Wherever there is life, there is a roar of justice!
Hyakujū Sentai Gaoranger ("Hundred Beasts Squadron Roarranger"note ) is the twenty-fifth installment in the Super Sentai, airing from 2001 to 2002.
A thousand years ago the evil Org spirits were fought by warriors backed by the Power Animals, but in the modern day Orgs begin to show up again. From the Animarium in the sky, the Power Animals choose five new warriors to fight them, and they're mentored by Animarium caretaker Tetomu and joined by one of the original warriors who was frozen in time.
- Kakeru Shishi / Gao Red: The Leader, Rookie Red Ranger, and the new leader. He's a Friend to All Living Things given that he's a Veterinarian.
- Gaku Washio / Gao Yellow: The Lancer and second-in-command. He LOVES speaking in Gratuitous English.
- Kai Samezu / Gao Blue: The Kid-Appeal Character, something of a Jerkass.
- Sōtarō Ushigome / Gao Black: The Big Guy. A retired Sumo wrestler, he is a Gentle Giant by nature... just don't get on his nerves and hurt his friends or innocent people. Also, just like Red, he's a Friend to All Living Things.
- Sae Taiga / Gao White: The Chick. She's basically level headed, but have a tendency to throw tantrums because she claims that no one takes her seriously because she's the youngest member and the only girl in the group.
- Shirogane / Tsukumaro Oogami / Gao Silver: The Tall, Dark, and Snarky Sixth Ranger. Loves to work on his own.
The Ogre Tribe, Orgs:
- Org Master, a stone idol worshipped by the lesser Orgs. Revealed later on to be just that.
- Duke Org Yabaiba. Knife Nut, The Dragon (sort of) and The Brute. One of two surviving Orgs from the last conflict, lying in wait for the Orgs' return.
- Duke Org Tsuetsue. The Dark Chick and Sorceress. Carries the Phlebotinium Launcher that turns the Orgs into giants.
- High Duke Org Shuten. Axe-Crazy. Acted in place of the Big Bad for the first 14 eps.
- High Duke Org Ura. Flamboyant Gay. Introduced in the arc where Rouki returns, then killed off by Gao Silver.
- High Duke Org Rasetsu. Extreme Omnivore, Bad Boss. Introduced in the story arc where Gao God rejoins the heroes.
- Duke Org Rouki: The Sixth Ranger in the literal sense, until he is separated bodily from Shirogane.
Recurring Super Sentai tropes
- All Your Powers Combined: The HajaHyakujuukennote , which is notably the first melee weapon for a Team Finisher.
- Near the end of the show all the Org leaders are merged into one super Org. There's also a Monster of the Week formed from a bunch of stolen Power Animals.
- Bishounen Line: Senki, the most powerful and the most humanoid of the Highness Orgs.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "Gao Access! Summon, spirit of the Earth!"
- Calling Your Attacks
- Combination Attack
- Cool Bike: Gao Silver's Wolf Roader
- Crossover: Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai. In lieu of the traditional crossover with the previous team, this one involves a Dream Team consisting of various rangers from assorted teams, particularly Soukichi Banba/Big One, Yuusuke Amamiya/Red Falcon, Miku Imamura/Mega Pink, Gouki/Ginga Blue and Daimon Tatsumi/Go Yellow. All the other former red warriors also appear in the movie, albeit in costume only.
- Custom Uniform: The first full-blown example. Gao Silver's suit not only has a pattern of dark blue on it along with silver, but his belt has a wolf head emblem rather than the team's five-animal emblem.
- Finishing Move
- Home Base: Gao's Rock, a flying turtle-like edifice that transports the Gaorangers. Also has a conduit to Sky Island as well as a sacred spring that, among other functions, detects the presence of an Org by bubbling.
- Humongous Mecha: The first Super Sentai to feature extensive use of upgrades. In fact, it was the first to introduce multiple peripheral mecha, imply their compatibility out of the default formations and put the potential to good use. Super Sentai used this concept on and off for several years, before adopting it consistently with GoGo Sentai Boukenger.
- A Mech by Any Other Name: The Power Animals and the later God Power Animals that form Gao God.
