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[[caption-width-right:317:Let's [=GoLion=]!]]

->''One!... Plus one!... Plus one!... Plus one!... Plus one!... GoLion!!''

CombiningMecha from {{Toei}} that aired in 1981. Since shows like this were a dime a dozen in Japan, it unfortunately got overlooked. But [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff elsewhere, including America]], where HumongousMecha shows were still practically unheard of, it got recognition as the lion robot of ''{{Voltron}}''.

The show takes place in the then-future year of 1999, and Earth has just been hit by World War III, and all the cities are nuked. Five space academy students come across the ruins, and before they even have time to grieve, they are taken as slaves by ships of the Galra Empire. They manage to escape, are nearly shot down, but are pulled in by a mysterious force from the planet Altea.

Stumbling across a ruined castle, they meet Princess Fala, the last survivor of the planet's royal family after the Galra empire ravaged the planet, and her advisor Raible. They determine that the explorers are there to pilot Golion, a robot that was unrivaled in battle thousands of years ago, but split into five lions after he tried to take on a goddess.

So the pilots form Golion, and become the protectors of Altea (including Fala herself after one of the pilots is killed), and eventually overthrow the Galra empire.

Even though the series never took off in Japan as well as ''Voltron'' elsewhere, it does have a cult following, and [=GoLion=] appeared in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW''.

