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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 longest and arguably most memorable in the entire meta-series: Anime/{{Yatterman}}. While maintaining a similar plot as well as having and {{Expy}} of the heroes and villains, the story this time didn't involve time travel. Yatterman would eventually get a {{Revival}} in 2008, as well as a live action adaptation in 2009.

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 SentaiFilmworks for a US release.
!!Tropes found in most or all the series of ''Time Bokan'':
* BattleCouple: Standard formula found in almost all series, save for ''Ippatsuman'' and ''Yattodetaman''.
* 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.
* 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.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny
* 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
* {{Stripperiffic}}: All female leaders of the Terrible Trio.
* 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

Tropes specific for the series.


[[folder:Time Bokan]]

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

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Dr. Monjia. He is regularly fooled by the villain trio in disguises.
* CatsAreMean: Villain team pet.
* CoolTrain: The mecha of heroes is a locomotive that travel in the time.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Muujo uses her beauty to seduce the Gorilla-mecha of the heroes during the battle.
* [[spoiler: [[TheDogWastheMastermind The Cat Was the Mastermind]]: turn out that cat (villains team pet) is the BigBad]].
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: in the second half of series, the heroes uses a Gorilla-mecha.
* FountainOfYouth: the goal of villains.

[[folder:Time Patrol Tai Otasukeman]]
* BigBad: Tomomot.
* FunWithPalindromes: Tomomot (Lampshade by himself).
* LivingWithTheVillain: as Time Cop both heroes and villain living in the police SpaceStation.
* [[spoiler: RedemptionEqualsDeath]]: [[spoiler: Subverted. At the end of th series, the four villain perform a HeroicSacrifice blowing himself up against a meterorite that is going to hit Earth. But before the explosion it can see 4 rescue ships leave the spaceship.]]
* SixthRanger: Gekigasuki as four member in addition to the Terrible trio.
** [[spoiler: TheReveal]]: [[spoiler: he is the real BigBad]]
* TheFaceless: the mysterious boyfriend of Atasha.
* TimeCop: 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 trio (which later becomes a quartet) and the good guys have secret identities, the former as the Ojamaman, who try to alter history following the whims of Big Bad, and the latter as the titular Otasukeman, who always manage to put everything back in place; so that we never see the Time Patrol actually do anything.
* TrainingFromHell: At the end episodes, the chief of police allows the main cast to choose randomly between the two types of training: a hard and dangerous and the other easy and enjoyable. The bad guys always end up choosing the first.
** ThrowTheDogABone: However, in an episode, they pick the easy training (and the heroes the other)
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Atasha has green hair.

* [[BigBrotherInstinct Big Sister Instinct]]: Mirenjo wants her brother to become king.
* [[CelibateHero Celibate Villain]]: Mirenjo invoke this trope putting aside her feelings for Baron Don Fan Fan.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu?: RunningGag. At the end of the battle the bad guys crying at Mecha Robot for mercy. But they always end up insulting him accidentally (or not). The result ..it's not good.
* HumongousMecha[=/=]ArtificialIntelligence: The mecha, invoked by heroes, is completely independent from the pilot.
* KidFromTheFuture: Karen is the great-granddaughter of Koyomy and Wataru.
* LivingMacGuffin: the Firebird is this.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Koyomi is in love with Yattodetman, but she sees Wataru as a loser.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: the male villains are drawn in a different way from normal villains of Time Bokan franchise.
* PerpetualPoverty: The bad guys are living in a modest apartment and every day they invent new ways to find food and avoid paying rent.

* {{Expy}}: Ippatsuman is this of Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman.
* HumongousMecha: Ippatsuman mecha.
* {{Qipao}}: Mun Mun often wears this dress as a civilian oufit.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Mun Mun has purple hair.

* DirtyOldMan[=/=]BigGood: Headmaster Ochaka.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The series was cut after 20 episodes.
* NonActionGuy: The heroes trio has a small role. At the end is Itadakiman who always intervenes to save the situation.
* ShoutOut: the entire series is this at Literature/JourneyToTheWest. The heroes protagonists are the descendants of Sanzo and Itadakiman is a Goku expies.
* YoungerAndHipper: The villain trio compared to their predecessors.