Series: Power Rangers Jungle Fury
"Jungle beast, Spirit unleashed!"Power Rangers Jungle Fury
is the 16th season in the Power Rangers
franchise, adapted from Juken Sentai Gekiranger
. Millennia ago, an evil spirit called Dai Shi waged war to determine whether man or beast would control the earth. A group called the Pai Zhua (aka "Order of the Claw") won the war for humanity, and imprisoned Dai Shi, appointing new guardians every generation to watch over his prison.
Unfortunately, the masters never thought to put a lock
on the prison, and Dai Shi escaped when the box was knocked over. The three current guardians are directed to a Pai Zhua master in Ocean Bluff, a city close to Dai Shi's old lair. With Dai Shi weakened and the guardians still just students, both sides have to seek out the masters who fought in the Beast War and hone their skills before their enemies can destroy them.
This was the final series to be produced under Bruce Kalish, bringing an end to his divisive tenure. Though Disney considered pulling the plug on the franchise with his departure, Bandai successfully lobbied for another season due to contractual obligations. It was also the first season since Power Rangers Turbo
to not give any ranger a battlizer; instead, the budget went into creating three rangers who appeared in the toyline, but never Gekiranger
: The Elephant, Bat, and Shark Spirit Rangers. It also made history by giving the show its first ever canonical violet Ranger (the Wolf Ranger - hey, Sixth Rangers
can get away with not having a Color Character
Jungle Fury has an interesting reputation among the fans: due to it being a Kalish season, many of the more vocal fans didn't bother watching and thus declared it to be So OK It's Average
. Fans who actually looked into Jungle Fury found that some of the best characterization of the entire franchise - it's helped that many of the Rangers are liked by most of the fandom (RJ and Casey in particular were well received), and Fran, friend of the team, is one of the most liked non-Ranger characters in the Disney Era. Alongside that, the plot had some dark storylines concerning Dai Shi, RJ, Jarrod and Casey, bringing an air of maturity to the season that hadn't been in the franchise for quite a while. The music is also highly praised going back to guitar-heavy rock themes supplemented with lots of African drums, as well as the impressive stunt work in the series.
Although the series had no team-ups (Making it for a long time the only season to not have any connection with past or future seasons outside of a Jungle Karma Pizza sign in the next season), Casey returned in the Milestone Celebration
season, Power Rangers Super Megaforce
. His actor, Jason Smith, even wrote several episodes for the season!
Succeeded by Power Rangers RPM
Has a character sheet
Recurring Power Rangers tropes include:
This subseries contains examples of:
- Accidental Misnaming: Characters have the bizarre tendency to confuse Jarrod with Dai Shi. See Inconsistent Adaption below.
- Actually, I Am Him: R.J.'s first introduction.
- Adapted Out: The GekiChangers were replaced by the Solar Morpher sunglasses and largely reduced to just a design element on the Ranger suits. One guess as to why is that it was due to violence concerns; the idea that an iconic element like a morpher should be a tool, not knuckles to punch with.
- Adorkable: Fran is a rare female version. Doubles as Hollywood Homely.
- All Chinese People Know Kung-Fu: Master Mao's never actually specified to be Chinese, but his name (Mao means cat in Chinese) and the series' emphasis on Kung Fu says otherwise.
- Animal Battle Aura / Fighting Spirit
- Armed Legs: The Wolf Pride Megazord - the Wolf Zord leg has a bladed shin.
- Ascended Fanboy: In the first episode, when RJ gives the three their morphers, Theo says "Ever since I was a little kid, I've always wanted to be a..." and then shuts up when the others look at him laughing.
- Badass Normal: Fran. Cumulates in her staring down a frickin werewolf, and verbally tears the Rangers a new one in another episode.
- Big Eater: R.J.
- Bishonen Line: The Masters go to the limits of their power and become Muppets. The Rangers push themselves past that and become... themselves, with auras and fireballs.
- Book Ends: The series begins and ends with Casey and Jarrod exchanging towels.
- Boss Rush: The final battle.
- By Wall That Is Holey: in "Path Of The Rhino", a sign falls toward Fran and Dominic saves her by cutting a hole in it
- Canon Foreigner: The Spirit Rangers do not exist in Gekiranger (the masters do, but they don't get shiny suits).
- Can't Catch Up: Casey, being a relative newcomer to Pai Zhua, worries about this at times.
- Captain Ersatz: Dai Shi? More like King Ghidorah...Shi.
- Cerebus Retcon: Flit. Early on he seems like a joke henchman. Then we get his backstory.
- Check Please: Used in the premiere, when Casey, Theo, and Lily make a wrong guess on who their supposed new master is going to be.
