Anime: Juuni Senshi Bakuretsu Eto Ranger

In this (arguably) Spiritual Successor to Kyatto Ninden Teyandee, life is peaceful for the citizens of the utopian country of Mugen. The country and its citizens are connected to Heaven by the Novel Pole, a gigantic totem pole composed of the "worlds" of the beloved stories, fairy tales, and other assorted classics of the human world; these stories are thus called "Novel Worlds." Suddenly, a threat appears — a mysterious and evil catwoman known as Nyanma scatters her minions, the Jyarei Monsters, to the Novel Worlds to corrupt them, which will eventually result in their destruction and thus the destruction of the Novel Pole, which, being the only thing holding the country of Mugen up above the ocean, would result in drowning all of Mugen beneath the sea. So Princess Aura, the de facto ruler of Mugen, enlists the aid of the Bakuretsu ETO Rangers, a team of 12 animal heroes corresponding to the 12 signs of the eastern zodiac. Using the flying machine Kirinda, our heroes must travel to the Novel Worlds, reveal the Jyarei Monsters and stop their corruption, and put an end to the threat of Nyanma.

This anime series provides examples of:

  • Action Girl:
  • A Day in the Limelight: If the coordinates of a Novel World are a three-in-a-row match, you know the episode's going to be one.
    • Tart is the focus of Episode 5, when The Ugly Duckling (coordinates: Chicken, Chicken, Chicken) is tackled. The swan in the story is swapped out for an innocent ostrich by the Jyarei, and she takes it on herself to look after him, feeling sorry for his plight after she herself was convinced that she was an "ugly, big-butt bird" by the rest of the team.
    • Episode 6, which deals with Journey to the West, is Monk's turn. He looks like Son Goku, he acts like Son Goku, so everything should go as swimmingly for him as it did for Son Goku, right? He quickly finds out otherwise. He is forced to swallow his pride and take charge when Bakamaru loses the Revealing Mirror and is captured, both because he injured his hand saving Monk from falling earlier.
    • An unusual case of the main character getting one in Episode 16, which dealt with The Mouse Bride (coordinates: Mouse, Mouse, Mouse). He's mostly just the plucky leader and a typical Shōnen Genre hero in most episodes, but this one makes sure to delve into his character as he's forced to swallow both his pride and his sense of duty in order to save Cream.
    • Episode 24 focuses very strongly on Souffle; Bakumaru isn't even in the away team this time! Because of that, Souffle offers to be the temporary leader when they travel to The Boy who Cried Wolf (coordinates: Sheep, Sheep, Sheep), desperate to be useful somehow.
    • Episode 29, which takes place in Frankenstein, focuses on Pakaracchi, who falls in love with a young woman that turns out to be the corrupted version of the non-titular monster herself.
  • Adipose Rex: Corrupted Pinnochio, who, while not a king, is wealthy enough to have quite a bit of control, as he's made of gold instead of wood.
  • Always Save the Girl: In episode 16, the Novel World of the Mouse's Wedding has been corrupted into a martial arts contest. Bakumaru ends up competing in the contest, which has marrying an attractive female mouse as the prize, but actually it's because the Jyarei Monster is likely to be competing in the contest. Bakumaru makes it to the final round against a lizard warrior using a whip, but the lizard is, of course, the Jyarei Monster, and he has his buddies kidnap Cream with the threat to do away with her unless Bakumaru throws the fight. To ensure Cream's safety, Bakumaru intentionally lets the monster beat the tar out of him until Cream escapes, shows up, and cheers Bakumaru on.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Pochiro tends to talk like a feudal samurai.
  • As You Know: Kirinda always gives a summary of the story that the team is about to enter before they leave, just in case a team member, or the audience, isn't familiar with it.
  • Attack Its Weak Point:
    • A Jyarei made of crystal is able to No Sell light attacks like Bakumaru's sword and Urii's Bi-e Beam. And then Pakaracchi manages to make a crack...
