Tropes associated with Zach:
- Arm Cannon: Zach's energy-blasting "Thunderbolt".
- Berserk Button: Threaten his Rangers, his kids, or his wife. Good luck outrunning the Arm Cannon.
- By-the-Book Cop: Compared to the other Rangers. Usually.
- The Chains of Commanding: Though to a lesser extent than Walsh, he still has the heavy responsibilities of leading the team.
- Cyborg: The entire left side of Zach's body had to be replaced.
- A Father to His Men/Team Dad (in lighter moments)/Papa Wolf (if you're dumb enough to push your luck): If you harm his kids or his Rangers, you're target practice.
- Happily Married: To Eliza, in the Back Story—which makes her Fate Worse Than Death even more of a Tear Jerker.
- Heartbroken Badass: He may or may not count as one of these - he is understandably upset about his wife getting her soul stuck in a psycho-crypt after all.
- Love Makes You Crazy: When it looked like Eliza would die in "Psychocrypt," he does some really irrational things like holding a technician at gunpoint and trying to resign his commission to make a suicidal attempt to get her crystal. The Queen's Mind Rape wasn't helping matters...
- Perpetual Frowner: And no wonder—he has the unenviable task of keeping his crew alive, raising his kids alone, and adjusting to experimental cyberware.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Zachary could be seen as this. He'll follow the rules to a point so long as it actually makes sense within the situation at hand, but if a situation requires a little improvisation he's not going to waste time arguing over it.
- Rousing Speech: He provides an epic example in "Heartbeat":"Commander, there's a man on that planet by the name of Hartford, trying to save the Tarkonians, and you, and me, and everyone who doesn't want to be a slave, pilgrim."
- Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: During the Title Sequence, as shown in the pic above.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Depending on the country and the source material used, his name's listed as "Zachary," "Zachery," or "Zacharias."
- Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: Zach falls prey to this in "Psychocrypt," "Ariel," and "Stargate."
- To Be Lawful or Good: More of a conflict for him than the others (see By-the-Book Cop), but when the chips are truly down, he tells "lawful" to walk out the airlock.
Shane Gooseman, aka "Goose"
Tropes associated with Shane:
- Adaptive Ability: The principle behind Shane's Involuntary Shapeshifting, which unpredictably mutates him into whatever form he needs to take to survive a given attack or hostile environment.
- Battle Couple: With Niko.
- Being Good Sucks: He was already questioning his purpose as a living weapon and unwilling to accept unnecessary casualties during training. Because he decided to stay loyal to his creators during the riot, he is considered a traitor by his brethren and was forced to accept a deal where he became a Hunter of His Own Kind.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Shane lost his Love Interest Darkstar to his romantic rival Stingray because he couldn't tell Darkstar that he loved her.
- Captain Crash: He crashed least three interceptors and a Ranger cruiser...and the show only ran one season. His driving is just as bad.
- Chained Heat: With McCross in "Chained".
- Defense Mechanism Superpower: How his Involuntary Shapeshifting works.
- Drives Like Crazy: As seen in "Smuggler's Gauntlet."
- Expy: The character is a sci-fi Shout-Out to Clint Eastwood. In the DVD Commentary, Robert Mandell not only admits that the resemblance is intentional, but lists three of Eastwood's Westerns from The Seventies and The Eighties (High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales and Pale Rider) as among the show's primary influences. Mandell has also compared Goose to Dirty Harry.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: Goose was only allowed to join the Rangers On One Condition—that he hunt down the Supertroopers who weren't captured after the riot.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: "Renegade Rangers" takes this to a near-laughable extreme
- Insistent Terminology: He is not a metamorph. (Justified, as that term in-universe typically refers to Voluntary Shapeshifters).
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: His Series Five power. Played With in that the shapeshifting itself is sometimes voluntary, sometimes automatically triggered whenever Goose is injured; in either case, he never knows what he's going to turn into, except that it'll be humanoid.
- My Suit Is Also Super: Played with. Goose's uniform usually transforms with him, but sometimes he Hulks right out of it.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: In Goose's case, new mutations. The most memorable being with the Po Mutant Sensation Doll in "One Million Emotions", which protected him from the overload of emotions.
