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[[caption-width-right:350:Whoever said that angst hinders badassery?]]
->''"Someone's wounded heart is burning in the lonely sky..."''
-->-- first (and oddly appropriate) [[AnimeThemeSong OP]]

''Space Knight Tekkaman Blade'' is a 1992 {{anime}} series by Creator/TatsunokoProduction, re-imagining their 1970s series ''Anime/{{Tekkaman}} the Space Knight''. The setup for the series is that the Earth is being invaded by parasitic aliens known as the Radam (Venomoids in the English version). The Radam are led by mysterious armored warriors called Tekkamen (Teknomen in the English version). The Earth military and the Space Knights have been unsuccessful at fighting the invading aliens until the arrival of a mysterious young man known as D-Boy, who can transform into the powerful armored warrior Tekkaman Blade.

''Tekkaman Blade'' was dubbed in English under the name "Teknoman" in two versions. The American dub, which only lasted 26 episodes and the International Dub, which lasted 43 episodes and was shown everywhere else besides America and Japan. The DVD American release is of the International Dub.

A sequel series, ''Tekkaman Blade II'', takes place [[TimeSkip ten years after the events of the first series]]. The Radam are invading yet again, and the expanded Space Knights train a team of new Tekkamen to fight them. The first half deals with the continuing Radam war and focuses on Yumi Francois/Tekkaman Hiver, a clumsy mechanic who is nonetheless recruited into the new team. The second half details the appearance of Tekkaman Dead and his struggle with Space Knight David Kruegel/Tekkaman Sommer, as well as with Blade himself.

Though its premise is more like an armored super hero, it still made its way to ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' (''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment J]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW W]]''). Go figure. And if superheroes (and Creator/{{Capcom}}) are more your cup of tea than giant robots, then you can check out Blade's playable appearance in ''[[VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom Tatsunoko vs. Capcom]]: [[UpdatedRerelease Ultimate All-Stars]]''.

[[Characters/TekkamanBlade A character sheet is constantly in-progress]].
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!!'''Anime/TekkamanBlade''' provides examples of the following tropes:
* AdBumpers
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The various Tek-lancers, which can ''cut '''tanks''' in '''half'''''.
* AdjectiveNounFred: The full title.
* AfterTheEnd: The second half of the series, after [[spoiler: Miyuki self-destructs in an attempt to destroy the other Tekkamen, which also destroys the Space Knights base.]] Earth was barely holding on even before that.
* AirJousting: Tekkamen fighting with Tek Lances generally fight like this.
* AliensAreBastards
* AlienKudzu: The Radam trees/tekkaplants, which engulf the Earth and slowly terraform it. [[spoiler: Their true purpose is to capture people for conversion into Tekkamen.]]
* AlienInvasion: The Radam are trying to take over the Earth.
* AlliterativeName: "Ringo Richards," "Star Summers" and "Mac [=MacElroy=]" in the dub.
* AlternativeCalendar: The series begins in United Space Calendar Year 192.
* AlwaysOnDuty: Pretty much everyone defending Earth.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: The Aiba twins, Takaya and Shinya, AKA [[spoiler: D-Boy and Tekkaman Evil]].
* {{Angst}}: Turning into an alien monster and having to fight and kill your family members and closest friends (Goddard was practically family, and Fong would've been his sister-in-law if the Radam had snared the ship a day later) who still seem to be mostly themselves (they have their personalities and memories, their loyalty is just to the Radam over the human race) is a pretty tall order no matter how you slice it. Add on the fact that he's deathly afraid of getting close to anyone ever again because of it, the fact that if he goes overtime in his Tekkaman form he could become an out of control threat potentially worse than the Radam (and does), the fact that early on he is at best mistrusted by the others and at worst hated and treated like a monster... especially considering his general emotional response is to just run on sheer anger and hate for the Radam and the wangst only comes up when he's out and out overwhelmed, as anime leads go, Takaya's emo moments are pretty damn justified.
** Which make his [[spoiler:amnesia as the side effect of the [[SuperMode Blastor Form]] more of a blessing than a misfortune, really.]]
* [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirl]][=/=]HeroWorshipper: Yumi ''really'' idolizes Blade.
* AsteroidThicket: During their meeting with the convoy from Io, the [[CoolSpaceship Blue Earth]] flies through one of these.
