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Personality Conflicts is a Power Rangers fanfic by Ellen Brand that manages to be both Darker and Edgier and Lighter and Softer. Expect lots of angst. Lots of it. And lots of crossovers. Pretty long and engrossing, so consider dedicating several weekends to it.

The plot kicks off when Tommy's been having persistent nightmares about the Evil Green Ranger reappearing and turning him evil again, waking up screaming every time — which prompts his parents, not knowing about his Ranger career, to send him to psychiatrist Lita Kino. While at first uncooperative, Tommy ultimately decides — with Zordon's approval — to reveal the truth to her. Thanks to this, Lita is able to ultimately discover that the dreams are caused by a genuine split personality — the Evil Green Ranger, who's been trying to take over their body. With Lita's help, Tommy manages to reintegrate his split personalities; from then on, the Rangers visit Lita whenever they have problems, all while dealing with the continuing threats against Angel Grove and the world. As the series continues, relationships change and develop, new Rangers and allies join the team, and new villains show up to cause trouble.

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The main series note  consists of:

  • I Wish... — prequel from the point of view of Alexandra Red Eagle, Tommy's birth mother.
  1. Personality Conflicts — a series of disturbing dreams lead to a startling discovery for Tommy.
  2. Fathers and Sons — Adam and his father are stranded on an alien world together. The problem: Adam's morphed, and Detective Park doesn't exactly like the Rangers.
  3. Shadow Dancers — When the Shadow Empire attacks Aquitar and captures Billy, it's up to Tommy to save him.
  4. Dying of the Light — The loss of the Gold Powers have an unexpected side effect: Jason's dying. Part one of a three-part arc.
  5. Things Left Undone — Old friends return to Angel Grove after learning of Jason's condition. Meanwhile, a new Ranger arrives with unexpected ties to one of their enemies. Part two of a three-part arc.
  6. Crystal's Shadow, Crystal's Light — As three new Zeo Rangers join the team and Prince Gasket returns to Earth, the Rangers may have a way to save Jason's life. Part three of a three-part arc.
  7. Two of Hearts — While Rita kidnaps Kimberly and Skull for one of her evil plans, Zedd makes his own last stand against the Rangers.
  8. Crystal Blue Persuasion — Rocky is sent to an alien world to help prevent the return of an ancient evil.
  9. Revelations — Tommy is stunned when another truth about his family comes to light.
  10. Dark Mirror One: Tiger, Tiger — Problems arise when two new Morphin Warriors begin tapping the Grid. Part one of a three-part arc.
  11. Dark Mirror Two: Through a Glass Darkly — The Morphin Warriors face more trouble when a second Dark Reflection is created. Part two of a three-part arc.
  12. Dark Mirror Three: Heart of Darkness — Rita's use of the Mirror of Night has unexpected consequences: the return of the monstrous Nyghtmyre. Part three of a three-part arc.
  13. The More Things Change — When the space pirate Divatox comes to Earth, the Turbo Rangers are formed to stop her.
  14. Who You Gonna Call? — Zack makes some interesting new friends in New York: the Ghostbusters!
  15. Inner Demons — Rocky teams up with the Turbo Rangers to take down a literal demon from his past.
  16. Worlds Enough and Time — Billy's having dreams of an alternate world, and an attempt to understand them leads to his switching places with his counterpart there.
  17. Thicker than Water — Things get complicated when Jason's birth father comes to town, and even more so when Prince Gasket decides to take advantage of them.
  18. Family Ties — Adam's not happy when his old enemy Scorpina comes looking for him.
  19. The Green-eyed Monster — The Turbo Rangers and Tanya must work together to defeat the last of the Demons of Nyghtmyre.
  20. Final Frontier — Dark Specter comes to Earth, leading to the Rangers' toughest battle yet. Fortunately, they've got new friends who can help out.
  21. Blows So Red — Andros is trying to adjust to life on Earth, but Dark Specter isn't willing to let him have an easy time of it.
  22. Second Star to the Right — Zordon is "arrested", and three Ranger teams head into space to find help. Meanwhile, the Turbo Rangers find themselves facing a deadly new threat. Part one of a six-part arc.
  23. Straight on 'til Morning — As things escalate on both fronts, both sets of Rangers find themselves making new friends and enemies alike. Part two of a six-part arc.
  24. Split Decision — Out in space, the Rangers split up in order to visit multiple planets at once. Meanwhile, the Turbo Rangers learn more about their new allies. Part three of a six-part arc.
  25. Shadow Hearts — The teams in space arrive on four different worlds in search of allies, while Earth's defenders are faced with a shocking betrayal. Part four of a six-part arc.
  26. The Waiting Game — Tommy and his team have the chance to strike a decisive victory against evil, while on Earth, an old friend of the Beetleborgs could turn the tide in the war against the Shadowborg. Part five of a six-part arc.
  27. Though the Heavens Fall — As the time for Zordon's trial arrives, Earth's defenders prepare for their final battle against the Shadowborg and his allies. Part six of a six-part arc.
    • Aftermath — a nine-part miniseries, in which the various hero teams take time to stop and reflect after recent events.
  28. Shadows of the Future — A temporal anomaly sends Rocky into a dark future, in which the Shadow Empire has conquered Earth.
  29. Phantom Quest — The Phantom Ranger comes to Earth, and the last of Zordon's chosen comes home.
  30. Mirror, Mirror — Dark Specter has a new plan... that involves an old and evil artifact.
  31. Firebird Run — When a mysterious young woman comes to Earth, Tommy's younger brother Teddy gets a chance to be a hero.
  32. AGPD Blue — The Blue Senturian joins the Angel Grove Police Department.
    • Birthday Blues — Lita Kino's birthday gives her a chance to reflect.
  33. Once Upon a December — Christmas time is here, and everyone is celebrating.
  34. Allied Powers — An offer of alliance from Prince Gasket gives Rita Repulsa her chance to finally get back in the villain game.
  35. Hide and Seek — It's Valentine's Day, and Dark Specter decides to step up his efforts to conquer Earth. Authorized continuation by Chris Funaro (AKA Cmdr Crayfish).
  36. The Ties That Bind — Authorized continuation by Chris Funaro (AKA Cmdr Crayfish).

Tropes featured in Personality Conflicts include:

  • A Day in the Limelight: Firebird Run. Tommy's litle brother gets a focus story, saves an alien princess, and all outstanding plotlines limp to the side.
  • Aborted Arc: For Want of a Nail was intended as an alternate universe to Personality Conflicts where Rito and Goldar never dropped the Zeo Crystal in the finale of MMPR. When the PC series went on protracted hiatus the "elseworlds" project got discarded.
  • After the End: Shadows of the Future. The real Shadowborg beat the other Venjix to conquering the world by eleven years!
  • A God Am I: Nyghtmayr was there. Shadowborg gets there in the original timeline.