- Or "Changeling" where he uses the last of his strength to send a telepathic shout to Niko?
- Power Incontinence: Due to a Phlebotinum Breakdown, Shane loses control of his bio-defenses in "Edge of Darkness".
- White Sheep: The rest of his Supertrooper "family" (with the sole exception of Darkstar) appear to be everything you'd expect a living weapon to be - amoral, cruel, and bloodthirsty.
- Younger Than He Looks: He was established in the second to last episode as 19 years old, making him 17 or 18 when the series began.
Tropes associated with Niko:
- All There in the Manual: The series never mentions that she was from a destroyed colony. This detail is only present in supplementary material Mandell released later.
- Battle Couple: With Shane.
- BFG: Her Weapon of Choice is a double-barreled shotgun.
- Doomed Hometown: The fate of the colony world where Niko was born.
- Fainting Seer: Mostly averted, but she sometimes can get a Poke in the Third Eye by someone more powerful like Scarecrow or the Queen.
- Fan Nickname: A "surname" of sorts, "Dal'Ariel," sometimes shows up on fan sites and Fan Fic. It is pure Fanon
- Fiery Redhead: Normally, a subversion as she is patient and slow to lose her cool. If she does get to the boiling point? Clear the sector.
- It's actually not clear if she's a red head or a brunette - depending on the animators and artists. At least once Shane Gooseman actually described her as a brunette.
- Loving a Shadow: A fairly mild and harmless example - it is implied that she may have had a crush on Zachary Foxx when they first started working together, but never acted on it since he was married with kids.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed - Her name and appearance were Mandell's homage to the the singer Nico from the Velvet Underground.
- Psychic Powers: She was born with them, but her implant amplifies them.
Walter "Doc" Hartford
Tropes associated with Doc:
- Badass Bookworm: The dude is a Ph.D., a skilled hacker even without the implant, attended charm school...and can still brawl his way through a pile of mooks with the best of them.
- Badass Mustache: It's not as epic as Commander Walsh's or Lazarus Slade's, but it's there.
- Badass Normal: While Doc has a Series 5 implant, it is practically useless in a fight (And the biggest hint the series gave that the Crown Agents weren't robots). He makes do with his fists, a blaster, his copious wit, and a sword...and still manages to keep up with the other three.
- Catch Phrase: "The doctor will operate."
- Chained to a Railway: In "Fire and Iron".
- Deadpan Snarker: Like many shows of The Eighties, most characters could get a zinger in, but Doc was far and away the snarkiest. At least three-quarters of his dialogue is delivered in Sarcasm Mode.
- Let's Get Dangerous: He's normally the Plucky Comic Relief and grossly underpowered compared to his teammates. However, he proved in "Heartbeat" to be capable of taking down the Scarecrow single-handedly if pushed.
- Minored In Ass Kicking: "Miss Abercrombie's Charm School" apparently taught acrobatics, diplomacy, and how to sword-fight.
- Mysterious Past: Mandell and company explored the Backstory of the other three Rangers with "Phoenix," "Ariel," and the Supertrooper duology. By comparison, Doc's background went unexplored.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His resemblance to Billy Dee Williams.
- Token Minority: Doc seems to be the only non-white human in the galaxy (except for Jackhammer of the Supertroopers and one shot villain Dr. Ograbgo).
- Trading Bars for Stripes: Possibly. Word of God says he enlisted "reluctantly," he makes several comments indicating he really looking forward to leaving military service, and seeing as he is a first rate con artist on top of being a hacker.
Commander Joseph Walsh
Tropes associated with Commander Walsh:
- Badass Mustache: Doc and Commander Walsh both have them, but since Walsh's mustache is a handlebar, he wins.
- Benevolent Boss: Walsh does his best to protect the Rangers from political pressure, even if it means bending the rules once in a while.
- The Chains of Commanding: He has to field the massive amount of political heat that's put on the Series 5 project, and was in charge of the ill-fated Supertrooper project.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Played with in "Supertroopers." Whiner attempts to blackmail Walsh by revealing he knows Shane's parentage. Turns out Walsh is Shane's genetic father. Shane never finds this out.
