'''''Space Sheriff Shaider''''' was the third and final entry in the ''Space Sheriff'' subgenre of ''Franchise/MetalHeroes'' Tokusatsu shows.

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.

[[Film/SpaceSheriffShaiderNextGeneration Space Sheriff Shaider: Next Generation]] is the sequel movie to the Shaider television series and to Film/SpaceSheriffGavanTheMovie.

Became one of the series adapted in ''Series/VRTroopers''.
!!''Space Sheriff Shaider'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* ActionGirl: Annie
* AdultFear: Fuuma loves brainwashing children.
* {{BFG}}: Big Magnum. A starship-sized one.
* BigBad: Kublai
* ByThePowerOfGrayskull: Shaider's "Shouketsu!" ("Plasma Spark!")
* CallingYourAttacks: [[LaserBlade LASER BLADE!]]
* CainAndAbel: 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}}: [[Series/SpaceSheriffGavan His]] [[Series/SpaceSheriffSharivan predecessors]] appear in a team-up movie.
* DrillTank: Shaider's Battle Shaian.
* FinishingMove: "SHAIDER BLUE FLASH!" A powerful Laser Blade slash that split the monster horizontally and cause them to explode.
* FrickinLaserBeams: The Video Beam Gun
* MasterOfDisguise: Annie even though she always gets caught.
* MeaningfulName: Fuuma translates to Wind Demon
* MookMobile: The carriage-like Fuuma fighters.
* NamesToKnowInAnime: Akira Kushida and ShozoIizuka.
* PantyShot: One of the reasons for Annie's popularity, usual several per episode.
* ScaryDogmaticAliens: 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.
* ShoutOut: Shaider's name is a reference to actor Roy Scheider.
* SpacePolice: ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
* TransformingMecha: The Vavilos, which also counts as a CoolStarShip and {{BFG}}
* VillainousCrossdresser: Priest Poe
* VillainSong: "Fushigi Song"
* WhamEpisode: Episode 20, complete with fake suicide and animal abuse.

!!Tropes for ''Space Sheriff Shaider: Next Generation'':

* ChainedHeat: "Heat" may not be accurate considering it's Shu with the MacGuffinGirl they've been searching for.
* ContinuityNod: A necessity, being the direct follow up to the SpaceSheriffSharivan one.
* DynamicEntry: [[CallingYourAttacks TAMMY KIIIICK!!]]
* {{Expy}}: [[spoiler:Hilda Gordon to [[DeathNote Right Yagami]].]]
* GiantMook: Shu faces off one in Fushigi Space - which is immediately taken down by Tammy.
* GirlInABox: Hilda, luggage bag variation.
* HandsomeLech: Shu.
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum: Due to ChainedHeat, Shu is unable to turn into Shaider. That's right, a lack of Shaider ''in his own movie''.
* LegacyCharacter: Not just Shu Karasuma as the next Shaider, [[spoiler:but the current Horror Girl ''and'' Priest Poe.]] Tammy could also count, not only inheriting Annie's dress sense but the PantyShot as well.
* ManBehindTheMan: Carrying on from the ''Sharivan'' movie, [[spoiler:the new Horror Girl was indeed manipulating the villains thus far, but then the new Priest Poe was forced to aid and abet her actions - ''because she's his daughter.'']]
* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: Heavily implied with Annie looking at an old photo of her with Dai Sawamura, asking him to watch over the kids.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:The current Horror Girl was really the Space Police Commander's own daughter Hilda, messing with powers beyond her understanding.]]
* ShirtlessScene
* SlapSlapKiss: Shu and Tammy.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler:Tammy.]]
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: The show keeps switching over to Gavan and Sharivan's own investigation of the Neo-Fuuma threat. Turns out it's all connected in the end.
* WhenSheSmiles: Hilda Gordon, of the "forgot how to" variation. [[spoiler:Except it's part of the act.]]