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'''''Yoroiden Samurai Troopers''''', a 39-episode {{Shonen}} anime produced by Sunrise in the late 1980s, centers its story around [[{{Sentai}} a group of young men]] who don transforming [[EmpathicWeapon mystical armors]]. Sunrise designed the show to [[FollowTheLeader capitalise on the success]] of [[SaintSeiya THE show about young men who don mystical armors]] -- but with [[JidaiGeki Sengoku]] flavor! The series found its way to the US in 1995 as '''''Ronin Warriors''''', where it meshed well during the post-''PowerRangers'' wave. The American dub remains one of the least {{Macekre}}d {{Anime}}-to-American TV adaptations of its time in terms of cuts (with the exception of the [[DubNameChange name changes]]).

In the first episode, the show's primary villain -- Master Talpa, [[SatanicArchetype supreme lord]] of the demonic Underworld, who spends most of the First Arc as a floating demonic mask (with an inexplicable-yet-menacing Welsh accent in the American dub) -- enters the mortal world and brings along a horde of demonic henchmen to help him take over Tokyo. Only a handful of people escape the flood of Talpa's henchmen into the city, notably [[BrattyHalfPint Yuli]] (a young boy whose parents end up captured during Talpa's invasion) and Mia Koji (a young student-teacher and [[HotLibrarian researcher of ancient Japanese legends and antiquities]]).

Also witness to this event: five athletic young heroes in colorful armor, one of whom (Ryo) had wandered into the city with an [[TeamPet enormous white tiger]] by his side minutes before Talpa's arrival. When Mia and Yuli find themselves threatened by soldiers of Talpa's Dynasty, Ryo and the other heroes step in to rescue them. Sensing a threat to his rule, Talpa casts the young heroes to the four winds with his supernatural powers -- which leaves Mia and Yuli left with nothing to do but find and reunite the Ronin Warriors so they can prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. The young warriors have more than just Talpa and his low-level goons to worry about, though: he also has [[FourIsDeath four powerful warlords]] in his employ, who each have their own armor and the power to unleash unspeakable horrors upon the world. (Of course, the heroes have Yuli on ''their'' side, so things pretty much even out.)

After the warriors reunite, they venture into Talpa's demonic stronghold and discover the full extent of their powers -- as well as the origins of their armors and the secret they share with the Dynasty Warlords '''and''' Talpa himself: long before Talpa came to conquer Tokyo in modern times, a mystic known as The Ancient One defeated Talpa in battle. Though the mystic sent Talpa's soul to the underworld, the demonic armor he wore remained in the mortal world. To prevent Talpa from returning to the mortal realm, The Ancient One melted down Talpa's armor and remade it into nine separate armors. Five of these armors found their way to the Ronin Warriors, while the other four found their way to Talpa's Warlords. Even after discovering the truth, the Warriors press on into battle, and Ryo eventually defeats Talpa after the power of all five Ronin Warriors combine to give Ryo a new, far more powerful suit of armor.

Following Talpa's defeat, several new foes show up to challenge Ryo and his newfound Inferno armor while Ryo learns how to control its immeasurable power, but these villains end up as little more than a distraction from the true threat: Talpa (who still lives on in the Underworld) and his corrupted servant Lady Kayura (the last member of the line of Ancients and a force more powerful than even the Inferno Armor). Rather than wait for Talpa to invade the mortal world again, the Warriors venture into the underworld to put a stop to Talpa's schemes once and for all.

Following the end of the series, Sunrise continued the story with the follow-up OVAs "Gaiden", "Kikoutei Densetsu" ("The Legend of the Solar Armor"), and "Message", each of which feature their own distinct storyline and villains.

