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->''"RPM, Get in gear!"''
-->--'''[[ByThePowerOfGreyskull Morphing call]]''', ''Power Rangers RPM''

Suppose your first ever exposure to the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' franchise was the [[Series/{{Batman}} campy 1960s television show]]. Then someone mentions to you, "Hey, did you know that they made a film version of this?" and hands you a DVD of ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.

Sure that's pushing it a bit, but that's kind of like how ''Power Rangers RPM'' compares to its ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' source material and the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise as a whole.

The 17th season of the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise, ''RPM'' used footage from ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger''. In an alternate present to the main Rangerverse, the Venjix computer virus has taken over nearly all of the Earth's technological systems and built robotic forces to subjugate mankind. Humanity's last stronghold is the city of Corinth, which is protected by a force field dome, as well as its own elite team of Power Rangers that take down whatever raids make it through the shield. But Venjix technology is continually advancing, and without more forces even the Rangers may not be able to hold on for much longer...

''RPM'' was, quite simply, a make-or-break season for the franchise. Disney was prepared to cancel it after Bruce Kalish left the show, but Bandai stepped in to give their CashCowFranchise at least one more season. Still, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Disney shunted the show - including reruns of past seasons - off their cable channels]] (particularly their new DisneyXD rebranding) [[ScrewedByTheNetwork and onto ABC, where it was subject to preempting for sports]]. Adding to the conflict, the first Executive Producer Eddie Guzelian was fired midway through the season over "creative differences" with Disney. Former ''Rangers'' writer and producer Judd Lynn, who was a big part of the series' improving during the Saban days, came in to replace him. Filming took place in New Zealand, with a cast of mostly Kiwi and Australian actors.

The season made several clever references to series tropes and past Ranger seasons, particularly in finally defining the MetaOrigin that's been present since day one. It also scaled back the excessive CallingYourAttacks and StuffBlowingUp that had gotten out of hand in the last few seasons, as well as throwing in a healthy dose of LampshadeHanging (particularly, hanging 'shades ''on'' the attack-calling and explosions). ''RPM'' quickly got on the [[IncrediblyLamePun fast track]] to becoming a fan-favorite, and it's seen by many as being not just the best Disney Era season, but one of the overall best in the franchise.

''RPM'' originally looked like the end of the series, with no plans to make more episodes. Disney eventually announced they would continue airing the show, but a ReCut version of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' as opposed to new material. It was only a while later that Saban announced that they had reacquired the franchise and had begun work on ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai''.

''RPM'' would later have a team up with ''Samurai'' called ''Clash of the Red Rangers''- the fans don't really like it (Only Scott appears, and even then he doesn't demorph for the entire movie), and the [[Series/PowerRangersMegaforce Super Mega Rangers]] will be heading to Corinth in the second half of ''Super Megaforce''.
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!!Recurring ''Power Rangers'' tropes include:
* ActionGirl: Summer and Gemma.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: While a proud ''Rangers'' GrandFinale tradition, it's practically a RunningGag in the first half of ''RPM'' as Tenaya had gotten in three times before the halfway point. And yes, it happens in the finale too.
* AnimalMotifs:
** [[FlyingSeafoodSpecial Air]] [[SpaceWhale Whale]]: the Whale Zord
** BearsAreBadNews: Summer
** BigBadassBirdOfPrey: Scott (Eagle) and Gem (Falcon)
** NobleWolf: Dillon
** EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: the Paleozords (Mammoth, T. rex, and Triceratops)
** NeverSmileAtACrocodile: the Croc Carrier
** PantheraAwesome: Flynn ([[KingOfBeasts Lion]]) and Gemma (Tiger)
** ThreateningShark: Ziggy, maybe. It's never made clear just what type of "fish" his gear is based on.
*** Well, it was an orca whale originally[[note]]Bike + Orca = Birca[[/note]]...
* ApocalypseHow: The series itself is set in a [[{{ApocalypseHow/Class 1}} Class 1]] apocalyptic setting.
* BigBad: Venjix
* ChestInsignia: Team logos on the belt and the forehead of the helmets, personal numbers stylized to look like animals on the chest. Gem and Gemma sport winged team logos in place of numbers.
* ChromeChampion: Rangers Gold and Silver
* CityOfAdventure: Corinth
* TheDragon: Tenaya; sometimes CoDragons with Generals Crunch and Shifter
* EvilPlan: Venjix's plan to conquer Corinth and subjugate all of humanity.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: As usual, but beautifully averted in the episode "Doctor K", where the two unidentified guards threatened Dr. K with real-looking handguns, not those silly laser shooters.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Scott.
** TheLancer: Dillon.
** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart]] [[TheBigGuy Big Guy]]: Flynn.
** TheChick: Summer.
** PluckyComicRelief: Ziggy.
** {{Sixth Ranger}}s: Gem and Gemma.
** MentorArchetype[=/=]MissionControl: Dr. K
*** Like everything else, this also gets lampshaded:
--->'''Tenaya:''' Red is [[StandardizedLeader the perfect one]], Black is [[TroubledButCute the brooding bad boy]], Green is [[KidAppealCharacter the clown]], and Yellow, well, she's [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the girl]]. So, who are you supposed to be?
--->'''Flynn:''' [[BraveScot Ah'm Scottish!]]
* FleetingDemographicRule: ''RPM'' not only embraced a similar CoolCar theme to ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' twelve years before, but Dillon's subplot was also a complete rehash of Andros' in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''.
* GreatOffscreenWar: Averted for once; the premiere and flashbacks showed off quite a bit of Venjix's carnage.
* HomeBase: The Garage
** CoolGarage
* HumongousMecha: The RPM Ultrazord, which is twice as large as any grown attackbot. What do you expect when a third of the pieces are a whale-jet, and a Mammoth-train with [[StockDinosaurs T-rex and Triceratops]] cars?
** CombiningMecha: The are 12 Zords in this show. It takes three to form a single Megazord, they have 4 Megazords that do this, and they can all turn into a single unit called the RPM Ultrazord. So we have RuleOfThree multiplied by FourIsDeath taken to its logical conclusion.
** MechaExpansionPack: The Wolf Cruiser and Tail Spinner were briefly played up as this to the High Octane Megazord, until the Croc Carrier debuted and the three could make their own Megazord formation.
** TransformingMecha: the Road Attack Zord
* MakeMyMonsterGrow: "Begin The Download", used by Venjix most of the time. The generals can call it in the field if need be.
* TheMentor: Dr. K claims to be one, but...
-->'''Ziggy''': [[LampshadeHanging "Mentor"]]? Sorry, can someone ''please'' explain to her that she's [[ImprobableAge younger than us]]?
* {{Mooks}}: Grinders (MechaMook variant)
* NeverSayDie: Averted in "Ranger Blue". Shockingly...
-->'''Penny:''' Are we going to die?
-->'''Flynn:''' Not today.
** And in an earlier Film/{{Braveheart}}-inspired flashback, in which Flynn leads a village of aboriginals into battle against genocidal raiders in a third-world country(!):
--->'''Flynn:''' It's a good day to die, eh boys?
** But played straight wherever Fresno Bob and the mob is concerned - "ghosted" is the euphemism of choice.
*** And played even straighter [[spoiler:in the finale when Gem and Gemma are [[DisneyDeath "lost"]]...which is further explained as them being "gone." Similarly, Scott's brother "didn't make it." Apparently you can only say die when the people in question don't actually die.]]
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: One of the most epic and thrilling ongoing battles in the series is Kiwi Actor versus Scottish Accent.
** The bloopers from the episode "And . . . Action!" feature one with Olivia Tennet as Dr. K repeatedly flubbing her lines filled with SesquipedalianLoquaciousness. After another flub, she mutters, "So close!"--''in her Kiwi accent''.
** NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Penny's mom in "Ranger Blue"
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: A former Air Force pilot; a WideEyedIdealist Scottish mechanic; a fallen former heiress; a bumbling ex-cartel member; a [[HalfHumanHybrid half-human hybrid]] with [[LaserGuidedAmnesia no memory of either his past or his identity]]; and twin hyperactive [[ManChild man children]], are the world's only hope--all led by an emotionally closed off scientist with NoSocialSkills and [[TearJerker one depressing backstory]].
* RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude: Notably averted. Scott's an ex-soldier, Summer was already a martial artist, Flynn has been every kind of first responder that exists (and a guerrilla soldier), Dillon's a cyborg, Gem and Gemma were the original test pilots for all the gear, and even Ziggy, the guy who wasn't chosen for the team, is a one-time mobster. These kids are actually qualified to charge into dangerous situations.
* RecycledINSPACE!: Power Rangers [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: AFTER THE END! And with COOL CARS... [[Series/Power Rangers Turbo Again ]]
!]]
** Wait, wouldn't that make it ''MadMax'' [-WITH POWER RANGERS-]?
* {{Thememobile}}: Despite the show's [[MerchandiseDriven usual tendency]] and the season's theme, averted! The Rangers get around in {{Cool Car}}s but with the exception of the GO-ONGER they're normal vehicles, not special Ranger designs.
* UnflinchingWalk: A notable instance of ''Rangers''' usual "Unflinching Pose" variant: Scott holds his [[VictoryPose post-"sliding sword attack" pose]] for a good 20 seconds without turning around (or putting his helmet back on) as [[spoiler:General Shifter]] [[DelayedExplosion short circuits, falls over and explodes massively]] behind him in "Control Alt Delete".
* WeaponOfChoice
** SwissArmyWeapon: Nitro Blaster/Sword
** {{BFS}}: Scott's Street Saber
** {{BFG}}: Flynn's Turbo Cannon
** ImprobableWeaponUser: Summer's Zip Charger (a remote control drone thing)
** AnAxeToGrind: Ziggy's Turbo Axe
** HandCannon: Dillon's Rocket Blaster
** KnifeNut: Gem and Gemma's Cloud Hatchets
* WordPower
** ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "RPM, Get In Gear!"

!!This subseries contains examples of:
* AdaptedOut: Bomper from ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' was replaced with Dr. K.
* [[AffectionateParody Affectionate]] SelfParody - Part of why this series is so awesome!
* AfterTheEnd
** CosyCatastrophe: Life inside Corinth looks just like life before Venjix. Except for the random KillerRobot attacks, of course. (So I guess we should say, it's just like any other ''Power Rangers'' series.)
* AIIsACrapshoot
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Summer and Dillon, but she does mock Dillon for his lone wolf persona. ("Does brooding just come naturally, or do you have to practice every morning?")
* AllThereInTheManual: Blurbs on Bandai's website explained that RPM stands for "Racing Performance Machines"; it wasn't brought up at all in the show.
* AlternateContinuity: Original Executive Producer Eddie Guzelian and the season's Senior Story Editor for both production regimes, John Tellegen, have repeatedly stated that ''RPM'' is emphatically not set in the same universe as the preceding sixteen seasons.
** ArmedWithCanon: Also comes word from one of the producers of ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'', stating that should Saban need a character from ''RPM'' for ''Samurai'' or any season after, then the season would be pulled into continuity. However, the ''RPM''/''Samurai'' teamup has confirmed that ''RPM'' is indeed set in an AlternateUniverse.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Dr. K, Gem, and Gemma are not well-adjusted people. We blame Alphabet Soup.
* AnimatedActors: Despite going behind the scenes in "And... Action!", everyone stays in character.
* ApocalypseHow: Class 4
** ApocalypseWow: Shown in the Ranger flashback episodes, especially "Ranger Yellow" and "Doctor K"
* ApocalypticLog: seen in "If Venjix Won". {{Justified|Trope}} because apparently Dr. K made a log of the events of the series, complete with detailed analysis of the ranger tech they had used, just in case they lost and some humans came across the wreckage of Corinth, so the fight could continue with new people taking up the mantle. This doesn't happen, of course, Dr. K is just CrazyPrepared enough to have an ApocalypticLog on hand in case it does.
* ArrangedMarriage: Summer. Thankfully, it's subverted.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Invoked by Tenaya 7 in "Ranger Yellow, Part 2".
-->'''Tenaya 7''': So I get to get my hands on a big, sparkly diamond; destroy the city of Corinth; and ruin Ranger Yellow's wedding all at once? [Draws hand blaster.] Oh, I'm so totally there!
* AttackPatternAlpha: Episode 2's "Attack Formation Delta" seems to just be "everyone dodge enemy fire, split up, and blow stuff up".
** Then there is "Attack Sequence Mustang", which is basically just the megazord holding up its shield. Even stranger is that in later episodes, they just say "raise front deflectors!" ([[FridgeLogic And shouldn't that be "Defense Sequence Mustang" anyway?]])
** "Blitz" finally made an attempt to avert this by having "Wishbone Alpha" be a little more complicated than the previous patterns. It's still simple: Flynn uses his time powers to distract the enemy long enough for the Rangers to shoot their {{BFG}} at it, but it did have some element of actual strategy to it.
** Gem and Gemma (who aren't really known for strategy to begin with) are guilty of this in "Prisoners". We never see what their "Beta Formation" actually is, since the action cuts directly to Zenith Megazord doing the finisher next (one can assume that it was intended to provide an opening for that).
** A rousing cry of "Activate weapons!" in episode 26 resulted in a single punch. Meanwhile, episode 28 had "Delta Formation" result in all Megazords doing a simultaneous dropkick.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Gem and Gemma. "We like to [[StuffBlowingUp blow stuff up!]]"
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Ziggy and Dr. K's relationship. Most notably in "If Venjix Won", in which we learn that [[spoiler:Dr. K has Ziggy's name for her [[ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish password.]]]]
* BabyCarriage: used as a weapon in "Ranger Red". With [[BadassAndBaby the baby]].
* BackFromTheBrink: The Power Rangers are involved in a war against an enemy that has taken over nearly all of the world already. This BigBad seems to favor quantity over quality. Witnessed by despite having legions of MechaMooks which he uses in greater numbers and seemingly with more impunity then any Power Ranger Big Bad ever...They are at the same time the MOST EASILY beaten of any Mooks any Power Ranger team has ever fought, one is even sliced in half BY A CLOSING DOOR ON A SCHOOL BUS.
** At the same time, the BigBad has taken over NEARLY ALL THE WORLD. Despite what this should mean for what kind of resources he has at his disposal, the BigBad's major plans rarely seem to revolve around the use of more then one monster at a time, which suggests they either require MASSIVE resources to make. Or That the BigBad is too aggressive, too impatient, and too linear an AI to consider taking the time to build up an army of more then one.
*** Of course, it turns out things are quite a bit more complex than that. [[spoiler: [[KansasCityShuffle All the monsters of the week were actually decoys to keep the Rangers from noticing sleeper agents sneaking in]].]]
* BadassBoast: Tenaya has a couple of these speeches rehearsed in her first major appearance. Stopping to deliver them [[TalkToTheFist comes back to bite her]].
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Colonel Mason Truman.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: "Belly of the Beast" has Gem doing this to stop a ''chainsaw''.
* BattleDiscretionShot: The first fight of the season (between Dillon and some Mooks) happens almost entirely off-screen, with the camera focusing on [[HopeSproutsEternal a lone flower Dillon had watered just beforehand]].
* BelligerentSexualTension: Ziggy and Dr. K. Oh so much.
* BerserkButton: Don't call the suits "spandex" in front of Dr. K. Not even schoolchildren are safe from her wrath. ("Tights" seems to be OK.) Also, never put a scratch on Scott's car, don't call Fresno Bob "Bobarino," and don't call Tenaya 7 either human or cute.
* TheBerserker: Gem and Gemma, with [[DissonantSerenity smiles on their faces the entire time.]]
* BettyAndVeronica: Scott as Betty and Dillon as Veronica to Summer's Archie.
* BigDamnHeroes with [[GunshipRescue Big Damn Zords]]: Gem and Gemma, almost all the time. Especially blatant in "Prisoners", where they disappear on a "super-secret mission" - which, to all appearances, is "save Scott and Flynn's asses at the last minute".
* BigNo: Venjix does this on occasion when something goes wrong, especially when [[spoiler:a giant building falls on him]]. Dr. K also does this during her spotlight episode.
* BilingualBonus: Venjix's insignia (蛮) roughly translates to "barbaric" or "unreasonable."
** Which is also the first character of the collective name of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]] in the source material (蛮機獣).
* BloodKnight: Gem and Gemma
* BondOneLiner: Beginning with "Ranger Red," Ziggy does this a lot in battle.
