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  • Angst? What Angst?: Omega Ranger sure is chipper for a guy from a Bad Future that becomes stuck in another time and can't demorph without turning into a ball of light. And remember, Omega is an older version of Sam, the kid that considered B-Squad his first real friends. In his original timeline, B-Squad died, except for Z. - a fact that doesn't particularly concern Omega at all when interacting with them. And note that he behaved this way before he Set Right What Once Went Wrong. After all, Omega is still an older version of Sam, and even if he can't still know if he succeded in his mission, he's still living both the dream of his lifetime, fighting with the legendary B-Squad and helping them on equal grounds, both going on in his mission.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The theme song is the first Ron Wasserman piece Power Rangers has used in years.
      • It goes with being very diegetic and theme fitting, the guitar riff sounds just like a cop siren and the chorus is sang in a military style.
    • During the climactic fight in "Once A Ranger", each retro Rangernote  has their respective series' theme song played during their segment of the fight (most had two shown). This is the theme that plays the longest, through Bridge and Mack's second sequence against Flurious all the way to the end of Adam's fight with Thrax.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Out of the seven main SPD Rangers, two are considered this:
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  • Broken Base: Some fans think it's one of the best series, others despise it. Still others think that it's good, but not without flaws.
  • Creepy Awesome: Emperor Grumm.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Doggie Cruger. Whether it's because of the Furry Fandom, his Woobie backstory, or because he's the first mentor to go out into battle as a Ranger (not counting Tommy, since he's had a history of fighting beforehand).
    • Kat. The Cat Girl scientist has gotten plenty of love not just for her Attractive Appearance, but also for becoming the Kat Ranger, with some fans wishing she got to keep the suit longer. She was even popular enough to become a playable character in Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, getting in before Doggie.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Morgana, though she wouldn't think so.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The four unnamed A-Squad Rangers = Rachel (Pink), Cliff (Green), Ivan (Yellow) and Beevor (Blue) (the last being the most visibly alien one), To which Bruce Kalish approved at a convention so they are somewhat canon.
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    • Tinkersam... pretty straightforward actually. Alternatively, calling him Navi.
    • The Sentai version, Dekaranger, was known for its vehicles with names like Machine Husky and Machine Bull (as in bulldog), but these never made it into SPD except by accident (and the opening credits in CGI form). Enter the Jeep Wrangler, already a staple of the filmed-in-New Zealand seasons, now repainted in SPD colors, which led the fans to dub it Machine Dingo. Never mind that the dingo is native to Australia and not New Zealand...
    • The Battle Thong. Due to this season's battlizer including (at least in its first mode) a, well...
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Jack/Z or Jack/Syd, as opposed to Jack/Ally.
  • Foe Yay: Morgana and Z. That shot of the former pinning the latter against a tree is (in)famous amongst the fandom.
  • Franchise Original Sin: This was the first Power Rangers show where "Kalishsplosions" were commonly used throughout fight scenes. In this show they're not too obnoxious thanks to the editing and fight choreography both generally being pretty tight, but in Mystic Force and especially Operation Overdrive, they happen at an even greater frequency than in this show and take up much more screentime when they do appear.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The show justifies itself with its Spared By Adaptation difference to Dekaranger, along with being the only Power Rangers series where the heroes don't destroy every villain they fight. Power Rangers tends to make itself more kid-friendly than Super Sentai by removing most of the mature and violent themes of the latter. In Dekaranger's case, these themes were the probable cause that resulted in the Alienizers being deleted. In S.P.D, the criminals never did anything heinous enough (save for occasional mentions of Offstage Villainy) to deserve being destroyed.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay:
    • Bridge, who falls asleep during an important meeting, is prodded by the Police Chief and responds with a half-asleep "Five more minutes, Sky." (referring to the Blue Ranger). Just one of several Ho Yay moments involving these two.
    • Jack/Sky is another popular pairing.
  • Les Yay: Z/Syd. The high-five? Adorable.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Doggie Cruger became an instant Bara Genre icon, which he still is to this day.
  • Memetic Mutation: Buttery! * finger wiggle*
  • Moral Event Horizon: See the page for examples.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Kat Manx is already arguably an Ensemble Dark Horse by herself but we really lament that there's just one episode with her as the Kat Ranger.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • Occasionally, Rene Nafhau's eyes can be seen behind the Grumm mask in close-ups. Unless it's also a mask In-Universe.
    • Inversion with most of the alien allies, as they look more like aliens rather than furries.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Both Sam and Morgana, we know next to nothing about these characters and they're mostly there to give their opposing sides an extra warrior. For Sam, it's due to Executive Meddling since Disney, a multi-million dollar entertainment corporation, was too cheap to hire an adult actor to play him. Despite the fact the show had already established a plot line for him earlier in the season and had the potential to explore it. For Morgana, it's largely due to the story just forgetting about her. She started off interesting at first, using a book to make monsters and having to earn her childhood back mid-season when Grumm reverts her back into an adult. But beyond that, we never know why she hated being an adult, where she came from and why she works for Gruumm in the first place as the show focuses on other plotlines. Come the final battle, she's just defeated rather unceremoniously and that's the end of that. Pity.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • More like characters traits from Dekaranger. In the original series, the rangers had several specializations like Hoji (Sky) being a sniper and their guns suggested those characteristics. Those were never used in SPD (though it's likely Disney wouldn't have wanted a Ranger being a sniper anyway).
    • The A-Squad as villains. The idea of the rangers having to fight the team that they were originally supposed to just be back-up for was a good concept, but the A-Squad gets so little development that apart from their backstory, they aren't all that different from the usual bunch of evil rangers.
    • During the Body Swap episode with Sky and an alien criminal, Sky desperately tries to figure out a way to let the others know what happened and it never ONCE occurs to him to go to Bridge...the PSYCHIC! The climax ends with...the robotic dog figuring it out.
  • Tough Act to Follow: SPD can be seen as this for the other three Kalish Era Seasons, as it's generally seen as the only really good one (Mystic Force and Jungle Fury are seen as So OK, It's Average but Jungle Fury eventually became Vindicated by History, and Overdrive... well, that's a can of worms we aren't gonna open here).
  • What an Idiot!: Broodwing, for thinking that trying to bring back the Dino Rangers from the past to help him destroy Earth was a good plan. Whereas in previous team-up episodes where that kind of thing happened, the involved villains (Trakeena and Lothor) were careful to ensure they could control those they brought back through Mind Control or other system, he just brings them back and expects them to agree with a We Can Rule Together speech. That despite the fact that, like all Rangers, they had been protecting Earth for years... yeah, very smart Broodwing.


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