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''Power Rangers'' is a [[LongRunner long-running]] children's action franchise composed largely of StockFootage from its Japanese counterpart, ''Franchise/SuperSentai''.

In 1993, Haim Saban decided to do an American adaptation of the previous year's ''Super Sentai'' program, ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'', after an unsuccessful prior attempts to adapt previous ''Sentai'' programs such as ''Series/ChoudenshiBioman''. [[CutAndPasteTranslation In a style not dissimilar to Carl Macek's treatment]] of ''{{Robotech}}'', the action sequences from ''Zyuranger'' were intercut with new footage and a new storyline, producing ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', the first entry in the franchise's history.

The original story followed the adventures of five "[[RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude teenagers with attitude]]", selected by an alien being called Zordon to fight his eternal enemy Rita Repulsa who was recently [[SealedEvilInACan released from containment.]] Naturally, she came with her own army of [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]]. Zordon gave each teenager a TransformationTrinket to "morph" into costume as well as powerful HumongousMecha shaped like dinosaurs, called "Zords" (obviously, named after Zordon).

In the show's fourth season, it would rename itself as ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', utilizing the Sentai tradition of using new costumes every year; as the second and third season continued to use the ''Zyuranger'' suits, despite ''Zyuranger'' no longer being the main source footage.

It was not until the seventh season (''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'') that they took the final step to replacing the entire cast (both heroes and villains) each year. Henceforth, each season would end with the entire team retiring, and the next season would begin with an unrelated group in a different city with a different set of powers with no direct connection to the previous series. In addition to keeping the show "fresh", this excused the writers to [[RecycledScript recycle]] episode plots. ("Red Ranger learns how to be a good leader", for example)

The extent to which each ''Power Rangers'' incarnation resembles its ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' counterpart varies from season to season. In most cases, the general premise is preserved, but its interpretation is greatly changed - for instance, ''Lightspeed Rescue'' added the US-exclusive "Titanium Ranger" to the team since its counterpart, ''[=GoGoV=]'' did not include a traditional SixthRanger. However, some series have closely followed the plots of their counterparts, even borrowing entire episodes (''Time Force'', ''Wild Force'', ''SPD'', ''Samurai''). In other cases, the original premise is all but discarded (''Lost Galaxy'''s setting was changed from a LostWorld-style forest to a space station, and ''RPM'' took a goofy parody series with the mecha as [[RobotBuddy Robot Buddies]] and turned it into a story set AfterTheEnd). A main difference with ''Power Rangers'' and ''Super Sentai'' is the that ''Power Rangers'' has one continuity with all series set roughly in the same year it aired (with ''RPM'' an AlternateUniverse) while each ''Super Sentai'' season is typically treated as its own ContinuityReboot (barring ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', which uses nearly all prior Sentai series [[BroadStrokes as backstory in some form]]).

During production of its ninth season (''Time Force''), the show was acquired by Creator/{{Disney}} as part of a Creator/SabanEntertainment package deal for the purchase of what is now known as the Creator/ABCFamily channel and thus ''Wild Force'' would be the first season produced under Disney and the last to be produced by MMPR Productions in California. During its eleventh season (''Ninja Storm'') production moved to New Zealand and Village Roadshow Productions took over production of the show until 2009. As of 2010, Saban has repurchased the series and all rights to it from Disney under a new umbrella venture called Creator/SabanBrands, effectively uncancelling ''Power Rangers''... again.

'''The First Saban Era:'''
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* 1993-94: ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' (based on ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'', with newly recorded action sequences by the end of the season)
** 1994-95: ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' (featured mecha and monsters from ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'', which was also the source for the White Ranger's costumes, while retaining the original ''Zyuranger'' costumes for the other five members)
** 1995: ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' (featured mecha and monsters from ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'', while retaining the Ranger costumes (five ''Zyuranger'' and one ''Dairanger'') from previous seasons)
*** 1996: ''[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers]]'' (''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'' - costumes included)
* 1996: ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' (''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'')
* 1997: ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' (''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'')
* 1998: ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' (''Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger'')
* 1999: ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' (''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'')
* 2000: ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' (''Series/RescueSentaiGoGoFive'')
* 2001: ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' (''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'')

'''The Disney Era:'''
* 2002: ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' (''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'')[[note]]Some consider Wild Force to be the last Saban-era show; and technically, it still is considering that even though the rights were handed over to Disney, it still maintained the producers, writers, and crew from Saban. At best, this season could be considered the beginning of the second transitional era (the first being the beginning of the post-Zordon era, the third marking the neo-Saban era) or a "bridge" between Saban and Disney. Pre-production began before being sold to Disney, and the first half of the season aired on Fox Kids before switching to [=ABC=]/[=ABC=] Family, with the crew largely remaining the same as the Saban era, with Disney not taking full control until the middle of the season, and not hiring their own crew until Ninja Storm. The fact that management changed mid-season actually led to an instance of GettingCrapPastTheRadar: the writers were allowed to show two bloodless-yet-gruesome deaths, but only because they promised the characters would be shown to be alive later. However, they made that promise to the Saban management; Disney didn't hold them to it.[[/note]]
* 2003: ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' (''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'')
* 2004: ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' (''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'')
* 2005: ''Series/PowerRangersSPD [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Space Patrol Delta ]]
'' (''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'')
* 2006: ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' (''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'')
* 2007: ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' (''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'')
* 2008: ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'' (''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'')
* 2009: ''Series/PowerRangersRPM [[/folder]]

[[folder: Racing Performance Machines ]]
'' (''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'')
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* 2010: A {{recut}} of the first half of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' Season 1.
[[index]]

'''The Second Saban Era:'''
* 2011: ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' (''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'')
** 2012: ''[[Series/PowerRangersSamurai Power Rangers Super Samurai]]'' (''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' again)
* 2013: ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' (''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'')
** 2014: ''[[Series/PowerRangersMegaforce Power Rangers Super Megaforce]]'' (''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', with costumes held over from ''Goseiger'' sharing screentime with the ''Gokaiger'' ones)
* 2015: ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'' (''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', reportedly with some elements from ''TokumeiSentaiGobusters'')
[[/index]]

The franchise spawned three feature films. ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'' was a big-budget affair with entirely US-produced footage and extensive CGI, set as a NonSerialMovie in an AlternateContinuity to season 3. The second film, ''Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie'' had simply better production values than the TV series, and is within the regular continuity, setting up the premise of the ''Turbo'' season, but reception was much more negative than the other one. [[note]]There's also ''Clash of the Red Rangers'', a CrossOver special between ''Samurai'' and ''RPM'' which is termed a "movie" but is a MadeForTVMovie rather than a theatrical feature.[[/note]] A third theatrical movie [[http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1351039/lionsgate-and-saban-brands-partner-for-power-rangers-live-action-feature-film has been announced]], with the intention being a truly big budget blockbuster adaptation of the classic MMPR. There's also been a number of video games over the years, including MilestoneCelebration ''Power Rangers Super Legends'' and an upcoming mobile CrisisCrossover game called ''Power Rangers Unite''.

Currently, a big-budget cinematic reboot is in the works as a co-production between Saban and Lionsgate pictures. The screenplay is being written by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (''Film/{{Thor}}'', ''Film/XMenFirstClass''), and Dean Israelite (''Film/ProjectAlmanac'') is being courted to direct. The projected release date is January 17, 2017.

Now has a Wiki/TVTropes Website/{{Tumblr}} account [[http://powerrangerstropes.tumblr.com/ here]]. And JustForFun, we direct you to [[SoYouWantTo/WriteTheNextSuperSentai So You Want To Write The Next Super Sentai]]; most of which applies to ''Power Rangers'' as well.

All completed seasons ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and the 2010 Recut of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers]]), plus ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'', are available for streaming on {{Creator/Netflix}}, along with fellow Saban shows ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}'' and ''Series/VRTroopers''. All these series are also released on {{DVD}}.

The official website can be found [[http://powerrangers.com/ here]], along with the official Website/YouTube [[http://www.youtube.com/sabanspowerrangers account]], Website/{{Twitter}} [[http://twitter.com/PowerRangerNews account]], Website/{{Facebook}} [[https://www.facebook.com/powerrangers account]], and Instagram [[http://instagram.com/powerrangerspics account]].

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'''[[TropeNamers Tropes Named]]:'''

* Abandoned Warehouse District (now known as ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding)
* MakeMyMonsterGrow: The specific TropeNamer is Rita Repulsa in ''Mighty Morphin''', though every season has constant examples except ''SPD'' (where it was only done occasionally, as most criminals had HumongousMecha instead).
* ThePsychoRangers: A term made popular thanks to ''In Space''.[[note]]It wasn't actually the first season to have evil counterparts to the Rangers. The seasons that preceded it actually did have their own versions; they just weren't called "Psycho Rangers".[[/note]]
* RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude (The very first episode even!)
** Though the phrase itself is never said in the episode, just the opening of the show.
* RookieRedRanger: In some seasons
* SixthRanger: OnceASeason, and the Disney years wound up adapting ''Sentai'' that had multiple extra rangers. It went to the point where ''Lightspeed Rescue'' made its own Sixth Ranger: The Titanium Ranger. Coincidentally enough, ''[[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Zyuranger]]'' was the first to have a recurring sixth member and where it became a series staple for ''Super Sentai'', thus they can be considered co-Trope Namers.[[note]]Subverted by various {{mysterious protector}}s and/or am AloofAlly who don't join the team and DoubleSubverted if they pass on the powers to someone who does.[[/note]]
** By extension, SixthRangerTraitor and EleventhHourRanger were also named by ''Power Rangers'' despite the show not having very many examples.
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!!The ''Power Rangers'' franchise provides examples of the following tropes:

* TheAce: Phantom Ranger, Shadow Ranger, most {{Sixth Ranger}}s before the footage runs out.
* ActionGirl: All of the female Rangers fall under this, as they're all talented martial artists, either by training, AppliedPhlebotinum or magic.
* AdaptationalCurves: For both genders in the comics. The live-action shows have relatively thin stunt actors; the comics give each male Ranger a HeroicBuild and each female Ranger lots of curves.
** Likewise in the toyline, although the extent varies.
* AdaptationDistillation: It really depends on the season. The single continuity of ''Power Rangers'' means that they are more inclined to stay in the middle of goofy comedy and serious drama, whereas the AlternateContinuity nature of ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' allows them to swing across the extremes. There are times when, despite the looser MoralGuardians on ''Super Sentai'', ''Power Rangers'' has been better received than their Sentai counterpart.
* AnAesop
* AliensAndMonsters: Basically every antagonist in the series.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: It doesn't matter whether you're American, from a galaxy far away or from another culture 3000 years ago, you ''will'' be speaking English.
** AliensOfLondon: And a lot of these people have deliberate accents. Just go with it.
** Fanon likes the idea that the Power has as a part of it a universal translator, like TranslatorMicrobes.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Nearly every GrandFinale, with only ''Zeo'' and ''Jungle Fury'' being spared some form of it - both because they went for epic {{Storming The Castle}}s instead; and ''Ninja Storm'' and ''Dino Thunder'' had ''both'' (simultaneously, even!). ''In Space'' did an All Your Base in the '''fourth episode''', with help from the [[Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]; and ''RPM'' had it practically as a RunningGag for a little while.
** TrashTheSet
* AllYourColorsCombined: Various attacks that use all five Rangers firing at once.
* AllYourPowersCombined: A MonsterOfTheWeek will show up every once in a while with this ability, usually with the sapped Power Ranger abilities.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Many]] [[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy teams]] [[Series/PowerRangersWildForce are]] [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder animal]] [[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury themed]] [[Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge one way or another]].
* TheArtifact:
** After the end of the Zordon Era (Season 6, ''Power Rangers in Space'') the HumongousMecha are still called Zords.
** Also related to Zordon, way back in the very first episode he laid down ground rules for the Rangers: keep a SecretIdentity, never escalate a battle unless forced, and never use powers for personal gain. While Zordon is no longer around to enforce such things and most Rangers haven't even heard these rules, the principles are still followed most of the time (while the secret identity rule often goes out the window depending on the season, "no personal gain" is only occasionally violated and the escalation rule almost ''never'' is).
* ArtShift: The most concise way to describe the shift from live-action to PeopleInRubberSuits that occurs OnceAnEpisode.
** The material used for the ranger suits differs slightly from the sentai versions (the sentai ones tend to be more shiny) so it's pretty clear what's sentai footage and what's new.
*** That, and the switches have the same visual effect as VideoInsideFilmOutside, so it very definitely looks like an art shift.
* AscendedFanboy: Crops up from time to time since ''Ninja Storm'', though Justin of ''Turbo'' was the first.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: OnceAnEpisode
* AutobotsRockOut
* {{Badbutt}}: Most {{Sixth Ranger}}s. Whether or not some elevate to full {{Badass}} - and just which ones - is an exercise best left to the viewer.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace:Or rather anyone really. We see training grounds ON THE MOON in Lost Galaxy with no sort of space suit. The Turbo season ends with the Rangers going up in space with no concerns for oxygen.
** Before that, Rita, Zed, and the henchmen had a base on the moon, with a big, open balcony. When Tommy was taken there during his Evil Phase, he didn't seem affected. This could be explained as magic (Rita's a witch), though whether this is the case in other seasons is a point of contention. Relevant is the fact that the series opens with a moon landing, which lets Rita out of her prison dumpster, and the astronauts are in full space suits.
** Little girls can breathe in space: Carlos takes a little girl named Silvy for a ride on his Galaxy Glider. She makes it all the way to Saturn and back with no ill effect.
** Cole uses the Falcon Rider and morph ''only'' (no spacesuit or anything) to duel Serpentera in Wild Force.
* BefriendingTheEnemy: Due to a growing friendship Bulk and Skull become subtly less antagonistic toward the rangers while they're in civilian mode over time. This becomes more blatant in an episode of ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' where T.J. not believing Bulk and Skull would steal helps them find the thief who framed them. Afterwards Bulk says "T.J. is pretty cool", and Cassie replies that T.J. thinks the same of them. Arguably, it is T.J., out of the other Rangers, who was probably the kindest to those two, which definitely helped to make the relationship between them and the Rangers better (of course, that is not to say that there weren't any occasions where the previous Rangers, before T.J. et al, [[ThrowTheDogABone threw them the bone]] -- there were subtle moments).
* BigBad: A series staple; there's always one main villain directing the others.
* BigDamnHeroes: {{Sixth Ranger}}s (and any Ranger guest stars) love this trope, due to StockFootage constraints.
* BigGood: Almost every series has one.
** Zordon from the first series up to ''Power Rangers In Space''.
** Supreme Commander Fowler/Doggie Cruger from ''[[PowerRangersSPD Space Patrol Delta]]''.
** Captain Logan [[spoiler:and Alex Drake]] from ''[[PowerRangersTimeForce Time Force]]''.
** Captain William Mitchell from ''[[PowerRangersLightspeedRescue Lightspeed Rescue]]''.
** Animus from ''[[PowerRangersWildForce Wild Force]]''.
** Sensei Kanoi Watanabe from ''[[PowerRangersNinjaStorm Ninja Storm]]''.
** The Mystic Mother from ''[[PowerRangersMysticForce Mystic Force]]''. [[spoiler: Actually a famous villain and former BigBad after a HeelFaceTurn]].
** Andrew Hartford from ''[[PowerRangersOperationOverdrive Operation Overdrive]]''.
** Gosei from ''[[Series/PowerRangersMegaforce Megaforce/Super Megaforce]]''.
* BirthdayEpisode: Mess with a Power Ranger on their birthday, and [[ItsPersonal he or she is going to be pissed off]]. [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Zack]], [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Justin]], [[Series/PowerRangersInSpace Ashley]], and [[Series/PowerRangersSamurai Emily]] all get a kill credit for a birthday present. Justin also gets a surprise visit from his father.
--> '''Justin''': Aw, Dad! This is the best birthday ever!
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Rangers and their friends are good; even the shady ones have an excuse: [[Series/PowerRangersSPD street-level hoods]]? Stealing to survive and help other homeless! [[Series/PowerRangersRPM Guy working with the mob]]? Screwed them all over to help an orphanage of {{Littlest Cancer Patient}}s! [[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive Professional thief]]? ...Okay, that one was just glossed over, but he's probably one of those guys who's legitimately hired by companies to test security.
** ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder's'' Mesogog, while still black, was a ''particularly grey shade'' of black, as he is the sole villain of the series to not [[CardCarryingVillain carry an evil business card]]. He was a dinosaur hybrid who wanted to wipe out us filthy mammals and restore dinosaurs to their rightful place as the dominant creatures, and so thought what he was doing to be right, although his methods and manner make it dark enough to still be evil. Its grey, but only in comparison to the villains whose goals are ''stated'' to be "to be as evil as possible, nyahaha".
** The grayest ''Power Rangers'' villain is Ransik of ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce''. He wanted to take over the world in the present, because in the future, the mutations that result on rare occasion from the genetic engineering process that normally allows for perfect DesignerBabies for all are shunned to a degree that would make the mutants of X-Men count their blessings. Ransik's entire gang is gathered from the homeless mutants. He cackles as much as any past villain whose title is "Your Evilness" when causing mayhem, but he's got a reason for his hate and his motivation isn't simply greed or [[ForTheEvulz the evulz]] like many of the others.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Of the original sentai counterpart. Any violence, dark or sexual is completely rewritten, removed or replaced. Notable is the "skimpy" villainess. Then again, here they got [[EvilIsSexy Astronema, Tenaya]] etc.
* BroughtDownToNormal: Most post-Zordon-era seasons end with the Rangers being depowered; either by having the power source run dry, willingly giving them up, or losing them. (Similar things happened ''during'' the Zordon era, but since the casts carried over and soon got new powers they qualify as DiscardAndDraw.)
** BroughtDownToBadass: Most ex-Rangers can still kick ass, though they rarely get a chance to show it.
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: Each team has their own phrase they say before transforming. Whether or not this phrase is required varies. For instance, "It's morphing time!" was not required but saying the name of their dinosaur was explicitly required.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Later, New Zealand doubling. New Zealand doubling for California no less.
** Briefly Australia doubling while the movie was being filmed, though most of the episodes filmed there were actually set in Australia.
* CallingYourAttacks: It's most common for the name of the weapon to be called, rather than the effect. "Delta Max Striker!" "Power Sword!" However, there were a few situations where they'd name the attack too -- which made the use of more tricked-out weapons painful to watch. "Lunar Cue!" [Takes out weapon] "Break mode!" [Re-forms it] "Laser Pool!" [Creates phantom pool table, puts {{Power Crystal}}s on it] "Lunar Break!" [Launches them] Can we say overkill? It's part of the show's MerchandiseDriven nature: gotta make sure everything gets its name announced so the kids know what to beg the 'rents to go buy.
** Has been taken to the extreme in the seasons under [[ScapegoatCreator Bruce Kalish]] where even the ''guns'' are voice activated. That's right. Whether you call them guns or blasters or anything else, these weapons with quite noticeable triggers (y'know, devices which are operated via the finger) require the user to shout: '''"LASERS!"''' in order to make them fire.
* CameraAbuse: Starting to see use as of the 2000s, enemy explosions generally cause the battlefield "camera" to shake violently, in an attempt to hide the twitches and slight movements by Rangers and Zords during finisher poses.
* {{Camp}}: The entire franchise qualifies to varying degrees.
* CardCarryingVillain: The franchise is one of the most noticeable examples of this, particularly in its earlier years, where each season's villains would refer to themselves as "[insert title here] of Evil". This culminated in season 6, where all the preceding villains were revealed to be members of a "United Alliance of Evil."
** The only thing the UAE was ever seen doing was throwing celebration parties for themselves, complete with streamers and conga lines. That's one awesome organization.
*** ''And'' launching a massive, coordinated attack on the entire universe in the ''[[Series/PowerRangersInSpace In Space]]'' finale. So... throwing parties for themselves and nearly conquering the entire universe. Still pretty cool.
* TheCastShowOff: Many hobbies and skills of the actors are integrated into their characters. Amy Jo Johnson's gymnastics training and Walter Jones' DanceBattler skills are the more famous. Jason David Frank's martial arts training also allowed him to preform more risky combat stunts than the other Rangers at times.