With its cheesy-yet-enjoyable dub, lack of content cuts, and wide exposure due to syndication (and Toonami), ''Ronin Warriors'' helped pave the way for the mid-to-late 1990s anime boom to come. After fan demand became too loud to ignore, Bandai released the entire show on special double-sided [=DVDs=]: one side of the disc contained episodes of ''Ronin Warriors'', while the other contained subtitled and uncut episodes of the original ''Yoroiden Samurai Troopers''. After finishing the series release, Bandai released the [=OVAs=] (with a dub to boot), then eventually released both the series and the [=OVAs=] together in a huge collector's set. The individual DVD releases also had a special "flip" cover: one side has a ''Ronin Warriors'' version of the cover, while the other side had the ''Yoroiden Samurai Troopers'' version. While both sides shared similar layouts, the back-cover text and the logos stayed in line with each specific version of the show (right down to episode titles and character names). These releases have since fallen out of print. The OVA and the original japanese version of the TV series were rescued by Creator/DiscotekMedia, though they still have issues to sort out before they can release the english version.

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!! ''Ronin Warriors'' contains examples of the following tropes:

* TheAbridgedSeries: A fairly recent addition, actually, and still not beyond its first episode as of...two years in. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LQVEI6FxUg First part of the first and only episode is right here.]]'
** Also, Sage's Mental Notes can be found on Youtube. Not quite an Abridged Series, but very funny.
** There's also dutchmcgee101's Alternate Ronin Warriors, also on Youtube. Also not quite an abridged series in the strictest sense, but it's worth a look.
* AccentAdaptation: Rowen, who is from Osaka, is given a New York dialect in the TV series; by the time the first OVA comes out, he has a new voice actor who drops the dialect all together. Cye has a British-English accent to emphasize on his polite nature. Talpa has a Welsh accent just for the hell of it.
** Per the Rowen bit: remember that several years passed between the original dubbing of ''Ronin Warriors'' and Bandai's dubbing of the OVAs.
* AirVentPassageway
* AlienSky: Talpa/Arago's castle looms in the sky over Tokyo, surrounded by greenish [[AStormIsComing Ominous Clouds]]. Those clouds seem to follow the antagonists wherever they go.
** The sky in the Netherworld is a golden nebula-scape, one of many signs that our heroes [[NotInKansasAnymore aren't in Kansas anymore]].
* AllThereInTheManual: In-depth background information on the characters and the armors can be found in Japanese publications and official novels written by script writers for the TV series. While general information about the characters can be found on the Internet, [[{{NoExportForYou}} good luck finding translations of the novels]] that feature actual stories about the warriors' home lives.
* AllYourPowersCombined: The heroic Ronins form the Inferno armor on Ryo by lending him the energy of their elemental armors. This usually causes them to [[BroughtDownToBadass transform back to the less powerful "underarmor" forms.]] Less powerful because each of the warriors has shown some kind of [[SuperStrength superhuman ability]] while in that state.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Shades of this the Warlord Sekhmet/Naaza, though the show never draws attention to it. Not only is Sekhmet the name of a god''dess'', but his "snake-like" physical traits include large eyes with pink-shadowed lids. A lot of his taunts towards the heroes tend to be a bit suggestive.
--> '''Sekhmet:''' Feel my venom, biting into your flesh!
** The English dub may have noticed this and given his character a [[EvilSoundsDeep deep, manly voice]] to counteract it.
* AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome: The Jewel of Life/Heart of the Ancients.
* AnimeAccentAbsence: The few foreign characters who appear don't seem to have any trouble understanding or communicating with the Ronin Warriors.
** Mia (or Nasuti in this case), who was born and raised in France, also speaks without any noticeable accent.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The transformation sequences use a stock phrase, "Armor of X! '''TAO Y'''!!" where X is the name of the character's armor and Y is their virtue. That "Tao Y" part was invented for the dub, and it's odd in a few ways.
** The "Tao" part is actually Chinese. The Japanese equivalent of Tao, pronounced Do, is seen in the word {{Kendo}}. This could be plain ol' carelessness, but considering that the staff went to the effort to give Tao the revised "dao" pronunciation, it seems unlikely.
** The "Y" part uses the character's original Japanese virtues even though the dub [[BlindIdiotTranslation switches their English equivalents around]].
