ranger's-fandom

  • Fandom: We want diverse casting! We want representation for multiple races, strong female characters not confined to romance roles, being a perfect goody-goody, or overly-sexualized! Representation for the disabled! And non-neurotypicals! Representation that doesn't reduce characters to stereotypes!
  • Saban's Power Rangers: Main cast features a racially diverse super-hero team consisting of one white characters, one half-Indian lead, a Latina lead, an Asian lead and a black lead.
  • Saban's Power Rangers: Gives white lead a ruined leg. Does stupid, idiot jock things without being a gross creep. When he sees a girl in a bikini in the distance, he announces himself at the first opportunity, and his thoughts are about her safety. He treats female teammates with respect. His female teammate feels comfortable and safe entering his bedroom at night, and it's not a big deal. Filmmakers cut any romantic tension there to better serve the character. He's not celebrated or treated like a special hero for it. There are no jokes or bits normalizing creepy, objectifying, sexist behavior that is cliche because "boys will be boys." His lack of misogyny is not treated as anything "special", as anything he somehow deserves a reward for. It's normalized.
  • Saban's Power Rangers: Makes Black lead a stated autistic who actually acts like an autistic person who can't pick up on verbal quirks, social cues, doesn't like being touched, etc. Is neither defined by nor ashamed of who he is. Retains the role from the original that that the blue rangers is the brains of the group without resorting to the overdone-Sheldon-Cooper-esque type of autism where he's implied to merely be rude and doesn't have any real emotions towards people. Thinks of others so much he's the first to morph and worries about leaving his mom behind if he dies, has a healthy perspective on the idea that she could move on with her romantic life, is obsessive compulsive but not in the Hollywood cliche "neat-freak" way. Autism is not treated as a flaw or a superpower, just part of his character. Not necessarily portrayed as the cliche "autistic genius" either. Smart and capable without his intelligence being tied to autism.
  • Saban's Power Rangers: Makes Indian female lead a character who has actually done something terrible and isn't the cliche-outcast-victim of "mean girls". Never once portrayed as "not like other girls", has an actual arc of her own. Completely cuts any and all romance sub-plots for her because it wasn't good for the character and the filmmakers did not want to reduce her to a love interest. Actually applies her old feminine-coded activities (cheerleading) to how she battles, being the most effective Zoid pilot because her instincts are to do things like lift, carry, and throw people, work as a team, and take on heights (AKA 80% of what cheerleaders do, basically)
  • Saban's Power Rangers: Female Latinx Lead is an outcast with depth that is actually explained. Is stated as queer without any hint of queerbaiting. Her struggles are never used to fuel some BS "betrayal" or portrayed as faults. Remains loyal to her new friends. Is not portrayed as needing to "come out of her shell". Her introvert nature is never treated as a flaw or something that needs to be "fixed". Remains introverted and very much herself after becoming a Ranger. Her sexuality is source of some of her struggle, but the struggle is clearly about other peoples' issues, not hers. Sexuality is mentioned briefly, does not define her character or conform to stereotypes (she wears flannel at one point, but so do straight characters. That's about it.)
  • Saban's Power Rangers: Asian male lead is a reckless, extroverted, rebellious thrill-seeker who cares for and adores his mother. Pulls a dumb, thrill-seeking stunt that provokes a genuine conflict.
  • Saban's Power Rangers: None of the PoC leads conform to racial stereotypes. Black character doesn't conform to stereotypes with black characters. Asian character isn't stereotypical, neither is the Latinx one. Female characters aren't love interests, sexualized, don't conform to stereotypes, they have independent stories, and are strong and different without being portrayed as better or "not like other girls."
  • Saban's Power Rangers: Allows female villain to be evil, ambitious, terrifying, determined, unsexy, gross, violent, and genuinely smart. Does give her shades of a character beyond that, but doesn't try to make her sympathetic or "spurned" or "haunted" or without agency. She's evil and loves it. She's really good at it. She's merciless. She's got personality coming out of her ears, but isn't toned down.
  • Dumbasses: WAIT?! THEY CUT OUT A FORCED ROMANCE THAT HAD NO BASIS IN CANON AND WOULD HAVE HARMED THE FEMALE CHARACTER?! THEY DIDN'T PAIR UP THE WHITE LEAD WITH THE FIRST FEMALE LEAD FOR NO REASON?! THAT'S THE ONLY THING THE FANDOM ACTUALLY WANTED!
  • Fandom: ?!?!?!?!?!?!?! We're just pissed about the awful color pallet...
  • Will: From now on, we'll be using codenames. You will address me as "Eagle One"
  • Will: Evanlyn. Code name: "Been There, Done That"
  • Will: Alyss is: "Currently Doing That"
  • Will: Jenny is: "It Happened Once In A Dream"
  • Will: Horace. Code name: "If I Had To Pick A Dude"
  • Will: Halt is..."Eagle Two"
  • Halt: Oh thank god
  • (bonus)
  • Will: (looks at Gilan) "I'd Be Lying If I Said I Hadn't Thought About It" is in position.

I love how young the Power Rangers (2017) fandom is right now. The ships and headcannons and fanfiction and fanart is growing. No one hates each other and has tried to metaphorically murder someone over who a fictional character dates. It’s so nice and peaceful.

So this is a friendly reminder that this peace won’t last. It never does, so enjoy the peace of the fandom while you can. Because one day … one day … there will be war.