Characters: Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
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Tommy Oliver/Green Ranger ->White Ranger | (Actor: Jason David Frank)The closest thing that MMPR would have to a protagonist, Tommy is the longest serving ranger in the show's history and thus had the longest character arc. Initially the new kid in town, Rita notices Tommy's skills as a martial artist and him to be the Green Ranger, using him to defeat the Power Rangers. The other Rangers break her spell and he eventually becomes the Sixth Ranger. Tommy would become the Breakout Character that helped cement the popularity of the series. He would later go through a few power changes (Green Ranger, White Ranger, White Ninja Ranger, Red Zeo Ranger, Red Turbo Ranger, Black Dino Ranger) and be the undisputed team leader for roughly 3 seasons. Originally a good-natured, absent minded goofy jock, Tommy becomes a mentor figure to several ranger groups through Character Development.
Note: This section is only for tropes introduced in MMPR. For the rest, see the character sheets for Zeo, Turbo, and Dino Thunder.
- Adaptational Badass: His Green Ranger counterpart in the Zyuranger series was no slouch but the way Tommy's been portrayed in MMPR has been taken to near Memetic Badass levels. In the Japanese series, while Burai was a dangerous and powerful fighter, he was still defeated and beaten down decisively by the Red Ranger in the end. Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, however, edited out the final scenes of the Red Ranger cutting down the Green Ranger, thus making Tommy look invincible and nigh unbeatable. His White Ranger incarnation is an even bigger example of this. Whereas Tommy as the White Ranger was able to defeat Goldar and multiple other monsters all at once, his Kiba Ranger counterpart from Dairanger was nowhere near the most powerful member of the team and was, in fact, taken down by that show's Red Ranger with a single punch.
- Badass: He's introduced as an intense martial artist and then becomes the first ranger to fight giant monsters alone.
- Badass Native: He is Native American.
- Blessed with Suck: The Green Ranger powers become this in Season 2. As his powers fade, they become unstable, fluctuating unpredictably, causing Tommy great pain whenever that happened. Their weakening state also leads Lord Zedd to focus much of his monsters on Tommy in order to drain them faster.
- Bling of War: As the Green Ranger, he had a solid gold chest plate. As the White Ranger, he had one that was gold mixed with black and brown.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Why he was the 'Evil' Green Ranger for a while.
- Breakout Character: He becomes the most popular of the original group. It's likely for this reason that he has a longer tenure than anyone else.
- "Aww man..."
- Also the "sic-kiyah!" noise he makes while fighting; even Lord Zedd mocked it!
- Co-Dragons: As the evil Green Ranger with Goldar.
- Composite Character: For these three seasons, he combines Burai and Kou. And by complete coincidence, he's very similar to Soukichi Banba.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- As the evil Green Ranger he could take on several rangers by himself and defeat them easily. His first defeat was handed to him by the megazord. After that, they had him doing his own thing for a while, but coming whenever the other Rangers summoned him (this had to be done to keep him in time with Burai). Then came "The Green Candle", where he was curbstomped himself.
- He then does this to Goldar in Season Two unmorphed after Lord Zedd drained the last of his powers. After this, Goldar was never the same again.
- Darker and Edgier: His intro is easily the darkest story of the original Rangers.
- Discard and Draw: It happened to everyone, but associated with him more than anyone because he traded powers before them.
- Empathic Weapon: Saba the talking sword gives him advice.
- Evil Is Hammy: As the evil Green Ranger he was hammier than Rita.
- Evil Laugh: Had one when he was the evil Green Ranger.
- Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: One episode had him really interested in Football. Later episodes didn't mention this.
- The Generic Guy: To an extent, his only unique characteristics are just being Kimberly's boyfriend and his rivalry with Jason. It goes to a full extent once both Jason and Kimberly respectively leave. When you take away the coolness factor, you'll realize he doesn't have much in the way of a defined personality. In fact, even on this very page, despite his character having the longest list of tropes, only two of them have to do with his actual personality (Badass and Large Ham).
- Heel-Face Turn: After The Sword of Evil was destroyed the spell was broken.
- Incest Is Relative: Implied twice. Once in the Stable Time Loop with his clone, and once in the episode "Wild West Rangers", wherein it's implied he and Kimberly are both descended from Kimberly's ancestor and the White Stranger.
- Kiai: Lord Zedd taunts him about it.
- Knife Nut: His Dragon Dagger, which doubles as a flute.
- Knight of Cerebus: When he was under Rita's spell in the "Green of Evil" five-parter. Up until that point all of the Rangers problems were wrapped up in less than 30 minutes.
- Large Ham: Unlike Jason, he's a passionate guy even when he's not morphed.
- The Leader: He's promoted to this trope when Jason left with Zack and Trini for the Peace Conference.
- Leitmotif: "Go Green Ranger Go"/"White Ranger Tiger Power", used often as Theme Music Power-Up.
- Rapunzel Hair (started out almost shoulder length - got much longer)
- The Rival: He's introduced as Jason's opponent in the finals of a karate tournament and they end up tying, which establishes their relationship immediately. Played with to a degree, as he and Jason actually get along perfectly fine in the beginning, but Tommy's time as the Green Ranger sparks some tension between them that takes a few episodes to resolve.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The manly man to Billy's sensitive guy.
- Sixth Ranger: Trope Namer alongside his initial counterpart Burai.
- Spared by the Adaptation: His Zyuranger counterpart bit the dust.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: He has more screentime than the other original rangers put together and has the longest tenure. He even came back for another season as a regular, too.
- Stable Time Loop: Fan theory is that Tommy's clone Tom is also his ancestor. This adds one more bit of Memetic Badass: Tommy willed himself into existence.
- Super Soldiers: What the other Rangers suspect the White Ranger is at first.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Extremely tall and immediately catches the eye of Kimberly in his introductory episode. Trini even calls him gorgeous.
- Tangled Family Tree: Tom, David, Sam, the White Stranger...
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Kind of.
