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-> "''The Five Stars shining in the heavens!''"

''Gosei Sentai Dairanger'' (''Five Stars Squadron Dairanger'' [[note]]"Dai" has multiple meanings, but it's mainly a reference to the Chinese clan the main characters are descended from.[[/note]]) is the seventeenth installment in the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' franchise, airing from 1993 to 1994.

6000 years ago, the Gohma tribe and Dai tribe were at war, with five Dai warriors with extremely high Chi levels leading their efforts. Eventually both tribes disappeared, but the Gohma resurfaced in the modern day. Master Kaku, [[spoiler:a former member of the Gohma]] who doesn't wish to see them destroy the world, gathers five youths with high Chi levels to become Dairangers and oppose their schemes.

Its relationship with the American ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' series is interesting: the mecha battles were used for most of Season 2; the Kiba Ranger suit was worn by the White Ranger, Tommy's new alter-ego after he lost the Green Ranger powers; Daijinryū became "Serpentera", a warzord used by [[BigBad Lord Zedd]]; and the [[{{BFG}} Super Chi-Power Bazooka]] became the Power Cannon. However, the five main ''Dairanger'' suits were never used on ''Power Rangers''…[[PowerRangersMegaforce at least until 2014]].

!!The Dairangers:
* "Tenkasei" [[note]]Heavenly Fire Star[[/note]] Ryō/'''Ryū Ranger''' [[note]]Dragon Ranger[[/note]]: The red one. An aspiring chef and RookieRedRanger who [[TheLeader leads the charge against the evil Gohma]].
* "Tengensei" [[note]]Heavenly Illusion Star[[/note]] Daigo/'''Shishi Ranger''' [[note]]Lion Ranger[[/note]]: The green one. A pet shop owner, he's [[TheLancer the second-in-command]] and the second-best warrior of the team next to Ryō. He's also very proficient in [[MasterOfIllusion creating illusions]].
* "Tenjūsei" [[note]]Heavenly Gravity Star[[/note]] Shōji/'''Tenma Ranger''' [[note]]Pegasus Ranger[[/note]]: The blue one. A former delinquent and [[PluckyComicRelief comedy relief]] with dreams of being a boxing champion. He can [[GravityMaster control gravity]] to [[TheBigGuy increase his fighting abilities]].
* "Tenjisei" [[note]]Heavenly Time Star[[/note]] Kazu/'''Kirin Ranger''' [[note]]Qilin Ranger[[/note]]: The yellow one. A [[TheHeart smooth]] hair-dresser who ran away to Tokyo in his youth. His fighting style is DrunkenBoxing with a little bit of [[TimeMaster time control]].
* "Tenpūsei" [[note]]Heavenly Wind Star[[/note]] Rin/'''Hōō Ranger''' [[note]]Phoenix Ranger[[/note]]: The pink one. The [[TheSmurfettePrinciple lone]] [[TheChick female]] of the team; Kaku's niece from China who moved to Japan to attend college. Like Ryō, she is a Dai Tribe descendant. She is [[TheSmartGirl very intelligent and difficult to con]].
* "Kōshinsei" [[note]]New Howling Star[[/note]] Kō/'''Kiba Ranger''' [[note]]Fang Ranger[[/note]]: The white one. A BrattyHalfPint who found the legendary [[NamedWeapons Byakkoshinken]], and joined the team as the [[KidAppealCharacter youngest]] SixthRanger and the [[TagalongKid youngest hero]] in ''Super Sentai'' history.

!!Gohma Tribe:
* [= Emperor Gohma XV=]: The BigBad. [[spoiler:Or so we are led to believe.]]
* Shadam: DragonInChief. At first glance, he's merely [[TheDragon the Gohma Emperor's number two]], [[spoiler:but he's the ManBehindTheMan who fully ascends to BigBad status when he kicks the emperor out, becoming [[OneWingedAngel Emperor Gohma XVI]].]]
