Characters / Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue

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    Our Heroes 

Carter Grayson / Red Lightspeed Ranger | (Actor: Sean Cw Johnson)

You'd think they'd have learned they can't beat the Power Rangers.

  • Combat Pragmatist: The aforementioned using a Humvee on a demon (yes, on his first day as a Ranger, the first thing he does is ACTUALLY trying to run over the Batlings and the demon using the Humvee), and actually bringing a gun to shoot down mooks in "Forever Red" (thus averting Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?).
    • Thus, it can be argued that in comparison to most of the Red Rangers, he's the one that took the most initiative and he was a quick-thinker (by no means does that mean that the other Red Rangers were dumb — but, most of them tend to be very indecisive, become very neurotic when they despair, and/or be very impulsive and wreckless). If anything, he actually kept a fine balance between being headstrong and using his brain.
      • This probably is more related to his work as a firefighter as he has to make very quick but calculated decisions. Thus things like ramming a Humvee into monsters, those were probably the most effective things he could use at the time with the tools presented to him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not as much as Diabolico, but still has his moments.
  • Determinator: "My Megazord's down, but I'm not!"
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In the finale, he one-shots Bansheera
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: Went back in time while riding the M.A.V. (Mobile Armored Vehicle) in "Yesterday Again".
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He has blonde hair and is a very generous, affable person.
  • Heroic Fire Rescue: Introduced with one.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: He gets a special sidecar to his bike, a special vehicle (see above). Somewhat subverted when Joel and Chad get their Super Modes ahead of him, but played straight when he gets a second Cool Bike (which doubles as a Battlizer) near the end of the season.
  • '90s Hair: "Curtained hair", to be specific; kinda like Leonardo DiCaprio's in Titanic1997, or Nick Carter's 90s BSB hair. Though the show originally aired in 2000, "90's hair" was still in style (given that we had just came out of the 90's when 2000 came) in the early 2000's. Sean CW Johnson no longer sports this hair, of course.
  • Ship Tease: With Dana.

Chad Lee / Blue Lightspeed Ranger | (Actor: Michael Chaturantabut)

I don't have to prove myself to anyone. I know who I am.

  • The Big Guy: He's the tallest one of the Rangers.
  • The Cast Show Off: His actor, Mike Chat, is a very skilled martial artist and producers really were sure to showcase his abilities, specially in episodes focused on him.

Joel Rawlings / Green Lightspeed Ranger | (Actor: Keith Robinson)

Carter: Why do you always have to be the center of attention?
Joel: Well, I don't *have* to be, it's just that I usually am.

  • Ace Pilot: A stunt pilot before being recruited, nicknamed the Sky Cowboy.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: With Ms Fairweather, for most of the series.
  • Bald of Awesome: He may be bald, but he can still kick ass when he needs to.
  • Bald Black Leader Guy: Or in his case, "Bald Black Lancer Guy".
  • Casanova Wannabe: Joel is a chick magnet, thanks to his showboating, but when it comes to Ms. Fairweather, pretty much all his efforts strike out.
  • Character Development: At the start of the series, Joel is a real arrogant prick. He is brash, insensitive, thinks he knows everything better than the people in charge and likes to act on his own rather than using teamwork. He also seems to think he is irresistible to women, acting like Ms. Fairweather is already his. As the series progresses, Joel becomes more humble, more of a team player and his behavior around Ms. Fairweather turns from jerky to Adorkable.
  • Nice Hat: Tied directly to his Character Development, when he's wearing his cowboy hat he's kind of a douche, when he isn't he's... not.
  • Official Couple: He eventually gets together with Ms. Fairweather towards the end of the series.
  • Plucky Comic Relief
  • Refusal of the Call: In the first episode, his response to being summoned and learning about the demons is outrage, and dismissing Captain Mitchell as nuts.
  • Super Mode: He gets a Mega Battle Armor along with Chad in "The Mighty Mega-Battles"; his has a pizza cutter circular saw.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Hot stunt pilot with a smile that could melt any heart, including Ms. Fairweather's at the end of the season.

Kelsey Winslow / Yellow Lightspeed Ranger | (Actress: Sasha Williams)

"Crazy" is my middle name.