    • Nyorori realizes that the structure of one Jyarei monster's wings is similar to the ones on his own failed flying machine, which meant that the base was weak.
  • Badass: Most of the Etorangers count, obviously. A side-character example is the corrupted version of Little Red Riding Hood.
  • Badass Adorable: Most prominently, Souffle in Episode 24. Even when equipped with a scouter and a submachine gun, she still manages to be super-lovable.
  • Bait and Switch:
    • Dramatically, twice, and both by the same villain, too! The first time, in episodes 12 and 13, the Etorangers go into the Novel World of the Three Little Pigs, and fight against a giant mechanical wolf. They eventually beat the wolf, so the Three Little Pigs should go back to normal...except they don't. What's going on?! Actually, it turns out this is actually the Novel World of the Wolf and Seven Lambs; Genen, one of Nyanma's four subordinates, didn't just corrupt the Novel World into bizarro-ville like the Jyarei Monsters did, she corrupted the Novel World until it looked like the normal version of a completely different Novel World! The second time, in episodes 20 and 21, the Etorangers visit the corrupted version of Puss in Boots. The king in the story is much nastier than usual, so obviously he's the evil one! That turns out to be true; the king is actually Gousen, one of Nyanma's four subordinates, in disguise. The Etorangers do really well against Gousen at first, but the battle turns against them when it turns out Puss in Boots is also an evil subordinate: Genen!
    • Comedically:
    *colorful lights and soft music starts up*
    Cream: Bakumaru... do you... know how to drive?
  • Battle Butler: One is where Little Red Riding Hood learned her combat skills from. Considering he's the Jyarei of that episode, it makes sense that he'd be the source of her phenomenal strength.
  • Berserker Tears: Urii has a variant. He doesn't technically "go berserk" when he cries...but whenever he cries (which he does when scared, he's a little boy after all), the crystal on his chest fires a huge laser beam; this has actually defeated one or two Jyarei Monsters by itself.
  • Big Bad: Nyanma. However, as it turns out near the end of the series, the real Big Bad is Bagi, the evil cat spirit/demon/goddess/whatever.
  • Brand X: Bakumaru really wants the popular new Portable Gaming System.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Urii pretends to be one in order to get a Novel World character to let go of a totally-not-a-Game Boy that he's not supposed to have, crying about it to his "mother", Tart. She thinks he's getting a little too much into the act, though.
  • Bull Seeing Red: Hols' main contribution to the Etorangers. Whenever he sees red, he transforms into an actual bull instead of an anthropomorphic one.
  • The Butler Did It: Bakumaru says this trope by name. Little Red Riding Hood's Battle Butler is the first Jyarei to reveal himself to be evil before being blasted by the Mirror by trying to kill Urii when Corrupted Red and the other Eto Rangers were away.
  • But Now I Must Go: Two tragic examples. Souffle falls in love with a clothing store worker named George in the corrupted world of Cinderella, and Urii becomes best friends and playmates with the corrupted version of Little Red Riding Hood (mostly because Red thought Urii was cute). Neither the love nor the friendship ends well, because the Etorangers have to fix the worlds so the Novel Pole won't be destroyed and the worlds along with them, but the process erases the memories of the inhabitants of the worlds so their stories can continue properly. Souffle has to leave George behind since George will forget her once Cinderella is fixed, and Urii has to leave Little Red Riding Hood behind since she'll forget him when her world is fixed.
  • Character Development: Intentionally averted with Urii! He breaks down in tears whenever he's scared or upset, so that would be prime fuel for a lesson against being a crybaby, right? Nope; Urii needs to be a crybaby or his main weapon, his chest crystal that fires laser beams but only when Urii cries, won't work and he'd be useless to the team. So the show intentionally devotes no effort to helping Urii get past his flaws, since for him they're necessary.
    • There's a real example with Bakumaru, though, when he has to get past his crippling fear of cats so he can help the team.
