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YMMV: Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers

Regarding the original seasons:

  • Accidental Innuendo: "I want my mommy." "Yeah, I want your mommy." (Though considering the weird look Bulk gives Skull in response to that, it may have actually been intentional)
    • "Oh, don't leave! You'll miss my coming-out party!"
    • In the first season Halloween episode, Rita: "I love to get nasty, it's so nice!"
    • The "Lights, Camera, Action" episode of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers has the following exchange:
    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?
    • Are Bulk and Skull the typical bumbling "bad guys" you see in kiddie shows and the result of Dawson Casting... or high school students who had to repeat every year multiple times and behave like that because they were harassed by everyone including the Power Rangers?
  • Awesome Music: "I Will Win", "We Need A Hero", and of course, "Go Go Power Rangers" (and the extended version)... Ron Wasserman, we love you.
  • Asspull: In the second season of the show wanted to change its stock footage from using Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger to Gosei Sentai Dairanger; however, in the show simply explains that the Rangers need to start using the Power of Thunder!
    • 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)
    • Tommy. He started out as a villain and only got dumber when he became a good guy.
    • 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 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 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).
    • Scorpina avoided this fate by going the way of Chuck Cunningham.
      • 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.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Rita is notoriously difficult to shop for, as Rito can attest to:
    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?
  • Die for Our Ship: Tommy/Kim vs Tommy/Kat.
    • Poor Kat gets it the worse. 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.
  • Dumb Muscle: Tommy, during season one. Well he's not so much dumb as he is forgetful.
  • Ear Worm: Go Go Power Rangers!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Bulk and Skull are easily the most popular characters among aged fans, as well as the longest running (Mighty Morphin' to In Space, with cameos in Lost Galaxy and Wild Force's "Forever Red" and a recurring role in Samurai).
    • Also, some of the more memorable monsters, including Pudgy Pig, King Sphinx, and Dark Warrior.
    • Scorpina having a huge fanbase is pretty logical considering that she's the show's embodiment of Evil Is Sexy, at least in her regular form.
    • Tommy. Kids actually wrote letters to bring him back the first time he left the show. In fact thats the whole reason he did come back as he was originally suppose to not come back after Green Candle, save a cameo in Doomsday.
    • Retroactively, Adam could be considered this. Originally a substitute for Zack in Season 2, he ended up serving longer than any other ranger in history (besides Tommy and perhaps Billy), appearing in 7 seasons (in one form or another). When it came time to select 5 rangers to return to the show for Operation Overdrive's 15th Year Anniversary, Adam was selected to represent the Mighty Morphin' era.
    • As far as villains go, Lord Zedd more than qualifies. He's considered by fans to be FAR superior to most other Zordon-era Big Bads (ie. Rita, Master Vile, King Mondo, Divatox, etc.).
  • 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.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Scorpina in her regular form. This is completely averted when she transforms however.
    • Rita Repulsa, from the second season onwards after applying special makeup to make herself look a helluva lot more younger and beautiful.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • 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.
    • And that's not going into the Reversion, even.
  • 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.
  • Growing the Beard: Many agree that the series improved when the "Green Ranger saga" arrived.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Billy getting the most love interests out of the entire cast might seem Hilarious in Hindsight when you learn that actor David Yost is homosexual...until you also learn that some of the staff gay-bashing him behind the scenes (and nobody actually doing anything about it) was the reason he left the series. Not to mention that him having that many girlfriends may have been a desperate attempt by the producers to have him NOT seem homosexual (even though he didn't).
    • 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.
    • There was an episode in which a time capsule is involved. The rangers then talk to each other about how they hope the future will be like. No hatred, no crime, no wars. You know, the usual peaceful future we all dream of.
    • "Too much Pink Energy could be dangerous."
    • It's either this or Too Soon, but in A Day in the Limelight Christmas 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 you shouldn't attack somebody because you think they're wrong.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Not sure if this was intentional so can't really call it a Shout-Out, but the goofy ineffective bullies are Bulk and Skull...
    • From "Mighty Morphin' Mutants": Dragonzord, use your tail whip, now!
    • Watch Rita's reaction to Zedd's suggestion they have a child in "Return of the Green Ranger" and then go watch "Once a Ranger".
    • After David Yost coming out as homosexual, the parade of female love interests for Billy can feel like this.
    • Michael R. Gotto (Young Tommy) grew up to be a high school teacher. Heh...
    • In an episode, to avoid drawing suspicion to themselves, Jason tells Ernie that he thinks the Power Rangers are aliens from a distant planet. A few seasons down the road...
    • One of the new Unsound Effects in the 2010 Recut is "BETRAYED!".
    • 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 a 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 (bamboo swords). 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 Kibaranger. Completely separate characters, but amusingly enough, Kou's actor had previously played young Burai in a flashback.
  • 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 thing 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)
  • Internet Backdraft: Tommy. Perhaps the exposure to Marty Stu in fanfic really made him look bad.
    • Calling this the best Power Ranger season in Power Ranger message boards is pure flame bait by people who don't agree
  • Jerkass Woobie: Bulk and Skull. It's easy to feel sorry for them, especially if their Humiliation Conga was excessive.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Memetic Badass: Adam
  • Memetic Sex Goddess: Kimberly and Scorpina.
    • Aisha and Kat also.
  • Moe: Trini
  • 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.
  • Narm: A good number of lines delivered when the Rangers are morphed.
  • Narm Charm: Considerably the draw appeal for those who are outside the target audience or have grown up with it. Also, the special effects and monster costumes are pretty cheesy, but lots of fun to watch.
  • Nightmare Fuel: 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.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Like all things 90's.
  • 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.
  • Older Than They Think: The use of original Toei made footage started earlier than Zyu2. The first ever shot of Rita saying Make My Monster Grow ? Original footage made for PR.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Averted. The 16-bit games were surprisingly good.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Johnny Yong Bosch became such a famous actor and returned to crossover episodes so many times that his character is nicely remembered.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Rocky, Adam, Aisha all were immediately disliked for abruptly replacing most of the original team, and later Kat broke the fanbase clean in half for replacing fan-favorite Kimberly. Adam was quickly Rescued from the Scrappy Heap to become one of the all-time favorites among fans, with Kat eventually growing on the fanbase through Zeo and Turbo. Aisha's short tenure and Rocky's status as the Red Ranger who doesn't actually lead the team left them in a strange middle ground.
  • 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.
  • The Scrappy: All of the Aquitan Rangers. Kat for Tommy/Kim shippers. Rocky for some. Adam and Aisha fare better.
  • So Bad, It's Good: To quite a few people.
  • 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.
  • Stock Footage Failure: Numerous times Zyuranger footage is spliced together with the American footage, and the results are sometimes... unconvincing.
  • Tear Jerker: A real life example. The news of Trini's actress Thuy Trang getting killed in a car accident devastated many fans and staff members alike. Many fans to this day still have and make memorials and tributes dedicated to her out of respect for her passing.
  • 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"
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Though Early-Installment Weirdness is to be blamed here, Season 2 could have been reworked into a more well-known Greek constellation-themed rangersnote  instead of retaining Zyuranger suits while piloting Dairanger mecha under the nondescript name of Thunder Zords.
    • Also, Lord Zedd's Dark Rangers could have been a precursor to the Psycho Rangers.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The original Black Ranger is a black guy and the original Yellow Ranger is an Asian girl. When both left the show, their replacements gave the roles a Race Lift to fix the problem.
    • Word of God says that this was unintentional, with the staff honestly not realizing the implications until after three or four episodes were in the can and therefore nothing could be done about it.
    • As for Trini, she was originally played by a Latina actress, Audrey Dubois, who was replaced after the pilot by Thuy Trang.
    • The show itself never really addressed each member by any handle other than "[color] Ranger". But on the official Disney site of the franchise, each member of the original team is given the handle of "[color] Power Ranger" to distinguish them from later incarnations of the team, leading to such unintentionally racist codenames like "White Power Ranger," "Black Power Ranger," and "Yellow Power Ranger."
      • Using an Asian as the Yellow Ranger is a horrible choice if it was intentional for Power Rangers but it's this trope considering the race for every Yellow Ranger in Super Sentai. note 
    • . Tommy's ancestors were California Indians living in tipis.
      • And then Tommy, the one with Native American ancestry, became the Red Ranger in Zeo. Whoops. To be fair, it wasn't intentional- the position of Red Ranger is reserved for the leaders of the team, and Tommy was at that point the leader.
  • What an Idiot: Really all over the place, since writing new stories around old footage left Angel Grove peppered with Plot Holes, but one in particular was that it would appear more effective to disassemble the Megazord and have the Rangers fight individually (flanking the monster, using aerial attacks when one or more zords could fly) instead of giving the monster(s) one large, lumbering, easy to hit target to aim at.
    • To be fair, the Rangers would try that occasionally, but depending on how strong the monster they were currently facing was, it wouldn't always work.
  • The Woobie: Ladies and gentlemen, David Yost.

With regards to the Reversioning:

  • 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.)
  • Broken Base: The two main camps of returning adult fans are those saying "they dumbed it down!" and those who feel it was Cool but Stupid to begin with. Then there are the Super Sentai purists who already know ahead that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was adapted from Zyuranger, wondering how is it possible to "bastardize a bastardization."
  • Unfortunate Implications: Inversion occurs in Zack's introductory footage in the opening sequence. Originally it was him performing his Hip Hop Kido, from the episode "Itsy Bitsy Spider", but then it was changed Jason giving him a boost in a jump, from the episode "Day of the Dumpster".

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