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[[caption-width-right:350:Sure, there are drivers, but we know who's the ''real'' star of the show.]]

''Supercar Gattiger'' (Known as ''Cho Supercar Gattiger'' in Japan) is an anime series created by Hitoshi Chiaki (inspired by the manga ''Hideharu Imamites''), and produced by Wako Productions. The show consisted of 25 episodes and was broadcast by Channel 12 Tokyo between October 1977 and March 1978.

The series begins when Professor Kabuki unveils his newest creation: the Gattiger, an amagamation of five vehicles powered by his breakthrough Solar Energy Engine. During the conference, he also names the five drivers for the prototype, and reveals that a criminal organization called the Demon Empire is after its secrets. Professor Kabuki is murdered soon afterwards, and his son, Joe Kabuki, discovers that his thought-to-be-dead mother is somehow associated with all of this.

With the support of Dr. Waitazuki and the other four members of the Tiger Team, Joe must now travel the world in the most treacherous conditions to solve the mystery, all while stopping Emperor Black Demon and his Demon Empire from stealing the Solar Energy Engine and conquering the world. Each Gattiger Machine is a formidable race car with various abilities; in more desperate situations, the Tiger Team can combine their vehicles into Gattiger, an unstoppable 300mph solar-powered juggernaut.

Dubbed versions were broadcast on the west coast of the United States and in parts of Europe, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff most notably Italy]].

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!! This series features the following tropes:

* CarFu: While the individual Gattiger Machines have their own weapons, the combined Supercar Gattiger usually solves problems by simply ramming them.
* CombiningMecha
* ConflictingLoyalty: Queen Demon is loyal to Emperor Black Demon [[spoiler:as a proper daughter should]], but will [[spoiler:appear in disguise to save her son, Joe Kabuki, from extreme danger.]]
* CoolCar: The whole appeal of the show.
* CoolPlane: The Gattiger [=SuperJet=], a massive cargo cruiser that carries Gattiger around the world.
* TheDragon: Erich Bergen is this for Emperor Black Demon.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Erich has his own, more sinister motives for the Solar Energy Engine.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero - Joe Kabuki
** TheLancer - Ken
** TheBigGuy - Hiroki
** TheChick - Sakio Waitazuki
** The TeamPet - Kajumi
* FlyingCar: Done by the fifth Gattiger vehicle, Up Machine.
* GenericName: The five Gattiger vehicles are uncreatively named Center Machine, Left Machine, Right Machine, End Machine, and Up Machine.
* GoodHairEvilHair: The Emperor Black Demon has a ridiculously large and thick handlebar moustache.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Done twice. [[spoiler:Emperor Black Demon is Joe's grandfather, and Queen Demon is Joe's mother.]]
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Saiko, though Dr. Waitazuki isn't a MadScientist.
* TheMerch: Several Gattiger toy vehicles were released, with the most impressive being the [[http://www.robot-japan.com/item/gattiger-dx-by-takatoku.html Gattiger DX deluxe boxed set by Takatoku]].
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Emperor Black Demon.
* {{Portmanteau}}: The name "Gattiger" is a combination of the Japanese word "gattai" (union) with the English word "tiger".
* StockFootage: The TransformationSequence where the five supercars combine into Gattiger, naturally. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpjJPlPJRfM Shown here.]]
* WeaponizedCar: Each of the Gattiger Machines, though the specific abilities differ for each.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Emperor Black Demon wants to conquer the world to put an end to war.
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