- Clip Show: "Don't Blow That Dough", in which Camille pulls the Rangers into a magical game show featuring questions about the previous episodes.
- Composite Character: RJ is somewhat a combined version of Gekiranger's Gou (Geki Violet) and Master Sha Fu even though the latter's Power Rangers counterpart is Master Mao. Since Mao dies in the first episode much of Sha Fu's role gets shifted to RJ instead of Mao.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: In the final battle, every single "special" monster, like Phantom Beasts, Five Fingers of Poison, Red Shadow Guards and Overlords is revived. The Rangers and their masters deal with them quite easily, considering how much trouble some of them caused alone.
- Continuity Nod: Although this season didn't get a team up episode, RJ does mention the Morphing Grid in the first episode.
- Chinese Vampire: the Rin Shi Mooks
- Combat Commentator: Flit
- Combat Tentacles: Camille's tongue. Also, Jellica.
- Conspicuous CGI: Despite having the Bae puppet from Gekiranger to use as Flit, he would sometimes be replaced with a CGI model in Jungle Fury.
- Presumably because a lot of his shots also contain Camille, who was different than Mele.
- Cool Shades / Goggles Do Something Unusual: the morphers
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: R.J.
- Crowning Moment of Awesome: The Rangers taking Grizzaka down is amazing to see, and a great accomplishment.
- Death Equals Redemption: Part of Whiger's Heel-Face Turn.
- Demonic Possession: Dai Shi makes convenient use of Jarrod's body as a vessel for most of the season.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Dominic's backstory; Walking the Earth until he visits RJ, sees the Rangers in action, and decides I want to do that!
- Early-Bird Cameo: Dai Shi in the first episode. His Gekiranger counterpart Long doesn't show up until much later.
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Camille's is awesome, especially in her morph sequence.
- Expository Theme Tune: The lyrics make sure you know exactly what kind of people the Rangers are and who they're fighting.
- Emotion Eater: the Rin Shi, who feed on fear.
- Erudite Stoner: R.J. (technically we don't see proof he's a stoner, since this is a kids show, but he acts exactly like this trope.)
- Evil Sounds Deep: Jarrod when possessed by Dai Shi. It gets even deeper when he's morphed.
- Expy : Jarrod's look and attitude almost screams Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker.
- Fanservice: Go ahead, R.J., rip that shirt off.
- Foreshadowing: As early as Episode 3, RJ blindfolds himself to demonstrate "The Swoop Technique". Later on, Theo's personal teacher is a blind man named Master Swoop.
- You can also hear him reference a Rilla Gorilla pizza way before the namesake would appear.
- A portrait of a wolf can be seen by the staircase in the JKP kitchen, foreshadowing the reveal of RJ's animal spirit.
- The Four Gods: The Phantom Beast Generals.
- Four Is Death: Averted. See Punny Name for meaning behind Dai Shi's name.
- Friend in the Black Market: RJ got the morphers "from a guy who knew a guy who had an uncle".
- Funny Bruce Lee Noises: Notable in a season where most of the Rangers distinctively practiced Chinese-based martial art. Despite this, none of the other Rangers felt the need to bother with this, but Theo loved it.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: In one episode they fought an "eel" monster who flopped around on the ground like he was dry-humping it, and then shot white goo all over them. It was arguably even lampshaded when the Yellow Ranger said "This guy's a freak!"
- Handicapped Badass: The blind Master Swoop. Bat spirit, of course.
- Heel-Face Turn: Jarrod and Camille toward the end of the series.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Casey's first failed attempt at morphing.
- If It Swims, It Flies: Mostly averted as the Shark Spirit only flies to combine with the Megazord, or when they use all the extra animals in an Ultrazord-type formation.
- Kinda played straight by the Penguin Spirit, which flies around on a surfboard.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Master Mao first tries to do this with Jarrod (possessed by Dai Shi) and fails. Casey does this later and succeeds, although this might be down to the fact Dai Shi was starting to lose his grip. Fran does it when RJ becomes a werewolf, also invoking the Morality Chain.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: As Bruce Kalish's fourth season, every title had four words. This led to strange titles like "Pizza Slice of Life" and "One Last Second Chance".
- Inconsistent Adaptation: The Jarrod / Dai Shi situation was highly inconsistent. At first it was Demonic Possession, then it became Sealed Evil In A Jerk, then back and forth between the two, and near the finale it settled on a Split Personality Takeover conflict.
- Jerk Ass: Jarrod, even before being possessed by Dai Shi. R.J. appears to be one in an early episode but ends up subverting it.
- Ki Attacks
- Kill Me Now or Forever Stay Your Hand: Casey does this to Jarrod/Dai Shi at the end of the series, believing that Jarrod won't be able to go through with it.