  • All There in the Manual: Explaining the Morphin Grid, the differences between psychic energy and magic, and the shout outs, as well as her views on characterization of superhero teams.
    • A LOT of the backstory used in the series, including the unseen events between Good as Gold and the self-titled debut fanfic, originates in Ellen's earlier fanfics with Jen Bigley. These stories themselves are Broad Strokes versions of how Ellen later came to envision PC's backstory.
    • Turbo Heroes is the PC continuity adaptation of Super Sentai. Ellen has written extensive notes on the shows it adapts and the storylines of the series online.
  • Animorphism: The "Dark Mirror" arc goes more in-depth on the Morphin Warrior powers, explaining that while the original Rangers' powers were filtered through two sources, their Power Coins and their spirit animals. As Morphin Warriors, drawing unfiltered Morphin Energy with only the spirit animal and their individual personalities to give it shape (rather than a team's collective subconscious like the Rangers did), they can actually turn into their spirit animal; this was demonstrated for the first (and so far, only) time in the first of the Dark Mirror stories, with Skull and Billy turning into their tiger and wolf, respectively.
  • Arcadia: The Sea of Grass.
  • Arc Welding: This series is rife with it. With standalone episodes in the original series as well as standalone fics within itself.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • During the Ghostbusters' Aftermath chapter, Egon remarks that "We've faced primal gods, angry elementals, and the Mayor on a bad day."
    • In AGPD Blue, Daystar and the Blue Senturian investigate a crime scene at a store that sells electronics and fishing supplies. According to the owner, a bunch of Piranhatrons teleported in, swiped a bunch of computer parts, raided the cash register and ate all his bait. Though it turns out they didn't actually commit the second crime — the clerk on duty took advantage of the monster attack and blamed them as a cover-up.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Gasket tells his mother after killing King Mondo and usurping control of the Machine Empire for himself that his father-in-law King Aradon is always looking for new robot concubines.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Chris, who goes from arcade rat to substitute Silver Astro.
  • Avengers Assemble: During the "Zordon's Trial" arc, with most of the Ranger teams off-world, the Turbo Rangers gather Masked Rider, the Beetleborgs and the VR Troopers together to oppose the threat of the augmented Shadowborg, and Flabber and the Professor are able to operate from the Command Centre.
  • Author Appeal: Ellen has a weird thing for twin/clone love triangles.
    • Ellen has a great enthusiasm for kid-heroes, which crops up more and more throughout PC's expanded universe. Aside from the (canon) Beetleborgs and (sort-of canon) PC Turbo Rangers, the Yu-Gi-Oh!, Danny Phantom, and Case Closed casts all play enormous roles in their respective corners of the universe.
    • Ellen loves to place strong women in situations where they can prove their own strength against a somewhat misogynistic regime. See No Woman's Land below.
    • Benign non-crossovers using analogous versions of alternate universe characters leads to Duke L'orange's counterpart The Black Falcon among dozens of other lawyer-friendly cameos. Ellen seems to enjoy non-crossover Mythology Gags at least as much as she does crossovers.
      • Clark Lane and Lois Kent seem to hover between a Name Sake Gag and Ellen's usual Lawyer-Friendly Cameo tendency. They mostly just exist to make Parker O'Neil's own reporter-gag name less ridiculous by extension.
  • Bad Future: Rocky gets transported to one where the Shadow Empire invaded Earth, all but six of the rangers are dead (and Billy's in a Body Horror state where light is uncomfortable to him and he can't touch anyone without burning them with the cold of his new body), those six and Drew are all Shell Shocked Veterans, and Tasha's one of The Heartless.
  • Badass Family: To some extent the Scotts, to a greater extent the Olivers, and most of all the Parks. Lampshaded in Family Ties with Fred Kelman asking Franklin if anyone in his family is NOT a G.I. Joe.
  • Becoming the Mask:
    • Larry Zedden was merely a means for Zedd to sow his wild oats in a human identity, much as Master Vile had done across several galaxies while his daughter and sole viable heir was trapped in a dumpster. Unfortunately, this particular identity and his proximity to Earth made that persona take root.
    • Rita genuinely fell in love with Lord Zedd after years in a sham marriage and still mourns the "death" of her husband when he resumed his identity as Larry.
    • Somewhat true for Zedd himself, being as the original identity of Prince Zedd the Zarakin royal is who both Zedd and Larry think of themselves "as," despite the former being the result of a magic spell and the latter the result of Earth's leylines messing with his brain.
  • The Beard: Jason's parents pretended to be in love so that Jason's grandparents wouldn't know that Jason's real father was Korean. Surprisingly, it worked.
  • Berserk Button: In order to defeat the brainwashed Chromium Gold, the opposing heroes design the Electric Bronze Beetleborg to push all of Drew's buttons regarding his history with Josh in the hopes of making him lose his temper and thus his focus, to the extent of making the new Beetleborg's design look like a modified Chromium Gold to give the impression Electric Bronze is there purely to take his place.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: The series starts with just two villains — the Rangers are fighting both the Machine Empire and Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd's faction. By the time of Final Frontier, Dark Specter's arrival means there are now six villains from the United Alliance of Evil (Rita Repulsa, Count Dregon, the Machine Empire, Prince Gasket's splinter faction and Divatox, plus Dark Specter himself) and the Earth-bound villains Nukus and Grimlord.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Bulk of all people gets a moment in the "Zordon's Trial" arc; after the brainwashed Drew and Josh have rendered each other unconscious, Shadowborg almost killed Josh before Bulk interfered, distracting Shadowborg just long enough to call the Power Chamber to teleport himself and the Beetleborgs to safety.
  • Big Eater: Rocky, TJ and Zhane all have their moments. Apparently, it runs in the family for Rocky and TJ. And that's leaving aside the fact that Ranger status increases the metabolism and burns a lot more calories than usual.
  • Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...:
    • Lita does this while going through the mail for she, Rocky, Jason and Tommy when they're staying at the De Santos family cabin in the first story:
    "Bill, bill, letter for Jason, magazine- 'Martial Arts World,' what a surprise, oh, Rocky, a postcard for you," she handed it to him, "and a letter for me from- Cousin Mako."
    • Skull does it in Dark Mirror One: Tiger, Tiger; it's springtime, explaining his reaction to one item he gets:
    "Hmm, bill, bill, Bill Clinton, Ed McMahon, letter from Aunt Edna, fruitcake from Aunt Millie- what, does she think it's Christmas? Newsweek, Biker Monthly, letter from- Bulk!"
  • Body Horror: Billy in the Bad Future. This is somewhat less horrible by the fact that you're expecting Brain in a Jar, or worse. Instead, he's simply all-black, has glowing green eyes, can see Shadows for what they are, and is so cold, it burns.
  • Boldly Coming: Rocky gets all sorts of interesting offers on Danata.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Nukus and Shadowborg manage to do this to Drew/Chromium Gold, which causes Jo to have a temporary breakdown.