  • Ambiguously Gay: She has some 'traditional' masculine attributes, and is about as Ambiguously Gay as you used to get on Power Rangers. She was quite friendly with a woman she met in one of her early episodes as well.
  • Secretly Wealthy: Turns out to be from a very rich family but prefers a more "down to Earth" lifestyle and the conflict with her wealthy grandmother about that attitude kept them apart for years.
  • She's a Man in Japan: Her original version, GoYellow was Daimon Tatsumi, a male policeman.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Dana's Girly Girl.

Dana Mitchell / Pink Lightspeed Ranger | (Actress: Alison MacInnis)

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: When she was the Glitz Girl in "In the Limelight". Near the end of the episode, Dana realizes her mistake and genuinely feels bad, subsequently ditching her modeling (finding that it really wasn't for her) and everything going back to normal.
  • The Ditz: Halfway through the season.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: During "The Fate of Lightspeed", she snaps her father out of his Heroic B.S.O.D. and helps him escape the destruction of Lightspeed Aquabase.
  • Ship Tease: The episode "The Last Ranger", Carter's memories involved him spending time with Dana and what appeared to be going on a date with her.

Ryan Mitchell / Titanium Ranger | (Actor: Rhett Fisher)

  • An Axe to Grind: His weapon. It can also turn into a gun.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In "Ryan's Destiny", he helps rescue a mother and her two children by throwing the feather away just before it explodes.
  • Canon Foreigner: Due to GoGoV only having five rangers the production team added a new helmet and shoulder pads to a recolored Turboranger suit to make a Sixth Ranger.
  • Commuting on a Bus: After Bansheera's return he takes off to find a way to defeat her and the other demons. He still made sporadic appearances every now and then, and returned in time for the final battle.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: In "Ryan's Destiny", Ryan tells his father that he's leaving Mariner Bay to find out who he really is. By the end of the episode, Ryan eventually decides to return to the city and help his friends.
  • Determinator: Ryan doesn't let something like a painful and fatal curse slow him down for long.
  • Evil Laugh: Much like Tommy's, in fact. Must be an evil Ranger thing.
  • Fuel Meter of Power: The snake on Ryan's back, which moved closer to his neck the more he used his Ranger powers.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He starts off as Diabolico's minion, but once he realises he's been lied to, he quits. A brief bit of soul-searching leads him to join the Rangers.
  • Long-Lost Relative: He's Dana's brother.
  • Mark of the Beast: Was given a deadly snake tattoo by Diabolico during his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Complete with more than one scene where he conveniently goes shirtless.
  • Oh, Crap!: He has this moment when he realizes that one of the feathers he gave to a young boy is about to explode at sunset during the finale of "Ryan's Destiny".
  • Poor Communication Kills: As someone raised by the demons, Ryan knows more about them than anyone. He just never bothers telling anyone that, say, Diabolico wasn't the demons' head honcho (though, to be fair, he believed Queen Bansheera to have been destroyed until she appeared halfway through the season).
  • The Quiet One: Shares this trope with Chad.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The reason he only appeared in a handful of episodes in the second half of the season was because it was starting to become too expensive to shoot new U.S. exclusive footage with the Titanium Ranger each episode.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Everyone thought he died in the car crash. Except for Captain Mitchell, who remembers watching in horror as Diabolico's spirit comes in to save Ryan from falling to his death from the cliff — only to raise him so that his mind is poisoned, is added to the list of henchmen, and so that he turns against his father and sister.
  • The Sixth Ranger: The first American made incarnation of this trope on Power Rangers.
  • Too Dumb to Live: When he and his father were talking, Ryan got angry and rushed him. They happened to be right next to a very steep cliff at the time. Had his father not caught onto a convenient tree-root, and had Ryan not had his morpher, at least one of them would've died.

    Their Allies 

Captain William Mitchell | (Actor: Ron Roggé)

