|This article is about a/an show in the Tokusatsu Super Hero subgenre.|
|Number of episodes:||16 (season 1)|
26 (season 2)
|Original airing:||August 6, 2006 - November 6, 2006 (season 1)|
February 2, 2012 - August 24, 2012 (season 2)
Sport Ranger (ขบวนการ สปอร์ตเรนเจอร์ Kà-buan Gaan Sà-bpordtà Renje, lit. Squadron Sport Ranger) is a Thai live-action superhero television series similar to the Japanese Super Sentai and the American Power Rangers franchises. It premiered on August 6, 2006 and aired on Thai Channel 3. Much like each Super Sentai and Power Rangers series has an overall theme (mythology, dinosaurs, magic, etc.), Sport Ranger's theme is sports, which each of the Sport Rangers has a specialty in.
The main characters and their colors as well as some of the episode plots in Sport Ranger are very similar to Mahou Sentai Magiranger and Power Rangers: Mystic Force, while its elements such as the fictional Sport Searching School and its support computer AI, Darling, is similar to the fictional Search Guard Successor Foundation and Mister Voice from GoGo Sentai Boukenger respectively.
A second season, titled Sport Ranger II, was produced and aired on Thai Channel 3 in 2012, six years after the first season ended. It featured the team portrayed by an all new cast, with the exception of Woranan Jantararatchamee who returned to reprise her role as Yu/SwimmingBlue from season 1.
Starhunter is an alien tribe that steals all life energy on other planets, gathering the energy in the sixth dimension using "King Medal" and bringing it under their control. Soon they created "Knight Medal" when "King Medal" was not able to absorb all the energy. Hoping to conquer the Earth in one fell swoop, since they believed it would not offer much resistance, they brought along both medals. Fortunately, the ship carrying both medals got hit by crossfire in a war that was going on down on Earth. The medals were lost as the ship exploded in Siberia. Starhunter was forced to retreat and create new medals.
One of the medals was broken into 5 pieces. The broken medal was taken by researchers headed by Dr. Earth, and the complete medal was taken by Dr. Heart. One day, Heart's research lab exploded and the medal was nowhere to be found. Later Dr. Earth realized that monsters that had begun to appear were humans that had absorbed the energy from the missing medal when the lab exploded.
Upon further research, Dr. Earth created "SportDetector" to control the 5 broken pieces and special suits to utilize each piece's unique power. He gave five youngsters the suits to stop these monsters.
Meanwhile, Starhunter is preparing their new invasion of Earth.
At the end of 16th episode, the Sport Ranger boys (Red, Yellow and Green) sacrificed themselves to destroy the evil's palace, leaving the girls (Blue and Pink) saddened.
|Boxing||Ace ► Ice|
|Soccer||Up ► Ball|
|Tennis||New ► Tech|
- Doctor Earth (ดร.เอิร์ธ): Lead scientist of SSS; mentor to the Sport Rangers. He is responsible for creating all of the Sport Rangers' equipment.
- Darling (ดาร์ลิ่ง): Support A.I. of SSS.
- Po-Po: A clumsy photographer and friend of Ace.
- Uncle Cherry: An absent-minded man who runs a drink stand that the Sport Rangers often visit.
- Marine: (Episode 4) Yu's younger adopted sister. She was envious of Yu's swimming abilities, so she took a dark medal and transformed into a monster.
- Maria: (Episodes 5, 6) A tennis player and friend of New. She has an allergy to sunlight that causes her vision to become blurred.
- Tone: (Episode 7) May's ex-boyfriend that had a dependence on drugs. He was captured and was forcibly put under the control of a dark medal.
- Professor Josh: (Episodes 9, 10) A former member of SSS who left to coach a basketball team after a dispute. Dr. Earth sought him out to help in the development of the Spirit Robo.
- Sport Detector: The team's transformation device. It is worn on the wrist and can be used as a communicator that is able to receive calls from ordinary phones. To transform, the Sport Rangers call out "Sport charge up! Change!". The Sport Detector is also able to summon their weapons when a medallion is inserted.
