Series: Super Robot Red Baron
Fight lever, ON!
Super Robot Red Baron (スーパーロボット レッドバロン Sūpā Robotto Reddo Baron) is a Super Robot Tokusatsu
series that aired in 1973. In the early 21st century
, an evil organization called the Iron Alliance steals giant robots built all over the world from an exhibition and kidnaps their creators, with an ultimate goal of taking over the world and enslaving humanity. Predicting their invasion, Scientist Kenichiro Kurenai passes on the titular robot, Red Baron, to his younger brother, Ken, a member of the paramilitary group SSI (Secret Science Investigation). He uses the Red Baron to aid the SSI's efforts in thwarting the Iron Alliance and saving the world.
The series is notable for featuring Mecha
in Toku, predating Super Sentai
by a good six years. It also has a sequel titled Super Robot Mach Baron
. There's also an Animated Adaptation
by TMS Entertainment
which changes the story drastically.
This series features examples of:
- Action Girl: Mari
- Adjective Noun Fred
- Alien Invasion: From the Space Iron Alliance.
- Applied Phlebotinum: A special oil that keeps Red Baron's joints lubricated. This poses a problem when the Iron Alliance attacks the depots and refineries across Japan where the stuff is made...
- Back from the Dead: Ken's father Kentaro, who was converted into a cyborg by Giras Q's forces for the express purpose of building robots.
- Bad Ass: Every member of the SSI and Inspector Kumano, as well.
- Big Bad: Professor Deviler until episode 24. He is later followed by Giras Q.
- Bittersweet Ending: Some episodes end in this manner, including the Grand Finale.
- Black Dude Dies First: Subverted by Black Masai, the robot from Kenya; it's the third Iron Alliance robot to be destroyed by Red Baron.
- Bragging Theme Tune
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "Fight Lever, On!"
- Calling Your Attacks: Inevitably, since it's a Super Robot show.
- Cool Car: The SSI has a sports car, outfitted with a machine gun that's deployed on its roof.
- Darker and Edgier: From episode 26 onwards.
- Death by Origin Story: Ken Kurenai's entire family, up to and including his brother Kenichiro Kurenai.
- Designated Girl Fight: Mari's duel with Android Sashe.
- Disc One Final Boss: Professor Deviler
- Everybody Laughs Ending: Happens in some episodes, usually whenever something comical happens to Inspector Kumano.
- Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: Implied with Sky Shark, the name of Angel Killer's robot. It certainly lives up to this, considering that Red Baron's Baronium metal had to be upgraded because of its fearsome Acid Fire weapon.
- Father to His Men: Daigo
- Face Framed in Shadow: Professor Deviler is depicted like this most of the time.
- Fashion Dissonance: As to be expected, for 70s toku. Among other things, bell-bottom pants are apparently standard issue for SSI male uniforms.
- Five-Man Band
- Follow the Leader: Mazinger Z's influence on this show is pretty obvious. Props for temporarily trouncing the former's anime adaptation in TV ratings, though.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Giras Q, until the final episode.
- Internal Reveal: In episode 24, it's revealed that the Iron Alliance has an outer space branch established on Mars. The SSI doesn't find this out until two episodes later.
- Killed Off for Real: Daigo and Daisaku
- Knight of Cerebus: Angel Killer.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Inspector Kumano, despite providing comic relief for a good chunk of the show. Only when the situation calls for it, however.
- The Man Behind the Man: Giras Q.
- The Man Behind the Curtain: When Ken finally encounters Giras Q, the latter is revealed to be a computer brain with a high-pitched voice. He understandably takes it out without any trouble (though it got replaced with a new one afterwards).
- Mecha-Mooks: The Mecha-robos
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Kenichiro Kurenai and Daigo
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Red Baron progressively receives upgrades to counter the Iron Alliance's robots, including the Arm Missile and the Drill Arrow. Eventually, its Baronium metal is replaced by Super Baronium and the Space Wings are added, in order to combat space robots.
- Monster of the Week: More like Mecha of the Week, but still.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Professor Deviler. With a name like that, it makes you wonder how he was accepted into the scientific community in the first place.
- No Export for You: Subverted, as the first series eventually was released as a complete DVD set by BCI Eclipse. The second series and the Anime at the time of this writing play this straight. (The anime, however, having aired in the States on Spanish-language channels.)
- Off-the-Shelf FX: The Giras Q invaders seem to be wearing Frankenstein Halloween masks painted silver.
- Our Vampires Are Different: The short-lived villain Dracuman, who plans to turn all of humanity into vampires via a virus.
- Panty Shot: Given that Mari's uniform includes a skirt, she is naturally a source of these (during battles, at least).
- Red Right Hand: Professor Deviler. It burns on contact, too.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: The Mecha-robos. Not that they're particularly amicable.
- Robeast: Some of the Iron Alliance's giant robots qualify, with Escargo being the most significant example.
- Robot War
- Robotic Reveal: Happens alarmingly often, due to the Iron Alliance's nature. Deviler himself is revealed to be a cyborg after Daigo kills him.
- Rocket Punch: The ever-reliable Baron Punch.
- Shape Shifter: The Mecha-Robos have this ability, to easily allow them to infiltrate human society.
- Shock and Awe: Red Baron's Elec-Trigger
- Shoe Phone: The Inspector's bulletproof umbrella/machine gun/cane sword, and his bike pump/machine gun.
- Super Robot Genre
- Supporting Leader: Daigo. As a matter of fact, he is the one to personally fight Professor Deviler face-to-face, while Ken has to deal with the latter's King Deviler robot.
- 10-Minute Retirement: Happens to a few SSI members.
- This Is a Drill: Red Baron's Drill Arrow(s).
- Trash the Set: Averted. Near the end of the first story arc, Professor Deviler finally raids the SSI's command center with some Mecha-Robos, only to find that all of the equipment and furniture has been removed.
- Underwater Base: The Iron Alliance has one as its Earth headquarters.
- Wham Episode: Episode 26
- Whip It Good: Mari's weapon of choice.
- Why Am I Ticking? This is how Daisaku dies