Rocky: They (the Power Rangers) really reached out and touched me.
Ms. Applebee: Actually class, they really reached out and touched young people all across the world.
Alternative Character Interpretation: Zordon, a wise sage or using teenagers to fight his battles for his own possibly shady means, likely breaking intergalactic law. As for the Rangers themselves, goody-good role models for the youth of the nineties, or Jerkasses to two people (possibly with learning troubles) perceived to be bullies but only needed friends/find out the rangers' identities.
Tommy, Zordon's paladin, or someone who just wants revenge, and doesn't mind throwing his friends under the bus to do it? Does he divorce himself from the Green Ranger?
Is Billy the de facto leader of the Power Rangers? Zordon, while delivering bad news, frequently singles out Billy as the only Ranger who can divine a solution. Without Billy's technological know-how, the team would often have no strategy whatsoever with which to progress.
Are Bulk and Skull the typical bumbling "bad guys" you see in kiddie shows or two young mentally disabled men bullied and harassed by a sociopathic town including the Rangers.
Moreover, is it possible that Bulk and Skull are the true protagonists of the show? They start the series as incompetent bullies, later evolve into clumsy tag-alongs, become intrepid fame-seekers in the second season, and then moderately good-willed public servants in the third. This transformation represents an actual character arc, as opposed to the ever-perfect Power Rangers whose only remotely questionable moments come during hypnosis or other villain-inspired ailments.
What is the Power of Thunder? Never really explained. Where did it come from? Never asked. If its always been available, why not use it sooner? Never brought up. The transition seriously gets a single short exchange of dialogue and is never questioned again.
The "Sword of Light" needed to transfer powers to another person back in Season 2 of Mighty Morphin'. Never mentioned again, and later power transfers just have the original Ranger giving their power coin/morpher to the new Ranger.
Badass Decay/Villain Decay: Name a villain who wasn't subject to this. Lord Zedd gets special mention, as he had to be toned down after the Moral Guardians deemed him too scary. (This being the popular conception of his character, ignoring the fact he was actually more successful in his schemes after his marriage to Rita than he'd ever been before)
When Tommy was introduced as a villain, he single-handedly took down the entire team. After this, he was given more power ups with each episode that only served to make him weaker. Then Rita stole the Green Ranger powers, which were only restored through Zordon giving Tommy bursts of his own energy, which made his powers unstable and unreliable before they were lost forever. Then Tommy became the White Ranger. And all was forgotten.
Don't forget Goldar, although his was more of a freefall than a decay. After "Green No More" when Tommy beat him while unmorphed, he went from The Dragon who was more than a match for the entire team, to someone who could get knocked flat on his back by an unmorphed Billy.
People don't really think of him because he was always an idiot, but Rito. When he debuted he had the same silly personality but proved why you should Beware the Silly Ones: he led a gang of monsters in the destruction of the Thunder Zords, and yes, he had help with the four other monsters, but he did most of the work himself, even delivering the final blow. He gets his ass handed to him by the Ninja Megazord (still better than the Sentai where he was actually destroyed) and after that was getting his ass kicked as frequently and as pathetic as Goldar. He even got overpowered by Rangers throwing SNOWBALLS at him (granted neither the good side or evil side could use any powers, but still. He and Goldar had SWORDS).
She didn't disappear soon enough, unfortunately. In Season 1 she could wreck the entire team on her own. In her only Season 2 appearance, both her and Goldar were simultaneously taken out by the White Ranger. Subverted in the Zord fight, though, as the two of them simply shrugged off blasts from the Thunder Ultrazord.
The Z-Putties were introduced as superior to Rita's Putties, and the Rangers initially had difficulty defeating them, even morphed. Their Achilles' Heel was quickly discovered, and over time they become easier and easier to beat. They were eventually being destroyed by children with dodge balls.
Most of the villainous examples can be more attributed to an antagonistic case of Can't Catch Up. While the Rangers were constantly getting stronger and gaining new powers, the bad guys suffered from constantly sending minor minions and Monsters of the Week to do their dirty work instead of training or progressing personally.
Big Lipped Alligator Moment: One episode had a giant Japanese boy standing next to Megazord in a scene (it made sense in the source footage but was a random scene in Power Rangers) another episode during a fight by a pool had a guy in blue tribal clothes gesturing in the background that the Rangers paid no mind too (unmorphed Triceraranger in Zyuranger) another episode has Pink Ranger hurrying off a Japanese girl to safety, said girl had no prior introduction and the dialog doesn't address it.
Rito: Y'know, picking out a present for you has never been easy. Remember when Mom and Dad got you that little fire-breathing dragon, but you really wanted that cute little planet, so you used the dragon to burn the house down?
