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[[caption-width-right:345:Clockwise from upper left: Saber Rider, Fireball, Colt and April. In the center: Ramrod.]]
->''"Can you feel the thunder inside?\\
Saber Rider!\\
Make the lightning crack as you ride!\\
Saber Rider!"''
-->--'''from the lyrics of the American ExpositoryThemeTune'''

->''"Together we've made a commitment to the spirit of the frontier freedom fighters. Wherever danger leads us, wherever the people need us, that's where you'll find . . . the Star Sheriffs!"''
-->--'''Saber Rider''', "Star Sheriff Round-Up"


In the future, humanity has spread out across the galaxy, settling various planets which are known as "frontier outposts." Spaceship travel and high technology are common, but many people live simple lives akin to those of settlers in TheWildWest. The human dimension is invaded by Outriders, the soldiers of a race of aliens known as Vapor Beings who are bent on conquering our dimension. They are driven back but fifteen years later they return, led by their GalacticConqueror, Nemesis. They attack using HumongousMecha called Renegade Units and the only ones who can stop them are Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, a RagtagBunchOfMisfits consisting of:

* '''Saber Rider''' - a charismatic and [[TheSmartGuy intelligent]] [[ImplausibleFencingPowers fencer]] with a cybernetic horse
* '''Colt''' - a [[ChivalrousPervert womanizing]], [[ImprobableAimingSkills sharp-shooting]], pilot BountyHunter and TheGunslinger
* '''Fireball''' - a HotBlooded [[CoolCar race-car]] driver
* '''April Eagle''' - the [[HotScientist intelligent]] [[TeenGenius daughter]] of one of the top Cavalry Command Commanders who incidentally [[GadgeteerGenius designed]] the sheriff-shaped [[TransformingMecha transforming]] [[HumongousMecha mecha]] they pilot.
* '''Ramrod''' - the transforming spaceship/mecha shaped like a giant sheriff

''Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs'' is the second attempt made by Creator/WorldEventsProductions at dubbing an anime series, done in the same style as [[Anime/{{Voltron}} their previous (and much more famous) attempt]]. While the general storylines were kept intact, several episodes were removed due to content and American-produced episodes were substituted in (they are notable for their differing character designs and minimal usage of the TransformingMecha) as well as introducing expanded backstory for one of the main villains, Jesse Blue. The transformation sequences, which differed from episode to episode in the original series, ''Anime/SeiJuushiBismarck'' (''Space Musketeer Bismarck''), were replaced with StockFootage. The Japanese main character was turned into a secondary character and the British fencer became the titular character in the American version. A love triangle was also introduced with Jesse Blue falling in love with April (and trying to pull both an AttemptedRape ''and'' a MurderTheHypotenuse), who was in love with Saber Rider (who was oblivious and embarrassed when she tried to kiss him once) and later with Fireball (who reciprocated her feelings).

Interestingly, the original series was a commercial failure in Japan, but the American version proved [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff VERY popular around the world]], especially in Germany, Latin America and Russia where it developed cult status.

This show is also highly notable as one of the first shows a newborn Creator/StudioPierrot did in the early to mid 80s, and ''Saber Rider'' was their first major overseas success and the money from that (along with ''UruseiYatsura'') fueled their later projects. [[Manga/{{Bleach}} You]] [[Manga/YuYuHakusho may]] [[CLAMPSchoolDetectives have]] [[KimagureOrangeRoad heard]] [[FushigiYugi of]] [[GreatTeacherOnizuka just]] [[TokyoMewMew a]] [[{{Saiyuki}} few]] [[HikaruNoGo of]] ''[[Manga/{{Naruto}} these]]''.