* BookEnds: The season begins and ends with Dillon wandering the wastes, stopping to [[HopeSproutsEternal water a flower]].
** And "The Road to Corinth" begins with Dr. K's introduction about Venjix. The end of "Danger and Destiny, Part 2" has her [[spoiler:closing the briefcase containing the Ranger Series morphers.]]
* BottleEpisode: "And... Action!"
** [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment Big Lipped Alligator Episode]]: In a relatively serious series overall, this is a relatively-ligthearted "Making Of" special that shows how the show is made (well, the parts that aren't just lifted from Sentai footage at least), with the show's characters all staying in character throughout.
* BraveScot: Flynn. "What are you supposed to be?" "I'm Scottish!"
* BrideAndSwitch: Pulled by the good guys after the bride realises that not only does she really not want to go through with her ArrangedMarriage but that she needs a diversion because the enemy has attacked the wedding.
* BrickJoke: Ziggy's shadow puppets, mentioned briefly at the beginning of the series, it doesn't pay off until episode 17, [[spoiler: when it help distract the guards while they try to scape the {{Mook}} factory ]]
* BrokenBird: Dr. K, LittleMissSnarker {{Mentor}} variety.
* BrokenRecord: Subverted in 'Ancient History' - Doctor K pretends to do this while communicating via hologram. 'After what I've seen...after what I've seen...good, I thought he would never leave!'
* ButtMonkey: Poor Ziggy. It seems that barely an episode can go by without the Green Ranger totally embarrassing himself in some way. Best reflected by his first ever morph. Previous rangers, whether they JumpedAtTheCall, were [[FallingIntoTheCockpit thrown in the cockpit]] or even stole their powers, always morphed with a fair amount of dignity and grace the first time. What's Ziggy's first line upon realising what he has become?
-->'''Ziggy:''' Woah! I'm a Power Ranger! I don't wanna be a Power Ranger! I do '''not''' want to be a Power Ranger!
::He then proceeds to get kicked all over the place.
* CallBack:
** In "If Venjix Won", Ziggy asks Dr. K why she, of all people, wanted to spend time with him that day. She answers, "It's my birthday, and I wanted to go outside"--echoing the requests she made to her handlers growing up in Alphabet Soup each year on her birthday. (Cue flashbacks.)
** A flashback in the episode "Doctor K" has her saying word-for-word part of her introduction to "The Road to Corinth" as she prepares to leave Alphabet Soup--now under attack by Venjix.
* CannotSpitItOut: Dr. K and Ziggy in "In or Out".
* CanonForeigner: Three Paleozord-based Rangers in the toyline. Unlike in ''Jungle Fury'', they never made it on the show.
* CantCatchUp: Ziggy's fighting skills barely even ''improve'' till the finale; Gem and Gemma, despite being Super Prototypes, lack the suit powers and civilian vehicles of the core five, then get sidelined for part of the finale before making up for it with a BigDamnHeroes moment.
** Then again, while Ziggy's fighting prowess isn't up to par with the other Rangers it is rather effective in its own Jackie-Chan bungling kind of way.
* CaptainErsatz: Venjix = [[{{Terminator}} Skynet]] + [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey HAL]] + [[{{Tron}} the voice of [=MCP=]]]
* CardboardPrison: A variation in "Ranger Green", where some criminals break ''into'' the prison to kidnap Ziggy.
* CarryingACake: "Ranger Yellow Part 2"
* CatchphraseInterruptus: Does Tenaya 7 ever actually get to say her very verbose title?
* ChainedHeat: Scott and Dillon in "Brother's Keeper".
* CharacterDevelopment: Perhaps one of the highlights of the season. Almost everyone, including some of the minor characters, get some development. The characters who get the most development however, are Scott, Summer, Ziggy, Dillon, and Dr. K.
* ChekhovsArmoury: both single-episode and arc-wide versions:
** ChekhovMIA: The mysterious girl in Dillon's dreams.
** ChekhovsBoomerang: Ziggy's shadow puppets and Tenaya's whistling "The Farmer In The Dell".
** ChekhovsGun: The experimental blaster in "Ranger Green" (it also returns in later episodes as a regular if not plot-important part of K's arsenal).
** ChekhovsGag: The cannon in the fridge, initially used for a joke in "Handshake", pops back up later that episode as a legitimate (if comedic) weapon. Same thing with the TransformationSequence explosions in "Ranger Blue".
** ChekhovsGunman: Gem and Gemma
** InfallibleBabble: A guard remarks that a Venjix hardware detector has been giving him false positives all day when it goes off on Tenaya 7. It turns out [[spoiler:they weren't]].
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Besides the standard Ranger powers, each suit has a special ability built in.
* ColonelBadass: Colonel Mason Truman.
--> '''Cpl. Hicks:''' We lost contact with air support over an hour ago, sir... what should I do, sir?
--> '''Col. Truman:''' Go shoot at something.
* ColonyDrop: [[spoiler: Gem and Gemma destroy Venjix by dropping the Corinth control tower on his head.]][[spoiler: ''[[NighInvulnerability It is implied he still survives!]] '' ]]
* TheComicallySerious: Dr. K. NoSocialSkills + Socially Awkward Situations = HilarityEnsues
* ContinuityNod: From "Danger and Destiny, Part 2", after Scott leaves Ziggy to protect Dr. K:
-->'''Ziggy''': Don't worry. You can count on me, Dr. K.
-->'''Dr. K''': Yeah, last time I did that, I ended up in a cave.
-->'''Ziggy''': Good times, huh?
* {{Cool Car}}s: Notable as the first time in a while that the Rangers use vehicles that aren't Ranger-modded or even given a distinct RPM paintjob.
** They ARE still color-coded, of course. This is still Power Rangers, after all.
* CoolTrain: the Paleozords
* CrapsaccharineWorld: bordering on CrapsackWorld at times, if you [[FridgeLogic think about it too much]].
* CurseCutShort: Many are filling in the blanks with glee after Ziggy ticks off Flynn when he rips open a bag of chips all over Flynn. While he's driving.
--> '''Flynn:''' Dude! As if you wouldn't learn to open a bag of-
--> ''(Venjix appears)''
** In the episode "Control-Alt-Delete", you can hear Dr. K almost saying "shit" -- but cutting it off just in time, so it sounds like "shh".
** In "The Road to Corinth" Flynn throws half a Grinder off the bus with something that his accent converts to either trash, scrap, or crap.
* CuteAndPsycho: Gem and Gemma are a mild case (but probably only "mild" because they limit their targets to {{Killer Robot}}s).
** Not sure about that either, they were planning to blow up a Venjix labour camp...With the prisoners still inside, until someone else pointed out that fact. [[FridgeHorror When one realizes that Gem and Gemma have been out in the wastelands all on their own, blowing Venjix outposts up for years...]]
* CyberCyclops: Venjix, but only when he's in his computer cylinder.
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: The Venjix technology within Dillon [[spoiler:and a bunch of other people]] is taking over, and there's no way to stop it.
* {{Cyborg}}: Dillon. [[spoiler:And Tenaya. And half of Corinth...]]
* DanceBattler: Scott incorporates Capoeira and break-dancing into his fighting style as Creator/EkaDarville is trained in the art. It's averted in Creator/OliviaTennet's case as, although she is trained in dance, Dr. K doesn't get to do many physical stunts.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Than ''Go-onger'', and most if not all of the rest of ''Franchise/PowerRangers''.
* DavidVersusGoliath: In "Ancient History", the Red Ranger attacks the enlarged drill bot alone, ''without a zord'', in order to distract it long enough for Dr. K to use the Paleozord against it.
* ADayInTheLimelight for everyone! [[LaserGuidedAmnesia (Except Dillon.)]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Dr. K
* DeathByOriginStory: Marcus (Scott's brother) and Andrews (Summer's butler). Not to mention ''nearly all life on Earth'' when [[BigBad Venjix]] unleashes a [[ApocalypseHow Type 4 disaster]] at the start of the series.
* DebutQueue: Interestingly done ''after'' introductions with flashback episodes.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Dr. K, hitting every single branch on the way down.
** [[spoiler:Tenaya 7 to a lesser extent.]]
* DetachmentCombat: Tenaya would like to [[JustForPun give you a hand]].
