Fan Fic: Power Rangers GPX
"We're Power Rangers. We don't quit, we don't surrender, and most importantly, we don't lose!"
Written by BigD1987, Power Rangers GPX
is an original Power Rangers
fic described as "Power Rangers on Power Metal
and infused with realism, some slight parody and Lampshade Hanging
, with some Gurren Lagann
added to the mix. And Sailor Moon
villains. And maybe, a little social commentary."
Taking place in an alternate universe to the main Power Rangers
'verse, the story goes like this: Fifty years prior to the beginning of the story, some scientists and engineers began working on a cloth that could withstand colder temperatures after the Korean War
, but also to protect soldiers. Eventually, they discovered a universal bio-electric field
, which led to unbelievable advances in technology. About 15 years before the story, SETI discovers a signal from another world. At first they are excited about it, until they discover that it is a distress signal from another world. The United Nations panics and looks for options to stop this invasion when MIT scientists involved in the suit project give their proposal to the U.N. The U.N. likes this plan and agrees to it.
Fifteen years later, the invasion has begun. Colonel Alan Greene of the United States army calls together five individuals who were trained as part of this project from their youth to Tokyo to become Power Rangers. The candidates, American Sean O' Callahan, Irishman Kevin O' Donnell, Venezuelan Maria Aparicio, and Japanese siblings Daisuke and Hitomi Miyazawa are at first skeptical
until they are forced into becoming Rangers
, thrust into a conflict with the Zordonian Empire.GPX
is an interesting story. At first sloppily presented, it starts building momentum as the story gets going, and according to the text, is heading towards one hell of a Grand Finale
... and that's only the first part. The story is probably different from its source material in that it is more adult or young adult-oriented than regular Power Rangers
. The story gleefully plays around with its tropes. It could be a Deconstruction
one moment, play its tropes straight in another, parody them the next and then veer right into a Reconstruction
the next, sometimes within the same chapter. Also, the villains are (admittedly) clones / rip-offs
of Sailor Moon
villains. Of course, the story also has fun with itself, including the aforementioned Lampshade Hanging
and minor parodying of itself. The realism portion is simply adding more realistic elements into Power Rangers
, like the Rangers trying to prevent any property damage, or the universal bio-electric field, implied to be the Morphing Grid. Also, this will probably be the only story where the Rangers actually change their suits mid-story.
Part One has been completed, and Part 2 has been posted. The story relocates to Orlando, Florida, and a new Green Ranger, Mandla Ndebele, is introduced. Another Ranger, the Silver Ranger, has also been introduced.
A sequel entitled "Power Rangers GPX Supercharged" has also been announced, set in Madison, Wisconsin. Another sequel, "Madison Days" has also been announced. Both are separate timelines, with "Madison Days" being a look at the Rangers getting the peaceful ending they deserved. Unfortunately, "Madison Days" never materialized.
Part 1 has been "re-posted", albeit in an edited and re-written form with a lot of potential for Retcon
, which has already begun. Also, an Alternate Universe
version has been published, set at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. A side-stories collection has also been posted, focusing on SIU
, as well as a prequel detailing how the Rangers will get their powers. A "Reboot" has also been posted, showing what Part 1 might have looked like if the Rangers fought their "Supercharged" enemies from the beginning.
The character sheet is available here
. Part 1 can be read here
, Part 2 here
can be read here
, and SIU here
prequel can be read here.
The reboot is available here.
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Recurring Power Rangers tropes
Recurring Power Rangers tropes include:
- Big Bad: Emperor Rashon, an Expy of Prince Demand/Demando/Dimande/Diamond from Sailor Moon in the main story and Drake in SIU. Now it's Ragnar the Terrible, the Commander of Alfheim's army.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "GPX, Start It Up!"
- Chest Insignia: A gold, motion font number over a wheel.
- City of Adventure: Tokyo in Part 1, which extends out to a more rural area, Orlando, Florida in Part 2.
- SIU has not just the city of Carbondale, but parts of the Southern Illinois region, including the hometown of the author's dad.
- Madison, Wisconsin will be the setting for the sequel, "Supercharged".
- Five-Bad Band: The Zordonians, not counting the Quirky Miniboss Squad ... only problem is, there's four.
- Five-Man Band:
- Part One:
- Part Two and Supercharged:
- GPX SIU
- Home Base: If actual houses count, then yes.
- Averted in SIU where they live in separate buildings.
- In the Name of the Moon / "Super Sentai" Stance: Lampshaded, parodied, and dropped. Sean hates having to do it, because he finds it silly. Eventually Reconstructed. It's lampshaded again in Part 2, and Sean still hates it.
- Make My Monster Grow: Crystal balls, apparently.
- Monster of the Week: Not so much, since there have been 23 episodes and there have been only 9 MOTW so far.
- Also a variation between the two continuities. In the main story, they're implied to be something akin to mercenaries (except for the robot enemies) while in the SIU universe, they're alchemically created using clay and objects such as teddy bears.
- Mecha-Mooks: The Swabots in Parts 1 and 2 and the Suitroops in Supercharged.
- Night of the Living Mooks: The Mannequins in GPX SIU
- Elite Mooks: Both in the original and in SIU (although in that one, the elites are used more than the main ones)
- Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: A hockey player, a former Irish Defense Forces soldier, an heir and his sister, an exile, a college student and a former United States Marine, another college student another hockey player and a defected enemy fight aliens, elves and alchemists.
- Recruit Teenagers with Attitude: Averted... Kinda, since Hitomi is 18 at the start. The reason for this being that the Rangers, being college-age and older, are more emotionally mature and stable than teenagers might be. All of the Rangers are explicitly in university (except for Rob) at the beginning of the story (although Sean did mention in an earlier chapter that he was not in college, although this is simply an unedited mistake on the part of the author and a case of Early Installment Weirdness. It is, however, fixed in the Reboot).
- Transformation Is a Free Action: Generally justified. When forming the megazord, the zords fire some cables at the big monster to keep it in place for them to transform. Also, the Rangers just morph in a flash of light.
- But sometimes subverted. The Zordonians have recognized the Rangers are at their most vulnerable when they're about to morph, so one MOTW attacks Sean and Hitomi before they morph.
- Victory Pose
- Weapon of Choice
- Cool Sword: Sean's GT Sword. Later upgraded.
- BFG: The Nitro Cannon and Kevin's personal weapon, the Touring Cannon. It's upgraded and shrunk and is now more like a rifle.
- Blade on a Stick: Daisuke's Mountain Staff, a naginata. Later given to Hitomi.
- An Axe to Grind: Mandla's Mountain Axe, as well as Ritchie's Gold Axe.
- Knife Nut / Knife-Throwing Act: Maria's Haz Daggers.
- Archer: Hitomi's Am Bow.
- Swiss Army Weapon: The Octane Blaster, which transforms from a blaster to a sword, and Rob's Silver Sword, which does the same thing.
