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Kōsoku Sentai Turboranger (High-Speed Squadron Turboranger) is the thirteenth entry of Super Sentai series, airing from 1989 to 1990. At the time of airing, it was considered part of Super Sentai's tenth anniversary celebration.note 

Because of nature being destroyed, the fairies can no longer maintain the seal on the Hundred Boma Tribes, who have now revived in an attempt to Take Over the World. The fairy, Seelon, under the command of Saint Beast Lakia, calls out to five warriors who can hear her voice, five high school students (who apparently stumbled upon the fairies lair and witnessed them). And they fight the Boma, using the combined power of mysticism from Seelon, and science (mainly cars) from their guiding professor as the Turborangers!


Recurring Super Sentai tropes:

  • Color Character: Another "[English color] [team prefix]" Sentai.
  • Combination Attack: One of their team attacks is called "Combination Attack!"
  • Cool Bike: The five Mach Turbo bikes, one for each member.
  • Cool Car: The team's own vehicles served as components for their Giant Robot. Red Turbo also got his own stand-alone vehicle in the form of the Turbo Attacker.
  • Crossover: The first episode is a retrospective of all the previous Sentai shows since Battle Fever J. However, it is not an actual crossover, as the previous rangers only appear in costume to pose and wish them luck with the current team and they're not involved in any actual storyline. Still, the retrospective did have the largest on-screen gathering of Sentai teams with 53 rangers (ten teams of five, plus a trio), a record later broken by Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger with exactly 146 additional heroes.
  • Eye Catch: Turborobo is shown, which then becomes the Turborangers and a colorful explosion. Coming back from the commercial, we have Seelon showering fairy dust then showing Saint Beast Lakia.
    • In the Super Sentai retrospective, the eyecatch before the break shows Red Turbo posing with the ten previous red rangers (Battle Japan, Denzi Red, Vul Eagle, Goggle Red, Dyna Red, Red One, Change Dragon, Red Flash, Red Mask and Red Falcon). After the break, the eyecatch features Pink Turbo posing with all the previous female rangers (Miss America, Denzi Pink, Goggle Pink, Dyna Pink, Yellow Four & Pink Five, Change Mermaid & Change Phoenix, Yellow Flash & Pink Flash, Yellow Mask & Pink Mask, and Blue Dolphin).
  • Finishing Move: The Turbo Laser Plasma Shoot, succeeded by the V-Turbo Bazooka.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Home Base: The Turbo Builder, which could actually combine with the Super Turbo Robo.
  • Humongous Mecha: Featured both, the first six-piece combination in Sentai, as well as the first seven-piece combination. Since the team started with five members from the get go, their main robot was once again a five-piece combination and two upgrades were introduced mid-series that could combine with it.
    • A Mech by Any Other Name: The Turbo Machines.
    • Combining Mecha: Turbo GT (Red) + Truck (Black) + Jeep (Blue) + Buggy (Yellow) + Wagon (Pink) = Turbo Robo
    • Transforming Mecha: The Rugger Fighter, which transforms into the Turbo Rugger
    • Mecha Expansion Pack: The Turbo Rugger and the Turbo Builder.
      • Turbo Robo + Turbo Rugger = Super Turbo Robo
      • Super Turbo Robo + Turbo Builder = Super Turbo Builder
  • In the Name of the Moon: In a rare aversion, there are no fancy poses or name announcements, to the point that Gaoranger vs Super Sentai had to film one especially.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: By around #38, guess who manages to trounce Redha and Zimba by himself? Riki! That's who! He also gets two vehicles, a Mach Turbo bike like everyone else, and the Turbo Attacker buggy.
  • Lighter and Softer: Overall, this season is when Super Sentai got less serious. Especially jarring after the very dark turn the ending of the previous season, Liveman, had.
  • Make My Monster Grow: Unlike the past Super Sentai, where there was one monster whose job was only this, the task of enlarging the monsters fell to whomever supervised the evil scheme of the week. For whatever reason, all the methods had one thing in common: tornadoes.
    • Redha would play a tune on his staff that causes the Turborangers pain, making an image of his face appear and shoot down a tornado that revived and enlarged the monster.
    • Zimba would make hand gestures to summon a red tornado to revive and enlarge his monsters.
    • Jarmin would open her mouth to release a fiery snake that would go into the sky to summon a tornado.
    • Zulten would blow on his dried-out blowfish to summon a blue tornado (anyone sensing a pattern here?) that not only would revive and enlarge his monsters, but also drain the lifeforce of the Turborangers in the process.
    • At least once, Yamimaru caused a monster to grow using a spider-like creature perched on his shoulder. Like all the others, it summoned an energy tornado to revive the monster.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Part of Pink Turbo's costume.
  • Mooks: The Wulars
    • Elite Mook: Wu and Lar, the twin captains of the Wulars.
  • Monster of the Week: The Boma Beasts
  • The Movie: A new Monster of the Week tried to revive his 'dad', who caused Seelon's sister to die sealing it. The Turborangers must stop the monster before Seelon tries to sacrifice her life sealing the monster like her sister.
  • "On the Next Episode of..." Catch-Phrase
  • The Smurfette Principle: The second lone girl in a row and a return to pink. However, Seelon does serve the role of a second heroine to the team, much like Colon did to Liveman, despite not being in the core team and not even fighting occasionally like Colon (though she did operate the Turbobuilder's cannons on one occasion).
  • Supervillain Lair: The Bōma Castle, a giant flying gold statue-ship thing.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Every Strictly Formula episode
  • Transformation Trinket: The Turbo Brace.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: As is the norm for Super Sentai, we generally have the Boma sending out a MOTW with an Evil Plan Once an Episode, with our heroes then arriving on the scene to stop them.
  • Weapon-Based Characterization:

Tropes Specific To Kousoku Sentai Turboranger

  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Lakia at the beginning. Seelon followed suit at the end.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": The letter on each Turboranger's belt buckle and the beginning letters of their weapons represents his or her designated Turbo Machine: GT (for Gran Tourer) , T(ruck) J(eep), B(uggy) and W(agon).
  • The Chew Toy: Yohei just can't seem to take a break. Aside of being the teacher's most prominent target of scolding (aside of Riki, that is), he gets poisoned and nearly dying in place of Haruna (and then she accidentally hit him on the head using volleyball); then a Boma swapped his face with a nerd who proceeds to show cowardice using his face; while Yohei had to do heroics with the Nerd's face, and when the face returns to default, the girls who used to swoon over him now abandon him for the Nerd thanks to the heroics Yohei did using the Nerd's face and the Nerd's cowardice using Yohei's face.
  • Clip Show: The series actually starts with one. The first episode has the appearance of the past 10 Sentai, with most of it being an overview of each of them lasting a few minutes each and showing various clips.
  • Deal with the Devil: One Monster of the Week heals a girl's finger so she can play flute in a concert, but whenever she plays her flute in front of children, it steals their energy and makes them sick.
  • Deuteragonist: Yamimaru and Kirika serve as this for the show's second half, with their story being just as important to the plot as the heroes'.
  • Dirty Coward: Zulten works for whoever is in charge of Boma Castle at the time. He has no loyalty to anyone.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The opening and endings are sung by Kenta Satou, who plays Red Turbo. He even puts on his old costume when he does them in concert.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: One episode has Youhei meet a girl with the same name as a girl he was friends with as a kid who lives in the same house, which is said to be cursed, which caused his old friend to leave. Turns out the curse was because of a Monster of the Week sealed in the house's basement.
  • Dynamic Entry: The Turbo Robo always opens up the fight with this (using it's fists, though), since it basically roller-skates to the opponent upon formation.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Yamimaru and Kilika. To the surprise of a few viewers, the resident bitch Jarmin is actually showing some genuine feelings with the resident love-hater Zimba, and he reciprocates by taking her place first when Ragorn sentenced her to death, and when he died, she felt rather crushed.
  • Enormous Engine: The power source of the V-Turbo Bazooka.
  • Fake Defector: Haruna makes up a plan to fake amnesia to recover an antidote on the fly after taking a hit to the head during battle. Despite being unplanned, it works flawlessly.
  • Flung Clothing: During a Big Damn Heroes moment when the Turborangers dress up like samurai in order to save Daichi and a kid from a Monster of the Week that transforms people into samurai who think they're in ancient Japan, the disguised Turboranger do this after destroying the monster's hat that it uses for the transformation.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Comes into play as early as the first episode, where Jarmin's snake face flashes for a bit on the screen. Brrr.
  • Green Aesop: See Space Whale Aesop below.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Yamimaru and Kilika
  • Happily Married: Masked Devil Bouma (Kilika's father) and Kilika's mother (a human woman)
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: A severely cruel one is pulled by Jarmin, holding the whole Bell Chime tribe as a hostage for Bell Chime Boma to fight the Turborangers, and when she eventually was thwarted, Jarmin personally destroyed the whole tribe in front of her. This is one move that cements her to be Turboranger's biggest bitch.
  • Love Hurts: Zimba's origin. What makes him a Tragic Monster was that his love WAS genuine, but the princess he was wooing rejected him in the time he needed mostly and stated how much she disliked him... like a bitch. No wonder Zimba got pissed.
  • Magitek: The heroes' powers are a result of fusing faerie magic and super science.
  • Meaningful Name: The Turborangers are named after the elements and/or parts of the Earth.
    • Riki Honoo (Red Turbo)
      • Riki = Power
      • Honoo = Flame
    • Daichi Yamagata (Black Turbo)
      • Daichi = Earth
      • Yama = Mountain (also, Yamagata is a prefecture.)
    • Youhei Hama (Blue Turbo)
      • Hei = Plains
      • Hama = Beach
    • Shunsuke Hino (Yellow Turbo)
