Series / Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger
Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger
(roughly Beast Power Squadron Dinosaurger) is the 37th program in the Super Sentai
franchise, airing from 2013 to 2014. It is the third dinosaur-themed instalment in the franchise, following Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger
(1992) and Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger
A long time ago, in the age of the dinosaurs, the Earth came under attack by an alien force known as the Deboss Army. However, they were defeated by a team of dinosaurs given supernatural powers, and sealed within the polar ice caps. Torin, the divine mentor of the heroes, stored the souls of these brave dinosaur warriors in capsules so that their power could be called upon if the threat of the Deboss ever returned.
Now in the modern age, a new team of humans are scouted by Torin to fight against the revived Deboss Army. Defeating their partner dinosaurs in single combat to earn their trust and respect, these chosen are granted their awesome prehistoric power and the ability to become the new generation of heroes, the Kyoryuger!
Aired alongside the Kamen Rider
series Kamen Rider Wizard
, with the casts meeting each other in Super Hero Taisen Z
, and then Kamen Rider Gaim
in the Super Hero Time
It is being adapted for American audiences as Power Rangers Dino Charge
, the 2015 entry in the Power Rangers
The Kyoryugers are:
- Daigo "King" Kiryu/Kyoryu Red: "The Fanged Hero", the confident and courageous leader of the group.
- Ian Yorkland/Kyoryu Black: "The Bullet Hero", a cocky and stylish charmer from Europe.
- Nobuharu "Nossan" Udo/Kyoryu Blue: "The Armored Hero", a goofy but reliable handyman.
- Souji Rippukan/Kyoryu Green: "The Slashing Hero", a straight-faced high-school student and expert swordsman.
- Amy Yuzuki/Kyoryu Pink: "The Horned Heroine", a cheerful and multi-cultural young heiress with a tough streak.
- Utsusemimaru (aka "Ucchi")/Kyoryu Gold: "The Thunderous Hero", a samurai from the feudal era who survived to the modern day due to Dogold assimilating him during a moment of weakness.
- Ramirez/Kyoryu Cyan: "The Steel Hero", the spirit of a European warrior. Jovial, kind, and very strong.
- Tessai/Kyoryu Gray: "The Clashing Hero", the spirit of a Chinese martial artist. Noble, and disciplined, as well as very devoted to the team's well being.
- Yayoi Ulshade/Kyoryu Violet II: "The Marine Heroine", an intelligent and clever scientist, and very adept fighter. She replaced her Grandfather, Dr. Ulshade, following his retirement.
- Torin/Kyoryu Silver: "The Radiant Hero", the Kyoryugers' Mentor. Originally a vanguard of the Deboss Legion, he turned against them after discovering bravery, and fought them for millions of years. An expert swordsman and the most powerful member of the team.
Recurring Super Sentai tropes:
- Action Girl: Amy and Yayoi are every bit as badass as the other rangers, despite being the only two girls.
- All Your Powers Combined: The Kentrospiker. This is the first time since Goseiger to have a weapon formed from the team's individual weapons (which is expected since this is also the return of the aforementioned Weapon of Choice), and the first since Gaoranger to be a melee weapon, although the Finishing Move involves Red throwing it after the whole team catapult him to the air, similar to the Goggle Golden Spear. After he joins, Kyoryu Gold participates by riding the Kentrospiker like a surfboard and then slashing the target while they're getting skewered by the 'spiker. There are also two lesser combinations that don't require the Kentrospiker Zyudenchi:
- Fang Shot: Combination of Kyoryu Red and Black's weapons.
- Shield LanSlasher: Combination of Kyoryu Blue, Green, and Pink's weapons.
- Later on, there's the Victory battery, which combines the powers of the core five Kyoryugers for a finishing blast, and the Maximum battery, which adds in Kyoryu Gold and whichever auxiliary team members happen to be around at the time.
- Boss Subtitles: Characters getting names on the bottom of the screen when they first appear returns to the franchise after being absent from Boukenger onward. The Monster of the Week doesn't get introduced thusly, though.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "Kyoryu Change! Fire!" Also, when activating any Zyudenchi, "Brave In!"
- And when Ramirez and Tessai transform, "Spirit Ranger, Fire!"
- Chest Insignia: The suit's sash and shoulder pad make up the team's dino-head logo (the shoulder pad as an eye and the sash as teeth). Compare with the belt buckle, which also sports said logo.◊
- Color-Coded Characters: Kyoryuger is the first-ever Sentai to feature a gray ranger, as well as a cyan ranger that's specifically called that (There are other light blue rangers, but they're simply called blue. Also, some silver rangers look gray (and there's a Silver here too), but Kyoryu Gray makes a point of his color: combining black and white as he's fully in balance, he's gray. A yin-yang symbol spins faster until its black and white blur together as gray as he says it. And we're getting an actual Kyoryu Silver down the line.). It's also the second Sentai to feature a violet ranger (as well as the first female violet ranger), and is the first Sentai since Changeman to not have a yellow ranger.
- On top of that, the Spirit Rangers have gold "sashes" across their suits' chests; the living Kyoryugers have yellow sashes.
- Cool Bike: The team's bikes, the Deinochasers, are each actually combined from two Zyudenryu mechs called "Deinos" and "Chase." Deathryuger has his own motorcycle called D-Racer.
- Dancing Theme: The ending sequence, all variations. Even the dinosaurs dance.
- The Deboss join in too, with some Mooks as backup dancers for our heroes, and the generals getting a few seconds of dancing in themselves.
- Starting with Brave 12 all the way to the second-to-last (#47), the ending also featured, in a split screen with the original ending, viewer-submitted video footage of Japanese children of all ages and even organized dance troupes doing the dance.
- Among the groups that are shown doing the dance are Shun Shioya, Nao Nagasawa, and Kohei Yamamoto, the three main leads in Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger; they are credited as "A Bunch Of Blustery Ninja" (episode 24, if you're curious). They even do the Ninpuu Shinobi Change pose when they finish. Another episode had Team Gaim showing up a week before their own show premiered.
- And, in the last pop-up of the last ending sequence (Brave 47), we have the "Tachikawa Red Stars", consisting of past Sentai Reds, to wit: Keiichi Wada, Teruaki Ogawa, Masaru Shishido, and Touta Tarumi, as well as Kazuo Niibori, stuntman famous for making plenty of Red Ranger action scenes in the past.
- Debut Queue: All five Kyoryugers meet in the first episode, but it takes a few more episodes before they start being open to each other.
- Eyecatch: After being absent for the last two years.
- The pre-break eyecatch has all 5 main Zyudenchi in a circle before being thrown screenward by the team. The post-break eyecatch has the team posing for a jump-shot in front of Kyoryuzin's smiling face!
- During the promotion for The Movie (Braves 17 to 26), it's changed to the six Kyoryugers morphing in the pre-break, and their morphed poses in the post-break.
- Afterwards, starting with Brave 27, the pre-break (with Ucchi added) is the six main Zyudenchi returning to the Kyoryugers' hands (in their civil forms) as they pose together. And in the post-break, the Kyoryugers appear dancing before Kyoryuzin - who then breaks out into a big toothy smile - as spotlights and flickering light dots appear on the screen.
- And the finale doesn't have any eyecatches. Maybe they wanted to enforce Rule of Drama?
- Fleeting Demographic Rule: It's been 10 years since the last dino Sentai (Abaranger), and 21 since the one before that (Zyuranger). Additionally, the title is basically a reversal of Zyuranger's: Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger (Dinosaur Squadron Beastranger) => Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger ((Electro)Beast Squadron Dinosauranger).
- Toei is acknowledging this in an awesome way by having the Zyurangers and Abarangers show up in Kyoryuger vs Go-Busters.
- It's also been a whopping 34 years since the last music Sentai.
- Genre Throwback: To the older Sentai Series in many ways. There's the Battle Fever J references, but also the blockier design of the mecha and crazier and weirder designs for the monsters.
- Humongous Mecha: The Zyudenryu (Electrodinosaurs)
- Animal Mecha: Take a guess.
- Combining Mecha: Gabutyra + two other arm-sized mecha (usually Stegotchi and Dricera) = Kyoryuzin (Dinosaur God)
- Kyoryuzin + Pteragordon = Raiden Kyoryuzin
- Plezu-Oh + Gabutyra + Bunpachy = Bakuretsu Kyoryuzin
- Tobaspino + Ankydon + Bunpachy = SpinoDaiOh
- Kyoryuzin + Parasagun + Zakutor + Bragigas = Gigant Kyoryuzin
- Leader Forms the Head: One of the exaggerated examples, as Gabutyra makes up all of Kyoryuzin but the arms.
- Mecha Expansion Pack: Most mecha can combine with Gabutyra to become the arms of the combined robot; each one granting unique weaponry - and in a twist, Kyoryu Red's Super Mode essentially lets them combine with him the same way. Other mecha can also use these weapon arms in place of their own:
- Stegotchi + Dricera = an unnamed default mode for Kyoryuzin; called the "Samba" combo with Kyoryu Red Carnival.
- Parasagun + Zakutor = Kyoryuzin Western. Pteraiden-Oh can also use a "Western" combo.
