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Taking battle footage and some locations from Super Sentai, all series of Power Rangers have to match locations, clothing, and even actors with their counterparts from a different series to convince us we're still looking at the same people, places, and things from one shot to the next. Often it works... but this show's the only one with a Stock Footage Failure sub-page to itself for a reason.

  • Outfits regularly change during the transformation sequences, since they were usually not wearing the same civilian outfit as they were in the stock footage, with shirt colors suddenly changing, skirts becoming pants, accessories vanishing, hairstyles changing, and in at least one case, a shirt appearing. Later seasons handwaved it by having the stock footage of them be of them in a uniform, and make sure that the character was wearing the uniform in the new footage before morphing.
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  • Particularly noticeable when the Rangers first use their Power Weapons. The Zyurangers each used their respective weapons while unmorphed, which would then transform when they morphed. Thus the American series has the Rangers inexplicably holding random weapons that are then 'powered up'.
  • Variation in "Day of the Dumpster"; Billy can be seen with his communicators on his wrists during Jason’s karate lesson, despite the fact that he wouldn't invent them until the next episode. This is because it was originally shot for a later episode “Dark Warrior”.
  • In "Teamwork", although Kimberly's call for her Dinozord was unused because in Zyuranger there was a kid of the week in frame that would have confused viewers, said kid can still be seen in a single wide shot
  • In "For Whom the Bell Tolls" a giant Japanese boy can be briefly be seen behind Megazord in one shot.
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  • In the original "Green With Evil" storyline from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, footage of Burai from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger was used to represent Tommy being transformed into the Green Ranger by Rita. The audience was apparently supposed to ignore that "Tommy" is clearly Asian (and with short hair instead of his trademark mullet; highly obvious even when in silhouette) for a few seconds when he first appears in Rita's fortress.
  • Also in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, when they have a closeup of their morphers or weapons during the scenes that used stock footage, you can sometimes see the word "Zyuranger" printed on them.
  • One episode of Mighty Morphin has Rita capture a girl and hold her captive. Although she wears the same clothes as her Japanese counterpart, she clearly becomes Asian in brief shots. One wonders why they didn't just hire an Asian child to play the part.
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  • During the third season of MMPR, the show began adapting footage from Ninja Sentai Kakuranger. This caused a bit of a problem, as the crew now had to work around the fact that there was no Pink Ranger analogue in Kakuranger, since Tsuruhime, the token girl character, wore white rather than pink. When the Shogunzords began showing up in the Western toy line, Tsuruhime's Zord was recolored pink so that it would match up with Katherine, the American Pink Ranger, even though the footage used in MMPR still had the Zord as white. Normally, an inaccurate toy wouldn't have been much cause for concern, but the color scheme became an issue when it came time to use the Shogun Ultrazord, a special transformation that did not exist in Kakuranger, and thus had to be filmed by using the toys. This created a situation where you could clearly tell which shots were filmed in Japan and which were filmed in America, as the American footage would have the Ultrazord's right arm (Katherine's Zord) inexplicably change from white to pink with zero explanation.
  • Particularly bad in Power Rangers Time Force, where Mirai Sentai Timeranger stock footage is used in several scenes important to the plot. It doesn't cause plot holes because of their similarities, except several critical scenes have Wes suddenly turn Japanese.
    • Or the entire staff of Bio-Lab the time the building was invaded. In fact, there are several times when there's suddenly a disproportionate amount of black hair in crowd scenes.
    • Eric looks very much like his Timeranger counterpart Naoto, so much that one dramatic, non-stock-footage morph was kept, during the multi-parter that introduced the Quantum Ranger. Unfortunately... Eric wasn't wearing his hat and Naoto was in that scene, so as we switch angles whilst he and Wes are charging at each other for their second battle, he suddenly goes from hatless to hatted.
    • An earlier episode (Quantum Ranger/Time Fire's debut episodes) had sneaked in shots of Naoto where Eric is supposed to be, which would work had they worn the same outfit during the scene (Eric is still wearing his uniform while Naoto was off-duty at the time). So close to awesome, yet so far...
  • Linkara notes in his commentary for the end of the Mechakara arc in Atop the Fourth Wall that it's OK that his glasses reappear during the morphing sequence, as that is what happens in the show.
