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->''Kagayake![[labelnote:*]]Shine![[/labelnote]] Taiyou Sentai! Sun! Vulcan!''

''Taiyō Sentai Sun Vulcan'' (Solar Squadron Sun Vulcan) is the fifth ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series, which aired from 1981 to 1982.

Three soldiers from the Guardians of World Peace (GOWP) are assembled to become Sun Vulcan. Their mission: to defend the world from the machinations of the Machine Empire Black Magma.

The only ''Super Sentai'' entry that continues the storyline from the [[Series/DenshiSentaiDenziman previous show]], it featured the first animal-themed team of rangers, as well as the first sword-wielding red ranger. It is also notable for having the Sentai team with the fewest members (with just three full-time heroes instead of the usual five) and the only one without a female ranger.

!!!Starring:

* Ryūsuke Ōwashi ('''[[color:red:Vul Eagle I]]'''): [[TheLeader The original Leader]] and Air Force Officer. [[PutOnABus He leaves to research Space Shuttles in America]], and is replaced by...
* Takayuki Hiba ('''[[color:red:Vul Eagle II]]'''): [[TheLeader The new Leader]] and MasterSwordsman.
* Kin'ya Samejima ('''[[color:blue:Vul Shark]]'''): TheLancer and Naval Officer.
* Asao Hyō ('''[[color:gold:Vul Panther]]'''): TheBigGuy, BigEater, and Army Officer. He's also the [[KidAppealCharacter youngest member]] on the team.

!!!Their allies include::
* Commander Daisaburō Arashiyama: [[{{Mentors}} Their mentor]]. The weapons expert and commander of the Sun Vulcan team. Designed the team's mecha and was [[CrazyPrepared prepared for anything]].
* Misa Arashiyama: The daughter of the Commander. She became a temporary [[SixthRanger fourth member]] of sorts for one episode when she fought Red Rose Mask as White Rose Mask.

!!! The main units comprising Black Magma are::
* [[spoiler:The Omnipotent God: The real BigBad]]
* Hell Saturn: The [[spoiler:supposed]] BigBad.
* Queen Hedrian: Once the BigBad from the [[Series/DenshiSentaiDenziman last series]], now the BackFromTheDead [[TheDragon dragon]].
* Amazon Killer: The DarkChick.
* Zero Girls: The AmazonBrigade.
* Inazuma Ginga: TheStarscream - Amazon Killer's former [[TheDragon assistant]]. Is on the run from the Space Police.

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!!'''Recurring''' Super Sentai tropes:
* AnimalMotif: First ''Sentai'' team to have one.
* ByThePowerOfGrayskull: "Sun Vulcan!", or their individual names.
* ChestInsignia: The sun-shaped badges on the Sun Vulcan suits. The team also makes use of the belt buckle variant, featuring images of their animals on the belts.
* ColorCodedCharacters: As the only Sentai teams to consist of only three members during the show's entire run, the colors for the members are red, blue and yellow, the same set of colors that would be used by every later Sentai team that started off as a trio. However, the codenames are animal-based rather than color-based, with "Vul" (not "Vulcan" or "Sun") being used as the head word.
* CombinationAttack
* CoolAirship: The Jaguar Vulcan
* CoolBike: The Shark Machine and the Panther Machine.
* CoolCar: Vul Eagle's Sand Vulcan jeep.
* {{Crossover}}: Subverted. Even though it's set in the same universe and shares the same lead villainess, the show never had an actual crossover with [[Series/DenshiSentaiDenziman Denziman]] despite hints of the show heading in that direction.
* FinishingMove
* FiveManBand: AvertedTrope for obvious reasons, since there is only three of them. Unlike ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'' and the later ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'', they never gained [[SixthRanger any additional members]] to round out the missing two. Commander Arashiyama and Misa respectively came close to being TheSmartGuy and TheChick, but they don't fight alongside the Sun Vulcans.
* HomeBase: The Vulcan Base. [[spoiler:It gets destroyed mid-series and replaced by the New Vulcan Base.]]
* HumongousMecha: The Sun Vulcan Robo, the first CombiningMecha in Super Sentai, which is composed of the Cosmo Vulcan jet piloted by Eagle and the Bull Vulcan tank co-piloted by Shark and Panther.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: Kagayake![[labelnote:*]]Shine![[/labelnote]] Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan!
* LandSeaSky
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Vul Eagle is the only Vulcan who pilots an individual mecha. After Hiba replaces Ōwashi, Eagle also starts using a sword in battle, becoming the only Vulcan with a WeaponOfChoice.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: The Machine-Lifeform Mongers.
** MakeMyMonsterGrow: Present, and accounted for. Like last year, the monsters activate it for themselves (almost always right after the Vulcan Ball.) Reverting to human size is possible, but it doesn't happen much.
* {{Mooks}}: Machinemen. Also MechaMooks.
** EliteMooks: Dark Q, androids that can mimic human appearances.
* MookMobile: The Hell Fighter jets.
* TheMovie
* OnTheNextEpisodeOfCatchPhrase: The series doesn't really have one for the next episode previews, but the narration at the end of each episode tends to end with similar encouraging phrases.
* RegularCaller:
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The Vulcans themselves were an all-men team and the closest thing the show had to a heroine was Commander Arashiyama's daughter Misa, who dons the disguise of ''White Rose Mask'' for exactly one episode.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp
* TransformationNameAnnouncement: "Change! Sun Vulcan Robo!"
* TransformationTrinket: The Vul Brace.
* WeaponOfChoice:
** CoolSword: The Vulcan Sticks.
** ImprobableWeaponUser: Like [[Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger Goranger]], the Sun Vulcan possess two sports balls that are used as finishers:
*** Vulcan Ball: A volleyball.
*** New Vulcan Ball: A trio of American footballs that merge into a spiked volleyball.
** KatanasAreJustBetter: Hiba possesses one of his own.

