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'''''Super Sentai''''' is a [[LongRunners long-running]] live-action Japanese {{Sentai}} {{Toku}}satsu franchise by the Toei Company based around a FiveManBand of transforming heroes armed with HumongousMecha.

Unlike most American shows, each [[ThematicSeries season is treated as its own series]], introducing a new team, new costumes, a new setup, and new mecha. Each series has a unique {{Verse}} disjointed from the others, and the [[{{Crossover}} teamup]] movies are considered non-{{canon}}, though they appear to occupy their own side universe. The 35th anniversary series ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' is the first series to take place in this universe where all Sentai exist.

Since 1993, each ''Super Sentai'' series from the previous year has been adapted for American and global audiences in the form of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', using a multi-ethnic cast and splicing in the combat and mecha footage (often with many changes). This changed to two years after the 2010 hiatus in which a "reversion" of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' was aired instead of an adaptation of the previous year's ''Sentai''.

To date, the franchise has undergone the following series:

[[index]]
* ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'' (1975-1977)
* ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'' (1977)
** ''Film/JAKQDengekitaiVsGoranger''
* ''Series/BattleFeverJ'' (1979-1980)
* ''Series/DenshiSentaiDenziman'' (1980-1981)
* ''Series/TaiyouSentaiSunVulcan'' (1981-1982)
* ''Series/DaiSentaiGoggleFive'' (1982-1983)
* ''Series/KagakuSentaiDynaman'' (1983-1984)
* ''Series/ChoudenshiBioman'' (1984-1985)
* ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman'' (1985-1986)
* ''Series/ChoushinseiFlashman'' (1986-1987)
* ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman'' (1987-1988)
* ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'' (1988-1989)
* ''Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger'' (1989-1990)
* ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'' (1990-1991)
* ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'' (1991-1992)
* ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' (1992-1993) (''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers, season 1'')
* ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'' (1993-1994) (provided mecha, some [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters Of The Week]], and the SixthRanger costume for ''MMPR'' season 2)
* ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'' (1994-1995) (''MMPR'' S3 mecha and (partly) villains; ''Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers'' continued the season and gave the costumes to a different team, the Rangers of Aquitar)
* ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'' (1995-1996) (''Series/PowerRangersZeo'')
** ''Film/ChourikiSentaiOhrangerOhreVsKakuranger''
* ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'' (1996-1997) (''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'')
** ''Film/GekisouSentaiCarrangerVsOhranger''
* ''Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger'' (1997-1998) (''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'')
** ''Film/DenjiSentaiMegarangerVsCarranger''
* ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'' (1998-1999) (''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'')
** ''Film/SeijuuSentaiGingamanVsMegaranger''
* ''Series/RescueSentaiGoGoFive'' (1999-2000) (''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'')
** ''Film/KyuukyuuSentaiGoGoFiveVsGingaman''
* ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'' (2000-2001) (''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'')
** ''Film/MiraiSentaiTimerangerVsGoGoFive''
* ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'' (2001-2002) (''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'')
** ''Film/HyakujuuSentaiGaorangerVsSuperSentai''
* ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'' (2002-2003) (''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'')
** ''Film/NinpuuSentaiHurricanegerVsGaoranger''
** ''Film/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger10YearsAfter''
* ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'' (2003-2004) (''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'')
** ''Film/BakuryuuSentaiAbarangerVsHurricaneger''
* ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'' (2004-2005) (''Series/PowerRangersSPD'')
** ''Film/TokusouSentaiDekarangerVsAbaranger''
* ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' (2005-2006) (''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'')
** ''Film/MahouSentaiMagirangerVsDekaranger''
* ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'' (2006-2007) (''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'')
** ''Film/GoGoSentaiBoukengerVsSuperSentai''
* ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'' (2007-2008) (''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'')
** ''Film/JukenSentaiGekirangerVsBoukenger''
* ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' (2008-2009) (''Series/PowerRangersRPM'')
** ''Film/EngineSentaiGoOngerVsGekiranger''
* ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' (2009-2010) (''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' and ''Super Samurai'')
** ''Film/SamuraiSentaiShinkengerVsGoOngerGinmakuBang''
* ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' (2010-2011) (''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'')
** ''Film/TensouSentaiGoseigerEpicOnTheMovie''
** ''Film/TensouSentaiGoseigerVsShinkengerEpicOnGinmaku''
* ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' (2011-2012) (''[[Series/PowerRangersMegaforce Power Rangers Super Megaforce]]'')
** ''Film/GokaigerGoseigerSuperSentai199HeroGreatBattle''
** ''Film/KaizokuSentaiGokaigerTheMovieTheFlyingGhostShip''
** ''Film/KaizokuSentaiGokaigerVsSpaceSheriffGavanTheMovie''
* ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'' (2012-2013)
** ''Film/TokumeiSentaiGobustersTheMovieProtectTheTokyoEnetower''
** ''Film/TokumeiSentaiGobustersVsKaizokuSentaiGokaigerTheMovie''
** ''Film/TokumeiSentaiGobustersReturnsVsDobutsuSentaiGobusters''
* ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' (2013-2014) (''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'')
** ''Film/ZyudenSentaiKyoryugerGaburinchoOfMusic''
** ''Film/ZyudenSentaiKyoryugerVsGobustersTheGreatDinosaurBattleFarewellMyEternalFriends''
* ''[[Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger Ressha Sentai Toqger]]'' (2014-2015)

And the "unofficial" series, produced by Toei but explicitly ''not'' a proper installment:
* ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'' (2012-ongoing)
[[/index]]

The addition of mecha to the series was made with the third installment, ''Battle Fever J'', which was originally intended as an adaptation of CaptainAmerica in the spirit of the [[Series/SpiderManJapan Japanese live-action version]] of ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' (which also featured a giant robot). This is actually where the "Super" in "Super Sentai" comes from; for years ''Goranger'' and ''J.A.K.Q.'' were just called "Sentai" and not counted in chronologies until the 20th anniversary with ''Ohranger''.

