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Kyojuu Tokusou Juspion ("Megabeast Investigator Juspion") is the fourth in the Metal Heroes series of Tokusatsu shows. It is extremely popular in Brazil due to it being broadcast there in the '80s. The series revolves around space orphan Juspion and his eccentric android assistant Anri, who are sent by old wizard/scientist Ejin to destroy Satangorth and his army of Megabeasts (kyojuu), as prophesied in The Galaxy Bible. He has a giant robot at his disposal and is followed around by Team Pet Miya.


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Kyojuu Tokusou Juspion provides examples of the following tropes:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot
    • The villains' plot in one episode is to use household appliances against the people through robot maids.
    • Anri is vulnerable to being controlled by other machines, but luckily the villains rarely try to turn her against Juspion. Examples include episodes 2 and 10, but Juspion saved her in the nick of time.
  • Ball of Light Transformation: Juspion is first seen using this skill in episode 6.
  • Battle Boomerang: Boomerman dual wields them.
  • Catchphrase: In the Brazilian dub, "maldito Jaspion!" ("Curse you, Juspion!")
  • Boss Subtitles: Characters and machines are introduced with subtitles.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Boomerman in episode 7, forced to fight Juspion on a wrestling ring overseen by monsters dressed like KKK members.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: The Golden Bird.
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  • Darth Vader Clone: Satangorth.
  • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: The rest of the galaxy classifies dinosaurs from Earth as kaiju and nicknames it the "Planet of Monsters". This is why Satangorth is so interested on ruling Earth.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Satangorth's ultimate form, which he assumes towards the end of the series.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: As inhuman Satangorth and his kin may be, Satangorth and Madgalant truly care about each other as father and son. As shown during the penultimate episode where Madgalant and Satangorth talks about their dream to dominate Earth with their race, Madgalant truly respects his father and is determined to help his father achieve their dream. On Satangorth's side, he considers Madgalant to be his important heir and that everything he did to expand his empire was so he can one day bestow all of them to Madgalant. Unsurprisingly, when Madgalant is killed off for the second and final time by Juspion, Satangorth was truly pissed and proceed to beat the crap out of Daileon.
  • Evil Twin: Juspion's enemy is Satangorth's son Madgalant, who has a suit of Powered Armor similar to Juspion's, only black.
  • Funny Afro: Juspion had it during his Idiot Hero phase.
  • Gratuitous English: Whenever Juspion pilots his flight jet, there are a set of English signs behind him. In order: "Air-to-ground", "Auxiliary power unit", "electrocardiograph" (just this one is in lowercase), "Flight Data File", and then "Missio(n) Timer" and "Radiofreguency". Also note how the "Auxiliary power unit" panel to Juspion's right is on a smaller font than the one to his left.
  • Humongous Mecha: Daileon.
  • Idiot Hero: Juspion was written as one at first, but actor Hikaru Kurosaki forced the writers to change him a bit, as he wanted to do a more dramatic performance.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How Madgalant dies for the second time.
  • Important Haircut: The mark of Juspion's Character Development.
  • Instant Armor: Juspion doesn't even do a proper transformation sequence for quite a few episodes since the beginning.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: Planet Peace explodes after the electronic brain Sakura is destroyed.
  • Losing Your Head: Happens with Gilza. Juspion beheads her, but she just summons the head back, which can talk even while still detached.
  • Magic Versus Science: Pointed out in episode 33: being a gynoid, Anri cannot be affected by Gilza's magic.
  • Medium Blending: In episode 1, when Juspion eacapes from a cave where monster eggs were hatching, a colony of cartoon bats fly out of the live-action background.
  • Megaton Punch: Daileon's finishing move, a rushing punch with both fists.
  • Messianic Archetype: Let's see, this show is about a hero who descended from the skies to protect mankind from the evils of Satan and his minions... Sounds about right. note 
  • Mondegreen: As shown wonderfully in Brazilian Portuguese.
  • The Nose Knows: In episode 5, Juspion smells a monster lurking nearby a school despite it being in another dimension.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Madgalant is quite determined to defeat Juspion. During their final battle, he even ordered his underlings to stay away from the fight as it's a fight between him and Juspion only.
  • Rent-a-Zilla: The main enemies in this one that get beaten up by Daileon.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Miya, the bipedal monster who accompanies Juspion and Anri.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Anri, in spades. Ironically enough, this is especially present as the series gets more serious; if she doesn't mention it, it becomes easy to forget she's an android.
  • The Rival: Madgalant to Juspion.
  • Running Gag: Anri getting knocked out with all her limbs raised like a goat's or in other ridiculous poses.
  • Secret Public Identity: Unlike previous Metal Heroes, "Juspion" is the hero's real name.
  • Shot in the Ass: In episode 1, Juspion is arrowed on the butt and yelps in pain with a ridiculous expression.
  • Shout-Out: To Star Wars. Satangorth is inspired in Darth Vader. Also in the first episode, there's an alien music band in a bar, a reference to Episode IV: A New Hope.
  • Spell My Name with an "S"
    • The Brazilian dub calls the series and its main character "Jaspion", following the kana spelling; although the name is supposed to be a portmanteau of "Justice" and "Champion". With that said Toei went for "Jaspion" in their official video uploads.
    • The same happens with the villain side: Satangorth became "Satan Goss", his son gone from Madgalant to the Scottish-sounding "MacGaren", and Gilza was dubbed as "Kilza."
  • Stars Are Souls: In the end of episode 5, Juspion convinces Satomi that the monster Madgalant had her summon couldn't be a reincarnation of her father and instead points to a passing shooting star which Satomi does visualize as her dad.
  • Supersoldier
  • Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: Madgalant constantly makes the point of turning Tokyo (sometimes, all of Japan) into the land of monsters.
  • Theme Music Power-Up:
    • The series' opening theme for the first few episodes.
    • Daileon gets "Chou Wakusei Sentou Boukan Daileon" from episode 6 on.
  • Tragic Monster: The reason for "The Villain Sucks" Song. The giant beasts are simply creatures of varying levels of intelligence that are minding their own business until Satangorth forces them into an enraged state. With no way to reverse it, Juspion must take them out to protect the humans and aliens at their feet, but the monsters are victims too, every last one.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Madgalant suffers one in episode 45, due to his refusal to accept that a mere human like Juspion could defeat him, a super lifeform. He goes so far as to become a second Satangorth, but doesn't get to do much.
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: "Kyojuu-tachi yo" is basically the monsters lamenting that Satangorth is making them attack.
  • Who Dares?: In episode 1, Juspion is at a bar when one of the archers from earlier starts doing target practice on Miya, a creature that had helped him and Anri. Juspion deflects the second arrow and, when a mob boss-looking alien asks who dared to do that, replies by blowing the guy a kiss.
  • Worthy Opponent: Juspion for Mad Gallant.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Pretty much the bad guys' point. Since the Golden Bird chose children as vessels before it can awaken, Madgalant (and, by extension, his dad) gleefully guns for them.

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