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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 the US, 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 ''Franchise/SuperSentai''.

* TheBattlestar: The Rugger Guard, the space carrier from which the vehicles launch 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 (Kurugger, Kairugger, and Rikurugger), and then if that didn't get the job done, could re-combine into the titular [[SuperRobot super robot]]. It's unusual in that Dairugger can combine and act even if some pieces are missing (once it combined without its right leg, once without the head), but it doesn't seem to operate at peak efficiency in those cases.
* GenreBlindness: At least two of the Galveston captains tried to ram Dairugger instead of retreating. Guess how both played out...
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* HumongousMecha / SuperRobot: Dairugger itself, but also the robotic monsters it's called upon to fight.
* IfItSwimsItFlies: The Sea Team, whose ships could fly through the air and even through space as easily as they operated as submarines. However, all fifteen ships could fly, even the Land Team.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Fifteen pilots of the individual vehicles, and that's just to start. There's also the crew of the Rugger Guard and plenty of recurring characters from the Galveston Empire.
* 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
* ShoutOut: Some of the Dairugger vehicles- particularly the head and chestplate- look a lot like the [[Series/{{Thunderbirds}} Thunderbird craft]].
* StockFootage: For both the launching of the ships, and Dairugger's combination (though the latter was sometimes subverted).
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: Often averted or subverted, most notably the time when one of the ships that formed Dairugger's right leg was hit mid-assembly. Rather than stop the whole process, however, Dairugger was able to finish combining without the leg, though that made the robot clumsy in combat until the pilot recovered and was able to rejoin Dairugger.
* WagonTrainToTheStars: The Rugger Guard's mission is to explore the galaxy and map all of it out. (This is different from the Voltron version, where they were specifically searching for worlds to colonize.)