The series is once again legally available to view on [[http://www.youtube.com/show/saberridersandthestarsheriffs YouTube]] (Why it wasn't for a while, no one knows) and will be [[http://saber-rider.com getting a 3DS game in 2011!]]
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!!Tropes:
* TheAce
* AcePilot: Fireball, an ex-top professional racer. Colt is also shown to be very good at piloting his personal craft, the Bronco Buster.
* AmnesiaDanger
* ArchEnemy
* AssKickingPose
* AttemptedRape: Jesse tries to force himself on April in the second episode.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis
* BeginnersLuck: Fireball and Colt do pretty well the first time they pilot Ramrod.
* BeachEpisode: More like a Beach ''Scene''. [[spoiler: Interestingly enough, this is rather subverted when the male character goes in for a kiss and is rewarded with a face full of sand.]]
* BlackCloak
* BoisterousBruiser: Colt and Fireball.
* BrainInAJar: [[spoiler: The BigBad]].
* BrokenBird: Trista, [[spoiler: Jesse's girlfriend]]. The episode where she and April meet, become friends and then have their buddying bond ''trashed'' by [[spoiler: Jesse]] is quite the TearJerker.
* BountyHunter: Colt's job before joining the Star Sheriffs.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Each Sheriff has his or her quirk - Colt is a bit of a pervert and flirt, April was a pro tennis player before becoming a HotScientist, Fireball's temper, etc.
* CallingYourAttacks: Somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]]. They're calling their attacks as instructions and to keep the others aware of what Ramrod is doing, since it's a four-person piloting job.
* CallToAdventure
* CaptainObvious
* CarFu
* CatchPhrase: Take a shot any time Saber Rider talks about the Star Sheriff spirit.
* CattlePunk
* CelibateHero: Saber is a mix of this and ChasteHero. He ''did'' have three [[GirlOfTheWeek Girls Of The Week]], but OTOH he was [[ObliviousToLove oblivious to April's crush on him]] -- and when he once saved her and she tried to kiss him, he was totally ''baffled''.
* ChestBlaster: Ramrod's most powerful weapon. (Also includes kneeblasters. And hip blasters.)
* TheChick: April is a quite odd case. Though more independent than a DistressedDamsel, she is too young to be TeamMom or CoolBigSis, and aside of building Ramrod (and Nova), she is also less active than the standard TheSmartGuy.
* ChivalrousPervert: Colt. [[spoiler: Though he *does* become more loyal when he's paired up with the [[{{Tsundere}} strongwilled]] HotTeacher [[PluckyGirl Robin]].]]
* CircusBrat: One of Saber's [[GirlOfTheWeek girls of the week]] was a young woman who worked as an acrobat in a circus.
* CleanCut: Saber, Fireball, and Colt are all whisker-free.
* CloserToEarth: April was often portrayed as being more mature than Colt and Fireball, though she's frequently backed up by Saber.
* CoolCar: Red Fury Racer.
* CoolHorse: Saber's mech horse, Steed. In the American version, April also has a pink one called Nova.
* CoolOldGuy: April's father, Commander Eagle.
* CulturalTranslation
* CutAndPasteTranslation: Notable in that despite the ''sweeping'' changes made to the show by Creator/WorldEventsProductions (the people behind ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''), the show was hugely successful in its new markets and the changes are not necessarily considered wholly negative. This causes some people to want to call it a GagDub or {{Woolseyism}} as opposed to giving it the loaded {{Macekre}} label.
* DaddysGirl: April and her dad.
* DaysOfFuturePast: As with the other SpaceWestern cartoons, clothing and architecture reminiscent of TheWildWest co-exists with futuristic technology.
* DeceptiveDisciple: Jesse Blue.
* {{Determinator}}: Everyone, but specially Colt.
* DiagonalCut
* DisappearedDad: April's dad, again. ([[spoiler: Fireball's dad fits in as well.]])
* DodgeTheBullet
* EarthShatteringKaboom
* EenieMeenieMinyMoai
* EveryCarIsAPinto
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: In the episode "Oh Boy! Dinosaurs!", appropriately enough.
* EvilCounterpart: Jesse, to the Sheriffs.
* EvilDetectingDog: In "The Highlanders", Saber Rider's parents have a pet Scottish terrier that can distinguish them from two Vapor Beings that kidnap and replace them. The puppy's odd behavior tipped Saber and April into revealing the trap.
* FaceHeelTurn: Jesse Blue.
* FacelessGoons: Most Outrider minions are akin to ''Franchise/StarWars'' Storm Troopers.
* FallingIntoTheCockpit: Fireball and Colt.
* FatalAttractor: Saber might be a Celibate MarriedToTheJob, but to be fair his [[GirlOfTheWeek girls of the week]] end up in danger more often than not. [[spoiler: Including the {{Meganekko}} who was a HoneyTrap sent by the Out-Riders. Saber was GenreSavvy enough to unmask her. though.]]
* FramingDevice: Saber Rider begins and ends some episodes in the context of reciting a story about the Star Sheriffs' adventures. When [[spoiler: Fireball develops amnesia at one point in the storyline, this is used to frame a RecapEpisode.]]
* GadgeteerGenius: April.
* GagDub
* GalacticConqueror: Nemesis, leader of the Outriders, is obsessed with taking over the human dimension.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: If you look closely in one episode, you can see the MonsterOfTheWeek's internal organs being blasted apart (also makes for good NightmareFuel too).
* GoshdangItToHeck
* GracefulLoser: Subverted when [[spoiler:Vanquo is shot by Saber Rider in his own dimension turning him from an Outrider into a Human Being and magically [[HeelFaceTurn making him good]].]]
* TheGunslinger: Colt.
