Engine Sentai Go-onger is the 32nd program in the Super Sentai series, which aired from 2008 to 2009.The world of Go-onger is split into eleven different worldsnote Human, Machine, Samurai, Christmas, Junk, Sound, Stormy, Gunman, Magic, Prism, and Grass World, of which the place we live (the Human World) is only one. When three high-ranking members of the Gaiark, a machine clan which thrives on pollution, escape into the Human World, they are pursued by the inhabitants of the Machine World: Engines, humongous sentient vehicles.Discovering that their power is greatly limited in the Human World, the Engines recruit three people at a racing circuit to become the Go-Onger and fight against the polluting conquests of the Gaiark. They are later joined by two more members, and a pair of psychic siblings who form the aloofSixth Ranger duo "Go-On Wings".Originally unintended to be contractually bound to its US version, Go-onger was... weird. The series took a sharp turn to comedy, sacrificing a significant plotline for Running Gags, Character Exaggerations, and overall tried to be muchLighter and Softer than an average Super Sentai title. For many, this came off as a polarizing shift in the wake of the dark and story-heavy previous series. It didn't help that people weren't informed beforehand about the series being a deliberate attempt at comedy. The incorporated Green Aesop was also seen by some as a bit preachy (though it was for the most part Played for Laughs). That's not to say it's bad; there are many moments where it's genuinely fun, funny, or both, especially when looked past the seemingly childish premise. It also plays a lot of Japanese Media Tropes, in particular Super Sentai tropes, very often, even to the brink of parody. Very ironic when one considers what happened between Power Rangers Turbo and Gekisou Sentai Carranger vs. this series and it's American counterpart.And remember: This series is comedy.We're supposed to laugh!"Adapted" for American audiences as Power Rangers RPM.
1 - Sosuke Esumi/Go-On Red - "Speed King": A former race car driver. Not a thinker, and expect him to go gung-ho in a battle.
Eyecatch: The eyecatch is the five primary Engines shown in a race and BOMPER as the referee, with the viewers told to make a guess who wins. After the break, the winner is shown and that mecha says a short catchphrase. In GP Final, everyone wins and everyone makes a catchphrase altogether.
Home Base: The Ginjiro* Ginjiro-go; the "go" here being a common suffix added to vehicles.: Also Bigger on the Inside, given the number of people, mecha, and pieces of merchandise they're able to fit in there.
Humongous Mecha: Go-onger currently holds the highest record in Super Sentai for multiple mecha combination in-series* Not counting outside the TV series.: EngineOh G12 composed of 12 pieces.
Mecha Expansion Pack: The "Engine Busō" system, in which Engine Oh uses other Engines for new weapons or upgrades.
Engine Oh + Birca = Engine Oh Birca
Engine Oh + Gunpherd = Engine Oh Gunpherd
Engine On + Toripter + Jeptras = Engine Oh Jetoripter
Engine Oh + Gunbir Oh = Engine Oh G6
Engine Oh G6 + Seiku Oh = Engine Oh G9
Engine Oh G9 + Kyoretsu Oh = Engine Oh G12
Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: "GP"* Read as "Grand Prix". for episodes. The first two characters in the titles are Kanji, and the rest is in Katakana.
In the Name of the Moon: Pushed wayUp to Eleven: The Rangers* Separately for Go-Ongers and Go-On Wings., the Engines* Including the Prehistoric Engines who can't speak a word; they get subtitles., the villains and — wait for it — all the Humongous Mechaincluding Go-Roader GTall have their lines. Short version? EVERYONE.
