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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: While it's easy to see Dai Shi as simply controlling Jarrod's body after possessing him, its ambiguous how much of his appearances is him controlling Jarrod, or rather him simply influencing Jarrod and bringing out his more negative qualities. One point towards this idea is how he treats Camille. While possessing Jarrod, he shows noticeable kindness and favoritism towards her, though later Jarrod says that he is the one who cares for Camille, not Dai Shi. Despite this though, Dai Shi possessing Jarrod still expresses familiarity towards his former generals, and follows an honor code of Might Makes Right unlike Jarrod, yet Carnisoar plays on Jarrod's memories of being bullied to try and toughen him up. So how much of Dai Shi possessing Jarrod is actually Dai Shi, and how much is actually Jarrod is up for debate.
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  • Anticlimax Boss: Dai Shi (the real one) doesn't get that much time to fight the Rangers, as the first half of his master plan is to resurrect all his fallen generals. He does get to engage the Rangers and 2 of the Megazords, but he goes down after Jarrod weakens him and then 3 of the Rangers special attack him. Fans are bitter about this, but concede that up until then, there was a load of fighting in the episode already.
  • Author's Saving Throw: After Overdrive clocked in over two hundred and fifty Kalishplosions (yes, really), Jungle Fury made them far more scarce outside of plot-relevant episodes.
  • Awesome Music:
    • When you suffer through the Operation Overdrive opening, the theme song for Jungle Fury feels like a breath of fresh air. It helps that this is the first Power Rangers theme in a very long time to actually have harmony.
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    • The jungle-themed background music, which is heavy on the African drums, has some East Asian music mixed in, to match the show's kung-fu motif.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The Masters' Half-Human Hybrid forms in the finale, which happen to be the Seven Kensei from Gekiranger.
  • Broken Base: The Solar Morphers split the fans right down the middle- some thought that the sunglasses made sense as all of the Rangers do complicated martial arts sequences in their morph sequence, and sunglasses are as good a disguise, as, say Cell Phone morphers. On the other hand, many dismissed the entire concept of the Solar Morphers after RJ used a more conventional morpher, and also because they didn't think sunglasses could be used as morphers.
    • It doesn't help that the transformation devices used in Gekiranger, the Beast Henshin Claws, are integrated into the suits and referred to as "Battle Claws" in Jungle Fury. The Gekirangers also crack their knuckles before morphing, and rumor has it that the Solar Morphers were brought in over fears kids could imitate the knuckle-cracking and injure themselves.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Despite being a lesser-loved series, Jungle Fury has one of the most loved non-Ranger characters of the Disney era: Fran, the glasses-wearing, adorkable girl who slowly comes out of her shell, is well loved amongst the fans.
    • RJ got a good deal of praise for his unique approach toward mentoring and more laid-back persona. The fact that he was a rather pretty man didn't hurt.
    • Casey as well due to being a Deconstruction of Rookie Red Ranger, to the point where he's the only Disney Actor who was brought back for Super Megaforce. His actor being One of Us helps, too. It should be noted that Jason Smith, Casey's actor, was also a writer for Super Megaforce, so that could've been an additional reason.
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  • Epileptic Trees: RJ is implied to have got the morphers "from a guy who knew a guy who had an uncle". There are lots of fan theories involving Andros, Tommy and Cam in various configurations providing him with the morphers. Slightly less often seen theories, including proposed by Linkara, suggest he got the materials from Hartford, as he was shown to be able to make Morphers himself for the Overdrive team, and during the 15th anniversary special, was shown working on repairing them alongside veteran ranger Adam.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Camille and Dai Shi in Jarrod's body.
  • Fan Nickname: Doogie-Nick for Dominic, due to actor Nikolai Nikolaeff's resemblance to Neil Patrick Harris.
  • Fan Preferred Pairing: Casey and RJ are the flat-out most popular ship Jungle Fury made over at Archive of Our Own by a country mile.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The second wave of basic figures has their electronics taken out and placed inside "sound chips", which resemble USB flash drives. Guess what Kamen Rider Double and its toyline would be based around.
  • Ho Yay: RJ/Casey has fans.
    • Not without evidence. Casey's greatest fear (revealed during an early two-parter) was something coming out of his closet. He offers to give RJ rub-downs (mistakenly believing that RJ has regressed to his wolf form), and he also mentions being the "catcher" for his little league baseball team. Given RJ's bohemian attitude to life, you could very easily see RJ and Casey getting together. What didn't hurt was that every other character paired up. By the close of the finale, Dom and Fran had run off to Europe together, Theo was dating Lily, and Camille and Jarrod were closer than they'd ever been.
    • As does Casey/Theo and RJ/Dom.
  • Iron Woobie: Non-dramatic version: Fran goes through a lot of work-related crap even before learning who her workmates really are. While a straight comic relief would either laugh it or be ignored by karma, she does get the chance to vent her frustrations.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Camille has Undying Loyalty to Dai Shi, and is greatly attracted to his host's body. However, he doesn't return her affections and continuously treats her as nothing more than a pawn. While Jarrod grows to care for her, Dai Shi sees her as nothing more than a servant, breaking her heart despite how much she's willing to do for him.
    • Jarrod himself counts as well. While he is shown to be a Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy at the start of the season it's revealed that part of the reason is that he was bullied as a kid and, as a result, became a much harder person. After being rejected for the final stage of training, and replaced with Casey due to his attitude, he gets possessed by Dai Shi and spends the rest of the season fighting an internal battle with Dai Shi. After the two are finally separated Jarrod has a Heroic BSoD over his quilt for the wrongs he committed while evil and believes that he can never find redemption for the crimes he's committed.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The fanbase tends to see this as a middle of the road season that conveniently comes right after a season that is regularly trashed and before a season that is regularly praised. Doesn't help that the source Sentai received a mixed opinion amongst fans as well.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Several changes to some of the franchise's details irked fans, like the Rangers' suits lacking belts and having short gloves and shoes rather than the long gloves and boots that had been the standard costume choice for years, as well as the stronger focus on Chinese Kung-Fu as opposed to Japanese martial arts. And then there's the Solar Morphers issue...
    • This actually has more to do with the source footage than anything. Except for the Solar Morphers.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: In one episode, Lily is under some sort of trance thanks to the MOTW, and is acting like a selfish brute. When a monster comes out to attack the city, she stays behind the pizza place, while the others leave. Fran, fed up with her attitude, takes Lily's morpher, with the full intent of leaving and using it. Unfortunately, Lily snaps out of it, and takes it back, meaning we never see Fran morph into a Ranger.
    • Although it probably wouldn't have worked, given that it has been shown that simply having a Solar Morpher isn't enough to become a Ranger. We were probably spared from seeing Fran smacked around for trying to be a hero.
  • Ugly Cute: Flit
  • Vindicated by History: This season received a somewhat lukewarm response on initial airing. Nowadays (like Lightspeed Rescue), this season is seen as an underrated gem and is more fondly remembered for its likable team of Rangers and competent Wuxia-flavored storytelling alongside a very well thought out theme of self improvement. Linkara's review probably helped it a bit in addition to Gekiranger becoming a fan favourite season as the years went on.
    • A bit of this also goes to Casey as many viewers appreciate his character growth more. While many complained at the time that he was a bit too whiny, especially compared to other Rookie Red Rangers such as Wes, realistically Casey was right to be worried as this was a student that just started out thrusted into the role of guardian and then Power Ranger. But through Character Development, he became more confident in his abilities and eventually come out on his own to become a master. Compare Casey from the start of this season to his cameo in Super Megaforce and you see a cub who became a wise master much like Master Mao.


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