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Space Sheriff Shaider was the third and final entry in the Space Sheriff subgenre of Metal Heroes Tokusatsu shows.
Archaeologist Dai Sawamura's remarkable analytical skills impresses the galaxy police enough to recruit him. He is then transferred to planet Bird, where he receives his training at the space sheriff academy.
The unforeseen appearance of the mysterious organization Fuuma leads to the destruction of several planets. Suddenly an urgent need of manpower for mobilization to all the planets is required.
Once it is established that Earth is the next target of Fuuma, Governor Kom gives Dai the codename of Shaider and assigns him to safeguard the planet. Together with his fellow trainee, Annie, whose planet was destroyed by Fuuma, Dai returns to his home to fulfill his duty.
Became one of the series adapted in VR Troopers.
The series provide examples of:
- Action Girl: Annie
- Adult Fear: Fuuma loves brainwashing children.
- BFG: Big Magnum. A medium-starship-sized one.
- Big Bad: Kublai.
- By the Power of Grayskull: Shaider's "Shouketsu!" 
- Calling Your Attacks: LASER BLADE!
- Crossover: His predecessors appear in not just some episodes, but a team-up movie as well.
- Drill Tank: Shaider's Battle Shaian.
- Mookmobile: The carriage-like Fuuma fighters.
- Names to Know In Anime: Akira Kushida and Shozo Iizuka.
- Panty Shot: One of the reasons for Annie's popularity.
- Scary Dogmatic Aliens
- Shout-Out: Shaider's name is a reference to actor Roy Scheider.
- Space Police
- Transforming Mecha: The Vavilos.
- Villainous Crossdresser: Shinkan Poe.
- Villain Song: "Fushigi Song"
- What Do You Mean It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Some of the scenes are, well, surreal.
- ↑ Sinter!