''Super Sentai'' is usually contrasted with ''Franchise/KamenRider'', another {{tokusatsu}} franchise by the same corporation, with a similar deal but no mecha and far more serious stories. The two franchises met (canonically) on-screen for the first time in an episode of ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' featuring the Shinkenger team, with Decade making a brief cameo in a Shinkenger episode beforehand.

Before ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', the USANetwork had run several episodes of a GagDub of ''Dynaman'', dubbing ridiculous dialogue in place of the original.

Recently has been appearing in the Toys/SHFiguarts and Toys/SuperRobotChogokin toylines.

And May 2012 saw the release of ''Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiSuperheroTaisen'', a full-fledged crossover between the two franchises with 240 heroes joining forces. The star on the Super Sentai side will be [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Captain Marvelous/Gokai Red]], with the other Gokaiger (particularly Joe Gibken/Gokai Blue and Don Dogoier/Gokai Green) and the [[Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters Go-Busters]] playing a prominent role. One year later, ''Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiXSpaceSheriffSuperHeroTaisenZ'' was released, with the main Sentai stars being the [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger Kyoryuger]], [[Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters Yoko Usami/Yellow Buster]], and [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Gai Ikari/Gokai Silver]].

See also the arcade game, ''VideoGame/SuperSentaiBattleDiceO''.

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!!These series provide examples of the following:

* AllUpToYou: Most of the single shot episodes involve the character getting focus that day needing to save the rest of the team from the Monster of the Week.
* AnAsskickingChristmas: It's nearly a norm now that there will be a Christmas episode... and monster ass-kicking WILL still occur.
** With the New Year's episode next week following the norm.
* ArtifactTitle: The Super Sentai arcade game ''[[VideoGame/SuperSentaiBattleDiceO Dice-O]]'', so named because each Ranger's attacks were represented by six-sided dice. When the game was upgraded during ''Gokaiger''[='s=] run, the dice were replaced by a roulette shaped like a ship's wheel.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The higher you get up the villains' chain of command, the more powerful they generally are. The leader of the Sentai also tends to be the strongest fighter.
* AwesomenessIsVolatile: This is the simplest explanation as to why the rangers' TransformationSequence and [[SuperSentaiStance kickass posing]] triggers spontaneous explosions.
* BBCQuarry: In fact, Brazilian fans nicknamed a recurring fight location [[http://gaijinsentai.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/pedreira-tokusatsu.jpg "Toei Quarry"]].
* {{BFG}}: The "[[FanNickname Team Bazooka]]", which comes in one of two flavors. Sometimes it's a combination of all the team members' personal weapons (the first example of which is Battle Fever's Pentaforce) while other times it's a standalone weapon (the first example being Maskman's Shot Bomber). Though J.A.K.Q.'s Big Bomber is a BFG, it's not usually considered a Team Bazooka because it's a literal cannon and the separate pieces can't be used as weapons)
** As of Gokaiger, 11 shows have use the combining weapons version (Gaoranger had the same concept applied to a {{BFS}}) while nine use separate bazookas (including the aforementioned Big Bomber). Three more teams use one of each, while the other eleven use alternative methods of finishing off a monster.
** ''Gokaiger Goseiger 199 Heroes'' introduced the Super Sentai Bazooka, formed from the powers of all the teams and requiring '''ten Rangers''' (two full teams) to wield properly.
* {{Badass}}: Lots. Usually, it's the leader, the second-in-command and the sixth ranger who fit the badass role perfectly.
** WorldOfBadass: Almost every hero and villain are badasses to some extent. Some series, such as Maskman and Kyoryuger, take this UpToEleven.
* BigWhat: There is at least one of these scenes in an episode per series, usually induced by the hero group moving their faces up to the camera (as if they're facing the person in question) and simply yelling "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHH!?"
* BossSubtitles: A tradition that started with ''Bioman'', ended with ''Magiranger'', and re-started with ''Kyoryuger'', in which nearly every villain, whether they be a [[MonsterOfTheWeek monster of the week]] or one of the [[BigBad main bad guys]], would have their name displayed during their first appearance. The same goes for the heroes' and villains' [[HumongousMecha mechs]].
* BrokenFaceplate: In ''deadly'' serious battles, the villains will sometimes land a hit that cracks open the rangers' helmets, partially revealing their faces.
* ByThePowerOfGrayskull: Each Sentai team has its own henshin call.
* CallingYourAttacks
* CameraAbuse: Starting to see use as of the 2000's, enemy explosions generally cause the battlefield "camera" to shake violently, in an attempt to hide the twitches and slight movements by heroes and mecha during finisher poses.
