Series: Power Rangers S.P.D.
, Twenty Minutes into the Future
is the thirteenth season of the franchise, based on Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger.
The Earth of 2025 is a very different place, where humans and alien immigrants live in relative peace. There's always a few bad eggs, though, and that's where S.P.D. (short for Space Patrol Delta) comes in. Started on the planet Sirius, it's now a galaxy-wide police organization. The Earth branch is based in Newtech City, headed by Anubis "Doggie" Cruger.
The series focuses on S.P.D.'s B-Squad. As their name indicates, they're backup to the elite A-Squad. At first, B-Squad consists of the serious Sky (who wants nothing more than to be a Red Ranger just like his father), Cloudcuckoolander
Bridge, and the rich former model and pop idol Syd. When A-Squad is forced to leave the planet on business, they're promoted to Ranger status, and given morphers. Sky is not
pleased to learn that he's only a Blue Ranger. Their first mission is to track down a pair of metahuman Robin Hoods
, Z and Jack. They were probably chosen for the task because they're metahumans, too. Much to the dismay of B-Squad, Cruger decides that the best punishment for Jack and Z is to become the Red (especially to Sky's chagrin) and Yellow Rangers. It takes a while, and they often relapsed back to being bitter and angry at each other, but they eventually become a tight unit
, and even tighter when they learn why they all have strange, genetic powers...
S.P.D. was a divisive season- it boasted an interesting cast of characters played by excellent actors, but also marked the debut of controversial producer Bruce Kalish and suffered from some interesting Executive Meddling
. Most notably, as detailed in Trivia page, was the handling of Sam the Omega Ranger and how Tommy was depicted in "Wormhole", and to top it all off, it came after Dino Thunder
, which is usually considered to be one of the best. Alongside that, characterization was mixed- Jack and Sky have an on-again-off-again rivalry that magically goes away whenever it isn't necessary for the episode's plot. Despite this, it is a strong season, and is still widely regarded as being a good one for the Disney Era.
Unusually, rather than a two-parter with the previous season's cast, there were two separate episodes with the Dino Thunder
Rangers, with each team getting a chance to enter the world of the other. For some reason, those specific episodes seem to flow better if you watch them in reverse order.
Succeeded by Power Rangers Mystic Force.
Bridge would later appear in the Once a Ranger Milestone Celebration
, being bumped up to Red Ranger status due to Xander from Mystic Force and Tori from Ninja Storm (Bridge had ended the series as the Blue Ranger)
Has a character sheet
Recurring Power Rangers tropes include:
- Action Girl: Z and Syd.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: even earlier than expected!
- Big Bad: Emperor Gruumm
- Big Good: Supreme Commander Fowler/Doggie Cruger.
- Chest Insignia: S.P.D. nameplates on the belt and right side of the chest, and police badges on the right shoulder and forehead of the helmet; plus a personal number taking up the entire left side of the chest.
- City of Adventure: Newtech City
- Conspicuous Gloves: Bridge wears gloves most of the time, only to take them off to use his powers (the real world reason is to cover up the actor's tattoos).
- The Dragon: Morgana
- Evil Plan: Why Emperor Gruum needs to be stopped.
- Family-Friendly Firearms: As usual, but Dekaranger used actual bullets and some edits to hide this ended up kind of questionable. For one, in Omega Ranger's debut he catches lasers single-handedly, and then drops the "energy pellets" at his feet. You can also occasionally catch the Megazord ejecting used shells from its gun, even though it's now supposed to be a laser weapon.
- Five-Man Band:
- Five-Token Band: The A-Squad Rangers. Hispanic Red Ranger, Caucasian Yellow Ranger, Asian Pink Ranger, African American Green Ranger and an alien as the Blue Ranger.
- Home Base: S.P.D. Command
- Humongous Mecha
- It Runs on Nonsensoleum
- Made of Explodium
- Make My Monster Grow: the only season that regularly averts it - most the baddies have giant robots instead, some aren't even piolted by Monsters of the Week but Elite Mooks distracting for the MOTW.