  • Childhood Friends: In one episode, in the corrupted world of Pinocchio, the titular Pinocchio is childhood friends with a sweet and innocent girl named Meru. Unfortunately this friendship is broken when one of Nyanma's Jyarei Monsters corrupts Pinocchio into a golden-bodied Jerkass, but Meru instantly forgives Pinocchio when Pinocchio apologizes afterwards, and they're friends again.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Cream, in Episode 16. She just about loses it because Bakumaru has to compete for the hand of Shun-Lin, the Corrupted Mouse Bride, in order to keep the Novel World together. Poor Urii.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk. He's introduced nearly eating the magic beans the moment he was introduced — Twice — and later nearly jumps off of Drago's cloud, eagerly wants the giant's autograph... Even Bakumaru gets sick of it.
  • Clucking Funny: Generally averted with Tart, but her beak springing up again on her human body upon being hit in the face is probably because of this.
  • The Comically Serious: Drago ends up in this role quite a few times, just nonchalantly floating while the rest of the team is up to their usual shenanigans.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: The country of Mugen, including Princess Aura, worship a god called the Great God Goal. He's a representation of everything positive in the human imagination, and stands for courage, love, and creativity; he's technically the ruler of the Novel Worlds just as Aura is the ruler of Mugen.
  • Dare to Be Badass: In the world of Peter Pan, the Jyarei Monster disguised as Tinkerbell has hypnotized Peter Pan into being afraid of heights. Pakaracchi the Horse befriends Peter Pan for the rest of the episode due to Pakaracchi sympathizing with Peter Pan's desire to be a strong youth. Then during a fight with Captain Hook, Wendy is put into danger and Peter Pan must rediscover his flying powers to rescue her. So Pakaracchi gives Peter Pan a huge speech about the power of youth enabling one to face his fears, especially for a pretty lady like Wendy, and this inspires Peter Pan to overcome a fear of heights and fly.
  • Did Not Get The Man: Tart has a crush on Gaoh, but Gaoh does not return her feelings. Tart moves on, to Pochiro according to the interpretation of some Japanese fans.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: During the Kill 'em All incident, Tart and Gaoh died together, him cradling her in his arms as they both fell to their deaths.
  • Dub Name Change: All of the characters' names were changed in the Philippine dub;
    • Bakumaru — Powell
    • Hols — Bukuh
    • Gaoh — Delacao
    • Cream — Kelly
    • Drago — Paccalachi
    • Nyorori — Wannie-Wannie
    • Pakaracchi — Yaboo
    • Souffle — Cesley
    • Monk — Mencue
    • Tart — Chickee
    • Pochiro — Yalung
    • Urii — Vivi
    • Nyanma — Mostar
  • Eastern Zodiac: The whole gimmick of the show. Each of the heroes has a numbered badge corresponding to the order in which he/she finished the "race to determine the Etorangers" (which actually happened before the series began; the race you see in the first episode is more of a sporting event, and in fact the fact you don't know right away what happened in the actual race becomes a plot point later). Of course, the heroes coincidentally finished in the same order that their corresponding animals finished in the eastern Zodiac legend. They are:
    • #1, Bakumaru, the Mouse
    • #2, Hols, the Ox
    • #3, Gaoh, the Tiger
    • #4, Cream, the Rabbit
    • #5, Drago, the Dragon
    • #6, Nyorori, the Snake
    • #7, Pakaracchi, the Horse
    • #8, Souffle, the Sheep
    • #9, Monk, the Monkey
    • #10, Tart, the Chicken
    • #11, Pocchiro, the Dog
    • #12, Urii, the Boar
    • The famous "exception" to the eastern zodiac, the Cat, who in the legend was disqualified from the race. Of course, this series has Chocolat, the Cat who was disqualified from the race; this is a spoiler because, in part, that's what turned Chocolat into the villain Nyanma.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Jyuken is so horrified that she's banging on the door and crying after Nyanma murders Nyorori.
  • Feather Fingers: First Form Tart. She was even seen filing her non-existent nails at one point.