* ArtificialGravity: The Orbital Ring is stated to have this.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Blastor Mode, which is stated to shorten the lifespan of a Tekkaman who uses it and seen to consume D-Boy's memories.
* {{Badass}}: Among many examples, Blade himself. [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/tekkaman/iamrhaza1734/Tekkaman/Tekkamen.jpg?o=6 He took a nuke]] ''[[NoOneCouldSurviveThat to the face]]'' and [[ImplacableMan shook it off like it was]] ''[[MadeOfIron nothing]]''!
* BadassNormal: Most of the Space Knights, although the most notable example here is O'Toole. He not only managed to survive against the Radam for a REALLY long time, he also managed to catch a Tekkaman off-guard, something that is downright impossible for normal humans.
* BandOfBrothers: The Space Knights.
* BarrierBustingBlow: Radam monsters and Tekkamen often break through walls and doors.
* BatmanColdOpen: ''Blade'' begins with D-Boy's attack on the Radam occupying the Space Ring, in contrast to ''Teknoman''[='s=] VillainOpeningScene.
* BattleOfTheStillFrames: Most battles are portrayed this way in the series; not so much in the OAV.
* BeingHumanSucks: At least the Radam Tekkamen think so.
* BladeLock: Since Tek Lances can't cut each other, a lot of Tekkaman fights wind up with them in a clinch.
* BigFancyHouse: That looks more like a BigFancyCastle; the Space Knights stay in it for at least two days.
* BigGood: Freeman.
* BioAugmentation: By way of ImportedAlienPhlebotinum.
* BittersweetEnding: The Radam are defeated and humanity is rebuilding, but all of Takaya's/D-Boy's old friends and family are still dead. Furthermore, [[spoiler: Takaya loses all of the memories of his old life because of the stress that his Blaster Mode put on him. However, this gives him a new lease on life by removing the burden of losing his old family and friends and is living with Aki by the end of the series.]]
* BodyHorror: Saying that D-Boy's transformation in the OVA "Twin Blood" special looks ''incredibly'' painful [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ7s5kRXf5M is a gross understatement.]]
* BodySnatcher: The Radam [[spoiler: are actually worm-like parasites that can control larger hosts like human Tekkamen; they presumably enter fairly late in the process since Blade and Rapier were freed with nearly full power before getting implanted]].
* BridgeBunnies: Milly/Tina.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: D-Boy and Aki.
* BugWar: The Radam are giant arthropod-like creatures that turn into alien trees after burrowing into the ground, for a slight variation on the usual queen and hive structure.
* BullyingADragon: How the plot of ''II'' pretty much kicks into gear.
* ButSirItsNotReady: Said nearly verbatim in the dub; [[GeneralRipper Colbert]] sends the Sol-Tekkamen out anyway.
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "Tek-Setter!" In ''Teknoman'', "Tekno-Power!"
* CainAndAbel: ''Teknoman'' actually renames one of the brothers "[[NameOfCain Cain]]." The second episode of ''Tekkaman Blade II'' includes the biblical Cain and Abel story in its title crawl.
* CameFromTheSky: Blade/D-Boy, who falls from the Orbital Ring and crashes near Aki and Noal in the first episode.
* CallBack : The end of series speech Blade made to Dead to live on and let Tekkaman Dead to die is a CallBack to the end of the first series where he state that Takaya Aiba is dead before defeating Omega.
* CallingYourAttacks: Only Blade calls all his moves, but it seems no Tekkaman can resist shouting "[[WaveMotionGun VOLTEKKAAAAA!]]" at least once.
** Out of all the 12 tekkamen introduced in the two series, all but four use it (Omega,Dagger, Rapier and Scarlet). Of the remaining eight, Axe and Sword are the only ones who don't call it.
* CastOfSnowflakes
* CataclysmBackstory: The Prague Black September, when Primary Tekkamen revolted and got nuked, for the OVA. Three of the four new characters are closely tied to it (David and Dead are survivors, Natasha's father ordered the nuking) and Aki killed the rebel leader. It's not really described until the last few episodes, but David constantly flashes back to seeing Aki in the burning city.
* CatapultNightmare: Takaya has a few, though more often it's [[AnxietyDreams a dream about killing his fellow Space Knights]].
