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"The Power Rangers were a legion of warriors, sworn to protect life. You must become those warriors."

Saban's Power Rangers is a 2017 cinematic reboot of the Power Rangers franchise, produced by Saban Brands and Lionsgate, written by John Gatins with story by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Dracula Untold and Gods of Egypt) and Kieran and Michele Mulroney, and directed by Dean Israelite.

The film is a contemporary re-imagining of the show that started it all, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. Five teenage outcasts with little in common come across a hidden cluster of alien artifacts and quickly discover that they've been gifted with extraordinary powers. Soon learning that they're destined to become the next generation of Power Rangers under the guidance of a mysterious alien mentor, the five must team up in order to stop a resurgent alien threat from destroying the world.

The film's cast includes Dacre Montgomery as Jason (the Red Ranger), Naomi Scott as Kimberly (the Pink Ranger), RJ Cyler as Billy (the Blue Ranger), Becky Gomez as Trini (the Yellow Ranger), and Ludi Lin as Zack (the Black Ranger). Elizabeth Banks has also been cast as Rita Repulsa and Bryan Cranston (who voiced two monsters in the original series and was the source of Billy's original last name) has been cast as Zordon, with Bill Hader as Alpha 5.

The film was released March 24, 2017. A tie-in graphic novel titled Power Rangers: Aftershock was released by Boom! Studios (who also publish the Power Rangers comics) and served as an immediate sequel to the movie.

After purchasing the Power Rangers franchise from Saban Brands, Hasbro announced their intentions of producing a "follow-up" movie on August 8, 2018. After much speculation about whether or not said follow-up would be a sequel, it was confirmed by Hasbro in December 2019 that the next Power Rangers film will be another reboot, effectively ending any chance for a proper sequel.

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Previews: Teaser trailer, "It's Morphin' Time" trailer, "All-Star" trailer.

Power Rangers provides examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: It's a Running Gag that Trini keeps getting called Didi. Even by Rita.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • In the original show the Putty Patrollers were decent footsoldiers but could easily be defeated by unmorphed Rangers. In the movie they are shown to be larger rock monsters that can be made on the fly with whatever materials are around, with more effective Zerg Rush tactics relying on the fact they are Explosive Breeders, capable of bogging down even the Red Ranger's Zord though sheer numbers. They also invoke this through appearance, as they more resemble a Golem than a person in a gray suit.
    • The Zords themselves are much more heavily armed than their original incarnations. In the original show the Tyrannosaurus did the majority of the direct fighting, with the others limited to support with the occasional energy beam (or freezing gas from the Mastodon) and are mostly useless except as part of the Megazord. In this movie they all come across more like a very mobile Walking Tank, and even the Pterodactyl gets physical.
    • In the show Rita was an Orcus on His Throne who never fought the Rangers directly, and while she was a decent spellcaster she often had to rely on elaborate ceremonies and incantations to cast her best spells. Not to mention Finster, her monster maker. Here Rita has no problem engaging the Rangers directly and effortlessly defeats the unmorphed team in seconds, she can cast spells with a motion of her staff, and creates her monsters herself from the environment around her.
  • Adaptation Distillation: This version of the Rangers' Origin Story incorporates elements of both the original pilot of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and latter episodes of the show, with a dash of Power Rangers Zeo; the Rangers are entrusted with their powers by Zordon after being called to his Command Center, but they also draw their powers from color-coded gems that are pretty clearly based on a combination of the Power Coins and the Dino Gems from Power Rangers: Dino Thunder. The movie also foreshadows the Green Ranger's emergence from the very beginning, with Rita drawing her power from a green gem that's otherwise identical to the ones that the other Rangers carry. The rangers have to keep Rita from using a reassembled Goldar from getting the Zeo Crystal buried below an Angel Grove Krispy Kreme.
  • Adaptational Diversity: A few race lifts (avoiding the original show's implications in casting the Black and Yellow Rangers as black and Asian) — although Jason is now clearly white instead of ambiguously so, Kimberly is now biracial Indian/Caucasiannote , Billy is black and autisticnote , Trini is Latina and queernote , Zack is Asiannote .
  • Adaptation Expansion: The movie makes an effort to explain some of the elements of the Rangers' Origin Story that were left intentionally vague in the TV show. For example: we learn why the alien Zordon has a base of operations on Earth (the Command Center is his spaceship), how the inexperienced Rangers were able to become so effective in combat (the Command Center includes virtual reality training simulations), how five seemingly random teenagers were chosen for the honor of becoming Power Rangers (they found the Coins that gave them their powers, and the Coins are instructed to seek out those worthy of their power, drawing the Rangers to them), why the fights always seemed to take place in a quarry (that's where the gold Rita needs to make her monster is located), and where Rita Repulsa's powers come from (she has a green Power Coin just like the ones that the Rangers carry). Presumably, the last point also explains how Rita will be able to create her own Power Ranger later on. Rita also warns that the presence of the Zeo Crystal in Angel Grove will lead other villains to attack the city in future to obtain it, preemptively explaining why Angel Grove will be the epicenter of numerous villain attacks.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Trini's last name was Kwan in the show, which clearly doesn't work here since she's now a Latina, and so Trini is the only Ranger whose last name goes unsaid in the movie.
  • Adapted Out:
    • Squatt, Baboo, and Finster are all missing from Rita's forces. Bulk and Skull have also been cut and replaced with other bullies that are now genuinely harmful but are also far less memorable.
    • While it's never definitively stated one way or another, it's odd that - as the Green Ranger of this universe - Rita goes through the trouble of reconstructing and resurrecting Goldar instead of apparently possessing the movie universe's incarnation of the Dragonzord.
  • Aerith and Bob: We have about three main named alien beings: Zordon, Goldar... and Rita. Slightly averted, given her surname is "Repulsa."
