* AlienScrappy: The Kiwi kids, according to some fans.
* AngstWhatAngst: For a guy who is supposedly obsessed with saving his wife from her FateWorseThanDeath, Zachary Foxx spends most of the show going about his business with a just-another-day-at-the-office-attitude, with just about everyone from Zachary to the show's own ''writers'' forgetting about the subplot of his wife.
* AwesomeMusic: The soundtrack is a combination of prog-rock and AOR, was cooked up by the guy who went on to do ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'' and the 90's incarnation of ''Series/TheOuterLimits''. Cult bands FM and Refugee sang tracks on it, and when Koch asked what extras should be on the DVD, the ''unanimous'' vote was for a soundtrack.
* BizarroEpisode: Some people dislike "Mothmoose", and any episode featuring Buzzwang, because their comedic tone clashes with the straight adventure episodes favored by fans. Also, "Mothmoose" doesn't feature ''any'' of the Rangers--the heroes are Zach's children and the Kiwi Kids.
** Which is {{lampshaded}} by Commander Walsh explaining that the Rangers aren't available.
* CanonFodder: LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, CharacterDevelopment on the main four and several {{Recurring Character}}s, ScrewedByTheNetwork, a couple of plot arcs that are LeftHanging, massive amounts of BackStory that was implied in two or three lines, several {{Noodle Incident}}s, and just enough of a nascent MythArc to hold it together.
* CargoShip: Wildfire seems a little bit more affectionate towards his ship's AI than normal.
* CompleteMonster: [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen The Queen of the Crowns]] starts off by ambushing Kirwin, and putting a heavy bounty on humans to every two-bit thug in the galaxy. We find out why - she's mashing the humans down for LifeEnergy to [[PoweredByAForsakenChild power constructs through which she can see, hear, and administer her Empire]]. It's not only an exceedingly painful process, [[AndIMustScream but the poor bastard is fully awake and aware of what's happened]]. We also see that she slaughtered millions on the planet of Tortuna, leaving a few, domed cities behind in a lot of wasteland. She also was hunting humans because the ''last'' race she used to power Slaverlords has been hunted to near-extinction and she needed replacements. If that wasn't bad enough, she enslaves an entire planet, making the inhabitants work in concentration camp conditions to build a massive hyperspace cannon she uses to [[DefaceOfTheMoon blow a chunk out of Earth's moon]], threatening to do worse to Earth unless they gave her 5000 humans in tribute. On a personal level, she uses the only psychocrystal she's made from a human ([[TheHero Zach's]] [[IHaveYourWife wife]]) to commit MindRape nightly on ''both of them.'' Unfortunately, her voice actress in the American version sounds like a cross between [[ComicStrip/FlashGordon Ming the Merciless]] and [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Malificent]]. The German actress comes across as far more menacing.
* CultClassic: The fanbase is small, but it is ''dedicated.''
* DrinkingGame: [[http://home.mindspring.com/~allronix/galaxy_rangers/gr_fic/grdrink.htm Here]].
* EarWorm: The theme song ''will'' get stuck in your head.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: As Robert Mandell put it, he intended Zach to be the protagonist, but then "Along came Goose."
* {{Fanon}}: Because the series is rather obscure, there are only a handful of fanfic writers, many of who work or have worked collaboratively. As a result, there are several elements (such as a "surname" for Niko) that keep showing up.
* FriendlyFandoms: With ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' due to their similar tone, tropes, and several prominent FanFic writers.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' was more popular in England and Europe than its country of origin; Germany got the entire series on [=DVD=] before America did. Also see MerchandiseDriven on [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers the main page]].
* NightmareFuel: A surprisingly large amount for a cartoon from the mid 1980s. Inferred genocides, animal cruelty, body horror, mind rape... oh my. Go [[NightmareFuel/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers here]] for specifics.
* PeripheryDemographic: The show was more popular among teens and young adults than the [[MerchandiseDriven toy-buying]] grade school boys that the producers hoped to attract.
* ShipToShipCombat: May be the only fandom on Earth where it's ''completely {{Inverted}}.'' Despite a sizable body of FanFic, most of the fanbase goes with the "canon" or WordOfGod 'ships; [[HappilyMarried Zach / Eliza]], [[ShipTease Goose / Niko]], and [[GiveGeeksAChance Doc / Maya]].
* TheScrappy[=/=]TheLoad: At Buzzwang to some fans.
** When Chris Rowley was watching a marathon put on at a small sci-fi convention, he called out "Oh, Buzzwang, we wanted to kill him so badly." The rest of the audience said (almost in unison) "So did we!"
** Some of the show's other writers liked Buzzwang even though he was clearly just a knock off of C-3P0 from ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: When a cartoon from the mid-eighties gets compared (favorably) to ''Series/{{Firefly}}''?
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: [[spoiler:The subplot regarding the FateWorseThanDeath for Eliza Foxx, wife of Zachary Foxx, is often glossed over to the point of being pretty much forgotten by everyone in the show, including Zachary himself. When one learns that Nico had a crush on him some episodes later you're tempted to wonder why he didn't go after her... until you remember that he is in fact ''married''.]]
* VillainDecay: Captain Kidd starts off as a genuine threat, but eventually becomes a comic HarmlessVillain in the mold of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''' Harry Mudd.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Genocide, on-screen death, a DatingCatwoman (or at least shagging her) situation in "Renegade Rangers," slavery, torture, ''massive'' aversions of NeverSayDie (with the on-screen body count to back it up)... even Mandell admits the show's writing "flew over the heads of six year olds."
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