** Actually not. Rowen says "Tao Inochi" and Sage "Tao Chi" -- "Lifeforce" and "Wisdom" respectively.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:White Blaze twice: once in the TV series and a second time in the second [=OVA=].]]
** [[spoiler:Nadia in the second [=OVA=].]]
* BaseballEpisode: Occurs in one of the two closing credits of the TV series, and the same scenes are [[StockFootage recycled]] in the end of episode 39.
* BattleAura: The nine armors tend to give their wearers this in tense situations.
* BetterManhandleTheMurderWeapon
* BigEater: Kento.
* Bishonen: Sage, absolutely.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: One of the hallways in the Netherworld transforms into Escher's famous room.
* BladeRun
* BodyHorror: Just check out the manga. The citizens Arago kidnapped had it easier in the anime.
* BottomlessMagazines: Rowan. Justified since his armor magically generates an infinite supply of arrows.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:Lady Kayura. After the necklace that caused the brainwashing was damaged by Ryo, Talpa resorted to other means.]]
** Mukala qualifies for this [[spoiler:since he was manipulated and eventually possessed by the Black Armor of Inferno.]]
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull / CallingYourAttacks: The series makes extensive use of StockFootage for transformations and signature attacks, so
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys
* CatapultNightmare: Ryo does this a couple of times.
* CherryBlossoms: Seen during the armoring up sequences.
* TheChosenMany: In episode 31, Badamon informs the three Dark Warlords [[spoiler: about the Legend of the White Inferno Armor and how Hariel, the first Ronin Warrior, was able to summon its powers. This was only because of ''ExecutiveMeddling'' that this character was even added and thus implicating that there were other Ronin Warriors in the past. In the original Japanese version, however, there were no other warriors to have worn the armors.]]
* CodeName: The four Warlords have these. You didn't think those were their ''real'' names, did you?
** The Ronins could also be considered to have these as sometimes they are simply referred to as their armor name.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The five Ronin armors are all bright, primary colors. The Warlord's armors tend towards darker colors.
* CombinedEnergyAttack: The heroes combine their powers to form the White Inferno armor.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: The shows twists this around so much. When the heroes are split up, Ryo is found in an active volcano. His power is fire based, so the lava makes his mystic armor stronger, but it gives off heat. When Anubis throws two unarmored characters into the volcano, Ryo dives after them but realizes that his ''armor's'' heat will kill them if he grabs them, but the fact they're in a ''volcano'' doesn't bother him.
** Well, it was a bit of a tough choice: let them fry in the volcano or fry them himself. In the end, Ryo loses the armor in order to save them.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: In the first episode, the Warriors have trouble with a single Dynasty Mook. Later in the series, they're massacring armies of them. To be fair, occasional (unsuccessful) attempts to subvert this trope occured.
** The first episode itself could be a subversion, as that particular mook was using Anubis's weapon.
** It was also explicitly stated that the more the Warriors fight, the stronger they become. That may very well have been their first battle (with the Dynasty, at least).
** In the original Japanese version, Ryo states that the fight was the first time using his FinishingMove.
** Teamwork also comes into play later on in the show; the Ronin spend the bulk of the first episode in a pissing contest with each other.
* CostumePorn: This show ''loves'' showing off the [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes completely kickass armors]] the heroes trot around in. Specifically, it shows ''photos'' of them posing. Que the Fangirl Squees.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Kento.
* DarkActionGirl: Lady Kayura.
* TheDarkSide: The armors of both the Ronin Warriors and the Dark Warlords can be used for either good or evil depending on the will of the user; if evil thoughts cloud one's mind, they can be turned to working for Talpa. (The dub script had several ShoutOut lines to ''StarWars'' in recognition of this.)
** This is due to the armors' origins: [[spoiler:they were all made from Talpa's armor after he was first defeated by The Ancient.]]
* DeadlyDodging
* DemonicPossession: This happened to Mia's grandfather [[spoiler:and Kayura after her necklace was broken]].
* DismantledMacGuffin: The nine armors, which [[spoiler:were all made from Talpa's armor after The Ancient defeated him]]. Inverted, as they actually ''do'' something.