Poor Kat gets it the worst. Tommy/Kim shippers keep on bringing up how they hated Kat for trying to steal Tommy from Kim, ignoring the fact that Kat was under an evil spell, and once she was free from it she stopped. Hell, she even tried to hook Tommy up with a completely different girl, after Kim had dumped Tommy. And it was Tommy who finally pursued Kat.
Evil is Cool: Lord Zedd set the standard of coolness for Power Rangers villains. Even after he suffered Badass Decay because Moral Guardians thought he was too scary, he still managed some great badassery.
Depending on who you ask (and how she's drawn in any given fanart), Lipsyncher.
Fanon: Since David Yost has come out as homosexual, many fans like to believe the character he played, Billy, was also secretly homosexual. Some even cite his preponderance of one-shot female love interests as evidence towards this, as Billy never had any sort of long or even short-term girlfriend.
Masked Rider. All the times Super Sentai and Kamen Rider started teaming up since Shinkenger met Kamen Rider Decade in 2009... Power Rangers did it first with the crossover with Masked Rider/Kamen Rider Black RX in 1995.
First Installment Wins: This is likely the only series the general population thinks about in regards to the the 20-year-old franchise.
Foe Yay: Adam/Scorpina and Kimberly/Zedd is canon.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The ending of the SNES Power Rangers game shows the five main characters haphazardly piled into a convertible cruising down the highway. Trini in particular is sitting up on the boot of the car. Trini's actress later died in a car accident.
Growing the Beard: Many agree that the series improved when the "Green Ranger saga" arrived.
Season 2 was where the show proved it had legs. Prior to that the episodes were very formulaic (with the exception of the Green Ranger saga) and the overall mood was almost pure cheese until the genuinely scary Lord Zedd came along, starting with the destruction of the old Zords and the removal of the comical Rita Repulsa. This coincided with a noticeable boost in production quality (the actors appeared in costume with the helmets off, in addition to staging American-made fights scenes to better match the story) and the special effects jumped up in quality. Longer storylines became the norm and this got even more noticeable in season 3.
Lord Zedd once sarcastically asked, "What is it this time, Finster? A monster that blows itself up?" At the time, simply a humorous jab at the show's Once per Episode fantasy conventions. Nowadays, people are more aware that "a monster that blows itself up" has a very realistic context. And even putting the real world out of it, Power Rangers Lost Galaxy takes the concept and plays it for serious drama when Trakeena turns her entire army of Stingwingers into suicide bombers in the finale.
Likewise, at the beginning of the time capsule episode Billy is the one who personally hopes there won't be any prejudice in the future. This is painful to hear with the knowledge that David Yost would later quit the series because of the prejudice he was receiving from the crew in real life.
"Too much Pink Energy could be dangerous" went through this twice. First, Power Rangers Lost Galaxy killed off it's Pink Ranger. Also, Power Rangers Dino Thunder shows that having two rangers with the exact same color and power set using the Morphing Grid at the same time is a very bad idea.
It's either this or Too Soon, but in A Day in the LimelightChristmas Episode, "Alpha's Magical Christmas" (1993), enlisted by Zordon, Alpha invites the children (mostly without their parents' permission) to sing Christmas carols and set up the Command Center with Christmas decorations. This is getting a bit Harsher in Hindsight due to Michael Jackson's 1993 and 2003 Neverland Ranch "incidents", since he, like Alpha, invited children to his ranch for parties and fun times, mostly without their parents' permission, and the parents started to suspect that he could be a child molester, thereby backfiring the "Friend to All Children" trope in the latter.
There was a YTMND featuring Rita Repulsa as Hurricane Rita, one of the three most destructive storms in the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Going back to Yost, there's the below-mentioned PSA, note where three children pretend to be Rangers, & gang up on a fourth child who they think took their ball where you shouldn't attack somebody because you think they're wrong.
This PSA from the original series features a young Najee De-Tiege pretending to morph into the Blue Ranger. He would go on to play an actual Blue Power Ranger much later...
The crossovers between Super Sentai and Kamen Rider? Power Rangers did it first! As much as fans don't want to remember it, the Power Rangers met Masked Rider/Kamen Rider Black RX in 1995 while an actual crossover between the two franchises finally happened in 2009 with Shinkenger and Kamen Rider Decade.
In "Clean-Up Club", Bulk & Skull's video shows them practicing (miserably) with shinais. In Power Rangers Samurai, Bulk often uses shinais while teaching Skull's son Spike to be a samurai.
In "Calamity Kimberly", Tommy jabs that Bulk and Skull deserve their own show. Funny enough, there were originally plans for them to get their own spin-off series, during Power Rangers Turbo's run.
Tommy's Sentai counterparts are Burai from Zyuranger and Kou from Dairanger. Completely separate characters, but amusingly enough, Kou's actor had previously played young Burai in a flashback.
