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->''"In 2086, two peaceful aliens journeyed to Earth, seeking our help. In return, they gave us the plans for our first hyperdrive, allowing mankind to open the doors to the stars. We have assembled a team of unique individuals to protect Earth and our allies. Courageous pioneers committed to the highest ideals of justice and dedicated to preserving law and order across the new frontier. These are the [[TitleDrop Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers!]]"''
-->--'''The OpeningNarration'''

This critically acclaimed 1986 series was the first of three animated {{Space Western}}s to air in America during the late [[TheEighties 1980s]]. [[note]]The others being ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'' and ''Anime/SaberRiderAndTheStarSheriffs'' (both premiering in 1987, a year after ''Rangers''), though one could argue that ''WesternAnimation/{{Silverhawks}}'' (1986) is a Space Western as well.[[/note]]

To elaborate on the OpeningNarration: The peaceful aliens represent several planets who are endangered by [[TheEmpire The Crown Empire]], an interplanetary dictatorship headed by the tyrannical [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen of the Crown]]. Thanks to the hyperdrive, Earth begins to interact with alien worlds and colonize distant planets, which leads to a culture that resembles a futuristic version of TheWildWest. Unfortunately, it also leads to danger from spacegoing outlaws, as well as The Crown Empire, which wants to enslave every race it encounters--especially the human race. The crimefighting organization BETA (the [[FunWithAcronyms Bureau of Extra-Terrestrial Affairs]]) is formed to protect Earth from these threats. BETA's best-known agents are the Galaxy Rangers, four fearless "space cowboys" (well, [[TheSmurfettePrinciple one]] of them's a cow''girl'') who each have different powers provided by [[AppliedPhlebotinum Series Five brain implants]]. The Rangers are {{cyborg}} team leader '''Zachary Foxx''', shapeshifting CowboyCop '''Shane Gooseman''', [[PsychicPowers psychic]] ActionGirl '''Niko''', and [[DeadpanSnarker wisecracking]] TechnoWizard '''Walter "Doc" Hartford'''. More information about the Rangers, and their friends and enemies, is available at the [[Characters/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers character sheet]].

For a kid-oriented AnimatedSeries from TheEighties that had a breakdancing robot in it, ''Galaxy Rangers'' has earned a surprising amount of respect from adult fans. The show was sophisticated for an American AnimatedSeries of its time, and between the involvement of Creator/TMSEntertainment and the epic storylines, it had an {{Animesque}} feel that few of its competitors could match. Even now, it still has a solid fanbase.

Series creator Robert Mandell also went on to do ''WesternAnimation/PrincessGwenevereAndTheJewelRiders'' in the 90's.

Not to be confused with ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'', or with the original western name of ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'', which would become the original ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''.

''The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers'' have their own wiki [[http://galaxyrangers.wikia.com/wiki/Galaxy_Rangers_Wiki here]].

Note to tropers: Please add all character-based tropes at the [[Characters/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers character sheet]], not here.

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!!Tropes:

* AbsenteeActor: Atypically for cartoons from TheEighties, there are several episodes in which one or more of the Rangers don't appear--and at least one ("Mothmoose") in which none of them appear. Sometimes used for dramatic tension, like in "Mistwalker" where a different Ranger's skills would have been better suited to the job, but the one(s) present need to get creative. Most of the time, this was deliberate.
* AccidentalMisnaming: Doc's Cybersteed, Voyager, is a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who constantly calls him "Wilbur" instead of "Walter". This is a ShoutOut to the old 1960s sitcom, ''Series/MisterEd'', in which the eponymous talking horse has a human owner he has conversations with named Wilbur.
* ActionGirl: Niko, and several of the other female characters as well.
* AdaptiveAbility: Goose and Killbane's power-set.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted. An AI unit is usually friendly, sometimes benign, and occasionally a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, but rarely malicious.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish
* {{Ambadassador}}: Most of the diplomats and politicians on the show MinoredInAssKicking.
* AmplifierArtifact: The Series 5 implants don't give the Rangers their abilities; they just crank what they already have to [[UpToEleven insane levels]]. Likewise, star stones crank up the abilities of magic users like the Queen and Mogul.
* AndIMustScream: The Slaverlords.
