''Space Sheriff Shaider'' was the third and final entry in the ''Space Sheriff'' subgenre of ''Franchise/MetalHeroes'' Tokusatsu shows.

Archaeologist Dai Sawamura's remarkable analytical skills impresses the galaxy police enough to recruit him. He is then transferred to planet Bird, where he receives his training at the Space Sheriff Academy.

The unforeseen appearance of the mysterious organization Fuuma leads to the destruction of several planets. Suddenly an urgent need of manpower for mobilization to all the planets is required.

Once it is established that Earth is the next target of Fuuma, Governor Kom gives Dai the codename of Shaider and assigns him to safeguard the planet. Together with his fellow trainee, Annie, whose planet was destroyed by Fuuma, Dai returns to his home to fulfill his duty.

''[[Film/SpaceSheriffNextGeneration Space Sheriff Shaider: Next Generation]]'' is the sequel movie to the Shaider television series and to ''Film/SpaceSheriffGavanTheMovie''. For tropes specifically related to that film, please use the specific page

Became one of the series adapted in ''Series/VRTroopers''.
!!''Space Sheriff Shaider'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* ActionGirl: Annie
* AdultFear: Fuuma loves brainwashing children.
* {{BFG}}: Big Magnum. A starship-sized one.
* BigBad: Kublai
* ByThePowerOfGrayskull: Shaider's "Shouketsu!" ("Sinter!")
* CallingYourAttacks: [[LaserBlade LASER BLADE!]]
* CainAndAbel: Hessler's little brother, Himley, appears in episode 19 only for Hessler to kill him during combat because he was threatened of his position.
* CreepyCrossdresser: Priest Poe.
* {{Crossover}}: [[Series/SpaceSheriffGavan His]] [[Series/SpaceSheriffSharivan predecessors]] appear in a team-up movie.
* FinishingMove: "SHAIDER BLUE FLASH!" A powerful Laser Blade slash that split the monster horizontally and causes them to explode.
* FrickinLaserBeams: The Video Beam gun, equipped with a video scope.
* MasterOfDisguise: Annie even though she always gets caught.
* MeaningfulName: Fuuma translates to Wind Demon.
* MookMobile: The carriage-like Fuuma fighters.
* RemakeCameo: Not just Annie and Oyama, but even Akira Kushida puts in an appearance.
* ScaryDogmaticAliens: The Fuuma have destroyed many planets throughout the universe within the span of several thousand years. They nearly conquer the galaxy in the last few episodes.
* ShoutOut: Shaider's name is a reference to actor Roy Scheider.
* SpacePolice: ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* TankGoodness: The Shaian tank, which can split into the [[CoolPlane Jet Shaian]] and the [[DrillTank Battle Shaian]].
* TransformingMecha: The Vavilos, which also counts as a CoolStarShip, HomeBase and {{BFG}}.
* VillainSong: "Fushigi Song".
* WhamEpisode: Episode 20, complete with fake suicide and animal abuse.