* Gara: DarkChick.
* Zydos: TheBrute.

!!And the third party:
* Daijinryū [[note]]Great Divine Dragon[[/note]] A dragon god who shows up near the end and unleashes a reign of terror to get the Dairangers and Gohma to stop fighting. Literally a HumongousMecha that is over 500 meters tall.[[note]]That's roughly 1,640 feet.[[/note]]


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!!Recurring ''Super Sentai'' tropes:

* AllYourPowersCombined: The Super Chi-Power Bazooka which is fueled by the six rangers' Lai Lai jewels, along with Kameo's.
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "Kiryoku Tenshin [[note]]Chi-Power Change Form! - also a pun, as the 'Ten' here sounds like 'Heaven'[[/note]]! ''Aura Changer''!"
** Kō uses a variant phrase, replacing "Aura Changer" with "Kiba Changer," the name of his personal TransformationTrinket.
* CallingYourAttacks: A variation - if someone has a special martial style, they'll announce that too.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Subverted again. The codename system is similar to the Zyurangers (with mythical Chinese creatures instead of prehistoric beasts), only they used the Japanese names of their respective totem animal instead of English names (presumably so that Ryu Ranger wouldn't be confused with Dragon Ranger). Kiba Ranger, whose totem animal is a white tiger, doesn't fit this pattern, since his codename translates to the "Fang Ranger" (otherwise, he would've been "Byakko Ranger"). The Kiber Machines plays this straight though.
* CombinationAttack
* CoolBike: The Dairangers' bikes, the Kiber Machines, each [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience matching their color]] with modified cowls relating to their mecha.
* EvolvingCredits: New mecha and characters (Kibaranger) show up in the opening.
** From episode 15 onwards (the first appearance of the Gohma trio, incidentally) [[TitleMontage a few seconds of footage from the episode got edited in as well.]]
* {{Eyecatch}}: Dairanger started the tradition of having eyecatches featuring a single ranger rather than the whole team. In this case, they do a form with a Dairenrod (Byakko-shinken for Kibaranger).
* FinishingMove: Dairen-oh has a nice variation where, after striking down a giant Gohma, it sheaths its sword. If the battle happened to be during the sunset, then that gets prominently shown.
* FiveManBand
** TheLeader: Ryō
** TheLancer: Daigo
** TheBigGuy: Shōji
** TheHeart: Kazu
** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart]] [[TheChick Chick]]: Rin
** SixthRanger: Kō
* HomeBase: A secret warehouse underneath Tokyo Station; it's nothing overly elaborate though. Basically just a meeting room, maybe a couple of training rooms.
* HumongousMecha: The second ''Super Sentai'' to feature MechanicalLifeforms for mecha. In fact, one of them (Daimugen) actually transforms into a human.
** AnimalMecha: Based on creatures from Chinese mythology this time.
** AMechByAnyOtherName: The animal mecha were known as the ''Kidenjū''[[note]]Legendary Spirit Beast[[/note]], while the humanoid forms of the ones that can transform are referred as ''Kiden Bujin''[[note]]Legendary Spirit Warrior[[/note]].
** TransformingMecha: The Ryūseioh[[note]]Dragon Star King[[/note]] and the Wang Tiger[[note]]King Tiger[[/note]] can switch between animal and humanoid forms. The series later introduces the Super Kidenjū Daimugen, a tortoise-based mecha that also has a "warrior" mode, which has the ability to heal the Ryūseioh or the Wang Tiger with an energy pool stored inside its body.
** MotionCaptureMecha: Ryūseioh, being one of the lightest Sentai mecha ever, follows Ryū Ranger's movements (for the scenes where he's doing this, Ryū Ranger is played by the face actor rather than the stunt actor).
** CombiningMecha: The animal mecha of the other four Dairangers could combine with themselves to form a flying chariot for Ryūseioh to ride on, or wrap themselves around Ryūseioh like an armor.