- Ankydon + Dricera = Kyoryuzin Macho
- Ankydon + Bunpachy = Kyoryuzin Kung-Fu
- Plezuon + Ankydon = Exclusive to Kyoryu Red Carnival in a DVD; called "TV-Maga" combo.
- Other combinations are possible but don't get special names, being known as [Base mecha] [Expansion X] [Expansion Y]; for instance Kyoryuzin Stegotchi Zakutor.
- Super Hero Taisen Z, like last year, provides the Sentai mecha with a Kamen Rider powerup: in this case Kyoryuzin gets the WizarDragon in its Giant Foot of Stomping mode.
- Transforming Mecha: Pteragordon/Pteraiden-Oh, Plezuon/Plezu-Oh, and Bragigas/Gigant Bragi-Oh.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode is referred to as "Brave", while the titles are written in only hiragana and katakana. Also, the first word in the title is an exclamation, something that Goranger, J.A.K.Q, and Megaranger had previously done (partially in the case of the latter).
- In the Name of the Moon: After the previous two seasons took a break from it, Kyoryuger heralds a return to the more elaborate role call sequences. Note that the members are usually willing to roll call at any time, no matter which members of the team are present or absent; missing members just get skipped.
Daigo: Listen and be amazed!note
Daigo: The Fanged Hero!note Kyoryu Red!
Ian: The Bullet Hero!note Kyoryu Black!
Nobuharu: The Armored Hero!note Kyoryu Blue!
Souji: The Slashing Hero!note Kyoryu Green!
Amy: The Horned Heroine!note Kyoryu Pink!
Utsusemimaru: The Thunderous Hero!note Kyoryu Gold is here!
Ramirez/Yuko: The Steel Hero(ine)!note Kyoryu Cyan!
Tessai/Shinya: The Clashing Hero!note Kyoryu Gray!
Dr. Ulshade/Yayoi: The Oceanic Hero(ine)!note Kyoryu Violet!
Torin/Dantetsu: The Radiant Hero!note Kyoryu Silver!
: The strongest braves
Daigo: Zyuden Sentai!
Utsusemimaru: Vanquishing evil in Heaven's name!note
Daigo: It's about to get wild! Try and stop us!note
- When all 10 are assembled, the role call ending changes:
: The strongest braves
Daigo: The ten of us together are:
All: Zyuden Sentai! Kyoryuger!
Daigo: It's about to get wild!
All: Try and stop us!
- Kid-Appeal Character: Daigo. The fact that he was often surrounded by kids in the first few episodes is a good indicator.
- Large Ham: The narrator, who practically strains his voice from all the constant screaming.
- Make My Monster Grow: Luckiero pours "water" (a liquid form of Master Deboss's own cells) from a cute little can he keeps in his pouch on the monster to make it grow. The soundtrack has a little ta-daaa! fanfare when he pulls it out.
- They can also make their Monsters small again with a ball that sucks the embiggening juice out. Hitting the monster with it again puts the water back in.
- Mooks: Zorima, Protozoa-themed foot soldiers of the Deboss Army, created from the body of Deboss himself. Groups of Zorima can clump themselves together to merge into dinosaur-like monsters called Giant Zorima.
- Plucky Comic Relief: There's two on the team. Ian is occasionally a joker and tends to be "pluckier" than Nobuharu. On the other hand, Nobuharu tends to be on the receiving end of "comic relief".
- Precursor Heroes: An unusual example, the mecha this season are actually the Kyoryuger's predecessor team.
- There have also been a few Kyoryugers in the past, such as Ramirez, Utsusemimaru, Tessai, and Doctor Ulshade.
- The Psycho Rangers: A Monster of the Week turned some Mooks into a set of evil counterparts not to fight the Rangers, but to impersonate them and get everyone pissed at each other.
- The Smurfette Principle: Pink is the only girl beginning in the core team Enforced by Word of God...then Yayoi replaces her grandfather as Kyoryu Violet, although this also applies to her as well concerning the second Squad of Rangers. And then Ramirez passes his powers onto Nobuharu's sister, Yuko, making three girls on the team.
- Super Mode: Daigo gets his very own power-up called Kyoryu Red Carnival, which allows him to use the Zyudenryu armaments similar to Kyoryuzin.
- Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: When Deboss first start their invasion, they and the Kyoryugers fight battles worldwide. After a one-month timeskip, however, everyone's gathered in Japan with no reason given.
- Justified in episode 14. Japan is the "Golden Land," the place the Zyudenryu were created by Torin (back when the world was still just Pangea) and the only place they would gather naturally.
- Transformation Trinket: The team's sidearm, the Gaburevolver, pulls double duty as this.
- Weapon of Choice:
Tropes present in Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger:
- All Myths Are True: The Bad Santa Monster of the Week of #41 was able to pull off its big plan by intercepting the mail meant for the real Santa. Let that sink in for a minute.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing
- Awful Truth: In #28, Chaos reveals to the Kyoryugers that Torin was once a member of the Deboss Legion and is Chaos's younger brother.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: In #46, after Aigaron's death, the first person to comfort a grieving Candelira? Nobuharu.
- Ass Shove: In Brave #12, Utsusemimaru gives Daigo sleeping herbs to keep him out of fight to protect him; only for him to arrive right as rain to help Maru a few scenes later. How'd he stay awake? The pain from sticking his own Gaburivolver right up his bum, of course! This comes right before we get Maru's Darkand Troubled Past story, mind.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Ian and Souji in #47.
- Badass Boast: Daigo delivers one in episode 9. When Souji and Amy have been captured, he, Nobuharo, and Ian are faced with a Hostage Situation. But instead of dropping his gun like he's told to, Daigo shoots the crystal ball that's being used to show them their captured teammates. When the Monster of the Week called him an idiot and asked how he could still shoot, he responded with this line.
Who's the idiot? If the guys you'd captured were weaklings, even I would throw away my gun. Why'd you capture such strong guys?
We're a team! The five of us together are invincible, but we're still really strong by ourselves! I believe in their strength!
- The Bad Guys Win: To a certain degree the Deboss Army sort of wins every episode with them getting at least some energy to revive Deboss each episode and then this trope is played completely straight in Episode 7 with Chaos successfully stealing Pteragordon.
- Bad Santa: The Monster of the Week for #41.
- Bare-Handed Blade Block: Daigo performs this in Brave 12. While he catches the katana, his opponent (the kid he was cheering for in a sumo match earlier, who was being manipulated into giving in to his anger) merely draws the blade back, slicing his palm open.
- In #45, Deboss does this to the Bragio Zakutor Ax (Bragi-Oh's weapon). While still human-sized, and without even flinching.
- Batman Gambit: In #45, Dantetsu reveals his Deal with the Devil and joined the Deboss Army in order to stop the Earth's countdown to destruction. To solidify his spot, he kills Torin and sends him to Hell as a Debo monster right in front of the Kyoryugers. However, in #46, it is revealed that Dantetsu did it while Torin kept his heart of justice intact, all so when Deboss goes back on his word like Dantetsu expected, the Deboss Army would have a lot less soldiers pop up. The reason why? Torin would be busy taking them out while in Hell!
- Battle Strip: Daigo pulls off a spectacular one in Brave 27, complete with lots of focus on his bare chest.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: The tails of a Zyudenryu that form a Zyuden Giant's arm, except Stegotchi, turn into weapons when their Zyudenchi is installed. Bragigas, whom can form his own Zyuden Giant, has one as well.
- Bittersweet Ending: Yes, the Deboss has been defeated once again, but now Torin, Ramirez, and Tessai are dead/gone for good, with Candelia and Luckyuro taking Torin's place as the new mentors of the future Kyoryuger team that shows up 100 years later.
- Bittersweet if only because of the departure of Torin and the Spirit Rangers, not to mention the setup before Daigo was revealed to have survived the destruction of the Frozen Castle. In the end, all things considered, they had a Happy Ending, even considering that Torin - who, unlike Ramirez and Tessai, hadn't been dead beforehand - was ready to accept his fate all along.
- Boogie Knights: Kyoryuzin performs a little dance after the combination sequence.
- Bookends: #19 begins and ends with Utchi practicing his sword skills and seeing the same boy trip and fall in front of him. In the beginning, the boy is a spoiled brat and cries when Utchi doesn't help him up; in the ending, the boy falls, but he gets up all by himself, proud that he has learned from Utchi to be more self-sufficient.
- The opening has the Kyoryugers running to the Zyudenryu to greet them. The final scene in the finale is the Kyoryugers running towards the returning Zyudenryu on the beach as they protected a battle-weary Daigo.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Geki and Ryoga in the crossover. And later, the Kyoryugers themselves.
- Broken Faceplate: This is how we find out Ucchi had been trapped inside Dogold for about 400 years.
- But Not Too Foreign: Amy is a Japanese-American studying abroad in Japan. Similarly, "Ian Yorkland" is a very Anglo name and the character is known to have found his partner Zyudenryu in Europe, though it's not clear if he was born or raised there. Both characters are played by Japanese actors (Ayuri Konno and Shusuke Saito, respectively).