- When he makes the transition from Evil Green Ranger to Good Green Ranger, he does some really stupid things like constantly forgetting his communicator and getting captured by Putties. They even have an entire episode focused on his forgetfulness. In reality this is simply because the footage of his Sentai counterpart was limited.
- On an unrelated note there's one episode where he's training for football and when he tackles a football dummy, he gives it a round house kick. The look on Ernie's face is priceless.
- Verbal Tic: His distinctive "sikKEYAHHH!" when fighting. Mocked by Lord Zedd at one point."Are those hiyahs really necessary? Here, I'll do some!"
Zack Taylor/Black Ranger I | (Actor: Walter Emmanuel Jones)
- An Axe to Grind: His Power Axe. He could wield it in close combat, or he could flip it around and use it as a laser gun. The blade served as the trigger and the handle became the barrel.
- Big Eater: Not as much as the second Red Ranger (see below) but he's known for devouring huge bowls of ice cream.
- Black Best Friend: His first scene is sparing with Jason and when the puddies show up, they immediately form Back-to-Back Badasses. In fact this is the true reason why the black guy was put in the black suit. The producers wanted to deliberately invoke this trope with Zack to Jason, and since Zyuranger footage had the Black Zyuranger as the Red Zyuranger's best friend, it showed in footage.
- Catchphrase: "The hand is quicker than the eye."
- Dance Battler: His part in the opening credits is him dancing and later episodes show his skill in "Hip Hop Kido."
- Determinator: Most prominent is his solo battle with the Knight Monster.
- Dogged Nice Guy: With Angela; a minor running gag is her shooting him down.
- The Lancer: Best friends with The Leader and foils him with his more playful demeanor.
- Number Two: When Jason went missing (captured) during the Evil Green Ranger Sage, Zack stepped up as The Leader. He was the one saying 'This is The Plan' and doing the Morphing Call.
- The Prankster: "The hand is quicker than the eye." It aids in pulling a fast one on people, like Bulk and Skull.
- Put on a Bus: Left Angel Grove with Jason and Trini to attend the International Peace Conference in Switzerland in "The Power Transfer".
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The manly man, along with Jason, to Billy's sensitive guy.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Spiders and snakes as well, in another episode.
Kimberly Ann Hart -> Pink Ranger I | (Actor: Amy Jo Johnson)
- Action Girl: Destroying two different monsters completely single-handedly definitely counts for something.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Averted in a Funny Moment. Goldar kidnaps Kim and uses a mind control spell which will turn her into a copy of Rita for Zedd to marry. The spell doesn't work... but Kim does a pitch-perfect Rita impersonation (including "I'm having a headache!") to hold Goldar, Squatt and Baboo off long enough to be rescued by Billy and Trini.
- The Chick: She was the template for all Power Ranger chicks thereafter: kind, girly, and pink minus the valspeak.
- Deadpan Snarker: Often makes some witty remark or other at Bulk and Skull, monsters or Rita.
- The Ditz: In earlier episodes she was this when the valley girl thing was in full force.
- Fainting: Played for drama in her final arc; Ranger duties combined with Olympic training and power draining caused these.
- Girly Bruiser: Wearing a pink dress and jewelry, she beat up Putty Patrollers.
- Hidden Depths: Despite being portrayed as a bit of an airhead in early seasons, she's shown to be actually quite proficient at sign language as early as the fifth episode! And in another season one episode, the fact that she's an A/B student indicates even if not on par with Billy and Trini, she's quite intelligent since C is considered average.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She comes to Tommy's shoulders. He can pick her up easy.
- Ill Girl: When her Crane Ninja Coin was in the possession of Rita Repulsa & Lord Zedd, she slowly became weaker.
- Long Hair Is Feminine: Averted/Inverted, Kimberly has shorter hair than Tommy or Trini.
- Ms. Fanservice: Usual outfits include short-shorts and midriff-revealing shirt. Then there's the gymnastics leotards.
- Rule 34: Granted, many of the Rangers could qualify for various reasons (Trini for She's a Man in Japan, the male Rangers for being Messrs. Fanservice or Chick Magnets, all the brainwashing), but Kimberly had a whole newsgroup dedicated to her. And like Austin St. John, Amy Jo Johnson was rumored to have starred in porn.
- Stepford Smiler: In Season 3, during her power leech.
- Valley Girl: Early on she affected this personality but it was used less and less until it was gone in season 3. By then the concept was dated, and it was 1995, the height of the grunge era.
Billy Cranston / Blue Ranger | (Actor: David Yost)
Note: This section is only for tropes introduced in MMPR. For the rest, see the character sheet for Power Rangers Zeo.
- All There in the Manual: Billy's last name was actually never said during the series, but was provided via related merchandise and confirmed by Word of God.
- Badass Bookworm: Starts off as a Straight A nerd, but then becomes a Power Ranger.
- Blade on a Stick: The Power Lance is essentially a two-sided trident.
- Character Development: He starts out as the stereotypical Hollywood Nerd, being easy pickings for bullies like Bulk and Skull. During the early episodes, a single [[Mooks Putty]] would cause him to run away. But as the series progresses, his fighting skills and confidence rise, causing him to grow out of his helpless nerd role and become a real hero. During the third season, he more or less becomes the second in command for the team, with the others relying on his intelligence and wisdom and ability to invent things to win several of their fights.
- Chick Magnet: Despite being portrayed as a stereotypical nerd, Billy has the most episodes involving a romantic subplot.
- Double Weapon: His Power Lance.
- The Glasses Come Off: Starts slowly during the helmetless scenes beginning in "The Mutiny". He officially lost them after the movie (during season 2) and when he returned to the show, they explained he replaced them for contact lenses. He would wear them two more times in Power Rangers Zeo.David Yost: the glasses came off actually when we went to shoot the movie in Australia and that's because I told [laughs], I told the (movie) producer, this is without the creators or producers of the TV show knowing, I told the producers of the movie that I would rather not wear my glasses and they were like, okay [laughs] like they didn't really think anything about it.
- He also stated in the same interview that because the glasses weren't real, they began to affect his vision (they had no prescription, but the chemical they used to prevent glare affected them enough to bother him.)
