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"It's morphin' time! Activate beast power! Unleash the beast!"
Morphing call, Power Rangers Beast Morphers

The 26th and 27th seasons of the long running Power Rangers franchise, adapting footage from Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters, succeeding Power Rangers Ninja Steel and Super Ninja Steel in 2019. Announced by Saban Brands and Hasbro at the 2018 Toy Fair on February 17th, 2018, Beast Morphers is the first series produced under the latter company, after Hasbro later announced they were buying the entire franchise from Saban in May 2018.

For over 25 years, the Power Rangers have been powered by a mythical source of energy known as the Morphing Grid. Now, the city of Coral Harbor is ready to use it for civilian purposes as an infinite source of clean energy. But the city's mayor has his doubts, as he's worried that yet another overlord wannabe is going to crawl out of the woodwork to claim the power for himself. While the power plant had planned for this by preparing Power Rangers of their own, the mayor is quickly proven right: a sentient computer virus named Evox infects the system and knocks out two of the Rangers-to-be, making digital copies of them to serve as his Co-Dragons. It's up to a squad mostly made of untested rookies to stand in Evox's way and make sure he can't take control of the source of all Rangers' power.


Common Power Rangers Tropes

  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: The main Rangers and their robot companions are themed on a Cheetah, a Gorilla, a Jackrabbit, a Mantis, and a Scarab Beetle.note  There are also mecha for a Lion and potentially a Frog if movie footage is used.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": The Rangers sport Grid Battleforce "GB" logos.
  • Chest Insignia: The Grid Battleforce logos are on the belts and one of each Rangers' shoulder straps (the latter also serves as the trigger for teleportation of needed weaponry).
  • City of Adventure: Coral Harbor.
  • Combining Mecha: The main three Rangers form Beast-X Megazord, and Gold and Silver form another; and they can then combine into the Beast-X Ultrazord. Later, the Lion zord can replace the Beast Racer in the Beast-X formations to form an entirely different set of Megazords.
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  • Leader Forms the Head: Done differently than usual, as the Megazords are formed by having the Beast Racer zord wear Beast Wheeler and Chopper as armor. Subverted later on, as the more powerful combinations use the Lion instead, and Racer is left out of the formation entirely.
  • Make My Monster Grow: Averted. Unlike previous seasons, Beast Morphers does not do this. Instead, Scrozzle summons a Gigadrone from the Cyber Dimension with data from the destroyed Robotron installed. SPD is the only other season to have done this.
  • Mooks: Tronics, mechanical foot soldiers of Evox created by Scrozzle in the Cyber Dimension.
  • Recycled In Space: Downplayed, as the espionage aspect isn't as strong as it was in Go-Busters (the Beast-X Sword for instance has only been used in binocular form once and it wasn't even referenced in dialogue, and the toys, from what little information we have, seem to drop the whole "disguised as other objects" gimmick).
  • Sixth Ranger: The Gold and Silver Rangers.
  • Spandex, Latex, or Leather: For the third time in the franchise's history,note  and the first time in a TV series in the franchise, the team will not don spandex suits. Instead, the team will be donning suits made out of leather.
  • Transformation Trinket: The main team uses Beast-X Morphers; which are the first major Super Wrist-Gadget morphers in over a decade.note  They also require the U.S. exclusive Morph-X Keys to activate. Gold and Silver instead use Striker Morphers, a cellphone/gun hybrid.
  • Transforming Mecha:
    • All the zords can transform between vehicle and animal modes. The Beast Racer, Beast Wrecker, and unnamed Lion zords also have humanoid warrior modes.
    • Cruise can transform into a motorcycle for Devon to ride on.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • Sword and Gun for all Rangers, with the main Rangers using Beast-X Blasters and Beast-X Sabers and Gold and Silver using Striker Morphers and unnamed swords. The core Rangers' weapons can combine into the Beast-X Cannon.
    • Picking up the habit of zord cockpit weapons from the last few seasons, Devon also has the Cheetah Beast Blaster.
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  • Adaptation Species Change: The Gold Ranger's animal theme is a mantis, rather than a horned beetle. Similarly, the Silver Ranger's theme is a scarab beetle rather than a stag beetle.
  • Adapted Out: In Go-Busters, the Busters' weapons had the gimmick that they transformed from everyday objects. Beast Morphers cuts this aspect out and they're just weapons. The binoculars prop (the alternate form of the Beast-X Saber) does show up in episode 2, but it's treated as an entirely separate object; when the Rangers start fighting later in the scene they don't do anything with the binoculars and instead have their weapons teleported to them from the base.
