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  • Abandon Shipping:
    • Jasmine used to be the most shippable Dekaranger, that is until every pairing with her got abandoned in the 10 Years After upon confirming that she's now married with Hikaru, of all people.
    • A somewhat meta example: Sen/Umeko was and is still a popular Fan-Preferred Couple, but after Umeko's actress Mika Kikuchi married Tomokazu Yoshida (Tetsu's actor) in 2018, a lot of fans have abandoned the ship.
  • Author's Saving Throw: The judgement on the Alienizers. In the series, the judgement is done in about 10 seconds by the "Highest Court in the Universe." That seems awfully quick to make a literal life or death decision (although some aliens who got judged did not get death sentences). Come the 10 Years After movie, it turns out that the court is on a planet that is time-displaced eight months for every 10 seconds of Earth's regular time, giving each criminal a more substantial trial.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Ban, either he's an awesome Red Ranger or an annoying screamer, though later post-series appearances have made him less of an annoyance.
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  • Complete Monster: Agent Abrella is a ruthless Arms Dealer who sells weapons to criminals so as to continue galaxy-destroying wars, regardless of how many lives are taken. Seven galaxies have been destroyed due to Abrella's hideous actions, with him having the blood of billions on his hands. Abrella is motivated by both his desire to increase his wealth as well as simply for fun, and treats all crime as a business opportunity and helps with the destruction of cities, selling slaves, pawning stolen merchandise, or filming obscenity. After the Dekarangers defeat most of his criminal clientele, Abrella loses it and goes on a city-wide destruction spree, planning to wipe both them as well as the Earth out and plunge the Galaxy into violent lawlessness and disorder to ensure his warmongering can continue.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The Twin Cam Angels (Jasmine and Umeko) are among the most famous Sentai girls of the post-90's Heisei Era because of their badassery, good looks, and well-rounded characterization.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Due to the Red Oni, Blue Oni dynamic, the large amount of Ho Yay and Ship Tease they get together, Ban/Hoji is pretty much considered canon by most fans.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: If you've seen Tensou Sentai Goseiger, watching the scene in Full Blast where Deka Gold is only able to transform for a second before being on the receiving end of an attack by the villains is a lot harder to watch, considering that something very similar happened to Gosei Green, who's played by the same actor as Deka Green, except he died as a result.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Originally, the planned name for this series was "Sirenger". However, this was changed due to the fact that there was an Eroge by the name of Sirenger, and Toei wasn't able to get the copyright. The full name of the eroge, ironically enough, is Tokumei Sentai Sirenger.
    • In the series, Tetsu comes off as having a rather intense devotion to Ban. Fast forward to 2018, his actor married Umeko's actress.
    • Dekablue’s Image Song, Sky is the Blue, is funny when his Power Rangers counterpart is nicknamed Sky.
  • Ho Yay: Ban gets this with both Hoji and Tetsu, especially with Hoji.
  • Inferred Holocaust: A good number of the Alienizers faced often have rap sheets that include the decimation of entire planets, and the planet count alone can number in the hundreds. Now think about how many innocent lives alone they were responsible for.
  • Moe: Umeko, and how!
  • Narm: Hoji completely ruins a dramatic scene in one episode by whipping out the Gratuitous English at the worst possible time. "Goodbye... fo evah... and evah." Yeah.
  • Never Live It Down: Counting the teamup, Tetsu crossdressed a total of three times. In the eyes of fans, he pretty much lived in drag. Even Jasmine got caught up in this perception:
    Jasmine: (looking at the camera) But, it's the same as usual, so no surprise here.
  • Newer Than They Think: DekaGold is actually the very first gold ranger in the history of Sentai. This may seem strange to folks who grew up in the 90s and watched Power Rangers Zeo, which had a gold Sixth Ranger. As it turns out, KingRanger (the Gold Ranger's counterpart from Chouriki Sentai Ohranger) is actually considered to be a black ranger.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Episode 39 is made of this, with the episode starting out with Umeko suddenly finding most of the team dead. And it only continues to get more surreal from there, placing here in increasingly bizarre situations made to kill her specifically. Then there's that blood pool surrounding her as she dies in her dream... (it's in black and white though, so it's not all bad). It's a surprisingly effective Psychological Horror-influenced episode, especially in a series mostly known for its action sequences and characters (as well as its Ho Yay).
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Mika Kikuchi's (Umeko) now known for her voice acting/singing work, although people would also talk about her Dekaranger casting.
    • Ayumi Kinoshita (Jasmine) is well recognized by Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's fans, voicing Aki Izayoi.
    • Fans of the ever-popular Haikyuu!! stage plays may be able to recognize Tsuyoshi Hayashi (Hoji) as the first-generation Ukai and Ukai Sr.
    • Yuuto Uemura (Hikaru) is far more well-known for his voice acting in popular anime such as Bungo Stray Dogs, Vinland Saga, and much more.
  • Special Effects Failure: There have been many times throughout the series where the special effects are very conspicuous, such as the Dekaranger Robo (and many of the mecha that matter). Granted, it was 2004, so we can't knock them that hard.
  • Tear Jerker: Episode 37. Well written and directed, this episode showed a tragic story involving Hoji, the woman he loved and her brother, who was a Alienizer.
  • Too Cool to Live: Doggie, by the finale...or so it seemed.
  • Values Dissonance: The judgment and execution of criminals by the rangers. In Japan, police brutality is less of an issue than in other countries and the death penalty is legal but in places like the United States or Europe seeing the rangers casually execute criminals in a kid's show can come across as uncomfortable. This is probably why the Power Rangers adaptation Power Rangers S.P.D. was changed with them being captured.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The show has its cartoonish and lighthearted moments, but it also touches upon things such as suicide (or the intention of), homicide, mass murder, illegal drugs, gangs, and even going as far as Near-Rape Experience. Oh, and don't forget the times that it was willing to kill off not just one - but two of its main characters! (They did come back however though.)

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