  • In the early seasons, you could tell when it was stock footage because the camera quality was grainier. Later seasons were perfectly clear, to the point of some people being unable to tell when the show is using stock footage, and when it is not, particularly when a ranger morphs and does not go through the usual Transformation Sequence, though there are still a few giveaways, one obvious one is that, whenever the US teams makes their own version of the costumes, for some reason, they almost inevitable use a much brighter shade of pink.
  • Still, though, sometimes tweaks are visible. Nadira's outfit covers less than Lira's, Marah's hair is black while Furabijou's is brown, and in Power Rangers Samurai, it's very distracting to see Octoroo go from having his tentacles completely covering his face to being parted to reveal his mouth.
  • Power Rangers Operation Overdrive has a pretty obvious case during the roll calls, said case being Ronny. They changed her roll call pose from Natsuki's such that the motion is a little more "serious" and stays upright. This is probably due to her personality, which is almost nothing like her Super Sentai counterpart. However, Ronny still finds a way to appear already arched 45 degrees to her left near the end of the roll calls.
    • Still on the subject of Ronny, there is also her excessive excitement upon piloting her Zord for the first time. The writers attempted to pass this off as a form of Nerdgasm, but the fact of the matter is that the footage still retains Natsuki's childish body language, which is adorable when used by an adorable character, but for a tomboy like Ronny, it comes off as weird and out of character.
    • The compass symbol on Mack's suit occasionally inverts the colors of the arrows in American footage. Oddly enough, this only happens with him and never with any of the other rangers.
  • Aljin Abella was the shortest member of the Power Rangers Jungle Fury cast, yet was cast as the Blue Ranger, who was the tallest in Juken Sentai Gekiranger. Theo grew about a foot every time he morphed.
    • Related: Zack in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers grew back a missing finger when he morphed.
    • Daggeron from Mystic Force seemed to lose about 40 pounds when he morphed.
  • And in similar vein, the characters that weren't adapted to Power Rangers had appeared in it. Eg. Zonnette was seen piloting Divazord, Shibolena was clearly seen when Red Ecliptor was destroyed and some reported that Shelinda was briefly seen on Mutiny's ship.
  • In Ninja Storm, Blake appears noticeably smaller in original footage, due to his Sentai counterpart, Isshu Kasumi, being a bit taller and slightly more muscular than he is. This is especially obvious when he is on screen with Hunter, as Hunter has at least a few inches on Blake, while Isshu and Hunter's counterpart, Ikkou, are roughly the same height.
    • Some later Ninja Storm episodes have Cam randomly switching in and out of Super Samurai Mode while in the Megazord's cockpit for no real reason at all, even if he never used it in said episode.
  • Like in Time Force, there's an instance in the second episode of Power Rangers RPM where the city of Corinth is under attack, and for some reason the citizens all appear to be Japanese.
  • Power Rangers Megaforce didn't bother translating the Gosei Cards, which say Tensou Sentai Goseiger on them as well as other Sentai terminology. Also, footage from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger's Legend War sequence is used occasionally, and heroes that were never adapted for Power Rangers can still be seen in crowd shots.
  • In nearly every episode of Power Rangers S.P.D., when the Rangers morph, there will be an extreme close-up of a hand holding the morpher, which would be fine except for the fact that the Rangers never hold the morpher properly (if the finger isn't on the button on top, the morpher shouldn't open!) They're holding it correctly in the morph sequence, so that means the focus Ranger's fingers appear to magically move as we switch to stock footage. This occurs constantly and is probably due to Real Life Writes the Plot: The morpher props are the Japanese morpher toys, so if the actor held the morpher properly, it would open for real. Naturally, non-stock-footage morphs always have the button-push, opening the morpher before the Ranger does a sparkly in-scene change.
  • Of course, the worst had to be between Overdrive and RPM, where Sentai had shifted to wide-screen but PR hadn't yet. Sometimes they could get away with the sentai footage being zoomed in, but sometimes it was just plain squashed like a bad YouTube video.