* ElementalPowers: The five Ronin armors are based directly on classical elements: [[PlayingWithFire Fire]], [[DishingOutDirt Earth]], [[LightEmUp Light]]/[[ShockAndAwe Lightning]], [[BlowYouAway Air]]/Void, and [[MakingASplash Water]]. The Warlord armors are based on the seasons as well as creatures: Spring/Ogre(Oni), Summer/Spider, Autumn/Serpent, Winter/Wolf.
* EleventhHourSuperPower: The Armor Of Inferno.
* TheEmpire: The Evil Dynasty
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Tokyo]] becomes a ghost metropolis in the first episode and most locales are bereft of {{muggles}}.
* EpicFail: Episode 6: Sage tries to break open the boulder Kento is trapped in with his sword, but bounces off. Episode 11: The heroes attempt to transform, but nothing happens because the area had a PowerNullifier.
** Episode 16: Ryo and the other Ronins storm Talpa's palace, complete with [[ThemeMusicPowerUp Theme Music Power Up]]. He then proceeds to execute his signature attack on the castle in order to force Talpa out. [[spoiler:Then the music stops and the attack bounces right back in their face. Quite entertaining to watch.]]
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Literally. [[spoiler:This proves to be Talpa's final undoing]].
** Specifically, it forces him to hold the IdiotBall [[spoiler:when it comes to the human characters Mia and Yuli. Talpa just can't see them as anything other than weak, inconsequential children even after they've saved the Ronins several times ''and'' acquired an artifact which can destroy his power. If he had just thrown the bulk of his forces at Mia and Yuli (or brainwashed a human assassin to take them out on the sly if he didn't want to confront the heroes directly,) he would have had no problem taking over the world. ]]
* EvilFeelsGood
* EvilIsDumb: Anubis becomes ''more powerful'' [[spoiler:after his HeelFaceTurn]], with only a [[spoiler:possessed]] Kayura and Talpa himself being legitimate threats to him. It's justified, though, as he's the strongest of the four Warlords, and becomes even more powerful after he [[spoiler:takes on the powers of The Ancient]].
* EvilTwin: Red Torrent and The Black Armor of Inferno.
* EyeCatch: In the original Japanese version, different eyecatches were used for different story arcs.
* FacelessGoons: Faceless because they're just disembodied spirits in armor, save for Talpa's Four Dark Warlords (who ''are'' human).
* FightingDownMemoryLane: Basically the whole concept behind the ''Message'' [=OVA=].
* FollowTheLeader: Five guys wearing armor? ''SaintSeiya'', anyone?
* FourIsDeath: The Four Dark Warlords.
** A possible heroic version is the Inferno armor. To use it, Ryo needs to absorb the energies of any four of the other eight mystic armors.
* FullPotentialUpgrade: Ryo eventually needed new swords to go along with the Inferno Armor.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One of Kayura's transformation sequences leaves her temporarily (and noticeably) nude. This episode aired in syndication and on {{Toonami}} multiple times.
* GoodWeaponEvilWeapon: All of the armors.
* GratuitousJapanese: Mostly averted as the Japanese comes in small, managable bites. The TV series dub pronunciation of Ryo (Rye-oh) plays it straight, though.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: When your opponent is an evil spirit in a giant suit of armor, you gotta expect he'll grab one of your party and use him to club the rest of you...
* HeroicBSOD: Most of our heroes suffer from one at least once, but the most notable case occurs when Dais successfully tricks Kento into thinking his armor is slowly turning him evil (and this was before the Ronin Warriors learn of [[spoiler:the armor's origins as part of Talpa's armor]]. Yuli snaps him out of it.
* HeroicSacrifice: The Ancient, and later [[spoiler:Anubis.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Anubis, Lady Kayura, and eventually - after Talpa betrays them - all of the Dark Warlords]].
* HotbloodedSideburns: Ryo, Kento, Cye, and Cale.
* IHaveTheHighGround: Practically all of the warriors.