  • Badass Moustache: He has a moustache and can kick ass when he needs to.
  • Bald of Awesome: He has balding hair and is the Big Good.
  • Big Good: Leader of Lightspeed Rescue.
  • The Captain: He serves as the Aquabase's captain.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: He goes through a brief one during "The Fate of Lightspeed" when Jinxer uses the Lifeforce Megazord to destroy Lightspeed Aquabase.
  • Retired Badass: He used to be a firefighter, and once saved a young Carter from a burning building. In "A Face from the Past" he demonstrates that, despite being retired, he still got the skills for the job.
  • Skewed Priorities: He made a couple of errors in judgement early on, but he made up for it.
  • Team Dad: Literally and figuratively. He's Dana and Ryan's father, and was a major inspirational and guidance figure for Carter in particular.
  • The Only Way They Will Learn: At times, it can be a bit frustrating when he doesn't always give straight answers, especially when he is being vague. But in the end, he does want the Rangers to learn and to think for themselves. Notable examples:
    • In "A Matter of Trust", rather than letting her go with the rest of the team on a mission, he sends Dana on an seemingly unimportant errand to pick up a fishing buddy of his. Naturally, she gets mad since he doesn't explain why right then and there. But then... perhaps it was best that she and the team find out later that his friend was the one who was actually carrying the real fuel cell — while her friends were guarding (albeit, unknowingly at first) a decoy. Why, you might ask? Well, since he planned for the other four Rangers to act as distractions, to help buy time, they had to do their job very well to pull it off; and to do that, they had to act naturally (by thinking they have the real fuel cell) and as if they are guarding the real thing — that way, they don't look suspicious. Think of it as being akin to Enforced Method Acting. And boy were Vypra and her henchmen in for a surprise when they find out too late that they've been chasing after the wrong car. More importantly, however, Dana learns that sometimes you just have to go with your gut when some answers just aren't always obvious or when some things just seem to defy logic.
    • In episode 3, "Trial By Fire", Carter gets the fastest time on the stopwatch but the lowest score during a training session. He begins to question his abilities as a Ranger and starts losing confidence. Later in the episode, Carter gets mad at first when he is told, without explanation, to put out the fire first before rescuing a kid. Turns out, there was some combustible gas in the building, which could have exploded and killed a lot of people. He then goes back to re-examine his training spots, where he [blindly] shot targets, and sees that a lot of his shots had landed dangerously on, you guessed it, combustible materials. Overconfidence seems to have gotten to Carter for a while there and it almost impaired his good judgement. From then on, and thanks in part to Captain Mitchell, we see Carter consistently keeping a cool head for most of the season.
      • There is also the fact that he got on his case because Carter is a FIREFIGHTER and while blasters are not exactly on a firefighter's list of tools, a one second scan of the surrounding area should have hinted that combustible materials were even in the vicinity and could cause even more damage, something he should have been trained for.

Dr. Angela Fairweather | (Actor: Monica Louwerens)

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: To Joel.
  • Berserk Button: Do not insult her craft. Joel learnt the hard way when they first met.
    The next time mister "Sky Cowboy" wants to overload his engines and explode, this "dilatron computer geek" will JUST LET HIM!
  • Hot Scientist: Joel thinks so.
  • Official Couple: She gets together with Joel towards the end of the series.
  • Only One Name: For the first half of the season, she's simply known as "Miss Fairweather." She's finally given the name "Angela" by her brother Clark.

    Their Enemies 

Diabolico | (Voice actor: Neil Kaplan)

  • Adaptation Expansion: Diabolico gets more screentime after his first death and eventual resurrection (via being pulled out from the Shadow World by Loki and Vypra).
  • Adaptational Heroism: After being brought Back from the Dead, Diabolico begins to use Noble Demon and Kick the Son of a Bitch methods, such as imprisoning Olympius in the Shadow World in an attempt to reclaim the Star Power, giving Carter the Ancient Key, and as a spirit, dragged Bansheera to the Shadow World so the Demons can maul her to death.
  • Avenging the Villain: Honestly believed Bansheera would do this after the Rangers killed him the first time, even after she'd already proven she didn't give a damn about him.
  • Back from the Dead: Thanks to Vypra.
  • Big "NO!": Diabolico yells one when Loki dies in his arms.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments.
  • The Dragon: He's Queen Bansheera's second-in-command.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: He drives the plot for the first half of the season, due to Bansheera's imprisonment.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Hates the Rangers and Impus/Olympius, but when Bansheera causes Loki's death, he ends up hating her more.
  • Fake Boss: The Rangers thought he was the true leader of the demons when it looks like he's gone for good, they thought wrong. Interestingly, it parallels how they thought the first monster they fought was him too.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: That Star Power he was so fond of got turned against him, when he blasted the Lightspeed Solarzord and it absorbed all of, and sent it right back at him.
  • Magic Staff: Wields a big one. He drops it when he dies.
  • Noble Demon: Literally. He is a demon, but has some admirable qualities, most notably his loyalty to those he considers his allies.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis:
    • When Ryan leaves and joins the Rangers, what does Diabolico do? Wait a couple episodes while he mops up D's last monsters? No. The minute Ryan joins the Rangers, Diabolico gives him a fatal curse that came within inches of killing him.
    • Then there's his fight with the Ranger's megazords. Diabolico just unleashes everything he has at them, blowing a hole straight through the Supertrain Megazord, and sending the Rescue Megazord through several buildings.
  • No-Sell: At first, nothing the Rangers had could so much as scratch him. Not even the Megazords so much as hurt him.
    Diabolico: All you've done with your pathetic attacks is make me angry.
  • One-Winged Angel: Gets forcibly transformed into a more powerful form in his final battle against the Rangers.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Like all traditional villainous leaders in Power Rangers. He eventually gets off it when the Rangers kill the Troika monster, and spends the first half of the fight handing them their asses.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Subverted, in that he could never complete his Heel–Face Turn before his death, as he was brainwashed by Bansheera into fighting the Rangers, who were forced to destroy him. Instead, he fully redeems himself after his death, when his spirit helps the Rangers defeat Bansheera.
  • There Can Only Be One: The Star Power can only belong to one demon, and Queen Bansheera can take it from him. Fear of losing this is what motivates his attacks on the Rangers, and to his first death.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Almost killed Impus to protect his job. The only reason he didn't was because Jinxer happened upon him.

