Series: Power Rangers Megaforce
Twenty Years, Five Rangers, One Word
"It's Morphin' Time! Go Go Megaforce!"
The 20th and 21st (Super Megaforce) seasons,note
of Power Rangers
using Ranger, Monster and Zord footage from Tensou Sentai Goseiger
and a few other elements from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger
in the first season and reversing the ratio to be primarily Gokaiger
-influenced in the second season (called Power Rangers Super Megaforce
). Regardless of the exact number, this installment serves as the milestone twenty-year anniversary season◊
.Five teenagers with attitude
are summoned by Gosei, a supernatural guardian and apprentice to the lilegendary Zordon
. There they learn that an evil alien race called the Warstars are planning to invade Earth, and are granted incredible powers to form the ultimate defense team: the Power Rangers Megaforce!
In addition to fighting the Warstar aliens, the Rangers must also fight off two additional threats: a race of toxic underground beasts, and a ruthless robot army. However, they receive backup in the form of new Powered Armor
and an ancient guardian known only as Robo Knight
After holding the Warstar off for a while, the Rangers learn that they were the pre-invasion force, meant to soften Earth up for the real
invasion. These forces are much more competent, and the Rangers (and a lot of the planet) get their asses kicked until Gosei steps up and grants them two new power sets: Super Mega Mode (the Gokaiger
suits), which allows them to access Legendary Ranger Mode, enabling them to access the Powers of all previous Rangers, including some that
don't exist yet in this timeline (and a few based on early Super Sentai seasons that weren't adapted). With the aid of a mysterious alien named Orion
, the Rangers are ready to take the fight to the Armada and unite all the Power Rangers in a Legendary Battle unlike any seen before.
However, as is the case for anniversary seasons and Power Rangers
has been poorly received due to being such a mixed bag. The first part attempted a Mighty Morphin
homage feel and the second was intended to be a big Crisis Crossover
. However, the series suffers from the copy pasting of plots from the Sentai series it was adapted from and bland, inconsistent writing in general, both issues with its predecessor, Samurai. Characterisation is all over the place (Noah pretty much has the same focus episode twice
because of thisnote
), and Super
has been heavily criticized for not caring at all about how it approached the crossovers with previous Power Ranger seasons. Various weapons, continuity and other gear from past seasons are incorrectly named, even extending to the Wild Force
Rangers' home base
getting incorrectly pronounced. An especially criticized element came up in Super Megaforce. Gokaiger was a huge anniversary season for Super Sentai that included teams that existed prior to Power Ranger's inception, as Mighty Morphin
was adapted from the 16th Super Sentai season, Zyuranger
. The usual Power Rangers approach would be to cut out the pre-Zyu
teams from the footage. Instead, Super Megaforce includes several
teams used as Legendary Ranger powers with poor explanations of how they fit into Power Rangers continuity and just why they're necessary in the first place.
The Power Morphicon 3 trailer for Power Rangers Megaforce
can be seen here
, and the "first look" trailer can be seen here
The series is also available on Hulu
, seen here
along with Netflix.
Not to be confused with Denji Sentai Megaranger
, the Super Sentai
counterpart to Power Rangers in Space
Succeeded by Power Rangers Dino Charge
Recurring Power Rangers tropes include:
- Big Bad: Admiral Malkor for Season One, though Vrak is a very active Dragon-in-Chief. Vrak's brother Prince Vekar for Season Two.
- Bigger Bad: The Armada is this in Season One before they arrive in Super Megaforce. Emperor Mavro counts as well.
- Chest Insignia: The regular suits feature partial crests on the chest, full team crests on the forehead and belt, and personal animal symbols on the sides of the helmets. The Super Megaforce suits have skull-and-crossbone-like insignia on the chest and helmet.
- City of Adventure: The city of Harwood County. Yeah, we know, it's a weird name.
- Clip Show: Done with both holiday episodes.
- The Dragon: It's a bit complicated in the first season. The series starts with Co-Dragons Vrak and Creepox under Admiral Malkor. Later on Bigs and Bluefur are recruited, but they seem to be lower-ranked with Vrak acting as their superior. And then there's Metal Alice, who explicitly serves Vrak and Vrak alone. The second season has Damaras and Argus.
- Family-Friendly Firearms: Surprisingly averted. The Super Mega Blasters no longer sound like they're firing bullets, but no laser effect has been added: it's just smoke at gun barrel and Bullet Sparks at the poor grunts on the receiving end.
- The original footage played this straight with the X-Borgs however, making them shooting juicy green lasers form their rifles. This is jarring because they have no problem using Gokaiger footage of Gormins shooting realistic-looking ammo.
- Finishing Move: "Victory Charge!" is the standard one. ("Dynamic Victory Charge!" for the team blaster)
- Five-Man Band
- Five-Token Band: The Red and Yellow Rangers are Caucasian, the Pink Ranger is part Caucasian part Asian, the Blue Ranger is African-American, and the Black Ranger is Indian.
- Humongous Mecha
- Animal Mecha: The Mechazords - sort of; they're primarily animal heads that can be mounted on vehicle bodies. In Super Megaforce we have the Mystic Dragon, Wild Force Lion, and Q-Rex zords.
- Combining Mecha
- Leader Forms the Head: Done literally with Robo Knight, who transforms into the head of his zord and attaches to the body.
- Mecha Expansion Pack:
- In Megaforce, the Land Brothers, Sea Brothers, and Sky Brothers Zords.