- Combining Mecha
- Gao Lion + Gao Eagle + Gao Bison + Gao Shark + Gao Tiger = Gao King
- Gao Gorilla + Gao Eagle + Gao Bison + Gao Polar + Gao Bear = Gao Muscle
- Gao Falcon + Gao Madillo + Gao Rhinos + Gao Deer + Gao Giraffe = Gao Icarus
- Gao Falcon + Gao Lion + Gao Shark + Gao Tiger + Gao Elephant = Gao Centaurus
- Gao Wolf + Gao Hammerhead + Gao Ligator = Gao Hunter
- Gao Kong + Gao Eagle + Gao Bison + Gao Shark + Gao Tiger = Gao Knight
- Gao Leon + Gao Condor + Gao Swordshark + Gao Jaguar + Gao Buffalo = Gao God
- First Church of Mecha: The clue is in the name "Gao God".
- Mecha Expansion Pack: The other Power Animals served as upgrades to the Gao King by replacing the Gao Shark and Tiger (which formed the right and left arms respectively) or the Gao Bison (which formed the waist and legs). The Shark and Tiger also served as alternate parts for the Gao Muscle and Gao Icarus (along with the Bison for the latter). Since the Power Animals were interchangable, there were combined forms that were never used on the show or never had official names.
- Gao King + Gao Elephant = Gao King with Sword & Shield
- Gao King - Gao Shark + Gao Giraffe = Gao King Spear
- Gao King - Gao Tiger + Gao Deer = Gao King Cross Horn
- Gao King - Gao Shark - Gao Tiger + Gao Polar + Gao Bear = Gao King Double Knuckles
- Gao King - Gao Bison + Gao Madillo + Gao Rhinos = Gao King Striker
- Gao Muscle - Gao Bison + Gao Madillo + Gao Rhinos = Gao Muscle Striker
- Other Power Animals include the Soul Bird (which serves as a power-up to any of the robots) and the rare Gao Panda (which never appeared on the show and was only available as a giveaway along with a bonus CD offered by Terebi-kun magazine in Japan). There was also a blue version of the Gao Ligator and a black version of the Gao Elephant, as well as several Power Animals that were never made into toys. After all, the show's title was literally "Hundred Animals Task Force", and all 100 were named, but only 24 were featured in the show.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Episodes are called "Quests".
- In the Name of the MoonRed: The Blazing Lion, Gao Red!
Yellow: The Noble Eagle, Gao Yellow!
Blue: The Surging Shark, Gao Blue!
Black: The Iron Bison, Gao Black!
White: The Belle Tiger, Gao White!
Silver: The Sparking Wolf, Gao Silver!
Red: Where there is life, there is a roar of justice! Hyakujuu Sentai!
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: Red's weapon is able to transform into a different one.
- He later gets the Falcon Summoner, but only because the others did the work for him.
- Make My Monster Grow: Tsuetsue's specialty.
- Monster of the Week: Orgs.
- Mooks : The Orgettes.
- The Movie: Gaoranger: Hi no Yama, Hoeru ("The Volcano Howls"), the first Super Sentai theatrical featurette since the Ohranger movie (the Gogo-V movie with Zeek was a straight-to-video release).
- Narrator: Hiroshi Masuoka narrates the series.
- "On the Next Episode of..." Catchphrase: Surprisingly averted.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: Gao Centauru
- Strictly Formula: To wit:
- The first Mecha Expansion Pack appears in Episode 5.
- Episode 10 features the debut of GaoMuscle.
- Played with in Episode 17 is the middle of the Rouki arc. He doesn't become GaoSilver until Episode 24.
- The Gaorangers are Brought Down to Normal a grand total of three times: First in Episode 14 where Freezer Org's freeze attack froze the G-Phones and the Gao Jewels. Then in Episode 44 where Rasetsu activates the bug he had planted in GaoRed's phone. Then there's the penultimate episode.
- Then there's the Wedding Dress Org who attacks brides and other women, forcing GaoBlack to impersonate as a bride.
- Clock Org also seemingly sends four of the Gaorangers to Edo-era Tokyo. It was merely an illusion, however.
- The friendly Monster of the Week for this series was Charcoal Grill Org, whom the Gaorangers were forced to Mercy Kill. It seemed it wasn't a true death though, as he's shown serving food to Futaro at the end of the episode.
- The Smurfette Principle: After three straight pinks, the lone girl gets to wear a different color this time, making her the fourth female white ranger.
- Supervillain Lair: The Matrix.
