Jason: Stop it, Tommy. Do you even see how different you've been since Kim left you? More sarcastic, more annoyed, less enthusiastic, less happy. Tommy: Yeah, well, life isn't all love and bunnies.
Of Love and Bunnies by Crazy Girl 47, Freyja SilverWillow and, in later chapters, Bryn Spikess is a Power Rangers fanfic. Set shortly after the conclusion of Power Rangers Dino Thunder, when Angel Grove decides to hold another Power Rangers Day. The original Power Rangers decide to have a reunion, Tommy accompanied by the Dino Rangers. Hilarity Ensues.Described by the author as a cleverly disguised crackfic, this fic was begun in January of 2005 and as of March of 2012 it has 119 chapters and remains ongoing (despite waits of year or longer between updates). Features all manner of insane (but hilarious) hijinks, ridiculous (but hysterical) flashbacks, and the bizarre (but awesome) repercussions of Tommy and Kim's UST. While initially focused primarily on the original Mighty Morphin' Rangers and the Dino Rangers, there are increasingly frequent appearances and references to to other rangers as well. Suffers from severe Schedule Slipinvoked, with over a year between some updates.
When Ethan accidentally makes Conner break the Ranger Fountain and the Mall starts flooding, everyone in the area immediately springs into action like a well-practiced team. People start trying to unclog the fountain, fix the leak, get the elderly and disabled to higher ground, and one man even explains to Conner that even though it was an accident, the mall cops probably won't believe it and that he'll make up something for him.
Ballroom Blitz: The already somewhat wild "Ranger Kegger" (attended by almost every Ranger on the planet) gets even wilder when space pirates attack.
Battle Butler: Among the Reefsiders fighting off the mook hordes is Anton Mercer's elderly butler.
Berserk Button: Whenever Zack laughs, Tommy tries to kill him. This is because it induces a PTSD flashback of the "Rangers Parade" fiasco, in which Tommy was literally mobbed by so many women that his uniform was covered in lipstick and half of it was ripped away.
Beware the Nice Ones: Trini, like many Yellow Rangers (and Yellow Ranger-types like Hayley), is the most caring and maternal member of the team. But when she's pissed, her fury is incandescent.
Tommy: She can drag anything out of anyone! Always the person you go to when you need someone to listen! Always the person who knows what to say! Always the person who could get a murder confession out of an innocent nun!.
Jason, during the "Who is the Red Ranger" saga, "accidentally" knocks a monster into one of the news outlets who was stirring up the controversy and threatens the staff of a newspaper with his blaster if they don't stop.
Jason/Red Ranger: "LISTEN UP! I am sick and tired of proving that every person you've suspected of being the Red Ranger is not me! I have spent weeks dealing with all sorts of problems that you people have caused with your stupid articles and I'm here to tell you that no monster attack is half as scary as I am! IF YOU DO NOT STOP NAMING CANDIDATES FOR MY SECRET IDENTITY, I WILL DESTROY YOU ALL, UNDERSTAND?"
Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: After a trip to Wal* Mart goes horribly, horribly wrong, Kira ends up spending the night in a holding cell with two other women, one of whom is wearing one of these.
Brotherhood of Funny Hats: The Reefside-set sidestory gives us Doctor Oliver's Royally Kissable Stalkers (D.O.R.K.S.), a collection of high school girls with crushes on Tommy.
Brain Bleach: The Dino Rangers initially found themselves reaching for it a lot at the idea of their science teacher having a sex life. But they get used to it eventually.
Later, Kira gets it really bad after having a romantic dream about Conner.
And the original Rangers need some serious Brain Bleaching when they realize Bulk has a girlfriend. A hot girlfriend. Who is pregnant with Bulk's child.
Bullying The Dragon: On a truly massive scale. A ship full of troobian soldiers... attacks a Kegger. For every Power Ranger on Earth. It ends exactly as well as you are thinking.