- In Super Megaforce, the Mystic Dragon, Delta Runner, Wild Force Lion, Ninja Minizord, and Turbo Falcon zords.
- Transforming Mecha: One per season; the Gosei Ultimate Command Ship/Megazord in the first and the Q-Rex in the second. The toy versions of the Ninja Minizord and Turbo Falcon zord also have additional transformations that the Gokaiger versions didn't have; the Falcon zord has a humanoid warrior mode, and the Ninja Minizord has a form resembling the Mega Winger from Power Rangers in Space.
- Made of Explodium
- Make My Monster Grow:
- Made possible by Vrak's Zombats, which attach themselves to the monster in question. And Zombolts are used on Robot enemies to the same effect.
- In Super Megaforce the Zombats are phased out with the Maximizer, which can enlarge several monsters at once.
- The Mentor: Gosei
- Mooks: Loogies for the Warstar, X-Borgs for the Armada.
- Motifs: Land, Sea, Sky with Animal Motifs in the first season
- Land: Panthera Awesome (Gia) and Snake (Jake). Also the Land Brothers Zords: Rhino Rampage, Tyrannosaurus rex, and Stag Beetle.
- Sea: Threatening Shark (Noah). Also the Sea Brothers Zords: Manta Ray and two more Threatening Sharks (Hammerhead and Sawshark).
- Sky: Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons (Troy) and The Phoenix (Emma). Also the Sky Brothers Zords: Noble Bird Of Prey (Hawk), Crow, and Ptero Soarer.
- All Your Powers Combined: King of Beasts (Robo Knight)
- The villains also have Land, Sea, Sky by where their lairs are: the mutants hide out underground, the robots have an Underwater Base, and the insect aliens have a Space Base.
- Super Megaforce retains a little bit of this motif but primarily swaps it out for Pirates (despite the fact that no character at any point during the season mentions the word 'pirate/pirates'). Also, since the space-based Goseiger villains are an offshoot of the Gokaiger villains, the Toxic Mutants and the robots didn't stick around as the we're-not-calling-them-Warstars take center stage.
- While we have elements and animals just like Samurai, the animal motifs are played up while the elemental motifs are downplayed, the reverse of Samurai, so it doesn't feel too much the same. It's even in the roll call and the weapon names (in Goseiger, the roll call phrases and weapon names were named after the Landick, Seaick, and Skick tribes, while the animal names replace them in Megaforce. For example, "The Seaick power of waves, Gosei Blue" becomes "Bite of the shark, Megaforce blue!" and the Skick Sword is the Dragon Sword.)
- Pink Means Feminine: Pink Ranger Emma is more feminine than Yellow Ranger Gia, who tries to not let it be known that she has a soft, feminine side.
- In The Human Condition, RoboKnight asks Troy why humans cry. His response: "You should ask Emma. She knows more about tears than me."
- Recruit Teenagers with Attitude
- Recycled IN SPACE!: Megaforce averts it by being a throwback to the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers where things were kept as generic as possible - so it's recycled, but not IN SPACE! Super Megaforce, on the other hand, is looking like it'll be Power Rangers IN A CRISIS CROSSOVER!
- Rookie Red Ranger: In the same vein as Nick; while all the teens are new to superheroing, Troy is a New Transfer Student while the others already know each other, yet he's appointed leader anyway.
- Super Mode: The rangers get three modes. Ultra Mode, a set of gold armour worn over their Megaforce suits, Super Mega Mode, a completely new set of suits and finally Legendary Mode, the name used whenever they use a previous set of ranger powers.
- Transformation Trinket: The Gosei Morphers, hand-held card readers. Robo Knight uses a cell phone based Morpher. The ranger also use the phone based Legendary Moprhers and the Ranger Keys to access Super Mega Mode and Legendary Mode
- Thememobile: Averted like it was in Samurai, with the Rangers not having any themed vehicles, though some of the toyline vehicles deserve special mention as they combine with the zord toys to make formations that do appear in the show: one set of vehicles replaces Datas in providing zord mounts for Hyper Gosei Great, and two in another set of motorcycles double as the Knight Brothers zords.
- Two Girls to a Team: Gia and Emma
- Weapon of Choice
- Word Power
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "It's morphin' time!" returns as the call to pull out the morphers, though it seems "Go Go Megaforce" is what really does the job: that's what everyone yells as they insert the Change Card. Super Megaforce's Legendary Ranger Mode, on the other hand, will have the rangers use a past team's morph call when changing into that team when the Rangers turn into past teams. (Again, it's hard to be sure which call is important: "Legendary Ranger Mode: [past team name!]" is the call when inserting the Ranger Key; the old morph calls are shouted when the change is actually in progress.)
- Calling Your Attacks: Besides the usual, Rangers summoning their arsenal is accompanied by Gosei shouting "Summon battle gear/Mechazords/Megazord/Zords!"
- In the Name of the Moon/Transformation Name Announcement:
"Fury of the dragon! Megaforce Red!"
"Flames of the phoenix! Megaforce Pink!"
"Venom of the snake! Megaforce Black!"
"Claw of the tiger! Megaforce Yellow!"
"Bite of the shark! Megaforce Blue!"
"Earth's defenders, never surrender! Power Rangers Megaforce!"
- And the one for their Ultra Mode power-up:
"Storm Power! Ultra Megaforce Red!"
"Wind Power! Ultra Megaforce Pink!"
"Rock Power! Ultra Megaforce Black!"
"Jungle Power! Ultra Megaforce Yellow!"
