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  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • "A Special Bazooka of Love!"
    • "The Hot Milk of Victory!"
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Gai is one of the most popular Black Rangers in Japan. In the West, he’s a Base-Breaking Character thanks to his problematic behaviour.
  • Awesome Music: The theme song.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
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  • Complete Monster: Back Dimensional Count Radiguet seeks to establish and rule a dictatorship over the Dimensional War Party Vyram and Earth. Attempting to overthrow Empress Juuza, Radiguet fails and is banished to Earth with his memories removed. He ends up meeting Saki, a dying girl whom he unknowingly cures, and then becomes the lover of. But when his memories return, he callously murders her as if to reject any possibility of him growing to have any kind of decency or goodness in him. Doing anything to gain power, Radiguet aids the Jetman in killing Juuza, and takes advantage of the Jetman defeating Tranza, his rival, to torture him to insanity. Gaining a lustful obsession with Rie, Radiguet brainwashes her into becoming a fellow Vyram, intent on making "Maria" his servant. And when Rie manages to regain her memories, he spitefully kills her to prevent her from being with anyone else. Returning in the non-canon manga, Radiguet, as sadistic and cruel as ever, gleefully possesses the catatonic Tranza and tries to wipe out humanity again. He traps Ryu, the Jetman leader, in a painful time loop where he will suffer endless agonies, and kidnapps Ryu and Kaori's daughter. Radiguet turns her into his own child, Ruma, in order to make her kill her parents, or simply enjoy it ehen they are killed. And when this fails, he simply tries to kill "Ruma" along with her father.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
  • Epileptic Trees: Lots of them, especially on theories that support that Gai is not dead from that one stab. Or how Radiguet actually survived, left permanently powerless as a human, and then became the thug that stabbed Gai.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Some still prefer Gai with Kaori as opposed to Ryu with Kaori.
  • Franchise Original Sin: Controversial aspects of Toshiki Inoue’s Signature Style (both in general and for the Kamen Rider franchise in the Heisei era), including heavy emphasis on romantic drama and love triangles, and morally grey characters who vary between Jerk with a Heart of Gold and straight up Jerkass, arguably originated with the positive reception to their use in Jetman. With the exception of Kamen Rider Agito, his numerous attempts to recreate the formula for Jetman’s success have proven far less popular.
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  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: One of the episodes is titled "Gai Dies!". He came back after that. Guess what REALLY happened to him in the ending.
  • He's Just Hiding!: Some people still believe that after surviving the battles and explosions against the Vyram, one thug's mere stab isn't enough to kill Gai.
    • If you take the events of "Super Sentai World" as canon, he is still alive… Though it could also be taken that Super Sentai World takes place before Ryu and Kaori get married, thus Gai would get stabbed soon.
    • Back from the Dead: Apparently still made it alive in order to participate in Legends War. And he returns for real in future episodes… except that it's his ghost, he's really dead.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Gai, the Joe Expy is a smoker. Well, in the now aborted Gatchaman film by Imagi, early concept art of the characters included Joe smoking.
      • In the 2013 Gatchaman movie, the actor who played Shinken Red would also play as Ken the Eagle, who in turn is the inspiration for Red Hawk.
      • As stated, Rei/Maria got turned into a vampire towards the end. A fanfic adapting the series into a Power Rangers series, Power Rangers Take Flight would have a space vampire named Trask as one of the primary villains (he's one of the equivalents of Radiguet- Radiguet's normal form became Trask's armored form).
    • Dan the Birdman, is love interest of the blue ranger/Blueswallow, Ako Hayasaka. After the series is over, his actor (Hideki Fujiawara) played as the next blue ranger/Triceraranger of Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, and his named is also. . .Dan.
  • Ho Yay: Especially early on, between Ryuu and Gai.
    Ryuu: Behave yourself, Gai. I'll date you.
    Gai: Why can't I get that guy out of my head!?
  • Jerkass Dissonance: In one episode while the group is out shopping, Gai decides to grab Kaori by the arm, drag her away from the others against her will, shove her into an elevator to isolate her from everyone else, and then invade her personal space as he demands to know why she doesn't love him instead of Ryu. Despite this and many more actions like this, he is one of the most popular characters in the whole of the Super Sentai franchise.