Tropes shared by both continuities
- All There in the Manual: The author's Fanfiction.net profile includes character notesm including where the Rangers are from. The author also posted a notes chapter, which details some of the possibilities that never came to fruition.
- Alternate Universe: Both stories are shown to be outside the original Power Rangers universe. Word of God says this was partially to separate the story from so many "Next Generation" fics that seemed to annoy him.
- Ancient Astronauts: Inverted. Elves, humans and Zordonians are all descended from a common ancestor. The Zordonians were forced off the planet by an alliance of humans and elves in the years before the rise of Sumeria. The event is not mentioned in Earth mythology, but is suggested to have been an inspiration for the Atlantis myth. It's played with even further, too. The elves only seemed to have encountered the ancient Norse, leading to their own myth.
- And Man Grew Proud: The "prologue" (at the end of Supercharged Part 1). Justified in that at the time, humanity was not recording its history and thus forgot about the fight that drove the Zordonians off the planet.
- Casual Danger Dialogue
- Clark Kenting: Played around with. Early on, it looked as though the Rangers weren't trying to hide their identities, although that might be kind of justified due to those early battles taking place in the middle of the street. However by Part 2, they covered up their faces with handkerchiefs and sunglasses. After that, they morphed before leaving the house they share.
- In SIU, this is mostly averted with them simply covering their faces when in Carbondale or morphing way from public eyes.
- Cool Car: All over the place! The GP Cruiser is a Hummer H2, and the zords are big cars.
- GT Racer (Red): GT race car
- Touring Racer (Blue): Touring car
- Mountain Hauler (Green): Pick-up truck
- Haz Runner (Yellow): Hazmat vehicle
- Am Chaser (Pink): Ambulance
- Culture Clash: Early on, especially when the cultural differences between Japan and the West are made perfectly clear, either Played for Laughs with Fish out of Water jokes or Played for Drama, especially the in-universe Values Dissonance hits hard.
- Dark Is Not Evil / Light Is Not Good: The Big Bad of each continuity wear white or some variation of it (Rashon and Drake wear white and have white hair, while Ragnar wears gray and has blonde hair). By contrast, the Rangers have either dark-colored hair or clothing and their attitudes are not typical of your usual goody-two-shoes Power Rangers (save for Hitomi and maybe Rob). There are of course variations, as Eruvanda wore white as the Bigger Bad before it was revealed that she was being manipulated by Ragnar and was Good All Along.
- Darker and Edgier: Gurren Lagann-level awesomeness aside, this story goes places regular Power Rangers wouldn't dare touch, not even in Space or RPM will go (say, threatening to level an entire country just to smoke out two Rangers, for one). Hell, the acknowledgement the Rangers are trying to prevent planetary genocide is a good indication this is different. Supercharged and SIU also take it pretty far. SIU is probably the darkest out of either continuity, having the highest body count of any of them.
- Fiction500: The Miyazawa family not only owns one of Japan's most successful department store chains, but they also own stock in other chains like Macy's. It's not too much of a stretch to assume they may be at least partially funding Project Ranger.
- It's been confirmed they are funding Project Ranger.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Just because there's swearing and alcohol use explicitly mentioned in the text, doesn't mean there aren't a few euphemisms thrown around.
- Good Is Not Nice: "Who the hell said we had to be nice?"
- Hot-Blooded: Sean and Kevin. We haven't seen that yet, though, but he has shown hot bloodedness. Apparently the author is waiting for the right moment for Sean to unleash his full hot-blooded potential. Eventually, he gets so Hot-Blooded, it's implied that it's able to push the suits to their maximum potential.
- Lampshade Hanging: Lots of it.
- There's much more of it in the re-written edition.
- Lemony Narrator: The Lemoniest! And it's a third-person story, too!
- Oh, Crap: Multiple moments.
- Outside-Context Villain: The Zordonians not so much, but the elves and Ouroboros Society are this to the Rangers. The Ouroboros Society is the best example though, because their motives are still unclear. The elves were like this, coming out of nowhere to knock the Rangers out of their Happy Ending and having very vague motives as well.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: A literary version. Officially, it's a sci-fi action fic. But other than that, there are so many other influences that it spans a whole range of genres, even within one chapter!
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: It's guaranteed that the Rangers will suffer one of these, usually coming before a big, triumphant counterattack.
- Reconstruction: Apparently, despite the realism added to it, GPX seems to be one.
- Deconstruction: At the moment, what with the Darkest Hour, it's become one for now.
- It then veered right back into Reconstruction in Episode 15.
- However, the Reconstruction aspect goes beyond the Gurren Lagann levels of awesomeness and are more subtle:
- Of course having insecure teenagers fight is dangerous, so they have 5 college-aged young adults who are relatively stable.
- Of course Transformation Is Not A Free Action so the zords are equipped with cables to make sure that Transformation Is a Free Action
- Of course having people who don't know how to fight is a bad idea, so they train them.
- Of course creating Tyke Bombs is going to cause trouble, so they let them have a normal childhood.
- Of course fighting an intergalactic war can be stressful, that's why they have therapists.
- Sarcastic Devotee: After a while, the other Rangers start making snide comments towards Sean. This only happens outside of battle, of course.
- Spoiled Sweet: Hitomi clearly, Maria implied.
- Super Soldier: When you think about it, that's what the Rangers are. Of course, it's implied in text that they're not genetically enhanced, and they think for themselves. But they are an example of The Spartan Way making Super Soldiers.
- Take That: A couple of those, as well.
- In episode 6, the Rangers badmouth Dominio's Pizza (which they're eating!) and Code Geass.
- Disney even gets on the receiving end of a zinger in the final chapter... when they're at Disney World.
- Sean himself is a Take That to Shinji Ikari. Word of God says he hated the show so much that he set out to create an anti-Shinji, which resulted in Sean. The story itself is another Take That aimed at Evangelion, what with the training, mentally stable Rangers and general support the Rangers got.
- Talking Is a Free Action: Mocked. In Episode 15, Phaedos gets annoyed while the Rangers give their 'friendship' and 'unity' speeches. He even mocks them for it.
- Titled After the Song:
- "Boys of Summer" by Don Henley / The Ataris
- "A Hard Day's Night" by The Beatles
- "Communication Breakdown" by Led Zeppelin
- "The Good Old Hockey Game", taken from the chorus of "The Hockey Song" by "Stompin'" Tom Connors.
- "One Week More", a re-wording of "One Day More" from Les Misérables. Chapter 21 plays it more straight.
- "Have a Mighty Morphin' Christmas", named after the Burl Ives song from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
- Trope Overdosed
- True Companions
- Tyke Bomb: The Rangers are a different type of TykeBomb. According to them, they had to take not only martial arts classes, but strategy, shooting, and all that, but they were able to lead normal lives. Apparently so they don't end up going nuts. Also, they've only been trained since they were 10, 9 and 7, respectively. Also, they think for themselves instead of having undying loyalty.
- World of Snark: Most of the cast makes snarky comments at some point or another (except Hitomi).
