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-->''Fighting for traffic safety! Gekisou Sentai, Caaaaaaaaaaarranger!''

''Gekisō Sentai Carranger'' (Extreme Rush Squadron Carranger) is the twentieth installment in the ''SuperSentai'' series, airing from 1996 to 1997. It's about a group of [[IdiotHero idiot workers]] at Pegasus Garage who use the power of car-shaped constellations to fight a group of [[QuirkyMinibossSquad idiot aliens]] called "Space Biker-Gang Bowzock".[[labelnote:note]]Space Bosozoku Bowzock, "bosozoku" being the name for biker gangs. A comparatively punny name would be "Space Biker-Gang Byekagan".[[/labelnote]]

As the twentieth instalment of the franchise, it's a AffectionateParody of ''SuperSentai'' and all the tropes it has, [[SelfParody while being a full Super Sentai series in and of itself]]. At the time, ''SuperSentai'' was under serious threat of cancellation due to falling ratings, and popular opinion is that the executives simply ''did not give a damn'' and allowed the writers to do whatever the hell they thought they could get away with... resulting in a series so ridiculous, comedic and inexplicably popular that it saved the franchise.

Adapted in the US as ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo''. They ''attempted'' to make a serious series out of it at first (using the most goofy monster suits and stock footage imaginable) but gave up halfway.

!!'''The [=CarRangers=]''':
* Kyousuke Jinnai/'''Red Racer''': The IdiotHero; He's a test-driver who usually ignores [[ComesGreatResponsibility his duties]] just to drive his boss' car.
* Naoki Domon/'''Blue Racer''': The KidAppealCharacter and FriendToAllLivingThings; [[TheSmartGuy He comes up with ideas on car designs]].
* Minoru Uesugi/'''Green Racer''': TheBigGuy; A salesman who once lost part of his [[TransformationTrinket Accelchanger]] while [[SuperSentaiStance practicing poses]].
* Natsumi Shinohara/'''Yellow Racer''': TheLancer; A [[TheSmartGuy mechanic]] with a [[MagicFeather legendary wrench.]]
* Youko Yagami/'''Pink Racer''': TheChick; A weight-conscious BigEater with NoSenseOfDirection.

!!'''Their allies include''':
* Dappu: TheMentor. A young alien boy from Planet Hazard who lost his mother during a Bowzock invasion.
* '''[[color:navy:Signalman]]''': A [[SpacePolice space officer]] from Planet Police who serves as the de facto SixthRanger.
* '''VRV Master''': The (self-proclaimed) Lone Wolf of Space, who provides the rangers with the VRV Machines. [[spoiler: [[LukeIAmYourFather He's also Dappu's father.]]]]
* Radiatta Fanbelt/'''[[color:Grey:White Racer]]''': The (unofficial, self-proclaimed) SixthRanger, a MagicalGirl with a car that can become a MegaNeko.

!!'''And the "evil" Bowzock'''.
* Reckless Dash Emperor Exhaus: The BigBad and the only real bad guy in the show.
* President Gynamo: The "BigBad."
* Zonnette: The "DarkChick." However, after she resumes her true form, she becomes the second [[TheChick Chick.]]
* Zelmoda: "TheDragon."
* Grotch: The "EvilGenius" who stumbled upon [[MakeMyMonsterGrow Imo-Youkan]] by complete and utter accident.
* Ritchhiker: TheSixthRanger and TheStarscream.
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!!'''Recurring''' SuperSentai tropes:

* AllYourPowersCombined: The Giga Formula.
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: "C" is for Carranger
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "Gekisou! [=AccelChanger=]!"
* CallingYourAttacks: Parodied in one episode. In the Monster vs. Mecha battle, the villain (SS Paaman) prepares his ultimate attack. Unfortunately, its name is so long that the Carrangers kill him before he can pull it off. (See ShoutOut below for ''why'' it's so long.)
* CoolBike: For the first time in the franchise, no one in the main team had a motorcycle (instead they had go-karts). However, Signalman rode one called the Polispeeder.
* CoolCar: In addition to the aforementioned Speeder Machine go-karts (one for each member), the Ranger Vehicles and VRV Machines that composed the team's mecha naturally filled this role. They also had two sentient cars named the Pegasus Thunder and the Dragon Cruiser.
* {{Crossover}}: ''Carranger vs. [[ChourikiSentaiOhranger Ohranger]]''
* CustomUniform: A partial version, since the differences were a male version and a female version.
* {{Eyecatch}}: Both before and after the break, the eyecatch features a zig-zagging line, which is revealed to be the Vehicle (or vehicles if more than one are featured) of the hero of the episode which stops as "Carranger" appears on one of the straight lines of the pattern in English. In the post-break version, we hear a small piece of the Carranger theme in instrumental. The footage from these eyecatches were used in the second half of Power Rangers Turbo which makes the only Power Rangers season to also use the eyecatches from Super Sentai. From episode 32, the eyecatch changes: the same "zig-zag" and vehicle is seen at first, but only at the start of the eyecatch, where it opens into a split screen showing the Carranger tied to the color/vehicle, as well as both the vehicle and humanoid version of their VRV Machine.
* FinishingMove: The Carrangers all have a unique move, but rely on the Giga Formula/Booster for that last hit.
* FiveManBand: There are two {{Smart Guy}}s on the team [[hottip:*:Naoki the car designer and Natsumi the mechanic.]]
** TheLeader: Kyousuke [[hottip:*:Notably, he doesn't start acting like one until episode 32, when VRV Master all but ''tells'' him to be one. Until then, he's just the guy in the Red Racer suit.]]
** KidAppealCharacter: Naoki
** TheBigGuy: Minoru
** TheLancer: Natsumi [[hottip:*:Her competence in her job contrasts with Kyousuke being a useless twit. She's also the one who would actually ''object/be suspicious at'' Kyousuke's relationship with [[DatingCatwoman Zonette.]]
** TheChick: Youko
** SixthRanger: Signalman
* HomeBase: The Pegasus Garage, in a sense.
* HumongousMecha: In addition to the heroes' mechas, there was also Braking, the dragon mecha Ritch Ritchhiker used after [[TheStarscream taking over the Baribarian]]. It notably gave the RV Robo a run for its money, forcing the Carrangers into [[MidSeasonUpgrade getting new mechs]].
** AMechByAnyOtherName: The Ranger Vehicles and the VRV[[hottip:*:Victory Ranger Vehicle]] Machines (which could transform into humanoid forms called "VRV Fighters").
** CombiningMecha: Notable for having the only SuperSentai mecha combination to date that is made up entirely of [[TransformingMecha transforming robots]]. Also notable is that RV Robo and VRV Robo's limbs are interchangeable, a combination scheme that would later become a staple of Sentai robots in the 00s.
*** Red Vehicle + Green Vehicle + Blue Vehicle + Yellow Vehicle + Pink Vehicle = RV Robo
*** V Fire + V Dump + V Police + V Dozer + V Rescue = VRV Robo
** TransformingMecha: In addition to the aforementioned VRV Machines, Signalman's Sirender patrol car could transform into a robot as well, while the Vic Trailer, the giant trailer that stores the five VRV Machines, can transform into a robot that supports the VRV Robo in combat. White Racer's Radiecar Robo (which transforms from a car into a MegaNeko) is a parody of this concept.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: A great deal of episodes, if not all, have terminology relating to roads and driving.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon:
--> '''Kyosuke''': "''[=RedRacer=]!''"
--> '''Naoki''': "''[=BlueRacer=]!''"
--> '''Minoru''': "''[=GreenRacer=]!''"
--> '''Natsumi''': "''[=YellowRacer=]!''"
--> '''Yoko''': "''[=PinkRacer=]!''"
---> '''All''': "Fighting for traffic safety! ''Gekisou Sentai - [=CaaaarrrRanger=]!''"
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: The Carrangers don't really have a leader within their FiveManBand - Dappu (and briefly, VRV Master) basically points them in the direction of the Bowzocks when they appear - until about halfway through, when VRV Master finally gets this into Kyousuke's head. He then gets hepped on the idea, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny takes it a bit too far]], and eventually [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome recovers the stolen RV Robo by himself]].
* MakeMyMonsterGrow: The single silliest method of this in Super Sentai history: the Bowzock eat imoyoukan (a real Japanese snack food made from jellied sweet potatoes) to grow giant. Better yet, only fresh, hand-made imoyoukan (and from a PARTICULAR store, too, for even more comedy) makes them grow; factory-made pre-packaged and/or stale imoyoukan makes them shrink instead.
** Pre-packaged imoyoukan and its shrinking property becomes a ChekhovsGun [[spoiler:as it is used against the BigBad in the final episode in order to depower him.]]
* {{Mook}}s: The Wumpers.
* OnTheNextEpisodeOfCatchPhrase
* RegularCaller
* SecretIdentity: The first show to actually do it, in fact - so see below.
* SupervillainLair: The BB Saloon.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: For the Carrangers ''and'' the Zokurangers.
* TransformationTrinket: [=AccelChanger=].
* TwoGirlsToATeam: The sixth Yellow and Pink duo.
* WeaponOfChoice
** {{Handguns}}: The Auto Blasters. When a catch is pulled, it becomes the Auto Punisher, shooting more powerful blasts.
** {{Vibroweapon}}: The [=ViBlades=]. [[hottip:*:"''Baibureido''"; a pun on "''Baibureito''"/"Vibrate".]]
** SwissArmyWeapon: [[ImprobableWeaponUser Car Navick]]/[[HomingProjectile Navick Shot]]
** BifurcatedWeapon: Auto Punisher + Navick Shot = Navick Blaster.
** {{BFG}}: The Giga Booster.
** Kyousuke: [[CoolSword Fender Sword]]
** Naoki: [[GunsAkimbo Muffler Guns]]
** Minoru: [[{{BFG}} Engine Cannon]]
** Natsumi: [[PowerFist Side Knuckles]]
** Youko: Bumper Bow
** Signalman: [[SwissArmyWeapon Signizer]] [[note]][[CarryABigStick Police Baton]], [[{{Handguns}} Gun]], and [[ImprobableWeaponUser Recording Device]] modes.[[/note]]

