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* ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'': At the start of the series, a ridiculously powerful magus decides to have teenagers Rin Tohsaka and Luvia Edelfelt collect the Class Cards using the Kaleidoscope Sticks that turn them into {{Magical Girl}}s. It's not clear why he didn't have someone else do it; in fact, a competent adult ''was'' doing it, before the duty got taken from her and handed to Rin and Luvia instead. It seems there were political maneuverings going on behind the scenes. Deconstructed when Rin and Luvia prove to be so unstable, spending more time fighting each other than doing their jobs, that the Kaleidoscope Sticks abandon them and find other girls to empower instead. Pre-teens Illya and Miyu are left as the {{Magical Girl}}s, with Rin and Luvia as their mentors.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/PeppermintRose'' special had Rose and her friends as normal teenagers recruited to save the land from a group of ogreish beetles.


* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', Dr. Gero [[WrongGenreSavvy tries]] doing this to defeat [[IdiotHero Son Goku]], turning a runaway brother and sister into [[{{Cyborg}} super-powered cyborgs]]. [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters It doesn't end well.]]

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* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', Dr. Gero [[WrongGenreSavvy tries]] doing this to defeat [[IdiotHero Son Goku]], turning a runaway brother and sister into [[{{Cyborg}} super-powered cyborgs]]. [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters It doesn't end well.]]]] Averted in the case of his other androids, who were built from scratch.





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* Purposefully invoked in ''Manga/SevenSeeds''. The Teams are made up of people who were specifically chosen to be healthy, have no history of hereditary diseases, malformations or any kind of disadvantage like poor eyesight or similar, so they can repopulate the earth, meaning that majority of them are in their late teen-years with a few 20 year olds here and there, not counting the guides. Done on purpose by ''raising them that way'' with Team Summer A.

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* Purposefully invoked in ''Manga/SevenSeeds''. The Teams are made up of people who were specifically chosen to be healthy, have no history of hereditary diseases, malformations or any kind of disadvantage like poor eyesight or similar, so they can repopulate the earth, meaning that majority of them are in their late teen-years with a few 20 year olds 20-year-old here and there, not counting the guides. Done on purpose by ''raising them that way'' with Team Summer A.



* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' we have a rare villainous example: [[spoiler: supervillain Coil assembled the Undersiders from a group of teenage solo villains that would have never thought to work together otherwise.]]

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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' we have a rare villainous example: [[spoiler: supervillain [[spoiler:supervillain Coil assembled the Undersiders from a group of teenage solo villains that would have never thought to work together otherwise.]]



* WebVideo/TruncatedPowerRangers does its own parody of the line and Alpha’s reaction
-->'''Zordon:''' Bring me 5 teenagers [[IdiotHero too stupid]] [[TooDumbToLive to understand]] [[GoodIsDumb the cosmic repurchase one of their actions.]]
-->'''Alpha:''' Eh, what the heck. I’ll go with [[FiveManBand these guys]]. They look diverse enough.

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* WebVideo/TruncatedPowerRangers ''WebVideo/TruncatedPowerRangers'' does its own parody of the line and Alpha’s reaction
Alpha's reaction:
-->'''Zordon:''' Bring me 5 teenagers [[IdiotHero too stupid]] [[TooDumbToLive to understand]] [[GoodIsDumb the cosmic repurchase one of their actions.]]
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'''Alpha:'''
Eh, what the heck. I’ll I'll go with [[FiveManBand these guys]]. They look diverse enough.



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': The Gaang never picks up anyone over the age of sixteen. Justified in the beginning as Katara is pretty much the last person on the planet who still believes "[[RightfulKingReturns the Avatar will return]]" - and later that [[spoiler:all the adult warriors get themselves captured and/or killed. An alliance of {{Cool Old Guy}}s shows up for the finale, however.]]
** Likewise, in the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the main characters are older, being roughly 16-18 years old, but are still teens. A three-year TimeSkip for the fourth season changes this, however.
** ''Korra'' generally avoids this, as despite the 'gang' being all teens, the older mentor characters get just as much screen time and character development. They still all fit with the creator's admission that no one between the ages of twenty and forty is worth a damn though.
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' had Gaia recruiting five teenagers with no previous experience fighting evil. On the good side, they were able to summon a superhero when things got too tough. The Planeteers were the generation that was going to grow up to inherit a polluted planet, like the intended audience, so it made sense for Gaia to teach people of that generation to take care of it.
** Like there aren't any adult environmentalists in the world

