Characters: Samurai Sentai Shinkenger
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The Shiba Clan
Takeru Shiba/Shinken Red | Actor: Tori Matsuzaka
"Shinken Red. Shiba Takeru."
"For once, I am impressed!"The 18th and current head of the Shiba clan. Looks stern, but actually pretty nice; he'll try to hide it though. Takeru initially went against Jii's urging and tried to fight the Gedoushu alone, mainly because he knows the toll facing them would take on his retainer's life. Once the first Ayakashi of this invasion appeared, however, he was forced to give in.Takeru grew up being groomed as Shiba Clan's Lord. He faces most things in life, from fighting to training to winning a card game with his vassals, with the gravity and dignity of a samurai lord.It is later revealed that Takeru's father actually served the head of the Shiba Clan and that Takeru's position is that of a kagemusha as the true heir, Shiba Kaoru, had not even been born yet and was not of age to take the position of lord.
Tropes associated with Takeru
- Berserk Button: While this goes for ALL the Samurai, Takeru has a special hurt coming for you if you harm one of his vassals. And do not question his commitment to the Shiba Clan's task. However, see Breaking Speech, below.
- Bishōnen: His actor, Matsuzaka Touri, already fits the mold pretty damn well. Add Takeru's Tsundere traits and even the guys are squeeing.
- Body Double
- Breaking Speech: Every second time they meet, Juzo is pulling this on Takeru. Juzo often calls Takeru's qualities as a warrior into question, making this also a case of pushing a Berserk Button to goad Takeru into fighting him.
- Catch Phrase: He started the two Catch Phrases which the others picked up pretty quickly.
- Determinator: A textbook example.
- Defrosting Ice King
- Elemental Powers: Takeru is the only Shinkenger to have used more then one element.
- Face Doodling: Chiaki's #1 prized victim.
- Face Monster Turn: Brainwashed and Crazy in the Goseiger vs. Shinkenger movie, complete with a blackened version of the Super Mode and his use of the Hyakka Ryouran to boot.
- Finishing Move: Shin Kaen no Mainote
- Five Temperament Ensemble: Choleric with Melancholic tendencies
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: The basis for his recurring embarrassment with ink cat whiskers. He'll probably never live it down...
- Genius Bruiser: His winning in battle is not only because his technique and raw strength he used, but he also able to read the situation and also the enemy techniques and characteristics and he know how to overcome it efficiently. Episode 3, 9, 12, 16, 18, 19, 31
- Good Is Not Nice: Despite his stern and strict leadership, he did this for the best of his retainers especially Chiaki.
- Heroic BSOD: Goes through them quite a bit throughout the series.
- Image Song: Matsuzaka is the only member of the cast not to sing one. Instead, we get Young Fresh singing about Takeru with clips of dialogue sampled in. The song is aptly called "Shinken Red, Ippitsu Sōjō!".
- Instant Expert: Averted. Takeru's been training, arguably since he can remember, to fight Gedoushu.
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Non-romantic example here: The reason Takeru had been refusing to call for his vassals, or deal with any other person for that matter, is more because as the lord of Shiba clan, he will clash with Gedoushu again and again, and there will be victims sooner or later even if he doesn't want it; despite what his initial demeanor will have you believe.
- That and he does not believe a shadow warrior deserves a lord's respect.
- I Work Alone: This is how he started out, but he gradually softens up over the course. In his defense, though, he was a lot better than the rest back then, having prior experience. He's also got a decent reason for this attitude, too, as he doesn't want anyone to give their life for a lie.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Aloof and keeps insisting on working alone before turning into a Tsundere from friendship.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Ore".
- Lampshade Hanging: Because he borders on The Comically Serious and is reasonably Genre Savvy, Takeru often ends up making sure those bulbs aren't bare; mainly when he's introduced with an overly long presentation spee-Takeru: Too long.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: The first one to don the Super and Hyper Shinkenger attires and the Mogyu Bazooka. He also gets to control the Ushi Origami by himself.
- Liar Revealed: Happens in #44 and #45.
- The Leader: The red guy is always the main good guy. With Type II and IV Traits on it. Since He is the most experienced yet practical in the real fight. Also seen on his sensible judgement and his calmness on making conclusion. Yet He is very dutiful with his role as leader. And yet he is charismatic due to his role as the 18th head of Shiba clan.
- Lightning Bruiser: Can carry zanbatto without bothered by the weight itself.
- Master Swordsman: His swordsmanship is very impressive compare to any character. There's a reason Juzo is obsessed in beating him
- Meaningful Name: "Shi"/"Will(power)", and "Take" related to variations of "Strength" and "Hero", describing his Determinator Hero status.