** CastTheExpert: The show usually seeks out people with martial arts or other athletic backgrounds to start with.
* CerebusRollercoaster: A cycle drifting between serious and silly; undoubtedly helped by the fact that things start from scratch each season:
** CerebusSyndrome: ''In Space'' skewed the franchise more seriously, and ever since it's never been quite as goofy as the earliest seasons. ''RPM'' can be considered a half-Cerebus; its AfterTheEnd setting is darker than any before, but plays franchise tropes with a wink and a nudge that keep you from taking it ''too'' seriously.
** ReverseCerebusSyndrome: ''Ninja Storm'' brought a level of silliness and self-awareness back to the series (though not quite to the level of ''Mighty Morphin''). ''Samurai'' does this in contrast to ''RPM'''s darker elements.
* CharacterMagneticTeam: There's always at least one SixthRanger, but the Disney seasons tended to pile them on - ''Operation Overdrive'' is the only one of those that got away with a single SixthRanger[[note]]Not Disney's fault, blame ''Super Sentai''[[/note]]. This is partly because a lot of those seasons started with reduced {{Power Trio}}s and had more room to expand. ''Dino Charge'' is another bad offender.
* ChestInsignia: Almost every Ranger sports a team logo and maybe a personal symbol ''somewhere'' on their suits; if not on the chest then on the belt buckle or helmet, usually. A number of these are BroughtToYouByTheLetterS.
** Strangely, the ''toy'' versions of the original ''Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers'' had chest logos that showed their chosen animals... when the TV versions did not.
*** The chest insignas become rather humorously ironic when you remember that ''Wild Force'' was the first season to have chest insignias of the team's Zords in it. For clarification, ''[[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Wild Force]]'' came at the 25th anniversary of ''Super Sentai''. This means that MMPR's toys came a full ''9 years'' before ''[[Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger Gaoranger]]''/''[[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Wild Force]]'' aired.
* TheChosenMany: The franchise developed this as new teams were added every year, to the point that there's a bit of FridgeLogic that if things got bad enough the current Rangers could always call for support. However, it gets subverted when previous Rangers are brought up in ''Dino Thunder''; as it's noted that most former Rangers can't help them because they're retired, depowered, and/or out of contact. Ultimately, each Ranger team is largely on their own. (Then again, the ''Megaforce'' team was backed up by ''everyone'' in its finale...)
* ChromeChampion: Many {{Sixth Ranger}}s invoke this and the main ''Mighty Morphin'' Rangers got Metallic Armor in season 3.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Runs rampant among the villains, especially during the Zordon era. In [[Series/PowerRangersInSpace one]] SeasonFinale, TheStarscream and the GreaterScopeVillain actually take each other out, saving the Rangers the trouble of even having to fight them.
* CityOfAdventure: Angel Grove for the first 6 seasons; after that each season has its own city. Specifically:
** The space colony Terra Venture in ''Lost Galaxy''.
** Mariner Bay, California in ''Lightspeed Rescue''.
** Silver Hills, Washington in ''Time Force''.
** Turtle Cove, Colorado in ''Wild Force''.
** Blue Bay Harbor, California in ''Ninja Storm''.
** Reefside, California in ''Dino Thunder''.
** Newtech City in ''SPD''.
** Briarwood, California in ''Mystic Force''.
** San Angeles, California in ''Operation Overdrive''.
** Ocean Bluff, California in ''Jungle Fury''.
** Corinth in ''RPM''.
** Panorama City in ''Samurai'' and ''Super Samurai''.
** Harwood County, California in ''Megaforce'' and ''Super Megaforce''.
** Amber Beach in ''Dino Charge''.
* ClipShow[=/=]RecapEpisode: One in every season starting with ''Lost Galaxy'', though earlier seasons occasionally had them too, especially shortly before or after a power switch in the ''Mighty Morphin'' to ''Zeo'' days.
* CollectibleCardGame: Two of them: the ''Power Rangers Collectible Card Game'' which was released before ''RPM'', and the ''Power Rangers Action Card Game'' released alongside ''Megaforce''.
* ColorblindCasting: There's a mandate to make the team a FiveTokenBand, but generally nobody cares which token wears which Ranger color. (Though it did take them until ''Dino Charge'' to put a dark-skinned actress in a Pink Ranger suit, but part of that has to do with the general lack of black actresses cast in the Disney seasons.)
** As mentioned in the YMMV section, the franchise has not seen a black actress being cast as a Ranger for fourteen years -- specifically, in the years between ''Time Force'' and ''Dino Charge''. Before Camille Hyde got the part of Shelby in ''Dino Charge'', there have only been three black actresses who got to play Rangers: [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers Karan Ashley]] (Aisha), [[PowerRangersZeo Nakia]] [[PowerRangersTurbo Burrise]] (Tanya), and [[PowerRangersTimeForce Deborah Estelle Phillips]] (Katie); all three were cast as Yellow Rangers.
* ColorCharacter: Oh so many. A common way for {{Sixth Ranger}}s to set themselves apart is to ''not'' have this kind of name.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Every Power Ranger will dress exclusively in their Ranger color. Former Rangers will usually dress in neutral colors like black, gray or brown. Family members or love interests of specific Rangers will also often dress in their relevant Ranger's color. Every now and then, you'll get a side character, like Emily in Zeo, who dresses exclusively in orange.
** ColorCodedSecretIdentity
* CommLinks: The ''Mighty Morphin''' Rangers had communicators that also happened to tap into their mentor's teleportation system. Later teams had communications built into their morphers (and many of those are cell phones anyway). ''Dino Charge'' is the first season to have the communicators separate from the morphers, instead having them double as the holders for the Dino Chargers.
* CompositeCharacter: Back before they started adapting ''Sentai'''s annual cast change method we could get one Ranger in ''Power Rangers'' representing 2 or more different characters in ''Sentai''. Tommy takes the cake though representing 5 completely unrelated ''Sentai'' characters.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: There are many instances of a MonsterOfTheWeek beating up an entire team of Rangers, but when there are dozens of monsters, these are degraded to EliteMooks.
* ContinuityCreep: Seasons are still mostly self-contained, but compare the interchangeable [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]] from ''MMPR'' to, say, ''Operation Overdrive'''s ongoing treasure hunt.
* ContinuityNod: A LongRunner like ''Power Rangers'' is obligated to have them. For instance the Red Ranger towards the end of ''Turbo'' says "[[CatchPhrase May The Power Protect You]]", referencing Zordon's line from the earlier seasons.
* CreatorProvincialism: Most of the [[CityOfAdventure Cities Of Adventure]] are based in California, and the rest also appear to be in the western US. ''RPM'' has a couple hidden references to Boston (the hometown of its first executive producer Eddie Guzelian).
* CrossOver: From ''Lost Galaxy'' on, there's a recurring tradition of the seasonal team-up, a two-parter where the previous season's cast meets up with the current Rangers to deal with a threat that requires their combined powers.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Bulk and Skull are the most notable examples; not only are they the longest-serving characters in the entire franchise, but they also have the most [non-Ranger] character development. They definitely TookALevelInBadass, in spite of having their roles gradually reduced.
* DarkActionGirl: Most female villains. A few others are {{Dark Magical Girl}}s.
* DeadlyFireworksDisplay[=/=]DefeatEqualsExplosion: Happens to the MonsterOfTheWeek every single episode.
* DecompositeCharacter: The Power Rangers provide many examples:
** ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': The normal version of ''[[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Zyuranger]]'''s [[MonsterOfTheWeek Dora Franke]] became the Frankenstein monster, while his second and third forms Zombie Franke and Satan Franke became two different forms of the same character, Mutitus.
** ''[[Series/PowerRangersZeo Zeo]]'': Prince Buldont of ''[[Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger Ohranger]]'', who [[PlotRelevantAgeUp later grew into an older form]], Kaiser Buldont, became the characters Prince Sproket (younger) and Prince Gasket (older).
** The conversion of ''[[Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman Gingaman]]'' to ''[[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Lost Galaxy]]''. The BigBad Captain Zahab was split off into Scorpius and his more direct counterpart, Captain Mutiny.
*** And then there's borderline example Furio: He has the costume of Dr. Hinelar's final form, but Sanbash's role in the story. Sanbash's costume, not available at the time, was later used for a new character named Villamax.
** Twice when converting ''[[Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger Timeranger]]'' to ''[[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Time Force]]''. The costume of BigBad Don Dolnero was used for comic relief character Gluto, and the BigBad with some of Dolnero's role was original-design Ransik. Meanwhile, the Rangers' commanding officer Captain Ryuya was split into Captain Logan and, more directly, Alex.
** ''[[Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger Hurricaneger]]'''s Motodrone: he's based off the adult form of Manmaruba, while Eyezak, a MonsterOfTheWeek he used, is actually Manmaruba's OneWingedAngel form.
** ''[[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury Jungle Fury]]'': Long, the ultimate BigBad of [[Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger Gekiranger]], was split into Dai Shi (inheriting his BigBad status and OneWingedAngel form) and General Scorch (inheriting his Phantom Beast form and TreacherousAdvisor status). Da Shi possesses Jarod so in a way Long's Power Ranger counterpart is also Jarod who is also Rio's counterpart.
* DiscardAndDraw: For the first few seasons, the heroes would lose their powers and get new ones at the beginning of each series.
* DiskOneFinalBoss: Every Big Bad before Dark Specter could be considered one, and there are one or more in several seasons afterward.
** Subverted in some seasons where the first BigBad's replacement turns out to be an InterimVillain, and the original comes back by the finale even though they were defeated earlier in the story.
* TheDragon
** CoDragons: Multiple seasons have them, but Goldar and Scorpina were the first.
* EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse:
* EverythingFades: "Destroyed" villains explode, dissolve, etc. and on the very rare occasions that someone we're supposed to like is KilledOffForReal, it looks rather sparkly.
* EvilIsHammy: Oh, hell yes. The best measure of a good ''Power Rangers'' villain is how much [[ChewingTheScenery scenery they can chew.]]
* EvilLaugh: While not every laugh is memorable, most villains have at least one of these.
* EvilPlan: All the villains have some goal they want to accomplish. Most of the time it's TakeOverTheWorld.
* EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce: If any team of Rangers are defeated it will be TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* EvilVirtues: There are a surprising number of villains with at least one redeeming trait. Notable in ''Lost Galaxy''.
* ExpositoryThemeTune (Less common in the early seasons)
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Generally justified. Justifications for family friendly energy weapons include aliens, time travel, [[GovernmentConspiracy secret government programs]], [[AWizardDidIt magic]], and in at least one case, [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney funding]].
