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[[caption-width-right:320:It's Time for Buster!]]
-> "''Busters, ready...Go!!''"

'''''Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters''''' (''Special Mission Squadron/Spec-Ops Cell Go-Busters'') is the 36th ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series, airing from 2012 to 2013.

[[NextSundayAD In the year 2012]] of [[AlternateReality the Neo A.D. calendar]], urban life is supported by a [[GreenAesop new, clean energy source]] known as "Enetron". However, a hostile force codenamed "Vaglass" is attempting to steal that energy for their own dark purposes.

Thirteen years ago, the Vaglass [[ComputerVirus computer virus]] infected the main computers of the Energy Management Centre that regulates Enetron. The virus quickly [[ContagiousAI raged out of control and gained sentience]], becoming a threat to the world itself. With no other option, the researchers [[SealedEvilInACan sealed the virus away]] by teleporting the entire facility into [[PhantomZone hyperspace]] at the [[HeroicSacrifice cost of their own lives]].

Now in the present, the agents of Vaglass are aiming to siphon enough Enetron to teleport the consciousness known as "Messiah" back into the real world. Opposing their evil plans is the secret special-ops division of the Energy Management Centre, codenamed "Go-Busters".
!! The Go-Busters:

* Hiromu Sakurada/'''Red Buster''': TheLeader of the Go-Busters and most skillful of the team.
** Cheeda Nick: Hiromu's partner, a humanoid cheetah robot who looks out for him like an older brother. He's able to turn into a motorcycle, but ironically has no sense of direction.
* Ryuji Iwasaki/'''Blue Buster''': The [[TeamDad eldest]] and [[TheBigGuy strongest]] of the team. His [[TheSocialExpert social expertise]] tries to keep peace between his teammates.
** Gorisaki Banana: Ryuji's partner; for a robot gorilla he's a huge worrywart. Often does mechanical work around the base.
* Yoko Usami/'''Yellow Buster''': The [[TheSmurfettePrinciple lone]] [[TheChick girl]] of the group and has quite the temperament on her.
** Usada Lettuce: Yoko's partner, a robot rabbit. Tends to be overbearing, leading him and Yoko to squabble a lot. Usually works as, well, [[JustForPun one of the]] BridgeBunnies.
* Masato Jin/'''Beet Buster''': Wears gold. A gifted Megazord [[TheSmartGuy engineer]] who was once admired by Ryuji as a mentor figure. He vanished into hyperspace in 1999, but has somehow returned to the physical world after 13 years without any signs of aging. He is actually a digital avatar controlled remotely by the real Jin, who is still stranded in hyperspace. He's also a technical [[TheLancer second in command]].
** Beet J. Stag/'''Stag Buster''': A beetle-themed humanoid robot who transforms into the silver coloured fifth warrior of the team. Has a [[PluckyComicRelief habit of showing off]] and stepping in front of pretty much everybody he's with whenever he talks, much to Jin's chagrin. Unlike Jin, he exists physically in the real world and functions as a marker used by the real Jin to transport his avatar and Buster Machines from hyperspace.

!! The Vaglass

* Messiah: The "god" of the Vaglass; a crazed artificial intelligence created thirteen years previously and sealed into hyperspace. [[spoiler:Destroyed in #30 when Hiromu destroys his core, followed by his physical form being destroyed by the rest of the group.]]
* Enter: One of Messiah's agents in the real world. Although he resembles a human, he is actually a virtual avatar remotely controlled from hyperspace by the real Enter. Loves to sprinkle his speech with GratuitousFrench. [[spoiler:Seemingly destroyed along with Messiah's core in #30 by Hiromu while piloting a Type Epsilon Megazord, he returns starting in #31 and reveals his new plans in #33 by having backed up Messiah into cards which will mature into new Messianic Metaroids. All of this was never really to bring back Messiah as Enter planned on using the information gained from the cards to become the perfect human. He is the actual BigBad.]]
* Escape: The second of Messiah's virtual agents in the real world. A BloodKnight who wields [[GunsAkimbo two guns]] called Gok and Magok, and refers to Messiah as "Papa". [[spoiler: Is killed off in 44 when Messiah re-absorbs her as he continues to evolve his new body. Enter revives her but due to her current data being deleted with Messiah, all the current clones are based off the original data of Escape.]]

