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''Chōjin Sentai Jetman'' (Aviator Squadron Jetman) is the fifteenth Franchise/SuperSentai series, running from 1991 to 1992. Notable for being a tribute of ''[[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Gatchaman]]''.

An international army, Skyforce, is working on a project to create superhumans by infusing them with [[AppliedPhlebotinum "Birdonic Waves"]]. Five of the best Skyforce officers are chosen to receive the treatment. Unfortunately, right after the first officer, Ryū Tendō, receives the treatment, [[AlienInvasion extradimensional invaders]] known as the Vyram attack Skyforce's orbital base. The remaining four Birdonic Waves are scattered around [[strike:the globe]] Japan, where they strike four random civilians. Even worse, one of the candidates, Ryū's lover Rie Aoi, is sucked out into space. Ryū and the project's leader, Chief Aya Odagiri, must now find the four civilians struck by the Birdonic Waves and recruit them to fight the Vyram.

(A fan adaptation was completed in 2009, see ''FanFic/PowerRangersTakeFlight'' [[http://takeflight.rovang.org/ here]])

!!The Jetmen:
* Ryū Tendō ('''[[color:red:Red Hawk]]'''): TheLeader who's [[LovingAShadow still much in love with his dead girlfriend]]. [[spoiler:He then finds out that she's NotQuiteDead and that she's [[{{Brainwashed}} with the bad guys]].]] Based on ''Gatchaman''[='=]s Ken the Eagle.
* Gai Yūki ('''[[color:black:Black Condor]]'''): TheLancer, SourSupporter. Initially comes off as a [[SociopathicHero Sociopathic]] AntiHero but [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold later revealed to be a nice guy too]]. Based on ''Gatchaman''[='=]s Condor Joe.
* Raita Ōishi ('''[[color:gold:Yellow Owl]]'''): [[TheBigGuy The Big]] and [[TheSmartGuy Smart Guy]]. [[IJustWantToBeNormal He just wants to be a normal]] [[FarmBoy farmer]]. One of the very few visibly fat heroes in any Super Sentai series. Based on ''Gatchaman''[='=]s Ryū the Owl.
* Kaori Rokumeikan ('''[[color:silver:White Swan]]'''): TheChick, TheOjou. Based on ''Gatchaman''[='=]s Jun the Swan.
* Ako Hayasaka ('''[[color:cyan:Blue Swallow]]'''): KidAppealCharacter. Starts off as a [[{{Shorttank}} tomboyish]] and [[YouGoGirl athletic]] OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent. Is a bit of a HighSchoolHustler at the beginning of the series. Based on ''Gatchaman''[='=]s Jinpei the Swallow.
* Chief Aya Odagiri: The TeamMom, TheMentor. Based on ''Gatchaman''[='=]s Dr. Nanbu.

!! The Shadow Dimension War Party Vyram:
* Radiguet: DragonInChief at first, becomes the BigBad late in the series. Later develops a [[EnemyCivilWar feud with Tranza]]. A really evil monster through and through.
* Tran: Evil TagalongKid with an annoying laugh. Despite his age, just as much of a monster as Radiguet. Later rapidly ages into Tranza, starting an EnemyCivilWar with Radiguet... and actually winning.
* Grey: TheDragon, WorthyOpponent, NobleDemon. Enjoys wine, women, song, and cigarettes [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot despite being a robot]]. His [[TheRival rivalry]] with Gai is almost friendly, or at least as friendly as a rivalry between an AntiHero and a NobleDemon can be.
* Maria: DarkChick [[spoiler: who turns out to be a {{brainwashed}} Rie Aoi, Ryū's supposedly-dead sweetheart]].
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!!'''Recurring''' Super Sentai tropes:

* AllYourPowersCombined:
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "Cross Changer!"
* CallingYourAttacks: Expected, since the Jetmen have individual attacks, not individual weapons.
* CombinationAttack
* ColorCodedCharacters: The codenames used the same "[color] [animal]" pattern as ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'', only based specifically on birds.
* CoolBike: Black Condor and Blue Swallow both got their own Jet Speeder motorcycles...