!!Tropes specific to GekisouSentaiCarranger:

* AffectionateParody: Of the Sentai genre.
** Also the ''MetalHeroes'', especially the ''[[SpaceSheriffGavan Space]] [[SpaceSheriffSharivan Sher]][[SpaceSheriffShaider iff]]'' trilogy with Signalman, who is a space ''traffic cop''.
** Does White Racer's henshin remind anyone else of SailorMoon's?
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Happens to Kyousuke when he meets Pegasus Thunder for the first time.
* AllThereInTheManual: Parodied; the Carrangers themselves have to refer to the manual ''in mid-battle'' to figure out how the Formula Nova and Ranger Vehicles work. This has proven flawed at least once, when a copy of the manual once fell into a fire in the middle of a battle.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: In every episode after the next episode preview, one of the characters gives safety tips for pedestrians (of course, 'cause kids are still not legally entitled to drive).
* ArmyOfThievesAndWhores: The Bowzocks.
* BadGuyBar: The BB Saloon, which is the Bowzocks' official hangout spot.
* BananaPeel: RV Robo ends up falling victim to one.
* BeachEpisode: 25 starts like this.
* ButtMonkey: Most of the characters to some extent, but this seems to be the white Wumper's only reason for existing.
* ByTheBookCop: Signalman, so much so he sometimes ends up being a nuisance to the Carrangers. He once let a Bowzock kidnap Ichitaro just because ''the street crossing light was red''!!! This causes him to veer into LawfulStupid every so often.
* CatchPhrase: Signalman's "Daremo tooranai..."[[hottip:*:"Nobody's passing...", since he always chooses to set the Kobaan Base up in deserted places]], which even Ichitaro imitates.
* ChekhovsGift: The VRV Robo.
* ColonyDrop: Exhaus tries to crash Bowzock's base into the Earth. [[spoiler: This gets stopped by ''Sirender'', of all things.]] It gets reversed on him, but doesn't quite kill him.
* [[CoolCar Cool Cars]]: The whole point of the show. (In-show as well, since the Ranger Vehicles were based off of the Carrangers' "Dream Car"... models.)
* CoolOldGuy: VRV Master, with a [[strike:bit]] LOT of LargeHam involved. And while he turns out to have brought them the Victory Ranger Vehicles in [=VicTrailer=], the Carranger's first impression?
-->'''Naoki''': "He's suspicious..."
-->'''Yoko''': "He goes right past suspicious and into ''creepy''..."
* DatingCatwoman: When Kyousuke realizes Zonnette likes him (but not that she likes Red Racer, regardless of who is wearing the helmet), he decides to try and make things right between them. It doesn't work [[spoiler:at first]].
** Gets a funny CallBack fifteen years later when it's Insarn who falls in love with Kyousuke, in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''.
* DeathByOriginStory: Subverted in the very first episode; after Dappu fails to recruit the future Carrangers, he dies at the hands of Bowzock. This motivates them to avenge his death; turns out Dappu faked his death to get them to do so. He even gets up right away and scolds the newly-motivated rangers for not cooperating earlier.
* FinishingMove: Redefined with the RV Robo, which ''doesn't'' use an energy sword-style finisher - the RV Sword is, instead, something of a scaled-up Viblade. RV Robo dashes towards the Bowzock while the sky turns dark, starts spinning like a top, crashes into the Bowzock really-pointy-sword-first, [[VictoryPose then ends up in an awesome pose]] while the Bowzock explodes behind it.
* FunWithAcronyms: When lined up, the first kana of the heroes' surnames spell JI-DO-U-SHI-YA, as in ''jidōsha'', Japanese for "car".
* {{Good Is Not Nice}}/{{Jerkass}}: Though they usually mean well, the Carrangers are probably the most genuinely unpleasant people to wear the rainbow colored spandex (except maybe [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Captain Marvelous and Luka Millfy...]]). Notable in that they are probably the only Sentai to actually fight against [[ChourikiSentaiOhranger another]] in a teamup movie for reasons besides mistaken identity or MindControl by a KissOfDeath from the cyborg Shibolena (they went and kidnapped a magic fairy because they wanted a wish, and the [[DenjiSentaiMegaranger Megarangers]] had to rescue it).
** To be fair, what they wanted to wish for was a spaceship to visit all their alien friends, and they didn't know the Megarangers to be anything more than high school kids.
* HeavySleeper: Dappu's race goes into hibernation for a few weeks per year, and he does so once about halfway through the show. This causes problems since, being TheMentor to a group of [[IdiotHero Idiot Heroes]], he's effectively their leader...
* HeelFaceTurn: All the main Bowzock; the only two exceptions are Ritchhiker and Exhaus, who both die.
* HeroicSacrifice: Subverted humorously in the first episode by Dappu, who played dead just to get the Carrangers to transform.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Who really is Zonnette? Is she Rika Nanase? Then you probably known her.
* HeyItsThatVoice: [[YujiKishi Kyousuke]] is [[IMyMeStrawberryEggs Hibiki-Sensei!]]. And his favorite move is [[StreetFighter Shoryuken!]]
** More importantly, Gynamo (Hiroshi Otake), the boss of the Bowzock... is '' '''[[MazingerZ BOSS]]''' ''.
** If you don't obey traffic laws, [[HochuOtsuka Signalman]] is either [[ZetaGundam gonna violate you]] or [[KamenRiderDenO make you learn to like shiitake]].
** For some reason, you expect [[KiyoshiKobayashi VRV Master]] to either whip out a [[LupinIII notched hat and revolver]] or give the Carrangers the [[GaoGaiGar Key(s) to their Victory]]... Ranger Vehicles.
* {{Homage}}: The first team attack the [[PsychoRangers Zokurangers]] try on the Carrangers? The [[HimitsuSentaiGoranger Zokuranger Ball]].
* IamAHumanitarian: When the Carrangers are cooked into a pizza.
* IdiotHero: All of them to one extent or another.
* {{It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY}}: In-universe, due to the way they introduce themselves, it's not pronounced "Carranger" - the majority pronounce it "'''Caaaaaaaaarranger!'''".
*** Lampshaded in episode 12, when Signalman pulls Red Racer over for speeding and asks his name:
---> '''Red Racer''': I am... ''(starts making the customary poses)'' Gekisou Sentai ''Caaaaaaaaaaaaarranger'''s Red Racer!
---> '''Signalman''': Gekisou Sentai ''(wobbling his head in imitation) Caaaaaaaaaaaaarranger'''s Red Racer? What is that?
*** And a few seconds later, when Kyousuke's teammates come in a rush to stop him from beating Signalman up:
---> '''Signalman''': Ah! You guys are Gekisou Sentai ''Caaaaaaaaaaaaarranger''? ''(still spinning his head around)''
** The aliens - all of them! - [[AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle pronounce it Chiikyu, not Chikyuu]] (Earth). (The Carrangers give up correcting them early on.)
* KansaiRegionalAccent: Minoru, the team's [[TheIdiotFromOsaka idiot from Osaka]].
* KarmicDeath: The first [[MonsterOfTheWeek Gorotsuki]], BB Donpa, a musical themed bad guy, plotted to annoy other aliens into destroying Earth by literally conducting a symphony of honking cars around the Earth. He escapes getting destroyed by the Giga Formula, only to be blasted to bits by his fellow aliens for making too much noise.
* {{Keigo}}: Naoki, oh so much. (see below)
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Zonnette towards Kyousuke, [[spoiler:though she eventually [[DefrostingIceQueen came to warm to his non-Red Racer persona]] as well]].
* LuckyTranslation: The title of the resident PsychoRangers, the Bosou Sentai Zokurangers, comes from the Japanese word for motorcyle hooligans, but also sounds like the English word Bozo, [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain which]] [[StupidCrooks they]] [[PokeThePoodle are]].
* MagicalGirl: Radietta Fanbelt/White Racer. Everything from her transformation to her outfit is pure magical girl. Though she does also have a mecha. It's part cat, part car, all cute.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Natsumi and Naoki.
* MilestoneCelebration: The show celebrated the 20th anniversary of ''Super Sentai'', despite not being a full-fledged tribute like [[GoGoSentaiBoukenger Boukenger]] would be ten years later (actually, it was not even a tribute at all, though a parody is also a sort of homage).
* TheOtherDarrin: Radietta is played by Megumi Hamamatsu in #25 and then replaced with Misaki Sudou from #34 and onward.
* PokeThePoodle: The villains are a gang with no regard for traffic laws.
** Perhaps the best example is when we're introduced to the Zokurangers as they go around committing [[BlatantLies the most heinous of crimes]]: [=ZokuRed=] (SS Paaman) shoots some flowers with his gun; [=ZokuBlue=] tramples a sand castle some kids were making; [=ZokuGreen=] scares off a couple bu bursting through a window; [=ZokuYellow=] steals a boy's popsicle; and [=ZokuPink=] soils clothes hanging out to dry with earth.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Signalman pulled one of this on the Carrangers in Ep 36. [[spoiler: It was actually [[BigBad Exhaus]]'s attempt to frame the heroes.]]
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: More of a "...writes the characterization" - apparently Yoshihiro Masujima (Naoki) really was that overly polite during his audition, and Yoshihiro Fukuda (Minoru) really hailed from Osaka, so their characters were rewritten that way.
* RearrangeTheSong: The opening theme was replaced with the rearranged "Full Accel Version" after only 13 episodes.
* RecycledInSpace: Basically KousokuSentaiTurboranger lampooning the Super Sentai series itself.
** Lampshaded in Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger where they change into that team, realizing that it's a competently different one.
* SecretIdentity: At no point does it seem like they're making an effort to do so ''on purpose'', but the Carrangers' human identities are kept secret - in fact, everyone except Dappu and VRV Master thinks they're aliens. (This is apparently a case where everyone believes the Carrangers are too strong to be human - Dappu out-and-out ''introduced them as such'' to the Bowzock in the first episode.)
** Furthermore, this is the first show in the SuperSentai series to actually bother keeping their identities a complete secret. Amusingly, it's also the one that keeps it best, with no outside characters finding out until the end.
* SelfParody: As mentioned above, ''Carranger'' parodies SuperSentai while also being an official installment in the series.
* ShoutOut: SS Paaman's attempted final attack when giant-sized is a amalgamation of all the previous series' HumongousMecha' attacks - he gets about halfway through before getting a Gekisou-Giri from RV Robo.
** "THE NAME'S TOO LONG!" *cutcutcutcutcutBOOOM*
** The main villain wants to [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy destroy Earth to make room for a space bypass]].
** Braking had a weapon called the King Slugger where it would [[UltraSeven detach the sharp fin on its head and throw it at an enemy]].
* SleptThroughTheApocalypse: Dappu would have done this, if not for the timely appearance of VRV Master.
* SpaceIsNoisy: One villain's plan to destroy Earth is to levitate the cars into space and make so much noise with them that nearby aliens will attack Earth to stop the noise.
* TagalongKid: Ichitaro to Signalman. He has even stood in for him at the Kobaan Base on occasion.
* TeamDad: VRV Master leans towards this in contrast to Dappu. (A neat bit of {{Foreshadowing}} too, since he's actually [[spoiler: Dappu's dad - [[FridgeLogic although just how, exactly, he fit his head inside that helmet is never answered]] ]].)
** In keeping with Carranger's parodic nature, he also likes to do typical "Oyaji" stuff, like Pachinko (in which he apparently does very well), drinking coffee milk, and getting shaves at the barber. Daily. [[FridgeLogic Despite pretty obviously not having any hair.]]
* TheGoodTheBadAndTheEvil: In the finale, Gynamo teams up with the Carrangers to stop Exhaus.
* ThePsychoRangers: Bousou Sentai Zokuranger, brought together by Bowzock's #1 hero researcher SS Paaman. Notable for: 1) consisting of barflies aside from SS Paaman 2) Not resembling the heroes in the ''slightest'' and 3) getting their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfAPRWCB54A own version of the opening song]].
** To a far lesser extent, when ZZ Gyuuri and four Wumpers board the stolen RV Robo, the Wumpers correspond to the colors of the usual pilots (with the white Wumper taking Yellow Racer's seat). The blue Wumper even does Blue Racer's Diagonal Spark pose before firing it.
* ThemeNaming: The surnames of the Carrangers ('''Ji'''nnai, '''Do'''mon, '''U'''esugi, '''Shi'''nohara and '''Ya'''gami) form the Japanese word ''jidōsha'' ("automobile").
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Natsumi and Youko.
* TookALevelInBadass: Y'know that ColonyDrop further up the page? Guess how it got stopped. [[spoiler: Sirender ''catches it in midair and '''pushes it back into orbit.''' '']]
** Also happens to Kyousuke when he finally starts acting like a Red [=Ranger/Leader=]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Imo-youkan for the Bowzocks.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: A hallmark of the series - unless they're actively causing trouble, very few people ever seem to take more than casual notice of the Bowzock. All the more notable when Ritchihiker pulls TheStarscream on Gynamo, and he and Zonnette spend the next few episodes doing varied stuff on Earth (even getting jobs at a pachinko parlor - the same one that VRV Master attends, to boot!).
** Glatch, for example, goes out and buys the Imoyokan himself. This is ''after'' he himself grew to giant size and stumbled about town.
* VerbalTic: Dappu who likes to add his name to the end of all his sentences. He even does it with his handwriting.
** So do the Gorotsuki, by constantly repeating their names (excluding the double initials), which even replaces CallingYourAttacks for them.
* VillainSong: The show's ending theme is an upbeat song sung from the point of view of the villains, about having a chance to relax after a tough day of getting beaten by the heroes, and wondering if maybe the good guys can let them win next time.
* WrenchWench: Natsumi. To such an extent that she can dismantle a ''moving'' bicycle untransformed, and as Yellow Racer she uses it as an attack.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Minoru used to be afraid of lightning after being shocked by an electric eel as a child. He got over it.
** Interestingly, Zelmoda too has the same fear. We don't see him recover, though.
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-->''Fighting for traffic safety! Gekisou Sentai, Caaaaaaaaaaarranger!''

