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->''"It's Morphin' Time!"''
-->-- '''[[Main/ByThePowerOfGrayskull Morphing call]]''', ''Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers''

The first incarnation of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' and the one non-fans will remember as being all over the place in the [[TheNineties mid-1990s]]. The show uses action footage from three ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' shows: ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' (Season 1 and onward), ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'' (Season 2 monsters, Zords, and the White Ranger's costume), and ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'' (most of Season 3; the costumes are only used for the ''Mighty Morphin' Alien Rangers''). Lasted a strong three seasons and one movie before Saban decided it would be better to adapt the Sentai formula and start changing costumes every year, although unlike Sentai, the various series exist in the [[TheVerse same continuity]]. The Ranger uniforms were the only consistent thing throughout this incarnation, and that is what made the change to ''Zeo'' so major.

Long ago, Zordon [[SealedEvilInACan sealed the evil Rita Repulsa away in a space dumpster]] on a passing planetoid (a point leaving fans confused because the planetoid was never specified), but some careless astronauts accidentally freed her. Taking up residence on the moon, she declares war on Earth. Unable to fight her himself due to being trapped in a time warp, he asks his assistant, Alpha 5, to summon five "teenagers with attitude," [[TheStoic Jason]] [[{{Determinator}} Lee]] [[TheLeader Scott]], [[FunPersonified Zack]] [[DanceBattler Taylor]], [[ValleyGirl Kimberly]] [[DeadpanSnarker Ann]] [[TheChick Hart]], [[TheSmartGuy Billy]] [[NonActionGuy Cranston]] and [[JackOfAllStats Trini]] [[SoapboxSadie Kwan]], in order to stop Rita. He gave them the Power Coins, allowing them to morph into [[ColorCodedCharacters rainbow-colored]], [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaur-inspired]] superheroes and proceed to teach lessons of many kinds.

Ranger life gets a bit more interesting with the introduction of the [[HeelFaceTurn villain-turned-hero]] [[SixthRanger Green Ranger]], the new kid in school named [[BreakoutCharacter Tommy]] [[SpotlightStealingSquad Oliver]], which shakes up the character dynamics and introduces a new zord to shake up the mech battles. The season was supposed to end after 40 episodes with a GrandFinale, "Doomsday," but was so popular that they commissioned additional Toei-produced fight footage to continue the season. It is largely at this point where the series started making plans for a more long-term commitment. Tommy had his powers drained from him before "Doomsday," an adapted story where in the Sentai, the Green Ranger died, only for a time. Afterward, he get his powers back [[HourOfPower with restrictions]] in an effort to further ride the popularity of the character. The Toei-filmed action footage made some efforts to reflect the plot and characterizations of Power Rangers (such as the Blue Ranger's tech-savvineess and the romantic relationship between Green and Pink, and is referred to as "[[FanNickname Zyu2]]" footage in fan circles.

The second season introduced Rita's superior, Lord Zedd, who decides that he's had enough of her failures and banishes her. The Rangers learn that Zedd is much more powerful and that they need to upgrade their Zords into the mythology-themed "Thunder Zords," as a way to justify using ''Dairanger'' Zord footage instead of continuing to pay for more original footage. It brings up the final end of the Green Ranger powers, only to later introduce the White Ranger. It also featured the first Ranger replacements as three Rangers were chosen to go to a peace conference, while [[RealLifeWritesThePlot in reality, the actors demanded more money]].

Rita comes back mid-season and slips Zedd a LovePotion, so [[UnholyMatrimony they get married]]; then, the in-laws started showing up in the third season.

The new enemies gathering around Rita and Zedd prove to be too much for the Rangers, and their Power Coins are destroyed. Desperate, they go off in search of the legendary creator of the coins, an aloof sage named Ninjor, who forges them new Power Coins based on modern creatures and the art of ninjitsu (but still retains the old suits and weapons).

Came to an end when Rita's father, Master Vile, arrived and reversed time, de-aging the teens. This forced Zordon to summon a stand-in team of ''Mighty Morphin' Alien Rangers'' (the first time we are informed of ''other'' Ranger teams) for about ten episodes while the Earth Rangers traveled through time and space to find the pieces of the [[MacGuffin Zeo Crystal]] to restore them to the proper time frame. Then as soon as the Earth Rangers returned to normal, the Command Center was blown up. This was the jumping off point for the new season ''Series/PowerRangersZeo.''

While the following three seasons, ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Turbo]]'' and ''[[Series/PowerRangersInSpace In Space]]'' featured rotating {{Big Bad}}s and Rangers themselves, ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' provides a finale for what people call "The Zordon Era" and afterwards ''Power Rangers'' followed the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' standalone season/standalone team format, but unlike ''Super Sentai'', it's all in one continuity.

In 1995 ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'' was released, given a big budget treatment and deliberately [[NonSerialMovie doesn't fit into the continuity of the series]]; the events of the film are repeated/replaced in the third season. It is the first time Zordon's homeworld of Eltar was mentioned, which later became [[RetCanon canon with the series]].

In the grand scheme of the franchise, ''MMPR'' is certainly [[FirstInstallmentWins the most iconic]] series but [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness it had some quirks]] that [[GrowingTheBeard were ironed out or improved upon]] in later series.

A ContinuityReboot movie produced by Lionsgate Films and written by Ashley Miller and Zach Stentz (''Film/{{Thor}}'', ''Film/XMenFirstClass'') is set for [[Film/PowerRangers2017 2017.]]

A [[ComicBook/MightyMorphinPowerRangersBoomStudios comic book]] series from Creator/BoomStudios also began in 2016, updating the setting to the present day.
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!!This incarnation of ''Power Rangers'' is the TropeNamer of:
* MakeMyMonsterGrow: Rita Repulsa is the TropeNamer. Also notable in that it's one of the only PowerRangers series where the monster has to be alive for the growth to work; if the Rangers have already blown it up, it's too late.
* RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude: Although the line was used in the opening credits and not the show itself. The actual dialogue from the first episode was:
--> '''Zordon:''' "It's Rita. She's escaped and she's attacking the planet. Teleport to us five overbearing and overemotional humans."
--> '''Alpha:''' "[[AnythingButThat No, not that! Not teenagers!]]"
** The line in the unaired pilot was: "the most dangerous group of ruthless, underhanded, self-absorbed, and over-emotional humans in the area".
* SixthRanger: When the Green Ranger joined the original five.

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[[folder:Recurring Franchise Tropes]]
* ActionGirl: Trini and Kimberly definitely, being the first female Rangers in the franchise. Aisha too, after Trini leaves. While they're not as fierce or quite as overtly badass as [[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce a number]] [[Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge of]] [[Series/PowerRangersWildForce future]] [[Series/PowerRangersSPD female]] [[Series/PowerRangersRPM Rangers]], the trope still applies.
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing
* ChestInsignia: Personal dinosaur emblems on the belts (with the White Ranger having his on his chest instead). This trope is so strong that these emblems were added to the chest in both the merchandising and the movie.
* ChromeChampion: The Metallic Armor in Season 3 ("coincidentally" coinciding with the extra-shiny action figures made for the movie not too long before).
* CityOfAdventure: Angel Grove.
* EvilPlan: Rita would declare hers in the opening narration: "IT'S TIME TO CONQUER EARTH!"
* FiveBadBand: Before Zedd showed up, Rita's original group fit. Most of the other villain group configurations didn't fit.
** The BigBad: Rita.
** TheDragon: Goldar.
** The EvilGenius: Finster.
** [[TheBrute Brutish]] DarkChick: Scorpina.
** ThoseTwoBadGuys: Squatt and Baboo.
* FiveManBand:
** ''Configuration One:''
*** TheLeader: Jason.
*** TheLancer: Zack.
*** TheSmartGuy: Billy.
*** TheBigGuy (with a touch of GeniusBruiser): Trini (she was the only one who could translate Billy's TechnoBabble and was probably more book smart on martial arts than Jason).
*** TheChick: Kimberly.
*** The SixthRanger: Tommy.
** ''Configuration Two:''
*** TheLeader: Tommy, despite being a technical SixthRanger.
*** TheLancer: Rocky.
*** TheSmartGuy (BadassBookworm): Billy.
*** TheBigGuy (GeniusBruiser): Adam.
*** TheChick: Kimberly/Katherine.
*** TheHeart: Aisha.
*** The SixthRanger: Although he's not technically a Ranger, Ninjor often functioned as one.
** ''The Aquitian Rangers:''
*** TheLeader: Aurico. He was the field leader but Delphine was the overall leader.
*** TheLancer: Corcus. He was quiet, but hot-tempered.
*** TheSmartGuy: Cestro.
*** TheBigGuy: Tideus.
*** TheChick: Delphine. Technically, she's the show's first female leader.
* HomeBase: The Command Center.
* HumongousMecha: The Zords, obviously. But there's also Lord Zedd's Zord, Serpentera, who was a Humongous Mecha ''even to the other Humongous Mechas'' - It is big enough to ''step'' on Tor, who is large enough to house a Megazord within his shell. The Zords from the second and third seasons were from different Sentai shows than the one MMPR was originally based on (''Zyuranger''). Unfortunately not quite all of the colors of the Zyuranger suits coordinated with the colors of the ''Kakuranger'' and ''Dairanger'' mecha. They were forced to "cheat" a bit by turning the (green) Shishi Ranger's mecha into the Black Ranger's Zord. Similar problem with the ''Kakuranger'' having no Pink Ranger, meaning no pink Shogun Zord either. [[note]]Dairanger had a standard green ranger instead of black, while Kakuranger only had five members (excluding Ninjaman/Ninjor) and a female white ranger instead of pink.[[/note]]
** AnimalMecha: For all three seasons, save for the Shogun Zords and Battle Borgs and even then, the humanoid forms still had animal-like faces.
** CombiningMecha:
*** In Season 1, all the Rangers came together to form the Megazord ("Dino Megazord" in later merchandising). It could then join with the Dragonzord to form the Mega Dragonzord, or just the Mastodon, Sabertooth Tiger, and Triceratops would combine with it to form Dragonzord Fighting Mode. The Mega Dragonzord would then combine with Titanus to make the Ultrazord. The numerous combinations of the Dino Zords were weaponized in "Doomsday," as Cyclopsis couldn't keep up with the constant formation changes.
*** Season 2's formations were similar to Season 1, with the main team making the Thunder Megazord, then everyone but the Red Dragon combining with the Tigerzord to make the Mega Tigerzord, and finally all six Rangers combining with Tor to form the Thunder Ultrazord.
*** In Season 3, the main team got both the Ninja and Shogun Megazords, and Tommy's Falconzord could combine with either to form the [X] [=MegaFalconzord=]. Titanus was also brought out of retirement, joining with either [=MegaFalconzord=] for an Ultrazord combination.
** TransformingMecha: Only in Season 2; the Red Dragon Thunderzord, the White Tigerzord, and Tor could all change to humanoid warrior modes.
** LeaderFormsTheHead: Averted with the Ninja Megazord, whose head and torso are formed by the Pink and Yellow Ranger's Zords (although it should be noted in the source material the Crane ''was'' the leader's mecha). Played straight by all other Megazords, where the Red Ranger's Zord makes the core.
* MadeOfExplodium: Every single monster is this.
* MidseasonUpgrade: Inverted in Season 3. Midway through the season, the Rangers gain the new Shogun Zords. However, prior to that, the Falconzord is stolen and the other Ninja Zords are rendered inoperable, so the Rangers still only have one set of Zords to work with. Only very briefly are the two sets of Zords ever shown alongside each other and by that time, other events render the Ninja Zords inoperable.
** Also worth noting, is the Ninja Megazord's Japanese counterpart was the MidseasonUpgrade and the Shogun Megazord's was their original mecha. Which is part of the reason for the above.
* MonsterOfTheAesop / MonsterOfTheWeek: TropeNamer.
* {{Mooks}}: The Putty Patrollers (Season 1), the Z-Putties (Season 2), and the Tenga Warriors (Season 3).
* {{Motifs}}:
** EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Season 1.
*** DinosaursAreDragons: The Green Ranger's mecha was the Dragonzord, and in the second season the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord was turned into the Red Dragon Thunderzord.
*** StockDinosaurs: Mastodon, Pterodactyl, Triceratops, Sabertooth tiger, Tyrannnosaurus, and Brachiosaurus (Titanus). Only three of those prehistoric beasts were actual dinosaurs.
*** NotZilla: Tommy.
*** PteroSoarer: Kimberly.
*** TyrannosaurusRex: Well, what else would the Red Ranger have?
*** WarElephants (Mastodon): Zack.
*** PantheraAwesome (Sabertooth Tiger): Trini.
** MythicalMotifs: Season 2's Zords.
*** InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Jason/Rocky. Lord Zedd's Serpentera, as well.
*** KingOfBeasts: Zack/Adam.
*** {{Unicorn}}: Billy.
*** OurGryphonsAreDifferent: Trini/Aisha.
*** ThePhoenix: Kimberly.
*** PantheraAwesome: Tommy (White Tiger).
*** TurtlePower: Tor.
** ({{Highly Visible|Ninja}}) {{Ninja}} with AnimalMotifs: Season 3.
*** EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Rocky.
*** BearsAreBadNews: Aisha.
*** NobleWolf: Billy.
*** SeldomSeenSpecies: Kimberly/Kat (Crane); and Adam's Frog qualifies in this context too.
*** NobleBirdOfPrey: Tommy (Falcon).
* NeverSayDie: Averted in "The Green Candle Part II."
--> '''Jason:''' "If I don't get to the candle in time, he'll lose his powers."
--> '''Zack:''' "If we don't get to him in time, he'll lose his ''life''."
* OurMonstersAreWeird: Pudgy Pig, Eye Guy, Terror Toad, Mr. Ticklesneezer, Chunky Chicken, Pineoctopus, Shellshock, the Spit Flower, the Jellyfish, Two-Headed Parrot, Pumpkin Rapper, Octophantom, Lipsyncher, Terror Blossom, Photomare, Artist Mole, Face Stealer, See Monster, Crabby Cabbie, Ravenator, Brick Bully, Globbor... far too many examples to list.
* ThePsychoRangers: Happened one too many times throughout the series, all of which were precursors to the {{Trope Namer}}s.
** The Fake Power Rangers in "A Bad Reflection on You" were disguised Putties who attempted to tarnish the reputation of both the Rangers and their civilian counterparts. This included shooting civilians, humiliating their school's principal in front of the other students, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking wearing sunglasses all the time]].
** The Mutant Rangers in "Mighty Morphin Mutants" used their own Morphers and wore slightly different costumes (black boots, gloves, and belts) and wielded different weapons (which were actually the same weapons used by the Zyurangers in their civilian forms, plus the Green Ranger's Sword of Darkness).
** Lord Zedd's Dark Rangers in "Green No More," which were simply [[PaletteSwap recolored]] Putty costumes to match the Rangers. They never actually fought their good counterparts, mostly because the suits were so fragile that any fight scenes would have ripped them.
*** Their civilian identities were even {{Evil Counterpart}}s of the Rangers' civilian identities, including similar names.
* RecycledInSpace: Averted, and not just because they were the originals. Production took the seasonal themes from ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' such as dinosaurs or Eastern mythology and downplayed them so that things were kept as generic as possible - so stuff was recycled, but not [[AC:IN SPACE]]! ''Mighty Morphin''' Season 3, however, went a fair way towards being Power Rangers [[AC:AS {{NINJA}}S]]!
* RobotBuddy: Alpha 5, Zordon's robotic assistant.
* ShesAManInJapan: Trini, whose Japanese counterpart was not only male, but by funny coincidence named "Boi". The show used stock footage of ''[[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Zyuranger]]'' with the male Tiger Ranger as the female Yellow Ranger. It was only after Saban started producing more locally filmed action scenes that the Yellow Ranger would be played by a stuntwoman.
* StockFootage: The morphing sequences and especially Zord summoning were the major time-spenders (the Dragonzord snapping a smokestack in its teeth even became [[MemeticMutation a meme]] for Gratuitous Stock Footage). Beyond that:
** "A Pressing Engagement" and "No Clowning Around" used the same {{Mook}} fight footage.
** The "Evil Green Ranger trashes the Command Center" sequence was used ''twice'' in the "Green With Evil" saga, then ''again'' in "Return of the Green Ranger."
** Lord Zedd footage included a few scenes which could be used for anything. With his helmet, they used two scenes as "exposition of evil plan" and "rage after defeat" in one episode, and exchanged them in the next one.
* TenThousandYears: Rita Repulsa was locked up for 10,000 years, as she helpfully reminds viewers at the start of every Season 1 episode
* {{Thememobile}}[=/=]CoolBike: The Shark Cycles in Season 3. The ''Zyuranger'' and ''Dairanger'' motorcycles appeared in the toyline and merchandising (as "Battle Bikes" and "Thunder Bikes" respectively), but they never made it on the show (save for brief shot in "Calamity Kimberly" where they couldn't edit the Battle Bikes out).
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: In the unaired pilot, Trini (played by a different actress) was originally supposed to be more tomboy-ish to Kimberly's Girly Girl. Played with because both Trini and Kimberly had short hair, but Trini's was short short, while Kimberly's was shoulder length short.
* WeaponOfChoice:
** SwissArmyWeapon: The Blade Blasters, the Rangers' sidearms.
** HeroesPreferSwords: Red Ranger's Power Sword.
** KnifeNut: Yellow Ranger's Power Daggers.
*** Doubles as InstrumentOfMurder: Green Ranger's Dragon Dagger.
** BladeOnAStick: Blue Ranger's Power Lance.
** TheStraightAndArrowPath: Pink Ranger's Power Bow.
** AnAxeToGrind: Black Ranger's Power Axe.
** TalkingWeapon: White Ranger's Saba Saber.
** {{BFG}}: The Power Blaster (the Axe, Bow, Daggers, Lance, and Sword combined) and the Power Cannon (huge cannon introduced in Season 2 as an upgrade to the Power Blaster).
* WordPower:
** ByThePowerOfGrayskull:
--->'''"Dragonzord!" / "Tigerzord!" / "White Ranger Power!"'''
--->''' "Mastodon!"/"Black Ranger Power!" '''
--->'''"Pterodactyl!" / "Pink Ranger Power!"'''
--->'''"Triceratops!" / "Blue Ranger Power!"'''
--->'''"Sabertooth Tiger!" / "Yellow Ranger Power!"'''
--->'''"Tyrannosaurus!" / "Red Ranger Power!"'''
** CallingYourAttacks: Quite frequently.
** {{Invocation}}: "It's Morphing Time!"
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[[folder:''Mighty Morphin'''-Specific Tropes A-M]]
* AbsenteeActor: Tommy is completely absent from "The Rockstar" due to the original Sentai episode it was adapting not having the Green Ranger. Unlike "Grumble Bee" where he at least briefly appears and "Fowl Play" where he is also absent but given an excuse for not appearing, there is no reason given in the episode for why he is not with the others.
* TheAbridgedSeries: ''WebVideo/TruncatedPowerRangers''.
* AdaptationDistillation: Despite varying wildly from the source material and trimming potentially [[{{Bowdlerize}} child scarring parts]], the core essence of what makes the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series so popular was effectively translated into the Americanized version. Later series would be either be closer or further from the original, but this series is what got it started.
* AdaptationDyeJob: The toy version of the White Shogunzord from Season 3 was repainted as a Pink Shogunzord. This made little sense as it was shared by both the White and Pink Rangers in the show, and created inconsistencies when the pink version was used for OffTheShelfFX for the American-filmed Ninja Ultrazord sequence. The toy versions of the Crane Ninjazord and Lion Thunderzord were also repainted as well; the Crane Ninjazord had its red parts repainted into pink; while the toy version of the Lion Thunderzord had all the green parts (except the dome) repainted black, but these changes are not as obvious.
* AdaptationExpansion: The "[=Zyu2=]" footage, which featured all-new monsters and fight sequences using the suits and mecha from ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'', were filmed specifically for ''Power Rangers'' and are not actually adapted footage from any ''Zyuranger'' sequel (despite the FanNickname).
* AdaptationalSpeciesChange: In ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'', the villains originated from Earth (during the time of the dinosaurs), hence the monsters clearly based on Earthly animals and mythological creatures. The Season 2 monsters came from ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'', where they were humans from an ancient tribe that possessed the ability to turn into monsters. The Season 3 and ''Alien Rangers'' monsters originated from ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'', where they were demons and evil spirits from ancient Japanese folklore and mythology. In MMPR, they're all aliens.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Rita Repulsa, Rito Revolto, not to mention ''Mighty Morphin''.
* TheAdjectivalSuperhero: Originally. "Mighty Morphin" now serves as the team's official disambiguator, as heard when the [[Series/PowerRangersSuperMegaforce Super Megaforce Rangers]] used their Ranger Keys.
* AdultsAreUseless: Most of the adults on the show are pretty incompetent.
** Except for the guy that runs the local hangout joint for the teens.
* AdvertisingOnlyContinuity: The early action figures, comics, and promo material showed the Rangers wearing costumes with their respective dinosaur emblems on their chests. This never happened at any point outside of ''[[Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie]]'' .
* AffablyEvil: Finster seems more concerned about his creations and pleasing Rita on a personal level than he is about actually accomplishing evil deeds. He even states late in Season 3 that being bad can be no fun at times. [[spoiler:Now that Rita and Zedd are no longer evil thanks to the ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' finale, he has no reason to be this trope anymore. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse If he's even still alive]].]]
* AffectionateParody: ''Super Freakin' Parody Rangers'': The first three episodes and and the movie. However, episode 3 had elements of ''[[Series/PowerRangersZeo Zeo]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersInSpace In Space]]'' and ''[[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Ninja Storm]]'' thrown in as well.
** ''WebVideo/TruncatedPowerRangers'', as well.
** Plus ''Mighty Moshin' Emo Rangers''. View an episode here: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLBaJBFXFiU]]
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' had a parody segment called ''Super Strong Warner Siblings'' where the Warners were Ranger-esque crime fighters (with Dr. Scratchansniff as their "Zordon") and the studio's Water Tower served as their "Megazord."
** ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'' had ''Mighty Boring Shower Strangers''. As their name implies, the show takes place in a bathroom, with people not knowing each other fighting soap monsters.
** The Artist Bros' ''Mighty Weenie Pathetic Rangers''.
* AlienInvasion: One rubber monster suit at a time.
* AllJustADream: "For Whom the Bell Trolls" in Season 1.
* AlphaStrike: The Ultrazord, the most powerful Zord combination that is summoned only when situations are dire. Each fleet of Zords (Dino, Thunder, Ninja, Shogun) had its own Ultrazord.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: ''Zedd'', of all people. Just watch his wedding.
** Also see "I'm Dreaming of a White Ranger" where he tries to usurp Christmas with [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything spinning tops]].
* AmusingAlien: Alpha 5, an alien robot who acts like a little brother, worries about the Rangers like a concerned mother, and keeps letting loose with his worried expression of "Aye-yi-yi-yi-yi!"
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: Practically standard for a kids show in the 90's. A particularly popular one had David Yost and Amy Jo Johnson as themselves doing a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSAci0Wg1iw "Reality Check,"]] demonstrating that television is entirely fiction and what they do on the show is just for entertainment. They showed that it can be hard to tell the difference between fake guns and real guns, and also that while Billy was a gawky nerd, David Yost was a skilled gymnast.
** There was a similar one where [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC-INtvkGNs&feature=related the actors playing Bulk and Skull]] showed that [[MeanCharacterNiceActor the characters they played were quite different from their real personalities.]] It ends with Paul Schrier (Bulk) scaring some kids off by saying he could turn into Bulk at any moment, then the two of them briefly addressing the audience together. Finally, Jason Narvy (Skull) has this to say:
--->'''Jason Narvy:''' "Of course, I ''am'' the better actor."
--->'''Paul Schrier:''' [gives him a look and shakes his head] "No you're not."
*** Oddly enough, kids saw Bulk and Skull as more class clowns than bullies, so that may be part of why it was so effective.
** One showed Jason practicing against a punching bag, while Trini was teaching a student some kata moves. A classmate comes in angry and tries [[BullyingADragon picking a fight with Jason]], who proceeds [[MartialPacifist to passively subdue him]] instead of [[CurbStompBattle kicking him to the curb]]. Trini's student was confused why Jason was making it harder for himself, while Trini explains that a true martial artist responds to a threat with an appropriate amount of force. The segment ends with Jason helping the kid up and [[DefeatMeansFriendship inviting him to go talk about his problem]].
* AnnoyingLaugh: Skull.
** His son later inherits this in ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai''.
* APlanetNamedZok: Some of the planets Rita and her goons mention while making monsters in the first season fit this convention.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: What is Alpha's reaction when Bulk, Skull, and Kimberly have gotten trapped within the innards of a taxi cab monster? "Aye-yi-yi! Lord Zedd and Rita have created a Crabby Cabbie! And he's charging double the going fare!"
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Er, guys? 18th century Britain colonized the ''east'' coast. Like New York, New Jersey and the Carolinas. Not the west coast, like California. Real life wrote this plot, though. They were stuck in Australia because of script and scheduling problems with the movie. But the TV episode schedule caught up to them. So the solution? Film a couple of episodes where the Rangers as students holiday in Australia. While the production crew was in Australia as well, they filmed a couple of episodes in a historical village just outside of Sydney, which gave us colonial Angel Grove. ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has never attempted to be accurate in anything, science, history, physics, etc.
** Though there is a theory that Power Rangers exists in a universe where the british colonized California and not the spanish, hence the name Angel Grove and not Los Angeles.
** It's also suggested that Angel Grove started on the East coast and moved during the Gold Rush, like many small settlements did at the time.
* ArtInitiatesLife: Finster's creations.
** Lord Zedd's monsters are made from everyday things like purses, saws, statues, and even animals.
* TheArtifact: The Rangers kept their prehistoric beast-themed costumes for two more seasons, despite no longer piloting the Dino Zords after Season 1. Season 2 tried to work around this by establishing that the Thunder Zords were really transformed versions of Dino Zords, but Season 3 didn't even bother with this pretension, having the Rangers draw their powers from new animals instead.
* AttackAttackRetreatRetreat: Almost said word for word by Commander Crayfish and his Mutant Rangers, when faced with the Ultrazord.
-->'''Commander Crayfish:''' "Let's finish them off, Mutants! Charge!"
-->[The Ultrazord is formed.]
-->'''Commander Crayfish:''' "Huh? Hold it! Pull back! Pull back!"
* AWeightyAesop: In an episode, Tommy lectures a student of his about healthy eating. This inspires Rita to shrink down the MonsterOfTheWeek and literally gets it inside Tommy's stomach - causing Tommy to constantly crave junk food to a ridiculous extreme, even stealing food off of other people's tables.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Rita and Zedd, surprisingly enough, after the LovePotion wears off... Much to Goldar's displeasure.
-->'''Rito:''' "Gee, Goldy. Maybe Ed really ''does'' love Rita."
** Same applies to Bulk and Skull.
* {{Badass}} / {{Badbutt}}: Tommy and Jason, mostly, though everyone got their chance to shine at some point (including Alpha, Bulk & Skull and the villains).
-->'''Ninjor:''' "Oh yeah, we bad!"
* TheBadGuyWins: After three seasons of "Good always triumphs and evil never wins," the series ends with Master Vile turning the Rangers into helpless children, Zedd and Rita destroying the Ninja Power Coins, and Goldar and Rito blowing up the Command Center.
** "Green With Evil" had Tommy wiping the floor with the good guys until Part V.
** "The Green Candle" (temporarily due to Rita's Green Candle) and "The Green Dream" through "Green No More Part II" (permanently due to Lord Zedd's power stealing monster Turbanshell and his Green Crystal) saw the Green Ranger's Dragonzord powers destroyed.
** "Ninja Quest Part I" saw the five original Dino Power Coins (plus the White Ranger's Power Coin) and all of the Thunder Zords destroyed due to Rito and four resurrected monsters.
** Mid-way through Season 3, Zedd and company managed to steal the Pink Coin, capture the Falconzord (thus rendering the other Ninja Zords inoperable) and imprison Ninjor. A good chunk of the season passed before all of these changes were reversed. Two episodes after that though, Master Vile does the time reversal as seen above.
* BalloonBurstingBird: The MonsterOfTheWeek, a giant woodpecker named the Peckster, is tricked by the Black Ranger into pecking a bunch of helium balloons, the last of which turns out to be a playground ball that traps the monster's beak long enough to take him down. Unusually for this trope, the balloons were normal sized while the bird was human sized.
* BattleCouple: Tommy and Kimberly.
* [[BBCQuarry Toei Quarry]]: Given Toei made ''Zyuranger'', many fight scenes take place in a quarry. Especially once the [=Zyu2=] footage kicked in.
* BeachEpisode: Quite a few.
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: Kimberly, Katherine, and Aisha respectively. However by that time Kimberly was pretty much all three. As was Trini throughout her tenure.
* BerserkButton: Whenever Rito Revolto would call Lord Zedd "Ed," it just wouldn't end well. At all. Actually, Rito was pretty much just a walking Berserk Button for all the other villains, though for Rita it at least seemed in a playful, teasing manner.
** Zedd's dislike at being called "Ed" was apparently a well known thing, as Alpha 5 pulls this out when Zedd invades the Command Center in "Changing of the Zords Part II":
--->'''Lord Zedd''': "Oh, Alpha, you can come out of hiding."
--->'''[[TheWoobie Alpha 5]]''' [trembling]: "I don't like you... Ed."
--->'''Lord Zedd''': "IT'S ZEDD, YOU BLINKING BUCKET OF BOLTS! LORD ZEDD!"
* BewareMyStingerTail: Scorpina's giant monster form has a whip-like tail capable of wrapping around the Megazord and pumping it full of electricity.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Rita and Zedd.
* TheBGrade: Billy. Of course, this inspires Rita to make a [[JustForPun bee]] ''[[MonsterOfTheAesop monster]]''.
-->'''Bulk:''' "See ya. Wouldn't wanna... ''B'' ya!"
* BigCreepyCrawlies: Spidertron, Scorpina's pet worm, Fighting Flea, the Mantis, Grumble Bee, Stag Beetle, Guitardo, and Arachnofiend.
** Scorpina, too, in her giant form.
* BigDamnHeroes: Tommy did this a ''lot''.
** Titanus also pulls this in the "Doomsday Part I," charging onto the scene in attack mode with Zordon's command and blasting the Tyrannosaurus and Dragonzord Fighting Mode free from Cyclopsis' shock cables.
* BigEater: Pudgy Pig (created to eat all the food on Earth, but not as big of an eater as Rita had implied), Terror Toad (who ate ''the Rangers'') and Bulk (well, he ''was'' the stereotypical comic relief fat guy...). Oddly, not done much with Squatt, who was only shown eating a couple of times.
** Oddly enough, Skull as well, though not as much as Bulk.
* BigGood: Zordon.
* BigNo: "Green With Evil Part I."
-->'''Rita:''' Tommy, I have chosen you!\\
'''Tommy:''' ''(caught under her spell)'' NOOOOOOOOO!!!!
* BigWhat: Kimberly in "A Bad Reflection on You," when Mr. Caplan sent the Rangers to detention (they were, of course,[[{{Frameup}} framed]] by Twinman and the Putties).
** When Bulk and Skull announce their plan to enroll in the Junior Police Patrol, it literally stuns the Rangers, Ernie, and the roughly thirty other people at the Youth Center into dumbstruck silence.
* BilingualBonus: The wall behind Tommy inside the White Tigerzord's cockpit has spheres written with kanji on them.
* BlackBestFriend: Zack to Jason, pre-Tommy. According to Walter Jones, who played Zack, this was intentional on the producers' part for the leader to have a black best friend. This was also the real reason why the Black Ranger happened to be black, as the Black Ranger was the Red Ranger's best friend in the original and they wanted this friendship to be evident in the stock footage fights.
** Aisha can also be seen as this in relation to Kimberly.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Subverted obviously since it's a kid's show, but in the Season 1 two-parter "Island of Illusion," Rita tries to make each of the Rangers start to fade from existence one by one. Guess which Ranger was targeted first.
* TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn: In "Green No More," Tommy kicks Goldar's sword out of his hand. It goes flying through the air before stabbing down into the sand.
** The Dino Megazord's sword would descend from the sky and, unless caught in midair by the Megazord, would do this as well.
* TheBlank: Victims of the Face Stealer.
* BlindWithoutEm: Billy. Well, at least until he [[TheGlassesComeOff switched to contacts]].
* BondVillainStupidity: Lord Zedd once managed to trap the Power Rangers in an inescapable barrier within an alternate dimension. Rather than keep them there, he decided to release them unharmed and send them to their native dimension (where they promptly sought out the equipment necessary to undermine Zedd's plan).
* {{Bowdlerise}}: As part of Malaysia's campaign against drugs, the show is called ''Mighty Power Rangers'' or just ''Power Rangers'' since "morphin" sounds dangerously close to "morphine," and the MoralGuardians were afraid that kids would get addicted to it if they so much as hear the word. It also extends to the show itself, where utterances or appearances of the word are censored.
* BreakoutCharacter: Tommy/Green Ranger. The producers intended him as a temporary visitor who departed after the "Green Candle" saga. Following his withdrawal, however, the fans wrote torrents of heartfelt letters and pleaded for his return. These fans certainly got their wish, as Tommy eventually became the leader of the Power Rangers and practically the face of the franchise at the time.
* BreakTheCutie: Kimberly suffers a lot in the first and third seasons due to Rita Repulsa demonstrating that EvilIsPetty; in fact, her final arc in Season 3 is an especially egregious example, as Rita keeps sending forth minions to drag the poor Pink Ranger into fights when Kimberly is trying to train for Pan Global gymnastics, and ultimately (due to the drain on her life force resulting from her Power Coin being in evil hands) Kimberly comes [[NeverSayDie as close to dying as the censors of the time were willing to allow]].
* BrickBreak: Once, when the Rangers made a TV appearance.
** An unconventional one happened in "Another Brick in the Wall." When Billy's Shogunzord destroys Brick Bully, he doesn't explode like almost every other monster in the series, but instead literally ''breaks apart'' and falls to pieces.
* BrokenAesop: An episode has the Yellow Ranger (who is Asian of course) being talked to about honor. Most notably, how she should fight monsters all on her own because it's honorable. Besides of all the other things wrong with this message, this episode was very closely placed to an episode about teamwork, which had literally the exact opposite lesson. And between the two, on a show where five superheroes usually beat up on one monster, the whole honor thing just doesn't make as much sense.
* TheBully: Bulk and Skull, at least at first. They're actually pretty low-level as far as bullying goes, and the Rangers don't take them seriously at all.
* ButNotTooEvil: Zedd is a particularly infamous example.
* CatchPhrase: Alpha's "Aye-yi-yi-yi-yi!"
** "It's Morphin' Time!" initially belonged to Jason. As the show progressed, the phrase became something of a trademark for the entire team.
** Rita's many variations of "I have a headache!"
* CharacterOutlivesActor: Thuy Trang, the actress who played Trini, the original Yellow Ranger, left the cast and died in a car accident several years later. The character is not dead in the show (or at least not known to be), though {{Fanon}} may state otherwise.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Watching the Rangers interact with Bulk and Skull in the original unaired pilot is strange. The bullies’ personalities were reversed, and Skull (played by an [[TheOtherMarty Other Marty]]) aggressively pursued Kimberly, while the Rangers were much more aggressive towards them. They even delivered a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to the two without provocation, something that would never happen in the actual series.
** Also observe Billy; TheSmartGuy at first, only good for spouting TechnoBabble, his first ''actual'' fight (unmorphed) had him flee from a single [[{{Mooks}} Putty]] up onto a cliff, forcing Trini to overcome her [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes fear of heights]] in order to save him from the footsoldier. Fast forward a good thirty episodes and you have in "A Fishy Situation" Kimberly calling for help, and not being able to reach the other three, and Billy figuring out a plan in order to beat a gang of Putty Patrollers with just the two of them.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: A negative example - In Season 2's "Two For One," Jason (piloting the Red Dragon Thunderzord) is getting his butt handed to him by the Lipsyncher monster. Billy and Alpha try to elevate the Zord's power, but can't without risking wiping out the Command Center's entire system due to overloading the computers. Fast forward to the Season 3 premiere, "Ninja Quest," and this exact problem is what results in the destruction of the Thunder Zords and the original Power Coins during the fight with Rito Revolto.
* ChekhovsGun: The Zeo Crystal was a MacGuffin for a handful of episodes, only to later become vital to the resolution of the "de-aging" arc and the basis of their new powers in the following season.
** The Green Candle. Once Zedd fully absorbs Tommy's powers, he has a black candle, a pink candle, a yellow candle, and a blue candle.
* ChekhovsGunman: Rocky, Adam, and Aisha.
* ChewingTheScenery: Everytime Rita Repulsa appear saying "[[RunningGag I've got a headache]]". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gayp5mXHZ7Y This]].
* ChickMagnet: Billy. Seriously, he attracted an obscene amount of women for being the geekiest guy in school.
** Also, in-universe, I think the girls found it very interesting that a nerd was also [[BadassBookworm built like a tank]]. How often do you run into those?
* ChristmasEpisode: One in continuity (Season 3's "I'm Dreaming of a White Ranger," in which Rito and the Tengas take over Santa's workshop and attempt to ruin Christmas by forcing the elves to mass produce what are basically evil, mind-controlling [[SpaceJews dreidels]] of Lord Zedd's own design) and one out of continuity (Season 2's ''Alpha's Magical Christmas'', in which Alpha and Zordon invite a bunch of kids from all over the world to the Command Center to celebrate Christmas with them, [[SeriesContinuityError and Tommy is still the Green Ranger, even though Rocky, Adam, and Aisha are on the team (with Zordon mentioning that "the others" (Jason, Zack, and Trini) are still at the World Peace Conference)]].
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Scorpina disappeared from the series in the end of Season 1 after all the ''[[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Zyuranger]]'' stock footage ran out. Although they did get [[TheOtherDarrin another actress]] to play Scorpina in Season 2, they couldn't get a hold of her for more than a single episode.
** Two other bullies Bulk and Skull frequently hang with only appeared in a couple episodes. The female was going to be named Sharky and stay as a recurring character (at least up till episode 15) but was removed after finding out that the Sharkdog from [[WesternAnimation/EekTheCat another Fox Kids show]] already had that name.
** Angela and Richie, Zack's and Trini's respective love interests. When the two of them were replaced by Adam and Aisha, Angela and Richie no longer had any reason to be on the show. The same applies to Zack's cousin Curtis. Richie and Curtis were mainly there to be White Ranger [[RedHerring Red Herrings]] as well, so that was another reason they'd outlived their usefulness.
** Subverted with Tommy after "The Green Candle." After he loses his powers he disappears completely without explanation until "Doomsday Part II," four episodes later before vanishing again until "Return of an Old Friend Part I" another right episodes later, before remaining for good.
** The Putty Patrol/Z-Putties. A mainstay of the show since its first episode, the Putties just... ''stop appearing'' once Rito brings the Tenga Warriors to the moon, without so much as a throw-away line like "Now we can get rid of those useless Putties!" from Zedd and Rita or "Man, those Tengas sure are a lot stronger than Putties!" from the Rangers. Which is odd, considering how much early PR loves to point out how much stronger new things are than old things. A couple Z-Putties made cameos at the premiere and finale of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' alongside Rita and Zedd however, so the suits apparently still existed.
** The Rangers' Ninja Ranger mode in Season 3. Once they acquire the Metallic Armor, the Ninja Rangers are never mentioned again.
* CircusOfFear: "No Clowning Around," complete with, obviously, a MonsterClown.
* ClarkKenting: The show doesn't spend much time on it but early on in the first season the Rangers plead ignorance on knowing what the Power Rangers are, and in one case start a rumor that they are space aliens.
* ClassicallyTrainedExtra: Jason Narvy as Skull, who has Shakespeare training and even acquired a [=PhD=] in Dramatic Arts years later. That's right, ''[[NotThatKindOfDoctor Doctor]]'' Jason Narvy.
* CliffHanger: While the show had its share of multi-parters, the most notable cliffhanger came at the end of Season 3, in which Rito and Goldar absolutely '''level''' the Command Center, leaving the Rangers without powers and a base. Most notably, the words ToBeContinued weren't used in the end title cards for the episode.
* ClipShow: The "Island of Illusion" two-parter and "Crystal of Nightmares" in Season 1, as well as the home video releases ''Lord Zedd's Monster Heads'' and ''The Good, the Bad and the Stupid: The Misadventures of Bulk & Skull'', both released during Season 3.
* CombatTentacles: Frequently for the MonstersOfTheWeek. They'd usually have these instead of arms.
* ComicBookAdaptation: Four. One from Hamilton Comics and one from Creator/MarvelComics when the show was airing, another from Papercutz in 2014, and [[ComicBook/MightyMorphinPowerRangersBoomStudios yet another]] from Creator/BoomStudios in 2015.
** Both original series were fun, but far from perfect. The Hamilton comics took place in Season 2 but were written like "Season 1, but with Zedd and the Thunder Zords" (Zedd would get headaches, etc), and the Marvel comics were a strange combination of Season 3 and the movie (Rito would be present in one issue, then Mordant the next, etc). Also, neither series got the order of the morph call right.
*** To be fair, the "Season 1, but with Zedd and the Thunder Zords" bit only happened in the first issue of the initial mini-series, a letter writer called them out on it and they had admitted they had done it prior to Zedd's real introduction.
** At one point during the Season 3 comics, there was an interesting bit where they pilot the Ninja Zords as Ninja Rangers, but the Shogun Zords in their regular suits, albeit designed as the movie suits.
** The Papercutz comics get details such as the morphing order right, and even recreate it faithfully to the TV show (the free comic book day issue even shows Zack morphing with his season 1 haircut, even though he has his season 2 style in the rest of the comic). However, it does contain errors, such as referring to Bulk and [[PowerRangersSamurai Spike]] instead of Bulk and Skull.
** Papercutz lost the rights after only two volumes plus a Free Comic Book Day issue, resulting in the third volume being cancelled (they also did two volumes each of Super Samurai and Megaforce). Boom! Studios took over the rights in summer 2015 launching at San Diego Comic Con with six exclusive art cards.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: In a scene from "Goldar's Vice-Versa," Bulk finds a note in his locker, the sender asking to meet as "I [the sender] have what you're looking for". Bulk gives the note to Skull, asking (rhetorically) "Do you know what this means?" Skull responds, "Yeah: Someone knows the combination to your locker." Bulk is ''not'' impressed. To be fair to Skull, though, he does ''have'' a point: Assuming a mundane explanation for how the note got into Bulk's locker. (It's still the ''wrong'' point...)
* CommLinks: The Rangers' wristwatch-like communicators.
* CommutingOnABus: Kimberly in Season 3.
* CompressedVice: Tommy's forgetfulness. It's first brought up in Season 1's "Mighty Morphin Mutants" (after almost 60 episodes) and then is only mentioned again once or twice before he leaves in ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' (which, considering how many episodes that spanned, is almost never again).
* ConflictBall: Deliberately done by Rita in one episode, having a monster turn Jason and Tommy against one another. It doesn't take for very long.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: More so than any Power Ranger series, starting in Season 2 and especially Season 3, the villains would use the "revive multiple monsters at a time" tactic. While the first time around each monster on its own was enough to give the Rangers trouble, multiple monsters were basically just glorified Putties.
** Subverted in "Ninja Quest Part I," when Rito and four monsters destroy the Thunder Megazord and White Tigerzord.
* ContinuityCreep: The early episodes, especially in the first season, are nearly all one-off battles with Rita's monsters, and extremely simple ones at that. After about fifty episodes of that, the show developed more of a continuing story.
** The end of the third season, from Master Vile showing up to the end of ''Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers'', sets up the beginning of ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''.
* ContinuitySnarl: Quite a few because of StockFootage; expect things that have not been introduced yet to show up in glimpses here and there, and say hello to quite a few of the Japanese cast in the background shots!
* ContinuityNod: Katherine and Lord Zedd in "Master Vile and the Metallic Armor," when referring to Tommy's attempts to find the Zeo Crystal.
-->'''Kat:''' "The forcefield will destroy anyone evil!"
-->'''Lord Zedd:''' "Or anyone who was ''once'' evil! Like a former Green Ranger..."
* ConvergingStreamWeapon: The Power Blaster.
** To a lesser degree, the Rangers could point their Blade Blasters together and fire off a sphere of energy.
* CoveredInGunge: At least OnceAnEpisode, usually to Bulk and/or Skull.
* CowardlyLion: In "When is a Ranger Not a Ranger?" after the Scatterbrain monster erases ''all'' the Rangers' memories, inadvertently revealing their identities to Bulk and Skull, the two realize they're the only thing standing between the deaths of "those dweebs" and the destruction of Earth. Even though they're clearly terrified, the two stand up to Scatterbrain and challenge him to a showdown. It doesn't go completely to plan, as Bulk and Skull end up losing the memories of the Rangers' identities, but they still manage to restore the Rangers' memories and allow them to destroy Scatterbrain.
* CowboyEpisode: "Wild West Rangers" where Kimberly is sent back to 1880 during Angel Grove's Wild West era.
* CrashCourseLanding: Kimberly in "Foul Play in the Sky."
* {{Crossover}}: With ''MaskedRider'' for Season 3. This was years before a ''Series/KamenRiderDecade''/''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' crossover!
* CurbStompBattle: There were quite a few of these over the three seasons, but two rather memorable ones took place in "Doomsday" and "Ninja Quest": In the former, the Dino Zords put up a pitiful fight against Cyclopsis, only for the evil Zord to hack off the Megazord's arm and the Dragonzord's tail. In the latter episode, the Rangers use their new Ninja Zords for the very first time and proceed to ''beat the living hell'' out of Rito Revolto, nailing him repeatedly with the Ninja [=MegaFalconzord's=] finishing attack and paying him back for his destroying the Thunder Zords earlier in the arc.
* CuteKitten: "P.C." ("Park Cat") in Season 3, who was actually Kat under Rita's spell.
* CutesyNameTown: Angel Grove.
* DanceBattler: Zack, who tried to combine the two into "hip-hop-kido."
* DarkFic: "Agony In Pink" is a particularly infamous one.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Season 3. As it was a transitional period with Amy Jo Johnson leaving and the switchover to ''Zeo'', the stakes had to be raised; among other things, Kimberly nearly dies when her power coin is stolen, Rita and Zedd succeed in a major conflict (to the point of commandeering the Youth Center for a victory party), the Ninja Coins destroyed and the Rangers (and the entire population of Earth) reduced to children, leading to them finding the Zeo Crystal to restore their powers, and finally ending with the Command Center destroyed.
* ADayInTheLimelight: For Squatt and Baboo in "The Trouble with Shellshock."
* TheDayTheMusicLied: When the Alien Rangers battle Hydro Hog in the Shogun Megazord, "Go Go Alien Rangers" kicks in as the Megazord powers up the Fire Saber for its [[FlamingSword finishing attack]], an attack which no monster has ever survived. The Megazord brings its saber down on Hydro Hog's head... only for Hydro Hog to catch the saber in his hands and quip "You don't get to win like that this time," instantly ending the theme.
* DecompositeCharacter: Dora Franke from ''Zyuranger'' split into two characters for the series. His first form becomes the Frankenstein Monster, and his second and third forms (Zombie Franke and Satan Franke) became Mutitus.
* DemotedToExtra: Squatt and Baboo had fairly sizable roles for henchmen in Season 1, each helping jumpstart some episodes' plots. However, with Lord Zedd's introduction in Season 2, their purpose appears to simply be observing his villainous actions or getting yelled at by him. This is somewhat reversed in Season 3, where they take a more active role in episodes again.
** Same for Finster in Season 2. Justified in that Lord Zedd makes his own monsters, making Finster obsolete. Finster even {{Lampshades}} his status by saying, "I used to be somebody around here. 'Monster-maker extraordinaire.' Now, I'm just old and in the way." The trope is reversed when Rita returns, as he helps her marriage plot. By Season 3, he is making monsters again (even more so than Zedd).
** This started happening to Kimberly in Season 3. Notably, she was the only one who didn't go to Edenoi during the season premiere (AKA the PoorlyDisguisedPilot for ''Saban's Series/MaskedRider'') due to a cold (though she made use of reduced screentime awesomely, being the only Ranger left on Earth when Rita and Zedd sent a new MonsterOfTheWeek), and had her powers drained halfway through after being captured by Kat Hillard. Since Creator/AmyJoJohnson actually told Saban she was going to quit beforehand, instead of clumsy camera tricks and an abrupt FakeShemp, half the season was spent slowly easing her character out of the Pink Ranger position and setting up her successor.
** Happened somewhat with Alpha 5. While his screen time never diminished, over the course of the show Billy became so intelligent and so involved with the tech side of the Rangers and Zords and weapons that Alpha's role as the tech guy was all but forgotten, only repairing and inventing things when Billy couldn't for some reason. Alpha never really regained his role until Billy finally left in ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''.
* DeusExitMachina: Zordon drops out of contact right at the beginning of the "Green With Evil" miniseries, lest he solve things in one episode instead of the five that it took. To be fair, Rita and Evil!Tommy spent considerable effort ''keeping'' him that way.
* DiscardAndDraw: The Zords in Season 2, and practically everything but the Rangers' costumes in Season 3.
* DismantledMacGuffin: The Zeo Crystal in Season 3.
* DistressedDude: Tommy was victim to this several times, if he wasn't off lollygagging or who knows. This is of course because the Sentai StockFootage didn't involve the SixthRanger unless they had no alternative.
* DodgyToupee: A RunningGag with Principal Caplan.
* DownerEnding: The entire series ends on one, wherein time reverses for the entire world and the bad guys flat-out win. You won't see this predicament completely resolved until you finish the second episode of ''Zeo''. Made worse by the fact that there is no "To Be Continued" message.
* DubNameChange: When adapting ''Dairanger'' into Season 2, the Sei-Kirin (Star Qilin) was changed to its closest Western equivalent, the Griffin. Sei-Tenma (Star Pegasus) was also changed into the Unicorn Thunderzord.
* DynamicEntry: In his Green Ranger days, Tommy was known to leap towards enemies crotch-first. (See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e9_pfucrdw here]], 30 seconds in.) Unsurprisingly, it's been the subject of MemeticMutation.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Dischordia appears in "Master Vile and the Metallic Armor," even though her debut - "The Sound of Dischordia" - wasn't until the next episode.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: David Fielding was in the opening credits sequence for the first season of the show for his role as Zordon. This is the only time in the show's history when a voice actor is credited in the opening. Usually, if you play an on-camera human or humanoid main or major recurring character, you're in the opening credits.
** He also only voiced Zordon for a short time. Only a little more than half of season 1 while Bob Manahan took over for the rest of his appearances.
** Also early on Robert Axelrod sometimes voiced Goldar off and on for most of season 1, through episode 44, until Kerrigan Mahan took over for the rest of his appearances. Axelrod would go on to voice Lord Zedd (though he was already voicing Finster).
* EarthShatteringKaboom: [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Serpentera]], a colossus of a Zord (which is saying something) built by Lord Zedd and his subordinates which on its maiden voyage blew up an abandoned planet in an attempt to stop the Rangers from retrieving the Sword of Light. Unfortunately for Zedd, and fortunately for the universe at large, Serpentera was never able to build up anywhere near that kind of power again.
* EenieMeenieMinyMoai: In Season 1's "Foul Play in the Sky," the Rangers inexplicably fight a monster in a park with Easter Island heads statues. These same statues are later seen in Season 2's "The Power Stealer."
* EpiphanicPrison: The Island of Illusion in, well, "Island of Illusion."
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Though their marriage was initially due to a love spell from Rita, by the time Season 3 rolls around, the two have genuinely grown to care for one another, even after Goldar reverses the spell. Zedd even tries to shield Rita from the rapidly approaching genocide in the finale of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''.
** Despite their constant bickering and putting down of one another, Rita, Rito, and Master Vile are all one big happy dysfunctional alien family.
* EvilIsHammy: ''[[UnderStatement Oh, yeah.]]'' Rita and Zedd are some of the hammier ''Power Rangers'' villains (Rita especially) but that's part of the fun.
** Good characters who became evil temporarily were noticeably hammier than when they were good. Kimberly took this to a whole new level when she pretended to be evil. Though she was probably just trying to mimic Rita. She also becomes this when momentarily turning evil in the Turbo Rangers Movie.
* EvilIsPetty: Aside from the evil plots to take over the world, the villains would sometimes devise plans to mess with the Rangers just to be jerks. Like the time they tried to wear Kimberly out just so she would be too exhausted for the gymnastics team tryouts (and Ranger duties).
* EvilLaugh: Tommy had a pretty good one as a villain.
** [[BigBad Rita]], [[BiggerBad Zedd]] and [[TheDragon Goldar]] each had their own as well, diving headfirst into the deep end of the EvilIsHammy pool.
** Alpha, of all people, gets one in "The Wedding."
* EvilWeapon: The Sword of Darkness in "Green With Evil."
* ExpospeakGag: Billy. Toned down starting with the second season, since Trini was the only one who could translate it to LaymansTerms, but she [[PutOnABus left for the Peace Conference]], so...
* {{Expy}}: The Dino Megazord was based on Anime/{{Golion}}[=/=]Anime/{{Voltron}} (mecha designer admitted his inspiration), while the Dragonzord was based on the King of Monsters himself, Franchise/{{Godzilla}}.
* EyesDoNotBelongThere: Eye Guy (all over his body) and See Monster (inside his trench coat).
* FacePalm: Rita would complain about having headaches. Zedd would groan in disgust.
* {{Fainting}}: Kimberly, quite a bit.
* FakeShemp: Jason, Zack and Trini prior to their formal departure. It went on for ''eight episodes'' (starting with "Zedd's Monster Mash" and all the way to the second part of "The Power Transfer") before their characters were finally written out, using a combination of reused lines, StockFootage, voiceovers while in costume, and an impressive amount of tricky editing. It actually went on for 18 episodes going back to "Welcome to Venus Island" if you wanna count their fight scenes being dubbed over before footage ran out .This was due to the three of them having walked out of [=ADR=] sessions that were being recorded after they had filmed all of their footage a total of 10 episodes "Zedds Monster Mash" was the first to be filmed after they departed. This is especially noticeable during a stock footage scene with Trini immediately cutting to a shot with her body double from behind sounding nothing like Trang who has just spoken in the previous shot a second earlier.
** For some reason one instance of Jason's stock footage role call replaces Austin St John's voice with that of his shemp despite not being necessary as the rest of them are pure stock footage including Austin's voice.
** Then there was that very unconvincing "No way!" from Tommy in "Green With Evil Part V" with a voice that was quite clearly ''not'' Jason Frank's.
* FakinMacGuffin: The Power Rangers deceive Lord Zedd and Goldar into getting the fake Lightning Diamond while keeping the [[MacGuffin real diamond]] nice and safe so that the Bookala can return to his home planet in "The Great Bookala Escape."
* FallingIntoTheCockpit: In the series premiere, Trini and Billy comment on how piloting their Zords is second-nature to them.
* FatAndSkinny: Bulk & Skull and Squatt & Baboo.
* FeatheredFiend: Chunky Chicken, the Two-Headed Parrot, the Peckster, Turkeyjerk, and the Tenga Warriors.
* FlamingSword: The Shogun Megazord's finishing attack.
* FlatCharacter: While the original five have distinct, diverse albeit slightly stereotypical personalities, and even actual character growth in Billy and Kimberly's case, the rest of the rangers don't really have a lot going on character-wise outside of martial arts. Even Tommy who, despite having the most going on story-wise, doesn't have much in the way of an actually defined personality aside from occasionally being forgetful.
* FlungClothing: In Season 3, the Rangers powered down from their ninja forms by ripping them off and flinging them away, revealing their street clothes underneath.
* FlyingCar: The Radbug, Billy's souped-up Beetle. [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome It disappears after most of the first season]].
* FoodFight: Bulk and Skull turn a food festival into an epic one in an episode ''called'' "Food Fight."
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Rocky, Adam, and Aisha first show up their clothing has highlights of red, black, and yellow, respectively.
** Subverted with Kat, in a surprising touch of subtlety you wouldn't expect from this show, most of Kat's pre-Ranger clothes were an almost-white [[http://legends.tabletsofdestiny.com/images/kat12.jpg pastel shade of pink]].
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: Alpha and the Frankenstein monster in "Life's a Masquerade," as well as Bulk and Skull in the same episode, who dressed up as "punks" ''not realizing that's how they dress normally''.
* FountainOfYouth: Applied to the whole of Earth during ''Alien Rangers''.
* FrankensteinsMonster: Rita creates her own version of the Frankenstein Monster in Season 1's "Life's A Masquerade." As one might imagine, he is incredibly powerful and beats the tar out of the Rangers.
** He also clobbers the Megazord, Dragonzord, and Dragonzord Battle Mode. Even though in MMPR he's defeated by the Power Staff, it only causes him to change form in ''Zyuranger'' to what we know as Mutitis.
** And, funnily enough, the Rangers wonder if it's Tommy in costume when in fact it is played by Jason David Frank in the U.S. footage.
* FreakyFridayFlip: Kimberly and Billy as well as Bulk and Skull in "Switching Places."
* FuelMeterOfPower: The Green Ranger in late Season 1/early Season 2. Oddly enough, he's seen fighting MORE when his power was limited than before he had his power taken away from him.
* FunnyBruceLeeNoises: When the epic showdown between Lord Zedd and the White Ranger finally takes place, Zedd asks Tommy "Are those hi-yahs really necessary?" [[EvilIsHammy He proceeds to do some of his own.]]
* TheGenericGuy: Rocky, to lesser extent Adam and, in an ironic sort of way, Tommy.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "{{I want my mommy}}." "[[YourMom Yeah, I want your mommy.]]"
* GiantRobotHandsSaveLives: At least twice (in "Big Sisters" and "Green With Evil Part IV"), the latter including a bus between the falling and the hand.
* GiantSpider: Spidertron and Arachnofiend.
* GiveGeeksAChance: Billy got an incredible amount of romantic subplots.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Tommy and Katherine's eyes would occasionally glow while under their respective evil spells. Zedd's visor would glow whenever he'd get ''really'' pissed off.
* GoForTheEye: Eye Guy.
* {{Golem}}: The Putty Patrollers (which were originally called "Golem Warriors" in ''Zyuranger''). Almost all the Season 1 monsters and most from Season 3 were clay figures run through Finster's Monster-Matic, as well.
* GottaCatchThemAll: The team had to go collect the pieces of the DismantledMacGuffin (which ''they'' broke and scattered. Didn't want the bad guys to get the Zeo Crystal, didn't realize they'd actually be needing the thing.)
* GreenThumb: The Spit Flower and Octoplant.
* HalloweenEpisode: Three: "Life's A Masquerade," "Trick or Treat," and "Zedd's Monster Mash," though the second one technically doesn't take place on Halloween. There's also the video release ''Lord Zedd's Monster Heads'', in which Zedd throws his own Halloween party.
* {{Hammerspace}}: In "A Bad Reflection on You," Bulk has a small lunchbox which his mom somehow crammed a bunch of food into it (including a mustard bottle, ketchup bottle, ham, footlong, pineapple. cream pie, etc.). The Rangers are perplexed.
* HandWave: As part of her plot to charm Zedd, Rita gets a beauty treatment (including a CucumberFacial) to justify the switch from ''Zyuranger'' StockFootage to a real-live actress.
* HatePlague: "Stop the Hate Master."
* HeelFaceTurn: Tommy, who started out as Rita's evil Green Ranger, but later switched his allegiance to the Power Rangers.
* HesBack
* HeroicBSOD: After losing the Megazord in "Green With Evil Part IV," the Rangers go through this. Only Jason wants to keep fighting.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Jason and Tommy, but even more so Bulk and Skull
* HilariousOuttakes: In the third season (mixed in with extended and deleted scenes), and a tradition that would be carried on over to ''[[Series/PowerRangersZeo Zeo]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Turbo]]'', and ''[[Series/PowerRangersInSpace In Space]]''.
* HollywoodDarkness: The cave leading to Ninjor's temple in "Ninja Quest."
* HollywoodNerd: Billy. Much effort was put into making David Yost appear smaller and weaker than he actually was, as he was very muscular.
* HongKongDub: Rita and Scorpina.
* HopelessSuitor: Skull occasionally hit on Kimberly, to no success.
* HospitalityForHeroes: The Rangers are almost never charged by Ernie for their juices and smoothies. WordOfGod states that it's because he figured out they were the Power Rangers.
* HumiliationConga: Master Vile puts Bulk and Skull in a ''literal'' humiliation conga line in "Master Vile and the Metallic Armor Part III" during his End of the World Party.
* HyperDestructiveBouncingBall: Soccadillo can roll himself up into one of these, doing a real number on the Rangers and the Zords whenever he hits them. Due to his shell, he's NighInvulnerable while in this form.
* ICantDance: Billy.
* IHaveToWashMyHair: In "Calamity Kimberly," Kimberly breaks a mirror and, as part of the bad luck she believes that comes as a result from that, gets her hair wet from rain while going to school. Upon seeing her hair, Skull comments that she wasn't lying when she said she needed to wash it.
* IKnewThereWasSomethingAboutYou: This is Aisha's reaction when Adam's date turns out to be Scorpina.
--> '''Aisha:''' "I ''knew'' there was something I didn't like about you! I mean, besides your hair and your clothes."
--> '''Scorpina:''' *scoffs* "I'm crushed."
* IKnowKungFaux: Zack's Hip-Hop-Kido. To be fair, there do seem to be actual martial arts involved.
* IKnowMaddenKombat: Kimberly, who used gymnastics in her fighting style.
* ImplacableMan: The [=MegaTigerzord=] in its debut episode; as it casually walks up to the MonsterOfTheWeek and smacks it and its clones around.
* InconsistentDub: The first season was pretty bad with this:
** The Power Sword was either the Red Ranger's main weapon, the Dino Megazord's weapon (which was also occasionally called the Mega Sword or Mega Power Sword), or the evil Green Ranger's Sword of Darkness.
** The Dragonzord Battle Mode was sometimes referred to as the Dragonzord Fighting Mode or the [=MegaDragonzord=] (which was also the name of the rarely used Dino Megazord/Dragonzord combination).
** The Power Weapons had different names in the episode "Different Drum" - Mighty Mace, Dino Daggers, Battle Bow and Cosmic Cannon (though the Power Sword retained its usual name).
** The Green Ranger's Dragon Dagger was called the Dragon Flute a few times.
** The Rangers' Megazord in the second season was either the Thunder Megazord or the Mega Thunderzord. Similarly, its weapon was either the Thunder Saber or the Thunder Sword. This lasted until about a third into the season, at which point they decided on Thunder Megazord and Thunder Saber (though the Saber did get called the Power Sword in "Best Man For The Job," which one can only imagine was an accident by that point).
* InformedAbility: After the villains spent two whole episodes building up Vampirus to be this unbelievably powerful creature capable of annihilating the Power Rangers with little to no trouble, Vampirus turned out to be a complete joke, finding himself on the wrong end of a CurbStompBattle by Ninjor and the newly acquired Ninja Megazord.
** Justified, in that Vampirus would have been able to beat the Rangers had they not just [[TookALevelInBadass gotten a new ally in Ninjor, new powers, and new Zords]].
* InstantFlightJustAddSpinning: The Thunder Ultrazord, which spins its lance above its head to fly
* JadedWashout: Zedd, post-marriage.
** Note that despite having JadedWashout tendencies, he has dealt quite far more damage post-marriage than pre-marriage.
** Zedd had brushes with success, only to have them taken away at the last moment, much like the former TropeNamer, Al Bundy.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Bulk and Skull.
* JustTakeThePoster: Bulk and Skull found an ad offering a reward to whoever returns a lost dog. They ripped it from the wall so nobody else would know about it.
* KamehameHadoken: Ninjor's finisher. A few monsters have seemingly surrendered after getting hit by it (before getting killed by the Megazord anyway), but with a few monsters it was little more than a distraction (albeit a useful one). Also, the Green Ranger, when he was evil. And the Stag Beetle monster, when he possessed the Green Ranger's powers.
* KickTheDog: In "The Spit Flower," Rita sends a squad of Putties to trash Kimberely's design of a flower float for the big Angel Grove parade, and she starts crying.
** TheDogBitesBack: Kimberly's Power Bow prevented the Spit Flower from further boosting its power by hitting its spit sac so that it couldn't make anymore biting bloomers (but the monster was far from helpless at this point, which is why they assembled the Power Blaster, it took three blasts from it to bring the monster down).
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:The Green Ranger. Not Tommy himself, however.]]
* KirksRock: The Command Center/Power Chamber (aka. American Jewish University's "The House of the Book") sat on this rock.
* KneelBeforeZod: Goldar to Tommy in "Green No More Part II."
** Goldar again to Jason in "Green With Evil Part III."
* LabPet: In one episode, Billy has a little white lab rat named Jack that he calls his "lab assistant."
* LampshadeHanging: A couple of times in Season 3, such as Zedd asking Tommy if all the "[[{{Kiai}} hiyah]]"s were really necessary, or a Tenga BreakingTheFourthWall and commenting that [[RecycledScript he's never seen THIS plot before]]. Alpha lampshades the Rangers' habit of scuba-diving at the wrong time in one episode. Rito, Bulk and Skull also frequently hung lampshades throughout the third season.
** In a couple episodes, when one or two Rangers needed help from the others, they used the excuse that they were scuba-diving and thus could not hear their communicators' summoning them (yes, this excuse was used more than once). In the third season episode "Follow That Cab!" this was lampshaded when Kimberly was trapped inside a taxi cab monster. When Zordon tells Alpha to contact the other Rangers, Alpha quips "I hope they're not off scuba-diving!"
** Also in the third season, Finster comes running up to Zedd and Rita, declaring he's done something wonderful, to which Zedd responds "What is it this time, Finster? A monster that blows ''itself'' up?"
** Again in the third season, Bulk and Skull are patrolling through the park when they come across Rito, Squatt, and Baboo, seconds before they [[VillainTeleportation teleport away in their usual multicolored flashes]]. The two begin screaming in their usual fashion, then say the following:
--->'''Bulk:''' "...Uh, why are we screaming?"
--->'''Skull:''' "Because Evil Space Aliens are using their magical powers right in front of us."
--->'''Bulk:''' "Oh."
--->''They continue screaming.''
** Lt. Stone finds it oddly convenient how often Bulk and Skull apparently run into monsters.
--> '''Lt. Stone:''' "How come you two, outside of the Power Rangers, are the only ones who seem to run into a new [[MonsterOfTheWeek monster every week?!]]"
** Back in the first season, in the episode "Grumble Bee," the Rangers (in the Megazord) summon the Power Sword to aid them in battle. Grumble Bee quips, "I bet that thing isn't even real!"
* LaserBlade: The Power Sword and the Dragon Dagger occasionally went into lightsaber mode to deliver a rather powerful blow to a monster, most notably when Jason used both to destroy Cardiatron.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Aside from [[ThoseTwoGuys Bulk and Skull]], Rita's fortress usually starting with a small RecurringRiff and then a whistle motif.
* LensFlare: The Command Center was sometimes more lens flare than set.
* LetsGetDangerous: A couple of episodes are centered around the monsters picking off the Rangers ([[ItsPersonal or one of Billy's girlfriends]]) one by one until Billy was the last one left to save them. The perception of nerdy, bespectacled, overalls-wearing Billy being the weakest is aided by some of their taunts and/or Billy having to give himself a little courageous pep talk before saving the day. Because at the end of the day, he's still a freaking ''Power Ranger'' and all.
* LivingStatue: Kind of. Lord Zedd turns the park's "Sentinel Statue" into a monster known as Nimrod, the Scarlet Sentinel.
* LivingStructureMonster: In one episode, Rita accidentally brings a brick wall to life. Brick Bully is literally a brick wall with an UpsideDownFace, limbs, and various graffiti all over him. He can turn others into bricks and when he eats more bricks, he assumes a slightly more humanoid and mobile form.
* LogicalWeakness: Tor the Shuttlezord, being a giant turtle, can be easily disabled simply by being knocked on its back, as shown in its first appearance.
* LongHairIsFeminine: Subverted/Inverted with Tommy, Trini, and Kimberly. Tommy, often considered TheAce, had long hair. Trini, the CuteBruiser martial artist, had very long hair, and although feminine, was definitely not TheChick. Meanwhile, Kimberly, who not only TheChick, but the template for ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' chicks, had short hair.
* LongLostUncleAesop: There were a ''lot'', but take for example Billy's girlfriends. One episode was literally about an uncle, when Dark Warrior threatened Trini's uncle.
* LostForever: The original [=Zyu2=] footage. From all accounts, it seems that the original masters were edited over with footage of the ''Dairanger'' mechs.
** Not all of it! Starting in 2014, [[http://youtu.be/91BoKNRb2uY Zyu2 footage from Season 2 started getting releases.]]
* LovePotion: Used on Zedd by Rita. It later got undone, but it turns out he loved her anyways.
** Zedd also tried one on Kimberly in "Beauty and the Beast." It didn't work, but she faked it and abused his minions.
** MonsterOfTheWeek Miss Chief randomly zapped numerous people with a love spell and watched the chaos that unfolded.
* LoweredMonsterDifficulty: {{Monster|OfTheWeek}}s such as Eye Guy, Snizard, and Pirantis Head would often wreck the entire team and come close to victory on their own. But whenever Zedd and Rita would decide to send down "an army of our best monsters," the monsters would more often than not lack all their special powers and engage the Rangers with mere hand-to-hand combat. Furthermore, whereas these monsters usually required the [[CombiningMecha Zords]] or the [[ConvergingStreamWeapon Power Blaster]] to destroy them in their initial appearance, they could now be destroyed by a mere slash from their individual weapons, or even a strong enough punch or kick.
** Justified in some cases by the Rangers facing old threats with new abilities, weaponry, and/or Zords.
* LuckyTranslation: The switch to ''Dairanger'' mecha for season two could have been a problem because the ''Dairanger'' didn't have a Black Ranger but a Green Ranger in its place. The Green ''Dairanger'' Lion zord coloring just happened to be about fifty percent black with a couple of gold and green highlights, making it plausible as a Black Ranger's zord as well. Similarly the White Ranger's suit design was close enough stylistically (animal theme helmet in particular) to match the ''Zyuranger'' costumes, any other suit would have made too big of a contrast. ''Kakuranger'' had a female White Ranger in place of the Pink Ranger, but whose Zord was white with pink highlights. Finally, while ''Kakuranger'' lacked a proper sixth ranger, it did have an an additional white mecha capable of fighting independently or combining with the megazords.
** There's also the fact that the ''Dairanger'' mecha were a '''lot''' like the ''Zyuranger'' mecha in many ways. They were similar in design (red can fight solo, black is square and blocky, blue and yellow were both long and rectangular, pink could fly,) and layout (red forms the center, black is arms, blue and yellow were legs, and pink was mostly an accessory.) Additionally, both had the ability for the auxiliary Zords to combine with the Sixth Ranger mecha. This made the idea of the Thunderzords being suped-up Dinozords a much easier sell.
* MagicMusic: The Green Ranger's Dragon Dagger (occasionally called the Dragon Flute). Its tunes could summon the Dragonzord and also seemed to be an activation for the golden "Dragonshield."
** Also: Season 1 monster Gnarly Gnome, Season 2 monster Guitardo, and Season 3 monster Dischordia.
* MagicWand: Rita, Zedd, and Vile all use magic wands. Wands/staffs became a go-to accessory or weapon for many PR villains and monsters.
* MakeWayForTheNewVillains: Zedd deposing Rita in Season 2.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Lord Zedd, Rita's previously unmentioned boss, comes ''out of nowhere''. This ruins pretty much everyone's day.
* MasterOfDelusion: Bulk and Skull, when trying to find the Rangers' identities.
* MeetTheNewBoss: In the second season, Lord Zedd banished Rita and took over. In the third season, Master Vile was in charge for the duration of his short visit.
** Happened with the Rangers, too, when Tommy replaced Jason as team leader after becoming the White Ranger (although the line was only dubbed in during post-production, after Austin St. John was fired).
* MindControlEyes: Tommy in "Green With Evil."
** Kat pre-Pink Ranger. Hell, she would often [[PaperThinDisguise do it in front of the Rangers, who wouldn't notice a thing]].
* MirrorMonster: A literal one, Season 2's Mirror Maniac.
* ModestyShorts: The end of "Green Candle Part II" Tommy lifts Kimberly up high, whilst the latter is wearing a dress.
* MonsterClown: Pineapple the Clown, the human form of Rita's Pineoctopus monster.
* MonsterSobStory: Fang only wants to be left alone and eat his gooney bird eggs. Squatt and Baboo destroy his eggs and Rita says she'll restore them only if he destroys the Power Rangers. Desperate to get his eggs back, Fang fights the Rangers until he's destroyed by the Ultrazord.
* MookCarryover: When Zedd usurped Rita as the new BigBad, all of Rita's servants were kept on. Even Finster, who wasn't even needed anymore. Plus the Putties [[EliteMooks received some upgrades to become tougher]] (In theory, anyway. See WeaksauceWeakness below).
* MotiveDecay: Over the course of the three seasons, Zedd and Rita's focus seems to be less on conquering the Earth and more on being {{Jerkass}}es to the Rangers. Their plans turn from "This plan will provide us with an unending power source or ultimate weapon that will allow us to take over the Earth" to "This plan will totally ruin Kimberly's chance at joining the Pan Global Games."
** To be fair, they weren't so much interested in ruining Kimberly's Pan Global Games dreams. Instead, they wanted to tire her out to the point that she would suffer a horrible injury training. Still a step down from seeking ultimate power or weaponry, but there's something to be said for striking a morale blow against the Rangers.
*** Plus, by this time, they had taken her Power Coin, which she bonded her life force to, thus slowly killing her. They wanted to wear her out to the point where one good blow would take her out.
* MrFanservice: All the male Rangers, even Billy eventually. They were actually put into this role more often than the females. Between Jason's endless assortment of sleeveless shirts and the later additions of Tommy, Rocky, and Adam (all of whom consistently wore workout clothes), it really does seem like the show was trying to keep strict moms who complain about the violence distracted.
** Richie, Trini's love interest also deserves a mention.
* MsFanservice: All four girl Rangers to varying degrees, with Kimberly of course deserving special mention. Even the villains had Scorpina.
* MundaneUtility: The Zords are giant robotic dinosaurs, plus a Sabertooth Tiger, a Mastodon, and a Pterodactyl, that can combine into a giant robot. What calls Kimberly's attention when she first boards it? [[spoiler: The stereo.]]
--> '''Kimberly''': [[spoiler: "Hey, nice stereo!"]]
** The same line gets a CallBack in the movie when Kimberly first boards the Cranezord.
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[[folder:''Mighty Morphin'''-Specific Tropes N-Z]]
* NeckLift: Goldar to Jason in "Green With Evil Part II" and ''Jason'' to Evil!Tommy in another episode.
* NerdsAreSexy: Billy Cranston: Intelligent, charmingly geeky, [[GeniusBruiser built like a friggin' tank.]] No wonder he got so many girls.
* NeverRecycleYourSchemes:
** Subverted because the one time one of Zedd's schemes was reused (the "turn the Rangers into children" plan, this time by Master Vile) it not only worked, but resulted in the end of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and necessitated the creation of the Series/PowerRangersZeo.
** Also subverted in the first season: The second team of evil Rangers Rita created (the Mutant Rangers, led by Commander Crayfish) were far more powerful than her first (the evil duplicate Rangers led by Twin Man).
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: It seems like every time the Rangers use their Ninja Ranger powers, they reveal new ways to kick Tenga backside, whether it's super speed, teleportation, or ''growing to the size of a frickin' building!'' Though, seeing as how they don't have much impact on the plot (only really used in the battles against the Tengas), it can be forgiven. The Ninja Rangers were never used against actual monsters, so it seems they weren't ''quite'' as powerful as one would initially believe.
* NewTransferStudent: Every Ranger past the original five (though we first met Rocky, Adam, and Aisha ''before'' they transferred from the school across town).
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: As the Rangers fight off Rito and four other monsters, Zordon informs them that if they keep on fighting, "the flux of power could ultimately strip you of your Ranger powers." Tommy's response is a cocky "That's a risk we'll just have to take!" The end result: Dino Coins fried, Zords fall apart (literally), and Command Center trashed. Way to go, T.O.!
** What makes it even worse is that it's not even as if they lost their powers defending the city. Rito's mission was specifically to fight the Rangers and nothing else. A retreat would have actually ''foiled'' Zedd and Rita's plan, unless they planned on targeting the city if the Rangers DID retreat.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Rita recruiting an evil Ranger on her side led to said Ranger defecting and joining her enemies. Zordon even comments in "Green With Evil Part V" that the Green Ranger's HeelFaceTurn was ''prophesied''.
** Don't forget taking the Green Ranger's powers...only to have to deal with the White Ranger.
** The Shogun Zords were previously lost, but the villains were the ones to find and activate them. And rather than simply use them themselves, Lord Zedd preferred the irony of blackmailing the Rangers into piloting them. Of course, within minutes of entering the Blue Shogunzord, Billy effectively reprograms the Shogun Zords to be under the Rangers' control.
** The destruction of the Ninja Coins was quite a victory for Zedd and company, but doing so just forced the Rangers to retrieve and restore the Zeo Crystal. This would make the Rangers even more powerful and able to resist the Machine Empire (which Zedd and company were afraid of). Also, as ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' showed, Billy using the regenerator to restore his age ultimately led to him rapidly aging. Had the villains not destroyed the Ninja Coins, Billy would've used the regenerator on the whole world, leaving everyone with the same fate.
** The Machine Empire showed up right when Rita and Zedd were about to take over the world, the time it took the Machine Empire to set up allowed the Rangers to gain their Zeo powers in time.
** Dischordia had used her powers to take control of the Rangers. She was about to force Tommy to hand over his Ninja Coin, but she swatted him aside briefly to mock him. It was only a matter of seconds, but it gave Tommy and the others enough time to summon the Metallic Armor, which blocked out her spell.
** When Master Vile arrived, Rito dropped the jar holding Ninjor. He wound up getting recaptured fairly quickly anyway, but not before he was able to warn the Rangers of Vile's plan for the Zeo Crystal. And no one put him back in a jar either, so when he was finally able to break free again, he joined the battle and finished off the Blue Globbor.
* TheNineties: In the second episode, on receiving a new piece of crime-fighting technology, Kimberly excitedly exclaims "This is so nineties!" Future viewers know how right she is.
** Although Season 1 had flashes of TheEighties (or rather the early '90s), especially with Kimberly.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Mainly used for the MonstersOfTheWeek.
** The Lizzinator was Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger.
** Fang and Vampirus were both Creator/PeterLorre.
** Dischordia was Creator/EthelMerman.
** Octophantom and Globbor kind of sounded like Creator/BobcatGoldthwait but that may have been unintentional.
** Ninjor's voice was based on WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight, despite most people thinking it's [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Marvin the Martian]] he's spoofing.
* NoFourthWall: In "Food Fight," Pudgy Pig sniffs at the camera.
* NoIndoorVoice: Jason once he morphs.
** Rita's default voice is pretty much just a constant, shrill scream.
* NoNameGiven / AllThereInTheScript: "Mighty Morphin" was apparently actually part of the team's name, as they were referred to as such, but only a few scant times. Jason would later announce the title in the ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' episode "Forever Red."
** Zedd and Rita's crew were known as the "Evil Space Aliens" in almost every aspect of the franchise except for the show itself (though Skull did use the term once in Season 3).
** The name of Rita's telescope (the [=RepulsaScope=]) was never uttered until Season 3, when Zedd gave her a new one.
** Though Zedd's Putties were referred to as "Z-Putties" by fans for years, the name was never used in any official capacity until ''Power Rangers Super Legends'' on the [=PlayStation=] 2.
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: While MMPR had a few {{Wham Episode}}s the main premise remained the same for about the first 130 episodes with the most of them being stand alone with the Rangers fighting the MonsterOfTheWeek with the occasional two or three episode stories where the Rangers faced a challenge, however by the end the Rangers always succeeded and left with more powers and weapons than they had before, which pretty much reduced the BigBad to HarmlessVillain status. However that changed around the midway point of Season 3 with the three parter "Changing of the Zords." While the Rangers did eventually win and get the Shogun Zords, Lord Zedd and Rita still had the Pink Ranger's Power Coin, the Falconzord, and Ninjor trapped in a bottle. Plus, they came as close to killing a Ranger as they ever would. After that, the show became more arc driven with only occasional stand alone episodes and the Rangers playing defense for the remaining twenty five episodes of the series. These arcs would continue on a lesser scale in ''Zeo'' and ''Turbo'', before truly taking over the series with ''In Space''.
* {{Oculothorax}}: Eye Guy's core form is one.
* OfficialCouple: Tommy/Kimberly. Tommy/Kat wouldn't even be hinted at until ''Zeo''.
* OffTheShelfFX: Rita's shrunken banishment at the start of Season 2, as well as the Ninja and Shogun Ultrazords in Season 3, were all done using toys... with predictable results.
* OhCrap: Rito in "Ninja Quest Part IV," seconds before the Ninja [=MegaFalconzord=] slams its finishing attack fists into him.
** In "The Mutiny Part I," just about everyone has this reaction to Lord Zedd's arrival.
** Tommy in "The Green Dream" when he tries to summon Dragonzord to fight Robogoat and nothing happens.
** A RunningGag was for Rita to pull away from her huge telescope when the Rangers had just summoned the Power Sword or the Ultrazord or something similar with an aversion to her normal LargeHam tendency and just utter an "...uh oh."
** Rita gave a great look of horror after the Rangers successfully kill off Mutitus.
* OhMyGods: Averted in [[ChristmasEpisode "Alpha's Magical Christmas,"]] with some songs that mention "God" and "Christ."
* OneSteveLimit: Meta-subversion. Jason Geiger used the stage name "Austin St. John" to alleviate confusion with his character, [[TheDanza Jason Lee Scott,]] as well as fellow actors Jason Narvy and Jason David Frank.
* OneWingedAngel: Scorpina. Unlike Goldar and most other [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters]], she doesn't just get bigger when Rita makes her grow, she goes from "Attractive Asian woman in armor" to "Grotesque humanoid scorpion complete with giant claw and whip-like tail."
* OnTheNext: "Find out next time, on the ''Mighty Morphin Power Rangers''!"
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Young Kat in the ''Alien Rangers'' series.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Lord Zedd. He would even do this with a FacePalm if his day was going badly enough.
* OrderedApology: When Goldar finally learns that Rita used a love potion to make Lord Zedd marry her, he orders Finster to make an antidote. By the time Goldar uses the antidote on Zedd and denounces Rita to him, Zedd had already developed real feelings for Rita and doesn't believe Goldar, who is then ordered by Zedd to apologize. Goldar begrudgingly does as ordered and the issue is never brought up again.
* OutGambitted: Zedd makes the Ninja Zords useless and forces the Rangers to pilot his own evil Shogun Zords, or else Kimberly dies. Just as it seems like he's won, Tommy rescues Kimberly and Billy rewires the Shogun Zords so that they will only respond to the Power Coins, ripping them from Zedd's command.
-->'''Zedd:''' "They broke my staff... They stole my Zords... This job used to be fun."
** Hell, ''Rita'' did one in "The Green Candle". The Rangers can either get Tommy's powers back (and let Tommy die) or save Tommy (and he loses his powers). By the way, if Tommy tries to get his powers back himself, they just snuff out quicker. And you can't morph in the Dark Dimension...[[MagicAIsMagicA most of the time]]. Tommy still out-gambits her, by giving Jason the Green Power Coin. Rita is only able to steal the power from Tommy. Then [[ChekhovsBoomerang Tommy gets better]] but [[HourOfPower only temporarily]], and he runs out of power again facing Zedd. But that's okay, because he gets the White Ranger powers, which are better.
* PaletteSwap: The ''Dark Rangers'' were simply repainted Putty costumes. They were unimpressive at best.
* PetTheDog: For Bulk and Skull in "A Ninja Encounter Part I," a baby carriage goes careening out of control and the two make a sincere and honest effort to save the baby inside. Later on they can be seen sitting with the baby and his father during a martial arts competition and even hold him.
