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Morphing call, Power Rangers Turbo

The fifth season of Power Rangers, which began with a feature film, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.

The movie picks up some time after the last episode of Power Rangers Zeo. A powerful wizard arrives on Earth to seek their help in stopping the plans of the space pirate Divatox, who intends to release (and marry) the demon Maligore. Zordon tells the Rangers that their current Zeo powers and Zords are not powerful enough to face this new threat, and gives them new Turbo powers and Zords. With Rocky injured during a training accident, they are joined by a new Blue Ranger, twelve-year-old Justin who stumbled upon their secret. Traveling after Divatox, the Turbo Rangers destroy Maligore, with Divatox swearing revenge.

The show picks up the story from there when Divatox arrives on Earth and begins to wreak havoc. As the season progresses there are many changes to the team: Zordon and Alpha return to their home planet of Eltar to be replaced by Dimitria, an alien with a mysterious connection to Divatox, and Alpha Six, her Jive Turkey robot assistant. Not long after, Tommy, Kat, Adam and Tanya, having recently graduated high school, each choose a successor to serve in their place on a new Turbo team. T.J., Cassie, Carlos and Ashley join Justin to fight Divatox's continuing threat.


The season concludes on, possibly, the biggest Downer Ending of a Season Finale in Power Rangers history. Both of the team's Megazords are destroyed, their weapons are lost, the Command Center/Power Chamber is blown up (again, but for good this time), and the Turbo powers vanish. The Rangers themselves are spared by a last minute summons for Divatox by the legendarily powerful Dark Specter, suggesting he is the Greater-Scope Villain behind all other enemies. Utterly defeated, the Rangers leave Justin behind and set off into outer space after Divatox, setting the stage for the next season, Power Rangers in Space.

This season is somewhat infamous among fans, mainly because its source material, Gekisou Sentai Carranger, was either a parody or backhanded satire (depending on the fan or Toei staff member you ask) of Super Sentai series. Despite this, the writers tried to give the season a serious tone in its first half, leading to jarring mood shifts when the stock footage was used. An episode will delve into the drama of Zordon and Alpha leaving to Eltar while Tommy reads his Zord's instruction manual in battle. Another polarizing point, the twelve-year-old Blue Ranger, cannot be blamed on Japanese footage; Saban's sister series Big Bad Beetleborgs utilized kid actors for their main characters, and the idea was to take that concept and move it to the mothership. Though it must be said there was a precedent for Kid Rangers in Super Sentai; both Kiba Ranger (White MMPR/Dairanger White) and King Ranger (Zeo Gold/Ohranger King) were children; and 20 years after Turbo, Toei would have another Kid Ranger with Koguma Skyblue in Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger.


Followed by Power Rangers in Space.

Tropes for Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie are included here. See also: the Non-Serial Movie, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), and the Continuity Reboot, Power Rangers (2017).

Recurring Power Rangers tropes include:

  • Make My Monster Grow: Ignoring its source material, Divatox simply fires torpedoes at the Monster of the Week.
    • And in one instance, a monster manages to make itself grow.
  • Mooks: Pirhanatrons
  • Pink Means Feminine: A Rangers mainstay, it was played straight with Tanya and Kat, but was subverted with the second team. Yellow Ranger Ashley was the girly fashion designer, while Cassie was a more tomboyish musician.
    • Though Ashley did have an episode where she works on cars and proves to be pretty knowledgeable.
  • Psycho Rangers: Crash and the Creeps, and an evil band who tried to take over minds with their song "Confusion." They were based off Carranger's Zokurangers, although the Creeps only made one appearance while the Zokurangers were reoccurring enemies.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: Power Rangers with COOL CARS!
  • She's a Man in Japan: Inverted with the male Pink Creep, whose Sentai counterpart Zoku Pink was female.
  • Thememobile: The Cool Cars Lightning Cruiser and Storm Blaster. The Rangers also got personal Turbo Carts (custom go-carts); they weren't used much outside the Turbo Zord cockpits, however.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • Sword and Gun: Turbo Blades (although they were never named, and their "Rev the handle for more power" function wasn't carried over) and Auto Blasters.
    • Swiss Army Weapon: Turbo Navigator (GPS tracker/blaster (known as Defender Mode); Defender-mode Navigators can combine with an Auto Blaster to form a larger rifle, the rather-clunkily named Auto Blast Defender) and Blue Senturion's Senturion Synergizer (baton/blaster with seldom-seen badge form).
    • Heroes Prefer Swords: Tommy's/T.J.'s Turbo Lightning Sword.
    • Hand Cannons: Justin's Turbo Hand Blasters.
    • BFG: Adam's/Carlos' Turbo Thunder Cannon, the Turbo RAM Cannon Mode and the Turbine Laser.
    • Wolverine Claws/Power Fist (somewhere between the two): Tanya's/Ashley's Turbo Star Chargers.
    • The Straight and Arrow Path: Kat's/Cassie's Turbo Wind Fire.
  • Word Power:
    "Mountain Blaster Turbo Power!"
    "Dune Star Turbo Power!"
    "Wind Chaser Turbo Power!"
    "Desert Thunder Turbo Power!"
    "Red Lightning Turbo Power!"

Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie provides examples of:

  • Arrow Cam: At the beginning. Also used in the trailer.
  • Breast Plate: Divatox has a very flattering one.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Rocky hurts his back while practicing for a martial arts tournament forcing him to pick Justin as his replacement on the team.
  • Disney Villain Death: During the climactic battle, Maligore is struck by the Turbo Megazord Saber, starts sparking, and then falls backward off a cliff, where he explodes upon hitting the ground below.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The Piranhatrons here looked VERY different from what they look like in the series. The Subcraft's bridge looked slightly different to how it looked in the series. Elgar had a deeper voice with more of an early Goldar personality and was thrown into the lava as a sacrifice before the show began. He got better.
    • Divatox used some monster/mook hybrids dubbed "Putra Pods" to attack the Rangers onboard the Ghost Galleon; they only appeared once in the series and in a quick cameo next season.
    • The Turbo suits do not contain the Carranger insignia on the shoulders.
    • Also, the Megazord formation is far slower and much more detailed (and more accurate to the toy), the cockpits for the individual Zords and Megazord are completely different, and the Megazord doesn't do its "Spinout" finisher. (Some fans have theorized that there were two separate sets of Turbo Zords (the ones used here having to be left behind, possibly because of the whole "it's in another dimension" thing and the fact that the Ghost Galleon had been blown up), while the different formation and lack of Spinout could be explained as not having room for either, given how they were on a fairly small island.)
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Possessed Kim and Jason.
  • Forgot About His Powers:
    • Lerigot could have gotten himself out of literally all of his various perilous situations with his magic wand. But for some reason, he conveniently and bewilderingly forgets about it all throughout the film.
    • Kat. Her series backstory established her as a former aspiring champion diver, with Kimberly helping her overcome her fears of diving accidents. Here, however, she falls off a very high cliff above a pool of water, and instead of assuming the proper diving form, Kat tries to morph and fails horribly. Tommy, as usual, swoops down to save the day with a perfect dive. Invoked to justify a Damsel in Distress moment and showcase Lerigot's healing powers.
      • There are a few other justifications, Tommy intentionally dove, Kat was suffering heat stroke (she did just stop to get a drink after all, was resting and commenting on the heat), was escaping a python and then fell. Then her Zeonizer strap comes loose while she is falling, since they didn't know they were getting the Turbo powers she was at a real risk of losing half of her Transformation Trinket. It's justifiable she would grab that, and finish morphing since it was right in front of her face or grab the morpher, turn around and do a three point dive which would take longer then saying four words.
      • Another big one: She probably had no idea just how deep the water was. Diving into shallow water is incredibly dangerous, possibly causing severe head and neck trauma. She might have decided it would be safer to protect herself with her powers (and helmet, lets remember) than to plummet headfirst into potentially shallow or rocky water.
  • Ghost Ship: The Ghost Galleon.
  • "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: The Turbo Rangers (specifically, Tommy, Adam, and Kat) versus the brainwashed Jason and Kimberly.
  • Living Lava: Maligore is a hulking demonic entity that rises up from, and seems to be formed out of, lava.
  • Male Gaze: The camera focuses on both Kat and Kim's asses and Divatox's cleavage just a bit too much throughout The Movie. It's averted, however, after Tommy saves Kat from drowning — there's a rather noticeable blurring of Catherine Sutherland's chest, to hide her wet t-shirt clinging to her body.
  • The Movie
  • Mythology Gag: Tommy wearing all white whilst training for and taking part in a martial arts competition here, whilst Rocky and Adam both have at least an item of clothing in their Ranger color.
    • Quick-eyed viewers will note that Tommy's belt has red bars at the ends for his Zeo colors.
  • No Name Given: Again courtesy of Zordon (as in the previous movie), it is said "the Zords" would be no match for Maligore, but the Zeo Zords, Red Battlezord, Super Zeo Zords, and Warrior Wheel aren't mentioned specifically.
  • Opening Scroll: Like the first movie, Turbo opens with one of these. Read by Zordon, the scroll gives a brief introduction to both Lerigot and Divatox, as well as setting up the premise of the film.
  • Playing with Fire: Maligore has the ability to unleash streams of fire from his clawed hands and he is so heat resistant that energy blasts from the Rangers' Turbo Weapons have no effect on him.
  • Plot Hole: Everyone treats Jason like he's been gone since "The Power Transfer" in Season 2, not "Good As Gold," the episode immediately prior to this movie.
  • Precision F-Strike: Divatox saying "Hell's bells."
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Jason and Kimberly.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Maligore is freed from a volcano on the island of Muiranthias that is sealed in another dimension.
  • Ship Tease: Between Jason and Kimberly. Originally, the film was going to reveal that they had officially become a couple; but, that idea was edited out of the final draft for unknown reasons — while also leaving the clues in there. And so, all the fans got was a ship tease, leaving their closeness and relationship ambiguous and up to interpretation (it was neither denied nor confirmed).
  • Transformation Sequence:
    • Naturally played straight, but lampshaded once in the movie when Justin is out of position during the initial poses of his first morph, and the others look at him with irritation and shake their heads as he adjusts himself to match.
    • Also subverted when Kat is trying an impromptu Zeo-morph in mid-fall to save herself. She doesn't quite make it all the way in time and her morph reverts when she hits the water.
  • Would Hurt a Child: When Jason turns evil, he has no qualms kicking the crap out of Justin even though the latter is only kid Ranger.

Power Rangers Turbo provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: Dimitria and Divatox possibly being sisters. The next season "finishes" this arc somewhat; when Divatox is purified by Zordon she is dressed a lot like Dimitria. This is probably the best resolution we are going to get.
  • All There in the Manual: Averted - A good portion of the opening episode to the season is devoted to recapping The Movie, in case the viewer hadn't seen it.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The final episode.
  • Ascended Extra: The Sentai version of the Phantom Ranger, the VRV Master, wasn't used nearly as much and mostly appeared to give the Rangers their new vehicles. The Phantom Ranger had an entire plotline dedicated around him and including an appearance in the following season.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Justin, played by promoted fanboy Blake Foster.
    • To a lesser extent, T.J., who said in "Passing the Torch, Part 2" that "When I was a kid, I wanted to be a Power Ranger. Think about it. I mean, the things they've accomplished for mankind. What kid wouldn't wanna grow up to be a Power Ranger?" Although this kind of makes you wonder for how long have the Rangers been publicly operating in-universe...
      • Or, alternatively, how old/young T.J. is supposed to be...
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: All of the Rangers' Zords get cool individual names: The Turbo Zords are Desert Thunder, Dune Star, Mountain Blaster, Wind Chaser, and Red Lightning; and the Rescue Zords are Thunder Loader, Star Racer, Siren Blaster, Wind Rescue, and Lightning Fire Tamer. This also goes for their main regular-sized cars, Lightning Cruiser and Storm Blaster.
  • Badass Bookworm: T.J. was one of the more thoughtful and intelligent Red Rangers, which carried over to Power Rangers in Space when he became the Blue Ranger.
  • Astral Finale: The season ends when the older Rangers and Alpha leave Justin behind with his father and take off in a rocket ship to pursue Divatox.
  • Bad Boss: Divatox. Notably, in "The Accident" when she sends three Piranhatrons disguised as his upset team-mates to demoralize Carlos, the one impersonating the team-mate with a broken leg has really had its leg broken.
  • Because Destiny Says So: IMPLIED to be the reason for the unceremonious replacement of the first team with the new team. It was suggested that the Millenium Message revealed that TJ, Cassie, Ashley, and Carlos were the Rangers prophesied to stop the United Alliance of Evil, which is why they were chosen seemingly at random.
  • Begin with a Finisher: In the finale, they use their finishing move to open the fight with the Monster of the Week. It doesn't work and they wind up losing all their Zords in the ensuing battle.
  • Birthday Episode: "Bicycle Built for the Blues" takes place on Justin's birthday and has the older Rangers plan a surprise party for him.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: Goldgoyle is basically this from the Rangers' perspective.
  • Bowdlerize: The suit villains (Elgar, Rygog, and Porto) were all slightly redesigned for American footage, with their facial features being softened to appear less frightening to children.
  • Breather Episode: "Parts and Parcels," an episode that serves as A Day in the Limelight for Bulk and Skull and gives the two a happy ending, comes right before the incredibly dark 2-part finale.
  • But Now I Must Go: The Phantom Ranger.
  • The Cameo: Rita Repulsa, Lord Zedd, King Mondo, and Queen Machina appear during the snippet of the Millennium Message that Blue Senturion shows Divatox.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Millennium Message, which is forgotten immediately, but has serious consequences the next season. However, in an unproduced script called "Rangers in Concert," the Blue Senturion actually shows Tommy, Adam, Tanya, and Kat the full message, which tells them who their replacements are, leading into the next trope...
  • Chekhov's Gunman: T.J., Carlos, Ashley, and Cassie, not to mention T.J. and Cassie were introduced to us by BUS.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Because Rocky didn't get enough short-shrift throughout Zeo, here he only appears in the movie, and the first episode of the series, before vanishing without a trace.
  • Cliffhanger: Rangers defeated, going into space to rescue Zordon only because they can't just stand idle, the villains have something big in the works...
  • Contrived Coincidence: In "Trouble by the Slice," the way that Carlos kept turning around and missing the amnesiac Divatox working as a waitress in the pizza parlor.
  • Cousin Oliver: Justin. Thankfully downplayed with the cast turnover when he's treated more like a peer among the new team, and less like a foster son.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The fight with Goldgoyle really doesn't go well. First the Rescue Megazord is barely able to land even a single hit without getting ludicrously damaged, then the Turbo Megazord does manage to hit him, and it doesn't even hurt him, at which point Goldgoyle fills the thing full of holes.
  • Dance Battler: Once Catherine Sutherland started doing her own fight scenes, Kat's fighting shows a lot of ballet influence.
  • Darker and Edgier: TRIED to be this at first, but due to the fact that it was using footage from a parody of Sentai, it wasn't as successful as the producers might have liked. It was rather jarring to see Tommy having to read the manual to his car at the same time as the drama of Zordon and Alpha 5 departing.
    • Lighter and Softer: That being said, the greater focus on the comic relief villains, as well as the inclusion of a kid ranger, made the series this in comparison to Zeo. The second half in general is this to the first half, and as a whole, Turbo is this to the next two series.
  • Demoted to Extra: In an early episode titled "Shadow Rangers," the monster of the day is a humanoid, Putty-like robot-thing called Chromite. When General Havoc arrives much later in the season, it turns out that Chromites are in fact simple foot soldiers, just like Cogs, Putties, or Piranhatrons.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: Goldgoyle. Despite being "the most powerful monster in the universe" and the one responsible for destroying the Rangers' Zords and weapons (thereby leaving them wide open for Divatox's later attack), he appears in only a single episode, was never mentioned before said episode, and is never mentioned again after his death.
    • Made even more glaring by the fact that in Carranger, he was the final Big Bad.
    • Well, he was described as the most powerful monster, and he was. He was the most powerful single Monster of the Week ever fought to that point, and he quite likely still holds that title.
  • Downer Ending: The Zords are destroyed, the replacement mentor had gone home to help her people, the Power Chamber is raided and destroyed, and the Rangers have lost their powers as the original mentor has been captured by the being that every Big Bad on the series to this point answers to.
    • The Bad Guy Wins: Yes this is the only PR series where the villain manages to legitimately defeat the Power Rangers. It's a fleeting victory, but one nonetheless (Mighty Morphin ended similarly with the Power Coins destroyed and the Command Center blown up, but it left what we saw kind of vague, which obviously led to Power Rangers Zeo. There is no question what happened in this series).