* CardCarryingVillain: Many of the villains openly proclaim "evil" as their ideology.
* CerebusRollercoaster: Applicable to individual series and the overall franchise - Ohranger to Carranger, Go-onger to Shinkenger, etc.
* ConflictBall: In pretty much all the {{Crossover}} movies, the two reds will find ''some'' reason not to get along.
* ColorCodedCharacters
** Red is the Hero
*** One exception for this is Mirai Sentai Timeranger, which had the (female) pink ranger as general leader of the team and the (male) red ranger only acting as field commander during battles.
** Blue and Green trade off between The comic relief and super serious, though it's usually blue who is the serious one and green the goofball.
** Black is usually the tough guy, possibly the lone wolf.
** Yellow if it's female is usually masculine.
** Pink tends to be the feminine one.
** The SixthRanger tends to be the lone wolf, but may be the goofball in some cases. They often come in nonstandard colors; the one most commonly associated with them is Silver.
* {{Crossover}}: Since ''Ohranger vs. Kakuranger'', Toei has released a crossover movie each year that teams up the previous year's ''Super Sentai'' team with their direct predecessors.
** Before that, there was a ''JAKQ vs. Goranger'' movie, which serves as an epilogue to the ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'' TV series.
** The first episode of ''Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger'' was preceded by a retrospective of the last ten ''Super Sentai'' shows before it. The Turborangers appeared in the special, along with the ten preceding teams from Battle Fever to Liveman (Gorangers and the JAKQ team were not part of the special, since they were only retroactively considered part of the franchise in later years).
** ''Super Sentai World'' was a short [=3D=] movie shown at amusement parks focusing mainly on the ''Kakuranger'' team, that had them teaming up with the previous four ''Sentai'' teams (''Fiveman'', ''Jetman'', ''Zyuranger'', and ''Dairanger'').
** The milestone crossovers, ''Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai'' (25th anniversary commemorative, which featured a Dream Sentai consisting of [[Series/JAKQDengekitai Big One]], [[Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman Red Falcon]], [[Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger Mega Pink]], [[Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman Ginga Blue]], and [[Series/RescueSentaiGoGoFive Go Yellow]], as well as a cameos by all the other Reds up to that point) and ''Boukenger vs. Super Sentai'' (which commemorated the 30th anniversary, but was less broad in its coverage than the Gaoranger one, using heroes and villains from the 2000s series, as its Dream Sentai team consisted of [[Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger Hurricane Blue]], [[Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger Abare Black]], [[Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger Deka Break]], [[Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger Magi Yellow and Magi Shine]], and [[OriginalGeneration Aka Red]]).
** Taken UpToEleven with the first episode of ''Gokaiger'', wherein ''all 34 teams'' fight together. Gokaiger's entire premise is of a crossover nature as well.
** The crosover between ''Kyoryuger'' and ''Go-Busters'' also includes the previous dinosaur teams ''Zyuranger'' and ''Abaranger''.
** Then there's the arcade game ''[[VideoGame/SuperSentaiBattleDiceO Dice-O]]'' (and its successor, ''Dice-O Deluxe''), in which you can build your own dream team of Sentai heroes and have them fight against other heroes or villains from various Sentai series.
* CustomUniform: has varied in use over the years, sometimes crossing over into the realm of LimitedWardrobe, but nowadays, it's par for the course.
** In terms of the Sentai suits themselves (not counting the girls' miniskirts), this is pretty much the norm for [[SixthRanger extra warriors]]. While each member is (or would be, if they were monochromatic) differentiated by their helmets, extra rangers get a few more tweaks on their suits (like the Kiba Ranger in ''[[Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger Dairanger]]'', who wears a black vest over his suit while his teammates' vests are white).
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Many of the names use both Japanese and English, sometimes meaning the same thing.
** Galaxy Sentai Gingaman from ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'', which translates to "Galaxy Squadron Galaxyman" (to be fair, the series did use "Ginga Sentai Gingaman").
** [=AkaRed=], from ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'' and ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', translates to Red Red.
** ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'' has two mechs, called Go-buster Oh and Go-buster King. "Oh" means "king", so they have two mechs named Go-buster King.
* DeusExitMachina: A lot of times, {{Sixth Ranger}}s are often away for crucial fights.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: In the ''[[VideoGame/SuperSentaiBattleDiceO Dice-O]]'' video game, normally using rangers from different teams in a FinishingMove results in random quotes and grunts from those rangers taking the place of the usual phrases used during the finishimg move. If you use the intended team, you'll get the quotes. If you mix up the order of the rangers from the usual one... they'll still use the quotes, but they'll be said by different rangers compared to what usually happens in the show. See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkKw0nKH2II these]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOCxtpUQxHM variations]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3QMpNeHwyk of]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEopVzfqjHw the]] [[Series/JAKQDengekitai Big Bomber]] for an example of this in action.
** In the same vein, the [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Gokai Galleon Buster]] is a special card that can be used by any team; the animations are the same regardless, but each character uses their own personal Ranger Key.
* ElementalPowers
* EvolvingCredits: Usually happens when a new BigBad takes control of the villains, a new member joins the team or when they get a new Mecha and/or Mecha combination.