First, the Rangers* When said in Japanese, all their lines end with "-kai", thus making rhymes.:
Then the Engines* The Prehistoric Engines can't speak human language; theirs are subtitles.:
Speedor: The highway star with a full tank of courage! Engine Speedor! Bus-On: The safe ride gallant and pure! I be Engine Bus-On! BearRV: The tough girl of charm and guts! Engine BearRV-ya! Birca: The easygoing dreamer! Engine Birca here! Gunpherd: The hard emergency dispatch! This is Engine Gunpherd! Carrigator: The giant chieftain* More accurately, "star" or "leading figure".! Engine Carrigator-de gozaru! Toripter: Flying free and tricky! Me Engine Toripter! Jetras: The silver air master! Engine Jetras! Jum-bowhale: With me, everything is first class! I am Engine Jum-bowhale! Kishamoth: Full speed ahead from the ancient times! Engine Kishamoth arriving! T-Line: Ascend* Go uphill! The Engine of wishes* "Nozomi"; also the fastest Japanese long-distance railway line., T-Line! K-Line: Descend* Go downhill! The Engine of light* "Hikari"; also a famous Japanese bullet train., K-Line!
And the Ministers* Notably, each of them uses a slightly different variation of "I".:
Yogostein: The ground dried and fissured! I'm* "Ware" the Land Pollution Minister, Yogostein! Kegalesia: The water murky and defiled! I'm* "Warawa" the Water Pollution Minister, Kegalesia! Kitaneidas: The atmosphere tainted and black! I'm* "Watashi" the Air Pollution Minister, Kitaneidas!"
As if the concept hasn't been lampooned enough already, Yogostein, Hiramechimedes and Happa* Dynamite Banki struck the final blow in GP 17. Yogostein: The one who hatefully pollutes the land! Earth Pollution Minister Yogostein -nari! Hiramechimedes: I gain a flash of brilliance through pok-pok-ping* The sounds of his Idea Bulbs lighting up.! Earth Pollution Vice-Minister Hiramechimedes! Happa Banki: No. 1 ruffian of Earth Pollution! Happa Banki! All:In the name of Earth Pollution, we'll eliminate you!
Sōsuke is the only one who can control KyoretsuOh efficiently, because no one else can understand what the Prehistoric Engines say.
The KanKan Bar and its expansion, KanKan Mantan Gun; they're probably not assigned to only Sōsuke, but by default, they require all three Prehistoric Engine Souls contracted to him.
A side-story and GP50 also show that Speedor, Bus-on and Bearrv can also be used.
Make My Monster Grow: "Industrial Revolution!": KO'd Bankiju can use the Bikkurium capsule inside them to grow to giant size. It's possible for them to shrink back when it runs out. They're also not above activating it before KO.
Two Girls to a Team: Like in the previous series, the main team only has one girl (Go-on Yellow), even after it was extended from the initial trio to a standard five member team. However, a second full-time female ranger is later introduced in the form of Go-on Silver, the female half of the Go-on Wings, resulting in another odd color combination for the female duo (Yellow and Silver).
Alas, Poor Villain: Kitanedas and Kegalesia's death together after they betray Yogoshimacritein. And they don't care at all. Why? They just want to be with Yogostein again. They reach out to each other before finally shutting down.
Backronym At first glance, Bomper's name sounds like a twist of "Bumper", especially because the vehicle theme. But then we find out that it actually stands for "Born-to Outerdimension and Mechanic × Pitcrew-type ENGINE-support Robot".
Bad Boss: Yogoshimacritein, who fires through two of his Quirky Miniboss Squad to hit the Go-ongers. He even denounced his (dead) son as a useless failure.
Batman Gambit: GP 22 is basically about Hiramechimedes and Hiroto trying to out-gambit each other. Pretending to be exiled by Yogostein, fatally injured and all, Hiramechimedes tells the Go-ongers that he wanted to race Hiroto to Hellgaille Palace as his last wish. Hiroto accepted, and knowing him awfully well, had everything prepared. Hiramechimedes finally outwitted them, but there's one thing he didn't calculate about: Go-ongers* Well, they didn't follow him because they suspect him; on the contrary, they came to cheer for both of them..
