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1[[quoteright:350:]]²[[caption-width-right:350: ''The storm will grow! Waters flow! Power Ranger ninjas go!'']]²²%%The Bumblebee is not part of the Five Man Band. Do not remove%%²²->''"Ninja Storm,"''\²''"Thunder Storm,"''\²''"Samurai Storm,"''\²''"Ranger Form--HAH!"''²-->--'''Morphing calls''', ''Power Rangers Ninja Storm''²²The 11th season of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', adapted from ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger''. First season produced after Disney moved production from MMPR Productions to Australian-based Village Roadshow. By a funny coincidence, former ''[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers MMPR]]-[[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Turbo]]'' producers and writers Doug Sloan and Ann Austen worked for Disney at the time, and asked if they could helm this season. Disney agreed, the pair brought in writers, including series veteran Jackie Marchand, and the result was an AffectionateParody that loved its [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]].²²Evil ninja Lothor wants to conquer the Earth, and his first step is to eliminate all of the secret ninja academies that would rise up to stop him. Unfortunately for him, three of the students at the Wind Ninja Academy decided to be Good Samaritans that day and were fixing some old couple's car instead of going to class. Shane, Tori and Dustin are widely recognized as the worst students in the school, despite potential and good intentions, but now they're our only hope. Assisted by their Sensei, who has been turned into a guinea pig by Lothor, and his snarky son Cam, they have a long way to go.²²Lothor soon decides to fight fire with fire, and convinces a pair of adoptive brothers from a rival academy that Sensei was responsible for the deaths of their parents. Eventually, things are sorted out and they become the Navy and Crimson Thunder Rangers. And even after that, Cam, fed up with his father's refusal to train him as a ninja and the others underestimating him because of it, travels back into the past, obtains a mysterious artifact from his mother, and becomes a more traditional SixthRanger, the Green Samurai Ranger. Things come to a head as Lothor continues to sacrifice minion after minion, general after general, and the Wind Rangers begin to understand that their presence in this fight isn't as much of an accident as they might have thought.²²As stated above, Ninja Storm was an AffectionateParody, and {{lampshaded}} every trope and gimmick Power Rangers had invented. Regardless on whether or not you found the jokes funny, it still had a few standout elements here and there. Particular note goes to Cam, who, despite being in a less popular series, rose to be in almost as many (if not as many) Power Ranger fan theories as Andros and Tommy.²²First series of Power Rangers to: 1) have only one girl, 2) switch the Blue and Yellow Rangers' genders, 3) begin with three Rangers, then add two, then add one more, and 4) be filmed in Auckland, UsefulNotes/NewZealand ([[BannedInChina where it was frustratingly banned from being broadcast due to the standards of violence]]), which of course meant the hiring of local actors thus leading to 5), the first season to deal with OohMeAccentsSlipping.²²This season unfortunately broke the chain of the [[ReunionShow last season team up episode]] started in ''[[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Lost Galaxy]]'', possibly due to the move to New Zealand as well as budget and union issues. Next season would continue the trend, however. ²²Succeeded by ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder''.²²Not to be confused with the ''Manga/{{Naruto}} Shippuden: [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 Ultimate Ninja]] [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStormGenerations Storm]]'' games.²²----²!!Recurring ''Power Rangers'' tropes include:²²* ActionGirl: Tori²* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: In the finale, Lothor breaks into Ninja Ops and pretty thoroughly wrecks it.²* AnimalMecha: Per the usual Power Rangers tradition, the Zords are this, as are a number of the Power Sphere weapons (including the Ninja Firebird used to combine all three Megazords), a NobleBirdOfPrey design for Cam's copter zord, and a [[WarElephants Mammoth]] carrier zord.²* BigBadassRig: The Mobile Command Center²* BigGood: Sensei Kanoi Watanabe²* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "Ninja/Thunder/Samurai Storm, Ranger Form!"²* ChestInsignia: Circular personal symbols on the chest. There's also the rare case of the megazord sporting a gigantic chest emblem, in the form of the Wind Academy logo.