Space Sheriff Sharivan is the second of Toei's Metal Heroes series, and the second of the Space Sheriff trilogy.
As told in an episode of his predecessor's show, forest patrolman Den Iga was attacked by a monster of the Makuu Empire and gravely injured. He is saved by Gavan, who sends him off to Planet Bird for treatment. Den returns the favor in the last episode when it's revealed, off screen, that he received Space Sheriff training from the Galactic Union Patrol and is now Sharivan!
Sometime after that, the evil Madou Empire, led by the evil Demon King Psycho, arises to conquer Earth. To defeat them, Sharivan and his sidekick Lilly must take action.
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Recurring Metal Hero tropes include:
- Actor Allusion:
- Action Girl
- Lily becomes one starting from the second third of the series onward.
- Helen Bell is one as soon as she is introduced.
- Another Dimension: The Vision Dimension, which is described as the other side of a black hole.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "SEKISHA!", roughly translates as Crimson Shine.
- Cool Bike: Motosharin.
- Finishing Move: "SHARIVAN CRASH!" A powerful Laser Blade slash that can split the monster diagonally and cause them to explode.
- Monsters of the Week: The Makai Beasts who can transform between two different faces. They also come with telekinesis.
Space Sheriff Sharivan provides examples of the following tropes:
- The Coats Are Off: The first time Sharivan does his transformation pose properly, he throws off his jacket and the rest of his clothes instantly change to his Space Sheriff uniform.
- Cool Starship: Grand Birth.
- Gag Haircut: General Gyrer has one, although his Badass Mustache balances it out.
- Human Aliens: The Madou has a few in their ranks, Makai Beasts usually have human disguises, the Iga Resistance qualifies, Billy and Helen Bell as well as their former commrades, and Den and his family are actually part alien, being descendants of people from the planet Iga who settled on Earth two thousand years prior to the events of the series.
- Humongous Mecha: Grand Birth transforms into the 400-some meter robot Battle Birth, making it a Transforming Mecha as well. Its arms are plasma cannons and each shoulder has a similar weapon called the Grand Buster.
- Laser Blade: Like in Gavan, it is the Trope Namer.
- Meadow Run: A rather bizarre one caused by Reidar.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Doctor Polter, somewhat subverted as she is sane.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast
- Demon King Psycho, fitting since he often gives at least one Nightmare Sequence for his target(s) of the episode.
- In the last episode, Psycho Horror.
- Nature Lover: Den was originally a park ranger before becoming a space sheriff and continued to be one during the series, naturally this is part of his character.
- Ominous Pipe Organ: Often used when Demon King Psycho is on screen.
- Ray Gun: Sharivan's main weapon, the Crime Buster, which comes with various types of laser beams.
- Sequel Escalation: The Madou monsters are four times as powerful while their dimensional powers are active, and as soon as the second episode Sharivan has to fight through the equivalent of the Makuu City that appeared twice in Gavan.
- Shinigami: Reidar as well as one of the Makai beasts.
- Space Police: It is in the title.
- Surreal Horror: Main motif of the Madou.
- Unholy Matrimony: In the last arc, Madou kidnap Chief Qoms daughter and decide to marry her to Guyler and have the two procure a child together as revenge against the Chief. Note that no brainwashing is involved in this plot.