Ryō/Ryu Ranger | Actor: Keiichi Wada
- Cool Sword: Sekiryu Soryūkennote
- Dual Wielding: Sekiryu Soryūkennote
- Instant Expert: After his first henshin, Ryō is suddenly this when it comes to chi power and fighting.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: He's the son of the legendary Choryu, and thus a descendant of the Dai tribe. His KiDenJuu, RyuSeiOh, can also face off and beat enlarged Gorma Monsters; in fact, he's the first Super Sentai warrior to have his own Transforming Mecha.
- The Leader: As the Red Ranger in a Sentai series, this is a given.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He's the son of Iron-Face Choryu, who's first introduced as a servant of the Gorma Monster Archbishop Saw.
- Motion Capture Mecha: Ryuseioh
- Playing with Fire: One of the two elements he can control through Red Dragon-Fist.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Ryusei Senkōnote
- Rookie Red Ranger: He was one of the last Dairangers to join. Subverted with Instant Expert.
- Shirtless Scene: Occasionally goes into this, and when he does, boy is he ripped.
- Shock and Awe: The other elemental power he can use via Red Dragon-Fist.
- Signature Move: Inazuma Enjohanote
- Training from Hell: To beat Jin whilst unmorphed.
Daigo/Shishi Ranger | Actor: Tatsuya Nōmi
- Fingerless Gloves: Seems to wear them whenever he's not working.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: In contrast with his hot-bloodedness, Daigo's the most likely of the heroes to meditate his way to awesome on his own.
- Groin Attack: Uses one rather blatantly early on.
- Hot-Blooded: In a loose cannon sort of way. This is a guy who gets sucked up by a Gohma and then punches his way out. When he gets angry, expect awesomeness to follow.
- Large Ham: Old!Daigo seems to run on this.
- The Lancer: He's the team's unofficial second-in-command, and contrasts the comparatively laid back Ryo by being extremely focused and Hot-Blooded.
- Master of Illusion: Has created illusionary doors, tanks, cops, Yamanote-sennote trains, Kujaku on a tricycle... And they all hurt.
- Mundane Utility: He once used Ki to flip out his Aura Changer, rather than pull it out himself.
- Perpetual Frowner: He's always got a grumpy but determined expression.
- Real Men Wear Pink: In contrast to all the tropes mentioned in this section such as Hot-Blooded and Unstoppable Rage, put Daigo in front of children or animals and watch him turn into the kindest man with the most ridiculous faces you will have ever met.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Shōji's Manly Man
- Signature Move: Kirigakurenote
- Simple Staff: Shishi Konbōnote
- The Stoic: Especially in early episodes.
- Unstoppable Rage: Daigo runs on this, especially in episodes featuring him.
- What the Hell, Hero?: If anyone is going to chew out the others, it's Daigo.
Shōji/Tenma Ranger | Actor: Ei Hamura
- Badass Longcoat: Wears one for his final battle with the Three Stooges.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Is fun-loving and rather loud and Hot-Blooded to go with.
- The Big Guy: He can use his gravity abilities to increase his strength or speed, greatly increasing his fighting prowess.
- Catchphrase: Shouji has a knack of saying "This ain't funny!" when things didn't go as he expected.
- Delinquent: Formerly. (This characterization was helped by the actor also being one in his youth.)
- Fighting with Chucks: Tenma Nunchakusnote
- Friendly Enemy: He and the Three Stooges are downright chummy, and never seem to be fighting to kill during their competitions.
- Gravity Master: Through the use of Pegasus-Fist, he can maneuver objects and opponents in a manner similar to telekinesis. He can also utilize his techniques to increase his own speed and agility.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Shouji is the most likely to fly off the handle with rage.
- Large Ham: Old!Shōji is losing his hearing and a bad hip, but mostly suffers from this.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Daigo's Sensitive Guy.
- Signature Move: Juryoku Gyakutenhanote
- Worthy Opponent: Grows a mutual respect with the Three Stooges.
