Series: Power Rangers Mystic Force
"Magical Source! Mystic Force!"
The 14th season of Power Rangers
, based on Mahou Sentai Magiranger
. After an earthquake hits the city of Briarwood, a stranger appears and asks for help locating someone in the nearby forest. But the local townsfolk are superstitious about the woods, and the only one brave enough to volunteer is Nick, a wanderer just passing through
. A group of locals join him, not wanting to be shown up by an outsider.
The teens soon discover the secret of Briarwood Forest: it is home to a pocket dimension inhabited by mystical creatures, and the stranger who summoned them is a powerful sorceress. More than that, their bravery marks them as wizards destined to protect both them and the human realm from the forces of the Underworld that have been freed by the quake. They are given the power to become Rangers to give their magical powers an extra edge, but if they're going to win they'll need to find out what happened years ago when the monsters were sealed...Mystic Force
isn't remembered as one of the best Rangers
series, but it is still remembered as enjoyable. The main complaint is that due to the story spending too much time building up the world and side characters in filler episodes (Which was well received by many fans), Nick, who gets the same amount of screentime as a Red Ranger normally does, appears to get more time on-screen than the others, who are pushed into the background due to not having enough focus episodes. As with Wild Force
, it's also disliked for a lack of originality, being more or less just Magiranger
with a new cast. The Kalishplosions
were also prevalent, although still nowhere near as bad as it would get.
Succeeded by Power Rangers Operation Overdrive
. Xander would re-appear in the Milestone Celebration
team up "Once A Ranger" but this meant that this season didn't get a proper team up (The closest to one with SPD
was Piggy making a brief cameo).
Now has a character sheet
Recurring Power Rangers tropes include:
- Action Girl: Vida and Madison.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The Master fights Leanbow in Rootcore for a period of their fight in the final episode.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Many Power Rangers teams employ this trope, but this team especially fits the Mythical Monster Motif version.
- Big Bad: Morticon, then Imperious, then Sculpin of the Ten Terrors.
- Big Good: The Mystic Mother. Actually a famous villain and former Big Bad after a Heel-Face Turn.
- Chest Insignia: Team "M" logos on the belt, personal symbols on the faces of the helmets.
- City of Adventure: Briarwood.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Downplayed. While in the magical forest, the rangers wear a leather vest of their color. While in their civilian job, they wear their colors, but can also wear other colors as well to try and not make it as obvious.
- The Dragon: Koragg and Necrolai are Co-Dragons.
- Evil Plan: As there are a number of Big Bads there are a number of these.
- Morticon wanted to escape his can and continue his war on the humans.
- Imperious was more interested in his grudge with Daggeron and taking over the villain's camp.
- The Ten Terrors were more focused on reviving The Master than defeating the rangers.
- Finally, The Master wanted to consume all the magic in the world and then the world itself.
- Five-Man Band:
- Great Offscreen War: The last war with the Underworld twenty-ish years ago.
- Home Base: Rootcore.
- Humongous Mecha: With the unique twist that the Rangers actually become their own Zords, rather than piloting them from within.
- Made of Explodium It's Power Rangers. Compared to the rest of the Kalish era they're restrained with it, though (attacks explode. Monsters explode. The entire background does not turn into a sea of flames because of water attacks or merely pointing weapons at each other without yet firing, as we're going to see a lot of next season.
- Make My Monster Grow: ...It's Power Rangers. We get three methods for the three phases of the series: Morticon's monsters are enlarged with a spell from Koragg. Imperious' monsters can grow on their own. The Ten Terrors are naturally giant sized and making themselves small. They can easily return to their natural size; because it's natural for them and not a spell, the effect for doing is not the usual "Dark Seal appears under you" effect.
- The Mentor: Udonna.
- Mooks: Hidiacs. They exist only to be killed off en masse in increasing showy feats of magic power. Lampshaded by a Genre Savvy one.
"Count yourself lucky, those guys (the ones that 'get some action') never come back."
- Precursor Heroes: the previous generation; including Udonna, Daggeron, Leanbow, and Calindor.
- Recycled IN SPACE!: Power Rangers as WIZARDS!
- Rookie Red Ranger: Nick.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Rita Repulsa's very line is echoed by Koragg's first line (He actually says "After all these years, I'm free," but the similarity was close enough that many fans were confused into thinking the backstory was set ten thousand years previous, when it actually appears to have been more like 20).