Benevolent Boss: Despite being the villains, the Gaiark Ministers are surprisingly nice. Their monsters may lose to the Go-ongers' tactics and have to retreat, but if they did well, they praise them. Now that's a boss. * Suck it, Dokoku! Just to drop the anvil; Yogostein personally mourns over Hiramechimedes' death. And that guy's supposed to be the villain!
The Go-ongers may be simple, gullible and headstrong Idiot Heroes who can't do not plan ahead, but it's not an advisable course of action to take advantage of them. Hiramechimedes learned it the hard way.
Played straight in GP 13: the Yakuza boss' daughter is a Kawaiiko who's a closet Delinquent.
Boring Invincible Hero: Averted painfully for Sōsuke as an Aesop. In GP 8, while helping Speedor recover from a bad rust, Sōsuke kept believing that a miracle will happen, since they're the heroes; nothing happened. In the end, he decided to make miracles happen, rather than waiting for them.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Done blatantly in GP 45, where the Go-Ongers thank the viewers at home and wish them a happy new year.
(Voice): Young lady. Please receive my love. Saki: Could this be... a sudden confession?! Oh my. Miu: This is too sudden... I have to consult with my bro. Nigoru: My beautiful... Bea RV. (silence) Saki: So BearR is the one you're confessing to? Miu: Hey! That's not what you should be surprised about. Look, it's Nigoru! Saki:Oh, right.
Not a direct example, but the effect is pretty much the same. GP 26: In a plan to retrieve Bearrv's Soul, which she willingly gave to Nigoru after proposing to her, Jetras went into Bearrv's Cast to fool him into believing that the real one is actually at large.
Funny Bruce Lee Noises: Nunchaku Banki in the teamup movie with Juken Sentai Gekiranger just loved this trope. Regardless of whether he was attacking, jumping, getting hit, or painfully getting knocked across the battlefield by exceptionally powerful attacks, he still made these noises.
Fun with Acronyms: Bomper's full name (in a very SOS-dan way): Born to Outerdimensional and Mechanical x Pit Crew Type Engine Support Robot. It's so long that Hant faints, and Saki acts as if she got a headache just from trying to take it all in.
GP 6: Up aginst a Bankiju who spams sound waves? Just bring earplugs! You won't hear anything though.
Hiroto is overall pretty Genre Savvy, especially when it comes to fighting. A good example of his savviness is in GP 17, when, he managed to pull out Happa Banki's Bikkurium capsule during the battle, preventing it from going Industrial Revolution after it falls asleep.
Ki Attacks: When the Go-ongers lose their partner's Engine Souls in Go-onger vs. Gekiranger, the Gekirangers teach them a new fightning move called "Engine Fist", where the Go-ongers project Geki versions of their Engine partners.
Lethal Chef: Saki averts and plays this trope straight. The aversion is her sweets; they look suspicious at first sight, but actually taste good. The straight example is anything else; she uses too much sugar.
The Ministers have parts of the words related to pollution in their names; Yogostein* "Yogosu"/"Pollute", Kegareshia* "Kegare"/"Impurity" and Kitaneidas* "Kitanai"/"Foul". * Interestingly, all three words derive from the same Kanji.
And Hiramechimedes: His name comes from "Hirameki"* "Flash", i.e: an idea. and "Achimedes", tying him to his mathematics and strategy themes.
Mundane Utility: Invoked in GP 34 when Heater Banki goes into hiding, standing in for a barbecue, then a salon hairdryer...
Also, Go-Roader GT's "Giant Tire" gimmick is an analogue to TackleBoy.
Kyouretsu-Oh is very reminding of Daizyujin/Megazord, particularly the horns and how they fold out in the Transformation Sequence, and also having a Triceratops head for a foot. It is also a dinosaur-themed Expy of God Sigma, because of its similar formation and being three-pieced.
"Time to go on" is a line in the full version of the Dekaranger theme song.
In GP 39, Matsuri Banki is decorated with a bunch of masks, including an AkaRed.
The main team ends their transformation with a spin and a revving sound almost identical to (if not the same as) the one used for Carranger.