- Not So Above It All: When he is first confronted by Mako's cooking (she is making dinner for Ryunosuke while he is on a stake-out), he turns to Chiaki and asks, "Do you think that Ryunosuke will survive?" with a smirk on his face.
- Parental Abandonment: Takeru witnessed his father die during the Dokoku's Raid on the Shiba Clan manor.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Ryunosuke and Genta's red.
- During Shinkenger vs. Go-Onger, he's the blue oni to Sosuke's red oni.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: During Goseiger vs. Shinkenger, he's the manly man to Alata's sensitive guy.
- Serious Business: From fighting hellspawns to confronting bad cooking or playing cards, Takeru seems to face all challenges thrown his way in the same demeanor. When his Determinator side emerges, this can make him a bad opponent to be fighting. When his tsuntsun side emerges, this can make the man nigh unbearable to deal with.
- Signature Move:
- Shinkenmaru: Kaen no Mainote
- Rekka Daizantou: Hyakka Ryōrannote
- The Stoic: Outdone by none, save Kaoru, who's even higher on the scale. One small smile on his lips speaks volumes.
- Not So Stoic: Also a prominent part of his nature, as seen slowly emerging throught the series.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Gedou Shinken Red in the Goseiger vs. Shinkenger movie.
- Team Dad: Has shades of this. He is always the first to put himself in danger for his retainers' safety and even though he is strict, fastidious, and extremely disciplined (especially in training and battle), he deeply cares about his teammates' well-being such as when he mediates Chiaki and Ryuunosuke's squabble in episode 15's ending moment and is proud of his teammates in secret, especially towards Chiaki (the rebel who is an extremely creative, quick-witted strategist in his own right) and Ryuunosuke (the annoying Yes-Man that made great innovations in their Samurai Gattai in episodes 12 and 35).
- Took a Level in Badass: Quite a pants-wetter as a child, according to Jii. Now? Well, just take a look at the above examples.
- True Companions: Despite being unwilling to summon his vassals initially, he grew to like and warmed up to them, little by little. Well past the halfway point of the series, he's really fond of them, and won't tolerate any harm done to them, a feeling which the others also return. Which is why he says that he's got nothing left when he's taken away from his friends after The Reveal.
- Tsundere: Instances vary from subtle to straight, often pairing with Heroic BSOD for added "fun".
- Weapon of Choice
- Swiss Army Weapon: Rekka Daizantounote
- Dual Wielding: Takeru has proven to be quite capable with it, be it sword-sword or sword-gun.
- Taken to the extreme in the final episode, where he uses Tanba's personal mojikara disc to dual-wield the ''Rekka Daizantou''!
- Whip Sword: Kyoryumaru, the first Shinken Red's sword and an Origami in itself.
- Hand Cannon: Mogyu Bazooka
- Why Did It Have To Be that Haunted House?
- Worthy Opponent: Seen by Juzo as the biggest one ever.
- You Killed My Father: His father died in a Gedoushu raid on the mansion.
Ryunosuke Ikenami/Shinken Blue | Actor: Hiroki Aiba
"Similarly, Blue. Ikenami Ryunosuke."
"TONOOOO!"A kabuki actor prior to being called to become Takeru's vassal. Very, VERY dramatic, partially thanks to his environment and upbringing. The Yes-Man to Takeru, and often played for comedy, despite being the second-in-command.Ryunosuke was considered The Scrappy by many early in the show's run, but that call was premature. Perhaps due to being the product of both samurai and kabuki training, under that hammy exterior is one of the most devoted and competent members of the team.
Tropes associated with Ryunosuke
- Berserk Button: Having grown up in a traditional upbringing and a Kabuki business, he has strong attachments to both his parents. As such, calling him "Faza-kon"note or "Maza-kon"note is one of the worst insults he could ever hear.
- Go ahead and say/do something that could even vaguely be interpreted as insulting Takeru. Go ahead.
- Badass: Able to fight Takeru to a standstill. Also, he's the second most skilled ranger of the group. Oh and he's the guy dealing the finishing blow to Doukokuu (before he enlarges). Without any cannons.
- Bishōnen: Aiba's Bishonen qualities are played into Ryunosuke's looks.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Tsukkomi to Genta's Boke.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In Act #9, with an Open the Iris effect to boot.
- Butt Monkey: Less frequent after his Crowning Moment of Awesome in Act 7, but still an aspect.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: consider that despite his Large Ham tendencies, he is still very good at what he does, not just Shinkenger-wise but on the kabuki stage as well.
- Catch Phrase: TONOOOOO!