- Averted with Ramirez, who is the first male hero in franchise history to be played by a non-Japanese actor; namely Robert Baldwin, who was actually born, raised, and lives in Japan (and actually speaks the language much better than Ramirez does).
- #33 introduces Erika Stonesfield, an old girlfriend of Ian's from Europe. Naturally, she's portrayed by the very lovely, and very Japanese, Nami Iwasaki. Most glaringly of all, she texts him in Japanese before she's even introduced in person.
- Calling Your Attacks: As per Super Sentai tradition, of course. Nobuharu, however, gets special mention.
- "Nobuharu [insert wrestling move here]!!!"
- The Cameo: The cast of Kamen Rider Wizard performs the Dancing Theme Tune alongside the Kyoryugers in the opening credits of #25. And in ''Gaburincho of Music''!
- The viewer-submitted videos with end title dance sometimes have special guests, like Team Gaim and "a bunch of blustery ninja"
- Additionally, the voice actors for various non-human characters get to put in physical appearances. Haruka Tomatsu has a semi-recurring role as Candelira's human form (and it's explained in-story by saying she copied the real Tomatsu's appearance!), but we also get Yuu Mizushima (Aigalon) in #28 as the music producer who rejects Candelira, Ai Orikasa as Luckyuro's human form in #40, and Toshiyuki Morikawa as "Torii", Torin's human disguise in #43.
- All the suit actors and voice actors get their time in the sun as citizens celebrating the Kyoryugers' impending victory. They even all join in during the Ending dance!
- Series writer Riku Sanjo can be seen in the Epilogue in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment as one of the citizens in the food line during the reconstruction.
- Caped Mecha: Pteraiden-Oh before he gets turned good.
- Catchphrase Interruptus: In episode 21:
Daigo: Listen and be amazed!
Debo Nagareboshi: No, because I don't want to! (Launches attack)
Daigo: The fanged- (Attack hits)
- Chekhov's Gunman: Souji's father is a master swordsman who can mimic Utsusemimaru's Finishing Move, to train Daigo to face Dogold.
- Chick Magnet: Ian. Almost every other day he seems to be dating a different girl.
- Continuity Nod: Out of the people who come help the Kyoryugers in #35, two of them are children from #19 and #12 respectively.
- The story of Gaburincho of Music receives a direct continuation in #39 (which is something rare, as Sentai movies are usually side stories with little to no impact to the TV series' canon).
- The crossover with Go-Busters makes a direct reference to the Early-Bird Cameo in Go-Busters vs Gokaiger and an indirect reference to J's cameo in Super Hero Taisen Z.
- Convection Schmonvection: Allomerus' flame burns at 6300 degrees CENTIGRADE. That's 11372 degrees Fahrenheit, or about 6-7 times hotter than MAGMA. Nobuharu uses it to melt a frozen Utsusemimaru's changer... while it's ATTACHED TO HIS ARM.
- Costume Porn: The Kyoryugers go through this twice in Episode #40 as part of a movie theme, first as detectives, then as delinquents (with the exception of Souji for the latter). They even manage to stay in character after transformation, as evidenced by their Delinquent version of their Roll Call.
- Coup de Grâce: Kyoryu Blue performs one a Mook he just knocked to the ground in the opening.
- *Crack!* "Oh, My Back!": Dr. Ulshade usually ends up in this condition whenever he gets over-excited. This also ultimately led to his retirement as Kyoryu Violet as this ended up happening to him during his roll call.
- Crazy-Prepared: In #14, Gentle reveals that he placed a GPS tracker on the obi on Amy's kimono in the case that she happens to runs off to fool around.
- Dance Battler: While the Kyoryugers dance to transform (rather than the usual posing), they don't usually use dance moves in combat... that is, until Daigo activates his Carnival form.
- And it's pretty handy for evading attacks while transforming.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: In the Gaburincho of Music movie, as the present Zyudenryuu at the time fight Tobaspino, Tobaspino bites onto Gabutyra's neck. So yes, once again, a Spinosaur and a Tyrannosaurus Rex fight, only for the T-Rex to end up losing.
- Doomsday Clock: Summoned by Deboss once he evolves and resumes control of his army, towards the end of the series. It starts by giving humanity a 50-hour limit before the end.
- Dub Name Change: In South Korea, the show is called Power Rangers Dino Force and Kyoryuzin is called Tyranno King.
- Early-Bird Cameo: A tradition started by the Goseigers, the five Kyoryugers make their debut in 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.
- Gigant BragiOh appears in the Kyoryuger/Gaim Super Hero Time bumper which was first shown two weeks before its debut in #34.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs
- Emotion Eater: The Monsters of the series are trying to absorb different types of emotions from the civilians. Aigaron collects sadness, Dogold collects anger, Candelira collects happiness, and Endolf collects hatred.
- Everyone Can See It: Almost all of the Kyoryugers know Yayoi has a crush on Daigo. The only one who doesn't? Daigo himself.
- Naturally, she's extremely distressed when his close friend Mikoto returns to Japan. As it turns out, Yayoi is right to be suspicious of her - though for the wrong reasons.
- In the end, however, she looks like she accepts the fact that Daigo likes Amy rather than her.
- Fake Cutie: One Monster of the Week, Debo Kyawaeen, is a literal example, as she has a "baby" form so nauseatingly adorable that she hypnotizes parents into abandoning their own children in order to fawn over her, to the point where she can then kidnap said hypnotized parents in order to further twist the knife in those now-abandoned children. Debo Kyawaeen's true form is that of a scary vampiress in a black ballgown, with a constantly agape mouth.
- Fashionable Asymmetry
- Fast-Forward Gag: #25 has Utchy declare that they need to kill Debo Akkumoon quickly before they fall asleep, leading to the ensuing transformation dance, rollcall, and finisher being done in fast forward, complete with sped-up music. Though they were also hyped-up on an energy drink at the time.
- Foregone Conclusion: A meta one. The finale makes it appear that King and Utchy will die... That would be shocking... if it wasn't for the fact that the V-Cinema's plot is that the offspring of the Kyoryugers, King and Utchy included, become Kyoryugers themselves, ensuring their survival.
- Nobuharu, Ian and Souji take Ucchi to the Spirit Base where, upon hearing Earth's True Melody, he comes back to life. As for Daigo, the Zyudenryu save him from the explosion in space in the nick of time (though it takes a while for them to come back).
- Foreshadowing: #28 had lots of references to Torin being a member of Deboss that you have to watch again. First off, the lyrics in Candelira's songs are all about letting loose the darkness in one's heart. The other hint was Daigo's father asking whether or not Daigo will stand by Torin's side.
- #11 noted Candelira (in disguise) liking Nossan's jokes and she might fall in love with him. Flash forward to #40 where this was the plot of the episode.
- #13 had Luckyuro explaining the relationship ties that the Monster of the Week can cut, using a page from Love Touch manga. And sure enough, #14 is the first episode dedicated to how Amy and Luckyuro are Not So Different.
- In #39, Yayoi, distressed that Mikoto was returning to Japan to see Daigo, referred to her as "the enemy" to Amy. When Daigo meets up with Mikoto, Yayoi reveals that Mikoto is under D's control and is trying to help him defeat the Kyoryugers.
- #42 has a more subtle one; when Candelira stops Endolf from killing Dogold, he tells the others that she may be the strongest one out of all the generals. He was right, if her defection from the Deboss Army in the finale is an indication.
- Lampshaded by Souji in #45 when Torin entrusts him with the Feather Edge; he saw it as an ill omen.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: #37 is an entire episode devoted to this.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: The Cold Open of #28 has Cendelira in her human form auditioning to be an idol, whereupon she is thrown out as the agent compares her to past idols' posters. Two of them are clearly Nanami Nono and Angie Sue!
- #34 has a flashback of the Guardian Zyudenryu in their final moments, and you can briefly see what looks like Tobaspino's head recolored as Allomerus, Zaktor recolored into Deinochaser, and the ultimate Mythology Gag, the head of Bakuryu Styracosaurus standing in for Stymero.
- #48 Have various shots with voice-actors from the monsters include suit-actors in the episode and final dance.
- Fuel Meter of Power: Part of the "battery" concept; the Kyoryugers carry three or four batteries each, and they lose their charge when they're used for special attacks, summoning gear, and the like. They can be recharged afterward, but some care does have to be taken so they're not all used up in a single battle.
- #4 shows the first time this drawback comes into play, where the Kyoryugers have to go to battle while their Zyudenchi are still charging.
- Funny Background Event: In #41, the big Deboss plan involves harvesting anger by sending the children of the world messed-up presents - which somehow spreads to Luckyuro as well, as he gets an outdated volume of Love Touch, and throws it down in anger. Then the action shifts to Daigo and the Monster of the Week, as Luckyuro in the back picks up the volume apologetically and dusts it off.
- Fun with Acronyms: Among the core five Kyoryugers, the first syllable of their given names can be combined to form the Japanese pronunciation of "Dinosaur"note while the first syllable of their surnames combine to form "Kyoryu", the Japanese word for dinosaurnote .
- Fusion Dance: In #30, Luckyuro accidentallynote combines two past Debo Monsters into a new hybrid form. It's so confused about its state, it only discovers how to fight by accident and goes down to the Bakuretsu Kyoryuzin without even knowing why he was enlarged in the first place.