The team starts with Red, Blue, and Yellow, and are then joined by Green and Black, same as Choujuu Sentai Liveman.
The whole idea of an environment-conscious, car-themed Sentai has already been done before.
Sōsuke and Speedor, the Red ranger and his mecha, share the symbol of a winged number 1, which was last seen (though in a simpler form) on the helmet of Akaranger.
In GP 40, the finisher for Engine Dai Shogun looks suspiciously similar to another team's finisher.
Neat Freak: Prince Nigoru* Who, in the BIGGEST of ironies, a member of the Water Pollution branch and part of a Gaiark Royal Family. just loves everything a Gaiark can possibly hate; hygiene, beauty and love, among other things. This trait of his is what prompted the patriotic Kegalesia to leave him to die when he lost against Saki and Miu.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: in GP 11, the Banki misleads Sōsuke, Renn, Saki and Hant into leaving the team via TV broadcasts, singling out Gunpei - then decides to broadcast Gunpei's plight. Which is precisely what snaps our heroes out of it.
For villains, the Gaiark Ministers are more antagonistic than actually evil for the most part; the reason they're the bad guys is because pollution is vital for their race and they just happened to choose the Human World for it, which puts them on the different side of the coin from the Go-ongers. The Enemy Mine episode is one instance. So, when it's their turn to die, it was quite sad, especially after what Kegalesia and Kitaneidas said with their last breath.* Of course, this is one viewpoint of Alternate Character Interpretation.
In the same vein, even Hiramechimedes can count. Originally a second-rate member of Gaiark, he initially planned to assassinate Yogostein to take his position. But then, to his surprise, Yogostein offered him the position of second-in-command... which prompted him to completely devote his entire self to his Minister without question. After beaten again and again by Go-ongers, he finally threw away his precious mind by overloading himself with Psycho Serum to match them with raw power, despite Yogostein's plea. All for his master right until his last moment... * sniff* Pardon me...
Punny Name: GunBir-Oh. * "GunBir" = "ganbaru" = "hang in there"/"fight"/"do your best".
During the events of Shinkenger vs. Go-onger, Sosuke also acted as the Red Oni to his successor's, Takeru Shiba, Blue Oni.
Retraux: It may not look it, but Go-Onger has been lightly touched by this. On the one hand, there's the return to chunkier mecha designs; then there's Sōsuke's display of patriarchial chauvinism in ep 6, Renn (see Yamato Nadeshiko below), that judo master's forest retreat, even the concept behind G3 Princesses is meant to be old-school... not to mention that the token Jidai Geki episode is a movie instead.
Robot Girl: Kegalesia actually has machinery under her skin.
As if the functional valve on her helmet wasn't any indication.
Secret Identity: Essentially discarded this time: Go-ongers have no qualms about revealing their identities or having them discovered. In fact, some of them even outright said it to people at some point. People even seem to know that the Go-ongers exist. They even have an online fansite. With ratings for all 7.
The Smurfette Principle: While averted within the team once the Go-on Wings joined, it is played straight among the Engines, with Bear-RV being the only female (despite Toripter being voiced by a woman, he is male). As well as Kegalesia among the Gaiarc, of course.
Soap Opera: One Go-On Seminar has Saki mentioning that she follows Korean Drama. A more blatant reference appears in the episode where Miu infiltrates a high school, which has a Drama Club attempting a Korean drama performance, complete with Bae Yong-Jun impersonator.
Spell My Name with an S: The Go-ongers and Go-on Wings' "civilian" jackets are loaded with Gratuitous English, leading to some normal looking names (Sôsuke◊* The name is parsed as "Sōsuke" but TV Tropes won't let you put the ō in a link, Saki◊, Gunpei◊, Hiroto◊, Miu◊), some "OK, I'll give it to you" names (Renn◊), and then Hant◊. Despite the fact that his name was plastered in front of viewers faces for 49 episodes, some English language fansubbers still decided to go with the direct romanization of his name "Hanto".
