Characters: Ninja Sentai Kakuranger
Sasuke/Ninja Red | Actor: Teruaki Ogawa
- Character Development: One of the best examples in Sentai - compare the childish slacker at the start of the series to the determined warrior at the end.
- Doppelgänger Attack: His Ninja Arts speciality.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Especially for his mecha.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Phlegmatic (Middle-road).
- The Hero: He's the POV character even though Tsuruhime is the main character.
- Hot-Blooded: An Edokko through and through.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: Sasuke is given a Cool Sword by Tsubasamaru that can be used to summon him. He is also the first to get both his JuuShou and ChouNinJuu. His Journey to the West counterpart is also the most Badass character there, Sun Wukong. Also, unlike the other dudes, he's not getting any Distressed Dude moments, instead when they do, he gets the Its All Up To You moments.
- Limited Wardrobe: Subverted - he changes his outfit more than the other characters, but it's subtle and more or less the same kind of clothes every time.
- Made of Iron: Episode 20 really shows this off as he was forced to fend of the Flower Kunochi Gang untransformed to protect a child, including surviving machine gun fire!
- Playing with Fire
- Sarutobi Sasuke: His ancestor.
- Signature Move: Kakure Ryu Mangetsu Kirinote
- Supporting Protagonist
- Weapon of Choice
Tsuruhime/Ninja White | Actress: Satomi Hirose
- Action Girl: Oh yes, very much so. Let's just say she more than makes up for The Smurfette Principle. However, there are times that she got caught (but most of the time, the others, aside of Ninja Red also get captured, so... kinda fair) and during the search for the scrolls, she needed to be escorted by the automated versions of her teammates instead of fighting. Faux Action Girl? The amount of focus episodes where she actually kicks ass on her own says "Nope".
- Badass Princess: Not a princess per se, but she comes from a very well-off family, enough so that you wonder why she's not Crimefighting with Cash.
- Blow You Away
- The Chick: It's played as part of her position as leader.
- Disappeared Dad: Had one. Searching for him is one of her missions in life. She succeeded in the end.
- Famous Ancestor: Shodai Tsuruhime (in real life known as Ohori Tsuruhime)
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Choleric.
- Knife Nut: White Beak. As White Kark, her weapon is the Kark Beak.
- The Leader: The first female one in Super Sentai, and is generally very level-headed.
- Leitmotif: Usually when she's solo-fighting.
- Signature Move: Kakure Ryu Ku no Ji Kirinote
- The Smart Girl: She's simply a much-more skilled Ninja than Sasuke. Subverted in that she's actually the team leader. Also, she's single-handedly killed Monsters Of The Week before they ever got the chance to grow.
- The Smurfette Principle: Plays the idea of Positive Discrimination straight - the others joined her to become Kakuranger - and generally ranks highly in Sentai Heroine polls.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Her Ninja Arts specialty.
- Younger Than They Look: Is apparently old enough to get married (turning 16 in one episode), though her actress turned 14 during filming. (You'll probably think she's older from how she acts.)
Saizō/Ninja Blue | Actor: Hiroshi Tsuchida
- Animal Motif: Wolves are the basis for his mecha.
- Butt Monkey: If a horrifically unlucky thing happens to any of the Kakurangers, chances are it happens to him.
- Camp Straight: Is totally straight, but tends to use feminine speech at times.
- Famous Ancestor: Kirigakure Saizo.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Melancholic.
- Friend to All Children: Is good with kids.
- Generation Xerox: Subverted; whereas his namesake, Kirigakure Saizō, was The Lancer and The Smart Guy to Sarutobi Sasuke, he is a bumbling fool.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: ... on a typical day, that is. If he sees an imminent danger that threatens many people (ESPECIALLY KIDS), he'd shed his 'bumbling fool' role and be a competent ninja that makes his ancestor/namesake proud.
- Kid-Appeal Character
- Kill It with Water: Blue Shot. He's the only one that doesn't get an upgraded version of his personal weapon as a JuuShou. Instead, he gets the...
- Blade on a Stick: Rougan Shaft.
- Making a Splash
- Signature Move: Kakure Ryu Seiho no Jinnote
- Sins of Our Fathers: Was targeted by Amikiri, who lost her arm to the original Saizō.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He's hardly a small name, but he's quick to play himself up.
- True Blue Femininity: A rare male example. The next two rangers in light blue are female.
- Walk on Water: His Ninja Arts speciality.
Seikai/Ninja Yellow | Actor: Shu Kawai
- Bears Are Bad News: God helps you if he fights in his mecha.
- Big Eater: And how. It's a wonder that he didn't get fat yet.
- The Big Guy: His fighting style only - Seikai himself is average-sized.
- Famous Ancestor: Miyoshi Seikai.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Sanguine.
