'''''Star Fleet''''' is an early '80s Japanese SciFi show with character and mecha designs from Creator/GoNagai. Known in Japan as '''''X-Bomber''''', the show is notable for using miniatures and marionettes rather than cel animation, giving it a very unique look. Also diffused in France and Spain under the title '''''Bomber X'''''.

The year is 2999, and Earth is at peace after a long stellar war. This peace is shattered by the arrival of Commander Makara and her giant Imperial Alliance battlecruiser. After making light work of the Earth Defence Force, they approach Earth and threaten to destroy it unless the Earthlings hand over F-01. The people of Earth have no idea what this even is.

In order to counter the attack the EDF launch the experimental X-Project, consisting of the prototype battlecruiser ''X-Bomber'' and three fighter craft that can [[CombiningMecha combine]] to form the robot Dai-X.

With the attack repelled, the crew of the ''X-Bomber'' set out to discover the secret of F-01, a secret they must discover before the Imperial Alliance do, or the universe is doomed.

Not hugely successful in its native Japan, the show was very popular in the UK. The combination of being superficially similar to the much loved ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'', and the fact that the show didn't shy away from many tropes that were mostly unknown in kids programming in Britain at the time made it a GatewaySeries for British kids of a certain age.

Lots more information about the series can be found [[http://www.sfxb.co.uk at the SFXB homepage]].

[[IThoughtThatWas Oh, and this has nothing to do with]] [[Franchise/StarTrek The Federation Starfleet]] or the [[{{TUGS}} Star fleet]].
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!!''Star Fleet'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AcePilot: The crew were chosen because they came top at the academy.
* AnyoneCanDie: Very unusual in kids shows shown in the UK at the time, probably not so much of a big deal in its native Japan.
* TheBattlestar: Makara's ship is both armed to the teeth with guns and loaded with transport ships that carry fighters to battle. X-Bomber is a lesser version, since it has an arsenal of weapons and also houses the three Dai-X fighters inside itself.
* BittersweetEnding: By the end of the series:[[spoiler:The good guy wins, the Big Bad is defeated, but Lamia, one of the main characters, has to sacrifice her life in order to restore the peace in the universe.]]
* BugWar: The Termoids
* CombiningMecha: Dai-X. It is composed of three fighters: Braincom, Mainbody and Legtrax. No points for guessing which part of Dai-X each of those forms.
* CoolStarship: The X-Bomber
* DerelictGraveyard: X-Bomber is trapped in one during Episode 7.
* TheEmpire: The Imperial Alliance
* ExpositoryThemeTune: The end credits, although not composed by Brian May as is usually thought, he did do a CoverVersion of it though.
* EyepatchOfPower: Makara and Orion's symbiotes.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Captain Carter]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: While there's no gore in the series, [[spoiler:Makara's death at the hands of giant robot Dai-X, literally, is pretty grim for a kids show.]] Of course, compared with the other works of Creator/GoNagai...
* FighterLaunchingSequence: Launch Imperial fighters!
* GettingCrapPasttheRadar: Although not necessarily unusual for a Japanese series; the English dub had at least two occasions of "Hell" and "Damn" being spoken during the series run. This is quite unusual for a show broadcast in the UK at the time.
* ISurrenderSuckers
* LastStand: The Final encounters with Orion, Makara, Caliban and the Imperial Master at the series end.
* UsefulNotes/{{Mars}}
* MatteShot: Makara and Orion when they are in the same shots with the Imperial Master puppet.
* MysteriousProtector: Halley
* MysteriousWaif: Lamia
* OrphansPlotTrinket: Shiro
* ParentalBonus: Professor Hagen
* PeopleInRubberSuits: The giant robots and the BigBad.
* PowerTrio: Shiro, Hercules and Lee
* RecapEpisode: There were 3 recap episodes - in a series that spanned only 25 episodes! It became so repetitive the English dubbers decided to get rid of the third one all together.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: An unusual version of this where [[spoiler:it's a villain trying to redeem themselves in the eyes of their superior]].
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: X-Bomber is lost in deep space toward the middle of the series, but are roughly able to make it home from deep uncharted space in a rough 1 month.
* SpaceIsAnOcean
* SpaceSailing: The Skull
* StockFootage: Most every battle scene and launch scene contained stock footage from earlier episodes.
* StoryArc: Almost every episode contributes to the arc.
* SuicideByCop: After getting free from alien control, [[spoiler: Captain Carter]] can't accept living after all the terrible things they have done and requests Shiro to kill them. When he refuses, they attack him to force his hand.
* {{Supermarionation}}
* TheSymbiote: Makara has some sort of [[BuffySpeak living eyepatch... thing]] where her left eye would normally be.
* TitleThemeTune: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiScuDJPR2g French version]].
* TransformationSequence: Dai-X. Surprisingly for the time, all of Dai-X's transformation sequences during the series are made without StockFootage.
* TwoOfYourEarthMinutes: Makara makes it abundantly clear that it's THEIR time measurements she's counting.
* UnreliableNarrator: The second recap episode has the crew remember things differently from how they happened.
* WaveMotionGun: X-Impulse
* WeOnlyHaveOneChance: Used in many episodes.
* WhenThePlanetsAlign: Happens at the climax of the final episode.
* XMeetsY: ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' meets ''[[Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato Star Blazers]]''. With a hint of ''Manga/GetterRobo''.
** Or perhaps ''{{Terrahawks}}''[[note]]the method of animating the puppets was actually closer to that series than ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}''[[/note]] meets... well, any tokusatsu series featuring HumongousMecha.
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