Characters: Ninja Sentai Kakuranger

The Kakurangers:

Sasuke/Ninja Red | Actor: Teruaki Ogawa

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 Kiri note 
  • 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

Seikai/Ninja Yellow | Actor: Shu Kawai

Jiraiya/Ninja Black | Actor: Kane Kosugi

  • Adorkable
  • 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.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • 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 Nagareboshi note 
  • 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


  • 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).

The Narrator

  • 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.
  • Made of Iron: Survives 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).

The Sanshinshōnote 

Muteki Shogun | Voice: Tomoyuki Horita

Tsubaramaru | Voice: Dai Matsumoto

Kakure Daishogun | Voice: Dai Matsumoto

  • 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.

Yōkai Army

Yōkai Daimaō

Young Nobleman Junior/Gasha Dokuro

  • 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 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.
  • 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.


Dr. Yugami

  • 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.