- Also, variations on "Do not X our lord that way!"
- Chewing the Scenery: "Tonooooooo!"
- Crossdresser: Since Kabuki theater demands the actors to indiscriminately play both genders, he's the go to guy when it comes up; he thinks his skill in this needs work.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Butt Monkey. Large Ham. Narm machine. Master fencer and archer. Second in command of a team of demon-slaying Samurai.
- Disproportionate Penance: If he realizes he made a big mistake to his friends, he won't be satisfied with just an accepted apology; he'll demand physical punishment to be administered to him. And he tends to go way over the top whenever his lord is involved. He does mellow out on this over the series though... a bit.
- Dogged Nice Guy: More so early on. Character Development hit shortly after Ryuunosuke got his ship sank by Mako. While he still has moments, they don't get in the way of his calling.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: The Shinkengers have him disguised as a bride on one occasion.
- Finishing Move: Shin Suiryu no Mainote
- Five Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine obviously with Choleric Tendencies
- Hero Secret Service: Ryu-san is arguably one of the two most likely to instantly risk their lives for Takeru. In fact, concern about his Tono's well-being can distract Shinken Blue in battle.
- Image Song: "Aonami Yonaoshi"note
- Japanese Pronouns: "Watashi".
- Jumped at the Call: Did he ever. While he's later shown to have some hesitationsnote , he's been a committed Samurai from Act 1.
- The Lancer: Ryunosuke is Takeru's second-in-command.note
- Large Ham: Due to being a kabuki actor.
- Making a Splash
- Meaningful Name: Ryunosuke: "Ike"/"Pond" and "Nami"/"Wave" represents his element. "Ryuu"/"Mannerism" refers to his well-mannered stature, and a homophone for "Dragon", his Origami.
- Momma's Boy/"Well Done, Son!" Guy: Implied by Zuboshimeshi, the Ayakashi of insults.
- Ocular Gushers: If this were an anime, Ryunosuke's teary moments would definitely end in these. Aiba deserves full credit here for invoking this sans anime cues.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: he's not only trained in both kabuki AND samurai skills as well as basic Mojikara usage, but goes so far as to develop the TenkuuShinkenOh combination, complete with the kanji needed to activate it.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Takeru's blue. (One of two)
- Signature Move:
- Shinkenmaru: Suiryu no Mainote
- Water Arrow: Meikyō Shisuinote
- The Starscream: Played for Laughs in the V-Cinema special. Ryuunosuke's illusion involves him being the leader of the Shinkenger, making Takeru bow to him. Others called him out for it in the real world, but of course Ryuu-san denied and pointed out his Heroic Sacrifice in the Sci-Fi illusion.
- Occasionally played for laughs, but as often for drama - Ryu-san takes his duty to his lord very seriously.
- The Straight and Arrow Path: Water Arrow.
- True Companions: Ryunosuke seems to be trying to actively build the Samurai-tachi into this from day one. As is often the case with Ryu-san, half his attempts are annoying as hell.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Chiaki and Genta. Mostly because of the vast contrast in personalities.
- Weapon of Choice: Water Arrow.
- Yes-Man: Unquestioningly loyal to his Lord. This leads to a Heroic BSOD after The Reveal when he feels his loyalties clashing.
Mako Shiraishi/Shinken Pink | Actress: Rin Takanashi
"Similarly, Pink. Shiraishi Mako."
"Being our Lord doesn't necessarily mean you have to be perfect, you know?"Originally a kindergarten teacher. Mature, levelheaded and reliable. Always count on her to comfort whoever's feeling down.Mako was at first abandoned by her parents and was left to be raised by her grandmother. Her samurai training robbed her of any chance of a childhood like a normal girl; this shows big time in her protectiveness of children. She dreams of being a House Wife, but is really horrid at cooking.
Tropes associated with Mako
- Berserk Button: Hurt her true companions, hurt children... and Nee-san's got your Tranquil Fury right here.
- Blow You Away
- Cool Big Sis: One of the most levelheaded and calm characters of the team.
- Cooldown Hug: To anyone in need.
- Designated Girl Fight: Tends to get matched in fights against Usukawa Dayuu. And after witnessing Dayu's past in her dream, she seems to be drawn to her in a fight; possibly due to part-sympathy.
- Finishing Move: Shin Tenku no Mainote
- Five Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic and Melancholic
- Friend to All Children: And anyone who's in need of a Cooldown Hug.
- Girliness Upgrade: When it comes to Kaoru joining the team.
- The Heart
- Image Song: "Nadeshiko Shinken, Hanafubuki"note
- She sings it in the V-Cinema special during her dream sequence of becoming an Idol Singer.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Atashi".
