YMMV: Power Rangers


  • And You Thought It Would Fail: TV Executives. See Saved from Development Hell and Un-Cancelled on the main page.
  • Archive Panic: The RPM finale marked a solid 700 episodes, and with two new seasons already out, that number is now at 780 and growing; it would take you quite a while to watch them all.
  • Asspull: The series is limited by the stock footage available from the Super Sentai series, meaning many of the Artifacts Of Doom and Plot Coupons introduced during its run can teeter vicariously between being simply Deus Ex Machinas to full out Merchandise-Driven Ass Pulls Depending on the Writer. Some examples are worse than others.
  • Broken Base: Primarily over which seasons are the best/good/bad/crap.
  • Complete Monster: Has its own page.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Of course it has its own page!
  • Deconstruction Fic: A great deal of Power Rangers fanfic (especially with the original characters) portrays the characters as if the constant power losses, mind hijackings, and secrecy actually had the profound psychological effects one would expect these sort of things to have on a teenager. One of the more well known Mighty Morphin' era fics, Personality Conflicts, starts with Tommy entering psychotherapy.
  • Dork Age: Turbo (the first half anyways)and Bruce Kalish's run on the show, SPD through Jungle Fury, tend to be considered this (Although each season bar Overdrive has a notable fanbase, and nowadays Mystic Force and Jungle Fury are Vindicated by History). Also a specific period during season 2 of Mighty Morphin' after Jason, Zack and Trini's actors left the show, before their characters leave ("Power Transfer II"), because their characters were in the show but only using stock footage and while morphed using bad dubbers for their dialog. Nowadays the New Saban Era (Samurai, Megaforce) are seen as bringing in a new age.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Played with in the earlier seasons, but it wasn't until In Space's Astronema that it took complete hold. Now every season there is at least one attractive humanoid evil female who most of the time fights the good guys.
  • Fan Nickname: The Japanese recorded action sequences from the end of the first season (Starting with Something Fishy and every episode after Crystal of Nightmares) and the first half of the second season (until "Missing Green", before they began using Dairanger monsters on the show) is dubbed Zyu2 in fan circles, due to the fact that they were recorded specifically for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and were not from any actual Zyuranger episodes.
  • Fanon: Due to every Power Rangers series other than RPM being in the same universe and the fact that many elements or other occurrences in the show aren't officially explained, this happens a lot. There's even more when one considers things that were once going to be official explanations, but were later taken out for one reason or another, such as the Lightspeed Aquabase being built from old destroyed Zords, Billy having developed the Turbo morphers during Zeo and the Great Offscreen War three thousand years ago mentioned in Lost Galaxy and Wild Force being the same event, indicating that the Galactabeasts and the Wildzords are connected.
  • First Installment Wins: Mighty Morphin' was an instant hit, and became a major phenomenon, on par with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles a few years earlier and Pokémon a few years later. The sequel series couldn't possibly keep up that momentum, and Mighty Morphin' is far and away the best remembered installment, and the one that the average person is referring to when they say simply Power Rangers.
    • Within Bruce Kalish's run, SPD is pretty much the only series that has a sizable contingent of fans. While it's not as beloved as Dino Thunder and features one of the biggest scrappies of the franchise in The Omega Ranger, it also boasts some of the better acting of the series, a large amount of Character Development, and Bridge Carson, one of the most eccentric characters to ever put on a Ranger uniform.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With fans of tokusatsu shows. While people might debate about the quality of the adaptions, a solid chunk of the western Super Sentai and Kamen Rider fans are still friendly with Power Rangers fanbase, the only adaption that they really hate being Masked Rider.
  • Gateway Series: For many westerns, this introduced them to tokusatsu.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: In the toylines, the female Rangers usually get basic action figures produced and that's it, while the boys get Environment-Specific Action Figure variations out the wazoo. With the Jungle Fury and RPM toys, Bandai America has actually created extra marketable (read: male) Rangers for the toyline to give these extras to, rather than give them to the existing female Rangers. Then again, that's less misogyny and more because girls don't sell: young boys really are the primary consumers of action figures for fighting series, and in second and third grade, owning a Pink Ranger "doll" can be hazardous to your health. Some series have made non-Yellow females a Blue or White Ranger rather than Pink, so that even if little boys don't want her action figure (because the costume will usually have a skirt on it) they can still be persuaded to buy other merchandise based on the character - her weapons, mecha, etc.
    • Averted in the '90s. Kimberly was (and is) one of the most popular Rangers, Pink or otherwise. The Pink and Yellow Rangers were included in plenty of the merchandise, including children's clothing and the McDonalds Happy Meal toys— something that would never happen today. There was even merchandise targeted directly to girls, such as Kimberly and Trini/Aisha Barbie dolls.
  • Growing the Beard: Starting with Power Rangers in Space, the stories grew much more well-developed.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight/"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Reacting to the violence in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, New Zealand banned the show. Yet that didn't prevent Disney (and now Saban) from shooting the series there since Ninja Storm. It appears that the ban has been lifted recently as episodes of Power Rangers Samurai began airing on Nickelodeon in mid-2011.
    • Reportedly Disney was embarrassed to own the franchise (they only got it because it came with the package of the Family Channel that Disney acquired from Haim Saban) because it didn't really fit with them and then almost immediately after they sold the series back to Saban they ended up purchasing Marvel in order to tap into the boy market.
  • Irony: Anniversary and milestone seasons are considered to be the worst in the franchise. Turbo(5th anniversary), Wild Force(10th anniversary), Overdrive(15th Anniversary) and Megaforce (20th anniversary)
    • Averted with the milestone anniversary teamups, however, as Wild Force's "Forever Red" is often considered to be one of the series' best episodes, while Operation Overdrive's "Once a Ranger" at least has a number of fans for bringing back Fan Favorites like Bridge Carson and Adam Park (with the latter character making his first appearance in nine years).
  • It Gets Better: Most Power Rangers series start off with filler (often Aesop Of The Week type episodes), but pretty much all seasons hit their stride a few episodes in, once the first major story arc occurs.
  • Macekre: While chopping up the Sentai episodes is common, season 3 of the original show really has to take the cake. In Kakuranger, the robots which would become the Shogunzords appeared first, with the proto-Ninjazords as the Mid-Season Upgrade. Saban flipped it around since the larger, humanoid Shogunzords would seem more natural as upgrades. The best example: the first Monster of the Week in season 3, Vampirus, comes from episode 36 of Kakuranger. And let's not get into Zyu2 and Dairanger...
    • Let's put it this way: The episode 'Ninja Quest' includes American produced footage, a monster battle from Kakuranger, stock footage from Zyuranger and Dairanger, as well as footage from Zyu2. Five sources for one episode.
  • Magic Franchise Word: "Morph" and "Morphenominal!"
  • Memetic Badass: Tommy Oliver, the Green Ranger/White Ranger/Red Zeo Ranger/Red Turbo Ranger/Black Dino Ranger/you get the idea.
    • To a lesser extent, Carter Grayson, the Red Lightspeed Ranger.
  • Memetic Mutation: Numerous, including:
    • "Who's Madison?" From Mystic Force- Madison was given virtually no development throughout the season, with some saying Nick's motorcycle got more focus than her.
    • Ronny and her love of drills, from Operation Overdrive- Ronny's reaction to a drill based weapon lead some snarky fans to suggest she had a sexual attraction to drills.
    • Conner's excessive power-ups, from Dino Thunder- Connor got no less than three Super Mode power ups- and two of them were exclusive to him.
    • "Buttery", from SPD- Bridge had a particular loved of buttered toast- this was combined with a Memetic Hand Gesture.
    • "THAT IS NOT SPANDEX!", from RPM- Doctor K's... passionate... disagreement with Dillon after his snarky line "Yeah, nothing says covert like bright red, yellow and blue spandex."
    • "Still a better season than Samurai", from, well, Samurai- this season is quite disliked by the fandom, so much so that when Megaforce wound up being only So Ok Its Average, people used this as a line.
      • "Still a better season than ''Megaforce" has wound up becoming a meme as well.
    • Jokes about the constant usage of the words "Super" and "Mega" in Megaforce, due to the insane over-usage of such words (Such as, in a negative response to the lack of Lightspeed Rescue used in the season, "Super Mega fuck this shit.").
    • Megaforce had two- Emma's love of going into the woods was interpreted as her going there to hide the corpses of her victims, and Troy's hatred of water bottles.
  • My Real Daddy: Judd Lynn is pretty much considered as the real daddy of PR shows, as he's the one who kept the original Power Rangers shows into favored ones, noted that there has been decline in quality after his departure in the middle of Time Force. Him being called back to help finish up RPM is also a factor why that show is a favorite. After Jonathan Tzachor descended into Scapegoat Creator, the news that Judd Lynn returns as the full-season director of Dino Charge is met with MUCH applause.