- Super Mode: Legend Mode. The senior wizards have Ancient Mystic Mode.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Vida and Madison - interestingly reversed from Magiranger; Urara has about the same personality as Madison, but is her team's Tomboy because Houka is just that girly. And appropriately enough, Vida hates the color pink.
- Weapon of Choice
- Word Power:
"Strong as a tree! Green Mystic Ranger!"
"Ever-changing as the wind! Pink Mystic Ranger!"
"Fluid as the sea! Blue Mystic Ranger!"
"Fast as lightning! Yellow Mystic Ranger!"
"Forceful as fire! Red Mystic Ranger!"
"Flurry of snow! White Mystic Ranger!"
"Power of the sun! Solaris Knight!"
"Burning heart of fire! Wolf Warrior!"
"We call forth the magic! Together as one! United for all time! Power Rangers Mystic Force!"
This subseries contains examples of:
- All There in the Manual: If not for the official websites, we'd have no idea what Clare and Toby's last names were.
- Alpha Bitch: Leelee, but she gets better.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Nick takes some time to believe in magic, given that he clearly sees people all around him using it all throughout the first episode.
- Additionally, when Vida is turned into a vampire and Chip realizes it in the "Stranger Within" two parter, the rest of the team laughs it off. Sure, we have magic powers and fight a wolf man and a vampire on a regular basis, but there's no way that Vida could have been turned into a vampire! Wait...
- Armor-Piercing Question: Clare hears from Udonna how she was someone she'd never give up on. Her response? "Why is it that we are giving up on Nick?"
- Ascended Fanboy: Chip is obsessed with fairy tales and comic books, so he's the most excited to become a Ranger.
- Badass Biker: Nick.
- Badass Cape: The only Ranger team that wears 'em. (Sentai has had a couple other teams with capes, but not in about thirty years prior to Magiranger.)
- Cape Swish: This happens a lot. The Rangers usually start their pose in the roll call with one or two full spins swishing their capes.
- Badass Family: Parents Leanbow and Udonna, son Bowen/Nick, and niece Clare
- Barrier Maiden: Clare.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Itassis was this to Necrolai, leading to the latter's Heel-Face Turn.
- Body Horror: The Master erupts from Matoombo like a demonic cephalopod chestburster.
- Book Ends: Nick begins the series riding into Briarwood. The last we see of him is riding out, only now with his mother and father.
- Broken Aesop: The lesson in the three-parter "Dark Wish" is supposed to be "don't take shortcuts, do the work you're supposed to", demonstrated by having the Rangers try to wish away the bad guys through the resident genie and having it backfire horribly. This is undermined by A) the Rangers have been encouraged all season to embrace their magical gifts, so "don't cheat with magic" rings hollow, B) the bad guys get the chance to use the genie themselves, and their wish to depower the Rangers is completely successful, and C) the Rangers' reward for learning not to use magic is even stronger magic that fuels their Super Mode.
- Oh, and remember that for all of Part 1, Daggeron had been going out of his way to essentially pester the Rangers into puling Heroic Second Wind VIA said Broken Aesop; which is very hard to do when they can barely lift their weapons against enemies that have them directly cornered, and are showing severe damage on their end. Using Jenji suddenly sounds a lot less like a cop-out, doesn't it?
- Plus, the Rangers were tossed around like rag-dolls against two enemies that Daggeron was well aware of, (He repeatedly claims to "know these beasts") and didn't clue the Rangers in on. (A scene with him and Udonna in Part 1 implies that telling them was the plan, but it never happened) which may have made the battles the Rangers were already being weakened by a little easier. But because they fell for the enemy's trap, it's automatically their fault?
- A second one is when Itassis asks why the Rangers continuously defeat the Terrors despite the latter's greater power. The answer she gets is "We're more courageous than you". This is despite the fact that Itassis personally bailed the Rangers out when four of them were down for the count and the other two couldn't morph and killed a Terror the Rangers couldn't scratch because of the 'Rules of Darkness'. Then there's the whole 'one Terror vs six Rangers' thing.
- Brought Downto Normal: Happens a grand total of five times throughout the show, ignoring the "Dark Wish" three-parter.
