Series / Ressha Sentai ToQger
aka: Ressha Sentai Tokkyuger
Ressha Sentai ToQger
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(pronounced "Tokkyuger" and roughly meaning "Fierce Traincar Squadron Trainger") is the 38th program in the Super Sentai
franchise, scheduled to air from 2014 to 2015. It's notably the first Super Sentai
series to be outright train-themed
The Rainbow Line is a magical railway network
powered by the boundless imagination
that exists in our world. However, it is under threat by the evil forces of Shadow Line, who harvest darkness from the human heart to expand their own
railway lines and aim to Take Over the World
Standing against Shadow Line are the heroes of Rainbow Line: five childhood friends who are reunited after many years apart, but realise that they have no memories other than the time they spent together
. Drawing on their imaginations to picture themselves as amazing superheroes, they transform into the ToQger and defend the world from evil.
Aired alongside the Kamen Rider
series Kamen Rider Gaim
and then Kamen Rider Drive
, the former of which sharing a one hour crossover
followed by the team making a cameo in the spring Rider movie
, in the Super Hero Time
On January 12, 2016, it was revealed that the series would be skipped over (the second after Tokumei Sentai Go Busters
) in being adapted for Power Rangers
, skipping over to Shuriken Sentai Ninninger
(P.S. It's a comedy.
(At least at first anyway.
) Compare to Gekisou Sentai Carranger
and the more recent Engine Sentai Go-onger
The ToQgers are:
- Right/ToQ 1: The energetic Leader with a powerful Imagination.
- Tokatti/ToQ 2: A klutzy Smart Guy that is good at analyzing enemies. Has a secret crush on Mio.
- Mio/ToQ 3: A sports-minded young woman that acts as the team's 'big sister'.
- Hikari/ToQ 4: The Lancer, equal in terms of fighting power to Right but with opposing views.
- Kagura/ToQ 5: The Chick. The least skilled of the group, but with the most Imagination and potential.
- Akira Nijino/ToQ 6: The Sixth Ranger, a former Shadow Kaijin that now serves the Rainbow Line as its atonement. Also the first Orange Ranger since Battle Cossack.
- The Conductor/ToQ 7: The ToQgers' Mission Control in the TV series, who has a puppet assistant/supervisor/it's never quite clear called Ticket, gets ascended to Eleventh Hour Ranger for the V-Cinema film Ressha Sentai ToQger Returns: Super ToQ 7 of Dreams.
Recurring Super Sentai tropes:
- All Your Powers Combined: Renketsu Bazooka, the team cannon composed of each individual members' personal weapon.
- Big Bad: The Darkness Emperor, despite being absent, is this. Until #11 that is.
- By the Power of Grayskull!!: ToQ Change!
- Calling Your Attacks: Returns this season along with the team cannon. The interesting thing is that the shot works differently depending on whatever the team imagines. Called (Insert Unique Effect Name) Rainbow Rush.
- Color-Coded Characters: Subverted. The team is able to swap the Ressha in their ToQ Changer, resulting in a costume swap between members. For instance, Kagura is normally the Pink Ranger but can use Right's Ressha to become a Red Ranger instead. This may explain why they are identified by their number instead of color like they have been for decades now.
- #1 also helps explain why the trope is normally in place, as Tokatti comments that with all the changes he can't tell who's who anymore.
- Played Straight With ToQ 6gou, since he can't Line Change. He's also the first Orange Ranger in 35 years since Battle Cossack.
- Color Motif: The ToQger costumes are deliberately colorful and simple to compliment their rainbow motif. In contrast, the outfits for this season's baddies are much darker and highly intricate. Basically, simple and colorful = good guys. Complex and dark = bad guys. Pretty standard fare for Sentai.
- Early-Bird Cameo: As per recent tradition, they appeared in the previous VS movie. They changed it, however, in that they appear after the ending to take down Neo-Geildon, who had just transformed into Neo-Messiah.
- Eye Catch: Averted. As with the case of Gokaiger and Go-Busters, the show's logo appearing in the corner of the screen indicates a commercial break coming up.