- The Mentor: Cruger
- Mooks: Krybots
- Never Say "Die": And that's not the only taboo word. In "Badge", Gruumm steals "hemotech synthetic plasma", and the show's dialogue hides the fact that that's Techno Babble for artificial blood.
- Psycho Rangers: The A-Squad, as the first rangers to willingly serve the Big Bad.
- Recycled IN SPACE!: Power Rangers as SPACE POLICE!
- Rookie Red Ranger: Jack
- Stock Superpowers:
- Super Mode: SWAT Mode
- Cool Car: The Delta Cruiser
- Cool Bike: The boys' Patrol Cycles. Notably, Sky's is an older model with a different design, leading him to complain when Jack and Bridge get new bikes and he doesn't (Kat just points out that he already has a bike). Also Sam's Uniforce Cycle.
- Cruger's Delta ATV
- Awesome Personnel Carrier: The SWAT Truck
- Weapon of Choice
- Word Power
This subseries contains examples of:
- Adaptational Badass: Kat kicked Krybot butt in situations where Dekaranger's Swan didn't and gets to use the acrobatics that are expected from a feline character. Even in one episode where Swan fought as a Ranger, the PR version gives Kat an unmorphed battle before it. Also, that rock in "Abandoned" was considerably less apocalyptic in Dekaranger.
- Aerith and Bob: Bridge.
- Aliens Speaking English: Averted once in "Recognition" to facilitate a Curse of Babel plot.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Bridge. It's thought that his Psychic Powers might have messed with his head a little.
- Anachronic Order: A minor example occurred when the series was made available for instant streaming on Netflix due to "Wormhole" being moved three episode spots earlier in order to put the two Dino Thunder team-up episodes consecutively. The only part of it that's really noticeable though is with Morgana being back to Mora (Gruumm rewarding her by changing her back occurs in one of the three episodes originally aired between the team-ups).
- And the Adventure Continues: One of the few Power Rangers seasons where at the end of it all, the Rangers (barring only Jack) still have their powers and are carrying on with their duties. Which makes sense, considering that being Power Rangers is actually their job, rather than something they do in addition to their everyday lives.
- Anticlimactic Parent: Boom's parents in, well, "Boom"
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Inverted by Bugglesworth, who has two sillier-sounding crimes followed by a more serious-sounding one, as he is charged with "stealing buildings, turning people into dolls, and child endangerment."
- Artistic License – Astronomy: Apparently, Sirius is a planet now. Of course, they could have meant a planet in the Sirius system, as some planets are named "[Star name] [Distance from star]" so the third planet from Sirius would be Sirius 3, but... nothing of the sort is ever stated onscreen. It also happens with Alpha Centauri.
- As You Know: Used in "A-Bridged" when Bridge tells Kat a fact (relevant to his investigation) about humans breathing oxygen and plants breathing carbon dioxide. Lampshaded when Kat's reaction is "Duh. Second-grade science." and justified because, well, it's Bridge.
- Ascended Fanboy: Subverted; it's the season where morphers were handed out like candy (even Dr. Manx got a limited-use one!) and fanboy Boom still didn't get one.
Boom: I'd be psyched if I were Red Ranger!
Jack: You'd be psyched if you were Pink Ranger.
Boom: [beat] True.
- Played straight with Sam/Omega Ranger.
- Author Appeal: Writer/Director Greg Aronowitz loves dogs, hence the emphasis on Doggie Cruger and R.I.C. He also had two bulldogs as a child, hence why Bridge mentions his childhood pet bulldog in "Shadow".
- Bad-Guy Bar: Piggy's.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Broodwing, believe it or not, wears a tie.
- Ball of Light Transformation: Sam/SPD Omega Ranger can turn into a ball of light from time travel changing his body into light energy.
- Base on Wheels: S.P.D. Command, though it only moves once (besides all its giant robot transformations).
- Bat out of Hell: Broodwing
- Beleaguered Childhood Friend: Sky's friend Dru in "Idol".
- Between My Legs: Shows up in a lot of battle scenes, for example, Syd in the episode "Walled".
