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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/YoruNoYatterman'', 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.

As of 2012, there are no plans to make another Time Bokan series not counting the Yatterman remake. 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 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''.
* ClothingDamage: To the villains. The female leader tends to get the "worst" of it.
* FatAndSkinny: Found in ALL installments.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Often shows partial nudity to the female lead villain. Can be averted since Japanese television standards aren't as high.
* 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.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny
* PigeonholedVoiceActor: All three members of each TerribleTrio in starting from Time Bokan have been voiced by the same Japanese voice actors, for the past 30 years.
* RobotBuddy
* {{Stripperiffic}}: All female leaders of the Terrible Trio.
* 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.
* TimeTravel

Tropes specific for the series.


[[folder:Time Bokan]]
* AnimalMotifs: Bugs. ''Lots'' of bugs.
* ArtShift: The credits are styled after paper puppet shows.
* 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.
* GoshHornet: One of the scouting mechs on the ''Kuwagattan'' is modeled after one.
* 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 the youngest heroes of the franchise.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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 disguises.
* CatsAreMean: Villain team pet.
* CoolTrain: The mecha of heroes is a locomotive that travel in the time.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Muujo uses her beauty to seduce the Gorilla-mecha of the heroes during the battle.
* [[spoiler: [[TheDogWastheMastermind The Cat Was the Mastermind]]: turn out that cat (villains team pet) is the BigBad]].
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: in the second half of series, the heroes uses a Gorilla-mecha.
* FountainOfYouth: the goal of villains.

[[folder:Time Patrol Tai Otasukeman]]
* BigBad: Tomomot.
* TheFaceless: The mysterious boyfriend of Atasha.
* 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 Police 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.]]
* SixthRanger: Gekigasuki as the fourth member to the Terrible trio.
** [[spoiler: TheReveal]]: [[spoiler: He's the ''actual'' BigBad.]]
* TimeCop: 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.
* TheBigGuy: Sukadon for the villains and Daigoron (Karen's robot-bodyguard) for the heroes.
* [[BigBrotherInstinct Big Sister Instinct]]: Mirenjo wants her brother to become king and is very protective of him.
* [[CelibateHero Celibate Villain]]: Mirenjo Invokes this trope by putting aside her feelings for Baron Don Fan Fan.
* 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.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Both Karen and Mirenjo are princess of two different royal family.
* 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.
* KidFromTheFuture: Karen is the great-granddaughter of Koyomy and Wataru.
* LivingMacGuffin: The Firebird.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Koyomi is in love with Yattodetman, but she sees Wataru as a loser.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: The male villains are drawn in a different way from normal villains of Time Bokan franchise.
* PerpetualPoverty: The bad guys are living in a modest apartment and every day they invent new ways to find food and avoid paying rent.
* SuperStrength: Sukadon. In several micro-sketch, he exhibits his strength in hilarious ways.

* {{Expy}}: Ippatsuman's entire schtick is this for ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''.
* HumongousMecha: Ippatsuman's mecha.
* {{Qipao}}: Mun Mun often wears this dress as a civilian oufit.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Mun Mun has purple hair.

* BigGood: Headmaster Ochaka.
* CutShort: The series was cut after 20 episodes.
* DirtyOldMan: Headmaster Ochaka often harasses his vice.
* NonActionGuy: The heroes trio has a small role. At the end is Itadakiman who always intervenes to save the situation.
* ShoutOut: the entire series is this at Literature/JourneyToTheWest. The heroes protagonists are the descendants of Sanzo and Itadakiman is a Goku expies.
* YoungerAndHipper: The villain trio compared to their predecessors.