    • To drive the point home farther, more recent seasons have had the Rangers lose their Zords, base, and/or powers, but they always manage to pull a victory out of it, often by sacrificing their Ranger gear as a means of defeating the enemy. Here, they just plain lose. Four of the Rangers and Alpha 6 leave into space without any powers, and Justin, the Blue Ranger, willingly stays on Earth to be with his father. The last scene of the series shows the poor, sad kid watching his friends shoot off into space on what is likely to be a vain mission to save Zordon, while he has ended his last day as a Ranger (until the teamup episode next season) in utter defeat. It really is as sad as it sounds, but it served a purpose: there was no way anyone who saw the last two episodes of Turbo would miss Power Rangers in Space.
  • Ear Worm: It's used as a form of attack in "The Song of Confusion".
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Bulk and Skull were turned into chimps for the first part of the season.
    • The intent was that the two were going to be getting their own spin-off show. Clearly, that didn't pan out.
  • Eye Catch: Turbo started using the Carranger eyecatches mid-season.
  • Feed It a Bomb: The Rangers resort to this to stop Goldgoyle - The bomb being their personal weapons, launched down his throat.
  • Female Gaze: T.J. wore a lot of very tight t-shirts.
  • Figure It Out Yourself: Dimitria spent the first half of the series doing this (her species could only talk in questions, supposedly, though fellow "Inquirian" Visceron didn't have this problem), only to drop this practice when the four veteran Rangers - probably more experienced at this sort of thing than she was - were retired and replaced, at which point she got a lot more direct.
    • Get it? Because it sounds like inquiry/inquire? Question?
  • Flying Car: Lightning Cruiser and Storm Blaster. Though for some reason only Lightning Cruiser is ever shown flying on earth, though one presumes Storm Blaster can since it travels from space to earth with Lightning Cruiser, and flew Justin through outer space with the Space Rangers in Power Rangers in Space to save Lightning Cruiser.
  • Forgot the Call: Divatox in "Trouble by the Slice."
  • From Bad to Worse: T.J. sacrifices the damaged Rescue Megazord to try to destroy Goldgoyle... it fails. Goldgoyle destroys the Turbo Megazord and the Rangers sacrifice their weapons in a desperate attempt to destroy him. Then in rapid succession, they learn Eltar has fallen, Dimitria and Blue Senturion leave, Divatox destroys the Power Chamber and everyone learns Dark Specter has captured Zordon. Arguably, the worst day for a Ranger team ever.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The first team cannon is the Turbo R.A.M. (Robotic Arsenal Mobilizer).
  • Gasshole: Big Burpa from "Bicycle Built for the Blues" lives up to her name by constantly belching.
  • Genki Girl: Ashley.
  • Giant Robot Hands Save Lives: In "Built For Speed," the Turbo Megazord is used to save two cars that drag raced off a cliff by catching them.
  • Grand Theft Prototype: The Turbo Megazord was defeated and taken from the Rangers in one episode, requiring the Rescue Zords as replacements.
  • Green Thumb: Wild Weeder.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Blue Senturion, who was turned evil in three different episodes: "The Millennium Message," "Stitch Witchery," and "Beware the Third Wish."
  • Hilarious Outtakes: The end credits feature outtakes of the actors flubbing their lines or saying funny things that aren't seen in the final cut.
  • Humanity Ensues: In the episode "Cassie's Best Friend", Cassie's dog Jetson becomes human.
  • Identity Amnesia: Divatox in "Trouble by the Slice."
  • Idiot Ball: Hmm... Let's use the Turbine Laser against Metallasaurus, when we have our own Megazord. Predictably, it doesn't do a thing.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: "Honey I Shrunk The Rangers."
  • Insistent Terminology: Divatox never calls them bombs, they're "detonators."
  • Invisible Main Character: When Bulk and Skull stopped being monkeys in "Honey, I Shrunk the Rangers" as a result of over-radiation from the torpedoes used to blow up a monster, they became these until "Stitch Witchery."
  • Ineffectual Loner: Carlos, at first. Though in his introductory episode, his problem isn't that he's ineffectual, just that he's not a team-player.
  • Irony:
    • When the Rescue Megazord forms, a song plays that states the Rangers are "invincible" and they don't lose. Come the end of the season and they lose, and badly.