- McCloud Speech: Given to the other three Rangers in "Psychocrypt" after they sneak Zachary out of BETA.
- Parental Substitute: Walsh considers Shane the son he never had...of course, there are reasons for it.
Tropes associated with Buzzwang:
- Captain Ersatz: He's almost certainly based on C3PO of Star Wars fame.
- Heroic Sacrifice: At the climax of "Tune Up", Buzzwang self-destructs so that Lazarus Slade can't use him to steal BETA's secrets. It works out better than usual, though: Not only is Buzzwang totally rebuilt, but his heroism earns him a place among the Galaxy Rangers.
- Kid-Appeal Character: The reason he exists. And a substantial portion of the fanbase will never forgive him for it.
- Robot Buddy: To the Rangers.
- Sixth Ranger: He was designed as a "fifth Ranger" to assist the Series 5 team, and his debut episode showed that he wished to be considered a Ranger in his own right.
- Totally Radical: Buzzwang likes to breakdance. Really.
Tropes associated with Q-Ball:
- Dr. Jerk: His people skills need work.
- Gadgeteer Genius: As noted, he supplies the Rangers with their high-tech weaponry.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He resembles Paul Schaffer, David Letterman's bandleader.
Dr. Owen NegataCo-creator of the Supertroopers. Fatally injured when the Supertroopers revolted, his brain was able to be preserved and placed in a robotic shell. He serves as BETA's tactical commander and chief strategist.
Tropes associated with Dr. Negata:
- Brain in a Jar: All that's left of Dr. Negata when Gravestone attacks him after the Batch 22 incident.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Becoming involved with a Super Soldier program pretty much lands him here, especially when he casually talks about using Goose as a control for an experiment.
Icarus and WinterTwo talking dolphins who live in a tank of water at Longshot. Goose has a special affinity with them.
Tropes associated with Icarus and Winter:
Tropes associated with Eliza:
- And I Must Scream: "Psychocrypt" demonstrates that she is aware of what is going on around her under the imprisonment of the Queen, including the Queen's delight in using her against her husband...but cannot stop any of it.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Being forced to serve your husband's Archenemy against your entire species? Being said archenemy's eyes and ears with everything you know about your spouse turned into a weapon, including nightly Mind Rape of both of you? All the while completely aware and helpless to stop any of it?
- Fighting from the Inside: "Psychocrypt" ("Zachary! Can't you see it's a trap?!")
- Ghost in the Machine: Eliza's mind and body are stored separately.
- Happily Married: To Zach, in the Back Story.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In "Phoenix" she orders GV to launch the shuttle, saving her children, and condemning herself to the aforementioned Fate Worse Than Death.
- Spell My Name with an "S" : She's sometimes listed in "Aliza," especially in European releases of the series.
- Team Mom: In "post rescue" Fanfic, she usually picks up the role, despite her husband adding three more "kids" to the roster.
- You Are Worth Hell: Why Zach makes his suicidal run in "Psychocrypt."
Zachary Foxx Jr.Zachary's teenaged son. Outgoing and works as Q-Ball's lab assistant on occasion. He plans on following in his father's footsteps when he's old enough to enlist.
Tropes associated with Little Zach:
- Like Father, Like Son: Zach Jr looks forward to enlisting in the Rangers himself when he's old enough.
Tropes associated with Jessica:
- Child Prodigy: She is a student at the exclusive Albert Einstein School for the Gifted.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Invasion"
- Gadgeteer Genius: Her science project in "Invasion" was so effective, it summoned a Q-like alien child to send his toys over and try to get the dish for himself.
- I Miss Mom: In "Invasion," she is the only child there whose parents are unable to come to the science fair, and visibly cringes when a classmate asks about her mom.
Tropes associated with Waldo:
- Ambadassador: While Waldo considered fighting to be "uncivilized," it did not prevent him from self-defense in the slightest.
- Berserk Button: His species doesn't take to being locked up too well.
- Deadpan Snarker: When told that the Mindnet device could theoretically control intelligent life, he quips "how fortunate Senator Whiner is safe."
- Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: Waldo's attitude toward the "haunted" Kill Sat in "Ghost Station".
Tropes associated with Zozo:
- Ambadassador: Even more so than his counterpart, Waldo, Zozo does not shy away from fighting. In several episodes, he is also addressed as Ranger Zozo, indicating he is at least an honorary, if not full, Galaxy Ranger in his own right.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's a cheerful, fun-loving, laid-back guy... but don't piss him off.
- Hobbits: His race, the Kiwis, are Badass Hobbits.
- Only One Name - appears to be a Kiwi thing; none of his species appear to have surnames.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: For being a meter high, non-powered, and looking harmless, he does a surprising amount of ass-kicking. Had a Awesome Moment where he shoved the Scarecrow into a fire.
- Perpetual Smiler - most of the time. The exception came at Eliza's Meaningful Funeral where he was weeping openly while Zachary was trying to keep a strong facade.
- Sixth Ranger: Fifth Ranger, technically. Zozo is in a fair amount of episodes, even more so than Waldo is. He's a bit over a meter high, and completely non-powered, but he's a tough and clever little guy.
The Kiwi Kids
Tropes associated with the Kiwi Kids:
- Hey, It's That Voice!: You can really hear Corrine Orr's Spritle and "Snuggle, the fabric softener bear" voices.
- Hobbits: Kiwi are, generally speaking, cheerful Badass Hobbits.
Geezi the Pendulont
- Humanity Is Insane: A frequent rant of his.
- Implausible Deniability: "I do not exist!"
- The Informant/Information Broker: His relationship with the Rangers.
- Lovable Coward: Most of the time. But a couple episodes like "Tortuna," "Sundancer" and "Shoot-Out" have him risking his over-sized trunk despite his better judgement.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Mandell admits he was based on some of Peter Lorre's characters.
Tropes associated with Princess Maya:
- Action Girl: in spades, almost to the point of being Proud Warrior Race Guy.
- Badass Princess: We first see her (in "Games") as a captive in a sadistic tournament that The General forced captives to play to the death. After she and the Rangers fought their way free, she was determined to use the technology she saw to save her people from interstellar threats - even if it meant open rebellion against her father.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: The Scarecrow briefly scrambled her mind in "Scarecrow's Revenge".
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- Empathic Weapon: Her staff.
- Give Geeks a Chance: She initially seemed to think Doc was a useless goof...until he turned on the charm, took her for a spin on the dance floor, then single-handedly beat a Crown spy in a swordfight.
- Human Alien: Like all her people, she's physically identical to humans.
- Rebellious Princess: She defies her whole society, including her own father, to bring technology to Tarkon.
Tropes associated with Annie:
- Action Girl: She carries a shotgun, has excellent beast handling skills, and is perfectly willing to call What the Hell, Townspeople? on her own community to defend Shane.
- Beast and Beauty: In "Edge of Darkness".
- Ship Tease: She and Shane were definitely attracted to one another...
- Star-Crossed Lovers:...but her place was on Ozark and his was in space.
- Women Are Wiser: When McCross claimed Shane's horse was actually his, Annie's response: "Oh really? Ride him! Horses don't lie!"
Tropes associated with Mistwalker:
- Hulkspeak: Justified somewhat, as she hasn't been exposed to much of the language.
- Never Mess with Granny: Audra thinks of her as a "little old grandmother" and village shaman...until she uses her knowledge of the Death World she lives on to really make the Black Hole Gang sorry.
- You Never Asked: When she reveals that she's learned to speak Audra's language.
Tropes associated with Audra:
- Action Girl: "Mistwalker" had her in the thick of the fighting against the Black Hole Gang. Granted, Mistwalker and the Death World did the bulk of the heavy lifting. However, when the sentient wolf-like Lycans were threatened during "In Sheep's Clothing," she breaks into a heavily-guarded corporate facility looking for answers.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Technically, an adventure xeno-anthropologist.
Sheriff Bob LaddA widower who moved to the planet of Nebraska to police the town of Frontier and raise his little girl.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He politely tells Shane to hand over the pistols, and later gives them back before the Showdown at High Noon.
