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A 2013 {{tokusatsu}} series and instalment in the ''[[Series/{{GARO}} GARO]]'' franchise, set in the far future after the first two seasons, featuring an entirely new cast of characters.

Vol City is an independent city-state which is often touted as a modern-day {{utopia}} with sleek modern utilities, virtually no crime and a super-low cost of living. However, behind the fašade lies a terrible secret: the city is infested with [[EldritchAbomination monsters known as Horrors]], which possess the weak-minded and feed upon human souls.

Protecting the city from the shadows are a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits ragtag group]] of rookie Makai Knights: Aguri Kusugami, [[TheArcher a cold and analytical archer]] who bears the armour of GAI; Takeru Jakuzure, a free-wheeling playboy who controls the ZEN armour; and Ryuga Dougai, a brash and rebellious AntiHero who is the current successor to the title of GARO.

The Makai Knights discover that someone or something is transforming the most influential members of Vol City into Madou Horrors: a powerful new breed of Horror immune to their current methods of detection. Furthermore, the golden armour of GARO has been tainted black for reasons unknown, regaining its glow whenever Ryuga defeats a Madou Horror. With the aid of their mentor, the Makai Priest Burai, and [[ActionGirl his apprentice Rian]], the three warriors must unravel the dark conspiracy at the heart of Vol City while learning what it truly means to be a Makai Knight.

!!This series includes examples of:

AscendedFanboy in Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger, where his character is named Gai.
* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler: Takeru cuts off his own hand to prevent himself from becoming a Madou Horror in Episode 18.]]
* ArcherArchetype: Aguri, who is stoic, cool headed and uses a bow as his weapon.
* BadassGrandpa: The first Madou Horror in #13. You may remember him as the veteran suit actor Yoshinori Okamoto in ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger''.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: [[spoiler:Blind Ryuga just gets some makeup around his eyes, and not white eyes or anything, still his own eyes. Justified as the actor winds up performing [[HandicappedBadass A LOT OF STUNTS]] in this state.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The GARO armor regains its golden color, Zedom is defeated, peace is returned to Vol City and Tousei got his just dessert. Everything is not without cost though: Enhou, Burai and Hakana are dead and everyone in Vol City has their memories of the Horrors wiped out by Rian. This includes Rui, who can no longer remember Takeru, leaving him heartbroken. There's also the fact that the Zedom they defeated is only his head, which means that Zedom is not completely gone.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:Human beings can be turned into Madou Horrors forcibly, regardless of their morality. Enhou was really a good person.]]
* CastFromHitPoints: [[spoiler:Hakana restores Ryuga's sight, ''at the cost of her own''.]]
* CerebusSyndrome: Yes, even with the DarkerAndEdgier thing going on, they can still pull this off. [[spoiler:[[KnightOfCerebus Sonshi]] shows up and everything goes downhill.]]
* ChangingOfTheGuard: The third season features an all-new cast, including a new GARO whose real name is Ryuga Dougai.
* ChekhovsGun: The song heard from the Goddess Statues all around the city, heard as early as Episode 1. [[spoiler: Episode 20 reveals that the song is part of a chant used to harness Zedom's power and strengthen Madou Horrors. And that the person singing it was Hakana, Ryuga's mother.]]
* CityOfAdventure: Vol City.
* CoolOldGuy: Priest Burai, who has no problem fighting Horrors using a Makai Beast called Lago.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Series 3 compared to series 1 and 2. Granted that the previous two weren't exactly sunshine themselves, but here it seems the Horrors have had the Knights and Priests out played from the very first move and the writers aren't afraid of heaping bad times on the heroes at a moment's notice. One can only hope EarnYourHappyEnding is in effect for this incarnation of GARO.
** Also LighterAndSofter in some ways - [[{{Fanservice}} female nudity is increased,]] there's a GenkiGirl on the regular team, we've got the ContrastingSequelMainCharacter plus ''two more'' Makai Knights for added variety, and [[spoiler:they avert [[ParentalAbandonment the best known Garo trope]] by ''finding Ryuga's MissingMom''!]]
* DarkIsNotEvil: In [[SubvertedTrope a radical departure]] from previous holders of the title of GARO wearing [[ManInWhite white longcoats]], Ryuga is wearing a black longcoat.
* DeadlyGraduation: Ryuga had to kill Lago (a different one that is bluish and silver) by the end of his training.
* DeathFakedForYou: [[spoiler: In Episode 12, Ryuga is shot on live TV by Rivera, and is now believed to be dead by the citizens of Vol City. At least, temporarily.]]
** [[spoiler: Inverted in Episode 21. Enhou has recently been killed by Ryuga and Rian. The latter, wanting to fulfill her friend's desire for justice, appeared to the SG-1 as Enhou and cleared the Makai Knights' names. She continuously shot Rivera, revealing she's not human. Using a SmokeOut, she placed Enhou's real body and framed up Rivera again and this time, with sufficient evidence.]]
* DirtyCoward: Tousei Kaneshiro is this in ''spades''. [[spoiler: He's the most cowardly BigBad of any GARO villains, and he ''still'' is after being possessed by an Inga Horror!]]
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:#7, just when the main characters thought that the family is safe now, Sonshi appears and caused them to go back to the city where they are eaten by Horrors. The girl, Rui, is the only survivor.]]
** [[spoiler: #17 is even worse. Tousei had Kensui and the rest of the Kaneshiro family murdered. Ryuga is back on the wanted list and the rest of the team is now on it, too.]]
** [[spoiler: #18 as described in several other tropes below.]]
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: What happens to Ryuga at the end of Episode 18.]]
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Ryuga Dougai
** TheLancer: Takeru Jakuzure
** The SmartGuy: Aguri Kusugami
** TheChick: Rian
** TheMentor: Burai
* FromBadToWorse[=/=]OutOfTheFryingPan: Episode 18. See WhamEpisode below.
* TheGlassesComeOff: Aguri takes off his glasses before transforming into GAI in episode 3.
* GoingCommando: One Horror baits its victims by pretending to be a pretty woman wearing only a light coat. She actually nearly snags Takeru this way.
** Episode 21 strongly suggests Rian practices this.
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: SG-1 captains apparently dispense with the helmets and face masks their subordinates use, and just go into battle wearing ballcaps.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: In Episode 22, Priest Burai walks into Zedom's grave, and prepares to sacrifice himself to seal away Zedom.]]
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Ryuga, in contrast to the ''zero'' publicity Kouga had. By #17 this spreads to ''the whole team''. [[spoiler: But by #21, this is all cleared up.]]
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum: The Garo armor is not only blackened, it's ''unstable''.
* InfantImmortality: Averted. Children are not safe from Vol City's Horrors; a boy in Episode 7 is killed with his family, and at least five children are killed in Episode 17, [[spoiler: as part of ThePurge of the Kaneshiro family.]] In episode 13, among the spirits they released is a pregnant woman.
* LadyKillerInLove: Takeru really falls for Rui.
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:The sheer amount of sin on Tousei's head is enough to make the Horrors turn him. After that he even tries to pull a KarmaHoudini, [[KickTheSonOfABitch but fails.]]]]
* LoopholeAbuse: One of the absolute rules of the Makai is that a Knight or Priest are not allowed to kill a normal human no matter what they do. [[spoiler: Tousei knows about this rule and being that he is a normal human, he's not afraid of Ryuga's group coming for him as he knows they are not allowed to kill him. This doesn't stop Takeru from slugging him unconscious, though.]]
* LoveableSexManiac: Takeru Jakuzure/Flame Blade Knight ZEN, who has no problem sleeping with different women.
* MercyKill: [[spoiler: Prolonged exposure to Zedom and birthing Madou Horrors has caused Hakana to slowly begin changing into a Horror. Ryuga is forced to kill her while she's still (mostly) human.]]
* MythologyGag: The Horror in episode seven talked about how he allowed his victims to die happy, only for Ryuga to call him out on it by asking how that was happiness - the very same verbal sparring Kouga had in Episode 4 of ''GARO''.
