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[[TitleScream TIIIIIIME BOKAN!]]"''

A [[LongRunner long running meta-series]] by Creator/TatsunokoProduction, the ''Time Bokan'' meta-series typically involves a BattleCouple, a RobotBuddy, and MiniMecha based off animals stopping a TerribleTrio (maybe even [[TropeMaker THE]] Terrible Trio) from doing misdeeds.

The first in the series was the aforementioned ''Time Bokan'' in 1975. It involved the aforementioned Battle Couple traveling through time to find a {{Plot Coupon}} and a missing scientist, while racing and going up against a Terrible Trio consisting of a {{Fat and Skinny}} male duo and a {{Stripperiffic}} female. Following this it was decided that Time Bokan would become a meta-series and each of the sequels would carry the name as a subtitle.

The second series in 1977 would become the longest and arguably most memorable in the entire meta-series: ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}''. While maintaining a similar plot as well as having [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of the heroes and villains, the story this time didn't involve time travel, instead opting for a Sentai, "Mecha of the Week"-type format. ''Yatterman'' would eventually get a {{Revival}} in 2008, as well as a live action adaptation in 2009. It even found itself a sequel series in 2015 with ''Anime/YattermanNight'', which also serves as the ''Time Bokan'' franchise's [[MilestoneCelebration 40th anniversary special]].

The rest of series: ''Zenderman'', ''Otasukeman'', ''Yattodetaman'', ''Ippatsuman'', and ''Itadakiman'' would more or less feature the same concept. Some series would feature time travel, and others would be set in the present day. ''Yattodetaman'' and ''Ippatsuman'' are the only two series to not have a Battle Couple but rather a titular hero fighting the antagonists. They are also the only two series to feature {{Humongous Mecha}}. Following a 1993 OVA involving the then seven Terrible Trios in a parody of {{Wacky Races}}, the eighth and final series ''Kiramekiman'' aired in 2000.

As of 2012, there are no plans to make another ''Time Bokan'' series not counting the ''Yatterman'' remake. The 1993 OVA, ''Time Bokan: Royal Revival'', has been [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-10-17/sentai-filmworks-adds-time-bokan/royal-revival-video-anime licensed]] by Creator/SentaiFilmworks for a US release.

Since ''Yatterman'' sort of became its own entity outside of the ''Time Bokan'' franchise, it gets its own page [[Anime/{{Yatterman}} here]].
!!Tropes found in most or all the series of ''Time Bokan'':
* BattleCouple: Standard formula found in almost all series, save for ''Ippatsuman'' and ''Yattodetaman''.
* BlondesAreEvil: Save for Mun Mun, Yan-Yan and Atasha, every leader of their respective TerribleTrio is blonde.
* CanonDiscontinuity: There was a 3-episode OVA in the 90's called ''Sengoku Bushou Retsuden Bakufu Hissatsuman'', made by the same studio behind the ''Anime/CasshanRobotHunter'' OVA. Despite being directed by franchise director Hiroshi Sasagawa and being thematically similar to other ''Time Bokan'' series, Tatsunoko does not consider it a part of the franchise.
* CleopatraNose: All the leaders of the TerribleTrio have this.
* ClothingDamage: To the villains. The female leader tends to get the "worst" of it.
* FatAndSkinny: Found in ALL installments.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Often shows partial nudity to the female lead villain. Can be averted since Japanese television standards aren't as high.
* [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Idiosyncratic Series Naming]]: Every series after the original ''Time Bokan'' has "-man" somewhere in the title.
* MiniMecha: Rode or driven by the protagonists and antagonists. Usually based off some form of animal.
** In ''Ippatsuman'' and ''Yattodetaman'', the mechas are larger and form into a SuperRobot.
* MsFanservice: All the leaders of the Terrible Trio are the main source of {{Fanservice}}.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: The villains regularly end up half-naked.
* PaperThinDisguise: Used more or less by all the villains. The Doronbo Gang and the Muujo team are masters of this.
* PigeonholedVoiceActor: All three members of each TerribleTrio in starting from Time Bokan have been voiced by the same Japanese voice actors, for the past 30 years.
* RobotBuddy
* SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains: Generally the heroines wear more modest outfit comparaed to villainess.
* SpotlightStealingCrossover: The ''Royal Revival'' [=OVA=]s, by way of having the results of ''Yatterman'''s ending as a major plot. By the second OVA, the other series barely get a passing reference.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: The villainess wear very skimpy mission-outfit except Mirenjo and Atasha.
* TerribleTrio: Can possibly be the TropeCodifier, if not TropeNamer.
** Inverted in Kiramekiman - the trio is still comedic and rather incompetent, but they're technically the good guys (being detectives), while the heroes are thieves.
* TimeTravel: Ironically, ''Yatterman'' is the only exception.