Amy LaddBob Ladd's small daughter.
Tropes associated with Amy Ladd:
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She opens "Galaxy Stranger" lamenting that her little frontier town is boring...then two Supertroopers have a brawl in the main street.
PinkwingAmy Ladd's dragon-like pet.
Tropes associated with Pinkwing:
Aidan SubtractA harmless Cloud Cuckoolander with a talent for inventing fantastic machines. He comes across as a Bungling Inventor because they sometimes need a bit more adjustment...but he's a Gadgeteer Genius on the second try. Unfortunately, his soft spot for Evil Twin Jackie gets him in trouble.
Tropes associated with Aidan Subtract:
- Bungling Inventor: He seems to be this...until he hammers out that last bug.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: His invention ideas are so strange one wonders if he's all there...
- Evil Twin: Aidan is a peaceful, law-abiding, and somewhat eccentric inventor. His brother Jackie is running an organized crime syndicate.
- Gadgeteer Genius: When his stuff works.
- Medicine Show: How he demonstrates his inventions, including his rainmaker.
- Mobile Kiosk: Aiden works out of one of these, hawking his inventions in "Rainmaker".
ArielNiko's mentor and mother figure. Because she was such a standout character, she's a common guest-star in Fan Fic.
Tropes associated with Ariel:
Roy McIntyreA prospector aided by his faithful robot burro, he wanders planets looking for Green Rocks, and sometimes winds up with more than he bargained for.
Tropes Associated with Roy:
- Coincidence Magnet: He stumbles on a cache of starstones, only to have been followed by the Black Hole Gang. Another attempt uncovered an ancient citadel. A third attempt uncovered a planet loaded with starstones, and he ended up mayor of a boomtown.
- Robot Buddy: His companion is a robotic burro.
Cody "Wildfire" Carson
- Mysterious Past: The only thing we really know is that he's a smuggler, has a ridiculously long rap sheet (mostly customs and docking violations), and seems to know Zach a little too well.
- Nice Hat: His faithful fedora.
- Noodle Incident: He seemed to be awfully familiar with Zachary and had obviously been keeping tabs on him. We never learn the specifics of why. We also do not know why he happened to have a frilly dance-hall girl outfit in the back of his ship, either.
The Queen of the Crown
Tropes associated with The Queen of the Crown:
- Arch-Enemy: Is this to Zachary Foxx.
- Big Bad: The Queen is the most powerful member of the series' extensive Rogues Gallery, and many of the other major villains end up working for her at least once.
- Bring Him to Me: She wants the Rangers to come to her, or to be brought to her—alive and undamaged. After all, you can't make Slaverlords out of them dead.
- The Empire: She runs it.
- I Have Your Wife:
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Her attitude toward Zach in "Psychocrypt".
- Mind Rape: One of her favorite tactics.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: She bears a passing resemblance, in both appearance and behavior, to the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
- Sorcerous Overlord: Is the magic-wielding ruler of an interstellar empire, so yeah.
Crown AgentsThe foot soldiers of The Empire. They're everywhere the Crown has influence, and often commanded by a Slaverlord.
Tropes associated with Crown Agents:
- Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: They indulge in "routine torture," regularly accept bribes, and seem unable to tie their shoes without a Slaverlord giving orders.
Tropes associated with Slaver Lords:
- And I Must Scream: Maybe it's unique to Eliza, but "Psychocrypt" made it clear that she was conscious and able to know what was going on.
- The Faceless: Except when the Queen is using one of them.
- Fate Worse Than Death: They are either political enemies, or just the "right" species. They process involves getting their souls forcibly extracted. The process is hideously painful, and then while conscious and aware of what's been done, they are forced to be the eyes, ears, and enforcers of the tyrant that inflicted the fate.
- Life Energy: What the crystals are.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: The crystals powering them are made from forcibly-extracted souls.
- Soul Jar: The crystals themselves.
Tropes associated with Ryker Kilbane:
- Arch-Enemy: Is this to Shane Gooseman.
- Cain and Abel: Goose and Ryker were opposites in style and approach at Wolf Den, but they were nominally on the same side then. When the riot happened, Killbane led the Supertrooper revolt against their creators, while Shane was the only one to stay loyal.