- Gratuitous English: "Gratuitous" is an understatement here. Both Ian and Amy use English copiously, since they're depicted as being from Europe and North America, respectively. Ramirez is obviously Caucasian and uses plenty of English himself. Also, the command for inserting a Zyudenchi is "Brave In!"
- Not to mention how liberally the word "Brave" is used in lieu of synonyms (e.g. "courageous") and derivatives (e.g. "bravery"). It's kind of like the word "pride" being part of the Japanese vocabulary, except "Brave" does have readily available substitutes.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: In addition to English, Kyoryuger uses a lot of Brazilian Portuguese. Samba dancing and whistles are even incorporated into the theme music and the transformation sequences. Kyoryuzin's transformation announcement even includes "Sim" (Portuguese for "yes") and the theme songs have "Vamola" (Brazilian Portuguese slang for "let's go").
- Gratuitous Spanish: Also gets thrown in with the use of "Mucho" in various parts of the show.
- Greater Scope Villain: In the final episode, Deboss mentions that he was created by an even more powerful and evil being; Daigo responds that they'll just have to go and kick his ass after Deboss has been dealt with.
- Gretzky Has the Ball: A Show Within a Show example; Amy's favorite manga, Love be Ball Touchdown, is about rugby. When Tessai hears this, he grumbles that rugby doesn't have touchdowns, it has tries, and Torin explains that the title comes from the manga's heroine making such a mistake.
- Groin Attack: The Monster of the Week in Episode 2 receives one from KyoryuBlue.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Most of the Zyudenchi powers aren't exactly good for combat, but the Kyoryugers still use them effectively anyway. These powers include a Love Potion (Stymero), a Paper Man power (Tuperanda), a Fartillery (Ovirappoo) and a Tickle Torture (Igeranodon).
- Heel–Face Turn: Dogold in #47. He pulled off his own Batman Gambit by pretending to be Endolf's subordinate in #43 and found the opportune time to strike back at him. He then killed off Endolf with Utsusemimaru's help before fading away.
- Heroic Spirit: Both figurative and literal. The team thinks Ramirez is a ghost, but he corrects them by saying that he's a Spirit, one that fights on even after death. This also applies to Tessai.
- Hot-Blooded: King, of course, but nowhere near the levels of some of the perpetually-screaming reds of the past. However, the narrator takes it Up to Eleven.
- That's Shigeru Chiba narrating, what else were you expecting?
- Kyoryu Violet is ridiculously hot-blooded. Which is to be expected, since he's played by Shigeru Chiba. In fact, the equipment has his voice because Dr. Ulshade recorded it. (In sentai and Kamen Rider, narration and talking Transformation Trinkets are often the same guy and this series is no exception. As such, Dr. Ulshade basically "is" the narrator. Played with at one point, when what we thought was narration turns out to be Dr. Ulshade actually describing events.
- Hypocritical Humor: In #41, the Debo BadSantas can combine to increase their power...but as mentioned under Insane Troll Logic, they act like 1 + 2 = 12, causing Uttchy to call them out on their "baseless arithmetic". When he and Daigo combine their batteries (1 + 6 = 16), BadSanta says "Your math is just as bad as ours!"
- Identical Grandson: Shinya Tsukouchi, descended from Tessai, both played by Masayuki Deai.
- The main teams' descendants in the V-Cinema 100 Years After are all played by the same actors as their ancestors.
- I Know Kung-Fu: Surprisingly, Gentle in #47. He was able to fend off an entire company of mooks, albeit clumsily, all on his own.
- I Know Madden Kombat: The premise of #32.
- Informed Ability: Debo Hyogakki (Ice Age) is credited with having wiped out the dinosaurs. He's the first monster and thus naturally gets wiped out with relative ease.
- This one has just been revealed to be a subversion, because episode #17 reveals two things. First, he was more powerful because Deboss was awake back then. Second, he wasn't the only one who wiped out the dinosaurs. He, Debo Viruson (Virus), and Debo Nagareboshi (Meteor) were a Power Trio, which was first mentioned in #17 and confirmed in #21. In other words, when he was defeated in the first episode, it was a severe case of The Worf Effect due to Worf Had the Flu. If anything, he was being overconfident in his current power level when Deboss was still sleeping.
- To put the first part in perspective, #17 had the Mooks become extremely difficult for the Kyoryugers to defeat as Deboss started to awaken. When the Power Trio of extinction-based monsters (the Zetsumates, from zetsumetsu, meaning extinction) returns, they are much stronger, especially Ice Age, who spends four episodes being The Dragon, treated like an equal by the generals, being easily the toughest monster the Rangers had faced, and nearly freezing Earth with humanity's tears with his final plan. In episode one, you'll laugh when he supposedly wiped out the dinosaurs, but by episode 24 you'll have no trouble believing he's everything he's cracked up to be.
- Insane Troll Logic: #41. The Bad Santa and his clone, designated as #1 and #2, claim that combining amplifies their power 12 times. Trust Daigo to out-troll them, as his and Ucchi's Zyuden batteries, #1 and #6, can amplify their power 16 times! Which leads to the monsters asking themselves why they didn't arrange their numerals into 21 instead!
- Daigo and Ucchi would just end up ramping theirs to 61 anyway...
- Insistent Terminology: Ramirez says he's not a ghost, he's a "spirit". Nobuharu isn't sure what the difference is.
- Its Pronounced Tropay: Amy's name is pronounced "Ah-mee", despite being from America.
- Jerk Ass: Amy's acquaintance Mitsuhiko, a spoiled man-child with an extremely over-inflated sense of worth and entitlement. He calls those he believes to be below him "insects," then rigs the laser tag contest he is holding so that he not only gets to keep the amber stone that the Kyoryugers confirm holds Stymero's remains (the stone was offered as a prize in the game), but also forces Amy to marry him. Mitsuhiko is especially nasty towards and jealous of Souji, because of the latter's protectiveness towards Amy, which the former interprets as romantic interest in her.
- Mostly subverted when Souji rescues Mitsuhiko from being killed by the MotW. After Souji says that protecting people, regardless of whether or not he likes them, is what he does, and after Mitsuhiko witnesses Amy and Souji transforming in front of him, he freely gives Amy the amber stone that the Kyoryugers were seeking. After the contest is over, Mitsuhiko still has an over-inflated sense of worth, but he resolves to work hard to truly be a respectable and honorable person.
- Jerkass Façade: Actually enforced by Amy on Ucchi in #11 and #12: her rationale was that he has to act like that around them, so they will train harder to get stronger and prove him wrong.
- Larynx Dissonance: The "Freaky Friday" Flip the Kyoryugers suffer in #37 doesn't just make them exchange their bodies, but their voices, too. So we have Daigo still speaking in his own voice while in Amy's body, and vice-versa.
- Last Minute Hook Up: Surprisingly, Daigo and Amy have this rather early into Brave Final.
- Lethal Joke Item: Several Zyudenchi have downright ridiculous effects that are nonetheless extremely effective weapons:
- A standout example is Stymero, which causes its victim to fall in love with the next person it sees. Such applications include luring a dangerous enemy out of a sensitive area while simultaneously rendering them harmless, pacifying a group of mooks, or even hitting a group of mooks while they're looking at their Monster of the Week boss, causing them to mob and immobilize said MotW. Its influence is also extremely potent, able to completely dominate the minds of even the most ancient and powerful Debo monsters.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When the Kyoryugers meet Dr. Ulshade in Brave 21, they immediately recognize his voice (after he lets out a "GABURINCHO!!!") as "the voice of the Zyudenchi spirits", which is not technically wrong since he's played by Shigeru Chiba (and the good doctor even says he recorded his own voice for the Kyoryuger's equipment).
- Legacy Character: Kyoryu Violet's premiere arc is about the powers being passed down to Dr Ulshade's granddaughter when he decides to retire. In the season's final arc, Torin and Dantetsu devise a plan wherein the former is killed by the latter to make a similar pass, followed a few episodes later by Ramirez and Tessai finding replacements of their own.
- Let's Split Up, Gang: Happens by necessity in Brave 41: The Monster of the Week creates Deboss clones around the world, so the team calls forth the five Zyuden Giants and each takes on a clone: Daigo and Spinodaioh go to Tokyo, Nossan and Amy use Kyoryujin to protect New York, Utchy, Ian and Souji use Pteraidenoh Western in London, Yayoi, Ramirez, and Tessai protect Hawaii with Plezuoh, and Torin fights in China with Gigant Bragi-oh.
- Lighter and Softer: After the more serious Go-Busters underperformed, Kyoryuger was designed to be bright and upbeat.
- List Song: The ending lists all the batteries' names and effects in numerical order.
- Love Triangle: A bizarre one: Aigaron is in love with Candelila. However, she later fell in love with Nobuharu, who reciprocated.
- Yayoi seems to believe that she is in a love triangle with Amy and Daigo (and later with Meeko as well); but the other involved parties remain oblivious to this.
- Magic Music: Candelira's songs can give other Deboss a power boost. It's later explained that the Kyoryuger powers are also based in music, hence all the dancing.