  • Aliens Speaking English: Averted at the movie's opening with Zordon and Rita speaking in an alien language, played straight later on. Alpha has the explanation of probably keeping tabs on humanity throughout their evolution and learning their languages, and he uploads this knowledge to Zordon at the first opportunity. Rita has no such excuse.
  • All Deaths Are Final: Leaning into the surprisingly dark realism of the setting. The plot did allow for exactly one exception, though.
    Billy: Did I die?
    Trini: Yes.
    Kimberly: No.
    Zack: ...a little bit.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: In a heroic example, the detention bully finds that disgraced or not, a former football quarterback is still more than he wants to handle.
  • Animal Motifs: As in the original show, the Rangers' helmets incorporate the design of their Zord animals. Unlike the classic helmets, they use a more abstract representation of the animals, with the Red Ranger being the only one that looks mostly unchanged.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Around the campfire, Trini asking the others if they're Power Rangers or friends, and what's going to happen with them once the fight against Rita is over.
  • Art Shift: The Power Rangers and Super Sentai franchise is rather famous for its No Budget design with spandex costumes, People in Rubber Suits, Merchandise-Driven zord combination designs, cheap sets and very simplistic visual effects. This movie has a serious blockbuster budget of 105 million, and so it has the rangers in body armor with CGI enhancements (the diamond chest piece has an otherworldly glow), Serkis Folk with the foot soldier Putties, Zords that favor alien design aesthetics over being "toyetic" and is generally making sure they show the budget on the screen.
  • Artistic License – Geology: After 65 million years, the landscape of what became Angel Grove hasn't changed that much and still is coastal. To the point that most of what is Goldar was still buried under it and Rita's body was found just near the shoreline.
  • Artistic License – Paleontology:
    • The Zords took the forms they did because dinosaurs were the most powerful creatures in Earth at the time. Except, not only are not all of those creatures dinosaurs, but they didn't all exist at the same time. While the Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops and "Pterodactyl" (Pteranodon) were indeed around at 65 million years (around the time Rita and Zordon arrived onto earth)...the Mastodon and the Sabertooth most certainly weren't, not evolving for another 60 million years.
    • If you look behind the alien Yellow Ranger in the prologue, you can see some yellow-colored wreckage. It is possible that the Black and Yellow Zords were destroyed and Alpha rebuilt them as time passed.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Downplayed, at least compared to the show. While the Square Cube law is still ignored, most depictions of the Megazord show the several-hundred ton robot doing almost no damage to the surrounding terrain (excluding the oft-destroyed Conveniently Empty Buildings). While in the movie, it was shown that the individual Zords were heavy enough on their own to effortlessly crush the road below them with each step.
    • Another downplayed aspect: when the Megazord bitchslaps Rita into orbit, this visibly creates a shockwave immediately around them - While they're unaffected by it, the shockwave itself is basically what would happen from such force.
    • Word of God states that the Mastodon Zord's eight legs were meant to make it more "nimble". More legs at increasing sizes does allow for greater straight line speeds, however it makes side-stepping and other complex maneuvering more difficult. It's why the fastest sprinters are all quadrupedal while the most agile creatures use a variation of bipedal movement (such as rabbits, who use their forelegs to stabilize turns but generally move with their back legs)
  • Asshole Victim: Kimberly's jerkass former cheermates, while admittedly she had it coming, the way they act throughout the film isn't much better. Even the former smirks in a "serves you right" kind of way when they repeatedly get theirs.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Kimberly and Trini briefly during the training montage.
  • Behemoth Battle: The Megazord versus Goldar.
  • Big Bad: Rita Repulsa, as in the first season.
  • Big Good: Zordon, of course, though his role is somewhat downplayed here compared with the original series. Not only is he not directly in charge of the rangers, but as Jason discovers, his motivations for helping them learn how to morph are not entirely altruistic.
  • Bitch Slap: During his first day in detention, Jason stops the resident bully from further picking on Billy by slapping him silly in front of the whole class. Later on, he has the Megazord backhand Rita Repulsa into space after Goldar's destruction.
  • Blood Brothers: More so than previous continuities, the Rangers must love each other like a family if they are to even morph, much less fight.
  • Bloodless Carnage: During Rita's robbery of the jewelry store, she redirects a shotgun blast to the side which hits the guy of a couple that had been in the store. He clutches at his leg, indicating that he was hit, but there's no other sign of injury.
  • Body Horror:
    • Rita's corrupted Ranger armor appears to grow out of her as opposed to just materializing over her like the Rangers' armor does once they finally morph.
    • A downplayed example with the Zords, having a more blended techno-organic appearance as opposed to the blocky designs of the originals, which, coupled with their more alien-looking anatomy, can be quite unsettling.
  • Book Ends:
    • Jason slaps down a bully to protect Billy in detention at the film's beginning; in end he slaps a bully literally into space to protect humanity from extinction.
    • When Jason first hugged Billy for deactivating the ankle-bracelet that monitored his curfew, it was awkward as their friendship has just begun and Billy asks him to stop touching him; when he does so after the latter returns from the dead, it showed how close their relationship (and the relationship of all the Rangers) has become.
    • Jason ruins his future with a childish prank that involved a bull; if you look very carefully, the design of Goldar's head, the Final Boss of the film which he defeats to become a true hero, resembles that of a monstrous golden bull.
    • The collage of Jason's past football-glory that his father keeps became a shameful reminder of his failure at the start of the film; notice how he sticks a photo of The Red Ranger who saved him from his burning truck, next to his achievements with a warm smile of pride at the film's end....
    • Kim staring at a photo of her friends before looking at her reflection in the mirror. At the beginning, she glares at herself while at the end she smiles warmly.
  • Brick Joke:
    • Mid-way through the movie, Billy mentions that he ended up in detention because his lunchbox exploded in his locker. At the end of the movie, right before the credits, it happens again.
    • At the very beginning of the movie, Jason slaps a bully in detention. At the very end, on Jason's order, Trini slaps Rita into space!
  • Bury Your Disabled: This incarnation of Billy has autism and is the second Power Ranger in the franchise to die, but don't worry, he gets better.
  • Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": The Black Ranger's Zord, as in the original, is called a "Mastodon". Except this one has a rounded, armored appearance, eight legs, and generally looks like some kind of beetle or pill bug as opposed to a mastodon, though it at least has a pair of vaguely tusk-like protrusions on the front to at least give some semblance to an elephantine appearance.
  • Campfire Character Exploration: The Rangers have a scene like this in order to get to know each other better (since, if they are not True Companions, they cannot morph). Secrets shared include Zack's mother being terminally ill, Billy's reason for being in detention, and Trini's sexuality being unaccepted by her family. Jason tells them to skip him since his struggles are well known to the town (a prank gone wrong that got him kicked off the football team), and Kimberly declines to share as her secret is a rather harsh case of cyberbullying.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Fleeing the scene of a prank, Jason crashes his car and messes up his knee, ruining his aspirations at football. Though his knee gets healed after obtaining his Coin, it'd be hard to explain the quick recovery and most likely his actions resulted in a ban from the team.
  • Casting Gag: Bryan Cranston did some voice work in the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, specifically for a couple of Monsters of the Week, and in fact was the inspiration for Billy's last name of Cranston. Since then he became an Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor, being put on the short list of a number of high profile roles.
  • Celebrity Paradox:
  • Character Blog: Angel Grove High School has a website here.
  • Chekhov's Gun: It's stated early on that Zordon could come back to life using the power of the Morphing Grid through the Rangers. He uses this power later to revive Billy.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Alpha emphasizes that the Rangers learn how to suplex, training they employ when the Megazord suplexes Goldar.
  • Cherry Tapping: Jason defends Billy from a bully and effortlessly dodges his punches, eventually counters with a firm but deliberately underpowered slap to the face to prove the bully had no chance.
  • Clingy Macguffin: The Power Coins are shown to be this, with Jason's following him from his room to the bathroom Behind the Black.
  • Clip Its Wings: After setting Kim's Zord on fire and slamming it into the ground, Goldar forcefully bends its wings upwards, crushing them as parts scatter around.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Rita subjects Zack to this, slowly draining his life, to blackmail the location of the Zeo Crystal out of Billy.
  • Colony Drop: In the past when it became apparent Rita would win otherwise, Zordon orders Alpha to call down a meteor on both of their positions to stop her in a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience:
    • Downplayed. In the show, the Ranger teens would always wear clothing that matched their colors. In the movie, they wear an ordinary variety of clothes... but in the "everyone returns to the mine" scene, Jason is wearing a red shirt, Kimberley a pink one, Trini a yellow shirt, and Billy and Zack both wear white shirts but with blue and black jackets, respectively.
    • In general, the tradition of the Rangers always wearing their respective color is still present in the movie, but much less blatant than it was in the show (where it would sometimes seem as if every object that a given ranger owned or used that could be in their color would be). They don't constantly wear shirts of their colors, but their colors will usually be present somewhere on their clothing (Jason wearing a white shirt with red lettering on the front) or in objects that they use (the scissors that Kimberly cuts her hair with at the beginning have a pink handle).
  • Combining Mecha: As always, the Megazord is the combined form of the five base Zords.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Averted, as this movie is not afraid of using canon names no matter how silly they may sound to non-fans. Zordon, Alpha 5, Rita Repulsa, Goldar, the Megazord, and the Zeo Crystal all get namedropped liberally throughout the movie. This is especially relevant for Goldar. Since he doesn't speak and is much less involved as a character, it would have been very easy for the filmmakers to just call him "the monster" without naming him as other superhero adaptations have done.
  • Coming-Out Story: Trini, at the campfire scene when the team asked if she has "boyfriend troubles," to which she replies "yeah, boyfriend troubles" with obvious sarcasm in her voice. The team then asks her again (quizzically in their voice) if she has "girlfriend troubles" to which she then answers with a heartbreaking honest tone in her voice "yeah, girlfriend troubles" as she reveals that her family is "so normal"; they refuse to believe in other sexual orientation labels that differ from heterosexuality and therefore, refuse to accept that their own daughter is "different."
  • Conlang: The language of Eltar was created by a linguist for this movie. Notably, Elizabeth Banks mastered it while Bryan Cranston and Bill Hader struggled with it.
  • Cosmic Keystone: The Zeo Crystal acts as one for life. Each planet in the universe with life has one, and if it loses contact with the planet, all life that evolved on the planet dies.
  • Crapsaccharine World: For the title characters it is at least. Angel Grove seems like a nice suburban town with mostly wholesome if kinda grungy citizens who live there. But in regards to the rangers things tend to go From Bad to Worse for them on some basis because of it. Few of the teens were willing to skip town because they hated living there so much, of being sneered at by people who hated them and they hated in turn.
    • Jason: Royally screwed up his future due to a stupid prank which crippled him, costing his school a football championship.
    • Billy: Constantly targeted for bullying, mean spirited labeling, is an autistic nerd whose father passed away some time ago.
    • Kimberly: Used to be a mean spirited Alpha Bitch who even her own Jerkass minions dumped after she screwed one of them over during a cruel cyber prank.
    • Trini: A constant roamer with overbearing parents and who's always on the move, never having the time to hang with people let alone open up for making friends.
    • Zack: A loner from the trailer park who fears being left alone when his terminally ill mother eventually passes.
  • Creative Closing Credits: They wander around the Command Center rocks and crystals, which culminate in the lightning logo.
    • Video Credits: Each cast member appears in a gem with the character's color - or plain rocks, in the case of Jason's dad, and a pillar of purple stones for Alpha.
  • Culturally Sensitive Adaptation: In the original show, Zack and Trini, the original Black and Yellow Rangers, were depicted by an African-American actor and an Asian-American actress respectively and were rather stereotypical; Zack was a dancer and Trini was into martial arts and was also Asian and Nerdy. The movie Race Lifts Zack into an Asian-American boy and Trini into a Latina-American girl while also adding some depth and complexity to them like Zack's humor being a coping mechanism for his poverty and his mother's sickness and Trini dealing with her sexual orientation.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Rita basically wipes the floor with the Rangers, when they try to fight her unmorphed. The reverse immediately applies when she tries to take on the Megazord by herself.