Butt Monkey: Conner. This is completely in line with his canon portrayal, though.
Call Forward: The "buttery toast" catchphrase of SPD's Bridge is first uttered by Zack after seeing Trini's souped-up hair dryer, which is capable of making toast.
Zack: Jeez, you'd think he'd never been kidnapped before.
Contest Winner Cameo: Not exactly a contest, but two people who wrote in to the author at various points during the story to give significant input ended up getting cameos starting at chapter 60 as Stone Canyon police officers pulled into the wackiness by force.
Covered in Kisses: In one flashback, Tommy being thrown into a horde of fangirls results in this. Trauma ensues.
Cranky Neighbor: Sort of. Tanya's neighbor Andrew Hartford (who will one day be Operation Overdrive's mentor) is quite fond of her. His butler Spenser on the other hand...though you can't blame him with all the property damage.
Culture Clash: Kat Manx is utterly baffled by the human practice of friendly sparring matches. On her home world, they train in hand-to-hand combat by fighting enemy prisoners of war to the death.
We're told that at Jason and Trini's wedding, one of the Alien Rangers attacked a bartender; since the Aquitians don't have alcoholic beverages, he assumed the guy was trying to poison him.
Curbstomp Battle: One of the few times that such a thing is justified. A monster comes down, but the Zords are in the shop for repairs. The Rangers have no choice but to whale on the poor thing as hard as is physically possible so that they can kill it before it becomes giant-sized, as they have no way of fighting kaiju-scale opponents. The fight lasts roughly a minute and a half, and was less "Coordinate Martial Arts Attack" of their normal battles, and more of "Get him!" and carving, punching, kicking, slashing, and shooting the monster as fast as they can.
Deconstruction: It's fairly well hidden by the humor, but pretty much everybody in the fic is in varying stages of working through the massive psychological issues resulting from either being a Power Ranger or living under constant threat of monster attacks.
Deus ex Machina: Not exactly, but Tommy seems to see Hayley as his one true solution to all his personal problems, much to her ever-increasing annoyance.
Tommy: Butů butů but you're Hayley!
Hayley: I have my limits, you know.
Dumbass Has a Point: Kira starts trying to threaten Jason, when Conner points out that she's threatening a superhero. She responds that she's a superhero as well, only for Conner to point out that a) she's a former hero without powers, while he still has his, and b) the man she is threatening has twenty years of martial arts and Power Ranger experience on her. She wisely stands down.
Embarrassing Nickname: Back when they were dating, Kim decided to call Tommy "Cinnamon Buns" to see how he'd react.
Erotic Eating: Kim does this with French Fries to screw with Tommy's head. While he's driving. It goes as well as you'd expect.
Happily Married: Jason and Trini. Billy and Cestria would be, if Aquitians had marriages.
Hero-Worshipper: Later Rangers tend to do this to the earlier ones, at least at first, especially the Reds.
Marah and Kapri do this to those Rangers who used to be evil. Particularly Kat.
Hilarity Ensues: The main characters can't go to a Wal-Mart, the mall or even a freaking carnival without mayhem breaking out. It's usually Zack, Conner or Tommy who starts it.
Hot Potato: Chapter 113 has a humorous version where various rangers, past and present, have a grand time playing "Lothor Hot Potato" with the confined, miniaturized Lothor ("Thunder Storm") given to the Ninja Storm Rangers by Anton.
Kim:(immediately after fleeing the room) We've got to get me out of here! Quick, Trini, tell everyone I'm dead!
Trini: Three years as a superhero making excuses for strange behavior, and that's all you've got? Tell them that you're dead?
Intoxication Ensues: Aquitian water, beer and interrupted REM sleep do not mix. Tommy ends of posing as a suicidal ninja stripper, Rocky starts singing deranged versions of "I'm a little tea pot" every five minutes, Adam dreams of belly-dancing mastodons...
