News about Saban's 2017 Power Rangers movie has been scarce since San Diego Comic Con. However, fans' love for the franchise has not. While we try to figure out the hints behind the Green Ranger for the movie and wait to see our first glimpses of the Rangers' iconic Zords, let us look back and rank the top five villains Rangers of the past have faced.
5. Rita Repulsa
Rita Repulsa was the first big villain the Power Rangers ever faced and she tested the first Rangers in every sense of the word. She truly her sinister side when she brainwashed Tommy Oliver and created her own evil Green Ranger. She eventually returned in the second season, marrying the evil Lord Zedd, and the pair become an even stronger force for the Rangers to face together. This led to her using her manipulation and magic to force Katherine (Kat) Hillard into working for her and stealing the Pink Ranger's Power Coin. We can expect to see Rita return in the upcoming movie, played by Elizabeth Banks. With how evil the original Rita was, it will be interesting to see the newest incarnation's evil plans.
4. Master Org
Master Org was one of those villains that never appeared to be the real big bad the Rangers were set to face. As his story unfolded, we discovered he was in fact human and an impostor to the throne. Upon his death, he merged with the real Master Org to become a new and even more powerful foe for the Rangers. Things got worse once he consumed the Org Heart, rendering him indestructible. With this power, he brought the Rangers to their knees in their final battle. Destroying all of their Zords and their powers, the Rangers stood defenseless, but never hesitated in continuing the fight.
3. Lord Zedd
Lord Zedd entered with sheer force and devastation, in fact he was so scary and intimidating parents complained to Saban. In his first battle with the Rangers, he succeeded in destroying nearly all their Zords and his new Putties proved to be much stronger than Rita's. He also managed to use up the last of Tommy's Green Ranger powers, reducing the Power Ranger team until the birth of the White Ranger. The Rangers' newest addition and their powers growing forced Lord Zedd to create his own Zord, the mighty Serpentera. When he joined forces with Rita, he did loose much of his intimidation factor as he fell under her love spell-but he never lost his ruthless edge.
Astronema lived up to her title; the Princess of Evil. Kidnapped and brainwashed by Dark Spectre, she revelled in her evil ways. However, when she discovered the truth behind her past, her path began to waver. Joining forces with her brother Andros (the Red Ranger) and his team, she tried to take down her former master. This led to her being captured and altered with cybernetic implants to ensure her loyalty to evil. With this new cut-throat edge, she brought down the majority of the galaxy. This saw her forces defeat the Alien Ranger of Aquatar, the Gold Ranger of Triforia, the Blue Senturian and the Phantom Ranger, leaving the Space Rangers as the galaxy's last hope.
Venjix succeeded where other villains had failed. Before the beginning of the series Power Rangers RPM, Venjix had already conquered the Earth. The only part that remained safe was the small domed city of Corinth. The Rangers acted as guardians, halting Venjix's attemps in taking out the last pocket of humanity. However, Venjix being a supercomputer, he was thinking years ahead. Using a nano virus he infected refugees. Slowly, over the years, this virus turned them into his will slaves, allowing him the chance to take the domed city down from the inside. Unlike all of their predecessors the RPM Rangers had to not only defeat Venjix, but reclaim the world itself from him.
Who was your top villain from Power Rangers?
With so many to choose from, these five seemed like the most logical choices for how they played their game against the Rangers. You can not forget the likes of Mesogog who was sinister in his appearance and personality or Master Vile who succeeded in ending the reign of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. But, with so many to choose from, it had to be narrowed down- and Venjix easily deserves the number one spot.
Who would you say was the top villain from the franchise? Let me know in the comments!