In "Putty on the Brain", Bulk & Skull suspect that anyone could be a Power Ranger. The stare at each other, before shaking their heads. One of them was a red herring for the Gold Ranger.
In "Zedd's Monster Mash", a girl goes as Red Ranger. A decade later, we have the first female Red Ranger in Power Rangers S.P.D.. Another decade later, the first (chronologically) Red Samurai Ranger.
In "Crystal of Nightmares", Bulk & Skull dreamed that they were Power Ranger like heroes with Skull having a hot dog morpher and Bulk having a Cheeseburger morpher... 23 years later StarNinnger of Shuriken Sentai Ninninger happens to have a morpher shaped like a cheeseburger due to being a American Cowboy Ninja.
In "Different Drum", the monster Gnarly Gnome is destroyed by the Power Blaster but then, strangely enough, revived by Rita's wand. Later series/seasons have the monster getting destroyed and then revived only to be enlarged.
White Light, episodes 17 and 18 of season 2, sees Tommy rejoin the team as the Sixth Ranger with White Ranger powers. The next time Sentai (as well as Power Rangers) would use Dinosaurs as a theme in a show, the Sixth Rangerwould alsobe White. For bonus hilarity, the team colors for seasons 2 and 3 of Mighty Morphin are exactly the same as those of Abaranger if one includes the self-proclaimed Abarangernote Abarepink.
In the unofficial fan film, Carla Perez plays Rita Repulsa who replaced Kimberly after they lost to the Machine Empire, effectively being a follow-up to her role in Power Rangers Zeo... of RITA REPULSA.
In "The Great Bookala Escape", Billy wishes to "see the universe", and he does eventually.
Ho Yay: During the "Green With Evil" saga, Skull tries to kiss Kimberly. She ducks out of the way, leading Skull to kiss Bulk instead. Yes, the first kiss to ever happen on Power Rangers was between two males.
Tommy and Jason, who even had several "breakup" episodes; Rocky and Adam, who were best friends; Kim and Aisha, who were also best friends, briefly lived together, and there's a cute scene where Kim kisses Aisha on the cheek to cheer her up after a local sorority-ish club rejects her.
Plus Jason and Zack before and after Tommy shows up.
Rocky/Adam to a much lesser extent.
Bulk and Skull. Not as much as some of the Rangers had with each other, but it was there)
LGBT Fanbase: Jason. He hangs around a gym, tends toward fanservice as much as any other male ranger, is always hanging around Tommy...The false gay porn rumors only made it worse. Also, Zedd for that metal codpiece.
This itself is Hilarious in Hindsight considering all the crap David Yost took from members of the crew about his sexuality.
Macekre: Par for the course for the franchise, but Season 3 is a notable case. The entire Kakuranger series was reversed; the Shogun Zords actually came first in Japan, followed by the Ninja Zords. (To say nothing of the Battle Borgs and Alien Rangers.) For example, Vampirus was the first Season 3 MOTW. The Japanese equivalent was in episode 36.
Magnificent Bastard: Lord Zedd, one of the few villains of the franchise to win against the Rangers multiple times.
Marty Stu: By Zeo, everything was about Tommy. Kimberly also suffered Chickification as soon as Tommy joined the team.
Mondegreen: At the start of Food Fight at the Cultural Food Festival, Ernie comments on the setup, saying it's "Really looking good", but because of the rather loud music playing over his line, it sounds more like he's saying "This is really fucking good".
Most Annoying Sound: The strange babbling noise that the putties make whenever they're on screen. And they never, ever stop doing it.
MST3K Mantra: It's a show about teenagers in spandex fighting rubber monsters with transforming dinosaur robots while the school bullies get hit by flying cakes. Don't think too hard about it.
A good number of lines delivered when the Rangers are morphed.
How awkwardly put together the footage is spliced with the Sentai footage. A good example is during Scorpina's first fight with the rangers. She seems to have the upper hand, then it cuts to Rita applying makeup before Goldar and Scorpina come into the room arguing over how Scorpina apparently lost her fight with the rangers. We're never given any explanation as to how she lost and it's obvious Saban just cut the rest of the fight for time.
The first black ranger was African American, the first yellow ranger was Asian American. Though they apparently didn't realise until 10 episodes in, and they flipped these around with the first ranger switch, and have only once done either of these since, people still bring it up over 20 years later.
During "Green With Evil", Jason is trapped in the Dark Dimension with Goldar...and without his morpher. It's made very clear that he cannot beat Goldar without his powers, and he has to resort to hiding in the smoke and praying he doesn't get stabbed.
Lord Zedd freaked kids out when he first appeared in 1994... and considering that he was a skinless, brain-exposed, deep-voiced megalomaniac who kicked Rita out of the series in five minutes, it's no surprise why.