See also ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'', a parody ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' that ran early during the same year. Not to be confused with the Paranormal Squadron ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', [[http://gelbooru.com/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=1459592 despite what this picture tells you.]]

It will be adapted in 2015 as a part of ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'' which will primarily use footage from [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger the next Sentai]]. This makes it the first sentai series in nearly two decades to be skipped for a full season since ''Dairanger.''

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!! Recurring ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' tropes:
* AlphaStrike: Buster Hercules' FinishingMove; Hercules Crisis.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Mission 45, the first episode to air in 2013, begins with the Busters and crew asking the audience if they had a good New Year's celebration.
* ByThePowerOfGrayskull: The team's {{Transformation Trinket}}s announce "It's Morphin' Time!" after being activated. Once it's formed the majority of their costume, they say "Let's Morphin'!" to form the visor to their helmet and finish the change.
* {{Crossover}}:
** The Go-Busters join the action in ''Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiSuperHeroTaisen'' as the most recent Super Sentai team.
** The [[Film/SpaceSheriffGavanTheMovie new Gavan]] guest-stars in episodes #31 and #32 in a [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot poorly disguised promo]] for his movie.
** ''Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters vs. Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger: The Movie''
* EyeCatch: Averted, much like in ''Gokaiger'', the Go-Busters' logo appears in the corner of the screen prior to commercial breaks.
* FiveManBand: The team solidifies with [[ThreePlusTwo the addition of Jin and J]].
** TheLeader: Hiromu
** TheBigGuy: Ryuji
** TheChick: Yoko
** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart]] [[TheLancer Lancer]]: Jin
** PluckyComicRelief: J
** For the alternate reality team:
*** TheHero: Hiromu
*** TheBigGuy: Ryuji
*** TheChick: Yoko
*** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart]] [[TheLeader Leader]]: Jin
*** TheLancer: J
*** SixthRanger: Atsushi
*** {{Eleventh Hour Ranger}}s: Kuroki and Rika.
* FleetingDemographicRule: It's only been ''two'' years since we've had animal-vehicle hybrids in ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'', and ''four'' years since that was combined with [[RobotBuddy Robot Buddies]] in ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger''.
* HammerSpace: Conspicuously averted; dimensional matter transport itself is an established technology used by both sides, and would seemingly be prominently featured throughout. Both the Go-Busters and Buster Machines have their weapons teleported in from their base. Go-Buster Ace even has backup swords on standby in case it should lose one.
** On the other hand, the entire concept of subspace as used by the villains is this trope taken to its creepy conclusion.
* HumongousMecha:
** AMechByAnyOtherName: "Buster Machines" for the Go-Busters' standard mechs and "Megazords" for humanoid mechs, including those used by both Vaglass and the Go-Busters. Human-sized bots are "-roids" (Buddyroids for the Busters, Metaroids for Vaglass).
*** SpellMyNameWithAnS: The official spelling provided by all Japanese publication refers to the human-sized robots as [[http://puu.sh/eZKth/589dba2864.jpg "-loid"]] (see also [[http://p-bandai.jp/item/item-1000014834/ these T-shirts]]). However, "-roid" as in "android" prevailed in fansubs. The [[JapaneseRanguage whole ambiguity of R and L in Japanese]] doesn't help things, along with show having the English text as "BUDDYROID" in earlier episodes and "METALOID" in later ones.
** TransformingMecha: Each Buster Machine can transform from a vehicle mode (Buster Vehicle) to an animal mode of some sort ([[AnimalMecha Buster Animal]]). Buster Machines CB-01 Cheetah, BC-04 Beetle, and LT-06 Tategami Lioh both have an additional Megazord mode as well (Go-Buster Ace and Go-Buster Beet for the first two).
** CombiningMecha: For starters, Nick, Gorisaki, Usada, and Ene-tan combine with the Buster Machines to get them to do anything more complicated than their vehicle mode.
*** CB-01 (Red) + GT-02 (Blue) + RH-03 (Yellow) = Go-Buster Oh.
*** BC-04 + SJ-05 = Buster Hercules.
*** Go-Buster Oh + Buster Hercules = Great Go-Buster.
*** LT-06 + GT-02 + RH-03 Rabbit = Go-Buster Lioh.
*** Go-Buster Lioh + Buster Hercules = Go-Buster King
** MechaExpansionPack:
*** The Go-Buster Ace can combine with the Stag Beetle to form the Go-Buster Ace Stag Custom.
*** Buster Machine FS-0O Frog can replace the RH-03 Rabbit to form Go-Buster Kero Oh.
*** In ''Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiSuperHeroTaisen'', Go-Buster-Oh uses Series/KamenRiderFourze's Super Astro Switches, of all things.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Episodes are called "missions".
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: Like ''Gokaiger'', their roll call is pretty simple:
-->'''Hiromu''': Red Buster!
-->'''Ryuji''': Blue Buster!
-->'''Yoko''': Yellow Buster!
-->'''Jin''': Beet Buster!
-->'''J''': Stag Buster!
-->'''Hiromu''': [[TransformationNameAnnouncement Busters]], [[PreAsskickingOneLiner ready]]...
-->'''All''': [[LetsGetDangerous Go]]!
** The Doubutsu Sentai Go-Busters from ''Go-Busters Returns'' have their own:
-->'''Hiromu''': Savannah Hunter! Red Cheetah!
-->'''Ryuji''': Jungle Warrior! Blue Gorilla!
-->'''Yoko''': Field Jumper! Yellow Rabbit!
-->'''Jin''': Arboreal Leader! Gold Beetle!
-->'''J''': Juice Drinker! Silver Stag!
-->'''Hiromu''': Doubutsu Sentai...
-->'''All''': Go-Busters!
*** And later:
-->'''Atsushi''': Wetland Swimmer! Green Hippopotamus!
-->'''Kuroki''': Midnight Walker! [[LargeHam Black Puuuuuumaaaaaa!]]
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: The red and gold Buddyroids and Buster Machines have more features than the others. CB-01 Cheetah (red), BC-04 Beetle (gold), and LT-06 Tategami Lioh (blue-and-gold) have humanoid modes in addition to their vehicle and animal modes, and can wear other Buster Machines as armor. Cheeda Nick can also turn into a motorcycle, and Beet J. Stag becomes the fifth warrior, Stag Buster.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Metaroids, evil machines created by a virus that Enter injects into other machines or living beings.
** MakeMyMonsterGrow: Averted. Instead of Metaroids growing into giant-size, Messiah sends a giant companion robot called a "Megazord" to assist the Metaroid (or take over the attack if the Metaroid is already destroyed). They come in at least four types (Alpha, Beta Gamma, and Delta).
** Unlike other series, this is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in the case of the Megazords. Sending them into real space takes a tremendous amount of energy so Vaglass is only able to send one at a time. In #3, Enter even suggests that they hold off sending Megazords until they can gather sufficient Enetron to dispatch multiple Megazords at once. In the same episode, it was revealed that a slow transfer time uses up less Enetron.
* {{Mooks}}: Buglers, mechanical foot soldiers of the Vaglass. They can also pilot their own zords, which are called 'Bugzords'.
* TheMovie
** ''Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiSuperHeroTaisen'' (featuring ''Fourze'', ''Gokaiger'' and ''Decade'')
** ''Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters The Movie: Protect the Tokyo Enetower!'' (annual summer movie)
** ''[[Film/TokumeiSentaiGobustersVsKaizokuSentaiGokaigerTheMovie Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters vs. Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: The Movie]]'' (first Vs. teamup)
** ''[[Film/TokumeiSentaiGobustersReturnsVsDobutsuSentaiGobusters Tokumei Sentai Go-busters Returns vs. Dobutsu Sentai Go-busters]]'' (Post-season [[DirectToVideo V-Cinema]])
* PowerTrio: The first since ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger''.
* RookieRedRanger: ...sort of. While Hiromu is a fully-trained member of the team, he was on furlough for a while because his sister didn't approve of it, so Yoko resents him as a "newcomer".
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Yoko
* SpandexLatexOrLeather: As opposed to the usual Sentai spandex, this series goes for leather with more uniform-like suits.
* SuperMode: #33 introduces the Custom Visors, which convert the Buddyroids into additional armor that enhances the team's natural powers, but requires the Busters and their Buddyroids to be in sync to function properly.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Significantly more effective in the second half of the season, after the {{Retool}} resulted in a brand new OP, because each time a major plot-important battle goes down, they play the ''original'' OP.
* ThemeNaming: The first names of each of the Buddyroids are a combination of the animals they're modeled after and their respective partners, while their last names is a reference to their favorite foods.