"Wave Power! Ultra Megaforce Blue!"
"Earth's defenders, never surrender! Megaforce Ultra Mode!"
- And Robo Knight has his own separate one:
"I am Robo Knight, defender of the environment, guardian of the Earth!"
- Post-Mortem One-Liner: "Mega Rangers, that's a (super) mega win!"
Power Rangers Megaforce contains examples of:
- Accidental Misnaming: Invoked by the role call in "The Wrath." When Jake Morphs into the black Dragon Ranger, he uses the "Blitz" label instead. Noah also calls the blue Blitz Ranger by the title "Lightning."
- Adaptation Distillation / Compressed Adaptation: Megaforce will adapt both Goseiger and Gokaiger in the same roughly-40 episodes that previous seasons had to adapt only a single Sentai.
- In Goseiger there were 3 villainous factions. Megaforce distills this to the first faction being the main one, reducing the second to side arc villains and the third faction just being a messenger to the true enemies adapted from Gokaiger.
- Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: Thanks to being dragged out from Disc One Final Boss of Goseiger to Big Bad of Megaforce, one is left wondering why on earth the team suddenly forgot to use Ultra Mode or Gosei Ultimate while Malkor was mopping the floor with them.
- Adapted Out:
- Most of Goseiger's C-list mecha (Datas, the Mystic Brothers, the Exotic Brothers) are gone, as with the accelerated timeframe the Rangers are literally debuting new powerups every episode as it is. Oddly, the show is still using a combination that originally involved Datas: the Ultra Gosei Great Megazord (Toywise, the combination is done with three new vehicles that work with the Brothers Zords and a motorcycle with the Ultra Change Zord).
- In Super Megaforce Basco and the majority of the "Extra Hero" Ranger Keys were cut. Basco had almost made it in a early script under the name "Silas", and his ship was given to Orion.
- Inexplicitly averted with the Dairanger Legendary Mode, despite those suits being Adapted Out in Mighty Morphin. And let's not get into Yellow Mask and Pink Flash in "Samurai Surprise"... What's even stranger about this is that most of the other pre-Zyuranger suits ARE edited out of the footage, making one wonder why they decided to leave these particular ones in.
- Alas, Poor Villain: You kinda have to feel a little sorry for poor Metal Alice during Megaforce's finale. She wouldn't have been in a position to be destroyed in the first place had she not been trying to rescue her master Vrak yet again. Also, how lost she was when Vrak was thought to be Killed Off for Real. She may be evil, but sometimes she's like a child who looks at him like her daddy.
- Aliens Are Bastards: Implied by Vrak in his first confrontation with the Rangers in "United We Stand":
Noah: What do you want?
Vrak: What do any alien beings want from other civilizations?
- Arbitrary Skepticism: The teens are shocked to learn about the existence of aliens and Power Rangers. Thing is, Earth has already suffered a full-scale alien invasion once before, and the Power Rangers have been known public figures both before and after that. What makes it especially glaring in this case is that Gosei mentions that Zordon was his mentor, which very firmly establishes that the previously mentioned alien invasion did happen. (Their teacher, Mr. Burley, also believes in cryptids, but that's at least a form of weirdness that hasn't had public exposure in the Rangerverse.)
- The Artifact: The show has been trying their hardest to avoid all the text on the Ranger's cards from becoming this, keeping most of the names for them (although there are still some problems, like the Sky Brother's card still saying Skick Brothers.)
- Also the issue of "Tensou Sentai Goseiger" being present at the bottom of each card, which becomes especially pronounced during a Megazord formation.
- And the fact Robo Knight clearly calls his Megazord Gosei Grand when the card clearly says Gosei Ground.
- Gokaiger's pirate motif seems a little out of place, as well; in fact, the Rangers aren't even referred to as pirates.
- Artistic License – Astronomy: "The Perfect Storm" has a monster hurl an asteroid from Earth just before he goes giant. Problem is, based on the shot of the asteroid flying toward Earth, it's so small it would burn up in the atmosphere way before it could impact - yet according to the Rangers, all life on Earth will end in 57 seconds.
- Asian Store-Owner: Ernie is the Indian variety.
- Big Badass Battle Sequence: Troy has twice so far dreamed of one; whose footage is pulled from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger's Legend War. It's the Final Battle of the show.
- Big Damn Heroes: All the past Ranger teams in the finale, showing up to help destroy the Armada once and for all.
- Bowdlerise: The red parts◊ of the monster Irian from Goseiger were painted a dark blue for her Megaforce counterpart Beezara, making them look less like Non-Mammal Mammaries and more like part of her body armor, since that's something that just won't fly on an American kid's show. Metal Alice's Torpedo Tits attack didn't make the jump either.
- Cards Of Power
- Catch Phrase: Troy's becoming fond of "Let's take it to the next level!"
- Christmas Episode: "The Robo-Knight Before Christmas", which has poor Robo-Knight shipped to Africa after being mistaken as a toy.
- Continuity Nod: Gosei was a pupil of Zordon, the mentor to the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. He also refers to the preceding Ranger teams.
- Cyclops: The Zombats' heads are eyeballs.
- Darker and Edgier: While not quite dark per se, Megaforce has much less of the excessive comic relief, one-liners and Lull Destruction that made Power Rangers Samurai before it so hit-or-miss.
- Super Megaforce is already darker than most series in its premiere alone. The Armada is played frighteningly seriously and is Dangerously Genre Savvy, and they show just how much damage an alien invasion can cause, while showing off the now-destroyed school and mall.