* FiveManBand: Although the dynamic varies from series to series, Super Sentai tends to follow a specific formula:
** TheLeader: Red Rangers. Even when not the leader, Red Rangers are always TheHero.
** TheLancer: Blue Rangers; but can also include any type of 'Lone Wolf' (Gekiranger) or those with authority issues ([=GoGoV=]). Black and Green are the second most likely to play this role. This is also the second most common role for Red Rangers who are not the leader of their respective teams.
** TheSmartGuy: Green or Black; or any member who relies more on brains and analytical skills. This is the second most common role for Blue and Yellow Rangers .
** TheBigGuy: Yellow Rangers; or any member who favors brute force and direct offense. Green and Black Rangers are the second most likely to play this role.
*** ActionGirl: Female Yellow Rangers. If a team includes two females, the Female Yellow Ranger will usually be the Tomboy half of the TomboyAndGirlyGirl.
** TheChick: Pink or White Rangers; usually the [[TheSmurfettePrinciple token female]], or the Girly Girl half of the TomboyAndGirlyGirl. The more developed examples may serve as TheHeart of their respective teams.
** TheSixthRanger: Gold or Silver Rangers, or any ranger whose uniform includes a metallic color or armor. White Rangers and Bangai (extra) heroes are the second most likely to play this role. It should be noted that being a Sixth Ranger is not a numeric designation but rather marks them as a supplementary member.(IE-Abare Killer, the Sixth Ranger of Abaranger, was actually the fifth member of his team.) Among Sentai Teams; Sixth Rangers tend to serve as secondary Lancers (DragonRanger of Zyuranger) Big Guys (KibaRanger of Dairangers) or Smart Guys (GokaiSilver of Gokaiger).
** KidAppealCharacter: In a series where TheSmartGuy isn't really the smartest of the group, this is where the KidAppealCharacter comes in. The main feature of a Sentai KidAppealCharacter is that he's relatable by children, either he's [[FriendToAllChildren really good with kids]] or most importantly, he's the youngest of the team or between the men, making him more relatable to kids, but way too competent to be considered a TagalongKid. This may overlap with TheSmartGuy, but not always. Very much justified since the intended audience of Super Sentai are mostly kids, so they're going to need someone relatable. Some characters of this type overlap with other main roles than TheSmartGuy.
** PluckyComicRelief: A few teams have one. The PluckyComicRelief is usually bent on getting into humorous situations and can be set as an alternative to the KidAppealCharacter or sometimes overlapping with TheBigGuy.
*** Averted with ''Sun Vulcan'', which only had three members and all three of them were men. Later series, such as ''Liveman'' and ''Hurricanger'', [[ThreePlusTwo started off with three members and added more mid-series]].
* FleetingDemographicRule: There are some original themes here and there, but sometimes the creative team rehashes past themes. So far, there have been a few Sentai themes that have been used more than once, like cars (''Turboranger'', ''Carranger'' and ''Go-Onger'') and dinosaurs (''Zyuranger'', ''Abaranger'' and ''Kyoryuger'').
** One theme that's often explored are AnimalMotifs: starting with ''Sun Vulcan'', we've had ''Liveman'', ''Jetman'' (which used a bird subset), ''Gingaman'', ''Gaoranger'', ''Gekiranger'' (to a lesser degree, as the series explores mostly Kenpo), ''Go-Onger'' (half of it anyway, as the Engines are basically vehicles that look like animals) and ''Go-Busters'' (if only because of the Buddyroids).
* GodMode: This varies from era to era, but especially in recent years, it's common to see the team getting through entire battles without even getting a single scratch until around episode 3.
* TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin
* GoodIsNotNice: Some series have some characters that are good, but are also jerks. Turned up to eleven in ''Gokaiger'', where 60% of the team (50% with the SixthRanger) has a dickish demeanor.
* HenshinHero: They mostly don't use the word itself, instead opting to use phrases that include the the ([[GratuitousEnglish english]]) word "change". However, the Ohrangers and Magirangers say it, and the Shinkengers have it written on their [[TransformationTrinket Shodophones]].
* HighlyConspicuousUniform: appropriately, overlapped with HighlyVisibleNinja in ''Kakuranger'' and ''Hurricanger''.
* HotBlooded: The number one defining trait of a Red Ranger, though there are aversions, like [[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman Ryu Tendou]] and [[Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger Takeru Shiba]].
* HumongousMecha: Introduced in ''Battle Fever J'' - and, conversely, introducing the "Super" to Sentai.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Not to the extent of Power Rangers, but the Reds definitely have the advantage, usually getting extra weapons and vehicles. Taken to the extreme with Abaranger's [=AbareMax=], in which [=AbaRed=] takes some of the power from his partners, [=AbareBlue=] and [=AbareYellow=], to gain a SuperMode.
* LeaderFormsTheHead: Varies depending on the show.
* LighterAndSofter: When compared to ''Franchise/KamenRider''. But not as light and soft as ''Franchise/PowerRangers''... [[Series/PowerRangersRPM sometimes]][[note]]A special case of YMMV: the two are hard to compare, because of ValuesDissonance about what is allowed on a children's TV show between Japan and the US, allowing tropes to be used that are considered DarkerAndEdgier in ''Super Sentai'' that can't be used in ''Power Rangers'' (like some of the entries in the 80's), while ''Power Rangers'' cuts out a lot of ''Super Sentai's'' silliness making it DarkerAndEdgier. It could be called Darker And Softer vs. Lighter And Edgier[[/note]].