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Gem and Gemma in the finale.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The Green Ranger's debut episode. The group hosts a city-wide audition, with various citizens employing odd gimmicks to land the job, with the three Rangers as judges. Said Rangers are [[Series/AmericanIdol a citizen of the United Kingdom, a black man, and a young woman, offering various comments.]]
* DomedHometown: Corinth
* DontExplainTheJoke: in "Ranger Red": "Look, Ziggy, I told you. They're called 'one-liners' for a reason."
* DontYouDarePityMe: Dr. K seems to have this attitude as she never really apologizes for [[spoiler:having created and released the Venjix Virus]], even as Dillon confronts her about it in "Embodied".
* DramaticDeadpan: Dr. K's [[ItsAllMyFault confession]] that [[spoiler:she created and released Venjix after implanting its base code]] to prevent Dillon from falling completely under Venjix's control in "Brother's Keeper".
* DualWielding: Mike Ginn (Gem) appears to be eating a banana in each hand in the behind the scenes episode.
** And Scott wields both his Street Saber and Gem's Cloud Hatchet when fighting Venjix at one point.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: And ''how''. ''Especially'' for Dr. K and, to a lesser extent, Scott, Dillon, and Tenaya.
* EmbarrassingPassword: In "If Venjix Won", Dr. K's password is [[spoiler:"Ziggy"]].
* TheEndOrIsIt: The season finale. [[spoiler:The battle is won. Venjix is defeated. The Rangers turn in their morphers and move on with their lives. The world is starting to heal from Venjix's apocalypse. And then we see one of the Rangers' Morphers blinking with a red light, just like Venjix's all-seeing eye, as Dr. K closes the holding case...]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: "The Road to Corinth" has several, with Colonel Truman and Corporal Hicks surveying the battle, Flynn hauling in a school bus full of survivors (establishing his heroism), and Summer riding in on a motorcycle with Scott just before the gate closes and the city's shields are activated.
* MrFanservice: Dillon--heck, Dan Ewing--embodies this trope.
* EverybodysDeadDave: Nearly all of Earth's population is dead, and the Earth is an apocalyptic wasteland, save for one (possibly more) city.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Averted. [[TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily Fresno Bob]] is perfectly willing to work with machines that have every intention of destroying all of humanity. Even if Bob was guessing that Tenaya 15 was a woman with a grudge and a thing for head pieces, she showed up with [[{{Mooks}} Grinders]] as her bodyguards. That should raise flags that this woman will kill you.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Dr. K asks the Rangers if they were when she first revealed herself.
** Ziggy actually expected her to be a guy!
* ExponentiallyEscalatingArmsRace: between successive generations of Venjix-bots and new Zords. One of which is actually a hijacked Venjix superweapon.
* {{Expy}}: The [=ValveMax=] Megazord is made of [[Series/PowerRangersWildForce a crocodile, a shark (we think), and a wolf]] (likely a coincidence, as the latter two were an orca and a dog in ''Go-Onger''). And the Road Attack Zord seems to resemble the [[Series/PowerRangersZeo Warrior Wheel]]; even its finishing move is almost the same.
** [[spoiler: Tenaya 7 is an Expy of [[Series/PowerRangersInSpace Astronema.]]]]
** There's also Paleomax Megazord to the [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers original Megazord]] (as the brute of the mecha fleet and the only one with a combined vehicle form, rather like the Mega Tank). Heck, it's got ''the same horns,'' and the Tricera foot's on the same leg as on the original Megazord. The only glaring difference is the Mammoth chest... though the Mammoth can blow freezing 'steam' just like the Mastodon Dinozord. It ''has'' to be a deliberate shout-out on the part of the Franchise/SuperSentai designers.
** The Grinders' mannerisms are quite reminiscent of [[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Cyclobots]].
* EyedScreen: Done occasionally through, believe it or not, practical effects instead of just letterboxing the screen.
* TheFace: Ziggy may not be the one you want talking to outsiders, but within the team itself his social skills are his specialty, as proven by the fact that his strongest bonds are with the antisocial loners of the group (Dillon and Dr. K).
* FakeMemories: given to Dillon to lure the Rangers to Omega City
* FallenPrincess: Summer as revealed in "Ranger Yellow".
* FallingIntoTheCockpit: Ziggy
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Many [[MechaMook Grinders]] are destroyed in very gruesome ways.
* FinishingEachOthersSentences: Gem and Gemma
* {{Flashback}}: The flashback episodes and the end-of-episode title cards may be a ShoutOut to [[{{Lost}} a certain other show that plays on ABC]].
* FlyingCar: Eagle Racer
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The song that Dillon's pocket watch plays is [[spoiler:the same song that Tenaya 7 whistles when she is hunting somebody]], which foreshadows that [[spoiler:she is his sister]].
** In "Ranger Red", Ziggy points out that Dr. K made a mistake when she reveals that she "miscalculated" the required energy to power the new Croc Carrier. She responds that she's made a mistake before . . . once. It's only four episodes later when we find out just how colossal her mistake had been.
* ForGreatJustice: Flynn in "Ranger Blue" when he suggests to Dr. K that she change the morph call to "Ranger Justice Unleashed!".
* FreezeFrameBonus: A lot of stuff on Flynn's job records. Though they all say that he lived in Corinth City before the Venjix attacks.
* FriendshipMoment: Granted there tend to be lot of these in ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', but special mention goes to Ziggy saving Dillon in ''Blitz''. This is a character who, at the start of the season, wouldn't help anyone if it involved any risk to himself. In this episode, Dillon is thrown from a building. Without a second's hesitation, [[CrowningmomentOfAwesome Ziggy leaps off the building, morphs in midair, catches Dillon and teleports them down to the ground before they build up too much velocity.]]
* FunWithAcronyms: Colonel Truman's van is named the Ground Outdoor Operational Network General-purpose Explorational Rover - that is, the [[Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger GO-ONGER]].
** While the show never explains what the RPM in the show's title actually ''stands'' for, [[AllThereInTheManual the other materials explain it stands for Racing Performance Machines.]]
* GambitRoulette: Dr. K claims to be in charge of all of her plans, but some things just line up [[XanatosSpeedChess a little too nicely for chance.]]
** Occasionally, Venjix sends out one attackbot that the Rangers take out pretty quick, but was actually setting things up for the next attackbot. Too bad the Rangers always foil his plans.
*** Always foil his plans? His defeat might have been a way to effectively let Earth get complacent while sneaking his way into the Morphing Grid. Need we mention the virus ploy. Insofar, it actually looks like ''everything went according to Venjix's plans.''
* {{Gendercide}}: [[YouGoGirl Temporary variety]] during "The Dome Dolls".
* GeniusBruiser: Flynn, "The Simple Mechanic."
* GeniusDitz: Gem and Gemma, for all their childlike enthusiasm, were in Alphabet Soup for a reason.
** Dr K even confirms to Ziggy that they know how to recharge the morphers from their base (they just can't figure out the password).
* GeniusSweetTooth: Dr. K in "Three's A Crowd"; Ziggy thinks of himself as a Genius By Way Of Sweet Tooth.
* GenkiGuy and GenkiGirl: Gem and Gemma
* GenreDeconstruction
* GenreSavvy: Tenaya 7 and General Crunch show signs of this. Tenaya sometimes crosses into DangerouslyGenreSavvy.
** Ziggy [[OnlySaneMan runs Genre Savvy U,]] with DangerouslyGenreSavvy Flynn as his top student.
** Dr. K gets a moment of genre savviness when she points out that Summer likes both "the boy next door" and "the tortured and mysterious bad boy" in "Brother's Keeper". She gets one again in "In Or Out" when she brings up the fact that she's their mentor.
* GigglingVillain: General Crunch. (After he [[VocalEvolution found his voice,]] that is.)
* GirlsNightOutEpisode: "The Dome Dolls"
* GivingTheSwordToANoob: Ziggy
* GodHelpUsAll: Colonel Truman in the premiere.
* GoshdangItToHeck: Flynn and his "sweet mother o' molasses" and "Odin's Beard" comments. Also see CurseCutShort above.
* GrandTheftPrototype: Dr. K's answer to Venjix's doomsday machine? Reprogram it with whale DNA - [[YouFailBiologyForever however that works]] - into a zord on Corinth's side.
