Power Rangers Mystic Force

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"Magical Source! Mystic Force!"

The 14th season of Power Rangers, based on Mahou Sentai Magiranger. After an earthquake hits the city of Briarwood, a stranger appears and asks for help locating someone in the nearby forest. But the local townsfolk are superstitious about the woods, and the only one brave enough to volunteer is Nick, a wanderer just passing through. A group of locals join him, not wanting to be shown up by an outsider.

The teens soon discover the secret of Briarwood Forest: it is home to a pocket dimension inhabited by mystical creatures, and the stranger who summoned them is a powerful sorceress. More than that, their bravery marks them as wizards destined to protect both them and the human realm from the forces of the Underworld that have been freed by the quake. They are given the power to become Rangers to give their magical powers an extra edge, but if they're going to win they'll need to find out what happened years ago when the monsters were sealed...

Mystic Force isn't remembered as one of the best Rangers series, but it is serviceable. The main complaint is that the story increasingly revolves around Nick, shoving the others into the background. As with Wild Force, it's also disliked for a lack of originality, being more or less just Magiranger with a new cast.

Succeeded by Power Rangers Operation Overdrive.

Now has a character sheet.

Recurring Power Rangers tropes include:

"Count yourself lucky, those guys (the ones that 'get some action') never come back."

"Strong as a tree! Green Mystic Ranger!"
"Ever-changing as the wind! Pink Mystic Ranger!"
"Fluid as the sea! Blue Mystic Ranger!"
"Fast as lightning! Yellow Mystic Ranger!"
"Forceful as fire! Red Mystic Ranger!"
"Flurry of snow! White Mystic Ranger!"
"Power of the sun! Solaris Knight!"
"Burning heart of fire! Wolf Warrior!"
"We call forth the magic! Power Rangers Mystic Force!"

Tropes used in Power Rangers Mystic Force include:
  • Acting for Two: Barnie Duncan not only played Toby but he also once reprised his role from S.P.D. as Piggy.
  • Actor Allusion: Mystic Mother, as a tribute to the late Machiko Soga. "Known as Rita in the dark days..."
  • All There in the Manual: If not for the official websites, we'd have no idea what Clare and Toby's last names were.
  • Alpha Bitch: Leelee, but she gets better.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Nick takes some time to believe in magic, given that he clearly sees people all around him using it all throughout the first episode. Additionally, when Vida is turned into a vampire and Chip realizes it, the rest of the team laughs it off. Sure, we have magic powers and fight a wolf man and a vampire on a regular basis, but there's no way that Vida could have been turned into a vampire! Wait...
  • Ascended Fanboy: Clare, ever the bumbler, managed to tap into some powers by way of ancestry, and even slapped around The Dragon during her spotlight episode; she fades back into the background after managing the aforementioned feat.
    • What about Chip? Obsessed with fairy tales and comic books, he's the most excited to become a Ranger.
  • Badass Biker: Nick.
  • Badass Cape: The only Ranger team that wears 'em. (Sentai has had a couple other teams with capes, but not in about thirty years prior to Magiranger.)
  • Badass Family: Parents Leanbow and Udonna, son Bowen/Nick, and niece Clare
  • Barrier Maiden: Clare.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Itassis was this to Necrolai, leading to the latter's Heel Face Turn.
  • Big Badass Wolf: Koragg the Knight Wolf/Leanbow the Wolf Warrior.
  • Body Horror: The Master erupts from Matoombo like a demonic cephalopod chestburster.
  • Broken Aesop: "Dark Wish". After being told all season to embrace their mystic abilities, the Rangers are given the Fantastic Aesop to not use magical shortcuts. This is enforced when the villains get Jenji and use their genie wish to strip the Rangers of their powers (a magical shortcut that totally works, by the way). And the Rangers' reward for learning not to use magic is stronger magic.
    • A second one is when Itassis asks why the Rangers continuously defeat the Terrors despite the latter's greater power. The answer she gets is 'We're more courageous than you'. This is despite the fact that Isassis personally bailed the Rangers out when four of them were down for the count and the other two couldn't morph and killed a Terror the Rangers couldn't scratch because of the 'Rules of Darkness'. Then there's the whole 'one Terror vs six Rangers' thing.
  • But Now I Must Go: Nick, though he's coming back.
  • The Cameo/Continuity Nod: The Mystic Mother, played by Machiko Soga (best known for Rita Repulsa stateside).

"The Mystic Mother. She was known as Rita in the Dark Times."

Phineas: I don't mean to be a doomsayer, but uhh, DOOM! Doom, doom, doom!