YMMV / Power Rangers Zeo

  • Anvilicious: "A Season to Remember." Rather telling when the villain's main weapon is called the "Bias Blaster." ("It will make people only see things their way!") To a lesser extent, many of Mondo's scemes could be seen as this, as after their first two monsters they went from an impressive threat that nearly killed the Rangers (one monster threw them towards the sun and Kind Mondo thought he'd won), to filling Rita and Zedd's shoes as the Evil Is Petty creators of their Monster of the Aesop. (That was partially Ohranger's fault- they had to change their plots to that type of stuff after first an earthquake, then a terrorist attack rendered their original plot Too Soon.)
  • Awesome Music: The Zeo theme song is a beefed-up version of the original "Go, Go Power Rangers!" theme song and it is friggin' awesome.
  • Die for Our Ship: After The Letter, Kat in the majority of fanfics.
    • Typically portraying her as a yandere who wrote the letter herself.
    • Interestingly, if you watch the series Kat's feelings are one-sided and she understands that Tommy is still pining, so despite her own wants she tries time and again to find Tommy a new love interest who ISN'T her. Eventually he realizes on his own what he's got in Kat. Word of God even says this is intentional to keep Kat from looking like some heartless boy stealer.
  • Ear Worm: Stick Together, the song Tanya performed in the episode "Song Sung Yellow".
    • The previously-mentioned Zeo theme is a definite ear worm too.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first time the Rangers go into battle, they morph by bringing the two halves of the morpher together and yell "Power Rangers! Z! O!". Every time after that they instead say "It's morphing time!" just like on MMPR.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: A Christmas themed Flash Forward episode "A Season to Remember" ended with the reveal that Tommy and Kat are married, while their oldest grandson is implied to be a Red Ranger. This episode never rated very strongly, though this tends to be largely due to the Anvilicious main story seeing Mondo trying to drive a wedge between the Rangers due to their cultural differences. However, it's unsurprising that certain corners of the fandom (Tommy/Kimberly shippers mainly) objected to the Tommy/Kat revelation. Again, multiple Words Of God repeatedly supported the pairing. However, some point to "Forever Red" and Power Rangers Dino Thunder as showing Tommy was shown without Kat. (Catherine Sutherland was to appear in both at different stages and demonstrate that Kat's relationship with Tommy was still on-going, but rewrites removed Kat's scene in the former and Sutherland's then-pregnancy made the latter impossible.)
  • Foe Yay: It varies but this troper thinks Rita's remark about Jason looked better in red sounds a little like that.
  • Funny Moments: "Another Song and Dance" had Tommy and Tanya under a spell which forced them to sing every word they said as if they were singing in an opera. Even their morphing sequences were redubbed to keep it consistent.
    Tanya: Let's stop this crime!
    Tommy: It's morphin' time!
    • What's really funny about it is that Nakia Burrise has a great singing voice. Jason David Frank... does not (although, some have said that Frank's singing voice is tolerable; he just thought it would be funnier for Tommy to be hideously off-key, which it was.)
  • Game Breaker: The Zeo Ultrazord. Exactly ONE monster ever managed to put up a fight against it.
    • The Super Zeo Megazord also qualifies, as it was incredibly rare that a monster held its own against this mammoth Megazord, which stood almost twice as tall as a giant monster. Even the series Big Bad King Mondo fell to it. He got better afterwards, but still.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One episode had the Rangers defeating Cogs by pieing them. Toontown Online (and its' subsequent fan revivals) have you defeating robotic enemies named Cogs with pies, amongst other objects.
  • Ho Yay: Tommy and Jason.
  • Memetic Mutation: BACK TO ACTION!
  • Never Live It Down: For some, it's the choice of using a shape motif for the visor and Super Zeo Zord designs, especially Tanya's.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Tenga vs. Cog battle at the start of "Good as Gold". Turns out that when you pit two mook groups against each other, you're allowed to be a lot more violent than normal. They literally tear each other to pieces.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Queen Machina sounds a lot like Natasha Fatale from "Rocky and Bullwinkle".
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Rocky, after going from from Jason's replacement to Iron Woobie/Plucky Comic Relief.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Lesley Tesh Pedersen played the minor character Emily before making it big as a voice actress for ADV Films.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The episode Trust in Me shows that Condescending Compassion can be really offending to people with disabilities and that many of them can lead perfectly normal lives. In the episode, Rocky accidentally treats a blind woman with Condescending Compassion, despite her being competent enough to defeat multiple opponents in a karate demonstration. Understandably, the woman is annoyed and gives Rocky the cold shoulder. After a lecture from Katherine, Rocky realizes his mistake and apologizes to the woman.
  • So Okay, It's Average: What fans that don't like it see it as.
  • Tearjerker: Regardless of one's opinion on the moment itself, Tommy's reaction to being Dear John'd by Kimberly is pretty sad, as he walks along a beach flashing back to their times together.
  • Villain Decay: While Zedd's marriage to Rita is argued if it is truly an example (Post "decay" Zedd having done more damage to the Rangers), Zedd and Rita being forced to travel around in a camper is a pretty solid example. Thankfully it doesn't last and by the end of the season they're no longer afraid of the Machine Empire at all and Rita manages to create a monster that beat even the Ranger's Ultrazord!
    • Played straight with the Machine Empire. They are initially built up a a threat even greater than Rita and Zedd when they chase them off, but despite showing they have an army and also statements of conquering whole galaxies, we never see them do much besides Monster of the Week plans, which they had less success with than Zedd and Rita. Rita even lampshades this in the finale when she says they're not afraid of them anymore, since by then they've become a joke. This change happens even earlier in the series than it usually does; following their first two monsters (including one that nearly killed the Rangers), they went from a deadly force that was intent on Earth's conquest to filling Rita and Zedd's shoes as Evil Is Petty creators of the Monster of the Aesop, focusing more on disrupting the everyday lives of the rangers than destroying them (then again, that was more Ohranger's doing- they had to change their Darker and Edgier plot after a few episodes due to a case of Too Soon).
  • What an Idiot: After firing the Ultrazord blast against Impursinator, the monster swells up so much that it nearly explodes from absorbing the energy, barely managing to reflect it. It was later revealed that they could fire consecutive finishing blasts in their battle against Prince Gasket and Archerina, so why didn't they hit it with two in a row after they saw that one almost killed it? Of course, the answer is Sentai limitations, but the same could be said about OhRanger.