  • Broad Strokes: The televised events of the first four years and the general contents of the first six years of Power Rangers happened. Any larger mythology or backstory is relegated to the dustbin as Ellen constructs a new backstory for her own universe to incorporate multiple other franchises into a stable timeline.
    • Ashley and TJ have different full names than their series counterparts, and Katherine's name is spelled Hilliard instead of Hillard.
      • "Eltare" as well.
    • VR Troopers is moved in continuity from 1994-1995 when it aired to 1997-1998 when the fic's contemporary era is located.
  • The Bus Came Back: Josh Baldwin, the former White Blaster Beetleborg; his powers of invisibility are restored with the restoration of Shadowborg, and Art subsequently creates the new powers of 'Electric Bronze' Beetleborg Metallix so that Josh can assist in battle with Shadowborg, with Art taking care to design these powers to be completely independent of Shadowborg so that Josh won't lose his powers once Shadowborg is defeated.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Adam is tricked into drinking Meelar water, described as a mild intoxicant similar in strength to Earth wine, by Scorpina. He's feeling woozy after just one glass (which Scorpina comments on), but still has enough control to hold Scorpina back when she tries to take his shirt off.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Everyone refers to the villains as villains.
    • The United Alliance of Evil appears to function as a sort of hybrid military alliance and Weird Trade Union in practice. They even seem to have their own evil Obstructive Code of Conduct on recruiting planetary villains.
  • Canon Discontinuity: We're past the point Extreme Ghostbusters should be happening internal to The Real Ghostbusters timeline with no signs of the original team retiring. Slightly averted in that Zack is very explicitly being groomed for the next generation team.
  • Canon Immigrant: Too many to name, in many directions.
    • PC does a surprisingly good job backing into continuity with the series. The United Alliance of Evil is not mentioned by name until Dark Specter shows up. The Intergalactic Police Force was used in Personality Conflicts prior to the Power Rangers Turbo writers picking the same name for the Blue Senturion's agency.
    • Fred Kelman and Justin Stewart on the same team also comes to mind.
    • A LOT of other fanfic writers use Lita and her Spear Counterpart Cade as stock psychologists for their stories.
  • Cast Herd: The series starts with a single Ranger team and gradually expands; as of Allied Powers, the total includes four full Ranger teams, two other teams (the Beetleborgs and VR Troopers) and a solo warrior (Masked Rider) in nearby towns, and the Ghostbusters in New York. Plus, each team has their support staff, family members in the know, and some other allies. Plus all the various villain groups. Dark Specter even lampshades it in Phantom Quest when he's told there are now twenty-eight powered Rangers, commenting that "Counting the support staff would give me a headache."
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: The series maintains a rather consistent dark tone up through The More Things Change, at which point it becomes a more fun-loving series of adventures. It snaps back to dramatic with the arrival of Dark Specter.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang:
    • It probably would have been a good idea to dig up all those shards left behind after the Mirror of Night exploded.
    • The Tire Shield is actually good for something!
    • Remember the Sword of Power? The show didn't.
  • Child Supplants Parent: In Allied Powers, Prince Gasket murders his father King Mondo, even destroying his personality component to ensure he stays dead, in order to take control of the Machine Empire (which he believes is his birthright as the oldest son).
  • Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends: Nobody stays single indefinitely in an Ellen Brand story, and this is no exception. Even Interspecies Romance will not stand in its way.
  • Closest Thing We Got: In "Phantom Quest", Aisha has to entrust the Ghostbusters and Janine to pilot the Rescuezords as they're the only people with enough exposure to morphing energy available, and even then Ray and Janine are only piloting the Red and Yellow Rescuezords because they're the closest equivalent (Peter, Egon and Winston are Green, Blue and Pink, but Ray gets the Red as there is some 'sympathy' in the Grid energies between Red and White, and Janine just gets the last one).
  • Contractual Genre Blindness: Lampshaded by Ryan when he finds out Ziktor is Grimlord.
  • Creepy Cockroach: Skull jokingly talks about weaponizing this trope in Final Frontier, suggesting that they round up some of the local roaches and sic them on the Quantrons invading Miami. Kim's amused response is "You couldn't handle a Miami cockroach."
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Rito and Goldar, full stop. Rito may be incompetent, but given a straightforward plan that involves hitting things he can execute it with few problems.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: Dealing with Tommy's mother's beliefs in the prequel.
  • Crystal Spires and Togas: Eltare.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Shadowborg does this a lot.
  • Death by Origin Story: Everyone on KO-35. And four Astro Guardians. Surprisingly averted by Tommy and David's biological mother Alex, who is still alive somewhere and finally reappears in the authorized continuation The Ties That Bind.
  • Death is Cheap: In a sense for the Astralborgs; Shadowborg kills three of them and inflicts a near-fatal wound on Dragon Borg, but Drew and Jo's mother Joyce is able to convince Les to work with Art to recreate the Astral Borgs, the collaboration necessary to ensure that the three deceased heroes are reborn exactly as they were before. Other characters subsequently compare it to the idea that their ‘deaths' sent them back into the comic book dimension and the Fortunes brothers gave them a new way out.
  • Destroy the Villain's Weapon: Zedd's staff gets broken again in Two of Hearts (having been broken once before in canon, in the Changing of the Zords three-parter). This time, it's completely destroyed, resulting in the spell on Zedd breaking and returning him to his true self.
  • Doomed Home Town: KO-35.
  • Drives Like Crazy: In Final Frontier, the tendency of Miami drivers to be this is brought up in narration ("Most of the drivers seem to regard the roads as training grounds for the Indy 500, moving at speeds clearly in excess of sanity.") and dialogue (Kim calls to Zack that "This is Miami!" ... "Driver Ed means learning how to shift with one hand and give the finger with the other!"). While justified (seeing as they're in the middle of an ongoing battle with a pack of Quantrons on armed and armored motorcycles), Kim's hardly one to talk, seeing as how she and the other Warriors had just popped wheelies and drove their Shark Cycles over a slow-moving Cadillac.
  • Eating Contest:
    • In the Zeo Rangers' "Aftermath" chapter, Rocky de Santos makes a mental note to never challenge TJ to one, based on their experiences on Danata — Zarakin cooking is very spicy, and while it proved too much for Rocky, TJ had eaten it without any problems.
    • Rocky later competes in one with a girl in Shadows of the Future, and wins by downing twenty plates of pie in ten minutes. When the girl who'd challenged him asks him what he has to say for himself, his mischievous reply is "When's lunch?"
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Green Ranger presents himself to Tommy as this in a dream. Also, Nyghtmayr and the Shadows.
  • Elective Monarchy: Triforia, in a way. The planet's ruler can choose a successor, but their choice has to be confirmed by a majority of their five advisors, each of whom rules one of Triforia's five provinces.