- Genius Bruiser: He's smart enough to make inventions like flying cars and mind reading devices and even knows how to repair the command center, which is made from alien technology. But he is also a formidable fighter once the situation calls for it.
- Hollywood Nerd: They tried to dress him to conceal that he's muscled like a plow horse. Didn't work. They didn't even bother hiding his huge muscles in The Movie; then again, the movie never portrays him as the Smart Guy or a nerd.
- Improv Fu: Kind of sucked at fighting, but he managed by using this trope, though by the time he left the Rangers he'd gotten much better at hand-to-hand.
- Megane Because Smart People Wear Glasses.
- Minored In Ass Kicking: His forte is smarts, but his ass kicking is still good.
- Mr Fix It: He's not the most macho ranger, but he definitely knows his way around machines.
- Nerds Are Sexy: He holds the series record for romantic subplots and also had the first one. Zack was shot down at the same time.
- Non-Action Guy: At first, but he becomes more proactive.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive guy to Jason and Zack's and later Tommy's manly men.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Instead of saying 'I like this music' he'll say something like 'the lyrics of this song surpass its contemporaries in this genre'. This was toned down somewhat as the series went on.
- The Smart Guy: He built the communicators, the flying car, fixed Alpha, fixed the Command Center...
- Teen Genius: He did the above on a high school education.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the first fight, he's awkward and has to be bailed out by his teammates. After training with Jason's class at the Youth Center, he's as formidable as the other Rangers.
- Tuckerization: He's named after Bryan Cranston. Yes, that Bryan Cranston, who did voicework for various monsters.
Trini Kwan / Yellow Ranger I | (Actress: Thuy Trang)
- Academic Athlete: Is seen practicing several sports at the youth center, among them Kung Fu and volleyball, but is also very smart, to the point of being able to translate Billy's technobabble and even assist him when making inventions.
- Action Girl: "Let's kick some putty". She was actually the very first ranger to finish off a monster and the first to fight one-on-one with Goldar.
- Asian and Nerdy: Not particularly nerdy herself, but the only one able to understand Billy's geek speak.
- The Big Guy: (Cute Bruiser)
- Character Outlives Actor: Possibly. The Mighty Morphin Yellow Ranger is seen in the Super Megaforce finale, but there's no indication of whether it's Trini or Aisha using the powers (neither have another power they could've used.) While Trini has been mentioned between The Power Tansfer and Legendary Battle, any mention of her not from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers only mentions her past as a Ranger. If it is Trini, then it's this trope as Legendary Battle premiered a little over 13 years after her actress' death.
- Gender Flip/She's a Man in Japan: The first among the Yellow Rangers in the franchise. Her counterpart's name is even Boi.
- The Heart: Possessed a strong bond with every other ranger and supported them through their dilemmas, particularly Billy and Kimberly.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: She was probably the most balanced of all the original team. Smart, but not as smart as Billy. Graceful, but not quite as much as Kimberly (who was a gymnast.) Skilled, but not quite up to Jason.
- Knife Nut: Her Power Daggers.
- Ms. Fanservice: People often forget but Trini would often wear clothing just as revealing as Kimberly's, sometimes even more so depending on the episode. Watch any old episode and you'll notice Trini wearing sleeveless shirts, short shorts, and showing her midriff more often than Kimberly. While Kim only wore revealing clothes about half the time, Trini was almost always either in a sleeveless midriff-baring shirt, short shorts, or both.
- Put on a Bus: Left Angel Grove with Jason and Zack to attend the International Peace Conference in Switzerland in "The Power Transfer".
- Soapbox Sadie: Probably her most unique traits as a ranger were activism and environmentalism (holding petitions, starting a clean-up club etc.).
- The Quiet One: She doesn't talk as much as the others; when she does speak, she's usually translating for Billy.
- Translator Buddy: She usually explained Billy's Techno Babble to The Team.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She was afraid of heights, so of course she'd have to be the one to save Billy after a Putty chases him to the edge of a cliff.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: She really shows concern for things people her age usually don't care for, such as the importance of honor.
Jason Lee Scott / Red Ranger I | (Actor: Austin St. John)
Note: This section is only for tropes introduced in MMPR. For the rest, see the character sheet for Power Rangers Zeo.
- All American Face: You can clearly tell this was the writers' intention with his character, even though the actor playing him was of mixed race.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Billy, to a certain extent. He starts teaching Billy more martial arts so he can defend himself better without morphing.
- Bling of War: Used Tommy's gold shield on occasion. Get's even blinger in Zeo.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Captain Obvious: He combined this with No Indoor Voice to hilarious effect."WHOA, THAT DUDE'S HUGE!""IT'S GREEN RANGER!""OH MAN, HE FROZE THE ZORDS. WE'RE HISTORY!"
- Catchphrase: "It's morphin' time!"
- Chekhov's Gun: The green Power Coin in "Return of an Old Friend".
- Determinator: "Isn't the smallest chance of victory enough of a reason for us to keep on fighting? The world needs us, Rangers!"
- Dual Wielding: With the Green Ranger's Dragon Dagger.
- Hot-Blooded: An interesting variation, due to stock footage constraints; in civilian scenes, Jason's a pretty laid-back guy, but when Rita starts one of her schemes, he quickly grows more excitable and louder to match the footage of Geki.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: Not only does he get to use the Dragon Shield (the so-called "first Battlizer") until Tommy gets back, but he also gets the first self-transformable Zord.
- The Leader: He started the tradition for the Power Rangers. His greatest fear is failing them as a leader.
- Lovable Jock: Jason is a jock, but he's got a big heart to match his big muscles.
- Large Ham: Something about morphing makes his presence bigger.
- Jumped at the Call: The only one of the original five to agree with Zordon before the Putties showed up. "He chose us to save the world. I say we do it."
- Meaningful Name: It's no coincidence that, being the leader of a team of mighty heroes, he shares his name with the leader of the Argonauts from Greek myth.