- Lethal Chef: We can't stress this enough: DON'T! Touch. Mako's cooking... if you value your life.
- Mako has never flipped off about this and instead just admits she still has a long way to go when she found out the boys were badmouthing her cooking.
- Meaningful Name: "Shiro"/"White", the clouds in the sky, "Ishi", homophone for "Will", and "Ko"/"Child". Roughly translates as "Sincere child"; either herself or the nature of pure and innocent children she takes care of.
- Oh Crap!: When you see her holding an apron, run like the wind and don't look back.
- Paper Fan of Doom: Heaven Fan.
- Parental Abandonment: She was raised by her grandmother, who wanted to train her as the next ShinkenPink, forcing her father to leave her behind and take care of her crippled mother instead. They got a tearful reunion in Act 34.
- Ship Tease: At first with Ryuunosuke, but she personally sent torpedoes to sink it, showing her Sugar and Ice qualities. Towards the end of the series she was getting closer to Takeru, but then she got (comical) Ship Tease with Chiaki and Kotoha in Shinkenger Returns.
- Signature Move:
- Shinkenmaru: Tenku no Mainote
- Heaven Fan: Hakuryoku Mantennote
- The Stoic: Not quite Takeru level, but she's usually calm enough.
- Not So Stoic: But when you throw in her parents to the picture.
- Or when she feels the need to mother someone.
- Not So Stoic: But when you throw in her parents to the picture.
- Sugar And Ice Girl: She's essentially the team's psychologist.
- Team Mom
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Initially the Tomboy to Kotoha's Girly Girl. Later on, she is also the Girly Girl to Kaoru's Tomboy.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak
- Weapon of Choice: Heaven Fan.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: She has the serenity, the maturity, the nuturting nature and she fights with a paper fan! The only problem is her cooking.
Chiaki Tani/Shinken Green | Actor: Shogo Suzuki
"Similarly, Green. Tani Chiaki."a quick thinker who relies on unorthodox methods.His growth over the series made early calls marking him The Lancer to be retracted. Chiaki, interestingly, seems to be the one to anchor the others to the 'reality' of being samurai in the modern age, often striving to get the others to relax or see things from another perspective. His fighting style and tactical approach starts and remains unorthodox— and proves an asset.
Tropes associated with Chiaki
- Batman Gambit: As The Smart Guy of the team, these are Chiaki's most Badass moments.
- Berserk Button: Chiaki has been shown to be VERY protective of Kotoha, despite her being acknowledged as being a better Samurai than he is. He's the first to go charging blindly after the Ayakashi that stole Kotoha's soul in Act 20. He later pulls one of his most clever Mojikara uses to get Mako and his father out of a hostage situation. Go after the Wood Samurai's loved ones, get pwned.
- Character Development: Remember the guy who refused to lower his head or even follow orders from a designated lord? Well, guess who's the first one to happily lower his head when said lord is reinstated towards the end of the series. It can't get any more blatant than that, can it?
- Face Doodling: If he's annoyed, or just for fun. Takeru is his prized doodle victim.
- Finishing Move: Shin Kogarashi no Mainote
- Five Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine Melancholic
- Genre Savvy
- Green Thumb
- Image Song: "Shinken days, Never give up, Dōchū"note .
- Instant Expert: Averted; he didn't take his training seriously, and was the weakest member in the beginning. In fact, the fact that Chiaki's training wasn't as intense actually justifies Conservation of Ninjutsu, and allows us the fun of seeing him level up.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Ore".
- Kid-Appeal Character
- Meaningful Name: "Tani"/"Valley", where trees grow; "Chi"/"Thousand", the abundance of trees and leaves; and "Aki"/"Dawn, Awaken", reminding of his late-bloomer trait. Also, his Kanji can be read "Ki".
- Mecha Expansion Pack: Kabuto Origami grants ShikenOh multiple long-range beam capabilities.
- The Rival: He considers Takeru as the person he'll surpass someday.
- Ship Tease: Has lots of "moments" alone with Kotoha, who's another "junior" of the team like himself.
- Signature Move:
- Shinkenmaru: Kogarashi no Mainote
- Wood Spear: Taiki Banseinote
- The Smart Guy: One of two. He may not seem like it initially, but his quick thinking and unorthodox methods definitely make him qualify.
- Sour Supporter: Initially. It's why many consider Chiaki as The Lancer early on.
- Took a Level in Badass: Chiaki takes several over the course of the series, as he neglected much of his training before he was summoned.
