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Trivia / VR Troopers

  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: In the wake of Shout! Factory's announcement that they will not proceed to release the last few episodes of the show on DVD due to mediocre sales. Recently averted: Shout! Factory just put the last few episodes out on their "Select" label for sale on their website.
  • The Other Darrin: This trope was not kind to the Swordbot Brothers. Magician, Fistbot, Spitbot, Minotaurbot, Wolfbot, Amphibidor also. Played around with when Zelton turned into Graybot and Metalbot.
    • Once, the Swordbot Brothers even switched voice actors from the previous appearance. But it seems they never got the same VA twice, and they kept getting prominent appearances (rather than the standard "hanging out in the background in Grimlord's lair sequences 'til it's your turn as Monster of the Week" situation.) The last voice actor ended up playing both characters.
  • The Other Marty: Jason David Frank was originally set to play Adam Steele in the unaired Cybertron pilot. A second pilot was also made which featured Professor Hart being played by a Caucasian. Brad Hawkins was cast as Rocky the White Ranger on Power Rangers. Saban realized that replacing Frank on Power Rangers was too risky so Frank returned to Power Rangers as Tommy in the role of the White Ranger and Hawkins stepped into the role renamed Ryan Steele. The name Rocky ended up being reused for for the second Red Ranger on Power Rangers.
  • Prop Recycling: The suits used for the battle grid fights were based on the spandex suits used in MMPR, notably using the Red Ranger helmet mold from MMPR retooled/repainted to remove the dino details and to look closer to the trooper suits.
  • Recycled Script: Not only the underground lab raid, but the brief Once per Episode sequence of a giant floating head thingy that would attack Ryan, only for his super robot to come and shoot it down throughout Season 2. There's no explanation given as to where either of these come from or why they're not used for more than this sequence.
    • Well, the head was called Gargantus, and the robot was the transformed state of the Skybase, called the VR Troopertron.
  • Romance on the Set: Sarah Brown was briefly engaged to the show's executive producer Shuki Levy and the couple had a child together in 1998; Levy is 28 years older than Brown.
  • She's a Man in Japan: Despera. Dress and all. Seriously.
  • What Could Have Been: Saban originally conceived the show as a vehicle for Jason David Frank. However, the runaway popularity of his Power Rangers character Tommy led to their keeping him on MMPR and recasting the role in VRT. Jamie Kennedy also had an early role.
    • The Cybertron pilot also shows that the series was originally intended to be a stand-alone adaptation of Metalder, with Tao as his ally. It was only after Jason David Frank was replaced by Brad Hawkins that the series was revamped into a team show and the Spielban footage was brought in for the two additional main characters (since Metalder was a lone hero, whereas Spielban had a costumed female sidekick). By that point, Saban was also using footage from two different Super Sentai series for MMPR (Zyuranger and Dairanger). Not only that, but Hasbro nearly sued them over the use of the name "Cybertron", which is the name of the Transformers home planet, which might explain why VRT toys were made by then Hasbro subsidiary Kenner rather than Bandai.
    • A promo seen on certain Power Rangers videos prior to the show's debut had Jeb with a different voice, Kaitlyn with a different last name, and Professor Hart was played by a white guy who kinda looked like Einstein.
    • There was loose talk during production of possibly doing a crossover with Power Rangers.