* CensorShadow: Alternates with BarbieDollAnatomy.
* ClipShow: Out of 49 episodes, this series had '''four'''. The last two were only separated by a couple of episodes (40 and 45).
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Noal and Balzac get {{Powered Armor}}s based on Tekkaman abilities.
* CombatTentacles: Radam beasts use these in combination with claws and acid spit.
* CrapsackWorld: Though, by the end it seems to be getting better.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: [[spoiler:Miyuki gets pinned to a wall by her wrists and stabbed by Evil and co.]]
* CulturalTranslation
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique[=/=]DeadlyUpgrade: In the beginning of the first series, the main character's incomplete transformation allows him to retain his free will, but has a side effect; his constant transformations into his superpowered form are destroying his central nervous system. The upgrade to [[SuperMode Blastor Mode]] fixed this problem, but caused transforming to burn up his memories instead--he even forgets how to transform at one point. And dialogue by the arch-villain, in the Australian dub at least, implied that this SuperMode upgrade would cause a Teknoman to burn out and die within a few months, though this doesn't come to pass.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The original ''Tekkaman'' was already pretty grim, but ''Blade'' throws [[SlidingScaleLongName Idealism]] into deep space and ([[MemeticMutation space]]) lances it.
* DeathIsDramatic
* DeathIsASadThing
* DemotedToExtra[=/=]PutOnABus: Takaya/D-Boy aka ''Tekkaman Blade'' in the first half of ''Tekkaman Blade II''. However, when [[TheBusCameBack he returns]], ''[[SpotlightStealingSquad he returns]]''.
* DesolationShot: Many, often featuring the RuinsOfTheModernAge.
* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Takaya's father had one.
* TheDitz: Yumi in ''Tekkaman Blade II''.
* DividedWeFall: The [[TheSquad Space Knights]] and the Allied Defense Force are at odds over who gets control of Tekkaman Blade.
* DoubleWeapon: The '''''[[MemeticMutation SPACE LANCE]]''''', er, Tek Lancer.
* DownerBeginning: The Radam have seized the Orbital Ring and are using it to bombard the Earth, conventional weapons are useless against them, and the Radam trees are taking over much of the land.
* DramaticShattering: Blade's Tekset crystal when he tries to transform while caught in a trap that suppresses his power. It's sorta fixed a couple episodes later.
* DrinkingContest: O'Toole goads D-Boy into one in their first encounter and easily wins, gaining D-Boy's cooperation in the Orbital Elevator operation.
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: [[spoiler:[[GenderFlip Actually a "he."]] Just goes to show how much Aki cares for D-Boy...]] And leading [[spoiler:her]] to ConverseWithTheUnconscious.
* DuringTheWar: Focuses on the Space Knights and their attempts to stop the Radam invasion, and later resistance to the occupation.
* DysfunctionJunction: The new Tekkaman team in the OVA are a deeply screwed up group, with most of their issues centered on the Hayato/Jumi/D-Boy/Aki/David love polygon and a common tie to Prague.
* EarthIsABattlefield: The Radam are landing everywhere, and fighting takes place across the entire Earth, most of it going badly for humans.
* EscapePod: Takaya's father puts him on one when the Radam attack their ship.
* EstablishingSeriesMoment: The series starts with Blade fighting the Radam, and barely slows down from there.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Between Aki and D-Boy; or so Noal claims.
* EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench: Inverted subversion: Yumi is clearly Japanese, but she has a French surname... and she's the cute [[TheDitz ditz]] instead of the "sexy" (that title goes to the [[SensualSlavs Russian Natasha]]).
* EvilAllAlong: In an episode on season 1, D-Boy mentioned how the CharacterOfTheDay is mysterious and might have something he hid. Later on, he apparently abandoned his mission and seemingly go in the same direction as the Radam. [[spoiler:Subverted, he did that to do a suicide attack to make sure he can fulfill his mission of delivering the supply that he escorted to earth.]]
* EvilIsVisceral: Moreso in the "Twin Blood" OAV, though.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Tekkaman Dagger]] has this happen to him after ironically causing a similar injury to [[spoiler:Blade.]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Sometimes crosses over into FamilyUnfriendlyDeath.