** And in episode 23, right before the final battle against Zedom, Ryuga used the same PreAsskickingOneLiner that Kouga always used during the [[FinalBattle Final Battles]] of both the TV shows and the movies.
--> '''Ryuga:''' Zedom, this is no world for you to live in!
*** For that matter, Zedom is a MagiTek demon much like the original Messiah was, complete with beam weapons.
* NamesTheSame: You'd be forgiven for thinking ''[[Franchise/{{Stargate}} Stargate]]'' with [[Series/StargateSG1 SG-1]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Ryuga explains Horrors to a former journalist, and refuses to let his memory be wiped. The journalist goes to his old workplace, showing a photo of Ryuga killing a Horror, in an attempt to get the word out. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, the coworker he shows the photo to is a Madou Horror.]] The end result is that it's spun as Ryuga killing someone, which results in him jumping to the top of Volcity's most wanted list.
* NobleDemon: The [[spoiler:Madou]] Horror from Episode 2, a subversion of the Horrors' AlwaysChaoticEvil status. He may have attacked people, but it was when he felt that a greedy man was taking advantage of him and when a Makai Priest provoked him. He has a good working relationship with his subordinates, who obviously respect and admire him. He was also reluctant in fighting Ryuga and before that, he was wondering why he was being targeted.
* ObfuscatingDisability: [[spoiler: Kaneshiro Kensui, who's always seen in a wheelchair being pushed by Sonshi. In reality, he ''can'' walk, but having him in the wheelchair constantly accompanied by Sonshi is a ploy to associate Kensui with Sonshi, and divert attention from the true BigBad, Kaneshiro Tousei.]]
* OnceMoreWithClarity: The first half of Episode 17 is a clip show, showing scenes from earlier episodes, [[spoiler: from the perspective of Kaneshiro Tousei, the BigBad.]]
* OriginsEpisode: Episode 25 talks about the history of Burai.
* PrivateMilitaryContractor: [=SG-1=] (Security Guardian One), which acts as enforcers of of law and public order, is referred to as the Kaneshiro Group's private army.
* ThePurge: [[spoiler: Kaneshiro Tousei has his Madou Horrors eliminate every single member of the Kaneshiro family in Episode 17. Yes, even the ''children.'']]
* PuttingOnTheReich: [[spoiler: The Horrors are running industrial sized feeding machines and burning the bodies of humans in Vol City.]]
* RecapEpisode: Episode 15.
* SerialEscalation: Deliberately averted. The conflict is on a (comparatively) smaller scale than the past two seasons, and while the characters this time around are still tough cookies, they're clearly not at Kouga's level, (who has since been relegated to almost mythological status at this point.)
* ShoutOut: The Inga Horrors in this season have [[Film/ResidentEvil Majini mouths.]]
** [[Series/StargateSG1 The SG-1 armed squad, anyone?]] Note how they're wearing olive drab fatigues and carrying MP-5s.
** Takeru, who previously played one character named [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Gai]], has all the LovableSexManiac tendencies of another [[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman Gai]].
*** In episode 21, [[spoiler: after Ryuga and Rian had managed to kill Enhou, leaving her human body behind, they made sure that at the very least, they would save her soul. [[Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman Sound familiar?]]]]
** In Episode 16, SG-1 gets a new weapon, the Fist Bomb, which is essentially a more refined version of [[Manga/KamenRiderSpirits Taki Kazuya's jury-rigged Rider Punch]].
* SandInMyEyes: Aguri in Episode 20, [[spoiler: when he's moved to tears by Ryuga's reunion with his mother.]]
* SoLastSeason: There's a new breed of Horror this time around, meaning that a lot of the old tricks don't work anymore. Thankfully, cutting them down with a sword still works and they later develop some new tricks to track them down.
* StoicSpectacles: Aguri Kusugami/Sky Bow Knight GAI, the first Makai Knight to wear glasses. He's pretty much like Kouga in terms of temperament.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Yoshitomo's birthday letter to Enhou.
** What [[FreezeFrameBonus quick glimpses]] we see of the Vol Times article on Rivera and Ryuga show this.
* SuspectIsHatless: Ryuga's Wanted poster description, with gems such as "GENDER: MAN" and "SKIN COLOR: YELLOW", which is pretty much every single Japanese male in Volcity.
* TakingTheBullet: #18. [[spoiler:First, Takeru stops the Madou Plant from getting Ryuga with his bare hand, [[LifeOrLimbDecision and he has to cut it off.]] Then Ryuga covers a still-injured Burai when Sonshi takes a sword into his eyes.]]
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: This series is set in the future after the first two seasons.
* UnequalPairing: Enhou is carrying on an affair with Yoshitomo, one of her subordinates. [[spoiler: And then it becomes even more unequal when she becomes a Madou Horror.]]
* {{Utopia}}: Vol City. It has low-cost living and low taxes, and schools and hospitals are free. Turns out to be a FalseUtopia as crimes and violence are denied by news reports and [[spoiler: Horrors are in such mass here that one can eat enough to be stuck in a building. Furthermore Horrors are in control of the city's infrastructure, able to create more of their own that are nearly undetectable by the means of Makai Knights or Priests, and are powerful enough to negate most protection that said Priests and Knights can give as seen in ep 7 and are basically creating a massive feeding ground for their kind]]. Basically Vol City is a Utopia of sorts, but [[spoiler: only if your are a Horror.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Tousei goes through this in episode 22, after the Makai Knights begin turning the tide and Ryuga kills Enhou and Rivera.]]
* VisualPun: [[spoiler:Rivera]]'s Madou Horror form grows ''an extra face'' on the back of her head. She is ''literally'' a two-faced liar.
* WigDressAccent: Rian's disguises usually consist of these.
* WhamEpisode: Episode 5, [[spoiler: Enhou turns into a Madou Horror and is tasked by the mysterious man to handle Ryuga. Meaning they are pretty much enemies now.]]
** Episode 9, [[spoiler: important people such as Rivera the news reporter and Sonshi, assistant to the leader of the Kaneshiro group are Madou Horrors which all but confirms who exactly Vol City is paradise for.]]
** Epiosde 12, [[spoiler: Burai finally manages to create a way to detect Madou Horrors, which reveals that there is a ''lot'' of them all over the city.]]
** Episode 16, [[spoiler: it's revealed that Kaneshiro Kensui is actually NOT the one creating the Madou Horrors. Instead, it's his son, the same guy who Ryuga met in the first few episodes.]]
** Episode 17, [[spoiler: Tousei is plotting to turn Ryuga into a Madou Horror, massacres the Kaneshiro family, and has the entire team on Vol City's Most Wanted list.]]
** Episode 18, [[spoiler: Takeru cuts off his right hand to prevent himself from turning into a Madou Horror, Rian is kidnapped, and Sonshi stabs his sword directly into Ryuga's eyes, effectively blinding him. The continuous wham has been hitting so hard that [[PaintingTheMedium even the opening sequence crashed midway and burned]].]]