Tropes specific for the series.


[[folder:Time Bokan]]
* AnimalMotifs: Bugs. ''Lots'' of bugs.
* ArtShift: The credits are styled after paper puppet shows.
* BeeAfraid: One of the scouting mechs on the ''Kuwagattan'' is modeled after one.
* BrickJoke: Early in episode 2, Chorobou threatens Perasuke with being grilled and eaten if he doesn't reveal where Dr. Kieta is. When the gang is sent back to Ancient Greece, Perasuke is taken by the Persians, who almost do exactly that.
* [[BroughtToYouByTheLetterS Brought To You By The Letter "T"]]: This series' insignia uses a stylized "T" on everything belonging to Dr Kieta, often seen on the Time Bokans and quite prominently on Tanpei's outfit.
* TheCameo: Not in their series, but Junko and Tanpei show up alongside other {{Battle Couple}}s in the ''Royal Revival'' OVA. They also appear as [[SheIsAllGrownUp teenagers]] in the 2008 ''Yatterman'' reboot.
* ChromaticArrangement: The ''Mechabuton'' (Blue), ''Dotabattan'' (Green) and ''Kuwagattan'' (Red) mechs follow this pattern.
* CompilationMovie: The series managed to get a video in the 80's, editing the {{Fairy Tale Episode}}s into a single movie called ''Time Fighters in the Land of Fantasy''.
* ContinuityNod: The ''Royal Revival'' OVA has the Time Skeletons use the Gorilla variation of Gaikotts as their mech. This version was also [[FirstInstallmentWins the first one they ever fought Tanpei and Junko with.]]
* CoolHelmet: Tanpei and Junko have these as part of their attire. They even go with the Bug motif, as they resemble bug eyes.
* EvilCounterpart: Gaikotts, the Time Skeletons' version of the Time Bokans.
* GadgeteerGenius: Tanpei and Junko, despite their young age. Tanpei was even the one who built Chorobou in the first place.
* HenpeckedHusband: An almost literal example of the trope in Perasuke. In fact, he continues to avoid going back to his time specifically to avoid his wife.
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: [[spoiler: Dr. Kieta was in the present day the entire time. After traveling back from Perasuke's time, the Doctor left the Time Bokan. Perasuke accidentally booted it back up while the Doctor wasn't looking, and ended up landing it where it should have landed in the first place-the lab. He then stumbled out of the cockpit, encountering our heroes in the process and kickstarting a 27-episode long search ''and'' a gang of thieves on their tails for their trouble.]]
* JapaneseBeetleBrothers: The first and third mechs resemble a Rhinoceros and Stag beetle respectively, while the ''Mechabuton'''s scouting mech resembles a ladybug.
* KidHero: Junko and Tanpei are 10 and 13 years old, respectively. This makes them the youngest group of heroes in the franchise, since at the very least both members of the [[{{Anime/Yatterman}} second youngest group]] are 13.
* LimitedWardrobe: Unlike later protagonists in the franchise, Tanpei and Junko always wear their {{Iconic Outfit}}s. Slightly justified as they might be standard attire for Dr. Kieta's lab.
* LivingMacGuffin: Perasuke for the Time Skeletons, as he's the only one who knows how to obtain Dynamonds.
* LemonyNarrator: The narrator tends to pepper in his own commentary during his recaps and concluding speeches.
--> '''Narrator:''' Will they ever find Dr. Kieta? Eh, I don't know. Find out next week, maybe.
* MadeOfExplodium: Gaikotts and the titular Time Bokan tend to explode when leaving for new time periods.
