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This is a list of Clueless Aesops as provided by Power Rangers Ninja Steel and Super Ninja Steel.

Ninja Steel

  • Live and Learn teaches the Aesop of choosing between what is right and what is easy: Brody uses alien technology from Galvanax' ship to look up the solution for every question he comes across at school and during a battle against a monster. While this utterly defeats the purpose of him learning at school, the show also portrays Brody being in the wrong when he uses it to defeat the Monster of the Week. Here the show seems to forget that these monsters are a big threat to the earth and using whatever shortcuts to defeat them would actually be perfectly acceptable or even required as a means to limit casualties.
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  • Prest-o Change-o tries to teach an aesop of not using powers for personal gain through Preston acquiring real magic from the Ninja Nexus Prism. It works during a fight with a monster, but his magic powers fail to cooperate as his attempts at his magic show prove faulty: nearly killing Victor and Monty. However, the show proves Preston's dreams and actions as irresponsible by claiming that he can only use his powers for selfless reasons, which doesn't make sense seeing as how Preston attempted to restore Monty's body and used his magic to stop a monster from acquiring the Power Stars.
  • Grave Robber seems to want to teach kids to give and take in a friendship. The Ranger teens listened to Levi's music and then invited him to play a board game with them. Levi refused, admitting he really doesn't like to play board games. The show then presents him as selfish, as the Rangers did take their time to listen to his music, but he doesn't want to do something they like. While "give and take" is good lesson to learn to kids, its portrayal veers more into The Complainer Is Always Wrong territory, making it seem you must always go along with the majority, even if you dislike what they're doing.

Super Ninja Steel

  • The episode Moment of Truth tells the classic Aesop of "Always tell the truth". In this episode, Victor buys a pair of extravagant looking sunglasses, thinking they are cool enough to attract girls to him. After the rangers defeat a monster that gets stronger when hearing lies by learning the Aesop, Calvin bluntly tells Victor the sunglasses look stupid, to the point of coming over as slightly insulting. The show treats this as a good thing, making it seem Calvin successfully learned the Aesop, turning the overall message into "Insulting people for having a different taste is the right thing to do, as you are telling them the truth."
  • The Need for Speed goes for the same Aesop as Live and Learn. Sarah gets her hands on some alien technology and plans to use it to defeat Victor and Monty in a hoverboard race. Yet again, her using it to actually defeat the monster is portrayed as wrong.
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  • Caught Red Handed once again goes for a truth Aesop. Brody is falsely accused of stealing a precious family heirloom from the principal. Once the truth comes out and his name is cleared, the principal actually proclaims him to be courageous for sticking to the truth and gives said family heirloom to him as a reward for his "courage". This makes it come over that you should always expect people to reward you for sticking to the truth.
  • Sheriff Skyfire actually veers into Unfortunate Implications. The aesop is to always stick to the rules and comply to authority figures, no matter how strict they are, because they know what's best for you. This review explains its Unfortunate Implications in depth, but to make a long story short: Hayley is fined by an overly strict security guard and forced to do detention. The episode then goes out of its way to victimize the security guard for being stressed out because none of the students care for the rules, making it look like Hayley is one of these wrongdoers. Meanwhile, known douchebags Victor and Monty become interns to the security guard, but instead they abuse their newfound power to steal stuff. This power abuse culminates in a Willy Wonka joke as a well deserved punishment. Basically: Always comply to authority, even when said authority is unreasonably strict or even malevolent.
  • Car Trouble is about how you should always finish your education at school. Calvin is offered his dream job as car mechanic and plans to quit school to do so. He even admits he isn't good at school, but is shown to be a natural mechanic. However, his friends don't seem to be keen on this idea and because he is unable to repair the Lion Fire Zord, despite it being unknown alien technology, he decides to stay at school after all. The message instead comes over to always do what society expects you to, even if that means you should pass up good opportunities.

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