* ImageSong
* InterimVillain: The anime had some shmo take over as #1 Bad Guy for the handful of episodes after Tulpa was defeated and before he came back.
* [[LastOfHisKind Last of Her Kind]]: Lady Kayura, [[spoiler:the last of the Clan of the Ancients.]]
* LittleMissBadass: Lady Kayura is physically ''twelve'' years old, but only a handful of the cast can fight her and not get stomped into the ground. The final battle could've ended in half the time if the writers didn't abruptly take her out of the plot.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: In 2003 when the [=DVDs=] were [[NoExportForYou released in Japan]], fans got their hands on posters and limited edition anniversary cards (the latter was only if fans sent in special request cards on time).
* LimitedWardrobe: When not in their armors, the Ronin are always seen wearing the same civilian clothes. Except for the ending, [[spoiler:where the armors transform into monogrammed jackets.]]
** Mia and Yuli also tend to always wear the same thing, even if they have access to other clothes.
* TheLoad: Yuli and Mia. Mia's case smacks of RealWomenNeverWearDresses as she makes appreciable contributions to the team, but not through combat. And by the end of ''Message'', Yuli manages to start taking his own levels in badass.
* LosingTheTeamSpirit: [[spoiler: Cye, when he hesitates to help his friends summon the White Armor in ''Legend of the Inferno Armor.'' It all goes downhill from there.]]
* MadScientist: Shikaisen's cohort in the first OVA is simply referred to as "The Mad Scientist."
* MasterOfIllusion: Dais. He puts the ''[[{{Ninja}} nin]]'' in ninja.
* MeaningfulName: Many of the character's names were [[DubNameChange changed]], leading to unfortunate subversions, while others were left intact.
** Subverted:
*** Anubis - Originally Shutendouji, an oni from Japanese folklore. Guess what armor he wears.
*** Cale - Originally Anubis. His association with darkness and wolves paralleled the Egyptian god's association with jackals and the black of decay.
*** Sekhmet - Originally Naaza. Naaza/naga is a Japanese word for serpent and his armor is snake-like.
*** Dais - Originally Rajura, being a Japanese word for a type of spider, and guess what? He wears spider-like armor.
** Played straight with the last names of the protagonists, who share the last names and are all descended from famous Japanese warriors. Sage Date from Masamune Date, etc.
* MerchandiseDriven: 2009 and 2011 have revealed [[http://www.toyark.com/news/anime-toy-news-6/more-armor-plus-ronin-warriors-3729/?/#images brand new Ronin/Trooper action figures.]]
* MrFanservice: Big time.
* NobleDemon: Lord Saber-Stryke
* NonHumanSidekick: White Blaze and Black Blaze.
* NotQuiteDead: Talpa and the Warlords
** [[TheAtoner Anubis]] comes back wearing the Ancient One's attire [[spoiler: until he is KilledOffForReal near the end of the TV series.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Rowan/Touma is said to have an IQ of 250 (and his virtue is originally Wisdom), and yet he tends to make the dumbest remarks and decisions(such as [[TheCorpseStopshere incriminating himself]] in the 1st OVA).
-->'''Rowan:''' Lady Kayura... [[ShapedLikeItself she's a girl!]]
** That comment might have been made because of Rowen's surprise that Kayura's a young girl instead of a full-grown lady like her title suggests. Also, that was said the first time he had actually seen her-previously he had only heard her voice and seen her silhouette.
** Intelligence and common sense are not related in any way.
*** However, ''wisdom'' and common sense tend to go hand-in-hand.
*** This could also be a result of GoodBadTranslation: it's handled a little more gracefully in the original, where Touma expresses surprise that Shuten and Kayura are ''human'' as opposed to the dub's "You're a man!"/"She's a girl!".
* OfficialCouple: [[ArrangedMarriage Mukala and Nadia]], though the majority of the North American fandom tend to forget the [=OVAs=] exist and [[FanPreferredCouple focus on shipping the Ronin Warriors with Mia and Kayura,]] or [[HoYay with each other]], or [[MarySue original female characters]].
