The Evolution of the Power Rangers [Infographic]

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It’s Morphin Time! The Power Rangers are back in theaters for the first time in over twenty years and they’ve brought a new look with them. The latest version of the Rangers will feature an all-new cast with more futuristic uniforms and Zords, but will also include some familiar faces. Power Rangers is a reboot that will feature the original Rangers and other characters from the first Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series that debuted in the US in 1993.

In a world where reboots have been more prominent, it makes sense that Power Rangers would get the opportunity to reuse characters and elements from the original series. One of the facts people may not realize is that Power Rangers itself actually reuses footage from the Japanese tokusatu Super Sentai. For the most part, scenes featuring the English-speaking actors were spliced with fight scenes from its Sentai source. Each season of Power Rangers is paired with a different season of Super Sentai, which explains why there are so many different uniforms as they had to match with the source. Being that Power Rangers is in its 24th season (with a 25th confirmed), there have been quite a few different uniforms over the years. Check them all out in our infographic below!

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Evolution of the Power Rangers Transcript

 

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Seasons 1-3 (1993-1996)

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, Pink, Green/White
Facts:
  • The original Power Rangers uniforms featured a white diamond pattern mixed with each Ranger's color. Unique helmet designs matched up with the Rangers' prehistoric animal counterparts.
  • This first entry introduced Tommy Oliver, the Green Ranger. Later on in the series, Tommy became the White Ranger.

 

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie

(1995)

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, Pink, White
Facts:
  • Premiered between seasons 2 and 3 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
  • The movie featured an armored look of the original uniforms, as well as introduced Ninjetti uniforms. The Ninjetti outfits were also seen in the third season of MMPR.
  • Not considered to be part of the TV show's timeline.

 

Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers

Season 3 (1996)

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, White
Facts:
  • The Alien Rangers wore mostly solid color suits with a lightning bolt design on the chest. The matching helmets featured a slight variation in the visor shape.
  • Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers was a 10-episode miniseries that was a continuation of season 3 of MMPR. The Alien Rangers had been summoned to protect Earth because the original Rangers had been turned into children.

 

Power Rangers Zeo

Season 4 (1996)

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Pink, Gold
Facts:
  • The Zeo Rangers wore full color jumpsuits with white collars and gold trim. The helmets each had a uniquely shaped visor.
  • Tommy Oliver, played by Jason David Frank, was the only original Ranger in the Zeo lineup. However, midway through the season, Austin St. John, who played the original Red Ranger, took over the role of the mysterious Gold Ranger.

 

Power Rangers Turbo

Season 5 (1997)

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Pink
Facts:
  • The Turbo Rangers were equipped with futuristic cars and uniforms to match. They resembled racing jumpsuits and the helmets included car-themed details like visors lined with chrome and little headlights.
  • This season was a continuation of a storyline that began with Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, which premiered between Zeo and Turbo.

 

Power Rangers in Space

Season 6 (1998)

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, Pink
Facts:
  • The Power Rangers took to space with a new uniform design that had a consistent look throughout the whole team. Aside from he Ranger's specific colors, every aspect of the jumpsuit and helmet looked identical.
  • The Psycho Rangers, evil counterparts to the Power Rangers, were also introduced in this series.

 

Power Rangers Lost Galaxy

Season 7 (1999)

Colors:

  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Pink

Facts:

  • The Galaxy Rangers had white accents with black chevron stripes on their uniforms and went back to having unique details on each Ranger's helmet.
  • Although there were references to previous seasons, Lost Galaxy featured an all-new cast and story. It was the first Power Rangers season that wasn't a continuation of the series.

 

Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue

Season 8 (2000)

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Pink
Facts:
  • Lightspeed Rescue saw a pattern of white alternating with the Ranger's color on the front of the uniform. While the visor shape varied between each Ranger, the helmet design remained consistent.
  • This was the first incarnation of Power Rangers in which the Rangers' powers, Zords, and weapons were man-made and had no mystical origin.

 

Power Rangers Time Force

Season 9 (2001)

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Pink
Facts:
  • The Time Force Rangers went back to solid color costumes with white designs around the neck. The helmets seemed to be inverted from other Ranger uniforms with the visor matching each Ranger's color instead of being black.
  • Time Force was the last season to completely air on Fox Kids before the property was purchased by The Walt Disney Company.

 

Power Rangers Wild Force

Season 10 (2002)

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, White
Facts:
  • Along with gold trim on the colored uniforms, the Wild Force uniforms featured the return of animal logos on the chest. The helmets also matched the coordinating animal of each Ranger's Zord.
  • Walt Disney acquired the franchise mid-season, causing new episodes being moved from Fox to ABC.

 

Power Rangers Ninja Storm

Season 11 (2003)

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Navy, Crimson
Facts:
  • The Red, Yellow, and Blue Ninja Storm Rangers has similar outfit styles to each other, while the Crimson and Navy Rangers both had additional armor. Along with their signature color, each Ranger had unique logos on their uniforms and detailing on their helmets.
  • Before this season, Disney was about to cancel the series before deciding to move production to New Zealand to save money.

 

Power Rangers Dino Thunder

Season 12 (2004)

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, White
Facts:
  • Like Ninja Storm, the Red, Yellow, and Blue Dino Rangers had similar uniforms with a white diamond pattern down the sides of their uniforms. The Black and White Rangers had additional armor and design details.
  • Jason David Frank made another return as Tommy Oliver in this series and became the Black Dino Ranger.