- Five-Man Band
- Humongous Mecha:
- Combining Mecha: Fitting the simple and colorful motif, rather than shifting into the separate pieces of the Mecha, the trains line up side to side before locking together from the sides to form the mecha, and forming a Rainbow pattern.
- Red Ressha + Blue Ressha + Yellow Ressha + Green Ressha + Pink Ressha = ToQ-Oh
- Diesel Ressha + Tank Ressha + Car Carrier Ressha = Diesel-Oh
- ToQ-Oh + Diesel-Oh = Cho ToQ-Oh
- ToQ-Oh + Diesel-Oh + Build-Daioh = Cho Cho ToQ-Daioh
- ToQ-Oh + Diesel-Oh + Build-Daioh + Hyper-Ressha-Teioh + all of the support mecha = ToQ-Rainbow. This one is especially notable in that it's easily three times the size of the average mecha, and it's simply the other trains attached (Read: Clinging) to Hyper-Ressha-Teioh.
- In the summer movie, Lion Ressha + Eagle Ressha + Panda Ressha + Alligator Ressha + Cat Ressha = SafariGaoh
- Mecha Expansion Pack: Like previous Sentai mecha, there are an assortment of support Ressha that make alternate arms. Combinations with [X] Ressha are called [base mecha] [X] (or [X]-[Y] when it uses different ones on each arm).
- Shield Ressha: Provides a shield.
- Car Carrier Ressha: Shoots out vehicles as ammo - including other Ressha if ToQ-Oh is using a second one. As a separate car, it can launch the ToQgers to dangerous places via the cars, or act as a bridge.
- Tank Ressha: This armored car is used as boxing gloves. As a separate car, it can refuel the Rainbow Line with special supercharged fuel.
- Fire Ressha: Includes a water cannon and a flamethrower.
- Police Ressha: Grants a gun and a set of handcuffs.
- Drill Ressha: This Is a Drill
- The team also has some Ressha that they use with their weapons, but not the mecha: Energy Ressha is ammo for the Renketsu Bazooka, Scope Ressha is an accuracy add-on for the ToQ Blaster, and Hyper Ressha summons Super Mode armor and is the primary ammo for the Dai Kaitennote Cannon.
- And for the third year in a row, special powerups for the Superhero Taisen film - only this time, it's not from the current Rider but a past Rider that shares the ToQger's theme plus the previous Sentai, forming "ToQ-Oh Kyoryuzin featuring DenLiner".
- Vertical Mecha Fins: On ToQ-Oh
- In the Name of the Moon: Simplified, compared to last season. The team transforms and then the ToQ Changer's voice announces every member:
Right: ToQ 1! ToQ 1!note
Tokatti: ToQ 2! ToQ 2!note
Mio: ToQ 3! ToQ 3!note
Hikari: ToQ 4! ToQ 4!note
Kagura: ToQ 5! ToQ 5!note
Akira: ToQ 6! ToQ 6!note
All: The victorious imagination!note Ressha Sentai! ToQger!
Right: Now departing!note
- Kid-Appeal Characters: The core five ToQgers technically as they were actually kids. Yes, they are a team of them.
- Make My Monster Grow: This season the Monster of the Week grows itself naturally in a similar way to Samurai Sentai Shinkenger.
- Monster of the Week: The Shadow monstersnote .
- Although so far the ToQgers have faced one at a time, in #3 Baron Nero says that right now, multiple cities are being corrupted by Shadow monsters simultaneously.
- Mooks: The Kurosnote , themed after train robbers. They can also pilot giant Darklinernote Robos.
- Super Mode: Hyper Ressha, which lets any of the Rangers go into Hyper Mode. Sometimes two at once. The Hyper Ressha is also used with the Dai Kaiten Cannon.
- "Super Sentai" Stance: The ToQgers do theirs lined up one in front of another (like train cars) rather than side-by-side, though in their first appearance in Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters they did have one where they stood side-by-side.
- Title Scream: Like Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters, it's averted.
- Not averted by the Kamen Rider Gaim crossover though, in which the entire name of the special was said aloud, including, of course, both individual show names.
