[[caption-width-right:350:For the world, for the people, Daitarn 3 will smash the ambitions of the Meganoids. [[InTheNameOfTheMoon If you don't fear the shine of the Sun, then bring it on!]]]]
''The Unchallengeable Daitarn 3'' (無敵鋼人ダイターン3, ''Muteki Kōjin Daitān 3'', lit. ''Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3'') is an anime series created by YoshiyukiTomino and Hajime Yatate, and produced by Sunrise. It was first broadcast on Japanese TV in 1978. The series lasted for 40 episodes. The opening theme ''Come Here! Daitarn 3'' is sung by Makoto Fujiwara.

Sōzō Haran was a brilliant scientist that was conducting research on Mars. He created a [[MechanicalLifeform form of cyborg life]] with the ability to think for itself. These cyborgs, dubbed the Meganoids (メガノイド, Meganoido), [[Main/AIIsACrapshoot soon ran out of control and killed Dr. Haran along with his whole family]], save his youngest son, the 16-year-old Banjō Haran.

Banjō escapes from Mars on a rocket with a solar-powered super robot called Daitarn 3, which was built with the special metals of Mars. Now 18 years old and living on Earth in a luxurious mansion, Banjō fights against the Meganoids with the aid of his faithful [[Main/BattleButler butler Garrison]] and his two gorgeous companions, ActionGirl and ex-INTERPOL agent Reika Sanjo and his childhood friend Beautiful "Beauty" Tachibana. Oh, and BrattyHalfPint Toppo, a surprising crack shot who they picked up from a city that got levitated off the ground by the Meganoids in episode 2 and then stays with Banjō & Co. for no apparent reason. Together they must stop the evil Meganoids which aspire to turn all humans into cyborgs and thus "improve" the human race.