* AnimatedSeries
* AnimationBump: Mandell [[ExploitedTrope cleverly exploited this Trope]]. He had access to three TMS animation teams: the expensive and high-quality "A" team [[note]]Telecom Animation Film, which spent most of their time with Creator/{{Disney}} and on ''Anime/{{Little Nemo|Adventures in Slumberland}}'' during this period[[/note]], the "B" team that balanced price and quality [[note]]{{AIC}} of ''TenchiMuyo'' fame, under TMS's contract[[/note]], and the "C" team that was cheapest at the expense of quality [[note]]MizoPlanning in Korea, as this and the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "Catch As Cash Can Part 3" were some of the first things that TMS shipped off to Korea under their contract[[/note]]. Mandell handed out the {{Drama Bomb}}s and MythArc-critical episodes to the "A" team, the moderate quality episodes to the "B" team, and the episodes of questionable merit to the "C" team.
** "Sundancer" has some of the best animation in the series, despite not focusing on the Rangers.
* {{Animesque}}: Somewhat, as the show ''is'' done in Japan. Although some of the character designs are western (in both senses of the word).
* AppliedPhlebotinum
* ArmCannon: Zach's Thunderbolt cyber-arm shoots lightning-like bolts when fully charged.
* ArtifactOfDoom[=/=]EmotionBomb: The Po Mutant Sensation Doll from "One Million Emotions".
* ArtificialHuman: Shane and his fellow Supertroopers.
* AttackDrone: Doc's "tweakers".
* {{Autodoc}}: One of these is on Ranger-1. Good thing, as none of the party are known medics!
* {{Badass}}: All the Rangers qualify. Together, they form a BadassCrew. Zozo and Zachary's families also qualify for BadassFamily.
* BadassMustache: Doc and Commander Walsh both have them, but since Walsh's mustache is a handlebar, he wins. Lazarus Slade has one, too.
* BandOfBrothers[=/=]TrueCompanions: As Zach says in "Mindnet", "The day we don't trust one another is the day the Galaxy Rangers are finished."
* BattleCouple: Shane and Niko in some episodes.
* BattleCry: "Galaxy Rangers, ho!"
* BerserkButton: Andorians are normally calm and rational, but try to confine them, and they turn into slavering brutes with literal fangs and claws.
** Keep calling Goose a metamorph; see where it gets ya.
** Even better; [[PapaWolf threaten Zach's kids]] or get between him and a [[LoveMakesYouCrazy rescue attempt on Eliza]].
* BittersweetEnding: The writers loved this one. About one in five episodes had the Rangers' "victory" as getting out with their shirts and souls intact...and not much else.
** "Phoenix" - Zachary, Zozo, Waldo, and the Foxx children get away, but the Queen still has dozens of humans (including Eliza) hostage. Zach was injured so badly that over half his body had to be replaced with cyberware. And the League is now at war with an extremely nasty galactic tyrant.
** "New Frontier" - Yay, most of the humans were freed! But Eliza's trapped. The episode ends with a MeaningfulFuneral.
** "Psychocrypt" - The harmonic factor allowing the Queen to MindRape Zachary and his wife on a nightly basis has been disabled. But Eliza's still trapped, and there seems to be little (if any) hope she'll ever be rescued, despite Zach's vow.
** "Supertroopers" - the plot of the Supertrooper renegades to unleash a biological weapon has been thwarted, but most of them managed to escape. Whiner will get away with his continued crooked dealings, and Goose will always be considered a traitor by his fellow troopers and less than human by the Earth government.
** "Galaxy Stranger" - Goose is in love with Darkstar, but she's in love with Stingray. He walks away and lets them go, but [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy she can't understand why.]] It's also unknown if he would face any fallout on Earth over it.
** "Ghost Station" - The titular KillSat [[HeroicSacrifice blows itself to bits to spare the heroes and all of Earth]], taking an entire repository of a lost alien culture with it.
** "Renegade Rangers" - Yay, the Rangers got most of the Black Hole Gang and their stolen battleship. But Daisy O'Mega got away, and lost her chance to make a HeelFaceTurn.
** "Magnificent Kiwi" - the Queen's been chased off, but the last remnants of the Gherkin people must abandon their homes and go into hiding again.
** "Gift of Life"/"Sundancer" - Yay, the kid and his horse won the race! Yay, the kid keeps the horse. But the kid is also an orphan now, the kid's father was considered a traitor (and the charges may or may not have been true), and he will be heading for a planet he's never seen before and he's unable to return to where he used to call home.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The Traash, complete with the usual alien-insect tropes HiveMind, HiveQueen and HiveCasteSystem.