* [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Mad Scientist's Beautiful Granddaughter]]: Junko qualifies, though her grandfather isn't ''completely'' mad.
* MarketBasedTitle: [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Almost.]] The series would have been called ''Time Fighters'' in the West had Tatsunoko gone through with the localization.
* MeaningfulName: Marjo's name is derived from "Majo", the Japanese word for witch. The word can also mean "old hag" depending on how it's used.
** Walther's romanized name (Warusa) means "Evil Behavior".
* TheMole: Grocky serves as this in episode 1, as he worked for Dr. Kieta for about half a year to get information on the Time Bokan project.
* NonActionGuy: Marjo generally refuses to fight the heroes, often letting Grocky and Walther do the dirty work.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The titular Time Bokan. It actually refers to ''three'' mechs over the course of the series: the "Time Mechabuton" (the first), the "Time Dotabattan" (a locust mech), and the "Time Kuwagattan" (a Stag beetle mech). The term "Time Bokan" itself just refers to its carrier functions, as they all carry smaller mechs inside them.
* OnlyOneName: Everyone, save for perhaps Junko.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Junko and Tanpei.
* PollyWantsAMicrophone: Perasuke, the parrot of Dr. Kieta.
* PostKissCatatonia: Tanpei often goes into this whenever either Junko or another cute girl kisses him on the cheek.
* [[SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon 60 Episode Cartoon]]
* SmokeOut: One episode has the Time Skeletons pull a smoke bomb in order to disguise Gaikotts' time travel abilities.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Perasuke/Parrosuke.
** Majo/Marjo.
** Grocky/Glocky.
** Walther/Walter/Warusa.
** Chorobou/Chorobo/[[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers C-Robot]].
* StealthPun: Although Gaikotts goes through several design changes over the course of the series, its base form always serves as the skeleton for the changes.
* SymbolMotifClothing: Like her successor [[{{Anime/Yatterman}} Ai]], Junko has hearts on her clothing.
* TerribleTrio: Marjo, Walther and Grocky make up THE TerribleTrio, TropeCodifier for all the trios that followed.
* TheThemeParkVersion: Being a kid's show, the cast of ''Time Bokan'' probably couldn't get away with being historically accurate with the time periods they went to.
* TimeMachine: The titular Time Bokan.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Cream puffs for Perasuke.
* {{Unobtanium}}: Whatever makes up the contents of Dynamonds. In use, they have about 100 times the explosive power of Uranium, making it perfect for the Time Skeletons to power up their mechs.
* VillainSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX0u-pJO0xA "Soreyuke Gaikottsu"]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Junko has green hair. Oddly enough, the intro for the show portrayed her as blonde at one point.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Despite looking the same age as Tanpei, Junko is actually 10 years old.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: The series is a long string of our heroes going to different eras based on what Perasuke tells them that episode, but failing to find Dr. Kieta every time. [[spoiler: He is found in episode 27, right in their home time period to boot.]]