- Midseason Upgrade: After Tommy leaves following the events of The Green Candle, Jason has access to the Dragon Shield and the Dragon Dagger.
- My Greatest Failure: Jason blamed himself for not getting the Green Candle in the first place when he had the chance, even though Tommy in that episode explicitly did all he could to talk Jason out of going back to get it. He had no choice, as Zack had to remind him that Tommy's life was more important than his powers. In the second season, after Tommy's Green Ranger powers finally run out completely, he writes a letter to Jason telling him not to blame himself for what happened.
- No Indoor Voice: After morphing.
- Odd Name Out: The only original ranger who's name doesn't end with a "ee" sound, probably to symbolize his status as leader or it's just a coincidence. Zack rarely being called by his full name(Zachary), Kimberly sometimes being called Kim, Trini having a rather unique name and Tommy not coming in until later made this trope almost unnoticeable.
- Jason's surname "Lee" does literally contain the "ee" sound, however.
- Put on a Bus: Left Angel Grove with Zack and Trini to attend the International Peace Conference in Switzerland in "The Power Transfer".
- Eventually The Bus Came Back in Zeo, but only Jason was on it.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The manly man to Billy's sensitive guy
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Some of his outfits look like he ripped the sleeves of them.
- Super Mode: As mentioned above, he gained the power to use the Green Ranger's powers in the form of the gold Dragon Shield and the Dragon Dagger.
- The Stoic: Before morphing he is a calm guy.
- Tyrannosaurus rex: His Zord.
Adam Park / Black Ranger II | (Actor: Johnny Yong Bosch)
Note: This section is only for tropes introduced in MMPR. For the rest, see the character sheets for Zeo, and Turbo.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Was first introduced as a powerless ally who occasionally assisted the Power Rangers behind the battlefield. Later became a Ranger himself to replace Zack.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Aisha.
- The Generic Guy: He doesn't have much significant characterization in MMPR, and wouldn't really get any until Zeo.
- The Quiet One:Uh huh
- Secret Keeper: With Rocky and Aisha from "The Ninja Encounter" to "The Power Transfer".
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Rocky's Manly Man.
- íThree Amigos!: Himself, Aisha and Rocky.
Aisha Campbell / Yellow Ranger II | (Actress: Karan Ashley)
- Action Girl: She definitely has her moments.
- Black Best Friend/Platonic Life Partners: With Adam and Rocky.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Was first introduced as a powerless ally who occasionally assisted the Power Rangers behind the battlefield. Later became a Ranger herself to replace Trini.
- The Heart: Forced to be almost the embodiment of this trope during the "Stop the Hate Master" two parter.
- One of the Boys: Technically, before she joined the team, she obviously spent a lot of time with Rocky and Adam. As well as a period during season three, while Kimberly was gearing up to leave, she was often the only female ranger in battle.
- Out of Focus: Every ranger except Kimberly and Tommy suffered from this at one point. In fact, of the four replacements, she suffered from this trope the least but it's filed under her character because Rocky, Adam and Kat would more than make up for it during Zeo and the original rangers each had a chance to be the most prominent character. Thus, Aisha would become the only ranger to spend her whole tenure Out of Focus.
- Put on a Bus: By the time the Alien Ranger Mini-Series came around. The actor had decided to leave before its resolution. Thus in the show, when Aisha, whose still a kid by that point, searches for a Zeo sub-crystal in Africa, she decides to stay and help the wildlife there, selecting Tanya to take her place.
- Sassy Black Woman: She has flashes of this.
- When she meets Zordon, she tells Adam and Rocky to "let the man talk".
- Her decision to whack the Emergency Button in the movie resulted from a combination of urgency and spunk.
- Secret Keeper: With Rocky and Adam from "The Ninja Encounter" to "The Power Transfer".
- She's a Man in Japan: She is Trini's successor, plus the fact the her mechas are used by male Yellow Rangers in Japan.
- Soapbox Sadie: Has flashes of this early on, acting more like an expy for Trini than anything.
- íThree Amigos!: Herself, Rocky and Adam.
Rocky DeSantos / Red Ranger II | (Actor: Steve Cardenas)
Note: This section is only for tropes introduced in MMPR. For the rest, see the character sheet for Power Rangers Zeo.
- Big Eater: Eats more than his predecessor.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Was first introduced as a powerless ally who occasionally assisted the Power Rangers behind the battlefield. Later became a Ranger himself to replace Jason.
- The Everyman: Had no real outstanding qualities or personality traits. Especially when compared to the others, who's character traits were rather stereotypical.
- The Generic Guy: To the point where the only reason he's the Lancer in the Five-Man Band is pretty much by default. Like Adam, he won't get much significant characterization until Zeo.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Aisha.
- Rookie Red Ranger: In title only... Rocky was never the leader.
- Secret Keeper: With Adam and Aisha from "The Ninja Encounter" to "The Power Transfer".
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Adam's Sensitive Guy.
- íThree Amigos!: Himself, Aisha and Adam.
Katherine "Kat" Hillard / Pink Ranger II | (Actress: Catherine Sutherland)The final ranger to join the team during the MMPR era, Katherine was introduced to replace Kimberley. Much like her actress, she was an Australian immigrant to the US who had a bit of a hard time fitting in. Rita and Zedd put her under a spell to uses in a plot to kill Kimberley, drain the Pink Ranger's power and steal the Falconzord. She breaks the spell, has a Turn Face Heel and succeeds Kimberley as the Pink Ranger for the last few episodes and stays on as the Pink Zeo Ranger and The Pink Turbo Ranger.
Note: This section is only for tropes introduced in MMPR. For the rest, see the character sheets for Zeo, and Turbo.
- Blondes Are Evil: When she was evil, of course.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She first appeared in the uncut version of "I'm Dreaming of a White Ranger" released on VHS shortly before her first proper appearance in the "A Ranger Catastrophe" 2-parter, wishing the other Rangers a merry Christmas before they took off to save the North Pole. The scene of course caused some major continuity issues since she was portrayed as a friend to the Rangers and not Rita and Zedd's mind-controlled slave, but Kimberly was still the Pink Ranger. This scene was removed from the broadcast version and all future home video releases, likely because of the major Continuity Snarl it caused.