- But Now I Must Go: Nick, though he's coming back.
- Call Forward: When Piggy shows up in "Ranger Down", he explains that he just arrived and expects Earth to be crawling with aliens in, say, twenty years. He also manages to predict his lottery win and restaurant.
- The Cameo/Continuity Nod: The Mystic Mother, played by Machiko Soga, is Rita Repulsa after being cured by Zordon's Z-Wave.
"The Mystic Mother. Known as Rita
in the Dark Days."
- Jenji also shares a scene with S.P.D.'s Piggy in "Ranger Down".
- Canis Latinicus: The show is surprisingly good about using actual Latin, Greek, and Welsh words for spells (if not proper use of either grammar or Magic A Is Magic A to match), but a few stinkers got by, such as "Hilarium Shenolia".
- Character Tic: The Titan Megazord tips the brim of its wizard hat after the Finishing Move.
- The Charmer: Xander fancies himself as one - though trying "Plan Xander" on the monsters usually results in him getting his ass kicked.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: Nick being adopted + Udonna's search for her lost husband and missing baby = Surprise!
- Chekhov's Gunman: Phineas seems to be a harmless Plucky Comic Relief character who occasionally gives advice to the Rangers at first. It isn't until later do we find out that he was the one who rescued Bowen and brought him outside the mystic realm to protect him.
- Chess Motifs: The Titan Megazord cockpit is laid out like a chessboard, which the Rangers take as a sign to "think strategically". In that vein, they occasionally used "Checkmate!" as a Bond One-Liner.
- The Chosen One: Nick.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: The key component to being able to use magic is, it seems, believing in magic. In the premiere, Nick is unable to use magic because he doesn't believe - even after he's seen others using it (and despite considerable effort 'trying' to believe). He gains the ability to cast spells only after announcing that he really does, after all, believe in magic. In the finale, the entire city's belief is used as a Combined Energy Attack.
- Clip Show: "Koragg's Trial". Rather unique in that half of the episode is still newly shot footage.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Phineas.
- Combined Energy Attack: Used in the finale.
- Cool Train: the Solar Streak Megazord.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Phineas can kick Mook butt.
- Jenji also demonstrated some butt kicking moves when the Rangers were incapacitated.
- Clare, ever the bumbler, managed to tap into some powers by way of ancestry, and even slapped around The Dragon during her spotlight episode.
- Crossover: Very briefly with SPD when Piggy shows up in one episode and speaks with Jenji. Apparently he's been living on Earth long before aliens integrated with humans. Also, the Mystic Mother is apparently post-purification Rita.
- Curiosity Causes Conversion: Itassis.
- Deliberately Monochrome: The world without the Rangers in "Dark Wish".
- Despair Event Horizon: Udonna reaches the edge when she finds out Leanbow has been turned back into Koragg, realizing that either he or the Rangers will destroy the other, in addition to her son already being lost. Subverted when she finds Nick's blanket, which belonged to her lost son...
- Don't Go in the Woods: Invoked in the premiere.
- Doomy Dooms of Doom: When trying to infiltrate the Underworld in "Light Source":
Phineas: I don't mean to be a doomsayer, but uhh, DOOM! Doom, doom, doom!
- The Drifter: Nick.
- Enemy Mine: Koragg teaming up with the Rangers against the Four Barbarian Beasts.
- Erudite Stoner: Toby.
- Ethnic Magician: Daggeron.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: but Itassis does a Heel-Face Turn to make an honest attempt.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: The Master's hatching from Matoombo's body near the end of was almost Alien-level bad.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: For starters, Udonna tries to give the Rangers ordinary magic wands, but concedes that wand phones are more in line with contemporary tastes, and transforms them with a spell. (In Magiranger, we never got a good reason for why magic from another dimension was powered by cell phones.)
- Fusion Dance: Nick fuses with Fireheart for his Battlized mode, and the other Rangers merge to make the Mystic Lion Zord.
- Genie in a Bottle: Jenji.
- Genre Savvy: Upon becoming Power Rangers, some of the teens wondered aloud when they got all their "cool stuff" like Zords.
- Good Costume Switch: Leanbow as the Wolf Warrior, who wears a red version of his old Knight Wolf armor.
- Great Big Book of Everything: The Xenotome.