* BookcasePassage: Used in "Ghost Station".
* {{Boomstick}}: Maya's staff.
* BountyHunter: Goose is accused of being this by his fellow Supertroopers. It was implied that RoguesGallery member Daisy O'Mega was also one before she turned to crime. According to "Murder on the Andorian Express," Nimrod also hunts people as a side venture.
* BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins: The natives of Mesa are basically psychic space elf Indians.
* BreatherEpisode: "Showtime," sandwiched right between "Scarecrow" and "Psychocrypt".
* BriarPatching: How the Rangers win the day in "Mindnet".
* BroughtDownToNormal: In "The Power Within", Nimrod takes the Rangers' badges so they can't fully access their powers.
* CasualDangerDialog
* ChainedHeat ("Chained")
* CharacterFocus: Atypically for the era, the show made a habit of it. "Phoenix" centers on Zachary, and only introduces the other three Rangers with a single line of dialogue each at the end. "Galaxy Stranger" is a love letter to Creator/ClintEastwood movies, focused exclusively on Shane. "Ariel" delves into Niko's background. The final episode, "Heartbeat", is a prolonged AwesomeMoment for Doc.
* ClearMyName: Shane has to do this after Ryker Kilbane impersonates him in "Mindnet".
* CoolBike: The Rangers' Jet Cycles.
* CoolHorse: The Rangers' Cyber-steeds: Triton, Voyager, Mel, and Brutus.
* CoolShip: Several of them.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience
* CorruptBureaucrat: Senator Gand ("Smuggler's Gauntlet") and Senator Whiner.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Bovo Corporation is full of them.
* CowboyCop: All the Rangers qualify, but Shane is a rebel even by the group's standards.
* CultSoundtrack: When Koch was compiling the DVD release and asking for extras, the fan list clogged with requests ''begging'' for a soundtrack.
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: An AvertedTrope in this series.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to its contemporaies like ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'', and even rival SpaceWestern series like ''WesternAnimation/{{BraveStarr}}'' and ''Anime/{{Saber Rider|AndTheStarSheriffs}}''. Several of the writers had backgrounds in horror writing, and the lack of a toy company's backing allowed for greater creative freedom. Many of the critic reviews for the series point out the contrast in tone from other cartoons of the era. See WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids on [[YMMV/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers the YMMV page]].
* DaysOfFuturePast: As with most other {{Space Western}}s, clothing and architecture reminiscent of TheWildWest co-exists with futuristic technology.
* DefaceOfTheMoon ("Queen's Lair")
* DeflectorShields: The Kirwin planetary shield. Also, Niko sometimes whips up a small one with her PsychicPowers, and Waldo carries a personal forcefield projector.
* DeterminedHomesteader: ''Very'' commonly encountered on the planets the Rangers went to. In "Fire and Iron," it's one of these who called the Rangers there to stop sabotage to the monorail (railroad). In "Galaxy Stranger," a CattleBaron is trying to force them from their land. RecurringCharacter Annie O. stands for this Trope on the planet Ozark.
* DoomedHometown: The fate of the colony world where Niko was born.
* DramaBomb: The Supertrooper Duology, "Psychocrypt," "Scarecrow."
* DVDCommentary: On the American box sets, key episodes have commentary from Robert Mandell, his brother (and voice actor on the show) Henry, and story editor Christopher Rowley.
* TheEmpire: The Queen runs it.
* EpisodeTitleCard
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Done in a few episodes.
* EvilCounterpart: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Ryker Killbane]] for Goose. He has the same powers but [[VoluntaryShapeshifting under conscious control]] and with no need for an implant.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: Preceded by the OpeningNarration. This can be heard [[http://www.coucoucircus.org/da/generique.php?id=1280 here.]]
* ExtyYearsFromNow: The story begins in 2086, exactly 100 years after the show premiered.
* FakeDefector: The Rangers, Waldo and Zozo in "Renegade Rangers".
* FantasticFruitsAndVegetables: Just about anything coming out of the Kiwi species. The [[PlanetOfHats species hat]] is that they are geniuses at agricultural technology.
* FasterThanLightTravel: The Hyperdrive.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Eliza. Oh GOD, poor Eliza.