 

Power Rangers S.P.D.

Season 13 (2005)

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Pink
Facts:
  • The Space Patrol Delta Rangers went back to uniforms that were fairly consistent among all five Rangers. Their colored uniforms had a badge on the right shoulder and a black number outlined in white on the left side.
  • S.P.D. included a second group of Rangers, the A-Squad Rangers, which was the first group to feature a female Red Ranger.

 

Power Rangers Mystic Force

Season 14 (2006)

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Pink
Facts:
  • The Mystic Force uniforms were the first to include capes in the MMPR series. While the uniforms shared design elements within the team, there were two different styles. The Red, Yellow, and Green Rangers had full body jumpsuits, while the Blue and Pink Ranger had colored tunics with white pants.
  • The Mystic Rangers were assisted by a team of Mystic Wizards: Udonna the White Mystic Ranger, Daggeron the Solaris Knight, and Leanbow the Wolf Warrior.

 

Power Rangers Operation Overdrive

Season 15 (2007)

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, Pink
Facts:
  • The Operation Overdrive Rangers had jumpsuits with a white stripe down the middle and on the sleeves, as well as a logo on the chest and chrome accent pieces. The helmets were mostly the same as in the past, with minor design feature changes on the visors.
  • The series had two other names, Drive Force and Relic Hunters, before being officially titled Operation Overdrive.

 

Power Rangers Jungle Fury

Season 16 (2008)

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, White, Purple
Facts:
  • The uniforms in Jungle Fury were arguably the most specific to each Ranger. Every Ranger had their own unique costume and helmet design to match their animal counterpart.
  • Jungle Fury was in production during a writer's strike, leaving some episodes to be rushed and others to be written by non-union writers.

 

Power Rangers RPM

Season 17 (2009)

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, Green
Facts:
  • Similar to Power Rangers Turbo, the Rangers' costumes in RPM featured car-themed elements such as headlights, tire tracks on the helmets, numbered designs, and straps that resembled seat belts across the uniforms.
  • Power Rangers RPM was the final season to be produced by Disney before the franchise was re-acquired by Saban.

 

Power Rangers Samurai & Super Samurai

Seasons 18 & 19 (2011-2012)

Samurai

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Pink, Green, Gold
Facts:
  • Each Samurai Ranger uniform had a top half that was in their specific color, along with a black crossover strap and emblem on their chest. They wore matching black leggings and their helmets featured each Rangers' respective samurai symbol.
  • Samurai was the first season to air on Nickelodeon.

Super Samurai

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Pink, Green, Gold
Facts:
  • The Super Samurai Rangers had similar uniform designs to the previous season, but with a few power-ups such as additional armor and weapons.
  • Super Samurai marks the first season since Power Rangers in Space that was a continuation of the previous season.

 

Power Rangers Megaforce & Super Megaforce

Seasons 20 & 21 (2013-2014)

Megaforce

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Pink, Black
Facts:
  • The Mega Rangers wore colored tops with gold logos, gold belts, and white pants.
  • Aside from being the 20th season, Megaforce also coincided with the franchise's 20th anniversary

Super Megaforce

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Pink, Green
Facts:
  • The uniforms changed drastically for the upgraded Super Megaforce Rangers. The Rangers had black jumpsuits with colored overcoats.
  • Super Megaforce was the first season since Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to be adapted from more than one Super Sentai series.

 

Power Rangers Dino Charge & Dino Super Charge

Seasons 22 & 23 (2015-2016)

Dino Charge

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Green, Pink, Black

Facts:

  • Power Rangers Dino Charge went back to full color uniforms with a design that featured dinosaurs on the team's helmets, yellow panels across the chest, and a spiked shoulder pad on the left sleeves.

Dino Super Charge

Colors:
  • Gold, Aqua, Purple, Graphite, Silver
Facts:
  • Along with new armor, weapons, and Zords, an additional five members joined the Dino Charge Rangers. The Gold, Aqua, Graphite, Purple, and Silver Rangers all wore uniforms similar to the originals.

 

Power Rangers Ninja Steel

Season 24 (2017)

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Pink, White
Facts:
  • The Ninja Rangers jumpsuits were designed to look like a sash across the body with he team's ninja star logo on the chest. The helmets have a different visor design for each Ranger.
  • Peter Sudarso, the actor who plays the Blue Ranger, is the real life younger brother of Yoshi Sudarso the Blue Ranger from the Dino Charge series.

 

Saban's Power Rangers

(2017)

Colors:
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Pink, Black
Facts:
  • With the latest film in the franchise being a reboot, the uniforms draw inspiration from the original Rangers designs with an updated look. The new Rangers will be wearing translucent extraterrestrial armor that crystallizes around their bodies.
  • The film is said to include several references to the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

 

Sources: powerrangers.com, imdb.com, powerrangers.wikia.com, wikipedia.org

 

 
Wow, that’s a lot of rangers! Did you notice that the helmet designs and visors changed in all of the Power Rangers images? Which uniforms are your favorite? Were you a fan of the series growing up? Whether you only recognize them from pop culture references or you’ve binge watched them for 17 days straight, leave a comment and let us know all your Power Rangers thoughts! If you’re planning to Go Go to the theater this weekend to see Power Rangers this weekend, you might want to check out our selection of Power Rangers costumes. You never know what time will be morphin’ time!

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