** Cheeda (Cheetah + Sakurada) Nick (a play on ''niku'', which means meat)
** Gorisaki (Gorilla + Iwasaki) Banana
** Usada (a reference to his partner Usami and ''usagi'', Japanese for bunny) Lettuce
** Beet J. Stag's middle initial stands for ''Jueki'' (plant sap), which is the kind of fluid commonly drank by beetles, and is also the first letter in "Jin" and "Jet".
** Even the movie-exclusive Ene-tan gets in on the food-theme naming, being named for the series' power source Enetron, which the other Buddyroids have sometimes been seen drinking as if it were soda.
** Enter and Escape are named after keyboard keys starting with "E", and have opposite meanings (to enter is to go into something, to escape is to get out).
** The mecha seem to be taking a different approach - Go-Buster ''Ace'', and Go-Buster ''Oh'', with "oh" meaning ''King''.
*** Followed by an actual Go-Buster ''King''.
* ThreePlusTwo: Two additional Busters, Beet and Stag, joined the team later in the series.
* TitleScream: The first OP averts for the first time since ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'''s "title sing." The second OP brings the Title Scream back. (Though, it's at the end of the opening instead of at the beginning, where the previous Title Screams were.)
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: Subverted, transformations happen in real time and there have been cases where the Go-Busters have had to dodge while performing it while the mecha transformations happen very rapidly. Go-Buster-Oh's transformation takes longer, but the components of Blue and Yellow Busters' mecha circle Go-Buster Ace and form an energy field before it begins to protect it during the combination.
* TransformationSequence: Averted for the first nine episodes, doing transformations without stock footage ala ''Franchise/KamenRider''. A stock transformation sequence was introduced though, possibly for budget reasons, but it's rarely used.
** Also subverted with the mecha, who transform in live action as well. Played with when it comes to Go-Buster-Oh, who does have a transformation sequence, but is implied to happen in in real time protected by an energy shield.
** Further subverted by Great Go-Buster, as all its component parts are always assembled in the hangar instead of having a transformation sequence out in the field.
* TransformationTrinket:
** Hiromu, Ryuji, and Yoko: Morphin Brace
** Jin and Beet J. Stag: Morphin Blaster
* WeaponOfChoice:
** ImprobableWeaponUser: The Transpod. [[note]]A shoulder mounted device that can teleport the Go-Busters their weapons and has a built-in voice changer.[[/note]]
** ShoePhone: The Go-Busters' weapons are geared towards this purpose:
*** CoolSword: Sougan Blades [[note]]A pair of binoculars. [[/note]] for the primary members and [=DriBlades=] [[note]]A steering wheel for their respective Buster Machines.[[/note]] for the secondary members.
*** {{Handguns}}: Ichigan Busters [[note]]A single-lens camera. [[/note]] for the primary members and Morphin Blasters [[note]]A cell phone.[[/note]] for the secondary members.
*** CoolGuns: The Lio Blaster. [[note]]An attache case or a steering wheel for the LT-06.[[/note]]
** PoweredArmor: The Powered Custom.
** BifurcatedWeapon: Two of them, both of which use the Sougan Blade:
*** HandCannon: Ichigan Buster + Sougan Blade = Ichigan Buster Special Buster Mode.
*** {{BFG}}: Lio Blaster + Sougan Blade = Lio Blaster Final Buster Mode.

!! Tropes specific to ''Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters'':

* AllThereInTheManual: The official names of Enter's and Escape's monster forums, "Enter Unite" and "Escape Evolved", are never mentioned on the show and only appeared in secondary sources such as TV Asahi's official site for the show.
* AIIsACrapshoot: The BigBad (at least at the start) is a computer that gained self-awareness.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Enter actually launches an infiltration of the EMC's base as early as #6, though he started it off in #4. #26 has another infiltration that plays out somewhat less seriously.
** #29 has the biggest one yet, complete with command staff and maintenance crew up in arms to hold them off as [[spoiler:Great Go-Buster is about to enter hyperspace.]]
* AlternateTimeline: The first Sentai to follow the trope, seeing that Enetron is already present at 2012 and before, but nowhere in sight during ''Gokaiger'' and any ''Sentai'' titles previously[[note]]Although, with the exception of ''Denziman'' with ''Sun Vulcan'' and ''Gokaiger'', all of the Sentai series take place in different universes from one another.[[/note]]. The "Shinseireki"/"Anno Novi" designation on the year indicates this.