** In "A Potion Notion," Skull is heartbroken after a lovestruck Kimberly finally returns his affections (due to a love spell from Rito). Once the spell is broken, Kimberly feels awful for hurting Skull and asks him to dance with her at the school dance.
* PlantAliens / PlantPerson: Pineoctopus, Spit Flower, Octoplant, Pumpkin Rapper, Bloom of Doom, Invenusable Fly Trap, Terror Blossom, and Needle Nose.
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: In "Wild West Rangers," Kimberly goes back in time, wearing almost nothing (although THIS is lampshaded as men can be seen leering at her), with what would be considered a boy's haircut in the 1880s, and finds people who look exactly like her friends, who include a black woman, an Asian and a hispanic. Naturally, nothing is ever said about all these people just walking around.
** More justified then you think, the Old West had many fleeing slaves and Asian immigrants, and much of it used to be Mexico.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: Season 3's "A Friend in Need" three-parter for ''MaskedRider''.
* {{Precap}}: "Today on ''Power Rangers''!"
* PreviouslyOn: Obviously used during multi-part storylines. The opening title sequences of the later seasons would also serve to recap important recent events in the series, such as the cast changes and new powers.
** "Last time, on ''Power Rangers''!"
* PunnyName: Kat, who Rita used to spy on the Rangers as, well, a cat.
** Also, having the Pink Ranger be named Kimberly ''Hart'', the Green Ranger be named Tommy ''Olive''r, and the Red Ranger be named (not color-related, but still punny for different reasons) Jason Lee Scott.
* PutOnABus: Jason, Trini, and Zack were written off halfway through the second season by sending their characters to "Teen Peace Summit," followed by Kimberly during the third season to pursue her gymnastics career. An in-joke among the cast was that if one of them demanded a raise, their character would be "sent to a peace conference."
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The actors playing Jason, Trini, and Zack all left partway through the second season due to contract disputes, and Creator/AmyJoJohnson left in the third season to focus on expanding her career. As a result, storylines featuring their characters' PassingTheTorch to their replacements were written.
*** Also Tommy was likely made the leader because of this as the producers thought that a veteran Ranger should be the leader. As Austin St. John had walked out during post production of "White Light," dialogue was added to make Tommy the leader.
** Another notable example happened in Season 2. The actors were stuck in Australia because of script and scheduling problems with the movie (which was being filmed in Australia at the time). But the TV episode schedule caught up to them. So the crew filmed several episodes where the Rangers, as students, holiday in Australia, using a historical village just outside of Sydney to portray colonial Angel Grove for a time-travelling adventure.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Rita Repulsa. After her [[MagicPlasticSurgery magical moon mud facial]] in Season 2, she's thrilled that she doesn't ''look'' a day over 11,000 years old . . . one can only guess how old she really is.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Zordon. And Principal Caplan, most of the time.
* RedHerring: Richie (Trini's potential love interest) and Curtis (Zack's cousin), two minor characters from Season 2, were both likely candidates to become the White Ranger.
* RefusalOfTheCall: When Zordon first summons the teenagers to his Command Center and dumps out the whole Rita problem, it proves a bit overwhelming. First Zack and then everyone else walks out, unable to really understand what he's talking about, and only Jason believes they should have accepted the offer. Then Rita sends a squad of Putties to attack them. A brief struggle ensues and the teens realize the gravity of the situation and decide to use the Power Morphers.
* RemovedFromThePicture: Kat, while under Rita's spell, had a picture of Tommy with Kimberly cut out.
* ReplacementLoveInterest: Adam got one in "Return of the Green Ranger." And Kat wound up becoming one for Tommy - not right away, but still.
* ReplacementMooks: Putties to Z-Putties to Tengas.
* RhymesOnADime:
** At least once, we get a LampshadeHanging: The Yellow Ranger isn't succumbing to the villain's HatePlague, and we get...
-->'''Hate Master:''' "Would you give in already?! Doing this is no snap! It really isn't ''easy'' talking all the time in rap!"
** The Rangers also had an ally who did this, Quagmire from the "Island of Illusion" two-part episode. Although, not all his rhymes made complete sense. For example, he referred to Madame Woe (a MonsterOfTheWeek who appeared in a previous episode) as a "nightmare queen" who Billy fought in a "realm of dreams," which really didn't describe Madame Woe or the actual battle at all.
** The Pumpkin Rapper, a jack-o-lantern monster who attempted to "distract the Rangers with his clever raps and rhymes."
-->'''Pumpkin Rapper:''' "Ooh, you Rangers make me mad! Wakin' me up with a rap that bad!"
* RockOpera: "A Rock Adventure," a ConceptAlbum that takes Ron Wasserman's soundtrack and adds audio clips from the show between and during the songs. The result is a loose retelling of "The Mutiny" with bits from other episodes thrown in.
* RoleReprisal: The Power Rangers footage of Rita Repulsa was taken off of ''Zyuranger'' villain Witch Bandora played by Machiko Soga. When ''Power Rangers'' was dubbed in Japanese, Machiko Soga was hired to re-dub her character.
* RubberForeheadAliens: The Aquitians.
* RuleThirtyFour: Used in the fic ''ObserveTheViewingGlobe''. Would be PowerPerversionPotential, but the writers ''completely made up'' this side effect of the Power.
* RuleOfThree: The Rangers have to follow three rules: 1.) Never reveal their identities to anyone 2.) Never escalate a battle unless forced to 3.) Never use their powers for personal gain.
* RunningGag: Rita's "I have a ''HEADACHE!''"
** Bulk and or Skull getting hit with some sort of substance
** Rito thinking that Lord Zedd's name is Ed.
* SanDimasTime: "Wild West Rangers."
* SavingChristmas: "I'm Dreaming of a White Ranger."
* SchoolPlay: At least one, with Kimberly on stage.
-->'''Zack:''' "Break a leg."\\
'''Tommy:''' "Don't you dare."
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Master Vile.
** Squatt and Baboo in "Return of an Old Friend Part II," when Tommy reclaims the Dragon Dagger and Dragonzord.
** Goldar and Scorpina had a habit of doing this during Megazord fights.
*** And Rito. A variation of it was one of his catchprases:
--->"He who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day!"
* SealedEvilInACan:
** The TropeNamer Rita Repulsa from the first season was originally trapped in a "space dumpster" on the moon (or ''a'' moon, or something) for 10,000 years until astronauts accidentally released her. Her line from the intro sequence is rather iconic:
--->"Ahh! After 10,000 years I'm free! It's time to conquer Earth!"
*** Her boss Lord Zedd eventually returns, and displeased with [[YouHaveFailedMe her failure]] puts her back in her dumpster (or a different one) and sends her off into space again. She gets out twice. The first time the Rangers catch her and reseal her, the second time she stays out for good.
** To a lesser extent, in the episode "Final Face-Off," Rita opens an urn which imprisoned the legendary Face Stealer. The Rangers lock him back in the urn upon his defeat at the end of the episode.
* SecretKeeper: Rocky, Adam and Aisha, before becoming Rangers themselves.
* SelfDeprecation / SelfParody: When Lord Zedd first arrives, Zordon says he has no idea what the villain may have in store. Zack quips "I got a feeling it ain't Pudgy Pig."
* SeriesFauxnale: The two-part episode "Doomsday" was intended to be the series' finale, since Saban exhausted almost all of the original ''Zyuranger'' footage. But when MMPR proved to be a surprise sensation, they revised the episode at the last minute, editing out the ending from ''Zyuranger'' where Rita Repulsa and her henchmen are sent back to the dumpster. The fact that it was meant to be the series finale becomes very obvious at the end when Zordon gives the Rangers the option to retire as well as the Rangers acting like Rita had been defeated for good, even though in the final air version she escapes.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Billy. Trini had to translate his TechnoBabble and SpockSpeak.
--> "Prodigious!"
** To say nothing of "It's time for molecular transmutation!"
** In the first season, the only time he seems able to say "yes" instead of "affirmative" is when he drinks a potion that turns him punk.
* SesquipedalianSmith: Kimberly Ann Hart.
* ShoutOut: In one scene in Season 3, the Rangers (in their Ninja Ranger outfits rather than their Ranger suits) decide to go all Franchise/SuperSentai, doing a team roll call (which IIRC they'd never done before - all previous uses of roll call footage had been adapted into either different speeches or Zord calling) followed up with a team pose - specifically, the signature pose of ''Series/DaiSentaiGoggleFive''!
** One episode involved a MonsterOfTheWeek named Shellshock who was a turtle-creature. When he grew to giant size, he exclaimed, "Just wait until those teenage mutants find out what a full-grown turtle can do!" The reference couldn't have been more obvious.
** In "A Chimp In Charge," as Finster attempts to transform a chimpanzee into the Sinister Simian, he asks "Don't you want to be a big gorilla like [[Film/KingKong King... what's his name]]?"
** In "Rangers in Reverse," the natural rotation of the Earth is stopped and then put in reverse, causing time itself to rewind. [[Film/{{Superman}} Where does this sound familiar?]]
** "May the Power protect you." I know I've heard something like that [[Franchise/StarWars somewhere before]].
** "Trick or Treat": Skull (dressed in a prisoner costume) has "[[Literature/LesMiserables 24601]]" written on his chest.
** As Rita Repulsa is being shrunk down by Zedd in "The Mutiny Part I," she exclaims "I'm shrinking! What a planet!" This is an obvious reference the Wicked Witch of the West's final words in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', which was the largest inspiration for Rita when the show began.
*** Aside from Rita, the voice and dialogue of the third-season monster Witchblade are shout-outs to the film version of the [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Wicked Witch of the West]]. Witchblade's dying words are "I'm falling, falling - what a world!"
** In "The Wedding," Finster is trying to return Rita to normal size with his machine. He eventually says "I've never [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap turned it]] UpToEleven before." and this setting restores Rita to her normal size.
* {{Sizeshifter}}: Ninjor.
** Goldar also shows the ability in one episode, in order to have a giant sized face off with the previously mentioned ninja master.
* SmoochOfVictory: Zedd comedically gives Goldar one of these when Master Vile finally leaves.
-->'''Goldar:''' "For the love of Mike...!"
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: As the show begins, Rita Repulsa is an intergalactic witch who is essentially Zordon's evil equivalent, making her sound like a fairly big deal. Then Season 2 introduces Lord Zedd, the Emperor of Evil who was far worse than Rita. Near the end of Season 3, we meet Rita's dad Master Vile, who is described as infinitely wiser in the ways of evil than Zedd ever was. Later, in the premiere of ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', Master Vile admits that King Mondo and Queen Machina are the only ones in the galaxy "more evil" than himself.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Burai, Tommy's counterpart in ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'', died by the end of that series, but in MMPR Tommy merely lost his powers instead (well, temporarily).
** In ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'', Rito's counterpart was in fact killed by the Ninja Zords. In MMPR, things were changed so that he survived the battle. He gets {{BrotherChuck}}ed after ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' so it's possible he's still out there, as he's not shown getting vaporized in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is it Zack or Zach? Various sources have used either one, but officially it's Zack.
** The name of the show is not ''Mighty Morphin'''g''' Power Rangers''; it's a slang spelling. Officially, there's not even an apostrophe after the word in question.
*** Some licensed materials display it as "Morph'n," as apparently "Morphin" is a term for the drug Morphine.
** A decent amount of merchandise spelled Season 2's main villain's name as "Lord Zed," but as the man himself tells Rito in Season 3: "Z-E-D-D! MY NAME IS LORD ZEDD!"
* SpotTheImpostor: Done a few times, but most notably in Season 2's "The Wanna-Be Ranger."
** Also in Season 2's "Blue Ranger Gone Bad."
* SquashedFlat: Finster gets accidentally trampled by a squadron of eager monsters in "Alien Rangers of Aquitar."
* StandardizedLeader: Jason.
* StockEvilOverlordTactics: Emphasis on ''Stock'', Rita may have had zany schemes, but they always boiled down to ''"MakeMyMonsterGrow!"''
* StrictlyFormula: Most notably in the first season, where more often than not, it took a multi-part episode to indicate that there would ''be'' any appreciable plot beyond fighting the MonsterOfTheWeek. Around halfway through the third season, namely beginning in the three-part "Changing of the Zords" episodes, the dynamic of the series changes to being much more serialized, first trying to retrieve Kimberly's Power Coin, the Falconzord, and Ninjor, and then shortly after recovering them, retrieving the Zeo Crystal to undo a time reversal and restore the Ranger Powers.
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: The good guys have the Viewing Globe, the villains have Rita's telescope and Zedd's visor. The last two can not only zero in on Angel Grove from the ''moon'', but give their owners perfect camera angles.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: In "Happy Birthday Zack," when Zack comes to the Youth Center looking for the other Rangers, Ernie says he hasn't seen anyone, then adds "It's just been me and my stack of papers, bowl of popcorn, [[RuleOfThree a couple of chairs]]..." before he is cut off by Zack who doesn't spot the denial.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Rita and Zedd's ultimate goal, naturally.
* TakeUpMySword: A non-fatal version of this trope occurred to the original Green Ranger (Tommy Oliver). When the Green Candle burned out, all but fully draining his Dragonzord Power Coin, Tommy gave his Power Coin to the original Red Ranger (Jason Lee Scott) to stop Rita Repulsa from absorbing the Power Coin as well as the last remnants of its power, which would have resulted in the creation of another evil and possibly even stronger and unstoppable Evil Green Ranger and Evil Dragonzord via the powers that the Green Candle had already stolen.
* TeamRocketWins: The villains would occasionally get their act together and really stick it to the Rangers.
** "Green With Evil": Rita creates her own evil, Green Ranger, which results in the Command Center getting trashed, loss of communication with Zordon and the temporary destruction of the Megazord.
** "The Green Candle": Rita uses the Green Candle to steal the Green Ranger's powers but Tommy gives his Dragon Power Coin to Jason which just results in a temporary loss of his powers.
** "Doomsday": Rita creates her own Zord, Cyclopsis, that completely overwhelms the Dino Zords and, at one point, ''hacks off the Megazord's arm and Dragonzord's tail''.
** "Green No More": Zedd uses a magic crystal to destroy the Green Ranger's powers forever.
** "Ninja Quest": Zedd and Rita send Rito and a group of monsters that ambush the Rangers, destroying their Dino Power Coins and the Thunder Zords.
** "Changing of the Zords": Zedd and Rita kidnap Ninjor and steal both Kimberly's Ninja Power Coin (almost killing her) and the Falconzord (rendering the other Ninja Zords useless for a good chunk of the season).
** "Rangers In Reverse": Master Vile summons the Orb of Doom which renders the Rangers powerless and turn them into helpless children. It's worth noting that the effects from this one ''stuck'', as it was this plan that put an end to the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
*** Zedd tried it before in "Rangers Back in Time" (lampshaded by Goldar saying "Been there, done that") with the Rock of Time. Key difference being that the Orb of Doom activated itself by its own self-destruction, so while the Rangers could obliterate the Rock of Time with the Power Cannon, they had no defenses against something that operated by its own self-destruction. The Orb of Doom also didn't regress the memories of the Rangers, as they remembered who they were, but just couldn't morph.
** "Climb Every Fountain": Zedd and Rita personally destroy the Ninja Power Coins.
** "Hogday Afternoon": Goldar and Rito destroy the Command Center.
* TeenGenius / TVGenius: Billy.
* TeenIdol: Creator/AmyJoJohnson. Well, pretty much all the Rangers were at the time.
* TerribleTrio: There were a few episodes in Season 3 in which, Rito, Squatt, and Baboo would head out on missions together, usually to retrieve something for Zedd and Rita. Not only did the three actually work well together and succeed in each of their missions, they were also a great comedic team as well.
* ThemeTuneCameo: The "Go Go Power Rangers" riff was used as the communicator signal. Also, while using grains of dirt (ItMakesSenseInContext) to spread a HatePlague, one MonsterOfTheWeek sings "Go, go, power particles!" to the tune of the theme.
* ThereAreNoRules: Said by Bulk, when Jason and Tommy are at each other's throats and decide to settle it in the ring.
* ThisBillboardNeedsSomeSalt: The Dragonzord likes chomping on smokestacks that resemble candy-canes.
* ThisIsADrill: Dragonzord's tail and the Dragonzord Fighting Mode's staff.
** Also, the weapon of the Genie monster.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Bulk and Skull.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Squatt and Baboo, later Goldar and Rito.
* ThrowTheDogABone: Bulk and Skull in "When is a Ranger Not a Ranger?".
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: The Dragon Dagger in "The Song of Guitardo" and "Football Season."
** Jason also tossed his Power Sword a couple times: In "Green With Evil Part V" it's how he knocked the Sword of Darkness out of Tommy's hand so he could destroy it and break Rita's evil spell. In "Two for One," he threw it at the human-like Lipsyncher monster, ''leaving a bloody scar on her face''.
** Daggers (close enough) were used in Season 2's "Bloom of Doom," as Trini tossing her daggers at a 90 degree angle saved Kimberly from being permanently trapped in an alternate dimension.
** Tommy does this in Season 3 with Saba when trying to free Kimberly from Lord Zedd's life-draining machine, destroying Zedd's staff in the process.
* TieredByName: Rita Repulsa's Putty Patrollers are replaced with Lord Zedd's Z-Putties, which [[BroughtToYouByTheLetterS have a Z on their chests]] and are practically indestrucible - unless you hit them directly in the "Z" in which case they explode into harmless bits.
* TimeshiftedActor: In Season 2's "Rangers Back In Time" and ''Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers''.
* TinmanTypist: Alpha 5.
* TitleDrop:
** "''FOOD FIIIIGHT!''"
** "It's like I got Putty on the brain!"
* TookALevelInBadass: Billy's job in the fights early on was mostly running and dodging the Putties. After a few episodes he took martial arts lessons from Trini's uncle and by the second season was a bonafide {{Badass}}.
** TheGlassesComeOff: He also gradually switched to contacts as the series went on, although he would wear them two more times in ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''.
*** It's interesting to note that when Billy and Kimberly switched bodies, the first thing he did was to retrieve his glasses from his own face and put them on Kimberly's. Either they're a psychological crutch of some sort, or they traded eyes along with minds.
* TotallyRadical: "Morphinomenal!"
** Kimberly's slang in general was dated for the 90s with the only thing that kept her from being full out 80s is her short, straight hair instead of the original concept of 80s hair in the pilot (itself very dated by 1993).
* TotemPoleTrench: ''Alien Rangers'': Kat and Tommy pull one, pretending to be Billy's mother so that the police will release the other kids into their, ahem, custody.
** They attempted to justify it by having the officer who fell for it having [[BlindWithoutEm lost his glasses]].
* {{Tuckerization}}: Two examples:
** Tommy Oliver, named after series writer and voice actor Creator/TonyOliver.
* TwoTeacherSchool: The only members of the high school's faculty shown more than once were Principal Caplan, Miss Applebee, and Mr. Wilton (the latter only being introduced in the third season).
* UnholyMatrimony: Rita and Zedd.
* ValleyGirl: Kimberly. Aisha, too, especially once Kimberly left.
* [[PutOnTheBus Villain on a Bus]]: Rita Repulsa became one during most of Season 2 when she was overthrown by [[TheManBehindTheMan Lord Zedd]]. When she returned, Rita was played by an American actress and the writers had to {{handwave}} her different appearance by giving her a magical makeover.
* VideoInsideFilmOutside: Saban shot the inside scenes with the American actors on video. When it cuts to the Japanese footage, shot by Toei on 16mm film, the quality difference is really noticeable.
* VillainTeleportation: In the first season, the villains and monsters would often just fade away. But once the second season started, they began teleporting with fancy, colorful flashes.
** Goldar appeared and disappeared with rising flames.
** Squatt and Baboo were absorbed into expanding blue spirals.
** Rito's body would spin around into nothingness, and his head would bounce around until it blasted off-screen.
** Master Vile's snake-heads would turn into energy, wrap around him, and he'd disappear.
** Rita, Zedd, and Finster never really teleported all that much, so they never had a set special effect. However, Rita used a pretty sweet pair of spiraling fireballs a couple of times in Season 3.
* VisionsOfAnotherSelf: Kim's time travel trip in "Wild West Rangers."
* WeaksauceWeakness: When he returned to take over, Zedd replaced the Putties the villains had been using with his own type who wore vest with a giant 'Z' on the front. They were supposedly much stronger than the originals and posed a greater danger to the rangers. And they might have, if the Rangers hadn't discovered in the course of the first fight with them that hitting the 'Z' made the Putty fall apart. And the Z-Putties never made much of an effort to protect their fatal flaw, actually making them [[VillainDecay even easier to beat]] than the previous Putties thanks to having an easy target for a one-hit kill.
* WeatherManipulation: Madam Woe and Goatan the Storm-Bringer possessed this power.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** In "The Wedding" three-parter, the Peckster, Rhino Blaster, Eye Guy, Soccadillo, Grumble Bee, Robogoat, Salguana, Snizard, Dramole, and the Invenusable Fly Trap are sent to guard the Rangers in an abandoned theater. These particular monsters remain constant throughout the three episodes. Then in the third part, once the Rangers escape, the Lizzinator appears ''out of nowhere'', bumps into Robogoat as he chases the Rangers, and then is never seen again. [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment Big Lipped Lizzinator Moment]]!
** Peckster and Rhino Blaster, also in "The Wedding." With all the other monsters attending Zedd and Rita's wedding, these two monsters are left to guard the Rangers in the theater. The Rangers drop a net on the two monsters and escape, but even though they obviously weren't killed, Peckster and Rhino Blaster are never seen again, not even in the battle royal against the Thunder Zords later in the episode.
** Fighting Flea, Lizzinator, Octophantom, and Stag Beetle in "Ninja Quest." The four monsters help Rito ambush and destroy the Thunder Zords and then... just disappear.
** Similarily, Vampirus and Artistmole in "A Different Shade of Pink." The two fight the Rangers along with Goldar and Rito, and are driven off (not destroyed). But they never return for a Round 2.
** Inciserator, a monster created by Lord Zedd in "The Changing of the Zords" that utterly wipes the floor with the Rangers, teleports away and is never seen or heard from again.
** Garbage Mouth, Brick Bully, See Monster, Crabby Cabbie, and Parrot Top in "Alien Rangers of Aquitar Part II." Once Professor Longnose is destroyed, they panic and teleport away, never to be seen again.
** On a more literal note, what happened to Billy's lab mouse Jeff?
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: Madam Woe sports one. Or it may just be her face. Nimrod the Scarlet Sentinel also has a similar, might-be-a-mask-type face.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Zack hates bugs, especially spiders. He also mentions this when fighting a beetle monster. In "The Island of Illusion," Zack's biggest fear is a huge anaconda.
** "High Five" centers on Trini and her fear of heights, [[FridgeLogic despite that she jumps pretty high up into her Zord in the pilot...]]
** And Billy was afraid of fish after one bit him as a kid. Using this to her advantage, Rita sends a fish monster and cast a spell on Billy to make his phobia grow. He got over it and even lampshaded it in a later episode with another fish-themed monster.
* WickedWitch: Rita.
** Also, the episode "Water You Thinking?" features a ''literal'' wicked witch named Witchblade ([[Comicbook/{{Witchblade}} no, not that one]]), an old friend of Lord Zedd's. She calls the Alien Rangers "my pretties," the Battle Borgs their "tin men," and when she is finally destroyed by the Shogun Megazord, she cries "Oh no, I'm falling... falling... what a world...!"
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Kimberly and Tommy.
* WilliamTelling: The monster of "Foul Play in the Sky" was the Snizard, a snake-lizard monster whose weak spot/power artifact was a golden apple atop his head. This was a Kimberly-centered episode, and Kimberly's weapon is a bow. Cue TwangHello + BlastingItOutOfTheirHands, and then an arrow to the apple.
* WingedHumanoid: Goldar, King Sphinx, and Vampirus.
* WitchWithACapitalB: In one episode after Rita wrecks Kimberly's model float design for promoting world peace reducing Kimberly to tears because she worked so hard on it and they won't have enough time to build a new one, Jason comments "That Rita is a real witch." It's obvious what he meant.
** In "Goldar's Vice Versa," Aisha tells Scorpina "Let us go, you witch!" By that point, "Sabrina" had upset Aisha so much that Aisha sounded far more angry than the line implies.
* WorfHadTheFlu: The Thunder Zords being destroyed by Rito Revolto and his back-up monsters in "Ninja Quest." It's implied that the Rangers and Zords would've been able to handle the fight just fine had the Command Center not been acting up beforehand and been able to alert the Rangers to exactly how many monsters were actually present.
* WritersCannotDoMath: "Return of the Green Ranger" has the Rangers sent back to colonial Angel Grove 200 years earlier that would put it at about 1795, 12 years after the end of the Revolution which would be odd to have British soldiers there. Though given there is even a British colony in California it could easily be AlternateHistory as California never was a British colony. Wild Mass Guessing suggests that Power Rangers exists in a world where the Spanish never colonized California hence the name Angel Grove leading in entirely possible that the war occurred at a different time. Course it could have been just a rounded number but if that were the case Alpha would have looked in 1795 and not found them there.
* {{Yandere}}: Zedd, under the potion's effects.
* YeahShot: In "Day of the Dumpster," "Green With Evil Part V," and both parts of "Doomsday."
* {{Youkai}}: The Season 3 monsters, as ''Kakuranger'' had this as a theme (though ''Power Rangers'' didn't draw much attention to it). Funnily enough, the only monsters that are obviously Youkai are the American-created Tenga Warriors.
* YouthCenter: It's more like a gym, though.
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A "reversioned" version of this series was aired at the end of the Disney Era in 2010, following ''Series/PowerRangersRPM''. Consisting of only the first 32 episodes out of the original 60 of season 1, the new version adds a number of visual effects but generally leaves the audio and editing untouched. It was once numbered as the show's eighteenth year, only to be [[CanonDiscontinuity replaced]] by ''[[Series/PowerRangersSamurai Power Rangers Samurai]]''.

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* BossSubtitles: For the villains ("Rita Repulsa: Evil Sorceress") and Zords ("Red Ranger: Tyrannosaurus!").
* {{Bowdlerise}} Despite some annoying edits, mostly averted. A few snippets of scenes, however, would be cut for reasons unknown. Played straight in the ReCut version of "Foul Play in the Sky"; Disney decided to completely remove the scene of Squatt spiking Kimberly's Uncle's soda with a sleeping potion because it was uncomfortably similar to a date-rape drug rendering the plot non-nonsensical.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Originally considered the 18th season, with Saban even calling Samurai the 19th season in early promos, now Samurai is considered the 18th season and Super Samurai the 19th season and the MMPR recut has been delegated to "Special" 18.
* DinosaursAreDragons: By this point, a longtime staple of the toyline were figures that transform into a beast mode. Most of the time they stick to established AnimalMotifs pretty well, but the 2010 figures turned into dragons instead of dinosaurs (appropriate for Tommy, not so much for anyone else).
* EyeCatch: Kind of. Each episode has unique ones, often using ''[[TrailersAlwaysSpoil later]]'' events in that episode's footage.
* HitFlash: Some of the {{Unsound Effect}}s serve as these.The censors are a bit stricter than they used to be.
** In an interview, the man who was in charge of the reversioning said that standards were made in no small part because of the show itself. It seems like the first seasons "got away" with a little more because there really wasn't a group in place to stop them.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The commercials and the toy line spoiled the SixthRanger for those that hadn't seen the original.
* {{Recut}}: The remastered version is full of new visuals like {{Unsound Effect}}s, {{Eye Catch}}es, and a new title sequence. (But the CrowningMusicOfAwesome didn't change, thankfully, not to mention they were legally bound to keep it in.)
* {{Retronym}}: The newer toy versions of the original Megazord was given the name of the "Dino Megazord" to distinguish it from its successors.
* TeamHandStack: Served as seasonal BookEnds.
* WrittenSoundEffect[=/=]UnsoundEffect: Many of the new visual effects.
** Yet "[[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 BONK!]]" is [[ShownTheirWork more than a mere coincidence. The font and overall design looks the same.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQy-Bi4quFo#t=3m34s Here.]]
** BETRAYED!
** DEFEATED!
** [[EpicFail POWER FAIL]]!
** Mocked in ''WebVideo/TruncatedPowerRangers'' during the Green Ranger saga when a stylized "outnumbered" became "[[Letters2Numbers outnum6ered]]".
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