- Theme Music Power-Up
- Transformation Trinket: The G-Phone and Shirogane's G-Brace Phone.note
- Weapon of Choice:
Tropes specific to Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger:
- Actor Allusion: Hidekatsu Shibata once more voices the male half of a villain with male and female nature.
- Airplane Arms: A variation where the Gaorangers run partially bent over with their arms out in what is apparently intended to be a ready-to-strike-savagely position. It's not as practical as it sounds.
- Alien Blood: Orgs tend to bleed green—the fact that Rouki bleeds red is a hint as to his true nature.
- All There in the Manual: The Super Sentai Art Collection: Sentai Robo Edition illustration book includes a list of all 100 Power Animals (No, it wasn't just a a grandiose title). It has all the Power Animals that appeared in the show, including movie-only Gao Kong, audio drama-only Gao Panda, the animals that had cameos in the finale, and lots of unused picks, some of which were also illustrated and associated to formations.
- Animal Mecha: In spades, and one of the instances where it's crucial to the plot.
- Animal-Motif Team: The six Gaorangers are themed after a Lion, Tiger, Bison, Shark, Eagle and Wolf.
- The Atoner: Silver, once he's freed from the thousand-year evil.
- Back from the Dead: Blue is killed in episode 30; Black, Yellow, and White follow suit in episode 31. They don't stay dead for long; after a short quest in the afterlife, they come back by the end of the episode thanks to a literal Deus ex Machina.
- Tsuetsue and the three High Dukes also get revived in episode 47.
- Bad Guys Play Pool: Silver is often seen playing in the bar he hangs out at. Justified as his weapon includes a pool cue configuration.
- Bare-Handed Blade Block: Gao Red does this against Rouki. With his feet.
- Berserk Button: Whenever somebody calls Tsuetsue Oba-san.
- Body Horror: the three High Dukes are especially guilty of this.
- Break Out the Museum Piece: In the finale, after the Gaorangers are Brought Down to Normal, they bring out their last weapon against Senki: an old sword dating to the Heian era. Needless to say, it doesn't work.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the beginning of episode 15, Red starts taking off his pants and everyone tries to stop him. Black then turns to the screen and puts his hand over it saying, "Don't look!"
- Catchphrase: "Nebaa Gibaapu!"note
- Christmas Episode: Quest 41.
- Chromatic Arrangement: The three High Dukes have colors corresponding to the RGB scheme: Shuten is red, Ura is green, and Rasetsu is blue.
- Climb, Slip, Hang, Climb: Happens to Gao Black in episode 4.
- Clip Show/Breather Episode: Episode 45. Features, apart from the Gaorangers (and Yabaiba) reminiscing about the series so far, GaoKing dancing and the episode ending with everyone in a hot spring.
- Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai, while including plenty of new action scenes, doubles as a clip show for the entire franchise, as the veteran rangers tell the Gaorangers about Super Sentai history.
- Code Name: In a strange departure from previous series, the Gaorangers refer to each other by color and have no knowledge of their comrades' true names, and so the audience only learns of them by the last episode (though the names are shown in the opening and a few moments throughout the series). Even Gao Silver's apparently real name turns out to be either a nickname or a codename.
- Their names are occasionally given in the show itself, but only on a few occasions prior to the finale.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The Gaorangers' battles with Rouki. When he brings out Gao Hunter you can generally be sure that some Power Animals are going to be taken.
- Darker and Edgier: While it's not as dark as Timeranger there are still some dark moments, especially the Gaorangers' Final Battle against Ura.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Strangely, a heroic example. The supremely powerful Gao God is killed by Orgs twice in series history, and was evenly-matched with the Org-controlled Gao King.
- Dinosaurs Are Dragons: The episode with Clock Org showed us what appeared to be a fire-breathing t-rex.
- Disguised in Drag: Henshin, what henshin? All Black needs to wear to kick ass is a wedding dress.
- Fanservice: Tsuetsue "accidentally" reveals her leg in Gaoranger vs Super Sentai.
- Floating Continent: Animarium, the turtle-shaped flying island where the Power Animals reside after they're found.
- Foreshadowing: In Quest 34, Charcoal Grill Org just wants to make food for everyone. He gets brainwashed and the rangers have no choice but to kill him. Afterwards, the White Ranger says, "I'm sure he's cooking for God now". After that, we see Charcoal Grill Org in his human form making food for Futaro - who is Gao God, but that hasn't been revealed yet.
- Goldfish Poop Gang: Tsuetsue and Yabaiba after the first act.