- The Silver Ranger's origin is very dark. The Armada attacked his home world and killed everyone. Unlike most examples, it's more or less explicitly shown his entire world was slaughtered and he was the only one left.
- Darkest Hour: The downer ending below definitely qualifies.
- Decapitated Army: A rare subversion. Killing Emperor Mavro is the beginning of the end for the Armada, but their army makes a Last Villain Stand and must be destroyed by every Power Rangers team ever.
- Deus Exit Machina: Robo Knight misses out on the final showdown with Malkor due to researching humanity at the library and not hearing his communicator.note (Though this is due to the original Goseiger episode occurring much earlier in the season before Gosei Knight first appeared; note that the Rangers don't use any of their late-season upgrades against Malkor either.)
- Downer Ending: In a similar vein to the transition from Power Rangers Turbo to Power Rangers in Space, the first season of Megaforce doesn't end so well for the Rangers. Sure Metal Alice and The Messenger from the Armada are defeated, but Vrak got away, and the Armada begins their invasion of Earth with extreme prejudice, and the season ends on a cliff hanger to boot.
- Dreadful Musician/Giftedly Bad: Dizchord, the Monster of the Week in episode 6, who fancies himself the greatest rockstar in the universe, but just plain sucks. He even weaponizes Suckiness Is Painful.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Troy frequently sees visions of a war involving unknown (to him) Rangers in his dreams.
- Dub Name Change: Averted by the first season's mecha, which go by their Goseiger names with "Megazord" on the end (for example, Gosei Great becomes the Gosei Great Megazord, though for some reason Gosei Ground becomes the Gosei Grand Megazord). Other terms carried over include "Warstar", "Aurora Box", "Metal Alice", and several Gosei Card powers. A lot of this probably has to do with sticking as closely as possible to Gosei Card Stock Footage. In Super Megaforce, "Damaras" survives the transition. This keeps what's shaping up to be a tradition of the Nickelodeon years: one sentai villain's name is always kept.
- Dull Surprise: Troy. Most evident in "Robo Knight" where his expression doesn't change at all when Robo Knight doesn't shake his hand - this has caused Rangerboard to joke that Troy's more robotic than the actual robot is. However, it is mostly averted with the other Rangers.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Sixth Ranger Robo Knight appears in the first episode when Troy dreams about the Legend War, which of course hasn't happened yet. He also sees the Super Megaforce Mooks in the dreams.
- Egocentric Team Naming: Not the team name, but much of the Rangers' equipment is named after Gosei. The morphers also seem to be his face in miniature - which is at least better than Goseiger, where Master Headder's face was the team logo and was thus plastered on everything. Then again, Troy sees said logo on Robo Knight and says it looks like Gosei...
- Establishing Character Moment: Troy's optimism is on full display when asked which species is most likely to survive, saying "Humans. Because together, we can accomplish anything."
- Emma's love of the environment, Noah's nerdiness and Jake's crush on Gia are also established in short order.
- Expy: Gosei and Tensou are the next Zordon and Alpha. Gosei mentions that Zordon was his mentor. Though Tensou's more like Johnny 5 than Alpha 5. The five core Rangers are also more or less supposed to be expys of the original five, but it's a lot more subtle than you'd think.
- Robo Knight seems to be one of RoboCop with a similar voice and sound effects.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In "Prince Takes Knight", Vrak assumes the Rangers abandoned Robo Knight after they called him out for endangering civilians; and is surprised when they come to his rescue anyway.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Some of the mutants have rather obvious and descriptive names, like Shadow Serpent (a snake-like monster that eats shadows) and Dream Snatcher (who eats people's dreams).
- Fake Ultimate Hero: A customer of Ernie's Brainfreeze, named Jordan, claims to his peers that he's the Red Ranger, but is rather cowardly.
- Fantastic Racism: Creepox is the most blatant about insectoid superiority over humans, but Vrak shows some too; and Metal Alice equally feels that robots are superior.
- Foreshadowing: Insects and Robots are mentioned during science class as potential "stronger species". Insect aliens begin invading later that episode, and robot enemies are antagonists later in the season. The third group of enemies was foreshadowed in the next episode, when we found that Mr. Burley has an interest in cryptozoology.
- In "United We Stand", the Rangers first meet Vrak and Noah notes that he isn't an insect like the rest of the Warstar; and he's later seen with a newspaper with a headline about ocean pollution (hinting at the robots, who have a sea base).
- Metal Alice says during their battle that even if there were 100 Rangers, they couldn't stop her. Guess what will end up stopping the Armada later on down the road.
- Whether intentional or not, the four full-team Legendary morphs used in the first Super Megaforce episode are Samurai, Mystic Force, SPD, and Ninja Storm; which correspond to most of the Mecha Expansion Packs they'll receive - the missing ones are Wild Force and RPM.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Jake comments that Gosei looks like a Tiki head. Gosei replies that he has taken this form to communicate with humans.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: In the trailer for the video game, you can see the Mystic Brothers Card, even though there is no Mystic Brother counterpart.
- As the Rangers search for the Black Mountains to go and find the Wild Sword in "Ultra Power" you can briefly see Troy and Emma holding hands.
- Gaia's Vengeance: Both the mutants and Robo Knight are this, though in different flavors. Robo Knight's mission is to defend nature that's threatened, while the mutants want to take the threats and escalate them to a full-on eco-disaster for revenge. It's also probably a good thing that Robo Knight sees the mutants as the threat, not humanity - when Metal Alice shows up, he tells her that humans are part of Earth's ecosystem too; and their good outweighs the bad.