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: The franchise has had its share of gruesome deaths, even if [[NeverSayDie it's not fond of the]] ''[[NeverSayDie word]]'' "[[NeverSayDie death]]."
* FanConvention: 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2014 brought Power Morphicon.
* FanFilm: A Hollywood quality fan film simply titled Power Rangers was released in early 2015 with very graphic language, violence and sexual content. Interestingly, the high production values and using known actors (Creator/KateeSackhoff and [[Series/DawsonsCreek James Van Der Beek]]) starts skirting very close to copyright infringement [[note]]All fan created content offered to the public is ''technically'' illegal regardless of earning money from it, except in cases of parody and/or review. Most are ignored because of the quality of the product and futility of chasing down every piece of fan fiction or fan art. The movie was good enough that it could be mistaken for an official production and ''especially'' because of the graphic content it could hurt the brand's image.[[/note]] and Saban had the movie taken down in short order.
* {{Fanservice}}: Of the non-sexual kind; it's the only reason for the anniversary episodes "Forever Red" and "Once a Ranger".
** Meanwhile, the exceptional number of {{Beach Episode}}s in both ''Mighty Morphin'' and ''Ninja Storm'' count in the normal way (at least ''Ninja Storm'' had an excuse, as Tori was a surfer). ''Lost Galaxy'''s Yellow Ranger, Maya, also had a rather fanservicey outfit.
*** And Karone, the reformed Astronema, who had suddenly turned all [[MoeMoe simple and demure]] after missing out on her own childhood, is always wrapped up in a tight black leather outfit for no apparent reason.
**** Speaking of tight black leather, Jen in "Reinforcements From the Future".
*** For the ladies or some guys, a ShirtlessScene with Jason or Tommy (or both) was a common occurrence.
** PantyShot: Ashley from ''Turbo[=/=]In Space'' has one, but it was probably unintentional. That said, they do match her [[LimitedWardrobe Ranger color]], so the production team must have at least considered the possibility of it happening.
** Dulcea also delivers this in '''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie''.
* FantasyHelmetEnforcement: While the helmets on their suits don't count, safety helmets are used a lot to the point of FridgeLogic. ''Dino Thunder'' is a major offender.
* FantasyKitchenSink: Due to its many seasons, the show has had many different types of characters, including wizards, witches, space police, animal spirits, aliens, gods, demons, robots, cyborgs, and computer viruses... and they're ALL in the same universe (Well, for the most part).
* FateWorseThanDeath: Serious FridgeHorror stuff.
* FinishingMove: Every season had one or more for the normal size, one for the giant size (of each megazord combination). Plus the Battilizer when available.
* FiveBadBand: Every few seasons would have something similar.
* FiveManBand: The Red Ranger is always TheHero and the Pink Ranger tends to fall closest to TheChick; but TheLancer, TheBigGuy, and TheSmartGuy usually vary between teams. The franchise also has its own set of stock character types that often show up in teams:
** TheHero: ''Always'' the Red Ranger, who is also TheLeader over 90% of the time. Usually HotBlooded to a degree (though there are some calmer ones) and often a newcomer; there's a reason for the trope RookieRedRanger.
** TheSpock: A more serious, logically-minded team member. Can easily form a RedOniBlueOni pair with a more emotional Red Ranger, thereby becoming Red's [[TheLancer Lancer]]. Either that, or they're a scientist and TheSmartGuy, though that role may go to the team's MissionControl ally instead. Both versions tend to be Blue Rangers.
** RuleAbidingRebel: The cool guy of the team; confident and independent (but not actually rebellious - usually). Tends to be the Red Ranger's NumberTwo and the other candidate for the team's [[TheLancer Lancer]]. Usually seen in Black Rangers.
** PluckyComicRelief: Maybe they're a CloudCuckoolander, maybe they're a ButtMonkey, or maybe they're a MetaGuy. In any case, they're the fun one of the group. Green Rangers are often associated with this character type.
** ActionGirl: Any female Ranger tends to land here; their exact character types can vary but generally don't fall into any of the above categories (though there are a few girls that are "the logical one", for both the "serious" and "techie" variants). When two girls are on a team, they're often a TomboyAndGirlyGirl pair. The usual colors are Yellow for the Tomboy and Pink for the Girly Girl, though inversions and the occasional other color exist.
** SixthRanger: Like with the girls, there's no defined character type; though their increased power over the rest of the team makes them TheAce.
* FiveTokenBand: Every season, although there are often two Caucasians but one of them is always a girl.
** ''Samurai'' comes closest - two Caucasians, male (Jayden) and female (Emily), one African American (Kevin), one Asian (Mia), one Latin American (Mike), and one Mexican American (Antonio).
** Some of it matters in the details, but ''Samurai'' might take a second place to ''Zeo.'' Tommy was Native American (it was around the time of ''Zeo'' that they started playing up his Native American Heritage), Adam was Asian, Rocky was Hispanic, Tanya was African, and Kat was Caucasian (and even then she was an Australian living in America).
** Some seasons have also averted tokenism by having multiple actors from the same ethnic background, such as by having two people of Latin American descent on one team (''Turbo'' through ''In Space'', ''Mystic Force'') and two people of Asian descent on the same team (''Ninja Storm'', ''Operation Overdrive'' and ''RPM''). ''Jungle Fury'' averts it in an entirely different way by simply not having enough tokens - one Asian (Theo) and four white guys.
* FleetingDemographicRule: The seasonal themes; recycled ones include dinosaurs (eleven years between the first season of ''Mighty Morphin'' and ''Dino Thunder'', ten between ''Dino Thunder'' and ''Dino Charge''), ninjas (eight years between the third season of ''Mighty Morphin'' and ''Ninja Storm''), animals (six years between ''Wild Force'' and ''Jungle Fury'') and {{Cool Car}}s (twelve years between ''Turbo'' and ''RPM''). Also, we had Rangers-as-public/civil servants in ''Lightspeed Rescue'' (2000) and themes around time and space in ''Time Force'' (2001) -- ''SPD'' would be aired in 2005 and its seasonal theme is arguably a combination of those two (and although the events are ''In Space'' is alluded to here for normalizing relations between Earthlngs and non-Earthlings, it is relatively minor theme-wise).
* FollowTheLeader: Many, some of which are [[SelfPlagiarism Saban's own attempts to repeat the same concept]]: ''Series/VRTroopers'', ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}'' and ''MaskedRider''.
* FutureSpandex: The rangers always wear skintight spandex suits.
* GenderedOutfit: Female Rangers tend to wear skirts along with their uniforms (but not always, thanks to...)
* GenderFlip[=/=]ShesAManInJapan: The Yellow Rangers up to ''Wild Force''; occurrences of Yellow Ranger gender synchronicity prior to ''Wild Force'' (in ''Zeo'', ''Turbo'', and ''in Space'') were because it was a rare case of the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' show having two girls as well.
** An exception was made with Ninja Yellow from ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'', whose American counterpart (the Yellow Alien Ranger) was also male, although the Alien Rangers were not used that much.
** ''In Space'' had Ashley Hammond, the Yellow Ranger, wearing a skirt. Her ''Sentai'' counterpart was actually female; not only that, but the team also had Cassie as the Pink Ranger (and yes, with the skirt) who is considered the tomboy to Ashley's girly-girl (see more further down in this page). Kira Ford from ''Dino Thunder'' also averts the ShesAManInJapan trope since her Yellow Sentai counterpart also wore a skirt and was female.
** ''Ninja Storm'', ''Dino Thunder'', and ''Jungle Fury'' were also exceptions, being able to have only one female team member through the whole show (unless you count Camille in ''Jungle Fury'' who pulled a HeelFaceTurn near the end). This is probably because those shows started with a PowerTrio which included the female ranger, making her a more consistent presence on the team than the males who came later.
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: Villains turn into this when not much attempt is given to their characterization.
* GodzillaThreshold
* GoldColoredSuperiority: Gold Rangers serve as a SixthRanger in various seasons, and the original ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' Red Ranger Jason returns as the Gold Ranger in ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''. Red Rangers often get gold armor in their battlizers, as well.
* GondorCallsForAid: "Forever Red", "Once a Ranger", and the ''Megaforce'' finale. The ''in Space'' GrandFinale actually subverted it as various Rangers across various worlds was still not enough.
* GoodIsDumb
* GottaCatchThemAll:
** These shows have created a meta-example of this. To further make use of the Merchandise Driven nature of the show, the number of HumongousMecha have expanded in recent years. ''Wild Force'' is seen by many as the start of it, with 22 Wild Zords, all of which were released in toy form.
** However, there are times when the plot really is 'collect the six whatevers.' ''Operation Overdrive'' revolved around the five jewels to a magical crown (other artifacts empowered by them were clues, but also powerful themselves.) The ''Mighty Morphin''' Rangers also once had to go collect the pieces of the DismantledMacGuffin (which ''they'' broke and scattered. Didn't want the bad guys to get the Zeo Crystal; didn't realize they'd actually be needing the thing).
* GotTheCallOnSpeedDial: Tommy Oliver is the Most Triumphant Example of this trope as all the incarnations of his powers could form a full five-man team (with TWO Red Rangers no less!), although Adam and Kat give a run with both having three different Ranger identities. Though Adam only has two different colors (black and green) and Kat is Pink for all three.
* GrandFinale: Despite not being ''the actual finale'' for the show, "Countdown to Destruction" did manage to finish the storyline for the first six seasons.
* GreatOffscreenWar: ''Several''. Throughout the various series extremely numerous references are made by various unrelated characters in unrelated seasons to significant battles 10,000 years ago and 3,000 years ago. Other than that, we got nothin' on 'em.
* HamToHamCombat: Most every Rangers vs. Monster of the Week battles easily fall under this.
* HeadBob
* HeelFaceTurn: Most {{Sixth Ranger}}s are not aligned with the good guys at first, if not outright evil. The occasional major villain redeems themselves as well.
* HenshinHero
* HeroicBuild: Usually averted on the show, barring the occasional powerup, but often played straight in merchandising and official artwork (which, in all honesty, clashes with what we see on TV).
* HeroicSacrifice: Normally once or twice a season at least.
** SenselessSacrifice: Tommy losing the zords and their powers in early ''Mighty Morphin'' Season 3. TJ sacrificing the Rescue Zords (''Turbo''). Karone trying to stop the asteroid (''In Space'').
** StupidSacrifice: Karone trying to stop the asteroid (again ''In Space''). Tommy sacrificing the zords (''Dino Thunder'').
* HighlyConspicuousUniform: Dillon from ''RPM'' said it best.
-->'''Dillon:''' Right, because nothing says "covert" like bright red, yellow, and blue spandex.
** The ''Time Force'' crew stuck out pretty badly in their uniforms before Wes hooked them up with 21st century civilian clothes. Later team civilian uniforms would subvert this, and ''RPM'' itself would avert it with their "uniforms" being leather jackets and jeans.
* HomeBase and SupervillainLair: All seasons have both, but the type and importance varies.