²* CityOfAdventure: Blue Bay Harbor²* CombiningMecha: ²** The Wind Rangers combine their zords into the Storm Megazord, and the Thunder Rangers form the Thunder Megazord. They can then combine with each other into the Thunderstorm Megazord, or with the Samurai Star to make the Samurai Storm or Samurai Thunder Megazord respectively. All three Megazords can combine into the Hurricane Megazord, and then ''that'' can join with the Mammothzord for the Hurricane Ultrazord.²** Some of the Power Spheres can combine with each other, too. The Ninja Minizord and Ninja Firebird are two- and three-part combiners that help make the Thunderstorm and Hurricane Megazords, respectively. The Ram Hammer and Turtle Mace can also join to form a kendama and the Lion Laser and Squid Drill make a turbine gun.²* CoolBike: The Tsunami Cycles and Hunter's Ninja Glider Cycle. Interestingly, the former were exclusive to the Thunder Rangers in ''Hurricaneger'', but ''Ninja Storm'' saw fit to give them to the Wind Rangers as well.²* DropTheHammer: Dustin's Lion Hammer²* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Ninja Ops²* EliteMooks: Kelzak Furies and Wolfblades.²* EvilPlan: Lothor's TakeOverTheWorld plan, [[spoiler: and general bitterness at his good guy family.]] ²* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Applied to ''Hurricaneger'''s ''shuriken'' of all things, made "ninja beams" in ''Ninja Storm''. (Then again, it does make more sense to fire lasers from a Morpher than an infinite supply of shuriken.)²* FleetingDemographicRule: It's been 8 years since [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers the last ninja-themed Rangers.]]²** Also, regarding Cam being the Green Samurai Ranger: 8 more years later, we have [[Series/PowerRangersSamurai a whole team of Samurai Rangers]]. With a Green among their ranks no less! (and no, it's not Cam this time)²* HandCannon: Hunter's Crimson Blaster²* HomeBase: Ninja Ops²* HumongousMecha: The Megazord du jour.²* ImprobableWeaponUser: Tori's Sonic Fin (a megaphone) and Blake's Navy Antler (a set of pincers)²* InstrumentOfMurder: The Lightning Riff Blaster (a guitar); though it was rarely if ever used as a weapon.²* {{Invocation}}: "Power of air!" "Power of water!" "Power of earth!" "Power of thunder!" "Samurai power!"²* KatanasAreJustBetter: the Wind Rangers' Ninja Swords and Cam's Samurai Saber²* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Done interestingly because this year there's technically two Red Rangers (one bright red, one crimson). While Shane gets the regular Battlizer upgrade, Hunter also gets cool gear in the form of the Ninja Glider Cycle.²* MadeOfExplodium: Most monsters, as per usual²* MakeMyMonsterGrow: This time around, Lothor sends a "Scroll of Empowerment" from his spacebase, which resurrects the monster (''Hurricanger'' utilized two other methods which weren't adapted).²* MechaExpansionPack: The various weaponry from Power Spheres²** [[CoolSword Power Sphere 01: Serpent Sword]]²** [[DropTheHammer Power Sphere 02: Ram Hammer]]²** [[EpicFlail Power Sphere 03: Turtle Mace]]²** [[AnAxeToGrind Power Sphere 04: Spin Blade]]²** [[GatlingGood Power Sphere 05: Lion Laser]]²** [[ThisIsADrill Power Sphere 06: Squid Drill]]²** [[MiniMecha Power Spheres 07 & 08: Minizord]]²** [[InvisibilityCloak Power Sphere 09: Ninja Scarf]]²** [[KillerYoYo Power Sphere 10: Bee Spinner]]²** [[CoolGuns Power Sphere 11: Sting Blaster]]²** [[GrapplingHookPistol Power Sphere 12: Spider Catcher]]²** [[ImprobableWeaponUser Power Sphere 13: Super Stamp]]²** [[StockNinjaWeaponry Power Sphere 14: Star Blazer]]²** [[NobleBirdofPrey Power Spheres 15, 16, & 17: Ninja Firebird]]²* TheMentor: Sensei. He's also a MentorMascot, given he spends 90% of his time as a guinea pig. ²* {{Mooks}}: Kelzaks²* {{Motifs}}: ElementalPowers with AnimalMotifs²** LandSeaSky for the core trio:²*** Shane: BlowYouAway and NobleBirdOfPrey²*** Dustin: DishingOutDirt and KingOfBeasts²*** Tori: MakingASplash and HeroicDolphin²** Blake and Hunter: ShockAndAwe and JapaneseBeetleBrothers / ThunderBeetle²** Cam: NonElemental and FuumaShuriken in place of an animal theme²* NeverSayDie: ²** Enforced as usual for the most part. Lothor and his goons talk about [[DeadlyEuphemism destroying]] the Rangers repeatedly, and at one time Cam even mentions it [[spoiler:when trying to stop Lothor in the past]]. ²** Notably averted for everyone with a DeathByOriginStory. The spirits of Hunter and Blake's parents specifically said they were killed [[spoiler:by Lothor]], Cam mentions that his mother died when he was young several times, and Dustin mentions his grandmother who has been dead for 10 years. Also, one bit when fighting ninja ghosts:²-->'''Dustin:''' These guys are fearless!\²'''Tori:''' They're ''dead''. What do they have to lose?²* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Grant [=McFarland=] as Lothor, [[spoiler: less so as Sensei Kanoi]].²* OohMeAccentsSlipping: With production now taking place in New Zealand, as you'd expect they hired a bunch of local actors. Sometimes they do a good job of sounding like Americans. Other times... well... (It gets rather blatant in a ninja-themed show, when someone turns the word "ninja" into "ninjer," for example.) In the first episode, Tori in particular has a hard time not sounding like she's from Wellington but is generally better later on.²* {{Recycled IN SPACE}}!: Power Rangers [[AC:as {{NINJA}}S... [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers AGAIN]]!]]²* SwissArmyWeapon: The Wind Rangers' swords become laser blasters [[SheathStrike when sheathed]]. The Thunder Rangers' [[SimpleStaff Thunder Staffs]] can transform into shields and {{FuumaShuriken}}s.²* {{Thememobile}}:²** The Wind Rangers' Ninja Gliders²** Cam's Dragon Force Vehicle²* ThreePlusTwo: Not the first Sentai example, but the first to be adapted by ''Power Rangers''.²* TransformingMecha: the Samurai Star²²!!This subseries contains examples of:²²* AdaptedOut:²** Shurikenger had a mild baseball theme; his morpher was a ball and his sheathed sword was like a bat. This motif was taken out of ''Ninja Storm'' because the makers presumably didn't want kids imitating the show to [[BatterUp smack each other with baseball bats]].²** ''Hurricanger'' had two other methods to MakeMyMonsterGrow, depending on which general had sent the monster: either a giant "Copy Giant" robot would scan the monster's remains and, well, turn into a giant copy (rather similar to the method used in ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman''), or throw a size-changing mask to the monster. Both of these were edited out and the Scroll of Empowerment was used for all enlargements.²** Zurgane in the sentai was actually a robotic suit piloted by a small alien bug thing inside his head; this was never shown here (outside of the action figure, anyway).²** The Lothorzord from the finale? That's the BigBad of ''Hurricanger''. ²* AffectionateParody: There are plenty of jokes about Power Rangers tropes and the general absurdity of the world the Rangers live in, but none of it's particularly cynical or mean-spirited.²-->'''Shane:''' Not another clone story! [[OnceASeason Didn't we already do this?]]²* AffablyEvil: Lothor is probably one of the nicest villains to threaten the Earth. The worst punishment he inflicts on his minions is swear jars and detention and he’s very cordial to his adversaries.²* AIIsACrapshoot: After becoming a Ranger, Cam creates a virtual copy of himself to take over as MissionControl. Cyber-Cam ties Real-Cam up before his programming gets fixed.²* ArbitrarySkepticism: Tori's infamous line in the first episode, implying that Power Rangers are merely comic book characters. The line was meant to play the trope straight, but some fans thought it indicated that continuity was being rebooted. References to ''Ninja Storm'' next season were meant to correct this misconception.²* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: When Marah introduces Beevil:²-->'''Beevil:''' I'm wanted on 12 planets for theft, forgery, conspiracy, destruction of property-²-->'''Marah:''' Don't forget littering!²-->'''Lothor:''' Littering? The most underrated of intergalactic crimes! I'm impressed!²* ArtificialGravity: Lothor's spaceship has this.²* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Skyla the Karmanian in "Shane's Karma"²* AscendedFanboy: Dustin, somewhat. He was a big Power Rangers fan and the only one to believe in them before becoming one²* BBCQuarry: One of the bigger offenders in the franchise. Lampshaded, of course:²-->'''Cam:''' A quarry again? What is it, like a monster-con over there?²-->'''Shane:''' (in the episode "Pork Chopped") Not another rock quarry!²* BeachEpisode: Many episodes had scenes at the beach due to Tori being a surfer, but the "Shane's Karma" two-parter had a sub-plot devoted to the Rangers trying to get some R&R at the beach.²* BetterThanABareBulb: One of this installments's strongest points.²* BigNo: Choobo does this after he's been shrunk into being Marah's new pet, and she leans in to kiss him.²* BigRedButton: Cam has one in the center of his keyboard.²* BlandNameProduct: Tori has a blue van that is obviously a VW bus, but with the VW emblem on the front removed. Likewise, the mobile command center is a semi truck, with a very recognizable blue oval outlined in silver, but the word "FORD" is not there.²* BookEnds: The finale introduces three new characters so the season can end as it began, with three ninjas late for class.²** Extending into next season, the ''Dino Thunder'' crossover introduces the Wind Ninjas with them soundly defeating their students, contrasting their original introduction where they were on the receiving end of the asskicking. ²* {{Bowdlerise}}: See FamilyFriendlyFirearms.