See also ''DairuggerXV'', ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', and ''SuperSentai''.
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!!This show provides examples of:
* AlienInvasion
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: There doesn't seem to be a single decent member of the alien species that makes up the [[TheEmpire Galra Empire]].
* AllYourColorsCombined
* AnimalMecha: The series is called ''Beast King [=GoLion=]''. What'd you expect?
* AnimalMotifs: ''Guess''.
* AnyoneCanDie
* AssKickingPose
* BackupTwin: Ryoh Shirogane.
* BigBad: Daibazaal. [[spoiler: That is, until Sincline ends up usurping him.]]
* {{Bishounen}}
* TheBigGuy: Tsuyoshi.
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull" "Let's [=GoLion=]!"
* CallingYourAttacks
* CatsAreMean: [[WickedWitch Honerva]]'s RightHandCat.
* ChestInsignia
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Averted. The pilots' uniform color doesn't correspond to their respective lions, a pilot wearing red might own a black lion for example.
* CombiningMecha
* DarkerAndEdgier: It never quite matches the works of GoNagai or YoshiyukiTomino, but it's still a fair bit more brutal than most kid-friendly SuperRobot shows of its day and downright shocking to anybody who's more familiar with ''Voltron''. It's particularly notable the way the director seems to take perverse delight in causing secondary or unnamed characters to drop like flies, most notably the entire population of Earth in the first episode.
* DeusExMachina: At the end of a two-parter where [=GoLion=] is trapped by a hyper-gravity planetoid, the space goddess shows up out of nowhere to free him.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Takashi.
* TheEmpire
* ErmineCapeEffect: Even when not fancied up, even in uniform, Fala still wears her [[RequisiteRoyalRegalia tiara]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Fala, and her cousin Amue.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Fala does sparkle sometimes.
* EyeBeams: [=GoLion=]'s Eye Flash.
* FairytaleWeddingDress: A dress made for Fala to wear on her possible future wedding.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Why the censoring on ''Voltron'' isn't considered outright {{Bowdlerization}}.
** Indeed. The Earth itself even blows up in one episode; something WEP ''really'' couldn't show.
* FauxActionGirl: Fala when she isn't piloting the blue lion.
* FighterLaunchingSequence
* FirstChurchOfMecha: Golion is just worshiped as one on Altea. When he went up against an actual Goddess, he got a major lesson in humility.
* FiveManBand
* ForGreatJustice: The opening song.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Fala and the mice. She even knows their language.
* GenreSavvy: The first MonsterOfTheWeek was actually smart enough to attack the lion robots when they were trying to combine.
** A later Beastman tried the same trick, only to discover that the Lions now had a force field during their combination to prevent this.
*** Which in itself, is GenreSavvy on the part of the Lions.
* GratuitousGreek: The Mecha Beastmen were named for Greek letters.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: WorldWarIII, when the US and USSR launch their missiles at each other, happens eight years after the USSR fell.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Ryou, who stabs Prince Sincline in the heart before tackling him off the top of his exploding fortress.]]
* HeyItsThatVoice: Hiroshi Suzuishi and Honerva are both [[GalaxyExpress999 Tetsuro Hoshino]]. Five years later, the [[Creator/MasakoNozawa seiyuu in question]] would star in the role [[DragonBall she is best known for]]...
** PlayingAgainstType: Shirogane is voiced by RyuseiNakao, though this is before he's landed the role of [[DragonBall Frieza]] thereby beginning his awesome [[PigeonholedVoiceActor pigeonholing of sadistic screechy villains]].
* {{Hidden Backup Prince}}ss: Princess Fala, who is the only survivor of her family.
* HighPressureBlood: The episode with the Red Beret fighters from Galra/Doom. While GoLion in general has a harder edge than {{Voltron}}, this episode rivals even the infamous first ten minutes of ElfenLied. This is one instance where the edits made perfect sense for a syndie kids cartoon.
* {{Homage}}: It could be unintentional, but Fala's grand dress [[http://www.sfstlskyway.com/allurawall.jpg bears a resemblance]] to [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Princess Aurora]]'s.
** Right after the title card in the first episode, a Galran ship flies past the screen in a way reminiscent of the Star Destroyer at the beginning of ANewHope.
* HumongousMecha
* IKissYourHand: Princess Fala receives this from the Earth pilots when pledging to fight for Altea, except for one guy who gets interrupted by an alarm.
* KickTheDog: Sincline has many.
* KilledOffForReal
* KingOfBeasts
* TheLancer: Isamu.
* LatexSpaceSuit: All of the pilot suits.
* {{Leitmotif}}
* LimitedWardrobe: Everyone else has exactly two outfits - his uniform, and one set of civvies, save for Fala, who also has a dress.
* MeditatingUnderAWaterfall
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Averted with [[spoiler: Raible, who survived the series.]]
** Played straight with [[spoiler: Hys]]
* MiniDressOfPower: Amue, after she gets rescued and gets involved in the final battle.
* ModestRoyalty: Once Fala is a pilot, she usually wears her pink jumpsuit instead of her fancy dress.
* MonsterOfTheWeek
* OedipusComplex: The [[spoiler:half-Galran, half-Altean]] Sincline has a lot of daddy and mommy issues, especially with Fala resembling his long dead mother.
* OjouRinglets: Fala, although the way they are drawn makes them easy to mistake for sideburns.
* OneTwoThreeFourGo
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The original five Golion pilots usually called each other by nickname: "[[TheHero Chief]]", "[[SacrificialLamb Quiet]]", "[[TheLancer Moody]]", "[[TheBigGuy Hothead]]", and "[[TheSmartGuy Shorty]]". They were otherwise only known by their last names. (The "[[TheChick Princess]]" manages to fit into the scheme later.)
* OverlordJr: Sincline, the even worse then his dad variety.
* ParentalAbandonment: Fala's parents and sibilings were killed when she was still a baby. Raible raised her since then.
* PimpedOutDress: Fala's princess dress.
** Amue's princess dress isn't that fancy, but when she wears her battle mini dress, it fits this trope better.
** The wedding dress Hys made for Fala to wear for her eventual wedding.
* {{Pride}}: As mentioned, [=GoLion=] was originally a single robot who thought he was the greatest thing since sliced bread; when he tried to fight a space goddess, she split him into the five lions to teach him some humility.
* PrincessClassic: Even as a pilot, Fala is like this.
* PrincessesPreferPink: Fala wears pink with nearly everything, even her uniform.
* {{Robeast}}: The Deathblack Beastmen. A group of more powerful, robot monsters called the Mechablack Beastmen were introduced later on.
* RocketPunch: [=GoLion=]'s Four Lion Attack has it launch the lion heads on its four limbs at the enemy.
* RockThemeNaming: The original five pilots have the names of metals as their surnames.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething -- Fala as one of the pilots.
** Sincline is an example, though in most cases it would have been better for Daibazaal and Galra if he was a Royal Who Did Not Do Anything.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Honerva's plan to take down Altea by [[spoiler: killing Shirogane]] falls victim to two spanners- one was Kurogane in Red Lion coming up with the idea [[spoiler: to push the Deathblack Beastman Galcia into some magma]], and when Galra attacks again before Altea could train a replacement,[[spoiler: Fala takes Blue Lion]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Before Media Blasters' official spelling, "Fala" was usually romanized as "Farla".
* TheShortGuyWithGlasses: Hiroshi.
* SlipperySwimsuit: Happens once to Princess Fala. A high dive while wearing a bikini leads to her top surfacing before she does.
* StandardizedLeader: Akira.
* TheStarscream: Prince Sincline.
* StayInTheKitchen: The way Fala's guardians treat her some of the time.
* StockFootage
* SuperRobot
* ThemeNaming: The original team all have metals for their names: Kogane (Gold), Shirogane (Silver), Kurogane (Steel), Seidou (Bronze), and Suzuishi (Tin).
* ThemeSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQsABGChyVk See here.]]
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: Subverted oh so many times, that's what happens when you get DangerouslyGenreSavvy villains.
* TransformingMecha: Mecha Beastman Delta went from robot to DrillTank.
* TrueBlueFemininity: Amue's main dress.
* UnwillingSuspension: Amue.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Sincline goes crazy and kills Honerva when he found out that his mother was human.]]
* {{Warrior Prince}}ss: Fala, and even Amue near the end.
* WickedWitch: Honerva.
* TheWorfEffect: Every encounter the titular robot has with a beastman who is a physical threat to Golion is an example of this.
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