  • Jerkass Woobie: The Neo Jetmen. They initially appear to be arrogant jerks, but quickly move into The Woobie territory when it's made clear how horrible their boss is, how unprepared for their jobs they are and that he views them as nothing more than replaceable tools.
  • Love to Hate: Radiguet is considered one of the most evil villains ever produced by Sentai and loved for his cool design, badass scenes and his interactions with his own allies and the Jetmen, being one of the few Big Bad (technically) in the franchise who's using an extremely hands-on approach in fighting the heroes more often than letting his minions do the work, while hated at the same time for his sadistic personality combined with the horrible things he inflicted on the Jetmen.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Episode 18, for Radiguet. He loses his memory of being a Vyram after being banished by Juza, and is found by a girl named Saki, who falls in love with him. Saki is terminally sick and has been diagnosed with only six months to live. Radiguet, realizing he has supernatural powers and starting to fall in love with her too, manages to cure her. However, after stumbling upon Juza fighting the Jetmen, he remembers who he is, and wanting revenge, he helps the Jetmen kill Juza. Later, Saki, having witnessed his transformation, tries to persuade him to abandon his evil ways, saying that he must have some good in him since he cured her. He actually takes a minute to consider this, and it hints that he actually realizes he has redeeming qualities... but then he lashes out, vehemently stating to Saki that he doesn't feel love for anyone or anything. And after he proceeds to disintegrate her where she stands, we have reason to believe him.
    • If he didn't cross it then, he definitely crossed it in Episode 49. In perhaps his cruelest act, he kills Rie — who had recently emerged from her Maria personality — right in front of Ryū... but not because she betrayed him and literally stabbed him In the Back. He only killed her just so Ryū wouldn't get the girl he's after. If killing Saki didn't convince people that he had no humanity, killing Rie certainly proved how much of a petty, selfish, absolutely evil bastard he was.
  • Narm: Toned down. Fans have noted that Radiguet normally would've looked ridiculous: he's a blue-skinned man with a headpiece that looks like the hat of a smurf to some. However, he makes up for it with his extreme sadism and ruthlessness without going over Narm Charm that people sometimes forget his smurf-like skin.
  • Periphery Demographic: J-drama magazines of the time had coverage of Jetman, something not seen before or since from a Sentai.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The Jetman game for the Famicom is considerably decent by licensed games standards, if a bit shallow. The developers, Natsume (of Harvest Moon fame) went on to develop the all of the Power Rangers games for the SNES (including the Gekisou Sentai Carranger game for the SuFami Turbo Super Famicom add-on), as well as some of the later Game Boy Color/Advance ones.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: The type 5 Love Triangle between Gai, Kaori, and Ryu takes up a huge chunk of screen time in the first half of the series.
  • Special Effect Failure: During the final battle against Semimaru you can plainly see the soles of the shoes the stuntman within the Semimaru costume inside Semimaru's feet (most notably during the shot of Semimaru tumbling into a mountain range).
  • Squick:
    • Episodes 17 and 18 have crystals growing out of the victims' bodies. Graphically. Ick.
    • Radiguet's Raguem form inexplicably has a long tongue, which he uses to grab hold of Jet Icarus and start biting on the shoulder — basically, giving Jet Icarus a hickey. Ugh. (this also raises all sorts of questions about Radiguet we do not want to know the answers to.)
  • Strangled by the Red String: Ryu and Kaori get married at the very end of the series, despite Ryu spending the whole series pining after Rie and Kaori spending the second half of the series with Gai. The wedding takes place two years after the battles with Vyram are over, so there must have been great development during those two years we never got to see. Still pretty odd, and could have been handled better.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Empress Juza is introduced in episode 17 and revealed to be the true Big Bad, before she's killed off the next episode.
  • Too Cool to Live: Gai.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Jetman is one of the most beloved Sentai series, so it was only natural that Zyuranger would face unfavourable comparisons.
  • What an Idiot!: When Tranza built and deployed his enormous robot, Veronica, it was clear that the Jetmen didn't stand a chance against it. Then, for some inexplicable reason, Radiguet decides that the best time to betray Tranza is just before Veronica lands the killing blow, allowing the Jetmen to survive and ultimately destroy the robot. If Radiguet had waited for the Jetmen to be killed and then betrayed Tranza immediately afterward, he would have achieved his goal of becoming leader of the Vyram and conquering earth.


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