I was wondering, what are your top 15 reds? Since we had at least 41 seasons of them so far.
That’s a good question and one I’ve never really thought of before. Red isn’t generally my favorite out of the heroes of any show. He tends to get too much of the focus or be too perfect. Or worse, he eats up all of the screen time and makes the rest of his team suffer. That doesn’t mean reds from these situations are necessarily bad characters, they just don’t feel right in a Sentai series where the focus should be on the team, not on any one character.
I am NOT going to include Akared because he has no out of suit form and is more of a conceptual character, being the embodiment of the the spirit of all reds. He’s cool but doesn’t really belong on this list.
So, let’s get started. Remembers, these are just my opinion and if you think I left someone important out or ranked someone too low, my apologies. This is a highly subjective list and all but the top spots could change daily depending on how I am feeling and what I am watching at the time.
With that said, let’s get started!
15. Daigo Kiryu/Kyoryu Red
I am putting the leader of Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger this low on the list because he is the poster child for the problems I noted above. He is the focus character, the one who gets the lion’s share of the story, he gets a power up only he can use and he’s the one who gets force shipped with the team’s only main female member (and the one the other female characters seem to want to be with). This would normally disqualify him from the list but I can’t help but like him. He’s fun, energetic and a bit dense. I also love his series, despite myself.
14. Ryusuke Ohwashi/Vul Eagle I
The first leader of Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan, might not be the most memorable leader but his team is one of my favorites. He’s still a good leader and the balance between the sometimes overly serious Vul Shark and the goofball Vul Panther.
13. Hiromu Sakurada/Red Buster
Though not my favorite series, Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters is highly underrated among a large chunk of the fandom. I love the costumes, the designs, the mecha and the villains. Hiromu may come across as kind of a blunt, over serious jerk but he has his reasons and it feels natural and not forced. He also works REALLY well with his team and the core group of three feel at times more like family than teammates.
12. Sasuke/Ninja Red
The only Red on this list who is NOT the leader of his team, Sasuke makes the list for his unique position and his character growth (and because Ninja Sentai Kakuranger is my favorite series ever). He starts out as a shiftless drifter with no sense of personal responsibility who ends up releasing the Youkai Army from its centuries long sleep. He learns though and becomes a better person, even working his way up to second in command of the team after Tsuruhime/Ninja White. By the end, he has the makings of a capable leader.
11. Ryu Tendoh/Red Hawk
Another bird-themed Red to make the list (there will be more, trust me) Red Hawk is the leader and center of Choujin Sentai Jetman. He is the one member of the team picked from the beginning and he brings a sense of military discipline to his rather ragtag team. He also brings a profound sense of loss, having watched his fiance get sucked into space in the initial attack only to discover later that she was turned into an enemy by the villainous Vyram. He is also, unfortunately, part of the series’ love triangle.
10. Nobuo Akagi/Akiba Red
Wait a second, how did this guy get on my list? This unofficial stuff has no place here! Oh, wait, yes he does because Nobuo is an awesome Red! He uses his encyclopedic knowledge of Super Sentai to guide his team through the pitfalls of villainous plots, standard tropes and the sometimes overwhelming power of their own delusions! That alone earns him a place on this list as one of the best and most memorable Sentai reds, official or not.
9. Takayuki Hiba/Vul Eagle II
Yep, two Reds from the same series! The only series to ever swap Reds mis-seasons (with the joking exception of Hikounin Sentai Akibaranger) Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan made a change for the better with the second Vul Eagle. He was a colleague of the former Eagle and took his place on the team with the first went off to join NASA. He brought with him a slightly more serious attitude and a mastery of Kendo, using a sword in combat in addition to the weapons of his predecessor.
8. Ryo of the Heavenly Fire Star/RyuuRanger
The fourth member to join Gosei Sentai Dairanger, Ryo is the first to get his Mystical Chi Beast and quickly proves himself an apt leader. He is also a cook and delivery boy for a local Chinese Restaurant and dreams of making the best gyoza in Japan! He is awakened to his heritage as a member of the Dai tribe and uses his proficiency in Dragon Fist style martial arts to battle the Gorma.
7. Shirō Gō/Red One
The man who was supposed to pilot Japan’s first Space Shuttle mission, his life is forever changed when the New Empire Gear attacks. Finding out he is the descendant of those bathed in Bio Particles centuries ago, Shiro becomes Red One, the leader of Choudenshi Bioman. He is a passionate leader burning with a sense of justice and feels a great sense of responsibility not only to the Earth but also to his teammates.
6. Right/ToQ 1gou
I expect this to be one of my more contentious choices, especially given how high up on the list he is. Despite falling prey to some of my pet peeves (taking too much focus from the other characters, getting a power up for his own use) I cannot help but love Right. He’s a great character and so much fun with his (understandably) childish nature and optimistic outlook. He might not be the most seasoned or mature leader but he’s got a vision for victory second to none!
5. Takeru Shiba/Shinken Red
If you were to look up stoic in the Sentai Dictionary, Takeru Shiba’s picture would be there. His usually cool, calm demeanor hides his overwhelming sense of responsibility not only for the fate of the world but for the secret he has to keep. He is not entirely comfortable with others fighting and putting their lives on the line for his sake and does not hesitate to enter into battle first, no matter the risk to himself. He grows as a leader as the series progresses to the point where any one of his teammates would willingly give their lives for him not out of a sense of duty but out of respect.
4. Yusuke Amamiya/Red Falcon
The leader of Choujuu Sentai Liveman, Yusuke shares the sense of loss the rest of the team does because of the murder of their friends and betrayal by their fellow students. Though he is a serious leader, the loss has not made him hard but instead instilled in him a need for justice and to protect the lives and hopes of those still alive.
Prince of the Yamato Tribe and leader of Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, Geki is an all around great guy. He’s a superb fighter, an expert swordsman and possessed of a sense of Justice second to none. He cannot stand evil, those who would hurt others or anyone who puts children in danger. He may be royalty (by adoption) but he never acts like he is above anyone else.
2. Tsuyoshi Kaijo/Akaranger
There is NO way I could do this list without including the original Red Warrior. Heck, I would not be able to live with myself if I didn’t have him on this list. Just look at the name of my blog! Tsuyoshi is the standard by which all Sentai leaders should be judged. He is a great fighter, a good leader, a selfless hero and pretty much the pinnacle of what a Sentai red should be. There is only one who really beats him in my opinion.
1. Captain Marvelous/Gokai Red
When I think of Sentai Reds, the first person who comes to mind is this Pirate Captain from 2011. Captain Marvelous is everything I love in a Red. He’s a good character on his own, leads his team well and doesn’t get in the way of the personal growth of his teammates or totally dominate the narrative. He gets enough focus to be the central character without feeling like the entire story is all about him. That, in my opinion, makes him the best Red we’ve ever seen.
He’s also a snappy dresser and kind of a jerk at times.
So, there you go! My 15 favorite reds (as of this point). As I said before, this list could change at any time and some might get themselves booted if they aren’t LUCKY!