Loki | (Voice actor: David Lodge)

Vypra | (Actress: Jennifer Yen)

  • Adaptation Expansion: Takes over Jinxer's role as the returning villain in the Time For Lightspeed crossover special. To be fair, Jinxer was killed off near the end of Lightspeed Rescue, while Pierre survived in the Final Battle and would later come back in Timeranger VS GoGoFive as the returning villain.
  • Adaptational Wimp: The way she dies near the end of the series is different than her Sentai counterpart: Bansheera absorbed Vypra for You Have Failed Me reasons, while Denus killed herself by Taking the Bullet for Zylpheeza, and then gave up her life to save his by using a life-draining parasite on herself. And unlike Denus, she doesn't actively fight the Lightspeed Rangers that much too.
  • The Baroness: Downplayed. She's clearly attractive and enjoys making the Rangers suffer, but doesn't try to seduce anyone. She shares more of the ruthlessness of the Rosa Klebb variety.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her "armor" doesn't protect her belly.
  • Cleavage Window: As seen on her armor.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Her top seems to emulate this, along with matching chainmail leggings.
  • Cold Ham: Of the less common variety. She's obviously trying to overact, but doesn't quite pull it off.
  • Cool Car: Her Vyprari in "Wheels of Destruction".
  • Dark Action Girl: She's more active in combat than her queen.
  • Dark Chick: The only female villain other than Queen Bansheera, who isn't active until the last four episodes.
  • Dragon Lady: She resembles a young Asian woman and her armor has a wyvern/dragon theme.
  • Dull Surprise: Her attempts at hamming up are... lacking. The first time she actually emotes properly is as Bansheera is consuming her.
  • Jerkass: Like Loki, she doesn't hold back when mocking Olympius for failing.
  • Meaningful Name: Viper and Wyvern.
  • Ms. Fanservice: One of the more blatant cases in all of Power Rangers. Fans are still split on whether it was effective.
  • Playing with Fire: A contrast to Denus's water demon status (since in Lightspeed Rescue, the demons have a weakness towards water)
  • Smug Snake: The only expression she seems capable of emoting is being smug.
  • Unexplained Recovery: She digs herself out of a grave in Time Force's "Time For Lightspeed, even though her body was absorbed by Queen Bansheera. Unless the idea is that Bansheera was killed offscreen by the other demons and Vypra dug herself out of the underworld.

Jinxer | (Voice actor: Kim Strauss)

  • Adaptation Expansion: Inverted. He's replaced by Vypra as the returning villain in Time Force.
  • Ascended Extra: After all of Bansheera's main generals were defeated/killed, Jinxer became this thanks to the fact that he still had use before he was destroyed along with the Omega Megazord.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: He certainly has the mustache and steampunk-style goggles. In "Olympius Unbound", he takes the form of a human hypnotist who plays this straight.
  • Expy: Of Finster from Mighty Morphin, being the monster maker.
  • Make My Monster Grow: When the monsters are destroyed, he throws a card in their debris, chants and incantation, and brings them back to life as giants.
  • Spanner in the Works: He unwittingly prevented Diabolico from killing Impus.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Olympius.

