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* VillainDecay can happen when Villains become too scary for children and the producers push for a more kid friendly villain. Additionally if a villain isn't allowed to win from time to time they lose their threat. As such many a good villain will be able to grasp victory from defeat or plan a XanatosGambit. In ''Go-Busters'', Enter's robots would be destroyed by the Go-Busters every time so he would use attacks as distractions in order to complete other objectives, such as stealing data and zord materials.

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* You don't have to have a show set in the present. Many shows try to do 20MinutesIntoTheFuture, but few have gone beyond that. ''Timeranger''/''Time Force'' set itself in the present, but the characters were originally from 1000 years in the future. But RPM is so far the only Power Rangers series to have a drastically different setting, that being post-apocalyptic. And so far no Sentai or Power Rangers season has been set in the past.

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** Many of the best fight seens involve interacting with scenery, such as ImprovisedWeapon and NoOSHACompliance environments.


'''Props Department:''' You'll usually be able to make your own additions to the arsenal used in Sentai. A SuperMode for the Red Ranger (complete with its own TransformationTrinket) is a popular choice, as is a CoolBike or some other vehicle. A CanonImmigrant SixthRanger is possible, but you'll have to work around the fact that he wasn't present in the original StockFootage. A new mecha is probably ill-advised; besides the same StockFootage issues an original SixthRanger would face, you likely won't have access to a miniature set to film mecha battles on. That being said, you are more than welcome to link an original SixthRanger to an already existing mecha if you are willing to reshoot the cockpit footage.

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'''Props Department:''' You'll usually be able to make your own additions to the arsenal used in Sentai.''Sentai'', but keep in mind that you'll need to film new footage involving the additions or otherwise work around its absence in the original StockFootage. A SuperMode for the Red Ranger (complete with its own TransformationTrinket) is a popular choice, as is a CoolBike or some other vehicle. A CanonImmigrant SixthRanger is possible, but you'll have to work around the fact that he wasn't present in the original StockFootage.lack of StockFootage starts to become a glaring problem at this point. A new mecha is probably ill-advised; besides the same StockFootage issues an original SixthRanger would face, you likely won't have access to a miniature set to film mecha battles on. That being said, you are more than welcome to link an original SixthRanger to an already existing mecha if you are willing to reshoot the cockpit footage.footage.
* One workaround that has been catching on in recent years is that the Rangers' new gear -- sets of armor, a weapon, or both -- is tied to piloting the mecha. That way only the cockpit footage has to be reshot (and you might have already decided to replace those bits anyway).


'''Motif''': Each season has some kind of overlaying motif to it. This motif is the inspiration for the heroes' costumes, their mecha, and sometimes even their weapons. Don't worry about repeating a motif that's already been done. After all, there have been three car-themed seasons (''Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger''. ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'', and ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger''), four dinosaur-themed seasons (''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'', ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'', ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', and ''Series/KishiryuSentaiRyusoulger''), three ninja-themed seasons (''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'', ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'', and ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'') and plenty more where that came from. Give the motif a chance to rest before you dig it up again. [[FleetingDemographicRule 5 to 15 years sounds about right.]]

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'''Motif''': Each season has some kind of overlaying motif to it. This motif is the inspiration for the heroes' costumes, their mecha, and sometimes even their weapons. Don't worry about repeating a motif that's already been done. After all, there have been three car-themed seasons (''Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger''. seasons,[[note]]''Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger'', ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'', and ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger''), ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger''[[/note]] four dinosaur-themed seasons (''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'', seasons,[[note]]''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'', ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'', ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', and ''Series/KishiryuSentaiRyusoulger''), ''Series/KishiryuSentaiRyusoulger''[[/note]] three ninja-themed seasons (''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'', seasons,[[note]]''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'', ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'', and ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'') ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger''[[/note]] and plenty more where that came from. Give the motif a chance to rest before you dig it up again. [[FleetingDemographicRule 5 to 15 years sounds about right.]]



'''Colors''': All Sentai series have a Red and a Blue Ranger (and usually a Yellow Ranger - although there are four teams that don't); the other two members of the core five (if you are starting out with that number) are usually two of the four following colors: pink, green, white, black (''most'' of the time, one is either black or green and the other is pink, but it's not a hard-and-fast rule). As stated above, red is reserved for TheHero, while [[PinkIsFeminine pink is only worn by women]]; all other colors are rather flexible as to who wears them. For the SixthRanger(s), gold and silver are popular choices, as are whatever core team colors you didn't use already (except for pink). You can also repeat the red color for the Sixth, but make sure to give him a different title and costume to differentiate him from the Red Ranger you already have. And if you're going for a ''big'' roster a la ''Kyoryuger'' or ''Kyuranger'', you'll need more colors; options that have been used in those series include purple, orange, grey, and cyan (aka "aqua" or "skyblue", this color has also been used for regular Blue Rangers in place of the usual darker shade on occasion).

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'''Colors''': All Sentai series have a Red and Red, a Blue Ranger (and usually Ranger, and ''usually'' a Yellow Ranger - although there (there are four only five teams that don't); don't have yellow[[note]]''JAKQ'', ''Battle Fever J'', ''Changeman'', ''Kyoryuger'', and ''Ryusoulger''[[/note]]); the other two members of the core five (if you are starting out with that number) are usually two of the four following colors: pink, green, white, black (''most'' of the time, one is either black or green and the other is pink, but it's not a hard-and-fast rule). As stated above, red is reserved for TheHero, while [[PinkIsFeminine pink is only worn by women]]; all other colors are rather flexible as to who wears them. For the SixthRanger(s), gold and silver are popular choices, as are have become the defaults, but you can also use whatever core team colors you didn't use aren't taken already (except for pink). You can also repeat the red color for the Sixth, but make sure to give him a different title and costume to differentiate him from the Red Ranger you already have. And if you're going for a ''big'' roster a la ''Kyoryuger'' or ''Kyuranger'', you'll need more colors; options that have been used in those series include purple, orange, grey, and cyan (aka "aqua" or "skyblue", this color has also been used for regular Blue Rangers in place of the usual darker shade on occasion).



* While Sentai is MerchandiseDriven[[note]]''Ohranger'' had very low ratings, but the toy sales were huge, which was what made Toei decide not to cancel the franchise[[/note]], don't make it too blatant. It's a lot easier to get away with a lot more merchandise in a series with a collectible (i.e., [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger keys]], [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger batteries]], [[Series/UchuuSentaiKyuranger globes]]), but even then, it's still possible to go overboard with merchandise (see ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'', which had a card gimmick that was mainly to promote an arcade game, as an example). Consider how useful the collectible is as a way to determine how many times it should show up - a collectible that can allow the user to swim rapidly probably isn't gonna have much use if you're writing a series that takes place mostly on dry land, in the air, or in space, whereas a collectible that allows the user to generate a shield should appear multiple times. Same goes for the mecha - if you're going to include mecha, be sure to use the mechs you introduce a lot (for an example of how this can go wrong, look at ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'', which went ''so'' wrong that had it not been for ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'' being a huge success, it would've [[FranchiseKiller ended the franchise]]).
* Although there is no limit to how many rangers you can have on your team, the more rangers you have, the less focus each individual ranger gets - although ''Kyoryuger'' and ''Kyuranger'' have more rangers (and the reds got a large amount of the focus), ''Ninninger'' is an example of where one ranger (specifically, the team's main red, Takaharu[[note]]3 people became red rangers in ''Ninninger''[[/note]]) getting too much focus derailed the show, to the point where Takaharu is used as the go-to example of how ''not'' to do a red.

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* While Sentai is MerchandiseDriven[[note]]''Ohranger'' MerchandiseDriven,[[note]]''Ohranger'' had very low ratings, but the toy sales were huge, which was what made Toei decide not to cancel the franchise[[/note]], franchise[[/note]] don't make it too blatant. It's a lot easier to get away with a lot more merchandise in a series with a collectible (i.e., [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger keys]], [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger batteries]], [[Series/UchuuSentaiKyuranger globes]]), but even then, it's still possible to go overboard with merchandise (see ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'', which had a card gimmick that was mainly to promote an arcade game, as an example). Consider how useful the collectible is as a way to determine how many times it should show up - a collectible that can allow the user to swim rapidly probably isn't gonna have much use if you're writing a series that takes place mostly on dry land, in the air, or in space, whereas a collectible that allows the user to generate a shield should appear multiple times. Same goes for the mecha - if you're going to include mecha, be sure to use the mechs you introduce a lot (for an example of how this can go wrong, look at ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'', which went ''so'' wrong that had it not been for ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'' being a huge success, it would've [[FranchiseKiller ended the franchise]]).
* Although there is no limit to how many rangers Rangers you can have on your team, the more rangers Rangers you have, the less focus each individual ranger Ranger gets - although ''Kyoryuger'' and ''Kyuranger'' have more rangers Rangers (and the reds Reds got a large amount of the focus), ''Ninninger'' is an example of where one ranger (specifically, the team's main red, Takaharu[[note]]3 people became red rangers in ''Ninninger''[[/note]]) Ranger getting too much focus derailed the show, to the point where Takaharu is used as the go-to example of how ''not'' to do a red.
Red Ranger.



* You don't have to include BlackAndWhiteMorality. Feel free to make the heroes [[AntiHero somewhat morally questionable]] or your villains [[NobleDemon not that evil]]. But regardless of a scenario its best to give the viewer a reason to root for the protagonist and not fall into DarknessInducedAudienceApathy or make the protagonist bland enough that the viewer ends up RootingForTheEmpire. While making sure that your protagonist still has some heroic qualities so that he or she doesn't risk becoming a DesignatedHero.

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* You don't have to include BlackAndWhiteMorality. Feel free to make the heroes [[AntiHero somewhat morally questionable]] or your villains [[NobleDemon not that evil]]. But regardless of a scenario its best to give the viewer a reason to root for the protagonist and not fall into DarknessInducedAudienceApathy or make the protagonist bland enough that the viewer ends up RootingForTheEmpire. While making sure that your protagonist still has some heroic qualities so that he or she doesn't risk becoming a DesignatedHero.
DesignatedHero. (The actual franchise attempted this idea in ''Series/KaitouSentaiLupinrangerVSKeisatsuSentaiPatranger''.)




* Have the lead red ranger be female - while [[spoiler: ''Shinkenger'' had a full-time red ranger in the form of Lady Kaoru]], and in ''Gokaiger'', the two female rangers could become red rangers if they used a red ranger key, the red ranger has always been male so far ([[WhatCouldHaveBeen although]] ''Magiranger'' almost had a female red ranger).

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\n* Have the lead red ranger Red Ranger be female - while [[spoiler: ''Shinkenger'' [[spoiler:''Shinkenger'' had a full-time red ranger Red Ranger in the form of Lady Kaoru]], and in ''Gokaiger'', the two female rangers could become red rangers Red Rangers if they used a red ranger Red Ranger key, the red ranger Red Ranger has always been male so far ([[WhatCouldHaveBeen although]] ''Magiranger'' almost had a female red ranger).
Red Ranger).



All the props can be turned into toys, the real source of your money.

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Tie everything around a central collectible item that can be plugged into the other equipment somehow. It should also be incorporated into the mecha designs.

All the props (especially the collectibles) can be turned into toys, the real source of your money.


'''SpandexLatexOrLeather''': Chances are, you're gonna be going with spandex; as much as [[Series/PowerRangersRPM some people]] [[MemeticMutation deny it]]. [[Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Latex]] [[Series/PowerRangersSamurai armor]] and [[Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters leather-like materials]] aren't unheard-of, though. If the series has an additional, non-Ranger heroic ally, he'll probably have latex.

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'''SpandexLatexOrLeather''': Chances are, you're gonna be going with spandex; as much as [[Series/PowerRangersRPM some people]] [[MemeticMutation people deny it]]. [[Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Latex]] [[Series/PowerRangersSamurai Latex armor]] and [[Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters leather-like materials]] aren't unheard-of, though. If the series has an additional, non-Ranger heroic ally, he'll probably have latex.



'''Motif''': Each season has some kind of overlaying motif to it. This motif is the inspiration for the heroes' costumes, their mecha, and sometimes even their weapons. Don't worry about repeating a motif that's already been done. After all, there have been [[Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger three]] [[Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger car-themed]] [[Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger seasons]], [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger four]] [[Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger dinosaur]][[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger -themed]] [[Series/KishiryuSentaiRyusoulger seasons]], [[Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger three]] [[Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger ninja-themed]] [[Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger seasons]] and plenty more where that came from. Give the motif a chance to rest before you dig it up again. [[FleetingDemographicRule 5 to 15 years sounds about right.]]

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'''Motif''': Each season has some kind of overlaying motif to it. This motif is the inspiration for the heroes' costumes, their mecha, and sometimes even their weapons. Don't worry about repeating a motif that's already been done. After all, there have been [[Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger three]] [[Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger car-themed]] [[Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger seasons]], [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger four]] [[Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger dinosaur]][[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger -themed]] [[Series/KishiryuSentaiRyusoulger seasons]], [[Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger three]] [[Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger ninja-themed]] [[Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger seasons]] three car-themed seasons (''Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger''. ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'', and ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger''), four dinosaur-themed seasons (''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'', ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'', ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', and ''Series/KishiryuSentaiRyusoulger''), three ninja-themed seasons (''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'', ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'', and ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'') and plenty more where that came from. Give the motif a chance to rest before you dig it up again. [[FleetingDemographicRule 5 to 15 years sounds about right.]]



'''Colors''': All Sentai series have a Red and a Blue Ranger (and usually a Yellow Ranger - although there are [[Series/JAKQDengekitai four]] [[Series/BattleFeverJ teams]] [[Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman that]] [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger don't]]); the other two members of the core five (if you are starting out with that number) are usually two of the four following colors: pink, green, white, black (''most'' of the time, one is either black or green and the other is pink, but it's not a hard-and-fast rule). As stated above, red is reserved for TheHero, while [[PinkIsFeminine pink is only worn by women]]; all other colors are rather flexible as to who wears them. For the SixthRanger(s), gold and silver are popular choices, as are whatever core team colors you didn't use already (except for pink). You can also repeat the red color for the Sixth, but make sure to give him a different title and costume to differentiate him from the Red Ranger you already have. And if you're going for a ''big'' roster a la ''Kyoryuger'' or ''Kyuranger'', you'll need more colors; options that have been used in those series include purple, orange, grey, and cyan (aka "aqua" or "skyblue", this color has also been used for regular Blue Rangers in place of the usual darker shade on occasion).

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'''Colors''': All Sentai series have a Red and a Blue Ranger (and usually a Yellow Ranger - although there are [[Series/JAKQDengekitai four]] [[Series/BattleFeverJ teams]] [[Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman that]] [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger don't]]); four teams that don't); the other two members of the core five (if you are starting out with that number) are usually two of the four following colors: pink, green, white, black (''most'' of the time, one is either black or green and the other is pink, but it's not a hard-and-fast rule). As stated above, red is reserved for TheHero, while [[PinkIsFeminine pink is only worn by women]]; all other colors are rather flexible as to who wears them. For the SixthRanger(s), gold and silver are popular choices, as are whatever core team colors you didn't use already (except for pink). You can also repeat the red color for the Sixth, but make sure to give him a different title and costume to differentiate him from the Red Ranger you already have. And if you're going for a ''big'' roster a la ''Kyoryuger'' or ''Kyuranger'', you'll need more colors; options that have been used in those series include purple, orange, grey, and cyan (aka "aqua" or "skyblue", this color has also been used for regular Blue Rangers in place of the usual darker shade on occasion).



[[Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger Justice.]] [[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman Resolve.]] [[Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger Traffic safety.]] Keep it optimistic, even in the worst of times.

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[[Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger Justice.]] [[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman Resolve.]] [[Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger [[ForGreatJustice Justice]]. [[TheDeterminator Resolve]]. [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Traffic safety.]] safety]]. Keep it optimistic, even in the worst of times.



* Make the team of rangers a family - while this has happened before [[Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman in]] [[Series/KyuKyuSentaiGoGoV a few]] [[Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger Sentai]] [[Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger series]], it has never happened in ''Power Rangers'' - at most, it's been 2 of the rangers are related or none of the rangers are related at all. However, you don't have to apply this to the SixthRanger(s).

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* Make the team of rangers a family - while this has happened before [[Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman in]] [[Series/KyuKyuSentaiGoGoV in a few]] [[Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger Sentai]] [[Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger series]], few Sentai series (''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'', ''Series/KyuKyuSentaiGoGoV'', ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'', and ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger''), it has never happened in ''Power Rangers'' - at most, it's been 2 of the rangers are related or none of the rangers are related at all. However, you don't have to apply this to the SixthRanger(s).


'''Motif''': Each season has some kind of overlaying motif to it. This motif is the inspiration for the heroes' costumes, their mecha, and sometimes even their weapons. Don't worry about repeating a motif that's already been done. After all, there were [[Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger three]] [[Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger car-themed]] [[Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger seasons]], [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger three]] [[Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger dinosaur-themed]] [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger seasons]], [[Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger three]] [[Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger ninja-themed]] [[Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger seasons]] and plenty more where that came from. Give the motif a chance to rest before you dig it up again. [[FleetingDemographicRule 5 to 15 years sounds about right.]]

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'''Motif''': Each season has some kind of overlaying motif to it. This motif is the inspiration for the heroes' costumes, their mecha, and sometimes even their weapons. Don't worry about repeating a motif that's already been done. After all, there were have been [[Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger three]] [[Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger car-themed]] [[Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger seasons]], [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger three]] four]] [[Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger dinosaur-themed]] [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger dinosaur]][[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger -themed]] [[Series/KishiryuSentaiRyusoulger seasons]], [[Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger three]] [[Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger ninja-themed]] [[Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger seasons]] and plenty more where that came from. Give the motif a chance to rest before you dig it up again. [[FleetingDemographicRule 5 to 15 years sounds about right.]]


* You don't have to include BlackAndWhiteMorality. Feel free to make the heroes [[AntiHero somewhat morally questionable]] or your villains [[NobleDemon not that evil]]. But regardless of a scenario its best to give the viewer a reason to root for the protagonist and not fall into DarknessInducedAudienceApathy or make the protagonist bland enough that the viewer ends up RootingForTheEmpire.

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* You don't have to include BlackAndWhiteMorality. Feel free to make the heroes [[AntiHero somewhat morally questionable]] or your villains [[NobleDemon not that evil]]. But regardless of a scenario its best to give the viewer a reason to root for the protagonist and not fall into DarknessInducedAudienceApathy or make the protagonist bland enough that the viewer ends up RootingForTheEmpire.
RootingForTheEmpire. While making sure that your protagonist still has some heroic qualities so that he or she doesn't risk becoming a DesignatedHero.


'''Colors''': All Sentai series have a Red and a Blue Ranger (and usually a Yellow Ranger - although there are [[Series/JAKQDengekitai four]] [[Series/BattleFeverJ teams]] [[Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman that]] [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger don't]]); the other two members of the core five (if you are starting out with that number) are usually two of the four following colors: pink, green, white, black (''most'' of the time, one is either black or green and the other is pink, but it's not a hard-and-fast rule). As stated above, red is reserved for TheHero, while [[PinkIsFeminine pink is only worn by women]]; all other colors are rather flexible as to who wears them. For the SixthRanger(s), gold and silver are popular choices, as are whatever core team colors you didn't use already (except for pink). You can also repeat the red color for the Sixth, but make sure to give him a different title and costume to differentiate him from the Red Ranger you already have. And if you're going for a ''big'' roster a la ''Kyoryuger'' or ''Kyuranger'', you'll need more colors; options that have been used in those series include purple, orange, grey, and cyan (aka "aqua" or "skyblue", this color has also been used for regular Blue Rangers in place of the usual darker shade on occasion).

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'''Colors''': All Sentai series have a Red and a Blue Ranger (and usually a Yellow Ranger - although there are [[Series/JAKQDengekitai four]] [[Series/BattleFeverJ teams]] [[Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman that]] [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger don't]]); the other two members of the core five (if you are starting out with that number) are usually two of the four following colors: pink, green, white, black (''most'' of the time, one is either black or green and the other is pink, but it's not a hard-and-fast rule). As stated above, red is reserved for TheHero, while [[PinkIsFeminine pink is only worn by women]]; all other colors are rather flexible as to who wears them. For the SixthRanger(s), gold and silver are popular choices, as are whatever core team colors you didn't use already (except for pink). You can also repeat the red color for the Sixth, but make sure to give him a different title and costume to differentiate him from the Red Ranger you already have. And if you're going for a ''big'' roster a la ''Kyoryuger'' or ''Kyuranger'', you'll need more colors; options that have been used in those series include purple, orange, grey, and cyan (aka "aqua" or "skyblue", this color has also been used for regular Blue Rangers in place of the usual darker shade on occasion).



* While Sentai is MerchandiseDriven[[note]]''Ohranger'' had very low ratings, but the toy sales were huge, which was what made Toei decide not to cancel the franchise[[/note]], don't make it too blatant. It's a lot easier to get away with a lot more merchandise in a series with a collectible (i.e., [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger keys]], [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger batteries]], [[Series/UchuuSentaiKyuranger globes]]), but even then, it's still possible to go overboard with merchandise (see ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'', which had a card gimmick that was mainly to promote an arcade game, as an example). Consider how useful the collectible is as a way to determine how many times it should show up - a collectible that can allow the user to swim rapidly probably isn't gonna have much use if you're writing a series that takes place mostly on dry land, in the air, or in space, whereas a collectible that allows the user to generate a shield should appear multiple times. Same goes for the mecha - if you're going to include mecha, be sure to use the mechs you introduce a lot (for an example of how this can go wrong, look at ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'').


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* While Sentai is MerchandiseDriven[[note]]''Ohranger'' had very low ratings, but the toy sales were huge, which was what made Toei decide not to cancel the franchise[[/note]], don't make it too blatant. It's a lot easier to get away with a lot more merchandise in a series with a collectible (i.e., [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger keys]], [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger batteries]], [[Series/UchuuSentaiKyuranger globes]]), but even then, it's still possible to go overboard with merchandise (see ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'', which had a card gimmick that was mainly to promote an arcade game, as an example). Consider how useful the collectible is as a way to determine how many times it should show up - a collectible that can allow the user to swim rapidly probably isn't gonna have much use if you're writing a series that takes place mostly on dry land, in the air, or in space, whereas a collectible that allows the user to generate a shield should appear multiple times. Same goes for the mecha - if you're going to include mecha, be sure to use the mechs you introduce a lot (for an example of how this can go wrong, look at ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'').

''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'', which went ''so'' wrong that had it not been for ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'' being a huge success, it would've [[FranchiseKiller ended the franchise]]).
* Although there is no limit to how many rangers you can have on your team, the more rangers you have, the less focus each individual ranger gets - although ''Kyoryuger'' and ''Kyuranger'' have more rangers (and the reds got a large amount of the focus), ''Ninninger'' is an example of where one ranger (specifically, the team's main red, Takaharu[[note]]3 people became red rangers in ''Ninninger''[[/note]]) getting too much focus derailed the show, to the point where Takaharu is used as the go-to example of how ''not'' to do a red.



* Have the core team have colors normally reserved for the sixths (other than the red and blue), while have the sixths have colors normally reserved for the core team.



Factor two is '''Footage'''. You will be limited by a combination of what suits you have and what footage you use. However, don't think this is an excuse to just [[ShotForShotRemake repeat the plot of the Sentai]]. The kids (and [[WebVideo/HistoryOfPowerRangers Linkara]]) won't notice, but the older fans will have access to the original Sentai a year or more before you adapt it, and they ''will'' notice, and only [[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce once]] has this type of adaptation been a fan favorite season. And they will let you know that they noticed. Loudly. Instead, think of the Sentai footage as sort of a guideline, a suggestion more than a rule. [[Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman A nature-themed Sentai]] can just as easily be adapted into [[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy a space opera]]. [[Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger A wacky comedy]], with enough work, can be repurposed into [[Series/PowerRangersRPM a post-apocalyptic drama]], [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo but this can also be messed up]]. Simply cut the footage you can't use and make good use of the footage you can.

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Factor two is '''Footage'''. You will be limited by a combination of what suits you have and what footage you use. However, don't think this is an excuse to just [[ShotForShotRemake repeat the plot of the Sentai]]. The kids (and [[WebVideo/HistoryOfPowerRangers Linkara]]) won't notice, but the older fans will have access to the original Sentai a year or more before you adapt it, and they ''will'' notice, and only [[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce once]] has this type of adaptation been a fan favorite season. And they will let you know that they noticed. Loudly. Instead, think of the Sentai footage as sort of a guideline, a suggestion more than a rule. [[Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman A nature-themed Sentai]] can just as easily be adapted into [[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy a space opera]]. [[Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger A wacky comedy]], with enough work, can be repurposed into [[Series/PowerRangersRPM a post-apocalyptic drama]], [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo but this can also be messed up]]. Simply cut the footage you can't use and make good use of the footage you can.
can. And remember that if the footage you have doesn't work for a scene you want, you can always film your own - but keep in mind that there's a budget limit to how much you original footage you can make.




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* On the other hand, keep in mind that you don't have to use ''everything'' present in the source material - if there's a mech that you fear would alienate the viewers, and said mech's appearances can be counted on one hand, feel free to cut it.


'''Motif''': Each season has some kind of overlaying motif to it. This motif is the inspiration for the heroes' costumes, their mecha, and sometimes even their weapons. Don't worry about repeating a motif that's already been done. After all, there were [[Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger three]] [[Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger car-themed]] [[Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger seasons]], [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger three]] [[Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger dinosaur-themed]] [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger seasons]], [[Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger three]] [[Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger ninja-themed]] [[Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger seasons]] and plenty more where that came from. Give the motif a chance to rest before you dig it up again. [[FleetingDemographicRule 5 to 10 years sounds about right.]]

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'''Motif''': Each season has some kind of overlaying motif to it. This motif is the inspiration for the heroes' costumes, their mecha, and sometimes even their weapons. Don't worry about repeating a motif that's already been done. After all, there were [[Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger three]] [[Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger car-themed]] [[Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger seasons]], [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger three]] [[Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger dinosaur-themed]] [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger seasons]], [[Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger three]] [[Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger ninja-themed]] [[Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger seasons]] and plenty more where that came from. Give the motif a chance to rest before you dig it up again. [[FleetingDemographicRule 5 to 10 15 years sounds about right.]]


Of course, just because you start out with three/five doesn't mean you have to have that many for the whole series. ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'' introduced the concept of having two additional members join a three-member team, and ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' introduced the concept of a permanent SixthRanger joining the team later. If the concept of a SixthRanger just doesn't cut it, you can always bring in an Extra Hero that fits the theme of the show, but not the heroes' costumes. Heck, you can add as many members as you like. ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'' got away with ''ten'', and ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' literally took it UpToEleven.

'''Colors''': All Sentai series have a red and a blue (and usually a yellow - although there are [[Series/JAKQDengekitai four]] [[Series/BattleFeverJ teams]] [[Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman that]] [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger don't]]); the other two members of the core 5 (if you are starting out with that number) are usually two of the four following colors: pink, green, white, black[[note]]the most common combination is red, blue, yellow, green, and pink; 15 teams have had that combination; the second most common is red, blue, yellow, pink, and black; 9 teams have had that combination[[/note]]. However, the rest of the team's colors are up to you - just keep in mind that 2 rangers never have the same color. You can have 2 red rangers on the same team, as long as one of the red rangers has a different shade of red (usually a darker shade). However, unless you are going for a theme with the color (such as [[Series/ResshaSentaiToQger rainbows]]), the SixthRanger(s) will usually be either gold or silver - although if you want to include these colors on the core team, you are more than welcome to use a different color for the SixthRanger (or, if you want, [[Series/DobutsuSentaiZyuohger multiple colors]]).

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Of course, just because you start out with three/five doesn't mean you have to have that many for the whole series. ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'' introduced the concept of having two additional members join a three-member team, and ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' introduced the concept of a permanent SixthRanger joining the team later. If the concept of a SixthRanger just doesn't cut it, you can always bring in an Extra Hero that fits the theme of the show, but not the heroes' costumes. Heck, you can add as many members as you like. ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'' got away with ''ten'', and like (budget permitting, of course): several series have extra allied Rangers join the team [[EleventhHourRanger at the end of the series]] or for special events like tie-in movies; ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' literally took it UpToEleven.

had recurring GuestFighter Rangers appear for a total team size of ten (plus an eleventh enemy Ranger appearing in a movie), and ''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger'' grew to ''twelve'' Rangers, all of which were regular cast members.

'''Colors''': All Sentai series have a red Red and a blue Blue Ranger (and usually a yellow Yellow Ranger - although there are [[Series/JAKQDengekitai four]] [[Series/BattleFeverJ teams]] [[Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman that]] [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger don't]]); the other two members of the core 5 five (if you are starting out with that number) are usually two of the four following colors: pink, green, white, black[[note]]the most common combination is red, blue, yellow, green, and pink; 15 teams have had that combination; the second most common is red, blue, yellow, pink, and black; 9 teams have had that combination[[/note]]. However, the rest black (''most'' of the team's time, one is either black or green and the other is pink, but it's not a hard-and-fast rule). As stated above, red is reserved for TheHero, while [[PinkIsFeminine pink is only worn by women]]; all other colors are up rather flexible as to who wears them. For the SixthRanger(s), gold and silver are popular choices, as are whatever core team colors you - just keep in mind that 2 rangers never have the same color. didn't use already (except for pink). You can have 2 red rangers on the same team, as long as one of also repeat the red rangers has a different shade of red (usually a darker shade). However, unless you are going for a theme with the color (such as [[Series/ResshaSentaiToQger rainbows]]), the SixthRanger(s) will usually be either gold or silver - although if you want to include these colors on the core team, you are more than welcome to use a different color for the SixthRanger (or, if Sixth, but make sure to give him a different title and costume to differentiate him from the Red Ranger you want, [[Series/DobutsuSentaiZyuohger multiple colors]]).
already have. And if you're going for a ''big'' roster a la ''Kyoryuger'' or ''Kyuranger'', you'll need more colors; options that have been used in those series include purple, orange, grey, and cyan (aka "aqua" or "skyblue", this color has also been used for regular Blue Rangers in place of the usual darker shade on occasion).


'''LawOfChromaticSuperiority:''' RedIsHeroic, so TheHero wears it; end of discussion. He usually gets [[ProtagonistPowerUpPrivileges the best stuff]], the primary focus, etc. Don't sideline the others, though.

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'''LawOfChromaticSuperiority:''' RedIsHeroic, so TheHero wears it; end of discussion. He usually gets [[ProtagonistPowerUpPrivileges the best stuff]], the primary focus, etc. Don't sideline the others, though.
though. However, the Red Ranger doesn't have to be the leader, [[RookieRedRanger nor does he have to be the most experienced]].



'''Colors''': All Sentai series have a red and a blue (and usually a yellow - although there are [[Series/JAKQDengekitai four]] [[Series/BattleFeverJ teams]] [[Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman that]] [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger don't]]); the other two members of the core 5 (if you are starting out with that number) are usually two of the four following colors: pink, green, white, black. However, the rest of the team's colors are up to you - just keep in mind that 2 rangers never have the same color. You can have 2 red rangers on the same team, as long as one of the red rangers has a different shade of red (usually a darker shade). However, unless you are going for a theme with the color (such as [[Series/ResshaSentaiToQger rainbows]]), the SixthRanger(s) will usually be either gold or silver - although if you want to include these colors on the core team, you are more than welcome to use a different color for the SixthRanger (or, if you want, [[Series/DobutsuSentaiZyuohger multiple colors]]).

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'''Colors''': All Sentai series have a red and a blue (and usually a yellow - although there are [[Series/JAKQDengekitai four]] [[Series/BattleFeverJ teams]] [[Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman that]] [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger don't]]); the other two members of the core 5 (if you are starting out with that number) are usually two of the four following colors: pink, green, white, black.black[[note]]the most common combination is red, blue, yellow, green, and pink; 15 teams have had that combination; the second most common is red, blue, yellow, pink, and black; 9 teams have had that combination[[/note]]. However, the rest of the team's colors are up to you - just keep in mind that 2 rangers never have the same color. You can have 2 red rangers on the same team, as long as one of the red rangers has a different shade of red (usually a darker shade). However, unless you are going for a theme with the color (such as [[Series/ResshaSentaiToQger rainbows]]), the SixthRanger(s) will usually be either gold or silver - although if you want to include these colors on the core team, you are more than welcome to use a different color for the SixthRanger (or, if you want, [[Series/DobutsuSentaiZyuohger multiple colors]]).



Avoid going overboard with StuffBlowingUp during the fight scenes. Chances are, your audience will be more impressed by your actors' martial arts skills than the huge explosions constantly happening behind the heroes and villans. A much ''better'' use for huge explosions is to have one happen just after the rangers morph at the start of a critical battle or a team-up, because AwesomenessIsVolatile.

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* Avoid going overboard with StuffBlowingUp during the fight scenes. Chances are, your audience will be more impressed by your actors' martial arts skills than the huge explosions constantly happening behind the heroes and villans. A much ''better'' use for huge explosions is to have one happen just after the rangers morph at the start of a critical battle or a team-up, because AwesomenessIsVolatile.
* While Sentai is MerchandiseDriven[[note]]''Ohranger'' had very low ratings, but the toy sales were huge, which was what made Toei decide not to cancel the franchise[[/note]], don't make it too blatant. It's a lot easier to get away with a lot more merchandise in a series with a collectible (i.e., [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger keys]], [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger batteries]], [[Series/UchuuSentaiKyuranger globes]]), but even then, it's still possible to go overboard with merchandise (see ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'', which had a card gimmick that was mainly to promote an arcade game, as an example). Consider how useful the collectible is as a way to determine how many times it should show up - a collectible that can allow the user to swim rapidly probably isn't gonna have much use if you're writing a series that takes place mostly on dry land, in the air, or in space, whereas a collectible that allows the user to generate a shield should appear multiple times. Same goes for the mecha - if you're going to include mecha, be sure to use the mechs you introduce a lot (for an example of how this can go wrong, look at ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'').



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* Have the lead red ranger be female - while [[spoiler: ''Shinkenger'' had a full-time red ranger in the form of Lady Kaoru]], and in ''Gokaiger'', the two female rangers could become red rangers if they used a red ranger key, the red ranger has always been male so far ([[WhatCouldHaveBeen although]] ''Magiranger'' almost had a female red ranger).


* Make the team of rangers a family - while this has happened in Sentai [[Series/ChikyuSentaiFiveman in]] [[Series/KyuKyuSentaiGoGoV a]] [[Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger few]] [[Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger times]], it has never happened in ''Power Rangers'' - at most, it's been 2 of the rangers are related or none of the rangers are related at all.

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* Make the team of rangers a family - while this has happened in Sentai [[Series/ChikyuSentaiFiveman before [[Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman in]] [[Series/KyuKyuSentaiGoGoV a]] a few]] [[Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger few]] Sentai]] [[Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger times]], series]], it has never happened in ''Power Rangers'' - at most, it's been 2 of the rangers are related or none of the rangers are related at all.all. However, you don't have to apply this to the SixthRanger(s).

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'''Colors''': All Sentai series have a red and a blue (and usually a yellow - although there are [[Series/JAKQDengekitai four]] [[Series/BattleFeverJ teams]] [[Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman that]] [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger don't]]); the other two members of the core 5 (if you are starting out with that number) are usually two of the four following colors: pink, green, white, black. However, the rest of the team's colors are up to you - just keep in mind that 2 rangers never have the same color. You can have 2 red rangers on the same team, as long as one of the red rangers has a different shade of red (usually a darker shade). However, unless you are going for a theme with the color (such as [[Series/ResshaSentaiToQger rainbows]]), the SixthRanger(s) will usually be either gold or silver - although if you want to include these colors on the core team, you are more than welcome to use a different color for the SixthRanger (or, if you want, [[Series/DobutsuSentaiZyuohger multiple colors]]).


'''Props Department:''' You'll usually be able to make your own additions to the arsenal used in Sentai. A SuperMode for the Red Ranger (complete with its own TransformationTrinket) is a popular choice, as is a CoolBike or some other vehicle. A CanonImmigrant SixthRanger is possible, but you'll have to work around the fact that he wasn't present in the original StockFootage. A new mecha is probably ill-advised; besides the same StockFootage issues an original SixthRanger would face, you likely won't have access to a miniature set to film mecha battles on.

'''Subversions:''' Make your Power Ranger characters adults rather than teenagers. It helps reduce the possibility of your series involving child soldiers fighting the empire.

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'''Props Department:''' You'll usually be able to make your own additions to the arsenal used in Sentai. A SuperMode for the Red Ranger (complete with its own TransformationTrinket) is a popular choice, as is a CoolBike or some other vehicle. A CanonImmigrant SixthRanger is possible, but you'll have to work around the fact that he wasn't present in the original StockFootage. A new mecha is probably ill-advised; besides the same StockFootage issues an original SixthRanger would face, you likely won't have access to a miniature set to film mecha battles on.

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on. That being said, you are more than welcome to link an original SixthRanger to an already existing mecha if you are willing to reshoot the cockpit footage.

'''Subversions:'''
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Make your Power Ranger characters adults rather than teenagers. It helps reduce the possibility of your series involving child soldiers fighting the empire.empire.
* Make the team of rangers a family - while this has happened in Sentai [[Series/ChikyuSentaiFiveman in]] [[Series/KyuKyuSentaiGoGoV a]] [[Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger few]] [[Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger times]], it has never happened in ''Power Rangers'' - at most, it's been 2 of the rangers are related or none of the rangers are related at all.
* Have the rangers go out of their way to search for and become rangers - traditionally, the rangers either are called by the team's mentor, start off as rangers, or are chosen by the [[MacGuffin powers]].

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