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When the original Red, Black and Yellow rangers were selected to attend a peace conference in Switzerland, three new power rangers were selected to take their place. Among them was, Aisha Campbell, who became the next Yellow Ranger, inheriting her power from Trini Kwan. Aisha then went on to become the Yellow Ninja Ranger (as depicted) after the rangers received new powers from their ally, Ninjor.

Aisha made her debut on November 2nd, 1994 in the 22nd episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ second season. She also was among the six rangers who appeared in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie in the summer of 1995. Like all Power Rangers, Aisha fought the forces of evil using martial arts skills and the advanced weaponry provided by morphing into a power ranger, most notably the gigantic Zords. Originally she commanded the Griffin Thunderzord, but after gaining her ninja powers, she came to command the Bear Ninjazord and finally the Yellow Shogunzord.

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If you’re tired of reading fanfiction where black characters are forgotten, vilified, depowered, humiliated, or killed just for “the hell of it”, please reblog.

If you’re tired of trying to find a Rhodey fanfiction that gives him something to do besides babysit Tony and get Stony together, please reblog.

If you’re tired of reading fanfiction where Nick Fury is a raging dick FOR NO REASON AT ALL, please reblog.

If you’re tired of reading fanfiction where black women are blown up and murdered simply for the sake of causing the white characters pain, please reblog.

If you’re tired of trying to find slash fanfiction with black men, or women and don’t find ANYTHING please reblog.

If you’re tired of reading romance fics where EVERYONE is paired up with someone ACCEPT the black characters, please reblog.

If you’re tired of reading fanfiction stories where black people don’t exist (even though the canon show/novel/video game/ whatever shows that they do) please reblog.

And if you’re sick of that crap, please write a fanfiction with multiple black characters who are 3 dimensional. Who are gay, or regal, or tough, or vulnerable and post it EVERYWHERE. Starting with the #blackinfanfiction tag

Joel Rawlings was a talented aerial stuntman who’s piloting skills earned him the attention of Captain Mitchell who was assembling a new team of Power Rangers for Operation Lightspeed. Initially, Joel had little interest in joining Lightspeed but changed his mind when he realized that his home, Mariner Bay, was in danger and needed him. Joel became the Green Lightspeed Ranger.

Joel made his debut in the year 2000 on February 12th, in the first episode of Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, titled Operation Lightspeed. Nicknamed the “Sky Cowboy”, Joel was known for his overly confident personality and his constant flirting with Angela Fairweather, the scientist who created their Ranger technology. His advances eventually pay off, as the two embark on their first date in the final episode and in later seasons of Power Rangers it is revealed the two eventually married. Joel’s personal Zord was Aero Rescue 3 and later Omegazord 3. Both flying Zords took full advantage of Joel’s piloting abilities.

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When we first meet Damon Henderson he is a mechanic responsible for taking care of the Space Ranger’s retired Astro Megaship along with Alpha 6. But after being swept up into a rescue mission on the planet Mirinoi, Damon ends up pulling one of the legendary Quasar Sabers from its stone scabbard and becomes the Galaxy Green Ranger. Along with the other Galaxy Rangers, Damon defended the space colony, Terra Venture from the insectoid alien warlord, Scorpius and his daughter, Trakeena.

Damon made is first appearance on February 13th in 1999 in the second episode of Power Rangers Lost Galaxy titled, Quasar Quest Part 2. As the Galaxy Green Ranger, Damon was connected to the power of the of wind and commanded the Condor Galactabeast, a gigantic avian alien which could transform into a mechanical form, the Condor Galactazord.

T.J. Johnson dreamed of becoming a Power Ranger when he was a young boy. Little did he know, his dream would one day become reality. After T.J. bravely assisted in rescuing Power Ranger veteran, Tommy Oliver, from the clutches of Divatox, Tommy chose T.J. to succeed him as the Red Turbo Ranger. T.J. led the Turbo rangers in their battle against Divatox’s army of space monsters. Even after the loss of their Turbo Powers and Zords, T.J. continued to fight as a Ranger and assist in the search for Zordon as the Blue Space Ranger.