  • Curse Cut Short:
    • While first exploring the Command Center, Zack starts to mutter "Holy sh-" before he's shushed by the others. Billy is generally prone to this, cutting off curse words with variants of "Wait, I'm not allowed to say that".
    • Billy himself almost drops an F-Bomb when the Rangers finally pilot their Zords; he catches himself, though.
      Billy: YIPPIE KI YAH MOTHER F— Mother is good, mother is good.
  • Dark Action Girl: This version of Rita is a former Ranger who is more directly antagonistic to the teens and even kills one, albeit temporarily.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Trini fits the trope - as she's lonely, resentful and troubled.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • Unsurprisingly for a reboot. The director claims that they want to expand the franchise's audience by making a movie that can appeal more toward older viewers, although it's not excessively so.
    • The first five minutes show a barren wasteland of a battlefield, crashing ships, and characters dying. It looks just like the Power/Rangers fan film thought an edgy reboot would be.
    • The Rangers' everyday lives are a lot less idyllic than in the original show or the 2016 comic, more akin to what could be expected for a modern high school. They also curse about as much as expected at that age.
    • Rita brags that she's killed some of their predecessors and she kills a number of innocent civilians while regaining her strength - more than one on screen, albeit with a few Gory Discretion Shots.
    • The Rangers explicitly state more than once that they plan to kill Rita (rather than "destroy", "defeat" or re-imprison her), and the Rangers even discuss a plan to kill Alpha when they think they're trapped on the alien ship.
  • Deadly Prank: Though they were not lethal, there's two which sent their perpetrators to Saturday detention.
    • Jason's truck is wrecked along with his injury and being banned from the football team is the result of one, specifically during the getaway.
    • Kimberly pulls a more psychologically traumatic one when she sends a nude photo a fellow cheerleader had sent her in confidence to her own boyfriend without permission, resulting in the other girl's relationship with her parents being wrecked, and Kimberly realizing she was an Alpha Bitch by being forced to watch when the principal revealed the photo to the girl's father. The other cheerleaders in the squad cut her out after this.
  • Decon-Recon Switch: The original Power Rangers Mythos is deconstructed. Unlike the original TV series, Zordon, who is more interested in reviving himself, isn’t happy that a group of untrained teenagers were chosen by the Power Coins to be successors of his team, and the Rangers have a hard working together and being a team, due them being from different friend groups and not knowing each other that well, leaving unable to morph. However, it later gets reconstructed, when over the course of the film the Rangers bond, and when Billy dies they truly come together as team and unlock the Morphing Grid with Zordon choosing to sacrifice his chance to be revived so Billy can live again, finally accepting the new Power Rangers.
  • Demoted to Extra: The Power Morphers, since the Rangers morph without them and therefore are relegated to being belt buckles. If there's a sequel, presumably they'll be used as intended.
  • Disguised Hostage Gambit: When the Rangers go to confront Rita at the docks, whom they initially think is her turns out to be a Bound and Gagged dock worker. Rita then kills him with a Three-Point Landing before attacking the Rangers.
  • Distant Prologue: The film begins at the start of the Cenozoic era, where the original Rangers (except Zordon) are being wiped out by Rita before she is sent into the sea. Then the scene cuts to the present day.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: The Rangers have some trouble adjusting to their new powers. Jason and Kimberly break a few things, Billy knocks a bully out, and Zack goes flying when he underestimates how far and high he can jump.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Twice. First, with Kimberly (in Power Ranger form) tossing a dead Putty onto the car of the mean cheerleaders who tormented her vicariously throughout the film, chuckling to herself "That's what you get!" while the girls are left screaming in their car. Next, Jason also defeats a few Putties, sending the rubble towards school bully Wesley (who tormented Billy), causing the teen to hide out in the same wrecked car as the screaming cheerleaders in the ensuing battle.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: After the Rangers defeat Rita, Billy, Jason, and Kim make an inside joke about the manner in which they defeated her. Billy then immediately ruins said joke by attempting to explain it to the other two Rangers.
  • Don't Think, Feel: Despite Alpha and Zordon's training, the Rangers continually fail to morph. Its not until Billy breaks up a fight between Jason and Zack, acting out of concern for his friends, that he successfully morphs.
  • Downer Beginning:
    • The film opens with the previous Yellow Ranger dying in Zordon's arms and Zordon himself calling down the meteor that kills himself and the dinosaurs.
    • The main plot begins with Jason failing a prank, crippling himself, getting arrested and given an ankle tracker, being kicked off the team, and causing a severe falling out with his father.
  • Dual Wielding: The Pterozord's wings become swords for the Megazord.
  • Easter Egg: A list can be found here.
  • Embarrassing Nickname:
    • Trini is occasionally called Crazy Girl, but seems okay with it.
    • Billy was called "Cramstons" in the third grade since people claimed he put crayons up his butt.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Alpha was expecting the Rangers to be a little bit "more." Zordon himself is very annoyed that the new Rangers are teenagers, as unlike the series he didn't set out to Recruit Teenagers with Attitude.
  • Everytown, America: Angel Grove is depicted as this, in contrast to the original series' more metropolitan setting
  • Evil Is Hammy: Rita is so incredibly hammy and bombastic compared to the more level-headed Rangers and Zordon.
  • Evil Is Petty:
  • Exposed Extraterrestrials: The previous (alien) Ranger team apparently didn't wear anything under their armor. Uhm... wow. Hello Zordon.
  • Fallen Hero: Rita is a fallen Power Ranger. In fact, our first view of her has her in full Green Ranger armor.
  • Fanservice:
    • Kimberly strips down to her underwear for a late night swim.