- True Companions: Despite being the one who protested the most about his lifelong mission, he's also the first to refuse to follow Kaoru as her retainer. If not for Takeru's personal request, he most likely would have walked off for good like Genta.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He initially didn't get along well with Ryunosuke, due to his attitude about his mission. As the series progressed, he still fight with Ryunosuke, but not as much, and Act 37 shows that when not quarreling, they're downright complimentary in thought and deed.
- Weapon of Choice: Wood Spear.
- Zorro Mark: His default finisher with the ShinkenMarunote involves carving his "wood" kanji on screen.
Kotoha Hanaori/Shinken Yellow | Actress: Suzuka Morita
"Similarly, Yellow. Hanaori Kotoha."
"Tono-sama?"The Chick-Cute Bruiser dual pack; a shy, quiet and a bit clumsy country girl. Her loyalty to Takeru rivals Ryunosuke's.Originally, Kotoha's older sister was supposed to take the place of Shinken Yellow, but because was she often very ill, Kotoha became Shinken Yellow in her stead. Unlike the others initially, she had no regret in becoming Takeru's vassal and willingly volunteered to serve him battle despite his initially cold personality.
Tropes associated with Kotoha
- The Chick
- Cute Bruiser
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Especially prevalent near the earlier part of the series.
- Dishing Out Dirt
- Finishing Move: Shin Tsuchikemuri no Mainote
- Five Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic Phlegmatic
- Fuuma Shuriken: Land Slicer
- Image Song: "Hannari, Metcha Bushidō Girl"note
- Kansai Dialect
- Japanese Pronouns: "Uchi".
- Meaningful Name Kotoha: "Hana"/"Flower" for her gentle and innocent nature. Combine with "Ori"/"To weave" and "Kotoha", possibly relating to "Kotoba"/"Words", and the result is a poetic meaning of "words beautiful as flowers weaved together", a nod to her softspoken nature.note
- The Pollyanna
- Replacement Goldfish: She always felt like she had to live up to her sister, since she's taking her place as Shinken Yellow.
- Ship Tease: The strongest indications of such are with both Chiaki and Takeru, though by series' end, neither pairing came to fruition.
- Shrinking Violet
- Signature Move:
- Shinkenmaru: Tsuchikemuri no Mainote
- Land Slicer: Funtō Doryokunote
- Spin Attack: Her "Sarumawashi"note and it's Super Mode variant.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Mako, then Kaoru's, Tomboy
- Weapon of Choice: Land Slicer.
- Wingding Eyes: Done for a gag during her illusion in Shinkenger Returns, right as she's confessing to "Shiraishi-kun." Subtle at first, before becoming more blatant as she gets closer to saying the key words.
- Zettai Ryouiki: She does this with short pants instead of skirts.
Genta Umemori/Shinken Gold | Actor: Keisuke Sohma
"Similarly, Gold. Umemori Genta."
"Yosh! Now for the Victory Ipponjime!"Genta was a suspicious sushi seller who suddenly arrived in town. But when the Shinkengers were pinned down by the Ayakashi of the week, he revealed himself as Shinken Gold, and much to the vassals' surprise, Takeru's childhood friend.Personality-wise, Genta is hyperactive and childish for his age, but like Ryunosuke, his capabilities are, albeit not intentionally, hidden beneath this behaviour.
Tropes associated with Genta
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His business attire and Ranger form all revolve around Sushi. Justified in that Genta created most of his own arsenal by himself.
- Audience Surrogate: The only Shinkenger who is an ordinary citizen and not born into a samurai family.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Boke to Ryuunosuke's Tsukkomi.
- Character Tic: He tends to roll up his sleeves when he gets serious.
- Chef of Iron
- Chewing the Scenery
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Going quite far on both sides◊.
- Deus Exit Machina: Despite being powerful, Genta would often be absent from battles (presumably running his sushi stand) or sent off on a separate mission while the others went to do something else.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He reverse-engineered the Shinkengers' technology to build his own transformation device, weapon and Origami.
- Hey, You!: He's the only one who dares call his Lord "Take-chan".
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: He mastered this way of fighting - self-taught with a Reverse Grip, no less. It's taken Up to Eleven here: his quickdraw ability is such that by resheathing his sword after each strike, he is able to spam it, making a dozen strikes before he even appears to have done anything.
- Image Song: "Gold Ninjō, Ipponjime"note
- Japanese Pronouns: "Ore".
- Large Ham: Rivals Ryunosuke.
- Light 'em Up
- Man Child, bordering on Bunny-Ears Lawyer territory.