    • The show's Sentai counterpart Gekisou Sentai Carranger saved Super Sentai when it's popularity was at an all-time low. Unfortunately, due to the unsuccessful attempt to convert the lighthearted material into a serious tone, Power Rangers Turbo nearly killed Power Rangers if not for the success of its successor.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Justin
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Divatox. Bonus points for it actually coming from a laser (well, a teleport ray turned Up to Eleven).
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Divatox only becomes a competent villain in the finale. Every actual victory or close victory against the Rangers was done only from someone more competent than she is, such as her mother (advice on separating the Rangers from their leader), General Havoc (Metallosaurus and kidnapping the Phantom Ranger) or Goldgoyle (effectively a hired mercenary). Her raid on the Power Chamber at the end was appropriately nasty, but it comes across as a victory she really didn't earn.
    • There was a more subtle one earlier on, in the immediate aftermath of the Millenium Message. Her first plot after that episode involves attacking a soccer match featuring Carlos and Ashley, with the implication that she's targeting them because she saw them in the message and wanted them eliminated before the power transfer. It comes off as a very forward-thinking plan for a villain with the... competence of Divatox.
  • The Load: Justin in the movie, less so in the show. Once the torch gets passed, he's often the first person in the room to get a clue.
  • Look Behind You: In "The Whole Lie", Adam gets the drop on a Piranhatron by saying "Hey look, it's Elvis!"
  • MacGuffin: The Millennium Message, Justin's lucky coin.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: There's a giant squid in Angel Grove's lake that attacks Elgar for an entire episode until he manages to kill it off-screen.
  • Mood Whiplash: Right after a goofy episode about Bulk and Skull's jobs being threatened when Porto sends Piranhatrons to steal the things they're supposed to deliver, comes "Chase Into Space," a serious series finale about Eltar coming under attack, Dimitria and Blue Senturion leaving to assist Zordon, the Turbo Powers, Turbo Zords, Rescue Zords, and Power Chamber being destoyed, and Justin saying goodbye to the team.
  • The Movie: The series' debut: Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.
  • Mugging the Monster: Two bullies repeatedly bully and threaten Justin. Justin is completely capable of beating the crap out of them even without his powers, which is shown when he has enough, he just doesn't want to.
  • Mythology Gag: During a monster tour, Bulk tries to interest the crowd by suggesting they may see Eye Guy, Pudgy Pig, or the Peckster, some of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers first season's more memorable monsters. Additionally, their stop is at a lake that was used very often in MMPR, which they even mention. Mechanizer from Zeo also gets a callback.
  • Nice Guy: T.J. Quite possibly one of the nicest and most easy-going Red Ranger in the entire series. Selwyn Ward is this in real life too.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Divatox has the Rangers on the ropes and instead of finishing them off before rushing to meet Dark Specter, she assumes that since they're powerless, they won't be a threat. Cue the next season.
    • Dark Specter is really to blame. If Divatox had been allowed a couple more hours that would have been all she wrote.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Count Nocturne's voice is the usual Bela Lugosi vampire voice.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Even though Alpha 6 is able to develop an antidote for it, Carlos's vampirism isn't cured until Count Nocturne is destroyed.
  • Not-So-Forgotten Birthday: The "friends pretend to forget birthday while planning surprise party" plot is used in "Bicycle Built for the Blues", where the older Rangers plan a surprise party for Justin.
  • Odd Friendship: T.J. and Bulk and Skull in "Parts and Parcel."
  • Official Couple: Tommy/Kat.
  • Parental Abandonment: Justin. His mom dies and his dad leaves him in an orphanage. Even after his dad comes to live with him again, he's still a workaholic.
  • Parental Substitute: Tommy and Kat for Justin.
  • Passing the Torch: The episodes were even titled "Passing The Torch."
  • Police are Useless: In "Phantom Phenomenon," when Divatox is robbing a bank, we clearly see a cop hiding behind a car with some citizens.
  • Punny Name: The Blue Ranger's initial Zord is called 'Mountain Blaster' and was intended for Rocky.
  • Put on a Bus: The Phantom Ranger leaves shortly after his spotlight episode later in the season. In the final episode, Dimitria, Blue Senturion, Justin. Two of these four have serious hatedoms, ol' Blue's not exactly popular, and Phanty still presents more questions than answers, so some of this is an Author's Saving Throw.