  • Another Dimension: The Cyber Dimension, where Evox and the Blaze and Roxy avatars are sent by Nate. It becomes their base of operations after they meet and gain the allegiance of Scrozzle, a robot who's been hiding out there and has developed his own army of robots and Gigadrones to protect himself from enemies.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Enter's One-Winged Angel form in Go-Busters, Dark Buster, appeared only in the finale. In Beast Morphers, it's the Ranger form of Evox’s Blaze avatar.
    • Likewise, Escape Evolve wasn't introduced until the second half of the series and only appeared a handful of times. Here, it's the morphed form of Evox’s Roxy avatar.
  • Big Bad: Evox, the malevolent AI bent on taking over the power of Morph X.
  • Big Little Brother: Ben is One Head Taller than Betty, who only comes up to his armpit and had to use a small stepladder to stand behind the front desk.
  • Canon Foreigner: Scrozzle, a tech whiz who supplies Evox with his robots, was created for Beast Morphers and didn't exist in Go-Busters.
  • Child Prodigy: Nate, who joined Grid Battleforce at age six and is now their chief scientist.
  • Composite Character:
    • Blaze and Roxy combine some elements of Jin with Enter and Escape. Though Enter and Escape were Avatars in Go-Busters, Evox using Blaze and Roxy as Avatars is similar to Jin’s use of his own Avatar while his body is incapacitated. They even end up in pods pretty much the same one Jin uses in Go-Busters.
    • Nate takes some elements from Hiromu’s father - mainly, trapping the villain in another dimension - in addition to being Jin’s counterpart
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Mayor Daniels notes that most, if not all, Ranger villains sought to take control of the Rangers' powers to rule the universe. He even name drops Rita Repulsa, Sledge and Galvanax as his examples.
    • Ravi brings up NASADA in episode 6 when they're launching model rockets.
  • Cool Bike: Cruise can transform into a motorcycle.
  • Cool Key: Unlike its Sentai counterpart (the Morphin Brace), the Beast-X Morpher is activated by the insertion of a Morph-X Key, which also serves as the collectible trinket for the toyline.
  • Cool Shades: A design motif of the season; the Rangers have sets built into their helmets and all the Megazords also have some.
  • Darker and Edgier: Than Ninja Steel, at least.
  • The Dreaded: It's explained that Scrozzle that came to the Cyber Dimension to hide out from a robot named Vargoyle, and created the Tronics to protect himself.
    Scrozzle: "Trust me, if Vargoyle was after you, you'd hide too."
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • They are the first Ranger team to make their first official appearance before their series. However unlike Sentai tradition, their first appearance is not on the television series, but in comics; during the final fight of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Shattered Grid.
  • Evil Knockoff: Evox's servants are "Avatars", essentially evil copies of Blaze and Roxy (who were intended to be the Red and Yellow Rangers before Evox got into the system and stole their minds to create his two servants) with new battle forms.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: During the fight between Zoey and Roxy in "End of the Road". Roxy fires past Zoey, who snarks at her opponent before realizing the shot hit the fuel of her X-Bike. Not to be outdone, Zoey throws the fuel canister past Roxy. This time Roxy mocks Zoey before realizing that Zoey just set off an entire barrel of Morph-X, forcing Roxy to retreat.
  • Extreme Sport Excuse Plot: "End of the Road" has Zoey try to promote Morph-X-powered bicycles. Blaze tries to steal the fuel, which results in a stunt-filled chase scene (and naturally cuts through a skate park at one point).
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Mayor Daniels isn't too happy about his son's interest in video games and karate, feeling there's no future in it. He's quickly proven wrong, as these skills are essential to being a Power Ranger.
  • Grand Theft Me: In a sense. Evox uses the devices intended to turn Blaze, Roxy and Ravi into Rangers to turn Blaze and Roxy into his Avatars. Nate later points out that Blaze and Roxy are still alive, but since their Avatars are active, they are essentially "asleep" and can't be revived until the two are destroyed.
  • Green Aesop: There's a small one running throughout the series, as Morph-X is used first and foremost to generate clean energy for the city and the Rangers are primarily its protectors.
    • It takes a step up in "End of the Road". Zoey tries to get the citizens to ride Morph-X powered bicycles in order to cut down on traffic and convince the mayor not to solve the issue by plowing a road through a forest .
  • Inappropriately Close Comrades: There's an actual rule against Rangers fraternizing, quite possibly a first for the series.
  • Magic Is a Monster Magnet: Mayor Daniels points out that every enemy in Ranger history (which spans two-and-a-half decades) has gone after the Morphing Grid. Needless to say, he's not happy that Grid Battleforce has built a gigantic target.
  • Monster of the Week: This season’s villains are Robotrons, along with their titanic counterparts, the Gigadrones.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The opening scene from the first episode starts out in a karate class in a youth center. Hmm...