* FantasticRacism: The Primary Bodies (people partially converted by the Radam pods with a semi-armored form) get subjected to this in ''Tekkaman Blade II''. It eventually escalates into a rebellion that ends in Prague getting nuked.
* FetalPositionRebirth: Anyone being made into a Tekkaman, at least in the first series.
* FinalBattle: One of the episodes is even ''called'' this in the English dub.
* FoeTossingCharge: [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Crush/Crash Intrude]], which sometimes also counts as HotWings.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: If you watched the series carefully there is TONS of hints that hinted that [[spoiler:yes, D-Boy's life really sucks, and he's nicer than he appears to be]], particularly episode 10.
* FourIsDeath: Tekkaman Dead, the fourth introduced new Tekkaman in ''Tekkaman Blade II''. And he starts out evil, too.
* GeneralRipper: Galt/Colbert, who's obssessed with destroying the Radam and constantly tries to kill D-Boy despite his being on the human side..
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Aki [[FanNickname "Bright Slaps"]] D-Boy at one point.
* [[GiantEnemyCrab Giant Enemy Spider-Crab]]: Radam mooks are generally arthropod-shaped with tentacles and acid spit.
* GratuitousEnglish: Freeman's CatchPhrase, "Blue Earth, Go!" In ''Tekkaman Blade II'', the phrase is inherited by Aki and mocked by Yumi.
* GuiltFreeExterminationWar: Absolutely no one feels bad about killing off the Radam's hordes; the Tekkamen... [[SubvertedTrope not so much]].
* HadToBeSharp: Every one of the survivors; the Space Knights in particular.
* HeelFaceTurn: The enemy Tekkamen, considering D-Boy knew them all for years because they were either family members or close friends.
* HenshinHero: Blade, of course. Also Rapier, technically. And of course, everyone in ''Blade II''. To say nothing of the Radam Tekkamen.
* HereWeGoAgain: In the second series, the Radam come back.
* HeroicBSOD: Blade suffers one of these over several episodes as a result of a temporary FaceHeelTurn.
* HeroicRROD: Blaster Mode eventually consumes all of Blade's memories except his hatred of the Radam, leaving him in a catatonic state at the end of the series.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Miyuki/Shara, [[IllGirl already dying]], blows herself up in battle with the Tekkamen attacking the Space Knights' HQ at the end of the first season. However, in the second season, it turns out that the evil Tekkamen survived. Also a scientist from earlier episode and Barnard O'Toole.]]
* HighlyConspicuousUniform: The ones that the Space Knights wear.
* HostileTerraforming: Played with. People believe the Radam intend to terraform Earth into their newest colony. [[spoiler:This is far from the case. They don't care about Earth whatsoever, they're ''bio-forming'' us.]]
* HourOfPower: D-Boy can't stay in his Tekkaman form for more than thirty minutes, or he'll go into an UnstoppableRage that will supposedly culminate in a permanent FaceHeelTurn.
* HumansAreSpecial: Humans just make better Tekkamen. Even when Tekkamen made from other alien races appear, complete human Tekkamen are still leagues above them.
* HurtingHero: Blade, natch.
* IAmWho: D-Boy/Takaya, when his amnesia becomes especially pronounced.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: D-Boy directly asks Milly to make sure the Space Knights kill him if his HourOfPower is over and he goes into UnstoppableRage.
* IHaveTheHighGround: Tekkamen really like standing in tall places to look down on their foes.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Blade sometimes tries to get through to his former friends and family who've been brainwashed into Tekkaman. Sure, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption it never works]], but it shows how much he still cares.
** Made [[TearJerker all the more crushing]] when he finds out near the end of the series that each Tekkaman is only evil via a Radam parasite, and that he could've gotten through to them if only he'd known to kill the parasite first somehow.
* IllGirl: Miyuki/Shara is a pretty tragic example.
* IncrediblyLamePun: The dub is full of these. Leads to a bit of MoodWhiplash, as Blade will go from joking around to deadly serious in the span of 5 minutes.
* InsectoidAliens: The Radam cannon-fodder.
* InvisiblePresident: Only shown from the top of the nose down.
* KillSat: The Orbital Ring... [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs which just happens to be under the control of the Radam]].
* KungShui: Tekkamen battles ''always'' rearrange the local landscape.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: DoubleSubversion: D-Boy apparently has amnesia at the beginning of the series, [[spoiler:but it turns out he's lying. Then near the end, he starts losing his memory for real.]]