    • Jason is shirtless when he discovers his powers.
    • Just take a look at the first two people to take out their cameras when the citizens of Angel Grove look up at the Megazord. That is the kind of fanservice any Rangers fan wants.
  • Fastball Special: After Billy's Zord is momentarily incapacitated, Kim picks it up with her Zord and practically airdrops it on top of Goldar. It's a wonder the big guy was still tromping around after having a robot the size of his chest go through his chest.
  • Fire-Forged Friends:
    • The Rangers becoming this over the course of the film is actually an important plot point, as it is the key to them finally gaining the ability to morph and becoming a unified team capable of defeating Rita.
    • A literal example happens late in the film when the Rangers, while falling into a flaming pit, manage to "synchronize" enough to do in minutes what would've normally taken most teams years: Form the freaking Megazord!
  • Foreshadowing/Funny Background Event: When Jason first comes to Billy's, you can hear country music playing faintly in the background.
  • Generation Xerox: It's implied that Zordon's actions as the previous Red Ranger indirectly contributed to the demise of his Ranger team. Likewise, Jason's recklessness in convincing the others to challenge Rita without the ability to morph leads to Billy's death.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: When Rita spots a hobo with gold-capped teeth, she leaps to attack him and a brief shadowy shot of her smashing his face in is seen.
  • Grandfather Clause: Averted. Except for the Red Ranger (and possibly the Yellow one if you consider the pilot version of Day of the Dumpster) none of the Rangers match the ethnicity of their namesakes. This is lampshaded by Zack who, upon seeing his Power Glow declares "I'm black!" which does not amuse Billy.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Rita makes vague mentions of other forces that would come after the Zeo Crystal, which could refer to anyone from Lord Zedd to the Machine Empire to the United Alliance of Evil.
  • Green and Mean: Rita Repulsa is made into the former Green Ranger for this continuity, and is the most heinous incarnation of the character yet.
  • Gut Punch: Billy's death. He gets better, but being in a Power Rangers movie, it's completely unexpected and shockingly effective.
  • Had the Silly Thing in Reverse: Billy with the Triceratops Zord. Maybe Zack had the right idea with a test drive...
  • Hard Head: One of the benefits of being enhanced by the Power Coins, as a bully found out the hard way by headbutting Billy.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Throughout the training montage, the camera alternates between the rangers busting their asses trying to beat the virtual Putties and trying to morph. While they get better at the former, they make zero progress at the latter.
  • Hates Being Touched: When Jason hugs Billy for deactivating his ankle-bracelet, Billy awkwardly asks him to stop.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Downplayed. The Rangers get one fight with their full helmets and spend the rest of the final battle with the face plates removed.
  • Heroic Second Wind: The Rangers and their Zords are overpowered and pushed into a flaming pit... then manage to form the Megazord and rise up to fight once again.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: A teen who was bullying Billy tries to headbutt him, but because Billy was physically enhanced by his Power Coin, the bully ends up knocking himself out.
  • Hold the Line: The Rangers do this with the Zords against Goldar, when he's approaching the pit containing the Zeo Crystal.
  • Humongous Mecha: The Zords, of course. Which, as always, combine into the Megazord.
  • Important Haircut: After Kimberly is picked on by her former fellow cheerleaders (by her own admission later in the movie, not without cause), she cuts her hair short to distance herself from them.
  • Improvised Weapon: When going to fight Rita the first time, the Rangers grab things like chains and pipes to use.
  • Informed Species: Of all Battle Zords, Mastodon is the only one who barely resembles the animal it was modelled after, with its eight backwards-bent insectoid legs and lack of distinct elephant-like characteristics barring trunk and tusks, and even then the resemblance to these respective body parts is too loose to be correctly identified.
  • In a Single Bound: All the Rangers are capable of this.
  • It Has Been an Honor: When it appears that Goldar's about to destroy the Rangers, Billy thanks the others for being his friends.
  • It Only Works Once: Zordon could use the Rangers' morphing to resurrect himself using the energies of the Morphing Grid. However, he uses it to revive Billy instead.
  • Jerkass:
    • The kid who picks on Billy, breaking his pencils and trying to snap his wrists just because he's a bully.
    • Kimberly's former cheerleading squad is seen shunning and harassing her. By her own admission, they are justified, as she crossed a line her then-friends weren't comfortable with.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In the very beginning of the film, Kimberly's former cheerleading squad goes out of their way to ostracize and shun her, going so far as to call her into the bathroom just to tell her they're cutting her out of their lives and making it literal by cutting up a photo of them to leave Kim out of it. Later in the film, it's revealed that the reason for said treatment is because Kimberly shared a naked picture of one of her friends with a boy without said friend's permission, and pretended it wasn't her fault and everyone was out to get her when they understandably lashed out at her.
  • Large Ham: Rita Repulsa stands out in the entire film for Chewing the Scenery like it's gold. Nobody else comes close.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The kid who bullies Billy frequently gets humiliated, from being bitch slapped by Jason to getting knocked out when he tries to break Billy's wrists. Finally he is seen being knocked around during the final battle. Bullying is wrong, kids!
  • Last-Second Chance: After defeating Goldar, Jason offers Rita one last chance to surrender and accept judgement from Zordon. She attacks, and gets a one-way trip to the moon for her trouble.
  • Last Villain Stand: Goldar is destroyed and Rita is left facing down the Megazord, with Jason ordering her to surrender and be taken to Zordon for punishment. Refusing to let Zordon pass judgement on her, Rita launches herself at the Megazord, apparently intent on destroying it herself. This gets her bitchslapped into orbit.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Alpha's line more or less sums up the Power Rangers franchise:
    Alpha: Five different kids. Five different colors. Five different colored kids!
  • Logo Joke: For the trailers, the Lionsgate and Saban Brands vanity plates have the Ranger colors added to them.
  • Long Song, Short Scene: The iconic "Go Go Power Rangers" theme songnote  is in this movie... for about a ten-second clip. Slyly, it stops right before "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" is sung.
