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YMMV: Power Rangers Operation Overdrive
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Johnny Yong Bosch has said that he personally played Adam in "Once A Ranger" as someone who had grown into a lone warrior & travelled the world using his Ranger powers to help people, and that his remark about going back to his dojo in Angel Grove at the end of "Once a Ranger" was a lie.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Flurious, despite have the Corona Aurora and the jewels gets beaten fairly easily by Mack with the battlizer.
  • Broken Base: As this was the last "bad" season (As seen by most of the fans) before Samurai, fans are divided as to which is worse (Turbo and Wild Force being largely Vindicated by History thanks to the two newer seasons) between the two.
  • Cargo Ship: Ronny/drills, after her reaction to seeing the zords for the first time got Memetically Mutated.
  • Costume Porn: It's kind of hard to deny that the Overdrive Rangers have some of the most awesome suits, if not the most awesome, in the entire franchise. The grill-like mouthpieces, headlights, wrap-around visors, compass symbol, metal padding, color scheme, high-tech weaponry, and the way it all meshes together make for some shiny, professional Ranger gear. While the season was pretty weak, the suits were not.
    • Though to some those are the exact reasons they do not like the suits. An especially notable point of division is the metal padding since it can come off as looking overly gaudy, especially when it comes to the sixth ranger.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: "...Man law."
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Shockingly averted for once with the theme song- while Power Rangers normally has awesome theme songs, or you can at least listen to them (Some fans saying that while Turbo and Wild Force may suck, at least their theme songs didn't), Operation Overdrive uses rapping. It is considered by a large majority of fans to be the absolute worst theme song in the entire franchise
    • In recent years though, it's more subjective. Some fans actually thought it wasn't that bad after initial viewing and it can grow on you over time.
    • In a more positive example, copyright meant that using the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers theme for Adam wasn't going to happen. His theme in the team-up special is a revamped version of the theme, which isn't as good, but is still pretty kick-ass.
  • Designated Hero: Some feel that the team's 10-Minute Retirement after losing their powers in the "Once A Ranger" anniversary special runs entirely opposite to the idea that even without powers, a Ranger never gives up, and that the Overdrive Rangers aren't worthy of being Rangers as a result. Although for what it's worth, none of the past teams who endeavored to keep fighting without their powers had backup; Previous Rangers had to decide between 'keep fighting or let the bad guys go unopposed.' The Overdrive Rangers' options were 'Be the Red Shirts or let the veteran Rangers who have everything perfectly under control handle it'
    • With that said a valid argument could be made for a Power Ranger team-up episode to have the two ranger teams actually work together. Even if the Overdrive Rangers stuck to battling the Brothers flunkies while the Rangers handled the major threats, or they stood on to act as support in some fashion, it wouldn't have been received with quite the same negative reaction.
      • It doesn't help that when Hartford reminds them of their mission of finding the jewels to the Corona Aurora, Will outright states that their job was to be Power Rangers. Despite the fact that Hartford outright stated that the primary mission of Operation Overdrive was to find the jewels in the first episode! note 
  • Earworm: The theme song, YES YOU READ RIGHT! As hated as it is, you watch the series episodes back to back, guaranteed it will get stuck in your head.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Spencer. Among the rangers, Ronny.
    • "Once a Ranger", instead of using the same team Boukenger used, created a new team consisting mostly of these characters. The only problem was the fact that Ensemble Darkhorse status generally goes with the color green in this show, so they brought back three people who were green at some point. Xander keeps his color, Bridge was given a promotion to red, and Adam, green in Zeo and Turbo, was simply given his original color of black.
    • Will had this reputation during the actual season airing, due to his snarky nature. However, Benta's below-mentioned... incident... caused many fans to invert this and label him one of the worst aspects of the show.
    • As far as the villains go, Kamdor and Miratrix are pretty well received, some go as far to state that they should've been the season's main bad guys instead of the brothers.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Miratrix, also an in-universe example.
