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Series / Space Sheriff Gavan

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The one that started it all.

"JOUCHAKU!!note "

Space Sheriff Gavan (Uchū Keiji Gavan) is the first installment of the Metal Heroes franchise, as well as the first part of the Space Sheriff trilogy. It aired from 1982-1983.

Sometime in the not so distant future, Earth is invaded by the evil Don Horror and his intergalactic criminal organization known as "Makuu".note  Rather than cause the End of the World as We Know It, Don Horror plans to cause fear and panic amongst the populace and steal every valuable his minions can get their hands on. To help him achieve his ends, he can command his minions to use an "Axial Divertor" to suck victims into a frightening otherworld called "Makuu Space", where the Makuu gain 3x their ordinary power.

To thwart their plans, Retsu Ichijoji of the Galactic Union Patrol arrives on Earth with his partner Mimi to protect the planet. Donning a futuristic suit of Powered Armor, Retsu fights the never-ending battle against evil as Space Sheriff Gavan.


In 2012, a film revival/sequel called Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie was released following Gavan's appearance in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie.

A Recap page is in progress.

Space Sheriff Gavan provides examples of:

  • Another Dimension: Don Horror can send Gavan to an alternate dimension, Makuu Space, in which the Monster of the Week's strength and powers are increased threefold.
  • Ball of Light Transformation: Gavan can transform into a blue ball of light to fly around at his enemies. He once met an opponent with a similar power, and they tussled for a while in the air as blue and red balls of light, respectively.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "JOUCHAKU!", which is the Japanese word for electroplating.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: A minor victim of the week comes back in the final episode as his successor Sharivan!
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  • Cool Bike: The Cyberian, a cherry-red four-wheeled superbike that can fly. Gavan uses it to chase the Monster of the Week into Makuu Space in order to finish it off at the end of each episode. Gavan Type-G has his own, but it's blue instead of red.


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