- Magnetic Hero: Daigo. He's the one who got the other Kyoryugers to work with each other - they didn't even want to share their identities otherwise.
- Make Wrong What Once Went Right: This is Remorseful Knight Arslevan's goal in the 100 Years After special: to gather enough negative emotions to make a time jump back to 2014 and help Deboss win. Thankfully, Dai is able to interfere in his time travel and alert the past Kyoryugers to what's coming, resulting in him being ambushed the moment he arrives and blasted back to his home time period.
- Men Are Strong, Women Are Pretty: Word of God pretty much stated that this was the reason for using The Smurfette Principle; becoming a Kyoryuger requires a test of strength, so it made sense to them that only one woman makes the team. On top of that, part of Amy's character is that she has pressure on her to be ladylike in spite of her natural Action Girl tendencies.
- Mood Whiplash: #25 has the Kyoryugers going through some hilarious time in their nightmares—mostly through Luckyuro. Then we get Utsusemimaru's nightmare of him unable to save his lord and Luckyuro dressed up as said lord. That's when the laughing stops. Of course, we never actually see his nightmare, but still...
- The cheerful ending sequence can cause whiplash in some episodes, but none more than episode 28...Torin just committed seppuku. And now, happy dancing children!
- The opening can be this, too, since it starts abruptly with a loud GABURINCHO! Case in point: Episode 29. Everyone is mourning Torin. The Spirits and Daigo are looking at him depressed, the other men are collapsing over it, Amy and Yayoi are on the verge of tears, sad music is playing... GABURINCHO!
- Motion Capture Mecha: the Kyoryugers control Kyoryuzin through their own movements.
- Multinational Team: While it's not clear if the Kyoryugers themselves are multinational (especially because they're Not Too Foreign), the Zyudenryu seem to be scattered worldwide and the Kyorugers are well-traveled to have found them.
- However, the trope seems to be clearly be played straight with the previous Kyoryugers; the Caucasian Ramirez fought during the Dark Ages and looks to be some sort of European warrior, Utsusemimaru was a samurai in feudal Japan, and Tessai is a monk from China.
- Mundane Utility: Gabutyra, the core mecha this year, standing in for a dinosaur exhibit in #2.
- Mythology Gag: Mostly to Battle Fever J, Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, and Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger:
- Battle Fever ones include the Dance Battling, a multinational team, and the one girl being Asian-American.
- Zyuranger ones include prehistoric beings in suspension for the past millenia and the presence of a Bigger Bad.
- A Pteranodon mech emerges from a volcano?
- The restaurant where Amy works is called "Tiger Boy" and has a yellow sign; a reference to the Yellow Tiger Ranger named Boi.
- Jan also called himself a tiger boy (tora no ko, literally "tiger's child").
- Kyoryuzin's chest resembles that of Daizyujin... as does the -yujin name. Not the first time Daizyujin has been homaged with a similarly-named mech.
- The Psycho Rangers are Mooks disguised as Rangers and have no special powers, sent impersonate the real team rather than fight them on even terms. (Difference is, Zyuranger's were to get the public against the heroes, while Kyoryuger's were to get the heroes against each other.)
- Yayoi /Kyoryu Violet II's dress and hairstyle is very similar to Mei (Ptera Ranger)'s
- The first Kyoryu Change with all five of the main Kyoryugers was prefaced with The Mentor tossing the part of the Transformation Trinket that makes it function to the group atop a rooftop, much like how Barza did it for his team's first battle so many years ago.
- Abaranger ones include the dinosaurs being living partners of the heroes, the Mooks dancing during the ending theme (though this time joined by our heroes), a restaurant that every hero has enterednote , and a pterosaur-themed Sixth Ranger.
- And the Ranger rollcall sequence looks more like the end of the Transformation Sequence for Power Rangers Dino Thunder. Also, due to the Debut Queue, Black was stuck in suit for the longest period.
- The upgrade mode where the suit gets spikier, though it's only on one arm so far.
- Blue's "weapon" is a shield.
- The design of Raiden Kyoryuzin is practically identical to Killer Abaren-Oh, minus Stegaraidon. The pteranodon robot piloted by the Sixth Ranger transforms into its beast mode and docks with the main robot's back.
- The Tuperanda Zyudenchi represents an obscure pterosaur called a Tupandactylus and is colored white, just like Abarekiller.
- Both series also have an individual named Mikoto, although one's a doctor and the other's a pop idol. They both predominantly wear white, and had been evil at one point.
- Related to both Zyuranger and Abaranger, there's yet another dino mecha with a huge drill just like Gouryuzin, Abarenoh, and Gokaiger's Gozyujin; as well as another Red Ranger Super Mode that borrows powers from teammates like Armed Tryrannoranger and AbareMax. Also, dinosaur series seem to like their zigzag patterns.
- The order in which each member reveals their identity roughly follows the order in which the members of Jetman are recruited (at least in their character archetype): the first is of course Red, followed by Pink/White, Blue/Yellow, Green/Blue and lastly Black.
- Amy is forced to stick with the traditional formal speak, which Ahim was known for all season.note
- The characters seem to have lot of characteristics of past sentai heroes:
- Red is hot blooded and gains respect from his team mates little by little. Seems like a combination of Red Hawk and DekaRed.
- Black is a sniper who is a ladykiller. Seems like a mix of Black Condor, DekaBlue and BoukenBlue.
- Blue is a family man who's is older and very strong. Appears to be Gao Black, Aba Red and Blue Buster.
- Green has issues with his father regarding his fighting style and reverse grip. Gao White and Shinken Gold are the ones here, and even RJ from Power Rangers Jungle Fury!.
- Pink is a rich lady, who is American and fights with kicks. Seems to be like Miss America, White Swan and Yellow Buster.
- An Action Girl who's largely raised by her butler and is the only girl on her team until a scientist shows up? Sounds like Ranger Operator Series Yellow...
- Souji's father Genryu knows Barizorg/Sid (later Joe)'s Signature Move.
- Ramirez's Transformation Sequence calls him a Spirit Ranger. Also a rare male Ranger in the lighter blue color, just like one of PRJF's Spirit Rangers, and an older member of the order just like all of 'em.
- The Kentrospiker is a ramped up Goggle Golden Spear from Dai Sentai Goggle Five, it's a spear and using it involves Black, Blue, Green, Pink put their hands together and catapult a leaping Red even further to the air where he throws it to the Monster of the Week.
- Utsusemimaru is a member of the previous generation of the team, survives into the present day by being possessed by one of the villainous lieutenants, is responsible for that lieutenant's erratic behavior, and goes all I Work Alone once freed. It's word-for-word from Gaoranger's Shirogane.
- Not to mention that his mecha changes its appearance when it turns from evil to good, just as GaoHunter did.
- Riku Sanjo expressed a wish to write for Kamen Rider Wizard before it aired - and some of the Zyudenchi perform similar functions as Wizard Rings - some pairings include Deinosgrander & Drill, Beyonsmo & Extend, Ovirappoo & Smell, Pukuputor & Big and Futabain & Copy.
- It comes full circle in Super Hero Taisen Z when Wizard boards Kyoryuzin and has Wizardragon combine with it!
- Episode 10 was not the first time a member of the team had his soul loaded into one of the team's special items and fired at a teammate who was under an enemy's control. It was how Sousuke got his body back after being the victim of Grand Theft Me.
- The upcoming movie-exclusive ranger, Deathryuger, is an evil extra ranger. Apparently, dinosaurs and evil extra rangers go hand-in-hand, just like Dragon Ranger and Abare Killer.
- Deathryuger's personal weapon doubles as a boomerang and a flute. Another nod to Zyuranger, and the call to force a Snap-together combination sounds a lot like Dragonranger's song to summon Dragon Caesar.
- Episode 21 had the three revived Zetsumates make their entrance by first showing them flipping through the air in front of the sun. And they had a Finishing Move that involved them passing a ball (in this case, one of Debo Nagareboshi's meteorites) to each other with the third one shooting it at their enemies. Where have we seen this before?
- In the same episode, after the Kyoryugers manage to steal said meteorite as their enemies try to do the same attack again, the way they returned the favor looked a lot like the Goranger Storm.
- Episode 22 features the awakening of the Big Bad in an "Incomplete Form", sound familiar?
- The Summer Special DVD has two past Debo Monsters Back from the Dead and planning to turn the Summer Festival into a Blood Festival, read as "Chimatsuri".
- Torin's backstory evokes Master Kaku, what with the being part of the bad guys until he becomes the heroes' mentor thing.
- The Monster of the Week from #31 has an ice cream cone drill arm; its special attack? Triple Drill Cream. (Of special note, both Gojyujin and the Kyoryu mecha being hit, Plezuoh, triple-change from flying vessel to dinosaur to humanoid.)
- The Gokaiger mecha homage continues in #32, where Kyoryuzin wielded the Zyuden Bat to become Kyoryuzin Baseball. Gokai-Oh wielded the one-off Gokai Bat weapon in Gokaiger #8.
- #33 homages an episode of GoGo Sentai Boukenger, where not only is the focus on the Black and Sixth Ranger, but the Sixth comes in a metallic color and they display their newfound caramaderie by morphing via contacting their morphers together!