* CoolCar: ...while Red Hawk gets the Jet Striker race car. Yellow Owl drives the Jet Bouncer jeep with White Swan.
* EyeCatch: The eyecatch before the break features the Jetman team (in civilian garb) posing somewhere in a side of a mountain. Their positions from left to right (from the viewer's view) featured Black Condor seating with his right leg over his left leg, White Swan stands behind him, Red Hawk is at the center, Yellow Owl is in a side view, and sitting beside him is Blue Swallow. The end of the commercial break features the Jetman team in their Sentai forms in the same positions.
* FinishingMove:
* FiveManBand
** TheLeader: Ryū
** TheLancer: Gai
** [[TheBigGuy The Big]] [[TheSmartGuy Smart Guy]]: Raita
** TheChick: Kaori
** KidAppealCharacter: Ako
* HomeBase
* HumongousMecha: Like Fiveman, the Jetman's main set of mechas could combine into two forms. This time both forms could be upgraded. The team also received a third robot.
** AMechByAnyOtherName: The Jet Machines.
** AnimalMecha: The Jet Machines are borderline examples, since they're really just jets with cockpits shaped like the respective birds each one is based on. The Garuda is based on the mythical creature of the same name.
** CombiningMecha: Jet Hawk + Condor + Owl + Swallow + Swan = Jet Icarus (robot mode) or Icarus Haken (jet mode).
** TransformingMecha: The alien jet Bird Garuda, which transforms into the Jet Garuda.
** RobotBuddy: Tetra Boy, a sentient support robot that could transform into the Tetrabuster [[{{BFG}} cannon]], which could be used by Jet Icarus or Jet Garuda.
** MechaExpansionPack: The Garuda could combine with the Icarus in either of its two forms.
*** Jet Icarus + Jet Garuda = Great Icarus
*** Icarus Haken + Bird Garuda = Hyper Haken
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming:
* InformedAttractiveness: Kaori is "the pretty one" of the team despite her bullethole-like dimples and rather large teeth.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon:
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Red Hawk's vehicle, the Jet Striker, transforms into the {{BFG}}.
* MakeMyMonsterGrow: The Jigenmushi fulfills this role; if it can latch off the monster as it's destroyed, it can bring it back giant size. It can be destroyed, thus keeping the monster from coming back.
* [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters Of The Week]]: The Jigenjū (Dimensional Beasts), which were created from material objects that were implanted with a breed of parasites known as "Jigenmushi" (Dimensional Bug). Notable in that it had three sympathetic Monsters of the Week.
* {{Mook}}s: The Grinam Soldiers
* TheNarrator:
* OnTheNextEpisodeOfCatchPhrase:
* PsychoRangers: The Shadow Jetman team in Episode 25. The only one who didn't get his own EvilCounterpart was Black Condor, who was absent during the time the clones were made.
* RegularCaller:
* SupervillainLair: Check out the Vylock!
* ThemeMusicPowerUp:
* TransformationTrinket: See ByThePowerOfGreyskull.
* TwoGirlsToATeam: White and Blue instead of the traditional Pink and Yellow (although White Swan does have pink spandex on her suit). Notable that it's the second time both of these colors were used for female rangers (following [[Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman Change Mermaid]] and [[Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman Blue Dolphin]]) and the only time they were ever used together (not counting ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'', which had the white-clad Magi Mother joining her daughters Pink and Blue during the final story arc). This would also be the last Sentai team with two female rangers for the next three years.
* WeaponOfChoice: For the first time since [[Series/ChoudenshiBioman Bioman]], the heroes ''do'' not have an individual WeaponOfChoice. They do have:
** SwordAndGun: The Bringer Swords and Bird Blasters.
** PowerFist: The Wing Gauntlets.
** {{BFG}}: The Fire Bazooka.
** CoolGuns: The [[MidSeasonUpgrade Beak Smashers]].
** BifurcatedWeapon: Two of them, both of which use the Bird Blaster:
*** {{Handguns}}: Bringer Sword + Bird Blaster = Jet Hand Cannon.
*** HandCannon: Beak Smasher + Bird Blaster = Smash Bomber.

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!!Tropes significant to Choujin Sentai Jetman

* TheAce: Ryu and Gai, for different reasons. Ryu was already a trained soldier before the series started and thus didn't need to undergo the TrainingFromHell that the others (minus Gai) did. Gai was just naturally talented (and had a history of getting into fistfights).
