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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• Archive Panic: The RPM finale marked a solid 700 episodes, and with new episodes still coming out, that number is now outdated; it would take you quite a while to watch them all.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 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.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Tommy wasn't even slated to return due to his Sentai counterpart dying (lack of Sentai footage and all). But the character's popularity made the producers request for TOEI to use them in their additional footage shot exclusively for Power Ranger and then they brought him back as the White Ranger AND the leader of the Power Rangers when that footage of the Green Ran bled dry.
    • The reunion/team-up special "Once A Ranger" embodied this with it's usage of fan favorite characters Bridge Carson and Adam Park. Bridge was given a color upgrade to Red SPD Ranger to justify his character's return (since the two-parter also had the Mystic Force Green Ranger and the Ninja Storm Blue Ranger) while Adam (the Black Ranger) was appointed team leader of the group of inactive Rangers summoned to help out the Overdrive Rangers.
    • Bulk and Skull could probably qualify. They were entirely one-dimensional in the first season but got personalities and more screen time from the second season onward, culminating in them leading an "I am Spartacus" charge against the In Space big bad when she demanded that the people of Earth turn over the Power Rangers to her to kill.
    • Heck, the first Power Morphicon had a panel called "Unsung Heroes", which was nothing but Ensemble Darkhorses and featured many of the above characters.
    • There seems to be something of an unintentional tradition that Green Rangers almost always become Ensemble Darkhorses. Starting with original Green Ranger Tommy and Adam from Zeo and Turbo all the way up to Mike from Samurai, even if a season is pretty lackluster, the Green Rangers are almost always pretty well-liked (Bridge, Xander, Ziggy, etc.) Likely since Red and Blue pretty consistently lock up the Hero and Lancer positions, it leaves Green to be the most likely to be used as comic relief and be often the funniest ranger (see the aforementioned Bridge, Ziggy, Xander, etc.)
    • In terms of seasons outside of the original, Power Rangers in Space, Power Rangers Time Force, Power Rangers Dino Thunder, Power Rangers S.P.D., and Power Rangers RPM are the most popular.
  • 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 shows.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The translated Lost Galaxy was more popular in Japan than the original Gingaman.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Samurai(Saban's comeback season). However, Megaforce seems to be breaking this tradition.
    • 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 Ensemble Darkhorse characters like Bridge Carson and Adam Park (with the latter character making his first appearance in about a decade).
  • 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.
    • Jokes about the constant usage of the words "Super" and "Mega" in Megaforce, due to the insane over-usage of such words.
  • 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 Power Rangers, everything pre-Samurai.
  • 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: Crime Scene Investigation.
    • Cerina Vincent (Maya, the Yellow Galaxy Ranger) played Areola the foreign exchange nudist in Not Another Teen Movie.
    • 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 the most successful career from his season. With a recurring role on That's so Raven and starring in the fourth installment of Bring It On.
    • 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 the upcoming 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 will be in 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. and is currently Tinkerbell in Once Upon a Time
      • She also appeared in two Disney Channel original movies prior to RPM. One of them aired almost 6 years before RPM and was in The Piano which aired in 1993 16 years previously
  • The Scrappy: Justin Stewart is said to be the cause of Turbo's unpopularity. Cole Evans from Wild Force. Sam, SPD's Sixth Ranger, is generally considered a distant 3rd for biggest franchise Scrappy.
    • As far as seasons themselves go, Turbo, Operation Overdrive, and Samurai/Super Samurai are considered to be the worst.
  • 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.
  • 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: The original Black Ranger was black, and the original Yellow Ranger was Asian. (To be fair, the producers did not realize what they had accidentally done until several episodes in, when it was too late to change anything.) This is furthered evidenced by The Galaxy Ranger Promo that Saban made for Bandai in 1992 ( likely made of original footage made for a bioman pilot) in this Zach Biorhythm green not black and Trini is white.
    • Their replacements' races were flipped to fix this while preserving the Five-Token Band, and the franchise didn't cast another black Black Ranger until Operation Overdrive's Will. While we're on the subject, Will was a professional thief.
    • Then there was the writers' later decision to stress Tommy's Native American heritage. Anyone remember what color he was in Zeo and Turbo?
      • To be ENTIRELY fair to that particular little decision, the "Red Ranger" role is meant to serve as the role of leader. Given that Tommy was one of the strongest Rangers of that (or any, depending on who you ask) era of Power Rangers, giving him the role of Red Ranger was somewhat obvious... even if it wasn't the best for political reasons.
      • No one brings up Dominic and Udonna who were Caucasian White Rangers.
    • Parodied in this College Humor video.
    • The casting sheet for Samurai originally listed that the characters can be of any ethnicity...except for the Red Ranger, who had to be white. Considering just how many white samurai there were in Japan, um... (They changed it to "all ethnicities", but cast a white guy as Red anyway.)
      • And, as has been confirmed the actress that will be the second Red Samurai Ranger is also white, well...
      • Justified as the two Red Rangers are siblings, making keeping the race consistent is kind of important.
    • As of Megaforce, the "only one black person per team, but no limits on white or apparently-white people" dynamic is starting to come under serious scrutiny after an incident where an actress was apparently told this was the reason they wouldn't cast her.
      • Though to be fair only Ciara Hanna may count as white with Andrew Gray being of spanish ancestry though he probably counts and Christina Matherson being mixed race Caucasian and Asian. think Maggie Q.
  • What an Idiot: Has its own page.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: * Power Rangers has been around long enough for the fans of the original series to become adults and bring about a whole generation of complaints about how "kiddy" the new series are and how much better the first series was. How kiddy? Well, Power Rangers Lost Galaxy featured a villain's Start of Darkness that took her from Alpha Bitch and Daddy's Little Villain to using suicide bombers,note  Power Rangers Time Force and Power Rangers Wild Force featured some pretty brutal onscreen death (the former, notably, even used the d-word for it, and the latter actually showed part of it), and the 2009 season, Power Rangers RPM, killed off 99% of humanity in a nuclear Robot War.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Both in Space and RPM, fan-favorites considered some of the franchise's best, which followed Turbo and Bruce Kalish's run, respectively, which... aren't.
  • The Woobie: Johnny Yong Bosch, Karan Ashley and David Yost are the biggest real life examples.
    • An in-universe example are Blue Rangers. In general, Red Rangers are the heroic leaders, Green Rangers are the comic relief where as Black Rangers are the brooding bad boys (sometimes they switch), Yellow Rangers are the strong fierce women where as Pink Rangers are the hot chicks (sometimes they switch). And what do Blue Rangers get? They are given the roles of being the weakest, most bland, most hated ranger in almost every single season.
    • Every Blue Ranger, with the exception of TJ and Tori, has been screwed over by the writers in some way or another, to the point where they even flatout lampshade it in Mystic Force and RPM. Plus being the second most prominent color in the franchise behind red, it pretty much cements the idea that Blue Rangers are just around to be second best to the Red Rangers, SPD lampshades that aspect.

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