"People from the the year 3000 AD and one man from the present have met by chance, for the sake of marking a new passage of time...!"
"Even if we can't change the future, we can change tomorrow."
Mirai Sentai Timeranger (Future Squadron Timeranger) is the twenty-fourth installment in the Super Sentai series, running from 2000 to 2001.By the year 3000AD, Time Travel has been discovered and thoroughly developed. To prevent possible abuses of this technology, it is regulated by the Time Police, an intergalactic organisation that also captures dangerous alien criminals and holds them in cryogenic stasis for the length of their sentence.One such criminal, Don Dorneiro, escapes from the Time Police, hijacks a prison ship full of convicts and flees to the year 2000AD. Captain Ryūya of the Time Police sends four cadets to the past to capture him and his minions, Lira and Gien.Unfortunately, the cadets have been deceived by Lira (masquerading as their captain) and are almost killed upon reaching the 21st century. With their Timeship destroyed, the cadets are trapped in the past until they can apprehend Don Dorneiro and his gang. To aid their mission, they have access to powerful transformation devices called Chrono Changers. However, the Timeranger Project requires all five Chrono Changers to be activated at the same time.Enter Tatsuya Asami, an idealistic young man yearning to break free from his oppressive father and future as the heir of the prestigious Asami Group corporation. Happening upon the cadets, he becomes their fifth member and vows to change the future for the better even against the pessimism of the other four Timerangers. Later on, an old university acquaintance of Tatsuya called Naoto Takizawa seizes some of the Timeranger technology for himself and becomes Time Fire, a Rival and Foil to Tatsuya himself.A major theme in Timeranger is the nature of fate. The characters of the future, being from a period where Time Travel has been extensively researched, are resigned to the fact that the future is entirely predetermined. On the other hand, the characters from the present day are determined to change their own destinies: Tatsuya wishes to break free from the future that has been decided for him since his birth, while Naoto wants to gain power in a world where connections and nepotism mean more than hard work. Eventually, the team discover that the entire story was set in motion by one solitary person whose only wish was to change his own future.
Naoto Takizawa: (Time Fire): Sixth Ranger, from the present. A JerkassRival to Tatsuya who seizes the power of TimeFire so that he can take control of his own destiny and advance up the professional ladder. Resents Tatsuya because he believes he was given everything on a plate, while Naoto had to work hard to be acknowledged (and never was to the same level as Tatsuya).
Evil Counterpart: Naoto to Tatsuya. There's a reason they both get the red suits. But a secondEvil Counterpart exists in Ryuya, who also wishes to change his own fate. But he does so out of purely selfish reasons and by changing the past instead of the future.
Finishing Move: Slight subversion; the finishers are meant to shrink, not kill, their adversaries.
The Lancer: Ayase note While Yuuri the effectual leader would've been The Lancer, Ayase directly contrasts the optimistic Tatsuya by being one of the most melancholic, standoffish lone wolf guy (aside from Naoto).
Humongous Mecha: After several shows with multiple combining robots, Timeranger went back to having one individual mecha per ranger. Instead, their main set of mechas now have three possible combined forms (two robot forms and a jet).
Bittersweet Ending - The disaster in 2000AD that would have wiped out two-thirds of the Earth has been averted, and Tatsuya and Yuri finally confess their love to each other. But the Time Agents have to return to the future, and depending on whether or not Captain Ryūya was telling the truth about the changes made to history, it may be the same future they came from: one where Domon is still banned from the ring, Ayase is definitely going to die and Yuri's family is still dead.
Broken Aesop - In episode 17, an aesop is taught that fighting is wrong, even in self-defense - in a Super Sentai series, where fights are the preferred method of problem solving.
Broken Bird - Yuuri has hints of this as her family was murdered when she was ten.
Casanova Wannabe - The reason why Domon never seems to get a student for his self defense class.
Conspicuous CG: Used slightly jarringly for the transformation sequences of the main five, but they try to cover it up by heavy use of rotating the angle at which the viewer sees the CG Timerangers (this works better for some than others).
Death Seeker - Because Ayase has the incurable Osiris Syndrome, he practically chooses to completely forget his well-being to protect people.
The Fatalist - The characters from the year 3000AD. Augmented by the fact that they are from a time period where Time Travel has been greatly researched and accept it as common knowledge that the future cannot be changed. The series never answers the question of whether it is possible, but it does instil the message that whether or not time is predetermined, you have to possess hope for the future.
Gold Digger - Lira even tells Dorneiro outright that she'll keep loving him if he keeps giving her money. But when Dorneiro died she also said that even without the money she will still have liked Dorneiro a little
Heroic BSOD - T.A.C. in a very late episode. Because he just doesn't seem to have the crucial data the rangers needed.
Mad Scientist - Gien, especially in the later episodes where he completely went bonkers for death and destruction.
The Man Behind the Man - Captain Ryūya. He orchestrated everything, including Dorneiro's release and Naoto's death, because he saw a glimpse of two possible timelines - in both of which he would die - and wished to change history so that he would survive. He succeeds in changing history, but is killed in a different way instead.
Meaningful Name - All three main villain are named after forms of currency; specifically, Dolnero from dinheiro, Lila from lira and Gien from Yen, the former two are currencies of Portugal and Italy, respectively (and the first one is still the Portuguese word for "money").
Moment Killer - There was a breakfast scene where Tatsuya and Yuuri were alone and enjoying themselves over pancakes when Sion suddenly bursts in, making the couple bounce several inches from each other.
Multiform Balance: The red, sword-wielding Time Robo Alpha is generally sturdier and better in close combat, while the blue, gun-wielding Time Robo Beta is more agile. Time Jet Gamma is for sturdy defenses and safe time travel.
Official Couple - Honami and Domon (They even have a child!) and Tatsuya and Yuuri via Last Minute Hookup in the finale. But of course Yuuri and Domon still have to return to the future...
The Only One Allowed to Defeat You - It came to the point that Yuuri shielded Dorneiro from Gien's attack because she wants to be the one to arrest him and complete her revenge.
Only Sane Man - There was one episode where the rangers drank a 30th century wine and rendered them to think like playful children. Sion, being an alien, wasn't affected.
Replacement Goldfish - It's very subtly implied by Don Dorneiro in the episode where he dies that Lira is a younger clone of his dead mother. She is unaware of this and doesn't pick up on the "confession".
There are some obvious nods towards The Matrix, including a Bullet Time scene in the first episode, along with Time Robo Beta's first fight containing a 360-Degree camera spin as the mech fires on the MotW in midair.
The similarities to Jetman don't end there. The Timerangers themselves are sort of an inversion of the Jetmen, with a Rookie Red Ranger and four more experienced time cops, whereas Red Hawk was the only Jetman with actual training. Gien also has some parallels to Tranza.
Was Once a Man - Gien, who was originally a simple, but good natured young man who ended up trying to help Dorneiro out. After he was nearly killed, Dorneiro had his brain transferred to a robotic body, only to result in making Gien into a psychopath.
You Can't Fight Fate - Despite manipulating everything to change history and avoid his death, Ryūya still dies on the same date he would have originally died, just a thousand years later and by a different method.
As for Tatsuya, he will eventually become the head of the Asami Group just as history dictated... but on his own terms.
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lira, even more than Shibolena and Denus up to point that she "always has it" (basically, never appear without one), but she has pink hair. Sion, on the other hand, tends to dye his hair colors like blue and green.