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'''''France Five''''' (フランスファイブ ''Furansu Faibu''?), originally titled '''''Jushi Sentai France Five''''' (銃士戦隊フランスファイブ ''Jūshi Sentai Furansu Faibu'', translated as ''Musketeers Squadron France Five'') and later known as '''''Shin Kenjushi France Five''''' (新剣銃士フランスファイブ ''Shin Kenjūshi Furansu Faibu'', translated as ''New Sword Musketeers France Five''), is a French series produced by Buki X-1 Productions in 2000s. It is a homage to both Toei's ever-popular ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series (which was extremely popular in France in the 1980s) and another Sentai pastiche, ''Film/AikokuSentaiDaiNippon'' ("''Patriot Squadron Great Japan''") (1982) by Daicon Films (now Creator/StudioGainax).

Glou Man Chou, ruler of the empire Lexos, desires to conquer planet Earth. However, the Eiffel Tower generates a barrier around the planet that keeps him from sending his armies en masse. Glou Man Chou sends his warriors and monsters to Earth in order to destroy the tower and enable a full scale invasion, but they are opposed by the France Five.

The series' fourth episode ended on a {{Cliffhanger}} with the fifth poised to be the GrandFinale. This was in [[DevelopmentHell 2005]]. Episode 5 was finally released [[http://www.francefive.com online]] in 2012 with the true finale, episode 6, released in 2013.

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!!The France Five:
* Antoine Deschaumes / '''Red Fromage''': TheLeader.
* Thierry Durand / '''Black Beaujolais''': TheLancer.
* Albert Dumas / '''Blue Accordéon''': The [[PluckyComicRelief funny one]] and [[TheBigGuy strongest member]].
* Jean Pétri / '''Yellow Baguette''': The [[KidAppealCharacter youngest member]], also TheCasanova wannabe.
* Catherine Fontaine / '''Pink à la mode''': The [[TheSmurfettePrinciple only]] [[TheChick girl]] in the group.
* Aramis Léclair / '''Silver Mousquetaire''': The SixthRanger.

!!The Lexos:
* Glou Man Chou: The BigBad
* Cancrelax: The EvilGenius, he creates the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Lexostreum]], and [[MakeMyMonsterGrow turns them into giants]].
* Warduke: TheBrute
* Extasy: The DarkChick
* Zakaral: Glou Man Chou's son, TheDragon