Intrepid Reporter: The original character Carrie was a lowly sportswriter, who after an encounter with Jason led to her being promoted to proper reporter, eventually deduced the Ranger's identities, which she has kept under wraps.
Ironic Echo: When Tommy starts forcibly searching her pockets and Kira wonders what she did to deserve this, she steadfastly refuses to acknowledge that none of this would have happened had she not searched his pockets and stolen his phone.
It's a Long Story: When Jason asks why Time Force's first tier team is B-squad and their second-tier team is called C-Squad, he recives this response. Doubles as a mythology gag for SPD.
It's also the catchphase for most of the Rangers.
It's a Small World After All: Turns out that Tanya and Adam's next-door neighbor is Andrew Hartford, and that he's an old friend of Anton Mercer's.
The night manager of the Angel Grove Inn is friend's with Secret Keeper Carrie the Reporter.
Now it's more like a small universe. Turns out Kapri and Marah are Divatox's nieces.
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Sure, Billy, a little psychiatric evaluation and therapy will be good for you. I mean, it's not like the local media will get the idea that the Red Ranger is a mental patient and run with it, ultimately fingering you in a big "Who is the Red Ranger?" story.
Sure, Conner, locking up Tommy and Kim together in Trini's lab will do wonders for their relationship!
The entire sequence with Bulk, Skull and Conner trying to return Farky the chimp to the zoo is an epic string of these.
Kavorka Man: Sort of. Zack and Rocky are both very good-looking, but they're such total goofballs that their success with women is baffling.
Conner seems to be on his way to becoming a junior version of this, if his flirting with Kat is any indication.
Keep Away: Conner, Ethan, and Kira play this with Tommy's phone while talking to Jason and ultimately force their enraged teacher into bringing them along to Angel Grove.
Late to the Punchline: After finding Conner and Kat flirting, it takes Rocky the whole rest of the chapter to realize why Jason and Adam are rolling on the ground laughing.
In chapter 46 Conner is about ten seconds behind the rest of the rangers during Kim's double entendres.
Meanwhile, Back at the...: While most of the action is going on in Angel Grove, there are repeated shifts to Reefside, where an increasingly unhinged Angel Grove Police Officer attempts to prove that Tommy's a Ranger, Bulk and Skull (who came along with him) annoy Hayley and ruin Hayley's business by accusing random customers of being Rangers, and various characters get stranded in Mesogog's decaying lab, ultimately resulting in a horde of Mooks swarming the city.
Meanwhile Scene: Chapter 100 consists of other Ranger teams getting in an array of situations, mostly relating to heading for the "Ranger Kegger", Tanya and Adam are hosting.
Memetic Badass: In-universe, all galactic villains know of one Katherine Mary Hillard of Earth, who singlehandedly defeated the first Pink Ranger, seduced the White Ranger to her bed, and infiltrated Zordon's inner-circle. There are still some debates over whether she really underwent a Heel-Face Turn or is still a mole, but at least reformed villainesses look up to her in awe.
Misery Poker: The Dino Rangers have a quick game of it after a particularly random night. Kira wins easily, by virtue of seeing Tommy in nothing but boxers.
Mistaken for Gay: When Adam and Tanya inform their maid that, when decorating for the Ranger Kegger, she should think "rainbows", she starts hanging Gay Pride banners.
Apparently, back in the day, there was a period when half of Angel Grove High believed that Jason and Zack were a gay couple. Zack thought that was hilarious. Jason did not. This goes as far as the football team accusing Trini of being The Beard for Jason.
Mugging the Monster: Things only go as well as expected for the guy who tried to steal a former Power Ranger's purse in front of her over-protective former Power Ranger ex-boyfriend.
A Troobian ship decides to attack the Ranger Kegger. Where every single ranger from the pre-SPD seasons is, meaning about seventy or so Power Rangers. Many of whom still have morphers, special powers, abilities, weapons, and skills. All of whom are very, very adept at beating up alien foot soldiers. Things do not go well for the Troobians.
