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YMMV: Power Rangers Wild Force
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Animus can get hit with a heavy dose of this during his arc. Is he just upset that the humans who were supposed to defend the planet are destroying it instead or is he just an environmental terrorist who has the tendencies of a fascist? When Animus revealed that taking away the Rangers' powers was just a test to see how dedicated they are to protecting the Earth, did he really intend for there to be a test, or did he just say that to avoid getting called out by the Rangers?
  • Anvilicious: The Animus Arc.
  • Creator's Pet: Cole, so much so that when rumors began his actor, Ricardo Medina, Jr., might be appearing in Samurai, a season whose source material (Samurai Sentai Shinkenger) fans are rabidly protective of, people began having fits.
    • That is, until the fans met Deker. And for some fans who consider Samurai one of the franchise's worst seasons, Medina as Deker is one of the only highlights.
  • Crossover Ship: Taylor/Eric, when the Time Force Rangers are in town.
    • Ship Tease: It also implies that Lucas and Nadira got back together.
  • Ear Worm:
    • The Wild Force theme song.
    • The song Shayla sings to the Deer Zord.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Zen-Aku.
  • Epileptic Trees: Danny Delgado has the same last name as the SPD Yellow Ranger, Z. Since SPD takes place Twenty Minutes into the Future and Z's parents were canonically scientists involved in creating Ranger powers, people think Z might be Danny's daughter.
  • Evil Is Cool: Zen-Aku. Fans adore him, so much that he was brought back for another episode and again at the end of the series as a being separate from Merrick... somehow.
  • Funny Moments: When Onikage helps Toxica and Jindrax infiltrate the Animarium in the middle of the night, the Rangers end up confronting them in their pyjamas.
    Onikage: So these are the famous Power Rangers... interesting outfits.
    Jindrax: (to Danny) Nice teddy bear.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Zen-Aku and Merrick.
    • Cole and Master Org.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This won't be the last time we would see an environmentally conscious mecha.
    • For Forever Red, Disney and Bandai nixed the original ending of all the Red Rangers' zords destroying Serpentera because they didn't want to show "old toys". Not only did Toei have no problem with doing exactly that with Forever Red's closest counterpart (Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai), they did a second time for Gokaiger's 199 Heroes movie.
  • It's the Same, so It Sucks: As mentioned above, the show was largely criticized for being too similar to Gaoranger.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Onikage.
  • Misblamed: People have noted that a lot of Wild Force's problems are actually coming from a direct translation of Gaoranger, such as the blunt Green Aesop.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
  • Running the Asylum: Mostly when it comes to the teamups (see, Tropes Are Not Bad.)
  • Tear Jerker: No matter what you think of Cole, you gotta admit that the episode where he finds out the truth about his parents's deaths is genuinely sad.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Cole, the Rookie Red Ranger who stole the team from Taylor, and became instantly the leader for no reason. He would constantly talk about how he could read a being's "heart," which didn't help the fact that many fans think Wild Force was too preachy.
    • Also, Princess Shayla, who is basically a really useless Princess who sings.
    • Kite. A whiny little brat who completely disparages the Rangers' efforts and sacrifices, rants on and on about how humans are bastards, is perfectly willing to abandon them and Shayla to die, hammers in the Green Aesop in the most annoying, tedious and Anvilicious way possible, is of little help when actually needed, and and has an annoying, whiny voice.
      • Doesn't help that he was Animus (which makes him a scrappy by proxy), who because of his hatred for humanity who even after revealing that him taking the Zords and the rangers' powers away, and him putting Shayla in a coma was a Secret Test of Character, still didn't take back any of the things he said about humanity.
      • It also doesn't help the fact Animus is surprisingly weak in combat and that if the Rangers die the nature is doomed.
  • They Just Didn't Care: The show is an example that straddles the line between this and Screwed by the Network. The series was being produced when the franchise was bought by Disney, so the former people in charge were gone, the new people in charge had no clue what they were doing, and the left hand didn't know what the right was doing. This caused Wild Force to be considered by the majority of fans the worst season ever. What parts that weren't directly lifted from the Sentai source material were flimsy, there was no direction, the acting was bad even by PR standards, and the writers gave the Zords more characterization than the Rangers.
    • The head writer for the series was a Promoted Fanboy, so you'd expect him to care a bit more. Turns out he cared most about putting his own fan work into continuity with the whole series...note 
    • On the other hand, the show started to look a lot better once Ranger fans saw what Disney was doing to the series. They didn't outright hate the series, but Power Rangers RPM's producer said they did seem ashamed of it. (It should be noted that Disney never wanted the series, they wanted to buy the Fox Family Channel, and Power Rangers just kind of came with the deal somehow.) The violence of the show didn't work well with Disney's ultra-wholesome image, so they weren't really sure what to do with it, gave it very little promotion, and essentially left it to wither away.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Got a lot of this, having to follow fan favorite Time Force.
  • Vindicated by History: Much like Turbo previously, Wild Force has become steadily more popular as the years go on (Helped by Linkara saying how he thought it was a good season), especially since we now have two other seasons that fans like to bash on.
  • Villain Decay: Remember that HUGE planet-destroying serpent robot that completely dwarfed the other zords and couldn't be fought, only ran away from? Yeah well, now it's about 1/5 of its size, and can be defeated by 1 guy on a flying motorbike. And its planet-destroying laser won't even kill the guy flying inside its mouth. Though to be perfectly fair, this was due to Executive Meddling forcing them to axe a far more impressive Serpentera fight (Which would have had the Red Rangers charge Serpentera all in their own Zords).

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