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"Uchuu Keiji Gavan!"
―Gavan's roll call.[src]

Gavan (ギャバン Gyaban?) is the main protagonist of Uchuu Keiji Gavan. He is a Space Sheriff (宇宙(うちゅう)刑事(けいじ) Uchū Keiji?) who dispatched to Earth in a mission to protect the planet against the invading Makuu Empire by donning the alias of Retsu Ichijouji (一条寺(いちじょうじ) (れつ) Ichijōji Retsu?).


Gavan is the son of Tamiko Ichijouji and Voicer. Gavan is his real name, but he usually uses his mother's surname as the Earth's name, Retsu Ichijouji. He works at Avalon Riding Club. His outfit is a light brown Double RidersIcon-crosswiki.png jacket[note 1] and a golden chain on its left shoulder.

As soon as the incident involving Makuu Empire occurred, he left the job of the riding club and headed for the investigation, so it was thought that he would "skip the job immediately", and he received only 3000 yen per month. He also does not have the habit of carrying cash because he has lived on Earth for a short period of time, and often borrows a large amount of money when he needs[note 2].

He usually stopped by a sports club and was very popular among the children there. He will also spend time playing football with them if he is not busy. However, once Makuu appears, he is a justice man who bravely confronts them. He was driving a red Suzuki Jimny[2].

At the end of the series, he was promoted to captain.


Retsu as seen in Sharivan.

Gavan returns in episodes 1-6, 13-24, 34, 48 and 51 as the Space Sheriff who was previously assigned on Earth. Thanks to him, Den Iga became Sharivan. Besides being a captain he's a great friend. Once assigned to defensed Earth, he was promoted to captain of the Galatic Union Police after his victory against Makuu. For Sharivan, he can be his direct supervisor and he sometimes returns to Earth to lend a hand and fights with him in the final battle against Psycho and Psychorror.


Retsu as he appears in Shaider.

In the Uchuu Keiji Crossover, Gavan battles Fuuma to defend the Bird Planet. After the battle, Gavan announces to Sharivan and Shaider that he has proposed to Mimi.


Data on Gavan, among other legendary figures, was held in the robotic brain of R3 of the Neo Guild. As a result of a head injury inflicted by Janperson, R3 briefly assumed the personality of Gavan, replicating his transformation pose. Mystery of the Golden Bird

Circa 2002, Retsu saved a young boy who would become Captain Marvelous. Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Uchuu Keiji Gavan: The Movie

Vs. Gokaiger

Retsu in Gokaiger.

Gavan first encountered the Gokaigers when he arrived on Earth to arrest them. He attacked their ship, the Gokai GalleonIcon-crosswiki.png, with the Super Dimensional Highspeed Ship Dolgiran. Eventually, the Gokai Galleon crashed into the bay. Gavan then landed to confront the five Gokaigers. Their sixth member, Gai Ikari (Gokai Silver) having been out getting dinner for them during this incident. Gavan then took on the Gokaigers in battle, displaying his array of attacks techniques while the Gokaigers did so as well. Gavan soon defeated and apprehended them - despite their protests that the Special Police Dekaranger cleared them of all chargesIcon-crosswiki.png claimed by the Space Empire Zangyack. Retsu Ichijouji delivered his prisoners to Space Police Chief Weeval, who reveals himself as Ashurada, a member of the Zangyack Empire and descendant of Don Horror. After revealing his capture of the Gokaigers as a ploy to expose Chief Weeval's true motives, Retsu freed the crew by remotely unlocking their handcuffs, saving them from the firing squad before telling them to leave the premises. In the midst of the battle, the salute given by Retsu triggered a flashback in the mind of Captain Marvelous (Gokai Red). Gai and his Goujyu DrillIcon-crosswiki.png arrived at the scene to pick up the Gokaigers while Gavan was captured by Ashurada and his creation Gavan Bootleg before they disappear into Makuu Space.

Back aboard the Gokai Galleon, Captain Marvelous revealed that ten years ago, he stowed away in a freight ship that was attacked by the Zangyack Empire. There, he met Retsu, who encouraged him to be brave and jump off the burning stairway to his arms. It is because of this incident that Captain Marvelous became a fearless pirate. Meanwhile, aboard the Zangyack flagship, Gigant Horse, Ashurada explained to Emperor Akudos Gill that the blood of Don Horror runs through his veins, and torturing Gavan will stimulate his blood enough to open Makuu Space and consume Earth.

Meanwhile, Captain Marvelous received a phone call from his archnemesis Basco ta Jolokia, the Gokai Galleon crew met up with the privateer, who told them that Gavan is locked up on the top floor of Makuu Prison - the worst prison in the universe, and warned them not to go there to rescue the Space Sheriff, for no one has escaped in the prison's 2,600-year existence. Shortly after Basco leaft, the crew met Battle Fever JIcon-crosswiki.png's Battle Kenya, Shiro Akebono, and Denshi Sentai DenzimanIcon-crosswiki.png's DenziBlue, Daigoro Oume, who know Retsu personally. As noted by the Gokaigers, these two men bore a great resemblence to Gavan. The two former Super Sentai warriors revealed that the Gokaigers could use their Ranger Keys to open a portal to Makuu Space. Using the two keys, the crew traveled to Makuu Space, where they break into Makuu Prison. There, they encountered a collection of enemies of the past Super Sentai teams, who have been locked up in the prison cells by the Zangyack Empire for giving up their evil ways. The ruckus between the crew and the imprisoned former villains resulted in a platoon of Gormin Soldiers storming into the ground floor. Gokai Blue and Gokai Silver dealt with the platoon while the other Gokaigers raced to the top floor and the former villains were released from their cells. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Basco and Sally made their way toward the unguarded Gokai Galleon to steal the Gokai Treanger Box, but they were forced to retreat upon encountering the Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters, the 36th Super Sentai team.

Ashurada had Gavan Bootleg activate Makuu City to slow down the Gokaigers' flight to the top floor by sending them to different dimensions. Gokai Yellow and Gokai Green battled and defeat Sneak Brothers Elder & Sister, while Gokai Red and Gokai Pink fend off Great King Mons Drake, Kinggon of the Bigfoot and Robogōgu of the 10-sai before Gokai Red reached the top floor. There, he engaged Gavan Bootleg into an intense sword and gun fight. During the fight, Captain Marvelous used his Gokai Gun and Gavan Bootleg's Laser Z Beam to fire shots that ricochet off their swords and destroy the shackles on Retsu, freeing the Space Sheriff. After Gokai Red rescued Retsu, the Gokaigers shot holes on the floors for them to drop back to the ground floor before using the Gokai Galleon Buster to destroy the prison and returning back to Earth. Upon their return, they battleed Ashurada, Gavan Bootleg and their Zangyack army. Gavan faced and destroyed his doppelgänger with the Gavan Dynamic while the Gokaigers finished off Ashurada with the Gokai Blast and Slash Final Wave. Ashurada, however, resurrected himself as a giant, prompting the heroes to summon their mecha. Kanzen GokaiOhIcon-crosswiki.png docks with Electronic Starbeast Dol and both mecha weaken Ashurada with the Dol Gokai Fire before Gavan and Gokai Red destroy him once and for all with the Gavan Marvelous Dynamic.

Before the crew and Retsu bid farewell to each other, Retsu was reunited with Shiro and Daigoro when a voice in the sky asked the three veteran heroes to demonstrate their transformation poses to the crew. With Shiro and Daigoro borrowing their respective Ranger Keys, the trio changed into their heroic forms, prompting Gai to run to them and ask for their autographs. Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Uchuu Keiji Gavan: The Movie

Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters vs. Beet Buster vs. JIcon-crosswiki.png

Retsu as seen in Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters vs. Beet Buster vs. J.

Retsu as Gavan reappeared to help Hiromu SakuradaIcon-crosswiki.png fight against Enter/Beet BusterIcon-crosswiki.png and JunkloidIcon-crosswiki.png.

The New Gavan

Retsu with Geki and Shelly.

Retsu is still active as a special sheriff. 50 years old. Its ability is still good, and kicking the enemy alone without Jouchaku process. He is worried about Geki rescued from the shuttle accident, and as a senior he scolds him and fights together. For the first time in 30 years, he was dragged into the Makuu Space and ran around with Geki.

Appearing to save Gavan Type-G from drifting space, he attacked Geki to end his indecision because Retsu believes that only Geki can stop the rebirth of Don Horror. The two then find themselves attacked by Lizard Doubler, with Geki saving Shelly before the Doubler sends the two into Makuu Space where he becomes three-times as powerful. After successfully escaping Makuu Space, the two Gavans don their combat suits and Gavan stays behind to destroy Lizard Doubler so Gavan Type-G can proceed to space.

