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YMMV: Choujuu Sentai Liveman
  • Anti-Climax Boss: The final villain destroyed by our heroes is just another Brain Beast.
  • Anvilicious: Japanese universities tend to have high entrance standards compared to Western ones, and it's still not uncommon to find students struggling to get in. Knowing this makes the "getting a good score above all" thrust of the overly Elitist Volt hit a bit closer to home...
    • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Not that the lesson is a bad one.
    • Also, life, youth, and your humanity are important and can't be spurned or destroyed. Bias tries and ultimately fails to completely purge the four doctors of their humanity like he has done to himself, ruins others' lives for his goals, and is trying to create an artificial Fountain of Youth, meaning he abuses all three of these things.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Moonwalking Colon.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Taiketsu! Zunojuu" ("Duel! Brain Beast") is the quintessential 80's Sentai "Duel" theme. Strings and brass for the win.
    • The themes for the Bimotion Buster and Live Robo's Super Live Crash both have an assurance of victory about them. (In fact, if you've ever heard Bimotion Buster before, you're humming it now - you're welcome.)
    • The Mecha themes that start getting used after Live Boxer is introduced, and especially "Live Boxer's Song".
  • Ear Worm: Seishun, Bakuhatsu, FIRE!! Seishun, Sakuretsu, FIRE!! Chojuu Sentai! Liveman!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Despite the sea of red warriors in the franchise, Yuusuke/Red Falcon is still a fan favorite, even managing to show up as a major character in Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai. For Super Sentai, a hero showing up unsuited in an anniversary special barring Gokaiger, not being from the previous 5-10 seasons, and not being named Soukichi Banba is a big deal. Surprisingly enough, he's the main character of this series.
    • Toei seems to love this season as a whole. Not only did this show start a few traditions (Three Plus Two and already combined robots combining), but Yuusuke also shows up in Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai as mentioned above and Joh shows up in Gokaiger, which is in itself a big deal since Liveman is one of only three pre-Dairanger shows to get a tribute episode in Gokaiger.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Great Professor Bias, who manipulated his students with Gash's help in order to initiate Mass Hypnosis and a Fountain of Youth. By the time this is revealed, he is cemented as The Unfettered, and even as his plans start breaking down, he's determined to continue, which ultimately leads to his death.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Bias is cold and egotistically heartless for the entire series, but there's just no coming back after it's revealed he gave Butchy memories of a happy life on Planet Chibuchi, only to tell him he's a robot, and those were programmed.
    • Then his whole Fountain of Youth/Mass Hypnosis plan is revealed, along with the revelation that he crossed the Horizon a looooooooooong time ago. Taking your students' brains and leaving the failures to die? Twelve times?
  • Never Live It Down: Megumi only cries once or twice in the first few episodes, which somehow translates into her sobbing almost every episode.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Dr. Oblar before turning full-on monster. That mouth... *shudder*
  • Rewatch Bonus: The final arc is so dark that fully appreciating it is hard to do with only one watch. Rewatching reveals certain tropes that can be missed due to the tragedy and evil that is prevalent throughout the arc.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Doesn't the transformation theme sound a bit like the opening music from Magnum, P.I.?
  • Tear Jerker: Quite a few, given the dark nature of the last quarter of the show.
    • Arashi, after being 'dropped' by Bias, finally asks Omura what 8+4 is, a problem that's vexed him since his introduction. Upon getting the answer he notes that there's nothing left for him to do, remarks that it was a strange life, then straps on some dynamite and suicide tackles the as-yet unbeatable Brain Beast of the week.
    • All of the Volt members' final moments are like this. None of them are particularly easy to watch.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Seriously, this show gets very dark towards the end.

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