- BFG: The SWAT Flier Cannon. As in, a cannon made out of zords.
- Bizarrchitecture: S.P.D. Command has some problems when it comes to Zord storage. Usually the zords are seen in an underground hangar and the building opens a hatch to send them out; this is acceptable. But a few times the entire thing opens up and the zords are shown taking up the whole interior! And just to add to the confusion, the SWAT Fliers also have bays taking up most of the base interior, including places where the regular zords were shown to go.
- It's explained later that there's a secret underground Zord bay beneath the Delta Command Base, so presumably only one set of Zords is kept in the base itself at any given time. This likely explains how Bridge knew said secret underground Zord bay existed and Dr. Manx likely sent the SWAT flyers there.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Syd in "Zapped".
- Bullet Catch: Omega Ranger. Except they were laser pellets.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Bridge
- Butt Monkey: Broodwing, to Gruumm and Mora. One wonders why he feels the need to antagonize the guy selling them, well, everything.
- The Cameo: Shades of the Onyx Tavern, many of Piggy's guests are monsters from past incarnations of Power Rangers, as are a few civilian aliens. There's also an Aquitian S.P.D. officer.
- Canon Immigrant: Jack's Battlizer appears in Magiranger vs Dekaranger. This is the first (and thus far only) appearance of an American power-up appearing in Sentai.
- Cat Girl: Kat Manx.
- Chilly Reception: Sky was not happy when Jack became the Red Ranger.
- Clip Show: "Insomnia".
- Cloudcuckoolander: Bridge, a space cadet who is a literal Space Cadet.
- Clueless Aesop: There was an anti-racism episode using discrimination against a Robot Girl as a metaphor. What's the problem? The fact that in the previous episode, she had done pretty much everything one possibly can to look suspicious, and put S.P.D. (and by extension, pretty much everything else) in serious danger by not telling anyone that it was her the bad guys wanted. So then we spend an episode where every single conversation or scene must have at least one line of Anvilicious hammering-in of the whole "We're racist bastards who distrusted her because she was a robot!" thing despite nothing of the sort having happened.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Subtly lampshaded in the final scene. Jack has left the squad and Sky and Bridge have been promoted to Red and Blue Rangers, respectively. When the Rangers visit Jack and Ally, Sky and Bridge donate handfuls of blue and green clothes.
- Compressed Vice: Many of the early focus episodes were less "focus on this character" and more "this character acts as we've never seen them behave before as everyone acts like it's normal, and then 'learns a lesson' about said out-of-nowhere flaw." It tapers off as the season goes on, thankfully. In general, an S.P.D. focus episode is much better for getting to know the character nearest the one being focused on, rather than the one whose sanity is taking the week off (for example, "Buttery" comes from a Syd episode, not a Bridge episode).
- Consulting a Convicted Killer: Sky's questioning of Mirloc in "Reflection Part 1". It doesn't go well, as Mirloc manipulates Sky and escapes.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: When interrogating one perp in "Zapped", the alien finally cracked after being exposed to Bridge's Talkative Looniness and Syd's hit single Me. And it was hilarious.
- Danger Takes a Backseat: Played with in "Reflection". While hunting for the escaped criminal, Mirloc, Bridge and Z spot him in the rear view mirror of their jeep and turn around to face him in the back seat, except he's not there. Mirloc reminds them that his the power is to travel through reflective surfaces so he's only appearing to them through the mirror.
- Demoted to Extra: Sam the Omega Ranger was demoted compared to his counterpart DekaBreak from the source material. Disney forced a Fake Shemp situation that the writers didn't want to deal with, and they wouldn't have included Omega Ranger at all if they weren't stuck with so much DekaBreak Stock Footage.
- Disney Villain Death: In the finale as Gruumm rejects Cruger's attempt to Save the Villain. Subverted when he shows up in the aftermath to pick one last fight.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: In "Dogged", Kruger tells Syd that RIC's technology is practically obsolete, and that he will soon have to be deactivated, using the same tones one would use when talking of an old dog that will soon have to be put to sleep.