- The special clearly was meant to take place internal to Different Shade of Pink part 3. Right after Kat returns the power coin to Kimberly but before Kim left for Florida.It was cut for broadcast airings to avoid confusion.
- Femme Fatale: A very mild example since it's a kid's show.
- Fish out of Water: Both the character and the actor. It made Zeo's blooper reel.Catherine: Chip?
Johnny and Austin: French Fry!
- Heel-Face Turn: In "A Different Shade of Pink".
- Meaningful Name: During her Brainwashed and Crazy phase, she could magically turn into a white cat.
- Ms. Fanservice: She likes to wear shorts and sleeveless midriff-baring tops like Kimberly, but oddly enough seems to have a thing for turtleneck tops. She's even wearing a sleeveless turtleneck top in the Zeo intro.
- The Mole: Her initial appearances by way of Mind Manipulation.
- Sixth Ranger: Despite being the pink ranger, she seemed more as a sixth ranger until Zeo.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's almost as tall as Tommy.
Zordon | (Voice actor: David Fielding -> Bob Manahan)
- Big Good: He chose them, he is the overall leader Jason defers to, and he has a history with Rita.
- Catchphrase: "May the Power protect you."
- Crazy-Prepared: Power Rangers in Space reveals he had many emergency plans in case something happened to him. Megaforce adds that he also left a pupil back on Earth in case the planet was in great danger and a new team needed to be created.
- Hero of Another Story: He was a warrior-hero like the Power Rangers before he was trapped. Occasionally we'll see footage of these adventures.
- Mission Control: When the Rangers use their communicators, he's the one they're calling for.
- Not So Above It All: He's generally the straight-faced mentor figure, but after the events of The Mutiny even he joins in the Everybody Laughs Ending.
- Oracular Head: He's trapped in another dimension so he uses a device to communicate. It only shows his head.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Sealed at the same time as Rita, who named Sealed Evil in a Can.
- Team Dad: Really cares for the rangers on a personal level and tends to show concern for their real life problems from time to time, instead of just focusing on their job as fighters.
Alpha 5 | (Voice actor: Richard Steven Horvitz)
- Catchphrase: "Ai yi yi yi yi!"
- Determinator: Gotta give the little guy credit, he doesn't give up on the Rangers or the fight against evil. Even Zordon threw in the towel in the movie.
- Expy: Even though there was no robotic sidekick in Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, there were similar characters in previous Sentai seasons. Namely Peebo, Mag, Colon, and Arthur G6. Of course, there was a sidekick in Zyuranger, but not robotic.
- Friend to All Children: In A Day in the Limelight Christmas Episode, "Alpha's Magical Christmas".
- Hidden Depths: During the "Green With Evil" multi-parter, Alpha - as Zordon says - "displayed exemplary leadership capabilities." He even trapped Evil!Tommy and it took Rita's magic to free him.
- Mission Control: He is the maintenance guy for the Command Center.
- Robot Buddy: He's a robot and assists the heroes.
- What the Hell, Hero?: After most of the Rangers decide to give up following their defeat in "Green With Evil, Part 4":"No, Rangers, I cannot accept that. Zordon would not accept that."
Ninjor | (Voice actor: Kim Strauss)
- Badass in Distress: He really deserves the title badass, as his strength seems to be on par with a Megazord. Unfortunately, he gets abducted by Zedd and Rita for several episodes.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A mild example, since his only jerk-ish moment occurs in his first ever appearance. He initially refuses to help the Rangers gain their new powers and appears totally indifferent to the danger the world is in, but on realising that they are not seeking the powers due to mere greed, he opens up and warms to them considerably.
- Large Ham: Literally—he can grow to fight alongside Megazords and has a larger personality.
- Long Bus Trip: Stopped appearing after "The Sound of Dischordia" due to the use of the Orb of Doom in "Rangers in Reverse." Later in "A Zeo Beginning, Part 2," it was stated he was "back in the temple." He hasn't been seen since.
Ernie | (Actor: Richard Genelle)
- Grumpy Bear: In one episode "A Pig Surprise." Mainly he is a kind person.
- Hospitality for Heroes: He doesn't charge the Rangers for their refreshments. Even more of an example because it's widely speculated that Ernie knows the Rangers' identities, which is why he provides them free refreshments. It was originally planned to be canon and for Ernie to reveal that he knows their identities, but that idea was scrapped, but it still comes off very clearly that Ernie does know who they are, but refuses to say anything.
Farkas "Bulk" Bulkmeier & Eugene "Skull" Skullovitch | (Actors: Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy)
- Badass Normal: Bulk held the record for most reps at the Juice Bar with 1,000. He was only beaten by Jason after several attempts.
- Big Damn Heroes: Actually pull this for the Rangers when their memories get scrambled by confronting the Monster of the Week and deflecting its attack using mirrors concealed under ponchos.
- Canon Foreigners: They have no Super Sentai counterparts.
- Characterization Marches On: Bulk and Skull were originally the school bullies of Angel Grove High, but as the show went on this aspect of the duo was downplayed and eventually they became more like class clowns. It's a bit jarring to see them cheer on The Rangers attacking civilians on tv (it was really just a monster and 4 putties disguised as Rangers)when they would later admire the Power Rangers heroic feats.
- Confusion Fu: Neither one of them has any real martial arts training, but the random nonsense they do has proven impossible for the putties and other mooks to counter, meaning they beat them on several occasions. They once led a successful Gladiator Revolt on an alien world this way, largely by accident.
- The Dividual: Sure, they could appear separately, but it would fall flat. They feed off of each other so much that neither of them functions alone as a character.
- Dumb Muscle: Bulk, held the town bench pressing record before Jason broke it.
- Drives Like Crazy: When Bulk and Skull are trying to flee Angel Grove along with the rest of the townspeople, they steal a city bus:Bulk: Who taught you how to drive?Skull: Nobody! How am I doing?Bulk: You drive like a maniac!Skull: Thanks!
- Fat and Skinny: They are even the page's image!
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With each other.
- The Hyena: Skull has a very memorable laugh he tends to use at every opportunity.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Revealed to be their dream in the Crystal Nightmare. They dress up as superheroes and even try to drive the Megazord. They fail, mind you, but the intent is there.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Both of them. As the series went on, they slowly became less and less jerk and more and more heart of gold, which would lead to them delivering a Moment of Awesome in Power Rangers in Space.
- Leitmotif: Listen to it here.
- Let's Get Dangerous: On at least one occasion, Bulk and Skull defeat a monster themselves, after the Rangers themselves are defeated. Nobody believes them afterwards when they brag about it, however.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Skull at the very least is actually fond of kittens.
- Relationship Upgrade: A debatable one for Skull's crush on Kimberly. Never brought into canon, but writer Amit Bhaumik said in a 2005 interview that he had wanted to have Kim be married to Skull in the episode "Forever Red" and name Kim as the mother of Skull's son Spike. While unofficial, the idea is popular with some fans and the actors on the show have referred to the relationship when discussing the show with fans.
- Secret Chaser: Tries to find the secret identities of the Power Rangers in season 2.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Early on, whatever the situation, Bulk would act like he was the world's greatest expert on it... and pretty quickly wind up humiliated.
- Smarter Than You Look: In Season 2, they try to discover the Rangers' identities... and most of the times, they are really close, but the Rangers screw up their work.
- Skull, of all people, is a classically trained pianist. He's absurdly good at it. Becomes a central point of Character Development between him and Bulk as the big doof initially derides Skull for it, but by the end of the episode, Bulk changes his mind and shows that he can be supportive of him like a real friend should.
- Stout Strength: Bulk is pretty...well...bulky, but he also held the Gym and Juice Bar record for the number of successive weightlifting reps before Jason managed to break his record.
- Those Two Guys: They're rarely, if ever, seen without each other.
- Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket: Bulk once tried to star an ad for a karate dojo and ended up serving as an example of what happens when one tries to learn karate without proper training. He also tried to claim one particular detention desk as his personal seat by writing his name on it...only it came out "BUULK" instead.
- Weirdness Magnet: No matter the Evil Plan, no matter where in Angel Grove the attack is taking place, odds are Bulk and Skull will happen to be nearby when things go down. Their interactions with monsters occurred so often that Lord Zedd knew them by name. This trope was eventually Lampshaded in Season 3:Lt. Stone: I find it very odd that you two are the only ones in Angel Grove outside of the Power Rangers to face off with a different monster every week!Skull: Lt. Stone, it's true. Every time we turn around, well (sputters), there they are.
Principal CaplanThe principal of Angel Grove High. He tends to alternate between Reasonable Authority Figure and Dean Bitterman roles.
- Catchphrase: "Deeee-tention!" This one is especially uttered against Bulk and Skull.
- Dean Bitterman: Sometimes just accidentally bumping into him is enough to warrant "deeee-tention!".
- Dodgy Toupee: Which mostly comes of when he is victim of one of Bulk and Skulls stunts.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Other times, he actually seems rather caring towards his students.
Lt. Jerome Stone | (Actor: Gregg Bullock)
The Aquitan Rangers
- Five-Man Band
- The Leader: Delphine. (She is the first female leader of any Rangers team, as well as the first female White Ranger in the series)
- The Lancer: Aurico.
- The Smart Guy: Cestro.
- The Big Guy: Tideus.
- Living Prop: Corcus (Not kidding here, absolute lack of characterization and personality even in complementary material makes the task of placing him in any position of the Five-Man Band downright impossible).
- The Quiet One: Tideus and Corcus.
- Rubber-Forehead Aliens Speaking English
Rita Repulsa | (Actress: Machiko Soga (Zyuranger footage) -> Carla Perez (Season 2 and onwards)) (Voice: Barbara Goodson)
- Alliterative Name: Rita Repulsa.
- Bad Boss: When the Rangers defeat the latest monster, she's prone to taking her frustration out on her underlings - even if they had absolutely nothing to do with what went wrong.
- Big Bad: Of the first season.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Zedd at the end of Season 2.
- Catchphrase "I have a headache!" usually after the Rangers thwart her latest scheme. It's still something she deals with as the Mystic Mother when evil invades her palace
- Daddy's Little Villain: Rita seems eager to impress her equally-villainous father, Master Vile.
- Enfante Terrible: Rito mentions she once burned their house down when she got a birthday present she didn't like.
- Evil Is Hammy: Big time.
- Evil Plan: The big one is "Conquering the nearest planet" I.E. Earth. The episodes have smaller ones focused on the Monster of the Week.
- Evil Versus Evil: Not in the original series, but, by the time of Zeo, Rita and Zedd are the ones who actually blow up the Machine Empire.
- Genre Savvy: During the events of the Power Rangers Turbo movie, Rita finally realized that Failure Is the Only Option when fighting the Power Rangers and seems to have given up completely, taking it very easy in the Moon Palace. When Divatox asks her for advice in how to deal with the Power Rangers, Rita sarcastically warns her to run, knowing full well what the result would be when fighting them.
- Heel-Face Turn: After being purified by the energy wave. She becomes the Mystic Mother.
- Make My Monster Grow: Trope Namer
- Meal Ticket: She only married Lord Zedd to overthrow him, but later developed feelings for him.
- Never Live It Down: In-universe — Living in that dumpster for 10,000 years. (see below)Divatox: (at the Cimmarian planet meeting) Honestly, you need to get out of that dumpster more often.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Trope Namer. She was originally trapped in a "space dumpster" on the moon (or a moon, or something) for 10,000 years until astronauts accidentally released her. Her line from the intro sequence is rather iconic:
- Ahh! After 10,000 years I'm free! It's time to conquer Earth!
- Her boss Lord Zedd eventually returns, and displeased with her failure puts her back in her dumpster (or a different one) and sends her off into space again. She gets out twice. The first time the Rangers catch her and reseal her, the second time she stays out for good.