- Hellish Horse: Catastros, Koragg's steed.
- Hollywood Genetics: Udonna looks Irish, her husband Leanbow looks Spanish, and their son Bowen/Nick looks Arabic (Firass Dirani is Aussie-Lebanese), and is much darker skinned than either parent. Daggeron, played by the New Zealander John Tui, is a better match and leads to all kinds of fan theories.
- Hong Kong Dub: Used for Mystic Mother, same as Rita in the old days.
- Hurricane of Puns: The Rangers need to collectively get one out of their system when Xander starts turning into a tree in "Petrified Xander".
- Hybrid Monster: Phineas the "troblin" (half-troll, half-goblin). He's an outcast with both the trolls and the goblins.
- I Always Wanted to Say That: Chip, after saying "It's Quiet... Too Quiet".
- If It Swims, It Flies: The Mystic Mermaid zord averts this by turning her fins to legs and walking.
- I Hate You, Vampire Mom: Leelee to Necrolai - not for any Blessed with Suck angst, Leelee's not even a vampire; Necrolai just sucks at parenting.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: as Bruce Kalish's second season, every title had two words (though they fudged it with "The Snow Prince").
- Inconsistent Dub: Production can't keep track of which spell does what.
- Inept Mage: Clare. Gradually improves over the course of the series.
- Instant Runes: The Rangers, the old guard, the bad guys, and Legend Warrior Mode each have a pretty mystic seal that appears for certain big spells and attacks. (The Legend seal is only seen in the zord cockpit, though).
- Interspecies Romance: several Last Minute Hookups: Leelee and Phineas (also see Hybrid Monster above), Necrolai and Toby, and even Itassis and Daggeron was teased a little!
- Jigsaw Puzzle Plot
- The Lady's Favour: Gender inverted with Nick and Madison in the finale; it also avoids the Try Not to Die part by happening after the battle.
- Kill Me Now or Forever Stay Your Hand: Vida to Matoombo the energy terror to cement his Heel-Face Turn.
- Land of Faerie: If Briarwood Forest doesn't strictly qualify, then it is at least very close.
- Leaking Can of Evil: The seal over the Underworld keeps the forces of evil from completely overrunning the Earth, but it's broken enough to allow Monster of the Week and Mooks to be sent, and for the major villains to come and go at will (save Morticon, whose power is so great no standard teleportation spell can send him to the human world.)
- The Legions of Hell
- Literal Genie: Jenji a few times.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Koragg (aka Leanbow) and Udonna are Nick's biological parents.
- Magic A Is Magic A: Unfortunately not; the American production sadly broke Magiranger's defined spell system and were too lazy to make their own work as intended (come on, BVS: is it really that hard to re-film fingers dialing a phone?)
- Magic Warrior: Clare inherited the powers of the Gatekeeper from her mother (even though she only used them in only in a lone two-parter).
- Magical Security Cam: Averted; Nick and Vida have to swipe security footage of them morphing in "Fire Heart", and it's not even Stock Footage.
- Make a Wish
- The Master: Used for the name of the Big Bad.
- Master of Delusion: averted; Toby starts getting annoyed at his employees running off, and they eventually own up to him.
- Mega Neko: Jenji.
- Mind Rape: The Master shows Daggeron his coming death in the finale (thankfully, it doesn't quite work out that way).
- Mythology Gag: The Pheonix Unizord resembles a non-evil Cyclopsis. Which is quite fitting, given that the Mystic Mother was Rita.
- Names to Run From Really Fast: Catastros, as in Catastrophy.
- Nice Hat: On the Megazords of all things. The Mystic Titan Megazord has a pointy wizard hat and the Solar Streak Megazord has a turban.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: So, Udonna can't morph because her wand was stolen by Koragg and is in the villain lair. Morticon gets freed to attack the Rangers in a Megazord fight. The Rangers have a couple tricks up their sleeve, but still might lose. But, the villains kidnapped Udonna earlier in the show, and she's in the villain lair. Even though she can't really use her morpher, she can influence it with magic to give power to help the Megazord. With her help, the Titan Megazord kills off Morticon, but there's reason to think the rangers couldn't have done it without her. If the villains didn't think of "let's make it worse by kidnapping her", she wouldn't have been able to use her morpher to influence the battle.