Mundane Solution: When Tommy and Kimberly are trapped in an impenetrable room with the only key being fed to the dog, the Rangers consider every option except the mundane solution of making the dog vomit.
Mundane Utility: Justin's car breaks down on the way to the Ranger Kegger, so he summons Storm Blaster.
No Bisexuals: Actually, nobody seems to be gay whatsoever. Which wouldn't stand out so much if it weren't for the fact that the authors are taking every opportunity to pair off as many of the 50+ rangers and rangers-to-be they've had show up in the story as possible, and not a single one has exhibited the slightest interest of anyone who isn't of the opposite sex.
There's the off chance that Cassie is bi when drunk; Tommy lists off "Cassie's on her third margarita" among the people who could have been, but weren't, having sex with Hayley at the party, but that may have been more more ruling out Lucas than implicating Cassie.
Noodle Implements: We never quite find out what Kim's revenge prank before the "suicidal ninja stripper" incident was going to be, but it involved somehow reenacting Tommy's hair accident using a woman's razor and some marinara sauce.
Noodle Incident: Averted. Any past events referenced occurred on one of the shows, will be explained in detail, shown in flashback, or some combination thereof.
A guess can be made though; he complained that it only printed paper with what he wanted copied on it (the 'medallion'), so he most likely wanted to duplicate another generic MacGuffin (god knows the original series had a ton of them)
The attempts to return Farky to the zoo are only relayed in hindsight, but they seem to be The Hangover-level of craziness.
Kim wearing Tommy's shirt (she forced him to give it to her)
The entire Ranger Kegger is a string of these moments.
Ethan and Katie sneaking off to discuss his having children (she just told him she's his descendant)
Conner and Tommy find Andros (who's married to Ashley) in the same room with a naked Hayley. Everyone is horrified except Tommy, who actually logically figures out what really happened, much to Andros's relief. Hayley really was having sex with someone, though.
Alyssa in the bathroom with Trent (Trent was showering, she wasn't, and they were both trying to get the smell of alcohol off of him)
Of course, sometimes it is what it looks like, such as when Tommy and Zack get caught spying on Kim and Trini.
One Steve Limit: Averted. One chapter begins from the perspective of Kat Hillard, the second Pink Ranger, and then switches to the perspective of Kat Manx, who will be SPD's tech person. An OC named "Taylor" shares a name with a Ranger who later appears, and two OCs are named "Carmen." It's worth noting that instead of "Ziktor" (which was never mentioned in the show), Hayley's last name is Tate, the same as the future SPD Blue Ranger.
It's either this or a running gag, but every restaurant seems to be named Diana's or Dinah's.
Kira, Ethan, Adam and Billy also have their moments.
Justin turns out to be this as well.
In Ch. 110, Hayley declares that she, unlike everyone else, is not a whack job.
Ordinary High-School Student: Surprisingly deconstructed. Their time as superheroes in high school led to the Power Rangers—both past and current—being fairly screwed up.
Outrun the Fireball: Subverted after the above mentioned Ballroom Blitz; when Kat Manx notes that the Troobian ship will likely self-destruct, the Rangers run for cover...only to find the ship harmlessly fall apart.
Paparazzi: Jason has a deep loathing of the journalistic profession, due to the media's relentless pursuit of the the Red Ranger's identity after the "Ranger Parade". The one exception is Carrie the then-Sportswriter, who wrote a series of editorials that shamed her colleagues into stopping. For awhile, anyways...
Plot-Powered Stamina: Try to figure out how much sleep each Ranger gets through the story. Handwaved with Aquitian water, which gives them energy boosts, but at the very least everyone in the main band was awake through a full day (which included the disastrous trip to the mall), night (getting Kim and Tommy out of the closet), day (chasing Kim down) and into the Ranger kegger - and then had at most four hours sleep going into Power Rangers Day.