  • MacGuffin: The Zeo Crystal.
  • Magnetic Plot Device: The spaceship, and to a degree the Power Coins.
  • Make My Monster Grow: Said word for word by Rita before the final battle. The trope itself is averted though, since Goldar is already huge in his base form, making the line a Mythology Gag more than anything else.
  • Marquee Alter Ego: The Rangers' helmets can switch between fully covering their faces and exposing them, the latter while they're piloting their Zords.
  • Megaton Punch: The Megazord sends Rita into the stratosphere with a mere flick of its hand.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Rita waxing about how important Krispy Kreme must be since it's the location of the Zeo Crystal is hilarious — up until she kills Billy.
    • The film keeps its comparatively darker atmosphere than the show mostly consistent... until Goldar arrives in the third act and everything quickly devolves into glorious Power Rangers action cheese.
  • Moody Trailer Cover Song: The trailer featured Halsey's graver, more ambient cover of Johnny Cash's upbeat "I Walk the Line."
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Trini and Kimberly fighting over a piece of a muffin in a coffee shop during the Training Montage.
  • Mundane Utility: Kimberly, Jason, and Billy use their Super-Strength and Super-Reflexes to throw and catch notes to and from each other at high speed in detention.
  • Mythology Gag: Here.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Rita Repulsa. With a name like that, she'd have to be evil.
  • Near-Villain Victory: When Rita has the Rangers at her mercy when they are all tied to the side of a boat. While she does kill Billy, she could have killed all of them and coasted straight to the Zeo Crystal with no resistance.
  • Never Say "Die": Completely averted. Rita states she's killed Rangers before, her killings of civilians to regain her strength are treated like a serial murder case in-universe, the Rangers explicitly say they're out to kill Rita, and Billy is unambiguously pronounced dead when Rita drowns him.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Rita killing Billy, intended to break the Rangers by taking out The Heart, instead gives them the push they needed to fully connect to each other so they can morph.
  • No Ontological Inertia: When Rita is knocked out, all of the Putties immediately crumble to dust. Unfortunately, Goldar managed to resist enough to give some power back to her.
  • No-Sell: Billy completely brushes off a bully's headbutt, which ends up knocking out the bully.
  • "Not So Different" Remark:
    • Rita Repulsa tells Trini that she was an outcast among her own Ranger team, and that she knows what its like to feel alone. Whether this is true or just a lie to make her consider betraying the other rangers is unclear.
    • Zordon acknowledges that he and Jason were both reckless with their teams, which leads to warmer relations between them.
  • Oddly Small Organization: For a 'legion' of warriors, the Power Rangers and their equipment doesn't seem to be prepared to support much more than five.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Just when you think we'll finally get to see the Zords coming together and form the Megazord for the first time... the Zords fall down a pit, there's a big explosion, and then the Megazord rises up out of the smoke and fire, already fully formed.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • When the Rangers hear police sirens while investigating a restricted area, Zack fearfully utters, "Security!" Cue Deadpan Snarker moment from Trini.
    • Billy has a minor one when he accidentally knocks out his bully.
    • The Rangers have this reaction when the Command Center starts shifting around them, removing the stairs they had used to enter, and something starts moving towards them.
    • Rita's reaction when she sees the Megazord.
  • Police Are Useless: Averted to an extent. While the police are generally ineffective against Rita and her monsters, they seem to have supernaturally fast reaction times to a prank, an explosion at a goldmine, and a silent alarm at a jewelry store.
    • Then the aversion is turned up in the follow-up graphic novel, where the police chief is shown to be capable in maintaining the peace in Angel Grove's tent city after the battle against Rita and Goldar, and is suspicious of the charity organization that appears after the disaster.
  • The Power of Friendship: For a Ranger to be able to transform in this continuity, he or she must trust and love his or her teammates as if they are their actual family; any less and the suits within will refuse to materialize. How Rita can still morph after betraying her team is a mystery, but given how drastically different her morphing is, it's clear she's not SUPPOSED to keep doing it.
  • Precision F-Strike: After seeing Rita merge with Goldar, Jason softly says "Shit.".
  • Preemptive Apology: Kimberly to Trini before grabbing her and throwing her off the cliff.
  • Product Placement:
    • Bordering on absurdity. Krispy Kreme features heavily in the movie: the training montage shows Trini and Kimberly sitting inside fighting over a piece of a donut, the Zeo Crystal is buried under it, Rita mentions it several times during Goldar's rampage before stopping in for a donut herself, and it's name dropped or seen in the background many other times throughout the movie. It even became a stage in Power Rangers: Legacy Wars with the branding untouched.
      Rita: Krispy Kreme. It is a special place.
    • Justified (to some extent) in the audio commentary on the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film. The Powers That Be felt it was clever for the Zeo Crystal to be buried underneath something contemporary like a Krispy Kreme because it was so absurd, and they only decided on Krispy Kreme after much discussion and consideration of other possibilities - meaning that the script informed the product placement rather than the widely assumed vice versa scenario.
    • Boston Market is also seen briefly before the building is smashed.
  • Psychic Link: In addition to handheld controls, the suits directly link the Rangers' to their Zords. While this allows them to pilot the machines without any prior training, the drawback is that they feel any damage the Zords sustain as if it's happening to them.
  • Ragnarök Proofing: Despite presumably crash landing, being next to ground zero of a meteorite impact, buried in molten stone and being untended for 65 million years, the Command Center and the Zords are not only in good shape, but still fully functional.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!":
    • Billy utters this when he and his friends try to jump across a ravine.
    • Jason says it after Billy accidentally falls in the ravine.
  • Reality Warper: When a new team of Rangers morph for the first time is possible to use the unlimited energies of the Morphing Grid to do this in a limited scale. Zordon wanted to recreate his body so he could fight Rita once more but chose to give his chance to Billy instead, resurrecting him after he had been killed by Rita. For obvious reasons, this can only be used one time.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Trini's dad is much more gentle than her mother in handling the distance between them and their daughter. Unfortunately, his advice tends to be ignored.