- Double Agent: Piggy is a triple agent who was supplying Emperor Gruumm, Broodwing and the Rangers with information.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Sergeant Silverback
- Drunk with Power: Jack in "Confronted", as he realizes he can boss the others around.
- Dub Name Change: A rare aversion in that Doggie might just have the most similar name to a Ranger's Sentai counterpart ever (who knows why's that). The only differences between him and Dekaranger's Doggie (scales aside) are that SPD's is Anubis "Doggie" Cruger, and Dekaranger's is Doggie "Boss" Kruger.
- Eldritch Abomination: Omni has serious shades of this. A massive, tentacled brain with telepathic powers who's minions worship it. And then it gets a body that dwarfs a megazord.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: In "Recognition", RIC's the one who catches on to Sky's and Wootox's body swap.
- Expy: A few of the Rangers seem to be throwbacks to their counterparts in earlier seasons, with laid-back but battle-serious Red Rangers (Jack and T.J.) serious, by-the-books Blue Rangers (Sky and Kai), Valley Girl Pink Rangers (Syd and Kim), and quirky, psychic Green Rangers (Bridge and Trip.)
- Perky brunette Z is reminiscent of nearly every female Yellow Ranger.
- Sergeant Silverback IS R. Lee Ermey, just as an anthropomorphized gorilla with a robot bulldog.
- Face-Heel Turn: The A-Squad.
- Fake Shemp: As noted in the intro, Sam as the Omega Ranger.
- Tommy in the second S.P.D. and Dino Thunder team-up "Wormhole", where he never demorphs and was voiced by Jeffrey Parazzo, who plays Trent. This got backlash from many fans, as Jeffrey's imitation was so off it was fairly obvious it wasn't really Jason.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Gruumm, after Cruger broke one horn in the Battle of Sirius. At least until the finale...
Cruger: Now they match!
- Flung Clothing: Part of Cruger's Transformation Sequence.
- Foreshadowing: at the end of an episode, the Rangers gave a bicycle as a gift to a kid they befriended. A nod to the fact that the kid, Sam, will be the Sixth Ranger, whose personal Humongous Mecha is a motorcycle.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Sky and Wootox in "Recognition"
- Fun with Acronyms: In the "Wired" two-parter, the monster's looking for a Series One Processor/Hyper-Intelligent Encryptor. The Rangers realize too late he means expelled cadet Sophie.
- The Future
- Generic Cop Badges
- Genre Savvy: In the finale, after Broodwing has taken over the Delta Base and destroyed the Delta Squad Megazord, Bridge guesses that the SWAT Fliers were moved from the base to the secret underground zord bay. Because doesn't every base have a secret underground zord bay?
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Syd has a stuffed elephant named "Peanuts" that shes had since she was five, and still does close to twenty years later. Used to characterize her pampered upbringing.
- Give Me a Sign: In the finale, Piggy's guilty over betraying the Rangers and shouts this. His food cart is promptly struck by lightning, sent careening down a hill, and explodes.
- Government Agency of Fiction / Heroes "R" Us: S.P.D.
- The Gunslinger: Jack and the Delta Squad Megazord
- Hannibal Lecture: used on Sky in "Reflection"
- He's Back: Cruger in "Shadow"
- Holding Out for a Hero: How the Rangers react in "Abandoned" to Cruger becoming a Sixth Ranger in the previous episode.
- Hot Scientist: Dr. Kat Manx.
- Hour of Power: Kat's emergency morpher only has an hour of charge.
- I Always Wanted to Say That: Syd gets to say "You do the crime, you do the time!" in the premiere.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: as Bruce Kalish's first season, every title had only one word.
- Informed Ability: The MOTWs and their rap sheets; it gets kind of ridiculous as the season wears on, as bad guys with increasingly over-the-top histories of destroying fifty more planets than the last guy show about as much badassitude as... well, your average monster-of-the-week. Especially when the earlier ones were more reasonable, making Willing Suspension of Disbelief easier. Benaag destroyed nine planets, including Doggie's, with massive armies as part of Gruumm's empire, it made him the believable, hateable war criminal villain of a dark arc. When every total loser bad guy has destroyed a thousand you just said "yeah, whatever."
