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CombiningMecha from Creator/{{Toei}} that aired on Creator/TVTokyo in 1982. Since shows like this were a dime a dozen in Japan, it unfortunately got overlooked. But elsewhere, including America, where HumongousMecha shows were still practically unheard of, it got recognition as the vehicle robot of ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''.

Dairugger is a peacekeeping and exploration robot during the days of space exploration. The Terran League decides to explore beyond the galaxy. But the first mission runs into the Galbeston Empire, who decide to attack Earth. Dairugger is sent to defend, but eventually learns that the Galbeston are actually desperate for a new home, as their planet is doomed.

Like ''Anime/GoLion'', ''Dairugger XV'' has been released in its original form on DVD in R1, as ''Armored Fleet Dairugger XV"

See also ''Anime/GoLion'', ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', and ''SuperSentai''.

* TheBattlestar: The Rugger Guard, the space carrier from which the vehicles launched before combining
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Virtually every single commander working under Teles (Hazar) immediately and laughingly disregards his orders to seek peace with the Earth Fleet; also a case of TooDumbToLive, as basically every last one of them meets Dairugger's sword. They do this with some sanction, but the viewscreen has barely clicked off when they give the order to attack anyway, usually to some incredulous soldier who basically says "Dude?!"
* CombiningMecha: Two ways! 15 small vehicles could combine into three larger ones, and then if that didn't get the job done, could re-combine into the titular [[SuperRobot super robot]].
* GenreBlindness: At least two of the Galveston captains tried to ram Dairugger instead of retreating. Guess how both played out...
* FighterLaunchingSequence
* HumongousMecha
* IfItSwimsItFlies
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* OldSchoolDogFight: the air team vehicles got to do a bit of this before the need to form Dairugger arose.
* RubberForeheadAliens: The aliens of Galveston are basically humans with blue skin and red eyes. Keats, leader of the Dairugger Sea Team, and Kirigas, one of the members of the Land Team, are a different shade of blue and have pointy ears.
* TheShortGuyWithGlasses: Yasuo
* StockFootage
* SuperRobot
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: Often averted or subverted.
* WagonTrainToTheStars