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  • Accidental Innuendo: Buzzwang? Seriously?
  • Angst? What Angst?: For a guy who is supposedly obsessed with saving his wife from her Fate Worse than Death, Zachary Foxx spends most of the show going about his business with a just-another-day-at-the-office-attitude, with just about everyone from Zachary to the show's own writers forgetting about the subplot of his wife.
  • Awesome Music: The soundtrack is a combination of prog-rock and AOR, was cooked up by John Van Tongeren (the guy who went on to score The 4400, The Outer Limits (1995) and The Legend of Tarzan) and Peter Wetzler. Cult bands FM and Refugee sang tracks on it, and when Koch asked what extras should be on the DVD, the unanimous vote was for a soundtrack.
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  • Bizarro Episode: Some people dislike "Mothmoose", and any episode featuring Buzzwang, because their comedic tone clashes with the straight adventure episodes favored by fans. Also, "Mothmoose" doesn't feature any of the Rangers—the heroes are Zach's children and the Kiwi Kids (which is lampshaded by Commander Walsh explaining that the Rangers aren't available).
  • Canon Fodder: Loads and Loads of Characters, Character Development on the main four and several Recurring Characters, Screwed by the Network, a couple of plot arcs that are Left Hanging, massive amounts of Back Story that was implied in two or three lines, several Noodle Incidents, and just enough of a nascent Myth Arc to hold it together.
  • Cargo Ship: Wildfire seems a little bit more affectionate towards his ship's AI than normal.
  • Cliché Storm: The theme song's one.
    "No guts no glory! No pain no gain! One for all, all for one! Riders on the range!"
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  • Complete Monster: The Queen of the Crown is an evil sorceress who starts off by ambushing Kirwin, and putting a heavy bounty on humans for every two-bit thug in the galaxy. She is mashing the humans down to power Slaver Lords, artificial creatures through which she can see, hear, and administer her Empire; this is not only an exceedingly painful process, but leaves the victim fully awake and aware of what's happened. The Queen also slaughtered millions on the planet of Tortuna, leaving a few domed cities behind in a lot of wasteland. She was hunting humans because the last race she used to power Slaver Lords has been hunted to near-extinction and she needed replacements. If that wasn't bad enough, she enslaves an entire planet, making the inhabitants work in concentration camp conditions to build a massive hyperspace cannon she uses to blow a chunk out of Earth's moon, threatening to do worse to Earth unless they gave her 5,000 humans in tribute. On a personal level, she uses the only psychocrystal she's made from a human—Zach's wife—to commit Mind Rape nightly on both of them.
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  • Drinking Game: Here.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song will get stuck in your head.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: As Robert Mandell put it, he intended Zach to be the protagonist, but then "Along came Goose."
  • Fanon: Because the series is rather obscure, there are only a handful of fanfic writers, many of who work or have worked collaboratively. As a result, there are several elements (such as a "surname" for Niko) that keep showing up.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures due to their similar tone, tropes, and several prominent Fan Fic writers.
    • A lot of the Rangers fanficcers also enjoy Leverage, part because Hardison and Spencer's banter can read a lot like Doc and Goose's.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Galaxy Rangers was more popular in England and Europe than its country of origin; Germany got the entire series on DVD before America did. Also see Merchandise-Driven on the main page.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Lawful Good, Happily Married, By-the-Book Cop...played by the future Lenny Briscoe
  • Narm: Shane "Goose" Gooseman's voice. He's supposed to sound like Clint Eastwood (the actor he was modeled on) but where Clint had a soft yet raspy, menacing voice Doug Preis plays Shane with a voice that can only be described as nasally, which seriously undermines his mysterious tough guy ladies man persona.
  • Narm Charm:
    • Shane "Goose" Gooseman's very name. Seriously, Shane Gooseman? While it's easy to see that his first name is obviously a reference to the 1950s western classic Shane, his surname is just plain silly, even for an 80s cartoon. Then again, the inherent silliness of a name like Gooseman might just add to the show's darker than usual yet still very retro 80s charm.
    • The theme song is a very 80s Cliché Storm but damn if it isn't catchy.
  • Nightmare Fuel: A surprisingly large amount for a cartoon from the mid 1980s. Inferred genocides, animal cruelty, body horror, mind rape... oh my. Go here for specifics.
  • Periphery Demographic: The show was more popular among teens and young adults than the toy-buying grade school boys that the producers hoped to attract.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Zachary Foxx was one of Jerry Orbach's earlier roles long before Beauty and the Beast and Law & Order came out. It's a little hard to recognize his younger voice without the New York accent and trademark snark that made Lenny Briscoe a star, but it's the same guy.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: May be the only fandom on Earth where it's completely inverted. Despite a sizable body of Fan Fic, most of the fanbase goes with the "canon" or Word of God 'ships; Zach / Eliza, Goose / Niko, and Doc / Maya.
  • The Scrappy: Buzzwang to some fans.
    • When Chris Rowley was watching a marathon put on at a small sci-fi convention, he called out "Oh, Buzzwang, we wanted to kill him so badly." The rest of the audience said (almost in unison) "So did we!"
    • Some of the show's other writers liked Buzzwang even though he was clearly just a knock off of C-3P0 from Star Wars.
    • The Kiwi kids, according to some fans.
  • Spiritual Successor: Modern fans sometimes explain this as Mass Effect meets Firefly with a glorious dose of "what if they were made in The '80s?"
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The subplot regarding the Fate Worse than Death for Eliza Foxx, wife of Zachary Foxx, is often glossed over to the point of being pretty much forgotten by everyone in the show, including Zachary himself. When one learns that Niko had a crush on him some episodes later you're tempted to wonder why he didn't go after her... until you remember that he is in fact married.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Genocide, on-screen death, a Dating Catwoman (or at least shagging her) situation in "Renegade Rangers", slavery, torture, massive aversions of Never Say "Die" (with the on-screen body count to back it up)... even Mandell admits the show's writing "flew over the heads of six year olds."


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