- Surrounded by Idiots: It takes a grand total of three episodes for her to reach this conclusion.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Zedd. Started out as a power ploy, but grew into something more...
Goldar | (Voice actor: Kerrigan Mahan)
- Death by Adaptation: In the Fighting Edition video game.
- Forgot Flanders Could Do That: After having become a joke in season 2 and 3 to where in one battle, the White Ranger even feels sorry for him, he delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Ninjor who effortlessly took out Vampyrus in his debut episode, reminding us of the proud warrior he was in season 1, reversing a season and a half of Badass Decay with that one battle.
- The Dog Bites Back: Throughout Season 1, Goldar was Rita's most loyal sycophant despite her constant verbal and physical abuse of him. Lord Zedd's taking over in Season 2 changed that. Now, given Zedd's Man Behind the Man status, Goldar expressing loyalty to him made sense. However, Goldar also proceeded to mock Rita to her face, claimed that he had always criticized her for her failures and took great pleasure in her dumpster exile. When she came back and married Zedd, he was still noticeably terse towards her.
- The Dragon: Rita's most powerful minion and the one who goes out fighting.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: During Season Three and more so in Season 2. At least Season 3 gave him the benefit of some victories (such as beating down Ninjor, which helped lead to his capture). Season 2 saw him routinely defeated in battle, even once by an unmorphed, powerless Tommy.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Rito; they bicker and such.
Squatt & Baboo | (Voice actors: Michael Sorich and Colin Phillips)
- Demoted to Extra: In the third season, when Rito and Goldar took their place as the bumbing duo. Note that they essentially served as Rito and Goldar's de-facto minions, which was arguably an improvement. In the second season, all they seemed to do was cower in fear of Lord Zedd or get yelled at by him.
- Evil Counterpart: To Bulk and Skull, to the limited extent that one pair is evil and the other is good. Lampshaded by Rita the first time she saw Bulk and Skull:"Great. A human Squat and Baboo."
- Minions with an F in Evil: In terms of outright evil, they're not much good. Or even any good, outside a few early occasions. At one point, Squatt even declares a desire to take part in Halloween.
Finster | (Voice actor: Robert Axelrod)
- Affably Evil: Polite to Rita despite abuse and seems more concerned with doing a good job than doing harm. Heck, at one point he actually says out loud that being a bad guy can be no fun at times.
- Evil Genius: Every Monster of the Week is personally molded by him.
- Mad Artist: Most of the monsters and Putties are clay dolls given life.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Did he survive Zordon's energy wave?
Scorpina | (Actress: Ami Kawai (Zyuranger footage) -> Sabrina Lu (Season 2)) (Voice: Wendee Lee)
- Brother Chuck: After her lone appearance in "Goldar's Vice-Versa" during Season 2, Scorpina was never seen again. Saban couldn't keep a full-time actress for her character and so she was dropped.
- One-Winged Angel: One of the first in Rangers, and definitely one of the most memorable, going from a pretty Asian woman◊ to a grotesque scorpion creature.◊
Lord Zedd | (Actor: Ed Neil) (Voice actor: Robert Axelrod)
- Ambiguously Jewish: Rewatch "The Wedding" and see Zedd get his groove on to that old Jewish wedding standby "Hava Nagila".
- Badass: Kicked Tommy's ass with no effort.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Zedd accomplished much after he married Rita, such as capturing Ninjor, nearly killing Kimberly, allowing Rita's brother Rito Revolto to destroy the Thunderzords and blowing up the Machine Empire in the Power Rangers Zeo finale "Good as Gold", just to name a few exploits. In season two, his brief moments of victory were thwarted by non-Rangers.
- Berserk Button: Whenever Rito would call Lord Zedd "Ed"... it just wouldn't end well. At all. Actually, Rito was just a walking Berserk Button for all the other villains.
Lord Zedd: Oh, Alpha, you can come out of hiding.Alpha 5 [trembling]: I don't like you... Ed!Lord Zedd: IT'S ZEDD, YOU BLINKING BUCKET OF BOLTS! LORD ZEDD!
- Alpha 5 does this as well when Zedd invades the Command Center in "Changing of the Zords, Part 2":
- Big Bad: Of the second season and much of the third season. He continued being a Bad in Power Rangers Zeo, but not the Big one.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Rita at the end of Season 2.
- Body Horror: He has no skin, his brain is exposed, and who knows what's behind that face plate? It's been implied that the Zeo Crystal's forcefield did this to him when he tried to claim it.
- Brought to You by the Letter "Z": He's big on the "Z" theming, from his Putties to his staff and even his head crest.
- Canon Foreigner: He has no Sentai counterpart.
- Composite Character: As with Dai Satan in regards to Bandora, he's Rita's boss and he takes Emperor Gorma XV's role as leader of the Dairanger monsters.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Some of his schemes involved trying to pit the Rangers against each other or trying to break their spirit by endangering others. His efforts only had the exact opposite effect, which always stunned him."I don't understand it. The more I divide them, the more they come together."
- Evil Overlord: "I am Lord Zedd, emperor of all I see."
- Evil Versus Evil: Not in the original series. In Zeo, however, Zedd and Rita return midway through the season and start competing with the Machine Empire for the right to conquer Earth. In the very end, Zedd and Rita are the ones who get the last laugh on the Machine Empire by blowing them to bits.
- Heel-Face Turn: After being purified by the energy wave in Power Rangers in Space.
- Jaded Washout: From "The Wedding" onwards, he acts like less sinister Evil Overlord and more a frustrated married guy, but in terms of results, he becomes more effective.
- The Man Behind the Woman: At the start of Season 2, it was revealed that Rita answered to Lord Zedd and was charged with conquering Earth for him. Her failure led to him taking a more direct role.
- Million-to-One Chance: In the episodes "Zedd Waves" and "When is Ranger not a Ranger?", Zedd actully defeated the Rangers but they were only saved by Bulk and Skull/the replacement Rangers being in the right place at the right time. If they had not been there, Zedd would have taken over.
