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A [[LongRunner long running meta-series]] by Creator/TatsunokoProduction, the ''Time Bokan'' meta-series typically involves a BattleCouple, a RobotBuddy, and MiniMecha based off animals stopping a TerribleTrio (maybe even [[TropeMaker THE]] Terrible Trio) from doing misdeeds.

The first in the series was the aforementioned ''Time Bokan'' in 1975. It involved the aforementioned Battle Couple traveling through time to find a {{Plot Coupon}} and a missing scientist, while racing and going up against a Terrible Trio consisting of a {{Fat and Skinny}} male duo and a {{Stripperiffic}} female. Following this it was decided that Time Bokan would become a meta-series and each of the sequels would carry the name as a subtitle.

The second series in 1977 would become the longest and arguably most memorable in the entire meta-series: ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}''. While maintaining a similar plot as well as having [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of the heroes and villains, the story this time didn't involve time travel, instead opting for a Sentai, "Mecha of the Week"-type format. ''Yatterman'' would eventually get a {{Revival}} in 2008, as well as a live action adaptation in 2009. It even found itself a sequel series in 2015 with ''Anime/YattermanNight'', which also serves as the ''Time Bokan'' franchise's [[MilestoneCelebration 40th anniversary special]].

The rest of series: ''Zenderman'', ''Otasukeman'', ''Yattodetaman'', ''Ippatsuman'', and ''Itadakiman'' would more or less feature the same concept. Some series would feature time travel, and others would be set in the present day. ''Yattodetaman'' and ''Ippatsuman'' are the only two series to not have a Battle Couple but rather a titular hero fighting the antagonists. They are also the only two series to feature {{Humongous Mecha}}. Following a 1993 OVA involving the then seven Terrible Trios in a parody of {{Wacky Races}}, the eighth and final series ''Kiramekiman'' aired in 2000.

In 2016, Tatsunoko announced that, as part of celebration for their 55th anniversary, they are producing a new entry in the series called ''Time Bokan 24'', co-produced by Creator/Level5. The new series is set to debut in the fall of the same year. The 1993 OVA, ''Time Bokan: Royal Revival'', has been [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-10-17/sentai-filmworks-adds-time-bokan/royal-revival-video-anime licensed]] by Creator/SentaiFilmworks for a US release.

Since ''Yatterman'' sort of became its own entity outside of the ''Time Bokan'' franchise, it gets its own page [[Anime/{{Yatterman}} here]].
!!Tropes found in most or all the series of ''Time Bokan'':
* BattleCouple: Standard formula found in almost all series, save for ''Ippatsuman'' and ''Yattodetaman''.
* CanonDiscontinuity: There was a 3-episode OVA in the 90's called ''Sengoku Bushou Retsuden Bakufu Hissatsuman'', made by the same studio behind the ''Anime/CasshanRobotHunter'' OVA. Despite being directed by franchise director Hiroshi Sasagawa and being thematically similar to other ''Time Bokan'' series, Tatsunoko does not consider it a part of the franchise.
* CharacterTitle: Every series save for ''Time Bokan'' and ''Time Bokan 24'', which are instead named after the mechs.
* CleopatraNose: All the leaders of the TerribleTrio have this.
* ClothingDamage: To the villains. The female leader tends to get the "worst" of it.
* DastardlyWhiplash: Grocky and all his expies (with the only exception of Kokematsu from ''Yattodetaman'').
* {{Fanservice}}: Often shows partial nudity to the female lead villain, PantyShot and ShowerScene.
* FatAndSkinny: Found in ALL installments.
* MiniMecha: Rode or driven by the protagonists and antagonists. Usually based off some form of animal.
** In ''Ippatsuman'' and ''Yattodetaman'', the mechas are larger and form into a SuperRobot.
* MsFanservice: All the leaders of the Terrible Trio are the main source of {{Fanservice}}.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: The villains regularly end up half-naked.
* NippleAndDimed
* PaperThinDisguise: Used more or less by all the villains. The Doronbo Gang and the Muujo team are masters of this.
* PigeonholedVoiceActor: All three members of each TerribleTrio starting from ''Time Bokan'' have been voiced by the same Japanese voice actors, for the past 30 years. ''Time Bokan-24'' [[AuthorExistenceFailure might have to find a new person]] for the new [[TheBrute Walther]]-type character, though.
* RobotBuddy
* SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains: Generally the heroines wear more modest outfit comparaed to villainess.
* SpotlightStealingCrossover: The ''Royal Revival'' [=OVA=]s, by way of having the results of ''Yatterman'''s ending as a major plot. By the second OVA, the other series barely get a passing reference.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: The villainess wear very skimpy mission-outfit except Mirenjo and Atasha.
* TerribleTrio: Can possibly be the TropeCodifier, if not TropeNamer.
** Inverted in ''Kiramekiman'' - the trio is still comedic and rather incompetent, but they're technically the good guys (being detectives), while the heroes are thieves.
** Subverted in ''Yattodetaman'' where the villains are a group of four.
* TimeTravel: Ironically, ''Yatterman'' is the only exception.
* VillainBasedFranchise: Let's be frank, who remembers the names of the heroes? Everyone loves the TerribleTrio, though.
** Specifically, ''one'' TerribleTrio: the Doronbo Gang. These wacky villains have been at the center of many adaptations, including both ''Royal Revival'' [=OVAs=] and numerous games. So much, in fact, that the [[Anime/YattermanNight distant sequel series]] is about ''their'' descendants instead of Gan and Ai's.

Tropes specific for the series.


[[folder:Time Bokan]]
* AnimalMotifs: Bugs. ''Lots'' of bugs.
* ArtShift: The credits are styled after paper puppet shows.
* BeeAfraid: One of the scouting mechs on the ''Kuwagattan'' is modeled after one.
* BrickJoke: Early in episode 2, Chorobou threatens Perasuke with being grilled and eaten if he doesn't reveal where Dr. Kieta is. When the gang is sent back to Ancient Greece, Perasuke is taken by the Persians, who almost do exactly that.
* [[BroughtToYouByTheLetterS Brought To You By The Letter "T"]]: This series' insignia uses a stylized "T" on everything belonging to Dr Kieta, often seen on the Time Bokans and quite prominently on Tanpei's outfit.
* TheCameo: Not in their series, but Junko and Tanpei show up alongside other {{Battle Couple}}s in the ''Royal Revival'' OVA. They also appear as [[SheIsAllGrownUp teenagers]] in the 2008 ''Yatterman'' reboot.
* ChromaticArrangement: The ''Mechabuton'' (Blue), ''Dotabattan'' (Green) and ''Kuwagattan'' (Red) mechs follow this pattern.
* CompilationMovie: The series managed to get a video in the 80's, editing the {{Fairy Tale Episode}}s into a single movie called ''Time Fighters in the Land of Fantasy''.
* ContinuityNod: The ''Royal Revival'' OVA has the Time Skeletons use the Gorilla variation of Gaikotts as their mech. This version was also [[FirstInstallmentWins the first one they ever fought Tanpei and Junko with.]]
* CoolHelmet: Tanpei and Junko have these as part of their attire. They even go with the Bug motif, as they resemble bug eyes.
* EvilCounterpart: Gaikotts, the Time Skeletons' version of the Time Bokans.
* GadgeteerGenius: Tanpei and Junko, despite their young age. Tanpei was even the one who built Chorobou in the first place.
* HenpeckedHusband: An almost literal example of the trope in Perasuke. In fact, he continues to avoid going back to his time specifically to avoid his wife.
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: [[spoiler: Dr. Kieta was in the present day the entire time. After traveling back from Perasuke's time, the Doctor left the Time Bokan. Perasuke accidentally booted it back up while the Doctor wasn't looking, and ended up landing it where it should have landed in the first place-the lab. He then stumbled out of the cockpit, encountering our heroes in the process and kickstarting a 27-episode long search ''and'' a gang of thieves on their tails for their trouble.]]
* JapaneseBeetleBrothers: The first and third mechs resemble a Rhinoceros and Stag beetle respectively, while the ''Mechabuton'''s scouting mech resembles a ladybug.
* KidHero: Junko and Tanpei are 10 and 13 years old, respectively. This makes them the youngest group of heroes in the franchise, since at the very least both members of the [[{{Anime/Yatterman}} second youngest group]] are 13.
* LimitedWardrobe: Unlike later protagonists in the franchise, Tanpei and Junko always wear their {{Iconic Outfit}}s. Slightly justified as they might be standard attire for Dr. Kieta's lab.
* LivingMacGuffin: Perasuke for the Time Skeletons, as he's the only one who knows how to obtain Dynamonds.
* LemonyNarrator: The narrator tends to pepper in his own commentary during his recaps and concluding speeches.
--> '''Narrator:''' Will they ever find Dr. Kieta? Eh, I don't know. Find out next week, maybe.
* MadeOfExplodium: Gaikotts and the titular Time Bokan tend to explode when leaving for new time periods.