- Green Thumb
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Subversion. Seikai himself isn't exactly a real big/fat guy, but he tends to act and fight like he's bigger than his usual size, yelling the sumo Battle Cry "Dosukoi!" (Even though he doesn't use sumo).
- Signature Move: Kakure Ryu Sandan Kirinote
- Sizeshifter: His Ninja Arts speciality.
- Wolverine Claws: Yellow Claw. As Yellow Kumard, his weapon is the Kumard Claw.
Jiraiya/Ninja Black | Actor: Kane Kosugi
- Americans Are Cowboys: Shows up in a cowboy getup twice. The first seems to have at least partly been a ploy to get Oboro-guruma to trust him, the second because the MOTW was a cow.
- But Not Too Foreign: The most realistic example in Super Sentai. (They seem to have based some of the character's difficulties with the language on the actor's.)
- Catch Phrase: "FIGHT!"
- Dishing Out Dirt
- Famous Ancestor: Jiraiya the Gallant from Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari (The Story of [Jiraya the Gallant]).
- Fast Tunnelling: His Ninja Arts specialty.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Supine.
- Frogs and Toads: The Basis for his mecha, a Shout-Out to his namesake.
- Gratuitous English: An aversion, as he starts out speaking very little Japanese and gradually picks it up.
- Surprisingly Good English: A result of being an American-born Ninja played by American-born Kane Kosugi.
- The Lancer: Aside from being the oddball American guy, he's also kind of emotional and would've rushed to battle solo when pissed off, if his friends didn't restrain him in time.
- McNinja: Though it's worth noting that only he and Tsuruhime had ninja training prior to getting their Doron Changers.
- Meaningful Name
- Pair the Spares: A non-canon, non-love example: Yulong has no counterpart in Kakuranger, and Jiraiya has no counterpart in Journey To The West, so they are often compared.
- Reverse Mole: He pretended to side with the Yōkai in order to get the last four JuuShou Scrolls.
- Signature Move: Kakure Ryu Nagareboshinote
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: His accented Japanese gets much less attention that it realistically would've in 1994.
- Probably because most people are astounded by his flawlessly perfect English.
- You Killed My Father: His father was murdered by Gali, and he successfully fought his master to the death. Once he learned the reasons for Gali's actions, he forgives him.
Ninjaman/Samuraiman | Voice: Kazuki Yao
- Berserk Button: Does not like to be called "Blue Squirt", and messing with kids is a quick way to get on his bad side.
- Finishing Move: Samurai Rage Bomber
- Friend to All Children
- Highly Visible Ninja: Even more so than the Kakurangers, as he has no human form... but can subvert it with his Voluntary Shapeshifting.
- Hot-Blooded: As with Sasuke, he's something of an Edokko.
- The Mentor: Takes up the role after Sandayu's death.
- Shout-Out: Quotes Tora-san occasionally, after being called 'Aonisai' ("You said it, it's aaaaaall over now that you've said it!"). Maybe he's a fan?note
- Sixth Ranger: The producers at Toei were unsure if they could continue the Sixth Ranger tradition, despite the popularity of Dragon Ranger and Kiba Ranger, so they went for a more experimental approach with Ninjaman and made him into a human-sized robot who could enlarge himself and transform. Despite this, Ninjaman was still treated as if he was the sixth member of the team and his absent in the beginning of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger was the source of much confusion to fans of the character, which led to his guest role near the end of that series.
- Spanner in the Works: A handful of plans in the later episodes fall apart simply because the Youkai forgot to take him into account.
- Unstoppable Rage: What Samuraiman essentially is.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can change size, from tiny to mecha-sized, and can also change shape. It's apparently rather easy for him, and he'll use it for really mundane things like startling a misbehaving kid.
- His change into Samuraiman is also this, but he only does it once (against Daidara-houchi).
- Weapon of Choice: One for each of his forms.
Sandayū Momochi | Actor: Akira Sakamoto
- Badass Grandpa
- Cool Old Guy: Specifically, one of Tsuruhime's supporters.
- Killed Off for Real: By Gashadokuro in Episode 31.
- Mentors: Shows up to give the newly-minted Kakurangers advice and hints, and provided them with Nekomaru.
- Home Base: For the Kakuranger. Unusually, Nekomaru is their means of transportation and money, but they sleep outdoors in tents as it simply isn't big enough inside.
- Mechanical Lifeform: Moreso than the Sanshinshō. Seikai can be seen repairing it at one point, and it is as affected by catnip as a normal cat (though the dose has to be larger).
- Sympathy for the Devil: Invokes this at the end of episode 10 when he reminds the audience that even though the Yokai Konakijiji stole souls from humans to bring his dolls to life, he only did so because of his desire to have a family of his own
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Constantly. As part of the post-modernistic nature of the show, he physically exists in the Kakuranger universe, to the point that the platform/stage he narrates from had to be moved out of direct action once.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Seemingly crushed by rubble when Junior began the ceremony to revive Daimaoh, but appeared alive and well at the episode's end.