- Meaningful Name: "Ume" could be a verbal variation of "Umai"/"Delicious" here. Add it to "Mori"/"Helping" and it makes sense: "Delicious Serving", a direct reference to his foodstall business.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Takeru's blue. (One of two)
- Reverse Grip: He holds the Sakanamaru and its scabbard backwards. His backhanded Iai style itself is lampshaded as unusual.
- Self-Proclaimed Knight
- Serious Business: When you realize that under the Chef of Iron with little social grace and Large Ham tendencies Genta treats almost everything with the same weight that Takeru does, you realize the two childhood friends have almost as much in common as they do in opposition.
- Signature Move: Hyakumai Oroshinote
- Sixth Ranger
- The Nicknamer: Calls Takeru "Take-chan", and even has nicknames for his Origami: Ika-chan for the Ika Origami, and Ebizo for the Ebi Origami.
- The Smart Guy: One of two. In his case, his ability to manipulate Mojikara and create new mecha.
- So Okay, It's Average: In-universe. Despite being a Sushi-themed Ranger, the sushi he makes is often labeled as such.
- Spam Attack: His "Oroshi" slash-storms.
- Weapon of Choice: SakanaMaru
Kaoru Shiba/Shinken Red (Female) | Actor: Runa Natsui
"Shinken Red. Shiba Kaoru."
"I will succeed! That's why I'm here, Father!"The true 18th head of the Shiba Clan who was hidden away and taken care of by one of her father's personal retainers in order to keep her and the Shiba Clan sealing character, the power to seal away Dokoku, safe from the Gedoushu. In her stead, Takeru took her place as lord as she trained and mastered the sealing character. Toward the end of the series, she returned to take her place as lord, but her vassals, who were more attached to Takeru, had a hard time following her.Kaoru initially appears stoic, serious, and focused on her duty to defeat the Gedoushu, much like Takeru in the early parts of the series, making her difficult to approach, especially when she's with her stubborn retainer, Tanba. However, like Takeru, she turns out to be much nicer than she appears.
Tropes associated with Kaoru
- Cute Bruiser
- Distaff Counterpart: To Takeru.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: Though she actually replaces Takeru as leader. Once Takeru is made the official lord, she no longer goes into battle.
- Instant Expert: Like the others, averted. The whole point of her being hidden was so she could master the sealing character.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Watashi".
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: As the other Shinken Red and the true lord, this is a given.
- The Ojou: Everyone addresses her as "Hime-sama"note . Tanba, her personal retainer, treats her as such and tries to get everyone else to do the same. She, on the other hand, is not especially fond of being treated this way.
- Parental Abandonment: Her father died sealing away Dokoku before she was born. Her mother was apparently pregnant with her around the time of the raid, but outside of that, nothing is mentioned about her still being alive.
- Passing the Torch: She steps down as lord and makes Takeru her successor. In order for this to legally work, however, she adopts him despite being younger than him.
- Quickly Demoted Woman: Though to be fair, she was also quickly promoted and willingly stepped down for good reason.
- Perpetual Frowner: Kaoru is never know for her smile.
- When She Smiles: At some point during the vs Goseiger crossover she did so out of nowhere. And it was adorable. She smiled in the finale too.
- Playing with Fire: Because she's direct successor to the Shiba Clan, her fire Mojikara is generally stronger than Takeru's.
- Running Gag: Anytime Tanba, her retainer, annoys her or starts making Jerk Ass comments towards her vassals or her Body Double, she hits him with a Paper Fan of Doom.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Kaoru is very much aware of how attached her retainers are with Takeru, and she takes care to give them space and time to adapt to her leading them. She also gives quite a bit of gratitude to Takeru and Genta for their immense contributions, silencing Toshizo whenever he tries to put them down.
- Small Girl, Big Gun
- The Stoic: Moreso than Takeru.
- Not So Stoic: Witness her telling off Tanba in the last act for his priorities being out of order.
- Sugar And Ice Girl
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Makonote and Kotoha's Girly Girls.
- Weapon of Choice: Her arsenal is the same as Takeru's, though she never shown using the Kyoryu Origami.
- You Killed My Father: Her father died in the Gedoushu raid before she was born. Her motivation for mastering the sealing character appears to stem from this.
Hikoma Kusakabe, a.k.a: Jii | Actor: Goro Ibuki
"Well done, my Lord!"The Shiba household's retainer. Everyone calls him "Jii". Beside helping make sure the Shiba's traditional style Japanese mansion runs smoothly, he trains the Samurai in use of their mojikara and often oversees sword training and the like. He can be very nice and respectable, despite his strictness. Just don't go against him...
- Battle Butler: Sort of. He's old, but at least capable of giving a beatdown if needed.
