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''Chōdenji Robo Combattler V'' (''Chōdenji Robo Konbatorā Bui'') is the first part of the ''Anime/RobotRomanceTrilogy'' of Super Robot series created by "Saburo Yatsude" and directed by Tadao Nagahama (the next ones being ''Anime/VoltesV'' and ''Anime/{{Daimos}}''). The robot's name is a portmanteau of Combine, Combat and Battle, and the V is intended both as an abbreviation for "victory" and in reference to the five component machines that form the robot, as well as its five pilots. The V is proununced as the letter V, whereas in the follow-up series, ''Voltes V'', it is prounounced "5".

The series (along with the later two shows) was created by Saburo Yatsude, who would later go on to create ''Anime/GoLion'' (best familiar to American viewers as the "Lion Force" half of Anime/{{Voltron}}). "Saburo Yatsude" is not a real person, but a pseudonym which refers to the collective staff at Toei ([[Creator/ToeiCompany the main office]], rather than the [[Creator/ToeiAnimation animation studio]]; the series was animated by Nippon Creator/{{Sunrise}} and produced by Toei Co. Ltd).

Thousands of years ago, the people of the planet Campbell decided to leave their planet and seek out new worlds to inhabit. One group, lead by the scientist Oreana, landed on Earth, [[{{SealedEvilInACan}} but was delayed from their mission]]. In the early 21st century, Oreana's group reawakens and begins their plan to [[TakeOverTheWorld conquer the Earth]].

The only effective defense against the Campbellians' giant [[{{Main/MonsterOfTheWeek}} bio-mechanical slave beasts]] is [[{{SuperRobot}} the super-electromagnetic robot, Combattler V]] and its pilots.

The entire series follows the then-standard {{Monster of the Week}} format, with the first season featuring Oreana's protege Garuda sending various mecha to defeat Combattler V. His tactics range from brute force to cunningness and taking hostages. At one point he even duels Hyouma in a sword fight with their feet chained together. As the series moves on, his trust for Oreana lessens. Garuda eventually discovers that he is in fact a cyborg after chancing on a room containing numerous failed attempts at creating him. In the final episode of the first season, he defeats Oreana, and then duels Combattler V, which eventually leads to his defeat.

The second season features Empress Janera and her generals Dungele and Warchimedes. Eventually, the entire base of the Campbellian empress is deployed, and only through the help of the airborne Nanbara Connection Base is Combattler V able to destroy it. However, Janera manages to deploy an [[EarthShatteringKaboom Earth Bomb which is supposed to destroy the Earth]]. Notably, the team is not dispirited, [[HeroicSacrifice but are quite calm and instead happy for having the chance to fight to protect Earth]]. Just as it looks as though Earth will be destroyed, the "true" leader of the Campbellians, [[PunnyName Deus]], riding in a golden wagon, informs the team of the coup d'etat at Campbell, and [[DeusExMachina stops the bomb seconds before it reaches the Earth]].

The series was brought over to the US in a fashion... As part of a toyline called ''Shogun Warriors'' that also included other super Robots such as {{Anime/Raideen}} and Anime/GreatMazinger In 1979 Creator/MarvelComics licensed it as part of the 20-part miniseries ''Shogun Warriors'', along with ''{{Anime/Raideen}}'' and ''Anime/PlanetRoboDanguardAce'', under the name Combattra. One of the latter issues in the series even featured the standard [[LetsYouAndHimFight "Heroic misunderstanding"]] with the ComicBook/FantasticFour.

In 2012, a pachinko game (basically the lovechild of a pinball table and a slot machine) depicting [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwPxHNfGSwg a new opening]] and the anime in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AOtenm30uc kick-ass modernized art style]] debuted.

