It’s one of the craziest ideas in television history. Take footage from an old Japanese super-hero show filled with colorful costumes, zany-looking monsters, giant robots and cheap FX. Mix it with brand-new scenes of American actors and overdub the original footage and sell it all for kids. In 1993, someone at Fox decided to take a chance on this wild concept, figuring they could kill a half hour a day. Instead, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers became one of the biggest phenomenon of the ‘90s, a ratings smash and causing near riots at toy stores. More remarkable than its success has been its longevity as through multiple incarnations and several networks, the series continues and remains popular still. Those who caught it when they were young are now turning their own kids onto it and adults get a kick out of it all too.
Of course, a key reason it remains popular with the more adult set is that the show has boasted a bevy of very hot ladies who are usually older than the teens they portray. Something about a gal in colored spandex is compelling and Power Rangers has shown that in spades with several of their actresses going on to good careers afterward. It’s easy to look at the ladies as just the Rangers themselves but there have been slews of hotties from their supporting characters and even the bad guys. Here are 20 of the best from the franchise and why Power Rangers continues to hold a unique sway over two generations.
20. Gia – Mega Force
If you’ve caught her in paparazzi pics, you’ll know Ciara Hanna more than fills out a bikini nicely. She has all-American looks of lush blonde hair and blue eyes, more of a tomboy but still quite the beauty with leather jacket over her yellow shirt and an affinity for dark pants that enhance her rear end and nice legs. Great in a fight, she does well over the series in good scenes and a great funny smirk and showcases how even the later entries in the franchise offer more than their share of amazingly hot ladies.
19. Rose – Operation Overdrive
She waltzes into her first scene of the series marching into a lab in large boots, fishnet socks, short skirt, jacket over shirt, chewing gum and not seeming to care about the robot arm firing laser beams which she shuts down in five seconds. That sets her character off from the start and Rhoda Montemayor is fun as hell in the part of a super genius who still has a great humor and smart on top of being able to turn invisible and engage in wild fights. A funny episode has her possessed by a pirate spirit and becoming Rosie the bold and rocking the garbs quite nicely. This series isn’t thought of as great as others but you can’t blame that on Rose, proving smarts and sexy go more than hand-in-hand.
18. Ashley – Turbo/In Space
She first appears as a cheerleader and thus quite athletic, Tracy Lynn Cruz well cast as a “girl next door” type but with some smarts to her. Chosen as the new Turbo Yellow Ranger, she had moments of humor and rocking some very nice styles but still able to kick butt with the rest of them. For the space-bound adventure, she was mostly in yellow shirt and grey jumpsuit but made it look quite attractive with getting dirty in several battles. In both incarnations, she was a lovely gal who made her down to Earth appeal sexier than you’d think.
17. Dulcea – Power Rangers The Movie
From the first trailer for the big-screen movie,stood out. Powerless and on a quest for new abilities, the Rangers are attacked by bird creatures on a distant planet when a robed figure leaps down. Rising up, she throws off the robe to reveal a stunningly beautiful brunette in a green outfit that barely clings to her body, showing off plenty of leg and arms as she fights them off. Dulcea then helps the Rangers regain their powers, her role in the film short but Fitzpatrick is more than compelling in her lush accent and especially that outfit and surely must rank among the hotter ladies ever seen in the franchise.
16. Lilly – Jungle Fury
Ninja trained, Lilly and her fellow Rangers had to stop an evil lord from conquering the world but still having a fun time working at a pizza place. Anna Hutchison imbued the role with great humor that made Lilly look great no matter whether in yellow suit or regular clothes and the episode of her turned into a leather-clad “bad girl” was quite hot as hell. That sexy appeal has carried to Hutchison who did memorable nude turns in Cabin In the Woods and the Spartacus TV show to prove she was no pushover. That was perfectly in keeping with Lily and how this Yellow Ranger had more than enough hot fury to spare.
15. Tenaya – RPM
Intended to be the last entry in the franchise, RPM had an evil artificial intelligence conquering most of the world. As part of his schemes, he created Tenaya 7 to infiltrate a human city. That didn’t work too well as it’s pretty hard to put Adelaide Kane in a skintight brown suit and expect her to go unnoticed. Her sexy smirk highlighted the character with the odd silver crown and black hair to make her a fury in combat and even using a visor did nothing to hide her sex appeal. It made sense she turned out to be merely a human upgraded by cybernetics and redeemed in the end as she was so popular with audiences. Kane can currently be seen on the CW series Reign but most remember her better by her turn as one of the best of the series bad guys.