- Badass Biker: He has a bike, but rarely uses it. Probably because it looks odd with his attire.
- Badass Grandpa: He. Kicks. Ass. Just watch Act 38 and the finale.
- Everyone Calls Him Jii
- Large Ham: By virtue of being played by a Jidai Geki veteran, but not as dramatic or often as Ryunosuke or Genta; he's the mildest of the three Hams in the series, in fact.
- Meaningful Name: Jii's name is simple; a different reading of the Kanji "Samurai". It also puns lightly on one of the least formal ways to address an elder, often translated as "grandfather". What's more, "Jii" is also a very common name in Japanese media - perhaps almost a nominal stereotype - to address well-aged butlers. All three surprisingly fits him perfectly.
- Parental Abandonment: not his own fault though. His work with the Shiba household leaves him just one day a year to visit his wife's grave and his daughter and her family, which he's had to give a miss several times.
- Parental Substitute: Raised Takeru after the tono's father was killed in the Gedoshu raid on Shiba manor.
- Stern Teacher
- Team Dad
"..."The Shiba household's servant crew, dressed as traditional Japanese stage hands— and they expect to be as ignored. Besides helping Jii maintain the Shiba's ancestral home, they serve as heralds for the Shinkengers, carrying the elaborate curtains and war drums that often accompany the Samurai's entrance. They can even provide distraction and minor battle support, but mostly clear civilians from an area so the Samurai-tachi can focus on the battle at hand.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Don't be fooled by the archaic attires; they're incredibly adept at their tasks, be it at the mansion or the battlefield.
- Red Shirt: Averted.
- The Voiceless: They communicate with 100% body language (except for very few occasions when they whisper to Jii). There's two exceptions in the whole series; one is because he's not from the same dimension as them and the other becomes important later.
DaiGoyo | Voice actor: Koichi Tochika
"Move it, move it, move it!!"noteA lantern brought to life through Genta's Mojikara. Acts as the Team Pet and can grow to Mecha scale, goyo de!
- Face-Heel Turn: Pulls one for about 30 seconds in the Shinkenger/Go-Onger team-up. He arrives on Samurai World and helps police capture 4 of the main characters. He comes to them in their jail cell shortly afterwords to help them escape, appologizing that he (being based on a feudal police lantern) got caught up in the moment and didn't realize it was them.
- Light 'em Up: Well he is an offshoot of Genta, whose element is light. Can be so bright hidden secrets are revealed and enemies can be blinded.
- Meaningful Name/Punny Name: Being fashioned on an Edo police officer, DaiGoyo's name and Verbal Tic have an interesting reference built in: Go-yo was what Edo period lawmen would say to clear the way when they were on official business. At night, they would carry latterns with the phrase on them in kanji.
- Secret Keeper: Sort of. During the events of both Shinkenger team-up movies, he was the only character to witness an upcoming new Sentai team when they fought against Gedoushu members who attempted to do some sinister plan while the Shinkengers and the other team were busy fighting the big bad of the movie. After the brief fight, the team would notice DaiGoyo and ask him not to tell the other teams about themselves.
- Team Pet
- Verbal Tic: Goyo de!
- Weapon of Choice:
Chimatsuri Dokoku | Voice actor: Rintaro Nishi
"WHERE'S MY SAKE!?!"The Big Bad Boss. Lives on a Ghost Ship in the Sanzu river. Extremely irritable, and spends much of his time doing nothing but drinking sake.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- The Dreaded: Considering Rintaro Nishi is the voice of Shadam, Dairanger audiences might wonder whether Dokoku is going to pull off some ridiculous *Kick the Dog stunts to parents and children. We can thank our lucky stars he doesn't - [[spoilers: slightly subverted - he steps on Dayu's remnants without any sign of remorse]]
- Bad Boss Dokoku is verbally abusive to all of his underlings, and has a well-earned reputation for killing any of his minions who can not prove their helpfulness to him, whether through failure, or being of no further use to his plans. Even so, Dokoku doesn't play this trope straight, as he also he's seen giving a peptalk to a maimed Ayakashi, and has been talked out of killing failed underlings on at least two occasions.
- BFS: Shoryu Bakuzanto
- Big Bad
- Devour the Dragon: Kills a mortally wounded Dayu and absorbs her, allowing him to resist the seal against him. Though Dayu allowed him to do so, and he was visibly upset when she died.
- Drowning My Rage
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He makes Maku seem pale in comparison.
- Orcus on His Throne: Out of the whole series, there are only 3 Acts where he does something other than chugging down sake. The reason being he dries up much faster than any other Gedoushuu.