- #36 is an homage to Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger with the main focus being on the non-humanoid mentor becoming a Ranger. And it's probably not a coincidence that like Dekamaster, KyoryuSilver is a Master Swordsman.
- #40 has Nobuharu's sister, Yuko, taking out mooks with her own Super Strength, all while sirens are blaring in the background.
- She also says in a moment: "What an Emergency"
- We also have Utsusemimaru, as a cop, saying "Perfect" with an Engrish that would make Hoji proud (though "Perfect" is a minor Catch Phrase for Ucchi; he learned the word from Amy, and liked it enough to use it correctly even without knowing what it means. Even as he's dying).
- There's another point where everyone is forced into a high-school movie. Daigo's outfit looks familiar.
- Take a close look at the cover of Amy's Monster Movie DVD◊. The monsters in the cover are Infinity Dragon Long and Demon Beast Daitanix.
- Torin's human disguise in #43 is basically Toshiyuki Morikawa cosplaying as Big One.
- #45 continues another tradition in a dinosaur-themed Sentai in killing off a Sixth Ranger, although the method in which it was done is much different than how it happened the first two times.
- The Gaburincho of Music movie has a scene with Utsusemimaru ordering Pteragordon to shut his goggles.
- Necessary Evil: Dantetsu's motivations for killing Torin in #45. In order to stop the Earth's countdown to destruction, he made a Deal with the Devil to kill Torin permanently.
- Ends up revealing itself as a Batman Gambit in #46, as Dantetsu reveals that Torin, although indeed dead, kept his heart of justice intact and is busy permanently killing off every Debo Monster residing in Hell!
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Good job awakening Bragigas at long last, Rangers! Except... Bragigas in his fossilised form had been acting as a cork in the bottleneck that is the opening to Deboss Hades. Might wanna settle that first...
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Although Chaos's 400 year old plan to both capture Pteragordon and seal away Utsusemimaru was beautifully executed, the fact remains that had he simply destroyed both, they wouldn't have been able to return to fight against the Deboss Legion in the modern day.
- This is justified, though, as the Deboss are all about using their enemies' emotions against them, and the plan they did enact would have a larger net gain.
- Happens again in #37 when Debo Akumoon does his "Freaky Friday" Flip on Souji and Utsusemimaru to try and throw them off their game. However, since both of them are swordsmen who have trained together (and as a result know each others' techniques), it comes back to bite him in the ass.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In #39, D claims to have defeated Torin, Ramirez, and Tessai by sending an army of one thousand Zorima after them. Just then he's interrupted by the trio arriving, alive and well, as Torin says "You should have sent more."
- Off-the-Shelf FX: they're not even bothering to hide how the Kyoryuzin Transformation Sequence uses actual toys. Part of the "back to oldschool" theme, instead of the CGI of recent years.
- Out of Continues: The Deboss Legion's members keep reviving due to the Darkness of the Land (AKA Deboss Hell). Torin's solution? Kick Hell's tail and blow it up. It works, leaving the remaining members with no way to revive.
- Out of Focus: Every Kyoryuger who's not named Daigo Kiryu.
- Palette Swap: When they appear as full-sized zyudenryu in a flashback in #34, Stymero, Allomerus, and Deinochaser are this. Allomerus is a reddish Tobaspino, and Deinochaser is a yellow Zakutor. Amusingly enough, rather than being a recolor of Dricera, Stymero is instead a recolor of Bakuryu Styracosaurus.
- Perma-Stubble: Nobuharu, though given his demeanor, it's more played to reinforce his occupation as a handyman who has little time to groom himself, versus his polished salaryman look (seen briefly in #8).
- The Power of Friendship: Sentai always celebrates teamwork, but more emphasis is placed on the Kyoryugers being a team than usual.
- The Power of Rock: It's explained in Brave 29 that music is where the Kyoryugers' power come from, since its power serves as a guide for the Zyudenryu, and humans can harness this power through their innate rhythm, thanks to evolution imprinting in their minds traces of prehistoric music. It ends up being useful to bring Torin Back from the Dead.
- Pungeon Master: Nobuharu regularly makes what everyone calls "old man puns." In #8, he even stands up to the Monster of the Week's illusion with a series of horrible puns!
- Punny Name:
- The Zyudenryu and Zyudenchi love this. Every single one of their names is some sort of pun that combines the name of the dinosaur (or other ancient creature) that they're based on with a word that relates to their powers.
- Gabutyra: Gabu (an onomatopoeia for "bite") and Tyrannosaurus.
- Parasagun: Parasaurolophus and Gun. Additionally, gun is a homophone of "gan", which is an onomotopoeia for gunshots.
- Stegotchi: Stegosaurus and Gocchin (an onomatopoeia for slashing). You might think it strange that the zyudenryu belonging to "the armored hero" has a name related to slashing attacks, but then you remember that Stegotchi is the one that forms Kyoryuzin's sword.
- Zakutor: Zaku (meaning "to cut") and Raptor.
- Dricera: Drill and Triceratops. By playing with the pronunciation a little, it can also become a reference to a type of battery called a dry cell.
- Pteragordon: Pteranodon and Gorogoro (an onomatopoeia for rumbling, usually thunder).
- Ankydon: Ankylosaurus and Don (an onomatopoeia for a heavy thud).
- Bunpachy: Buun (an onomatopoeia for swishing) and Pachycephalosaurus.
- Plezuon: Plesiosaurus and Zuoon (an onomatopoeia for "zoom")
- Bragigas: Brachiosaurus and Gigas (latin for "giant")
- Deinochaser: Deinonychus and Chase.
- Deinosgrander: Deinosuchus and both Grand and Ground (they're homophones in Japanese and use the same kana).
- Kentrospiker: Kentrosaurus and both Spike and Supasupa (an onomatopoeia for slicing). If you're not sure how you can get "supasupa" from "spiker", just remember that from a japanese perspective, "spiker" would be pronounced somewhere along the lines of "supaika".
- Stymero: Styracosaurus and Meromero (an onomatopoeia for "falling down drunk", which can be used to describe blind lust).
- Allomerus: Allosaurus and Meramera (an onomatopoeia for burning flames).
- Beyonsmo: Biyooon (onomatopoeia for stretching) and Seismosaurus.
- Ovirappoo: Oviraptor and Poo (not what we English-speakers also know as poop/feces/crap, but an onomatopoeia for farting, which is rendered puu in Japanese).
- Igeranodon: Iguanodon and Geragera (an onomatopoeia for guffawing).
- Tuperanda: Tupandactylus and Perapera (an onomatopoeia for "flop").
- Gurumonite: Guruguru (an onomatopoeia for spinning) and Ammonite.
- Archenolon: Archelon and Noronoro (an onomatopoeia for moving slowly).
- Pukuptor: Pukupuku (an onomatopoeia for swelling) and Fukuiraptor.
- Futabain: Futabasaurus and Bai (Japanese for "double").
- Tobaspino: Butobasse (a slang word that refers to "kicking butt") and Spinosaurus.
- Daigo Kiryu's preferred nickname, King, is a Stealth Pun on the dinosaur he commands, a Tyrannosaurus Rex, Rex being Latin for King. His given name also sounds an awful lot like "Dino Kyoryu".
- Put on a Bus: Endolf is Dogold's new host.
- Reconstruction: Arguably to Go-Busters. Spandex, Hot-Blooded action, brightly colored cartoony villains, and some hilarious moments replace the Darker and Edgier predecessor.
- Redemption Earns Life: Luckiero and Candelira get away free and clear while the villains who remain villainous, even if sympathetic, bite the dust.
- Rearrange the Song: KyoryuRed Carnival's theme, "Chou Shinka! Kyoryu Beat" has five different mixes- one for standard Carnival and one for each of his primary Kamitsuki Change forms. In the episode that introduced Kamitsuki Change, they were all used.
- The Rest Shall Pass: This is how the second half of #47 plays out. First Yayoi, Dantetsu, Yuko and Shinya (the latter two having inherited Ramirez and Tessai's powers) stay to fend off Chaos and the first wave of Zorimas to give the main team a chance to head to the Frozen Palace. Then Ucchi stays behind to fight Endolf and Dogold. Then Nobuharu stays at a bridge to hold off another wave of Zorimas. And then Ian and Souji stay at the quarry nearest to the palace, fighting a massive number of Zorimas and Cambrimas, leaving Daigo and Amy to invade the Palace by themselves.
- Running Gag: Nobuharu having the Pukuptor Battery used on him. Lampshaded by the man himself in episode 21.
- #40: Debo Director's power is forcefully putting humans into a movie and having them in the starring roles. He uses said power on the Kyoryugers three times. When Daigo asked whose bright idea it was to put them in a cop drama, it turns out that it was Amy, since she admitted to watching various DVD's the previous night at the Spirit Base. Further lampshaded when the monster turns big and the theme is a giant monster movie; it wasn't Amy this time, but rather Torin, who admitted he watched a monster movie last night...from Amy's DVD collection. Cue Utsusemimaru scolding Amy each time it happens.