** Then there's the parallel world of Doubutsu Sentai Go-Busters, which explores what things would have been like if the Messiah incident of 1999 had never happened. And in the meta sense, it answers the question of what Go-Busters would have been like if it had been done in the style of the Showa-era Super Sentai series, slamming the [[SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness sliding scale]] firmly to the silly side in the process.
* AnimalMotifs:
** PantheraAwesome: Red Buster and Cheeda Nick
** EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Blue Buster and Gorisaki Banana
** RighteousRabbit: Yellow Buster and Usada Lettuce
** JapaneseBeetleBrothers: Beet Buster and Beet J. Stag/Stag Buster
** FrogsAndToads: FS-0O Frog
** KingOfBeasts: LT-06 Tategami Lioh
* AnAsskickingChristmas: #43 and #44
* BatmanGambit: The plan to rescue Usada in #9 was one massive gambit. [[spoiler: It even ticked off Enter]]!
* BigBadassRig: GT-02.
* BigDamnHeroes: Hiromu in #1, arriving on Cheeda Nick's bike mode and [[EyeScream shooting out the monster's eye]] when it has his team mates on the ropes, weakening it enough for them to finish it off while he takes on the Megazord in Go-Buster Ace.
* BilingualBonus: In Mission 12, the actress Angie Sue sends the Go-busters an e-mail in English. It's never translated into Japanese, outside of its overall meaning as a thank you as stated by Ryuji. Those fluent in English can read most of it, and can also tell that it's not written by someone who is a native speaker. It only appears a few seconds on screen, so it [[FreezeFrameBonus has to be paused to be read]].
** The opening sequence includes random English text. That text is the HTML source code of the English Wikipedia ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' page.
* BittersweetEnding: Hurray! [[spoiler:Messiah has finally shutdown!]] It's surely a victory for the Go-Busters! [[spoiler:Except for the fact that all the scientists trapped in cyberspace are all dead now, including Hiromu's parents and Yoko's mom]].
** [[spoiler: Though Jin seems to be still alive, they couldn't take back his real body out of cyberspace so he is there until further notice]].
** [[spoiler:In the series finale, the Vaglass are defeated once and for all but Jin dies. To put it in perspective, the last ''permanent'' death of an official hero was [[Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger a decade ago]].]]
* BlackComedy: #21 has an ImagineSpot about what the Go-Busters would look like in the future, and acknowledges the age difference between Ryuji and the others by showing him AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, to put it one way.
* BoogieKnights: [[http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j11/Testaros25/GIFs/idKXmrrVbfk2l.gif Go-Buster Ace can dance.]] Your argument is invalid.
* ABoyAndHisX: Red Buster plays it the straightest as his buddyroid, Cheeda, stands by him the most compared to other buddyroids who stay in the headquarters.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: In Mission 27 the Scientist's 17 year old daughter is this, only showing up at her father's work place to collect her allowance. She gets better when she discovers that her father really does care about her contrary to her belief he didn't because he worked long hours therefore she did not really get to see him often.it
* BreatherEpisode: #28 can qualify since it's just plain silly (even for sentai standards!) although it suffers MoodWhiplash at the very end when [[spoiler: Jin's enetron supply is stolen]]. Episode 34 could also count as such but then again suffers MoodWhiplash when the final fight comes.
** Episode 45, it gives the viewers a chance to relax before things get serious again.
* Catch22: Enter needs to collect Enetron for Messiah. To do so, he needs to use Megazords... but to use Megazords, he has to have Enetron.
* CerebusRetcon: If it's possible to take a straight example even further, Ryuji almost punching out the chief in #4, treated merely as a HotBlooded {{Shonen}} staple, carries even more serious implications in #5 [[spoiler:with the reveal of his [[SuperpoweredEvilSide overheated]] [[AxCrazy Ax Crazy side]].]]
* ChekhovsGag: Beet J. Stag's habit of jumping in front of Jin in order to upstage him comes in handy in Mission 25 when the MonsterOfTheWeek tries to use his candlelight to give Jin nightmares just as he had to Hiromu, Youko, and Ryuuji when they looked into it. Since Buddyroids are immune to it, J is unaffected and Jin is able to slash the wick and put the flame out.
