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  • Complete Monster: Enter/Dark Buster is responsible for turning innocents—including children—into his robot slaves and using them as human shields, showing sickening amusement with his own cruelty. After the destruction of his boss, Enter takes over as the new Messiah, seeking to assimilate all of Earth to rule supreme. Turning the heroic Hiromu into a Soul Jar to allow himself to continuously regenerate if defeated, Enter forces the Go-Busters to considering killing their friend to stop him. When Hiromu threatens to kill himself to stop Enter, he tries to put Hiromu into a coma to force him to become a docile part of his nefarious scheme.
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  • Evil Is Cool: Enter. Whether it be his plans, his calm way of speaking peppered with French, or his character design, everyone seems to agree Enter is one of the best villains in Super Sentai history.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show has a somewhat larger following in the West than in Japan.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Just as the hardass Commander Kuroki was Rescued from the Scrappy Heap, Kuroki's actor Hideo Sakaki makes the news by apprehending an upskirt pervert. Talk about taking your work home with you.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Apparently the Magi Yellow outfit can promote its actor to gold status (before Hiroya Matsumoto/Tsubasa returned as Beet Buster, Nic Sampson/Chip returned as the Sentinel Knight.)
    • Go-Buster Oh didn't actually need Kamen Rider Fourze's Super Switches to execute a Rider Kick.
    • In #17, Jin sends out a loud "Oh, shit". It was funny but then we remember this.
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    • #21. Ryuji gets a handle on his "berserk" side by making it a part of himself.
    • Since the 'exporting' of Super Sentai internationally under the name Power Rangers is old news by now in Japan, the whole premise of Rangers protecting their world's power supply (the whole Enetron shebang) may have been Toei's attempt to create literal Power Rangers.
    • One old rumor before Go-Busters aired was that Gavan would be the teams mentor. Thirty episodes later, guess who appears? Well...Mind you, not the one we were thinking of.
    • In #33, the Powered Custom Super Mode involves an addon to the morpher that fuses our heroes bodily with their Buddyroid partners...kinda like CycloneJokerXtreme. As if reinforcing this, Red sticks to close-quarter combat (like CycloneJoker), Blue summons a girder that he uses like a staff (HeatMetal), and Yellow sticks with the shooting (LunaTrigger)!
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    • Ryuji was not the first blue ranger to have problems with overheating. Gosei Blue had in one episode too and, while Ryuji gets psychotic, Hyde gets HILARIOUS.
    • The show's overall theme is about how perfection is overrated and that having no flaws can make something boring. Cue Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger's main protagonist Daigo Kiryu, an Ace who's so perfect, it's stated by Tessai that his one major flaw is that he has no flaws. Whether King subverts or exemplifies Go-Busters is up to the individual person to decide.
    • Go-Busters being rife with references to Power Rangers, particularly "It's Morphin Time!", is hilarious when the source material for the franchise's progenitor appeared in Kyōryūger vs. Go-Busters.
    • Mission 41 has a thief, who breaks into safes, wears disguises, leaves cards behind bragging about robbing, has jazzy music, can do martial arts, and tries to lure a monster out because she feels it's her job to not let it hurt civilians. Plus, she justifies thieving because she only steals from bad people. Sounds like a prototype for Lupinrangers.
    • Mission 42 has a flying train that comes out of the sky whenever it feeels like it, and picks up people with a particular personality trait. Sounds a lot like a prototype of ToQger.
    • One of the movies for this series concerns an Alternate Reality version of the team called Doubutsu Sentai Go-Busters. It would only be a few years later that an actual Doubutsu Sentai started making the rounds.
    • The controversy regarding the show being skipped in favor of adapting Kyoryuger as Power Rangers, after the announcement of Power Rangers: Beast Morphers, which means that instead of being the first series since Dairanger not to be adapted, Gobusters is now the first season to be adapted out of order.
  • Ho Yay: With Shelly and Yōko in episode 31 splitting desserts.
  • Love to Hate: Enter has proven to be quite popular amongst fans, who like him not only because of his enjoyment of being the bad guy, but also due to being a quite credible threat, being able to go toe-to-toe with the Go-Busters in fights and succeeding in several of his missions. His proving to be very clever and learning for his mistakes as the show moves on has made fans like him even more.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Enter, oh so much so. Badass, charismatic and more than willing to dirty his hands, he has been the Busters' greatest enemy from the very beginning, often outsmarting friend and foe alike and manipulating situations to his advantage. No wonder he's become a Dragon Ascendant. Perhaps it's all the more impressive that Enter actually worked his way to become this.
  • Memetic Loser: Hiromu will forever be remembered for freezing whenever he sees a chicken.
  • Memetic Mutation: Two episodes in and there's already a tally running to count how many times the Go-Busters throw their glasses aside.
    • Go-Buster Ace dancing.
    • When it was revealed that Enter put the 13th Messiah Card in Hiromu and used it to back himself up, many people commented that "Hiromu is a Horcrux!"
    • "It's time for ______ Buster!" seems to be getting this status.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Their plan in Mission 3 pushes Messiah and Enter over this, as the Unwilling Roboticisation and near mass murder committed in the episode was outright said by Enter to be solely For the Evulz.
    • In Mission 10, Enter pulls Unwilling Roboticisation on a number of civilians, including a child, and then using them as Human Shield.
    • In Mission 44, Messiah takes a flying leap past it by assimilating Escape after his revival.
    • And in Mission 49, Enter enters irredeemable territory, assimilating an Enetron tank, turning it into a Megazord, along with dozens of innocent employees. He even attempted to absorb children! And his final plan has him doing this all over the world. As if we needed any more reason for him to be deleted!
  • Narm: Half the fanbase considers it Darker and Edgier Deconstruction. The other half of the fanbase is rolling their eyes at chickens and not eating enough candy being weaknesses.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Mission 3, which is not unlike a Zombie Apocalypse.
    • Overheated Ryūji is badass, but his way of fighting was utterly sadistic even for Sentai standards and terrifying. No wonder Yōko was scared out of her pants.
    • Enter after his defeat in Mission 30. Somehow him becoming more stoic and calm with only occasional traces of his troll-like persona remaining. Somehow this makes him even more disturbing than he already was.
    • Escape's Megazord's debut. She takes Enter and CRUSHES him using the Megazord's hands. It's pretty graphic for a show like this and there's the crushing sound to make everything better.
    • Messiah Reboot. The design is disturbing enough, but the fact the dang thing towers over the Go-Buster's machines to the point it could hold one of the base Buster Machines in its hand like a toy.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Earlier impressions of the Commander Kuroki left with the sour taste in the viewers. It took his Hidden Depths to redeem him.
    • The core three busters in general. They become a base breaking characters with enough character development. They went from wanting to save their parents to not letting their sacrifices to be in vain and accept their death. Also, they become noticeably closer than before.
  • Robo Ship: Usada and Yoko. Later, Yoko and J get paired up often.
  • Special Effect Failure: when in close-up shots, the Buddyroids' eyes just look like glow-in-the-dark stickers.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The Buddyroids (save for Beet J. Stag) are mostly underused aside of being mostly comic reliefs and as parts for the Powered Custom.
    • Reika promised she'd steal Hiromu's heart at the end of her episode. Too bad she never showed up again, letting us forever wonder if they would get together...
    • Let's not get started with the Go-Busters themselves, who would have gotten Character Development if the staff put more effort on them.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Messiah's origin is never revealed. Being a computer virus, one would think that it'd be a man-made entity, and some speculation is made regarding its origins (perhaps the scientists at the facility, or even Hiromu's parents created it). It would have made for an excellent reveal during the late stages of the series, but it was never even hinted at or touched on.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Quite a few fans think Go-Busters is a great show, but had the misfortune of coming after Gokaiger, which was brimming with awesome. It's worse if you compare it to Kobayashi's previous Sentai, Shinkenger, where the cup runneth over with epic dramatic awesome every single episode.
  • Uncanny Valley: An intentional case. Hiromu's face on Enter's head is very... off.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: With the exceptions of Jin and J. The three core Go-Busters (Hiromu, Ryuuji and Youko) are this, since they didn't get much Character Development, even in their focus episodes, making themselves Static Characters.
  • Vindicated by History: The season has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity for the same reasons people derided it at first (being too different). Especially from Kamen Rider fans and people disappointed with Kyoryuger, ToQger, and Ninninger. Further proof of Go-Busters' vindication was observed when the announcement of Power Rangers: Beast Morphers was met with much rejoicing.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The special effects are really top notch this year.
    • Notable is the almost complete lack of stock footage, especially when the previous season was full of it.


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