** ElaborateUndergroundBase: ''Zeo'', ''Turbo'', ''Ninja Storm'', ''Dino Thunder'', and ''Operation Overdrive''.
** UnderwaterBase: ''Lightspeed Rescue''
** SpaceBase: Rita's and later Zedd's base was on the moon, as well as the Machine Empire's during their attack on Earth. Astronema's Dark Fortress was also a space base, and Divatox got one too.
*** The Rangers had the Astro Megaship and Terra Venture.
* HumanAliens: All over the universe. Some of whom even ''call'' themselves humans, with no real explanation outside of "Earth isn't the only place where humans live".
* HumongousMecha
** AnimalMecha: Not in every season, but a sizable number of them.
** CombiningMecha
** ImpossiblyGracefulGiant: Moreso in later series, when they can use CGI in addition to PeopleInRubberSuits.
** LeaderFormsTheHead
** AMechByAnyOtherName: "Zords"/"Megazords".
** MechaExpansionPack: The extra weapon zords in several seasons starting with ''Wild Force'', as well as the Zeo Megazord's alternate helmets before then.
** TransformingMecha
* IdenticalGrandson: Very nearly every TimeTravel story ever, becoming a plot point in ''Time Force''.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: During Bruce Kalish's run between ''SPD'' and ''Jungle Fury''; every title had a specific number of words depending on the season.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy
* ImprobableAge: Tommy "[[FanNickname swiss cheese memory]]" Oliver is implied to have gotten an 8-year [=PhD=] then done a bunch of top secret projects all within 6 years.
** It should be noted, however, that after completing your Bachelor's Degree, you generally do have the choice (assuming you do choose to go through more schooling) of either of the following:
*** Going to a community college
*** Doing your Master's (it usually takes 2 or 3 years to complete) and just sticking with it; or, doing your Master's and following it up with a [=PhD=] afterwards
*** Going straight into your [=PhD=] right after your Bachelor's (no Master's in between; option to take it after, or not at all). It is highly likely that Tommy took this route after getting his Bachelor's. But, there is still a discrepancy because a [=PhD=] on average takes 5-8 years to complete and it would be ''very'', ''very'' difficult to try and complete it within 2 years (even for savants, which Tommy is not, and who make up a very small minority among the general population in real life) because of the course and work load. And yes, it's true that Tommy ''could'' be in the process of completing his [=PhD=] while he is doing his teaching job; but, that is not how it was written and hence, we are told that he somehow already completed his [=PhD=] by the time we see him in ''Dino Thunder''. Either way, and as to be expected, logic doesn't always take a front seat in Power Rangers.
** Dana is a paramedic at age 18, and a full-fledged doctor less than a year later.
** Rose is a college professor at a similar age, but at least she's a [[TeenGenius genius]]!
** Dr. K created the RPM Ranger powers and is no older than 19... But then we find out about her past, and suddenly her immense technological skills make more sense as she is revealed to be a clear-cut example of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savant_syndrome savant]].
** Then there's "Spike" Skullovich, who had to have been born during ''Zeo'' to be 15 during ''Samurai''.
* ImprovFu: The use of the playgrounds and improvised weapons like trash cans and brooms is insanely common in almost all of the shows, most blatantly with Ziggy in ''RPM''.
* InstantEmergencyResponse: It's their job, so they always get to the monster of the week quickly, usually by teleportation or some type of ranger power to let them run fast to the scene.
* InstantExpert[=/=]UpgradeArtifact: Nearly every Ranger knows how to fight and pilot HumongousMecha once they use a morpher; though the fighting ability is often justified by training for some time before. Subverted by Billy, who could only fight ''while'' morphed, and Ziggy, where not even morphing helps.
* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: Most Megazords fall under this category easily.
* {{Jerkass}}: Multiple, most famously Bulk and Skull in ''Mighty Morphin''' Season 1.
** At his worst, Eric in ''Time Force'' was this, even after he ''[[SixthRanger became a Ranger.]]''
** A Jerkass-Of-The-Week doing something jerky, usually to one of the rangers in civilian form, and learning a moral lesson that coincides with a monster attack is a standard filler episode plot.
* KeepItForeign: Played straight in the Mexican dubs with the names of the Rangers and Zords until ''Dino Thunder'', since Disney bought the franchise and the Spanish dubbing was switched from Mexico to Argentina due to cost reasons. Due to [[ValuesDissonance complicated cultural reasons unrelated to the trope]], Argentinian translators translated them back to Spanish. When Saban bought back the series from Disney, the dubbing work returns again to Mexican hands.
* KidAppealCharacter: Fred in ''Mighty Morphin': The Movie'' and Justin in ''Turbo'' are definite ones; but other than that, generally averted. The Rangers appeal to their young audience well enough most of the time without resorting to a childlike AudienceSurrogate.
* KungFoley: Whenever the Rangers are morphed, it doesn't matter whether they're throwing a punch in battle or just sticking their fist in the air in a dramatic pose, the rotation of their arm will inevitably produce a loud WHOOSH.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: RedIsHeroic, and the Red Ranger is always TheHero...
** ProtagonistPowerUpPrivileges: ...''and'' he gets all the best stuff, even when he's [[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce not exactly the leader]].
* LimitedWardrobe: Most seasons have this, though they're often justified by being some sort of uniform related to Ranger duties. Some seasons do avert it by letting the Rangers have multiple outfits, though they're still in [[ColorCodedCharacters signature colors]].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Considering they assemble an entirely new cast every season...
* LocalHangout: Several.
** The Juice Bar in ''Mighty Morphin'''. Replaced by the Surf Spot in ''in Space''.
** ''Ninja Storm'' had Storm Chargers, the sporting goods store where Dustin (and later Hunter and Blake) works.
** ''Dino Thunder'' had Hayley's Cyberspace Cafe (where we first meet Trent).
** ''Mystic Force'' had Rockporium, Toby's music store, where Xander works and Vida sometimes spins.
** The HomeBase of ''Jungle Fury'', Jungle Karma Pizza, could double as this.
** ''Megaforce'' has Ernie's Brain Freeze.
* LongRunnerCastTurnover: Only Bulk and Skull lasted the entirety of the six-season Zordon Era, and after that the casts started being replaced wholesale every year.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Often the LongLostSibling version: Andros and [[spoiler:Astronema/Karone (siblings)]], Leo and [[spoiler:Magna Defender - sort of (siblings)]], Dana and [[spoiler:Ryan (siblings)]], Cam and [[spoiler:Lothor (nephew-uncle), Marah, and Kapri (cousins)]], Trent and [[spoiler:Mesogog (son-father)]], Nick and [[spoiler:both Koragg ''and'' Udonna (son-parents)]], Dillon and [[spoiler:Tenaya (siblings).]]
** Incidentally, the Dillon and [[spoiler:Tenaya]] dynamic is ''very'' similar to that of Andros and [[spoiler:Astronema/Karone]]. Dana and [[spoiler:Ryan]]'s storyline during the Titanium Ranger arc in ''Lightspeed Rescue'' did have some similarities to the latter as well, but also shared a lot of characteristics with Tommy's Evil-Green-Ranger-arc. Either way, like many of tropes that apply to the overall franchise, this trope tends to get a RecycledINSPACE treatment.
* LullDestruction: The dubbed-over dialogue in most of the fight scenes. If you compare the footage, the Sentai Rangers seldom talk during fighting (except for CallingYourAttacks), while the Power Rangers make liberal use of BadassBoast interspersed with YouFightLikeACow.
* MadeOfExplodium: Almost every monster ever.
* MagicAIsMagicA: BatmanCanBreatheInSpace and the moon has a temperate environment. Factually dead wrong, but at least they are consistent.
** ''Mystic Force'' averts it due to lazy editing: the ''Magiranger'' button-pushing footage is seldom altered, so the proper spell is never entered, and you'll even have three magic words said as four buttons are pushed. (Necrolai even once said "hold!" while freezing a crowd people with a mystic phone made from Koragg's magic; ''the phone doesn't have a hold button!'' However, RuleOfCool is the main defense for things like that.) A lot of fans wished ''Magiranger's'' spell system had been kept.
** It seems they learned their lesson in ''Samurai''. Even though many of the Symbol Power-drawn kanji are different from those used in ''Shinkenger'', their function is [[DidDoTheResearch consistent with their meaning]].
* MagicKnight: Many characters slot into this whenever their power source is based on magic rather than technology. Most notable is ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'', which made the biggest emphasis on Magic.
* TheMentor: A regular stock character is someone older and wiser who helps guide the Rangers in their battles. Some even get to take the field and fight alongside the Rangers themselves.
* MerchandiseDriven: In addition to the action figures and mecha, each season now adds motorcycles, a "battlizer" armor, and, in a couple seasons, a semi truck "mobile command center" not present in the Japanese version to justify additional toys. ''Jungle Fury'' took it to extremes, creating new Rangers based on extra zords and giving them as many variations as the original Rangers. (''RPM'' has CanonForeigner Rangers too, but only one basic figure apiece compared to ''Jungle Fury'''s deluge.)
** EnvironmentSpecificActionFigure: Makes up the majority of the toyline; only a small sample makes it to the show. But only for the male Rangers; the girls get shafted in this department. ''Samurai'' is notable in that an armor variant has displaced the normal suits in the merchandising.
** OfficialCosplayGear
* MetaCasting: It can be argued this is where the popularity of the franchise comes from. The vast majority of actors involved across the years are skilled martial artists in their own right, some even owning their own Dojo. Aside from the Sentai costume footage, they apparently perform many of their own stunts (even in costume) and choreograph many of their own fights. This adds a level of authenticity that even more serious action dramas lack.
** In particular Jason David Frank (Tommy, the first Green Ranger) is undefeated in his MMA career, and Blake Foster (Justin, the Blue Turbo Ranger) has beaten opponents in tournaments who want to fight "the blue Power Ranger."
* MetaOrigin: The Morphin' Grid: hinted at in ''Mighty Morphin'', ''Dino Thunder'' and ''SPD'', confirmed in ''Operation Overdrive''. They finally explain the grid in ''RPM'', though they don't call it by name and that's an AlternateUniverse.
* MiniDressOfPower: Female Rangers usually have skirts added to the basic Ranger suit, with a number of Yellows being exceptions because ShesAManInJapan.
** SkirtOverSlacks
* MisplacedWildlife: From the [[StockDinosaurs non-dinosaur Mastodon, Pterodactyl, Saber-Toothed Tiger]] and Dragonzord to sharks, penguins, and rhinos in the jungle.
* MonsterOfTheAesop: Some monsters had a tendency to be directly linked with whatever [[AnAesop Aesop]] the Rangers were learning. The trope is played with in "A Monster of Global Proportions", where the monster was a statue represented the {{Aesop}} but didn't have anything to do with it.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Except for the {{Big Bad}}s, the generals, {{Arc Villain}}s, {{Interim Villain}}s and Quirky Mini-Bosses, most of the villains only appear in one only episode.
** AliensAndMonsters
* {{Mooks}} and MechaMooks
** EliteMook: Some series' {{Mooks}} have had 'captain' versions that are stronger and a bit brighter.
** GiantMook
** MookChivalry: Some {{Mooks}} refuse to fight with multiple allies, but it's just a ploy.
* MoreDakka
* MostFanficWritersAreGirls
* {{Motifs}}:
** AnimalMotifs[=/=]AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Many Rangers have some sort of design element to this effect, even if their powers aren't actually animal-based. The presence of [[KingOfBeasts a lion]] or at least some kind of PantheraAwesome is almost a certainty; and you can also expect some combination of NobleWolf, NobleBirdOfPrey (Hawk, Falcon, or Eagle), ThreateningShark, and/or a powerful mammal like a {{bear|sAreBadNews}} or [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys a gorilla]]. There's usually [[SeldomSeenSpecies some oddball animal that you wouldn't expect in an action series]], too.
** ElementalPowers are also a popular motif.
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Just look at ''any'' BigBad or [[TheDragon Dragon]].
* NetworkRedheadedStepchild: During Disney's seasons.
* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight
* NeverSayDie
* NextTierPowerUp: Lord Zedd's introduction resulted in the zords being upgraded. Later seasons have Super modes.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Many, but Lord Zedd's utter [[CurbStompBattle curbstomping]] of Tommy in the original series' third season is widely considered the most famous, particularly because it happened ''after'' Zedd was "toned down" by the executives.
* NoHuggingNoKissing (averted in some seasons, played straight in others)
* NoIndoorVoice: In most of the later series, every single line uttered by a Ranger in-costume was shouted, even outside of combat or noisy environments.
* NonSerialMovie: ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'', completely overridden by ''Mighty Morphin''' season 3 episodes 4-7.
* NotAsYouKnowThem / SameCharacterButDifferent: More often than not, despite adapting elements from its source material, ''Super Sentai'', each ranger will be dramatically different from their Japanese counterparts, in nearly every possible way.
* NotQuiteDead: A few major villains have had several "final" encounters. Bonus points if the villain is someone who resurfaced after having been thought dead before the season began.
* NonUniformUniform: Each Ranger has their own unique version of their team's suit.
* ObviousStuntDouble: This is why female rangers have skirts on their outfits, to hide the the fact that most of the in-costume work is done by stunt''men''.
* OddlyNamedSequel
* OfficialCouple: There's one about every other season.
* OnceASeason: The arrival of the SixthRanger, the MidSeasonUpgrade and the ReunionShow.
* OneSteveLimit: Mostly played straight, but it makes the occasional repeat name stand out all the more. "Venjix" in particular caused a bunch of EpilepticTrees when it was reused.
** Other violations of the limit include two Kats and a Katie (''MMPR''-''Turbo'', ''SPD'', and ''Time Force'' respectively) and two Mikes (''Lost Galaxy'' and ''Samurai''). Incidentally, both "Kat"s are {{Meaningful Name}}s for the [[CuteKitten same]] [[CatGirl reason]].
** With regard to Ranger titles, the show did a fine job of never repeating a Ranger name for different powers when considering the full, team-specific names. Come 2011 and ''Samurai''[='s=] Green Samurai Ranger, echoing the exact name of ''Ninja Storm''[='s=] SixthRanger. Come 2012 and he can access a [[SuperMode Super Samurai Mode]], just like his namesake previously did. Incidentally, he's one of the Mikes noted above, sharing his name with yet another SixthRanger.
** Zords in particular have been saddled with repeat names; we have two sets each of Dinozords (''Mighty Morphin'' Season 1 and ''Dino Thunder''), Thunderzords (''Mighty Morphin'' Season 2 and ''Ninja Storm''), Ninjazords (''Mighty Morphin'' Season 3 and ''Ninja Storm''), Rescuezords (''Turbo'' and ''Lightspeed Rescue''), and Omegazords (''Lightspeed Rescue'' and ''SPD''; though the latter is properly the Omega''max'' Megazord)
** Mondo the Magician, a villain from Season 2 of ''Mighty Morphin'', is unrelated to King Mondo, the ruler of the Machine Empire from ''Zeo''.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Like children running on a freshly waxed linoleum floor in stocking feet, from ''Ninja Storm'' on.
** NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Richard Brancatisano in ''Mystic Force''; eventually handwaved as Xander being a native Aussie. Some other minor characters don't bother either, but they don't get enough lines to be intrusive.
*** Lothor and Mora/Morgana. Mora/Morgana not bothering makes sense from an outside standpoint considering they needed to come across as the same person, but Lothor in a flashback didn't have a Kiwi accent and neither does his brother despite being played by the same actor.
** Particularly amusing in ''RPM'', in which New Zealander Ari Boyland must (hilariously) try to maintain a ''Scottish'' accent as Flynn.
** ''RPM'' might take a backseat to ''Samurai''. The show frequently will show a Ranger's relatives or even flashbacks of them as children, and bless them, [[TheKidsAreAmerican the child actors just can't do American that well]]. Emily's big sis Serena and the child versions of Jayden and Antonio were especially obvious.
* PaleFemalesDarkMales: Seen on Blue Rangers; compare Tori and Madison to just about every male Blue Ranger ever. The only exception is Aquitian Ranger Cestro, who wore a lighter shade of blue in his uniform.
* PeopleInRubberSuits
* PGExplosives: Used absolutely shamelessly; no serious injury is ever shown caused by one of the ''many'' explosions (vaporization, maybe, but nothing's ''shown'').
* PlugNPlayFriends
* PowerGivesYouWings: Various Zords get wings from allies or once upgraded.
** The ''Mystic Force'' Battlizer armor was made from a magical European-style dragon.
** In ''Mighty Morphin'', Goldar had wings, and he was the most powerful [[TheDragon dragon]] on the show. When he lost his memory and joined Rito as a member of a second PluckyComicRelief duo in ''Zeo'', he lost his wings. Finally, later in the season when Rita restores his memory, Goldar's wings magically return along with his sword and, as we can likely assume, his powers.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: "Teamwork" is a major running theme on the show.
* PowerTrio: ''Ninja Storm'', ''Dino Thunder'', ''Jungle Fury'', and ''RPM'' start with these instead of a FiveManBand. Technically ''SPD'' also started with one, but it was up to a FiveManBand by the second episode. Each trio also inevitably fills the subtropes:
** ThreeAmigos
** TokenTrio: Though ''Ninja Storm'' and ''RPM'' switched it up by having the minority male be the leader.
** TwoGuysAndAGirl
** and separate-but-related trope ThreePlusTwo
* PrecursorHeroes: Several teams (Galaxy, Wild Force, Mystic Force, Jungle Fury) are successors to previous non-Ranger groups of heroes. ''Samurai'' is a rare instances of the previous generations also wearing the spandex.
* ProductPromotionParade
* PunyEarthlings
* [[PutDownYourGunAndStepAway Put Down The Powers And Step Away]]: In ''Mighty Morphin''' they play this trope painfully straight whenever they take hostages. Other seasons have examples of this as well.
* PutOnABus: Technically, everyone! But more traditional examples include Tommy (in seasons 1 and 2 when he lost his Green Ranger powers) and Ryan ([[BackForTheFinale returns for finale]]). Kendrix is something between this and a DisneyDeath.
** LongBusTrip: Characters rarely if ever show up again once their season's over (or the equivalent in the Zordon era). Some really blatant examples are Jason, Zack, and Trini, shipped off to Switzerland for a Teen PeaceConference; Jason took two years to [[TheBusCameBack return]] (and he has to leave once again, after 17 episodes in ''Zeo'') and Zack and Trini, as far as we know, ''still'' haven't gotten back; and Rocky didn't even ''go'' anywhere but still disappeared. Similar to Jason, Adam after about a year and a half of being put on a bus, comes back for one episode in ''In Space''; 9 years after that, he would make an appearance for a special 2-parter 15th anniversary team-up episode in ''Operation Overdrive''.
*** CharacterOutlivesActor: Unfortunately, Trini's actress, Thuy Trang, died in a car accident in 2001, so we won't be seeing her again. But, ''if'' her name were to be brought up once again (assuming she doesn't disappear from Power Rangers history mysteriously like Rocky) as part of the story in any future episode, then she could very well be alive -- the writers just have to come up with some kind of explanation as to why she won't be able to join the reunion. Or, sadly, the writers might have to give her character an [[BusCrash off-screen death]] much like the character [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Finn]] from ''Glee''...
* RadialAssKicking: EVERY EPISODE.
* {{Ranger}}: Pretty inevitable for obvious reasons, though whether they really do suffer BadassDecay or not varies by season.
* RecapEpisode: Generally one per season. The only noteworthy one being ''Dino Thunder'''s "Legacy of Power", which featured a compilation of clips from the entire franchise in honor of the show's 500th episode.
* RecycledINSPACE: Most seasons recycle a lot of the same plots and tropes, only dressed up in different themes such as dinosaurs, ninjas, cars, etc. Believe it or not, ''Power Rangers in Space'' is ''not'' one of these, as it didn't have very many recycled elements.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* RedIsHeroic: The Red Ranger.
* ReinventingTheTelephone: It's there, but justified or averted a surprising amount of the time if you think about it - earlier seasons were before cell phones were common, and in many later ones the morphers ''are'' phones.
* RequiredSpinoffCrossover: It was a tradition, though the Disney era phased it out, for the current Rangers to have an episode or two joining forces with last year's team.
* ReunionShow: The current team joining forces with the previous years' is a yearly tradition going back to ''Lost Galaxy'' (even if many Disney seasons skipped it), plus the Milestone episodes and a couple scattered ones in ''Zeo'' and ''In Space''.
** The biggest reunion show so far is in the ''Super Megaforce'' finale. Over 10 past Rangers from different teams appeared, including none other than [[MemeticBadass Tommy Oliver]]. And those are just the actual actors; with {{Fake Shemp}}s, ''everyone'' shows up.
* RevolvingDoorCasting: Eventually though, the franchise started the tradition of getting completely new ensembles each season after ''In Space'' ended, as opposed to gradually phasing out cast members (namely the Rangers).
* RhymesOnADime: There have been a few rhyming [[MonsterOfTheWeek MOTW]]s, some better at it than others. At least once in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', we get a LampshadeHanging: The Yellow Ranger isn't succumbing to the villain's HatePlague, and we get...
-->'''Hate Master:''' "Would you give in already?! Doing this is no snap! It really isn't ''easy'' talking all the time in rap!"
** The Rangers also had an ally who did this, Quagmire from the "Isle of Illusions" two-part episode. (Although, not all his rhymes made complete sense. For example, he referred to Madame Woe (a MonsterOfTheWeek who appeared in a previous episode) as a "nightmare queen" who Billy fought in a "realm of dreams", which really didn't describe Madame Woe or the actual battle at all.
* RightHandVersusLeftHand: Sometimes the Rangers survive only because of bickering and backstabbing on the villains front. The best example was the Psycho Rangers, who were stronger, faster, and better than the Rangers in most ways... except they hated each other and their bosses as much as the rangers. The arguing between Psycho Pink and Psycho Yellow in particular.
** An even bigger example occurs in the GrandFinale of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''. TheStarscream and the GreaterScopeVillain actually end up [[TakingYouWithMe killing each other off]] early on, making things that much easier for the rangers.
* RobotBuddy: Alphas 5 and 6 for the Zordon era plus ''Lost Galaxy'', Circuit in ''Time Force'', RIC in ''SPD'', and Tensou in ''Megaforce''. ''Ninja Storm'''s Cyber Cam might fit by proxy, since he's a computer-generated duplicate of Cam, but pretty solid for a holographic counterpart.
* RuleOfCool: There's a lot of plot that doesn't make sense, but the action is so cool, does it matter?
* SceneryGorn: Common to most finales, and all of ''RPM''
* ScienceFantasy: Quite possibly one of the finest examples of this trope, along with [[Franchise/SuperSentai its parent]] and [[Franchise/KamenRider other relative]].
* SculptedPhysique: The various series' monsters.
* SealedEvilInACan: A constantly recurring trope, going all the way back to the first episode.
** SealedCastInAMultipack: "Cans" make a good source for Monsters of the Week, as well as for lost powerups for the Rangers to reclaim.
* SecondEpisodeIntroduction: Often used with the first morph and/or first use of the Megazord.
* SecretIdentity: In most series, but averted when the team is officially sponsored by the government (or in ''Operation Overdrive'', a private corporation).
* {{Sentai}} (Considering the source material is titled ''Super'' Sentai...)
* SequelNumberSnarl: Disney and Saban once considered the ''Mighty Morphin''' ReCut to be Season 18 and ''Samurai'' was Season 19. Fans generally didn't count the ReCut, considering ''Samurai'' to be the true Season 18 even before Saban followed suit. ''Samurai'' has also been described as two roughly 20-episode seasons. ''Megaforce'' is even more complicated, though the official count now holds ''Samurai'' as 18 and 19 and ''Megaforce'' as 20 and 21.
* SeriesFauxnale: Twice. Doomsday part 2 was written to work as a finale just in case the show wasn't a success didn't get picked up for more episodes; it was and it did. RPM's season finale "Danger and Destiny" would have been the finale for the franchise but the show got picked up by Saban Brands. Contrary to popular belief "Countdown to destruction" although closing up six seasons worth of continuity was never going to be a series finale as Lost Galaxy was already in commission.
* ShowyInvincibleHero: The whole point of the show, and arguably the TropeCodifier for a generation or more.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Virtually every seasonal roster consists of three guys and {{two girls|ToATeam}}. That is, until the invariably male SixthRanger showed up. A few seasons instead start with a PowerTrio of two guys and one girl, and are then joined by multiple (still invariably male) extra rangers.
** None of the shows ever had a female character in Red until ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'''s Charlie, but she was fighting for the villains. The first heroic female Red Ranger appeared in ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' (and even then, she got minimal screentime/development/relevancy/etc).
** ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', sadly, took this a step backward; Gold and Silver became SingleMindedTwins, so the girl basically amounted to half a character. Though it did make up for it by having the mentor character be female and get plenty of focus.
* TheSomethingForce: ''Time Force'', ''Wild Force'', ''Mystic Force'', and ''Megaforce''. Foreign dubs add more.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: In the Zordon era. First there was Rita, then there was her boss Lord Zedd who was way worse than her, then Rita's Master Vile who Zordon described as more "wiser in the ways of evil than Lord Zedd" than The Machine Empire who Master Vile described as the only ones in the galaxy more evil than himself. Than finally Dark Specter, the grand monarch of evil who ruled over all the villains.
* SpaceFriction: Any season with space travel, but especially ''in Space'' and ''Lost Galaxy''.
** Cole's Wildforce Rider screeching on turns and leaving sparks while in space in "Forever Red".
* SpandexLatexOrLeather: Spandex, no matter what Dr. K tells you.
** The 1995 movie subverts this by having the suits made of PVC and metal plating to give them more of an armor-like feel.
** ''Samurai'' also has armored versions for Megazord piloting, to match the toys created to only ''sorta'' resemble the show's outfits when it was thought there wouldn't be a new American season.
** The A-Squad in ''SPD'' wore what essentially amounted to modified motocross suits; it actually doesn't look half bad, especially considering they're supposed to be an elite police squad. The main team's SWAT Mode went on to somewhat resemble them.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: With the exception of [[spoiler:the first Magna Defender]] don't expect good guy deaths in ''Super Sentai'' to carry over to ''Power Rangers''.
** Sometimes combined with NonLethalKO in earlier seasons; some villains like Rito, General Havoc, Gasket and Archerina would get blown up in a megazord fight (which spelled the end of their Sentai counterpart) but turn up fine in the next scene. They stopped doing this around In Space.
* TheStarscream: Uses this in most seasons after ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''. Generally, there's two dragons - one Starscreamy, and one loyal. Which one ends up on top varies.
* StockFootage: Arguably, the entire point behind the American series.
* StockPoses: ''Rangers'' gets a ''lot'' of mileage out of a few kinds of poses:
** AssKickingPose
** SuperSentaiStance: Considering this show ''comes'' from ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', usage of the Stance is inevitable in most episodes.
** UnflinchingWalk: Notable here because signature poses are often performed with explosions as a backdrop.
** VictoryPose
* StockSuperpowers: Rangers sometimes have extra powers that they can access as civilians. Sometimes they're justified as the Rangers are primarily training in a supernatural art which the Ranger powers are a further extension of. Other times they're just tacked on for little reason. Predominantly a Disney-era trope, where just about every Ranger on every team had some special power, but the occasional other Ranger has an ability, too.
* StormingTheCastle: Not as often as the reverse AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs, but it happens. As noted above, ''Zeo'' and ''Jungle Fury'' used this in place of All Your Base for their finales, and ''Ninja Storm'' and ''Dino Thunder'' used both at once.
* StrictlyFormula: The first couple seasons (before they left Earth), outside of season premieres and finales, generally followed a fairly strict formula. A minor dilemma involving the civilian identities of the rangers pops up, the BigBad (Rita/Zedd/King Mondo/Divatox/whoever) takes inspiration from it and have their monster creator design the MonsterOfTheAesop around it, a {{Mook}} attack occurs for whatever reason (no morphing just yet), this escalates into the MonsterOfTheAesop attacking (requiring the Rangers to morph), BigBad [[MakeMyMonsterGrow makes it grow]] (sometimes without bothering to wait for the Rangers to fight it on foot), the Rangers call forth their HumongousMecha, MonsterOfTheAesop gets squished by StockFootage, and the plot ends with the Rangers solving their civilian issue. Sure, sometimes it swaps things up (some episodes have the Rangers defeat the monster on foot), but it almost always followed that general formula.
* StuffBlowingUp: Always there in ''Power Rangers'', but taken to extremes during Bruce Kalish's time on the series, where simply announcing their arrival would cause color-coded explosions behind the Rangers. Particularly {{Egregious}} explosions are known as "Kalishplosions" in the fandom.
** It goes SerialEscalation during the Kalish years (though it seems Koichi Sakamoto is the one who was really fond of them, evidently, ''someone'' was reining him in for the first 13-ish years of the franchise.) At one point in [[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive "Operation Overdrive"]], Mack and Moltor ''pointing'' their weapons at each other caused enormous explosions. It got to the point where it was ''less'' epic because when the background's never ''not'' on fire, you never say "whoa, that attack was powerful" or something.
** This came under some ''incredibly'' heavy [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] in [[Series/PowerRangersRPM ''RPM's'']] episode "Ranger Blue". When given the opportunity to ask questions about the Ranger tech, Ziggy asks:
-->'''Ziggy:''' Sometimes when I morph, I can't help but notice this gigantic explosion right behind me for no apparent reason.
** This, combined with the fact that gratuitous booms were a ChekhovsGag brought up later in the episode, has earned them the second nickname of "Ziggysplosions".
* SuperheroPackingHeat: Almost no Ranger is adverse to using (inevitably {{Family Friendly|Firearms}}) firearms if they've got them, but the trope really comes into play with sanctioned law enforcement teams like ''Lightspeed Rescue'', ''Time Force'', and ''SPD''.
* SuperMode: There are some power-ups that have accumulated over the years. ''in Space'' introduced the "Battlizer" mode, which includes some heavy weapons, armor and usually flight capability. The Battlizer mode is in nearly every following Power Ranger series and (surprisingly) is an American-only creation. Many series also have a lighter SuperMode available to the whole team; these usually originated in ''Sentai''. Of course, the very first was in MMPR season 3. Metallic Armor, power up!
** Though, interestingly, the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' team up between ''[[Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger Dekaranger]]'' and ''[[Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger Magiranger]]'' had Deka Red use ''SPD'''s Battlizer, and had characters comment on it as being a new device built for him after ''Dekaranger'' ended.
* SupernaturalPhone: There have been several iterations wherein their cellphones have been incorporated with their morphers.
* SuperRobot
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands / MagicalSecurityCam
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Mostly the early seasons when they would rotate actors mid-season. Katherine was a reformed [[TheMole mole]] and was much different then Kimberly, but when she became the second Pink Ranger she took over as a RomanticInterest for Tommy. Others did manage to stand out, most notably Adam when he came on board.
* {{Sweeps}}: The ''Power Rangers'' season usually airs in spurts from February to November, so the premieres and finales are typically promoted as prime sweeps material.
* TakeOverTheCity: Whatever ambitions towards World Domination they may have, every villain up until ''in Space'' and some after only ever focused on the town the Rangers themselves lived in. [[JustifiedTrope Partially justified]], as managing to subdue the Rangers in their own turf would in turn mean they'd have less trouble taking over everywhere else. A few seasons are fully justified, giving the villains specific reasons to target that city and ''only'' that city.
* TasteTheRainbow: Multicolored spandex jokes aside; there's a Ranger team for just about every category that could fall under a young boy's RuleOfCool: dinosaur Rangers, ninja Rangers, car Rangers, beast Rangers, wizard Rangers, and so on and so on...
* TaughtByExperience: Almost ''ALL'' Power Rangers, but expecially the 'Red Rookies'.
* TechnoWizard: A recurring character type, who can usually be counted on to bring out new gear occasionally. See Billy, Miss Fairweather, Trip, Cam, Hayley, Kat Manx, Dr. K, and Antonio.
* TerribleTrio: Bulk and Skull from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' are Team Rocket minus one -- they're a pair of comically stupid henchmen (one big and fat, one little and weasely) with no brainy leader. They later had something of a HeelFaceTurn when they became cops in MMPR Season 3 and met with their new leader Lieutenant Stone. And later again in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' when they worked for Professor Phenomenus.
* ThematicSeries: While not quite as much as Super Sentai, each show (''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' onward, though some would also count ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'') contains its own story and characters that are part of a larger universe.
** ''Samurai'' seems to support this the most as series staples such as the morphing grid are never mentioned not even hinted and the series seems to contradict the fact that The ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' were earth's first Power Rangers team by having the team be the 18th generation of samurai rangers, same as its parent series ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger''.
* {{Thememobile}}: Even ignoring the zords, there's still the Rangers' vehicles. And a ton more in the toys that never make it to the show. Variations include:
** CoolBike: The most common vehicles.
** CoolCar
** And one-offs like {{Cool Board}}s (''in Space''), {{Big Badass Rig}}s (''Ninja Storm'' and ''Dino Thunder''), an AwesomePersonnelCarrier (''SPD''), {{Rocket Ride}}s (''Mystic Force''), and a CoolPlane (''Operation Overdrive'').
* ThemeNaming: Probably unintentional, but the first five Pink Rangers are, in order: Kimberly, Katherine, Cassie, Kendrix and Karone, although it seems the writers noticed this and have avoided K-or-C names since: the next Pinks were Dana, Jen, Syd, Vida, Rose, Mia and Emma. Of course, later ''Yellow'' Rangers include Katie, Kelsey, and Kira, while Kat Manx had a brief stint as a Ranger, too.
* ThemeTable
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Many, many examples. Especially in the seasons made by Disney.
* ThinlyVeiledDubCountryChange: True to some extent. While there is an entirely new narrative set in the States or wherever they need it to be each season, they still use SuperSentai Japanese stock footage for the majority of the fight scenes. The Japanese skylines, architecture and fields being so close to places that are ostensibly California is just never given any attention.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Bulk and Skull, who incidently are the longest lasting cast members from Season 1 to Season 6, longer than any individual Power Ranger. The dynamic was recreated in ''Samurai'' with Bulk returning and Skull's son Spike taking his dad's place. Cassidy and Devin in ''Dino Thunder'' also fit this trope.
** ThoseTwoBadGuys: Squatt and Baboo, Rito and (post-BadassDecay) Goldar, Jindrax and Toxica, Marah and Kapri.
* TieredByName: Individual zords combine into a Megazord, and if all zords that year are used in a single formation it's an Ultrazord. The earlier seasons had more of a formula to it before the combinations got fancier names: [X]zords merged into [X] Megazords, combining the [X] Megazord with the SixthRanger's [Y]zord made the Mega [Y]zord, and adding the carrier zord made the [X] Ultrazord.
* TitleThemeTune: You will never see a season whose theme song does not constantly say the words "Power Rangers" in its lyrics.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Just for starters: Daredevil Kelsey and paramedic Dana, abrasive Air Force sergeant Taylor and gentle, borderline [[PuritySue Sueish]] TeamMom Alyssa, streetwise orphan Z and rich model/pop star Syd, outgoing DJ Vida and shy filmmaker Madison (noticeably, these two are sisters). Most seasons with this dynamic will have an episode where the girls, who are always best friends, disagree about something and get into an ''epic'' catfight before they learn AnAesop about how much they mean to each other. Wannabe rockstar Cassie and girly cheerleader Ashley, who started the "tradition", had two. Oh, and don't forget LethalChef Mia and naturally elegant Emily.
* TransformationSequence (and how!)
* TransformationTrinket: The morphers.
** SuperWristGadget: Most early morphers. ''Dino Thunder'' was the last to have this type as the main morpher, though ''SPD'', ''Operation Overdrive'', ''Jungle Fury'', and ''RPM'' all had one or two Rangers with one.
** Cellphone: Most later morphers are styled like this. ''in Space'' was the first, although it was only for the SixthRanger. ''Wild Force'' was the first to have the whole team's morphers be phones.
*** A bunch of these are half-phone, half-something else, making for some weird crosses at times. The list of other halves include cop badges (''SPD''), magic wands, a ticket punch (both ''Mystic Force''), and calligraphy brushes (''Samurai'').
** The only morphers that don't fall under either category are ''Mighty Morphin'' (belt buckles), ''Ninja Storm'' (an amulet ball for the SixthRanger), ''Jungle Fury'' (sunglasses for the core trio), ''RPM'' (flight sticks for the {{Sixth Ranger}}s), ''Megaforce'' (handheld card reader-things for the core team), and ''Dino Charge'' (guns). The SixthRanger's morpher being very different lately often means ''someone'' will fit into this category if not everyone.
* TranslationMatchmaking: Korea airs a ''Power Rangers'' series, but for the past several years it's been a ''Super Sentai'' dub unrelated to the American production.
** For extra confusion points, the first two of these seasons have the exact same names as the US versions (''[[Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger Dino Thunder]]'' and ''[[Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger SPD]]'') and the third is really really close (''Mystic Force'' vs ''[[Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger Magic Force]]'').
** For ''extra'' extra confusion points, our ''Jungle Fury'' is their ''[[Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger Wild Spirit]]'' and our ''Wild Force'' is their ''[[Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger Jungle Force]]''.
** ''[[Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger Turboranger]]'' doesn't exist as Power Rangers but ''Power Rangers Turbo'' is Sentai's ''[[Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger Carranger]]''.
* TrueCompanions: Every Ranger team becomes one of these eventually, although some take longer than others to cement.
* TwoGirlsToATeam: The series pretty much enforced this in the Saban era; while some ''Super Sentai'' seasons had two girls to begin with, others had TheSmurfettePrinciple in effect, which was mitigated by making the male Yellow Ranger female (though they haven't had to do this since ''Wild Force'' thanks to ''Sentai'' following this trope themselves). This practice is dropped for PowerTrio seasons.
* {{Uncanceled}}: Five times, firstly because MMPR was originally only commissioned for 40 episodes, but proved popular enough to be brought back, then it was supposed to end with ''In Space'', but improved ratings saved the show, then after ''Wild Force'', the show was saved by a change to a cheaper shooting location and new production company, and after ''Jungle Fury'', when European investment got it another season, after it would've been cancelled due to low ratings. ''RPM'' had production problems, and should've been the final end. But then Saban bought the franchise back!
** The first time is debatable as it's typical for TV series to originally be picked up for a small number of episodes, usually 8-10 for prime time series, and be extended if successful. It no different with Power Pangers as the show was given a 'trial' of 40 episodes. Since it was successful it was picked up for more.
*** Really only the final true is a true case of uncanceled. Though there were intentions to end in space improved ratings early on meant that they knew the show would get more seasons long before in space actually ended. As for after Wild Force, Disney had intentions to cancel it but were convinced to just move filming location to New Zealand to save cost. Disney canceling at RPM is the only true example of officially being cancelled with an entire year just being a rerun of the first season with reversions only to sell the old toys.
* UnflinchingWalk: Besides its repeated use with poses, the show also does the version with walking through enemy fire on occasion. Done right in the ''Jungle Fury'' season finale, with a single Ranger [[StormingTheCastle marching into the evil base]], knocking mooks back like flies with a swatter.
* TheUnmasquedWorld: After "Countdown to Destruction" (for the most part, some of the public are in denial), ''SPD'' especially so.
* TheVerse
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: Most of the time. Averted in a few seasons when Ranger duties become part of a career.
* WeAreAsMayflies: Particularly noticable. Aliens keep pretty quiet about how ''old'' they actually are, but Shayla still looked young after a 3000 year nap, Zordon was an old fogey when he was sealed in a pocket dimension 10,000 years ago, and the Sentinel Knight was already active and powerful when the continents were one, roughly ''250 million years ago''. Things get even more unfair when we see Thrax, a member of whatever long-lived species Rita and Zedd belonged to (10,000 years did nothing to them, age-wise) grow to full maturity within nine years. It's so pervasive that it was rather jarring to see non-humans that ''didn't'' live for pretty much ever in ''Mystic Force'', where they lived on a human timescale. The GreatOffscreenWar wasn't 10,000 or 3,000 years ago... more like 20.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: So many examples...
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Subtly played with; Angel Grove, Mariner Bay, Blue Bay Harbor, Reefside, San Angeles, and Ocean Bluff are either confirmed or [[WordOfGod stated]] to be in California, Silver Hills in Washington state, and Turtle Cove in Colorado. Newtech City, and Briarwood are not known, but are somewhere on the west coast. Corinth appears to be on an east coast (many believe UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} based on Easter Eggs).
** Oddly, in "Return of the Green Ranger", Angel Grove's past appears to have British Redcoats running through town.
** Panorama City in ''Samurai'' is an odd mashup of America and Japan, and we couldn't even confirm its name until three-quarters of the way through the season. On top of that, it's in a fictional state abbreviated "PR" (which I think we can all agree does not mean Puerto Rico as in real life) and has a six-digit zip code.
** Harwood County from ''Megaforce''. It doesn't take place in the County of Harwood, the city's name literally has "County" in it, further confusing things.
* WireFu: Used extensively for some segments in the series, more so than ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and sister series ''Franchise/KamenRider''.
* WordPower: Oh yes.
** ByThePowerOfGreyskull (when the morphers are voice-activated)
** CallingYourAttacks: Gets increasingly more ridiculous with each series; sometimes you wonder if the writers are just ''incapable'' of coming up with decent attack names.
*** Parodied once in ''SPD' when the Rangers shouted '''''"{{BATTLE CRY}}!"'''''
** InTheNameOfTheMoon
** {{Invocation}} (when the morphers ''aren't'' voice-activated)
** ScreamingWarrior: When they ''really'' feel like adapting the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' look and feel - Casey and Lily of ''Jungle Fury'' take this UpToEleven.
** TransformationNameAnnouncement
* TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed: Every year, there WILL be a giant monster attack on a major metropolitan area on the West Coast of the United States every week or so. (except for 2005, since [[Series/PowerRangersSPD that series]] was set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture).
** Although, to be fair, ''Lost Galaxy'' didn't take place in Angel Grove, or Earth for that matter, for the most part. Angel Grove was only seen briefly in the beginning as Leo gets ready to leave the city that was once the centre of the series and sneak onboard to Terra Venture. The Earth-like planet, Mirinoi, was doomed though.
* WorldOfHam: Less so than ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', but not ''less so'' enough to not still qualify.
* WorldOfMuscleMen: Present in the comics. However it avoids the usual DoubleStandard that this trope usually has since the [[AmazonianBeauty women are just as muscled.]] Image: [[http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/3421/q51m.png]]
* WorldOfPun: Where to even begin?
* YouLookFamiliar: Repeatedly since the move to New Zealand. Notably, Kelson Henderson has played or voiced the PluckyComicRelief character in every season between ''SPD'' and ''Jungle Fury'' (and one-off roles in ''Dino Thunder'' before and ''RPM'' after!). Ironically, one reason the show features so many {{Fake Brit}}s is to ''avoid'' hiring SAG actors.

... And pretty much every other trope you see in kids' shows. This show has been on for a ''{{long| runners}}'' time.

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--> '''JustForFun/{{Statler| And Waldorf}}:''' Did you know this show has been cancelled five times and brought back?\\
'''Waldorf:''' What, is there an hermit fanboy as a network executive?\\
'''Both''' Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!
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