Kazu/Kirin Ranger | Actor: Keisuke Tsuchiya
- Camp Straight: A beautician who works in salon, but goes on to marry and have children by the Distant Finale. Metrosexuality didn't yet exist as a concept in the early nineties.
- The Dandy: He's always sharp dressed and well-groomed.
- Drunken Boxing: And has the most difficult pose as a result.note
- Epic Flail: Kirin Ku-setsu Bennote
- Nice Guy: He's always polite and friendly.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Uncommonly for a Sentai hero, Kazu usually wears a natty suit.
- Signature Move: Jikan Gaeshinote
- Time Master: He can rewind time as he sees fit, although he doesn't use it much.
Rin/Hōō Ranger | Actress: Natsuki Takahashi
- Blade on a Stick: Yari Hōōnote
- Blow You Away: Which she can do untransformed as well.
- But Not Too Foreign: It's been rumored that the actress playing Lin is part Japanese and part American.
- Chinese Girl: She came from China, disguised as a transfer student.
- Ship Tease: With Ryō. The "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue hints that Rin might have married Ko or had a relationship with him.
- Signature Move: Ichimonji Tatsumakinote
- The Smurfette Principle: The only woman on the team.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Lin or Rin? You would think it would be "Lin", seeing how she's Chinese, but in the episode where she became a pop-star, it was spelled "Rin".
Kō/Kiba Ranger | Actor: Hisashi Sakai
- Dirty Kid: One of his favorite hobbies: grope Rin's breasts. Alternatively, flip her skirt.
- Dual Age Modes: He transforms into an adult body when morphed.
- Kid-Appeal Character: Figuratively and granted.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He's the son of Shadam.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: His Super Natural Martial Arts powers are sound based. This mostly manifests in him summoning an illusion of something particularly loud, such as a musician using cymbals.
- Named Weapons: Kō calls the Byakkoshinken "Byakko-chan" (referencing Himitsu no Akko-chan).
- Older Alter Ego: Gains the physique of an adult when he transforms, but his voice remains unchanged.
- Secret Identity: The other Dairangers don't know Kiba Ranger's identity for some time, with some help from Byakko-chan.
- Ship Tease: See Lin's entry.
- Signature Move: Koshinsei Midare Yamabikonote
- Sixth Ranger: He joins much later than the others, and has his own mecha.
- Talking Sword: Byakkoshinkennote
- Because of Kou's age, he spoke for him as Kiba Ranger early on, until his cover gets blown.
- Tagalong Kid: Ironically for being the Sixth Ranger, he's also the weakest of the team.
- Transforming Mecha: The Wong Tiger.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Pleads desperately for Ryo to help him as he crumbles away.
- Domestic Abuse: He punches Akomaru into a chair and knocks him to the floor. Akomaru bleeds.
- Dragon-in-Chief: As the true Big Bad of the story, Gorma Emperor XV is an insane Manchild who rather spends his time playing games, Shadam is the one leading the actual fight against the Dairangers. He becomes the Big Bad when he kills Emperor Gorma XV.
- The Heavy: Shadam appears as the main threat in almost every episode, while Emperor Gorma XV only makes a few appearances and isn't even a direct threat.
- Too Many Belts: His design could make Tetsuya Nomura proud.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He is Ko's father, but Ko himself never gets to find this out.
- One-Winged Angel: After Gorma XV dies, Shadam steals his powers and becomes Emperor Gorma XVI.
- The Starscream: Kills the Emperor to become the Big Bad himself.
- This Cannot Be!: Yes, Shadam, you're also a clay doll.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Proclaims that the Dairangers have been fighting clay dolls (Zydos and Gara) all along, without realizing that he's one, too.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: After taking the Earth Ground Shaking Jewel for himself and becoming Emperor, he becomes a great deal more unstable.
Lieutenant Colonel GaraOnce Kujaku's childhood friend that got a scar in exchange for saving her life from many years ago. Thinking that Kujaku had betrayed her, she joined Gorma and trapped Kujaku in a Mirror Make-up Artist. She's revealed to have died long ago in a battle after she joined Gorma and became an angel in heaven.
