''Franchise/SuperSentai'' has a simple enough concept: Live-Action series styled like anime about multicolored heroes in spandex with numerous weapons, including [[HumongousMecha Humongous]] CombiningMecha, against an army of goons in rubber suits. However, just because it's campy doesn't mean you have to make it dumb. You can still make it work.

With that being said, let's get busy.

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!'''Necessary Tropes'''

'''ColorCodedCharacters'''
You're gonna need to be able to tell each member apart somehow. How you do it is up to you, most ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' shows have the entire suit in that colour bar a few other bits but in ''Series/TomicaHeroRescueForce'' they all wore orange with trim depending on the colours.

This usually also applies to their pre-henshin state, but as ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'' showed, you don't have to do that necessarily. It just helps. If they work for some form of group and have uniforms that they wear before transforming (See ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'') then it's slightly more likely that they'll have colour co-ordinated uniforms outside of battle.

'''LawOfChromaticSuperiority'''
RedIsHeroic, so have TheHero wear it (it's not an absolute requirement, but it's a franchise tradition at this point so you'd better have a ''very'' good reason for breaking it). He usually gets [[ProtagonistPowerUpPrivileges the best stuff]], the primary focus, etc. Don't sideline the others, though.

'''SpandexLatexOrLeather'''
Chances are, you're gonna be going with spandex; as much as [[Series/PowerRangersRPM some people]] [[MemeticMutation deny it]]. [[Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Latex]] [[Series/PowerRangersSamurai armor]] and [[Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters leather-like materials]] aren't unheard-of, though.

'''ThePowerOfFriendship'''
A staple of the genre. It makes the kids happy, after all.

'''{{BFG}}'''
You're gonna need something to blow up the monster before you summon the...

'''HumongousMecha'''
Specifically, CombiningMecha. The main weapon tends to be a sword for these ones. They are always [[SuperRobotGenre Super Robots]]. Be sure to include a lot of them, [[MerchandiseDriven you'll make some good money out of their toys]].

!'''Choices, Choices'''
First, '''Theme''': Each season has some kind of overlaying theme to it. This theme is the inspiration for the heroes' costumes, their mecha, and sometimes even their weapons. Don't worry about repeating a theme that's already been done. After all, there were [[Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger three]] [[Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger car-themed]] [[Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger seasons]], [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger three]] [[Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger dinosaur-themed]] [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger seasons]], and plenty more where that came from. Give the theme a chance to rest before you dig it up again. [[FleetingDemographicRule 5 to 10 years sounds about right.]]

Second, '''Tone''': Do you want it to be a [[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman dark drama]]? Or a [[Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger wacky comedy]]? This decision will affect how things look.

Third, '''Number of Heroes''': The minimum to a team is [[PowerTrio three members]], usually in [[PrimaryColorChampion red, blue and yellow]]. One of the two non-red members is going to be a girl. Usually it's yellow, but [[Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman some]][[Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger times]] it's blue. On at least [[Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger one occasion]] both blue and yellow were girls, even.

The most common configuration is to have [[FiveManBand five members]], consisting of the usual red, blue and yellow but with a pink/white and black/green member along with them. You don't have to have TwoGirlsToATeam, but you can if you want. Chances are, the guys adapting your series will want to turn the one that isn't pink/white into a girl for the sake of feminism, though.

Of course, just because you start out with three/five doesn't mean you have to have that many for the whole series. ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'' introduced the concept of having two additional members join a three-member team, and ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' introduced the concept of a permanent SixthRanger joining the team later. If the concept of a SixthRanger just doesn't cut it, you can always bring in an Extra Hero that fits the theme of the show, but not the heroes' costumes. Heck, you can add as many members as you like. ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'' got away with ''ten'', and ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' literally took it UpToEleven.

!'''Pitfalls'''
Avoid going overboard with StuffBlowingUp during the fight scenes. Chances are, your audience will be more impressed by your actors' martial arts skills than the huge explosions constantly happening behind the heroes and villans. A much ''better'' use for huge explosions is to have one happen just after the rangers morph at the start of a critical battle or a team-up, because AwesomenessIsVolatile.

!'''Potential Subversions'''
You don't have to include BlackAndWhiteMorality. Feel free to make the heroes [[AntiHero somewhat morally questionable]] or your villains [[NobleDemon not that evil]].

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!'''Writers' Lounge'''

!!'''Suggested Themes and Aesops'''

[[Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger Justice.]] [[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman Resolve.]] [[Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger Traffic safety.]] Keep it optimistic, even in the worst of times.

!!'''Potential Motifs'''

It all depends on the theme. Popular ones include dinosaurs, cars, police squadrons, ninja, and especially animals. When all else fails, go with a neutral vehicle theme.

!!'''Suggested Plots'''

Chances are, most of your episodes are gonna follow a similar formula: Monster attacks civilians, team faces off against monster but fails, focus member does something relevant to the episode, round two, heroes win, monster vs. robo, scene with group.

There are a series of plots that happen often, though.