* LightningBruiser: EVERY Tekkaman.
* LikeCannotCutLike: A Tekkaman's lancer has never been shown as capable of cutting another one.
* LimitedWardrobe: We rarely see characters out of their signature outfits, and even then mostly in flashbacks.
* LivingShip: The Radam travel in these.
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: David, who is shown constantly flirting with mechanics and staff at the base and picking up a one night stand on vacation.
* LoveDodecahedron: Aki/D-Boy/Yumi, with Hayato having unrequited feelings for Yumi. Also D-Boy/Aki/David, with David eventually establishing some sort of HoYay with Dead.
* MeatMoss: The [[spoiler: Aiba family's ship]] after the Radam remodel it into their base, as well as the alien ship they found near Jupiter, though Radam tend for a more vegetalbe look.
* MechaShow
* MadeOfIndestructium: The Radam Tekkamen, and of course D-Boy when he's transformed.
* MelancholyMoon: D-Boy spends a lot of time staring up at it.
* MetamorphosisMonster: The Spider-crabs, who eventually transform into Radam trees.
* MildlyMilitary: The Space Knights.
* MissionBriefing: Quite a few, mostly from [[DaChief Freeman]].
* MonsterIsAMommy: [[spoiler:A scene in ''II'' where Alien Tekkamen mourn the death of one of their own.]]
* {{Mangst}}: Despite all the endless and very angst-inducing problems D-Boy seems to have, he doesn't even TALK about them during practically the entire first half of the series, instead focusing all his efforts of kicking the Radam's ass. Pretty damn manly way to deal with angst.
* MonstrosityEqualsWeakness: Played with: the [[GiantEnemyCrab monsters]] that the Radam use as shock-troops ''are'' fully capable of destroying normal military vehicles and weaponry, but the Tekkamen are far stronger than they are, and quite a bit more humanoid.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: D-boy, after he attacks Milly.
* NakedOnArrival: Blade, in a crater, covered in blood.
* NeckLift: Lance does this to a few soldiers when he's hunting Blade during the latter's DeadlyUpgrade.
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: At the end of the series.
* NotOfThisEarth: The Radam trees.
* NuclearOption: It fails due to [[ImplacableMan Blade's sheer power and durability]].
* TheNudifier: Blade's transformation acted like this at first, before he gained MagicPants.
** In ''Tekkaman Blade II,'' all the Tekkaman recruits have changing booths with bathrobes inside for when they turn back to human.
* OminousWalk: Seems to be a staple of Tekkamen.
* OnTheNextEpisodeOfCatchPhrase: "Brush away those tears underneath your mask!"
* PanUpToTheSkyEnding: Looking out to the sunset in the first series.
* PastelChalkedFreezeFrame: Used for dramatic moments like [[spoiler: Miyuki's death and ensuing destruction of the Space Knights base.]]
* ParentalAbandonment
* ParentalSubstitute: Both Honda and O'Toole end up being a father figure to D-Boy.
* [[PeopleJars People Pods]]: filled with MutagenicGoo.
* PerfectHealth: When D-Boy starts showing signs of failing health, it's either his HeroicBSOD or [[HeroicRROD something worse]].
* PhlebotinumRebel: D-Boy/Blade/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Slade]].
* PowerEchoes: All of the Tekkamen.
* PowerAtAPrice: [[HyperactiveMetabolism Hyper Metabolism]], and fatal PowerDegeneration if one happens to be incompatible with the process.
* PoweredArmor: The Tekkamen themselves actually become [[SiliconBasedLife metallic lifeforms]] when they transform. However, the Sol Tekkamen/Teknosuits fit this trope.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: One of the biggest offenders of this trope. As far as crossover goes, mentioning that D-Boy survived nukes alone puts him several levels above the cast of the shows that are featured in the same game as him. In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' terms, early in the series Blade has Armor stats similar to Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}} while having agility that makes the resident {{Fragile Speedster}}s such as [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross the Valkyrie]] as fast as snail in comparison.
* PsychosomaticSuperpowerOutage: Blade goes into an UnstoppableRage after exceeding his time limit. When he recovers, he goes into a FreakOut and is so afraid that it will happen again that he can't transform.
