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Our 7 Favorite Things About “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers”

For gay '90s kids, it's ALWAYS morphin' time!

In 1993, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers premiered and almost immediately garnered a rabid following. For the 12-and-under set, the bizarre show served as a bridge between Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Saved By the Bell.

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Yes, there were cartoonish fight scenes and giant robot villains, but the show also exalted cool teens and made you feel like part of the posse protecting Angel Grove.

With a new Power Rangers movie coming to theaters, we thought it high time to revisit why queer kids loved about this ridiculous, awesome series.

  1. Billy the Blue Ranger

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    I remember other kids in my second-grade class identifying with Jason (the Red Ranger) or Zach (the Black Ranger). But I always knew Billy was the ranger most like me. He was bookish, cautious, articulate, and never got caught up in the fist-pumping machismo of his teammates.

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    Years later David Yost, the actor who played Billy, came out a gay. It all clicked into place: Billy was one of us.

    Even if he only had a yellow belt in karate, he was still our Power Ranger (and he was gorgeous).

  2. Scorpina

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    What in sweet camp heaven was this? Scorpina was the most awesome of the Power Rangers villains.

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    And Her gilded scorpion suit was ferociously fierce.

  3. The Lady Rangers Kicked Butt

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    I’m not saying the female Rangers didn’t have their drawbacks. (Why on EARTH did Kimberly’s jumpsuit have a skirt?) But the Pink and Yellow Rangers were unflinchingly brave and serious fighters.

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    In an era that gave us Chun Li from Street Fighter II and Sonya Blade from Mortal Kombat, Kimberly and Trini were worthy high-school counterparts.  And Trini’s yellow daggers were fierce.

  4. Tommy And Kimberly 4Evah!

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    Tommy the Green/White Ranger (played by mixed martial artist Jason David Frank) enjoyed a slight romance with Kimberly that culminated in a climactic kiss.

    In my fevered juvenile imagination, it really seemed like they were going to have sex right in front of us.

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    I’ll never forget that feeling that we were in for a green-on-pink zordfest.
  5. Rita Repulsa

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    Rita was a drag queen before we knew what that was: She was bitchy, wore insane outfits and all her dialogue was lip-synched. (Power Rangers used footage from the Japanese Super Sentai series for its battle sequences.)

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    Shantay you say, Mystic Mother.

  6. Alpha 5

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    The Rangers’ HQ was a tech-heavy battle station featuring a Wizard of Oz-style sorcerer named Zordon. Less threatening was his amiable assistant Alpha 5, a stubby robot who paced around shouting “Aye-yi-yi-yi-yi!”

    Imagine if C3P0 and Steven Urkel had a baby.

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    By the way, Bill Hader has been cast as Alpha in the new MMPR movie. Brilliant!

  7. Hunky Rangers

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    Go, go!

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    But, no, Austin St. John never did gay porn. Sorry.