** Though it's entirely possible that avatars are immune too, as Jin is not really there.
* ChekhovsGun:
** At the start of #4, MissionControl tells the Go-Busters that transporting through Cyberspace is unreliable, and even using Metaroids as a beacon, enemy Megazords can be as far off the mark as three kilometers. When Enter shows up right outside one Enetron tank and is blatantly obvious about it, Hiromu realizes that he's just a diversion and their real goal is another district's tank, three kilometers away behind a nearby mountain range.
** The Go-Buster Ace holding up against RH-03 gunfire in #2 actually justifies Yoko [[SpotTheImpostor picking out the [=Copyroid=] impersonator]] [[CuttingTheKnot by shooting them both]] in #12.
** In #14, when rescuing Yoko after she's kidnapped by the second [=Tubaroid=], Hiromu attempts to fool it by impersonating Enter, right down to the voice, but is discovered once it realizes that Hiromu has a heartbeat. Turns out, [[spoiler:this is because Enter is actually an avatar in the real world, and his real body is in Hyperspace]].
* CombatTentacles: Enter has some.
* CompetitiveBalance: The Megazords of Vaglass (before the introduction of Epsilon, Zeta, and Omega ) come in different types:
** FragileSpeedster: Alpha
** MightyGlacier: Beta
** LightningBruiser: Gamma
** PurposelyOverpowered: Delta
* ConcealmentEqualsCover: From the looks of the first episode (and the general theme of this year's Sentai), looks like this one's going to see a lot of use.
** ImprobableCover: Ryuji uses a table in #1 to block a bullet attack from the Monster of the Week. Said monster has an arm that can cut through a ''car'' with no effort.
* CoolBike: Cheeda Nick can transform into one for Red Buster, making it the first Sentai bike since the [[Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger Machine Husky and Machine Boxer]] and LT-06 Tategami Lioh in mecha-sized version.
* CoolShades: A part of the season's visual motif. They're incorporated into the Go-Busters' henshin devices, their helmets, and their megazords. Enter's got a pair, too, as does Escape.
** TriangleShades: Red Buster's.
* {{Cyberpunk}} and PostCyberpunk: A case can be made for both, but it swings more towards PostCyberpunk. A GovernmentAgencyOfFiction using child soldiers is presented as mostly good, even if it is also responsible for the series' BigBad, while the child soldiers themselves apparently underwent some degree of UnwillingRoboticisation.
** Although to be fair; [[spoiler: the UnwillingRoboticisation (which was basically uploading an organic program into them that gave super powers, the ability to be telaported safely (which is what saved them in the first place) and a weakness. They're all still ''very'' much human) the kids were subjected to saved them from an even worse one.]]
* DancingTheme: In this case, it's the Rangers and crew dancing on catwalks around Go-Buster Ace.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Seems to go this way, even at ''five'' episodes. {{Deconstruction}} aside, Enter already displays capabilities to outmaneuver the Busters in #4, their commander [[GoodIsNotNice is not exactly the nicest guy around]]. And then, when Ryuji was overheated, [[BewareTheNiceOnes he's utterly]] ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes scary]]''...
** Episode to episode it's fairly standard, and even more comedic than most series (the Buddyroids will bring back pleasant memories of the Engines or other wacky RobotBuddy characters), but some of the darkest things in franchise history happen in this series. Wherever you'd say LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt, it turns out ''they would.'' It doesn't hit you 'til the end, because it's not until it's all over that it becomes final that yes, they ''did'' really [[spoiler: have the Rangers forced to sacrifice the lives of their parents and all the rest of those researchers in order to render Messiah OnlyMostlyDead, and one of their teammates also had to be sacrificed to finish the job.]] It's better than letting Messiah absorb the whole world, of course, but it really feels like they lost. Especially after all the {{Hope Spot}}s that make it seem like they're going to ScrewDestiny on points where other teams always have; usually "X can't be saved" where saving X is a SeriesGoal just means it'll happen ''awesomely'' in the last couple of episodes, and there's always a dangled thread of hope like [[spoiler: "there's still some of their data in those Messiah cards," or "there's still some of Jin's data in Enter."]] In the end, it ''always'' serves only to [[spoiler: make the fact that there's ''nothing'' they can do even more painful.]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: ''Go-Busters'' is much more explicit about the sort of after-effects that would be involved in a giant robot attack than the usual Sentai series. The Busters often spend just as much time rescuing people from collateral damage or cleaning up the aftermath of the battle than they do actually fighting the robots.