*** Sei Shishi + Sei Tenma + Sei Kirin + Sei Hōō[[note]]Star Lion, Star Pegasus, Star Qilin and Star Phoenix in that order.[[/note]] = Tenkū Kiden[[note]]Heavenly Chi Palace[[/note]]
*** Ryūseioh + Sei Shishi + Sei Tenma + Sei Kirin + Sei Hōō = Dairen-oh[[note]]Great Union King[[/note]]
** MechaExpansionPack: Like the extra mechas from the [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger previous series]], the Wang Tiger can replace Ryūseioh in combining with the mecha of the other Dairangers, while Daimugen can combine with all six of the other mechas for an ultimate attack.
*** Wang Tiger + Sei Shishi + Sei Tenma + Sei Kirin + Sei Hōō = Kiba Daioh[[note]]Great King Fang[[/note]]
*** Ryūseioh + Tenkū Kiden + Wang Tiger + Daimugen = Jūkō Kiden[[note]]Heavily Armored Chi Palace[[/note]]
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: The longest for some time.
-->'''Ryō''': "Ryū Ranger! Heavenly Fire Star, Ryō!"
-->'''Daigo''': "Shishi Ranger! Heavenly Illusion Star, Daigo!"
-->'''Shōji''': "Tenma Ranger! Heavenly Gravity Star, Shōji!"
-->'''Kazu''': "Kirin Ranger! Heavenly Time Star, Kazu!"
-->'''Rin''': "Hōō Ranger! Heavenly Wind Star, Rin!"
-->'''Ryō''': "The Five Stars shining in the heavens!"
--->'''All''': "''Gosei Sentai'' - ''Dairanger''!"
-->'''Kō''': "Kiba Ranger! Howling New Star, Kō!"[[note]]Before TheReveal, it would be Byakko Shinken voicing Kō with "Howling New Star, Kiba Ranger ''sanjou'' (has arrived)!"[[/note]]
** The roll call can be done in pretty much any order; the focus character for the episode will usually go first.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Ryō is the first to get his Kidenjū, the Ryūseioh, which can face off against Gorma Monsters on its own. It's also the first TransformingMecha given to a ''Super Sentai'' warrior.
** The series was written with the intent that all five members serve as the main character, rather than just the red ranger, breaking with the usual Sentai status quo. As such, Ryō isn't the best Ki user at the beginning - that's Rin.
* MakeMyMonsterGrow: The Gohma Monsters each have an Enlargement Bomb (essentially a grenade) which they use after being KO'd. The bombs themselves eventually got [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers carried over to the US]]. This also came with a couple of subversions, listed later.
* MonstersOfTheWeek: The Gohma Monsters, many of whom have human forms. Their names consisted of a noun (usually their motif), followed by a social title or occupation.
* {{Mook}}s: Kottopotoros, who act as servants to the higher-ranked Gohmas and appear to be wearing tuxedos.
* TheMovie: The Dairangers take on four revived monsters and a new one.
* TheNarrator
* PsychoRangers: The Copy Empress in Episode 25 could create clones of the Dairangers by merely taking their pictures. This actually allowed her to make more than one clone of each Dairanger.
* RegularCaller: Averted: Whoever encounters a Gohma interference reports to the HQ through their {{Transformation Trinket}}s, where Master Kaku relays the message to the rest. With a simple radio, at that!
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Hōō Ranger.
* SupervillainLair: Anyone who learned to use the ''Yo'' power can become a Gohma. So, in theory, anyone in the entire city can be an enemy...
** The actual lair of the Gohma Tribe is a floating upside-down pyramid known as the Gohma Palace.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp
* TransformationNameAnnouncement: Sometimes, but it's a question of timing.
* TransformationTrinket: The Aura Changer, which was later used for [[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Magna Defender's morpher]]. (It's apparently very difficult to use in real life.)