- Which especially makes you think, what if Zedd hadn't bothered capturing Rocky, Adam, and Aisha? They likely would have not become such close allies (instead a trio of one-shot characters they cheered for in a tournament), and with even Bulk and Skull under Zedd's control, that would have been the episode where Zedd had won.
- Orcus on His Throne: This trope goes for any Ranger Big Bad, really, but it becomes really evident when (as noted above) Zedd effortlessly clobbers Tommy.
- Original Generation: Zedd has no Sentai counterpart; he was an entirely American concept to help spruce up the show in the second season. It worked.
- Took a Level in Badass: After marrying Rita.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Rita.
Rito Revolto | (Voice actor: Bob Papenbrook)
- Affably Evil: He's dim, but friendly with the other villains. He even gave Goldar a Christmas present at one point.
- Alliterative Name: Like his sister Rita in that regard.
- Ascended Extra: His Kakuranger counterpart was no slouch, but Rito had a far larger role that spanned two whole seasons.
- Bob Papenbrook: His voice.
- Body Paint: The left hand side of his body is camo-painted.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Was last seen at the very end of Zeo and never returned. Real Life Writes the Plot, as his suit fell into disrepair. It reportedly had to be patched up more than once during Zeo.
- Cool Helmet: He wears a camo-painted Army helmet.
- Cool Sword: He wields a sword with a skeleton motif to it.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's as powerful as Goldar.
- Fire-Breathing Weapon: Also in his arsenal is a flamethrower. Looks cool, but didn't help him against the Ninja Megazord.
- Spared by the Adaptation: His Kakuranger counterpart did not survive his fight with the Ninja Megazord.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: He showed up to give Rita and Zedd a wedding present, and then just stuck around, much to their constant annoyance.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Goldar.
- Too Dumb to Live: Often. Rito feels the best way to shut off a bomb is to hit it with a hammer, and that's just the top of the list.
Master Vile | (Voice actor: Tom Wyner)
- Big Bad: At the end of the third season.
- Demoted to Extra: He only appeared in seven episodes (with two cameos in later seasons). His Kakuranger counterpart had a more sizable role.
- Eviler Than Thou: During his tenure, he often tried to demonstrate he was this to Zedd.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: At the end of "Alien Rangers of Aquitar", after the Aquitan Rangers defeat his latest monster, Vile decides to head back to his own galaxy, much to Zedd's delight.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Apparently the case in his own galaxy, as states before running off that he's going back home, where the bad guys can WIN.
- Villainous Breakdown: After the Alien Rangers defeat his latest monster, he throws a tantrum and basically just leaves in a blind rage.
Ivan Ooze | (Actor: Paul Freeman)
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: He mentions several horrific things he missed out while he was imprisoned: "The Black Plague! The Spanish Inquisition! The Brady Bunch Reunion!" That last one was a Throw It In by the actor that everyone working on the project loved.
- Big Bad: Of the movie.
- Blob Monster: Ivan Ooze and his servants.
- Canon Foreigner: Has no Sentai counterpart. He also only exists in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie continuity.
- Card-Carrying Villain: His Large Ham introduction to the Rangers says it all:"I am the galactically feared, globally reviled, universally despised... They call me Ivan Ooze!"
- Child Hater: He doesn't really care for teenagers, and mocks Zordon for using "a bunch of kids" to fight for him.
- Deadpan Snarker: This exchange in particular:Tommy: We're the Power Rangers!
- The Dreaded: His introduction to the Rangers says it all.
- Dug Too Deep: The Egg he was sealed in was unearthed by a construction crew.
- Eviler Than Thou/Evil Is Not a Toy: After destroying the Commander Center, he announces that he's taking over Rita and Zedd's operation. When they disagree, he shrinks them and traps them in a snow-globe.
- Incoming Ham: "Ladies and gentlemen! The Oooooze is BACK!"
- Instrument of Murder: He uses a lightning-shooting flute to wreck the Command Center.
- Large Ham: He is probably one of the most deliciously hammy villains the series has had; he takes on a persona and he plays Evil Is Hammy for all it's worth. It's clear Paul Freeman had a blast playing him."From this moment forth the world as you know it as shall cease to exist! WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE!" (Beam away in purple light)
- Original Generation: He exists only in the movie, which is considered non-canon.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: He's apparently a fan of The Brady Bunch and notes the Brady Bunch reunion as among the things he missed out on while imprisoned.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: He takes control of the minds of Angel Grove's adults, who are then commanded to "leap to their doom" into a massive hole on a construction site. The kid of the movie Fred rally the kids and Bulk and Skull to save the adults as the Rangers battle Ooze, with one of the kids holding them back with a water cannon, but it's not until Ooze's demise that his spell is broken and the adults are returned to normal.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He had been trapped underground for 6,000 years until his containment chamber was accidentally unearthed by a construction crew and later opened by Lord Zedd.
- Villain Override: He merges with Hornitor after Scorpitron is destroyed.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He first encounters the Rangers while morphed into a cop.
Lokar the Terrible
- Breath Weapon: His Breath of Doom.
- Decomposite Character: His Sentai counterpart's role as Bendora/Rita's master went to Lord Zedd.
- Demoted to Extra: Kind of. He had a minor role in Zyuranger too but he was Rita's Sentai counterpart Bandora's master. Here his relation to Rita isn't as quite defined but he appears to more of an ally of hers instead of a servant.
- Eldritch Abomination: Tellingly, his Zyuranger analogue was the Devil.
- Enigmatic Minion: Rita refers to him as "heavy artillery", and Baboo claims he nearly wiped them all out the last time she summoned him, but other than that he's basically Robert Axelrod giving a preview of his Lord Zedd voice.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: He only appears in a few episodes and nothing is known about his backstory
- Karma Houdini: Possibly, he disappears after the first season and is never seen again. He may have been destroyed by the Z wave though.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He disappears for good after coming close to death and seeing his work on Goldar's zord get destroyed a few times too many.