|This article is about a/an villain group in Ressha Sentai ToQger.|
The Evil Army Shadow Line (邪悪な軍隊シャドーライン Ja'aku na Guntai Shadō Rain) is a steampunk-themed dark empire that wishes to consume the world in its darkness.
They hail from the underworld and their plan is to wrap the world in darkness, their lair being a giant castle/railway station known as the Castle Terminal (キャッスルターミナル Kyassuru Tāminaru). It has multiple rail lines emerging from it, which give way to multiple versions of their own Ressha known as Kuliners (クライナー Kurainā, A portmanteau of "Dark"/"Gloomy (暗い Kurai) and "liner") to make their way into the world by taking over the stations the Rainbow Line uses to spread their darkness onto Earth to consume cities with their influence by connecting with the darkness within the hearts of humans.
Their theme is a mix of the Victorian Era and the American Prohibition Era. They also have a branch in space led by Count Nair.
They plan to accomplish their plan by collecting the energy that is emitted from the human heart when it goes into states of rage, sadness, hatred, jealousy, and regret from the humans they abduct in order to create Dark Stations (闇駅 Yami Eki) and enlarge Shadow Line's railway system. The more darkness they collect, the closer to completion the railway will be. Once the railway is complete, the Emperor of Darkness can use his personal train to get to Earth. Towns completely taken over by the Shadow Line are called Shadow Towns (シャドータウン Shadō Taun)
Taken from the memory of Gokai Red, a recreation of Z Shin was brought forth by Bangray among a collection of the most nefarious adversaries faced by the Super Sentai. Overwhelming Gokai Red and Zyuoh Eagle initially, Bangray's forces were matched when the Gokaigers and Zyuohgers joined their respective Red warriors. Engaging the remaining five Gokaigers alongside "Dokoku Chimatsuri", "Z Shin" was worn down by a succession of two all-Red Gokai Changes, struck by Gokai Blue as Red Flash then VulEagle, Gokai Yellow as Shinken Red then GingaRed, Gokai Green as Red Racer then Gosei Red, Gokai Pink as MagiRed then GekiRed, and Gokai Silver as Bouken Red then TyrannoRanger, before being ultimately destroyed by the Final Wave.
- Captain Marvelous had evidently followed the exploits of the ToQgers to be aware of Z, whom he had not been shown to encounter on-screen beforehand.
Chou Super Hero Taisen
A pack of Kuros led by an iteration of Z Shin were among the Shocker army of the Game World led by Shocker Leader III, the boss of the Chou Shocker Taisen bonus stage. This army was ultimately wiped out by a combined force of Sentai Rangers and Kamen Riders.
- Kuliners/Kuliner Robo
- Schwarz's Kuliner/Kuliner Robo
- Zed's Kuliner
- Morc's Kuliner
- Count Nair's Kuliner
Behind the scenes
- The name of each general is a play on the word "black".
- The fact that the higher-ups of the Shadow Line bicker among themselves could be a reference to Vyram from Chojin Sentai Jetman.
- The ability to grow directly after the Shadow Kaijn's first destruction is similar to the two lives system the Ayakashi from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger employ, with their destruction on their second death being their final life.
- Their goal to collect darkness through human hearts is somewhat similar to the villains from Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, the Deboth Army. But rather than collecting all emotions, they focus only on negative ones.
- They are similar to the Banki Clan Gaiark from Engine Sentai Go-Onger in desire to have a castle in the isolated world, and consuming the Earth into pollution.
- Emperor of Darkness Z and his Shadow Line elites (except General Schwarz and Miss Gritta) are the only Sentai villains, as a team, to perform their stances with explosions and finishing moves alongside two Super Sentai teams, in which only appears in Ressha Sentai ToQger vs. Kyoryuger: The Movie.
- Aside from those who appear in movie, none of the generals are killed by the ToQger.
- Galaxy Warriors - Power Rangers counterpart in Ninja Steel. See comparison page. (Baron Nero and Kuliner Robo costumes)
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