* PunchAWall: Blade, during his HeroicBSOD.
* PuppeteerParasite: The Radam, who are revealed near the end of the series to be small worm-like creatures that can control larger organisms like humans.
* PsychicLink: Given to all Tekkamen during the [[TransformationTrauma transformation process]].
** PsychicRadar: They also have this.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: All of the Radam Tekkamen have red eyes.
** Blade has green eyes that turn red once his HourofPower is up.
* {{Retirony}}: [[spoiler: A scientist on an episode of season 1, he almost returned to earth safely, but things go bad, and he pulls of a HeroicSacrifice. Subverted with Blade in the last episode, he recovered during the sequel.]]
* ReversePolarity: It's stated in the English dub that this is what's done with Blade's [[TransformationTrinket crystal]].
* ScavengerWorld: In the second half of the series, the human industrial base is gone, so any human resistance has to scrounge weapons, ammunition, and spare parts wherever they can be found. However, this is fixed by the time of ''Tekkaman Blade II''.
* ScreamingWarrior: Notably to the point that [[Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa Blade's voice actor]] broke the microphone. ''Twice''.
* ShesAManInJapan: Levin/Maggie, who went from an extremely effeminate man in the original to a woman in "Teknoman."
* ShipperOnDeck: Noal and Miyuki ship D-Boy/Aki.
* ShouldersOfDoom: Most, if not all, of the Tekkamen, which usually leads to...
** ShoulderCannon: '''[[WaveMotionGun VOLTEKKA!!!]]'''
* ShoutOut: In one of the later episodes of the first series, during the [[spoiler:evacuation to the Orbital Ring]], we are treated to a child being picked up by their father, whom the scene lingers on while they talk. This father answers the child's concerns with "As long as we have Tekkaman, we'll be fine". Watching the "History Of Tekkaman" featurette on the {{DVD}}s, and the appearance of the father is a ''dead ringer'' for the 1970s main character.
* SinglePhlebotinumLimit: The Radam technology.
* SkySurfing: The only way to travel for Tekkamen.
* SoftGlass: Most notable during the fight between D-Boy and Evil near the end of the series.
* SpaceStation: The Orbital Ring; once served as a SpaceBase, and was served in turn by several {{Space Elevator}}s.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Crash Intrude is sometimes spelled as "Crush Intrude" or even odder names like "Crush Interlude" or "Crest Interlude." Likewise with variations of Voltekka such as "Volt Tekka" and "Voltekker."
** This also happened between the U.S. and international dubs of ''Teknoman'': it was Ness Carter/Teknoman Slade (U.S.) versus [[Music/BackstreetBoys Nick Carter]][=/=]Teknoman Blade (international).
* StockFootage: Blade's transformations and the launching of the Blue Earth, in particular.
* StockSuperpowers: NighInvulnerability, SuperStrength, {{Flight}}, PureEnergy cannons, and a [[{{BFS}} Big Fracking Spear]]. Later in the series, there's a SuperMode which grants {{Flash Step}}s and BeamSpam. (It was predicted to be a DeadlyUpgrade, but fortunately wasn't.)
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Somehow, Blade is simultaneously stronger ''and'' weaker in the sequel than he was at the beginning of the original series. No information is ever disclosed to explain this.
* StoryBreakerPower[=/=]SuperpowerLottery: All natural Tekkamen count as having the latter. Blade and Evil have the former. End of the series Blade take both of them to new level. To put it into perspective, the Tekkamen can survive re-entry with minimal, or no injury at all. Early on the series, Blade survived a ''nuke'' at point-blank range with no damage, and he gets much stronger later on.
** In the sequel Yumi and Dead are near Blade and Evil's power level as well. However averted with [[spoiler:Aki]] as she is actually extremely weak as a Tekkaman goes, with no self flight ability (although most characters use Pegas units to fly anyway) and no ranged weaponry at all (though ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW'' gives her a rapid-fire gun built into her lance). Explained as the Radam pod used to empower her was stripped down and rebuilt to prevent it from affecting her mind or giving her a faulty transformation, so it wasn't at full power. She's still super strong, invulnerable and capable of slicing enemies to pieces though.
* SuicideAttack: Blade's last attack on [[BigBad Omega]] was nearly this.