!!''Combattler V''' provides examples of:

* AccidentalPervert: In episode 16, a kid called Kotaro sneaks in the base and accidentally walks in on Chizuru when she's taking a shower.
* AirborneAircraftCarrier: Graydon, Garuda's personal aircraft, which used slave monster production, missiles from its top, levitation, even underwater, an underside tractor beam, teleportation, a buzzsaw hidden in one of its six wings, and a pink heat ray; Bromber, Warchamides' attack saucer which had the aforementioned levitation and tractor beam, yellow eye lasers, and missile launchers at the midsection; and Santomagma, Empress Janera's warship used in the final episode. It was heavily armour-plated and its capabilities included creating tornadoes from its underside, firing spike missiles from the carapace, a flamethrower mounted in its mouth, freezing wind from its front and side mouths, detachable front and side heads, fangs strong enough to break Combattler's weapons, and laser beam bolts from all four heads.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: For a while it seemed the trope was being played straight, but it was ultimately averted. The Campbellians that were attacking Earth were not representative of the entire race, but a rebel faction led by leaders constantly indoctrinating their troops into believing it's ''[[HumansAreTheRealMonsters HUMANS]]'' who are AlwaysChaoticEvil. For the most part, the Campbellians were not presented as evil or harbouring ill will towards humans, and actually at the end [[spoiler:Deus, the Campbellians' true leader, came to Earth to stop BigBad Empress Janera personally, and vowed he would help to rebuild what Janera destroyed of Earth.]]
* ArtificialLimbs: Hyoma Aoi got replacement arms after Garuda [[spoiler:shot his original arms off.]] Unlike from other examples of this trope, they did not grant him super-strength and they did not work perfectly at all. Several times they stopped working momentarily in ''very'' inopportune moments (such like when he was driving his car or fighting in his HumongousMecha).
* BeehiveBarrier: The Nanbara Connection was protected by one, and it was pretty sturdy. Some of Garuda's schemes involved infiltrating one of his agents in the base in order to turn it off.
* BerserkButton: Hyoma lost his parents when he was barely a toddler. Kill one child (even if it is an animal cub) or leave him/her/it parentless, and he will go nuts before beating the crap out of you.
* BigBad: Oreana, followed by
* BiggerBad: Empress Janera.
* BifurcatedWeapon: '''Twin Lancer!'''. Used in the second half of the series, Combatter V can release a blade in each shoulder to form a lance.
* BringItBackAlive: Tragically played with. In episode 10 Dr. Yotsuya and the team are studying an unknown creature hatched from a giant egg mysteryously appeared on the city. When the strange animal gets upset, it escapes its containment and starts to cause havoc, and [[TheLancer Juuzo]] wants to shoot it down instantly, much to the displeasure of [[TheProfessor Doctor Yotsuya]] that wants to study it and to the anger of [[TheHero Hyoma]] that is ConvenientlyAnOrphan who WouldntHurtAChild. Unfortunately, Juzo manages to kill it before they can stop him... [[NiceJobBreakingItHero which is exactly what]] TheDragon [[BatmanGambit wanted]].
* ButtMonkey: Kinta and Chie Ichinoki. The Campbellian side, for their part, has General Dungele.
* ChainsawGood '''Atomic Chainsaw'''. Combattler V can launch tank treads on back armed with spikes.
* CallingYourAttacks: And how. This show is more than thirty years old, yet the fully upgraded Combattler is still the mech with the biggest number of different attacks in history.
* CarFu: '''Gran Light Wave Rail, Fire! Grandasher!'''. First used in episode 26, Combattler V can form a tangible energy trail from its chest, turn into a tank-like vehicle and ram down opponents.
* CombiningMecha: The first one that tried a -sort of- realistic combination.
* DeflectorShields: The [[HomeBase Nanbara Connection]] was protected with a semi-spherical energy shield. Most {{Robeast}}s had a hard work breaking it, so TheDragon came up with plans to infiltrate the place and disable it.
* TheDeterminator: Hyoma. What if [[spoiler:Garuda]] shot [[spoiler:his arms]] off? What if he is ill and dying? He'll still get on the Battle Jet and kick butt!