  • Emotion Eater: Nyghtmayr and the Minor Demons can feed on the negative emotions they represent — the Minor Demons each feed on anger, bitterness, despair, doubt, fear, hatred, jealousy and malice, respectively, while Nyghtmayr can feed on all of them.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Les makes it clear when he is captured/rescued from Nukus by the heroes that he only drew the new Shadowborg as a theory and tried to talk Nukus out of actually bringing it to life, terrified at the prospect of what Shadowborg would be capable of with the new abilities he gave it.
  • Evil Chancellor: Darkonda, in this version.
  • Evil Twin: Dark Reflections are this for their originals.
  • Evil Virtues: Gasket and Archerina are truly in love. Similarly, Gasket feels the Alliance of Evil has drifted away from its espoused beliefs and become Dark Specter's gang of petty thugs. This leads to their Honor Among Thieves alliance with Rita.
  • Expanded Universe: Many of Ellen's Danny Phantom stories (starting with Danny Shadow) are set in the PC universe circa 2004. Other than Lita publishing a book on metahuman psychology, Ellen makes a point to reveal very little about what happened to the characters.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Drew, though it's ultimately reversed. Also, Prince Zedd was forcibly turned evil way back when, using the same spell Rita would eventually use on Tommy when she first recruited him to be her Green Ranger. Zedd eventually gets better.
  • Fake Twin Gambit: When Shadowborg turns Chromium Gold against the team, the other heroes tell the news that Chromium Gold has been captured and replaced by a duplicate to protect his reputation for when they manage to get him back to normal.
  • Fantastic Racism: Most aliens don't like humans. Eltareans also don't like Zarakin.
  • A Father to His Men: Zordon.
  • The Federation: The Council of Worlds. Also doubling as a somewhat Obstructive Bureaucrat, they have managed to prevent the local group of galaxies from erupting in full out civil war by maintaining a state of quasi-détente with the Alliance of Evil. The entire convoluted Ranger team vs. villain army setup is bureaucratically mandated to bypass the Intergalactic Police Force ever directly engaging in military conflict with the Alliance and setting off a war.
  • Finagle's Law: Referenced under the name "Murphy's Law" in the original Personality Conflicts, when Tommy's friends warn Lita that he's a walking example of it.
    As Rocky had said, "Oliver's corollary to Murphy's Law reads, 'Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, and will probably be loaded for bear.'"
  • Framing the Guilty Party: Of the Known Guilty Parties variety. In AGPD Blue, the owner of a combination fishing and electronics shop reports that a group of Piranhatrons teleported into his store and stole a bunch of expensive electronic equipment. They also cleaned out the register and ate all his bait. Except it turns out they didn't touch the register, it was the clerk on duty, taking advantage of the distraction and claiming the Piranhatrons did that part too.
  • Friendly War: Of the prank war variety.
    • Rick Winslow and Daystar have been engaged in a prank war with one another since Daystar joined the department, as a coping mechanism for both of them.
    • In Once Upon a December, it's noted that Jamie and Finster occasionally engage on "gotcha" contests with one another to see who can come up with the ultimate practical joke. Jamie gives him some extra ammunition — a "Creepy Crawlers Monster Maker" — for a Christmas gift.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum:
    • Rocky is on the receiving end in Crystal Blue Persuasion when his mother needs him to get out of bed and help her get his younger siblings off to their various activities.
    • Eileen Park (Adam and Franklin's mother) uses her youngest son's full name in Family Ties when she reveals to him that she knows both he and Adam are Rangers.
  • Fully Absorbed Finale: Overlaps with Grand Finale. The trial arc serves as a conclusion to the storylines of VR Troopers, Masked Rider and Beetleborgs, as well as freeing up the characters to become part of the supporting cast.
  • Generation Xerox: The Beetleborgs are rather explicitly held up as younger analogues to the VR Troopers (unsurprising given their show origins). As Drew and Jo are siblings, Kaitlin and Ryan's quasi-relationship is moved to Jo and Josh.
  • Giant Spider: One appears in The Green-Eyed Monster, in the Castle of Nyghtmayr. The castle defenses replicate the same emotion-evoking powers as the eight Minor Demons, and Fyar's powers summon up a giant spider for Tasha to confront. She's able to defeat it by listing three biological reasons why the creature before her can't actually exist (any permeable-membraned egg that size would dry out before it could hatch; Square-Cube Law means "the cross-section of the legs only increase on a square curve" and would soon be too small to support it; and spiders and insects both "breathe through tracheal tubes that run from their 'skin' to their bloodstream. Those tubes can't be longer than an inch or so, otherwise no air gets down them, and the spider suffocates"). Each example causes the spider to shrink until it's the size of a normal tarantula, allowing Tasha to step on it and crush it into nothing.
  • Give Me Back My Wallet: Parker is targeted by, and catches, a young canid pickpocket in Though the Heavens Fall.
  • Godzilla Threshold: The moment the Hillhurst monsters realise that Shadowborg is outside the house, they summon all four Astral Borgs to confront him as they recognise that Shadowborg would be too powerful for just one Astral Borg. Even with the numerical advantage, Shadowborg kills three of the Astral Borgs and only fails to kill Dragon Borg because the Beetleborgs showed up at the last minute, the distraction throwing off Shadowborg's aim so that what would have been a fatal blow just caused a serious wound.
  • Good All Along: Finster joined Rita's services after she threatened his family. After she had them killed anyway, he stayed with her in order to sabotage her plans from within, purposely creating weak monsters for her. He eventually commits the ultimate sabotage, leading to Zedd's abandonment of Rita and subsequent return to the side of good.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Lita slips into this when she's stressed, even saying kuso at one point.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: So does Rocky.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Jamie, obviously. Also, Tommy and David.
  • Happily Married: Most of the parents of the teens, but especially Daniel and Sarah Oliver and Trevor and Eileen Park.
    • Not to mention Kimberly and Skull.
    • Gasket and Archerina have the marriage Rita wishes she'd had with Zedd.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Billy thinks of Tommy as this. Ryan almost becomes this.
    • Drew seems to teeter on the cusp of it, which Shadowborg takes full advantage of.
  • The Heartless: Happens a lot with the Shadow Empire, Nyghtmayr, Shadowborg, etc. The Shadow Empire was a failed attempt by a sorcerer to conjure forth Nyghtmayr and his Minor Demons from the Morpheus dimension without the Mirror of Night. The new form of Shadowborg was an attempt by Les Fortunes to recreate the original with powers he'd seen Nyghtmayr use, so they all do share a common origin.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Zedd, of all people! (Granted, it happens in canon, but still...) Also, Tommy and Jamie's evil clones.
  • Heir Club for Men: Trey de K'niro, Prince of Triforia and Gold Zeo Ranger, is the middle of a set of fraternal, mixed-gender triplets. Per Triforian law, he became heir to the throne because it's tradition that the current Gold Ranger inherits, and there hasn't been a female in the post in eons (Trey's widowed mother is currently the ruling Queen, but only because Trey himself was underage by their standards when his father died, and is off-planet most of the time for Ranger duties). Subverted by Trey himself, who names his younger sister as his heir (over the objections of some of his advisors).