* SuperheroParadox: While the Radam were already attacking Earth, Blade's presence gives them a target
* VideoGame/SuperRobotWars: ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment Judgment]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW W]]''.
* SwitchingPOV
* TimeCapsule: Takaya and his brother buried one in their back yard when they were ten years old.
* TheJuggernaut: All of the Tekkaman, who can charge through entire armies without blinking and even take nukes to the face.
* ThemeNaming:
** The Tekkamen [[TheyCallHimSword are named after bladed weapons]] from some time period (Axe, Sword, Lance, etc.).
** The dub renames Noal and Aki to "Ringo" and "Star," probably [[ShoutOut after]] Music/TheBeatles.
** The dub surnames of "[[Comicbook/FantasticFour Richards,]]" "[[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Summers,]]" and "[[Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} Jameson]]" may be {{Shout Out}}s to Creator/MarvelComics.
*** For that dub, they had Eric S. Rollman as executive producer. For anyone who doesn't know, Mr. Rollman has been involved in pretty much every AnimatedAdaptation of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse from ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' to present shows like ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperheroSquadShow'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes]]''.
** ''Tekkaman Blade II'' names three Tekkamen after the seasons in various languages: Sommer (German for "summer"), Vesna (which is a poetic word for "spring" in many Slavic languages), and Hiver (French for "winter"). Aki's name already means "autumn" in Japanese, so she fits the theme without even needing a CodeName.
* TheSquad: The Space Knights.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8TrK-XBVYw '''VOLTEKKA!!''']]
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:Miyuki.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Aki in ''II'', going from TheChick to TheCaptain [[spoiler:and a Tekkaman herself!]].
* TransformationNameAnnouncement: "Tekkaman Blade!" "Tekkaman Sommer!" "Tekkaman Vesna!" "Tekkaman Hiver!"
** Aki notably doesn't do this in the sequel, simply posing silently at the end of her transformation. In fact she doesn't have a Tekkaman name at all during the actual show. Side material and SRW would dub her "Tekkaman Aki" mostly out of needing to call her something.
* TouchedByVorlons: How all of the Tekkamen get their powers.
* TransformationSequence: A rare example of a ''male'' nude transformation sequence.
** There's also the typical female versions, which can double as a {{Fanservice}}y aversion of NippleAndDimed ([[MaleGaze for some]], anyway).
* TransformationTrinket: The Tek-set system is composed of a single crystal whose appearance varies between each individual Tekkaman. When Takaya's is shattered, it's later installed in his HumongousMecha, Pegas.
** And somehow regenerated in the sequel without explanation.
* TragicVillain: Pretty much all of the evil Tekkamen.
* {{Transhuman}}: All of the Tekkamen, with those on the Radam side engaging in TranshumanTreachery.
* TroubledButCute: D-Boy.
* TwinTelepathy: Takaya and Shinya/Tekkaman Evil. Mildly subverted in that it's actually part of their Tekkaman powers.
* TheUnfavorite: Shinya/Cain in the ''Burning Clock'' special. He felt that his father viewed him as weaker than his older brother and blamed him for his mother's death. It doesn't help that even though Shinya often won the matches, races and other competitions he had with Takaya, his more outgoing twin would unintentionally overshadow him most of the time.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Dead End. That's all.
* VictoryGuidedAmnesia: Or is it [[InvertedTrope amnesia-guided victory?]]
* ViolenceIsDisturbing: Is it ''ever''; unfortunately ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption.
* WallSlump: D-Boy, also during his HeroicBSOD.
* WarWasBeginning
* WasItReallyWorthIt: Takaya is forced to murder his way through the members of his family to protect the Earth.
* WaveMotionGun: The Voltekka, used my nearly every Tekkaman on both sides.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Levin--changed to a female, Maggie, in the dub.
* WholePlotReference: Once you think about it, Tekkaman Blade shares a lot of simmilarity with Series/KamenRiderBlack.
* WrenchWench: Levin... sorta. ''Really'' sorta. Also Yumi Francois, who started the OVA as a Blue Earth mechanic but quickly got upgraded to the first half's main character.
* YouAreNotAlone: The [[BadassCrew Space Knights]] to D-Boy.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]
** More HairColorDissonance than anything else (except for [[ArtShift the second-to-last episode]]).
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