* [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Mad Scientist's Beautiful Granddaughter]]: Junko qualifies, though her grandfather isn't ''completely'' mad.
* MarketBasedTitle: [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Almost.]] The series would have been called ''Time Fighters'' in the West had Tatsunoko gone through with the localization.
* MeaningfulName: Marjo's name is derived from "Majo", the Japanese word for witch. The word can also mean "old hag" depending on how it's used.
** Walther's romanized name (Warusa) means "Evil Behavior".
* TheMole: Grocky serves as this in episode 1, as he worked for Dr. Kieta for about half a year to get information on the Time Bokan project.
* NonActionGuy: Marjo generally refuses to fight the heroes, often letting Grocky and Walther do the dirty work.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The titular Time Bokan. It actually refers to ''three'' mechs over the course of the series: the "Time Mechabuton" (the first), the "Time Dotabattan" (a locust mech), and the "Time Kuwagattan" (a Stag beetle mech). The term "Time Bokan" itself just refers to its carrier functions, as they all carry smaller mechs inside them.
* OnlyOneName: Everyone, save for perhaps Junko.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Junko and Tanpei.
* PollyWantsAMicrophone: Perasuke, the parrot of Dr. Kieta.
* PostKissCatatonia: Tanpei often goes into this whenever either Junko or another cute girl kisses him on the cheek.
* [[SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon 60 Episode Cartoon]]
* SmokeOut: One episode has the Time Skeletons pull a smoke bomb in order to disguise Gaikotts' time travel abilities.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Perasuke/Parrosuke.
** Majo/Marjo.
** Grocky/Glocky.
** Walther/Walter/Warusa.
** Chorobou/Chorobo/[[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers C-Robot]].
* StealthPun: Although Gaikotts goes through several design changes over the course of the series, its base form always serves as the skeleton for the changes.
* SymbolMotifClothing: Like her successor [[{{Anime/Yatterman}} Ai]], Junko has hearts on her clothing.
* TerribleTrio: Marjo, Walther and Grocky make up THE TerribleTrio, TropeCodifier for all the trios that followed.
* TheThemeParkVersion: Being a kid's show, the cast of ''Time Bokan'' probably couldn't get away with being historically accurate with the time periods they went to.
* TimeMachine: The titular Time Bokan.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Cream puffs for Perasuke.
* {{Unobtanium}}: Whatever makes up the contents of Dynamonds. In use, they have about 100 times the explosive power of Uranium, making it perfect for the Time Skeletons to power up their mechs.
* VillainSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX0u-pJO0xA "Soreyuke Gaikottsu"]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Junko has green hair. Oddly enough, the intro for the show portrayed her as blonde at one point.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Despite looking the same age as Tanpei, Junko is actually 10 years old.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: The series is a long string of our heroes going to different eras based on what Perasuke tells them that episode, but failing to find Dr. Kieta every time. [[spoiler: He is found in episode 27, right in their home time period to boot.]]

See--> ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}''

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Dr. Monjia. He is regularly fooled by the villain trio in [[PaperThinDisguise incredibly obvious disguises.]]
* BathingBeauty: Muujo has many ShowerScene and BathtubScene (because she thinks that it help her to stay young); also in ending credits.
** The last episode Muujo and her minions end up transporting into ancient Egypt in the bathroom of Cleopatra VII Philopator while she was having a bath in her bathing pool.
* BellyDancer: Muujo favorite outfits when she need to distract the gorilla mecha.
* CatsAreMean: Nyaravolta, the Akudama trio's TeamPet. [[spoiler: Doubly so when it's revealed that [[TheDogWasTheMastermind he was the villain the whole time.]]]]
* ComedicSpanking: Muujo is victim of a spanking machine as punishment at the end of an episode.
* CoolTrain: The heroes' main mecha is Zender-Lion, a combination of a train and a lion used to travel across the Time Tunnel and often fight against the Akudaman trio.
* DemotedToExtra: From episode 36 onward, Zender-Lion was put on the sidelines in favor of Zender-Gorilla and his support crew. He still escorted everybody through the Time Tunnel.
* DrivenByEnvy: Despite being a beautiful woman, Muujo is jealous of Sakura because the girl is younger than her.
* [[TheDogWastheMastermind The Cat Was the Mastermind]]: [[spoiler: Oddly enough, it was the Trio's pet this turn around who turned out to be the BigBad. Nyaravolta found the lake containing the elixir long ago and had actually lived for thousands of years due to a sample he obtained. However, the elixir’s effect wasn’t infinite, and by the end of the series he was in need of more. He used the Akudaman trio to locate the lake for him, and had no intention of letting them have any of the elixir.]]
* {{Expy}}:
** Tetsu serves as this for ''Time Bokan'''s Tanpei.
** Our heroes also serve as one for Franchise/{{Zorro}}, since they tend to use {{Flynning}} as their main method of attack and [[ZorroMark carve "Z"s with their swords.]]
* KidHero: Tetsu and Sakura.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: In the second half of series, the heroes use a Gorilla mech.
* FountainOfYouth: The goal of the heroes and the villains is to find the lake containing the elixir.
* RapidAging: [[spoiler: After Nyaravolta was defeated, the Akudaman trio then took his container away from him and drank the elixir. Shortly afterwards his immortality wore off, and he instantly withered up and died.]]
* ShowSomeLeg: Muujo often uses her beauty to seduce the heroes Gorilla mecha during the battles.

[[folder:Time Patrol Tai Otasukeman]]
* AccidentalKiss: Atasha and Gekigasuki.
* ArtificialIntelligence: [[spoiler: Tomomot, surprisingly.]]
* BigBad: Tomomot.
* TheFaceless: Atasha's mysterious boyfriend.
* FunWithPalindromes: Tomomot (Lampshaded by himself).
* LivingWithTheVillain: In an odd twist for this series, both the heroes ''and'' the villains work in the same police SpaceStation as Time Police.
* MarketBasedTitle: According to Tatsunoko's website, it would've been called ''Rescueman'' had it been released in the west.
* PoliceAreUseless: Because the Otasukemen are so good at stopping the TerribleTrio and setting things back in their proper place, the rest of the Time Patrol never really get their own chance to shine.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Subverted. At the end of the series, the four villains perform a HeroicSacrifice by blowing themselves up to stop a meteorite that's about to hit Earth. However, before the meteorite explodes, one can make out 4 rescue ships leaving the spaceship.]]
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: The Otatsukemen's stock and trade. It's part of their job as Time Patrol officers to maintain temporal order, after all.
** Inverted with Ojamaman, who usually do [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight the exact opposite.]] In fact, most of the temporal paradoxes in the series are caused by them under Tomomot's orders.
* SickeninglySweethearts: Hikaru and Nana continuously.
* SixthRanger: Gekigasuki as the fourth member to the Terrible trio.
** [[spoiler: TheManBehindTheMan: He's the one who built Tomomot in the first place.]]
* TimePolice: Both the two main characters and the villainous Terrible Trio work for the Time Patrol, whose job is to prevent alterations of history. Both the antagonist trio (which later [[SixthRanger becomes a quartet]]) and the good guys have secret identities; the former group as Ojamaman, who try to alter history following the whims of Big Bad, and the latter group as the titular Otasukeman, who always manage to put everything back in place.
* TrainingFromHell: At the end of each episode, the chief of police allows the main cast to choose randomly between two types of training: a hard and dangerous session, and an easy, enjoyable session. The bad guys always wind up with the former.
** ThrowTheDogABone: In one episode however, they manage to get the easy training (and leave the heroes with the other).
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Atasha has green hair.