- General Failure: Gosei of all people. He fails to explain anything. Sure, much of the time, it's because he's interrupted by an alien attack, but he never picks it back up when he has a chance. Couple that with the Rangers seemingly figuring out things on their own, like that they can morph straight to Super Megaforce without having to go through the outmoded Megaforce suits, and literally the only reason Gosei seems to be there is for plot convenience.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: The Shadow Serpent eats shadows, leading the Rangers to stay in the shade where they don't cast them. During the Megazord fight, the inevitable quip comes up:
- Tentacus' first line also qualifies.
Tentacus: "I can't wait to get my tentacles on them!"
- Gratuitous Spanish: Dream Snatcher, so much it hurts.
- Green Aesop: The Megaforce Rangers like to say the Earth is a beautiful planet and that it needs to be protected.
- Halloween Episode: "Raising Spirits". Also a Halloween safety PSA.
- Hollywood Nerd: Noah.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: The mutants believe this. They made their home underneath an old toxic waste factory, where they were formed from the waste that seeped into the cavern underground. They view their plan to turn Earth into a toxic wasteland as simply finishing what humanity started.
- Internal Homage: Everything just screams that Saban is basically trying to remake the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers:
- The return to Recruit Teenagers with Attitude and Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World plots.
- Gosei and Tensou being blatant Expies of Zordon and Alpha. Justified; Zordon was Gosei's mentor. Plus, the local hangout owner is named "Ernie" like his Mighty Morphin counterpart.
- In the cast wardrobe◊: Blue Ranger Noah in smart specs similar to Billy's, while Pink Ranger Emma sports shorts like Kimberly.
- The premiere has numerous Call Backs to "Day of the Dumpster". Both have the teens' arrival at the Command Center include a brainy Blue Ranger-to-be fascinated by the resident robot, and there are a lot of dialogue nods including an exchange between a giant head and a robot about needing teenagers, the Red Ranger delivering the line "[Zordon/Gosei] said these morphers would give us power.", and the Pink Ranger joking about helmet hair.
- Intrigued by Humanity: What Robo Knight grows more and more to be, through his battles by the Rangers' side and his observation of people (particularly children).
- Ironic Echo: In "Harmony and Dizchord", when the titular Monster of the Week starts attacking the city with his cacophonic music, Emma says "What is that horrible sound?!". The exact same question is asked by Dizchord himself later when he hears Emma singing, which weakens him enough for the Rangers to defeat him.
- It Has Been an Honor: Said by the Red Ranger when they get trapped in the Aurora Box after destroying Bigs, just before Gosei comes to the rescue:
Guys... I want you to know what an honor it's been to serve by your side...
- Jive Turkey: The series gets points for making a robot into this: in "The Human Condition", Robo Knight learns to rap in his quest to learn more about humanity.
- Lampshade Hanging: In the episode "Robo Knight", Gia lampshades the Make My Monster Grow trope when she shouts, "Guess we should have expected this!"—as the monster is growing in front of them.
- Large Ham: Admiral Malkor, Creepox and Ernie.
- Last Villain Stand: After their fleet is destroyed and Emperor Marvro has been killed, the Armada's army makes one last attempt to kill the Rangers, and have to be wiped out by every Ranger team ever.
- Limited Wardrobe: All five Rangers have worn the exact same outfits in every episode, barring only an occasional wardrobe change. Not counting the seasons with standardized uniforms, this had been done before with Leo, Maya, and Karone in Lost Galaxynote and the Time Force team, but it's more noticeable here since those teams had some degree of justification for limited clothing and because the standardized uniforms hadn't become a regular franchise feature yet; while Megaforce follows the Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World format which in the past had allowed for clothing variation.
- In fact, when the cameos came at the end of the season, all of them were wearing more or less the same things they wore 10 or more years ago.
- Local Hangout: Ernie's Brain Freeze
- Lull Destruction: Averted. The series is written with a fairly serious tone, but while some of the fights are silent, a high percentage of them feature the Rangers (and the monsters) monologuing through the action. At one point, the Rangers started doing this unmorphed, forcing quick changes in camera angles to disguise the fact the dialogue was dubbed after-the-fact.
- Magitek: Vrak's Zombats can bring fallen monsters back to life, making their function a form of necromancy; however, Vrak describes them as being robotic. Vrak's character bio also mentions that he is capable of performing alien magic, which seems to be this trope.
- Meaningful Echo: Troy stops a bully in "Who's Crying Now?" by stating that a) you shouldn't be bullying people around and b) every small creature doesn't need to be picked on. The words get repeated later in the episode when a) the kid Troy saved from the beating uses the first set of lines to save said bullies from Creepox, and b) the bullies repeat the second set to prevent the group from squishing their target's insect friend, now having a true change of heart.
- Meaningful Name: A water-related Ranger is named Noah.
- From "He Blasted Me With Science," we have a UFO-themed monster named... "Yuffo".
- Musical Assassin: The monster Dizchord can use music as a weapon, which is extremely agonizing. Emma uses her singing combined with one of Troy's cards to counter it and beat him.
- Mythology Gag: Besides the many references to Mighty Morphin, the names "Gosei" and "Tensou" are taken from the original Sentai but used in a different context.
- When the first Monster of the Week is summoned, his boasting ironically includes the words "Power like they've never seen before". This is extremely close to the first lyrics from the original "Go Go Power Rangers" theme song.