Poor Communication Kills: Ties in with Contrived Coincidence. If he whole gang hadn't been so keen on avoiding discussing the breakup directly, they would've found out about the fake letter years ago, and saved lots of drama.
Retroactive Wish: The team tries to invoke this after Conner goes missing from the mall, since Ethan pulled it off on PRDT. He tries... and a Red Dino Thunder Ranger action figure plops down into the broken mall fountain. They're all amazed, until a toddler on the next level up cries out that he dropped his toy.
Reunion Kiss: After Jen informs Wes that she and the rest of her team will be staying in the present for the foreseeable future, they engage in a passionate liplock.
Rookie Red Ranger: When Time Force shows up, they are accompanied by Marcus, an OC, who was assigned to them as a replacement Red Ranger. He's very green. Which doesn't stop Hayley from having sex with him.
Room Full of Crazy: While exploring Mesogog's lab, Devin and Cassidy (and later Anton and Elsa) discover that Zeltrax's personal quarters has both a shrine to Elsa, and a wall of defaced photos of Tommy.
Running Gag: Tommy as the "Orange Ranger" when he gets old. Zack (and Conner) eating Play-Doh. Objects falling down the shirts of female Rangers. The media mistakenly identifying Rangers as other Rangers.
"You're not helping."
In the more recent chapters, "moving as nonchalantly in the same direction" (essentially, following/stalking).
Scary Black Man: In his initial cameo, T.J. (Red Turbo Ranger/Blue Space Ranger) plays this trope to the hilt in order to make certain a purse-snatcher doesn't ruin a Secret Identity preserving cover story.
Schedule Slip: It's not uncommon to have a year or more between updates.
The Rangers use offers of backstage passes to Tanya's concerts to bribe their way out of more than one jam. This backfires when they try to bribe the same woman twice with tickets to the same concert...
Secret Keeper: Over the story, several characters (including Ernie, Billy's Dad, and several original characters) are told, figure out, or are revealed to have previously figured out or been told, the identities of various different Rangers.
When the Rangers realize that other people know, they freak out. This is apparently common to all Rangers; Carlos refers to it as the "twenty-minute panic attack".
Subverted when a dream-interpreting fortuneteller assumes Adam is Kira's boyfriend (mostly because Kira was sitting on Adam's lap at the time). Since they aren't even remotely a couple (dating other people, vast age difference, barely know each other), they're rather confused by the assumption.
Shotgun Wedding: After Andros realizes Zhane and Karone have been getting it on, he starts chasing Zhane around demanding that they marry.
Slap-Slap-Kiss: Tommy attempts to invoke this after deciding to get Kim back. It doesn't quite work.
Squee: Conner does this a lot about hanging out with Jason. Surprisingly, Kira of all people does some serious squeeing when she realizes that the Tanya the older Rangers keep talking about is world-famous pop star/philanthropist and personal hero Tanya Sloan. Also Shane and Hunter do this when they meet Jason as does Dustin when he meets three of the past yellow rangers.
Stable Time Loop: Late in the story, the Time Force Rangers return from the future to recruit people for the Earth branch of SPD, which will evolve into Time Force.
As mentioned above in Room Full of Crazy, Zeltrax's personal quarters had one of these designed for Elsa and was even compared in the narration to the one built by Helga Pataki.
Stalking Is Love: Yes, kidnapping Kim is a perfectly normal and healthy way to rekindle a relationship, to say nothing of a smitten Hunter literally stalking after Vida after she expresses an extreme desire to have nothing to do with him.
Whoever said the Rangers were normal and healthy?
D.O.R.K.S. lampshades this: they know perfectly well they have as good of odds of getting together with Tommy as they do with Brad Pitt, but the club is more for the fun of doing the stalker activities (making a shrine, swiping objects, doing secret missions, etc.)
Strange Minds Think Alike: Zack, Rocky and Conner's minds all synch up when they're in proximity of each other. This can only lead to trouble.