See--> ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}''

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Dr. Monjia. He is regularly fooled by the villain trio in [[PaperThinDisguise incredibly obvious disguises.]]
* CatsAreMean: The Akudama trio's TeamPet. [[spoiler: Doubly so when it's revealed that [[TheDogWasTheMastermind he was the villain the whole time.]]]]
* CoolTrain: The heroes' main mecha is a time-traveling circus train.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Muujo uses her beauty to seduce the heroes' Gorilla mech during one battle.
* DrivenByEnvy: Despite being a beautiful woman, Muujo is jealous of Sakura because the girl is younger than her.
* [[spoiler: [[TheDogWastheMastermind The Cat Was the Mastermind]]: Oddly enough, it was the Trio's pet this turn around who turned out to be the BigBad]].
* {{Expy}}: Tetsu serves as this for ''Time Bokan'''s Tanpei.
** Our heroes also serve as one for Franchise/{{Zorro}}, since they tend to use {{Flynning}} as their main method of attack and [[ZorroMark carve "Z"s with their swords.]]
* KidHero: Tetsu and Sakura.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: In the second half of series, the heroes use a Gorilla mech.
* FountainOfYouth: The goal of the heroes and the villains is to find this.

[[folder:Time Patrol Tai Otasukeman]]
* ArtificialIntelligence: [[spoiler: Tomomot, surprisingly.]]
* BigBad: Tomomot.
* TheFaceless: Atasha's mysterious boyfriend.
* FunWithPalindromes: Tomomot (Lampshaded by himself).
* LivingWithTheVillain: In an odd twist for this series, both the heroes ''and'' the villains work in the same police SpaceStation as Time Police.
* MarketBasedTitle: According to Tatsunoko's website, it would've been called ''Rescueman'' had it been released in the west.
* PoliceAreUseless: Because the Otasukemen are so good at stopping the TerribleTrio and setting things back in their proper place, the rest of the Time Patrol never really get their own chance to shine.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Subverted. At the end of the series, the four villains perform a HeroicSacrifice by blowing themselves up to stop a meteorite that's about to hit Earth. However, before the meteorite explodes, one can make out 4 rescue ships leaving the spaceship.]]
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: The Otatsukemen's stock and trade. It's part of their job as Time Patrol officers to maintain temporal order, after all.
** Inverted with Ojamaman, who usually do [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight the exact opposite.]] In fact, most of the temporal paradoxes in the series are caused by them under Tomomot's orders.
* SickeninglySweethearts: Hikaru and Nana continuously.
* SixthRanger: Gekigasuki as the fourth member to the Terrible trio.
** [[spoiler: TheManBehindTheMan: He's the one who built Tomomot in the first place.]]
* TimePolice: Both the two main characters and the villainous Terrible Trio work for the Time Patrol, whose job is to prevent alterations of history. Both the antagonist trio (which later [[SixthRanger becomes a quartet]]) and the good guys have secret identities; the former group as Ojamaman, who try to alter history following the whims of Big Bad, and the latter group as the titular Otasukeman, who always manage to put everything back in place.
* TrainingFromHell: At the end of each episode, the chief of police allows the main cast to choose randomly between two types of training: a hard and dangerous session, and an easy, enjoyable session. The bad guys always wind up with the former.
** ThrowTheDogABone: In one episode however, they manage to get the easy training (and leave the heroes with the other).
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Atasha has green hair.

* ActionGirl: Koyomi.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited[=/=]CrazyJealousGuy: Kokematsu is in love with Mirenjo without any hope and, obviously, he is jealous of Baron Don Fan Fan.
* TheBigGuy: Daigoron (Karen's robot-bodyguard).
** TheBrute: Sukadon for the villains.
* [[BigBrotherInstinct Big Sister Instinct]]: Mirenjo wants her brother to become king and is very protective of him.
* ByThePowerOfGrayskull: Wataru has to chant "Yuki" in order to transform into Yattodetaman.
* [[CelibateHero Celibate Villain]]: Mirenjo Invokes this trope by putting aside her feelings for Baron Don Fan Fan.
* CombatCommentator: The reporter Sasayaki appears to comment the robot-battle, often accompanied by a huge cameraman of which we only see [[TheFaceless his lower half]].
* DefeatByModesty: Yattodetaman loves using this tactic. Mirenjo is often the victim to this ploy- in fact, it happened so often, that Mirenjo decides to undress ''herself'' during one episode to avoid seeing her dress getting destroyed yet again.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: A frequent RunningGag in this series. At the end of each battle, the bad guys are begging Mecha Robot for mercy, but they always end up insulting him accidentally (or not). The result... not so good.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Both Karen and Mirenjo are princesses of two different royal families.
* GadgeteerGenius: Wataru ''tries'' to be this in his civilian identity. Too bad that inventions often have no effect on [[NoSell Sukadon]].
* HumongousMecha[=/=]ArtificialIntelligence: On there heroes' side, the mechs are completely independent from the pilot.
* KidFromTheFuture: Karen is the great-granddaughter of Koyomi and Wataru.
* LivingMacGuffin: The Firebird.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Koyomi is in love with Yattodetman, but she sees Wataru as a loser.
* [[invoked]]MilestoneCelebration: Episode 40 celebrates the sixth anniversary of the franchise. Here, the characters interpret themselves in a theatrical play.
** TheCameo: Some of the other characters from the previous series appear in the audience during this performance.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: The lackeys in this installment finally manage to break the pattern that Walther and Grocky set before them, as they look ''nothing'' like the FatAndSkinny duos we've come to know. Lampshaded in the ''Royal Revival'' OVA.
--> '''Kosuinen:''' We can't lose to the only group that looks ''different'' from us!
* PerpetualPoverty: Mirenjo and her gang have just enough money to live in a decent apartment, but they spend most of their time trying to avoid paying rent and look for food.
* SomethingAboutARose: One of Yattodetman's favorite weapons to launch is a razor sharp rose or two.
* SuperStrength: Sukadon. Several micro-sketches have him show off his strength in hilarious ways.