** Ko uses his own version called the Kiba Changer.
* WeaponOfChoice
** DualWielding: The [[KnifeNut Star Cutters]] and [[CoolSword Star Swords]].
*** BifurcatedWeapon: Star Sword + Star Cutter = [[{{Handguns}} Daibuster]].
** RingsOfDeath: The Dairinkens. [[note]]''Great Ring Blades''[[/note]] Sharp rings with handles in the middle, and often [[DualWielding Dual Wielded.]]
** {{BFG}}: The (Super) Kiryoku Bazooka.
** SimpleStaff with optional [[BladeOnAStick blades]]: The Dairenrods, which are also {{Morph Weapon}}s that can become other weapons.
*** Ryō: [[DualWielding Sekiryu]] [[CoolSword Soryuken]] [[note]]''Double Red Dragon Swords''[[/note]]
*** Daigo: [[SimpleStaff Shishi Konbou]] [[note]]''Lion Staff''[[/note]]
*** Shōji: [[FightingWithChucks Tenma Nunchakus]] [[note]]''Pegasus Nunchakus''[[/note]]
*** Kazu: [[EpicFlail Kirin Ku-setsu Ben]] [[note]]''Qilin 9-Part Whip''[[/note]]
*** Rin: [[BladeOnAStick Yari Houou]] [[note]]''Phoenix Spear''[[/note]]
** Kō: [[TalkingWeapon Byakko]][[CoolSword shinken]] [[note]]''White Tiger True Sword''[[/note]]

!!Tropes specific to ''Gosei Sentai Dairanger'':

* AbusiveParent & DomesticAbuse: Shadam, oh boy, Shadam. Whether it's his treatment to Akomaru or his lack of compassion to the mother of his children, he fits in spades.
* AgainstTheSettingSun: The show made a point of occasionally featuring 'duels' between the Gohma and Dairenoh against a setting sun backdrop.
* AnimalMotif
** CoolHorse: [[{{Pegasus}} Sei Tenma]] and [[{{Unicorn}} Sei Kirin]]
** KingOfBeasts: Sei Shishi
** OurDragonsAreDifferent: Ryūseioh [[spoiler:and Daijinryū]]
** PantheraAwesome: Wang Tiger
** ThePhoenix: Sei Hōō
** [[spoiler:TurtlePower: Daimugen]]
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Chi.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: In episode 3 the entire team, except Daigo who is skeptical anyway, but doesn't dismiss the claim, is convinced that a [[ItMakesSenseInContext puppet]] Shōji was attacked by was "radio-controlled or something" rather than the work of a Gohma. Later in the episode even Shōji convinces himself of it.
* AsLongAsThereIsEvil: [[spoiler:As revealed in the final episode--The Dairanger's Chi power and the Gohma's You powers are two sides of the same coin. Eliminate one, the other goes with it. Thus to maintain the balance, the Gohma and the Dairangers are locked in a never-ending cycle of war. That is, if Daijinryū doesn't destroy them all first. The reveal makes for a BittersweetEnding, driven home by the look of horror on older Ryo's face as he watches his grandson start the battle anew... But of course, the last shot of the series is Dairenoh just kinda... flexing a little, as if to say "we'll do it".]]
* BadassGrandpa: Rin's grandpa Guhon. So badass that even 20 year old girls are all swooning over him.
* BeachEpisode: Episode 25
* BolivianArmyEnding: [[spoiler: The fate of Jin]].
* CampGay: Saboten Shogun [[note]]General Cactus[[/note]], the monster of the week in #34.
* CampStraight: Kazu - although he's more of a [[TheDandy Dandy]].
* CaptainErsatz: Iron-Face Chōryu is a blatant clone of Darth Vader, and his story is directly taken from ''StarWars''. He was once a great hero who sold out his allies to the bad guys, worked for them for a very long time, has a [[spoiler:LukeIAmYourFather moment with TheLeader (who also has a sister), [[RedemptionEqualsDeath reforms and subsequently dies]], and is welcomed to death by the ghosts of his former allies who forgive him]]. Given that ''Dairanger'' also borrowed from the soundtrack of ''StarWars'', this can't be unintentional.