  • Finishing Move: Bakumaru gets one later in the series, learning a technique called the Explosive Deadly Gale, where he spins around like a ball with his laser sword outstretched like a pinwheel of death.
  • Flat Earth Atheist: Bakumaru, who doesn't believe in divine punishment even though his entire mission is to protect the structure that tethers Mugen directly to Heaven.
  • Foreshadowing: In Episode 16, Bakumaru is only allowed to take Cream and Urii to the world of "The Mouse Bride"; the smallest away team yet. He shouts at Kirinda, "How can I do anything with just these guys?!" Cue Episode 38, when those three are the last ones alive.
  • Four Is Death: Later in the series, Nyanma stops relying on the Jyarei Monsters and splits off four parts of herself to become evil cat subordinates, who then become "boss fights" for the Etorangers.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: Played for Drama. The Jyarei are intentionally doing this to the Novel Worlds in order to literally fracture them.
  • Freudian Excuse: Nyanma has one. She used to be Chocolat, a friend of the soon-to-be Etorangers and Gaoh's best friend in particular. However, due to a giant misunderstanding (see Poor Communication Kills), Chocolat ended up disqualified from the race that could have qualified her to be an Etoranger and she mistakenly thought Princess Aura was responsible. That turned her against the citizens of Mugen, and out of revenge she sought power from Bagi, the evil cat spirit. Bagi then turned Chocolat into Nyanma, granting her the power she sought.
  • Furry Reminder: Very common.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Kirinda used to be a reporter named Lydia who was killed and then magically revived as Kirinda. Lydia was a male reporter, however.
  • Genre Shift: In-universe, as one of the several forms the fairy tale fracturing takes. To give an early example, the first episode has the Eto Rangers venture into Momotaro IN SPACE. They thought they'd stumbled into the wrong world at first.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Nyorori really wants to be able to fly more than just the piddling levitation he can manage, even to the point of trying (and failing) to build a personal flying machine, so he gets excited and jealous when he visits the world of Peter Pan. When Peter tells him that, even though he can fly, he won't because he's scared of heights, Nyorori does NOT take it well.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Twice, with first Jyuken and then Nyanma herself. Both occasions were a direct result of questioning their masters' goals.
  • Hot-Blooded: Bakumaru and Pakaracchi.
  • The Hunter Becomes The Hunted: How Little Red Riding Hood is corrupted. The Big Bad Wolf had been captured, and was scheduled to be executed and made into a stew to be eaten by Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother the following day instead of the other way around.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Hols complains about the size of Tart's butt early in episode 5 when she lands on him by mistake. Hols is a bull.
  • Image Song: Every character has one, compiled into the CD "Hit Song Collection". It's only known to exist on YouTube as of this writing.
  • Infant Immortality: In the events described under the spoilered Kill Em All below, Nyanma manages to kill almost all of the Etorangers. Only three are left, and of course, Urii is one of those three, because of this trope as a meta-reason, and as the in-story reason he was standing behind three other Etorangers and thus didn't get hit with the killing blast, but Nyanma thought he did and left him for dead.
  • The Ingenue: Souffle.
  • Intercourse with You: Nyorori is not very subtle in his Image Song. When the song's title contains "Hey Baby!" in Gratuitous English, you know it's going to be kind of embarrassing. And that's just the title; in the lyrics themselves, he sings about how he cares, how he's tender, how he wants to stuff your body...
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter: Of the "malfunctioning Transformation Trinket" variety; Tart's beak occasionally shows up again if she gets hit in the face, like with a soccer ball, or a beam from the Revealing Mirror.