In "Changing Of The Zords" when Lord Zedd is teleported into the Command Center. The whole Command Center shakes, the Rangers are noticeably terrified, and even Zordon seems stunned by this.
One True Threesome: Rocky/Aisha/Adam. Also there are hints of Kim/Trini/any of the male rangers, Jason/Kim/Tommy, and Kim/Tommy/Kat?
Overshadowed by Awesome: Even though they've never actually been onscreen together, this is pretty much the case with Zack and Adam. Each ranger of the original six is considered to be the best of their respective color, except Zack. And guess who's the one ranger that beats him to the #1 spot, Adam. Due to the overwhelming popularity of Johnny Young Bosch and his subequent returns to the series, Adam is the only replacement ranger to be more popular than his predecessor.
Ironic, considering that Adam has no personality (at least early on), while Zack, while stereotypical, at least had plenty of it.
Let's be honest, everyone succumbed to this thanks to Tommy, not so much during his Green Ranger days but after he became the White Ranger and the leader, everyone else was pretty much invisible.
And of course, few fans of MMPR would have realized, to begin with, that it was based on a Japanese franchise which had already been running for over a decade before Zyuranger.
Fans of Voltron will try and invoke this trope with respect to MMPR's use of Combining Mecha, which Voltron (1984) used first (Super Sentai started using the 5-unit combination in 1987). Whilst Zyuranger's (1992-3) mecha design was meant as a tribute to GoLion (1980), the actual trope goes back to Getter Robo in 1974.
Rooting for the Empire: Sure, they may have been cheesy and ridiculous-looking, (when they weren't hideous), but you just can't help but root for Bulk & Skull (at the very least antagonists during the first two seasons). The main villains got this as well, as they were at the very least more interesting than the flat goody-good Rangers.
Seasonal Rot: Season 2 is considered to be the weakest season of MMPR due to its Troubled Production, mediocre quality, replacing Jason, Zack and Trini with Rocky, Adam and Aisha and incoherent blend of Zyu2 and Dairanger footage in the first half, with one of the notable exceptions being Tommy becoming the White Ranger, though it did lead the show Growing the Beard by the next season.
The Scrappy: All of the Aquitan Rangers. Kat for Tommy/Kim shippers. Rocky for some (Especially Jason fanboys). Adam and Aisha fare better.
Special Effect Failure: For some reason still unknown to this day, Saban apparently couldn't get their hands on the actual Zyuranger Dragon Armor and tried to make their own. The problem is, Saban's piece is made of of shiny gold fabric, which looks completely different from the matte gold FRP original.
It was actually explained somewhere that JDF told the producers he didn't think he could act well in the original shield, so after they originally replicated it, but had to remake it with cloth due to this reason.
The blade of Ninjor's combined lance weapon had the unfortunate habit of wiggling wildly back and forth.
Stealth Insult: When Ninjor shows the rangers their new Zords, he says they're based on cunning and logic like ninjas, with a snide line saying that's better then the brute force of dinosaurs (like what Zordon gave them).
The most notable instance being when the Shogun Megazord combines with Titannus. As the two machines do not share a Sentai from which to pull footage, the American show blatantly resorts to using footage of the action figures for the scene, evidenced from the Zord having parts of the absent Dragonzord attached. decals that only exist on the toy, and the White Shogunzord arm turning pink (the Sentai from which the Shogunzord originates has no Pink Ranger).
Another bad case is the stock footage of Zack, Trini and Jason during season 2, as they left due to contract negotiations about 10 episodes before being written out. Most of the time they'd get away with it if you hadn't noticed they didn't film new group unmasked scenes from the B-Plot of the episode, but Zack frequently switches back to his hi-top fade from season 1 in the stock footage, whereas he had fairly distinct looking dreads in season 2.
They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Lord Zedd was very scary when first introduced in Season 2. Too scary. So the executives demanded he be toned down to being a silly loser in Season 3, ruining the point of how dangerous the Rangers' job is. He did recover a lot of his original qualities mid-way through the season in the three-part "Changing of the Zords"
Also, Lord Zedd's Dark Rangers could have been a precursor to the Psycho Rangers.
Uncanny Valley: Some of the Megazord fights can be unsettling to watch, thanks to the camera angles and jerky motions from the suit actors.
Vindicated by History: A mild inversion. While it's still universally regarded as a good installment, and is still considered the best by general audiences, many longtime fans have become aware of its abundance of filler and thin storylines, supporting the argument that there have been some better seasons since.
Big Lipped Alligator Moment: "Green With Evil" parts 3 and 5 are briefly interrupted by "Dance-offs"; the first between Billy and Zack and again between Zack and Alpha. (Some episodes of the first season had a little less than nineteen minutes of runtime, they had twenty-one minutes to use.)