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  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: If Doronjo has little else to be grateful for in her painful and humiliating existence, she can at least console herself that her good looks are apparently a lot more durable and fireproof than her clothing.
  • Deconstruction: (2008 series) After several episodes of the Doronbo Gang suffering various amusing ultra-violent punishments, yet always coming away unscathed, in episode 25.5 they set up a sideshow attraction offering a genuine Doronbo punishment experience to their surprising number of in-universe fans. It offers such delights as boiling alive, explosions, and smothering. The fans love it and find it hilarious, to the astonishment of the Gang, who remark that by rights they should all be dead. Doubles as Fridge Horror if the Gang were actually intending to torture their fans to death.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Odate Buta, who become the mascotte of the franchise. Invoked In-Universe when Boyacky explain why Buta get his personal song.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The 1977 and 2008 series can be seen as this due to the events of 2015's "Yatterman Night" as Episode 11 reveals that both the 1977 series and the 2008 remake happened, with the 2008 series being a product of Dokurobei's attempt at revenge for his first defeat.
    • There is a particularly striking moment of this in the punishment outro of episode 29 of the 2008 series, in which Dokurobei manifests as a skull-shaped moon, something he would later create while "punishing" the whole of humanity with mass destruction during "Yatterman Night".
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • Italy is the only country in the world where all the episode of the series (called Yattaman there) were bought and dubbed. Not only that: reruns of the show were very common on local channels, DVDs of all episodes were sold and you can still find a handful of dedicated cosplayers of the main characters at the Italian conventions. There were even plans of a fan-made new installment of the Time Bokan series, but sadly it never came to be.
      • Yatterman loves Italy too: the final battle of the 2009 movie is fought in the Southern Alps.
      • On January 15 2013 Yatterwan was drafted in a political campaign advertising.
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    • Same goes for Poland — somehow the Italian dubs of two series of Time Bokan found their way to a Polish TV stations. If you grew up in the nineties, chances are that this was the first anime you've watched.
    • It's also quite fondly recalled in Latin-America, even if not at the same level of the original Time Bokkan or Yattodetaman.
  • Humiliation Conga: While the Doronbo Gang are rarely far from this trope, episode 25.5 of the 2008 series occupies a special place insofar as the gang repeatedly fail even at being themselves in their own anime. They have several encounters with the actors playing themselves in the 2009 live-action movie, who are wildly adored (and have made Doronbo a popular name), but the real Doronbos are never recognised, treated with scorn, and are for once falsely accused of operating a scam business simply for attempting to "pose" as themselves. They even get into a mecha showdown with their actor counterparts, who completely manage to kick their arses. To top it all off, it turns out at the end that Dokurobei knew all along he had sent them on a wild goose chase this time, as the ring they had been seeking was just a trinket he himself had planted very recently. Presumably, he just wanted to see them suffer as much as the fanbase ...
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  • Jerkass Woobie: Just in case there was any doubt where the writers wanted to twist audience sympathies, the 2008 series outros are heavily skewed towards wringing a few tears for the amoral but unfortunate Doronbos. If the spectacle of Doronjo trying and failing to adjust to normal civilian life (foreshadowing the ending) while suffering flashbacks was not enough, the second version has the whole gang pedalling away from their last cruel punishment, presumably, while crying buckets, before consoling each other while watching a drive-in movie of their exploits.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In episode 27, after being imprisoned by the underground people and almost devoured, the Doronbo Gang is rescued by Gan and Ai. How do Doronjo and her henchmen thank them? By feigning they want to hug and kiss Gan and Ai as a reward...and then kicking them to push them inside the cage they were trapped in, closing the door, taking the key and running away. For a trio of usually comic and sympathetic villains, that was pretty low.
  • Reality Ensues: Used to hilarious (and thematically appropriate) effect in episode 32 of the 2008 series, where Gan and Ai have been pressured into taking part in a reality show. The director insists on them riding Yatter-Pelican at full speed to demonstrate its capabilities. It causes a sonic boom, the g-force makes their faces ripple, and Gan loses his grip and goes twirling off into the blue.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Yatterwan's "WAOOOOOOOOO!" and the theme song for the Surprise Mecha attack.
  • Sequel Displacement: It can be argued that Yatterman is the most popular installment in the entire Time Bokan series. You don't see the original Time Bokan getting a revival or a movie.
  • Toy Ship: Of a very young Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the remake.
  • Ugly Cute: Boyacky and Tonzura.
  • Values Dissonance: Doronjo's crush on Yatterman-1 later on in the series and Tonzura's hitting on Ai-Chan at least once can be seen as this to some, considering that Gan and Ai are young enough to be their children. The age of consent in Japan is 13, so it's not terribly wrong. But that also depends on whether or not the audience can pick up on that as well…
    • The original had certain instances of kids being slapped for misbehaving. Whether you think it was excessive or justified is up to you.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: It is, despite the nudity and the fanservice.

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