* DrillTank: Battle Craft, one of the modules that shape Combattler's body.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Hyoma Aoi. He is not a lousy driver but a BadassBiker, but he likes having ''a bit too much'' fun as he drives. In his first appearance, he caused a traffic accident because he broke the speed limit and several patrol cars were trying to catch him. All of his chasers crashed into each other, but of course, he avoided crashing.
* EenieMeenieMinyMoai: Robots (called Dormane) shaped like these are used to defend Oreana's island stronghold in the climactic showdown against her forces.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: In his final move, Combattler V creates an energy tornado that keeps enemies in place for a short period of time. It will then spin extremely fast, turn its body into a large drill of lightning, and ram itself through opponents.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: Its song names several of the weapons it has ("Choudenji YOYO! Choudenji TA-TSU-MA-KI!!choudenji SPIN!!") while showing them on screen.
* EyeBeams: Combattler itself didn't have them, but several Slave Beasts did. A good example is [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Kiira]] from episode 9.
* FallingIntoTheCockpit: An interesting instance. In the first episode, the team handles the vehicles forming Combattler reasonably well, in spite of neither of them -but Chizuru- had seen them before or got pilot training. However it was later revealed there are computers located in their helmets help them to handle their vehicles by giving instructions. However, in a later episode, a young boy sneaked into the Nanbara Connection, heard about the helmets, stole Hyoma's helmet thinking he also would be able pilot Combattler, and... almost got killed.
* FiveManBand: The first example (and most imited) in a robot series:
** TheLeader: Hyoma Aoi.
** TheLancer: Juzo Naniwa.
** TheBigGuy: Daisaku Nishikawa.
** TheSmartGuy: Kosuke Kita.
** TheChick: Chizuru Nanbara.
* FlyingBrick: The mecha equivalent ("It's not 57 meters and 550 tons for nothing!")
* FrickinLaserBeams: '''V Laser'''. Used in the second half of the series, Combattler V can release purple energy Vs from the V on its forehead.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Garuda.
* HomeBase: The Nanbara Connection, located in the coastline and protected by a BeehiveBarrier.
* IfItSwimsItFlies: The Battle Marine, one of the machines that forms the body of the HumongousMecha -to be specific, the legs- is able to swim and fly -and it also carries around the Battle Tank, which cannot fly on its own).
* KangarooCourt: In one episode of the first season, the Campbellians built a {{Robeast}} disguised as Combattler and caused havoc with it. Professor Yotsuya and the Combattler team were put under arrest and judged nearly instantly, and during the proceeding it was painfully obvious the minds of the courts were already made and the Combattler team wouldn't be given a fair hearing.
* KillerYoYo: '''Super Electromagnetic (Chodenji) Yo-Yo'''!.. Combattler V can release from the arms a pair of powerful yo-yos that are each equipped with a powerful buzzsaw.
* LatexSpaceSuit: All of the pilot suits.
* LeaderFormsTheHead: Hyoma is the team's leader. Guess what body part his jet forms. No, seriously. Take a guess.
* MacrossMissileMassacre[=/=]RecursiveAmmo: '''Big Blast Divider!'''. Used in the second half of the series, Combattler V can release a giant blue rocket from its stomach. In this version, the rocket can also split into dozens of cluster missiles.
* TheManBehindTheMan: After the first season it was revealed that [[spoiler:Oreana was working for Empress Janera.]]
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Professor Nanbara. He built Combattler, recruited four young teens and his granddaughter, taught them to handle the robot... and shortly after he died.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Juzo in episode 10.
* NothingCanStopUsNow: This is used ''disturbingly'' frequently by Prince Garuda. When he [[spoiler:blew [[TheHero Hyoma's]] arms off]], when he blackmailed the Japanese Government in blowing up the Nanbara Connection -the HQ of the heroes-, when he deceiving the Japanese police to get the Combattler team under arrest... You would think he would learn to STOP TemptingFate after the first time...