    Dax: I'm sorry guys, I never meant to get sidetracked like that.
    Mack: I can't blame you, she was hot. Evil, but hot.
  • Fan Nickname: iMack
  • God-Mode Sue: Mack with his battlizer. This is always an issue with the red rangers with these depending on how much they're used, but even Flurious with the Corona Aurora and its jewels which the rangers spent the whole series trying to gather, could even barely slow him down.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Tyzonn's actor played a bully in Power Rangers Dino Thunder. Guess which yellow ranger his team fights with in "Once a Ranger"?
    • It seems that the Magi Yellow/Mystic Yellow outfits leads to wearing gold- Chip's actor, Nick Sampson voices Sentinel Knight in this season, while in Go-Busters Magi Yellow's actor is the Gold Ranger.
    • This was a Disney-owned superhero franchise with an episode featuring Thor and Loki, and since then Disney's given up Power Rangers for a different superhero franchise featuring Thor and Loki.
  • He Really Can Act: While Overdrive is regarded by many as a sub-par season, even detractors said that James Maclurcan was fantastic when it was revealed that Mack was a robot.
  • Never Live It Down: Will's actor's "banner incident" still hasn't seemed to die down in the fandom yet, and it happened in 2007. This is because, when Samuell Benta (Will's actor) was invited back for Super Megaforce, fans were absolutely outraged, and all of a sudden everything erupted again.
    • Although, generally speaking, stealing from a charity for sick and dying kids is generally a very good way to be remembered for just that one thing for as long as you live no matter what else you do in your life.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The reveal of Mack's disembodied head on a table.
  • Irony: While Overdrive is considered to be one of the weakest seasons by many fans, the Sentai it was based on, GoGo Sentai Boukenger, is actually considered to be one of the best, even by people who don't normally watch Sentai.
  • Moral Event Horizon: While Flurious is never a nice guy from the start, tricking his brother, who'd come on his hands and knees offering peace, into handing over the Corona Aurora with an offer of friendship, then killing him off in cold blood definitely pushes him over the line.
    • Kamdor crosses it when he traps Miratrix in the same jewel she freed him from when he tells her she is no longer of use to him. Sure, Miratrix was a greedy ninja who used Dax's affections, but her fate crossed it for her master.
  • The Scrappy:
    • The show had even less popular Rangers (save for Mack and Ronny, who are well-liked by fans). Of all the rangers, Dax seems to sit on top of the list.
      • They tried to give him quirks like Bridge from Power Rangers S.P.D. but he came across more annoying than funny. That being said, he's far from being one of the most hated Rangers ever, but he isn't very popular among Blue Rangers.
      • Though the episodes that highlight him as The Everyman instead of a forced Plucky Comic Relief are considered his better moments.
    • Will has become a Scrappy these days, mostly due to his actor being seen as an egotistical jerkass in the eyes of a significant portion of the fandom. And for stealing a banner in the first Power Morphicon — which was supposed to be auctioned off for charity!
      • Before the banner incident with his actor, however, Will was actually relatively popular. But after that, he started getting bashed repeatedly.
    • Norg is also seen as a Scrappy by the majority of the fanbase, but for an entirely different reason.
  • So Bad, It's Good: A few fans see it as this, calling it the Plan 9 from Outer Space of Power Rangers.
  • So Unfunny It's Funny: Pretty much everything Dax says.
  • Special Effect Failure: A building hallway was badly disguised as an Egyptian tomb corridor in one episode.
  • Stock Footage Failure: Ronny in her morphed form. When? Well, check out when the rangers do their roll call, near the end. If they're all in a group...
  • Unfortunate Implications: Will, a black Black Ranger. Might not have been a big deal - if they hadn't made him a professional thief. Things got worse after the "incident" at Power Morphicon; Samuell Benta, the actor who plays Will, stole a signed banner from the first Power Morphicon that was going to be auctioned off with the money going to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Needless to say, he hasn't given it back.

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