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Subverted. While Kaori does end up dating Gai for a while, it is boy scout Ryu whom she is more attracted to [[spoiler:and ends up marrying]].
* AntiHeroSubstitute: The Neo Jetman team from Episode 40 and 41, who are assembled by Chief Ichijō (Odagiri's rival) to replace the original team. They end up being less effective than the original team.
* BabiesEverAfter: If the Toei Hero Encyclopedia 2 is to be believed [[spoiler: Ryu and Kaori have a son, named Gai, 6 years after the final battle. It's also mentioned that Raita will soon be a father as well.]]
* BigBad: Subverted, after having no leader for almost 20 episodes, Empress Juza, the leader of Vyram comes back to life. She lasts two episodes before being killed.
* [[AnimalMotifs Bird Motif]]: ''Does it need to be said''?
** [[BigBadassBirdOfPrey Hawk]]: Ryu
** [[BigBadassBirdOfPrey Condor]]: Gai
** [[OminousOwl Owl]]: Raita
** [[SwansASwimming Swan]]: Kaori
** Swallow: Ako
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Gai is stabbed to death by a random mugger in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue (even more bittersweet is that he was saving a woman who got mugged). None of the other Jetmen notice, despite him collapsing right next to them.]]
** [[spoiler:Rie/Maria, who sacrifices herself after finally remembering who she was.]]
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The inside of Vyram's base.
* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler:How Radiguet dies.]]
* ButNotTooForeign: Jeff, in the manga epilogue.
* TheCasanova: Gai.
* CatchPhrase: Gai is very fond of the word "Ii ka..." ("Listen up..." or "Now, look here...")
* CrossDresser: Only one occasion. Raita is not the MasterOfDisguise, but he manages to pull it off with kimono, wig and make-ups.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: The crucifixion of the Jetmen in #43.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Acknowledged by most fans as one of the darker installments of the Sentai franchise.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Kaori's reason to join the Jetman, to break out of the RichIdiotWithNoDayJob shell she lived in.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: A blood-red diamond is turned by Vyram into a HatePlague-mongering MonsterOfTheWeek. As if people didn't fight over "blood diamonds" in real life...
* DrinkOrder: [[TheLeader Ryu]] and his hot, sugar-free milk. On the contrary, [[TheLancer Gai]] orders whiskies all the time.
** In one episode they ''almost'' share some Wild Turkey, but then the alarm goes off.
* EnemyCivilWar: Radiguet and Tranza seize power from each other back and forth.
* EnemyMine: Radiguet and Ryū team up to defeat Tranza once and for all. Considering what kind of person Radiguet is, no surprise that he'd turn against Ryū once he served his purposes.
** Radiguet did it before too, when he gave the Jetman the hint on how to beat Juza.
* {{Expy}}: The whole series is an intentional expy of Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman.
* FourIsDeath: The Vyram Elite.
* AGodAmI: Radiguet says that the Vyram are humanity's gods when he first reveals himself.
* GroinAttack: Stay away from Kaori and Ako if you value your nads. Poor Raita.
** Also, if you're a {{Mook}}, careful around Gai. He's not above SQUEEZING your groin.
* HatePlague: Used by a diamond-themed MonsterOfTheWeek.
* HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster: Darn it, Dryer Jigen ''tries'' to be a terrifying menace, but can't resist helping people in need. [[spoiler: By the end of the episode he gives up evil and becomes a hairdresser.]] Really.
** Gomi Jigen was the same. He never wanted to do no harm to anyone in the first place, because the main part of his mind comes from a teddy bear which Ako used to care a lot for when she was a child. To see what else happened, refer to NightmareFuel in YMMV. Anyway, [[spoiler:he came back to his senses thanks to Ako, only to have a disgusted Maria kill him, inadvertently hitting a BerserkButton in Blue Swallow in the process.]]