  • Recruit Teenagers with Attitude: Naturally. Notably, the "attitude" descriptor applies a lot more accurately here, and the teens all have confront their own issues and learn to work together before they can become a team. The "teenager" part remains as questionable as ever.
  • Refusal of the Call: As expected of five kids who just got told they have to save the universe, and just like in the first episode of MMPR, the Rangers initially blow off Zordon's warning of Rita's coming. Also, just like the series, Jason is the only one who even kinda halfway listens.
  • Reimagining the Artifact: Alpha 5 going "Ai-yi-yi-yi-yi!" was already a dated reference at the time of the original series - teasers show that they accomplished the impossible by re-establishing the original context, and made it work.
  • Remake Cameo:
  • Riddle for the Ages: How did the Rangers come back to their respective houses after being run over by a train? Even they don't know. The Power Coin warping from Jason's dresser to the sink implies it was the teleportation ability from the original series, but it's never spelled out.
  • Running Gag
    • Trini keeps being referred to as "Crazy Girl" and "Didi." She doesn't seem to mind.
    • Jason being really hard on the poor cars around him.
    • Billy cutting off curse words by saying some variation of "I'm not allowed to say that."
    • Zack always being the first to do something really stupid, especially if the others told him not to do it.
    • Kimberly passing notes.
  • Sarcastic Confession: Trini admits what she and the other four did the previous night to her family, delivering it in a deadpan, almost sleepy tone. But since this outrageous claim is made right after having an argument with her parents about Trini's lack of communication, her mother instead wants to have her drug-tested.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: It is heavily implied near the end that Jason's dad figured out he's the Red Ranger, but keeps his secret safe with him. He quite likely put two and two together when Jason (in his Red Ranger suit) called him by name, and there's a glimpse of recognition after seeing Red Ranger's somewhat distinctive running gait. Later on he takes a newspaper clipping of Red Ranger and hangs it next to Jason's photo.
  • Sequel Hook:
    • Rita claims that other villains will come to Earth to look for the Zeo Crystal.
    • The mid-credits scene sets up the appearance of Tommy Oliver.
  • Serial Killer: Rita, without much of her powers, is still a murderer on the loose in a small town, killing people for their gold.
  • Setting Update: From the early '90s to the 2010s, with Angel Grove relocated from Southern California to the Pacific Northwest.
  • Shirtless Scene: Jason when he wakes up in bed after the train crash.
  • Shockwave Stomp: Invoked by Billy when, after his Zord is thrown at Goldar by Kim, he presses a button that causes his Zord to release a defensive energy pulse right as he lands.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The new Power Morpher design looks like a fusion of the original one and elements of the various henshin belts used in Kamen Rider. A case of All There in the Manual, since it's never really seen in the movie.
    • Zordon and Rita's bitter history oddly parallels Charles Xavier and Magneto, with Zordon forming a new Five-Man Band of teenage outcasts and trains them in a holographic simulation room. Zordon is more of a cold, Stern Teacher this time around.
    • The film's opening is an homage to the infamous fan-film Power/Rangers, down to the close-up shot of the cracked helmet visor.
    • Kim and Trini's playfight over the last donut hole smacks of Shifu and Po's dumpling training in Kung Fu Panda.
    • After they talk with Zordon about their being Power Rangers, Billy wonders if they're more like Iron Man or Spider-Man.
    • When Jason's Tyrannosaurus steps on and tosses a yellow and black Camaro at some Putties, he says "Sorry, Bumblebee!" in a reference to Transformers.
    • Rita's evolving from a filthy, haggard form into something sleeker and sexier is pulled directly from June Moon/the Enchantress. Also to the switch-over for Season 2 when they ran out of Zyuranger footage and gave her a "magic makeover."
    • Rita capturing all the teens in a row, going "eeny meeny miney mo" and actually killing one of them is going to remind some folks of Negan.
    • The film also has some religious motifs. Rita was one of the original Power Rangers before turning to the dark side, just as the Devil was once the angel Lucifer (add to the fact that she was the Green Ranger, and green is a color often associated with the Devil). Also, Billy is something of a "Christ figure" as he is killed by Rita after saving his friends and later resurrected by Zordon. And Zordon himself, inspired by Billy's sacrifice to give the new Rangers a second chance, could be a metaphor of an Old Testament God becoming a New Testament God.
    • As the Rangers get in their Zords for the final battle, Billy can be heard saying "Yippee-ki-yay motherf-" before cutting himself short.
    • Rita's eventual defeat is almost identical to how Kars was defeated in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
    • The Zords' controls involve hand controls and some kind of umbilical cord in the back, just like the plugsuits from Neon Genesis Evangelion; it also resembles the brain uplink used by E-Frames or cyber brains.
    • During The Stinger, the teacher running detention repeats Tommy Oliver's name several times in a bored monotone.
  • Spandex, Latex, or Leather: Like the last big-budget adaptation, the suits fall into the "latex" category rather than use the show's campy spandex.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Rita's armor looks like this when she recalls it during her intimidation of Trini.
  • The Stinger: A mid-credits scene shows a teacher calling out Tommy Oliver's name and he's not at his desk, although there is a green jacket. A locker then explodes and Billy is heard apologizing.
  • String Theory: Billy turns this up to eleven as he searches for the Zeo Crystal. Covering his room literally wall to wall, and even the ceiling with clues and theories.
  • Super-Strength: The Rangers have this even without transforming.
  • Super-Toughness: The Rangers gain this after getting their Power Coins; they're tough enough to withstand being run over by a train.
  • Tag Line: "Together, we are more."
  • Tainted Veins: Rita's staff causes Zack's veins to turn a sickly greenish black as she tortures him with it.
  • Take That!: In the Zord battle, Jason steps on and throws a yellow and black Camaro at a group of Putties and even says "Sorry, Bumblebee!"