- Knows A Guy Who Knows A Guy: This is the only explanation for where the martial artists got their hands on high tech morphers. Y'see, the substitute mentor knows a guy who knows a guy who has an uncle...
- Love Redeems: Jarrod and Camille
- Magical Security Cam: Handwaved as a citywide surveillance system.
- Master of Delusion: Averted; Fran starts getting annoyed at her coworkers running off, and eventually discovers what they're doing.
- Meaningful Name: The Pai Zhua masters: Master Mao (cat, think "meow"), Master (ele)Phant, Master Swoop (bat), Master Finn (shark), Master (go)Rilla, Master (ante)Lope, and Master (pen)Guin. Also Camille the chameleon.
- Mighty Glacier: The Rhino Steel Zord / Megazord.
- Minion Shipping: Jarrod and Camille.
- And also Toady and Stingerella, of the Five Fingers of Poison.
- Misplaced Wildlife: Sharks, penguins, and rhinos... in the jungle?
- Monochrome Casting: Unlike basically all other Rangers seasons, only one ranger isn't white (Theo).
- Mundane Utility: the Rangers often show off their Kung Fu skills... while making pizza.
- My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours
- Mythology Gag: Not just the reference to the Morphin' Grid. Let's see, we've got a White Ranger (well, Rhino Ranger, but he's in white) whose glove thingy has finger missiles (just like the Zord of a certain Green Ranger who became a White Ranger later.) Also, the Rhino Zord has Dominic riding on its back until he's ready to convert it to Warrior Mode (a term we're hearing for the first time since 1995-6, perhaps) by entering the cockpit and inserting the dagger that controls it into a slot. In other words, it pretty much is the White Tiger Thunderzord. Also, it uses the same kanji for its finisher as the White Tiger used in its main attack.
- Negated Moment of Awesome: When Lily is under a spell that makes her act lazy, Fran takes her morpher to go save the day. Sadly for Fran fans, this is when Lily snapped out of the spell and took her morpher back.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Master Mao appears to Dai Shi in an attempt to convince him that Jarrod will overthrow him. The last word of his speech is 'nexus' which echoes as he vanishes and reminds Dai Shi of the Rhino Nexus. Dai Shi spends the next couple of days trying to break into the Nexus and, though he never actually gets in, he does master the zocatto power that allows him to overthrow Grizzaka and get back to making the Rangers' lives as difficult as possible.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Jarrod gives one to RJ several episodes after a humiliating defeat, largely because RJ won't fight back (due to this releasing his Animal Spirit, which Jarrod wants). This leads to Jarrod wrecking RJ, before messing up RJ's Animal Spirit and turning him into a werewolf.
- Dai Shi gives one to the Rangers in the episode prior, tearing though all three and all of their power ups without taking a scratch.
- No Indoor Voice: GRIZZAKA!
- Platonic Life Partners: Theo and Lily, though Theo is hoping for a Relationship Upgrade (He finally musters up the courage to ask her out in the final minutes of the last episode, leaving it vague if they work out together).
- Power of Friendship: Casey saves General Whiger despite the latter's inevitable death, leading him to decide to help Casey stop the Monsters of The Week as part of his Heel-Face Turn.
- Punny Name: Dai Shi. Dai (大) means great/big. Shi can mean death (死) or be a reference to shishi (獅子), which means lion.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Lily's Cheetah Jab.
- Right Behind Me: Dom needs information from the pretty scientist. Sadly, despite the fact that he's facing all his teammates, he doesn't react to the door opening in time and boasts about how he's got her eating out of the palm of his hand. She's understandably upset and walks off.
Dom: The girl likes me. I mean, she really likes me. She'll tell me everything, and I'll tell you. She's putty in my haaaannnn - she's at the door, isn't she?
- Sealed Cast in a Multipack: The series had both sides searching out new masters to train them to be stronger. This was more pronounced with the villains, as Dai Shi's search for masters took up several episodes, while half of the Rangers' teachers weren't actually sealed in the first place and the other half were only consulted in a two-parter.
- Sealed Evil in a Can:
- Dai Shi, who has been stuck in an (unlocked!) box for 10,000 years. The box was kept by a secret order, but opened when a disgruntled student barged in and attacked the order's master, knocking the box out of his hands. Unusually, however, Dai Shi is significantly weaker than he was, and has to struggle to regain his powers before the Rangers become strong enough to destroy him.