* OncePerEpisode: To combine their vehicles -needless to say, it happened every episode-, the team yelled "Let's combine", and if they were ready to combine correctly, [[RobotBuddy Ropetto]] authorized the combination repeating: "Combine OK". And then you have the FinishingMove ("Choudenji Tatsumaki" and "Choudenji Spin") that were used every episode.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Kiiru, the Slave Beast that showed up in episode 9 was Garuda's dragon pet (Let me stress this: Garuda's pet was A FREAKING DRAGON). And it was a {{Mama Bear}}, too.
* PantyShot: Chizuru gives a considerable amount of these.
* TheProfessor: Dr. Nanbara and Dr. Yotsuya.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: '''"Choudenji Tatsumaki! Choudenji Spin!"'''. Combattler paralyzes its adversary by blasting it with a stream of electricity and then rams through its body [[EverythingIsBetterWithSpinning as spinning endlessly]]. Hyoma often uses it as a FinishingMove, and it tends to leave a nice gaping hole in the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude: All Combattler team members but Kosuke are teenagers.
* {{Robeast}}: Slave Beasts and later Magma Beasts.
* RobotBuddy: Ropet, who monitors the pilots' brainwaves and authorizes combination.
* ShockAndAwe: '''Super Electromagnetic (Chodenji) Spark'''! Combattler V summons lightning from its antennae and re-channels it through its hands towards enemies with great explosive force.
* ShoutOut: The name "Campbellians" may be a reference to SF writer Creator/JohnWCampbell, who helped invent the [[ScienceHero Space Hero]] genre.
* SpinAttack: Combattler's FinishingMove "Choudenji Spin". Combattler replaced its hands with triangular blades, spinning quickly to shape a tornado around its body, and [[RammingAlwaysWorks ram through its enemy]]. Justified, since often he is fighting a [[MonsterOfTheWeek single]] [[{{Robeast}} Beast]], and before using the move, Combattler paralyzes its enemy with an electrical discharge ("Choudenji Tatsumaki") so it does not move.
* SuperRobot: Massive, super-powerful CombiningMecha with a vast array of weapons...
* TechnoBabble: Plenty of blatant examples. In an episode, a court judges Combattler as too dangerous to be controlled because it is made of super-alloy (chogokin) and powered with electro-magnetic energy.
* TelescopingRobot: The HumongousMecha and the individual vehicles had more weapons than any other HumongousMecha. Its hands alone could store its fists, a three-pointed dagger to make its [[RammingAlwaysWorks ramming move]] easier, sharp projectiles, a blow-torch, a clamp...
* TomatoInTheMirror ([[spoiler: Garuda discovers, to his dismay, that he is actually the latest of a series of identical androids]].)
* TransformationNameAnnouncement: '''Combattler V'''!
* TropeCodifier: For CombiningMecha anime. ''Manga/GetterRobo'' was the first CombiningMecha, but most of combining mechas copied Combattler-V's transformation.
* VariableLengthChain: '''Super Electromagnetic (Chodenji) Crane!'''. Combattler V can release a spiked block which is connected to the arms with a wire.
* VillainousBSOD ([[spoiler: Garuda has one because of the Tomato in the Mirror revelation mentioned above]].)
* VSign: Taken not as a hand gesture, but a symbolic phrase in ''Anime/CombattlerV''. Usually used to get spirits up.
-->''Believe in the sign of victory: V!''
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: In episode 16, Kotaro -a little kid of [[TheHero Hyoma]]'s acquaintance- visited the [[HomeBase Nanbara Connection]]. When [[RobotBuddy Ropetto]] shows him the team's vehicles, Kotaro can't help to get in Hyoma's jet fighter, point at a random button and ask what it does. Ropetto tried to talk him out of touching it, but Kotaro pressed it anyway.
-->'''Kotaro:''' What does this button do?\\
'''Ropetto:''' That's the ignition button. Don't touch it.
* YouFailBiologyForever: Lampshaded in episode 9. The main characters are studying a strange giant egg. A X ray scanner reveals a four-legged animal inside it. The next conversation follows:
-->'''Hyoma:''': Looks like a horse.\\
'''Juuzo:''' Idiot, that's a goat!\\
'''Chizuru:''' You're both idiots. Horses and goats don't hatch out of eggs!
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Chizuru Nanbara has bluish-green hair.