- This was presumably done for pragmatic reasons. A lot of crimes committed by the bad guys in Dekaranger probably wouldn't fly for a Disney program, so they had to resort to blowing up planets, and then just escalating how many were destroyed.
- Also, Gruumm's empire doesn't seem very... existent. All of his soldiers appear to be the robot grunts that Broodwing will sell to anyone. Monsters of the week don't even work for him, they're criminals who were already doing their thing, hired by him to keep doing it, for him now. Often, it results in a ten-second scene on Gruumm's ship that could be skipped and you wouldn't notice. He very rarely thinks of a plan himself, and even his ongoing scheme turns out to be at the bidding of another. However, count on the characters to talk about him as if he's badder than ten Emperor Palpatines.
- Informed Judaism: Bridge
- Insult Backfire: When Piggy wins the lottery in "Shadow", he's able to pay back his debt to Broodwing (with an extra $1000 to get his fishbowl winterized).
Broodwing: You may be a millionaire, but you're still the same disgusting, filthy, wretched piece of worthless garbage to me!
Piggy (earnestly): Thank you! It's nice to know money hasn't changed me.
- And later in the same episode:
Syd: This place is a roach-infested germ farm.
Piggy: Thanks. I've done my best.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Piggy.
- Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Weakly handwaved by saying the judgment scanners are infallible. But at least they only capture criminals instead of passing death sentences like Dekaranger did.
- Lampshade Hanging: In "Missing", Piggy comments how distressing it is how he never sees Sam demorphed.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: The Dino Rangers had their memory wiped after both teamups. In "Wormhole", Cruger hit the SPD Rangers with it as well - himself included.
- Last Episode New Character: Nova Ranger
- Last of His Kind: Cruger
- Last Villain Stand: After the rest of his forces are beaten and Omni has fallen, Gruumm bursts from the rubble and challenges Doggie to one final duel.
- Magic Feather: In "Samurai", Jack makes the classic mistake of thinking the power's in the sword (Cruger's Shadow Saber) and not the swordsman.
- Man Child: Morgana. She doesn't show it much in this form, but keep in mind she made a deal with Gruumm in order to stay an actual child.
- Meaningful Name: Sky the Blue Ranger with the flying zord, for one. Also, "Doggie"'s real name is Anubis. Plus all of the other alien SPD members: felines Kat Manx and Dr. Felix, simian Drill Sergeant Nasty Sgt. Silverback, and avian Fowler Birdie.
- Sky's name borders on Fridge Brilliance (and almost strays into The Danza territory, even if it's not the literal definition of the trope): His actor's name is Chris Violette. Violette is French for "purple". Purple is a combination of blue and red. Sky wants nothing more than to be a Red Ranger like his father. He is eventually promoted to Red Ranger. Blue + Red = Purple —> Violette.
- And Boom, who gets blown up a lot.
- Sirius is the name of Cruger's home planet. Sirius is sometimes known as the dog star.
- Messy Pig: Piggy - he's not porcine, really, but he did get the name for a reason.
- Mind Screwdriver: A lot of the things that were poorly handled by the series were explained in interviews.
- Military Brat: Sky
- Minor Injury Overreaction: Cruger hates Gruumm for razing his planet and taking his wife. Gruumm hates Cruger for... cutting off one of his horns.
- Mysterious Protector: Omega Ranger, at first
- Mythology Gag: The A-Squad wears modified Power Rangers in Space helmets, while Sky's dad is shown to have worn an unmodified Time Force suit (okay, they stuck an S.P.D. logo on it). For the Super Sentai fans, occasional pictures of pre-PR teams appear in place of the picture of Sky and his dad on his desk. Blue Senturion from Power Rangers Turbo shows up as a video game character (fighting a Monster of the Week from Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, no less.)
- Doggie apparently owns Andros' cloak and Spiral Saber now (and fans were not amused at what they thought to be the return of Andros proving to be Doggie cosplaying him for no discernible reason. Kalish says that the Spiral Saber wasn't the original prop, but an identical one.) Also, Z's necklace is the same style Z as Lord Zedd's staff.