      • Hi = The sun
    • Haruna Morikawa (Pink Turbo)
      • Haru = Spring (the season)
      • Mori = Forest
      • Kawa = River
    • Hikaru Nagareboshi (villain)
      • Hikaru = Comes from light (hikari)
      • Nagareboshi = Shooting star
    • Sayoko Tsukkikage (villain)
    • Tsukkikage = moon shadow.
  • Meta Mecha: Super Turbo Builder, where Turbobuilder transforms into its' upright formation, then Super Turbo Robo enters within. This allows them to fire the Super Turbo Builder Beam, a massive wall of energy shaped like the team's "T" symbol, with the Super Turbo Robo's Super Mirage Beam contained within it.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: The V Turbo Bazooka (which may not count, since they had no cannon before it) for the weapons, and the Turbo Rugger for mecha. They also get a new base, the Turbobuilder, that can transform into a mecha as well. They get new weapons early on, but it's not close to midway then.
  • Mix and Match: Unlike all other Sentai, which has a general theme for everything, Turboranger has its various parts pulled seemingly at random. High school students use car themed powers and weapons, powered by fairies, to fight demons? It somehow works, but it comes off as really weird at times.
    • Hell, outside the initial set of mecha and the V Turbo Bazooka, there's really nothing car-themed about the Turborangers' arsenal. The secondary mecha's inexplicably a rugby player.
  • Monster Clown: The Wular Soldiers (Mooks).
  • Mook Depletion: The Boma suffer this in the worst way, as after dealing with them failing too often, Lagorn forced Lehda, Zimba, and Jarmin into do-or-die tactics, resulting in all three of them being killed in battle with the Turboranger. Because of this, Lagorn was reluctantly forced to induct Yamimaru and Kilika into his ranks.
  • Mundane Made Awesome:
  • Mystical 108: Neo-Ragorn's final plan is to break the Great Seal which will unleash 108 Bouma Beasts onto Earth.
  • Naked People Are Funny: In episode 21, Daichi ends up wearing a sumo wrestler mawashi for a lot of the episode. At the very end of the show, it ends up unraveling, causing embarrassment for everyone.
  • Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: This is the first sentai to use the "-ranger" suffix since Himitsu Sentai Gorenger. At the time, "-man" was the dominant suffix, which had been used for the previous six sentai in a row (plus one additional time before that).
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Nagareboshi/Yamimaru goes so far as to tell Riki the weakness of one Monster of the Week so that he won't be killed by the Hundred Boma Tribes.
  • Recruit Teenagers with Attitude: Preceded even the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers in this situation. Granted, Seelon has the justifications that they saw her kin in the past, but there are other kids who saw her that way, but... maybe they lack attitude so they do not get chosen?
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The two henchmen of Oni Bōma in Episode 9 were literally a Red Oni and a Blue Oni. Episode 18 uses the more subtle one with the Makyoudai (Demon Brothers), Hyoma and Enma.
  • Red String of Fate: Yamimaru and Kilika, he even uses it literally to save her from falling to her death. She repays the favour in the finale.
  • Rugby Is Slaughter: Slaughtering giant monsters, at any rate. Turborugger's called that for a reason; it even has a "Battle Ball" it can kick.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Hundred Boma Tribes. Unusually for Super Sentai, it's not just the villains, but every single Monster of the Week, one of whom is found and unsealed every episode. Making this series a rare justification for why only one monster attacks at a a time.
  • Space Whale Aesop: Take care of nature, or else the fairies won't be able to protect Earth from the Hundred Bōma Tribes.
  • Villainous Plan Inertia: In the finale, despite defeating Neo-Lagorn, the Turborangers still had to keep the Boma Castle from crashing into the Turbo Builder and releasing the huge Boma army sealed beneath it.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Early on, the Turborangers (mainly Riki) are always getting yelled out by their teacher for shirking class. Lessened later on as the teacher becomes less cartoony and is shown to genuinely care about her students.
  • Whip It Good: Jarmin's weapon of choice.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: In episode 43, a meek and nerdy fellow student, bullied by his peers, steals Blue Turbo's transformation brace, thinking that being a hero will earn him respect. However, his actions only end up putting not only himself but the Turborangers in jeopardy.