** Also, while definitely not the first Sentai series to have a MissionControl and support crew, it is likely the first to realistically depict the amount of logistics that these crews have to do to give assistance to the team (instead of simply showing them typing on computers). For instance, the first episode shows that a large number of technicians are needed to coordinate the launch of Go-Buster Ace. Hiromu also needs to inform the base minutes before that he will be using the mech to give them some prep time, instead of simply 'summoning' it instantly.
** It's worth noting, however, that it's not the first or the most "logical/realistic" by far; ''Series/RescueSentaiGoGoFive'' was pretty much an entire series of a serious take on that.
** Another deconstructed is towards the Civilian Powers from ''Franchise/PowerRangers''. The powers are the results of upgrades and those same upgrades also grant side-effects, like freezing at the sight of chickens, slowing down to a grind, or the real clincher, going AxCrazy if you use your powers too much.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: In the updated version of [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Gokaiger]]'s ''Super Hero Getter'' which includes Gokaiger and Go-Busters, Go-Busters line is "Tokumei Mission, Go-Busters." The problem is that "Tokumei" translates to "Special Mission", so in full English, the line is actually "Special Mission Mission, Go-Busters."
** The DVD and Blu-Ray releases contain special features that are also called "Tokumei Missions".
** Also, the command to form the CombiningMecha is "[[GratuitousEnglish Combine Operation]], Tokumei Gattai", which one fansub group translated as "Combine Operation, Operative Combination".
** Episode 42 Enter makes a Messianic Metaroid out of a Megazord. The resulting Delta Megazord that transports in is the [=MegazordMegazord=]
* DistaffCounterpart: In #22, we are introduced to Enter's female counterpart, Escape.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: #25. The [=RousokuZord=] taking out an Enetron structure by setting it literally aflame (the fire never spreads from the spire, looking like a huge candle) may remind older viewers of the case of oil rigs being deliberately set aflame in the Middle East, an incident that preceded the UsefulNotes/GulfWar.
* DualWielding: Ryuji does this in the 8th episode when facing the Drillroid.
* EarlyBirdCameo: As is a recent tradition started by [[Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger Goseiger]], the three Go-Busters make their debut in ''[[Film/KaizokuSentaiGokaigerVsSpaceSheriffGavanTheMovie Gokaiger vs. Gavan]]'', where they foil Basco's attempt to take the Gokai Galleon as the Gokaigers are busy rescuing Gavan, as well as Yoko giving Sally a pile of fruit to eat.
** Subverted in ''[[Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiSuperHeroTaisen Super Hero Taisen]]'', though it was rumoured, Beet and Stag Buster did not appear, despite [[SixthRanger Gokai Silver]]'s appearance in the ''[[Film/GokaigerGoseigerSuperSentai199HeroGreatBattle 199 Heroes]]'' movie. However, come next year, Kyoryu Gold does indeed make his first appearance in ''[[Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiXSpaceSheriffSuperHeroTaisenZ Super Hero Taisen Z]]''.
** The Special DVD features a cameo by ''Series/SpaceSheriffGavan'', then Gavan Type-G appears in two-part teamup (Missions 31 and 32) to promote ''Film/SpaceSheriffGavanTheMovie''. Ironically, ''Gokaiger vs. Gavan'', which as mentioned featured the debut of Go-Busters, was what lead to the ''[[Franchise/MetalHeroes Space Sheriff]]'' revival.
** ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' make their first apperance in ''[[Film/TokumeiSentaiGobustersVsKaizokuSentaiGokaigerTheMovie Go-Busters vs. Gokaiger]]'', resulting in an awkward moment when Kyoryu Red finds he is alone when he comes to assist Red Buster and Gokai Red, the rest of his team ran late and only arrived after the two Reds took their leave.
* EpicTrackingShot: A low-tech but effective example in #5, where the image is simply ''rotated'' at the same speed as Blue and Yellow's particularly difficult 360-flipping moves.
* EverythingIsOnline: On the plus side, Enter can't just remotely hack into random machines to create Metaroids. On the minus side, how do you infect a ''fork'' with a computer virus? Or a ''candle''? Or a ''rubber eraser''?!