* GratuitousFrench: This exchange between Ziggy and Dr. K in "Danger and Destiny, Part 1" when he frees them from their restraints:
-->'''Ziggy''': Voila!
-->'''Dr. K''': Merci beaucoup.
* GroinAttack: Evil!Dillon to Flynn in "Brother's Keeper". Just as hilarious in that fight: Ziggy gets [[Film/TheThreeStooges rapid-fire bitchslapped]].
* HannibalLecture: Tenaya 7 delivers a short one to Dr. K during her [[DayInTheLimelight namesake episode]] which ''really'' sets her off.
* HardWorkMontage: Flynn and Gemma in "Not So Simple", complete with [[SleepCute falling asleep]]. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Aww.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Tenaya 7 after TheReveal. Venjix reprograms her back to his side, but the Rangers eventually break his hold.]]
* HeDidntMakeIt: Scott in the premiere, about his brother. [[spoiler:He stays dead.]]
* HelpingHands: Tenaya 7
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Gem and Gemma in the GrandFinale.]]
** Andrews, Summer's butler, sacrificing his life so that she could make it to Corinth before the city's shield's activated.
* HeroInsurance: Almost averted in "Ancient History", [[spoiler:but Dr. K takes out a policy just in time to avoid being arrested on treason for releasing the Venjix virus]]. Also seen when Gem and Gemma bust down a door to stop some crooks, and have to repair it later.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Dillon and Ziggy in the early episodes.
* HilariousOuttakes: Shown in "... And Action!"
* HilarityEnsues: Ziggy is a lovable coward, comic relief guy who accidentally becomes the Green Ranger. He proceeds to be...A lovable, slightly less cowardly, comic relief Power Ranger who bumbles his way through fights. And usually win.
* HonorBeforeReason: Flynn's flashback montage shows that he puts helping others and saving lives before the following things: his job security (policeman flashback), common sense and resource management (firefighter flashback), and potentially his own life and limb (aid worker flashback).
* HopeSproutsEternal: Seen in the premiere. By the finale more flowers have begun to sprout.
* IAteWhat: (Arguably) family-friendly version - Ziggy tries some of the pink stuff Gem and Gemma are cooking, which turns out to be plastic explosives.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: All flashback episodes are named after the character they feature.
* IdiotBall: Great job disabling Ranger Black and letting the monster tap into the weather grid, Dr. K.
** Tenaya's plan to gas the city in "The Dome Dolls"; one, for being only knockout gasses and two, for having a separate gas for each gender.
* IfItSwimsItFlies: [[FlyingCar Eagle Racer]] notwithstanding, a zord's flight ability is based on its vehicle half, not its animal. So the Tail Spinner zord (half-motorcycle) averts this trope, while the Whale Zord justifies it by being half-plane. Of course, the flying whale wears a lampshade.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Subverted. Ziggy, Mr. GenreSavvy, approaches Dillon under control of the virus, and says that his friendship power is so strong, Dillon wouldn't dare hit him. Turns out he would.
** And previously in "Control Alt Delete" when Dillon defends himself from a re-{{brainwashed}} [[spoiler:Tenaya]], continually yelling that [[spoiler:she's his sister]] and refusing to attack. This could be considered [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] or played straight depending on your reading of the scene - after Dillon's shield is broken and his power levels are scanned and found low, [[spoiler:Tenaya]] stops attacking and walks away without explanation, ''but'' the overall loyalty to Venjix appears unchanged.
* ILikeThoseOdds: Faced with a small army of [[MechaMook Mecha Mooks]], all [[HollywoodCyborg Dillon]] has to say is "Venjix should've sent more."
* ImprobableAge: Dr. K: she created the Ranger powers, and is no older than 19. She was also dealing with advanced mathematical equations by age 5.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: The cast has weaponized chairs, bubble wraps, shopping carts, veggies, a rental tuxedo jacket, a wedding veil, a violin amp, an umbrella, a giant pole, ''a building'', and a stroller with a baby in it!
* ImprovisedWeapon: See above, and...
** Scott uses a baby stroller (with baby) during a fight at a playground.
*** Heck, [[DoubleEntendre Ziggy uses the]] ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext mother]]''!
** Flynn would have something to say as using his ''[[GenreSavvy henshin]] [[MediumAwareness explosion]]'' to blow a hole in a wave of {{Mook}}s.
** The concept is lampshaded in "If Venjix Won", in which Ziggy and Dr. K are attacked by Grinders. The two argue over who gets to use a broken pole as a weapon when K points out that Ziggy has ''actual'' weapons.
** Don't forget the ''building'', the headquarters for city security, used in the finale.
* InstantExpert: Subverted by Ziggy, who's possibly the only Ranger in history to ''not'' automatically learn martial arts upon morphing. See also "Three's a Crowd", where the Rangers try to learn how to [[CombiningMecha combine]] their three already giant combo-mecha into one ridiculously HumongousMecha, with [[EpicFail violent results]].
* InsufferableGenius: Dr. K.
* InvincibleIncompetent: Ziggy
* IronicNurseryTune: Tenaya stalks her prey whistling "The Farmer In The Dell"
* ISOStandardUrbanGroceries: At the end of "Ranger Blue" when Flynn comes home to his father, complete with a baguette.
* [[ItsACostumePartyISwear It's A Pajama Party, I Swear]]: Pulled - perhaps inadvertently - on Dr. K in "And... Action!"
* KarmicDeath: Think about it. What, throughout the series, usually gets destroyed when the MonsterOfTheWeek grows to giant size? Buildings. Now, what do the rangers use [[spoiler: to defeat the final BigBad of the season]]?
* LampshadeHanging: Everything that is ''Franchise/PowerRangers''. Because "nothing says 'covert' like bright red, yellow, and blue spandex."
** [[{{Handwave}} THAT IS NOT! SPANDEX!!!]]
** BetterThanABareBulb: Two episodes head into this territory:
*** "Handshake" has Venjix's generals snark at the spray nozzle robot and wonder why they never do a ZergRush while Corinth's shields are down, as well as asking "Are you going to make it grow now, or wait until the rangers defeat it? Oh, wait, I, uh -" (gets blasted)
*** The episode "Ranger Blue" begins with a five-minute conversation where the Rangers ask Dr. K why the zords have eyes[[note]]They're high-powered cameras[[/note]], why there's an epic explosion behind them when they morph[[note]]Residual energy runoff that's necessary to "clear the suit's bio-channels during the morph"[[/note]] and why they scream "RPM! GET IN GEAR!"[[note]]Voice recognition safety feature[[/note]] And later Tenaya asks Flynn what his role in the FiveManBand is. [[spoiler:"I'm SCOTTISH!"]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Dillon. And its not going to get any better, considering that they've blown up the 'bot that was storing his lost memories. [[spoiler: He is ''never'' seen to get his old memories back, though as he said in that episode, he's got something better: new ones.]]
* LeeroyJenkins: Cmdr. Murdock from "Heroes Among Us." And of course, the "Boom Time" twins.
** ...Someone REALLY needs to make a video of that.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h1r3q6v0UY&feature=channel_video_title Someone already has.]]
* LiteralMinded: Dr. K.
--> '''Col. Truman:''' I sure hope you know what you're doing.
--> '''Dr. K:''' Why does everyone keep saying that? Of course I am ''aware'' of what I am doing! I just have absolutely no idea of whether or not it will work.
** And even more painfully straight in "Ranger Green": Ziggy rhetorically asks Dr. K what could possibly go wrong in attempting teleportation, and ''she actually gives him a list of worst-case scenarios''. She even tells him that she was just answering his (rhetorical) question!
* LittlestCancerPatient: A whole orphanage of them, in fact. [[spoiler:Ziggy pisses off Corinth's entire criminal underworld for their sake.]]
* LegoGenetics: Introduced into the Whale Zord through ''[[YouFailBiologyForever computer download]]''.
* LetsMockTheMonsters: Even the QuirkyMinibossSquad can't always take the attackbots seriously (see "Handshake").
* LonelyRichKid: Summer
* LovelyAngels: Summer and Gemma in the GirlsNightOutEpisode - said episode is even titled "The Dome Dolls".
* LukeIAmYourFather: Dr. K and Venjix, although they both knew about it. It was ''everyone else'' who was surprised when it was announced.
* MadeOfPlasticine: Robot example: the Grinders. In "Ranger Blue" one is disabled by throwing a bag of vegetables at him, and another is cut in half by a ''bus door.''
* ManInAKilt: Flynn, for a wedding and when he was attending school. Note that kilts in these situations are TruthInTelevision.
* ManipulativeBastard: Kilobyte, complete with the appropriately posh accent. His VillainDecay over the last few episodes has lessened this somewhat.
* ManChild: Dr. K, as evidenced by the goofy Zord designs, diabetic sweet tooth, and the alphabet soup pajamas and slippers she wears from time to time.
* MetaGuy: Ziggy
* TheMenInBlack: The Alphabet Soup handlers. Crosses with TheFaceless.
* MineralMacGuffin: the Landsdown Diamond in "Ranger Yellow"
* MixAndMatch: "Franchise/PowerRangers" + {{Terminator}}
* MoodWhiplash: The "Terminator meets Mad Max" theme of the show clashes rather badly with both the Power Ranger camp-factor in general (especially in the first episode) and with ''Go-Onger'''s ridiculous looking zords and generally silly monster designs. Then again, some find the campiness endearing, apocalyptic background or not. See PragmaticAdaptation below.
* MsFanservice: Tenaya 7. You can actually identify her stuntwoman by her less shapely rear.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Dr. K controlling the base venting systems with her violin. It's cool, but bwuh?
* MusicalAssassin: Dr. K and her [[ImprobableWeapon Violin]] [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom of Doom.]]
* MyGreatestFailure: Dr. K and . . . do we even need to spell it out for you?
* MysteriousProtector: The Gold and Silver Rangers in "Embodied" and "Ghosts"
* MythologyGag: There's a [[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury Jungle Karma Pizzeria]] in Corinth, the wedding episode had the local idiot [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers faceplant into a cake]], and Flynn wanted to change the morph call to [[Series/PowerRangersSPD "Rangers to the Rescue"]] or [[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury "Ranger Justice Unleashed"]]. Also, the [[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive Red Overdrive Ranger's]] helmet was seen in "Ancient History".
** And there's some rare ''Sentai'' nods as well. Most blatant, obviously, is the [[Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger GO-ONGER]], and when discussing it Summer [[SignificantReferenceDate asks if it was built in]] [[Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger 1975]]. Flynn also describes the Falcon Copter as a flying chicken, which it actually ''was'' in ''Go-Onger''.
** Scott's backstory is similar to that of [[Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger Kaijou Tsuyoshi, the first-ever Sentai Red]]. Both are the younger brothers of military leaders who were killed in the villains' attack. Furthermore, the Trumans were both members of Eagle Squad, while Tsuyoshi and his brother were both members of the EAGLE organization.
** The [=PaleoMax=] Megazord is pretty much an {{Expy}} of the original Megazord. Part of it is a mammoth with freezing powers. It's got a very familiar head design. The left foot is even a Triceratops, another distinguishing feature because of the prominent horns. Though Go-Onger and Zyuranger aren't related at all, the sentai creators ''are'' aware of Power Rangers, and it seems that they put in a sweet {{Homage}} by making what was to have been the last-ever Megazord look just like the first-ever Megazord.
** And, in "Forever Red", there was a General Venjix in the [[Series/PowerRangersZeo Machine Empire.]] Fanficsplosion in 10... 9... 8...
** Dillon's not the first Ranger [[Series/PowerRangersSPD to join the team as a condition of being released from prison.]]
* MySisterIsOffLimits: Gem, on Gemma and Flynn. Also Dillon, when Ziggy comments that [[spoiler:Tenaya is kinda hot when she's not out to kick their asses]].
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: In typical Power Rangers fashion, various rangers, zords and monsters get these on occasion, but one of the most striking examples is when Tenaya 7 uses her [[RuleOfCool arm as a lightning rod to absorb several bolts being blasted at her]] via Corinth's weather control system, and fires them back at the rangers. For that matter, the fact that the weather system can even do this is pretty surprising.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Dr. K "just wanted... to go outside...", and in attempting to do so, she [[spoiler: ''caused the apocalypse''.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Shifter's takeover of the Paleozords led to Dr. K figuring out how to merge all the mecha into the Ultrazord.
** Even earlier, they needed another energy-thingie, but there was only one ever built, and they can't build another one. Then, an attack bot that can make a duplicate of any object comes along, so Dr. K manages to manipulate events to get one in the base and get the enemy to accidentally make a copy of said energy-thingie. The villain even questions if she actually planned it all this way. * Cue violin attack*
** Kilobyte wanted to do something useful so he [[spoiler: activated a hybrid]] to attack the Colonel, not only did it fail but it tipped the Rangers off to what Venjix was planning.
* TheNicknamer: Dr. K refuses to call the Rangers by their names, though she tries to change ([[SnubByOmission except for Ziggy]]) after Gem and Gemma turn up alive and call her out on being impersonal.
* NonActionGuy: Ziggy
* NonIndicativeName: Gem and Gemma's Cloud Hatchets are really more like daggers than actual hatchets.
* NoSocialSkills: Dr. K
* NotHimself: Dillon under the influence of Venjix.
* NotInTheFace: Ziggy in the first episode.
* NotWearingPants: Ziggy relates a story of one such incident in the premiere... then we actually see it happen to him in "Ranger Green" (at least he doesn't have a rash this time).
* TheNudifier: Dr. K's sonic cannon, when still in the experimental stage in "Ranger Green". Of course, since this is a kids' show, it leads to ComedicUnderwearExposure instead.
* ObfuscatedInterface: Venjix's computers display data too fast for humans to process (Dillon, being a cyborg, manages just fine).
* OhCrap: Tenaya in "Ranger Yellow, Part 2" and "Doctor K." She knows the [[MusicalAssassin violin,]] she fears the [[OhCrap violin.]]
** Venjix ultimately meets his doom [[spoiler:with a building dropped on him in the finale.]] He doesn't take it very well.
* OneLetterName: Dr. K
* OnlySaneMan: Tenaya seems to be the only one that notices the inherent absurdity of the villains' usual tactics. She spends most of "Blitz" asking if the absurd plan-o'-the-week has failed sufficiently for her to go take a nap without missing anything important.
* OpeningNarration:
-->'''Doctor K:''' A computer virus has built armies of robotic soldiers and taken control of our world. But there is still one place we can be safe: the domed city of Corinth. And the only hope we have left is...
-->'''Theme Music:''' ''Power Rangers RPM! Get in gear!''
* OrphansPlotTrinket: Dillon's music-box locket
* OutOfGenreExperience: The first half of "The Road to Corinth" feels more like a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller than a typical ''Power Rangers'' episode.
* OverrideCommand: Dr. K tries to turn off Dillon's ranger suit in "Blitz". He somehow overpowers it.
* PassThePopcorn: During Ziggy's "interrogation". Ziggy himself and Gemma also pull buckets out on occasion.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Partially subverted in "If Venjix Won". The Rangers guess several ranger-related words and phrases as Dr. K's possible computer password, each one failing. It turns out she chose [[spoiler:Ziggy's name as her password]], presumably thinking no-one would guess because no-one knew that she [[spoiler:had feelings for him]].
* PercussiveMaintenance: Handwaved as Flynn intentionally building the Road Attack Zord to shut down from a good whack in the center.
* PhlebotinumRebel: Dillon
* PoorCommunicationKills: During one episode, the rangers realize the real objective of Venjix's latest maneuver. Instead of spelling out to the colonel how they're playing into Venjix's hands, Scott yells about how his father is playing right into Venjix's hands and that AttackAttackAttack, suggested and shot down earlier, is the right idea. This costs them the opportunity to derail the scheme before it can begin.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: This, of course, is a ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' staple, but a notable example goes to Dr. K's first encounter with Tenaya 7 in "Ranger Yellow, Part 2"--complete with a violin.
-->'''Tenaya 7''' ''[holding up blaster]'': Dr. K, I presume? If you're as smart as they say you are, I'm expecting some pretty profound last words here.
-->'''Dr. K''' ''[picking up violin plugged into the amp]'': Then I'll speak the universal language of music.
-->'''Tenaya 7''' ''[looks at speaker array]'': [[OhCrap You are smart!]] ''[Dr. K then plays a loud chord, sending Tenaya 7 flying.]''