** Not only that, but Chōryu's master, High Priest Saw (the MonsterOfTheWeek) had the human form of an old man in robes who shot lightning at Ryō. Who does that remind you of?
* ChineseGirl: Rin. She's more prone to speaking Chinese due to this. (At the same time, when he first turns up, Guhon notes that she's really going native in Japan.)
* CouchGag: Later episodes would sometimes begin with one of the three major Gorma generals throwing the MonsterOfTheWeek out of a large sack.
* CryingWolf: Used in Episode 32. Shōji, after failing to wake Ryō up using normal telephone, wakes him up using the RegularCaller telling that there's a Gorma Attack. Ryō got pissed when he realized he was suckered. And when an actual Gorma appeared, Ryō didn't bother to go thinking Shōji was lying again, until Master Kaku sets him straight immediately.
* Determinator: In episode 23, Daigo and his love interest, Kujaku, are swallowed by a Gorma. So Daigo punches his way out, saving both their lives. Afterwards, his knuckles are shown to be bleeding.
* TheDollEpisode: Featuring everyone's favorite [[LargeHam King of the Large Hams]], General Cactus! And an angry Daigo. [[spoiler:With the dolls being played by paralyzed human girls.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: Episode 18. How to deal with an annoying BrattyHalfPint who barges into your apartment? Fool him into thinking his long-lost mom has come back to see him again, of course! [[DudeNotFunny Ha ha... ha?]]
* EldritchAbomination: Daijinryū, who destroys the Gohma Palace and a huge chunk of Tokyo to force the good and bad guys to stop fighting. When that doesn't stop the action, he [[spoiler:comes back to Earth, takes control over the minds a large number of innocent civilians, making them jump to their deaths against their will as the ultimate form of blackmail to the good guys]].
* ElementalPowers
** PlayingWithFire: Ryō
** MasterOfIllusion: Daigo
** GravityMaster: Shōji
** TimeMaster: Kazu
** BlowYouAway: Rin
** MakeMeWannaShout: Kō
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: The Dairangers and the Gorma Monsters have their own set of martial art skills.
* FusionDance: In TheMovie this is the assembled monsters' answer to the Rangers forming Dairen'oh.
* GenerationXerox: [[spoiler:The grandchildren of the original Dairangers in the finale.]]
* GratuitousEnglish: Kazu indulges in this from time to time.
* GratuitousSpanish: Frequently spouted by the Birdcage Vagabond.
* GroinAttack: Given that they use Rods on a regular basis, this comes up from time to time.
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: Episode 3, sort of. The first half focuses on Kazu and Shōji, while the second half follows Daigo.
* HellBentForLeather: Shadam, Gara and Zydos.
* IdenticalGrandson: [[spoiler: The grandchildren of the Dairangers in the final episode, although they clearly have different personalities than their grandparents.]]
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Tombstone President, Telephone Teacher, and [[NobuyukiHiyama Kamikaze Boss]] (AKA the "Three Gohma Stooges"). Rather than fighting the Dairangers, they'd rather have a motorcycle race or play soccer (they're not very strong in a straight fight). They try this three times, failing each time, and in the end [[spoiler: they give up fighting and survive the war.]]
* InstantExpert: Despite not knowing jack about Chi power or fighting, Ryō instantly turns {{Badass}} after his ''very first'' Henshin.
* Kill’em All: Probably the last Super Sentai to have such a ridiculous death count of good aligned or sympathetic characters.
** The Mentor dies
** Three Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains die (subverted)
** The Only One Allowed to Defeat You Arrogant Kung Fu Guy dies
** A vengeful anthropomorphic goddess dies
** A love redeemed MOTW dies
** A little girl dies (actually a MOTW cactus minion who is thrown to the ground and crushed at the heel by Gara)
** The Leader’s power-hungry traitorous father dies
** And finally the Sixth Ranger’s mother dies along with the abused Enfant Terrible
* LarynxDissonance: [[spoiler: The elderly Dairangers and their grandkids are played by the main actors, meaning they sound like their teenage selves.]]