- "It's Morphin' Time!" has returned as an additional Invocation before the official morphing call.
- The local hang out owner is named Ernie, after a character with the same role from the first four seasons.
- Narrating the Obvious: The Rangers will often mention verbatim what an opponent has just said they were/will be doing. This takes up half of the Monster-Ranger interactions. (The other half is dedicated to advertising the Earth and/or how awesome teamwork is)
- In "Gosei Ultimate," The Blue Ranger also makes it a point to tell the viewer that their new Megazord is transforming... during the transformation sequence.
- Super Megaforce hasn't completely gotten over this, either. "Blue Saber Saga" gives us this gem by Mega Red during the Zord battle:
Super Mega Red: We need to dodge those blades! (While the Megazord is dodging blades)
- No Pronunciation Guide: In Japanese, "Tensou" is pronounced "ten-soh". Tensou in Megaforce is pronounced "ten-soo".
- This also applies to Vrak. Even Admiral Malkor doesn't know how to pronounce it. He's called him both 'vr-OCK' before and 'vr-ACK'.
- This also happens in a continuity flub when Gosei refers to the Wild Force Ranger base as Animaria (its actual name is Animarium), but he pronounces it "Ani-MAH-ria", whereas in Wild Force, it would have been pronounced "Ani-MARE-ria".
- Non-Indicative Name:
- Harwood County is actually a city. Well, it could be both - there are a number of cities big enough that they're considered counties as well - but it's odd that "County" is in the proper name.
- The Turbo Falcon zord is actually based on the RPM season, not Turbo.
- Oh, Crap: There's a big one in The Wrath when Gosei intercepts a message from Emperor Mavro calling all of the Armada's fleet from across the galaxy to launch an all out invasion of Earth.
- Opening Narration: In the same style as Samurai's:
Our world was once a safe and happy place, until evil aliens arrived with one plan: to destroy Earth! Gosei, Earth's ancient guardian, awoke, and called on a new team of teenagers to fight off this new threat. They are the Power Rangers Megaforce!
- Super Megaforce uses a different one:
An alien armada has arrived and invaded our planet. Wave after wave have attacked us, with a ferocity never seen before. To battle this new threat, the Power Rangers must master the abilities of the Legendary Rangers to become... Super Megaforce!
- People Puppets: Beezara's abilities in United We Stand. Unlike most examples, her slaves keep their consciousness: it's only their bodies that are forced to do her bidding.
- Viral can turn humans into Loogies and make them infect each other.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: A bit in the theme song. "ME! GA! FORCE!"
- Pungeon Master: Dizchord.
- To be honest, this is pretty much a tradition as far as Power Rangers Monsters of the Week go, though Vrak's robots (Metal Alice included) tone it down a good deal.
- Rearrange the Song: "Go Go Power Rangers" (Samurai Version) gets remixed yet again.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In the second episode of Super Megaforce, the Rangers decide to go on one in the Legendary Megazord in retaliation for the Armada's attacks. They end up scrapping a good potion of the fleet.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Dizchord again!
- Robot Buddy: Tensou. Also R1-C0 ("Rico") in one episode.
- The Something Force: The first Power Rangers series to invoke this trope while combining the word "Force" with the season subtitle's first term, resulting in the one-word subtitle of Megaforce. Additionally, unlike other The Something Force seasons, this season's theme isn't necessarily indicated by the word preceding "force" in the title; the subtitle merely utilizes a generic prefix.
- Spared by the Adaptation: R1-C0, aka Rico, in "Rico the Robot"; rather than sacrificing himself like Koro/Ain-I did in Epic 41 of Goseiger, he simply jettisoned himself into space and survived.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The season is titled Power Rangers Megaforce, although variable spellings of "MegaForce" and "Mega Force" can occasionally be seen. These variants are likely arising because past seasons containing the term "Force" in the subtitle have always treated Force as a separate word, whereas Megaforce is the first instance of the term "Force" being combined with another term to make a compound-word subtitle.
- Coincidentally, the usage of a compound word helps in averting Acronym Confusion (as of 2013), as Megaforce can use the initialism PRM rather than PRMF (which is usually used to refer to Power Rangers Mystic Force).
- Subverted in The Human Condition:
Malkor: Finally we meet in person. I am Malkor.
Jake: How do you even spell that? M-A-L...what?
Malkor: It spells "Earth's doom!"
- Spoiler Opening: The first-season title sequence included clips of the Gosei Ground Megazord and Vrak's ultimate form, long before either was in the show.
- In fact, Vrak's ultimate form didn't appear all season. It was a spoiler for next season!
- Sublime Rhyme: Black Ranger Jake's name rhymes with his power animal, the Snake. Similar to how Black Ranger Zack's name from Mighty Morphin rhymed with his respective suit color.
- The team's rallying cry of "Earth's Defenders, Never Surrender!"
- Theme Tune Roll Call
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich: A Running Gag is that Jake is often just about to dig into a snack when the Rangers are called into action and he has to abandon it.
- Toilet Humor: Calling Samurai's Mooks "Moogers"note may have been merely unfortunate; but this year, calling the snot-green guys "Loogies" had to be on purpose. It doesn't help that they appear from green slime, and that in episode 3, the Monster of the Week can turn people into Loogies by sneezing on them).
- In Ultra Power we get this from Jake towards Vrak.