* OhCrap: The reaction of the three Warlords when [[spoiler: the redeemed Anubis calls forth his armor again. Fully justified, as he begins to [[{{CurbStompBattle}} administer pain.]]]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Anubis''']]''':''' If this is your will, Ancient One, then I shall become [[spoiler: the Ogre]] once again. '''To arms.'''
* OlderThanTheyLook: Depending on how you interpret their physical ages versus how long they've actually been alive, the Warlords and Kayura can both invert this and play it straight -- Anubis is physically ''17'', but has been alive for centuries thanks to Talpa.
* OneManArmy: Each of the Ronin is capable of laying waste to countless Dynasty soldiers.
* OnTheNext: Left out of the English dub and [=DVDs=] for the TV series, yet left intact for the [=OVAs=].
* PainfulTransformation: Watch anytime Ryo assumes either of his armors, seems pretty painful to him. The others as well to a lesser extent. but maybe YMMV.
** Definitely in pain when he's [[spoiler:forced to don Inferno by Kayura and the Nether Spirits and it's corrupted in the process]].
* ParentalAbandonment: Yuli, briefly, although he gets them back later on. Also, all of the Warriors. They're only 14, people.
* PassingTheTorch: Manga only [[spoiler: because by the end of the series, the Ronin Warriors do the ''HeroicSacrifice'' in order to destroy Talpa, but not before Ryo leaves Yuli his Wildfire Armor.]]
** In the spinoff manga, ''Shin Yoroiden-Samurai Troopers'' [[spoiler:there are at least three new warriors with their own suits of armors. But the series was canceled before anything else could be developed.]]
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* PoweredArmor: Subverted, since the armors operate on magic rather than technology. However, they do share similar qualities in that they can withstand intense heat, allow breathing underwater [[spoiler:and in space]], and possibly even fly (Strata).
** Confirmed in the Tenkuden Drama CD: it details the incident where Touma first used Tenku to fly.
* ProtagonistPowerUpPrivileges: Ryo was the only one who got a powered up armor, doing so by taking the powers of four of the eight remaining armors, usually meaning his friends.
* PsychosomaticSuperpowerOutage: Kento can't summon his Armor of Hardrock after Talpa tells him (falsely) that the armor is inherently evil.
* RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude: Hoo boy, do they ever. It's especially bad in the first episode.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Anubis, who dies while performing a HeroicSacrifice to save Lady Kayura.]]
** Well, it could be argued that [[spoiler:he'd already redeemed himself by becoming the first of the Dark Warlords to rise up against Talpa, which led him to become the successor to The Ancient.]]
* RewardingVandalism: In the second episode, Mia and the Ronin Warriors are seen stealing food from subway vending machines.
* {{Ronin}}: Averted. Despite the group's name, there is no indication they are former vassals of a feudal lord.
** One could argue that [[spoiler:the armors themselves are the Ronin, since they were formerly part of Talpa's armor.]]
*** A ''Ronin'' is a 'master-less samurai' (literal meaning is 'wave-tossed man'). While the term does typically refer to a samurai who had a master and then lost him/her, the meaning has become somewhat garbled, in that it could also refer to a samurai who never had a master in the first place. Ronin are also frequently portrayed as being either bodyguards or mercenaries.
*** You could even go so far as to say that the Ancient One is their master, and that our heroes didn't become ''true'' Ronin until [[spoiler:the Ancient One sacrificed himself to provide passage to Talpa's castle.]] To justify why they were ''always'' called Ronin, the Ancient One had a tendency to do all his work behind-the-scenes, giving them the appearance of being master-less.
**** Then later you realize that the original was called Yoroiden Samurai Troopers, and had nothing to do with Ronin in the first or last place. More than likely was thought up as a catchy, short title that got the point of the series across than any deeper meaning.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: As powerful as the White Armor is, Ryo's Wildfire swords aren't able to handle that power, requiring Ryo to get the more potent Soul Swords Of Fervor to fight on.
* RoofHopping
* SatanicArchetype: The show presented a ha'sa'tan/Satan equivalent in the form of Arago (Talpa in the American dub), absolute Emperor of the demonic nether-realms, and, in general, literal Adversary of all mortals.