- On the note of Andros, one of the criminals escapes from a penal colony belonging to KO-35, Andros' home planet.
- The Time Force suit caused even more of a stir than Andros' cloak and weapon, as when the flashback aired, people naturally assumed that meant Wes Collins was Sky's father, and that S.P.D. was an early iteration of Time Force. While that was never discussed, Jason Faunt himself disapproved of the use of the suit, as he felt the fans would make the obvious assumption, and be subsequently confused when they realized it wasn't him... which is precisely what happened.
- Broodwing acquires the Dino Gems on Onyx - a planet featured on in Space and Lost Galaxy.
- New Neo City: Newtech City
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Sergeant Silverback is a wannabe R. Lee Ermey.
- Don't forget the Paris Hilton clone in "A-Bridged", complete with pet dog.
- Non-Indicative Title: For a show called Power Rangers: Space Patrol Delta, they sure don't spend much time patrolling space...
- No Ontological Inertia: The episode "Dogged" features a monster who turns people into green slime. After he is captured all of his victims turn back into people.
- Non-Lethal K.O.: Unlike most Rangers, SPD can't just destroy every evil alien they fight. While Dekaranger just went ahead after getting legal clearance, Power Rangers changed it so villains were captured in a giant explosion.
- Not Listening to Me, Are You?: Cruger in "Insomnia":
Kat: Still no word on A-Squad, and...and the Rangers have asked to wear clown suits while on patrol. I've approved them.
- Obvious Trap: In "Shadow", when General Benag sends a message that he has Kat, she warns Cruger that it's a trap. Gruumm then comes on saying that heck yeah, it's a trap, but SPD's not going to abandon her, are they?
- Trap Is the Only Option: Because, as noted, Kat's life was on the line. Also discussed when A-Squad challenges them in the finale; the Rangers comment that it's likely a trap, but it's also noted that ignoring the challenge and doing nothing may also be a trap.
- The Ojou: Syd
- One-Letter Name: "Z" (short for "Elizabeth")
- One-Liner Echo: in the "Wormhole" teamup: "No one gets inside our circle!"
- One-Sided Arm-Wrestling: Done by Sam
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Although it's not as bad in this season since much of the talent was brought in from Canada, there are still a few instances — Bridge is the most likely one to suddenly slip in and out of a Canadian accent. Mora and Morgana are Not Even Bothering with the Accent.
- Out of Focus: As stated, Sam thanks to the awkwardness of Fake Shemping.
- Palette Swap: Make My Monster Grow mostly took the year off, in favor of each alien criminal of the week having his or her own Humongous Mecha. While the monster suits each looked original, the mecha started to repeat themselves, with minor details, and yes, colors, changed. (A few times, there wasn't even a repaint!)) Two once-used monster suits per week was just not gonna happen.
- The Paragon Always Rebels: The entire A-Squad when they do their Face-Heel Turn and become the season's Psycho Rangers.
- The Peter Principle: Kat's promotion in "Katastrophe", where she's informed she's going from hands-on research to managing teams to do it for her. They even seem to have copied the "You won't have to get your hands dirty."/"But I like getting my hands dirty." exchange from when Damon faced this in Lost Galaxy.
- Phantom Zone Picture: The criminals trapped in cards
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Mora becoming Morgana. Turns out it's just reversing a previous Plot Relevant Age Down.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Boom
- Post-Climax Confrontation: The Rangers are celebrating their victory in the finale when Gruum comes back to challenge Cruger one last time.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Twice in the finale by Doggie.
- First, after effortlessly cutting through Mora's monsters (taken from her picture book), she asks "What can you do to me? I'm just a kid!" His response prior to confining her: "Use your imagination."
- Then, after having Gruumm at his mercy, he raises his sword to finish him... and then cuts off Gruumm's remaining horn, saying "Now they match!" prior to confining him.
- Put on a Bus: Gruumm, a villain who was not in its parent Super Sentai series, stepped aside to work on the project he'd spent most of the season acquiring materials for. This allowed cheaper-because-his-appearances-are-mostly-stock-footage villain Broodwing to be sole Big Bad for a significant number of episodes. Gruumm swept back in just in time for the Grand Finale.
- Putting On My Thinking Cap: Bridge does headstands, like Sen-chan did.
- Rank Up: Happens once in the premiere, once in the finale, and once offscreen between SPD and Operation Overdrive.
- Quickly Demoted Leader: Sky
- The Rashomon: Done very poorly in the episode "Perspective", with the same three minutes of Stock Footage shown six times with the ADR changed, the changes limited almost entirely to the name of the character everyone else was praising.
- The Rat: Piggy
- Recruiting the Criminal: Cruger drafting Jack and Z.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Jack and Sky. Even their ranger colors match.
- Refusal of the Call: Jack
- Retcon: The Disney Adventures comic writers changed A-Squad from Not Brainwashed to Brainwashed and Crazy.
- Robot Dog: R.I.C., the Robotic Interactive Canine.
- Rousing Speech: Boom in the finale
- Running Gag: Whenever Piggy's restaurant has attracted a big lunchtime crowd, the Rangers always show up and drive off the clientele by asking Piggy questions about alien criminal activity.
- Which might actually be counter-productive for the Rangers, because (paraphrasing Piggy), his customers aren't causing any trouble... at least, not while they're eating.
- Salt and Pepper: Jack and Sky
- Samus is a Girl: A-Squad leader Charlie. One guy on the Rangerboard forums guessed ahead of time, leading to an rather infamous case of I Knew It: during Charlie's first pieces of dialogue, the voice was heavily distorted to make it appear male. The forum poster—who had a history of working with sound and sound manipulation—recognized some telltale signs that it was a female changed to a male and voiced his theory. He was immediately shouted down, mainly because there has never been a female Red Ranger in the history of the franchise. Thirty episodes later, Charlie is revealed to be a girl and the forum poster pens a meaningful discourse entitled, "I WAS RIGHT, BITCHES." Complete with flashing gifs and mockery of the people who thought he was wrong. He even got the phrase and a screencap of The Reveal printed on a t-shirt and got the cast members of S.P.D. to sign it. Hey, he deserved it.
- Scenery Censor: Non-naughty variant with Matt Austin (Bridge), who always wore gloves to cover a hand tattoo (justified in-universe; it's implied that Bridge focuses his psychic power through his hands and wears the gloves as a Power Limiter).
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Most of the individual monsters and main villains fit this trope, being alien criminals. They are trapped inside special cards when defeated.
- Secret Test of Character: Cruger does this in the first episode, asking Sky his opinion on Bridge and Syd - his answer is the very thing that lands him in the Blue suit.
- Receives a Call Back in the finale, when Cruger asks Sky if he would follow Syd into battle, and Sky responds that he'd trust anyone Cruger chose.
- Series Continuity Error: Mostly in terms of naming. First, there's the true final enemy's name. First Gruumm talks to "The Magnificence". Then the creature called The Magnificence is being called Omni as if he had been all along, and "The Magnificence" is something else (the body for Omni, which many of the crimes were about completing, as it turns out near the end). Then the whole shebang is being called Omni.
- Also, "Troobian" refers to Gruumm's empire... but said "empire" seems to consist only of two or three guys of different races, and zillions of robots Broody sells to anyone who can pay. It is later used to mean "only" the robots, whether used by Gruumm-affiliated baddies or not. By the end, fans were still saying "and just what is a Troobian, anyway?"
- And then there are a few instances of events or terms that happened in Deka but not S.P.D. being referred to as if they had. The online fandom got it, and may or may not have appreciated the moments as Shout Outs, but the kids were probably quite confused when Sky-as-the-criminal worried that he'd be "deleted on sight."
- Isinia, Isinia, Isinia... what can be said about you? After an entire season of having it drilled into our heads that Doggie is The Last of His Kind, learning that There Is Another with no warning at the end suddenly throws open the question of whether more Sirians survived as Troobian slaves. Even worse, we learn that she is a captive of Omni, not Gruumm, as would be expected, considering the rivalry Grumm and Doggie had that was equally drilled into our heads.