14. Taylor – Wild Force
Clearly more an “action girl” than a lot of female Rangers, she was an Air Force pilot before being recruited and wears a yellow jacket over her usual outfits. It matches her blonde hair and tough edge, not above punching a fellow Ranger out and assertive in the field. She has to learn to be a bit more understanding of her teammates and often tries to act the tomboy, not getting how hot she is but Alyson Kiperman kept you on your toes with her attitude and spirit to make this character popular despite her issues. She could be rough but in terms of sexy attitude, Taylor truly soared over others.
13. Shelby – Dino Charge
The latest entry on this list, Shelby is the Pink Ranger of the current series on TV. Played by Camille Hyde, she’s a rough and tumble gal who prefers being a tomboy despite her lovely looks, a bit clumsy but great sense of humor. It helps that she’s truly ripped, her muscle shirts and shorts and finding out her gem makes her 18 forever has her very happy. She can be annoying and occasionally selfish but giving her all in battle and standing tall among her teammates as Hyde continues to carry on the tradition of sexy Ranger ladies with pride.
12. Marah – Ninja Storm & Cassidy – Dino Thunder
Two characters of two different series but linked as they were both played by Katrina Devine. Marah and her sister Kapri were the nieces of Ninja Storm’s villain Lothor and generally a pair of dimwits who were often called a disgrace to evil. They looked unique with Marah showing off in fights and actually looking quite attractive as part of a scheme to trick the Rangers. Thus it made sense when it turned out the duo were faking their ditzy routine and were far smarter than it seemed. That backfired as their uncle turned on them so they ended up helping the Rangers in the end but their goofy humor still won fans over and when out of the crazy costume, more than appealing.
Devine impressed producers enough to bring her onto Dino Thunder. Cassidy was more a bitchy blonde high schooler, out to become a reporter and not caring who she stepped on to get that way. She was funny in that role too with good outfits and a nice episode that briefly turned her into a nerd. The payoff was a crossover of the two series with a scene of Marah and Cassidy passing each other and a split-screen showing each remarking “I’m so much prettier than her.” No matter which role, Devine was quite attractive in each to be a standout among the supporting cast of Ranger series.
11. Tori – Ninja Storm
The first series in the franchise after its move to ABC, Ninja Storm focused on a trio of extreme athletes fighting evil as Rangers. Tori was a surfer which means Sally Martin got plenty of opportunities to show off in bikinis and did it well. Her usual outfit was by no means bad either as she made the dark ninja robes look quite hot and her long blonde hair adding to her appeal. She would reprise the role in appearances on later series (when turned evil, even enemy Rangers have to note how hot she is) and showed off nicely to remind fans how surfer gals, even Power Rangers, are like no other.
10. Maya – Lost Galaxy
Set on an outer space colony, most of the cast of this version went around in dark jumpsuits. The exception was Maya, a jungle girl played by Cerina Vincent who went about in a yellow dress and leather boots with a bare midriff. It was quite the sight and Vincent made it work wonderfully as an action girl who enjoyed getting dirty, her curly brown hair flowing as she swung on vines and fighting enemies and filling out her yellow suit quite nicely. Vincent would go on to bigger fame for her memorable role in the parody Not Another Teen Movie as a foreign exchange student who’s naked in every scene. No wonder given her lovely air that makes her Ranger a standout.
9. Astronema/Karone – In Space/Lost Galaxy
She first appeared as a pure-on villain, the main foe in the series In Space, clad in a dark silver armored suit with staff, her curly hair constantly changing in color. Thanks to Melody Perkins, the character soon caught on with her sometimes funny lines and still going at it with the Rangers. She played majorly into the plotline as it turned out she was the long-lost sister of Ranger Andros and helped the Rangers, briefly turned into a wicked bad redhead but redeemed in the end. Viewers loved her so much that she was brought back in Lost Galaxy, ditching the old armor to become a bright blonde in a very fetching leather outfit to become a new Pink Ranger. She remains among the most popular ever (among the many past Rangers making a cameo in Mega Force) and whether good or bad, a very sexy lady.
8. Jen – Time Force
Casting former model Erin Cahill is a surefire way to guarantee this was one of the most beautiful Pink Rangers ever. But Jen was also a first-rate warrior, a cop from the future and even in leather jacket and pink short skirt, she was a fantastic sight in combat, brown hair in a ponytail and working well in the too-rare case of a female being the team leader. Even hotter was when she returned in a crossover with Wild Force, now clad in a stunning leather outfit with bare midriff and arms, that had her teammates wowed. Arguably the best warrior of any female Ranger, Cahill made Jen a gorgeous lady who took no crap and pushing the sexy boundaries of a kids show.