* PyrrhicVictory: Congratulations, Rangers, you have defeated Venjix![[note]]For now.[[/note]] All it cost was 99% of life on earth, and the ecosystem will take millennia to recover, leaving life outside Corinth a living cancer-laden hell for generations. Have fun!
** NoEndorHolocaust is implied, as Dillon, Summer, and Tenaya begin WalkingTheEarth in the finale unprotected and they find a place where the environment is already beginning to return to normal.
* PlugNPlayTechnology: For all of Venjix's advanced and [[ObfuscatedInterface obfuscated]] tech, its servers still accept flash drives. And the Whale Zord is a megazord-ready TransformingMecha immediately after conversion even though Dr. K seems to come up with the idea on the spot.
* PragmaticAdaptation: While the show likely didn't have the budget to digitally recolor ''Go-Onger'''s silly looking zords, they do attempt to distract from the silly looking appliance-based monsters by having them not talk, but instead just be snarling beasts. Only a handful of [=MOTWs=] have had any lines, the rest either growled or made electronic noises. This required quite a bit of editing, as the ''Go-Onger'' monsters were extremely talkative and would often do a short monologue (or even a song!) before they exploded; in ''RPM'', they simply cut straight from the finisher to the fall n' kaboom. As for the zords, whenever they have to talk, they just have the rangers inside talking instead.
** This has led to some extremely short zord battles; some ''Go-Onger'' battles have over half the fight being the monster dancing, delivering monologues or comically running around. Edit that out and it's not much more than "form the megazord and do the finisher."
*** While this isn't very dramatic, it ''does'' make sense given the show's setting - this is THE last holdout of human civilization on Earth. The Rangers can't risk a prolonged Megazord battle in Corinth City, with all the collateral damage that implies, so they immediately go for the one-hit-kill weapon.
* ThePreciousPreciousCar: According to Scott, the GO-ONGER is this to Colonel Truman. Obviously, when the Rangers take it out on a mission WatchThePaintJob soon follows. Scott and Dillon also have moments where they're protective of their cars.
* ProductPlacement: In addition to [[MerchandiseDriven the usual]], there were [[http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee245/2banator_88/toyotacamryenginekingeaglezord.jpg licensed]] [[http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee245/2banator_88/toyotapriuschromeprowlermegazord.jpg Toyota]] toys. (It didn't come up in the show, though.)
* PsychopathicManchild: Gem and Gemma, who plotted to blow up one of Venjix's factories ''with human slaves still inside''. And clearly have a mental age around five at the most, despite being technological geniuses.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Once again... '''''THAT IS NOT SPANDEX!!'''''
** And on the other side of the dome: '''"I AM VENJIX!"'''
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Scott delivers a brief one to Shifter before ripping him apart.
* TheReveal: Dr. K [[spoiler:''programmed'' the Venjix Virus]], and admits it to the Rangers.
** InternalReveal: But not to Corinth security, as we eventually find out...
** Another Reveal in "Endgame", [[spoiler:half the city of Corinth is made of [[HalfHumanHybrid robotic hybrids]].]]
* ReversePolarity: A slight inversion; Flynn's abilities went haywire in "Ranger Blue" due to a build up of time dilation reversing the polarity of his powers. Played straight, however, in that he fixes the problem by putting his Engine Cell in upside down like a backwards battery, ''re-''reversing the polarity.
** Bonus points to him for [[TalkingIsAFreeAction beating the crap out of some Grinders while explaining all this to Dr. K over the phone]], making good use of the [[ExplosiveOverclocking overpowered runoff explosion]], and leaving Dr. K ''completely speechless.''
* RichInDollarsPoorInSense: Summer's family.
** Summer herself is a former example, following the Venjix attack.
* RightBehindMe: Ziggy about Dr. K in "Three's A Crowd"
* RobbingTheMobBank: Ziggy's backstory.
* RobotGirl: Tenaya 7
* RoboticReveal: [[spoiler:"End Game" reveals that appoximately half the population of Corinth City is infected with the dormant Venjix Virus.]]
** [[spoiler:UnroboticReveal]]: Tenaya 7. [[spoiler:She's convinced she is a robot until she bleeds. The way the cut is revealed is almost mimicking the cliche of revealing sparking wires when RoboticReveal is used straight.]]
* RobotWar
* SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining: Dr. K thanks to Alphabet Soup.
* SamusIsAGirl: Attempted with Dr. K, but it didn't really work: the voice distortion didn't really hide her gender that well, and a leaked trailer spoiled it anyway. It was also spoiled by the title sequence as the opening intro is voiced by Dr K, and the voice distortion isn't used on it, not even in the episodes before the reveal. At least the voice distortion made her sound older, if not really a guy.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: Gem and Gemma, again. * Cracks knuckles* "KA-plishiawhooharoommmmmmm!"
* SequelHook: TheStinger hints that [[spoiler: Venjix survived by infecting the morphers]], a likely hook for a future teamup episode [[AbortedArc that never happened.]]
* SeriesFauxnale: ''RPM'' was going to be the end for the entire franchise, and it would have been: a truly outstanding and very unconventional season, with the final episode making 700 even. If PR had to end, there couldn't possibly be a more awesome and fitting way for it to go out. As for the series itself, the final arc begins with a WhamEpisode even by the standards of a Wham Season like this: [[spoiler:you know how Dillon's a hybrid with all this evil Venjix tech in him that may take over him someday? Well, ''half the city is the same way, with their reprogramming complete, and Venjix just hadn't flipped the switch yet. '''And now he does.''''']] OhCrap. AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs is practically a tradition, and happened repeatedly this year, but... it's ''never'' been done like that before.
* ShapingYourAttacks: Finishing moves take the form of the zords.
* ShipTease: Dillon and Summer (which Dr. K lampshades mercilessly), Summer/Scott, Flynn/Gemma and Ziggy/Dr. K.
* ShipperOnDeck: Dr. K in "Brother's Keeper".
* ShoutOut: [[TheEighties Lots and lots.]] [[ShoutOut/PowerRangersRPM There is a page dedicated to this.]]
* SleepCute: Flynn and Gemma in "Not So Simple", and Ziggy and Dr. K in "If Venjix Won".
* SmallGirlBigGun: Dr. K and her [[BigBadBeetleborgs Beetleborg]] [[PropRecycling Blaster]].
* SophisticatedAsHell: in "Prisoners"
-->'''Gem:''' Looks like it's-
-->'''Gemma:''' -Boom time, Dr. K!
-->'''Dr. K:''' Roger that, Gem and Gemma. You are go for Boom Time.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: On the one hand, Gemma is the [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal franchise's first full-fledged female]] SixthRanger. On the other hand, she's only half of the "Gemngemma" character (but she got a little better).
* SnubByOmission: In an attempt to be more social, Dr. K lists what she appreciates about each Ranger, each speech culminating in her using their name for the first time. She skips Ranger Green.
-->"It's Ziggy! ZIG-Y! Z! I! G! G! Y! ZIGGY!!!"
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "And... Action!" starts out normally, then Ziggy breaks the fourth wall and turns it into a behind-the-scenes episode.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Dr. K plays an excerpt from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHrZAplckpI Paganini's Caprice No.24 in A Minor]]. This excerpt plays out [[http://youtu.be/GebSvFmNnAk?t=8m57s during a Megazord battle]] in the very next scene. ItMakesSenseInContext. This also falls under CrowningMusicOfAwesome.
* TheSpeechless: Many of the Attack Bots are unable to speak - a first in the series.
* TheSpock: Dr. K
* SpoilerOpening: Both played straight and averted in the first 4 episodes; while Dillon is shown to be Ranger Black from the first episode, Ziggy as Ranger Green and Dr. K's real appearance are hidden until after they've both appeared in the series. Done straight again when a later opening shows Gem as Ranger Gold and Gemma as Ranger Silver in the episode they join the team. Happens again when the Paleozords appear in the opening a full week before their appearance, and RPM Ultrazord ''three'' weeks before its appearance. [[spoiler:Tenaya 15 appears in the opening of the episode her upgrade is revealed.]]
* SpottingTheThread: In "Ranger Yellow, Part 2", Summer realizes that Tenaya is at her wedding posing as the caterer because "no caterer would put the cake next to a recycled motor oil bin"
* TheStarscream: Tenaya 7
* StayInTheKitchen: Kilobyte's attitude towards Tenaya.