- Golem: The Power Animals are more like this than actual mecha. They're spirit animals who inhabit material aspects created from the Earth itself. Their robot-like appearance is due to using metal ore deposits to make their skins.
- Gratuitous English: As seen here.Yellow: Jesus.Yellow: (After seeing a zombie) AAAAAHHH!!! *whack* OH! *whack* MAH! *whack* GAAAWD!
- Blue and Black have their own Gratuitous English: "Never give up!"
- Even Red gets in on it. "Open the vulcan!"
- The entire team's henshin call: "Samon! Supiritsu obu ji aasu!"
- HeelFace Turn: When Silver first showed up, he was possessed by the demon Rouki and became a good guy after the other Gaorangers beat him. His mecha, the Gao Hunter, also does a literal heel face turn, as his face changed from an "Evil Mode" to a "Justice Mode".
- Part of Charcoal Grill Org's backstory. When he saw that humans enjoyed his cooking, he took on human form and then lived to enjoy human's delight.
- I Let You Win: Ura pulls one in the Rangers by letting them win against Orgs powered by the thousand-year evil spirit, then using its matured power to power himself up.
- If It Swims, It Flies: Gaoshark, and it's various modifications, fits this perfectly.
- Forget the mecha, GAOBLUE can fly on occasion.
- Improbable Weapon User: Almost all the Orgs. Rasetsu has a giant fork and spoon for chrissakes.
- Innocuously Important Episode: Well, more of an Innocuously Important Scene. Rasetsu smelling Tetom's cooking and being distracted by it doesn't just let the Gaorangers destroy the Monsters of the Week. Rasetsu's craving for it is ultimately responsible for Senki's creation.
- King of Beasts: Red's first mecha is the lion, and his powers are based on it.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Red suffers from this in episode 8. He doesn't forget everything, just his time as a Gaoranger.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: vs. Super Sentai spoils a bit of Choujuu Sentai Liveman. Yuusuke is mourning not just for his friends who died in the pilot, but ALSO Kemp and Mazenda, not only spoiling their deaths, but also that Obular survived.
- Meaningful Name: The Gaorangers' civilian names all contain the names of their animal.
- Mega Neko: While all the feline Power Animals count, this trope goes solely to the Super GaoLion, bigger than most of the combined mecha.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Not only do the Gaorangers get new Power Animals as the series progresses, Yabaiba and Tsuetsue also get upgrades of their own... for a while at least.
- Miko: Tetomu. Tsuetsue is promoted to this by the Highness Dukes near the end.
- Mons: There's a reason they're called Hyakujuu "note Sentai. Several episodes revolve around receiving new Power Animals. And then it's revealed at the end that There are literally 100 Power Animals, most of which were still dormant. This includes Gao Peafowl and Gao Wallaby, which are as awesome as they sound.
- Mood Whiplash: Pretty big-time. Episodes can typically begin rather light - then end up rather serious. Such as Quest 38, where Lion Tamer Org "tames" the Gaorangers and the Power Animals, showing off various combinations of the latter along the way; but ending with Futaro showing his true powers, and that he isn't merely a child.
- Mythology Gag: In the list of Power Animals above-mentioned, there were two sets intended to pay homage to earlier series: one set consisted of a hawk, a vulture, an owl, a swallow, and a swan; the other included an ape, a frog, a wolf, a bear, and a crane. Amusingly, all of these teams have the same color configuration with Gaoranger (red, blue, yellow, black, and white).
- Then there's a Zyuranger nod, an elephant whose head becomes a shield for GaoKing (homage to Guardian Beast Zyumammoth's head being Daizyujin's shield) while the rest becomes a sword with which GaoKing performs a lightning-charged slash to finish the monster (homaging Daizyujin's Dinosaur Sword Godhorn and his Super Legendary Lightning Cut).
- GaoKing is a nod to Ohranger Robo. Avian forming back and head, leonine torso, bovine pelvis and legs, with blue and white mecha forming limbs. The main design difference is that GaoKing has the last two mecha as arms and the bovine mecha forms complete legs, whereas Ohranger Robo's leonine mecha is torso and arms, and the last two mecha are lower legs.
- Gao Red is a lion-themed hero who uses a Power Fist and a BFG, just as Yellow Lion was.