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': The Gaang never picks up anyone over the age of sixteen. Justified in the beginning as Katara is pretty much the last person on the planet who still believes "[[RightfulKingReturns the Avatar will return]]" - -- and later that [[spoiler:all the adult warriors get themselves captured and/or killed. An alliance of {{Cool Old Guy}}s shows up for the finale, however.]]
** * Likewise, in the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the main characters are older, being roughly 16-18 years old, but are still teens. A three-year TimeSkip for the fourth season changes this, however.
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however. ''Korra'' generally avoids this, as despite the 'gang' "gang" being all teens, the older mentor characters get just as much screen time and character development. They still all fit with the creator's admission that no one no-one between the ages of twenty and forty is worth a damn damn, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' had has Gaia recruiting five teenagers with no previous experience fighting evil. On the good side, they were able to summon a superhero when things got too tough. The Planeteers were the generation that was going to grow up to inherit a polluted planet, like the intended audience, so it made sense for Gaia to teach people of that generation to take care of it.
** Like there aren't any adult environmentalists in the world
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* The {{Animesque}} ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies''. Think ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] ''Series/CharliesAngels''. The spy organization known as WOOHP actually has adult agents but none of them are field agents; it's the teens who has to take on the dangerous missions, and apparently, unpaid, although with benefits such as travel and shopping expenses. It's kinda creepy, though, that the sole job of a bunch of grown men is monitoring their recruits (as shown on the show, most of whom are girls) from birth pretty much 24/7, and summoning them for missions at the most inconvenient times.

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* The {{Animesque}} ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies''. ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' Think ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] ''Series/CharliesAngels''. The spy organization known as WOOHP actually has adult agents but none of them are field agents; it's the teens who has to take on the dangerous missions, and apparently, unpaid, although with benefits such as travel and shopping expenses. It's kinda creepy, though, that the sole job of a bunch of grown men is monitoring their recruits (as shown on the show, most of whom are girls) from birth pretty much 24/7, and summoning them for missions at the most inconvenient times.



** Deconstructed in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce,'' where [[TheMenInBlack the Plumbers]] actually send someone to try to arrest Ben, Gwen and Kevin when they find out a bunch of kids are using their equipment and resources of their own to fight a "[[PoliceAreUseless unproven]]" AlienInvasion.

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** Deconstructed in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce,'' ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', where [[TheMenInBlack the Plumbers]] actually send someone to try to arrest Ben, Gwen and Kevin when they find out a bunch of kids are using their equipment and resources of their own to fight a an "[[PoliceAreUseless unproven]]" AlienInvasion.



* The Mane Six in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' certainly act the part, being a group of youngsters who get thrust head-on into a battle against Nightmare Moon and end up becoming Princess Celestia's go-to team to take on enemies the Royal Guards can't handle (which, apparently, [[MilitariesAreUseless is all of them]]). Their exact ages are vague but their ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' counterparts are only in High School.

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* The Mane Six in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' certainly act the part, being a group of youngsters who get thrust head-on into a battle against Nightmare Moon and end up becoming Princess Celestia's go-to team to take on enemies the Royal Guards can't handle (which, apparently, [[MilitariesAreUseless is all of them]]). Their exact ages are vague but their ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' counterparts are only in High School.high school.

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* The wizard Shazam grants the magic powers of the ancients to pure-hearted child Billy Batson, transforming him into the world's mightiest mortal, [[IAmNotShazam Captain Marv-]] er, I mean, [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Shazam!]]


So the BigBad has been unleashed, or the [[LaResistance rebellion]] needs more help over-throwing the [[TheEmpire evil empire]]. Who do you get to help? A crack team of trained mercenaries? How about some expert martial artists? Maybe the existing peace-keeping forces such as the police or military? No? Then how about those kids standing over there? Yeah? Okay, cool, go for it.

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So the BigBad has been unleashed, or the [[LaResistance rebellion]] needs more help over-throwing the [[TheEmpire evil empire]]. Who do you get to help? A crack team of trained mercenaries? How about some expert martial artists? Maybe the existing peace-keeping forces such as the police or military? Or how about a team of powerful superheroes who can stop the problem with their powers quick? No? Then how about those kids standing over there? Yeah? Okay, cool, go for it.


* The ''Eldoran'' sries (''Anime/NekketsuSaikyoGosaurer'', ''Anime/ZettaiMutekiRaijinOh'') does something like this, except that "teenagers" is replaced with "A class of elementary school kids".

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* The ''Eldoran'' sries (''Anime/NekketsuSaikyoGosaurer'', ''Anime/ZettaiMutekiRaijinOh'') ''Anime/ZettaiMutekiRaijinOh'', ''Anime/GenkiBakuhatsuGanbaruger'') does something like this, except that "teenagers" is replaced with "A class of elementary school kids".

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** Like there aren't any adult environmentalists in the world


* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Shinji and Rei are fourteen and Asuka is thirteen. They are mecha pilots. {{Justified}} with the fact that the confused adolescent mindset is apparently the only thing capable of synchronising with the robots.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': There is never an explanation for why only 14-year-olds can be pilots. However, it's partially averted: Rei and Asuka have been training to be pilots their whole lives, and Kaworu is a trojan horse. Shinji and Rei Toji, however, are fourteen and Asuka is thirteen. They are mecha pilots. {{Justified}} plucked right off the street with the fact that the confused adolescent mindset is apparently the only thing capable of synchronising with the robots.no training.

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* ''Literature/YoungWizards'', as the name suggests, focuses on teenage protagonists learning and applying wizardry to preserve life in the universe. Those with the talent for magic typically go through an "Ordeal" around puberty in which they must solve a significant problem or oppose the dark [[BigBad Lone Power]], risking and sometimes sacrificing their lives in the process. The weight of this burden does not go un-discussed. It's justified by the fact that raw magic power is strongest in the young and fades with age, making teens the most effective front line for the fight against entropy. Older wizards ARE still critical for their experience and guidance, but usually leave the young ones to actually go out and solve the problems.

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Contrast TeensAreMonsters, which instead focuses on the teenage characters being portrayed as villains or antagonists.


** ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' is the TropeNamer. In the first episode, mentor Zordon asked for "five overbearing and over-emotional humans" in the area, and helper robot Alpha said, complete with facepalm, "[[AnythingButThat Oh no, not that!]] Not... teenagers!" to which Zordon responded, "that's correct Alpha," to which Alpha sighs, "I was afraid of that." Only one of the group didn't have any martial arts training and they were fairly decent shots on the very rare occasion when they actually used their blasters. The reasoning behind this, stated in the first episode, was that as teenagers they would be the generation to inherit the planet, and thusly should be the ones who protect that inheritance. ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' would later make it a plot point in order to justify a cast shakeup; the older Rangers from ''Mighty Morphin''' were dismissed from Ranger duty and replaced so they could begin establishing normal grownup lives. (Also, these "teenagers" definitely are NOT as Zordon described them. They're neither angsty nor overbearing.)
** The rest of the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise downplays this, however. Many seasons justify teen heroes by either having them already in training to fight evil when said evil emerges (''[[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Ninja Storm]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury Jungle Fury]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersSamurai Samurai]]'') or the only ones in the vicinity to have powers to begin with (''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dino Thunder]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Mystic Force]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge Dino Charge]]''). The remaining entries narrowly avert this trope, as there the Rangers are usually (but not always) twentysomething adults and either ''are'' a military unit (''[[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Time Force]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersSPD SPD]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersRPM RPM]]'') or are specifically recruited for the skills that they do have (''[[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Lost Galaxy]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue Lightspeed Rescue]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Wild Force]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive Operation Overdrive]]'').

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** ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' is the TropeNamer. In the first episode, mentor Zordon asked for "five overbearing and over-emotional humans" in the area, and helper robot Alpha said, complete with facepalm, "[[AnythingButThat Oh no, not that!]] Not... teenagers!" to which Zordon responded, "that's correct Alpha," to which Alpha sighs, "I was afraid of that." Only one of the group didn't have any martial arts training and they were fairly decent shots on the very rare occasion when they actually used their blasters. The reasoning behind this, stated in the first episode, was that as teenagers they would be the generation to inherit the planet, and thusly should be the ones who protect that inheritance. ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' would later make it a plot point in order to justify a cast shakeup; the older Rangers from ''Mighty Morphin''' were dismissed from Ranger duty and replaced so they could begin establishing normal grownup lives. (Also, these "teenagers" definitely are NOT as Zordon described them. They're neither angsty nor overbearing.)
*** ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'' (an alternate continuity, but still interesting) implied that Zordon had been recruiting teenagers for centuries. Ivan Ooze remarks with disgust that "Zordon's still using a bunch of kids to do his dirty work" when he meets the current team, and clearly hates teenagers even ''more'' than he hates humans in general because of it.
*** ''Film/PowerRangers2017'' changes the original origin to the five teenagers stumbling on the Power Coins and Zordon's ship. Zordon himself is actually quite skeptical about their capabilities for most of the movie.
*** ''ComicBook/MightyMorphinPowerRangersBoomStudios'', set in its own continuity inspired by the series, presents a justification for this trope, at least with regards to the teens themselves: Prior to the 1993 team, Zordon had recruited a team back in 1969. This time, they were all capable adults, but they had to be pulled from different parts of the world and walks of life. The end result is that while sufficiently skilled to be combatants, they hardly got along, for the most part. Two of them were at odds for having different opinions about the Vietnam War, and one was a KGB specialist, a proud Soviet, and thus, displeased at the notion of following the orders of an American. Worse than that, [[spoiler:the team is simply thrown into the fray on the moon without much in the way of team building exercises or the like, and thus, when confronted with the awakened [[OriginalGeneration Psycho Green]], two die horribly, and the KGB specialist dies taking out Psycho Green, although he at least makes peace with Red before passing]]. Zordon realized his folly, especially after being chewed out by [[spoiler:the surviving two]], and thus, when he recruits the present team, he would choose a group of close friends, high schoolers as they may be, who had the strong capacity for teamwork over skills that could simply be developed with training and time.
*** The seasons immediately following ''Mighty Morphin''[='=], ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', and ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' kept the same premise. In fact, ''Turbo'' made it a plot point in order to justify a cast shakeup; the older Rangers carried over from ''Mighty Morphin''[='=] were dismissed from Ranger duty and replaced so they could begin establishing normal grownup lives.
** The rest of the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise downplays this, however. Many seasons do have teen heroes, but justify teen heroes them by either having them already in training to fight evil when said evil emerges as members of an ancient order (''[[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Ninja Storm]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury Jungle Fury]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersSamurai Samurai]]'') or the only ones in the vicinity to have powers to begin with (''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dino Thunder]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Mystic Force]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge Dino Charge]]''). The remaining entries narrowly avert this trope, as there the Rangers are usually (but not always) twentysomething adults and either ''are'' a genuine military unit of some kind (''[[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Time Force]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersSPD SPD]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersRPM RPM]]'') RPM]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersBeastMorphers Beast Morphers]]'') or are specifically recruited for the skills that they do have they've already demonstrated in their careers (''[[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Lost Galaxy]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue Lightspeed Rescue]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Wild Force]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive Operation Overdrive]]'').



** ''[[Series/PowerRangersBeastMorphers Beast Morphers]]'' hits all three justifications: they're part of a MildlyMilitary organization, they've been training to become rangers, and in the first episode it's stated that the Morphin' technology they've developed works best with teenagers.
** ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'' (an alternate continuity, but still interesting) implied that Zordon had been recruiting teenagers for centuries. Ivan Ooze remarks with disgust that "Zordon's still using a bunch of kids to do his dirty work" when he meets the current team, and clearly hates teenagers even ''more'' than he hates humans in general because of it.
** ''Film/PowerRangers2017'' changes the original origin to the five teenagers stumbling on the Power Coins and Zordon's ship. Zordon himself is actually quite skeptical about their capabilities for most of the movie.



** ''ComicBook/MightyMorphinPowerRangersBoomStudios'', set in its own continuity inspired by the series, presents a justification for this trope, at least with regards to the teens themselves: Prior to the 1993 team, Zordon had recruited a team back in 1969. This time, they were all capable adults, but they had to be pulled from different parts of the world and walks of life. The end result is that while sufficiently skilled to be combatants, they hardly got along, for the most part. Two of them were at odds for having different opinions about the Vietnam War, and one was a KGB specialist, a proud Soviet, and thus, displeased at the notion of following the orders of an American. Worse than that, [[spoiler:the team is simply thrown into the fray on the moon without much in the way of team building exercises or the like, and thus, when confronted with the awakened [[OriginalGeneration Psycho Green]], two die horribly, and the KGB specialist dies taking out Psycho Green, although he at least makes peace with Red before passing]]. Zordon realized his folly, especially after being chewed out by [[spoiler:the surviving two]], and thus, when he recruits the present team, he would choose a group of close friends, high schoolers as they may be, who had the strong capacity for teamwork over skills that could simply be developed with training and time.


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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Averted, mostly. Most of the Scoobies weren't exactly recruited - they were just swept up in events. Anya and Tara were genuinely recruited, but they had extensive knowledge of demons and magic, respectively (and in Anya's case, was over a thousand years old despite physically being a teenager). Also, in later seasons, they stopped being teenagers. Slayers though are always chosen from teenage girls, and few of them live past 18. About the only explanation for this is that the [[YouFailHistoryForever creepy old men who created the Slayer role figured younger girls would be easier to control]] or [[ValuesDissonance they lived before "teenager" appeared as a concept and what is now a teenager was considered an adult.]]

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Averted, mostly. Most of the Scoobies weren't exactly recruited - they were just swept up in events. Anya and Tara were genuinely recruited, but they had extensive knowledge of demons and magic, respectively (and in Anya's case, was over a thousand years old despite physically being a teenager). Also, in later seasons, they stopped being teenagers. Slayers though are always chosen from teenage girls, and few of them live past 18. About the only explanation for this is that the [[YouFailHistoryForever [[ArtisticLicenseHistory creepy old men who created the Slayer role figured younger girls would be easier to control]] or [[ValuesDissonance they lived before "teenager" appeared as a concept and what is now a teenager was considered an adult.]]


** The rest of the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise downplays this, however. Many seasons justify teen heroes by either having them already in training to fight evil when said evil emerges (''[[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Ninja Storm]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury Jungle Fury]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersSamurai Samurai]]'') or the only ones in the vicinity to have powers to begin with (''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dino Thunder]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Mystic Force]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge Dino Charge]]''). The remaining entries narrowly avert this trope, as there the Rangers are usually (but not always) twentysomething adults and either ''are'' a military unit (''[[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Time Force]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersSPD SPD]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersRPM RPM]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersBeastMorphers Beast Morphers]]'') or are specifically recruited for the skills that they do have (''[[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Lost Galaxy]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue Lightspeed Rescue]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Wild Force]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive Operation Overdrive]]'').

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** The rest of the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise downplays this, however. Many seasons justify teen heroes by either having them already in training to fight evil when said evil emerges (''[[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Ninja Storm]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury Jungle Fury]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersSamurai Samurai]]'') or the only ones in the vicinity to have powers to begin with (''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dino Thunder]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Mystic Force]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge Dino Charge]]''). The remaining entries narrowly avert this trope, as there the Rangers are usually (but not always) twentysomething adults and either ''are'' a military unit (''[[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Time Force]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersSPD SPD]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersRPM RPM]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersBeastMorphers Beast Morphers]]'') RPM]]'') or are specifically recruited for the skills that they do have (''[[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Lost Galaxy]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue Lightspeed Rescue]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Wild Force]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive Operation Overdrive]]'').


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** ''[[Series/PowerRangersBeastMorphers Beast Morphers]]'' hits all three justifications: they're part of a MildlyMilitary organization, they've been training to become rangers, and in the first episode it's stated that the Morphin' technology they've developed works best with teenagers.

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