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''Jushin Liger'' (獣神ライガー ''Jūshin Raigā'', lit. Beast God Liger,) is an anime superhero TV series created by Creator/GoNagai. Produced by {{Creator/Sunrise}}, the series ran through 1989 to 1990 with a total of 43 episodes. This anime was responsible for kicking off the wrestling career and popularity of Wrestling/JushinThunderLiger.

The story of this anime starts off with three bodies of Dragonite appear. Possessing overwhelming destructive force, they attack the city. By doing so, they also awaken the evil [[BigBad Jashin Drago]] from the seal he was trapped in. 200 years ago, Drago was trapped in the seal by a powerful warrior with the tattooed mark of the Liger.

Assuming that the warrior is dead, Drago and Empress Zara are free to conquer the Earth using their army of biomechanical beasts. Even the Japan Self-Defense Forces are no match for the Dragonites' awesome power. One of the people fleeing is the protagonist, a teenager named Ken Taiga. Unbeknownst to the Dragonites, Ken realizes that he is the descendant of the Liger warrior.

In a burst of anger, Ken's Liger birthmark appears, and he rises his palm into the air, shouting the henshin command, "LIGER!" which then covers him in demonic, long-haired biomechanical armor. Ken transforms into Jushin Liger to fight the evil forces of the Dragonite!

!!Tropes from this anime:
* AllMenArePerverts: Both Ken and Dangoro are quite prone to it, especially around the Kamishiro twins.
* AnimalMotifs: Liger is based on a lion, while the Demon Dragon Empire are somewhat based on dragons.
* AnimalMecha: Velaguarda and Thunder Phoenix.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: Liger does this against Maryuo Doll.
* BigBadEnsemble: Drago and Empress Zara.
* BloodierAndGorier: Between monster and bio-mechas, that is.
* [[spoiler: BrainwashedAndCrazy]] [[spoiler: It is implied that Zara took Ryu from a hospital and raised him to fight for their side.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier
* EvilCounterpart: Ryu and his mecha Maryuo Doll are one to Ken and Liger.
* {{Fanservice}}: Considering [[Creator/GoNagai who]] made this, it's not too surprising.
* FatBestFriend: Dangoro.
* FeminineWomenCanCook: Yui, in contrast with the more tomboyish Mai.
* FiveBadBand
** TheHero: Ken.
** TheLancer: Mai.
** TheBigGuy: Dangoro.
** TheSmartGuy: Ryuzo.
** TheChick: Yui.
* GoNagaiSideburns: Again, a Go Nagai work.
* HotBlooded: Duh. It also inspired a real-life wrestler to take on the name from this anime.
* HonorBeforeReason: Ryu refuses to finish a downed Liger after the latter is attacked InTheBack by another Drago mook, and leaves the battlefield promising to defeat him cleanly some day.
* HumongousMecha: Sort of. Liger is a bio-mechincal armor.
* IdiotHero: Ken.
* MonsterOfTheWeek
* MotionCaptureMecha: Liger is this.
* SuperMode Liger's Fire and Thunder modes.
* TheTease: Both Yui and Mai. After an instance in which they accidentally enter the bathroom nude and starts bathing with Ken already there under the water, they take a liking to tease the boy with bathing with him and "washing his back".
* TigerVersusDragon: Ken and Ryu (which even is the word for "dragon" in Japanese).
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Mai and Yui Kamishiro.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Liger uses puroresu moves from time to time. It's not surprising that the character ended moving to real life pro wrestling.