* A monster might attack brides, forcing the heroes to go undercover as a couple getting married.
* A monster might make copies of the heroes.
* A monster might not want to hurt anyone, but the team will usually end up having to blow him up anyway.

For the end of the season, [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs raid the heroes' base]], TrashTheSet, and start blowing up mecha. Do anything to make the heroes' second wind awe-inspiring. Just don't go overboard.

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!'''Departments'''

!!'''Set Designer / Location Scout'''

There's a lot of places you can re-use. A city, a quarry, a grassy field, or other locations around Japan work great for regular-size battles, and there are specific sets for mecha battles.

!!'''Props Department'''

Well, there's the TransformationTrinket. The most common ones these days are wrist-mounted or cell phones.

A set of weapons that each member has, usually a gun, a sword, or [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs gun that can turn into a sword]] are also a must.

Each member should have a unique weapon of their own. Red usually has a sword, the others you can vary. These weapons can most commonly combine into one {{BFG}}.

All the props can be turned into toys, the real source of your money.

!!'''Costume Design'''

Spandex is generally what you'll be using for the heroes' costumes when transformed. Everything else that isn't human will generally be rubber. Some female villains, however, will tend to have visible faces.

!!'''Casting Director'''

Start off with the FiveManBand or PowerTrio characterization and work your way from there. Your cast needs to slowly grow as characters over the course of the series. They need to be friendly towards each other.

The villains will usually be played by actors in suits, but that doesn't make them inconsequential. The monster can benefit with a quirky personality.

Child actors are optional, but they work good as support members or heroes. In [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger at least one case]], a child was even one of the villains!

Voice actors can also be counted on to do some roles for the series.

Also, it's a good idea to have a few scenes every now and then featuring the rangers removing their helmets or otherwise showing their faces while they're still morphed. It'll help build the illusion that it's really the characters inside the suits and not random stuntmen.

!!'''Stunt Department'''

Martial arts are the real draw of the series. Each member of the team needs to be a skilled fighter, and they need to look good. When all else fails, however, throw some wires in.

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!'''Extra Credit'''

Let's say you're not writing a ''Super Sentai'' series. Let's say you're adapting a ''Super Sentai'' show into a ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' series. What are you going to do? It all depends on a few factors.

Factor one is '''Budget'''. You will probably have a reduced budget compared to ''Sentai''. This will determine what you'll be able to add. Save most of your budget for blending the ''Sentai'' footage with your American actors. The good thing about adapting ''Super Sentai'' is that most of your work is done for you. You'll most likely have access to the most important costumes, like the Ranger suits or the suits for the main villains. If you have a good enough budget, you can add a [[SuperMode Battlizer]] for the Red Ranger or some other vehicle. Don't go overboard with additions, though, or you'll be reduced to reverse-angle StockFootage. The kids aren't that stupid. They can tell when they've seen something over and over. They can also tell when [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers the foam shield is replaced by a cloth shield]].

Factor two is '''Footage'''. You will be limited by a combination of what suits you have and what footage you use. However, don't think this is an excuse to just [[ShotForShotRemake repeat the plot of the Sentai]]. The kids (and [[WebVideo/HistoryOfPowerRangers Linkara]]) won't notice, but the older fans will have access to the original Sentai a year or more before you adapt it, and they ''will'' notice, and only [[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce once]] has this type of adaptation been a fan favorite season. And they will let you know that they noticed. Loudly. Instead, think of the Sentai footage as sort of a guideline, a suggestion more than a rule. [[Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman A nature-themed Sentai]] can just as easily be adapted into [[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy a space opera]]. [[Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger A wacky comedy]], with enough work, can be repurposed into [[Series/PowerRangersRPM a post-apocalyptic drama]], [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo but this can also be messed up]]. Simply cut the footage you can't use and make good use of the footage you can.

Other notes for adapting to ''Power Rangers'':

'''Casting Department:''' You'll want TwoGirlsToATeam, even if the original Sentai didn't have it. [[ShesAManInJapan You usually don't need to stress too much about the fact that the Stock Footage has a male.]] If the Sentai starts with only a PowerTrio, though, you're free to ignore this.

You'll also want a FiveTokenBand to make sure your cast isn't too monochromatic. It doesn't really matter which races are used or what roles they take, just make sure they're there. In a pinch; [[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Xander]], [[Series/PowerRangersRPM Flynn]], and [[Series/PowerRangersSamurai Antonio]] are evidence that you should never underestimate the power of an accent (and with production stationed in New Zealand these days, [[FakeAmerican most of your cast will be faking American accents anyway]]).

'''Props Department:''' You'll usually be able to make your own additions to the arsenal used in Sentai. A SuperMode for the Red Ranger (complete with its own TransformationTrinket) is a popular choice, as is a CoolBike or some other vehicle. A CanonImmigrant SixthRanger is possible, but you'll have to work around the fact that he wasn't present in the original StockFootage. A new mecha is probably ill-advised; besides the same StockFootage issues an original SixthRanger would face, you likely won't have access to a miniature set to film mecha battles on.
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