The 20th and 21st (Super Megaforce) seasons,note Originally Mighty Morphin' Re Cut was counted as season 18, however as of Megaforce this is no longer true. 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 legendary 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, includingsomethat don't exist yet in this timeline (and a few pre-Zyu suits as well). 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, Super/Megaforce has been poorly received- the fact that the show copy pastes episodes of two different Sentai seasons means that characterisation is all over the place (Noah pretty much has the same focus episode twice because of thisnote both of them involving the aforementioned character suffering a crisis of confidence), and Super has been heavily criticised for not caring at all- multiple pre-Zyu teams have been seen and poorly explained (Another major problem), various weapons, continuity and other gear from previous seasons is incorrectly named (Even extending to the Wild Force Rangers' home base getting incorrectly pronounced) and the writing is, for the most part, terrible. Fans are split over whether or not it's worse than Samurai, but either way it's not a great season by any stretch of the word, and even people who like it usually see it as So OK It's Average.The Power Morphicon 3 trailer for Power Rangers Megaforce can be seen here, and the "first look" trailer can be seen here.note Extended version can be seen here. The series is also available on Hulu, seen here.Not to be confused with Denji Sentai Megaranger, the Super Sentai counterpart to Power Rangers in Space.note The Power Rangers Megaforce have been referred to (in an abbreviated form) as "Mega Rangers" on occasion.To be succeeded by Power Rangers Dino Charge in 2015.
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.
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)
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.
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."
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.
Sword and Gun: Super Mega Sabers and Super Mega Blasters in Super Megaforce. Like in Gokaiger, the Rangers can swap them, with Noah and Gia showing a preference for dual sabers and Jake and Emma favoring dual blasters.
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!"
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."
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.
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).
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.
Basco Ta Jolokia... They almost adapted him in a early script under the name "Silas". So far the only evidence of him in the series is his ship "Free Joker" was reused as Orion's ship.
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.
Gokaiger's pirate motif seems a little out of place, as well; in fact, the Rangers aren't even referred to as pirates.
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.
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.
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 He left it at the desk due to him following the "No cellphones allowed" rule. (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.
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 MegaforceMooks 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 oneverything. 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 it was in Dino Thunder.
Quite frankly, saying Troy is exactly like Jason is like saying every Red Ranger is exactly Jason. And besides the short shorts and girliness, Emma isn't that much like Kimberly either. In fact, Emma's love for the environment is a lot closer to Trini.
The other three are pretty much just like their original counterparts but with notable differences. Trini was way more humble than Gia, Billy was a bit more awkward than Noah and with Zack and Jake, just replace dancing with soccer and they're about the same.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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. Sure, despite complaints this is not the same first time this has happened in the franchise.
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.
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.
Narratingthe 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)
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.
Unless there's something about the adaptation we don't know yet, 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.
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.
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.
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!"
Toilet Humor: Calling Samurai's Mooks "Moogers"note it resembles the word "Boogers" 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.
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.
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:
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.
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! Argus: Genius!note Now, who's to say whether this was sincere or sarcastic?
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.
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.
Lost 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 ofOda Nobunaga.
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.
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.
Sibling Yin-Yang: While Vrak is cold and manipulative, his brother Vekar is overly compulsive and short-tempered.
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.
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" (which was really more about Damaras, but still), 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 epicLe 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.