!!Tropes specific to Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan:
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* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: [[spoiler:Mid-way through, the Sun Vulcan Base is destroyed, necessitating its replacement with a new one.]]
* ArmCannon: Used by the robot impersonating Dr. Uemura's daughter in Episode 11.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: Hyō pulls one of these off in episode 15.
* BigDamnHeroes: Whenever you hear the words "VULCAN STICK!" one of these moments is usually imminent.
* CrazyPrepared: Commander Arashiyama definitely was, he took out a Dark Q that was attempting to escape with a trapdoor placed in a hallway. Not to mention the incident mentioned above.
* [[CueTheSun Catch the Sun]]: As in the opening theme's lyrics.
* DancingTheme: The team dances to the ImageSong "Kagayake! Sun Vulcan" in a few episodes. The dance moves are actually consistent between uses too.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: One episode's plot involves shooting an aspiring baseball star with a laser that makes him stronger, but makes him extremely aggressive, and weak if he doesn't receive annual treatment. What little subtlety is lost near the end, where he's transformed into a crazed beast-man.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In addition to having the fewest rangers out of all the ''Sentai'' shows (with only three full-time members at the same time instead of five), it is also the only show without a female ranger (not counting Misa's one-episode tenure as the White Rose Mask), as well as the only show where the red ranger was permanently replaced during the middle of its run.
* ElementalPowers: Not as prominent as some seasons, but the Sun Vulcans do have elements associated with them, via special attacks with their Vulcan Sticks.
** PlayingWithFire: Vul Eagle's Eagle Fire.
** MakingASplash: Vul Shark's Shark Washer.
** DishingOutDirt: Vul Panther's Panther Galaxy.
* ElementalPunch: Sun Vulcan Robo's Fire Punch attack.
* EnemyCivilWar: [[spoiler: Inazuma Ginga kills Hell Saturn, but Hell Saturn returns as a ghost, at which point Omnipotent God reveals himself.]]
* {{Expositron 9000}}: The evil plot in episode 43.
* {{Expy}}: Yukie Kagawa (Amazon Killer) played a similar character named Amazoness in Toei's Japanese ''[[Series/SpiderManJapan Spider-Man]]'' series.
* FakeDefector: [[spoiler:Hiba's friend in episode 44.]]
* FollowThatCar: Samejima and Ōwashi pull this in episode 10, when following Hyō on a date the commander believes was set up by Black Magma. Then they realize that their driver's a Dark Q, and the cab's booby trapped.
* FreudianTrio: The only one to compose an entire Sentai.
** Ego: Ōwashi (#1-23) and Hiba (#23-50).
** Superego: Samejima
** Id: Hyō
* GeneticMemory: Taken advantage of by the Time Monger to make a mechanic relive his pirate ancestor's memories so Black Magma can find out where the pirate hid his treasure.
* GratuitousSpanish: The Cockroach Monger has a propensity for this.
* {{Henohenomoheji}}: Snack Safari chef Sukehachi uses one in place of his signature in episode 28.
* ISurrenderSuckers: [[spoiler: The ''heroes'' finally thwart Black Magma by pulling this ruse.]]
* MsFanservice: Misa, whose legs get a lot of (well-deserved) screentime.
* MythologyGag: The experimental weapon that the Guardians of World Peace are working on in episode 44 is [[Series/BattleFeverJ Battle Fever Robo]], complete with the BF symbol on the chest.
** There are also a few elements brought back from ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'', such as the secret entrance to the base being in a diner run by their commander, and the yellow ranger liking curry.
* NamesToKnowInAnime: Creator/TakeshiWatabe and ShozoIizuka both play roles in the series.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: HELL SATURN. Sounds inviting, doesn't it?
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Hell Saturn, obviously, but Queen Hedrian is pretty lazy for a Dragon: in twelve episodes, the two times she does anything are out of selfish greed.