  • Kill 'em All: Shockingly enough, Nyanma almost manages to do this! First, Nyanma's final evil subordinate actually manages to get Hols and Drago killed when he collapses his lair as he dies, and Hols gets trapped and Drago doesn't manage to get Hols away in time. Then, when the Etorangers fight Nyanma herself, Nyanma manages to trap Nyorori, Souffle, Pakaracchi, and Urii in a house and then she kills first Nyorori, then Souffle and Pakaracchi. Urii survives, however, because he was standing behind the others and thus didn't actually get hit with the blast, and Nyanma mistook him for dead. Later, Nyanma aims a killing blast at Monk, but Pochiro intercepts and is killed instead. This causes Monk to go berserk and ferociously attack Nyanma, but Nyanma wins and kills Monk. Gaoh attacks next and actually almost wins, but he can't bring himself to kill his old friend Chocolat, so Nyanma blasts Gaoh over a cliff and Tart, trying to rescue him, merely falls in herself so they both fall to their deaths. That's 9 out of 12 Etorangers dead; however, Bakumaru, Cream, and Urii survive because they finally manage to get through to Nyanma that Bagi, rather than Princess Aura, was responsible for Nyanma's disqualification. Also, the Great God Goal manages to revive all the others as part of a gambit anyway.
  • Jerkass Ball: While the final straw for Tart before transforming was something else, the rest of the team harassing her the first part of Episode 5 certainly didn't help.
    Hols: Tart! Hurry up and move that big butt of yours off me, somewhere else!
    Tart: What? Well, I'm sorry my butt is big! Leave me alone!
    Nyorori: Telling a lady her butt is big is terribly rude nyorori.
    Hols: But it's true!
    Bakumaru: So, then, the one with the big butt didn't mean to say that... let's find the Ugly Duckling!
    Bakumaru: What do you think, Tart?
    Bakumaru: What is it? Are you still worked up over what happened earlier?
    Urii: What happened earlier?
    Nyorori: Yeah, it's ugly, nyorori.
    Hols: Yeah, it's ugly.
    Tart: *growls* I'll always be the ugly, big-butt bird! You guys' constant chatter is irritating. Hmmph...
    Bakumaru: Hey! Wait, Tart!... Jeez, acting all saucy... Who are you? The one calling herself ugly, big-butt, and hysterical?
    Urii: You added one more.
    Bakumaru: ...ah, did I?...
  • Kamehame Hadouken: The "Hadouken" part — a lethal energy sphere — is Nyanma's main mode of attack, and she used the "Kamehame" part to destroy her own hideout when Pakaracchi tried to Take The Bullet for Souffle, just expecting another small, one-victim blast.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: Tart is quite a fan of Moby-Dick, so Nyorori jokes that he'll get her Captain Ahab's autograph, much to her dismay, and then, due to her Hair-Trigger Temper, his. He actually makes sure to get it later, and shows it to her to calm her down after the team returns to Kirinda.
  • Laser Blade: Bakumaru's main weapon. Interestingly, he doesn't start out the series with it; instead, near the end of episode 2, Momotaro gives Bakumaru his laser sword as a gift (it makes sense in context; the world of Momotaro had been corrupted into a sci-fi futuristic battle in space).
  • The Leader: Bakumaru. He has the necessary hot-blood and determination traits, and every time the Etorangers need to visit a Novel World and Kirinda must pick four or five members to go, Bakumaru is chosen in the lineup almost every single friggin' time. There was exactly one episode where Bakumaru wasn't picked, and Souffle ended up taking the lead on that particular mission. When this happens, Kirinda tells him, "You can take a break this time."
  • Lost World: The Novel World in Episode 12 starts out as one, as it was already so saturated with evil energy that Kirinda could barely even locate it let alone identify it. It was The Wolf and Seven Lambs, which had been so utterly and thoroughly corrupted that it seemed like The Three Little Pigs. The only reason it was able to be restored at all is because Nyanma was injured and needed Genen to return and help her.
  • Love Freak: Pakaracchi, who muses about the preciousness of youth every other sentence. His Day in the Limelight episode is even called "Pakaracchi: Of Love and Youth".
  • Manly Tears: Pakaracchi, sometimes.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Holstein is a very common breed of cattle.
    • Nyoro-Nyoro is the Japanese onomatopoeia for wiggling or slithering, as snakes like Nyorori are bound to do.