Jake: Nice blades dude. I bet you're extra careful when you're picking boogers! (knocks Vrak to the ground)
- In "Last Laugh" the Nojoke's last resort in getting a laugh out of Troy is... letting one rip. It's pulled straight from Goseiger, but still. Nojoke even says that farts are never not funny.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Gia and Emma.
- Trailers Always Spoil: Even just the first press release reveals that the villains aren't just the Warstar; there are going to be three villain groups, and they're going to be directed by a fourth party. Just like Goseiger, which had three groups, but Vrak's counterpart Buredoran was involved in all three and was eventually revealed to be the Big Bad manipulating them all. Unlike Goseiger, though, the "fourth party" isn't Vrak himself but his family in the Armada.
- Also, the Sixth Ranger, Robo Knight, is part of the earliest promotional material and toy releases.
- The Virus: The third Monster of the Week, Virox, can turn ordinary humans into Loogies by sneezing on them. Then those specific Loogies can sneeze on more people and turn them into Loogies, and so on. Luckily the virus can be cured by killing Virox.
- Visual Pun: When Jake need an adjustment made on his Axe, he brings it to Noah hidden in a guitar case.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: The Rangers are at school again. For the first time in 8 seasons.
- What Does This Button Do?: The Black Ranger jokingly states this to use the Gosei Ultimate Megazord Ultimate Laser Cannons against Bluefur.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In the ninth episode, Robo Knight is under fire from Mooks and jumps to the side, while civilians are behind him. While the Rangers save them, they do call out Robo Knight on him putting the civilians at risk.
- Not helped by Robo Knight not even trying to pull a Jerkass Has a Point, which he probably would've been able to do by explaining that him not taking heavy damage is more important to him then a few civilians.
- You Have Failed Me/You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Though he thanks Metal Alice for her services up to that point, Vrak nonetheless points this out to her when she's badly damaged, telling her that she failed and is being discarded right before she blows up for good and he leaves in the Megaforce finale. This is despite the fact that he would never have been able to leave in the first place had Metal Alice not shown up and, in turn, she would not have been destroyed. In fact, Vrak wouldn't have been at the fight at all had Metal Alice not found and reconstituted his near-lifeless body to begin with. The Rangers call out his ruthlessness, obviously, to no avail.
- Ironically, you can blame this on Metal Alice 'improving' him by removing those useless emotions from him when she rebuilt him. We don't know if he'd have saved her in his original state, but he's not his Goseiger counterpart. The old Vrak might have, but Cyborg Vrak is incapable of compassion or appreciation.
Power Rangers Super Megaforce contains examples of:
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Troy and Noah in "Samurai Surprise".
- Broken Aesop: In "Samurai Surprise," Jayden tells the Rangers to heed their instincts (IE: Fight strategically) to sense the opponents' moves. (Thus the overall Aesop translating to "don't rush into things," which the Rangers did the moment they saw Vekar prior.) However, the final fight was instead almost completely against an X-Borg horde; and after the Mega Rangers just rush in a second time, Matacore is taken out with little more than a MacGuffin-powered attack (and the stock Finishing Move). Truly a feat rivaling that of Oda Nobunaga.
- Cast from Hit Points: Using the Legendary forms drains the Rangers of strength, thus explaining the quick changes.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Most evident in the first episode of Super Megaforce, where both the villains and Rangers note that the lasers used to grow the monsters are not only better than the Zombats, but that they can also grow more than one monster in the same minute.
- Glad I Thought of It: In "Silver Lining, pt. 1":
Damaras: We should send in a commander!
Levira: With a new plan!
Vekar: I have an idea! Let's send in a commander with a new plan!
- Hero Killer: Vrak kills Robo Knight by badly wounding him and leaving him to die in his exploding base. While Robo Knight manages to save Orion, he himself doesn't make it. This makes the first time in the franchise a villain actually succeeded in intentionally killing a Ranger for any significant length of time, as opposed to the Ranger performing a Heroic Sacrifice for reasons the villain never intended, making him even more this trope.
- Idiot Ball: In "Earth Fights Back":
Vekar: Launch those missiles already! Why do I have to wait until nightfall?
Levira: Because that's how the clock was set.
Vekar: WHAT?! Whose brilliant idea was that?
- Interspecies Romance: "Love Is in the Air" is all about Levira falling in love with Jake after drinking a Love Potion mixed in with tea. Actually, the Monster of the Week had planned for her to fall in love with him, but it backfired because she was watching Jake through a monitor when she drank it.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Subverted. Troy tries to invoke this trope when he is forced to fight a brainwashed Robo Knight but brings the latter back to their senses by doing an unexplained Super-Saiyan-esque powered up punch ripped straight from the source material.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Emma quips "Bet you didn't see that coming," after morphing into Pink Flash.
- Lighter and Softer: Super Megaforce was relatively serious-toned up until the addition of Orion to the team. The season then (presumably to counteract Orion's back-story) busts out as many weird, cheesy comedy-plots as it can muster up until "All Hail Prince Vekar."
- Lightning Can Do Anything: Giving Tensou Laser-Guided Amnesia in "The Perfect Storm".
- Lost Aesop: "The Grass is Greener or Bluer" involves Noah and Jake having a Freaky Friday situation because of a monster. However, the plot changes scenarios at the drop of a hat to developing the Super Mega Cannon. To justify the switch in focus, note Noah hints at wanting to build the weapon alone without the others by ignoring teamwork.....only it was in no way even remotely mentioned prior to that point; nor do the Rangers actually assist Noah in developing the weapon after the fact.