- Dead All Along: The real Gara actually died before the start of the series. The one seen during the majority of the show is an animated clay construct.
- Face Death with Dignity: Unlike the other main villains, she dies staying as upright as she can while proclaiming her eternal hatred for Kujaku and allegiance to Gorma and Shadam.
- Forgiveness: While it's true that the real Gara died many years ago and the current one is a copy, the fact that she didn't try to communicate with Kujaku still makes this trope play out.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Kujaku and the real Gara have no qualms about wiping her out. Daigo and Rin, on the other hand, seem sympathetic toward her in the end.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Attempts to kill her own Gorma kaijin that trapped Kujaku and Daigo to prevent them from escaping.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Asks for someone to help him as he's dying.
- Book Dumb: Gorma Emperor XV asks why it's taking so long for them to conquer one tiny island. Zydos has no idea what he's talking about.
- The Brute: While he does fit the personality and rank of this trope to a T, he also subverts it, by coming up with several clever plans on his own. Said plans often involve manipulating people's emotions. The only problem is that he always seems to underestimate people he is trying to manipulate.
- The Corrupter: Gave Jin the means to become a devil Gorma boxer.
- Large Ham: Whenever Zydos opens his mouth, you can almost certainly expect him to ham it up.
- Please Keep Your Hat On: He's got little volcanoes on his head!
Emperor Gorma XV
The childish and mentally unstable leader of the Gorma Tribe. He generally keeps to the background, as he rather plays games with his court than actively command the fight against the Dairangers.
- Actually a Doombot: He actually is an artificial living clay construct secretly created by Shadam after the real emperor died 6000 years ago. He was to be used by Shadam in a complicated scheme to become emperor himself.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Obviously has no realistic vision of the world and treats everything like a childish game. Even when a gigantic Dragon God threatens to blow up earth if the Gorma and Dairanger keep fighting, the Emperor doesn't take the much needed ceasefire seriously, and continues his attack, thinking the Dragon won't notice it. Much like a child thinks he can do naughty stuff if his parents look the other way.
- Orcus on His Throne: He doesn't really do much of anything aside from playing games (although he did bring Akomaru back from Hell).
- Psychopathic Man Child: He generally acts like a child in an adult body during all of his appearances, but his subordinates take him really seriously when addressing him, as he tends to be able to really hurt you when disappointing him.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Claiming the Earth Ground Shaking Jewel and becoming Emperor seems to induce this. As demonstrated by Shadam.
- Jerkass: Humiliates Shadam to the point that Shadam becomes a *Butt-Monkey* to the Gorma Palace attendants.
AkomaruGeneral Shadam's first son and one of the Gorma Generals. He was killed by a falling rock and resurrected by the emperor. He's later revealed to be Kō's older twin brother.
- Brother Brother Incest: Not that serious, but Akomaru says to Kou "did you like holding my hand back then Kibaranger?"
- Enemy Civil War: Seems to have this with his father Shadam.
- Enfante Terrible: And how. Most of this is likely attributed to his father Shadam's mistreatment of him.
- Jerkass: His final plan was to blackmail Ko to join the Gorma with his mother's life. When he did not comply he blew her away so Ko could never find her again and slightly rubs it in his face before he dies the first time
- Knight of Cerebus: His plans are much more ruthless than any of the earlier Gorma with his focus on causing Kou pain. Shadam also starts to show just how depraved he is whenever Akomaru.
- Missing Mom: Subverted. She was captured and held by Gorma the entire time. He used her as hostage in fact
- Manipulative Bastard: In one episode we see Ko befriend a new girl attending his school who has an abusive mother. She pinches her, makes her buy dinner on her own, and shows disregard for her kidnapping when Ko caught her playing tennis leisurely - she outright makes a commentary that "mothers like her exist". Sounds over-the-top and forced right? That's correct because both mother and Ko's friend were the Ring Priestess and Akomaru in disguise. It was all a plot to get Ko to despise his mother and become a Gorma from his hatred.