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!!''France Five'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AllergicToEvil: The France Five's reaction when [[spoiler:finally confronted to Glou Man Chou. Although not so much allergic as just buffeted by his enormous personal power]].
* {{Animesque}}:
** The EyeCatch for episodes 5 and 6, and a couple explosion effects in 6.
** The WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.
* AffectionateParody: Very much so. The show can't be said to really "mock" {{Sentai}}, but rather follows every trope of the genre quite faithfully. The humor comes from the decalage of setting a Sentai in France.
* ArmCannon: Zakaral
* TheArtifact: The France Cannon, which is only used to kill the monsters of the first two episodes, but is still shown and even mentioned in the lyrics of the opening song used for episodes 4-6.
* AvengingTheVillain:
** Lady Warcry is Warduke's daughter, and wants to avenge her father.
** A subversion with Glou Man Chou, as he [[spoiler:doesn't care about Antoine killing Zakaral, figuring if Zakaral had been worthy he wouldn't have lost.]]
* BaguetteBeatdown: Yellow Baguette's weapons of choice, first as a sword and later as a staff. Starting episode 2, he throws croissant boomerangs as his calling card, in a manner resembling [[Anime/SailorMoon a certain anime series]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler:In episode 6, Margarine turns into... Wargarine. She makes short work of the MookLieutenant that was close to killing the heroes five minutes before.]]
* {{BFG}}: [[spoiler:Wargarine sports several.]]
* BigBad: Glou Man Chou
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The Earth is saved, Antoine marries Sophie... and yet Aramis is dead and Catherine is alone to mourn.]]
* BlessedAreTheCheesemakers: Red Fromage
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Extasy
* CallingYourAttacks [[PunnyName with Punny]] [[ThemeNaming Theme Name]]:
** Babybomb (from Babybel, a french brand of cheese)
** Camemblade (from Camembert, a french cheese)
** Also "Double Cheese"; Red Fromage is fond of this.
* CerebusSyndrome: The last two episodes are much more serious than the beginning of the series. Again, it fits with the genre parodied, since the end of a Sentai series generally takes a turn for the drama.
* ChainsawGripBFG: [[spoiler:Wargarine uses one.]]
* ChefOfIron: Succulard
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Well, it's a Sentai after all.
* CombinationAttack: Attaque Triplée
* CoupDeGrace: The finishing moves are called thus.
* CreepyCrossdresser: Agony
* {{Crossover}}: Catherine and Thierry appear in another French indie series, ''DAMNED Next'', to retrieve some stray Panous-Panous who wandered into the already over-the-top fight scene. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fca3UETyp_o#t=4m10s Hilarity ensues]].
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy:
** Warduke in the fourth episode.
** #4 is when the villains in general start getting savvy. Rather than coming up with some roundabout way to allow an invasion by hypnotizing tourists or some such thing, Zakaral sneaks some big guns to Earth and uses them to just blow up the thing keeping the bulk of their armies out.
* DefeatEqualsExplosion: Most enemies; another Sentai standard.
* DirtyCoward: Cancrelax
* DropTheHammer: Gorlock
* DumbMuscle: Again, Gorlock.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: [[spoiler:Operation: Gergovie in episode 5, and the Robot d'Artagnan in episode 6.]]
* EnemyMime: The Panous-Panous have been described as "[[McNinja ninja-mimes]]".
* EvilLaugh: Glou Man Chou's is epic.
* EvolutionaryRetcon: Several costumes were upgraded over the series. Namely, Margarine, the France Five suits, and France Robo itself. The episode 1 costumes reappear in flashbacks during episodes 3 and 6, explained away as prototypes for the current models which now have always been there.
* FingerlessGloves: Thierry (Black Beaujolais), definitively the badass variant.
* FinishingMove:
** "Jushi Sentai Hexagonal Attack"
** "Botte Secrète de Nevers"
* FiveBadBand: The villains, even though Zakaral only shows up in the last couple episodes, and by that time [[spoiler:Warduke and Extasy are out of the game]].
** Glou Man Chou -- The BigBad
** Zakaral -- TheDragon
** Cancrelax -- The EvilGenius
** Warduke -- TheBrute
** Extasy -- The DarkChick
* FiveManBand: The France Five, naturally:
** Red Fromage -- TheLeader
** Black Beaujolais -- TheLancer
** Blue Accordéon -- TheBigGuy
** Yellow Baguette -- KidAppealCharacter
** Pink à la Mode -- TheChick
** Silver Mousquetaire -- SixthRanger
* GigglingVillain: Cancrelax
* GratuitousEnglish: In several places, such as [[CallingYourAttacks calling their attacks]] and when doing their version of the [[Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger Goranger Storm]] in episode 3.
* GratuitousJapanese: The full titles, and new theme tune.
* HandWave: The reason why Black Beaujolais is immune to poison. Also counts as FauxlosophicNarration.
* HeadBob: The France Five in armor, yet another stapple of Sentai.
* HeroicSacrifice:
** [[spoiler:Wargarine stays behind to protect Professor Burgonde and is killed by Zakaral. (She gets better.)]]
** [[spoiler:Antoine sacrifices himself at the end of episode 6, staying behind to stop Glou Man Chou from exploding on Earth. Subverted: Antoine survives.]]
* HeroicSecondWind: [[spoiler:Red Fromage in episode 6]].
* IFellForHours: Red Fromage and [[spoiler:Zakaral exchange some words while they're both falling from a building]].
* InMediasRes: Implied with the first episode.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: [[spoiler:Red Fromage before his HeroicSacrifice in episode 6]].
* JustEatGilligan: The standard one of these for Sentai series -- why the BigBad doesn't send all his monsters at once -- is parodically justified. The Eiffel Tower projects a force field around planet Earth, meaning that the BigBad can only send small squadrons of troops to Earth at a time, including a monster, some Panous-Panous and his two lieutenants.
* KnightOfCerebus: Zakaral
* LampshadeHanging: In episode 6:
-->'''Yellow Baguette:''' Hey, is it over? Usually, [[DefeatEqualsExplosion when it explodes]], it means we won!\\
'''Blue Accordéon:''' Hu, no, usually [[MakeMyMonsterGrow it grows up first]]...
* LargeAndInCharge: Glou Man Chou
* LaserBlade: [[spoiler:Wargarine]]
* LibationForTheDead: Done by Black Beaujolais in episode 3, by pouring wine on the tomb of his late mentor.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: [[spoiler:Done by Robot d'Artagnan in episode 6.]]
* MakeMyMonsterGrow: Cancrelax's job with every Lexostreum. [[spoiler:And in the final episode, to Glou Man Chou himself.]]
* {{Malaproper}}: Professor Burgonde can't get any figure of speech right.
* MeaningfulName: Aramis, Jean Pétri, the monsters' names, and many others.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: The Lexostreums.
* {{Mooks}}: The Panous-Panous. Which means "not us, not us" (as in "don't hit us").
* NeverTrustATitle: [[spoiler:Episode 5 "Farewell, France Five! The Day of Glory has Arrived!"... ends on a {{Cliffhanger}}.]]
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Cancrelax turns out to be this in the fifth episode.
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* [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Paris Is the Center of the Universe]]: Justified, since the Eiffel Tower is protecting the Earth from a large-scale alien invasion.
* PluckyComicRelief: Albert
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Zakaral leads one in the last couple episodes, with Gorlock, Succulard, Agony and Lady Warcry.
* ShockAndAwe: Glou Man Chou's favorite way of punishing those who failed him, or smiting his foes.
* ShoutOut: Along with being a huge homage to ''Dai-Nippon'', the series has frequent callbacks to other Sentai shows:
** The original opening (episodes 1-2) is a remix of the ''[[Series/ChoudenshiBioman Bioman]]'' theme, while the ending (episodes 1-2) is a remix of ''[[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman Jetman]]'''s closing theme -- both of which were broadcast and extremely popular in France.
** Also, the teleport fly-by from episode 2 onward is a blatant ''Jetman'' homage.
** The team's mecha follow early '80s Sentai conventions: One jet, one tank, and a main carrier.
** Blue Accordéon's original [[Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger bow-and-arrow weapon]] in episode 1.
** The Olympic Crusher attack in episode 3 is not only a throwback to the Goranger Storm but a shot-for-shot nod to ''Gaoranger'' Storm attack featured in ''[[Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai]]''.
** [[spoiler:France Robo's appearance in episode 6]] is a complete homage to the launch sequence of ''Anime/MazingerZ''.
** When Red's seat moves down after the robots combine in episode 6, it looks remarkably similar to Duke's seat doing the same when he'd activate [[Anime/UFORoboGrendizer Grendizer]] (probably more appropriate to say... [[CompletelyDifferentTitle Goldorak]]).
** Also, the password to make the robots combine is ''alea jacta est,'' a regular catchphrase in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}''.
** Also in the climax of episode 6, there are several nods to episodes 5 and 6 of ''Anime/GunBuster''.
* SixthRanger: Silver Mousquetaire who, in a funny subversion of the formula, enters the scene right in the first episode. But it is supposed to be a late episode of a bigger "series".
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Catherine
* SpinToDeflectStuff: Blue Accordéon and Yellow Baguette, against Glou Man Chou's lightning.
* SuperSentaiStance: Of course. Most notably, during the EyeCatch for the earlier episodes.
* ThisCannotBe: Naturally said by [[spoiler:Glou Man Chou during the ultimate battle]].
* TorsoWithAView: Succulard in episode 6 (although the chain wrapped around him is undamaged...).
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: Notably defied in episode 2, with Discostreum firing a blast just as the heroes try to transform, twice.
* TransformationSequence: For the France Five, naturally.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Glou Man Chou
* WeaponizedLandMark: The series revolves around the idea that the Eiffel Tower is a shamanic totem holding the evil galactic empire at bay.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: The series' final ending.
* WolverineClaws: Cancrelax's (Freddy Claws, more exactly).
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Warduke pulls out a swinging neckbreaker, a suplex and a powerbomb during his final appearance.

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