- Would Hit a Girl: All of the guys have hit female characters, but given those women are Dark Action Girls who have hit them, it's a Justified Trope.
Tropes present in the main story
This fanfic contains examples of:
- Achilles in His Tent: Zig-zagged with Daisuke. At first, he (and Hitomi) leaves the team because of some Creative Differences - ish grievances (he wanted to be the leader). And then instead him saving the team, they save him.
- The Flash Rangers in episodes 31-33. They reconcile with the GPX Rangers when they realize they have a very common enemy.
- Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Quite a bit of the story. In fact, there might be more of these than actual fight scenes!
- Action Girl: Maria and Hitomi, Maria more so.
- Aliens in Orlando: Part 2
- Aloof Big Brother: Daisuke to Hitomi.
- Americans Are Cowboys: Discussed and averted by the city-slicker Sean.
- Angrish: When Sean finds out that Rob is the Silver Ranger. He can't even think straight!
- Ascended Meme: Deifed in Episode 15, when a staffer is about to say Sean's power level is over 9000, Col. Greene stops him from saying it. However, it's said in episode 33.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Rob wants some hostages to stay calm. Said hostages refuse to stay calm. Swabot attacks Rob. Rob beats the Swabot. The hostages calm down.
Rob: "Now are you going to listen?"
- Back for the Finale: Toji-san, the Flash Rangers, Daisuke, Godai-san, Hikari and Pola-Killer.
- Bad Ass: Apparently, the story seems to be trying to make Sean one. He pretty much becomes one by Episode 15.
- Badass Crew: The Rangers as a whole.
- Badass Normal: Toji-san, the Miyazawa bodyguard easily takes out some Swabots to rescue Shingo in Episode 15. Daisuke is also an example after he gives up his powers.
- Badass Boast: "Who the hell do you think we are?!"
- "We're Power Rangers! We don't quit, we don't surrender, and most importantly, WE DON'T LOSE!!!"
Sean: You'll see it in another universe. No matter who they are, be they witch or galactic conqueror, the result was the same; THEY LOST! AND THAT'S YOUR FATE AS WELL! Your conquest ended as soon as you picked a fight with us, Rashon! You're gonna PAY for everything you've done! And now YOU'RE gonna lose, just like the rest of the guys who challenged people like us! MESSIN' WITH THE POWER RANGERS IS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE YOU'VE EVER MADE!
- Band of Brothers —And sisters!
- Bears Are Bad News: Kind of subverted with a polar bear monster named Pola-Killer. Only thing is, he's a big softie like a big teddy bear. Hitomi even makes friends with him. Of course, we say "kind of" because he's turned vicious... and brings out Hitomi's Dark side, too.
- Berserk Button: Liaria gets pissed off when Maria and Hitomi scar her cheek in their first battle. She doesn't exactly forgive them for that.
- Don't turn Hitomi's friends feral. Just... don't.
- Big Damn Heroes: It's Power Rangers, what do you expect? Arriving in the nick of time to save the city/innocents is their job.
- The best is in, again, Episode 15 when the three western Rangers jump in to save Daisuke and Hitomi.
- Big Que: When ever Maria gets flustered, she gives out a big, "¡¿QUE!?"
- Sean when he finds out Project Ranger sent them an incomplete Silver Morpher.
- Bilingual Bonus: There are several instances of foreign languages being used, such as Gaelic, Japanese and Spanish. Sean and Maria even have a short conversation in Spanish in Episode 11.
- Breather Episode: Episode 11.
- Brother-Sister Team: Daisuke and Hitomi until Daisuke left the team.
- Camp: The author is obviously inspired by RPM and The Dark Knight Saga. Any Camp is either downplayed, mocked, blasted, deconstructed or done in a Gurren Lagann-style awesomemness.
- Captain Ersatz: The Zordonian Empire is quite clearly (and admittedly) a clone of the Black Moon Clan from Sailor Moon. The author even takes it a step further by making the Quirky Miniboss Squad clones of the Shitennou from the first Sailor Moon season/arc.
- Although, they don't share their exact personalities and even have different color schemes, so they can be seen as Expys.
- Sean's personal weapon, the GT Sword, ends up becoming a weapon's version, a flat-out copy of the Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, although justified in this case, since he asked the UN to make it like the sword.
- Cerebus Rollercoaster: Possibly, although it seems planned instead of coming out of nowhere.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Toji-san.
- Combat by Champion: Sean invokes this in his battle against Rashon, who is so impressed with Sean turning into a win-win situation, he accepts. Guess what? Sean wins.
- Cool Big Sis: Sean's sister Bridget.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The Rangers' first battle with Phaedos, in which he handily defeats them, one-by-one. He does so much damage to their suits that they're forced to change their suits. Also a literal one in chapter nine when Phaedos curb stomps Kevin.
- Sean Beating down Phaedos in Episode 15.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: The Zordonians are starting to learn from the Rangers.
- Darkest Hour: Episode 13-14. with chapter 13 being called "Darkest Hour".
- Deadpan Snarker: Most of the Rangers, save for Hitomi. Also much of the cast, even the villains count, too.
- Decon-Recon Switch: Happens almost at will. One moment is a Deconstruction, the next is a Reconstruction and back again.
- Despair Event Horizon: The Rangers are close to this in episode 23 before Mandla saves them.
- Destructive Saviour: They try to keep the property damage to a minimum, but Col. Greene admits there's always the possibility of property damage.
- Did They or Didn't They?: Maria walks into Sean's room offering to take his V-card. We're left with them kissing before cutting away. However, it's pretty heavily implied They Do.
- Don't Go in the Woods: Aokigahara in episode 12, drawing on its Real Life reputation.
- Duels Decide Everything: Invoked by Sean, challenging Rashon to a one-on-one battle that if Sean wins, Rashon has to leave. Sean wins.
- Also a variation, because Rashon mentions that he would have left anyway out of sheer humiliation had Sean not challenged him.
- Dull Surprise: Sean's reaction to Rob being unveiled as the Silver Ranger. Although, in his defense, it's most likely because his brain was still trying to process the information out of shock.
- Dynamic Entry: Wouldn't be a Big Damn Heroes without it!
- Erotic Eating: Maria eats a chocolate cake... suggestively.
- Evil Laugh: Phaedos... indulges himself in episode 12 when the Rangers split thanks to Daisuke's mutiny.
- Extreme Doormat: Hitomi when Daisuke convinces her to split with the Rangers along with him. Considering the nature of the story, this is lampshaded, as the other Rangers were surprised that she could just obey him like that. She eventually recovers and delivers an epic "Reason You Suck" Speech to her brother, calling him out for his arrogance and nationalism.
- A Fate Worse Than Death: Phaedos suffers the same fate as his Sailor Moon counterpart Jadeite, getting cased in a block of ice.
- Female Gaze: Maria watches Sean play hockey and she starts admiring him... until he catches her.
- Filler: Unfortunately. Luckily, it's still quality.
- Final Battle
- Genki Girl: Hitomi.
- Genre Savvy: The Rangers, and even Col. Greene is implied to be.
- Hitomi's love of Sailor Moon comes in handy in a later chapter, when Daisuke correctly assumes that Kalderon is in disguise, using the example of Nephrite, the character whom Kalderon is based on. It works, because instead of getting angry, Sean realizes he's on to something.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Chica: The only way for Maria to get Hitomi out of her Beware the Nice Ones / Berserk Button mode is to take her helmet off and smack her.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Can you call Tokyo with those?"
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Sean whenever Daisuke insults him.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: Sean and Phaedos's fight in episode 15 is not just a battle between two soldiers, but the two biggest Hams in the story.
- Happily Married: Rob and Bridget, possibly. Godai-san and Hikari obviously.
- Hauled Before A Senate Sub Committee: Col. Greene gets this treatment in Part 2. Some Senators are sympathetic to him, but another, Tea Party-sympathetic Jim Evergreen, grills him.
- Headbutting Heroes: The Flash Rangers and the GPX Rangers. It gets so bad the Zordonians use their rivalry to split them apart.
- Heroic BSOD: Sean, Kevin and Maria suffer a big one in episode 14, with Sean even being in a semi-catatonic state. Later in the episode, Daisuke suffers one after getting beat by Hercuron and after Hitomi chews him out for being selfish. But they get better. ''MUCH'' better.
- Heroic Fatigue: The Rangers are starting to suffer from it, and Bridget's noticing. Until the end, that is...
- Heroic Second Wind: "I told you! We're! NOT!! DONE!!! YET!!!!"
- But the biggest one comes in Episode 15. Sean is down, but he blocks Phaedos's sword and goes Hot-Blooded, declaring he's going to kill Phaedos, somehow tapping into the suit's power which spreads to the rest of the Rangers and they're able to beat the Zordonians.
- Forget episode 15! It's calm compared to episode 33!
- Hey, You!: "Hey Rich Boy!"
- Homage: To James Bond in episode 30, right down to the Drink Order.
- Hope Spot: Several times in episode 13, and the Rangers' fight with Phaedos as a whole until the brutally beats them.
- Human Aliens: The Zordonians, natch
- I Am Your Opponent: Sean gives what could be an American spin on the phrase in Episode 15 when he shouts "You're dead, you bastard!" to Phaedos.
- I Knew It: In-Universe when Maria finds out Sean Has Two Mommies. This leads to her revealing that she Has Two Mommies as well.
- I'm Going to Disney World: They deserved it!
- Improbable Weapon User: Sean gets a hockey stick as a weapon.
Sean: "I asked the UN to make it for me."
- Incoming Ham: "HELLO, RRRANGERS!!!"
- I Shall Taunt You: Multiple occasions, the Rangers love doing this to their enemies.
- It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: Stupid rain!!
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sean, oh so much. He's probably one of the few examples who doesn't try to hide his Heart Of Gold.
- Kaiju: The Kel Monster.
Daisuke: "That's not Godzilla! Godzilla doesn't have a big unicorn horn on his head and he doesn't have hair!"
- Knife-Throwing Act: Maria's attack, "Lightning Throw", in which she throws her Haz Daggers at an opponent.
- Made of Iron: Compared to normal people, definitely. Rob punches Sean and Sean doesn't even flinch.
- Magic Skirt: Averted, related to Panty Shot below.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": The entire city of Orlando gets one when Kalderon sends an invasion force.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: Liaria loses it when Maria and Hitomi scar both of her cheeks in episode 4. Related to Berserk Button above.
- Multinational Team:
- Sean: USA
- Kevin: Ireland
- Mandla: South Africa
- Maria: Venezuela
- Daisuke & Hitomi: Japan
- National Stereotypes: Averted. The story does its best to present the Rangers without any stereotypes. In fact, let's check:
- Nepotism: Explicitly stated to be the reason why Daisuke and Hitomi would be internship supervisors.
- Noble Womans Laugh: Liaria, enough to annoy Maria and Hitomi.
- No Endor Holocaust: Because of galactic law, which is apparently enforced no matter what, inhabitants of a planet that are about to be visited must be immunized against alien diseases, usually via the atmosphere, and the visitors have to disinfect themselves.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Phaedos subjects Sean, Kevin and Maria to a BRUTAL one in episode 13, in which the Rangers are left close to death.
- Non-Indicative First Episode: The first chapter-and-a-half really doesn't give any clue that this is a Power Rangers story, even hiding the fact that the main characters were called to Tokyo by the UN.
- Opt Out: Daisuke leaves the team as self-punishment for his actions that nearly got them all killed.
- Orcus on His Throne: Rashon is this for the most part, but he did go down to Earth to fight the Rangers in episode 4, where he nearly beats the crap out of the Rangers. And again in episode 16 when he confronts the Rangers in their own house (but not to fight them) where he finds out they're moving.
- He comes off his throne in the final episodes.
- Panty Shot: Averted; Genre Savvy Maria knows that if she wore a skirt, then she'd get some unwanted attention.
- Patriotic Fervor: Justified in episode 19. The USA wins the World Cup and celebrations pop up all over the country. It's not really mentioned afterwards, though.
- Pet the Dog: Sure, the Zordonians are murderous, conquering villains but at least they're willing to keep a kidnapped kid comfortable... until Phaedos needs to use him for nefarious deeds.
- Police Are Useless: Downplayed, but it's mostly because the Zordonians are far more powerful than police can usually handle.
- Polly Wants a Microphone: Parraptor, the first MOTW in Part 2.
- The Power of Friendship: Friendship is more of a symbolic force than a physical one, but it's still vital when the Rangers fight Phaedos in Episode 15.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "Howzit, brah?"
- Prepare to Die: "I'VE HAD ENOUGH OF YOU!!! I AM GOING TO FUCKING KILL YOU!!!!
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: GPX! START! IT! UP! and many others...
- Actually downplayed in episode 25 when the Silver Ranger shows up.
Sean: "What. The. Fuck."
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Four; Phaedos, Kalderon, Tirna and Zentor are described as "the Four greatest Zordonian generals". Except they don't seem very quirky. Like the main Zordonians, who are Ersatzes of the Black Moon Clan, the Four are Ersatzes of the Shitennou (Phaedos=Jadeite, Kalderon=Nephrite, Tirna=Zoisite, Zentor=Kunzite).
- Readings Are Off the Scale: Episode 15, again. The Rangers' heart rate, adrenaline and power levels increase when they manage to somehow tap into the suit's power. The staffers at the United Nations base practically quote this word for word.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni:
- Red Oni: Sean is Hot-Blooded and temperamental.
- Blue Oni: Daisuke is calmer and more aloof. Kevin is also more calm then Sean.
- Refusal of the Call: The Rangers (then called candidates) are at first skeptical of the UN's story about the alien signal and how they're supposed to become Power Rangers. Of course, we see how that turns out...
- The Reveal: Rob is the Silver Ranger.
- The Rival: An entire team of them, Choushinsei Flashman, who show up in episode 19. This doesn't look good...