Impus/Olympius | (Voice actors: Brianne Siddall and Michael Forest)

  • Adaptation Expansion: Olympius didn't get killed after fighting the Lightspeed Rangers in their Megazords.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Salamandes would never bother trying to kill Kobolda and Denus, though he did kill Zylpheeza in the penultimate episode of GoGoFive.
  • The Dragon: For his mother, even having a dragon theme.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father, if he even has one or was some creation of Bansheera, is never acknowledged.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: In the second half of the season.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: More notable than his Japanese counterpart that he seems to love his mother genuinely.
  • One-Winged Angel: Twice in the course of the series. First he manages to magically link himself to the power supply of the Aquabase, transforming into a more menacing version of his regular form. The second time, he is forcibly transformed into a giant dragon by Bansheera.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: From Impus to Olympius, when Diabolico bites it.
  • The Rival: To Diabolico
  • Scaled Up: Becomes a dragon in his final episode.
  • Undying Loyalty: To his mother.
  • Warrior Prince: Once he ages to Olympius, he becomes more active in combat.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Like all of his kin, to water. Shortly after getting the star power, Carter shoves him into the pool of water located in Aquabase's science lab. It takes away most of his powers, forcing him to relay on the usual Rangers villain tactics.

Queen Bansheera | (Voice actress: Diane Salinger)

  • Ascended Extra: Her counterpart, Grandienne, was (at least physically) destroyed by the Go Go V before the series finale. Instead of her, a revived Salamandes and Zylpheeza served as the final opponents (though they were controlled by Grandienne's spirit during that fight; this explains why her face appears to explode in space following the defeat of the super demons here). In Lightspeed Rescue, Bansheera stays around till the very end and is actually the final villain the rangers have to fight. She plans to use an eclipse to open the gateway to the Shadow World before being sent there too by Carter (and Diabolico).
  • Bad Boss: One of the worst bosses in Power Rangers history. From the way she forces Diabolico to kill Loki to her consuming Vypra to fully reform, it's clear that she doesn't give one errant fuck about her subjects, her own son included. It's no wonder the last we see of her is her being brutalized by the Demons in the Demon Chest.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the series.
  • Body Horror: Her return to corporeal form doesn't entirely succeed, leaving her as a deformed blob. She actually takes it pretty well, all things considered.
  • Broken Pedestal: Diabolico swears off loyalty to her after she forced him to shoot at Loki in an attempt to destroy the rangers.
  • Dark Action Girl: While less active in combat than her followers, she's the most powerful demon in the show.
  • Fate Worse than Death: In the finale, Diabolico's spirit dropped Bansheera into the Demon Chest, where she was last seen getting beaten by legions of Demons for all eternity.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: She's the Queen of the Demons.
  • Hate Sink: Bansheera goes to great lengths to be reviled in many ways, especially when it comes to her treatment towards her demons, including her own son.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Unlike previous villains in the franchise, NOTHING about her and what she does is Played for Laughs. AT ALL. Whenever she takes center stage, the comedy level instantly drops to zero.
  • Lack of Empathy: Even the other demons show a some form of concern for one another, while Bansheera treats all of her minions as pawns and not even the apparent death of her son caused any reaction other than a cruel laugh. They don't even like Olympius and yet even they're disturbed by this.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Her first action on returning was to try and wipe out Mariner Bay with a tidal wave. Only Ryan stopping the summoning ceremony foiled it.
  • One-Winged Angel: She becomes this after absorbing Vypra near the end of the series.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Subverted. She doesn't do anything directly against the Rangers until the very end of the season, but it's because she can't. The Rangers interrupted the demons' ritual to bring her back, leaving her in a deformed, far less powerful body. It is not until she absorbs Vypra in "Wrath of the Queen" that she regains her full body and powers, and it is then she begins to take a far more active role in achieving her goals.
  • Shoulders of Doom: She has what look like bunchs of crystals serving as shoulders in her final form.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After returning, she's mostly reasonable for someone stuck in a horrifying half-form. It takes her son failing a few times before she really starts getting nasty.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Queen Bansheera is such a horrifyingly evil and threatening villain for a series known for having incompetent and nonthreatening bad guys like Rita Repulsa.
  • The (Wo)man Behind The Man for Diabolico.
  • You Have Failed Me: This is her reasoning for taking Vypra's life energy, as well as her treatment towards her other minions.