  • Super Megaforce managed to turn this into an art form. On top of not explaining why female yellows from the original Saban era have skirts now, since those characters were female, the producers never cared about replacing (at least most the time) stock footage of unadapted Sentai teams present in the Gokaiger stock footage. However, they seem to do it especially selectively, as it appears they wanted to remove pre-mid 80s teams due to the difference in suit materials shifting more to spandex after the first several years. In episode 13, this came as a double whammy, when before a commercial break, we see four of the suits from Changeman, then after the commercial break, Troy's inexplicably the red ranger from Maskman, since they excluded the footage of Marvelous changing to it from the original Gokaiger episode.
    • You can tell whenever it's switched from American to Japanese footage because of the quality of video. The New Zealand cameras have a richer texture to it. Not only that but a lot of the Sentai footage is shot in the morning which makes it very noticeable if the American footage is in the afternoon.
    • In the first episode when the Rangers have their debut fight, it switched from an intact town plaza to a wrecked site with cracked concrete and crushed buildings.
    • Whenever the Rangers use their Gosei cards, the cards all clearly still have the original text from Tensou Sentai Goseiger (including that title). This is probably why so much of the Rangers' arsenal keeps their Goseiger names in the first place (as well as The Mentor being called Gosei and the Robot Buddy being Tensou, just so the words "tensou" and "gosei" mean something here.)
    • Similarly, the recurring footage from Gokaiger's Legend War includes heroes from Super Sentai that have never been adapted for Power Rangers. Most are way in the background where they're not as noticeable or have been edited to make them less conspicuous, but "Stranger Ranger" clearly shows Ryu Ranger fighting behind the Red Jungle Fury Ranger. Officially subverted in "Earth Fights Back" when the Dairanger suits debuted as "powers never seen before on Earth."
    • In episode 3, after the Rangers defeat the Monster of the Week with the Megaforce Blaster, they disassemble the blaster and then run to a completely different area where they had quarantined the infected civilians. After that, when Vrak summons the zombats to make the monster grow, the Rangers are suddenly right back in front of the monster's corpse, holding the assembled Megaforce Blaster. (In sentai, the scenes were ordered differently, the infected civilians not changing back until the monster was destroyed for good at giant size. Why anyone felt the need to change that, creating such an awkward scene, no one knows.)
    • The second battle against Dragonflay (played out at the same time as the Red Ranger fights Creepox for the first time) in episode 4 still has plenty of Japanese text on signs and Japanese traffic signage.
    • In "United We Stand," Sentai footage is used when Beezara kicks Gia and Emma across the soccer field. Before this, Troy was knocked to the ground; however, if one looks closely at where Troy was, it's very obvious that it's Alata lying on the ground.
    • Speaking of Alata, his distinctive red-and-white jacket is very noticeable in the first few seconds of the opening sequence, as seen in this screenshot.
    • The loss of Datas leads to a problem with Ultra Gosei Great Megazord. Eagle-eyed viewers will notice that there's a brand new Mechazord head that's just there with no explanation as to where it came from; not to mention the Zord mountings on the shoulders and the odd design on the robot's back. The card that summons it is labelled HYPER Gosei Great, due to total failure to edit the footage. The toyline at least explains the backpack away by having it store 3 Zord vehicles that carry the Sky, Land, and Sea brothers, but no such explanation exists in the show.
    • The Robo Morpher has a lot of Japanese Hiraganas left unedited.
    • Since this series adapted two Sentai seasons that have members that contrast each other blended into the same team this is bound to happen, resulting in minor character inconsistencies:
      • Emma is a understated character while her Goseiger counterpart Eri is more hyperactive. There's times when Goseiger footage is used and the Pink Ranger is gesturing animatedly like Eri but with Emma's understated performance, causing this. Should be less apparent when Gokaiger footage is used and Emma is being played by Ahim, also more understated than Eri.
      • Troy has a relaxed-yet-confident stance and overall body language which really doesn't jell well with Alata, who is usually timid and has his arms clenched together like an angry child. It gets better with Marvelous's body language, though not all that well as Troy's a bit more stiff and Marvelous is always ready to battle.