- Transformation Is a Free Action: Done in the most hilarious way yet: when the ToQgers start their Transformation Sequence, their ToQ Changers announce: "Commencing transformation! Please wait behind the white line!" ...and they actually summon a white line. Which the monsters keep themselves from crossing.
- Averted by the Transfer Changes, which are done in real-time.
- Played with in the Kamen Rider Gaim crossover, where the team faces an Inves that's little more than a wild beast. It ignores the line and charges the ToQgers, only to get smacked around by the Ressha during the transformation.
- Transformation Trinket: ToQ Changer
- Akira uses a Blackberry Smartphone called the Appli Changer.
- True Companions: As a sentai show this is obvious, but even among other sentais, this team is very close due to being childhood friends.
- Two Girls to a Team: First time in three years as part of the main team (Kyoryuger had Amy and Yayoi but the latter wasn't part of the main six).
- Weapon of Choice
Tropes present in Ressha Sentai ToQger:
- Adult Fear: As early as episode 1, the bad guys can kidnap your children in the time it takes to turn your head.
- Invoked again in episode 16, where a boy's older sister is busy with something, the younger brother vanished when she looked again.
- Adventure Towns: In this season, instead of the Shadow Line attacking one town. They attack multiple towns and the ToQgers are chasing after them and saving each town.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The villain's plan seem to be this. By causing enough dark emotions in the inhabitants of a town, they take over the town's Railroad and the Station.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: The Shadow Line's leaders.
- Attack of the Killer Whatever: The Shadow kaijin are all themed after random objects.
- Boring, but Practical: Invoked and weaponised in #2 when Right tells Hikari he can use his imagination while still applying logic, leading to the Monster of the Week's defeat by low bridge.
- Breather Episode: #42, the last episode before the end of 2014, serves as this before the endgame arc in the new year. A Clip Show, there are no fight scenes in this episode beyond flashbacks.
- Chekhov's Skill: Right tanking the Stove Shadow's coals without any reaction comes up again in #18, allowing him to con Ring Shadow into thinking the Restraining Bolt he put on Right wasn't even working.
- Childhood Friends: All five from the main team. Arguably subverted when you learn they're still children.
- Couch Gag: Each episode's opening has a different ToQger knocked over by an explosion in the background.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: The team's powers come from their imagination. As in, imagine having super strength and being able to punch the bad guys through a wall.
- Kagura also deserves special mention in this department. She'll often cower in fear upon being cornered by Mooks, but then she starts repeating to herself "I am strong... I am strong!" And then she'll start overpowering them like nobody's business.
- Clip Show: #42 serves as this. See Breather Episode.
- Composite Character/ Expy: The Shadow Line is basically the Gedoushuu meets the Black Moon Clan.
- Crossover: The team appears in Heisei Rider Vs Showa Rider Kamen Rider Wars Featuring Super Sentai.
- Setting up the plot of the movie, they crossed over with Kamen Rider Gaim for a one-hour spring break special.
- Credit Card Plot: A minor version in epsiode 4, Wagon mentions that the rainbow passes can be used to purchase things, but doesn't mention they need to pay back the money, fortunately, they can return everything they buy and pay back the nonrefundable goods by cleaning.
- Cute but Cacophonic: Kagura in spades.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Kagura can sometimes enter this with her pretending.
- This also applies to the Ressha as well. Cho-ToQ-Oh was never in the original plans for the Ressha in design, so using the combo puts strain on the Ressha.
- Dead All Along: The ToQgers themselves...are a subversion. Ticket actually said "good as dead", but they took it as literally dead and they started trying to solve it. As of #2, it's highly likely they aren't dead.
- Turns out what Ticket meant was that their own mothers wouldn't recognise them because the Rainbow Line President magically aged them up into adults.
- Deal with the Devil: In #35, Akira negotiates with Schwarz for the return of the Drill Ressha (which is needed to complete ToQ-Rainbow) after he is unable to take it back by force. Acknowledging that he too has seen some shine, Schwarz agrees, but on one condition... to turn his back on the Rainbow Line and join with Schwarz to assist in his assault against Zed when called for. Akira lives up to his end of the bargain in #39, but is ultimately freed to rejoin the Rainbow Line when Schwarz is killed by the newly-empowered Zed in #41.