* ActionGirl: Koyomi.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited[=/=]CrazyJealousGuy: Kokematsu is in love with Mirenjo without any hope and, obviously, he is jealous of Baron Don Fan Fan.
* BellyDancer: In Episode 11, Mirenjo disguises as one while the Firebird is said to be in ancient Persia. And when she actually dances, she's ''not'' bad at all; the citizens of Baghdad throw money at her for her performance.
* TheBigGuy: Daigoron (Karen's robot-bodyguard).
** TheBrute: Sukadon for the villains.
* [[BigBrotherInstinct Big Sister Instinct]]: Mirenjo wants her brother to become king and is very protective of him.
* ByThePowerOfGrayskull: Wataru has to chant "Yuki" ("Courage") three times in order to transform into Yattodetaman.
* [[CelibateHero Celibate Villain]]: Mirenjo Invokes this trope by putting aside her feelings for Baron Don Fan Fan.
* CombatCommentator: The reporter Sasayaki appears to comment the robot-battle, often accompanied by a huge cameraman of which we only see [[TheFaceless his lower half]].
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Wataru is normally rather meek, clumsy, and wimpy, constantly upstaged by others around him. But, as Yattodetman, he is bold and confident, and acts without hesitation.
* DefeatByModesty: Yattodetaman loves using this tactic. Mirenjo is often the victim to this ploy- in fact, it happened so often, that Mirenjo decides to undress ''herself'' during one episode to avoid seeing her dress getting destroyed yet again.
** An episode has a reverse situation with Kokematsu use a corrisive liquid on Koyomi clothes. In another episode he use an [[XRayVision XRay]] pistol on Koyomi and Karen, but thanks to Yattodetman's interference the ray end...on Mirenjo!.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: A frequent RunningGag in this series. At the end of each battle, the bad guys are begging Mecha Robot for mercy, but they always end up insulting him accidentally (or not). The result... not so good.
* DubNameChange: In Italy dub curiously all the characters had [[ThemeNaming theme named]] after months and days. For example, Mirenjo is named "Princess Monday".
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Both Karen and Mirenjo are princesses of two different royal families.
* {{Expy}}: The series has many similarities with ''Anime/HurricanePolymar'' (another "Tatsunoko" show). It’s main character that works under an inept private detective and has a tomboyish girlfriend that helps him out. He gains access to an ability to transform into a powerful hero clad in red. To hammer this in even further, both Wataru and Takeshi even share the same voice actor, Kazuyuki Sogabe.
* FantasticVoyagePlot: In episode 37 where heroes and villains fight in the brain of a support character.
* GadgeteerGenius: Wataru ''tries'' to be this in his civilian identity. Too bad that inventions often have no effect on [[NoSell Sukadon]].
* HumongousMecha[=/=]ArtificialIntelligence: On there heroes' side, the mechs are completely independent from the pilot.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: Yattodetman's speech: “Surprise, peach tree, pepper tree! From the ends of time I’ll get you! At last I came through, I’ve finally came through, Earth’s Idol Yattodetaman!”.
* KidFromTheFuture: Karen is the great-granddaughter of Koyomi and Wataru.
* LivingMacGuffin: The Firebird.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Koyomi is in love with Yattodetman, but she sees Wataru as a loser.
* [[invoked]]MilestoneCelebration: Episode 40 celebrates the sixth anniversary of the franchise. Here, the characters interpret themselves in a theatrical play.
** TheCameo: Some of the other characters from the previous series appear in the audience during this performance.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: The lackeys in this installment finally manage to break the pattern that Walther and Grocky set before them, as they look ''nothing'' like the FatAndSkinny duos we've come to know. Lampshaded in the ''Royal Revival'' OVA.
--> '''Kosuinen:''' We can't lose to the only group that looks ''different'' from us!
* NudityEqualsHonesty: Invoked and subverted in episode 42 where Mirenjo strip herself to heroes mecha for prove her "new" honesty. But is just the usual act.
* PerpetualPoverty: Mirenjo and her gang have just enough money to live in a decent apartment, but they spend most of their time trying to avoid paying rent and look for food.
* RealMenWearPink: Kokematsu costume is all pink.
* ReluctantFanserviceGirl: Mirenjo. After Doronjo, she is probably the "Time Bokan" villainess that is more stripped ending half-naked. In the episode 40 (quoted above) happen to her three times!.
* SomethingAboutARose: One of Yattodetman's favorite weapons to launch is the Rose Shurikens which often hit the top of somebody’s head or through their clothes.
* SuperStrength: Sukadon. Several micro-sketches have him show off his strength in hilarious ways.
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: Averted with Wataru when he becomes Yattodetaman. Karen calls for a special team from the Nandara Kingdom to aid him. They engulf Wataru and themselves in a ray where time doesn’t pass, bonk him with a hammer to put him into a trance, and have him go through a rapid training exercise and costume switch which occurs the span of a few seconds outside the ray.