    • Aside from being an obvious shortening of "Monkey" or the Japanese word for "Monk", "Monku" can also mean "to complain", as Pochiro and Urii love to point out.
  • Monster of the Week: The Jyarei Monsters. This is a variant of the trope, however: they're disguised as characters of the Novel Worlds themselves, so before our heroes can do battle they first have to use the Jyarei Mirror on the disguised monster to get him/her to reveal his/her true form. Sometimes it's the obvious culprit, such as the Jyarei monster disguised as the evil stepmother in Cinderella, who corrupted the prince's royal ball into a "disco dance contest" so the prince can't marry Cinderella, but sometimes it's someone they don't suspect at first, such as the Jyarei Monster disguised as the rhinoceros waiter in the corrupted "gangster car race" version of the Tortoise and the Hare, who wasn't revealed the first time Bakumaru used the Jyarei Mirror on the entire bar because he was standing behind him while he was using it. Still other times, the culprit acts in hiding so while the audience knows who it is our heroes don't even meet the monster at first, such as the Jyarei Monster disguised as the cricket in the corrupted version of Pinocchio, who corrupted the world by advising Pinocchio to have evil desires instead of good ones.
  • National Stereotypes: Subtle due to the lack of a dub, but several rangers have traits, including accents, that point to these.
  • Nerd Glasses: Nyorori is never seen without his pink ones.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: Pakaracchi, full stop — with his tied-back long hair, his blindingly colorful outfit, and his constant shouts about the Springtime of Youth.
  • Nice Hat: Drago's imperial hat, Nyorori's turban, and Urii's big, floppy child's hat are all major parts of their regular outfits.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain:
  • Noodle Incident: We never do find out what Bakumaru's "Shanghai Cabbage" story, which was promised to be a Tear Jerker, is. The mission that interrupted his telling it was so stressful that he forgot it himself.
  • Not So Harmless Punishment: The Ugly Duckling is corrupted by turning the titular "duckling" into an ostrich. While it seems silly at first, Tart quickly realizes the issue; ostriches can't swim, so if the story tries to play itself out as normal, he'll drown.
  • Official Couple: Bakumaru and Cream.
  • Oh, Crap: In Episode 10, Pochiro let it slip that when he knocked Tart's face off with a soccer ball earlier in the episode, it was on purpose. And then he sees that Tart was standing right there listening.
  • Once an Episode: Since having all 12 Etorangers visit a Novel World at the same time would be disruptive to the world, Kirinda picks about four or five Etorangers each mission by using a slot-machine reel.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: Played for Drama at one point. Nyorori's eyes vanish entirely when Pakaracchi is telling him to Please Wake Up]].
  • Painting the Medium: Played for Laughs. When Corrupted Peter Pan tells Nyorori about how he was supposed to take Wendy flying, he jealously imagines it. Peter then yanks the thought bubble away and crumples it up. Even Nyorori's shocked, desperately trying to iron it back together.
  • Papa Wolf: Gaoh has a weakness for young, cute girls in distress because they remind him of his long-lost best friend, Chocolat, so he gets more dangerous than usual if you threaten one.
  • Panty Shot: Only once. In one episode, as Kirinda is sending the chosen Etorangers down to the Novel World enclosed in glass bubbles as usual, Souffle is accidentally put in the bubble the wrong way and her panties are showing to everyone. Pakaracchi makes a crack about the springtime of youth, Nyorori says how much he likes what he's seeing, and Cream gets angry on Souffle's behalf and intentionally starts crashing into everyone else's bubbles so they can't concentrate.
  • Partial Transformation: Tart the Chicken? Attractive. Tart the Human? Attractive. Tart the Human Body with a Chicken Head? Completely ridiculous. It seems to be a bit of a Berserk Button for her — the second time it happened, she didn't even bother fixing the malfunction before storming off to kick Bakumaru and Pochiro's asses.