** The episode "Psychocrypt" demonstrates the details. After having their soul torn out ''painfully,'' those tossed in the device are fully aware of what's happened, their LifeEnergy is used to make a construct the Queen (the person who put them there) can see and hear through, forced to do her bidding. Making it worse is that she is forced to serve her husband's ArchEnemy, with everything she knows fashioned into a weapon against him. Oh, and then we get into the Queen cheerfully [[MindRape committing telepathic rape]] of both her and her husband on a nightly basis for at least a week and possibly longer...
* ForgottenSuperweapon: The Sleeper of Tarkon.
* FunctionalMagic: Maybe an esoteric variation of PsychicPowers, but there is definitely a [[MagicAIsMagicA difference]] in how sorcery and psionics are generally used.
* FutureCopter: The Black Hole Gang use one in "Bronto Bear".
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: The principle behind the creation of the Supertroopers, with a touch of MagicGenetics. A lighter episode, "Marshmallow Trees," and a NoodleIncident mentioned in "Scarecrow" deal with GMO crops gone out of control.
** It is generally avoided in context with agriculture, though. Gengineered cattle or crops are a fact of life, and the two times problems occur, they stem from unexpected interactions with the conditions on a planet other than the one the organism was developed on.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The writing staff was extremely clever at giving just enough hints about some BackStory elements (such as mass genocide) to induce FridgeHorror. It also pulled a subtle, but striking hint that Shane... "took one for the team" to distract the lovely Daisy O'Mega in "Renegade Rangers." Go [[Radar/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers here]] for more examples.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen : The Queen of the Crown is a genocidal, paranoid meglomaniac.
* GoodOldRobot: Zachary's MechanicalHorse, Brutus, is a much older model. Brutus isn't as fast or as agile as the other three horses, but he turns out to have a ''much'' greater towing capacity.
* GravitySucks
* GreenAesop: "Progress," "Mistwalker," "Bronto Bear," "In Sheep's Clothing," "Marshmallow Trees," and "Space Moby" (the last has an AffectionateParody of Greenpeace).
* TheGunslinger
* GreenRocks: Starstones. They're even used in the Series Five devices.
* HackYourEnemy: Doc was capable of doing this with his tweakers, as seen in "Tower of Combat" where he reprogrammed The General's robot mooks into destroying each other with antics out of Film/TheThreeStooges. The fact he did ''not'' use it against the Queen's mooks was one of several hints they ''weren't'' MechaMooks.
* HappilyMarried: Zach and Eliza, in the BackStory.
* HeroStoleMyBike: Used as a RunningGag in "Marshmallow Trees".
* HeroicSacrifice: At least five.
** In "Ghost Station", [[spoiler:the AI that runs the titular KillSat self-destructs to prevent the obliteration of Earth.]]
** In "Tune-Up", [[spoiler:Buzzwang blows himself up to protect BETA's secrets from Lazarus Slade. Fortunately for Buzz, he's an android, and he's rebuilt by the end of the episode.]]
** In "Heartbeat", [[spoiler:The Old Shaman merges his life force with the Heart of Tarkon so that the MasterComputer can continue to defend the planet.]]
** "Trouble at Texton" has [[spoiler: Shane getting the other three to safety while he becomes trapped in a particle accelerator. He gets better courtesy of an extra-dimensional entity]].
** And in "Phoenix," (the pilot episode): [[spoiler: Eliza orders GV to launch the escape shuttle containing her kids, staying behind to face the FateWorseThanDeath]].
* HeroesWantRedheads: Goose and Niko, [[DependingOnTheArtist when the colorists remember she's a redhead]] (she often appears to be a brunette). Not that he's [[ChickMagnet exclusive in his affections]], as he and RoguesGallery member Daisy O'Mega were pretty shameless in "Renegade Rangers."
** Shane's not the only one with a thing for redheads. Eliza was also auburn-haired.
*** More likely Niko is probably meant to be a brunette with the occasional red headed shading being a gaff - most of the advertising and promotional material portrays her as a brunette and in one episode when Niko, jealous over blonde Princess Maia flirting with Goose, asks him if he could ever really love a woman like that, Goose teases Niko by replying "I like brunettes."
* {{Hobbits}}: The Kiwi species are shorter than humans, specialize in agricultural tech, and are generally a cheerful and good-natured people. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Pissing them off tends to be a bad idea, though]].
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Aliens who use non-mechanical steeds ride various alien beasts.