      • Jake's Gokaiger counterpart is Don, the team's Plucky Comic Relief Butt-Monkey; the first episode handles this simply by passing the Green Ranger's uneasy motions as Jake's enthusiasm over his new powers. In later episodes, it becomes even more pronounced with the Green Ranger inexplicably acting like Don at times to the point of being incompetent in direct combat, even though Jake has never been depicted as that goofy of a character.
      • Noah's Gokaiger counterpart is Joe, the team's master swordsman. While Don would fit better for Noah as does Joe to Jake, the reasoning for Noah being a master swordsman is to improve himself and be better at helping the team out. However, this is problematic on another layer due to Noah's Goseiger counterpart, Hyde, being a bow-wielder, resulting in Noah going from one extreme in combat to the other without any explanation. This is a little funny due to the fact that Joe...well, let's just say that he won't be winning any marksmanship competitions.
      • Gia's body language usually fits her Gokaiger counterpart Luka, but not so much with Moune whose gestures reflects her childishness and over-energetic personality, something Gia is not shown doing out-of-suit, even when around her best friend Emma.
      • Orion - his Gokaiger counterpart, Gai, is a very hyperactive Sentai fanboy who was always energetic, whereas Orion's personality would be more akin to that of Joe Gibken/Gokai Bluenote . There's also the fact that Orion is taller than Gai, and due to the inexplicable decision not to film any original footage whenever Orion uses Super Megaforce Gold, whenever Orion uses the aforementioned powerup, he will inexplicably shrink about a foot.
    • The third commercial in this video contained footage that was obviously lifted straight from a TV-Nihon fansub release of Gokaiger. A newer version of this commercial fixed this problem.
    • Episode 2 of Super Megaforce just had Japan as the place where the rocket was launched when clearly the show takes place in the United States, or New Zealand in terms of where it was shot. This was because of the unedited transition between the local shots and the pool of stock footage that was found in Gokaiger (though this is far from the first time this has happened in the franchise's history).
    • That's a thing that happens a lot, even across series that don't suffer from Megaforce's level of Creator's Apathy. Editing the Earth so things aren't flying from/to Japan never seems to occur to production.
    • In "Silver Lining, Part 1" when Jake (as Galaxy Green) uses his Quasar Saber to disable Gorgax's shield, for a brief moment you can see the tip of the Green Mighty Morphin Ranger's Dragon Dagger hit the shield instead of the Quasar Saber's tip. explanation 
    • In "The Perfect Storm", the Legendary Megazord throws the Q-Rex into space to destroy an incoming asteroid. We then get a shot of Earth, and it's blatantly obvious that the Q-Rex was leaving Japan.
    • Another one with Turboranger occurs in "Love is In the Air", based on the first Jealoushito episode - you can make out a black Ranger key being used as the Rangers morph into Power Rangers Turbo, which didn't have a black Rangernote .
    • During Noah and Argus' final battle in All Hail Prince Vekar, you can see a shot of Joe's long black hair after he hits Argus.
    • In that same episode, during the formation of the Ultimate Legendary Megazord, you can spot the words "Super Sentai" written on the wheels of the Turbo Falcon.
    • The "Super Sentai" wheels were also present in the Turbo Falcon's debut In the Driver's Seat.
    • During "Earth Fights Back", it's pretty obvious that the footage of legendary ranger teams that Noah is looking at isn't from the series said teams come from, but rather, the Gokai Changes of said teams - to be specific:
      • The changes into Jungle Fury and SPD do not have a blue rangernote .
      • The Jungle Fury Rhino Ranger is shown with a skirt, despite the fact that said ranger is malenote .
      • The Operation Overdrive full-team morph doesn't resemble any one used in it's home seriesnote . More damning, however, is the presence of the hybrid of the Gold and Silver RPM rangers, which never appeared in RPMnote .
    • Despite Basco not being adapted in any form, during "Emperor Mavro", his monster form can be seen very briefly, as shown herenote .
  • Power Rangers Dino Charge has its moments:
    • Averted when it comes to the Dino Chargers. Unlike in Megaforce (especially the cards in the Goseiger half), stock footage involving the Dino Chargers is edited to show the English dinosaur names instead of Kyoryuger's names (i.e. "Tyrannosaurus Rex" instead of "Gabutyra"). Though there was one moment in Episode 4 where you can briefly see "Gabutyra" on Tyler's Dino Charger, but it's very quick and easy to miss. Even then that's averted as future airings edited to Tyrannosaurus Rex.
