Combining Mecha from Toei that aired on TV Tokyo in 1982. Since shows like this were a dime a dozen in Japan, it unfortunately got overlooked. But elsewhere, including the US, where Humongous Mecha shows were still practically unheard of, it got recognition as the vehicle robot of Voltron.Dairugger is a peacekeeping and exploration robot during the days of space exploration. The Terran League decides to explore beyond the galaxy. But the first mission runs into the Galbeston Empire, who decide to attack Earth. Dairugger is sent to defend, but eventually learns that the Galbeston are actually desperate for a new home, as their planet is doomed.Like GoLion, Dairugger XV has been released in its original form on DVD in R1, as ''Armored Fleet Dairugger XV"See also GoLion, Super Dimension Fortress Macross, and Super Sentai.
- The Battlestar: The Rugger Guard, the space carrier from which the vehicles launch before combining.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Virtually every single commander working under Teles (Hazar) immediately and laughingly disregards his orders to seek peace with the Earth Fleet; also a case of Too Dumb to Live, as basically every last one of them meets Dairugger's sword. They do this with some sanction, but the viewscreen has barely clicked off when they give the order to attack anyway, usually to some incredulous soldier who basically says "Dude?!"
- Combining Mecha: Two ways! 15 small vehicles could combine into three larger ones (Kurugger, Kairugger, and Rikurugger), and then if that didn't get the job done, could re-combine into the titular super robot. It's unusual in that Dairugger can combine and act even if some pieces are missing (once it combined without its right leg, once without the head), but it doesn't seem to operate at peak efficiency in those cases.
- Genre Blindness: At least two of the Galveston captains tried to ram Dairugger instead of retreating. Guess how both played out...
- Humongous Mecha / Super Robot: Dairugger itself, but also the robotic monsters it's called upon to fight.
- If It Swims, It Flies: The Sea Team, whose ships could fly through the air and even through space as easily as they operated as submarines. However, all fifteen ships could fly, even the Land Team.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Fifteen pilots of the individual vehicles, and that's just to start. There's also the crew of the Rugger Guard and plenty of recurring characters from the Galveston Empire.
- Nuclear Weapons Taboo: In episode 3, the Galveston fleet devastates the surface of a planet with "photon missiles," whose blast radii were eerily similar to thermonuclear weapons.
- Old School Dog Fight: The Air Team vehicles got to do a bit of this before the need to form Dairugger arose.
- Rubber-Forehead Aliens: The aliens of Galveston are basically humans with blue skin and red eyes. Keats, leader of the Dairugger Sea Team, and Kirigas, one of the members of the Land Team, are a different shade of blue and have pointy ears.
- The Short Guy with Glasses: Yasuo
- Shout-Out: Some of the Dairugger vehicles- particularly the head and chestplate- look a lot like the Thunderbird craft.
- Stock Footage: For both the launching of the ships, and Dairugger's combination (though the latter was sometimes subverted).
- Transformation Is a Free Action: Often averted or subverted, most notably the time when one of the ships that formed Dairugger's right leg was hit mid-assembly. Rather than stop the whole process, however, Dairugger was able to finish combining without the leg, though that made the robot clumsy in combat until the pilot recovered and was able to rejoin Dairugger.
- Wagon Train to the Stars: The Rugger Guard's mission is to explore the galaxy and map all of it out. (This is different from the Voltron version, where they were specifically searching for worlds to colonize.)