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.
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.
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.
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).
Car Carrier Ressha: Shoots outvehicles 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.
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 Kaiten note Big Rotative 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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
This also applies to the Ressha as well. Cho-TokkyuOh 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.
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 (as yet unknown) condition...
Death by Irony: The Rainbow Rush finisher defeats each monster in a manner that fits their crime somehow.
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 Duel field 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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Mood Whiplash: #1 is generally a comedic episode, making us think its 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just Train Wrong: Any inaccuracies are justifed 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.
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.
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.
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".
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!