  • Here We Go Again!: Happens at the end of Family Ties — an early scene picks up around the time the Turbo Rangers have finished dealing with Divatox's most recent monster, a creature with the Punny Name of "Billy the Squid" and speaking with a really bad western drawl (resulting in much laughter and disbelief at the name when it was first revealed). At the end of the story, it's shown that Divatox is using the same theme all over again for her next monster: Hopalong Cassidy, a giant rabbit in a cowboy hat. As the Turbos start laughing their heads off for the second time that day, Zordon of all people says the trope name.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: When planning the design for Electric Bronze Beetleborg, Josh observes that they should give him a sword as part of their plan to provoke the brainwashed Drew into losing his focus, noting how virtually every team leader or solo hero (the Red Rangers, the White Ranger, the Masked Rider, and even the Blue Stinger Beetleborg) has a sword as a weapon except Chromium Gold, who uses the Lancer instead.
  • Heroic RRoD: Remember how Jason could die if he used the Gold Ranger powers for too long?
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted in the case of Tommy and Jamie's clones, played straight in the case of Katie/Kaitlin 2.
  • Hollywood Acid: The monster Hydrator has highly acidic blood that nearly dissolves Tommy in their battle. The snake-men in Inner Demons can spit acid that melts bark off trees.
  • Hour of Power: Chris's powers, like Zhane's in canon. This also means he doesn't have to wear solid colors like the other rangers, and as such can wear a Robotech shirt.
  • Human Shield: Gasket pulls this with a weakened Jason in Crystal's Shadow, Crystal's Light. Played with, a bit: Jamie immediately pulls the "you kill him, I'll kill you" threat out, but Gasket shrugs it off. He's not there to kill Jason directly, he wants Jamie and Jason to play along and this is the best way to ensure that. However, Gasket makes it clear that his hatred for Jason is so strong that if killing Jason were his goal, or if Jamie doesn't cooperate, Gasket "would gladly run the very real risk of losing a swordfight to" Jamie for the satisfaction of seeing Jason dead.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Chris's time on flight simulators. Unfortunately, because they never covered docking maneuvers at the arcade, landing is not one of his specialties.
  • Immortality Immorality: Zedd has used the powers of evil to extend his lifespan.
  • Improvised Weapon: During attacks on the city, civilians are known to use these when not fighting hand-to-hand. For instance, in Final Frontier, Tommy's little brother Teddy and Tanya's mother Marsha both make use of chairs, Jason's mother Karen and Jamie's mother Leslie (and later Kim's father Paul) are shown using cast-iron frying pans, and Billy's father Hank knocks out a Quantron with a potted plant. In the same story, three of Rocky's youngest siblings rely on throwing random objects at the Oozemen trying to capture them. The Rangers have been known to do this as well — in Dark Mirror Two, Green and Yellow Zeos distract Hydrator by throwing chunks of concrete at him.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: With MMPR:TM continuity. The sole instance in Personality Conflicts where an alternate universe element is treated as being from an alternate universe.
    • Not that it's any surprise to learn the real PC universe has a Dulcea who served in the Order of the Meledan as well.
  • Insistent Terminology: Worlds Enough and Time has an Insistent Terminology regarding the titles of the Power Rangers, but Ellen's use of Zyuranger inspired (animal)-Ranger names instead of (color)-Ranger names in the actual story fluctuates so much it's impossible to tell if Billy is just being punked because he's from another universe.
    • The actual show be damned, in this universe they're the Astro Rangers.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Or boy, rather — Andros doesn't understand why humans wear clothes specifically for swimming.
  • It Came from the Fridge: Referenced in AGPD Blue when Parker mentions his first apartment from when he was in college, and Daystar teasingly asks if there was "mutant Chinese food in the fridge". (There wasn't — he was a frat boy and therefore lived on beer and pizza.)
  • Killed Off for Real: Of the lead villains from canon, Master Vile dies at Tommy's hands. Later, King Mondo is murdered by Prince Gasket.
  • Kindly Housekeeper: Finster becomes one for the Zedden household once the spell on Zedd is broken.
  • Kudzu Plot: And to think it was supposed to be a one-shot.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Constantly.
  • Light Is Not Good / Dark Is Not Evil: Lilian's power is the quasi-sentient "shadow" cast by the purity of the unified Zeo Crystal. It was channeled into a relatively noble host to ensure a power equal to nine other Zeo Rangers (including TREY) never ended up in evil hands. Since this is a universe with canonical Badass Decay, she's not especially worse than any of the other Zeo Rangers.
  • Loophole Abuse: Arguably applies to how Flabber assists Earth's remaining defenders against Shadowborg; while he's confined to Hillhurst, they are able to essentially transfer him into Zordon's usual chamber by transmitting him along the leylines, Flabber comparing it to the mansion having gained a new room and he's looking into the Power Chamber from the window.
  • Louis Cypher: Lawrence Zedden.
  • Love Redeems: Not so much "redeems" in this case as "makes you stop being the Butt-Monkey", but Kim and Skull meet the criteria. Any illusion Bulk and Skull were just the comic relief is washed away once Skull gets his dream girl and is elevated to Sixth Ranger status.
    • The love of Tyler and Terry (the first two Dark Reflections) for one another is a big factor in their redemption. It's indicated that Jade Thompson, Ashley's Dark Reflection, is headed this way because of her feelings for Chris.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Jamie Zedden's last name sounds weird. Guess why. Also, Master Vile is Tommy and David's father.
    • At least Winston Zeddemore isn't related to Jamie's family yet...
    • Tommy's clone (from season 2's "Return of the Green Ranger" arc) reveals, via letter, that he's the ancestor of Tommy's adoptive family.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: The way the Grid actually works in the stories is half-defined hokum, but it's relatively consistent with itself and with Ellen's production materials.
    • Ellen treats the act of creation and rebirth within Beetleborgs with more care than the original show ever did. Les can recreate Shadowborg because he was originally built in the real world and not internal to Beetleborgs comics. Art, however, cannot recreate the deceased Astral Borgs since he co-created them with his brother and only the two together could "remake" the ideas needed to resurrect them.
      • Flabber can't summon new things as often as Vexor or Nukus because most of his energy is being put into maintaining the gear that's already been summoned, whereas the enemies' creations go back to the comics relatively quickly.
  • Magical Native American: Sorta. Tommy's magical, but not due to that half of his heritage. David, who invokes this trope in canon, has no magical power to speak of.
    • David's adopted father Sam Trueheart is (as in series continuity) an enormous example of generic shaman abilities.
  • Mama Bear: Adam's mother actually attacks Scorpina herself when the villain tries to abduct Adam.
