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.
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.
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, at least the Mystic Dragon, Delta Runner, Wild Force Lion, and Turbo Falcon zords; and the Ninja Minizord hasn't been mentioned but is likely. The toyline also has a Red Battlezord-inspired Zeo Racer zord, but we don't know if it'll get into the show.
Transforming Mecha: One per season; the Gosei Ultimate Command Ship/Megazord in the first and the Q-Rex in the second. The toy version of the Turbo Falcon zord also has an added Warrior Mode that the Gokaiger version didn't have.
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.
Calling Your Attacks: Besides the usual, Rangers summoning their arsenal is accompanied by Gosei shouting "Summon battle gear/Mechazords/Megazord/Zords!"
Invocation: "It's Morphin' Time!" and/or "Go Go Megaforce!" There's also "Super Mega Mode!" for the next level of power, followed by "Legendary Mode (Insert past ranger team name)!" along with the past teams' morphing calls when changing into previous rangers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 alot 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.
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 Bastards: 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.
Limited Wardrobe: All five Rangers have worn the exact same outfits in every episode, barring only an occasional wardrobe change. Sure, the franchise uses this trope often, but it's more noticeable this season because it's civvie wear and not a uniform or something.
Lull Destruction: Averted. The series is written with a fairly serious tone, and the fights are, in general, rather silent outside of the grunts of the Rangers fighting.
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.
Thus, there are several references to all seasons, such as "It's Morphin' Time!" and Samurai's "Go Go Samurai" as "Go Go Megaforce"
Speaking of Samurai, the season's theme is similar to the Samurai theme. But proven different with a scene from "Who's Crying Now" when Troy activates the Ultra Gosei Great Megazord's Victory Charge, part of the theme is playing in the background and is similar to In Space's theme.
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)
Once they land on Animaria, they Hand Wave it as a "feeling of being watched;" though that doesn't explain why Noah had the pre-cognitions even before they landed on the island.
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.
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!
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.
Robot Buddy: Tensou. Also R1-C0 ("Rico") in one episode.
Role Reprisal: 10 previous Ranger actors will return to the series during 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
Additionally, two former Rangers will be appearing in their own tribute episodes but will not be a part of the Megawar that the 10 previously named Rangers will be in. Those two are Jason Smith as Casey Rhodes the Red Jungle Fury Ranger and Alex Heartman as Jayden Shiba the original Red Samurai Ranger.
In "Earth Fights Back", Cybax, the monster for that episode, says that "if we want something, we just take it", referencing the motto of Captain Marvelous of the Japanese counterpart.
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!
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.
Trash the Set: Ernie's Brainfreeze and Harwood County High in the first Super Megaforce episode. The school, however, is fixed up by the end of the episode; and it's likely that the Brainfreeze is too.
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.
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?: Kinda-sorta parodiednote Because usually, this trope is used for comedic effect, but in this case, it does something useful by the Black Ranger when the Gosei Ultimate Megazord uses the 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.