Usukawa Dayu | Voice actress (just actress in flashbacks): Romi Park
"At last, I can let go of my human past too."The only regular female Gedoushuu. Can be seen playing a Shamisen Of Murder. Can be considered a Dark Chick.
- Dark Chick
- Her Heart Will Go On: She is able to finally let go of her past and Shinza.
- Instrument of Murder: Her Shamisen.
- The Smurfette Principle
- Was Once a Man
- Hey It's That Voice: Her most renowned role is Edward Alric from Full Metal Alchemist
Hone no Shitari | Voice actor: Cho
"I wish to keep on living, even if I have to surrender half of my remaining lifespan for that!"Mad Scientist and The Strategist. Looks suspisciously like Cthulhu. Rarely leaves the ship, and instead constantly makes plans to increase Sanzu River's water. Thought to have died during the Shinkenger finale. However, he survives the Rokumon Junk's sinking and reappears in Goseiger vs. Shinkenger, where he assists Buredoran of the Chimatsuri. But after learning of Buredoran's true intensions, Shitari escapes and forms an army of black versions of the Nanashi and Nosakamata to regain the Sanzu River's water. Unfortunately, before he could put his plan into action, he is stopped by the Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, who quickly destroy his army and then him after assuming the forms of the previous five Red Rangers.
- Badass Bookworm: Despite usually staying on the junk and studying old records, he is able to hold his own quite well the few times he directly engages in battle.
- Combat Tentacles
- Evil Genius
- Evil Wizard
- Old Retainer: Implied to be this to Dokoku.
- The Strategist
- Undying Loyalty: To Dokoku
Fuwa Juzo | Actor: Mitsuru Karahashi
"All I want is to fight... until even my marrow turns into dust."An enigmatic Gedoushu swordsman whom the others consider a "stray". Loves fighting, and has a one-sided rivalry towards Takeru.
- Blood Knight: Probably the darkest, sickest take on this trope in the franchise' history, ALL he cares about is fighting and killing, Akumaro's plan with him fails because he actually thought he cared about something else.
- The Brute: He doesn't take much attention in strategies or such, all he cares about is slicing people up.
- Expy: Of Jin from Gosei Sentai Dairanger.
- Master Swordsman: He was the leader of a samurai clan after all... Even Takeru has difficulty in beating him.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Willingly to save Takeru knowing what awaits him should Dokoku find out just so that he and Takeru can have a Duel to the Death.
- The Rival
- Villainous Rescue: Since Juzo is interested to fight Takeru and consider him as worth for his blade and thirst to fight.
- Was Once a Man: And still retains his human form.
Sujigarano Akumaro | Voice actor: Ryo Horikawa
"This pain...I see it. This is...this is...hahahaha..."An unusually polite Enigmatic Minion who surfaces after Dokoku's power boost; an expert schemer with a perpetual grin. Eventually turns Starscream after Dokoku's Phlebotinum Breakdown.
- The Dragon: Akumaro commands a whole slew of personal Ayakashi and gets away with screwing Doukokuu once. That speaks a lot about his power.
- Evil Sorcerer: He's good at what can be considered a Gedoushu Onmyodo.
- Knight of Cerebus: His plans are even more elaborate than the one's Shiratori devises and he orchestrated Fuuwa Juzo's *Start of Darkness by murdering his parents - Subverted: Juzo doesn't give a shit about his parents' death and pulls an Eviler Than Thou. Akumaro is so disgustingly impressed he compliments Juzo as a "true Gedou"
- Faux Affably Evil
- Genre Savvy: Introduces the Kirigami - his personal army of Elite Mooks
- Brains and Bondage
- Hedonist: To ridiculous sadomasochistic levels
- Know When to Fold 'Em: He's strong but he knows better than to fight Dokoku.
- Hell on Earth: Around his debut point, he mentions that he wishes to create it. Turns out that he means it literally when he reveals his plan to reverse Hell and Earth, even betraying his fellow Gedoushu to make it happen.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Hoh hoh hoh...
- Omnicidal Maniac: Extends to his Ayakashi as well
- The Starscream: A pretty successful one, his manages to largely get away from Dokoku's attempts to punish him unscathed, his plans instead failing because of Juzo not going through with them to due to not wanting to give up his sword.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Juzo stops his 800 year ambition - he freaking loses his shit and goes Psycho Electro
- Irony: Claims he has nothing left worth living for once the plan fails.
- Laughing Mad
- Die Laughing: One of the only tokusatsu villains to pull this off magnificently. He and Kamen Rider Eternal (Katsumi Daido) should converse about YOLO.
- The Bad Guys Win: His death gave him the eternal suffering he always wanted - and he gladly takes it