7. Vida – Mystic Force
She’s the first to note the irony of how she’s the Pink Ranger as it’s her least favorite color. Angie Diaz fit the role quite well as Vida is a rocker girl who loves spinning records at a DJ station, punk outfits and streaks in her hair that’s always changing color. Her first reaction when discovering she can unleash tornado like winds is an excited “I like!” and she truly loves the action, more at home in tight shirts and jeans than anything “girly” which she could still make look terrific. She gets hot stuff like turned into a vampire and that sardonic smirk matches sister Madison’s more friendly demeanor. Her edge gave this series more drive and Vida remains truly magic among the hot Pink Rangers.
6. Syd – SPD
If this Power Rangers team were a high school group, Syd would easily be the Alpha B****. She looks more like a supermodel with her lush blonde hair and lips but still the kind of gal who can kick some major butt in her tight pink uniform and loving her look. She showed off nicely in an episode dressed as a magician’s assistant in fishnets to show off underrated legs and nice top and filling her suit out quite capably. She may be a bit hard edged but it just makes her hotter and with the power to turn her fists to rock or iron, you may be better off not ogling her from too close up.
5. Kat – MMPR/Zeo/Turbo
Holding the record for the female Ranger on the most incarnations, Kat originally showed up as seemingly a bad girl working for Rita Repulsa to tear the Rangers apart. It turned out she had been under a spell and was chosen to become the new Pink Ranger herself. She would follow it up with Zeo and Turbo and the aptly named Catherine Sutherland was fun in the part, using her real ballet experience for fight scenes. Her Aussie accent and long blonde hair also made her stand out and a bright presence for the series so no wonder male viewers fell for her hard. Retired from acting today, Sutherland still looks great and helped make this one Kat with several lives for fans to enjoy.
4. Summer – RPM
Originally, Summer was a rich spoiled brat more interested in fine clothing and parties than anything else. The world conquered by machines forced her to grow up fast and was soon riding a motorcycle with ease and more at home in a leather suit. Rose McIver was terrific in the role, imbuing Summer with smarts and drive as well as looking great (few ladies can look so hot fighting baddies in a wedding gown) and inspiring others (such as her own parents realizing they were better off without their money). McIver has since gone on to bigger fame for Masters of Sex and starring in the hit CW series iZombie but many still remember her for living up to her name as a truly hot female Ranger to spark up this entry in the franchise.
3. Kira – Dino Thunder
Unique for being the only girl on her Ranger team, Kira was an aspiring singer whose fashion sense was jeans and long-sleeves rather than showing off but quite beautiful with her long dark hair and bright eyes. She had the power to unleash a sonic cry to knock enemies back and Emma Lahana was truly great as this spunky gal who could show off in nice songs. A great episode had her briefly turned into a preppy bimbo and showing off in nice dress but she was more suited for the ass-kicker then the gal in distress. Lahana has had roles on the series Hellcats and others, showing her great sexy appeal and humor that made Kira a popular Ranger and that series one of the best.
2. Camille – Jungle Fury
When the Rangers first meet this villainess, one says “so you can change your appearance at will and that’s the look you’re going with?” The fact is, Holly Shanahan had nothing to be ashamed for as she was fantastic as this wicked woman. Blessed with a long tongue, she looked striking in her red and black robes, black hair tied tightly but alluring no matter what. She had a sharp humor even when not armored up for battle and deep feelings for her boss, Dai Shi, who could care less about her. Shanahan had played the bitchy Leelee in Mystic Force and so knew how to be hot and wicked at the same time and just amped it up here to constantly steal scenes. There were hints of some good that came out in the end and she looked hot even when disguised as a “normal” human. No matter her form, Camille remains among the hottest of the franchise’s ladies by far.
1. Kimberly – MMPR
A case of the first still being the best. The original Pink Ranger, Amy Jo Johnson used her real gymnastics experience for the part of Kimberly, always ready with a quip, loving shopping and nice clothes and clearly having the time of her life in the part. She was prone to funny stuff of spells that could turn her wicked and even then, she showed great talent. Johnson was so vibrant and funny that she helped the show become a hit for her fashions if nothing else. She’s had the best post-Rangers career, starring in the hit shows Felicity and Flashpoint and barely looks like she’s aged in the two decades since leaving the series. Indeed, to reward fans in 2014 for helping in a fundraiser, she performed in a Pink Ranger outfit and it fit perfectly, proof Johnson remains so beloved for so many of the franchise.