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-->''Inside the human body, a mysterious power is hidden. With training and discipline, this infinite power can be obtained.''

''Hikari Sentai Maskman'' (Light Squadron Maskman) is the eleventh Franchise/SuperSentai series, running from 1987 to 1988. Not to be confused with the Korean animated series [[NamesTheSame also titled]] ''Maskman''.

Commander Sugata, a master of the mysterious Aura Power, assembles a team of five martial artists and instructs them in the use of their inner Aura to offset the menace of Tube, a once peaceful empire now ruled by the evil Emperor Zeba, who seeks to extend his reign to the surface world. Red Mask Takeru's girlfriend Mio is in fact Iyal, Princess of Tube, who is sentenced to sleep forever in an ice coffin for falling in love with a surface dweller. Maskman fights for peace both on and beneath the earth.

!!The Maskmen are:
* Takeru ('''Red Mask'''): [[TheLeader The leader of the team]], trained in Karate. He is a racecar driver.
* Kenta ('''Black Mask'''): [[TheLancer Second-in-command]] and [[TheSmartGuy the brains]], trained in Kobudo. He worked as a mechanic.
* Akira ('''Blue Mask'''): [[KidAppealCharacter Youngest member]], trained in Chinese Kempo and broadsword.
* Haruka ('''Yellow Mask'''): ActionGirl, trained in Ninjutsu and raised without enjoying girly things, making her the [[TheBigGuy strongest fighter]] on the team.
* Momoko ('''Pink Mask'''): TheChick, trained in Tai Chi Chuan. She is the LadyOfWar.

!!Tube's significant members include:
* Zeba, the [[BigBad Emperor]] of the Underground Empire. [[spoiler:Actually an usurper who overthrew the previous Emperor in order to avenge his father's death.]]
* Igam, Prince of the Underground Empire and [[TheDragon second only to Zeba]]. Iyal's twin sibling, [[spoiler:[[SamusIsAGirl who is actually a woman]].]]
* Baraba, Commander of the Underground Empire. A [[TheBrute skilled swordsman]] from the Baruga Clan.
* Anagamas, EvilGenius, through the use of Tube's lore, magic-using and ThePlan.
* Fu-Min, a [[DarkActionGirl female]] {{ninja}} from the Fu Clan who serves Igam.
* Oya-Bu, a {{ninja}} from the Buyon Clan and WorthyOpponent.
* Kiros, an antagonistic Thief Knight who [[SixthRanger joins the rest of Tube]]. [[MurderTheHypotenuse He vies against Takeru for Iyal's love]].
* Okelampa: An Energy Beast. A burrowing critter whose only purpose is to [[MakeMyMonsterGrow bring the monsters up to size]].
* Ungler Soldiers: The {{Mooks}}

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!!'''Recurring''' Super Sentai tropes:

* AllYourPowersCombined:
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "Aura Mask!" followed by their individual names.
** Ryo on the other hand yells "Change Power" to transform into [=X1=].
* CallingYourAttacks
* CombinationAttack:
* CoolAirship: The Turbo Ranger, [[Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger not to be confused with the Sentai team that debuted two years later]].[[note]]The name of the ship is actually pronounced "Turbo RUN-ger" or ターボランジャー.[[/note]] The ship is designed to resemble a sports car.
* CoolBike: The Mask Roader, a set of bikes for each member except Red Mask, who gets the...
* CoolCar: ...Spin Cruiser, an armed buggy modified from an F1 race car.
* EyeCatch: The eyecatch before the break shows the Maskman team. The end of the commercial break features Great Five posing with Photo Electron Riser and the Five Shield.
* FinishingMove: The Shot Bomber and Jet Cannon.
* FiveManBand
** TheLeader: Takeru
** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart]] [[TheLancer Lancer]]: Kenta
** KidAppealCharacter: Akira
** [[TheBigGuy The Big Girl]]: Haruka
** TheChick: Momoko
** [[OneShotCharacter One-Shot]] SixthRanger: Ryo Asuka/'''[[color:green:X-1 Mask]]''', for #39.
* HomeBase
* HumongousMecha: Introduced the first giant robot in ''Super Sentai'' formed from five components, which meant that every member of the team finally piloted an individual mecha.
** CombiningMecha: Masky Fighter (Red) + [[ChekhovsGun Drill]] (Black) + Tank (Blue) + Jet (Yellow) + Gyro (Pink) = Great Five
** TransformingMecha: The Land Galaxy, a truck which transforms into the Galaxy Robo.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Takeru, being a racecar driver, was given the Spin Cruiser buggy as his personal vehicle, the only thing that could thwart a monster's scheme. Two episodes later, he manages to master the [[LimitBreak God Hand]] move.
* MakeMyMonsterGrow: Okelampa's reason for living.
* {{Mook}}s
* MonsterOfTheWeek: They were called ''Chiteijū'' ("Underground Beasts"). A few of the early ones were actually two monsters in one, which were composed of an "Underground Doggler" and a "parasite" that would grant it power
* TheMovie: The Maskmen tried to help a mermaid that was being deceived by Tube to sing a destructive song. Oh, and they had a DancingTheme for opening.
* OnTheNextEpisodeOfCatchPhrase
* SupervillainLair
* ThemeMusicPowerUp
* TransformationTrinket: Averted. They wear a wrist device called the Masking Brace, but the actual transformation procedure is to [[PowerGlows glow with]] 'aura power' while doing HandSeals, making a screen of it in front of them that suits them up as they pass through. The Masking Brace is simply a communicator.
* TwoGirlsToATeam: The fourth Sentai team in a row and once again another Yellow and Pink duo.
* WeaponOfChoice
** SwissArmyWeapon: The Laser Magnums.[[note]][[CoolGuns/{{Handguns}} Gun]] and [[CoolSword Sword]] Modes.[[/note]]
** {{BFG}}: The Shot Bomber, and later the Jet Cannon.
** Takeru: [[CoolSword Masky Blade]]
** Kenta: [[EpicFlail Masky]] [[SimpleStaff Rod]][[note]]A three-sectioned staff.[[/note]]
** Akira: [[DualTonfas Masky Tonfas]]
** Haruka: [[KillerYoYo Masky Rotor]]
** Momoko: [[WhipItGood Masky Ribbon]]

!!Tropes Specific to Hikari Sentai Maskman:

* AscendedExtra: X-1 Mask appears on the cover of DVD set Vol. 4, despite not being a regular.
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: Igam became a nun.]]
* TheArtifact: The number "5" on their emblem, which was decided back when the team was originally going to be called "Fiveman".
* BarehandedBladeBlock: One episode had Kenta learning this in order to thwart Baraba's scheme.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Even though Takeru and Iyal are reunited in the end, it doesn't last long. She's become the new ruler of Tube and is forced to break things off with him.]]
** At least he still has his friends.
* BrattyHalfPint: Takeru as a kid.
* CatchPhrase: After fulfilling his weekly purpose, Okelampa exclaims "Yare Yare" ("Oh dear"/ "Good Heavens").
** In the brazilian dub, he says "Eu tô cansado" (I'm tired).
** In Filipino, he says "Makauwi na nga" (ScrewThisImOuttaHere).
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Aura Power.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Dr. Catherine, Chief Sugata's other assistant in Episode 3 (the one played by a white girl).
* CowardlyLion: One of the MonsterOfTheWeek turns Kenta into this.
* DancingTheme: The movie opening.
* DarkerAndEdgier: One of the first attempts of Super Sentai to instill seriousness (as in StarCrossedLovers) in the series (before Series/JAKQDengekitai was included).
* DubNameChange: For some reason, when this Sentai was aired in Brazil, Takeru's name was slightly altered to "Takeo", while Haruka and Momoko were respectively rechristened "Sayaka" ([[NamesTheSame no relation to]] [[Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman Change Mermaid]]) and "Keiko".
** Not to mention the usual Filipino schtick. Apparently Takeru becomes "Michael Joe", amongst things.
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:Turns out Zeba was actually the spawn of Rizal Doggler, a malignant creature defeated by the ''original'' Tube royal family. Driven by a seething hatred against humans from both sides of the crust, it proceeds to destroy the rest of the original family save Ial and Igam, corrupting Tube into becoming a militaristic CrapsackWorld using enslaved underground humans in an attempt to reach the surface world and extend its malicious grip.]]
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: [[spoiler:Baraba's sorrow over his mother's death is what allows him to defeat Devil Doggler and obtain the Ground Empire Sword...]]
** MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: [[spoiler: ... which is what Baraba's mother counted on happening when she fought Devil Doggler. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Akira]]]].
* {{Expy}}: Closer to the ShoutOut below, Takeru draws similarities with [[{{Anime/Daimos}} Kazuya Ryuuzaki]] the most, since he is the male StarCrossedLovers, runs on ThePowerOfLove, and is a karateka.
* FaceHeelTurn: Akira. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Turns out]] [[DemonicPossession he was just possessed by an evil spirit]]]].
* FakeDefector: That one episode where Haruka and Momoko get 'brainwashed' into gangsters.
* GagSub: In the CS Centrl fansub of the series they took Okelampa's CatchPhrase above and even though he exactly said "Yare yare", the subtitle will say amongst things like "Whatever..."[[[note]]which is, in context, the most correct translation, pretty much along the lines of Kyon's "good grief" in LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya.[[/note]] or "I need a bath..." or "I need a raise..." Could also go to DeadpanSnarker territory with lines like, "[[StatingTheSimpleSolution Why don't the Maskmen shoot me first?]]" It gets even more ridiculous and crazier in latter episodes with lines as "Don't worry, Kenta! You still have *insert all one-episode girl that interacted with him from the previous episodes, ''with the episode numbers mentioned''*, you goddamn playboy!" (Note that this might cross the line since this is said after [[spoiler:Kenta's girl of the week just tragically died]])
** CS Centrl is pretty liberal when it comes to subs, actually. Just watch their ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'' subs (where else would you watch "aa, sonna..."[[note]]"aw, c'mon"[[/note]] translated as "No way, Jose"[[note]]that's on Episode 28, by the way. TheOneWith Dryer Jigen[[/note]]?).
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Takeru delivers this twice on his teammates, first for Haruka, then for Kenta.
* HandsomeLech: Kenta.
* ItOnlyWorksOnce: Despite its legendary reputation, Takeru's God Hand technique is only used once after its premiere in episode 6, and fails to damage its target.
** [[FridgeBrilliance Perhaps this is why]] [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Captain Marvelous]] also failed to make it work years later... [[FridgeBrilliance Then again, said monster without problems withstood other Sentai attacks and even one that would've destroyed normal monsters like]] [[Series/KagakuSentaiDynaman New Super Dynamite]]...
* {{Keet}}: Akira is the Genki Guy of the team.
* LensmanArmsRace : Both, Baraba and Prince Igam, receive new weapons shortly after the Maskman team has gotten theirs first.
* LoveTriangle: Takeru, Iyal and Kiros.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: The Galaxy Robo and Jet Cannon.
** Baraba and Prince Igam get theirs in the form of the Daichiteiken[[note]]Ground Empire Sword[[/note]] and the Igam Dragon respectively.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: When the Maskman are rushing in their new Galaxy Robo to [[spoiler: go retrieve the stolen Great Five]], they notice that the MonsterOfTheWeek is on their tail. So they stop to fight him... and we find out that PowerGlows even applies to ''using the brake pedal.''
* NeverTrustATrailer: Not very severe but the preview for episode one makes it look lighthearted and nothing very heavy.
* OnlyOneName: None of the Maskmen seem to have surnames, except Ryo Asuka, the one-off X-1 Mask.
* ThePlan: Anagamas' plan to [[spoiler:bury the Great Five]] depends on one, heavily.
* PosthumousCharacter: Dr. Yamagata (the inventor of the Galaxy Robo)
* ThePowerOfLove: Takeru's love with Mio/Iyal usually is what pushes him forward.
* PowerOfTheGodHand: While the effectiveness is questionable, the idea behind naming the LimitBreak God Hand still stands.
* ShoutOut: Homages mecha anime ''Choudenji Machine Voltes V'' and ''Toushou {{Anime/Daimos}}'' both with Maskman's mecha, and key plot elements: The main hero's girlfriend is actually the princess of the invaders he fights as in ''Daimos'', and Prince Igam is looked down upon by the rest of Tube for being related to the traitor Princess Iyal, mirroring Prince Hainel from ''Voltes''. Galaxy Robo's Aura Road Spark is also a ShoutOut to ''Anime/CombattlerV'''s Grand Dasher Wave.
** Oya-Bu's design is a ShoutOut to TheFlash. He also sort of has Flash's SuperSpeed when running.
* SkySurfing: The Jet Cannon can double as a 'sky surfing board'
* StarCrossedLovers: Takeru and Iyal
* TemporalParadox: Igam tried to do this by traveling back in time and attempting to kill Takeru when he's a kid.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Haruka and Momoko. [[spoiler: And of course, Igam and Iyal]]
* VillainSong: We Are Angler by Koorogi '73.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Akira mostly fights and continues training to make his mother proud.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Okelampa's final fate [[spoiler:after he enlarges Anagamas for his final battle]] is unknown.
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