* HandCannon: Ramrod has a size-appropriate pair of pistols.
* HollywoodCyborg ([[spoiler: The BigBad]])
* HotBlooded: Fireball.
* HotScientist: April.
* HumongousMecha: Ramrod and the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Saber.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Colt.
* ImpressivePyrotechnics
* {{Invocation}}
* ItsGoingDown
* JamesBondage: Poor Commander Eagle...
* JumpedAtTheCall: Colt and Fireball.
* JustAKid: Fireball's younger age is constantly mentioned by the others.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Fireball, as the result of head injuries from a crash.]]
* LastMinuteHookup: [[spoiler: Fireball and April.]]
* LeitMotif
* LikeFatherLikeSon: [[spoiler: Fireball and his dad.]]
* LockAndLoadMontage
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Jesse's FaceHeelTurn is motivated by April's reluctance to get in a relationship with him. His AttemptedRape of her didn't help his case.]]
* LoveTriangle: More than a LoveTriangle, less than a LoveDodecahedron. Interestingly enough, it came about because of the {{Macekre}}d plot.
* MonsterOfTheWeek[=/=]{{Robeast}}: Renegade Units.
* MrExposition: Saber Rider.
* MultinationalTeam: Saber Rider is English, April is French, Colt is American, Fireball is Japanese.
** That is, in the Japanese original. In the English dub, April and Fireball's national origins are ignored (although in the opening at least, you can still spot the Japanese flag on Fireball's vehicle, and the Japanese sun and French tricolor on Fireball and April's uniform sleeves). However, Colt gets to stay American--considering that he's essentially a futuristic cowboy, he could hardly be from anywhere else. As for Saber Rider, not only did the dub team keep him British, but one of the US-only episodes ("The Highlanders") is built around his status as a descendant of Scottish royalty.
** April's cousin also has a French accent.
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya
* MysteriousParent: [[spoiler: Fireball's father.]]
* NeverSayDie: In the show the Outriders never die; as Vapor Beings, they vaporize and are "sent back to their own dimension". If they are vaporized ''in'' their own dimension they [[spoiler:turn human instead]].
** It's taken to ridiculous extremes with human characters as well. In one episode, a blatantly dead man is given ''dialogue''. Except his mouth isn't moving. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Because he's supposed to be dead]].
** The episode with Trista was edited down from the original, where [[spoiler: she was shot to death by Jesse and didn't get any chance to "run"]].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Creator/JackNicholson for Jesse Blue; and, of course, [[strike:Optimus Prime]] Creator/JohnWayne for Ramrod.
* NoFourthWall: Happens once when Saber Rider addresses the audience during two {{Eyecatch}} sequences.
* NotableOriginalMusic: There were two soundtrack albums released (one of which includes an interview with American version composer Dale Schacker). All together now - "Can you hear the thunder inside..."
* NuclearWeaponsTaboo
* OddFriendship: Fireball and Colt.
* OffModel: A more subtle variant, but the six American produced episodes have slightly different designs than the others, such as a squarer chin for Saber Rider and some bits of lipstick for the usually clean-faced April.
* OutOfTheInferno
* OutrunTheFireball
* ParentsInDistress: Commander Eagle, and Saber's parents in one episode. [[spoiler: Fireball's father, who is lost in the Vapor Dimension.]]
* PluckyGirl: April and Robin.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The Star Sheriffs.
* RecapEpisode: "The Challenge" part II is a bunch of flashbacks as the team tries to [[spoiler:kickstart Fireball's memory]].
* RuleOfCool
* SecondLove: [[spoiler: April had a crush on Saber Rider but he was oblivious to it. She later falls for Fireball.]]
* SecretLegacy
* ShoutOut: Ramrod's transformation sequence begins with him intoning "[[{{Rawhide}} Head 'em up, move 'em out!]]"
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Poor April is the only girl in the group.
* SpaceWestern: Not only Colt was a ''literal'' Space Cowboy before he joined the Sheriffs, some episodes are set on WildWest-like planets.
* StalkerWithACrush: Jesse Blue.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero - Whether it's a CodeName or his real name, Saber Rider is about as blatant a hero monicker as Anime/SpeedRacer.
* StockFootage
* StuffBlowingUp
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Jesse Blue.
* TeenGenius: April Eagle built Ramrod when she was around 16. She also was a very talented tennis player; according to Saber, she's pro-level and would've been a tennis star if she had not entered the group.
* ThemeNaming: The planets are all named after Western towns and the characters tend to be named after a distinguishing feature. April's cousin is named June.
* TotallyRadical
* TransformingMecha: Ramrod.
* {{Tsundere}}: Robin, a HotTeacher whom Colt flirts with. [[spoiler: They get hitched in the end.]]
* YouCanBarelyStand
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Jesse Blue and Snowcone.
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Guys Killed My Parents]]: [[spoiler: Colt tells Robin that the Vapor Beings murdered both of his parents ''in front of him'', by blowing up the shuttle they had just boarded after visiting their son. Soon, he jumped at the call to avenge them.]]
* YoungGun: Colt with regard to Dooley, who was his mentor.
* WaveMotionGun
* WeWillMeetAgain
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