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  • Angst? What Angst?: None of the Zyurangers seem to care at all that the dinosaurs have been wiped out and their friends and family are all dead. Justified Trope, since they had to have known going into suspended animation that they would never see their loved ones again.
  • Ass Pull: Bandora's backstory, tragic as it is, comes so late in the narrative (during the final episodes) that it comes across too late to have any proper impact and would make her less sympathetic than was probably intended.
  • Broken Base: Between those who thinks the series on its own is awesome, links with Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers notwithstanding, and those who think that the series qualities decrease because they are going to see a lot of helpless little kids considered The Scrappy series-wide because Bandora specifically targets them.
    • There's also a group who considers them on the same level of quality, both good and bad in different ways.
  • Bizarro Episode/Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: At one point Dan and Mei turned into punks, and they suddenly attended gambling joints and assaulted mafias, actually killing them. When they returned to normal Dan and Mei felt more embarassed about it than anything else. Then they get chased by some punks they had harassed earlier, who want to work for them. Then the episode ends, and it's never brought up again.
  • Designated Hero: Daizyujin/the Guardian Beasts often come across as Jerkass Gods for how often they tend to dick around the Zyurangers for the most arbitrary of reasons being portrayed as a test for them. It's most obviously seen when it involves Burai, whether it's him blasting Geki for questioning his order to kill Burai and then taking away their powers when they later wish to try help him stay alive, and then outright lying to them about the way that they were told could save his life, which led to more damage than could have been avoided. At times, Daizyujin is Lawful Neutral, with his dicking the heroes around making him border on Lawful Evil (contrasting Dai-Satan's Neutral Evil)
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Burai. He's one of the most memorable aspects of the show, and all Sixth Rangers to appear later in the franchise owe their existences to how much the fans loved him.
  • Evil Is Cool: Bandora and her gang of minions are better developed than the heroes, have an extremely catchy Villain Song and are an absolute delight to watch.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Lamie - played straight when in her normal form, but subverted when enlarged by Bandora at which moment she becomes an ugly monster, making Ami Kawai (the actress playing as her) feel pretty embarrassed whenever that happens.
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  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: It has a cult following in America, due to being the series that helped spawned Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, giving Zyuranger pseudo First Installment Wins status. It's no accident that the American DVD releases by Shout Factory started with Zyuranger.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • The show gets a lot better when Burai turns up.
    • Zyuranger represents a Growing the Beard for all of Super Sentai when it comes to Mecha battles, with much longer and more complex Mecha fights than had been in previous Sentai series.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: At the beginning of episode 6, Geki gets transported to a strange land by Guardian Beast Tyrannosaurus, and sees the toppled Tokyo Tower. Tokyo was badly rocked by an earthquake/tsunami many years later.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The first closing theme was deliberately Latino-styled, almost like a foreshadowing of the also dinosaur-themed Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger which had a heavy Latino-style to it.
  • It Was His Sled: The final fate of the Dragon Ranger is probably the most commonly pointed out difference between Zyuranger and its American counterpart.
  • Jerkass Woobie: It's hard not to feel bad for Bandora when her backstory is revealed near the end of the series. Kai brought his death upon himself but Bandora is still a grieving mother lashing out at the world in anger. Then Great Satan revives Kai and Bandora is so overjoyed she tries repeatedly to hold him in her arms, only for Kai to slip away, taunt her for thinking they can still be happy together, and even declare that he's no longer her son. Bandora only gets to hold him again when he's dying a second time.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Kill Burai for real. Oh yes, they would.
  • Moe: Mei. Super cute face provided by (then 16-year-old) Reiko Chiba? Check. High pitched voice? Check. Innocence? Aplenty, so check. Bonus points for being Badass Adorable.
  • Narm: So, so much. It doesn’t help (or rather, does help) that bandora is Arabic for ‘tomato’, and Witch Bandora’s Villain Song is clearly influenced by Arabic music (she even does a little shoulder shake!).
  • Newer Than They Think: The tradition of having all the Sentai titles end with the suffix "-ranger" actually began here. The only shows prior to Zyuranger to have the word "-ranger" were Goranger and Turboranger (and even then, the former actually used "Gorenger" on the show). In fact, 9 of the 15 shows prior to Zyuranger actually ended with suffix "-man" (starting from Denziman and all the way to Jetman).