    • And that's not mentioning Rita, Zedd and their forces in The Movie, Rocky, Zordon and Alpha 5 in the opening episodes, the rest of the former Zeo Rangers halfway through the season, Detective Stone at the end of the season... Pretty much everyone who was a member of the Power Rangers Zeo cast, with the exception of Bulk and Skull, when you think about it.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Detective Stone took over running the Juice Bar, because Richard Genelle (Ernie) had to leave the series due to health reasons.
  • Recruit Teenagers with Attitude: The in-universe explanation for why the old Rangers left. The basic premise of the Power Rangers since the beginning was that it was comprised of, well, teenagers with attitude. However, Tommy, Katherine, Tanya, and Adam had recently graduated high school and were on the verge of no longer being teenagers. Thus, they had to add youth to the group, removing everyone other than the only high schooler on the cast (Justin) with younger teenagers with attitude (T.J., Cassie, Ashley, and Carlos).
  • Retool: Because ratings had fallen during Season 3 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Power Rangers Zeo due to a combination of being moved to a timeslot that was historically known for far-lower viewership than the one Power Rangers left (despite the series actually setting ratings records FOR the timeslot after the move) and the erratic rate of episode releases during Season 3 and Zeo making it difficult for fans to actually catch episodes as they aired, Turbo was chosen to be something of a soft reboot from the very beginning - Abandoning virtually all of the supporting characters and unresolved plot points from Zeo and not bothering to offer any clean transition, replacing mentors Zordon and Alpha 5 with Dimitria and Alpha 6, redesigning the Power Chamber with no explanation, and most controversially, introducing preteen Justin as the new Blue Ranger in an attempt to appeal directly to a young audience. This didn't work to revive the show, and in fact created the actual problem they were trying to mediate by mis-attributing the cause; Leading to Power Rangers' near-cancellation. So then...
    • ...midway through the season, there was a major shake-up in the writing staff (most of the prior staff left citing poor relations with the new producer/Showrunner). Along with this came the abrupt replacement of every Ranger except Justin with new characters and the abandonment of several plot points and character traits from the first half of the season (the mystery of Dimitria's long-lost sister, Dimitria's habit of speaking only in questions, Divatox's use of time bombs in her plans, the Millenium Message, etc.). This was finally enough to help ratings recover, but only enough to get one more season greenlit. Then Power Rangers In Space happened.
      • This All ironically perfectly mirrors the real-life situations seen with it's source material Carranger.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: T.J. sacrificing the Rescue Megazord doesn't accomplish anything.
  • Sentient Vehicle: Lightning Cruiser and Storm Blaster
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Blue Senturion. There's debate as to how well he succeeded and/or how spectacularly he failed. The spectrum runs from "Thanks to him, Dark Specter, the Machine Empire, Master Vile, and General Havoc were all defeated, and Rita, Zedd, Divatox, and Astronema were purified" all the way to "He is responsible for the death of Zordon and (before it was established an Alternate Universe) the rise of Venjix."
  • Sliding Scaleof Silliness Versus Seriousness: Perhaps one of the most inconsistent of Power Ranger seasons, especially in the first half. Plots where the Big Bad planted detonators to blow up and kill people were common, there was a doomsday message prophesying all past villains joining forces, somewhat more mature plots like eating disorder and dangerous drag racing juxtaposed with goofy monsters and pretty silly villains thanks to a parody source footage. The second half, while not a parody embraces the inherent silliness- until the finale where things get dead serious; the finale barely uses footage from its source Sentai other than a Zord battle.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Implied. All it took for Justin, who, to everyone else, just looked like a disheveled intruder crying wolf that the Power Rangers needed their super-advanced shuttle pronto, to convince the base commander of NASADA was, among other things we don't hear, the name of the planet Eltar. That alone convinces the commander. Of course, combined with many other things brought up in In Space's 2-part opener, this opens the floodgates for speculation on how connected NASADA is to Zordon if the commander seems to be aware of the planet's importance...
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil:
  • Space Police: The Blue Senturion is apparently one of many (though obviously we never see them).
  • Submarine Pirates: Divatox is an intergalactic space pirate whose headquarters is a fish-shaped submarine known as the Subcraft.
  • Surveillance as the Plot Demands: Divatox has a periscope that can pop up in anything made of liquid. Sports coolers, bowls of punch, someone's drink... How this happens is anyone's guess.
  • Time Bomb: All of Divatox's plans involved these, at least for the first part of the season. After the mid-season Retool she suddenly just stopped using them.
