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'''''Metal Heroes''''' is a franchise of Japanese live-action Action/Adventure programs produced by Toei.

The series aired from 1982 (with ''Series/SpaceSheriffGavan'') to 1998 (with ''Series/TetsuwanTanteiRobotack''), but was revived in 2012 for a crossover with ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' and the popularity of the film resulted in a standalone movie. They are {{toku}}satsu-based shows, in the same vein as ''Franchise/KamenRider'' and ''Franchise/SuperSentai''.

In the US, footage from these series was adapted by Saban during the late-1990's in the same way they did with ''Super Sentai'' for ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', producing two shows, ''Series/VRTroopers'' (1994-1995) and ''[[Series/{{Beetleborgs}} Big Bad Beetleborgs]]'' (1996-1997). The programs are popular in Japan, France, Brazil and Southeast Asia. It also gave us the wonderful acid trip ''Uchuu Keiji Shaider''. Compared to even ''Franchise/KamenRider'', it was perhaps the darkest franchise of all {{toku}}satsu shows in general and more adults liked it than the kids.

The NES game ''VideoGame/{{Shatterhand}}'' was produced by Japanese company Natsume and released for both the NES and Famicom. Unlike in most instances, the American version ''Shatterhand'' was actually the original version of the game (although it was released later). Angel (a subsidiary of Bandai) agreed to publish the game in Japan for Natsume under the condition that they could modify it into a licensed game promoting one of their properties. Thus the game was re-worked to function as a ''Series/TokkyuuShireiSolbrain'' video game.

The following shows were produced in the ''Metal Heroes'' franchise:

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* ''Series/SpaceSheriffGavan'' (1982-1983)
* ''Series/SpaceSheriffSharivan'' (1983-1984)
* ''Series/SpaceSheriffShaider'' (1984-1985)
* ''Series/KyojuuTokusouJuspion'' (1985-1986)
* ''Series/JikuuSenshiSpielban'' (1986-1987)
* ''Series/ChoujinkiMetalder'' (1987-1988)
* ''Series/SekaiNinjaSenJiraiya'' (1988-1989)
* ''Series/KidouKeijiJiban'' (1989-1990)
* ''Series/TokkeiWinspector'' (1990-1991)
* ''Series/TokkyuuShireiSolbrain'' (1991-1992)
* ''Series/TokusouExceedraft'' (1992-1993)
* ''Series/TokusouRoboJanperson'' (1993-1994)
* ''Series/BlueSWAT'' (1994-1995)
* ''Series/JuukouBFighter'' (1995-1996)
* ''Series/BFighterKabuto'' (1996-1997)
* ''Series/BRoboKabutack'' (1997-1998)
* ''Series/TetsuwanTanteiRobotack'' (1998-1999)
* ''Space Sheriff'' revival (2012-)
** ''[[Film/KaizokuSentaiGokaigerVsSpaceSheriffGavanTheMovie Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie]]'' (January 2012)
** ''Film/SpaceSheriffGavanTheMovie'' (October 2012) and its Crossover with ''TokumeiSentaiGobusters'' during episode 31 and 32 of said series.
** ''[[Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiXSpaceSheriffSuperHeroTaisenZ Kamen Rider Super Sentai Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z]]'' (Spring 2013)
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It should be noted that there are three distinct trilogies within the franchise:
* The first three shows (''Gavan'', ''Sharivan'', and ''Shaider'') form the ''Space Sheriff'' trilogy (''Uchuu Keiji'' in Japanese).
* ''Winspector'', ''Solbrain'', and ''Exceedraft'' form the ''Rescue Mission'' trilogy.

Other continuations include:
* ''Series/JuukouBFighter'' and ''Series/BFighterKabuto'' are a continuation from one another as the ''Beetle Fighter'' series.
* ''Series/BRoboKabutack'' and ''Series/TetsuwanTanteiRobotack'' are also considered sharing the same universe, having a crossover of the two while having similar themes.
* A crossover episode also denotes that ''Jiban'' and ''Jiraya'' also share the same universe, despite having distinct themes.

!!Tropes commonly associated with ''Metal Heroes''
* {{Badass}}: As a prerequisite for all tokus.
* CoolBike: Yep!
* CoolCar: If they don't have a bike, they will have an awesome car. [[Series/ChoujinkiMetalder Some]][[Series/KidouKeijiJiban times]] both, actually.
* CoolSidecar: The Cool Bike often has one of these even when there is only one hero. Sometimes the sidecar can be deployed to attack on its own, or sometimes the VictimOfTheWeek occupies it while the hero delivers him or her to safety.
* CrossOver: Several series will have someone from one or more past series return, though it wasn't a staple like Sentai's Vs. movies. Also, lately, the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series likes to team up with ''Series/SpaceSheriffGavan''.
* HenshinHero: With the exception of Blue SWAT who put on their armor manually and Janperson who is a robot without a human form.
* PoweredArmor: If they're not HollywoodCyborg or RidiculouslyHumanRobot, they're human beings wearing a special suit of armor.
* TransformingMecha: Even though these series don't often go in for MakeMyMonsterGrow, the flying fortress can often turn into a robot and/or a cannon to deal with the enemy's {{Mook}}-piloted air force.
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