- Royal Brat: Got to have a high position in Gorma due to General Tenpou raising him after Shadam abandoned him. While Shadam's abusive treatment warrants understanding for Akomaru's temper he still gets annoying with how he constantly eggs his father to the point he dares him to hurt him. Also he cuts Shadam's face with a feather while he was having a victory toast.
Jin Matoba/Demon-Fist Master JinA martial arts master who likes to prove his strength by challenging and killing other martial arts masters. Jin later receives dark powers from Zydos, who wants to use him as a lackey, but makes it clear he listens to no one.
- Badass Normal: Has no special powers in his first few appearances, but manages to easily defeat Ryou, who is empowered by Kiryoku.
- Bolivian Army Ending: At the end of episode 39 a heavily wounded Jin walks into Zydos and a large squad of Mooks. He is seen beating the shit out of a lot of them, but the final shot of the episode consists of Jin being shot at.
- Empowered Badass Normal: After being defeated by Ryou, he receives a power boost from Zydos, giving him the ability to use Youryuku.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: Zydos manages to turn him into a skeletal werewolfish creature named Garouki.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Pulls this in episode 35, when he jumps in front of an attack meant for Ryo.
- The Rival: To Ryō.
- Worthy Opponent: Gradually forms this bond with Ryō. At first, they couldn't stand each others guts. Ryō because Jin casually kills martial artists and Jin because Ryō defeated him once. During Jins final appearance, Ryō shows genuine concern for him, while Jin grudgingly shows gratefulness for this.
Master KakuThe wise but stern mentor and founder of the Dairanger team. He is secretly a high ranked member of the Gorma tribe, but defected before the series start.
- Broken Pedestal: When the Dairangers discover he is secretly a Gorma member, he becomes this for them, but only temporarily.
- Defector from Decadence: Is secretly a member of the Gorma Tribe, but left them, because he could not agree with their way of life.
- Fake Defector: Pretends to return to Gorma as it was one of the terms of a ceasefire created to prevent Daijinryuu from blowing up the planet.
- Foreshadowing: Early on, it is revealed he is able to use Youryoku, a dark power normally only used by Gorma Tribe members. As the series progresses, he easily enters the Gorma palace and on speaking terms with the Gorma Emperor, which actually a high honor that is usually reserved for the highest ranked Gorma members. And then the reveal: Kaku was a high ranked Gorma all along, but defected before the series start....
- The Mentor: to the Dairangers.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: He does downplay this trope a bit, as he only dies near the finale of the series, meaning his death is not the motivation for the heroes to fight the bad guys
- Mr. Exposition: He almost always tells the Dairangers about what kind of Gorma Monster of the Week they are fighting now, explaining what their strengths and weaknesses are. It is very logical he knows these things, as he was part of Gorma a while ago
- Rebuilt Pedestal: Once the Dairangers discover his true intentions, he becomes their pedestal once more
- Stern Teacher: When one of the Dairangers messes something up, Kaku either reprimands them heavily or coldly commands them to stay behind when the rest of the team goes to battle.
- The Stoic: Always appears to be emotionally distant. Even when facing great danger.
- Walking Spoiler: The secret this guy carries with him causes almost all of his tropes to be spoiler-tagged.
Kameo (Super Mythical Qi Beast Daimugen)
- Baleful Polymorph: Gets randomly turned into a turtle after touching a magical crystal.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: appears to be an overweight socially awkward man with an obsession for turtles. In reality, he is the most powerful Qi Beast of them all; Daimugen
- Humongous Mecha and Transforming Mecha: Is actually a Qi Beast, capable of transforming from a mechanical turtle to an enormous bulky robot.
- Odd Friendship: Forms one with Kazu. Kazu is a popular beautician and ladies man, while Kameo is an overweight loner with a strange obsession for turtles.
- Meaningful Name: 'Kame' is Japanese for turtle; an animal he really really likes. He also is a very powerful Qi Beast in the shape of a giant turtle.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Short of getting stomped on by Daijinryu, nothing hurts him.