- Death by Irony: The Rainbow Rush finisher defeats each monster in a manner that fits their crime somehow.
- Subverted in #12, when the Rainbow Rush finisher produces fire-extinguisher buckets to eliminate Lamp Shadow, he comments, "wh-why fire prevention!? I don't get it!" because the attack doesn't make any sense in relation to the events of the episode.
- Department of Redundancy Department: The ToQ Changer has a tendency to repeat the same thing twice, as can be seen in the Role Call.
- That detail just follows the general theme of the series considering that, in Japan, the arrival of a train at a station is announced that way. Ticket itself does that when arriving to Kettougaharanote station in #2
- Detachment Combat: ToQ-Oh partially disassembles to its component trains in #2 just long enough to let a barrage of bullets slip right through.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Z's and Grita's arranged marriage shares some real-life parallels. Namely: The only thing that Z cared about Grita was her " shine ", Noire plotted to kill Z so her daughter could become the leader of the Shadow Line and Grita herself desired to just end her troubles in any way she can such as attempted murder to switching bodies with Mio.
- Early-Bird Cameo: The Diesel-Oh trains are in fact in the opening from the beginning. When the main trains are going over a bridge, you might not notice the more realistically colored ones on a lower level...
- Easily Forgiven: Zed is saved by Gritta after the final battle, and she consoles him about his failure to gain a 'shine' of his own by telling him that light needs the darkness to shine as it does. As sweet as the ending was, consider that Zed killed Gritta's mother and followed it up by killing the general Gritta was in love with for the crime of saving her from him. You'd really expect anyone in her position to leave Zed to his fate.
- Eldritch Location: Invoked in #26 with a naturally forming pool of darkness under a bathhouse premises. At least it wasn't an onsen or we'd never hear the end of it.
- Enemy Mine: #29 has the ToQgers working with General Schwarz. It doesn't last.
- Epic Fail: Kagura as Red in #19, trying to execute the wrap-the-enemy-in-rails move. They end up dragging her around.
- Establishing Series Moment: The very ending, in which the stationmaster informs the ToQgers they're as good as dead, pretty much derails any sort of tone the motif of the team ran by.
- Expy: The Renketsu Bazooka and Fumikiri Ken to Super Highway Buster and KanKanBar. Similarly, the Yudo Breaker to the Billy the Rod.
- The team cannon should look like the Go-Onger's, since three of the individual weapons that go into it (Red's sword, Green's ax, Blue's cannon) are pretty much the same in both series.
- Wagon to Colon.
- The ToQger team to the Smile Pretty Cure team.
- Eye Motifs: The Shadow Line logo seems to be inspired by an eye. The Shadow Monsters themeselves have Eyes That Do Not Belong There.
- Food Porn: Kagura getting help from a patissier in making Mio's birthday cake in Station 30.
- Foreshadowing: What's Green always carrying around and playing with? A kendama, a child's toy where you try to bounce the ball into a cup on each side. Why would the serious "cool one" have such a thing? You'll see it in a new light after Station 32.
- Fractured Fairy Tale: When Spotlight Shadow brings storybook characters to life, they end up deviating from their original personalities as a result. Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood are more interested in current fashion than their original destinations, Momotaro is not very heroic and the Emperor with '' new clothes '' is openly annoyed by humidity.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: #21. Getting to be a staple of Super Sentai of course, but this time there's actual arc relevance as Greeta swaps bodies with Mio to get out of her Arranged Marriage.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus:
- Funny Background Event: Early in #7, one of the affected civilians is slumped into a tree, looking like... Well, just see for yourself.◊
- Hikari, Kagura and Right tending to and carrying a fainted Tokatti in #34 while Mio and Akira try to throw off her Stalker with a Crush.
- Funny Bruce Lee Noises: In episode 2, Kagura made those after imagining herself as Kung Fu Girl.
- Girlish Pigtails: Kagura
- Good Hurts Evil: Inverted, it's stated many time that the darkness of the Shadow Line damages the Trains. A more darker example is the more the ToQgers are exposed to darkness the less likely they can turn back to kids.
- Gratuitous English: The 2nd patch on Tokatti's jacket reads "This is an Exclusive Brand". Also: whenever Kagura's channels her imagination during a fight:
[SPECIAL POWER] GIIIIRL!!
- Right has a lot of this on his clothes as well, in particular his "Junk Motive" jacket and "Florida" shirt.
- Graying Morality: The show at first showed the Rainbow Line as good and the Shadow Line as pure evil. With the addition of Akira that started to change. While the Rainbow Line stays the force for good, the villains gain more and more humanizing moments. Gritter is revealed to be an Anti-Villain whose kindness reveals Schwartz and Noir's better sides. Even the main villain Zett is made to be more of a sad figure than completely evil.
- Growing Up Sucks: It's stated that most adults lose their imagination as they grow up. This becomes a plot point in the Returns films for ToQgers where years have passed and the ToQgers have actually grown up and as a result have lost their powers. Though it's averted as it's shown adults can easily gain it back.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The episodes are called "Stations".
- Imagination-Based Superpower: Quite possibly the most literal example of this ever. Imagination actually seems to function as a form of energy in the series.
- Imprinting: #30. The ToQGers are supposedly 'cursed' with nests on their heads and chicks in the nests that will kill our heroes if not raised properly. The chicks not only mature into big, strong roosters, but jump to our heroes' defence, and can be seen running alongside the Rainbow Line later!
- Incredibly Obvious Bug: Schwarz plants one on the Red Ressha, a big red petal that not only has a flashing light but goes through a few mecha battles before they find it.
- Instant Expert: Justified. The rangers can use the mecha as their controls work as they imagine it to.
- It Amused Me: Why Right and then Hikari started doing Transfer Changes during #1.
- Lampshade Hanging: A literal one by Conductor on ToQ #6 introduction episode. The ToQgers and Wagon, of course, didn't understand it.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The title sequence starts with an announcement that "Ressha Sentai ToQger will be departing at 7:30." - the show's start time.
- In #2, Ticket gripes that the Rangers are treating their Transfer Change ability like a toy gimmick.
- Akira always expecting to die alludes to the fact that he was a Monster of the Week, which is expected to die every week.
- Lethal Joke Character: A lot of the MOTW are much more dangerous than what their abilities would suggest.
- Lighter and Softer: Looks to be this to Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger just as Kyoryuger was to Tokumei Sentai Go Busters, but is steadily being subverted.
- Living Emotional Crutch: As the series goes on, its obvious the ToQgers are this to each other. Considering at first they don't have any memories, and then they learn they are just children and might not be able to return to their families, its obvious why they become this for each other. While it takes some time, the original five become this to Akira as well.
- Man Child: Justified Since they are children in adult bodies.
- Mêlée à Trois: #31. General Schwarz makes his move on Zed, only to take on Mork and Noire at once, both defending Zed for their own reasons and ready to take potshots at each other Tomas-style. Then it actually goes further when Right busts into the scene, sees Zed for himself, and immediately takes him on, leading to Mork and Noire battling Right as well despite Zed being fully able to take him on (and in fact curbstomp all four of them if need be) for a fantastic five-way!
- Minimalism: The ToQgers themselves, compared to other Heisei Super Sentai (Especially the previous three), their costumes are very simple with a simple design on their bodysuits with their number and only moderately themed helmets. Even their Mecha is simply formed by snapping together by the sides rather then directly transforming into the body parts. In contrast, the Shadow Line has very complex monster suits, and their Darkliner Mechs, even their Mook ones, look very elaborate compared to the simple designs of the Rainbow liners.
- Mood Whiplash: #1 is generally a comedic episode, making us think it's a lighter and softer season. Then at the end we learn that all the rangers are "as good as dead," which is the reason they were chosen. It was revealed by the monkey puppet for Pete's sake.
- Mythology Gag:
- Based on their default colours, the ToQgers have the exact same colours and roll call order (red -> blue -> yellow-> green -> pink) as Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger. Their colour swapping gimmick is also a smaller version of the pirate's Gokai Change.