* LegacyCharacter: The Dairangers themselves and the Gohma Emperor.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Iron-Face Choryu, the Dai tribe defector who fights the Rangers in Episodes 7-8 is actually Ryō's father. Also, Shadam is secretly Kō and Akomaru's father.]]
* MakeMyMonsterGrow: By design, it's possible to interrupt the growing process by preventing the Gohma from using the bomb (one got fenced in with Dairenrods, and a few got blown up in human size). There's also a limit on how long they can stay giant (this allowed a few Gormas to survive). And the bombs don't revive corpses - [[spoiler:the giant Media Magician was completely silent, as he was already killed by Lt. Gara.]]
* MakingUseOfTheTwin: In Episode 25, the Copy Empress made evil duplicates of the Dairangers. Kazu's was played by Keisuke Tsuchiya's twin brother, Daisuke. The roles were later reversed when Daisuke went on to play [[Series/JuukouBFighter Blue Beet]] two years later, while Keisuke played his EvilCounterpart Black Beet.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler: '''Colonel Shadam'''.]]
* MartialArtsUniform: The Dairanger suits have this as a motif. The Carddass art plays it up.
* MayDecemberRomance
* MundaneUtility: The Dairinkens apparently make pretty good cooking knives, as demonstrated by their inventor.
** Pops up from time to time in the Gohmas. Telephone Teacher can use her ability to make free calls from anywhere to anywhere, for example, and Tombstone President has (at least) a TV and a ''Fortune Slip Dispenser'' in his tombstone.
* [[MyFriendsandZoidberg My Friends... and Zoidberg]]: It is impossible to neatly split the Super Sentai shows into ones that weren't adapted into Power Rangers and those that were, because ''Dairanger'' didn't get a full adaptation, mixing the ''Zyuranger'' heroes with ''Dairanger'''s monsters, mecha, and [[SixthRanger Sixth Ranger]]. Even ''Kakuranger'' was briefly adapted fully with the Alien Rangers arc after mixing the Zyurangers and Kiba Ranger with Kakuranger's monsters and mecha.
* MythologyGag: A little girl in Episode 3 dresses like Kazumi from ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman''.
** Three of the rangers share the same colors and beast motifs with their counterparts from ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman'': Change Dragon and Ryū Ranger (both are red) Change Pegasus and Tenma Ranger (blue), and Change Phoenix and Hōō Ranger (pink).
** ''Dairanger'' also has a martial arts theme similar to ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman''. The power source used by the Maskmen was actually "aura power", which is what ''kiryoku'' means in Japanese (more or less).
** The Gorma Shitennō would appear to be a homage to the Crime Shitennō from ''Film/JAKQDengekitaiVsGoranger'', both villainous quartets are composed of human-form villains who combine into one monster.
* OneNameOnly: Despite being regular civilians, none of the Dairangers have any known surnames. Instead, they precede their names by mentioning their Star of Destiny when they perform their roll call (Ryū Ranger, "Tenkasei" Ryō; Shishi Ranger, "Tengensei" Daigo; ect.) . Their zodiac titles are usually written in quotation marks to indicate that they're not actual surnames.
* PaletteSwap: [[spoiler: The final monster in the show's epilogue is a recolor of String Baron.]]
* PeacockGirl: Kujaku.
* PeopleInRubberSuits: Played with - the heavier material on the majority of the Gohma costumes is torso-only (imagine a heavy vest with a built-in mask), with far lighter material (spandex or even loose clothing) on the arms and legs, likely to facilitate any martial fights.
