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  • Ass Pull: Colonel Shadam being revealed to be a clay doll replica upon his death, despite being responsible for all the Gorma clay dolls (which also qualifies as an Ass Pull on its own, and to a lesser extent, a Shocking Swerve).
  • Awesome Music: When they pull their roll call, one of the most awesome songs played in Sentai history is played. It really fits the scene.
  • Ending Aversion: Due to the plot twists involved, the ending is considered infamous among Sentai fans.
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  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Rin and Ryou are the only Dai Tribe descendants. Outcome is obvious.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: An odd form of this in that it's pretty much just the suits and mechs, which were used in one of the more iconic parts of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. Consequently, the White Ranger suit design is very well-remembered in the West due to being associated with Ensemble Dark Horse Tommy Oliver, but is comparatively disliked in Japan due to being associated with the rather unpopular Kou. The SH Figuarts version of that suit design was widely agreed to have only happened because of the above phenomenon (hence why it was a web exclusive with a rather small parts count).
  • Harsher in Hindsight: After the suicide of his actor Tatsuya Nomi in May 18 2017, Daigo's status as an Iron Woobie character and being an old man 50 years later has become much sadder in retrospect. note 
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In episode 2, Shōji crosses a bridge leading to a ship full of Gohma by gripping along its lower rails a la Solid Snake.
    • Kō's actor also played Burai as a boy in the flashbacks in the previous series... and in the second season of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, the Kiba Ranger suit is used by the equivalent of Burai.
    • Turns out Iron Face Chouryou was in a past team of Dairanger with four other warriors — were they named Ukin, Gakushin, Choukou and Jyokou? Explanation 
    • It turns out that Dairanger preceeded the whole "X years after" trend in Super Sentai that started with Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger.
    • Iron Face Chōryu is based on Darth Vader... who in turn was based on another tokusatsu villain.
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    • The Movie was made too early to include Kiba Ranger. However, the Kiba Ranger suit (or rather a remade version) would get its chance to appear on the big screen alongside the five Zyurangers in the form of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie, which was imported back to Japan.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • The Gorma Emperor mostly appeared to be a fairly harmless Cloud Cuckoolander, until he sees Daijinryu's rampage and makes it clear he doesn't care if the dragon kills all humans on Earth as long as he can rule afterwards.
    • If Shadam's treatment of Akomaru wasn't enough for this, he definitely crosses with his Evil Plan to become the Gorma Emperor as he doesn't care if his actions bring about Daijinryu's return.
  • Never Live It Down: Kou stopped fondling Rin's breasts and flipping up her skirt within five episodes of his introduction. But because those five episodes were chock full of instances of him doing it, and because what he did was completely inexcusable, he's become mostly known for this in retrospect.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Surprisingly NOT the monsters, but Ryou's Training from Hell. Imagine you are attached with A LOT of steels that makes your whole body bleed, and you're supposed to go through an extensive training while doing that, and all the while, your body just go through pains and through. Ryou's screams of pain just sounded off... creepy...
    • Daijinryu's rampages sometimes turn out this way. When he's rampaging across the globe we see an unlucky news caster reporting on it, and when we cut away we hear him screaming implying Daijinryu killed him. Later when he returns he mind controls dozens of people to climb to the tops of buildings. When he looks like he's about to attack them, instead he makes them jump to their deaths.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Kabuki Boy’s voice actor is more well-known by sentai fans as a certain purple ranger from Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Daigo's romantic interest in Kujaku ended up taking up the bulk of his focus episodes, with them going back and forth on whether they could be with each other or not to the point of melodrama. The fact that Daigo Did Not Get the Girl in the end also makes all the episodes between him and Kujaku feel kind of pointless.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: One background music is the Imperial March theme from Star Wars with a few notes sharped.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Iron Face Choryu's death, set to a heartbreaking rendition of the show's ending theme. That is all.
    • Kaku's death, and the heartwrenching reactions of the Dairangers, especially Shouji's. Those screams of the latter's are just brutal.
    • Meta-wise, on May 18th 2017, Daigo/Shishiranger's actor Tatsuya Nomi was found dead and the reason was suicide, much like the original Kiranger (Baku Hatakeyama).
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Daigo. In the sense that despite being in every episode and having plenty of focus episodes, he remains woefully underdeveloped in the character growth section outside of a romantic subplot. Despite being second-in-command and arguably the best fighter on the team after Ryou, Daigo pretty much wound up as a Satellite Character to Kujaku for all intents and purposes and got little development or characterization beyond being the ranger who loved Kujaku but couldn't be with her.
    • Master Kaku. He's the group's mentor who's badass enough to fight Iron Face Choryu, a Gorma who wrecked the Dairangers in their first encounter. In spite of this, he spends most of the series as Mr. Exposition with no really meaningful interactions with the Dairangers (which is especially odd as Ryo comes to regard him as a surrogate father), and doesn't get any more fight scenes or spotlight episodes until the finale.
    • Iron Face Choryu, a Darth Vader Clone who is Ryo's father and The Rival to Master Kaku, could have been an interesting recurring character alongside his master Archbishop Saw. They're both killed off at the end of a two-parter early in the show.
  • Vindicated by History: It was, due to a Tough Act to Follow by Choujin Sentai Jetman (in spite of Zyuranger being chronologically sandwiched between them). This generation seems to be more forgiving, since Kung Fu and Martial Arts are awesome, mix that with Sentai and whoooah.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • The Ryuseioh puppet remains one of the most impressive mecha models in Sentai history. There's a reason why it gets shown off so much in the opening credits.
    • The Dairen-oh outfit also looks very easy to move in. The movements are surprisingly fast, smooth, and impressive.
    • The Monster of the Week costumes are a lot more mobile than usual, since the legs (and usually arms) of the stunt performers are just covered in spandex rather than being People in Rubber Suits.
  • What an Idiot!: Shadam. If you accept the explanation that the return of the Gorma Tribe is a case of "revenge from beyond the grave", where the clay dolls were intended to destroy the Dai tribe. Shadam's golem-clone ends up killing Kaku, the last legitimate claimaint to the Gorma Tribe throne, thus precipitating the extinction of the line. Of course, Shadam might just be hiding.
  • The Woobie: Love him or hate him, Kou has been through a lot of bad situations whether it be his father Shadam, his twin brother Akomaru, being branded as a kindergartener by his own mother, or that awful prank Rin and Shouji use when we first met him.


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