* {{Steampunk}}: The outside of Venjix's base invokes this trope. The interior, on the other hand, is decisively more futuristic.
* StepfordSmiler: Two of them, in Gem and Gemma. Probably Type Cs, as it's unlikely that even the most upbeat invidivuals would talk about something like being held captive as test subjects or enslaved for hard labor in a factory of horror without even the smallest crack in their mask. Of course, since they're like that when they first meet K, it's entirely possible that there were [[NightmareFuel even worse events that warped them even earlier on]].
* StepfordSnarker: Dr. K
* StockFootage: Dr. K's narration in "The Road to Corinth" uses footage from the ''[[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Ninja Storm]]'' episode "Snip It, Snip It Good" when the Blue Bay Harbor council have their debate.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Tenaya 7 has been shown to be able to take on all the Rangers at once with regularity, and come out relatively unscathed. Despite this, she fares only ''just'' as well against any one Ranger at a time, even if they aren't morphed. Witness her fight with pre-ranger Ziggy, in which he is able to outmuscle her long enough to [[spoiler: strap the morpher to his wrist and activate the morph]]. This can perhaps be justified by Ziggy's hint that she 'enjoys this' and is deliberately not acting on her full ability in order to prolong the 'fun'.
* StuffBlowingUp: This came under some ''incredibly'' heavy [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] in the 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".
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Dr. K. [[DefrostingIceQueen She got better.]]
* SuperPrototype: The Paleozords. Potentially Rangers Gold and Silver, too, though they seem equal in power to the others instead of superior.
* SuperReflexes: Dillon has enhanced reflexes as part of the entire [[{{Cyborg}} half-machine package]]. First demonstrated when he instantly catches Colonel Truman's falling mug while being interrogated.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Done to humorous effect in "Ranger Yellow, Part 2", where the boys discuss their thoughts on Summer's arranged marriage while kicking the crap out of several mooks at once.
* TheSyndicate: Even in one of the last cities on Earth there will still be a crime syndicate.
* TeenGenius: Dr. K
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The RPM Ultrazord. [[spoiler: Also, Venjix gets Corinth Command dropped on him when the zords were unavailable.]]
* ThisIsReality: Dr. K loves this one.
-->'''Dr. K''': Justice is an abstract ideological concept. We deal with tangible realities, not justice. [[WideEyedidealist You]] want justice? Read a comic book.
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: Ziggy can do shadow puppets.
* TitleThemeTune
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:Tenaya 7 inverts this. She is convinced she is a robot, until she bleeds like a human.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Ziggy forms an interesting gradual version of this. At the start of the series, he's ''clearly'' not a fighter. Pretty much every battle involves him making a mistake or doing something humourous. However, these moments were very subtly phased out. While he continued to be a comic character, by the midway point of the season, he was able to tear through Grinders just as well as any of the others.
* TrashTheSet: Both the Garage and Corinth Security HQ in the finale.
* TrojanPrisoner: Dillon is one in "Beyond a Doubt". He just doesn't know it yet.
* TwinTropes: Gem and Gemma, evident from their very first appearance:
** CreepyTwins: ''No'' sane person can be ''that'' perky ''all the time'' after going through such crap.
** SingleMindedTwins: Only adds to the creepiness. Though Judd broke up the hive mind just a little bit.
*** TwinBanter: They're ''always'' FinishingEachOthersSentences.
** ThemeTwinNaming: likely justified as being codenames
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Inverted versus normal Power Rangers series: the Rangers' development as a team and the survival of Corinth form the A-plot, while the monster fights form the B-plot.
* {{Understatement}}: Dr. K, in attempting to apologize for being so cold to her team, says that she "might have treated some of [them] with a degree of forced emotional detachment, perhaps even bordering on coldness." The Rangers' reaction? Dripping with sarcasm.
--> '''Flynn''': "Bordering on coldness," you say?
--> '''Summer''': That's ridiculous, Doctor.
--> '''Dillon''': You must be imagining it.
** What makes it even funnier is that Dr. K doesn't get the sarcasm coming from the Rangers. She says, "No, no, I'm afraid it's true." All part of a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* UnroboticReveal: [[spoiler:Tenaya7]].
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The security guards who stop Dr. K from installing the firewall intended to keep Venjix from spreading. The destruction of civilization follows.
* UptightLovesWild: Dr, K towards Ziggy, as of "If Venjix Won".
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: Dr. K, in the first few episodes
* WeddingSmashers: in "Ranger Yellow pt. 2"
* WellDoneSonGuy: Scott and Flynn. Cue awww moments at their backstory episodes.
* WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture: Venjix had a factory where human slaves created Grinders and what became the Whale Zord. Gem and Gemma were there along with Dillon's mystery girl, and [[DissonantSerenity gleefully]] note the horrible conditions.
** Can be argued that it is justified for the Whale Zord, since automation wouldn't be as efficient for what was supposed to be a one time project. No excuse for the Grinders though.
* WhamEpisode: Granted, this is more like a Wham ''Season'' in the context of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', but "Doctor K" and "End Game" certainly count.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: When Dr. K asks Ziggy what he offers to the team (because it sure isn't ability), he says that he has heart. Dr. K isn't impressed.
** The [[ChekhovsSkill shadow puppets]]!
* WhatTheHellHero: After Scott runs off to prove himself to his dad, Gem tracks him down and asks "Isn't this exactly what you're always telling me and Gemma ''not'' to do?"
* WhenSheSmiles: It's implied that Ziggy feels this way toward Dr K, as he puts immense effort into getting her to smile.
* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where The Heck Is Corinth]]?: Fans have deduced from provided info that Corinth is on the site of UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}, though they had to toy with the coordinates given incorrectly in the show. (Either it's Boston, Greenland, or somewhere in the Indian Ocean.)
** CreatorProvincialism: Boston is the hometown of the season's first executive producer, Eddie Guzelian.
*** Corinth seems to be located in Cancun, Mexico. In "Rain", Dillon turns on the radio and the woman gives the exact coordinates of Cancun as Corinth's location. Reinforced because the shape of the coastline around Cancun is identical to the wire map location of Corinth in the show's intro.
*** There are also cities named 'Corinth' located in Texas, Mississippi, and Maine.
** PleaseSelectNewCityName
* WideEyedIdealist: Flynn, see HonorBeforeReason above. Ziggy as well, as he is convinced that despite the rapid evolution of Venjix technology that he and his teammates will always win because "we're the good guys."
** Surely in Ziggy's case that's just being GenreSavvy.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Everything that's happened so far is because [[spoiler:Dr. K wanted to go outside the Alphabet Soup facility, where she had been imprisoned (under the pretense of a sun allergy) for the last decade]]. Since it was never intended for the Venjix Virus to spread beyond [[spoiler:Alphabet Soup]], this also crosses with MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds.
* XanatosGambit: Venjix's master plan, revealed in "End Game". Remember all those attacks on Corinth foiled by the rangers? [[spoiler:All a decoy to distract attention from the real threat: the population of Corinth, most of which have been infected with the Venjix virus and have been slowly turning into hybrids over the course of the entire season so that Venjix can control them and conquer the city. Of course if any of the monsters actually suceeded...]]
** [[spoiler:The end of the season leaves Venjix with direct access to the morphers, only one step away from ''the morphing grid''... Sweet Dreams, Earth.]]
* XMeetsY: This series is basically ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' meets ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' meets ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue''.
** And they all meet ''{{Terminator}}'' on the way.
*** In a MadMax environment.
* YouGotSpunk: Kilobyte to Tenaya in "The Dome Dolls"
* YouHaveFailedMe: Lampshaded; Tenaya uses the line in "Handshake" to mock Venjix's impending use of the trope.
** Used interestingly in "Three's a Crowd":
--> '''Venjix:''' This body has failed me for the last time!
* YouLookFamiliar: Again subverted, again Kelson Henderson, being unrecognisable.. again. Just for one episode ("Blitz") this time though.
** Rewatch ''[[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Ninja Storm]]'', specifically Cam's trip to the past. Apparently, Colonel Truman (or a near-identical relative) used to run the Wind Ninja Academy.
*** He's also the voice of [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Zeltrax]]. And all of the [[EliteMook Orangehead]] [[Series/PowerRangersSPD Krybots]].
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