''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 TheHero wears it; end of discussion. He usually gets [[ProtagonistPowerUpPrivileges the best stuff]], the primary focus, etc. Don't sideline the others, though. However, the Red Ranger doesn't have to be the leader, [[RookieRedRanger nor does he have to be the most experienced]].

'''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. If the series has an additional, non-Ranger heroic ally, he'll probably have latex.

'''ThePowerOfFriendship''': Teamwork is 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'''
'''Motif''': Each season has some kind of overlaying motif to it. This motif is the inspiration for the heroes' costumes, their mecha, and sometimes even their weapons. Don't worry about repeating a motif 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]], [[Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger three]] [[Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger ninja-themed]] [[Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger seasons]] and plenty more where that came from. Give the motif a chance to rest before you dig it up again. [[FleetingDemographicRule 5 to 10 years sounds about right.]]

'''CentralTheme''': While the motif largely deals with the visual aspects of the season, you've also got to tell a story with it. What message do you want the audience to come away with? Courage, friendship, and family some of the more common ones; just keep it idealistic.

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

'''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 [[ShesAManInJapan 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.

'''Colors''': All Sentai series have a red and a blue (and usually a yellow - although there are [[Series/JAKQDengekitai four]] [[Series/BattleFeverJ teams]] [[Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman that]] [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger don't]]); the other two members of the core 5 (if you are starting out with that number) are usually two of the four following colors: pink, green, white, black[[note]]the most common combination is red, blue, yellow, green, and pink; 15 teams have had that combination; the second most common is red, blue, yellow, pink, and black; 9 teams have had that combination[[/note]]. However, the rest of the team's colors are up to you - just keep in mind that 2 rangers never have the same color. You can have 2 red rangers on the same team, as long as one of the red rangers has a different shade of red (usually a darker shade). However, unless you are going for a theme with the color (such as [[Series/ResshaSentaiToQger rainbows]]), the SixthRanger(s) will usually be either gold or silver - although if you want to include these colors on the core team, you are more than welcome to use a different color for the SixthRanger (or, if you want, [[Series/DobutsuSentaiZyuohger multiple colors]]).

!'''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.
* While Sentai is MerchandiseDriven[[note]]''Ohranger'' had very low ratings, but the toy sales were huge, which was what made Toei decide not to cancel the franchise[[/note]], don't make it too blatant. It's a lot easier to get away with a lot more merchandise in a series with a collectible (i.e., [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger keys]], [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger batteries]], [[Series/UchuuSentaiKyuranger globes]]), but even then, it's still possible to go overboard with merchandise (see ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'', which had a card gimmick that was mainly to promote an arcade game, as an example). Consider how useful the collectible is as a way to determine how many times it should show up - a collectible that can allow the user to swim rapidly probably isn't gonna have much use if you're writing a series that takes place mostly on dry land, in the air, or in space, whereas a collectible that allows the user to generate a shield should appear multiple times. Same goes for the mecha - if you're going to include mecha, be sure to use the mechs you introduce a lot (for an example of how this can go wrong, look at ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'').


!'''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]]. But regardless of a scenario its best to give the viewer a reason to root for the protagonist and not fall into DarknessInducedAudienceApathy or make the protagonist bland enough that the viewer ends up RootingForTheEmpire.

* Explore the consequences of the existence of monsters and aliens existing. How much of an impact it can make? How involved will the military be now that monsters and aliens roam the planet?

* Have the lead red ranger be female - while [[spoiler: ''Shinkenger'' had a full-time red ranger in the form of Lady Kaoru]], and in ''Gokaiger'', the two female rangers could become red rangers if they used a red ranger key, the red ranger has always been male so far ([[WhatCouldHaveBeen although]] ''Magiranger'' almost had a female red ranger).

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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.
** Alternatively, the villains will bring in [[PsychoRangers a team of evil rangers]]. Said team does not have to be human, and usually lasts for an arc.
* 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. [[ColorblindCasting 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]], [[Series/PowerRangersSamurai Antonio]], and [[Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge Chase]] 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. That being said, you are more than welcome to link an original SixthRanger to an already existing mecha if you are willing to reshoot the cockpit footage.

'''Subversions:'''
* Make your Power Ranger characters adults rather than teenagers. It helps reduce the possibility of your series involving child soldiers fighting the empire.
* Make the team of rangers a family - while this has happened before [[Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman in]] [[Series/KyuKyuSentaiGoGoV a few]] [[Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger Sentai]] [[Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger series]], it has never happened in ''Power Rangers'' - at most, it's been 2 of the rangers are related or none of the rangers are related at all. However, you don't have to apply this to the SixthRanger(s).
* Have the rangers go out of their way to search for and become rangers - traditionally, the rangers either are called by the team's mentor, start off as rangers, or are chosen by the [[MacGuffin powers]].
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