Follow TV Tropes


Series / Dai Sentai Goggle Five

Go To
The Goggle V. In case you're wondering, yes, we're putting a girl back into the core team.


Dai Sentai Goggle V (Great Squadron Goggle Five) is the sixth Super Sentai series, which aired from 1982 to 1983.

The story begins when Professor Hideki Hongō goes to investigate Wolfborg castle in Germany...only to find the previous resident reduced to bones, and the Dark Science Empire Deathdark ready to execute their plan to, you guessed it, Take Over the World. The defenseless Hongō is attacked, but thankfully, a world class-explorer named Ken'ichi Akama comes to his rescue, thus learning the story of Hongō and his squadron, the only group capable of stopping Deathdark... the Goggle V!

Akama is then promoted into the leader of the Goggles, Goggle Red, while Hongō's Computer Boys and Girls bring out those chosen to become the members of the Goggle V including Kanpei Kuroda, Saburo Aoyama, Futoshi Kijima and Miki Momozono. While they're completely unrelated, they share a strong sense of justice, so after hearing Hongou's explanation, they immediately agree to become members of the Goggle Five. Together, they fight the Deathdark Empire to protect peace!


This season would be the last season of Sentai to use the usual Scarf Of Asskicking. While the previous team were all men, this team resumed the tradition of having a female member, who at the time was the youngest ever member of a Sentai, being 16 years old. Aside from starting the trend of Title Scream, this also marks the first Sentai work of Hirohisa Soda, who was involved with Super Sentai until Fiveman. The most known "fact" about Goggle V is that they are rhythmic gymnasts, due to their use of gymnastics-themed weaponry. They are not actually gymnasts (except the aforementioned female), they're actually a science-based team with a small dash of 'lost civilization' element in it.

Their goggles actually do something (though not unusual), and they're not used for shipping, by the way.

Starring, the Goggle V:


Also Starring, the Deathdark Organization:

Recurring Super Sentai tropes:

Tropes specific to Dai Sentai Goggle V:

