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.
  • 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
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • Plenty of expert martial artists are known to have joined the cast, including:
      • Austin St. John (Jason)
      • Thuy Trang (Trini). Not only that, but Trang also earned a scholarship to study civil engineering at the University of California, Irvine, before being approached for the role of Trini.
      • Jason David Frank (Tommy)
      • Johnny Yong Bosch (Adam)
      • Michael Chaturantabut (Chad/Blue Lightspeed Ranger)
      • Daniel Southworth (Eric/Quantum Ranger)
    • Amy Jo Johnson (Kimberly) actually had a gymnastics career before joining the cast
  • 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/WarnerVision division) (both those companies handled video releases only) to 20th 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 — he was 17 when they started filming, and was 18 years old when it first aired — 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.
    • Phillip Jeanmarie's character, Max, in Wild Force is said to be the youngest member of the team (quite possibly in his senior year in high school). However, it is actually Jessica Rey (Alyssa) who is the youngest of the main Ranger cast; but, with Jeanmarie, you wouldn't be able to tell.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • Disney never really appreciated the franchise, having had Power Rangers forced on their laps in order to acquire the Family Channel, Disney considered the entire series an embarrassment, and was always pushing for less violence... in a kids action show. Continuous budget slashes and always wanting to cancel it, they were more than happy to sell it back to Saban the moment they bought out the gold mine of more evergreen boys' superhero properties.
  • 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.
    • However, Jeffery Parazzo (Trent) and Kevin Duhaney (Ethan), from Dino Thunder, actually came all the way from Canada. Regardless, they were obviously able to easily pass for American unlike some of the Kiwi actors.
    • 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 obviously not looking Japanese.
  • Fandom Life Cycle: In the odd case of being a 90's pop culture icon that's still ongoing, Power Rangers as a whole is at Stage 6a, far from its glory days. Mighty Morphin by itself is at Stage 5. Anything within the Zordon Era is Stage 2. Lost Galaxy through RPM can go down to Stage 0b. Samurai, Megaforce and Dino Charge have all brought minor Newbie Booms while the announcement of the Lionsgate film is slowly edging PR closer to Stage X territory.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Milestone Celebration: "Forever Red" (10 seasons), "Legacy of Power" (500 episodes), "Once a Ranger" (15 years), Power Rangers Megaforce (20 years/seasons. Officially.)
  • 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 three 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: Between being a well known kids show that can inspire Type Casting / I Am Not Spock for ambitious actors alongside a very low budget that pays them the bare minimum and a rough filming schedule, some actors have regrets from being a part of the show.
    • 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 passively harassed by the behind-the-camera staff. But Yost made it clear that he still enjoyed the experience of playing Billy, loves the fans who support him and frequently goes to Power Morphicon to hang out with former cast mates. However, 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/actor and didn't want to talk about it. After a respectable career beyond the show she has come back to appreciate her time on the show and has even said that she would love to play Kimberly once again if asked to.
    • Danny Slavin (Leo, the Red Galaxy Ranger), for the record, did get along very well with his cast mates, Scott Page-Pagter, and Koichi Sakamoto, as well as the writers. However, there was always a lot of tension between him and Saban's management, which soured his relationship with the franchise for many years. He later admitted he only did the role to pay for law school, and was disillusioned during the "Lightspeed Rescue" crossover when an actress was being slighted on her salary and left the set in protest; it was also partly due to the fact that he had already fallen out with management. He nearly sat out the "Forever Red" reunion, until a friend and producer convinced him to have a few unmorphed scenes filmed late in the process. Eventually he returned for Super Megaforce's version of the Legend War, despite having not acted in 10 years. Like Amy Jo Johnson, he seems to have gotten over his old shame; he can now be seen frequenting Power Morphicon, Comic Con, and other related conventions.
    • 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.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: From Ninja Storm and onward — since they started filming in New Zealand — some of the actors' Kiwi accents slipped in the middle of dialogue (which the crew did not bother to re-shoot and therefore going unedited) when they are supposed to be using the North American accent
  • Recursive Import: Power Rangers regularly gets dubbed back into Japanese, often with the voices of people who played their Japanese counterparts to begin with, and shown on Japanese TV, with the exceptions being Mystic Force and Samurai voice-wise (as in not played by their Sentai counterparts).
  • 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 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, which probably gave the writers a huge headache. Not to mention the fact that the actress Valerie Vernon, 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. Also, Cassie was originally slated to return to fill in Kendrix's shoes, but actress Patricia Ja Lee was said to have been very disappointed at being considerably lower-paid than the rest of the cast; things got even worse when she found out that she would only be cited in the opening credits as a guest-star even though her character was being brought back to be onscreen full-time. Of course, that situation with Patricia Ja Lee wasn't the only case of drama behind the scenes. *Ahem* Danny Slavin, hoo boy....
    • If Lost Galaxy had it worse, then RPM was a strong second if not topping it. An adaptation meant to be geared towards an older audience going off of goofy sentai footage, by a newcomer executive producer who fully understood the near impossible task of turning this goofy material into something more serious. There were plenty of rumors about the show's production issues which may or may not have been true, but regardless, there's a very minimal amount of Sentai footage, meaning things had to be more tight, and meant there were some serious issues in how to use the sentai footage by comparison. Then the producer was fired midway through, forcing an old pro Judd Lynn to step in and help try to fulfill what Eddie had put in place, while still giving the series his own vision. And on top of all that, the executives were utterly dismissive of the show at this point, meaning they had to work with less sympathetic ears to making the show work.
  • 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 Alison Mac Innis, who was then a full-fledged pediatrician the next year. Similarly, by the time of Dino Thunder, Tommy Oliver (then-29-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.