCD is a form that was only used in kamen rider decade and his movies by all main heisei riders up to w. They can only be accessed by decade or diend when using a FINAL FORM RIDE card (not to be confused with the term "final form" in my chart). Though it's called final form, I see it as an alternative side form in decade's era. the riders and their forms go as follows: kuuga gouram, agito tornado, ryuki dragredder, faiz blaster, blade blade, hibiki ongekkido, kabuto zecter, den-o liner/momotaros, kiva arrow, decade decadriver-jumbo formation, and w cyclonecyclone/jokerjoker
Mid form for some riders is their second strongest form. it is first introduced in kuuga and reaccurs every other season. Somewhere between the mid teens and mid 20's of the seasons, the main rider fights an enemy that they can't win against in base or side forms, so they a much more powerful form that gives the the strength to win. Examples of such forms include agito trinity, blade jack, hibiki kurenai, w fangjoker, the wildly popular ooo tajadol, and the very recent fourze magnet.
sub-mid and side-mid follow the same meaning as sub-base and side forms, exept they are mid level instead of base level. I made these two levels in precaution for ooo burakawani and four
Final--Since the avent of the heisei era, this is the most anticipated form of main riders. THE FINAL FORM. Save a few movie-exclusive power-ups, final form is the ultimately most powerful form they have.