T.J. first appeared in an episode of Power Rangers Turbo that first aired on September 10th of 1997. As the Red Turbo Ranger, he piloted the Red Lightning Turbozord and the Lightning Fire Tamer Rescurezord. As the Blue Space Ranger, his personal Zord was the rocket ship, Mega V3. T.J. also appeared in a special episode of Power Rangers Wild Force titled, Forever Red, which assembled a team of Red Rangers past and present to defeat the remnants of the evil Machine Empire.

Black Superheroes and Electricity Powers

epperanalchemist asked: This is more an observation than a question, but any idea why it seems like so many african american superheros have lighting powers? Storm, Static Shock, Black lighting, and I think there are two more I’m forgetting. Like, is it concidence or is there a racist stereotype here that Im missing? (I ask because I was planning a superhero with lighting throwing abilities (alla Zeus, for example), and realized there’s a trend).

conqueror-worm asked: First, you all rock. Second, I’m writing a superhero story. My main character is an alien who crash landed here as a baby. She’s black though she’s an alien. Her super power is controlling electricity. I’ve seen a lot of posts/articles saying that a ton of poc have electricity related superpowers in movies and whatnot, and I was wondering if you all thought it was racist a trope? Or if it should be avoided? Thanks!!

Anonymous asked: Hi! I love your blog; I’ve been reading through it voraciously, and have found it tremendously helpful. I’m writing a story about people born with powers (metas); my MCs are a white teenager and a black teenager. I originally wrote the white teen as having electromagnetic control, but then I realized there’s a prominent black comic book hero — Static — who has the same power. Would it be appropriation to do this? Are there any ways to mitigate it? Thanks! 

The reason I’m concerned is because there are parallels between the white teen and Static; they both decide to use their powers to be superheroes (actual superheroes don’t really exist in this setting), they both fly by levitating ferrous objects, they’re both comic book nerds, etc. This power has a narrative purpose, but if I give it to the black teen instead, I feel like I might be pandering. Would lampshading help? Thanks!

Hi all.

So this is indeed a trope that a lot of people have noticed. Even TVtropes has taken note with their “Electric Black Guy” trope page. They actually explain the trend here:

In 1977, DC Comics revealed their first headlining African-American superhero with Black Lightning. However, due to numerous controversies and licensing disputes, in the many many adaptations of the DCU he has often been used via Captain Ersatz. This eventually developed into a consistent pattern in which Black superheroes had electricity-themed powers.

In short, this trope is when you mix the black person with Shock and Awe.

From my understanding, this trope is not one engraved in racism (at least not in itself) but is indeed a trope. Black heroes are typecast into roles with electricity powers because it’s what people have seen again and again, thus a “natural” inclination. Much like when people place marginalized characters into the roles they’ve always seen them in because it’s what they know, this is the same concept minus the explicit racist stereotyping roots.

And in regards to the parallel between the existing hero with electromagnetic powers; these powers don’t belong to Black characters, therefore it can’t be “appropriative.” There are plenty of superheros with electromagnetic powers that aren’t Black and their writers never had a need to lampshade their work.

I’m definitely hoping for more roles outside of Black characters = electricity, and I do know there are, and if you’ve got a unique Black character with electric powers who isn’t essentially a copy of one before them, great. However, most folks would like diversity even within Black characters with powers and not just a defaulting to the electricity trope.

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Powers do not belong to any specific group or ethnicity and therefore this does not account as appropriation. Appropriation would actually be more like giving your white character dreadlocks like Static or making him speak in African-American Vernacular English just for the sake of making your character “cool” or “edgy”. 

These are obvious signs of appropriation, but are also easily avoided by not making those choices for your character. You do not need to worry about appropriation in this case, but do be mindful of any cultural appropriation from this trope that may influence your character. 

~Mod Najela

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