* HumansAreSpecial: But in a negative way. Human LifeEnergy is more powerful and longer lasting than that of other species, which is why the Queen starts hunting humans to power her psychocrystals. Even races that ''aren't'' seeking them for the Queen's crypt consider humans to be [[HumanityIsInsane wildly unpredictable and completely insane]].
* HumansAreWarriors: The Andorians are mathematicians and scientists, Kiwi are more farmers than fighters. And while Kirwin defends itself with a planetary defense shield, Earth is shown to be ''armed to the teeth.'' Even with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, virtually ''all'' the military were humans.
* HumansAreWhite: Doc and two one-shot villains seem to be the only non-white humans in the galaxy.
* HumanoidAliens: And some HumanAliens.
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: The plot of "The Power Within"--Zach even uses the phrase "Most Dangerous Game" as a ShoutOut to [[Literature/TheMostDangerousGame the original short story]].
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: A gender-inverted version shows up in "Psychocrypt." The Queen is ''delighted'' to have Zachary in her clutches. The most innocent interpretation says she "merely" {{Mind Rape}}d him. The DVDCommentary and {{Fanon}}...yeah.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Shane couldn't admit his feelings for his fellow Supertrooper, Darkstar. Instead, she runs off with {{Jerkass}} Stingray and becomes a criminal while Shane is conscripted into the Rangers with orders to hunt them down. When he finds them, Darkstar makes it clear she's staying with Stingray. After defeating Stingray, Shane walks away from them both. Darkstar is unable to understand ''why.''
* ImportedAlienPhlebotinum: The Hyperdrive.
* InstrumentOfMurder: In "Battle of the Bandits" the Rangers and a pack of Slaverlords started firing their "modified" guitars at one another.
* JiveTurkey: The Four-Armed Gunslinger, baby!
** Doc, to a ''far'' lesser extent.
* KillSat ("Queen's Lair")
* KlaatuBaradaNikto: "Queen's Lair" (though the order is changed to "Klaatu Nikto Barada")
* LastOfTheirKind: The [[PunnyName Girkins]], an alien race whom the Queen has hunted to near extinction because they were the best species for energizing the psychocrystals until humans showed up.
* LifeEnergy: The principle that the Crown Empire's psychocrystals work on.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: On the DVD extras, Robert Mandell estimates that the series had ''390'' different characters designed for it. At least a dozen were {{Recurring Character}}s.
* LovePotion: "Rusty and the Boys"
* MadScientist: Most notably, Lazarus Slade.
** Also, Dr. Ograbgo in "Trouble at Texton".
* MagicFromTechnology: Maya's Staff, the Heart of Tarkon.
* {{Magitek}}: The Badge of Power and the Psychocrypt.
* TheMagnificentSevenSamurai: Accroding to [[WordOfGod Robert Mandell]], this was the inspiration for Waldo and Zozo seeking help from Earth, and therefore the entire premise. "The Magnificent Kiwi" is an additional, episode-length ShoutOut to the trope.
* MasterComputer: The Heart of Tarkon. Atypically for the trope, the device is a BenevolentAI that runs the planet's defenses.
* MediumBlending: Robert Mandell was one of the first Western animators to invoke this, as early as 1983's ''Thunderbirds 2086,'' but went further with it in this series. The CGI is {{Justified|Trope}}, since it's used on computer screens and as the avatars of AI units.
* MeaningfulFuneral: Eliza being put in stasis at the end of "New Frontier". She's not dead, but the effect is the same.
* MechanicalHorse: Each Ranger has a sentient "Cybersteed".
* MentalFusion: The Rangers can use Niko's PsychicPowers to [[AllYourPowersCombined combine their mental energy]] into an impenetrable shield or a devastating power blast.
* MerchandiseDriven: Subverted. While the producers were always aware how toyetic the project was, ''Galaxy Rangers'' didn't get a toy deal until it had already gone into production, and the action figures were released only overseas for reasons detailed in GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff and PeripheryDemographic on [[YMMV/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers the YMMV page]].
* MindRape : [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids For a mid-80's "kids show," they loved this one]]. The Psychocrypt, Po Sensation Doll, Mindnet, "dream maker," and one of the Scarecrow's abilities all fell into shades of this one.
** As did the General's "interrogation" of the prison warden in "Changeling"
* MrFanservice: Shane, Doc, and Zach all have fangirl-attracting qualities.
** Megamind (the villain of "Ariel") is no relation to, well, ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}''.
* NeverSayDie: ''Very'' averted. The very first episode shows us people getting cut down by GIJoe lasers, and Zachary is mercilessly gunned down and paralyzed. Characters fear for their lives and openly acknowledge corpses, and the early plot involves mashing humans down into LifeEnergy.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot : Cyborg space cowboys versus alien sorcerers and high-tech space zombies. Only in TheEighties.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Shane resembles Creator/ClintEastwood, Doc resembles Billy Dee Williams, the Queen resembles the Queen from ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', Eve Weiner resembles {{Madonna}}, and Q-Ball resembles Paul Shaffer, DavidLetterman's bandleader.
* NonUniformUniform: Each Ranger customizes their outfit in some way. At one point Goose even adopts an all-black outfit.
* ObliviouslyEvil: A few of the "villains" turned out to be well-intentioned, but going about things in a destructive way without realizing it. Their GreenAesop episodes, more often than not, were running on this.
* OffModel: See the Animation Bump entry for more information.
* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass: Megamind's riddles in "Ariel".
* OpeningNarration: Followed by the ExpositoryThemeTune.
* OutlawTown: Blackwater asteroid. It was thought to be an Urban Legend by the law enforcement, but a delerious Cody Carson (a shady quasi-ally to the Rangers) proved it wasn't by all but kidnapping Doc and Niko and taking them there.
* {{Planetville}}
* PlotTailoredToTheParty: They loved this one. Most of the time, there were ways for the team to show off their skills; computers to hack, something to be scanned psychically, something to hit, and the captain to keep things coordinated. Of course, they subverted it just as often with their fondness for AbsenteeActor, when the remaining crew would find the situation more complicated due to their fellow Ranger being out of the picture.
* PowerCrystal: Psychocrystals, and the psi-amplifying Star Stones, which often serve as a MineralMacGuffin.
* [[ThePowerOfFriendship Power of Friendship]]: implied to be ''why'' the Mental Fusion tactic can be done, and played up in several episodes, especially "Mindnet" and "Psychocrypt."
* ThePowerOfRock: The soundtrack, in all of its prog-rock glory, is one of the [[EarWorm most memorable aspects]]. John van Tonregen and Peter Wetzler were behind it, and included singers Myles Hunter and Steve Overland. InUniverse, "Battle of the Bandits" used it.
* PsychicPowers: Niko has them, as do most residents of Xanadu and the Mesa natives.
* PsychoSerum: The Mutagen used to amp up the Super-Troopers came with [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity some unforeseen side effects]].
* RagnarokProofing: Multi-million year old technology that still works, including the ol' DurableDeathtrap and the Scarecrow.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: While many of the AbsenteeActor episodes were deliberate, some of it was to shoot around ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''Film/DirtyDancing''.
* RecurringCharacter: See LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters.
* RentAZilla: The title creature in "Bronto Bear". He's actually a literal GentleGiant unless he's awakened from his hibernation, which the Black Hole Gang do as part of an EvilPlan.
* LaResistance: The Walkabians who oppose TheEmpire in "Queen's Lair".
* {{Revival}}: Don't get your hopes up, but in 2011 ''Galaxy Rangers''' current co-owners, Entertainment One, hired artist Grant Gould to do some character designs. See them [[http://grantgould.blogspot.com/2012/01/galaxy-rangers.html here]].
* RobotBuddy: Buzzwang, the [[Franchise/StarWars C3PO-like]] PluckyComicRelief android Ranger, and the Cybersteeds.
* RockBeatsLaser: In one of the UK-only ComicBookAdaptation stories.
* RoguesGallery: Unlike most AnimatedShows from TheEighties, ''Galaxy Rangers'' has a wide variety of villains.
* RoguesGalleryShowcase: "Birds of a Feather" features the Rangers and several recurring villains all after the same MacGuffin.
* RRatedOpening: "Phoenix" and "Gift of Life" - in the first, there's about two or three minutes of exposition before the Crown Destroyer lands on Kirwin and colonists are brutally gunned down. In the second, it's an action-packed opening as the Rangers fight off a criminal gang to arrest a rogue scientist, only to find that the woman inside the house is dead, the scientist is wounded and dying, and their child is nowhere to be seen.