- Say My Name: Amy yells Daigo's name (OK, she still calls him "King", but...) in the finale when it's assumed he died when the Frozen Palace exploded in space.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The Deboss Army has been frozen in ice since the extinction of the dinosaurs. Even after their awakening, their leader Deboss is still imprisoned.
- Sequel Hook: Deboss, during his final fight with Kyoryu Red Carnival, says there's an evil worse than him. This revealation was very likely done to have something ready for the 100 Years After special or the team-up with Ressha Sentai Tokkyuger. This would be a first for Sentai, despite after series specials being around for (as of 2014) 4 years and team-ups being around 18 years.
- KyoryuBlack is named Ian Yorkland. Gee, a dinosaur-based story with a character named Ian who wears black. Sound familiar to anyone?
- The Monster of the Week for #3 uses chained devices that grab martial arts artists by their heads.
- #12 has Souji as Green performing a sideways sliding dash straight out of the Rurouni Kenshin movie.
- Also in #12, the Zourima in the hidden village wear the armor and wield the weapons of the Nanashi.
- The G-Bo in #15 homages several well-known concept robots like the Asimo (the name in particular brings to mind the Aibo, a robo-puppy).
- The Deboss Knights are based off a lion, a metal man, a cheerful girl, and a scarecrow. Where have we seen this assortment of characters before?
- Chaos, the leader of the Deboss Knights, is intent on liberating his evil master.
- #16 has one from Aigallon. His Weapon of Choice is An Axe to Grind. One of his attacks with that weapon is Tomahawk Boo-hoo-merang.
- #19 has one to Enter when Ian replies with "Non, non" to a question from Utsusemimaru. He even sounds exactly like Enter himself.
- #21 Plezu-Oh have the same pallet colors from RX-78.
- Ian's catch phrase is "Oh my!" much like another well known Japanese man
- In the special DVD, Nobuharu gets possessed by two Debo Monsters at once. Even the more genteel monster takes the right side like Phillip did!
- Speaking of Riku Sanjo, the composition of Raiden Kyoryuzin emulates Shoutmon X5 down to a golden-colored Sixth Ranger of sorts providing wings for the combination along with a new helmet.
- Along with being a Mythology Gag to Dairanger, the revelation in 28 makes Torin seem rather similar to Paarthurnax from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
- #30 is mainly a Kyoryuger take on the trend of reality running game shows with celebrity contestants, such as Running Man from South Korea and Japan's own Run for Money in particular, which employs The Men in Black much like this ep did.
- #40 shows Daigo wearing a delinquent costume - which makes him look like Gentaro from Kamen Rider Fourze.
- In the same episode, during the Kyoryugers-in-a-cop-film segment, Amy (wearing a police uniform over her Kyoryu Pink suit) beats down and handcuffs a yakuza Zorima, saying "You're Under Arrest!" (in Japanese; she uses the exact same phrasing as the manga's original title, taihou shichau zo!)
- Nobuharu's sister, Yuko, has her own moments when she uses an unknown form of super strength, similar to Hina Izumi.
Ramirez: Strong lady.
- Not to mention when she does it, she says it's an "Emergency" and we hear a familiar siren. This doubles as an Actor Illusion, as Yuko's actress Ayumi Kinoshita is also known as Jasmine, aka Dekayellow.
- In #41, Daigo twirls his Gaburivolver with both hands, in a manner you may not be familiar with - if you didn't follow Power Rangers Samurai.
- Dantetsu and Torin's Batman Gambit in #45 and #46 is similar to a plan that Dumbledore and Snape pulled off in order to trick the bad guys.
- Nobuharu utilizes an attack in the Gaburincho of Music movie called the "Nobuharu Super DOKOISHO", which is nothing more than a powered-up yell in the same vein as Kanji Tatsumi.
- In the 100 Years After special, the monsters make the heroes sit down before complaining to them about their choice of color scheme, just like in the "Gorenjai" sketches from Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende.
- Show Within a Show: That shoujo manga Amy and Luckyuro have been following is fast becoming one, with Torin himself explaining the backstory in #38.
- So What Do We Do Now?: Candelira and Luckyuro in the Epilogue. Both were stuck wondering how to live on with their lives now that the battle was over. The two soon find their answer in the form of a crying child looking for her parents. Candelira ultimately decided to take Nobuharu's advice and be a help to humans going forward.
- Socially-Awkward Hero: Utsusemimaru, full stop. Being a samurai from the feudal era does take its toll when it comes to interaction with the ladies of the modern era, especially since most of them aren't as reserved as they were during his time.
- Something Only They Would Say: #8 has a variation, where Nobuharu's sister Yuko is caught in a Debo Monster illusion in which she sees her dead husband, Kenichi, alive again. Nobuharu starts cracking some of his trademark bad puns, which pisses off the illusory Kenichi. This makes Yuko realize that the "Kenichi" in front of her is a fake, since the real Kenichi actually loved Nobuharu's bad puns.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Justified in #17, which explains that the monsters get stronger the more Deboss awakens.
- Space Is an Ocean: Played with; Dr. Ulshade refers to space as a "cosmic sea" in his roll call, and his mecha Plezuon is a spaceship-Plesiosaur, but other than the beginning of his premier episode, they don't seem to be going out any farther than Earth's upper-atmosphere.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Not counting the various ways Dinoranger has been romanized using long vowels, (Kyoryuger, Kyouryuuger, and every combination between) electrobeast has been romanized as Zyuden and also Jyuden by some, with the former of each set being used in Bandai and Toei's merchandise range.
- Before the official romanization of Kyoryu Gold's mecha was revealed, fansubs used either "Pteragodon" or "Pteragoldon" depending on preference. It was eventually revealed to be "Pteragordon", which is a pun on gorogoro, a japanese onomatopoeia for rumbling thunder.
- Then there's "Devoss" or "Deboss" and the show adds to the confusion with "Deboth."
- When we get a glimpse at the surfboards on Debo Vacance's back in Brave 32, we can see it's written "Deboth Gunnote Team Canderrilla", thus also giving Candelilla's name another spelling.
- Spoiler Opening: Wow, the opening finally gets a well-deserved update- wait, Daigo gets a Super Mode? And Endolf isn't with the villains?
- The ending did not keep the name of ZyuDenRyu #6 (Pteragordon) a mystery. It even described it as having Shock and Awe powers!
- #6's ending also reveals all the next six Zyudenchi this way when by then, only #7 (Ankydon) and #11 (Deinochaser) were already shown.
- The ending seems to be Pokerapping all the dinos, to the point that the early endings have more that you haven't seen in action than you have.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Daigo. The majority of episodes are ultimately focused on him, leaving the other Kyoryugers, especially Souji, Out of Focus. The finale sums it up best; Daigo fights Deboss by himself while the others sing the theme song! Many fans refer to the show as "Daigo Sentai Kingranger" or variations thereof.
- Best examples: Starting with Go-Busters vs. Gokaiger, Daigo appeared first before his teammates and the only one who interacted with Captain Marvelous and Red Buster. In Kamen Rider Taisen, Daigo appeared alone. In To Qger vs. Kyoryuger, Daigo had the most screentime (alongside Ucchi).
- Stealth Pun: When Daigo assigns the team their various basketball positions in #32, it is worth noting that Ian is the shooting guard and Souji is the small forward, a position usually known for slashing.
- Super Strength: Nobuharu. If the site is anything to believe, Nobuharu can lift up to 850 tons unmorphed.
- Take Up My Sword: In #45, Torin entrusts the Feather Edge to Souji just before they face off against the remainder of the Deboss Army. Souji saw this as an ill omen. He was right. Torin would later die at the hands of Dantetsu, although it was revealed in #47 that it was planned beforehand.
- #47 reveals that Yuko (Nobuharu's sister) and Shinya (Tessai's mangaka descendant) are the chosen successors for Ramirez and Tessai respectively as the latter two will aid Torin in destroying the Debo Monsters in Hell.
- Tempting Fate: In #20, the Kyoryugers figure out that Deboth Tanabanta granted their wishes and will cause them to die by sunrise. So far it had already taken Ian, Amy, and Souji, with only Utchi and Nobuharu left. They believe that it's impossible for Utchi's wish (to eat a mountain of ice cream) to come true, meaning they were safe. Cue Kyoryu Cyan coming to the base with a large cooler full of Belgian ice cream for everybody.
- There's another from the same ep. Nobuharu's wish was to hold the hands of several beautiful women, and thinks his wish is equally unlikely. As he's walking home, Rika's teacher and several women he's done jobs for come upon him and all thank him for all his hard work, each holding his hands as they arrive. He's enjoying the attention...until he realizes the implications of the situation. He even says "Oh Crap!" out loud, complete with a beautiful closeup of his face as it hits him.
- Theme Naming: The Deboss Knights and Luckyuro all include currencies in their names: Dogold, Aigaron (galleon), Candelila (lira), Endolf (doru = dollar) and Luckyuro (euro).
- Theme Tune Cameo/"Do It Yourself" Theme Tune/Chekhov's Gun: The Earth's True Melody turns out to be their own theme song.