  • Time Skip: Between the old team leaving and the new team taking their place. "Passing The Torch" ends with Tommy et all leaving, then the next episode begins with TJ, Ashley, Cass, and Carlos not only gelled as a team, but with them knowing the Blue Senturion, and knowing how to operate the Megazords no problem.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Justin suspects the other Rangers of being replaced by robots in "The Robot Ranger." Turns out he's a Robot Me, too.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tanya and Kat (again), then later Cassie and Ashley.
  • Totally Radical:
    • Alpha 6, who replaced Alpha 5's "Ay-yi-yi" catchphrase with "Yo, yo, yo."
    • The title itself also counts, given that "turbo" became a slang term during the early-mid 90's.
  • Trash the Set: The Power Chamber, and done in an appropriately shocking way.
  • The Unsolved Mystery: Nothing about the Phantom Ranger is ever resolved, outside the fact that he needs his Power Ruby to survive. We don't even know his actual name or title; "Phantom Ranger" is a term that T.J. coined to describe the mysterious invisible warrior that appeared. Apparently, when the actor needed to make the plan for him happen backed out, The Powers That Be said "screw it" and had him say "Well, Earth's in good hands with you guys, bye!" and run off.
  • Villain Ball: Double Subverted at the end of the season. Divatox manages to decisively defeat the Rangers, destroying their powers, but before she can finish them off she is ordered to withdraw.
  • Villain Song: Crash and the Creeps' song "Song of Confusion" is this. Bonus points is due to their human disguises, they can practically say to the Rangers' faces that they're fooling and deceiving them without them being the wiser.
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: The Piranhatrons' theme 'You're Gone Piranhatrons', talks about how they're goofy and useless; which is quickly proven true whenever it's played. But when it's not...
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Subverted, because it was a monster that was easily defeated. The villain Chromite is killed simply by putting him in a shadow to make him melt away.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • The biggest, though not the only such situation, is the Zeo Crystal. The source of power for the Rangers in the previous season gets swiftly brushed aside and replaced by the Turbo powers in the movie. It's given no dramatic send off like when the Power Coins were destroyed. No one lampshades it, nor brings up how the Zeo Crystal continues to grow in power, which would make the need for new more powerful morphers to be pointless. This is strange considering how Kat morphs into Zeo Ranger I in the beginning of the movie, yet Adam doesn't possess his Zeo Crystal during his cameo in Power Rangers in Space. (Out-of-universe, it's obviously so his teamup with Carlos would be of the two Black Rangers; if it had been during Turbo he'd probably have become the green Zeo Ranger IV. In-universe, he used an unstable damaged Power Coin that could have killed him in favor of the Zeo powers.) On top of that, Tommy is powerless in Power Rangers Dino Thunder until the Black Dino Gem is discovered (even though he used his Zeo powers just fine in "Forever Red!") But we don't have to go all the way to Adam's return, let alone PRDT, for a time when it's non-use was Fridge Logic: After the Turbo powers were lost, you'd think they'd have said "didn't those other guys used to be powered by this super-powerful crystal of supposedly planetwrecking strength?" before setting out powerless on a journey to space.
    • Smaller mice: Lt. Stone, Bulk, and Skull were back on the police force as of The Movie. Nothing was mentioned of their police jobs after the premiere; taking Ernie's spot was quite a career change for Stone, and one he had no reason to make. Bulk and Skull were probably left off the roster after vanishing for months as far as the world was concerned during their time as monkeys, but still, one line about trying to get their jobs back and failing would have been nice.
    • Oddly, neither Lt. Stone nor the Rangers seem to give a rat's ass about Bulk and Skull having completely dropped off the map without so much as a single word.
  • Wrench Wench: Ashley, who took auto-shop in "The Turn of the Wretched Wrench" only as a Take That! to her slightly sexist father, only to find herself loving it. This plot was done because her Carranger counterpart was a mechanic, and the morphed footage in that episode made that obvious.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In one episode, Justin runs afoul of two older students who have no qualms whatsoever about attacking and chasing after a pre-teen, just for not giving them the answers to a test.
  • Zerg Rush: Essentially Divatox's strategy when she attacks the Power chamber at the end of the series. She sends Piranhatrons to attack it. All of them.

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Alternative Title(s): Turbo A Power Rangers Movie


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