The usual Power Rangers fan theory has to do with how the various seasons are all connected, how the mystical morphin’ grid works, or just how much Angel Grove has had to pay in building repairs. Those are all fine and dandy, but while Power Rangers fans are poring over hundreds of episodes for clues, the biggest game changer in the Power Rangers universe has been staring them down in one key scene.
In the Power Rangers Time Force episode "The Quantum Quest," the villain Nadira is watching TV and bawling her eyes out. Not a big deal, right? Well, it's important to realize she’s watching an episode of a series produced by the same people who created Power Rangers, Saban’s Masked Rider.
Okay, so who cares? They wanted to save a few bucks and recycled some old footage. That’s not unheard of in TV. But this, this is different. In the footage, you see the alien character Dex, who was not only the star of Saban’s Masked Rider but also made an appearance in the Power Rangers episode "A Friend in Need.”
A character that was once in Power Rangers itself was now being watched on TV by another Power Rangers character. This changes everything, and calls into question the underlying structure of the Power Rangers universe.
How does TV work in Power Rangers? What does this say about Masked Rider in Power Rangers? How does this change the very fabric of the Power Rangers world as we know it? This Masked Rider Power Rangers fan theory might sound insane, but it actually explains many of the questions fans have had for over two decades.
From what we’ve seen, most superheroes in the Power Rangers universe don’t make a dime from fighting the bad guys. That sounds all noble and good, but when you’re explaining to your landlord your rent is late for a third time because you were getting baked in a giant pizza or whatever, it doesn’t really matter.
Dex needed money, badly. He came from a war torn world, and needed any cash he could scrounge up while fighting Count Dregon, who vowed to destroy Earth after the events of “A Friend in Need.” No one was going to hire a literal alien without a visa, even in Power Rangers. So Dex made some fast cash with a brilliant idea: Make a show based on his life and star in it. Finally, a superhero was getting paid for his work and he became a star because of it.
When Dex first appeared in Power Rangers, his alien race served as slaves for Count Dregon, made to mine toxic gas (Dergon's absurdly evil, you see). These horrific conditions killed off many of Dex’s closest friends and family members. Once he arrived on Earth and sold his TV show, Dex knew he had the perfect chance to expose the cruel conditions his people lived under.
While the Masked Rider series was an odd mishmash of situation comedy and superhero action, it still got the job done. The people of Earth banded together and sent aid to the devastated world, helping Dex’s people get back up on their feet. While Dex’s people were saved, word got around the universe.
So for those who aren’t hardcore Power Rangers fans reading this, the original Mighty Morphin’ series basically takes place in the 1990’s. The season Power Rangers SPD takes palce in 2025. In SPD the Earth was crawling with aliens and Earth itself had entered into an alliance with many alien worlds. So when/why did all these aliens show up?
It’s all because of Dex and the Masked Rider show depicting the plight of Edenoi.
Earth’s generosity to Edenoi helped convince various alien races to establish a presence on Earth. The first few aliens on Earth may have been looking for a free hand out, such as when the alien Piggy showed up in Power Rangers Mystic Force, but soon Earth became a valued part of intergalactic relations. All thanks to a TV show!
It’s one thing to just pay your rent, but what if you’re trying to fund an operation dedicated to fighting off an endless army of bad guys? Some seasons, like Lightspeed Rescue, have hand-waved this by making the Rangers funded by the government. In others, it’s a little less clear. Who’s paying for all the gear the Ninja Storm Rangers use? How exactly can Jayden pay for his training house in Power Rangers Samurai?
If you know an evil force is coming to Earth, and the government doesn’t believe you, what do you do? Simple: Multiple Rangers, inspired by Dex’s series, have sold off their life rights in order to fund their battles against evil. Look at the Power Rangers Dino Thunder episode, "Lost & Found in Translation" for evidence.
In the episode, the Dino Thunder team discovers a Japanese TV series that is shockingly similar to their lives. The TV team even has the same morph call as our heroes, a phrase no one outside the team should know. So, who else could have known but someone on the team? None of the three core Rangers did it, so that leaves the former Green Ranger, Tommy, as the mostly likely candidate.
Tommy was leading the fight against evil that season, so it makes perfect sense he’d need to find funds to build an arsenal of weapons and a fleet of Zords. Giant fighting robots ain't cheap, y'all. Why not, then, sell the Japanese the Dino Thunder designs and a few inside secrets? The ends justify the means, according to Tommy.
After years of Masked Rider and various Power Rangers adaptations airing on TV in the Power Rangers universe, people would eventually start to see the constant threats as little more than mild nuisances. Not only do you see giant monsters every day when you’re driving to work, but on TV too? As long as your car doesn’t get smashed by a giant monster made of ramen or whatever, you’d probably be pretty blasé about it.
As the seasons of Power Rangers go on, we see less and less citizens running away in fear. In the Dino Thunder premiere, a character named Devin actually seems pretty chill during a monster attack. Sure, he’s a little shook up, but he’s not enduring life-ending terror like the people of Angel Grove always did during fights.
Once these TV shows started airing, everything the Rangers did got diluted. People would start to question, “What is a real superhero now? The people on TV or the people in real life?”
Slowly but surely, the real world Rangers would lose any relevance, as their television counterparts gained more traction. Remember, many of the real world Rangers actually star in said shows (as the RPM Rangers did as seen in "And... Action"). Look at how easily Tori tossed aside the very notion of Power Rangers in the Ninja Storm premiere, comparing Dustin and Shane’s love of them to “reading too many comic books.”
This makes a woman responding to seeing the Blue Ranger in the Power Rangers Megaforce episode "Going Viral" with, “Are you some kind of superhero?” make so much more sense. She sees the Rangers on TV as the real heroes, and the actual Rangers in her life as nothing more than grunt workers, tasked with shooing away inconvenient giant pests.
The real Rangers basically become the garbage men of the Power Rangers universe. While they provide a hugely vital service to the world, they get zero credit (or respect) for it. They aren’t the real superheroes anymore. No wonder that woman in “Trakeena’s Revenge” told a little girl, “there’s no such thing as monsters.”