Truncated Power Rangers

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Jason: Zordon, what the hell is going on?
Zordon: What always happens, Jason? Rita tried to kill people. You saved the day.

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The Abridged Series of Power Rangers, specifically Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Created in August 2008, the series is notable for being one of the first live-action Abridged series and having its contributors recognized by real names instead of handles. While only one person does the voices, there is a team of writers behind the series.

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Tropes used in Truncated Power Rangers include:
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Bulk: Oh-ho! Someone's coming up with oneliners now! It's like you have your own videos on YouTube!

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  • Actor Allusion: Subverted. Zack's character is a parody of that other black Black Ranger's actor.
  • Affectionate Parody: Who didn't love Power Rangers?
  • Anything That Moves: Kim. Just ... Kim.
    • Rita, when they aren't making menstruation jokes.
  • Artistic License Astronomy: Lampshaded in Episode 1, with the astronauts visiting the Earth's second moon. The show itself glosses over this.
    • This is the basis for the morph gag in Episode 25.
  • As Himself: Ron Wasserman.
  • Attack! Attack! Retreat! Retreat!: Tommy v. Dry Bowser in the movie.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Bulk and Skull wind up saving the day during episode 17. The footage used? The scene where they morphed in to mock-Power Rangers.
  • Bonnie Scotland: Haggis the Horrible in Episode 25.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Oh, lordy. Zedd is the executive producer of Power Rangers - of which Zordon is a producer - and the primary motive is to keep the show on the air.
    • Most episodes have at least one time this happens. At one point Alpha asks, "Is this meta enough for you?" before turning back to the viewing globe.
  • Butt Monkey: Canary Gary from episodes 13 and 31.
    • Jason and Tommy with idiot jokes.
    • Kim with slut jokes.
  • Call a Rabbit a Smeerp: Baseball is referred to as Stick-a-Stitch on Triforia.
  • Call Back: The first few episodes serve as standalones, but after the writers took a break in the Spring of 2009, the following episodes (11+) began to heavily use these.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Frequently.
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Napalm Holocaust!
Mega Dragonzord Super Fighting Awesome Machine!
Serenity Slash!

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    • Goldar finally calls Jason out on this in Episode 28.
  • Catch Phrase: Subverted. The morph calls are usually different every episode, but a few phrases get repeated.
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Zack, Episode 1: Elephant!
Jason, Episode 5: Do the super jump!

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    • Bonus: If you know a lot of geeky things, the morph calls also count as Shout Outs to various things.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Most characters are guilty of this, but Jason is this in spades.
    • And Tommy. Dear god, Tommy.
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Alpha: "I don't understand this Zordon, Saba doesn't talk!"
Zordon: "Tommy's turned his new superpowered weapon into something of an imaginary friend."
Alpha: "Isn't he like twenty?"
Zordon: "It's Tommy, he's mentally six."

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Alpha 5, Episode 23: Meth is a hell of a drug.

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Zordon, Episode 1: Bring me five teenagers too stupid to understand the cosmic repercussions of their actions.

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    • Played straight as well--while Zordon and Alpha are normal, as well as the villains, the heroes are stunningly idiotic.
  • Editing Works
  • Faster-Than-Light Travel: Gleefully subverted in Episode 31.
  • Flat What: Zordon's reaction to Alpha breaking out multi-parters "out of freakin' nowhere" in Episode 33, particularly when three of the Rangers get trapped in a storybook.
  • Fluffles the Terrible: Episode 16, when Finster creates Goldar's War Zord (Cyclopsis from MMPR) and names it Fluffles after the rest of Rita's crew can't decide on a name.
  • Gag Dub
  • Genre Savvy: Zordon. On the other side of the (Power) coin, Goldar.
  • Gilligan Cut: Episode 10.
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Jason: Let's sneak up on him!
(beat)
Jason: HEY UGLY!

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  • Godwin's Law: Invoked in Episode 24, and lampshaded via caption.
    • Also used in episode 32.
  • Greek Chorus: Usually from Zordon and Alpha, but the rest of the cast get their moments.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Ron Wasserman, the composer of most music on the show, provides the voice for himself in Episode 26.
  • Hey, It's That Sound: Episode 4 features the infamous Gutsman sound from the Gutsman's Ass video.
  • Ho Yay: Jason and Tommy. Just... Jason and Tommy. Granted, it's played off the rumor that Austin St. John was in a homoerotic video, but still.
    • Also Billy and whatever guy is nearby, occasionally Jason, since David Yost is gay.
  • Hostage Situation: Episode 7's dance party is revealed to be one of these.
  • Insufferable Genius: Billy, ramped up to eleven.
  • Just Fine Without You: When Zordon warns that Jason may not come back at the end of Episode 28, the team cheers.
  • Larynx Dissonance: All the female characters, but Rita stands out the most.
  • Leitmotif: Youth Center scenes are accompanied by the Wii Sports theme. Bulk and Skull's are various Super Mario themes. When Rita is around, her palace scenes are accompanied by Ganondorf's theme; similarly, Zedd is always coupled with Dr. Wily's theme.
  • Lens Flare: Lampshaded in Episode 7.
  • Loud of War: The entire joke behind Episode 26 1/2.
  • Mars Needs Women: Somewhat invoked in Episode 32, but this was more of a reference to Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus.
  • Mauve Shirt: Putty #6, notable for being a Butt Monkey in Episode 21, becomes this in Episode 22.
  • Million-to-One Chance: Goldar has a really good day in Episode 28 and asks what the chances are of Jason coming and ruining them...
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Kim: Uh ... pretty good, actually.

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Horny Rhino: See, I punched! That's something they do in football!

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  • N-Word Privileges: Used in Episodes 13 and 17.
  • No Indoor Voice: Jason and Tommy. Especially Tommy.
  • Oblivious to Hints: The rest of the team is shocked when Tommy is revealed as the White Ranger.
  • Offscreen Crash: Billy and Kim shove Waldo into one of these in Episode 3.
  • Padding: The point of Episode 31.
  • Queer As Tropes: Billy.
    • According to Episode 24, arguably Alpha.
    • According to the series, arguably everyone. At one point they imply Rita and Kim slept together, though Rita identifies as 'bicurious'.
  • Reference Overdosed: Debatable.
  • Rimshot: Episode 23 features one.
  • Rule of Three: Episode 27 lampshades this with its plot device.
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Tommy: Any questions, bitch?

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Lord Zedd, Episode 23: I am Lord Zedd of Nazareth. Identify yourself, you schmuck.

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