- Put on a Bus: Disappeared after the Kakurangers set out on their quests to find the Shinobi Scrolls, at which point the monsters of the week took over explaining their origins in Japanese folklore.
- The Bus Came Back: Reappeared during the documentary episode.
- Made of Iron: Survives being crushed by rubble when Junior began to the ceremony to revive Daimaoh as well as being thrown off a bridge in the Documentary Episode.
- No Name Given: Doesn't seem to have a name, and is 'Narrator' in the credits. Frequently refers to himself as 'Ojisan'. (It might be Everyone Calls Him Narrator, but no one ever actually addresses him.)
- The Narrator: Presents the show like a Kyougen narrator (which the actor actually is).
- Big Good: We're originally three human sages that ascended to divine status after defeating Daimaoh.
- The Power of Love: They explicitly say that, if Daimaō is powered by hatred and suffering, they run on this and courage and hope instead.
Muteki Shogun | Voice: Tomoyuki Horita
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Deals out a lot of these; he doesn't really fight so much as just show up and do the finisher. Most likely due to the suit's bulkiness.
- Demoted to Extra: Was the Kakuranger's primary mecha until the premiere of Kakure Daishogun which reduced Muteki Shogun to providing backup support.
- Mighty Glacier: He represents the body aspect of ninpo, which makes him big and powerful but not very fast or agile.
Tsubasaramaru | Voice: Dai Matsumoto
Kakure Daishogun | Voice: Dai Matsumoto
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Since his design doesn't allow him to hold any weapons, Kakure Daishogun slays Yokai by beating them into submission.
- Lightning Bruiser: Represents the technique aspect of ninpo which allows him to combine great speed and agility with overwhelming power.
- Big Bad
- The Man Behind the Man
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Killing him will spread hatred and suffering into everyone, like grenade shrapnel. The trick is to seal him away, behind those gates that Sasuke and Saizou accidentally opened in the first episode.
- The Power of Hate: He is the physical realization of hatred and suffering. Can't actually be seen by normal humans due to this, if he so wishes.
- Really 700 Years Old: Is confirmed to be 1200 years old.
- Relative Button: Mashes Tsuruhime's hard with Hakumenrou. (This is why his Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred nearly works - the others are collectively outraged by this.)
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Was originally imprisoned within the Gate of Seals by the Sanshinshou, imprisoned once again at series end.
- Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred: Attempts this in the final episode. The Sanshinshō manage to stop the Kakurangers the first time he tries it, and thereafter they're able to control themselves.
- True Final Boss: Tends towards Orcus on His Throne compared to Junior, but it's clear he's this.
- Weaksauce Weakness: He mustn't be attacked directly, but due to being The Power of Hate incarnate, he can be physically pushed into the sealing gates by those with particularly strong will.
Young Nobleman Junior/Gasha Dokuro
- Arm Cannon: Equips one during his final battle with the Kakurangers courtesy of Dr. Yagami.
- Bad Boss: Largely averted. He's hardly a good boss and his subordinates are justifiably fearful of his wrath, but he's quick to reward competence and is generally devoted to the well-being of the Youkai.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: What makes him so dangerous is that his plans typically involve the Youkai of the Week striking the Kakurangers in ways and places that take advantage of the usual Super Sentai genre conventions. The Kakurangers are strongest as a team? Split them up and attack them individually. They have incredible skills individually? Trick them into showing them off in public, to a Youkai who specializes in copying skills. And so on. He's even properly suspicious of Hakumenro.
- Disc One Final Boss: It takes getting a whole 'nother giant mecha to actually beat him, and even then...
- My Death Is Only The Beginning: After being defeated by the Kakurangers, he sacrifices himself to open Daimaō's seal.
- Knight of Cerebus: Prior to his appearance, the yokai mostly operated independently of each other and unlike previous sentai enemies, operated on a Blue and Orange Morality rather than outright malevolence.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: The first quarter of the show is a cakewalk, until he shows up.
Hana no Kunoichi Gumi (Flower Kunoichi Gang)
- Humanity Ensues: Originally cats. They've apparently taken to their human forms, and can be seen swimming in a pool during their time off.
- Psycho Rangers: They are a counter-Kakuranger ninja team in general, and aren't counterparts of the individuals. (It's worth noting that the Youkai generally aren't ninjas, so a specialized team of them makes more sense in practice.)
- Elite Mook: Are eventually downgraded to this, as while they're consistently better than rank-and-file Dorodoros, the Kakurangers begin outpacing them after overcoming their trials.
- Quirky Mini Boss Squad
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Crushed by rubble after Super Kakure Daishogun destroyed the Gate that would allow Daimaoh to enter the human world.
- Mad Scientist: It's not clear if he's human or a Youkai of some sort - he's Junior's resident Mad Scientist, and that's really all the characterization he gets.