- Meaningful Echo: In "The Wrath", when Earth is invaded by millions of Armada ships and Emperor Mavro orders the Rangers to surrender, they decide they need to send him a message, in the form of their post-roll call announcement.
Troy: Is this enough of a message to get our point across? It's morphin' time!
Mega Rangers: THIS IS OUR ANSWER: EARTH'S DEFENDERS NEVER SURRENDER!!
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: "A Lion's Alliance" brings us Noah's inexplicable ability to be able to sense the Red Lion Zord. Once they land on Animaria, they Hand Wave it as a "feeling of being watched;" though that doesn't explain why Noah had this precognition even before they landed on the island.
- Literally the case in "Earth Fights Back" where Gosei informs the Rangers they've unlocked "new powers never been seen on Earth before" to Handwave and explanation for the usage of the Dairanger suits.
- No Name Given: Three Ranger modes as part of past transformations were never even given names...at first.
- Later on the Dairanger, Maskman and Flashman modes are given names as "Legendary Squadron", "Lightning" and "Prism" along with Fiveman as "Supersonic" and ''Changeman" as "Blitz" though no real explanation was given for them.
- Re Cut: Episodes "The Wrath" and "Legendary Battle" were reaired as an extended version with extra scenes, including an extended battle against Emperor Mavro and extra scenes with the past Rangers.
- Red Herring: "The Perfect Storm" starts with the froyo machine at Ernie's on the fritz, forcing him to call for a technician, and our heroes are stuck with tracking down an amnesiac Tensou when they come across this scary-looking guy in a nice suit and a luggage case roughly resembling Tensou, making phone calls like he's off to some illegal transaction. He's the froyo machine technician Ernie called. So basically, Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot spun into a Brick Joke.
- "Risky Business" Dance: Orion pulls this off while cleaning up the empty school, at night, at the start of "Power of Six". It comes completely out of left field.
- Role Reprisal: Eleven previous Ranger actors will return to the series during the season finale of Super Megaforce, taking on their respective Ranger character and color. They are:
- Brittany Anne Pirtle as Emily the Yellow Samurai Ranger
- Hector David, Jr. as Mike the Green Samurai Ranger
- Jason Faunt as Wesley Collins the Red Time Force Ranger
- Alison MacInnis as Dana Mitchell the Pink Lightspeed Ranger
- Sean Cw Johnson as Carter Grayson the Red Lightspeed Ranger
- Reggie Rolle as Damon Henderson the Green Galaxy Ranger
- Danny Slavin as Leo Corbett the Red Galaxy Ranger
- Melody Perkins as Karone the second Pink Galaxy Ranger
- Patricia Ja Lee as Cassie Chan the Pink Space Ranger
- Selwyn Ward as T.J. Johnson the Blue Space Ranger
- And finally, Jason David Frank as Tommy Oliver in both his Mighty Morphin Green Ranger and White Ranger incarnations
- "Samurai Surprise" marked the return of Alex Heartman as Jayden Shiba, the original Red Samurai Ranger, as well as Rene Naufahu as Mentor Ji.
- "Spirit of the Tiger" saw the return of Jason Smith as Casey Rhodes, the Red Jungle Fury Ranger. He also wrote several episodes of Super Megaforce.
- Shout-Out: "Power of Six" starts out with Orion alone in the high school dancing around in his shorts, catching the spurts from a water fountain in his mouth, doing some cleaning up and leaving a massive equation on a chalkboard.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: While Vrak is cold and manipulative, his brother Vekar is overly compulsive and short-tempered.
- Sneeze of Doom: In "United As One", Vekar catches a cold, and his sneezes are powerful enough to rock the bridge of his command ship.
- Trash the Set: Ernie's Brainfreeze (along with the rest of the mall) and Harwood County High in the first Super Megaforce episode. Both are shown being fixed up at the end of that episode and through the next one.
- Unexpected Character: Danny Slavin is reprising his role as Leo. Considering his history with the franchise, this is very unexpected indeed.
- The appearance of the Dairanger suits.
- Any time a Sentai suit appears, now that Ryuu Ranger, Pink Flash, and Yellow Mask are in.
- We knew Jayden would be making an appearence, but no-one knew about Mentor Ji's role until the episode debut.
- At the end of "Emperor Mavro" note , the Rangers go to a concert. The frontmen of the band? Antonio (playing a fish guitar, no less) and Mia.
- The Unreveal: When Jake gets his Super Mega Mode key, he notes that it's the wrong color. Gosei says there's a simple explanation, but then he's cut off by another attack wave.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Nobody in town takes notice of Tensou on the streets when he loses his memory. Nobody who isn't directly in his way takes much notice of Jake's epic Le Parkour run through the city to catch up with him.
- Wham Episode: Silver Lining, Part 2, in which we learn Orion's backstory and how the Armada destroyed his home planet and leaving him as Andreasia's last citizen.
- The Vrak is Back two parter, which wraps up all the loose ends from Mega Force and has Robo Knight perform a Heroic Sacrifice to save Orion, making him the third main Ranger to truly die (as opposed to a Disney Death) in the franchise after Kendrix and the Magna Defender. As well as the first time a villain has actually succeeded in killing the Ranger they intended to kill.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: While all the monsters/aliens have strange names Vekar finds "Pacha Chamak" to be quite strange.
Pacha Chamak: Greetings your highness. I am Pacha Chamak.
Vekar: What? Pa...cha..backpack? What kind of ridiculous name is that?
"Earth's defenders, never surrender!"