- Evil Counterpart: Again, to Goose.
- Psycho for Hire: After Wolf Den, he becomes a mercenary and occasionally takes jobs for The Queen.
- Rival Turned Evil/It's Personal: Ryker is motivated by his resentment of former comrade Shane Gooseman.
- Shout-Out: His name likely comes from the criminal gang in the book Shane.
- Sociopathic Soldier: He is an unapologetic, trigger-happy killing machine.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Ryker has more control over his power than Shane does—not that it helps him much.
Tropes associated with Darkstar:
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Her devotion to Stingray.
- Love Martyr: She and Shane appear to be the only sane Supertroopers, but she chooses to stay with and try to help Stingray.
- No Accounting for Taste: Possibly justified, as it's implied the Supertroopers are pretty messed up psychologically, even before the Psycho Serum.
- Phlebotinum Rebel: Though she and Stingray strike out on their own instead of trying to get revenge against their creators.
- Skunk Stripe: She has black hair with several white streaks.
- Temporary Blindness: Her Suptertrooper power induces this.
- White Sheep: To the rest of the Supertroopers, along with Shane.
Tropes associated with Stingray:
- Australian Accent: How he speaks.
- Cool Shades: He's never seen without them.
- Eye Beams: His primary weapon, thanks to the Genetic Engineering that created all the Supertroopers.
- Phlebotinum Rebel: Although like Stingray, he's not actively fighting BETA.
Tropes associated with Brainchild:
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He always wears one, complete with a flower in the lapel.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Usually seen with a cigar in his mouth.
- The Neidermeyer: In "Supertroopers," Goose points out a way to end the war-game scenario with no casualties. Brainchild tells him to shut up about "casualties," as it's throwing off his attack plan.
GravestoneA very large Supertrooper, but none-too-bright. Has the ability to turn his body into rock temporarily.
Tropes associated with Gravestone:
- Dumb Muscle: He's clearly the strongest of the Supertroopers, but he's dumb as a brick.
- Taken for Granite: His genetically-engineered superpower.
JackhammerOne of the renegade Supertroopers who joined with Killbane. His abilities are unknown.
Tropes associated with Jackhammer:
- Token Minority: Along with Doc, he's one of the few non-white humans in the series.
Tropes associated with Chimera:
Tropes associated with Captain Kidd:
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: At various points in the series, Kidd works with the Queen and the Rangers.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: In "Phoenix," the Queen deprives him of his "booty," (the captured ship) and stiffs him on payment. The ticked-off captain decides he's had enough and starts firing on the Crown Destroyer.
- Space Pirates: He commands a ship full of them.
Tropes associated with Lazarus Slade:
- Badass Longcoat: His usual attire.
- Badass Mustache: It's a little droopy, but not quite a handlebar.
- Evil Plan: In "Tune Up", The Reveal is that Slade engineered the "Buzzwang babies" incident as part of a plan to steal BETA technology.
- Eye Beams: He has an Electronic Eye that can shoot laser blasts.
- Mad Scientist: All his schemes revolve around either creating or stealing new inventions for evil purposes.
- Magitek: In "Badge of Power", he and Mogul combine their powers to create the titular badge.
- Power Copying: The Badge of Power lets Slade use the Rangers' abilities.
- Skunk Stripe: Has a streak of white through his dark hair.
- Southern Gentleman: He tries to act like one sometimes.
- Too Dumb to Live: He's great at his mad science, but proposing marriage to the Queen would certainly hint at a broad lack of common sense.
- Villainous Crush: As noted, he has one on the Queen.
- Villain Team-Up: He's marginally competent on his own, but has a tendency to ally himself with other rogues. Cue the Rangers' Mass "Oh, Crap!" reaction when they trail him in "Aces and Apes", only to find he's teamed up with the Scarecrow.
Tropes associated with Scarecrow:
- Eldritch Abomination: A remnant of a war fought millions of years in the past, he is more alien than most people can comprehend.
- Evil Laugh: Often. Particularly memorable example: he does one directly into the camera at the end of his first episode. Also see Man on Fire below.