* SealedEvilInACan: Talpa and the Evil Dynasty, which were sealed by the Ancient over 1000 years ago.
* SealedEvilInASixPack: When the BigBad was defeated in ancient times, his armor, the seat of most of his power, was converted into a set of 10 armors, so that if the BigBad returned, he'd have a hard time getting them back together. Unfortunately, even without the armors, he was still absurdly powerful.
* SelfConstructedBeing: Talpa
* {{Sentai}}
* ShirtlessScene: Ryo after his nightmares. Also happens to the other four [[spoiler:during the final battle.]]
** There's also Lady Kayura during one of her transformation sequences.
* ShouldntWeBeInSchoolRightNow: Averted because the series begins before the Japanese school year officially starts. The {{OVA}}s conveniently take place during school vacations.
* SimpleStaff: The Ancient One carries a khakkhara (monk staff), complete with its characteristic rings. However, it wasn't always a staff; back when Talpa first tried to conquer the Earth, it took the form of a sword with the rings around the hilt.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Mia and Kayura are the only two females in the main series.
** And on opposite sides, no less. That is, [[spoiler: until Kayura betrays Talpa.]]
* SparklingStreamOfTears: Episode 39 of the TV series and episode 2 of ''Gaiden'' are quite sparkly.
* SpiritWorld: The Nether Realm. Is said to have been peaceful before Talpa took control... [[TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast sounds]] [[MortalKombat familiar]].
* StockFootage: The series is probably one of the Grand Champions of this.
* StoryArc
* SuperMode: The Inferno Armor.
* SuperStrength: All of the fighters have great levels of superhuman strength, though it's stated in official canon sources that Kento is physically the strongest.
** Then there's Mukala [[spoiler: who breaks Ryo's Wildfire arrmor chest plate with his TalkToTheFist tactic.]]
* TeamSpirit
* TenMinuteRetirement: After the second OVA, [[spoiler:the boys thought they no longer had to be Ronin Warriors because the armors had been destroyed.]]
* TotallyRadical: Good lord, the English dub. Just [[http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Ronin_Warriors see for yourself]]
* TransformationSequence
** TransformationIsAFreeAction because either the enemies are willing to wait and fight a fully armored Ronin to get a better challenge out of the battle, or possibly the actual armoring up sequences only take mere seconds in the real world.
*** And subverted in the third episode: Ryo tries to take the stance to get his full armor back on. [[spoiler: Anubis]] is having none of that.
* TrueCompanions: The Ronins form this as almost all of them come from various broken homes.
* TwentyFourHourArmor: Subverted; while the Ronin and Warlords wear their full armor during battles, they wear smaller, form-fitting "underarmor" the majority of the time.
* WeaponOfChoice: All of the main cast has unique weaponry; katana, yari (spear), kusarigana (sickle-chain), nodachi (two-handed sword), yami (longbow), and many more.
** Justified in two cases: Shin's family traditionally trained in the yari and bo, and Seiji's family trains owns a kendo dojo. Admittedly, their associated weapons (trident and greatsword) don't quite fit, but the training is there.
* TheVamp: Lady Kayura, so very much.
* TheWorfEffect: This happened more often once the White Armor showed up. The Saber Stryke arc justified this as Ryo's normal swords were getting progressively damaged from channeling the White Armor's power.
* WorthyOpponent: Saber Stryke and, to an extent, Anubis.
* YouCantFightFate: This becomes a developing theme throughout the series [[spoiler: and especially prominent in the second and third [=OVAs=]]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Rowan (blue), Naria from the second OVA (blue), Sekhmet (green), and Dais (white).
** Sage has an {{Implausible Hair Color}}, especially in ''YST''.
* YourMom: In the heat of battle against Cale, Ryo slings the insult "your mom wears army boots" at Cale.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Lady Kayura is well developed for a ''12 year old.''
* ZettaiRyouiki: Mia used the belted dress-shorts and boots version.