** DarkerAndEdgier: A few of the shows do feature a somewhat heavier tone than most, however, most notably ''Jetman'', which was at least as dark as the original Franchise/KamenRider towards the end.
*** ''Ohranger'' was also supposed to go the DarkerAndEdgier route until real-world disasters (including the sarin gas attack) forced the studio to quickly change it.
** Super Sentai has bounced back and forth on this for decades. The franchise took a big turn for the DarkerAndEdgier when it [[GrowTheBeard grew a massive beard]] in 1985's ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman'', a status quo that lasted through 1991's ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman''. Sentai of this era was at least as dark and edgy as any Franchise/KamenRider series short of the first 13 episodes of the original. Super Sentai then shifted to LighterAndSofter with 1992's ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' (which coincided with Noboru Sugimura taking over as head writer) and again with 2001's ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'' (Sugimura was long gone by then). While a small handful of individual series since ''Zyuranger'' and ''Gaoranger'' have been DarkerAndEdgier than those two, (2000's ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'', for example) the tone of the 1992-2000 era is lighter on average than the 1985-1991 era, and the average tone of the 2001-present era is lighter still.
*** Part of the lighter tone recent Sentai has had in general is due to its being in a Sunday morning time slot (geared towards kids) since 1997, as opposed to a Wednesday evening time slot (more family-oriented).
* LongRunners: 2011 marked 35 years of Super Sentai, with ''199 Heroes'' uniting all of them (an expansion of the Legend War at the opening of Gokaiger's first episode). Unlike its companion franchise, Kamen Rider (which reached 40 years in 2011 and had its reunion in the ''[[Series/KamenRiderOOO OOO]]'' movie ''Let's go Kamen Riders''), there has been a new Sentai series almost every year since the beginning, with the exception of 1978 (''Battle Fever J'', which was considered the first ''Super Sentai'' for years, aired in 1979).
* MeaningfulName[=/=]PunnyName[=/=]ThemeNaming: PLENTY, if you're really knowledgeable in Japanese and each specific theme.
* MediaWatchdog: Around 1983/84 Super Sentai series received serious retools in how the action scenes played out due to being specifically targeted by MoralGuardians for violent content due to being directly targeted at children.
** And again in the early [=90s=], after all the adult and graphic content present in ''Jetman''.
* MiniDressOfPower: Every female ranger since ''Maskman'' (plus the girls in ''JAKQ'' and ''Denjiman'' before it; ''Fiveman'' and ''Dekaranger'' being the only exceptions after), over their regular bodysuit/leggings, which allows one to tell which (usually yellow) rangers were gender-swapped when the series was converted to ''Power Rangers''. Even when they did not have them, sometimes the suits had designs reminiscent of swimsuits (as seen in ''Bioman'' and ''Changeman'').
* MoodWhiplash: Aside from {{Wham Episode}}s interspersing with {{BizarroEpisode}}s depending on the series, there's also the fact that the ending theme is quite upbeat pretty much most of the time, creating the effect when an episode ends in a dramatic note.
** Worse when watching online or on DVD - the original TV broadcast would have commercials between the final scene and the end credits.
* TheMultiverse: While it was suspected and widely believed for a long time, ''Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger: Ten Years After'' left Continuity Snarls involving Shurikenger and one of the villains that seems to have confirmed this. How it works:
** Each team generally has their own universe.
** ''Denziman'' and ''Sun Vulcan'' share a universe.
** The crossovers all exist in the same universe and, barring some changes, is basically combining all of the other universes. The events of ''Gokaiger'' happens in this universe.
** ''Akibaranger'' heavily implies at the end of Season 2 that it is also part of the ''Super Sentai'' multiverse, but in a weird place.
** There is a shared afterlife between every universe.
** Finally, some seasons have multiverses of their own, such as ''Go-Onger'' (the eleven Braneworlds) and ''Akibaranger'' (the "real" world, Delusion World, and [[spoiler:Saburo Hatte's World]].)
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Villains tend to have names that translate into this, as well as the team mecha's.
* NearVillainVictory: The last few episodes of any given series will see the BigBad on the cusp of absolute victory before their inevitable defeat.
* NoOntologicalInertia: several cases of whatever damage the villains have caused being completely undone after their defeat. More specifically, afflictions to civilians seemingly disappear afer the [=MotW=] is brought down the first time, ''even if it's NotQuiteDead AND still able to [[MakeMyMonsterGrow return as a giant]].''
* ObviousStuntDouble: This is why the majority of female rangers have skirts on their outfits, to hide the the fact that most of the in-costume work is done by stunt''men''.
* OnlyOneName: Generally used to mark characters who are outsiders to modern day Japan, like the Zyurangers, Timerangers (except, obviously, for Tatsuya and Naoto), or Goseigers. Exceptions to this rule include the Maskmen, the Dairangers (who use titles rather than surnames, e.g. Tenkasei[[note]]Heaven's Fire Star[[/note]] Ryo) and the Toqgers (whose case can be chalked up to their LaserGuidedAmnesia).
