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Kyojuu Tokusou Juspion ("Giant Beast 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.


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.
    • Luckily, it never happened to Anri... to wit: the only time the villains attempted this was in episode 10, but Juspion saved her in the nick of time.
  • Catchphrase: In the Brazilian dub, "maldito Jaspion!"
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: The Golden Bird.
  • Darth Vader Clone: Satangorth.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mondegreen: As shown wonderfully in Brazilian Portuguese.
  • 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: Main enemies in this one 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.
  • Secret Public Identity: Unlike previous Metal Heroes, "Juspion" is the hero's real name.
  • 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".
    • 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."
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  • Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: Madgalant constantly makes the point of turning Tokyo (sometimes, all of Japan) into the land of monsters.
  • 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.
  • 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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