- Rousing Speech: Sean quotes the last part of the St Crispian's Day speech from Henry, specifically adapted to their current situation. It works.
- And then in episode 32, right before confronting the Zordonians, Sean gives what could be the most epic Rousing Speech in all of fanfiction, complete with another recital of the St. Crispian's Day Speech.
- Royal Brat: Daisuke could be considered a modern version. His sister Hitomi, however, is pure Ingenue and is too nice to be a brat.
- Sarcastic Confession: Although it's during a Heroic BSOD, they still confess to Hikari that they're Power Rangers. She doesn't buy it.
- Semper Fi: Sean's brother-in-law Rob.
- The Silver Ranger might have Marine training.
- Shared Universe: Possibly, with Tenchi Muyo!, if off-handed comments by Rashon are to be taken credibly.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Shouted word-for-word by Sean after being asked about... Maria.
- Shout-Out: Several.
- Maria's last name is a shout-out to Luis Aparicio, a famous baseball player from Venezuela.
- "Who the hell do you think I am?"
- "Do the impossible! See the invisible!"
- The Zordonians have their name taken from Zordon. They are also named after planets from the series, discussed in detail under Theme Naming.
- There are also Shout Outs to previous Power Rangers series. In episode 12, Sean shouts "It's morphin' time!" before the By the Power of Grayskull!. Later, he puts his helmet back on, shouting "Back to action!" He does it again in episode 15.
- "You don't frighten me, Zordonian pig-dog! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!"
- "Goodnight, everybody!"
- The Rangers use their keys to charge up their weapons for a Finishing Move
- Multiple shout outs to James Bond in episode 30.
- Doctor Who, specifically, "The Christmas Invasion", gets a invoked Shout-Out in the final chapter.
: "By the ancient galactic rites of combat
, I forbid you, Rashon III of Zordon, from conquering here for the rest of time. And when you go back to the stars, tell others of this planet. When you tell them of its riches, its people
, its potential, when you talk of the Earth, make sure you tell them this: It. Is! DEFENDED!
- Shut Up, Hannibal!:
- "Shut Up" Kiss: Maria does this to Sean in episode 13 when he keeps complaining about Daisuke and Hitomi's departure. She even adds a little extra by saying, "¿Por qué no te callas?" Unfortunately for Sean, Maria doesn't count it as a kiss.
- A Simple Plan: But an effective one. Used by Sean to catch a wolf-monster.
- Smug Snake: Phaedos, which he inherits from his Sailor Moon counterpart Jadeite.
- South Africa and the United States; two countries Separated by a Common Language.
- Spit Take: In episode 9, Maria tells Sean she and Hitomi are going to Ginza. He reacts in this exact way. He does it again in episode 16 when Maria asks him to kiss her.
- Team Dad: In Part 1, Col. Greene and Godai-san. In Part 2, it's Sean's brother-in-law Robert.
- Team Mom: In Part 1, Hikari Godai. In Part 2, Sean's sister Bridget.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The GPX and Flash Rangers while fighting Gargotron. Although Hitomi and Flash Pink work real well together.
- Theme Naming: The Zordonians take their name from planets in the Power Rangers main universe.
- Emperor Rashon
- There Are No Therapists: Averted. In fact, the Zordonians get information on them from their therapists' notes!
- They're Back: Sean, Kevin and Maria recover just in time to save Daisuke and Hitomi.
- The Tokyo Fireball: Averted for the most part. The Rangers do their best to lower property damage, as shown in Part 2.
- Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: Played with. The Rangers went to Tokyo only because the Japanese government gave Project Ranger permission to fight on Japanese soil. The Zordonians later attack the city, but they only picked a random city, and eventually subverted, since the Rangers leave for Orlando. The Zordonians also don't really care about which city they attack, since it's implied they're just looking for the Rangers to try and kill them.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Maria is the Tomboy (sort of) while Hitomi is the Girly Girl.
- Tuxedo and Martini: Episode 30, right down to Sean's martini drink order... which Sean promptly spits out. Heck, the name is a reference to this trope, just with the "martini" changed to "beer".
- Villains Out Shopping: Literally!
- Watch the Paint Job: Sean does not want Rob's Mustang to be damaged. Luckily, it ends well for him and the car.
- We Need a Distraction: Interestingly, the Rangers are one in Episode 15, in order for Toji-san to save the kid. After that, it's a straight-up battle.
- Wendigo: A particularly nasty MOTW in a recent episode.
- Wham Episode: Episode 22 is an in-universe version.
- Episode 31. The city is about to be invaded.
- Out-of-universe, it's episodes 13 and 14. Even episode 22 counts.
- Wham Line: "But I won't be a Ranger anymore."
- What the Hell, Hero?: Sean to Daisuke, after Daisuke almost shoots a monster when civilians are present. Sean decks him big time.
- Episode 20, when Pola-Killer is reverted back to being a giant teddy bear, the Flashman try to kill him. However, the GPX Rangers tell them not to do it.
- Rob also gives on to everyone else twice in episode 31, First when they complain that Sean is going to abandon them. Second, when they have a falling out with the Flash Rangers.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Rashon
- Wine Is Classy: Rashon loves his Zordonian wine.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: In episode 11, Sean tells of a time when playing hockey, he pounded an opposing captain into the boards. The captain lay on the ground for a while, making it seem as though Sean would get a penalty. Sean of course, didn't fall for this and insulted the opponent, which got the opponent to get up and chase him.
- You Are in Command Now: Kalderon gets this treatment at the end of Part 1.
- You Have Failed Me: After the Rangers beat Phaedos, Rashon says this word for word to Phaedos before incasing him in a block of ice. It's subtle but he's threatening enough to turn Phaedos into a groveling, sniveling shell of his once smug self.
Tropes present in Supercharged
Supercharged contains examples of:
- A Real Man Is a Killer: Deconstructed. The Rangers are HORRIFIED when they realize they've been killing monsters the whole time. Not even pep talks from Rob and Eruvanda really pull them out of their Heroic BSOD.
- Abdicate the Throne: Eruvanda is forced to when Ragnar tries to kill her.
- An Ass-Kicking Christmas: The climax of part 1 takes place on Christmas Eve.
- And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Parodied, even with the serious subject matter. Word of God says he put the humor in there as relief for the previous chapter.
- All Webbed Up: Poor Ritchie—and about 4 other guys—end up on the wrong end of this from a spider woman.
- American Accents: Discussed in one chapter. One of the characters notes how much Minnesota Nice sounds like a Canadian accent, which has Sean talk about how the accents relate to their given stereotypes in media. He then does his own "Superfans" imitation, which one character has trouble understanding.
- Animated Armor: Well, mechanical armor, anyway.
- Arc Words: "God's will". There is usually a variation of this sentence spoken, but the two main words remain the same.
- Part 2 brought us "Ragnarok" (at first). Now the word "nightfall" is getting thrown around. So has "Gatchaman". "Only human" is getting thrown around a lot, too.
- Atlantis: Not necessarily. The event where the elves and humans forced the Zordonians off the planet in the distant past may have helped inspire the myth.
- Awful Truth: The Rangers were indeed experimented on with a super-soldier serum by SWORD. It puts the Rangers into a minor Heroic BSOD.
- Batman / Xanatos Gambit: Phaedos and Turelie pull one of these off. Taking Hitomi, Gina and Maelstrom hostage, they demanded that the Rangers surrender their morphers or else they would kill the hostages and/or release information that would destroy SWORD. Naturally, the Rangers refused. However, they were aware of this and were planning to leak the SWORD-killing information anyway, which they did.
- Big Damn Heroes: Played straight until chapter 11. They could not save the victim of Ragnar's on-air killing.
- Big Damn Villains: Right before the Rangers can use their Finishing Move, General Arquen jumps in and interrupts their attack.
- Big WTF: Sean when he sees "Hoodie's" Pointed Ears.
- Bittersweet Ending: Episode 38, not the fic itself. The elves release information that essentially destroys their backers, but the Rangers are able to chase them away and Hitomi undergoes massive Character Development. And Col. Greene is coming back.
- Blackmail: See Manipulative Bastard.
- The Miyazawa matriarch implicitly uses this to keep Sean from kicking her out of the house.
- Breather Episode / Something Completely Different: Chapter 10, which has no Ranger action, but is Sean's first hockey game.
- Call a Human a "Fleshbag": How Ragnar refers to humans.
- Chekhov's Gun: The bruise Ritchie gave Sean in chapter 1 helps Sean realize Ritchie may have had Project Ranger training. He was right.
- Christmas Episode: ... About two months early.
- Clarke's Third Law: Invoked here again, except this time, unlike in SIU, Sean takes a Doctor-like approach to Ragnar's staff... by admiring it.
- *Cough* Snark *Cough*: "Henpecked!"
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: The elves are starting look like they've studied the Rangers' fights, when Arquen jumps in and stops the Rangers from activating their Finishing Move. Even Ragnar had flashes of that in the previous episode.
- Deadline News: Ragnar's Do Not Adjust Your Set broadcast ends when he orders a killing live on air.
- Defector from Decadence: Gina's parents escaped Alfheim after being threatened by Ragnar. Eventually Arquen and Queen Eruvanda defect as well.
- Defiant to the End: Arquen and Eruvanda would have been this... had the Rangers not jumped in and saved them.
- Destructive Savior: Played with. If necessary, it doesn't matter if a few walls get damaged so long as the bad guy gets taken down.
- Die Hard on an X: Chapter 9 in an office building, Lampshaded.
- Dies Wide Open: Veronica
- Do Not Adjust Your Set: Ragnar hijacks a news broadcast in Madison to announce himself to the entire world.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: In-Universe and out. Ragnar's rhetoric during his Do Not Adjust Your Set speech reminds Maelstrom of terrorist rhetoric, even a certain someone.
- Dreaming of a White Christmas: Sean is very happy to have some snow before Christmas. Justified, since it takes place in Wisconsin.
- Dying Curse: "God's judgment is coming! It is God's will! YOU WILL ALL DIE!!!"
- Eaten Alive: The poor sap devoured whole by the MOTW in episode 5.
- Elves in Madison
- Energy Weapon: Inspired by Loki's staff in The Avengers.
- Eureka Moment: Sean has one when he realizes Ritchie might have been trained by Project Ranger.
- Even the Dog Is Ashamed
- Evil-Detecting Dog
- Evil Matriarch: Hitomi and Daisuke's grandmother Sakura, who treats the Rangers like dirt.
- First Contact: Takes place in a post-First Contact world and shows how human society is adjusting to the existance of aliens. It's also hinted to be the reason the Elves have come out of hiding.
- First Snow: Maria loved snow the first time she saw it. Then she hated it. Sean, who is from a place where snow is pretty much expected every year, welcomes the white stuff.
- Flyover Country: Although saying Madison is "Flyover" might be pushing it.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Maria jokes that Ritchie wants Janet to "play his flute".
- Hannibal Lecture: Attempted by Ragnar. Really, it's Power Rangers. You actually think it's gonna work?
- Phaedos's, however, might work on Aaron.
- "Hell Yes" Moment: The cops and Madison citizens have one as the Rangers jump in to stop the elves' massive attack.
- Heroic Fatigue: Not really touched on much in the last one, but it's definitely set in by now.
- Hockey Episode: Chapter 10, Sean's first hockey game of the year.
- Homage: The passage where Arquen carries a bloody, unconscious Sean through Madison is inspired by the sewer passage from Les Misérables, albeit with obvious (admitted) differences. There's even a homeless guy by the name of Thenardier!
- Hope Spot: For a moment, it looks as if the Rangers will successfully fight off the massive elvish attack. Then the commanders show up.
- I Can't Hear You: Invoked, with Sean pretending not to hear the elves making their threats at the top of Bascom Hill.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Poor Ritchie (and even Sean and Rob) ends up on the wrong end of this from a spider woman.
- I Shall Taunt You: Sean does this, and Ragnar tries to deconstruct this. Sean, however, shuts him down, responding that it's fun.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: "WHERE'S THE FUCKING TEA!?"
- Innocently Insensitive: When Sean's teammates are over, Hitomi and Aaron ask Ritchie why he doesn't look Indian. Ritchie responds "Wrong Indian!" To be clear, Ritchie is full-blooded Native American and a member of the Oneida Nation. After that, Hitomi asks what he thinks about Pocahontas. This annoys Sean, but Ritchie is a good sport anyway, saying that he hates it not only because it's inaccurate, but also because it sucks.
- Insult Backfire: "That's Mister Godless Heathen, to you!"
- Known Only by Their Nickname: "Hoodie", the the elf that the Rangers fight in episode 2.
- Magic Staff / Magic Wand: The weapons used by the elves are pretty much this, although Clarke's Third Law applies here. It's inspired by Loki's staff in The Avengers.
- Manipulative Bastard: Ragnar blackmails Arquen and Queen Eruvanda over possible exposure of their affair to get them to stay in line with his plans.
- Make It Look Like a Struggle: How Tiris helps Arquen and Eruvanda escape Alfheim. In this case, he does it to himself.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": The entire city of Madison has once when the Rangers lose.
- The Rangers after learning that SWORD had planned to sell them out.
- Mook Horror Show: Played up here enough that it might be a Plot Point.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Maria (and the other Rangers) get hit hard with this after she stabs a monster and watches it bleed to death.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Ragnar the Terrible? He sounds like a nice guy.
- Narm: In-Universe. Arquen finds Túrelie's post-battle hissy fit entertaining.
- Neck Lift: The Elves seem to be big fans of this!
- Noodle Incident: Apparently something happened when Sean, Jimmy and Kevin found a guy who sounds exactly like Sean while in Ireland, judging my Kevin and Jimmy's nostalgic reactions to it.