* {{Bishonen}}: Sokkyu, apparently. Even Doronjo comments on his good looks in the ''Tatsunoko vs. Capcom'' crossover.
* {{Crossover}}: Episode 41 has team Otasukeman from ''Time Patrol Tai Otasukeman'' show up.
** Ippatsuman himself got the honor of fighting alongside other Tatsunoko heroes in ''Videogame/TatsunokoVsCapcom''.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Mun Mun, Kosuinen and Kyokanchin are all this for the Osteandel branch of Skull Lease.
* ExcitedShowTitle: The show's full name is ''Gyakuten! Ippatsuman''.
* {{Expy}}: Ippatsuman serves as one for the [[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Science Ninjas]], Ken in particular.
* FrameUp: The Skull Lease trio decide to make their MegaCorp become the most powerful company in Osteandel by making Time Lease the fall guy for their crimes. Subverted though, since it never works.
* HumongousMecha: Gyakuten-Oh, Ippatsuman's mecha.
* MegaCorp: Time Lease and Skull Lease.
* {{Qipao}}: Mun Mun often wears this dress as a civilian outfit.
* SixthRanger: Chinami as the fourth member to the Terrible trio.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Skull Lease's ultimate goal, right after beating out their business rivals.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Mun Mun has purple hair, while Chinami has green hair.

* BigGood: Headmaster Ochaka.
* CutShort: The series was cut after 20 episodes.
* DirtyOldMan: Headmaster Ochaka often harasses his vice.
* EvilRedhead: Yan-Yan.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: The Dirt Cheap Gang studied hard to apply for Oshaka academy, but only the pure and clearheaded descendants of Sanzo are admitted in.
* InSeriesNickname: "Kuuchan" for Kusaku.
* IWantSong: The OP, "Itadaki Mambo" (I Want it All Mambo).
* KidHero: Kusaku is only 10 years old, putting him at about the same age as ''Time Bokan'''s Junko.
* {{Macguffin}}: Three bronze plates are scattered across the globe. They're part of a larger puzzle board, which when completed will bring honor to the school it currently resides in.
* NonActionGuy: The main trio's goal is to obtain the bronze plates. At the end of the day, it's always Itadakiman who always intervenes to save the situation.
* PunBasedTitle: The title is based on "Itadakimasu", usually said before eating a meal.
* ShoutOut: The entire series is this to ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest''. Itadakiman himself is modeled after Sun Wukong (who else), and the rest of the protagonists are the descendants of Sanzo.
* SingleLineOfDescent: Averted big time. ''All'' of the protagonists save Itadakiman are descendants of Sanzo, and Headmaster Ochaka runs an entire school dedicated to Sanzo's descendants.
* SixthRanger: Ryuko serves as this for the Dirt Cheap Gang.
* YearX: The series takes place in the year 20XX.
* YoungerAndHipper: The villain trio compared to their predecessors. Justified somewhat as all of the descendants of Sanzo are in high school.

[[folder: Kaitou Kiramekiman]]
* AnimalMotifs: Cats for the Kiramekimen, to go with their thief nature.
* CallBack: The intro for this series starts with a countdown leading to a "TIIIME BOKAN!" TitleScream, just like the first series. Also counts as a series-wide BookEnd, since this is the last series produced for the franchise.
** The Kiramekimen are briefly shown with their shadows against a brick wall, similar to the {{Title Card}}s used for ''Yatterman'' episodes.
* CaperRationalization: The Kiramekimen are actually stealing dangerous items to protect the future, rather than stealing random items for profit.
* GenderBlenderName: Rip (the ''heroine'') and Puff (the ''hero'').
* HeroAntagonist: The Flower Detective agency, since their job is to capture thieves.
* KillerYoyo: Puff uses this as his main weapon.
* [[invoked]]MilestoneCelebration: The series was released on the franchise's 25th anniversary.
* ShortRunner: ''Kiramekiman'' only managed to last 26 episodes before getting canned.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Alternate sources call the protagonists Lip and Pafu.
* PhantomThief: Rip and Puff's stock in trade.
* {{Trope2000}}: This is the only entry in the series with the ''Time Bokan 2000'' label as its subtitle.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Rip and Puff, compared to the names of the other protagonists.