  • Back from the Dead: In episode 28, ALL the monsters of the week that came before came back to assist that week's monster.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Aoyama & Kijima in episode 38. Even when Kijima is being the Butt-Monkey like usual, that did not eclipse their badassery.
  • Badass in Distress: Miki/Pink in episode 39.
  • Battle Strip: See Bruce Lee Clone below.
  • Bears Are Bad News: The final Mozoo was a bear, while the Bear Kong is the only robot piloted not by the Mozoo, but by Deathgiller.
  • Big Brother Mentor / Cool Big Sis: The Goggle Five are basically this for the Computer Boys & Girls.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Akama/Red sure loved doing this. Not only was this his debut action, if an ally was in need of rescues, he was the first to execute the trope by throwing his Goggle Saber. It always worked.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Kijima/Yellow.
  • Bruce Lee Clone: Kuroda/Black in episode 9, when the team is forced into a Calvinball situation. He used the nunchaku, and the Bruce Lee yell, and eventually went into shirtless with black long pants like one of Lee's trademark outfits.
  • Butt-Monkey: In between getting himself in humorous situations OR getting suckered by the Mooks for laughs in the middle of battle... The universe seems to love picking on Kijima.
  • Deathdark Did It: Any major civilization collapse? Deathdark did it. Any weapons created and used for killings? Deathdark inspired it.
  • Evil Counterpart: Mazurka started the trend of Super Sentai's 'Dark Chick being the direct counterpart of The Chick'. Although since this is the an early era, she never came to direct Cat Fight with Miki (merely possessing similar skills, just used for evil).
  • Expy: Between the general shape and the fact that the mecha components are carried in large square containers, Goggle Caesar seems to be one for Thunderbird 2.
  • Eye Scream: Fuhrer Taboo is dealt an eye-piercing fatal blow by the Goggle Robo.
  • Fastball Special: Episode 6 had Black do this helped with a one-shot supporting character.
  • Fountain of Youth: What the Monster Of The Week does to people in episode 18.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Granted, it was just a statue, but before the term Duck Tits was coined, episode 45 of Goggle Five gave us... Racoon Tits!
    • Sure it was actually Racoon Tits and not a Tanuki statue's giant testicles?
    • ... Make it both.
  • Hachimaki: Kijima was rarely seen without one
  • Hidden Elf Village: An early episode had Akama stumble upon one by crossing into a certain cave. No elves, but instead there was a village that hasn't even developed since the Edo period. And of course, Deathdark was up to no good with this village and this episode contains the obligatory 'disguise as samurai' formula.
  • I Have the High Ground: Every In the Name of the Moon sequence always had the Goggles jumping on a higher ground (building or cliff)... and after that, leap to battle. Explosions were optional.
  • Instant Expert: We do not know how each of the Goggles are suddenly adept in fighting and their special techniques. Well, this was an early Sentai series after all...
  • Jumped at the Call: Kuroda, Aoyama, Kijima and Miki were practically thrown into the base against their will, but once Hongo gives a rundown of the things, they immediately agree to abandon their former lives and become allies of justice. We assume that the same happened to Akama off-screen.
  • Kid Sidekick: A whole team of them, the Computer Boys and Girls.
  • Last-Name Basis: Partial. The boys are referred by their last names, so you're more likely hear "Akama, Kuroda, Aoyama and Kijima". When it comes to the sole girl, she's called "Miki" rather than "Momozono".
  • Master of Disguise: Aside of Pink... Mazurka just loved putting on disguises.
  • Monster Misogyny: A Lighter and Softer version, obviously. Any time a Monster of the Week (or Mooks) decided to get frisky against one Goggle in a mass battle (all Goggles participating), they will always target Pink.
  • Motif: The series primarily had a science motif, including fighting a Dark Science Empire, while the team's weapons featured a rhythmic gymnastics motif. Anniversary shows and specials ignore the former in favor of the latter - the ending songs of both Gaoranger vs Super Sentai and Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger emphasize the gymnastics, despite it not being the main theme of the show. Gokaiger even has all of them using gymnastics ribbons to tie up the Monster of the Week in episode 8. The team does have an actual gymnast though (Miki).
  • Mythology Gag: Done by Goggle Pink after hypnotizing a bunch of Mooks into dancing around to their fall. "Do you want another?"
  • Nice Hat: All Deathdark generals comes with unique helmets. Deathgiller has a skull helmet, Mazurka has a motorcyclist helmet, Professors Zazoriya and Iguana have scorpion & lizard helmets respectively; while Deathmark has a snazzy Egyptian helmet.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In the movie, Miki decided to save a defecting Prof. Zazoriya and insisted the team to go along with her information, thinking that she might have a genuine Heel–Face Turn. It ends badly... a bit.
  • Obviously Evil: You take a look at how the Deathdark Empire is NAMED or how they dress up. Now go back and tell me if they're one bit good.
  • One, Two, Three, Four, Go!: This exact phrase is part of the ending song's lyrics.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Fuhrer Taboo spends 49 episodes and a half staying inside his chamber in his base.
    • Deathmark also never leaves Taboo's side until the final episode.
  • Parental Abandonment: We don't know anything about the Goggles' parents other than Kijima's father.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: How the Goggles (starting with Red) finish their roll call. As seen on the page quote.
  • Put on a Bus: Out of 50 episodes, Professor Hongō only appears in the first and last two. One of his two assistants, Midori, also leaves the series in Ep. 22, leaving only Sayuri.
  • Rocket Punch: Hand Missile.
  • Say My Name: Miki and her Computer Girl participate in this in early episode.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: A blink-or-miss one: In episode 20, when Miki puts on the Flamenco Dancer outfit, she occasionally turns behind and you could see that it was a backless variant.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: Part of the ranger costumes for a third straight year, but it was the last time we ever saw them on a Super Sentai.
  • Science Is Bad: They're fighting a Dark Science Empire, which has been basically encouraging evil uses of science and discovery since the discovery of iron in Turkey (including encouraging 'murder by sword' the moment swords was discovered, for example), or stealing existing technologies and inventing an evil spin for it. But on the other hand, it's also averted, with the heroes promoting good uses of science and discovery, which forms a good chunk of the actual theme of the show: Science can be used for good, but if it falls to the hands of evil men, it becomes a bad thing.
  • Shirtless Scene: All the men on the team by the pool at the end of episode 17, cheering on the kid who had trouble swimming, as he's in the pool.
  • Sixth Ranger: Well, for the villains: Deathmark, who makes his debut at the 15th episode, around the same time a good-aligned Sixth Ranger would usually appear in the later Sentai formula.
    • Goggle Five themselves are assisted by two temporary sixth members though: heel wrestler Hellmask in Ep. 6 and Henshin Papa (actually a security officer who steals a prototype "Strong Suit" made by Deathdark) in Ep. 41.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Deathmark's casket in ep. 15 has his name engraved as "Desmark".
  • Spot the Imposter: A Mozoo impersonated Black and the Goggles found out by telling both of them to bungee-jump. Then he impersonated Pink. The Goggles exposed him using the "Super Sentai" Stance.
  • Stout Strength: Kijima is fatter than the other Goggles (if not the fattest Sentai), but has incredible strength and toughness (He pushed off a huge rock alone, while it takes lots of Mooks and the Monster of the Week to barely push it)
  • Suck Out the Poison: Kuroda does this in Episode 42 when he is infected by Sasori Mozu's venom.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Water may as well be Miki's worst enemy. She's vulnerable on water (something the Spotmen once took advantage of), and she even passed on swimming in a normal swimming pool (despite wearing a swimsuit).
  • Super Senses: Every Goggles have the Goggle Eye which gives them extra sight. Yellow also have super hearing. But mostly on sensing ground disturbance.
  • Taking the Bullet: Happens to one doll brought to life by a Monster of the Week, who takes the bullet meant for her "handsome prince" (actually a crossdressing Miki). Cue both Tender Tears and This Is Unforgivable!.
  • Taking You with Me: How Mazurka dies, trying to take Deathgiller and the Goggles. At least she destroyed the first Goggles base... until Professor Hongou comes back from his bus and introduces a NEW base.
  • Theme Naming: As with Denjiman, the five have their colors in their surnames.
  • Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: Played straight for most the series, but there's one episode where Deathdark attacked a foreign country. The ending credits also shows all the members of Goggle Five protecting children in other countries besides Japan.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: "GOGGLE SABER!". Always handy to make a Big Damn Heroes moment.
    • Also Goggle Golden Spear is usually used this way, until Deathmark counters it. So they instead rams it to him.
    • Electron Galactic Missile, which is basically throwing the Electron Galactic-powered Earth Sword to Fuhrer Taboo's weak point, killing him in one throw.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Goggle Blue gets horribly owned by Moth Mozoo in episode 8 since his leg got wounded. Skip around 25 episodes, and then when the rest of the Goggles arrive, he was single-handedly owning the Rattlesnake Mozoo. Wow.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Uh, okay. Kijima might use grapple moves a lot, but he's a zoo worker, not a wrestler... Yet he still pulls off an Atomic Drop on a Mook...

Example of: