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* RunningGag: Rita's "I have a ''HEADACHE!''"

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Rita's "I have a ''HEADACHE!''"


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** Bulk's pants getting ripped.
** Mr. Caplan's toupee getting blown off his head.

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** When Tommy brandishes his sword, which the viewer can easily tell is a prop, Zedd taunts him by saying "Come, Tommy, you can't be serious with that toy sword!"


Despite the success of the character, the Green Ranger's impact on the show was actually rather limited. Tommy's ''Zyuranger'' counterpart, Burai, died after several episodes and the show was written to accommodate that. Tommy's actor, Creator/JasonDavidFrank, was only contracted for those particular episodes and the character was written out as Rita using a magic candle to drain Tommy's powers, and in order to stop the drain he passed his coin to Jason, leaving [[BroughtDownToNormal him powerless]] but Jason would use the powers, weapons and zord of the Green Ranger as a SuperMode for a time.

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Despite the success of the character, the Green Ranger's impact on the show was actually rather limited. Tommy's ''Zyuranger'' counterpart, Burai, died after several episodes and the show was written to accommodate that. Tommy's actor, Creator/JasonDavidFrank, was only contracted for those particular episodes and the character was written out as Rita using a magic candle to drain Tommy's powers, and in order to stop the drain he passed his coin to Jason, leaving [[BroughtDownToNormal him powerless]] but Jason would use the powers, weapons and zord Zord of the Green Ranger as a SuperMode for a time.



The third season started off with a three-episode crossover [[CrossPromotion with an upcoming]] Saban series, Series/MaskedRider, but the third season starts proper with the arrival of Rita's brother, Rito Revolto. He proves to be a LethalJokeCharacter, as despite being comic relief he successfully lures the Rangers into an ploy that overloads their powers, destroying the Thunder Zords and damaging their power coins to the point of being useless. Desperate, the Rangers search for the legendary creator of the coins, an aloof sage named Ninjor, who forges them new Power Coins based on modern creatures and [[GratuitousNinja the art of ninjetti]]. Like the start of the second season, this was opening to use mecha footage from ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'' as the new Ninja Zords, and they introduced a partial morph where [[HighlyVisibleNinja they fought in brightly colored ninja-themed outfits]] separate from the spandex and helmet costumes. The Ninja Zords were actually [[MidSeasonUpgrade an auxiliary group]] of mecha in Kakuranger, with the starting zords of that series being humanoid temple/statue themed. Since the second set were animal themed it transitioned better from the previous zords.

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The third season started off with a three-episode crossover [[CrossPromotion with an upcoming]] Saban series, Series/MaskedRider, but the third season starts proper with the arrival of Rita's brother, Rito Revolto. He proves to be a LethalJokeCharacter, as despite being comic relief he successfully lures the Rangers into an ploy that overloads their powers, destroying the Thunder Zords and damaging their power coins to the point of being useless. Desperate, the Rangers search for the legendary creator of the coins, an aloof sage named Ninjor, who forges them new Power Coins based on modern creatures and [[GratuitousNinja the art of ninjetti]]. Like the start of the second season, this was opening to use mecha footage from ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'' as the new Ninja Zords, and they introduced a partial morph where [[HighlyVisibleNinja they fought in brightly colored ninja-themed outfits]] separate from the spandex and helmet costumes. The Ninja Zords were actually [[MidSeasonUpgrade an auxiliary group]] of mecha in Kakuranger, with the starting zords Zords of that series being humanoid temple/statue themed. Since the second set were animal themed it transitioned better from the previous zords.
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The season came to a halt as Rita and Rito's father, Master Vile, arrives and uses TimeTravel to age the world back ten years, with the Rangers now pre-teens. Despite retaining their memories, a side effect rendered their Ninja Coins inoperable. This led to a ten episode miniseries called ''Mighty Morphin' Alien Rangers'', as Zordon sends out a request for help from [[RubberForeheadAlien aquatic humanoids]] from the planet Aquitar with their own Ranger team to step in, who used the Ranger costumes of Kakuranger and alternate zord forms of the Shogun Zords (the first appearance of new Ranger teams and costumes). The ''Alien Ranger'' miniseries is seen as an extension of MMPR rather than its own thing, this decision came from the compounding production problems as at this point they were using [[CutAndPasteTranslation the core five ranger costumes from Zyuranger, the white Dairanger, the Kakuranger costumes, Kakuranger villains, original villains, three diverse sets of Zords and a storyline that had NOTHING to do with the source material]]. While the Alien Rangers held Zedd, Rita and Vile back, an effort to reverse the time travel resulted in their Ninja coins being destroyed, and the young Rangers went on quests through time and space to find the pieces of the Zeo Crystal, a {{MacGuffin}} introduced earlier in the season, to resolve the problem. Here Karen Ashley asked to leave and Aisha's quest involved switching places with a tribal girl named Tanya. The season, and MMPR series as we knew it, ended in a massive {{Cliffhanger}} with Goldar and Rito bombing their Command Center and the Rangers believing Zordon and Alpha are gone. This was the jumping off point for ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''.

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The season came to a halt as Rita and Rito's father, Master Vile, arrives and uses TimeTravel to age the world back ten years, with the Rangers now pre-teens. Despite retaining their memories, a side effect rendered their Ninja Coins inoperable. This led to a ten episode miniseries called ''Mighty Morphin' Alien Rangers'', as Zordon sends out a request for help from [[RubberForeheadAlien aquatic humanoids]] from the planet Aquitar with their own Ranger team to step in, who used the Ranger costumes of Kakuranger and alternate zord Zord forms of the Shogun Zords (the first appearance of new Ranger teams and costumes). The ''Alien Ranger'' miniseries is seen as an extension of MMPR rather than its own thing, this decision came from the compounding production problems as at this point they were using [[CutAndPasteTranslation the core five ranger costumes from Zyuranger, the white Dairanger, the Kakuranger costumes, Kakuranger villains, original villains, three diverse sets of Zords and a storyline that had NOTHING to do with the source material]]. While the Alien Rangers held Zedd, Rita and Vile back, an effort to reverse the time travel resulted in their Ninja coins being destroyed, and the young Rangers went on quests through time and space to find the pieces of the Zeo Crystal, a {{MacGuffin}} introduced earlier in the season, to resolve the problem. Here Karen Ashley asked to leave and Aisha's quest involved switching places with a tribal girl named Tanya. The season, and MMPR series as we knew it, ended in a massive {{Cliffhanger}} with Goldar and Rito bombing their Command Center and the Rangers believing Zordon and Alpha are gone. This was the jumping off point for ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''.



* StrictlyFormula: Most notably in the first season, where more often than not, it took a multi-part episode to indicate that there would ''be'' any appreciable plot beyond fighting the MonsterOfTheWeek. Around halfway through the third season, namely beginning in the three-part "Changing of the Zords" episodes, the dynamic of the series changes to being much more serialized, first trying to retrieve Kimberly's Power Coin, the Falconzord, and Ninjor, and then shortly after recovering them, retrieving the Zeo Crystal to undo a time reversal and restore the Ranger Powers. During the Master Vile arc, there was only one standalone episode (and it was against a monster that required their strongest zord formation).

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* StrictlyFormula: Most notably in the first season, where more often than not, it took a multi-part episode to indicate that there would ''be'' any appreciable plot beyond fighting the MonsterOfTheWeek. Around halfway through the third season, namely beginning in the three-part "Changing of the Zords" episodes, the dynamic of the series changes to being much more serialized, first trying to retrieve Kimberly's Power Coin, the Falconzord, and Ninjor, and then shortly after recovering them, retrieving the Zeo Crystal to undo a time reversal and restore the Ranger Powers. During the Master Vile arc, there was only one standalone episode (and it was against a monster that required their strongest zord Zord formation).


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* ThemeMusicPowerUp: With rare exception, once "Go Go Power Rangers" starts playing, the monster the Rangers are fighting ''is absolutely screwed''.


* RhymesOnADime:
** At least once, we get a LampshadeHanging: The Yellow Ranger isn't succumbing to the villain's HatePlague, and we get...
-->'''Hate Master:''' "Would you give in already?! Doing this is no snap! It really isn't ''easy'' talking all the time in rap!"
** The Rangers also had an ally who did this, Quagmire from the "Island of Illusion" two-part episode. Although, not all his rhymes made complete sense. For example, he referred to Madame Woe (a MonsterOfTheWeek who appeared in a previous episode) as a "nightmare queen" who Billy fought in a "realm of dreams". which really didn't describe Madame Woe or the actual battle at all.
** The Pumpkin Rapper, a jack-o-lantern monster who attempted to "distract the Rangers with his clever raps and rhymes."

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* RhymesOnADime:
** At least once, we get a LampshadeHanging: The Yellow Ranger isn't succumbing to
RhymesOnADime: Most notably the villain's HatePlague, and we get...
-->'''Hate Master:''' "Would you give in already?! Doing this is no snap! It really isn't ''easy'' talking all the time in rap!"
** The Rangers also had an ally who did this, Quagmire from the "Island of Illusion" two-part episode. Although, not all his rhymes made complete sense. For example, he referred to Madame Woe (a MonsterOfTheWeek who appeared in a previous episode) as a "nightmare queen" who Billy fought in a "realm of dreams". which really didn't describe Madame Woe or the actual battle at all.
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Pumpkin Rapper, a jack-o-lantern jack o' lantern monster who attempted to "distract the Rangers with his clever raps and rhymes."


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** And in a later episode, where old monsters have been resurrected for Halloween:
-->'''Tommy:''' "I thought we turned you into squash, Pumpkin Rapper."
-->'''Pumpkin Rapper:''' "Maybe ya did, but it's time to get sad! 'Cause of Lord Zedd's power, we're back and we're bad!"
** We get a LampshadeHanging in Season 3's "Stop the Hate Master": When Aisha isn't succumbing to the monster's HatePlague, the titular Hate Master complains "Would you give in already?! Doing this is no snap! It really isn't ''easy'' talking all the time in rap!"
** The Rangers also had an ally who did this: Quagmire from the "Island of Illusion" two-part episode, although not all his rhymes made complete sense. For example, he referred to Madame Woe (a MonsterOfTheWeek who appeared in a previous episode) as a "nightmare queen" who Billy fought in a "realm of dreams", which really didn't describe Madame Woe or the actual battle at all.


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** In their defense, some of the monsters might be trying to reach the Megazord to ''stop'' it from using its finisher. It's still not the most brilliant strategy, but at least it makes more sense than running face first into death.


** Justified in some cases by the Rangers facing old threats with new abilities, weaponry, and/or Zords.


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** Justified in some cases by the Rangers facing old threats with new abilities, weaponry, and/or Zords.


* AdaptationalWimp: A minor example occurs with the Frankenstein Monster. Zyuranger's Dora Franken went OneWingedAngel after initially being destroyed by Dragonzord's Battlemode, becoming the monsters that were adapted as Mutitus. In the American version, Frankenstein is a separate monster and is KilledOffForReal by Battle Mode Dragonzord. The reason it's a minor example is because the Frankenstein Monster still beats the hell out of the Zords even during the ThemeMusicPowerUp.

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* AdaptationalWimp: A minor example occurs with the Frankenstein Monster. Zyuranger's Dora Franken went OneWingedAngel after initially being destroyed by Dragonzord's Battlemode, becoming the monsters that were adapted as Mutitus.Mutaytus. In the American version, Frankenstein is a separate monster and is KilledOffForReal by Battle Mode Dragonzord. The reason it's a minor example is because the Frankenstein Monster still beats the hell out of the Zords even during the ThemeMusicPowerUp.



* DecompositeCharacter: Dora Franke from ''Zyuranger'' split into two characters for the series. His first form becomes the Frankenstein Monster, and his second and third forms (Zombie Franke and Satan Franke) became Mutitus.

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* DecompositeCharacter: Dora Franke from ''Zyuranger'' split into two characters for the series. His first form becomes the Frankenstein Monster, and his second and third forms (Zombie Franke and Satan Franke) became Mutitus.Mutaytus.


* OvershadowedByAwesome: Even though they've never actually been onscreen together, this is pretty much the case with Zack and Adam. Each ranger of the original six is considered to be the best of their respective color, except Zack. And guess who's the one ranger that beats him to the #1 spot, Adam. Due to the overwhelming popularity of Johnny Yong Bosch and his subequent returns to the series, Adam is the only replacement ranger to be more popular than his predecessor.

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* OvershadowedByAwesome: Even though they've never actually been onscreen together, this is pretty much the case with Zack and Adam. Each ranger Ranger of the original six is considered to be the best of their respective color, except Zack. And guess who's the one ranger Ranger that beats him to the #1 spot, Adam. Due to the overwhelming popularity of Johnny Yong Bosch and his subequent returns to the series, Adam is the only replacement ranger to be more popular than his predecessor.



* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Jason David Frank, Steve Cardenas, Johnny Yong Bosch, and Karan Ashley were added to the titles after becoming rangers.

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* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Jason David Frank, Steve Cardenas, Johnny Yong Bosch, and Karan Ashley were added to the titles after becoming rangers.Rangers.



* WeaksauceWeakness: When he returned to take over Zedd replaced the Putties the villains had been using with his own type who wore a vest with a giant 'Z' on the front. They were supposedly much stronger than the originals and posed a greater danger to the rangers, even giving them trouble while morphed in the new Putties' introductory fight. And they might have been an actual threat, if the Rangers hadn't discovered in that first fight that hitting the 'Z' made the Putty fall apart. And the Z-Putties never made much of an effort to protect their fatal flaw, actually making them [[VillainDecay even easier to beat]] than the previous Putties thanks to having an easy target for a one-hit kill.

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* WeaksauceWeakness: When he returned to take over Zedd replaced the Putties the villains had been using with his own type who wore a vest with a giant 'Z' on the front. They were supposedly much stronger than the originals and posed a greater danger to the rangers, Rangers, even giving them trouble while morphed in the new Putties' introductory fight. And they might have been an actual threat, if the Rangers hadn't discovered in that first fight that hitting the 'Z' made the Putty fall apart. And the Z-Putties never made much of an effort to protect their fatal flaw, actually making them [[VillainDecay even easier to beat]] than the previous Putties thanks to having an easy target for a one-hit kill.


* HumongousMecha: The Zords, obviously. But there's also Lord Zedd's Zord, Serpentera, who was a Humongous Mecha ''even to the other Humongous Mechas'' - It is big enough to ''step'' on Tor, who is large enough to house a Megazord within his shell. The Zords from the second and third seasons were from different Sentai shows than the one MMPR was originally based on (''Zyuranger''). Unfortunately not quite all of the colors of the Zyuranger suits coordinated with the colors of the ''Kakuranger'' and ''Dairanger'' mecha. They were forced to "cheat" a bit by turning the (green) Shishi Ranger's mecha into the Black Ranger's Zord. Similar problem with the ''Kakuranger'' having no Pink Ranger, meaning no pink Shogun Zord either. [[note]]Dairanger had a standard green ranger instead of black, while Kakuranger only had five members (excluding Ninjaman/Ninjor) and a female white ranger instead of pink.[[/note]]

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* HumongousMecha: The Zords, obviously. But there's also Lord Zedd's Zord, Serpentera, who was a Humongous Mecha ''even to the other Humongous Mechas'' - It is big enough to ''step'' on Tor, who is large enough to house a Megazord within his shell. The Zords from the second and third seasons were from different Sentai shows than the one MMPR was originally based on (''Zyuranger''). Unfortunately not quite all of the colors of the Zyuranger suits coordinated with the colors of the ''Kakuranger'' and ''Dairanger'' mecha. They were forced to "cheat" a bit by turning the (green) Shishi Ranger's Shishiranger's mecha into the Black Ranger's Zord. Similar problem with the ''Kakuranger'' having no Pink Ranger, meaning no pink Shogun Zord either. [[note]]Dairanger had a standard green ranger instead of black, while Kakuranger only had five members (excluding Ninjaman/Ninjor) and a female white ranger instead of pink.[[/note]]



* BeachEpisode: ''A Star is Born'' and ''A Reel Fish Story'' have this as their primary theme, with several others featuring some of the rangers relaxing on the beach.

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* BeachEpisode: ''A Star is Born'' and ''A Reel Fish Story'' have this as their primary theme, with several others featuring some of the rangers Rangers relaxing on the beach.



** David Fielding was in the opening credits sequence for the first season of the show for his role as Zordon. This is the only time in the show's history when a voice actor is credited in the opening. Usually, if you play an on-camera human or humanoid main or major recurring character, you're in the opening credits. He also only voiced Zordon for a short time. Only a little more than half of season 1 while Bob Manahan took over for the rest of his appearances.
** Also early on Robert Axelrod sometimes voiced Goldar off and on for most of season 1, through episode 44, until Kerrigan Mahan took over for the rest of his appearances. Axelrod would go on to voice Lord Zedd (though he was already voicing Finster).
** For a franchise wide example, when a new team of rangers come in, this usually means that not only do new powers come in[[note]]As in the team gets new suits and weapons, not just new zords[[/note]], but the story will be completely different. Season 2 has the Black, Yellow, and Red Rangers replaced, and by the end of the series, the Pink ranger has been replaced, yet the team doesn't switch over to the ''Dairanger'' suits, and Lord Zedd is still one of the villains in season 3[[note]]while a variation of this did happen in ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'', one could argue that the new powers were more of a SuperMode[[/note]].

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** David Fielding was in the opening credits sequence for the first season of the show for his role as Zordon. This is the only time in the show's history when a voice actor is credited in the opening. Usually, if you play an on-camera human or humanoid main or major recurring character, you're in the opening credits. He also only voiced Zordon for a short time. Only a little more than half of season Season 1 while Bob Manahan took over for the rest of his appearances.
** Also early on Robert Axelrod sometimes voiced Goldar off and on for most of season Season 1, through episode 44, until Kerrigan Mahan took over for the rest of his appearances. Axelrod would go on to voice Lord Zedd (though he was already voicing Finster).
** For a franchise wide example, when a new team of rangers Rangers come in, this usually means that not only do new powers come in[[note]]As in the team gets new suits and weapons, not just new zords[[/note]], Zords[[/note]], but the story will be completely different. Season 2 has the Black, Yellow, and Red Rangers replaced, and by the end of the series, the Pink ranger Ranger has been replaced, yet the team doesn't switch over to the ''Dairanger'' suits, and Lord Zedd is still one of the villains in season Season 3[[note]]while a variation of this did happen in ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'', one could argue that the new powers were more of a SuperMode[[/note]].



** Good characters who became evil temporarily were noticeably hammier than when they were good. Kimberly took this to a whole new level when she pretended to be evil. Though she was probably just trying to mimic Rita. She also becomes this when momentarily turning evil in the Turbo Rangers Movie.

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** Good characters who became evil temporarily were noticeably hammier than when they were good. Kimberly took this to a whole new level when she pretended to be evil. Though she was probably just trying to mimic Rita. She also becomes this when momentarily turning evil in the Turbo ''Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.Movie''.



** He also clobbers the Megazord, Dragonzord, and Dragonzord Battle Mode. Even though in MMPR he's defeated by the Power Staff, it only causes him to change form in ''Zyuranger'' to what we know as Mutitis.

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** He also clobbers the Megazord, Dragonzord, and Dragonzord Battle Mode. Even though in MMPR he's defeated by the Power Staff, it only causes him to change form in ''Zyuranger'' to what we know as Mutitis.Mutaytus.



* HatePlague: A recurring plot used by the villains. Happens in "Of Fins and Needles" and "Best Man for the Job", which pits two of the rangers against each other and to a greater extent "Stop the Hate Master", where the eponymous monster manages to pit the entire team, sans Aisha, against each other.

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* HatePlague: A recurring plot used by the villains. Happens in "Of Fins and Needles" and "Best Man for the Job", which pits two of the rangers Rangers against each other and to a greater extent "Stop the Hate Master", where the eponymous monster manages to pit the entire team, sans Aisha, against each other.



* InformedAbility: Sometimes, when either the villains describe their newest monster or Zordon tells the rangers about it, they describe it having abilities it never uses on-screen.

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* InformedAbility: Sometimes, when either the villains describe their newest monster or Zordon tells the rangers Rangers about it, they describe it having abilities it never uses on-screen.on-screen.
** Happened with Bones - ''The franchise's very first MonsterOfTheWeek''. Zordon tells the Rangers that Bones has the ability to leap incredible distances, fire energy bolts from his eyes, and even turn invisible. Bones displays exactly ''none'' of these abilities. Amusingly, Zordon said nothing of Bones' reassembling ability, nor his destroy-the-head weakness, which the Rangers had to figure out on their own.



** Lord Zedd declares that Cannontop's cannon (presumably referring to the large one sticking out of his head) has the power to send the Rangers to the Lost Dimension, where they'll be trapped forever. Either Zedd was mistaken and Cannontop does not possess this ability, or it's a conscious decision that Cannontop needs to make when firing (that he never makes for some reason), because Cannontop blasts the Rangers with his cannon several times and never sends them anywhere.



* JadedWashout: Subverted with post-marriage Zedd. While his character was much less menacing compared to his early appearances, he was much more effective in terms of results in his battle against the rangers.

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* JadedWashout: Subverted with post-marriage Zedd. While his character was much less menacing compared to his early appearances, he was much more effective in terms of results in his battle against the rangers.Rangers.



** The switch to ''Dairanger'' mecha for season two could have been a problem because the ''Dairanger'' didn't have a Black Ranger but a Green Ranger in its place. The Green ''Dairanger'' Lion zord coloring just happened to be about fifty percent black with a couple of gold and green highlights, making it plausible as a Black Ranger's zord as well.

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** The switch to ''Dairanger'' mecha for season two could have been a problem because the ''Dairanger'' didn't have a Black Ranger but a Green Ranger in its place. The Green ''Dairanger'' Lion zord green Shishiranger's lion mech's coloring just happened to be about fifty percent black with a couple of gold and green highlights, making it plausible as a Black Ranger's zord Zord as well.



* MsFanservice: The female rangers to varying degrees, with a special mention to the originals, Kimberly, with her gymnastics leotards and short shorts, and Trini, who surprisingly had quite the [[BareYourMidriff revealing wardrobe]], even more so than Kim on occasion.

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* MsFanservice: The female rangers Rangers to varying degrees, with a special mention to the originals, Kimberly, with her gymnastics leotards and short shorts, and Trini, who surprisingly had quite the [[BareYourMidriff revealing wardrobe]], even more so than Kim on occasion.



** Rita gave a great look of horror after the Rangers successfully kill off Mutitus.

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** Rita gave a great look of horror after the Rangers successfully kill off Mutitus.Mutaytus.


10,000 years ago, a great war raged across the cosmos, pitting a wizard named Zordon against a sorceress named Rita Repulsa. Eventually the war ended with a stalemate; Zordon's physical body was destroyed, but his essence was trapped in a time warp, while Rita and her forces were entombed in a sarcophagus that was flung across the galaxy. The sarcophagus swung around and landed on a passing asteroid, with astronauts unleashing Rita and her forces, who decided to renew the war from the moon of a InsignificantLittleBluePlanet. Zordon had anticipated her return and with the help of his robot ward, Alpha 5, Zordon assemble his own team of warriors to combat Rita utilizing a set of talismen. With the "Power Coins" he selected five "[[RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude teenagers with attitude]]"; [[TheStoic Jason]] [[{{Determinator}} Lee]] [[TheLeader Scott]], [[FunPersonified Zack]] [[DanceBattler Taylor]], [[ValleyGirl Kimberly]] [[DeadpanSnarker Ann]] [[TheChick Hart]], [[TheSmartGuy Billy]] [[NonActionGuy Cranston]] and [[JackOfAllStats Trini]] [[SoapboxSadie Kwan]]. Each teenager was given a TransformationTrinket called a "Power Morpher", using the coins to morph them into enhanced fighters in armored suits and access to an arsenal of weaponry, along with HumongousMecha based on dinosaurs, called "Zords" (obviously, named after Zordon). Rita's came with her own forces; [[TheDragon top lieutenant Goldar]], the resident ThoseTwoGuys Squatt and Baboo, and her scientist Finster, who would turn his clay sculptures into Rita's foot soldiers, the Putty Patrol, and various [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]].

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10,000 years ago, a great war raged across the cosmos, pitting a wizard named Zordon against a sorceress named Rita Repulsa. Eventually the war ended with a stalemate; Zordon's physical body was destroyed, but his essence was trapped in a time warp, while Rita and her forces were weere entombed in a sarcophagus that was flung across the galaxy. The sarcophagus swung around and landed on a passing asteroid, with astronauts unleashing Rita and her forces, who decided to renew the war from the moon of a InsignificantLittleBluePlanet. Zordon had anticipated her return and with the help of his robot ward, Alpha 5, Zordon assemble his own team of warriors to combat Rita utilizing a set of talismen. With the "Power Coins" he selected five "[[RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude teenagers with attitude]]"; [[TheStoic Jason]] [[{{Determinator}} Lee]] [[TheLeader Scott]], [[FunPersonified Zack]] [[DanceBattler Taylor]], [[ValleyGirl Kimberly]] [[DeadpanSnarker Ann]] [[TheChick Hart]], [[TheSmartGuy Billy]] [[NonActionGuy Cranston]] and [[JackOfAllStats Trini]] [[SoapboxSadie Kwan]]. Each teenager was given a TransformationTrinket called a "Power Morpher", using the coins to morph them into enhanced fighters in armored suits and access to an arsenal of weaponry, along with HumongousMecha based on dinosaurs, called "Zords" (obviously, named after Zordon). Rita's came with her own forces; [[TheDragon top lieutenant Goldar]], the resident ThoseTwoGuys Squatt and Baboo, and her scientist Finster, who would turn his clay sculptures into Rita's foot soldiers, the Putty Patrol, and various [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]].



* EvilIsBigger: Lord Zedd's zord Serpentera is ''gigantic'' (the shuttlezord Torr is about 100 feet across and fits underneath it's foot!)

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* EvilIsBigger: Lord Zedd's zord Zord Serpentera is ''gigantic'' (the shuttlezord Torr (Tor the Shuttlezord is about 100 feet across and fits underneath it's foot!)its foot!).
** Master Vile is so tall even at human size that he dwarfs other villains like Zedd and Goldar.

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** Toy commercials for Season 3 featured Hydro Hog and the Barbaric Brothers (Erik and Merrick) as monsters the MMPR team would face in battle, but all three monsters didn't come along until well after the Alien Rangers had taken over (with Hydro Hog even becoming their equivalent of Lord Zedd instead of a mere monster of the week).
** The commercial for the Alien Ranger and Battle Borg figures showed the Aliens facing off against the "Blue Putties," the Dorodoros from ''Kakuranger'', which never actually appeared in ''Power Rangers''.


When the series was renewed for a second season, continuing with more Zyu2 footage was becoming cost prohibitive. With the advantage of a new season to escalate the story, they introduced a new BigBad, Lord Zedd, who displaced Rita and renewed his own assault on Earth. Sending her off in another capsule, several of her minions joined his ranks. To combat the new threat, Zordon upgraded his Dinozords into Thunderzords, which was using the mecha footage from Zyuranger successor ''[[Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger Dairanger]]'' instead of paying for more Zyu footage. The show then went on to film the Ranger suit footage themselves in California. This was a cost saving measure that largely worked to maintain its audience and sell new toys, but the dependencies between the two series had the biggest impact on Tommy (the Sixth Ranger was white and the associated mecha introduced later), as the limitations of the footage meant they could never show the Dragonzord and the Thunderzords side by side. Tommy was later written out ''again'' as the Green Ranger powers finally gone, but returned shortly after as the new White Ranger.

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When the series was renewed for a second season, continuing with more Zyu2 footage was becoming cost prohibitive. With the advantage of a new season to escalate the story, they introduced a new BigBad, Lord Zedd, who displaced Rita and renewed his own assault on Earth. Sending her off in another capsule, several of her minions joined his ranks. To combat the new threat, Zordon upgraded his Dinozords Dino Zords into Thunderzords, Thunder Zords, which was using the mecha footage from Zyuranger successor ''[[Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger Dairanger]]'' instead of paying for more Zyu footage. The show then went on to film the Ranger suit footage themselves in California. This was a cost saving measure that largely worked to maintain its audience and sell new toys, but the dependencies between the two series had the biggest impact on Tommy (the Sixth Ranger was white and the associated mecha introduced later), as the limitations of the footage meant they could never show the Dragonzord and the Thunderzords Thunder Zords side by side. Tommy was later written out ''again'' as the Green Ranger powers finally gone, but returned shortly after as the new White Ranger.



The third season started off with a three-episode crossover [[CrossPromotion with an upcoming]] Saban series, Series/MaskedRider, but the third season starts proper with the arrival of Rita's brother, Rito Revolto. He proves to be a LethalJokeCharacter, as despite being comic relief he successfully lures the Rangers into an ploy that overloads their powers, destroying the Thunderzords and damaging their power coins to the point of being useless. Desperate, the Rangers search for the legendary creator of the coins, an aloof sage named Ninjor, who forges them new Power Coins based on modern creatures and [[GratuitousNinja the art of ninjetti]]. Like the start of the second season, this was opening to use mecha footage from ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'' as the new Ninjazords, and they introduced a partial morph where [[HighlyVisibleNinja they fought in brightly colored ninja-themed outfits]] separate from the spandex and helmet costumes. The Ninjazords were actually [[MidSeasonUpgrade an auxiliary group]] of mecha in Kakuranger, with the starting zords of that series being humanoid temple/statue themed. Since the second set were animal themed it transitioned better from the previous zords.

At the start Creator/AmyJoJohnson, who played Kimberly since the beginning, requested to leave. Unlike before, the production team had time to craft an exit story, while introducing replacement character Katherine Hillard early on, played by Catherine Sutherland. Kat was another brainwashing victim, acting as a mole to befriend the Rangers and infiltrate the inner circle, eventually stealing Kimberly's power coin and weakening the core team as they had to divert power to compensate. Kimberly found opportunity to pursue a gymnastics career at world level, but her training and Ranger responsibilities come into conflict. The story arc involved retrieving the Shogunzords (actually the first set of mecha in Kakuranger) resolved as Kat broke Rita's spell over her and retrieved Kimberly's power coin, Kimberly decided to leave and named Kat as her successor.

The season came to a halt as Rita and Rito's father, Master Vile, arrives and uses TimeTravel to age the world back ten years, with the Rangers now pre-teens. Despite retaining their memories, a side effect rendered their Ninja Coins inoperable. This led to a ten episode miniseries called ''Mighty Morphin' Alien Rangers'', as Zordon sends out a request for help from [[RubberForeheadAlien aquatic humanoids]] from the planet Aquitar with their own Ranger team to step in, who used the Ranger costumes of Kakuranger and alternate zord forms of the Shogunzords (the first appearance of new Ranger teams and costumes). The ''Alien Ranger'' miniseries is seen as an extension of MMPR rather than its own thing, this decision came from the compounding production problems as at this point they were using [[CutAndPasteTranslation the core five ranger costumes from Zyuranger, the white Dairanger, the Kakuranger costumes, Kakuranger villains, original villains, three diverse sets of Zords and a storyline that had NOTHING to do with the source material]]. While the Alien Rangers held Zedd, Rita and Vile back, an effort to reverse the time travel resulted in their Ninja coins being destroyed, and the young Rangers went on quests through time and space to find the pieces of the Zeo Crystal, a {{MacGuffin}} introduced earlier in the season, to resolve the problem. Here Karen Ashley asked to leave and Aisha's quest involved switching places with a tribal girl named Tanya. The season, and MMPR series as we knew it, ended in a massive {{Cliffhanger}} with Goldar and Rito bombing their Command Center and the Rangers believing Zordon and Alpha are gone. This was the jumping off point for ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''.

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The third season started off with a three-episode crossover [[CrossPromotion with an upcoming]] Saban series, Series/MaskedRider, but the third season starts proper with the arrival of Rita's brother, Rito Revolto. He proves to be a LethalJokeCharacter, as despite being comic relief he successfully lures the Rangers into an ploy that overloads their powers, destroying the Thunderzords Thunder Zords and damaging their power coins to the point of being useless. Desperate, the Rangers search for the legendary creator of the coins, an aloof sage named Ninjor, who forges them new Power Coins based on modern creatures and [[GratuitousNinja the art of ninjetti]]. Like the start of the second season, this was opening to use mecha footage from ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'' as the new Ninjazords, Ninja Zords, and they introduced a partial morph where [[HighlyVisibleNinja they fought in brightly colored ninja-themed outfits]] separate from the spandex and helmet costumes. The Ninjazords Ninja Zords were actually [[MidSeasonUpgrade an auxiliary group]] of mecha in Kakuranger, with the starting zords of that series being humanoid temple/statue themed. Since the second set were animal themed it transitioned better from the previous zords.

At the start Creator/AmyJoJohnson, who played Kimberly since the beginning, requested to leave. Unlike before, the production team had time to craft an exit story, while introducing replacement character Katherine Hillard early on, played by Catherine Sutherland. Kat was another brainwashing victim, acting as a mole to befriend the Rangers and infiltrate the inner circle, eventually stealing Kimberly's power coin and weakening the core team as they had to divert power to compensate. Kimberly found opportunity to pursue a gymnastics career at world level, but her training and Ranger responsibilities come into conflict. The story arc involved retrieving the Shogunzords Shogun Zords (actually the first set of mecha in Kakuranger) resolved as Kat broke Rita's spell over her and retrieved Kimberly's power coin, Kimberly decided to leave and named Kat as her successor.

The season came to a halt as Rita and Rito's father, Master Vile, arrives and uses TimeTravel to age the world back ten years, with the Rangers now pre-teens. Despite retaining their memories, a side effect rendered their Ninja Coins inoperable. This led to a ten episode miniseries called ''Mighty Morphin' Alien Rangers'', as Zordon sends out a request for help from [[RubberForeheadAlien aquatic humanoids]] from the planet Aquitar with their own Ranger team to step in, who used the Ranger costumes of Kakuranger and alternate zord forms of the Shogunzords Shogun Zords (the first appearance of new Ranger teams and costumes). The ''Alien Ranger'' miniseries is seen as an extension of MMPR rather than its own thing, this decision came from the compounding production problems as at this point they were using [[CutAndPasteTranslation the core five ranger costumes from Zyuranger, the white Dairanger, the Kakuranger costumes, Kakuranger villains, original villains, three diverse sets of Zords and a storyline that had NOTHING to do with the source material]]. While the Alien Rangers held Zedd, Rita and Vile back, an effort to reverse the time travel resulted in their Ninja coins being destroyed, and the young Rangers went on quests through time and space to find the pieces of the Zeo Crystal, a {{MacGuffin}} introduced earlier in the season, to resolve the problem. Here Karen Ashley asked to leave and Aisha's quest involved switching places with a tribal girl named Tanya. The season, and MMPR series as we knew it, ended in a massive {{Cliffhanger}} with Goldar and Rito bombing their Command Center and the Rangers believing Zordon and Alpha are gone. This was the jumping off point for ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''.



* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: Given the CutAndPasteTranslation, it's actually largely averted as so much was removed from the source material that it's hard to say what is a plot hole versus just a missing detail from the original. The nature of the Zords do bear some scrutiny. The Zyuranger mecha were [[DeusEstMachina actual spirit gods]] and would act of their own accord, Power Rangers changed them to non-sentient piloted HumongousMecha with what can be assumed to be an auto-pilot, but that makes some instances of autonomy stand out. Likewise, the third season gave different origins for all three Kakuranger mecha (Ninjazords were created by Ninjor, Shogunzords were lost zords, Battleborgs used by the Aquitian Rangers), with no explanation given as to why all of them have the same animal motifs.

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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: Given the CutAndPasteTranslation, it's actually largely averted as so much was removed from the source material that it's hard to say what is a plot hole versus just a missing detail from the original. The nature of the Zords do bear some scrutiny. The Zyuranger mecha were [[DeusEstMachina actual spirit gods]] and would act of their own accord, Power Rangers changed them to non-sentient piloted HumongousMecha with what can be assumed to be an auto-pilot, but that makes some instances of autonomy stand out. Likewise, the third season gave different origins for all three Kakuranger mecha (Ninjazords (Ninja Zords were created by Ninjor, Shogunzords Shogun Zords were lost zords, Battleborgs Zords, Battle Borgs used by the Aquitian Rangers), with no explanation given as to why all of them have the same animal motifs.motifs.
** Cestro tells Billy that their Borgs were given to them by Ninjor, so that ''does'' explain the Ninja Zords and the Battle Borgs, at least.



** There's also the fact that the ''Dairanger'' mecha were a '''lot''' like the ''Zyuranger'' mecha in many ways. They were similar in design (red was a solo combatant, black was a slow moving tank, blue and yellow were similar-looking speed runners, pink was a flyer) and layout (red forms the center, black is arms, blue and yellow were legs, and pink was an accessory.) Additionally, both had the ability for the auxiliary Zords to combine with the Sixth Ranger mecha. This made the idea of the Thunderzords being suped-up Dinozords a much easier sell.

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** There's also the fact that the ''Dairanger'' mecha were a '''lot''' like the ''Zyuranger'' mecha in many ways. They were similar in design (red was a solo combatant, black was a slow moving tank, blue and yellow were similar-looking speed runners, pink was a flyer) and layout (red forms the center, black is arms, blue and yellow were legs, and pink was an accessory.) Additionally, both had the ability for the auxiliary Zords to combine with the Sixth Ranger mecha. This made the idea of the Thunderzords Thunder Zords being suped-up Dinozords Dino Zords a much easier sell.



** ''Kakuranger'' had a female White Ranger in place of the Pink Ranger, but her Zord was white with pink highlights. Finally, while ''Kakuranger'' lacked a proper sixth ranger, it did have an an additional white mecha capable of fighting independently or combining with the megazords.

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** ''Kakuranger'' had a female White Ranger in place of the Pink Ranger, but her Zord was white with pink highlights. Finally, while ''Kakuranger'' lacked a proper sixth ranger, Ranger, it did have an an additional white mecha capable of fighting independently or combining with the megazords.Megazords.


* {{Bowdlerise}}: Despite some annoying edits, mostly averted. A few snippets of scenes, however, would be cut for reasons unknown. Played straight in the ReCut version of "Foul Play in the Sky"; Disney decided to completely remove the scene of Squatt spiking Kimberly's Uncle's soda with a sleeping potion because it was uncomfortably similar to a date-rape drug rendering the plot non-nonsensical.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Originally considered the 18th season, with Saban even calling Samurai the 19th season in early promos, now Samurai is considered the 18th season and Super Samurai the 19th season and the MMPR recut has been delegated to "Special" 18.

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: Despite some annoying edits, mostly averted. A few snippets of scenes, however, would be cut for reasons unknown. Played straight in the ReCut version of "Foul Play in the Sky"; Sky": Disney decided to completely remove the scene of Squatt spiking Kimberly's Uncle's uncle's soda with a sleeping potion because it was due to the whole thing being uncomfortably similar to a date-rape drug scenario; unfortunately, this had the unintended side effect of rendering the plot non-nonsensical.nonsensical.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Originally Originally, the recut was considered the 18th season, with Saban even calling Samurai ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' the 19th season in early promos, now Samurai is considered promos. Not too long afterwards, ''Samurai'' was officially designated the 18th season and Super Samurai season, with the 19th season and the MMPR recut has been delegated to ''MMPR'' now listed as "Special" 18.


** Subverted with Tommy after "The Green Candle." After he loses his powers he disappears completely without explanation until "Doomsday Part II", four episodes later before vanishing again until "Return of an Old Friend Part I" another right episodes later, before remaining for good.

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** Subverted with Tommy after "The Green Candle." After he loses his powers he disappears completely without explanation until "Doomsday Part II", four episodes later before vanishing again until "Return of an Old Friend Part I" another right eight episodes later, before remaining for good.


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* DePowerZone:
** In "The Wedding", Alpha 5 (who has been [[BrainwashedAndCrazy reprogrammed]] by Finster) tricks the Rangers into teleporting to an abandoned theatre on the edge of Angel Grove. According to Zordon, the theatre is a "vortex", which prevents their powers from working. While they retain their morphed forms, the Rangers are unable to teleport back out, nor can they call upon their Power Weapons.
** In "I'm Dreaming of a White Ranger", Zedd and Rita launch a plan to have their minions infiltrate Santa's workshop in order to send brainwashing toys all over the world. Before the Rangers set out to stop them, Zordon warns the heroes that, due to a combination of Christmas magic and close proximity to the magnetic north pole, neither their powers, nor those of the villains, will work up there.


* LoweredMonsterDifficulty: {{Monster|OfTheWeek}}s such as Eye Guy, Snizard, and Pirantis Head would often wreck the entire team and come close to victory on their own. But whenever Zedd and Rita would decide to send down "an army of our best monsters", the monsters would more often than not lack all their special powers and engage the Rangers with mere hand-to-hand combat. Furthermore, whereas these monsters usually required the [[CombiningMecha Zords]] or the [[ConvergingStreamWeapon Power Blaster]] to destroy them in their initial appearance, they could now be destroyed by a mere slash from their individual weapons, or even a strong enough punch or kick.



* MonsterThreatExpiration: {{Monster|OfTheWeek}}s such as Eye Guy, Snizard, and Pirantis Head would often wreck the entire team and come close to victory on their own. But whenever Zedd and Rita would decide to send down "an army of our best monsters", the monsters would more often than not lack all their special powers and engage the Rangers with mere hand-to-hand combat. Furthermore, whereas these monsters usually required the [[CombiningMecha Zords]] or the [[ConvergingStreamWeapon Power Blaster]] to destroy them in their initial appearance, they could now be destroyed by a mere slash from their individual weapons, or even a strong enough punch or kick.



** To be fair, they weren't so much interested in ruining Kimberly's Pan Global Games dreams. Instead, they wanted to tire her out to the point that she would suffer a horrible injury training. Still a step down from seeking ultimate power or weaponry, but there's something to be said for striking a morale blow against the Rangers.
*** Plus, by this time, they had taken her Power Coin, which she bonded her life force to, thus slowly killing her. They wanted to wear her out to the point where one good blow would take her out.

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* AdaptationalWimp: A minor example occurs with the Frankenstein Monster. Zyuranger's Dora Franken went OneWingedAngel after initially being destroyed by Dragonzord's Battlemode, becoming the monsters that were adapted as Mutitus. In the American version, Frankenstein is a separate monster and is KilledOffForReal by Battle Mode Dragonzord. The reason it's a minor example is because the Frankenstein Monster still beats the hell out of the Zords even during the ThemeMusicPowerUp.

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