    • The way Nate says "affirmative", his role as the team's Gadgeteer Genius, his overall personality and demeanor, even his appearance (right down to the glasses) seems to blatantly evoke Billy Cranston.
    • Ravi losing his girlfriend to something terrible, with the prospect of getting her back turning into motivation, actually mirrors some second-banana heroes from across toku, like Kamen Rider Knight, Kamen Rider Brave and LupinBlue. It also happened to Ryu, Red Hawk, in Choujin Sentai Jetman.
  • Off-the-Shelf FX: The Go-Busters toys are used for the Beast-X Morphers— and since the Morphin Brace had no key gimmick, the Rangers' Morph-X Keys are seen to turn from solid to holographic as they hit the button on the side (a proper keyhole replaces the button for the Hasbro toy).
  • Pac-Man Fever: Downplayed. The game Devon plays on his phone in his dad's car in the first episode makes 8-bit beeps and boops, and we don't see what game he's playing. However, many smartphones have emulator apps and indie games that are retro throwbacks, so he could just be playing one of those.
  • Properly Paranoid: Mayor Daniels is right to worry that making the Morphing Grid readily available means drawing a huge target on their backs. Rita Repulsa is indeed the biggest example as she's used Ranger powers, stolen Ranger powers, hijacked Zords and so much more. And then Evox comes along to prove him right.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Mayor Daniels. While he may not always agree with the Devon and the others, he's always willing to hear their side, can be persuaded, and generally wants the best for everyone.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: A major hurdle that our heroes contend with is the fact that Mayor Daniels would rather use normal methods and stay away from things running on Morph-X. Grid Battleforce prove themselves useful in showcasing the wonders of Morph-X and letting the people use them.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The show's main villain, Evox, takes the form of a snake. Averted with the lizard Zoey and Nate take care of in episode three, who's used to demonstrate the innocence and importance of keeping the local forests intact.
  • Robot Buddy: Known as "Beast Bots", each of the Rangers have one, and they transform into Beast Zords' control panels. The Red Ranger's is named Cruise, the Blue Ranger's is named Smash, and the Yellow Ranger's is named Jax. The Gold Ranger also has one named Steel, who doesn't transform into a control panel but instead becomes a Power Ranger himself.
  • Ship Sinking: Attempted, at least - one of Grid Battleforce's rules is that "Rangers can't date Rangers". Roxy and Ravi aren't happy with this since they're dating and have been chosen to become Rangers, but Ravi intends to comply and breaks up with her. Shortly thereafter, her mind gets stolen and used to create one of Evox's "avatars".
  • Shout-Out: The bad guys kidnap a tech genius and force him to build something for them, only for him to secretly build a weapon for himself. It's quite fitting that this episode came out just after the release of Avengers: Endgame.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Blaze and Roxy do not like Scrozzle, and the feeling is mutual from him towards them, but they're forced to work together under Evox's rule.
  • The Something Force: It's not applied to the show title this time, but Grid Battleforce is still an example.
  • Those Two Guys: Ben and Betty, a pair of bungling GB security guards.
  • The Unchosen One: Devon and Zoey, two of the three Rangers, are last-minute substitutes after the intended ones, Blaze and Roxy, essentially have their minds stolen and used as the basis of Evox's two "Avatars", while Devon and Zoey step in to stop them from taking Ravi, the intended Blue Ranger, as a third "Avatar".
  • Trademark Favorite Food: After being bonded with Rabbit DNA, Zoey develops a hankering for carrots.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Knowingly averted in "Hanger Heist" where the Rangers undergo a training simulation revolving around them combining their Zords while under enemy attack. When they combine their Zords for real, a shield is generated to protect them from interference from the Gigadrones.
  • Van in Black: Ravi and Zoey get one in episode 6, since they're not giving everyone bikes this season. It's got a not-too-obtrusive Grid Battleforce logo in white.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: In Evox's Revenge, it's revealed that when the Rangers first morphed, they also inherited a little bit of corrupted data from Evox's infection in the previous episode, giving them weaknesses. These include:
    • Devon freezes up whenever he sees a dog, even a picture of a dog. The show justifies this by saying he has feline DNA now, and has inherited a natural fear of canines.
    • Ravi overheats and goes berserk when overusing his powers.
    • Zoey runs out of energy when she overuses her powers, and has to eat carrots to restore her energy levels.
  • You Have to Believe Me!: Devon says this even as he's being dragged off by the security team while he's trying to warn them about the snake-like virus that's invaded their systems.


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