* SapientDolphin: Talking hyperintelligent telepathic cyborg ones, to boot.
* SealedEvilInACan: Scarecrow and the Mega Mind. The Heart of Tarkon was SealedGoodInACan.
* {{Shorttank}}: Ambassador Zizaw, Master of Kiwi-Fu!
* ShoutOut: Too many to list, but here's a prominent one: Shane Gooseman is presumably named after the main character of ''{{Shane}}''. Also, Walter "Doc" Hartford's talking (mechanical) horse [[Series/MisterEd calls him "Wilbur."]]
* SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon
* SoulJar: The psychocrystals are negative versions of this.
* SpaceAmish: The planet Tarkon bans all technology as evil-- though for [[RuleOfCool some reason]] they do have {{Cool Airship}}s.
* SpaceFighter: Ranger Interceptors.
* SpaceOpera
* SpacePirates
* SpacePolice
* SpaceWestern
* SpaceWhale ("Space Moby")
* StockSuperpowers: The Supertroopers were genetically engineered to have these.
* StoryArc: One of the first Western animated series to attempt it. Again, this was a deliberate choice by the writing staff.
* SuperSoldier: What the Supertroopers were intended to be.
* SuperSerum: Super-Trooper Juice (the original [[PsychoSerum unadulterated]] version) is a MacGuffin sought by several parties.
* SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder: The Series 5 team, despite their heroic reputation on frontier worlds, are ''not'' respected by the politicians and top brass on Earth. The {{Fanon}} loves to play it up to DudeWheresMyRespect levels.
* {{Technopath}}: Doc. While he usually uses his "tweaker" program sprites to control computers, in one episode he directly takes control of Buzzwang's body.
** The Scarecrow is able to control Goose's robot horse.
* TeleportersAndTransporters ("Tower of Combat", "Ariel", "The Power Within")
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: You start hearing electric guitars, and you know some butt's gonna get kicked.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Waldo and Zozo.
* TitleDrop: The title of almost every episode is said at some point within the episode itself.
* TitleScream
* TrainingFromHell: Wolf Den. A bunch of ArtificialHuman {{Tykebomb}}s, designed for the purpose of killing any aliens that come across Earth. Involved things like being shot at by giant mechas with live ammo, the {{Morally Ambiguous Doctorate}}s using them as test subjects for experimental combat drugs, and one's [[SociopathicSoldier "fellow" Troopers]] were more than happy to weed the "weak" from the ranks themselves. Oh, and they didn't much care about little things like "casualties." This was ''before'' Senator Whiner dosed the lot with PsychoSerum.
* VillainousCrush: The evil Queen of the Crown, albeit one-sided on her part, towards Zachary. Even WordOfGod commented there was some S&M vibes in how she was gloating towards him.
* WaveMotionGun: The Queen's hyperspace cannon in "Queen's Lair".
* WeCanRebuildHim: How Zach became a HollywoodCyborg.
* WhatTheHellTownspeople: The planets of Ozark and Tarkon - ''several times.'' Both eventually get their act together.
* WizardsFromOuterSpace: The Queen of the Crown, Mogul and the Scarecrow. The Sorcerer System was once ruled by spellcasters.
* AWorldHalfFull: The Crown Empire may be crumbling, but it's still powerful. The [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen]] herself is a bloodthirsty, genocidal megalomaniac. The jail system is about as good as [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Arkham Asylum]]. Tortuna is a WretchedHive, and some other planets aren't much better. Earth's politicians are often [[ObstructiveBureaucrat questionable]] or [[CorruptBureaucrat worse]], as are the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive business-beings]]. One of the Rangers is ''essentially a slave.'' A quarter of the episodes are {{Bittersweet Ending}}s. A few are arguable {{Downer Ending}}s. Oh, and Eliza is never rescued. Still, there are just as many [[HonestCorporateExecutive GOOD Corporate executives]], [[ForScience benevolent scientists]], [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure competent military personnel]], and [[IComeInPeace friendly alien factions]] as evil ones, and sometimes the "villains" are merely misguided.
* WorldOfSnark: It was the 80's, almost every character got a zinger in at one point. However, Doc made an art form of it. At least three quarters of his lines are delivered in SarcasmMode, something that sadly didn't translate well in the German dub.
* WretchedHive: Tortuna and quite a bit of Mars.
* YouHave48Hours: Though, in the Rangers' case, it was "twenty-four hours."

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