''Gekisō Sentai Carranger'' (Extreme Rush Squadron Carranger) is the twentieth installment in the ''SuperSentai'' series, airing from 1996 to 1997. It's about a group of [[IdiotHero idiot workers]] at Pegasus Garage who use the power of car-shaped constellations to fight a group of [[QuirkyMinibossSquad idiot aliens]] called "Space Biker-Gang Bowzock".[[labelnote:note]]Space Bosozoku Bowzock, "bosozoku" being the name for biker gangs. A comparatively punny name would be "Space Biker-Gang Byekagan".[[/labelnote]]

As the twentieth instalment of the franchise, it's a AffectionateParody of ''SuperSentai'' and all the tropes it has, [[SelfParody while being a full Super Sentai series in and of itself]]. At the time, ''SuperSentai'' was under serious threat of cancellation due to falling ratings, and popular opinion is that the executives simply ''did not give a damn'' and allowed the writers to do whatever the hell they thought they could get away with... resulting in a series so ridiculous, comedic and inexplicably popular that it saved the franchise.

Adapted in the US as ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo''. They ''attempted'' to make a serious series out of it at first (using the most goofy monster suits and stock footage imaginable) but gave up halfway.

!!'''The [=CarRangers=]''':
* Kyousuke Jinnai/'''Red Racer''': The IdiotHero; He's a test-driver who usually ignores [[ComesGreatResponsibility his duties]] just to drive his boss' car.
* Naoki Domon/'''Blue Racer''': The KidAppealCharacter and FriendToAllLivingThings; [[TheSmartGuy He comes up with ideas on car designs]].
* Minoru Uesugi/'''Green Racer''': TheBigGuy; A salesman who once lost part of his [[TransformationTrinket Accelchanger]] while [[SuperSentaiStance practicing poses]].
* Natsumi Shinohara/'''Yellow Racer''': TheLancer; A [[TheSmartGuy mechanic]] with a [[MagicFeather legendary wrench.]]
* Youko Yagami/'''Pink Racer''': TheChick; A weight-conscious BigEater with NoSenseOfDirection.

!!'''Their allies include''':
* Dappu: TheMentor. A young alien boy from Planet Hazard who lost his mother during a Bowzock invasion.
* '''[[color:navy:Signalman]]''': A [[SpacePolice space officer]] from Planet Police who serves as the de facto SixthRanger.
* '''VRV Master''': The (self-proclaimed) Lone Wolf of Space, who provides the rangers with the VRV Machines. [[spoiler: [[LukeIAmYourFather He's also Dappu's father.]]]]
* Radiatta Fanbelt/'''[[color:Grey:White Racer]]''': The (unofficial, self-proclaimed) SixthRanger, a MagicalGirl with a car that can become a MegaNeko.

!!'''And the "evil" Bowzock'''.
* Reckless Dash Emperor Exhaus: The BigBad and the only real bad guy in the show.
* President Gynamo: The "BigBad."
* Zonnette: The "DarkChick." However, after she resumes her true form, she becomes the second [[TheChick Chick.]]
* Zelmoda: "TheDragon."
* Grotch: The "EvilGenius" who stumbled upon [[MakeMyMonsterGrow Imo-Youkan]] by complete and utter accident.
* Ritchhiker: TheSixthRanger and TheStarscream.
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!!'''Recurring''' SuperSentai tropes:

