Series: Gekisou Sentai Carranger
Gekisō Sentai Carranger
Fighting for traffic safety! Gekisou Sentai, Caaaaaaaaaaarranger!
(Extreme Rush Squadron Carranger) is the twentieth installment in the Super Sentai
series, airing from 1996 to 1997. It's about a group of idiot workers
at Pegasus Garage who use the power of car-shaped constellations to fight a group of idiot aliens
called "Space Biker-Gang Bowzock".note
As the twentieth installment of the franchise, it's an Affectionate Parody
of Super Sentai
and all the tropes it has, while being a full Super Sentai series in and of itself
. At the time, Super Sentai
was under serious threat of cancellation due to falling ratings, and popular opinion is that the executives simply did not give a damn
and allowed the writers to do whatever the hell they thought they could get away with... resulting in a series so ridiculous, comedic and inexplicably popular that it saved the franchise.
Adapted in the US as Power Rangers Turbo
. They attempted
to make a serious series out of it at first (using the most goofy monster suits and stock footage imaginable) but gave up halfway.
Their allies include:
And the "evil" Bowzock.
Recurring Super Sentai tropes:
- All Your Powers Combined: The Giga Formula.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": "C" is for Carranger
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "Gekisou! AccelChanger!"
- Calling Your Attacks: Parodied in one episode. In the Monster vs. Mecha battle, the villain (SS Paaman) prepares his ultimate attack. Unfortunately, its name is so long that the Carrangers kill him before he can pull it off. (See Shout-Out below for why it's so long.)
- Cool Bike: For the first time in the franchise, no one in the main team had a motorcycle (instead they had go-karts). However, Signalman rode one called the Polispeeder.
- Cool Car: In addition to the aforementioned Speeder Machine go-karts (one for each member), the Ranger Vehicles and VRV Machines that composed the team's mecha naturally filled this role. They also had two sentient cars named the Pegasus Thunder and the Dragon Cruiser.
- Crossover: Carranger vs. Ohranger
- Custom Uniform: A partial version, since the differences were a male version and a female version.
- Eyecatch: Both before and after the break, the eyecatch features a zig-zagging line, which is revealed to be the Vehicle (or vehicles if more than one are featured) of the hero of the episode which stops as "Carranger" appears on one of the straight lines of the pattern in English. In the post-break version, we hear a small piece of the Carranger theme in instrumental. The footage from these eyecatches were used in the second half of Power Rangers Turbo which makes the only Power Rangers season to also use the eyecatches from Super Sentai. From episode 32, the eyecatch changes: the same "zig-zag" and vehicle is seen at first, but only at the start of the eyecatch, where it opens into a split screen showing the Carranger tied to the color/vehicle, as well as both the vehicle and humanoid version of their VRV Machine.
- Finishing Move: The Carrangers all have a unique move, but rely on the Giga Formula/Booster for that last hit.
- Five-Man Band: There are two Smart Guys on the team. note
- Home Base: The Pegasus Garage, in a sense.
- Humongous Mecha: In addition to the heroes' mechas, there was also Braking, the dragon mecha Ritch Ritchhiker used after taking over the Baribarian. It notably gave the RV Robo a run for its money, forcing the Carrangers into getting new mechs.
- A Mech by Any Other Name: The Ranger Vehicles and the VRVnote Machines (which could transform into humanoid forms called "VRV Fighters").
- Combining Mecha: Notable for having the only Super Sentai mecha combination to date that is made up entirely of transforming robots. Also notable is that RV Robo and VRV Robo's limbs are interchangeable, a combination scheme that would later become a staple of Sentai robots in the 00s.
- Red Vehicle + Green Vehicle + Blue Vehicle + Yellow Vehicle + Pink Vehicle = RV Robo
- V Fire + V Dump + V Police + V Dozer + V Rescue = VRV Robo
- Transforming Mecha: In addition to the aforementioned VRV Machines, Signalman's Sirender patrol car could transform into a robot as well, while the Vic Trailer, the giant trailer that stores the five VRV Machines, can transform into a robot that supports the VRV Robo in combat. White Racer's Radiecar Robo (which transforms from a car into a Mega Neko) is a parody of this concept.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: A great deal of episodes, if not all, have terminology relating to roads and driving.
- In the Name of the Moon:
All: "Fighting for traffic safety! Gekisou Sentai - CaaaarrrRanger!"
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: The Carrangers don't really have a leader within their Five-Man Band - Dappu (and briefly, VRV Master) basically points them in the direction of the Bowzocks when they appear - until about halfway through, when VRV Master finally gets this into Kyousuke's head. He then gets hepped on the idea, takes it a bit too far, and eventually recovers the stolen RV Robo by himself.
- Make My Monster Grow: The single silliest method of this in Super Sentai history: the Bowzock eat imoyoukan (a real Japanese snack food made from jellied sweet potatoes) to grow giant. Better yet, only fresh, hand-made imoyoukan (and from a PARTICULAR store, too, for even more comedy) makes them grow; factory-made pre-packaged and/or stale imoyoukan makes them shrink instead.
- Pre-packaged imoyoukan and its shrinking property becomes a Chekhov's Gun as it is used against the Big Bad in the final episode in order to depower him.
- Mooks: The Wumpers.
- "On the Next Episode of..." Catch Phrase
- Regular Caller
- Secret Identity: The first show to actually do it, in fact - so see below.
- Supervillain Lair: The BB Saloon.
- Theme Music Power-Up: For the Carrangers and the Zokurangers.
- Transformation Trinket: AccelChanger.
- Two Girls to a Team: The sixth Yellow and Pink duo.
- Weapon of Choice
Tropes specific to Gekisou Sentai Carranger: