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"Sworn Defender of the Galaxy! S.P.D. Shadow Ranger!"
―S.P.D. Shadow Ranger's roll call[src]

Anubis "Doggie" Cruger is the Sirian commander of Space Patrol Delta's Earth Base who later becomes the S.P.D. Shadow Ranger after the emergence of General Benaag. Two years after the series' end, he became the Supreme Commander of S.P.D. after Fowler Birdie's retirement.


Early Life

Life as a Cadet

He met his wife Isinia while both of them were members of the first S.P.D. in their home planet Sirius, they fell in love and got married. Early on, Doggie's affections for Isinia were challenged by his rival Icthior, but Isinia could never love Icthior due to his lack of honor.

Battle of Sirius


Cruger loses the fight for Sirius.

Years ago, Emperor Gruumm attacked the planet of Sirius with his Troobian forces. Cruger, along with his fellow Sirians, banded together to form a fighting force against the attacking evil, they formed the first Space Patrol Delta. However, as valiantly as they fought, they lost and Sirius was destroyed. During the battle, General Benaag led the attack on Cruger's squad. Also, Commander Cruger's wife, Isinia, was also lost. Believing that Doggie Cruger had been eliminated, he was left on the planet. However, once Cruger awoke, he found his planet barren and all other Sirians were destroyed.

Man in the Shadows

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Cruger in hood after saving a young Z from an alien.

In 2001, when some members of S.P.D. were working on the creation of the Delta Morphers, they were exposed to some cellular enhancers, which altered their genes and would give their future children genetic powers. Following this event, Space Patrol Delta decided to keep their affected members' affiliation with S.P.D. a secret from their children, with Cruger watching over them.

On one occasion, Cruger watched over Z Delgado after she ran away from school when she was just 12 years old. Presenting himself as a cloak figure, Cruger saved Z from an alien that attacked her and picked up her torn necklace, with Z never knowing who he was until years later. Tvicon TV STORY-Sam (2)


S.P.D. Commander

Doggie then left for Earth where he became the Commander of Space Patrol Delta. Cruger also acted as the mentor of the A-Squad Power Rangers. He then chose the S.P.D. B-Squad Rangers: Jack Landors as Red Ranger, Schuyler Tate as Blue Ranger, Bridge Carson as Green Ranger, Z Delgado as Yellow Ranger, and Sydney Drew as Pink Ranger, to take the place of the A-Squad who had become missing in action. Cruger advised the B-Squad in their year-long battle with Gruumm and his Troobian forces.

Ranger of the Shadows

"You have taken what was dearest to me Benagg, but that has only made me stronger. I'm Shadow Ranger!!!"
―Doggie's first words after morphin[src]

Cruger as the Shadow Ranger.

When General Benagg showed up on Earth, it brought back horrible memories and tough emotions for Commander Cruger. At first he did not want to face them, but with the help of the B-Squad Rangers and Kat Manx, Commander Cruger took on his past and Benagg. Kat had made Doggie a new compact device, S.P.D. Patrol Morpher, allowing him to morph into the S.P.D. Shadow Ranger. Tvicon TV STORY-Shadow

Swordsmanship lessons

During a training session with Jack, Cruger claims to be holding back as it wasn't a battle, but a lesson in swordsmanship, after a few hits, Doggie defeats Jack, saying that it was enough for the day, when Jack attempts to surprise attack Cruger while his back is turned, the Commander breaks Jack's sword. After they demorph, Jack says that if he had Cruger's Shadow Saber he could probably beat him, but he disagrees, saying that even if he gives him his sword and took what was left of his, he'll still defeat Jack, due to his arrogance and his belief that is the sword what makes the difference and not the swordsman.


Cruger and Jack during training.

After Gruumm brings and alien Samurai from the past, Cruger sends the Rangers to Kyoto, Japan in order to solve the problem. When a giant robot appears in Kyoto, Cruger tells Kat about it and Kat says that she can transport the Delta Base to Kyoto but also informs him that by transporting the Delta Base, they will leave Newtech City completely defenseless. Cruger answers saying that he understands the risk but they can't afford to let Gruumm get a foothold anywhere on Earth, the Delta Base transforms and leaves Newtech City with the Rangers summoning the Delta Runners and combining to battle the giant robot. Cruger sends Jack to find Katana in order to find Gruumm's true motives, but Jack tells Doggie to give him the Shadow Saber, saying that Katana is a great master and he easily beat all five Rangers, Cruger tells Jack that he doesn't need his sword and all is in his head, but Jack demands the saber, saying that they have little time. Cruger gives him the sword, saying that it is a Shadow Saber.


Jack and Doggie ready to duel.

Jack eventually beats Katana and sends him back to his time while the Rangers beat the giant robot, later, Jack and Commander Cruger meet outside, worth Cruger telling Jack that he did not give him the Shadow Saber as the saber reverts to its true form in Jack's hands. Jack is upset that Commander Cruger let him take on the most powerful Samurai in the history with an ordinary sword. but the Commander points out that Jack won and challenges him to another lesson. They both suit up and begin to duel. Tvicon TV STORY-Samurai

Clashing with Fowler Birdie


Cruger challenged by Birdie.

During Supreme Commander Fowler Birdie's arrival on the Earth Station Headquarters (which Cruger was not looking forward to), he's not impressed by the Rangers. After witnessing a battle and despite the Rangers's victory, the Supreme Commander sees fault with everything the Rangers did and feels that the robot should have never been able to enter the city in the first place. Birdie wanted the Rangers split up which Cruger feels is too dangerous and refuses to split the Rangers, Birdie responds by relieving Commander Cruger of his position. Later, the cadets are assembled once again by Cruger, who gives a small speech before leaving.

After Birdie sends Jack, Sky, and Bridge to investigate an energy source, it turns out to be Emperor Gruumm, the villain defeats the three Rangers and tells them that he's ready to battle Commander Cruger, Supreme Commander Birdie then comes to the conclusion that if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself and goes alone to fight with Gruumm, but Birdie is soon defeated and Emperor Gruumm is not happy.


The Shadow Ranger beats Gruumm.

Jack later finds Cruger and tells him about Gruumm's message, saying that he's waiting for him, Cruger returns to the command center and finds Kat monitoring Supreme Commander Birdie's battle, with Doggie thinking that Birdie is a fool and later reluctantly following Kat, as she has something for him. Cruger then goes to rescue Birdie on his ATV and soon the Shadow Ranger and Gruumm battle, Doggie manages to defeat Gruumm with him saying that he has won this round before vanishing, Cruger joins the rest of the Rangers and Supreme Commander Birdie decides to reinstate him, saying that he will no longer interfere and that Earth is counting on him. Tvicon TV STORY-Dismissed

Meeting the Dino Ranger


When Broodwing uses the Dino Gems to bring the Dino Rangers to the future where they meet the S.P.D. Rangers. Cruger insists that the Dino Rangers remain in the Delta Base to avoid problems with the timeline because if anything happens to them, their future might not exist. Cruger then joins his team as the Shadow Ranger but when Emperor Gruumm launches his biggest attack yet, Conner, Kira and Ethan assist the S.P.D Rangers. All ten Rangers come together to celebrate their victory over Gruumm, the Dino Rangers want to stay and help out, but the S.P.D. Rangers convince them that they will go on to lead exciting and significant lives. After that, the Dino Rangers have their memories wiped in order to prevent them from knowing too much about their futures and are sent back to their time. Tvicon TV STORY-History

Into the wormhole

"Someone forgot to send us an invitation to the party. Pleasure to meet you."
"Like wise."
―Cruger meets Tommy Oliver[src]

Cruger meets Tommy Oliver for the first time.

After learning that Gruumm traveled through a wormhole to conquer Earth twenty-one years early without any interference, Cruger sends Jack, Bridge and Z on a mission to follow Gruumm through the wormhole. Realizing that the wormhole is closing, Doggie prepares to go after his three cadets and warn them, with Sky, Syd, and Sam tagging along so they have a better chance of stopping Gruumm's forces.

While in the past, the three S.P.D. Rangers along with the Dino Rangers fight against the combined armies of Zeltrax and Grumm, Cruger and the rest of the team join in on the fight, with Doggie meeting Tommy Oliver for the first time and teaming up with him in order to defeat Zeltrax just before he retreats. As the Dino Rangers assemble the Z-Rex Blaster, Cruger and his team assemble the Canine Cannon to finish off the remaining foot soldiers. Before the S.P.D. Rangers return to the future, Doggie erases their (sans Sam) and the Dino Rangers' (sans Tommy) memories. Tvicon TV STORY-Wormhole

Last Battles

As the Shadow Ranger, Cruger helped his Rangers in battle, but he was still haunted by what had transpired on Sirius. When he fought Icthior, the monster told Cruger that Isinia was still alive. Cruger did not believe the word of the criminal. However, after Cruger was captured by the A-Squad and turned over to Emperor Gruumm, he was shown that Isinia was indeed alive. She had been captured by Gruumm during the battle on Sirius. When Jack took time off to help the homeless without checking in with headquarters, Doggie demanded that Jack tell him where he had been and what he had been doing only to be shocked when Jack bluntly explained that what he had been doing in his free time was none of Cruger's business.

When the A-Squad Rangers returned, Cruger returned to using them as the main Rangers, debriefing them ahead of B-Squad who believed they'd go back to being Zord cleanup detail and the reserves, but it is likely that he merely did this out of procedure as Kat told B-Squad that Cruger had once told her that B-Squad were the best Rangers he'd ever worked with and he was proud to serve with them. A-Squad ended up proving to be evil and captured Cruger, taking him to Gruumm's ship where he is briefly reunited with Isinia and later B-Squad when they are captured.

Thanks to the help of Piggy, Cruger and the B-Squad managed to escape. While the B-Squad went to fight off Omni in his Magnificence Body, Cruger went to get his wife back. Cruger faced against Mora and easily defeated and contained her, then he went up against Gruumm. Cruger defeated Gruumm, who apparently fell to his death and he and Isinia were finally reunited.

Cruger containing Gruumm

Cruger imprisons Gruumm.

During the battle with Omni, Kat contacted Cruger as she had found a weakness in the Magnificence. In order for the Rangers to utilize it, Cruger had to open up a panel in the Magnificence, but likely wouldn't survive the destruction. Even knowing this, Cruger made the decision to possibly sacrifice himself to stop the threat. Cruger opened up the panel, allowing the S.W.A.T. Megazord to fire a blast through it that destroyed the Magnificence. Both Commander Cruger and Isinia were thought to have been lost, but they emerged out of the rubble and were not harmed. But before the celebration could begin, Gruumm too came out of the wreckage. Even though the Rangers offered their help, Cruger decided to battle Gruumm himself, unmorphed. Cruger easily defeated Gruumm who ordered him to finish him off. Cruger instead cut off the top of Gruumm's horn and after mocking him, contained him and celebrated the victory with everyone.

Promotion Time

"Our mentor, who's a, well, who's a dog got promoted to head of S.P.D., which used to be run by a bird!"
―Bridge mentions Cruger.[src]

Cruger's new uniform as Earth Commander.

Commander Cruger remained at S.P.D. Earth Station as Commander, though he did receive a new uniform. He watched as the Omega and Nova Rangers went home and after checking that Sky would follow the orders of anyone who was made as the new Red Ranger as Jack was leaving, promoted him to Red Ranger status. Tvicon TV STORY-Endings Soon, however, he became the new Supreme Commander of S.P.D. after Fowler Birdie retired; Cruger chose Sky as the new commander, passing on the Red Ranger powers over to Bridge, which he uses in "Once a Ranger". Doggie's new status is briefly mentioned by Bridge Carson after traveling to the past to aid the Overdrive Rangers, explaining that Anubis was the new director of S.P.D. Tvicon TV STORY-Once a Ranger

Super Megaforce

Cruger was not shown to have fought in the final battle between the Legendary Rangers and the Armada despite the fact that his cadets fought in there. Given his Sentai counterpart fought in the Legend War, it is entirely possible that he did indeed fight elsewhere.

Soul of the Dragon

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Cruger arrives to help Tommy Oliver.

Cruger joined with several Space Patrol Delta officers to assist Tommy Oliver in rescuing his son J.J. from the witch Scorpina, engaging her forces in a battle which saw Scorpina dragged back to the Talos Dimension by her master Lokar while the remaining gang members were taken into custody by the Blue Senturion and his fellow police officers. Comicicon COMIC STORY- Power Rangers: Soul of the Dragon



Cruger is often tough and stubborn, but fair and is an overall kind-hearted, brave and noble person. Doggie was extremely dedicated to his duties as part of S.P.D and has little to no time for anything outside of it, and expected the same of his subordinates or in some cases demanded it. True to his years, he contains a lot of wisdom. Although the young Rangers often misunderstand his intentions sometimes. One example was that when he sent the older Sam from the future on scouting missions more than the other Rangers. While the other Rangers saw this as a form of favoritism, Cruger's true intentions were to get Sam accustomed to the current time period since his future was completely different from Cruger's and the B-Squad's present. While Cruger didn't often express his admiration for the B-Squad to them directly, he was shown to regard them very highly, telling Kat Manx they were the best team he'd ever had in "Messenger". When the A-Squad returned, Cruger went back to using them, but likely only out of procedure with Kat reiterating to the Rangers about Cruger's faith in them in the form of his statement to her about them being his best team. Cruger has also shown a willingness to sacrifice himself for the greater good: during the final battle with Omni, Cruger exposed Omni's only weakness even though he knew he likely wouldn't survive. When Kat pointed this out to him, Cruger simply told her "I know Kat" and ordered the Rangers to fire on Omni's weakness without hesitation.

Non-Ranger Powers and Abilities


  • Sirian Physiology: Being a Sirian gives Cruger a higher level of resistance than regular humans, being able to survive from a point-blank shot to the chest which could be attributed to his scaly, reptile-like skin.


  • Sword Mastery: Since the inception of Space Patrol Delta, Cruger developed into a highly skilled swordsman, being able to defeat dozens of Krybots during their attack on his home planet and cutting Emperor Gruumm's right horn during their duel. After becoming the Shadow Ranger, Cruger showed his mastery by defeating an army of 100 Krybots, along with General Benaag and later Icthior. Cruger even managed to easily defeat Gruumm during their rematch, where he wasn't even morphed.
  • Expert Combatant: Cruger is a strong fighter with years of experience behind him, during a sparring match he was able to defeat the B-Squad Rangers with ease. During his assault on Gruumm's ship, Cruger was able to defeat each criminal that faced him, clearing the ship before facing the Emperor himself.


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Appearances: S.P.D. Episodes 12-13, 15, 17-19, 21-27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 38

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Shadow Ranger in S.W.A.T. Mode

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Villain Groups

Troobian Empire
Mesogog's Army
Evil Space Aliens


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Behind the Scenes



"Attention, Rangers! Name, rank, and genetic powers."
―Anubis Cruger[src]
"Attention, Rangers! My name is Commander Cruger, when my planet was attacked by the Troobians, I escaped to Earth. Now this is my last chance to stop them. I am the S.P.D. Shadow Ranger!"
―Anubis Cruger


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  • The name Anubis comes from the jackal-headed Egyptian god of the dead and Judge of the Dead, whom Cruger resembles in appearance.
  • Cruger is an alternate form of the German surname Krueger, which describes a tavern master.

Ranger Key

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The S.P.D. Shadow Ranger Key.

The S.P.D. Shadow Ranger Key is Anubis’ personal Ranger Key. This key has been used by the Mega Rangers in the Super Mega Cannon on one occasion so far.

  • This was used in the Super Mega Cannon against Redker.


  • Although the Shadow Ranger and his counterpart, DekaMaster, never accessed SWAT Mode, figurines of SWAT Mode Shadow Ranger were released in the toyline.
  • Unlike fellow non-human Rangers Zenowing (from Dino Super Charge) and Steel (from Beast Morphers), a different suit is used for Cruger in Power Rangers than his Sentai counterpart.
  • Cruger’s design is disliked among Japanese Super Sentai Fans as they consider it creepy and disgusting due to some details such as his scaled skin that gives it a reptilian-like look.[1][2][3]
  • Oddly enough his first name "Anubis" is the name of his counterpart's home planet.


Power Rangers Key Scanner

Shadow SPD Ranger Scanner App Assets

S.P.D. Shadow Ranger in Power Rangers Key Scanner

Anubis Cruger as S.P.D. Shadow Ranger, appears in the app videogame Power Rangers Key Scanner, among various other Ranger teams.

Power Rangers Legacy Wars

The S.P.D. Shadow Ranger is among the Rangers who feature in Power Rangers Legacy Wars. He is a Legendary (Leader), Legendary (Assist) character, and represents the S.P.D. Rangers along with Kat Manx, Sam, Sky and Jack.

Power Rangers Battle for The Grid

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S.P.D. Shadow Ranger in Battle for The Grid

Shadow Ranger is an incredibly versatile character. His assist provides for great coverage, tricky setups, and hard to blockables. His normals have standard range and speed, but where he excels the most is with his 5S stance. With the use of his stance and incredible forward dash, Shadow Ranger is a very threatening character. a holistic understanding of the character and how to traverse the game with him.

Power Rangers Action Card Game

Power Rangers Action Card Game Shadow Ranger card

S.P.D. Shadow Ranger in Power Rangers Action Card Game.

Anubis as S.P.D. Shadow Ranger, appears in the American trading card game Power Rangers Action Card Game, among various other Rangers.

Power Rangers Deck-Building Game

Anubis Cruger as S.P.D. Shadow Ranger appears in the Power Rangers Deck-Building Game. He is available in the "S.P.D. To The Rescue Pack" expansion.

Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid

Anubis Cruger appears in the board game Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid as a playable character in the "Ranger Allies Pack #1" expansion.

See Also



Power nav icon Power Rangers S.P.D. Icon-dekaranger
B-Squad: Jack Landors - Sky Tate - Bridge Carson - Z Delgado - Syd Drew
Sam - Officer Tate - Doggie Cruger - Kat Manx - Nova Ranger
Delta Morphers - Patrol Morpher - Omega Morpher - Kat Morpher - Nova Morpher - Magna Morpher - Deltamax Strikers - Canine Cannon - Delta Blasters - Shadow Saber - S.P.D. Battlizer - Delta Enforcers - Delta Cruiser - Delta Patrol Cycles - Delta ATV - Uniforce Cycle - S.W.A.T. Truck
Piggy - Isinia Cruger - Dino Rangers - T-Top
S.P.D.: Supreme Commander Fowler Birdie - Sergeant Silverback - Boom - R.I.C.
Zords and Megazords
Delta Runner 1 - Delta Runner 2 - Delta Runner 3 - Delta Runner 4 - Delta Runner 5 - Omegamax Cycle - Delta Base - S.W.A.T. Flyer 1 - S.W.A.T. Flyer 2 - S.W.A.T. Flyer 3 - S.W.A.T. Flyer 4 - S.W.A.T. Flyer 5
Delta Squad Megazord - Omegamax Megazord - Delta Max Megazord - Delta Command Megazord - S.W.A.T. Megazord
Troobian Empire
Emperor Gruumm - Mora/Morgana - Broodwing - Krybots - Blue-Head Krybots - Orange-Head Krybots
A-Squad Rangers
Charlie - Blue - Green - Yellow - Pink
Other Villains: Zeltrax - Tyrannodrones
Praxis - Ringbah - Parsnippity - Scaleface - Rhinix - Hydrax - Bugglesworth - Giganis - Sinuku - Debugger - General Benaag - Drakel - General Valko - Tomars - Wootox - Katana - Invador - Changtor - Green Eyes - Shorty - Devastation - Mysticon - Al - Slate - Mirloc - Stench - Thresher - Gineka - Chiaggo - Delapoo - Blobgoblin - One Eye - Silverhead - Professor Mooney - Bork - Herock - Dragoul - Kraw - Icthior - Spotty-Eyed Monster - Green Monster - Vine Monster - Delex - Roswell - Crabhead - Spiketor - Lazor - Cricket Monster - Jackal Monster - Demon Monster - Heater Monster - Jail Bird Monster - Tentacle Monster
Troobian Empire Robots
Mega Drill - Ringbah's Robot - Sinuku's Ninja Robot - Marato - Robot of Destruction - Gigabot - A-Squad's Megazord
Black Rangers
Zack TaylorAdam ParkCorcusCarlos VallerteDanny DelgadoTommy OliverWill AstonDillonJake HollingChase RandallJavi Garcia
Adam Park (movie)Zack Taylor (2017 movie)Vesper VasquezCyra DrakeJamie GilmoreXevJohnny Lawrence

Secondary Rangers
Phantom RangerMagna DefenderMike CorbettAnubis CrugerJarrodJungle Fury Bat Ranger
Zack PuttyPuttyZaneAbrahamOsamu TezukaPsycho BlackBison Shadow RangerEvil Black Overdrive Ranger
Mastodon Sentries

Power Sets
Black RangerBlack Aquitar RangerPhantom RangerBlack Space RangerMagna DefenderBlack Wild Force RangerBlack Dino RangerBlack Overdrive RangerJungle Fury Bat RangerRanger Operator Series BlackMegaforce BlackDino Charge Black RangerDino Fury Black Ranger
Black Ranger (1995 movie)Black Ranger (2017 movie)Black Squadron Ranger