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The Zyuranger game for the Famicom had some weird ideas on how to adapt its source material. For example, one segment involves Daizyuzin facing off against Dragon Caesar in a deadly match of table ping pong.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Episode 39's child of the week is Shin Nagahama, 22 years before he became Akira Nijino.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Burai's death was supposed to show that, sometimes, the heroes really can die in battle (and that the viewer, even the kids, shouldn't expect Plot Armor to be guaranteed and, yes, they really will do it, because violence will kill people, even people you like).
  • So Okay, It's Average: The show isn't bad, but there much better Sentai series. The general consensus is that Burai and the mecha designs are great, but the story and other characters are underdeveloped. It does have a strong cult following in America, for obvious reasons. Grown-Ups In Spandex's fansub release also helped in this regard.
  • Special Effect Failure: Happens from time to time, due to having a lower budget than the previous series.
    • One notable instance is that even without pausing at the closeups of the stored Dino Bucklers, it's clear that the elaborate backsides are merely stickers, hence the toys. It's why, in their later appearance in the crossover movie with Kyoryuger and Abaranger, the Dino Bucklers' props were actually the Legacy Power Morpher toys, albeit relabeled with the appropriate show label on the front, where the backs' designs were molded in and painted.
    • One of the most absurd instances is in episode 48, at the climactic moment when King Brachionis seemingly destroyed by Bandora. There is a brief distance shot of King Brachion falling into the bottomless pit that Bandora has created, but it is very clear even without pausing that the shot is crude stop motion in which a photo cutout of King Brachion wiggles along the background, a photo of an obviously not-bottomless crater composited onto a city shot.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The first segment of the full opening theme (which isn't played on the TV version, curiously enough) rips off various notes from the original Total Recall theme.
    • This makes a lot of sense when you learn that the arrangements of the opening and ending themes were done by Kenji Yamamoto, whose serial plagiarism got him fired from his role as composer for Dragon Ball Z Kai and got his soundtrack for the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai games replaced in the HD rerelease.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The Zyurangers themselves, thanks to the show's decision to focus more on Bandora's child-hating antics shifting the focus to the kids of the days mostly. There are a lot that could be explored from the tribes the Zyuranger originated from. At least Geki has his conflict with Burai for the Yamato tribe, which is followed by some of the mystical powers of the Lithia tribe for Mei. The Sharma tribe didn't have much, but Goushi's strong devotion with Geki still managed to give him enough characterization. Dan and Boi, on the other hand, felt very underused, both their characters and their tribes (Etoffe and Dime).
  • Tough Act to Follow: Part of the reason why the season was considered So Okay, It's Average by Japanese viewers was because it was the first Sentai season to come out after Choujin Sentai Jetman, which is considered one of the greatest seasons in the franchise.
  • Too Cool to Live: Burai. To the point where fans tried to start a letter writing campaign to bring him back. It didn't work.
  • Unfortunate Character Design: While her human adult and knight designs may not look so bad, in the west, Clotho's child form got the nickname of the littlest Klansman.
  • Vindicated by History: Zyuranger didn't exactly set the world alight when it was originally released, to the point that the Sixth Ranger tropes was implemented specifically to bring the viewers back in. After a couple of decades (and an American adaptation that took the world by storm), the series is looked on much more fondly for its incredible mecha designs and action.
  • What an Idiot!: Dora Sphinx, who fell for the Zyurangers tricking him into revealing that the snake head on his crown was his weak spot.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Zyuranger is often considered Lighter and Softer than Jetman's drama-ladden story. Of course that's without taking consideration of some REALLY creepy stuffs Bandora go through in order to terrorize the children that she hates. Which up and up including snatching them outta nowhere as long as there's a reflection, putting them in a suspended state inside a pillar with their faces visible, conscious all the time, as they're to be sacrificed with the giant laughing head of a demon known as Dai Satan. Uh... yikes?
  • The Woobie: Again, Burai. Even long after his Heel–Face Turn, it is revealed that he was killed by natural disaster while suspended in animation and given only a temporary extra life by Clotho under Daizyujin's orders. And if that isn't depressing enough, we soon learn that, for unknown reasons, he could not be revived after dying a second time, despite his efforts to stay alive while using up the remainder of his life outside the Lapseless Room where he could remain alive, only to have it destroyed by Bandora. Burai could easily have the most tragic life in the entire Super Sentai franchise. However, even if Burai is pretty justified for angsting about that, he instead takes the path of Iron Woobie, he'll use his short time to help Geki when he can, and when he's nearly dying for real, he uses his time to befriend and protect a similarly dying boy even at cost of his... limited time.
    • By extension, this would make Geki one as well.


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