  • The Masquerade: Reinforced by the perception filter generated by both the leylines and their Ranger powers. To acknowledge how insane their world is would collapse human society. In one of Ellen's Sentinel fanfics Blair blatantly tells the people around him that there is no reason for someone to "fake" the superhuman activities in Southern California for publicity any more than for the world-famous, film-inspiring Ghostbusters to fake their paranormal work. No one pays him any attention.
  • May–December Romance: Invoked by Josh, who expresses concern about him having feelings for Jo when she's eleven and he's fifteen, but Winston advises him that those four years aren't that significant long-term, and Jo is hardly a ‘normal' girl after spending over two years as a Beetleborg.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Oh, so many.
    • Ryan and Katie Starr are an especially awkward case, as while the VR double of Kaitlin has all of the original's memories, Katie's total life experience as her own person can be measured in hours.
  • Mega Crossover: Started out with a simple Sailor Moon reference. Then it added Ghostbusters, VR Troopers, Beetleborgs, Masked Rider...
  • Mind Rape: Nyghtmayr has a habit of this. Shadowborg as well.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: In AGPD Blue, Daystar and the Blue Senturion investigate two crimes — a theft of expensive electronic parts from one store, and gems from another. They lead to the discovery of a plot by Divatox to create a freeze ray that will bring Angel Grove to a standstill and allow her to plunder the city at will.
  • Miranda Rights: Detective Park actually uses them against a monster in Fathers and Sons. Warpitor is not impressed:
    Detective Park: "Freeze, ugly!" ... "Detective Park, AGPD! You're under arrest for attempted murder! You have the right to remain silent. If you refuse the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law!"
    Warpitor: "Foolish human!" ... "I am above your petty human laws. And when my Lord Zedd takes over your pathetic world, those laws will cease to exist!"
  • Missing Mom: Tommy and David's birth mother, Alexandra Red Eagle, who had to give them up for adoption after they were born. Ceases to be the case in the authorized continuation The Ties That Bind, in which she's finally allowed to reunite with her sons. And is revealed to be dying of pancreatic cancer.
  • The Mole / Feed the Mole: A weirdly benevolent version. Daystar is assigned to Earth by the Council of Worlds and IGPF to report back on the activities of Zordon and the Terran Power Rangers and ensure they never violate the interdict in place. She's already conspiring with them by the time she gets back to the planet.
  • Morality Pet: Astronema seems to be the only thing keeping Ecliptor from sinking into the abyss of madness that consumed Dark Specter and Darkonda.
  • More Dakka: 6 active Morphin Warriors ( 8 counting Peter and Tyler, 7 if you accept Billy's powers have been boosted since becoming a Ninjetti), 10 Zeo Rangers, 5 Turbo Rangers, 6 Astro Rangers, and one Phantom Ranger protect the Earth. Factor in the other two superhero teams on the planet and a Masked Rider and PC's Earth could rival most major comics universes for raw fighting capacity.
    • Factor in Teddy and Parker's enchanted swords, Lita's augmented strength from the (inert) Dragon Coin, Chelsea's assassin training, Daystar's IGPF expertise, a Blue Senturion unit from the future, and the unlicensed nuclear accelerators strapped to the backs of the Ghostbusters and the supporting cast makes them even more formidable.
  • Morton's Fork: Invoked when Dark Specter discusses the idea of creating evil Rangers to fight the originals, observing that past attempts have failed as they either go one of two ways; either the duplicate is so good that it retains the goodness of the original, or they're just flawed imitations that are no match for the original.
  • Motive Decay: Explicitly stated by Dark Specter to be canon in this timeline. As the center of their local multiverse, Earth is bombarded with natural magic and renders villains either incompetent or forces them to Heel–Face Turn out of guilt.
    • In his scant appearances Count Dregon appears to have simply given up any effort to hold Edenoi or acquire the Masked Rider powers for himself. He is just tired and wants Dex dead.
  • Mythology Gag: Lita likes Super Sentai.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Shadow Empire.
  • Neutral Female: Averted and Lampshaded.
    • Ellen dislikes passive female characters and will go out of her way to use stronger women instead. The only canon female hero to retain any trace of timidity is Katherine, who has never had a focal of her own. The version of David in Personality Conflicts comes much closer to filling conventional female roles than any of the girls.
    • Andros has an almost female function as well, though he seems to hover around a Defrosting Ice Queen.
    • Subverted with Jen Bigley's OC Christina, who has no real personality to speak of and almost no lines over the entire run of the series. Though supposedly a genius in her own right, her job is pretty much "Billy's girlfriend."
  • No Woman's Land: For all of their advancement, Danata and Triforia are a bit behind in women's lib.
  • Noble Demon: Ecliptor. Also, Chelsea is a good version of this, deliberately reading evil sources on galactic history so that she can understand both sides.
  • Noodle Incident: In Once Upon a December, it's mentioned that Tommy and his team once faced a monster that looked like a giant Ho-Ho.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform:
    • The ten Morphin Warriors all have unique outfits. As Billy explains in part 1 of the Dark Mirror arc, the original Power Rangers worked as a team, hence the costumes were largely "determined by the collective unconscious images of the team who would wield the power". The Morphin Warriors, meanwhile, draw their costumes from the individual image because the power is not so dependent on teamwork — it's still one of their greatest strengths, but no longer their only one.
    • Basically applies when the six Rangers sent to Phaedos tap into the Great Power; as they aren't a contained team, the six suits don't have a conformed theme beyond the fact that they manifest in the colours of the respective Ranger's Ninjetti powers, such as Christina adopting a paladin-style outfit while Tanya and Billy's suits look more like standard Ranger suits.
  • Obstructive Code of Conduct: The premise of the trial.
  • Our Mages Are Different: Magic-users (generally referred to as mages) can tap the power of the Morphin Grid, and are typically categorized by methodology. Members of each group can be of either gender. These include:
    • Witches, such as the long-dead Arigor, Rita Repulsa and her mother, draw their power from objects into which magic has been infused.
    • Sorcerers, such as Lord Zedd and Master Vile, draw their power from an alternate form in which they can tap the Morphin Grid.
    • Warlocks, such as Ciaran, focus their power primarily through incantations, including those contained in spellbooks.
    • Wizards, such as Zordon and Tommy, focus their power primarily through mental disciplines.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Endemic when you're using Beetleborgs and the House Monsters. Fangula can go outside without being burnt to a crisp, but he is fair-skinned and prone to sunburn.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Applies to the Morphin Warriors in particular, as their transformations include a spell that prevents anyone recognizing them if that person isn't someone who genuinely cares about the morphed Warrior.
  • Pardon My Klingon: Andros has a potty mouth.
  • Parental Neglect: Particularly applies to Cassie's parents, who are shown to be so distant from their daughter that they took over a week to report her missing during the "Zordon's Trial" arc; they justify it as ‘progressive parenting', trusting their daughter to make her own choices, but Adam's father Trevor muses that at least he'd been able to see that things with his son weren't going well before he learned that Adam was a Ranger even if he hadn't known why.