** In Ep 46 [[spoiler: this is a plot point, as Enter reveals that he has gained the ability to directly create Metaroids, with just his fingers, from plants and animals. [[OhCrap The Go-Busters express extreme horror at this revelation.]] ]]
* [[spoiler:FinalBossNewDimension: Invoked, the Go-Busters decide to drag Enter and his Megazord Omega into Hyperspace for the FinalBattle to avoid causalities, as well as allow them to remove the Messiah Card from Hiromu's body.]]
* ForWantOfANail: The premise of ''Go-Busters Returns'', where the team meet alternate versions of themselves from a timeline where the Messiah incident of 1999 never happened. The alternate team are known as the ''Dōbutsu Sentai'' (Animal Squadron) and their codename system is a deliberate throwback to the one used in ''Liveman'' and ''Jetman'' (i.e. Red Cheetah, Yellow Rabbit, Blue Gorilla and Gold Beetle). Beet J. Stag, who was also brought from the normal universe, fights alongside both teams, using the codename of "Silver Stag" when fighting with the alternate team. There are also two new team members: the SixthRanger Green Hippopotamus, and Black Puma, who is Kuroki joining the fight on his own.
** InSpiteOfANail: Despite the change in history, a lot of things stay the same: the whole team gets together, their foes (the Machine Empire Mechalius) are pretty much identical to Vaglass (with their leader being a counterpart of Escape), and they have all the same weapons and mecha as the main team (plus extras, such as the Go-Buster Ball). Even the Buddyroids still exist, though they have to be programmed with personalities early on in order to help run their robot.
* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: Realizing that sending Messiah to subspace wouldn't defeat it for good, Hiromu's father essentually did this with the three Busters and Buddyroids, inserting in them a program that can counter the Metavirus.
* FreezeFrameBonus: The first opening has excerpts from the English ''Super Sentai'' Wikipedia page scroll down at one point (in HTML code). [[http://i.imgur.com/U9BP5.jpg See here]].
** It also pops up in some monitors throughout the series, like the one that appears right when Mission 04 starts.
* FreudianTrio
** Superego: Hiromu
** Ego: Ryuji
** Id: Yoko
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In Mission 21 while Gorisaki Banana and Masato Jin are having a conversation about Ryuji at a park, Beet J Stag rides a zipline on the playground then starts running around the playground with a bug net conversing with a large piece of equipment that has a grasshopper head. He continues this while waving the bug net in the air and eventually falling on his face.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: In #47, this is how [[spoiler:Hiromu manages to get past his weak point, by having the other team members quickly attack him whenever he freezes.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Jin has a tendency to say "Shit!" in English.
* GoombaStomp: Pulled off by the Great Go-Buster in #22.
* GratuitousEnglish: Dear Lord where do we begin...
** From the Buster Gear (whose English is {{Surprisingly Good|English}})
*** "IT'S MORPHIN' TIME!"
*** "TRANSPORT!"
*** "LET'S DRIVING!"
*** "IT'S TIME FOR BUSTER!"
*** "CALL MODE!"
*** "ANALYZE MODE!"
*** "IT'S TIME FOR SPECIAL BUSTER!"
*** "BOOST UP FOR BUSTER!"
*** "ROGER! BC-04 BEETLE, SHIFT UP!"
*** "OK! SJ-05 STAG BEETLE, TAKE OFF!"
*** "IT'S TIME FOR BEET/STAG ATTACK!"
*** "SET! ARE YOU READY?"
*** "POWERED CUSTOM!"
** From the main characters:
*** "Let's Morphin'!"
*** "Roger Rabbit."-Usada Lettuce
*** "Come on!"
*** "Oh, Shit!" -Jin
*** From the movie: "Yessss" -Kurorin
*** "Powered Morphin'!"
** The Morphin Brace toy also has some other lines:
*** "SPEEEEEECIAAAAAAAAL MODE!"
*** "EXCELLENT! subarashii! COOL na SUPER sentai SOUL wo kanjiru zo!" Ironically this line shows up its Japanese as being far worse than its English.
** From the theme song: "4, 2, 3, 1, let's go!" Yes, in that order.
** #21 takes the cake with a billboard advertising a "''Fatless'' Sports Gym". Really.
* GratuitousFrench: Enter uses quite a bit of this, including his CatchPhrase "Ça va (How are you), Go-Busters?".
* HugeGuyTinyGirl