- Sport Early Warning System (S.E.W.): A system developed in the seventh episode to help detect monsters created by the dark medals more quickly.
- Thunder Fist: Boxing Red's personal weapon.
- Power Ball: Soccer Yellow's personal weapon.
- Racquet Sword: Tennis Green's personal weapon.
- Double Cut Fin: Swimming Blue's personal weapon.
- Maya Ribbon: Gymnastic Pink's personal weapon.
- Star Gate Judgmentation: The team's first finishing attack. Capable of being used with only four members in episode 1, but not as effective. After Boxing Red joined the team in episode 2, they used it again to finish Krotha Mountain monster.
- Super Attack Ball: The team's second finishing attack, received in episode 3. To be summoned, Soccer Yellow throws a medal into the sky and the Super Attack Ball descends from the Moon. It is then passed from member to member and Boxing Red punches it into the enemy. The Sport Rangers' first attempt to use the Super Attack Ball was unsuccessful, they were unable to smoothly pass it to each other. To improve on their teamwork, they lined up with their legs strapped to the person next to them and tried to run together. With their new team skills, they were able to complete the combination attack during their second try. This attack is reminiscent of several attacks in Super Sentai inspired by the original Gorenger Storm attack from Himitsu Sentai Gorenger.
- Spirit Robo: The team's giant mecha that is composed of the five Spirit Fighters. It was developed by Dr. Earth with the assistance of Professor Josh in episode 10. Its main weapon is the sword, which performs its finishing move which is called the Meteor Storm Slash. The Spirit Robo is similar to several recent Super Sentai combining robos & Power Rangers Megazords (starting with the Senpuujin from "Ninpuu Sentai Hurricanger" in 2002 & "Power Rangers Ninja Storm in 2003) in that the Sport Rangers remain in their individual cockpits rather coming together into a single cockpit when the combination is formed.
- Spirit Fighter Lead: Boxing Red's vehicle that forms the chest.
- Spirit Fighter Brain: Soccer Yellow's vehicle that forms the legs.
- Spirit Fighter Heart: Tennis Green's vehicle that forms the right arm.
- Spirit Fighter Strong: Swimming Blue's vehicle that forms the left arm and the shield.
- Spirit Fighter Base: Gymnastic Pink's vehicle that forms the torso, the sword, and the head.
- Ronnarid Gnampattanapongchai (รณริชช์ งามพัฒนพงศ์ชัย) — Ace (Boxing Red)
- Boonyarit Doojphibulpol (บุญญฤทธิ์ ดุจพิบูลย์ผล) — Up (Soccer Yellow)
- Todsapon Maaisuk (ทศพล หมายสุข) — New (Tennis Green)
- Woranan Jantararatchamee (วรนันท์ จันทรรัศมี) —Yu (Swimming Blue)
- Nidchashiita Jaruwat (นิจชิตา จารุวัฒน์) - May (Gymnastic Pink)
- Jerry Fransis Angus (เจอร์รี่ ฟรานซิส แองกุส) — Doctor Earth
- Worawat Lorattanachon (วรวัฒน์ ล้อรัตนชน) - Ice (Boxing Red)
- Natchara Nuntaphodej (ณัชร นันทโพธิ์เดช) - Tech (Tennis Green)
- Thonthon Sawatkon (ธนธร ศวัสกร) - Ball (Soccer Yellow)
- Kanchana Wongcharoen (กาญจนา วงศ์เจริญ) - May (Gymnastic Pink)
- Sport Ranger theme
- Taken from Die Hard: With a Vengeance
- Sport Ranger S01E01
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- GymnasticPink is reminiscent of Miki Momozono (GogglePink) from Dai Sentai Goggle V, who was also a gymnast.
- SwimmingBlue is reminiscent of two male blue Rangers (Blue Lightspeed Ranger and the Blue Samurai Ranger) from Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, Power Rangers Samurai and Power Rangers Super Samurai, who were also swimmers.