6 Shocking Power Rangers Facts

Posted Mar 13, by Greg Porter

Unless you're a big big Power Rangers fan, you probably didn't know this one.

The Power Rangers are actually a Japanese import from a long running series called Super Sentai. The basic premise is the same: a team of (almost always) 5 people are chosen to magically transform into super warriors to fight evil.

Have you ever noticed that the fight scenes when the rangers transformed, and all the Zord scenes always looked completely different than when you were able to see the rangers' faces? That's because the show basically reused footage from the Japanese show.

If you're reading this, the Power Rangers probably defined your childhood in the 90s. You'll be surprised to learn that Super Sentai series has actually been around 1975. In fact, that recycled footage I just talked about? That was from the SIXTEENTH season of the Super Sentai series.

Yes, there were 16th seasons of Japanese Power Rangers before they became famous in America.

When the first season of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers was a success, the American producers asked the Japanese production company to please shoot more fighting scenes so they could make more episodes of the MMPR show. However, that was all they did.

After that, the Western production simply rebooted the show every time a new Japanese series started. That's why the early Power Rangers changed costumes so often and that's also why nowadays, they just start a new series every year.


\"\" The Power Rangers were inspired by Spider-Man!

In fact, many components of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers were borrowed from Japanese Spider-Man. In the 1970s, the Japanese Toei Company produced a television show based on Marvel’s Spider-Man comics. Let’s just say the Japanese adaptation took a few liberties with the Spider-Man character. Yes, he still walked on walls and captured crooks in his webs. However, this Spider-Man didn’t swing through city streets on his webs; he had a flying car! Also, instead of going toe-to-toe with traditional Spider-Man villains, Japanese Spider-Man was busy with a new nemesis, the aptly-named “Professor Monster”. Every week, Professor Monster would create a new monster for Spider-Man to fight. The monsters would then grow to giant size, so Spider-Man would have to get into a giant robot-spaceship with a sword named Leopardon to take them down. Sound at all familiar?

Toei later went on to produce many influential series, including Super Sentai, which we know in America as Power Rangers. The robot-fighting-a-giant-monster aspect of Super Sentai was an idea that they borrowed from their Spider-Man show. You could even say that Spider-Man was the original Power Ranger!

Pretty sweet lyrics: \"Yeah, yeah, yeaaaaaaah! Wow!\"

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles appeared on a Power Rangers episode.

In 1998, Fox aired a crossover episode of a short-lived live-action show based on the Ninja Turtles (it was cancelled after one year), and “Power Rangers in Space” one of the many Power Rangers spin-offs. Talk about obscure!

Here’s a clip of of some of the promotional ads for the crossover episode. The relevant bits start at 2:22.

The original blue Power Ranger left the show due to harassment about his sexuality.

David Yost left the show at the end of the fourth season. He later revealed that his departure was because coworkers harassed him for being gay - he was often called a "faggot" and producers would frequently ask the other actors questions about his sexuality.

Yost played Billy Cranston (the Blue Ranger) and appeared in over 200 episodes of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers during the show's first four seasons! He was also the only Ranger to appear in every episode of the original series. During the fourth season, Power Rangers: Zeo he no longer appeared as a Ranger - instead, he was merely a technical advisor to the newer Rangers. Yost eventually left the show toward the end of the season.

Yost explains why he left in this interview.

While many parents complained in the United States that the Power Rangers were too violent for youth, they were censored in Malaysia for a far sillier reason. Apparently, the censors in the Asian country thought that the word Morphin' was too close to the name of the drug Morphine, and decided to censor usage of that word on the show entirely.

The name of the show was changed from "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" to just "Mighty Power Rangers" and the phrase "It's Morphin' Time" was either muted, or cut altogether! The government was in the middle of a campaign against drugs, and they were looking for any and all ways in which drug addiction could creep up on little kids, even in words on shows that had nothing to do with drugs at all.

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