- Shadow Line's members are themed after a specific color and make humans suffer to complete a path of transportation.
- The Rainbow Rush Finishing Move hits the Monster of the Week with whichever odd effect that counters it specifically, bringing to mind the Goranger Storm.
- In #8, Wagon goes on a strike.
- In #9, Toru's business card says SCRTC.
- In #12, a computer screen has various readings for Enetron.
- Cho ToQ-Oh's Finishing Move shoots projections of all the Ressha forming him at the enemy, a move that's been done by several past mecha like DaikaiShinkenOh with IkaTenkuuBuster or Engine-Oh G6, G9, and G12.
- Build-DaiOh Drill's finisher seems familiar, especially with the word "crash" in it.
- Let's see: Grita is a child of a female villain who piloted a mecha, attempted to sacrifice herself for a male character she loves, and is revealed to be a vessel for the Big Bad to get his One Winged Angel form.
- #24 has Right use the Rainbow Rush to take down the Monster of the Week with a long row of shogi tiles, looking very much like the Finishing Move from Kamen Rider Blade or Kamen Rider Decade.
- #25 has Tokatti use the Monster of the Week's pulling of storybook characters out of their books against it, by summoning all of them for a ToQ-Legendream!
- #26 has Akira introducing the team to bath house traditions, like drinking bottled milk coffee, which is actually a lesson from VRV Master in Gekisou Sentai Carranger.
- In the same episode, Coin Shadow sure feels reminiscent of Kanedama.
- #34 Billar Shadow use the weapon identical to GaoSilver Gao Hustler Rod Break Mode.
- #36 Pen Shadow head is look-like identical to head from Kamen Rider Blade Jack Form
- The final battle is very similar to that of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger; Both involve rapid switching between all available forms, accessing a previously unused Super Mode, before finishing off the Big Bad with a point-blank team bazooka to the chest.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: #26. The team carries out their own promotion for the bathhouse, but fail to raise enough money when Akira established his own discounts. Then the big fight begins, and takes a bad turn when Akira smacks Coin Shadow into the pool of darkness energy he was after the whole time. As per Rule of Three though, Coin Shadow cleaned up the darkness energy for our heroes as a result.
- Despite not being heroes, Noire and Schwarz have one of these in #41 - their effort to free Gritta from Zed, while ultimately successful, has the unintended side effect of unleashing Zed's full darkness potential, which gets both of them killed.
- Numerological Motif: This time, the Rangers have numbers as their call sign instead of their colors.
- Oddly Small Organization: The Rainbow Line is of less thant twenty Ressha, the 6 Toqgers as well as a handful of allies. Compare that with Shadow Line with its large fleet of Kuliners, Mooks and a wide array of kaijin.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In Station 21, Madame Noire squares off against Baron Nero in order to buy time for the ToQgers to recover Grita. We see the two of them facing off with appropriate dramatic tension... and then they don't show up for the rest of the episode. The incident isn't brought up in the following episodes, either.
- One Steve Limit: Averted with Right's sister Mai, who shares her name with another character the team met early on.
- Only One Name: As part of their Laser-Guided Amnesia, the ToQgers can't even remember their family names!note
- Their names are as follows Right Suzuki, Haru Tokashiki (Tokatti), Mio Natsume, Hikari Nonomura and Kagura Izumi. They're written in paperlights in a flashback scene.
- Perception Filter: Fittingly anyone without enough imagination has trouble seeing the Rainbow and Shadow Lines. Everyday people can see the monster though.
- Pimped-Out Dress: The Shadow Line, in contrast to the ToQgers, have complex monster designs and clothes using dark colors and black and white contrast. Even their Darkliners are more complexly designed.
- Pink Means Feminine: This is actually subverted. Although The Chick gets pink as her primary color, none of the guys seem to mind being pink. In fact, Hikari willingly switched with Kagura as her weapon was lighter (though he left her with his weapon, which is too heavy for her to lift). Right winds up in pink as often as anyone else.
- Powers as Programs: There's a power-swapping mechanic this year, allowing the ToQgers to switch their colors and personal weapons around while keeping their number.