²* BoxingKangaroo: The MonsterOfTheWeek Boxing Bop-a-roo²* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Happens to Hunter and Blake because they trusted Choobo who claimed to have turned traitor on Lothor. It was a trap so they would be brainwashed into fighting the Wind Rangers again.²* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Marah and Kapri are Bratty Teenage ''Nieces''.²* BreakingTheFourthWall: on occasion.²** Lothor outright does this in one episode after a monster grows:²--->''(looks at the audience)'' "What did you expect? He wasn't going to get smaller."²** Not to mention when he's in a zord of his own and kicking the Rangers around:²--->'''Lothor''': "This is the most fun I've had all season!"²* BrickBreak: The Rangers try this in "The Samurai's Journey Part 1" - they all fail, and when Cam the non-Ranger does it and succeeds, they think it's a trick.²* BrickJoke: Part one of the season finale has Cam, Hunter, and Blake fight off monsters and get assistance from 3 strangers who are similar in looks and personalities to Tori, Dustin, and Shane. It seems like a throwaway thing until the end of part two when it turns out the 3 strangers are new students at the ninja academy just like Shane, Dustin, and Tori were at the start of the season. The only reason is so Cam can turn to his dad and joke, "I don't think I can survive going through all of this again."²* BrokenAesop: When Sensei told Dustin not to use his abilities for trivial matters. Said trivial matter involved protecting a business that was basically being vandalized. In other words, "Don't use your abilities to stop crime." Admittedly, it was more the fact that he was starting to care more about the attention and fame he was getting for it rather than actually helping people, but he was still helping people anyway.²* CainAndAbel: Kanoi and Kiya Watanabe, [[spoiler:otherwise known as the team's Sensei and TheSmartGuy SixthRanger's father, and Lothor.]] Doubled as a LukeIAmYourFather for [[spoiler:Cam,]] as he was unaware of the relation. It ends up saving [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Marah & Kapri]] in the end, because [[spoiler:Cam is a hell of a lot more merciful than Uncle Lothor!]]²* CaveBehindTheFalls: Ninja Ops (though the falls are just a ninja-trick illusion)²* CastingGag: Maybe unintentional, but certainly amusing to note, Grant [=McFarland=] and Daniel Sing played father and son in the ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' two-parter "The Debt." A few years later, they end up playing older and younger (respectively) versions of the same character(s), Sensei and Lothor, here. ²* {{The Chosen Zero}}es:²-->'''Shane:''' So, what exactly does [the morpher] do? ²-->'''Tori:''' Where's the switch? ²-->'''Dustin:''' Does it have any games or what? ²-->'''Cam:''' [[FacePalm Ladies and Gentlemen, the defenders of the galaxy.]]²** Done almost immediately afterward where Shane and Tori become the only power rangers who can't figure out how to morph on their first try even though Cam already told them what to do. It thus fell to Dustin to teach them...²* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Specifically called out by Sensei as a way to break Lothor's ranks; the dissension within the ranks means that they can be played off each other, their personal interests used to weaken their troops, etc.²* ClimacticBattleResurrection: the finale. [[spoiler:Lothor's resurrected army versus the Rangers and the rescued Wind Academy students.]]²* ClosestThingWeGot: Tori, Shane, and Dustin. They're at the bottom of their class, but they're also the only ninjas not captured by Lothor.²* ConservationOfNinjutsu: The final battle features multiple former monsters of the week, plus a few new guys, getting whooped by five rangers in less than a minute.²* ContinuityNod: About every third or fourth episode has an offhand reference to something that happened earlier in the season.²* ContinuitySnarl: The start of the series implies that this is an alternate universe in which Power Rangers are fictional. Later rectified with the ''Dino Thunder'' team-up, though it still leaves questions.²* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: The more comical the villain seems, the more this applies - Lothor; Marah and Kapri; even Choobo demonstrated some serious skills when he fought the Rangers.²* DarkMagicalGirl: Marah & Kapri. It's strongly implied that they're not evil so much as desperate to win Uncle Lothor's approval. When Lothor [[spoiler: leaves them in his self-destructing base, Cam grudgingly saves them because, hey, they're not the only ones stuck with him as an uncle. They immediately pull a HeelFaceTurn and spend all their energy trying to impress their cousin instead--which definitely paid off in the ReunionShow.]]²* DatingCatwoman: Dustin and Marah in "All About Beevil".²* DeadpanSnarker: Cam, especially at first. He speaks almost entirely in sarcasm after finding out that Sensei chose Tori, Dustin, and Shane to be the rangers until they learn to work together better.²* TheDulcineaEffect: Shane with Skyla in "Shane's Karma".²* EmbarrassingFirstName: Dustin's given name is Waldo.²* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: A rather infamous case; in the first episode, when the morphers are given to the main three rangers, Dustin exclaims, "I knew it! The Power Rangers ARE real!"²* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Quite a bit, especially with the Wind Morphers and things involving the Lion and Samurai Star zords.²* EvilSoundsDeep: The Thunder Rangers, pre-HeelFaceTurn.²* ExtremeSportExcusePlot: Sort of. The Rangers, save Cam, were extreme athletes when not doing ninja stuff; and the sports got highlighted often but were rarely involved in the battles with Lothor.²* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: A cyborg villain suffer melting at the hands of another, treacherous villain. His half-slagged body is seen in a rare exception to PR's EverythingFades tendency. His executioner [[BondOneLiner quips]] that he was "having a little meltdown".²** One that wasn't the death itself, but... the monster of the week was a pig. The Rangers beat him, he goes giant, they beat him again, he explodes... and then we see [[BigBad Lothor]] eating his barbecued remains; the other villains were as disgusted as should be expected.²* FastballSpecial: Shane and Dustin in "Thunder Strangers pt. 3"²* FeminineWomenCanCook: The inverse is used in "I Love Lothor"; Cam attends a sports cooking class with Tori and the guys poke fun at him for such a girly activity - until they see all the girls in the class.²* FreakyFridayFlip: Sensei and Shane, then Sensei and Dustin in "Sensei Switcheroo"²* FlungClothing: Almost every time the Rangers fight, they fling off their normal clothing to reveal their training gear... even if it should have been clearly visible due to short sleeves and [[BareYourMidriff belly shirts]].²* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When Cam catches Shane and Dustin apparently GirlWatching (before finding out they're looking at bikes), his first reaction is, "You better not be doing anything illegal."²* GirlWatching: "Thunder Strangers, Part 1" uses the common subversion that Shane and Dustin only ''[[InnocentInnuendo look]]'' like they're ogling women (they're really ogling [[CoolBike Cam's motorcycle designs]]).²* GroupieBrigade: The Rangers nearly get trampled by a Lothor-obsessed one in "I Love Lothor".²* HardLight: The Ninja Rangers get a lot of mileage out of holographic constructs, especially with the Zords: they're used to disguise the Zord summoning points, "split" the Megazord for its standard FinishingMove, and even summon a tidal wave for the dolphin zord. Cyber-Cam is another prominent example. Never mind their Holodeck-like training setup.²* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Thunder Rangers early on. ²* HeirToTheDojo: Played with, as Sensei's son Cam was specifically denied ninja training. Hence the handwave of him being a samurai while Shurikenger was explicitly "Ninja of Ninja".²* HighlyVisibleNinja: The team are ninjas that were extremely bright colors and fight in broad daylight.²* HorribleCampingTrip: In "General Deception". To quote Hunter, "I feel like the cast of ''Series/{{Survivor}}''."²* HourOfPower: the Ninja Megazord's Lightning Mode, limited to one minute (at least the first time)²* HurricaneOfPuns: The Rangers make them all the time in battle. (Um, "Hurricane" pun not intended.)²* HypercompetentSidekick: Zurgane does most of the work in finding aliens for Lothor to sic on the Rangers, and is the most tactically-minded of the villains. Given his boss, though, this isn't always appreciated.²* HypocriticalHeartwarming: When a monster in "Looming Thunder" calls Dustin an airhead, Shane and Tori immediately respond that they're the only ones allowed to do that.²* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Cam spends the first half of the series resentful that he isn't a Ranger.²* IKnewIt:[[invoked]] Dustin's reaction to being given a morpher is to stress that he called Power Rangers being real.²* IdiotBall: The fact that Hunter and Blake trusted Lothor who was clearly trying to take over the world counts. The fact they were tricked into trusting Choobo into attacking Lothor just to be brainwashed counts, too.²* InsideJoke: See the Monster of the Week description. That's about the fact that part of Disney picking up the rights to Power Rangers was they demanded a smaller budget - including only one monster at a time in Megazord battles.²* InsufferableGenius: Cam. However, before he becomes a Ranger, he has legitimate complaints as to why he's held back and after he becomes one he's much more of an equal in the group.²* ItsQuietTooQuiet: Used in the premiere as the Rangers approach the academy.²* KeepAway: Wind Rangers vs. Thunder Rangers over Sensei in a hamster ball, uh, I mean force field; in "Thunder Strangers, Part 3".²* LampshadeHanging: ''All over the place.''²** Shane and Tori's ArbitrarySkepticism of Power Rangers being real comes off as this.²** In "Beauty and the Beach", Kapri's MaamShock is followed by this quip:²--> "[[DawsonCasting I'm only supposed to be a few years older than you.]]"²** Or the response to Blake asking if alien attacks are frequent in Blue Bay:²--> '''Shane''': "[[MonsterOfTheWeek You never wondered why housing was so cheap?]]"²* LaserGuidedKarma: In the pilot, Shane, Tori, and Dustin stop to help a stranded couple, despite having been warned that if they're late to the Academy again they'll get kicked out. This directly results in their missing Lothor's attack and becoming Power Rangers.²* LateToTheTragedy: Tori, Shane, and Dustin in the premiere, leading to them being the ClosestThingWeGot.²* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: When Lothor starts attacking in a giant robot in the season finale, he exclaims, "This is the most fun I've had all season!"²* LeotardOfPower: Tori's Ranger suit is one of these with the usual MinidressOfPower attached, giving the appearance of the occasional PantyShot.²* LighterAndSofter: In comparison to not just ''Wild Force'', but ''all'' 5 post-''Turbo'' series[[note]]aside from the previously mentioned ''Wild Force'', that also includes ''Time Force'', ''Lightspeed Rescue'', ''Lost Galaxy'', and ''In Space''[[/note]], being the first time the franchise was this outright[[note]]not counting the second half of ''Turbo'', which was more them abandoning the original intent to be DarkerAndEdgier as opposed to going in this direction on purpose[[/note]]. Notably, it's a more comedic series, the villain is a silly one (a direct contrast to Bansheera and Master Org), and [[spoiler: the green ranger is SparedByTheAdaptation]]. The only way it could've been even more lighthearted would've been [[spoiler: if Lothor had pulled a HeelFaceTurn at the end of the season, like Ransik]].²* LocalHangout: Storm Chargers, the sporting goods store where Dustin, Hunter, and Blake work.²* LostAesop: "All About Beevil". So is the lesson to trust people sometimes or not trust anyone?²* LovePotion: Used in "I Love Lothor". While MOTW Mr. Ratwell gets a number of civilians to love Lothor, Marah and Kapri try to get some attention from the Rangers but only make Cam and Blake fall in love with Tori.²* LukeIAmYourFather: Lothor is [[spoiler: Sensei's brother and Cam's uncle. Lucky for Lothor's nieces, Marah & Kapri, as Cam uses their relationship to justify saving their lives.]]²* MaamShock: In "Beauty and the Beach", Kapri is offended when the Tori doppelganger addresses her as "ma'am".²* MagicalSecurityCam: Given a handwave about surveillance drones.²* MagicMusic: the Lightning Riff Blaster, a guitar that can summon a Mammoth zord.²** Might intersect with ThePowerOfRock as well.²* McNinja: The only person on the team who's supposed to be Japanese is not a ninja, but a samurai.²* MeaningfulName: ''Dust''in, whose elemental affinity is Earth.²** Also ''Sky''la the Karmanian, who gave her power to Shane, (whose power is ''air'') which included a flying Battlizer.²** And the techie named ''Cam''.²** Tori, whose element is water, is a surfer of ''tor''rential waves.²** Hunter is ''almost'' an anagram for ''thunder''.²* MenOfSherwood: The ninjas in the Final Battle help to hold off the Kelzaks and defeat Choobo.²* TheMillstone: The Rangers have the MonsterOfTheWeek nearly handled, but Cyber Cam distracts them by doing something random and results in Dustin and Tori getting turned into perfume by said monster.²* MirrorMatch: Sensei sets one up as a test in one episode; only Tori realizes that the proper response is not to fight herself.²* MirrorUniverse: in "The Wild Wipeout"; somewhat subverted in that ItWasAllJustADream... maybe.²** With hints of MushroomSamba, being caused by the MonsterOfTheWeek's magic dust.²* MonsterOfTheWeek: Parodied in one episode. Lothor tries to send six giant monsters at once against the heroes, only for the device that handles it to fail citing a "memory error". Zurgane informs him that they did not pay for the memory upgrade, so they can only enlarge one monster at a time. Lothor curses at this complaining that as future ruler of the world "''I need big monsters!'''" and settles for enlarging one and making the rest fight while small.²* MotiveDecay: Inverted. See XanatosGambit below.²* MusicalSpoiler: The theme song repeatedly mentions both wind and thunder, implying that both Blake and Hunter were always meant to fight on the side of good.²* MythologyGag: In "Thunder Strangers, Part 2", Tori's morpher is damaged and a monster tells her, "Guess it's not [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers morphin' time]] after all, is it?"²** In "Tongue and Cheek," Marah refers to the guys from [[Series/PowerRangersZeo Triforia]] as being [[LiteralSplitPersonality three times as cute]] than those from other worlds.²* NeverTrustATrailer: Early commercials made it seem like the whole season would be devoted to good vs. evil Rangers. That was done before the halfway point of the season.²* {{Ninja}}: The theme of the series.²* NinjaLog: Done with spare costumes most of the time, but at least once with actual logs (in "Nowhere To Grow").²* NinjaSchool: The Wind Ninja Academy, which gets captured by Lothor in the first episode. Sensei mentions they were the last one, all others already being captured by Lothor. [[spoiler: Like the Thunder Academy where Blake and Hunter trained.]]²* ObfuscatingStupidity: Lothor seems like a general bumbler with some MediumAwareness. But then he reveals his master plan, which he was working on BEFORE he got banished into space in the backstory.²* OpeningNarration: ²-->"Deep in the mountains, secret ninja academies train our future protectors. Ancient scrolls told of three who would be chosen above the others, three who would become..." ''[cue theme music] Go! Power Rangers! Go! Ninja Storm!''²* PolarOppositeTwins: Cam and Cyber-Cam, by design: Cam wanted his copy to excel in fields he wished he himself was good at.²* PopCulturePunEpisodeTitle: "Beauty And The Beach" and "Good Will Hunter".²* ThePowerOfRock: The Lightning Riff Blaster, a weapon used to summon the Mighty Mammoth Zord. It's a Guitar/Blaster, and the Mammoth Zord is summoned with one awesome chord.²* PowerLimiter: Cam's weighted vest in Samurai Ranger form, which he removes when in Super Samurai Mode.²* PrecrimeArrest: In "The Samurai's Journey", Cam goes to the past to seek a power that'll make him the SixthRanger. Upon finding out his soon-to-be-exiled EvilUncle is [[BigBad Lothor's]] past self, he tries to persuade the other ninjas to kill him instead. [[AvertedTrope Unfortunately, they refuse]] to deliver punishment for future actions.²* ProjectedMan: Cyber-Cam is projected from the Ninja Ops holoprojector.²* RedShirtArmy: The Ninjas. The serve as fodder in the first episode before being captured by Lothor's men.²* {{Retool}}: Arguably the biggest in PR history to that point.²* RhymesOnADime: Copybot from "Beauty and the Beach"²* RivalDojos: the Wind and Thunder Academies. [[spoiler:Lothor uses this to convince the Thunder Rangers that Sensei killed their parents.]]²* SealedEvilInACan: ²** The "Abyss of Evil" that acts as one. Unusually, the BigBad, Lothor, didn't bust out of there at the beginning of the season; instead it factored into his EvilPlan: [[spoiler:if his monsters couldn't defeat the Rangers, they'd be sent to the Abyss; cramming it full until it burst open and gave him an army to work with.]]²** Double subverted, as Lothor is sealed in the Abyss at the end of the series, and then breaks out in the [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder next season]], during the team-up episode.²* SerendipitousSurvival: In the first episode, Lothor's forces invade the ninja school and abduct all the students. Shane, Tori, and Dustin are spared because they were late. This is what lead to them becoming the Ninja Storm Rangers. [[spoiler:As revealed in the last episode, it was actually destiny rather than just coincidence]].²* SerkisFolk: Sensei is a CGI guinea pig animated with motion capture.²* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: The Boxing Bop-a-roo, and eventually he's [[GotMeDoingIt Got Other Villains Doing It]], too. Lothor gets so fed up at the [[EskimosArentReal "made-up words"]] that he starts a [[TheSwearJar Made-up Word Jar]].²* ShapeshifterModeLock: Sensei is stuck as a guinea pig for most of the series.²* ShouldntWeBeInSchoolRightNow: A toss-up. It's not entirely clear whether the Rangers had to fit NinjaSchool around regular high school, or were already there the whole time. ²* ShoutOut: Amazingly, it took the show eleven seasons to make a reference of some kind to ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'': The monster Footzilla.²** Hmm, the team has a wise mentor who offers advice and was a famed ninja master before an unexpected accident turned him into a rodent. Now, [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 where have I heard of that before?]]²*** Well, the Ninja Turtles DO exist in [[Series/PowerRangersInSpace this universe.]]²** Right after blasting the using the Storm Striker for the first time in the premiere ep, Shane goes "[[WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders Later days!]]"²** "Looming Thunder" has a mole monster taunt "Can you guess who the mole is now?", likely referencing the then-current reality show, ''Series/TheMole'' (which also aired on Creator/{{ABC}} at the time). Speaking of reality shows, there's Hunter comparing a HorribleCampingTrip to ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' in "General Deception".