Super Hero Taisen Z

Retsu in Super Hero Taisen Z.

He is now promoted to commander status, and orders Geki to arrest Kamen Rider WizardIcon-crosswiki.png and BeastIcon-crosswiki.png. He believes that their magic is the cause of all the magical disturbances in the universe. In the worst case, they are faced with the decision to use a Super Dimensional Cannon to destroy the Earth. Super Hero Taisen Z

Gavan vs. Dekaranger

Retsu in Gavan vs. Dekaranger.

Retired from the battle and took up the position of instructor. When Geki, whose Laser Blade was broken by Mad Gallant, was in trouble, he temporarily returns to save Geki. After that, he handed over his Laser Blade Origin to Geki[3]. His ability is still in good condition, and even if it is good, it will compete with combatants.

Since Ohba had dyed his hair at the time of shooting, he appeared with a blonde hair. Ohba assumes that this is Gavan's original hair color, which is half of the Planet Bird's alien and the Earthling, and was dyed black to suit the Japanese when he was assigned to Earth.[4]

In other media

Stage Shows

Goggle V Stage Show at Double Hero Korakuen YuenchiIcon-crosswiki.png

In a stage show where the Goggle VIcon-crosswiki.png are seen fighting Dark Science Empire DeathdarkIcon-crosswiki.png, Gavan arrives and assists the team.

Goggle V Stage Show at Super Hero Korakuen YuenchiIcon-crosswiki.png

In a stage show where the Goggle VIcon-crosswiki.png are seen fighting Dark Science Empire DeathdarkIcon-crosswiki.png, VulPantherIcon-crosswiki.png, DenziRedIcon-crosswiki.png & GreenIcon-crosswiki.png, Kamen Riders V3Icon-crosswiki.png, & StrongerIcon-crosswiki.png, Gavan and Ultraman TaroIcon-crosswiki.png arrive and assist the team.

Dynama Stage Show at 3 Heroes Korakuen YuenchiIcon-crosswiki.png

In a stage show where the DynamenIcon-crosswiki.png are seen fighting Tailed People Clan Jashinka EmpireIcon-crosswiki.png, Sharivan and Gavan arrive and assist the team.

Dynaman Stage Show at Super Hero Korakuen YuenchiIcon-crosswiki.png

In a stage show where the Dynaman are seen fighting the Jashinka Empire, GoggleRedIcon-crosswiki.png,BlackIcon-crosswiki.png & PinkIcon-crosswiki.png, Ultraman Taro, Gavan, Sharivan, VulPantherIcon-crosswiki.png, and Kamen Rider Stronger arrive and assist the team.

Dekaranger Stage Show at Super Hero WAKAYAMA Marina-citybleIcon-crosswiki.png

In a stage show where the Dekarangers are seen fighting Space Criminals AlienizerIcon-crosswiki.png, Gavan & AbaIcon-crosswiki.png and HurricaneRedIcon-crosswiki.png arrive and assist the team.

Kamen Rider 555 Stage Show at Super Hero New Hero LegendIcon-crosswiki.png

In a stage show where the riders of Kamen Rider 555Icon-crosswiki.png are seen fighting their usual foes, Hakaider and Kamen Rider OujaIcon-crosswiki.png show up and wind up defeating them. UltramanIcon-crosswiki.png, UltrasevenIcon-crosswiki.png &TigaIcon-crosswiki.png, Kikaider, Kikaider 01, Inazuman, Gavan, Sharivan, Shaider & Kamen riders RyukiIcon-crosswiki.png, KnightIcon-crosswiki.png, and ZoldaIcon-crosswiki.png arrive and assist them.

Gokaiger Stage Show at Double Hero YomiurilandIcon-crosswiki.png

In a stage show where the Gokaigers are seen fighting Space Empire Zangyack, Gavan arrives assist the Gokaigers

Go-Buster Stage Show at Double Hero Theatre G-RossoIcon-crosswiki.png

In a stage show where the Go-Busters are seen fighting Vaglass, Gavan arrives and assists the team.

Go-Busters Stage Show at Super Hero Nagoya DomeIcon-crosswiki.png

In a stage show where the Go-Busters are seen fighting their usual foes, the Space Empire Zangyack, HoroscopesIcon-crosswiki.png & Phantoms show up and wind up defeating them. Kamen RidersWizardIcon-crosswiki.png, FourzeIcon-crosswiki.png, MeteorIcon-crosswiki.png, & IchigoIcon-crosswiki.png, Gavan Gokai Red, & Silver, & AkarangerIcon-crosswiki.png arrive to assist the Go-Busters.