- Reluctant Warrior: Turned himself into a human and erased his memory as a Qi Beast because he has a severe dislike of fighting. Once his best friend Kazu is in severe danger of dying, he accepts his identity as Daimugen once more
- Turtle Power: Has an obsession with the shelled reptiles, to the point of owning dozens of them as pets and even taking several of them with him in his pockets when he goes out. His real form is also a giant mechanical turtle, bringing literal Turtle Power to the team.
- Walking Spoiler: Not as bad as Master Kaku, but the whole point of his character is based around the secret he carries, meaning much of his tropes are spoiler tagged.
Kou and Akomaru's mother
Kou's missing mother, who is revealed to be a captive of Akomaru.
- Damsel in Distress: Her primary role, to the point this is her defining character trait.
- Large Ham: Almost all of her appearances result her in dramatically shouting her son's name. Up to Narmtastic levels.
- Living MacGuffin: She could be replaced with a magical hamburger and the writing would only need minimal changes to still work.
- No Name Given
Daijinryu (Great God Dragon)
A dragon god who's tasked to keep the peace across the universe. And since the battle between the Gorma and the Dairangers threatens to disrupt that peace, he comes to Earth to interfere. Unfortunately, Daijinryu has no concept of neither good nor evil, and is even willing to wipe out humanity to stop the conflict between the two factions.
- Above Good and Evil: Literally. Its task is to preserve peace. Concepts like good and evil are alien to it.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: More like Attack Of The 1500 Foot Whatever, as he makes the typical grown Super Sentai monster and mecha look tiny in comparison.
- Blue and Orange Morality: As mentioned before, this being does not think in terms of good and evil as we do. Instead, it thinks more in terms of order and chaos. Order is so precious to Daijinryuu that it casually kills thousands of people to send out a simple warning.
- The Dreaded: Daimugen, one of the most powerful allies of the Dairangers, is terrified of this creature when it appears in one of his visions.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Is very clearly intending to do this if the battle between the Dairangers and Gorma tribe does not stop.
- Eldritch Abomination: A rather mild example in terms of looks, as it clearly resembles an Asian Dragon. But it's way of thinking and power is incomprehensible to both sides of the conflict.
- Hero Killer: Neither side can do anything to stop him as he's presented more akin to a force of nature than a character. The Dairangers spend the rest of the series living in fear of his inevitable return when the Gorma keep fighting
- Jerkass Gods: Destroys a large chunk of Tokyo just to prove it is serious in carrying out its task.
- Knight of Cerebus: He's a threat that cannot be overcome by either side, which leads to Kaku becoming Fake Defector that ultimately brings him into conflict with the Dairangers. The series even gradually starts fading out any comic relief after he appears.
- Mass Hypnosis: Is also one of the powers in his powerset. He easily hypnotized the population of Tokyo and forced them to jump from high buildings. Once again, just to warn humanity the war between the Dairangers and Gorma Tribe needs to stop. Now.
- The Omnipotent: Nothing in the Dairangers and Gorma Tribes arsenal has any hope of even scratching this creature. In fact, he almost crushed the Dairangers' mecha when they tried to fight them. The only reason why this didn't happen, was because Daijinryuu stopped on its own volition.
- Our Dragons Are Different: In this case, a dragon is 500 meters long, being easily able to stomp on the mecha of the Dairangers, has godly powers, and is tasked to preserve peace.
- Outside-Context Problem: What he more or less is to both the Dairangers and the Gorma Tribe. Both sides are merely humans employing Supernatural Martial Arts, so neither of them could ever expect a God to visit their planet. Daijinryuu's appearance really breaks the status quo of the conflict.
- Physical God: His name is Exactly As It Says On The Tin, as he is a gigantic godly dragon whose power puts him into a tier of his own. He demonstrates this by casually destroying a large chunk of Tokyo and later by using Mass Hypnosis to threaten to make people jump from high buildings.
- The Voiceless: Never speaks and has to have other characters explain what he wants. This makes it seem much more above both factions.
- Wild Card: He will attack either side at any given moment.