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Trini Kwan
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Yellow Ranger
Gender: Female
Movie: Power Rangers (2017)
Color(s): Yellow
Homeworld: Earth (Power Rangers 2017 Continuity)
First Appearance: Power Rangers (2017)
Last Appearance: Power Rangers (2017)
Number of Episode
Appearances:
1 (Movie)
Full list of appearances
Actor: Becky Gomez
Yellow Ranger
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For the original TV version of this character, see Trini Kwan.
For the version from the 2016 comic book, see Trini Kwan
"Me and four kids from Angel Grove found a space ship buried underground. I'm pretty sure I'm a superhero now"
―Trini to her Parents[src]

Trini Kwan is the Yellow Ranger of the Power Rangers.

Character History

Trini and her parents have moved into three different towns in three years. Frustrated, she barely talks to her family. This is compounded by the fact that the rest of her family is as 'normal' as it can get. This means she can barely speak to them about the adjustments she needs to make or about her own personal struggles, as she believes they will just label her. As a kid who hasn't connected with anyone in her new town, Trini has made the mine just outside Angel Grove her hideout, where she can practice some martial arts moves on her own.

One day she encounters Billy Cranston as he had just blown up the side of a mountain, looking for minerals, and three other teenagers. One of them, Zack Taylor starts piking the rocks, revealing crystal coins, one of which Trini picked up. As the mine guards approach, the teenagers make a break for it, with Trini and Kimberly Hart running on foot. They eventually catch up to Billy and Jason Scott's van and also pick up Zack while being chased. They brave the railroad to get the train between them and the guards giving chase only for the van to be completely demolished due to being hit by the train and then subsequently rolling over numerous times and then landed rolled over in a ditch.

The teenagers wake up the next day completely fine, and are apparently being followed by the mysterious crystal coins. They discover they had gained super strength. Trini goes to the mine after school, as do Zach, Kimberly, Jason, and Billy. When Trini sees them, she runs away. After climbing up a flat mountain side and jumping over a 100 foot canyon, the others catch up. After Billy falls down the canyon the others follow, but no Trini. Kimberly asks for some of her water, but tricks her by pushing her down the canyon with the others. Under the waters they discover a spaceship that's been there for millions of years.

Trini and the other discover (or are assaulted by) Alpha 5 who is absolutely thrilled at the prospect that they have arrived, as only "Power Rangers' chosen by the coins can open the ship. Alpha awakens Zordon, the previous Red Ranger, now an avatar on the ship wall and together they tell them of Rita Repulsa and her plans to rip the Zeo Crystal from Earth to gain the power of life and death. Zordon shows them the future if Rita were to succeed.

The Rangers walk out on Zordon in disbelief, but Jason believes they should reconsider. He asks them to reconvene the next day, and they do. Zordon and Alpha 5 begin a lengthy training process to prepare them for what's coming in likely 11 days. While their fighting skills improve, they cannot morph. Trini and the other Rangers take some time to camp out and get to know each other. While there, she reveals the frustration she's had with her family and how she's come to enjoy not getting to know other people because of her situation. Zack deduces she also has 'girlfriend troubles'.

Rita Repulsa personally breaks into Trini's house and assaults her, trying to get information on the Zeo Crystal's location. She scoffs at the new Ranger and tells her she'd killed the Yellow Ranger that came before. Rita somehow gains knowledge as to who among the Rangers knows of the Zeo Crystal's location and tries to get Trini to side with her. Trini refuses and instead tells the Rangers where they can attack Rita. Rita waylays them at the docks and takes the information from Billy, who was only forced to tell her the location of the Zeo Crystal because she was threatening Zack. Upon learning the location, Rita tells them to blame Trini that she has led to their deaths, as she kills Billy by drowning him.

As the Rangers carry Billy's lifeless body to the ship, they realize just how much they mean to each other and would fight and die for each other, just as Billy did. This bond causes the Morphing Grid to open. Zordon uses this to resurrect Billy. With Billy back, the Rangers realize that they can morph. They morph just in time to protect the ship from invading putties and to take the battle to Angel Grove where Rita was attempting to find Krispy Kreme - the location of the Zeo Crystal. Zack uses his Mastodon zord on the Putties and the rest of the Rangers follow suit as Rita continues to create more putties on her way to resurrect Goldar, a gold monster under the Angel Grove mines. The Rangers eventually defeat Goldar and Rita Repulsa, sending her flying into the vast emptiness of space.

Eventually, Trini adjusts into her new life in Angel Grove, somehow also ending up on regular detention with the rest of the Rangers, and is seen bonding with her brothers over news of the Power Rangers saving the day.

Video game appearances

Power Rangers Legacy Wars

The reboot Power Rangers fight with Rangers from the mainstream universe in Power Rangers Legacy Wars.

Personality

Trini is mysterious but extremely bright. Her parents constantly move for work, making her the perpetual new girl to any school. A loner who owns it, Trini is self-sufficient and contemplative, but always observant. All she wants is to find her gang of friends, though she'll never admit it - least of all to herself.[1]

Trini has a hard time contending with her family life due to her family being very typical and uninteresting. She believes that her family has a zealous need to label things due to their observance of the status quo. This is something that she struggles against due to being queer, which she doesn't admit to anyone about until Zack guesses it while the team is bonding by a fire. She doesn't want to be the feminine lady that her mother wishes she would be, choosing to dress, act, and generally be different in order feel as though she is distinct from others. This causes her to develop a counter-culture identity. Trini ends up finding that she has a place among the rangers, due to all of them being socially independent, and becomes good friends with them, developing a strong bond with the team's other members. This is highlighted when the Rangers come together in mourning of Billy, before he is revived and they gain the ability to morph.

Trini is not resentful of her younger brothers, who she feels greater affection for in the aftermath of the battle against Rita and Goldar when they discuss their favorite Power Ranger while drawing them on the wall while Trini patches the holes with caulk. This causes her to feel a great satisfaction that at least one aspect of her (secret) identity is admired by her family.

Yellow Ranger

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Yellow Ranger

Arsenal

  • Yellow Power Coin: Trini's supernatural crystal, which is the source of her powers, and her ability to morph.

Zord

  • Yellow Sabertooth Battle Zord: Trini's alien battle vehicle, very powerful, yet hard to control, with Trini only being able to control her Zord after gaining full access to her morphing capability.

Powers and Abilities

  • Power Ranger Physiology: After receiving her Yellow Ranger power coin, Trini gained the following superpowers:
    • Super Strength: Trini has a considerable level of superhuman strength, to the point that she can easily break a washstand with her bare hand.
      • Super Leaps: Trini is able to use her superhuman strength to perform super jumps, shown when she leaped over a large abyss.
    • Super Durability: Trini's body is superhumanly durable, to the point that she cannot be physically harmed by ordinary humans.
    • Super Climbing: Trini is superhumanly skilled at climbing, notably scaling a steep cliff in mere seconds.
    • Morphing: Trini, upon finally gaining access to this power, is capable of morphing her body into a suit of powerful yellow armor.
    • Piloting Skills: Upon bonding with the Sabertooth Zord, Trini displayed great skills in controlling the massive mechanical alien feline.
  • Skilled Combatant: Trini, following team training sessions with Zordon and Alpha 5 eventually became fairly skilled in alien martial arts, and thus managed to defeat many of Rita Repulsa's Putty troops.



Notes

  • This version of Trini is the first ever known LGBT Power Ranger. She's also the first LGBT superhero in a Hollywood movie.[2]
  • Zack appears to have a crush on her.
  • She is often called crazy girl by Zack, mostly due to the fact that in the beginning of the movie, Zack didn't know her yet, or her real name.

Portrayal

Behind the Scenes

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  • In the scene where they finally morph, Trini is seen wearing a shirt with the number "1973" printed on it. This is a likely reference to Thuy Trang, the actress who portrayed the original Trini Kwan, whose birth date was in the year 1973.
  • Trini's last name was confirmed as identical to the original when Patrick Sabongui revealed his role as Mr. Kwan, father of one of the Rangers. [3]


See also

References

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