- "Wormhole" doesn't precisely fit into the timeline. It's mostly OK, but involves Mora instead of Morgana, and after Mora returns in the final episodes she's almost immediately brainwashed by Omni. It may be possible to cram it in between the final scenes of "Badge".
- The "Reflection" two-parter. An investigator (Sky) seeking data on a criminal from another criminal (Mirloc) who torments him psychologically. Silence of the Lambs much?
- To Lethal Weapon in "Sam Pt. 2".
Z: I'm getting too old for this!
- Sigil Spam: Your sigil is overused when you start sticking it on shovels and trash cans. The worst offender is probably Syd's CD player, which has the logo in three places.
- Space Police
- Spared by the Adaptation: All of the enemies from Dekaranger. Instead of being deleted if they were found guilty, they were stuck in containment cards.
- Spoiled Brat: Mora
- Spoiled Sweet: Syd
- Strange Salute
- Super Cop
- Supporting Protagonist: Jack may be the Red Ranger, but the story is really about Sky.
- Survivor Guilt: Cruger
- The Tag
- Time Travel Tense Trouble: At the end of the second S.P.D./Dino Thunder team-up "Wormhole", when Bridge says this line: "I really wish I could stay. I was born last week, and I could meet myself and become my own best friend. (Beat) Wait. What if I met myself and didn't like me?"
- To the Batpole!: The jump tubes have returned. If you want a literal pole, though, you'll have to wait 'til Power Rangers Operation Overdrive.
- Toilet Humor: Anything and everything involving Piggy. "Dogged" also has RIC's faulty programming involve "peeing" coolant on Cruger.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Z and Syd.
- Tomboyish Name: All the girls: Z, Syd, and Charlie.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Bridge and "buttery" (wiggles fingers) toast
- Twenty Minutes into the Future: Aired in 2005, set in 2025.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: In "Dismissed", when Supreme Commander Birdie visits Earth.
- Underwear of Power: A much-mocked part of the Battlizer. Battle Thong!
- Unnecessary Combat Roll: Bridge in a couple episodes. Often Lampshaded as the others wonder what in the world he's doing, especially when he goes into a roll when there's no enemies around them yet.
- After which he immediately breaks into a Silly Walk.
- Unwinnable Training Simulation
- Verbal Tic: Played with; while Bridge has no problem talking about what kind of toast he likes, one episode shows that he is in fact physically unable to say it without wiggling his fingers.
- Walking Wasteland: Gruumm's visit to Earth in "Shadow" involved this.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Sky
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In "Impact" an evil alien was pretending to be an astronomer called Professor Cerebros. Whatever happened to the real Cerebros is never addressed.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Jack gives one to Sky after Mirloc escapes and Sky says he should be demoted for it:
Jack: You told me that your father fought to the end. And now you want to quit just because you messed up once? I guess you're not like your father after all.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Z asks this about Devastation in the "Messenger" two-parter.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?/Transformation Is a Free Action: Averted in the finale. A-Squad Rangers morph first, but don't wait for B-Squad Rangers to do so, instead they just shoot at them during their morphing sequence. Unfortunately, it does nothing other than make them look cool.
- A-Team Firing, maybe?
- The Containment Mode added to the SPD Morphers is demonstrated in on Boom in episode one. It's an instantaneous, non-lethal, painless method of neutralizing and transporting suspect individuals. This would be a miraculous time-saving law enforcement miracle, but the Rangers still attack criminals they catch red-handed with explosive high-powered lasers and giant robots before using it.
- Wild Card: Piggy
- "With Our Swords" Scene: In "Reflection", Jack loans Sky the Red Ranger morpher for his fight with his father's killer
- X Meets Y: Piggy was pitched as "what would happen if a monkey had sex with an artichoke."
- You Look Familiar: Kelson Henderson, who appeared as a one-shot character in Dino Thunder, gets a regular role as not-quite-Ascended Fanboy Boom. You'll be seeing him in every series for a while.