Armor Hero (also known as 铠甲勇士/Kai Jia Yong Shi), is the first Chinese Tokusatsu television show and first in the Armor Hero Series aired 2008 to 2009.
Xin Nan, Bei Sen, Dong Sha, Xi Zhao, and Kun Zhong are the descendants of the Fire village, the Water village, the Wood village, the Gold village, and the Earth village respectively their bodies containing a mysterious gene.With the power the Crystas Guang Ying Shi "Light-Shadow Stone" they are endowed with magical Powered Armor, heirlooms from ancient times.
Bearing such a mighty panoply, these five young men become the embodiment of righteousness: Yan Long Xia the Fire Dragon Hero, Hei Xi Xia the Black Rhinoceros Hero, Tian Ying Xia the Sky Eagle Hero, Xue Ao Xia the Snow Mastiff Hero, and Di Hu Xia the Earth Tiger Hero. As heroes, they fight the evil plans schemed by Emperor of the Darkness and his minions.
The villains' plan is to disrupt the happiness of the community by using pollutants to make pollution monsters that harms the environment and the community's peace. Through their hard work of beating monsters up with a single finisher, the Armor Heroes achieve victory by sealing the fifty-two monsters in fifty-two magical stones and five large magical charms.
Has three sequels, Armor Hero XT, Armor Hero Lava and Armor Hero Captor.
This work contains examples of:
- An Axe to Grind
- Ancient Astronauts: The source of the Phlebotinum (and bad guys) in XT.
- Animal Motifs
- Blade on a Stick
- Continuity Nod: Gang in XT is something of a gamer Otaku and even has an action figure of the Emperor Hero from the Armor Hero movie.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive - Ba Dou in XT.
- Elemental Powers
- Five Bad Band: In XT.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: Fifty-two monsters, fifty-two episodes.
- Green Aesop
- The Gunslinger: Tian's finishing move in XT. He also has a preference for swords.
- Henshin Hero
- Holo Deck
- Intrepid Reporter: Xiao Song.
- Kill Sat
- Merchandise-Driven: To the point where the previously-unheard of narrator announces every tool, weapon, and power that the Armor Heroes wield when they appear in the style of a toy commercial.
- Missing Mom: Xin Nan.
- Old Master: A holographic one.
- People in Rubber Suits
- Power Crystal
- Power Trio: The XT team.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang
- Reluctant Monster: The Quirky Not-Quite-Miniboss Squad in XT, formerly the Big Bad's three top officers, led by his son, who deserted during his invasion of Imperial China and have now integrated themselves into human society, living peaceful lives. Each one ends up befriending one of the three heroes. This is made all the more tragic when The Dragon and Big Bad conspire to destroy their credibility to the heroes and cause the three of them to perform a FaceHeel Turn.
- Space Pirate: Yan, the original owner of the Ares armour.
- Spoiler Opening: The intro of XT prominently features the appearance of the Ares armour suit which goes on to be used by the Big Bad in the end.
- Swiss Army Weapon
- This Is a Drill: Gang's weapon of choice in XT. Later on he gets a giant hammer.
- Time Stands Still
- Transformation Trinket
- Wolverine Claws