    • Speaking of Tyrannosaurus Rex, a less glaring one happens when his Kyoryuger debut emerging from a tropical island's volcano (lined by palm trees at the base) is used as-is, but in Dino Charge the Rangers clearly see him emerging while they are surrounded by temperate foliage.
    • The fight between the Red Ranger and Wrench in the third episode has a poster with large Japanese writing clearly visible in a few shots.
    • Episode 4 has another example: During the battle with the Rangers, the cage on Slammer's left shoulder is suddenly being damaged for no apparent reason. This is because in Kyoryuger, the Kyoryugers had to destroy said cage to free Debo Royaroya's captives.
    • Speaking of "Rise of a Ranger", this is cleverly averted by the writers, who were able to splice Kyoryuger footage and original footage together due to the restrictions from adapting the sentai. The Graphite Ranger's counterpart, Tessai was a 1400 year old monk who in his debut fought alongside the sentai's Cyan Ranger against a meteor-themed alien. Since the show has not formally introduced the Cyan Ranger, they had to work around that by separating him from the others for his debut fight (original footage) while the rangers face off against Fury (stock footage). The Robot, G-BO meanwhile was introduced before Gray's introduction and was fought off by Cyan, making most of its stock footage useless as well.
    • The Megazord battle in "World Famous In New Zealand" is from Brave 18, and as a result, the Rangers go from fighting Meteor in the city, to fighting him in the forest.
    • During the "Deep Down Under" Megazord battle, the Plesio Charge Megazord has the Plesio Charger, even though Kendall never mentioned its existence and the Rangers never used it on screen.
    • One of the more noticeable examples is Fury's furry collar — in Kyoryuger he started out without it but gained it later as part of the plot, while Dino Charge doesn't attach any significance to the collar so he's seen with and without it at various points. Most notably, the opening goes straight from a long shot of Fury without the collar to a close-up of him with the collar.
    • In "Nightmare in Amber Beach", the Vivix fight shows a bunch of Japanese text visible on the scenery, something that Dino Charge has been much better at avoiding thus far than its predecssor was.
    • Double whammy in "Forged Under Fire": The warehouse changes interiors during the Singe and Hunter vs Rangers fight; and arguably a huge one: the Rangers minus Tyler summon the Dino Charge Megazord TriStegoPtera Formation to fight a giant Fury, while Tyler uses T-Rex Super Charge mode to fight off Singe. Except Super Charge Mode requires the T-Rex Zord to work (the Zord shrinks to become T-Rex Supercharge Mode's morpher and weapon) and it's combined with three others at the moment. How can it be in two places at once?
    • In "Catching Some Rays", Loafer and Leisure's design is unchanged from their original incarnation as Debo Vacance from Brave 31 of Kyoryuger; as such, they still have the "DEBOTH GUN TEAM CANDERRILLA" inscription on the surfboards on their backs (plainly visible while Leisure is fighting Chase on the first part of the episode). Plus, when Leisure flies off Earth to draw power from the Sun for her laziness beam attack, the zoom-out from Japan seen in the original is still used - twice (before and after the first commercial break).
  • Ninja Steel makes a secondary weapon from Ninninger the morpher. Two problems: since the sword was the morpher in sentai, the sword is used to activate every star except the morphing ones, and the morphing stars themselves are typically seen on the swords during battle. On top of that, the morphers always vanish during the Transformation Sequence and even morph scenes that go Stock Footage-less... even if the Ranger in sentai was using the weapon that became the morpher in PR (meaning that the Ranger morphs, the morpher explicitly vanishing when the suit appears... but it's still being held in the next shot as the Ranger leaps into action.)
    • Before the show even started some people already pointed out an instance. Specifically, Chrystiane Lopes as the Pink Ranger. She is significantly shorter than the rest of the cast, including White Ranger Zoe Robins. In Ninninger, Yuka Yano (the White Ranger) was the shortest member while Kasumi Yamaya (who played the Pink Ranger) was a similar height to the others. This isn't without precedence; multiple rangers have had their heights changed when they morph.
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