Stripper/Cop Confusion: This is what starts the chain leading to the "suicidal ninja stripper". Not only is a stripper mistaken for a real cop, but the White Ninja Ranger is mistaken for a stripper.
Taking A Third Option: Averted, they don't even act like it is a possibility to make Tommy the dog throw up.
Tempting Fate: A series of events forces Adam to dress up as a monster to be defeated by the Rangers. He thinks it will go smoothly. Judging by the past 119 chapters, he is mistaken.
Ten Minutes in the Closet: Conner locks Tommy and Kim into Trini's lab hoping that this will force them to make up. It only worked for a couple minutes...then things got worse. To top it off, nobody can get the door open.
The Chessmaster: Trini is a master manipulator; fortunately, she uses her talents for good.
The Glomp: Rocky enters the story by giving hugs that bear an astonishing resemblance to flying tackles to Billy, Trini, Kim, and Kira...despite never having met Kira before.
Rocky: Random girl! (glomp)(beat) Hang on, I don't know you, do I?
The Missus and the Ex: This pops up at times with Hayley as the former and Kim as the latter, although Hayley and Tommy's relationship is purely platonic. The other Rangers constantly worry about this popping up with Kat and Kim (essentially the Second-Ex and First-Ex).
This Is Gonna Suck: Due to their antics and all that's happened Rocky and Zack realize their in deep trouble in Chapter 63 when surrounded and alone in a circle with Tommy who is not in the best of moods after all that's happened thanks to them. Conner is the only one not panicking until Tommy starts speaking and he realizes he's gonna get it.
Those Two Guys: Rocky and Adam. Like many things in this story, it's very in-line with canon.
Title Drop: Tommy bitterly mentions that life isn't all "love and bunnies" when Jason urges him to get back with Kim.
Too Dumb to Live: Conner. You can probably make a drinking game out of how many times a Ranger glares at him for saying something really, really stupid.
Rocky gets like this now and then.
Tranquil Fury: Conner can handle Tommy being mad at him and yelling at him. It's when Tommy's completely calm that he realizes he's in deep trouble.
Translator Buddy: Naturally Trini is this towards Billy, Ethan takes this part as well. Also in one funny instance in Chapter 58 Billy translates for Trini.
Traumatic Haircut: In one flashback, we learn that Tommy's hair once got set on fire when he was in college. Said fire was doused with marinara sauce and a vast excess of fire extinguisher foam. He then proceeded to have a nervous breakdown.
UST: Getting Tommy and Kim to resolve theirs is a significant part of the plot.
Victoria's Secret Compartment: Kira decides her bra is the safest place for her hotel key card to be in when Tommy goes berserk trying to get to Kim. Good thing too, cause it really is the only safe place to keep the key; after finding that the key wasn't in any of her pockets, Tommy goes for her socks.
Leading to Kira's classic line, "How much do you like your job, teacher man?"
After the Chinese takeout employees escape from Mesogog's lab, they rid themselves of the weapons they grabbed for protection. The female employee pulls out knives from her bra.
Weirdness Censor: Power Rangers have existed for well over a decade in this 'verse, and Wes, Eric, and Taylor get arrested by the one guy who puts Rangers in the same category as the Easter Bunny. The three are understandably dumbfounded.
Please keep in mind that in this universe, the Power Rangers are known public figures, and that this story takes place well after the episode "Countdown to Destruction," where the entire earth was wrecked and nearly enslaved by the United Alliance of Evil. Also, and more importantly, all the rangers mentioned have no secret identity. They've been openly serving as Power Rangers or members of the Silver Guardians for years at this point.
Weirdness Magnet: Lampshaded. Repeatedly. If you are, were, or will be a Ranger, weird stuff will happen to you.
The whole town of Angel Grove has this to the point that the locals are almost blase about it.
Reefside is starting to turn into this as well thanks to the Dino Rangers.
Where It All Began: A fantastic flashback explains just how five disparate teens became best friends. In kindergarten.