- Public Bathhouse Scene: #26 gives us one with all 6 of the ToQgers.
- Purple Is the New Black: Frequently used with the Shadow Line.
- Railroad Index:
- Cool Train: The Rainbow and Shadow lines.
- Just Train Wrong: Any inaccuracies are justified by the fact that these are magic imagination trains.
- Rail Enthusiast: The show was made with them in mind; it even features train trivia in its ending sequence. Within the show, the first character to show such an appreciation for trains is surprisingly General Schwarz.
- Railroad Baron: The members of the Shadow Line fit by virtue of trying to take over the Rainbow Line, but especially Baron Nero.
- Steam Never Dies: Red Ressha - the most prominent train of the series - is a steam engine.
- Traintop Battle: But of course! And with flying trains in #2!
- Rainbow Motif: The trains are part of the "Rainbow Line" and run on rainbow tracks. The way ToQ-Oh is built, with the component trains making five vertical stripes, even makes it look like a walking rainbow.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Right and Hikari.
- Robot Buddy: Wagon.
- Rollerblade Good: ToQ-Oh, by virtue of its feet being train cars.
- Rubber Mecha: ToQ-Oh can expand Yellow Ressha and Green Ressha with punch and kicks attacks.
- Running Gag: Kagura needs help getting in and out of the mechs.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Each role is shared by 2 male ToQgers.
- Sensitive Guys: Right and Tokatti.
- Manly Men: Hikari and Akira.
- Serious Business: Akira and bathhouses in #26.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Grita shielded General Schwarz from Cho Cho Toq Dai Oh just so he can have a chance to live. Too bad the Emperor of Darkness erupted from her body and seemingly offs Schwarz via Disney Villain Death.
- Shout-Out: In episode 10, one of title used as attack by the Monster of the Week is Adieu ToQ Express, same as title from one of the movies from Galaxy Express 999.
- Hammer Shadow's gimmick evokes that of a Phantom.
- Though it's done in Lighter and Softer ways (well, except Duel Shadow), it's like both the Wizard villains and the Shinkenger villains, since the villains evoke negative emotions to harvest the dark energy.
- Right trying to change with the Build Ressha and mimicking Akira is a nod to the power copying and Borrowed Catchphrase trend in Heisei Kamen Rider.
- #30. Wig Shadow is attacked by angry chickens.
- Zed's One-Winged Angel form is called Z-Shin. He sure has some similarity to another white colored Z(angetsu)-Shin (Mitsuzane Kureshima) in a way that they are both an Evil Counterpart to the main character, psychotic manchildren, manipulative, obsessive and sure have some tastes in wardrobe.
- Tanktop Shadow from ToQger Returns is modelled after Johnny Depp's Tonto.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: Kagura getting dragged around by the Rail Saber.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The official romanization of the word for "express line" is "ToQ" instead of the more common "Tokkyu". But as is often the case, it's not consistent; the official show website, for instance, spells the name of the robot as "Tokyuoh".
- Spikes of Villainy: Shadow Line's train tracks have spikes.
- Sweet and Sour Grapes: In the final episode, the ToQgers decide to remain adults and leave their homes and families behind so that they won't lose their memories of their adventures. However, it turns out that thanks to their own imaginations, the heroes' family members can recognize them in their adult forms, and they all turn back into kids anyway.
- Theme Naming: The representatives of the Shadow Line (including the Mooks) have the word "black" in different languages as their names.
- The Night That Never Ends: The Shadow Line's main goal
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Mio and Kagura.
- Transformation Is a Free Action: Our heroes can summon platform lines and pass gates that invoke this.
- Triumphant Reprise: Akira/ToQ-6's harmonica tune has one, in the form of his own battle theme.
- Tulpa: The shenanigans of the Shadow Line end up bringing Mio (in # 15) and Tokkati's (in # 25) imaginary characters to life in the form of:
- Mikey/ Maiki: An adorable yet mischievous creature (but is good deep down) who resembles shumai that used to be a character Mio used to play as a doll. He dies while doing a Heroic Sacrifice for Mio.