The official spelling was probably chosen so that the names would divide symmetrically on either side of the zipper: SOS/UKE, RE/NN, SA/KI, GUN/PEI and HA/NT
Stealth Hi/Bye: Jum-bowhale can make his own Engine Soul appear in other Rangers' changers at will.
The word "Engine" is actually written with two Kanji in the official title: "Flame" and "God/Deity".
Hiroto's constant boxing exercises — he's clearly a bantamweight.
Possibly a stretch, but Kegalesia with her everpresent tap might count...
Also, Carrygator forms the shoes* It's a pun on Gator, when pronounced in Japanese, is a homophone for Geta, those traditional wooden sandals you see people wearing in Jidai Geki of every Engine-Oh combination he participates in.
All the Engines have one each, and they use theirs pretty often all the time. But it's a bit arguable with the Prehistoric Engines, because they don't speak.
Bomper's "Bom Bom!".
Renn adds "-su" to every sentence he speaks. But he drops that when in his household.
Birca has a handful of gratuitous foreign phrases, mainly Italian, some Spanish, in addition to his usual one. Most of them don't make a whole lot of sense in the context, al dente.
Even the Ministers: "-nari" for Yogostein, "-(de) ojaru" for Kegalesia, "-zoyo" for Kitaneidas.
They mixed up each other's Verbal Tics in GP 7 while instructing the Literal-Minded Bombe* Gas cylinder Banki what to say via phone.
During the Dino Engines' debut arc, Speedor actually takes offence at the Drill Banki's Verbal Tic "Dori", for being one letter away from 'Doru'. A few eps later, the same thing happens with Jetras and the Engine Banki (see Hilarious in Hindsight above).
Villainous Crossdresser: Hiramechimedes's Camp Gay older brother Kokorootomedes takes this trope to its wackiest, complete with pink wig and heart-based attacks.
In one episode, Gunpei wants Hant to wear a dress and pose as his girlfriend in order to stop Gunpei's mother trying to arrange a marriage for him. Apparently, Hant makes a better girl than the actual girls on the team ...
It's also revealed (at the end of the Granddaughter Hant episode) that one of Hant's side-jobs is being a transvestite maid. He even says it's his favorite!
World of Pun: The series is very, very rich when it comes to puns.
Scoop Banki in GP 3 mistook the place he's supposed to strike for a hill* His actual target was "Neo Tokyo Hills".
As the series went on, the Gaiark Ministers are shown to be quite an odd bunch of fellows themselves, rather than the initial impression of "Evil Invaders from Another Dimension". Near the end of the show surviving members realize just how low their rank with the organization really is.
Happens very quickly with the Drill Banki from the Dino Engines' debut arc. He starts out capable of curbstomping all the Rangers, then promptly gets bitchslapped by the Dino Engines - by the next episode, one Ranger is enough to hold him off. And then the Dino train runs him over.
Hiramechimedes, first mentioned by Yogostein as Gaiark's sharpest mind, started as a genuinely threatening villain; he has a mecha more powerful then the Go-ongers' at that time, he has excellent predictivity, and the core five Engines are scared witless just by hearing his name because of the experience from prior encounters. The only threat to him was the Go-on Wings. But... his losing streak began really quickly after his appearance, starting with a small tactic of teamwork from Go-ongers, and it just went on all the way, even beyond the grave.
One of the Character-of-the-Day in GP 13 is played straight as a yakuza boss. And his ferocity is just... out of this world; he can scare not only the Gaiark Ministers, who are by and large main villains, off like little kids, but even objects!. Could be justified by him being an alien, though.
In GP 30, brainwashed Sōsuke and Renn dress as a Yakuza and a Delinquent respectively, even though both types are NOT known to associate.
Yamato Nadeshiko: Renn is a textbook example despite being male: tall, modest, polite, gentle and overall the most mature and responsible of the Go-ongers. He is the Team Chef and likes to fuss over others to the point where his teammates call him "mother".