So I’ve been (semi) actively part of the Power Rangers fandom for quite a little bit now. One thing I’ve noticed is that a majority of the general fanbase has this huge, indiscernible love for Tommy, in one incarnation or another, but mostly for the Green Ranger. This, in and of itself, is absolutely no problem. Everyone’s allowed their favorite Ranger, character, actor, villain, what say you. The problem lies within the…extremists, so to speak.
First, we have the “Let’s shove Tommy everywhere he shouldn’t be” scenario. We’ve all seen it. Somebody does one of those “Who would win? Such-and-such or So-and-so?” posts, let’s say…Quantum Ranger or Shadow Ranger. Starts going rather well, starting out. Simple debate, on-topic. Suddenly, “THE GREEN RANGER WILL WIN, BECAUSE REASONS.” This single post subsequently starts a downward spiral of chaos and off-topic ramblings that ultimately end in no one wanting to post anything at all.
If the topic has nothing to do with Tommy, in any of his incarnations, leave him out of it. It’s as simple as that. If folks want the Green Ranger, or White Ranger, or Red Zeo Ranger, or whatever; involved in the discussion, they would specifically be mentioned by name. Or moreover, the topic would be open to any Ranger.
It doesn’t stop there, though.
You also have the fans who argue inconsolably amongst themselves about which Tommy power is the greatest. This can often turn senseless, as it traditionally becomes a male reproductive organ-waving contest as to who has the better powers, why one power shouldn’t exist over another, and; at some point or another, the blatant attack of one’s intelligence for not agreeing.
Over time, I’ve realized that the Power Rangers and Super Sentai fandom can be incredibly boorish. Willing to make arguments at the drop of a hat, often times without proper education on either the topic, or their own standpoint. With patience and understanding, as well as dialing back the Tommy-related fan-rage, we can have civil debates without resorting to senseless caps-lock induced violence.
In essence, most, if not all of us, love Tommy in some way, shape, or form. That doesn’t mean that he needs to be everywhere we turn, folks.