- In vs. Super Sentai, Yuusuke is mourning not only for his two dead friends, but for Kemp and Mazenda, who died near the end of Liveman. In addition, Obular, who survived, doesn't have a grave. Doubles as a Late Arrival Spoiler.
- The idea that the villains are ranked by how many appendages they have harks back to Kagaku Sentai Dynaman and the Jashinka (which had a similar system involving how many tails you had).
- Not What It Looks Like: White chances upon Red's wallet in episode 8 and assume the girl in the picture is his girlfriend. Turns out she's the wife of Red's boss when he was a veterinarian.
- Oni: The Oni Tribe Org, who were born from the madness and despair of humans. They are shown to have a hierarchy base on the number of horns they have. Baron Orgs, the Monsters of the Week, have two horns and are spirits who possess Inanimate objects. The Duke Orgs and their masters the Highness Duke Orgs had single horns.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Played for laughs between Yabaiba and Yellow.
- Onmyōdō: The ancient Gao Warriors appear to be based from onmyojis, and they fought the Oni-themed Orgs. This could explain the poetic-sounding finisher names and unsound effects popping out here and there.
- Palette Swap: Many Power Animals are slightly modified recolors of others, most notably Gao God's components being retools of Gao King's components. Thanks to the stacked retools, Gao God avoids being a blatant example.
- Panthera Awesome: Usually, animal-themed Sentai have at least one large cat ranger in the mix. Here, we have two, Gao Red for a lion, Gao White for a tiger. Additionally, we have the Leon and Jaguar mecha for Gao God.
- Psycho Rangers: Done in Quest 12 by an Org based on a photocopy machine. And later, a specialty of Duke Org Dorodoro - he made the Gaorangers fight their shadows, which they could not defeat without hurting themselves.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Also see link to Gratuitous English above.
- Punctuated Pounding: See link to Gratuitous English above.
- Really 700 Years Old: Lampshaded when White points out that Tsuetsue is the oldest woman in the show.
- Played straight by Tetomu in episode 5.
- Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: In the second Eye Catch, GaoRed fires the Gao Mane Buster.
- Shout-Out: In episode 30, Tsuetsue and Yabaiba do a Shout-Out to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.Tsuetsue: Well, which one?
Yabaiba: Hmm... no. 3!
Tsuetsue: Final answer?
Yabaiba: Yes, final answer!
Yabaiba: I did it! Yes!
- Also included is a great white shark Power Animal named Gao Jaws and a reindeer named Gao Rednose. And in The Movie, there's a gorilla Power Animal named Gao Kong.
- Why else would a pool-cue weapon be named the Gao Hustler Rod?
- The list of all 100 Power Animals contains two very familiar groupings: Hawk, Condor, Owl, Swan, and Swallow, and Ape, Bear, Toad, Japanese Wolf and Crane.
- Something About a Rose: The monk who talks to Sae in Gaoranger vs Super Sentai gives her a rose. This turns out to be foreshadowing, as the monk is none other than JAKQ Dengekitai's Sokichi Banba, who was always seen with a rose.
- Team Pet: Soul Bird fills this role before growing into a BFG.
- Theme Tune Cameo: In Quest 25, during the giant robot battle, the Karaoke Machine Org attacks the Gao King and Gao Hunter by singing a very off-key version of the Gaoranger opening theme song.
- Turtle Power: Both the Floating Continent and the Gao's Rock (a rare heroic version of the Ominous Floating Castle) are shaped like giant turtles.
- Wham Episode: Episode 15. Just when the going seemed good for the heroes after Shuten's defeat, Ura appears and unseals the Sealed Evil in a Can Rouki, who wipes the floor with the Gaorangers in their first encounter.
- Episode 30. Ura reveals his master plan and absorbs the thousand-year old evil spirit, killing all but two of the Rangers.
- Wing Shield: Gao Icarus can use the Falcon's wings to deflect incomming attacks.
- Written Sound Effect: The GAO! kanji pops up on screen numerous times. Other instances include the kanji for Slash! when the Haja Hyakujuuken is used.
- Unsound Effect: Even more Kanji used during some fights("Separate Drowning!"), and each Gaoranger's title tends to appear on the screen as they do their role call.
- Villain Decay: After the first act, Tsuetsue and Yabaiba turn into comedic relief. They're actually more entertaining like that.
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: Pulled after Shuten's defeat, the Gaorangers prepare to return to their normal lives - right until Highness Duke Ura appears.