* AllYourPowersCombined: The Giga Formula.
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: "C" is for Carranger
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "Gekisou! [=AccelChanger=]!"
* CallingYourAttacks: Parodied in one episode. In the Monster vs. Mecha battle, the villain (SS Paaman) prepares his ultimate attack. Unfortunately, its name is so long that the Carrangers kill him before he can pull it off. (See ShoutOut below for ''why'' it's so long.)
* CoolBike: For the first time in the franchise, no one in the main team had a motorcycle (instead they had go-karts). However, Signalman rode one called the Polispeeder.
* CoolCar: In addition to the aforementioned Speeder Machine go-karts (one for each member), the Ranger Vehicles and VRV Machines that composed the team's mecha naturally filled this role. They also had two sentient cars named the Pegasus Thunder and the Dragon Cruiser.
* {{Crossover}}: ''Carranger vs. [[ChourikiSentaiOhranger Ohranger]]''
* CustomUniform: A partial version, since the differences were a male version and a female version.
* {{Eyecatch}}: Both before and after the break, the eyecatch features a zig-zagging line, which is revealed to be the Vehicle (or vehicles if more than one are featured) of the hero of the episode which stops as "Carranger" appears on one of the straight lines of the pattern in English. In the post-break version, we hear a small piece of the Carranger theme in instrumental. The footage from these eyecatches were used in the second half of Power Rangers Turbo which makes the only Power Rangers season to also use the eyecatches from Super Sentai. From episode 32, the eyecatch changes: the same "zig-zag" and vehicle is seen at first, but only at the start of the eyecatch, where it opens into a split screen showing the Carranger tied to the color/vehicle, as well as both the vehicle and humanoid version of their VRV Machine.
* FinishingMove: The Carrangers all have a unique move, but rely on the Giga Formula/Booster for that last hit.
* FiveManBand: There are two {{Smart Guy}}s on the team [[hottip:*:Naoki the car designer and Natsumi the mechanic.]]
** TheLeader: Kyousuke [[hottip:*:Notably, he doesn't start acting like one until episode 32, when VRV Master all but ''tells'' him to be one. Until then, he's just the guy in the Red Racer suit.]]
** KidAppealCharacter: Naoki
** TheBigGuy: Minoru
** TheLancer: Natsumi [[hottip:*:Her competence in her job contrasts with Kyousuke being a useless twit. She's also the one who would actually ''object/be suspicious at'' Kyousuke's relationship with [[DatingCatwoman Zonette.]]
** TheChick: Youko
** SixthRanger: Signalman
* HomeBase: The Pegasus Garage, in a sense.
* HumongousMecha: In addition to the heroes' mechas, there was also Braking, the dragon mecha Ritch Ritchhiker used after [[TheStarscream taking over the Baribarian]]. It notably gave the RV Robo a run for its money, forcing the Carrangers into [[MidSeasonUpgrade getting new mechs]].
** AMechByAnyOtherName: The Ranger Vehicles and the VRV[[hottip:*:Victory Ranger Vehicle]] Machines (which could transform into humanoid forms called "VRV Fighters").
** CombiningMecha: Notable for having the only SuperSentai mecha combination to date that is made up entirely of [[TransformingMecha transforming robots]]. Also notable is that RV Robo and VRV Robo's limbs are interchangeable, a combination scheme that would later become a staple of Sentai robots in the 00s.
*** Red Vehicle + Green Vehicle + Blue Vehicle + Yellow Vehicle + Pink Vehicle = RV Robo
*** V Fire + V Dump + V Police + V Dozer + V Rescue = VRV Robo
** TransformingMecha: In addition to the aforementioned VRV Machines, Signalman's Sirender patrol car could transform into a robot as well, while the Vic Trailer, the giant trailer that stores the five VRV Machines, can transform into a robot that supports the VRV Robo in combat. White Racer's Radiecar Robo (which transforms from a car into a MegaNeko) is a parody of this concept.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: A great deal of episodes, if not all, have terminology relating to roads and driving.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon:
--> '''Kyosuke''': "''[=RedRacer=]!''"
--> '''Naoki''': "''[=BlueRacer=]!''"
--> '''Minoru''': "''[=GreenRacer=]!''"
--> '''Natsumi''': "''[=YellowRacer=]!''"
--> '''Yoko''': "''[=PinkRacer=]!''"
---> '''All''': "Fighting for traffic safety! ''Gekisou Sentai - [=CaaaarrrRanger=]!''"
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: The Carrangers don't really have a leader within their FiveManBand - Dappu (and briefly, VRV Master) basically points them in the direction of the Bowzocks when they appear - until about halfway through, when VRV Master finally gets this into Kyousuke's head. He then gets hepped on the idea, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny takes it a bit too far]], and eventually [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome recovers the stolen RV Robo by himself]].
* MakeMyMonsterGrow: The single silliest method of this in Super Sentai history: the Bowzock eat imoyoukan (a real Japanese snack food made from jellied sweet potatoes) to grow giant. Better yet, only fresh, hand-made imoyoukan (and from a PARTICULAR store, too, for even more comedy) makes them grow; factory-made pre-packaged and/or stale imoyoukan makes them shrink instead.
** Pre-packaged imoyoukan and its shrinking property becomes a ChekhovsGun [[spoiler:as it is used against the BigBad in the final episode in order to depower him.]]
* {{Mook}}s: The Wumpers.
* OnTheNextEpisodeOfCatchPhrase
* RegularCaller
* SecretIdentity: The first show to actually do it, in fact - so see below.
* SupervillainLair: The BB Saloon.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: For the Carrangers ''and'' the Zokurangers.
* TransformationTrinket: [=AccelChanger=].
* TwoGirlsToATeam: The sixth Yellow and Pink duo.
* WeaponOfChoice
** {{Handguns}}: The Auto Blasters. When a catch is pulled, it becomes the Auto Punisher, shooting more powerful blasts.
** {{Vibroweapon}}: The [=ViBlades=]. [[hottip:*:"''Baibureido''"; a pun on "''Baibureito''"/"Vibrate".]]
** SwissArmyWeapon: [[ImprobableWeaponUser Car Navick]]/[[HomingProjectile Navick Shot]]
** BifurcatedWeapon: Auto Punisher + Navick Shot = Navick Blaster.
** {{BFG}}: The Giga Booster.
** Kyousuke: [[CoolSword Fender Sword]]
** Naoki: [[GunsAkimbo Muffler Guns]]
** Minoru: [[{{BFG}} Engine Cannon]]
** Natsumi: [[PowerFist Side Knuckles]]
** Youko: Bumper Bow
** Signalman: [[SwissArmyWeapon Signizer]] [[note]][[CarryABigStick Police Baton]], [[{{Handguns}} Gun]], and [[ImprobableWeaponUser Recording Device]] modes.[[/note]]

!!Tropes specific to GekisouSentaiCarranger:

* AffectionateParody: Of the Sentai genre.
** Also the ''MetalHeroes'', especially the ''[[SpaceSheriffGavan Space]] [[SpaceSheriffSharivan Sher]][[SpaceSheriffShaider iff]]'' trilogy with Signalman, who is a space ''traffic cop''.
** Does White Racer's henshin remind anyone else of SailorMoon's?
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Happens to Kyousuke when he meets Pegasus Thunder for the first time.
* AllThereInTheManual: Parodied; the Carrangers themselves have to refer to the manual ''in mid-battle'' to figure out how the Formula Nova and Ranger Vehicles work. This has proven flawed at least once, when a copy of the manual once fell into a fire in the middle of a battle.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: In every episode after the next episode preview, one of the characters gives safety tips for pedestrians (of course, 'cause kids are still not legally entitled to drive).
* ArmyOfThievesAndWhores: The Bowzocks.
* BadGuyBar: The BB Saloon, which is the Bowzocks' official hangout spot.
* BananaPeel: RV Robo ends up falling victim to one.
* BeachEpisode: 25 starts like this.
* ButtMonkey: Most of the characters to some extent, but this seems to be the white Wumper's only reason for existing.
* ByTheBookCop: Signalman, so much so he sometimes ends up being a nuisance to the Carrangers. He once let a Bowzock kidnap Ichitaro just because ''the street crossing light was red''!!! This causes him to veer into LawfulStupid every so often.
* CatchPhrase: Signalman's "Daremo tooranai..."[[hottip:*:"Nobody's passing...", since he always chooses to set the Kobaan Base up in deserted places]], which even Ichitaro imitates.
* ChekhovsGift: The VRV Robo.
* ColonyDrop: Exhaus tries to crash Bowzock's base into the Earth. [[spoiler: This gets stopped by ''Sirender'', of all things.]] It gets reversed on him, but doesn't quite kill him.
* [[CoolCar Cool Cars]]: The whole point of the show. (In-show as well, since the Ranger Vehicles were based off of the Carrangers' "Dream Car"... models.)
* CoolOldGuy: VRV Master, with a [[strike:bit]] LOT of LargeHam involved. And while he turns out to have brought them the Victory Ranger Vehicles in [=VicTrailer=], the Carranger's first impression?
-->'''Naoki''': "He's suspicious..."
-->'''Yoko''': "He goes right past suspicious and into ''creepy''..."
* DatingCatwoman: When Kyousuke realizes Zonnette likes him (but not that she likes Red Racer, regardless of who is wearing the helmet), he decides to try and make things right between them. It doesn't work [[spoiler:at first]].
** Gets a funny CallBack fifteen years later when it's Insarn who falls in love with Kyousuke, in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''.
* DeathByOriginStory: Subverted in the very first episode; after Dappu fails to recruit the future Carrangers, he dies at the hands of Bowzock. This motivates them to avenge his death; turns out Dappu faked his death to get them to do so. He even gets up right away and scolds the newly-motivated rangers for not cooperating earlier.
* FinishingMove: Redefined with the RV Robo, which ''doesn't'' use an energy sword-style finisher - the RV Sword is, instead, something of a scaled-up Viblade. RV Robo dashes towards the Bowzock while the sky turns dark, starts spinning like a top, crashes into the Bowzock really-pointy-sword-first, [[VictoryPose then ends up in an awesome pose]] while the Bowzock explodes behind it.
* FunWithAcronyms: When lined up, the first kana of the heroes' surnames spell JI-DO-U-SHI-YA, as in ''jidōsha'', Japanese for "car".
* {{Good Is Not Nice}}/{{Jerkass}}: Though they usually mean well, the Carrangers are probably the most genuinely unpleasant people to wear the rainbow colored spandex (except maybe [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Captain Marvelous and Luka Millfy...]]). Notable in that they are probably the only Sentai to actually fight against [[ChourikiSentaiOhranger another]] in a teamup movie for reasons besides mistaken identity or MindControl by a KissOfDeath from the cyborg Shibolena (they went and kidnapped a magic fairy because they wanted a wish, and the [[DenjiSentaiMegaranger Megarangers]] had to rescue it).
** To be fair, what they wanted to wish for was a spaceship to visit all their alien friends, and they didn't know the Megarangers to be anything more than high school kids.
* HeavySleeper: Dappu's race goes into hibernation for a few weeks per year, and he does so once about halfway through the show. This causes problems since, being TheMentor to a group of [[IdiotHero Idiot Heroes]], he's effectively their leader...
* HeelFaceTurn: All the main Bowzock; the only two exceptions are Ritchhiker and Exhaus, who both die.
* HeroicSacrifice: Subverted humorously in the first episode by Dappu, who played dead just to get the Carrangers to transform.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Who really is Zonnette? Is she Rika Nanase? Then you probably known her.
* HeyItsThatVoice: [[YujiKishi Kyousuke]] is [[IMyMeStrawberryEggs Hibiki-Sensei!]]. And his favorite move is [[StreetFighter Shoryuken!]]
** More importantly, Gynamo (Hiroshi Otake), the boss of the Bowzock... is '' '''[[MazingerZ BOSS]]''' ''.
** If you don't obey traffic laws, [[HochuOtsuka Signalman]] is either [[ZetaGundam gonna violate you]] or [[KamenRiderDenO make you learn to like shiitake]].
** For some reason, you expect [[KiyoshiKobayashi VRV Master]] to either whip out a [[LupinIII notched hat and revolver]] or give the Carrangers the [[GaoGaiGar Key(s) to their Victory]]... Ranger Vehicles.
* {{Homage}}: The first team attack the [[PsychoRangers Zokurangers]] try on the Carrangers? The [[HimitsuSentaiGoranger Zokuranger Ball]].
* IamAHumanitarian: When the Carrangers are cooked into a pizza.
* IdiotHero: All of them to one extent or another.
* {{It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY}}: In-universe, due to the way they introduce themselves, it's not pronounced "Carranger" - the majority pronounce it "'''Caaaaaaaaarranger!'''".
*** Lampshaded in episode 12, when Signalman pulls Red Racer over for speeding and asks his name:
---> '''Red Racer''': I am... ''(starts making the customary poses)'' Gekisou Sentai ''Caaaaaaaaaaaaarranger'''s Red Racer!
---> '''Signalman''': Gekisou Sentai ''(wobbling his head in imitation) Caaaaaaaaaaaaarranger'''s Red Racer? What is that?
*** And a few seconds later, when Kyousuke's teammates come in a rush to stop him from beating Signalman up:
---> '''Signalman''': Ah! You guys are Gekisou Sentai ''Caaaaaaaaaaaaarranger''? ''(still spinning his head around)''
** The aliens - all of them! - [[AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle pronounce it Chiikyu, not Chikyuu]] (Earth). (The Carrangers give up correcting them early on.)
* KansaiRegionalAccent: Minoru, the team's [[TheIdiotFromOsaka idiot from Osaka]].
* KarmicDeath: The first [[MonsterOfTheWeek Gorotsuki]], BB Donpa, a musical themed bad guy, plotted to annoy other aliens into destroying Earth by literally conducting a symphony of honking cars around the Earth. He escapes getting destroyed by the Giga Formula, only to be blasted to bits by his fellow aliens for making too much noise.
* {{Keigo}}: Naoki, oh so much. (see below)
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Zonnette towards Kyousuke, [[spoiler:though she eventually [[DefrostingIceQueen came to warm to his non-Red Racer persona]] as well]].
* LuckyTranslation: The title of the resident PsychoRangers, the Bosou Sentai Zokurangers, comes from the Japanese word for motorcyle hooligans, but also sounds like the English word Bozo, [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain which]] [[StupidCrooks they]] [[PokeThePoodle are]].
* MagicalGirl: Radietta Fanbelt/White Racer. Everything from her transformation to her outfit is pure magical girl. Though she does also have a mecha. It's part cat, part car, all cute.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Natsumi and Naoki.
* MilestoneCelebration: The show celebrated the 20th anniversary of ''Super Sentai'', despite not being a full-fledged tribute like [[GoGoSentaiBoukenger Boukenger]] would be ten years later (actually, it was not even a tribute at all, though a parody is also a sort of homage).
* TheOtherDarrin: Radietta is played by Megumi Hamamatsu in #25 and then replaced with Misaki Sudou from #34 and onward.
* PokeThePoodle: The villains are a gang with no regard for traffic laws.
** Perhaps the best example is when we're introduced to the Zokurangers as they go around committing [[BlatantLies the most heinous of crimes]]: [=ZokuRed=] (SS Paaman) shoots some flowers with his gun; [=ZokuBlue=] tramples a sand castle some kids were making; [=ZokuGreen=] scares off a couple bu bursting through a window; [=ZokuYellow=] steals a boy's popsicle; and [=ZokuPink=] soils clothes hanging out to dry with earth.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Signalman pulled one of this on the Carrangers in Ep 36. [[spoiler: It was actually [[BigBad Exhaus]]'s attempt to frame the heroes.]]
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: More of a "...writes the characterization" - apparently Yoshihiro Masujima (Naoki) really was that overly polite during his audition, and Yoshihiro Fukuda (Minoru) really hailed from Osaka, so their characters were rewritten that way.
* RearrangeTheSong: The opening theme was replaced with the rearranged "Full Accel Version" after only 13 episodes.
* RecycledInSpace: Basically KousokuSentaiTurboranger lampooning the Super Sentai series itself.
** Lampshaded in Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger where they change into that team, realizing that it's a competently different one.
* SecretIdentity: At no point does it seem like they're making an effort to do so ''on purpose'', but the Carrangers' human identities are kept secret - in fact, everyone except Dappu and VRV Master thinks they're aliens. (This is apparently a case where everyone believes the Carrangers are too strong to be human - Dappu out-and-out ''introduced them as such'' to the Bowzock in the first episode.)
** Furthermore, this is the first show in the SuperSentai series to actually bother keeping their identities a complete secret. Amusingly, it's also the one that keeps it best, with no outside characters finding out until the end.
* SelfParody: As mentioned above, ''Carranger'' parodies SuperSentai while also being an official installment in the series.
* ShoutOut: SS Paaman's attempted final attack when giant-sized is a amalgamation of all the previous series' HumongousMecha' attacks - he gets about halfway through before getting a Gekisou-Giri from RV Robo.
** "THE NAME'S TOO LONG!" *cutcutcutcutcutBOOOM*
** The main villain wants to [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy destroy Earth to make room for a space bypass]].
** Braking had a weapon called the King Slugger where it would [[UltraSeven detach the sharp fin on its head and throw it at an enemy]].
* SleptThroughTheApocalypse: Dappu would have done this, if not for the timely appearance of VRV Master.
* SpaceIsNoisy: One villain's plan to destroy Earth is to levitate the cars into space and make so much noise with them that nearby aliens will attack Earth to stop the noise.
* TagalongKid: Ichitaro to Signalman. He has even stood in for him at the Kobaan Base on occasion.
* TeamDad: VRV Master leans towards this in contrast to Dappu. (A neat bit of {{Foreshadowing}} too, since he's actually [[spoiler: Dappu's dad - [[FridgeLogic although just how, exactly, he fit his head inside that helmet is never answered]] ]].)
** In keeping with Carranger's parodic nature, he also likes to do typical "Oyaji" stuff, like Pachinko (in which he apparently does very well), drinking coffee milk, and getting shaves at the barber. Daily. [[FridgeLogic Despite pretty obviously not having any hair.]]
* TheGoodTheBadAndTheEvil: In the finale, Gynamo teams up with the Carrangers to stop Exhaus.
* ThePsychoRangers: Bousou Sentai Zokuranger, brought together by Bowzock's #1 hero researcher SS Paaman. Notable for: 1) consisting of barflies aside from SS Paaman 2) Not resembling the heroes in the ''slightest'' and 3) getting their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfAPRWCB54A own version of the opening song]].
** To a far lesser extent, when ZZ Gyuuri and four Wumpers board the stolen RV Robo, the Wumpers correspond to the colors of the usual pilots (with the white Wumper taking Yellow Racer's seat). The blue Wumper even does Blue Racer's Diagonal Spark pose before firing it.
* ThemeNaming: The surnames of the Carrangers ('''Ji'''nnai, '''Do'''mon, '''U'''esugi, '''Shi'''nohara and '''Ya'''gami) form the Japanese word ''jidōsha'' ("automobile").
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Natsumi and Youko.
* TookALevelInBadass: Y'know that ColonyDrop further up the page? Guess how it got stopped. [[spoiler: Sirender ''catches it in midair and '''pushes it back into orbit.''' '']]
** Also happens to Kyousuke when he finally starts acting like a Red [=Ranger/Leader=]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Imo-youkan for the Bowzocks.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: A hallmark of the series - unless they're actively causing trouble, very few people ever seem to take more than casual notice of the Bowzock. All the more notable when Ritchihiker pulls TheStarscream on Gynamo, and he and Zonnette spend the next few episodes doing varied stuff on Earth (even getting jobs at a pachinko parlor - the same one that VRV Master attends, to boot!).
** Glatch, for example, goes out and buys the Imoyokan himself. This is ''after'' he himself grew to giant size and stumbled about town.
* VerbalTic: Dappu who likes to add his name to the end of all his sentences. He even does it with his handwriting.
** So do the Gorotsuki, by constantly repeating their names (excluding the double initials), which even replaces CallingYourAttacks for them.
* VillainSong: The show's ending theme is an upbeat song sung from the point of view of the villains, about having a chance to relax after a tough day of getting beaten by the heroes, and wondering if maybe the good guys can let them win next time.
* WrenchWench: Natsumi. To such an extent that she can dismantle a ''moving'' bicycle untransformed, and as Yellow Racer she uses it as an attack.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Minoru used to be afraid of lightning after being shocked by an electric eel as a child. He got over it.
** Interestingly, Zelmoda too has the same fear. We don't see him recover, though.
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8th May '13 9:11:53 AM Blessranger
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* Kyousuke Jinnai/'''[[color:red:Red Racer]]''': The IdiotHero. He's a test-driver who usually ignores [[ComesGreatResponsibility his duties]] just to drive his boss' car.
* Naoki Domon/'''[[color:blue:Blue Racer]]''': The [[KidAppealCharacter Kid Appeal]] [[TheSmartGuy Smart Guy]], and FriendToAllLivingThings.
* Minoru Uesugi/'''[[color:green:Green Racer]]''': TheBigGuy; a salesman who once lost part of his [[TransformationTrinket Accelchanger]] while [[SuperSentaiStance practicing poses]].
* Natsumi Shinohara/'''[[color:gold:Yellow Racer]]''': [[TheSmartGuy The Smart]] [[TheLancer Lancer]]. A WrenchWench with a [[MagicFeather legendary wrench.]]
* Youko Yagami/'''[[color:fuchsia:Pink Racer]]''': TheChick. A weight-conscious BigEater with NoSenseOfDirection.