* PunBasedTitle: The title ''Dairanger'', could be interpreted as a reference to the "Dai" tribe that the heroes are descended from, or as the "Great Rangers". It's also worth noting that ''Dairenja'', the Japanese pronunciation of the title, shares a partial namesake with ''Dairen'', the Japanese name of the Chinese city of Dalian. While Dalian is never directly referenced on the show, the name of the team's mecha, ''Dairen-oh'', uses the same kanji used to write the city's name.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Three Gohma Idiots are this from the get-go. How do they carry out their first nefarious plot against the Dairangers? By challenging Ryo to a soccer match. Of course, it's rigged and one (later five) aginst eleven, but still.
* SdrawkcabName: The name "Wang Tiger" is derived from a backward reading of the kanji characters used to write Kiba Daioh's name. "Wang" comes from the Chinese reading of the kanji for "king"[[note]]王[[/note]], while ''tai'' and ''ga'' are alternate pronunciations of the kanji for "great" or ''dai''[[note]]大[[/note]] and "fang" or ''kiba''[[note]]牙[[/note]] respectively.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Daigo and Shōji.
* ShoutOut: [[Film/TheThreeStooges The Three Gorma Stooges]], a HarmlessVillain trio who simply want to defeat our heroes in competitions, rather than kill them.
* SkewedPriorities: As Zydos is dying [[spoiler: and crumbling into pieces]], he worries about receiving his pay/getting promoted rather than [[spoiler: [[TomatoInTheMirror learning that he's a clay doll]]]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Lin, or Rin? You'd think it's "Lin" since she's Chinese, but the Media Magician episode plasters "Rin" all over the place.
* TheFourGods: While the colors are off, four of the Mythical Chi Beasts are meant to invoke the Four Gods: the Red Dragon, the Pink Hōō, the White Tiger, and Daimugen, their ally. As Dairanger draws more from Chinese mythology than Japanese, Huanglong/Koryu also shows up in the form of the giant dragon Daijinryuu.
* TheStarscream: Shadam, who's overall motive throughout the series is to kill the Emperor and take over the Gohma Empire.
** This proves to be wrong, in fact [[spoiler: he is technically the ManBehindTheMan due to the fact that he had already controlled the Gohma tribe. The Gohma leader is technically already dead, the man sitting at the top is a clay replica. In fact, they are all clay replicas, Shadam just happened to be the only one carrying on the will of the past self.]]
* ThemeNaming: Unique in ''Super Sentai'', the vast majority of Gohma are members of a society, and usually have two-part names consisting of a noun (the theme they're based around, very rarely a personal name) and a title/job.
** Some of the characters' names are taken from ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', such as Zhang Liao, Jia Xu (Master Kaku) and Zǐlóng (Shiryu, [[spoiler:Master Kaku's sympathizer within Gohma]]).
* TitleScream: Some episode titles are rendered like this (including the premiere).
* UnnamedParent: Ko's mother. None of the other Dairangers even bother to figure out her name, simply calling her "''kaasan''".
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The Gohma's human forms tend to draw less attention than you'd think they would.
** And then there's General Kamikaze's first appearance, riding around on his bike - there's some bystanders in the background (likely not part of the shoot), and their expressions appear to be: "WTF?"
* VillainousBSOD: Akomaru is very shaken upon learning that [[spoiler: he, Ko and his mother are all related.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Daigo delivered one to everyone for coming too late to save a child of the week, first by socking Shōji and Kazu with a punch on the face. And when even Ryō and Rin didn't even seem to show determination to keep the team, he delivers this:
-->''You all make me '''sick'''''.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Sort of. We find out, at the ''50th year anniversary'' of their final battle with over the Gohma, that they all did well in life and settled down with their families in peace. [[spoiler: And then a new String Baron appears, which their ''grandchildren'' stand up to as the new Dairangers.]]
** This has lead to the joke that [[spoiler:the ''Super Sentai'' series of 2043 will be Dairanger.]]
* WorthyOpponent: Ryō and Jin view each other as this.
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