* PassingTheTorch: A symbolic version. Starting with ''Dekaranger'', the closing credits of each series finale ends with a short vignette of the current Red Ranger shaking hands with the Red Ranger of the next series.
* PinkMeansFeminine: The series often had a girl in the group wearing pink. Nowadays in teams without a Pink Ranger, it's often the Yellow Ranger instead. For bonus points, when the girl is the White Ranger, she tends to have pink accents in the uniform (examples being ''Jetman'' and ''Gaoranger'', while ''Kakuranger'' is an aversion; notably, ''Changeman'' had both a Pink Ranger and a female White Ranger, and the latter's uniform ''did'' have details in pink).
* PrimaryColorChampion: Red and Blue Rangers are constants, and all but a very small handful have a Yellow. This is especially obvious whenever they use the ThreePlusTwo format.
* ProductPromotionParade
* {{Ranger}}: Many Super Sentai heroes aren't technically this by name, but they're all generally this in description. Vul Panther from ''Series/TaiyouSentaiSunVulcan'' happened to be a ranger in the military sense before he even got his powers!
* RealMenWearPink: Averted, unless Ranger Keys or the [=ToQgers=]' line changes are involved. Of the twelve colors that have been used (Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Pink, Black, White, Silver, Gold, Orange, Violet and Gray), pink is the only one reserved solely for women. Red ([[spoiler:Hime [=ShinkenRed=] ]]), blue, yellow, green ([[Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger Mele]]), white, silver, gold ([=DekaGold=]), orange ([=DekaSwan=]) and [[spoiler:violet (the second [=KyoryuViolet=])]] have been used by both genders. As of Kyoryuger, black and gray are still male only.
** Played straight in ''[[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Gokaiger]] VS [[Series/SpaceSheriffGavan Gavan]]'', which has a scene in which the entire team (even the men) changes into pink warriors - complete with no MiniDressOfPower for the boys.
* RedIsHeroic: All seasons have a Red Ranger, who is almost always the leader. Even when he isn't (as in ''Kakuranger'' and ''Timeranger''), the POV is mostly centered on Red rather than the leader.
* RookieRedRanger: Naturally, considering that the trope comes from ''Franchise/PowerRangers''.
** Not really, Dairanger was the first of either series to feature this trope. Lost Galaxy was the first Power Ranger series to feature this with it already also been featured in Gingaman as well. In Space subverts this trope though.
* ScarfOfAssKicking: All of the series from ''Battle Fever J'' and ''Goggle V''. ''Akibaranger'' uses them probably as a MythologyGag.
* {{Sentai}}: Of course.
* SixthRanger: Along with ''Power Rangers'', TropeNamer. A once-a-year tradition that began with ''Zyuranger'', although ''J.A.K.Q.'' and ''Liveman'' both featured additional members introduced mid-series, while ''Bioman'' and ''Maskman'' experimented with the idea of a sixth member in the form of a OneShotCharacter. Some of the more recent shows that begin with just three members on the team (such as ''Hurricaneger'' and ''Gekiranger'') have more than one additional warrior in order to round out a team of five. At some points it gets crazy; ''Hurricaneger'' ends up getting a sixth member anyway, the fifth member of ''Abaranger'' is counted as a sixth due to showing up at the usual time for a sixth to appear and joining really late, and ''Go-Onger'' has two official sixth rangers and, as of now, is unique in that regard, as other teams with more rangers choose one to be the sixth and make the others extra rangers, most notably ''Dekaranger'', ''Magiranger'', and ''Kyoryuger''.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple / TwoGirlsToATeam: Almost all of the early shows up to ''Series/KagakuSentaiDynaman'' only had one female ranger per team. ''Series/TaiyouSentaiSunVulcan'' didn't even have a female member at all, just a supporting character who assisted the team from the sidelines. ''Series/ChoudenshiBioman'' in 1984 started the tradition of having two full-time female rangers at the same time, going back and forth between periods where the franchise would return to having just one female per team ([[Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman 1988]]-[[Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger 1989]], [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger 1992]]-[[Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger 1994]], [[Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman 1998]]-[[Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger 2003]]) and then going back to having two again ([[Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman 1990]]-[[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman 1991]], [[Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger 1995]]-[[Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger 1997]]). Almost all the teams between [[Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger 2004]] and [[Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters 2012]] have featured two full-time female rangers with the exception of ''[[Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger Gekiranger]]''[[note]]Unless you count Mele as a second heroine, who performs a HeelFaceTurn towards the end of the series[[/note]], while the second girl in ''[[Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger Go-onger]]'' ended up being an [[SixthRanger extra ranger]] who joins the team mid-series. The latter formula would be repeated in [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger 2013]].
** During its early seasons, ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' would {{gender flip}} the yellow rangers when adapting Sentai shows with just one girl in order to have two girls for each each season, resulting in five male yellow heroes from Super Sentai being changed into female characters for Power Rangers.
* SpacePolice: There was Signalman from [[Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger Carranger]] and years later we had a Space Police Sentai in ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger''. And then the [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Gokaigers]] [[Film/KaizokuSentaiGokaigerVsSpaceSheriffGavanTheMovie teamed up]] with a [[Series/SpaceSheriffGavan Space Sheriff]] who kicked off a whole other {{Toku}} [[Franchise/MetalHeroes legacy]].
* StrictlyFormula: Not just individual episodes, but the series themselves.
** Around episode 10 there will be an unbeatable MonsterOfTheWeek necessitating a new HumongousMecha combination.
** The SixthRanger appears around Episode 17[[note]]Changed around in ''Dekaranger'', as Doggie first transforms into Dekamaster in Episode 12 (thus giving the team their first SixthRanger), but the official SixthRanger of the team is Tetsu, who joins in the arc between episodes 21 and 23[[/note]].
** Roughly Episode 20 will involve the villains having another extra strong MonsterOfTheWeek, which will require the heroes to get another HumongousMecha in order to defeat it.
** The vicinity of Episode 30 will get the villains the ability to create stronger MonstersOfTheWeek.
** Anywhere from Episode 42-47, the villains get their own HumongousMecha that's every bit as strong as the heroes'. In some cases, this is the last battle.
** In the final 3 episodes the teams base (if they have one) [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs will be destroyed]] (though their tech crew and mentor will be able to escape in time) and they will lose the ability to transform until the very final battle.
** Also the team almost always use the same equipment year after year with different names and slightly different looks and design. (All members carry a sidearm that can transform into a melee weapon. All members have personal weapons, Red almost always has a sword, and the others vary but usually at least one member has a stronger ranged weapon and another has a spear and one member will have a very weird weapons like a flute or fan or something. The team always has a big cannon to finish off the monster off on the ground. The trademark Humongous Mecha always has a sword to finish off monsters, but Mid Season upgrades and combinations of the two will focus on firepower instead.
*** A few series have deviated from this. Most recently:
**** Magiranger had staffs that transformed for the male members into personal weapons,
**** Gekiranger had two personal weapons for each of the core 3 members.
**** Gokaiger had the rangers have identical swords and guns.
**** Go-busters did the same as Gokaiger for the core 3.
** Also fights follow similar formulas year after year. Monster attacks civilians. Team has initial face off against the monster in which it uses its gimmick against the team which disables all members except the character getting focus that week and they need to retreat. Focus character researches weakness/gets confidence back/does some other Character Development thing. Round two, focus character beats up the monster and frees the other members. The use the team attack to knock the monster out. MakeMyMonsterGrow. Mecha battle. Scene with group at the end.
** Certain plots will happen [[OnceASeason once per series]]
*** A MonsterOfTheWeek will attack brides, forcing the heroes to go undercover as a couple getting married that or one character will simply either dress as a bride or almost get married.
*** Two of the members will be forced into one body and unable to transform.
*** The villains will create duplicates of the heroes and fool civilians.
*** The heroes will be BroughtDownToNormal and have to fight without transforming until they can regain their transformation ability somehow.
**** One of the heroes will become a FakeDefector, usually to save one of the others.
**** The two female heroes will get into a CatFight with each other, about factors unrelated to saving the world.
**** TheLancer will try saving the day on his own and have to learn the meaning of teamwork.
**** A MonsterOfTheWeek will pose as a human and fool one of the heroes into falling in love with them. The monster may or may not [[BecomingTheMask become the mask]].
**** One hero (usually but not always male, but almost never the Red) will encounter and [[TheDulcineaEffect fall in love with]] a mysterious person, who by the end of the episode turns out not to be human and either leaves the show or dies. If it's the latter, cue a cry of ThisIsUnforgivable at whatever bad guy killed her (or him, if the episode's hero is female) followed by a cathartic CurbstompBattle. Sometimes overlaps with the above plot, sometimes not. Usually written by Naruhisa Arakawa, who has written episodes of nearly every ''Super Sentai'' since 1991 and likes to write this plot into nearly every series he writes for.
**** The heroes may find and befriend a MonsterOfTheWeek who doesn't want to harm anybody. They are usually forced to destroy the monster at the end of the episode. It also usually ends up being a TearJerker for the heroes and the viewers. However, it may also be a [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Crowning Episode of Funny]] and, in this case, the monster will end the episode alive.
**** The heroes fight off {{Mook}}s unmorphed while dressed up as medieval samurai. Or cowboys. For the latter's case, this always happen: Most rangers are owning the mooks, but [[TheLancer the token cool guy]] will nearly blast themselves by accident for comic relief. The women of the group will knock down the {{Mook}}s using a cute wink (This trend started in ''Series/DenshiSentaiDenziman'', especially the 'wink knockdown'. The comic relief by the cool guy started out by ''Series/DaiSentaiGoggleFive'', and it keeps getting better and better, especially in ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman''. You'll more often see this in earlier Sentai, though, the last time used being in ''[[Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger Timeranger vs GoGoV]]'').
**** One MonsterOfTheWeek will have an ability to [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwash one of the heroes and make them attack the team]]. The usual victim is those saddled with the color Blue.
**** A BeachEpisode
**** The characters prepare for some sort of festival or event (usually New Year, Tanabata or a summer festival), requiring them to dress in [[KimonoFanservice gorgeous traditional clothing]]
**** The characters are forced to go to Kyoto and/or go back in time to Edo-era Kyoto, complete with gratuitous SceneryPorn. This one has a funny subversion in ''Dekaranger'', where the characters voluntarily ''pretend'' they are in Edo-era Kyoto to calm an alien (not an Alienizer) who had [[Main/FishOutOfTemporalWater a brief freak-out with modern-day Kyoto]].
**** The Christmas episodes mentioned in AnAsskickingChristmas don't need to happen (Shinkenger didn't necessarily have one - the plot is occupied by the final battle against Akumaro instead - but it was shown that they celebrate Christmas there), but the New Year episodes do (New Year's Day in Japan has a higher cultural significance than Christmas).
**** One of the rangers meets up with an old scientist friend who has made a deal with the villains or has otherwise lost their way while trying to [[AmbitionIsEvil advance their research]]. Through ThePowerOfFriendship, the focus ranger helps their friend see the error of their ways (often by reminding them of ''why'' they pursued a career in science in the first place) and inspires them to redeem themselves.
**** A monster who turns people into inanimate objects, usually dolls.
**** [[Main/FreakyFridayFlip A body swap episode]].
**** An AmusementPark episode.
**** An episode in which a parent or grandparent visits and tries to set up an arranged marriage with one of the rangers. Usually, but not always, it will be one of the girls, and in that case the male rangers inevitably pose as suitors to sabotage the interview.
**** An episode with a MonsterOfTheWeek who challenges a Ranger to honorable combat, and ''always'' ends up cheating.
**** An episode where a Ranger must help a wimpy/bratty/spoiled/bullied child to become strong. Expect at least two of these per season.
**** A monster who traps people in a dimensional labyrinth.
** As for the series themselves, starting with ''Hurricaneger'' a 5 year pattern seems to have developed:
*** Year 1: Experimentation (''Hurricaneger'', ''Gekiranger'', ''Go-Busters''). Attempts to play with and deconstruct the Super Sentai formulas are tried and tested, like rival teams or DarkerAndEdgier takes. Also, it follows the ThreePlusTwo team scheme and always introduces new colors to the core team.
*** Year 2: Wacky Stuff (''Abaranger'', ''Go-Onger'', ''Kyoryuger''). A still moderate "[[{{Reconstruction}} return to form]]" that plays up all of Sentai's classic corniness by adding even more corniness on top of it, such as a BigWhat scene. Included are cartoony elements like the RogerRabbitEffect or ConspicuousCGI used for ToonPhysics.
*** Year 3: Action (''Dekaranger'', ''Shinkenger''). Now fully back in track with the StrictlyFormula for the next three years, it instead puts focus on a "cool" motif that's associated with battle by default, which reflects in the improved combat choreography that gives this series an intense action feel. ''ToQger'' seems to have broken this however.
*** Year 4: Fantasy (''Magiranger'', ''Goseiger''). Where the previous series put focus in action, this one puts focus in mystical powers and abilities. Expect ElementalPowers and less TestosteronePoisoning than usual.
*** Year 5: Anniversary (''Boukenger'', ''Gokaiger''). The apparently mandatory {{Homage}} series that Toei seems to have decided to hold on every fifth year, it features collection elements and MythologyGags by the bushel, subtlety may vary.
** Although not an anniversary series in the traditional sense, ''Kyoryuger'' contains a lot of MythologyGags in the show that it teeters on borderline.
** ''Gaoranger'' was a precursor to this type of series; however, its more blatant MythologyGags were cut during production and ended up as AllThereInTheManual elements.
** Of course, with a LongRunner such as this series, expect Subversions to occur from time to time.
* StockSoundEffects: Super Sentai is known to reuse some of the same sound effects in multiple series.
* StuffBlowingUp: The first explosion in Super Sentai history occurs two seconds into the opening of ''Goranger''. Between the colored post-transformation explosions behind the heroes and the huge detonations of defeated monsters, it's a long-held tradition.
* SuperSentaiStance: The TropeNamer.
* SwissArmyWeapon: Most team's sidearms can transform from a gun into a sword. It's also notably the preferred weapon for most {{Sixth Ranger}}s.
* TitleScream: A tradition that began with ''Goggle-V'', although they don't scream the ''full'' title until ''Bioman''. From then on, prior to ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters'', only ''Kakuranger'' averted this, with something we could call Title Sing (as it is the first line of the opening theme).
** ''Go-Busters'' changed it's OP mid-series and no longer averts this trope.
* TransformationTrinket: Known throughout the series as Changers, these vary from wrist-mounted ones in early Sentai to handheld ones resembling cell phones in the Heisei Sentai.
* TranslationMatchmaking: Ever since ''Abaranger'', ''Super Sentai'' is dubbed in South Korea under the title of ''Power Rangers'' (with the exception of ''Shinkenger'', as Korea still hasn't gotten over their cultural aversion of samurai; they aired ''Gaoranger'' in its place). Funnily enough, ''Abaranger'' and ''Dekaranger'' had the same titles as their respective [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder American]] [[Series/PowerRangersSPD counterparts]].
* TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot: Regardless of where they are, it seems the team can always call for their mecha and have it arrive within seconds.
* TrueCompanions: Every sentai group is this. During the VS crossovers, the starring two teams will become this.
* UnflinchingWalk: A Sentai-only variant of this trope occurs when a new giant robot is introduced, and performs the Unflinching Walk [[MadeOfIron INTO ENEMY FIRE.]]
* TheVerse: The VS world, which contains every crossover, ''Gokaiger'' included.
* WireFu: Used in a lot of the [=80s=] series.
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