  • Parental Substitute: Roland notes that Dragon Borg is like a substitute father to Drew, considering that his own father died years ago and the Astral Borg at least appears older even if he hasn't existed for that long.
  • Patricide: Tommy kills Master Vile, who's recently been revealed as his biological father, in a final showdown where he definitively rejects the villain's attempts to once more turn him evil.
  • Percussive Maintenance: Tasha apparently got one of Justin's devices to work via this method, as shown in a short flashback in The Green-eyed Monster.
  • Platonic Declaration of Love: In Split Decision. In the Morphin Warriors chapter of Aftermath, Billy thinks to himself of how much it bothered him to see these two simply drifting apart and going their separate ways due to life, and how glad he is that these two have reestablished their bond.
    Tommy: "I'm only going to say this once, Jase, because I know how dumb it sounds. But- I am going to say it, just in case we don't make it back. You've been my friend for five years, through thick and thin and things I can't even talk about. You never once let me down or backed away when I needed help. It's an honor to have known you, man, and- aw heck," ... "I love you, you know that?"
    Jason: "Yeah, I think I did. And I love you too, Tommy. You've always been like a brother to me, and you always will."
  • Power Incontinence: Tommy could actually die from having too much mana.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Grimlord in particular comes across as this when he proposes an alliance with Nukus, acknowledging that neither of them wish to share power but they would serve their interests best by working together to stop their enemies, and recommending that Ryan Steele die first as he would go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge if any of his team are killed.
  • Precedent Excuse: Used positively in the "Zordon's Trial" arc — Ferin, one of Trey's advisors, is rather stuck on doing things in the way they've always been, but when he objects to Trey's choice of his younger triplet sister Trialia as his successor (since she would become both the planet's ruler and Gold Ranger), one of the other advisors points out that there is a precedent — Queen Solaria, who held both the crown and the powers a very long time ago. Ferin concedes the point and, by the time the meeting is done, is one of the four advisors are supporting Trey's choice whole-heartedly. The fifth (who isn't fond of change, including women's increasing rights on the planet) reluctantly accepts as well.
  • Precision F-Strike: Tommy's double gets one against his creator/god Nyghtmayr.
  • Psychic Link: Josh and Shadowborg's connection snaps back into place the moment the latter is recreated. Chris and Zhane have one due to sharing a single set of powers simultaneously.
    • Interestingly, Twin Telepathy is mostly avoided with the Dark Reflections and Katie Starr. Knowing how someone thinks because you have their memories and knowing what they think because you're in their head are still treated as two separate things.
    • The Turbo Rangers share enough of one that, with the aid of their Turbo Keys, they can transmit their positive emotions to one another.
  • The Psycho Rangers: Happens occasionally.
    • The Neji Rangers are explicitly named for the original Psycho Rangers from Megaranger.
  • Put Down Your Gun and Step Away: Canopus pulls this on Adam, with Tanya as the hostage, in the very first story. Then follows it by forcing Tanya to give up her Zeonizers after letting her loose and grabbing hold of Adam in her place. Tanya winds up fighting him bare-handed while Adam tries to break free, only for David as Zeo Ranger Five to plow into Canopus from behind and then finish him off.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Invoked with Winston, as he draws on Pink energies when the Ghostbusters are using the power of the Morphin Crystal to give them a boost, although he is embarrassed by it and is noted as being the Ghostbuster who retained his Ranger energy for the least amount of time.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Shadowborg's abilities from the Shadow Demons allow him to deliver several of these to the heroes, to the point that he mentally breaks Drew and brainwashes him to join the villains for a time, but as the heroes become aware of this ability they are better prepared to ignore his taunts.
  • Reclusive Artist: In-Universe, comic book artist and creator Art Fortunes is noted to be semi-reclusive — when Josh Baldwin calls him from the hospital, he answers his phone with "Art Fortunes speaking, how did you get this number?"
  • Retcon: In the series, Billy absorbed "negative proton molecules" during the Command Center's explosion at the end of the original series and start of Zeo, which repelled the Gold Zeo power when he tried to take it in the episode Revelations of Gold. In Fathers and Sons, it's explained that Billy made at least that first part up: his body did repel the powers, but it was because of his accelerated aging (a side effect of the device he'd used to restore his original age after time was reversed at the end of the original series), which had not been discovered yet, and would eventually result in his moving to Aquitar during the Rangers of Two Worlds two-parter.
  • Rule 34: Dagmar Buse's authorized-but-noncanonical Personality Conflicts X spinoff.
  • Sailor Earth: Many, including four new Zeo Rangers and a new Beetleborg.
  • Same-Sex Triplets: Averted — Trey is the second born in a set of fraternal triplets, and the only boy among them.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Officially, if an interdicted world like Earth that has had no official contact with the wider universe is attacked, a Ranger team should be chosen from the nearest Council world rather than locals being selected for the task in the name of limiting cultural contamination (never mind that the original invasion does that all by itself). While Zordon affirms that he had grown to care for humanity and developed an affection for Earth during his time there, and concedes that his first choice was made out of a mix of admiration and desperation, he also points out that there were several practical issues in selecting a new team of Rangers from Aquitar (the nearest affiliated planet) to defend Earth when Rita was first released, ranging from the long-term risk of dehydration to just finding five appropriate natives and getting them to Earth in time to stop Rita's first assault, all with the time-lag on communications to overcome in the process.
  • Secret-Keeper: At first Lita, but expands to include many, many more, including Bulk, Ernie and most of the parents and siblings of the Rangers and two of the Beetleborgs.
    • Not that it came as a huge surprise to some of them; Ernie in particular muses that he's fairly sure he worked out the truth around the time Tommy became the White Ranger.
    • Distinctly averted with Kim's mom, Fred and Justin's dads and both of Cassie's parents, all of whom are confirmed to not know.
  • Security Blanket: Juan De Santos, the fifth-born of the family and oldest of Rocky's three younger brothers, carries his father's baseball bat Widowmaker around as one.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Andros. Jo after her brother's Face–Heel Turn at the hands of Shadowborg. Dex's personality in PC seems more in line with this than his Masked Rider characterization was.
    • Zhane's coping mechanism to his planet's death inverts this, as with his show persona.
  • Shock and Awe:
    • Jamie's Sword of Lightning allows her to use electricity.
    • The Zeo Rangers use natural lightning to beat Master Vile's creation Pricliton — they're fighting it in the middle of a bad storm and, just in time, lasso it with a power cable connected to a nearby lightning rod. The resulting lightning strike sends two thousand volts through the monster, more than enough to fry it.
  • Shout-Out: Too many to list. Luckily, Ellen does on her website.