- Theme Song Power Up: It's Super Sentai, so of course this happens. Actually happens In-Universe in the final episode, where it turns out that the Earth's True Melody is "Vamola! Kyoryuger", and the main team (plus Yayoi) sing it in order to give King a power boost during his final showdown with Deboss.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Denied by Icerondo in #46 for Ian. With Aigaron taking a mortal blow meant for Candelira, Ian, conflicted with emotions over completely finishing the job and getting vengeance for his fallen friend Shiro, instead stops after just breaking his armor and letting his soul free, opting to euthanize him. Ian would later take out Icerondo himself using Aigaron's axe, avenging both Shiro and Aigaron.
- Token Romance: Daigo and Amy, of all people. Though the pairing was hardly foreshadowed, it was suddenly thrust upon the viewers during the last three episodes of the series. Many fans, shipper and non-shipper alike, were quite upset with this development.
- This is a possible case of Real Life Writes the Plot, since, after the end of the series, Ryo Ryusei and Ayuri Konno were seen in public together and were confirmed to be dating. One has to wonder if they started dating during the filming of the series, and, if so, whether or not this caused the romance between Daigo and Amy to be written into the series.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Amy is an Action Girl, One of the Boys, and wears a Short Tank. Her color is pink and she sometimes wear skirts instead as well.
- Torin Calls For Aid: And the Spirit Rangers arrive in Hell to back him up in #47.
- Trailers Always Spoil: Twofold in the preview for 29. First the trailer starts out with the announcer screaming "TORIN'S DEAD!!!" and showing his petrified corpse... but then at the end there's a shot of him posing victoriously with the Kyoryugers.
- The preview for episode 46 pretty much spells it out for you that Aigaron has a Redemption Equals Death moment.
- The preview for the final episode reveals Utsusemimaru to be alive, even though his death was shown in #47.
- Transformation Is a Free Action: Utterly skewered in #25, where Souji's Love Interest gives him a Gargle Blaster she calls "Wake-Up Drink" after seeing him trying to stay awake (thanks to a nightmare-causing Debo Monster). He shares the drink with the team, and they get so pepped up that they actually do the full transformation sequence (from dance to "Try and stop us!") in under ten secondsnote . Luckyuro, who was hunkering down for the whole thing, is competely floored by how fast they get it done.
- This trope is actually subverted many times, possibly the most in all of Sentai. As most of the Transformation Sequence is an elaborate dance, the Legion often take this time to actually attack them. Thus we either have the team having to fight and dance, dodge attacks and dance, or dance while explosions happen all around them.
- Trash the Set: Killbolero destroys the Spirit Base in the finale. But it's soon restored with Earth's True Melody (with the bonus of reviving Ucchi).
- True Companions: Both the team itself as well as their Zyudenryu partners. It's clear to see that they really do care for one another.
- Gabutyra and Daigo. In #12 when Daigo goes missing along with Ucchi, Gabutyra is called on to locate them both. Not only does the big guy succeed, but upon finding his partner in trouble, he comes stomping in and takes out the attack force in seconds!
- Unsound Effect: When the Zandar Thunder is used with full charge (i.e. three Zyudenchi), it shoots out an electrical wave that actually reads ZANDAR THUNDER (or at least it looks like that).
- Vertigo Effect: Used in #44 when KyoryuRed is harmed by Deboss' song.
- Villain Song: Candelilla sings one in #6. With the help of Debo Virsun, it becomes a Brown Note capable of putting people to sleep and causing them to have pleasant dreams, enabling the Deboss to harvest their happiness.
- Wham Episode:
- And in #7 Chaos sends out a monster to keep the Kyoryugers occupied while he went to free Pteragordon and put it under his control!
- #9 qualifies, too. Dogold is revealed to be a Animated Armor containing the former KyoryuGold, Souji and Amy have been captured by a Monster of the Week, and Torin is slowly turning to stone thanks to an old injury. Not to mention the Deboss are still in control of Pteragordon.
- #17 has Tessai calling for Daigo to be kicked from the Kyoryugers because he has no weakness and have Ucchi be made the leader.
- #20 has a Wham Scene involving Daigo's father. This, along with the introduction of the Ulshades and the revival of the Extinctioners, kicks off two Wham Arcs with a connecting Wham Episode. In the first arc, Kyoryu Violet is introduced and Deboss is awoken and implanted into Chaos, and every villain save for Candelila and Luckyuro are presumed dead, with Candelila fainting. The connecting episode features a plot by Luckyuro which results in the return of the other villains and the creation of a new villain, Endolf, who gets is own arc resulting in...
- #28, Oh boy... Endolf hatches a successful plan so that the Deboss army can control Torin, and then he and Kyoryuzjin have to duke it out. Did we mention that Torin is Chaos's brother?!
- The ending of that same episode warrants its own example: Torin essentially COMMITS SEPPUKU on Kyoryuzin's sword in order to break free of Deboss' control.
- And, capping it all off, #29. Daigo masers his new Super Mode and utterly destroys Endolf with it after the team revives Torin... except Endolf survived. However, the entire episode was Dogold's plan to weaken Endolf to the point where he can make Endolf his new host. That's right; ten Wham Episodes in a row.
- #41: Chaos casually mentioning to Dogold that he knows about him body-jacking Endolf and ordering him to find a new body, Endolf trolling Dogold from inside by telling him that he's overwriting Dogold's mind from within and Dogold declaring his next body-jacking target - Dantetsu.
- #45...hoo boy. Chaos evolves into his final form and handily stomps the Kyoryuger. When Dantetsu shows up, he sides with Deboss and stabs Torin in the back, apparently killing him for good (he turns to stone, then dissolves into dust). The Kyoryugers barely escape with their lives. And finally, Deboss has ordered that Luckyuro, Candellira and Aigalon will be destroyed for their repeated failures.
- Wham Line:
- #28: Chaos: "Torin is my younger brother."
- #45: Dantetsu: (holding onto Torin's Giga Gaburevolver) "Brave in."
- Wham Shot:
- At #6's end we see the Zyudenchi for Kyoryu Gold. But it's in High Priest Chaos's hands!
- #9: When Dogold's armor cracks, it reveals a human eye underneath it.
- #20: Deboth Tanabanta confronts Daigo's father.
- #40 also crosses with Wham Line: Chaos ambling back to the Frozen Castle, with a black aura around him and pleading for "his body" back.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's never really explained what happened to Shinya after the final battle was over. He's nowhere to be seen during the epilogue.
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The 100 Years After special touches on this, by not only showing what the great grandchildren of the original team are up to, but also showing who several of the original cast ended up marrying and having children with. Daigo and Amy got together, as the main series finale already set up, but their great grandchildren, brother Dai and sister Ami, appear in the special. Souji is still alive and appears as an old man, and has a wedding hologram of himself and his two-episode love interest Rin. Nobuta is actually the great grandchild of Rika, the niece of Nobuharu.
- Widget Series: While we're not sure yet, a few aspects of the show are odd for Super Sentai. And that's not counting the Mythology Gags to the king of Super Sentai widget seasons.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Rika, Nobuharu's niece
- World of Badass: When you have fathers who can fight off monsters by punching the air or using a wooden sword, a little six-year-old girl badass enough to stand in front of a rampaging monster (who can subsequently squish you like a bug), a woman who can smack Kyoryu Red by hurling a barrel in his face, a mangaka that tackles a Zorima to save a girl in distress or a bumbling butler capable of doing a Hurricane Kick on Zorima, what do you expect?
- Every single Kyoryuger is a badass from the bumbling repairman who uses bad puns, the hotblooded scientist and his cute granddaughter, to the Chick Magnet capable with handguns and the woman smaking Kyoryu Red and the mangaka!
- Wrestler in All of Us: Seems to be Nobuharu's fighting style; We've already seen him throw a lariat, a cross-body, and a gut-wrench suplex.
- Writing Around Trademarks: #32. One of the Jyudenryu fossils is inside an ancient trophy that's been handed down ever since an ancient sporting competition started in ancient Greece. And it's not the Olympics.
- X-Ray Sparks: #33. Good thing the Zandar Thunder wasn't loaded.
- Earlier than that, in Kyoryu Gold's first battle (from the viewer's perspective) in #10. Candelila and Luckyuro get a taste of this with the Zandar Thunder's first Zyudenchi, and then Aigaron gets on the receiving end with the second Zyudenchi.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: #44 has a non-lethal version, since Deboss gained the ability to make the monsters grow without his watering can, Luckyuro was fired. #45 however goes with the usual lethal version. With Deboss fully revived and evolved, and two new Soldiers for Joy and Sadness, Chaos has decided that Candelira is expendable and should be killed to prevent her potentially following in Torin's footsteps. Aigaron himself falls under this trope, though it's more because He Knows Too Much.
- You Shall Not Pass: Nobuharu's niece, Rika, does this to the Monster of the Week in Ep 2. when he was about to destroy the T-Rex statue she and the other kids made. In perspective, the monster can flatten skyscrapers with a wave of his hand, and the niece is at most six.
- Your Size May Vary: Depending on the scene, Gabutyra can be as small as a normal T. rex, or as tall as a skyscraper.
- Though he also canonically shrinks when he enters his "minityra" form.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Daigo in episode 13