  • Playboy Bunny: One of Cream's costume changes. She uses it to serve as a distraction, but it either fails (like against the Hare in "Tortoise and the Hare") or she misinterpreted what sort of distraction they actually needed (like against a giant wolf mecha).
  • Poor Communication Kills: Especially if the poor communication's been engineered. Before the race to determine the Etorangers began, Chocolat the cat received a visit from a hologram of Princess Aura, telling her to start the race right then so she could finish the race as Number One. The problem with that was it wasn't Princess Aura, it was a vision sent by Bagi as a trick. That caused Chocolat to start the race too early, which meant she was unintentionally cheating and the finish line was programmed not to let her pass. Chocolat didn't realize her vision of Aura was not real, and thus she mistakenly concluded that Aura had deliberately set her up to be humiliated as a dirty trick just to exclude her. That caused her to seek power from Bagi as revenge, turning her into Nyanma, and the rest is history.
  • The Prankster: Monk.
  • Pun: Journey to the West was corrupted into... Journey to The Western.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: In Episode 15, Nyorori does not like Corrupted Peter Pan very much.
    Nyorori: D-Don't make me laugh nyorori! I want to fly in the sky so much that I worked hard to build a flying machine nyorori!
    Pakaracchi: Hey, Nyoro-kun, don't get too carried away...
    Nyorori: Shut up nyorori! But you... but you! With the ability to fly, you are scared of heights?! Don't joke!
  • Raymanian Limbs: Nyorori uses a pair of telekinetically manipulated white gloves as his hands, giving him this appearance.
  • Refused by the Call: Chocolat was disqualified from the race, and thus also disqualified from becoming an Etoranger like she dreamed. But as it turns out, the call didn't actually refuse her; because of a trick by Bagi the evil cat spirit involving a fake Princess Aura, Chocolat disqualified herself from the call and didn't realize it due to lack of information.
  • The Reveal: The Big Bad, Nyanma, is actually the team's former friend, Chocolat, who was corrupted by Bagi after Bagi tricked her into thinking Princess Aura had wronged her. There's another one that's almost as important: Kirinda, their ship's computer, used to be a reporter named Lydia, who got killed by a stray blast during Chocolat's transformation into Nyanma and was then magically revived as Kirinda.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • When the butler tells Bakumaru, Pochiro, and Hols that Urii and Little Red Riding Hood, who have become very close friends, are bathing together, despite shared baths being fairly common in Japan, they start commenting on how "lucky" he is. Souffle scolds them for having their heads in the gutter.
    • The Straw Millionaire, after he gives them a car, tells Bakumaru and Cream that they look like a good couple and wishes them good fortune.
  • Shock and Awe: Drago can control the weather directly, and Pochiro's staff has taser-like electrodes in both ends.
  • Shout-Out:
    • One of the extras in the Battle for the Bride martial arts tournament was named "Rasca the Raccoon", a rather blatant reference to Rascal.
    • In the world of The Boy Who Cried Wolf-turned-high-tech-war, part of Souffle and Urii prominently wear functioning scouters as part of their equipment.
  • Sim Sim Salabim: Nyorori has a very distinct Indian accent, a big, jewelled turban, and, um... psychic powers. And his thinking that he's one charming snake can't be a coincidence.
  • Smug Snake: Nyorori's a literal Smug Snake, but he's a non-villainous example, as part of a team of 12 heroes.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Since it never aired outside of Japan and the Philippines, this was inevitable. Do Monk and Pochiro end in a U? Does Gao end in an H? Is "Etorangers" one word or two, and if it's two, is "ETO" in all-caps?
  • Super Mode: Several rangers possess one.
    • Hols transforms from a pudgy anthro bull into a realistic, psychotic one whenever he sees red.
    • Gaoh's "Tora Tora Eye" transformation, similar to Hols in that he turns from anthro to feral.
    • Drago's gigantic feral transformation using the Adult Drop.