* PowerFist: Sun Vulcan Robo occasionally pulls one out for some "iron fist whack-a-mole".
* PrimaryColorChampion: Together, the team is this.
* ProductionForeshadowing: Inazuma Ginga is a fugitive who is being sought by the Galactic Union Police. The Galactic Union Police is the same organization that the title character in ''Series/SpaceSheriffGavan'' works for and Shozo Uehara, the main writer of ''Sun Vulcan'' and all the previous Sentai shows, left Sentai after this series to become the main writer of ''Gavan''.
* PunBasedTitle: The English word "Sun" is a homophone for the Japanese word for "three" or ''San''. Hence why the team is composed of three members instead of the usual five (''Sun Vulcan'' = "Three Vulcans") and why they never got any additional members (it would've ruined the pun).
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Ryūsuke Kawasaki wanted to end his acting career with ''Sun Vulcan'' and willingly choose not to renew his contract with his casting agency mid-series. His departure was planned ahead of time.
* RecycledSoundtrack: The "suspense" music is from the Japanese ''[[Series/SpiderManJapan Spider-Man]]''.
* {{Retool}}: The Vulcans get a new field leader, a new nemesis, a new home base and a new cook in #23.
** On a more minor note, Black Magma shifts tactics over the course of the series, relying less on infiltration with the Dark Qs and more on overtly attacking people. When they do need to blend into human society, they instead disguise the Zero Girls and Amazon Killer rather than building androids.
* RobotKid: Black Magma builds one of these in #11, and again in #19.
* SecretIdentity
* ShoutOut: When [[SuperSentaiStance posing]], the three of them mimick using a bow. The bow and arrow are attributes of Apollo, the Greek god of the Sun.
* SleepingSingle: Professor Kosaka and his wife in #9.
* SpaceX: The monster in #27 was created from a "space mosquito."
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The BigBad's name has been spelled as both Hell Satan and Hell Saturn.
* SpitTake: Hyō does this with some water in #10, when a girl he's just met asks him on a date.
* SuperSenses: The Sun Vulcans' Vulcan Eye ability allows them to see perfectly in the dark, or view distant objects perfectly. Similarly, the Vulcan Ear allows enhances their hearing to the point where they can "hear a pin drop from 10 kilometers."
* SuperStrength: Occasionally demonstrated by the Sun Vulcans, such as Vul Eagle bursting through a wall in #7.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Hiba to Ōwashi and Amazon Killer to Zero-One.
* TalkingAnimal: Misa's robotic dog, CC.
* {{Technopath}}: The monster in #6, Kikai[[labelnote:*]]Machine[[/labelnote]] Monger.
* ThemeNaming: The surnames of all four Vulcans reference their corresponding animal motif.
** Ōwashi = Big Eagle
** Samejima = Shark Island
** Hyō = Panther
** Hiba = Flying Feather
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: The Vulcans often use their Vulcan Sticks as throwing weapons.
* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: Unlike other ''Sentai'' series, they actually explain why the villains are specifically targeting Japan in #13. In this case, while they do have the capabilities to cause global incidents, Black Magma targets Japan in order to obtain the cache of geothermal energy located there that they need to power their arsenal.
* VillainSong: "Super Woman Zero Girls" by Kaori Kumiko. A very different flavor of villain song.
* WeWillNotUsePhotoshopInTheFuture: One episode has Black Magma editing videos of their battles with Sun Vulcan to make it look the Vulcans are attacking civilians, then using the footage to turn some kids against the heroes. No one suspects it's fake.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Asao doesn't like dogs. More literal to the trope name, #17 introduces a friend of Samejima's who can't stand snakes.
* XRayVision: One application of the Vulcan Eye ability. At one point the villains actually try to counteract this by building androids out of a special material so that they look human even with this vision.
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