  • Narm: Various accounts, including particular acting moments and some Battlizers looking ridiculous (Just look at Lost Galaxy, Lightspeed Rescue and Dino Thunder).
  • Nostalgia Filter: Comes in many flavors:
    1. The first three seasons of Power Rangers are the best Power Rangers shows.
    2. The seasons with Tommy are the best Power Ranger shows.
    3. The seasons up to in Space are the best Power Ranger shows.
    4. Only Power Rangers of the Saban era (anything up until Time Force) are the best Power Rangers shows.
    5. Only Power Rangers made by the original production team (until Wild Force) are the best Power Rangers shows. Notable because the current executive producer, Johnathan Tzachor (who held the same title with MMPR Productions), is a member of this camp.
    6. Only Power Rangers before Bruce Kalish became Executive Producer (up to and including Dino Thunder) are the best Power Ranger shows.
    7. Same as above but including Bruce Kalish's first season (SPD) are the best Power Ranger shows.
    8. Same as above but including the final Disney season, and the first without Bruce Kalish (RPM) are the best Power Ranger shows.
    9. Literally every season before Saban bought back the rights to the franchise, all seventeen seasons pre-Samurai are the best Power Rangers shows.
  • Padding: Most series of live on this trope. Hope you like morphing sequences! You know when an episode ran short when the full sequence plays instead of the instant, five second and/or split-screen variations.
  • Periphery Demographic: The show has a staggering amount of adult fans for a kids' show. This is probably because most of the current adult fans were children when it first ran.
  • Recycled Script
  • Retroactive Recognition: As a result of its longevity and literally several hundred actors involved with the franchise. An obscenely complete list can be found at After the Power Blogspot. Of particular note is the following:
    • Amy Jo Johnson (Kimberly, the first Pink Ranger) has had several roles, including ones on Felicity and Flashpoint.
    • Johnny Yong Bosch (Adam, the second Black Ranger and Green Zeo Ranger) is very well known in the anime dubbing community, especially as Vash from Trigun, Ichigo from Bleach, and Lelouch from Code Geass.
    • Patricia Ja Lee (Cassie Chan, the Pink Turbo/Space Ranger) did the voice of Jill Valentine for Resident Evil 5.
    • Archie Kao (Kai, the Blue Galaxy Ranger) is the AV tech guy on CSI.
    • Cerina Vincent (Maya, the Yellow Galaxy Ranger) played Areola the foreign exchange nudist in Not Another Teen Movie. She also appeared in one of The Walking Dead's webisode.
    • Keith Robinson (Joel, the Green Lightspeed Ranger) played C.C. in Dreamgirls.
    • Erin Cahill (Jen, the Pink Time Force Ranger) has had several guest/supporting roles, most notably as Ted's sister on How I Met Your Mother.
    • Michael Copon(Lucas, The Blue Time Force Ranger) has had success with recurring roles on One Tree Hill, That's So Raven, and starring in the fourth Bring It On film.
    • Emma Lahana(Kira, The Yellow Dino Thunder Ranger) had a starring role in the CW series Hellcats and a recurring role on Syfy's Haven.
    • Brandon Jay [McLaren] (Jack, the Red SPD Ranger) had supporting roles on Harper's Island, The Killing and Falling Skies, and is part of the cast of Graceland.
    • Firass Dirani (Nick, the Red Mystic Force Ranger) is a recognised star in Australia, particularly after his role in Underbelly.
    • Anna Hutchison (Lily, the Yellow Jungle Fury Ranger) starred in The Cabin in the Woods and the final season of Spartacus.
    • Rose McIver (Summer Landsdown, RPM's Ranger Operator Series Yellow) played Lindsey Salmon in the movie adaptation of The Lovely Bones. She also plays Tinkerbell on Once Upon a Time, has a recurring role on Masters Of Sex and starred as the adult Cathy in Lifetime's adaption of Petals On The Wind. She will also star in the CW series iZombie.
    • Eka Darville (Scott, RPM's Ranger Operator Series Red) has had roles on Spartacus, Terra Nova, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and A.K.A. Jessica Jones.
    • Adelaide Kane (Tenaya 7, the villainess of RPM) played the daughter in The Purge, Cora Hale on Teen Wolf, and is currently starring as Mary, Queen of Scots on Reign.
  • Scapegoat Creator: Bruce Kalish, being cited as one of the promotors of the overuse of Kalishplosions, which made the Rangers in his tenure look... weak. Along with some questionable liberties given and characterizations of the rangers on his run. While not much, he was vindicated thanks to the weak start of the Neo Saban era, and the news that due to Disney's Executive Meddling, it limited his creativity and forced him to use a lot of Kalishplosions.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Justin Stewart was once thought to be the cause of Turbo's unpopularity as the franchise's first scrappy for being being a character with little to no flaws and the season's villains being pathetic enough for Justin to fight them off unmorphed on occasion. Justin was later Rescued from the Scrappy Heap as fans began to realize that the first half of Turbo wasn't entirely the character's fault.
    • Cole Evans from Wild Force is the franchise's second scrappy for being a Rookie Red Ranger for taking team command from Taylor for no reason and preaching how he could read beings' hearts.
    • Sam, SPD's Sixth Ranger, is generally considered a distant 3rd for biggest franchise Scrappy. He's basically a filler character to play as the team's sixth ranger, since he was written with no character, has no character development, and was used as little as possible.
    • As far as seasons themselves go, Turbo, Operation Overdrive, Samurai/Super Samurai, and Megaforce/Super Megaforce are considered to be the worst with all of them having one or more problems of Troubled Production (Turbo and Super Megaforce), They Changed It, Now It Sucks (Operation Overdrive and Megaforce/Super Megaforce), and It's the Same, Now It Sucks (Samurai/Super Samurai and Megaforce/Super Megaforce).
  • Seasonal Rot: Turbo, Wild Force, and the seasons under Bruce Kalish (SPD through Jungle Fury) are considered the franchise's weaker entries to varying degrees.
    • The Nickelodeon tenure in general. While Disney's seasons were hit-or-miss, both Samurai and Megaforce have seriously underperformed. The acting is bad (note that normally people don't mind this, so it's that much worse), the plots are weak, usually just pulled straight from the Sentai, and the writers in general seem to be putting in a very minimal effort.
  • Snark Bait: One of the reasons to watch the show after you leave the target demographic.There's even a website for it.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Before In Space, it was almost universally considered the only reason anybody watched it. It has since gotten better, but its overall cheesy charm means that this trope still stands.
  • Special Effects Failure: As a whole, this trope is pretty much a beloved staple of the series, what with the Stock Footage, scale models, green screening, and everything else. Nobody minds.
    • Conversely, when the Jungle Fury finale used the animal costumes from Gekiranger wholesale without any changes whatsoever, many fans cried foul then too.
  • Star Trek Movie Curse: Interestingly, they had this pattern for a while. Every fifth season are the ones considered the worst: Turbo, Wild Force, Operation Overdrive, and Super Megaforcenote .
  • Subbing versus Dubbing: In this case, "subbing" means cleaving as closely as possible to the source materialnote  and "dubbing" equals Pragmatic Adaptationnote . Notably, this debate only applies to the franchise's internal politics; "dubbed" series tend to be better received by the fans than "subbed" series (with the exception of Time Force)
  • The Problem with Licensed Games/No Problem with Licensed Games: With 37 video games on various consoles/handhelds, there have been games in both categories:
  • They Just Didn't Care: Disney's perceived attitude towards the series, at least during the later Disney seasons.
    • This is actually why Saban bought the rights back. Disney didn't really embrace the Power Rangers franchise due to the perceived violence... then they went and purchased Marvel Comics, which has far more violent characters.
    • Under Disney, the toyline also fell from the top Boys Toys spot for the first time in literally a decade. While the Transformers film toyline was a major cause, cost-cutting measures meant new, cheaper and often inferior Megazord toys, which are the main drive of the toyline. Half of the RPM toyline never even reached America!
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: With the Gokaiger footage coinciding with the series' 20th anniversary, you'd think it would make sense to go from Super Samurai straight into that. Unfortunately, Saban was contractually obligated not to skip any Super Sentai series, and Nickelodeon had messed things up by halving the number of episodes in a season, forcing Saban to split the Shinkenger adaptation over two years. The best Saban could do at that point was to merge Goseiger and Gokaiger into one story, so that Gokaiger is at least closely related to the anniversary.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: A case could be made for the early seasons, as the show went from an almost plotless beat-em-up to... well, having plot.
  • Unfortunate Implications: