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  • Due to Marvel's involvement in the creation of Battle Fever J, Denziman, and Sun Vulcan, the universe Super Sentai (and thanks to crossovers Toei's done on their own, all of Toei's other Toku heroes) takes place in is officially part of the Marvel Multiverse, Earth-79203 (albeit Marvel officially considers said universe "Defunct" - meaning from their perspective, it's mostly off-limits for crossovers, so you won't get to see the Gokaigers appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe)note . The closest thing to an official crossover between the main Marvel Universe (Earth-616) and the Toei Toku Universe was the Spider-Verse event, which Spider-Man (Japan) appeared in.

The TV series in general

  • All-Star Cast: You can expect that in pretty much every installment in the series. Not only does the series use multiple actors who were or would eventually work on other live-action work, but it also uses a ton of famous, and well-known voice actors (some of which have actually played roles in-person). The series has even had characters played by celebrities at certain points.
  • Franchise Killer: A commonly believed, albeit incorrect, myth is that Ohranger was this to the franchise, while Carranger saved the franchisenote . In actuality, the one that almost killed off Sentai was Fiveman, which on top of suffering from poor ratings (which had been on a constant decline since Flashman), also suffered from very poor toy salesnote ; the series that actually saved Sentai, on the other hand, was Jetmannote .
  • Name's the Same: Counting only the on-duty Rangers, so far we had four Akiras (Goranger, Denziman - this one was a woman - Maskman, and Toqger), two Asukas (Hurricanegernote  and Abaranger), two Dais (Flashman, and the future team of Kyoryuger from their reunion special), two Daichis (JAKQ and Turboranger), two Daigos (Dairanger and Kyoryuger), two Daigoros (Goranger and Denziman), two Gais (Jetman and Gokaiger), two Gakus (Fiveman and Gaoranger), two Goros (JAKQ and Ohranger), three Hikarus (Bioman - this one too was a girl - , Gingaman and Magiranger), two Juns (one male in Denziman, one female in Bioman), two Kais (Gaoranger and Magiranger), two Kens (Fiveman and Gekiranger), two Kentas (Maskman and Megaranger), two Kous (Dairanger and Ryusoulger), two Kyosukes (Battle Fever J and Carranger), two Rikis (Turboranger and Ohranger), three Ryus (JAKQ, Dynaman and Jetman), two Shiros (Battle Fever J and Bioman), three Shous (Changeman, Go Go V, and Kyuranger), two Takerus (Maskman and Shinkenger), two Tatsuyas (Denziman and Timeranger), two Yosukes (Dynaman and Hurricanger), and two Yokos (Carranger and Go-Busters).
    • By extension, one can also count two Banbas (JAKQ, as Soukichi/Big One's surname, and Ryusoulger where it's Ryusoul Black's only name), two Dans (Dynaman, as Hokuto/Dyna Red's surname, and Zyuranger where it's Tricera Ranger's only name), two Domons (Carranger, as Naoki/Blue Racer's surname, and Timeranger where it's Time Yellow's only name), two Hayates (Changeman - in which case it's Shou/Change Griffin's surname - and Gingaman - where it's a given name), two Tsubasas (Changeman - again where it's a surname, Mai/Change Phoenix's - and Magiranger, where it's a given name), two Shiraishis (Kensaku/Battle Cossack in Battle Fever and Mako/ShinkenPink in Shinkenger), two Nagisas (Maria/Miss America II in Battle Fever and Sayaka/Change Mermaid in Changeman, also it's not spelled with the same Kanji), two Akagis (Denziman and Akibaranger), three Joes (Liveman - where it was spelled the Japanese way, Jou - Go-onger, a surname also spelled the Japanese way, and Gokaiger - where it's spelled the English way), three Jins (Battle Fever J, Flashman - the only of these to be a given name - and Go-Busters), two Kaguras (Hurricanegernote  and Toqger) and six Hoshikawas (semi-justified: one of them is Ryu/DynaBlack from Dynaman, while the others are the all-sibling team of Fivemen).
    • In addition, the carrier mecha from Maskman was called the Turboranger (although the pronunciation is different; the Maskman carrier is pronounced "Turbo Runger"), while the evil sentai from Fiveman was called Gingaman.
    • Two Pink Ranger names have come close: Pink Five (Bioman) and Five Pink (Fiveman).
  • No Export for You:
    • A few countries have received some form of export of the series, but most of those countries are still missing some of them. North America, for example, has Power Rangers, but that only adapts the series from Zyuranger forward. And even then, people who want the original Japanese shows in countries where Power Rangers is shown are usually out of luck outside of possible fansubs & even then, not every series has been subbed in every language, since Super Sentai is expensive to be licensed in any country, except in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea.
      • In the case of South Korea, this trope usually gets played straight if the show in question has a theme that's seen as too Japanese - Hurricanger (ninjas) and Shinkenger (samurai) were both skippednote . Strangely, despite what you'd think, Ninninger outright averted this fate in spite of being ninja-themed, whereas Lupinranger vs Patranger played this trope straight in spite of its theme (cops and robbers) being no more Japanese than any of the series that had been brought overnote  .
    • Trope finally mostly averted in the Region 1 market; Shout! Factory, the DVD distributor of the Power Rangers DVDs, announced in 2014 that they'd gotten permission from Saban Brands and Toei Company to do an official subtitled release for the Region 1 market, starting with Zyuranger and continuing on as long as the sets keep supporting themselves and warranting licensing the next corresponding season to be subbed and released. They also stated a desire to release pre-Zyuranger seasons, and as of December 2018, Jetman through Gaoranger have all been released, with Hurricanger slated for a March 2019 release. Unfortunately, the deal doesn't include anything outside the core series, so the Sentai movies and specials still play the trope straight.
  • Star-Making Role: The Super Sentai series is often the first leading acting role for many young, then up-and-coming actors.
  • The Other Darrin: Occasionally used in individual seasons and noted as such, but the biggest use is also the one not usually brought up: Ranger suit actors (usually the Stunt Double and/or Fake Shemp for the regular actor) can have fairly long careers and play multiple Rangers (with 23 of the Red Rangers portrayed by just two men). When it comes to normal (ie. just two teams) team-ups, they obviously can't play both roles and it'd be a waste to use visual effects to have them play both when the costumes can hide whoever's wearing the costume. By most accounts, the older Sentai Ranger is Other Darrin'ed while the current Ranger keeps the same actor.
    • Obviously, this increases exponentially with more teams. However, this sometimes leads to The Original Darrin as suit actors who aren't actively involved in Super Sentai will come back for an anniversary special/season and reprise one of their original roles.
  • What Could Have Been: Apparently, Media Blasters had attempted to license Goranger through Jetman for distribution in the US, but Disney blocked them when they had the rights to Power Rangers. Strange, as they otherwise didn't care for the franchise when they had it.
    • Saban seems to have no such objections though, having granted Shout! Factory the rights to release Zyuranger. Its success with the older Peripheral Demographic of fans who want to see the source material to the adapted seasons ensured continual releases of future releases and at least one pre-Zyu season so far.
  • The Wiki Rule: Shared with Power Rangers, RangerWiki. Also, the Super Sentai Wiki.


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