Series: Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills
Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills is one of several shows that were cranked out to get a piece of the pie when Power Rangers made it big. It is notable for being one of only two not adapted from a preexisting tokusatsu show (the other being The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nóg).Emperor Gorganus wants to take over Earth because it's the nexus of a network of portals that would make universal domination a lot easier for him. To stop Gorganus's monsters from taking over the planet, a blobby alien named Nimbar assembles four teenagers and gives them the power to transform into giant superheroes named after constellations to fight off the aliens. Whenever evil's afoot, the teens' celestial tattoos flash to alert them.The series originally ran for 40 episodes in the fall of 1994 on the USA Network.BTW: Yes, Dragon Ball Z Abridged fans. This is a real series.
Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills provides examples of the following tropes:
- The Cameo: Zsa Zsa Gabor, running for mayor in a For Want of a Nail episode.
- Cherry Tapping: Knightron does this to Isolus in "The Spy".
- Combining Mecha: When their tame chop socky isn't enough to get rid of a monster, the teens can combine into Knightron, a robotic space knight of overwhelming power. Thing is, his power is "finite", and only to be used as a last resort (which doesn't stop the teens from forming him even when they're winning).
- A Dog Ate My Homework: A monster, actually.
- Expy: God almighty, where to start??
- Nimbar is obviously Zordon.
- Swinton is a black Billy.
- Gordon is a gender-flipped Kimberly, believe it or not.
- Laurie is a gender-flipped Jason.
- Drew is basically a blond Trini.
- Emperor Gorganus is Lord Zedd, yet appears as early as Rita did.
- The coffeehouse stands in for Ernie's Juice Bar.
- Family-Friendly Firearms: The teens use what appear to be melee weapons, but their only function is to shoot lasers.
- Head Bob: Of course. Emperor Gorganus is especially notable.
- An Ice Person: Isolus.
- It Came from Beverly Hills
- Monster of the Week: Although, most likely for budgetary reasons, there only about eight or nine monsters used over and over again. The episode "Emperor for a Day" lampshades this.
- Noodle Incident: In the episode "Trust", a freak electrical occurrence causes all of the lockers to pop open at school. Drew's diary falls out and the team reads an entry which explains exactly why she doesn't talk about her parents. The purpose of this was for Drew to be alienated enough to not join the group in their next fight, but the contents of the entry are never expounded upon.
- Power Tattoo: Used as transformation trinkets.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Unlike in Power Rangers, the heroes of this show initially didn't really like each other. This changed when they officially become friends in the episode "Winner Takes All". Their pretending not to be friends when questioned about it was lampshaded in the episode "The Psychiatrist".
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Two of the monsters had a reptile theme (a snake and a dragon).
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: One subversion of the Sixth Ranger in one particular episode.
- Stellar Names
- Stunt Double: For all the heroes in their giant forms. Seriously, they go from normal to ripped.Laurie (when they first transform): This would take years of working out!
- Supreme Chef: Laurie is revealed to be a very good baker in "The Quitter".
- Teenage Mutant Samurai Wombats
- There Are No Therapists: Averted. In the episodes "The Psychiatrist" and "The Psychiatrist Part II", Nicole (Drew's aunt) calls Dr. Bradford Clamtin because she believes Drew has Complusive Lying Syndrome.
- Western Zodiac: Combined with Four-Temperament Ensemble and some artistic license. The teens take the guardian constellations Aquarius (called Apollo), Sagittarius (called Centaur), Scorpio and Taurus.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: The villain Ninjabot won't lie, as part of his code of honor (as in, he's vowed loyalty to Gorganus, but can still make a deal with the Sentinels to get rid of Gorganus and steal his throne).
Alternative Title(s):Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters From Beverly Hills
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