Shaider.Space Sheriff Shaider
was the third and final entry in the Space Sheriff
subgenre of Metal Heroes
Archaeologist Dai Sawamura's remarkable analytical skills impresses the galaxy police enough to recruit him. He is then transferred to planet Bird, where he receives his training at the Space Sheriff Academy.
The unforeseen appearance of the mysterious organization Fuuma leads to the destruction of several planets. Suddenly an urgent need of manpower for mobilization to all the planets is required.
Once it is established that Earth is the next target of Fuuma, Governor Kom gives Dai the codename of Shaider and assigns him to safeguard the planet. Together with his fellow trainee, Annie, whose planet was destroyed by Fuuma, Dai returns to his home to fulfill his duty.
Became one of the series adapted in VR Troopers
Space Sheriff Shaider provides examples of the following tropes:
- Action Girl: Annie
- Adult Fear: Fuuma loves brainwashing children.
- BFG: Big Magnum. A starship-sized one.
- Big Bad: Kublai
- By the Power of Grayskull!: Shaider's "Shouketsu!" ("Sinter!")
- Calling Your Attacks: LASER BLADE!
- Cain and Abel: Hessler's little brother, Himley, appears in episode 19 only for Hessler to kill him during combat because he was threatened of his position.
- Crossover: His predecessors appear in a team-up movie.
- Drill Tank: Shaider's Battle Shaian.
- Finishing Move: "SHAIDER BLUE FLASH!" A powerful Laser Blade slash that split the monster horizontally and cause them to explode.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: The Video Beam Gun
- Fridge Horror: Unlike other tokusatsu monsters of the week created by Toei, the Space Sheriff trilogy's monsters of the week are outlandishly powerful in context with a rather horrific tone. Most of them never talk or emote, but still have human level intellect, much like a serial killer, and in addition to at least one melee weapon their standard powers include size changing, teleportation, invisibility, some bodily weapon, and shape shifting. Add Religious Horror for more atmospheric effect.
- Master of Disguise: Annie even though she always gets caught.
- Meaningful Name: Fuuma translates to Wind Demon
- Mook Mobile: The carriage-like Fuuma fighters.
- Names to Know in Anime: Akira Kushida and Shozo Iizuka.
- Panty Shot: One of the reasons for Annie's popularity, usual several per episode.
- Scary Dogmatic Aliens: The Fuuma have destroyed many planets throughout the universe within the span of several thousand years. They nearly conquer the galaxy in the last few episodes.
- Shout-Out: Shaider's name is a reference to actor Roy Scheider.
- Space Police: Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Transforming Mecha: The Vavilos, which also counts as a Cool Star Ship and BFG
- Villainous Crossdresser: Priest Poe
- Villain Song: "Fushigi Song"
- Wham Episode: Episode 20, complete with fake suicide and animal abuse.