* HiddenDepths: Played around in the 11th episode. A drink from the Vending Machine Jigen makes a hidden aspect of the the Jetmen's personalities become their dominant one: Ryū becomes a LazyBum, Gai becomes a MessianicArchetype (counts as a hidden depth for his SociopathicHero tendencies, he's actually a JerkWithAHeartOfGold), Raita becomes a jerk, Kaori turns into a rich snob worse than her pre-development phase, Ako turns into [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Girly Girl]]. They get better in the end...
* HopeSpot: Brutally in Episode 24 - After getting curbstomped by [[spoiler:Queen Juuza's fully-grown monster child]], the team is rescued by Jet Garuda, piloted by three warriors from another dimension. After a whole episode of making it compatible, the warriors set off with Jet Garuda to save the day and combine into Great Icarus! Then Radiguet murders them and [[GrandTheftPrototype Gundamjacks]] it.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Noodle Jigen. Inspired by instant ramen and created by Tran, anyone affected by eating his noodles get extremely aggressive and try to get everything done as quickly as possible until they die of overworking themselves. He didn't count on Yellow Owl eating his noodles, which caused him to kill the monster as fast as possible.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: The Vyram's motivation for attacking Earth. As if they were any different...
** Though with some, as Aya coined, 'pathetic excuse of human being' like [[TheNeidermeyer Commander Ichijou]], Radiguet might be partially right (though he's still no better).
* {{Hypocrite}}: Especially Radiguet in terms of the trope above:
-->'''Ryū''': ''Why do you attack humans!?''
-->'''Radiguet''': ''Because they're ugly and foolish like bugs. And bugs deserve to be squished!''
-->'''Ryū''': ''No! Humans are not like that! They are able to love and develop...''
-->'''Radiguet''': ''*goes OneWingedAngel*''
-->'''Ryū''': ''Well, humans are not ugly. You '''ARE!'''''
* ImageSong: ''Honoo no Condor'', for Black Condor. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDxgHgjoN8c Listen, while he kicks some Vyram butt]]
* InstantExpert: Averted with everybody (except Ryū, for whom the trope doesn't even apply). Cue TrainingFromHell to the other four (or three, since Gai's not the training kind).
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: As the series progresses, Gai shows himself to be one.
* KidsAreCruel: Tran, before his growth.
* KnightOfCerebus: The first part of the show's actually kind of goofy. Most of the darkness ''Jetman'''s known for came after the Queen showed up. Though it certainly had dark moments before that point (Faucet Jigen, anyone?).
* [[LastOfHisKind Last Of Their Kind]]: The Dimensian Soldiers Ray, Kanna, and Dan; each of whom possess powers similar to the Jetman. [[spoiler:All three are introduced and killed off within two episodes.]]
* LoveTriangle: Ryū is still hung up over losing Rie. Kaori likes Ryū. Gai likes Kaori. Kaori doesn't like Gai. Gai hates Ryū's guts. [[spoiler:Then we find out that Rie is still alive as Maria, and Grey likes Maria... Also, Kaori starts liking Gai, but Gai broke up with her and lets her to be together with Ryū]]
* MoralityPet: In one episode, Radiguet loses his memories and is turned into a human by Empress Juza. During this period, Radiguet falls in love with a human girl and learns to appreciate the beauty of mankind. [[spoiler:This doesn't last long after Radiguet regains his memories and returns to his old ways. Just to be sure, he kills the girl.]]
* NonindicativeName: The name of the jet mode of their giant combining mecha is the Icarus Haken, not the ''Jet'' Icarus. Same thing applies to the Jet Garuda, which is the robot form of the Bird Garuda jet.
* NotSoInvincibleAfterAll: [[spoiler:Gai. A year of surviving against the Vyram does him no good to a stab by a mere mugger.]]
* {{Novelization}}: The ''Jetman'' novels by Toshiki Inoue, which were published a few years after the TV series ended, managed to be {{darker and edgier}} than the show itself. The giant mechs and Dimensional Monsters were eliminated completely in favor of having the Jetmen fight human test subjects that were subjected to Vyram's experiments. Empress Juza also has a bigger role than in the TV series.
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler:Ryū and Kaori get married]] in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Played around. Gai stated that he's the only one allowed to ''complain'' about Ryū.