* BareYourMidriff: Mun-Mun wears a costume very similar to what either an Arabian princess or a belly dancer would wear in Episode 5.
* BigBad: Con Cordo, the head chairwoman of the Skull Lease. She usually sends the Clean Aku trio to sabotage Time Lease activity, although her overall goal is seeing that the Skull Lease dominate the world.
* {{Bishonen}}: Sokkyu, apparently. Even Doronjo comments on his good looks in the ''Tatsunoko vs. Capcom'' crossover.
* ChickMagnet: Sokkyu is really popular with the girls of the Time Lease.
* {{Crossover}}: Episode 41 has team Otasukeman from ''Time Patrol Tai Otasukeman'' show up.
** Ippatsuman himself got the honor of fighting alongside other Tatsunoko heroes in ''Videogame/TatsunokoVsCapcom''.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Mun Mun, Kosuinen and Kyokanchin are all this for the Osteandel branch of Skull Lease.
* ExcitedShowTitle: The show's full name is ''Gyakuten! Ippatsuman''.
* {{Expy}}: Ippatsuman serves as one for the [[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Science Ninjas]], Ken in particular.
* FrameUp: The Skull Lease trio decide to make their MegaCorp become the most powerful company in Osteandel by making Time Lease the fall guy for their crimes. Subverted though, since it never works.
* HumongousMecha: Gyakuten-Oh, Ippatsuman's mecha.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: At the end of the series, Con Cordo attempts to escape in her UFO only for Ippatsuman to take control of his Sankan-Oh and destroy it, doing away with the alien once and for all.]]
* MegaCorp: Time Lease and Skull Lease.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: Con Cordo that is a short and elderly Chinese woman.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: The Time Lease manager Haruka, who was under Con Cordo’s control all along ever since an encounter between the two eight years ago.]]
* OutOfFocus: The trio in the last arc of the series has really little screentime.
* {{Qipao}}: Mun Mun often wears this dress as a civilian outfit.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: It’s revealed at the end of the series that “Con Cordo” and “Min-Min” were both aliases and one and the same, and her true form is that of an alien seeking control of the entire universe. Believing that humanity was too self-destructive and greedy to be allowed to explore the galaxy, she planned to get the Psychic Robot data from the Time Lease and enslave Earth first.]]
* ShamelessFanserviceGirl: Min-Min.
* ShoutOut: In an episode Mun-Mun is dressed as Maetel of ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999''.
* ShowSomeLeg: Mun Mun, in the episode 4, to ticket collector and not only the legs.
* SixthRanger: Min-Min, Con Cordo's granddaughter, is introduced as the fourth member to the Terrible trio.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Skull Lease's ultimate goal, right after beating out their business rivals.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Mun Mun has purple hair, while Min-Min has green hair.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Con Cordo to Tamashiro.