    • Pakaracchi and Pochiro are forced to distort into a massive muscular form after being rendered Brainwashed and Crazy by Nyanma.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Corrupted Ugly Duckling, because he's an ostrich. And First Form Tart, which is in part why she's no longer in her first form.
  • Team Mom: The other team members see Tart as this, and she very much is, but it just confuses her.
  • Tear Jerker: Multiple times in-universe.
    • Cream hates the ending to Princess Kaguya / The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter so much that she specifically asked not to go on that mission. Of course, that didn't stop the roulette from picking her.
    • Bakumaru promises that Shanghai Cabbage would have been one... if he hadn't forgotten it.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Bakumaru and Monk get on each other's nerves. Monk is frequently at odds with Pochiro as well. Despite this, they manage to work together as a team as part of the Etorangers. It gradually evolves into just plain "teamwork" without the "teeth clenched" part.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Souffle in episode 3. It doesn't end well for her; she's an Etoranger, so she has to leave the guy she had a crush on while visiting the Novel World of Cinderella.
  • Title Drop: Once an Episode, when the Jyarei monster asks "Who Are You?"
    "We're the Twelve Warriors! Bakuretsu! Eto Rangers!"
  • Tomboy: Tart, although she can be girly and feminine when discussing matters of, for example, romance.
  • Toros y Flamenco: Hols is strongly implied to be Spanish, with his accent, general bullfighting theme, and the fact that his Image Song is, you guessed it, a flamenco.
  • Transformation Trinket: Gaoh can transform into an actual tiger instead of an anthropomorphic one by putting on sunglasses and shouting "Tora Tora Eye!" Drago can transform into an actual dragon by using a ball with a miniature dragon inside it called "Adult Drop". Cream's magical carrot-shaped stick can transform her into various disguises.
  • True Companions: The Etorangers, natch.
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Nyorori keeps adding his name, "nyorori", to the end of his sentences.
    • Hols has "Ushi", which is Japanese for "bull".
    • Pochiro has "Degozaru", an antiquated equivalent to "Desu".
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The show starts out fairly lighthearted. And then Nyanma shows up.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: The Corrupted Seven Dwarves, of all people, who were turned into a team of hulking musclemen in boxer shorts after intense training spurred on by Snow White's warning. Yeah, Tart had the same reaction as you just now.
    "Can't you say anything without posing?"
  • Walking Spoiler: Chocolat, Bagi, and Lydia.
  • Wave Motion Gun:
    • Urii's Bi-e Beam, which is one of the most powerful attacks in the team, period.
    • Nyanma primarily uses Kamehame Hadoukens to fight, in both forms of the trope.
  • Wham Episode:
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Hols in episode 11 unwittingly ends up wearing a dress in the Novel World of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. And he seemed to be enjoying it, until the Wicked Stepmother called him "unpleasant".
  • Who Are You?: The Jyarei asks this Once an Episode after being revealed, and Bakumaru always responds with a Title Drop.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Nyanma actually tries to avert this by successfully breaking into Princess Aura's throne room, attempting to assassinate her herself with a Death Ball. In other words, she basically did try to shoot the only person who could make her plans fall apart. She underestimated her target, however, and wound up injured herself.
  • With Friends Like These...: Oh yes. There are times when the Rangers get along with each other, but those are generally limited to when someone's life is on the line.
  • Would Hurt a Child: At least two serious attempts have been made on Urii's life. He survived both times. The first was by the still-disguised Jyarei of Little Red Riding Hood's world, which he survived by revealing his crying beam. The second was a death blast fired directly by Nyanma that he only got away from by hiding behind Nyorori, Pakaracchi, and Souffle's already-dead bodies.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Among the Etorangers, Cream has shades of this, but Souffle is the straightest example. There's also a couple of side characters who fit this archetype: Meru, Pinocchio's childhood friend, and the princess in the corrupted "Japanese Edo period" version of Aladdin.

Now, describe Shanghai Cabbage he— *fwip*

Alternative Title(s):

Eto Rangers