- Forgotten Superweapon: Before he was accidentally revived.
- Man on Fire: Scarecrow briefly becomes one in his debut episode. It barely even slows him down; he runs from the scene doing one of his trademark evil laughs, then shows up (in disguise) as the episode ends.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: His origin. He was sealed under the planet Tarkon until the Kiwi accidentally woke him up.
- Skull for a Head: And it's blood red for extra scariness.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He's shown doing it several times, most notably at the end of his debut episode.
Tropes associated with McCross:
- Bald of Evil: Except for his mohawk.
- Chained Heat: With Shane Gooseman in "Chained".
- Goatee Of Evil/Pointy Ears: They add to his vaguely satyr-like appearance.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Evidently, he doesn't even own a shirt.
Tropes associated with Daisy:
- Evil Redhead: She is leader of the nastiest criminal gang in the galaxy. However, she turns out to be one of the most sympathetic members of the Rogues Gallery.
- Femme Fatale: She is not at all subtle about hitting on Shane, much to Niko's discomfort.
- Mating Dance: Shane uses this to "distract" Daisy, and it's ambiguous about whether it stopped at dancing.
- We Can Rule Together: "Come with me, Shane. Together we could have endless worlds to explore."
Tropes associated with Mogul:
- Bald of Evil: He has neither hair nor morals.
- Barefoot Cartoon Alien: He's never seen wearing shoes.
- Evil Sorcerer: His defining attribute.
- Last of His Kind: Once, his race controlled an entire solar system. Now he's the only one left.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: He has four of them.
- Wizards from Outer Space: Played entirely straight.
LarryMogul's long-suffering henchcreature.
Tropes associated with Larry:
Tropes associated with The General:
- Insistent Appellation: He insists on calling Shane a "metamorph", which annoys the shapeshifting Ranger no end.
- Mecha-Mooks/Send in the Clones: His army of robot Replicants.
Tropes associated with Nimrod:
- Beware the Silly Ones/Egomaniac Hunter: Nimrod may be a Cloud Cuckoolander, but he's still a threat—at least until the Rangers defeat him.
- Brought Down to Normal: He attempts this in "The Power Within" by confiscating the Rangers' badges, which trigger their powers. They beat him anyway.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: The plot of "The Power Within". He pursues and captures the crews of various ships, then keeps them in Suspended Animation as trophies. However, the Rangers put a stop to that.
- Meaningful Name: Named after a "mighty hunter before the Lord" from the book of Genesis.
Tropes associated with Brappo:
- Death Course: The grounds of his estate are guarded by a very expensive, and rather lethal, art collection.
- Wicked Cultured: His ill-gotten gains are mostly re-invested in his expensive-but-lethal art collection.
- Yes-Man: His butler, Peters...though Peters indulges in as much sarcasm as he can manage doing so.
Tropes associated with Mr. Rancid:
Tropes associated with Jackie:
- Evil Twin: To Aidan, as noted above. Played with in that Jackie is introduced earlier, and appears much more often, than his kindly brother.
- The Fixer: He doesn't appear to steal much himself, but he arranges thefts for those willing to pay.
- Right-Hand Cat: Though, in his case, it's a right-hand giant roach.
- You Have Failed Me: In "One Million Emotions", he's pissed off that Miller attracted too much attention during the Sensation Doll's theft, so he forces the poor bastard to touch the doll. Instant Mind Rape.
Wild Bill Krebb
Tropes associated with Wild Bill:
- All Part of the Show: He tries this in "Showtime" only for the "talent" to riot.
Tropes associated with Senator Whiner:
- Fan Nickname: His first name is never revealed on the series, but Fan Fic writers usually give his first name as "Eric."
- Meaningful Name: It's no accident that his name is "Whiner".
- Obstructive Bureaucrat at best, Corrupt Bureaucrat arguably, judging from his conduct in "Supertroopers," which included blackmailing Walsh by threatening to reveal that Walsh is Shane's genetic father.
- Spell My Name with an "S": According to Word of God (in the form of the official site), Whiner is the actual spelling, but Weiner, Wheiner and Wyner have also been used by fans.