- Also, something happened that made Aaron and Maria afraid of the Wisconsin Jump Around.
- Ode to Joy: Is there any better piece of music to trigger a Heel-Face Turn? We didn't think so.
- Oh, Crap: Phaedos is back, and the four Rangers most familiar with him have this very reaction.
- Our Elves Are Better: Word of God says they were inspired by Thor: The Dark World. They're also inspired by Norse Mythology and J. R. R. Tolkien's elves. Although given their nature as antagonist, may be more Screw You, Elves!. They also get a Doing In the Wizard treatment, losing their immortality and magic, but it's made up for with a longer lifespan, Clarke's Third Law-invoking technology and a more realistic ethereal nature.
- Pointy Ears: Related to Our Elves Are Better above, this is what tips the Rangers off to their enemy's nature.
- Poor Communication Kills: The plot of episode 4 could have easily been avoided if Maria only told Sean she was getting an HIV test. Instead, not only does she make him think he has a terrible disease, but she was cheating on him, too. They make up at the end, leading to the chapter's Aesop. Word of God, of course, says Maria does not have anything an did not give anything to Sean.
- It's the same in chapter 12. If Sean had told Maria ahead of time that Jean, the traumatized Project Ranger trainee had kissed him and not the other way around, they wouldn't have had their big fight.
- The Power of Love: Symbolic and Parodied: POWER OF LOVE CLOTHESLINE!!
- Race Against the Clock: The climax of part 1 is a race to deactivate a bomb within 30 minutes. They succeed.
- Reality Ensues: Maria stabs a monster. In the series, you'd expect it not to matter. Unfortunately, the monster bleeds to death.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Ragnar delivers one to all of humanity, listing the species' collective sins.
- Hitomi Later delivers one to her grandmother.
- Phaedos even delivers one to her.
- Red Baron: Ragnar the Terrible. Mocked, naturally, by Sean.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent
- The Reveal: Hitomi's friend Gina is an elf.
- Sacrificial Lion: Veronica
- Santa Claus: Shows up to distract Ragnar and Co. in episode 22. Sadly, it doesn't work. He's actually a retired SWORD agent who works as a Mall Santa.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: That's what happens when you're caught up in two Ranger battles like Ritchie was.
- Secret Chaser: Ritchie Metoxen becomes one for much of episode 6, but after having his life saved (again) by the Rangers, he decides finding out their identities is like betraying them.
- It's the same with Hitomi's friend Gina, but her plot doesn't last as long.
- Shout-Out: Obviously there's all the Lord of the Rings and Tolkien references. But there are other references, too.
- From the same episode, Hitomi's Important Haircut scene is similar to the Naruto episode "Sakura Blossoms" wherein Sakura cuts her hair in a similar manner.
- Shown Their Work: The author will attempt this and has already shown he's done it. Not only has the author been to Madison, he mentions a meeting then-Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle holding a meeting with the State Building Commission and is wrapping up that meeting when he's kidnapped by the elves.
- Hell, episode six has him cite his sources noting Lakota courtship flutes!
- Shut Up, Hannibal!:
"Hoodie"/Floki: (After getting beat up and Sean saying they're getting back into rhythm) "Typical. You Rangers cannot solve anything without violence."
Sean: "Hey, you picked this fight. We were willing to talk."
"Hoodie"/Floki: "It's too late. God has willed for our battle—"
Sean: "Oh, shut up!"
Maria: "God didn't will this battle!"
Wolf monster: "The time of the humans is over! Your battle is a ticking time bomb and when it explodes, you will all die! YOUR TIME IS COMING, RANGERS! It will not be soon, but it will come!"
: "You lost yesterday. What made you think you could win today? You won't have anyone to save you this time, human. Look around you. It only took mere moments and you've fallen again. Pathetic. What do you think you are, some cowboy?"
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: More like "Punch, Punch, hatesex" between Phaedos and Turelie.
- Snow Means Cold: Or at least cold means snow.
- Spiders Are Scary
- Spoiler Title / Tonight Someone Dies: "La Muerte de una Amiga"
- Stuff Blowing Up
- Take That: Particularly funny one aimed at none other than David Icke. Apparently, he asked an alien ambassador about the Reptilians and the ambassador, having no clue who he is, honestly tells him that The Reptilians do not exist and shuts down his entire theory!
- Team Pet: The Rangers now have a dog, a Beagle named AJ.
- The Bus Came Back: Tirna and Phaedos are back and working with Ragnar. Daisuke also returns to fight alongside the Rangers in the climax of Part 1.
- Time Skip: The story picks up in mid-September. The Battle of Orlando (The Grand Finale of Part 2) was on July 28th, 2010. Part 2 picks things up a couple weeks later.
- Twisted Ankle: Well, if you fall off a building and land wrong then yes, you can suffer a sprained ankle, as Sean found out.
- Under The Mistletoe: Maria pretty much forces Ritchie and Janet, Arquen and Eruvanda and herself and Sean to kiss under a mistletoe and it makes Sean embarrassed.
- Villainous Breakdown: Played for Laughs.
- Villain Has a Point: It's generally agreed amongst the protagonists that Ragnar is right about how humans aren't the nicest species around. However, the Rangers also point out that Humans Are Flawed and Ragnar's rhetoric does not justify his actions. It's through subverting that rhetoric—that not only can humans and elves co-exist, but solve their problems together—that the Rangers will defeat him.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Courtesy of Maria. "Don't! Touch! My! BOYFRIEND!"
Kevin: I'm glad she's on our side!
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World
- We Have Become Complacent: The general consensus following the weeks after the end of Part 1.
- We Need a Distraction: The Elves attack and take the Wisconsin Attorney General hostage. A fairly typical villain plan, right? It was actually a plan to split up the Rangers and leave the injured Sean defenseless.
- Wham Episode: Chapter 11. Someone is killed live on-air
- Also chapter 18. Eruvanda and Arquen are forced to flee and it's revealed that the Zordonian generals Tirna and Phaedos are working with Ragnar as Hired Guns.
- Chapter 20. It looks like the Rangers might be able to fight off the elvish attack. Then things go south fast.
- Episode 35. Ragnar murders Maria's best friend in cold blood.
- Wham Line: "There is an elf in that city."
- From episode 32:
Jimmy: " I know what's going on, Sean. You're a Power Ranger."
- From the same episode:
Sean: " Jimmy you're one of us; you're a Ranger trainee."
- Wire Dilemma: Subverted. All it takes is a Goldfinger-like flick of the switch and the bomb is deactivated.
- You Are in Command Now: A Heroic and democratic example. After Sean sprained his ankle in chapter 8, the other Rangers voted Kevin in as leader—even though he didn't ask for a vote.
- You Have Failed Me: The Ragnar does this in his first appearance.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Played with. Ragnar tells Queen Eruvanda that he has no need for her and tries to kill her, but Arquen steps in the way and escapes with her.
The GPX SIU fic contains examples of:
- Alchemy Is Magic: Discussed, with Sean taking the position that it's science while his opponent Ronald saying it's more of Clarke's Third Law.
