- Accidental Innuendo:
- From the English dub of the Live Action Series: Doctor Dorian knows just how it grows!
- Why doesn't the Robot come? You've failed me Doctor Eingali!
- Adaptation Displacement: The OVA seems to have more of a following than either the original manga or the TV series. GR: Giant Robo is right out.
- In recent years however, the live action version has been given a Colbert Bump due to Shout!Factory releasing the Johnny Sokko dub on DVD (and subsequently the OVA being out of print) and MGM owned Comet TV station airing the show on the weekend mornings and Sunday nights right after showings of Mystery Science Theater 3000. It's gotten to the point to (at least in the US), it's more well known the OVA by now as a result.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Sort of. There were two dubs. The first was... campy, but not so great, while the second was much higher quality and more consistent. But the original dub played Genya as a petulant, single-minded Psychopathic Manchild while the later one played him as a suave, calm Well-Intentioned Extremist.
- Ass Pull: In the episode of the toku with the giant vampire, it turns out Robo can create a... flaming cross!? Talk about being Crazy-Prepared.
- Awesome Music: One of the best soundtracks in the medium, courtesy of a Japanese Academy Award-nominee composer and orchestra. Look out for the famous opera track Una Furtiva Lagrima, too.
- Example: Daisaku is in trouble, so Robo has just launched off. Only Chuujo is left at the base, so he gets ready to protect it. And then "Rush! Issei and Yohshi" starts playing...
- Crazy Awesome: This show wouldn't be half as awesome if it wasn't completely batshit insane.
- The OVA's insanity is inherited from the equally insane Toku of Giant Robo from the 1960's.
- Funny Moments: The Tokusatsu has this in Spades. Especially if you are watching The ''Johnny Sokko'' dub. It's to the point were both the English and the Japanese version aren't Narm due to its oddities and funny moments being deliberate rather than unintentionally done.
Black Diamond/Harlequin: That's...not exactly what you wanted, eh doctor?
- One example in episode 10, is after Doctor Over/Doctor Botanus steals a briefcase that is supposedly containing important documents for the UNICORN organization and finds...sheets of Blank paper.
Dr. Germa/Dr. Eingali: I did it!!!
- For a "Master of Evil", Dr. Eingali is remarkably chipper. Even when he succeeds in his evil plan, he can't help but have a child like glee.
- Jerry Mano/Juro Minami is one walking moment of funny.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff:Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot is universally adored in India of all places, where the show was shown on the only television station India had at the time in the 1980's and lead to the show having a devout cult following among Indian Gen X-ers and early Gen Y-ers to this day. It is also popular throughout southeast Asia and the America's too especially since the US tv channel Comet has rebroadcast the show on weekend mornings and evenings and is available for free streaming on their website.
- Just Here for Godzilla: A lot of people only watched the live action series due to Bucket Head being into it and ended up becoming fans of the show as well.
- Memetic Mutation: CRUSH THEM, GIANT ROBO! Explanation
- Robot, come back robot! Explanation
- Narm Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot is ultimately hard to take seriously, seeing as even the dubbers and Even the Japanese Actors didn't seem to take it terribly seriously. The English dub of Episode 17 is practically 24 minutes of Narm, from a school teachers over the top reaction to having left behind two of her students in the Monster of the Week's wrath to Doctor Botanus' immortal last words.
- Let us not forget Emperor Guillotine's secret weapon. The Tacitcal nuclear....fingernail
- In episode 19's English dub, after most of the Unicorn agents are laughing of the idea of a spacemen coming to Earth (Which is odd seeing as the majority of villians they fight are aliens), Chief Azuma snaps "THIS IS NOT A JOKE" like a little spoiled child. Kinda hard to take you seriously with that tone of voice, eh chief?
- Narm Charm: Both the live action version and OVA are so over the top, one can't help but like them both. In the live action versions case, neither the original version or Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot dubbing actors took it very seriously and did it for the fun of it. And it shows!
- In fact, this is one of the reasons why GR:Giant Robo is despised (the other being what many feel it being yet another Neon Genesis Evangelion clone and that the series was orignally going to be a more or less straight adaptation of the original 1967 manga which look much better than the final project in manys eyes), because many felt it like lack the heart and charm of other Giant Robo series and was too serious and depressing for many peoples tastes
- So Bad, It's Good to this day, fans and detractors alike wish Johnny Sokko (more specifically, the Voyage into Space compilation movie) was riffed on Mystery Science Theater 3000 due to how cheesy it was.
- Tear Jerker: The Tragedy of Bashtarle in all it's sad glory. Especially when the aria 'Una furtiva lagrima' plays. The theme of the aria is 'the sorrow of people not understanding your true feelings', which fits perfectly.
- The bittersweet ending.
- Giant Robo's Heroic Sacrifice at the end of the TV series.
- Too Cool to Live: Taisou is powerful, wise and a total badass. He also has a personal vendetta with the apparent Big Bad, and can take him on one on one. Clearly, he had to die. He was also voiced by Norio Wakamoto, making him way, way too cool.
- Giant Robo in the Live Action series. Badass 100 foot tall death machine controlled by a kid? Cool right.Now he has to go stop the Big Bad and throw him into a meteor to defeat him.
- Commander Spider, the human leader of Big Fire for the first seven episodes of the live action series. Cunning, smooth, with a pair of Cool Shades and a Nice Hat, also happened to be standing directly in the path of the acid spray from the Stingray kaiju Scalion.
- Toy Ship: Okay has there ever been a fan-fiction NOT doing this to Daisaku and Sunny the Magician?
- What an Idiot!: Vogler. For some reason, he thought it was a good idea to somehow rig the recording that explains the details of his plan to his son to play AFTER he somehow figures out what to do with the briefcases. Sure, he was dying and had little time left, but if he could manage to create a system complicated enough to play a message after those specific conditions were met, he could have had a much easier time explaining all of this either in person or just by giving Genya the recording up front. If he only hadn't mixed up his priorities, Genya wouldn't have gone crazy and countless people wouldn't have died over a huge, HUGE misunderstanding. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!.
- At some point or another, every single character in the Live Action series will fall prey to this. All except the kid heroes, Daisaku/Johnny and Mari that is.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: To quote The Other Wiki page on the Giant Robo tokusatsu "Although the series was violent by 1960s American standards for children's programming, in Japan it was no more violent than other tokusatsu airing at the time. Gunfights are staples of each episode and the show's two child leads...were frequently seen shooting with the other Unicorn Agents...Nearly every Japanese anime exported to the United States during that period was edited for violence, but in Johnny Sokko And His Flying Robot a minimum of violence was removed." Because of that, the show had terrifying amounts child endangerment and near deaths of the main child hero and his allies including the shows 12th episode where Johnny and the only female child UNICORN agent Mari are TIED TO TREES AND NEARLY GUNNED DOWN by Gargoyle Gangsters And would have died if it hadn't been for the Unicorn agents rescuing them in time .The Series Finale had Johnny nearly assassinated by a Gargoyle sniper named Terroman only surviving because he wore a bullet proof vest and of course the Bittersweet Ending...
YMMV / Giant Robo