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* Kyousuke Jinnai/'''[[color:red:Red Racer]]''': Jinnai/'''Red Racer''': The IdiotHero. IdiotHero; He's a test-driver who usually ignores [[ComesGreatResponsibility his duties]] just to drive his boss' car.
* Naoki Domon/'''[[color:blue:Blue Racer]]''': Domon/'''Blue Racer''': The [[KidAppealCharacter Kid Appeal]] KidAppealCharacter and FriendToAllLivingThings; [[TheSmartGuy Smart Guy]], and FriendToAllLivingThings.
He comes up with ideas on car designs]].
* Minoru Uesugi/'''[[color:green:Green Racer]]''': Uesugi/'''Green Racer''': TheBigGuy; a A salesman who once lost part of his [[TransformationTrinket Accelchanger]] while [[SuperSentaiStance practicing poses]].
* Natsumi Shinohara/'''[[color:gold:Yellow Racer]]''': Shinohara/'''Yellow Racer''': TheLancer; A [[TheSmartGuy The Smart]] [[TheLancer Lancer]]. A WrenchWench mechanic]] with a [[MagicFeather legendary wrench.]]
* Youko Yagami/'''[[color:fuchsia:Pink Racer]]''': TheChick. Yagami/'''Pink Racer''': TheChick; A weight-conscious BigEater with NoSenseOfDirection.
2nd May '13 6:50:19 PM ZeroWizard
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** TheHero: Kyousuke [[hottip:*:Notably, he doesn't start acting like one until episode 32, when VRV Master all but ''tells'' him to be one. Until then, he's just the guy in the Red Racer suit.]]

