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Trivia: Power Rangers
  • Power Rangers beat Super Sentai to the punch at a Kamen Rider crossover, thanks to Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers' Poorly Disguised Pilot story arc for Masked Rider by a long gap. To elaborate: Said MMPR episodes aired in 1995. The Samurai Sentai Shinkenger crossover arc of Kamen Rider Decade aired in 2009, or 14 years later.
  • Power Rangers also had a female Red Ranger before Super Sentai: SPD's A-Squad leader Charlie, to Shiba Kaoru, the female ShinkenRed, a 4-year difference. And both characters aren't really good news for the Rangers.
  • Adored by the Network: British channel Kix. They love the show so much, that their second channel, Kix Power, is named after Power Rangers and for the first six weeks is showing nothing else!
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Zordon never told Alpha to recruit "teenagers with attitude." He asked for "overbearing and overemotional humans." Alpha said, "not that, not teenagers!" The phrase was used in the introduction, but was a way to condense that scene. Became a trope namer.
  • Cash Cow Franchise
  • Channel Hop:
    • Started on FOX, but when the Fox Kids block died it went over to ABC and Disney's cable channels (but, strangely, not Disney XD when it launched).
    • Then Saban got it back and struck a deal to have it aired on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons. Once Saban bought out 4Kids Entertainment, they took advantage of the included CW programming block and immediately scheduled Power Rangers as part of the Vortexx launch lineup.
      • And starting with Super Megaforce, Cartoon Network will air the series in Latin America, despite its US broadcasting rights still belonging to Nick. Oddly enough, that is true also in Southeast Asia, where it also airs on CN from Wild Force onwards, when it should have been airing on Disney Channel Asia (during the Disney era) or Nick Southeast Asia (in the Neo Saban era).
    • In the UK, it was on ITV/CITV from MMPR through to RPM, and Channel 5 for Samurai, Super Samurai and Megaforce. It was also on Sky One for the first 145 episodes, then Fox Kids/Jetix from Alien Rangers through to RPM, then Nickelodeon/Nicktoons for Samurai, Super Samurai and Megaforce, then Pop for Super Megaforce. Latterly, Kix airs old episodes - it's success there is likely why it's sister channel Pop has decided to take over from Nickelodeon as the show's UK home.
    • Power Rangers has the dubious honor of going through the most Hollywood studios out of most any television franchise, going from PolyGram Filmed Entertainment to Warner Bros. (through its WEA division) to Twentieth Century Fox to Disney to Lionsgate in various different capacities.
  • Dawson Casting: Quite frequently. The first season had characters in high school played by actors in their early-to-mid-twenties, some of whom did a better job than others. The trope page compares Austin and AJJ to show how men are less convincing at this than women, especially since Austin was a teenager when he started playing Jason (although to be exact Austin was actually in his late teens, therefore he was fully mature physically and it showed, which actually contrasted with the age of his character, who was earlier in high school) Jason Chan was already 30 when he played Cam in Ninja Storm— although, to be fair, Cam's age is never specified and it's not uncommon for a Sixth Ranger like himself to be an adult.
  • Executive Meddling: Originally all the villains were suppose to be vaporized by Zordon's wave in countdown (excluding Karone/Astronema of course). Fox Kids' BS&P forbade them to kill off the human villains.
    • This is why Wes and Jen didn't kiss at the end of Time Force. Although it's also why Eric survived.
    • Also in SPD, as far as making the Omega Ranger a ball of light when he wasn't morphed because the producers decided to spend most of the budget creating an all-original Zord/Monster fight for the finale.
    • Supposedly why Tommy wasn't killed off when his Super Sentai equivalent was, though also the reason why he came back as the Sixth Ranger a second time - a good example of Tropes Are Not Bad.
    • There seems to be some of this going on since Saban took the rights back. As we understand it, Nickelodeon is making Saban stretch each adaptation out to two seasons, or limiting seasons to 20 episodes as they do with some of their original series thereby forcing Saban to take two years to do a full adaptation. Combined with longstanding contracts with Toei that don't let them skip any Sentai, it becomes kind of frustrating for fans as Rangers keeps falling further behind Sentai.
  • Fake American: From Ninja Storm onward, production took place in New Zealand, with mostly local actors trying their darnedest to pretend they didn't have Kiwi accents. Subverted by Xander in Mystic Force, who didn't even bother hiding his accent and was eventually handwaved as a native Australian that immigrated to the States.
    • In RPM, there's a fake Scotsman (Blue Ranger Flynn); also played by a Kiwi.
    • Although his race is never stated, Antonio from Samurai's last name is Garcia hinting at a hispanic background, though he could just as easily be filipino which would be closer to his actor's Thai/German! heritage.
      • Of course there is also the two red rangers that have the last name of Shiba being played by white actors. In this case they are both of Japanese decent. Most likely descended from all Male Shiba's, thus keeping the last name of Shiba despite not looking Japanese.
  • Friday Night Death Slot: A variant. Because the series was not an Edutainment Show, many ABC affiliates refused to carry it in its assigned late Saturday morning timeslot and often relegated it to air at 5am on Saturday or Sunday before the church shows or farm report. Some even threw it out entirely as they regarded the show as radioactive to their attempts to maintain that their children's shows were all educational. And on the stations where it ran when it was supposed to, that timeslot tended to be preempted for sports.
    • While the move to Nickelodeon solved that initially, now they've moved Megaforce from Saturday at 1pm to Sunday at 8am [1], which is a problem because some viewers may be at church or still in bed.
  • International Coproduction: Between Saban Entertainment/Disney/Saban Brands from the United States, Toei Company in Japan, and later Village Roadshow in New Zealand.