- The Ouroboros Society has apparently been saying this so much that this happens:
Sean: "You're nothing but a bunch of Ren Faire rejects; you and your fake science."
Drake: "Only to primitive minds such as—"
Sean: "Invoke Clarke's Third Law again and I'll rip your fucking tongue out."
- Alternate Universe: That should be obvious.
- Ancient Conspiracy: How the Ouroboros Society sees themselves. The Rangers think that's nonsense.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Sean's mom acts just like any mother dropping her kid off at school would act, and it embarrasses Sean to no end.
- Assassin Outclassin': Rob manages to foil an assassination attempt just by asking the (inexperienced) assassin if he needed any help. It's implied he knew the assassin was up to no good.
- Attempted Rape: Which leads to the Impaled with Extreme Prejudice death of one of the main villains.
- Badass Bystander: The person who takes the package SWORD intended to deliver to the Rangers.
- Basketball Episode: The Rangers go to a college basketball game in episode 3. Hilarity Ensues.
- Bears Are Bad News
- Big, Badass Bird of Prey
- Big Damn Heroes: attempted by the Gold Ranger, but he fails, since he's not that great a fighter. It didn't really matter much in the end, though.
- Bloodier and Gorier: There's a lot more blood here than either continuity.
- Circling Monologue: Drake does one while giving Sean a We Can Rule Together monologue.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Ronald wanted to torture the Rangers to the worst pain imaginable as part of his revenge.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Maria is not happy when Sean, Kevin and Aaron save her, Rob and Hitomi by the end of episode 5, which Sean calls her out on.
- Contrived Coincidence: How Marty feels about the Rangers' backstory.
- Creator Provincialism: Shout-Out or not, why would alchemists be attacking a relatively rural area (although, judging by their dialogue, there may be some justification for them being there)?
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Sean ends up on the wrong end of one in chapter 9. Hitomi also ends up on the wrong end of one a chapter later.
- Darker and Edgier: Definitely more than the main continuity, especially after episode 6.
- A Day in the Limelight: Just like in the main continuity, the girls get one. However this one has plot-relevant ramifications.
- A Death in the Limelight: Episode 6 focuses on Ronald. Guess what happens at the end?
- Dying Curse: "Damn you, Rangers".
- Eagleland: Type 2 parodied in a side story by a man threatening to take a thirty-ought-six to an Ouroboros Society member if they even came to his farm.
- Flyover Country
- Gilligan Cut: In the prequel, Sean and Daisuke have just finished punching and kicking down trees when Kevin asks to leave so they won't get ticks. Cut to Daisuke complaining while pulling a tick off his leg.
- Go Out with a Smile
- Greasy Spoon: Sean and Maria go to one in a side story. Maria likes the food, but doesn't like the grease.
- Heroic BSOD: Sean suffers a light one after the Chicago Bears lose to the Green Bay Packers.
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Heroic Second Wind: Attempted, ultimately failed. The only reason they won in episode 6? Ronald accidentally killed himself!
- I Am A Humanitarian: The Mannequins.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: And then subverted.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Ronald, but accident.
- In Medias Res: The story starts at the beginning of the spring semester at Southern Illinois, and the backstory is alluded to a couple of times.
- It's Personal: The biggest mistake the Ouroboros Society could do is harm a family member. They do just that, earning Sean's wrath.
- Love Triangle: Between Sean, Maria and Hitomi.
- MacGuffin: The object SWORD sends to the Rangers in episode 5. It gets stolen by some bystander. And then it turns out it was taken by Sean's friend Marty and it's the Gold Ranger morpher.
- Magic A Is Magic A: Discussions of whether alchemy is science or not, the alchemy follows strict rules, including the law that alchemists cannot create life. The Ouroboros Society gets around this by creating walking, talking mannequins.
- Magical Native American: Played with. Native American magic is mentioned, but by an anthropologist who has studied Native American culture. The concept itself is criticized by the author both in-story and in the author's notes where he cites This Very Wiki.
- Meaningful Funeral: Don't ask who it is. Just go and read the story, right now (the author has requested that we not share the details of who it is).
- Near Villain Victory: Ronald nearly kills the Rangers, but accidentally kills himself.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: An assassination attempt tips the Rangers off to a professor who may be able to help him.
- Off with His Head!: "I hate Mannequins"
- Origins Episode: Gets a whole prequel. It mirrors much of the plot of the original origins story.
- Perfect Poison: Justified, since the makers are alchemical geniuses, but subverted because the assassin runs into Rob and doesn't get a chance to poison his target.
- Petting Zoo People
- Please Wake Up
- Police Are Useless: Played with. Rob is a cop in this continuity and of course, he can't be useless. Plus, they're pretty effective in containing the monsters. However, Rob says that the chief of Carbondale police isn't interested in investigating the Ranger fights.
- They do a pretty good job in episode 6, though, even if they are outgunned.
- In this case, it's more of a case of "Police Are Hopelessly Outgunned".
- Protection Mission: Maria and Hitomi are charged with protecting the MacGuffin in episode 5 They fail.
- They do another one in the 11th chapter. Bridget is almost killed.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: What Ronald does to the Rangers.
- Shout-Out: The whole damn story is one, as Southern Illinois University is the author's alma mater.
- Snow Means Cold: The story starts in January, and there's snow on the ground.
- Spy Speak: Implicit in an e-mail SWORD sends to Hitomi and Maria regarding their mission.
- Stealth Visual Pun: Sean grabs Minotoro my his horns.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Sirius's power.
- Suddenly Sober: Sean talks to Drake after a night out drinking and appears to be sober. Then Drake points out he's drunk. He is.
- Tampon Run: What Rob uses as an exc—I mean, reason, to go out and do Ranger duties. Also (subtly) averts No Periods, Period.
- Villain Teleportation: The Ouroboros Society uses a form of this, presumably through some kind of alchemy.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World
- We Can Rule Together: Drake gives Sean one combined with a Motive Rant. Sean shoots him down.
- Wendigo: A particularly terrifying (and accurate) version appears as a Monster of the Week in episode 4.
- We Need a Distraction: Bellatrix volunteers to distract the Rangers while an assassin tries to kill a professor.
- Wham Episode: Episode 6
- Wham Line:
: "Aside from the possible… what happened with that transmutation circle in FMA
: " It sucked people's souls out so the person using it could become God.
- What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Maria should have known better than to assume her and Hitomi's mission was going to be easy.
- Worf Had the Flu: In the second episode, three Rangers are visibly beaten around... because they have hangovers.
- Worthy Opponent: Drake likes fighting the Rangers because they've been their best enemy since The French Revolution.
- You Have Failed Me: Drake says this word-for-word to Ronald after he fails to get what he was chasing in episode 5. However, instead of killing him, he punishes him by removing his rank and forcing him to deal with his failure for the rest of his life!
- You Killed My Brother: Bellatrix wants to beat the Rangers because of Ronald's death.