- This season also had other sealed cans. The Crystal Eyes for the Phantom Beasts, The Overlords lifeless bodies/shells & two of the "5 Fingers of Poison" urns with broken remains (both revived by Naja's life talons), the various statue soldiers brought to life as monsters of the day, and the Spirit World (at the finale) which acted as both a sealed can of evil (for Dai Shi's fallen minions) and a sealed can of good (for the fallen Masters).
- She Is All Grown Up: Lily - at least Theo thinks so.
- Shout-Out: Master Swoop, to The Matrix, possibly.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The press release for the season originally misspelled the order Pai Zhuq. To this day, people still use that spelling on occasion.
- The Starscream:
- Grizzaka, the Land Overlord, also qualifies as a Starscream. Naturally, he blames Dai Shi for losing the war 10,000 years ago and hates humans even more. This makes perfect sense as, after being revived by Camille, he, upon arriving at Dai Shi's temple, is surprised to see that Dai Shi is now using the human Jarrod as a vessel. Jarrod wants Grizzaka to teach him Zocato, but, naturally, Grizzaka isn't too thrilled about that and simply refuses to take orders from any human. Guess what he does next?
- Interestingly, out of all the Starscreams in the Power Rangers series, he is one of the few who actually succeed in overthrowing the Big Bad, and after his success, he becomes the ruler of the other evil forces until Dai Shi returns and takes back his throne.
- And after him come the Phantom Beasts. They are actually loyal to Dai Shi - having thought like Grizzaka back in the original war, and now believing they'd have won if they had followed Dai Shi. (Yes, villains blaming their failure on themselves. You don't see that every day.) However, they believe Dai Shi has been compromised by the will of Jarrod.
- But before any of them, there was Naja. He made the mistake of trying to recruit Camille, and his Starscreaming career lasted two episodes before she finished him.
- Storming the Castle: Casey attacks Dai Shi's palace in the second last episode. Midway through, he has an Oh, Crap moment when he realizes he's attacking Dai Shi's palace alone.
Who's idea was this again? Oh right, mine.
- Supernatural Martial Arts
- Third-Person Person: Most of the time he used the word I, but Grizzaka in his last battle says "It is your turn to learn the same lesson all my enemies have. That there is no one as powerful as Grizzaka". And he says "No one is stronger then Grizzaka" again right before he explodes in death.
- Time to Unlock More True Potential
- To Be a Master: Casey. For somebody who has barely started at the school, he quickly learns how to be a lead ranger, into a full master by the time the season is over.
- To The Bat Pole: The Rangers' vine-tunnel thing.
- Trailers Always Spoil: Well, more covers, but the cover above spoils the Spirit Rangers (which weren't in Gekiranger) and the Jungle Master Mode.
- TV Strikes: The season was mostly completed by scab writers during the writers' strike of 2007-08.
- This isn't a bad thing; while this season does have its flaws, it's noted that it was at least a step back in the right direction.
- Unflinching Walk: Casey in the second-last episode, tearing through a small army while in Tranquil Fury mode in the process.
- Wax On, Wax Off: In "Sigh of the Tiger", RJ has Casey doing seemingly menial tasks while his friends are fighting for their lives. When Casey finally has enough, RJ demonstrates how all but one of them can be applied on the battlefield.
Casey: Whoa, what about the whole shoulder-rub-thing, how does that help me?
RJ: Oh, that doesn't - I just slept funny last night.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: R.J.
- Wham Line: When Casey introduces Master Finn to RJ. His first words? "Hello Dad."
- Where It All Began: We return to the chamber where Dai Shi had been released in the last episode, where Jarrod was planning to exile himself forever.
- Who's Watching the Store?? Fran, and only Fran. Deconstructed in that she calls the others out a few times before learning their identities.
- Will They or Won't They?: Theo and Lily, Dominic and Fran. Both pairs do.
- Wolf Man: R.J., when his wolf spirit gets out of hand.
- Wuxia: The Power Rangers equivalent, with old masters, complex, infighting villain factions, various forms of kung fu, and lots and lots of training.
- You Look Familiar: Subverted as far as possible - Kelson Henderson gets reduced to a voice acting credit in the role of Flit, and only appears in person in the finale - even then, he's mostly hidden by a backwards cap and large sunglasses. Was his transformation to human form not complete?
- Camille is played by Holly Shanahan, previously Leelee in Mystic Force. Making this her second role as a villainess who does a Heel-Face Turn.
- And Michelle Langstone, Kat Manx from SPD, returns as Master Guin. Who incidentally was also called Michelle in Gekiranger, leading to fans deeming her Michelle Guin. Or Michelle Pengstone.
- Another subversion: Sarah Thomson (Fran) played Diane, the human form of the other Monster of the Week in the Power Rangers S.P.D. episode "A-Bridged." Fran lacks Diane's '80s Hair.