- Noble Demon: Koragg.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Xander, the standout in a cast of Fake Americans; eventually explained as him being a native Aussie.
- Not Worth Killing: Koragg pulls this a lot.
- Obviously Evil: Inverted with Leanbow. His Ancient Mystic mode looks much more demonic than his "Koragg" armor, even though he uses the former as a hero and the latter as a villain.
- Omniscient Morality License: Daggeron in "Inner Strength".
- The Other Rainforest: The location of Briarwood suggests that it is either in Northern California or Oregon.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Fireheart.
- Out of Focus: Initially, Madison (hence the "Who's Madison?" meme). Eventually, everyone who wasn't Nick.
- Overclocking Attack: The very last battle.
- Pink Means Feminine: Played with. The Pink Ranger isn't the team's Girly Girl for once and even borders on "butch". But the trope is affirmed in that Vida is not a fan of the color.
- Portal Network: The Rangers travel through the forest's trees to get around.
- Purple Is The New Black: Koragg's armor.
- Recursive Import: This series gets dubbed in Japan, but unlike in the case of Power Rangers S.P.D., the Magiranger actors don't get to voice their counterparts.
- Red-Headed Hero: Chip and Udonna.
- Reforged into a Minion: Koragg.
- Refusal of the Call: Nick.
- Right Back At Ya: Imperius does this to the Rangers to demonstrate his superior magic.
- Right Behind Me: Xander griping about Daggeron in "Inner Strength".
- Robe and Wizard Hat: The Rangers have robes; it's the megazord that has the hat!
- Sarcastic Confession: Chip reveals the Rangers' identities to Toby, knowing he'd never believe it.
- Scenery Porn: Most of the areas shot in are absolutely beautiful, and the filters have taken a massive step up since the old Photoshop filters.
- Secret Legacy: Nick.
- Secret Test of Character: The Tribunal of Magic sets two of them before the Rangers; one is if they're brave enough to fight without their magic and the other is a...
- She's a Man in Japan: Reversed; the female Heavenly Saint Snowgel became the Snow Prince in the U.S.
- Ship Tease: Chip and Vida are hinted at.
- Nick and Madison is also hinted at quite a bit.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Vida and Madison.
- Sigil Spam: "M" designs are everywhere.
- Significant Anagram: Leelee Pimvare. She even spells it out when we first hear it: "Pimvare" <-> "Vampire".
- Skunk Stripe: Vida. It's always colored, too.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Instead of one Big Bad, there's sort of a revolving door. Every time one went down for the count, another one showed up.
- The Starscream: Imperious tries to be this, but Koragg prevents it from happening.
- Taken for Granite: Madison and random civilians in "Rock Solid", and Jenji in a later episode.
- The End: The season ends with this showing up in the Xenotome.
- Theme Tune Rap: Say what you will about it, but at the very least it's better than the one that came after it.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: Good luck making sense of the temporal mechanics in "Dark Wish". For some reason, neither Koragg nor the Rangers were affected by the initial wish even when Udonna was. Then when the wish was reversed, time wasn't. A battle started in the same circumstances as before. The villains remembered both timelines.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Girl: Phineas and Leelee.
- Unexplained Recovery: Matoombo is alive and well at the end, even though The Master basically tore him apart from the inside.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: the horse Catastros?
- Who's Watching the Store?
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Madison hates frogs.
- World Building: A rather impressive amount for Power Rangers- while the magic system from Magiranger didn't carry over, many fans appreciated how much focus was put on explaining the world. However, as said above, while it was well received, it was also criticized for cutting into the screentime of the Rangers, Madison in particular.
- You Look Familiar: Three subverted examples here - Barnie Duncan and John Tui, previously Piggy and "Doggie" Cruger in S.P.D., are virtually unrecognizable without their heavy prosthetics in the roles of Toby and Daggeron, apart from their distinctive voices. And Kelson Henderson is completely unrecognizable under prosthetics, hideous dentures and a different voice in the role of Phineas. Mystic Mother is almost this, sharing an actress with Rita Repulsa, but it's explained they're one and the same.
- Played straight with Antonia Prebble (Clare), who previously played two one-shot characters: Krista, "the tree girl" and Conner's prom date in Dino Thunder, and the unmorphed Nova Ranger in the S.P.D. finale.