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** TheHero: TheLeader: Kyousuke [[hottip:*:Notably, he doesn't start acting like one until episode 32, when VRV Master all but ''tells'' him to be one. Until then, he's just the guy in the Red Racer suit.]]
21st Apr '13 12:39:42 PM Kayube
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* VillainSong: The show's ending theme is an upbeat song sung from the point of view of the villains, about having a chance to relax after a tough day of getting beaten by the heroes, and wondering if maybe the good guys can let them win next time.
18th Apr '13 7:47:27 AM AndyLA
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* ByTheBookCop: Signalman, so much so he sometimes ends up being a nuisance to the Carrangers. He once let a Bowzock kidnap Ichitaro just because ''the street crossing light was red''!!!

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* ByTheBookCop: Signalman, so much so he sometimes ends up being a nuisance to the Carrangers. He once let a Bowzock kidnap Ichitaro just because ''the street crossing light was red''!!!red''!!! This causes him to veer into LawfulStupid every so often.
21st Mar '13 3:03:43 PM Redkun
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''Gekisō Sentai Carranger'' (Extreme Rush Squadron Carranger) is the twentieth installment in the ''SuperSentai'' series, airing from 1996 to 1997. It's about a group of [[IdiotHero idiot workers]] at Pegasus Garage who use the power of car-shaped constellations to fight a group of [[QuirkyMinibossSquad idiot aliens]] called "Space Biker-Gang Bowzock"[[labelnote:note]]Space Bosozoku Bowzock, "bosozoku" being the name for biker gangs. A comparatively punny name would be "Space Biker-Gang Byekagan".[[/labelnote]]

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''Gekisō Sentai Carranger'' (Extreme Rush Squadron Carranger) is the twentieth installment in the ''SuperSentai'' series, airing from 1996 to 1997. It's about a group of [[IdiotHero idiot workers]] at Pegasus Garage who use the power of car-shaped constellations to fight a group of [[QuirkyMinibossSquad idiot aliens]] called "Space Biker-Gang Bowzock"[[labelnote:note]]Space Bowzock".[[labelnote:note]]Space Bosozoku Bowzock, "bosozoku" being the name for biker gangs. A comparatively punny name would be "Space Biker-Gang Byekagan".[[/labelnote]]
21st Mar '13 3:03:29 PM Redkun
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''Gekisō Sentai Carranger'' (Extreme Rush Squadron Carranger) is the twentieth installment in the ''SuperSentai'' series, airing from 1996 to 1997. It's about a group of [[IdiotHero idiot workers]] at Pegasus Garage who use the power of car-shaped constellations to fight a group of [[QuirkyMinibossSquad idiot aliens]] called "Space Biker-Gang Bowzock"[[labelnote:*]]Space Bosozoku Bowzock, "bosozoku" being the name for biker gangs. A comparatively punny name would be "Space Biker-Gang Byekagan".[[/labelnote]]

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''Gekisō Sentai Carranger'' (Extreme Rush Squadron Carranger) is the twentieth installment in the ''SuperSentai'' series, airing from 1996 to 1997. It's about a group of [[IdiotHero idiot workers]] at Pegasus Garage who use the power of car-shaped constellations to fight a group of [[QuirkyMinibossSquad idiot aliens]] called "Space Biker-Gang Bowzock"[[labelnote:*]]Space Bowzock"[[labelnote:note]]Space Bosozoku Bowzock, "bosozoku" being the name for biker gangs. A comparatively punny name would be "Space Biker-Gang Byekagan".[[/labelnote]]
21st Mar '13 2:53:08 PM Redkun
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As the twentieth instalment of the franchise, it's a AffectionateParody of ''SuperSentai'' and all the tropes it has, [[SelfParody while being a full Super Sentai series in and of itself]]. At the time, ''SuperSentai'' was under serious threat of cancellation due to falling ratings, and popular opinion is that the executives simply ''did not give a damn'' and allowed the writers to do whatever the hell they thought they could get away with... resulting in a series so ridiculous and inexplicably popular that it saved the franchise.

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As the twentieth instalment of the franchise, it's a AffectionateParody of ''SuperSentai'' and all the tropes it has, [[SelfParody while being a full Super Sentai series in and of itself]]. At the time, ''SuperSentai'' was under serious threat of cancellation due to falling ratings, and popular opinion is that the executives simply ''did not give a damn'' and allowed the writers to do whatever the hell they thought they could get away with... resulting in a series so ridiculous ridiculous, comedic and inexplicably popular that it saved the franchise.
20th Mar '13 2:51:42 PM Redkun
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Adapted in the US as ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', which attempted to make a serious series out of it, then gave up half-way through, then somehow ended on the most dramatic SequelHook in the franchise.

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Adapted in the US as ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', which attempted ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo''. They ''attempted'' to make a serious series out of it, then gave up half-way through, then somehow ended on it at first (using the most dramatic SequelHook in the franchise.
goofy monster suits and stock footage imaginable) but gave up halfway.
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''Gekisō Sentai Carranger'' (Extreme Rush Squadron Carranger) is the twentieth installment in the ''SuperSentai'' series, airing from 1996 to 1997. It's about a group of [[IdiotHero idiot workers]] at Pegasus Garage who use the power of car-shaped constellations to fight a group of [[QuirkyMinibossSquad idiot aliens]] called "Space Bosozoku Bowzock" (note: "bosozoku" is the Japanese name for biker gangs).

As the twentieth installment of the franchise, it's a AffectionateParody of ''SuperSentai'' and all the tropes it has, [[SelfParody while being a full Super Sentai series in and of itself]].

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''Gekisō Sentai Carranger'' (Extreme Rush Squadron Carranger) is the twentieth installment in the ''SuperSentai'' series, airing from 1996 to 1997. It's about a group of [[IdiotHero idiot workers]] at Pegasus Garage who use the power of car-shaped constellations to fight a group of [[QuirkyMinibossSquad idiot aliens]] called "Space Biker-Gang Bowzock"[[labelnote:*]]Space Bosozoku Bowzock" (note: Bowzock, "bosozoku" is being the Japanese name for biker gangs).

gangs. A comparatively punny name would be "Space Biker-Gang Byekagan".[[/labelnote]]

As the twentieth installment instalment of the franchise, it's a AffectionateParody of ''SuperSentai'' and all the tropes it has, [[SelfParody while being a full Super Sentai series in and of itself]].
itself]]. At the time, ''SuperSentai'' was under serious threat of cancellation due to falling ratings, and popular opinion is that the executives simply ''did not give a damn'' and allowed the writers to do whatever the hell they thought they could get away with... resulting in a series so ridiculous and inexplicably popular that it saved the franchise.
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