* BigGood: Headmaster Ochaka.
* CutShort: The series was cut after 20 episodes.
* DirtyOldMan: Headmaster Ochaka often harasses his vice.
* EvilRedhead: Yan-Yan.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: The Dirt Cheap Gang studied hard to apply for Oshaka academy, but only the pure and clearheaded descendants of Sanzo are admitted in.
* InSeriesNickname: "Kuuchan" for Kusaku.
* IWantSong: The OP, "Itadaki Mambo" (I Want it All Mambo).
* KidHero: Kusaku is only 10 years old, putting him at about the same age as ''Time Bokan'''s Junko.
* {{Macguffin}}: Three bronze plates are scattered across the globe. They're part of a larger puzzle board, which when completed will bring honor to the school it currently resides in.
* NonActionGuy: The main trio's goal is to obtain the bronze plates. At the end of the day, it's always Itadakiman who always intervenes to save the situation.
* PunBasedTitle: The title is based on "Itadakimasu", usually said before eating a meal.
* ShoutOut: The entire series is this to ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest''. Itadakiman himself is modeled after Sun Wukong (who else), and the rest of the protagonists are the descendants of Sanzo.
* SingleLineOfDescent: Averted big time. ''All'' of the protagonists save Itadakiman are descendants of Sanzo, and Headmaster Ochaka runs an entire school dedicated to Sanzo's descendants.
* SixthRanger: Ryuko serves as this for the Dirt Cheap Gang.
* YearX: The series takes place in the year 20XX.
* YoungerAndHipper: The villain trio compared to their predecessors. Justified somewhat as all of the descendants of Sanzo are in high school.

[[folder: Kaitou Kiramekiman]]
* AnimalMotifs: Cats for the Kiramekimen, to go with their thief nature.
* CallBack: The intro for this series starts with a countdown leading to a "TIIIME BOKAN!" TitleScream, just like the first series. Also counts as a series-wide BookEnd, since this is the last series produced for the franchise.
** The Kiramekimen are briefly shown with their shadows against a brick wall, similar to the {{Title Card}}s used for ''Yatterman'' episodes.
* CaperRationalization: The Kiramekimen are actually stealing dangerous items to protect the future, rather than stealing random items for profit.
* GenderBlenderName: Rip (the ''heroine'') and Puff (the ''hero'').
* HeroAntagonist: The Flower Detective agency, since their job is to capture thieves.
* KillerYoyo: Puff uses this as his main weapon.
* [[invoked]]MilestoneCelebration: The series was released on the franchise's 25th anniversary.
* ShortRunner: ''Kiramekiman'' only managed to last 26 episodes before getting canned.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Alternate sources call the protagonists Lip and Pafu.
* PhantomThief: Rip and Puff's stock in trade.
* {{Trope2000}}: This is the only entry in the series with the ''Time Bokan 2000'' label as its subtitle.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Rip and Puff, compared to the names of the other protagonists.