    • Toei also has half of the copyright ownership of all things Power Rangers.
  • Just for Fun: Linkara's semi-serious analysis series, History of Power Rangers
    • And the even less serious Overanalyzed series by Girls Heart Geeks on Youtube.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: During RPM and the Mighty Morphin Re Cut, Disney pulled all of the previous seasons from American television, and even the current seasons were constantly pre-empted for half of the country. Saban would fix this during Samurai by uploading the entire series run to Netflix, and contracting Shout! Factory to release DVDs.
  • Name's the Same: There are a two ladies named Kat; one's a love interest for Tommy and the Pink Zeo Ranger, and the other a space faring Cat Girl from SPD.
    • There's also Mike the Magna Defender and Mike the Green Samurai Ranger. Incidently there's another Green Samurai Ranger too. Also; two Thunder Megazords, two sets of Ninja Zords and two sets of Dino Zords.
  • No Export for You: In South Korea, from Ninja Storm onwards, combined with Translation Matchmaking. Also in New Zealand (where oddly the show is being shot) until Samurai.
  • Old Shame: Having had Power Rangers forced on their laps in order to acquire the Family Channel, Disney considered the entire series an embarrassment, enough to quickly send it back home to Saban the moment they bought out the gold mine of more evergreen boys' superhero properties. Also, though most actors are happy to have been a part of the franchise and embrace the fandom, there are some that consider their role this:
    • David Yost (Billy, the first Blue Ranger) hid from the fandom after the show ended, as he revealed in a 2010 interview he was gay and that he quit the show after being thrown way too many homophobic slurs by the behind-the-camera staff and nobody would do anything about it. Though the behind-the-scenes problems ruined the experience for him, Yost made it clear that he still enjoyed the experience of playing Billy, greatly appreciates the fans' kindness and sympathy, and has apparently maintained ties with the other actors (as evidenced by a recent photograph of him, Jason David Frank, and Walter Jones eating lunch together). When Saban invited him to cameo in Super Megaforce, Yost declined, comparing it to an abusive ex trying to get back together with you.
    • Amy Jo Johnson (Kimberly, the first Pink Ranger) also fell under this during the late 90's and early 2000's. At the time she was trying to make it as a singer/songwriter and didn't want to talk about it. In recent years she no longer considers her time with the show as old shame.
    • The only known actor who was known to have considered the show to be an old shame is Danny Slavin (Leo, the Red Galaxy Ranger), who only did the role to pay for law school. He nearly sat out the "Forever Red" reunion and forced production to use a Fake Shemp like they did with Aurico, but was talked into filming a few unmorphed scenes late in the process. He later also returned for Super Megaforce's version of the Legend War, despite having not acted in 10 years.
    • Recently, however, he has started to attend conventions and will also appear at the 4th Power Morphicon so perhaps he has gotten over the shame.
    • For a different variety of example, when Ron Wasserman recorded new versions of several songs from the series, he intentionally did not redo "White Ranger Tiger Power" because of the Unfortunate Implications of the song's title.
  • Saved from Development Hell: The attempts in The Eighties and early Nineties by Saban (and Marvel Comics before that — retroactively prophethic, since one of the reasons Saban managed to repurchase and thus save the series so easily is that Disney just finished acquiring Marvel at the time (both brands filled the same boys' superhero properties niche)) just to get the pilot picked up by a network, ANY NETWORK. It was only when Saban went to Fox Kids, and Margaret Loesch (who worked with Stan Lee on the Marvel attempt) who was the head at the time, that the show was picked up. This combined with the Uncancelled entry below, brings new meaning to the lyric, No one can ever take them down..
  • Screwed by the Network: Disney's actions towards the series, including the show's gradual disappearance from cable, scheduling RPM where it can constantly be pre-empted and timeshifted, and the lack of full-season DVD sets in the US.
    • Network to the Rescue: Saban bought the rights back.
    • While the series' airing on Nickelodeon brought with it large amounts of marketing and brought it renewed popularity, Nickelodeon also severely cut down the number of episodes per season, forcing Samurai to be dragged out for two years in order to fit in the whole story, and forcing Saban to adapt Tensou Sentai Goseiger as the twentieth anniversary season instead of the more appropriate Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger.
  • Troubled Production: Lost Galaxy got the worst of it. This largely had to do with the series being unexpectedly renewed and the production team trying to figure out how to adapt a nature-themed sentai into a space opera so that it followed in the vein of the highly successful In Space, meaning a lot of the series was pretty much thrown together on the fly. Not to mention the fact that the actress who played Kendrix being diagnosed with leukemia during filming and having to lead the show, leading to even more hasty re-writes as they quickly scrambled to negotiate a replacement pink ranger who could be written into the remainder of the season.
  • Under Age Casting: Power Rangers usually averts this, by having the majority of their teams be high school students (played by 20-somethings,) but the occasional season will have a team of rangers with other professions that require extensive training still played by the typical 18-25 actors they always have. There's also the running joke about the "Impossibly Fast Doctorate Program," where characters have gained credentials in obscenely shorts periods of time. Dana Mitchell of Lightspeed Rescue was a paramedic played by 20-year-old Allison Mc Innis, who was then a full-fledged pediatrician the next year. Similarly, by the time of Dino Thunder, Tommy Oliver (then-31-year-old-Jason David Frank) had finished college, gotten a Doctorate in Paleontology, and developed the Dino Thunder technology, all in the six year span since he graduated high school midway through Turbo.
  • The Wiki Rule: RangerWiki, which also covers the original Super Sentai series.

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