Video Game appearances

Super Tokusatsu Taisen 2001

Retsu Ichijouji/Gavan, with Sharivan and Shaider, is a playable character in the Sony PlayStation crossover strategy game Super Tokusatsu Taisen 2001.

Space Sheriff Gavan

Space Sheriff Gavan

Space Sheriff Gavan

Jouchaku Process is what Retsu uses to transform into Gavan. When Gavan shouts "Jouchaku!" ("Deposition"), the Dolgiran sends particles of Granium to form Gavan's combat suit in 0.05 seconds. The robot from Dolgiran announces "Roger! Transporting combat suit!". Gavan uses Vacuum Evaporation to transform back into Retsu, as his combat suit returns to the Dolgiran.


  • Height: 200 cm
  • Weight: 90 kg

Ability Parameters:

  • Maximum Jumping Height: 150 m.(300m with booster assistance)
  • Techniques:
    • Laser Z Beam is one of Gavan's weapons. To use it, Gavan uses his right and middle fingers to release small blue laser triangles to destroy a monster.
    • Silver Beam is a lightning-like beam emanating from Gavan's right hand that he uses to strike enemies.
    • Gavan Punch is one of Gavan's basic moves, which is a powerful punch.
      • Gavan Upperpunch is a variant of Gavan Punch uppercut.
    • Gavan Kick is another of Gavan's basic moves, which is a powerful right leg kick used while jumping.
    • Dimension Bomber is a technique Gavan uses against Crushers. It consists of him flying towards enemies with his arms extend in front of him then punch enemies that get's in his way.
    • Galactica Flash is where he is covered in a blue aura, the charges at his enemies like a football player.
    • Gavan Dynamic is Gavan's finishing move which he performs to destroy the monster by slicing it into two with his powerful laser blade.
      • Big Gavan Dynamicis a variant of dynamic Gavan used against the Giants opponents Gavan uses Dol to rise before jumping height and wear a vertical sword blow to his opponent.
    • Gavan Hyper Dynamic is a stronger version of the Gavan Dynamic that allows Gavan to perform a powerful dual cross slash, that destroys even the most powerful of enemies.
    • To execute Spiral Kick, Gavan jumps on monsters and henchmen with his feet forward, while delivering bicycle like kicks.
    • Gavan Beam is discharging explosive energy propagating along a conductive metal.
    • Reito Beam is refrigerant beam inside the visor.
    • Barrier is Gavan's shield; a magnetic blue rectangular barrier he uses to stop objects and projectiles.
    • Gavan Full Power - where he absorbs the attacks of his opponent, then redirect it back to them.
    • Static Shock is electrostatic discharge from his hands.
    • Electro Splash is electric shock used to take off foreign elements attached to the battle below.
    • Gavan Shock is electrical discharge to blow things up.
    • Freezing Beam a freeze ray, shot from his visor to encase his opponent in ice.
    • Space Sheriff Delta Dynamic


  • Laser Blade is Gavan's mighty sword which is at first normal, with a steel blade. He later transforms it into a light blue blade, which is required to perform the Gavan Dynamic and the Gavan Hyper Dynamic. It can also be used to create unbreakable restrains for criminals that Gavan's arrested. During the events of Uchuu Keiji Gavan vs. Tokusou Sentai DekarangerIcon-crosswiki.png, Retsu gives his Laser Blade to the new Gavan, Geki Jumonji, whose Laser Blade had been destroyed.
  • Laser Scope is a radar device that Gavan uses to detect invisible monsters.
  • Electro Sonar is a sonar device which enables Gavan to detect any movement and faintest sound in the area from a 10km radius.
  • Gas Sensor is a system analyzing the composition of ambient air to detect any traces of gas and calculate the time elapsed since its use.
  • Epee - sword hidden in the left forearm.


Ranger Key

Gavan Ranger Key

The Gavan Key (ギャバン Gyaban Kī?) is a Metal Heroes Ranger KeyIcon-crosswiki.png released as part of the Ranger Keys Metal Hero Edition in Bandai Premium. It is unknown if it will appear in a future crossover. Of course as with all Ranger Keys, should it exist, it would be able to transformIcon-crosswiki.png one, i.e. one of the GokaigersIcon-crosswiki.png, into Gavan.

Behind the scenes


Retsu Ichijouji/Space Sheriff Gavan, having been the hero of the first Metal Hero series, is the original Metal Hero. From this, he can be considered the Metal Hero Series' equivalent to Takeshi Hongo/Kamen Rider Ichigo, the original Kamen Rider and Tsuyoshi Kaijou/AkaRenger, the leader of the original Super Sentai team.


In Uchuu Keiji Gavan (1982), Retsu Ichijouji was portrayed by Kenji Ohba (大葉 健二 Ōba Kenji?). He started out as a suit actor, working in tokusatsu series such as Kamen Rider, Android Kikaider, and AkaRenger in the original Super Sentai series, Himitsu Sentai Gorenger. He later played Shirou Akebono/Battle Kenya in Battle Fever J (1979) and Daigoro Oume/DenziBlue in Denshi Sentai Denziman (1980) before playing Gavan. He served as suit actor for both of these roles.

As Space Sheriff Gavan, his suit actor was Takanori Shibahara, who later served as suit actor to Sharivan, Shaider, and Juspion. He was also the suit actor for VulShark in Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan, GoggleBlue in Dai Sentai Goggle V, and DynaYellow in Kagaku Sentai Dynaman.

Kenji Ohba reprised his role in both Uchuu Keiji Sharivan (1983) and Uchuu Keiji Shaider (1984). He also had a guest role in Choujinki Metalder (1987) episodes 25 and 26 and played Yajiro Iyo in Sekai Ninja Sen Jiraiya (1988) episode 27.

Kenji later reprised Gavan in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Uchuu Keiji Gavan: The Movie (2012), which marked the 30th anniversary of Uchuu Keiji Gavan. He also reprised Shirou Akebono and Daigoro Oume, as Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Super Sentai series. In Gokaiger vs. Gavan, Gavan's suit actor was Kōsuke Asai (浅井 宏輔 Asai Kōsuke?), who also served as suit actor for the monster form of Gokai Red's nemesis, Basco ta Jolokia.


Space Sheriff Gavan is featured as #86 in the 1986 archive compilation video Toei 100 Great Heroes Super FightIcon-crosswiki.png.


  • The name "Gavan" comes from the French actor Jean Gabin.
  • In the Philippine Dub, Retsu Ichijouji was voiced by Ed Belo and his first debut role in voice acting before he takes on the role of Fumiya Hoshikawa/Five Black in Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman and Raita Ooishi in Choujin Sentai Jetman.
  • Gavan's transformation call differs in other countries. In the Tagalog dub, the transformation call was "Metamorphosis!" while French and Brazilian dub were just "Transformation!" in different language differs from both countries ("Transmutation" in French while "Transformação" in Brazilian Portuguese).
    • "Metamorphosis" was also a transformation call in the Toei Tokusatsu World Official subtitles.
  • Retsu Ichijouji was renamed to Gordan in both Tagalog and French dub. His alias was named Sky Ranger Gavin in the Tagalog dub while he was named X-Or in France.
  • According to Kenji Ohba in the LP (later reprinted on CD) "Best Hit Song Collection" released at that time, he has a dream of establishing a comprehensive sports center.
  • The name of Retsu Ichijouji was decided at the time of the initial project Uchuu Keiji Bem Trigger[5].


See also


  1. Futabasha. (2000). "Space Sheriff Taizen - The World of Gavan, Sharivan, Shaider". pp. 68-70, "Kenji Ohba Special Interview". ISBN 4-575-29080-7.
  2. Futabasha. (2000). "Space Sheriff Taizen - The World of Gavan, Sharivan, Shaider". pp. 22-24, "Retsu Ichijouji". ISBN 4-575-29080-7.
  3. Hobby Japan. (2016). "Uchusen Vol.155 (WINTER 2017)". p. 70, "Space Squad". ISBN 978-4-7986-1360-4.
  4. Hobby Japan. (2016). "Uchusen Vol.155 (WINTER 2017)". pp. 72-73, "[Interview] Yuma Ishigaki". ISBN 978-4-7986-1360-4.
  5. Futabasha. (2000). "Space Sheriff Taizen - The World of Gavan, Sharivan, Shaider". pp. 20-21, "Uchuu Keiji Gavan Work Overview". ISBN 4-575-29080-7.


  1. Initially, the costume for photography was made of leather, but it was difficult to move, so it was remade into a cloth one[1].
  2. When appeared in Uchuu Keiji Sharivan, he was a junior electrician.

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