I find it interesting that, from what I can parse out, the ideal red ranger would be Carter Grayson but he’s often considered the boring one. Is it because your ideal and the reality don’t match up and maybe people don’t know what they want? Or is there just too much criteria for picking an ideal red ranger?
I think it may very well be both. For one thing, this is Power Rangers, and sometimes, the fandom doesn’t really know what they want. (This is not meant to be a slam to them, by the way.) And as for the criteria, I have no idea what they expect, but it may also be a factor.
(For the record, I do consider both Carter and TJ to be ideal leaders. They got stuff done. They don’t put their personal feelings into overdrive like some folks *cough*Andros*cough*. Plus, and it’s just the cherry on top for me, but their actors are awesome people—Selwyn is probably the nicest actor, bar none, and Sean just reminds me of a non-workaholic Doug Walker pre-Nostalgia Critic reboot, with the self-deprecation to match. Especially the self-deprecation.)
This actually spawned because someone said that Rocky was a bad red ranger for not being a leader and taking charge and that Andros and Tommy are examples of elite red rangers.
What’s funny about Andros is that the examples they listed of him being awesome are when he’s by himself and I think that’s the character. By himself, he works. On a team being the leader he doesn’t work. Tommy is so-so and I feel like the show is desperately wanting us to believe that he’s a leader type.
For me, a leader is someone who can make tough decisions and someone who can naturally have people follow them for the most part. For me, Jason, T.J., Carter, and Scott really fit that mold. This is not to say the others were bad but I’d feel more comfortable following them.