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  • Ass Pull: Due to the sudden uncancelling, despite a heartfelt good buy and Heroic Sacrifice in the intended finale, Sam is suddenly okay, everyone's memories are erased, and the status quo is returned with no explanation.
  • "Common Knowledge": It's widely believed that the show was cancelled due to low ratings. In reality the show was a pretty popular alternative to Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and pulled in good numbers during its run. Its cancelling (both times it happened) was due to one simple reason: the show had exhausted its Japanese source for footage.
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  • Complete Monster: Kilokhan is a rogue government A.I. seeking world domination. It's implied Kilokhan's first act upon becoming self-aware was to murder his creators. Teaming up with antisocial artist Malcolm Frink to create his monsters, Kilokhan would routinely demean, abuse, and insult the boy any chance he gets, even possessing his body while leaving his mind trapped in a Mega Virus Monster. Kilokhan would often raise Malcolm's already dangerous plans from petty to potentially cataclysmic, often without Malcolm's consent. Among his very very long list of crimes, Kilokhan would get countless innocent people unlawfully arrested; attempt to slowly kill Sam's class with unrelenting heat; desire to use Gramm to freeze the world's hearts and plunge it into a global war; brainwash Servo into his slave and force him to fight his friends; cut off the global food supply to starve humanity to death, Malcolm included; digitize people and trap them aware in floppy discs; trap Sam in total isolation within a camera and nearly drive him insane with the intent to do the same to the rest of humanity; and turn the entire town's water supply into hydrochloric acid. Among his absolute worst crimes is attempting to launch the world's nuclear arsenal and plunge the world into an apocalyptic nuclear war, an act that horrifies even Malcolm. Tricking Malcolm into powering him up to the point of no longer needing him, Kilokhan erases the minds of Sam's friends and promises a slow, painful death to him and the now-useless Malcolm. Mortally wounding Sam, Kilokhan intends to destroy humanity with his newfound power. Caring for none but himself, Kilokhan's ultimate goal is for himself to be all that remains on Earth.
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  • Cult Classic
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Malcolm. The show even starts shifting to give him more screentime towards the end, and (according to an interview with his actor) had there been a second season of Gridman to adapt he would have been the new Servo.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • One episode shows the personalities of the cast pulling a "180" — notably, Amp went from a "space cadet" to a cultivated, verbose genius. Flash forward a few decades: Amp's actor goes on to be an attorney in California.
    • As mentioned above, Malcolm could have been the new Servo if they had more footage to work with. Twenty years later in its Japanese counterpart's boys invent great hero short, Takeshi does just that.
    • The "freak accident" that put Sam into Servo's body becomes funnier after watching SSSS.GRIDMAN, where "Servo" finds himself possessing Yuta's body in order to fight kaiju in real life.
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    • Speaking of Transformers, Michael Bay threw a SSSS reference in the first Transformers film. Cybertronians learning English from World Wide Web? They must be friends with Servo.
  • Moral Event Horizon: While Kilokhan was always nasty, the point where he crosses this is when he attempts to hijack the world's nukes and launch them, plunging the world into an apocalyptic nuclear war. Even Malcolm is horrified.
  • Narm Charm: The show had No Budget but the actors all punch well above their weight. Tim Curry in particular is a delight as Kilokhan.
    • The name sounds ridiculous, but the Gridman remake from Studio Trigger is officially called SSSS.GRIDMAN. Someone at Trigger was a fan.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Episode 18: "Water You Doing?". Malcolm's dramatic reading of Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner get's rejected from the school talent show for it being very disturbing. Rather than be a good sport about it, he decides to take his anger out on everyone by corrupting the city's water supply and turning all the water into hydrochloric acid, and it's even stated in-episode to be dangerous to people. If you read the Youtube comments, a lot of viewers expressed horror on how such a plot was shown on Saturday mornings and even compared Malcolm's actions to that of a terrorist. Mind you this episode aired four years before the Columbine shooting and six before the 9/11 attacks.
    • Kilokhan attempting to hack the world's nuclear arsenal and launch them, starting an apocalyptic nuclear war. Even Malcolm is completely horrified and is reduced to tears begging him to stop.
    • Kilokhan can be genuinely terrifying when he needs to be. When he gets a huge power up in the intended finale, he instantly goes full No-Nonsense Nemesis and makes it clear that he's going in for the kill now, and it is horrifying.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: This could be your live-action Transformers before Bayformers. Given on the main article, this isn't coincidental.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Lucky replaced Amp, but wasn't as funny.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Have you heard Digifer's voice in the original Gridman series? Compared to Tim Curry he sounds too congested to be intimidating.