²** In what feels like being a bit of TakeThat in "I Love Lothor":²--->'''Lothor:''' I fail to see what lip gloss and face powder have to do with world domination.²--->'''Marah:''' Well, it worked for [[Music/BritneySpears Britney]] and [[Music/ChristinaAguilera Christina]].²* ShoutOutToShakespeare: The show featured this memorable exchange:²--> '''Lothor''': "...there's something rotten in the state of Denmark..."²--> '''Kapri''': I thought they were in California?²--> '''Lothor''':'s Shakespeare. Read a book.²--> '''Marah''': Technically it's a ''play''...²* SimilarSquad: Three new ninja students in the finale who act suspiciously like the Wind Rangers did.²* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Enforced for the first time since ''Power Rangers'' started, as in previous seasons they always [[TwoGirlsToATeam gender swapped a male yellow]] to avoid invoking this trope. Despite the decision to swap Navy Thunder Blue to match the Blue Ninja Storm Ranger being female, the Ranger ratio is one girl to five guys, just like in Sentai as this was Disney's first ''Power Rangers'' production.²* TheStarscream: First Vexacus, then Marah and Kapri. [[spoiler: Ultimately played with in every way when it's all revealed to be part of Lothar's EvilPlan.]]²* SuperEmpowering: Skyla the Karmanian, the source of the Battlizer for this season.²* SupernaturalMartialArts: Apparently, ninja training can teach you to run on water and air, move at blinding speed, control water, earth, fire, and lightning, open portals to distant places, shapeshift, and [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands whatever else will get the Rangers out of their current pickle.]]²* ThatManIsDead: By law, when a ninja is banished, they cease to exist. It is for this reason that Sensei never told anyone about his relation to [[spoiler:Lothor]]; As far as he was concerned, the man he knew as his brother was no more.²* [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Those Two Bad Girls]]: Marah and Kapri. Sure, they ''do'' try to be more than just that [[spoiler:even going as far as engineering Shimazu's downfall]], but from there to full-on [[TheStarscream Starscreaming]], they were a ''really'' long way.²* ThreateningShark: Vexacus, the shark-themed bounty hunter turned general.²* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: When Tori's unmorphed, she's fairly tomboyish. But once she morphs, her mannerisms and gestures are far more girly. Much of this can be attributed to the Sentai stock footage. [[spoiler:Also a mentioned in "Beauty and the Beach". Dustin and Shane say she's not a "girl girl", but she insists she's more than just a tomboy.]]²* TwoTimerDate: Tori, splitting between attending Shane's competition and going to a movie with Blake and Hunter in "Pork Chopped".²* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation²* VillainousBreakdown: Zurgane has one of these after the Rangers defeat him in "General Deception, Part 2".²-->"Will there never be a day that is marked for victory? Will I always have to suffer at the hands of the Power Rangers? TELL ME, WHEN WILL IT END?!"[[note]]The answer is, in about ten seconds when he was immediately killed by Vexacus.[[/note]]²* VoiceOfTheLegion: The Minizord speaks with two voices in unison, courtesy of Greg Johnson.²* WalkOnWater: Tori uses this ninja trick.²* WellDoneSonGuy: Shane feels inadequate compared to his own brother.²* WhatTheHellHero: In Part 1 of "The Samurai's Journey", the main cast are stunned to hear that the primary reason Cam hasn't had a chance to be a Ranger yet is because Sensei has forbidden it. Sensei points out that it's because of a promise he made to Cam's mother before she died, but the others think it hypocritical of him to deny Cam the opportunity when it flies in the face of the advice he regularly gives them about being in charge of their own destinies. ²* WillTheyOrWontThey: Blake and Tori.²* XanatosGambit: the ''entire season'' is revealed to be this in the finale, in which [[spoiler: Lothor reveals that he was intentionally sending MonstersOfTheWeek (and later his own generals) to their doom, so that their evil spirits would fill the nearby Abyss of Evil to overflowing, resurrecting his own forces along with the other ancient evils imprisoned there.]]²* YouFightLikeACow: ''ALL'' the Rangers, seriously, it's like Spider-Man times six.²* YoureInsane: Hunter tells this to Motodrone.²-->'''Hunter''': You're crazy!²-->'''Motodrone''': [[InsultBackfire Yes, but that's the fun of it!]]²* YouWouldMakeAGreatModel: G-rated version in "Beauty and the Beach", when Marah and Kapri invite Tori to a fake photo shoot in order to trap her.²----


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