  • Sixth Ranger: Despite being filled with teams of fanfic-original characters, only Skull and Aisha are really treated like it with their respective groups. The former as Tommy is permanently lumped into the Zeo Rangers and can't fulfill his original duties with the Morphin Warriors. The latter as the Sixth Ranger of the Ghostbusters.
    • Inverted on the Ghostbusters side as well; Peter Venkman has Ranger powers of his own that he never wants to use and only busts out in dire emergency in the classic sixth member tradition.
    • Josh Baldwin, the former White Blaster Beetleborg, returns to this role after Art Fortunes designs him a new set of powers.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: As soon as he's arrested, Trey figures out there is one in his line of succession.
  • Spell My Name With An S: Serena's boyfriend is named DARIAN. Katherine's surname is spelled HILLIARD in this continuity.
  • Split-Personality Merge: Happens to Tommy in "Personality Conflicts", the story that gave the series its name.
  • The Starscream: Rita, even more so than in canon.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Discussed and averted by Trey, who states that he absolutely refuses to marry someone who has been taught since birth that their only purpose is to "bear children and look pretty on my arm". On the other hand, the noble Tritus of Midian, a province of Triforia, still thinks this way; it takes Trey's other noble advisors moving to cut him off from trade before he agrees to support Trey's choice of successor (his sister Trialia) to the throne. Trath, a noble from Belara on Danata, is also noted as thinking that "women should take care of the children and devote themselves to 'non-taxing' pursuits".
  • Suddenly Shouting: Little Ghoul is this in show-canon; naturally, she demonstrates it in Split Decision when Shadowborg shows up at Hillhurst.
    "Would someone like to fill me in on what's going ON AROUND HERE?"
  • Taking the Fight Outside: Referenced in Things Left Undone, when Goldar and the Tengas teleport into the Zedden family home to fight Jamie. Her mother promptly orders them to do this so as not to mess up her recently cleaned kitchen, and the villains sheepishly go outside... then Jamie and her mother teleport to the Command Center instead.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Well, Tommy has a long-lost twin brother in canon. Now we learn his clone is his adoptive family's ancestor. And Master Vile is his father, making Rita and Rito his half-siblings.
  • The Teetotaler:
    • Most of the heroes, justified in that they're teenagers (Skull and Kim even once share a toast with sparkling grape juice, since "We ain't twenty-one yet"). The only one who willingly and knowingly drinks any form of alcohol is Andros, who drops into the local Bad Guy Bar on Onyx and willingly imbibes in Onyx Fruit, a drink said to have only "mild euphoric properties". Earlier in the series, Adam is tricked into drinking a mild intoxicant called Meelar water.
    • Discussed in Though the Heavens Fall, when Tyler Steele comments on how he's surprised that the Power Chamber's lounge has beer in its fridge, and Lita explains that the Turbos and Beetleborgs don't think about it because they're young teens, Dex (being from Edenoi) doesn't know how his physiology will handle it and doesn't want to find out, and the Troopers don't touch it because they're "all model citizens". Lita, the Ghostbusters and assorted parents drink periodically though.
  • The Unreveal: Ernie always knew the original teens were the Power Rangers.
    • So did most of their parents.
  • The Unseen: A rare non-character version. There is an entire year of continuity separating the finale of Power Rangers Zeo and the first Personality Conflicts story. During this time period the newly re-ascendant Rita and Zedd resume their attacks on Earth while the two factions of the Machine Empire continue theirs. While characters allude to some plots and a handful of characters from this period, it is never explored in any detail. See All There in the Manual above.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Lita Kino is Makoto Kino's cousin. The age difference aside, she's described as pretty much identical looking.
    • And yet Ashley gets the Senshi-derived secondary powers.
    • Tyler and Terry are given glamors specifically to avoid having this problem when living adjacent to Tommy and Jamie.
  • The Unpronounceable: The IGPF Captain's real name "sounds like someone strangling a pipe organ", according to Lieutenant Daystar Dianthan. Consequently, he usually goes by "Deepjet", which is the closest translation they can get in Standard.
  • Uriah Gambit: Shadowborg pulls one on Ziktor.
  • We Are as Mayflies: Zedd's 20,000 years old, Dex and Trey a few thousand years old, Zordon and Rita are at least 10,000 years old. Master Vile has to be over 10,000 years old.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Adam. Naturally, his father doesn't like the rangers at first.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Ironically, despite Alpha 5 having achieved sentience, he is still not considered a living being under galactic law, even as most of the Rangers consider him a brother.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Literally — Rocky hates snakes, and Adam's not too fond of them either.
  • Willing Channeler: In "The More Things Change", when the Rangers board the Ghost Galleon, a pack of spirits try to possess them. Tommy finally offers his body to the captain, allowing the spirit to possess him and explain what they want (for someone to find and throw overboard a cursed idol they made the mistake of picking up some time ago), after which they can pass on and the ship will take them where they need to go.
  • Write Back to the Future: Tommy's clone from the season 2 three-parter "Return of the Green Ranger" left a letter for Tommy with their original Green Power Coin in it, which eventually turns up in Tommy's attic and finds its way to him in the first story.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Nyghtmayr, Fyar, Hatryd, etc.
  • Yandere: Ashley's last boyfriend. Played deadly serious.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: The heroes occasionally use this technique against lesser villains, usually to anger them into making fatal mistakes.
    • Jamie and Lillian (though Rocky does it at least once) have a habit of making Your Mom jokes as part of this.
  • Your Magic's No Good Here: Referenced various times, as characters are warned that bad things can happen when magics are mixed;
    • The various zords will all only respond to their respective team's powers; Super Zeo Zord IV had to be specifically jury-rigged to accept commands from anyone using Green energy rather than just Zeo energy during occasions when the team need to deploy all resources to oppose particularly significant threats, resulting in Lito Kino and Peter Venkman acting as temporary pilots due to Lita's ownership of the old Green Power Coin and Peter's contact with the Morphin Crystal.
    • During the "Zordon's Trial" arc, when Art and Flabber design upgraded weapons for the Turbo Rangers to better oppose Shadowborg, they still restrict themselves to upgrading the team's weapons rather than giving them new armor, with Art specifically mentioning that he didn't want to risk it reacting badly with their current powers, and Franklin replying that he's absolutely right.
    • Certain Rangers have access to both Zeo and Morphin energies, but most of the time the Zeo Rangers don't tap their Morphin abilities as they aren't that much use against the Machine Empire; Tommy's actually the only active Zeo Ranger to be shown using a Morphin Warrior form.
    • Ninjor, during his appearance at Zordon's trial, specifically mentions that he didn't get involved after the Machine Empire arrived because his powers, being Grid-based, aren't effective against them.
    • When various Rangers (Billy, Adam, Tanya, Christina, Ashley, and Carlos) receive the power of the Ninjetti while visiting Phaedos, they essentially gain a secondary morph as most of the time they draw on different power sources from the Morphin/Ninjetti energy (with the exception of Billy, who only had Morphin energy at the time).