  • Taking You with Me: Zordon pulls this on Rita during the prologue, having Alpha drop a meteor on their location, killing him and knocking Rita into the ocean, where she stays until the present.
  • Team Mom: Jason, despite his often dangerous actions, is the Team Mom. He's protective of the others and takes all the blame when things go wrong.
  • Team Power Walk: When going to confront Rita for the first time, the Rangers show up to the shipping yard in this way. Later on, we get a shot of the morphed Rangers walking out of the Command Center.
  • Teens Are Monsters:
    • Billy is mercilessly bullied by a high school classmate. He is... definitely not as harmless as Bulk and Skull, to put it lightly.
    • Kimberly is shunned and harassed by her former cheerleading squad. Later subverted by the fact that they have ample justification, as in this case, Kimberly herself also counts (though she is aware of this and is trying to be better).
  • This Cannot Be!: Rita's reaction to the Megazord is merely to scream "How?!"
  • Throwing Off the Disability: Jason's Career-Ending Injury gets healed by the Power Coin, as revealed by a shot of the ripped-off knee brace when he wakes up after getting hit by the train.
  • Train Escape: The Rangers pull this trick to escape from the police after discovering the Power Coins. They get reamed by the train, and the only reason they aren't reduced to mulch is because the Power Coins have already turned them into superheroes.
  • Training Montage: Part of the movie has the Rangers learn to fight against hard light Putties, trying and failing to morph, and the Rangers going about their day-to-day lives.
  • Unexplained Recovery: It's never really explained how they got from the second car crash of the movie to back to their own beds, since the Command Center does not seem to have teleportation capabilities; the Coins seem to, though.
  • Unflinching Walk: Rita moves around in the climax with casual disregard to the chaos going on around her, including the Pink Ranger trying to strafe her in her Zord.
  • Unnecessary Time Precision: There's a spaceship that's been buried for a long time. When Robot Buddy Alpha 5 is asked how long, he first requests what day is today. It's a subversion of Ludicrous Precision because it gives the impression of needing that information to give a ridiculously precise answer. As it turns out, it's been 65 million years. At such a scale, even a one-year error margin is trivial, never mind a day.
    Alpha 5: What's today, Tuesday? Hmm, Sixty-five million years.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Nobody seems to notice when Jason, Kim, and Billy are passing notes in detention via paper throwing stars and Super-Reflexes, or Kim and Trini's fight over a piece of doughnut in Krispy Kreme. A Deleted Scene would've had a couple of familiar faces notice the latter, however.
  • Use Your Head:
    • A teen who was harassing Billy tries to headbutt him after the latter got physically enhanced by a Power Coin. It fails spectacularly.
    • Jason headbutts Rita, also to little effect, even if she's impressed at the show of defiance.
  • Villain Ball: Rita killing only Billy, for seemingly no reason other than to spite Zordon and emotionally crush the other Rangers. Had she just killed them all when she had the chance, she'd have won. Granted at this stage, they couldn't morph and she had no reason to think they'd learn in the few hours between then and her attacking Angel Grove.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Rita stops to enjoy a doughnut while her forces attack the city, as if to remind you that, gritty reboot or no, this is still Power Rangers.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Zordon and Rita were once friends, until she betrayed her fellow Rangers.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Trini and Jason tell off Zack after him joyriding in his Zord could have gotten him or the other Rangers killed.
  • Where's the Kaboom?: Billy tries setting off some mining explosives early on, and is momentarily puzzled when they don't go off. Then he realizes he forgot to connect one of the wires. KABOOM!
  • Who's on First?: This exchange when the Rangers are glowing in the water:
    Zack: I'm black!
    Billy: What?
    Zack: I am.
    Billy: No, you're not!
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: The teens reacting to Zordon's Title Drop:
    Zack: Did I just hear you say we're "Power Rangers"?
    Kimberly: Is this some kind of joke? We're talking to a wall.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: Billy attracts the attention of some girls when he (albeit unintentionally) knocks out his bully.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: The Rangers ultimately defeat Goldar by having the Megazord perform a German Suplex on him. Well, that and stabbing him through the chest.
  • You Don't Look Like You: This hits almost every notable character in the film hard, with the arguable exception of Zordon, who even then is stuck in a wall instead of a tube.
    • Rita is hit the hardest out of everyone. She goes from having a dark brown gown with a Shakespearean collar, a Madonna bra, and her iconic twin hair horns/hat to wearing a torn up tight green body suit with no collar and a really long ponytail. Sure, she used to be the Green Ranger in this universe, but they didn't even try to fit any familiar elements into her design aside from the staff.
    • Goldar, the series' biggest villain aside from Rita and Lord Zedd, is turned from a sentient alien warrior wearing golden armor to a mindless (and voiceless) giant monster that has the appearance of a being of molten gold rather than golden armor.
    • Alpha 5, previously a brightly colored C-3PO-like robot, is now an extremely small creature that looks like a gremlin or an alien as much as he does a robot. His head has been turned from a singular dome to something resembling Saturn and its rings, he has two large flashlight-like eyes instead of a visor, and he lacks Alpha's most iconic feature - the Power Rangers lightning bolt light on his chest.
    • The Dino Zords are heavily altered and look much more alien in design, looking unlike prehistoric animals like the Mastodon being particularly egregious in having six legs.
    • Rather than the show's gray-suited mooks, the Putty Patrollers are now Golems - a nod to their moniker "Golem Hei" in Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger.
    • The Power Rangers themselves are probably the least affected out of this group, but they still go from sleek and agile warriors to looking like Iron Man suits designed by H. R. Giger, with the dinosaur faces on their helmets rather hard to distinguish - Jason's tyrannosaurus is decent enough, but the other four helmets all look like the Pink Ranger's pterodactyl.
    • The Power Coins are less coins and more round, colored gem-like discs.
    • The Zeo Crystal is now an enormous cluster crystal as opposed to a single crystal only a foot and a half long.

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