* OppositesAttract: Subverted with Gai and Kaori, they were way too opposite for their relationship to last any longer.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Averted. Even though Radiguet is the BigBad, he is more prone to jump into the battlefield. His 'superior' Empress Juza also doesn't like sitting on the throne way too often.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: In #48, [[spoiler:Maria]] transforms into a vampire, slowly transforming into a more monstrous form. The victims do not die of blood loss, but evaporate.
* PunnyName: Ōishi (Raita's surname) means "big rock," like the ones he throws or drops from his ship. It also a play on ''oishii'', meaning delicious, a reference to his weight.
* RightHandVersusLeftHand: The Vyram Elite often fail their battles, not because the Jetmen are superior to them, but because one of them is always trying to sabotage the success of the other.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Except for Ryū, everyone's a Jetman by accident.
* RedOniBlueOni: Gai and Ryū.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Gai, in the first three episodes (though he is only introduced in the second).
* RescueRomance: Gai and Kaori, which eventually broke due to their conflicting personalities.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Maria is really Rie Aoi, alive and brainwashed by Radiguet]]. Not terribly surprising, given that they're both played by the same actress.
* RuleOfCool: Jet Swallow's Wing Cutter attack, which would be very dangerous in real life.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Raita and Gai.
* ShoutOut: The entire series is a ShoutOut to ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''.
** Also when Ako's teddy bear-cum-MonsterOfTheWeek fixes a child's broken toy, it's the Star Five from Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman.
** It's probably a stretch, but [[StreetFighter the one who's like KEN is named RYU]]
* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler:Ryū and Rie aka Maria.]]
* TheStarscream: While technically the BigBad, Radiguet pulls this twice. When Empress Juza comes back to claim her place as ruler of the Vyram, Radiguet kills her. Later, Tranza seizes control and has the rest of the Vyram leaders pilot his robot. Radiguet teams up with Ryū and beats Tranza within an inch of his life, but spares Tranza, who winds up in a mental hospital.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Jetman had an official tie-in epilogue in manga form, in which [[spoiler: the now-deceased Gai was replaced by new team member, [[ButNotTooForeign Jeff Kenzaki/Green Eagle]].]]
* TimeTravel: In episode 26, the team is thrown thousands of years back in time. However, since Raita tackled the monster while it was doing this, he ended up thrown somewhere else and stuck for most of the episode with a primitive tribe which worships him like a god due to him introducing them to fire and agriculture... Plus, among these tribesmen, there happens to be a [[VisionsOfAnotherSelf Vision Of Another Self]] of Kaori who falls in love with Raita. And, considering Raita's own feelings for Kaori...
* ToHellAndBack: Ako, Gai and Raita in episode 27. The "back" part is thanks to Ryu.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Ako and Kaori. Though, by the end of the series, it became a subversion. Kaori becomes less shallow and materialistic over the course of the series, while initially tomboyish Ako becomes more looks-conscious, grows out her hair and eventually becomes a [[spoiler:heavily made up idol singer]] after the events of the show.
* TookALevelInBadass: Tran, after forcing himself into adulthood and transforming into Tranza, becomes way more assertive with the other Vyram members and more aggressive against the Jetmen.
** Arguably, most of the team qualifies, as they started out as civilians with no combat experience whatsoever - by the finale, they're taking names.
* TransformationNameAnnouncement
* VillainSong: The Grinam get one, "Sad Soldiers Grinam" sung and composed by series composer Kazuhiko Toyama.
* VillainousRescue: Radiguet has done this lots of times for the Jetman for one reason or another when another bad guy was close to defeating them.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Three years after the final battle, [[spoiler:Ryū and Kaori get married, Gai became a businessman and gets stabbed to death in a random act of heroism, Ako becomes an idol singer, and Raita runs a farm]].
** The Toei TV Hero Encyclopedia compilation goes further [[spoiler:by showing Ryū and Kaori and their son, Gai six years later.]]
* YourSizeMayVary: The Jet Machines. When the machines are seen uncombined in flying shots (such as the opening sequence, where they fly between the buildings of the city), they seem to be roughly the size of normal fighter jets. Their combined form, the Jet Icarus, however, is a behemoth that towers over the same buildings that the Jet Machines can comfortably fly between.
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