- Ryo Knight: A blue-colored, star-adorned swordsman who was Tokatti's idea for a cool hero. He is actually based on Tokatti's older brother Ryo.
- Unexpected Character: Ok, who expected to see Narutaki in the Gaim ToQger crossover?
- Unperson: The series show that for stations that have been taken over by the Shadow Line, any evidence or memory of that town and it's people are erased. The Rainbow Line is similar, anyone on the Rainbow Line is forgotten as well.
- Weakened by the Light: Both Grita and Z have displayed signs that their bodies can't stand daylight for some time.
- Wham Episode: Station 11 has the shadow line emperor making his grand appearance, everyone except for Right losing the ability to see the ressha, and Greeta deciding to stay in the human world.
- Station 22 has Z and Gritta's wedding, which results in Gritta EATING him and gaining his power. Effectively becoming the new Big Bad of the series.
- Followed in the very next episode by Gritta dying when Z explodes of her, absorbing her powers in the process and becoming even more powerful, then causually slashing Schwarz, sending him off of a cliff, for good measure.
- Station 32 takes the cake with its revelations about the team. As much of a shocker as it was when we first heard the line, we've long known that the "as good as dead" bit doesn't mean anything quite as grim as "Go, go, Zombie Rangers." So why don't they remember anything between being kids playing at their 'secret base' and being ToQger years later? It's not years later. They're still kids, taken from there to the trains and given adult bodies to better withstand combat. And with that question answered, we get new questions: The lanterns that give us the team's last names also have wishes; all were pretty innocuous except for Mio's: Her wish is for her dad to not get hurt. Oh, and you know how Zed always sings that Japanese version of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star?" Well, so did the ToQgers when they were kids - and again, by that we mean "a few seconds before the first scene of the premiere, as their town was in the process of being covered in darkness." Makes you wonder yet again just why Zed usually looks human. And if they're connected as closely as they appear, does that have anything to do with why both the Hyper Terminal's mecha form and Zed have the same title, "Emperor?" That's a lot of wham packed into one episode of the lightest sentai in some time. Yasuko Kobayashi does it again!
- Mio's wish can be seen in even stronger context at the end of the series, where it's implied that not only is her father raising her alone, but that two of the other ToQgers (Right and Hikari) have also lost their fathers.
- Station 40: The big imposing homebase/terminal that Zed's throne is in and where all the main baddies live— It's the team's long missing home town!
- Station 44: You know how there's no black ToQger? There is now!
- Hoo boy, Station 45... Right is tainted with darkness, and not only leaves the rest of the team but destroys their rail passes, turning them back into children and removing their memories as ToQgers while he goes off alone to fight Zed, who has finally given in to his destiny and started a full scale invasion of the surface world after apparently killing Grita (again).
- Wham Line: From the first episode:
Ticket: (why the group can become the ToQger) I was saying because you're all as good as dead!
Twinkle, twinkle little star....note
- Wham Shot: #43: Right giving off intense darkness.
- Immediately followed by Right transforming into Dark ToQ 1 at the end of #44, absent any indication what it means for the endgame.
- The Worf Effect: #30. Kagura's "Ultimate Girl", normally a Game Breaker, proves useless against Wig Shadow.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: Officially, the team's name is "ToQger", and the team emblem is even "TQG". Q is one of the cool letters now, don't you know.
- The official romanisations of the rangers' designations is ToQ 1gou, 2gou, 3gou etc.
- X Meets Y: Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger meets The Brave Express Might Gaine.
- You Are Worth Hell: Station 47 has Tokatti, Mio, Hikaru and Kagura tell Right even if they may never live with their families again they refuse to forget about their time as ToQgers especially if that involves forgetting about Right.
- You Can't Go Home Again: The ToQgers at the start of the series forgot the name of their hometown and then learn it was taken over by the Shadow Line. A large part of the ToQgers motivation is to go home again.
- Your Size May Vary: The Ressha tend to vary between regular sized trains to giant mech sized. You could probably just Hand Wave it as the team utilizing imagination power out of convenience.
- Similarly, Car Carrier's cars. Are they the size of cars, or are they several stories tall when used as ammo by ToQOh?
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