This series has appeared in about three-fourths of them since all the way back to ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars3''.
!!This anime provides examples of:
* AdjectiveNounFred: As noted above, the series' full title is ''Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3''.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Every single Meganoid Commander -- and even some of the normal foot soldiers -- can become a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Megaborg]].
%% * BadAssCreed: See picture description.
* BigBad: Don Sauzer.
* BittersweetEnding
* BladeOnAStick: Daitarn Javelin.
* BreakingTheBonds: The opening has this, except Banjō doesn't break tying ropes. He breaks ''[[{{Badass}} prison bars]]''.
* BruceLeeClone: In episode 10.
* ByThePowerOfGraySkull: Banjō calls Daitarn 3 with a press of a button and a yell of "''DAITAAA~RN...COME HERE''!"
* CallingYourAttacks: Anything on this page with "Sun" or "Daitarn" at the beginning of its name is invariably shouted before firing.
* TheCasanova: Banjō Haran.
* TheCollector: Benmel
* CrazyPrepared: A strip of platinum is all it takes to counter the effect of the Meganoids' [[{{Brainwashed}} brainwashing liquid]]. Banjō keeps one on his person at all times, just in case he's captured and dumped in a vat of the stuff.
* CrimefightingWithCash: Much of Daitarn 3's operating cost and Banjo's actions in general are self-financed.
* DeathDealer: Megaborg General Edwin.
* DivingKick: Daitarn Crash!
* TheDragon: Koros.
** In final episode it turned out that Koros was [[spoiler: DragonInChief whole time because Don Zauther was inactive and he only awakened in finale when Koros was defeated.]]
* EpicFlail: Daitarn Hammer and Meganoid General Sandrake.
* {{Expy}}: Film/JamesBond With A HumongousMecha And [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair Blue Hair]]!
* EvilRedhead: Koros
* ExpositoryThemeTune: "Come here, Daitarn 3, Daitarn 3! Take the sun's radiance into your chest."
* TheFellowshipHasEnded: A example that [[MindScrew seems strange in its simplicity]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htbueyleh38 In the final episode]], [[spoiler: After TheHero Banjō defeats the enemy on Mars, the next scene is at his Mansion: ActionGirl Reika Sanjo and TagAlongKid Toppo say goodbye to BattleButler Garrison and SpoiledSweet Beautiful "Beauty" Tachibana, who takes her limo to her parent’s mansion. Garrison closes the mansion and takes the bus to an unknown destiny. There is only a light in one solitary window at Banjo’s mansion]]. TheEnd.
* FinishingMove: The ''Sun Attack!'' and subsequent '''DAITARN CRASH!''' flying kick that respectively carve and punch a hole through Megaborgs.
* FrickinLaserBeams: Sun Laser.
* GoodIsNotNice: Banjō only tries to destroy the Meganoids (and even then, he is willing to spare those who aren't all that bad), but is determined to be ruthless if need be.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: [[spoiler:Banjō becomes this in the final episode]].
* HumongousMecha: Standing at 120 meters tall, Daitarn was among the largest before Creator/StudioGainax decided to have a crack at the [[Anime/{{Gunbuster}} largest]] [[Anime/{{Diebuster}} mecha]] [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann ever]].
* ImplacableMan: Franken.
* ImprobableAge: Banjō is seriously 18 years old, even though he looks like a man in his thirties and have graduated several colleges, been a member of CIA for quite some time and has traveled through various countries A LOT.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: "If you don't fear the shine of the Sun, bring it on!"
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Episode 22: Banjō vs [[strike:James]] Jimmy Dean.
** Thank God the real Jimmy Dean, a country music star and founder of a brand of sausages didn't find out.
* LimitedWardrobe: Played straight with Banjō, Toppo and Garrison; averted for the two [[strike:bond girls]] female sidekicks. Also, [[DefiedTrope defied]] in episode 20: [[spoiler:[[EvilRedhead Koros]] captures both Beauty and Reika, turns them into Meganoids and sics them on Banjō. Banjō kills them both, then explains that he noticed "Beauty" and "Reika" are wearing different clothes than the ones they left home with, and therefore are two female Meganoids disguised as Beauty and Reika, who indeed are still being held captive by Koros.]]
* LighterAndSofter: Frankly, anything out of Tomino's portfolio barring ''[[Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon Ideon]]'' would be Lighter and Softer compared to the [[ChildSoldiers Child Soldiering]] and rampant terrorism of ''Anime/{{Zambot 3}}''.
** An interesting point to note is a light comedic element running through the whole series - the Meganoid foot soldiers exert some of their own personality with witty banter, bringing a fresh change to the [[{{Mooks}} silent drones]] which permeated super robot series previously.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:Pretty much THE whole reason for what Koros is doing]].
* MeaningfulName: Banjō's full name, Haran Banjō, is a homophone of a Japanese phrase, 波乱万丈, which means "stormy and full of drama".
* OnceAnEpisode: "''Borrowing the power of the Sun! Sure-kill attack! SUN ATTACK!''" and "''DAITARN CRASH!''"
* ThePowerOfLove: Quite literally in episode 17: [[spoiler:Reika uses her pink, heart-shaped mind-beams of love to convince a man with PsychicPowers to refrain from killing Banjo]].
* PaperFanOfDoom: Daitarn 3 carries two of these. Note that Daitarn 3 is actually a ''HumongousMecha.'' And Daitarn uses them for defense. Which may or may not be more outlandish.
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: BIG WEB! mounted on Daitarn 3's chest.
* RedemptionEarnsLife: Despite his personal hatred of the Meganoids, Banjō is more than willing to let the ones who show they are capable of love or are honourable live as long as they don't kill humans; he even offers most of his enemies multiple opportunities to surrender during his battles.
* RobotGirl: Koros
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Don Zauther? Don Sauzer? Don Zauker? Which one is correct?
* SpiritualSuccessor: Of ''Anime/{{Zambot 3}}''. ''Anime/TheBigO'' is often considered a spiritual succssor to ''Anime/{{Daitarn 3}}'' as well.
* SuperPrototype: Daitarn was originally built as a testbed for Megaborg technology.
* SwordsAkimbo: The Daitarn Zanbers, stored in Daitarn's knees.
* ThisIsADrill: Meganoid General Katrof used these.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Meganoid Commanders are very prone to this.
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler: There are a few hints imply that Banjo may be a Meganoid of some kind.]]
* TransformingMecha: Dai-Tank and Dai-Fighter modes.
* TheUnintelligible: Don Zauther. [[spoiler:Until episode 40, that is.]].
* UnwillingRoboticisation: The Meganoids' master plan is doing this to ALL humans.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Meganoids in general, as they want to "improve" the human race.
* WrenchWench: Reika is usually the one performing field repairs on the [[CoolCar Mach Attacker]], and on at least one occasion she gives instructions to Banjo when he's repairing Daitarn.